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Man shall not live by bread alone,

But by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

The founding principle of the gospel call of Jesus is doing the will of God.    The Christian gospel is the call to relationship with God as He intended from the creation of man.  This is established throughout all the teachings of Jesus.  From his visit to the Temple as a child by growing in learning and understanding the will of God in the Holy Scripture, he also grew in wisdom, stature and favor with all men.  The gospel accounts of Matthew and John make no mention of Jesus staying at the Temple as a child, but we can see evidence in the Scripture that teaching children to love God and honor His words of life were foundational in the account of why God loved and chose Abraham and his seed after him to bring the fullness of His everlasting covenant of grace and truth to mankind. 

Genesis 18: 17-19; “And God said, “Shall I conceal from Abraham what I do, now that Abraham is surely to become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by him?  For I have loved him, because he commands his children and his household after him that they keep My way by doing charity and justice, in order that I might then bring upon Abraham that which I had spoken of him.” 

Since the focus of this study is on the agreement that the Holy Scriptures have with the teachings, life, and example of Jesus, this is only brought up as a link to the fact that the words of God say that children are to be taught the will of God from their youth, that they might know His good will and His warnings against unrighteousness – to know good from evil, and to develop their relationship with God according to His word, which includes their role in the family and society.  One reason God chose Abraham was because He knew he would teach his children and household to observe the will of God and trust in His promises and goodness to all who love and obey Him wholeheartedly.  A related teaching of Jesus was that children not be prevented from coming to him to receive blessings. 

It can be observed that all his teachings center from the Torah, Psalms and Prophets, and these are the underlying theme of all his teachings.  His final charge to all disciples when he departed to Heaven was about teaching disciples to observe whatever he had commanded his first disciples.  Repentance is to turn and do as God instructed.  This writing is an exercise to know what those instructions are in a more detailed accounting for Christians who desire to do the will of God, which is based on what God said throughout the Torah – not just the Law of God, but certainly to revisit the Law in the light of the teachings of Jesus.  The prevailing doctrines of most Christian churches has been to set aside the Law of God, even though Jesus openly taught that his disciples will teach and keep even the least of the commandments of God. 

There has been an accounting of the Law – a list of 613 commandments of God, as outlined by Jewish Rabbi’s, particularly Rambam, but this work is to re-investigate the Torah to get a more complete accounting based in the principle as taught by Jesus, that we live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God – not just the Law as many Christians have thought about it for many years.  In the study helps section of the Aramaic English New Testament, Andrew Gabriel Roth gives a listing of the 613 Laws, with reference locations, and comparative accounts of which are kept by Christians – even though many believe the Law was set aside.  Review of writings of Jewish Rabbi’s sometimes appear to be in defiance of the instructions of God.  One example is of the conservative Orthodox Pharisee belief, which says if there are 1000 true prophets of God that say a Scripture means one thing, but 1001 Rabbi’s say it means another thing – that the 1001 must be obeyed. The instructions of God say what He has instructed us to do is not too hard to understand or do, but that if a matter of judgment is too difficult, that their Priests were to hear the case and make a decision, which would be binding. 

Along with this principle are the tests given by God to know if we should believe someone has heard from Him and is giving His word – or if they speak lies or presumptuously.  God has not left men without the means to know His will and how to tell truth from half-truths and lies.  God does not demand perfection, but He does expect us to know His good will, and to be able to distinguish between good and evil, as well as secular and Holy.  If someone can be shown to be a true prophet by the commandments of God on the subject, wouldn’t it be in defiance of His word to turn to believe “teachers”, or Rabbi’s, who teach contrary to what God said through a prophet that is proven true by His instructions?  (Deut. 18:19) Because of this, and because the teachings of Jesus are based upon “living by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God,” all the words of God of what man has been instructed about living according to His will is the intended focus of this study.  Everyone should hear the words of God to know that what they do is done of God. As Jesus said:

John 7:16,17; "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent me.  If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on my own authority."

 

John 8: 31,32; "If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

John 8:12, AENT (Aramaic English New Testament) "I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but he will find the light of life for himself." 

John 14:23,24;  "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.  He who does not love me does not keep my words, and the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father's who sent me."

It was surprising for me to discover that the Jewish sages and Rabbi’s records of history tell that the Greek translation of the Holy Scriptures was poorly done, and it was not used in their Synagogues.  Since this discovery I have been studying the Holy Scriptures (Tanach) from three Jewish translations to English.  The most useful and upright reading for a beginner to the Torah may be The Stone Edition (SE), published by Artscroll.  Another prime source is “The Soncino Chumash” (SC), which provides more footnotes about minor spelling curiosities and how the text was translated and various schools of thought from their greatest scholars.  There is also the translation of the “Holy Scriptures” (HS) done by the Jewish Publication Society earlier in the 20th Century.  Some Christian scholars have said one recent translation of Old Testament was translated from the Hebrew, rather than the Greek, but comparison to the Hebrew to English seems to perpetuate some errors of the Greek translation – as can be noted in Genesis 3 in the curse upon the serpent, that the seed of the woman is singular – whereas the JPS is plural.  But then it can be seen in the SE to be singular.  Thankfully, the issue of the Christian faith does not reside on a narrow minded view of one passage in the Holy Scriptures, but that it is firmly rooted from the all the words of God – and never set them aside as “fulfilled”, or as a marriage certificate to a dead mate.

