OYB February 19
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- 2009 Feb 19
Today's comments from the Bible are few since many of the teachings from Mark we already covered in Matthew. Don't get weary in Leviticus and give up. There are always plenty of things we can cover! Today, we'll use this time for some extra study on recent topics.
As we study out the New Testament, and we try to decide what it all means that the Torah is alive and well in our hearts (not done away with) and what our response is to be, I encourage you to keep studying until the pieces begin to assemble. It is so important that when you get to a verse or passage that seems conflicting to what we are learning about the relevance of the Torah as the very expression of Yeshua still working in our lives today, that you study it out more fully, whether online from Messianic sources or from the Greek (to find Messianic studies on google, try using Jewish words i.e. Torah, Yeshua, Shabbat, Adonai, etc.).
One of the problems I have run into in my studies is that many translations of the New Testament do not read accurately, whether intentionally by things going on in early Church history, or ignorance and misapplication since without Messianic input and understanding. Even those passages that are close translations can be skewed by our own ignorance of both history and Jewish tradition. But through patient persistence, we can get to the bottom of this problem and find out where the truth remains.
I found two very simple, enlightening web pages that are not too long, but will shed a lot of light on certain topics for us, especially for the topics of Sabbath and Holy Days observance, and why certain translations and modern day teachings seem to assume that Paul taught the Torah was done away with by Jesus (and how Paul's teachings on these topics were misunderstood). I hope you will take a few minutes and read what these two insightful writers have to share with us in a simple, graceful way:
MessianicMusings.com on "The Sabbath: The Biblical View"
One thing to consider when searching for a more accurate translation of the Greek, it appears from comments by others online that Young's Literal Translation is a good option. You can always look up any verse in Young's, as well as Hebrew (OT) or Greek (NT) by going to www.studylight.org. That is the Bible study tool I use.
4:22-23 "For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand." I couldn't help but think how this is happening now. One woman told me just yesterday that her Sunday school teacher, who is a Seminary graduate theologian and serious student of the Bible for 30 years, has recently begun learning from the Messianic viewpoint and the whole Bible has opened to him in a new way. Is this just me, or does it seem to be a recent epidemic that God is revealing His truth and teaching to those seeking?
4:24-25 Then he added, "Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given-and you will receive even more. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them." I feel like this is really speaking to me right now, what about you?
Questions for reflection:
You are studying the Word more deeply this year than many ever study their whole lives. Are you paying close attention so that you can receive even more understanding? Or are you becoming weary of the journey?
I have discovered that the deeper one goes into Scripture, the deeper it gets! How deep do you want to go? When you dive deep into Scripture, do you realize you are feasting on Yeshua Himself? Remember, searching for understanding about Jesus is like looking for buried treasure--it will eventually pay off!