. . . from our home to yours . . .
The following statement was part of a longer posting that appeared in our newsfeed. This statement is NOT taken out of context, but rather, it is a direct quote from an article posted to rebut an earlier statement by the same person in regards to that person’s perspective on Yeshua and the Jews.
“I no longer believe that the Jews need to accept Yeshua the same way I do. He didn’t bring the Jews to the dance. He brought the House of Israel to the dance, a dance that was already happening long before He was born.”
Later in the article the statement is made , concerning Judah, – “ They have the expectation of Messiah from Abraham forward . . . “? Then, the article goes on to basically say the reason jews haven’t accepted Yeshua is because they have been chased around the planet with ‘Jesus’ and that we should ‘leave Judah alone, they come to Messiah a different way’.
This paradigm is getting more and more traction everyday in the HR/Messianic camp and needs to be addressed and called for what it is – Another Gospel. Yeshua, Paul and the others fought this heresy 2,000 years ago and it doesn’t seem much has changed.
To accept the line of thought that one group comes to Yeshua and the Father in a different manner than another, we’d have to apologize to John Hagee for his promotion of a dual-covenant theology. There are so many passages in Scripture that denounce this newest version of a dual-covenant heresy that we don’t know where to begin. Abraham was a gentile out of the nations, and both native Israeli and many of the nations all hail back to Abraham. Here was John’s and Yeshua’s response to the notion of a connection through Abraham making a difference concerning entrance into the Kingdom . . .
“ . . . and do not presume to tell yourselves, “We have Abraham as our father,” because, I tell you, God can raise children for Abraham from these stones. (Mat 3:9)
“They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Yeshua said to them, If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now you seek to kill Me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. (Joh 8:39-40)
Paul understood it . . . ‘For if I am in Yeshua, I am Abraham’s seed . . .’ This same man that said ‘all Israel will be saved’ is the same man that said ‘not all Israel is Israel’.
“ . . . I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed, from Messiah for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh, 4 who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the service and the promises, 5 whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Messiah according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen. (Rom 9:2-5)
“ These twelve Yeshua sent out after instructing them, saying, “Do NOT (emphasis mine) go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; 6 but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. (Mat 10:5-6)
Well, let’s see . . . they were in Israel . . . don’t go to the gentiles and don’t go to the Samaritans . . . so, for the most part, who does that leave for them to go to ? Judah . . .
And of course, there is the statement of Paul concerning ‘some of the natural branches being broken off due to unbelief . . .’ The ‘natural branches’ includes Judah does it not? Unbelief in what? Whom?
“I (said Yeshua) have told you already: You will die in your sins. Yes, if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins. (John 8:24) He was speaking to the Jews.”
We’re not saying that ‘jews have to convert to some form of a mainstream denominational system’. We ARE saying statements like those in the opening quotes give the insinuation that jewish people do not come to Yeshua the same way as everyone else, and statements like that make Yeshua out to be a liar.
That type of teaching and interpretation of Scripture present such a twisted version of Paul’s writings in Romans, to the detriment of the lost and those not well grounded in the Word, that it causes Peter’s words to resound loudly over and over . . . ‘our brother Paul , who at times speaks of things hard to understand, things which they that are unlearned and unstable twist, as also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. (and possibly the destruction of others, I might add) (2Pe 3:16)
Yeshua came to His own and they, (the leadership), refused Him from day one, although there were and are many jewish people that have come to Yeshua. During the time of Yeshua and the Apostles and disciples, no one was chasing Judah all over the planet with the ‘Jesus’, supposedly alienating them from the truth, and yet many still rejected Him. What was the excuse then?
And what about those in the Land that have literally put life and limb on the line, some of whom have been deported and have lost everything for sharing the Gospel of Messiah Yeshua openly with their Jewish friends and family, much like Paul and Yeshua and the others? When we promote or leave this type teaching unaddressed, we literally are saying the sacrifice of all these that came before, along with the confession of Yeshua as Messiah by millions of ethnically Israeli people and denouncement of Judaism, and all that it has cost them, is in error, or at the very least, unnecessary.
