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 ONE DISCIPLE TO ANOTHER

 

1.     Index                                                                                                                

2.   Which Church is true to Jesus?                                                                  

3.     “This Gospel of the Kingdom.”                                                                         

4.     Premise 1 - Take Heed That No Man Deceives You                                       

5.     Premise 2 - Using His Correct Name                                                                 

6.     Premise 3 - Believe the Instructions of God                                                      

7.     Premise 4 - What Does God Require of Man?                                                  

8.     Premise 5 - The Spirit of Truth                                                                            

9.     Premise 6 - The Everlasting Covenant                                                               

10.  Premise 7 - The Definition Of Love, As Given By God and Christ               

11.  The Teachings of Master Yahshua  (Jesus Christ)                                             

12.  The Cost and Conditions of Discipleship                                                          

13.  The Greatest Commandment                                                                               

14.  The Kingdom of God                                                                                             

15.  The Gospel According to Matthew                                                                      

16.  The SERMON ON THE MOUNT                                                                        

                                                              

“Every student who enters upon a scientific pursuit, especially if at a somewhat advanced period of life, will find not only that he has much to learn, but much also to unlearn.  As a first preparation, therefore, for the courses he is about to commence, he must loosen his hold on all crude and hastily adopted notions, and must strengthen himself by something of an effort and a resolve, for the unprejudiced admission of any conclusion which shall appear to be supported by careful observation and logical argument, even should it prove of a nature adverse to notions he may have previously formed for himself, or taken up without examination, on the credit of others.  Such an effort is, in fact, a commencement of that intellectual discipline which forms one of the most important ends of all sciences.”

Sir John Herschel

 

What might our understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ be if we were to primarily hear and understand it through the accounts of the original twelve disciples and the Holy Scriptures of first century Israel?  Is is possible that we might understand His message better if we focus hearing Him through their accounts?  How might we understand His gospel message if we also view Jesus as our Teacher, or Rabbi?  In fact, didn't He say that He alone is to our Teacher?  

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

 

 

 

 

Which Church Is True to Jesus Christ (Master Yahshua)?

 

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

Matthew 7:24; "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.”

Matthew 28:18-20; “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  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.”.

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

If you can please endure a lengthy introduction to this topic, I believe you will see that everything is significant to this question.  Most, if not all of it, should be related to the actual teachings of Jesus Christ and my sincerity in speaking what I’ve learned of His truth.  These discoveries can be equally applied by anyone who wants to make sure they are on the pathway of life that God and the Anointed One have given as instruction and council to all who seek the light of His truth, and to be freed from what it seems the prophet Isaiah called “prison houses.”  The situation should become apparent if you follow along with what I’ve come to understand after 60 years of life and study, and most revealing when discovering what I honestly believe and conclude to be the root cause of why there are so many divisions in the Christian faith.  As the root cause is identified, so also is a possible remedy revealed.

During the early history of the Church, when the Roman Empire was at its height, Christian persecution began, first towards Jesus, and then the original twelve disciples, and then to those of the Jews who believed in Him.  Jesus and all the original disciples were Jews and the Church of God (Ebionites) started in Jerusalem.  Even the first account of a Gentile being converted, Cornelius, was one who feared God and did good towards the Jews and respected Jewish faith and honored God and His chosen people. (Acts 10)

This is a broad historical overview:

The Church, believers in Jesus as the Messiah, originated at Jerusalem on Pentecost and were abiding in the great commission by spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ (Master Yahshua) throughout the known world. After a few years Paul entered the picture, first as a persecutor, then he reported that Jesus appeared to him directly and called him to be an apostle.  Paul gave his teachings to areas away from Jerusalem, but visited Jerusalem several times, as noted in Acts.  Paul was involved with a few controversies in Acts.  Later in Church history, Imperial Rome transferred some authority to the Roman Church. 

The Roman Church grew in power and tried to overtake the rest of the Christians as their subjects.  Those outside Roman rule were threatened that they also had to submit and change their doctrines and Scripture to match what Rome declared.  The Roman sphere of influence also evolved into making Churches under the authority of various areas Kings, who were to be in submission to the head of the Roman Church.   Thereby the sanctioned “Church State” that those who came to the new world hoped to escape and be able to worship God by the dictate of their conscience, as understood by the Scriptures, to worship God as they believed, rather than the dictate of their King or the Pope. The office of the Roman Pope was one of great political and religious power.  For many centuries those who would not submit to Rome were persecuted, but the Christian faith extended beyond Roman rule as the Apostle Peter first went East before going to Rome.  The Roman Church rule has its own historical events of significance, and I’m really not so interested in those things at this time, excepting the most enduring influence to this day is what the currently extended Churches consider to be Scripture.  The book listing for the New Testament Canon was declared by the Roman Church about 350-400 AD, almost 300 years after the Church began.   The same books were received in other areas and preserved outside Roman rule.  An ancient Aramaic manuscript, reportedly predating the Greek was discovered and translated into English and has the same books as our current New Testament. (Aramaic English New Testament, Netzari Press LLC)

Ancient texts discovered from the area near the Dead Sea Scrolls may have been from both the Temple library and the early Church before the Roman destruction of Jerusalem.  What has been declared to be accepted Scripture by The Roman Church does not necessarily match what some of the ancient texts declared to be Scripture.  There is ancient evidence that in the 60’s AD, the Jerusalem Church only accepted the Old Testament and the original Hebrew text of Matthew to be Scripture. The Apostle John’s writings were likely written after 60 AD.   The gospel of Matthew was reportedly written by Matthew, who was one of the twelve apostles, and the apostles were the chosen disciples and witnesses of Jesus and the teachings he gave (the Gospel).  My study that focused on the teachings of Jesus throughout the New Testament texts substantiates this could well be true.  God said through Moses, the Prophets and Jesus Christ that we “Take heed that no man deceives you.”

The Roman Church claims they are the oldest and original Church.  There are also those who split with the Roman Church over doctrines and authority the Church is to submit to (Roman Pope).  Their belief is that Rome departed from the original Church, which is why they call themselves Orthodox, yet the establishment of a Roman Pontiff occurred centuries before the official split between Roman Catholic and the Orthodox Church near 1000 AD. 

Later in history some men believed the Roman Church was corrupted and that the people needed to have the Scriptures available in the language they could understand.   It was through this period that the King James Bible and others came into use.  Following this are many other Protestant denominations whose variant doctrines promote to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and have largely based their faith and practice through Statements of Doctrine, or Creeds, for each Church, and each sect based their doctrines on the texts the Roman Church declared to be the New Testament.  By now people generally follow the faith of their fathers or settle in on a congregation that best fits what they either find most family friendly, or least objectionable to what they were taught to believe.  Sola Scriptura, or Scripture only, was the basis of the Protestant reformation, and this was largely formulated on understandings stemming from the writings of Paul.

Of later developments in the 1800’s re-awakening are also found those who attempted to return to the original faith, as best as they understood it to be, as well as those who claim restored priesthood authority through their Living Prophets.  The Latter Day Saints have added books to their Scripture that purport their founder, Joseph Smith Jr., to have received by direct revelation from Jesus Christ, or purported translations of ancient books from golden plates or Egyptian papyrus that crossed his path.  The founding prophetess of the Seventh Day Adventists, Ellen White, also wrote extensively, and her books also cause them to focus their faith away from the existing teachings of Jesus, to then also observe whatever she wrote.

After spending a number of years studying with a variety of Churches, all I can conclude is that there are so many Churches because none of them actually remained believers of whatever Yahshua taught, to be hearers and doers of His words, but allowed themselves to drift away from the teachings and examples He gave us to follow and turned to what someone else taught.  It was only through focused study to know explicitly what Jesus taught that helped me realize the significance of the matter.  If you don’t believe me, see if you can go to a Church whose speakers focus their missionary work or exposition of Scripture and the Gospel (sermon/testimony) completely centering from the teachings of Jesus Christ, without supporting references to their ‘prophet’, their church founder, or the apostle Paul taking any precedence over the teachings of Jesus Christ - as given to us by His chosen witnesses. The most controversial teaching is Jesus’ instruction that even the least of the commandments in the Law is still in effect – VS – it was nailed to the cross and done away with or set aside as a marriage certificate to a dead mate.  No one can possibly attend every Church existing in the entire earth today, but after visiting many, all I can say is I’d love to find one that does focus teaching its members in the fullness of Jesus’ teachings that He said lead to life eternal.  The focus of Christian faith should be on the person, prophecies, examples and teachings of Jesus Christ … since we believe His word is true.  After all, the gospels record says that we are to be His disciples indeed if we are to know the truth, which requires abiding in His word, which requires knowing what He actually taught.

By our time, and through the confusions of history, how can we possibly know who and what to believe is actually the fullness of the grace and truth God gave through Him?   We can know that Jesus is the Christ because He fulfilled the prophecies given in the Old Testament and those that He fulfilled – this is the foundation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we can see that He met all the conditions to prove He was “that Prophet” that Moses said was to come, who we must hear in whatever He tells us (Deut. 18).  We can also know what the Holy Spirit led the original disciples, Matthew and John, to record of His teachings, because He prayed for them to do exactly that in His prayer in John 17.  Jesus passed all the instructions of God to know who we are to hear (Deut. 4, 12, 13, 18).  These instruct us how to tell who we are to accept to be spokespersons for God, and the primary tests regard if what they say comes to pass (true prophecy), or work wonders (miracles), or if they remain true to what God had instructed them about the pathway of life that His people are to walk within (righteousness as defined by God – the will of God for His people).  Jesus surely fulfilled all these things to show He is “that Prophet.”

