It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Lord of the Rings”
Two or three evenings ago, my eldest son read some information to me regarding the growing global fertility crisis. He is working on his Masters level degree as a Nurse Practitioner and is immersed in all things health related, so his interest being peaked by a report on fertility rates crashing was no surprise.
We had an excellent discussion about the relationship between the fertility rate and the rate at which women embrace the God-ordained role of bearing children and caring for the home instead of pursuing education and careers. I further explained that reversing this and walking according to Scripture in the whole area of patriarchy, family structure and marriage is imperative for the restoration of kol Israel. (Did I mention this blog has a whole series on the subject?)Continue reading “The Global Fertility Crash”
What does it mean to ‘walk by the Spirit’ and how does one do it?
Gal. 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
One of the great questions in Christendom is ‘how does one walk by the Spirit?’ The answer from Scripture is really quite simple, however, millennia of errant understanding and wrong interpretation of Scripture create a convoluted maze that avoids the simple answer from the text. What I will attempt to do for you, dear reader, is to begin to unravel this Gordian knot and provide you with a very sharp knife that will bring clarity on this subject enabling you to know exactly what to do to ‘walk by the Spirit.’
We will return to Galatians 5, a most often misunderstood passage. First, let us consider a parallel Pauline passage from Continue reading “The Secret to Walking by the Spirit”
Acts 21:20 relates that a mark of the apostolic kahal/ekklesia/congregation was being zealous for the Law.
How does the Church today view those ‘zealous for the Law?’. How does God view those ‘zealous for the Law?’
If the Law, the Torah, defines sin and righteousness, how should we view those who denigrate or teach against lawFULL behavior? Is it just possible that Christendom is wrong and walking contrary to God’s ways? Is it possible that for the last 1800+ years Christian pastors and theologians commit the same error of the religious leaders Yeshua chastised for elevating their traditions above the simple written Word?
God’s Word says that the Torah brings life, righteousness, blessings and sanctification. Are you keeping the Sabbath, His Feasts, a clean diet, etc? Pete Rambo doesn’t say that is ‘the Way,’ God does.
Shema!! Yeshua died to redeem you from lawLESSness so that you might walk lawfully.
… Messiah Yeshua… gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
Titus 2 NASB
How did Noah know what was clean and unclean? Did he guess?
Christendom believes only two of unclean showed up and seven pair of the clean, however that doesn’t answer the specificity of God telling Noah to ‘take.’
When combined with the dozens of other Torah specific commands obeyed throughout Genesis the glaring conclusion is that Noah knew exactly what the Almighty told him because he had the Torah, handed down from his father’s.
Clearly, the Torah was in, even before, Gan Eden, and it is God’s instructions for righteous living to all mankind.
Rom. 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
Multiple Scriptures testify to the fact that the Gospel existed before the coming of the expected Messiah.
Gal. 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
And, from Hebrews,
Heb. 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
The everlasting unchanging Word of God? Or, was the author of Psalm 119 just a misguided dreamer when he said, ‘forever?’
I suggest you RESOLVE to keep the Torah, including the statutes and judgments!!
Here’s a quick/fun post… The other day I used tzitzits as a case study for how we can learn to keep commands and allow others to interpret commands for themselves within the lines Abba has given us.
A friend sent me a link for a website advertising “Tzitzit in a Snap.” Neither he, nor I have any affiliation and I do not normally promote businesses, but I thought this interesting enough in the wake of our previous discussion that I decided to share it.
(Personally, I was drooling all over their attache case… LOL! Very 30’s Casablanca-esque… I have no need of one, but it sure is purty.)
The tzitzits at left are a pretty classic example of one person’s interpretation that fits the spirit of the command, but might ruffle some feathers… Do we learn to walk at peace and let people be obedient with ‘different colors’ while still ‘coloring within the lines,’ or do we demand that they fit our box? What do you think of these?
The Psalms are clear that David, a man after God’s own heart, delighted in Yehovah’s instructions (Torah). If we desire the heart of God, should we do any differently?
Put another way, David understood that righteousness was obedience to God’s Instructions, but the Church teaches that obedience is bondage and an affront to the righteousness of Messiah. Who do we believe, David and the Son of David (Mark 10:17-22), or traditions of men?
David said, “I DELIGHT to do thy will…Your Torah is within my Heart.”. Do we delight in His Torah, or do we call ‘good’ ‘evil?’