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I Had A One Night Stand
  
This reminds me of a wonderful Jewish tradition that is done between The Day of Trumpets and The Day of Repentance. Even though it is an orthodox tradition, Messianics (disciples of Yeshua, or Jesus) still carry on the tradition today. We go to a moving body of water, like a river or stream, and throw a rock into it with the name of the sin that we committed on it. This is to remind us that when we ask God to forgive us through the blood of His Son, He will throw it into the depths of his forgetfulness to remember it no more. If God has forgiven and forgotten, who are we to remind Him?


If Salvation Prayer Enough
  
What "Coach" said is from the book of James. Faith with out works is dead. It is not a formula, Sinners Prayer + Works = Salvation. Confession is the first step in our walk with the Lord. To many people who have made that long walk up the aisle and said the prayer, then walked out and said, "Whew! Glad I'm good to go..." they never even think about the Messiah for the rest of their life. It is a journey that begins at the foot of the cross and ends in the throne room of the Almighty.


Mohammed The Prophet
  
LariS-The Shema uses the word ECHAD (ONE GIVEN SET) NOT YACHAD (ONE, SINGULAR). The Shema CANNOT be used as a source for your argument since the word used in Hebrew has a different connotation than the one you expressed.


Mohammed The Prophet
  
LariS-Also, an example of ECHAD is in Mattityahu 3:16: "As soon as Yeshua had been immersed, He came up out of the water, at that moment heaven was opened, He saw the Spirit of God coming down upon Him like a dove (the Ruach Ha Kodesh [Holy Spirit]). and a voice from heaven (Adonai [God]) said, "This is my Son (Yeshua [Jesus]) whom I love, I am well pleased with him. Looks pretty much like the ECHAD of the Shema to me.


Parable Of The Prodical Son
  
B.) The Father was of course, God. The youngest son was NOT the future gentile church(as many pastors have taught), but those Jews who were considered too bad to worship with and befriend. Tax gatherers (Roman lap dogs) and sinners (everything from gamblers, piimps, and thieves to those Jews married to gentiles)were not a desireous crowd if you were an aspiring upwardly mobile rabbi.


Parable Of The Prodical Son
  
D.) The younger brother left the house of his Father and wandered out into the world (just like the sinners that was crowding around Yeshua listening to His every word). The young son did the worst thing he could possibly do- be with pigs. Not only was he with pigs he ate their food and slept with them. The idea is, he squandered the teachings and blessings of walking in the glory of his Father. In doing so, he became debased- just like these Jewish sinners.


Parable Of The Prodical Son
  
E.) The son returned back to his Father (the God of Avraham, Yikshak, and Ya'akov). God, being the covenant maker was waiting for His wayward son to to come home, and what a reunion!. In many Sunday School lessons and sermons this is the emphasis, but was not the point of the Rabbinical Parable.


Parable Of The Prodical Son
  
It was begins in verse 25. Verse 28 says, "...So his Father came out and pleaded with him. 'Look, the son answered. ' have worked for you all these years, and I have never disobeyed your orders.." Sounds just like what the P'rushim and Torah teachers had said, doesn't it?


Parable Of The Prodical Son
  
(...cont..) The Rabbinical point, the moment of thruth that sums up the parable is in verse 31: 'Son, you are always with me,' said the father, 'and everything I have is yours. We had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead (the wayward Jews), but have come back to life (by listening to Yeshua and turning back to God)- he was lost (dead to the Covenant, lost to the world), but has come back to life, he was lost but has been found.


Parable Of The Prodical Son
  
(..conclussion..[phew!])THE QUESTION FOR US TODAY IS: HAS THE BODY OF MESSIAH IN THE U.S. BECOME THE OLDER BROTHER? ARE WE HAPPY AND CONTENTED WITH OUR TV SHOWS AND WAY OF LIFE? DO WE LOOK DOWN ON THE UNREGENRATED OF OUR COUNTRY IN SCORN? DO WE STAND AT THE ROAD AND PRAY FOR THEM TO COME BACK?


