Misunderstood Verses of the New Testament. Part V.

Acts 10:15

Problem: 15 And again a voice came to him a second time, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.”
Many understand this to be saying God has now made all food clean, the dietary laws no longer exist.

Solution: Acts 10:28 28 … But God has shown me that I should not call any man impure or unclean.
The vision Peter had was about not disassociating with Gentiles or considering them unclean. This had nothing to do with food.

 

Acts 15 Overall

Problem:
Many understand Acts 15 to be teaching against circumcision and whether we need to follow the law of God, the Torah.

Solution:
We need to understand what parties are involved in this debate and what the topic of the debate is really about. The parties involved are: 1)The Circumcision Party (must be circumcised in order to be saved – identified in verse 1) 2) Jerusalem Council (first century church leadership – identified in verse 4) 3) Believing Sect of the Pharisees (Believers saved by faith and thus they know they cannot be saved by keeping the Law, but they still keep the Law out of obedience – just like Paul, also a Pharisee. – identified in verse 5) and 4) New Gentile Converts (This group has recently come into the faith but many are still deep into their pagan false god worship traditions per verse 20. – identified in verses 7, 12, 14, 17-20, 23). The debate is about whether the Gentiles should be keeping the Law of Moses as a means to salvation (vs. 1) or be keeping the Law of Moses as a matter of obedience as a result of faith (vs. 5). The debate is between one of these two choices. No one suggests anywhere in chapter 15 or even throughout the rest of scripture that there is a third option in which the Law of Moses has been abolished, in whole or in part.

 

Acts 15:18-20

Problem: 18 Known to God from eternity are all His works. 19 Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, 20 but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood.
It is often taught that the only thing the Gentiles have to do are these 4 things.

Solution: Verse 21 – 21For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues.”
The first thing the new converts had to do was to stop following the pagan practices associated with worshiping other gods (the 4 things). They would then learn how to live by going to the synagogue on the Sabbath in order to learn the law of God so they could then properly worship Him and live according to His ways, not man’s ways. Verse 20 is straight out of the Law of Moses (Leviticus 17:12-16; Deut. 32:17).

 

Acts 20:7

Problem: On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight.
Many use this verse to defend having Sunday as the “new” Sabbath.

Solution: Verse 6 – But we sailed from Philippi after the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and five days later joined the others at Troas, where we stayed seven days.
Verse 6 needs to be looked at for context and the time frame. We note that the Feast of Unleavened Bread has just occurred. This means we are now in the timeframe of the “counting of the Omer”, or “Counting of Weeks”, before Shavuot/Pentecost (Leviticus 23:4-6, 15). The Counting of Weeks involves counting out 7 Sabbaths. So, back to verse 7, if we go to the Greek where verse 7 says “first day of the week”, the Greek says, actually…mia ton sabbaton. The Greek word mia means “one,” not “first” … it is the Greek word ‘protos’ that means “first,” which is not present in the text … we cannot make it say something that it does not. It actually translates as “one of the Sabbaths”. Plural. Not “First day of the week”. Singular. The word ‘day’ does not even exist in the Greek, making it all the more difficult to understand the translation being “first DAY of the week”. When connecting this back to verse 6 we can better see what is going on and the timing makes more sense as they were counting the Sabbaths for the counting of the Omer, not the first day of the week.

Misunderstood Verses of the New Testament. Part IV

Mark 7:15

Problem: There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” Many understand this verse to mean Yeshua made all things clean

Solution: There are 2 things with this.
1. The audience Yeshua was speaking to was made up of Jews, including some Jews who already understood the dietary law restrictions and they were not in question here.
2. The context of the verse is regarding the disciples not washing their hands before eating, a rabbinic tradition not something from the Torah; he was not being accused of breaking the Torah.

The rabbinic teaching was that if a person did not wash their hands a certain way before eating, then what was being eaten was not ceremonially clean, thus it would defile them. Yeshua is telling them this is not what defiles a person.

 

Luke 16:16-17

Problem: 16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail.” Many understand these verses to mean once John the Baptist came the law and the prophets no longer applied. The problem lies in the translation of the word “until” and meaning that it ceased once John the Baptist arrived.

Solution:
The Greek may be rendered this way as well: The law and the prophet[s] up to John, since then the kingdom which God evangelizing and all into it forcefully urged. The message of this passage appears to be saying you had the Law and the Prophets telling you how to live, act, and warn you about the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven. Then there were no prophets for a time period until John the Baptist, then he arrived and began strongly proclaiming the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven again, the need for repentance and turning back to God and His ways, not man’s ways.

 

John 3:16-17

Problem: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Many misunderstand what the word “believe” means.

