Difficult Messianic Scriptures Explained

Before beginning my brief expositions of what I believe to be some of the most overlooked truths found in the Bible, it should be mentioned that I begin studying the Holy Writ with the understanding that the Messianic Scriptures (also known as the New Testament) do not contradict the Hebrew Scriptures (also known as the Old Testament). Therefore, if it seems that an interpretation of a passage is contradicting something in the Hebrew Scriptures, my interpretation cannot be correct. Jesus Christ (The Word) is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matt. 4:4).

The book of Revelation tells us that Jesus (Yeshua) is the word of God (Revelation 19:13). The Book of Hebrews tells us Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Therefore, the word is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Before addressing the Messiah’s famous words found in Matthew 4:4, we know that Yeshua (Jesus) Hamachiac (Christ/Anointed One) was born of a virgin (Is. 7:14, Matt. 2:23), to bring his people Judah and Israel back together to God (Is. 49:5-6, Ezekiel 37), to save and rule His people-Israel (Matt. 1:21, Matt. 2:6), to magnify God’s law (Is. 42:21), to be our wrath substitute (Is. 53:5), and was to fulfill hundreds of other prophesies. He was not however, prophesied to abolish any of God’s law (Amos 3:7).

Before speaking these words to Satan (The Adversary) as he was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by him (Matt. 4:1) and before he began his public ministry (Matt. 4:17),  John the Baptist prepared Yeshua’s way by preaching repentance (Matt. 3:3). Why? Is it not because at the time of Christ’s ministry and for years prior, the people of Judah were enslaved to the traditions of men and the people of Israel were scattered all over for their willful disobedience to God’s law? For there are a plethora of Scriptures that absolutely proclaim this to be truth (Matt. 15:2-9, Mark 7:8, Deut. 4:25-27, Jer. 3:8, Jer. 31:35-37, 2 Kings 24:20).

This is why these famous words that Jesus quoted from were relevant when he spoke them, when written in Deuteronomy 8:3, and even today. The Text means what it says: Man shall not live off of bread alone. But  man can only truly live by trusting and obeying every single word of God (to include every single instruction from Genesis to Revelation (the written) and to go a bit further, the personal instructions we receive from the Holy Spirit’s guidance in our lives (Romans 14:23) which of course cannot and does not contradict the Scriptures that have been written (John 16:13, Psalm 119:60). To put it another way: man doesn’t live by food alone, but by all of God’s word alone.

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven (Mat 5:17-19).

I will explain what this passage means by first explaining what the words fulfill cannot mean and then explain what it must mean. Reason being is that many people have a misunderstanding of what this word actually means and it hinders them from understanding this passage.

Fulfill cannot mean to abrogate. It cannot even have the ability to abrogate. How so? Because Jesus said that he came not to abolish (abrogate) the law, but to fulfill it. If fulfilling the law brings about the abrogating (abolishment) of the law, even some of it, then Jesus was incorrect, he didn’t understand what he came to do, or he contradicted himself.

According to John Macarthur and many other theologians today, by “fulfilling” the law, Jesus abrogated it (see John’s commentary on Hebrews 7:12-14). This would make Matthew 5:17 look like this: Do not think that I came to abolish the law or the prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them in such a way that abolishes some of them (or all of them). This cannot be what fulfill means, because this verse would be a contradiction.

Paul used the word pleroo (the word fulfill in the Greek) in Romans 15:19. By the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God–so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled (pleroo) the ministry of the gospel of Christ.

The Interlinear Greek NT (IgrNT) translates pleroo in Romans 15:19 as fully preached. This translation also makes the most sense in the context of Matt. 5:17-19, as it was after Jesus said he came to fulfill the law that he said, “For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” So fulfill cannot mean do away with, complete in such a way that renders the law and prophets no longer Scripture (2 Tim.3:16) or God’s commandments (Mark 7:8). He taught all believers to obey all of God’s word (Matt. 23:2,Matt. 28:18-20), therefore fully preach is the best translation of the Greek word pleroo in this context. With this being said, the meaning of this passage of Scripture becomes obvious: Jesus didn’t do away with any of God’s law, but instead fully preached it. Therefore, we get to obey all of God’s word (Psalm 119)!

Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.” He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, “What you would have gained from me is given to God,” he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person”(Mat 15:1-11). This passage of Scripture is also in the book of Mark 7:1-9,15).

Mark adds: And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person” (Mark 7:18-23).

First thing first, when you see a parentheses or bracket on a word or a phrase it means that it was not in the original or earlier manuscripts. Secondly, Jesus could not be declaring all animals good for food and thus nullify God’s dietary instructions found in Leviticus 11 (which is still Scripture by the way, thus it is still good for correction according to 2 Tim. 3:16) because he would have been sinning by adding or taking away from God’s word (Deut. 4:2, 1 John 3:4). We know that Jesus obeyed the law of God perfectly. Therefore he could not have been declaring all things clean and he did not. Even if the phrase in the bracket was actually in the original manuscript, this still wouldn’t prove that we can eat whatever we would like now. How so? Because food to the Pharisees, Jesus, and his disciples (all the folks that are in this context) believed food to be was whatever God declared food to be in Leviticus 11. But what about when Jesus said, “Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him?” Jesus was saying that it is someone’s heart that defiles them. That is why Jesus said, For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

So this passage is clear: The Pharisees were breaking God’s law by clinging to their traditions rather than obeying God’s law. Their sinful attitude toward the disciples exposed where their heart was.

A side not: If Jesus made all things clean to eat, then this verse in Isaiah would not make sense, because Yahweh has yet to fulfill this verse and come with fire and with chariots.

For behold, the LORD will come with fire and with His chariots, like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by His sword the LORD will judge all flesh; and the slain of the LORD shall be many. “Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, to go to the gardens after an idol in the midst, eating swine’s flesh and the abomination and the mouse, shall be consumed together,” says the LORD. For I know their works and their thoughts. It shall be that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory (Is. 66:15-18).

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so practice and observe whatever they tell you–but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long (Mat 23:1-5).

Moses’ seat was where the law was taught. Jesus told his disciples to obey the law of Moses and not the Pharisees, because they broke God’s law by adding to it. This was the heavy burdens Jesus spoke of. They added some 1400 oral laws to 4th commandment (the Sabbath) alone. There are many today that overlook this critical truth. Jesus taught that his disciples were to obey the law (Matt. 5:17-19). He didn’t prepare them for the abolishment of some, but instead told them to obey all of them. Jesus said that it would be easier for heaven and earth to pass away then for one dot of the law to become void (Luke 16:7). So the next time you hear someone tell you that we are not under the law of God, tell them, that is unfortunate, because Jesus taught obedience to it all , and remember he is the same yesterday, today, and forever according to Hebrews 13:8. You could also let them know that the law that we are no longer under when we are following Christ is the law of sin and death that results from breaking God’s law. This must be the case,  for if it wasn’t Paul would be a walking contradiction writing in one place that the law of God is holy and in another place that the law of God is a curse, another place the law of God is a curse, and another the law of God is spiritual.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Mat 28:18-20).

Jesus made it clear that he did not come to do his will, but the will of the father (John 5:30). The Father’s will is found all over the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). Therefore, when Jesus commanded his disciples to teach the nations (gentiles) all that he commanded them, he was telling them to teach them to obey all of God’s word rather than the oral law the Pharisees would teach when they got stepped from Moses’ seat. How so? In Matthew 23:1-3 Jesus instructs his disciples to obey the Pharisees when they sit on Moses’ seat where the law of Moses was taught. Since this is something Christ commanded them, they are to commanded it of the Nations according to Matt. 28:20. Also, the good news according to Peter contained all of God’s word (1 Peter 1:23-25). This changes everything. As an evangelist, I preach Christ and him crucified. The Christ that I preach is the word that became flesh and told us to follow him. He obeyed the law of God and as taught it, and told us to do the same.

