Sunday, October 7, 2012
BEWARE of the Leaven
Matt.16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
Matt. 16:11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
What is the symbolism of leaven one may ask.
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. (1 Corinthians 5:6) (*1 Corinthians 5:7)
A little leaven (yeast) sours the whole lump (batch of dough). The same thing happens to a message that is perverted(tampered with). You add one falsehood or twist to the context the slightest bit and you change the whole message!
Example: Satan tried to tempt Christ by twisting scripture:
They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
This is the verse Satan perverted. When we look at it we see that if by accident such happens but Satan put it in the context of well you can choose to dash your foot you will be protected. That is tempting God, and attempting to use him! (Matthew 4:6/ Luke 4:11) he says “at any time”!
James 1:13 (King James Version)
13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man
Matthew 7:15 (King James Version)
15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
2 Corinthians 11:3
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (Colossians 2:4/ 1 Cor. 2:4)
11Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
Romans 16:17 (King James Version)-19
17Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: (Moses being the law giver!)/ (*1 Chronicles 2:55 read and understand who these people are!)/
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, (Matt.15:3,4,5,6,7,8,9)
It also says alot when one stresses how big(colorful/quality) their tallit, shofar, or tzitzit is. These type people put on a good show to appear more spiritual than others when in fact their priorities reflect physical treasures rather than Spiritual.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Again talking to the Pharisees, John 8:44 44Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
John 3:10-12 (KJV)
10Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
11Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
Remember man can justify anything with in his own mind!
12If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
Lets also remember the description of an anti-Christ (1 John 2:22/ 1 John 4:3/ 2 John 1:7)
1 Peter 4:11
If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
29For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
2 Peter 2:1- But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
Not all are trying to pull you down there is always a remnate present in the world. A good elder is a blessing and such always teach people how to study for themselves and encourage a personal relationship with God! We have no need for a middle man between us and Christ. All sin. Beware of those who do a sermon on one or two verses! Notice how much emphasis is put on donations to the church. Beware of social class and status within a congregation! Do they give All credit to God? Do they pray to any other than God?
Also does your church teach what the two churches Christ found no fault with in Rev. taught? (Church of Smyrna /2:8-11/ Church of Philadelphia/ 3:7-13)
Do you agree with everything of a single denomination or elder?
Denomination- Division (separation)
Church- group of believers
Denominational Church- Separation of The Church!
Are you following man?
(Nethinim) Ezra 2:59,62/ 1 Kings 9:20-21/ 1 Chronicles 2:55 (Kenites)/ Serpents
Traditions of men make void the Word of God! (Mark 7:13 (Col. 2:8/ Matt. 7:21-23/ Mark 7:6,7,8/ Duet. 5:32/ Matt. 1:10-11/ Jer. 17:5/ Jer. 9:14/Rom.8:28-30/ Phil.4:19/ John 14:6/ John 8:32/Man Can justify anything within his own mind (Prov.3:1,5/ Luke 10:25-37/ Rom. 11:25/ John 8:47/ Col. 2:23
When seeking find many scriptures that relate to the subject if not all of them and see where they all agree! This is how you find the truth, there are no contradictions! Does your elder refer back to the original languages! (Hebrew, Greek,& Syriac (Chaldee) It is good to learn how. There also easy to use tools for this as well. Determine which sources you find to be qualified!
Does your church stay in the milk of the Word? Does it ever get into the meat?
Things to consider!
Remember no two will agree on all things all the time! No two are at the same stage in their walk all the time. Do not stay in unfruitful discussions or studies! Don't be lazy when it comes to studing documentation(scripture) on a subject! don't be quick to conclude your studies.
Just because people don't claim alligance to you and your organizations doesn't mean they don't claim alligance to God in Christ's name. Strife and division should not be embraced here!
And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part.
(Many want God's people to follow man of social status both in the denominationalisim of "christianity" and in rabbinical sects of "Judaisim")
*****Jew-1) One who is of the tribe of Judah/decendant of Jehudah/by birth 2) One who is a dwells in Jerusalem/by location 3)One who "embraces" Judaism/ by faith/(today many say all tribes and those of the house of Israel are Jew.:(. Begates (lieniage and geneology), seedlines have vital importance in identification within the Word on the physical aspect! Notice in Rev the church of Smyrna and the Church of Philadelphia where the Two of the 7 Christ found no fault with. The Key of David was among their understandings and practices of understanding the Word!
