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Did Yeshua Do Away With the Law?

In my Christian denomination the doctrine that Jesus did away with the Law was very important. We made it clear that we were not like “the Jews” who were under the Law. We had “grace” and they didn’t. All of our sins were forgiven when we were saved – past, present and future. A “big doctrine” in my church was “once saved always saved.” Once you were saved sin was a problem of the past and you could never lose your ticket to Heaven.
We never considered how this belief affected our relationships with each other right here on earth. If we did something that harmed or hurt someone else, we just prayed and asked God to forgive us – which sounds kind of weird for people to do that continually stressed that all of their sins had been forgiven. This was a personal thing, like most things are for many Christians today – a me and God thing! The person we hurt wasn’t included! This is a very “comfortable religion” as long as you weren’t the one getting hurt.
Is this what Yeshua taught? Let’s ex…

It’s a Yod -- NOT a Jot and Tittle!

Not only did Yeshua read and speak Hebrew, so did his followers and disciples! Two very well known, but not accurately understood words in the Gospel of Matthew prove it – jot and tittle. For some reason jot and tittle stick in the minds of Christian Bible readers. But when you ask them what jot or tittle mean, you get a lot of conflicting and some really weird answers. Today, you are going to get the facts about what Yeshua originally said and how they ended up in English translations of the Bible as jot and tittle.
Let’s begin by reading Matthew 5:18 from the King James translation:
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
If you have not read the article “From Yeshua to Jesus” in Yeshua’s Kingdom Handbook please take a moment to read it online by clicking here before you continue. In it you will see how we began with the name “Jesus” and traced it through Latin and Greek back to his real He…

Yeshua read and spoke Hebrew at the Synagogue

Yeshua was a very skilled reader and speaker of the Hebrew language. Luke 4:16-17 provides us with important evidence that reveals just how skilled of a reader of Hebrew Yeshua was:
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up and according to his custom on the Shabbat he went into the synagogue and stood up to read. And he was handed the roll of the prophet Isaiah, and having opened the roll he found the place where it was written.
It is surprising how much we learn about Yeshua and a first century synagogue service for this quote:
1. Yeshua is in his hometown.
2. It was his custom to go to the synagogue on Shabbat.
3. He stood up to read.
4. Someone handed him the roll of the prophet Isaiah.
5. He opened up the scroll.
6. He found the specific reading for the day.
Now I will add a few more details about the things listed above in order to help you see even more about what Luke’s words reveal with a little research.
1. Yeshua’s home town was Nazareth, a place with about 500 residents …

It is time for Christians to agree on something very important.

I have a Protestant Christian heritage. The root word of “Protestant” is “protest,” which is defined as “declaration of objection, disapproval, or dissent.” We are amazingly good at objecting, disapproving and opposing everyone else’s Christian beliefs, as well as the beliefs of people of other religions and especially people with different political ideas. We are also great at tearing belief systems down and causing church splits. But our record of bringing people together is pretty bad – at least that’s what I have witnessed over many decades.
What if Christians could find a way to agree with other about one of the most important words of all – the name of the one we call “Christ”? It is a verifiable fact that his name was not “Jesus.” How do we know his name wasn’t “Jesus”?
1. One fact is that the word “Jesus” begins with the letter “J” and that letter did not enter the English language until the 16th century CE, over 1,500 years after he lived and taught in Galilee and Judea.
2. Ano…

How to Enter the Kingdom of Heaven

For most Christians, one of the most important words in their religious vocabulary is “saved.” Their mission is to save as many people as possible. Why? They have been taught that only those who are “saved” will spend eternity in Heaven with God. That was not the focus of Yeshua’s message. His goal was to bring as many people as possible into the Kingdom of Heaven -- while they are alive. He taught that it will only be those that live in the Kingdom of Heaven before death that will ultimately enter eternal life later. We will be learning much more about that in this series of discussions that we call “Yeshua’s Kingdom of Heaven Handbook.” We will reconstructing the teachings of Yeshua so we can understand them more accurately by incorporating new information that we discover as we learn about his language, culture and the time period in which he taught his followers.
The goal of this discussion is to reconstruct the words of Yeshua recorded in Matthew 5:21-22a:
Whosoever therefore sha…

You Shall Come Up From Your Graves and . . . .

If there is one universal fact in human life -- it is death. Death has been a major topic in all cultures from the beginning of recorded history. The thing that cultures and religions disagree on about death is what happens after death. I mean different groups in the same religion don’t even agree about what happens after death.
This is was the situation back when the Real Yeshua was preaching and teaching in Galilee and Judea. The Sadducees taught that after death everyone went to Sheol. Job gives us a glimpse of the way the ancient Hebrews viewed Sheolthe abode of the dead -- in Job 10:20-22.
Are not my days few? Cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death; a land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.
The author of Psalm 115 (verses 16-17) shared Job’s view -- or Job shared his view -- of Sheol.