The only person to whom Yeshua ever spoke the words “You must be born again’ was a Torah observant Jewish man, although it applies to all mankind.
What the mindset in the opening quotes proposes, denounces and negates everything Yeshua said and did, as well as what many of the disciples and Apostles, both 1st Century and those down through ages, gave their lives for. It literally diminishes the very Preeminence of Messiah Yeshua.
It is being said to Ephraim – ‘we need to stop this’. But we say – stop trampling on the Lifeblood and Body of Yeshua that was shed and broken for ALL – Ephraim, Judah and the nations. And we all get in One and The same Way . . .
By the Blood of The Lamb.
For us, Sukkot 2017 will be remembered not only for the year Abba introduced us to members of His Family we had not known before, not only for good fellowship as we reconnected with old friends as well as connecting with new friends, and not only for times of moving praise and worship, but, for us and many others, it will be remembered as a year our God showed His mercy and love by honoring the prayers of His children and exhibiting the manifest presence and reality of His Power and His Spirit and the giftings of The Spirit in the midst of His people . . . and, of all days, He chose to show His Manifest Presence and Power on the Last Great Day!! Amen and Amen !!
For those that would like, we invite and encourage you to go to www.Facebook.com/groups/ProdigalMInRoundtable and share a word of testimony to the Glory of our Father about these past 8 days in the KY Backwoods . . . and post some pictures as well . . . Shabbat Shalom
AZAZEL – Devil or Deliverer?
During the recent reading of a couple articles, we ran across statements concerning the word ‘Azazel’. The articles stated the word ‘Azazel’ refers to ‘the rebels of Israel’, ‘the prophets of Baal’ and even ‘Satan the devil’ himself.
The term Azazel in Leviticus 16, is a Hebrew word that comes from two Hebrew roots, one being a word for ‘goat’ and the other root meaning ‘to remove completely’. The word is translated in some versions as ‘scapegoat’.
‘Azazel’ is actually a Hebrew word meaning ‘total removal’ or’ the goat which causes or brings about total removal’. The scapegoat, or Azazel, is the live goat on whose head ALL the sins of Israel were pronounced and placed before IT was sent into the wilderness, by the hand of a ‘fit man’. (Lev 16:21)
Mark 1 tells us, after Yeshua’s baptism, He was taken into the wilderness by The Spirit (the fit man) and tempted by satan for forty days. The writer of Hebrews (chapter 4) tells us Yeshua was tempted in all ways as we and yet sinned not.
At what point in history or Scripture were the ‘rebels of Israel’ or the ‘prophets of Baal’ or ‘Satan the devil’ the ones who took upon themselves ‘the sins of ALL Israel’ ?
BOTH goats in Leviticus 16, at the institution of what came to be Yom Kippur, represent Yeshua the Messiah, for He is both alive, the One who died, and the One Who lives again. ‘ . . . these things saith The First and The Last, which was dead and IS alive . . .’( Rev.2:8)
The one goat which was sacrificed (slaughtered) and whose blood was shed and placed on the mercy seat and the horns of the altar is a picture of the shed blood of Messiah Yeshua who went into the ‘holy place not made by hands’ and placed His blood once for all for all sin for them that will accept Him and look for His return. (Heb 9) ‘for without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sin’.
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it (the blood) to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it, The Blood, that makes atonement for your soul. (Lev 17:11)
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (Rom 5:10)
And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring forth the live goat (Azazel): (Lev 16:20)
The second goat – The scapegoat – Azazel – the goat that removes entirely – received all the sins of all Israel and symbolically carried all the sins away from the people. “For He – Messiah Yeshua – became sin, He who knew NO sin, that we might become the righteousness of God through Him. (1 Cor 5:21)
As far as the east is from the west, so has HE – Messiah Yeshua – removed our sins from us . . . to be remembered no more. ( Psalm 103:12)
‘Azazel – total removal’ . . . Messiah Yeshua . . . Jesus the Christ
‘In the volume of the book it is written of Me . . .’
