Endless Genealogies and Arguments

dogs-fighting

Why are we arguing over who God's chosen people are? There is way too much disagreement over God's own words. And why? Because there are too many jealous factions. Children fighting over which one is loved more by their father. The 'church' is the chosen of God. The 'Jews' are the chosen of God. Its sad and disappointing. Stop arguing, go back and reread what He wrote down for His children!

Romans 8:15-17 (ESV) For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!" The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Romans 8:22-24 (ESV) For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?

1 Timothy 1:4 (YLT) …nor to give heed to fables and endless genealogies, that cause questions rather than the building up of God that is in faith…

We are one stick in the hand of the Master!

ONE

As in…

ISRAEL

Ezekiel 37:16-23 (NIV) Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him. ’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Belonging to Joseph (that is, to Ephraim) and all the Israelites associated with him.’ Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand. When your people ask you, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by this?’ say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.’ Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God. 

Israel has always been defined as native born and sojourners (i.e. foreigners, not native born, companions). And yet, they were all Israel. Does this mean that those who follow YHWH and His Son, Yeshua are to become Jews? No! Does it mean that Jews who believe on Yeshua are to stop being Jews? No!

Here is part of the trouble, part of the reason so many are arguing and fighting… Jews were not the only ones at the base of Mt. Sinai. It was all 12 tribes. Many of the things Jews do, in following Torah (as its written in the Bible) are things that all Israel (including companions) should be doing, because these are God's commandments. However, Jews have a long history of additional rules and traditions (aka Oral Law, Rabbinacal Law) which are not necessary to follow. This is what Yeshua disputed over and over again while He was here. And Paul also spends a considerable amount of time disputing these Pharisaical additions. Who better than a Pharisee turned follower of Yeshua, right?

Another part of the arguing is that those who have come to understand they are part of Israel and begin to observe the feasts, Sabbath and the other Torah instructions are scoffed at by often well-meaning, but completely mistaken others who attempt to disuade these believers to not follow Torah, either in part or whole. Attempting to take their blessings (intentionally or unintentionally).

Still more arguing crops up because many don't understand what the Torah's purpose is. We are saved through GRACE by FAITH alone in Yeshua. But… faith is DEAD without works. We cannot have one without the other!

Ephesians 2:8 (ABPE) For it is by his grace that we have been saved through faith, and this faith was not from you, but it is the gift of God.

James 2:14-17 (NKJV) What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

What are these works? Yeshua said that the Law and Prophets hang on "these two commandments". Which commandments?

Matthew 22:37-40 (NLT) Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (see Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18)

Our works, through our faith and love for Yah and our neighbor, is our walk in the Torah. This is our walk in righteousness.

Psalm 1:1-2, 6 (NIV) Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Psalm 119:1-3 (NIV) Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart— they do no wrong but follow his ways.

Every kind act, every demonstration of love toward another is born out of the two commandments that are the very crux, the foundation, of all other commandments in Torah.

If we claim we are a follower/believer/disciple of Yeshua Ha'Mashiach (Jesus Christ), we MUST lay down our own agenda, our ingrained belief systems, the history of blindness, the lies we ate unknowingly and go to Yah's Word. Research the language. The Hebrew language is an amazing language. It tells the end from the beginning if we will just look. The truth of who we are, where we come from, how we are saved, is all there! And then, its layered and layered and layered, just like the covenants in scripture.

We MUST stop shunning the Jews and saying they have a different future than the church. We MUST stop ignoring the 'church', be they from whatever geneaology (Jew/Ephraim/Companion) and saying they don't know what they're talking about and they're not part of Israel. We MUST stop holding on to the factions and divisions.

And rather… Love Yah with our whole heart, mind and body and love one another. Trust our Heavenly Father to work out the rest! Shalom! Selah!

**Groups who are recognizing the need to focus on the things we have in common include United2Restore and Bney Yosef.   There are many, many others, some of which you can find through links on these websites.  Check them out!

On The Other Side…

The Other Side

Got this as an email  and it was too good not to share!

 

A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said,

'Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.'

Very quietly, the doctor said, 'I don't know.'

'You don't know? You're, a Christian man, and don't know what's on the other side?'

The doctor was holding the handle of the door. On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, 'Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing…

I know my Master is there and that is enough.'

Do I Love This Much?

