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David’s Comment: Back to Biblical Basics Pt.7 – Torah and the Feasts
Psalm 19:1 The TORAH of JHVH are perfect, restoring the soul
This is the final part in the Back to Bibllical Basics series, and it is perhaps the most controversial of all the subjects I have covered. For almost 2000 years, now one of the most often heard declarations in the Church has been ” we are not under the law but we are under grace ! ” The first point I want to make is that the Hebrew word Torah which is usually translated as Law, should be more accurately translated as instructions. The Torah of YHVH is His perfect instructions for a perfect life. Some time back when I was writing about the issue of the Torah, I quoted the title of a booklet written by the leader of a Messianic congregation in the USA. The title of his booklet is “the Torah is NOT the Law” and the subtitle is “the Torah is a set of instructions from a loving Father to His children, to get the best out of their lives”. I believe what King David wrote in the above Psalm, and the title / subtitle of that booklet perfectly sums up what the Torah really is about, and should encourage everyone who wants to live a blessed life in the kingdom of God, to do their best to adhere to the instructions of our loving Father. Therefore the Torah is the grace of the God. And we all need to see it as such.
Basically the instructions contained in the Torah cover the three most important areas of our lives …………
1/ our relationship with God
2/ the way we take care of ourselves
3/ the way we treat others
When Yeshua was asked what are two most important commandments, He gave number one and number three is His answer. However he was being very Jewish and was really giving three for the price of two. Although He didn’t verbalise it, He was also implying number two, because if we don’t know how to take your ourselves, then we won’t know how to take care of others. On more than one occasion, when I have been discussing the Torah with Christians, I have had this response, “why would you want to put yourself under that again ? ” My reply is always the same, ” if I know a little about nature and character of God who loves me and created me, why would I not want to follow His perfect instructions for my life ? ” Or as King David said “if you want your soul restored, keep the Torah.”
Here are a few more verses ………….
Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my Torah aw; but let your heart keep my commandments; for they shall add length of days, and long life, and peace to you.
Proverbs 28:7 Whoever keeps the Torah is a wise son,
Proverbs 28:9 He who turns away his ear from hearing the Torah even his prayer is an abomination
Psalms 119:1 Blessed are the upright in the way, who walk in the Torah of Jehovah.
Before anybody accuses me of legalism, I believe that we are not obliged by the New Covenant to keep the Torah. I think that Romans 7:1-4 makes it very clear Or are you ignorant, brothers; for I speak to those who know the Law; that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? For the married woman was bound by law to the living husband. But if the husband is dead, she is set free from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband lives, she is married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress. But if the husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is no adulteress by becoming another man’s wife. So, my brothers, you also have become dead to the law by the body of Christ so that you should be married to Another, even to Him raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit to God.
When we were born-again into the Kingdom of God and were Baptised , we died to our old lives. We are now in preparation to become the bride of the Messiah – doesn’t it make sense that we should do our best to live as He lived ? Yeshua lived a perfect Torah based life. He didn’t break even one commandment. And in Matthew 5:17 – 19, He tells us that whoever breaks the least of the commandments, will be the least in the Kingdom of Heaven, but whoever keeps the commandments will be great in the Kingdom.
Two final points to sum it up …………..
1/ we don’t keep the Torah to be saved, we do our best to keep the Torah because we are being saved and looking forward to living in the KIngdom of God forever
2/ the more of the Torah the I manage to keep, the better my life will be, and a better life will be for everyone around me. This includes the food that we eat or dont eat. And I believe that applies to every person on the Earth. Our Abba / Creator knows best and the Bible is the Maker’s manual for living a perfect life. If the whole World lived by the Torah it would be Paradise already.
Should We Keep the Biblical Feasts ? Leviticus 23:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, for these are my feasts.
I just want to cover the subject of the Feasts very briefly ……… they are not Jewish feasts they are God’s feasts. He calls them His appointed times. The primary purpose of these Feasts is to teach the children about who YHVH is, but they are a great teaching tool for adults too. The nature and faithful character of God and of His Son Yeshua, can be clearly seen through the Feasts. The pattern and timing of the Feasts is connected to the harvest cycle, and their timing portray the prophetic plan that God has for Israel, the Church, and the World. By studying the Feasts, we can gain a more accurate picture of where we are in prophetic time, and whe we can expect the second coming of Messiah.
