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 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 that the Lord said we should be.
 
John 14:23,24;  "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.  He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me."
 
True  doctrine is to observe all of the teachings and commandments of Jesus Christ.
 
 
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."
 
 

Don't be a goat see The list of Jesus' Teachings 203 and 213

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."


One Disciple To Another


"This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!" (Matt. 17:5)

Jeremiah 7: "Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you. Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and dictates of their evil hearts, and went backwards and not forward."

Jesus commissioned His disciples to "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matt. 28:19-20)  As He said to Nicodemus, "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen; that they have been done in God."

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

As John said in one of his letters (2 John 6-10):

"This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an anti-Christ. Look to yourselves, that you do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him, for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds." 

So what do the gospel accounts say is His doctrine?   Is the doctrine of Christ that He came in the flesh, or is the doctrine of Christ  also what He taught?  Matthew 7:28 is a comment made by the people who heard Jesus immediately after His teaching of building our life upon hearing and doing what He said.  This record says: "And so it was, when Jesus had ended these saying, that the people were astonished at His teaching (KJV uses 'doctrine'), for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes."  Matthew 22:33, just after His saying 'God is not the God of the dead, but of the living' is 'And when the multitudes heard this, they were astonished at His teaching (KJV uses 'doctrine'). To make the point further are additional accounts from the gospels that you can look up if you want to verify the fact: Mark 1:23,27; 4:2; 11:18, 12:28; Luke 4:32; John 7:16,17; John 18:19.  Consider the translation you are using for study.  The KJV uses 'doctrine' and the NKJV uses 'teaching', and these mean pretty much the same thing.  The issue is the importance of what Jesus taught as being authoritative, and He claimed it was not His teaching, but the words God gave Him to give to us.  John 17 is a good focused study about 'the word' which Jesus gave and His disciples kept; 6-24: 

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

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

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

 

John 1:1-5;  "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.  And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it."

 

We need to know the teachings of Jesus Christ to know the doctrine of Christ, which He said is the doctrine of God.  We also need to comprehend His teachings - which is to 'have the mind of Christ' in us.

In Matthew 12, Jesus said; "Who is My mother and who are My brothers?" And He stretched out His hand towards His disciples and said, "Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother."

We must come to terms with the doctrine of Jesus - what He said the doctrine is.  Many have taken the 'doctrine of Christ' to mean the Trinity doctrine, that so long as you believe this doctrine all is well.  The doctrine of Christ is not merely the identity of Jesus Christ, but also the word of God that He taught and spoke.   Jesus clearly directed teaching disciples whatever He had taught the apostles as elemental to His Church in the 'great commission'.  In another place He also asked; "Why do you call me Lord and not do as I say?"    The grace and truth of Jesus give reason to obey from faith because we believe Him and because of His love and sacrifice for us that we might have abundant life and hope - in this world and the one to come.  "Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

I John 3:24; "Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him.  And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit He has given us." 

I John  4:6; "We are of God.  He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us.  By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error." 

 

Jesus came that we might have abundant life, healing, purpose and wholeness in Him- all to the glory of God. If we call Him our Lord we should be doing what He said.

Love as defined by God and Christ

Having grown up as a teenager in the “Jesus freak” time-frame, one thing that still stands out in my memory was the concept of “love” being totally unfocused.  As the Beatles song went on and on:  “Love, love, love; love, love love; love, love, love; all you need is love.”  Some also pretended that His love was passion for a fallen and forgiven harlot that followed Jesus and the disciples around (Jesus Christ – Superstar).  My dad would get up in the pulpit and preach about “agape’” love – the unconditional love of God in 1 Corinthians 13 – and that all the problems in the world or the Church would be resolved with agape’ love – that we just needed to put unconditional love into practice and action.  We can look back historically and see that all this preaching and singing of “love” undefined by the life, word and example of Jesus didn’t accomplish a thing.  Could it be because no one bothered to notice that the love of God or the Christ is not unconditional?  In effect, many were merely taking a few quotes of His word and neglecting to understand His teachings, life and example – the ‘cut and paste’ version of Christian faith.  “The sum of Thy word is truth” – not “some of Thy word is truth.”

