Our teaching from The Law of Moses will continue from Numbers 25.10-18.
AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE, IS BELIEVING THAT JESUS IS GOD BUT NOT GOD THE FATHER IDOLATRY AND PAGANISM?
And with that said, let’s read Numbers 25.10-18.
NUMBERS 25.10-11 The LORD said to Moses, Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron The Priest has turned My wrath away from the Children of Israel by showing his passion for Me among the People that I did not consume the Children of Israel in My jealousy.
The Hebrew word for consume as in, I did not consume the Children of Israel in My jealousy is, kahlah, meaning to destroy utterly, cause to cease, and bring to an end. But GOD did not destroy the Children of Israel for their idolatry, bowing down to false gods, and their fornication with the Moabite women because Phinehas the Priest made an atonement for Israel.
The Children of Israel were in a place called Shittim, their last camping spot before crossing the Jordan River into Canaan, the Land that GOD promised to the Jewish People for an everlasting Possession to be their Homeland. Which a small portion of that Promised Land is Israel today.
But before the crossing, Israel began whoring with the women of Moab. Add to their sexual immorality, the Children of Israel attended the sacrifices for their gods. And they ate and bowed down to the Moabite god baal-peor.
You see, The GOD of Creation is married to Israel. He is the Husband of Israel and He saw Israel’s fornication with those Gentile women as adultery that led to idolatry.
Adultery is voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone else other than his or her lawful husband or wife.
And GOD’S anger burned against His People Israel so that He was prepared to destroy them. But Phinehas, when he saw an Israelite man take a Midianite woman into his tent, went after them with a spear and killed them both in the tent. Thus making atonement for Israel and turning away GOD’S wrath from His People.
However, GOD’S plague killed 24,000 Israelites because of their sin of sexual immorality and idolatry. JEREMIAH 3.14, JEREMIAH 31.32, NUMBERS 25.9
GOD WARNS HIS PEOPLE AGAINST IDOLATRY.
IDOLATRY IS THE WORSHIP OF PHYSICAL REPRESENTATIONS OF gods.
GOD says in the Ten Commandments, “I am The LORD YOUR GOD which brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourselves any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in Heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them for I THE LORD YOUR GOD am a jealous GOD, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me. And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me and keep My Commandments. EXODUS 20.1-6
Hating GOD is disobeying GOD. Rejecting His Word and His Laws that are written in the Law of Moses.
Commandments, as in GOD’S Commandments comes from the Hebrew word MEETZVOTE meaning, collectively all GOD’s Laws that are written in The Law of Moses.
(EXODUS 20.5) GOD IS A JEALOUS GOD BECAUSE HE IS OFFENDED AND ANGRY WHEN HIS PEOPLE WORSHIP ANOTHER god OTHER THAN HIMSELF.
The Jewish People in the past got themselves into a whole lot of trouble because of their idolatry. Especially before the seventy year Babylonian exile in 586 B.C.E.
THE GOLDEN CALF IS ONE EXAMPLE. EXODUS 32.30-35, EXODUS 34.12-17
BECAUSE ISRAEL FEARED OTHER gods IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE. 2 KINGS 17.6-8
THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL TRANSGRESSED AFTER ALL THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE HEATHEN AND POLLUTED THE TEMPLE WITH IDOLS IS YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE. 2CHRONICLES 36.11-21, 2CHRONICLES 33.7, JEREMIAH 7.30
PLUS OTHER WARNINGS AGAINST IDOLATRY. 1CORINTHIANS 5.11, 1CORINTHIANS 6.9-10, 1CORINTHIANS 10.6-7, 14, GALATIANS 5.19-20, ETC.
SINCE MUCH OF CHRISTIANITY AND A NUMBER OF MESSIANIC JEWS SEE JESUS, YESHUA THE MESSIAH AS GOD BUT NOT GOD THE FATHER, THAT CLASSIFIES THOSE CHRISTIANS AND THAT RARE GROUP OF MESSIANIC JEWS AS IDOLATERS COMMITTING IDOLATRY.
THEY WORSHIP JESUS WHOM THEY SAY IS GOD BUT NOT GOD THE FATHER.
THUS THEY WORSHIP ANOTHER god WHO IS NOT GOD THE FATHER. THAT IS IDOLATRY AND PAGANISM.
AND TO COMPOUND THEIR ERROR, CHRISTIANITY TEACHES THAT THEIR GOD JESUS ABOLISHED THE ENTIRE LAW OF MOSES THAT HAS ALL GOD’S LAWS WRITTEN IN IT FOR THEM AND ALL MANKIND TO LIVE BY. ROMANS 3.29
NONE OF THAT IS THE DOCTRINE OF THE BIBLE BUT THE FALSE TEACHING OF CHRISTIANITY.
