Yeshua would have instructed His disciples, in this as well as other things, regarding what they would need to know after He was gone. He would not allow them to think one thing … only for them to find out something different later on.
Both Abel and Yeshua are wonderful examples and role models as to how to hang in there and stay faithful to the end. Neither of them saw, as we now see, the lasting fruit of their lives. But yet, being “dead” they still speak.
Yeshua was perfect light walking in the midst of darkness. He was the Light that exposed the Darkness for what it was. There was no hiding from Him. Darkness could not walk out in the open without exposure. He was a walking antithesis to pretty much everything that swirled around Him. And a lot of people didn’t like it.
Satan likes, and encourages, pathetically spineless preaching. Could that help to explain, in part, the spiritually deficient state of our people? Perhaps our pulpits are using pea-shooters instead of howitzers.
Preachers aren’t doing anybody any favors when they don’t faithfully present the Word.
If Yeshua HAD come to do away with the Law/Torah, He should have been more upfront and out spoken about that. Otherwise, Yeshua was no better than a conman, huckster, sham, phony. Clearly He wasn’t.
Do you, in all situations, make it crystal clear that you are a follower of Yeshua? What about, for example, the last opportunity that presented itself as an opportunity for YOU to speak on behalf of your faith? Did you boldly proclaim your faith as you know you should have?
May I suggest that we too have been just as “bad” as Peter.
It wasn’t ever easy for me to slice up the Bible like a pie or cake. If God is anything, He is a unified, consistent, uncomplicated God. The reality that we tend to think otherwise is proof once again that we try to create God in our own image: a discombobulated, inconsistent, complicated mess.
I, for one, refuse any longer to believe God is anything less than He is. He is, always has been, and always will be the same yesterday, today and forever.
Normally I struggle with the Festivals. I just botch them every year. I forget they’re coming. I don’t take the days off from work that are required. (Why can’t they all fall on the weekends!?) Plus, since we go by the sighting of the moon and don’t follow the Jewish calendar, we’re off from all of normative Judaism and a lot of the Messianics as well. Then I get to thinking how much better it would be to live in Israel. But would it? Therefore, I find myself with an ever growing desire for the return of Yeshua. Then everything will be as it should. Can’t wait.
I was recently listening online to a preacher discussing the King James Version and why he and his church use it. He does a great job presenting the whole aspect of the issue and presenting the facts as he has studied it out. The best part is he’s not a KJV Only type of guy. Refreshing.
During his talk, it came out that he’s a Dispensationalist. No surprise, really. He doesn’t make a big deal of it though. However, he made mention of the Dispensation of Grace.
So what is a plumb line?
Here’s a pretty good definition that I found.
“A plumb line, also called a plummet, is a cord with a non-magnetic weight attached to one end. When the cord is held in such a way that the weight can dangle freely, an exact vertical can be determined. Painters and carpenters use plumb lines to keep their work straight. It is difficult, while in the middle of a project, to determine a true horizontal or vertical line without an objective measuring tool, so a plumb line is employed. A plumb line applies the law of gravity to find right angles, to indicate the most direct route from top to bottom, and to keep things plumb. A plumb line doesn’t change or move with the whims of the carpenter. It remains true, and all work must line up with it or risk being crooked.”