How did Yahshua define love? What did love mean to him?  And just to be sure we know it when we see it – what would the love he taught cause those who believe him to do?  Did he ever teach unconditional love, as the Greek word “Agape’” could indicate to us?  Or is this a provable misunderstanding?  It’s no small wonder that God said through the Prophets that in the end times there would be great deception and turning from His instructions of righteousness to work lawlessness, as well as the fact that some things would remain hidden, or not understood, until the time of the end. (Such as the words to Daniel from the angel)  Could it be that we should recognize the Messiah by the prophecies of what he would do, in addition to the prophesied lineage?  We should also know those who are truly his by their manner of life and conduct – his disciples model their understanding and life upon His example and word. According to Yahshua, love is known by what it does - it isn’t just a feeling – it has definition and is not ambiguous.

The passages from John 14 and 15 show that love abides in and does as he taught – love is defined, proven and known by the works it does.  Not that our love can ever be completely perfect, but as disciples of Yahshua, we are called to live and grow and walk through continuing in the pathways of life and conduct as he gave us to abide in.  If we are faithful, in time we will mature and grow to become his disciples indeed through growing to be more like him.  As John said, if we confess our sins, God will be faithful to forgive those who return and continue on in the pathway of life as He has instructed us to walk in.  As Yahshua said, it is enough that we become like him, that we reflect the goodness of God in our lives, just as he did.

 

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

 

John 15:9-21;  “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full.  This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.  Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another.  If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before [it hated] you.  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.  But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.”

 

Revelation 12: 10-12; “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, [ye] heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”

 

When our faith and word is abiding in the testimony of the gospel as preached by Yahshua, and our love is centered on doing the will of God, surely we will be found to be faithful overcomers who fully trust in the Testimony and blood of the Lamb of God.

 

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

(As a side-bar of the Scriptural details of the teachings of Master Yahshua, this passage directly relates to the one about “turning the other cheek”, as what the underlying support text is: “Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him, and be full of reproach.”)

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

 

I John 1; “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (for the life was manifested, and we have seen [it], and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship [is] with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.  This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

I John 2: 1-6; “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world.

And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

God knows our works.  He knows our hearts better than we can ever know ourselves.  Do take note of what Yahshua taught, and do so with the mind to be faithful and true - to be his disciple indeed and to be wholehearted in our discipleship to him.  Grow in understanding and faithfulness to the instructions in righteousness, that God may then be true to His word and be able to bless us, rather than place ourselves under a curse by ignoring His instruction and goodness.  The faithfulness of God to His words of blessings and curses towards Israel are surely something we all need to heed and pay close attention to.  There is no reason to believe God will be unfaithful and cast aside His words as meaningless or irrelevant.  God has both shown and told us what is good – if we will but see, hear, and turn to do His will that He might heal us, and possibly our nation.   As the Revelation of Master Yahshua ends, “Amen.  Come quickly!”  Are you making yourself ready?  Are you trying to share the need to repent to do His will with others, so they might also be saved from this wicked and perverse generation?  At least be salt and light for Him.

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

 

The following exerpt is given to provide further insight to the fact that the teachings of Jesus, as found in Matthew, are based from the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.  It also provides substance to John's gospel account that said he came to reveal the fullness of the grace and truth of God - that neither His grace nore His truth is found by setting aside His commandments (instructions in righteousness).

 

Matthew 5:1-14 (AENT, Aramaic English New Testament, Netzari Press LLC - 2010)

“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.' Isaiah 57:15; 66:2

Isaiah 57:14-21;” And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumbling block out of the way of my people. For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name [is] Holy; I dwell in the high and holy [place], with him also [that is] of 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 for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls [which] I have made. For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.  I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.  I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to [him that is] far off, and to [him that is] near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.  But the wicked [are] like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.  There is] no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.”

