Yom Kippur: There Is No Sacrifice, However There Is Representation, A Rest, And A Fast.

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The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) is a day of repentance and also a high sabbath (a rest day).

In addition to this, it used to involve an animal sacrifice at the second temple in Jerusalem.

Today some believers might struggle to see the need for observing this holy day, with a thought process along the lines of;

‘If I believe in the risen Messiah (Christ) who is vital for a person’s complete reconciliation with the Holy G-d (ref. Isaiah 53:12); why should I observe the Day of Atonement annually also?’

Here, the holy Day is explained a little further, and this questioned is answered.


A Believer Observes A Fast And Rest Day (no work):

Amongst other statutes, the Day of Atonement is a fast and a rest day (high sabbath);

“This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: On the tenth day of the seventh month you must deny yourselves and not do any work—whether native-born or a foreigner residing among you—
Leviticus 16:29 NIV

Just like the commandment of circumcision, a believer is to observe the commandment of the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur);

All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.
Psalms 119:160 NIV

for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and take pride in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh,
Philippians 3:3 NASB2020

Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:19 NIV

Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:31 ESV.


A Believer Does Not Have A Valid Animal Sacrifice:

No temple (Deuteronomy 12:13-14), no registered Levitical son of Aaron lawfully accounted for to act as Levitical Priest (Nehemiah 7:64); no valid priestly temple service or sacrifice for the Day of Atonement;

‘…offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest: but in the place which the LORD shall choose… there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee.’
(Deuteronomy 12:13‭-‬14 KJV)

These searched among their ancestral registration, but it could not be located; therefore they were considered unclean and disqualified from the priesthood.
Nehemiah 7:64 NASB2020

This applies to all people on this old earth.


A Believer Has Representation Before The Holy G-d:

A believer is to note that despite having no valid animal sacrifice, that they do have the representation of the risen King Messiah (Christ) whom makes intercession for people;

The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”
Psalm 110:4 ESV

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
Hebrews 4:14 ESV

‘…he… makes intercession for the transgressors.’
(Isaiah 53:12 ESV)

The representation (Messiah; Christ) for a believer is often poetically referred to as being the sacrifice for a believer (ref. Isaiah 53:5, 53:10).

One will note however that this is a poetic and metaphoric play on words – as human sacrifice is forbidden in the Holy Scriptures (Deuteronomy 24:16, Jeremiah 31:30, Ezekiel 18:4. Ezekiel 18:20;

Parents are not to be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their parents; each will die for their own sin.
Deuteronomy 24:16 NIV

Hoping that these items are fruitful with you, and that this year’s faithful observance will be your best yet.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum; believing in His created, risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMashiach). Amen.

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What Is Blasphemy Against The Holy Spirit?

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Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is said to be the unforgivable sin (ref. Mark 3:29)

From Holy Scripture we can see that the sin is when a person has knowledge that a holy person (namely king Jesus) is an annointed Holy person of G-d – however despite their knowledge of this, they say that the miracles performed were by Satan (Beelzebub).

This takes away the glory from G-d and His Holy Spirit and attributes the miracle to Satan instead of the Holy One.


Instance 1 – Mark 3:

for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”
Mark 3:30 ESV

“Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”
Mark 3:28‭-‬30 ESV

And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.”
Mark 3:22 ESV


Instance 2 – John 9:

This instance which relates to blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is similar to the last one.

A blind man was healed and then told the Pharisees that he had been healed by king Jesus (v30-33).

The Pharisees incorrectly said Jesus could not be a man of G-d (John 9:16).

Some other Pharisees heard that Jesus was the ‘Son of Man’ (the Messiah annointed by G-d) in verse 40.

Having read of these events, we as readers are shown that with knowledge (seeing), if one was to say the miracle was carried out by way of Satan back then – such would be an offence where guilt would remain;

Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.
John 9:41 ESV


Instance 3 – John 15:

Like the previous instance, being notified, means having no excuse for such an accusation towards the miracle carried out by an annointed person of G-d and ultimately towards G-d;

If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father.
John 15:22‭-‬24 ESV

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Is It Truly Unforgivable Forever?

When it says those who do commit blasphemy of the Holy Spirit ‘…never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”…’ – the language does need investigation.

We see that similar language in another verse can indicate no forgiveness in this life, until a person dies and then goes on to exist above and/or until they reincarnate back here from above – in verses such as this;

And these shall go away into [a place where there is] everlasting punishment: but the righteous into [a place where there is] life eternal.
(Matthew 25:46 KJV amendment in [brackets])

This is said as Holy Scripture tells us that the gospel is everlasting (Revelation 14:6), and that mortality exists above in the new heaven and earth (Isa 65:20).

After dying above, people come back to this earth, and ideally get to believe the gospel and repent.

‘Reincarnation’ is seen as a cultural norm throughout the ancient Holy Scriptures;

• ‘…“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents…’
(John 9:2‭-‬3 ESV)
(Note how the disciples thought the blind man might have sinned in a previous life).

• To John the Baptist:

‘…Are you Elijah?”…’ (John 1:21 ESV)
(The people thought John might have been Elijah reincarnated).
Thus, mortal mankind (those who do not believe in Messiah (Christ)) reincarnate back to this old earth after life above, when a person dies.

Ideally these are then graced with the opportunity to believe and repent.

What Can We Gain From This Study?

From this study of the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, one perhaps can see the need to practice gracefulness towards others in one’s own speech;

‘Your speech must always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt…’
(Colossians 4:6 NASB2020)

‘…be at peace with all people.’
(Romans 12:18 NASB2020)

Without doing so, perhaps we become more susceptible to negative speech that is filled with accusation (lashon hara).

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum; believing in His risen, created Son Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach (the Lord Jesus Christ).

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Marriage: Where Can I Find It In The Torah?

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“None of the daughters of Israel shall be a cult prostitute, and none of the sons of Israel shall be a cult prostitute.
Deuteronomy 23:17 ESV

It might be hard to see at first – however, the dear scribes and Pharisees (ref. Matthew 23:1-3) have passed down an interpretation for this verse which relates to marriage, and goes along the lines of;

As prostitution is deemed a forbidden deed,

‘…there shall be no intercoarse with a woman…without….a deed of marriage and formal declaration of marriage…’
(ref. Sefaria, Mishneh Torah, Negative Commandment 355).

This approach was likley looked upon as a way to assist in minimising/eliminating any occurrence of prostitution in the land of Israel, if it would only be followed diligently.

Hoping it is helpful.

Shabbat shalom.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum; believing in His risen, created Son Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach (the Lord Jesus Christ). Amen.

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Recommended Reading:

• 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 – ‘About Relationships, And Not About Abolishing Circumcision.’

1 Corinthians 7:17-24 – ‘About Relationships, And Not About Abolishing Circumcision.’

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Commanded Giving You Didn’t Know About

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This explanation of Holy Scripture aims to briefly touch upon some commanded giving in addition to the 10% which we have heard about – which is typically not known of in the general public.


Peah

Leaving the edge of your field for the poor etc.

“And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the LORD your God.”
Leviticus 23:22 ESV

Peah is a portion of the fields produce (the corner/edge), that is left for the poor.

Perhaps you read about this form of giving/charity, though you never thought to enquire about how much to give of it.

Paraphrased, the dear Pharisees recommend in the Kehati Mishnah (free mobile app available) that the amount left in the field should be left is 1/60th minimum¹, and perhaps 1/50th normally, or 1/40th for the generous/wealthy.

This being said, why not 1/39th!

A person should note that a dear orthodox Jewish person will typically explain that tithes are typically only applicable to agriculture, and only in the Land of Israel. Nowadays, typically they are not kept. Instead, there is a custom to tithe ten percent of one’s income to the poor every single year, no matter where it lands in the Shmitta cycle (more on the seven year giving cycle later here).

One could perhaps apply this form of giving out of mindfulness from his income – along with his 10%.

An example from $500 of income would be; 500/39= $12.83. The Peah applied from a person’s income out of mindfulness from $500 is circa $12.83.

Fun fact: Peah is remembered in some Jewish circles by keeping the edges (sides) of a males hair a little longer than the rest.

There is an entire section in the Kehati Mishnah which relates to Peah in Seder Zerayim.

¹ Kehati Mishnah, Seder Zerayim, Peah 1:2
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Leket

‘…neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the LORD your God.’
(Leviticus 19:10 ESV, also see Leviticus 23:22)

Leket is described in the Kehati Mishnah, Seder Zerayim, Peah 4:10 as typically that which falls down to the ground during reaping the field – however only when what falls is little in amount; say one or two ears of wheat, not three.

Potential application today by way of one’s personal custom, might simply be some small amount of loose change/currency in one’s pocket/hand that was left after being paid etc. – or if ine dropped sone change on the ground.

Such would go towards the poor etc.

Please be mindful to not litter in the street!


The Seven Year Giving Cycle

An orthodox Pharisee today can confirm that there is a written seven year cycle found throughout the Bible, and it was as follows:

Year 1 – Maaser Rishon (10% for Levites) and Maaser Sheni (Ten percent taken to Jerusalem and eaten there)

[Sheni component – is for food for festival Pesach/Sukkot, & balance to poof etc.]

Year 2 – Same as Year 1

Year 3 Maaser Rishon (10% for Levites) and Maaser Ani (ten percent given to the poor)

Year 4 – Same as Year 1
Year 5 – Same as Year 1
Year 6 – Same as Year 3
Year 7 – Shmitta (rest year for the land). No planting. To the poor from agriculture.

‘…The produce of the 7th year is actually communal. Anyone may collect it. The owner of the field may collect, but only enough for his own family.

See https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/562166/jewish/Shemitah-Deserting-the-Farms.htm#Shemitah …’

Where Are We In The Seven Year Giving Cycle According to The Calendar That The Pharisees Have Set?

For reference,

• Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets), 2020 – Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets), 2021
was year 6

• Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets), 2021 – Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets), 2022; is a Shemittah year (year 7)

• Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets), 2022 – Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets), 2023;
year 1

• Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets), 2023 – Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets), 2024;
year 2

• Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets), 2024 – Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets), 2025;
year 3

etc.

[Assistive reference: https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/562016/jewish/Shemittah.htm ]

Hoping this is beneficial to you.


What Would A Pharisee Typically Say About Tithing And Also The Seven Year Cycle Today?

One dear Pharisee has commented;

‘…The tithes you mention are only applicable to agriculture, and only in the Land of Israel. Nowadays, we do not keep them. Instead, we have a custom to tithe ten percent of our income to the poor every single year, no matter where it lands in the Shmitta cycle (seven year giving cycle)…’

This being said, one can certainly draw from the cycle as outlined in Holy Scripture in their walk.

There are other instructed forms of giving found in the Holy Scriptures and may your reading of them be fruitful.

May this be your most faithfully observant year yet!

Shalom and may the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum; believing in His risen, created Son Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach (the Lord Jesus Christ). Amen.

Shalom.

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Satan’s Judgedment And The End Result – Literal And Poetic Language (Ancient References – Feat. Ezekiel 28:18-19 Peaceably Shared).

Note: Here are some unique references concerning Satan and his judgement. Some feel that the season and time has passed, and that his judgement and a surprising end result might have taken place already. Hoping the supports are fruitful with you.

Subject Passage

‘…I brought fire out from your midst; it consumed you, and I turned you to ashes on the earth in the sight of all who saw you.
(Ezekiel 28:18 ESV)
&
All who know you among the peoples are appalled at you; you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more forever.”
Ezekiel 28:19 ESV

The fire spoken of here is perhaps that of Armageddon (Revelation 20:9-10).

It resulted in satan being judged and being turned to figurative spiritual ‘ashes’, an end.

Today, this might perhaps account for how there is no more communication with any created spirit bring – or even the dead for that matter here.

The context with regard to the end of satan is shared here, complete with references.

Supportive References:

Satan was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur (Revelation 20:9-10) – of which Holy Scripture states his Judgement at Judgement Day was/is as follows;

Ezekiel 26

I will bring you to a horrible end and you will be no more. You will be sought, but you will never again be found, declares the Sovereign LORD.” – Ezekiel 26:21 NIV

Commentary
We have read in Ezekiel 28 of the Prince of Tyre (28:2) and him once being a cherub (28:14, 28:16; likley satan) and how that is linked to a judged being (28:17-19). Here, Satan is perhaps described as the city of Tyre in Ezekiel 26:3, whom would be made ‘…a bare rock…’ (26:4), ‘…that would never be rebuilt…’ (26:14) – a place now for judgement of people who seek him (‘…the spreading of nets…’ 26:14).
The chapter ends with Satan being ‘laid waste’ (26:19), and perhaps by way of adaption; those who go down to the pit (Sheol/Hades), now go to the lake of fire since the underworld was thrown into it (Revelation 20:14). This is similar to what Satan was thrown into (Revelation 20:10) – his personal judgement as listd here with these supports, forever and ever.

Ezekiel 28

‘…fire…consumed you…turned you to ashes…
you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more forever.”’ (Ezekiel 28:18-19 ESV)

Commentary
Here Satan is referred to as the ‘prince of Tyre’ (28:2 ESV), whom is ‘proud’, whom was ‘…in Eden, the garden of God…’ (28:13), and once a ‘guardian cherub’ on the mountain of God (28:14 ESV) – however sin (unrighteousness) was found in him, and so he was cast to earth (28:15-17 ESV).
His end was to be consumed by fire, and to come to a dreadful end and be no more forever (13:19).

Ezekiel 29

‘Therefore the Lord God says this: “Behold, I am going to bring upon you a sword, and I will cut off from you human and animal life.
Ezekiel 29:8 NASB

Commentary
In Ezekiel 29:8 we read that Satan is cut off from humans and animals (by way of his judgement).
Ezekiel 29 deals with the destruction of Sheol (Hades), the underworld.
Ezekiel 29:8 is significant as Satan’s Judgement (‘tormented’) which would be forever and ever is listed in Revelation 20:10 (see other references in this article for this judgement).

Ezekiel 32

“I will trouble the hearts of many peoples, when I bring your destruction among the nations, into the countries that you have not known. I will make many peoples appalled at you, and the hair of their kings shall bristle with horror because of you, when I brandish my sword before them. They shall tremble every moment, every one for his own life, on the day of your downfall.
Ezekiel 32:9‭-‬10 ESV

Commentary:
Ezekiel 26:15-17 uses similar phrases which might sound as they speak of satan never coming back to life. In that chapter it speaks of how the nations are ‘appalled’ (26:16 ESV) at Satan’s ‘slaughter’ (26:15 ESV), and ‘passing’ as he had ‘perished’ (26:17).
Note re: Ezekiel 32:10; G-d’s sword is likely Christ.

Revelation 2

‘…sickbed/sleeping bed…’ (Revelation 2:22 ESV)

Commentary
Here, Revelation perhaps potetically speaks of Satan as a woman, Jezebel (Revelation 2:20) being put onto a sickbed/sleeping bed.
It is established in Proverbs 9:13-18, that Satan is also referred to as a woman – just as Christ is poetically referred to as the woman known as ‘wisdom’ (Proverbs 9:1-6, 8:12, 8:22-23, Matthew 11:19, Luke 7:34-35). A reader might see this with the others and perhaps conclude it speaks of Satan no longer functioning or existing anymore due to his judgement.

– whereby he is no longer an active spirit.

Satan And The Dead Could Once Be Heard/Seen

We know that Satan was active and in communication with mankind (Genesis 3:1-4, Matthew 4:5-11, 2 Kings 1:3, 2 Kings 1:16).

We know that fallen familiar spirits and the dead used to appear visually and audibly from the ground (raised up) – like in the account of when king Saul raised dead Samuel via a medium and communicated with him in 1 Samuel 28:7-20;

‘…divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.’
(1 Samuel 28:8 KJV)

A Thought In Closing

Such communication with the dead / spirits was a staple of the occult, with listed professions/arts (mediumship, necromancy, divination and the like) that correspond to such spiritual communication as listed in Deuteronomy 18:10-12. And accounts are provided in the Holy Scripture(s) of such communication.

Without malice, if a person attempts to explain away how there is no longer any percieved communication with any fallen spirit being – they can tend to come across as a member of a typical corrupted mainstream ‘Pentecostal’ church who also explains away the fact that ‘a believer here is no longer able to produce outward miracles and signs of any kind in a biblically legal manner’ – it says,

‘…the moon will not give its light…’
(Matthew 24:29 ESV)

These references might also explanation how;

• any pagan or occult rituals and practices that a person might undertake, perhaps have no correlation or true spiritual value in reality with regard to any fallen created spiritual god/being, given the percieved absence of visitation and communication.

Hoping the references are fruitful with you.


Recommended Reading

There Is No Violence: ‘…eye for eye…’, ‘…tooth for tooth…’ (Proverbs 24:29, Matthew 5:38-39, Ramban)

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Brief Summary

Explaining how in both the Old Testament (Tanakh) and the New Testament that the well known phrases ‘…eye for an eye…’ and ‘…tooth for tooth…’ etc. do not instruct a person to retaliate with violence.

Rather, the Tanakh (Old Testament) is typically speaking of reimbursement of medical expenses, and the New Testament encourages one to go even higher by forgiving an enemy and not demand such medical expenses or be litigious etc.

This agrees with other verses such as from the book of Proverbs which encourage kindness to enemies.

The commandment of stoning will also be touched upon and Holy Scripture will show how a stone cannot really be thrown – especially for one seeking everlasting life without end at his/her resurrection.

If Read Incorrectly, Sin Can Arise

If read in a mistaken way, phrases like ‘eye for an eye’, ‘tooth for tooth’, and measure for measure – can result in a sinful, violent lifestyle filled with anger.

Here’s a portion of a commandment which features some of these famous phrases;

But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
Exodus 21:23‭-‬25 NIV

Peace In The Old Testament

Verses from the Tanakh (Old Testament) which give insight into how one is instructed to be peaceable with people – including emenies are;

Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done.”
Proverbs 24:29 ESV

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
Proverbs 25:21 ESV

The New Testament Explains How To Understand The Old Testament (Tanakh) Commandment

The New Testament explains how to interpret these phrases which can easily be misunderstood on first glance, further – where one is instructed to not be of a violent manner;

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Matthew 5:38‭-‬39 ESV

Explanation: ‘You have likley heard and/or read the commandment – however what it really means is that if someone slaps you on the right cheek, do not go and seek to then slap him on his right cheek (i.e. ‘eye for eye’ if misunderstood).

Rather, be peaceable instead and do not demand damages or be litigious – despite you being lawfully and technically allowed.

Instead, go higher and exceed in your good conduct by forgiving your enemy just as G-d forgave you when you believed in Messiah (Christ) and repented (Ephesians 4:32) – that is, G-d forgave all your offences and dismissed the legal penalties due for each one;

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32 NIV

‘by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands….’
(Colossians 2:14 ESV)

This is what it means by the expression ‘turn to him the other cheek also’; it means forgiveness and such exceeding in conduct/righteousness (ref. Matthew 5:19-20).

This instruction does not cancel the commandment we have just read in Exodus 21:23-25 with regard to reimbursement of medical expenses etc.

It does however assist a person with the approach – which when applied, assists one in Scripturally exceeding the conduct that perhaps traditionally might be displayed and advised by a dear scribe or Pharisee who does not yet believe in Messiah (Christ).

Ensuring best practice of observance is the role of a Rabbi, and who better than the King Rabbi Messiah (Christ) to speak on such (ref. John 12:49)!

Now that we have the instructed approach of how one is to be peaceable in response to someone who might have sinned against us, we can further understand the passage(s) from the law of Moses which feature phrase within the commandment such as ‘…eye for eye…tooth for tooth…’ (Exodus 21:23‭-‬25 etc.).

A believer is considered a disciple of Christ (Messiah), and one is to observe the instructions he has left (Isaiah 50:10, John 14:15);

‘Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them… teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you… Amen.’
(Matthew 28:19‭-‬20 KJV)

What Do They Say?

In this instance, Scribes and Pharisees who comment on Holy Scripture – such as ‘Ramban’ and perhaps ‘Rashi’, state that this commandment and its’ well known phrases perhaps actually relate to medical expenses and the like, and not violent retaliation ( ref. www.sefaria.org/Exodus.21.24?ven=The_Contemporary_Torah,_Jewish_Publication_Society,_2006&vhe=Miqra_according_to_the_Masorah&with=Ramban&lang=bi&aliyot=0 )

This reimbursement would also perhaps cover loses from being out of work during healing and the like.

Such authorities and commentators should be listened to, weighed, and observed soberly (ref. Matthew 23:1-3) – soberly, as all born of man’s seed here are prone to making errors and sinning (ref. Ecclesiastes 7:20, Leviticus 4:22).

Peace, What About Stoning etc.?

It is true there is the death penalty in the law of Moses for serious offences, and stoning is one such penalty;

‘…with stones… On the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses… The hand of the witnesses shall be first against him to put him to death…’
(Deuteronomy 17:5-‬7 ESV)

Once Messiah (Christ) was revealed in the earth, and he spoke on these matters, he did not cancel them – but rather undertook the role of a Rabbi and put a criteria on such a matter that is in agreement with the full scope of Holy Scripture;

Christ stated that the witnesses who are to be throwing the first stones, must be without sin;

And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”
John 8:7‭ ESV

As Ecclesiastes 7:20 states that there is not even one just man on the earth who does good and does not sin. Such essentially means that all men born of a man’s seed here are not perfect, and thus have a sinful nature (sin being found within such).

A believer seeking everlasting life without end, which is now available and freely given to all who believe in G-d and in Christ (Isaiah 50:10, John 14:1) – is also instructed to not live a life of violence (ref. Matthew 25:52).

Hoping it is fruitful with you. Shalom.

May the holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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The Formula Of Baptism Explained – (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:38)

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/12/the-formula-of-baptism-explained-matthew-2818-20-acts-238/

How Habakkuk 2:19 And Ezekiel 28:15 Show Isaiah 28:16’s ‘…precious cornerstone…’ Is The Messiah (Christ), And Not The Torah.

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/10/05/how-habakkuk-219-and-ezekiel-2815-show-isaiah-2816s-precious-cornerstone-is-the-messiah-christ-and-not-the-torah/

Israel The Servant; Man (Singular) Or Nation (Plural)? – Key Verse By Verse Explanation, From Isaiah.

‘…Here is the brief, linked summary of the subject verses which are covered here in this article;

• Isaiah 41:8-9 – Nation (plural)
• Isaiah 43:10 – Nation (plural)
• Isaiah 44:1-2 – Nation (plural)
• Isaiah 44:21 – Nation (plural)
• Isaiah 45:4 – Nation (plural)
• Isaiah 48:20 – Nation (plural)
• Isaiah 49:3 –  Messiah (Christ) (singular)
• Isaiah 49:5 – interpretation included in Isaiah 49:3 explanation.
• Isaiah 49:8 & 42:6 – Messiah (Christ) (singular)
• Isaiah 50:10 – Messiah (Christ) (singular)
• Isaiah 52:13 – Messiah (Christ) (singular)
• Isaiah 53:10 & 53:11 – Messiah (Christ) (singular)
• Christ’s/Messiah’s resurrection in Isaiah 53…’

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2020/07/02/isaiah-one-man-and-not-a-nation-verse-by-verse/

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G-d No Longer Allows Outward Miracles Or Signs By His Holy Spirit, But Does Allow Believers To Become Born Again Here.

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Brief Summary

As sin is rampant, and as G-d’s people have broken covenant with Him, and as the Messiah (Christ) has already spiritually returned a very long time ago (Mark 9:1), and as the great judgement has taken place (Revelation 20:11-15); G-d has instead withdrawn His Holy Spirit with regard to His people (now including believers In Messiah (Christ)) performing outward miraculous signs and wonders.

‘…the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,’
(Mark 13:24 KJV also see Matthew 24:29)

Explanation: Here, the sun represents Christ and how the actual context of the gospel has been distorted and since adopted by many on mistaken terms.

The moon represents G-d not giving His Holy Spirit for the purpose of outward miracles.

Verses such as the following also confirm such;

As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.
John 9:4 NIV

John 9:4 and 11:9-11 show us that ‘light’ and inturn ‘day’ speak of the ability to perform miracles such as when the faithful king Messiah (Christ) healed the blind man (John 9:1-6).

Later he went to raise his dear friend Lazarus from the dead (John 11:9-11), after speaking yet again about it still being possible to work (do outward miracles) then even at the eleventh hour when it was so close to the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and his second coming a little later on, perhaps say around circa 70 AD (Mark 9:1).

Concerning end times and the [spiritual] desolate end here in the sense of righteousness and outward miracles, Scripture agrees again with there being perhaps no more anointing thereonwards for new believers to perform outward miracles, by G-d’s Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) – where it says in Revelation;

‘and the light of the lamp will not shine in you any more,…’
(Revelation 18:23 – Clearer Translation)

Disclaimer: With this, be wary of any spiritual apparitions and visions here also.

Scripture tells us that the Holy angels, and all those above in the new heaven and new earth, can look down on this earth, and are amazed at rebellious mankind – the people who populate this earth today;

“And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”
Isaiah 66:24 ESV

This is the last verse of Isaiah, and it has just followed the creation of the new heaven and earth (which are both above us) in verse 22 before it.

As all the Holy beings look down and view us from above, and G-d will no longer give His Holy Spirit to mankind for the purpose of outward miracles (Mark 13:24 KJV, Matthew 24:29), judgement has taken place. This should be taken as a cue to deem any visions or spiritual apparitions as of a ‘satanic nature’ – and this comes about from the phenomenon known in Holy Scripture as the ‘overwhelming scourge’ (Isaiah 28:18-19, Romans 7:19‭-‬21), which is essentially antagonistic and a cause of much trial in this life for a believer. This is the safe approach, supported by Holy Scripture.

——-

■ What Miracles And Spiritual Things Exist Today?

To facilitate the everlasting gospel (ref. Revelation 14:6), as per the New Covenant (Jer 31:31), those who believe in Messiah (Christ; Isaiah 42:6, 49:8), recieve a [figurative] new heart to in turn be open/inclined to G-d’s good commandments, and are caused/enabled by G-d’s Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) to observe His good ways (Ezekiel 36:26-27, 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV). They are desirous of what is defined as Holy and good (ref. Romans 7:12).

This is referred to as being born again (born from above) (John 3:3) – and although there are no ‘fireworks’, this can be described as organically soveriegn in nature.

There is a spiritual-type of resistance in this world that a believer is highly likley to come across, and this phenomenon is referred to as the ‘overwhelming scourge’ / ‘spiritual wickedness in high places’ (Isaiah 28:18-19 ESV, Ephesians 6:12), which is given mention in Romans 7:19‭-‬21.

This wicked, spiritual overwhelming scourge phenomenon still exists here.

The born again newness (desire to do what g-d has instructed etc.) is only found by believing in G-d and in Christ (Messiah) (Isaiah 50:10, John 14:1) and is essential to see the kingdom of G-d (John 3:3, 3:5).

In a believer’s life here, the resistance mentioned (spiritual wickedness in high places) forms part of the trials that a believer must endure through (James 1:2-4, 1 Peter 1:6, John 16:33, Revelation 14:9 and 14:12).

