Truth — 10/02/2021
A Study of Matthew 23:2-3 And More
This is Part 5 of Part 6 of our study on A Study of Matthew 23:2-3 And More. If you missed Part 1, click HERE, if you missed Part 2, click HERE, if you missed Part 3, click HERE., if you missed Part 4, click HERE.
DOES THE LAW CONTINUE?
Unfortunately, many good people are misled into “thinking” that once they receive Yahweh’s sacrifice of His Only Begotten Son Messiah Yeshua/Jesus for the redemption of their sins that they then have the right to live any way they want to since their past and future sins will be forgiven unconditionally. The error is made because of their “assumptions” that the Torah/Law was nailed to the stake/cross and done away with. Actually, “The Messiah redeemed us from the CURSE pronounced in the Torah by becoming cursed on our behalf; for the Tanakh (see Deuteronomy 21:23) says, “ ‘Everyone who hangs from a stake comes under a curse.’ ” (Galatians 3:13, Complete Jewish Bible Translation) [Emphasis mine.]
Even though we are redeemed from the “curse” of the Torah/Law which results in death and we have the Spirit of Yahweh, this in no way nullifies Yahweh’s Teachings and Instructions He has given us in His Torah/Law. The Torah is and always will be with us. It is not going away regardless of who teaches this. “Know ye not, brethren (FOR I SPEAK TO THEM THAT KNOW THE LAW) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?” (Romans 7:1, KJV). [Emphasis mine.] So, you can see here, this is not my opinion but it is His Absolute Word here where He is clearly telling us that His Torah will be with us as long as we live. Beware of those who teach you differently that what is “plainly” written in His Word.
But thanks be to our loving Father in Heaven, His grace/favor also reigns as long as man lives, for “where sin abounded, grace (favor) did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:20-21, KJV). [Emphasis mine.]
MUST WE KEEP THE LAW?
It is very important to notice that the apostle Paul states here that “grace reign THROUGH RIGHTEOUSNESS unto eternal life….” (Romans 5:21, KJV, Emphasis mine.) Eternal life is a gift that we receive from Yahweh. It is conditional. Contrary to common teaching, we do NOT have eternal life inherent within ourselves. One of the last warnings given to us in the Scriptures is found in Revelation 22:14 where it is written: “Blessed are they that DO HIS COMMANDMENTS, that they may have the RIGHT to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” (KJV, Emphasis mine.)
It is interesting to note that the original Greek word which was translated in the above verse as RIGHT was translated as such only two times in the New Covenant/Testament. However, it was translated 29 times as “authority” and 69 times as “power”. This means that this particular verse could just as easily have been translated, “Blessed are they that do His Commandments, that they may have the AUTHORITY OR POWER to the tree of life.”
We are also warned that “if we sin (break Yahweh’s Torah/Law) willfully AFTER that we have received the knowledge of the Truth there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.” (Hebrews 10:26, KJV) [Emphasis mine.]
HOW ARE WE SAVED?
We should also understand that no one can keep all of Yahweh’s Teachings and Instructions/Law perfectly. This is why we are not saved by OUR righteousness, but Yahweh’s righteousness. This is also why it can be said that we are saved by grace and not by keeping the Torah/Law. HOWEVER, this does not give us the right to continue to live in sin.
We are like a criminal that has been given a pardon. He is free to go into society again as long as he continues to obey the laws. But if he again breaks the laws, he will find himself back in prison.
Once we have come to see the knowledge of the truth and are led into repentance and baptism, we are then “pardoned” from the death penalty. We are then to ‘go unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works…” (Hebrews 6:1, KJV). Paul further elaborates on this subject in Romans 6:18 when he says that “Being then made free from sin, ye become the SERVANTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.”
IN CONCLUSION TO “THE TORAH—WAS IT “NAILED” TO THE CROSS?”
The final outcome of sin is death (Romans 6:23); and this will be the last enemy to be done away with (1 Corinthians 15:26). If death is done away with, then sin will be no more. Since sin IS the cause of death, this will mark the completeness of Daniel’s prophecy where he stated the finishing of “transgression and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity (Lawlessness/Torahlessness), and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy” (Daniel 9:24, KJV).
