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"I am the bread of life that comes down from heaven."


 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."

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." 

The Bible is a gold mine for the soul, and the teachings of Jesus are surely the Mother-Lode of it's grace and truth.  When Jesus gave the great commission in Matthew he gave the outline of what it means to be a disciple.  He didn't call them 'Christians', but 'disciples.'  In the great commission (Matthew 28:19,20) Jesus 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 (Acts 3:22,23).  

The sermon on the mount, found in Matthew 5-7, Jesus 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."  After review of several translations, including the oldest Aramaic, the matters given in the opening lessons give key elements being established that all disciples need to note.  While it isn't a term or quote of Jesus, many have called the sermon on the mount to be the "manifesto" of Christianity.  On the page link of the "List" of his teachings are included a number of passages of Scripture to reference that should be an aid for additional insights to the fulness of what he was teaching that may not be noted in many study Bibles.  
 

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 Father's who sent me."
 
Jesus gave hundreds of teachings, and each has important lessons in our discipleship to Him.  We are counciled to not to be hearers only, but among those who are hearers and doers of His word.  Jesus came to teach and manifest the righteousness, grace, mercy, promises, will and truth of God that leads to eternal life. 
 
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."

 

What does  Jesus mean by 'If you abide in my word'?    In my dictionary 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 as Christ is far more than a profession out of your mouth, the church you belong to, a spiritual feeling, or the system of religion that you practice.  In the opening sermon of Jesus we are told to not just hear his words - if we want our 'house' to withstand the storms and floods we are to be 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.'    

 

"That prophet" spoken of by both Moses and Peter is Jesus Christ *Acts 3:22-26.   

 

"For Moses truly said to the fathers, 'The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren.  Him you shall hear in all things, whatever he says to you.  And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people."  Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have also foretold these days.  You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, "And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed."  To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities."

 

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 His 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 the things of the Lord, 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 in Christ, that we might "have the mind of Christ" in us, and thereby we also become the light and salt in the world.
 
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  Christian doctrine is to observe all of the teachings and commandments of Jesus Christ.
 
 
Matthew 4:4;  'It is written, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."
 
John 6:63,64;  "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.  The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are lifeBut there are some of you who do not believe."
 
Revelation 22:12-16;  "And behold, I am coming quickly, and my reward is with me, to give to every one according to his work.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last."  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.  But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.  "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you these things in the churches.  I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star."
 
 

Mt 23:8-12;  "But you, do not be called 'Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren."

John 15:9,10;  "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 in His love."

The only gospel record in the New Testament to present an orderly method of teaching the Instructions of God is Matthew.  It is also the only gospel account that can stand alone to give doctrines that are consistent to the Hebrew Scripture's record of the words of God in the Torah (books of Moses), Prophets, Pslams and writings.  The simplistic doctrine that all the Christian Bible is the inerrent word of God is easily shown to be a false doctrine by many internal proofs.  The best proof we have is found in the Dead Sea Scrolls Bible - which is translated into English and shows thousands of changes from the Scripture of Jesus' days on earth to what we have today.  It is literally true today that the Word of God and the Prophets speak to us today from the dust of past centuries to defy those who dared alter His word and foist lies and half-truths upon the unsuspecting masses.  The thousands who have not dared to make sure their faith is on the Hebrew Holy Scriptures being correctly translated to English, or whatever tongue they speak, had best get back to basics in knowing what God said - VS - continuing to trust in false prophets and dishonest scribes and Bible publishers.  Wake up Christians - God is not mocked - God has declared His word unchanging and that He will not go back on His word, but will perform it and uphold it to be forever true and faithful to accomplish that for which it was given.  Likewise, God gave instruction and commandment that we are to use to know who He said to hear, and who He said to ignore.  He also said He will not hear the prayers of those who refuse His instruction, and that disobedience is equated with unbelief.
 