One thing has been refreshing to note is the Jewish perspective that since their manner of life is to keep the commandments of God, so long as they maintain that as their goal and based from the Holy Scriptures – in matters of opinion they are very accepting of each other to still be Jews.  Having grown up in a church that tended to divide over things not even based in the Scriptures of the NT, I find it refreshing to see the unity that is found when the primary goal is to keep the commandments of God to be the manner of acceptable life and faith.  This is a first attempt to review all the words of God in the light of the Teachings of Jesus, that the Spirit might write them on our hearts to do them (Isaiah 42, Ezekiel 37, Matthew, John).  As Isaiah 42 says, the prophet Yeshua (Jesus) would be a light to the Gentiles and make the Torah honorable for them to also keep.

Do be forewarned that the Torah truths will be examined in detail – and some of these details will prove some authors in the New Testament to be in error, and based on the commandments of God, we must repent to believe God and the true prophets, as we also believe Jesus and the called, chosen, faithful and true apostles of Jesus Christ.  Likewise, examination of the facts will show that the Law was not only given to the Jews – it was also given for all Gentiles who seek to worship and serve God through doing the will of God wholeheartedly.

Many overlook the fact that Jesus was sent to Israel and he foretold the coming destruction of the Temple and the time when men would not go to the Temple to worship God, but that God would seek those who worship Him in spirit and truth – to which Jesus said “Thy word is truth.”

May we open our hearts, minds and lives to the light of the words of God, that we know the truth and discern what we are to do if we love God according to His word and Everlasting Covenant.

Main points will be given by chapter, starting with Genesis.  As with my previous book, “One Disciple to Another, The Original Jesus”, the old King James Version (KJV) will be used for the bulk of the quotes, to avoid copyright issues.  Each can use their own translation – but note specifics between Western translations and the Hebrew to English translations as given by Jewish scholarship.  God entrusted them with preserving His word, and from what I’ve noted to date, He was correct to do so, and it is one reason He chose Abraham and his seed after him.

 

There is a thousand-pound gorilla in the room, so to speak, with the basic Christian faith, and this will briefly be covered before launching into study of the books of Moses (the first five books of the Bible are the “Torah”).  If Matthew is believable as the critical account of the teachings of Jesus, it is impossible to set aside the commandments of God because in the sermon on the mount Jesus said his disciples will keep even the least of the commandments of God.  When Jesus was asked which is the greatest commandment, his reply was the first commandment as given by God, and added that the second is like unto the first commandment.  In the first commandment, that Jehovah alone is our God, He also commands a curse to those who don’t obey Him, and blessing to those who do obey Him. This is contrasted with the teachings of Paul, that the Law was a curse and not given by God and that the gospel is to live by the Spirit instead of the letter of the Law.  Both cannot be true, and as Jesus said: “Thy word is truth.” (numbers and notations are added to the text)

Exodus 20: 1-14 (SE); “(***) God spoke all these statements, saying: I am YHWH your God.  Who has taken you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.

1.      “(a)You shall not recognize the gods of others in My presence.  (b)You shall not make yourself a carved image nor any likeness of that which is in the heavens above, or on the earth below or in the water beneath the earth.  (c)You shall not prostrate yourself to them nor worship them, for I am YHWH your God – (d) a jealous God, who visits the sin of fathers upon children to the third and fourth generations, for My enemies; (e)but who shows kindness for thousands to those who love Me and observe My commandments.”

2.      “(a)You shall not take the Name of YHWH, your God, in vain, (b)for YHWH will not absolve anyone who takes His Name in vain.”

3.      “(a)Remember to keep the Sabbath day to sanctify it.  (b)Six days shall you work and accomplish all your work; but the seventh day is Sabbath to YWHW your God; (c)you shall not do any work – you, your son, your daughter, your slave, your maidservant, your animal, and your covert within your gates – (d)for in six days YHWH made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day.  (e)Therefore, YHWH blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it.”

4.      “Honor your father and your mother, so that your days will be lengthened upon the land that YHWH, your God, gives you.”

5.      “(a)You shall not kill; (b)you shall not commit adultery; (c)you shall not steal; (d)you shall not bear false witness against your fellow.”

6.      “(a)You shall not covet your fellow’s house.  (b)You shall not covet your fellow’s wife, (c)his manservant, (d)his maidservant, (e)) his ox, (f)his donkey, (g)nor anything that belongs to your fellow.”