 

66:1 -7:  " Thus saith the LORD, The heaven [is] my throne, and the earth [is] my footstool: where [is] the house that ye build unto me? and where [is] the place of my rest? For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the LORD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. He that killeth an ox [is as if] he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, [as if] he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, [as if he offered] swine's blood; he that burneth incense, [as if] he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.  I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose [that] in which I delighted not.  Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.  A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies.  Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.”

 

 

“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 hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

 

66:4-5; " I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose [that] in which I delighted not. Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.”

 

66:10-12;  "Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: that ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.  For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon [her] sides, and be dandled upon [her] knees.

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 one can find sure support for such a doctrine.

'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; Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against 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; [so] shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.  Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.  For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked [shall] not [be]: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it [shall] not [be]. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.  The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.  The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.  The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, [and] to slay such as be of upright conversation.  Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.  A little that a righteous man hath [is] better than the riches of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous. The LORD knoweth 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 [shall be] as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away. The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.  For [such as be] blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and [they that be] cursed of him shall be cut off.  The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth [him with] his hand. I have been young, and [now] am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is] ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed [is] blessed.  Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.  For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever. The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.  The law of his God [is] in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.  The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh 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 thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see [it]. I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.  Yet he passed away, and, lo, he [was] not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.  Mark the perfect [man], and behold the upright: for the end of [that] man [is] peace.  But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off. But the salvation of the righteous [is] of the LORD: [he is] their strength in the time of trouble.  And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he 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.  Those who are upright seek to do what God delights in.

Psalm 149;Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, [and] his praise in the congregation of saints.  Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.  Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.  For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. [Let] the high [praises] of God [be] in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; to execute vengeance upon the heathen, [and] punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.”

'Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness because they will be satisfied.  Ze 2:3; Ps 11:3-7; Is 56: 1-8; 66:11, 12

Zephaniah 2:1-5;  “Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; before the decree bring forth, [before] the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD'S anger come upon you. Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger. For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.  Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! The word of the LORD [is] against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that 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 hungers and thirsts to abide 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 are 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)  As brought up later in the teachings of Yahshua, we are to have root in ourselves that allows the roots of faithfulness to grow in abiding in His words of life.  We cannot just accept the word readily and not also seek to grow in it and let God have His way in our life by continuing in what He has prepared for us to do.  Know that God is faithful and don’t allow yourself to become discouraged or give up hope in His promises to those who love Him and seek to do His will.  Don’t let the word offend you – give place to what God is working on in you – sometimes faith must be proven and purified.  Trust in the LORD with all your heart.  As one song says, “Let Him have His way with thee.”

Psalm 11; “In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee [as] a bird to your mountain? For, lo, the wicked bend [their] bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.  If the foundations be 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 try, the children of men.  The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.  Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: [this shall be] the portion of their cup.  For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.

 

A side note on this matter is to acknowledge those that God loves as well as those He hates.  To say God loves everyone alike is to deny He has said He doesn’t, and that there are those that God hates.  While it is true that God sent His Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, the fact is that those who reject His words of life thereby reject Him because they reject His testimony from God, and He does not love those who reject His word.  He is merciful towards those who turn from sin to do His will – so long as there is opportunity and life to do His will.  Don’t over speak the love or graciousness of God and thereby step outside what He has clearly told us to be truth and righteousness.

 

Isaiah 56: 1-8; Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation [is] near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed [is] the man [that] doeth this, and the son of man [that] layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I [am] a dry tree. For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose [the things] that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices [shall be] accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather [others] to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.

 

This passage goes will with Psalm 51, which says: “The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

 

This passage is often overlooked, as the one from Isaiah 42, and we can clearly see that God counts those who join themselves to the LORD, to serve Him, are to keep the Sabbath and take hold of His covenant and that their sacrifices and prayers are acceptable to Him if they do these things.  How can anyone honestly say that what He said is the Sabbath, or what He has said to be the conditions of His Covenant are in any way not needful for those who join themselves to serve God?  We need to pay attention to God and Christ and the true prophecies – as these are what will prevent us from believing lies taught in His name.  We are to know the truth – and as Yahshua said, “Thy word is truth.” 

