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Israel- Small but Outstanding!

If you have never gone to Israel, you really do not know what you are missing! My wife and I have gone twice. We learned so much by seeing, by listening to our guide, Arie Ben David!!!

We recommend going with Christian or Jewish experts who understand the Bible and KNOW that you want to see where Biblical events happened!

Our favorite tours have always been with First Century Foundations.

Monday, 28 October 2013


Many Covenants

Some who claim to be Messianic

want to go backward and follow 

the Torah given to Moses 

instead of following the New 

Covenant that Yeshua came to 

teach and give to us 

There may be various reasons. 

Perhaps doing Jewish stuff like 

Yeshua did makes one feel 

closer to the Lord.

Perhaps it may make one feel 

closer to God because we copy 

what his son, Yeshua came to 

fulfill or complete.

For some it might just be that 

they appreciate a routine, a 

regulation, a rule, a law 

because they may feel 

undisciplined inside.

Following the Mosaic law then 

can make one feel better.

John Parsons

of shares what the

differences between the new Torah and the

old Torah are.

But consider this: anything God tells us

to do is His Word, not just the Bible.

His son, Yeshua who was sent to 

complete the Mosaic covenant by dying 

on the cross for all of us, was called "The 

Word" in John and elsewhere.

So Yeshua is the Word.

When God sent Yeshua he was

sending His Word to us, his 

message, his command, his 

sermon, his instruction to us 

UNTIL he sends different 


So in a real way Yeshua's life and teachings are a current torah for we Christians. His life gives us a model to instruct us how to live. His teachings instruct us how to behave and how NOT to behave.

He is the TORAH, along with the Holy Spirit who guides us into all truth.

- Charles)

Here is John Parson's summary showing the differences between the old or Mosaic covenant from the new 'Yeshua covenant'.

The Torah of the Old Covenant compared to the Torah of the New

* As Yeshua told the parable, you can't put new wine into old wineskins, since the fermentation process might burst the hardened skins. Sadly, many who have tasted the "old wine" find it preferable to the new -- and that preference continues to this day (Luke 5:37-39

* "Two mountains, two covenants," yes - but both are Jewish... There is a unity of revelation in Scripture, and the LORD God of Israel is the same today, yesterday, and forever. Keeping this in mind will guard you from the egregious errors

It is also vital to remember there is a distinction between "Torah" (תּוֹרָה) and "Covenant" (בְּרִית). Torah is a general word that means "instruction" and is always a function of the underlying covenant of which it is part. Torah is therefore our response to the covenantal actions of the LORD God of Israel. Followers of Yeshua are therefore not "anti-Torah" even if they understand this word in relation to the new and better covenant of God (Heb. 8:6). There is indeed a Torah of the New Covenant, just as there is Torah of the older one. Understood in this way, Messianic believers are called to be "Torah Observant," since that simply means adhering to the instruction of King Yeshua who is the embodiment of all genuine truth from God (for more about this distinction, please see my article "Olam Ha-Torah").

* Ultimately this matter resolves to the question of whom you regard as your spiritual authority, chaverim...

* The Hebrew word for covenant is brit (בְּרִית), meaning covenant, pact, or treaty. It is one of the most frequently used words in Hebrew Scriptures (appearing some 270 times) and is one of the Scripture's most important concepts.

Ancient covenants were often made by animal sacrifice. To "cut a covenant" demonstrated the earnestness of the parties involved in the agreement. YHVH chose to cut covenant with Abram in this manner (Gen. 15:7-11, 17-18). Thus the word brit often implies the shedding of blood in the process of ratifying an agreement.

Some say, that those Christians who still wish to follow the Mosaic or Sinai covenant are stuck in the past. It makes one think of the Israelites who in the wilderness, eating only Mannah, who wanted to go back to Egypt where they could have onions and garlic and ...... slavery again.

There are so many covenants in the Bible that holding on to one may make a person feel secure but it may mean that individual does not want to move on with, as at one point, the Israelites did not want to continue to follow Moses.....

You may not have known there were many covenants (contracts) in the Bible. At the risk of missing a few, here are some in relatively close order.

  • The Adamic covenant which Adam and Eve broke when they disobeyed God
  • The Noahic covenant where God promised he would never send a flood to destroy the world again.
  • Abrahamic Covenant also passed on it Isaac and Jacob... the promise of going back to their land and their descendants being like the sand on the beach and as numerous as the stars in the sky.
  • Mosaic or Sinai covenant
  • New Covenant between God and we who follow Him as shown and taught by Yeshua and empowered in our spirits by the Holy Spirit
I may have missed one or two but yes, there ARE more than two covenants. Usually when a new covenant was given, the old was completed, finished or fulfilled just as a contract between two individuals is completed when each keeps their part of the bargain.

That is why Yeshua talked about a New Covenant and New wineskins etc.


More later on Covenants....

(More to come ....)