How is it that what we have been taught to believe about Jesus and His Church ends up in different fellowships, belief systems of what the “gospel” is, Church organizations, and Church Doctrines regarding what members must believe and do to be “faithful” Church members?  While all say they are Christians, how can all of them actually be faithful Christians and have so many differences?  Some differences are profound – and some even teach against what Jesus said his disciples will believe and do.  How is it that so many who believe in Jesus as children end up rejecting their faith in their teens and twenties?  Suppose one discovers what they were taught isn’t actually true to something Jesus or God said?  In some instances they may conclude what they were taught offends their own soul.  Many continue to search for the complete truth because they deeply love and believe Jesus is the Christ and desire to know Him more fully and have a deeper relationship with him.  If you are reading this, chances are you fit in this group, and I hope you’ll come to discover what my search has found to be the truth that Jesus said will set us free to the will and blessings of God, thereby leading us to life eternal. 

My fathers’ roots were Methodist; some consider them to be on the liberal side of Christianity.   As a child I still remember visiting my uncle Harry, who was a Methodist minister, and attending services with his family a few times.  The Church of Christ prides itself on being “New Testament Christians” or “First Century Christians” and generally hold to a theme of “If it isn't authorized in the New Testament, it is prohibited.”  Since musical instruments aren't specifically authorized in the New Testament, they are forbidden to be used in worship (1).  My Uncle Harry and Aunt Helen were two of the loveliest people I've ever known, and I still recall sitting in their Church with them as the piano was played and all I could think of was how I couldn't sing - lest I be damned - and wondering how on earth such nice people could be so wrong and damn themselves to hell for singing with an instrument, as they sang the same songs of praise to God that I sang in the Church of Christ.  That was my first introduction to how divisive what we've been taught can become.  I have to smile at my ignorance as a child, but if you've been brought up in any particular Church and have visited family or friends who go to a different Church or faith, you might be able to loosely identify with the feelings and questions I had as a child in wondering about “why the differences?” or “why do we believe what we do, and they believe something else?”

1 (Since the words of God are sure and everlasting, God already declared the use of instruments permissible  in praises to Him in Psalm 150.   God has already given the truth of the matter of instruments and worship.  To then reject His words of instruction is to reject His truth on the subject, and to then teach others to reject the truth of God through false arguments/theology cannot be shown as understanding the fullness of His grace and truth. Instruments are permitted, but not commanded to be used.)

 

Each believe and love Jesus as they’ve accepted what they’ve been taught, and ultimately, who is right, or does it really matter?  Who hasn’t heard: “Go to the Church of your own choice”?  Who hasn’t known someone who belongs to a Church that thinks theirs is the only “true” Church on the face of the earth?  It appears that we’ve missed a central element if there is a unity that the body of Christ is to possess, that His disciples be as one, and have unity and love amongst themselves and be the light and witness to the world as He taught and prayed for.

We moved every few years and this exposed me to a variety of Churches and faiths, and local cultures.  Having started school in Utah, somehow we returned to Utah for my Junior and Senior years of High School.  By this time I enjoyed debating LDS friends over the Book of Mormon.  Several times friends who were LDS missionaries in training would come over after school and we'd discuss the meaning of the “two sticks” prophecy in Ezekiel 37 and sometimes end up going to their Seminary teachers to discuss things they believed they were right about,  but didn't know how to answer points I made.(2)  We all felt obligated to prove what we were taught to believe was the real truth, yet no conversions were made.  We enjoyed our discussions as we tried to prove to each other why our Church was the correct one.  We shared the desire to love and serve Jesus, but were limited by what we’d been taught in our respective Churches to be the truth – the gospel of Jesus Christ.

2  (This prophecy is one of the few in the Bible that actually says what it means in the same chapter, so giving it a totally different meaning cannot fit the text or the principles taught in other Scripture that ‘No prophecy is of private interpretation.’) 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a vast amount of information and instruction in the Bible.  What is the overall purpose and goal?  How do we get there?   How can we seek guidance with seeming conflicting directions?  What are the conditions required?  What are the foundations and parameters?  Who is in charge?  Who are we to hear as authority and receive direction from?  Who are we to ignore?  Who are we to reject?  How much “truth” is required?  How much room is allowed for “opinion”?  What are the primary stabilizing influences?  I can’t recommend too strongly to double check what someone tells you.  What can be more important to the subject than what God said?  The first recorded teaching of Jesus in Matthew is “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

There are many who say the sum total of the gospel response is to “Say this prayer after me and put your trust in Jesus’ finished work on the cross.”  I can still hear one caller to a Christian Radio Program who asked: “Are you sure that’s all there is?” Repeatedly  the host assured the caller this prayer and trust in His finished work on the cross is all that is required, and further warned them to not listen to anyone who said baptism or any work was necessary, because baptism is a work and Paul said salvation is of faith and not works, lest any man should boast.   According to Jesus, the truth of the matter is that the great commission near the end of Matthew is a word picture, like the Title Page of the building plans, of the original Christian faith, as taught by Jesus Christ, and puts baptism (immersion) in the Name (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) in the center of the call to first becoming his disciples and then doing whatever he first commanded the original disciples  To cut out the middle, which is given as the promise of God to all from that day in Acts 2:38,39, a mere few days after he gave the great commission, may be an error that leads people to reject the very promise of God regarding the gospel message of repentance, forgiveness and the promised Comforter.  And another matter to think about is since Paul reportedly submitted to baptism as a commandment, should we think that Paul was actually excluding that which he believed to be true and also did?  Would Paul be that inconsistent?

Since the person and teachings of Jesus Christ is what Christianity is all about, we need to apply some reality of what Jesus taught regarding the situation each of us find ourselves in who claim to belong to him, and we should also teach the same thing to others who may ask us about Christianity. 

Millions of people have been repeatedly lead away from doing what Jesus said is necessary, and with repeated denial of His stated conditions, how long does it take to put a callous over the instinct that asks if there is more we need to do?   As the caller to the radio program asked, “Are you sure that is all there is?”

It is with learned focus to seek to know the fullness of the will of God that is the good news of the hope of the Kingdom of God, as taught by Jesus Christ, that I return to His word to see where I actually stand - according to what He taught.  As he said from the beginning – “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand,” and John the Baptist said; ”Save yourselves from this crooked and perverse generation!”  No matter what we’ve been taught by anyone else, we should be willing to count the cost and repent of man-made beliefs and turn to do those things Jesus said are done by those who desire to do the will of the Father in heaven.  As an expression contemporary to my work experience, if I want my bridge or highway to withstand and endure, I have to build it by the standards, specifications, Everlasting Covenant and design He gave – to do less is to invite destruction and failure.  As Jesus framed the issue, we must be hearers and doers of “these words,” and as Moses foretold, we must hear him in whatever he tells us or be cut off from the brethren (Deut. 18 – Acts 3:22,23).

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

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

2.  Taking the words of someone other than Jesus as more authoritative (except God).

An example of “cut and paste Christianity,” could be: “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”  More often than not, they don't preach the preceding condition of, “If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”  Jesus put the condition of abiding in what He was teaching as a condition to knowing the truth, and abiding is to carefully stick with what He taught and not adding to it or taking away from it, but living faithfully by all His teachings – especially the Sermon on the Mount.

Being his disciple is about accepting and abiding in the whole of his teachings - and I was compelled to double check everything.   According to Jesus, the way to know the truth is to abide in his word “indeed”, which requires instruction in his teachings and then turning to do them – to put them into action in our life.    For years I would get up early before going to work and start my examination of the teachings to see what he said truth actually is.  This new purpose in reading the gospel accounts gave a new focus to my study, and each day I found myself noticing things he taught that I'd passed by many times before.  It was like discovering a new mountain range of faith to be explored.   It wasn’t long before realizing he taught that if anyone wanted to know if his teachings are actually from God, as necessary as told, as profitable as presented, that he gave what I call “The Jesus Test.”  He said if anyone wills to know if his teachings are of God, that by doing what he said we can know if his teachings are from God.   Taking this teaching as literal, it was the first thing on my mind to know if this is the actual truth.  (Do temper your desire with a healthy dose of common sense.  There is no record of cutting off hands or putting eyes out to be taken literally, and the over-statement was to emphasize how dangerous sin is and the severity of repentance required by God.  Some things are harder than others, and some things are a life-long effort.  We need to realize the source of our sin is not our eyes, hands or feet – but from our hearts and minds.  The example of eyes has to do with how we see things, the example of hands is what we do, and feet is our walk in life)   

Days passed into weeks and weeks into months - each day providing new insight to what He was teaching and then applying what he said to believe or do as opportunity presented itself.  It wasn't very long before I was compelled to start thinking differently than what I had been taught.  After coming to realize the significance of his teachings it became painfully obvious that divisions between denominations result from the divisions in not accepting the whole of what he taught to be the guiding light it is intended to be – according to the Master Teacher himself – as recorded to have been said by those who were his appointed eye-witnesses of what he had first taught them about the kingdom of God (Heaven), life and what God has graciously instructed man to do. 

Jesus summed up the charge of the faith to his apostles as making disciples of him, immersing them in the Name, and teaching them to do whatever He had first commanded and instructed them.   (See Matthew 28:18-20)    We can see that He calls for discipleship to him from beginning to end, and squarely centered between coming to him and doing whatever he commanded and taught is found the primary link of promise that was explicitly given just days after his leaving the earth and returning to the Father. 