“The entire people saw the thunder and the flames, the sound of the shofar and the smoking mountain; the people saw and trembled and stood from afar.  They said to Moses, “You speak to us and we shall hear; let God not speak to us lest we die.”  Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for in order to elevate you has God come; so that awe of Him shall be upon your faces, so that you shall not sin.”

God gave the commandments to all present at the Mount, all those He said were “My people”, which included Israel and all the multitude of nations that followed after God with Israel as they left the “house of slavery”.  It can also be seen that the commandments were not listed as “ten commandments”, but generally as six commandments with subsets included in each.  We can also see that God gave His instructions/commandments to elevate those who serve Him alone as their God, and that the elevation is directly related to keeping His commandments and thereby reside in His blessing (kindness).  With the commandments is included a curse for those who take His Name in vain.  This is not only using His Name in any disrespecting way, but also to claim Him as your God and not honor His instructions, or to ignore His commandments.

There are many more commandments of God, but it is upon these words that the rest of the commandments are based upon.  He gave them for goodness to those who seek to love Him as He commanded.  He gave us instruction that we might grow to become all He created us to become.  He gave them that we might live under His kindness, blessing and love.  He gave them that we might know what is good, and to distinguish between what He says is sanctified and what He said is secular – that we recognize what is Holy, and that which is not.  His word tells us His truth, and His truth is known by His word – not our opinion or feelings, and certainly not by clever reasoning that defies the goodness of His words of life, or the everlasting covenant.

 

Refuting the teachings of Paul by the Holy Scriptures and Word of God

 

A growing number of authors of books and internet sites have been bringing up the false teachings of Paul.  After reading “Jesus Words Only”, “Not Paul, but Jesus”, “The Mythmaker, Paul and the Invention of Christianity”, and a number of web sites and other internet resources, it was clearly shown that the gospel Paul taught was in competition to the actual teachings of Jesus and his disciples.  Since there are contradictions of fact in the four gospel accounts, only the two that have historical support that they were written by chosen disciples of Jesus will be used herein – with the interest of a sure foundation to place trust in the words of Jesus to be from eye-witnesses that Jesus chose to testify to the world on his behalf.

God commanded in Deuteronomy chapters 4, 12, 13 and 18 that we test those who claim to speak His word, otherwise, how can we know if they speak truth or lies, or words from God or their own imagination?  Jesus can be shown to pass the “prophet tests” from God – and therefore the Jews have rejected a true prophet of God and failed to believe one that He sent – in fact, the “Desired One” of the ages spoken of by Moses in Deuteronomy 18:19 as “that prophet” that they were to hear in all things or be cut-off from the brethren.  God also did greater works through Jesus than Moses, which ties in the principle of “that prophet” with the works of Moses spoken of in Deuteronomy 34:10-12.  Christians who fail to hear “whatever that prophet shall say to you” have also shown their disbelief if they reject the words of God, Laws of God the everlasting Covenant, or the commandments and teachings of Jesus.  Last, but not least, Muslims who don’t obey the words of God and the doctrine of God taught by Jesus (Yeshua) cannot be found true either.  False prophets, false apostles, or unbelief of the true prophets of God will all be found lacking in goodness based upon the instructions and truth of God.  He has told us how to know His truth from errors and lies – if we will turn to believe Him and those He sent, and reject those who can be shown to lead His people away from His words of life, truth, justice, mercy, peace, kindness and blessing. 

Jesus said that God seeks those who worship Him in spirit and truth – God has always desired what is best for man, but when any man disbelieves God and rejects His instructions, disobedience and disbelief are conjoined to reject the goodness and blessings of God.  One of the false premises of Paul is easily refuted by God in Genesis 4:7. Just before we read of Cain killing Abel, God told him: “Surely, if you improve yourself, you will be forgiven.  But if you do not improve yourself, sin rests at the door.  Its desire is toward you, yet you can conquer it.”  This should be one of the foundation stones about what God said regarding sin, and that improving in our obedience to God as a growing process is what is required – that we are active to continue to grow in our walk within the pathways of life He has instructed us in. Rather than stumble, fall and go backwards - faithfulness is getting up and going forwards and growing in the pathways of life through abiding in His word indeed.

The primary persons that God revealed His will and word through were Abraham, Isaac, Jacob Moses and Jesus (Yeshua).  The primary thesis of faith as taught by Paul was to say Abraham was found righteous by God because he believed the word of God in Genesis chapter 15, and that God counted this to Abraham as righteousness.  Chapter 15 is about God saying Abraham would have a descendant to inherit his possessions and land – that God counted his belief in this promise of God as righteous.  There are two primary flaws with making too much with this one passage.  First, a gentile doesn’t change his DNA to being Jewish by merely believing God.  If this were the case, then why didn’t God simply have one of Abram’s servants believe and thereby become of the “seed” of Abram?  The passage has no such story to tell.  Instead, both Abraham and God are clear that the subject is the direct offspring of Abraham, and later it is shown that the promise was only through both Abram and Sara, not the handmaid.  Second is that the chapter is about the property of Abraham, not the passages where God said why Abraham was found faithful, or the reason God loved Abraham and counted him to be the one through whom his seed would bless all the nations.  Genesis 15 is about one of the ten tests God gave to Abraham to have found him to be wholehearted in his belief and obedience to God – to be found faithful to God. 

