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Introduction: Take Heed That No Man Deceive You,

“This Gospel of the Kingdom”

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."     (Doctrine, teaching and instruction have the same basic meaning) (The authority of the doctrine is based on the Instructions in Righteousness given by God in the Old Testament, the accepted words of God in the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.  Examination of them will show that they are in accord with the instructions of God therein and do not lead away from what He commanded, but reveal the fullness of the grace and truth of God contained therein.)

Matthew 5: 17-20; “Do not think that I come to destroy the Law or the Prophets.  I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill.  For assuredly I say to you till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the Law till all is fulfilled.  Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  For I say to you that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will be no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (If prophecies of the Testament of God are found to be fulfilled by Jesus Christ (Master Yahshua), that doesn’t cause them to be disregarded, as they are the proof of who he is – neither does his revealing the fullness of the instruction and commandments of God cause any word of God to then be cast aside – the words of God are confirmed – this is largely what “fulfilled” means)

John 8:12;  "I am the light of the world.  He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

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."  (“Sanctify them by Thy truth, Thy word is truth.”)

Matthew 7:24-27; "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.  But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell.  And great was its fall."

John 15:9-15; "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.  If you keep My commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.  These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.  You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you."

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."

 

Matthew 28: 18-20; “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

Revelation 22:14; "Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city."

 

 

 

There are thousands of Churches that profess the “Christian” faith.   What I’ve found most concerning is the need for discipleship to Jesus and lack of focus in the doctrine and commandments given through the gospels written by the apostles, the original disciples, who were there to know what He had first taught them.  The importance he put on his words are found within his teachings, especially in the Sermon on the Mount and the Great Commission at the end of the gospel of Matthew.  In comparison of his teachings to what is taught and preached in many Churches, little is said of the actual doctrines and commandments of Jesus (Yahshua) or of the commission to teach others to be his disciples indeed who keep his words of life because of their love and belief in him.

I’ve visited and studied with most major Churches: Roman Catholic, Orthodox, various Protestants, Seventh Day Adventists, Independent, Messianic, Pentecostal, Church of God, Latter Day Saints and the Church of Christ.  Almost all of them were friendly and in possession of a love for Jesus Christ and a desire to share their belief in him with others.  Most had nothing but love in their hearts for the Lord, and through years of investigation and studies, each had some valuable understanding of His word and the gospel message that added to my understanding of the Christian faith.  It wasn’t until personally facing what He said about what those who love Him will do that I realized the common understanding of “love” for the Redeemer is much larger than what is commonly believed and accepted.  According to His words from John, we don’t love Him unless we are keeping and abiding in whatever he taught – keeping His commandments.  His call was to repent to do the will of God, for the kingdom of God is at hand.  Being in the Kingdom is to be good citizen who honors and keeps the commandments of the King.

Of the primary differences between the 'gospel' of Paul VS Master Yahshua is that Paul taught salvation by grace, not by works, and by faith, rather than faithfulness to the instructions and commandments of God. Instead of believing God said what to believe and do, Paul inserts his own distractions - that of personal expediency instead of the commandments of God or the Christ - to live by the "spirit", without pointing out that the "Spirit" was sent to write the commandments and instructions of God on our hearts so we would be careful to be faithful in keep His commandments and instructions in righteousness. (Ezekiel 36:25-26)

Had God and Christ been ambiguous, then there would be some excuse.  However the fact that they were not ambiguous - but were clear in what they said. Hearing the words of God and not doing them will lead to what Yahshua (Jesus) explicitly warned against – those without, or against, the Torah will be told that He never knew them.  The commission was to take the same gospel to all the nations - not the gospel as Jesus taught was only for the Jews and the gospel as Paul taught was only for the Gentiles.  We can see in the great commission at the end of Matthew that the same doctrine was to be taught to all nations – beginning first at Jerusalem, and then to all the nations.

"It's in the Book!!!" is no excuse to set aside the words of God.  The actual truth is "in the Book!!!" too! One has to disbelieve God, Moses, the Prophets, Psalms, and the Apostles records of what Yahshua taught to believe Paul.  I know of no church in this country that simply says their doctrine is to keep the commandments of Jesus Christ - to abide in His instruction from the Father - as given by those proven to pass the tests that God commanded to be used to know who spoke for Him - and those that we are to absolutely reject. If I'm wrong, show me where this Church is. If I'm right, the western “Christian” world stands condemned for rejecting both the Father and the Son.  If you are not familiar with the instructions from God to determine who speaks for Him will be discussed shortly.

Although I wasn’t a preacher myself, my family is full of them – my grandfathers, father, uncle and brothers, I was one of the few who did not pursue the occupation.  Having now discovered some key elemental truths, I’m very thankful that I’ve not been guilty of getting up in a pulpit and unknowingly preaching lies or half-truths in the name of God or Jesus Christ.  Some may be offended at this, but the fact is that the Scriptures say whoever doesn’t hear whatever “that prophet” said to do will be cut off from the brethren – Peter quoting Moses in Acts 3:22, 23; see Deut. 18:15.  This is also the same message taught in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7, that we should not be hearers only, but also doers of what he taught, which he said were not his teachings, but the teachings God the Father told him to give us.  We’ve all had the same records of the gospels, and how this important fact was lost to those who have studied the faith is a marvel to me.  What I’ve come to find could be shocking to some and make perfect sense to others.  There are few who have taken time to consider and then discover the fact that what we’ve been told to be the true has obscured the very Truth of God and taught against what He has declared to be His truth.  It would be easy to just figure I must be wrong and not say anything about it for fear of being rejected by my family or friends at Church, or even all the Christians on my block, or in my city, county and State, but if I don’t pass on the discovery, I would be found guilty and have your blood on my hands – so to speak.  Jesus said unless one loves Him more than their mother, father, sister or brother – that we are not worthy of being His disciples.  Love for Him must be greater than our love for anyone else on earth.  Then as we get our love for Him in its proper place, we might be able to repent to do as He said.  If we love family more than Him, we have not loved Him according to what He taught, nor according to the Greatest Commandment.

There are as many shades of partial truth as there are Churches, as each contain some of His truth, but the matter is to abide in the whole of His truth.  Surely we’ve come to so many divisions in sincere belief that the Bible is the word of God, or that God has appointed those in our Church to lead us and that we dissolve ourselves of personal responsibility when we believe and do as our Church leadership tells us.  The fact remains that blinded leaders of the blind will both fall into the ditch.  Jesus didn’t just teach:  “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  He plainly taught; “If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  We cannot know “the truth” unless we abide in His words that lead to life eternal.  Discipleship is about learning through hearing and doing – following the instructions of God and the example of Jesus Christ.  We are invited to partake of the waters of life of our own free will, and whosoever will may come and partake of the waters of life freely, but we have to come to Him to know what they are. When the people who call themselves by His Name repent to do as He instructed, God has said that He will heal their land – it appears to be the fact, but who actually believes God today and whose doctrine is to abide in the words of Yahshua?

Most Baptists and Evangelical Churches have the theme of John 3:16, and it’s common to see people use this verse to evangelize by posting it on a bumper sticker or carry a sign to the ball game:  “For God so loved the world, that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”  This is presented as though all you have to do is believe Jesus is the Christ, and then that Scripture also says whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved and the righteousness of Jesus Christ is imputed to the one who calls upon the Lord via the “Sinners Prayer.”  Further backing this up is the quote from the presumed apostle Paul that “salvation is by grace, through faith, and not of works, lest any man should boast.”  Let me be blunt here, but I have to speak the truth with my love first focused on what God said, and that the Son said nothing the Father did not give him to tell us.  Love for God is the greatest commandment according to Jesus (Yahshua).  If you would look carefully at the recorded teachings of Yahshua from the original disciples, Matthew and John, their records never have Yahshua teaching faith to be apart from works, or salvation by faith alone, or grace alone, or belief without personal action to be doing the will of God, but as James said in his letter, faith without works is dead – and as Yahshua cautioned in His first sermon: we are to be hearers and doers of his words, especially those in the sermon on the mount – and this requires belief in action that repents (turns back to Gods will) to do the will of God.  The book of Revelation ends on the note that those who have the right to enter the gates into the City will enter, but those whose works are not of God will be excluded – judgment is based on works, and works are because of love, belief and faithfulness in obedience to the words of God through Moses, the Prophets and Psalms, and finally the revealing of the fullness of grace and truth in knowing the will of God is known through abiding in the true words of the Christ that lead to life eternal.  The message of Jesus (Yahshua) is about repenting to do the will of God and that God is the One who deserves any glory and praise due – not that any of our works are our boasting, as Paul said.  We are clearly told that our works are to be seen of men as good, and this was so God would be recognized to be good for giving good instructions to us.

Some may be put off by my use of the name of "Yahshua" VS "Jesus".  First, why not get His name correct? The original gospel of Matthew was written in Hebrew, then translated into Aramaic, and the name given in Aramaic was not “Jesus”, but “Y’shua”, which means “salvation”.  The fact is that “Jesus” is the name given in the Greek text, which is third-hand translation and isn’t even a translation or transliteration of his name.  Jerome, who put the New Testament texts together, said he had no knowledge of who had translated the text of Matthew into Greek.  We have no assurance it was done by anyone who knew or believed.  Some Eastern Christians who have the Aramaic New Testament have accused the name “Jesus” to have been mocking the true name, as a slang version of “hail-Zeus.”  Since we find the name “Joshua” in our Greek based Bibles, which is a transliteration of a similar, if not the same name, there is no sure reason to continue to call him “Jesus”.  If we believe who he said he is, we should have enough respect to use his proper name – Y’shua (Salvation), Yahshua (Salvation of God), Yeshua or Joshua.  This could also be related to a fact in His teachings that some would be offended by his name, and the topic at hand is surely foretold that many would be offended by his words.  You may find this discussion of the topic interesting and helpful:

http://www.jesuswordsonly.com/topicindex/353-yashua-and-the-name-of-jesus.html

The second fact is that what we have as our “New Testament” needs to be re-examined by the commandments and instructions God and Christ gave to ensure we are only believing those that have proven themselves to be someone we should acknowledge to have given the words of God.  Blind faith in a book that has is not proven true by the instructions of God will bring us no more good than to be a blind person following a blind leader.  Who wants to be lead to fall into the abyss?  Not me.  And if what I’m bringing up can be proven wrong by the commandments and instructions of God or the proven spokespersons of God – don’t believe what I say is true.  But if what I’m saying is true, you’re advised to hear the issue out and take ownership of your eternal destiny, rather than placing it in the hands of someone else.  Considering the resistance I’ve met with these truths, my initial thought is that most people are afraid to reconsider what they’ve long held true – even if it can be proven to be false.  If you believe Yahshua (Jesus) is the Son of God who died and then resurrected that you might have life – please do read on and see if what I’ve found has true value.

Those who have passed on before us and did not know the things I’m bringing up will need to rely on the mercy and grace of God for their shortfalls, just as we will have to give account to God for who we believe and what we do with the teachings and example of Yahshua.  Each of us needs to live our life in such a manner that we are doing the best we know how to do with what we’ve come to know, and that as more is given, more will be required.  Discipleship is a learning and doing process that incorporates His words into our lives via the “line upon line, precept upon precept” principle. The truth will be known through God being faithful to His words of life and His blessings upon those who repent to keep and uphold His word indeed.  My hope is that many might be set free from “prison houses” of false doctrines to the fullness of true liberty in knowing the will and work of God for those that love Him as did faithful Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Yahshua, Peter, James, John and Matthew.

 

Many people look to the historical founders of their Church to seek guidance, but the time has come to return to seek our guidance from the Faithful Witness of Heaven and not look to men for truth that God has already given mankind.  We need to return to see things as God says they are and stop being led by partial truths to repent and believe and abide in the words that are wholly true – “Thy word is truth,” and, “The sum of Thy word is truth”.  Open your eyes, hearts and minds to the truth of God, as given by Moses, the Prophets and Psalms and faithfully abide in the commandments and doctrine of the Master Teacher.  These things are brought up as an initial turning back to God, that we prepare ourselves for His return.  The bride of Christ made herself ready.  (Rev. 19:7)  Every person who believes in God should be willing to repent of believing partial truth, to then believe the whole truth.  Everyone faithful to God will have no need to repent of His truth.  "The sum of Thy word is truth", not "Some of Thy word is truth".  Not every word in our current Bible is the word of God, nor does it claim to be.  Even words of Satan are in the Bible, but we are called to repent to do what God said is good and true.

 

Micah 6:8 

 

He has shown you, O man, what is good;

And what does the LORD require of you

But to do justly,

To love mercy,

And to walk humbly with your God?

 

The fullness of God showing man what is good came through the instruction and example of the Son of man, Son of God, the Logos manifest in the flesh, the Desired One of old, foretold even in the Gospel of the Stars.

 

                                   

The Everlasting Covenant

Many Christians believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God, especially in the King James Version, but the fact is that there have been mistranslations and changes from the oldest texts of what we’ve inherited in our Bibles.  Most good study Bibles have footnotes on some verses that indicate some are not in the oldest texts (likely additions) or where they say something differently.  Since the matter is to be careful with the word of God, it will take some time know all of the errors and we can pray God help us to know the truth of His words of life through our discipleship to Yahshua’s example and teachings and the true purpose of the Spirit of Truth helping us as we progress to do the will of God.  Let’s be reasonable and faithful to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as we approach the subject.  Most Western Bibles rely heavily on the Greek translations of both the Old Testament and New Testament, and mistakes have been made in both the text and the books that have been included and excluded.  Compounding these mistakes is the issue of how long it has been since anyone has published a Bible that is in accord with the commandments of God for knowing who we should accept to have spoken for Him and who we are to reject to have given His instructions.  There were no quotation marks in the ancient languages, so it is possible that Yahshua said some would come and say he was the Messiah, but would lead many away from the truth, if possible, even the elect could be deceived.  We find ourselves in a time of great deceit and overturning of right for wrong, and wrong for right.  We have also been told that because of the growth of iniquity (lawlessness - Torahless) that the love of many would grow cold, but that those who persevere to the end will be saved.  My hope is to bring some things to light so that what you do is based on what God declared and that your faith can be based on the sure foundation - the rock that Yahshua said will endure any storm in life.  As Yahshua said, those of God come to Him to know that what they do is done of God.  The prophet Isaiah said that the Messiah would exalt the Torah and even cause the Gentiles to keep the instructions in righteousness (Isaiah 42).  I believe the time has come to "Restore!"  Isaiah 42:21-24:  "The LORD is well pleased for His righteousness sake; He will exalt the Law and make it honorable.  But this is a people robbed and plundered; all of them are snared in holes (different Churches?), and they are hidden in prison houses; they are for prey, and no one delivers, for plunder, and no one says, "Restore!"  Who among you will give ear to this?  Who will listen and hear for the time to come?  Who gave Jacob for plunder and Israel to the robbers?  Was it not the LORD, He against whom we have sinned?"  

If we are to "Restore,” the initial problem of who to believe was recognized by Israel before Moses died; they wanted to know who they should hear as the spokesperson for God after his death.  These instructions/commandments of God are given in Deuteronomy 4, 12, 13 and 18.  Yahshua also gave like teaching on this matter that we need to carefully note and put into action so that we are not deceived.  The final instruction was that even though the person in question gives prophecy that comes true, and even works great wonders or miracles - if they lead people away to another god, or lead the people away from doing as God had already instructed them, that they were not to hear or fear that prophet (person – could be a teacher, preacher, apostle, messiah, angel or anyone who would try to lead His people away from His instructions in righteousness). 

Once we establish the true spokes-persons according to the instructions of God, the next lacking matter is to understand the work that God said He would send His Spirit to accomplish.  Peter preached the first gospel sermon on Pentecost – the day to honor when God had first given His Instructions in Righteousness to Israel.  Prophecy in at least two places relate to this event, as it is also the record of God giving His Spirit and the Spirit coming with power (Acts 1-3).  Most are familiar with Jeremiah 31:31, but we also need to note Ezekiel 36: 25, 26.  The prophecy in Ezekiel says that God would give His Spirit to write His instructions on our hearts – the same instructions given from Sinai – so that we would be careful to do them from our hearts.  In His prayer for the disciples in John 17, Yahshua prayed that the Holy Spirit be given to the disciples to have inspired recall of all He had taught them.  The Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, and we need to also let the Spirit write His words on our hearts so we can be careful to keep them from our hearts.  Isaiah 42 says that the Messiah would cause even the Gentiles to honor the Torah and that the Messiah would exalt the Torah (Commandments of God – Instructions in righteousness), and make them honorable, not set them aside, nail them to the cross, or loosen them.  Yahshua’s first sermon notes that we are not to think He came to do this, but that all the Instructions of God are good and true and that there is life and blessings in doing the will of God – this is what the Beatitudes are about and will be noted later in study of the Sermon on the Mount. 

We can also see in the teachings of Yahshua that the instructions of God are exalted to their highest levels of righteousness in the Doctrine of God.  He came to not only tell us of those things the Father had given Him to teach us, but also in His example to show us the life that God wants His people to live - Yahshua taught true interpretation and application of the Instructions in Righteousness (Torah) that God intends for our greatest blessing and the hope of eternal life in the Kingdom of God (Heaven).  Yahshua's basic message was to repent, to turn to do as God instructed, to prepare for the coming Kingdom.  I’m not saying Gentiles need to keep the commandments given only for Israel, but they should keep the open-ended commandments that were given for everyone.  Note well that a “multitude of nations” left Egypt with Israel and were present when God gave them commandments, as well as when Joshua was about to lead Israel into the promised land, and within those commandments are specific directions for those who were “strangers” and “sojourners” with Israel.  Initially, we need to repent to do the Ten Commandments as given by God, as they are certainly for all, as well as commandments that identify moral or civil right and wrong.  Suffice to say that Yahshua upheld even the least commandments of God as given and was clear when He was calling people from the basic rules to even higher levels of belief and conduct - righteousness – the true righteousness that God intends men to live by.

The next thing to realize is just as important as anything else God has ever said, but has somehow not been a focus of the faith for many Christians - the matter of the “Everlasting Covenant.”  Some actually believe it was done away with on the cross, but I submit to you that it was not done away with, rather, it was made complete on the cross and resurrection of the Christ – brought into full effect of the conditions and promises therein, as made by God.  Also note the promises of Master Yahshua to those who believe in him and do as he instructed and are active in their life through truly abiding in Him by abiding in His words of life.  See the parable of the vine:

John 15:1-27: (Aramaic English New Testament, Netzari Press LLC) “I am the Vine of Truth and my Father is the Cultivator.  Every branch that is on me that does not give fruit, He takes it away.  And that which bears fruit He prunes it that it might produce more fruit.  You are already pruned because of the word which I have spoken with you.  Abide in me and I in you, as the branch is not able to produce fruit by itself unless it should abide in the vine.  Likewise you are also not able unless you abide in me.  I am the Vine and you are the branches.  Whoever abides in me and I in him, this man will produce plentiful fruit because without me you are not able to do anything.  Now unless a man abide in me, he is cast aside like a branch that is withered and they pluck it and place it into the fire that it may burn.  Now if you abide in me and my words abide in you, anything that you desire to ask will be given to you.  In this the Father is glorified that you bear abundant fruit and that you be my disciples.  As my Father has loved me, so too I have loved you.  Abide in my love.  If you keep my Commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept the Commandments of my Father, and I abide in his love.  I have spoken these things with you that my joy may be in you and that your joy might be full in you.  This is my Commandment, that you love one another just as I have loved you.  There is no love that is greater than this that a man lay down his life for the sake of his friends.  You are my friends if you do all that I commanded you.  But, I have called you my friends because everything that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.  You have not chosen me but I am the one who has chosen you.  And I have appointed you that you should also go and produce fruit, and that your fruit might remain.  That all that you ask of my Father in my name He will give you.  These things I commanded you, that you should love one another.  And if the world hates you, know that it hates me before you.  And if you are of the world, the world would love its own.  But you are not of the world for I have chosen you from the world.  Because of this, the world hates you.  Remember the word which I have spoken to you.  That there is no servant who is greater than his master.  If they persecute me, they will also persecute you.  And if they keep my word, they will also keep yours.  But all these things they will do to you because of my name, for they do not know He who sent me.  If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no holocaust upon the face of their sin.  Whoever hates me also hates my Father.  And if I had not done works before their eyes that no other man has done, they would have no sin.  But now they have both seen and hated both me and even my Father.  That the Word might be fulfilled which is written in their Torah that ‘They hated me without reason.’  But when the Redeemer comes, He Whom I will send to you from the presence of my Father, the Spirit of Truth, He Who proceeds from the presence of my Father will witness concerning me.  You will also testify, for you were with me from the start.”

God told Adam and Eve that the Seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent who had deceived them.  Then we find a covenant made to all mankind through Noah.  Next we find the account of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in Genesis 12-50.  We can also see God establishing Israel as a nation as He lead them out of Egypt and gave His instructions and commandments to Israel and the mixed multitude as conditions to the Everlasting Covenant which He would bless them as they kept His instructions, which the people agreed to, when God first spoke them and then wrote them on stone tablets and instructed them to place the stone tablets into the Ark of the Covenant.   It has to be that we have not been careful to go back and realize what God actually said, as this is something I never learned from any preacher in the pulpit or teacher in Sunday school or a college class on the Bible, but that should certainly be a benefit to understand, as it will show a common thread throughout the Bible.  That the Ten Words written by God upon stone tablets and were placed in the Ark of the Covenant would indicate keeping them is our part of the Everlasting Covenant.  Also in the Ark was a bowl of manna, the bread that came down out of heaven to feed them – which the Christ is recorded to have said He is the true bread that comes from heaven.  The rod of Aaron that budded may also be testimony that there is life in doing the instructions of God and keeping the required conditions of the Covenant, and that, as Yahshua said, He has chosen us who believe Him and do His will – which is further revealed as a preserving influence on earth and our testimony of our faith in God and His testimony to the world of the true value, goodness, and power of His word.

I’d like to give credit to the man who brought this to my attention, Mr. D. J. Tondo, who wrote “Jesus’ Words Only”, and it was included in the appendix of the book:

http://www.jesuswordsonly.com/component/content/article/1-jwo/125-appendix-c-jwo.html

Appendix D: The Abrahamic Covenant

Most Christians are unaware that Paul also overthrew the true Abrahamic Covenant. Paul's arguments create a de-facto new Abrahamic covenant from Genesis 15:5-6. Paul insisted it had priority over the true Abrahamic covenant which is recorded in Genesis 17:1-7. Paul says the alleged promise in Genesis 15:6 of justification by faith is inherited by the offspring of Abraham, including believers in Christ (Gal. 3:6, 26). However, Genesis 15:5-6 does not say any such thing. In making this claim, Paul makes of none effect the terms of the true Abrahamic Covenant of Genesis 17:1-7. How so?

First, Paul tries to claim the promise of Genesis 15:6 created faith alone as a basis of Abraham being right with God. Gal. 3:6. (As discussed elsewhere, this verse had nothing to do with imputed righteousness.) 1 Then Paul says we inherit the promise of Genesis 15:5 (blessing of offspring as the number of stars) by the sheer step of faith that supposedly justified Abraham in Genesis 15:6. (Gal. 3:26.) The problem is that Paul has utterly ignored that there is no covenant offered with either Abraham or with any offspring in Genesis 15:5-6. A covenant with Abraham is only offered in Genesis 17:1-7, specifically mentioning it runs in favor of Abraham's offspring: "And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee." (Gen 17:7.) 2 Please also note it was an eternal covenant. Its terms would never expire.

Furthermore, the condition of the Abrahamic covenant is not faith, but the obedience of Abraham: "walk before me, and be thou blameless and 3 I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly." (Gen 17:1-2.) Consequently, Abraham and his "seed after you" had a duty in turn to "keep my covenant." (Gen. 17:3.) God repeats this in Genesis 18:8-9, saying that the covenant promise of God is contingent on Abraham obeying and teaching his children to obey God's commands. 4 Then, after Abraham's death, God affirmed to Isaac that Abraham had obeyed all God's law, which now justified God keeping His side of the covenant to Abraham's seed, namely Isaac:

(1)... And Isaac went... unto Gerar. (2) And Jehovah appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt. Dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of. (3) Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee. For unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father. (4) And I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these lands. And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. (5) Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. Gen 26:1-5 (ASV)

Thus, Paul turned a mere promise to Abraham alone in Genesis 15:5-6 into something it was never intended to be. Paul made it a distinct covenant of righteousness by faith that belonged to Abraham's offspring. Paul has caused generations of Christians to ignore the true covenant made between Abraham and God that was inheritable. It was clearly one premised on Abraham "walking with me blamelessly" in which case God "will" later enter into a covenant with Abraham. Gen. 17:1-2. We know from Genesis 26:1-5 that Abraham did obey God's commandments, and that God did assume His obligation under the covenant. God at that juncture brought a blessing on offspring of Abraham. The blessing was obtained by a covenant of obedience, not one upon faith alone.

Indeed, thereafter the terms of the true Abrahamic Covenant remained "eternal," just as God said. (Gen. 17:7.) This is ignored by Pauline Christians for it would overthrow Paul's Gospel if ever accepted.

For the same terms of the Abrahamic Covenant were then repeated by Moses in the Law in Deuteronomy 6:25: "And it shall be righteousness unto us, if we observe to do all this commandment before Jehovah our God, as he hath commanded us." Mercy is always possible for transgression if you turn from evil (Deut.13:17), but righteousness was only to be imputed again if repentance ensued. (Ezekiel 33:12-14.)

This is why the Prophet Daniel likewise repeated the obedience-requirement for covenant promises to be kept: "And I prayed unto Jehovah my God, and made confession, and said, Oh, Lord, the great and dreadful God, who keepeth covenant and lovingkindness with them that love him and keep his commandments..." Dan 9:4.

Then of course Jesus put the same emphasis on "obeying" all "my teaching" for eternal life in John 8:51. Then, of course, if you fail to obey but you repent from sin and turn back to obedience, you are once more "justified" with God. (Luke 18:10 ff.) But those who "keep on disobeying the son continue to have the wrath of God reside on them." (John 3:36 ASV.)

Thus, we see all three covenants have identical principles on obedience and justification. They are a continuum of an identical message. God's promise of salvation is upon those who obey all His commands, statutes and ordinances. Atonement under such a system only applied to those who fled the altar first to be reconciled to the one they knew they had sinned against, as Jesus Himself said. (Matthew 5:23-24.) 5 As Jesus repeatedly said, if you violate the commandments, you must engage in severe repentance (figuratively cut off offending body parts) to avoid being sent to hell. (Matthew 5:29,Matthew 18:8, and Mark 9:42-48.) Thus, all three covenants match each other with the same salvation doctrine.

This explains why God could say the Abrahamic covenant was "an everlasting covenant" (Gen 17:7) just as God could say "these ordinances" given Moses in the Law shall be "everlasting for all generations." (Ex. 27:21; 30:21; Lev. 6:18; 7:36; 10:9; 17:7; 23:14, 21, 41; 24:3; Num. 10:8.) [note also that Yahshua fully upheld keeping all the Torah as a main point in the sermon on the mount: Mt. 5-7]

But if obedience to the Law creates justification (Deut. 6:25) this never meant it does so without faith, as Paul assumed. A command to have faith is not absent in the Law. Jesus said the "weightier matters of the Law" include not only Justice and Mercy, but also Faith. (Matt. 23:23.) A command to have faith/trust is found numerous times in the Law and Prophets, e.g., Deut. 31:6; Isaiah 26:4; and Jer. 17:7.


