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"Yahshua the Rabbi"

Yahshua of Nazareth. What does He look like? What was His culture when He walked on this earth 2000 years ago? Was He a "Church" man? Could we have a wrong mind-set about Him? Do we have misconceptions of His dress, His life-style? What will He be like when He returns?
The 'lovely' Xmas story we hear at school makes everyone feel good, but were there really three kings? Did His birth take place in the middle of winter? What other concepts have we carried down from our Nativity plays in school? Do we have the correct image of Him as He really was?
We have, in fact, a Hebrew Gospel, written and enacted by the Hebrew race. Gentiles have a place, but the body of faith throughout the generations has been founded upon a Hebraic life-style and customs. This truly Jewish Man, Yahshua, came to show us the correct way of life and to die for our sins. His followers often called Him "Rabbi" (teacher).
Do we know this person? It is possible to have a religious concept or image of Him in our mind, which is far from the truth, and which actually can prevent us coming to know Him in a deeper and more intimate way? What did He look like when He walked on this earth 2000 years ago? What was His culture? Was He a "Church" man? Could we have a wrong mind-set about Him? Do we have a desire to know Him as He really is? and be ready to accept the truth about what He was like as He walked this earth 2000 years ago?

Let us examine a few misconceptions we may have today as we look upon this Man who was and is "King of the Jews" and King of all Israel as the scriptures states clearly.
Mat 2:6 "And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel."
My own concepts have changed radically. This wholly Jewish man had been misinterpreted and often misrepresented in my thinking. Jesus was Jewish. He had a Jewish name, Yahshua. His parents kept the Law of the Lord, the Law of Moses. We know this because they had Him circumcized on the eighth day, and presented to Yahweh (God) in the temple.
Luke 2:21-24 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord, And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord,A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
Also, at the age of 12 He accompanied his parents to Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Passover. Luk 2:41-42 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. He lived, ate, spoke, in a totally Jewish manner, He lived within a Hebraic culture. In some places, the gospel appears to have been ‘Gentil-ised’ We see pictures of a blond, blue-eyed Saviour - but He did not stem from the Anglo Saxon race.
Jesus/Yahshua was wholly Jewish, and was known as a Rabbi.
When we read scriptures like Matthew 9:20 "And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem (literally, fringe or tassel ) of his garment" We may even wonder if He wore Tzit Tzit

The work of the holy Spirit in our day is bringing believing people back to the correct concepts of their Master. There is a restoration taking place. Originally, believers in Yahshua were almost all Jewish, and were considered as just another of the many Jewish sects present in those days. Gentiles have a place, but it is wrong to think of them being separate from the Body of faith throughout the generations, founded upon the Hebrew Torah and customs.
Yahshua was born of Jewish parentage, of the House of David. Luke 2:4 “Joseph also went…for he was of the house of David…” Yahshua was brought up in Jewish ways and taught to observe the Law. He was Jewish through and through. His cousin John’s parents were part of the priesthood and worked in the temple area. Luke 1:5, 67. "…a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia; and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth" It was told to Miryam Yahshua’s mother, that He would be king of Israel. "…He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His Kingdom there shall be no end"

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