We are very glad to be all together on this blessed Shabbat afternoon now here in the Ozarks of... let's see... eastern Missouri? I don't even know if we are in the Ozarks here. We are closer to St. Louis. But we are in Missouri, and we are glad to be here. We praise Yahweh for His goodness toward us and He got everybody here safely and settled in.
And somehow, someway, I was able to, with the help of brother Mike Comfort here and Andrew Wright, the three of us all put together this hodge-podge video broadcast studio, and it somehow came together. Lighting is not quite where it can be, but it is good enough, and the good news is Yahushua is still on the throne.
He is always King, and He is helping us. He is here to help us, and He made it work. We praise Yahweh for His goodness toward all of us and His awesome grace.
You know, last night... was it last night I pulled in here? Yeah, I guess it was. Yesterday, I came in, and actually, when I showed up, the lady behind the desk and four others (was it three or four others?) asked me if I could please explain to them about the Feast of Tabernacles.
What I said was that we found that by reading the Scriptures and Zechariah chapter 14... based on a reading of Scripture and Zechariah 14... I was telling three or four of the folks here (or was it four or five of the folks here?) at the campground last night. At least a couple of them mentioned that they were Christians.
According to Zechariah 14, the actual Feast of Tabernacles is going to be observed by the whole world when the Messiah returns.
And so, what that tells me is... obviously, when Messiah returns, we are all under a new covenant, right? So, the Feast of Tabernacles is actually a New Covenant festival. It is not some old, ancient thing for the children of Israel only in eons and ages gone by. It is a festival for the future.
And it is a festival for the present because we are under the New Covenant. We are a New Covenant congregation. A lot of people would say, "Well, we are a New Testament church. We don't do Feasts."
Well, if you are a New Testament congregation, or a church, or whatever you want to call it, then what about Zechariah 14, where we see Jews AND Gentiles are all gathering in Yerushalayim, in Jerusalem, to keep the Feast of Tabernacles?
I think that is awesome! It is going to be awesome. The Feast of Tabernacles is our future, and all the other Feasts as well. And so, since it is our future, then what we are doing is, we are rehearsing. The real deal is going to be when Yahushua returns. But for now, we get to rehearse.
So, we are going to get together here in Leasburg, Missouri. We are very excited to be able to do that and thankful to Yahweh that He has provided this place for us where we can come together and rejoice before Him and learn from eachother-- and grow together, and praise Him together, and pray together and for eachother, and bear eachother's burdens.
And develop relationships, and find that true love and comradery of the brotherhood that so many of you who watch the broadcast don't get the opportunity to experience. Maybe the reason why you are watching the broadcast is because you don't have fellowship in your neck of the woods.
So, that is what this festival is all about, where brothers and sisters come in from all over. The folks here at the campground were amazed that people are flying in from California and from Brooklyn, New York, and from Canada and Florida and Arizona-- all four corners of the United States and beyond.
It is because we love eachother and we want to see eachother. And it is because we love Yahweh we want to experience all that He has for us. We want to come together for these Festivals for that purpose.
And so, if you think about it, these festivals, they picture Messiah so much, and if we keep them, we are glorifying Him. Some might feel like, "Well, if I keep the festivals, it is almost like I am denying Messiah. Didn't He come and bury my sins and everything? Doesn't He fulfill those things?"
Yes, He fulfilled those things. As far as Passover and Pentecost, we see the Messiah is our Passover. And so, we partake of Him in the spring. The Holy Spirit was given in Acts chapter 2. That is the other festival that is in late spring or early summer-- Pentecost or Shavuot (Feast of Weeks).
We just had a Feast of Trumpets. Doesn't Messiah return at the last trump? And the Day of Atonement-- we enter the throne room with Him, and He cleanses that tabernacle for us so that we might enter in and not defile it. Then here we are-- the Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day!
Those are the seven thousand years that we tabernacle on this earth until He creates a new heaven and a new earth. And then Yahweh and Messiah will tabernacle with us forever. So, the Fall Feasts are awaiting their complete fulfillment-- partial fulfillment, yes, but complete fulfillment as far as when Messiah comes.
And when Messiah does come, what are we doing? It is still here.
We are memorializing the awesome works of Yahweh and the things that He has done for us. And so, why do people celebrate Messiah's birthday only? What about the fact that He came and was our Passover Lamb? What about the blessings of the giving of the Holy Spirit? Why don't we commemorate those things?
Why don't we commemorate Messiah's return? Why can't we just commemorate all there is about Him, but without the pagan-rooted traditions associated with it?
I just feel like the more I read the New Testament and the Old Testament and how they just come together as one book, the more I realize, really: There's Not so Much New... Under the SON. (And that is S-O-N.)
I want to point this out because so many people believe that when the Messiah came, all these things changed. Everything is spiritual now. The Old Testament was all about the physical. The New Testament is all about the spiritual.
I am going to share today how that is not true at all and that it always was about the spiritual. There always were physical object lessons that Yahweh gave us to represent spiritual things. That is exactly how He functions. He loves object lessons. We see that baptism is a physical representation of a spiritual thing that takes place in each of us.
Now, I want to start by looking in Matthew chapter 5 and verse 17. Yahushua pointed out:
Matthew 5:17 - "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
So, Messiah's duty is that He would come and fulfill the Law and the Prophets. Now, did He fulfill everything? We know He has yet to fulfill the Fall Festivals. He has yet to return and set up His Kingdom on the earth.
Matthew 5:18 - "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
Now, we shared a study here a few weeks ago about what it really meant to fulfill the Law. And if you go into the archives linked from the main page of EliYah.com, you will see a study called "Did the Messiah Fulfill the Law?" We gave that on the Roman date of August 4th, and I went into great detail on this.