Mohammed The Prophet
  
A.) The Shema (Deut 6:4-9)says ," Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One. Blessed is the name of His glorious kingdom for all eternity." The word that was used for one is ECHAD, which means ONE GIVEN SET...NOT YACHAD which means ONE, SINGULAR.


Mohammed The Prophet
  
B.)This idea is carried out in Mattityahu 3:16: "As soon as Yeshua had been immered, he came up out of the eater, At that moment heaven was opened, he saw the Spirit of God coming down upon him like a dove (the Ruach Ha Kodesh [Holy Spirit]). and a voice from heaven (Adonai [God]) said, "This is my son (Yeshua [Jesus]) whom I love, I am well please with him. HaShem called Him Son, and not just another son of creation.


Parable Of The Prodical Son
  
A.) Jack- you win first prize. Luke 15:1 states that the tax-collectors and sinners kept gathering around to hear Yeshua. The P'rushim (Pharasees) and the Torah-teachers (Scribes) were grumbling and this parable was directly meant for these religious leaders. Because the audience knew Rabbinical Parables they knew how to break it down.


Is Drinking Wine A Sin
  
Seventh Seal- We agree that the Messiah was never drunk. We disagree on the point that He never drank wine at all. In defense of this argument I used several scriptural verses in support, such as Mattityahu (Matthew)11:16-18. I hope that we both agree that this is a minor difference (salvation, grace, the life, death and resurrection of the Messiah, and much more)are of more importance. Though we disagree we can both shake hands and call each other brother. Shalom, brother.


What Church Do You Attend
  
Three years ago I moved to my present location and the Lord has lead us to start a wonderful and growing Messianic Bible Study We are one step away from being a Messianic Congregation and worshipping on Friday night and Satuday morning. I do attend a Church (Hobson Community Church)because I want to be fed as well as feeding others.


Is Drinking Wine A Sin
  
TS- I believe you used B'Midbar Numbers) 6:2-4 as a supporting verse for your discussion. These verses are about Nazir (Nazarene) vows. These verses cannot be used to support that the Messiah was from the line of the Cohens, since this vow could be taken by all of the people of Israel (v.2), both men and women(v.2). Yeshua was a Natzrati (from Natzeret or Nazereth). Nowhere in the Tanach (OT) does it say that Yeshua would be a Nazir, rather Isaiah 11:1 calls him a netzer (a shoot from a branch).


Is Drinking Wine A Sin
  
TS-Jewish tradition before the birth of Messiah had wine being used at Pesach (Passover).The Last Supper was the first night of Passover meal (Matt 26:20-29). Jewish tradition was to drink wine, not grape juice, at the Passover. The Mishnah commands that even the poorest person must drink the minimum four cups, even if he had to work extra or borrow money in order to buy the wine. Traditionally there were 3 cups of wine that were drank. Yeshua Himself added the fourth cup the Cup of Redemption.


Is Drinking Wine A Sin
  
TS- Thank you for holding in there with me. The "fruit of the vine" could not be grape juice. We agreed that freezing food was not possible in biblical Israel. The grape harvest begins in the Jewish month Elul (August-September)and ends before Sukkot (D'varim 16:13) on Tishri 15-21 (September-October. Pesach (Passover) is Nisan 14 (April), or seven months after the grape harvest. Technically, it would be impossible to have anything but wine.


Is Drinking Wine A Sin
  
TS-. Mattityahu 11:16-18 Yeshua said, "Oh, what can I compare this generation with? They're like children sitting in the marketplaces, calling out to each other, 'We made happy music, but you wouldn't dance! We made sad music, but you wouldn't cry!'For Yochanan came, fasting, not drinking- so they say, 'He has a demon.' The Son of Man came, eating feely and drinking wine-so they say, 'Aha! A glutton and a drunkard!" Luke 7:33-35 says this too. Thank you very much, and I await your reply.



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