 

Has anyone else noted that the Law of God contains instructions for restitution?  If more criminals had to restore what they stole, as God instructed, our nation would likely have fewer prisons and inmates, and through restitution requirements, those who practice evil would learn the value of work and likely think several times of the risk of having to pay back several times more than what they stole!  Maybe those who make our secular laws can learn some lessons from God about what will work in society?

 

Isaiah 66:8-24; “Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? [or] shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.  Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut [the womb]? saith thy God.  Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: that ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon [her] sides, and be dandled upon [her] knees.  As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.  And when ye see [this], your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and [his] indignation toward 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 will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.  They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one [tree] in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.  For I [know] their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.  And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, [to] Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, [to] Tubal, and Javan, [to] the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.  And they shall bring all your brethren [for] an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.  And I will also take of them for priests [and] for Levites, saith the LORD.  For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.  And it shall come to pass, [that] from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.  And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.”

False religions of those days past must have done the things mentioned here.  There are still people who 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.  Another consideration that is all but overlooked:  If the teachings of Yahshua center from the Law, Prophets and Psalms – and they certainly do – how can we set them aside when after the resurrection He said the charge is to make disciples who keep to whatever He had already taught them?  It should be unthinkable to consider his words from God were nailed to the cross or set aside as a marriage certificate to a dead mate.  Hopefully this will make sense to some.

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

Psalm 18: 25;With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; with the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward. For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.  For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. 

 

*Psalm 18: 43, 44; “Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; [and] thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people [whom] I have not known shall serve me.  As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.  (This is another passage that goes along with Isaiah 42 to show that God prophesied through David that the Christ would cause the Gentiles to obey God.)

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; “A Psalm of David. The earth [is] the LORD'S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and stablished it upon the floods.  Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?  He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.  He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvationThis [is] the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye 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 ye gates; even lift [them] up, ye 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. Selah.”

 

Psalm 51; “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin [is] ever before me.  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done [this] evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, [and] be clear when thou judgest.  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.  Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden [part] thou shalt 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 to hear joy and gladness; [that] the bones [which] thou hast broken may rejoice.  Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me [with thy] free spirit.  [Then] will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: [and] my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.  O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.  For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give [it]: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.  Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine 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; A Psalm of David. LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill?, he that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.  [He that] backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. In whose eyes a vile person is despised; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. [He that] sweareth to [his own] hurt, and changeth not. [He that] putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these [things] shall never be moved.

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 repent and do, and the primary points made here is to show that even the beatitudes are deeply founded upon the very words of God.  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.”

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.  God has said in other places that He tempts no man, but more importantly, that His instructions are for life and blessings - not death and curses – He calls us to choose life, that we might live! 

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 discrepancies, 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 ideas we may have accepted as authoritative on the advice or unjustified acceptance from others.   Yahshua warns that those who believe and love lies will not be saved.  God has a curse on those who reject His instruction in righteousness and truth – both of which require faith, devotion, resolve 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 (tithing), 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.”  His word and example also informs us that God does not view the “least” of His commandments as equal to those that carry more weight.

What did God say about the Instructions in Righteousness?  Were they given to be a curse, or a blessing?  Surely it was both, as He said doing them would be their blessing, and not doing them would take them away from His blessings.  Do we want to be a treasure of God, or just the opposite?

Exodus 19:3-6; “And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and [how] I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth [is] mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These [are] the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.”

 

Deuteronomy 5:29; “O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever.”

Deut. 5:32, 33; “Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and [that it may be] well with you, and [that] ye may prolong [your] days in the land which ye 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.  Daniel also said as much in his prayer, that God is faithful to His Covenant.  See his prayer in Daniel 9.

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 refocusing the commandment to 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.

