First and foremost, we cannot deny that there is a Creator who created all that we can see, taste, enjoy, etc. Shaul (Paul) explicitly explained this point; … For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse… Rom 1:20
Who did Paul address as “they are without excuse…? Those who claim to be atheists, of course, since all of mankind can see the invisible qualities of God, the Creator, through His creations including us, human beings. But, man being man, and from the very beginning…GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Gen 6:5)
Since every inclination of man’s thinking heart is only evil and continuously at that, we learn that even though…when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Rom 1:21
Their vain reasoning led them into thinking that all living beings came from primordial soup which evolved into all sorts of living creatures. These vain reasoning coming from those… who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. (Rom 1:18b,19) … Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, Rom 1:22
And the scripture says: The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. (Psa 14:1) In their foolishness, they came to the conclusion and declare that there is no God!
The Qoheleth (Assembler or Convener) stated … For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. (Ecc 7:20)
What do we see around us as a direct result of all of the above? … Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. Rom 1:24-25
And the truth of the scripture can be witnessed in the following video presentation:
RAT, COW & SNAKE TEMPLE…UNBELIEVABLE WORSHIP OF ANIMALS.
Thus, it may be stated that the basic message of false religion is that God may be worshipped in the form of His creation. False religion invites man to the worship of creation by calling the creation or some aspect of it God. For example, Jesus invited his followers to worship God, but those who claim to be Jesus’ followers today call people to worship Jesus, claiming that he was God.
The lust of the hearts lead them to chase after unclean things and practices!
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. Rom 1:26-27
The lust of the hearts leads some of them to practice unnatural sexual relations following the dictates of their degrading passions. And they received the reward of their straying in the form sexually transmitted diseases (STD); the most dreaded is the HIV/AID which has no cure to this very day!
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Rom 1:28-32
Look at this listing of behavior or acts of unrighteousness; greed, envy, fighting, deceit, WHISPERERS, SLANDERERS, unloving, unforgiving, ruthless – which include character assassination. Have we done these? Or have we participated somewhat in this favorite past times about some of our past fellow assembly members?
Collectively this list is called unrighteousness or to be exact, it is called lawlessness or sins! You can see that the list of transgressions to God’s law is quite long, but as I have said, this listing has barely scratched the surface.
How about the circumcised Torah keepers? Are they free from those worldly pastimes, since they are the recipients of the Law as well as the Torah of Moses?
The book of Jubilee Chapter 1 (Partial) talks about the purpose of the Torah written by Moses a follows:
And it came to pass in the first year of the exodus of the children of Israel out of Egypt, in the third month, on the sixteenth day of the month, that God spake to Moses, saying: ‘Come up to Me on the Mount, and I will give thee two tables of stone of the law and of the commandment, which I have written, that thou mayst teach them.’
Note: Those two stone tablets are the extent of the law and of the commandments that should be taught by Moses and spiritual leaders after him.
And Moses went up into the mount of God, and the glory of the Lord abode on Mount Sinai, and a cloud overshadowed it six days. And He called to Moses on the seventh day out of the midst of the cloud, and the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a flaming fire on the top of the mount. And Moses was on the Mount forty days and forty nights, and God taught him the earlier and the later history of the division of all the days of the law and of the testimony. And He said: ‘Incline thine heart to every word which I shall speak to thee on this mount, and write them in a book in order that their generations may see how I have not forsaken them for all the evil which they have wrought in transgressing the covenant which I establish between Me and thee for their generations this day on Mount Sinai. And thus it will come to pass when all these things come upon them, that they will recognise that I am more righteous than they in all their judgments and in all their actions, and they will recognise that I have been truly with them. And do thou write for thyself all these words which I declare unto, thee this day, for I know their rebellion and their stiff neck, before I bring them into the land of which I sware to their fathers, to Abraham and to Isaac and to Jacob, saying: ‘ Unto your seed will I give a land flowing with milk and honey. And they will eat and be satisfied, and they will turn to strange gods, to (gods) which cannot deliver them from aught of their tribulation: and this witness shall be heard for a witness against them.
Note: The so called “torah” or book of instruction of Moses was written to show the Jews God’s goodness towards them and the underlined sentences clearly stated that the torah of Moses was written as witness for the prosecution. Do we know exactly what the scripture says concerning the Torah of Moses? It is clearly explained in one short sentence below:
Exodus 21:1 Now these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them.