1. See pages 251-53, 495, and 507.

2. Pauline-biased scholars try to assert the covenant was put in place fourteen years earlier than Genesis 17:1-7. They claim it really was instituted when we read the promise in Genesis 15:5-6. (Keil & Delitzsch.) However, that is not testing Paul by God's word for consistency, is it? That is backward reading into a passage to vindicate Paul. However, there is nothing in Genesis 17:1-7 to suggest any covenant was previously in place. In fact, as worded in Genesis 17:1-7, a covenant is still only a plan of God in the future, dependent on Abraham's obedience which had to be proven, not assumed. Genesis 17 reads: "And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, Jehovah appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be thou blameless (a)nd I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly." (Gen 17:1-2 NAS.)

3. Some break these two clauses by putting a period before and. The apparent rationale is to weaken the embarrassing conditionality of obedience to God's adoption of the Abrahamic Covenant. The correct translation has no period, such as in the Geneva Study Bible, Latin Vulgate, Websters, Young's Literal, Italian Riveduta, Contemporary English Version, etc. The period punctuation appears in the KJV, NAS and the German Luther Bible. Yet, even with a period before and, the conditionality remains.

4. "For I have known him [Abraham], to the end that he may command his children and his household after him, that they may keep the way of Jehovah, to do [work] righteousness and justice; to the end that Jehovah may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him." (Gen. 18:19 ASV.)

5. For a full discussion on this passage, and the clear reference to the Days of Ten, see index.

 

We know from the Sermon on the Mount that we are not to even think Yahshua came to set aside, loosen or do away with even the least of the commandments of God.  The commandments of God were the conditions for the Covenant that God put upon Israel and the Gentile sojourners with them.  Review of those Commandments will show some things to be instructions to His people about knowing what He said is right and good, and what He declared to be minor sins and matters of ritual purity, as well as what was evil and abominations.  Some things that resulted in a person being “cut off” from the people were minor issues that were easily resolved.  Some things were regarded to be abominations in His sight that were not easily resolved.  Do be careful to treat His words with the distinctions He made, and don’t ignore any of His Instructions in Righteousness.  This should be reasonably convincing evidence of the source of the Commandments of God, proving they are from the Creator who knows what is for our good and what it takes to live a blessed life in a community that desires to live rightly toward both God and their fellow man.  Because of the need to honor and keep His instructions indeed was taught by Yahshua, faithful disciples will be doing these things and also keeping the words of God given by Yahshua.  When we mature in the things of God as Yahshua taught them, and also raised righteousness to higher standards, we will come to understand more fully what it means to know what God is doing and what it means to be a friend of Master Yahshua, as taught in John 15:9-15;

"As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.  If you keep My commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.  These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.  You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you."

This is why it is also said in Revelation that those who enter the City do so because of right – not just grace, not just because of their faith without works, but rather because they kept the commandments of God and the Testimony of Master Yahshua.  The bride of Christ made herself ready for His return, she was clothed in clean garments that were not stained with unfaithfulness and abortions.  She knew what the will of her betrothed was and set about to make sure she was faithful to Him indeed and persevered to the end in her faithfulness to God and Christ with the help and assistance of the Spirit to renew and empower and aid in  living within the pathway to eternal life as shown through Master Yashua.  This passage from Lamentations 3:21-33 comes to mind:  “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not, they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.  The LORD is my portion, says my soul, therefore I hope in him!  The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.  It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.  It is good for a man to hear the yoke in his youth.  Let him sit alone and keep silent, because God has laid it on him.  Let him put his mouth in the dust – there may yet be hope.  Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him, and be full of reproach.  For the Lord will not cast off forever.  Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies.  For He does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.”

The apostle John wrote of these things in his letters, which provides further evidence that this is in keeping with the Apostles understanding of the instructions of Master Yahshua that fits perfectly with what is quoted just above this about the need to love Him as He said.

I John 1; “That which was from the beginning,  which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life - the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness,  and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us- that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.  And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.”

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.”

I John 2: 1-6; “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin.  And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but for the whole world.”

“Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.  He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not deep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him.  By this we know that we are in Him.  He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”

He knows our works, no one can fool Him.  He knows our hearts better than we can ever know ourselves.  Do take note of what He taught, and do so with the mind to be faithful and true to be His disciple indeed.  Grow in understanding and faithfulness to the instructions in righteousness, that God may then be true to His word and be able to bless us, rather than place ourselves under a curse by ignoring His instruction and goodness.  God has both shown and told us what is right – if we will but see, hear, and turn to do His will that He might heal us, and possibly our nation.   As the Revelation of Master Yahshua ends, “Amen.  Come quickly!”  Are you making yourself ready?  Are you trying to share the need to repent to do His will with others, so they might also be saved from this wicked and perverse generation?  At least be salt and light for Him.

Of the Ten Commandments, the only one most Christians ignore is keeping the Sabbath.  The Sabbath was primarily kept in the home.  I learned this from a couple of books published about the Jewish home and traditions kept there.  The command had to do with not doing any gainful work and to remember the blessings of God in the Everlasting Covenant and provisions made for us in every need we have.  It is a time to remember His goodness in creation of the earth and all good things He gives us.  The day was traditionally set apart by lighting a candle before sundown on Friday, Scripture readings, and then also commemoration of the end of the Sabbath with sundown on Saturday.  We can keep the Sabbath holy and set it apart as commanded without the need to convince everyone in our Church of the need to keep the Sabbath and worship on Saturday instead of Sunday.  I found two paperback books on the subject of keeping Jewish home customs in a used book store, or you might do some searches to find information on the internet.  It was enlightening to understand the matters from the Jewish perspective, and they have been keeping the day a long time.  We should keep the day as Set-Apart to our Creator and learn about how much this day speaks of our Savior, Redeemer, Master and King.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Teachings of Master Yahshua

 

NKJV  John 8:12;  "I am the light of the world.  He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

Mt. 5:14-18;   “You are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

As disciples of Yahshua who recognize and see His light, we are called to reflect that light in our lives as we can, and thereby continue to show His light to the world.  This light is directly seen in our words and deeds and outlook on life.  It should be reflected in all we do.  The life of a disciple of Jesus is about doing the will of God and being faithful to Him.

The Bible is a gold mine for the soul, and the teachings of Yahshua are surely the Mother-Lode of its grace and truth.   In the parable of the talents, the master went away on a long journey and entrusted his wealth to his servants.  We all have God given talents, but the greatest treasure Yahshua gave us are His teachings and wisdom about how to live the life that brings faith, hope, love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness and has the blessings of God.  What are we doing with the greatest treasures of the grace and truth from God?   When Yahshua gave the great commission in Matthew He gave the outline of what it means to be a disciple.  He didn't call them to be 'Christians', but to be 'disciples.'  In the great commission (Matthew 28:19, 20) Yahshua said to make disciples (of Him), baptize them (Acts 2:38,39), and teach those disciples to observe and keep whatever He had first commanded them (John 15, the true vine parable; Acts 3:22,23).  

In the Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5-7, Yahshua says (7:24-27):

"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

But everyone who hears these sayings of mine and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell.  And great was its fall."

 

He was making a specific point in this sermon to identify "these sayings of mine."  The matters given in these opening lessons present key truths that all disciples of Jesus (Yahshua) must note.  Also regarding the transmission of teachings, Yahshua was often called “Rabbi”, or Teacher, of the Torah.  This role was a very important one at that time, as it also is now.  He is our Teacher.  Give close attention to what was said in the Holy Scriptures that were being taught and see the clarity and light that is brought to their meaning and application to the lives of His disciples.

 

While reading “JEWISH SECRETS HIDDEN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT” the point was made that there are two highly regarded things:  the written word of God and the orally transmitted word of God.  The authors reached a different conclusion on the matter, but I noted the common link is that both are of God as originally given.  First, God spoke the Ten Words (Ten Commandments - instructions in righteousness), then He wrote the Ten Commandments down on tablets of stone that were to be kept in the Ark of the Covenant.  God also spoke with Moses on the mountain and Moses wrote the Torah as given by God to Israel and the multitude of nations that came out of Egypt with Israel to believe in and follow the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Judah was charged to guard the Torah and keep/maintain it.   They were to keep His instructions as told and written down, and guard and maintain them.  All were to teach them to their children in succession to keep His instructions and commandments as their part of the Everlasting Covenant God made with them that day.  Doing the Instructions in Righteousness were, and are, the everlasting covenant conditions of the blessings of God.

 

God wrote the Ten Commandments on stone, that they do them, and to signify the lasting nature of His commandments.  Prophecy in Ezekiel 36 and Jeremiah 31 is that God would do a new thing, and that this new thing would be to replace their heart of stone (they were to keep His instructions “indeed”, and the instructions were written on stone), and that He would send His Spirit that He could write His instructions on their heart, that a heart of flesh, a living desire to keep His instruction, would replace the heart of stone.  When Yahshua teaches the very instructions of God, they were spoken, and then written down by His disciples/apostles, and are to go into our heart, so that we might know them and do the will of God from our hearts – not as a list of Commandments written on stone tablets.  Yahshua did not come to present the will of God as a list of commandments, and  His words are also Spirit and should bring us life as we accept, receive and repent to do them in the manner and context as He taught, instructed and exampled for us to imitate and follow after Him through faithful discipleship.  Through His teachings, the instructions of God are exalted, magnified and glorified so we can come to know the grace and truth that God desires mankind to know and live.

John 15:9-15;  "As the Father loved me, I also have loved you; abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in His love.  These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.  This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do whatever I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from my Father I have made known to you."

Revelation 22:14;  "Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city."

 

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 Fathers’ who sent me."

 

Matthew 23:23 – 24:44;

 

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith.  These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.  Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!”

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.  Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.”

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.  Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’”

“Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.  Fill up then the measure of your fathers’ guilt.  Serpents, brood of vipers!  How can you escape the condemnation of hell?  Therefore I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.  Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.”

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her!  How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!  See!  You house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD.”

(24) “Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple.  And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things?  Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

“Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be?  And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

“And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no man deceives you.  For many will come in My name, saying I am the Christ, and will deceive many.  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.  See that you are not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.  And then many will be offended, will betray one another and will hate one another.  Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  But he who endures to the end shall be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

“Therefore, when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house.  And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.  But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!  And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.  For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.”

“Then if anyone says to you, “Look, here is the Christ!”, or “There!”
do not believe it.  For false christs and false prophets will rise up and show great signs, and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.  See, I have told you beforehand.”

“Therefore if they say to you, “Look, He is in the desert!” do not go out; or, “Look, He is in the inner rooms! Do not believe it.  For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  Wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.”

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.  So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near – at the doors!  Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.  But as the days of Noah were, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man be.  For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left.  Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.  Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.  But know this, if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

 

 

 

Mt 25:

Then let the Kingdom of Heaven be likened to those ten virgins who took their lamps and went out for the meeting of the bride and the bridegroom.  Now five of them were wise and five were foolish.  And those foolish virgins took their lamps but did not take oil with them.  But those wise virgins took oil in vessels with their lamps.  Now when the bridegroom delayed, they slumbered and slept.  And in the middle of the night there was an outcry, "Behold, the bridegroom comes!  Go out for his meeting!"  Then all those virgins arose and prepared their lamps.  And those foolish virgins were saying to the wise, "Give us some of your oil, for behold, our lamps have gone out."  These wise virgins answered and said, "What if there is not enough for us and for you?  Rather, go to those who sell and buy for yourselves."  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready entered with him into the banquet-hall.  And the door was locked.  Now later also came those other virgins, and were saying, "Our master!  Our master!  Open the door for us."  Then he answered and said to them, "Truly I say to you that, "I do not know you."  Be alert, therefore, for you do not know that day or hour.  For it is like a man who went on a journey.  He called his servants and delivered his possessions to them.  There was one he gave five talents, and another two, and another one - each man according to his ability.  And he went immediately on a journey.  Now he who received five talents went and traded with them and gained five more.  And likewise also, he who received two traded and gained two others.  But he who received one, went and dug in the ground and hid the money of his master.  Now after a great time, the master came and received an account from them of those servants.  And he who received five talents and brought five others drew near and said, "My master, you gave to me five talents.  Behold, I have added five others to them."  And he said to him, "Well done good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful over a little, I will appoint you over much!  Enter into the joy of your master."  And he who received two talents drew near and said, "My master, you gave to me two talents.  Behold, I have added two others to them."  His master said to him, “Well done good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful over a little.  I will appoint you over much.  Enter into the joy of your master."  And he who received one talent drew near also and said, "My master, you are known to be a hard man, and that you reap where you have not sown and you gather from where you have not scattered.  So I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the ground.  Behold, you have what is yours."  His master answered and said to him, "Evil and lazy servant!  So it is known that I reap where I have not sown, and I gather from where I have not scattered!  For you would have been right to have placed my money in the exchange, and I would have come and have demanded its interest and my principal.  Therefore, take away the talent from him and give it to him who has ten talents.  For to him who has, it will be given to him and it will increase to him.  But he who does not have, even that which he has will be taken from him."  And the idle servant was thrown into the outer darkness.  There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  And when the Son of man comes in his glory, and all his Set Apart Messengers with him.  And he will separate them, one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  And he will set the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.  Then the King will say to those who are at his right, "Come you blessed of my Father.  Inherit the Kingdom which has been prepared for you from the foundations of the world.   For I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat.  And I was thirsty and you gave me drink.  I was a stranger, and you took me in.  I was naked, and you covered me.  I was sick, and you visited me.  And I was in prison, and you came to me."  Then those will say to him, "Our righteous Master, when did we see that you were hungry and feed you, or that you were thirsty, and gave you drink?  And when did we see that you were a stranger and take you in, or that you were naked and covered you?  And when did we see you sick or in prison and come to you?  The King will answer and say to them, "Truly I say to you, inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."  Then he will also say to those that are on his left, "You cursed!  Go away from me to the everlasting fire that which is prepared for the adversary and his Messengers.  For I was hungry, and you did not give me any food.  And I was thirsty, and you did not give me drink.  And I was a stranger, and you did not take me in.  And I was naked, and you did not cover me.  And I was sick and in prison, and you did not visit me."  Even then, they will answer and say, "Our Master, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?"  Then he will answer and say to them, "Truly I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do to one of these little ones, you also did not do it to me."  And these will depart to everlasting torment, but the righteous to everlasting life.”  

 

Jesus gave hundreds of teachings, and each has important lessons in our discipleship to him.  We are told to not to be hearers only, but to be among those who are hearers and doers of His word.  Jesus came to teach and manifest the instructions of God: righteousness, grace, love, mercy, promises, will, covenant and truth of God to lead us to eternal life. Whosoever will may come and partake of the waters of life freely. 

 

 

 

In Micah 6:7, 8 we are told:

 

"Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,

Ten thousand rivers of oil?

Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,

The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

He has shown you, O man, what is good;

And what does the LORD require of you

But to do justly,

To love mercy,

And to walk humbly with your God?"

 

Jesus came to show us exactly what these things mean: to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God and our fellow man. 

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."

 

Have you ever wondered if what you were taught and believe is really the same gospel Jesus preached?  Is His a message that changes with time and culture?  Or, is the gospel a set message that is timeless and as applicable to life today as it was nearly 2000 years ago?  Of the major divisions in Christianity today there are significant differences between what it means to be a Christian.  God created each person to be unique – no two are alike in every way, but do we have any reason to believe that opposing diversity of beliefs and faiths are what God has ever desired of those who believe in Him?  Didn’t Jesus’ prayer in John 17 say that He desired those who believe in Him to be one – not multitudes of fractured believers who teach against each other or who don’t teach His message as abiding in whatever He first taught the original disciples?  It’s as though many are on a binge to do less and less of what He taught and have nearly divorced themselves from His words that lead to life eternal!  

If you can please endure a fairly lengthy introduction, I believe you will see that everything is significant to the issue in question.  Most, if not all of it, should be related to my sincerity, experience and knowledge of the matter as an open minded person possessing considerable interest towards the Christian faith and one who has tried to be more than fair towards all who profess to be Christians. What I’ve discovered can be equally applied by anyone who wants to make sure they are on the pathway of life that God and His Christ have given as instructions to all who seek the light of His truth and be freed from what God called “prison houses” of false doctrine and unbelief.  The situation should become apparent if you follow along with what I’ve come to understand after 60 years of life and study, and most revealing when discovering what I honestly believe is the truth of why we have problems and divisions in the Christian faith.

During the early history of Christian faith, when the Roman Empire was at its height, persecution of the Church began, first towards the original disciples – those of the Jews who believed in Him.  Jesus and all the original disciples were Jews and the Christian Church (Ebionites) were in Jerusalem.  I’ll admit to not being a history expert, but this is what I understand of the matter in a general way:  The faith that originated at Jerusalem was spreading throughout the known world. First through the original disciples and after a few years Paul entered the picture and gave his teachings to areas away from Jerusalem, but visited Jerusalem several times.  Paul was involved in a few controversies in Acts. Later in Church history, Imperial Rome transferred some authority to the Roman Church.   The Roman Church grew in power and tried to overtake the rest of the Christians as their subjects.  Those outside Roman rule were threatened that they also had to submit and change their Scripture to match what Rome declared.  The sphere of influence also evolved into making Churches under the authority of various areas Kings, who were to be in submission to the head of the Roman Church.  The office of the Roman Pope was one of great political and religious power.  Those who would not submit to Rome were persecuted by Rome for a long time, but the Christian faith extended beyond Roman rule and influence.  The Roman Church rule has its own historical events of significance, and I’m really not so interested in that at this time, but perhaps the most lasting influence to this day is what the currently extended Church consider to be Scripture.  The book listing for the New Testament Canon was declared by the Roman Church about 350-400 AD, about 300 years after the Church began.   The same books were received in other areas and preserved outside Roman rule that demanded everyone accept what the Pope and Roman Church declared.   Some texts discovered in the area of the Dead Sea Scrolls may have been from the early Church preserving texts before the Roman destruction of Jerusalem.  What has been declared to be accepted Scripture by The Roman Church does not match what some of the ancient discovered texts declared to be Scripture.  One of these ancient texts says the Jerusalem Church only accepted the Hebrew text of Matthew to be Scripture at the beginning.  It was reportedly written by Matthew, who was one of the twelve apostles, and the apostles were the chosen disciples and Apostles/Emissaries of Jesus.  Evidently John and Revelation were written later in Church history.  Equally important is that the writings of Paul were rejected as Scripture by Christians at Jerusalem.  What I’ve discovered in my study that totally focused on the teachings of Yahshua throughout the New Testament texts substantiates this could well be true.  God said through Moses, the Prophets and Master Yahshua that we have specific instruction about who we are to hear and who we are to reject as a spokesperson for Him.  God has given specific instructions and directions that we need to believe are true and will direct us in His word.

The Roman Church claims to be the right one because they claim they are the oldest and original Church.  Their doctrines have developed over the centuries and are not the same now as they were in their oldest records that date to hundreds of years after Pentecost of 33 AD.  There are also those who split with the Roman Church over some doctrines and what authority the Church is to submit to (Roman Pope).  Some men believed the Roman Church was corrupted and that the common folk needed to have the Scriptures available in the language people could understand.  It was through this period that the King James Bible and others came into use.  Following this are many other Protestant denominations whose variant faiths promote to “know the truth” and have largely based faith and practice through Statements of Doctrine for each denomination.  By now people generally follow the faith of their fathers or settle in on a congregation that best fits what they either find most friendly, or least objectionable to what they believe.  Of the later developments in the 1800’s re-awakening are also found those who attempted to return to the original faith, as they understood it to be, as well as those who claim restored priesthood authority through their Living Prophets.  The Latter Day Saints have added books to their Scripture that purport their founder, Joseph Smith Jr., to have received by revelation.  The founding prophetess of the Seventh Day Adventists, Ellen White, wrote extensively and their libraries with her books also cause them to focus their faith away from the teachings of Yahshua to include whatever she wrote.  After spending a number of years studying with a variety of Churches, all I can conclude is that there are so many Churches because none of them actually remained believers of what Yahshua taught, but allowed themselves to drift away from the teachings and examples He gave us to follow and turned to what someone else taught.  It was only through totally focused on knowing what Yahshua taught that helped me realized the significance of the matter.  If you don’t believe me, see if you can go to a Church whose speakers focus their exposition of Scripture and the gospel (sermon/testimony) without supporting references to their ‘prophet’, church founders, or the apostle Paul as authoritative.  It’s eye-opening to see how true this is.  No one can possibly attend every Church existing in the entire earth today, but after visiting so many, all I can say is I’d love to find one that does focus teaching its membership in the fullness of His message, without trying to prove the topic by using lessor men to support the subject of the lesson.  The focus of Christian faith should be on the person, prophecies, examples and teachings of Master Yahshua … if they actually believe Him.  After all, the gospels record says that we are to be His disciples indeed if we are to know the truth.

By our time, and through the confusions of history, how can we possibly know who and what to believe is actually the truth God gave through Him? 

When growing up in the 50’s and 60’s it seemed that most everyone was a Christian of one sort or another.  I grew up on the right side of the faith - so I thought and believed.  When I was four my dad decided to become a Church of Christ preacher and moved us from eastern Ohio to Utah - Mormon Country.  Those seemed more tranquil times, but the diversity of life and faith was not yet realized and time was spent enjoying youth and being taught in the basics as understood by the Church of Christ.

How is it that what we have been taught to believe about Jesus and His Church somehow ends up in different fellowships, belief systems of what the “gospel” is, Church organizations, and the teachings focused on regarding what members must believe and do to be “faithful” Church members?  While all will say they are Christians, how can all of them actually be faithful Christians and have so many differences – some quite profound?  And how is it that so many who believe in Jesus as children end up rejecting their faith in their teens and twenties?  Suppose one discovers what they were taught isn’t actually true?  In some instances they may conclude what they have been taught actually offends their own soul.  How many continue to search for the real truth because they have actually come to love and believe Jesus is the Christ and desire to know Him more fully?  If you are reading this, chances are you fit in this group, and I hope you’ll come to discover what my search has found to be the truth that Yahshua said will set us free to the will of God and leads us to life eternal. 

My fathers’ roots were Methodist; many consider them to be on the liberal side of Christianity.   As a child I still remember visiting my uncle Harry, who was a Methodist minister, and attending services with his family a few times.  The Church of Christ prides itself on being “New Testament Christians” or “First Century Christians” and generally hold to a theme of “If it isn't authorized in the New Testament, it is prohibited.”  Since musical instruments aren't specifically authorized in the New Testament, they are forbidden to be used in worship.  My uncle Harry and aunt Helen were two of the loveliest people I've ever known, and I still recall sitting in their Church with them as the piano was played and all I could think of was how I couldn't sing - lest I be damned - and wondering how on earth such nice people could be so wrong and damn themselves to hell for singing with an instrument, as they sang the same songs of praise to God that I sang in the Church of Christ.  That was my first introduction to how divisive what we've been taught can become.  I have to smile at my ignorance by now, but if you've been brought up in any particular Church and have visited family or friends who go to a different Church or faith, you might be able to loosely identify with the feelings and questions I had as a child in wondering about “why the differences?” or “why do we believe what we do, and they believe something else?”   Each believe and love Jesus as they’ve accepted what they’ve been taught, and ultimately, who is right, or does it really matter?  Who hasn’t heard: “Go to the Church of your own choice”?  Who hasn’t known someone who belongs to a Church that thinks theirs is the only “true” Church on the face of the earth?  It appears that we’ve missed a central element if there is a unity that the body of Christ is to possess, that His disciples be as one, and have unity and love amongst themselves and be the light and witness to the world as He taught and prayed for (Jn.17).

We moved every few years and this exposed me to a variety of Churches and faiths, and local cultures.  Having started school in Utah, somehow we returned to Utah for my Junior and Senior years of High School.  By this time I enjoyed debating LDS friends over the Book of Mormon.  Several times friends who were LDS missionaries in training would come over to my house after school and we'd discuss the meaning of the “two sticks” prophecy in Ezekiel and sometimes end up going to their Seminary teachers and discuss things they believed they were right about,  but didn't know how to answer points I made.  We all felt obligated to prove what we were taught to believe was the real truth, yet I made no convert of a Mormon, nor did they convert me to Mormonism.  We did enjoy our discussions as we tried to prove to each other why our Church was the correct one.  We shared a desire to love and serve Jesus, but were limited by what we’d been taught in our respective Churches to be the truth – the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Just after graduating we moved to California, I went off to college to study Bible and Sociology and try to follow in my dad’s footsteps.  Great expectations filled my mind, there I was at the same Church school my dad attended a short time.  Rather than small congregations I'd grown up with, some congregations in the Nashville area had membership in the thousands.  One of the Bible professors had a fireside event for the new Bible majors, and I looked forward to meeting him and all the other “like-minded” students.  Until that point in my life Bible study was usually in smaller groups, and most of them didn't even read the workbook lessons.  I was more than ready to get into the Scriptures with the experts!  It was only a few minutes into the fireside when the professor came over to me and drew the focus of everyone to our conversation - and to my surprise, he was confronting me, not congratulating me for my choice of school or field of study.  "I hear you actually believe the Holy Spirit dwells in you?"  Having been taught this all my life from Jesus’ teaching on sending the Comforter, *note: Acts 2:38, 39; John 15:26; 16:7-15,  and other passages, such as the Spirit is Gods seal of surety to the believer, but mostly from personal experience of it when I was baptized, we bantered back and forth quoting Bible passages, discussing whether the Spirit actually indwells the baptized believer, or if it is solely the word of God being inspired by the Spirit and we cannot have the Spirit in actuality, but only the engrafted word as we came to know it.  This really puzzled me at the time, as I didn't come to college to argue with the professors.  Being a fair debater, I reserved some parting comments of additional Scripture to prove my viewpoint was correct - that the Spirit works within the word to affect our lives, but that He also is capable to guide and lead us throughout our life as the promised Comforter.  The professor had rights to the parting comment:  "Well", he said, "I'm surprised you don't have a Scribe following you around to record every word you say!"

I believed Jesus and what the Scriptures said, yet here I was, standing up for my faith and the word of God and everything I had been taught to believe as the professor and students had a chuckle at my expense.  I stuck it out at David Lipscomb for over a year, but could see it wasn't going to work out as expected and returned home to get a job and spent 40 years working for the State of California. 

It was quite a humbling reality to go from college to picking up trash and weeds along the Highways, especially when friends drove by and honked their horns – but it was a job and put food on the table and an honest way for me to have my own place and raise a family.

Each of us has opportunities in life, and I used mine to the best of my ability.  I also made a number of mistakes, as I was very naive and mainly learned by experience.  Work started in maintaining highways and ended up assisting in their design and construction.  Through my career I've worked with thousands and supervised hundreds, and it was perhaps the best experience in my life in exposure to the real world – which is vastly different from being a preacher’s kid and everything centering on Church.  The life I’d lived as the son of a preacher in the Church of Christ was extremely limited and shielded from most of life’s realities.  It was an education about the hard realities of life and what others believe or don't believe, and how this reflects in values of faith, and faithlessness, and how these affected people.   I enjoyed talking to those of different faiths about what they believed: Catholics, Orthodox, Protestants, Pentecostals, Evangelicals, LDS, SDA, Jews, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, as well as pagans, agnostics and atheists.

Aside from developing work ethics and stamina, the most valuable skill developed was to digest huge amounts of information to determine specific recommendations.  Some highway projects had hundreds and thousands of pages in plans, specifications, special provisions, environmental permits, and such, but boiled down to how much money was provided for certain specifications, line items and various contingency funds of the contract that I was to provide input for the Construction Division during the design phase.  This required envisioning projects as designed to be built in multi-year phases and anticipate specific environmental needs and help plan what should be required throughout the project (if the Regulations and Permits didn’t change) and to be an advocate for funds to get the job done correctly and according to project site and project specific requirements, special provisions, standard specifications, project design guidelines and various environmental permits.  If anyone has done this type of work before, you'll appreciate the focus to detail that is required.  Sometimes project documentation gave conflicting requirements, which took time to re-direct issues to resolve as best as possible.  The final product being the goal, one had to see the current situation and the final configuration to make sense of all that happens from start to finish.  It isn’t uncommon that mistakes are made when people aren’t working closely together and sharing information with each other, or if some who think they know something that they don’t know start directing something incorrectly, or when a figure is given for a critical design issue that is significantly wrong.  Sometimes required information couldn’t be known until the mountain was blasted away and the calculation figures were merely rough estimates, such as what percentage of the new cut-slope would be solid granite and what was likely to be decomposed granite.  With a 200’- 300’ tall cut slope above the highway, with homes or streams nearby, this was a critical issue that provisions be made to build a stable slope. 

