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How does YaHVeH our FATHER perform this circumcision? Sense it is done without hands, how is it done? This circumcision was spoken about during the days of Moses/Mosheh:
Dabariym/Deuteronomy: 30:6: And YaHVeH your Elohiym will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your seed, to love YaHVeH thy Elohiym with all your heart, and with all your life, that you live.
Yirmiyah also spoke of this type of circumcision:
Yirmiyah/Jeremiah: 4:4: Circumcise yourselves to YaHVeH, and take away the foreskins of your heart, all you men of Yahudah and inhabitants of Yahvshalam: unless MY Fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.
The Gentiles heart was considered circumcised because they were keeping the “righteousness of the Law/Torah” (Romans 2:26-29):
Romans: 2:26: Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the Torah, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
The question you have to ask is: “What is the righteousness of the Law/Torah?” Remember Yahshua taught Shaul (Galatians 1:12). Remember YaHVeH's called out/kara yaza/ekklesia is founded on the Chosen Messengers, Nabiym/Foretellers and Yahshua the Chief Corner Stone (Ephesians 2:20). Remember:
Yashayah/Isaiah: 28:10: For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
Remember you must rightly divide YaHVeH's Word (II Timothy 2:15).
Why does it seem like Shaul in one breathe is saying we establish the Law/Torah through belief/emun (Romans 3:31), and in another breathe he is saying the “works of the Law/Torah” will not save you (Galatians 3:2)? Why? Because Shaul was taught through Yahshua to rightly divide YaHVeH's Word (Galatians 1:12). Shaul was making a clear division between YaHVeH's Law/Torah and the Torah of Mosheh. I know some will say "that there is no difference", but I say to you there is.
If you will remember the Pharisee’s did not properly understand YaHVeH's Word (Matith'Yah/Mat. 16:11 – 12; 22:29). Shaul was taught under this error. The Pharisee’s lost their ability to rightly divide YaHVeH's Word. Shaul was trying to teach both the "Jews"/Yahudiym and Gentiles/Goyiym how to rightly divide. There is only one Law/Torah that affected both Yahudiy and Gentile and one Torah only. My desire is to reveal to you which Torah this is in the name of Yahshua the Mashiyach.
Remember the Gentiles heart is circumcised because they were keeping the “righteousness of the Torah” (Romans 2:26). It was because of this Torah, YaHVeH gave them HIS Ruach (Acts 10). It was not because they were keeping the physical fleshy requirements of the Torah of Mosheh. If that were the case the male Gentile’s would have had to be circumcised in the flesh first. Remember Kepha was very hesitant to even visit them because of this very fact (Acts 10). Another thing the Gentiles did not keep was the Torah of clean and unclean meat (I. See comment at the bottom). This is the reason Yahshua gave Kepha the vision of all the living creatures in a sheet. This vision puzzled Kepha and his final conclusion was that it meant that the Gentiles should not be considered uncommon or unclean, but I tell you Kepha still did not fully comprehend the vision, because we fine later on Shaul having to correct him and the other Chosen Messengers for this error (Galatians 2:11 – 14). Kepha did not totally nor did the other Chosen Messengers totally understand what Yahshua had revealed to Shaul (Galatians 1:12), do when you hear Shaul talking about the “works of the law/torah” he is referring to the physical fleshy requirements of the Torah of Mosheh. Remember the dispute that took place in Acts 15 was not just about the Torah of physical circumcision; it was about all the Torah of Mosheh (Acts 15:5). It was not speaking about the Talmud as some have said. The Talmud should have no consideration or part with our walk in Yahshua. The called out/kara yaza is NOT founded on the Talmud, Chosen Messengers, Nabiym and Yahshua the Chief Corner Stone. It is founded on:
Ephesians: 2:20: And are built upon the foundation of the messengers and nabiym, Yahshua Mashiyach Himself being the Chief Corner Stone;
Shaul was clearly speaking about the physical requirements of the Law/Torah of Mosheh. This misunderstanding is exactly what leads Shaul to write the letter to the Galatians. Chapter 5 of Galatians clearly brings this point home. If you put yourself under any part of that Law/Torah it means you must continue in all of it. What does this mean? It means you must keep the law of sacrifice and ceremony and the law that was added because of transgression (Galatians 3:19; Colossians 2:14). It means you must establish the Leviyiym kohen-hood so they can administer the sacrifices and all that entails.
