Love of my Life,
I am writing this down for you because I love you and don’t want to argue about this. Hopefully giving you some things to ponder might give you an understanding of why I choose to follow Yeshua the way that I do. While I do understand you think I am mistaken, I would beg you to mull these verses over without pre judgement.
What We Agree On
2 Timothy 3:16-17
ALL scripture is God breathed profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God
Points to Ponder About All Scripture Being Profitable
When Paul wrote these statements, what was he referring to? What were the ONLY pieces of writing considered scripture at the time?
About Paul, wasn’t he a pharisee of pharisees, a student of Gamaliel? A prize student. Wouldn’t that mean that he, more than most, would have understood all of the Torah, prophets and writings that consistent our old testament? (Though what we consider the old testament would not be canonized until much later.) These were simply a group of scrolls meticulously copied and shared.
Defining Terms Biblically
First John 3:4 “Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.”
I believe that this is the best definition of sin that there is in the Bible. When you see the word “is” think about working with mathematics. The word “is” is really an equal sign so you could say that “sin = lawlessness.” That is, sin is the breaking of the Law and so everyone who sins is breaking the Law of God, specifically the Ten Commandments. That leaves us all guilty for we are all sinners. One man once told me that he didn’t want to attend our church anymore because he didn’t consider himself a sinner. I told him, “I am so sorry…if you are not a sinner then Christ did not die for you because Christ died for sinners.”
Sin, Transgressions, and Iniquity
Anytime you read the word “transgression, iniquity,” or “sin” you are essentially seeing the same problem. They are all sin. The word “sin” is from the Greek word “hamartia” which means “to miss the mark” and that mark is perfection. When you read the word “transgression” just think of it as intentionally crossing a boundary or border like when a sign says “No Trespassing” and you go past the sign anyway and enter private property. That is what trespasses are. Finally, the word “iniquity” is sometimes used when talking about sin and this means to make a premeditated choice and continuing in that choice without repentance. It would be like a robber going on a continual crime spree. Don’t let these different words confuse you as they are all sins against God. They are just categorized differently, that’s all.
Let’s take just a minute and look at sin, or lawlessness. What does this mysterious “mark” Hamartia refers to? It cannot be anything else but the Torah. The document that God gave Moses to show us what he expected each of us (God and man) to do in this covenant relationship.
Then there are these verses about sin and love and the commandments:
If you love me, keep my commands.
Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.
I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.
Jesus replied, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My commandments. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home with him.
If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love.
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome
And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the very commandment you have heard from the beginning, that you must walk in love.
If we say that we know him, but do not obey his commands, we are liars and there is no truth in us
According to the Hebrew and Greek Strong’s Dictionary this word is Tsaddiyq in hebrew (used 206 times for the word righteous) and means just – lawful
The word holy = qadash. Strong’s H6942 and means:
- to be set apart, be consecrated
- to be hallowed
- consecrated, tabooed
This word , also Strong’s H6942 and means:
- keep oneself apart or separate
- Cause Himself to be hallowed (of God)
- Be observed as holy
- Consecrate oneself
The online dictionary defines it this way:
- (in Judaism) the law of God as revealed to Moses and recorded in the first five books of the Hebrew scriptures (the Pentateuch).
- a scroll containing this.
- a scroll containing this.
Torah in Hebrew Strong’s 8451 – a precept or statute, especially the Decalogue or Pentateuch:—law.
2John 1:6 And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the very commandment you have heard from the beginning, that you must walk in love.
Exo_20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Points to ponder about these definitions
If Yeshua (Jesus) is the Word made flesh, which “word” would that be?
The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
More Bits To Ponder
Does it really make sense that Yeshua would BE THE WORD or we could say BE THE TORAH and come to do away with it? Does it not make more sense that he came to live out the Torah in perfection? Because the wages of sin are death, and we all sin, we are all under the penalty of death. The cross paid that penalty for us.
For instance, if someone paid your fine for speeding does that mean you can continue speeding without impunity? Did the fact someone paid your fine mean that the speed laws changed? Does that really make sense?
The New Covenant
Now let’s look at the new covenant. Consider this, the word “new” (kainos) does not mean brand new (that word is Neos). Kainos means renewed, or refurbished. The only time Neos is used is in the book of Hebrew 12:24 “To Jesus, the Mediator of the Neos covenant and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Able”. This new covenant referred to is the one that is brand new that goes back to Abraham. This is the covenant promised him through his descendants.
Hebrews 8:8 says “For finding fault with them (the house of Israel & Judah) , he saith, behold the days come saith YWHW when I will make a renewed covenant with the house of Israel AND with the house of Judah.
Points to Ponder About the Covenant
Where in Hebrews or anywhere in the New Testament does Paul and or anyone else refer to any other people groups than the groups of Israel (aka the Northern Kingdom, the lost tribes of Israel, the lost sheep and Ephraim) and the Southern Kingdom known as Judah (the Jews). Why would God suddenly decide to make a different covenant with a group of people (ie the “church”) who never knew him and don’t keep his commandments? Why and where has God EVER blessed a people for disobedience, lawlessness (which really means not following his direct commands?)
Consider this verse:
Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the LEAST of the commandments and teaches others accordingly will be called LEAST in the kingdom of heave, but whosoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Sin brings death but the free gift of God (blessings for obedience) is eternal life in Christ Jesus (Yeshua).
Why do you call me Lord, Lord (YHWH, YHWH) and not do what I tell you?
Deuteronomy 28:1-68 talks about blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience
Samuel 15:23 Where Samuel is talking to Saul for breaking the Torah.
For rebellion is as the sin of divination and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of YHWH, he has rejected you from being king.
The Two Houses of Israel – The Two Sticks
The people who are “Hebrew” (which simply means crossed over) have always included those who are genetically attached to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and those who agreed to be bound by the covenant and adopted in. After all Ruth, who was a Moabite, didn’t join herself to Israel and then continue to live her life her own way. She did what her mother in law did. She conformed herself to the covenant.
It is the Northern and Southern Kingdoms of Israel that make up the two sticks. They need to be brought back together. The Northern Kingdom has been gone for so long that most don’t even remember their heritage. They have been scattered. They ARE the disbursed that Paul refers to in his letters.
Everyone who is counted among the chosen have the testimony of Yeshua and KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.
I will leave you with these last verses:
Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. TERROR is the correct definition of Fear. Fear Him who can cast you into the lake of fire. Because he alone has control over the second death or life everlasting.
And this one:
Many will come to me in that day and say Lord, Lord didn’t we do all these great things for you, and he will say to them, “get away from me you workers of lawlessness”. That one he was speaking to believers, and was said by Yeshua himself.
I am not asking you to follow anyone’s “teaching”, I am asking you to prayerfully consider that possibility that God wrote down his whole Word with its commandments for Holy living for our blessing. That it is the instruction manual for following the narrow path. I love you will all my heart and pray earnestly that your eyes will be opened by the Holy Spirit to want to seek out the truth as disclosed in His Word.