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Doing Right Things Right

This week, Don continues his study on the Sermon on the Mount into Matthew Chapter 6. Blessings and enjoy!

Sitting at the Feet of Yeshua

In this post, we continue our study of the Sermon on the Mount by turning to Matthew Chapter 6.

As a quick reminder, in Chapter 5 we learned about the characteristics of a blessed Believer.  We learned how blessed are those who wait upon the Lord; who passionately pursue God; who truly live out the Golden Rule; and, who make peace even when confronted with persecution.  We also learned that by our character and deeds, we are to make our influencing faith a force for good in the lives of our neighbors by being salt and light.

We also concentrated on what I called the Eternal Torah.  In the Torah, God reveals His standards for holy living.  Yeshua completed the Torah; He did NOT abolish the Torah.  He came to bring us back to God’s original intent of His instructions to Israel, so that by grace we may learn to live a Torah-observant lifestyle.  We also looked at Yeshua’s teaching on murder, adultery, divorce, taking of vows, retaliation and loving our enemies.  In this post, we will concentrate on Yeshua’s teaching regarding acts of righteousness………read the rest of the post here: Doing Right Things Right

 

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The Eternal Torah ~ Part 8

It’s Monday, and time to continue this great study from Don at My Heart Is For Israel. Blessings and enjoy!

Sitting at the Feet of Yeshua

We continue our quest to explore what I have been calling the Eternal Torah.  We’ve looked at Yeshua’s teaching on murder, adultery, divorce, taking of oaths, retaliation & giving.  In this post, will finish looking at what Yeshua himself says about the last of six important topics contained in the Torah ~ love your enemy.

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

“You have heard that our fathers were told, ‘Love your neighbor – and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! Then you will become children of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun shine on good and bad people alike, and he sends rain to the righteous and the unrighteous alike. What reward do you get if you love only those who love you? Why, even tax-collectors do that! And if you are friendly only to your friends, are you doing anything out of the ordinary? Even the Goyim do that! Therefore, be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43-48)

There is no other passage of the Brit Hadashah that contains such a concentrated expression of Messiah-like ethics for personal relations.

The Tanakh taught that we should love our neighbor, but nowhere does it say to hate your enemies.  Passages such as Sh’mot 23:4-5 indicate just the opposite!  Unfortunately, hating your enemies was a man-made regulation.  Yeshua defined our enemies as those who curse us, hate us, and exploit us selfishly.  Since love is an act of the will, and not simply an emotion, He has the right to command us to love our enemies.  After all, He loved us when we were His enemies (see Romans 5:10).

We may show this love by blessing those who curse us, doing good to them, and praying for them.  When we pray for our enemies, we find it easier to love them.  It takes the “poison” out of our heart attitudes.

When we study this passage we must first try to find out what Yeshua was really saying, and what he was demanding of His followers.  If we are to try to live this out, we must obviously first of all be quite clear as to what it is asking.  What does Yeshua mean by loving our enemies?……read the rest of the post here: The Eternal Torah ~ Part 8

The Eternal Torah ~ Part 7

It’s Monday night, and time for another installment of Don’s great study of the Sermon on the Mount. Blessings and enjoy!

Sitting at the Feet of Yeshua

We continue our quest to explore what I have been calling the Eternal Torah.  We’ve looked at Yeshua’s teaching on murder, adultery, divorce, and taking of oaths.  In this post, will begin to take a closer look at what Yeshua himself says about the fifth of six important topics contained in the Torah ~ retaliation & giving.

Retaliation

“You have heard that our fathers were told, ‘Eye for eye and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you not to stand up against someone who does you wrong. On the contrary, if someone hits you on the right cheek, let him hit you on the left cheek too! If someone wants to sue you for your shirt, let him have your coat as well! And if a soldier forces you to carry his pack for one mile, carry it for two! When someone asks you for something, give it to him; when someone wants to borrow something from you, lend it to him.”  (Matthew 5:38-42)

Now this is certainly a passage that has had some really bizarre interpretations in the past.  To properly understand what Yeshua is teaching to us in this passage, we really need to understand the context of the Jewish culture of the time……read the rest of the post here:The Eternal Torah ~ Part 7

The Eternal Torah ~ Part 6

Well, now that church camp is over, we can get back to our regular Monday night installment of this great series by Don at My Heart Is For Israel

Sitting at the Feet of Yeshua

We continue our quest to explore what I have been calling the Eternal Torah.  In the Torah, God revealed His standards for holy living.  Yeshua said that He came to complete the Torah.  That is, He came to bring us back to God’s original intent of His instructions to Israel.  The Torah has always pointed the way to the Messiah.  But Yeshua said that the true righteousness that pleases God must exceed that of the Torah-teachers and the P’rushim.