To put it very succinctly, if we truly desire to live a blessed life in the Kingdom of God, why would we be more interested in following a calendar and festivals, that are not of His Kingdom ? Again we are not legally obliged to follow the Feasts of the Lord, however I think it’s a very good idea.
read more about this subject …… read or download my new booklet from our website: http://www.out-of-zion.com/davids-pdf-booklets-free-downloads and click on The Restoration of the Church in your language.
The LORD bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on the land given to the Jewish people by the God of Israel. Lets pray that Israel will turn back to their God. Do not be silent, but share this with your fellow Christians, share it with your pastors, and with anyone you have a chance to speak to. Lets also pray for that breakthrough to the Muslims, and please remember to pray Divine protection for all of the soldiers in the IDF.
Shabbat Shalom …… David & Josie
This Weeks News Items
1. Muslim Journalist Admits that Israel is Not an Occupying Power Israel Today News Nov 25th
Amid a quiet thawing of relations between Israel and more moderate Arab states, a leading Kuwaiti journalist this month sparked public outrage when he dared to get real about the Jewish state. Writer Abdullah Al-Hadlaq was taking part in a panel discussion on Kuwait’s Alrai TV when he not only rejected the notion that Israel is an occupying power, but went so far as to accept the legitimacy of the Jews’ return to their ancient homeland. He went on to heap praise on the advanced and progressive Jewish state, which puts to shame most of its Arab neighbors. In remarks translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Al-Hadlaq said: “When the State of Israel was established in 1948, there was no state called ‘Palestine.’ “Like it or not, Israel is an independent sovereign state. It exists, and it has a seat at the United Nations, and most peace-loving and democratic countries recognize it. The group of states that do not recognize Israel are the countries of tyranny and oppression. “For example, North Korea does not recognize Israel, but this does nothing to detract from Israel or from the fact of its existence, whether we like it or not. The State of Israel has scientific centers and universities the likes of which even the oldest and most powerful Arab countries lack. So Israel is a state and not a terror organization.”There is no occupation. There is a people returning to its promised land. Are you aware that the history of the Israelites is ancient, predating Islam? Therefore, we Muslims must acknowledge that the Israelites have a right to that land, and that they have not plundered it.” Pray that the world wakes up to this truth and stops supporting this international lie
2. Israel Seizes Massive Explosive Shipment at Gaza Border Jerusalem Post Nov 26th
An attempt to smuggle tons of explosive material into the Gaza Strip was thwarted last week by the Israeli Ministry of Defense’s Crossing Authority. The attempt was foiled thanks to a new, advanced chemistry laboratory that was set up in recent weeks at Israel’s Kerem Shalom crossing with Gaza. The new laboratory is a joint project of the Ministry of Defense’s Crossing Authority, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and Israel Police. Advanced technology permits experts to precisely identify gases, liquids, powders, metals and other substances before they enter the Gaza Strip. The primary focus is to prevent substances which could benefit terror groups in the enclave. Crossing Authority head Brig.-Gen. (res.) Kamil Abu Rukun praised the greatly enhanced abilities granted to the crossing’s security apparatus by the addition of the laboratory. ?It greatly widens the security forces’ toolkit in the daily, relentless battle against smuggling into the Gaza Strip,” said Abu Rukun. Continue to intercede that every means on the part of terrorist groups to prepare for – or carry out – attacks against Israel will be disclosed and prevented.
3. Israel Vows to Destroy Iranian Positions Within 40 km of Syrian Border Israel News Report Nov 27th
Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida revealed on Sunday that an Israeli source disclosed a promise from Jerusalem to destroy all Iranian facilities within 40 kilometres (25 miles) of Israel’s Golan Heights. The source, who remains unnamed, said that during Syrian President Bashar Assad’s surprise visit to Russia last week he gave Russian Premier Vladimir Putin a message for PM Benjamin Netanyahu:
?Damascus will agree to a demilitarised zone of up to 40 kilometres from the border in the Golan Heights as part of a comprehensive agreement between the two countries?. ?But only if Israel does not work to remove Assad’s regime from power?. The report also claims that Putin then called Netanyahu to relay the message, and that the Israeli prime minister said he would be willing to accept the deal, but that Israel’s goal of eradicating Iran and Hezbollah from the country would remain. According to the source, Jerusalem sees Assad as the last president of the Alawite community, indicating that a change of regime in Syria – at least towards a government less-linked to Iran – would be favourable to Israel. Pray that Israel follows through with this threat if it becomes necessary
4. Arrested Hamas Terrorist Provides Tunnel Information Israel Today News Nov 26th
It has been disclosed that a Hamas terrorist from the Gaza city of Sajaya was arrested in September while crossing the border fence into Israeli territory. 23-year-old terrorist Ahmad Magadi Muhammed Abid joined Hamas in 2013, undergoing military training and training in the use of anti-tank missiles, engineering, and sniping. He also helped dig terror tunnels around his home, and served as a Hamas border guard. In his Israel Security Agency and police interrogation, it was learned that Ahmad Abid took part in digging tunnels near his home. Extensive information was received about tunnels intended for offensive activities against Israel and tunnels designated for fighting Israeli forces inside Gaza. Earlier this month, the IDF arrested a senior Islamic Jihad member after the terror group built a tunnel that stretched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. The IDF destroyed the tunnel from Israeli territory on October 30. Terror tunnels have been repeatedly found under UN schools in Gaza as well as under civilian homes. Destroying the tunnels was a primary objective of Israeli forces in the 2014 Operation Protective Edge. Pray that all attack tunnels into Israel will be discovered and destroyed.
