"yhwh" Archive

As non-Jewish believers in Yeshua Messiah, what is our true identity? Are there two groups of covenant people as we’ve been taught in the church — Israel and a completely separate “gentile church”? If this is true and the Torah is only for Jews, what is truly expected of those who are not “Jewish”? Why does Scripture speak of “two houses” of Israel, and what is so significant about them? These are fundamental issues that must be addressed in every believer’s life, and the understanding that an individual comes to in this one area will have an absolutely enormous impact on how they interpret Scripture and ultimately walk out their faith. In this excellent teaching by 119 Ministries, you’ll discover the answers that Scripture provides […]

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Below is a reply that I wrote to an individual in response to her claim that the Tanakh (Old Testament) was not a necessary read for believers today. She takes the position that everything needed to properly walk out our faith (and be saved) is contained in the Messianic Writings. I disagree. As shocking as it might be for some of us to see a so-called believer openly devalue the very Scriptures that our Messiah taught from, it is the logical end of the road that one comes to when they believe the “law was done away with”. Peter sternly warns us in 2 Peter 3:14-17 that Paul’s writings are difficult to understand and that misinterpreting them can result in the error of lawlessness. Why […]

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Last night out of the blue, I received an email from a friend who had some questions regarding the Talmud (Jewish law). He had stumbled onto some Talmudic teachings and wanted to know whether or not Judaism actually teaches such things. Most of his questions were in regards to Jew/gentile separation, and being that he is not very knowledgable when it comes to the Torah or the other Scriptures, he had some real confusion about what he had read. Many people, it seems, tend to confuse the Talmud and the Torah. Below is my reply to him, I thought I would share it in the event that it might be helpful to others… Yes, Judaism teaches that there were additional laws which were not written down […]

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