Now, the latter part here where it says, "Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled (till all is accomplished),"-- actually, the word translated "fulfill" in verse 17 is different than the one in verse 18, but they translated both words as "fulfill."
But the one in 18 has to do with accomplished-- "Till everything is accomplished." When the Messiah said, "It is finished," that meant His work on the earth at that time was finished. But He is not done, yet. He still has to bring every enemy under His feet. He must reign and rule until every enemy is under His feet (1 Corinthians 15).
And then He will deliver up the Kingdom to His Father that Elohim may be all in all. But what I want to point out here is, it says, "Until heaven and earth pass away." Now, all of us here, take a look outside the window. Is heaven and earth still here? Okay, multiple witnesses here. We have heaven and earth still present.
Since that is true, what do the Scriptures say? Not one jot or tittle, not one stroke of a pen, not one yod, not one little decorator mark on the Torah scroll is going to pass away.
Now, when there is a new heaven and a new earth, yes, we won't need the Law anymore. We won't need the Law to come and tell us, "You've sinned," because we will be sinless. We will have incorruptible bodies. It says when the corruption puts on incorruption. So at that time, of course, we won't need a law to tell us, "Hey, you have sinned."
The Law is for those who may go against the will of Yahweh. And the Law explains to us what His will is.
Now, pay attention to the next verse here:
Matthew 5:19 - "Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches [them], he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Now, when it says, "Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these," what are these? "These commandments." He was just talking about the Law, correct? He just said a minute ago, we read, He was talking about the Law.
And so, when He says "these commandments" in verse 19, the only commandments that He could possibly be talking about when He says "these" are the commandments found in the Law and the Prophets. No other way around it.
So, we can conclude that there is nothing about Yahushua's coming, based on what we read, that would tell us that the Law of Yahweh is abolished, done away with, scratched out, abrogated, changed or anything.
So, He says don't even think that He came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. He came to "to do" them, to live them out, to show us what it means to be a man walking in the image of Elohim. And so, He is making it very clear at the outset of Matthew chapter 5.
Now, what does it really mean to fulfill the Law? In Romans chapter 13, verse 8, we can read here, it says:
Romans 13:8 - Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
And so, if we truly love one another, we will do just what Messiah did. We are going to fulfill the Law just like He did.
We continue to read:
Romans 13:9 - For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if [there is] any other commandment, are [all] summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
10 - Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love [is] the fulfillment of the law.
So, does anyone want to suggest that we don't have to fulfill the Law? Of course not. Loving our neighbor and fulfilling the Law is the same thing. So, when the Messiah came, He came to love our neighbor. He didn't come to destroy the Law. He came to show us how to keep it. And so, we are also called to fulfill the Law.
And so, since Messiah fulfilled the Law, he who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk just as Yahushua walked.
1John 2:6 - He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
So, we want to go back now to Matthew chapter 5. Yahushua says:
Matthew 5:20 - "For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
Now, for some strange reason, there are many people today who seem to think that the scribes and Pharisees were "super, super," perfect keepers of the Law. For some reason they believe that Yahushua was saying somehow, "Oh, well, the scribes and Pharisees kept the Law." Yahushua never said the scribes and Pharisees kept the Law.
In fact, He said they neglected the Law. In fact, He said they neglected the weightier matters of the Law of justice, mercy and faith.
And so, when Yahushua came, He wasn't looking at the scribes and Pharisees and saying, "Oh, wow! Look at those people how well they keep the Law." No! In fact, He said just the opposite:
John 7:19 - "Did not Moses give you the law, yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill Me?"
He said not one of them were law keepers. And here is the one in Matthew 23:23. He said:
Matthew 23:23 - "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier [matters] of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
Now, they don't sound like people who are keeping the law to me. No, they are ignoring some of the most important parts of the Law-- justice, mercy and faith. That is right. Justice, mercy and faith are actually parts of the Law of Yahweh.
Then it says in Acts chapter 7, verse 52, (Stephen was speaking to the Sanhedrin), and he said to them:
Acts 7:52 - "Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers,
53 - "who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept [it]."
Very clear. Very, very clear.
So, they were not keepers of the Law at all. And so, when Yahushua says your righteousness needs to exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, the scribes and Pharisees were bloodthirsty, hypocritical men who put the traditions of men before the commandments of Elohim.
And in fact, Yahushua said that they worshipped Yahweh in vain. There was no point in them even worshipping Yahweh because they were putting the traditions of men ahead of the commandments of Yahweh.
Now, in Matthew 5:21, Yahushua said:
Matthew 5:21 - "You have heard that it was said to those of old, `You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.'
22 - "But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, `Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, `You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire.
Now, is this some kind of changed teaching, that those who do wrong things, such as these, are in danger of judgment, are in danger of hell fire? No!
It is not some new thing that Yahushua came and taught, that somehow, "Well, the Old Testament, it is all about what you do, not about how you feel about what you do. Oh, it is all about the external, not about the internal." No! That is not true at all.
In Genesis chapter 4, verse 6, one of the very first things spoken of in Scripture was this very thing.
Genesis 4:6 - So YAHWEH said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?
7 - "If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire [is] for you, but you should rule over it."
See, Yahweh warned Cain about his anger saying he was in danger, just as Matthew 5:21.
And so, he was angry with his brother without a cause, and we know he eventually was judged by Yahweh. He was a fugitive because he did murder his brother.
Another Old Testament verse:
Psalms 37:8 - Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret -- [it] only [causes] harm.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 - Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools.
Wow! Now, there is a Scripture. If you are ever feeling angry for some reason, try to bring this Scripture to mind-- that "anger rests in the bosom of fools." That is a pretty good Old Testament Scripture that would help us understand the dangers of anger.
