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Man shall not live by bread alone,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was surprising for me to discover that the Jewish sages and Rabbi’s records of history tell that the Greek translation of the Holy Scriptures was poorly done, and it was not used in their Synagogues, and that they only translated the books of Moses - the first five books of the Bible.  Since this discovery I have been studying the Holy Scriptures (Tanach) from three Jewish translations to English.  Rabbi Tovia Singer, in "Let's Get Biblical", Volumes 1 and 2, notes a number of passages in the New Testament that refer to the Old Testament which do not correctly translate the Hebrew Holy Scriptures - which should have marked notations in Christian texts to identify those who spoke not according to God or the Holy Prophets and Scriptures.  The most useful Hebrew to English translations and upright readings for a beginner to the Torah may be The Stone Edition (SE), published by Artscroll.  Another prime source is “The Soncino Chumash” (SC), which provides more footnotes about minor spelling curiosities and how the text was translated and various schools of thought from their greatest scholars.  There is also the translation of the “Holy Scriptures” (HS) done by the Jewish Publication Society earlier in the 20th Century.   Thankfully, the issue of the Christian faith does not reside on a narrow minded view of one passage in the Holy Scriptures, but is firmly rooted from the all the words of God – who never set His word aside as “fulfilled”, or as a marriage certificate to a dead mate.

One thing has been refreshing to note is the Jewish perspective that since their manner of life is to keep the commandments of God. This is a first attempt to review all the words of God in the light of the Teachings of Jesus, that the Spirit might write them on our hearts to do them (Isaiah 42, Ezekiel 37, Matthew, John).  As Isaiah 42 says, the prophet Yeshua (Jesus) would be a light to the Gentiles and make the Torah honorable for them to also keep.

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

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

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

Main points will be given by chapter, starting with Genesis.  As with my previous book, “One Disciple to Another, The Original Jesus”, the old King James Version (KJV) will be used for the bulk of the quotes, to avoid copyright issues.  Each can use their own translation – but note specifics between Western translations and the Hebrew to English translations as given by Jewish scholarship.  God entrusted them with preserving His word, and from what I’ve noted to date, He was correct to do so, and it is one reason He chose Abraham and his seed after him.  Abraham not only taught his children - but also those of his household, and he had many servants.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some notes on the Ten Commandments may prove helpful.   The first commandment:  Belief in God, that the One who brought Israel and the multitude out of the bondage of Egypt to serve Him alone at Mount Sinai is the One true God - the Only God.  The second commandment is the prohibition of idolatry.  The third is prohibition of vain oaths.  As it is forbidden to disgrace His Name.  The fourth is the Sabbath day, a reminder that God is the Creator.  The fifth is honoring parents.  Keep in mind the Ten Commandments were written on two stone tablets - five on each, and that the first relate to God, and the second to our fellow man - and are related to the first five commandments.  The link is first that God considers our honoring our parents to be counted as to honoring Him - because He said to honor our parents.  Some may be due no honor except that which God commanded - but irregardless, it is His commandment.  The Sixth is prhobition against murder.  Someone with true belief in God as the Creator and Sustainer of human life will not commit murder - taking the life God has made in His image.  The seventh is prohibition against adultery.  By definition this is cohabitation with a woman married to someone else.  It is parallel to the second commadment which forbids idolatry - someone who betrays the marital relationship can be expected to betray God.  The eighth is prohibition against kidnaping.  A kidnaper forces his victim to work for him and then sells him into slavery is liable to the death penalty.  The commandment against ordinary theft is found in Leviticus 19:11.  Stealing compares to the third commandment - as one who steals may well seek to cover his tracks by swearing falsely.  The tenth is prohibition against coveting.  This also shows the commandments to be from God and not just a set of man made rules.  Laws can be made to prohibit theft or murder, but a Divine Lawgiver could have decreed a moral demand that peolpe santify their thoughts and attitudes about what they have in comparisson to what others have = which is to be satisfied with what God gives you opportunity to earn or receive by other means that are honorable - such as an inheretance.

 

 

 

Do the teachings of Paul contradict teachings of Jesus or the Holy Scriptures and Word of God?

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Genesis

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

The Good Shepherd

 

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

 

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

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

The Testimony of Jesus Christ

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

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