That dance is innocent, harming no one. So read on and find out what ‘twist’ I’m driving at. “Do you get what I’m driving at?” LOL. I love people; especially the people of our Messiah Yeshua, born into His Kingdom. Not all are Messianic, yet, but they all will be one day, as they were ‘in the beginning.’ I truly hope EVERY FRIEND I have will read this with an open heart.
I’m going to preface the rest with a strong reminder from Kefa [Peter]:
“Think of the longsuffering of יהוה as deliverance, just as our dear brother Sha’ul also wrote you, following the wisdom G-d gave him. Indeed, he speaks about these things in all his letters. They contain some things that are HARD TO UNDERSTAND, things which the uninstructed [in Torah] and unstable DISTORT, to their own destruction, as they do the OTHER SCRIPTURES. But you, dear friends, since you know this in advance, guard yourselves; so that you will not be led away by the errors of the wicked and fall from your own secure position.”
The wicked are those who twist the scriptures!
Now, in Galatim [Galatians], Sha’ul records the account of his confrontation with Kefa in regard to his not eating with Gentile believers when Jews from Ya’akov [James, the brother of Yeshua and the “Pakid” of the Congregation in Yirushalayim] came to the Gentile city he was living in.
“If you, being Y’hudim [Jews], live as Arameans and not as Y’hudim, why do you compel the Goyim who have joined themselves to Yehuda to live as Y’hudim?”
This verse is indeed TWISTED by many today!
Don’t get me started on the ‘two-housers’ who can’t see that the Goyim are joined to JEWS… Yehuda/Y’hudim.
Kefa ‘lived as an Aramean’ in Antioch. What does that mean? That means he ate with Arameans! [By the way, this is another internal proof that the letters were written in Aramaic and NOT greek! ] See verse 12:
“For prior to the arrival of certain people from [the community headed by] Ya’akov, he had been eating with the Gentile believers; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself..”
What most people do not have when they read Galatim is HISTORICAL and CULTURAL CONTEXT.
Many religious Jews would not eat with Gentiles. This was NOT a Torah command, but a CUSTOM of the Pharisees! They thought Gentiles themselves were unclean. Yeshua showed Kefa that this was not true. “G-d has shown me not to call ANY MAN unclean.” [notice he didn’t say ‘any food?’ very important fact] Kefa interpreted his own vision’s meaning in Acts 10.
Yet in Antioch, Kefa went back to the TRADITION, the MANMADE RULE, of not eating with Gentiles, but only AFTER some Jews came to Antioch who had not yet learned that lesson! THEY ALL were presumed to learn that lesson in Yerushalayim, in ACTS 15!
When Shaul said this, he pointed out that Kefa was teaching the GOYIM….GENTILES!!! TO LIVE AS JEWS!
“…why do you compel the Goyim who have joined themselves to Yehuda to live as Y’hudim?”
Holy smoke? REALLY! YES!
Kefa was teaching GENTILES to LIVE AS JEWS! He was teaching them the TORAH. He was teaching them the CUSTOMS. Just as Shaul did!
1 Cor 11:2
“Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things, and KEEP THE JEWISH TRADITIONS as I delivered them to you.” [Yes, the GREEK even says “Jewish Tradition”, ‘paradosis’ is very specific.]
“Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold to THE JEWISH TRADITIONS which you have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.”
“Now we command you, brethren, in the name of Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashiakh, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother that walks out of order and not after THE JEWISH TRADITIONS which he received of us.”
“A matter shall be established on the testimony of 2 or 3 witnesses.”
You now have FOUR witnesses that the GENTILES were taught to observe Jewish customs when they learned the B’sorah [good news].
“But if, while we seek to be justified by Mashiakh, we ourselves also are found sinners [breakers of Torah], is therefore Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashiakh a minister of sin [breaking Torah]? May it never be!” Gal 2:17
And Ephesians adds a fifth witness, saying:
“At that time you were without Mashiakh, being aliens to the CUSTOMS of Yisra’el, and strangers to the covenants [plural] of the promise, without hope and without Elohim in the world. But now, through Yeshua HaMashiakh, you who at one time were far off [from the CUSTOMS and the promise] are brought near [to the CUSTOMS and the promise] by the blood of Mashiakh.”
We have ALL been the victims of the serpent, whose primary tactic with people of faith is to TWIST the WORD of G-d. Untwisting it is difficult! Admitting that we, and people we love dearly, MIGHT BE WRONG is a tough thing to do. But to further the Kingdom in TRUTH, it is absolutely necessary. “Come out of HER, MY people!” Our Father is calling His children OUT of ERROR! Will you ‘hear’?