Acts chapters 1-3 give a general outline of the promises of God to bless the nations through Abrahams Seed and that the gospel as the fulfillment of the promise of God that also has certain conditions.   Jesus didn't come to bring a gospel of spiritual welfare.  He brought forth the fullness of the grace and truth of God towards those who would repent and put their lives into His hands for eternity through building their lives on doing as He instructed.  Faith as taught by Jesus is not a one-time profession out of your mouth, it is an expression of life-long faithfulness to repentance and submitting to the instruction and will of God because of His goodness and greatness and love – it is the process of becoming sons of God, and to possess the patience of the saints (to wait upon the LORD).  It is also the process of being sanctified and set apart through serving God and Christ in our own lives.  “Sanctify them by Thy truth; Thy word is truth”, and Jesus claim his teachings were not his own, but are the teachings God gave him to give to us.

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."

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

 

Revelation 22:13-21; Aramaic English New Testament, Netzari Press LLC ); ““I am Alap and the Taw, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the Completion.  Blessed are they who do His (Master YHWH’s) Mitzvot*, that they may have a right to the tree of life and may enter through the gates into the city.  Without (will be) dogs and sorcerers, and whoremongers and manslayers and idolaters, and everyone that loves and does falsehood.  I, Y’shua have sent my Messenger to testify to you these things before the assemblies.  I am the root and offspring of David: like the splendid star of the morning.  And the Spirit and the bride say, “You come.” And let him that hears say, “You come.”  And let him who thirsts, come and he that is inclined, let him take the living water freely.”  “I testify to every one who hears the plagues that are written in this book.  And if any one will take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, Elohim will take away his portion from the tree of life and from the Set Apart city, which are described in this book.  He who testifies these things says:  “Yes, I come quickly.”  Amen.  Come Master Y’shua!  The grace of our Master Y’shua the Mashiyach (be) with all the Set Apart believers.  Amen.””

 

*Mitzvot is to be keeping to the commandments of God and the manner of life that God has instructed men to be His gracious instructions in righteousness.    It is to walk in the ways that God has instructed His set-apart people to live by.  These are the teachings Jesus gave as he was calling men to repent and follow in the fullness of the grace and truth of God.

 

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 teach and demonstrate to us exactly what these things mean: to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God and our fellow man.  Also recall His charges against the scribes and Pharisees – they neglected the weightier matters of the Law (instructions of God): justice (do justly), mercy (mercy) and faith (walking humbly with thy God). 

We can also see in the same chapter of Micah that God said He would be unjust if He used one set of scales to judge some, and another set of scales to judge others.  The matter being that God has said all men will be judged alike and by the same standards.

 

 

 

 

This Gospel of the Kingdom”

John 7:16, 17; ”My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.  If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on my own authority."  (Passage reference for what I called “The Jesus Test”}

[Doctrine, teaching and instruction have the same basic meaning.  The authority of Yahshua’s (Jesus’) doctrine is based on the Instructions in Righteousness, the Everlasting Covenant, and the promises, precepts and judgments of God in the Old Testament - the accepted words of God in the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.  Close examination of the doctrine Jesus (Yahshua) taught will show they are in complete accord with the instructions of God therein, and do not lead away from anything God had commanded as the moral standards of righteousness that He expects from those who believe in Him.  The Doctrine of Christ reveals the fullness of the grace and truth of God.]

Matthew 5: 17-20; “Do not think that I come to destroy the Law or the Prophets.  I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill.  For assuredly I say to you till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the Law till all is fulfilled.  Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  For I say to you that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will be no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”

[If prophecies of the Testament of God are found to be fulfilled by Jesus Christ (Master Yahshua), that doesn’t cause them to be discarded, as they are the proof of who He is – neither does His revealing the fullness of the grace and truth of God contained in the instruction and commandments of God cause any word of God to then be cast aside – the words of God are confirmed –  I sincerely believe this is largely what “fulfilled” means.  To have missed the need for keeping even the ‘least’ of the commandments was not equated to have been excluded from the kingdom of Heaven – but what did some do that we find He  will say “I never knew you”?  Those who were lawless – who were without or against Torah. (Greek “anomia”.]

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." (Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”; John 7:16, 17; “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.  If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on my own authority.")

John 8: 31, 32;”If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."  (John 17:17; “Sanctify them by Thy truth, Thy word is truth.”)

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

John 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."

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."

Matthew 28:18-20; “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.  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.”.

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."

 

Our faith molds our conscience, as well as our general outlook on life.  All men have basic hopes and needs in life, and we spend years trying to develop the conscience of our children, as well as ourselves.  Laws can be written to regulate behavior in social matters of importance, but living in harmony towards others has never been achieved by human legislation and regulation.  Religion, or system of belief, has an impact on the conscience of the individual.  In its most basic sense our conscience tells us when something is right or wrong – accepted or prohibited – beneficial or harmful to ourselves or others.  The general human lack of perception of these things gave us the old adage of “The pathway to hell is paved with good intentions.” The variance of behavior beyond the infant stage will involve some element of consciousness of the conscience to decide what we have come to believe, feel or do about almost anything.  Our consciences are molded by others in our youth, but when we become adults, we should be able to think things through more rationally than we could as a child.  God created man with the ability to learn and be molded and reformed to become more to what he was created to become.  Man was not created a crystal, but all too often man crystalizes in his faith, rather than growing on to maturity in becoming who God said we are capable of becoming.  After all, man was created in the image of God, and to defy what we were created to be cannot be His will.

Christianity is belief that God promised a Savior/Messiah/Redeemer that has a dual nature – both divine and human, and that Jesus Christ was begotten miraculously by the working of the Holy Spirit to cause a young Jewish woman, Mary, to conceive and give birth to a son – and that the Son would fulfill all that was written of him in the Holy Scripture – the prophecies of his person, work (mission), and teachings.  Many don’t realize that the Zodiac is actually the oldest prophecy of God regarding the “Desired One”, the work He would do to redeem mankind, and the history of mankind from beginning to the end.  The prophecy is that the “Desired One” would have a dual nature – both Divine and human, and was despised of men because of this.  This is well documented and explained in “The Gospel of the Stars” by Joseph Seiss.

There are thousands of Churches that profess the Christian faith.   What I’ve found most concerning is the vast differences they have regarding the doctrine and commandments given to us in the gospel accounts written by the original disciples, who knew first-hand what He taught.  Comparison of their records of His teachings to what is taught in many Churches shows that little is said of the actual doctrines and commandments of Jesus (Yahshua), or of the commission to teach others to be His disciples indeed - who keep His words of life because of their love and belief in Him.

A Jewish Rabbi who has studied Christianity for decades summed up his view of Christianity in a parable, which I’ll try to paraphrase:  God created a beautiful city for the people He had made.  All things were provided that they would need to live happy, healthy, and harmonious lives.  The means to attain food and clothing and shelter were there – nothing was lacking.  They all had cars, motor cycles, bicycles, and they drove or walked around the city in their daily course of life.  God had also given them rules to travel on the roadways – rules about stop-lights, stop signs, yielding to pedestrians, crosswalks, speed limits and even fines for violation of the rules – all the rules needed for them to travel safely to their respective destinations.  However, it wasn’t long before they started ignoring the rules, and many were hurt and injured as a result.  Some even died in tragic accidents.  Repeatedly, God tried to encourage the people to return to keep the rules, but they wouldn’t hear anyone He sent.  Finally, God sent His Son to teach the people about the rules, that they might not harm or kill each other, and that all could enjoy the fullness of life and happiness in the city He had made for them.  Many of the people were listening to the Son and were going back to keeping the instructions of God about safe traveling, but tragically, the Son was killed in a car accident!  They mourned for a time, but then someone said that the Will of the Son provided payment for their traffic fines – so they went back to driving as they had before the Son came, and many people have been injured and killed since then.

I’ve visited and studied with many Churches.  All of them were friendly and in possession of love for Jesus Christ and the desire to share their belief in Him with others.  Through my years of investigation and studies, each had some valuable understanding of His word and the gospel message that added to my understanding of the Christian faith.  However, it wasn’t until personally facing what He said those who love Him will do, that I realized the common understanding of “love” for Jesus Christ (Master Yahshua) is much smaller than what He taught it should be.  According to His words from John 14:23-24, we love Him when we keep His word and abide in whatever he taught – through keeping His commandments.  We can see from the gospel accounts that this is not about absolute perfection, in a legalistic sense, but that we are actively growing our understanding and application of His teachings to our life, and that we are also as gracious, forgiving and encouraging towards others, as He has been to us. It’s about being in the process of repentance and growing in the proper application of His words of life.

The main point is that keeping to His instruction – abiding in His word - should be our manner and rule of faith, life and conduct.  His call was to repent to do the will of God, for the kingdom of God is at hand.  Being in the Kingdom is to be a good citizen who honors and keeps the commandments of the King.  He calls us to reform our conscience to the same standards of what He affirmed, taught, and declared true and good – words from the Father, through Him, to each of His disciples, and that the Spirit was sent to help us along the pathway of life in the boundaries of truth and love – to be found within the grace of God towards those who wholeheartedly seek to do His good will indeed.  The "Spirit" was sent to write the commandments and instructions of God on our hearts so we would be careful to be faithful in keeping them from our heart. (Ezekiel 36:25-27)  If this doesn’t relate to what we call our conscience, I fail to understand a better way to define it.  The Spirit of God was given to cause us to keep His words of life and blessing.

Hearing the words of God and not being active in doing them will lead to what Yahshua (Jesus) explicitly warned against – those without, or against, the Torah (the gracious instructions in righteousness from God) will be told that He never knew them, even though they called Him “Lord!”  The commission is to take the same gospel to all nations.  We can see in the great commission at the end of Matthew that the same doctrine was to be taught to disciples of all nations (Matthew 28: 18-20).  We can also know of the faithfulness of God to uphold His word from the Psalms, which also say (Psalm 119:118); “You reject all those who stray from Your statues, for their deceit is falsehood” and 125-128; “I am Your servant; give me understanding, that I may know Your testimonies.  It is time for You to act, O LORD, for they have regarded Your law as void.  Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold!  Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right; I hate every false way.”

