The Yeast of the Pharisees
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Yeast (or leaven) of the Pharisees (or Prushim), and the Samaritans
RABBI is a term which the Pharisees were known by. This sect grew very powerful after the city and Temple of Yahuah was destroyed in 70 CE. The most powerful "rabbi" within Pharisaism arose in the early 2nd century, and he took it upon himself to put the "oral law" into a written form, called the Talmud. His name was AKIBA. He perceived the Yahudim who followed Yahusha to be a serious threat, so he promoted a false Messiah (Bar Kochba) as a scheme to legally kill the Natsarim, the followers of Yahusha. As Bar Kochba rose-up as the false Messiah, his followers challenged the Roman occupation. The Natsarim would not fight Rome over this false Messiah, and so this gave Bar Kochba (and the instigator, AKIBA), the legal authority to execute them - at least in their eyes. So, many Natsarim were killed, and even more driven away. Thus, Rabbinical Judaism (Pharisaism) took complete control over the early development of the post-Temple era, and it is still alive and well as an apostate form of religion, mostly due to this "Talmud", begun by AKIBA. In it there are fabulous tales of AKIBA's greatness, and horrendous tales about Yahusha. The concept of "RABBI" is central to the Talmud's idea of eternal life. Without a "RABBI", one cannot possibly acquire eternal life, according to Talmud! And, all Rabbis are infallible. AKIBA's Talmud also declares that YAHUAH is but one of 70 rabbis, and He must go along with what the majority says. Many Messianic leaders quote from this Talmud, unwittingly using AKIBA's rationalizations in their own teachings. Since Yahusha was called a "RABBI" (my Teacher), it is likely that He was mistakenly thought to be a Pharisee, or the dominance of Pharisaism was so great that all who taught were customarily referred to by this term. The word "RABBI" is not found in the TaNaKh (commonly known as the O.T.).
Did you know that the Samaritans (those of the apostate, rebellious 10 tribes in the north of the land of Israel, in Samaria) had ELEVEN COMMANDMENTS in their system of observance? The first Ten Commandments were the same, but the 11th was a man-made command that they were to assemble only at Mt. Gerizim, NOT YERUSHALIYIM. They "puffed it up". Well, it's interesting that Catholicism made some changes too. Other Christian denominations restored some things, but the denominations have been making excuses about which Commandments apply to them.
We are going to see individuals within many Christian congregations learn they are the lost sheep of the House of Israel in the coming years, as they move toward the Torah, learn the Name, and realize who they are in Yahusha. They will receive a love for the Torah (the Truth, Yahuah's Word), which is inviting Yahusha to write the 10 Commandments on their heart, which is the New Covenant (or re-newed Covenant). They will engraft into Israel, by being immersed into the New Covenant (or re-newed Covenant), and know they are branches (Natsarim) in the olive tree (the natural olive tree, ISRAEL - Romans 11 - we don't remain "wild" olive branches, but are engrafted into the natural one. see bottom for more detail on Romans).
Scripture calls the lost tribes of Israel by several terms. They are called "Israel", and sometimes "Ephraim" as we see at Jeremiah 31. They were also called "Samaritans", since they lived in the region called Samaria. The House of Israel (the 10 tribes in the north, in Samaria) was carried away by the Assyrians over 120 years BEFORE the House of Yahudah was taken away by the Babylonians in 586 BCE. The "House of Israel" is distinguished from the "House of Yahudah" when you study Jeremiah chapter 3, and these 2 "houses" are called "sisters". This is why we have two "olive trees" discussed in various places. They will be restored to ONE STICK (or more accurately, TREE, from the word etz), Ezekiel 37. For now, Ephraim, or the House of Israel, is dispersed among the NATIONS (Amos 9:9). They can legitimately be called Samaritans, and this is why Yahusha gave the parable about the "Good Samaritan". The parable about the prodigal son (Luke 15) was also about these lost sheep dispersed among the nations (Amos 9:9). While the "houses" are called "sisters" in Jeremiah 3, the parable of the prodigal son describes them as two brothers. They are the "sheep who are not of this fold" (as distinguished from the Yahudim), but still very much of Israel! As it was when the 12 tribes of Israel left Egypt, today there are those of a "mixed multitude" among believers, but all who engraft into Israel become as native-born Israelites. We are of every race, so we cannot tell by outward physical appearance who is an Israelite; those born of Father Yahuah obey His Torah, and by this we know who is our brother and sister.
