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January/February 2007

Dear Chaciyd (Saints),

    For the past couple of months we have been taking a serious look at the question, Should we keep the mitsvah of YAHUAH?  To some it may seem ludicrous to even ask such a question let alone to seriously consider the question as we have done, but I make no apology for our study considering the fact that like so many others we have come to be set apart and know YAHUAH and YAHUSHA out of Christianity.  We were at one time a product of this Babylonian system, full of it's teaching, reasoning, and ideals.  From the way we dress to the way we worship have been influenced by this Babylonian system in which we live.  We may live among them, but we are not to be like them.  "Koh amar YAHUAH, Lamad not the derek of the gowy:" (Thus saith YAHUAH, Learn not the way of the heathen) Yiremeyahu (Jeremiah) 10:2.  We have been taught by pagan teachers and preachers alike that we are "New Testament Saints" and therefore are not subject to live by the commandments that are written in the Old Testament.  We are to live by J_sus C_ _ ist's commandments and by his commandments alone are we to live.  How could we have believed this lie when YAHUSHA said Himself,  "It is written, man shall not chayah (live) by lechem (bread) alone, but by every word that comes from the peh (mouth) of YAHUAH" Mattithyahu (Matthew) 4:4 Where is this written? It is written in the cepher (book) of the Tanak (Old Testament) Debarim (Deuteronomy) 8:3, Torah- Teaching (Commonly called Law)

    To those who proclaim to be a "New Testament Believer" AND LIVE ONLY BY THE NEW TESTAMENT, Then lets us examine what is written in the Messianc Scriptures (New Testament) to answer the question, Should we keep the mitsvah of YAHUAH?

Kathab (Scripture) #1  Mattithyahu (Matthew) 5:17-20  Think not that I am come to destroy the Torah (law), or the nabiy (prophets): I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  vs.18 For verily I say unto you, Till shaymah'yim (heaven) and erets (earth) pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Torah, till all be fulfilled.  vs.19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in ha mamlakah ha shaymah'yim (the kingdom of heaven): but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called gadal (great) in ha mamlakah ha shaymah'yim (the kingdom of heaven).  vs.20 For I say unto you, That except your tsedeq (righteousness) shall exceed the tsedeq of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into ha mamlakah ha shaymah'yim (the kingdom of heaven).  Clearly we see here from these verses of kathab that YAHUSHA said do not think that He came to demolish, disunite, dissolve, bring to naught, overthrow, and annul the Torah or the Nabiy.  He said I did not come to destroy but to complete, to accomplish,  carry out, and fulfill.  And whosoever shall break one of these least mitsvah and teach men to do the same shall be called least in the reign of YAHUAH; but who so ever shall do (obey) and teach others to obey the same shall be called gadal (great) in the reign of YAHUAH.  Now I ask you, Do you see how this New Testament scripture teaches us that we should keep the mitsvah (commandments) of YAHUAH?

Kathab (Scripture) #2 Mattithyahu (Matthew) 15: 1-9  Here YAHUSHA proves that the very ones that should be keeping and enforcing the commandments of YAHUAH were the very ones breaking the commandments and teaching others to do the same with their traditions.  Contrary to what is commonly preached, the scribes and Pharisees were called "lawless" and "commandment breakers", better yet how about "Torah-less-ness" by YAHUSHA.  They came to YAHUSHA and asked Him vs. 2 Why do His limmuwd (disciples) transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.  vs. 3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress (overlook, abandon) the commandments of YAHUAH by your tradition? vs. 7 YAHUSHA call them hypocrites! Why? Because they were full of hypocrisy and iniquity, Mattithyahu (Matthew) 23:28.  This word iniquity come from a interesting Greek word anomia {a-no-mee-ah} meaning iniquity, unrighteousness, transgress the Torah (law), transgression of the Torah (law), the condition without the Torah; either because ignorant of it, or because violating it, contempt and violation of Torah, wickedness. Verse 8 of  Mattithyahu  15 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their leb (heart) is far from me. Now notice vs. 9 But in vain they do shachah (worship) me, teaching for doctrines the COMMANDMENTS of men.  Christianity never taught us to keep the mitsvah of YAHUAH but for doctrines they taught us the commandments of lies (men).  Now I ask you again, Do you see how this New Testament scripture teaches us that we should keep the mitsvah of YAHUAH?

Kathab (Scripture) #3 Mattithyahu (Matthew) 19: 16-22  And, behold, one came and said unto him, Towb (Good) Rabbi, what towb thing shall I do, that I may have eternal  chay (life)? vs. 17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me towb? there is none towb but one, that is, YAHUAH but if thou wilt enter into chayah (life), shamar the mitsvah (keep the commandments).  Here we see a New Testament character who came to MashaYAH asking what towb thing shall he do that he may have eternal chay.  YAHUSHA said unto him if thou wilt enter into chayah, shamar the mitsvah.  vs. 18 And this new testament character said unto Him, Which? Then YAHUSHA quotes from the Tanak (Old Testament Scripture) the commandments which are written in the Torah (Shemoth [Exodus] 20), Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  Now I ask you again, Do you see how this New Testament scripture teaches us that we should keep the mitsvah of YAHUAH?

Kathab (Scripture) #4 Mattithyahu (Matthew) 22: 35-40  Here we have another new testament character , a lawyer, one who is learned in the Torah, a interpreter and teaches of the Mosheh (Mosaic) law coming to the MashaYAH tempting him saying, vs. 36 Rabbi, which is the great commandment in the Torah? vs. 37  YAHUSHA said unto him, Thou shalt love YAHUAH thy YAHUAH with all thy leb (heart), and with all thy nephesh (soul), and with all thy m'od {meh-ode} (might).  vs. 38 This is the first and great commandment.  vs.39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt ahab (love) thy neighbour as thyself.  vs.40 On these two mitsvah hang all the Torah and the Nabiy.  Again I ask you, Do you see how this New Testament scripture teaches us that we should keep the mitsvah of YAHUAH?

