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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Why the Letter to the Galatians?



For many believers today, Galatians is hard to understand.

Without its foundation, a casual read can one think that the letter Paul penned to the Galatians supersedes what is written in the Torah, the Writings and the Prophets as well as the words of Yeshua.

This leads to confusion as the letter to the Galatians appears to conflict with Paul's prior testimony in the book of Acts.

When we read the account we see that he kept the Torah (see Acts 21:1-26).

Those who say the Torah has been done away with often turn to Galatians to "prove" their point of view, others mistakenly teach the letter supports a change to what Messiah Yeshua taught during His ministry.

Jesus' words are recorded in the gospel accounts beginning with Matthew. Perhaps you too have read Matthew 5:17-19 noticing the Greek word "plēroō" that has been translated as "fulfill"...
"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.

For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." NASB
If you are thinking that "plēroō" means to finish or put an end to, you might want to take a seat and bend a knee because the thing is this, the word "plēroō" means to cause to abound - to render perfect - to perform not "do away with" as is heard in some sermons.

So, we have to ask: Why the letter to the Galatians?

In chapter 5:1-4 of the Galatia letter (actually modern day Turkey) Paul writes some difficult words for those that have been "estranged from Messiah" and seek to be justified by doing rather than faith in Messiah:
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Messiah has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Messiah will profit you nothing.

And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole Torah.

You who have become estranged from Messiah, you who seek to be justified by Torah; you have fallen from grace."
To one whose eyes and ears are untrained, the admonition to the Galatians can sound like a warning against walking in the Torah path as Paul professed to do, and a condemnation of circumcision. It's as if once you become circumcised, you take on a debt that cannot be paid or if anyone wants to do what the Torah says, it's a sure sign they have come under the law in bondage of legalism, fallen from grace.

Simple enough, but this misses the mark.

Paul was an expert in the teachings of the Pharisees, he professed this:
"My manner of life from my youth, spent from the beginning among my own nation and in Jerusalem, is known by all the Jews. They have known for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that according to the strictest party of our religion I have lived as a Pharisee." Acts 26:4-5
Yet, if we seek to dig into the whole truth, we can see something else, a hidden treasure.

Paul wasn't warning against the Biblical instruction of circumcision, nor any of God's words that Moses recorded and Yeshua taught. Rather, Paul was preaching against his own past, to the strictest party of non-scriptural religion saying don't exchange the gracious gift of a life-changing relationship with Messiah for your own "works of law" to justify yourself to God as he (Paul) once did because works to achieve salvation is not a part of God's gift of mercy and grace that is shown in the Torah and the plan of salvation described by the prophet Zechariah:
"And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The LORD.' And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy." Exodus 33:19

“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn." Zechariah 12:10
Paul was providing his own expert witness testimony to King Agrippa before Festus and the military tribunes and the prominent men of the city admitting his past sin as he appealed to a hearing with Caesar. We can understand this if we look in Acts 26:9 where he proclaimed to the angry crowd in Jerusalem: “I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Yeshua of Nazareth."

Did you see that? “I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Yeshua of Nazareth." Paul came to know he was wrong, works do not achieve righteousness before the Almighty. Yeshua came in the spirit of grace and mercy as the pierced one and to tear down the wall of separation between Jew and Gentile, not to add new bricks. When he met him, Paul came to realize Yeshua came to bring Heaven to Earth to reconcile Jew and Gentile as one new man in the faith of Messiah.

Paul taught the Ephesians about this kingdom mystery of Messiah, explaining that:
“When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Messiah, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is that the Gentiles (nations) are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Messiah Yeshua through the gospel.” Ephesians 3:4-6

Paul did not speak against the 613 instructions in the Torah, nor was he teaching against the 1,050 or so commandments from the New Testament that reveal the deep meaning and heart of God in the Torah.

In fact, in his defense before Agrippa he proclaimed:
“Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance." Acts 26:19-20
No, Paul was combating his own longstanding un-biblical notion of ignoring mercy and grace being taught that had infiltrated within the Galatia community, that to be a child of God, you must become circumcised, that religious legal Jewish status was the only way for a Gentile (un-circumcision) not naturally reborn as a religious Jew (circumcision) to be eligible to become a bona fide member of the "family of God".

