Posts Tagged ‘Shavuot’

Shavuot and the gift

June 11, 2009

When receiving finally the Torah and the Messiah at the 50th day of the counting of the omer, the light comes into the soul and therefore into the world. How great, how glorious, when you experience the beautiful Torah, i.e. the holiness of G-d, the salvation of the Messiah, all together planted in the heart, how then is the soul rejoicing in happiness and the restoration G-d gives by enabling the soul to walk in the image of G-d by the Messiah. How great is it to see the whole case which is the Messiah who brought salvation to us.

It came directly into the heart.

Shavuot gives us not only the remembrance of the gift onto the Mount Sinai, but also the gift of Yeshua. The former happens into the letter, the latter into the flesh. Both are the revelation of G-d. The second was a more, a greater revelation, as it comes by stages in history. When Yeshua appeared on earth he got the Divine Spirit (by John the Baptist) and then when he passed away and was in heaven, he poured out his Spirit and it came into the heart. So actually G-d spoke directly unto the heart. He didn’t need to write it down in scripture. It was direct spoken. And the power of this divine holy Word made a new being with a new desire and a new voice and a new conscience convinced with truth. That’s why the (Jewish) people (who well known the Torah) started to say “What shall we do?” (Acts2:37) Here came a correction of the diversion of the (written and oral) Torah. And not only a correction, but also a gift of repentance and remission of sins. The Torah was fulfilled here and applied to the heart. This great gift, greater than the gift of Sinai, was given in a special way. The Spirit came down and was seen as tongues of fire upon the people.

The advance of this oral word spoken directly into the heart was considered by Paul as the highest benefit, for G-d speaks now directly to us. Nobody could hear the words of G-d at Sinai except Moses. But now his people will hear the word of life. They who deserved dead, received life! This word make “dead to sin but alive because of Christ.” (Ro.6:1-14) This word of life was received directly and plainly from the highest Authority, therefore Paul was been cautious to write a letter to the Corinthians. At first sight he doesn’t want to do it. Read this:

Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? or need we, as do some, epistles of commendation to you or from you? Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men; being made manifest that ye are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in tables [that are] hearts of flesh. (2Co.3:1-3)

Paul was ministering the word but not (again) with an own written word and confessions. G-d wrote the epistles into the heart.

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Two Torah’s

May 27, 2009

Nobody reads without interpretation. So how do we read the bible? We need someone who explain and teach us. Someone who we can trust.

I came across an interesting story from the Talmud:

Our Rabbis taught: A certain heathen once came before Shammai and asked him, ‘How many Toroth  have you?’ ‘Two,’ he replied: ‘the Written Torah and the Oral Torah.’  ‘I believe you with respect to the Written, but not with respect to the Oral Torah; make me a proselyte on condition that you teach me the Written Torah [only].  [But] he scolded and repulsed him in anger. When he went before Hillel, he accepted him as a proselyte. On the first day, he taught him, Alef, beth, gimmel, daleth;  the following day he reversed [them] to him. ‘But yesterday you did not teach them to me thus,’ he protested. ‘Must you then not rely upon me?  Then rely upon me with respect to the Oral [Torah] too.’ [1]

Who did us teach the bible? We all use and need the oral tradition. Doesn’t the disciples give us an oral tradition of the revelation of the new covenant/Torah? Didn’t Yeshua give a renewal and correction of the oral tradition? Certainly, at the feast of the Shavuot (Pentecost) we received the Holy One who we can trust as the best counsellor, explainer and teacher of the Torah.

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[1] Avot de-Rabbi Natan B29, fol. 31a-b. (this translation comes from: http://www.come-and-hear.com/shabbath/shabbath_31.html )