5. Mortars Fired From Gaza INN News Nov 30th
Several mortar shells were fired at Israeli military forces working near the northern Gaza strip on Thursday. No-one was wounded. The Israeli military struck four Hamas positions, with tanks and aircraft, in Beit Hanun in northern Gaza soon in response to the mortar fire. No Palestinians are believed to have been wounded in the incident. The IDF’s Southern Command and Gaza Division are currently consulting regarding a follow-up. Security services temporarily closed train lines running between the southern Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Sderot. Earlier in the day, rocket alarm sirens sounded in Israeli communities near the Gaza border. The Israeli military later said the sirens were a false alarm. Israel’s Defense Minister and other senior Israeli defense officials have warned since last month’s strike on an Islamic Jihad attack tunnel that any attempts at retaliation would be met with a harsh response. Pray that the people responsible are apprehended and dealt with accordingly
6. Israel Celebrates 70 years Since UN Vote
Israel is celebrating 70 years since the historic November 29, 1947 UN vote that called for the establishment of a Jewish State in the Land of Israel. Dignitaries from around the world, senior UN officials, ambassadors and leaders from the pro-Israel community joined Israel?s Mission to the UN, in partnership with the World Jewish Congress, to celebrate 70 years since the historic November 29, 1947 United Nations vote on Resolution 181 that called for the establishment of a Jewish State in the Land of Israel. The event, initiated by Israel?s Ambassador to the UN, took place in the Queens Museum, which served as UN headquarters in 1947 when the historic vote took place. The event commemorating the momentous vote was attended by US Vice President Pence, US Treasury Secretary and over 60 UN ambassadors, including representatives of the 33 states who voted in favor of the resolution, senior diplomats and Jewish community leaders from around the world. Israel?s Minister of Transportation and Minister of Intelligence represented the Israeli government. ?Seventy years ago, in this very room, in these very seats where you are sitting today, the dream of the Jewish people of 2,000 years came true,? he said at the celebration. ?In 1897 Theodor Herzl dreamed of the impossible, in 1947 the Jewish people realized the impossible and today 2017, seventy years later, the modern State of Israel has made the impossible, possible,? the Ambassador continued. ?From this day onward, for the next seventy years and beyond, Israel will continue to be a beacon of democracy, a powerhouse of innovation and a light unto the nations.? Let us give thanks to the LORD for the rebirth of Israel which is the strongest sign that we are living in the End Times and that the Messiah is about to return to Jerusalem to re-establish the Kingdom of YHVH.
7. Israei Researcher Debunks Transgender Myth Israel Today News Nov 25th
The Bible warned that a day would come when good was called evil, and evil was called good. In other words, a day when reality and truth were turned on their heads. Anyone living in a Western society currently steeped in the transgender phenomenon might understandably think that day has arrived. Israel, at least in this context, is looking to play its role as “light to the nations” by releasing a fact-based rebuttal of the notion that gender is a matter of personal feeling and choice. Geneticists at the Weizmann Institute of Science, one of the world’s leading scientific institutes, recently published a study showing just how many biological differences there are between the male and female of our species. CBN News reported: Professor Shmuel Pietrokovski and Dr. Moran Gershoni studied 20,000 genes, sorting them by sex, and searching for differences in expression in each tissue. They eventually found around “6,500 genes with activity that was biased toward one sex or the other in at least one tissue, adding to the already major biological differences between men and women.” In layman’s terms, a man is a man and a woman is a woman, not because they feel like one or the other, but because the science of biology tells us so. It is always stunning how proponents of the ultra-liberal agenda will attack people of faith for believing in God absent scientific proof, but are more than willing to throw the science of biology right out the window when it comes to the question of gender.