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My Journey From the Church to Torah

My Journey From the Church to Torah

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My Journey from the Church to TorahBy Kathleen Marion
 The Lord has put this on my heart to tell you these things. I want to explain how I cameto choose to live the way I do and that I fully understand the difference betweenlegalism and living in the fullness of God.One of the things that I understand is that all of us are at different levels in differentareas of our understanding of truth. Some are way out ahead of me in theirunderstanding of deliverance and prophecy and others are way out ahead in otherareas. I believe it is important that we recognize that none of us knows every in allareas and that our purpose and function is to love each other into the places that Godhas enlightened us so that we can all have the same understanding at some point. It isthe same with all the prophets they saw in part, prophesied in part, because God laidout a progressive revelation of His plan to each so that we who have more Biblicalinformation than any other generation in the past could prepare as His bride to becomethe Holy, spotless brides He desires. So I share this with you not to change your mind,religion, doctrines, but to offer to you what God has given me in the last 6 years of mylife to bring to the body. I do not think I know it all and what I do share here is just thetip of the iceberg. Parts of this are from essays I wrote to earn my teaching certificatewith another ministry. I tell you this not as a point of pride but to explain that you willfind Hebraic terminology peppered throughout which I think is simple enough to figureout, like Rav. Sha’ul is Paul, also points are repeated to stress other points in scripture. Iapologize for this. Paulus was actually his Greek name and He was called Sha’ul by his Jewish friend’s and family. There are many things about Paul that point to his Jewishness which he never left, but that will have to be for another time. Many timeswe misunderstand scripture because of the translation or because the translators didnot understand an idiom spoken by Jesus or Paul. Those I will not get into either, but I just want to say that the study of Jewish culture and traditions brings the scriptures and Jesus alive. It has helped me understand better what the hearers of the words of Jesusunderstood and not the interpretations of men. One of the things the people in thechurch do not understand is that because man thinks he knows better than God hetends to try to embellish on God’s word, and that this is something Jesus and Paulfought against with the Jewish people because man’s interpretations and traditions of those interpretations laid heavy burdens on the people that are not found in God’sword. They do not understand that in Judaism there is an Oral Torah which is theinterpretations of men and the Written Torah given by God. One is good and affirmed byboth Paul and Jesus and the other condemned by them both.I was saved at the age of seventeen at a Catholic retreat for youth during the Jesusmovement of the 60’s. For 13 years I never knew what being saved meant, but I wasvery aware of the hand of the Lord on my life even though I did my best to ignore him.Eleven years ago when I came out of the Catholic Church I went through a painfulpruning. Much of what I was taught about the church was revealed to me as lies. I feltbetrayed by what I had been taught was my “mother” church. I would come home fromour Messianic Services and weep and not know why I was weeping. I complained bitterlyto my husband that I was giving up so much of who I was to conform to his Jewishculture. But as I became obedient to the Lord he began to show me that what I wasbeing delivered of was the lies of man. The church told me that Jesus was the firstCatholic, that he gave the keys to the church to Peter who was the first pope. But thescripture told me that Jesus came to the lost sheep of Israel and that he was obedient to
the father unto death. So if he was obedient to the Father unto death at which point didthe Father change his mind about the chosen of Israel and tell him to start a new thingcalled a Christian church? As I began to learn the history of the Bible I found that manfrom the beginning of time has perverted God’s word, who do we as the church think weare that we are not also subject to the perversions of man? Scripture is full of storiesabout how Israel failed to keep God’s Word even though God says it is not difficult it isin your hearts and in your mouths. (Deu 30:14) Over and over again HE tells us to putHIS Word in our hearts. (Deu 6:6; Deu 11:18; Job 22:22; Deu 32:46; Psa 40:8; Jer 31:33) The ways of God are found in the Torah, it is said that the Torah is the heart and mindof God. It reveals his character, what He like, what He dislikes and what he finds to bean abomination to Him. I had to let go of a lot of things I thought were valuable to methat I had learned from men to take hold of the gems of God. One of the stories I tell inmy classes when I teach is this: When my son was about 4 years old we had gone to afamily "Life in the Spirit" camp out. Each family was to teach on one of the fruits of thespirit using drawings, skits, songs, etc. One evening we were sitting around thecampfire and one family was teaching on their fruit by singing a song as they walkedaround the campfire plucking grapes from a cluster of grapes and handing them to eachof us. My son had his hands cupped together and refused to take the grape. Theperson singing the song continued singing and holding out the grape, as, I, his Mama,urged him, embarrassingly, to take the grape. This went on for what seemed like a fullminute, until he said, "I can't! I'll let my frog loose". Everyone laughed, but themoderator picked up on it real quick and said, "Aren't we all like that! God has treasuresto give us but we refuse to receive them because we are afraid that our frogs will getaway. I pray that the Holy spirit will show you the frogs from the gems.I wanted to know