Kathab (Scripture) #5 Luke 1: 5-6   There was in the youm (days) of Herodes, the  melak (king) of Yhuwdah (Judaea), a certain kohen (priest) named Zkaryahuw (Zacharias), of the course of Abiyah (Abia): and his ishshah {ish-shaw}(wife) was of the daughters of Aharown (Aaron), and her name was Yahiysheba (Elisabeth).  vs. 6 And they were both tsaddiyq (righteous) before YAHUAH, walking in all the mitsvah (commandments) and mishmereth (ordinances) of YAHUAH blameless.

    Here we have a testimony of a new testament couple who was said to be {tsad-deek}(righteous) before YAHUAH, walking blameless in all the commandments and ordinances of YAHUAH.  Just because you call yourselves "New Testament Saints," it does not exempt you from the responsibility of keeping the mitsvah and mish-me-reth of YAHUAH.  In order for these new testament characters ( Zkaryahuw and Yahiysheba) to walk blameless before YAHUAH, they had to aman (believe) the teaching of the Torah (law) and the Nabiy (prophets) which are from what is called the Tanak (Old Testament Scripture) .  The chaciyd (saints) and believers that are written about in what is called the New Testament did not have the Cepher (books) of the New Testament to read and study from.  It was no such thing as the New Testament scripture.  All they had were the Torah (commonly called Law), the Nabiy (Prophets), and the Kethubim (Writings).  There were NO New Testament or Messianic Scriptures.  Those that continually teach and preach that we are not to live by the Tanak (Old Testament) commandment law are greatly deceived and the emeth (truth) is not in them.  When Sha'ul wrote in Romans 6: 14 . . .  for ye are not under the Torah (law). . ., he was not saying you are not under the commandment of the law but that you are not under the condemnation of the law, the law of sin, the principles of sin-doing, the Adamic carnal nature Romans 7:23, 7:25, 8:2.

    We should ahab (love) YAHUAH and shamar (keep) His mish-me-reth (charge), and His choq (statues) and His mish-pat (judgement), and His mits-vah (commandments) alway.  Debarim (Deuteronomy) 11:1.

    When relatives and acquaintances found out we were was no longer calling YAHUAH by pagan names or titles and we were keeping the chagag youm (feast days) of YAHUAH, their first response was "What! Do they think they are Jews?" There are some that are so deceived that they really think keeping the mitsvah and mishphat and Torah of YAHUAH were only for Yehudim (Jews).  Sha'ul said it best when he wrote . . .[Is He] YAHUAH of the Yehudim (Jews) only? is He not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: Seeing it is one YAHUAH, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.  Do we then make void the Torah through faith? YAHUAH forbid: Yea, we establish the Torah Romans 3:29-31. After all, Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the KEEPING OF THE COMMANDMENTS OF YAHUAH  I Corinthians 7:19.  Now I ask you, Do you see how these New Testament scriptures teaches us that we should  keep the mitsvah (commandments) of YAHUAH?

Kathab (Scripture) #6 I Yahanan (I John) 2:3-7 This is also the New Testament Scripture that teach us we should be keeping the mitsvah of YAHUAH.  vs.3 And hereby we do yada (know) that we yada (know) him, if we shamar  His mitsvah (keep His commandments).  vs 4 He that saith, I yada Him, and shamar not His mitsvah, is a kazab (liar), and the emeth (truth) is not in him.  vs.5 But whoso shamar His dabar (word), in him verily is the ahab (love) of YAHUAH tamiym (perfected): hereby yada (know) we that we are in Him.  vs.6 He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to yalak (walk), even as He yalak Now verse 7 Brethren, I write no new mitsvah (commandment) unto you, but an old mitsvah  which ye had from the beginning. The old mitsvah is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.  Can you hear and receive what Yahanan is saying here.  Yahanan is saying the commandment that he write is not a new commandment at all, but an old commandment which you had from the beginning (that which is written in the Torah-Law, the Nebi'im-Prophets, and the Kethubim- Sacred Writings).  He said the old mitsvah is the word which you have heard from the beginning.  HALALYAHUAH!!! Any aspect of the Torah or mitsvah that YAHUAH does not want us to keep, He pronounced it both in the Tanak (Old Testament) and in the Messianic Scriptures (New Testament).  If He did not change it or made adjustment to it, then we need to keep it.

Kathab (Scripture) #7 I Yahanan (I John) 5:2-3  Hear what is said in the Messianic Scirptures (New Testament) in I Yahanan (I John) 5: 2-3 vs. 2 By this we yada that we ahab the bane (children) of YAHUAH, when we ahab YAHUAH, and KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.  vs.3 For this is the ahab of YAHUAH, that we KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS: and His mitsvah (commandments)  are not kabed (grievous, heavy, or burdensome).

    This is just a few of the verses of scripture that we look at in the New Testament that teaches us that we should Ahab YAHUAH our YAHUAH and keep His mitsvah always.

    In closing let us zakar what is kethubim in the cepher of I Yahanan 3:22-24  And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we shamar His mitsvah, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. vs. 23 And this is His mitsvah, That we should aman on the shem of His Ben YAHUSHA HA MASHAYAH, and ahab one another, as he gave us mitsvah. vs. 24 And he that shamar His mitsvah dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we yada that He abideth in us, by the Ruwach which He hath given us.


Raah Fredrick A. Brown


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