It is my hope that this might be used by Yahweh to help you see that God’s word doesn’t contradict itself and it is worthy to be followed. Shalom!

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Do you completely agree with Psalm 119? I didn’t. Now I do!

Do you completely agree with Psalm 119?

There is a need for a paradigm shift to occur in the people of God.

It was a year and a half ago. I was presented with some questions concerning my faith, questions that challenged my faith. Months and months went by as I attempted to divert from answering these questions. Instead of answering the difficult questions at hand I began defending my dispensational paradigm. Let me define these two words for you.

Dispesationalism is a theological system that teaches biblical history is best understood in light of a number of successive administrations of God’s dealings with mankind, which it calls “dispensations.” It maintains fundamental distinctions between God’s plans for national Israel and for the New Testament Church. For example, many dispensationalists maintain that there was a time, when God’s people were in a dispensation of law, but in the present time we are in a dispensation of grace. Also, there are many dispensationalists that believe God’s law was given to Israel, and the church, being distinct from Israel, was given a different set of laws. A paradigm is an Intellectual perception or view, accepted by an individual or a society as a clear example, model, or pattern of how things work in the world.

The paradigm that I attempted to justify believed that God can do whatever he wants to do, even abolish some of his law. I found however, that this this view contradicts the scriptures to include: (Hebrews 13:8) Jesus Christ (the Word) is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Malachi 3:6) “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. (1 Peter1:25) but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

To justify my dispensational beliefs I often quoted from the Apostle Paul. There are about a dozen or so scriptures written by the Apostle Paul that I attempted to use in order to defend my paradigm. However, after learning that Paul himself walked according to the law (Acts 21:20-22, Acts 24:14) and found it to be holy, righteous, good (Romans 7:12), and spiritual (Romans 7:14). I could no longer use his writings to justify my point of view. The reason being is that the law Paul believed in and kept, is the same law that taught that there is only one set of instructions for Gods people (Exodus 12:49, Leviticus 24:22). These instructions are God’s law. So how about using the words of Jesus? Jesus couldn’t have changed any of God’s laws while on earth because he would then be sinning according to Deuteronomy 4:2 which states that no one shall add or take away from God’s word . Also, Jesus himself taught that he didn’t come to do away with the law (Matthew 5:17) and that it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void (Luke 16:17).

I had one last ditch effort. Within my paradigm I believed that when Jesus died on the cross and established a New Covenant, the Old Covenant that contained all of God’s law was fulfilled in such a way that the church was no longer required to obey some of God’s law, in particular the laws theologians have labeled “ceremonial”. However, there are a few problems with this idea. The first being that God’s law existed before what has been labeled the “Old Covenant” was given. This is obvious in that Cain and Able knew that they were to sacrifice to God (Genesis 4:3-4). Also, God’s law couldn’t have been fulfilled in such a way to render some of the law void, because the law is placed in the hearts and minds of those who have received the new covenant according to Jeremiah 31:33. And again, God’s law is never separated into categories, but is always referred to as a whole, even in the New Testament.If only I would have accepted the words of Paul found in 1st Corinthians beforehand. (1 Corinthians 4:6) I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos or your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another. When this was penned that which was considered written is the “Old Testament”.


If a given interpretation finds itself contradicting a truth found in the Old Testament, then it cannot be regarded as a faithful interpretation. Nowhere in all of Scripture does it say that God is going to separate his people into two groups. There is only one body (1Corinthians 12:12, Ephesians 3:6). Nowhere in Scripture does it say that he has fulfilled some of his laws in such a way to render some of them abolished and/or no longer apart of his word (Matt. 5:17-19). Therefore, I couldn’t answer the questions presented to me and I couldn’t justify my dispensational paradigm without finding myself contradicting the Scripture. I couldn’t use the law observing Paul. I couldn’t use the law observing Jesus. So, what did I do? I fought against answering the questions for months and months until I finally gave up. I decided to answer the questions from a different point of view, from a different paradigm, one in which viewed God’s entire word, including all of its laws as eternal. The questions went as followed:


Can perfect be made better? Can we be freed from freedom? Can Truth be made not Truth? Can the path of righteousness be changed into a new path? Can the Ways of God change into a different way? Can forever, perpetual, and lasting throughout the generations to come turn into intermittent and sporadic? Can what defines sin be nullified? Can what is light change into a different light? Can what is life no longer be life? If God is the Word can the Word (and thus God) change? Can something we are to delight in become something we teach against? Can walking as Jesus walked mean not walking as Jesus walked? If Jesus is the Word made flesh, did He get on the cross to abolish Himself? Can instructions for love one day be worthless instructions the next day? Can what is stated to be made for us and to bless us no longer bless us?

These questions all have to do with God’s law. For in Scripture the law is defined as freedom, truth, the path of righteousness, the way, forever, perpetual, lasting throughout the generations, that which defines sin, light, life, a delight, the word, instructions for love, and that which blesses us. These questions are indeed unanswerable in light of a dispensational paradigm. In fact, that is what 119 ministries, the ministry that presented these questions to me*, have labeled these questions. Once considering the answers to these questions without a dispensational paradigm, there really was only one of two options: the first: accept that God’s law is eternal and still to be obeyed in all of its parts. Or the second: conclude that the word of God is contradictory. The word of God is not contradictory. Upon testing the verses I once used to justify my dispensational beliefs in light of the truth that God’s law is eternal, I found that each and every verse is reconcilable with the rest of Scripture. I was merely interpreting them within a mindset that irreconcilable with Scripture as a whole.

There is no way to answer these questions in any other given paradigm. This is why the people of God need to experience a paradigm shift. Understanding why the Psalmist of Psalm 119 wrote what he wrote will help the people of God see that the entire law of God is in fact eternal and a blessing to those who follow it. Being that Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in all of the Psalms, as well as the longest chapter in the entire Bible, I will provide 10 of the critical verses help us see this truth. While going over these verses, it would be beneficial to keep in mind that the Bible never separates God’s law into categories such as ceremonial, even in the New Testament, but it include all of God’s law.
Psalm 119:1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!

Psalm 119:47 for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love.

Psalm 119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.


Psalm 119:89 Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.


Psalm 119:151 But you are near, O LORD, and all your commandments are true.

Psalm 119:152 Long have I known from your testimonies (laws) that you have founded them forever.

Psalm 119:160 The sum (all) of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules (laws) endures forever.

Psalm 119:172 Let my tongue sing of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness.

So why did the Psalmist of Psalm 119 think so highly of God’s law? It is more than obvious that he understood how much of a blessing the entire law of God is. It was his delight, what he meditated on, what he loved. Why? Isn’t it because of his understanding of what God’s law is? God’s law is freedom. So how could we call it anything else? Why would God free us from freedom? Could we be truly free if we were free from God’s law? Of course these questions are rhetorical.
The majority in the church today believe that we are no longer under the law and therefore don’t have to concern ourselves with conversations or teachings in relation to the law. If they only knew what law we are no longer under. The apostle Paul spoke of several laws, one of them being the law of sin and death. This is the law that occurs because of our breaking of God’s law. This is the law that we are no longer under when we place our trust in the Messiah. When we turn from lawlessness (that which is Biblically defined as sin) unto God’s Son, Jesus Christ, we are then set free from the law of sin and death and receive God’s grace. The Apostle Paul said it himself in Romans 6:1-2, What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin (breaking God’s law) that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?


