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TorahIs4Today

Pre-Sinaitic Torah

7/25/2014 by J.A. Brown

Introduction

With the Messianic/Hebrew Roots movements (or whatever you prefer to call them) rising in prominence, more and more people are beginning to see Torah through a new lens. Now that is not to say that we all see it through the same lens, but with resources abounding today in the form of concordances, lexicons and the mighty Internet, Truth is being spread rather rapidly. People are leaving the Christian “Church” in droves, recognizing that it is an apostate body that has rejected the Commands of YHWH Elohim, and instead chosen the doctrines, philosophies, and commands of men. Yet for the many that are now studying Hebrew and/or keeping Torah, the question often comes up: did Torah exist prior to being given at Mount Sinai? Christian scholars (and even some Jewish ones) are quick to say, ‘no,’ but is there actual evidence within the…

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Love never failsLove, Passion and Sex.  Wrath, Fury and Jealousy

Each of these words has a physical and spiritual meaning.   We can attempt to understand the Spirit of our Creator with our finite logic or we can humbly acknowledge our own physical darkness and His Spiritual Light.

As a human, who once allowed my feelings or emotions to reign, I have experienced some extreme Mt.top highs and the lowest of depths.  This is my lesson of learning, to show just how great the contrast really is between our temporary human perceptions and lasting spiritual realities.

“My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares YHVH.  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”  Isaiah 55:8,9.

Human Love, Passion and Sex

 The Quest to stay on That Fleeting Mt. Top of Happiness

I thought to myself, this must be what true love feels like!  The symptoms of infatuation began to make my heart rate accelerate, I had more energy, a bounce in my step, a smile on my face.  I was consumed with thoughts of my new found love from the first thing in the morning until I fell asleep at night.  My heart didn’t touch the ground for over a year and I was certain it was mutual.  I couldn’t wait to say our wedding vows, including the words of 1 Corinthians 13:8, “Love never fails.”

What Kind of Love Never Fails?

YHVH’s Love is unfailing, steadfast, never-ending, does not forsake, leave, or withdraw, it’s an unchanging Loyalty and commitment that does not fluctuate or have anything to do with our fickle human feelings of love.

If someone “makes us feel happy” we are revealing our feelings are in complete control and giving them the power over how we feel.

To say the least, human passion is a powerful feeling.  Those who do not learn to master their feelings will be mastered by them. Genesis 4:7  Giving into human feelings can make us do things you never dreamed we would do.  Like puppet strings, it may be fun to feel their control in the high places.  Being in bondage to those strings will also take you down.

Wrath, Fury and Jealousy

By the second year of marriage those Mt.Top memories had long since been obscured by feelings of disappointment, sorrow and loneliness.  The man I had once acclaimed for my happiness was not the blame for my emotional pain.

I experienced feelings of jealousy when the marriage was first threatened.  Even I was shocked by the fury and wrath that flowed through my body, like a Mamma bear, I felt capable of shredding the enemy with my bare hands.  Those feelings I’d once called love paled in comparison to the depth of my hate.

Our divorce plagued me like a death, any good memories had been separated by association.  Pretending a sacred covenant of marriage hadn’t been broken was impossible.  I was constantly reminded of the crumbling foundation my marriage had been built on, fluctuating feelings, instead of YHVH’s Loyal Covenant Love.

It took well over a decade before I learned to recognize the difference between human feelings and Spiritual obedience.  Although humans have feelings they are instructed control them and not be controlled by them, Ephesians 4:26.

Truth about Love, Passion, Sex

In contrast to my story above, YHVH’s Love does not fluctuate, He is Love, 1 John 4:16.  His Covenant Loyalty is an unfailing spiritual obedience, devoid of any fluctuating human feelings.  He is Spirit, John 4:24. He is not needy or insecure for anything or anyone to make Him feel happy.  YHVH is One, Complete and Whole, Deuteronomy 6:4.

Our Creator’s passion can not be compared with human passion.  One is selfless and the other is selfish.  His instructions are given for our good.  Our perversion of His teaching, to keep sex exclusively within a Loyal Marriage Covenant, has destructive consequences.

