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.
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 not adding to it in any way when Holy Scripture is read in correct context.
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.
***Please note this holiday 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. ****
The aim of this explanation is to share how Rosh Hashanah (The Feast of Trumpets – ref. Leviticus 23:24), which takes place on the first day on the seventh month (Tishrei) on the Hebrew calandar, is actually the beginning of the Jewish new year – despite Nisan (Abib) being described as the beginning of the year in Exodus 12:2.
Tishrei (the seventh month) serves as the first month of the year.
Nissan serves as the first month that the years of the month are listed in.
This is likened to a shopping list, where the first item appears up the top, and we view the other items (months) as we look down the list.
The seventh item (month), is a big bonus new product representing the Jewish new year).
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).
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.
Showing how Colossians 2:14 does not say that the Law of Moses (Torah) has been cancelled, rather it states that for a believer, the record of their sins and the corresponding punishment for each sin – are forgiven.
Showing how Matthew 27:46 indeed references the beginning of Psalm 22:1
‘…”My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”…’
(Psalm 22:1 NIV)
– however the recitation of the Psalm stops there, and the actual context of what is being communicated is found in Isaiah 49:4
‘…“I have labored in vain;… yet surely my right is with the LORD, and my recompense with my God.”’
(Isaiah 49:4 ESV)
– As only part of the people believed, Isaiah says ‘…laboured in vain…’ (ESV), and this communicates how Christ yearns for all people to be saved, and not just some – much like His Father’s will (1 Timothy 2:3-4, 2 Peter 3:9).
Isaiah also shows us how Christ (Messiah) also looked forward to being at the right hand of G-d above, again.