Or…how does one become Jewish without being born to Jewish Parents. Well…let me tell you.
About five years ago…January of 2017 I was opened up to the possibility that the Torah, the first five books of the Bible were still a thing. That those laws we used to make fun of in church were still valid.
I struggled as it meant I would have to give up the craft shows I adored as along with this comes some new words like “Saturday Sabbath”. So I could no longer do them on Saturdays.
While in prayer one evening I was arguing with God as maybe He wanted me to do Saturday shows as after all, I would share my story and encourage others. Surely it could be counted as a ministry. Jesus said that “doing good on the sabbath” is a good thing. (Paraphrased)
As you know, arguing with God never ends well. I soon heard “Please respect my Torah”. I knew then I was going in.
So…I spent 4 1/2 years in Torah. I did the feasts to the best of my ability. I read the Torah portions. I got into arguments “proving” how the law was still a valid. I’m sure at times I was a “Torah Terrorist”.
I made many friends where we had these ideals in commonality.
- We were the set apart children of Israel.
- And the only ones that would be saved in the second exodus.
- Only the Hebrew names of God and Jesus were usually valid.
- Galatians was shown to not say what it says.
- Trying to convince others we were right, and they were wrong.
- However I was at least taught that basically you had to just worry about 3 things as I did get overwhelmed in the beginning.
- The sabbath.
- The dietary laws.
- The feasts.
And honestly I dont think I was ever a good Torah girl. I never wore a head covering, and never felt led to wear tassels (tzittzits) on my jeans as some do. But still…I did my best and loved the feeling that I was set apart.
Then in June of 2021 something came along that I didn’t see coming.
And that is that our timeline may not be what we’re taught. Without going down that rabbit trail…I’ll just say I could see physical proof that the Torah wasn’t apart of our history after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So…I knew I was leaning into being pulled away from the Torah.
So I formed a facebook group and made new friends that understand this piece of new news. Soon a man wanted to do a class on the covenants. So…I said “yes” and set a date for a zoom class.
His goal was to prove the Sinai covenant was renewed to the state it was supposed to be prior to the golden calf. Although the Torah is found in that covenant, it wasn’t exclusive to that covenant. He sees Torah as the “spirit of the law”. The everlasting principles.
So yes, there really is a new covenant. You know, the one discussed in the Old Testament.
This man, my new friend showed us how this all played out. Jesus had in fact changed things. As He stated:
“and he said to them, ‘This is my blood of the new covenant, which for many is being poured out;”
Mark 14:24 YLT98
I am not gonna lie, I was elated he was proving what I had felt. I am more visceral in nature. So when scripture confirms what I was feeling, I knew I was being led by the spirit.
But what exactly has changed you might ask…well since I was only worried about this top 3. I will discuss those.
Come to find out the feasts really have been fulfilled. But I loved doing a Passover. If I chose to do one this year, it will be as a remembrance.
And I’ll be keeping my sourdough starter thank you. (Tradition says we have to throw out anything that is leavened, or risen).
I never did fall feasts well, specifically Sukkoth as this 6o+ year old lady wasn’t gonna pitch a tent somewhere in the wilderness for a week. But the guilt is gone.
Clean verses Unclean
I was very peticular about my bacon. An adored friend texted me once asking if it was ok to judge people for not buying “The good bacon”. I told her it was ok.
However at Thanksgiving 2016 I looked at the slab of ham on my plate and felt sickened. Something about the texture. Trust me, there is a reason. But suffice it to say, this sense was before Torah. I just knew I could no longer eat it.
And, I still have no desire to eat pork or shellfish. Once you learn how bad pork especially for you, you ask why put something in ones body that is known to consume “things” I’d rather not mention.
Plus an unclean bird is mentioned in Revelation. Proving it wasn’t just a Torah thing, and that Jesus didn’t come to make all foods clean.
Also, I have a question for you. How were the animals put on Noah’s ark?
Did you say in sets of 2? If so, let me share with you the amount. As somehow this little tidbit went out of the churches teachings.
“You are to take with you seven pairs, a male and its female, of all the clean animals, and two of the animals that are not clean, a male and its female”
Well, as you can see before Torah God had set the animals apart for consuming and the other set to be the clean-up crew. And quite frankly unless you had rat or bat for dinner last night you can’t really say that eating unclean animals is all about us being set free.
You see God only wants the best for us. So He let us know there are animals that are best suited for consumption. And some are not.
People tell me how healthy they eat and then say they stay away from red meat. Well a cow only (or is supposed to) eats grass and has 8 stomachs to clean what they eat.
