Next time you hear someone quoting Galations 3:10 to prove their twisted idea that anyone in obedience to Torah is under a curse, remind yourself that such a person has no light in them; Yeshayahu 8: 20 clearly states, “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to (((this))) word, it is because there is no light in them”
“For as many as are of works of law are under a curse, for it has been written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all that has been written in the Book of the law, to do them.”
The term “works of the law” in Hebrew is “Ma’asei HaTorah” and in principle it refers to all the binding rules, regulations, traditions, enactments and prohibitions that make up the teachings of the Oral Law of the Pharisees and scribes. YaHUShA had already warned His disciples against these teachings (years before Sha’ul’s conversion), saying to them in Mattithyahu 16: 11-12
“How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread, but to beware of the LEAVEN [Oral Torah] of the Pharisees and Sadducees? Then they understood that He did not say to beware of the leaven of bread, BUT OF THE TEACHINGS [Oral Torah] of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.”
UNDERSTANDING the very principle of Oral Torah will open your UNDERSTANDING to the very conflicts YaHUShA and Sha’ul had with it. Sha’ul spoke boldly against the oral law after his conversion from it, saying “For as many as are of works of law (Ma’asei HaTorah) are under a curse, for it is written, Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things (((written in the book of the Law))), to perform them”, because the “book of the law” or rather the “written Torah” tells us plainly, “You shall not add to the Word, which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of YaHUaH your ELaHYM which I commanded you.”(Deut 4:2, 12: 32, Prov 30:6)! And the fundamental principle of Oral Torah is adding to the Written Torah! i.e. prior to Sha’ul’s conversion he was following the binding rules, regulations, traditions, enactments and prohibitions of the Pharisees, “at the feet of Gamli’el” as mentioned before. Failure to interpret it from its foundational Hebraic context assures misunderstanding. Does Scripture say that those who do Torah are under a curse? Certainly not! It is saying those who DO NOT do them are under a curse! Sha’ul is merely quoting from Deuteronomy 27: 26 where it says: “Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this Torah TO DO THEM.” Sha’ul is not saying we should not do them. Sha’ul is saying that no one should submit to the false good news of binding rules, regulations, TRADITIONS, enactments and prohibitions that the Pharisees added (Traditions) to the Written Torah – “a heavy burden”, which actually places a person under a curse by trying to insert the works of Adam man (self) into YaHUaH’s plan for salvation!
Messiah referred to their teachings as “YEAST” (or leaven)! Yeast is something that puffs-up, or adds – changing the volume of what it is! What the Pharisees (Orthodox) taught during the 2nd Temple times and still teaching to this very day is that the written Torah (5 books of Moshe) is really incomprehensive without the oral Torah. The oral Torah has actually been written down and contain in four different containments of writings:
1. Mishnah 200CE
2. Jerusalem Talmud 350CE (written in Tiberius)
3. Babylonian Talmud 500CE
4. Midrash 200-900CE
Although at the time of YaHUShA it was still Oral Law and not yet written down. In the Talmud (Oral Torah) are the traditions of the elders, which were passing down from generation to generation (A direct continuation from the 2nd Temple times). It is a record of questions, debates, and decisions over a number of years. It MUST BE NOTED that YaHUaH outright forbids anything added to the written Torah (Deut 4:2, 12: 32, Prov 30:6)! So these writings (Oral Torah) are in error with ELaHYM’s standards! Remember what Messiah said, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of ElaHYM by your TRADITIONS?’ The Mishnah or Talmud (Oral Law) has no bearing on the Natsarim (Branches) of the true vine YaHUShA. Quoting from it should be done with words of warning. We can read anything but must be discerning. There are most definitely many historical explanations found buried in Talmudic sources, and should be handled with caution.