According to Paul, such religious "law" emanating from man's traditions that he once upheld even to raging fury, imprisonment and death of others that added to the Torah contrary to the Scriptures and the teaching of Moses. Look at his own confession in Acts 26:10-11...
"And I did so in Jerusalem. I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving authority from the chief priests, but when they were put to death I cast my vote against them. And I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to make them blaspheme, and in raging fury against them I persecuted them even to foreign cities."
Paul's issue was about a long standing non-scriptural religious teaching that Gentiles had to be circumcised to be converted, not about the heavenly, set apart lifestyle of a Torah observant believer that follows the repentant faith walk of Messiah. He professed the same in the court of Agrippa describing the deeds in a repentant walk with Messiah: "and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance."

To better understand this, consider many of the teachings floating around in the 40,000 or so denominations of Christianity today.

You've probably heard of or even follow a few of them, after all they separate believers if we look at differences in denominational teachings rather than bringing people together.

Peter taught the opposite of denominational differences, he wrote about 'a' holy nation, 'a' people:
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1Peter 2:9-10
As we can see from these words, you can be blessed of the same faith promises based in the Torah that were made to Israel AND the sojourners with them.

Messiah Yeshua prayed "that they may all be one" to The Father in his high priestly prayer revealed in John 17:
"Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me." John 17:17-23
Like the Bereans, we too must search the Scriptures for ourselves rather than a denomination that opposes "that they may all be one" and see what our Father truly wants us to do in our worship of Him and our relationship with each other (see Acts 17:11).

An uninformed pulpit teaching of Galatians is not truth. To search the meaning within the letter, we must dig in deep and do something in keeping with our repentance.

We must reflect deeply on the unchanging Torah character of our Messiah Savior, we are responsible to seek mercy and grace while understanding God's standards for holy (set apart) living if we are to live them out in repentance and teach them just as our Messiah did (see John 13:15; 1 John 2:6; Ephesians 5:1-2 and 1Corinthians 11:1).

After all, the “Great Commission” isn’t only about preaching, but about teaching others how to demonstrate their repentant love for The Father and follow the commands He has given us for righteous living as one new man (Matthew 28:18-20).

That is what discipleship is all about.

Following God’s instructions (His Torah) does not minimize grace nor put a person under the penalty of the law rejecting grace. In fact, it is God’s grace that has provided forgiveness for the times that we "miss the mark" when we slip and fall as we walk in His path of love and repentant obedience to our Father.

His mercy, grace and unending love is what provides the once-and-for-all offering which is from the pierced one Messiah Yeshua who willingly paid the penalty that we all deserve for idol worship rejecting God and His commandments (see 1John 3:4). When we accept Yeshua's atoning gift and receive the deliverance it can bring, we get to show our gratitude in love of Torah deeds for our Heavenly Father by keeping His Kingdom ways because we want to, and we can do so joyfully knowing what He has done for all mankind!

From a Biblical perspective, Paul’s comments are not that difficult to comprehend when placed into their proper Torah context and understanding that God's restoration plan includes Jew and Gentile. Paul refutes the "religious" tradition that circumcision is the entry into a covenant relationship with God and each other. Paul declares the ancient truth, that "faith" is the doorway to a covenant relationship with our Creator as it has always been as shown by the faith of Abraham who came from the Ur of the Chaldeans in Babylon (Galatians 3:6-9).

The perspective of seeking truth is the key to understanding Galatians.

Take a look at the word "again" in Galatians 5:1. The Galatians were neo-pagans, they were non-Jews fully assimilated in Greek culture before Paul arrived with brothers in faith. They didn't observe the Torah and likely did not even know of it before Paul's teaching as they worshipped the false-gods and followed the traditions and celebrations days and seasons of Olympus. So, logically the Torah could never be the yoke of bondage they were once "again" being entangled in.