These issues were very confusing for the early Yahudiy who believed in Yahshua. The writer of Iybriyiym/Hebrews was clearly trying to clear this confusion up. You must remember that at the time of the Chosen Messengers there was still a heykal/temple in Yahvshalam, which meant there was still a Leviy high kohen in office. The early Yahudiy believers continued to go to the heykal for as long as possible. Until the persecution of them steadily increased as their understanding of whom their High Kohen now was and is. This very same ruach (attitude) that was alive then is also alive today. I see this ruach increasing in some of the online communities I am a member of. This ruach has one purpose and one purpose only. It is the ruach that denies that our Mashiyach has already come, died and was raised from the dead (I Yohn 2:18,22; 4:3), and is now at the right hand of YaHVeH’s Throne (Colossians 3:1). This ruach was referred to In I Yohn as the ruach of “anti-Christ” (against Mashiyach). This ruach will serve to allow the House of Yudah to anoint a high kohen (anoint = messiah). JUST REMEMBER we have ONLY ONE HIGH KOHEN ALREADY and He is Yahshua, now AT THE RIGHT HAND OF YAHVEH’S THRONE!!!!!
Shaul instructed none of YaHVeH's Called Out to disobey the “Ruach” Torah/Law!
Shaul DID NOT teach YaHVeH’s Ekklesia/Called Out/Kara Yaza to disobey the “Ruach” Law (Torah/Instruction) (Romans 7:14). But Shaul who was instructed by Yahshua (Galatians 1:12) did teach that the physical fleshy works of the Torah/Law was not binding or a requirement on us if we believe in Yahshua, repent from sin (Shemoth/Exodus 20, I Yohn 3:4; Romans 3:31), immersed under water and have had hands laid on us to receive YaHVeH’s Ruach (Acts 2:38; 8:16-17). Shaul made it very clear in his Galatians letter, especially in chapter 5, that we have a certain freedom in Yahshua Mashiyach. Now those freedoms DO NOT mean we can deliberately set out and disobey the “Ruach” Torah/Law (Shemoth 20; I Yohn 3:4; Romans 3:31) or our conscience. It is this Law/Torah that defines sin. Shaul who was called by Yahshua (Acts 9) and given revelation by Him (Galatians 1:12) diligently with all patience attempted to teach this to YaHVeH’s called out.
Why all the confusion? Even Kepha (Galatians 2:11; II Kepha 3:16) did not totally understand what Yahshua had revealed to Shaul to teach. Shaul himself had to call Kepha and other Messengers down on this matter (Galatians 2:11-16). Again I ask, why all the confusion? Because the Yahudiy leaders of Yahshua’s and Messenger’s day could not distinguish or rightly divide YaHVeH’s Word (Matith`Yah 16:6; 22:29; II Timothy 2:15). The Pharisees, Sadducee’s and Scribes lumped all the law together. Shaul was vigorously trying to teach the Yahudiy and the Gentiles the difference. You will find this in Galatians chapter 3 and specifically chapter 5 and Colossians chapter 2 and other parts of his epistles (Colossians 2:16 does not mean Shaul was teaching to disobey YaHVeH's Sabbaths).
In Galatians 3:19-24 Shaul lays it out. There is four ways to break down the Law (Torah or Instruction):
1) The Law/Torah that defines sin. This Torah in its condensed form is found in Shemoth 20. It is referred to as the Ten Commandments (Dabariym 4:13). Yahshua summed this Torah up into two commandments (Matith`Yah 22:34-40). Summing them up does not do away with them. It is this Torah that was placed INSIDE the ark (1 Melekiym/I Kings 8:9; Rev. 11:19; 12:17; 14:12). It is this Torah that affects Yahudiy and Gentile, male or female. It is this same Torah that caused YaHVeH's wrath to come down on the people in Noach’s time. It is this same Torah that caused Sodom/Sedom and Gomorrah/Amorah to be destroyed, even though this Torah had not be spoken by the mouth of YaHVeH and written down with HIS own finger at that time, these people before Mosheh were punished because of unrighteousness (Romans 5:13-14). This Law has been established on our hearts through belief in Yahshua (Romans 3:31; Revelation 11:19; 12:17; 14:12). It is this Torah that defines what the “righteousness of the Torah” is. It was because of this Torah the Gentiles were keeping through belief in Yahshua (they believed in Yahshua) that they were considered circumcised in the heart (Romans 2:24-29; Colossians 2:11).
2) The civil torah/law. This law is closely related to the torah that defines sin. (Shemoth chapter 21 thru 23). Remember the body of Yahshua is not a governing nation on this earth. We are a Ruach Body scattered across the earth. We are to submit to those civil authorities over us (I Kepha 2:13 – 25), unless they would have us disobey YaHVeH's Ruach Law (Shemoth 20; Acts 5:29). Yoseph (under the authority of Egypt) and Daniel (under the authority of Babylon) were under Gentile governing authority, yet they were able to please YaHVeH.
