By: Eric Turner
CONTEXT: The Truth about popular verses Christianity uses.
Pro 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
This is a popular verse that Christians use to say that we should not lean on our own understanding when they disagree with us teaching and practicing Torah, or “the Law”. If read in context, it gives us what the meaning of “lean not on your own understanding” means.
Pro 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
The context reveals that we are to remember the Law/Torah and not forget to keep the commandments. It tells us to put the Law/Torah in our hearts, sound familiar?
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
This verse is used and abused if I may add also when the Law/Torah is brought up. This is the most popular verse in Christianity. Let’s see what it says when put in context.
Joh 3:33 Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not OBEY the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
Again, when put in context, it reveals we are to OBEY the Messiah, because he speaks YHVH/God’s Words. There is another witness to this concept, that we are to OBEY the Law/Torah through Faith, which brings me to my next scripture.
Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since God is one–who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.
Christians quote this to justify not doing works of the Law/Torah. If they would finish the chapter, and read the very next verse that is conveniently left out, they would see that we are NOT to abolish the Law/Torah through Faith, but rather we are to uphold the Law/Torah.
Rom 3:31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
If they read scriptures in their context instead of “cherry picking” single scriptures to form doctrine, they may see the Truth in the matter, but they are programmed to memorize certain scriptures so that they form a faulty image of the Messiah Yeshua/Jesus taught and practiced. Let’s see some more.
Luk 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
This scripture is used by Dispensationalists to say that the Law was only to be observed until John’s testimony was given about the coming Kingdom of Heaven. They use it to say that the Law/Torah is done away with. Again, if they would read the very next verse, it testifies again of their lawlessness, showing that the Law/Torah is NOT done away with.
Luk 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. 17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. 18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.
Verse 17, the very next verse says that it is easier for Heaven and Earth to pass away before one jot or tittle of the Law/Torah will fail, or pass away. Then to ensure there is no confusion concerning the application of the Law/Torah, he quotes a commandment we find in the Torah. Notice verse 18. This is a commandment directly from the Torah concerning divorce.
Deu 24:1 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. 2 And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife. 3 And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife; 4 Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.
Most people gander at why Yeshua/Jesus went from saying the Law has not been abolished to an issue of divorce and adultery, then he moves on to a parable showing that even if one believes in the one who was raised from the dead, if they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded to repent. He was reassuring us that the Law/Torah is very well still intact and should be observed. Most Christians will say that we are to follow the “Law of Christ” rather than the “Law of Moses” even though it was not Moses who gave the Law/Torah, but YHVH/God who gave us the Law/Torah. These scriptures, along with many others contradict the ideal that we are not supposed to keep the Law/Torah as believers in Yeshua/Jesus. This says that even though one has risen from the dead, we should “hear” Moses and the Prophets. In Hebrew, the language the Messiah spoke, the word for “hear” is “shema”. It means to hear, understand, and do, or obey.
- to hear, listen to, obey (verb)
- 1a) (Qal)
1a1) to hear (perceive by ear)
1a2) to hear of or concerning
1a3) to hear (have power to hear)
1a4) to hear with attention or interest, listen to
1a5) to understand (language)
1a6) to hear (of judicial cases)
1a7) to listen, give heed
1a7a) to consent, agree
1a7b) to grant request
1a8) to listen to, yield to
1a9) to obey, be obedient
1b1) to be heard (of voice or sound)
1b2) to be heard of
1b3) to be regarded, be obeyed
1c) (Piel) to cause to hear, call to hear, summon
1d1) to cause to hear, tell, proclaim, utter a sound
1d2) to sound aloud (musical term)
1d3) to make proclamation, summon
1d4) to cause to be heard
Most will say that the New Testament was written in Greek and the Hebrew definition does not apply, but on the contrary, we see the Messiah quoting the “Shema” and quoting it as the most important commandment. He quotes the first couple of verses, but when we read what he is quoting in context, the most important commandment of all reveals to us again the idea of strict obedience and diligent teaching of the Law/Torah to our children every day, all day.
Mar 12:28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29 And Jesus answered him, Mar 12:28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Yeshua/Jesus quotes the Shema as the greatest commandment. Modern Judaism agrees. Jewry all over the world recite these verses every morning and evening. Let us look at what the Messiah is quoting in context.
Deu 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. We see here again, if we put the scriptures in context, the scriptures are shouting “OBEY”! The Messiah Yeshua says this concerning the greatest commandment. Now let us look at the parable of Lazarus and the rich man.