And so, this is not some new thing that Yahushua is bringing to the equation. But these kinds of things apparently were not being taught from the scribes and the Pharisees. And so, we are not supposed to be calling our brother names, Raca, and things like that, which meant "you fool." We are supposed to be loving our brother instead.
And so, we read this same exact concept in the Law of Yahweh in Leviticus chapter 19 and verse 16.
Leviticus 19:16 - `You shall not go about [as] a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I [am] YAHWEH.
Don't be going around calling your neighbor names. That would be talebearing, wouldn't it? A form of slander.
Leviticus 19:17 - `You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him.
There it is. You see, Yahweh is very concerned about our heart condition-- "You shall not hate your brother in your heart."
Verse 18 says:
Leviticus 19:18 - `You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I [am] YAHWEH.
That is from the Old Testament, from the Levitical law. And so, it might come as a shock to some people, but the Law clearly says: "Don't hate your brother in your heart." That was not some new concept that Yahushua was teaching. It was right out of the book of Leviticus.
The problem is that sometimes people have an impression about the Law, but because they don't really read the Old Testament so much, they don't really have a familiarity with it to where they would recognize that what Yahushua was teaching really wasn't a new concept, really wasn't a new idea, a new thing that He was bringing to town.
So, Yahweh was always concerned with the heart, and He says, in the Levitical law, "Do not hate your brother in your heart." Very clear. Very clear. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Some people think loving your neighbor as yourself, somehow that was some new thing Yahushua brought in, that that is all we need to worry about now-- New Testament law says love your neighbor as yourself. No. It is right out of the book of Leviticus, once again.
So, Matthew 5:23. We continue to read His sermon on the mount. Let's see if we can find anything new here.
Matthew 5:23 - "Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,
24 - "leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Now, being clear of sin before Yahweh, before we make our offering, is something that Yahweh always required. When David did the terrible things he did with Bathsheba and Uriah the Hittite, Yahweh convicted him of his transgression. Did he immediately run down to the tabernacle and start making sacrifices for all his sins? No.
That is not the way it was supposed to be done.
Psalms 51:16 - For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give [it]; You do not delight in burnt offering.
17 - The sacrifices of Elohim [are] a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart -- These, O Elohim, You will not despise.
18 - Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem.
Psalms 51:19 - Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, With burnt offering and whole burnt offering; Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.
First you need to do good, and then He will be pleased. So, when a person's heart needs to be cleaned, they need to repent of their sin and not think that walking up there with their animal was going to somehow make up for their condition of their heart not being in the right place.
In fact, it says in Proverbs 15, verse 8:
Proverbs 15:8 - The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination to YAHWEH, But the prayer of the upright [is] His delight.
And so, if someone wants to come and offer an offering, they have to have their conscience clear, and they need to repent of their sin, seek the mercies of Yahweh. And then after they have repented and made restitution someway, then come and offer your gift.
And I think it is also true of our praise offerings, lifting up our hands. If we have some area we have wronged somebody, we need to make sure we have that clear, or Yahweh is just going to turn His eyes away from us and His ear away from our prayers.
And so, this is not some bold new teaching that Yahushua was bringing up. He is highlighting portions of the Old Testament teaching that was not being taught by the common people in that age.
Continuing in Matthew 5 here. So, He says:
Matthew 5:25 - "Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.
26 - "Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.
Is this some bold new idea, new thought, New Testament concept that was foreign to the Old Testament? Absolutely not!
Proverbs 6, verse 1 says:
Proverbs 6:1 - My son, if you become surety for your friend, [If] you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
2 - You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth.
3 - So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; For you have come into the hand of your friend: Go and humble yourself; Plead with your friend.
Proverbs 6:4 - Give no sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids.
5 - Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand [of the hunter], And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
So, not some brand new, bold new concept here.
Proverbs 25:8 - Do not go hastily to court; For what will you do in the end, When your neighbor has put you to shame?
And we also remember that Jacob humbled himself before his adversary Esau and gave Esau many possessions so as to prevent conflict.
When there was strife between the herdsmen of Abraham and the herdsmen of Lot, Abraham humbled himself before Lot and chose the best of the land.
When I was in Israel a few years ago, I had an opportunity to talk with the Jewish owner of a hotel, and he said, "You know, our Jewish children end up marrying Christian spouses, and they get confused because the Old Testament seems to say one thing and the New Testament something else, you know, about turning the other cheek and these things."
And I pointed out, "Well, Isaac, they dug a well, and people strove over that one. So, he gave them that. He dug another well. The people strove over that well. So, he gave them that well.
And so, this idea of turning the other cheek and agreeing with your adversary quickly is not just some New Testament thing. It is exactly the way Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lived their lives.
Abraham told Lot, "You go one way. I'll go another." And Jacob, rather than fight with Laban over wages and everything, he just left.
And so, it is not some new idea He is bringing to the table here. He is bringing us back to so called Old Testament concepts.
Matthew 5:27 - "You have heard that it was said to those of old, `You shall not commit adultery.'
28 - "But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Now, this is an old favorite by some people that like to point out all those differences between the Old Testament and the New Testament-- "the New Testament, you see, Yahushua, when He came, when the Messiah came, He came to internalize everything with these new and improved commands"-- like a Torah 2.0.
And they like to say, "This is a New Covenant way of life. We are more concerned about the internal now. The Law is in our hearts. So, this is a New Covenant thing." They give an example like when Messiah said don't just not commit adultery, but don't do so in your heart. That is what He was trying to bring to everyone.
Well, He wasn't bringing some new thing. No, in fact, in the Ten Commandments we see where it says, "Don't commit adultery." I believe that was Commandment number seven. What about Commandment number ten?
