James, half brother of Yeshua and head of the Jerusalem Council, says those who hear the Torah but don’t DO it are DELUDED!
Sounds a bit like the Christian pastor I used to be… always making excuses for why such and such a verse no longer applied while also saying the Word of God stands forever and is unchanging. …a bit like fresh and salt water coming from the same mouth, no?
James is clearly guided by Psalm 119:44-45; 142, etc.
Deluded? Or, Torah?
If you believe your Bible, those are the options.
Pete is was great to be with you and the whole assembly this weekend.
I am still pinching myself.
To the above: As always Paul and James are in tension, both correct, but what a narrow path…
Consider James words in light of this from Paul in 1 Corinthians 4.
“Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy. 3 But to me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself. 4 For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord. 5 Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.
6 Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other. 7 For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?”
As someone who still carries scars from the barb wire, man made, hedges of my youth these words ring true and set the tone for the walk now in progress.
“Behold, what manner of love the Father has given unto us, that we should be called the sons of God”
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