Solution:
John 3:20-21 – For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who DOES THE TRUTH comes to the LIGHT, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” Walking as Yeshua walked means walking the same instructions that Yeshua walked (1 John 2:6). This is why ALL Scripture is instructions in righteousness (not just some of it) (1 Timothy 3:16). From a Biblical standpoint, believers are to do what they believe and believe what they do.

 

John 13:34-35

Problem: “A new command I give you. Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Many use this verse to show that Yeshua added to the Torah and what He commanded was different from what was in the Torah.

Solution:
Leviticus 19:18 – “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD” Yeshua is simply expounding, further explaining the commandment already given in the Torah. If Yeshua added to the Torah, then He sinned (Deuteronomy 4:2).


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Misunderstood Verses of the New Testament. Part III

Matthew 23:1-4

Problem: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do,” This is understood by some to mean to follow what the Pharisees teach, including their oral law and traditions.

Solution: When sitting in Moses’ seat, the people were only allowed to read from the Torah. So, Yeshua is saying when they are sitting in the seat and reading from the Torah, do what they say. However, the rest of verse 3 says to not do what the Pharisees do, they teach the Torah in Moses’s seat but then do not practice it.

 

Mark 3:29

Problem: “but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation” If Yeshua’s sacrifice allowed forgiveness of all sins, then how, or what is the “unpardonable sin”?

Solution: Hebrews 10:26-28 – For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Blaspheming is to “revile” or “despise”, so one who blasphemes the Holy Spirit is one who reviles or despises the Spirit of Yah. It does not state that the one who “blasphemed” (past tense) the Spirit never has forgiveness. At one time, we all blasphemed the Spirit because we all hated the Word of God…until we came into the faith, and start growing to love the Word of God. There is a difference between currently being unrepentant and blaspheming the Spirit or hating the Word of God….that person never has forgiveness….and then the person that blasphemed the Spirit but repented, and loves to walk in His Torah just as our Messiah taught and practiced…it is he that has forgiveness.


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Misunderstood Verses of the New Testament. Part II

Matthew 12:1-8

Problem: Verses 1-2: At that time Yeshua went through the grain fields on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples do what is not lawful to do on a Sabbath.”

The Oral Law/Traditions says you can’t rub grain between your fingers because it is considered threshing which is work on the Sabbath.

Solution: Verses 3-5: 3 But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, he and his companions, 4 how he entered the house of God, and they ate the consecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone? 5 Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and are innocent? Feeding the hungry is greater purpose than rolling oats, when no actual work/profession is being accomplished.

Matthew 16:18-19

Problem: 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

There are two things here that are questioned, one is the understanding that Peter is the rock Yahweh builds a new church on; the other relates to binding and loosing and what authority is being given here and what the keys to heaven are.

Solution:

Regarding Verse 18-
Amos 9:11 11 “In that day I will raise up the fallen booth of David, And wall up its breaches; I will also raise up its ruins And rebuild it as in the days of old; Joel 2:32-3:1 It will so happen that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered. For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who survive, just as the Lord has promised; the remnant will be those whom the Lord will call. For look! In those days and at that time I will return the exiles to Judah and Jerusalem. Yeshua is the only rock upon which anything is built, He is the cornerstone, the foundation (The Word).

The nation of Israel is the only institution which the prophets mention that God would restore and build back up. There is no mention of any other structure that God would “build” in the “last days” except for the house of Israel.

Regarding Verse 19-
The grammatical construction in the Greek manuscripts is very important to the understanding of the meaning of this instruction. “Shall be having been bound” and “shall be having been loosened”. This is very awkward English, but it accurately renders the periphrastic future perfect tense. . It essentially means, “when this judgment is ‘bound,’ it shall already have been bound in heaven,” and “when the judgment is ‘to loose’ (release), it shall already have been released in heaven.” What Messiah was actually saying was, “the judgment which you render shall have already been rendered.” Why? Because the Law of Messiah’s reign is the Law of Moses. Any loosing or binding must be done in accordance with what has already been decided by God and written in the Law. Thus, when the elders decide to “bind” in accordance to the dictates of the
judgments of the Torah, then heaven has indeed already decided the case and has been “bound.”


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Misunderstood Verses of the New Testament. Part I

Matthew 5:17-20

Problem: Verse 17: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. Yeshua says He came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets; it is often taught or understood that “fulfill” means to come to an end, it is finished.

Solution: Verse 18: For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Nothing from the Law changes until heaven and earth pass away. Therefore fulfill cannot mean “to be completed” or “finished”. Instead it means to be made full, filled full of meaning, fully preached. Yeshua was the Word made flesh who taught and showed by example what the Law meant in its fullness and how it was to be applied.

Matthew 7:15-23

Problem: Verses 15-16: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? It is not always clear what fruit is and how to tell a false prophet. Some are taught that fruit is a large congregation, feelings of love, or only the Fruit of the Spirit.