Premise One – Take Heed That No Man Deceive You

"It's in the Book" or “Sola Scriptura” is not an excuse to set aside the words of God.  The explicit word of God is "in the Book.”  One has to disbelieve (disregard) the words of God, Moses, the Prophets, Psalms, and the Apostles records of what Jesus taught to set aside the Law and the everlasting covenant.  I know of no church in this country that simply says their doctrine is to keep the commandments of Jesus Christ - to abide in His instruction from the Father - as given by those proven to pass the tests that God commanded to be used to know who spoke for Him - and to reject those that God and Christ commanded that we are to reject. No good can come from rejecting the explicit instruction and commandment of God.  His instructions are that even if a person works wonders and gives true prophecy – if that person leads His people away to a god not known by Israel at the Mount, or if they try to lead people from the ways that God had instructed them to walk in – God has commanded His people to not fear or obey them – and God has allowed the false ones to test His people to see if they love Him enough to believe and obey Him.  The primary test of a false prophet is if they teach according to the words of God accepted by Israel and the multitude of nations at Sinai.  Isaiah’s instructions were “If they speak not according to the Law and the Testimony, there is no light in them.”  It is by these instructions from God that we know Jesus is the Christ.

Although I’m not a preacher, my family is full of them – my grandfathers, father, uncle and two brothers are, or were, preachers.  I was one who did not pursue the occupation.  Having now discovered some key elemental truths, I’m very thankful to have not been guilty of getting up in a pulpit and unknowingly preaching partial-truths in the name of God or Jesus Christ.  Some may be offended at this, but the fact is that the Scriptures say whoever doesn’t hear whatever “that prophet” said to do will be cut off from the brethren – Peter quoting Moses in Acts 3:22, 23; see Deut. 18:15.  This is also the same message taught in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7, that we are not hearers only, but also doers of “these words,” which Jesus said were not his teachings, but the teachings God told him to give us.  We’ve all had the same records in the gospels, and how this critical fact seems to have been cast aside by many is a marvel to me.  What I’ve found could be shocking to some and make perfect sense to others.  Regardless of any initial take, hopefully the focus in my studies into the teachings of Jesus can help lead us on to better things, that the light of His words is reflected better in the lives of all who believe in Him.

There are few who have taken time to reconsider and discover the fact that what we’ve been taught to be true has sometimes obscured the truth of God and taught against what He has declared to be His will and Everlasting Covenant.  It would be easy to just figure I may be wrong and not say anything about it for fear of being rejected by family or friends, but I am compelled to pass this on because of the commandments of God and the teachings of Jesus Christ.  Jesus said unless one loves him more than their mother, father, sister or brother – that we are not worthy of being His disciples.  Love for Him and the Father must be greater than our love for anyone else on earth.  When we get our love for Him in its proper place, we should then be able to turn to do as He has instructed.  If we love family more than Him, we have not loved Him according to what He taught, nor loved God according to the Greatest Commandment.  If we love our “faith family” more than being faithful to Him, we are not loving Him or the Father as He commanded, or as John notes in 2 John 9-11, or the foundations of the faith as taught by Jesus in Matthew, John, and Revelation.

There are as many shades of partial truth as there are Churches.  Each contain some of His truth, but the matter is to abide in the whole of His truth.  Surely we’ve come to so many divisions in sincere belief that the Bible is the word of God, and that God has appointed those in our Church to lead us and that we’ve dissolved ourselves of personal responsibility when we believe and do as our Church leadership tells us.  According to the teachings of Jesus, the fact remains that blinded leaders of the blind will both fall into the ditch.   My prayer is that all who seek to do the will of God wholeheartedly repent to the faith as prophesied in the Old Testament and revealed in the teachings and example of Jesus Christ.  Since the days of Martin Luther the call from many of “sola scriptura” has caused much division within the Christian faith.  The trouble could well be that we have been told to believe those that God said we shouldn’t – if we follow the instructions of God and Christ on the critical matter of making sure we are careful about who we hear.  Today we need to turn back to the truth of God and prepare for the return of the Messiah – the bride of Christ made herself ready.

Jesus didn’t just teach:  “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  He plainly taught that knowing the truth is conditional; “If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  According to the doctrine of Jesus Christ, we cannot know “the truth” until we abide in His words that lead to life eternal.  Discipleship is about learning through hearing and doing – faithfully following the instructions of God and the example of Jesus Christ.  We are invited to partake of the waters of life of our own will, “whosoever will may come and partake of the waters of life freely,” but we have to come to Him to know what we are to abide in – we have to be partakers – not pretenders who merely believe, but don’t do as He instructed. When the people who call themselves by His Name repent to do as He instructed (abide in His word), then Jesus said that we will be free from prison cells of darkness to see the glory of the light of His words of life. Who actually believes the word God today, and whose doctrine is to abide in the word of Jesus Christ indeed?

Many Churches have the theme of John 3:16, and it’s common to see people use this verse to evangelize by posting it on a bumper sticker or carry a sign to the ball game:  “For God so loved the world, that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”  This is presented as though all you have to do is believe Jesus is the Christ, then also call upon the name to be saved, and the righteousness of Jesus Christ is imputed to the one who calls upon the Lord via the “Sinners Prayer.”  Further backing this up is a quote from Paul that “salvation is by grace, through faith, and not of works, lest any man should boast.”  Let me be blunt here, but I have to speak the truth with my love first focused on what God said, and that the Son said nothing the Father did not give Him to tell us.  We may want to recall that even Paul said he was baptized in obedience to what was told him that he must do, and if Paul had to do it, is it reasonable to think Paul would teach against doing what he evidently believed was necessary for true obedience?

Love for God is the greatest commandment according to Jesus (Yahshua), and it is also the first of the Ten Commandments.  If you would look carefully at the recorded teachings of Yahshua from the original disciples, Matthew and John, their records never have Yahshua teaching faith to be apart from works, or salvation by faith alone, or grace alone, or belief without personal action to be repenting to doing the will of God.   James said in his letter that faith without works is dead – and as Yahshua cautioned in His first sermon: we are to be hearers and doers of His words, especially those in the Sermon on the Mount.  This requires belief in action that repents to do the will of God as He instructed in the Torah and the teachings of the Christ - His gracious instructions in righteousness – the fullness of the grace and truth that Jesus (Yahshua) came to teach and example for men of all nations.  The book of Revelation ends on the note that those who have the right to enter the gates into the City will enter, but those whose works are not of God will be excluded – judgment of reward, or of condemnation, is based on works, and the works of God are done because of love, belief and faithfulness in obedience to the instructions of God through Moses, the Prophets and Psalms, and finally the revealing of the fullness of grace and truth in knowing the will of God is known through abiding in the true words of the Christ that lead to life eternal.  The message of Jesus (Yahshua) is about repenting to do the will of God, and that God is the One who deserves any glory and praise due – not that any of our works are our boasting.  We are clearly told in the Sermon on the Mount that our works are to be seen of men as good, and this is so God would be recognized to be good in giving such good instructions to us.  As Yahshua said, those of God will come to Him to know that what they do is done of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premise Two – Using His Correct Name

Some may wonder at my use of the name of "Yahshua" VS "Jesus".   Why not get His name correct?  The original gospel of Matthew was reported by Jerome to have been written in Hebrew, and he had no knowledge of who translated the text into Greek.  An ancient document has been discovered that the Jerusalem Church, near 60 AD, only accepted as “Christian” Scripture the gospel of Matthew in the original Hebrew text.   The name given in the ancient Aramaic manuscript was not “Jesus”, but “Y’shua”, which means “salvation”.  The fact is that “Jesus” is the name given in the Greek text, which is third-hand translation of Matthew, and “Jesus” isn’t a translation or transliteration of the previous records of His name.  Some Eastern Christians who have the ancient Aramaic New Testament have accused the name “Jesus” to have been mocking the true name when the NT was translated into Greek, as a slang version of “hail-Zeus.”  Since we find the name “Joshua” in our Greek based Bibles, which is a transliteration of a similar, if not the same name, there is no sure reason to continue to call him “Jesus”.  If we believe who he said He is, shouldn’t we have the respect to use His proper name – Y’shua (Salvation), Yahshua (Salvation of God), Yeshua or Joshua?  This could also be related to a fact in His teachings that some would be offended by His name, and the topic at hand is surely foretold that many would be offended by His words. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premise Three – Believe the Instructions of God

The next premise is that what we have as our belief and faith needs to be re-examined by the commandments and instructions given by God and Christ to ensure we are only believing what we should acknowledge to be in total accord with the given the word of God and the Anointed One.  Yahshua clearly taught His disciples to be careful of who they hear, and also warns us to take heed not to be deceived.  He calls us to the very truth and goodness of God and His gracious instructions in righteousness.

We need to properly understand the principle of authority – the proper understanding of knowing the authority of the “speaker”, as the Bible does require distinction between those who speak.  When Yahshua (Jesus) said: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”, we should first discern when the Scriptures say God is speaking.  Not everyone is aware of this key element, and I’ve heard a number of sermons that would attribute the very word of God to be that of quoting a passage where God is not directly speaking.  An example is the record of when Moses was coming to the burning bush, and noting when it was God Himself speaking to him – the text is not that hard to understand and make the distinction – neither is it hard to determine when the voice came from heaven saying; “This is My beloved Son.  Hear Him.”

