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Y5. Denying Yeshua for Fear of Man.    [Make a Comment]

We are not to deny believing in Yeshua for fear of man.

This precept is derived from His Word (blessed be He):

Key Scriptures

*Matthew 10:28-33
Do not fear those who kill the body but are powerless to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who can destroy both soul and body in Gei-Hinnom. Aren't sparrows sold for next to nothing, two for an assarion? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's consent. As for you, every hair on your head has been counted. So do not be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows. Whoever acknowledges me in the presence of others I will also acknowledge in the presence of my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns [denies] me before others I will disown [deny] before my Father in heaven. ((see also, Luke 12:4-9))

2 Timothy 1:7-8
For God gave us a Spirit who produces not timidity, but power, love and self-discipline. So don't be ashamed of bearing testimony to our Lord or to me, his prisoner. On the contrary, accept your share in suffering disgrace for the sake of the Good News. God will give you the strength for it ...

Supportive Scriptures

Proverbs 29:25
Fearing human beings is a snare; but he who trusts in ADONAI will be raised high [above danger].

Mark 8:38
For if someone is ashamed of me and of what I say in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man also will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels.

2 Peter 2:1
But among the people there were also false prophets, just as there will be false teachers among you. Under false pretenses they will introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and thus bring on themselves swift destruction.

1 John 2:22-23
Who is a liar at all, if not the person who denies that Yeshua is the Messiah? Such a person is an anti-Messiah- he is denying the Father and the Son. Everyone who denies the Son is also without the Father, but the person who acknowledges the Son has the Father as well.

Commentary

Fear of men's disapproval is a primary motive when believers deny Yeshua, and when unbelievers refuse to consider him. Those feared may be family members, employers, co-workers, friends, or even fictitious figments of the imagination. Scripture is clear that whether one is a believer or an unbeliever, denying the true and full identity of Yeshua (Messiah, son of God, fullness of the deity, etc.) is sin,1 and can have disastrous consequences.


1. Unintentional sin in the case of an unbeliever.


Classical Commentators

This Mitzvah is not addressed by any of the Jewish classical commentators.

NCLA: JMm JFm KMm KFm GMm GFm

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