The Sermon on the Mount is the most important Teaching Jesus gave.  He presents the Instructions of God in a way never given by any other prophet in the history of Israel - and it must be coupled with the understanding of the previously given Word of God that it referenced.  Jesus was teaching nothing new, but was bringing clarity to the manner of living that those of God are to live.  The light provided by Jesus to the Word of God is without peer in all human history - but who dares to know the faith of Jesus and the message he gave from God, as the unique prophet - "that prophet" - spoken of by Moses in Deut. 18:15 or the one prophecied in Isaiah 42 to set the prisoners free and cause the Gentiles to honor the Law of God as good.
 
The time has come to spurn lies and believe God if you think to escape this life without loosing your soul.  God is not mocked, and Jesus' real name was/is "Y'shua", which means "salvation."
 
These quotes are from "One Disciple to Another - the Original Jesus", and were made before discovery of the alterations to the Holy Scripture.  I will interject corrections as they are discovered.  I also invite anyone with love for the truth of God to submit questions or further notes on the subject.  The email link on the site doesn't always work - so you can use my alternate if needed:   barnsweb@hotmail.com
 
There is wisdom in much council, and I hope others will join me in the study so that we might "Restore!" the pathways given by God Almighty that have been contaminated and soiled by the teachings of men and altered by those with the heart of Satan.  As Jesus (Y'shua) taught: "Be careful who you hear."
 

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 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 support and prove what He taught is according to the long standing word of God.  Taken together, the fullness of the grace and truth of God is brought into better focus to the actual 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.   When we become disciples of Yeshua, we also become His representatives on earth, and our life and conduct reflects upon His Name.  As such, claiming to be Christians and not abiding in the word of God and Christ would invite non-believers to think poorly towards God, which could well be seen to be profaning His name.  Through our faithfulness to Him, we should bring honor to His name.

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 precepts.  Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart.  I 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 hope.  Hold 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 statutes.  Rivers 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 of God 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 see 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 Yahshua 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 Yahshua 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 what Yahshua taught His disciples is 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 grace and truth of God with greater clarity to 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, a passage is quoted 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.  America’s response to 9-11 was matched Isaiah 9:10-11,  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 most Christians dishonor 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 Isaiah 42 prophesied, 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, Aramaic English New Testament, Netzari Press LLC)

“And when the crowd saw Yahshua, 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 covetousness 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 a doctrine?  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 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.  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 anger.  For 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 Yahshua, 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 Yahshua 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 in 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 apostle’s 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 heart.  If 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 those 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.  Yahshua 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 and ASV)  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 place?  He 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 as He instructed and repent of not realizing the need to keep His everlasting words that lead to life eternal.

Psalm 15:1-5;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 (reproach) of Peter – would you do this if you had any respect for the Lord and His appointed eye-witnesses (Galatians 2:11)?  Also consider that Paul was accused of speaking 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.  Rather than clearing his name, he 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 as 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, but more importantly, that His instructions were for life and blessings - not death and curses.  From all I can see in the Scriptures not written by Paul  or his disciples – Paul did not teach in accord with God, Moses, the Prophets, Psalms, or the Christ.

Romans 13:1, 4; “Let every soul 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.  If Paul only believed God, he would have understood that God is the authority we are to obey for our good.  This passage of Romans actually reveals far more about Paul than most are able to accept.

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 he 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, and 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 unjust 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. Disregard for what God instructed (Torahless) 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 records 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 and the Epistle of Master Yahshua to Ephesus in Revelation 2.  Paul was sent with 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 is 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: 118; “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!   Yahshua also said we are to seek righteousness, which is the stated instructions and will of God, not seek to not offend anyone by rejecting the instructions from God.  The greatest commandment is to love God first and foremost.   Yet Paul taught that all things are lawful – thereby nullifying the commandment of prohibition of eating what was sacrificed to idols, and every other commandment of God!  Giving God thanks for what He commanded against cannot be seen by men or God to be keeping His commandments or instructions in righteousness.  The Gospel is 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 or the Prophet.  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 said He would send His Spirit to write His instructions on the hearts of His people so they would keep His words from their heart indeed, not only because the commandments were written on stone tablets.  The Spirit was sent to work in total harmony with “every word 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 can no longer consider what he taught.  To follow the instructions of God about such a person as Paul clearly is proven to be would be to violate the commandments of God about who to hear and who to reject hearing (Deut. 4, 12, 13, and 18).  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 nations, 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 us. 