I have been pondering love. The Bible says, in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he hath given his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. "

The depth of the love of Yah to watch His Son go through such horrible torture at the hand of man and finally death, so that they might live, is bewildering to me. I, in my finite existence, can't imagine sacrificing my daughter, to save others. I just can't imagine doing it. In fact, I can't imagine the sacrifices that many have made throughout history.

Love Shown

Take Dirk Willems, for instance.  

Dirk Willems reached out to rescue his captor. The act of his profound Christ-like love took place more than 400 years ago.  Hounded for his Anabaptist faith, arrested and escaping, Dirk had nearly eluded his pursuer when the man chasing broke through the thin ice of a river. In an expression of a life filled with love that can only come by knowing Yeshua fully, Dirk turned and rescued his captor. Even after this heroic deed, he was taken, arrested and burned at the stake for his faith.

So… do I love this much? Would I be ready to turn around and save my enemy, even knowing that I would most likely lose my life over saving theirs? Its easy to say yes, when we're not faced with the prospect head-on. For now, I must pray that, if I were faced with this situation, I would do just as Dirk did, just as Yeshua did, just as Yah did and give the ultimate sacrifice for love.

Obedience vs. Legalism

scalesObedience

  • The quality or condition of being obedient.
  • The act or practice of obeying; dutiful or submissive compliance: Military service demands obedience from its members.
  • The trait of being willing to obey 
  • Conformity to a monastic rule or the authority of a religious superior, esp. on the part of one who has vowed such conformance.
  • Behavior intended to please your parents; "their children were never very strong on obedience"; "he went to law school out of respect for his father's wishes" 

Synonyms – submission, subservience, deference.

 

Legalism

  • Strict adherence, or the principle of strict adherence, to law or prescription, esp. to the letter rather than the spirit.
  • The doctrine that salvation is gained through good works. 
  • The judging of conduct in terms of adherence to precise laws.

(All definitions taken from www.dictionary.com)

What does the Bible say?

Legalism is an often thrown about term by Christians today.  The slightest insistence that we must conform our lives to Christ in obedience and tempers flare.  But, what do the scriptures say?  Can we really say we have been saved, if our actions do not reflect our salvation?

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  James 1:22

If you love Me, keep My commandments.  John 14:5

Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.”  Acts 5:29

Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like:  He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock.  And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.  But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell.  And the ruin of that house was great.  Luke 6:47-49

He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.  Luke 16:10

We have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect.  Shall we not much more readily be in subject to the Father of spirits and live?  For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.  Hebrews 12:9, 10

The world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.  1 John 2:17

Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness.  Ephesians 4:11

Legalism comes about when we do things for our glory, rather than out of love for our Heavenly Father.  As a child, we loved our parents, who disciplined us on occasion, aimed us in the direction to go and loved us.  Because we loved them, we tried to please our parents by doing as they asked of us.  It is the same in our relationship with God.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  2 Timothy 2:15

Remember…

It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.  Galatians 2:20

 

12 Awesome Torah Sites

"It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, violated my covenant, even though I, for my part, was a husband to them,” says Adonai. “For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,” says Adonai: “I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, ‘Know Adonai’; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; because I will forgive their wickednesses and remember their sins no more.”
"This is what Adonai says,
who gives the sun as light for the day,
who ordained the laws for the moon and stars
to provide light for the night,
who stirs up the sea until its waves roar —
Adonai-Tzva’ot is his name."

Jeremiah 31:31-34, CJB

 

12 awesome Torah sites

When I first began to understand that I am part of Israel, under the new covenant, as stated in Jeremiah above, I searched high and lo on the the internet for the best Torah websites.  Of all the websites out there (and I've found alot over the years) here are 12 awesome Torah sites.  These sites share weekly Torah commentaries and/or articles and videos that discuss insights on the Torah.  Hope these are as big a blessing to you as they are to me!

12 Awesome Torah Sites

  1. 119 Ministries
  2. Bmidbar Ministries
  3. El Shaddai Ministries
  4. Emet Ministries
  5. Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int'l
  6. Hebraic Roots Network
  7. Hoshana Rabbah
  8. Lion & Lamb Ministries
  9. Ruach Ministries International
  10. Sheepfold Gleanings
  11. The Barking Fox
  12. WildBranch Ministries

And there you have it, 12 awesome Torah sites that you don't want to miss!  Happy studying!