When the king of the north started taking the nothern territories and surrounding areas many settled in Jerusalem that were not originally "Jews". (Jer.35(:11) Such infiltrations started way sooner though. These people even made their way into priestly duties even to the point of making copies of the scriptures(1 Chron. 2:55).
I see the tares and wheat can be both in a physical and Spiritual sense. I do consider Kenites as son's of Cain and that the mark remained with them! (Jer.35:5-7) SOME of those that lead the priesthood during the days of Christ were obviously more conserned about their reputation, social status, power, and agendas rather than truth or the well being of the people (Example look who they chose to set free instead of Christ and how such was a sin according to the death penalty demanded for such.)
The enemy often uses the Church as a weapon of their own.
(Mark 8:15/ Luke 12:1) Matt.16:5-12/Mark 8:14-21/Luke 12:1-12/ Also known as scripture lawers!(#Matt.22:35)/ (#Matt.10:25)/ (#Luke 11:46)
Today there remains a warning. Tomarrow it will either be:
"Well done good and faithful servant" /Matt.25:23/ OR
"I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." /Matt.7:23/ (Matt.25:12,30,41/ Lk.13:25-27)
("Between the alter and the porch"= where a priest stands when on duty)
(Matt.23:39/ Matt.21:9/ Mk.11:9-10/ Ps.118:26)
In rabbinic Judaism traditions of men are held up as The Authority. The Levitical Priesthood (Deut.17:9) was the Biblical priestly order yet it became perverted and fell. Yet the religion of (rabbinic) Judaism has replaced Obvious Levites with "rabbis" & given them the upmost authority. (Jer.18:18/ Deut.19:17/ Deut.27:19)
Within the Rabbi religion, Presetence carries the weight. If a rabbi introduces a new concept they can simpley say this "truth" was revealed to Moses on the mount and understood among the priests of His day according to Oral Torah and now revealed through me a "rabbi".
Within the Talmud and other rabbinic sources you can see many views and layers of thought some of which dont agree with others (conflicting rabbinic presentations). In these situations it is standard that Presetence determines what is to be considered The Authority (devine revelation). This is DANGEROUS.
We can see the Danger of this in the court systems of the Us Government. Hard Evidence is often thrown out of courtrooms in the name of presetence based on past ruling that say how evidence can and cant be gathered. A majority consensus does NOT equal right or righteous in the eyes of The LORD.
Ex.23:2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:
(Some rabbis point to this and say: here we are given weight to presetence in the Torah in relation to the rabbinic authority)
(Lev.19:18,34/ Mk.12:31/ Matt.22:39/ Ex.23:9)
Physical Israel has served as a light unto the nations. Israel has brought forth the witten Word and The Spiritual Word (Yeshua), Israel has served as an example of what it is to have a relationship with YHVH (blessings & or curses). The Authority is always in the Spirit of truth Not Man Ps.118:8/ Ps.40:4
You would think with the stressing of Presetence that the rabbinic stance would be constant but History has shown that isnt the cause. Before Yeshua it was presetence amoung the sages that areas like Is.53 were clearly about Messiah. The sages gave very Christian like interpretations of Scriptures that later rabbis changed and later gain support and new presetence
Look at the Blasphemy and perversion in "Midrash Pesikta Rabbati":
"A person must not say, I will not keep the commandment of the elders because they are not from the Torah. The Almighty says to such a person, No, My son! Rather all that they decree upon you, observe! As it is written, According to the instruction which they teach you (it points to Deut.17:11). Even I (GOD) must obey their decree, as it is written, You will decree and He will fulfill it (and then it points to Job.22:8)."
Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
1 Corinthians 9:14
Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
1 Peter 4:6
For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
1 John 4:1
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Jeremiah 5:31 /
Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
Yeshua wasnt a part of human sacrifice to an idol or G-d Lev. 18:21, Deut. 18:10 rather he was executed.
The Jewish concept regarding the death of the righteous atoning for the sins of the people.
