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Why Wasn't Jesus A Rabbi?

Discussion in 'General Theology' started by ugmug, Feb 25, 2019.

  1. ugmug

    ugmug New Member

    Why Wasn't Jesus A Rabbi?

    If Jesus were a Rabbi then he would have used the Torah, which are his own words since Jesus Christ is God become man, to proclaim himself as the messiah. Clearly if Jesus Christ used his own words, that were written down by many different men in the Torah, to establish himself as the messiah then he would have been accused of 'conceit' and/or 'bragging', which are sins.

    Instead, Jesus used parables and miracles, and the indwelling Holy Spirit, to establish himself as the messiah and ultimately Jesus Christ went to the cross to offer himself as a living sinless sacrifice to atone for all of mankind's sins.

    It must be remembered that Jesus Christ received the Holy Spirit when he was baptized by John the Baptist. The Holy Spirit, to this day, proclaims Jesus Christ as the true messiah to all those who believe.

    When the Antichrist arrives the same will be expected. The Antichrist cannot use the Bible, or Torah, since the Antichrist will proclaim himself as God therefore the Torah cannot be used as God's own words used to proclaim himself as the messiah. Instead the Antichrist will rely on the proclamation by the false prophet and the 'beast', to establish himself as the messiah.

    The 'power' of the Torah, or Bible, are not in the words. For even the serpent, Adam and Eve, and Satan, recited God's words of warning against eating the forbidden fruit, and yet, God's words of warning did nothing to keep Adam and Eve from sinning, or Satan and the serpent from tempting others into disobedience.

    Consider that the Torah was God telling man that he, God, will bore the judgments for mankind's sins on the cross through his only son Jesus Christ, who is God become man. The Torah or the Bible is not a book of 'magic spells ' or 'incantations '.

    Believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ who went to the cross to offer his life as a ransom for all of our sins. Then you'll be given life eternal with God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit, in heaven forever.

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  2. miamited

    miamited Ted Supporter

    United States
    H ugmug,

    In the spirit of definition of a 'rabbi', Jesus was a rabbii. Rabbi means teacher. Here's a quick definition of what the word defines in a person:

    a Jewish scholar or teacher, especially one who studies or teaches Jewish law.

    Jesus was Jewish. It is claimed of him in the Scriptures that he was a descendant of King David's line. He was accepted as a Jew among his peers. Jesus was extremely scholarly as regards the Scriptures. At one point as just a teen, the 'official' rabbis were amazed at his understanding of the things of the Scriptures. Don't really know how much he had to study, since he seems to have known the Scriptures pretty well from a very early age and was likely given that knowledge through his Father or God's Spirit, but he did quite often teach Jewish law.

    Perhaps you're wondering why the Jewish religious hierarchy didn't make him a rabbi? That would be because he had no official training and because much of his teaching stood against some of the traditional teaching of the day.

    That's my understanding.

    God bless,
    In Christ, ted
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  3. tampasteve

    tampasteve Lutheran Messianic Staff Member Supervisor Supporter

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    Jesus went to synagogues and read from the Torah during services, and did in fact quote scripture several times.

    Jesus taught in parables and stories as that is and was a typical Jewish way of teaching and expounding upon Torah - especially for rabbis. Scripture even calls Jesus "rabbi", "teacher" and "Master", all essentially the same thing.
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  4. GreekOrthodox

    GreekOrthodox Psalti Chrysostom

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    Eastern Orthodox
    Rabbis were trained in some kind of tradition or school, such as the Hillel or Shammai, the two big ones at the time. If a rabbi was asked a question, they would refer to those traditions, i.e. Rabbi Hillel said this while Rabbi Shammai said that. So when asked about divorce, the Pharisee was probably trying to determine which school of thought Jesus followed. At times, Jesus followed the stricter Shammai while overall, He followed Hillel's more "liberal" thought. However, Jesus is referenced as teaching of his authority. In other words, He did not reference previous authorities to back up his statements. This is why the people were astonished.
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