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.”