DID YOU KNOW that if you disobey the Father (YHVH), it is a sign that you despise Him?
Let’s examine the following example:
A well-known Christian leader was recently asked a question by a young man who had attended a new church, where they happened to be serving the Lord’s Supper that day. The bread was leavened, which the young man said was a symbol of sin, so he wanted to know if he had been defiled.
The Christian leader’s reply was that he hoped not, since they had been serving leavened bread with the Lord’s Supper for forty years. He told the young man that he didn’t think God would hold it against him for eating a little crust of bread, and he should not let legalisms upset him. The leader then admonished the young man, “We’re not under the Law, we’re under grace; and I don’t think we’re going to get condemned for eating a little bread with the Lord’s Supper -- we’re not under the Levitical Law.”
Was this leader teaching the young man to be obedient or disobedient?
Question #1: Is the Lord’s Supper, as practiced by Christianity, Biblical?
The ceremony of the Lord’s Supper, or Eucharist, is an invention of the Catholic Church. The Messiah and His apostles celebrated a Passover Seder in accordance with the instructions given in the Torah. It is celebrated once a year, on the fourteenth of Nisan, and unleavened bread (matzah) is eaten with the meal.
Question #2: Is leaven (yeast) a symbol for sin?
Luke 12:1, “. . . Take heed to yourselves of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy (falseness).” 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 (as teachers). 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.’ They were reading aloud the Torah of Truth every Shabbat, but they were not obeying it. They kept adding their traditions, thus adulterating the Word of YHVH by their lifestyle.
Next, Matthew 13:33 and Luke 13:20-21, “He spoke another parable to them: ‘The kingdom of Heaven is compared to leaven, which taking, a woman hid in three measures of meal until the whole was leavened.’ ” Leaven is a symbol for doctrine (teaching); and, just as there are simulated diamonds and genuine diamonds, there is simulated (false) doctrine and pure doctrine. The Scriptures – written in their original languages – are true, but they have been twisted to mean that which they do not say. The meaning in the above passages is a parable showing that the kingdom of Heaven is increased when one person gives the truth to another, and that person passes it on to still another – unobserved, they are brought into the kingdom one by one.
Question #3: Are believers in the Moshiach commanded to keep the Passover?
In teaching the people in Corinth about the Moshiach in the Passover, Paul told them, “For as often as you may eat this bread and drink this cup, you solemnly proclaim the death of the Master until He shall come.” 1 Corinthians 11:26
His intention was not to establish a new ceremony, but to repeat the Moshiach’s words of instruction to His people about remembering His death -- and what His shed blood had accomplished – every time they celebrated the Passover.
If you do not keep the feasts (the appointed times of YHVH), thinking they are no longer valid, consider these words from Isaiah: “Woe to those who say to evil, good, and to good, evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those wise in their own eyes, and discerning in their own sight!” Isaiah 5:20-21
Next, continue in Isaiah 5:24, “So, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and the flame burns up the chaff; their root shall be like rottenness, and their blossoms shall go up like dust, because they have rejected the Torah of YHVH of Hosts, and despised the Word of the Holy One of Israel.”
Also read again these words in John 1:1-5, 14, which most Christians recognize as speaking of the Moshiach (the anointed One of YHVH), “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with YHVH, and the Word was YHVH. He was in the beginning with YHVH. All things came
into being through Him, and without Him not even one (thing) came into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men; and the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it.” From verse 14, “And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us . . .”
Which Word became flesh?
It was not a magical word of power; but it was the Torah, the Word of YHVH to Moses, the instructions for having life, came to earth in the fleshly body of the Anointed One of YHVH -- Y’hoshua. Please note that many people were anointed (priests, prophets, kings), but it is extremely important to remember that the Moshiach is not only anointed, He is THE anointed One!
So, if you disobey the Word of YHVH, is this not evidence that you despise the written Word of YHVH? And, if you despise the written Word, do you not also despise YHVH Himself? The words of YHVH quoted in the fifth chapter of Isaiah say that you do. What about the Word made flesh?
What about the Moshiach? Can you disobey the Word that He obeyed unto death, and still say that you “love” Him?
Most Christians will probably agree with the leader mentioned in the beginning of this article, who expressed the opinion that Christians are not under the Levitical Law (the Torah), for they are under grace.
There is unmerited grace (favor/kindness), made available to all because the Moshiach voluntarily shed His blood on the execution stake while we were yet sinners. He voluntarily shed His blood. However, there is another grace (favor, kindness) that comes as a result of our obedience; and that grace is simply the kindness YHVH shows to those who obey Him.
One such favor/kindness is found in Acts 5:29-32, “But answering Peter and the apostles said, ‘It is right to obey YHVH rather than man. The Elohim of our fathers raised up Y’hoshua, whom you seized, hanging (Him) on a tree. This One YHVH has exalted a Ruler and Savior to His right (hand), to give to Israel repentance and remission of sins. And we are His witnesses of these things, and also the Holy (Set-apart) Spirit whom YHVH gave to those obeying Him.’
Please note that Peter is quoting Psalm 118:8, “It is better to trust in YHVH than to trust in man.”
The apostles understood this. If we don’t, it is because we have trusted in man and not YHVH. You will note that Peter tied together obeying YHVH and the giving of the Holy Spirit, for the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father, and He will not come to live within the body of one who is disobedient to His commands.
Isaiah 5:24 bears repeating: “So, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and the flame burns up the chaff; their root shall be like rottenness, and their blossoms shall go up like dust, because they have rejected the Torah of YHVH of Hosts and despised the Word of the Holy One of Israel.”
If you do not obey His Word, you have rejected it. And, if you have rejected it, you have despised it. If you have despised the Torah, you have despised YHVH Himself. And one who despises YHVH and the Torah also despises the Son, for Y’hoshua said, “I and the Father are One!” John 10:30
If you profess to belong to the Moshiach, then you must believe what He said, “For I have come down out of Heaven, not that I should do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 5:38
As you ponder the words in these Scriptures, and consider the pathway you have chosen, also consider the following:
Reference Daniel 7:25, where Daniel describes two actions the false messiah will take: “And he intends to change times and law.”
Times = the appointed times of YHVH = the feasts of YHVH.
Law = the Royal edicts and statutes of YHVH = the Torah.
Isn’t this what Christianity has already done?
They do not keep the appointed times of YHVH, which is very sad, as His feasts teach about the Moshiach. Instead they have substituted their own celebrations – the traditions of men – and twisted the meaning of the Scriptures so that they can disobey YHVH and call it good!
But what does YHVH say? “ . . . I, YHVH, change not.”
You have a choice today. Are you going to follow the pathway of the false messiah, or will you follow the true Moshiach in obedience to YHVH Elohim? Just remember that your eternal destination depends upon the decision you make!