Exodus 20:17 - "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that [is] your neighbor's."
You shall not covet your neighbor's wife. That is lust. To covet your neighbor's wife is lust.
Is that some New Testament concept? It is right there in the Ten Commandments, written in stone by Yahweh's own hand. Yahweh is concerned with the condition of a person's heart right there in the Ten Commandments.
You know, there was no judgment, actually, written in Scripture about someone if you were guilty of coveting that they would somehow stone you, or whatever, or put you to death. It just says in the Ten Commandments: don't desire your neighbor's house, his wife, his male servant, his female servant, ox, donkey, anything that belongs to your neighbors.
And so, this is having to do with what is going on in a person's heart-- right there in the Ten Commandments. This is a heart-based commandment. So, it is not that Yahushua internalized the Law.
He pointed out the parts of the Law that the scribes and Pharisees (who were strictly focused on appearances to be made to look righteous on the outside, but inwardly they were full of wickedness), He was bringing us back to the parts of the Law that tell us, "Look, we have to be true to Him, not just on the outside."
We have to be true to Him from the inside, and then the outside will be clean, also.
And so, Job chapter 31, verse 1. We see that Job, a man who lived before there was ever a Law of Moses, said:
Job 31:1 - "I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look upon a young woman?
Now, a young woman is an unmarried girl. And he says:
Job 31:2 - For what [is] the allotment of Elohim from above, And the inheritance of the Almighty from on high?
3 - [Is] it not destruction for the wicked, And disaster for the workers of iniquity?
4 - Does He not see my ways, And count all my steps?
See, Job was very concerned about what Yahweh saw in his heart. It is not just some New Testament idea that Yahweh is looking upon the heart.
Now, I am not saying that Yahushua never brought any new thing that no one had ever heard before. I'm not saying that He just kept repeating everything that was in the Old and He never brought any new insight. I am not saying that. What I am saying is: There is not so much new under the Son.
There is not just some bold new thing. See, Yahushua did not come to create a new religion. He came to reform the one that was there and bring it into a more biblical framework, a more biblical thing, and bring it back to and restore it to the one that He established.
And also, there are going to be some things that, because Messiah died for us-- for instance we have baptism; they weren't teaching everyone back in the Old Testament, "Get baptized in the name of Yahushua the Messiah." And so, yes, there are some things that are new. But it is not to the extreme of what is commonly taught today.
Now, Yahushua went on to say:
Matthew 5:29 - "If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast [it] from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
Matthew 5:30 - "And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast [it] from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
Now, there are no specific examples of this specific thing I'm aware of being spoken of in Scripture.
But what Yahushua is pointing out is, whatever it is that is causing us to stumble, whatever it is that is causing it to be a snare for us-- and He is taking us to an extreme, even saying if it is your right hand or your right eye causing you to stumble, then cut it out and cast it from you-- whatever it takes to remove a stumbling block.
Now, that concept is not a new concept at all. In fact, removing the stumbling block is the basis for some of the commandments in the Old Testament.
Exodus 23:32 - "You shall make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.
He is talking about the nations around them. He did not want them to be unequally yoked with unbelieving nations.
Exodus 23:33 - "They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against Me. For [if] you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you."
He did not want them to be ensnared. He did not want them to be surrounded by stumbling blocks. And so, if these people are among you, He says, "Get rid of them. Have nothing to do with them because they will be a snare to you."
Now, it turned out that they didn't do that.
Deuteronomy 7:16 - "And you shall destroy all the peoples whom YAHWEH your Elohim delivers over to you; your eye shall have no pity on them; nor shall you serve their gods, for that [will be] a snare to you.
And we see also this concept in Proverbs 22, verse 24:
Proverbs 22:24 - Make no friendship with an angry man, And with a furious man do not go,
25 - Lest you learn his ways And set a snare for your soul.
And so, the danger of snares and stumbling blocks is something that Yahweh had warned us about in the Scriptures.
In fact, in Psalm 119, verse 165, it says:
Psalms 119:165 - Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.
See, if our eyes are focused on His Law and on His Word, then whenever the enemy comes and tries to cause us to stumble, we won't stumble because His Word will be hidden in our heart that we might not sin against Him, and we will be like the Messiah Yahushua, who, when approached with temptation, would say, "Ah! It is written."
And because He loved the Law of Yahweh, He was not caused to stumble. And the same can be true of us.
I would also say, that when we love the Law of Yahweh, we are going to do things like keep the Sabbath day. If we keep the Sabbath day, that means one-seventh of our time on the earth is devoted to Yahweh, toward learning spiritual things, toward focusing on Him and His greatness.
And so, we are giving Him one-seventh of our time completely devoted to Him. And as we keep that Sabbath day, the way He wants us to keep it, the Sabbath day will keep us and keep us strong, keep us focused, keep us motivated, keep us disciplined.
And so, when we love His Law, then we are not going to be caused to stumble because we are going to be doing these things. There are people who have a tendency to go astray after a certain period of time. And we, if that ever happens, we have this Sabbath.
Many times, brothers, and I will be real frank with you, I have had very difficult weeks in my life and spiritually felt myself slipping. But there was that Sabbath day. It was a way of life. I can't function... I'm so accustomed to giving this day to Yahweh, I can't do anything different but that, and it has kept me strong over the years.
And you have seven other festivals during the year if the Sabbath isn't enough, that if you begin to stray a little bit, you are going to come together and draw strength from other believers in a great and mighty way.
And so, what I am getting at is that whatever Yahushua said that causes us to stumble, take it away, and if we are focused on the Word and get rid of the stumbling blocks, then we are not going to have difficulties in life. We are not going to find ourselves entering the gates of Gehenna.