This will be the finalizing of the Kingdom of Yahweh when only the BORN sons of Almighty Yahweh will exist, and we can sin no more (1 John 3:9).
Then it can truly be said: “55 O Death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your overcoming? 56 And the sting of death is the sin, and the power of the sin is the Torah. 57 But thanks to Elohim who gives us the overcoming through our Master יהושע (Yeshua) Messiah.” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57, The Scriptures Translation).
1 Samuel 15:23 “For rebellion is as the sin of divination (witchcraft/ sorcery), and stubbornness is as wickedness (iniquity) and idolatry. Because you have rejected the Word of יהוה (Yahweh), He also does reject you as sovereign.” (The Scriptures Translation)
This concludes our study of Part 5 of Part 6 on A Study of Matthew 23:2-3 And More. Stay tuned for Part 6.
ESPOUSED BETROTHED ENGAGED
September 19, 2021
Deuteronomy 22 Second Corinthians 11
2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy:
for I have espoused you to one Husband,
that I may present you as a chaste virgin to MASHIYACH Christ.
Deuteronomy 22:23 If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband,
and a man find her in the city, and lie with her;
RUH ROH !
Our Apostle Paul is explaining, to you and to me – as he explained to the Gentiles in Corinth, the godly (2Cor 11:2) protocol of Deuteronomy 22:22-27. None of us are a “chaste virgin” not even Israel! “All we like sheep have gone astray” (Isaiah 53:6 our OLD Testament chapter for preaching The GOSPEL!) I say, “not even Israel,” because Israel is ALREADY MARRIED to YHVH, has played the harlot; and, as the Gentiles who were born harlots — Israel has only ONE opportunity to reconcile with Her HUSBAND YHVH and RE-new Her Wedding vows. The blood of MASHIYACH Christ is the only WAY. We who were born Gentiles may be ESPOUSED BETROTHED ENGAGED to the FATHER’s SON, with the same marriage Ketubah (Prenuptial agreement) thus entering the Commonwealth of Israel as “In-LAWS” and become equal FAMILY MEMBERS!
The FATHER/SON relationship is throughout the ENTIRE Holy Bible. The WIFE/ fiancée relationship seems to come into focus in Genesis 15 & Genesis 24 and Romans 9) with Abraham’s right-hand-man, Eliezer (whose name means all the attributes of The HOLY SPIRIT, Who is now in search of a BRIDE for The SON, AS WE SPEAK!) FYI, at the RAPIDLY APPROACHING WEDDING, ISRAEL, IF reconciled with Her HUSBAND The FATHER, will be THE Wedding GUESTS which The SON is telling us about in:
Matthew 22:10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with GUESTS.
The “GUESTS” are NOT The BRIDE! ISRAEL, however, WILL BE The GUEST of HONOR at Her SON’s WEDDING!!! As for us Gentiles (as Moabitess RUTH) our only hope of entering the COMMONWEALTH of ISRAEL is via The KINSMAN REDEEMER YESHUA ha MASHIYACH Jesus the Christ; but, The WEDDING has not yet happened. As we speak, a few of us are
ESPOUSED BETROTHED ENGAGED
to The FATHER’s SON and our protocol is spelled out for us in Deuteronomy 22! Our MESSIAH BRIDEGROOM is a JEW!!! And The WEDDING will be JEWISH!!! If we accept HIS Wedding proposal/Ketubah and fail to be “chaste virgins”
As we speak, The WEDDING REHEARSAL is about to begin, even the LORD’s FEAST of SUKKOT/TABERNACLES/INGATHERING is about to begin, as has been rehearsed for over 3,000 years; BUT, YESHUA tells it like it is:
Luke 14:16 Then said HE unto him, A certain man [speaking of HIS FATHER] made a great supper [FEAST!], and bade many:
Luke 14:17 And sent his servant at supper [FEAST] time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
Luke 14:18 And they [New Age religion] all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it [besides, all that Jewish stuff was nailed to the cross, ya think?]: I pray thee have me excused.
Luke 14:19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
Luke 14:20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
And, here we are: “few” hear The CALL and WILLINGLY attend HIS FEAST. All I can say, is:
YeHoVaH IS adding HIS blessing to the SHEMA of HIS entire Holy Bible.