Talk to any insurance claims agent and they will tell you the number one food for food poisoning is shrimp. And never or at least rarely is it beef.
Ok…done with my rant on unclean meats.
Regarding the Sabbath.
Well, did you know scientifically our bodies need a day of rest? So I chose the day that the creator chose in Genesis 2:12 so be it. (The Seventh day).
“and God completeth by the seventh day His work which He hath made, and ceaseth by the seventh day from all His work which He hath made.”
Genesis 2:2 YLT98
Jesus says “if you love me keep my commandments”. Granted He does Head them up with two. (Love God and Love others) But these are the headings to the top ten.
And since the sabbath is in the top ten, (#4) I’m gonna err on the side of caution and enjoy that day He has given us. (Here’s one article on the sabbath in the New Testament).
Now, I know the one verse that the church uses to substantiate their claim that the sabbath changed. And that is Collisians 2:16.
“Therefore, don’t let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day”.
But hear me out. They were in the community of Colesea. Their sabbath was on the first day of the week. And the citizens there were giving the new converts a hard time. Making fun of them for honoring a 7th day sabbath. So Paul let them know NOT to let them give them a flack on their new decisions like not eating unclean food as well.
I mean Israel was 800 miles away, it wouldn’t be the jewish community giving them a hard time.
As shared by my friend the hard part is there was a Greek name (at that time) for sabbath. So it’s more of a hunt and peck. But I will tell you, there is at no time a verse to say it changed to Sunday. So…while my argument to keep it may fall on deaf ears…that’s ok. But if you read the article in the previous paragraph it will have given you more insight.
Having said that there is one verse that mentions it. In Mark 16:9 the two Marys are waiting til the sabbath ended so they could dress Jesus. Proving it was still a thing. Too…there is nothing wrong imo in going to church and worshipping on Sunday. (On extra biblical texts it mentions they rested on Sunday and gather to worship on Sunday). But like I said, there is no indication it ever changed.
“Early on the first day of the week, after He had risen, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had driven seven demons.”
Mark 16:9 HCSB
You can take a rabbit trail if you like as the Catholic Church admits to changing it.
Also did you know that in over 100 languages their name for Saturday is “Sabbath”? That alone proves that it still exists.
And the church has not taken their responsibilities seriously regarding the fourth commandment. In my opinion.
I mean it’s pretty important as the martyrs in Revelation had two things. The testimony of Jesus Christ and the commandments. If the church hijacked us on the 4th…it may of be of importance that the church is unknowingly not honoring all of the Ten Commandments .
So then…you might ask..what has changed Emily, why did I even read this far. I mean two out of the three things you focused on while “IN Torah” you’re still doing. In a word freinds:
Grace has ushered into my thinking and soul. I no longer am tempted to think I can save myself if I am good enough. I was raised by critical parents. God to me was always waiting around the corner with a stick to smack me down. That is no longer happening. I do these things because I love Him. Not because I am proving myself to Him.
He said “I pulled you in to experience slavery. So you’d know what true freedom feels like”.
He did this for the Israelites. It was a punishment for the golden calf. But ultimately a way to keep them in the slavery they still wanted to be apart of after God rescued them from centuries of slavery. After all did they not miss their garlic and leeks? They complained all the time when God had set them free.
So I was in “time-out” to learn what unnecessary burdens were. Even though honestly there wasn’t many laws that pertained to me. (And I still think wearing linen is way cool…pun intended…but linen is mentioned all over the Bible)
But it was a mindset.
Did He love me less…of course not. For He disciplines those He loves. And I learned a lot during that time. Which I may write a another post on. But the mindset of the law has gone from me.
I re-read Galatians recently. Funny how when you’re ready to hear something it sinks in. I was amazed at it. And didn’t have to have someone take five hours to explain it away.
Though at no time does it substantiate our sin. That is still an issue. But He does it with such love, I don’t want to miss a single thing I can do better.
I could feel the difference in my soul. I wasn’t judging, I was just there to worship, listen and to enjoy what Jesus has given us as His free gift of grace.
So…Yes…I have gone off-topic. And I know not too many people will agree with everything. As people in the Torah most likely won’t understand those that have been removed. And the Church may think I am still under the law.
But I believe all sides must come together on some things to be one-accord. I mean to say each side is totally right or totally wrong would be pride would it not?
I believe I was pulled in and taken out is so I could share with each side how we need to follow Him, through His son as the early church did.
And if you’d like to honor the sabbath please ask me how in the comments.