Above rumor, above fiction, above social acceptance, above entertainment, above religious propaganda, above political correctness, and above cultural differences,
~"Was salvation solely for the Jews or was it to include the alien Gentiles?"~
According to Yahweh’s infinite mercy and sovereign plan, Yahshua was crucified as the perfect Passover Lamb. In Jerusalem, at the same time that the multitudes of Jews were sacrificing their "spotless male lambs" (see Ex 12:3-7), Yahshua died as our sacrifice. For those who accept Him, His blood covers the doorposts of their hearts and protects them from the angel of eternal death (see Ex 12:12).
...Seek a Berean spirit to search the matter out. Bereans were known to have lived in ancient Greece, in the town of Berea. They were known as ones who “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether these things are so” – Acts 17:10-11.
~ Stephen James~
As submitted by this student and graduate of the ‘Berean Institute,’ formerly located at 1901 Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, was awarded the ‘Specialized Associate Degree in Business Administration and Computer Programming – enhanced with a Life Long Living Experience in the school of ‘Hard Knocks’:
For the people who seek to know and enjoy God's Word. As referenced in the Book of Acts Chapter 17, Verse 11: "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so". This enormous compliment and honor is paid to the Bereans - this reference associates with all those people who place the Word of God above tradition, above rumor, above fiction, above social acceptance, above entertainment, above religious propaganda, above political correctness, and above cultural differences. 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth. Jeremiah 29:13
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Bereans were the inhabitants of the ancient city of Berea, also known in the Bible as Beroea and now known as Veria.
According to the Book of Acts, Chapter 17 verse 11, Paul of Tarsus and Silas preached at Berea, and the inhabitants "... received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so, and many of them believed.
Many churches and ministries, predominantly evangelical Protestant in the USA, that has an emphasis on the primacy of scripture, have adopted the name Berean in allusion to this account. The Catholic Diocese of Lincoln describes one particular affiliation, the Berean Church, as comprising about 60 independent U.S. congregations of similar beliefs with features in common with Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians. Their central emphasis on scriptural authority, sola scriptura, puts their beliefs in particular conflict with Roman Catholicism as well as Eastern Orthodoxy.
Historically, the Bereans (also called Beroeans, Barclayans or Barclayites) were a Protestant sect following former Scottish Presbyterian minister John Barclay (1734-1798). Founded in Edinburgh in 1773, the Berean Church followed a modified form of Calvinism. It had congregations in Scotland, London and Bristol, but mainly merged with the Congregationalists after Barclay's death.
Some groups among the Bible Student movement also adopted the name, such as the Berean Bible Students and the Berean Bible Institute. A new Protestant Christian group began in the 1850s in the United States under the tutelage of Dr. John Thomas. The name "Christadelphian" was chosen as it is believed that those who believe and obey the Commandments of Christ and the Bible as the inspired word of God are "Brethren in Christ". The original group split, with one group continuing with the name "The Christadelphians" and the second group adding the word "Berean" to become the "Berean Christadelphians".
The word "Berean" was chosen to reflect the words in Acts 17, "These (Berea) were more noble than those in Thessalonica in that they received the word with all readiness of mind and searched the scriptures daily whether those things were so." Christadelphians and Berean Christadelphians believe in the promises given to Abraham, Isaac, and David concerning the Kingdom of God. They deny the
Doctrine of the Trinity, a central tenant of orthodox Christianity, and this refusal to recognize the triune nature of God has resulted in a major impasse between the Christadelphians/Berean Christadelpians and the Protestant, Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox Churches.
Naphtali: Do You Know What Hurts Me?
The purpose these chapters are to expose Satan's strategies and lies, many of which have become imbedded in the doctrines and traditions of Corporate Christianity. It is important to note that these chapters are not intended as an indictment against any individual, race, or religious group.
For almost two thousand years, the Messiah's blood has been trampled as His brethren, the Jews, have been persecuted, tortured, driven out of countries, and killed in the name of Jesus Christ. Many Christians have believed the lie that the Jews were "Christ-killers." Consequently, much of Israel's history has been written in the blood of Yahshua’s slaughtered brethren.
ISRAEL IS DIVIDED:
Towards the end of his reign, King Solomon fell into the sin of idolatry, worshiping Ashtoreth, Milcom (Molech) and Kemosh. For his idolatry God told Solomon,
I Kings 11:5 - "Since this is your mind, and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you, and will give it to your servant."