B’shem YESHUA. Aw-mane’
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R.I.F. SEVERANCE PAY
September 14, 2021
Deuteronomy 15 Second Corinthians 6+
Where does the concept of “severance pay” come from? MOSES! Actually, our ALMIGHTY GOD told Moses to write this concept in Deuteronomy chapter 15! And, Moses was obedient and wrote this for ALL the WORLD, to eliminate slavery. Our FATHER which-art-in-Heaven has given us The WAY to live The LIFE in The TRUTH and isn’t this PRECISELY what Yesh-oo-aw’ our SALVATION called HIMself, as HE taught us the writings of Moses? YES! Indeed!!
John 14:6 Yesh-oo-aw’ saith unto him [Thomas], I am The WAY, The TRUTH, and The LIFE: no man cometh unto The FATHER, but by ME.
Deuteronomy 15:1-2 At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release. And this is the manner of the release [H8059 SHMITAH]: …
As we peruse the INSTRUCTIONS given to us by GOD via Moses, NO ONE is left wanting! Society is then perfect, all are then cared for, no one is then a slave — only those who love their BOSS so much that they are willing to commit to never departing, only these “bondservants” (per Leviticus 25:39-41) dedicate themselves to stay with HIM FOREVER, as i (and i hope you) have done with YESH-OO-AW’. HIS Kingdom has no slaves — only WILLING DEDICATED PERMENANT members of HIS BODY. This whole concept is spelled out, in detail, (which, according to Flesch-Kincaid readability rating may be clearly understood by a 6th grader! per Is the King James Bible harder to read?). Was this concept “nailed-to-the-cross” OR did our MESSIAH teach this writing of Moses, convert religious tyrant Rabbi Shaul into our Apostle Paul, and, did not Apostle Paul teach us the very same INSTRUCTIONS of Moses as he took the TORAH unto the Gentiles (as me) in Corinth — by saying:
2 Corinthians 6:1-2 We then, as workers together with HIM [H3444 YESH-OO-AW’], beseech you also that ye receive not the grace [G5485 acceptable, benefit, favour, gift as “severance pay”! as we depart from slavery into HIS KINGDOM — do NOT receive this gift] of GOD in vain. (For HE saith, I have heard thee [even you & me!] in a time accepted [H4150 moade season, as used in Genesis 1:14 = appointed time of GOD], and in the day of Salvation [H3444 YESH-OO-AW’] have I succoured [G997 aided, helped, relieved] thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of Salvation [H3444 YESH-OO-AW’].)
As we are currently approaching (very rapidly) the 3rd and last harvest of this year, per:
Deuteronomy 26:12-13 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year [H8141 revolution of time as the third harvest (even SUKKOT, the BIGGEST harvest) of each 365 day rotation], which is the year [cycle of the last of 3 annual pilgrimage tithings of each 365 day calendar growing season] of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite [who are currently scattered into exile all over this globe!], the stranger [as myself], the fatherless [orphans], and the widow [self explanatory], that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled; Then thou shalt say before YHVH thy ELohim, I have brought away the hallowed things out of mine house [to the temporary dwelling/tent/tabernacle/SUKKAH/The LORD’S FEAST of TABERNACLES], and also have given them unto the Levite, and unto the stranger [as me!], to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all THY Commandments which THOU hast commanded me: I have not transgressed THY Commandments, neither have I forgotten them: ….
The oil is changed, the chassis is greased, the tent and FESTIVAL supplies are loaded, and it’s time to — “Get your motor runnin’ – get out on the highway” — and worship HIM Who has made us FREE!!! in HIS SPIRIT & HIS TRUTH!!! see
John 8:31 Then said YESH-OO-AW’ to those Jews which believed on HIM [and us “strangers” who are “graffed in among them” according to Romans chapter 11], If ye continue in MY WORD [which is HIS FATHER’s WORD given to us at Mt Sinai via Moses and again at Mt Moriah via The HOLY SPIRIT in ALL languages!], then are ye MY Disciples indeed;
John 8:32 And ye shall know The TRUTH, and The TRUTH shall make you free.