There are no outward miracles / spiritual encounters that are biblically allowed to be accessed here in this earth;

‘…the moon [G-d] shall not give His light [His Holy Spirit to mankind here for miracles]…’
(ref. Matthew 24:29)

Hoping it is fruitful with you.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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How The Devil Is Unresponsive And Immobilised Forever.

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2022/01/24/about-the-devil/

The Gift of Tongues Defined And Shown No Longer Active, Scripturally.

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/11/the-gift-of-tongues-scripturally-defined/

How Is The ‘Christian’ Baptism A Commandment Endorsed By Moses And Torah Law?

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Brief Summary

This explanation of Holy Scripture shares how what might be known as the ‘Christian baptism’ is actually as per Torah Law (the Law of Moses), and is therefore not adding to Torah Law in any way when Holy Scripture is read in correct context.

Begin

When read well, Isaiah states that all should honor G-d and also obey His servant who He had sent;

‘Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the voice of his servant?…’
Isaiah 50:10 ESV

With this and when read well, Moses writes in the Torah (the Law of Moses) that people are to listen to his servants (‘prophet'[s])), and whoever does not listen to such a servant will be punished;

“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen
And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.
Deuteronomy 18:15‭, ‬18:19 ESV

We know that Isaiah was certainly a prophet sent by G-d, and he then also wrote that whoever believes in G-d’s servant (referred to as a ‘precious cornerstone’) – will live forever (at resurrection), but whoever does not will continue continue be mortal and perish;

‘… a precious cornerstone… ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’
Then your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand…
Now therefore do not scoff, lest your bonds be made strong; for I have heard a decree of destruction…’
(Isaiah 28:16‭, ‬28:18‭, ‬28:22 ESV)

We have further confirmation in the book of Ephesians that the servant being spoken of here as a ‘precious cornerstone’ in Isaiah – is the created, risen Messiah (Christ);

‘…Moshiach Yehoshua himself being the ROSH PINAH…’
(Kehilah in Ephesus 2:20 OJB)

‘…Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,’
(Ephesians 2:20 ESV).

Now that chain of Holy Scripture has been linked to the commandment in Deuteronomy 18:15-19.

We can see that G-d’s servant being the created Messiah (Christ) has instructed that individuals be baptised in water with their faith;

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19‭-‬20 NASB2020

Immersion in water (baptism) represents;

an appeal to G-d for a good conscience (1 Peter 3:21)

seeking G-d’s sovereign help along the way as they now desire to walk in His good commandments. This is also referred to in Holy Scripture as refreshing and renewal which is promised to all who believe in Christ (1 Peter 3:21, Acts 15:8, 3:19 NASB, 2 Cor 5:17 KJV, Ezekiel 36:26-27, John 14:1, Isaiah 50:10). This refreshing newness comes from God and is effected by His Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh). It is part of what is known as the New Covenant (Jer 31:31-34, Ezekiel 36:26-27)].

• a type of seal and/or good deed by way faithfully following an instruction (ref. Mark 16:16);

‘…believe in God, believe also in me.’
(John 14:1 KJV)

Is This Baptism Adding To The Torah?

Peaceably, no.

A baptism (aka. ‘mikveh’) as per the instructions found in Matthew 28:19-20, as they were given by G-d’s servant the Messiah (Christ), and this is in agreement with Deuteronomy 18:15-19 in that a personnis to listen [and in turn do] whatever he says.

We can also sight a commandment/statute that is also not found specifically in any place in the first five books of the Bible (the Torah) – being the fast of Esther and what is known as ‘Purim’, a statute that was written much later after the days that Moses walked the earth (ref. Esther 9:26, 9:28, 9:31-32).

Hoping it is fruitful with you. Shalom.

May the holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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The Formula Of Baptism Explained – (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:38)

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/12/the-formula-of-baptism-explained-matthew-2818-20-acts-238/

How Habakkuk 2:19 And Ezekiel 28:15 Show Isaiah 28:16’s ‘…precious cornerstone…’ Is The Messiah (Christ), And Not The Torah.

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/10/05/how-habakkuk-219-and-ezekiel-2815-show-isaiah-2816s-precious-cornerstone-is-the-messiah-christ-and-not-the-torah/

Israel The Servant; Man (Singular) Or Nation (Plural)? – Key Verse By Verse Explanation, From Isaiah.

‘…Here is the brief, linked summary of the subject verses which are covered here in this article;

• Isaiah 41:8-9 – Nation (plural)
• Isaiah 43:10 – Nation (plural)
• Isaiah 44:1-2 – Nation (plural)
• Isaiah 44:21 – Nation (plural)
• Isaiah 45:4 – Nation (plural)
• Isaiah 48:20 – Nation (plural)
• Isaiah 49:3 –  Messiah (Christ) (singular)
• Isaiah 49:5 – interpretation included in Isaiah 49:3 explanation.
• Isaiah 49:8 & 42:6 – Messiah (Christ) (singular)
• Isaiah 50:10 – Messiah (Christ) (singular)
• Isaiah 52:13 – Messiah (Christ) (singular)
• Isaiah 53:10 & 53:11 – Messiah (Christ) (singular)
• Christ’s/Messiah’s resurrection in Isaiah 53…’

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2020/07/02/isaiah-one-man-and-not-a-nation-verse-by-verse/

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Messiah (Christ) Sends A Healed Leper, To Encourage Corrupt Authorities To Observe The Commandments (Matthew 8:1-4 Explained).

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Brief Summary

This explanation of Holy Scripture shares how there were typically no miracles being carried out by the priests and authorities in the second temple in Jerusalem by the power of G-d’s Holy Spirit.

This was because the authorities typically practice occult foreign worship (ref. Ephesians 6:12, Mark 11:27-29, Matthew 12:24, 2:27) – in a similar manner to how they also did in the past even before then (ref. Ezekiel 8:5, 8:7-10, 8:14-15, 8:16-17, 2 Kings 1:3, 1:16, Malachi 1:10).

The King Messiah (Christ) however, was allowed to practice miracles and works by the Holy Spirit of G-d (Isaiah 48:16 NIV) – as he was completely faithful and observant.

In the account of when he healed an unclean leper, this miracle was something that the priests likley hadn’t seen in a very long time – such miracles left them confounded (ref. John 9:26-27).

With the man now miraculously healed, he was told to offer a ‘gift’ according to the Law of Moses (ref. Leviticus 14:1-32) directly to the priests, to complete the gift/offering part of the commandment.

When the priests/authorities had seen the man healed of leprosy, and that he was being observant as per the Law of Moses (Torah) with regard to bringing the gift/offering to the priest – this also could likley serve as an opportunity for the priests to regain a fresh appetite for the commandments, and see the value in strict, faithful observance.

Table Of Contents

Interpretation
About Corruption And Miracles
No More Outward Miracles Allowed By G-d’s Holy Spirit Today

This explanation will also in turn show that both faith and works (observing the law of Moses) are what is expected of both G-d and the Messiah (ref. Romans 3:31 ESV, James 2:26).

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Subject Passage:

1 When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. 
2 And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 
3 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 
4 And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”
Matthew 8:1-4 ESV

Interpretation

Corruption amongst the priests and other authorities existed in the time of the second temple (ref. Ephesians 6:12, Mark 11:27-29, Matthew 12:24, 2:27).

There was even prohibited money changing inside the temple (ref. Matthew 21:12-13)

By the Messiah (Christ) sending the man that he had miraculously healed of unclean leprosy to the temple, to give a gift to the priest as per the law of Moses (ref. Leviticus 14:1-32), this also served as an effective way to correct and encourage the priests inside the temple to see the benefit of strict, faithful observance.

This is said as the culture, priests, and authorities are generally and sadly known for their corruption – they were deliberately sinning and even engaging in foreign worship (ref. Mark 11:28-29, Ephesians 6:12, Matthew 12:24, 2:27).

About Corruption And Miracles

If corruption exists amongst G-d’s people, Holy Scripture tends to show us that G-d ceases dealings with deliberate sinners, and instead He favours the few humble and righteous left in the land (ref. Psalm 18:26);

‘…there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word…’
(2 Kings 1:16 ESV)

This can be seen in practical accounts such as those of;

• Ezekiel, where G-d had shown him how the people were engaging in sinful practices such as idolatry and occult pagan worship (ref. Ezekiel 8:5, 8:7-10, 8:14-15, 8:16) – even the kings of Israel (ref. Ezekiel 8:17; ‘House of Judah’) etc.

• Elijah was a faithful person and G-d used him to speak words of correction to a then sinning king of Israel. This was in a time when Israel was described as having no G-d, because He was not pleased with the people engaging in foreign worship practices and the like (ref. 2 Kings 1:3, 1:16).

• The Messiah (Christ), continually performed miracles. The corrupt chief priests and authorities continually asked how such miraculous works were being done (ref. Mark 11:27-28, John 9:26).
They asked because they themselves were typically prone to practicing forbidden foreign occult worship, and thus not able to do the same positive life giving healing works (ref. Mark 11:28-29, Ephesians 6:12, Matthew 12:24, 2:27).

We can also see the example of obedient Jonah outside of the land of Israel;

• G-d dealt through obedient Jonah to appeal to the sinful people of Nineveh to repent of their lawless practices (ref. Jonah 3:4, 3:8).

No More Outward Miracles Allowed By G-d’s Holy Spirit Today

‘…the sun [Christ] be darkened [with his message], and the moon [G-d] shall not give her [His] light [Holy Spirit for outward miracles]…’
(Matthew 24:29 KJV, explanation in [brackets])

Today, Holy Scripture confirms that;

a) The context of the gospel and what the Messiah (Christ) actually represents would be hard to find out – overall on this earth, it is tyoically darkened.

and that,

b) G-d does not give His Holy Spirit to mankind for the purpose of outward miracles, such as healing (ref. John 9:4-5, whilst healing a blind man ref. John 9:6-7)

Hoping it is fruitful with you.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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The Approach; Believing And Doing – (Romans 3:28, 3:31, 4:11)

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2020/06/25/the-approach-believing-and-doing-romans-328-331-411/

The Gift of Tongues Defined And Shown No Longer Active, Scripturally.

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/11/the-gift-of-tongues-scripturally-defined/

1 Corinthians 7:1 – ‘Not To Touch The Opposite Gender…’ (Negiah)

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2020/07/16/1-corinthians-7-1-kjv-not-to-touch-the-opposite-gender-negiah/

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How Habakkuk 2:19 And Ezekiel 28:15 Show Isaiah 28:16’s ‘…precious cornerstone…’ Is The Messiah (Christ), And Not The Torah.

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Brief Summary

This explanation of Holy Scripture aims to show how the precious ‘cornerstone’ that Isaiah 28:16 tells us to believe in for everlasting life without end at resurrection (Isaiah 28:16, 28:18), is the created Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach) (Ephesians 2:20).

This is done by showing how Habakkuk 2:19 speaks of the devil (satan/Lucifer/Jezebel ref. Isaiah 14:12 KJV, Revelation 2:20, 2:22) as a ‘lifeless/mute stone’ (Habakkuk 2:19 ESV/NIV), after his ‘burial’ (Isaiah 14:20) in the lake that burns with fire forever and ever (ref. Revelation 20:10).

This explanation is relevant, as a popular rebuttal to the interpretation of Isaiah 28:16-22 is that it is speaking of the Torah as what is to be believed in.

To an extent such an interpretation is true – in that Deuteronomy 18:15-19 instructs one to believe G-d’s prophets. Isaiah is one such prophet and he tells us to believe in another prophet, Messiah (Christ) for everlasting life without end(Isaiah 50:10, John 14:1, 3:16, Ephesians 2:20).

Whilst a believer is to uphold the Torah (the Law of Moses; ref. Romans 3:31 ESV, Psalm 119:160), this explanation will show how Isaiah 28:16-22 is speaking specifically of the created Christ (Messiah) – instead – on this occasion, and therefore is useful in confirming his identity from the fuller scope of Holy Scripture.

Table Of Contents

Isaiah 28:16, 28:18 Speaks Of Messiah (Christ) As A Precious Cornerstone.
Habukkak 2:19 Speaks Of The Devil As A Lifeless Stone:
Ezekiel 28:15 Speaks Of Angellic-Type Beings Described As Firey Stones That Are Associated With Justice/Gaurding:

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Begin

Isaiah 28:16, 28:18 Speaks Of Messiah (Christ) As A Precious Cornerstone;

‘…a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’
Then your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand…’
(Isaiah 28:16‭, ‬28:18 ESV)

How Do We Know That Isaiah 28:16, 28:18 Speaks Of Messiah (Christ) As A Precious Cornerstone?

Whilst the verses from Habakkuk and Ezekiel will assist us in seeing that a stone can represent a created being, Ephesians 2:20 is the clearest verse which confirms the ‘cornerstone’ mentioned in Isaiah 28:16, 28:18 – is Messiah (Christ).

It says,

‘…Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,’
(Ephesians 2:20 ESV).

Matthew 21:42 Speaks Of The Messiah (Christ) As Being The Cornerstone Of Isaiah 28:16:

Matthew 21:42 speaks of the messiah (Christ) as being the ‘cornerstone’ of Isaiah 28:16;

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “ ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?
Matthew 21:42 NIV

Matthew 21:42 also speaks of the ‘…builders…’ who ‘…rejected…’ the stone (Messiah), and this is also a reference to the same chapter again being Isaiah 28, where in verse 14 and 22, it speaks of ‘scoffers’ – those who did not believe in Christ (Messiah) at that time, and how by not believing their bonds to death (Isaiah 28:18, 28:22) and in turn bonds to wickedness (Isaiah 58:6) are strengthened instead of loosed;

‘…covenant with death…’
(Isaiah 28:18 NIV)

‘…the bonds of wickedness…’
(Isaiah 58:6 ESV)

Habukkak 2:19 Speaks Of The Devil As A Lifeless Stone;

“See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright— but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness— Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Come to life!’ Or to lifeless stone, ‘Wake up!’ Can it give guidance? It is covered with gold and silver; there is no breath in it.”
Habakkuk 2:4‭, ‬2:19 NIV

How Do We Know That Habakkuk 2 Is Speaking Of The Devil As A Lifeless Stone?

Habakkuk 2:4 and 2:5 refer to satan, as it speaks of a puffed up ‘arrogant’ man – just as Isaiah 14:13-14 speaks of the devil as being arrogant;

“Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.
Habakkuk 2:4 ESV

and in Isaiah,

‘You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to… the far reaches of the pit.
Isaiah 14:13‭-‬15 ESV

He would thus be brought down to the deepest part of death (sheol) [ref. Strong’s Exhaustive G3411], which is known Hades;

Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Isaiah 14:15 KJV

Of which we also see a hint of in Habakkuk 2:5;

‘…he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied…’
(Habakkuk 2:5 KJV)

[Note: The Hebrew word translated as ‘man’ here ‘gerber’ (Strong’s Hebrew Concordance word number H1397) can also refer to a ‘mighty’ [spirit type being], or even a ‘warrior’ if the root word ‘gabar’.;

The devil (a ‘lifeless stone’) was buried in a ‘burial’ on a ‘sickbed’ (Revelation 2:20 ESV), in the Lake that burns with fire forever (ref. Revelation 20:14) – and is thus unresponsive and immobile.

Further,

Ezekiel 28:15 Speaks Of Angellic-Type Beings Described As Firey Stones That Are Associated With Justice/Gaurding;

‘…guardian cherub…. on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked… the midst of the stones of fire.’
(Ezekiel 28:14‭, 28:16 ESV)

Hoping it is fruitful with you.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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There is No trinity – John 1:1

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2020/06/23/there-is-no-trinity-john-1-1/

‘…to give his life as a ransom for many.”‘ – (Matthew 20:28 Explained)

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/26/to-give-his-life-as-a-ransom-for-many-matthew-2028-explained/

‘Under vs. Uphold’ – The Law Of Moses And You.

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/08/under-vs-uphold/

‘Why Is The New Testament Written In Greek And Not Hebrew?’

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/03/15/why-is-the-new-testament-written-in-greek-and-not-hebrew/

Luke 11:5-9 Parable Explained: The Gospel Is Eternal – Even After The End Of The Age, Everlasting Life. – (Updated)

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/05/12/luke-115-9-parable-explained-the-gospel-is-eternal-even-after-the-end-of-the-age-everlasting-life/

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Not To Cook Or Consume Dairy And Meat Together: Boil Means Cook, And This Is Safe.

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Brief Summary

This explanation of Holy Scripture will share a commandment that appears three times in the Bible.

The commandment reads ‘a young goat shall not be boiled in its mother’s milk’.

The major interpretation of this commandment is that ‘meat and dairy should not be cooked or eaten together’, and when it says ‘boil’ this means to cook – throughout the Bible.

With the interpretation of the scribes and Pharisees, reasoning on both Scripture and a potential rebuttal – we will see that the commandment should be taken seriously as per its interpretation, and that with perspective it is of little effort to uphold once grasped.

Hoping it is fruitful with you.

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Table Of Contents

Introduction To The Commandment
The Interpretation According To The Scribes And Pharisees
Are We Sure The Commandment Is About Food, And Not About A Pagan Occult Sacrificial Ritual Instead?
Boiling Is Cooking, And Not Necessarily Pagan Occult Sacrifice
Meat And Milk Are Also Used As A Metaphor, Which Speaks Of Easy And Hard Bible Studies, And How They Should Be Kept Separate, For Certain People.
What Does This All Mean?

Potential Rebuttal And Response:
Further Responses To Various Objections:


Introduction To The Commandment

There is a commandment that appears three times in the Bible and initially it essentially instructs us to ‘not boil meat in milk’ – it reads as follows;

“The best the firstfruits of your ground you shall bring into the house of the LORD your God. “You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.
Exodus 23:19 ESV

The best of the firstfruits of your ground you shall bring to the house of the LORD your God. You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.”
Exodus 34:26 ESV

“You shall not eat anything that has died naturally. You may give it to the sojourner who is within your towns, that he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner. For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. “You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.
Deuteronomy 14:21 ESV

The Interpretation According To The Scribes And Pharisees

There is a great weight here that tells us that the written commandment is indeed dealing with prohibited mixed foods, cooking methods, and in turn the forbidden consumption of meat and dairy.

In this instance, this commandment has been interpreted both cautiously and responsibly by the scribes and Pharisees – people who have Scriptural authority to speak on such matters;

‘Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do…’
(Matthew 23:1‭-‬3 NIV)

The interpretation briefly reads that ‘any mixture of meat and dairy is forbidden to eat, as is the cooking of it together forbidden’.

Briefly, this forms part of what is known as ‘Kashrut’, a set of dietary laws pertaining to the kosher foods that Jews are permitted to eat, and how those foods are to be prepared according to Jewish law.

Are We Sure The Commandment Is About Food, And Not About A Pagan Occult Sacrificial Ritual Instead?

If we review each of the three places that this commandment is featured, one can see that Exodus 23:19 and 34:26 both speak of ‘firstfruits’ which deal with food items, before it speaks of the meat (a ‘young goat’) that should not be boiled in its mother’s milk.

Deuteronomy 14:21 also speaks of food before giving the commandment to not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.

It are these sightings that might perhaps assist a person in seeing that this commandment is speaking with regard to food related matters initially as the common denominator – just by reading the verses as they are.

Boiling Is Cooking, And Not Necessarily Pagan Occult Sacrifice

With this, if we ‘boil’ this typically means we are cooking – and thus ‘boil’ does not necessarily relate say a pagan occult offering.

This is seen in places such as;

‘…bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil…’
(Exodus 16:23 NIV)

‘…meat raw or boiled…’
(Exodus 12:9 NIV)

‘…the meat was being boiled’
(1 Samuel 2:13 NIV)

Meat And Milk Are Also Used As A Metaphor, Which Speaks Of Easy And Hard Bible Studies, And How They Should Be Kept Separate, For Certain People.

In the New Testament (Brit Chadasha), the prohibition against meat and milk is used as a metaphor when it speaks of how different teachings – being milk (the basic gospel message) and meat (more advanced spiritual topics such as the ‘overwhelming scourge’ (ref. Isaiah 28:18-19 ESV, Romans 7:20-24 more can be read on this here [www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/03/21/you-are-not-sinning-they-are-the-enemy-isaiah-28-romans-7-ephesians-6/ ]) should be kept separate from new believers / those still seeking refreshing from G-d (ref. Acts 3:19 NASB) – as they are not yet ready for advanced lectures on spiritual matters;

Subject Passage:

But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?
1 Corinthians 3:1‭-‬3 ESV

Here we see milk and solid food mentioned together.

The Greek word used in this verse when it speaks of ‘solid food’ is ‘bróma’, and this ancient word has legal English translations being; ‘meat, food’ (ref. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance for word number G1033;
https://biblehub.com/interlinear/1_corinthians/3-2.htm).

The very fact that it says ‘food’ (ESV) / ‘meat’ (KJV) here in 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 within this metaphor, perhaps assists us in seeing that the actual commandment in Exodus and Deuteronomy is speaking of forbidden food mixture(s) – being meat with milk being cooked together.

Hebrews 5:13-14 also shares a milk and ‘food’ metaphor in the same way – the ancient Greek used for ‘food’ there also refers to ‘nourishment’ (Strong’s G5160);

‘for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature…’
(Hebrews 5:13‭-‬14 ESV)

The use of milk and solid ‘food‘ here as a metaphor, and how different kinds of specific teachings are not shared together with ‘new people still of the flesh who are still trying to turn to G-d and gain repentance that leads to everlasting life without end (ref. 2 Corinthians 7:10, Acts 11:18)’ – shows us good premise to the prohibition against the cooking and eating of meat and milk.

Hebrews 6:1-2 is the passage here which confirms what meat and milk represent in the metaphor – milk representing the basic gospel (good news) message;

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
Hebrews 6:1‭-‬2 ESV

What Does This All Mean?

This all means that this commandment should be looked at closely, and that those who may currently dismiss it as to not be speaking about forbidden food mixture(s), cooking and eating – should reconsider.

Potential Rebuttal And Response:

A potential rebuttal that a person might give in response to the interpretation of this commandment, is that Abraham served three men/angels dairy (curds and milk) and meat (a calf);

Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.
Genesis 18:8 ESV

This verse can look seemingly devastating with regard to the commandment’s interpretation.

Peaceably, and with view to doing what is good, a potential response to such a rebuttal might be;

Faithful Noah knew what clean and unclean animals were (Genesis 7:2, 7:8, 8:20), thus logically so to did Abraham (Genesis 26:5).

What Noah did not perhaps have, is the commandment of circumcision – that came later at the time of Abraham when he was 99 years old (Genesis 17:24), and it was from then on that male uncircumcision after eight days of age was deemed an unclean and sinful state for G-d’s people to be in (Genesis 17:12).

What we also do not see in the Holy Scripture during the times of faithful Noah and Abraham on the earth is the commandment to abstain from cooking meat and milk together though – this also came later with Moses, like circumcision.

With these sighted differences, one could perhaps then ask the question;

‘did Noah and Abraham ever receive instruction at that time about the forbidden cooking and in turn mixture of these clean (kosher) foods (meat and milk) – just like how Noah likely did not know about circumcision, though later Abraham was instructed?’

The written commandment regarding meat and milk was recieved in the Law of Moses after Noah and Abraham had both died, and we have its application by interpretation today.

The cooking and therefore consumption of kosher meat and milk (dairy) together, is thus prohibited by way of careful and reasonable interpretation of the Law of Moses (post Abraham), by the scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 23:1-3).


Contention with this explanation is to be expected – hoping however, you can appreciate the balanced manner that it was written in.

It certainly does involve a little sober weighing and I hope it is a blessing right next to tefillin, tzitzit, mezuzot, and other commandments which are simple to apply, G-d willing.

G-d is good and the Lamb is worthy (ref. Luke 18:19, Revelation 5:12).

Hoping you are well.

Kind regards,
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Further Responses To Various Objections:

With regard to the specific points of your message;

□ You Wrote:
This would be a suckling less than a year old. The requirements for the goat is to be a year old for offering.

■ Response:
This is a nice submission to make with regard to thinking on the interpretation of Exodus 23:19 and Exodus 34:26.

Your thought is that this commandment perhaps could relate to animal offerings with the priests, as these verses initially begin speaking of firstfruits (offerings) before the meat and milk statute comes in and is mentioned.

We do also see the commandment though in Deuteronomy 14:21, and this instance does not begin with any mention of firstfruits (offerings) – rather, it purely speaks of forbidden food (an animal that dies of itself).

This means that, if a person relies on this ‘offering vs food’ interpretation based on what appeared before the meat and dairy statute, atleast one verse will be broken – the two in Exodus or the one in Deuteronomy. Scripture says such is not allowed (John 10:35).

Commentary isn’t always correct, however it can serve as a reference sometimes.

If we consider this, and the fact that perhaps no published commentary states that the ‘young goat in its mother’s milk’ relates to matters concerning offerings;

If we soberly review the interpretation of the scribes and Pharisees, which could perhaps be considered cautious and safe in this instance;

if we also note that there are three verses which feature this statute, and that it is food ‘related’ matters which appear to be the common denominator mentioned just before the meat and milk statute, in every single instance;

Perhaps reconsideration of the current position you have submitted could be considered a reasonable and dilligent thing.

□ You Wrote:
Secondly this would not pertain to poultry and and fish for they do not produce milk.

■ Response:
Peaceably, the scribes and Pharisees interpreted this commandment, and zealously applied it to all meat and dairy.

Scripture wholeheartedly encourages us to study as much possible (2 Timothy 2:15), and I pray we find acceptable observance.

Without bias here, I personally don’t feel like a chicken (meat) sandwich with a glass of milk at this time .

□ You Wrote:
This is one command that has been stretched beyond its limits. This is even disputed among Rabbis and different sects of Judaism. Some Rabbis say wait 2,3,4,5,6 hours between meat and dairy as in they are guessing.

■ Response:
Peaceably, the accepted stringent ‘wait time’ if you will, is said to be six (6) hours from the time of eating – with regards to these two food categories, from each other.

A link which features this information can be found here:

www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1149824/jewish/Meat-Milk

□ You Wrote:
If we listened to all those some of us would be sitting in a dark room on Sabbath afraid to use the bathroom.

■ Response:
Peaceably, a new believer might want to observe the commandment so much – they might refrain from flushing.

Today, if they sought the instruction/opinion of the scribes and Pharisees (typically orthodox rabbis), they would largely be told that a flush is acceptable for their reference (ref. r.Reuven).

Another new believer might simply read past, and thus not know how to interpret Deuteronomy 6:8 – a verse which by the zealous interpretation of the scribes and Pharisees is instructing the use of the phylacteries (tefilin) which are mentioned in Matthew 23:5;

You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
Deuteronomy 6:8 ESV

‘…phylacteries…and…fringes…’
(Matthew 23:5 ESV)

Hoping it is fruitful with you, and may G-d bless beyond maximum in Christ (Messiah). Amen.

Hoping it is a blessing to you.

Shalom and kind regards,

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The Day Of Atonement (Yom Kippur)

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Brief Summary

This message aims to briefly touch upon the holy day known as The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), explain some practical observance, tips, and demonstrate the relevance of this everlasting statute.

