Are you a Messiah following, Torah Observant Believer? Have you found the joy in walking as Yahshua (Jesus) walked? Doing Bible things in Bible ways? Have you considered how to put the weightier matters as a priority?
Do you ever marvel at the Scriptures and how much clearer they are now that you are understanding the original context better? We sometimes wonder at how the “Torah Fairies” have sprinkled Torah all over the New Testament – we sure didn’t see that in our traditional Christian days!
It is a Heady Journey if We don’t Tread Careful
It’s exciting to be engrossed in the Scriptures in a mind and eye-opening journey. Intoxicating in some ways. For some of us the journey to cross over into Hebraic ways was a natural progression, for others we came kicking and screaming.
But, in the end, here we are on the Hebrew side of abiding and life is pretty wonderful. We learn and grow and learn some more. There seems to be no end to the deeper and more wonderful connections to make within the Word of God.
Sadly, there are the family and friends we lost along the way. And the ones that still pray we will be delivered from our apostasy. And those deeply hurt by our bowing out of the cultural holidays.
In addition, we may have gone through some genuine persecution for the Hebrew understanding. But all in all, we are blessed and growing in His word and lifestyle.
Are We Too Busy with Knowledge to Put the Weightier Matters First?
Furthermore, we do find that at times we may be slipping down certain slippery slopes that cause a bit of strife and division amongst ourselves – but hey, we are truth seekers on a mission to uncover every missing bit of veracity!
Are we too puffed up with what we think we know? With our latest discovery or teaching, we came across (or our guru is promoting)? Knowledge and controversy seem to be the Hebraic movement’s Achilles heel.
Knowing more, proving a point, often even letting go of common sense, all for what? The lack of contentment we come by honestly, along with the desire to poke every possible falsehood. We feel at best mislead by our former traditional Christian life.
Yet, how quickly we accept the newest arguments and how swift to glom on to every controversy. How easily we are offended when others have different understandings.
And occasionally we have witnessed the heartbreak of watching a fellow Hebrew deny the Messiah. It’s with a heavy heart that we pray for them. If these disheartening situations don’t get us concentrating on the weightier matters, what will?
Serious Business when the Weightier Matters are Neglected
Indeed, it’s not all fun and games in Hebrew-land. There is just as much, if not more, heartache, division, and strife here, as there is in the 40 thousand traditional Christian denominations. And, because we are such a small minority, we tend to feel the divisions more profoundly and more personal. These divisions hurt us, our children, our reputations and more.
Is it possible that Yahshua (Jesus) has already provided an answer to the woes that ail us?
“Woe to you hypocritical Torah-teachers and P’rushim! You pay your tithes of mint, dill and cumin; but you have neglected the weightier matters of the Torah — justice, mercy, trust. These are the things you should have attended to — without neglecting the others! Blind guides! — straining out a gnat, meanwhile swallowing a camel!Matthew 23:22&23
Consequently, this amazing passage not only gives the answer to our issues it also gives us encouragement that we are on His path! How delightful is that?
First, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the encouragement; “These are the things you should have attended to -” Yahshua is not telling them that the tithing was wrong, nor was He stating not to do the less important things. Indeed, He is quite clearly stating they should do those less significant matters. And He is using the only Scriptures they had to teach and admonish.
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?Micah 6:8
Woe to those Neglecting the Weightier Matters
But He indeed is profoundly warning them and us not to let the gnat-straining getting in the way of the weightier matters. And He is showing deep disappointment that they are neglecting what is most important.
Justice, faith, mercy. Humility. That’s it. Without those coming first, the rest is just straining gnats. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is pretty clear He has some instructions for us in regards to how and when to strain gnats, these are things we should attend to. But never, at the expense of justice, faith, and mercy.
i. “The ‘weightier’ matters do not refer to the ‘more difficult’ or ‘harder’ but to the ‘more central,’ ‘most decisive.’”The Blue Letter Bible
What are the weightier matters of the Torah? Torah is not an end-all. It is a vehicle that leads us to something. What is that? What really matters to YHVH when all is said and done???? It is the greater Torah or the higher Torah. The Gospel of Matthew (23:23) records that Yeshua rebuked the religious leaders of his day for their not following the higher Torah.Natan Lawrence, Hoshanah Rabah
The answer to both Hebrew Roots and traditional Christianity’s strife and division? The weightier matters. Take care of them first. And always.
The Weightier Matters are the glasses thru which I must see my brother and the whole Word of God. The weightier matters give us the proper perspective of both the whole law and each other. The counter-weight to the ten commandments, upon which all the rest of the law hangs.
The glue that should bind us together are those Weightier Matters, if only we desired to be His body. The weightier matters, an admonishment whose time has come. These are what should characterize His people.