In some conversations, and with a small amount of research with the appropriate reading, I have come to a personal conclusion of how little emphasis is placed upon the religion and teachings of the forerunners of our faith, the Hebrews. Is it not striking that the words of Christ have had very little meaning for the Papal Catholic Church in recent memory? I mean Matthew 5:17, “Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Sometimes it is painfully honest to see how much more emphasis is often placed upon the Greek Philosophers. I read one time that St Thomas Aquinas was once placed in a spiritual limbo for his translation of Aristotle. What did the Church of his time know? Personally, I find the influence of the Greeks on the teachings of the Church worrisome. There are two problems for me, the first is the Greek dependency upon democracy and how it has affected the Church, seen in the corruption of Vatican 2. We have no hierarchy in many minds. The Holy Father is of no importance just the collegiate decisions of the Bishops. The Manitoba Manifesto in Canada, where the Bishops told John Paul to his face, they would see what their laity felt about Humana Vitae, before they would accept it. The second for me is what the ROMANS called the Greek Disease, that was or is the abnormal worship and flouting of the male body.
Any catholic with common sense who applies some thought to the subject would readily agree that Jesus Christ was preaching to the Hebrews. I for one find no mention of His presence, preaching and teaching personally in Rome, Athens, Cyprus etc. It seems they, the gentiles, the pagans and the Diaspora Jews came to hear Him in His own country. He taught the Apostles to be, who were Jewish to their backbone, who were very hard headed with their beliefs and rightly so. If Christ had been anything else, He would be cut off from the Temple, who never denied His teachings of the Decalogue, but hated with a passion His claim to their power with the claim He was the Son of God. He could not teach any heresies and all He taught had to be in light of the Torah, the Targums, the Midrash and other traditional teachings in and of the Temple and synagogues. That was the reason for Matthew 5:17. What He said and what He did, had to be a logical revelation rising out of Jewish teachings. The Hebrew faith was written and founded in Inheritance Laws. His very birth had to fulfill the law of the First Born. In a much earlier blog I explained from my point of view how, Mary the Mother of Christ fulfilled the Hebrew Law in Deuteronomy. http://mikehurcum.blogspot.com/2006/07/jewish-reason-why-mary-was-virgin.html.
The same inheritance laws govern the Papacy, that is why Peter was accepted by the Apostles. Christ was the Son of God and He appointed Peter as the elder brother seen in the following Hebrew Law
Deuteronomy 21:15, “If a man have two wives, one beloved, and the other hated, and they have had by him, and the son of the hated be the firstborn, 16 And he meaneth to divide his substance among his sons: he may not make the son of the beloved the firstborn, and prefer him before the son of the hated. 17 But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, and shall give him a double portion of all he hath: for this is the first of his children, and to him are due the first birthrights”
We also have in the scriptures the keys of the kingdom, in Isaiah 22:22 it says, “And I will lay the key of the house of David upon his shoulder: and he shall open, and none shall shut: and he shall shut, and none shall open” It was a Hebrew position of master of the palace, copied from the Jewish stay in Egypt. The Grand Vizier, who opened the gates of the Pharaoh’s palace every morning let in those who were to enter and put out those who were to be sent away. He was the highest person in the palace outside of the King”. His position is described in various chapters of 1st. and 2nd. Kings. Peter’s position as described in Matthew 16:19 as Keeper of the keys.
We used to beat our breast in the Church at the words, “Lord have mercy”, beaten at any spoken, “have mercy”, for that matter. We have Holy Water, preceded by the water made holy by dissolving the ashes from the temple altar in it. We have incense and vestments, there are so many examples in our practices all derived from the ancient Hebrew tradition. Yet in the Church today we make every attempt, that is schismatic attempts to change our ancient heritage. God made the Levites the elder brothers in Jos:13:14, 33:14, 14: 4 and 18:7. They were called Yahweh’s inheritance. Spiritually, religiously they inherited their position from God from amongst Israel’s people. Scripture calls them sons of Levi.
Some of this information can be found in Fr Roland de Vaux’s book, “Ancient Israel”.