The church was now God’s true synagogue, and its people the new Israel. The purpose of the office was to create a new society, the Kingdom of God, to institute the new creation by means of the discipline of its law-world. The seal of God’s approval on the church as the new Israel, and the elders as the new office-bearers of God’s law, was the laying on of hands and the implied anointing of the Holy Ghost (1 Timothy 4:14).
Rousas John Rushdoony
New Israel – It has long been the belief of many Christian religions that they are the New Israel. This term is not owned by any one religion. With the advent of the separation of Christianity from Judaism due to the Ecumenical councils, the church had to find another way to declare their importance in God’s plan and establish themselves as God’s chosen people.
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The Talmud is Hebrew for “learning.” Interesting that the Torah means “teachings” and the Talmud means “learning.”
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I spend a lot of time researching and writing articles for this website. It’s been a project of mine since 2014. My cadence is normally about one article per week because 1) it’s all the time I have, and 2) It doesn’t overwhelm my audience with posts. This site is an effort to document my journey and relationship with YHVH and I’d like to take a moment to look back at 2019.
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A VERY LARGE OAK was uprooted by the wind and thrown across a stream. It fell among some Reeds, which it thus addressed: “I wonder how you, who are so light and weak, are not entirely crushed by these strong winds.” They replied, “You fight and contend with the wind, and consequently you are destroyed; while we on the contrary bend before the least breath of air, and therefore remain unbroken, and escape.”The Oak and the Reeds, an Aesop fable
I often think about the leadership of communities and their unwillingness to change or grow. This Aesop fable is a particularly good example of this message.
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We know that the offering of Yeshua as a sacrifice can be symbolically attributed to all the various Levitical offerings outlined in the Torah. In this, we recognize the work of Yeshua and value His purpose for being sent. This doesn’t mean that Yeshua did away with the sacrifices of old, but rather that He was symbolically a manifestation of them in a variety of ways.
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These are the weekly Torah portions along with the Haftarah and New Testament counterparts. The instruction and schedule of the Torah portions is believed to be given by Ezra the Scribe. To know which Torah portion is read this week, one must consult a Jewish calendar.
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The relationship between YHVH and Yeshua is a hot topic among many. I’m content to express that I don’t fully understand how it works. I accept what the New Testament authors state as important for any believer – Yeshua is the Son of God – simply that. (1 John 4:15)
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“But we’re spiritual now”
Isn’t this the reply of every Christian when justifying their disobedience? We don’t need to keep the physical law, we’re spiritual. Continue reading “But We’re Spiritual Now”
It is customary to blame secular science and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse of religion in modern society. It would be more honest to blame religion for its own defeats. Religion declined not because it was refuted, but because it became irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid. When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion — its message becomes meaningless.
Abraham Heschel, God in Search of Man
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