The 10 northern tribes were known by the dominant "first-born blessing" tribe, Ephraim. Ephraimites, the lost tribes of the House of Israel, or the Samaritans, are coming back to Father Yahuah's Covenant 10 Words (Torah), and the Hebraic Roots movement is growing rapidly -- Christians are becoming "Messianic" more and more. As you know, there is simultaneously a growing interest in the Talmud (oral law, Mishnah/Gemara) among Messianic Natsarim. The Talmud costs several thousand dollars for a complete set of its volumes. Many defend it's validity for study, since it does provide a great deal of insight into what certain things meant to those living long ago. I, for one, understand that it was over the "oral laws" that Rabbi Yahusha had many disputes with the Pharisees, although they were close in so many other ways. These "customs of the elders" which added to the Torah conflicted with the Torah, replaced it, and added burdens to the "light yoke". When the Temple was completely destroyed by the army of Titus in 70 CE, the control (power, authority) over how to function religiously shifted from the Sadducees to the Pharisees, because they held the hearts of the common people in the out-lying synagogues. The Pharisees held closely to Torah, but they revered the "traditions" of the fathers to be almost as important -- this is the "oral law", commonly known as the TALMUD.
The Talmud is not a book; it's a record of questions, debates, and decisions over a 1200-year period. One could think of it as if there were a board of directors making decisions over a 1200 year-long corporate meeting, and the Talmud is the "minutes" of that meeting. There is a Babylonian Talmud, and a Jerusalem Talmud. The former is usually the one that is quoted, and is magnitudes larger. It is entirely of human invention, and definitely not to be confused with inspired Scripture, the Words of Yahuah. In it you will find how to best (in man's view) tie tsitsith, rest on Shabbath, and pray. But, the Talmud will tell you to never pronounce the Name of Yahuah aloud -- and proclaims the death penalty for doing so. It claims Yahusha's mother was a whore, and He is the offspring of a Roman soldier. It says both Yahusha and His mother Miryam are being punished in a very unsavory place. Talmud says that a man who has sexual intercourse with a young girl who is not mature is the same as the girl hurting herself on a stick -- and that it is as nothing at all. This body of work is filled with things we could gain insight from, but at the same time it is a very poor guide to consult for definitive answers as to how we should live -- the Torah is our sole resource for how to live a pleasing life for Yahuah, not Talmud.
Consider this observation as you listen to men teaching from the Talmud or other sources outside the Torah, Nebi'im, and Kethubim. No prophet of Scripture ever referred to the Talmud, or turned to the "numerical significance" of certain words in relation to other words for insights. This is why Yahusha told the teachers of His day that one had to enter the Reign of Yahuah as a little child - in other words the way is that simple. Men tried to make it difficult, and the Talmud is a monumental example of that. The Talmud is not what we live by, and it is packed with all kinds of issues we could argue over. I'm sure if we pleased Talmud promoters in one area, there would be hundreds of new issues from it to argue over, enough to last us thousands of years. (SEE MORE ABOUT TALMUD AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE)
So, we need to also be careful to note the "yeast" and puffing-up which we may observe in others as they grow in knowledge. The Talmud seems to be the best candidate among us for being this "yeast of the Pharisees", since from these early Pharisees (Prushim) all of Rabbinical Judaism sprang forth. The Torah is a light "yoke", but the Talmud certainly isn't light. Our "older brothers" in Rabbinical Yahudaism have traditionally been steeped in the Talmud, but our love of the "older brother", those of Yahudah, must be ever present with us, because anyone who does not love his brother does not have the love of Yahuah. That doesn't mean we have to love the yeast / teachings of the Talmud also. The reason this is so much of an issue to me is because I visited 3 brothers whom I assisted in immersion over 15 years ago; they were studying the Talmud when I walked in, and the Torah was nowhere to be seen. I couldn't persuade them to see what was happening. If this goes on with others, then the Talmud will be spreading among us so fast it will cause division among us.
SHEMONEH ESREH: (Traditional "18 prayers") found in Rabbinical Judaism. These prayers are traditional, that is all. Also, the 13th prayer of these 18 prayers is a CURSE upon the MINIM, the term used to refer to we Natsarim. Like the Talmud, these prayers are not any part of our daily walk. Rabbinical Judaism is a religion started by “rabbi” Akiba of the second century, as the Pharisees took complete control over the religious matters of that time. It is fine to pray at set times of the day, however we are ideally to “pray without ceasing”. This means we are constantly in prayer in our thoughts, connected to Yahusha.