Genesis 17 is about the “everlasting covenant” that was to be ratified between God, the descendants of Abraham, and the multitude of nations that left Egypt with Israel to serve and worship the One True God.  Genesis 17:7; “I will ratify My covenant between Me and you and between your offspring after you; and I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojourns – the whole land of Canaan – as an everlasting possession; and I shall be a God to them.  God said to Abraham, “And as for you, you shall keep My covenant – you and your offspring after you throughout their generations.”  Genesis 18:19; “For I have loved him (Abraham), because he commands his children and his household after him that they keep the way of Jehovah, doing charity and justice, in order that Jehovah might then bring upon Abraham that which He had spoken of him.”  And regarding the beginning of God continuing His covenant with the offspring of Abraham, God told Isaac (Genesis 26:5); “Because Abraham obeyed My voice, and observed My safeguards, My commandments, My decrees, and My Torahs (instructions – manner of life as God commanded).  God found Abraham faithful for many more things than merely believing God would provide him an heir for his property!

Launching forward in the books of Moses we see the words to Abraham being fulfilled in the sojourns of his descendants to then be found under oppression in Egypt, and God working through Moses to show God bringing “My people” out of Egypt to also include “a multitude of nations” who were present at Mount Sinai and also agreed to keep the commandments of God to receive the blessings of God.  The “sojourners” were also cared for by God and present when Israel entered the land of Canaan.  In the Law is distinction between Israel and those of other nations, which is then made further evident that the Law is for all – not just Israel – but for men of all nations who set themselves apart from the world to obey the One True God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  The Everlasting Covenant that God established at Mount Sinai was not for the Israel only, but it certainly came through the posterity of Abraham and Sarah to then be a blessing for all the nations and peoples who believe and obey God.  Everyone who made it through the wilderness wandering to Canaan had to be abiding in the conditions of the Everlasting Covenant – including the sojourners - not just the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 

In Exodus 9:20-21 is noted those who believed, feared, and obeyed the word of God – this is why many came to believe in God and left Egypt with Israel to serve God as their God, and that when “all the people” were at Sinai, God said the commandments were for them all – not just Israel.  Review of Exodus through Joshua will show that they were still with Israel as they entered the promised land.  See Exodus 12:38,49; 13:18; 15:13, 16, 17; 16:4-5; Exodus 12:38 clearly says a multitude of nations left Egypt with Israel.  Joshua 1:2 says “Moses My servant has died.  Now, arise, cross this Jordan, you and this entire people, to the land that I give to them, to the children of Israel.”  All “this entire people” crossed over, but the land was promised as the possession of the descendants of Abraham, and God was faithful to His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants after them, as well as in blessing those of other nations through them – because they feared and obeyed God.

 

 

 

A brief review of the gospel of Paul:

Paul (Saul) claimed to be a Pharisee and to have studied under one of Israel’s great Rabbi’s, Gamaliel (Acts 22:3).  “The Acts of the Apostles” was reportedly written by Luke, who seems to have been the personal biographer of Paul – judging from the fact that most of Acts is about Paul.  Luke was not one of the original disciples/apostles of Jesus.  Neither did Luke claim his gospel account to be inerrant – but second or third hand accounts of what he said others said about the life and teachings of Jesus.  It can also be proven that Paul never met Jesus – by the comparison the accounts of Paul himself and the accounts written by Luke.  Paul says he preaches the crucified Christ – the cross, and “liberty” from the Law.  Jesus said his message is to repent and obey God – which included all the Law, including the least of His commandments.  What is the “liberty” Paul spoke of saying the Jewish believers were trying to spy on him about?  Is it more likely that they heard the false teachings of Paul and were getting evidence of his teaching such things as setting the Laws of God aside to be absolutely against what God and Christ taught – to then report it back to the apostles at Jerusalem?

One matter is that we can see in Acts that Paul was not the first person to preach the gospel to those outside of Israel.  The record is that the Jews who believed Jesus to be the Messiah took this belief back home with them from Jerusalem.  We can also see that the first reported Gentile conversion was Cornelius, who was baptized by Peter.  So if the gospel of Jesus Christ had already gone to other nations from the beginning of the Church of Christ, this matches another item reported by Luke that seems to be in defiance to historical fact – Jesus commanded the Apostles to make disciples of him of all nations – not just Israel, not just Jews – but of all nations – which is what they were doing when Paul came to town later in Acts 11: 25-26;

25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.