The matter of Abraham having a descendant to be his heir in Genesis 15  is not the passage where God or Abraham were agreeing to a Covenant, or the conditions of a Covenant between God and Abraham and his children after him.  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 – yet are often accepted by many 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.  We’ve all been told the Bible is the word of God, but my friends, it cannot be, and those who publish the Bibles have been deceived and have yet to free themselves from their prison houses.  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 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 when we were 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.

By this time in my life I’m thankful to God for giving me the opportunity to have developed the skills and mindset to carefully review complex matters, identify key elements and details, note discrepencies, and elevate critical matters for resolution.  What can be more critical than the fact that we are true to God by being true to His Word and stated purpose of His Spirit?  The purpose of our lives should not be dashed upon deliberate or ignorant lies from Paul and his disciples: Mark, Luke, and the author of Hebrews.  Yahshua warns that 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.  Master Yahshua taught the truth – “Why do you call Me “Lord”, and not do as I say?”  And why shouldn’t we believe God when He said: “This is My beloved Son; hear Him.”

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 as God said they will.  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!   Paul is also saying that Jesus Christ has set us free from bondage – the curse of the Law – the Law was given as a curse, rather than life.  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 His blessing.  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.  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.  This is the primary reason I don’t believe Luke accurately reported the “Jerusalem Decree”, as people of all nations are called to keep the same commandments/instructions in righteousness He had first taught them.  The Apostles would not have limited Gentiles solely to prohibitions of fornication and eating meat sacrificed to idols.  The Apostles knew what their commission was.  Luke was certainly playing fast and loose with the facts.

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 …”

Being consistent in his argument against the truth of God, Paul again inserts that keeping the commandments of God is to be found to be cheating ourselves of the freedom from the Law and that the Law was established by principalities and powers of angels – that to do as angels instructed is to be guilty of false humility and the worship of angels.  Well, as for me, I’d rather believe God and Christ and the fact that Moses said God gave the Instructions in Righteousness that is able to convert the soul to life and blessings from God.

Peter spoke of forgiveness of past sins at baptism, not blanket forgiveness of future sins as well.  And when Yahshua forgave sins, He also instructed them: “Go and sin no more.” If baptism is to forgive all 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 the false apostle’s doctrines.  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. 

'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 more.  He 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 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, and in the coming Kingdom of God.

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 Yahshua’s teachings.  Each of us should read this passage regularly and consider how much all the teachings of Master Yahshua fit perfectly with the truths expressed.  At this time His words about who comes to Him to hear 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 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.”

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 Zion 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.”

Further study will show that many things were done to fulfill the Scripture.  Most everyone has heard of when Yahshua and the disciples were in a boat and He was awoken by the disciples because they feared they were about to lose their lives in the raging waves.  This is where this was prophesied: “You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them.”

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; 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 Scripture.   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 instructions and have hope in His everlasting covenant and promises. 

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.  From Matthew 5-7 we find the steadfast rock to build our lives upon as we turn to do what He said is truth and allow the Spirit to write these things upon our hearts. 

This study 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 Yahshua’s 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 Jerusalem 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 the instructions of God regarding the works we are to do, which are the matters God had said before.  Note that Yahshua 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 should be no need to point this out to disciples of Yahshua who are active to hear and do whatever He directed and instructed, it is more than evident that Yahshua taught works that exhibit belief in what God declared through the Law, Prophets and Psalms.  From the very first sermon we can 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 Yahshua, just as Israel was called to keep the words of God.  That men are to give God glory for His goodness is the same through the elementary Torah given by Moses, and magnified through the Anointed One, Master Yahshua.

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 Yahshua, 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 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 about Paul, I sincerely believe there is actually too much inconsistency to regard the text as Scripture.  Some of the 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 anyone is reported to have said, as well as what the historical events were given to be. 