So, continuing now in Matthew chapter 5:
Matthew 5:31 - "Furthermore it has been said, `Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.'
32 - "But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.
Now, these are very controversial statements, and I could spend quite a bit of time on this, but I have already done so this year-- Divorce & Remarriage Study: http://www.eliyah.com/transcripts/. If you go to that link, I did seven videos.
I spent seven weeks on the divorce and remarriage question, and in those videos, hopefully, it is very clear to you by the end of the series that: 1.The real issue is our faith. 2.What Yahushua was teaching wasn't anything new. And so, it is not a new concept that He was teaching.
I don't know if I want to go into that too deep, but I will just let you look at the videos. Also linked from the main page of EliYah.com there is a written study found there on divorce and remarriage questions. I am going to kind of gloss over that topic, that portion of Matthew 5, just because it is quite an involved question.
So, continuing here:
Matthew 5:33 - "Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, `You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to YAHWEH.'
Matthew 5:34 - "But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is Elohim's throne;
35 - "nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
Matthew 5:36 - "Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.
37 - "But let your `Yes' be `Yes,' and your `No,' `No.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
This is another commonly quoted one. Now, it seems very apparent to me, based on what we read here, Yahushua is making a statement: "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to Yahweh.' But I say to you, do not swear at all."
Well, in what context? You see, in the Scriptures there is never an example of Yahweh ever condoning a man in the practice of swearing to confirm or deny an action. He says, "Let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No' be 'No.'"
This is the context of which "do not swear at all" is. Like some people would swear, "I swear to God, I did this." There are no examples of Yahweh saying "yes" that is what He wants from us.
Now, He is not completely against all forms of swearing in saying all forms of swearing is evil because we see in Revelation chapter 10, verse 5, it says:
Revelation 10:5 - The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven
And did what?
Revelation 10:6 - and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer,
Also, Acts 18, verse 18. We could go there, but you can read it. Acts 18, verse 18-- Paul took a vow. And four other disciples of Yahushua took a Nazarite vow. We see this again in Acts 21:23.
And in fact, the day is going to come. In Isaiah 45, verse 23, it says:
Isaiah 45:23 - I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth [in] righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, Every tongue shall take an oath.
And so, if Yahushua says don't swear at all, what on earth is going on here? Because the truth is, the day is going to come when every man will be forced by Yahweh to take an oath, and Yahweh Himself practiced swearing, except He could swear by no one greater. So, He swore by Himself.
And the oath is:
Isaiah 45:24 - He shall say, `Surely in YAHWEH I have righteousness and strength. To Him [men] shall come, And all shall be ashamed Who are incensed against Him.
25 - In YAHWEH all the descendants of Israel Shall be justified, and shall glory.'"
And so, He is not giving a blanket statement forbidding all forms of swearing, So, what is the context that Yahushua is speaking against? If we go to Matthew chapter 23, we are going to see an example.
He said to the scribes and Pharisees:
Matthew 23:16 - "Woe to you, blind guides, who say, `Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged [to perform it].'
17 - "Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold?
18 - "And, `Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obliged [to perform it].'
Matthew 23:19 - "Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?
20 - "Therefore he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it.
21 - "He who swears by the temple, swears by it and by Him who dwells in it.
Matthew 23:22 - "And he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of Elohim and by Him who sits on it.
And so, Yahushua is dismissing this foolishness of various levels of swearing. So, He says, "Let your communication just be 'Yes,' 'Yes,' and 'No,' 'No.' And whatever comes from more than that is just evil."
It is like you are trying to deceive people by saying, "Well, I swear by the alter. See, I didn't really mean it, though, because it is just the alter." Or, "I swear by the gold that is on the alter."
And so, His final comment that let your "Yes" be "Yes," and your "No" be "No" is He is trying to get us to be honest people. He wants us to be a people who tell the truth, who when we swear we are going to do something, that we are going to do it.
And so, we should always be the truth. We shouldn't have to say, "I swear by this, and therefore what I am saying is true." It says in Exodus 20, verse 16: "Do not bear false witness against your neighbor." It says in Leviticus 19:11: "You shall not steal or deal falsely or lie to one another." And so, He doesn't want us lying.
And so, He can't be, from what I can see in Scripture, condemning blanketly the overall practice of making vows or taking oaths. But He was condemning our need of backing up our word and what we say we are going to do with anything more than a "yes" and a "yes," and a "no" and a "no."
If we were to start saying, "My 'yes' is not really a 'yes,' and my 'no' is not really a 'no,' unless I make some kind of an oath," what does that do to the body of Messiah? That causes us all to not believe anything anybody says unless we add some kind of oath or swearing to it. That's the problem of it. That is why it comes with evil.
That is why it comes from the evil one, because then we think we can get away with lies, and no harm, no foul. And so, we need to be honest with eachother, build integrity in the body of Messiah, and not have to back up our words with anything more than the integrity of our words. Our "Yes" is a "Yes," and our "No" is a "No."
Now, continuing in Matthew 5:38:
Matthew 5:38 - "You have heard that it was said, `An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'
39 - "But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
40 - "If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have [your] cloak also.
Matthew 5:41 - "And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.
42 - "Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.
Now, if we look at the actual statements here in Matthew 5:38, what He is commenting on, He is saying, "Well, you have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,' but I am telling you not to resist an evil person if they want to slap you."
See, what people were doing in that time was they were taking these commands that were given by Yahweh as sentencing guidelines for the judges to make determination and sentence a person to a certain punishment for some wrong that they had done.