If the church only knew that the Jesus we present to the Jewish people has to be rejected if the Jesus we present adds to or takes away from the established word of God found in the law (Deuteronomy 13). If the church only knew that the law is a part of the good news according to Peter (Peter 1:24-25). If they only knew it was not a burden (Deuteronomy 30:11). If they only knew that it is our obedience to the law that shows our love for God (1 John 5:3). If the only knew that by advocating obedience to the law, one is not advocating obedience for salvation (Mathew 5:19). If they only knew that it has always been by grace through faith one is saved and so the obedience of the saints of the past was a result of their relationship to God and not in order to earn salvation. (Romans 4:3). If they only knew that Jesus taught his disciples to teach all of God’s law to the nations (Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew 23:2-3). If they only knew that it is a blessing to completely agree with the psalmist of Psalm 119.


I pray you that you ask the Most High to impress on your heart the truth found in Psalm 119 and you experience what might be missing in your faith. Truth. Shalom.
[Kingdom of Light Ministries / 2013]

Has the 4th Commandment been modified?

Has the 4th Commandment been modified?

The short and simple answer to that question is: by man it has been, by God it has not been. Before you assume anything by what I just wrote, let me explain.

Who obeys the 4th commandment? Do you? Do the members of your church? If not, why? If you say yes, you do. Did you know that the Sabbath is on the 7th day of the week and not the first? And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done [Genesis 2:2]. You who say you obey this commandment and then say you do so by keeping Sunday holy are the ones who are modifying the commandment. Many people want to know who 1st began modifying the commandment. The truth is, no matter who originally changed it, those who are changing it today ought to turn from doing so.

God has never changed the Sabbath commandment. Y’shua (Jesus) Messiah said that none of God’s laws would change (Matt. 5:17-19). So who are we to say that one or several of them have? We are doing what the Pharisees were doing. This is why Y’shua said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men [Mark 7:6-8]. Keeping Sunday holy, rather than Saturday is a commandment of man. Let us turn from this.

For those who want to know who may have changed it originally, Teshuva Ministries have a short and simple article explaining this found here:

http://teshuvaministries.net/who-changed-the-sabbath/

Also, 119 Ministries does a phenomenal job explaining this in their video teaching entitled: The Sabbath Day found here:

http://119ministries.com/videoteachings.aspx?viewcontentpageguid=cc97ec23-e00b-44d5-847d-5f210aba3f85&parentnavigationid=28668

God’s word is light (even the 4th commandment, given from God himself). Allow it to shine in this dark world we are living in, by obeying it as our example Y’shua, who is the light, obeyed it. Shalom.

 [Kingdom of Light Ministries / 2013]

Are YOU the salt of the earth?

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. [Matt. 5:13]

When I am surfing the web, I am usually browsing one of only a few things. Either I am looking at my ministry page, a friends page, or  something that I believe might better my family’s life. Usually it is a ministry website, something regarding the Bible, or something to do with healthier living. I happened to stumble upon a video {1} that mentioned believers conforming to the world and thereby loosing  their saltiness. I did not watch all of the video, because I was only browsing, the video was almost an hour long, and after hearing that statement I was intrigued and motivated to expound upon that thought right away.

How interesting to think on this verse [Matt. 5:13]. You. You who have trusted in Messiah Y’shua (Jesus). You who have turned from your sins and your lordship unto Y’shua’s ways and his lordship. You are THE salt of the earth! How awesome to meditate on this truth. Do you see the THE in that last sentence I wrote? Y’shua said, “YOU are THE salt”. In other words, YOU are THE only salt. YOU who are trusting the Messiah. Not anyone else. How do I know that? Well, who is Y’shua talking to here? If he was talking about people who did not believe in him, he would not be calling them the light of this world [Matt 5:14]. You must have the light to be a light. Simple enough right? Ok, so let us define what light is. Y’shua said,  “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” [John 8:12]. Clearly, Y’shua defines the light as himself. This makes sense, being that he is the word of God in the flesh [John 1:1, Rev. 19:13] and the word of God is also defined as light. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path [Psalm 119:105]. What word is the Psalmist referring to? Whatever word God spoke up to that point. This includes the Torah (all of Yahweh’s instructions given to Moses). I say that because many today, unknowingly or not, teach that the word of God is only found in the “New Testament” or better referred to as the Testimony of Y’shua. Of course I have never heard anyone say that, but that is a byproduct of the erroneous teaching that says, “The Old Testament laws are no longer required of New Testament believers”. This is silly. How so? Is God’s word no longer light? If it is, then we are suppose to let it shine [Matt. 5:16]. That would entail us obeying God’s word, which includes His laws found in the Torah, as long as they are still the word of God. And since they are, being that the word of God cannot change, be broke, or pass away until heaven and earth pass away [Matt. 5:18], this means we are still to observe whatever of Yahweh’s instructions that are applicable to us.