A potential and popular rebuttal to a believer observing commandments such as Yom Kippur (The Day Of Atonement) is also peaceably responded to.

***Please note this holy day does not take place on the same day each year on the Gregorian calendar – as the Hebrew calendar does not align with it.

Thus in the year 2022 say, The Day Of Atonement will not take place from Wednesday the 15th of September in the evening until Thursday the 16th at sunset. It will take place on a different day on the Gregorian calendar. ****


Begin

Re: The Day Of Atonement (Yom Kippur) 2021.

Good morning,

This evening (Wednesday 15th September 2021), Yom Kippur (The Day Of Atonement) will begin.

It concludes tomorrow (Thursday at evening, sunset).

This day is one of several holy occaisions on the Biblical Holiday calendar, which take place annually.

With one believing in G-d, and also in the risen Messiah (Christ) (ref. Isaiah 50:10, John 14:1) the high priest in the order of Mechizadek (Psalm 45:7, 110:4), who mediates the new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31, Isaiah 42:6, 49:8) – which ultimately means everlasting life without end at resurrection for all who believe (ref. Isaiah 28:16, 28:18, Ephesians 2:20, John 3:14-16);

This is an opportunity for grasshoppers like us (ref. Isaiah 40:22) to observe the commandment (ref. Romans 3:31 ESV, Matthew 5:19-20), and demonstrate our sincere repentance (ref. 1 John 1:8-9) with a full fast and no work for the entirety of Yom Kippur (24+ hours), amongst other things.

This is all undertaken whilst the high priest in the order of Melchizedek intercedes (prays) for us (Isaiah 53:12 ESV, Romans 8:34) in the highest heaven (Hebrews 4:14) where the temple of G-d is (Revelation 14:15-18, 21:22).


The Day Of Atonement In Holy Scripture:

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Now on the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be for you a time of holy convocation, and you shall afflict yourselves and present a food offering to the LORD. And you shall not do any work on that very day, for it is a Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your GOD. For whoever is not afflicted on that very day shall be cut off from his people. And whoever does any work on that very day, that person I will destroy from among his people. You shall not do any work. It is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwelling places. It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict yourselves. On the ninth day of the month beginning at evening, from evening to evening shall you keep your Sabbath.”
Leviticus 23:26‭-‬32 ESV


Free Resource Regarding Yom Kippur Observance:

A free resource regarding Yom Kipour observance from the scribes and Pharisees of today (ref. Matthew 23:1-3) can be found at the below link.

Some healthy observance tips can be gleaned from it as inspiration for the day.

Kindly disregard the practice mentioned at the link, known as ‘kaparot’ – which involves a chicken.

Chabad Your Yom Kippur Guide – 2021:

www.chabad.org/tools/subscribe/email/view_cdo/i/8A35D917402345A2:6D25078240F5100460FA86201C7B86FB887BDF9853BB53397421034B20F714EF#utm_medium=email&utm_source=10_holiday_guide_en&utm_campaign=en&utm_content=header


Potential Rebuttal:

Peaceably, a potential objection based on a person’s current understanding (most likley come from a ‘Mainstream [false] Christianity’ position here, might read along the lines of;

□ Potential Rebuttle:

‘I no longer need to do this [observe Yom Kippur etc.]. Jesus Christ has redeemed me and sealed me with the Spirit of God. I do not need an atonement. I am accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:5-7)’

Response:

Ephesians 1:5-7 reads as follows;

he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
Ephesians 1:5‭-‬7 ESV

One will notice that this passage states a believer has ‘…redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses…’ – but what does this actually mean?

This phrase means that G-d has forgiven a believer of their sins by grace through faith, as they believe in Christ.

When Scripture speaks of ‘Christ’s blood making a person clean’, such is referring to his faithful observant walk even until death and resurrection – where he then was declared High Priest in the order of Melchizedek (Psalm 45:7, 110:4).

Christ (Messiah) thus acts as a believer’s representation (as high priest in the order of Melchizedek) for believers with regard to the new covenant;

‘…he… makes intercession for the transgressors.’
(Isaiah 53:12 ESV)

‘…Christ Jesus… is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.’
(Romans 8:34 NASB2020)

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,
1 Timothy 2:5 NIV

What a person then reads, is that in no place does Christ or a believer relax the commandments – rather, they uphold the Law of Moses;

Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:31 ESV.

‘…but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.’
(Matthew 5:19‭-‬20 NIV)

Observing the Holy days such as The Day Of Atonement, forms part of a believer’s walk – it’s a commandment along with the others such as Passover.

A believer can observe the following Scriptural accounts that we see recorded for us, where believers participated in such commandments, which also included offerings at the temple – even after the death and resurrection of the Messiah (Christ);

■ The Apostle Paul observed the feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover) and Pentecost – both of which required sacrifice/offerings during the times of the Second Temple, in Jerusalem.

‘…saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.’
(Acts 18:21 KJV)

And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days. For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.
Acts 20:6‭, ‬20:16 KJV

The feast of Passover included an animal offering etc. in the approved temple in Jerusalem where it would be slaughtered, as per the commandment;

And you shall offer the Passover sacrifice to the LORD your God, from the flock or the herd, at the place that the LORD will choose, to make his name dwell there.
Deuteronomy 16:2 ESV (also see Leviticus 23:8)

Pentecost (Shavuot / The Feast Of Weeks) as we see mentioned in Acts 20:16, also involved offerings (ref. Leviticus 23:16-21).

■ The Apostle Paul also encouraged Gentiles who had believed, to observe the law of Moses in the Temple, and this involved offerings;

‘take these men and purify yourself along with them and pay their expenses… you yourself also live in observance of the law. Then Paul took the men, and the next day he purified himself along with them and went into the temple, giving notice when the days of purification would be fulfilled and the offering presented for each one of them.’
(Acts 21:24‭, ‬21:26 ESV).

More on this can be read here:
In The Temple – Paul Encourages Gentiles To Observe The Law Of Moses (Acts 21:24, 21:28, 26:19-21)

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/01/19/proving-paul-encourages-gentiles-to-observe-the-law-of-moses/

Today, there is no Temple, and thus the portion of the commandment(s) which state a food offering/sacrifice must be brought to the temple – is not to be observed as per Torah Law and the interpretation of the scribes and the Pharisees (ref. Matthew 23:1-3).

Peaceably, this is not free licence to abolish, relax, or pick and choose from the Law of Moses (ref. Matthew 5:19-20).

This is however one great benefit of having the created Lord Jesus (Yehoshua/Yeshua) Christ as High Priest in the order of Melchizedek interceding for a believer (ref. Acts 15:11).

Hoping all good things go well.

Shalom and kind regards,

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua/Yeshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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1 John 2:1-2: ‘…propitiation for our sins…’ –  Christ Makes Intercession, And Is Not A Human Sacrifice (Explained)

1 John 2:1-2: ‘…propitiation for our sins…’ –  Christ Makes Intercession, And Is Not A Human Sacrifice (Explained)

Luke 11:5-9 Parable Explained: The Gospel Is Eternal – Even After The End Of The Age, Everlasting Life. – (Updated)

There is No trinity – John 1:1


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Free Resources, Tips To Help You Study The Bible

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Brief Summary

This explanation aims to share free resources and mention some of their strengths which assist in the study of the Holy Scriptures.

The Resources Include;

■ Bible by YouVersion (Application)
■ Bible Hub (Website)
■ Bible Gateway (Website)
■ Mishnayot Kehati (Mobile Application)
■ Sefaria (Website + Mobile Application)
■ Daily Jewish Prayers (Mobile Application)

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■ Bible (Application)

At the time of writing, the YouVersion Bible App + Audio by Life.Church is a very useful, free way to read the Bible off-line, or even listen to it being read to you when online.

There are a plethora of translations available, even different languages are available within the Bible application.

The writer’s recommended translations that are quite well balanced are the ESV, NASB, KJV, NKJV, NIV.

There are some select verses which other translations which are not available in the application will be better for, such as the NWT for John 1:1.

Bible is available for both Apple and Android mobile devices.

■ Bible Hub (Website)

At the time of writing, www.Biblehub.com is a very useful tool.

The writer sees this website as stronger for interlinear word review (review of the ancient Hebrew and Greek words), where a word in a verse can be reviewed against the Strong’s Concordances, and its potential definitions looked at and weighed.

When viewed in desktop mode it is also useful for cross-referenced verses.

Many English translations of the Bible can also be viewed on this website, even verse by verse with a large array of translations side-by-side.

■ Bible Gateway (Website)

At the time of writing, www.BibleGateway.com is also a very useful tool.

The writer sees this website stronger for keyword searches (e.g. searching the Bible for verses that contain the word ‘Egypt’).

Many English translations of the Bible can also be viewed on this website, even verse by verse with a large array of translations available.

■ Mishnayot Kehati (Mobile Application)

At the time of writing, the Kehati Mishnah app by Ariel Waitzberg is a comprehensive free resource which allows a person to review the oral law.

This is essentially how the Pharisees would recommend approaching the law of Moses. It also contains customs and some interesting historical notes on ancient life.

Why not start with a review of the Sabbath section!? Simply click ‘Seder Moed -> Shabbat’.

Multiple bookmarks can be made.

The Kehati Mishnah is perhaps the easier to read Mishnah, and it features some explanations of the law of Moses and what the scribes and Pharisees say, highlighted Talmud references and the like.

The application can be viewed in both Hebrew and English.

Mishnayot Kehati is available for both Apple and Android mobile devices.

■ Sefaria (Website + Mobile Application)

At the time of writing, the Sefaria app by Sefaria is a comprehensive free resource library which allows a person to review review older biblical commentary from known Hebrew commentators.

These can be useful when weighing Scripture, and can also be viewed in website form at www.Sefaria.org

This resource also contains many works relating to Halakhah (Jewish Law) and also a translation of the Tanakh (Old Testament) to English based on the their translators current understanding of the Scriptures.

■ Daily Jewish Prayers (Mobile Application)

At the time of writing, the Daily Jewish Prayers by MarSass app is a free resource which contains some Jewish Prayers and blessings.

This can be handy in learning a selection for prayer and some blessings.

A person can view these materials in English, transliterated, and Hebrew.

Hoping this list is of benefit to you in at least one way.

Shalom and kind regards,

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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Commandments You Can Buy Now, With This Faith

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How The Quran Does Not Agree With The Bible – (Peaceably: Q3:84, Q4:93)

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Brief Summary

Here it will be shown how both Q3:84 and Q4:93 do not agree with the Bible.

Q3:84 Gives mention to Ishmael, and although people from all nations are welcome to believe the gospel – Holy Scripture states believers become Israelites, and that the promise of eternal life without end is given only to Israel (Abraham -> Isaac -> Jacob/Israel).

Q4:93 tells us that if a person deliberately kills a believer, they go to hell where they stay forever. This means no forgiveness.

Holy Scripture however, tells us that all sins are forgivable, except for blasphemy of G-d’s Holy Spirit.

Begin

Peaceably,
If one reads the following sura they will notice something a little off;

‘Say, “We believe in God… and in what was revealed to Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the Patriarchs; and in what was given to Moses, and Jesus, and the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we submit.”‘
(Q3:84 Clear Quran)

If we turn to the Bible, we will see that people of all nations are welcome to believe in the risen Messiah (Christ) – however in no place does it state that ‘Ishmael’ is part of the family tree for a believer;

‘…God said to Abraham,… through Isaac shall your offspring be named.’
(Genesis 21:12 ESV)

of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.”
Hebrews 11:18 ESV

This is because if one believes the gospel, a person becomes a citizens of Israel (Ephesians 2:12-14, 2:19-20, Galatians 6:16) – Israelites (Abraham -> Isaac -> Jacob/Israel).

Why is this important? Everlasting Life without end.

Civilly, in no nplace is the name Ishmael a part of the progression from Abraham to Israel, as it went through Issac.

Also the promise of everlasting life without end at resurrection is only to Israel and Judah;

‘…declares the LORD, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,’
(Hebrews 8:8 ESV)

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah,
(Jeremiah 31:31 ESV)

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
Romans 10:9‭-‬10 ESV

How could a person interpret Q3:84 with regards to ‘Ishmael’ being mentioned?

One Could perhaps interpret it as meaning when G-d gave the commandment of circumcision to Abraham, as Ishmael was present.

The Commandment is for all males to be circumcised on the 8th day of age (ref. Genesis 17:12).

We understand that Abraham was 99 years old at the time, and Ishmael was 13 years old at the time (ref. Genesis 17:24-25).

Does this then make the Quran a correct book if we interpret the mentioning of Ishmael in Q3:84 as only regarding the commandment of circumcision on the 8th day?

Perhaps we can answer this question with a question;

Q4:93 seems to state that a person who kills a believer will remain in hell forever;

Whoever kills a believer deliberately, the penalty for him is Hell, where he will remain forever. And God will be angry with him, and will curse him, and will prepare for him a terrible punishment.
Q4:93 Clear Quran

As Q4:93 states that, such a person is sent to hell forever, this speaks of unforgivness.

Holy Scripture however, makes it quite clear that all sins are forgivable, except one;

Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
Matthew 12:31 ESV

A work around might be to see the ‘Mohsin Khan’ translation for this sura (https://corpus.quran.com/translation.jsp?chapter=4&verse=93)
– however by review of the Arabic (https://corpus.quran.com/wordbyword.jsp?chapter=4&verse=93), it tends to show that even that translation is suggesting no forgiveness ever for the murder of a believer.

Peaceably, this would mean that the Quran does not agree with the Holy Bible, and the way to everlasting life by believing in Christ.

The rule is that;

‘…the scripture cannot be broken…’
(John 10:35 KJV)

Hoping it is fruitful, as you learn and apply G-d’s good commandments (the Law of Moses) with this faith;

For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:28‭, ‬3:31 ESV

Hoping it is fruitful with you.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

Salaam, shalom, and kind regards,

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It is supplied here purely for reference to explain it in context when compared with the Holy Scriptures (Genesis through Revelation). Shalom, Salaam.

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Giving Thanks: Before And After A Meal! Explaining The Commandment.

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Brief Summary

Did you know that according to Holy Scripture, a person is to bless G-d, giving thanks both before and after a meal, and that this is a commandment?

Here this will be shown, along with some traditional blessings which will be shared also.

Table Of Contents

Blessing In Scripture
After a Meal In Scripture
Before a Meal In Scripture

Blessings We Say Before And After A Meal/Food?
The Blessings Before Meals
The Blessings After Meals

When Finishing A Blessing, Giving Thanks, Or Praying

Begin

After a Meal In Scripture

Holy Scripture actually states that it is after a meal that a person blesses G-d for the food.

It says;

When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.
Deuteronomy 8:10 NIV

From this verse we see that after one has eaten, they then bless G-d.

About the land that is mentioned that we give thanks for:

One will notice that the verse here goes on to say ‘…for the good land he has given you.’ (NIV).

Whilst this was fulfilled just after the Exodus for Israel, it still has current application as believers In Messiah (Christ) believe they have received a land and home above;

‘But God, being rich in mercy,… made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, remember… the commonwealth of Israel… the covenants of promise,… you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,’
(Ephesians 2:4‭-‬6‭, ‬2:12‭, ‬2:19 ESV)

For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.
But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
Hebrews 11:14‭, ‬11:16 ESV

‘…the Israel of God.’
(Galatians 6:16 NASB2020)

Before A Meal In Scripture

Most are familiar with the concept of blessing before a meal or snack.

This healthy habit is largely birthed by rabinnical (Pharisee) tradition, and can be seen in Holy Scripture;

Having said this, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all, and he broke it and began to eat.
Acts 27:35 NASB2020

‘Now while they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples…’
(Matthew 26:26 NASB2020)

‘Then Jesus spoke… saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses. Therefore, whatever they tell you, do and comply with it all…’
(Matthew 23:1‭-‬3 NASB2020)

Blessings We Say Before And After A Meal/Food?

We now see that blessing G-d and giving thanks before and after a meal is a commandment in Holy Scripture.

Here are the traditional blessings for different types of food for reference;

The Blessings Before Meals

The various blessings before eating are spelled out in both English and Hebrew, and spoken for the different classified foods here;

www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/90551/jewish/Texts-of-Blessings-Before-Eating.htm#1

The Blessings After Meals

The various blessings after one has finished eating are spelled out in both English and Hebrew for the different classified foods here;

www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/279951/jewish/Grace-After-Meals.htm

Note: One may note that the King Messiah has instructed us to not make out prayers lengthy for the sake of it, or pray in public for the sake of being seen by others (Matthew 6:5-8).

With this in mind, if some traditional blessings are too long for you, such as Birkat Ha-Mazon (Grace After Meals; the blessing for after having eaten a meal which contained bread); a custom selection from said long blessing(s) is quite acceptable.

When Finishing A Blessing, Giving Thanks, And Praying

A believer finishes giving thanks to the holy G-d in the name of His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua/Yeshua HaMoshiach) – as per the verse;

always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:20 NIV

Why and how so?

Because the name of the Messiah (Christ) is access to G-d, for prayer to be heard;

‘…Christ Jesus… through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.’
(Ephesians 2:13‭, ‬2:18 NIV)

Hoping it is fruitful with you.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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Not To Live With A Gentile / Sinner – (Acts 10:28, Mathew 8:20’s ‘foxes have holes…’, Galatians 2)

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Brief Summary

This explanation of Holy Scripture aims to share the instruction of how a believer is not to associate with an unbeliever – even under a residential roof, eating with them.

This is likely a statute derrived from the Law of Moses in an effort to keep the people of Israel separate and holy – as people tend to influence people;

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17 NIV

At the same time, a believer is to be at peace, be polite and gracious;

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Romans 12:18 NIV

‘Let your conversation be always full of grace…’
(Colossians 4:6 NIV)

For the sake of clarification and terminology, Scripture states that people of all nations who believe in Christ, become citizens of Israel (Genesis 22:18, Galatians 3:16, Ephesians 2:12-13, 2:14, 2:19) – the Israel of God (ref. Galatians 6:15-16).

Table Of Contents:

Begin – Acts 10 Speaks Of The Ancient Statute
Further Evidence Of The Ancient Statute: Cephas (Galatians 2)
The Statute Can Be Seen In Matthew 8:20’s ‘…foxes have holes,… but the Son of man hath nowhere to lay his head.’
How Do We Treat Sinning Brothers?
Benefits Of The Statute To Not Associate/Live With People Of The Nations
Believer’s Share With Gentiles, Peaceably

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Begin – Acts 10 Speaks Of The Ancient Statute

Acts 10 touches on this statute, where we read that it is not lawful to associate or visit anyone of another nation (unbelievers);

‘And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation…’
(Acts 10:28 ESV)

Note: Scripture states that people of all nations who believe in Christ, become citizens of Israel (Genesis 22:18, Galatians 3:16, Ephesians 2:12-13, 2:14, 2:19) – the Israel of God (ref. Galatians 6:15-16).

The verse does however then go on to say that Peter should not call any person unclean (unworthy) of associating with or visiting.

The explanation? This is speaking of persons who may have originally been born in other nations, and then believe the gospel (as these are made clean by faith);

‘…but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean.’
(Acts 10:28 ESV)

‘…“What God has made clean, do not call common.”’
(Acts 10:15 ESV)

We see in the next chapter of Acts, that the statute to not live or associate under a Gentile’s roof is further reinforced;

So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.”
Acts 11:2‭-‬3 ESV

The defence given by Peter as to why he visited Gentiles who had not officially believed in Christ (Messiah) yet, is the same as that which we have just read in Acts 10:15; he was given permission to meet under the roof of Cornelius – as G-d had allocated him to believe the gospel;

And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house.
Acts 11:12 ESV

Cornelius was being drawn by G-d to the Son. Peter certainly had permission;

‘No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him….’
(John 6:44 ESV)

Further Evidence Of The Ancient Statute: Cephas (Galatians 2)

In Galatians 2, we see the account of when zealous Cephas was told off by the apostle Paul, because he refused eat with some Gentiles who had believed the gospel;

‘…James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and separate himself, fearing those from the circumcision.
But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?’
(Galatians 2:12‭, ‬2:14 NASB2020)

The reason for the incorrect approach that Cephas displayed at that time, would have likely been that he was still grasping the ‘…truth of the gospel…’ (NASB2020) – in that, even Greeks who believe are deemed Israelites from then on (Genesis 22:18, Galatians 3:16, Ephesians 2:12-13, 2:14, 2:19, 6:15-16).

We also see this truth in Acts 21, where In The Temple – Paul Encourages Gentiles To Observe The Law Of Moses (Acts 21:24, 21:28, 26:19-21)

More on this can be read here:
[ www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/01/19/proving-paul-encourages-gentiles-to-observe-the-law-of-moses/ ]

The Statute Can Be Seen In Matthew 8:20’s ‘…foxes have holes,… but the Son of man hath nowhere to lay his head.’

We can perhaps see the statute of how a believing Israelite should not stay with unbelievers, as being atleast hinted to in the famous saying of the King Messiah (Christ);

And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
Matthew 8:20 ESV

When it says ‘foxes’, this relates to sinful, unbelieving mankind, even some pharisees who were particularly hypocritical at the time – anyone engaged in foreign spiritual practices (John 8:44, Ephesians 6:12).

When it says ‘birds’ of the air, this relates to angelic beings and/or mankind who have died and gone on to what is next in a spiritual-type of form (ref. Matthew 13:31-32 & Psalm 84:3; The kingdom of heaven likened to a tree in which birds nest).

These two groups have places to stay, however the King Messiah (Christ) was a righteous person whom Scripture states had no place to stay – especially when travelling.

In this verse Christ represents a believer walking in the way of the LORD.

His faithful disciples did stay with him, G-d allocated them to be faithful followers with him and have authority over demons and spirits then (Matthew 10:1-4, John 17:20).

A person might state that Judas was a sinner, thus the verse cannot possibly be compatible with the statute of how believers are not to live with Gentiles/sinners;

‘But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him),… was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.’
(John 12:4‭, ‬12:6 ESV)

The explanation here could perhaps be, that by having Judas (a then sinning thief) staying with the faithful, that this is a prime example given to mankind as to what happens to Israel if we begin to mix and live with the nations, break the statute of being set apart, and become unequally yoked.

This is said as in that account it ended very badly.

The sinner eventually betrayed the faithful, and this famously led to the death of the righteous in this instance.

How Do We Treat Sinning Brothers?

After taking the instructed steps found in Matthew 18:15-17, Holy Scripture instructs believer’s to treat sinning brothers mercifully – however, as if they are gentiles instead of brothers (with mercy, kindness, though a distance and caution) – until they ideally repent, turn, and come back to the fold;

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
Matthew 18:15‭-‬17 ESV

This is a positive motivator to the sinner.

Scripture further, shows us that those who do not believe in Christ (i.e. by way of following him), are inturn deemed unclean, common; ‘dead’;

Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”
Matthew 8:21‭-‬22 ESV

This terminilogy is with regards to everlasting life without end at resurrection.

Benefits Of The Statute To Not Associate/Live With People Of The Nations

The benefits of this statute according to Torah Law are essentially a positive, preventative measure against intermarriage, cross breeding between Israelites and Gentiles (non believer’s), and the adoption of forbidden any spiritual practices;

Exodus 34:15 and Deuteronomy 7:3-4 are two passages which show us that intermarriage with unbelievers and foreign spiritual practices are all forbidden;

Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them: you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons. For they will turn your sons away from following Me, and they will serve other gods; then the anger of the Lord will be kindled against you and He will quickly destroy you.
Deuteronomy 7:3‭-‬4 NASB2020.

Genesis 34:14-17 is an actual account that took place prior to Messiah.

Circumcision was the indicator then amongst the Jews that meant successful conversion.

For marriage to take place, a foreign male would need to be circumcised to join the people, to get married.

This is the same attitude that some zealous Pharisees who believed in Christ (Messiah) still clung to in Acts 15:1 – however we later learn that it is the believing in Messiah (Christ) that renders a person joined with the Holy G-d by grace though faith (Acts 15:8-9, Isaiah 56:6, Ephesians 2:8-9).

Said believing person then gets circumcised (Romans 3:31, 6:1-3 ESV).

[More on this matter can be read in the explanation entitled: ‘Acts 15:1 – Circumcision Was Never Abolished.

https://orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2020/07/14/acts-15-1-circumcision-was-never-abolished/ ]

Believer’s Share With Gentiles, Peaceably

With all this having been Peaceably shared, a believer shares the gospel peaceably with unbelievers, ideally as we see in the example of the apostle Paul – in public settings;

So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I see that you are very religious in all respects.
Acts 17:22 NASB2020

May we be found imitators;

‘…imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.’
(Hebrews 6:12 NIV)

Hoping it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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The Tanakh (Old Testament) Never Really Intended The Messiah (Christ) To Have A Typical, ‘Traditional’ Birth (Psalm 110:1, Matthew 22:42-46)

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Brief Summary

This explanation is another proof which shows that the Messiah is Christ.

This is achieved by sharing Psalm 110:1 and how it actually tells us that the Messiah would not have a typical, ‘traditional’ birth – as Matthew 22:42-46 explains by way of riddle.

This explanation is extracted from the larger article entitled ‘Proving The Messiah (Jesus) Is King David’s Descendant – From The Torah (Definitive)‘:

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/06/09/the-messiah-is-meant-to-be-king-davids-direct-descendant-proving-jesus/

Begin

Did you know that the Tanakh (Old Testament) never really intended Christ to be of a typical, ‘traditional’ birth – or even an actual ‘literal blood descendant of king David – by way of Messiah’s human father’?

This is actually a key fact, as without it Psalm 110:1 would be broken.

You see, in Psalm 110:1, king David actually calls the Messiah (Christ) his ‘master’/’lord’ – a title which a parent does not usually use when speaking of his own offspring;

The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”
Psalms 110:1 NIV

The New Testament (Brit Chadasha) answers the Psalm to this effect – expounding on the context of the Psalm in a riddle;

saying, “What do you think about the ChristWhose son is he?”
They said to him, “The son of David.”
He said to them, “How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”’?

If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?
And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.
Matthew 22:42‭-‬46 ESV

Here, the Messiah (Christ) is attached to and descended from the house of king David – however, Christ was not born of his human father Joseph’s seed (G-d put Christ into faithful Mary’s womb via way of miracle, and Mary was then married to Joseph).

Christ is thus both a descendant of king David by way of poetic, spiritual linkage – and at the same time, is superior to king David, being his lord, as per the Psalm and the New Testament’s (Brit Chadasha’s) explaining of it.

This answers and explains how the Tanakh (Old Testament) actually foretold and notified us, that the birth of the Messiah (Christ), and inturn his literal family link to the house of king David and also his son king Solomon – would not be typical, but very special.

This is said as a father does not address his son as his lord (superior).

This explanation is extracted from the larger article entitled ‘Proving The Messiah (Jesus) Is King David’s Descendant – From The Torah (Definitive)‘.

Hoping it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen, created Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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Can We Use The Name Jesus For The Messiah (Christ)?

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Brief Summary

The name of the Messiah (Christ) – the created, righteous Son of G-d, has appeared in and has reportadly been translated back and forth through several languages – such as Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and back to Greek.