They were taking it on a personal level and saying, "The minute someone slaps me on my right cheek, that gives me the right to slap him on his right cheek. And so, he slaps me on my right cheek, and I slap him right back. And that is okay for me to do that because it says 'an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'"
Now, think about that. If that were to be applied to our nation today, with our own laws that are on the books today in the United States of America, if someone in the state of Texas were to kill a child, or to kill somebody, very likely they are going to be put to death.
Well, if someone murdered somebody else, does that give the common people the right to go over there and murder him in the same way that they murdered? Does that give them the right? No, they have to go through due process, and the judges will determine the sentence. The same was true of the Law of Yahweh.
When a person committed a crime, they were brought before the judges, and the judges would make a determination of what to sentence the person. That is the purpose of the laws about stoning people and things like that.
And so, it wasn't biblical what they were doing in the first century when He said something they thought was offensive and they took up stones to stone Him. He should have been brought before the Sanhedrin, which He eventually was, and then a judgment would be made as to what His crime was.
And so, there are some people, when you try to tell them, "Well, I believe in observing the Law," one of the first things out of their mouth is, "Oh, so then do you stone people?"
What about us? We can say we are law-abiding citizens of the United States of America. We are law-abiding citizens. Does that mean that we go and write people tickets, that we send them to jail and that we put people in electric chairs? No!
In the same way that Yahweh gave His Law, He also gave sentences for breaking it that were not to be carried out by the common man, but had to go through due process.
And so, when Yahushua says this, what He is against is the very idea that we hear today-- the confusion that when Yahweh says "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" that that somehow applies to everyone. If they knock your tooth out, you knock their tooth out.
And so, what He is saying instead is not to resist them, not to fight back, not to take the law into your own hands, so to speak, because what is commanded actually in the Torah is:
Deuteronomy 19:18 - "And the judges shall make careful inquiry, and indeed, [if] the witness [is] a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother,
Here is a case of bearing false witness.
Deuteronomy 19:19 - "then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you.
And so, it was the judges who did these determinations and made the sentences. But the idea of this concept of when someone does wrong to you, you have the right to do wrong to them back? If someone slaps you on the cheek, oh, you have the right to slap them right back? That is not from the Old Testament.
In fact, the Law forbids someone taking vengeance.
Leviticus 19:18 - `You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I [am] YAHWEH.
This is actually quoted in the book of Romans chapter 12. It says:
Romans 12:19 - Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but [rather] give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance [is] Mine, I will repay," says YAHWEH.
So, Paul is appealing here to the Old Testament verses to justify his point against taking vengeance.
So, what we are reading is that Yahushua is telling us, "Don't use that Scripture 'eye for eye and tooth for tooth' to take vengeance on somebody." In fact, He says, "Turn the other cheek."
Some people think, "Oh, turn the other cheek. That is a New Testament concept." Wrong again.
Lamentations 3:25 - YAHWEH [is] good to those who wait for Him, To the soul [who] seeks Him.
26 - [It is] good that [one] should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of YAHWEH.
27 - [It is] good for a man to bear The yoke in his youth.
Lamentations 3:28 - Let him sit alone and keep silent, Because [Elohim] has laid [it] on him;
29 - Let him put his mouth in the dust -- There may yet be hope.
30 - Let him give [his] cheek to the one who strikes him, [And] be full of reproach.
Lamentations 3:31 - For YAHWEH will not cast off forever.
32 - Though He causes grief, Yet He will show compassion According to the multitude of His mercies.
And so, this is not just some new thing of turning the other cheek. This is actually out of the book of Lamentations that we read this. If someone does something to you hurtful, don't fight back. Don't take vengeance. In fact, accept it and say, "Well, maybe Yahweh has bored it upon me."
You know, there was a man who was cursing David, reviling David, and David is sitting there with an army of men, and the army was like, "Go, kill that guy." And David says, "Well, no, don't do that. Maybe Yahweh has allowed this." So, even he had the ability to take personal vengeance, but he chose not to.
And so, this is not something completely foreign to the Old Testament, some new idea. There are some instances of this and some concepts of this found in the Old Testament Scriptures. Once again, we are going to see this in the next verse-- in Matthew chapter 5, verse 43. I want you to notice something here. Yahushua said:
Matthew 5:43 - "You have heard that it was said, `You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'
He never said "it is written." He said, "You have heard that it was said..."
Now, what they heard may have been true, or it may have been not true. But it was just what they heard.
And so, if they heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy," this statement "love your neighbor and hate your enemy" may or may not be found in the Old Testament Scripture.
Well, the truth is, this particular sentence is not found anywhere in the Bible, in the Old Testament. In fact, the opposite, as we are going to see here.
Let's continue to read.
Matthew 5:44 - "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
45 - "that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Ah! Is this a new idea, a new concept-- love your enemies?
So many times we hear, "Well, the Old Testament is all about vengeance. If someone does wrong to you, you fight back." Wrong, wrong, a thousand times wrong. In fact, the Old Testament teaches, the Torah teaches, "Love your enemies." The concept of loving your enemies is in the Old Testament.
Exodus 23:4 - "If you meet your enemy's ox or his donkey going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him again.
5 - "If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying under its burden, and you would refrain from helping it, you shall surely help him with it.
What is He teaching the people of Israel here? Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. So, it is not some new thing that is being taught in the so called New Testament. In fact, I don't like to call it the New Testament because it has a way of making you think, "Out with the old; in with the new."
It is all Yahweh's Word. It is all valid. It is all for us to listen to and to heed and to look for the concept that is in it.
Now, when Yahweh gives this, the commands in the Torah, we can apply them in a broad way. If we are just looking at it as some kind of a legal code, some kind of a legal thing, a list of do's and don'ts, then we could read this verse and say, "Well, his sheep went astray. So, what does the Law say? If it is the ox or the donkey, I must bring it back.
