Friday, July 19, 2013

I Went Down a Pharisee but stood up, Billy Graham?

Before you read this, keep proper context: Abba, Father, Yahweh...NEVER changed what he told Moses or Paul (Rabbi Shaul) Not one time did YEHOVAH, God, contradict his instructions in order to accommodate Judaism or Christianity. His instructions always supported life. Please, read the following verse of scripture found in the book of Titus, I have placed three translations just below:

(1)Titus 3:9 AKJ But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

(2) Titus 3:9 But abstain from foolish debates, from tales of genealogies, from contentions and from the contests of The Scribes, for there is no profit in them and such things are worthless. (Aramaic to English)

(3) Titus 3:9 Do not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual pedigrees or in quarrels and fights about obedience to Jewish laws. These things are useless and a waste of time. (NLT)

(This is not that Pastor, illustration only)
While driving home last night from Portland, Oregon I was listening to a Christian Pastor, via my car radio speak about this single verse of scripture. His assertion was that the Law was not something Christians should even argue about nor should we even bother understanding "JEWISH" genealogy. I was incredulous as to how far he had taken this verse out of context and even more incredulous as to how antisemitic his conversation was as he totally and completely ignored the obvious.
The Pastor speaking was basically suggesting that Rabbi Shaul, a Jew who penned most of the Brit Chadasha or New Testament was telling Titus to not get into arguments about the Law and or about Genealogy with Jews.

Argue about Jewish Law.....hmmmmm?
(1) Psalm 119:1 Blessed are those whose lives have integrity, those who follow the teachings of the LORD. (God's Word Translation)
(2) Psalm 119:1 ALEPH- Blessed are those who are without blemish in the way and they walk in the Torah of Lord Jehovah. (Aramaic to English)
(3) Psalm 119:1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. (KJ)
Nothing Jewish about this verse found in the Psalms

According to the Pastor speaking, Rabbi Shaul was now a Christian and was sharing with Titus, a gentile convert to Christianity that the Law and Jewish Genealogy was irrelevant. "A convert to Christianity" Hmmmm....where does it say that in the book of Titus......? Rabbi Shaul never called himself a Christian nor did he toss out the Law, Teaching, or TORAH of God. On the contrary, he returned to it as a result of his encounter with God on the road to Damascus.

Jeremiah 44:10  is but one verse found in the scriptures about God's laws, teachings, or TORAH:
They are not humbled even to this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set before you and before your fathers.

Here is another:

Psalm 78:10 For they did not keep the covenant of God and they did not choose to walk in his Law.

ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS RABBI SHAUL RETURNED TO THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE TORAH, GOD'S INSTRUCTION, GOD'S LAW. He was telling Titus to not get into conversations with people who had not realized what God forced him to understand.....about what Moses knew, about what Jacob knew, about what Isaac knew, about what Abraham knew....about what Noah knew!

I went down a Pharisee and came up, Billy Graham?
Galatians 1:12  For I neither received nor learned it from a man, but by the revelation of Yeshua The Messiah.
John 5:46 For if you had trusted Moses, you would also trust me, for he wrote about Me.

QUESTION: How did Moses Know about JESUS?
QUESTION: When did Jesus tell any of the disciples to get rid of the Laws given to Moses?
Uh, excuse me Moses...but how did you know about God's Laws before he gave them to you?
Exodus 18:16 When they have a matter, they come to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor, and I make them know the statutes of God, and his laws." 

So, the Pastor was saying the Law is no more and knowing anything about the genealogy of the Jews is vain and offers no profit....because Paul was now a Christian. 

Philippians 3:5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the assembly; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, found blameless.
Acts 23:6  But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question. (Yup, the pastor on the radio would have us believe that Rabbi Shaul, standing before the full Sanhedrin told a bold faced lie.......?

Paul only had the testimony of the Messiah, the encounter with Messiah and the Old Testament as references. Much of the New Testament was not been penned. Therefore Rabbi Shaul or the Apostle Paul would not be cross referencing....HIMSELF: 2 Timothy 3:16 Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

So, if God's Law, his instructions, his TORAH is vain and offers no profit why did Israel get kicked out of the land twice and why did God burn down his house twice? If the genealogy of the Hebrew people mean nothing at all why did God include this information in GREAT detail.....?

I would suggest that the Pastor realize that Paul was saying don't argue about the Law...not that the Law is void. He was also warning Titus not to get into endless conversations with people who had not been restored.....returned to what Noah knew about....OUR GOD! Paul would not have known Benny Hinn but he would have surely been speaking about people like Benny Hinn and this radio Pastor. Seriously, he would not be saying as a Jew,  "Don't listen to those foolish Jews....duh!"

(Please, I am not throwing Benny Hinn or Billy Graham under the bus...I am suggesting that our understanding is skewed. Actually darn right deceived....hence the division of God's house which was HEBREW on purpose)

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