While many are not aware of the need for specification details, you might consider if you’d like to take the chance to drive over a bridge put together with materials that don’t meet the designed and engineered strength requirements for the structure of a bridge built high over water such as the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge.  How much confidence should you really have in the bridge if the bolts, welding, concrete or foundation structure didn’t meet the strength required by the engineers who designed it?  What if the builder put in materials that didn’t meet the strength specifications required?  Maybe with only a few substandard bolts the bridge would hold; maybe it would hold for years before the stress finally caused failure to withstand the forces it was designed to bear.  What if all the critical bolts were weak and substandard?   What if in this condition of weakness the bridge was filled to maximum capacity, and the weight limits of what it was designed for was more than the actual substandard materials could bear?  I’ve worked over many large bridges, and even those made of concrete will sway and bounce up and down with the weight of traffic and sway in strong winds.  Moment by moment, bounce by bounce, thousands of people passed over before us.  Although rare, mainly because of diligent designers, engineers, contractors, craftsmen, workers, inspectors, and material suppliers.  There have been a few notable examples of catastrophic bridge failure and significant loss of property and/or life.  Why not be diligent to follow all the design and maintenance requirements to build and maintain the bridge as fully intended?  Wouldn’t that be the upright way to build and maintain such an important thing? 

Is our belief and faith any less important if we believe there is a hereafter and a coming account of ourselves to God?  The teachings of Yahshua have certain instructions that can be viewed similarly to specifications.  He put parameters on many things, such as who can be His disciple, the cost involved, and perhaps most importantly that He said if we love Him we will keep His commandments, as He kept the Fathers commandments to show His love for the His Father, Master YHWH.  Much, if not all, of what Yahshua taught related to what God declared to be His instructions in righteousness and based in the Old Testament.  Since the New Testament is actually revealing the fullness of the will of God and the fulfillment of the promise to bless all nations through the seed of Abraham – from my perspective it is one testament of God – not two.

There is a vast amount of information and instruction in the Bible.  What is the overall purpose and goal?  How do we get there?   How can we seek guidance with seeming conflicting directions?  What are the conditions required?  What are the foundations and parameters?  Who is in charge?  Who are we to hear as authority and receive direction from?  Who are we to ignore?  Who are we to reject?  How much “truth” is required?  How much room is allowed for “opinion”?  What are the primary stabilizing influences?  I can’t recommend too strongly to double check what someone tells you.  What can be more important to the subject than what God said?  The first recorded teaching of Yahshua in Matthew is “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” There are many who say the sum total of the gospel response is to “Say this prayer after me and put your trust in Jesus’ finished work on the cross.”  I can still hear one caller to a Christian Radio Program who asked: “Are you sure that’s all there is?” Repeatedly  the host assured the caller this prayer and trust in His work on the cross is all that is required, and further warned them to not listen to anyone who said baptism or any work was necessary, because baptism is a work and Paul said salvation is of faith and not works, lest any man should boast.   According to Yahshua, the truth of the matter is that the great commission near the end of Matthew is a word picture, like the Title Page of the building plans, of the original Christian faith, and puts baptism (immersion) in the Name (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) in the center of the call to first becoming disciples and then doing whatever He first commanded the Apostles.  To cut out the middle, which is given as the promise of God to all from that day in Acts 2:38,39, a mere few days after He gave the great commission, may well be a gross error that leads people to reject the very promise of God regarding the gospel message of repentance, forgiveness and the promised Comforter.

Since the gospel message of Yahshua (Jesus Christ) is what Christianity is all about, we need to apply some reality of what He taught regarding the situation each of us find ourselves in who claim to belong to Him, and we should also teach the same thing to others who may ask us about Christianity. 

Millions of people have been repeatedly lead away from doing what Yahshua said is necessary, and with repeated denial of His stated conditions, how long does it take to put a callous over the instinct that asks if there is more we need to do?  It is with learned focus to seek to know the fullness of the will of God that is the good news of the hope of the Kingdom of God, as taught by Yahshua, that I return to His word to see where I actually stand - according to what He taught.  As He said from the beginning – “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand,” and, John the Baptist said; ”Save yourselves from this crooked and perverse generation!”  No matter what we’ve been taught by anyone else, we must be willing to count the cost and repent of man-made beliefs and turn to do those things He said are done by those who desire to do the will of the Father in heaven.  As an expression contemporary to my work experience, if I want my bridge to withstand and endure, I have to build it by the standards and design He gave – to do less is to invite destruction and failure.  As Yahshua framed the issue, we must be hearers and doers of “these words,” and as Moses foretold, we must hear Him in whatever He tells us or be cut off from the brethren.

Christianity centers on Jesus (Yahshua), but what I've come to see later in life is that divisions between fellowships and Churches (denominations) largely stem from one of two things: 

1.  Division of His teachings – “cut and paste Christianity.”

2.  Taking the words of someone other than Yahshua as more authoritative or true.

As one example of “cut and paste Christianity,” have you heard “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free”?  More often than not, they don't preach the preceding condition of, “If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”  Yahshua put the condition of abiding in what He was teaching, and abiding is to carefully stick with what He taught and not adding to it or taking away from it, but living faithfully by all His teachings.

Being a disciple is about accepting and abiding in the whole of His teachings - and I was compelled to double check everything.   According to Yahshua, the way to know the truth is to abide in his word “indeed”, which requires instruction in His teachings.    For years I would get up early before going to work and start my examination of the teachings to see what He said truth actually is.  This new purpose in reading the gospel accounts gave a new focus to my study, and each day I found myself noticing things He taught that I'd passed by many times before.  It was like discovering a new mountain of faith to be explored.   It wasn’t long before realizing He taught that if anyone wanted to know if his teachings are actually and literally from God, as necessary as told and as profitable as presented, that he gave what I call “The Jesus Test.”  He said if anyone wills to know if his teachings are of God, that by doing what he said we can know if it is of God or not.   Taking this teaching as literal, it was the first thing on my mind to know if this is the actual truth.  (Do temper your desire with a healthy dose of common sense though.  There is no record of cutting off hands or putting eyes out to be taken literally, and the over-statement was to emphasize how dangerous sin is and the severity of repentance required by God.  Some things are harder than others, and some things are a life-long effort.)    Days passed into weeks and weeks into months - each day providing new insight to what He was teaching and then living out what he said to believe or do as opportunity presented itself.  It wasn't very long before I was compelled to start thinking differently than what I had been taught.  After coming to realize the significance of His teachings it became painfully obvious that divisions between believers result from the divisions in not accepting the whole of what He taught to be the guiding light it is intended to be – according to the Master Teacher himself – as recorded to have been said by those who were his appointed witnesses of what He had taught them about the kingdom of God (Heaven), life and what God has graciously instructed. 

Yahshua summed up the charge of the faith to his apostles as making disciples of Him, immersing them in the Name, and teaching them to do whatever He had commanded/instructed them.   (See Matthew 28:18-20)  With the building concept in mind, this could be viewed as the cover sheet of the plans, which shows the outline and overall situation of the final product alignments with locations (stations) so we can always reference what is being built and refer back to the guidance and directions referenced in the will of God for our lives.  We can see that He calls for discipleship to Him from beginning to end, and squarely centered between coming to Him and doing whatever He commanded and taught is found the primary link of promise that was explicitly given just days after His leaving the earth and returning to the Father.  Acts 1-3 gives a general outline of the promises of God to bless the nations through Abrahams Seed and that the gospel as the fulfillment of the promise of God that also has certain conditions.   Yahshua didn't come to bring a gospel of spiritual welfare.  He brought forth the fullness of the grace and truth of God towards those who would repent to truly put their lives into His hands for eternity through building their lives on doing as He instructed.  Faith as taught by Yahshua is not a one-time profession out of your mouth, it is an expression of life-long faithfulness to repentance and submitting to the will of God because of His goodness and greatness and love – the process of becoming sons of God.

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.

36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Note:  Jeremiah 31:31 and Ezekiel 36:25, 26 relate to why God said He would send His Spirit.  He was given to write the instructions of God on our hearts so that we would be careful to keep His word indeed.  The Spirit writes His instructions on our hearts to help us keep them from our hearts.  The Spirit was not sent to cause us to disregard any of His word.  When God gave the Torah (Law) to Moses, He wrote it upon stone tablets.  When the Spirit of God returned in power on Pentecost, it was the same date that He had first given the Law in stone, but from the time Peter preached this sermon it was also to be written on the hearts by the Spirit in those who obey Him, according to His word and promise.

'Commandment' has some negative baggage as a word for many people – if you have a negative feeling towards the word, consider to think of them as Gods’ gracious instructions in righteousness that are intended to enrich and bless our life.   This is also what God said about His commandments given to Israel, which they should do, that they have the good life and blessings of God and witness to the nations of His goodness – and as Jesus said, that men would see our good works and glorify God.

During the process of study I heard a preacher on a Christian radio station, David Hocking of Hope for Today, make the claim that Jesus gave over a hundred commandments.  While attending a local Revelation conference he gave in Modesto, CA, I asked him if he’d written a book on the topic.  He hadn’t, but stated that he quit counting after noting over a hundred, and he invited me to check it out for myself – which I now have.  Anyone who claims to believe in Jesus should check to see how many they can find.  My list came up with over two hundred in the gospel of Matthew alone, and I searched out the rest of the New Testament through the end of Revelation and found over 700, but I haven’t gone back to consolidate the list – out of respect for God and His word and the context in which each was given.  Yahshua said he gave the teachings as the Father commanded him to, so it isn't about a list of commandments, but about listening to Him and noting His words, which He said are Spirit and lead to life eternal.  What is the doctrine of God that Jesus taught, and what are the commandments he gave to the original disciples (twelve apostles) that apply equally to each of us today?  The apostle John calls us to have like faith with him and never taught that the gospel is limited to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.  The gospel of the kingdom of heaven is the good news of the hope of eternal life for all who believe, repent and do the will of God.

 

Genesis 5 prophecy in the genealogical names

Chuck Missler has a good lesson that shows the gospel message is foretold in the names of the genealogy in Genesis 5.  The names give us a statement when the names are translated:   ”Man is appointed mortal sorrow. The blessed God shall come down teaching; his death shall bring the despairing comfort, rest.”  This foretells of the death of Master Yahshua, and those teachings we are to hear and follow.  He said we are to be both hearers and doers of what He taught.  He said if we are hearers only that a great fall awaits.  He also said it was His teachings from the Father by which we will be judged.  He also said we are to be sanctified by the truth - "Thy word is truth."  We’d best give attention to standing and abiding in His word and not just counting on what He did on the cross.  As He said, “Why do you call Me ‘Lord’ and not do as I say?”  He has given us instruction, and as Micah said, “God has shown you, O man, what is good.”  The final witness to the goodness that God created man to abide in is found in the person, teachings and Spirit of Master Yahshua (Jesus Christ).   The whole truth is not just a claim to have the truth, the real truth is not “you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free”, and then following the teachings of any other man.  Jesus (Yahshua) gave a condition about how to know that truth – and it wasn’t found in the word of any man who cuts that condition off and then tells you to believe what they say.  The condition is:  “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”  If we are disciples, we are followers of Yahshua, just as the original twelve disciples were – students of what the Master Teacher said the truth really is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cost of discipleship requires abiding in the whole of His word

 

What does Jesus mean by “If you abide in My word”?    Webster’s dictionary says the meanings of abide are:  “to wait for;  to endure without yielding;  to bear patiently;  to accept without objection;  to remain stable or fixed in a state;  to continue in a state;  to conform to;  to acquiesce in.”    Faith in Jesus (Yahshua) as Christ is far more than a profession out of your mouth, which church you belong to, a spiritual feeling or the system of religion that you practice.  In the opening sermon we are told to not just hear His words - if we want our house to withstand the storms and floods we are to be hearers and doers of what He taught.   In the personal aspect of our faith we are told to abide in His words if we want to know the truth.     Another benefit of knowing the truth is being enabled to recognize lies taught in His name - that we are able to distinguish truth from error and realize the snares, traps and wiles of the Accuser and ignorant men.  We are enabled to recognize that which is of God and that which merely purports to be from God, but isn't.

Anyone with a modest knowledge of the Holy Scriptures knows “that Prophet” we are to hear is Jesus Christ (Deu. 18:15-19;Acts 3:22, 23).  The great commission of Matthew 28 presents the truth that people are to be invited and lead to become His disciples and grow in the knowledge of God, and through abiding in His word we are sanctified by His word of truth.  Yahshua continued in what John the baptist began preaching:  "Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand."  Repentance is not to just stop doing something - repentance meant to turn back and do what God said to do that you weren't doing.  His disciples are to be doing what God said is right and not just saying they believe.  Believing God meant to be doing what He instructed.  Not doing as He said was equated to unbelief.

Discipleship is about becoming ever more faithful hearers and doers of what He said is the doctrine of God.  John 7: 16,17; “My doctrine is not my own, but His who sent Me.” The doctrine of Master Yahshua is not merely that He came in the flesh, but also the words that God gave us through His teachings and manner of life.  It’s just that simple.  People go to college to focus on  the doctrines and theology of the Church that runs the school, but we study His words today to establish that the matter is to believe Yahshua is ‘that Prophet’ which we are to hear in whatever He had to say - not just focusing on John 3:16, Acts 2:38, 39 or Romans 10:9,10.  True revelation and knowing the truth is when you realize what Yahshua taught.  Not just the commandments, but also the facts of what God says righteousness and goodness are,  who He approves of and who has judged themselves because they didn't come to the light of His word to know that what they do is done of God.  Those who seek to do the will of God; those who belong to the Father; in fact, whosoever will may come and partake of the water of life freely  – but we must be partakers, and we do this through our belief in Him and living out His words of life in our own lives.   The authority and call is to becoming sons of God, disciples of Master Yahshua who seek to do the will of God in spirit and truth – according to the true doctrine of God taught by Yahshua, which was in full keeping with the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.

Truth is not found in the exact replication of an ancient worship service, truth is found through abiding in the words of Master Yahshua (Jesus Christ). 

A prominent evangelical who has since passed on, J. Vernon McGee, in his series ‘Through the Bible’, hard copy, said that the teachings of Jesus are too hard to keep, so we aren’t expected to keep them today, and that they are for keeping when Jesus returns in the future kingdom of God.  According to Yahshua, in the Sermon on the Mount, this cannot be true.  In fact, He warned that we must be hearers and doers of what He taught, and that to be hearers only will have certain destruction.  Is this truth dead even in those who preach the gospel and have doctorates in divinity studies?   I’m here to tell you what God has shown me to be true, and pray that you will also come to appreciate all His teachings of instruction and how they can enrich our lives to know the will of the true and living God and the Anointed One that came to make good on His promises and fulfill all things according to His word.

The Bible has four Gospel accounts.  Two are generally accepted to have been written by men who were of the twelve chosen disciples (Apostles/Emissaries) of Yahshua, two were written by men who weren't.  None of us were there to know what He taught or any other particulars of His life, but we do need to regard whatever He taught and pay special attention to those things as recorded by any of the twelve apostles.  In His prayer of John 17, He prayed for those who would come to believe on Him who did so through the words of the testimony of the original disciples - His chosen witnesses.  Because of His prayer that the twelve be given Holy Spirit inspired recall of whatever He taught them, their accounts should be regarded above those of Mark and Luke.  This is what He said and is not based on any clever reasoning or to protect or attack any particular Church doctrine.  There are inconsistencies in the gospel accounts, and it helps to make this distinction if we find different teachings in the gospel accounts as we currently have them.  Another note is that the gospel accounts were not originally written in Greek, as some teach.  Oldest records are that the gospel of Matthew was written in Hebrew, and then translated into Aramaic, and the Aramaic was translated into Greek at some unknown time by an unknown translator.  At this time, to my knowledge, the original Hebrew is missing, but an ancient Aramaic manuscript dated about 167 AD was found, translated into English and published in 2010 as the AENT (Aramaic English New Testament, Netzari Press LLC).  There was a 1905 translation of Aramaic to English, but the manuscripts not nearly as old and there were some additions/changes brought into the text later on, as the Greek translations also have additions and missing information.  What I discovered of the need to follow everything Jesus taught and the call to be His disciples was made from the New King James version of the Bible, but we need to distinguish known additions to be what they are and avoid making any doctrine from added or mistranslated texts.  One of the most notable examples is the woman caught in adultery - it is not in the oldest manuscripts.

Another major change is the name of Jesus, as we have in the Western manuscripts based on Greek.  The name “Jesus” is not found in the AENT.  Following is the footnote on the name from the AENT :

Pg. 5, footnote 17: “The Tanakh records the name Y’shua (Jeshua) 30 times, Y’hoshua (Joshua) 199 times.  Y’shua is the shortened form of Y’hoshua, the same name given to Mashiyach.  The successor of Moses, Yehoshua (Joshua), is a type of Mashiyach [Messiah], who brought the Israelites into the promise land.  Additionally, yeshua (salvation) used 78 times is the passive participle of yasha (save or savior), which is used 205 times.  “I have waited for your yeshua (salvation), O YHWH” (Genesis 49:18).  The hybrid name Jesus (Je-Zeus) was coined within a culture where “Zeus” is the chief deity.  The name “Jesus” contributes to the polytheistic values that breaks Mashiyach away from his Torah based identity.  The Greek persons of the “new Messiah” made way to endorse Trinitarian, anti-Torah and Hellenistic lifestyles.  See Y’shua to Zeus in Appendix.”

Some Background Overview

Matthew has the greatest number of teachings from Yahshua, John has the most information on what He said about the importance of His teachings, and Luke follows closely to Matthew's account.  Luke records that his account of the gospel was made by gathering testimony from others who heard Y’shua and that the account was put together so that Theophilus  could know with a degree of certainty about the things they (Christians/Disciples) were being instructed in (Luke 1:5).  This testifies to the matter that Christians were being discipled in the gospel and that the gospel is the account of what Yahshua taught, the Scriptures fulfilled, the example He gave us to follow after Him, and the hope of the kingdom of God that He preached.  What is discussed in my writings here is not meant to be all inclusive of everything He taught, but is intended to be a start in the right direction in realization of the need to be a student of Yahshua and to be careful with His words, to grow in doing what He said and come to verify that our faith and belief in Him is real and justifies our hope of the kingdom of heaven. 

What accord does love find with commandments?  This is one of the deepest topics He taught about throughout His earthly ministry and through to the end of the Revelation.  The best section to learn about this may be John chapters 14 and 15.  It is highly recommended to read both of these chapters to understand the fact that love for God is shown through our desire to hear and do as He has said.  The conclusion is in 15:1-27:

(AENT, Netzari Press LLC)  “I am the Vine of Truth and my Father is the Cultivator.  Every branch that is on me that does not give fruit, He takes it away.  And that which bears fruit He prunes it that it might produce more fruit.  You are already pruned because of the word which I have spoken with you.  Abide in me and I in you, as the branch is not able to produce fruit by itself unless it should abide in the vine.  Likewise you are also not able unless you abide in me.  I am the Vine and you are the branches.  Whoever abides in me and I in him, this man will produce plentiful fruit because without me you are not able to do anything.  Now unless a man abide in me, he is cast aside like a branch that is withered and they pluck it and place it into the fire that it may burn.  Now if you abide in me and my words abide in you, anything that you desire to ask will be given to you.  In this the Father is glorified that you bear abundant fruit and that you be my disciples.  As my Father has loved me, so too I have loved you.  Abide in my love.  If you keep my Commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept the Commandments of my Father, and I abide in his love.  I have spoken these things with you that my joy may be in you and that your joy might be full in you.  This is my Commandment, that you love one another just as I have loved you.  There is no love that is greater than this that a man lay down his life for the sake of his friends.  You are my friends if you do all that I commanded you.  But, I have called you my friends because everything that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.  You have not chosen me but I am the one who has chosen you.  And I have appointed you that you should also go and produce fruit, and that your fruit might remain.  That all that you ask of my Father in my name He will give you.  These things I commanded you, that you should love one another.  And if the world hates you, know that it hates me before you.  And if you are of the world, the world would love its own.  But you are not of the world for I have chosen you from the world.  Because of this, the world hates you.  Remember the word which I have spoken to you.  That there is no servant who is greater than his master.  If they persecute me, they will also persecute you.  And if they keep my word, they will also keep yours.  But all these things they will do to you because of my name, for they do not know He who sent me.  If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no holocaust upon the face of their sin.  Whoever hates me also hates my Father.  And if I had not done works before their eyes that no other man has done, they would have no sin.  But now they have both seen and hated both me and even my Father.  That the Word might be fulfilled which is written in their Torah that ‘They hated me without reason.’  But when the Redeemer comes, He Whom I will send to you from the presence of my Father, the Spirit of Truth, He Who proceeds from the presence of my Father will witness concerning me.  You will also testify, for you were with me from the start.”

John the Baptist came to prepare the way for Master YHWH, preaching “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”  John the Apostle has the best account of what John the Baptist said about Y’shua and His words/testimony to men:

John 3:30-36. AENT; "It is necessary for him to increase and for me to decrease.  For he who has come from above is higher than all, and he who is from the earth, is from the earth he speaks.  He who has come from Heaven is higher than all.  And what he has seen and heard he testifies to, and his testimony no man receives.  But he who receives his testimony is true that Elohim seals.  For whoever that Elohim sends the Words of Elohim, he speaks.  For Elohim does not give the Spirit in measure.  The Father loves the Son and all things he has given into his hands.  He who believes in the Son has life that is eternal, and he who does not obey the Son will not see life, rather the wrath of Elohim will rise up against him."

Yahshua said John testified truly of him.  John said that Y’shua alone has testified directly from Heaven, and Yahshua said he gave us the words the Father gave him to give to us.  It is those words that the disciples who alone stayed with him after one of the difficult teachings said: "To who else can we go?  You alone have the words that lead to eternal life."  The matter is that one cannot trust in Yahshua apart from obeying what He told us to believe and do – doing the will of the Father is the work required of disciples of Master Y’shua.  As said in another place, we are to do the works prepared beforehand that we should do.  These are the works spoken of in Revelation.  This is how His disciples are overcomers – through keeping the faith and testimony of Y’shua – His testimony is the direct testimony of the fullness of grace and truth from God – His testimony is the faith that He lived and taught us to follow after Him through abiding in His words that are spirit, life, light, and sanctify the hearer through doing as he said.  The Spirit works with the word to accomplish that for which God sent Him. (Ezekiel 36:25,26)  Discipleship is not about being perfect, but about being faithful to grow in doing the will of God.

What is the cause of continued division and fracturing of the Church?  As noted in John 17, unity is found when we believe the doctrine of God as taught by the original disciples.  I was raised in a Church that believes they alone are the restored Church of the New Testament.  I came to realize they have yet to discover the fullness of His words or the need to "live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God", or “whatever that Prophet says to you.”   While it is highly commendable to teach repentance to do the will of God, have faith in the Son, and even bring people to keeping the very promise of God to all nations in Acts 2:38, 39, yet they made no point to then focus on continuing in all the teachings of Yahshua, but focused their faith on replication of rites of worship and offices in the Church as what is needful.  To compound the matter, most justification of these beliefs center from some teaching of Paul.  Based on decades of discussions and study with a broad variety of Churches, to date I’ve yet to find one whose doctrine is simply to abide in the teachings of Yahshua, yet this is what He calls us all to do.  In all these discussions, few had divergent issues of belief based on something He taught, but almost all divisions were formulated from different interpretations and applications of Paul’s writings.  At first this seemed curious, but after considerable study into the matter, the fact was seen that there is no actual consistency in Paul’s teachings, but he was attempting to “be all things to all men”, and as a result, the truth was compromised away from what Yahshua, the Prophets, Psalms and Torah had already declared to be truth.  Yahshua was building upon and revealing the fullness of the Torah, Psalms and Prophets – not setting aside or loosening the words of God.  He came to honor and exalt the instructions of God to the fullest level that God desires of man, who was created in His image.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matt. 28:19-20)

Jeremiah 7: 23,24; "’Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you.’ Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and dictates of their evil hearts, and went backwards and not forward."   Israel had a similar problem, and the prophets of God repeatedly were sent by God to call His people to repent – to return and to do what He told them to start with.  In fact, when God gave the Ten Words (commandments) and other commandments, He told them they were not too hard for them to do; they agreed to keep them, and He said it was through keeping His instructions to them that He would both bless them and even cause other nations to glorify Him as good and righteous.  Yet Israel drifted away and violated His commands as they worshipped other gods and treated His Sabbath with contempt, and disregarded the Sabbath rest for the land.  Little by little the people of God drifted away from His instructions.  A few generations later they were no longer reading His Torah at all, and were certainly of no mind to be careful to do as He instructed.  Have “we” done any better than they?

Yahshua said to Nicodemus, "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen; that they have been done in God." (John 3:19)

Matt. 11: 27-29; "All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

With this background it is time to start a focused study of His teachings, the Doctrine of God; the gospel of Jesus Christ (Master Y’shua), the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kingdom of God

John prepared the way for Y’shua by preaching: “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.”  What is the “kingdom of God” they spoke of?   When God gave the Ten Commandments through Moses to Israel, His desire was that they be a “kingdom of priests.”  They rejected God as their King when they wanted a man to rule over them as the other nations had.  (See the story of Gideon and his refusal to be made king)  The Jewish understanding of the Kingdom is when the twelve tribes would be reunited in the land promised to Abraham and have one king ruling over them again.  For example, note Ezekiel 37 or Isaiah 66.  In the final book of the Bible we again find the call of God that disciples of the Son are to be a kingdom of priests to God.  The Greek based translations/versions missed this minor detail, and some have translated this as “kings and priests” in Revelation 1:6, but the more original Aramaic has this as “kingdom of priests”, which fits with what God desired for His people from the start (Ex. 19: 4-6; Rev. 1:6).  “Kings and priests” is found later when the kingdom is established on earth after the kingdoms of this world have become the possession of Jesus (Y’shua) the Christ.  The “Kingdom”, as understood by many Jews of Yahshua’s day was the restored kingdom of Israel – the united twelve tribes.  Revelation also makes the point of the 144,000 saved of the twelve tribes of Israel, 12,000 from each tribe.  Perhaps it was their understanding of the re-united twelve tribes and ruling king from Jerusalem that they believed must come first with their Messiah that contributed to His crucifixion?  The fact remains that the trial and crucifixion have sufficient accounts in Matthew to note that Y’shua knew what was about to happen, and that no man could do anything except it was according to the will and plan of God, which he submitted to with the ultimate sacrifice with specific purpose – to take away the sins of the world and save those who believe and obey what he said were the instruction and commandment of God.  Also note that Joel is quoted by Peter in Acts.  Joel 2 regarded the first Pentecost when the Spirit was given; Joel 3 shows the restoration of Israel was not to take place until afterwards, and that between these events there was to be a dispersion of Israel and then the re-gathering foretold by God to be greater than their Exodus from Egypt.

The first book of the New Testament is a good place to start our study.  It was written by one of His chosen twelve disciples and contains the most teachings of Y’shua.  It would be recommended to read Matthew chapters 1-7 at this time – looking specifically to whatever Y’shua taught.  Consider the quote from Moses, re-affirmed by Peter in Acts 3:22,23 (Deu. 18:15-19), that we desire and will to hear whatever He commanded and taught, that we might repent to become ever more faithful to abiding in and keeping His words that lead to eternal life and grow to maturity in becoming sons of God.  Pray that the Spirit open your heart to the truth and grace He came to teach.  It may be helpful to make notes and use a highlighter.

