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The 613 Mitzvot: 76-80

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The sixteenth install of The 613 Mitzvot blog series where we are briefly reviewing the 613 traditional rabbinical commandments and if the Torah applies to us today.

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The 613 Mitzvot: 71-75

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The fifteenth install of The 613 Mitzvot blog series where we are briefly reviewing the 613 traditional rabbinical commandments and if the Torah applies to us today.

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The 613 Mitzvot: 66-70

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We are often asked to do teachings on the 613 commandments found in the Jewish faith.  Understandably, such a teaching or teaching series would be an immense undertaking.  However, we thought we may be able to go through it, at least in part, in our blogs.  This is an ongoing blog series that we will do at different times without any real schedule planned.  We will not be going into great depth in this series. The format for these blog posts will be simple.  We will...

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The 613 Mitzvot: 61-65

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The thirteenth install of The 613 Mitzvot blog series where we are briefly reviewing the 613 traditional rabbinical commandments and if the Torah applies to us today.

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The 613 Mitzvot: 56-60

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This is the relating to the 56th through 60th commandments of the traditional 613 commandments in the order and as found in the Aramic-English New Testament (AENT).

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The 613 Mitvot: 51-55

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We are often asked to do teachings on the 613 commandments found in the Jewish faith.  Understandably, such a teaching or teaching series would be an immense undertaking.  However, we thought we may be able to go through it, at least in part, in our blogs.  This is an ongoing blog series that we will do at different times without any real schedule planned.  We will not be going into great depth in this series. The format for these blog posts will be simple.  We will...

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The 613 Mitzvot: 21-25

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We are often asked to do teachings on the 613 commandments found in the Jewish faith.  Understandably, such a teaching or teaching series would be an immense undertaking.  However, we thought we may be able to go through it, at least in part, in our blogs.  This is an ongoing blog series that we will do at different times without any real schedule planned.  We will not be going into great depth in this series. The format for these blog posts will be simple.  We will...

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The 613 Mitzvot: 1-5

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This week we will briefly look at the first five of the traditional rabbinical 613 Commandments.

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Commandments, Statutes, Ordinances, and Judgments...What's the Difference?

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Deuteronomy 6:1-2 6 “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which Yahweh your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, 2 so that you and your son and your grandson might fear Yahweh your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. “What is the...

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Tribes and Troubles Part 2

2 weeks ago we discussed the benefits of living in a tribe.  This week we go over the greatest danger of them.  One Very Real Danger Despite the great benefits derived from being part of a tribe, there can be some dangers, dangers that can tear what should be a unified people, apart.   The largest danger comes from ourselves and our approach to the differences we have with others.  Remember there are 3 things that come from 2 or more gathering together: View 1, View...

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Determining a Sabbath Rest

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Why does scripture say to not go out of our place on the Sabbath? Exodus 16:29See! The Lord has given you the Sabbath; therefore on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Remain each of you in his place; let no one go out of his place on the seventh day.” Some have interpreted this particular scripture to mean that one is not to leave their dwelling place on the Sabbath. The important word here in English is “place.” In Hebrew, the word for “place&rdquo...

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1 Timothy 1:8 and the Lawful use of the Law

As "great" as Paul was, as a Pharisee who felt he knew the law and lived by it, he realized that simply following the letter of the law wasn't right, and that he wasn't even living correctly! Note that in 1 Timothy 1:13 he even called himself a blasphemer! The point here is this, Paul realized that only living by the legality of the law wasn’t enough, he also needed the spirit.  He was not discarding the requirement of obeying the law, but simply applying another aspect of it, the...

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The Pie of God

Admittedly, this post may seem a little odd, but bear with us and feel free to give us your feedback! “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God“ (Rom 3:23). Most of us are familiar with that passage.  But what is sin?  Sin is, by definition (1 John 3:4), not following God’s commandments.  God is Holy which means, in order to be in His presence, we cannot have sin in our lives.  Unfortunately, we live in a fallen world and have a sinful...

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Persuaded that Nothing is Unclean? Romans 14:14

We already know that the writings of Paul are difficult to understand. We were even warned beforehand by Peter that Paul’s letters can be misunderstood by those lacking a strong foundation in God’s Word. According to Peter, that error results in breaking God’s Law (lawlessness/wickedness) simply because Paul can be used (in a theological error) to teach against all or some of God’s Law (2 Peter 3:14:17).  Romans 14 is another unfortunate...

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The Great Commission

Matthew 28:19-20 19Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”In the "Great Commission" of Matthew 28:19, Yeshua tells us to go out into the world and make disciples of all nations, but what does it mean to make disciples?  The operative word, or...

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What Do I Do?

What instructions from our Creator should I be following that I am not currently? We will address this question assuming that it is coming from more of a traditional Christian mindset or background. Now that you have entered into the understanding that the whole Word of God is still true and applicable to all in the faith, then there are a few instructions that are not too common in mainstream Christian circles today that are a part of the Word of God. Often, when one begins this journey...

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Every Word

Every Word If one believes that the Law of God has been done away with, can they really believe the words of our Savior that says, Matthew 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Because if one part of God’s word nullifies another part of God’s word how can He say that we live on EVERY word that comes from the mouth of God? Just a thought...

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The Heart of the Matter...Expanded

 1 Samuel 16:7 …The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. Why does the Lord look at the heart? What should have been in the heart even here regarding King Saul? Deuteronomy 30:14 No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. From the very beginning, the Lord has desired obedience from the heart. This is why, in Mark 12:30, Christ quoted from Deuteronomy...

