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Yahshua, Rabbis, Traditions and a Broken Record

Shalom Natsarim Diaspora,

Just to clarify some things that came up in the Psalms series last week, I thought it appropriate to send this information.

Yahshua was a rabbi. John 13:13’ "You call me 'Rabbi' and 'lord’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.”

In his day, Yahshua emphatically endorsed all the teachings of the rabbinic movement according to Matthew 23:2; “"The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moshe’s' seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.”

Early church father Epiphanius states, concerning our sect, which was established through the revelation of Yahshua, that we had everything else in common with the Jews:

“But these sectarians... did not call themselves Christians--but "Nazarenes," ...HOWEVER THEY ARE SIMPLY COMPLETE JEWS. THEY USE NOT ONLY THE NEW TESTAMENT BUT THE OLD TESTAMENT AS WELL, AS THE JEWS DO... THEY HAVE NO DIFFERENT IDEAS, BUT CONFESS EVERYTHING EXACTLY AS THE LAW PROCLAIMS IT AND IN THE JEWISH FASHION-- EXCEPT FOR THEIR BELIEF IN MESSIAH…” (Panarion 29)

Yahshua at no time rebuked the Scribes and the Pharisees for merely having traditions, but when challenged refuted any traditions that choked or nullified keeping the Commandments.

Technically, Yahshua (whilst in the flesh) instituted a manmade tradition, that of the washing of feet, which he intended all future believer’s to do at the time of Passover according to John 13:14-15; “If I then, your Rabbi and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” This, like the breaking of bread and the partaking of wine, is to be done in remembrance of him. 1 Corinthians 11:25; “In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me."

Yahshua used the Scribes and the Pharisees as a benchmark of righteousness according to Matthew 5:20; “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Yahshua endorsed the teachings of the Jews to the point that he proclaimed that salvation was of that tribe in his day according to John 4:22; “You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.”

Furthermore, Rabbi Sha’ul (Apostle Paul) declared that the Jews have an advantageous position over the newly converted Gentile according to Romans 3:1; “What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? Much in every way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of Elohim.”

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Comment by DanHenrik on March 1, 2010 at 5:59am
Matthew 23:2; “"The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moshe’s' seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. "
This suits with Genesis 49:10 which talks about the rod and when this will depart from Judah:

“The scepter (or, rod) shall not depart from Judah,

Nor the ruler’s staff (or, decree) from between his feet,

Until Shiloh comes,

And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.”

(Genesis 49:10)


I understand this being the Moshiach ben David, the kingly ruler who will take the scepter. He will be Shiloh. Until then it is like Y´shuah said in Mat 23.2.
Comment by Shiloh on March 1, 2010 at 6:23am
I have heard that in the Hebrew, Matt 23.2 actually says that whatever MOSES says to do, then do it. Aparently, the focus is on Moses, not the Pharisees. So, I dont think He was endorsing the 'Rabbinic' movement, but rather saying that they preach moses, but dont practice him, so therefore, whatever Moses says to do, do it.

Food for thought.
Comment by Jason Jordan on March 3, 2010 at 11:05pm
Man-made traditions are solidified within the very fabric of the Scriptures. Take for example the decree by Mordechi to celebrate Purim. This was a man-made tradition that became accepted as a Yah-breathed object lesson. In fact any teaching, decree or practice that is not mentioned specifically in the Torah is an example of either a venerable tradition or a commandment that has been uncovered through deductive reasoning of the text.

The rabbinic movement today (with whatever its faults) is a direct flow on from the appointment of 70 elders by the prophet Moshe Rabbeinu. While the original appointment of elders in the wilderness and their rabbinic ancestors were not above making mistakes and teaching error (evident as early as the elder’s criticism of the two outsiders who also received the Holy Spirit), they are the highest ceiling of earthly authority on the Torah and the writings of the prophets that mankind have.

Think about it. For authoritative Scriptural commentaries, who do we go to? The Karaites….No! The Christians….No! Reform Judaism….No!, The Samaritans….No!, Sadducees (if they still existed)….No!!

You cannot walk out this faith whilst ignoring rabbinic Judaism period. You’ll end up putting something else on your arm and between your eyes instead of tefillin and you’ll post a photocopy of Scripture on your doorpost instead of a painstakingly laboured over kosher mezuzah parchment. Some people can’t afford Mezuzah and this is fair enough, but I’m talking about those who can, but don’t.

The Karaites can’t even get away with side-stepping rabbinic Judaism! Most of the time they don’t ignore rabbinic ordinances; they just take rabbinic ordinances and change them. The typically long braided blue and white tzitzit is a great example of Karaite tradition and most of the Kosher laws that most Karaites follow are based on rabbinic rulings.

The offshoot branches should stop boasting against the root! I appeal to all who are continuing to run down rabbinic Judaism to cease and consider the bigger picture.

Jason C.N. Jordan

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