Solution:
1 John 3:9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.
1 Peter 1:23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
1 John 3:4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
The fruit that we are to watch out for is the choosing to disregard God’s law. Everything else can be blended but there is no blending the desiring to obey and the desiring to disregard God’s Law. You either desire to obey it OR you desire to disregard it. It’s one or the other in the eyes of the Father. And remember, breaking one law is like breaking all of it.


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The Mystery of Melchizedek

A Mystery Solved

The Identity of Melchizedek

He did so in the person of Melchizedek, priest of the Most High God. The book of Genesis only briefly mentions this mysterious person. But King David, and especially the New Testament book of Hebrews, does not miss His deep significance.

To understand Melchizedek’s identity, we must let the Bible interpret the Bible. Our breadth of understanding is augmented enormously when we join these three accounts together and consider them as a whole.

First let’s look at the Genesis account. After rescuing his nephew Lot from military capture, Abram, whose name was later changed to Abraham, encountered Melchizedek. “Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: ‘Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High who has delivered your enemies into your hand.’ And he [Abram] gave him a tithe of all” (Genesis 14:18-20).

It is interesting to note that Melchizedek greeted Abraham with bread and wine, later to become the symbols of Jesus Christ’s Passover sacrifice of His body and blood. Also, Melchizedek addressed God as “Possessor of heaven and earth.” Around 2,000 years later, Jesus addressed the Father as “Lord of heaven and earth.”

Psalm 110, one of David’s psalms, is one of the most theologically significant. As pointed out in an earlier chapter of this booklet, it features both the Father and the Word in the opening verse: “The Lord said to my [David’s] Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand …’” It is Christ who now resides at the Father’s right hand (Hebrews 8:1; Hebrews 10:12; Hebrews 12:2).

Keeping the general context of Psalms 110:1 in mind, notice Psalms 110:4: “The Lord has sworn and will not relent, ‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.’” This is the same Lord who spoke to David’s Lord (the preexistent Word) in Psalms 110:1, still speaking to the same Being. This certainly helps to indicate the identity of this mysterious Old Testament personage. Yet it is the book of Hebrews that gives us the strongest evidence.

Hebrews’ commentary on Melchizedek

So important is this basic subject that one entire New Testament chapter is devoted to explaining the significance of just three verses in the book of Genesis. The topic is introduced in the last verse of Hebrews 6. The writer points out that Jesus has become “High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek,” as King David foretold so long ago in Psalm 110.

Then in Hebrews 7, the author goes on to consider the amazing attributes and qualities of God’s high priest of old. “For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, … first being translated ‘king of righteousness,’ and then also king of Salem, meaning ‘king of peace,’ … remains a priest continually” (Hebrews 7:1-3).

Consider that Melchizedek means “King of Righteousness.” It would essentially be blasphemy to apply this title to any human being because “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Only a divine Being would appropriately bear this awesome title.

Says The New Bible Commentary: Revised: “Note that Scripture pictures him [Melchizedek] as one who is a king as well as a priest . The combination of these two offices was to be a distinguishing characteristic of the Messiah” (1970, p. 1203, emphasis in original).

Melchizedek’s next awesome title is “King of Peace.” Of course, fallible human beings simply do not know the way to peace (Romans 3:10, Romans 3:17), and to apply such a title to any man would, again, be virtually blasphemous. Jesus Christ Himself is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

“Like the Son of God”

The equation between these two great personages becomes clearer as we read on in Hebrews 7. Hebrews 7:3 describes Melchizedek as being “without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, [and one who] remains a priest continually.” His priesthood never ceased! The only priest who could possibly have fit these qualifications was the preexistent Word, the great Being who was on hand before the very creation itself (John 1:1).

The description “without father, without mother” means far more than just the supposition that Melchizedek’s family connections were simply omitted from the Genesis account. He had no physical human parents! In context, the phrase “having neither beginning of days nor end of life” makes that point crystal clear.

Finally, the phrase “made like the Son of God” (“bearing the likeness of the Son of God,” REB) is further strong evidence of Melchizedek’s identity. He was “like” the Son of God because He was not yet, in actuality, the Son of God—that is, until He was later begotten by God the Father through the agency of the Holy Spirit.

Melchizedek couldn’t have been the Father because he was the “priest of the Most High God.” He could only have been the eternal, preexistent Word who later became Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 by the United Church of God


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Science now confirms the Sabbath

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A Jew proves how the original Hebrews were not Black.

Warning! The following author of the video below does not believe in Yahushua BUT does a great job at proving how the original Hebrews were not Black. Therefore, Torahis4Today does not support the end of this video where the author states that Judaism and not Yahushua is the Way.

Easter: Is it even in the Bible?

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Ex Muslim Imam says Jesus Christ is the Word & Muhammad is a false prophet