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What is the "Fear of God"? Part 2

Exodus 15:11 “Who is like You among the gods, O Lord? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders? Psalm 65:8 They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs; You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy. Psalm 111:9 He has sent redemption to His people; He has ordained His covenant forever; Holy and awesome is His name. Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we...

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What is the "Fear of God"? Part 1

Proverbs 1:7 7 The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge;   Proverbs 9:10 10 The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.   These are not idle words, nor merely a good idea, but instead a promise.  If we fear our Creator, we will begin to gain knowledge and wisdom, and then comes understanding of who He is and of His Word; but, what does it mean to “fear Yahweh”?  What is the...

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Acts 10 with Mark 7

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Many people bring up Acts 10 and Mark 7 regarding the dietary laws of God to show they no longer apply.   Do Acts 10 and Mark 7 really tell us how the dietary laws set down in Leviticus have changed?.   Acts 10:1-22 is Peter’s vision where God tells Peter to kill and eat all manner of clean and unclean animals...This is often interpreted as meaning that God made all things food and clean to eat. However, this is not the case as Peter explained the vision a little...

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A New Command

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A New Command? Many say that Christ was giving His disciples a new command instead of simply expounding on an existing command for the first time when He said, John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you.  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  This is where Christ expounds on His...

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The Heart of Torah - Part 2

In part 1 of “The Heart of Torah” we discussed where our focus should be, and what happens when we lose that focus.  This time, in part 2, we are going to discuss what the “The Heart of Torah” is and what it means to walk in it, or follow it. What Is the “Heart of Torah”? Yeshua spoke about the importance of the heart of Torah with His statements to the Pharisees regarding helping a neighbor’s donkey out of the ditch on the Sabbath in Luke...

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The Heart of Torah - Part 1

I was once having a conversation with the pastor of a church from mainstream Christianity.  In his attempt to understand where I was coming from, or my perspective, he posed several questions to me:  “Where is the focus of the Torah Keepers? Is it on considering precious and personal the whole Torah, or just an emphasis on the commands that they say are being broken.” And   “Isn't the point of keeping Torah, to treasure and walk after His and mankind's...

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Righteousness, The Pharisees, and You - Part 5

Part 5:  Grace, Faith, & ...Righteousness? We know through faith we receive grace (Ephesians 2:8).  We know righteousness is available to us through our belief in Christ because of His faith (Romans 3:22).  We know when we sin, we are breaking the law of God and are not righteous (1 John 3:4, Deut. 6:25/Romans 2:13).  We know when we sin we deserve death, but because of belief in who and what Christ is, we are saved from the penalty of eternal death (Romans...

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The Ten Days of Awe

The above picture is carved into the French Arch De Triumph in Paris and depicts the Destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD Notice that in the booty the conquering Romans carried away from the Jerusalem Temple were two long hammered silver trumpets. We suggest that the pictorial truth about these trumpets has been hidden from us for a season and for a reason. We simply have not understood what it is that they depict for the last days. Once Judah was carried away to Babylon, things...

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Where Was the Proof Against Paul?

Act 25:7-8 And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove. While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all. Question: Why didn't the Jews just read Paul's letter's for proof? I thought his letters taught against the law? Perhaps they didn't know Paul wrote letters ;) But wait...

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Good Friday is a Myth

Jesus Died On A Wednesday!! by Roy A. Reinhold I was quite blown away recently to hear Hal Lindsey state on his national radio program that he has come to believe that the scriptures show a Wednesday crucifixion. Perhaps you ought to examine the evidence and decide for yourself; be like the Bereans who were complimented in scriptures for examining the teaching of Paul in light of the scriptures to see if it was so. There is clear, concrete evidence in the scriptures for a Wednesday...

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Can Believing mean NOT Doing?

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"John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." Believing means what? Few verses later... "John 3:20-21 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who DOES THE TRUTH comes to the LIGHT, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” Those who hate the light do not come to the light. But...

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The Pharisees Were Lawless, and That Was Bad. Is Lawless Now Suddenly Good?

Halley’s Bible Handbook states that the: “Pharisees were the most numerous and influential of the religious sects of Jesus’ day. They were strict legalists. They stood for the rigid observance of the letter and forms of the Law, and also for the Traditions”. Is this view correct? Did the Pharisees stand for the observance of the law, did they keep the law, were they ‘legalists’, or instead did they prefer to keep traditions of men? The first mention of...

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Heaven and Earth, and the Law of God

There are at least two reasons why Yeshua (Jesus) said that “not one jot or tittle of the Law of God” can change “till Heaven and Earth passes away.”  Have you ever considered this matter? ‎"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is...

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No Law, No Love

As we near the end, false prophets are supposed to appear and take away God's law. Mat 24:11-12 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. The whole point of all of God's law is love, loving God, and loving others. When we abolish it (mostly because of Paul according to Peter - 2 Peter 3:15-17) it creates lawlessness. Even if we abolish just some of it, it creates problems. The less law there is, the less...

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The Word is He, In a Doctrinal Pickle are We

John 5:46  For if you BELIEVED MOSES, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. 47 But if YOU DO NOT BELIEVE HIS WRITINGS, how will you believe MY WORDS?” Moses wrote of Him? John 14:24  He who does not love Me does not keep MY WORDS; and THE WORD which you hear is NOT Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. Not His Words? John 1:14 And the WORD became flesh and dwelt among us, What Word? Mark 7 9 He said to them, “All too well you reject THE COMMANDMENT...

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