YAH IS adding HIS blessing to the SHEMA of HIS entire Holy Bible. Aw-mane’!!!
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OUR Promised Land
September 4, 2021
Deuteronomy 1 First Corinthians 8
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TODAY, Israel’s symbol of TOURISM is “ESHCOL” defined by Strong’s as a cluster of grapes — not just any supermarket bunch, but — ESHCOL is also The Place where it took TWO men to carry ONE CLUSTER of GRAPES!! We read about this in Numbers 13:23
Numbers 13:23 And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.
TODAY, in Deuteronomy ONE, we get a vivid review of WHY Israel (and us strangers/aliens/sojourners among them) were sentenced to 40 YEARS of wilderness detention study hall in tents/tabernacles/sukkot in order to LEARN YHVH’s WAY before entering HIS Land. Yes, the Israeli scouts were frightened by the GIANTS/Nephilim; however, are they BIGGER than our GOD? TODAY, unprecedented catastrophic geo-political GLOBAL events are SHAKING our world and this is the proverbial CALM-BEFORE-THE-STORM! Wishful thinkers keep saying, “I hope it gets better soon.” Our genuine Prophets tell us otherwise! How do we discern a GENUINE Prophet from a false prophet? We need to lOOk through BOTH eyes: (1) the prophecy MUST come to pass AND (2) the Prophet MUST direct our attention back to GOD’s Instructions for abundant LIFE, as we are instructed in The TORAH and which we have strayed from! It’s just that simple. The mid 1800s had abundant false prophets who concocted what I call D-con religions: .995% perfectly good FOOD mixed with .005% DEADLY POISON! What is that POISON?
The false prophets tell us that Jesus is our license to sin! HE paid the price for us!! SIN? What is SIN?? On the flip side, what is RIGHTEOUSNESS??? Our Apostle Paul expects us to already KNOW because we should have begun reading GOD’s WORD AT-THE-BEGINNING!!! SIN is defined as the violation of TORAH = The WAY to live The TRUTH for The eternal LIFE per John 14:6 — but no — the GIANTS of religion are telling us that their god is superior to our GOD and we tend to grab our grapes and RUN! Hence, we are told:
Deuteronomy 1:45 And ye returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD would not hearken to your voice, nor give ear unto you.
When our Apostle Peter mentioned Unanswered prayer in:
1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them [our wife] according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
Peter is speaking to us about WHERE we get our knowledge! Apostle Peter also told us that Apostle Paul’s instructions are HARD to be UNDERSTOOD because most folks have never read the prerequisite for the NEW Testament and have nary a clue what The FOUNDATION IS! H-E-E-E-E-R’s PAUL!
Romans 10:2 For I bear them [staunch religious people] record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge [which GOD already gave us in the TaNaKh (commonly called the Old Testament. O! how deceiving!! Ignoring the .005% poison in the .995% good food].
This morning, right outta-th’-chute, Paul says:
1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
SEE! Read the Old Testament, get “knowledge,” and you ain’t squat! Paul just said it, right? But, wait a minute. That’s the adage of throwing the baby out with the bath water! What happens if we DO have charity and ARE edified?? NOW, the complete package begins coming together and we share (the best we know how) the TRUTH of SCRIPTURE (and we know that when the WORD SCRIPTURE is used in the NEW Testament it is referring us to the OLD! and we must speak it) in LOVE!!!
Yes, indeed, we are free to eat a sewer rat if we want to; but, is that according to “knowledge”? As we prepare to enter The PROMISED LAND with our Jewish MESSIAH, are we groomed to behave as CHRIST our JEWISH MESSIAH? OR, are we so accustomed to living like the heathen that we will be totally OUT-OF-PLACE at The MARRIAGE SUPPER of The LAMB??? When HE calls us to HIS Wedding FEAST, how many will show up and how many will pooh-pooh it as nothing more than a bunch of Jewish stuff?? While we await HIS return, HE IS inviting us into HIS rest:
Hebrews 4:1-4 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into HIS rest, any of you should seem to come short of it [that’s reason to FEAR!]. For unto us was the Gospel preached, as well as unto them [Paul says “us” being an Israeli and refers to me and possibly you as “them” being non-Israelis]: but The WORD [of GOD given to us through Moses] preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in MY wrath, if they shall enter into MY rest [not the pope’s or any of his harlot daughters]: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For HE = YHVH ELohim spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all HIS works.