The general outline of authority should belong in this order:

1.      God Himself speaking.

2.     Moses’ records of the words of God.

3.     Everyone else needs to be in accord with the above.  The words of the prophets of God surely need to be accepted, as they were in accord with the words of God from Moses, and also gave us direction of recognizing the “Prophet/Anointed One”, and Yahshua said John the Baptist was the greatest of the prophets.  God Moses, the prophets and Christ gave us instructions on how to know if someone speaks for God or not, and we need to believe their instructions are for our benefit to avoid being deceived away from the pathways we are told to walk within in our lives.

4.     “My doctrine (teaching/word) is not my own, but His who sent me.”  The original disciples recorded the words of Yahshua (Jesus).  Moses wrote the words of God, and likewise the original disciples Matthew and John wrote the words of Yahshua, and Yahshua said He spoke the words of God directly.

5.     Therefore we will find accord with the Words of God as directly recorded, and that Moses laid the foundation of the words of God, the Prophets called God’s people to obey God and also foretold of the person and work of the Messiah, and that the words of the Messiah, according to Moses, were second only to the very words of God Himself.  Prophets most often called people to repent and also foretold what was to come.  Yahshua called men to repent to prepare for the kingdom of God and revealed the fullness of the grace and truth of God through His teachings, example, fulfillment of prophecy, and doing the works no man had ever done before.

6.     Angels had limited words in Scripture, and were often direct messengers for God to pass on information to those for whom it was given.  Since we are warned to only accept those who can be proven to pass the instructions God gave to know who speaks for Him, as well as who doesn’t, we surely need to discern these matters along with the rest of His instructions in righteousness. (Deut. 4, 12, 13, 18)

7.     “Sanctify they by Thy truth – Thy word is truth” and also recognize the Spirit is the Spirit of truth, and the Spirit will always uphold the words of God and Christ to be good and true.

We should be well advised to hear the issue out and take ownership of our own eternal destiny.  Many people are somewhat afraid to reconsider what they’ve long held true – even if it can be proven to only be half true – especially if it can be proven untrue by the instruction and commandment of God and Christ.  I faced the same dilemma myself and know that repenting of long held partial truth is not always an easy thing to do.  This is why the quote on the index page was selected to set the stage for this study.  We should be willing to reform our faith and viewpoint of life to the standards that are proven to have been given by God and Christ.  If it can be proven by the very words of God and Christ that we have not understood some element of the grace and truth of God, according to His word, we should always be prepared to believe God and Christ and stand up for the faith they said is possessed by those who diligently seek to do the will of God in spirit and truth.

Per the teachings of Yahshua, we abide in Him when we abide in His word indeed.   The actual truth of God, when believed and implemented into our own life, is fully rewarded by the increased knowledge and understanding of His truth – it has been far more rewarding than I expected.  If you believe Yahshua (Jesus) is the Son of God who came to earth to teach the gospel truth of God, and that He died on the cross, and then resurrected from the dead so that you too might have eternal life – please do read on and see if what I’ve found has value.  In the parable of the vine, Yahshua said we are “pruned” by hearing and accepting the words of God that He taught, so this study may be seen to be further “pruning” as we rid ourselves of those things we may have wrongly accepted on the credibility of others.  There is light and life and Spirit in His word – the fullness of the grace and truth of God – His gracious instruction in righteousness – the Truth given by God that we were created to live in our own lives.

Those who have passed on before us and did not know the things being discussed here will need to rely on the mercy and grace of God for their shortfalls, just as we will have to give account to God for who we believe and what we do with the teachings and example of Yahshua.  Each of us needs to live our life in such a manner that we are doing the best we know how to do with the teachings of Yahshua, and that as more is given, more will be required – and we can then surely know that the blessings of God towards those who do His will are real.  Discipleship is a learning and doing process that incorporates His words into our lives via the “line upon line, precept upon precept” principle. The truth will be known through God being faithful to His words of life and His blessings upon those who repent to keep and uphold His word indeed.  My hope is that many might be set free from “prison houses” to the fullness of true liberty in knowing the will and work of God for those that love Him as did faithful Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Peter, James, John and Matthew.  Those that wait upon the LORD will renew their strength, and His mercies are new every morning – “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”

 

The Sermon on the Mount is the foundational teaching Yahshua gave, and must be accepted wholly, not partially.

 

Many people look to the historical founders of their Church to seek guidance, but surely the time has come for all who hold to the Christian faith to return to seek our guidance from the Faithful Witness of Heaven and not look to other men for truth that God has already given mankind.  We need to return to see things as God said they are and stop being led by partial or half-truths.  The need is to repent and believe and abide in the words that are wholly true – “Thy word is truth,” and, “The sum of Thy word is truth”.  The need is to open our eyes, heart and mind to the truth of God, as given by Moses, the Prophets and Psalms and faithfully abide in the commandments and doctrine of the Master Teacher, who said: “Why do you call Me “Lord” and not do as I say?”  These things are brought up as a call to turn back to God, and that we prepare ourselves for the return of our Savior and King.  The bride of Christ made herself ready.  (Rev. 19:7)  Every person who believes in God should be willing to repent of believing partial truth, to then believe the whole truth.  Everyone faithful to God will have no need to repent of His truth.  It makes no sense to study and debate knowing the signs of the end times and not spend ample time to understand that we have need to repent to do the will of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premise Four – What Does God Require of Man?

 

Micah 6:8 

 

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

And what does the LORD require of you

But to do justly,

To love mercy,

And to walk humbly with your God?

 

The fullness of God showing man what is good came through the instruction and example of Master Yahshua (Jesus Christ).  Yahshua gave many teachings and parables, and each is of great value.  He clearly said the teachings in the Sermon on the Mount must be our foundational understanding of the truth of God.  Proper understanding of this teaching will form the foundation for the rest of His teachings.  Building our life by abiding in His words of instruction is required – merely hearing His word is not sufficient.  Since the matters He was teaching are founded deeply into the previously given words of God, proper grasp of the underlying principles will guard and guide us through the rest of the message He gave from God.  This foundational lesson will be noted with supporting Scripture that shows His words of life are fully founded in the previously accepted words of God from the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.  God has shown the fullness of what is good and required of man – and the final witness to these things is Master Yahshua’s life and teachings – the commandments, precepts, judgments, blessings, promises of God, and the seal of His blood upon the Everlasting Covenant, to renew the Everlasting Covenant in its fullness, to understand that God gave Yahshua as a covenant, and also including the gift of the promised Comforter/Spirit of Truth to lead us in His ways and write His instruction upon the hearts of all His disciples, which should cause us to keep His words of life.

 

In Matthew 23 Yahshua taught the need to do whatever those who sit in the seat of Moses (a seat of rule in the synagogue), yet at the same time pointed out that the Pharisees were hypocrites and full of “dead men’s bones.”  The Pharisees chiding the disciples for not washing their hands before they ate.  The trouble with the Pharisees, as this example points out, is that God didn’t command washing the hands as the Pharisees demanded – the commandment to wash hands was a ritual they had invented that they demanded others follow, as they believed they had God given authority over them.  It goes back to the critical matter of paying attention to the commandments of God and not adding to them, neither taking away from them.  The Pharisees were infamous for neglecting the weightier matters of the Law of God.  Nehemia Gordon, a Karaite Jew, has a good video to watch on the subject, that I hope remains on the internet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tddCNY6U77Y

The matter resides in the fact that God first spoke the Law, then wrote it down, just as Moses received further instruction from God, and then wrote those things down as given by God, but not personally written by the finger of God on stone tablets.  Both are the words of God – one written by His own finger, the rest was orally from God, but recorded by Moses.  So it is with the instructions of God through Master Yahshua, that God placed His Spirit upon Him to directly speak His words as commanded, and then the original disciples, under direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit for total recall, wrote His instructions in their accounts of the gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew and John).

 

When Yahshua said that He alone is to be our Teacher, this was that He alone is to be our Rabbi, or the one who instructs us in the meaning, interpretation and application of the Torah (gracious instructions in righteousness from God).  Disciples have fellowship to be following the same Rabbi (Teacher) of the Law, to know the heart and fullness of what God desires all men to know, accept and do, that they receive His blessings and promises.

 

It was curious to me that Messianic Christians focus on the Torah, yet didn’t focus their faith and belief in the Teachings of God by Yahshua.  As John said in his gospel account, Yahshua came to reveal the fullness of the grace and truth of God.

 

The fundamental error of the Pharisees was their denial of the authority of the word of God by adding to, or taking away from it, and demanding others do as they said, rather than abiding in what God had declared through Moses.  This isn’t too far from the same error of some Churches who detract from the words of God through Moses and Master Yahshua, and who put conditions, commandments, or denial of what is necessary according to God, to then do as they tell their followers.  I’ve heard that Roman Catholics even believe the Pope, in certain occasions, has the right to make decrees upon God – that God is bound by the decree.  (From Sabbath to Sunday, by Samuel B.)  And taking this thought a step further, any Church, preacher or supposed prophet cannot detract from the word of God or Christ, nor add to His word.  If we are disciples of the Christ, we are called to abide in His word because His word is the direct word of instruction from God the Father, and that keeping His word is keeping the word of God.  But He didn’t come to just give us the word of God – He also came to give us the proper interpretation and application of the will of God through teaching and giving us His example to follow. 

 

He is to be our Teacher, not the Pharisees who deny He is the Christ – the Son of God.  Messianic Christians need to return to the true Rabbi of God and do whatever He said – not think they please God by adopting traditional Jewish Rabbi garb and reciting things as they do to this day.  God calls us to keep His word – not deny it or add to it.  The Teachings of Master Yahshua, as will be shown, abide in the previous Law and Instructions in Righteousness from God – in fact, they are magnified and made honorable, just as Isaiah 42 prophecied. 