Isaiah 26:12; Psalms 122:8, 9; Psalms 72:3-7

Isaiah 26; “In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; we have a strong city; salvation will [God] appoint [for] walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH [is] everlasting strength: For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, [even] to the ground; he bringeth it [even] to the dust. The foot shall tread it down, [even] the feet of the poor, [and] the steps of the needy. The way of the just [is] uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.  Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of [our] soul [is] to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee. With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments [are] in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. Let favour be shewed to the wicked, [yet] will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD. LORD, [when] thy hand is lifted up, they will not see: [but] they shall see, and be ashamed for [their] envy at the people; yea, the fire of thine enemies shall devour them. LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us. O LORD our God, [other] lords beside thee have had dominion over us: [but] by thee only will we make mention of thy name. [They are] dead, they shall not live; [they are] deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish. Thou hast increased the nation, O LORD, thou hast increased the nation: thou art glorified: thou hadst removed [it] far [unto] all the ends of the earth. LORD, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer [when] thy chastening [was] upon them. Like as a woman with child, [that] draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, [and] crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD. We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen. Thy dead [men] shall live, [together with] my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew [is as] the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall 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; “[A Psalm] for Solomon. Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son. He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment. The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor. They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations. He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers [that] water the earth. In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him. For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and [him] that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight. And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; [and] daily shall he be praised. There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and [they] of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth. His name shall endure forever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and [men] shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed. Blessed [be] the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed [be] his glorious name for ever: 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 - 22;They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow [the thing that] good [is].  Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.  Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

 

Isaiah 66:5;Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and 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 believe salvation is by faith apart from works.  Yahshua warned that those who truly believe in Him would face persecution for upholding and keeping His words of life.  He also warned that those of our own household may be their greatest enemies.  So if 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 uphold His word indeed that you are greatly blessed and will surely be rewarded greatly – according to His promised blessings, and in the coming Kingdom of God.  All the passages of Scripture quotes that support the teachings of Yahshua should provide ample reasons.

The Christian faith is so fractured and gutted of the actual teachings of the Messiah in their wholeness that many may well reject His words because they sound unfamiliar to them.  There are some who merely need more time to reconsider where they are in relation to what He actually taught because no one has pointed them in the way the original disciples taught when understanding the teachings of Yahshua to be in total accord with the Law and Prophets.  Many will need time to re-evaluate their faith and belief, and the best thing I’ve found to do is to be patient and give time for the work of the word of God and the Spirit to do the work for which God gave them.  It’s a process of first hearing, then believing, and finally to obey Him in word and deed – one step at a time – but the first step is to actually be hearing what He taught as it resides in the previously given word of God, which will lead to the understanding and belief in doing the will of God as intended.  We should never divorce our faith from any word of God that has been established by ensuring the speaker is one who passes the tests that God gave to know who speaks for Him – and who doesn’t.  While we need patience, there should be no doubt that the parable of the wise and unwise virgins will find fulfillment in His time – as Scripture says, “today is the day of thy salvation”, and no one who believes should delay.  We should have no hesitation to turn to do His will when we see it.  Those who are His will hear His voice.

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.

Psalm 119: 84-88;How many [are] the days of thy servant? When wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me? The proud have digged pits for me, which [are] not after thy law. All thy commandments [are] faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me. They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.  Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.”

Direct quotes from the Scriptures 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 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 21 - 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)

NKJV 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 89:1-52 (15); “Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite. I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. For I have said, Mercy shall be built up forever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens. I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish forever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah. And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints. For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? [Who] among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD? God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all [them that are] about him. O LORD God of hosts, who [is] a strong LORD like unto thee? Or to thy faithfulness round about thee? Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.       Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm. The heavens [are] thine, the earth also [is] thine: [as for] the world and the fullness thereof, thou hast founded them. The north and the south thou hast created them: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name. Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, [and] high is thy right hand. Justice and judgment [are] the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. Blessed [is] the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance. In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted. For thou [art] the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted. For the LORD [is] our defense; and the Holy One of Israel [is] our king. Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I have laid help upon [one that is] mighty; I have exalted [one] chosen out of the people. I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him: With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him. The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him. And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him. But my faithfulness and my mercy [shall be] with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted.  I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers. He shall cry unto me, Thou [art] my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. Also I will make him [my] firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. His seed also will I make [to endure] forever, and his throne as the days of heaven. If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and [as] a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.