I feel Rabbi Yahusha gave us the warning to beware of this yeast. His students thought He was talking about bread, and at first didn't understand what He meant. We all need to stay vigilant and not be deceived or misled by teachings from the Talmud. The prohibition of uttering the Name comes from the Talmud. It adds to the words of Torah. It's human error disguised as Truth. Oddly, most try to justify using the spelling "Yahweh" by citing the Jewish Encyclopedia, yet it is obvious this is just a shade away from the actual sound because the TALMUD prohibits the utterance of the Name, and the Jewish scholars revere Talmud. (I don't mean to be critical of those who believe "Yahweh" is the most correct sound! It's just that there should be 3 syllables, and the "litmus test" is another Hebrew word, YAHUDAH -- the same letters in the same order, with an added "dalet". The word YAHUDAH is the doorway to the actual sound). The 3 syllables reflect the meaning of the Name; "I was, I am, and I will be". Revelation 1:8 identifies the meaning as "Who is and Who was and Who is to come, the Almighty". He is "omnitemporal", since He exists in all of time, or "at all times". This unique Hebrew word, yod-hay-waw-hay, contains all 3 "tenses".
An example of the Talmud:
In my humble opinion, anything that adds to the Torah is leaven, and is dangerous. The oral law became the "Babylonian Talmud" and the "Jerusalem Talmud", made up of the Mishnah, and the Gemara. These Pharisaical sources were the seeds of Rabbinical Judaism.
When Yahusha told us, "Beware of the LEAVEN of the Pharisees" (Luke 12:1, Mk. 8:15, Mt. 16:6), He was describing the hidden mysticisms of the Zohar, Kabbala, and the Sefer Yetzirah (oral laws). The Talmud states that Yahusha was the bastard son of a Roman soldier, and that He and His mother (Miryam) are boiling in excrement at this very moment, as eternal punishment for their sins. Yet we sometimes see Messianic teachers QUOTE from other texts in the Talmud. It's not a pure spring to drink from -- so stay away from it. "Wormwood" is poisoned Living Water. The Truth is mixed with error, and can still kill you. The Torah specifically prohibits ADDING to Yahuah's Words, which the Talmud in fact does. All of His Words were "READ ALOUD" in the hearing of the people, so that rules out any other words orally transmitted. Those in certain "Messianic" circles have traditionally shunned pronouncing the Name aloud, to keep from "offending" their fellows who adhered to the Talmudic prohibition against the Name, and who used the traditional titles instead. Essentially, they are "no-namers". They forsake the feelings of our Father Yahuah, in deference to pleasing their fellow man. This is the root of why there is some division between us -- we are not ONE because we have not kept away from the leaven of the Pharisees, the Talmud -- some of us have shunned the Name, which is to keep us in unity. We are divided over the Name, and those who use it are sometimes dubbed "cultists" and heretics. Rabbinical Judaism stemmed directly from the Pharisees, and is just as filled with the errors of the Oral Law as ever. The customs of the "fathers" (man-made human traditions from the oral law) were the hypocrisy which Yahusha kept throwing up to the Pharisees and Sadducees. Torah has outlawed it, but it persists. I will be attacked for having said this about the "oral law", but I must take a stand for Truth -- and let every man be proven a liar, and Yahuah's Word True.
The Talmud (Oral Law) has no bearing on Natsarim. Quoting from it should be done with words of warning. We can read anything, but we must be discerning. Yahusha's words as recorded in the Brit Chadasha only make sense to those His Spirit indwells, and He will guide us into all that is True. When He told His pupils "beware of the leaven of the Pharisees", it was the "leaven" (puffing-up, adding) that was their main stumbling block -- and it's the oral traditions. Sure, there are many historical explanations found buried in Talmudic sources, but there are also dark mixtures of Kabbalistic influences as well. It speaks of when to stone "blasphemers". Pronouncing the Name is blasphemy to this work of hypocrisy, this idol to men's wisdom. Yahudim "mysticism" and other Babylonian / Chaldean syncretisms are blending into the Talmud, coming from the Zohar (Splendor), Bahir (Brilliance), and Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Creation). These influences gave rise to the customs like washing the fingertips before eating (to wash away evil spirits). The bottom line is, the Torah forbids studying other sources and mixing them into the worship of Him (see Duet. 12:28-32), which is also why we cannot observe Christmas, Easter, and other things like "Sun-Day".