 

Another curious matter is that some who are able to prove they are direct descendants of Israel are not able to return to Israel because they are now Christians, and this is founded on the belief that the teachings of the Jewish Rabbi’s be kept, rather than what God has decreed in prophecy of the return of Israel to the land.  Surely it will be just as Yahshua said near the end of His earthly ministry, that they would see Him no more until they say; “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”

 

According to Yahshua, we would be hypocrites to not discern what He said are the signs of the times of His return.  Neither can we be His disciples unless we are abiding in His words from God.  There is no reasonable way to take John 3:16 to be the summation of the gospel of Jesus Christ when He calls His disciples to repent and do the will of God in its fullness. 

 

          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premise Five – The Spirit of Truth

 

John 15: 26 – 16:1-15; 17: 1-26:  “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.  And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning. (The original disciples were present when He was speaking these words.)

“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble.  They will put you out of the synagogues, yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.”

 “And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.  But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.  And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.  But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’  But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.  Nevertheless I tell you the truth.  It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.  And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.  I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear these now.  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.  All things that the Father has are Mine.   Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”

17: 1-26’ “Father, the hour has come.  Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.  I have glorified You on the earth.  I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.  And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory I had with You before the world was.  I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world.  They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and 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, I speak in the world that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselvesI 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 worldI do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil oneThey 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 (the original disciples), 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 Your sent Me.  And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me, that they may be made perfect (mature and complete) in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”

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

The Gospels of Matthew and John, as well as the Revelation of Jesus Christ are the recorded words of Master Yahshua that His original disciples wrote, which testify of Him, and in which the Spirit also testifies of Him, as the Spirit gave them total recall of what He taught, and this is why this topic is included at this time.  The Spirit works with the word to do the work that God sent Him to accomplish. 

Many Christians believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God, especially in the King James Version.   The fact is that there have been less than perfect translations and changes from the oldest texts of what we’ve inherited.  The best study Bibles have footnotes on some verses that indicate they were not in the oldest texts (likely additions).  Let’s be reasonable and faithful to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as we approach the subject of the word and the Bible. 

Greek is a very precise language, whereas Aramaic and Hebrew are not so precise.  If words have a broader meaning in the Hebrew and Aramaic, this could be part of the root problem we have if we are focusing on the Greek manuscripts.  If some things were to be properly interpreted with a broader meaning than the Greek allowed, it could well be that whoever translated the Hebrew or Aramaic into Greek was not skilled enough in the matter to have relayed it correctly?  If Jerome didn’t know who translated the Hebrew Matthew into Greek, or if the Aramaic Matthew into Greek. Jerome (who put the New Testament texts together) said he had no knowledge of who had translated Matthew into Greek.(about 350 AD), and that he understood that Matthew was originally written in Hebrew. 

I don’t know that there were quotation marks in the ancient languages, so it is possible that Yahshua said some would come and say he was the Messiah, but would lead many away from the truth, if possible, even the elect could be deceived.  Today we find ourselves in a time of great deceit and overturning of right for wrong, and wrong for right.  We have also been told that because of the growth of iniquity (lawlessness - Torahless) that the love of many would grow cold, but that those who persevere to the end will be saved.  My hope is to bring some things to light, so that what you believe and do is based on what God declared and that your faith can be on the sure foundation - the rock that Yahshua said will endure any storm in life.  As Yahshua said, those of God come to Him to know that what they do is done of God.  The prophet Isaiah said that the Messiah would exalt the Torah and even cause the Gentiles to keep His instructions in righteousness as honorable (Isaiah 42).  I believe the time has come to "Restore!"  Isaiah 42:21-24:  "The LORD is well pleased for His righteousness sake; He will exalt the Law and make it honorable.  But this is a people robbed and plundered; all of them are snared in holes (different Churches?), and they are hidden in prison houses; they are for prey, and no one delivers, for plunder, and no one says, "Restore!"  Who among you will give ear to this?  Who will listen and hear for the time to come?  Who gave Jacob for plunder and Israel to the robbers?  Was it not the LORD, He against whom we have sinned?"  

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

Once we establish the true spokes-persons according to the instructions of God, the next lacking matter is to understand the work that God said He would send His Spirit to accomplish.  Peter preached the first gospel sermon on Pentecost – the day to honor when God had first given His Instructions in Righteousness to Israel.  Prophecy in at least two places relate to this event on Pentecost, as it is also the record of God giving His Spirit and the Spirit coming with power (Acts 1-3).  Most are familiar with Jeremiah 31:31, but we also need to note Ezekiel 36: 25-27.  The prophecy in Ezekiel says that God would give His Spirit to write His instructions on the heart – the same instructions given from Sinai – so that we could be careful to do them from our hearts. Note the similarity to Acts 2:38, 39 where Peter is reported to be giving the promise of God to all nations about repentance, baptism for the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Ezekiel 36:25-27; “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.  Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, you shall be My people and I will be your God.  I will deliver you from all your uncleanness.  I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you.  And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations.  Then you will remember your evils ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations.  Not for your sake do I do this, says the Lord God, “let it be known to you.  Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!”

While this was the word of God to Israel, the everlasting covenant includes those not of Israel who separate themselves from the world to serve the God of Israel and to serve Him alone as their God.  The everlasting covenant of God is to bless all the nations through the Anointed One of Israel, which all Christians believe is Master Yahshua (Jesus Christ).

In His prayer for the disciples in John 17, Yahshua prayed that the Holy Spirit be given to the disciples to have inspired recall of all He had taught them.  He said the Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, and we need to also let the Spirit write both the Torah instructions in righteousness and Yahshua’s words of God on our hearts, as both are the words of God as originally given to the people of God.  Isaiah 42 says that the Messiah would cause even the Gentiles to honor the Torah and that the Messiah would exalt the Torah (Commandments of God – Instructions in righteousness), and make them honorable, not set them aside, nail them to the cross, or loosen them.  In Yahshua’s first sermon He tells us that we are not to think He came to do away with the Law of God, but that all the Instructions of God are good and true and that there is life and blessing in doing the will of God – this is what the Beatitudes are about, as noted later in study of the Sermon on the Mount. 

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

The Spirit was given to help us reform our conscience – our innermost self – to conform to what God has declared to be just, right and true; that we are then enabled to discern good from evil and to choose the good as God and Christ have declared it to be.  The Spirit testifies of Christ, helps us recall and incorporate His words, leads us to truth, and is the promised Comforter: “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”

The Spirit was given to testify of the Christ/Messiah, and to lead us to all truth, and never will the Spirit of truth lead us away from the truth of the words of God or Christ.  We are to be sanctified by the truth of the word of God.  This is a primary test for knowing the spirits, and how we can test the spirits, to see if they are of God, or not.  As love is known by what it does, and is not just a feeling, we can also recognize the true Spirit of Truth by what it does regarding the words of God, and not just by how it makes us feel.  As He said, “Thy word is truth” and that the Spirit is the “Spirit of Truth.”  The Spirit works hand in hand with the words of God, and was sent that we would allow the Spirit to write the words of God on our hearts, that we would be careful to observe and do what God graciously has given us as His words of life – which leads us in the pathway to eternal life.  When we allow the Spirit to do the work He was sent to do, then He helps us reform our heart and conscience, to cause us to keep the words of God.  As we abide in His word in spirit and deed, the Spirit of Christ dwells in us, and can possess great comfort and trust in His words to realize the work of God.  Then as we abide in His word, we have the real life, hope and joy that can only be known by His own.  God gives His Spirit to those who obey Him and seek to do His will, and come to be friends of Yahshua who also share in His joy.

Yahshua did not come to set us free from the Law, and neither did He give us a Spirit that will reject the instructions of God, or the promises of God, or the everlasting covenant.  Yahshua’s teaching about the work and purpose of the Spirit is spoken of in John 16.  This may seem overly redundant, but this is such an important part of the Gospel, and the very purpose and work of the Spirit in the lives of believers, that it is extremely important to make sure we properly understand this fact of the faith taught by our Savior and King.

John 15: 26 – 16:1-15; 17: 1-26:  “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.  And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning. (The original disciples were present when He was speaking these words.)

“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble.  They will put you out of the synagogues, yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.”

“And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.  But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.  And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.  But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’  But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.  Nevertheless I tell you the truth.  It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.  And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.  I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear these now.  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.  All things that the Father has are Mine.   Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”

17: 1-26’ “Father, the hour has come.  Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.  I have glorified You on the earth.  I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.  And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory I had with You before the world was.  I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world.  They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.  Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from YouFor 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,  I speak in the world that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselvesI 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 worldI do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil oneThey 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 (the original disciples), 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 Your sent Me.  And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me, that they may be made perfect (mature and complete) in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”

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

The common link is that His words are spirit, life and light, and that the Spirit assists us to live them out in our belief and service in Him and the words that God gave Him to give us; the Spirit also was given to write them on our hearts, that we would be careful to do them – to cause us to abide in His words of life.  One of the main fruits of the Spirit is the joy produced by doing what God and Christ have instructed us to do.  Just as children find joy when learning to do as their parents instruct them; the joy we gain by doing as God and Christ have instructed us is one of the greatest joys one can experience in life.  Yahshua had joy in doing the will of God, and He invites us to have the fullness of His joy in ourselves – that we possess a measure of the same joy He had.   God is eternal and His words are forever true.  Hearing and doing the words of life leads us in doing His will and bring eternal joy if we remain faithful and sure in our hope of the kingdom of God.  As we repent to see things as God said to see them, this reforms our conscience/soul/heart to cause us to do His will because the Spirit works with the Word of God in our lives to produce the genuine growth and faithfulness and love we have for God and His gracious instruction that leads us in doing what He created us to be.  To discover and possess this truth is only known by disciples who remain true to Him and who long to do His will, that they may know what they do is done of God. 

