Yeshua is a Jew, and was a Stone Mason, until He became a Rabbi. Essentially, however, He was always a Rabbi, as he was teaching the teachers at Pesakh when He was only twelve years old. [Rabbi is from the Hebrew which literally means ‘my great one’, implying one who knows far more about Torah than me]
This Jewish Stone Mason turned renegade Rabbi [because He did not attend the customary schools of Rabbinic training] is indeed the Son of G-d, and the Messiah of Yisra’el. “Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, for you will know it!” Mishlim 30:4 [Yes, if you check the Aramaic texts, Yeshua was a stone-mason, and not a ‘carpenter’. The homes in Natzrat and the outlying areas were all built of stone. He was not weak, nor soft. But had to be pretty strong and burly to do that job for ten, or up to seventeen years.] Many people the world over, in two major streams of religion [catholic xtian and protestant/other xtian, and some “Messianic” believers] would say they worship this person. But, then they misrepresent Him by their doctrines and actions.
Yeshua followed or obeyed no one but His Father, and He instructed/instructs His Talmidim to do the same [A talmid is one who studies Torah under a Rabbi; this word became ‘disciple’ in the English mind, but it loses some meaning that way ]. Yet so many still insist on following teachers/doctrines that have very little to no root at all in the sacred writings from which Yeshua taught. Now, let me first say this: Yeshua did NOT reject ALL Jewish tradition. Quite the contrary. He worshipped regularly in the “Beit K’nesset” [synagogue] on Shabbat. He went to Jerusalem for all the Mo’edim [appointed times of G-d]. He ate kosher. He wore Tzit-Tziyot. He prayed. He agreed with much of the doctrine of the day, such as the importance of the Two Great Commands, and other early Jewish doctrines. But, Yeshua did NOT embrace JEWISH, RABBINIC teaching that was already taking Israel away from the purity of the Torah. In fact, He EXCORIATED the Rabbis, known collectively as “P’rushim and Sofrim,” or ‘scribes and Pharisees,’ for their taking the average Jewish people away from the PURE TORAH. I will not cite all references that prove that Yeshua DID stand against such doctrine, but will cite the most powerful section, and it’s most powerful statement by Yeshua, concerning all such doctrinal behavior:
Y Markos 7:
“For you [Rabbis] have forsaken the mitzvah of Elohim, and you strongly cling to the tradition of men, such as the washing of cups and pots, and a great many other things like these.” He said to them, “You certainly break the mitzvah of Elohim so as to sustain your own tradition.”
In the Messianic community, it has been surprising to see how many Jewish people will call a me an anti-Semite, though I am Jewish, simply for asserting that today’s Jews, Messianic or not, in large part still do this: they violate the Torah by teaching men’s traditions as if G-d Himself gave those traditions as commands, when they can find NOTHING in Torah or the rest of scripture to support their doctrine. Yeshua did not have a degree in Rabbinic thought. But, He proves nonetheless that He understood enough of it to know that they put too much stock in the ‘tradition of the elders’ and not enough in The Word of G-d itself. Again, He did NOT dismiss all customs; but, the ones that violate the scriptures He most certainly did dismiss. And He chided Yisra’el’s teachers for teaching them.
Today’s Messianic Jews, some of them, teach a mixture of Christian and Jewish MANMADE doctrine as their core beliefs. They teach that G-d is a ‘triune’ being, when Scripture clearly shows us HE IS ONE, manifesting to us in His Son and by the Ru’akh, but ONE. The words ‘triune’ and ‘trinity’ are NOWHERE to be found in scripture, so they use intellectual gymnastics to fancify his nature, to match that of the Christian world. His manifestation is a plurality of magnitude, yes, but his essence is ONENESS. They ‘strongly cling’ to this unbiblical doctrine. And then, at the same time, they will call Him “HaShem.” They also ‘strongly cling’ to this late, manmade Jewish doctrine. To the English hearer, this does not seem like a violation. “Hashem” means ‘the name’. So imagine, “Hear O Yisra’el, the name is our G-d, the name is one. And you shall love the name your G-d with all of your heart.” “The name is gracious, and kind, and full of compassion.” Our Jewish people, many among Messianic people, BLOT OUT His Name with this phrase even when reading Hebrew scripture and seeing His Name, יהוה ; they do so in obeisance to the Jewish Rabbinic community. The scriptures are quite clear that Abba intended for us to KNOW and to LOVE HIS ACTUAL NAME, and to DECLARE it in Yisra’el, in the congregation, and among the nations! , “You certainly break the mitzvah of Elohim so as to sustain your own tradition.” Yeshua still says this.