We’ve looked at Yeshua’s teaching on murder, adultery and divorce.  In this post, will begin to take a closer look at what Yeshua himself says about the fourth of six important topics contained in the Torah ~ do not use the Lord’s name in vain.

My Word Is My Bond

“Again, you have heard that our fathers were told, ‘Do not break your oath,’ and ‘Keep your vows to Adonai.’ But I tell you not to swear at all – not ‘by heaven,’ because it is God’s throne; not ‘by the earth,’ because it is His footstool, and not ‘by Yerushalayim,’ because it is the city of the Great King. And don’t swear by your head, because you can’t make a single hair white or black. Just let your ‘Yes’ be a simple ‘Yes,’ and your “No’ a simple ‘No;’ anything more than this has its origin in evil.” (Matthew 5:33-37)

These verses can be wrapped up in one simple phrase: “My word is my bond.” Yeshua taught that our statements should be so honest and our character so true, that we would not need to take an oath to get people to believe us.  Spoken words depend on the character of the speaker and oaths cannot compensate for a poor character.  “When words are many, sin is not lacking; so he who controls his speech is wise” (Proverbs 10:19).  The more words a man uses to convince us, the more suspicious we should be…….read the rest of the post here: The Eternal Torah ~ Part 6

The Eternal Torah ~ Part 5

It’s Monday evening and time for Don’s continuing series on the Sermon on the Mount.

Sitting at the Feet of Yeshua

“We continue our quest to explore what I have been calling the Eternal Torah.  In this post, will begin to take a closer look at what Yeshua himself says about the second and third of six important topics contained in the Torah ~ adultery and divorce.

Do Not Commit Adultery

“You have heard that our fathers were told: ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that a man who even looks at a woman with the purpose of lusting after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28)

The Torah is crystal clear:  “Do not commit adultery” (Sh’mot 20:14).  So serious a view did the Jewish teachers take of adultery that the guilty parties were stoned to death (Vayikra 20:10).  Once again, Yeshua states that not only the forbidden action, but also the forbidden thought is guilty in the sight of God.  Remember President Carter’s admission of lusting in his heart?Yeshua affirmed God’s law of purity, and then explained that the intent of this law was to reveal the sanctity of sex and the sinfulness of the human heart.  God created and protects sex.  He has the authority to regulate it and to punish those who rebel against His laws.  He does not regulate sex because He wants to rob us, but rather, because He wants to bless us.  Whenever God says, “No” it is that He might later say, “Yes.”

Sexual impurity begins in the desires of the heart.  The desire and the deed are not identical, but spiritually speaking they are equivalent.  The “look” that Yeshua mentioned was not a casual glance, but a constant stare with the purpose of lusting.  It is possible for a man to glance at a beautiful woman and know that she is beautiful, but not lust after her.  There is an extremely fine line, however, between admiring God’s creative beauty and lusting in your heart.  The man Yeshua described looked at the woman for the purpose of feeding his inner sensual appetites as a substitute for the act.  It was not accidental; it was planned…..read the rest of the post here: The Eternal Torah ~ Part 5

The Eternal Torah ~ Part 3

It’s Monday night and time for another installment of this wonderful study on the Sermon on the Mount by Don. Blessings and enjoy!

Sitting at the Feet of Yeshua

 We continue our quest to explore what I have been calling the Eternal Torah.  In this post, will begin to take a closer look at what Yeshua himself says about six important topics contained in the Torah.

As stated in previous posts, God revealed His standards for holy living in the Torah.  The P’rushim defended the Torah and sought to obey it.  But over time, they had added their own interpretations and a minutia of rules and regulations.  Their relationship with Adonai had gone from one of worship and faith to a religion of works.