How are you going to keep or exercise the judgment part in a court case? It is to be exercised after one is proven guilty against the Law, then judgments or sentencing is executed! And only the Judge has the authority to execute judgments which have been established! That is the Torah of Moses! Read it for yourselves Exodus 21 beginning with verse 1.
Now, by way of faith (not Torah compliance) the so called “uncircumcised” or the gentiles are brought into the picture. Paul used an allegory of the olive tree. We, the body of Messiah, came to be grafted because … some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Rom 11:17
Paul also allegorized the circumcised Torah keepers as the original branches which were broken off, not to accommodate us, the wild olive branch, but we are grafted so that we suck in the true vine’s saps and try to avoid the mistakes made by the original broken-off branches. Shaul said it well: … I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Rom 11:11
The original branches were broken off because they stumbled and by their fall deliverance has come to the gentiles (us, ex-pagans) for a set time only! What is the set time? …For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. Rom 11:25
The completeness of gentiles’! What? Are we reading about the number of gentiles to be saved as we have been led to believe all these years? No! The fullness of gentiles’ sins happened when they lay siege on Jerusalem, which seems to be close at hand! The following video reports could very well be the trigger to cause the fullness of the gentiles’ sins:
IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL SPARKS WAR OF WORDS
Published on Nov 24, 2013
It has been called a historic deal aimed at preventing Iran from building a nuclear weapon.But just hours after top diplomats from the world’s most powerful countries shook hands in Geneva, there was a less than positive response from Israel and Saudi Arabia. Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called it a historic mistake. Al Jazeera’s Patty Culhane reports from Washington.
UPDATE 4-Israel denounces Iranian nuclear deal as “historic mistake”
* Netanyahu says Israel not bound by Geneva deal
* World a more dangerous place after Geneva accord, he says
* Repeats veiled threat of Israeli military action (Adds Israeli cabinet ministers, analyst, edits throughout)
JERUSALEM, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denounced the big powers’ nuclear deal with Iran as a historic mistake that left the production of atomic weapons within Tehran’s reach, and he said Israel would not be bound by it.
Having lost its battle against easing sanctions on Iran, Israel appeared to be charting a new strategy: intense scrutiny by its intelligence services of Iran’s compliance with the interim agreement and lobbying for stronger terms in a final accord world powers and the Islamic Republic will pursue.
Here is the link to the full article:
So, God’s plan for salvation had been laid out for both Jews and gentiles. While Jews prided themselves as Torah keeper, Shaul reminded them that the Torah was not given as a mean to salvation, but to show mankind God’s standard of holiness and righteousness for Shaul said … What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. Rom 7:7
Through the Law, we come to know what sin is! Unless we are shown what sins are, we have no way of knowing what to repent from. Therefore it is incumbent upon us to learn and keep the Law as much as we can.
Yeshua ha Masiach Himself is represented in the Torah scroll. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. Psa 40:7-8
And the New Covenant reaffirmed Yeshua’s claim as written in the book of Psalms above in great detail: …For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers there unto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? Because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Heb 10:1-10
See how clear the scripture describes the cessation of the work of the Torah; and replaced by God’s favor or grace through faith in the blood sacrifice of the Lamb of God, the Begotten Son of God, Jesus Messiah! We need a Messiah to save us from our unrighteousness or lawlessness which equates with sins! This Messiah had to die in our place for it is said that …For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom 6:23
The favorable gift of God requires the shedding of blood, for the life of the flesh is in the blood. The Torah explicitly says: For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Lev 17:11 … And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. Heb 9:22
That is why Messiah Yeshua our Master had to die on the stake. As is said: “Slaughter and meal offering, and burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor delighted in,” Heb 10:6 which are offered according to the Torah.
This is talking about burnt animal sacrifices … For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually… Now, you who are ardent to keep the Torah, (meaning going back to redemption through animal sacrifices, consider the following: For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Then we read Yeshua said, “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
When we read “He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second,” He was talking about the taking away of the Torah not the Law (Commandments). He is talking about animal burnt offerings. Before His impalement on the stake, atonement for the Jews were temporarily fulfilled by animal sacrifices which represent a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things. Now after Yeshua said “See, I come to do Your desire, O Elohim.” His desire is to be impaled on the stake that is, it is said that …we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
There is no longer any need for priestly yearly animal sacrifices for after …he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; Mat 27:50-51
The temple was made wide open for people to see, from the outer court all the way to the Holy of Holies because His people …are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Baruch ahta YHWH elloheynu melech ha olam.