‘Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill’. (Mat 5:17)
For God so loved the world, he sent His Son . . .
Every aspect of Yom Kippur points us to Yeshua of Nazareth, the Promised Messiah of YHVH. .
Although Yom Kippur is a marked day on calendars and in the annual cycle of the moedim as set forth in Scripture, for every born-again believer in Messiah Yeshua of Nazareth that came in the flesh, our ‘Yom Kippur’ was the consummation of the day you/we came to understand our need for a reconciler and saver (by the convincing and convicting work of the Holy Spirit) and were made whole (sozo) by faith through grace in The Word of God and The Blood of The One Slain before the foundation of the world was laid.
“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Rom 5:10)
As believers in Messiah Yeshua, we are not betting our eternal destination on a ‘ hope-so’ that our names might be written in a book of life because of something we do once a year, but rather a reminder of the sureness of our eternity because of what was begun for us on a cross on Calvary and consummated on that day when Yeshua took His blood into the ‘Holy of Holies not made with hands’ and performed Yom Kippur for me and you and everyone one who has and will call upon His Name.
“ . . . for I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day. (2Ti 1:12)
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ . . .(Rom 8:16-17)
And if you belong to Christ, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Gal 3:29)
So as we ‘afflict our souls’ on this day of remembering, may it not be so as to wish our names to be written down, but to remember the purposeful and intentional suffering and agony of our Saver Yeshua, and that by faith in Him we ARE reconciled and saved, and because of Him our names HAVE been written down, for our names are engraved on the palms of His hands.
“ . . . and as we share (in some small way) in His sufferings,, we may also share in his glory. “(Rom 8:17)
That if you shalt confess with your mouth Adonai Yeshua, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. (Rom 10:9)
In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation– having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance (by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption), and redemption as His purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. (Eph 1:13; 4:30)
Sukkot is coming up. But you can’t get to Sukkot until you first pass Yom Kippur. Sukkot is the ‘family reunion of all times’. How do we get to be part of the family ? We enter at Passover. We come in through the Door, Yeshua. For no one comes to our Father but by Him. So we accept our Father’s Kippur – His covering – the blood and body of Yeshua. Now we can enter His presence unafraid . . . for He sees us through the Blood of His Lamb . . . the One Who was born to die . . . for me and for you.
So, as we observe this memorial day, may we be mindful as to why we should willing ‘afflict our souls’ . . . for Yeshua willingly suffered torture and death that we might live and have life abundant and eternal.
” . . .do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? (Mat 26:53)
“ . . .No one takes (My life) from me; I lay it down of my own free will, and as I have power to lay it down, so I have power to take it up again . . .”(Joh 10:18)
“ . . . and Yeshua went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as you will. (Mat 26:39)
This is why we observe Yom Kippur. Not for what might be, but for what WILL be because of what has been done for us . . .
For even though we were hostile, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son; and much more, having been reconciled, we are saved by His (resurrected) life. (Rom 5:10)
Chag Sameach – Blessings and Peace to you and yours . . .
SUKKOT TEE SHIRTS
If you are interested in a shirt or shirts, the printer has informed me it would be ideal if we could have your order before noon, Monday Sept 18th to ensure they arrive on time. If you have sent us you order, we’re good. If you haven’t sent us your order, please try to do that online before Monday. Shirts are $8.95 for one, and $7.95 for two or more. Available sizes run from Youth Small up to Adult 5X. There is an additional $1 charge for each size larger than XL. (2X-add $1, 3X-add $2, etc). There will be a very limited number available at Sukkot for those that haven’t ordered in advance so please, don’t miss out. You can mail a check or pay when you pick them up. We just need your order now, please.
We were impressed to post this again . . . someone somewhere needs to hear this. Shalom