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Elijah's Table / Passover
Elijah’s Table / Passover
Elijah’s Table ~ Passover 5769

Perhaps nothing defines us more than the faith we live by.  For it is within that realm which  we find our most profound and deepest passions.  It is the great singularity that fuels the movement of our hearts and minds.  Poets have tried to capture it, politicians have tried to muster it, enemies have tried to quell it, while the courage of children have often revealed it.  To the King of the Universe, whose life giving Spirit is first recorded hovering over the face of the waters, plant within us a place where evil dares not tread.  Instead, make the waterless places their roads, dust their food, and deserts their abode.

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The faith is simple, as there are only two characteristics which describe its focus,  attention, and approach.
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Obedience to the Torah of HaShem
Bearing witness of Yeshua, Messiah of Israel
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The Promise, the Shadow (Deu 18)

17 “And the LORD said to me:`What they have spoken is good.
18 `I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.
19 `And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.

John 1: (The fulfillment, the Substance of that Promise)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with G_d, and the Word was G_d. 2He was in the beginning with G_d. 14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Revelation  13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

*  I believe the Torah (1st five books in the Tanach/Old Testament to be the word of G_d Moshe received at Sinai, given by G_d himself in whom there is no change, as 1 Samuel 15 verifies:  29 “Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.”

*  I believe Yeshua of Nazaret did not trangress the Torah, but lived by every word of it, for it (Torah) came forth from the mouth of G_d, as Matthew 4 affirms:  4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’”

*  I believe Yeshua is the Torah (Word of G_d) made flesh, which was from the beginning:
John 1:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with G_d, and the Word was G_d. 2He was in the beginning with G_d. 14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
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* I believe the Prophets, the Writings, and the account of the Brit Hadasha/New Testament, to be inspired of G_d, and all of which confirm the highest level of inspiration, the Torah & the words of our Messiah, Yeshua of Nazaret.
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Questions to ponder:
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1.  How will many professed believers will be able to recognize the coming “lawless one”, the man of sin, since many will be ignorant of the Law he will be breaking, as many today contend the law/Torah has been done away with?
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2.  Since it was HaShem’s intent to free the Hebrew slaves from Egyptian bondage, how then can it be said that his Torah is bondage?  It would make no sense that he would free their bodies, and chain their minds.  Law & Grace are therefore not in opposition, but rather they compliment each other. …  
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3.  Since Yeshua is that Word/Torah made flesh that dwelt among us, how can we fully embrace the Messiah, and yet not fully embrace the substance of G_d’s Every Word from which that flesh was made?
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4. If Judaizers are deemed the ones who followed the Torah, then did not Yeshua do likewise, and would by  definition be a Judaizer himself? Perhaps the Judaizers were the ones who did not follow the Torah, but rather the ones which set aside the Commandments for the traditions of men…
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