May 30, 2011

A Stumbling Stone?

We have been studying with a group of people who are using a torah reading schedule that began back in the Fall... So right now we kind of skipped from Genesis to Numbers in a two week period of time. :-) Although we're still of the belief that beginning at the beginning of the year is more appropriate, there are more of them that there are of us, and it would be a silly argument to fight over who's reading schedule should be used, when it really is only personal preference or a man-made institution anyway.

Having said all that, yesterday we read the first four chapters of Numbers, Hoshea 1-2, and Romans 9: 22-33. Tomorrow will be posted one of the name listings in Numbers 1.

One of the places that we saw Yahshua in this Reading was in discussion of the "Rock." Several of the names to be mentioned in tomorrow's post refer to the "rock of El" or "an Elohim of Rock." After reading the rest of the portion for the day I was able to connect this with the readings in Hoshea and in Romans. Once we read Romans several people kicked in with some references back to Torah about the subject. It was really neat to see the ball getting passed, so to speak.

Romans 9:33 says, "...As it has been written, "See, I lay in Tsiyon a Stone of stumbling and a Rock that makes for falling, and everyone who is believing on Him shall not be put to shame."

So the question was asked, seemingly as more of a "thinking question," who or what is the "rock"? The answer, as we know, is Yahshua. With that, Dad read the reference verse, which led to other confirmation verses being read, and- long story short, a great conclusion to our study. :-)

The "Reference Verse"- Isaiah 8:13-15:

"יהוה of hosts, Him you shall set apart. Let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. And He shall be for a set-apart place, but a stone of stumbling and a rock that makes for falling to both the houses of Yisra’ĕl, as a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Yerushalayim. And many among them shall stumble and fall, and be broken and snared and taken."

Isaiah 28:16-18
"Therefore thus said the Master יהוה, 'See, I am laying in Tsiyon a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious corner-stone, a settled foundation. He who trusts shall not hasten away. And I shall make right-ruling the measuring line, and righteousness the plummet. And the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lying, and the waters overflow the hiding place. And your covenant with death shall be annulled, and your vision with the grave not stand.'"
Psalm 118:21-23"I thank You, For You have answered me, And have become my deliverance. The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner-stone. This was from יהוה, It is marvellous in our eyes."
And Again, in 1 Peter 2:6-8,
“Because it is contained in the Scripture, ‘See, I lay in Tsiyon a chief corner-stone, chosen, precious, and he who believes on Him shall by no means be put to shame.’ This preciousness, then, is for you who believe; but to those who are disobedient, ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner-stone,’ and ‘A stone of stumbling and a rock that makes for falling,’ who stumble because they are disobedient to the Word, to which they also were appointed.” Footnotes: John 3:36, Heb. 3:18.

So it is not so much that YHWH made the Messiah into a stumbling stone, but that this rock of our salvation became a stumbling block to those who choose not to accept Him as their Messiah and obey His Word, as is the words of Yahshua in John 14:15, "If you love Me, you shall guard My commands." Again, as it is written,

Deuteronomy 10:22-11:1
"Thy fathers went down into Egypt with threescore and ten persons; and now YHWH your Elohim has made you as the stars of heaven for multitude. Therefore you shall love YHWH your Elohim, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, always."
Also, was this:
Numbers 1-4 is counting the men of the armies of those who came out of Egypt. That number alone- not including the women and children- is more that the number of stars visible to the un-aided human eye at night. Thus fulfilling YHWH's promise to Abraham in Genesis 22:15-17,

"And the Messenger of יהוה called to Aḇraham a second time from the heavens,
and said, 'By Myself I have sworn, declares יהוה, because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, that I shall certainly bless you, and I shall certainly increase your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore, and let your seed possess the gate of their enemies.'"

Hoshea 1:10 says, "Yet the number of the children of Yisra’ĕl shall be as the sand of the sea, which is not measured nor counted. And it shall be in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ they shall be called, ‘You are the sons of the living Ěl.’"

Romans 9:25-26 quotes this passage, "As He says in Hoshĕa too, 'I shall call them My people, who were not My people, and her beloved, who was not beloved. And it shall be in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ there they shall be called 'sons of the living Elohim.'"

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