Should we follow the Rabbi’s ?
Yahshua clearly taught His disciples that they should not take the title of Rabbi.
Mat 23:8 But do not you be called Rabbi, for One is your Master, the Messiah, and you are all brothers.
Now we can understand why Judaism would not follow this command of Yahshua since they deny His Messiahship, but why would Messianic leaders today also deny Yahshuaâ€™s command and take the title of Rabbi?
The first thing you must understand is why Yahshua gave this command to His disciples, as it went much further than just forbidding His followers from taking a specific title.
It actually goes to the very heart of the problem with some believers today following the oral law of modern Rabbinic Judaism. In the oral law it states that every disciple must have a Rabbi to teach him. Now this may not sound so devious by itself, but it goes much further than this. Once you give your allegiance to your Rabbi, he in turn has become not only your spiritual mentor but literally your master.
The Jewish oral law called the Talmud and also a book called the Mishnah states, “that if the Rabbi says right is left and left is right then so it is.” It also states” to break the Torah is a small offence but to disagree with a Rabbi is punishable by losing your eternal life.” Both of these statements are blasphemous and idolatrous according to the first commandment.
This is the reason that Yahshua said, call no man Rabbi as you have one Master the Messiah. When you would give your allegiance to your Rabbi, basically you gave him your undying loyalty to follow anything he tells you even if you know that it is wrong or even sin.
There is one story in the Talmud (Rosh hash 25a) that shows Rabbi Eleazer upset because he stated that the New Month had started and he knew that he was wrong and that in reality it did not start yet. Then another Rabbi tells him not to worry because since anything a Rabbi says is infallible, that the new month has started even though in reality it didnâ€™t, simply because he said it did. This gave Eleazer comfort. Again this is blasphemous and sounds very much like Roman Catholicism and the Pope.
In modern Judaism the Rabbis cannot be wrong and you must have a personal Rabbi to give your allegiance to. Also in modern Judaism the Rabbis have no accountability to anyone, not even Yahweh. The Talmud states that “Yahweh is only one of 70 Rabbis and must submit to the authority of the majority of the other rabbis.”
Yahweh must submit to the Rabbis? How perverted has modern Judaism gotten and who are these Rabbis and where did their authority come from? Did you even know that the word Rabbi is not even found once in the Tanach or Old Testament? So where did these Rabbis come from?
The answer goes back to the Hasmonian Dynasty and the times of the Macabees. The Macabees were a family of Jewish men that lived in the second century B.C. After Alexander the Great conquered the world in 334 B.C. he died mysteriously soon after that, at only 32 years old. His Kingdom was divided by his four generals. The two predominant ones were the Ptolemyâ€™s to the south who over took Egypt and the Seleucids to the north who oversaw Syria. These two kingdoms fought each other for control and whoever was in charge at the time controlled the land of Israel. In 167B.C. a leader from the Seleucids named Antiochus Epiphanies who hated the Jewish people made laws to make it illegal for Jews to even circumcise their children. He then went on to sacrifice a pig in the Temple (The abomination of desolation) and tried to convert all Jews to Greek Hellenization.
At this time Mathias Macabees with his four Sons rebelled to save the Jewish nation. His oldest Son Judas was most famous for the story of Hanukah and the rededication of the temple to Yahweh. These Macabees were the beginning of the Hasmonian dynasty. After Judas died, his brother Simon took over for him and so on. But by the time of the late first century B.C. descendants of Simon such as Jason were made High priest and were not Levites but were from the tribe of Judah.
During the times of the Macabees the Jewish leaders made covenant packs with Egypt and Rome and were looking for outside protection since they were not a very large military might in this time period. Then in 63 B.C. Rome conquered the land of Israel and set up a very wealthy Edomite spice trader as Governor of Judea named Herod the Great. Herod converted to Judaism to try to win the confidence of the Jewish people, but they saw right through his trickery.
At this time many non Levites and even worse non Jews who were Edomite converts such as Herod were buying into the sacred priesthood. The Jewish court called the Sanhedrin set up in 196 B.C. held most of the reigning power. They were made up of Sadducees and Pharisees. The Pharisees were not priests but common people, who were against scripture, performing certain Levitical duties, when scripture is very clear that Only Levites should perform sacrifices.
The party of the Pharisees were also called Rabbis. Again you do not even once see this term in the whole of the Torah. Then in the second half of the first century A.D. after the destruction of the Temple many Jewish people were seeing the fulfilment of Yahshua as the substitute of the sacrificial system and were questioning the authority of the false Rabbinic system that had been set up.