This explanation shares the variants, language rescource(s) and even variants to the names of other men that appear in the Bible.

Begin

Here is a link from Biblehub which features the Strong’s Concordance ancient Greek word that is usually translated to ‘Jesus‘ in the Holy Scriptures;

www.biblehub.com/greek/2424.htm

The above is a highly accurate, legal concordance (a resource used for linguistic study and translation) – and from the link we can see that there are different variants of the word which resemble the name of Christ (Messiah).

From the Strong’s Concordance and the Exhaustive edition (appearing a little lower on the page), we arrive at some of the following variants which have been lined up on a type of familiar word progression to see;

Iesou -> Yeshu -> Yeshua -> Yehoshua.
Iesous -> Jesus -> Yeshua -> Yehoshua.

According to some*, Ye[ho]shua also appears to perhaps be the accepted traditional variant to Yeshua.

Both appear in the Greek Concordance and perhaps better represent the Hebrew as if it were translated into English.

Jesus appears to have similarities to Iesous and perhaps also Yeshu[a].

Which one should we use?

Many Hebrew names in the Bible can tend to appear a little differently in the New Testament, and even in the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament) – once they go through the ‘language wash cycle’.

Such include ‘Isaiah’ (Isaiah 1:1) and ‘Esaias’ (Matthew 3:3) which was from ‘Yeshayahu‘ (www.biblehub.com/hebrew/3470.htm ),

and even,

‘Elijah’ (2 Kings 2:2) from a longer original Hebrew variant to ‘Elias’ (Matthew 17:4), and the like.

Peaceably, perhaps all these variants seem to be treasured. If a person was against the use of the name ‘Jesus’ (Iesou -> Yeshu), and was thus enforcing such abstinence as mandatory practice on others;

do they also refrain from using the name Isaiah and instead use Yeshayahu – and if so, on what grounds, as Isaiah is accepted and used frequently by the dear scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 23:1-3).

Really hoping all good things go well, and it is fruitful.

Hoping it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen, created Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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There Is No Trinity

Hebrews 7:27 Explained – Human Sacrifices Are Forbidden.

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‘Echad’: How Mark Shows Us It Simply Means G-d Is One, Not Three, And That There Is No Other (Deuteronomy 6:4, Mark 12:32).

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Brief Summary

The purpose of this explanation is to demonstrate the context of what Deuteronomy 6:4 means when it says ‘…the LORD is one.’.

Some feel that the Hebrew word (echad) that is translated as ‘one’ can also mean ‘united’, and thus they will mistakenly try to associate this with the man-made incorrect 3-in-1 doctrine known as the ‘trinity’.

What we do find is that Scripture answers Scripture here, with regard to the context of Deuteronomy 6:4 – as it is clarified in Mark 12:32; ‘…there is no other.’

An interesting current day extrabiblical reference will also be shared, which agrees with the fuller scope of Holy Scripture in this instance.

Begin

Deuteronomy 6:4 reads as follows;

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
Deuteronomy 6:4 ESV

In the New Testament (Brit Chadasha), after the King Messiah (Christ) references Deuteronomy 6:4 in the book of Mark, the context to the above verse is shared with us;

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Mark 12:29 NIV,

The context of the the phrase ‘…the LORD is one.’ is given to us in Mark 12:32 – which reads as follows in its entirety;

“Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him.
Mark 12:32 NIV

The context of Deuteronomy 6:4 is thus confirmed as not to be relating to plurality, multi-unity, or united-ness of any kind – but rather, oneness.

Oneness in the context that ‘there is no other’ [G-d] that Israel – the chosen people, made up of people of all nations who believe (Genesis 22:18, Galatians 3:16) – may worship.

An interesting observation is that this context is given mention in the siddurim (prayer books) of zealous though currently unbelieving Judaism.

Currently, one may look on the first pages of the Shema, in the English which recites Deuteronomy 6:4, and see this exact context mentioned in brackets. (Reference: Artscroll Transliterated Interlinear Prayer Siddur (Weekday).

The ancient Hebrew word ‘echad’ (H259), which is translated as ‘one’ in Deuteronomy 6:4, can be examined on the Biblehub website here with it’s legal English definitions and usages from the Strong’s Hebrew Concordance and Exhaustive Concordance.

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There Is No Trinity

Hebrews 7:27 Explained – Human Sacrifices Are Forbidden.

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Matthew 5:17-18 Explained; ‘…not to abolish but to fulfill…’ and ‘…not a dot will pass from the Law until all is accomplished…’

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Introduction

Here we will see that in no place does the well read passage of Matthew 5:17-18 abolish or cancel Torah Law (the law of Moses).

Instead, we will learn that the things that these verses actually speak of are as follows;

A) Christ was not sent to cancel the Law of Moses, but rather observe (fulfil) G-d’s commandments in his own walk.

B) when it says ‘…not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.’ (ESV), this means no laws are cancelled as per the previous verse – however the ‘new covenant’ was put in place at his death and resurrection – and this means believers are under the new covenant, not the old.

The new covenant ultimately means everlasting life without end at resurrection, and a believer observes the Law of Moses with their believing in G-d and in Messiah (Christ).

You are most welcome to read on for more detailed information with references.

Begin

Subject Passage:

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
Matthew 5:17‭-‬18 ESV

Part Verse 17:


‘…the Law…I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them….’ (ESV)

The verse here is telling us that Messiah (Christ) would not remove a single commandment from the Law of Moses.

It tells us instead that;

• Messiah (Christ) came to observe and satisfy all the commandments with regard to his own walk (Psalm 45:7), and fulfil prophetic verses, without sinning once (Isaiah 53:9, Hebrews 4:15).

He would then be raised from the dead and be declared High Priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 110:4, 45:7), mediating the new covenant (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8, 53:12, Romans 8:34, Jeremiah 31:31) which means everlasting life to all who believe (Isaiah 28:16, 28:18, Eph 2:20, John 3:16).

Part Verse 18:

‘…not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished….’ (ESV)

This verse re-emphisises the fact that the law of Moses is forever (Psalm 119:160).

At the death and resurrection of Messiah (Christ) however, the new covenant was instituted for all who believe (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8).

• Levitical sons of Aaron remain priests (Exodus 29:9, Isaiah 66:21-22), as these mediate the mosaic covenant.

The mosaic covenant of deeds based righteousness however does come to an end for those who believ here in Messiah (Christ) (only) (ref. Hebrews 8:13, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Isaiah 53:11-12).

This is because Christ (Messiah) was given as a high priest and mediates the new covenant (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8, 53:12, Romans 8:34, Jeremiah 31:31, Psalms 110:4) – which means righteousness from G-d by faith (Philippians 3:9) that results in everlasting life without end at resurrection, instead of a potentially long life at resurrection that ends in eventual perishing (Isaiah 65:20, IBN Ezra on Isaiah 65:20).

• Again, Christ mediates the new covenant which means everlasting life without end at resurrection for those who believe (Isaiah 28:16, 28:18, Eph 2:20, John 3:16).

He is the confirmed high priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 45:7, 110:4, Hebrews 4:15) – a recognised priesthood (Genesis 14:8) that is legal and regarded.

Hoping it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum,  believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus (Yehoshua) Christ (the Messiah). Amen.

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Should You Drive On The Sabbath To Meet?

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Brief Introduction

Here we will see that lighting a fire on the Sabbath is a forbidden activity, and with this the scribes and Pharisees explain that starting a car engine is also listed as a forbidden activity on the Sabbath as it involves sparks, the ignition and burning of fuel – even the boiling of water.

Solutions are peaceably submitted, along with Scripture references.

Begin

Briefly the intent is to share what the Pharisees (typically dear Orthodox Jews) instruct on this matter.

They state that as the starting of a petrol style car engine required a spark, the ignition of fuel, and the continual burning of fuel – such is forbidden on the Sabbath.

In the Holy Scriptures we can see that kindling a fire on the Sabbath is a forbidden activity;

You shall kindle no fire in all your dwelling places on the Sabbath day.”
Exodus 35:3 ESV

Though we cannot see a fire when we start a car, the elements of fire typically exist under the hood behind the metal casings – with spark plugs, pistons and the like.

Further to this, a by-product of driving a car on the Sabbath might realistically also include the boiling of water in the radiator etc.

Boiling water is interpreted as also being prohibited on the Sabbath from the following verse;

he said to them, “This is what the LORD has commanded: ‘Tomorrow is a day of solemn rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD; bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over lay aside to be kept till the morning.’”
Exodus 16:23 ESV

In this instance it could perhaps easily be said that the ruling of the scribes and Pharisees is highly supportive of keeping the commandment G-d has given to observe the Sabbath day and keep it holy – thus we should do what they say here;

‘Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you…’
(Matthew 23:1‭-‬3 ESV)

Solutions To Not Being Able To Drive On The Sabbath To Meet

One may now be thinking; if driving is prohibited on the sabbath, how can I meet with a congregation to fellowship with on the day?

This is a good question.

A person / congregation can take alternative measures to meet.

Perhaps you can arrange private lockable accommodation at or within reasonable walking distance to the gathering.

Or perhaps individual lockable tents can be legally pitched at the address – all prior to the Sabbath commencing.

If these options are not available to a person, a known Pharisee today has said something along the lines of; it is best that a person stay home/in place, and keep the day holy in a legal and meaningful way – instead of breaking the commandment.

Congregations and fellowships can also meet on the ‘Lord’s day’ (ref. Rev 1:10) – meaning Sunday, the day Messiah (Christ) was resurrected;

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.
John 20:1 NIV

On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.
Acts 20:7 NIV
(They met here after evening on Saturday. This would mean that the day was actually Sunday – as a new day starts at the evening.)

Potential Rebuttal:

Some might mistakenly raise the following rebuttal to the prohibition of starting and driving a car;

‘I do not feel that driving a car is work, or turning a key is starting a fire [directly] therefore I do it…’

Response:

Peaceably, in the verse which is interpreted from the Law of Moses which forbids the boiling of anything on the sabbath – there is no mentioning of a fresh fire being made…

What does this mean? To the person who might decide to put a pot of water on a pre-existing fire or flame to boil it on the Sabbath day – such would thus be breaking this commandment also;

‘…“This is what the LORD has commanded: ‘Tomorrow is a day of solemn rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD; bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over lay aside to be kept till the morning.’”
(Exodus 16:23 ESV)

The verse simply forbids cooking and boiling – just as the other verses in the Bible forbid lighting a fire, buying and selling, and carrying a burden (especially outside) etc.

This would mean that the indirect starting of a fire and boiling of water by turning the key to the ignition of a car – is breaking the commandments which forbid the kindling of a fire, and boiling of water.

Hoping it is of assistance, and that your study of the other Sabbath laws and restrictions is also fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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How Prayer Actually Works: ‘…ask for anything in my name, and I will do it.’ (John 14:13-14, 14:16 Explained)

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Brief Summary

These three verses are being highlighted to try to explain the basics of how prayer actually works.

From this we will see how here is no ‘trinity’ implied in the verses, by explaining two main facts, which briefly are;

A) Do we ask Christ for things in prayer?

No. The correct translation for these two verses in this instance is the KJV, which does not instruct any such thing.

B) What does it mean when it says Christ ‘will do it’ in both verses?

After we read John 14:16 with our two subject verses, we see that one of Christ’s duties is to pray to the Father – and this is consistent with other verses such as Isaiah 53:12 and Romans 8:34 which both state Christ ‘intercedes’ for people to G-d.

This is what Christ does as high priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 110:4, Hebrews 5:10);

A person prays to G-d in Christ’s name (in honor/recognition of), and then Christ intercedes on our behalf with G-d.

Begin

John 14:13-14 read as follows;

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
John 14:13 KJV

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
John 14:14 KJV

The reason why another translation is not being used here in this instance, is because the majority of other translators have rendered the verse in a way which reads as if it instructs us to pray to Christ.

Such also breaks the instructions found in the famous Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:9);

You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
John 14:14 NIV

Here, the KJV does not render G1473 of the interlinear text for the verse, so it does not have the ‘me‘ in it.

The Concordance shows us the word’s definition is ‘only expressed when emphatic’.

With this, we will now see how John 14:16 provides the context for John 14:13-14 – with regard to what Christ ‘will do’ for those who pray to the Father (G-d) in his name.

What Christ will do is also ‘pray to the Father’ in an effort to see such a prayer made in his name fulfilled;

‘And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you…’
(John 14:16 KJV amended)

To close, some verses which show us Christ as High Priest in the order of Melchizadek, interceding (praying) for people are;

‘…Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.’
(Psalm 110:4 KJV)

‘…designated by God as High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek.’
(Hebrews 5:10 NASB2020)

and,

‘…he… makes intercession for the transgressors.’
(Isaiah 53:12 ESV)

‘…Christ… who is even at the right hand of God,… also maketh intercession for us.’
(Romans 8:34 KJV)

We now know a little more about the basics of how prayer works.

This concludes the explanation, hoping it is fruitful.

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About The Newness Promised in The Bible (Ezekiel 36:26-27) – Born Again (John 3:3).

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Brief Summary

You cannot lose with the good news.

If one finds himself/herself desiring to live differently (as per G-d’s commandments), and as they learn day by day find that they are actually doing these new things; this is an indicator of them becoming new (‘born again’).

Being ‘born again’ (‘new’) refers to how G-d causes a person who believes in Christ (Messiah) to desire and inturn walk in His good ways – His commandments (ref. Ezekiel 36:26-27).

The change is Sovereign and organic in nature (ref. Philippians 2:13, Ezekiel 36:26-27).

The Old Testament (tanakh) spoke first of this newness which was due to be had by believing in what is explained further upon in the New Testament; by believing in the risen Messiah (Christ) who was given [as high priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 110:4, 45:7)] for the enacting of the new covenant at his resurrection (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8, 2 Corinthians 5:17). Christ ‘…intercedes…’ for sinners (ref. Isaiah 53:12, 1 Timothy 2:5);

‘…if any man [believes in and is therefore born again] in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.’
(2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV [amended contextually])

This change in a person’s life here comes from G-d as they study, learn, and genuinley do His commandments and statutes. The change is Sovereign and organic in nature.

This article simply aims to list some of the blessings which are found in the New Covenant – one of the major blessings being ‘newness’ (aka. ‘born again’) and such ultimately means everlasting life without end at resurrection.

Introduction

Here are some verses which speak of the New Covenant and or blessings found in it;

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
Ezekiel 36:26‭-‬27 ESV

‘…if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
(2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV)

‘…times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;’
(Acts 3:19 NASB2020)

‘…cleansing their hearts by faith.’
(Acts 15:9 NASB2020)

What Is This Newness?

These verses speak of a [figurative] new heart and G-d’s Holy Spirit, as causing a person to observe His commmandments. These two items will now be explained;

About The New Heart

The new heart, means that a person will no longer desire the sinful things they used to indulge/dabble in – but rather have a heart for, and be open to, G-d’s commandments.

A person will then be inclined to seek, learn, and then observe the Law of Moses – and this is what the Holy Spirit does – causing/enabling one to observe the commandments (invisibly, and organic to an outward eye), and forsake any former unholy ways.

About The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit within, means that in addition to having a soft new heart and being open to the commandments – this newness (being born again) means that person will cease being a slave to sin;

Negative sinful deeds, which may have been habitual and/or second nature – no longer overcome, defeat, or even seem pallitable to a believer in Christ with regard to wilful sin;

For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Romans 8:13 ESV

And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Galatians 5:24 ESV

‘…we who died to sin…’
(Romans 6:2 ESV).

An example of this would be a former shoplifter or adulterer, who now no longer wants to do shoplifting/adultery at any time – as opposed to just having a short break from the sinful deed, and then returning to it wilfully and habitually (2 Peter 2:20, Hebrews 10:26).

The very thought of shoplifting/adultery is offensive and an impossibility now that they believe in Messiah (Christ) and have repented.

This person may have read up on the commandment ‘do not steal’/’do not commit adultery’ – and ever since, this good instruction has resonated with them, along with the rest.

This is a process, and a person must learn the law of Moses, before they can observe it to their fullest potential here – hence;

‘…to be conformed to the image of his Son…’
(Romans 8:29 ESV)

A believer might slip along the way (G-d forbid) – however – not wilfully (1 John 2:1, Hebrews 10:26).

There is the matter of the ‘overwhelming scourge’ in a believer’s life which Isaiah 28:18-19 ESV speaks on – however, one will find that this spiritual phenomenon means that the believer has not sinned (Romans 7:17), they are not at fault (more here: https://orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/12/26/g-d-no-longer-allows-outward-miracles-or-signs-by-his-holy-spirit-but-does-allow-believers-to-become-born-again-here/#ff )].

As we are on the topic of change and the Holy Spirit within a believer, and how this enables/causes one to observe the Law of Moses and therefore undertake good deeds;

A believer in turn credits these good deeds to G-d, as without Him, we would likley not have even lifted a finger or come to the knowledge of the truth – despite any trials we may have gone through and time spent in getting to a certain level;

for it is God who is at work in you, both to desire and to work for His good pleasure.
Philippians 2:13 NASB2020

‘…What do you have that you did not receive?…’
(1 Corinthians 4:7 NASB2020)

‘…perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,’
(2 Timothy 2:25 NASB2020)

How Does This Newness Look?

Despite this born again newness being life changing – especially with one’s daily conduct from the outside, this change in a person’s lifestyle typically looks organic as a person turns to G-d, when viewed from another person’s point of view.

There are no visible fireworks today, meaning signs and wonders in the form of outward miracles are not available today lawfully by G-d’s Holy Spirit.

In addition to this, the actual context of the gospel (good news) is also harder to see/find, given the increased corruption on this earth;

‘“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light…’
(Matthew 24:29 ESV)

How Is This Classified As Spiritual Newess, And Not Just A Person Having A Simple ‘Change Of Heart’?

This newness does not mean a person will become a robot, and begin to see visions and arrows pointing the way in which they should go (in fact today all visions should be deemed satanic for the most part (2 Thessalonians 2:11)).

Nor is this faithfully righteous newness part of a limited man-made self-help seminar.

There is enduring positive change in a person’s life, and this change is in line with what Holy Scripture defines as good (Rom 7:12)

A person is encouraged ‘seek’ this newness and also grace – ‘knocking’ [at the ‘door’ for it in prayer], without ceasing (Luke 11:8, 11:10, Matthew 5:6).

Once a person has been born again – and that believer has ceased being a slave to sin; this all grows stronger as they walk, and continue to weigh their approach faithfully etc.

This means negative sinful deeds, which may have been habitual and/or second nature – no longer overcome, defeat, or even seem pallitable to a believer in Christ;

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV

The Law of Moses (Torah) is spiritual. Believe it or not, the Law of Moses (which includes the famous Ten Commmandments) is a spiritual law according to Holy Scripture;

‘For we know that the law is spiritual…’
(Romans 7:14 ESV).

If a person believes believes in Christ and is upholding the law of Moses (Romans 3:28, 3:31 ESV) – both in public and private; this is a very strong indicator that they are born again and spiritual (John 3:3);

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Romans 8:7‭-‬8 ESV

This believer being spiritual is known as being ‘born again’ / ‘born from above’ (John 3:3), and this also represents the newness that is being discussed here, especially from Ezekiel 36:26-27.

Such a person is also demonstrating positive qualities and traits which are referred to as the ‘fruit of the Spirit’ – as a derivative of their believing;

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22‭-‬23 ESV

What Is The Purpose Of This Newness?

This ‘born again’ ‘newness’ is essential to, and a part of the new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31, Hebrews 8:8).

The reason for this is that the entire concept of the new covenant is for a person to have a heart for G-d’s commandments – instead of an appetite for, and slavery to sin (ref. Jeremiah 31:32-33, Hebrews 8:9-10).

The new covenant is shared and obtained by way of the gospel, which is everlasting (Revelation 14:6).

The purpose of being born again (new) is;

• Freedom from slavery to sin
• Aquiring of positive values, qualities, and traits,

In an effort to

• Be heaven ready, and live forever without end, upon resurrection, in the new heaven and new earth, which are above;

For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
Romans 8:13 NIV.

Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found spotless and blameless by Him, at peace,
2 Peter 3:14 NASB2020

Hoping it is fruitful with you.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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Proving The Messiah (Jesus) Is King David’s Descendant – From The Torah (Definitive)

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Brief Summary

A stumbling block with some, is the thought that ‘because Jesus has no biological human father, he therefore cannot be a descendant of king David and king Solomon – as the Scriptures say G-d instead performed a miracle, and Mary became pregnant.’

Here, how King Jesus (Yehoshua/Yeshua) is to be counted as a descendant through both king David and king Solomon, is shared.

What we will find is that despite both of the human parents of the Messiah (Christ) both coming through king David, and one also through king Solomon – the books of the Prophets and the Writings are consistently poetic, figurative, and spiritual in nature, therefore they must be interpreted accordingly;

The non-biological human father of the Messiah (Christ), is therefore the key marker to identifying the Messiah (Christ)- along with the marital link between both parents (Joseph and Mary).

With King Yehoshua (Jesus) having been physically born of Mary; Christ is inturn deemed a Jew.

With Christ (Messiah) being Joseph’s son by way of his mother and he marrying; this is where the poetic and figurative link to the prophets and the writings that speak of Messiah is made.

Contents

The Two Different Genealogies (Matthew 1, Luke 3)

The Tanakh (Old Testament) Never Really Intended The Messiah (Christ) To Have A Typical ‘Traditional’ Birth (Psalm 110:1, Matthew 22:42-46)

Mary Did Not Worry, Prophecy Can Be Poetic

Summary

The Two Different Genealogies (Matthew 1, Luke 3)

There are two genealogies given in the New Testament (Matthew 1, Luke 3:23-38).

The genealogy of Matthew 1 represents Joseph (Messiah’s non-biological human father), and shows us that he was biologically from both king David and king Solomon; Abraham -> Isaac -> Jacob -> Judah… -> Boaz -> Obed -> Jesse -> king David -> king Solomon (ref. Matthew 1:2, 1:5-6, 1:7).

Whereas the genealogy featured in Luke 3 represents the family history of Mary (Messiah’s biological mother), it shows us that she was from Abraham -> Isaac -> Jacob ->Judah… -> Boaz -> Obed -> Jesse -> king David -> Nathan (ref. Luke 3:31-32).

From these two different genealogies, we can see that either way, Mary was certainly from king David (as per Luke 3) – both by way of her own family history and also by way of marriage to her husband Joseph.

We know that halakhah (Jewish Law) states that a women joins her husband’s tribe when married.

With this, the following verse states that Mary registered with Joseph in Judea because he was of the house of king David (people would each register in their designated house);

‘…Joseph also went…to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.’
(Luke 2:4‭-‬5 NIV)

Briefly, here is an excerpt from the geneology of Joseph (Jesus’ non biological human father);

‘The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham: Jesse fathered David the king. David fathered Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon fathered Rehoboam,…
Jacob fathered Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.
(Matthew 1:1‭, ‬1:6‭-‬7‭, ‬1:16 NASB2020)

The Tanakh (Old Testament) Never Really Intended The Messiah (Christ) To Have A Typical, ‘Traditional’ Birth (Psalm 110:1, Matthew 22:42-46)

Did you know that the Tanakh (Old Testament) never really intended Christ to be of a typical, ‘traditional’ birth – or even an actual ‘literal blood descendant of king David – by way of Messiah’s human father’?

This is actually a key fact, as without it Psalm 110:1 would be broken.

You see, in Psalm 110:1, king David actually calls the Messiah (Christ) his ‘master’/’lord’ – a title which a parent does not usually use when speaking of his own offspring;

The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”
Psalms 110:1 NIV

The New Testament (Brit Chadasha) answers the Psalm to this effect – expounding on the context of the Psalm in a riddle;

saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?”
They said to him, “The son of David.”
He said to them, “How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”’?

If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?
And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.
Matthew 22:42‭-‬46 ESV

Here, the Messiah (Christ) is attached to and descended from the house of king David – however, Christ was not born of his human father Joseph’s seed (G-d put Christ into faithful Mary’s womb via way of miracle, and Mary was then married to Joseph).

Christ is thus both a descendant of king David by way of poetic, spiritual linkage – and at the same time, is superior to king David, being his lord, as per the Psalm and the New Testament’s (Brit Chadasha’s) explaining of it.

This answers and explains how the Tanakh (Old Testament) actually foretold and notified us, that the birth of the Messiah (Christ), and inturn his literal family link to the house of king David and also his son king Solomon – would not be typical, but very special.

This is said as a father does not address his son as his lord (superior).

Mary Did Not Worry, Prophecy Can Be Poetic.

Then a virgin, when the angel gave her the news that she would give birth to a son who would be of the house of David, Mary did not worry or ask the angel how Messiah (Christ) could possibly be of the house of King David – given that the baby would be conceived by way of miracle, and not by Joseph’s seed.

Joseph was her soon-to-be husband (Matthew 1:18-19), and is a descendant of king David and also of kind David’s son, king Solomon.

It says;

‘…the angel Gabriel was sent from God… to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel said to her,…
you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said…
let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.’
(Luke 1:26‭-‬27‭, ‬1:30‭-‬35‭, ‬1:38 ESV)

Mary was betrothed at the time of being pregnant by way of divine miracle from G-d just as the angel had foretold (Matthew 1:18-23).

This here is Messiah’s (Christ’s) link to the house of David – both by way of his non-biological father Joseph’s lineage, and also his faithful mother’s marriage to Joseph.

One therefore needs to interpret any prophetic passage from the Tanakh (Old Teatament) which may initially appear to state that the Messiah must be of the literal human seed of king David and also Solomon by way of a biological father – in a spiritual and figuratively linked way;

The prophets and the writings can often be metaphorical and poetic in nature, and this is therefore not an unreasonable approach.

The full scope of Holy Scripture is reconciled in this matter.

Summary

Prophecy is satisfied here.

Messianic genealogy requirements are met, by reconciling the often poetic and figurative Prophets and Writings as they were intended to be read and interpreted.

Christ is a decendant of the house of David.

Christ (Messiah) has thus been confirmed as linked to the house of David, and even king Solomon by way of his mother marrying his non-biological human father.

His mother who descended from king David, married Joseph – who descended from both of these two kings.

Any prophetic passage in the Tanakh (Old Testament) which states this criteria is a requirement for the Messiah (Christ) to meet (which it is) – has thus been satisfied, faithfully, whilst also acknowledging that the Prophets and the Writings can be highly poetic at metaphoric at times – such as Psalm 110:1 being answered by the New Testament (Matthew 22:42-46).

Hoping it is fruitful with you.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His created, risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua/Yeshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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Bonus: Torah Law Confirms A Woman’s Tribal Status, Becomes The Same As Her Husbands, By Marriage.

Did you know that according to the Law of Moses (Torah), a women’s tribal status becomes that of her husband’s tribe – upon her being married to him;

• ref. Mishneh Torah, Seder Zeraim, Terumot, Chapter 6, 3 – par. ‘until the time she enters a chupah’
[link: https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/992032/jewish/Terumot-Chapter-6.htm#v3 ],

Rashi on Numbers 1:2
[link: https://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/9929/showrashi/true/jewish/Chapter-1.htm#v2 ].