Luk 16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 Abraham saith unto him, THEY HAVE MOSES ANDTHE PROPHETS, LET THEM HEAR THEM. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, IF THEY HEAR NOT MOSES AND THE PROPHETS, NIETHER WILL THEY BE PERSUEDED,THOUGH ONE ROSE FROM THE DEAD.
Again, we see here that if we read in context, the scriptures that they use to promote their lawless doctrine are the very scriptures that bear witness against them. They use the scriptures that say “the law and prophets were until John” to justify lawless doctrine, as if after John’s testimony, the Law/Torah is no longer applicable for believers in Yeshua/Jesus. Let us move on to the next example.
Gal 4:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
This scripture is used by many Christians to “prove” we do not need to observe the appointed times of the father, the feasts and Sabbaths of YHVH. Let us look in context and see what Paul is really saying.
Gal 4:8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods(Pagan gods). 9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
This, when put in context, is a passage where Paul is rebuking former GENTILES. He is telling them that if they are returning to Pagan practices, such as Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, and many other Pagan observances, he has labored over them IN VAIN! Once again, we find that the scriptures that many Christians use to promote not observing the Festivals, Sabbaths, the appointed times commanded to be observed FOR EVER, are the very scriptures that condemn their mixing of Pagan observances with the observances of YHVH/God, and many times, completely rejecting the commandments of YHVH/God in order to observe their own traditions. This is the same as the practices and teachings of the Sadducees and Pharisees. The Messiah rebuked the Pharisees many times for these actions, the works of darkness that bare no fruit, making the Word of YHVH/God of no affect.
Mar 7:5 And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6 And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; 7 IN VAIN do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ 8 You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” 9 And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”‘ (that is, given to God)– 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13 thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”
Here, Yeshua/Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for rejecting the commandments of YHVH/God, in order to observe their own traditions. This is no difference than the churches rejecting the commandment to keep the seventh day Sabbath so they can observe the Catholic tradition of keeping the first day of the week, or rejecting the commandments to observe Passover, Unleavened Bread, and the Feast of Firstfruits, so they can observe the traditions of lent and Easter, of which we cannot find any such observances in the Bible. We will use one more example, even though there are miriads of examples we can use. I am not trying to rip the churches for their ignorance, but inform them of their errors, as commanded. If we truly love our neighbors as ourselves, we must show no partiality in judgment as James teaches us. I do this BECAUSE I love the people of YHVH/God, and want them to leave the errors that our forefathers passed to us and cling to the righteous and just commandments of YHVH/God. On to the last example.
Rom 10:5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?'” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 or “‘Who will descend into the abyss?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
Christians, especially Pastors I have encountered, use these verses to show that all you have to do is believe in the Messiah and we will be saved, regardless if we are obedient or not. Little do they know that Paul is quoting the Law/Torah, and shows us that the Law/Torah IS NOT TOO HARD TO OBSERVE, and it is in our heart so that we can do it. So, let us take a look at what Paul is quoting, as it is directly from the Law/Torah, and yet again, shows us when we look in context that we are to OBEY! Deu 30:11 “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?‘ 14 But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.
Paul quotes these verses and calls it the “Law of Faith”. He says that these are the Words that he and the other followers proclaimed. He says that the Word is in our Heart, just as the Law/Torah verses. The ideal that the Law/Torah is to be written on our hearts is something 95% of Christianity thinks only took place in the New Covenant. We can see all throughout the Tenach/Old Testament that the Law/Torah was ALWAYS supposed to be written on our hearts. These are but a few examples of how, if taken out of context, scriptures can SEEM to be saying we should not be obedient and observe the Law/Torah, but as we have shown, every instance, when put in context, condemns the very practices and doctrines that Christians use to justify their lawless deeds, the rejection of the commandments of YHVH/God to observe Pagan traditions, or mixing Pagan traditions with the worship of YHVH/God. We MUST show them the errors of our forefathers and expose the prophesied lies that we have inherited from them. We were warned ahead of time that our forefathers would inherit lies which are of no profit.
Jer 16:19 O YHVH/LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the GENTILES shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. 20 Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods? 21 Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is YHVH(NOT the LORD).
My hope and prayer is that all the Hebrews that encounter this teaching share it with Christians. They need to know of their errors. We MUST NOT let them continue in their ways without at least trying to inform them of the Truth. Boldly proclaim the Truth to all who do not believe and to them who do believe, yet refuse to obey, their rebellion has eternal consequences, and we should not turn a blind eye and let them fall because we were too afraid to tell them the Truth, as their blood will be upon our hands, as prophesied in Ezekiel. I pray this will be edifying to all of the Body of Messiah Yeshua, and that His will be done, HaShem Yeshua/In the name of Jesus, Amein Amein!
Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.