There is one degree of the work of the Spirit to convict us as we hear the gospel and come to believe and repent to start doing the will of God, and the distinct measure of Spirit that He gives to those who obey Him indeed by accepting the whole of His words of life – not just picking and choosing the ones we like and then disregarding the whole of His truth, which is not His, but the very words that God gave Him to give to us.  As He said, all things that the Father had given Him to say are the words He gave, and that through accepting and abiding in them as our rule and manner of life, we are kept by His Name and are His possession.  As we abide in His word, the Spirit leads us in His truth, which is the eternally true words of God.

If God and Christ are true, how is it possible that living “by the Spirit” can ever be done by setting aside any word of God or commandment of God about what He considers good, right, and true - nor could the Spirit condone saying what God has prohibited is now perfectly acceptable to God.

For years I wondered how it was possible that Yahshua going away was necessary or beneficial; His comment in the prayer about the Comforter/Helper was a curiosity to me.  Now I realize that while on earth His presence was with those in His immediate vicinity.  The Spirit of God knows of no place in all of creation that anyone can go to escape His presence.  Therefore, since the Spirit is given to all since Pentecost, all who repent to do the will of God and are immersed in His Name to receive the promised Spirit, that He is with all of them at the same time, in a deep and abiding way to Help us in being careful to do His will and to encourage and comfort us along the way.  The instruction of God becomes the “conscience” of how we view whatever we face in life.

We know that God said to choose life that we might live, and He was speaking of His gracious instructions in righteousness (Torah), which was to be the primary guide of living life and the means by which He could give His blessings.  Then Yahshua came and made the Torah honorable – even for the Gentiles (Isaiah 42 prophecy), and the Spirit was given to write the words of God on our heart to cause us to keep His word indeed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premise Six – The Everlasting Covenant (“New” or “Renewed”?)

My work experience included working with designers and civil engineers on projects that sometimes had conflicting information about requirements for projects.  Sometimes when they weren’t communicating effectively and paying close attention to details in the plans, or project requirements, mistakes were sometimes made on significant issues that had to be corrected before the project was completed.  One project included a mistake about the specific locations for the bridge abutment foundations. Although review of those specifics were not in my purview of the review process, it was problematic when abutments for the bridge alignment were off a significant distance on either side of the bridge.  How the mistakes occurred wasn’t my business, but dealing with changing locations for major structural elements along rivers regulated by the Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies were involved, it was no small matter to get approval for work outside the scope of the original project after it was approved and the contractors were building the project.  In terms of the gospel, we should realize by now that God is not a forgetful or overwhelmed designer, but is fully capable to have given us those instructions we need to do for whatever His works are that He said must be done by those who are working for Him on earth.  We should, however, greatly benefit to double check the location and conditions of the founding documents plans to make sure what we are doing is compatible with what He declared we should do.  No good can come from following our own heart, if our heart is not aligned to seek to do His will.  If we destroy or set aside  the very foundation established by God and Christ, how can what we build in our lives be shown to be relying on the words of God?  This is why it is critical to note those that don’t speak according to the very words of God.  If we need to repent, to turn back to do the will of God – so let it be!  All who desire to do His will, will not refuse to submit to His will as contained in the agreements in everlasting covenant.  This covenant was established long ago, and we need to better understand what God has said about it.

Since God is not one to go back on His word, and is fully capable in all things, when He gave us the correct information, it is not His problem when we have ignored His instructions, promises, or the conditions of what He said is the basis of the “everlasting covenant” He made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Israel, the multitude of nations with Israel, the Prophets, David and Master Yahshua.  God gave sufficient instructions and directions that are not that hard to understand if we but go back and double check what He said, rather than presuming upon others information that may not in total alignment with His word.  This also goes back to the principle of double checking what someone tells us, to ensure it is in accord with the Holy Scriptures – proving what is true and holding fast to it.  Such a situation may exist with the understanding many Christians have regarding the “everlasting covenant” and what the required conditions are.  Covenants are agreements, and are not unlike a Contract to build a highway, and that the builder and workers build it according to the plans, specifications, and special provisions. Changing requirements without the authority to do so, and then expecting to be paid for all manner of work, or lack of work required for the project - who would pay someone for not building a bridge required in the plans?

Some have been taught that the conditions of the everlasting covenant were done away with on the cross, but I submit that from double checking the facts, it was not done away with, rather, it was made complete on the cross, sealed with His own blood, and proven acceptable to God by His resurrection from the dead – bringing into full effect of the conditions and promises therein, as made by God to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David and the Prophets records regarding the gospel message of the blessings of God to all nations – to all who repent and believe and obey the gospel of God that Yahshua taught.  Also note the promises of Master Yahshua to those who believe in him and do as he instructed and are active in their life through abiding in Him through abiding in His words of life.  The Spirit is the Spirit of Truth and will help us abide in Him as we abide in His word.  See the parable of the vine:

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

(Note the works of Yahshua as they relate to the works of Moses, as told in Deuteronomy 34: 10-12, and how this also relates to Deut. 18 and “that prophet” and Peter’s comment in Acts 3:22,23.  The “You will also testify, for you were with me from the start” is why we need to carefully study whatever Matthew, John, James or Peter wrote of the gospel.)

As a broad overview of the promises/covenants of God in Genesis- God told Adam and Eve that the Seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent who had deceived them.  Then we find a covenant made to all mankind through Noah. God had destroyed all flesh upon the earth because of evil and violence – only Noah and the souls in the Ark were preserved.  Next we find the account of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in Genesis 12-50.  In Exodus we can see God establishing Israel as a nation as He lead them out of Egypt in fulfillment to what He had told Abraham would happen to his descendants in Genesis 15:13, 14.  The primary question at hand is if the covenants God made with men had conditions, or if the covenants God made with men were without conditions – conditional, or unconditional covenants (contracts).

With Noah, God said he was to build and Ark – Noah had to do the work God gave him to do.  After Noah had done what God instructed him to do, and after the flood came to destroy all flesh upon the earth, we see God giving Noah the everlasting covenant sign of the rainbow, to remind mankind that God has promised to never destroy all flesh again by water, as He did in the time of righteous Noah and his family.  God made covenant with Noah and confirmed it AFTER Noah had done his part.  Surely the condition was that he build the Ark and do all as commanded by God.

Next we find a more detailed account of God saying He will – future tense – establish His covenant with Abraham and his seed if Abraham walked with Him blamelessly – the Hebrew translation of the texts says “wholeheartedly”.  It seems reasonable that “blamelessly” and “wholeheartedly” would both imply that Abraham was to be doing as God told him to do, and that the matter was not “unconditional”, as some have said.

Note that the covenant is future tense in Genesis 12, and that Abraham did what God told him to do:  “Now the LORD had said to Abram: Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.  I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him.”   Then we see that Abram walked through the land God told him to go to and then the LORD appeared to Abram and said “To you descendants I will give this land.”  Abram met the condition by doing as God told him to do.

God also appears to Abram again in Genesis 13, after Lot departed his company, and God again speaks to Abram “for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever.  And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth, so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, thus your descendants also could be numbered.  Arise and walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”  Again, we find Abram not just looking, but to also walk through the land; he did as God instructed him to do.                                   

Then we see Abram and Melchizedek and his honor towards him in Genesis 14.

In Genesis 15 we find God speaking to Abram in a vision; “I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”  Then Abram said, “Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” and “Look, You have given me no offspring, indeed one born in my house is my heir!”  Then God said, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir. “Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.  So shall your descendants be.”   This entire chapter has to do with the descendants of the original covenant God made with Abram. Genesis 16 then relates to the promised descendants of the original covenant were to come from Abrams’ wife, not the son of the handmaid – although the angel of the LORD did bless the handmaid Hagar’s son, Ishmael, and foretold of Ishmaels descendants.

Genesis 17 regards the descendants of Abram that were to be the recipients of the benefits of the land, descendants of the covenant of God to Abram, and that He would establish His everlasting covenant with his descendants after him.  The sign of the covenant being circumcision.  And what was the condition?  First it was that Abraham walk before Him blamelessly (wholeheartedly in the Jewish translation).  “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.  And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly. As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.  No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham.”  Again we can see the condition that Abraham had to walk uprightly before God – blamelessly.  I would call that a condition of the covenant.  From the actions of Abraham, it would seem that this was Abraham’s understanding of what God said.  Then God says “And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.  Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”      

Then we find the accounts leading up to God testing Abraham in chapter 22, and that God provided the sacrifice Himself, rather than Isaac being sacrificed by Abraham.  God again made a statement to Isaac that He found Abraham to have met the conditions given beforehand, and why He found reason to consider Abraham to have been faithful to his part of the covenant, and to then continue to establish the everlasting covenant through Isaac and his descendants after him.  This is in Genesis 26:2-5:

“Then the LORD appeared to him and said; “Do not go down to Egypt, live in the land of which I shall tell you.  Dwell in this land and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.  And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands, and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.”                      