Note whatever teachings He said we are to accept and receive to do.  Carefully consider each thing He taught.

It’s important to know as much as we can about Him, and the prophecies He fulfilled.  Some information is provided as helpful to better understand these matters.  The best resource I’ve found for some of these things is the AENT (Aramaic English New Testament, Netzari Press LLC, 2010).  The comments are to provide additional insight and references, and not to promote any particular denomination or sect of Christianity.  The Messiah/Desired One/Anointed One, came to fulfill all things that were written about Him in the Holy Scripture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gospel According to Matthew

John 1: 1-5 says Yahshua is the word made flesh.  If there is anyone who knew the words of God in Scripture, it was He.  When He spoke, He spoke according to those words.  He didn’t cherry-pick verses to exclude anything, but taught according to the Scripture to reveal the fullness of grace and truth and the hope of the Kingdom of God.  I didn’t realize the passages that His teachings came from until researching to find them, as most study Bibles found had limited notes on them.  It’s important to include some of these passages of Scripture when studying His teachings, which start with the temptation in the wilderness and the beatitudes from Sermon on the Mount.  These reference passages provide insight to what He was teaching and assist us to gain a greater depth of understanding.   Knowing the supporting passages should also guard us from any idea that His teachings in any way disregarded the Set-Apart Scripture, but rather should support that what He taught is the long standing word of God.  Taken together, the fullness of the truth and grace is brought into better focus to the real meaning of what He was teaching – the Doctrine of God, the Instructions of God – the proper interpretation and application of the Instructions of God.

The first section to study is Matthew, chapters 1-7.  This includes what we know of the name Joseph was told to name Yahshua, and relates to the Name of God.  (AENT)  “When he was thinking on these things, a messenger of Master YHWH appeared to him in a dream, and said to him, “Joseph, the son of David, do not have fear to take Mary as your wife, for he that is begotten in her (is) from the Holy Spirit.  And she will bear a son and she will call his name Y’shua, for he will save his people from their sins.”  And this all happened that it might be fulfilled what was said by Master YHWH through the prophet, “Behold, a virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call his name Ammanuel, which is interpreted as ‘our El (is) with us.”  When Joseph now rose from his sleep he did as the messenger of Master YHWH commanded him, and he took his wife.  And he did not know her until she had given birth to her first-born son, and she called his name Y’shua.”

Footnote that Y’shua the son is begotten of YHWH as Messiah – see Psalm 2: 7-12.

Psalm 2: 1-12; “Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing?  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying ‘Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us.’  He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall hold them in derision.  Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.  I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to Me, You are My Son, today I have begotten You, ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession, You shall break them with a rod of Iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potters vessel.  Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed you judges of the earth.  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling, kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way; when His wrath is kindled but a little.  Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. “

Second note on the Name from the AENT footnotes:  “YHWH (yud-hey-yav-hey, pronounced YAH-WEH) is the name of the Most High Elohim.  To vocalize the Name YHWH, breathe in slowly while saying “YAH”, then breathe out while saying “WEH”.  Netzari followers of Mashiyach never subscribed to the Rabbinic ban against vocalizing the Name of YHWH.  Neither was the pronunciation of the Name lost within Jewish culture.  When Torah was translated into Greek, observant Jewish scribes preserved the Name of YHWH by writing “YHWH” with Hebrew characters in the Septuagint.   Isaiah 52: 5-6 states that the Name of YHWH is “continually every day blasphemed, therefore YHWH’s people shall know His name.”  This prophecy is nested in Scripture that reveals the ‘arm of YHWH” who is Mashiyach, therefore it is Mashiyach Y’shua who brought the knowledge of the Name of YHWH to the world.  Jeremiah 12:16 states that the Israelites swore by the name of Baal (Lord) a popular heathen deity of the day.  Jeremiah 23:27 says that false prophets postured false dreams to manipulate YHWH’s people away from YHWH into Baal worship.  One should also note that the English “LORD” is an equivalent term for “Baal”.  Jeremiah 44:28, states that YHWH would remove His Name from their lips for using the cliché’, “as Adonai YHWH liveth,” all while they burnt incense to the Queen of Heaven.  However, Jeremiah 16:21 states that “they shall know my Name is YHWH.”  Ezekiel 36:20-24 states that when Israel “entered unto the heathen… they profaned my Set Apart Name, but I had pity for my Set Apart Name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen… and I will sanctify my Great Name, which was profaned among the heathen!”

As disciples of Y’shua should know these things.  We must also be reverent to not use His Name lightly or in vain.  It is the most sacred name in Heaven and on earth.  Along with this knowledge, we must also understand that God upholds His Word higher than any name.  If we respect His Name, we must also respect His word likewise.   

Psalm 138:1-2;  “I will praise You with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing praises to You.  I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name.”

And we can also trust the truth from God in Psalm 119 to be as true today as the day it was first written.  Since discovering the actual Doctrine of God that Yahshua taught, Psalm 119 has shown me that God is indeed faithful to His word and will never set it aside.  There are many great Psalms, and 119 reveals the goodness of God in His gracious instruction to all men.  If John 1 is correct, and I believe it is, we should consider this Psalm to also directly include the teachings of Master Yahshua. 

Psalm 119: 105-144;  “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  I have sworn and confirmed that I will keep Your righteous judgments.  I am afflicted very much; revive me, O LORD, according to Your word.  Accept, I pray, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me Your judgments.  My life is continually in my  hand, yet I do not forget Your Law.  The wicked have laid a snare for me, yet I have not strayed from Your preceptsYour testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heartI have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever, to the very end.”

113; “I hate the double-minded, but I love Your law.  You are my hiding place and my shield, I hope in Your word.  Depart from me, you evildoers, for I will keep the commandments of my God!  Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; and do not let me be ashamed of my hopeHold me up, and I shall be safe.  And I shall observe Your statutes continually.  You reject all those who stray from Your statutes, for their deceit is falsehood.  You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross; therefore I love Your testimonies.  My flesh trembles for fear of You, and I am afraid of Your judgments.”

121; “I have done justice and righteousness; do not leave me to my oppressors.  Be surety for Your servant for good; do not let the proud oppress me.  My eyes fail from seeking Your salvation and Your righteous word.  Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy, and teach me Your statutes.  I am Your servant; give me understanding, that I may know Your testimonies.  It is time for you to act, O LORD, for they have regarded Your law as void.  Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold!  Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right; I hate every false way.(Note carefully the parable of the talents – a talent was a measure of gold, and of great value.  What Yahshua left with us, through His chosen witnesses, are the vast wealth of the word of God that David and all the prophets longed to see and hear.  While we were not present to see Him, we are blessed to this day to “hear” His words that lead to life eternal and contain the fullness of the grace and truth of God in the hope of the coming Kingdom of God.)

129; “Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them.  The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.  I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for Your commandments.  Look upon me and be merciful to me, as Your custom is toward those who love Your name.  Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.  Redeem me from the oppression of man, that I may keep Your precepts.  Make Your face shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your statutesRivers of water run down from my eyes, because men do not keep Your law.”

Also note the baptism of Yahshua by John and the voice from heaven saying “This is My beloved Son in whom I am pleased.”  (See:  Psalm 2:1-12; Isaiah 11:2,3; 42: 1-7; 61:1)  In the temptations noted, each has the accuser questioning this in one way or another and how Yahshua answered him to refute the charges casting doubt on what the voice from Heaven had just testified to.  Each also has to do with the main avenues of temptation that we experience in our lives as His disciples.  These are the first foundational truths He gave:

“It is written that man does not live by bread alone, but by all the Words that proceed from the mouth of God.” (See Deu. 8:3)  “Again, it is written that you will not test Master YHWH your Elohim.” (Ps. 91:11,12 VS Deu. 6:16)   “Leave, enemy, for it is written that you will worship Master YHWH your Elohim and Him alone you will serve.” (Deu. 6:13)  While these were said to the accuser (Satan), they are certainly equally applicable to us as His followers, that we  live by all the words God had given till then, that we serve Master YHWH as our God, and that we worship and serve God only.  This is the beginning of the foundations of His teachings, and they are founded on proper understanding and balance in service to God and not tempting or testing God or His word, but faithfulness in being careful to believe, observe and do what He said – His gracious instructions in righteousness.  The grace of God has always had conditions, but He has said what those are, and the fullness of His grace is revealed in the gospels and the book of Revelation to its greatest extent.  All of His teachings centered from the Law, Prophets and Psalms, clearing off the false commandments of men, and elevation of the Torah – not loosening it or doing away with YHWH’s instruction in righteousness.  To show this as noted, reference passages from the OT will be provided with a number of His teachings and they will be best understood by reading the passages He was speaking of.  For ease of following the study, some key passages will be incorporated into this text. 

 

 

This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” 

Isaiah 11:1-5

There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.  His delight is in the fear of the LORD, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears, but with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waste. (Note the seven spirits here – and also note this to consider the “seven spirits” in Revelation)

42:1-7; “ Behold!  My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights!  I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles, He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.  A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth.  He will not fail nor be discouraged, till He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands shall wait for His law.  Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it.  I, the LORD have called You in righteousness, and I will hold Your hand;  I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house.”

A note to consider:  Liberty of the gospel message is being set free to see the truth of God and to be enabled to hear Him and do His will rather than being ensnared in the prison as noted in Isaiah 42 notes.  He came that we might have the light of the truth from God and reflect that light to the world.  He sets us free from bondage of darkness to the light of fullness of life that we were created to live and find great joy in.

42: 21,22 ***  Note that the Messiah will make Torah honorable – not do away with it:

“The LORD is well pleased for His righteousness sake; He will exalt the law and make it honorable.  But this is a people robbed and plundered; All of them are snared in holes, And they are hidden in prison houses; They are for prey, and no one delivers; For plunder, and no one says “Restore! “  Who among you will give ear to this?  Who will listen and hear for the time to come?”

Psalm 2:1-12; already noted above.

If there is anything long, long overdue, it is the call to restore the good news of the hope of the kingdom of God as taught and preached by Yahshua!  Shouldn’t this be our intent and purpose in life –to value the truth declared by God through His prophets and His only begotten Son as recorded by His chosen witnesses, the twelve apostles?  Yeshua is ‘that Prophet’ we are to hear in whatever He said to us. (Acts 3:22,23)  Recall that He taught not to think He came to set aside, loosen or destroy the Law (Torah) or Prophets or Psalms.  He came to fulfill all things written of Him in the Set-Apart Scriptures.  God cannot lie and will uphold His word higher than His Name.  His care to ensure fulfillment of past things gives reason to hope that He will also fulfill the rest of those things that remain unfulfilled at this time.  Through this study will be provided some quotes of Scripture that were fulfilled in the accounts of the gospels records, which testify that Yahshua is the one who fulfilled that which was written of him.

61:1-3; The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me, to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, (Yahshua quoted part of this verse in the local synagogue when opening His teachings and said) “Today is this passage fulfilled in your hearing.”

(Remainder of the passage) – “and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”

This passage again notes that the “Liberty” He proclaims is not freedom from the Instructions God gave, but the freedom to have the fullness of life as only God can provide to those who seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness.  His is freedom to know the will of God and not be imprisoned by lies – but to know the truth and to let the truth have His purposes done in us – that we be salt and light in the world, and that the fullness of this is that God be given the praise, honor and glory which belong to Him alone.

Deuteronomy 8:1-3; “Every commandment which I command you today, you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers.  And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you; to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.  So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.”  

(This full chapter should be reviewed, as God does not change and examples in the OT are of great value for us today.  Also note that the Commandments of God were given to both Israel and the “‘multitude of nations” that came out of Egypt at the same time with Israel.  The commandments of God were not given to Israel only. (Ex. 20:2; Ex 12:38, 49) Reading the Torah will show that some commandments were open ended – everyone, whether Jew or Gentile, were instructed to keep these.  Additional commandments were also given for Israel, and further commandments were given for the tribe of Levi and the Aaronic priesthood and those who would be applying civil law decisions.  Not all the commandments were given to the Gentile multitude, but many were.)

Deuteronomy 6:16; “You shall not tempt the LORD your God as you tempted Him in Massah.“ (Exodus 17 – the people were complaining and questioning if God was with them or not – that He had lead them out into the desert to die from lack of water)  If we have needs, we are to petition God because we know He cares for us.  Even though we perish, when we are faithful till death, Yeshua promised that not even one hair of our head would be lost – when the hope becomes sight, when all is fulfilled, those worthy of the Kingdom of God will be given eternal life when ‘all things are made new’ in the place He has prepared for those who truly love Him in word and deed.  Y’shua taught that there is resurrection of the just and the unjust; some are to receive eternal reward and some everlasting shame.  Revelation 22 says those who do the will of God through faithfully keeping His commandments and the Testimony and faith of Jesus Christ (Master Y’shua) will have the right to enter the heavenly City – those outside the City of God are those who didn’t believe and obey Him.  (see John the Baptist’s testimony in John 3 – those who believe will live, those who don’t obey will face the wrath of God)

As we can see so far, there is much in the Old Testament to know to properly understand the value of “every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Understanding those things as given in the beginning and upheld throughout the teachings and life  of Yeshua should be ample proof and reason to not cast them aside and think God has abandoned His words to mankind of instruction, blessings and promises.  Neither will God forget what He has declared to those who reject His rule and do evil – a destruction has been decreed, and He will not relent or repent of it. 

 

Next we find what I consider the greatest practical teaching He gave – the Sermon on the Mount.  He ended the sermon by saying we need to pay particular attention to “these teachings” and be both hearers and doers, not hearers only.  The fact remains that near the end of His ministry He said “this gospel of the kingdom” would be preached to the world as testimony to them, and His gospel of the Kingdom of God has not been preached in its fullness as given.  The call must be to:  “Restore!;” the time to come is now – (Isaiah 42 – Mt 24:14).

THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

 

Most will have read or heard parts of this sermon of Y’shua many times.  Rather than simply copy the sermon from Matthew chapters 5-7, each segment will be given and then associated passages of Scripture will be included in discussion to show the roots of the Hope of the Kingdom of God are deeply rooted into Old Testament.  The Greek translation of them is not perfect and I don’t have a Hebrew to English copy available, but will include the NKJV in OT references and note specific verses that should be reviewed from the Hebrew and compared to Greek translation to show important meaning of the verses.  Each person able should double check references and passages to ensure we arrive at the gospel message as it was first preached and understood by those who were of the people through whom the promises were made to bless all nations through the Seed of the woman, Seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and king David – as prophesied.  There is only one gospel, for both Jew and Gentile, not one for the Jews and another for the Gentiles.  The key point noted from the great commission is that all disciples of Y’shua be taught the same message and lessons from His word.  He came to reveal the fullness of the grace and truth of God, and as James said, it is the once delivered gospel, which points to the fact that it is what Y’shua taught His disciples to know and do the will of God.

The point of noting each of the sayings in this sermon is because Y’shua made a specific point that we must be hearers and doers of whatever He taught in this particular lesson.  When we see the roots of truth and fulfillment in what came before; we can best see that what He taught was to reveal the truth and grace of God to greater clarity and cause the instructions of God to be honored and glorified – not set aside, loosened, nailed to the cross or destroyed.

Immediately prior to His preaching the sermon on the mount, when He returned from the temptations of the accuser, is quoted a passage from Isaiah 9 about the land of the Gentiles having seen a great light.  This is speaking first of the rebellion of Israel in their response to the warning from God.  The Gentile response to 9-11 was matched exactly to Isaiah 9:10, and should be a warning for all – including all Christians, that there is a great need to repent and do as God said to start with, rather than ignoring the warning of God and His judgment of the wicked.  Later in the Teachings we will see that there is a time of the Gentiles, but it will have an end and God will be true to His promises towards Israel.  Israel has not been replaced and God will be faithful to His word and promises.  The Gentiles may well have been even more blinded to the truth than they accuse Israel of.  Part of the current reason for Israel’s blindness is that Gentile Christians dishonor the teachings of God and His instructions in righteousness (Torah/Law) and the teachings of His only begotten Son (magnified Torah).  Note carefully that what Yeshua was teaching is in full accord with the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.  He never loosened or detracted from any of these Scriptures and writings, but upheld the word of God entirely and faithfully – as prophecy said, the Messiah would magnify the Torah and cause Gentiles to obey the instructions of God.

First is the beatitudes, from which each will be repeated and associated Scriptures that support each are given.  The passages listed are ones I’ve noted to date, and there may be more that could also be considered to gain more understanding.

Matthew 5:1-14 (AENT)

“And when the crowd saw Y’shua, he went up to the mountain, and when he sat his disciples drew near to him.  And he opened his mouth and was teaching them and said,

Blessed are they who are poor in spirit, because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Blessed are they who are mourning, because they will be comforted.

Blessed are they who are meek, because they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they will be satisfied.

Blessed are they who are merciful, because mercies will be upon them.

Blessed are they who are pure in their hearts, because they will see Elohim.

Blessed are they who make peace, because they will be called the sons of Elohim.

Blessed are they who are persecuted because of righteousness, because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Blessed are you whenever they curse you and they persecute you and they say every evil word about you falsely because of me.

Then rejoice and be glad because your reward in heaven is great for likewise they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt should become bland, with what would it become seasoned?  For anything not fit (is) but to be thrown outside and be trodden by man.  You are the light of the world.  It is not possible to hide a city that is built on a mountain.”

'Blessed' (goodness towards you) 'are they who are poor in spirit, because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.' Is 57:15; 66:2

Isaiah 15:14-21;  "And one shall say;  Heap it up!  Heap it up!  Prepare the way.  Take the stumbling block out of the way of My people.  For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy.  I dwell in the high and holy place with him who has a contrite and humble spirit; to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.  For I will not contend forever, nor will I always be angry; for the spirit would fail before Me, and the souls which I have made.  For the iniquity of his coveteousness I was angry and struck him; I hid and was angry, and he went on backsliding in the way of his heart; I have seen his ways, and will heal him, I will also lead him, and restore comforts to him and to his mourners.

I create the fruit of the lips; peace, peace to them who is far off and to him who is near, says the LORD.  And I will heal hm.  But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.  "There is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked."

66:1,2:  "Thus says the LORD: Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstead.  Where is the house that you will build Me?  And where is the place of My rest?  For all these things My hand has made, and all those things exist, says the LORD.  But on this one I will look:  On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word."

 

“Blessed are they who are mourning, because they will be comforted.”  Is 61:2; 66:10-12

61:1-3;  "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning."

 

66:10-12;  "Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you who love her; rejoice or joy with her, all you who mourn for her, that you may feed and be satisfied with the consolation of her bosom, that you may drink deeply and be delighted with the abundance of her glory."  (note warnings in 66:3,4;  to those of falsehoods) “So will I choose their delusions, and bring their fears on them; because when I called, no one answered, when I spoke they did not hear, but they did evil before My eyes, and chose that in which I do not delight."

Would you agree that we need to pay careful attention to what God delights in?  How else can we be doing His will? As Yahshua said:  “Why do you call Me “Lord” and not do as I say?”  The truth of God is we hear what He has long ago explained and understand that God is the same yesterday as He is today and is unchanging and the truth which has been given applies to us today.   Yahshua preached these things from His first sermon.  If you believe the gospel says the Law or Commandments of God have been set aside, may I challenge you to carefully, very carefully, review all of His teachings and see where you can find support for such an idea.  Should you find it, please show it to me.

'Blessed are they who are meek because they will inherit the earth.  Ps 37:11; 149:4

(Quotes from the Psalms will be formatted differently to save space, but still provide them here for review/instruction purposes - from poetry format to regular text format)

Psalm 37 

“Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity; for they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herbTrust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.  Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.  He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light; and your justice as the noonday.  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.  Cease from anger and forsake wrath; do not fret – it only causes harm.  For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the LORD; they shall inherit the earth.  For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; indeed, you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more.  But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.  The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth.  The Lord laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming.  The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow; to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are of upright conduct.  Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.  A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.  For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.  The LORD knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever.  They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.  But the wicked shall perish; and the enemies of the LORD; like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish.  Into smoke they shall vanish away.  The wicked borrows and does not repay; but the righteous shows mercy and gives.  For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth, but those cursed by Him shall be cut off.  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and he delights in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand.  I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.  He is ever merciful, and lends, and his descendants are blessed.  Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell forevermore.  For the LORD loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; they are preserved forever; but the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.  The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever.  The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of justice.  The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.  The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him.  The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.  Wait on the LORD, and keep His way; and He shall exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, and you shall see it.  I have seen the wicked in great power; and spreading himself like a native green tree.  Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more; indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.  Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; for the future of that man is peace, but the transgressors shall be destroyed together; the future of the wicked shall be cut off.  But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble.  And the LORD shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.”

Note carefully that God says those that “trust” in Him are those who do His will uprightly and that perfection is not required, but being upright from our heart towards Him and His word is required.  The task is to faithfully “keep His way” and love mercy and hold to the hope of God when the wicked seek to do harm to those who obey God.

 

Psalm 149

“Praise the LORD!  Sing to the LORD a new song, and His praise in the assembly of saints.  Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.  Let them praise His name with the dance; let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.  For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.  Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds.  Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute on them the written judgment – this honor have all His saints.  Praise the LORD.”

'Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness because they will be satisfied.  Ze 2:3; Ps 11:3-7; Is 66:11,12

Zephaniah 2:1-5;  “Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together, O undesirable nation, before the decree is issued, or the day passes like chaff, before the LORD’s fierce anger comes upon you, before the day of the LORD’s anger comes upon you!   Seek the LORD, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice.  Seek righteousness, seek humility; it may be that you will be hidden in the day of the LORD’s angerFor Gaza shall be forsaken, And Ashkelon desolate; they shall drive out Ashdod at noonday; and Ekron shall be uprooted.  Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast, the nation of the Cherethites!  The word of the LORD is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines;  I will destroy you; so there shall be no inhabitant.”

If the justice of God is based upon His explicit word, declared in the Torah, supported in the Psalms and Prophets, and fully revealed in the teachings of Master Y’shua, it would seem futile to pretend God will judge Himself by going back on His instructions regarding righteousness and wickedness or faithfulness and faithlessness.  His warnings are for our instruction, so that we are not deceived to believe God will not be true to His word.  As James said, “Faith without works is dead.”  God will uphold the righteous, and they are those that believe and tremble at His word and trust in His faithfulness towards those who love, obey and serve Him and are careful to observe what He has instructed them to do – the works God has prepared for those to do who love Him from a contrite and upright loving heart that abides in His word indeed.  As Y’shua said when He started preaching:  “Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”  Repentance is to turn to do what God had commanded that we were not doing.  The foundation commandments of God are the Ten Words and the open ended commandments given in the Torah that the Spirit was given to write upon the hearts of those who believe and obey the Son and truly repent to do His commandments and obey the very promise and commandment of God in Acts 2:38,39 and Acts 3:22,23 [which are in full keeping with the great commission I Matthew 28].  We pass from death to life upon belief, but the fullness of the promise of God has been declared to all from that day.  God will be true – but not all believe.  (Note that immersion in the Name is in the center of the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19,20, and that disciples continue on in keeping all things He taught and commanded per Acts 3:22,23 – this is what “the apostles doctrine” is)

Psalm 11;  “In the LORD I put my trust; how can you say to my soul, flee as a bird to your mountain?  For look!  The wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow on the string, that they may shoot secretly at the upright in heartIf the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?  The LORD is in His holy temple, the LORD’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.  The LORD tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.  Upon the wicked He will rain coals; fire and brimstone and a burning wind shall be the portion of their cup.  For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.

Is 66:8-12; Before she was in labor, she gave birth; Before her pain came, She delivered a male child.  Who has heard such a thing?  Who has seen such things?  Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day?  Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, She gave birth to her children.  Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery? Says the LORD.  Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb? Says your God.  Rejoice with Jerusalem, And be glad with her, all you who love her; Rejoice for joy with her, all you who mourn for her; That you may feed and be satisfied With the consolation of her bosom, That you may drink deeply and be delighted With the abundance of her glory.  For thus says the LORD:  Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river; And the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream.  Then you shall feed; On her sides shall you be carried, And be dandled on her knees As one whom his mother comforts, So I will comfort you; And you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.  When you see this, your heart shall rejoice, And your bones shall flourish like grass; The hand of the LORD shall be known to His servants, And His indignation to His enemies. For behold, the LORD will come with fire and with His chariots, like a whirlwind, To render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire.  For by fire and by His sword The LORD will judge all flesh; and the slain of the LORD shall be many.  Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, to go to the gardens after an idol in the midst, eating swine’s flesh and the abomination and the mouse, shall be consumed together, says the LORD.

False religions of these days past must have done the things mentioned here.  There are still many in other nations that worship idols, but the matter is to abide in doing His will and worshipping Him alone.  Any religion that obeys anyone else but God and His Anointed One will be found in the same situation as the Lawless ones mentioned here – those that practice iniquity.  Y’shua warned all to not even think He came to loosen the Commandments of God, yet countless Churches teach that the law was not only loosened, but abolished at the cross.  Those who refuse to repent will be numbered among those to who He said He will say:  “Depart from Me, I never knew you.”  God knows each and every person who believes and obeys the Son.  As John the Immerser said, those that believe in the Son have eternal life, but those who do not obey the Son will surely face the wrath of God. (John 3 AENT)  Those who truly believe will make obedience their way of life.

'Blessed are they who are merciful because mercies will be upon them.  Ps 18:25; 2 Sa 22:26

Psalm 18; (God the sovereign Savior) 1-3; I will love You, O LORD; my strength.  The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be delivered from my enemies. The pangs of death surrounded me, and the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.  The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; the snares of death confronted me.  In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears.  Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, because He was angry.  Smoke went up from His nostrils, and devouring fire from His mouth; Coals were kindled by it.  He bowed the heavens also, and came down with darkness under His feet.  And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind.  He made darkness His secret place; His canopy around Him was dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.  From the brightness before Him, His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire.  The LORD thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire, He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them.  Then the channels of the sea were seen, the foundations of the world were uncovered at Your rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.  He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.  He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me.  They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support.  He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.  The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.  For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.  For all His judgments were before me, and I did not put away His statutes from me.  I was also blameless before Him and I kept myself from my iniquity. Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight. With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; with a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless. With the pure You will show Yourself pure; and with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.   For You will save the humble people, but will bring down haughty looks.  For You will light my lamp; the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.  For by You I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall.  As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.  For who is God, except the LORD?  And who is a rock, except our God?  It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect.  He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, and sets me on my high places.  He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.  You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great.  You enlarged my path under me, so my feet did not slip.  I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them; neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed. I have wounded them, so that they could not rise; they have fallen under my feet.  For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.  You have also given me the necks of my enemies, so that I destroyed those who hated me.  They cried out, but there was none to save; even to the LORD, but He did not answer them.  Then I beat them as fine as the dust before the wind; I cast them out like dirt in the streets.  You have delivered me from the strivings of the people; You have made me the head of the nations; a people I have not known shall serve me.  As soon as they hear of me they obey me; the foreigners submit to me.  The foreigners fade away, and come frightened from their hideouts.  The LORD lives!  Blessed by my Rock!  Let the God of my salvation be exalted.  It is God who avenges me, and subdues the peoples under me; He delivers me from my enemies.  You also lift me up above those who rise against me.  You have delivered me from the violent man.  Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the Gentiles, and sing praises to Your name.  Great deliverance He gives to His king, and shows mercy to His anointed, To David and his descendants forevermore. 