The "days and months and seasons" that were rightly disparaged by Paul in Galatians 4:9-10 are not the Biblically appointed festivals of The Lord, but rather ways Greek hellenistic polytheism that carried on the very ancient Babylonian idol worship and festivity of the nations.

Many of these Greek days, months and seasons survive today having morphed in one form or another and incredibly some have even been adopted into Christianity in the form of Easter and Christmas. In the Greek influence of Paul's day these neo-pagan ways celebrated all sorts of idols and Greek false-gods including today's fall 'carnival' season whose origin is from the festivities worshiping Dionysus, the Greek false-god of wine and feast.

The proper, Biblical fall celebration is Sukkot declared by God in Exodus 34:22; Leviticus 23:34; Deuteronomy 16:13-16. Its first restoration of observance after the exile to Babylon is detailed in the Book of Nehemiah 8:13-18 and Zechariah 14:16-19 describes its future after the final exile.

Sukkot's eternal purpose has been morph-mixed in a Greek mindset because the deceiver always infuses truth with fiction and false-gods in the power of haSatan unlike Yeshua who taught the heart behind the deeds of Torah, the Father's heart from the beginning.

Even our calendar weekdays are infused in Hellenistic astrology as each day is named after false-idol gods deities of the heavens. Naming the days of each and every week was is a system made popular around the globe by the Romans when they honored the days after the neo-pagan deities of their time mixing the Bible's ancient countdown to the 7th day Sabbath with honoring false-god planet worship. Today, the week begins with Sun-day in honor of Sol Ivictus, the official sun god of the Roman Empire who morphed from the Greek false-god Helios.

Believe it or not, the ancient Greek theatre began as festivals honoring this false-god Dionysus. The Greek culture was hellenistic and they worshipped the pantheon of the other Greek false-gods of Olympus including Zeus, Athena, Artemis, Apollo, Hermes, Hades and Aphrodite just to name a few. Paul knew typical Greek worship ritual included feasting in honor of their false idol gods. He was all too familiar with how the Greeks celebrated all kinds of festivals and celebrations to make offerings to their mythic Olympic deities.

During the course of a year, scheduled celebrations were held, so if you do not have at least some understanding of the culture the Galatians lived in you can get rid of your confusion easily by simply reading the works of Homer. He was the Greek poet and writer that is credited with works like The Odyssey and The Iliad as well as Homer's Hymns that describe the Greek culture and the ritual mystery cults that gave birth to the seasons that Paul preached against.

Many ancient Greek traditions survive today in one form or another including the Olympic Games that still carry on the mystical name of the home of the Greek false-gods. In fact, references to the legends of some Greek false-gods and heroes continue in common expressions such as "Achilles heel" to "Pandora's box" and "Herculean effort" that tie to the Greek culture of Paul's day.

The architecture of the Greek temples still reflects the Parthenon and the Acropolis which are still revered today. If you doubt that take a trip to Washington DC to view the Greek architectural designs that are infused in the Supreme Court building, in fact, the most recognized legal symbol there is the female figure on the steps and the lampposts leading to the main entrance representing Justice that dates back to depictions of Themis and Justicia infused in the religion of Greece and Rome that survive today. Themis was the Greek Goddess of Justice and Law. In Roman mythology, Justicia (Justice) was one of the "four virtues."

Yes, its true, Peter the fisherman and disciple wrote that Paul’s “letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction” (see 2Peter 3:16).

You may have missed it before but take notice, Peter wrote that: "ignorant and unstable people distort" Paul's letters to their own "destruction".

Destruction is serious yet some do not want to see that Paul, even in his letter to the Galatians, esteems the purpose of God’s Torah in the lives of the faithful. Paul appeals to the Greek people to rely on the account of Abraham (Galatians 3:6, 3:14, 3:16, 3:18; 4:22), after all, Abraham left the pagan ways and life of Babylon, he crossed over and surely Paul knew they could relate to his story.

Some, like the Greek philosophers teach believers today that they only be concerned with a mind-set, a decision is all you need, a 'belief' in grace alone, because they do not see that love and faith are 'demonstrated' by God’s people by 'doing' God's Word in faith and love.

