Several of the men in class have met my father-in-law, Henry Stelzl. He is a wonderful, godly man, in whom I have great respect and admiration. Our class last week was directed towards god-fearing men like Henry who love G-d with a demonstrable, abiding faith that lives through the Spirit in routine prayer and supplication. We attempted to form responses to the normal questions about our faith practice ,from godly men such as this, through the rabbinic method of asking questions to provoke thought, study and further conversation. I had hoped to obtain at least three probing questions for each of a handful of topics. I opened the first hour discussing the Law from the Apostolic Scriptures.

Here are the questions we chose regarding the Law:

  1. How many laws are there?
  2. Can a non-believer keep the law?
  3. What’s the purpose of grace?
  4. How would your life be different if Christ had abolished the law?

The reasoning behind each question is discussed in full on the audio of the class. I encourage you to visit the Resource page and listen along with us. For those of you who may not see the value of listening, here’s a teaser…

We know that Paul says we are not under law but under grace. He often speaks disparagingly about “the law.” The truth be told, there are actually 13 types of law mentioned in the Apostolic Scriptures. I wonder which one(s) Paul was referring to with the soundbites we often hear from our brothers and sisters in Christendom?

This is neat… there are actually 13 types of law mentioned in the Tanach as well. G-d’s a genius!

Here are the questions we chose regarding eating kosher:

  1. Who defines what food is?
  2. Does G-d care what we eat?
  3. What does G-d think of homosexuality?

Here are the questions we chose regarding the Shabbat:

  1. What does G-d do on the Sabbath?
  2. Are the 10 commandments applicable today?
  3. What was Yeshua’s habit on the Sabbath?
  4. Did Yeshua break the Sabbath?

Here are the questions we chose regarding righteousness:

  1. How many different types of righteousness are there?
  2. Is righteousness the means to or the fruit of salvation?
  3. Who is righteous?
  4. Is righteousness the same as justification?

I want to thank all the men for such excellent discussion and understanding when it comes to gently reviewing the matters of our faith walk with others in the body of Messiah.

Tonight is Rosh Chodesh Sivan, the traditional time for parents to bless their children with a special blessing, praying that their children should be good and upright, and that they have everything they need for a fruitful, joyous life. Thanks to ArtScroll, you can download the traditional prayer at no cost.

At the close of this Shabbat is Shavuot (Pentecost), the celebration of the giving of the Written Torah by G-d. How much more our joy and gratefulness should be considering G-d has also given us the Living Torah, our Savior Yeshua, the Messiah!

Here’s a quick quiz to prepare you for tomorrow’s class:  What do the following have in common?

  • Methuselah
  • Jeroboam
  • Balthazar
  • Nebuchadnezzar

Tonight we canout 45 days of the Omer, which is 6 weeks and 3 days.

Shalom,

Yosef ben Yosef

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