Yeshua said that He came to complete the Torah.  That is, He came to bring us back to God’s original intent of His instructions to Israel.  The Torah has always pointed the way to the Messiah.  But Yeshua also said that the true righteousness that pleases God must exceed that of the Torah-teachers and the P’rushim.  The person who says that he “lives by the Sermon on the Mount” may not realize that the Sermon on the Mount is far more difficult to keep than the original Ten Commandments!  We will find that out in more detail momentarily.

How can we complete the Torah?  We complete the Torah by yielding to the Ruach HaKodesh and allowing Him to work in our lives.  Sha’ul writes in Romans 8:1-3, “Therefore, there is no longer any condemnation awaiting those who are in union with the Messiah Yeshua. Why? Because the Torah of the Spirit, which produces this life in union with Messiah Yeshua, has not set me free from theTorah” of sin and death. For what the Torah could not do by itself, because it lacked the power to make the old nature cooperate, God did by sending his own Son as a human being with a nature like our own sinful one [but without sin]. God did this in order to deal with sin and in so doing he executed the punishment against sin in human nature…”. The Ruach HaKodesh enables us to experience the “righteousness of the Torah” in daily life.

In our next passage of scripture, we will be looking at six areas of righteous living that Yeshua used as an example of how we are to exceed the righteousness of the P’rushim (see discussion of Matthew 5:20 in Eternal Torah ~ Part 2) as we continue in our study of what I call the Eternal Torah.

Matthew 5:21–48 is considered by many as the Morality Code of Yeshua.  It describes for us how righteousness should be worked out in our daily lives.  Consequently, this section of the teaching is one of the most important in the whole Brit Hadassah.  Before we deal with it in detail, there are some general things that we should note……Read the rest of the post here: The Eternal Torah ~ Part 3

The Eternal Torah ~ Part 2

Part two of The Eternal Torah by Don. Blessings and enjoy!


 

 In my last post, we began to examine what I call the Eternal Torah based upon Matthew 5:17-20.  I began a brief history lesson as background.  In this post, we will look at each phrase more deeply.

“Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete.” ~ Matthew 5:17

Yeshua said that he had not come to destroy the Torah, but to complete the Torah.  That is to say, He came really to bring out the real meaning of the Torah.  What was the real meaning of the Torah?  Even behind the Oral Torah there was one great principle, which the Torah-teachers and the P’rushim had imperfectly grasped.  The one great principle was that in all things a man must seek God’s will, and that, when he knows it, he must dedicate his whole life to the obeying of it. The Torah-teachers and P’rushim were right in seeking God’s will, and profoundly right in dedicating their lives to obeying it; they were wrong in finding that will in their man-made hordes of rules and regulations….Read the rest of the post here: The Eternal Torah ~ Part 2

The Eternal Torah ~ Part 1

Tonight, we head in a new direction in this study of the Sermon on the Mount by my friend Don. Blessings and enjoy!


 

 In this post, we will continue our study of the Sermon on the Mount as we examine a critical passage of Yeshua’s teachings in Matthew 5.  Certainly after the crowd heard our Lord’s description of the kind of person God blesses, they said to themselves, “But we could never attain that kind of character.  How can we have this righteousness?  Where does it come from?” They wondered how His teaching related to what they had been taught all their lives.  What about Moshe and the Torah?

In the Torah, God certainly revealed His standards for holy living.  The P’rushim (Pharisees) defended the Torah and sought to obey it.  But Yeshua said that the true righteousness that pleases God must exceed that of the Torah-teachers and the P’rushim – and to the common people, the Torah-teachers and the P’rushim were the holiest men in the community!  If they had not attained true righteousness, what hope was there for anybody else?Many people believe that Yeshua was opposed to the Torah and taught that it no longer applies to us today.  Why do you think this is?  The answer is simple.  They have either not carefully studied the whole of scripture themselves or they have not listened to teachers who understand the importance of a Godly observant lifestyle.  Over the next several posts, we will take a closer look at what Yeshua himself says about the Torah ~ a series I call the Eternal Torah.……Read the rest of the post here: The Eternal Torah ~ Part 1

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