This passage is proof that Paul went to the Jewish Church at Antioch and inserted himself as a teacher after Barnabas took him there.  It is also useful to note that later on Barnabas abandoned Paul due to the controversy over what Paul taught against the instructions of God and Christ.  Second Timothy 4:16 clearly states that everyone but Luke abandoned Paul at his first defense.  Defense of what?  We can see evidenced in Acts 21 that the issue was over doctrine – not as many falsely claim.  The doctrines of Paul and his disciples continues to sow even more discord 2000 years later.  Every Protestant reformer based their version of the gospel on the teachings of Paul, rather than returning to the bedrock of the teachings of Jesus as given by his original disciples – especially as given in Matthew.  All divisions between churches have some doctrine from Paul or his disciples at their root cause.  I know of no doctrine of division that is based on the doctrines of Jesus, aside from the followers of Paul who reject the words of God given by Jesus Christ in favor of the cheap grace gospel message of Paul.

Near the start of Acts is the account of the Apostles preaching the gospel in the streets of Jerusalem, for which they were imprisoned and commanded not to preach in the name of Jesus.  Again they went about preaching and were brought before the Jewish authorities (Acts 5:34).  It is recorded to be the very words of Gamaliel that it would be wise for them (the Jewish court – made up largely of Pharisees and Sadducees) to not hinder them because they might find themselves to be fighting against God if what they preached of Jesus was true, and that if it was not true that they would go away of their own – as did followers of false messiahs.  Other accounts in Acts show the disciples of Jesus who were Jews were still worshiping in Synagogues with the Jews, as well as being found at the Temple.  Paul was invited to take a vow at the Temple to clear his name of the charges against him by the Jews in Asia (Acts 21: 17-40).  The charges against Paul were made by original Jewish converts to the gospel of Jesus Christ: “You see brother (Paul), how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law; but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs (rites in the Torah – 2010 AENT).”

The point being made here is that there was harmony with the Jews and the original disciples of Jesus who were also Pharisees, and that Cornelius had good relation with the Jews before his baptism – there was no conflict evidenced with Gentile believers and the Pharisees.  It was the corrupted Priesthood of Jesus’ day that convicted him falsely.  It was the corrupted Priesthood of their days that were charged by Rome to ensure there was no sedition of the Jews to follow another king but the Caesar of Rome, thereby securing their livelihood.  It was also reported that Paul had letters from the High Priest to arrest followers of Jesus in Damascus.  If Paul were a student of Gamaliel, how is it that Paul was then denouncing the wisdom of Gamaliel that even convinced the Sanhedrin to leave the apostles alone?  It would seem to be impossible that Paul was really a Pharisee, let alone to be a student of Gamaliel.  Gamaliel was an advanced teacher and one would have had to have significant knowledge of the Law and Covenant of God to even be his student.  Do the teachings of Paul show his regard for the words of God to be as high as what Jesus commanded of his disciples?  Do the teachings of Paul show any regard for the Everlasting Covenant and actual reasons that God said He found Abraham to faithful, or why God said He loved Abraham?  No, not a word of these truths in the writings of Paul.   Rather, just the opposite; it can be shown repeatedly that Paul taught the Law to be done away with on the cross of Jesus – thereby standing his followers in the pathway against the stated will of God from all the Holy Scripture and the very teachings of “that prophet”, Jesus.

This was extremely difficult for me to accept, as I had been taught to trust in Pauls’ account to be the gospel truth of Jesus Christ.  Upon close examination and trust in the words of God, the matter is known.  Also, upon close examination of other people who have said they were prophets, such as Joseph Smith Jr., Ellen White, and countless others, it can be shown easily who we are commanded to ignore.  The instructions of God are forever true, and no true prophet would say to believe or obey a false prophet, or who tries to teach those who serve God to ignore His instructions that lead to life and blessings from God.  No true prophet would take away from the standards of God about grace, truth, faithfulness, judgment, discernment, or mercy.

Following are a few teachings from Paul that show his lack of knowledge of the word of God and that what he taught contradicts Everlasting Covenant and the words of God through Moses, the Prophets, Psalms and Jesus Christ.

The easiest matter to discern if Paul told the truth is who Paul said gave the Law to Moses.  Most everyone knows it was God Himself – simply reading Exodus carefully will show this to be the fact of what Moses said, and all the Prophets and Psalms agree that Moses told the truth, and Jesus said if you don’t believe Moses, you can’t believe him either.

Within the commandments of God about how tell who the liars are is that we are not to be afraid of liars.  God knows one tool of liars is to threaten people.  In Galatians 1:6-9; “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different gospel, which is not another, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.  As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.” (Who is the “we”?  Paul’s closest associates were Silas and Timothy. Barnabas ended up abandoning Paul.  Since Acts 21 proves Paul was teaching against what the original disciples of Jesus in Asia believed truth to be, and the Apostles also gave Paul opportunity to prove the charges untrue – but most importantly, the gospel account of Matthew, understood in the very light of the Law of God and the Everlasting Covenant – it was Paul who was preaching “another gospel” that was not in accord with the words of God or Christ.)