God not by the interpretation of other men and their doctrines, but bythe teaching of the Holy Spirit so I learn to exegete scripture according to God and notmans way. God showed me that He was a forever God by the many scriptures he saysare “forever”, perpetual, and never ending (Exo 3:15; Exo 12:24; Exo 15:18; Exo 31:17;Exo 32:13; Exo 31:16; just a few). Messiah says He is the same yesterday, today andforever (Heb 13:8) and being the Son who never speaks anything the Father does notgive Him, God too is the same yesterday, today and forever. Scripture says to comparethe spiritual with the spiritual (1 Cor 2:13) or scripture with scripture. If God is the sameall the time where did the shift away Torah happen? It happened in the hearts of menwho translated words into doctrines without understanding what those words meant inthe original language to those who actually heard the words. So we speak of not being“under the law” thinking it means that the law is over or done away by Jesus when thephrase was spoken by Paul in the original Greek. Hupo nomos which is a phrase coinedby Paul to describe the legalistic following of Torah to gain salvation is translated “underthe law”. At no time does Jesus or Paul teach that the Torah, which Christianity calls law,was done away with in fact they teach the opposite, Mat 5:18; Rom 7:12; Rom 3:3; are just a few scriptures.In order to lay the ground work for the coming of His Messiah God “cut” a series of covenants with men whose hearts were turned toward HIM. Those covenants can befound in the first five books of the Bible called the Torah. The definition of the word Torah is “God’s teachings” or “instruction”. It is not a list of do’s and don’ts that are designed to cause animosity between God’s people and thenations of the earth. It was God’s intent to use these teachings to bring the nations intothe understanding of who He is and show them how they too could live as the people of 
God. (Deu 4:6-7) The Torah is a unique document given to both the physical and spiritual seed of Abraham. The Torah serves many purposes depending on the stage of spirituality andunderstanding one has in the God of Avraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The first purpose of  Torah is to teach us what God wants us to know. The second is that it is a covenant thatis legally binding upon those with whom the covenant was made. Deut 29:9-15 saysthat the covenant was made with not only the Children of Israel, and not just the men of the camp, but with the women, children and the strangers (gentiles) that dwelt withinIsrael. It goes on to say that the covenant was not given to just their fathers or to thosewho stood that day in the hearing of the blessings and the curses, but also with thosewho where not there with them that day, implying that this everlasting covenant wouldbe in effect for both Jews and the gentiles who sought the God of Israel for generations.In making this covenant, God legally bound himself to keep his word, which he spoke inthe covenant. Israel too is also bound by this document to follow the word of God aswell as the strangers and foreigners who come to believe in the God of Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’cov through His Son Yeshua. The second purpose of Torah is a nationalconstitution for the nation of Israel. In parts of the Torah, there are hints that it is alsoanother kind of document. That document is the marriage contract or Ketubah. AKetubah is the contract that spells out the provision between a man and the woman hisfather has chosen for him to marry. This document also has several parts that are legaland binding for both parties. In ancient times the woman did not have any say in whomshe would marry or when. She had no rights, no security, no protection or provision.She was purchased at a price like a slave and forced to live with whom ever her fathercould get the highest price. However, through the Ketubah, “God provided women witha little more assurance that the bridegroom would work for, honor, support andmaintain his bride in truth. The father of the bridegroom would present the father of the perspective bride with a contract, spelling out the provision of the contract to giveprotection, security, clothing, food, and so on to the bride. This was a legally bindingcontract which was serious, final and sealed in blood
. In Exodus 6:7 God uses theterminology that he “will take” the people of Israel as His people and He calls Israel His“treasured possession above all other people” (Ex 19:5-7) indicating His betrothal tothem as His bride. Thus the Torah serves as a Ketubah spelling out the provision Godpromises to his bride at Sinai. It is also interesting to note that Stephen makesreference to this bride in Acts 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wildernesswith the angel which spoke to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: whoreceived the lively oracles to give unto us. So the idea that the church is a separateentity from Israel cannot possibly be if this scripture is correct. It is interesting to notethat the Greek word Ecclesia is used in this scripture, however, in most bibles it is nottranslated as “church” as it is will ALL other instances, but most often translated“community” or “assembly”, thus giving the impression in the bible that the “church” isnew entity found only in the New Testament. Something I find to be very deceptive inthe translations of many English bibles. Ecclesia means community and not church asthe word church did not even exist at that time and is derived from the word kirke,which is a pagan circle for worship. The Torah also serves as a way of life. It is a reflection of God’s holiness, goodness andrighteousness (Romans 7:12). It teaches us what God considers clean and unclean, holyand unholy without which we would not know how to live within the boundaries of thefreedom that we receive through our faith in God. In the Torah God points out the sin of the world and teaches us His better way to honor Him. He knows that as humans we

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