He also would say this to the Christian community, who do very similar things. Even though He says יהוה is ONE, they insist on calling Him “three.” Even though He said to worship Him on the Seventh day, “Shabbat” meaning “Seventh” as well as “CEASING” from labor, they insist any ‘seventh’ day will do, including the pagan 1st day of the week. These teachers KNOW these things do not match the texts, but they ‘strongly cling’ to the doctrine nonetheless. “You certainly break the mitzvah of Elohim so as to sustain your own tradition.” Yeshua still says this.
The Way of Messiah Yeshua is indeed, very, very narrow. And indeed, now that we are 2000 years removed, many false ‘anointed ones’ have influenced the doctrines of those who seek to serve Him. Our Jewish Rabbis have patently rejected Yeshua as the Son of G-d and the Messiah of Yisra’el. This, sadly, is the false spirit of Sheker HaMashiakh. Yet far too many Messianic teachers teach the Talmud as if G-d inspired it. Are all Jews condemned? No. Yeshua is beginning to bring more and more Jews to His B’sorah. But, even some of those who come to trust in Messiah for salvation cling to the doctrines of the Jewish Elders, even when those doctrines are NOT in the Torah. And our Christian friends do the same. They cling strongly to doctrines that are NOT in scripture, even though they know that in the purest reading of The Word they are wrong. So what is the average believer supposed to do?
In Moshe’s day, Moshe’s authority was affirmed by the miracles Elohim did, until Moshe wrote Torah. Then, Yehoshua took over, and his authority was affirmed by miracles. Then the Shoftim took over, and their authority was affirmed by miracles. Then came the Nevi’im, and their authority was affirmed by miracles. And then Yeshua came, and His authority as the Son of G-d was also affirmed by miracles, especially that He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven in front of 500 witnesses. And then, the Shlikhim went about declaring His B’sorah, and their authority was affirmed by miracles. It would seem, then, that Abba would now continue to affirm His authority by miracles. And there are those that go about claiming to do miracles on His behalf, to assert their authority over people, to convince them to follow THEIR version of doctrine. This is true in both the Jewish and Christian communities. But, history shows us that the miracles of the Shlikhim ceased at the end of the first century, in number and power, though not altogether. So, by WHAT AUTHORITY does anyone establish doctrine. Is it a coincidence that the Word of Elohim was finally completely written in the late 1st century? The Jewish canon was established before then, and affirmed by Yeshua. The NT canon was written exclusively in the 1st century, completed when Yokhanan wrote the Hitgalut [Revelation] in 90AD. Around the same time the miracles had begun to reduce in number and power.
Today, we as believers are to stand on the AUTHORITY of the WORD of ELOHIM, from ‘B’reshit to Hitgalut’ [genesis to revelation], and that ALONE, as true doctrine. “But hold fast to the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and knowing that you have learned from your childhood the set-apart scriptures, which are able to make you wise to life through absolute trust in Yeshua HaMashi’akh. All scripture written by the inspiration of The Ru’akh HaKodesh is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in tzedaka [Hebrew word for torah obedience]; so that the people of Elohim may become complete, thoroughly perfected for every good work.” [2 Tim 3:14-16] “And consider that the longsuffering of Adoneinu is for Salvation; even as our beloved brother Pavlos also, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his letters he speaks concerning these matters, in which there are certain things so hard to be understood that those who are ignorant and unstable twist their meaning, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction. You therefore, my beloved, seeing that you know these things beforehand, beware, lest you follow the error of those without Torah, and fall from your own steadfastness.” [2 Kefa [peter] 3]
Yeshua, our Stone-Mason Rabbi, our Rock, our Foundation, is the embodiment of the Torah, and He STRONGLY REJECTS manmade doctrine. In ancient Judaism, each Rabbi has his own ‘halakha’, or ‘the way he walked the Torah’, and his students tried to emulate him. Yeshua had His own halakha too, and it REJECTS many Jewish customs that contravene Torah. “Hereby we know that we are in Him: He who says “I am in Him” ought himself also to walk His halakha.” [1 Yokhanan 2] Yeshua said His Father’s Name. Yeshua kept the Sabbath and the other feasts. Yeshua rejected Rabbinic teachings that violate Torah. “You certainly break the mitzvah of Elohim so as to sustain your own tradition.” Yeshua still says this. “Messiah Yeshua is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.”