Jesus came preaching and calling men to repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.  The entire message of Jesus was to be hearers and doers of the will of God – his was a call to faithfulness to God and His word – his was a call to be hearers and doers of the words he claimed to be the very words of God.  Jesus spent significant time to teach the disciples/Apostles/Emissaries and called them to be co-witnesses with the Holy Spirit to the Gospel of God.  Jesus never taught the disciples that the gospel is about God imputing righteousness, but that God calls us to live righteousness, justice, mercy and truth.

And what was the source of Paul’s gospel?  Galatians 1:11-12; “But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.  For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.”  Then why is it that in Acts 9:6 Paul had to go to Ananias to “know what you must do”?  By the time Luke finishes Acts for Paul, the story has completely changed in facts and details – the sure sign of a false witness.   Compare Acts 9 testimony from Paul to Acts 22, 24 and 26.  There is no way that any one account should be counted trustworthy if it came from Paul – the story always became more grand, glorious, and self-promoting.  It is likely Felix who told the truth when he said Paul had gone mad.

Galatians 3:19-20 is possibly one of the most overlooked passages in Paul’s writings.  “What purpose then does the law serve. It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made, and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.  Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one.”

First, in this passage Paul says the Law was not given by God Himself – in defiance to the Torah’s record.  One has to disbelieve Moses and the thousands present at Mount Sinai to think such a thing.  And somehow we are to believe all the Bible is wrong BUT Paul?!  Second, God told Abraham that He would confirm His Covenant with the seed of Abraham after him, throughout their generations.  This was clearly told to be at Sinai, and those of the other nations were included then at Sinai and upon entry into the land of promise.  God gave the Torah as His instructions in righteousness for all who would depart from lies and false gods to serve Him alone as the One True God, and His instructions and blessings were for their good, as He told them, “Choose life that ye may live!”  Third point: The “seed” of Abraham was understood to mean the posterity of Abraham.  This is clearly seen to not be singular because God said his seed would be as numerous as the stars in the heavens, or the sand of the sea-shore.  Paul is taking one statement from God about Abraham and totally twisting it out of context and fact and turning it upside-down.  Anyone who cannot pause and reconsider the facts – in the interest to “live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” has no business claiming to be a Christian, as the definition of “Christian” was said to be what they called “disciples” of Jesus.  Those who would believe Paul over the testimony of God through Moses and Jesus should just admit they are the Church of Paul – not the Church of God or Jesus Christ!  Much more could be said of this passage, but this should be sufficient to show Paul was not telling the truth, nor did Paul exhibit any basic knowledge of the Holy Scripture or the Everlasting Covenant – which includes “days and months and seasons and years” as given by God, and called by Paul to be “the weak and beggarly elements” (4:10), to be “those which by nature are not gods” (4:8).  Paul is great at spinning his web, but anyone who believes God and Christ will repent of ever believing Paul when they realize the actual words of God are at the very core of every teaching of Jesus.  Paul said the Law is not of faith (Gal. 3:12), but do recall Jesus’ chastising the Pharisees for neglecting the weightier matters of the Law to have included “faith” specifically (Matthew 23:23)!  We’ve been deceived far too long by Paul and need to return to the Author and finisher of our faith if we are to be blessed of God and found faithful and true.  Revelation says those who are overcomers keep the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.  Revelation also says salvation or damnation is based upon works – not “faith” alone, or “grace” alone (Revelation 21: 12-21).  The “grace” of God has always been towards those who repent and obey Him alone as God.

God said He would give His spirit to write His words on our hearts to cause us to do them (Ez. 36:25-27; Acts 2:38-39; Matthew 28: 18-20), and that God gives His Spirit to those who obey Him (I John 3:24; John 14; Matthew 28: 18-20).  Since the work of the Spirit is to testify to the words of God by writing them on our heart – that we do them – it would be an absolute lie to say living by the “Spirit” would be living against the words of God – which would include the Law, or any actual word of God.

Genesis

 

 

Genesis is about the power of the word of God in creation of the heavens and the earth and all that is therein.  It is a book of origins, generations, and is not only a book of history, but also the beginning of the revelation of God and His gracious instructions to man from the beginning.  Something to consider is that charting the lifespans of the genealogies from Adam through Abraham will prove that many key figures had overlapping lifetimes up to the time of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Although little is retold of the instructions of God to mankind before His giving the Law at Mount Sinai, it would not be out of reason to know that God never left mankind ignorant of His will, and that certain figures of history were remaining faithful to His instructions of life.   Also presented is an underlying factor of the records of men whose lives overlapped and thereby the knowledge from Adam through Abraham is implied.  Charting the lifetimes given, it can be shown that Abraham was born within the lifetime of one of the faithful sons of Noah, as well as when men began again to defy the instructions of God after the flood.  The Hebrew to English translation from the Jewish record presents an interesting item in chapter 14, that being Malchizedek, king of Salem, to actually be the son of Noah’s son Shem.  Malchizedek was both king of Salem and the priest of God, the Most High, because unlike priests and kings of the other kingdoms who worshiped fallen angels, he served God and recognized that God was with Abraham and also blessed Abraham because of this. 