"But if it is the sheep, ha! I don't have to do it because the Law doesn't say I have to bring back his sheep, right?"
The Law was never meant to be read that way. It was never meant to be interpreted that way. Yahweh is giving us examples, but the concept is what He is wanting us to pay attention to. And so, if it wasn't his sheep or his goats, or one of his children running off, bring it back.
In fact, Paul even points out the phrase "do not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain" as an application of why those who labor in the Word, give them something to eat. And so, it is not some new idea that He is bringing out here.
Also, Proverbs 24, verse 17. It says:
Proverbs 24:17 - Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
18 - Lest YAHWEH see [it], and it displease Him, And He turn away His wrath from him.
Proverbs 25, verse 21:
Proverbs 25:21 - If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
All Old Testament concepts here.
Proverbs 25:22 - For [so] you will heap coals of fire on his head, And YAHWEH will reward you.
Where is Solomon getting these ideas, being kind to your enemies? He is getting it from the Law of Yahweh. He is getting it from the Scriptures.
Daniel, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah-- they were non-resistant men. They were under Babylonian rule. Did they resist and fight against their governments? Of course, not. They didn't fight against their governments. They would not disobey Yahweh to keep some command of those governments, but they did not take up arms and fight.
And so, these are not just brand new concepts foreign to the Old Testament. See, Yahweh is not Jekyll and Hyde. He is not Jekyll and Hyde.
You know, some people kind of think, "Oh, there is this mean Jehovah God in the Old Testament, and then finally the New Testament comes along, and Messiah dies for everybody's sins and He calms down." He's like Grandpa now, see. And people treat Him like Grandpa.
There are people who call themselves Christians, and they only go see Him like Grandpa in the nursing home. You know, go see Him twice a year. You know, go to church twice a year-- Christmas and Easter. And people have this concept about Him, but listen. He is not Grandpa. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He changes not.
And what Yahushua spoke in the New Testament, most of that can be found in the Old Testament. He is not the Jekyll and Hyde character. He is the same, no matter what year you live in. He is the same.
And so, we need to grasp that. We need to understand that He does not have multiple personality disorder. He doesn't. He is the same. And so, Old Testament and New Testament-- it is the same Elohim.
Where we kind of get this concept from is, there was a man named Marcion. Marcion was in the early second century A.D. He was a Christian, and he actually taught people that the Mighty One, the Deity, of the Old Testament is a completely different one than the one in the New Testament.
And so, we get this, not quite the Marcion teaching, but kind of the spirit behind it, that there is some old thing-- "Don't pay attention to the Old Testament. That stuff is for yesteryear. That is some old thing. We are in the New now."
And if you get to reading too much of what people call the Old Testament, so many times if they start seeing you keeping the Sabbath and Feast Days, you will hear, "Well, he is just spending too much time in that Old Testament. We are New Testament, though. We are under grace. We don't have to do those things anymore."
And so, that is the idea people have. In fact, they even say in order for a commandment to be legitimate, some commandment that we would have to observe, they expect it better be written in the New Testament, too, not just the Old.
Where did that idea come from? Nowhere in the Bible does it say, "Yahweh has to repeat Himself so many times, and then you will get it. Then you have to do it." How many witnesses do we need when Yahweh speaks? Two? Three? I say, "One."
Yahweh said it. We do it. We believe it. Let's do it. Right?
And so, He desires for us to see that He is not divided against Himself. And when we read His Word, we don't read it and say, "Well, that is Old Testament. Where is it in the New?" We don't say that. We say what Yahushua said:
Matthew 4:4 - But He answered and said, "It is written, `Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of Elohim.'"
Every word. Every single word. No matter where or when it was written. And actually, Yahushua is quoting from the Old Testament.
Deuteronomy chapter 8, verse 3, He is telling the children of Israel:
Deuteronomy 8:3 - "So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every [word] that proceeds from the mouth of YAHWEH.
And with this, the New Testament Scripture is in agreement.
Is that true? Do we believe that, that all Scripture is profitable for, say, instruction in righteousness? Do we believe that? I believe that.
So, when we read something in what is called the Old Testament (that is part of Scripture, right?), it is profitable for instruction in righteousness. And so, when the Old Testament Scripture says, "Keep the Feast of Tabernacles," that is instruction in righteousness. And so, we keep it.
We don't say, "Well, wait. We are New Testament people." No! It is given for instruction in righteousness. And so, if we were to keep the Feast of Tabernacles, then we would be doing what is righteous.
That is why, as we shared a week or two ago:
Isaiah 8:20 - To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them.
If there was a document anywhere that did not speak according to the law and to the testimony, there would be no light in it.
The book of Romans, if it spoke not according to the Law and to the testimony, there would be no light in it. If the book of Galatians did not speak according to the Law and to the testimony, did not speak according to that word, there would be no light in it.
That is what the Scripture says. And if you read Isaiah 8, verse 20, this is actually talking about us, talking about the disciples of the Messiah that would be to come.
And so, the truth is, Galatians IS according to the Law and to the testimony. Romans IS according to the Law and to the testimony. So is Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, 1st Corinthians, 2nd Corinthians, Romans-- all of it is according to the Law and to the testimony!
It does not contradict the former words. If it did, there would be no light in it. And so, what I am saying, brothers, there really isn't so much new under the Son-- S-O-N. Otherwise, we have conflicting doctrines, conflicting words of reproof, conflicting instructions in righteousness, and we can't be reproved by anything unless it is new.
And so, there is not this division or battle between the Old Testament and the New Testament-- Old Testament in one corner, New Testament in another; the New one beats the Old. It doesn't work that way. No.
