After Sabbath Musings – 1/8/2012
So we have been working through FFOZ’s Torah Club Volume 6. Last night we stuck our big toe in to the frigid iced fed pond that is Paul’s Gospel. When you approach the teachings of Paul through the Hebrew and Jewish mind sight they morph and transform right before your eyes.
During the first century AD, Jewish people were exempt from the corporate worship of idols. When Gentiles first began in small numbers to join the Way they were encouraged to convert to Judaism. Why? Because Yeshua was the Jewish Messiah, because there is only ONE G-d, and because under Roman law if you were Jewish you were exempt from corporate idol worship.
In the synagogue in Antioch, there were large number’s of Gentiles believing in the Messiah Yeshua and following his teachings. The leadership through Barnabas sent for Saul. Why? Because conversion was a process and you needed someone with credentials to oversee the process. Saul was their man, but when he arrived he had a different idea, armed with scriptures out of Isaiah he taught the Gentiles not to convert to remain as they came. What was Paul’s plan for them when it was drawn to the Roman’s attention that these non-Jews did not worship idols? What was Paul’s plan for them in the Temple and Synagogue? Though I don’t know the answers I would love to hear from you all on this topic. The water’s frigid, but you don’t have to stay long.