What saddens me is that so many people “drinking from this well”, the very teaching YaHUShA referred to as “leaven” of which He told us to beware of it. (Mattithyahu 16: 11-12)! How do they drink from this well? The Talmud will tell you to never pronounce the Name of ELaHYM (i.e. YaHUaH) and proclaims the death penalty for doing so. It speaks of when to stone “blasphemers” and so there are those in certain “Messianic” circles who choose to use the shortened form “YaH” instead of the full Name YaHUaH to keep from “offending” their YaHUdim (Jewish) brothers who adhere to the Talmudic prohibition against the Name. I had someone once said, “I won’t use that Name out of respect for my blind brothers”. They forsake the will of the Father in deference to pleasing their fellow man, forgetting that YaHUShA OFFENDED the YaHUDim’s(Matt 13: 57) and more so BECAUSE He revealed the Name to His set apart ones (Yochanan 17:6). Although I do however understand their reasoning approach but there are other means by which we provoke Yahudah to jealousy. In stating, “And blessed is he, whosoever shall NOT be offended”(Matt 11: 6) is Him also explaining that there will be those who will take offence! I truly believe it will very much AGAIN be the factor that distinguishes the truly Set Apart from the rest (Matt 24:10). They forget the very reason WHY ALL the prophets and ALL the disciples were put to death. A CAREFUL examination of the records prove that, YaHUShA and His disciples TAUGHT AND USED the sacred name YaHUaH and THEREFORE got killed for doing so! Which is WHY Ya’aqob urged every one of us and said the following: “My brothers, AS AN EXAMPLE OF SUFFERING and patience, take the prophets, WHO SPOKE IN THE NAME YaHUaH! (Ya’aqob [James] 5: 10)
Now let us CAREFULLY examine the records: Shaul went on his way to Damascus to arrest Nazarenes to carry them back to the Sanhedrin to see if they would say the Name and be similarly condemned to death. The first thing the Sanhedrin asked the set apart ones after their arrest was, “In what power, OR IN WHAT NAME” had they cured the man. It was not against the law of this period to heal anyone UNLESS the healer used the Sacred Name, therefore Kepha’s response (brilliant I might say) were a citation from Psalm 118: 22 which states, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner-stone”. The entire Psalm (verse 1-29) meanwhile proves beyond any doubt that the stone under discussion was YaHUaH. At Luke 19:38, the crowds were crying out a verse from Psalms 118:26 which contained the Name YaHUaH and the Pharisees told YaHUShA to rebuke them, because they were using the Name.
The other hard fact of the matter is found in Tehillim (Psalm) 118: 26 & Mattityahu 23:39 / Luqas 13:35 THEY BETTER NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE!
Quit drinking of the “deadly poison”!!! The very same people who try and debate the fact that the Sacred Name is to sacred to be spoken will try and “sell” you the idea that His Name is pronounced “Yahweh” – the name “JEWISH” encyclopedia ring any bell?!
The disciple Ya’aqob (James) said, “For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man is able to tame THE TONGUE. It (tongue) is unruly, evil, filled with DEADLY POISON.” Ya’aqob (James) 3: 7-8
So it stands to reason that the comment made by Messiah concerning drinking “deadly poison” (Mark 16:17-18) can be understood to refer to false teaching, which is poison.
“And these signs will accompany those who believe: IN MY NAME [see “In My Name, a message to be understood in figure of speech”] they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
“Wormwood” is poisoned living water. The Truth is mixed with error, and can still kill you. But for those who BELIEVE IN HIS NAME will not be affected by these false teachings!
When Yochanan “seeing many PHARISEES and SADDUCEES coming to his immersion”, NOTICE WHAT HE SAID TO THEM, “Brood of vipers!”…
And Messiah addressed the Pharisees and He says this, “Brood of vipers! How are you able to SPEAK what is good – being wicked? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.”
Like I said, UNDERSTANDING the very principle of Oral Torah will open your understanding to the very conflicts YaHUShA and Sha’ul had with it. For instance Sha’ul said in Romans 3:13-14 “Their throat is an open tomb, with their TONGUES they have deceived, The POISON OF VIPERS is under their LIPS. Whose mouth is filled with cursing and bitterness.”
CAREFULLY EXAMINE Mattiyahu 23: 33-39 – you will notice something significant once Ya’aqob (James) words in chapter 5 verse 10 is considered with it! It had but everything to do with the Name (YaHUaH) the Pharisees were trying to keep away from their audience (Luqas 11:52)! And UNTIL we acknowledge that great and wonderful Name, we can forget of ever seeing Him again! (carefully note Matt 23:39).
We found these remarcable words in 1 Timothy 6: 3,4
If ANYONE (((teaches differently))) and does NOT agree (((to the))) SOUND WORDS [Torah], those of our Master YAHUSHA Messiah, [who was in fact the law (Torah) giver, see Ya’aqob (James) 4:12] and to the teaching which is according to reverence, he is (((PUFFED UP))), UNDERSTANDING NONE AT ALL”, …
YEAST (leaven) is something that PUFFS-UP, or adds. Timothy made it clear, that if we want to UNDERSTAND YaHUShA’s teachings and that of Sha’ul we better get rid of our YEAST (leaven or MAN MADE TRADITIONS)!
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