In fact, the New Testament says:
1John 3:4 - Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
The very definition of what sin is, is violating the Law. So, if the Law says, "Keep the Feast of Tabernacles and dwell in booths for seven days," and we choose not to, then we are committing sin because sin is the transgression of the Law. It is. I didn't say it. The New Testament said so. Read your King James Bible. That is what it says.
And so, as long as that verse is in your Bible, you have to read it and say, "That's for me." And for those who might say, "Well, that was for the Jews," if that were true, read Zechariah 14. All nations come and keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
Read Galatians chapter 3, verse 29. If you are Messiah's, then you are the children of Abraham, or the children of Israel, right? And so, if we are children of Israel through the Messiah, then what He said to Israel is for us. And if we are Israel, let's act like Israel.
And if Yahushua the Messiah dwells in us, let's live the way He did. And we can say, "I want the new word. I want the old word. I want it all! I want to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of Yahweh. I want to be a scribe."
Matthew 13:52 - Then He said to them, "Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure [things] new and old."
The new will not conflict with the old. In fact, Paul the Apostle brings amazing, wondrous, awesome and exciting things out of the old. He had an abundance of revelations, it says.
Even Peter commented that Yahweh had given Paul wisdom, and some of those things are hard to understand, but those who are unstable, they twist his letters to their own destruction.
Now, it is not the commandment keepers who are going to be under destruction. It is the commandment breakers who are in danger.
And so, when we read the words of Elohim, when we read the Scriptures, make no distinction. If there is a command given, make no distinction if that is for us. If that is what the Law says, then that is what we want to do.
Why? Because we do not want to sin. We want to turn away from sin. We want to keep His Word. Not because we are saved by our own righteousness. Not because we think, "This will make up for all the sin I did last week." That is not what the Law is for.
Yahushua is the one who makes us righteous. But because He dwells in us, we want to live as He did. And because we love His Word, we are going to look at His Word and say, just like Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 15:16 - Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O YAHWEH Elohim of hosts.
Psalms 119:103 - How sweet are Your words to my taste, [Sweeter] than honey to my mouth!
Can we say this about the Law?
Psalms 19:7 - The law of YAHWEH [is] perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of YAHWEH [is] sure, making wise the simple;
8 - The statutes of YAHWEH [are] right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of YAHWEH [is] pure, enlightening the eyes;
Do we believe this, that the Law of Yahweh is perfect, converting the soul? Some people will say, "Well, I thought Messiah converts our soul."
Well, unless you had a law that showed you your sin, you wouldn't see a need for a Messiah. And so, the Law takes part in your salvation, your conversion.
Psalms 19:9 - The fear of YAHWEH [is] clean, enduring forever; The judgments of YAHWEH [are] true [and] righteous altogether.
10 - More to be desired [are they] than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 - Moreover by them Your servant is warned, [And] in keeping them [there is] great reward.
By His statutes, by His Law. I believe that. Yahweh says there is a reward, and I believe it.
What will we find if we only seek? Open up those pages of divine revelation from Genesis to Malachi. Blow the dust off of them. Start studying them. Start examining them. Start going in depth to see what they teach us, not just Paul's letters That is 5% of the Bible by volume.
What if we began to really examine the Old Testament writings-- the Torah and the Law? I think we will find, there really isn't so much new under the Son. It was there all along. And He expected the people in His generation to know this, but they didn't.
It doesn't mean there is nothing new at all to share. We baptize now, as I said earlier. We partake of the body and blood of Yahushua every Passover because He is our Passover Lamb that we partake of.
But you know? There isn't anything contradictory. There is not some new law to be written on our heart now, as though there was some new law that is all about the internal heart issues and the Old Testament was only external concerns.
No, that is a scribe and Pharisee concept, not a biblical concept. And, sadly, because it was a scribe and Pharisee concept, it is a concept of many Christians today. They think the Law was external, just like the scribes and Pharisees thought, or at least the way they behaved.
What Yahushua does say is that none of the external things found in the Old Testament or the New Testament is worth anything if our hearts are not in the right place, and that was a major problem in the Messiah's day.
The Pharisees focused on the outside of the cup, but the prophets of old taught that a man is not clean unless his heart is washed.
Jeremiah 4:14 - O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, That you may be saved. How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you?
It is not just a New Testament idea. And so, what will we actually find if we open up those pages and blow the dust off of them and start finding what wondrous things out of His Law?
I know one thing that both the Old Testament and the New Testament will have in common, for sure, is a sweet, unified, blessed Word of truth that leads us into the true way of how to love our heavenly Father, the way He defines it, and how to love one another as Yahushua the Messiah loved Yahweh and loved all of us.
That is really what the entire Word is all about, whether it is Old Testament or New Testament. And so, if the Old Testament says, "Keep the Feast of Tabernacles," and we say, "No!" we are refusing to love our heavenly Father because on the Law and the Prophets hang those two commands-- to love Yahweh and love one another.
And if we refuse to keep what the Law and the Prophets say, we are not walking in love toward Him or toward eachother because the festivals are not just for Him, they are for us, aren't they? Aren't they for us, too? Don't they strengthen us? Don't they build us up? Don't they edify the body of Messiah? Absolutely!
We all came together last night and sat in brother Bill's RV, and I just looked around and said, "This is the best time of year there is." It just is. The weather is awesome. The fellowship is awesome. And when the leaves start turning colors, I know it is time for a blessing.
And so, brothers and sisters, you can join us here. It is not too late to sign up. We still have room and I encourage you to join us.
I think my brother is going to blow a shofar here. HalleluYah!
And may Yahweh bless you, and can we all say it together? Can we all say this awesome word together? May Yahweh have mercy on us all! HalleluYah!
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