CONFUSED

DID YOU KNOW that Christian beliefs can be very, very confusing?

On the one hand, Christian scholars say that Christianity is a new religion, but most Christians say that it isn’t.

On the other hand, without fail, they all say that Christians do not have to keep the commands, statutes and edicts in the Torah. However, a prominent Christian leader printed this Scripture verse across the screen during his television program: “This Book of the Law (the Torah) shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8

Aren’t they doing the same thing the Pharisees were doing? “. . .Take heed to yourselves of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” Luke 12:1. Also look at Matthew 23:1-3, “Then Y’hoshua spoke to the crowd and to His disciples, saying, ‘The scribes and the Pharisees have sat down on Moses’ seat. Then all things, whatever they tell you to keep, keep and do. But do not do according to their works, for they say, and do not do.’ ”

In order to establish fully the instructions in Joshua 1:8, let’s begin with the words of YHVH to Joshua the son of Nun (Y’hoshua ben Nun, son of the Eternal) in verses 5 through 9: “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not fail you nor will I forsake you. Be strong and brave. For you shall cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give to them. Only be strong and very brave, so that you may take heed to do according to all the Law (the Torah) which Moses My servant commanded you. Do not turn from it, to the right or to the left, that you may act wisely wherever you go. This Book of the Law (Scroll of the Torah) shall not depart out of your mouth, and you shall meditate on it by day and by night, so that you shall be on guard to do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall prosper your way, and then you shall act wisely. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and brave. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for YHVH Elohekka is with you in all where you go.”

In Exodus 33:11, it says, “ . . . YHVH would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” Can you be the friend of YHVH when you refuse to obey His Word? And did YHVH vomit His people out of their Land for disobeying His Word, just to embrace the gentiles who also disobey His Word?

That certainly doesn’t agree with the words of the Messiah! When He was praying, as recorded in John 17, He said, “I revealed Your name (the name of the Father, YHVH) to the men whom You gave to Me out of the world. They were Yours, and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your Word.” John 17:6

Y’hoshua certainly seemed to place great importance on the fact that His disciples were obedient! Did the Messiah expect His disciples to keep the Word of YHVH, but He exempted the gentiles? Wouldn’t this be partiality, which is a sin?

Over and over again, YHVH says that His instructions are forever! When confronted with this indisputable fact, Christians say that these instructions are for the Jews. But, if they are for the Jews, why do Christians stick a ham sandwich in their hands the minute they accept Jesus, the Christian messiah? For, indeed, neither the true Messiah nor His disciples ever became disobedient to the Torah, as explained in John 7:6, quoted above.

Y’hoshua the Messiah also said, “ . . . if you believed Moses, you would then believe Me, for he wrote concerning Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My Words?” John 5:46-47

This is a very valid question. If you do not believe and keep the words of Moses, how can you believe and keep the Words of Y’hoshua?

Isn't this why Paul said, in 2 Timothy 2:15, "Earnestly study to present yourself approved to YHVH, a workman unashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth." It is your responsibility to know what the Scriptures say, not just settle for what someone else tells you they say. It is you – and you alone – who will be held responsible for whether or not you are obedient to the Torah. Remember: the Messiah is our example, and He obeyed the Torah even unto death!

Will you?

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