7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
Philippians 3:7-8 (KJV)
Loss – As a Pharisee, Paul was taught the law. This meant that he was taught to love God with all his heart, soul, and might (Deuteronomy 6:5). He was taught to love his neighbor (Leviticus 19:18). He was taught not to murder, not to commit adultery, not to steal (Exodus 20:13-15). Paul was taught to honor his parents (Exodus 20:12) and to wear tassels on his clothing (Numbers 15:38). He learned to eat only clean meats (Leviticus 11), and provide for the orphans and widows (Exodus 22:22). But yet, in Paul’s letters to the Philippians, he seems to suggest that this is all dung, or considered loss at the knowledge of Christ? Does that sit well with you? Continue reading “Loss is Subjective”
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Matthew 25: 35-40 (KJV)
A couple weeks ago, I showed how Apostle Paul taught from the Talmud, the Jewish Oral Law. I explained that these Jewish men were whole-heartedly Jews to the core, and practiced both Oral and Written Torah. They were products of their culture. Today, we’ll see that Yeshua was as well. Continue reading “Yeshua Teaches the Talmud”
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Titus 3:7 (KJV)
Eternal – Think about all the times you read the word “eternal” in the New Testament. It probably showed up as “eternal life” for most of those times. We believe we have this gift of eternal life by the grace of Yeshua, and this belief provides hope, comfort, and peace.
Continue reading “Is Everlasting Really Eternal?”
9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
Hebrews 4:9-11 (KJV)
That rest – The argument presented by the author of the book of Hebrews isn’t new. In chapter 4, he explains that while there is one type of rest (the seventh-day Sabbath) there is also a final rest which is to come. Many Christians today use this to justify a spiritual Sabbath. And because there is a spiritual Sabbath, then there’s really no need to keep the literal seven-day Sabbath anymore… because, hey, we’re spiritual, right? Continue reading “Enter Into That Rest”
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
Ephesians 5:22-28 (KJV)
There’s no doubt that Paul was a great mind who resolved many of the issues relating to the Gentiles as they became newly grafted-in Israelites. His writings, when understood in proper context are filled with wisdom. But Paul was also a product of his culture. He was a Pharisee who knew the Talmud, including the Mishnah, and used the Oral Law in his own instructions. Continue reading “Paul Teaches the Talmud”
Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon?
Mark 6:3 (KJV)
Carpenter – Have you ever been to Israel? If not, then this verse probably holds no real challenge, but if you have, or have studied the environment, you might take issue with Yeshua’s occupation. Continue reading “An Impossible Occupation”
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Fool – What is the difference between “raca” and “fool” in this context? Why does one result in a different punishment from the other? Can you ascertain the difference from just reading the text in English? Of course not. You have to go further. It requires study. What is Yeshua really saying here? Continue reading “Relationship, Relationship, Relationship”
But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Matthew 15:24 (KJV)
Lost sheep of the house of Israel – This is what it’s all about. If we don’t understand this, then we don’t understand why Yeshua was sent. Despite the claims of anyone else, Yeshua Himself states that He was only sent for the lost sheep of the house of Israel. No one else. Continue reading “What It’s All About”
“Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
Matthew 15:2 (NIV)
Before they eat – There’s a lot going on here that non-Jews may not realize. In fact there’s a lot going on which the NIV completely misses and therefor misinterprets. It all has to do with the Jewish halacha (Talmudic law) of washing hands before/after eating a meal that involved bread. Continue reading “Washing Hands”
Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.
Matthew 26:65 (KJV)
Rent his clothes – Caiaphas, the high priest, was so furious that he rent, or tore, his clothing. What’s the big deal? Why does the story tell us that he ripped his own clothing? Because this is the defining moment. Continue reading “When did Yeshua become the High Priest?”