What does any of this have to do with losing saltiness you might ask? Well, what is saltiness? If it is obeying God’s word, which I will show later on, then when we willfully disobey God’s word, are we not then losing our saltiness? Are we not therefore like the rest of the world, obeying some of God’s instructions, whether knowing it or not, while rejecting others? Of course. This makes sense of one of the chief  reasons why we are saved in the first place, to be a light to the nations [Is. 49:6], teaching them to obey EVERYTHING that Messiah taught his disciples, which would include Torah by the way [Matt. 23:1-3 ,Matt. 5:17-19]. The Apostle Paul said that WE received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the nations [Rom 1:5]. This is how we love God, by obeying His commandments [1 John 5:3]. This is how we stay connected to the vine, which is Messiah [John 15:1-10]. This is how we keep our saltiness. A little more proof? What separated Israel from all of the other nations? According to the Torah, it was the Torah [Deut. 4:8]! When we, by faith, obey God’s instructions, which He calls His voice [Jer 7:23], we are then the salt of the earth, or in other words, we preserve the world. What would happen to this world if there wasn’t any salt at all? Not only would it not taste good, but evil would be all the more prevalent.

Now, to prove that saltiness is equivalent to obeying God’s word. What is it that Y’shua taught? Y’shua said, “For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak” [John 12:49]. Can God contradict Himself? Of course not. God told Y’shua what to speak. He couldn’t of told him to speak anything contrary to what God has already spoken[Heb. 13:8]. He told the Israelites to keep His Torah forever [Deut. 5:29]. And Y’shua taught the same thing [John 10:35].  Y’shua taught Torah. He didn’t add or take away [Deut. 4:2]. He only properly and fully explained what the Torah meant by what it said [Matt. 5:17].

So how do we lose our saltiness? We do so by  disobeying God’s word. So, if we start off obeying God’s word (Torah) and then stop obeying God’s word, we are loosing are saltiness. If you think I may be stressing Yahweh’s commands, which the Bible defines as truth, perfect, freedom, light, life, way, holy, and good; you are right, I am. But, I am not the only one. Read Psalm 119.

I leave you with a truth from the wisest man other than Y’shua himself. The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with[ every secret thing, whether good or evil. [King Solomon’s Ecclesiastes 12:13-14]

I pray that this blesses you and that the Spirit of Yah guides you into the light of God’s word out of the darkness of this world. Shalom.

[Kingdom of Light Ministries / 2013]

{1} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAsHOXlTgyk

Who am I ?

Who am I ?

Who am I ?

That the Lord of all the earth…

Would care to know my name…

Who am I ?

That the Bright and Morning Star…

Would choose to light the way…

For my ever wandering heart…

Not because of who I am…

But because of what You’ve done…

Not because of what I’ve done…

But because of who you are…

These words written by Casting Crowns are the words that I sung moments after I trusted in YHWH God and His only begotten Son, Y’shua (Jesus) for the first time. After confessing my need of YHWH’s forgiveness, His son, and His work in me to repent of my sinful ways, I experienced His grace, His joy, His peace, and the knowledge that my sins were forgiven and the penalty for my sins were paid when Y’shua the Messiah died in my place. This happened in November of 2009.

