On This Day – 20 Tevet

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Shalom. Here is our devotional for January 18, 2017, 20 Tevet. Hope you are blessed. Approximately 4 minutes

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6 Responses to On This Day – 20 Tevet

  1. eric nagel says:

    Thanks Bill, a balanced view it seems should be that one should read commentary, teachings, and knowledgeable writings of Christians and others with the fact in mind that many of them do not acknowledge the Torah.

  2. Dessie Young says:

    Words of a Wisdom always point to THE GREATEST RABBI — JESHUA!

  3. torahislife says:

    We all need more discernment for sure. Perhaps instead of filtering information we should simply test all teachers using the TANAK?

    Most of us coming out of the Christian religion held preconceived ideas about Yeshua. Overtime we learned our views did not square with the Hebrew understandings of messianic redemption, God, and so much more. The problem of using Yeshua as a filter is that most of us have preconceived ideas about Yeshua until we are open to learning Hebrew and insights from Jewish sages.

    The problem with using Yeshua as a filter is that it can unintentionally create an agenda of defending preconceived ideas.. Using a Yeshua filter blocks out understanding Yeshua further. This describes the problem keeping so many good Christians in bondage to the Christian religion.

    If we follow the example of Yeshua we will use the TANAK as our filter.. We will go to the Father as our teacher and evaluate all men by His Words (Matt 23:8). Our Father may take our understanding to places we never expected including extra biblical sources, the sages, and even the oral law. We cannot predict or determine where our Father will lead us if we are truly open to Him, but He will never mislead us.

    • Bill says:

      I think I understand what you’re trying to say but I need to point out that if we truly use the Tanakh as our guide and allow the Spirit of God to lead and direct us, it will always bring us to Y’shua! Isn’t that right? Furthermore, Y’shua isn’t going to mislead us anymore than the Father would because, as Y’shua said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30) and “the Father is in me and I in Him” (John 10:38).

      Y’shua also said:

      “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
      I do not receive honor from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you — Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:39-47)

      This, or course, was directed at people who “searched the Scriptures” but who, for reasons stated by Y’shua, couldn’t or wouldn’t arrive at the intended conclusion of what Moses and the prophets wrote about in the first place. So, they also had preconceived ideas that kept them from seeing the identity of the promised Messiah and it is from these men and their students that Judaism derived their extra Biblical resources, sages and oral traditions. Don’t get me wrong, I still read what they have to say but, again, I filter it through the fact they don’t see Y’shua as Messiah and, so, I can’t take everything they say as gospel.

      Besides, if we look to the Father to teach us (as we should), will He not glorify the Son [John 17:1-5]? If we are genuinely led by the Spirit, will He not glorify the Son [John 16:14]? So then, when I say Y’shua should be the filter through which all doctrine and teaching must pass, I stand by that because He is the Word manifest for us and the Torah and Prophets (Tankakh) testify of that. So whether it is Judaism denying His messiahship or Christianity denying our responsibility to keep His commands, using Y’shua (not a preconceived Christian or Jewish version) as the filter for all I internalize is to say that whatever gets through that filter – whether from Judaism or Christianity – is going to validate that He is the Messiah and Son of the Living God and, furthermore, it will validate our responsibility to keep His commands as manifestation of our devotion to Him. Blessings.

  4. jay1504@att.net says:

    What an excellent teaching! Brings it all back to Yeshua, the original target after all! Extra Biblical teachings can be informative, but I think all things must go back to God’s inspired Word. I am all for teachings that can clarify what God says as far as Hebrew idioms & knowledge of he times in which He lived, etc., but when we find that the waters begin to get muddy, we must go back to the pure Source. How many times have our (secular) teachers told us not to try to “overthink” something, because that is when we can throw out the baby with the bathwater. I believe that the Holy Spirit, if we ask, will lead us onto the right path, and that Yeshua Himself will clarify all things when He comes. Won’t that be a great Bible study!

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