[that’s NEW Testament!]
First Corinthians 8 ends with:
1 Corinthians 8:13 Wherefore, if meat [which is already on our FATHER’s never changing MENU] make my brother to offend [trip], I will eat no flesh [even on our Kosher menu] while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend = to be tripped, as with a “stumbling block”. [this is precisely that “charity” (in verse 1) that EDIFIETH what our KNOWLEDGE is ALL ABOUT!]
BOTH Testaments tell us to NOT add to or diminish from HIS WORD (Deuteronomy 12:32 & Revelation 22:18-19). The D-con religions say, “SEE! The NEW Testament adds to the Old, which Testament we no longer need!” THEREIN is the POISON! The New Testament is NOT an addition; BUT, the New Testament is our COMMENTARY on The OLD!! We should be able to preach the Gospel of CHRIST from the OLD Testament as our Apostle Paul IS DOING! When a pastor preaches in his own words, it is supposedly a COMMENTARY on what is ALREADY WRITTEN, right? This is what the writers of the New Testament are doing; however, when ANYONE changes what is already WRITTEN — I don’t want to be within 100 miles of them on JUDGMENT DAY!
But, for now, this is our FATHER’s SABBATH according to our Gregorian calendar, on which the order of days did not change from the Julian calendar of our MESSIAH’S day (only the beginning of months changed, in order to get their fertility goddess celebration of Easter back on the spring equinox of SUN god worship) and I mention this for the sake of recognizing the day when Jesus honored HIS FATHER’s SABBATH. It IS TODAY, September 4, 2021 :o))) Shabbat shalom! And Shavua tov. “Shavua tov,” hava good new week in this age of MASS deception as foretold in:
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of The TRUTH [TORAH per Psalm 119:142], that they might be saved. And for this cause GOD shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not The TRUTH, but had pleasure in unrighteousness [as defined in our never-changing TORAH].
YeHoVaH IS adding HIS blessing to the reading of HIS ENTIRE Holy Bible. AMEN!
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The Parable of the Dishonest Manager (Luke 16:1-13) (In the parable of the dishonest manager found in Luke 16:1-13, we learn a few lessons such as needing to be shrewd. Some think Scripture is teaching us to be dishonest? Is that true? Beyond the obvious, what else is it that the Messiah is trying to teach us about how we spend our money, time, and other resources?)
Garments and Wineskins (The parables of the wineskins and garments by our Messiah are often interpreted to be best understood as out with the old, and in with the new, even replacement theology. We have a different perspective.)
What is the Gospel? Understanding ALL of the Gospel: Part 4 (In part 4 of What is the Gospel? we look at what Paul calls the mystery of the gospel. We will look at why Messiah had to die and how the prophets of Hosea, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah all work together to reveal the Father’s plan for Israel’s, and ultimately the world’s redemption.)
The Parable of the Dishonest Manager (In the parable of the dishonest manager found in Luke 16:1-13, we learn a few lessons such as needing to be shrewd. Some think Scripture is teaching us to be dishonest? Is that true? Beyond the obvious, what else is it that the Messiah is trying to teach us about how we spend our money, time, and other resources?)
Hebrew Words Defined
by Brad Scott
According to Colossians chapter 1, all things were created by the Word of YHVH. The Scriptures are full of expressions to verify this. The Word is YHVH in Yochanan (John) 1:1. The Word is life in Devariym (Deuteronomy) 32 and 1 Yochanan 1:1. The Word is light in Mizemor (Psalm) 119:105. The Word is the way in Mizemor 119:9. The Word is righteousness in Devariym 6 and Romans 6. The Word is wisdom in Mishlei (Proverbs) 4:5. The Word is truth in Mizemor 119:142. All things were created by this Word, says the writer of Ivrim (Hebrews). The Word is a general term to describe what is spoken and written down. An essential part of the Word is commands, ordinances, statutes, and laws. These are generally placed under the term laws. In the English, the word law is translated from the Greek word nomos, which comes from the predecessor Torah. Torah, however, does not mean law as we know it. It means teaching or instruction. Torah is another general term that refers to all teaching. Contained within Torah are commands or mitzvot. These are commands from YHVH to His creation. Teaching, instructions, and commands are given by YHVH to creation for its welfare and good. The very laws that brought all creation into existence are also to sustain it, whether it be man or beast, so to speak.