As Peter points out, their problem is not just with Paul, but they have an issue with the front of the Bible, the "other Scriptures"... despite the fact that they are the Messiah's Bible.

So whats up with the bondage that Paul wrote about?

For many years, religious men were adding to the Torah, rather than finding rest in YHWH's love and grace established in the Torah that was made to abound in meaning through Messiah Yeshua.

Galatians doesn't teach that wanting to follow what is written in the Bible is a problem, but seeking to be justified before Almighty God by doing works is a problem with any religion that adds to or takes away from The Torah.

When God's words are written on our hearts, His Spirit gives us the desire do the things instructed by His voice, not in order to be saved, but rather because we delight in "getting to" do them as we celebrate love for our Father and Savior. It is that expression of love that is a blessing... after all, loving God is the greatest command we must understand (See Matthew 22:37-40).

But there is 'one' that opposes this great truth about the mercy and grace of God's love emanating from the Mercy Seat.

The deceiver does not want us to be 'whole' Bible believers, he promotes Greek philosophy. The enemy wants many to be deceived and think of themselves as Gentile sinners. The enemy wants people to be ineffective and not know that when Jesus healed people, He instructed them to "go and sin no more."

The enemy wants you to believe the lie that faith in Yeshua should not be followed with honoring God's Torah, His instruction manual for living. The enemy wants you to remain sidelined in sin so you cannot be effective in showing others how to demonstrate their love for God through the blessing of righteous living by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The enemy wants to veil your true identity and separate Christians from our Jewish brothers and sisters. He abhors a proper identity of faith in Yeshua the Messiah. Paul taught that you can be adopted as a part of God’s children. A family with the name Israel given as as gift by faith and trust in the gospel of the Kingdom. That's what the sojourners with them noted in the book of Exodus is about. Paul taught the Galatians that through a faith adoption, believers are heirs with Abraham, and partakers of the promises of the covenant God made with him. And since believers are adopted, they are heirs of God's promise through Messiah Yeshua (see Galatians 4:7) and He warned the Galatians to not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage of Hellenism (see Galatians 5:1).

Galatians is not in opposition to a Torah lifestyle that God outlined for mankind and the letter is not impossible to understand, provided you seek truth and wisdom to understand it in true Biblical light.

Consider the “righteousness” described in Galatians which includes status as a member of God’s chosen people, even as it regards redemption and forgiveness by Messiah's taking away the penalty of sin.

Next, we need to know that “circumcision” for the Galatians is concerned with the ritual of becoming a proselyte by religious tradition. Paul was warning that in undergoing “circumcision” for salvation, the Galatians would have discounted the power of the gospel and faith in Yeshua as being the entry to God’s covenant household.

Last but not least, the “works of the law” concern a specific way of following the Torah. Paul hit the nail on the head by asserting that righteousness does not come via circumcision as “works of law.” He was right to conclude that one’s personal forgiveness does not come by human action, but through the work Jesus did for all people, all nations as He walked the walk, talked the talk and took sin and its penalty nailing it to his Passover cross three days before arose in eternal resurrection glory on the Day of First Fruits.

If you can understand this, then your life, your study and perspective on the deep message of Galatians will go well with you. Not only will you be able to have a fuller grasp on the context of the religious conflict shown in Galatians, but also its great importance today in the circumcision of one's heart.

Needless to say, we have to understand the foundation given of the letter to the Galatians. Few it seems realize it, but Paul quotes from the Hebrew Scriptures to make his points:
  • Galations 3:8, Paul quotes from Genesis 12:3
  • Galations 3:10, Paul quotes from Deuteronomy 27:26
  • Galations 3:11, Paul quotes from Habakkuk 2:4
  • Galations 3:12, Paul quotes from Leviticus 18:5
  • Galations 3:13, Paul quotes from Deuteronomy 21:23
Paul is not trying to do away with or establish any new religion. He never did, nor did Yeshua.