The Example Found In Ruth confirms this; Did you know that king David’s great grandmother was Ruth, a Moabite woman?

Faithful Ruth was a foreigner who married Boaz (a Jew), and as a result of this; she was accounted as a native, like Rachael and Leah (Ruth 4:11).

From their marriage came their son Obed, who fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered King David (Ruth 4:10-13, 4:17).

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Luke 11:5-9 Parable Explained: The Gospel Is Eternal – Even After The End Of The Age, Everlasting Life. – (Updated)

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Brief Summary

The Gospel is everlasting (ref. Revelation 14:6).

The purpose of this explanation of the parable found in Luke 11:5-9, is to show how it is communicating the fact that everlasting life will always be available to anyone who believes in Messiah (Christ) and endures here.

This is despite the fact that the doors to the kingdom of heaven are now ‘locked’, and the wedding feast of the Lamb has ended.

It is now dark and way past midnight here, however all those who believe and continue to knock, receive grace (Revelation 14:12).

Begin

The parable begins now, and will be explained section by section in [brackets];

‘Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say,…’
(Luke 11:5 NIV)

[Suppose I (Christ) have a friend (G-d), and I go to Him at midnight – at night, when no one can work outward miracles (John 9:4), and it is past the end, and say,]

‘…‘Friend lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 
(Luke 11:5-6 NIV)

[G-d, please lend me much grace, as a believer in You and in me (Isaiah 50:10, John 14:1) has died on the earth that you raised me from (Isaiah 53:10), and he is now here (at the door of the Kingdom of Heaven) seeking the promised grace and everlasting life that all who believe in Christ and endure to the end recieve (Revelation 14:12, Acts 15:11).

He has made it here believing, despite the end of the age having already been! (Matthew 24:34-35).

The banquet has concluded – meaning that it is now past midnight, and thus past the prophesied ‘end of the age’ – the (spiritual) end of the earth.

We know this is it as we can see that the baked bread represents the kingdom of heaven as being complete and established from the parable of the three measures of leaven in Luke 13:20-21, which represent the kingdom of heaven.

Whilst Christ was on the earth, it was still being baked. Thus, in the parable that is being explained; essentially ‘all is said and done’.

This latecoming believer has no hope of gaining everlasting life and access into the kingdom of heaven, unless he recieves grace by his faith and observing the commandments of G-d (Revelation 14:12), until they die here on this earth.

Such endurance is referred to in Luke 11:5-9 as knocking at the door.]

And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 
Luke 11:7 NIV

[And suppose G-d, from His temple, which is not located in the new earth (which is above this earth), but is in the new heaven, which is above the new earth (Isaiah 66:22, 66:24, 65:17, Revelation 21:1Revelation 14:17), said;
It is passed midnight, passed the end, all is done, the wedding feast the Lamb has ended; the doors to the kingdom of heaven are now ‘locked’ (Matthew 24:34-35, 24:29, Luke 14:24).

The supper/banquet that G-d holds for the Lamb (Christ), and the ‘bride’ (‘new jerusalem’ – ref. Revelation 21:2) – with his brothers and sisters (Matthew 22:1-14, Luke 14:15-24, Revelation 13:7-9), is now finished.

The second coming of Messiah (Christ) took place spiritually before this ‘end’ (Matthew 24:33, Mark 13:26-27), and now they look down from the new heaven/earth at the lake that burns with fire forever (Isaiah 66:24, Revelation 20:13-15) – this old earth which is essentially desolate of righteousness (Matthew 24:12), especially when speaking of Spirit and truth (John 4:24).

I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.
Luke 11:8 NIV

[Because of a believer’s endurance (ref. Revelation 14:12), which in this verse is described as [knocking with] ‘shameless audacity’ (NIV) – G-d will give grace which leads to everlasting life to a believing latecomer, as they are considered ‘friends’ with Messiah (believing the gospel) and in turn believe in G-d aswell (ref. 1 John 2:23);

Because the latecoming believer kept on knocking all along the way of his journey here (which means, ‘they were faithful, believing the Gospel, repenting, immersing (baptism; ref. 1 Peter 3:21, Matthew 28:19-20), and observing the law of Moses (Romans 3:31 ESV)); saving grace is given in consideration of their faith – which results in everlasting life, and thus entry to the kingdom of heaven, from G-d, by the hand of Christ.

Isaiah says He ‘…will not destroy them all.’ (Isaiah 65:8 ESV). Revelation says the Gospel is ‘…everlasting…’ (Revelation 14:6), and this means that whosoever believes in Christ (Messiah), will not simply just perish [eventually], and be sent back to the lake that burns with fire, but will live forever without end (ref. Isaiah 28:16, 28:18, 28:22, John 3:16, Revelation 21:8, 22:14).]

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Luke 11:9 NIV

[The Gospel is ‘everlasting’ (Revelation 14:6). The diligent latecoming beliver will recieve the grace that will result in their resurrection to everlasting life without end, by believing in Christ.

This means grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), not shrinking back (Hebrews 10:39, 10:38), and not worshiping/taking the mark of the beast (Revelation 14:9-10).

This believer’s continued, learned, steadfast patience and endurance (ref. Romans 2:7, 5:3-5) is thus fruitful.

The call to come out of all sin and foreign worship has never been so urgent and encouraging;

‘…“Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues;’
(Revelation 18:4 ESV)]

Luke 11:5‭-‬9 (NIV) interpreted and explained.


Hoping it is fruitful with you, and your believing;

‘…the everlasting gospel…’
(Revelation 14:6 KJV),

By your endurance you will gain your lives.
Luke 21:19 ESV.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

Shalom v’kind regards,

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Rosh Hashanah: How The Seventh Month, And Not The First – Is The New Year

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Introduction

The aim of this explanation is to share how the Jewish New Year takes place on Rosh Hashanah (The Feast of Trumpets – ref. Leviticus 23:24).

Some statutes with regard to observing Rosh Hashanah will also be touched upon.

Rosh Hashanah takes place on the first day of the seventh month (Tishrei) on the Hebrew calandar – and all this is despite Nisan (Abib) being described as the first month of the year in Exodus 12:2;

This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
Exodus 12:2 KJV

Essentially, Tishrei (the seventh month) serves as the first (beginning) month of the year.

Nisan serves as the first month that the months of the year are listed in.

Nisan is thus likened to a shopping list, where the first item (Nisan) appears at the top, and the rest of the months follow.

The seventh item (month) on the list, Tishrei, is however regarded as the beginning of the Jewish New Year – despite its position.


Quick Fact:

Before we begin a fact to be aware of is that according to it’s definition, Tishrei (the seventh month) is ‘…from Akkadian tašrītu “Beginning”, from šurrû “To begin”…’*.

We will not rely soley on this for the explanation, Holy Scripture will be referenced.

Supporting Passage

Leviticus 25:8‭-‬13 is the supporting passage for this explanation, and will be explained in a moment;

‘…you shall sound the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month. On the Day of Atonement you shall sound the trumpet throughout all your land. And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his clan. That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; in it you shall neither sow nor reap what grows of itself nor gather the grapes from the undressed vines. For it is a jubilee. It shall be holy to you. You may eat the produce of the field.   “In this year of jubilee each of you shall return to his property.’
(Leviticus 25:9-‬13 ESV)


Explanation

This passage from the book of Leviticus tells us that in the seventh month – the fiftieth year (jubilee) is to be consecrated (v.10); the year is declared as holy then (ref. Rashi on Leviticus 25:10:1).

This is done on the Day of Atonement (v.9) which is also known as Yom Kippur.

The Day of Atonement takes place a little over a week after Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year).

Rosh Hashanah is deemed the new year by way of tradition and custom, and the year is further ratified on the Day of Atonement.

The land is to rest in the fiftieth year (jubilee year), as well as every seventh year (a shmita/sabbatical year).

This means that from the beginning of the year right to the end of the year, work such as sowing, commercial reaping, and the selling of produce is forbidden – for the entire year.

Consecrate is thus referring to the beginning of the year.

Paraphrasing the context of IBN Ezra on Leviticus 25:13:1, he confirms that the phrase that reads along the lines of ‘In the year of this jubilee’ in verse 13, speaks of action at the beginning of the year.


A Question Which The Mishnah Can Answer

A person might have a question like this one;

‘why would we consecrate (Leviticus 25:10 ESV) the jubilee (declare the year holy) a little over a week after Rosh Hashanah (the traditional new year)?’

Perhaps we can see the reasoning for this, from another matter touched upon in the Mishnah as applicable here;

When paraphrasing context from the Kehati Mishnah, Taanit 1,1 – it says;

‘one must make himself acceptable, before making a request…’

i.e. one has made sure he has ceased sowing and reaping, and one has also returned ‘…to his clan…’ (Lev 25:10 ESV).

This person can now be sure that all is in order and acceptable, and only then can he properly consecrate that year (declare that year holy).

The passage from Leviticus regarding the consecration of Jubilee year has proved helpful in establishing that the beginning of the Jewish New Year takes place in the seventh month, and by custom and tradition this is at Rosh Hashanah (The Feast of Trumpets).


Other Supporting References And Commentary

In this particular instance, a person could see the commentary of Rashi on Exodus 23:16 relating to this matter, which further agrees – though in a different way.

Exodus 23:16 states that the Festival of Ingathering (Festival of Booths / Sukkot) which is just after Rosh Hashanah – though in the same month as Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement); is in the new year, as the old year has just gone/passed (see Rashi on Exodus 23:16);

And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, the year having just gone (since Rosh Hashanah, the Hebrew New Year) [H3318], when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.
Exodus 23:16 KJV [(amended)]

IBN Ezra on Exodus 23:16:2 further agrees when it states that the civil new year begins with Tishrei, which is the seventh month (Rosh Hashanah being on the first day of it).

This is the same month that Sukkot (the Feast of Ingathering / Booths) takes place in.

We can now see that the Feast of Booths/Tabinacles/Ingathering (Sukkot), has been helpful in showing that it takes place after the old year has just recently gone.


What About Nisan (Abib) As The First Month?

From this explanation, we can also see that when Holy Scripture speaks of the month of Nisan as being the first month of the year in the book of Exodus;

“This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.
Exodus 12:2 ESV

That the contextual explanation is that Nisan is the first of months from the beginning of your exodus (see Kehati Mishnah, Seder Moed, Rosh Hashana 1,1, Kehati [free mobile application]).

Rashi when paraphrasing context, also states that this verse’s explanation is that; Nisan is simply to be known as the beginning of the order in which the months are counted for a year (ref. Rashi on Exodus 12:2:1) – with regard to the listing order of the year’s months, and not the actual commencement of the year (see also Kehati Mishnah, Seder Moed, Rosh Hashana 1,1, Kehati [free mobile application]).


How Is Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets/Jewish New Year) Celebrated?

According to Holy Scripture, Rosh Hashana is celebrated as a rest day (high sabbath), with people typically congregating. The shofar (trumpet) is blown.

There are finer customs and traditions that one can review, and today as there is no authorised temple; there are no animal sacrifices.

Scriptural references include;

Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD.’ ”
Leviticus 23:23‭-‬25 NASB2020

‘Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy assembly; you shall do no laborious work. It will be to you a day for blowing trumpets.
Numbers 29:1 NASB2020


Summary

By tradition and custom, we can see that on the Hebrew calendar the Biblical new year takes place on Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year, The Feast of Trumpets).

From Leviticus 25:8-13, we can also see that the jubilee year (the fiftieth year in the fifty year continuous cycle) is formally consecrated in the new year – though a little over a week or so after Rosh Hashanah, on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).

From rabbinic commentary (IBN Ezra on Leviticus 25:13:1), we can see that the actioning of some statutes (e.g. ‘not to sow or reap what grows of itself’) that take place in the jubilee year, are at the beginning of the year, and this is in the seventh month.

We can see from the Festival of Sukkot (Ingathering/Booths/Tabernacles), that this festival takes place in the seventh month – just after the old year has concluded/gone.

The Mishnah shares a school of thought, in that a person must first make himself acceptable before requesting something in prayer.

This is typically by way of blessings to G-d before requests in prayer – however this can be seen in the reasoning for consecrating a jubilee year a little over a week after the new year actually begins; one ensures certain commandments have been observed and that they are acceptable, and then as instructed the jubilee year is declared as holy.

Hoping that this is fruitful with you.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua/Yeshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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Messiah As Priest, No World Peace Here, Messiah Rules From Above, Levite Priests?

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Table Of Contents

This explanation aims to be of benefit in the following matters;

The Priesthood Of Melchizadek Is Recognized By God:

Abraham tithed to Melchizadek the priest, and inturn so to did the Sons of Aaron (Levite Priests) whilst in his loins.

Messiah (Christ) Was Sent Here To Become A Priest In The Order Of Melchizadek.

Showing how human sacrifice is forbidden as per Torah Law. Also showing how one of the primary reasons the Messiah was sent here – was to walk faithfully, and ultimately be pronounced and appointed High Priest in the order of Melchizadek as per Psalm 110:4.

What Does This Then Mean For The Levitical Priesthood – Is It Abolished And No More?

The Levitical Priesthood exists forever as per Torah Law.

What is The Need Of A High Priest In The Order Of Melchizadek?

What is the point of a High Priest in the order of Melchizadek then, if the dear zealous sons of Aaron still serve him as priests? The New Covenant (ref. Jeremiah 31:31-34).

No Holy ‘World Peace’ Here Amongst Men, Rather It Is Between The Holy God and Mankind (Who Believe And Repent):

Messiah was not sent to make world peace among men as we know it, rather he was sent to make peace between the Holy G-d and fallen man (Isaiah 49:3, 49:5).

Scripture states this is an unclean, fallen place (Isaiah 66:24, Leviticus 18:25).

With this, verses which might speak of world peace are typically referring to the new earth which is above and spoken of as a monotheistic place of peace in Isaiah 65:17-23, 66:22-23, Revelation 21:1-4.

Messiah Rules From Above, Right Now In The New Heaven And Earth

The Messiah was prophesied to ultimately rule in the new heaven and new earth (Psalm 45:7), which are above (Isaiah 66:22).

Potential Rebuttal;
We don’t need a mediator’

A person might mistakenly think or say ‘we do not need a mediator’.

The example of Moses acting as a type of mediator is shared with supporting Scripture.

Intended Aim:
• By addressing the above matters to an extent here, the Messiah is further shown and confirmed to be the Lord Jesus (Yehoshua/Yeshua) Christ – the created righteous man the LORD has sent, given and raised.

• A firmer grasp of the Word.

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■ The Priesthood Of Melchizadek Is Recognized By God:

Abraham tithed to Melchizadek the priest of G-d, when they were both on the earth (Genesis 14:18-20);

‘And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) And he blessed him… And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.’
(Genesis 14:18‭-‬20 ESV)

Scripture tells us that he observed all of G-d’s good laws and statutes (Genesis 26:5).

With this, Scripture also inturn tells us that the Sons of Aaron (Levite Priests) symbolically tithed to Melchizadek, whilst in Abraham’s loins;

One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, for he was still in the loins of his ancestor when Melchizedek met him.
Hebrews 7:9‭-‬10 ESV

As, Abraham and inturn the Levite priests tithed to Melchizadek – in this sense, Holy Scripture tells us how this was an indicator which shows that the Priesthood of Melchizadek is greater than that of the Levitical Priesthood;

And without all contradiction the less [Abraham, and inturn the Levitical priesthood] is blessed of the better [Melchizadek, and inturn the priesthood in the order of Melchizadek].
Hebrews 7:7 KJV [Explanation in brackets]

The Brit Chadasha (New Testament/Covenant) is very insightful here, as it essentially expounds on what we have just read from the book of Genesis – and this inturn assists in what we see in the Psalms, and other Scriptures, which we will share in a moment.

Briefly though, why would the Melchizadek Priesthood be described as greater?

Answer: It gives way to everlasting life upon ressurection (Isaiah 28:16; 28:18, Ephesians 2:20, Jeremiah 31:31), and not simply a ‘potential long life’ in the new heaven and new earth which are above (ref. IBN Ezra on Isaiah 65:20).

This is part of the New Covenant, and is explained in greater detail in a little later here.
A new heart and G-d’s Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), as promised in Ezekiel 36:26-27 are also promised, and these enable a believer to ultimately be perfected (ref. Hebrews 7:11, Hebrews 10:14).

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Messiah (Christ) Was Sent Here To Become A Priest In The Order Of Melchizadek.

There is a lot of mainstream misunderstanding as to why Messiah (Christ) was even sent to the earth.

Holy Scripture totally forbids human sacrifice in the Torah (Deuteronomy 24:16, Jeremiah 31:30, Ezekiel 18:4. Ezekiel 18:20) – thus politely, any belief that a man was sent to be a literal human sacrifice for sins, is not and cannot be correct.

Ultimately the Messiah was sent to earth, to walk faithfully and observantly. He was appointed as High Priest in the order of Melchizadek, upon his ressurection.

This interpretation of a main, primary reason as to why the Messiah (Christ) was sent to the earth, is further reinforced in the Psalms where it says that he loved righteousness and hated wickedness [during his walk on the earth] – therefore he was annointed above his fellows (fellow creation) [upon being ressurected];

Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore [g]od [Messiah/Christ], thy God [the LORD], hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Psalm 45:67 KJV [with amendments]

He was thus inturn declared High Priest – not in the order of the sons of Aaron (because he is not a levite by birth), but rather in the order of Melchizadek, by G-d decreeing it;

The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”
Psalm 110:4 ESV.

This Psalm is referred to in the Brit Chadasha (New Testament/Covenant) in places such as Hebrews 7:17.

This a priesthood based on Hashem’s (the LORD’s) decree and not by lineage (blood descendants) (Hebrews 7:16, 7:21).

The Levitical Priesthood is based by genealogy, and here men though relativley righteous, are fallible.

Whereas the Messah is sinless (Hebrews 4:15), was declared a Priest by G-d, and is the mediator of the New Covenant (ref. Jeremiah 31:31-34), to which the promised new heart and Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) causing a person to walk in God’scommandments and statutes, with everlasting life (ref. Ezekiel 36:26-27, Isaiah 28:16, 28:18, Ephesians 2:20, John 3:14-16).

We also see Scripture agreeing, where in another place it states that Messiah becomes a Priest [after G-d raised him from the dead], in a definitive verse which shows the Psalms and even Isaiah 53:12, even more clearly;

Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Hebrews 2:17 ESV.

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■ What Does This Then Mean For The Levitical Priesthood – Is It Abolished And No More?

The Levitical Priesthood exists forever as per Torah Law. There is no dispute here, these zealous men serve Hashem (G-d) and the king Messiah above;

‘…Aaron and his sons…shall have the priesthood by a permanent statute. So you shall ordain Aaron and his sons.’
(Exodus 29:9 NASB2020)

‘“Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest… and… his descendants after him, a covenant of a permanent priesthood, because he was jealous for his God and made atonement for the sons of Israel.’ ”‘
(Numbers 25:11‭-‬13 NASB2020)

Other supporting perhaps include Isaiah 66:21.

Messiah (Christ), being above all, except for G-d Himself Who is above all;

For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:27 NIV

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■ What is The Need Of A High Priest In The Order Of Melchizadek?

What is the point of a High Priest in the order of Melchizadek then, if the dear zealous sons of Aaron still serve him as priests? The New Covenant (ref. Jeremiah 31:31-33, Isaiah 42:6, 49:8).

To be brief: Everlasting life (Isaiah 28:16, 28:18), instead of a potentially long life (ref. IBN Ezra on Isaiah 65:20) above – after this short life, is the purpose and need of Messiah as High Priest for the New Covenant, which is better.

The New Covenant, which Jeremiah 31:31 speaks of in required a new priesthood, the priesthood in the order of Melchizadek as per Psalm 110:4 – Messiah (Christ) as the mediator of it (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8, 1 Timothy 2:5).

How do we know?

Isaiah 42:6 and 49:8 both tell us that Mesaiah was given to the people for a [new] covenant;

‘…I will give you as a covenant for the people,  a light for the nations,’
(Isaiah 42:6 ESV)

‘…I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people…’
(Isaiah 49:8 ESV).

It is this person (Adonai Yehoshua/Jesus HaMoshiach) whom mediates the new covenant – just as it is written;

‘…he… makes intercession for the transgressors.’
(Isaiah 53:12 ESV)

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No Holy ‘World Peace’ Here Amongst Men, Rather It Is Between The Holy God and Mankind (Who Believe And Repent):

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
Matthew 10:34 ESV

[Note: The sword mentioned in Matthew 10:34 refers to the word of G-d. This can be noted in Hebrews 4:12, Revelation 19:15.]

Messiah was not sent to make world peace among men as we know it, rather he was sent to make peace between the Holy G-d and fallen man, spiritually by faith and repentance (Isaiah 49:3, 49:5).

Scripture states that this is sadly an unclean, fallen place forever (Isaiah 66:24) – it is a designated, smokey wasteland (ref. Isaiah 9:18-21), a lake that burns with fire (Revelation 21:8).

With this, verses which might speak of world peace are instead typically referring to the new earth and new heaven which are above – as above is a monotheistic, and peaceful especially in the holy city of new Jerusalem, and on G-d’s Holy mountain (Isaiah 65:17-23, 66:22-23, Revelation 21:1-4).

The Holy Scriptures instead show us that the Messiah was sent to bring back Israel (spiritually) to Hashem (G-d) in faith and repentance;

³ And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”  

⁵ And now the LORD says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him— for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD , and my God has become my strength—
Isaiah 49:3‭, ‬49:5 ESV

(The explanation for the riddle of Isaiah 49:3 and 49:5 (above) can be found here.)

Essentially, verse 3’s ‘Israel‘ is one man, whilst verse 5’s is the nation Israel, whom verse 3’s ‘Israel’ (Messiah/Christ) brings back to G-d, in faith and repentance.

Through trials in a body of flesh, Messiah relied on G-d, in a weak body of flesh (Matthew 26:41).

Also note Isaiah 49:6, it was a relatively ‘light’ thing for Messiah to bring back fallen Israel to G-d, and be a light to the nations of hope – by his own individual faithful walk which led to him becomming High Priest.
We then see in verse 4, which communicates Messiah’s caring desire and yearning to have all saved – as sadly not all currently believe. Scriptually this is the will of G-d (ref. 1 Timothy 2:3-4).

How is this peace between the Holy God and mankind achieved?

As Abraham’s offspring, and as priest of the new covenant in the order of Melchizadek – Messiah (Christ) makes intercession (prayers) for transgressors, as per Isaiah;

‘…he… makes intercession for the transgressors.’
(Isaiah 53:12 ESV)

This is referred to and spoken of continually in the Brit Chadasha (New Testament/Covenant), in verses such as;

‘…he always lives to make intercession for them.’
(Hebrews 7:25 ESV)

And,

‘…Christ Jesus… is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
(Romans 8:34 ESV).

By his knowing of the Torah, and his faithful observance of it, with G-d blessing and annointing him with the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) (Isaiah 48:16 NIV) – the Messiah never sinned (‘he knew no violence’ – 53:9) – and once G-d raised him from the dead (‘prolong his days’ – 53:10), he continued to care for his people and made intercession (prayer) for them.

G-d accepts his prayer (Proverbs 15:29, Isaiah 53:12), and this results in many being accounted righteous;

‘…by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.
Isaiah 53:11 ESV

Explanation: Messiah (Christ) bears the iniquities of believing mankind by his prayer to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

So here, we have peace between the Holy God and fallen mankind, by believing in Messiah (Christ).

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Messiah Rules From Above, Right Now In The New Heaven And Earth

The Messiah was prophesied to ultimately rule in the new heaven and new earth, which are both above this old earth (Isaiah 9:7, 66:22, 66:24).

This is arrived at as Psalm 45:7 states that Messiah hated wickedness, though loved righteousness during his walk in the earth here – he was therefore then annointed above his fellows.

Thy throne, O [g]od [Messiah/Christ], is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. 
Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore [g]od [Messiah/Christ], thy God [the LORD], hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Psalm 45:6‭-‬7 KJV [with amendments / explanation]

Psalm 110:4 states that the Messiah (Christ) was inturn declared High Priest in the order of Melchizadek;

The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
Psalm 110:4 KJV

Psalm 110:1 shows us that God has Messiah (Christ) sitting at His right hand (in the highest heaven) – as it says;

‘The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand…’
(Psalm 110:1 ESV).

Messiah being High Priest and in turn mediator of the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31, 1 Timothy 2:5).

His throne as our king who serves G-d, is forever (Psalm 45:6).

The Scriptural fact that Messiah reigns from above and not here, is further reinforced when we review Isaiah chapter 9.

Isaiah 9:6-7 speaks of Messiah (Christ) being born and ruling forever more.

How do we read it?

After reading verse 6 where he was born, a reader pauses and then can complete Isaiah 53 (his death and ressurection), then they resume Isaiah 9:7.

Verse 7 goes on to speak of the Messiah’s ever increasing government and rulership forever more, above in the new the heaven and new earth – where things are described as monothiestic and peaceful
(Isaiah 65:17-23, 66:22-23, Revelation 21:1-4).

The rest of of Isaiah 9, then goes on to agree with Isaiah 66:24, in that this place is an unclean smokey place – a lake burning with fire (judgement and wrath), forever.

This is the view when looking down from above;

“And they will go out and look on the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; the worms that eat them will not die, the fire that burns them will not be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.”
Isaiah 66:24 NIV

For reference, the passage of Isaiah 9:6-7 reads as follows;

‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders…. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.’
(Isaiah 9:6‭-‬7 NIV)

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Potential Rebuttal;

‘We don’t need a mediator’

A person might mistakenly think or say ‘we do not need a mediator’.

The peaceable, Scriptural response is, ‘ Whilst he was on the earth, Moses was the mediator between the Holy God and Israel, as we see here;

‘Now when all the people… stood far off and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.’
(Exodus 20:18‭-‬19‭, ‬20:21 ESV)

Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God.
Exodus 18:15 NASB2020

Isaiah 42:6, 49:8 has just shown us that there was one given [as a mediator] for the new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31, Hebrews 8:8) – to which the Brit Chadasha (New Testament) agrees and explains is Christ (Messiah);

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
1 Timothy 2:5 ESV

‘…one between Hashem and kol Bnei Adam, the man Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach Yehoshua,’
(Timotiyos I 2:5 OJB, for context in this instance)

Isaiah further speaks on the statute and promise which ultimately means everlasting life to all whom believe in this mediator;

‘…a precious cornerstone
‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’ 
Then your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand…’
(Isaiah 28:16‭, ‬28:18 ESV)

The identity of this man (the ‘precious cornerstone‘), is then revealed in the New Testament, once again;

‘…Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,’
(Ephesians 2:20 ESV)

The mediator of the new covenant which means everlasting life to all whom believe.

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Hoping it is fruitful, and may the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach (the Lord Jesus Christ). Amen.

