In the books of the Old Testament(TaNaKh), we hear God defining the Israelites as STIFF-NECKED, many times. This term has a great significance and the ONLY Reason for their present-day condition. The closest representation of STIFF-NECKED that we see among ourselves is that of the TPM Clergy and their Devotees. It is a kind of attitude that the Lord hates. Let us check the dictionary for other synonyms. focus especially on the highlighted section.
The Prophecy of Moses for Israel
In our last article, we had mentioned that the jews are gathered back not because of the Mosaic covenant from Sinai, but because of the Abrahamic covenant. After the Children of Israel agreed to the covenant put forth by God, we see a prophecy from Moses which says that the covenant will never stand. He blamed the REBELLIOUS AND STIFF-NECKED Nature of the Israelites for that. The Covenant was doomed for failure right from the start.
24 After Moses finished writing in a book the words of this law from beginning to end, 25 he gave this command to the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord: 26 “Take this Book of the Law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God. There it will remain as a witness against you. 27 For I KNOW how rebellious and stiff-necked you are. If you have been rebellious against the Lord while I am still alive and with you, how much more will you rebel after I die! 28 Assemble before me all the elders of your tribes and all your officials, so that I can speak these words in their hearing and call the heavens and the earth to testify against them. 29 For I know that after my death you are sure to become utterly corrupt and to turn from the way I have commanded you. In days to come, disaster will fall on you because you will do evil in the sight of the Lord and arouse his anger BY WHAT YOUR HANDS HAVE MADE” Deut 31:24-29
When the Torah is closing with these kinds of words which are close to a curse, do you expect the Nation of Israel to inherit the blessings which were mentioned earlier?
The last verse also mentions the precise reason for their failure. “They will follow to DO EVIL by the things their hands have made“. Do you now remember the particular tool of their own hands which made them do evil? Yes, it is the TALMUD. which they use to override the Torah. As mentioned in our earlier articles, the Talmud is a consolidation of commentaries on Torah and also contains abominable perversions.
The modern equivalent of Talmuds in TPM is their doctrinal books which they use to override the scriptures with their perverted twists. The Lord clearly says that IT IS EVIL IN HIS SIGHT. Just like the Jews played with the Old Covenant, the TPMers play with the New Covenant. TPM has found a new way to fool God of their stiff-necks. They have removed their physical ornaments thinking they can fool God. They think God is like one of them who can be fooled. The only way TPM will learn is the breaking of their necks which will happen soon.
Few Jewish Traditions that Blinds their eyes
Apart from Talmuds’ twisted commentaries of the Torah, there are some other crooked phenomenons which are imposed on the Jews by their Rabbis. They fear that if some independent-minded jews read the TaNaKh they might be convinced for Jesus. They cannot bear to see that Jesus is their Messiah. They can go to any extreme to conceal the identity of the Jewish Messiah.
Question: The Jewish Rabbis make a constant prayer about Jesus in their Synagogues. Do you know what is it?
Answer: Its ימח שמו וזכרו (yimakh shemo ve zikhro). This is a CURSE they pronounce on our Lord meaning “May his name and memory be obliterated“. Rabbinic Judaism is the ONLY religion which makes it a point to DAILY CURSE JESUS CHRIST. This curse was originally intended for Haman but now their focus is Jesus Christ. Sadly, for many long years among Hebrew-speaking Jewish people, Yeshua has been known as “Yeshu” which is an acronym for the curse. This word “Yeshu” is made of three Hebrew letters – Y-Sh-U (ישו), but it is missing the last letter of his name – the “Ah” sound. This last letter is called an “Ayin” (ע), which, rather interestingly, means “eye”. It’s almost as if without the “ayin” they cannot see, but when the “ayin” is added, sight comes to the blind.
We would like to highlight two of those obvious cover-ups by the Jewish Rabbis which are quite glaring. The same spirit is working within TPM when they try to coverup the truth with lies and caution people not to visit sites like this.
The Forbidden Chapter
Isaiah 53 is regularly read in Traditional Christian Churches for the Lord’s table(I haven’t heard in TPM though). It clearly mentions the suffering by our Lord Jesus Christ without any ambiguity. According to his prophecy in chapter 53 the leaders of Israel would recognize they had made a mistake at the end of days when they rejected the Messiah, so Isaiah put the prophecy in the past tense and because he saw himself as part of the people of Israel he used third person plural (we).
The 17th-century Jewish historian, Raphael Levi admitted that long ago the rabbis used to read Isaiah 53 in synagogues, but after the chapter caused “arguments and great confusion” the rabbis decided that the simplest thing would be to just take that prophecy out of the Haftarah readings in synagogues. That’s why today when we read Isaiah 52, we stop in the middle of the chapter and the week after we jump straight to Isaiah 54. This pattern of Ignoring Isaiah 53 continues to this day. The below video casts more light into this STIFF-NECKED way of the Jews. The subtitles are in English even though the voice is in Hebrew.
The Twist in Psalm 22
The Crooked Rabbis could not rest with all these stunts. They insist on following the Masoretic text instead of earlier manuscripts or Septuagint so that they can argue away the prophecy in Psalm 22. The Masoretic manuscripts are 1000 year old whereas the Septuagint and the Dead Sea Scrolls are even more ancient. Before I explain this issue, I would like you to be reminded of a few words of Jesus.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Matt 5:18
Question: Why is Psalm 22 in the thick of this controversy?
Answer: One of the last utterances by Jesus on the Cross was about this particular Psalm.
Now from the sixth-hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?‘ that is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?‘ Matthew 27:45 – 46
During those days, the Chapters and Verses were not numbered as we have it now. When you refer to a particular portion of the scripture, you announce the first few words that remind you of that entire portion which is to be understood. So what Jesus meant by uttering “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” is that the portion of that scripture is being fulfiled in his life. We now call that portion as Psalm 22. All of us understand that portion as the cry of Jesus while suffering the ordeal on the Cross. Even the Jewish Rabbis have understood this portion as a cry by a descendant of David who is the Messiah. Now with this kind of situation, they are in a catch 22 situation over Psalm 22. Accepting verse 16 in the Christian bible as such is a Big Problem for them.
Now the word “PIERCED” is the Achilles heel for our Jewish Rabbis. Therefore, the Jewish bible reads it as follows
For dogs have encompassed me; a company of evil-doers have inclosed me; like a lion, they are at my hands and my feet. Jewish Bible Psalm 22:16
Does the sentence “ like a lion, they are at my hands and my feet.” make any sense to you?
So what they argue is that the word כָּאֲרִי(Ka’ari) means Lion. True that ‘Ka’ari’ means Lion. However, the question is that Is it, Ka’ari?
While in the more ancient Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint it is כָּארוּ(Ka’aru). The difference between ‘Ka’ari’ and ‘Ka’aru’ is just an extension of the tittle. The original was VAV(ו), but the Masoretic shortened it to YUD(י), thus changing the word. We also know that the Word Kaaru means PIERCED which happened on the hands and legs of our Lord.
Doesn’t it sound very close to TPM twisting 1 Cor 9:5 against all odds to build up a perverted setup of staying with unmarried/divorced women, serving their desires?
Do you now know how stiff-necked people behave? They will stick their necks against all sensible ways and be stubborn in the name of religion. We have seen that in TPM quite frequently. This phenomenon of the Jewish Nation was recognized by Paul and contrasted with the New Testament Ministry. Their Blindness can only be removed by CHRIST. The below verses encapsulates the gist of this article.
13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Cor 3:13-18
some portions extracted from One For Israel