 

But thou hast cast off and abhorred, thou hast been wroth with thine anointed.  Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his crown [by casting it] to the ground.  Thou hast broken down all his hedges; thou hast brought his strong holds to ruin.                All that pass by the way spoil him: he is a reproach to his neighbours.  Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries; thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice. Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword, and hast not made him to stand in the battle.  Thou hast made his glory to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground.  The days of his youth hast thou shortened: thou hast covered him with shame. Selah.

 

How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself forever? shall thy wrath burn like fire? Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?   What man [is he that] liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.  Lord, where [are] thy former lovingkindnesses, [which] thou swarest unto David in thy truth?  Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; [how] I do bear in my bosom [the reproach of] all the mighty people;   wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed. Blessed [be] the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen. “

 

There was a time when we sang “Footsteps of Jesus.”  In just one lifetime it seems many Christians have all but forgotten that song of encouragement.  Many preach a gospel devoid of the message of walking in the footsteps of Jesus – to be believing and doing as He did.  Somehow this verse reminds me of what has been neglected of His words of life and the examples given to follow in His footsteps.  Have we reproached the footsteps of Jesus (thine anointed) when we fail to follow as He instructed us, or fail to teach our children the values given by God and His Anointed One?  If this is possible, is it also possible that those who teach that the gospel is limited to the Cross of Christ Jesus are also “reproaching the footsteps of thine anointed”?  As this Psalm notes:  “Blessed be the LORD (Yehovah) forevermore.”  Yahshua kept the disciples in “His Name” by teaching them the words of God, but they were found faithful after they had received them and accepted them as their rule and manner of life.

 

Another side-bar would be for Messianic Christians to reconsider their efforts to focus on the Law and Appointed Days of God and many include traditions of the Pharisees, yet they do not focus their faith on the fact that the teachings of Master Yahshua are the fully honorable interpretation and application of the Torah of God in the fullness of the grace and truth of God.  Why not also focus on Yahshua as their Rabbi – that they learn of Him?  Isn’t this what Yahshua explicitly said to the disciples?  According to Nehemia Gordon, a former Jewish Pharisee, the basic tenant of the Pharisee’s is that there are two Torah’s: the written Torah, and the oral Torah of interpretation of the Rabbi’s.  Since Yahshua said he alone is to be our Rabbi, they actually dishonor Master Yahshua when they uphold the oral Torah of the Pharisees.  From what I can discern, Yahshua was very careful with the words of God, to not add to them or take away from them.

NKJV Psalm 89:19 - 29; “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 lipsOnce 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.”

What is “the faithful witness in the sky” but the rainbow that God gave as a sign of the everlasting covenant He made with mankind in Noah’s day?  Likewise the fulfilled everlasting covenant to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David finds its’ fulfillment in Master Yahshua.  Covenants have conditions.  Genesis 26:5 is as true as the Great Commission or any other word of instruction in righteousness from God.  Another consideration is the prophecy in the Zodiac in its telling of the gospel of the Desired One who would come to redeem mankind and take them home with Him.  The same one was despised of men because of his dual nature – both Devine and human.  This is beyond the consideration of many, but I found it to be a great blessing to hear.  Joseph Seiss wrote “The Gospel of the Stars” in the late 1800’s, and D. James Kennedy did a wonderfully inspiring series on this that is well worth listening.  When creating the stars and naming them, God gave a prophecy in the starry night that has been visible to all men since the time Adam was alive – it is not about pagan religions, although pagan religions borrowed from it for their beliefs – I have no doubt that God would want us all to appreciate its true meaning, but surely we also have record of His plans for man in the written word of the Holy Scriptures.

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 (Messiah).  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 (God); 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 was prophesied: “You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them,” Psalm 89:9.

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 Yahshua 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 – so 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 Yahshua would do well to make this study a life-long effort.  He came to open the prison doors of false doctrine, unbelief 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, precepts, judgmetns and instructions about living righteously.  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.  Men are to give God glory for His goodness, which is elementary in the Torah given by Moses, and magnified to their fullness through the teachings of 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, as well as the strangers that dwelled amongst them.  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 to serve Yehovah as God – to be careful to note whatever God has declared good from the beginning.  Based on what has been noted in the associated passages of the Sermon on the Moujnt, it certainly appears that this will be the truth of the matter.