I entitled this article Who am I? But it could very well be called: From Brokeness to Salvation, From Salvation to Torah Pursance

My name is Michael Compton. I have 2 beautiful daughters (Ellay Sophia and Veda Le’Anna) and 1 beautiful wife (Katrina Corrinne). I am a child of Yahweh, a husband, a father, a son, a cousin, a nephew, an uncle, a medical worker, a writer, and an evangelist. My passion is to spend time with my family and friends and to share the testimony of Yeshua and the Torah with the world. This is the long story short version of me. Now to rewind and then to fast forward.

I grew up a happy child in a home that rarely went to church or talked about God. At the age of 12 my mother and father were divorced and I no longer was the happy child I once was. I began rebelling against all authority. My mother was remarried shortly after the divorce. We still rarely spoke of God or went to church. I began sneaking out of the house at 14 and lost my virginity shortly afterward. At 16 I began drinking and smoking marijuana. That lead to experimenting with just about every drug that I could get my hands on. While this was occurring my mother and step-father, whom I was living with at the time, were on the verge of divorce. There were many chaotic nights in our broken household. I ended up getting involved with other like minded people who had no respect for authority. I was caught stealing, arrested several times, and was put on supervision. At 19 I felt compelled to join the military to start a new. After joining the Army Reserve and completing basic training and job training, I moved back home.  At 22 I knew I needed a change. I decided to join the Active duty Army. I continued to smoke marijuana and drink. At 24 I was worked at an Army medical facility in San Antonio . My boss was said to be a newly converted Christian. This sparked an interest in me, as I quite frequently discussed religious topics. For some odd reason I asked him if he thought it was wrong for me to drink alcohol. I will never forget his response. He asked why his opinion mattered to me. I told him I was curious and he then said that it didn’t matter much being I didn’t serve God. I felt completely disrespected! Who did he think he was, I thought. I asked him why he thought that I didn’t serve God. He said that my lifestyle was the evidence. For a few days my thoughts raced. I was a porn addict, drug addict, a compulsive liar. I knew that I needed to be honest with myself and find out if I personally believed in God. So I asked, “Do I believe in God?” The moment after that question darkness flooded into my mind. I knew I was lost. I knew I didn’t know God personally. Shortly after this moment I was on my knees believing that Y’shua died for my sin debt. I believed that if God loved me that much, that He was not only able, not only wanted to, but would fill me with His Spirit in such a way that would change my heart to love Him. The moment I confessed my sin and trusted Him was the moment I passed from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of Y’shua [Col. 1:13]. And I knew it! I cried, I jumped up and down, and I couldn’t stop smiling. I wanted to tell everyone. And everyone I knew I did tell! From that point one my hunger for truth only grew. Everyday I prayed, I read God’s word, and told people the good news that they could know God through trusting in His son! Two years later, I experienced yet another paradigm shift. 

About a year and a half ago my wife and I were invited to have dinner at one of her high school friend’s house. Her Sister in law prepared a wonderful meal for us. I found out that her brother had recently started a ministry.  Being the Bible student I was, I was interested to know what his ministry was all about. I was all ears as he began to tell me that after months and months of studies he came to the conclusion that we have been missing out on a great deal of truth in the church today, including the feast days, dietary instructions, tassels, as well as the Sabbath. He told me that he believes that the Bible teaches us that the Torah is for all believers [Exodus 12:49, Leviticus 24:22, Numbers 15:16].  He explained to me the mystery of the gospel, a mystery that has been forgotten or not properly understood by the majority of Bible believers today. We talked about many different interrelated subjects and I was anxious to learn more. He gave me some resources to review and some questions to ponder on. As I contemplated the possible answers to these questions and looked for their answers in the Scriptures, I was faced with many more difficult questions. However, after reviewing one of the resources I was given, I became convinced that the Bible teaches that all believers in Y’shua have been grafted into Israel [Rom. 11:24, Eph.2:12]. This answered many of my questions. In fact, it was quite easy for me to understand this identity crisis, being I found that dispensationalism (the belief that Israel and the Church are totally separate entities) didn’t fit with much of what I read in the Scriptures. However, though many of the questions had received answers, after accepting this truth I still had some doubts as to if the Torah was still for believers in Messiah today.

