Friday, August 19, 2016

“TOV” is one of the most important words in the Bible

It is one of the most important words found in the “The Torah’s Wisdom of the Beginnings” (Genesis 1 – 11:9). TOV will appear seven times in the first chapter of Genesis. If you're reading any section of the Hebrew Bible and notice a word that comes up a lot, count the number of times. The sevenfold or the tenfold repetition of a word is called a leitwort -- a recurring word that becomes thematic.1  These words are important and provide clues that reveal the purpose behind the message of the author. Read the complete article at -- http://www.tovcenter.org/tov.html

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Response to Questions About Baptism & Communion

Below are my responses to questions I received from a person who had read our information about "Ritual Immersion" (baptism) in the time of Yeshua. Thought you might find them of interest.

For Yeshua, his Jewish followers and the Jewish audiences he addressed, “ritual purity” was the most important thing on their minds. They understood that the prerequisite for obtaining forgiveness of a sin was TESHUVAH (repentance – stop doing the sin, regret the harm that has been done, do what is needed to repair the damage and do what one is supposed to do). Ritual immersion could only take place after that and it was to restore ritual purity in certain Jewish sects.

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Ritual immersion was also required for other reasons according to the Torah – before priests performed certain rites, after a woman had a period, etc. In other cases, for example touching a dead body, a period of time was required to return one to being ritually pure.

It is important to understand that there has never been form of the Israelite religion or Judaism. There have always been groups of Israelites (1st Temple Period), Judeans (people usually call “Jews”, from the 2nd Temple Period, and Rabbinic Schools (Rabbinic Judaism after 200 CE). So, thinking there is or has been a “single Jewish standard for determining what is `right’ is a misunderstanding of the periods in which they lived.

I also want to address your question “Am I allowed to take communion?” “Communion rituals & doctrines) developed long after Yeshua. They were primarily influenced by non-Jewish Christians who controlled Christian groups in different places – Rome, Antioch, Alexandria, etc. Add to that, the doctrines created about communion by Protestant sects after the 16th century and there are a number of conflicting positions about who participants, how they do it and why. All of which have one thing in common – Yeshua did not create them.

Now let me response to your final question – “How would a person immerse his or her self that's physically unable to?” I do not know of a reference to that situation in the Second Temple Period. I asked my associate Rabbi Leynor and he didn’t know of any references either. He said that today a disabled person would do it with help from others in a swimming pool, lake or ocean.

Thank you for contacting us. Hope this helps.

Shalom,

Jim Myers

Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Story behind the Real Yeshua Work

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Are You Really Seeking the Truth About Yeshua?

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Yeshua’s Teachings on Divorce


Yeshua said, “It was also said, `Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you, `Whoever divorces his wife, except for the matter of fornication causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.’” (Matthew 5:31-32)

This is probably one of the most discussed and debated teachings of Yeshua in history. The first step in working with any text is to define the context in which it appears. In this case, the context began in verse 27.

(Yeshua said,) “You have heard that it was said to those of old, `‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you, `Whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. ‘” (Matthew 5:27-28)

The section on divorce is a subsection of his teaching about adultery.  So, let’s begin by defining what adultery was during Yeshua’s time.

Sexual intercourse of a married woman with any man other than her husband. Adultery can only be committed by and with a married woman . . .


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Yeshua’s Views of the Kingdom of Heaven

“Heaven” was a well-known euphemism, among many others, for the name “Yahweh” in the Jewish culture of Yeshua. Below are comments about what the Kingdom of Heaven meant to Yeshua:

(1) It was not only the eschatological (end times) rule of God that would come in the future.

(2)  It was already on the earth now.

(3) It was a divinely willed movement that will spread among people throughout the earth.

(4) It was more than just simply a matter of God’s kingship in Israel.

(5) It was also the domain of his rule.

(6) It was an expanding realm embracing ever more and more people.

(7) It was a realm into which one may enter and find one’s inheritance.

(8) It was a realm where there are both great and small.

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(Source: The Sage of Galilee: Rediscovering Jesus’ Genius by David Flusser, © 2007 William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI; p. 81.)