If the Law, Prophets and Psalms are foundational with the teachings of Yahshua, and he said to make disciples of him and teach them whatever he had commanded them - the first disciples, this should be a cause that every disciple and believer in Master Yahshua should rightfully uphold to be the truth of God.  It’s best to double check facts rather than to assume what someone else said is true, and I honestly believe that most Christians have accepted far too much on the credibility of others, when we should be placing our full faith in what Yahshua said are the words that lead to life eternal.  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; he gave no instruction that there is one gospel message for the Jews and another for the Gentiles.   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.   We were also taught to look for the signs of his return – but if we are not prepared and ready, who do we have to blame but ourselves?

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 Yahshua was teaching.  He never taught a single thing that lead away from doing the previously given instructions in righteousness from God.  He also confirmed the primary division that things start from whatever God had said through Moses,  Yahshua’s words are also directly from the Father as the final authority.  Moses and Yahshua are the two primary witnesses to know the will 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 enabled to see any 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 turn to do what God and His Christ have graciously instructed true believers to do. 

Regarding the scribes and Pharisees comment: the scribes failed their duty by supporting the Pharisees to impose man made rules over the Doctrine and Commandments of God, thereby judging Gods word as inferior and putting themselves above God and denying the respect and service that 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  in His teachings.  Disciples of Yahshua are to live more actual righteousness in doing as God commanded than the Pharisees or scribes of His day, and Yahshua said if we don’t,  there is no way we can enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  This is clearly what Yahshua taught.  The Pharisees majored in tithing, but minored on justice, mercy, faith and truth.  No apostle had the authority to teach anything different than the Messiah, 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 Yahshua taught about keeping the Torah, even to the least letter therein.  A general outline of the commandments is given later in these writings, and it’s easy to see that they were given by God to bless His people indeed.

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 need to see, hear and know what Yahshua 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 the Pharisees “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 towards Him by doing as He commanded.  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 are the sacrifices 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.  The point is to live uprightly by the instruction God has given.  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 Yahshua) on our heart.  The 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 bless those who live by His word, and that He would be given the praise deserved for His words of life.

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 Yahshua has said are in accord with the will of God.

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.  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.  Also, in this pre-Greek account, the issue is upholding the instructions of God to be the basis of judgment – not just our feelings, but according to the Torah – by the very instructions of 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.

Isaiah 66:1; “Thus says the LORD: Heaven is My throne, and 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.”

Psalm 48:2; “Beautiful is elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.”

Ecclesiastes 5: 4, 5; “When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it, for He has no pleasure in fools.  Pay what you have vowed – better not to vow than to vow and not pay.”

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.  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.  (Repenting of believing false prophets/teachers is discussed in more detail later)

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 Yahshua 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 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 Yahshua 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 hope 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 that 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, to be 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 Jehovah and the Good Shepherd, they know His voice and follow Him, but will reject the lying shepherd and wolves is sheep’s clothing.

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 Yahshua 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 call men to prepare for.  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 atoned for 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.”

Yahshua 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.  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.  Know your responsibilities: that which is man’s is man’s, that which belongs to God is what we must be faithful to do.

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!”

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 said and done provides for us.  We become aware of His will and acknowledge 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 something we are not enabled to do, this is when we need to pray to 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 Yahshua 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 Yahshua 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 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 so we can be fellow partakers in the blessings, inheritance and rewards of God.  He shed His very life’s blood as atonement for our sins and 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 fine 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 close 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 should 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 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 today to be hearers of God and discern that He has instructed.  God and Christ call us 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; 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 the interpretation of men, 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 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 Him 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, especially when we have bigger sight 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.  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.

Some 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 all telling the truth on each other! (Google search for Senate Document 189)  May it never be so with faithful 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.  See pages 177-178 for a basic outline..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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