Zohar 2:212a, Babylonian Talmud Mo'ed Qatan 28a, Shabbat 32a, 33b, Leviticus Rabbah 20:12, Yoma 2:1, Pesikta deRav Kahana 26:16, Exodus Rabbah, Terumah 35:4, b. Sotah 14a, b. Berakhot 32a, Mekhilta 2a, m.Negaim 2:1, Zohar pt. III, fol. 218a, Amsterdam edition, 4th Maccabees 6:28-29, 13:12, 16:20, 17:22, Tanhuma, Vayyera, sec. 18, Sifra 1o2c, b.Ta'anit 16a, Mekhilta d'Rashbi, p.4, Tanh. Vayerra, sec. 23
II Sam 21, John 11:49-53, John 18:12-14
Great info on Atonement: http://friendsnchrist.ning.com/notes/index/show?noteKey=Atonement%28s%29%3F all pointing to Yeshua (Jesus)
Although the Talmudic rabbis concurred that Isaiah 53 was a prediction of the Messiah, by medieval times the pressure from those who applied this prophecy to Jesus was so great that Rashi, that greatest medieval Biblical scholar, reinterpreted the chapter and said it referred to the nation of Israel. This interpretation is maintained today by many Jewish scholars, though it only dates back to the Middle Ages. -JewsForJesus
Jewish Targum declares Is.53 was about Mashiach long before Rashi attempted to change interpretation following Yeshua's crucifixion.
Also in referance to Is.53:
Rabbi Yafeth Ben Ali ( second half of the 10th Century):
"As for myself, I am inclined to regard it as alluding to the Messiah."
Many Talmudic comentaries say this is of Mashiach.
Talmud Sanhedrin (98b):
"Messiah ...what is his name? The Rabbis say,'The leprous one'; those of the house of the Rabbi (Jehuda Hanassi, the author of the Mishna, 135-200) say: 'Cholaja' (The sickly), for it says, 'Surely he has borne our sicknesses' etc. (Isa.53,4)."
Blood of Jesus
4 1 & all times in Yeshua-
Heb.10 speaks about how the physical sacrifices (atonements) leading up to the crusifixtion all pointing to the fulflimment in Yeshua Ha-Mashiach
Heb.10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.,18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. (Col.2:17)
Matt.26:26-29 (vs.28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins)
Rom.5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Rev.1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Jn.11:49-53; And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.(18:14)
Eph.1:7; In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ (Jn.3:16) Gal.3:24-29! (*Lk.17:21/ Matt.24:23,26/ Dan9:27;11:36;12:11/ 2 Thess.2 We partake of the bread and wine and have victory today we dont seek modernday animal sacrifice, the anti will seek to pervert our communion with Jesus/ Be Armed and Alert)
Zohar 2:212a As long as Israel dwelt in te holy land the rituals and the sacrifices they performed in the temple removed all those diseases from the world, Now Messiah removes them from the children of the world.
Babylonian Talmud Mo'ed Qatan 28a
Said R Ammi Wherefore is the account of Miriam's death placed next to the red heifer? To inform you that even as the red hiefer afforded atonement (by the ritual use of its ashes) so does the death of the righteous afford atonement (for the living that they have left behind)
R Eleasar said wherefore is (the account of) Aarons death closley followed by (the account of the disposal of) the priestly vestments? (To inform you) that just as the preists vestments were means to effect attonement, so is the death of the righteous conductive to procuring atonement
(Miriam is sister of Moses btw)
death was atoneing for Israel
Example brazen serpent on the pole Moses raised up /
King Saul killed the Gibianites as act of atonement was was approved of by Hashem. Phinehas (Phineas/Phinias/Pinchas) killing two in act of rebellion (fornication) put aside wrath of Hashem against Israel (Num.25:1-12).
2 Sam 21 David took some of Sauls relatives that remained and killed them, following this God answered the prayers on behalf of the land (again atonement).
(Is.53) Messiah is redeemer! (1 Cor.5:6-8/ Heb.10:12)
(Jn.11:49-53 - one man atones/ Jn. 18:12-14 one man die for the people- Jewish tradtion)
4th Maccabees ^(apocrypha) death of righteous being atoneing for the people)
binding of Isaac!......
Babylonian Talmud Shabbat 32a For whoever ascends the scaffold to be punished, if he has great advocates he is saved, but if not he is not saved. And these are man's advocates: repentance and good deeds. And even if nine hundred and ninety-nine argue for his guilt, while one argues in his favour, he is saved, for it is said, If there be with him an angel, an advocate, one among a thousand, To shew unto man what is right for him; Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit, etc.18 R. Eliezer the son of R. Jose the Galilean said: Even if nine hundred and ninety-nine parts of that angel are in his disfavour and one part is in his favour, be is saved, for it is said, 'an advocate, one part in a thousand'.
33b For R. Gorion-others state, R. Joseph son of R. Shemaiah-said: When there are righteous men in the generation, the righteous are seized [by death] for the [sins of the] generation; when there are no righteous in a generation, school-children are seized for the generation.
