A Global Association of Orthodox Jewish Believers in Messiah Yeshua
A series of questions that appear to refute the claim that the Noachide laws were the only Torah given to mankind before Mt. Sinai by listing the scriptural and Jewish references to the Torah as existing before the Flood, let alone Mt. Sinai.
The foundational premise of all Messianic Jewish apologetics is this: one must reduce every argument to a Torah argument alone. This is based on the understanding that the Prophets and Writers could not add to or subtract from the Torah which is the Word that G-d commanded to Israel, and neither can we do so. Thus, the first question in any apologetic discussion should be “where is this (argument) found in the Torah?”
Messianic Jewish apologetics is not that difficult. Take any argument that a counter-missionary gives you and reduce it to an argument from the Torah, and you will win every time.
I would like to bring attention to the issue of our speech. It seems there are cases where we openly attack other believers in the Messiah. Be they called Christians, Messianic Jews, Messianic Believers, Believers, we should not make disparaging comments about what they are called, we should not take pot shots as to their faith.
The most common, and perhaps the most serious speech problem is lashon hara, literally, “evil talk.”
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Many ask us if we believe Yeshua is G-d. We respond: G-d is not a man. We have no King, Savior or Redeemer than HaShem. Yeshua is the Messiah, and he is our King, Savior, and Redeemer. Outside of these three statements, we can not say anything more, for we would be saying something that G-d in his wisdom never thought to put explicitly in the scriptures.
To hold G-d to a man-made definition of “trinity” is to fit G-d into a man-made box defined by man-made terms and philosophical arguments that may have no bearing on who truly G-d is. Often we are not satisfied with what scripture says concerning who G-d is. A philosophical Western mindset demands a definition of G-d…in order to control Him. A Hebrew mindset allows for contradictions, and allows for mysteries to be kept mysteries. G-d is beyond definition, but certainly G-d can be apprehended in such clear statements as the Shema and other verses.
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The Messiah is the one from “among our brothers,” a phrase that is found in the Torah almost as if the Torah itself is telling us a story of who it is.
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We have no other King, Savior, or Redeemer than HaShem. If you do not believe this, then you are not Jewish, and an idolater according to the Talmud. The Messiah is the King, Savior, and Redeemer of Israel. If you do not believe this, and are not expecting his coming as such, you have no share in the World to Come, according to the RaMBaM. If you rebel against the Messiah, he will not forgive you, according to the Torah.
The word Torah has become increasingly popular in recent years partly due to the Hebrew Roots movement in Christianity and partly due to Kabbalah interest in the Media. Unfortunately overuse of the term has only served to add to the confusion. Part of the problem is that these modern writers can’t make sense of how Jewish writers are using the term.
We thought it would be good to take a moment and thoroughly define what Torah means so it doesn’t become just another buzz word in religious rhetoric. We hear questions all the time: “What is the Torah?” “Where did it come from?” “How does the Torah differ from the Bible?” In the rest of this article we will try to give a good introduction to Torah and how it plays a part in our lives.
The Torah, and the rest of the TaNaKh teaches that the Messiah would come twice for Israel, first to be rejected, despised, and killed; and then resurrected and to ascend to Heaven, and then come again to bring Israel to the Promised Land in the Olam Habah (World to Come). We see this when we understand that Messiah Yeshua is like Isaac, Joseph, Moses, and King David.