“You, then, should imitate me, even as I also imitate Messiah…. And keep the customs as I delivered them to you.”
This is Paul writing a letter to a GENTILE body of believers….
We, those who are believers in the Messiah of Israel, are SUPPOSED to follow Yeshua.
Yeshua IS a Jew. The Hitgalut [Revelation] calls him the “Lion of the tribe of Yehudah, the Shoresh David”.. This appellation is AFTER He is risen from the dead, and He is called a Jew [Yehudah], and the ROOT or ‘offspring’ of David, King of the Jews.
Paul is telling us to IMITATE MESSIAH, saying that this is what HE did.
Paul was in the synagogue for worship on every Shabbat, according to the book of Acts. NOWHERE do we find him in a church on Sunday. Nowhere does he even THINK about worshipping in assembly on the first day of the week, as most mainstream teachers teach. NOT ONE PLACE in scripture supports that. At all.
Paul was a Torah keeper for the REST of His life! He confessed this before KINGS and JUDGES, LONG after he began to follow and imitate Messiah. Either he perjured himself and lied, or he told the truth in courts of law, as we should expect of him.
Paul RUSHED to get to Jerusalem for the Passover feast! LONG after his meeting Messiah in Damascus and being commissioned to declare the good news.
But, even if we are confused about him, are we not listening to what HE said he did? “I ALSO IMITATE MESSIAH”.
Yeshua’s CUSTOM, what Paul said he ‘delivered’ to the gentile congregation at Corinth, was to BE IN THE SYNAGOGUE on SHABBAT [Luke 4:16]. “And He came to Natzrat, where he had been brought up; and He entered the Beit K’nesset on Yom HaShabbat, as was His custom…”
Yeshua kept the Passover Seder: “I have greatly desired to eat this Pesakh with you before I suffer…”
Careful study of the gospels shows that He kept all seven of the feasts of G-d His Father, and even Khanukah [Jo 10].
Yeshua HAD to keep the Torah, which included the Mo’edim [feasts], the appointed times of G-d, or He could NOT be our unblemished sacrifice. Sha’ul imitated HIM.
Yeshua did live a Jewish lifestyle, keeping the customs of Moshe that helped the community live out the Torah. And Paul imitated him. Even to the point of suffering for living the Torah HIS way, and not the way of the Rabbis.
Paul taught BIBLICAL JEWISH CUSTOMS everywhere he went. [1 Cor 11:2, 2 Th 2:15, 3:6]
He was consistent, teaching the same thing from city to city.
To gentiles at Efesus, he writes:
“At that time you were without Mashi’akh, being aliens to the customs of Yisra’el, and strangers to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without Elohim in the world. But now, through Yeshua HaMashi’akh, you who at one time were far off are brought near [TO THE CUSTOMS AND THE COVENANTS] by the blood of Mashi’akh.” [Eph 2:12-13]
Follow MESSIAH…. Like Paul did. DO NOT FOLLOW MANKIND, just because everyone else is!
“Do not follow a multitude into evil.” Ex 23:2