A fairly simple matter would be to investigate the accounts in Acts of the conversion of Saul.  Anyone can read both Acts and Paul’s letters and epistles to see if he said anything in them related to his conversion – Acts is Luke’s record – and also note when Luke includes himself in the narrative in the first person – which is much later on in the text, and we should also investigate the matter with both eyes open and being careful we are not allowing ourselves to be deceived by drawing a mental cover over obvious inconsistencies and contradictions in the matters.  Recall that God has already told us that deceit is falsehood – which is against His commandments and against the doctrine of God that Yahshua taught and exampled for us.  Anything not according to the truth is falsehood – and condemned as evil.  God has not left us without the tools and intellect to determine the truth from errors of scribes, imperfect memories, or of outright deception in the name of God.  The most obvious error of Paul was to teach that the Law was given by angels, who are no 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 Yahshua, through the twelve appointed witnesses, say?  To date I have not noted any inconsistency of the instructions of God in the Bible that cannot be resolved through understanding what Yahshua 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 in righteousness from God.  He also confirmed the primary division that things start from whatever God had said through Moses, then through the words He received from the Father as the final authority.  Moses and Yahshua 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 instructed, to actually believe and do what God and His Christ have graciously instructed us to do or 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.  The I Peter account fits the same gospel taught by Yahshua and that belief and obedience go hand in hand and disobedience equates with disbelief.  The record by the hand of Luke contradicts what Peter wrote.  Luke records Peter to be in agreement with the doctrines of Paul – which should be a key indicator to us about the reliability of Luke’s accounts.  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 Yahshua 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 inferior 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 Yahshua will point out further in His teachings.  Disciples of Yahshua 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 Yahshua 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 Yahshua 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 Yahshua in Matthew, John and Revelation.  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 Yahshua 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 (every 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.  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, read “Jesus Words Only”.  Early Church texts 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 Yahshua actually taught.  Yahshua alone testifies of the truth and grace of God directly from the Father Himself.

John 3:36 “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.”

(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, Yahshua 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: 25-27; 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 Jerusalem 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.

Yahshua 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 rescued and 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 so sacred that it 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 Yahshua 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 realize 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 in complete accord 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.  It is by His Spirit of Truth writing His instructions in righteousness upon our hearts that helps us keep His word indeed.

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.  Yahshua’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.

Yahshua’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 Yahshua.  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 Yahshua 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 Yahshua’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 knows 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 from our heart – not just in word - 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 the commandments of our King.  In keeping with the concept of His teachings being a walk of life, a pathway we are to stay within – also keep in mind that He also taught that if our peace is not returned to us that we are to dust off our feet and go – but go in His pathway to life eternal – follow His instructions in righteousness.

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, which also includes lobbyists who write laws to benefit corporations that are not in accord with the will of the people or the good of the people.  When big money is involved, always watch your back.  As one sage friend 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:

Revelation 19:6-8; “And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia!  For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!  Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.”  And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”

Those who the Dragon went to make war on are those who keep the commandments of God and the testimony of Master Yahshua.

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 if 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 Yahshua to provide us God given insight to how He views things.  Through the process of discipleship we learn to see how Yahshua 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 that we become 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 testimony, mindset and faith of Master Yahshua, we come to truly 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 Yahshua 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 Yahshua 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 God given directions 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, promises and everlasting covenant.

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 – we are His creation, and we didn’t create God.  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 than 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 becomes fractured and decomposes and becomes mixed with organic materials and material foreign to the “parent rock” it came from.  Yahshua’s lesson about 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.  When giving the Sermon on the Mount, the bedrock of His teachings are found therein, and to divide any out would be to fracture and contaminate the rock.  He calls us to take those words as a whole unit.

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 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 that 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 by His name.

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, rather than 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 Yahshua.  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 Yahshua 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. It could be noted that the account of Luke is incomplete.  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 sinners 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 Yahshua, 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 Yahshua, Torah is “the will of My Father.”  (Mt 7:21; 12:50)  “Torah” means instructions in righteousness as given by God.

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 keep Your law.   This has become mine because I kept Your precepts.”

Do you recall the parable of the Jewish Rabbi about Christianity?  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 some things from His teachings, but shouldn’t the matter be that all of us 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.

 

 

 


 

Jesus lifts Peter out of the waves
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He also saves us in the waves life brings our way