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All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
Traditions of men are often Pagan contaminants, or control-methods used by religious despots/tyrants.
However, we should not be critical of certain innocent "traditions" which help reinforce Torah.
Because traditions are often invented to support Torah, it's only when they become
the focus and overshadow the objective that they may become counterproductive. Discernment is needed to know when the line is crossed, and they become an offense.
Torah (Yahuah's Word, Teaching) instructs us not to "ADD" or take away from Torah, and the "leaven" of Talmud is exactly this, whether or not a pastor, rabbi, teacher, or leader sees it this way. All the Words of Yahuah were READ aloud in the hearing of the people -- there were no words that were "oral" -- this is only the TRADITIONAL mindset of flawed and misguided men. Torah knows nothing of the Talmud, and it makes no references to the other books I cited above. The Talmud is OK to own and read; but we have no time to use it as study material when Yahusha told us to beware of it. The only thing it is good for is understanding what went wrong with Yahudaism; and mainly, it was the Talmud! This is the source of where folks get many ideas foreign to Scripture. The religion of Yahudaism (Judaism) followed along the lines of Pharisaical teachings, and the Talmud became the record book of their decisions over the centuries. There is the Yerushaliyim Talmud, and the Babylonian Talmud. If any group leader is insisting on spending any time on it as 'serious study' and not exposing the problems with it in spite of the dangers, this letter should be taken to the group (body), to make sure it is well understood what is happening among everyone. You can't mix clean water and poison together and drink it. That's wormwood. Hey, even Pagan religions had some truth in them!
The Talmud ~ there is the Babylonian Talmud (Talmud Babli), which is the most commonly referred to; and there is the Talmud J, or Jerusalem Talmud, which is much shorter and incomplete, and has not been preserved entirely. The Talmud Babli contains over 2,500,000 words, over 3 times the Talmud J. The Talmud Babli is usually at least 35 volumes, and is not a "book", but an immense record of questions, answers, and arguments, similar to a record of the minutes of a court or board of directors, taken over a period of 1200 years (from the 5th century before, to the 8th century after, the Christian common era). It is a monumental seminar of decisions, based on the opinions of over 2000 scholar/rabbis, and it applies itself partly to the study of Torah, with commentaries and debates. Another way of looking at it is, it comprises much of what was referred to as the "oral law", or "traditions of the elders/fathers", but in written form.
True, it explores wisdom, truth, ethics, laws, hygiene, medicine, history, metaphysics, pedagogy, and virtue; but it is often quaint, parochial, and superstitious. Within it we can learn things, certainly. But, it is not to be compared with inspired Scripture. It describes Yahusha as the bastard son of a Roman soldier, and states that both He and His mother (Miryam) at this moment are boiling in excrement as punishment for their foul lives. It forbids the utterance of the Name of our Creator, yod-hay-waw-hay (a violation of the 3rd Commandment). The "laws of men" which set aside the Words of Yahuah in order to satisfy human traditions is one charge that could certainly be made, and was made by our Messiah, Yahusha. The fact that it adds to the yoke of Torah, and adds to the inspired Word of Yahuah, is the weightier matter. The distinction is that Torah is the teaching of Yahuah through His prophets and emmissaries, and Talmud is made up of the teachings and opinions passed down from men. The only yoke we as Natsarim are obliged to carry is the light yoke of Torah, without the Talmud. The Talmud is divided into 4 catagories; (1) Mishnah (interpretations of Scripture passed down orally, court decisions, and rituals) -- (2) the Midrash and Haggada (lessons in homely, amusing, and poetic ways), -- (3) the Gemara (meaning "completion") which is a commentary on the Mishnah, and (4) the Responsa (based on letters sent to scholars asking for interpretations and rulings on Torah -- contemporary data as it related to philosophical disputes, intellectual life, historical events, or social conditions. So, my love for the Torah does not extend to the Talmud.
ROMANS The entire book of Romans is Shaul's writing to a synagogue in Rome, containing both Israelites born into the faith furthering their studies, and converting Gentiles. Of this group, many came to believe in Yahusha as Mashiach, and Shaul begins by pointing out the evidence of the "Messiah-ship" of Yahusha: His resurrection from the dead. He reviews the obvious existence of a Creator, since all of creation provides the evidence of a Master Designer. Shaul paints broad strokes, and in chapter 2 discusses the reprobate minds of those who reject the Truth and evidence all around them, causing men to burn with desire for each other, leaving the natural heterosexual relationship with women as one example of their depravity.
