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Building Fences | Darren Huckey

We see this modeled extensively by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. In his series of “you have heard it said…but I say…” he models the institution of making fences around Torah. The letter of Torah says, “Do not commit adultery.” The spirit of the Torah says, “More than avoiding the physical act of adultery, do not even let your mind entertain lustful thoughts which cannot and should not be fulfilled.” In making this declaration, Jesus is making a fence around Torah to ensure that his disciples do not violate Torah by merely obeying the literal understanding of the commandments, rather than the Spirit by which they were given. The Spirit of the Torah assumes and includes the Letter of the Torah, but goes above and beyond it. Let us keep the Spirit of the Torah, by protecting it and “building fences” around it just as our Master.

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Restoring the Gospel | Darren Huckey, Emet HaTorah

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When we speak of the Gospel, we need to know what we are talking about. We need to know what the Bible calls the Gospel, rather than what our doctrines and traditions have called the Gospel. Let’s begin by looking at the Gospel message of John the Immerser.

The Good News of John the Immerser

After the foretelling of the birth of John the Immerser to Zechariah by the angel, we don’t hear anything more about John until he appears in the wilderness near the Jordan proclaiming his message of repentance.

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’” (Matthew 3:1–3)

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