2 Samuel 22:26; With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; with a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;

'Blessed are they who are pure in their hearts because they will see Elohim.  Ps 24:4; 51:10-13; 15:1-5

Psalm 24; The earth is the LORD’s and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein; for He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters.  Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy placeHe who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.  He shall receive blessing from the LORD,  and righteousness from the God of his salvation.  This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face.  Lift up your heads, O you gates!  And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!  And the King of glory shall come in.  Who is this King of glory?  The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.  Lift up your heads, O you gates!  Lift up you everlasting doors!  And the King of glory shall come in.  Who is this King of glory?  The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory.

51; Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.  Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight – that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge.  Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity; and in sin my mother conceived me.  Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice.  Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.  Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You.  Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.  O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.  For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart – These, O God, You will not despise.  Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem. Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering; Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

Surely the passage above speaks of the need to do exactly as He commanded and repent of not realizing the need to keep His everlasting words that lead to life eternal.

15;  “LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle?  Who may dwell in Your holy hill?  He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart; he who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend, in whose eyes a vile person is despised.  But he honors those who fear the LORD; he who swears to his own hurt and does not change; he who does not put out his money at usury, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.  He who does these things shall never be moved.”

Consider Paul’s public rebuke of Peter – would you do this if you had any respect for the Lord or His appointed eye-witnesses?  Also consider that Paul spoke evil against the Law, the Temple and people of God – those of Israel who were in the initial Church of God.  How can we believe such a man over what God has declared in grace and truth?  How many have rejected the very commandments and instruction and blessings of God because of the false testimony of one man who claimed to be an apostle – yet was not testified to be an apostle by the Lord, any of the twelve apostles, or even his own historian, Luke?  At Jerusalem Paul testified of the ‘great things’ God had done at his hand.  The man Paul committed perjury in his testimony.  We have the books he wrote – the apostles didn’t have them on hand, and we can know Paul did teach the things he was accused of and yet denied (Acts 21).  Paul was given the opportunity to prove the charges false – but he failed to complete his oath/vow that would have cleared his name,  and instead was rescued by a Roman and hauled of as a prisoner to Rome, where he eventually died. 

If we are of God, we will be hearing and following whatever Yahshua taught to be the truth – the will of God that we are to do, and the primary points made here is to show that even the beatitudes are deeply founded upon the very words of God that Paul rejected and said caused him to sin.  No man is tempted by God.  Each of us is led away by our own lusts and desires.  God calls us to repent and be disciples of Yahshua “indeed”.  When we are disciples indeed, we can know the truth, and the truth will set us free to do the will of God – which is what Yahshua taught to be the truth – “Thy word is truth.”

For those who don’t yet see that what Paul taught was in opposition to the Teachings of the Messiah, Master Yahshua, consider these passages and try to reconcile them with the truth of the Teachings of Yahshua.

Romans 7:1-6; “Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives?  For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives.  But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband.  So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called and adulteress, but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man.  Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should be bear fruit to God.  For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.  But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.”

If, as Isaiah prophesied and as Master Yahshua taught, we are to still keep the Instructions in righteousness (Law/Torah) and not even think He came to loosen even the least commandment therein – this teaching from Paul is in total opposition to that core truth of the word of God being upheld at true to all generations.  Paul’s analogy is that God died on the cross to get rid of the Law, which only served to cause sin – yet God has said in other places that He tempts no man.  From all I can see in the Scriptures not written by Paul – Paul did not teach in accord with God, Moses, the Prophets, Psalms, or the Christ.

Romans 13:1,4; “Let every should be subject to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.  Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.  For rules are not a terror to good works, but to evil.  Do you want to be unafraid of the authority?  Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.  For his is God’s minister to you for good.  But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, and avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.”

So on one hand, as we will see from Paul’s teachings, Paul says we are to pay no attention to the Torah, we are to keep the laws of men, because God appoints rulers of men?  This puts the laws of men above the laws of God.  This deserves considerable thought to see if anyone can prove Paul was not condoning speaking against the validity of the words of God that Yahshua said are still truth and light to His disciples.  God did not die on the cross, nor did His instructions in righteousness.

Romans 14:1-14; “Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.  For one believes he may eat all things, but eh who is weak eats only vegetables.  Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats, for God has received him.  Who are you to judge another’s servant?  To his own master he stands or falls.  Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.  One person esteems one day above another [Sabbath], another esteems every day alike.  Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.  He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it.  He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and givens God thanks.  For none of us lies to himself, and no one dies to himself.  For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord.  Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.  For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.  But why do you judge your brother?  Or why do you show contempt for your brother?  For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  For it is written: “As I live, says the LORD, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.  Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.”

Esteeming one day over another, for regarding the LORD, surely must have to do with the Ten Commandments, that the Sabbath was to be kept because God said so.  Yet Paul side-steps the issue to allow no regard for the commandment of God and to say that it is wrong to uphold the commandment of God over any personal preference or conviction that is at odds with the commandment of God – to believe Paul is to reject the principle that our judgments must match what God said – that to do otherwise is to condemn ourselves for not keeping the righteous standards of God as the rules to live by – to uphold the Torah as true and of God.  And regarding eating or not eating anything in particular, Acts has the “Jerusalem Decree” to the Gentiles that they were forbidden to eat anything sacrificed to idols – it was a prohibition without exception and in keeping with the Torah instructions.  Paul was sent with those instructions to the Gentiles yet we shall see that Paul disregarded them and taught that it was not prohibited, except if one who believed it was present – only then was it wrong.  Note well that Yahshua warned of the one who claimed they were an apostle, but were not, is one who taught that it was permissible to eat meat sacrificed to idols, as did Balaam in the Old Testament (Rev. 2,3).  Yes, everyone will confess to God, but many will be told: “Depart from Me, I never knew you,” and this was because they were without the Torah – the explicit commandments of God and the keeping the words of Master Yahshua.  As God said to Israel when He gave the Law, and again through David in Psalm 119: You reject all those who stray from Your statutes, for their deceit is falsehood.

I Corinthians 10:23-31; “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful, all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.  Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well being.  Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience sake, for the earth is the LORD’s and all its fullness.”  If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience sake.  But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols, do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake; for the earth is the LORD’s and all its fullness.  Conscience, I say, not your own, but that the other.  For why is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience?  But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for the food over which I give thanks?  Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

From the sermon on the mount we can know that Yahshua taught keeping the commandments of God faithfully, and that they contain the foundation of His teachings that made the Torah from God honorable and that our works are to be good, which is to be doing as God instructed.  Faithfully keeping the Instructions in righteousness is what gives glory to God – not disregarding His commandments!  Yet Paul taught that all things are lawful – thereby nullifying the commandment of prohibition of eating what was sacrificed to idols.  Giving God thanks for what He commanded against cannot be seen by men or God to be keeping His commandments or instructions in righteousness.  It’s about doing the will of God – not about putting our conscience or the conscience of any other man above the Instruction and Commandment of God.  Why should anyone say disregarding the commandments of God is evil?  Because God said so, and to lead His people away from doing as He commanded or instructed them – this is the primary test of any false teacher, prophet, messiah, apostle or angel of light – those who are false will at some point lead people away from doing what God said to do, or to say it is acceptable to do that which God prohibited.  Who else in early Church history – before the book of Revelation was written – can it be shown to have taught it was acceptable to eat meat sacrificed to idols?  I have only heard such a thing from the supposed “apostle” Paul. 

II Corinthians 3; “Do we begin again to commend ourselves?  Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you?  You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.  And we have such trust through Christ toward God.  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.  For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels.  For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.  Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech – unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.  But their minds were blinded.  For until, this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.  But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.  Nevertheless when one turn s to the Lord, the veil is taken away.  Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

It surely appears that Paul was commending himself in disregard to the instruction of God.  Again, Paul implies to teach that the Torah was done away with and that what was written by God on the stone tablets that were placed in the Ark of the Covenant to be the ministry of death – not the manner of life that God called His people to observe faithfully and thereby receive His blessings and protection.  Rather, Paul implies that we are freed from the instruction of God to then have liberty to do whatever we believe the “Spirit” leads us to do – quite apart from the Torah, Psalms, Prophets and Teachings of Master Yahshua!  The fact remains, as mentioned before, that God sent His Spirit to write His instructions on the hearts of His people so they would keep His words from their heart, not because the commandments were written on stone tablets.  The Spirit was sent to work in total harmony with “all the words that proceed from the mouth of God.”  To teach that the Spirit was given to set aside the conditions of the Everlasting Covenant is to call God a liar and to blaspheme the Spirit for attributing that to Him which He would never do.  Study the Teachings of Yahshua, as noted from His chosen and faithful Emissaries – His truth, and the Spirit of Truth go hand in hand with the Word of Truth.  As Yahshua said:  “Sanctify them by Thy truth, Thy word is Truth” and “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  It is not even remotely possible that Paul was speaking the truth.  So, where did Paul get his inspiration and revelation for his peculiar gospel?  Was it of himself, or of the angel of light?  No matter where it came from, if you desire the truth – you won’t get it from Paul.  I’ve heard it said that Satan will tell a hundred truths to get you to believe a single lie.  There is enough poison in Paul’s teachings that I cannot even consider what he taught.  Another point is that of the Isaiah 42 prophecy, that people be freed from the prison houses of their own making – to the glorious Truth of God as taught by Master Yahshua.  True liberty in Christ is to be freed to do the will of God in Spirit and Truth through faithful discipleship to hear whatever He taught – not whatever Paul taught.  Paul is the one with the “veil” who rejected the truth of God that is in full accord with His word in all of the Old Testament.  Thankfully, those of Israel have been faithful to preserve His word and not fill their Scripture with false prophets, as the “Christians” have.  It’s full time to repent of lies and turn to the real truth!

Galatians 3; “O foolish Galatians!  Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?  This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?  Are you so foolish?  Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?  Have you suffered so many things in vain – if indeed it was in vain?  Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?  Just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”  Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.  And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.”  So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”  But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.”  Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.”  Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”); that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.  Brethren, I speak in the manner of men.  Though it is only a man’s covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it.  Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made.  He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one.  “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.  And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect.  For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise, but God gave it to Abraham by promise.”

19; “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.

23; “Is the law then against the promises of God?  Certainly not!  For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law.  But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.  But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.  Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.  For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abrahams’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Galatians 3 is filled with errors, which should be easily seen with some basic investigation into what the records of Moses tell us of these matters in Genesis – as this is the book that records the historical foundations of Abraham and his descendants, the promised Seed that would bless all natioins, what God invited Abraham to become, and if the agreements between God and Abraham were based on faith, or if they were clearly based on faithfulness and obedience to what God instructed Abraham to do.  Going back to pages 10-13 should be ample proof to any honest disciple of Master Yahshua that Paul totally misrepresented what the Scriptures clearly teach.  Paul lied. The matter of Abraham having a descendant to be his heir is not the passage where God or Abraham were agreeing to a Covenant, or the conditions of a Covenant between God and Abraham.  It is also not a passage to say the Gentiles would be saved by faith.  The Covenant was found to reside upon faithfully hearing whatever God instructed him to do, and that Abraham walk before God blamelessly – Abraham was found to have obeyed God – not just to have only believed or only had faith.  God said in Genesis 26:5 why He had found Abraham to have met the agreed conditions of the Everlasting Covenant; “because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”  Yahshua said to believe what Moses had said, and it is impossible to believe Paul if one believes Moses and Master Yahshua.  What is the “law” but instructions in righteousness from God?  Did God ever say as Paul said, that the Promise (Everlasting Covenant) is by faith, rather than faithfulness to do as He instructed?  Often Paul presents a truth or partial truth and then slants it to then reflect any light in the passage he was quoting to then make up his own doctrines that cannot be shown to be true by the words of God or Christ – but are often accepted to be “gospel truth” by those who are disciples of Paul – rather than disciples of Master Yahshua (Jesus Christ).  When someone effectively spits in the eye of God by misrepresenting His Truth and claiming “It’s in the Book!,” they are only showing their disbelief of God and total belief in Paul.  Being a disciple of Yahshua who rejects the very word of God can come to no good end, as it results in disbelief of God and Christ.  Just ask yourself if you know of any “Christian” who believes the conditions of the Everlasting Covenant (Torah) are no longer in effect – VS – trusting in the words of Yahshua that we are not to even think that the least of the commandments of God have been loosened – let alone nullified or set aside or destroyed – not to mention that God gave them that He might be able to bless them – not to curse them!!!  The final spit in the eye of God was when Paul taught that the Law (Torah) was not even given by God, but given by angels as a curse, and not for their life and blessing!

See in “19” above, “and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator”.  In a veiled way, Paul is saying that the Law was not even given by God!  This is in total opposition to the record of Moses in the Torah.  It is impossible to believe Moses spoke the truth and then say the Law was given by an angel or a mediator and not by God Himself.  Read Exodus if you don’t believe I’m right – I make no claim to be an authority, but I am saying that we’ve been lied to and told to believe Paul was actually an apostle.  Paul’s writings are so full of lies that it’s astounding to consider why we haven’t seen this before.  God is true, and the more I consider the facts, Paul is the enemy who sowed tares in the field that God planted with the Good Seed of His True Teachings and Instructions in righteousness.

What I’m most thankful for at this time is the opportunity to learn how to digest huge amounts of information and then recognize what the needful information is and to then be able to make recommendations to rectify conflicting information that requires corrections so that the purpose of our lives are not dashed upon deliberate or ignorant lies.  Those who believe and love the lie will not be saved.  God has a curse on those who reject His instruction in righteousness and truth – both of which require faith and love to accomplish, and our love for Him must be above our love for anyone else.  The Law also has stated requirements for faith – as Yahshua said the Pharisees majored in minor points of the law, but neglected the weightier matters – which include mercy and faith.  Paul lied.  Yahshua taught the truth.

Galatians 4:8-9; “But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods.  But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?  You observe days and months and seasons and years.  I am afraid for you, let I have labored for you in vain.”

Paul is speaking to those who desired to keep the Instructions of God in the Law (Torah).  The laws of God include the Sabbath, as well as Instructions for days and months of the appointed times to honor various times – each of which point to the Messiah in one way or another.  The main point of this passage has been lost to appearance in the English translation from the Greek, but should prove to show Paul’s disregard for God and His words that lead to life and blessings.  Where the passage says “beggarly elements”, is actually “beggarly elementals”, “elementals” being a word for angels, and “beggarly” being the lowest of the angels.  What Paul was saying is that the lowest of angels gave the Law to Moses as a curse upon Israel.  Paul is also saying that to pay attention to the Instructions in Righteousness given by God is to be in bondage!  And that Jesus Christ had set us free from bondage – the curse of the Law.  Paul viewed the matter to be that if one returns to do as God instructed that he had labored in vain.  I hope he has, as we need to return to the Truth of God and reject those who oppose what He has declared to be the manner of life that He blesses – rather than to place ourselves under the curse of God because we reject Him and His Everlasting Covenant and His stated conditions for both blessing and curses.  Again, consider if you believe God gave the Law to Moses.  Who gave the Law to Moses?  God? Angels? Lowly angels?  And why did God say about the Instructions in Righteousness?  Were the given to be a curse, or a blessing?

Exodus 19:3-6; “And Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles wings and brought you to Myself.  Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people, for all the earth is Mine.  And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.  These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

Deuteronomy 5:29; “Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!”

Deut. 5:32,33;  “Therefore you shall be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.  You shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.” (Also note Deut. 7 and the blessings of God to those who keep the conditions of the Everlasting Covenant)  God desired to bless Israel.  God desired to bless all the nations, as this is part of the Everlasting Covenant, but His blessings are with those who do as faithful Abraham in Genesis 26:5 – not with those who ignore the goodness of His words of instruction in righteousness and goodness.  And Daniel also said as much in his prayer, that God is faithful to His Covenant.

Ephesians 2:14-16; “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”

Here Paul clearly says that He (Jesus) abolished the law of commandments at the cross.  This is in total opposition to the fact that Yahshua taught the Torah is still in effect today, even to the very least of the commandments of God.  To distinguish between Jew and Gentile, secular and set-apart, or any other distinction in the Torah is to be carefully hearing and doing as God commanded.  One cannot believe both Paul and Yahshua spoke the truth – this is why “dispensational theology” was developed – to pretend that what Yahshua taught was in the “Old Testament” and what Paul taught is the “New Testament” – one gospel for the Jews and another for the Gentiles.  This is refuted in the words of Yahshua in the great commission at the end of Matthew – the same commandments given to the original disciples were to go to all nations – not just Israel.  This was the original Christian heresy: salvation by faith without works, by grace alone – invented by Paul, and promoted by Marcion.

Colossians 2:13-18; “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.  And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.  Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.  So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.  Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, …”

Peter spoke of forgiveness of past sins at baptism, not blanket forgiveness of future sins as well.  And when Yahsha forgave sins, He also instructed them: “Go and sin no more.” If baptism is to forgive even future sins as Paul seems to teach, then why did John say we are to confess our sins to God, and that God is faithful to forgive (I John 1:9)?  This is another quote from Paul that he believed keeping the Law to be under bondage to those who are not god, but to be honoring angels and not God.  The Torah directly instructed about food, drink, festivals and new moons and Sabbaths – it is pure folly to think Paul was addressing something else – but people will ignore obvious truth to defend false beliefs.  If you do believe God and Master Yahshua spoke the actual truth – this should be sufficient evidence that Paul did not teach the truth or the gospel of Master Yahshua.

A sidebar note is that many have taught Jesus (Yahshua) upheld all the Ten Commandments but one – the Sabbath.  Consider this a few minutes – if the Law no longer mattered, and the Sabbath given by God at the creation of man is done away, then why did He said it is LAWFUL to do good on the Sabbath?  Obviously He was upholding the Sabbath and refining the understanding that it is acceptable to save life and do good on the Sabbath.  I know few would suddenly change worship from Sunday to the Sabbath, as this is a corporate decision about when to meet,  but we should still keep the Sabbath and not work on the Sabbath for our regular employment activities or having others do work for us on the Sabbath.  Until more agree to have a service for Sabbath (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown as God defined the day) it can be observed by each person or family at home.

'Blessed are they who make peace because they will be called the sons of Elohim. Is 26:12; Ps 122:8,9; Ps 72:3-7

Isaiah 26; “In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah; we have a strong city; God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks.  Open the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in.  You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.  Trust in the LORD forever; for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.  For He brings down those who dwell on high, the lofty city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He brings it down to the dust.  The foot shall tread it down – the feet of the poor and the steps of the needy.  The way of the just is uprightness; O Most Upright, You weigh the path of the just.  Yes, in the way of Your judgments, O LORD, we have waited for You; the desire of our soul is for Your name and for the remembrance of You.  With my soul I have desired You in the night, yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; for when Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.  Let grace be shown to the wicked, yet he will not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD.  LORD, when Your hand is lifted up, they will not see.  But they will see and be ashamed for their envy of people; yes the fire of Your enemies shall devour them.  LORD, You will establish peace for us, for You have also done all our works in us.  O LORD our God, masters besides You Have had dominion over us; But by You only we make mention of Your name.  They are dead, they will not live; They are deceased, they will not rise.  Therefore You have punished and destroyed them, And made all their memory to perish.  You have increased the nation, O LORD, You have increased the nation; You are glorified; You have expanded all the borders of the land.  LORD, in trouble they have visited You, They poured out a prayer when Your chastening was upon them.  As a woman with child Is in pain and cries out in her pangs, When she draws near the time of her delivery, So have we been in Your sight, O LORD.  We have been with child, we have been, we have been in pain;  We have, as it were, brought forth wind; We have not accomplished any deliverance in the earth, Nor have the inhabitants of the world fallen.  Your dead shall live; Together with my dead body they shall arise.  Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; For your dew is like the dew of herbs, And the earth shall cast out the dead.  Come, My people, enter your chambers, And shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, Until the indignation is past.  For behold, the LORD comes out of His place To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; The earth will also disclose her blood, And will no more cover her slain.”

When we do as God has directed us, it is not our works that we do, it is doing the works of God.

Ps 122; “I was glad when they said to me, let us go into the house of the LORD.  Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!  Jerusalem is built as a city that is compact together, Where the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, to the Testimony of Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD,  for thrones are set there for judgment, the thrones of the house of David.  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:  may they prosper who love you.  Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.  For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, “Peace be within you.”  Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek your good.”

Ps 72;  “Give the king Your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the king’s Son.  He will judge Your people with righteousness, and Your poor with justice.  The mountains will bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.  He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor.  They shall fear You As long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, like showers that water the earth.  In His days the righteous shall flourish, and abundance of peace, until the moon is no moreHe shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.  Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him, and His enemies will lick the dust.  The kings of Tarshish and of the isles will bring presents; the kings of Sheba will offer gifts.  Yes, all the kings shall fall down before Him; all nations shall serve Him.  For He will deliver the needy when he cries, the poor also, and him who has no helper.  He will spare the poor and needy, and will save the souls of the needy.  He will redeem their life from oppression and violence; and precious shall be their blood in His sight.  And He shall live; and the gold of Sheba will be given to Him; prayer also will be made for Him continually, and daily He shall be praised.  There will be an abundance of grain in the earth, on the top of the mountains; its fruit shall wave like Lebanon; and those of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.  His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun.  And men shall be blessed in Him; all nations shall call Him blessed.  Blessed by the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who only does wondrous things!  And blessed be His glorious name forever!  And let the whole earth be filled with His glory.  Amen and Amen.  The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.”

'Blessed are they who are persecuted because of righteousness because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.  Ps 38:20; Is 66:5

Psalm 38:20;  “Those also who render evil for good, they are my adversaries because I follow what is good.”

Isaiah 66:5;  “Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at His word; your brethren who hated you, who cast you out for My name’s sake, said,” Let the LORD be glorified, That we may see your joy.”  But they shall be ashamed.”

It has been my personal experience that as I tried to share the need to keep the commandments of God and Christ and that the purpose of the Spirit is to write them on our hearts, that we be careful to observe His word and obey from the heart, that those who have been most negative towards me and the message have been those who hold the gospel account of Paul to be true, that salvation is by faith apart from works.  Yahshua warned that we would face persecution due to upholding and keeping His words of life.  He also warned that those of our own household may be our greatest enemies.  So as you turn to do His will because of your love for Him and the truth of the grace of God towards all who repent to do His will, don’t be surprised if you meet some friction.  Be kind, speak the truth in love, be prepared to give answer for why you believe what you do, and know for surety that as you abide in His word indeed and keep His words that you are greatly blessed and will surely be rewarded greatly – according to His promised blessings in the world to come.

Blessed are you whenever they curse you and they persecute you and they say every evil word about you falsely because of me. Ps 119: 85-87; Lamentations 3:22,23.

“The proud have dug pits for me, which is not according to Your law.  All Your commandments are faithful; they persecute me wrongfully; help me!  They almost made an end of me on earth, but I did not forsake Your precepts.  Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, so that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.”

Most passages have been copied here to ensure there is no mistaking that Yeshua was teaching in context with the Scriptures.  Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm, and contains many needful truths that are surely in keeping with all He taught.  Each of us should read this passage regularly and consider how much all the teachings of Master Yeshua fit perfectly with the truths expressed.  At this time His words about who comes to Him and hears His words, that they might know what they do is done of God, come squarely to mind (John 3: 19,20).  He taught both the grace and the truth of the words of God, and there is no possible way to ignore the fact that He upheld each, or that the grace of God will ever be known apart from His word.  As this Psalm also says, God upholds His word higher than His name.  The Torah (first five books of the Bible written by Moses) contains the testimony from the mouth of God and is in full keeping with the hope of the coming kingdom of God and gospel of God, preached, taught and exampled by the Messiah, and His call to all nations of the earth to repent to do the will of God and that those who are worthy will have the right to enter the City of God.  ((Revelation 22))

Continuing on with His words from Matthew 5:12;

“Then rejoice and be glad because your reward in heaven is great for likewise they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt should become bland, with what would it become seasoned?  For anything not fit (is) but to be thrown outside and be trodden by men.  You are the light of the world.  It is not possible to hide a city that is built on a mountain.”  (AENT)

Psalm 37; Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity; for they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herbTrust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.  Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.  He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light; and your justice as the noonday.  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.”

Psalm 89:1-37 (15); “I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; with my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.  For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever; Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.”  I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David; your seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations.”  And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints.  For who in the heavens can be compared to the LORD?  Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the LORD?  God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around Him.  O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty like You, O LORD?  Your faithfulness also surrounds You.  You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them.  You have broken Rahab in pieces, as one who is slain; You have scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm.  The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; the world and all its fullness, You have founded them.  The north and the south; You have created them; Tabor and Hermon rejoice in Your name.  You have a mighty arm; strong is Your hand, and high is Your right hand.  Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and truth go before Your face.  Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!  They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance.  In Your name they rejoice all day long, and in Your righteousness they are exalted.  For You are the glory of their strength, and in Your favor our horn is exalted.  For our shield belongs to the LORD, And our king to the Holy One of Israel.”

“Then You spoke in a vision to Your holy one, And said: “I have given help to one who is mighty; I have exalted one chosen from the people.  I have found My servant David; with My holy oil I have anointed him, with whom My hand shall be established; also My arm shall strengthen him.  The enemy shall not outwit him, Nor the son of wickedness afflict him.  I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague those who hate him.  But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him, and in My name his horn shall be exalted.  Also I will set his hand over the sea, and his right hand over the rivers.  He shall cry to Me, “You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.”  Also I will make him My firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.  My mercy I will keep for him forever, and My covenant shall stand firm with him.  His seed also I will make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven.”

If his sons forsake My law and do not walk in My judgments, if they break My statutes and do not keep My commandments, then I will punish their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.  Nevertheless My lovingkindness I will not utterly take from him, nor allow My faithfulness to fail.  My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.  Once I have sworn by My holiness; I will not lie to David:  his seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before Me; it shall be established forever like the moon, even like the faithful witness in the sky.”

I Peter 2, AENT;  “Therefore cease all evil and all deceit and hypocrisy and jealousy and backbiting.  And be like very small children; and crave the Word, as being the pure spiritual milk by which you are nourished up to life; if you have tasted and seen that Master YHWH is good; to whom you have come because he is a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but with Elohim elect and precious.  And you also, as living stones, are built and become spiritual temples and Set Apart priests for the offering of Spiritual Sacrifices, acceptable before Elohim through Y’shua the Mashiyach.  For it is said in the Scripture, “Behold, in Tsiyon I lay a chosen and precious stone for the head of the corner; and whoever believes in him will not be ashamed.”  On you therefore who believe is this honor conferred: but to them who do not believe, “he is a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.”  And they stumble at it because they believe not the Word from where they were appointed.  But you are an elect race *(prophecy Is 66:20-21), officiating as priests of the Kingdom; a Set Apart people, a redeemed congregation; that you should proclaim the praises of him who called you out of darkness to his precious light, who formerly were not counted as a people but now are the people of Elohim; and also, there were (once) no mercies on you but now mercies are poured out upon you.  My beloved, I entreat you as strangers and pilgrims (NKJV ‘sojourners’) separate yourselves from all lusts of the body, for they war against the soul.  And let your behavior be honorable before all men; so that they who utter evil speeches against you, may see your good actions and may praise Elohim in the day of trial.  And be submissive to all the sons of men, for Elohim’s sake; to kings, on account of their authority; and to judges because they are sent by him for the punishment of offenders, and for the praise of them that do well.  For so is the will of Elohim, that by your good deeds you may stop the mouth of the foolish who do not know Elohim:  As free men, you are not like men who make their freedom a cloak for their wickedness, but as the servants of Elohim.  Honor all men; love your Brothers; fear Elohim; and honor kings.”

Lamentations 3:22-24;  “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed; because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.  The LORD is my portion, says my soul, therefore I hope in Him.”

Ye are the light of the world.  Psalm 18;

 With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless. With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.   For You will save the humble people, But will bring down haughty looks.  For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. 