THE CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY OF THREE DISTINCT, DIFFERENT, AND SEPARATE gods, THE FATHER IS A god, THE SON IS A god, AND THE SPIRIT IS A god, IS POLYTHEISM. THE BELIEF IN MORE THAN ONE GOD, OR MANY gods.
THE TRINITY IS IDOLATRY AND PAGANISM.
But GOD said to Moses, He Shows Mercy unto thousands of them that love Him and keep His Commandments.
The Ten Commandments are part of The Law of Moses.
And the first Commandment is, I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD WHICH BROUGHT YOU OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT, OUT OF THE HOUSE OF BONDAGE. YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER gods BEFORE ME. EXODUS 20.2-3, 6
However GOD’S Mercy allows the sinner to Repent and turn from all their sins.
Believing that Jesus is GOD but not the Father is sin. It is paganism and idolatry.
JESUS IS GOD THE FATHER. THAT IS TEACHING FROM THE BIBLE. JOHN 14.9, ETC.
GOD teaches the sinner to repent by turning from all the sins he or she has committed. And sin is breaking The Law of Moses 1 John 3.4. Then GOD commands you to turn to GOD and obey all His Laws that are written in The Law of Moses. Doing that which is lawful and right. And GOD says, You will live. You will not die. EZEKIEL 18.21, ISAIAH 9.6, HEBREW BIBLE ISAIAH 9.5, JOHN 10.30, JOHN 12.45, 49, JOHN 14.9
NUMBERS 25.12 So GOD said to Moses, Say, (obviously to Phinehas) Behold, I give him My Covenant of Peace.
Since all GOD’S Covenants are Everlasting, GOD’S Covenant of Peace is Everlasting. GOD’S Covenant of Peace is His Guarantee of Peace that He gave to Phinehas and his descendants after him forever.
Messiah said, “In Me you have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But be encouraged for I have overcome the world.” JOHN 16.33
You will have peace with GOD when you have atonement for your sins in Messiah Yeshua, and lead your life according to His instructions in Deuteronomy 6.4, Mark 12.29 and Matthew 4.4. Obey every Word GOD speaks in the Bible, and believe in ONE GOD, Messiah Yeshua.
By overcoming the world, THE MESSIAH YESHUA, THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY will overcome every tribulation in your life, every difficulty, problem, worry, anxiety, adversity, hardship, tragedy, sorrow, and setback you might face because Messiah Yeshua has gained the victory over the world and its evils. And He will give you peace.
In Eternity in The Millennium and in Heaven, your future is Peace.
So let’s look at some Scriptures that speak of GOD’S Covenant of Peace. ISAIAH 54.10, EZEKIEL 34.23-26, EZEKIEL 37.23-28
NUMBERS 25.12-13 What Phinehas did, killing the Israelite man and the Midianite woman because of their sin against GOD because Phinehas was zealous for his GOD, would be murder today. But 3,400 years ago GOD was King and Ruler over Israel. That is a Theocracy. In GOD’S eyes it was not murder. But rather Phinehas made atonement for the Children of Israel by killing them.
A Theocracy is a form of Government in which GOD is the Supreme Ruler. A Government that GOD established with His Judgment and Justice. And in GOD’S Justice the Israelite man and the Midianite woman deserved death because they broke GOD’S Laws of sexual immorality and idolatry. DEUTERONOMY 29.16-21
SIN IS THE REASON GOD MADE HIMSELF A MAN 2,000 YEARS AGO IN THE PERSON OF YESHUA THE MESSIAH. TO GIVE HIS LIFE TO BE OUR ATONEMENT FOR ALL OUR SINS. AND MESSIAH’S ATONING DEATH IS FOR ALL THE WORLD TO RECEIVE. ON GOD’S CONDITIONS.
The next step after receiving Atonement from The LORD is to obey GOD by keeping all His Laws that are written in The Law of Moses in the first five Books of The Bible. That prevents you from sinning against GOD. For sin is the transgression of The Law of Moses. 1 JOHN 3.4, ISAIAH 53.10, LEVITICUS 17.11, JEREMIAH 31.31-34, THE NEW TESTAMENT
And besides The LORD giving His Covenant of Peace to Phinehas and his descendants after him forever, The LORD also gave him the Covenant of an Everlasting Priesthood. Assuring Phinehas that he and his descendants after him being descendants of Aaron the High Priest, would retain the Priesthood forever. EXODUS 40.12-15
(EXODUS 40.12) Is the beginning of Christian Baptism that Judaism calls Miqveh Immersion.