As usual, Paul uses the front of the Bible to prove his point. The apostle always used a Torah and Prophet-based proof for his positions, not understanding that (ignorance) only causes confusion and bad preaching. That's why Peter said those that do that are ignorant of God's Word. Don't remain ignorant, study the Word of God for yourself.

Rather than invalidating the Torah through the eternal work of the Messiah that causes the Torah to abound, Paul shows how the Torah teaches that a person can only be justified in the eyes of God not by our works but by faith, mercy and grace through the Messiah's perfect Torah keeping and redeeming work.

Paul's doctrine is not new, it is from the beginning.

He teaches Abraham was justified by faith in the eyes of God, just read Galatians 3:9 for yourself, and Paul taught that Abraham, in faith kept the Torah he had received as instruction from God (see Genesis 26:5).

The disciple James, whose real name was Jacob (Yaakov) also uses Abraham as the example to show us that Abraham was justified by his faith yet his faith was made perfect and complete by his works because Abraham "acted" on his faith just as James taught: faith without works is dead (James 2:14-24).

Due to the error of dispensational, replacement theology many Christians ignor the message of James, the brother of Jesus. The get confused in ignorance and equate doing the law (Torah) with a goal to earn justification and salvation by good works. The Torah does not teach that message, it is the Heavenly instruction for "living near" God and walking in His ways on Earth because you love and worship Him.

The Hebrew word, Torah means "to teach, to point out as aiming". After all, instruction is what any father, but most especially our Heavenly Father gives to all of his children to draw us near and point us toward truth and living a life which is righteous and pleasing to the Father.

The storyline of Exodus is quite clear about this.

Doing the Torah does not save us, it never did, it was given by God to teach us how to live life in the Kingdom after salvation. Read the Exodus account carefully for yourself and take notice, Israel received the Torah from the fire "after" they were saved by the blood of a lamb and brought out of Egypt to be set-apart in covenant near to the Creator God of Israel.

Exodus ultimately teaches us all that a person must believe in the Messiah's blood life atonement for sin and THEN we get to live life in the light according to the spirit and truth and spirit of the living water of Torah.

Yeshua Ha-Mashiach is the embodiment of living Torah, He is sinless "Word of God" made flesh. When He lived his life on this planet as a humble Jewish Rabbi from Nazareth, Jesus always instructed his followers how they could live their lives in a Heavenly way.

In Matthew 5:17, our Savior taught the multitudes gathered and the Mount and He still teaches us about this:
"Think not that I have come to destroy the TORAH."
This word "destroy" points us to a basic Hebrew idiom about the Torah which means to wrongly interpret and teach the meaning of God's instruction for your life given by the voice of God at another mountain, Mount Sinai:
"But I have not come to destroy (wrongly interpret and teach) but to fulfill (another Jewish idiom which means to "make abound" in your life) ..."

In Revelation 14:12 He said: "Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Yeshua."

Yeshua reinforces His goal to make the Torah abound, endure in purpose and in Revelation 22:12,14 He reiterates what James had learned from Him:
"And behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work (good works) shall be... Blessed are they that do his commandments (walks by love and walks in the path of the Torah taught by Yeshua) that they may have right to the tree of life (eternal life) and may enter in through the gates of the city".
Yeshua uses the words tree of life here for good reason too. It's another idiom. Did you know that the columns of a Torah scroll are called leaves? That is no coincidence, its another Hebrew word picture.

Jeremiah 36:21,23 tells us about the leaves of a Torah scroll:
"So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll (scroll)... and Jehudi READ it in the ears of the king ... And it came to pass when Jehudi had read three or four leaves ..."
Here, the "leaves" on the "tree of life" is a reference to the passages found inscribed in every Torah scroll.

The vision of Revelation also describes a river that runs beside the tree of life. Do you know why He does that?

In its Hebraic context, Revelation tells us keeping the commandments of God is like a river of life and Revelation 22:2 is a direct reference to the promise of Psalm 1:2-3 which describes the delight of a person who keeps the Torah of God:
"But his delight is in the Torah of the Lord: and in his Torah does he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; and his leaf also shall not wither and whatsoever he does shall prosper".