A commonly accepted doctrine among many Christians stems from Calvinism – that man is born in sin because of the sin of Adam, that the nature to sin is inherited and that the nature of man was thereafter to sin – to be a born sinner – totally depraved.  It is very important to note the ancient record of Genesis to believe what God said and carefully consider those words to know the truth of God that has existed for thousands of years.  What did God say about the nature of man, and what did God say about sin and how man should view sin and overcome sin?

The telling of creation is given in both Genesis chapter 1 and 2, and the accounts are not the same.  Because of this it would be wise to not wrest one account to be correct and the other error.  Rather it shows that we are to seek wisdom through both accounts and not pit one chapter against another, or to twist the word of God against itself.  Incidentally, this is also the principle taught by Jesus in his replies to the temptations in the wilderness after his baptism – we are called to abide in the sum of His word, rather than believe one passage to the exclusion of another – when taken in context.

In the creation account the source of all creation is the power of the active word of God.  God spoke, and it was so.  Starting with “Let there be light.”  The first thing God called good was the light.  That light preceded the Sun, Moon and stars.  The Spirit of God was also active in creation, and the Spirit and Word of God worked in harmony to create what God decreed to be.  For a disciple of Jesus (Y’shua), we can also know that the Spirit works with the Word of God to accomplish His work in our lives as we seek to do His good will indeed – to hear and do His will.

“In the beginning of God’s creating the heavens and the earth – when the earth was astonishingly empty, with darkness upon the surface of the deep, and the Divine Presence hovered upon the surface of the waters - God said, “Let there be light,” and there as light.  God saw that the light was good, and God separated between the light and the darkness.  God called to the light, “Day”, and to the darkness He called, “Night.”  And there was evening and there was morning, one day.”

At each day of creation, God proclaimed what He has called into existence “good”, and upon the creation of man, that it was “very good.”   The record is also that Adam and Eve were given authority to tend the garden, procreate to fill, conquer and subdue the earth, which God had made, and that God talked with Adam each day.  Related to the Law is that God said to “Remember” the Sabbath – which was the day after Adam was created, and that God had set the day aside as Holy at creation.  There is no reason to believe God didn’t communicate this to Adam the day he was created, nor Adam to Eve or his children.

The one prohibition that God gave Adam was to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil – as it would surely cause death to Adam.  There may be a variety of imagined view-points presented, but the bare fact is that God told Adam the truth.  Another point is that God did not clothe Adam and Eve until they were shamed by their nakedness – and that God didn’t find shame with it, but provided them with covering because of their shame – not His.

The Scriptures develop the theme of “the deceiver”, and in Genesis the first account represents him as a serpent who talked with Adam and Eve and effectively caused them to question the words of God and doubt His word and then to believe a lie that resulted in their death and the death of all future descendants – excepting Enoch and Ezekiel, who were taken from the earth alive without having died.  The works of the deceiver are given as to “lie, kill, steal and destroy”.  The most important thing anyone can know in life is the word of God that He gave that we live justly and love charity – this is the stated word of God of what His desire that those who are His will make their manner of life to do – which He has always blessed.

 

 

The Good Shepherd

 

Having been taught about Jesus from my earliest memories of life, my introduction to learning about Jesus was in primary class in Sunday School as taught by my dear departed mother.  In those days (50’s) the use of felt boards and figures to tell stories is my earliest memory – and we were often told stories about how Jesus loved the little children, and how Jesus was the “good shepherd.”  There is always room for growth in the words of God as one goes through life – growing in appreciation of the Holy Scriptures.  It’s never too late to learn – so long as there is life to appreciate the beauty and goodness found in the instructions of God.

 

Reading through Genesis we find that central characters were shepherds – both of men and women – and one of the recurring themes is that of providing the sheep and camels with the water they needed to survive – providing them with the water of life to sustain them.  In one case the water had to be drawn from a well that had been covered by others that the chief character intervened to take the stone off the well to get water for the sheep.  In another  account disputes arose as to who owned the well, and a number of wells were dug to provide the needed waters.  I’m somewhat reminded of these situations and those who try to put boulders on top of the Holy Scripture to prevent the flock of God having access to the water of life as God gave it – no one was allowed to get water unless they gave it out – after they had provided for their own – rather than an open well that was free to all those in need.  In some cases of history wells have been poisoned to harm those who came to the well for life giving waters.

