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How Yeshua Broke The Rules

Yeshua in the synagogue

Yeshua (Jesus) has often been portrayed as a rule breaker. But is that really true?

Yes and no.

If he broke the Law of God, that is, the commandments, he could not have been the Messiah because the Messiah is sinless, and sin (by definition) is lawlessness — breaking the commandments. (1 John 3:4)

So why exactly was everyone always upset with Yeshua, and why were they always accusing him of breaking the commandments?

Because there was confusion as to what exactly the “commandments” were.

The time in which Yeshua lived was a far cry from the time when the commandments were first shouted down from heaven on Mount Sinai.

The centuries in between led to more and more “commandment” making at the hands of the religious rulers (Pharisees, for example).

These manmade laws became elevated to point of being considered equal with God’s simple instructions or “law” (otherwise known as the Torah – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy).

By the time Yeshua appeared on the scene, confusion abounded!

So much so that when Yeshua broke one of the manmade laws (not a sin at all), people considered him to have violated God’s law (the Torah).

One such example occurred this week in Biblical history.

On the week following Shavuot (this weekend), Yeshua broke the “three verse rule” when he read the “acceptable year of the LORD” passage in Isaiah 61 in front of a crowd at a Nazareth synagogue (recorded in Luke 45:16-30 of The Chronological Gospels [event 52]).

His actions caused a shocked silence.

Rabbinic law (which Yeshua deliberately violated to make a point) stated that a person may read any portion of the Torah or the Prophets during a synagogue service — but they MUST read a full section, which is now interpreted as at least three verses (found in the Talmud; Ta’anith 27:4).

There were no chapter markings until 1250 CE or verse markings until 1550 CE.

But Yeshua stopped cold in the middle of the second sentence and sat down. Why?

If he had read the second part of the statement, he could NOT have proclaimed, “This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears!” because the second part of the statement in Isaiah 61:2 prophesies “the day of vengeance of our God” which Yeshua will not fulfill until his second coming.

There is purpose in God’s law and in everything Yeshua did! But sometimes we can’t see the clear message because of the confusion created by manmade laws and traditions.

Are there traditions in your life that are clouding your view of God’s purpose for you?


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