Monday, August 22, 2011

Walk as He walked

It is written that we are to walk as the Messiah walked. The Christian Church however teaches us that we do not have to walk as He walked. One has to make the decision to either follow what the Church teaches, or what the Scripture teaches. The Messiah walked in Truth and kept all of the Torah of His Father and taught us to do the same.
While your minds became sanctified by OBEDIENCE to the truth; and you be full of love, without respect of persons, so that you love one another out of a pure and perfect heart; like persons born anew, not of seed that perishes but of that which doth not perish, by the Living Word of Elohim who abides forever. Because all flesh is as grass and all its beauty like the flower of the field. The grass dries up and the flower withers away; BUT THE WORD OF ELOHIM (TORAH) ABIDES FOREVER: and this is the word that is announced to you” (1 Peter 1:22-25).

Quoting Isaiah 40:6-8 indicating the Word of YHWH is Y’hoshua Mashiyach, and Mashiyach is the Word of YHWH – which is very opposite to the Christian teaching that the Word of YHWH, or Torah, was done away with by Jesus! Y’hoshua’s followers, Jewish or not, are Torah observant because they recognize this very important fact, that the Word of our Elohim abides forever!

Therefore, cease all evil and all deceit and hypocrisy and jealousy and backbiting. And be like very small children; and crave the Word, as being the pure spiritual milk by which you are nourished up to life; if you have tasted and seen that Master YHWH is good: to whom you have come because He is a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but with Elohim elect and precious” (1 Peter 2:1-4).

What Peter is teaching here is that in order to be part of the following of the Messiah, you need to stop sinning. He goes on by saying that we must become like little children, not to be childish, but to be child like who is willing to learn so that we crave to learn the Torah so that we can learn what the perfect Will of our "Daddy" (YHWH) is and do it. We are to do so just as children love their fathers and try and imitate them in every way. So also is our relationship with the Father in heaven, out of our love for Him, we learn what He desires from us and follow His Instruction. Peter is teaching new believers and telling them that they must go and learn the Word of YHWH (Torah) and as they learn, they must also do.

This teaching by Peter goes hand in hand with what was decided and taught by the Shlichim (taught one's) in Acts 15:28-29 “For it seemed good to the Set-apart Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessities: that you abstain from what is offered to idols, and blood, and what is strangled, and whoring. If you keep yourselves from these, you shall do well. Be strong!” James made this decision because of the religious fanatics telling the people that if they want to convert to the faith of Y’hoshua that they have to immediately be circumcised and do every law in order to be saved. What was decided then by the Disciples is that this is not what is required immediately as the true faith of Y’hoshua is one of love and not of religious traditions, which drove many new converts away because of the immediate difficulty. The Disciples were in no way teaching that the rest of the Torah should not be observed by them or that they do not have to be circumcised, but rather that the new converts should only abstain from the four above mentioned commands straight away, and then out of their love for the Creator and His Messiah, will learn what His perfect Will is and do it, which is the Torah.

My beloved, I entreat you as strangers and pilgrims, separate yourselves from ALL lusts of the body, for they war against the soul. And let your behavior be honorable before all men; so that they who utter evil speeches against you, may see your good actions and may praise Elohim in the day of trial” (1 Peter 2:11-12). What then are these lusts of the body? Sin is being spoken of here, anything that goes against the Torah of YHWH is not the perfect Will of YHWH and therefore not of YHWH but is rather the lusts of the body. Y’hoshua the Messiah came not only to shed His blood for the forgiveness of our sins, but just as importantly, gave us an example of how we should live. He taught us to walk as He walked by obeying the Will of His Father in heaven. “For I gave you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (John 13:15) “For to this you were called, because Messiah also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps, who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth, who, being reviled, did not revile in return; suffering, did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously” (1 Peter 2:21-23). If we claim to follow the Messiah, then it should be obvious to the people by our actions as we are to walk as He walked by keeping the Torah of His Father, and if we don’t, it is clear evidence that we do not follow Him, but rather follow the lusts of our flesh. “The one who says he stays in Him ought himself also to walk, even as He walked” (1 John 2:6)

We can clearly see from the following verse, that the new believers were to go to Synagogues and read Torah every SABBATH. For from ancient generations Mosheh has, in every city, those proclaiming him –being read in the congregations every Sabbath.” (Acts 15:21)

It is very clear that to be followers of the Messiah, that we have to stop sinning. Not because of religious traditions, but rather because of our love for Him and His Father. We are to be like little children who crave the Word (Torah) of YHWH so that we can learn to do what is right. Doing anything other than what is written in the Torah of YHWH is following the lusts of the flesh which is clearly forbidden as it wars against the soul.

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