It is truly a shame that too many Christians are being taught mainly from the New Covenant writings while ignoring most everything in the Tanakh. The reason it is a shame is that Yeshua didn’t teach anything from the Epistles, and not just because they hadn’t been written, but because he tells us, over and over throughout all four gospels, that he does and says only what his Father in heaven has told him to do and say. And what God has said is only in the Tanakh.
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I have been reading Proverbs lately, and as I go through them I see so many that I immediately relate to some of the teachings that Yeshua gave. Here are just a few examples:
Proverbs 11:2- First comes pride, then disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
Doesn’t Yeshua tell us that the meek will inherit the earth? (Matthew 5:5)
Proverbs 11:4– On the day of wrath, wealth doesn’t help; but righteousness rescues from death.
Doesn’t Yeshua tell us that we are to seek first the kingdom of God? (Matthew 6:33)
Proverbs 24:3– By wisdom a house is built, by understanding it is made secure.
Didn’t Yeshua tell us that rejecting his wisdom is like a house built on sand? (Matthew 7:26)
Proverbs 25: 6,7– Don’t put yourself forward in the king’s presence; don’t take a place among the great. For it is better to be told “Come up here,” than be degraded in the presence of a nobleman.
Didn’t Yeshua say that when you sit at a table, take the least important place? (Luke 14:10)
Proverbs 25:21– If someone who hates you is hungry, give him food to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
Didn’t Yeshua tell us to love our enemies? (Matthew 5:44)
It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that what Yeshua taught is from the Tanakh, for that was the only word of God that existed then. The New Covenant hadn’t been written. So if Yeshua taught from the Tanakh, my question is why don’t the Christian churches teach from it, also? Why do they use, almost exclusively, the Gospels and the Epistles? In the Gospels, Yeshua teaches what the Tanakh says, and the Epistles were written by a man to the Gentiles in congregations he started and were not written to teach them anything new, but to remind them of what he already told them. Things that he already taught them that they were having trouble remembering and living by.
You’ve seen those bracelets that have “WWJD” written on them, right? I believe the people who wear them really want to do as Jesus did; the problem is that the Christian church teaches Constantinian doctrine and not what is in the Torah, which is what Jesus followed, so to do what Jesus did means to NOT do what (most of) Christianity teaches.
Jesus did not celebrate the Christian holidays, he celebrated the Holy Days that God commanded we celebrate in Leviticus 23.
Jesus did not eat many of the foods that Christians eat, he ate only what God said we should eat in Leviticus 11.
Jesus did not rest on Sunday, he rested from Friday night to Saturday night.
The point of today’s message is that if you really want to live “as Jesus lived”, you need to worship as he worshiped, eat as he ate, and celebrate as he celebrated.
Doesn’t that make sense?
It is truly a shame that this very sensible argument is lost on so many people; people who probably really want to please God and do as Jesus did, but refuse to because they would rather accept the easy way of life that is Constantinian Christianity.
What a terribly disappointing surprise they will have when they come before the Throne of Judgment.
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Until next time, L’hitraot and Baruch HaShem!