 Psalm 37; Psalm 37; Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity; For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.  Trust in the LORD, and do good;  Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.  Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.  He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light;  and your justice as the noonday.  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him;  do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

Is it possible that Y’shua was not merely pronouncing blessings, but clearly identifying that belief and faithful behavior is associated with each blessing?  All who say they believe in Him should be aware of these passages He was teaching about.   He came to fulfill, not to loosen or destroy the instructions of God.  He came to fully reveal the truth and grace of God according to the Scriptures taught that Israel had lost sight of.   On the surface – the ‘upright’ position He taught specifically regards blessings to those who are faithful and respectful of the word of God that had been given from the beginning of recorded Scripture – the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.  We can also see that God has had grace towards all who repent to do His will and follow His promises and instructions.  One might think that the blessings of God are directly associated with His grace, which is associated with the desire of anyone who seeks wholeheartedly to do His will, to keep His words and to do as His righteousness direct us.  We should know His will to be able to know what it is He said we are to do.

As an exercise to assist with our recall of these things would be to make some notes on each one – what are the primary lessons and knowledge of who He blesses.  What do we need to recall from each?  As you make these notes, pray that God open your eyes to see what He desires those who are His and come to hear the Testimony of His Son – that we give Him the fruits of our lives that He desires and in which we find the steadfast Rock to build our lives upon and turn to do what He said is truth and allow the Spirit to write these things upon our hearts.  This could be done in a group setting, or individually.  Workbooks could be done for children through adults that would cover these foundational teachings, and every disciple of Y’shua would do well to make this study a life-long effort.  He came to open the prison doors of false doctrine and snares of Satan, that we be enabled to serve God properly and have the fullness of His (Y’shua) joy within us.

Continuing at Matthew 5:15 (AENT Netzari Press LLC, 2010)

“They do not light a lamp and place it under a bushel, but upon a lampstand and it lights upon all those that are in the house.  Let your light shine like this in front of the sons of men that they should see your works good and they glorify your father who is in heaven.  Do not think that I have come to loosen Torah or the prophets.  I have not come to loosen but to fulfill. For truly I say to you that until heaven and earth pass away not one Yodh or one stroke will pass from Torah until everything happens.  All who loosen, therefore, from one (of) these small commandments and teach thus to the sons of man, will be called little in the Kingdom of Heaven, but all who do and teach this will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.  For I say to you that unless your righteousness exceeds more than that of the scribes and the Pharisees you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  You have heard that it was said to those before, you should not kill and that all that kill are condemned to judgment.  But I say to you that anyone who provokes to anger his brother without cause, is condemned to judgment and anyone who should say to his brother, I spit on you, is condemned to the assembly, and anyone who should say, you are a coward, is condemned to the Gehenna of fire.  If it is therefore that you offer your offering to the altar and there you should remember a certain grudge your brother holds against you, leave there your offering upon the altar and go first and reconcile  with your brother and then come and offer your offering.  Be in agreement with your adversary at Torah while you are with him on the way, or else your adversary at Torah deliver you to the judge and the judge deliver you to the officer and you be thrown into the house of captives.  And truly I say to you that you will not come out from there until you pay the last coin.  You have heard that it has been said that you should not commit adultery.  But I say to you that all who that looks at a woman as lustfully at once has committed adultery in his heart.  And if your right eye stumbles you, pluck it out and cast it from you for it is better for you that one of your members should perish and not all your body be thrown into Gehenna.  It has been said that he that puts away his wife aside from a case of fornication makes her commit adultery, and he who takes a divorced woman commits adultery.  Again you have heard that it has been said to those before that you should not lie in your oath.  But complete your oath to Master YHWH.  But I say, you should not say I swear, not by heaven because that is the throne of Elohim.  And not by the earth because it is the footstool that is beneath his feet, and not by Urishlim because it is the city of the great king.  And not by your head should you swear, because you are not able to make it one part of the hair black or white.  But your word should be but yes, yes, and no and no, anything more than these is from evil.  You have heard that it has been said that an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.  But I say to you that you should not stand against evil, but who hits you upon your right cheek, turn also to him the other.  And he that desires to go to court with you and take your coat, leave to him also your cloak.  He that compels you to go one mile, go two with him.  He that asks you to give to him and he desires to borrow from you, you should not deny him.  You have heard that it has been said to love your neighbor and hate your enemy.  But I say to you to love your enemies and bless those that curse you and do that which is pleasing to those who hate you.  And pray for those that take you by force and persecute you.  So that you may be the sons of your Father who is in heaven.  He that raises His sun upon the good and upon the evil and causes to descend His rain upon the just and the unjust.  For if you love those that love you, what reward have you?  Do not even the publican do this?  And if you greet in in peace only your brothers, what more are you doing?  Do not even the publicans do this?  You therefore be perfect as your Father in heaven who is perfect.”

“They do not light a lamp and place it under a bushel, but upon a lampstand and it lights upon all those that are in the house.  Let your light shine like this in front of the sons of men that they should see your works good and they glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

This verse goes with those regarding the works we are to do, which are the matters God had said before.  Note that Y’shua continues to affirm them, and for the same reason, that God be given praise for being good and righteous and having given His people such good standards to live by.  While there is no need to point this out to disciples of Y’shua who are active to hear and do whatever He directed and instructed, it is more than evident that Y’shua taught works that exhibit belief in Him.  From the very first sermon we can all see that He taught works are necessary – and that this directly connects to our being seen as a light in this world.  We are not to hide our faith in God and His faithfulness to those who do His will.  We are not to pretend mere belief in the death burial and resurrection is all that is required.  Through the Anointed One, God has declared that belief and obedience are to be conjoined as one – to His glory for giving true and righteous instructions – not for our boasting, as Paul said, but for His glory and our blessing by God.  As God said when giving the Torah to Israel, it was that He be given glory when other nations and peoples saw the goodness of His Laws.  It is the same thing here, that “the sons of men should see your works good and they glorify your Father who is in heaven.”  We need to keep the words of Y’shua, just as Israel was called to keep the words of God.  That men give God glory for His goodness is the same through the elementary Torah given by Moses and magnified through the Anointed One, Master Y’shua.

 

“Do not think that I have come to loosen Torah or the prophets.  I have not come to loosen but to fulfill. For truly I say to you that until heaven and earth pass away not one Yodh or one stroke will pass from Torah until everything happens.  All who loosen, therefore, from one (of) these small commandments and teach thus to the sons of man, will be called little in the Kingdom of Heaven, but all who do and teach this will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.  For I say to you that unless your righteousness exceeds more than that of the scribes and the Pharisees you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

There is a notable difference between destroying the Torah and loosening the Torah, Torah being what is actually being addressed.  I don’t know why our Western Bibles have not been clear to represent the object of the Torah versus what an uninstructed non-Jew might think “Law” is.  The Torah was given to all those that God lead out of Egypt – Israel and the multitude of nationalities that sojourned out of Egypt with them.  The Torah makes distinction between instructions/commandments for all of them, for those of Israel only, and for those who are of the priesthood of Israel and tribe of Levi.  All of the “Ten Commandments” are for everyone – not solely for Israel – it’s an open ended commandment and without separation to be only for Israel or the Levites.  I desire to know more about this topic and hope to also completely review the Torah and double check all the things instructed for the “sojourners” with Israel, as an accounting needs to be done to double check all things God has instructed for us that still sojourn with the true Israel of God – to be careful to note whatever God has declared good from the beginning.  I suspect it will be in perfect alignment with the teachings of Y’shua, as He said to make disciples of Him and teach them whatever He had commanded the first twelve disciples, but taking my own advice – it’s best to double check facts rather than to assume what someone else said is true.  I’ve been discovering far too many things I’ve been taught just are not the actual fullness of His truth.  As He said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  He didn’t say “Jews” need to live by the words of God; He said everyone needs to – it’s an open ended commandment and not intended for Jews only – but for all who come to partake in the life-path to eternal life.  Likewise, His directions in the great commission are explicit to include all nations, and He gave no direction or indication that there is one gospel message for the Jews and another for the Gentiles, but both have the same directions – to become disciples, be immersed into the Name, and continue on in being taught to do whatsoever He had first commanded the original twelve disciples – the chosen apostles who were to be witnesses to what He taught and lived and of His death, burial, resurrection and ascension back to heaven.

Relating to this topic is the “Jerusalem Decree” from the Church at Jerusalem to the Gentiles in Acts.  The things specified to the Gentiles related to the things commanded of the “sojourners” with Israel. There are a number of issues with Luke’s lack of complete records of historic matters, so it’s best not to formulate too much from scant or questionable information provided in Acts.   After much ongoing study regarding the faithfulness of the reporting done by Luke and Paul, there is actually too much inconsistency to regard the text as Scripture – matters in Acts actually find themselves to be testifying against itself in many places, as well as against what other accounts are in other books of the NT written by Paul himself that have records of the evident same instances.  If Luke was just reporting what he was told, and those telling him were not consistent (likely Pauls’ version of history told to Luke), that would explain some, but not all the issues.  This is why matters noted in Acts need to be confirmed by the rest of Scripture when they report what the gospel was prophesied to be and what any author is reported to have said, as well as the issues reportedly were given to be.  God has not left us without the tools and intellect to decipher the truth from errors of scribes, imperfect memories, or of outright deception in the name of God.  This is the true meaning of rightly dividing the Scriptures:  First, what did God say and secondly, what did Moses, the prophets and Psalms say, and finally and completely, what did Y’shua, through the twelve appointed witnesses, say on the matter?  To date I have not noted one inconsistency in the Bible that cannot be resolved through understanding what Y’shua taught and how it fit with the rest of the Scriptures extant in His day and then understanding His teaching of “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  Double check what God said about the matter, what Moses said about the matter, where the Psalms and Prophets uphold these things, and you should be able to more fully grasp what Y’shua was teaching.  He never taught a single thing that lead away from doing the previously expressed instructions of God.  He also confirmed the primary division that things start from whatever God had said through Moses, then through Himself as the final authority.  Moses and Y’shua are the two primary witnesses of God on earth.  Don’t ever allow yourself to be misled from what God said through them when it is being reported from the twelve.  If you do this, you will be amazed at the errors taught in the name of “Truth” that are not truth.  Repentance is to turn from not doing as God had said to actually believe and do what God and His Christ have graciously instructed us to do and to not do. 

One statement recorded in Acts to be from Peter is Acts 15:5-21, where Luke records Peter to have said the Gentiles are purified in their hearts by faith, just as “us” (Jews).  I Peter 1:22 is written by Peter and there says purification is through obedience.  This fits the same gospel taught by Yeshua and that belief and obedience go hand in hand and disobedience equates with disbelief.  Numerous passages in the Law and Prophets testify to the fact that faith with obedience/works meet of repentance to do the will of God are required.  My personal view is that it appears Luke is trying to make Peter sound like what Paul was teaching, that faith without works saves, that mere ascent to belief in the death, burial and resurrection is all that is required.  Thankfully we have the preserved teachings of Y’shua and the real apostles.

Regarding the scribes and Pharisees comment: the scribes failed their duty by supporting the Pharisees to impose man made doctrine over the Doctrine and Commandments of God, thereby judging Gods word as wrong and putting themselves above God and denying the respect and service God alone is due.  They also majored in minor points of the Torah and failed to teach the weightier matters, which Y’shua will point out further in His teachings.  Disciples of Y’shua are to live more actual righteousness in doing as God said than the Pharisees or scribes of His day, and if we don’t, there is no way we can enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  This is clearly what Y’shua taught.   Don’t let what anyone has said lead you from understanding the truth of this matter.  No apostle had the authority to teach anything different than the Messiah/Christ/Prophet or to annul any of the Torah, Psalms or Prophets which came before.  This is one of the primary tests God commanded that we note when evaluating if someone speaks for Him or not.  (Deut. 4, 12, 13, 18)  As John noted in I John, we know those of God by the fact of whether they teach and do as Y’shua commanded, taught and exampled to us.  We can all know the truth through abiding in what He taught.  Not one single letter of the Torah – God’s gracious instructions to mankind – to all who desire to be blessed of God – anyone who would teach that God annulled His truth and light contained in His word should never be paid attention to.  Neither should they if they teach that the Torah, Prophets or Psalms have been set aside as a marriage to a dead mate, or who would twist the matter to declare God didn’t give the Torah to Moses.  The matter is simple, and truly, that belief (faith) does the works of doing as God has instructed us.  These things are most fully understood in the Doctrine of God taught by Master Y’shua.  If this is true, reconsider forming any doctrine solely upon what is written by Paul, Luke, Mark or the book of Hebrews.  Not that there is not any truth in any of them, but that there is enough error in them as to not consider them on equal ground with writings of the Twelve Apostles.  Personally, I see no reason to place any value to them at all and find it best to set them aside.  A curious point is also that the name of Y’shua was completely removed from the NT in the Greek translations and we have no knowledge of who did it.  If there is only one name under heaven by which men may be saved – wouldn’t that be convenient if you desired that men be deceived away from the truth of this matter through a wholesale removal of His name from the text of all the NT books?  Thankfully were are told that God will uphold His word higher than His name.

In Revelation 2 the Church at Ephesus was congratulated for finding some who claimed to be apostles to have been liars.  Who in the NT claimed to be an apostle and also spent time teaching the Church at Ephesus (then the capitol of Asia)?  Who said he was rejected and abandoned at his first defense in Asia (Ephesus?) in 2 Tim. 4?  Enough said.  If you want to know more, see “Jesus Words Only” by Mr. D. J. Tondo, or “Not Paul, but Jesus” by Jeremy Bentham – reprint of book from 1820’s.  It is impossible that Paul taught the same truth of Jesus Christ about the hope for the kingdom of heaven.  Paul is the Balaam of Revelation 2 and the wolf of the tribe of Benjamin in Genesis 49.  If you don’t believe me, by all means read these two books.  They also document early Church texts that show the original heresy of the Church were those who took what Paul taught as the truth.  Paul is proven to actually be attacking the true faith and the true Christians as he taught his own gospel, which was not the gospel taught by Jesus Christ, the twelve apostles, or the first Christians in Jerusalem.  If those who believe and follow liars and reject the Torah of God and reject accepting the truth Y’shua said we must repent to do – it is a vital matter to know that some of what we have been told is true is nothing but a proven lie.  Those who came before us may condemn themselves through what they taught and lived – but each person and each generation and nation will be judged justly according to what God said – and Paul is no authority of God because he fails the tests God gave and directly taught against what Yahshua said is truth.

Yahshua calls for disciples who abide in His word indeed.  Belief that does not obey the Son will result in the wrath of God.  See John 3 in the more original AENT.  We have to take the Paul blinders off if we hope to see, hear and know what Y’shua actually taught.  Yahshua alone testifies of the truth and grace of God directly from the Father Himself.

This is the testimony of John the Baptist from John 3:36 of the oldest manuscript maintained by disciples of Y’shua, AENT:

“He who believes in the Son has life that is eternal, and he who does not obey the Son will not see life, rather the wrath of Elohim will rise up against him.”

I think anyone can know the real truth when they actually believe and obey Yahshua as testified to by the original twelve disciples – as noted in His prayer in John 17.   The twelve had Holy Spirit inspired recall of all He taught them.  If we can’t trust their testimony, what hope can we have? 

(AENT)  “You have heard that it was said to those before, you should not kill and that all that kill are condemned to judgment.  But I say to you that anyone who provokes to anger his brother without cause, is condemned to judgment and anyone who should say to his brother, I spit on you, is condemned to the assembly, and anyone who should say, you are a coward, is condemned to the Gehenna of fire.  If it is therefore that you offer your offering to the altar and there you should remember a certain grudge your brother holds against you, leave there your offering upon the altar and go first and reconcile  with your brother and then come and offer your offering.  Be in agreement with your adversary at Torah while you are with him on the way, or else your adversary at Torah deliver you to the judge and the judge deliver you to the officer and you be thrown into the house of captives.  And truly I say to you that you will not come out from there until you pay the last coin.  You have heard that it has been said that you should not commit adultery.  But I say to you that all who that looks at a woman as lustfully at once has committed adultery in his heart.”

Many think the Torah must have said to hate your enemies and love your friends.  This is a good example that shows Yahshua was teaching the truth of the word of God that had long ago been given through Moses.  Yahshua says, “You have heard that it has been said,” implying “oral law.”  Torah (Leviticus 19:18) does not teach that anyone should hate their enemy; it teaches “You shall not avenge nor bear any grudge, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Once again, He is upholding the true justice of the Torah, and that God does not accept the worship of those who are not seeking to live uprightly.  While we don’t offer things on altars, we do offer God our praise, prayers and manner of life.  This reflects back to the passages about whom God will hear and bless and what God says is the sacrifice He desires.  We can also see that Y’shua taught to the heart and intent of the Torah and living in such a way as to prevent the start of wickedness.  Some experts with the ancient Hebrew quotes from Matthew say the matter was about lusting after another man’s wife and also marrying a woman who had not been given the writing of divorce as commanded in the Torah.  Since I’ve found so much in the Torah, Psalms and Prophets about the standards given from the beginning through Moses and how each is upheld in His teachings, I’m confident that marriage is a sacred institution, and that unfaithfulness to the union as intended from the beginning is grounds for divorce. His teaching in Mt. 19 say this commandment is only for those able to accept it.  Contemporary Western values of the roles of men and women in marriage have drifted far from what God instructed.  All who seek to do the will of God should repent and live as God instructed.  Sins proceed from the heart and mind of mankind – not their eyes, hands or feet.  The point He is making is to cut off sin – not the body part.  This is equal to severe repentance effort and diligence, not going around poking out your eyes and cutting off your hands.  The point is to live uprightly by the instruction God has given.  And how can we do this on our own, except through His Spirit given as promised John 14, Acts 2:38,39 and prophesied of in Ez. 36: 25,26; then we can be careful to do those things because God has given us of His Spirit to write His gracious instructions in righteousness (Torah and teachings of Y’shua) on our heart.  The actual Spirit of God is the Spirit of Truth, and the Spirit of Truth cannot, and will not, deny the truth and word of God.  God has not given mankind ignorance – He has given instruction in all principles that are true and just and right in His eyes, that through doing as He said, that He would be given the praise deserved on the day of judgment for His grace, truth and faithfulness.

Regarding love and prayer towards others who cause trouble for disciples, I’ve had personal experience that this is true.  Early on in my career with the State of California, one of the bosses was a repatriated Nazi from Germany.  He supervised by threats and  fear and spying on workers.  He has long since passed on to meet his Maker.  Everyone disliked the man.  I realized my need to go to a different level when he started showing up in my dreams and in one I was extremely happy after shooting him!  Recalling this teaching about praying for certain others, I started praying for him every day and trusting that God would be true to His word.  In a short time things began to change between us and I can only testify that God worked in both of us to the good.  God answers prayer, especially those prayers Y’shua has said are in accord with the will of God, and this is certainly a needed application.

A final point on this section is to note the Torah, the standards of God, will be upheld.  He is speaking of true judgment and our need to submit to what God has said is right, and if we recall a brother has been offended or wronged by the standards God has given us, we need to seek to be reconciled on the matter before we think to worship God.

(AENT) “Again you have heard that it has been said to those before that you should not lie in your oath.  But complete your oath to Master YHWH.  But I say, you should not say I swear, not by heaven because that is the throne of Elohim.  And not by the earth because it is the footstool that is beneath his feet, and not by Urishlim because it is the city of the great king.  And not by your head should you swear, because you are not able to make it one part of the hair black or white.  But your word should be but yes, yes, and no and no, anything more than these is from evil. “

Isaiah 66:1.  Psalm 48:2; Ecclesiastes 5:4,5.

Y’shua clearly said disciples should be true to their word.  Note that this is about oaths to God.  Off hand, I can only recall one instance in the NT that spoke of taking an oath, and that is about Paul and his final conflict in Jerusalem.  The Acts account is basically that Paul was charged by some to have taught against the Torah, Temple and Jews.  Paul denied the charges.  I believe it was Peter or James who gave the opportunity for Paul to prove the charges false (they didn’t have the benefit of reading the letters and epistles he wrote), and the week long Temple oath was for Paul to prove the matter.  That Paul failed to complete the oath and was instead attacked for allowing the Temple to be defiled by a gentile because of his teachings that there is no difference to God between a Jew and a Gentile and that the wall of partition in the Temple was done away with by Christ.   What this particular oath was is not recorded, but Paul failed to prove his innocence to the charges, as the oath or vow was not completed.  As a result Paul and was sent to prison and died in Roman custody.  We can read what Paul wrote in Romans, I, II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, and also see the dubious account in Acts that Paul even tried to claim the charges against him were not what was clearly given as speaking against the Torah, Temple and people of God – but his counter-claim was that he was on trial for belief in the resurrection – an obviously false claim.  It’s no wonder that Festus said Paul had gone mad (Acts 27:24).  The lesson here is to speak honestly and don’t think God is mocked or unfaithful to His word or people He has chosen or called out to be set-apart and faithful to His service.

As stated earlier, I have some familiarity with Mormonism – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Most people are aware of LDS Temples built around the earth in various States in the US, and in foreign Countries.  They believe sacred endowments are performed by their members there.  Most familiar of these may be eternal marriage vows, and baptisms for the dead.  While they claim these things are sacred, not secret, I cannot but wonder how they reconcile these beliefs and practices with the teachings and commandments of Jesus Christ, or with the creation and fall of man account in Genesis.  After all, did Jesus anywhere command taking vows?, teach that marriage is an eternal institution?, or teach anything was a secret teaching?  Did He say that He taught nothing in secret?  This should reasonably cause some LDS to reconsider if it is of Jesus Christ or not, if the principle He gave was to abide in what He taught during His life on earth.  This curiously relates to additions Joseph Smith made to Doctrine and Covenants soon after becoming a Mason, and there were a number of similarities between Masonic oaths and oaths LDS make in their temples.  There are several web sites and a number of books that are anti-LDS that discuss more on these matters.  If you want to know more, you can search them out to learn more about these curiosities.  But rather than repeat some things that may not be correct that are charged against LDS, time would be best spent to focus on what Y’shua said is the truth of God and to test every man with claims to divine revelation to the tests God gave to know if they spoke for Him or not.  Anyone can to do a google search for the video of the Mormon or LDS Temple Ceremony.  One on the internet archive is a video of at least one endowment ceremony and anyone can quickly note that of the characters portrayed – Elohim (God), Jehovah (Jesus) and Michael (Adam), were present in the garden and creation.  The curiosity is to see that Satan is the one telling Adam that he had a pre-life he didn’t remember, and a number of other things LDS believe to be true that are not in accord with the Torah or the rest of what other Christians believe to be Scripture. One such error is the belief that the fall of man occurred that man might have joy – which is the opposite of what the Holy Scriptures say.  Each person is responsible to their discipleship and service to God, but I cannot imagine why LDS haven’t picked up on the matter of listening to Satan instead of Jesus Christ if their Church is named after Jesus Christ and they weekly renew their covenant to keep His commandments as part of their Sacrament prayer.

https://archive.org/details/MormonTempleCeremony

I hope that they will discover the greatest witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is Matthew, John, Revelation, and the Torah, Psalms and Prophets; not something Joseph Smith said are ancient written records as the book of Mormon or Josephs revelations said to be from God (D&C, Book of Moses, or the Book of Abraham) – and especially that believing anything Satan said cannot come to any good in the end.  The parallels between the claims of Joseph and Paul should be too similar to ignore.  Both claimed to have received their knowledge of their gospel as direct revelation from God and Jesus Christ that is not according to the Torah or teachings of Jesus Christ from ancient records.   If Jesus taught there is no marriage or giving of marriage to those worthy of the resurrection as a counter to the Jews asking “whose wife will she be in the resurrection?,” it just mystifies me why they believe otherwise, if abiding in what He said is as important as they claim in their Sacrament prayer.  Also, if Jesus taught that it is not possible for one who has died to pass from one side of the abyss to the other (paradise VS torment), it seems to be in direct contradiction to His teaching of the rich man and Lazarus to practice proxy baptism to circumvent what He said is true.  As Scripture says, “God is not mocked.”

Everyone has things to repent of – even those who believe the necessity of keeping the commandments of Jesus Christ.  One of those commandments is to abide in – remain in – those things He said are the true word and teachings God gave Him to give us.  Jesus (Yahshua) is the Prophet that Moses said we must hear whatever He said.  John records those teachings we are to abide in as having already been given before His death on the cross.  The testator died and has risen from the dead and no one can change the will; we need to pay attention to what He actually said.  Do recall that God said false prophets are allowed to see if we will be careful to do what He already said we are to believe and do.  Those who truly love Him will hear Him and do as He instructed.  They will allow the Spirit to write His instructions on their hearts and be careful to do them.

“You have heard that it has been said to love your neighbor and hate your enemy.  But I say to you to love your enemies and bless those that curse you and do that which is pleasing to those who hate you.  And pray for those that take you by force and persecute you.  So that you may be the sons of your Father who is in heaven.  He that raises His sun upon the good and upon the evil and causes to descend His rain upon the just and the unjust.  For if you love those that love you, what reward have you?  Do not even the publican do this?  And if you greet in in peace only your brothers, what more are you doing?  Do not even the publicans do this?  You therefore be perfect as your Father in heaven who is perfect.”

These teachings that call us to be “perfect” are calling us to the same goodness God has towards all men, that they have opportunity to repent from evil, and that we might grow to maturity in becoming more like God has exampled to us.

Matthew chapter 6:1-5;  A.E.N.T., Netzari Press LLC, 2010.

“And take heed in your almsgiving so that you should not do it before the sons of men so that you may be seen by them for otherwise you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.  Therefore when you do almsgiving you should not sound a trumpet before you as do the hypocrites in the assemblies and in the marketplace so that they be praised by the sons of men and truly I say to you that they have received their reward.  But whenever you do almsgiving, you should not reveal what your left hand does to your right hand.  So that your almsgiving might be in secret and your Father who sees in secret He will reward you in open.  And whenever you pray you should not be like the hypocrites that love to stand in the assemblies and on the corners of the marketplaces to pray that they be visible to the sons of men.  And truly I say to you that they have their reward.”

Here are teachings about giving and prayers that should not need any explanation.  What matters is to know God sees what is done both in public and in private.

 

 

Mt. 6:6;

“But when you pray enter your inner room and close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret and your Father who sees in secret He will reward you in open.

Psalm 91.  Safety of abiding in the Presence of God

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in Him I will trust.”  Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.  He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.  You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.  Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.  Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.  In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.  You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.  Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.  He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.  With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”

This is one passage the Accuser tempted Y’shua with, and we can see how he addressed the temptation, to say we are not to tempt God.  The example is shown to be faithfulness till death with steadfast trust in the protection and blessings of God.   “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  We can place our trust in God, just as Yeshua showed the true and faithful example.  There are a number of examples of faithfulness in the lives of a number of people in the Bible.  Even of Abraham it is said that he was a sojourner on earth and seeking the city built by God wherein righteousness, the righteous, dwell.  Abraham died without having attained to this city of God, and it was for the same hope of the City that he heard and followed God in doing whatever God instructed him.  We also whose hope is in the Messiah and following Him have the same hope to enter the same city; our citizenship primarily being of the Kingdom of God, we also submit to follow the pathway God said those who are worthy of His kingdom will walk during their lives on earth as sojourners on earth through the kingdom of darkness, as light and testimony to the world around us, as fellow witnesses of the goodness of God to the darkness of the worldliness around us.

Isaiah 66:1-5; “Thus says the Lord:  “Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool.  Where is the house that you will build Me?  And where is the place of My rest?  For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,” says the LORD.  “But on this one will I look; on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.  He who kills a bull is as if he slays a man; he who sacrifices a lamb, as if he breaks a dog’s neck; he who offers a grain offering, as if he offers swine’s blood; he who burns incense as if he blesses and idol.  Just as they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations, so will I choose their delusions, and bring their fears on them; because, when I called, no one answered, when I spoke they did not hear; but they did evil before My eyes, and chose that in which I do not delight.”  Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at His word; your brethren who hated you, who cast you out for My name’s sake, said, ‘Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy.’  “But they shall be ashamed.”  (The rest of the book of Isaiah is also important to note, as it further declares the word of God and His faithfulness to His word – good towards those who fear Him and tremble at His word, and certain judgment and destruction to those who don’t: 66:24; “And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me.  For their worm does not die, and their fire is not quenched.  They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”)

Revelation 22:14;  "Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city."