The Scriptures begin with laws or commands. "... let there be light ... let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters ... let the earth bring forth vegetation ... let there be lights ... let us make man ..." These commands brought forth all of His creation. This is the beginning of YHVH's Torah or instructions to creation. He placed within living things the ability to reproduce or multiply after itself, including humankind. He continues to give instructions to His creation after they are created to sustain His original commands. Adam, the first man, is created by laws or commands and is then given instructions. "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it ... of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat ..." Why did ’Elohiym tell Adam not to eat of this tree? Because you are what you eat? In other words, disobedience will result in a separation from ’Elohiym, and man will be accountable to choose between good and evil, and because of his now fallen nature, he will generally choose evil over good. This will perpetuate entropy and the eventual extinction of man. So what does YHVH do? He loves man. So, to sustain man, He gives him instructions or laws, not only for man but for all of His creation. All of creation is created by Torah and sustained by Torah.
All mankind will come from Adam, a fallen creature, sustained only by laws. But how is man reconciled back to YHVH if we all break those laws? How could man ever be redeemed? Well, not by the law. Why? Because law, instructions contained within the Word, was not designed to redeem man, but rather to create, sustain, and prosper man. When YHVH's instructions are obeyed, they separate and distinguish the obedient from the disobedient. The instructions in Shemot (Exodus) 19 separate YHVH's people as a peculiar treasure above all other people. In Devariym 30, it prospers and causes long life to those who obey. In Devariym 11, it blesses the obedient and curses the disobedient. All mankind was created by law, and blessed or cursed by it. Since commandments do not redeem man, YHVH had to redeem him another way. By grace! If man rejects grace, then he is by nature under the law. All mankind is under law until placed under grace by faith. YHVH's teaching and instruction (Torah) produced creation and sustains creation. The grace of YHVH through faith redeems man back to Him. His grace redeems man to Him, but will not sustain him unless faith is acted upon through Torah. Torah will sustain man but will not redeem him back to YHVH. Two systems with two different functions. With this in mind, we will now cover all ten verses in which the term under the law is applied.
Romans 3:9-19 "What then? Are we better than they? No, in no way: for we have before proved both Jews and Greeks, that they are all under sin; as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips; whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace have they not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes. Now we know that whatever things the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God."
Many times I have heard these verses used to show the condition of Israel, as they are under the law and we (the church) are under grace. But this series of verses begins by stating that all are under sin, Jew and Gentile. All of these verses point to the condition of all of mankind, and that when the law speaks it speaks to every mouth, and that all the world is guilty before YHVH. The law tells us that we are all guilty before YHVH. The law in verse 20 teaches us what is right and wrong. We all are guilty of breaking the law, so we are all doomed unless YHVH provides another way to be redeemed. When we are placed under grace by faith, the law still teaches us what is right and wrong. That is its designed function and its lawful use (1 Timothy 1:8). To be under the law is to be without grace and therefore subject to the law, and therefore guilty. There is no teaching here that law was for Old Testament Jews or that they were redeemed by it. Remember that when Sha’ul (Paul) taught, the Bereans checked out everything he spoke by searching the Tanakh that these things were so. There was no New Testament to verify his words.
Romans 6:14-16 "For sin shall not have dominion over you; for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are whom ye obey, whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness."
