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.
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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