(great link on the subject)
The Blood:Lev.17:11/ Matt.26:28/ Rom.5:9/ Rev.1:5/ Heb.9:22/ 1 Jn. 1:7
Here are the words of a respected Orthodox Jewish historian, Rabbi Berel Wein. How was it that the Jewish people survived the horrors of the massacres in Eastern Europe in the seventeenth century? According to Rabbi Wein:
Another consideration tinged the Jewish response to the slaughter of its people. It was an old Jewish tradition dating back to Biblical times that the death of the righteous and innocent served as an expiation for the sins of the nation or the world. The stories of Isaac and of Nadav and Avihu, the prophetic description of Israel as the long-suffering servant of the Lord, the sacrificial service in the Temple – all served to reinforce this basic concept of the death of the righteous as an atonement for the sins of other men. Jews nurtured this classic idea of death as an atonement, and this attitude towards their own tragedies was their constant companion throughout their turbulent exile. Therefore, the wholly bleak picture of unreasoning slaughter was somewhat relieved by the fact that the innocent did not die in vain and that the betterment of Israel and humankind somehow was advanced by their “stretching their neck to be slaughtered.” What is amazing is that this abstract, sophisticated, theological thought should have become so ingrained in the psyche of the people that even the least educated and most simplistic of Jews understood the lesson and acted upon it, giving up precious life in a soaring act of belief and affirmation of the better tomorrow. This spirit of the Jews is truly reflected in the historical chronicle of the time: “Would the Holy One, Blessed is He, dispense judgment without justice? But we may say that he whom God loves will be chastised. For since the day the Holy Temple was destroyed, the righteous are seized by death for the iniquities of the generation” (Yeven Metzulah, end of Chapter 15). 262 – Brown, Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, Volume 2, Theological Objections, p. 155
Footnote 262: Berel Wein, The Triumph of Survival: The Story of the Jews in the Modern Era 1650-1990 (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Shaar, 1990), 14.
The Talmud (rabbinal tradtional studies NOT scripture) itself teaches that “the death of the righteous atones”(mitatan shel tsaddiqim mekapperet)
(Qatan28 comparision scripturs- Num. 19:1-20:1/Num. 20:25-28/ Ex.28(:38)) Rashi to Num. 20:1
Leviticus Rabbah 20:12, repeated elsewhere verbatim (e.g., y. Yoma 2:1, Pesikta deRav Kahana 26:16): “Rabbi Hiyya Bar Abba said: The sons of Aaron [i.e. Nadab and Abihu] died the first day of Nisan. Why then does the Torah mention their death in conjunction with the Day of Atonement [which occurred on the tenth of Tishrei; see Lev. 16:1]? It is to teach that just as the Day of Atonement atones, so also the death of the righteous atones.” 265 – Brown, Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, Volume 2, Theological Objections, p. 155-156
Footnote 264 (roshi)
Footnote 265: Ginzberg, Legends of the Jews, 3:191, cites Sifre Deuteronomy 31: “The death of the pious man is a greater misfortune to Israel than the Temples’ burning to ashes.” For further references to the atoning power of the death of the righteous, see Ginzberg, Legends of the Jews, 6:75, n. 386; 6:107, n. 602.
An interesting passage in the Midrash reads, "Moses said to God, 'Will not the time come when Israel shall have neither Tabernacle nor Temple? What will happen with them then?' The Divine reply was, 'I will then take one of their righteous men and keep him as a pledge on their behalf so I may pardon [or atone for] all their sins." (Exodus Rabbah, Terumah 35:4). We have the same theme stated once again: When there is neither Tabernacle nor Temple, the life and death of the righteous will make atonement, just as we read earlier in Yeven Metzulah.
The Zohar supports this concept with a citation from Isaiah 53, the Messianic prophecy most widely quoted by Christians and Messianic Jews.
The children of the world are members of one another, and when the Holy One desires to give healing to the world, He smites one just man amongst them, and for his sake heals all the rest. Whence do we learn this? From the saying, "He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities" [Isa. 53:5], i.e., by the letting of his blood – as when a man bleeds his arm – there was healing for us – for all the members of the body. In general a just person is only smitten in order to procure healing and atonement for a whole generation.
Additions to the "Blood of Jesus" post:
Rom.3:24-25 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
1 Pet.1:2,18-19 (Rom.8:1-4)
1 Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Yeshua- Salvation of Yah/ Right Hand works (power) Christ fulfilled The Passover sacrifice 1 Cor.5:6-8/ Heb.2:14 (Lev.17:11/ Heb.9:22) Rev.12:10-11
Rom.5:1,9 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him
Heb.2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he (Jesus) also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;