NUMBERS 25.14-15 Apparently it was important to The LORD to record the names of the Israelite man and the Midianite woman whom Phinehas killed to make Atonement for the Children of Israel. The Israelite man who was killed was Zimri, the son of Salu, a Prince of a chief house of the tribe of Simeon.
The name of the Midianite woman who was killed was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur. He was the head over a people, and a chief house of Midian.
As a point of information, The Moabites descended from Lot’s daughter. While the Midianites descended from Abraham and his second wife Keturah whom he married after Sarah died. GENESIS 19.36-38, GENESIS 24.67, GENESIS 25.1-2
NUMBERS 25.16-18 And The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Vex the Midianites. That is, distress them. And kill them. For they are enemies to you because of their deceit with which they brought upon you concerning their false god peor, and concerning Cozbi the daughter of a ruler of Midian their sister who was killed in the day of the plague because of their false god peor.
SO THE ANSWER TO OUR QUESTION, IS BELIEVING THAT JESUS IS GOD BUT NOT GOD THE FATHER IDOLATRY AND PAGANISM?
THE ANSWER IS YES.
BELIEVING THAT JESUS, YESHUA THE MESSIAH IS GOD BUT NOT GOD THE FATHER IS IDOLATRY AND PAGANISM BECAUSE THAT FALSE DOCTRINE REJECTS THE TRUE TEACHING OF GOD IN THE BIBLE THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD AND NO OTHERS. DEUTERONOMY 4.35,39, DEUTERONOMY 5.6-7, DEUTERONOMY 6.4, ISAIAH 43.11, ISAIAH 44,6, ISAIAH 45.5-7,14,18,21, ISAIAH 46.9, MARK 12.29-30, ETC., ETC., ETC.
THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT JESUS, YESHUA THE MESSIAH IS GOD, AND HE IS GOD THE FATHER. HE IS GOD ALMIGHTY. CHRISTIAN BIBLE ISAIAH 9.6, HEBREW BIBLE ISAIAH 9.5, JOHN 10.30, JOHN 12.45,49. JOHN 14.9
THUS THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT JESUS, YESHUA THE MESSIAH IS NOT GOD THE FATHER BELIEVE IN ANOTHER god. THAT IS IDOLATRY AND PAGANISM. BELIEVING IN MORE THAN ONE GOD.
AND TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, THOSE PEOPLE BELIEVE IN ANOTHER JESUS WHO HAS ABOLISHED ALL GOD’S LAWS THAT ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES IN THE FIRST FIVE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE.
THAT IS DECEIT. FOR GOD IS NOT A MAN THAT HE SHOULD LIE, NOR IS HE A MAN THAT CHANGES HIS MIND. NUMBERS 23.19
GOD’S WORD IS EVERLASTING. IT STANDS FOREVER AND NEVER CHANGES. SO THE TEACHING THAT JESUS ABOLISHED THE LAW OF MOSES ON THE CROSS IS A LIE. ISAIAH 40.8, 1 PETER 1.23-25
AND GOD DOES NOT TAKE KINDLY TO EITHER SIN. FOR THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD. AND HIS WORD AND HIS LAW STAND FOREVER.
THE CHRISTIAN JESUS HAS CAUSED CHRISTIANS TO TRANSGRESS GOD’S LAWS, CHANGE THE ORDINANCE, AND BREAK THE EVERLASTING COVENANT. ISAIAH 24.5
ISAIAH CHAPTER 24 EXPLAINS WHY GOD WILL DESTROY THE WORLD. BECAUSE ITS PEOPLE HAVE TRANSGRESSED GOD’S LAWS, CHANGED HIS ORDINANCE, AND BROKEN HIS EVERLASTING COVENANT, HIS WORD AND HIS LAW.
CHRISTIANITY TEACHES THAT JESUS ABOLISHED THE LAW ON THE CROSS. THAT IS FALSE.
BUT JESUS, YESHUA THE MESSIAH OF THE BIBLE IS THE FATHER, GOD ALMIGHTY, THE CREATOR, HA SHEM WHO GAVE ISRAEL AND ALL MANKIND HIS WORD AND HIS LAWS THAT ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES TO OBEY FOR THEIR GOOD.
BUT GOD SHOWS HIS MERCY TO SINNERS BY ALLOWING THE SINNER TO REPENT AND TURN TO GOD AND OBEY ALL HIS LAWS THAT ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES THAT INCLUDES BELIEF IN ONE GOD.
AND THAT PERSON WILL LIVE, GOD SAYS, AND NOT DIE. EZEKIEL 18.21
AND YESHUA THE MESSIAH IS THAT ONE GOD.
AND GOD’S LAWS ARE NOT DIFFICULT. 1 JOHN 5.3
Ira Weinstein, Congregational Leader