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There Is No Trinity

How Christ Prays, And Is Not A Literal Human Sacrifice For Sin – (Verse explanations; Hebrews 9:26, 9:23, 10:5, 10:9, 10:12, 10:14, Isaiah 53:12)

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/22/how-christ-prays-and-is-not-a-literal-human-sacrifice-for-sin-verse-explanations-hebrews-926-923-105-109-1012-1014-isaiah-5312/

Christ [Became] A High Priest – (Hebrews 2:17)

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/08/christ-became-a-high-priest-hebrews-217/

‘Propitiation’: Intercession, Not Human Sacrifice (1 John 2:2, Isaiah 53:12)

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/03/10/propitiation-1-john-2-2-isaiah-5312/

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Hebrews 7:27 Explained – Human Sacrifices Are Forbidden.

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Brief Summary

Here, Hebrews 7:27 is explained in it’s correct context to show how it does not speak of human sacrifice (e.g. the crucifixion and ressurection), as human sacrifice is forbidden by the Holy G-d.

The actual meaning of the verse is that it speaks of how he (Christ) ‘offered up himself’ with regard to willingly laying down his life in order to fulfil Scripture.

Begin

He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself.
Hebrews 7:27 ESV

Subject Phrase;

‘…he did this once for all when he offered up himself.’
(Hebrews 7:27 ESV)

Explanation;

We know that the expression ‘offered up himself’ is with regard to him willingly laying down his life in order to fulfil Scripture (John 10:18) – for example, ‘…he was cut off out of the land of the living…’ (Isaiah 53:8 ESV).

We know that Christ then became High Priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 110:4), when the Psalms tell us that during his walk here, he ‘…loved righteousness and hated wickedness…’ (Psalm 45:7 ESV) whilst on the earth.

As a result, he was annointed above all fellow creation (Psalm 45:7, Matthew 28:18, Psalm 110:4);

Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore god, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Psalm 45:7 KJV [amended]

The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
Psalm 110:4 KJV

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Matthew 28:18 KJV

This attaining to the position of mediator (1 Timothy 2:5) and high priest, means he can now go on interceding (praying) for us (Isaiah 53:12 ESV, Romans 8:34).

Summary

This is the sense of what it means when it says ‘he offered up himself once’; it is speaking of his death and resurrection out of obedience, which led to him becoming High Priest. With this one act of faithful obedience, he can now intercede for us and our shortcomings (1 John 2:1);

God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
Acts 5:31 ESV

For clarity, Christ had no sin (Isaiah 53:9, Hebrews 4:15), and his humble sinless nature is spoken of Hebrews 13:8 – where it tells us he was the same yesterday, today, and will be forever

Peaceabley, this verse thus does not speak of human sacrifice at all.

The law of Moses (Torah), and the rest of the Holy Scriptures forbid human sacrifice, and some references for this are; Deuteronomy 24:16, Jeremiah 31:30, Ezekiel 18:4. Ezekiel 18:20.

How Christ Prays, And Is Not A Literal Human Sacrifice For Sin – (Verse explanations; Hebrews 9:26, 9:23, 10:5, 10:9, 10:12, 10:14, Isaiah 53:12)

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/22/how-christ-prays-and-is-not-a-literal-human-sacrifice-for-sin-verse-explanations-hebrews-926-923-105-109-1012-1014-isaiah-5312/

Christ [Became] A High Priest – (Hebrews 2:17)

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/08/christ-became-a-high-priest-hebrews-217/

‘Propitiation’: Intercession, Not Human Sacrifice (1 John 2:2, Isaiah 53:12)

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/03/10/propitiation-1-john-2-2-isaiah-5312/

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‘…to give his life as a ransom for many.”‘ – (Matthew 20:28 Explained)

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Brief Summary

The aim of this explanation of Holy Scripture is to peaceably share how in no place does it, or any other Scripture allow for human sacrifice – rather, the verse uses the word ‘ransom’ in a unique way, as the Law of Moses and the rest of Holy Scripture forbids human sacrifice (Deuteronomy 24:16, Jeremiah 31:30, Ezekiel 18:20 etc.).

Instead, when the verse says ‘ransom’, it speaks of the Messiah’s (Christ’s) personal walk and obedience until death – to fulfil prophecy spoken of himself, and be declared High Priest in the order of Melchizadek forever to then intercede for the sins of many (Psalm 110:4, 45:7, Isaiah 53:11-12).

Begin

The verse reads as follows;

just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Matthew 20:28 NIV

Interpretation

He gave his life as a ‘ransom’ for many, in the sense that he would then become High Priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 110:4, 45:7), by fulfilling prophecy (e.g. Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, 42:6, 49:8, 49:3 & 49:5, 53, Micah 5:2 ESV), and in turn make intercession (prayer) for mankind – in his position as mediator, high priest and representation for such (1 Timothy 2:5, Isaiah 53:11-12, Romans 8:34).

Where the word ‘ransom’ (G3083) appears in the interlinear text, this is used in a ‘figurative’ manner as per the Strong Exhaustive Concordance’s root word useage.

When we then see the Standard Strong’s Concordance speaking of useage(s) for the word ‘ransom’, it may legally be used in the sense of ‘expiation‘ – a word which according to dictionary definitions means ‘…the act of making amends…for wrong doing’.

Such ‘making amends…for wrong doing’ (expiation) is referring to the Messiah (Christ) and his faithfully observant walk even unto death; so that he could then (Psalm 45:7) obtain the position of high priest in the order of Melchizadek, in order to make many to be accounted righteous (forgiven) – just as Isaiah had foretold;

He [G-d] shall see of the travail of his soul [shall see Christ’s faithful obedience], and shall be satisfied [satisfied with His Son]: by his [Christ’s] knowledge [of the Law of Moses and the rest of the Holy Scriptures, the way of the LORD] shall my righteous servant justify many [shall Christ make many to be accounted righteous (ref. esv) – as]; for he [Christ] shall bear their iniquities [by way of prayer (intercession; v.12) as mediator 1 Timothy 2:5]. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death [faithfully and obediently]: and he was numbered with the transgressors [though he hadn’t sinned (v.9)]; and he bare the sin of many [as mediator and high priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 110:4, Hebrews 4:14-16)], and made intercession for the transgressors [(Romans 8:34)].
Isaiah 53:11‭-‬12 KJV.

Potential Rebuttal;

The interpretation says that Christ was not declared high priest in the order of Melchizadek, until he was raised from the dead.

There is a verse which says that Christ has always been the same though;

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 ESV

Response; Peaceabley, when read with the fuller scope of Holy Scripture, we see that Hebrews 13:8 (above) is speaking chiefly of Christ’s steadfast faith, and inturn his sinlessness (Isaiah 53:9) – here in verse 7;

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.
Hebrews 13:7 ESV

This also speaks of the ‘outcome’ of the lives of the faithful (i.e. Christ), and his outcome was to obtain the position of sole mediator between the Holy God and men (1 Timothy 2:5).

The risen King Messiah (Christ) was declared High Priest, and we see this in such places as the following, when words like ‘arises’ are used that show progression etc.;

And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek,
Hebrews 7:15 NASB2020.

Psalm 45:7 speaks of how Christ hated wickedness [by interpretation (during his walk)], and instead loved righteousness. He was subsequently annointed above all creation, by G-d;

Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore [g]od, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Psalm 45:7 KJV ([amended])

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach).

How Christ Prays, And Is Not A Literal Human Sacrifice For Sin – (Verse explanations; Hebrews 9:26, 9:23, 10:5, 10:9, 10:12, 10:14, Isaiah 53:12)

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/22/how-christ-prays-and-is-not-a-literal-human-sacrifice-for-sin-verse-explanations-hebrews-926-923-105-109-1012-1014-isaiah-5312/

Christ [Became] A High Priest – (Hebrews 2:17)

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/08/christ-became-a-high-priest-hebrews-217/

‘Propitiation’: Intercession, Not Human Sacrifice (1 John 2:2, Isaiah 53:12)

www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/03/10/propitiation-1-john-2-2-isaiah-5312/

Hebrews 7:27 Explained – Human Sacrifices Are Forbidden.

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How Christ Prays, And Is Not A Literal Human Sacrifice For Sin – (Verse explanations; Hebrews 9:26, 9:23, 10:5, 10:9, 10:12, 10:14, Isaiah 53:12)

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Commandments You Can Buy Now, With This Faith

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This explanation of Holy Scripture aims to briefly, and peaceably share some commandments in a concise manner. The commandments and customs which will be explained and shared are the Mezuzah, tefillin (phylacteries), tzitzit (fringes), talit gadol, siddurs (prayer books). Scripture is referenced and discussed along the way.

■ Mezuzah

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This commandment is found in Deuteronomy 6:9 amongst other places.

Today, a mezuzah contains a handwritten scroll which features select passages from the Torah. These scrolls are written by the dear scribes and Pharisees.

It is a great commandment, and also assists in being mindful of the G-d’s good ways, upon entering one’s gates/doors.

The are various customs with regard to installation on your door posts – however typically the mezzanine is installed on the right of the door(s) (when entering), about 3/4 of the way up the door.

The mezuzah can be slightly angled on a diagonal, with the top towards the left, the bottom towards the right.

■ Tefillin (phylacteries)

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This commandment is found in Deuteronomy 6:8 amongst other places, and we see its implementation and use in verses such as Matthew 23:5 – where the tefillin of Deuteronomy 6:8 (totophoth [Strong’s Hebrew Concordance word number 2903]), are referred to as ‘phylacteries’. (phulaktérion [Strong’s Greek Concordance word number 5440])

Tefillin consists of the batim (two boxes) filled with handwritten select passages from the Torah, and retzuot (tefillin straps, used to bind/tie/affix the batim to the head and arm, during a morning prayer.

The tefillin making process is typically all by the dear scribes and Pharisees, from leather selection, pressing and forming, the copying of Holy Scripture to parchment scoll by hand, and to paint application.

Like Mezuzah scrolls, there are various grades of quality for the construction, the grade of leather, and also the parchment that make up tefillin.

■ Tzitzit (fringes)

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This commandment is found in Numbers 15:37-41, and we see it being implemented in verses such as Matthew 23:5, Matthew 9:20 and Luke 8:44.

Due to modern dress and society, the commandment of fringes (tzitzit) is generally carried out today by way of wearing a Tallit Ketan (undershirt, with four distinguished corners nearing the waist, similar to a poncho).

The commandment is also demonstrated by those who pray with a tallit gadol (prayer shawl) during their prayer.

Siddurim (Prayer Books)

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These can be an excellent tool in learning ancient blessings, and prayers – and even some Hebrew along the way as you go.

Siddurs such as the Artscroll Transliterated Interlinear English Siddur, display the Hebrew, the Transliterated Hebrew (Hebrew with English letters to pronounce), and the English on the page.

As per the famous Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:8-13), we can see that the instruction and contextual message to be learned, is to not make our prayers unnecessarily long.

What we seek is already known;

Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Matthew 6:8 NIV

‘Pray then like this:…’
(Matthew 6:9 ESV)

From this, and with the learning of ancient/old prayers from a siddur, one can perhaps make a concise selection from a prayer book in their prayers.

In the siddur mentioned above, a person might see that some of the mourning blessings and requests are quite similar to those referenced in the Lord’s Prayer.

Thus such selections from the siddur that might resound with you and be on your heart might add a richness to your prayers, whether you feel English or Hebrew be best.

For fuller context, some reasons why it has been recommended that prayer be kept concise – apart from what has been quoted above from Matthew 6:8 -, is that some of the zealous Pharisees may have been motivated to appear overly pious to others by praying on street corners in public (Matthew 6:5).

Another reason for a concise/shorter prayer, is that pagans used to have very lengthy prayers and/or chants in hopes that they would be heard by their created god(s) (Matthew 6:7, 1 King 18:26, 18:28-29).

With this, perhaps some might feel that an occasional long prayer is an act of reverence – especially when sung.

If so, such does not break the above two instructions, and could also perhaps be seen as reverencial, and even worshipful music (e.g. Orthodox Jewish Prayers sung in a synagogue).

In ancient times in Israel, there were indeed professional singers involved in beautiful melodic service;

Then David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their relatives as the singers, with musical instruments, harps, lyres, and cymbals, playing to raise sounds of joy.
1 Chronicles 15:16 NASB2020

A person should carefully review such books, and even perhaps make amendments where needed – as Messiah (Christ) has been, risen, and appeared.

The first disciples of the Messiah (Christ) were certainly devoted to prayer;

‘And they continued stedfastly… in prayers.’
(Acts 2:42 KJV)

‘…we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.’
(Acts 6:4 KJV)

And with this, there is a prompt to think on just how we are reverencing and honoring G-d along the way, with passages such as this;

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.
Hebrews 12:28‭-‬29 ESV

Where To Buy?

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These commandments and customs can usually be purchased today from a reputable Judaica store.

There are also online sellers of such, whom offer ‘kosher certificates/certification’ with regard to construction and quality as per the various customs.

A person can make a purchase on a working day from an online store such as one of the following unaffiliated online stores.

One such place is www.ajudaica.com – which at the time of writing, is still trading.

With regards to the Tallit Ketan, some might prefer the Perf-Tzit also known as Neat-Tzit/Undershirt Tzitzit brand, which is a little less long in the garment (not as ‘baggy’), though not too fitted from www.golds.com.au .

Remember to refrain from a purchase on the Sabbath or on a ‘High Sabbath’ (day of rest during a holy day/feast)!

Potential Rebuttal from a person with regard to the commandments of Tefillin and Tzitzit;

A person might read Matthew 23:5 and initially mistakenly say something like ‘this passage means we no longer do these commandments anymore – as G-d’s Law is written on our hearts…’;

They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long,
Matthew 23:5 ESV

Such an interpretation however is incorrect, as the context of this passage is essentially saying ‘do the commandments, however do not seek the praise of men whilst doing them. Instead do them out of love and obedience to God’.

We see such to be true in the next two verses – where it goes further into the context and speaks of people whom might be seeking the praise of men, instead of the praise of G-d;

‘…broad and their fringes long,
and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others.’
(Matthew 23:5-‬7 ESV).

May the Holy God bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua/Yeshua HaMoshiach);

With this faith, as we go on learning (Acts 15:21) and upholding His Law (the law of Moses, which features the famous Ten Commandments and the rest);

For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. Do we then overthrow the law by this faith?
By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:28‭, ‬3:31 ESV

Amen.

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How Christ Prays, And Is Not A Literal Human Sacrifice For Sin – (Verse explanations; Hebrews 9:26, 9:23, 10:5, 10:9, 10:12, 10:14, Isaiah 53:12)

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Table Of Contents
■ Introduction
■ Hebrews 9:26;
■ Hebrews 9:23;
■ Hebrews 10:12
■ Hebrews 10:14
■ Humble submission on Isaiah 53:12

Introduction

The aim of this explanation is to further interpret verses which speak of either Christ’s death and ressurection, or his blood – as they are; poetic and meorphical in a certain way, especially if they read along the lines of ‘sacrifice’ or ‘makes us clean’.

Instead we find that they are ultimately speaking of how Christ is always faithful and obedient, and laid down his life as specified in Holy Scripture – which prophesied such would happen.

The Law of Moses states that human sacrifice is not allowed (Deuteronomy 24:16) – the end result of his walk here, was that Christ was declared High Priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 110:4, 45:7), and this means that the new covenant was instituted (Isaiah 43:6, 49:8, Jeremiah 31:31-34), and this means newness and everlasting life to all who believe (Isaiah 28:16, Ezekiel 36:26-27, 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV).

As High Priest, Christ in turn makes intercession (prayer) for people, and the Father (G-d) hears (ref. Romans 8:34, Isaiah 53:12, Hebrews 2:17, 1 John 2:1).

Begin

Let us now review and explain some verses;

Hebrews 9:26;

for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Hebrews 9:26 ESV

▪︎Explanation:
Scripture tells us why he laid down his life only once, and also suffered willfully (ref. John 10:18) – in a way which is in agreement with other verses which speak of such in a [literal] manner;

‘…so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.’
(Hebrews 2:17 ESV)

This means, to become high priest, he only had to die once, and not over and over again.

Then, when it says ‘to make propitiation’ – this is again what he now does as high priest, and Scripture actually says he does this continually – ‘propitiation’ here meaning to ‘pray for transgressors’ (Romans 8:34, Isaiah 53:12, Hebrews 2:17, 1 John 2:1).

This is also what we see in literal verses which relate to him being;

• ‘mediator’ (1 Timothy 2:5),
• declared High Priest – because he hated wickedness when he was here (Psalm 45:7), and,
• making intercession (prayer) for sinners to God – scriptually, this is how forgiveness of sins works by grace through faith, especially without a temple and certified Levitical priests;

‘…Christ Jesus who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.’
(Romans 8:34 NIV)

‘…makes intercession for the transgressors.’
(Isaiah 53:12 ESV)

‘…if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.’
(1 John 2:1 NIV)

In plain, brief – yet reverential English;

Christ (Messiah) is active, ongoing, representation for mankind that falls short. (Psalm 110:4). He died once, and was declared High Priest as per the Psalm (45:7).

More importantly, through this new covenant, this is how everlasting life is obtained, by a person believing ‘in’ Christ;

‘…‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’’
(Isaiah 28:16 ESV)

‘…Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,’
(Ephesians 2:20 ESV)

‘…whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’
(John 3:16 KJV)

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Hebrews 9:23;

Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
Hebrews 9:23 ESV

Hebrews 9:23, is referring to heavenly sacrifices such as the praise and prayer (intercession of Christ [Isaiah 53:12], which according to Psalm 40:6, Hebrews 10:5, 10:9 – confirm are better sacrifices than burnt offerings.

▪︎Explanation:
‘…the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.’ (ESV)

– Without getting too aloof and poetical, Scripture literally states that thanksgiving, steadfast love, and good deeds (without sin) are looked upon more favourably than sacrifices;

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Hebrews 13:15‭-‬16 ESV

Christ literally praises and prays to God as mediator for the forginess of sins of people (Romans 8:34, Isaiah 53:12, Hebrews 2:17, 1 John 2:1);

‘…we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.’
(1 John 2:1 ESV)

Here is a proof text of three verses which ultimately agree here, in that Christ does God’s will and such is pleasing to God, and God hears the prays of the righteous (Proverbs 15:29). The explanation of them follows;

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire– but my ears you have opened — burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
Psalm 40:6 NIV

‘Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,  “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me;
…“Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second.’
(Hebrews 10:5, 10:9 ESV)

Interpretation of these three verses which go towards explaining Hebrews 9:23;

‘…Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired…’ (ESV) means;

God does not really desire sin offerings over and over- he desires open ears, hearts, and diligent observance of His commandments. He desires no sin from His people.

Christ does God’s will perfectly, a sin offering is not really required of him for actual sins, as he did no violence (Isaiah 53:9) – he is annointed beyond maximum (Isaiah 48:16, Colossians 2:9).

Rather it then says,

‘…I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second.’ (ESV)

And this refers to how;

A) out of obedience, Christ was given to death in order to be confirmed and declared High Priest (in the order of Melchizadek),

And this was so,

B) his obedient walk in a body of flesh could be fulfilled as per Scripture (Isaiah 52:13-15, Micah 5:2 ESV, John 19:19-22)

And,

C) ‘…the second.’ (ESV) [covenant] could be established, as it says in Isaiah 42:6, 49:8;

It was so the new covenant (Jer 31:31) could become active for those who believe in Messiah (Christ); Everlasting Life for people (Isaiah 28:16, John 3:14-15).

Thus believers are no longer under the curses which lead to perishing (‘wasting disease’; Deuteronomy 28:22 ESV, John 3:16 KJV); These they do not perish after ressurection, and thus there is no condemnation towards them (Isaiah 28:16-22, John 3:14-16, Romans 8:1).

Hebrews 9:23, is thus referring to sacrifices such as the praise and prayer (intercession of Christ), which according to Psalm 40:6, Hebrews 10:5, 10:9 – confirm are better sacrifices than burnt offerings.

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Further Verses With Concise Explanation;

Hebrews 10:12

(with explanation in [brackets]);

But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice
[referring to Christ laying down his life in obedience to G-d, where he was given to death, once. This was so he could be mediator and high priest of the new covenant (ref. Jer 31:31, Isa 42:6, 49:8, Hebrews 8:6)]
for sins forever
[believers have their sins forgiven and recieve righteousness (qualities etc., Ref. Heb 10:14) from God by believing in Christ (Philippians 3:3). Christ then goes on interceding for transgressors however (Romans 8:34, Isaiah 53:12, Hebrews 2:17, 1 John 2:1)]
, sat down on the right hand of God;
Hebrews 10:12 KJV (with explanation in [brackets])

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Hebrews 10:14

For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
Hebrews 10:14 KJV

Explanation;

Christ was given once (he laid down his life out of obedience), so that he could become High priest of the New Covenant, where people can recieve of the righteousness of God through faith in him (Philippians 3:3). 

This does not then mean that Christ does not then go on interceding (acting as mediator for what sadly continues to fall short – people [ref. Acts 15:10-11];

Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.”
Acts 15:10‭-‬11 ESV

We know this as other verses tell us that even now he is mediating between the Holy God and people, because of their sins (Romans 8:34, Isaiah 53:12, Hebrews 2:17, 1 John 2:1).

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Humble Submission On Isaiah 53:12;

Isaiah says that the Messiah (Christ)
[figuratively]

‘…bore the sins of many…’,
(Isaiah 53:12)

However,

Isaiah also says that Christ
[literally]

‘…makes intercession for believers and/or transgressors.’
(ref. Isaiah 53:12 ESV, see Acts 15:11)

Explanation:

It is put to you that as per the explanation, all references with regard to ‘blood washing the robes of believers clean’ (ref. Revelation 7:13) and the like, are metaphorical.

This is said, as if his death was in fact a literal human sacrifice (which it is not, as that is prohibited by the Law of Moses ref. Deuteronomy 24:16) – then there would be no reason for him to have to continually pray for sinners and believers as we have read in (Romans 8:34, Isaiah 53:12, Hebrews 2:17, 1 John 2:1).

Thus the ‘bore our sins [by way of his death]’ is a figurative metaphor, and the literal is in his acting as high priest and mediator – by interceding (making prayer) for people, an activity which is on going.

Lastly (and peaceably), Holy Scripture says that Christ was,

‘…given as a [‘new’ ref. Jer 31:31] covenant for the people…’
(Isaiah 42:6, 49:8)

How and in what way?

Answer: Sent and given once as per John 3:16 KJV;

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 KJV

This once part was so he could be made high priest after his faithful walk, as he fulfilled Scripture (Hebrews 2:17).

And Why and what for?

So all who believe can recieve everlasting life and forgiveness of sins, as described in the new covenant with him as mediator (Jeremiah 31:31-34, Ezekiel 36:26-27, Isaiah 27:16).

Hoping it is fruitful.

May G-d bless beyond maximum in Moshiach (in Christ).

Shalom.

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Recommended Reading;

• ‘Propitiation’: Intercession, Not Human Sacrifice (1 John 2:2, Isaiah 53:12)

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/03/10/propitiation-1-john-2-2-isaiah-5312/

• Christ [Became] A High Priest – (Hebrews 2:17)

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/04/08/christ-became-a-high-priest-hebrews-217/

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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The Formula Of Baptism Explained – (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:38)

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Introduction:

This explanation will explain the risen King Messiah’s (Christ’s) instructions for baptism verse by verse (Matthew 28:18-20), and also break down the famous ‘…in the name of…’ formula line by line, as per verse 19 – being;

‘…in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit:’
(ref. Matthew 28:19)

A baptism script that one might entertain/recite when doing this commandment is also shared.

Then, what it means to be baptised in the name of the Lord ‘Jesus Christ’ (ref. Acts 2:38), will also be explained.

——-

Matthew 28:18-20

VERSE 18:
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Matthew 28:18 KJV

EXPLANATION:
This verse is linked in another verse which briefly states that God has put all things at the King Messiah’s (Christ’s) feet (control), except of course for God Himself, as He is above all;

For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him.
1 Corinthians 15:27 ESV

1 Corinthians 15:27 shows us that G-d remains above all including Christ – hence,

‘…the Father is greater than I…’
(John 14:28).


VERSE 19 And Explanation:

•’…baptizing them in the name of the Father,…’
[
a person recognises and believes that G-d is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,].

‘…and of the Son…’
[a person recognises and believes that the Lord Jesus (Yehoshua/Yeshua) Christ is the Messiah – the created Son of God, whom God has raised from the dead,].

‘…and of the Holy Spirit/Ghost…’
[a person recognises and is seeking G-d’s sovereign help along the way as they now desire to walk in His good commandments. This is also referred to in Holy Scripture as refreshing and renewal which is promised to all who believe in Christ (1 Peter 3:21, Acts 15:8, 3:19 NASB, 2 Cor 5:17 KJV, Ezekiel 36:26-27, John 14:1, Isaiah 50:10). This refreshing newness comes from God and is effected by His Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh). It is part of what is known as the New Covenant (Jer 31:31-34, Ezekiel 36:26-27)], and is also described and serves as;

‘He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved…’
(Mark 16:16 KJV)

‘…an appeal to God for a good conscience…’
(1 Peter 3:21 ESV),

which means,

‘…rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,’
(Titus 3:5 NIV).

A Potential Script:

With this perhaps when immersing in water (baptising), a script one might entertain/recite could sound along the lines of:

‘Dear God, I am hereby now being baptized as per Holy Scripture. This is being done in honor of You, Your risen son, and the recognition and believing for Your soveriegn help and refreshing by way of Your Holy Spirit. Baptism is also an appeal for a good conscience, help, and is also descibed as a good obedient deed and type of seal (Mark 16:16) – as per the instructions of the Messiah (Christ). I look forward to learning and applying your rules and statutes in my life’.


VERSE 20:
‘Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…’
(Matthew 28:20 KJV)

EXPLANATION:
With this faith, Believers are to uphold G-d’s good commandments and statutes – which are known as the Law of Moses;

‘…commandments… whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’
(Matthew 5:19‭-‬20 ESV)

Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:31 ESV

‘…we uphold the Torah.’
(Kehilah in Rome 3:31 OJB)

What Does It Mean To Be Baptised In The Name Of Jesus Christ? (ref. Acts 2:38);

Acts 2:38 reads as follows;

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:38 NIV

Briefly, the expression ‘…in the name of…’ is a phrase used in recognition / to honor a person and or refer to their instructions/words.

This can be seen in other older literature, such as the Mishnah/Talmud – where it might read as this; ‘…r. Yochanan said in the name of r.Mordicai, r.Mordicai said to wash before evening every night – just in case.’

This assists us now with what Acts 2:28 is trying to communicate – which when paraphrased is saying;

‘In honor/recognition of the risen Lord Jesus Christ and his instructions, be baptised in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. With this faith also learn and uphold God’s good commandments and statutes.’.
(par. ref. Matthew 28:19-20)

How – By Immersion Or Sprinkle?

Holy Scripture shows us in passages such as Acts 8:36-39, that baptism is traditionally by way of immersion in a body of water.

Hoping these things are fruitful with you.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus (Yehoshua/Yeshua) Christ. Amen.

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The Gift of Tongues Defined And Shown No Longer Active, Scripturally.

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Introduction:

This explanation of Holy Scripture intends to share exactly what the miraculous gift of tongues was; a gift the original early believers were gifted with, to allow the sharing of the gospel with people who spoke foreign languages.

