Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Scriptures, Book part 3

This is another part of my book.  I will post the second part later.
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The Scriptures

     It is in following the Scriptures, the instructions given 
to us by Elohim, we are enabled to live set-apart lives. Paul 
tells us in 

2Ti 3:14 But you, stay in what you have learned and trusted, having
 known from whom you have learned, 
2Ti 3:15 and that from a babe you have known the Set-apart Scriptures, 
which are able to make you wise for deliverance ..... .through belief 
in Messiah
2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is breathed by Elohim and profitable for teaching,
 for reproof, for setting straight, for instruction in righteousness, 
2Ti 3:17 that the man of Elohim might be fitted, equipped for every good 

     It is important to understand, when Paul wrote this letter to Timothy
 there was no New Testament. Paul was speaking concerning the Old 
Testament Scriptures. The Word “Torah” which people use in talking about 
the five books of the law of Moses, actually means “instructions”. 
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to-raw', to-raw' 
From H3384;
 a precept or statute, especially the Decalogue or Pentateuch: -law. H)
YRH) ac: Throw co: Rain ab: ?: A throwing of the finger to show a direction
 to walk or live. The throwing of an arrow. The throwing down of water 
in rain.
Teach: To point the way one is to walk in life. [freq. 84] (vf: Paal, 
Niphal, Hiphil) |kjv: teach, shoot, archer, cast, teacher, rain, laid,
 direct, inform, instruct, show, shooter, through watered| {str: 3384} 
if1) ..... (..... TW-RH) - Teaching: The direction one is to take in life.
 [freq. 219] |kjv: law| {str: 8451} 

     We are able to see from the Hebrew word picture Torah actually has the
 meaning attached to it of being the direction one should take in life. It
 should not be something negative but positive. Yahweh Elohim gave special
 directions for His people to live a life which is set apart. If we combine
 this definition with what Solomon has written in Proverbs 4 we find the 
Torah as being the Father’s instructions for His children. We are the 
children of Elohim through Messiah. 

Pro 4:1 Children, listen to the discipline of a father, And give attention 
to know understanding; 
Pro 4:2 For I gave you good instruction: Do not forsake my Torah. 

     These instructions do not give salvation, which is where many Jews 
fail to understand Torah, but we live them as a demonstration of our love 
for Him. Let’s take a quick look at Yahshua and what He says concerning 
the Torah. If anyone loves Me, he shall .... .Joh 14:23
guard My Word. And My Father shall love him, and We shall come to him 
and make Our stay with him. 
Joh 14:24 “He who does not love Me does not guard My Words. And the Word 
which you hear is not Mine but of the Father Who sent Me. 
Joh 15:9 “As the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you. Stay in My 
Joh 15:10 “If you guard My commands, you shall stay in My love,1 even as
 I have guarded My Father’s commands and stay in His love. Footnote: 1See
Joh 15:11 “These words I have spoken to you, so that My joy might be 
in you, and that your joy might be complete. 
Joh 15:12 “This is My command, that you love one another, as I have loved
you.1 Footnote: 1See 13:34, 15:17. 
Joh 15:13 “No one has greater love than this: that one should lay down his
 life for his friends. 
Joh 15:14 “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 

     I ask you this, whose commands are we to follow? Are they Yahshua’s
 or Elohim’s? 

Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and 
the Word was Elohim. 
Joh 1:2 He was in the beginning with Elohim. 

Joh 5:19  Therefore יהושע responded and said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son 
is able to do none at all by Himself, but only that which He sees the Father doing, because 
whatever He does, the Son also likewise does.
Joh 5:20 “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all that He Himself 
does. And greater works than these He is going to show Him, in order that 
you marvel. 
Joh 5:21 “For as the Father raises the dead and makes alive, even so the 
Son makes alive whom He wishes. 
Joh 5:22 “For the Father judges no one, but has given all the judgment to 
the Son, 
Joh 5:23 that all should value the Son even as they value the Father. He 
who does not value the Son does not value the Father who sent Him. 
Joh 5:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in
 Him who sent Me possesses everlasting life, and does not come into 
judgment, but has passed from death into life.... 
Joh 5:30 “Of Myself I am unable to do any matter. As I hear, I judge,
 and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own desire, but 
the desire of the Father who sent Me. 

     Yahshua could not do anything apart from the Father. The words He 
spoke, the commands He followed were those of the Father. How can we do 
any less than follow the instructions of the Father as we are to be set 
apart through the following of His instructions. 
Deu 7:6 “For you are a set-apart people to יהוה your Elohim. יהוה your Elohim has 
chosen you to be a people for Himself, a treasured possession above all the peoples 
on the face of the earth.
1Pe 1:13 Therefore, having girded up the loins of your mind, being sober, 
set your expectation perfectly upon the favour that is to be brought to you at the 
revelation of יהושע Messiah,

1Pe 1:14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former 
lusts in your ignorance, 
1Pe 1:15 instead, as the One who called you is set-apart, so you also 
should become set-apart in all behaviour, 
1Pe 1:16 because it has been written, “Be set-apart, for I am set-apart.” 
1Pe 1:17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges 
according to each one’s work, pass the time of your sojourning in fear, 
1Pe 1:18 knowing that you were redeemed from your futile way of life 
inherited from your fathers, not with what is corruptible, silver or 
1Pe 1:19 but with the precious blood of Messiah, as of a lamb unblemished 
and spotless, 

     When we consider our Father’s instructions for His set apart people, 
Christianity observes ninety percent of them. The other ten percent is 
left out and considered unimportant. Most of the ten percent left out are
 the dietary instructions, the Sabbath and the set-apart appointment times.
 Many of the instructions in the Scriptures regarding the temple do not 
apply today as there is no temple for observing them. Many instructions 
are for the priests. Some are for men and some are for women. It is our
belief the ten percent left out by modern Christianity also applies to us
today as Yahweh Elohim does not change. 
     OK, since I started writing this book I have come across better data. 
 I was estimating in the paragraph above.  So, here it is:
Doug Friedman who is a Messianic Rabbi with degrees from MIT and 
Cornell University has broken it down to this...out of 613 laws....
58%   cannot be observed today, leaving 42%  keepable

28%  are currently kept and cherished by most Bible Believing Christians
6%   more are kept, to varying degrees, by those who make a point to try 
and pursue a Torah lifestyle
8%   are not kept at all (some are culturally impossible to enforce).”2
     Look carefully at the list.  Most Christians are keeping about 67% of
 the laws that can be kept at this time.
    Heb 13:8  יהושע Messiah is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. 

Mal 3:6  “For I am יהוה, I shall not change1, and you, O sons of Yaʽaqoḇ, shall not come
 to an end. Footnote: 1Jas. 1:17. 

Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming 
down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow 
of turning 

     The divine attribute of unchangeableness. God said in Exodus 3:14, 
"I AM that I AM," signifying His eternal sameness and His sovereignty. 
He cannot change His moral character, His love, His omniscience, 
omnipresence, omnipotence, etc. God is "From everlasting to everlasting,"
 (Psalm 90:2) CARM Theological Dictionary. 
     If all of Scripture is profitable why should we pick and choose 
which laws or instructions to follow and which not to?  Now let’s

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