One day a famous Jewish teacher said, "Someone who is trustworthy in a small matter is also trustworthy in large ones, and someone who is dishonest in a small matter is also dishonest in large ones. So if you haven’t been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who is going to trust you with the real thing? If you haven’t been trustworthy with what belongs to someone else, who will give you what ought to belong to you? No servant can be slave to two masters, for he will either hate the first and love the second, or scorn the second and be loyal to the first. You can’t be a slave to both God and money."
Some religious leaders who loved money and did not practice in their own lives what they told others to do, ridiculed the teacher. The Jewish teacher said to them, "You people make yourselves look righteous to others, but God knows your hearts; what people regard highly is an abomination before God! Up to the time of Yochanan there were the Torah and the Prophets. Since then the Good News of the Kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone is pushing to get in. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter in the Torah to become void." What was Mashiach talking about?
He was telling these religious leaders that everyone was pushing to get into the kingdom of God, but understanding and obeying the Torah and the understanding the books of the Prophets would open the way. The Torah and the Prophets were the same before and after Yochanan. In fact it would be easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter in the Torah to become void. He was saying their hearts and actions needed to reflect what was instructed in the Torah and Prophets in order to enter into the Kingdom of God instead of pushing their way into it.
He told them about a begger, named El’azar, who had died and was carried right to Avraham’s side. Then he told about a rich man who had died, but saw Avraham far away. The rich man called out to Avraham, "Avraham Avinu.. (Father Avraham), take pity on me, and send El’azar just to dip the tip of his finger in water to cool my tongue, because I’m in agony in this fire!" After a short conversation, The rich man said, "I beg you to send El’azar to my father’s house, where I have five brothers, to warn them; so that they may be spared having to come to this place of torment too." But Avraham said, "They have Moshe and the Prophets; they should listen to them." However, the rich man said, "No, Father Avraham, they need more. If someone from the dead goes to them, they’ll repent!" Avraham replied, "If they won’t listen to Moshe and the Prophets, they won’t be convinced even if someone rises from the dead!"
Our beloved Rabbi, Maran Yeshua, our Messiah, has risen from the dead.
How do we know he is the Messiah? Because we read the Torah and Prophets. Isn’t it time you read the Torah and Prophets?
We want the Mashiach now!!!!
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