We will see that this outward spiritual gift along with others such as healing the sick, and prophecy have ceased as per 1 Corinthians 13:8, since Mark 13:24 and John 9:4 were fulfilled – where it says ‘…the moon will not give it’s light.’, meaning; ‘…G-d will not give His Holy Spirit for the purposes of outward miracles.’. (ESV), and ‘…Night is coming, when no one can work.’ (NIV).

Coherent Language or Jibberish?

The one who was speaking in tongues, likely did not understand the message he/she was delivering on behalf of God, out of their mouths.

It says that the person with the gift of tongues did not understand what they spoke (1 Cor 14:11, 14:13, 14:14) – however the words that they spoke were actual recognized languages that other people could understand in their different native languages (Acts 2:6, 2:8, 1 Cor 14:10);

And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?
Acts 2:6‭, ‬2:8 ESV

¹⁰ There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning, 
¹¹ but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me. 
¹² So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.
¹³ Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. 
¹⁴ For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.
1 Corinthians 14:10-14 ESV

As the person was speaking in a foreign language, they thus required a translator for the rest of say the native Hebrew speaking congregation, whenever they gathered together (1 Corinthians 14:27-28) – or the person speaking had to pray that he would be able to interpret the foreign language himself, so the congregation could understand (1 Corinthians 14:13);

If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.
1 Corinthians 14:27‭-‬28 NIV

For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say.
1 Corinthians 14:13 NIV

Purpose Of The Gift Of Tongues:

The gift of tongues was primarily given to some believers and not all;

‘…Do all speak in tongues?…’
(1 Corinthians 12:30 NIV)

This was so foreigners could hear the gospel in their own respective languages and help them better understand it (Acts 2:4-11).

The gift was initially given to simply assist in the spread of the good news of everlasting life being available me now to all who believe in G-d and in Christ (John 14:1, Isaiah 28:16, 50:10);

So then, tongues are for a sign,… to unbelievers…’.
(1 Corinthians 14:22 NASB2020)

Is This Gift Active Today?;

The gift of tongues ceased along with prophecy and other miracles quite some time ago. This is intended to ideally be shown in another explanation, G-d willing.

Peaceably, it is with the above explanation of what the gift of tongues actually is, and the fact that no person on this earth today actually performs it as it is intended to be used; that one can safely conclude that if they attend a church building or congregation who claim to use such a gift – they are sadly mistaken.

‘…the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light’
(Matthew 24:29 NIV)

‘…Night is coming, when no one can work.’
(John 9:4 NIV)

Therefore the following is applied, in this instance;

‘…if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away with; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away with.’
(1 Corinthians 13:8 NASB2020)

Hoping it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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‘Under vs. Uphold’ – The Law Of Moses And You.

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Brief Summary

This explanation defines the difference between being ‘under the law’ as an unbeliever, and ‘upholding the law’ as a believer – as a believer in Messiah (Christ) is instructed to observe the Law of Moses with their faith (Romans 3:31 ESV).

Peaceably, this explanation is shared as many ‘mainstream’ Christians here may mistakenly see such the concept of law observance, as legalistic.

Under vs. Uphold

Under:

To be ‘under the law’, means that a person does not believe in Christ (Messiah) for saving grace from G-d, by Messiah’s hand.

Instead, this person is really relying on their own good deeds for a ruling, when they are judged.

This approach is not conducive of everlasting life without end (ref. Deuteronomy 28:15 , Galatians 3:10, Isaiah 28:16, 28:22, John 3:16).

An article which explains what it means if a person is seeking to be ‘under the law’, can be found here. It features Galatians 4:21;

‘Tell me, you who desire to be under the law…’
(Galatians 4:21 ESV)

Those people were trying to adopt the values of men who refused to believe in Messiah (Christ) at the time, and rather valued their own works (Galatians 4:8, 4:17, 5:4, 5:7).

Uphold:

To uphold the law, means a person does believe in the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and is believing for saving grace at judgement from God through Christ – as they observe the Law of Moses.

This approach means everlasting life without end (ref. Isaiah 28:16, Ephesians 2:20, John 3:16).

Hence,

For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
(Romans 3:28‭, ‬3:31 ESV)

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum in Christ (Messiah). Amen.

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Christ [Became] A High Priest – (Hebrews 2:17)

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Brief Summary

This explanation of Holy Scripture further demonstrates the connection between Christ in the Psalm where it says he ‘…you love righteousness and hate wickedness…’, and how he was then ‘annointed’ as high ‘…priest forever in the order of Melchizadek…’ – after being raised from the dead (ref. Psalm 45:7, 110:4, Hebrews 5:10).

Begin

Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Hebrews 2:17 ESV

To this, some may say something along the lines as ‘but doesn’t it say since Christ was created, he has always been the same – and thus he has always been high priest?’;

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 ESV

Peaceably, the answer to such a question without breaking Scripture, is no.

The above verse (Hebrews 13:8) is with regard to his character.

This is said as Hebrews 2:17 states that Christ had to be born like his brothers as a man, instead of his original angelic-god type spiritual form (ref. John 1:1 NWT). Such thus means he would not be the same, once born in a body if flesh.

Further, if one is declared a priest in the order of Melchizadek – they were likley not one prior to such a decree;

Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore god, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Psalms 45:7 KJV (amended)

The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
Psalms 110:4 NIV

‘…he…makes intercession for the transgressors.’
(Isaiah 53:12 ESV)

‘…he always lives to make intercession for them.’
(Hebrews 7:25 ESV)

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach (the Lord Jesus Christ). Amen.

‘Propitiation’: Intercession, Not Human Sacrifice (1 John 2:2, Isaiah 53:12)

http://www.orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2021/03/10/propitiation-1-john-2-2-isaiah-5312/

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‘My Lord and my God…’ – Explained (John 20:28 Referencing Psalm 84:3)

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Brief Summary

The aim of this explanation is to simply show that John 20:28 is in no way a verse which supports the man made doctrine known as the ‘trinity’ – therefore it does not state that Christ is G-d.

Instead we will see that righteous Thomas references Psalm 84:3 to Christ, out of love of the word;

‘speaking to one another with psalms…’
(Ephesians 5:19 NIV)

Such conduct and reverence of God’s Holy Scriptures is a pleasing thing to God and worshipful to Him.

In this instance the application of the Psalm is highly contextual.

Subject Verse;

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
John 20:28 NIV

Refrenced Psalm;

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts,  my King and my God.
Psalm 84:3 ESV

Eplanation Of Psalm 84:3

The initial reason why John 20:28 is said to be referring to Psalm 84:3, is the phrase ‘…my King and my God.’ (ESV) – which in John 20:28 it reads ‘…my Lord and my God.’.

One can also see that a reference to this Psalm is highly appropriate, given that king Messiah (Christ) was just recently raised from the dead at that time.

The ‘sparrow’ represents Christ who has been raised from the dead and is now able to go home – to the new heaven and new earth.

Matthew 13:31-32 is a support here, where it uses the metaphor of birds for people who nest in the kingdom of heaven, which is described as a tree with branches.

When it speaks of her ‘young’ being put at G-d’s altars, this is speaking of how believers in Messiah (Christ) all have an eternal place in the new heaven and earth, and even access to the temple in the new heaven (hence, ‘altars’).

This is because the new covenant was put in place at the ‘giving’ Messiah, and at his resurrection (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8, John 3:16, Psalm 45:6-7) – with power, cleansed new hearts being noted from Pentecost (Shavuot) onwards (Luke 24:49, Acts 2).

Luke 7:34-35 also supports here, it states that those who believe in Christ are figuratively spoken of as his ‘offspring’ or ‘children’;

‘The Son of Man… wisdom is proved right by all her children.”’
(Luke 7:34‭-‬35 NIV)

The Psalm mentions the sparrow having young; meaning Christ and all those believing in him.

By Thomas mentioning this verse to Christ (the sparrow in the Psalm), he encapsulates the context of the matter, and this is also a display of reverence to G-d, above.

Minor note: If a person noticed that the Psalm says ‘king’, whilst in John it says ‘lord’ – kindly note that though these two are different Hebrew and Greek words; a king can certainly be addressed as a lord.

Thus, there is contextual association between these two words.

Another verse which references a Psalm can be found here, where the King Messiah (Christ) references Psalm 22:1 ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me…’ in Matthew 27:46 out of reverence of the Scriptures.

Hoping it is fruitful.

Shalom and kind regards,

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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‘Christ Is The Image [Representation] Of The Invisible God’ – (Colossians 1:15 Translated More Clearly)

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Brief Summary

Here, Colossians 1:15 is lightly re-translated – with the explanation and proofs shared.

The purpose is to gain a clearer in that the verse is simply telling us that Christ is a representative/representation of G-d.

As a derrivitive this also will all show us that there is no such thing as the mistaken ‘trinity’ doctrine.

Begin

‘Who is the image [representation] of the invisible God…’
(Colossians 1:15 KJV [Amended])

G1504
Definition: an image, statue, representation
Usage: an image, likeness, bust.

With regard to what the Strong’s Concordance, we know that the better fitting definition is ‘representation’ – as others in English can tend to be a little misleading and allow for allusions to the incorrect man-made doctrine known as the ‘trinity’ (ref. Numbers 23:19).

If one was to consider applying a registered usage to the definition of ‘representation’ from the concordance, such could perhaps be ‘likness’ – given the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23) is present in Christ beyond maximum (Col 2:9, Isaiah 48:16), he is thus imitating God’s likeness as His representative, and we are encouraged to be imitators also (Ephesians 5:1, 1 Corinthians 11:1).

Hoping it is fruitful.

Shalom.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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Answers To The Dear Muslims Of Islam.

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Introduction

Here, some very popular questions the dear Muslims may have, are responded to in a peaceable way – all in hope that the responses might be helpful to you.

Contents;

Popular Question:
Do you think the Quran is true?

■ Question:
The 3-in-1 ‘trinity’:
The Quran says that there is no such thing as the ‘trinity’ – is this a good thing?

Question:
The Quran says ‘that G-d does not have a Son…’ – what does that mean?

Question:
Does the Quran really say that they did not really kill Jesus at the crucifixion?

Popular Question;
The Bible says ‘…here are two swords…It is enough…’ – Is this allowing violence?

Popular Question;
Is Muhammad a real prophet from G-d?

Topic:
Circumcision, the Quran, and the Bible

Topic:
The Sabbath, the Quran, and the Bible

Popular Questions:
Why not have ‘Ishmael’ in the title, when speaking of ‘the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…’?
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And why should we seek to do the commandments given to Moses for Israel
(The Ten Commandments and the rest)
– as we believe in God, and also in Jesus?

Question:
Is it necessary then to even read the Quran?

■ Popular Question;
Do you think the Quran is true?

Answer;
The Quran is a very hard to understand text in any language – and especially in English, to an English ear.

The Bible (Genesis through Revelation) shares and explains how a person of any culture or nation can live forever without end after this life, by repenting to God, believing in Christ, repenting, being baptized, and upholding the Law of Moses.

The Quran actually states that it believes what was given to Moses and Jesus – and that is a good thing if that were truly so;

‘Say, “We believe in God, and in what was revealed to us; … and in what was given to Moses, and Jesus… We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we submit.”’
(Q2:136 Clear Quran. Also see Q3:84)

The Bible agrees here in the sense that a believer is to;
a) believe in God,
b) believe in Christ (Messiah) and listen to what he has said,
c) observe the Law of Moses (the Ten Commandments and the rest)

The Quran verse above includes more text when read in it’s entirety, and this will be addressed a little later here a little later, below – for the most part however, the goal is to seek forgiveness from God, believe in Christ, and learn and observe God’s good commandments. This means everlasting life.

The 3-in-1 ‘trinity’:
The Quran says that there is no such thing as the ‘trinity’ – is this a good thing?

Yes, it is good that it says this.

One of the major matters the Quran speaks of is that G-d is one, and therefore He is not 3-in-1;

‘…believe in God and His messengers, and do not say, “Three.” Refrain—it is better for you. God is only one…’
(Q4:171 Clear Quran)

‘They disbelieve those who say, “God is the third of three.” But there is no deity except the One God….’
(Q5:73 Clear Quran)

The Bible (Genesis through Revelation) agrees, where it says;

‘God is not man…or a son of man…’
(Numbers 23:19 ESV)

And the Messiah (Christ) is known as the son of man – thus he is not God;

‘…the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.’
(John 3:14‭-‬15 ESV).

The Quran says that G-d does not have a Son… – what does that mean?

If a person today reads the Quran and sees it says that G-d has;

‘…no son…never had a partner’ (Q25:2 Clear Quran)

and that,

‘He is far above from having a son…’ (Q4:171, John 14:28)

– that this means Jesus is not God, in it’s correct context.

This is true, and this is what the Bible also says.

However, what a person should understand is that when the Bible says that the Lord Jesus is God’s Son – this simply means that Jesus was created by God (ref. Proverbs 8:12, 8:22-23 NASB [‘wisdom’ here is Jesus] -> Luke 7:35, Matthew 11:19 [Jesus refers to himself as being called ‘wisdom’], John 14:28 [Jesus confirms that G-d is greater than he).

And this is exactly what the following suras (verses) are trying to communicate;

‘…God is only one God. Glory be to Him! He is far above having a son…’
(Q4:171 Clear Quran)

He to whom belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth, who took to Himself noson, who never had a partner in His kingship; who created everything and determined its measure.
(Q25:2 Clear Quran).

So in summary here, God has a created son (many sons and daughters for that matter ref. Numbers 15:38, 2 Corinthians 6:18) – however, He has no equal or equal partner,  as He is above all;

‘one God and Father of all, who is over all…’
(Ephesians 4:6 NIV)

Hoping it is fruitful.

Does the Quran really say that they did not really kill Jesus at the crucifixion?

No, it does not.

Despite the Scriptually correct explanation of the Q4:157, and Q4:158 here which follows – sadly most dear Muslims today do not believe that the Quran actually says that people killed Jesus at the crucifixion, and then God raised him back to life from the dead.

One big passage that a dear Muslim reads about this topic is;

And for their saying, “We have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the Messenger of God.” In fact, they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them as if they did. Indeed, those who differ about him are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it, except the following of assumptions. Certainly, they did not kill him.
(Q4:157 Clear Quran)

Explanation:
In Q4:157 when it says,

‘….they did not kill him…’ by way of ‘…crucify[ing] him…’;

This simply means that the Lord Jesus Christ’s body did die, however, he was made alive in the Spirit (he lived in the spirit realm).

The next sura (verse) confirms this when it says God literally raised him up after he had physically died there;

Rather, God raised him up to Himself. God is Mighty and Wise.
(Q4:158 Clear Quran).

This is why the Bible says at the crucifixion, the following;

‘…He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits—’
(1 Peter 3:18-19 NIV)

When Jesus was made alive in the spirit straight after the crucifixion, he honoured his word and also had a kind meal with a former, forgiven sinner;

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Luke 23:43 NIV

Hoping this is of help to you hear;

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:9 ESV.

Hoping it is fruitful with you.

Popular Question;
The Bible says ‘…here are two swords…It is enough…’ Is this allowing violence?

Physical violence is absolutley forbidden by the risen Lord Jesus Christ (Mtt 5:44 KJV).

With regard to the verse ‘…here are two swords…It is enough…’

And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”
Luke 22:38 ESV

Explanation;
This ‘bring two swords’-type verse is essentially saying this;

The world will get dangerous for those who believe in Christ, when compared to how it was on earth during the time when Christ walked it.

This is the expression and meaning behind the ‘…here are two swords…It is enough…’ line.

This context is also in agreement with this verse which says;

‘…lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.’
(Matthew 24:12 ESV)

Here is some more of the ‘two swords’ passage, which will better help a person understand the above explanation is referring to how life will get harder for believer;

And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.
…For what is written about me has its fulfillment.”
And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”’
(Luke 22:35‭-‬36, 22:37 22:38 ESV)

Here is a parellel verse which shows us again, that Christ has instructed peace and not violence from his people – as those who live by the sword will eventually perish;

And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear.
Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword.
Matthew 26:51‭-‬52 ESV

Here is the account again in another place,

And when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him.
Luke 22:49‭-‬51 ESV

So with regard to violence and weopons, the risen King Messiah has said;

‘…“No more of this!”…’
(Luke 22:51 ESV)

This is the context of it.

Further Support
In further support of the explanation here, is 2 Corinthians 11:20-21, which is telling us that bearing (being peacefully patient) with people by ‘turning the other cheek’ (ref. Mtt 5:38-39), and not engaging in violence – is a praiseworthy way of conducting oneself.

It says;

‘In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or puts on airs or slaps you in the face. To my shame I admit that we were too weak for that!…’
(2 Corinthians 11:20‭-‬21 NIV)

Hoping it is fruitful with you.

Popular Question;
Is Muhammad a real prophet from G-d?

If dear, zealous Muhammad believed Q2:136 and Q3:84, meaning that he believed in God, and what was given to Moses and Jesus – then dear Muhammad would be peaceable with his enemies (Matthew 5:44 KJV), and even be referred to as an Israelite. (Ephesians 2:19, Galatians 6:15-16).

Despite secular historical reports making false claims on what ‘Christianity’ actually is, and being very inaccurate – it is perhaps worthwhile noting that secular reports state that zealous Muhammad may have coordinated military battles, and engaged in military combat on numerous occaisions;

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_career_of_Muhammad

https://www.historynet.com/muhammad-the-warrior-prophet .htm

Though the Quran is hard to understand, it does feature words like ‘kill’ and ‘fight’ in certain verses;

And kill them wherever you overtake them, and expel them from where they had expelled you. Oppression is more serious than murder. But do not fight them at the Sacred Mosque, unless they fight you there. If they fight you, then kill them. Such is the retribution of the disbelievers.
Q2:191 Clear Quran

and,

‘…Some of them you killed, and others you took captive.’
(Q33:26 Clear Quran)

Whether ‘kill’ in the Quran in certain places simply means ‘make new believers/converts peacefully’ or not – is hard to say.
Such an interpretation is arrived at, if we keep in mind that the document says ‘….we believe in what was given to Moses and Christ…’ (par. Q2:136, Q3:84).

Either way, the ‘God of Abraham…’ monotheistic nature of the Quran is a good thing – however, if we truly believe in what was given to Moses and the risen King Jesus – then we will believe the everlasting gospel and bless our enemies; not waging malicious war or participating in battle with them.

The instructions from the Messiah (Christ) – which came from God, are;

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Matthew 5:44 KJV.

Hoping that all good things go well.

Salaam, shalom.

Circumcision, the Quran, and the Bible

According to what was given Moses, circumcision is on the 8th day;

‘…every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised…’
(Genesis 17:12 NIV)

If one believed in G-d, believed in Christ, and upheld the Law of Moses – such a person is typically known as born again if they recieved refreshing/renewal from above (Acts 3:19, Ezekiel 36:26-28), and is technically deemed an Israelite, as per Holy Scripture.

The law of Moses states that God’s male people are to be circumcised on their 8th day of age (Genesis 17:11-12).

It then tells us that when Abraham recieved this instruction, he went and got circumcised that very day – despite he being ninety nine years of age (Genesis 17:26, 17:24-25).

Of Abraham and his son Ishmael it says,

Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
Genesis 17:24‭-‬25 ESV

Explanation
Peacefully, just because Ishmael was 13 years old when he got circumcised – it does not mean that from now on all sons of Ishmael are to be circumcised at 13 years of age from now on.

How do we know?

We know because faithful Abraham was 99 years of age when he was circumcised – and this by no means tells a son of Abraham to go and get circumcised at 99 years of age.

Rather, the commandment for all seeking to be found believing in God and in Christ (John 14:1), is to circumcise our children on their 8th day of age (Genesis 17:12).

Hoping it is fruitful.

■ The Sabbath, the Quran, and the Bible

The Quran states that people who break that believers who break the Sabbath, are cursed;

‘…We cursed the Sabbath-breakers. The command of God is always done.’
(Q4:47 Clear Quran)

This means that the Sabbath is a good thing.

All people seeking to be found believing in God and His created son the Lord Jesus Christ (Messiah), recieving everlasting life without end – are instructed clearly; that with this faith, a believer observes the Law of Moses;

Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:31 ESV

‘…we uphold the Torah.’
Kehliah in Rome 3:31 (OJB)

This means, that gentiles who are still turning to God, or are experienced believers – will be observing the Sabbath. It is a holy rest day, where there is no work.

The Sabbath begins before evening Friday, and concludes after evening Saturday – by customary instruction, at nightfall.

Of new gentiles (people of the nations) whom have believed, it tells us of four initial sinful things to abstain from, and that believers will ideally hear/read the law of Moses on the Sabbath;

Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood. For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues.”
Acts 15:19‭-‬21 ESV

More on this instructions found in this passage known as ‘The Letter To The Gentiles’, can be found here;

The Letter to the Gentiles’ – Where New Repentant Believers Start (Acts 15 and 21);

https://orthodoxmessianicjudaism.com/2020/06/30/the-letter-to-the-gentiles-where-new-repentant-believers-start/

■ Popular Questions:

Why not have ‘Ishmael’ in the title, when speaking of ‘the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…’?
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And why should we seek to do the commandments given to Moses for Israel
(The Ten Commandments and the rest)
– as we believe in God, and also in Jesus?

Answers:
With regard to the Name, we know the following for sure;

• God is the God of Abraham (Exodus 3:6).

• Abraham certainly then had two sons Ishmael and Isaac (Genesis 16:15, 21:3).

• G-d promised that he would bless and make a nation from Ishmael (Genesis 21:13).

However,

• The biggest blessings that the Holy Scriptures encourage and instruct a person to seek – are found by believing in Christ (Messiah), and belong to Israel;

‘…a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah…’
(Jeremiah 31:31 NIV)

Some of the biggest blessings for those who believe in Christ, that are found in the New Covenant – are complete forgiveness, being closer to G-d, and everlasting life without end (Isaiah 28:16, John 3:16).

• This New Covenant is made for Judah and Israel only;

‘…I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah…’
(Jeremiah 31:31 NIV)

And this is why believers in Christ (Messiah) are instructed by God to;

‘…uphold the Law…’
(Romans 3:31 ESV – [Law = Torah]).

– and not another set of religious rules.

• All those who believe in God and in Lord Jesus, automatically become known as citizens of Israel;

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
Ephesians 2:19 ESV

‘…the Israel of God.’
(Galatians 6:16 KJV) (also see Isaiah 42:6, 56:6-7).

What About Those Who Do Not Believe In Christ?;

Commentator(s) such as IBN Ezra on Isaiah 65:20, perhaps tend to state that Isaiah 65:17-20 tells us people above who do not believe in Christ, might be living lives up to almost 1,000 years, depending on the person – give or take;

‘“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth…
No more shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the young man shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed.’
(Isaiah 65:17‭-‬18‭, ‬65:20 ESV)

It is our hope that you seek beyond maximum (saving grace, complete forgiveness, newness, and everlasting life) – entering through the narrow gate which leads to everlasting life;

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
Matthew 7:13‭-‬14 ESV

– believing, repenting, being baptized, seeking newness (Ezekiel 36:26-28), learning and upholding the law of Moses (the Ten Commandments, and the rest).

With this faith, a new believer ideally begins abstaining from the sinful things listed in Acts 15:19-21, as they observe the Sabbath, a day of rest.

Salaam and shalom.

Is it necessary then to even read the Quran?

If a person believes in God, and also in Christ (Messiah) (John 14:1), and what was given to Moses (the Law of Moses),

If a person is non-trinitarian (a monotheist),

And if such a person understands that the Gospel (good news) of everlasting life and forgiveness of sins, by faith in Christ – is an everlasting gospel, as per the Scripture;

‘…an eternal gospel…’
(Revelation 14:6 ESV)

‘…there is still a blessing in it,’… I will not destroy them all.’
(Isaiah 65:8 NIV)

– nothing else is required;

If any other documentation disagrees with Holy Scripture, takes away from learning and doing God’s good commandments (Rom 7:12), and/or leads you around in circles and philosophy; then it should peacably be deemed excess.

Why? The main goal of the Gospel is to bring people of all nations to God by believing in Christ, repentance, and baptism.

These people recieve forgiveness and everlasting life, and these blessings are part of what is known as the ‘new covenant’ (Jeremiah 31:31) – which is only for Israel (Jeremiah 31:31, 31:33-34, Hebrews 8:8, 8:10, 8:12, Zechariah 8:23, Genesis 22:18, Galatians 3:29, John 3:14-16).

Hoping it is fruitful.

Shalom.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua/Yeshua HaMoshiach). Amen.


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It is supplied here purely for reference to explain it in context when compared with the Holy Scriptures (Genesis through Revelation). Shalom, Salaam.

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Lamb, Son, Ram: An Allusion And A Tip To Christ Being Messiah (Genesis 22, Isaiah 53)

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Brief Summary

Sharing how Genesis 22 and Isaiah 53 are interlinked and speak of Christ as the Messiah who would die, and be raised from the dead.

Introduction

With regard to Christ being the Messiah, in the Old Testament (Tanakh) a person will not find his name in any place.

Scripture does however provide riddles, clues, and even family lineage in prophecy (which must be read in a prophetic, spiritual way, and thus not a literal way).

It is on this note that the allusion with regards to Christ being the Messiah, is shared from the books of Genesis 22 and Isaiah 53.

The links between the two chapters are as follows, and the explanation will be given at the end;

Son
‘…son…’ (Genesis 22:2)
‘…offspring…’ (Isaiah 53:10 ESV)

Lamb
‘…lamb…’ (Genesis 22:8)
‘…like a lamb…’ (Isaiah 53:7 ESV)

Ram (a male adult)
‘…ram…’ (Genesis 22:13)
‘…he grew up… a man…’ (Isaiah 53:2-3 ESV)

Explanation

The above links will now be explained.

Genesis 22: With regards To The Abraham and Isaac Account.

In Genesis, Abraham was tested and instructed by G-d to sacrifice his son Isaac on a mountain.

Isaac was told by his father Abraham that God would be providing a lamb for the sacrifice and (in context), thatall was in hand’.

Isaac, Abraham’s son got up off the altar, and rose back onto his feet – this might symbolise Isaiah 53:10 where it speaks of when G-d raises Christ from the dead (‘…prolong his days…’).

Later on, at the top of the mountain we learn that instead of Abraham’s son, or even a lamb being sacrificed – that God had actually provided a ram (a mature adult sheep) to be offered instead.

Abraham was blessed for being faithful under a test and trial – as he was actually prepared to offer his son as instructed. (Genesis 22:15-18)

The account may be read in Genesis 22 here.

Isaiah 53: With Regard To Christ (Messiah).

We know that Isaiah 53 speaks of one man walking blamelessly, dying, being raised from the dead, and then praying (interceding) for a nation as their high priest – as it says;

■ One man (Christ) walked blamelessly,

‘…he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.’
(Isaiah 53:9 ESV)

■ Died,

‘…he was cut off out of the land of the living…’
(Isaiah 53:8 ESV)

■ Was raised (‘prolong’) from the dead,

‘…He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days…’
(Isaiah 53:10 NASB2020)

and then,

■ Prays (intercedes) for a nation as their appointed high priest;

‘…he… makes intercession for the transgressors.’
(Isaiah 53:12 ESV)

‘You love righteousness and hate wickedness…’
(Psalm 45:7 NIV)

‘…“You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”’
(Psalms 110:4 NIV).