Verse 14 is probably quoted more often than not to explain the doctrine that Yeshua‘ died to free the church from the Old Testament laws. This is absurd and what I call cradle hermeneutics. This discussion is one of hundreds of places where a working knowledge of Hebrew idiom and expressions are imperative to understanding the text. But even without that knowledge, you will begin to see that the focus of the next two chapters is the old man of Romans 6:6. Sha’ul begins chapter 6 by telling his listeners, both Jew and Gentile, that they are now dead to sin in verse 2. This was accomplished by identification with the baptism of Yeshua', which was the death of the sinful nature, the body of sin, also called the old man. Here, the body of sin was crucified, not the law. If you are not under grace, then you only have law which produces sin when disobeyed. You then become a servant to sin and under it's dominion. Not because you obey it, but because you do not obey it. It becomes your only master. This old man is the old nature, the Adamic nature. In Hebrew thinking, it is called the yetzer hara, or the evil inclination. This old man must serve the law because he has no other master, and therefore he is under the dominion of sin because he breaks the law. In other words, he is using the law for what it was not intended to be used. It is said that the English phrase "my old man", referring to a woman's husband, comes from this term. In other words, she is referring to a husband that she can never please. So the context here is the crucifying of the old man or the body of sin, and therefore being "dead to sin". In verses 11 through 13 Paul teaches us not to let sin reign in our mortal bodies anymore. Remember sin, in 1 Yochanan (John) 3:4, is transgression of Torah. He also tells us that we are to yield our bodies as instruments of righteousness unto YHVH. When we get to verse 14 we see that being under the law is synonymous with being under the dominion of sin, not Torah. Again, Torah teaches us what sin is, i.e. Torah is not sin. To be under grace is to be a servant of that which is righteous and that you are now freed from sin (Romans 6:18). We have the power to serve YHVH now rather than sin.
In chapter 7, Sha’ul begins by telling us that he is now addressing those who know Torah. To these brethren, it would consist of written and oral Torah, which is a subject for another time. He says, "Know ye not, brethren (for I speak to them that know the law), how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?" He is going to relate this teaching now to those who understand the culture. He then begins by using a story common in Jewish parables. "For the woman who hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband." Torah teaches that a marriage contract is forever or until her husband dies. The law states that when she chooses to marry a man that she must stay married to whom she chose. The law also states that when he dies she is freed from him. Now who is the man? The law? NO! Paul just explained to us in chapter 6 that the old man is the body of sin. So, let's interpret the parable as understood by the ones who knew the law. The husband is the body of sin, under the law, which can never be pleased. According to the law, she must stay married to him. If she tries to marry another, i.e. grace, while still married to her first husband, the body of sin, she is an adulteress, for she cannot serve two masters. If she, according to the law, dies to sin, i.e. the old man dies, then she is free to marry another.
The law, when disobeyed, is a curse and produces the body of sin, an old man which can never be pleased. To be under the law is to be without grace and under the constant dominion of sin, the old man. In the entire context of Romans 6 we see that there is no teaching here that the Jews were under law and now the church is under grace. Clearly we are all under the dominion of sin until we accept His wonderful grace. I see only two ways to go. If one rejects grace then he is under the law and bound by it. If, however, law was designed to save anyone, then there would be no need for grace.
Next week, we will continue this exposition for the remaining eight verses in which the term under the law is applied.
Shalom Alecheim! [Peace be upon you!]
Sept. 29, 2021
After his return, Jesus will enter Jerusalem’s Golden Gate, the Temple Mount's Eastern Gate, as he descends from the Mount of Olives. That’s why Islam has sealed up the gate, They sealed it up 3 different times actually. And why a titanic spiritual struggle is taking place right now for possession of the gate. But Psalm 24 contains an amazing clue for how the struggle ends. Watch this Nelson Walters video to see what the past, present, and future of the Gate are all about. The Golden Gate, the Messiah Gate (IMC)
Sept. 27, 2021
What your Church isn't telling you about End Times is the most important aspect - what you should do while you are living thru them. Yet, after Jesus gave us the signs of his coming, he gave us detailed instructions in the form of parables and instructions. Parables that sadly have been misunderstood by the modern church. Watch this most important Nelson Walters video to find out what those instructions are. How to Prepare for the Last Days - the MOVIE https://youtu.be/yJCG-hAgggE
Paths of Old - Ancient Paths
Jeremiah 6:16; 18:15; Acts 15:21
“Thus said יהוה (Yahweh), “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and find rest for yourselves....” (Jeremiah 6:16)
“But My people have forgotten Me, they have burned incense to what is false, and they have stumbled from their ways, from the ancient paths, to walk in bypaths and not on a highway.” (Jeremiah 18:15)
Regular public reading of the Torah was introduced by Ezra the Scribe after the return of the Jewish people from their Babylonian captivity (c. 537 BCE), as described in the Book of Nehemiah 8. In the modern era, adherents of Orthodox Judaism practice Torah reading according to a set procedure they believe has remained unchanged in the two thousand years since the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (70 CE).
