A Messianic Pastor at Sukkot whom I have respected in past times (and still do in a guarded/metered way) for he has increasingly and consistently excused not following the words of Moses; while following the words of the Rabbis – he excuses not using the Name of Yah (YHWH ie Yahweh); instead using the name of the Rabbis; Adonai including “LORD/Lord” – he excuses following Jewish/Rabbinic replacements, customs and holidays; he allows those known to question and/or out right denounce the deity of Yahshua to teach the congregation while stymieing/sequestering/ignoring others that do believe – all the while saying ‘Do it God’s way’ and speaking of the ‘one new man’.
On the positive side he does allow discussion of opposing view points, he is moving to ‘one new man’ (all the way past the errors to the original remains to be seen), he did make the effort to form a Messianic Halakah fact finding committee that he suspended only part way thru 2yrs ago. Hopefully it will resume. He does use copious Bible in his addresses – 1 Sunday friend said “it’s the most Bible I’ve heard anywhere”. He has said that he is committed to following the Bible and not necessarily the Jewish stuff. He did lament that it “takes time to turn a ship” (whether lament or excuse remains to be seen).
This same ‘Pastor’ gave a presentation of what amounts to a ‘left-handed’ excuse for both why healing (if given at all) is delayed and why we do not see physical healing in this our modern times. He was leading the audience to conclude that their suffering was a sacrifice to/for “God” – That he also had pain and suffering “but so what?; who cares?” (his words) – That pain and suffering was a way to show others our submission and sacrifice – to teach them (a wild-card nebulous) ~something~ – ???. Telling the audience if they truly wanted to be in “God’s” will they would submit to suffering as “God’s” instrument – for His greater glory and purpose (what ever that is?).
Sounds pretty good; if you want to excuse not seeing/realizing authentic healing – If you want to explain away and obscure the real reason we are not seeing/realizing authentic consistent across-the-board healing – Not Following the Covenant!
But then he would have to admit that he and therefore his congregation are Not following Covenant. Yet this same ‘Pastor’ has made a valid point in the past – saying; ‘we need healing now, not then’.
We all must realize that following a ‘version’ of the Covenant – a ‘version’ of Torah – a ‘version’ of Moses – a ‘version’ of the Bible, is a ‘highjack’ – a counterfeit; which amounts to ‘Sin’ – Missing the Mark – Not The Truth! Certainly Not the fully-accounted-for Truth without mix. A non-obedience that also involves the dis-obedient 1-up-manship of the Jews and Rabbis.
Please pray for this Pastor and Congregation and the ones like them – Yahweh has always said;
Isa 59:1 ¶ Behold, YHWH’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your Elohim, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. (1Ptr.2:24)
The original Nation of Israel’s National ‘sin’ was the breaking of the Melkizedeq Book of the Covenant (Ex.32 note v:10). This they/we have continually done from that point on (Jer.6:16).
Healing is a covenant benefit – to those that keep the Melkizedeq Covenant. Sure He makes His rain to fall on the just & the unjust – But if He does so; He is trying to draw them into Keeping Covenant. How much more so a group/a congregation of those that claim to believe but do not search and study the Hebrew Truth of their Bible or think for themselves (Acts 17:11).
Yes; there is that possibility that Yah has a plan for some; but the wholesale suffering of everyone? – that names the Name Yahshua and say they strive to keep the Covenant? (Jn.14:21, Mt.7:13-23) – But are actually led to keep and led by an unresearched/unstudied inaccurate ‘version’ (which is a counterfeit) of it?
Isa 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we *are* (present tense) healed.
When Paul raised the dead – When Peter healed with just his shadow; those guys kept Covenant like we only talk about. That some will excuse to another conclusion; like a suffering for ‘God’ sacrifice?
How much more authentic from Yahweh healing would we see if we in class action actually submitted to obey researched Truth – lost the errors; trashed the lies, put away the Levitical ‘mindset’ and kept the Melkizedeq Covenant under Yahshua; our Melkizedeq High Priest (Ps.110/Heb.7)?
2Chrn.7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
The choice is yours – The decision is His