Sat 31 July 2021

The introduction for today comes from Vox Popoli. Go read the full post, because it is based on Jewish Rabbinical tradition. Which has nothing to do with the law of Moses, or the Prophets.

Judaism is not, and has never been, the religion of the Old Testament as followed – however haphazardly – by the Biblical 12 Tribes of Israel. In fact, rabbis such as Stephen Wise, the founder of the NAACP and president of the American Jewish Congress when it declared war on Germany in 1933, customarily referred to the Old Testament religion as "Hebrewism" in order to distinguish it from "the tradition of the elders" which began to take shape in 538 BC. This tradition continued to evolve into and beyond Jesus Christ’s day, and is specifically referred to in the New Testament, as the followers of Jesus Christ rejected it from the literal beginning of Christianity.

"Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders…?"
Mark 7:5, also Matthew 15:2

The tradition of the elders was completed in its written form around 475 AD and the oldest extant manuscript dates back to 1342 AD. This tradition is the religion of the Pharisees that is today known as "Judaism" and it has less in common with the religion of the Hebrews of the Old Testament than Mormons and Muslims do with the Greek Orthodox Church.

This gives Christ’s teaching to avoid the teaching of the Pharisees — which became Orthodox Judaism — or the Saduccees — a political, liberal movement that denied any miracles, functionally destroyed by Titus when Jerusalem fell — a context. Those who argue by precedent and legalism miss the point of the Law. It is for our good.

They also miss the point of Christ: his teaching, death and resurrection happened because none of us can do what we know is good.

Matthew 16:5-12

5 And the disciples came to the other side of the sea, but they had forgotten to bring any bread. 6 And Jesus said to them, “Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7 They began to discuss this among themselves, saying, “He said that because we did not bring any bread.” 8 But Jesus, aware of this, said, “You men of little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you have no bread? 9 Do you not yet understand nor remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets you picked up? 10 Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many large baskets you picked up? 11 How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you about bread? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that He did not say to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

The current teaching of this world is worldly. To be fair to the Jews, they feel they have an obligation to make the world right — tikkum olam — and this is missing from many of the gentile woke.

They are many, but truth will out.

Change on a societal level is incredibly rare. Our two hundred year experiment in a world without God hasn’t been working out too well. I view the current times not as an end time but as an opportunity. An opportunity to rebuild that which has been lost. With people who do not fall for the lies of this world. We don’t need many which is perfectly fine because we aren’t that many. We are few.
The pressure will continue to build. The persecution will increase and will last for a couple more years. Hold fast. Keep to the Good Book. Gravitate towards and support those of like mind. I welcome the coming period when I will have to wear the equivalent of a yellow star. Because my future friends and allies will know me by such a mark.

And the teaching of this world? Shun it.