Such is the case with our world today – and the roots of falsehoods spread deep and wide – but the depth and breadth of the life giving water of the Word and Spirit of Almighty God remain true to all those who seek His good will through abiding in the teachings of Jesus Christ.  We can easily dig down to the source of the life giving waters to see that the bedrock of the teachings of Jesus (Yeshua) are completely in accord with every word of God – and in his teachings he challenged us to do so – to know that what he taught is the very Doctrine of God for those who seek to worship Him in spirit and truth.

The Testimony of Jesus Christ

 

John 7:16,17;  "My doctrine is not mine, but His who sent me.  If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on my own authority."

 

In this teaching Jesus equates the personal testimony of truth from God (the gospel of the kingdom) is to be found in our will to do what He said.  The mercy of God is evident because it is found in our will to obey, rather than in absolute perfection to do it all.  We need to be humble and honest with ourselves and God.   As we look into His word, to see ourselves through His teachings, that we notice our needs and confess our shortfalls of abiding in whatever He said,  so that, as I John 1:9 says, if we confess our sin, God is faithful to forgive.  By abiding in the words of Jesus  we find both the personal testimony of knowing the gospel of the kingdom of God, and the process of maturing, that we might "have the mind of Christ" in us, and thereby we also become the light and salt in the world, and to also be found to be among those God said are “My people.”

 

John 14:23,24;  "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word; and My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.  He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me."

 

True doctrine is to observe all of the teachings and commandments of Jesus Christ, and this can also be seen to be true from the account in the garden of Eden and throughout the commandments of God given at Sinai.

 

Exodus 20: 1-14 (SE); “God spoke all these statements, saying: I am YHWH your God.  Who has taken you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.

1.      “(a)You shall not recognize the gods of others in My presence.  (b)You shall not make yourself a carved image nor any likeness of that which is in the heavens above, or on the earth below or in the water beneath the earth.  (c)You shall not prostrate yourself to them nor worship them, for I am YHWH your God – (d) a jealous God, who visits the sin of fathers upon children to the third and fourth generations, for My enemies; (e)but who shows kindness for thousands to those who love Me and observe My commandments.”

 

 

 

Matthew 4:4;  'It is written, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."

 

Our “well” was poisoned by Paul and Rome over a thousand years ago by adopting the words of Paul and his disciples to be “Scripture” in the New Testament.  Generation after generation has presumed too much upon their faith and belief in the Bible – to their peril, and our peril, and the peril of our children if we don’t stand up to identify the words that are wholly true – and also identify those which are nothing but clever lies of Satan and his followers.  We shouldn’t take it too personal that we’ve been deceived – this is what we inherited, not what we generated – but those of God will stand up for the truth and be able to defend it against lies of false prophets and false apostles and false teachers, preachers and any other nay-sayer.  God has always been gracious and forgiving of those who turn back from lies to then do as God said to start with – this is the root meaning, and the actual meaning, of what repentance is.  We surely need to repent of falsehoods to turn and do what God said to believe and do, and how can we know what God said unless we double check what others tell us and see if it actually matches what God said?  There isn’t a person on earth that is not in need to learn what God said – and relying on others to assume this responsibility for us – be it through some priesthood, prophet status, or degree in theology – all have failed to know the truth of God and tell us of the lies they put upon us that are against the very words of God and the Anointed One.

The good shepherd cares for his sheep, he provides for their food and water, and he also gave us council and instruction that we not be deceived by wolves in sheep’s clothing – but if the sheep fail to listen to their shepherd – how can they know His voice that they know not to follow others?

By knowing the word of God – by study of the word of God – by careful application of the word of God to our own lives through looking for opportunities to do His good will – and by knowing the word of God by going back to know what He said – which will identify those who speak against Him and His word.  This is why I’m sharing what I’ve discovered, rather than hiding the golden treasure (talents of gold given by the King until his return) in the ground out of fear – this is being openly given that all might consider their need to repent of the lies they’ve been told and to turn to believe God and those key persons He has proven to be His spokespersons throughout history.  We are digging down through the lies of Satan to know the depth of the truth of God that we might do just as Yeshua said to do in Revelation – to be amongst those who “keep the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ” and who are the overcomers, said to be worthy of the Lamb of God and have the right to enter the New Jerusalem and partake of the waters of life that proceed from the Throne of God and of the fruits of the Tree of Life.  We are trading in His treasures to grow our appreciation of their value and wealth of the blessings of God towards those who love Him wholeheartedly – who seek to do His will in spirit and according to His truth – who draw out of the wells of His word both of that which is old and that which was new – to become what He created us to be, and thereby find our greatest joy in this life and hope in that which is to come.  And these things are to show the fullness of His goodness and blessings and the glory and praise that is due to Him alone as our God… not for our glory – but His.