3) Then there is the Law (Torah or Instruction) of animal sacrifice and ceremony. This torah Pointed to Yahshua as our sacrifice/offering, High Kohen and YaHVeH’s Shamayim Heykal (Shemoth chapters 25 thru 31; Galatians 3:24; Revelation 21). The letter to the Iybriyiym/Hebrews was written specifically to the Yahudiy because of this confusion. Remember when the Messengers were alive there was still a heykal in Yahvshalam and a high kohen officiating. The early called out of YaHVeH was growing in there understanding (a learning curve), they really did not know or understand what was expected of them when it came to the heykal and the high kohen. The book of Iybriyiym was written to clear this confusion and misunderstanding up. We have only ONE HIGH KOHEN and His name is Yahshua! He is at the right hand of YaHVeH our FATHER/ABBIY! It is very important to heed what Yahshua taught Shaul (Galatians 1:12) and the book of Iybriyiym/Hebrews in these last days before Yahshua returns. There are some deceiving events that have yet to take place that will catch “many” (Matith`Yah/Matthew 24:5) by surprise. Remember our foundation is built on:
Ephesians: 2:20: And are built upon the foundation of the Messengers and Nabiym, Yahshua Messiah himself being the Chief Corner Stone;
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I believe the torah/law of circumcision is part of the ceremonial torah/law. This law/torah is fulfilled through our belief in Yahshua (read all of Colossians 2; 2:11). Now I believe it is perfectly acceptable for male babies eight days old to be circumcised. If a grown man is called and he is not circumcised it is not necessary for him to be physically circumcised to be delivered/saved, refer to the Chosen Messengers Shaul's teaching on this subject.
4) Then there was the Law/Torah that was added because the children of Yisrael broke the covenant (Shemoth 32; Galatians 3:19). This torah was meant to be a “yoke” (Acts 15:10) and continued reminder and punishment to the children of Yisrael in their everyday lives that they broke the covenant. It had no ruach valve what so ever. It was away a FATHER would punish his child for disobedience (Matith`Yah 18:2-5; Iybriyiym/Hebrews 12:6-7). You parents reading this know what I’m talking about. What do you do when your child disobeys you? Well, if you’re a concerned loving parent you will instruct and punish your child. Sometimes you will spank your child and sometimes you will restrict your child. Sometimes you will give your child a chore to do that will remind him/her what they did wrong. It is a physical task or rigor that will in time teach your child a ruach principle later on in life. No matter what it is, it is a reminder to the child what he or she did wrong. There continues to this day a dispute to what was added because of transgression (Galatians 3:19). I can only conclude from what Shaul was taught by Yahshua it was physical, fleshy carnal ordinances (Iybriyiym/Hebrews 9:10). The Law/Torah of Mosheh had these physical fleshy requirements, which Shaul referred to as the “works of the law/torah” (Galatians 3:2). These “works of the torah” were external (visible to our eyes) fleshy rigors that the Pharisee’s (Acts 15:5) clung to as though they were righteous works of the Law/Torah. Refer to article:
The Gentiles were not brought up under the Torah of Mosheh and its physical requirements, yet YaHVeH gave them HIS Ruach (Acts 10). The Yahudiy all their lives had been brought up under these laws, and this is where the controversy beings. Shaul did not teach the Gentile converts of YaHVeH to keep these physical requirements of the Torah of Mosheh. This caused many Yahudiy than and today to say he was not a Messenger of Yahshua. But this same lack of teaching the physical requirements of the Torah of Mosheh also caused others in YaHVeH's called out to WRONGLY assume that Shaul did not teach any Torah! Some even think Shaul taught that the Torah that defines sin has been done away! Shaul referred to this Law/Torah as the "Ruach Torah" (Romans 7:14) and the “righteousness of the Torah” (Romans 2:26). Ya'akob/"James" referred to it as the “royal law” (Ya'akob/James 2:8). This Torah was placed INSIDE the ark (1Melekiym/I Kings 8:9). The book of the law/torah that Mosheh wrote was placed in the side of the ark NOT INSIDE (Dabariym 31:26). Shaul DID NOT teach that the "Ruach Torah" was done away! Shaul did teach that the eternal penalty for breaking that Law is done away if we repent from disobeying it through belief in Yahshua (Romans 6:23).
The whole issue gets down to what defines sin? No other law clearly does this than the Law/Torah that was placed INSIDE the ark. It is this Torah and this Torah ONLY that has an eternal hold on us. It is this Torah no matter if we know it or not affects our ruach eternal existence. It is this same Torah that Shaul said the Gentiles by design already have it written on their hearts (Romans 2:14). YaHVeH's creation is automatically attuned to this Torah. The entire earth is affected by disobedience to this Torah (Yashayah/Isaiah 24:5). It is this Torah that affects both Yahudiy and Gentile, male and female, rich or poor, small or great.
I. I'm not encouraging anybody to go against the Torah of clean and unclean meat (refer to Romans 14); you should live a healthy life style and remember your body is the heykal for YaHVeH's Kodesh Ruach (1 Corinthians 6:19); eating unclean physical food is not a sin unto eternal death (I Yohn 5:16), but it can lead to the destruction of your physical body quicker. Remember no matter how healthy of a life style you live nothing can stop your physical body from dying (refer to 1 Corinthians 15).