Any biologist will tell you the basics, life cannot not exist without water. You cannot live abundantly without God's Torah.

In summary, the issue in understanding Paul's message to the Galatians is that we must read the letter in its proper Torah foundation, not mixed with religious confusion. The nature of the tree of knowledge of good and evil was that it mixed these together; the fruit of the tree, when eaten mixes the truth with lies. Mixture is Satan's method to cause chaos and death, that is why the Torah is full of prohibitions against (kalayim)) mixing or combining certain species of animals, plants and even clothing (shatnez).

It's the Torah way of teaching a greater meaning by using creation as an example of greater truth (see Leviticus 19:19 and Deuteronomy 22:11 as examples that the verse reveal insights for our understanding of holiness).

Satan always mixes a little bit of truth with a big lie. One of those lies that I once fell for, that the Torah is an Old Testament.

Paul was concerned with a mixture of truth that the way to salvation is 'doing' Torah. Paul teaches that keeping the commandments of God could never provide eternal life. The goal of Torah is to point you to Messiah, to show you that you are a sinner and that you need a redeemer. It sets the Godly standard to show your need for the Messiah while at the same time it teaches us how we can live our lives in a way which is pleasing to God just as Yeshua.

Paul used the Torah and the Prophets as the source text to teach others who Yeshua is:
"...From morning till evening he expounded to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Yeshua both from the Torah of Moses and from the Prophets." Acts 28:23
Yeshua overcame the punishment for our willful sin (violation of Torah) by taking it upon Himself at the Roman execution stake. His life offering and resurrection redeemed and atones us from the curse of eternal death and separation from God which comes from our deliberate disobedience, but He did not do away with the Torah, Heaven forbid, He fill it with meaning.

He never took away the blessings that result when we are obedient in our walk just as He was and is.

Yeshua alone can redeem us from eternal death, the first curse and the second command to mankind. The first was a blessing to be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and rule over it.

Our Creator will never do away with any blessing, any good of the Torah so the choice is yours. Paul taught about this:
"Wherefore the law [Torah] is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid..." Romans 7:12-13
The truth of Galatians is a real eye opener. So what is the message to us today?

The question that we should all be asking is, "How is God telling us to live?" Of course, our minds will immediately think of our natural surroundings first, but this is the wrong place. To answer the question, we must look inward.

Where is He asking us to live? It is within the guidelines of the Torah.

The question posed to the Galatians is: how are we to live in true faith?

Does Scripture urge you to continue to live following man's traditions or have you been "called out" to live a life separate and apart as a divine appointment unto your Abba Father?

Are you truly serious about your faith? If so, are you living within the guidelines of Torah which Paul has actually told us to live by in repentance? Do you believe every unchanging jot or tittle even if you not understand them?

Or, do we want to be like Paul the Pharisee, believing in resurrection but looking to preach the addition of man-made traditions not looking to God's Word? Do we want mix good and evil with only one spiritual eye on His word, and the other on religious doctrine?

Many are now re-considering what they have been taught and are taking a walk of faith just as father Abraham told Isaac about.

As we have seen, when the famine came, Isaac wanted to take control of the situation. But the message to Isaac was very clear. He was told to follow God's instruction. Isaac accepted this and was on a new walk because of it. It was one he had never walked before. In order for him to live in the provision of his Creator, he had to learn to trust in the voice and teaching of God. He had to learn to not follow the path that seemed good. He had to learn faith then his walk in repentance.

Today, many believers are on a walk similar to Isaac as we re-consider Paul's word to the Galatians. If you have become bored with the old sermons and the lifestyle of the Greeks, may God bless your journey home!

Yet, since the first century, only a few, a remnant have walked in faith and obedience. We must each now learn to return to how God tells us to live. The message to the Galatians is for us as well, we must understand that it is the walk of faith in Messiah that has to come first.

If we will learn this, then we can learn how Messiah tells us to live as He did, it is a process of bringing the lost sheep home in reconciliation.

Shalom.

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