UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE - ARTICLES AND TEACHINGS
Some say the Bible is just to be plainly read and understood that way, but the Bible was written within a biblical culture and a time period that was totally different than our modern day culture. So, the Bible must be understood within the culture and time period it was written or our understanding will be just plain fiction. It is not difficult to learn the correct concepts. Sometimes we have to relearn how something should be understood because we've been taught the wrong theology or ideas. Once we learn how something can be understood in its proper context, it opens up a simple and straightforward understanding of the scriptures.
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Applying an Original Biblical Context
The Bible was written by Jews and is full of its culture, so it is full of Jewish biblical context. We often cannot understand the Bible properly without understanding what it originally meant in its cultural context. It's important!
Studies on the Book of Romans
Shaul's (Paul) letter to the Romans is an often misunderstood book. Shaul says that Torah has not been done away with, but theologians then contradict him. All of Shaul's writings must be understood within the context they were written or we just end up making up what we are to believe as Messianic believers in Yeshua
The Book of Colossians
We only have letters, so to understand them, we have to consider the context of the time and not read our own understanding into the scriptures or the beliefs of our denomination. If we do that, in some cases, we will be believing fiction instead of God's words and biblical truths. 2 Peter 1:20-21 NKJV says, "No prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." They are God's words written for the understanding of the people back when they were written. Since they are God's words, we do not have the right to misinterpret them out of their proper context.
The Book of Galatians
In order to understand Galatians, we need to understand the Jewish biblical context and the Jewish issues in Galatians. I believe this work will help correct many of the misunderstandings that results from reading Galatians without its proper context. It is meant to help you. Examine your heart and take some time to see if what I am sharing with you is true.
Righteousness, Being a Tzadiq
A righteous person in Hebraic thought is someone who actually does what is right, not just thinks they are right. Some actually teach that being righteous is not connected to our actions. Living right is a lifelong journey of following God.
Yeshua Died on a Stake
Yeshua said, “The Tanakh says, ‘Worship ADONAI your God and serve him only.’” The cross is a pagan symbol. God does not want us to worship symbols, pictures, and sculptures and that would include any symbol or artwork representing Him or His death. Deuteronomy 4:16-19: “Do not become corrupt and make yourselves a carved image having the shape of any figure - not a representation of a human being, male or female, ... animal, ... bird, anything that creeps along on the ground, or ... fish. For the same reason, do not look up at the sky, at the sun, moon, stars and everything in the sky, and be drawn away to worship and serve them.”
Rediscovering the Name of God
Scholars have found God’s name with the vowel markings in over 1,700 manuscripts to date as YeHoVah with only one deviation as YeHoVeh. We now can speak the name of God correctly and understand what it means. It says in Exodus 3:15 that, “This is my name forever.” Then YeHoVah is God's true name. Giving God the respect that is due Him is to use His true name.
Trusting God Concerning
the Biblical Food Laws
The food laws in the Bible were for all believers in the true God for all time. The Bible is a Jewish book and must be understood in that context. When we look further into the accounts where Yeshua (Jesus) talks about food it is the extra man-made laws that Yeshua is confronting them on. No one in His time would have taken Yeshua seriously if He was telling them to disobey God’s commands regarding what foods to eat or not eat.
Perhaps one of the most significant things overlooked by many believers in Yeshua is the powerful work of God in these Messianic times. When Yeshua the Messiah came He often healed everyone that needed healing. Matthew 9:35 CJB, “Yeshua went about all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and weakness.” Isn’t that amazing! Also, Yeshua sent out His 12 Rabbis and He also trained 70 others to go out and pray. It says in Luke that He sent out, “Seventy other talmidim and sent them on ahead in pairs to every town and place where he himself was about to go;” Luke 10:2, CJB. Yeshua told them in verse 9 to, “Heal the sick there, and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near you.’”