Images and Objects

If you’re just beginning to follow Yeshua and seek to be obedient to YHVH’s commands as given in the Torah, the thought of rooting out all idolatry in your life and home is likely very overwhelming. First of all, as I mentioned before, we don’t even recognize that we are surrounded by idolatry each day. […]

Mixing Idolatry with the Worship of the Creator

One extremely dangerous practice – dangerous because it’s so sneaky – is the mixing of idolatry with the true worship of YHVH. For instance, Moses warned the people: “You shall not plant for yourself any tree, as a wooden image, near the altar which you build for yourself to YHVH your God. You shall not […]

Abstaining from Idolatry

It is in the context of idolatry that we read the important instructions we saw earlier. “Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I teach you to observe, that you may live, and go in and possess the land which YHVH God of your fathers is giving you. You shall not […]

Identifying Idolatry Around Us

Before they entered the Promised Land, Moses was careful to review all of YHVH’s instructions with the people of Israel. He knew that they would be surrounded by the temptations of idolatry on every side, and he wanted to be sure they would know how to resist – unlike Eve! Deuteronomy 4 gives a complete […]

The Roots of Idolatry

In Acts 15, the Apostles gave instructions for beginning to teach new Gentile believers in Yeshua. Local congregations were to begin by teaching new believers to rid their lives of any sort of idolatry, and then they would continue to be taught week by week, as they gathered in their local synagogue on the Sabbath […]

Do Traditions Have Any Value?

Traditions develop even if we don’t mean to. You have traditions in the way you brush your teeth each morning. You have traditions in how you load the dishwasher. You have traditions in favorite recipes, ways you like to spend your vacations, how you like to do your hair. In fact, having no tradition is […]

But What Does It Mean?

It is one thing to say we want to neither add to nor subtract from the commands of God, but what if we don’t even understand what we are reading? Do you remember the Ethiopian eunuch I mentioned from the book of Acts? He was an important official in charge of the treasury of the […]

Learning the Torah

If I’m new to the Torah, it seems like the most logical place for me to start to obey the Father is to actually start reading the Torah itself. In fact, the leaders of the early congregations in Acts gave instructions to new believers like me, people who didn’t grow up learning about the Torah. […]

The Commandments of Men

Some people define Torah observance as learning a little bit about the Jewishness of Yeshua, so that we can walk as He walked. Yeshua was a Jew, raised in a culture of first-century Judaism, and as we learn about how He lived and how He thought, we can follow His example. We can be one […]