This is when a man called Akiva came on the scene and set up what is today modern Rabbinic Judaism. In modern Judaism the oral writings of the Rabbis are much more important than even the Torah and most of these writings come from Akiva. The Talmud is filled with stories of how great Akiva was. There are stories of every great man of the bible praising Akiva even such great men as Abraham and Moses and even Adam in the garden of Eden talked about how great Akiva was. Clearly these are fairytales and made up by Akiva himself.
Akiva made the rabbis into gods and took all authority not only in earth but heaven also to the Rabbis. Akiva was also the one who wrote that Yahweh is merely one of 70 Rabbis and must submit to the will of the Rabbis.
Akiva was also the one who named Simon Bar Kochba as the Messiah in 132 A.D. Akiva saw that many Jews were accepting Yahshua as the promised Messiah and knew he had to do something to stop the movement, so he named Bar Kochba as the messiah, well knowing that believers of Yahshua could not fight in a holy war for a false messiah. The punishment for not fighting against the Romans was imprisonment, confiscation of property and also death.
Akiva set up a 4 man tribunal against believers with himself at the head, and sentenced many of our Jewish brothers and sisters to death. This is why by the second half of the second century A.D. there are very few Jewish believers left in society. Akiva also wrote evil lies about Yahshua and called him everything from a warlock, to a bastard, to a liar. All this is written in the Talmud.
In modern Judaism, Akiva is acclaimed as the greatest Rabbi of all time and is worshipped by his Rabbinic followers. No wonder there is so much hatred for Yahshua among Orthodox followers today. I am sorry to say that modern Rabbinic Judaism is a false second century religion made up by an evil man named Akiva. There are many books such as Dan Grubers ” Rabbi Akivas Messiah” that can easily confirm these facts as accurate, but the best source to go to verify these things is the Talmud and the Mishnah themselves and see the evil lies that are said about our King Messiah Yahshua the Son of Yahweh.
This article is not to attack Rabbinic Judaism but to show the origins of it are not scriptural and certainly when you read the oral law a child can see that it does not go back to Moses but is filled with inaccuracies and fairytales. In a time when many believers are coming out of paganized Christianity and are naively thinking that Rabbinic Judaism is the ancient religion of the bible the truth must come out.
Even worse, we know of some that are even converting to Rabbinic Judaism to be able to stay in the land of Israel. The whole problem of why Yahshua had so many problems with the Pharisees was that of authority. Yahshua claimed full authority from heaven
Mat 28:18 And coming up Yahshua talked with them, saying, All authority in Heaven and on earth was given to Me.
But so did the Rabbis claim all authority in heaven and earth was given to them. It states in the Talmud that Yahweh gave ultimate authority over heaven and earth to Moses and in turn Moses has handed this authority over to the rabbis and since Yahweh said they could have it he canâ€™t take it back no matter how evil they are.
So the believer in Yahshua must make a decision. Yahshua clearly stated in
Luk 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple.
In order to be a disciple of Yahshua we must forsake all and give our total allegiance to him or else he states we are not worthy to be his disciple. The Rabbis claim this same authority. When you are a convert to Rabbinic Judaism you are required to give the allegiance that belongs to Yahshua alone to another rabbi. Clearly we can see calling someone Rabbi has much deeper meeting than just another title; it has to do with who is our master and who we worship. As believers in Yahshua we should not recognize another Rabbi or Master than Yahshua and certainly leaders in the body of Messiah should not be taking the title of Rabbi to themselves as it is left for Yahshua alone.
Mat 23:8 But do not you be called Rabbi, for One is your Master, the Messiah, and you are all brothers.
Names such as teacher and pastor are job descriptions and should not be used as titles as this scripture states, we are all BROTHERS. I may be an ordained Elder and pastor but that is my job not my title. To the brethren I am simply brother Don just as any other brother. When one takes titles to himself such as Rabbi so and so or Pastor so and so, this is simply a devise to separate and lift himself up from the rest of the brethren and this lifting up is against scripture.
Mat 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. ( Children donâ€™t need titles)
Mat 20:27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your servant;
We are all equally important in the eyes of Yahweh and although we should give respect to Elders and Pastors who are working among us we should not take any title to our self as only the Eternal Creator Himself Yahweh deserves and has set apart titles for his own glory. Most of all neither should we call ourselves rabbi or neither should we give allegiance to rabbis that do not have that authority from scripture but from an unrighteous murderer named Akiva who is the father and founder of modern Judaism in the second century A.D. Let us give our undying allegiance to Yahweh and His Son, the King of Kings Yahshua Hâ€™ Mashiac!