“For from ancient generations Mosheh has, in every city, those proclaiming him – being read in the congregations every Sabbath.” (Acts 15:21)
Genesis בְּרֵאשִׁית (Bereishis = Beh-rey-sheet)
Meaning = “in beginning”
Bible readings for October 2, 2021. In the 10th solar month of the Hebrew 7th month.
Torah: Genesis 1:1—6:8
Haftarah: Isaiah 42:5—43:10
Brit Chadashah: John 1:1-18; Romans 5:12-21
Additional Readings: Matthew 1:1-17, 19:3-9; Mark 10:1-12; Luke 3:23-38; 1 Corinthians 6:15-20, 15:35-58; Ephesians 5:21-33; Colossians 1:14-17; 1 Timothy 2:11-15;
Hebrews 1:1-3, 3:7—4:11, 11:1-7; 2 Peter 3:3-14; Revelation 2:7, 21:1-6, 23, 22:1-21
If you are interested in downloading the annual Torah reading schedule with projected new moon sightings, Feast Days, click HERE.
Three Year Bible Reading Schedule
Genesis to Revelation
If you are interested in downloading the complete 3 year Bible reading schedule, click HERE. You can break up your Bible reading into 5 days of your choosing or combine the above readings of your choice.
Sept. 26, 2021
On Friday, over 300 Iraqi leaders gathered at a conference hosted by the New York-based Center for Peace Communications, in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of the country, to call for normalizing relations with Israel. The group, included Sunni and Shiites, youth activists and tribal leaders.
Iraqis call for peace with Israel
Wisam al-Hardan, leader of the Sons of Iraq Awakening movement, gave the opening address at the conference, following it up with an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in which he called for Iraq to join the Abraham Accords signed in 2020 between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Morocco and Sudan have already joined in the Abraham Accords.
“Israel today, as you know, is a strong country and an inseparable part of the world and the United Nations,” Sahar al-Ta’i, a senior official in Iraq’s Culture Ministry told the attendees. “Iraq cannot neglect this fact and live in isolation from the world.”
Maj. Gen. Amir al-Jubouri, the current governor of the Iraqi Province of Nineveh, put a Biblical spin on the event.
“Abraham, peace be upon him, birthed a nation that paved the way for peace. Today, we and all his descendants from the three main religions bear responsibility to complete this path together,” said al-Jubouri.
Al-Jubouri commanded Iraqi Army forces attempting to oust the forces of ISIS Ifrom the Nineveh Governorate during the Battle of Mosul in 2016.
Sons of Ishmael doing repentance in the end-of-days
His comment, as well as the desire to attach themselves to the aptly named Abraham Accords, is well-timed for these pre-redemption times. Rabbi Nachman Kahana noted that the accords could bring the true Bnei Yishmael (the sons of Ishmael) to Israel, perhaps for the first time.
“The Palestinians are not the real Bnei Yishmael, Rabbi Kahana said. “The Palestinians are the result of all the nations that passed through the Fertile Crescent. With the Bedouins of this region and the true Arabs of the Persian Gulf, there is no mixing of blood. They were separate from the Persian and the Greeks.”
Sept. 27, 2021
The Bible is very clear when it comes to the great apostasy that is to come to the earth in the last days and it appears as if we are in the midst of the great apostasy.
In I Timothy the Bible says “now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons”, one of those deceptive doctrines that is roaming the earth is the idea that all religions can “coexist”.
The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity is now constructing a one world religious headquarters in the UAE called the Abrahamic Family House which will consist of a Church, Mosque and a Jewish Temple located all together in a complex at the Capital of the UAE.
The project is being monitored closely by the Pope, and Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayeb of al-Azhar, who both condoned the new project.