John 15:9-15;  "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.  If you keep My commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.  These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.  You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you."

Mt. 6:7; “And when you pray, you should not chatter like the pagans, for they hope that by many words they will be heard.  Therefore, do not imitate them for your Father knows what need you have before you ask Him.

A.E.N.T. footnote 74, pg. 16; “Prayer is a dialogue with Heaven, not a monologue.  Y’shua’s teaching stands as the demarcation between relationship with YHWH rather than a religion about Him.  Prayer is meant to establish and maintain an intimate relationship, and accountability between each individual and YHWH.”

Mt. 6:8-10; “Therefore, you pray like this:  Our Father in heaven.  Hallowed by thy name.  Thy Kingdom come.  Thy will be done.  As in heaven so on earth.”

A.E.N.T. footnote 75;  “Heavens always come before the earth in terms of the creation order, importance and having heaven’s laws rule on earth.  (Job 38:31-33) 

Note the discussion between God and Job and the basic point that it is foolishness and supreme folly to think to correct God or what He has declared to be either right or wrong.  The final point of Ecclesiastes 12: 6-14; “Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher shattered at the foundation, or the wheel broken at the well.  Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.  And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs.  The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright – words of truth.  The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd.  And further, my son, be admonished by these.  Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:  Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.  For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.”  Indeed, those of God hear the words of the Good Shepherd, they know His voice and follow Him, but will reject the lying shepherd.

Y’shua’s lesson on prayer starts with the context of relationship – that God is our Father.  How can we claim or call Him our Father except in relationship to being “sons” of God?  Giving honor and respect to God and agreement that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven, and also to acknowledge His right to rule both, and to pray for the coming Kingdom of God that Y’shua preached men should repent and prepare for.  If God is our Father, then we must be doing His will on earth as the angels do His will in heaven.  The prayer could be seen as an outline of our participation with God in preparing for His coming Kingdom through discipleship to Master Y’shua.  It is not simply a prayer to recite, but a prayer that calls us to relationship and repentance to do His will, forgiveness that purifies and regenerates the heart and soul, calling us to participate in the mercies of God towards others as we follow His example to forgive and care for others, and preparing us to keep our hope focused on His coming eternal Kingdom.  Many great sermons have been given on this prayer, as there is much to learn, but for the focus of this study it is pointed out that the prayer is also about the Kingdom of God that Master Y’shua came to preach to prepare God’s people.  He said to pray “like” this, not just say “this prayer”.  While it has a simple beauty, it is also very deep and revealing of our Father in heaven as it also reveals His will for us and opens our hearts to Him and towards others.  Perhaps the most revealing truth in this prayer is that if we don’t forgive others, God will not forgive us our sins.  It is far easier to say than it is to do – yet it is a work of God that He has exampled for us and calls us to do likewise.  For anyone who has suffered great wrongs, it is also a process of healing to know that the sins of the whole world were covered by His blood shed on the cross – and sins against us can be placed at the foot of the cross, that we be freed from them and that the prayers of the saints are kept in heaven as a memorial for the coming judgment of God upon the wicked of the earth.  (see Revelation and the prayers of the saints and the bowls of wrath)

Mt. 6:11-14;  “Give us the bread of our need this day.  And forgive us our offences as we also have forgiven those who have offended us.  And not bring us to trial, but deliver us from the evil one, for Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.”

Y’shua then goes on to provide insight on what this means:

6:14-15;  “For if you forgive men their transgressions, your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men, your Father will also not forgive you your transgressions.”

A long standing debate on forgiveness centers on these words and the tension that might exist from other of His teachings that say when a brother sins against us and asks for our forgiveness that we are bound to forgive them, even though they keep sinning against us all the day and all the day continue to come and ask our forgiveness.  In 14-15 it appears to say we are bound to forgive all sins against us if we expect God to forgive us – whether or not the offender asked for forgiveness or not.  One is spoken of as forgiveness towards men, the other forgiveness towards a brother in the faith.  Going to the example of how He first loved us to be what we should live towards others in reflecting His example to us – either way it can be taken, we need to love mercy, which is one of the clear passages given through Micah as to what God requires of man:  “To live justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God.”  To love someone and forgive them for the sake of the kingdom of God and one’s own spiritual and mental health is one thing.  God wants our hearts focused on living life, not harboring grudges against those who have wronged us.  To forgive someone does not mean you have to stay where you are continually being offended and wronged, and if it’s getting too difficult to abide the relationship in the peace of the Lord, it may be time to dust off your feet and move on.  One of Y’shua’s last words on the cross was “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  If He was this gracious, how could it be wrong for us to do likewise?  Vengeance belongs to God, and He know more about everyone’s hearts and intents and limitations than any man can know, so I’ve found it best to pray and leave the offence at the foot of the cross and give God the rightful place to judge according to the depth of  His mercy, truth and faithfulness to His word.  When we harbor wrongs against us, we are the only party we burden through our lack of forgiving others.   Should we take Him at His word to always forgive?   If it’s hard – pray for the grace needed to heal and restore your heart within you.  Lamentations 3:22,23 says; “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His mercies fail not.  They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.”  In other teachings of Y’shua about forgiveness, it is commanded that we forgive another when they come to us and acknowledge their offence and ask for forgiveness.  This is specifically commanded of Him.  So when someone follows this commandment it is doing good and forgiving others from the heart as He has forgiven us.  But when we refuse to forgive others who repent and ask our forgiveness, then to not forgive them from our heart would be a violation of His teachings and principles of forgiveness.  Since the Good News is about the Kingdom of God and our being residents thereof – we are commanded to do as He instructed those first disciples – it’s a core principle for our citizenship to be in Heaven and that we be found faithful to our King and a good citizen.

6:16-18; “And when you fast, you should not be sad like the hypocrites for they disfigure their expression so that they may be seen by men that they are fasting.  And truly I say to you that they have received their reward.  But whenever you fast, wash your face and anoint your head.  So that you will not be seen by men that you are fasting, but by your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret, He will reward you.”

This is a straight forward teaching.  He discusses fasting specifics, but the instructions regard when we fast, and no specific directions on when to fast.  Later in the gospels He mentions fasting and prayer relating to casting out demons.  In the O.T. there are examples of fasting with specific purpose in mind, particularly associated with pleas to God over repentance or threats.  The examples of fasting in Scripture should be studied out to attain more understanding.  The primary point here is when the matter is a plea or appeal to God, that we do these things privately and not publicly, perhaps excepting the example of when whole groups of people of a city or nation are making appeal to God through fasting and prayer. 

6:19-21; “You should not place for yourself treasure on earth where the moth and rust corrupt and where thieves break in and steal.  But you place treasure in heaven where neither the moth nor the rust corrupt and where the thieves do not break in and they do not steal.  For where your treasure is, that there is also where your heart is.”

Over the years of my life I’ve seen a great change of values, particularly in businesses.  At one time values were more Christian.  Much could be noted here to show the points, but there isn’t adequate space and it would be a distraction from the obvious purpose of this study.  Suffice to say that when the dollar is worshipped as a primary valuation of lives, that much evil has occurred.  The works of Satan are to lie, steal, kill and destroy.  Much of the roots in Romanism, colonialism, capitalism, the oil and environmental business and the Federal Reserve should be brought to the full light of day.  So should the use of consultants and contractors who partner with lawmakers to milk the funds in public trust for specific purposes.  When big money is involved, always watch your back.  As one sage who was savvy to the ways of this world told me, “It’s not how you play the game, it’s how you lay the blame.”  Be wise to the methods of evil people, but don’t be partakers of their deeds.  As one expert in finances said, what is happening is a “pump and dump” of the US economy, and it has long been in the works as an engineered failure to bring down the rights and the spirits of the American citizen, who once held sway in this nation.

God wants us to give our allegiance to Him and live as sojourners in this earth as His faithful subjects.  Our works are to be a witness on the day of the LORD, not just during each day we struggle through this life and avoid evil and seek to do good.  One thing should be very apparent at this time is that the fruits of evil are rapidly ripening to their fullness, which should cause us to stop and make sure our fruits of life are what they should be.  Placing our treasure in the hands of the Father in Heaven is something that will bless our lives and our future.  Our primary hope is the coming Kingdom of God.  As Revelation says, the bride made herself ready and purified herself – she took note of the things required to be sure she was ready.  Those who the Dragon went to make war on are those who keep the commandments of God and the testimony of Master Y’shua.

Matthew 6: 22-23;  “The eye is the lamp of the body.  If your eye, therefore, should be pure, also all your body is full of light.  But is your eye should be evil, all of your body will be darkness.  If therefore, the light that is in you is dark, how much your darkness will be!”

So much of what a person is can be seen in how they view life, themselves, others, or any particular topic or subject.  Our views tend to become our reality.  We see what we look for.  This is where we can certainly apply what we learn from Jesus to provide us God given insight to how He views things.  Through the process of discipleship we learn to see how Y’shua viewed matters – and we grow in those things and learn what He said the light and truth of God is.  Those who pretend no need to heed His words that lead to eternal life are perhaps in the greatest darkness of all – honestly believing that belief or faith is all that is required, when He clearly taught belief that is faithful and obedient to be doers of His words and not just hear them.  This also relates to the fact that God does not require of us those things He doesn’t enable or provide the opportunity, means or ability to accomplish.   What He has done is provided for us in some measure that we need to be aware of and acknowledge, and that we should do good to others as it is within our means, ability and time available.   If we come to believe God is calling us to do a thing we are not enabled to do, this is when we need to ask Him for what we lack so we can be enabled to do it.  God answers prayer, and we need to be open to His answer – be it yes or no.  Another related topic is judgment or discernment that are required of us, that if we are not discerning something truly – according to what He has declared – that we are likely judging falsely.  When we agree with His judgment, then it isn’t we who are judging, but that we are agreeing with His standards of truth, righteousness and judgment.  As we grow in understanding the mind and faith of Master Y’shua, we come to have what one called having the mind of Christ in us – and this cannot be true, except as we agree with Him.  As Micah records, “What does God require of thee, O man, but to live justly, love mercy and live humbly with thy God.”  Master Y’shua has certainly taught the fullness of what this means by His example and instructions to us.

In another place He taught about growing our talents through trading.  The one who had the most traded and doubled the talents of gold.  The unfaithful servant buried his talent of gold in the ground – he did nothing with it.  Something to consider is that a talent is a measure of gold, not just a particular trait or ‘gift’ we have.  What did Y’shua say is as valuable, or more valuable, than gold?  What do the Scriptures also testify?  I’d like to submit a possibility for consideration:

The Bible is a gold mine for the soul, and the teachings of Jesus are surely the Mother-Lode of its grace and truth.  When Jesus gave the great commission in Matthew He gave the outline of what it means to be a disciple.  The “mother-lode” is the term given by gold miners of the richest deposit of gold in a region that is the source of all the other gold that is found nearby.  Y’shua gave us great treasures and promises to encourage and teach us about the manner of life we are to live and thereby grow to maturity in Him.  He shed His very life’s blood as atonement for the sins of the world.  If His teachings are as valuable to our lives as presented – we can gain much blessing through the commerce of exchanging what we’ve learned from Him with others.  This is also what the great commission is about – making disciples of Him, immersing them in the Name, and teaching observation of all that He first commanded the original disciples.  I cannot help but think this fits what He was saying, and just wanted to share it.  It seems to me that this is near the core of the “economy” of God.

6:24-34  “No man is able to serve two masters, for either he will hate one and he will love the other, or he will honor one and he will treat the other with contempt.  You are not able to serve Elohim and money  Because of this I say to you, you should not be anxious about your life, what you will eat and what you will drink and not about your body, what you should wear.  Is not life more than food and the body than clothing?  Behold the birds in the sky that they do not sow and they do not reap and they do not gather into storehouses.  And your Father who is in heaven nourishes them.  Are not you more than they?  And who among you while anxious is able to add to his stature one cubit?  And about clothing, why are you anxious?  Consider the lilies of the wilderness, how they grow without toil and without spinning.  But I say to you, not even Shleemon (Solomon) in all his glory was clothed like one of these.  And if to the grass of the field, that today is and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, Elohim like this clothes, will he not much more clothe oh you of little faith?  Therefore, do not be anxious or say;   “What will we eat?”  Or “what will we drink?” Or “what will we wear?”  For all these things, the peoples of the world require, and your Father who is in heaven also knows that you require all these things.  But first seek the Kingdom of Elohim and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.  Therefore, be not anxious about tomorrow for tomorrow is anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its evil.”

The focal point in this teaching relates to the “patience of the saints” to rely upon God through resting in the assurance of His knowledge of our situation and care for us as His own - subjects of His kingdom.  The call is to both know and trust Him.  The examples of those who were counted faithful throughout Scripture also shows their faithfulness and expectations of a future time of the restoration of all things, not that they attained the full benefits and rewards from God during their sojourn on earth.  Even our Redeemer suffered greatly for His love of God, in doing as He said.  Many who said His God was their God were actually serving another.  They had wealth and power, status and fancy clothes, and what seemed at the time to be authority over the souls of men.  However, God has declared that there is a great day coming when all will meet their Maker and give account for their actions and even their idol words.  If God has declared what is good, as well as what is evil – and if Master Y’shua said it was by His words that all men would be judged – it is with great peril that anyone claim His name and not pay attention to do as He instructed. 

It’s a good thing to take inventory and thank God for His blessings and provision and to find contentment in those things, to remain trusting in His goodness, and to see and hear Him in all things revealed to us through the Son, Scripture and Spirit.  Perhaps the greatest perplexity of life is when suffering great loss or hurt and to see that even in those times the sun has not stopped shining, the birds are still singing, the flowers still blooming, and the rainbow is still in the sky.  He is there all along, and helps carry us through when the torrents of life come upon our hearts – He still cares and will be faithful.  The greatest trials in life are often the times of our greatest growth – even though we may not see it at that moment.

We can only live our life one day at a time. 

Another point of this teaching that is extremely important is to recognize who is master of our life – who we hear and seek out to follow, or do as they say.  Master Y’shua has clearly outlined substantial truths of God from Scripture to this point.  He has called out the need to obey God and fully trust in His instruction to us.  He has called out the need to repent to do the will of God, as well as the goodness of God towards His creation.  There are many – the pathway is broad that leads to destruction – there are many who have been deceived to believe that “trust” and “faith” have no need to work and do whatever He has declared to be the works of faithful servants.  In fact, many take the words of one who said those who are saved have no need of works, and that if works are required, then salvation is no longer of faith, but of works.  My prayer is that enough people hear the hope and promises of God given by Master Y’shua that an outcry would be made to the “Scribes” of today who publish the Bible to be hearers of God and discern that He has instructed to prove those who say they speak for Him – according to the directions given to Moses, the Prophets, Psalms, and re-affirmed by the very teachings of Master Y’shua!  Because those of past generations have failed to hear God is no reason we cannot call “Restore!”, as Isaiah prophesied of a future time.  There certainly needs to be an outcry of Gods’ people to return to Him and heed His instructions in all things – whatsoever He has declared to be the truth.  Anyone who disagrees with His testimony is false, and though every man be declared a liar – may our God be found to be Faithful and True to upholding His word higher than His name.

 

 

 

Matthew 7:1-5; “You should not judge that you be not judged.  For by the judgment that you judge, you will be judged.  And by the measure that you measure, it will be measured to you.  And why do you see the twig that is in the eye of your brother, and you not observe the beam that is in your eye?  Or how do you say to your brother, Allow me to remove the twig from your eye, and behold a beam is in your eye?  Hypocrite!  First remove the beam from your eye, and then decide for yourself to remove the twig from the eye of your brother.”

The primary economy of the Kingdom of God is that He is God and we are to be the subjects and servants.  History has shown accounts of good kings and bad kings, those who rule well, and those whose rule is grieved, hated and abhorred.  Thankfully we can see through the examples of creation that God provides for the least of the creatures and desires we understand Him and how we should live.  The Creator has far more knowledge and care for what He has made than any single creature can have, and we can see this not only through Scripture, but also through what was made, and which He declared good.

John 14:23-31: "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.

These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.  But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring your remembrance all things that I said to you.  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  You have heard Me say to you, 'I am going away and coming back to you.'  If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, 'I am going to the Father,' for My Father is greater than I.

And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.  I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.  But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment- so I do.  Arise, let us go from here."

Taking this lead, next comes facing the fact that judgment must be done according to what God has said, which is how we need to be seeing and judging matters explicitly.  If we judge according to what we’ve been taught, when what we’ve been taught is not what the instructions of God have been, then we have placed ourselves above God if we regard the matter differently that He has declared.  For the largest part, we find ourselves to have inherited over a thousand years of false ideas and then mixed up with varying degrees of small grains of the actual truth of God.  This is the difference between soil and the bedrock that is beneath it.  The bedrock decomposes and becomes fractured and decomposes and becomes mixed with organic materials and material foreign to the “parent rock” it came from.  Y’shua’s lesson about digging down to the bedrock to build our lives upon is such a true example today – and warns us to return to His teachings and founding our lives upon being hearers and doers of His word – being His disciples indeed.

Doctrines based on false scriptures are based on false teachings, and some are based on false prophets or those who told us they spoke the words of God, when they didn’t.  In spite of desiring to believe in Master Y’shua as the Anointed One, of what true use is that faith, except it be based on our coming to know the will of God and who He has blessed?  Recall, in His parting prayer of John 15-17, He explicitly prayed for those God gave Him and not for those of the world.  Did He say there will be two groups He said will be told “I never knew you”? This was spoken to those who said they believed in Him who had set aside the Law (Torah) and those who were not doing the simplest things in the gospel, but were either hiding the talents he gave them, or who were going around beating up on those who were actually His possession – those who kept His instructions in righteousness.

Chapter 7 starts by pointing out our need to examine ourselves, rather than observing the faults of others when we have bigger problems than they do.  Until we can see clearly, we need to be careful.  The only way we can begin to see clearly is to first see ourselves in the light of the grace and truth of God as taught by the Son.  “What does God require of you, but to live justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”  This verse from Micah has been very helpful to remind me of the framework of the truth taught throughout the Bible.  The fact is that when we are guilty of judging another falsely – by what God never said – that we do harm to both ourselves and those we pretend to know how to pluck something from their eye.  But when we are disciples of the Master Teacher, we should start living life as God has long instructed and required of mankind – particularly those who call themselves His possession.

A long time ago in our national history there was a new religious group starting up that believed their prophet spoke the words of God and gave many new revelations.  In very short order they had been guilty of violation of many of the commandments of God, as well as common decency and the laws of the land.  When things got bad enough and the fruits of their false revelations came to fruition, there was a trial with the Senate.  Those who provided testimony in their case were busy accusing the other persons to be the ones at fault, never taking responsibility for their own actions.  The trial was almost like a circus.  Who was telling the truth?  The comment of one wise man said that the real truth of the matters were that they were telling the truth on each other! (google search for Senate Document 189)  May it never be so with actual disciples of Master Y’shua.  God calls for us to live humbly as His subjects and honor His words that lead to life eternal.  Also recall the beatitudes and who God will be merciful towards.  The Ten Commandments were given for all mankind to obey, as were the moral and civil laws given for maintaining civil society.  When man violates these principles from God their society will deteriorate according to their violation of the just requirements of God and without repentance to do His commandments, that society and nation will fall apart and find themselves on the receiving end of His just retribution.  The best accounting I’ve found of which commandments of the Torah apply to the Nations and sojourners (Gentiles) can be found at:

http://www.jesuswordsonly.com/topicindex/98-law-applicable-today.html

Also see Exodus 21:24; Leviticus 24:20 and Deuteronomy 19:21.

Matthew 7:6  This passage is one that is obscured in the Greek and the Aramaic provides more clarity. 

“You should not hang earrings on dogs and you should not place your pearls before pigs that they should not trample them by their feet and they overtake and wound you.”

AENT footnote  82, pg. 18;  “Tithlon (hang) was misunderstood as talon (to give); qudesha (earrings) was misunderstood as qudsha (holy).  The picture of hanging earrings on dogs dovetails with giving pearls to pigs, and the symbolism of the two animal groups could not be clearer.  The dogs represent apostate Jews, the pigs, apostate Gentiles who are ignorant of YHWH.  Either way, the lesson here is do not give what is precious to those who will not appreciate the value.”

Matthew 7:7-14;

“Ask, and it will be given to you.  Seek, and you will find.  Knock, and it will be opened to you.  For anyone that asks will receive, and that seeks, will find.  And to him who knocks, and it will be opened to him.  Or whom among you fathers if his son asks of him for bread, why would you hold out to him a rock?  And if he asks as fish of him, why would you hold out to him a snake?  And if, therefore, you who are imperfect know to give good gifts to your sons, how so much more your Father who is in heaven will give good to those that ask Him.  All that which you desire that the sons of men should do for you, also like this you do to them.  This is for Torah and the prophets.  Enter by the straight door, for wide is the door and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many are they, those that go in it.  How narrow the door and straight the road that leads to life, and few are they, those who find it.  Beware of false prophets that come among you in the clothing of lambs, but from within are ravenous wolves.  But you will know them by their fruits.  Why do men pick grapes from thorns or figs from thistles?  Like this every good tree bears pleasing fruit, but an evil tree bears evil fruit.  A good tree is not able to bear evil fruit, and an evil tree cannot bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut and thrown in the fire.  Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.  It will not be that just anyone who says to me “My master, my master!” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, “My master, my master!  By your name, have we not prophesied?  And by your name have we cast out demons?  And by your name have we done many miracles?  And then I will profess to them that from everlasting* I have not known you.  Depart from me, you workers of iniquity*!  Anyone, therefore, who hears my words, these, and does them, will be likened to a wise man who built his house upon a stone.  And descended the rain, and came the rivers, and blew the winds, and they beat on the house and it did not fall, for its foundation was laid upon a stone.  And anyone who hears my words, these, and does them not, will be likened to a foolish man that built his house upon sand.  And descended the rain, and came the rivers, and blew the winds, and they beat on the house and it fell, and its fall was great.”  And it happened that when Y’shua finished these words, the crowds marveled at his teaching.  He would teach them as an authority, and not as their scribes and the Pharisees.””

Thus ends Matthew’s account of the Sermon on the Mount, with the warning of building upon the words of God as given in this foundational lesson.  The final warning is to make sure we are taking this lesson to be an immutable and indivisible unit of truth – that they are the rock – the unit of truth – that cannot be cracked apart and things disregarded that we don’t feel like accepting for one reason or another – they must be taken as a whole.  The fact is that the teachings are knowable to anyone who wants to explore the text and the rest of the Bible to compare what God has decreed and promised about who does His will and those who find no favor in His sight.  We are also warned of those who would teach contrary to what God has long declared to be His will and standards by which He will judge all men justly and according to what He has instructed men to believe and do. 

This is the first place Y’shua warns some that “I never knew you.”  They thoroughly thought they knew Him, yet He never knew them?  We may see that all of His warning to have never known some is actually founded upon the truth presented here.  Later the parable of the ten virgins finds a similar statement made to those who were not prepared for His return – perhaps it is a warning for today?  How many claim to be Christians and totally disregard the gracious instructions of God to have been done away with on the cross?  How many think that once they say the prayer there is no need to have any sense of the judgment of God towards them because they have been taught that their actions – their works – are nothing but filthy rags?  Maybe they are rags in comparison to the beauty of the righteousness of God and Y’shua, but His disciples are called to live uprightly by the instruction of God and not soil their garments. 

Two things were noted by “*” in the quote from Y’shua:  “from everlasting” and “iniquity”, which need some clarity to prevent misunderstanding what He was saying.  “From everlasting” is understood as “always, forever, everlasting.”  “Workers of iniquity” is a common phrase in the teachings about Torah and the instructions of God.  Iniquity s lawlessness (without Torah).  Psalm 6:8—9 and Psalm 119:53 good examples.  Each and every teaching of Y’shua is based on the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.  To be anti-Torah is to be anti-Christ, as this is what He said is true and good.  Therefore, every “authority” will be judged according to whether they uphold Torah or not.  According to Y’shua, Torah is “the will of My Father.”  (Mt 7:21; 12:50)  “Torah” means instructions in righteousness.

Psalm 6:8-10; “Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.  The LORD has heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.  Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.”

Psalm 119:49-56;  “Remember the word to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope.  This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.  The proud have me in great derision, yet I do not turn aside from Your law.  I remembered Your judgments of old, O LORD, and have comforted myself.  Indignation has taken hold of me, because of the wicked, who forsake Your law.  Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.  I remember Your name in the night, O LORD, and I deep Your law.   This has become mine because I kept Your precepts.”

A modern parable about the gospel, although not from Y’shua, it was heard from a Jewish Rabbi and seems to fit fairly well:  God created a wonderful city with homes, businesses, parks, and everything useful to live a happy and fulfilling life.  He made sure it had plenty of streets and highways, sidewalks and crosswalks.  Nothing was lacking in what He provided.  Along with the new city there were rules that men needed to follow to live good lives and not hurt each other in their travels.  It was a rule book about how to abide by the traffic and pedestrian rules and intended for the good of everyone, because if everyone kept the rules, they wouldn’t be killing and hurting each other in their travels.  He included rules about stopping at red lights, safe lane changes, looking both ways before crossing the streets – every useful rule to ensure safety and happiness of His people and city was given to them.  It wasn’t long before people started ignoring the rules and were running red lights, disobeying all the rules in fact – many died and many were hurt and maimed.  God, looking down on His city and seeing the problems, decided that He would send His Son to remind the people to follow the rules and to also show them how to properly keep them so that they wouldn’t be hurting each other.  The Son came to town for a few years, and after showing the people how to conduct their travels of life in the way God designed things to be, the Son was killed in a tragic car accident!  The people mourned for the Son, but heard that His will provided funds to pay for everyone’s traffic violation fines – so the people ignored His instructions and just kept traveling the way they always had – ignoring the rules God gave to ensure their happiness and safety.

It is with great peril and rejection of the instructions of God and the Christ that people teach and preach a gospel of salvation by faith alone or grace alone.  The number of false teachings is at least equal to the number of different fellowships in the Christian world.  I’ve heard it is now over 15,000 separate groups, and when I was younger it was only about 1,500.  Each teaches a few things from His teachings, but shouldn’t the matter be that all should be following all His teachings?  What a different world this might be if we all returned to His word and followed His instructions – rather than just thinking because He paid the price there is no need to do as He exampled and taught to be necessary.  There is more to living life as God intends than to have your traffic fines paid, He expects us to follow His instructions that were given that we have the best life possible and the blessings of God.

Review of End Times teachings

Earlier were some quotes regarding the final end time teachings that should be reviewed at this time for clarity which will be discussed now:

 

“Beware, let no man deceive you.  For many will come in my name and will say that I am the Mashiyach.  And many they will deceive.  For you are bound to hear of revolutions and rumors of wars.  Watch out and do not be disturbed, for it is necessary that all these things happen, but it is not yet the end.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  And there will be famines and plagues and earthquakes in different places.  But all these things are only the beginning of sorrows.  Then they will deliver to afflictions and they will kill you and you will be hated by all nations because of my name.  Then many will stumble and will hate one another and will betray one another.  And many false prophets will arise and deceive many.  And because of the growth of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold.  But whoever has patience until the end, he will have life.  And this Good News of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.  And when you see the sign of uncleanness and desolation, that was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, which will stand in the Set Apart place.  He that reads, let him understand.  Then those who are in Yehuda, let them flee to the mountain.  And he who is on the roof, let him not come down to take that which is in his house.  And he who is in the field, let him not turn back to take back his clothes.  And woe to the pregnant and to those who are nursing in those days.  And pray that your flight will not be in winter, nor on the Shabbat.  For then will be great suffering such as has not been from the beginning of the world until the present, nor will ever be again.  And if those days were not shortened, not any flesh would live, but because of the chosen, those days will be shortened.  If anyone should say to you then, behold the Messiah is here or there, do not believe it.  For false Messiahs and lying prophets will arise and they will produce signs and great wonders in order to deceive if possible even the chosen.  Behold, I have told you beforehand.

