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Early in our walk we continued to hear the theme of there being around or up to 613 commandments in the Torah. Often times, when in a debate, we could point to the “New” Testament and say, “You think 613 is hard, there’s over 1000 commandments in the New Testament!!” (See: New2Torah 1000 Commandments). It became a numbers game and took the focus off the point.
Nehemia Gordon* brings up a great point on this topic in an episode of the Toral Pearls. Why look for 613 commandments? Putting a number on the commandments diminishes their purpose; for them to be followed and obeyed. One person could say there’s 613 and another person says there’s only 604, etc. It’s a matter of interpretation.
First of all, understand this: no prophecy of Scripture is to be interpreted by an individual on his own; for never has a prophecy come as a result of human willing — on the contrary, people moved by the Ruach HaKodesh spoke a message from God. ~ 2 Peter 1:20,21
Growing up we all learn the miraculous story of how Moshe (Moses) came to be in the land of Egypt. Hollywood has done an incredible job of twisting this account in Sh’mot (Exodus) 2 by making us believe Moshe didn’t know who he was when we can clearly see that he was raised by a Hebrew woman; his own mother in fact, and in Sh’mot 2:11, Moshe goes to visit his “kinsmen” and ends up defending a Hebrew, “one of his brothers”.
One day, when Moshe was a grown man, he went out to visit his kinsmen; and he watched them struggling at forced labor. He saw an Egyptian strike a Hebrew, one of his kinsmen. ~ Sh’mot (Exodus) 2:11
We certainly could go into a teaching of how Moshe was raised in Pharaoh’s home; like Yosef, and spent trail periods in his life equalling 40 years each trail: 40 years as an Egyptian, 40 years learning to be a shepherd in Midyan, and 40 years wandering the desert with the people of Isra’el, but we’ll save that for another teaching. What we’ll focus on is the detail that I, for many years, completely overlooked until this revelation came from reading this week’s parasha (Sh’mot/Exodus 1-6:1). In the following scene taken from the animated movie “The Prince of Egypt”, we see the dramatization of baby Moshe (Moses) as he’s put in the basket and pushed down the river. The scene starts at 3:22.
Yeshua/Jesus often spoke in Parables. A parable is a story told that has hidden value of wisdom, the story on the surface has a lesson in it, but the deeper Truths are concealed so that only people “in the know” can extract the full value of the intended meaning. I have had many people say to me, “The Word of God is simple, it says what it means and means what it says, I don’t need to treat the Bible like it is some encrypted secret code, Jesus made it simple so even a child can understand it”. Let’s hear what the Messiah says on the issue.
Mat 13:10 Then the disciples came and said to Jesus, “Why do you speak to people in parables?”
Mat 13:11 He answered them, “You have been given knowledge about the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but it hasn’t been given to them.
Mat 13:12 For to anyone who has something, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. But from the one who doesn’t have anything, even what he has will be taken away from him.
Mat 13:13 That’s why I speak to them in parables, because ‘they look but don’t see, and they listen but don’t hear or understand.’
Lex Meyer with UNLEARNED does a fantastic job explaining Biblical Kosher and some of the reasons why YHVH told us to not eat what He called unclean. The instructions in Leviticus 11 are relatively simple to understand, but in practice you’ll find a few challenges along the way.
Today, pork bi-products such as gelatin seem to be in many products you wouldn’t have considered. For example: Velveeta, Flintstone Vitamins, Jello, Kraft Mac’n Cheese, Whitening Toothpastes and Marshmallows are just a few of the surprising unclean items we uncovered in our investigations early on.
Fortunately, we found a website that help keep track of many of the popular items on the market and hope this helps you as well.
Kosher Food List:
The definition of the New Covenant from Wikipedia:
“The phrase “a new covenant” is used in the Bible (both in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament) to refer to an epochal relationship of restoration and peace following a period of trial and judgment. It is often thought of as an eschatological messianic age or world to come, and is related to the biblical concept of the kingdom of God.”
According to Hebrews 8:13 (below), The New Covenant will at some point replace the Mosaic Covenant and dissolve the Torah (Law / Commandments) that are contained therein. Most of our churches today teach that the New Covenant went into effect at the cross. Some go as far to say the Church Age, derived from Dispensationalism Theology is the establishment of God’s Kingdom here on earth. Instead of taking the time here to discuss the issues related to Dispensationalism, please review this teaching by 119 Ministries.
Let’s examine the scriptural evidence on the New Covenant establishment and study the findings together.
This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
~ (Matthew 14:24)
In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
~ (Hebrews 8:13)
I have been doing this teaching for a while, but I think it is important to list resources to fully understand the context of Galatians 5. Paul was battling a group of Pharisees who believed in Yeshua/Jesus, but these Pharisees were troubling the converts with a law that Paul describes as bondage and slavery, and a circumcision that makes Messiah’s blood of no benefit. The topic of this chapter is salvation, and the proper path to it. We must be careful to give Paul our undivided attention, because Peter warns us that there are some things in Paul’s letters that are hard to understand, and if we misunderstand them, it could lead to destruction, mainly, lawlessness (2 Pet. 3:15-18).
For background, it is important to understand what the Pharisees believed was the proper path to Salvation, and also understand what the Torah says the proper path to Salvation is to fully grasp what Paul is trying to convey. What I have found in my personal experiences, is if we understand the doctrines and beliefs of both parties involved, a very clear picture is painted in a seemingly contradictory chapter of Galatians. Here is Galatians 5, I will add questions in the ( )’s to provoke a thought pattern, and it will help with the terms Paul is using to convey his points.
As Pharaoh approached, the people of Isra’el looked up and saw the Egyptians right there, coming after them. In great fear the people of Isra’el cried out to YHVH and said to Moshe, “Was it because there weren’t enough graves in Egypt that you brought us out to die in the desert? Why have you done this to us, bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we tell you in Egypt to let us alone, we’ll just go on being slaves for the Egyptians? It would be better for us to be the Egyptians’ slaves than to die in the desert!” Moshe answered the people, “Stop being so fearful! Remain steady, and you will see how YHVH is going to save you. He will do it today — today you have seen the Egyptians, but you will never see them again! YHVH will do battle for you. Just calm yourselves down!” ~ Sh’mot (Exodus) 14:10-14
From the beginning of the Exodus the Children of Isra’el grumbled against Moshe and continued to proclaim that they would have been better off as slaves in Egypt.
There in the desert the whole community of the people of Isra’el grumbled against Moshe and Aharon. The people of Isra’el said to them, “We wish YHVH had used his own hand to kill us off in Egypt! There we used to sit around the pots with the meat boiling, and we had as much food as we wanted. But you have taken us out into this desert to let this whole assembly starve to death!” ~ Sh’mot (Exodus) 16:2,3