Another short statement concerning those who have become “Messianic” whether Jewish or Gentile.
The goal they seem to seek is to be accepted and adopted by God. This is the goal of all who seek God. However they have come to believe that the Jewish people have a direct path to obtaining that status because the Jews were the chosen vessel through which God would speak to the world. The finer point, which the TOBY’s seem to miss, is that God would use that chosen people to prepare the way to bring forth Messiah, Yeshua, the one who would reconcile us all to God and restore us to what we were truly created to be.
My TOBY brothers, those who try to keep all the Torah commands, think they are being obedient to God in what they do, but the truth is they are at best following or emulating Rabbinical Judaism with it’s many traditions and practices and myraids of laws that Yeshua himself hated, because they were a burden that actually prevented people from being able to approach God face to face. They are following the sages and the teachers who actually rejected Yeshua and to this day have not received him.
Rabbinical Judaism is not what the Torah teaches. Rabbinical Judaism is what was formed by men in an attempt to preserve the Jewish faith after the Temple and the lands of Israel were taken away from them. The Torah is all centered on that Temple of Stone, with it’s particular priesthood of imperfect men and to have authority in the lands of Israel. That is all tied together in the old covenant. The New covenant is different, not like the old covenant (Jer 31:31). The New covenant has one perfect and eternal priest, Yeshua, who intercedes for us daily forever! He cleanses us with his own Holy Blood not with the blood of animals which were a temporary substitute until the eternal was to come forth through Yeshua. Those under the old covenant were saved through faith looking FORWARD to the perfect that was to come, Messiah Yeshua. We Today are saved by looking BACK to Him, or more precise looking AT Him, for we have seen him or have trusted in the report that was given of Him by the Disciples. And we know their report was reliable because Yeshua fulfilled all that the Old Covenant Torah had foretold. We have our two reliable witnesses. And we see Him alive and at work in us every day of our lives!
We ARE the Temple of God in the New covenant here on Earth and live within the Covenant Torah of that is written on our hearts. Yes there are similarities like the foundational principles of the 10 commands after all both covenants were given to us by the same God. But as members of the New Covenant, saved by the blood of Yeshua, and filled with His Spirit, we are obedient to the laws that are written on our hearts and which manifest the fruit that comes from living in union with the creator. Those laws written on our hearts are not contrary to the ones given through Moshe. They bring to fullness that which the old Covenant looked forward to with great hope. Messiah living with and in us all.
"When you awake in the morning, learn something to inspire you and mediate upon it, then plunge forward full of light with which to illuminate the darkness." -Rabbi Tzvi Freeman
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