By the time we get to chapters 6,7, & 8, Shaul describes the Brith Chadasha, or "re-newed" Covenant, contrasting walking in the flesh, and walking in the Spirit. Our conversion involves a shift in what we desire, and he carefully explains the operation of how the "re-newed" Covenant works over these 3 chapters.
By chapter 11, Shaul dives into the fact that there is a calling to both the native-born to the Covenant (Yisrael, the natural, good olive tree), as well as foreigners (wild olive tree), and calls these two groups "branches". Some of the natural branches don't accept Mashiach, and so are not connected to the Root, which is Mashiach, the source of the Life, and are "broken-off" branches. The natural olive tree is Yisrael, and is made up of both the Root (Mashiach) and the branches, all 12 tribes. This "whole" is one complete olive tree, so since 2 become "one flesh",
Yisrael can also be the Mashiach -- however this label should include His bride/wife, the tribes. Along with these tribes, a mixed multitude from among the nations "engraft" into Yisrael, because they convert to the path/walk we call Torah, which Yahusha is -- the "living Word/debar", which is the Torah. It is living and active, and is Yahusha's living Spirit in the believers who obey (Acts 5:32). Once "engrafted" into the natural / good olive tree, there is no distinction between a native-born Yisraelite and a former "foreigner" -- all are set-apart, selected, chosen, and connected to the source, the Root which gives life to the branches. The fruit of this is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.. For Gentiles, there is no hope without joining Yisrael. When you obey the Covenant (Ten Words), then you are Yisrael. If you stop obeying them, you're cut off from Yisrael. You don't need any man's "permission" to obey the Covenant; it's only between you and Yahusha. If you obey the Covenant, you have fellowship with Yahuah, and with one another. Without the Covenant, there is no fellowship -- and the Commandments are the keys to the Kingdom. Ignoring them is why there are so many diverse "denominations" in the world. There is only one, correct "denomination", and it is Yisrael -- the 12 gates into the New Yerushalayim are each named for a tribe of Yisrael, and not a single gate for Christians is mentioned. The threshold foundation stones are named for each of the 12 emissaries (apostles). Those who enter these gates are Yisraelites, whether they came from Gentile stock
or not -- “Blessed are those doing His Commands, so that the authority shall be theirs unto the tree of life and to enter through the gates into the city." REVELATION 22:14
So, while we divide ourselves into boxes/denominations now, it won't matter which box we kept ourselves trapped in during our fleshly lives when everyone is in the world-to-come. This means simply that there is certainly no excuse to be in any "denomination" now. Either you are Yisrael, or you are not. Not being joined and counted as Yisrael leaves only one possibility, and that's the crowd "outside", called "dogs", who are not allowed to enter the gates.
Yahusha ha-Mashiach has a "way" or "path" called Torah which He writes on the hearts of those who accept Him. Others may have a "religion" which is certainly "about" Him, but it may easily not be HIS way -- someone made it up, mixing Paganism (idolatry) with Him, causing masses to be in a stupor, having drunk of the "wine" of the harlot. When Truth is mixed with error/doctrines of demons (Paganism/Satanism), it's like clean water mixed with poison.
This is ultimately deadly, and Scripture calls it "wormwood". Listening to darkness and light mixed together will keep the listener in a drunken stupor. The solution is to stay away from the "denominational" boxes, and do personal study in the Scriptures. Study will quickly cause the person to "see", and have great differences in their understanding so much so that listening to the lies they were used to hearing will actually be painful to bear.
The "first-fruits" spoken of in Romans 11 (and relates somewhat to Rev. 14) is Mashiach, and Shaul describes Him as the Root, which makes the branches connected to Him also set-apart. These "branches" (Natsarim) are also called "first-fruits" at Rev. 14. The Hebrew word "qodesh" means set-apart or selected/chosen, meaning not profane or common. So, a "qodeshi" would be one who is a living, selected individual, commonly called a "saint". The plural, "qodeshim", could be understood as "saints". These are chosen, and both believe and obey the Commandments of Yahuah, as we see Rev. 14:
"Here is the endurance of the set-apart ones (Qodeshim, saints), here are those who are guarding the Commandments of Elohim and the belief of Yahusha."
Neither unbelieving Yahudim or Christians can claim to be these "first-fruits", described in the words of the verse above! (REVELATION 14:12)
“Blessed are those doing His Commands, so that the authority shall be theirs unto the tree of life and to enter through the gates into the city." REVELATION 22:14
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