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Discerning Of Spirits

What is the gift of discerning of spirits? Why should it be considered one of the most important Gifts of the Spirit? Find out in this teaching from Rabbi Jim recorded on January 31, 2015.

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The Law is abolished! Really? Part 5

Yeshua’s blood atonement broke the enmity between Jew and Gentile and made the Oral Law unnecessary to keep (see previous “The Law is abolished! Really?” blogs). In addition, the priority of certain Jewish laws within the Torah changed. Eating a Biblically kosher diet is still a valid law for Jewish people to follow, but should not come in the way of fellowship between Jews and Gentiles (Jewish New Testament Commentary, pg.588).

The correct meaning of Eph. 2:15 is most clearly explained in the Complete Jewish Bible, a paraphrased translation of the Scriptures: by destroying in his own body the enmity occasioned by the Torah, with its commands set forth in the form of ordinances. He did this in order to create in union with himself from the two groups a single new humanity and thus make shalom.”

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The Law is abolished! Really? Part 4

In the previous blog, we explained how the Oral Law created enmity, or hatred between Jews and Gentiles.

Yeshua criticized the Oral Law and its value over the Torah during an encounter with the Pharisees and Torah teachers (Mark 7:5):

The P’rushim (Pharisees) and the Torah-teachers asked him, “Why don’t your talmidim (disciples) live in accordance with the Tradition of the Elders, but instead eat with ritually unclean hands?”

Yeshua answered them, “Yesha`yahu (Isaiah) was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites — as it is written, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from me. Their worship of me is useless, because they teach man-made rules as if they were doctrines.’

“You depart from God’s command and hold onto human tradition.

Indeed,” he said to them, “you have made a fine art of departing from God’s command in order to keep your tradition!

“There is nothing outside a person which, by going into him, can make him unclean. Rather, it is the things that come out of a person which make a person unclean!”

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The Law is abolished! Really? Part 3

Some of the Jewish laws that affected Jewish-Gentile relations were those dealing with food, skin diseases, bodily discharges and fungus in the house (Leviticus 11-15). If a Jewish person had any of these conditions, touched anyone with these conditions or entered a “diseased” house, they became unclean and had to go through an expensive one-day or seven-day purification process before they could enter the Temple.

As Gentiles did not follow the same cleanliness and food laws, Jewish people hesitated to interact with Gentiles. One could touch a Gentile who had a skin disease or recent bodily discharge and become unclean. Or a Gentile could offer his Jewish guest unclean food or a chair that the Gentile had sat on and was now unclean. Since a Jewish person never knew whether his host was clean or unclean, every time a Jewish person left a Gentile’s house, he would have to go through the purification process.

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