“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says Yahweh Sabaoth. (Zechariah 4: 6)
Jewish people are famous for their traditions. Many of them are well-founded, but many of them are not. Traditions that stand in the way of Yahweh fulfilling His promises should be jettisoned.
Most Christians are well aware of the fact that the Messiah came to redeem and save us, but few of them understand that a major part of His mission on Earth was to point out unfounded traditions that prevented the Children of Israel from having intimacy with their Elohim and to reorient their thinking toward what Yahweh actually said.
Matthew 15 is a good example of this:
1 Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 2 “Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” 3 And He answered and said to them, “Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of Elohim for the sake of your tradition? 4 For Elohim said, ‘HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER,’ and, ‘HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER IS TO BE PUT TO DEATH.’ 5 But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever I have that would help you has been given to Elohim,” 6 he is not to honor his father or his mother.’ And by this you invalidated the word of Elohim for the sake of your tradition. 7 You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: 8‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. 9 ‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’” (Matthew 15: 1-9)
The Pharisees were incensed because the Messiah and His followers ignored their man-made traditions. Eventually, the Messiah was crucified for challenging their tradition forbidding the use of Yahweh’s Name. Thus, we should not underestimate the importance of making sure that we hold fast to Yahweh’s word and not Jewish and Christian traditions that are diametrically opposed to His word.
Notice that I said Jewish and Christian traditions. We humans are prone to make up our own rules and abide by them at the expense of Yahweh’s explicit commands. There is a word for that: disobedience and disobedience is sin.
In John 17, the Messiah explained what He came to do in enough detail to shed light on the importance of His Name:
6 “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7 Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You; 8 for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me. 9 I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours; 10 and all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11 I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are. 12 While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled.” (John 17: 6-12)
The Messiah is the manifestation of Yahweh. He came to redeem and save us and to restore the use of Yahweh’s Name. He also came to unite us with the Father. Traditions that stand in the way of that happening must be abandoned.
The video in this SnyderTalk is from Fiddler on the Roof. It’s Topol singing “Tradition”. It’s entertaining, but don’t forget. Christians are just as guilty as Jewish people when it comes to making up traditions.
Where did those man-made traditions come from? Few know the answer, and it really doesn’t matter. If traditions contradict Yahweh’s word, they have no place in our lives.
“If My people who are called by My Name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7: 14)
Change that Yahweh calls “good” begins in the hearts of believers—people who are recognizable because they are different.
We are different because we belong to Him and are called by His Name. We are Yahweh’s people, His followers.
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“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24)
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