Wrath, Fury and Jealousy 

YHVH’s Wrath, (same word as Passion in Hebrew), Fury and Jealousy are not to be equated with human feelings.  YHVH is completely Good, Just and Right.  To be jealous of what threatens those you love is not wrong.  It is our human nature that turns them into something selfish.  Our physical concepts are only a shadow of Spiritual reality.

When we read phrases about YHVH’s, Cup of Wrath, Fury, Anger etc.we need to make sure not to project our human thinking onto anything YHVH has purposed for mankind’s ultimate Good. Romans 8:28Psalm 119:75Hebrews 12:10

Psalm 66:10  “For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver.”

Our Loving Father disciplines those He loves, Hebrews 12:6 . Guiding, testing and proving us, training us in the way that leads to lasting Life.

Loyal Covenant Love does Not Fail.  It perseveres, conquers, overcomes and endures.

Covenant Loyalty is a choice, whether in marriage or toward our obedience to do Right in reverence, honor and Love toward our Creator.  We can be assured the difficulties we face, during this very temporary time on earth, are the very things setting us free, Psalm 105:19

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Bereans

“Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so” Acts 17:11

Who were these noble-minded people of Berea?  From verse 10 we know they were Judean and met in a Synagogue in Berea.  Berea was located in South Western Macedonia, South of Thessaloniki and North of Kosovo, between Albania and Bulgaria.

What else do we know just from reading verses 10 and 11 of Acts 17?  The Bereans were not like the Thessalonians.

The Bereans examined the Scriptures daily to check to see if any new teaching was true or false.  They received Paul’s message of the Good News of God’s Kingdom eagerly.  Unlike the Thessalonians they were not fearful of false prophets because they knew how to check for Truth by holding it up to the plum line of YHVH’s unchanging Truth.

The Scriptures consisted of the Torah and the Prophets, those who spoke the Words of YHVH.

These were the Scriptures Y’shuah referred to as testifying about Him, John 5:39.

“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”  Luke 24:27

You know we still have access to the same plum line of Truth that the Berean’s examined daily.  We do not need to fear being deceived by any new teachings, doctrines or opinions that don’t align with the Light of Truth.

“even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel (Good News) contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed” Galatians 1:8

“The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles (all peoples) by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU.” Galatians 3:8

Still today we see how many, like the Thessalonians, are not open to searching out what is True.  To be close minded and opinionated comes from fear.   Whether we fear being deceived or we are just too proud to reassess some of our comfortable traditions and customs, fear shows itself in every indignant, prideful and hate-filled reaction.

“He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way.”  Psalm 25:9

Are you confused, angry or just plain fed up with all the religious divisions in the world?  Truth tells us God is One, so there cannot be any division in Truth.  Yet I was being blown around like a wave in the sea by every influential teacher I heard.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.    Proverbs 3:5

For True Peace of Mind, Seek Truth from your Creator, do not put your trust in any human understanding. Psalm 118:8Isaiah 2:22

We are only teachable when we are humble, with a child-like attitude.  As adults we have a hard time letting go of the teachings, doctrines, traditions and human opinions we have grown accustomed to.  It requires great courage and trust to be Set apart.

The Way of Truth is Counter-Cultural.  The way of the world is not the way of Truth.  Following the Way of Truth is the difficult Way.

Truth is not an opinion to argue or defend, that would be like arguing gravity.  It requires only that someone hold up a Plum bob to show reality.  The Truth has been revealed to all mankind, like a light in the darkness, it always was, is and always will be Truth.

Truth seekers have no concern about which person to follow or whom to ask about Truth because YHVH has put His Spirit of Truth in each one of us, young and old..  He is the One we ask, the One we teach our children to seek diligently and the only One we trust.  We are no longer dead, (separated) spiritually because of our iniquity, check and see.   Jeremiah 31:33,34.

“AND THEIR INIQUITIES AND THEIR OFFENSIVE DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.”  Hebrews 10:17

“HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!” Isaiah 52:7Romans 10:15Isaiah 61:1Luke 4:18

.Y’shuah did not come to change one letter of the Torah and the Prophets but to fulfill what was prophesied and foreshadowed, in the Truth, about Himself, Matthew 5:17

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