God sent the prophet Ahijah to Jeroboam, of the tribe of Ephraim, whom Solomon had made ruler over the laborers of the house of Joseph. Ahijah prophesied that God would take 10 tribes and give them to Jeroboam and if he would listen to all that God commanded him, and walk in the ways of the Lord, and do what is right in God's sight, keeping His statutes and commandments, that God would build for Jeroboam a sure house, as He had built for David, and would give Israel to him. Immediately upon hearing this, Solomon sought for the death of Jeroboam. (I Kings 11: 26-40)
Upon Solomon's death the people of Israel gathered at Shechem to make Rehoboam, Solomon's son king. Jeroboam who, until now, was in Egypt was sent for. He came together with the people to petition Rehoboam to ease the yoke that Solomon had placed upon the people of Israel. Rehoboam disregarded the counsel of his father's advisors, and instead listened to his friends whom he had grown up with. Rather than easing their burdens, he promised to be even harder than his father had been. The people rebelled and the ten northern tribes broke away from the Davidic kings of the tribe of Judah, and under the leadership of Jeroboam, the Ephraimite, set up a new kingdom. (I Kings 12:1-20)
Just as God had prophesied to Jeroboam through the prophet Ahijah, Jeroboam was king of ten tribes, and was well established, for God Himself stopped Rehoboam’s attack. Instead of doing as God had instructed, Jeroboam sought to secure his position through establishing a system of idolatry that would ensure no contact between the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah.
The ten northern tribes quickly fell into the same idolatry for which Solomon had been judged. Jeroboam made two golden calves and set one in Beth-El, a city of Ephraim, and the other in Dan, the principle city of the tribe of Dan. Jeroboam had reason to create his own system of worship. As all the men of Israel were required to appear in Jerusalem for the feasts of Pesakh (Passover), Shavuot (Pentecost) and Succot (Tabernacles) each year, this would likely lead to a reunification of the northern and southern kingdoms, because Jerusalem lay in the southern kingdom of Judah. Jeroboam halted this pilgrimage and filled the void of the true Temple worship by creating his own temple, priesthood and system of worship. (I Kings 12: 22-33)
The northern kingdom of Israel was never able to repent of their idolatry and for this God judged them. Taken captive, Ephraim and its kingdom were eventually scattered throughout the nations never returning to Israel, just as Jacob has prophesied. Hosea, who was a prophet to the ten northern tribes, speaks of their sin and future reunification, especially in chapters 11-13.
First century Jewish believers were confronted with a perplexing issue concerning the Gentiles-"was salvation solely for the Jews or was it to include the alien Gentiles?" The apostle Paul was the divinely appointed ambassador to the Gentiles. His mission was to bring them the awesome salvation of YAHshua, the Hebrew Messiah and to instruct them further regarding vital issues pertaining specifically to them as Gentiles within the messianic body.
Paul's powerful admonitions to the Gentiles in Ephesians 2-3 and Roman 9-11 were written to destroy latent anti-Jewish attitudes. Unfortunately, these are the very Scriptures the Adversary has attempted to eradicate from Christian theology. The church's ignorance of these scriptural safeguards has allowed the perpetuation of many distorted doctrines and unbiblical attitudes toward Israel.
YAHshua, in the last paragraphs of the Scripture, is admonishing that a remnant must wash their robes in His blood of all that defiles including anti-Semitic attitudes (in the Gentiles), and anti-Messiah attitudes (in the Jews). Gentiles cannot go through the twelve gates of Israel (Rev 21:12) bearing anti-Semitism in their hearts, for hypocrisy and disobedience will keep them from entering those memorial gates. Likewise the Jews must humbly receive and reverence their Messiah with uncompromised obedience in order to go through their tribal gates into the eternal Promised Land. As YAHshua said, "Behold, I am coming quickly," both Jews and Gentiles must consecrate themselves to become holy priests who can stand in His eternal presence.
Many truths have been revealed and magnified. May both Jew and Gentile hearken to YAHshua who gave His life that they might live in the New YAHrusalayim united as one new man before YAHveh the King of Glory.
“We are crucified with Christ and He is living His Life through us.”
This motivation also goes the other way. If Yahshua loved us enough to give His life for us, then He loves us enough to give His life to us so that He might express His life through us.
Yahshua defeated every temptation. It is He and only He has perpetuated this great feat. When you allow Him to express His life through you, you get the victory and god gets the glory:
A man lived alone in a small town. The man took in a boy who had become an orphan and didn’t have any place to go , and over time the man grew to love the boy as his own son.
One day a man’s house was engulfed in fire. The boy was trapped in the house, and the man fought desperately to save him. The man managed to save the boy’s life, but in the process his hands were badly burned. Sometime later, some distant relatives of the boy showed up in the town, demanding to take custody of the boy. The case went to trial, and the judge asked the man if he had any legal papers to prove he had adopted the boy. The man replied that he had none.
“Then why should I give you custody of this boy? How do I know you will love him and care for him properly?” the judge asked.
The man stood quietly and held out his badly burned hands. The judge ruled in the man’s favor.
The righteousness of His name, which brought mercy and deliverance, will bring the power of His righteous indignation and divine judgments.
Yahweh’s mercy will find ultimate fulfillment in cleansing the earth of everyone who has trampled the Lamb's blood under foot. The ark, which had been the seat of the Lamb’s mercy and forgiveness, will become the seat of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah's vengeance and wrath.
Yahweh’s sovereign judgments will pour out upon the whole earth, including the outer court of man's tainted religious systems. Many professing, lukewarm believers in the Almighty will encounter the "Wrathful Lion" and not the "Loving Lamb" as He comes forth in fury to uphold the glory and honor of Yahweh’s holy memorial-name and righteous commandments.