With regards to the allusion here, the Messiah (Christ) is referred to as God’s offspring (Isaiah 53:10, i.e. His ‘son‘).

He is described as an innocent ‘…lamb…led to the slaughter…’ (Isaiah 53:7 ESV), who had ‘…done no violence…’ (Isaiah 53:9 ESV).

He ‘…grew…’ up into a ‘…man…’ (Isaiah 53:2-3) – a man being a mature adult, which by metaphor can be likened to a ‘…ram…’ (Genesis 22:13).

Isaiah 53 can be read in full here.

In Finishing

The link between Genesis 22 and Isaiah 53 is quite apparent.

Isaiah poetically portrays the death and resurection of Christ, much like the slaughter of the lamb that was a son, that was a ram, that we see in Genesis 22.

The ram in Genesis was on a mountain, and Mesaiah (Christ) was also ‘…high and lifted up…’ (ref. Isaiah 52:13 ESV).

If a person still felt differently about Isaiah 53 being one man and not a nation as the servant here – perhaps they could read;

Isaiah 49:3 & 49:5 – The Suffering ‘Righteous Servant’ of Isaiah 53; one man and not a nation.

The ‘suffering servant’ is a Man, Given For The Nation (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8);

and,

‘Propitiation’: Intercession, Not Human Sacrifice (1 John 2:2, Isaiah 53:12)

Hebrews 7:27 Explained – Human Sacrifices Are Forbidden.

Hoping it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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1 John 2:1-2: ‘…propitiation for our sins…’ –  Christ Makes Intercession, And Is Not A Human Sacrifice (Explained)

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Brief Summary

This explanation aims to show how God’s good commandments forbid human sacrifices (ref. Deuteronomy 24:16, Ezekiel 18:20), and thus 1 John 2:1-2 (or any other similar verse for that matter) is in no way saying that Christ (Messiah) was a literal human sacrifice for our sins.

Instead, with verse 1 first telling us that Christ is our ‘advocate’, the word typically translated as ‘propitiation’ in 1 John 2:2 is then reviewed.

We see that the English dictionary’s definition for ‘propitiation’ can be defined as ‘appeasing’, and in phrase form can be described as how ‘Christ lifts his hands in prayer to God as our representation in a propitiation-like, priestly manner, to please Him on our behalf.’.

We will see that this is the better rendering and translation of what the word ‘propitiation’ means in this instance, as other verses confirm Christ appeases G-d, by praying (interceding) for us here (Isaiah 53:12, Romans 8:34), as advocate and mediator (1 John 2:1, 1 Timothy 2:5).

Briefly, the Law of Moses states that human sacrifice is not allowed (Deuteronomy 24:16) – the end result of the Messiah’s (Christ’s) walk here, was so he could then be declared High Priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 110:4, 45:7), and this means that the new covenant was then also able to be instituted (Isaiah 43:6, 49:8, Jeremiah 31:31-34).

This new covenant means newness and desire to walk in G-d’s statutes, and ultimately mrans everlasting life to all who believe (Isaiah 28:16, Ezekiel 36:26-27, 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV).

Having been annointed as High Priest (Psalm 110:4, 45:7), Christ in turn makes intercession (prayer) for people, and the Father (G-d) hears his prayer (ref. Romans 8:34, Isaiah 53:12, Hebrews 2:17, 1 John 2:1).

Begin

1 John 2:1-2 reads as follows;

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 2:1‭-‬2 ESV (also see KJV)

Explanation

Immediately we see that 1 John 2:1 speaks of Christ being our ‘advocate’.

This sets context for us.

By 1 John 2:2 saying ‘propitiation’ for our sins here, the verse is perhaps then often misunderstood by many – with some feeling it is speaking of a righteous man (Christ/Messiah) literally dying for the sins of many as a type of human sacrifice.

This cannot be the case, as the commandments forbid human sacrifices (ref. Deuteronomy 24:16, Ezekiel 18:20).

‘Propitiation’ Defined

The key word in 1 John 2:2 translated as ‘propitiation’ will now be reviewed and explored a little more, to allow for better understanding of the verse.

The ancient Greek word used is the Strong’s Greek Concordance’s Word G2434.

According to the concordance, the word can indeed be used in a ‘sacrifice’ type sense – however – here, the word is often recieved in the wrong context/usage.

Many mistakenly feel it is speaking of human sacrifice. Such an interpretation though would break the commandments that state a literal ‘human sacrifice’, is forbidden.

What can we do here?

If we dig just a little deeper for sake of understanding, and review other legal definition(s)/useage(s) for the English word ‘propitiation’, a simple dictionary explanation reads;

‘1 The action of propitiating or appeasing a god, spirit, or person.
he lifted his hands in propitiation

1.1 Atonement, especially that of Jesus Christ.
(Lexico Powered By Oxford)

‘…If you propitiate someone, you stop them being angry or impatient by doing something to please them….’
– (Collins Dictionary)

Here, Christ lifts his hands in prayer to God as our representation in a propitiation-like, priestly manner, to please Him as our advocate and high priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 110:4).

This agrees with a key verse in the Tanakh (Old Testament) which says that Christ does infact do just this.

In Isaiah 53:12, it says the Messiah makes intercession for the transgressors;

‘…he… makes intercession for the transgressors.
Isaiah 53:12 ESV

This agrees with the correct context of 1 John 2:1-2 and the dictionary’s definition of the word ‘propitiation’ – with how it may be legally used (i.e. ‘lifting hands in prayer to appease’ [as our advocate]).

Thus;

‘Messiah (Christ) makes intercession (meaning to pray and/or mediate) for repentant humans…’

– and one may certainty pray with ‘lifted hands’ – as it says;

I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
1 Timothy 2:8 KJV.

Hoping that it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum in Christ (Messiah).

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In The Temple – Paul Encourages Gentiles To Observe The Law Of Moses (Acts 21:24, 21:28, 26:19-21)

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Brief Introduction

This explanation of Holy Scripture will show you that the apostle Paul encourages/instructs both Jewish and Gentile believers in Messiah (Christ), to observe the Law of Moses (Torah).

This will be achieved by showing you that the apostle Paul brought and or met with believers who were originally born as Greeks into the temple of G-d to do a commandment (ritual) known as the Nazirite vow, a cleansing statute from the Law of Moses.

From this we also see that both Jews and Gentiles who believe in Messiah (Christ), are deemed Israelites – as the penalty for bringing a non-Jew into the Temple was death in ancient times.

Begin

Only Jews are allowed in the temple, the penalty for a Gentile if they were in the temple was death (Acts 22:22). 

This is why when the dear unbelieving Jews saw Paul in the temple with some believing Greeks, they had him beaten, put him on trial, made many accusations and sought to have him killed for this;

‘…“Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live.”’
(Acts 22:22 ESV)

For reference, if the dear unbelieving Jews knew that if either a Jew or a Gentile (e.g. a Greek) believes in Christ, then they are then deemed Israelites (Gal 6:15-16, Eph 2:13, 2:19-20); there would have been no issue or reason for violence in their minds.

Key Passage, Put Simply

This passage shows us that Christ (Messiah) instructed Paul to share the Gospel to the Jews and Gentiles, and that this also includes learning and upholding the Law of Moses (Torah);

‘…I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared … to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance. 21 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me.

(Acts 26:19-21 ESV)

Why does this verse mean believing Gentiles are also expected to observe the Torah, and how so? 

Above, Acts 26:20-21 states that the Jews were trying to kill Paul because he was sharing the gospel with the Gentiles and telling them how they should repent and be ‘performing deeds’ in keeping with their repentance.

Previously in Acts 21:24 we see that the apostle Paul was encouraging the Gentiles to observe the actual commandments and statutes of the Law of Moses – in this case a ritual cleansing as per Torah Law, in the temple. This having the Gentiles observe the law of Moses (on this occasion in the temple), is the reason why Paul was seized (ref. Acts 26:19-21);

Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expensesThen everyone will know… that you yourself are living in obedience to the law.
(Acts 21:24 NIV)

It is confirmed that these very ‘men’ that the apostle Paul went into the temple with were Gentiles in Acts 21:28, where just after he was found in the temple, he was seized – it says;

‘…he even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.”’

(Acts 21:28 ESV)

NOTE:
These Greek believers were likely a little more advanced in the faith, as opposed to other new Gentile believers who [in context] had just believed and were beginning to learn some initial statutes. This we will perhaps see a little later, as we read on – however with regard to the new believing Gentiles, here are those four initial things to abstain from again;

‘…those from the Gentiles who are turning to God,
(Acts 15:19 NASB)


‘…as for the Gentiles who have believed, we have sent a letter with our judgment that they should abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality.”
(Acts 21:25 ESV)

Conclusion

A person can note that Holy Scripture confirms the elders also say that the apostle Paul lives in ‘…observance of the law.’ (Acts 21:25 ESV).

And what about Gentile believers?
Without malice, by citing (above) an actual account of how the apostle Paul encourages Gentile believers in Christ to uphold the Law of Moses – even in the temple -, it should assist a person in seeing that the context of the Gospel is not just simply; believing, repenting, and being baptised – but also learning and upholding the Law of Moses (Torah) with this faith.

The Law of Moses includes the famous Ten Commandments and the rest of His good ways (ref. Rom 7:12).

May the Holy G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob bless you beyond maximum in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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Psalm 45:6-7 Translated More Accurately – ‘g’ and ‘G’ (There is No trinity)

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Brief Commentary

Many English translations render all instances of the word ‘god’ in Psalm 45:6-7 with a capital letter ‘G’ – even when speaking about the Messiah (Christ).

This can create confusion and lead a believer to mistakenly think that this passage supports the incorrect ‘trinity’ doctrine, as a consequence.

The following clearer translation assists a person in reading the verses in their proper context.

May this rendering of the passage be fruitful;

Begin

6 Thy throne, O god [Christ], is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore god [Christ], thy God [the Father], hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Psalm 45:6-7 KJV
with amendments and explanation in brackets in blue

May the Holy G-d bless you in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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Galatians 6:15 – Circumcision Was Never Abolished.

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Brief Summary

Sharing how Galatians 6:15-16 does not in any place state that circumcision has been abolished – rather it is emphasising the importance of a person being made new (2 Cor 5:17).

This newness includes a new heart and God’s Holy Spirit causing a person to walk in His ways (Ezekiel 36:26-28, Acts 15:8-9, 2 Corinthians 5:17).

Begin

Another commonly misinterpreted passage of Holy Scripture is Galatians 6:15-16 – it says;

15 For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
16 And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.
Galatians 6:15-16 NASB

This passage in no way abolishes circumcision or the rest of the law of Moses.

In its correct context the text is highlighting how a ‘new creation’ (a new creature) is essential, and of the highest importance for eternal life without end, at resurrection.

Amongst other items, this ‘new creature’, includes the receiving of a new heart of flesh and G-d’s Holy Spirit in a person causing them to walk in His ways;

26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.

Ezekiel 36:26-27 ESV

This newness as described above, is a free gift which is included in what is known as the;

‘…new covenant…’
(Jeremiah 31:31, Hebrews 8:8).

Also included in the ‘new covenant’ is the complete forgiveness of a person’s sins;

‘…I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more….’
(Jeremiah 31:34 ESV).

 A person receives this by believing in Christ, by believing that the holy God raised His Son the Lord Jesus (Yehoshua) Christ from the dead – as this sinless man is the one given to enact and mediate the new covenant – it says;

‘…I will give you as a covenant for the people…’
(Isaiah 42:6 ESV)

‘…I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people…’
(Isaiah 49:8 ESV)

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1 Timothy 2:5 KJV

Thus, this newness is found believing in Christ (Messiah);

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV

and is also known as being ‘born again’/’born from above’;

‘…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.’
(John 3:3, 3:6 KJV)

May the holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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1 Corinthians 7:1 – ‘Not To Touch The Opposite Gender…’ (Negiah)

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Brief Summary

The aim of this explanation of Holy Scripture is to share the interpretation and translation of 1 Corinthians 7:1 and how it speaks of the instruction to ‘not touch the opposite gender, except for your spouse, or certain close relatives…’.

Such a practice can be deduced from both the Old and New Testaments, and also in both ancient and current Judaism as well. 

For reference, the practice to not ‘touch’ the opposite gender is known as Negiah, and is defined to an extent for reference in the halakhah (the oral and written torah law combined).

Further, linguistic sightings for the same ancient Greek word rendered ‘touch’ from 1 Corinthians 7:1, will be shown in other verses found in the New Testament from a wide range of translations, to show consistency in how ‘touch’ is the legal and valid translation – despite many other translations not following suite in this particular instance.

Begin

1 Corinthians 7:1 KJV and Other Translations

The verse reads as follows;

Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
1 Corinthians 7:1 KJV [also see NASB]

 The NASB translation agrees with the KJV in this instance – however, many other translations will render the ancient Greek word ‘touch’ differently, usually along the lines of ‘sexual relations’;

‘…”It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.“‘ 
(1 Corinthians 7:1 NIV)

‘…“It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.”’
(1 Corinthians 7:1 ESV)

Contextual Justification;

‘…touch…’ instead of ‘sexual relations’ in 1 Corinthians 7:1

‘Touching’ can lead to such immorality amongst unmarried people, and that is a support for the interpretation.

For reference, verse 2 then goes on to speak of the temptation of sexual immorality, and the chapter recommends that if a person burns with passion (v.9) – that believers should marry to avoid sinning;

But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.
1 Corinthians 7:2 ESV

Verse 3 then goes on to state that physical marital intimacy is not forbidden, and that it is a consensual and considerate thing for each spouse to do, and therefore they should not deny each other of it;

The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband.
1 Corinthians 7:3 ESV

With this, the other translations which render verse 1 as ‘sexual relations’ instead of ‘touch’ (KJV/NASB) might appear to a reader as missing the sense and intention of this particular verse; minimising and eliminating the opportunity for immorality to flourish.

For sake of transparency, the chapter of 1 Corinthians 7 does indeed come with an exhortation to believers who marry their betrothed [a maiden/virgin (G3933)], and also a stronger one to the single believers who do not burn with desire and thus remain single;

So then he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better.
1 Corinthians 7:38 ESV

Linguistic Support

In 1 Corinthians 7:1 KJV, if we review the interlinear text – we see that the word rendered ‘touch’ in the KJV and NASB translations, is the Strong’s Concordance Greek word number 680;

Strong’s G680, is also present in other chapters such as 2 Corinthians 6:17, where the word is also rendered as ‘touch’ – though, in a great number of other translations (e.g. ESV, NIV, OJB, etc.), as well as the KJV and NASB;

Further, in Luke 6:19 the very same Ancient Greek word (G680) is also present and rendered as ‘touch’ as well;

and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
Luke 6:19 NIV

With this linguistic support, we can see that in this instance the KJV and NASB translation of 1 Corinthians 7:1 with the word ‘touch’, are perhaps more accurate.

This is also what we find, when further contextual support with regard to social interaction and values is referenced from the Gospel, and the Torah and shared along with the linguistic support (above).

Contextual Support In The Gospel And Torah

Talking to the Opposite Gender – is ‘surprising’;

John 4:27 perhaps provides us with a glimpse of ancient social moral expectations for conduct during the second Temple period, with regard to dealing with the opposite gender;

‘Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman…’
(John 4:27 NIV)

Here, we see that even talking with a women who is not a spouse or close relative in ancient times, was a surprising thing to some.

Smiling with the Opposite Gender – is an ‘indicator of marital status’;

The torah further shows us that even the act of laughing with a women in public; ‘was seen as a sign that a man is intimate with that women, and thus assumed to be married to her’ – it says;

‘…Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out of a window and saw Isaac laughing with Rebekah his wife.9 So Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, she is your wife.…’
(Genesis 26:8-9 ESV)

Further Resources For Consideration

Some other further resources and information on the explanation of Negiah to review, include;

R.Machon Shilo with a video talk on this matter;

https://youtu.be/xZHMuTOhxe8?t=79

Chabad articles;

Two verses civilly submitted with these resources for consideration are;

‘“The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you…’
(Matthew 23:2-3 ESV)
&
‘…“Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”’
(Matthew 16:6 ESV)

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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1 Corinthians 7:17-24 – ‘About Relationships, And Not About Abolishing Circumcision.’

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Brief Summary

1 Corinthians 7:17-24 is a complex passage which uses ‘circumcision’ as a metaphor for matters pertaining to relationships.

The end result will ideally show a person that in no place has the commandment of circumcision been abolished.

This explanation will also show how 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 is instead essentially instructing believers to remain in the same relationship state/status that they were in at the time that they first believed, repented, and were saved.

Infact the entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 7 deals with relationship related matters.

For example, if you were single at the time of believing, the passage instructs you to stay single – unless you burn with desire (for intimacy etc.; ref. 1 Cor 7:9), then you should seek marriage to avoid immorality (inc. even self stimulation), instead (ref. Matthew 5:27-30).

As the passage concludes it encourages all believers, by saying the married will do well, and the single will do even better – distractions, obligations, and cares being sighted, as the married need to tend to their relationship as well as their faithful walk and observance.

The explanation for this section of Holy Scripture will be shared in a verse-by-verse style format to assist in providing correct context.

Begin

Before continuing, a reader is highly encouraged to read the entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 7 on its own. From this they will note that the entire chapter is addressing men and women and the topic of singleness (unmarried), being ‘betrothed’ [‘maiden/virgin’ (G3933)], being widowed, and marriage itself.

Yes, a person will find that the entire chapter both above and below verses 17 to 24, is infact addressing relationships – and it is this fact which also assists in determining correct context for this passage.

Verse By Verse Explanation

Verse 17
17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.
[meaning; whether single or married, at the time of one believing ‘in Christ’, when the L-RD G-d has called that person to believe, let him walk, let him remain as is – married or single – provided they do not have desire, otherwise a single person may get married (1 Cor 7:9).
 This is referencing passages such as 1 Corinthians 7:6-9, and 7:26-28 which are just above and below this passage] 

Verse 18
18 Is any man called being circumcised?
[meaning; at the time of believing ‘in Christ’, is this man/women ‘single‘?]
let him not become uncircumcised.
[meaning; if single at the time of believing, do not seek to be ‘married‘ – that is, if you do not burn with desire (ref. 1 Cor 7:9]
Is any called in uncircumcision?
[meaning; Is this person married at the time of believing]
let him not be circumcised.
[meaning; do not seek divorce if you’re married]

Verse 19
19 Circumcision [meaning; being ‘single’] is nothing,
and uncircumcision [being ‘married’] is nothing,
but the keeping of the commandments of God.
[meaning; whether single or married, be sure to keep G-d’s good commandments (see Revelation 22:14 KJV ), and faith ‘in’ God’s risen Son (Isaiah 28:16, John 3:15, 14:1, Revelation 14:12, Matthew 19:17, 19:21)]

Verse 20
20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.
[meaning; stay the same as you were when called; single, or married.
For example, has this believer been given the ‘gift’ over their ‘passion’ (ref. 1 Corinthians 7:7-9 ESV)? If so, this is known as being made ‘eunuchs’ – spiritually speaking (Matthew 19:12, Isaiah 56:3-5)]


Verse 21
21 Art thou called being a servant?
[meaning; are you married to an unbeliever? (referencing 1 Corinthians 7:12, which is just above this passage)]
care not for it: [meaning do not seek divorce (referencing 1 Corinthians 7:12-14)]
but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.
[meaning; you are not enslaved – you may separate (referencing 1 Corinthians 7:15, which is also just above this passage); however, you may not get a divorce on any other grounds other than sexual immorality (see Matthew 5:31-32) for clarification and correct interpretation of Torah Law, and the matter of divorce]

Verse 22
22 For he that is called in the Lord, [meaning; a believer ’in Christ’ who is thus referred to as ‘born again’ (see 2 Corinthians 5:17, John 3:3, 3:6, John 3:15)]
being a servant, [meaning; one who is entrusted with the ministry/sharing of the message of reconciliation (see 2 Corinthians 5:18-21)]
is the Lord’s freeman: [meaning; this person is a son of the L-RD G-d Almighty (Romans 8:14, Revelation 21:7), not under the law (Galatians 5:18), though is still obligated (as all are) to uphold the law (Romans 3:31 ESV)]
likewise also he that is called, [‘…called…’ ‘in Christ’ (in Messiah)]
being free, [meaning; being free from ‘slavery’ to sin, a highly spiritual concept (see Romans 8:2-4, Ezekiel 36:26-28)]
is Christ’s servant. [Such a believer serves the L-RD G-d Almighty (ref. Acts 24:14), and His righteous servant – His Son; the risen King Messiah (Christ). (Colossians 3:24)]

Verse 23
23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. 
[‘do not seek marriage if you are single when called and have no burning desire to do so, O born again believer’ (ref. 1 Corinthians 7:8-9)]

Verse 24
24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God. 
[meaning; If at the time of believing ‘in Christ’ you are single, remain single – or, if you are married remain married.
If betrothed [usually a maiden/virgin (G3933)], remain betrothed [a maiden/virgin (G3933)] (ref. 1 Corinthians 7:25-26).
Walk with God in that relationship status, walk humbly in that state and abide.]


– 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 KJV [with explanation in brackets, in blue].

This concludes the verse by verse explanation for the passage of 1 Corinthians 7:17-24.

It demonstrates how the words ‘circumcision’ and ‘uncircumcised’ are being used as a metaphor for being married and single.

Further Support For The Interpretation

Further support regarding this interpretation, can be found from the account in Exodus 19:10-15, where the men were to prepare for the third day – back when the famous Ten Commandments were given;

And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman.”
Exodus 10:15 ESV

The instruction given to the men, was to stay away from women during this time to be purified and found in a ritually clean state (i.e. being free of ‘seminal emissions’, and observing Niddah laws; not coming in contact with menstruation or women menstruating etc.).

Abstaining from contact with the opposite gender was thus required in an effort to be ritually clean when the Ten commandments were received.

With this, circumcision is regarded as a clean state to be in (it is a positive commandment after all), and the metaphor of ‘circumcision’ thus can be seen to draw context from both the instruction at the receiving of the Ten Commandments account, and the positive commandment of circumcision i.e.;

‘being away from women at Mount Sinai = ritually clean.
The commandment of circumcision is positive = clean.

Thus Circumcision (clean) is likened to singleness (ritually clean) – and as per the Brit Chadasha (New Testament), uncircumcision is therefore an unclean state and associated with sin (the opposite of circumcision);

‘When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh,…’
(Colossians 2:13 NIV)

And so with regard to the metaphor in 1 Cor 7:17-24; Being ‘uncircumcised’ (unclean) is likened to marriage (i.e. at Mount Sinai, being near a woman would make one ritually unclean).

Some further points with regard to 1 Corinthians 7 follow;

To Marry Or Not To Marry? 

Before concluding this explanation of Holy Scripture, it must be clarified (to an extent) that marriage is not forbidden, even for those who are ‘betrothed’ [young ‘maiden[s]/virgin[s]’ (G3933)] at the time of believing;

25 Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy….
28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned,…’
(1 Corinthians 7:25, 7:28 ESV)

[kindly also see 1 Cor 7:36-38 which comments on those betrothed]

In addition to single (unmarried), betrothed, and married people – the chapter gives mention to widows;

8 To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single, as I am. 9 But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry.
1 Corinthians 7:8-9 ESV

An Exhortation

With this explanation, Holy Scripture does give a big exhortation to a believer who is single – whilst the ‘married’ believer will do well;

So then he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better.
1 Corinthians 7:38 ESV

Spiritually, those who remain single have been given a ‘gift’ of ‘self-control’ over their ‘passion’ (ref. 1 Corinthians 7:8-9 ESV);

I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own gift from God…’
(1 Corinthians 7:7 ESV)

To which Isaiah says of single ‘eunuchs’;

For thus says the LORD:
“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
    who choose the things that please me
    and hold fast my covenant,
5 I will give in my house and within my walls
    a monument and a name
    better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
    that shall not be cut off.
Isaiah 56:4-5 ESV

Hence the Gospel being in agreement, when it says;

For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others–and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”
Matthew 19:12 NIV

Planning A Circumcision?

With regard to anaesthetic; the writer highly encourages a local injection – as opposed to a general anaesthetic which puts a person to sleep. This also means that the patient will be concious of all in the medical room during the procedure (see: ‘…Not To Live With A Sinner…‘ . Shalom.

May the Holy G-d bless you, beyond maximum believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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Acts 15:1 – Circumcision Was Never Abolished.

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Brief Summary

Here Acts 15:1 will be explained to show how believers are deemed ‘saved’ before they are circumcised, and that the verse in no way abolishes the commandment of circumcision.

At the time, some dear zealous Pharisees who believed that Christ was Messiah, sadly incorrectly still thought it was the circumcision which meant a person was ‘saved’ and resulted in the conversion of a person.

For reference, even still today conversion in traditional Judaism (those who do not yet believe in Messiah), takes place after the circumcision.

With this, believers are further instructed not to force other believers to be circumcised. They will however, naturally seek and desire to be circumcised as they come to the knowledge of the commandment – as this means they are trying to uphold the Law of Moses with their faith.

Begin

Acts 15:1-2 read as follows;

‘Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”
2 … Paul and Barnabas had great dissension and debate with them…’
Acts 15:1-2 NASB 

Here, a person may now incorrectly conclude that ‘circumcision has been abolished’, When it says ‘Paul and Barnabas had… debate them’ – however, such a position is incorrect, and let us now civilly share why.

Acts 15:1 Is For Context; ‘saved’

‘Saved’ is the last word of verse 1, and it sets the context for what follows it.

Here, some of the believers who belonged to the party of the believing Pharisees, Pharisees who are believers (v.5), may have incorrectly thought at the time that a person is saved or declared righteous by their works upfront; they thought ‘saved because of their circumcision’.

This is the cause for the civil disagreement in verse 2. It should also be noted that in no place does the passage abolish circumcision.

Acts 15:5

In Acts 15:5 we see that some of the believing Pharisees may have been approaching the law of Moses in a somewhat unbalanced manner. Perhaps these zealous people were being too heavily of the opinion that one’s own works make one completely righteous before G-d, and thus neglected the value of faith. 

It says;

‘…“It is necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses.”’
(Acts 15:5 NASB)

The context here is thr Pharisees who believed were thinking ‘works to be saved’ (v.2), and such is an impossible approach, as the requirement for everlasting salvation is faith – believing in Messiah (Christ);

The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.
Deuteronomy 18:15 NIV

‘…a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’’
(Isaiah 28:16 ESV)

‘…Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,’
(Ephesians 2:20 ESV)

‘…You believe in God ; believe also in me.’
(John 14:1 NIV)

This brings us to Acts 15:8.

Acts 15:8-9

In verse 8-9 we see that new believing Gentiles are actually divinely converted prior to being circumcised – before their works, by their faith in Christ (Messiah);

8 And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; 9 and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.
Acts 15:8-9 NASB

Later, in verses 10-11