 

 

Mt 25:

Then let the Kingdom of Heaven be likened to those ten virgins who took their lamps and went out for the meeting of the bride and the bridegroom.  Now five of them were wise and five were foolish.  And those foolish virgins took their lamps but did not take oil with them.  But those wise virgins took oil in vessels with their lamps.  Now when the bridegroom delayed, they slumbered and slept.  And in the middle of the night there was an outcry, "Behold, the bridegroom comes!  Go out for his meeting!"  Then all those virgins arose and prepared their lamps.  And those foolish virgins were saying to the wise, "Give us some of your oil, for behold, our lamps have gone out."  These wise virgins answered and said, "What if there is not enough for us and for you?  Rather, go to those who sell and buy for yourselves."  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready entered with him into the banquet-hall.  And the door was locked.  Now later also came those other virgins, and were saying, "Our master!  Our master!  Open the door for us."  Then he answered and said to them, "Truly I say to you that, "I do not know you."  Be alert, therefore, for you do not know that day or hour.  For it is like a man who went on a journey.  He called his servants and delivered his possessions to them.  There was one he gave five talents, and another two, and another one - each man according to his ability.  And he went immediately on a journey.  Now he who received five talents went and traded with them and gained five more.  And likewise also, he who received two traded and gained two others.  But he who received one, went and dug in the ground and hid the money of his master.  Now after a great time, the master came and received an account from them of those servants.  And he who received five talents and brought five others drew near and said, "My master, you gave to me five talents.  Behold, I have added five others to them."  And he said to him, "Well done good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful over a little, I will appoint you over much!  Enter into the joy of your master."  And he who received two talents drew near and said, "My master, you gave to me two talents.  Behold, I have added two others to them."  His master said to him, “Well done good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful over a little.  I will appoint you over much.  Enter into the joy of your master."  And he who received one talent drew near also and said, "My master, you are known to be a hard man, and that you reap where you have not sown and you gather from where you have not scattered.  So I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the ground.  Behold, you have what is yours."  His master answered and said to him, "Evil and lazy servant!  So it is known that I reap where I have not sown, and I gather from where I have not scattered!  For you would have been right to have placed my money in the exchange, and I would have come and have demanded its interest and my principal.  Therefore, take away the talent from him and give it to him who has ten talents.  For to him who has, it will be given to him and it will increase to him.  But he who does not have, even that which he has will be taken from him."  And the idle servant was thrown into the outer darkness.  There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  And when the Son of man comes in his glory, and all his Set Apart Messengers with him.  And he will separate them, one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  And he will set the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.  Then the King will say to those who are at his right, "Come you blessed of my Father.  Inherit the Kingdom which has been prepared for you from the foundations of the world.   For I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat.  And I was thirsty and you gave me drink.  I was a stranger, and you took me in.  I was naked, and you covered me.  I was sick, and you visited me.  And I was in prison, and you came to me."  Then those will say to him, "Our righteous Master, when did we see that you were hungry and feed you, or that you were thirsty, and gave you drink?  And when did we see that you were a stranger and take you in, or that you were naked and covered you?  And when did we see you sick or in prison and come to you?  The King will answer and say to them, "Truly I say to you, inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."  Then he will also say to those that are on his left, "You cursed!  Go away from me to the everlasting fire that which is prepared for the adversary and his Messengers.  For I was hungry, and you did not give me any food.  And I was thirsty, and you did not give me drink.  And I was a stranger, and you did not take me in.  And I was naked, and you did not cover me.  And I was sick and in prison, and you did not visit me."  Even then, they will answer and say, "Our Master, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?"  Then he will answer and say to them, "Truly I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do to one of these little ones, you also did not do it to me."  And these will depart to everlasting torment, but the righteous to everlasting life.  

 

It is with profound regard for the teachings of Yeshua that this topic is addressed, as there is so much made of this person or that pretending to say God has told them this and that.  The deception away from the words of God has never been more accepted than it is today.  It has not been that long ago that all Christians would have been offended if they were told what God has condemned as great wickedness would be accepted as the actual desire of God, but it is today, and many accept those things to be the truth – in the guise of the “love” God has for us and the “love” we are called to have for others.  I’m not going to get explicit here except to say that what God called great wickedness in the past is not going to change, as He does not change, and certainly is “I AM that I AM.”

 

One of the primary warnings from Master Yeshua is to believe the Commandments of God, the Instructions of God, are true and everlasting.  Just as true are the facts of who God said He will bless and preserve in the resurrection of the just.

 

Note carefully those He said will be told “I never knew you”, even though they believed they were going to be blessed by Him – not condemned.  As He said in Matthew 24:23,24;  “For false Messiahs and lying prophets will arise and they will produce signs and great wonders in order to deceive if possible even the chosen (elect).”   It seems like people claiming a special prophecy or warning can be found almost every day now and all claim to have received their revelation from God or Jesus Christ or an angel or the Holy Spirit.  So how can anyone know who is speaking the truth of God and who the false prophets and false messiahs are?  God gave us directions regarding this since the days of Moses, and those things were again confirmed by Master Yeshua and His Emissaries (Apostles).  These are the ones we are called to believe, and if anyone tells you something that doesn’t fit with what their truth is, don’t bother yourself with their message, as it is either of themselves or the evil one who perverts and twists the word of God.  Test and try all things according to the word of God spoken by those who passed the tests He gave.  This will exclude Mark, Luke, much of Acts, Hebrews and all the writings of Paul.  This will exclude anyone who teaches against honoring and obeying any commandment of God – starting with the Sabbath.  This will exclude anyone who tells you that all you have to do to be saved is to say a prayer and then pretend that God covered your sins and only sees the blood of Jesus covering you.  This will include anyone telling you that the righteousness of Jesus has been imputed to you by faith.  This will include anyone who says they have the authority to bind any word upon God.  This will include those who say to live by the Spirit, yet deny keeping the very commandments of God and His Christ.  This will include anyone who says the Spirit is not actually given according to the very promise of God preached by Peter at Pentecost.  This will include anyone who tells you that immersion into the Name is not required.  This will include anyone who says that you don’t need to abide in the teachings of Master Yeshua.

 

So, who does that leave?  It leaves us with the record we should be paying attention to – what the Holy One of Israel tells us regarding the most feared time of all generations.  Even Daniel was faint unto death as he just had a vision of the time.  Yet for all the fear Daniel had, through the grace and truth of God given through the Son, we can know that He has told His disciples to not be fearful, to not be deceived by lies and false prophets or messiahs who do great works.  Those who are His are to abide in His words of life.  As The Revelation of Jesus Christ says, those who keep the commandments of God and the faith and testimony of the Christ and who make themselves ready for His return will be greatly rewarded for their repentance to obey God with fear, patience and faithfulness.  If God has shown us what is good, we should find great comfort in the hope of the coming Kingdom of God, when God will judge all men according to their words and their works – whether they are done in Him, or of the evil one or one who rejected His right and authority as our Creator and God.  As we learned from His sermon on the mount, we are to know what the will of God is for those who actually love Him and want to do what pleases Him and are blessed by Him.

 

Many prophesies have already happened, but many have not been completely fulfilled.  A simple example is the opening passage of Isaiah that was read in the Synagogue that He said was fulfilled in their hearing that day.  Only half of the passage was read – there is still the other half to come.  And as Peter wrote, we do well to see prophecy fulfilled as a very bright light that needs to be noted and accepted.  God has told us what to expect.  God has told us what will happen.  God has told us what we should do, and indeed, what we must do!

 

FOUNDATION:  COVENANTS AND THE GOSPEL

 

 

There is much misunderstanding of the very foundation of the gospel due to mens teachings that failed to recognize the basis of the gospel of the Kingdom that Y’shua taught.  The first telling that it would come is in Genesis when Adam and Eve had to leave Eden.  In the rejection of failing to believe God true and following what Satan told them which was against what God had told them is found that the Seed of the woman would bruise the head of the Serpent and the Serpent would bruise His heal.  Although not in the Bible or Torah, it is indicated that the stars are with purpose.  Perhaps the longest lasting prophecy ever given mankind is what is not called “The Gospel of the Stars.”  The names and figures of the Zodiac present the message of the “Desired One” who has a dual nature – part divine and part human – who comes to pay the price deficient and redeem those who belong to God (see “The Gospel of the Stars” by Joseph Seiss and “The Real Meaning of the Zodiac” by D. James Kennedy – audio CD).  Mankind perverted the message to be of their ‘gods’, rather than discern the truth of the message, which has thankfully been restored to the world in the 1800’s.  Some ancient legends attribute the Zodiac to Enoch.  An account of this divine message has been since the oldest cultures of the world and it is not yet proven where it came from, but that it was already in existence from the most ancient of records and survives to this day.  Moses surely knew of it in Egypt, as it was part of their knowledge base, and he was schooled in Egyptian knowledge.

 

We have the accounts preserved of the writings of Moses’ in Genesis that briefly deal with the history of man from Adam through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – which is where the Covenant was established.  The account of Abraham is extremely worthy of special note, as it was through Abraham that God made a covenant that through him would come the Seed/Desired One by which God would bless all nations, and that the covenant of God to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob regarding these matters is an eternal covenant – not just a covenant that would last until the Desired One came.  Much has been made of this covenant being established by faith, but further investigation and paying attention to the very words of God should show anyone that faith alone was never the full condition of the Covenant God made with Abraham.  Since we desire to do His will, it is needful to know the truth of the matter, as the foundations rest upon this important matter, and it also shows God to be true to His covenants, which is also His word; which He upholds higher than His Name.  Also worthy of note is how many times God called His people Israel to the same standards of why He blessed and made His covenant with Abraham.  The core of these conditions is found in Genesis 26:5:  “because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”  Well did James refute the doctrine of faith alone when writing “faith, without works, is dead.”  The works we are to do is to do as faithful Abraham, knowing also that the Desired One came to give us the fullness of the grace and truth of God – to show us the fullness of the good that God has said we are to do – the ‘works’ that God desires all men to repent to do that He might bless them according to His truth in love.  God loves and upholds the truth, and His word is truth, and this is exactly what Y’shua taught and re-established.

 

Back to the foundations, note that in Genesis 15:5-6 God is making a promise to Abraham alone – it is not a promise to anyone else but to Abraham that He would have an heir and make his descendants as numerous as the stars he could see in the heavens.  Abraham counted God to be righteous in promising this to him.  There is reason to perhaps see who counted whom to be righteous in the verses, and even Jewish scholars have debated this topic for years, but if God counted Abraham as righteous at that time, then why are fullness of the Covenant found later to be more than believing in God?  Belief and faith in God was only found to be faithful to do as God instructed and commanded.   Seldom, if ever, is it noted in Scripture that God found favor over mere belief that had no action in doing as He said.  In fact, when God told people what to do and they didn’t obey, the inaction was equated with unbelief.  Belief and faith were found to reside with those who did as God directed, which is the same as being faithful.  And as Y’shua said:  “Why do you call Me “Lord”, and not do as I say?”  It’s the same principle.  Nowhere in Genesis 15:5-6 is there anything about a “covenant”.  “And behold, the word of the LORD came to him saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.”  Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.”  And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”  And he believed in the LORD, and He/he counted it to be for righteousness.”  The final “he” or “He” being the hinge point under discussion.  Who counted it for righteousness?  Perhaps both?  Either way, the matter is singularly that the one to inherit Abraham’s possessions was not to be the servant, but one of his own, and that his own descendants would be numerous and not few!  That is the sole context of this passage – not the eternal covenant!  What some have made of this verse to be the “covenant” God made with Abraham is made up out of whole cloth and has no basis in the words of God!  See:

 

http://www.jesuswordsonly.com/component/content/article/1-jwo/125-appendix-c-jwo.html

 

The covenant God made with Abraham is found in Genesis 17, and this is spoken in the future tense as something He will do if Abraham does his part, but it had not taken place yet – the Covenant was foretold/prophesied/promised upon conditions that God gave Abraham.  “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.  And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”  Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying; “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.  No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.  I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.  And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.  Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.  And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.  This is My covenant which you shall keep between Me and you and your descendants after you:  Every male child among you shall be circumcised; and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you.  He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant.  He who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money must be circumcised, and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.  And the uncircumcised male child who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.”

 

Note that God said “I will make My covenant between Me and you”, which means that at that time it was not yet established.  Also note that for the physical descendants of Abraham, circumcision is to continue on as part of the covenant God made with him and his seed after him, and for all who were bought with money to be in their households.  It was not given as a general commandment to the nations not in their households.

 

Continuing with verse 15:  “Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.  And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her and she shall be a mother of nations, kings of peoples shall come from her.”  Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old?  And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?  And Abraham said to God, “Oh, that Ismael might live before You!”  Then God said:  “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.  And as for Ismael, I have heard you.  Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly.  He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.  But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.”  Then He finished talking with him; and God went up from Abraham.” 

 

Abraham then proceeded to do just as God had commanded him.  The account goes on with the matter of Sodom and Gomorrah and if God would not destroy the cities if there were certain numbers of righteous amongst them.  Surely there was knowledge of good and evil for Abraham to find if there were any upright before God in the cities, otherwise Abraham would not have been able to see if he could find enough who did good to prevent God from destroying them.  And Lot was counted among the righteous to be saved out of the city, which is an example of the goodness of God to preserve His own people to Himself.  However, returning to the point of the eternal covenant, looking at what Moses wrote, the promise was made to Abraham that if he was faithful to meet the conditions God gave that God would then establish the eternal covenant with the seed of Abraham, which was done with both Isaac and Jacob, and similar charge from God as given to Abraham was also given to the leaders of Israel from that time forward through at least king David, by the prophets who gave messages from God to the kings of Israel.

 

Note that the “everlasting covenant” was to be made with Isaac and his descendants.  This is noted very specifically in Genesis 26:5 that after Abraham died that God found Abraham to have been faithful to the conditions given, and that because of Abrahams’ faithfulness the everlasting covenant was made to Isaac.  Rather than the condition being met solely because Abraham believed the blessing of God to have his own heir and multitudes of descendants, the fact is that Abraham was found to have been faithful to what God told him to do.  Not long after Esau sold his birthright for a meal, thus counting the blessing of God by birthright a thing of little value, we find that God comes to Isaac.

 

Genesis 26; “There was a famine in the land besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham.  And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines in Gerar.  Then the LORD appeared to him and said:  “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you.  Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.  And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”

 

God swore to Abraham in an oath, and being true to His word, the covenant was established – the eternal covenant – to Isaac and the posterity of Abraham through Isaac, and then Jacob – ongoing through all generations of Israel that are faithful to the same conditions that God gave Abraham to start with.  It is by extension to the Gentiles in the Law that from the time Israel was called out of Egypt that the multitude of nations also came out with them and were under the same Law of God, as they were also provided water and manna by God, were there when the Law was given, and journeyed into Canaan under the leadership of Joshua. 

 

The fact is that even Abraham had conditions to meet faithfully for God to establish His covenant with Abraham (Gen. 18:19).  God testified to Isaac that Abraham had met those conditions in Genesis 26:5, which lists those conditions.  God calls for those who walk blameless before Him, not those who are perfect.  What is new with the good news of the Kingdom of God is that God calls men to see the goodness of Master Yeshua and that He also met the prophecies given that men might know the “Desired One”, the promised Messiah, when He came to do as God commanded Him to do and teach and that we are also called to be disciples of Him who hear Him in whatever He taught, commanded, instructed, prophesied or promised.  As Moses said, we are to hear “that Prophet” in whatever He says, or be cut off from the brethren. (Acts 3:22,23; Deu. 18: 15,18,19)

 

Therefore, the conditions of the Covenant were raised to even higher levels in the teachings of “that Prophet”, Master Yeshua, and we, if we are His disciples as commanded in the great commission, that we are to abide in His words that lead to life eternal.  It cannot be that mere faith (faith alone), without repentance to do as He instructed, or as Paul taught that it is of faith and not of works that any man should boast!  It is based on the same basic standards God gave from the beginning and the commandments of God cannot be set aside, just as the commandments and teachings of the Son cannot be set aside.  This is also retold in The Revelation of Jesus Christ.  Those who are overcomers are faithful to death to keep the commandments of God, the testimony of Master Yeshua from heaven, and to have like faith with Him – to do the will of God in all things.  We are called to be lights in the world that men see our works good and that they praise God for the good of His instruction and law.

 

Indeed, thereafter the terms of the true Abrahamic Covenant remained “everlasting,” just as God said.  (Gen. 17:7)  This is ignored by Pauline Christians for it would overthrow Paul’s Gospel if ever accepted.  The same terms of the Abrahamic Covenant were then repeated by Moses in the Law in Deuteronomy 6:25; “And it shall be righteousness unto us, if we observe to do all this commandment before Jehovah our God, as he hath caused you to turn from evil” (Deu. 13:17), but righteousness was only to be imputed again if repentance ensued (Ez 33:12-14).  This is why the Prophet Daniel likewise repeated the obedience requirement for covenant promises to be kept:  “And I prayed unto Jehovah my God, and made confession, and said, ‘Oh, LORD, the great and dreadful God, who keepeth covenants and lovingkindness with them that love Him and keep His commandments” (Daniel 9:4).

 

Yeshua put the same emphasis on obeying all “my teaching” for eternal life in John 8:51.  Therefore if you fail to obey, but you repent from sin and turn back to obedience, you are once more “justified”, as I John 1:9 also testifies.  Those who keep on disobeying the Son continue to have the wrath of God reside on them (John 3:38 ASV).

 

Therefore, we see all three covenants have identical principles on obedience and justification.  They are a continuum of an identical message.  God’s promise of salvation is upon those who obey all His commands, statutes and ordinances.  Atonement under such a system only applied to those who fled the altar first to be reconciled in the one they knew they had sinned against, as Yeshua said (Mt. 5:23-24).  As Yeshua said, if you violate the commandments you must engage in severe repentance (figuratively cut off the offending body parts) to avoid being sent to hell (Mt. 5:29, 18:8).  Thus, all three covenants match each other with the same salvation doctrine.  This explains why God could say the Abrahamic covenant was “an everlasting covenant” (Gen. 17:7), just as God could say “these ordinances” given Moses in the Law shall be “everlasting for all generations.”  (Ex. 27:21; 30:21; Lev. 6:18; 7:36; 10:9; 17:7; 23:14, 21, 41; 24:3; Num. 10:8)

 

By the explicit teachings of Y’shua the Torah was to be used in all standards of righteousness and judgment – for religion, instruction in righteousness, and even the righteousness of civil laws that dealt with repayment for various wrongs and right business practices.  The Law of God was given to show the righteousness of God and the goodness of His instructions to men, which was to be shown to the world by Israel, who failed to maintain the Law in faith and practice.  Yeshua did not deny that His disciples are to pay taxes to earthly civil governments, but He does call for disciples to live their lives according to even the least of the commandments of God – there is no other upright conclusion to reach from the sermon on the mount, that all of them are still in effect according to His teachings, which He said were not His words, but the words of the Father in heaven.  This is practically as new a thought to me today as it may be for you to consider, and these are the basic categories of matters the Law of God regulated and instructs us about:

 

1.      Positive Commandments (Instructions/Mitzvot) 248 commandments.

2.     Torah specific commandments about the Torah.

3.     Temple and the Priests.

4.     Sacrifices.

5.     Vows.

6.     Ritual Purity.

7.     Donations to the Temple.

8.     The Sabbatical Year.

9.     Concerning Animals for Consumption.

10.  Festivals.

11.  Community.

12.  Idolatry.

13.  War.

14.  Social matters.

15.  Family.

16.  Judicial.

17.  Slaves.

18.  Torts.

 

365 Negative Mitzvot/Commandments.

1.     Idolatry and Related Practices.

2.     Prohibitions Resulting from Historical Events.

3.     Blasphemy.

4.     Temple.

5.     Sacrifices

6.     Priests.

7.     Dietary Laws.

8.     Nazirites.

9.     Agriculture.

10.  Loans, Business and the treatment of slaves.

11.  Justice.

12.  Incest and Other Forbidden Relationships.

13.  The Monarchy.

 

Anyone who has done any actual review of the Torah would have to acknowledge that chiding about keeping all 613 commandments was an impossibility that God demanded and thereby show that we are unable to hear and do His instructions has totally missed their purpose.  Disciples of Master Y’shua would do well to look into the instructions of God to be instructed about the real truth and righteousness that God expects from His people.  There is no way those not of God will hear this.  As Yeshua said, those of God come to Him to hear and know the will of the Father – those who are evil cannot endure His instructions because they are not of God.  The over-riding factor is to know that God desires mercy more than sacrifice and that His grace and mercy are towards those who seek to do His will and obey His Son in all things.  Did Yeshua say even the least of the commandments are still in effect until heaven and earth pass away and all things are fulfilled?  If He did, then we need to learn more of the Torah and pathway of life we are to walk within.  He has shown and told us what is good, and if we love Him, we must keep His words and abide in whatever He taught us to be the truth from God.  Our righteousness must exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees of His day, or there is no way that we will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  That’s what He clearly said.

 

This is what God said about His Instructions in Righteousness (Torah):

Exodus 12:49; “One law shall be for the native-born and for the stranger who dwells among you.”

 

Yahshua gave several teachings to the disciples about the destruction of the Temple and also about the signs of the time of His return, as noted near the beginning of these writings.  While Matthew 24 and Luke 21 contain the most information, as stated before, the account by Matthew needs to be given priority over Luke, and perhaps Acts 1.  As a reminder, Luke made no claim to be giving an “inspired” version of the teachings of Master Yahshua, but claimed his account was gathered through interviews, or speaking to those who heard what was taught.  Review of the accounts in Matthew and Luke will show there are differences.  For the sake of standing on the sure ground of hearing whatever the original disciples recorded, their accounts must be taken first, and in the total picture of His presentation of what we are to believe about the subject that many have been so fascinated with that they have neglected the weightier matters of the gospel of Jesus Christ – the need to repent to do the will of God, so that they will have the right to enter the New Jerusalem – the City of God that Abraham looked forward to entering and which Master Yahshua went away to prepare for those who love Him in deed.

 

(Matthew 24) “Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple.  And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things?  Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

“Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be?  And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

“And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no man deceives you.  For many will come in My name, saying I am the Christ, and will deceive many.  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.  See that you are not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.  And then many will be offended, will betray one another and will hate one another.  Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  But he who endures to the end shall be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

“Therefore, when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house.  And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.  But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!  And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.  For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.”

“Then if anyone says to you, “Look, here is the Christ!”, or “There!”
do not believe it.  For false christs and false prophets will rise up and show great signs, and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.  See, I have told you beforehand.”

“Therefore if they say to you, “Look, He is in the desert!” do not go out; or, “Look, He is in the inner rooms! Do not believe it.  For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  Wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.”

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.  So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near – at the doors!  Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”

 

Based on this account, one can easily see that the gathering of the elect from the four corners of the earth does not happen until after the tribulation of “those days.”  So all the ideas that the elect will be spared persecution and the time of great tribulation is not based on the teachings of the Christ. 

 

Further noting the errors of those who teach such things, chances are that they also teach that the Law was nailed to the cross and done away with and that there is no need of repenting to do whatsoever “that Prophet” said we must do. 

 

Many have profited by false doctrines, but the time now is to repent to do the will of God and abide in the words of the Christ – who alone has the words that lead to life eternal.  Notice that in the writings of the apostles that none of them taught anything that was not in full keeping with acknowledging the superiority of the words they received from Master Yahshua, and what they recorded of them is certainly adequate to spend a life time of learning to do as He had first taught them.

 

I have not heard of a time in history that was more evil and godless than what we can see on the earth today.  Is it because those who call themselves by His Name have failed to believe what He taught and to then learn of Him, that they repent to do His will and keep His testimony from Heaven – the commandments and doctrine that He said were not His own, but of the Father in Heaven? 

 

God allows false prophets to see if His people really love Him – if they love Him enough to do what He said is good – to do the things that He blesses those who do them?  This is what the “beatitudes” are about, as noted in the reference passages.

 

There is one more important thing that needs to be pointed out that is in keeping with checking to see if what someone has told us is actually so according to God.  There are a number of passages often quoted that are attributed to Paul.  One of the most quoted is found in Galatians 3:10-14, which says:  “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse, for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”  But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.”  Yet the law is not of faith, but the man who does them shall live by the.”  Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become  a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

 

In keeping with the principle of checking to see if what Paul said is according to the Scripture, we can simply turn to the passages he quoted to see if he handled them uprightly, or if he perverted them in any way.  As Isaiah said:  “If they speak not according to the Law and Testimony, there is no light in them.”  It should be an easy test to help us know who spoke truly, or if they just claimed knowledge and had “no light in them.”

The passage references is Deuteronomy 27:26.  Over time this passage has been mistranslated and words inserted to make it more compatible with Paul’s teachings.  If this is the case, we have been severely wronged by the “scribes” of our day that should have been faithful to the word of God.  In the NKJV it says:  “Cursed is the one who does not confirm all the words of this law, by observing them.”  A good study Bible should show that “all” in the above passage is added and not in the verse.  As such, it would actually read:  “Cursed is the one who does not confirm the words of this law, by observing them.”  A small, but significant change is actually changed upon careful review of the passage.  Scholars more able than I have pointed out this is not what the Hebrew translation to English would be.  A more correct understanding would be that the person who did not agree to uphold the standards of the Law, the Instructions in Righteousness given by God, as the standards to follow is the one cursed – not someone who is not perfect in keeping any small detail of the Law.  This matches the teachings of Yahshua on the matter, as those He said He will deny ever knowing are those who are “without Torah” – Greek anomia – and often translated as “workers of iniquity.  Mr. D. J. Tondo has also written on this verse.  I highly recommend his web site and book for further reading, should you have any remaining questions about Paul, or his writings.

 

http://www.jesuswordsonly.com/recommendedreading/103-chapter-fourt-jwo.html

http://www.jesuswordsonly.com/recommendedreading/106-chapter-five-jwo.html

 

 

 

More can be written on these matters, but there will be no need to do so if those who call themselves by His Name don’t turn and repent to do His will.   Each of us will give account to God for our words and deeds – the resurrection will find each person to be among those who will be told:  “Come, ye blessed”, or “Depart from Me”, and that determination will be based on those who do His will VS those who don’t do what He has instructed and commanded.  As said before, faith in Jesus (Yahshua) is far more than what Church you belong to or replication of an ancient Church service.  His words are for our instruction in life if we believe Him.

 

As He said:

John 8:12;  "I am the light of the world.  He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

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."

Matthew 7:24-27; "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.  But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell.  And great was its fall."

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."

 

Matthew 28: 18-20; “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

Revelation 22:14; "Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city."

 

Matthew 25:34; “Come ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

 

John 17;  “Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said:  “Father, the hour has come.  Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.    I have glorified You on the earth.  I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.  And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world.  They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and and they have kept Your word.  Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You.  For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and that have believed that You sent Me.

“I pray for them, I do not pray for the world, but those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.  And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.  Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You.  Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name.  Those whom You gave Me I have kept, and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.  But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.  I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them by Your truth.  Your word is truth.  As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.  And for their sakes I sanctify Myself that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they all may be one as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.  And the glory which You gave Me, I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one; I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world,  O righteous Father. The world has not known You, but I have known You, and these have known that You sent Me.  And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which you loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

 

May we repent to begin to be in accord with the will of God and love Him on His terms.