By Wes Myhre
After watching the debate on celebrating the Feasts between Doug Hamp and Jack Mason, I realized just how entrenched I had been with the traditions of men. I remember my wife and I having discussions pertaining to the issue of the 7th day Sabbath as opposed to Sunday worship with friends of ours who were 7th Day Adventists. We hit quick easy verses, such as Romans 14: 5-6:
“5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
“6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.”
Of course we took the meaning completely out of context, which occurs quite often today in the Christian church by well-meaning people. It seems to be the norm anymore; however, Yeshua addresses this issue in Matthew chapter 7.
“1Judge not, that ye be not judged.
“2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
“3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
“4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
“5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
“6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
“7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
“8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
“9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
“10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
“11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
“12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
“13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
“14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
“15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
“16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
“17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
“18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
“19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
“20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
“21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
“22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
“23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
“24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
“25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
“26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
“27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
“28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
“29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.”
This brings me back to Yeshua’s words as recorded in John 14:
“1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
“2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
“3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
“4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
“5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
“6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
“7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
“8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
“9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
“10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
“11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
“12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
“13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
“14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
“15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
“16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
“17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
“18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
“19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
“20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
“21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
“22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
“23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
“24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
“25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
“26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
“27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
“28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
“29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
“30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
“31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.”
To paraphrase, Yeshua stated if we love Him we will keep His commandments (vss.15, 21, 22, 23) He will manifest Himself to us (vs 23). This is pretty black and white.
Now I realize how tight I held on to the traditions of men. I enjoyed reading this article, http://heartoftorah.com/?page_id=322.
All of us realize prayer is the best we can do for our beloved brothers and sisters who do not notice the scales covering their eyes.
So the question is, when these brothers and sisters engage us how do we respond? Do we have debates such as the one between Doug Hamp and Jack Mason? (If you have not seen the debate, here is a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9NLmfDpu_c)