I began asking the man who introduced me to this study question after question as he graciously helped me see the scriptures in their historical backdrop and context. He didn’t give me much of his opinion, but rather read the scriptures with me and asked me questions. There were some verses that the Apostle Paul penned that I still couldn’t understand. On one hand, everything I was testing to the Scriptures made much sense, however, Galatians, and several passages in Romans, Ephesians, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Hebrews, and Colossians bothered me (Peter did say s Paul was hard to understand in 2 Peter 3:16). As I was studying it seemed on one hand Paul was saying, “I believe in the Torah and follow it” and on the other hand it was as if he was saying, “its perfectly fine for gentiles not to (which would contradict Torah, because it says that even the non-native born Israelite is to follow Yahweh’s instructions). Was Paul contradicting himself I wondered? I wasn’t satisfied with not knowing. I continued to ask many questions to many people. I was told by many to stop what I was doing. One friend said that they couldn’t do ministry with me if I believed that the Torah of God is for the disciples of Jesus today.Another friend of mine said that they didn’t know if they could be friends with someone that believed in the Torah. One family member told me he would have nothing to do with me if I accepted the Torah as relevant in my life. Not many wanted to discuss this with me in too much detail, however, I was told to read Hebrews and Galatians and I did. After reading these books, I decided that my friends were right. After reading these books and some commentaries on them, I thought, “we were no longer under the law and if we were to go back to it we would be falling from grace.” I was scared to even dare obey some of God’s laws found in the Hebrew Scriptures ( TANAK / Old Testament). I didn’t’ want to fall from grace! I was in fact scared for this man who introduced me to the study and I even questioned his salvation. I informed him that I believed that the Torah wasn’t for us today and in fact told him that I was scared that he might have fallen from grace. He heard me out and asked me some questions. I couldn’t answer many of them. I was convicted to study more. However, I just didn’t want to. I was alright with not knowing how to answer his questions. I was fine with my Christianity. However, after some time I started feeling overwhelmingly convicted. I couldn’t do anything but read the verses that I believed proved my friend wrong. I ordered books to support the position I wanted to cling to. I wanted to believe what I believed. Months passed and I still felt that there was something was missing.

One day I received an email and in the email was a proposed question. The question was, did Jesus preach the gospel? I couldn’t help but click on it to see what the answer would be to the question. After I watched the video I was quite perplexed. The man that presented the question and then answered it was not in agreement with the Torah’s relevance in our lives I assumed; however, he said some things that made me question myself. I was compelled to post this video on my friend’s page, the one who introduced me to the supposed relevance of the Torah. He replied with a video. It was one of the teachings I received months back that convinced me of the “supposed” identity crisis the church is facing. I decided I would check it out again. This time I wasn’t going to stop until I proved this teaching false as well as the Torah’s relevance in my life or accept it and obey it.

I truly wanted to know. I was seeking after the truth. That’s all I wanted. After months of studying, asking people of different perspectives what they thought of the matter, including pastors, professors, and anyone who would listen, after testing all of their responses to the Scriptures, after asking the man that introduced me to this study hundreds of questions, quite literally, I was just about convinced.

After a few more months of intense study I came to the conclusion that the Torah is for believers today [Matt. 5:17-19, Matt 23:1-3, Matt. 28:19, 2 Tim 3:16, Psalm 119, etc]. I understood that it meant that I had been wrong.  But, I found out that it doesn’t matter if I ever have all my theology altogether. What matters is obedience to my Creator [Eccl. 12:13]. So there you have it. My story from brokenness to salvation, from salvation to Torah pursuance.

I pray that this has blessed you. If you want to know more about me or have any questions that I may be able to help with please contact me at KingdomofLightMinistries@yahoo.com

May you, by the grace of God and His Spirit receive the truth of His word, that you may know him and see what marvelous things that are in His Torah [Psalm 119:18], shalom.

Michael Compton [Kingdom of Light Ministries / 2013]Image