22 June 2020
Series: Bible study
Topic: The Torah
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The Torah, a light for us

Speaker: Apostle Ernie

In Deut 6:4-7, we read, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

In Mark 12:28-31, Yeshua says the most important commandment in the Torah is Yehovah is one God, and we should love Him with all our heart, soul, and strength. Yeshua tells His disciples to obey Deut 6:4-7 shows us how Yeshua did not come to do away with the Torah. At the same time, what Yeshua says in Mark 12:28-31, challenges what is called the trinity doctrine and 99% of all worship songs written in the Christian church today. Yeshua told us Yehovah is 1 God, and to worship Yehovah, the Christian Church says Yehovah is three in one, and we are to worship Yeshua.  

If Yeshua is your Lord, then it is impossible to believe in the trinity because such a belief will be a sin, according to Deut 6:4-7 and Mark 12:28-31. If you have followed my teachings for some time now, you will know the trinity doctrine has its roots in the heresy of Marcion, Simon Magus, and Cerdo. It would also be a sin to worship Yeshua instead of Yehovah. When the church worships a Jesus who came to “do away with the Torah,” then they are worshiping a different Jesus then the Yeshua we read about in the Bible.

Does that mean Yeshua is not God? 

John 1 says Yeshua is the Torah; the Torah is the essence, character, and personality of Yehovah. So by saying Yeshua is not God, you are saying the Torah is not who Yehovah is. So there is no question about it, Yeshua is God because He is Yehovahs essence, character, and personality. But at the same time, He is not Yehovah, the Father. So be very careful you do not make the false assumption Yeshua is not God. 

In Deut 8:10, we read, “When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.”

When our forefathers left Egypt, Yehovah fed them with Mannah in the desert and quail. They were never hungry; they never lacked food, but they got so sick and tired of the same food day in and day out they started complaining. When Yehovah blesses us with food, but we are not grateful for it, He sees it as a sin. This is what this commandment tells us; we are to be thankful to Yehovah for our food even though it might not be what we would like it to be. We want a stake, but He gave us a salad or bread, so we are thankful for blessing us with a salad or bread, so we did not have to go hungry that day. We have to learn how to be grateful and trust Yehovah for His blessings, even though they might not be what we would have liked them to be. When our forefathers trusted Him, they were able to enter the promised land. When our forefathers complained to Him, He killed them all in the desert. 

In Lev 19:18, we read, “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am Yehovah.”

This is what Yeshua is teaching on in Matt 18:21-22 and Paul in Romans 12:19.

Christians and fellow believers will sometimes hurt us and sin against us. When that happens, we are to forgive them and not seek revenge or bear a grudge against them. We are to trust Yehovah to take care of us and make sure we will see justice in the end, if we leave it up to Him. 

What about unbelievers? 

This commandment deals only with fellow believers, not with unbelievers. 

We read, in Lev 19:17, “Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt.”

This commandment is repeated in Matt 5:21, 1.John 3:15. Hate is a sin, and we are not to hate our fellow believers. 

Then it goes on to say; we are to rebuke our fellow believers so we will not share in their guilt. This is a fundamental commandment in the Torah. When we see a brother or a sister in Christ sinning, and we dont rebuke them for it, we will share in their guilt. 

What does it mean to “share in their guilt?”

This commandment deals only with believers, but we see as a God pattern, how believers share in the guilt of unbelievers. 

If we live in a nation or work with an employer who sins but is not a believer, we will share in their collective guilt if we are passive. We see this illustrated in the life of Lot. Lot was vexed and grieved in his spirit, but he never openly rebuked the sins of the citizens in Sodom and Gomorrah. The commandment in Lev 19:17 is a call to action when we see believers sinning; we are to rebuke them for it. 

In Ex 23:5, we read, “If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help them with it.”

It is easy to help those who love us, but it is not that easy to help those who hate us. Yeshua repeats this commandment in Matt 5:44 and tells us to love and to show our love in action for those who hate us. So show your enemy love, by helping them. 

In Deut 22:4, we read, “If you see your fellow Israelite’s donkey or ox fallen on the road, do not ignore it. Help the owner get it to its feet.”

This is the same as in Ex 23:5 and Matt 5:44, but this time it is about those who do love us. If we see a fellow believer in need, we are to help them as best we can, and dont ignore their needs. 

In Ex 20:3, we read, “Thou shall have no other gods before me.”

This commandment is very straightforward; Yehovah is telling us not to even think of worshiping other gods, worship, serve, and obey only Me. 

Is this the Christian church being obedient to this? 

The short answer is no; the Christian church has rejected Yehovah and Yeshua in favor of Jesus. Jesus worshiped in the Christian church has rejected the Torah. This is the Jesus of Marcion, Simon Magius, and Cerdo, not the Yeshua we read about in the Bible.

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