In this passage we see the lands promise to be current with Isaac, but future for his descendants. We also see that God is at this time there are things yet to come, as the “I will” for future descendants who will possess the lands, and the seed by which all the nations of the earth will be blessed.  God was foretelling the establishment of the “everlasting covenant” that would be to all generations, not just the covenant of the seed of Abraham being circumcised to be in possession of the fullness of conditions for the “everlasting covenant” yet to be established.  Recall that God had already foretold to Abraham that his descendants would be afflicted for four-hundred years in a land that was not theirs – Egypt.  It was through bringing Israel and the multitude of nations who together left Egypt to serve the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that we can clearly see what the conditions of the everlasting covenant are extensively recorded to be.  It is also in these very conditions that we can see the instructions and commandments of the grace and truth of God being established, and later brought to their fullness, as fulfilled in Jesus Christ (Master Yahshua) through His teachings, judgments, precepts, promises, examples, and commandments being in full accord with the “everlasting covenant” to all future generations who choose to also serve the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

As Joseph said to his brothers who had sold him into slavery, “You meant it for evil, but God used it for good.”  God was working out His plan for the children of Abraham, that He would bring them out of Egypt with great possessions, and then establish His everlasting covenant with them.  As with Abraham, they agreed to keep the commandments of God to be their part of the everlasting covenant.  At mount Sinai God gave His instructions and commandments to Israel and the mixed multitude as conditions to the Everlasting Covenant which He would bless them as they kept His instructions, which the people agreed to when God first spoke them and then wrote them on stone tablets and instructed them to place the stone tablets into the Ark of the Covenant.

That the Ten Commandments were inscribed by God upon the stone tablets and placed in the Ark of the Covenant would indicate keeping them is part of the Everlasting Covenant.  God Himself wrote them on stone, which signifies the enduring nature of His will regarding these instructions.  Also in the Ark was a bowl of manna, the bread that came down out of heaven to feed them – which the Christ is recorded to have said He is the true bread that comes from heaven.  The third item in the Ark was the staff that budded to signify who His chosen priesthood would be.  It shouldn’t be insignificant to recognize that those called out of the world to serve God through being disciples of Master Yahshua are to keep the commandments of God and the testimony of Yahshua (feed on His words of life), and serve as a priesthood who truly represent and testify by their word and deed to the goodness of God and of the grace and truth of God taught by Yahshua, thereby testifying to the world in being a priesthood of believers, and who also have their hope in the resurrection of the just – those who are called, faithful and chosen (budding of the staff) and the supreme hope of the resurrection of the just.

Surely God and Christ expect us to understand what He said, as Moses was careful to record the matter, and Yahshua said we need to believe what Moses testified to.  The failings of Israel to keep the instructions of God is well told throughout the Old Testament, as they too were prone to disregard the explicit word of God and turn from it to follow their own hearts – to invent and follow what they wanted, rather than submit to the words of God given from the beginning.  As Jeremiah recorded, they were following the dictates of their own hearts and falling backwards – not even remaining in place, let alone progressing to what God had told them to do, and thereby be His witnesses to the world of His goodness.  This is such a critical matter that I’ve searched many Bibles to see how these things are related in the accounts given to us from Moses – in major Greek translations of the Old Testament, as well as the approved Masoretic Text of the Holy Scriptures as translated into English by the Jewish Publication Society and published in 1955.

The gospel is founded on the promises of God.  Going back to the beginning of the word of God to see exactly when He gave this “everlasting covenant.”  From my perspective, it seems that the Christian world mindset seems to have been disregarding the matter for centuries is no excuse to pretend that falling backwards was ever seen by God to be an acceptable manner of life to Him, or to our Lord and Savior.  As Yahshua said, He came to fulfill all that was written of Him.  I was hampered in this by the teachings of my own father, who believed and taught me that all the prophecies of God in the Old Testament were fulfilled at AD 70, and thereby the entire Old Testament was largely cast aside as irrelevant.  This upbringing has caused much personal anguish in my life, and I hope by bringing this up that more would realize the significance of the everlasting covenant made by God to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and especially that the everlasting covenant  of God has always had conditions.  As Yahshua established in the Sermon on the Mount, His disciples will not even think He came to loosen or set aside even the least of the commandments of God, and that we are to keep them if we are to be found true to His instructions in righteousness.

Genesis 15 tells of the promise of God to Abraham that he would have a descendant to inherit his property, rather than the servant born in his household.  Read the chapter carefully.  God told Abraham that his descendants would be numerous, but where in chapter 15 do we see that God was making an everlasting covenant to bless all the nations through his (Abraham’s) seed?  Look very carefully and see if you can find where God said the nations of the world would be blessed per the word of God to Abraham at this time.  The covenant God was making with Abraham at that time was that he would have descendants to inherit the promised land, as well as foretelling Abraham of the time of his descendants in Egypt and after 400 years they would return to the land that God had given to him and his descendants.  Focusing on the first teaching of Master Yahshua: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  What did God say regarding the “everlasting covenant” to bless all nations? 

Yahshua tells us that the Law of God is to remain a steadfast set of instructions from God.   He also tells us that it speaks of the justice, mercy and faith that we need to show in our lives, from our hearts, towards not only God, but also towards ourselves and likewise to others.  All these matters are shown to us by His life, teachings, and example of how God wants us to live as we follow after Him in word and deed. 

This explains why God could say the Abrahamic covenant was “an everlasting covenant” (Gen. 17:7), just as God could say “these ordinances” given Moses in the Law shall be “everlasting for all generations.” (Ex 27:21; 30:21; Lev. 6:18; 7:36; 10:9; 17:7; 23:14, 21, 41; 24:3 and Num. 10:8.

“New Covenant” or “Renewed Covenant”?

Andrew Gabriel Roth, in his notations in the Aramaic English New Testament, brings to the surface what Yahshua was saying about the Everlasting Covenant in Matthew 26:28, which is a key passage to understand – if His Covenant of His blood was for a “new” covenant, or was it “renewing” the covenant of God.

AENT, Netzari Press LLC, 2010;  Matthew 26:27-29; “And he took the cup and gave thanks and gave it to them and said, “Take, drink from it all of you.  This is my blood of the renewed covenant, which for the sake of many is shed for the forgiveness of sins.  And I say to you that I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until the day in which I drink it anew with you in the Kingdom of my Father, of Elohim.”  Footnote 251, page 78:

“Both Aramaic “khawdata” and Hebrew “chadasha” means renewed as in Psalm 51:10, “renew a right spirit within me”, Lam. 5:21; “renew our days as of old”.  “Chadash” can also be “new”: or “repair” as in Isaiah 61:4 “repair the waste places.”  YHWH spoke of the Renewed Covenant in Jeremiah 31:31-37 that He would, “put my Torah in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts… the seed of Israel also shall never cease from being a nation before me for ever.. says YHWH..” This is the “Renewed Covenant”; however, even in Paul’s day, the Kingdom that Y’shua offered was being violently counterfeited by religious traditions into something very contrary.  Successive Greek theologians (like Marcion) replaced the meaning and importance of “Renewed Covenant” with the term “New Testament” and made a division of “Old and New” Testaments.  Torah was and is taught by mainstream Christians to be either for Jews only, or completely abolished; thus, the “New Testament” became laden with anti-Semitism.  The hierarchical values of “modern” pagan cultures were syncretized by Greek Gnostic philosophies into the teachings of Y’shua and Paul to the point that modern day Christianity would be unrecognizable by the original followers of Y’shua as the “Faith which was once delivered’ (Yehuda 1:3).  See Renewed Covenant and Eighteen New Testament Misconceptions #15: The “New“ Covenant in Appendix.”

In review, we should see that from the beginning God has instructed man.  “Don’t eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”  “Build and Ark.” “Walk before Me blamelessly.” “Because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.”  These latter requirements were also given by God to Moses to Israel and the multitude of nations that left Egypt to serve God, and were conditions by which He could bless them as they did His will and did not allow the practices of the evil nations that were in the land before them.  It is the same conditions that Yahshua said to not even think He came to set aside even the least commandment, but through His life and teachings elevated to the fullness of the grace and truth of God towards those who believe and obey the Son.  It is also these same conditions, in their fullness, that God gave His Spirit to cause us to keep His instructions in righteousness.

Again, in 2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles and Psalms, David talks about the everlasting covenant, the Abrahamic covenant. He sings it beautifully in Psalms 105, “He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant.”

Should this be the proper understanding of the teachings of Yahshua about the Law in the Sermon on the Mount?  It should be something to re-consider and discuss.

 

 

Premise Seven –The Definition of Love, As Given 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.  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 in 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.

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 that were easily resolved.  Some things were regarded to be abominations in His sight and were not easily resolved.  Do be careful to treat His words with the distinctions He made, and don’t ignore any of His Instructions in Righteousness.  This should be reasonably convincing evidence of the source of the Commandments of God, proving they are from the Creator who knows what is for our good and what it takes to live a blessed life in a community that desires to live rightly toward both God and their fellow man.  Because the need to honor and keep His instructions indeed was taught by Yahshua, faithful disciples will be doing these things and also keeping the words of God given by Yahshua.  When we mature in the things of God as Yahshua taught them, and also raised righteousness to higher standards, we will come to understand more fully what it means to know what God is doing and what it means to be a friend of Master Yahshua, as taught in John 15:9-15;

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

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 and abortions.  She knew what the will of her betrothed was and set about to make sure she was faithful to Him indeed and persevered to the end in her faithfulness to God and Christ with the help and assistance of the Spirit to renew and empower and aid in  living within the pathway to eternal life as shown through Master 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 this about the need to love Him as He said.

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

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

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

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

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

Christ knows our works.  He knows our hearts better than we can ever know ourselves.  Do take note of what He taught, and do so with the mind to be faithful and true - to be His disciple indeed 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 Teachings of Master Yahshua

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

He was making a specific point in this sermon to identify "these sayings of mine."  The matters given in these opening lessons present key truths that all disciples of Jesus (Yahshua) must note.  Also regarding the transmission of teachings, Yahshua was often called “Rabbi”, or Teacher, of the Torah.  This role was a very important one at that time, as it also is now.  He is our Teacher.  Give close attention to what was said in the Holy Scriptures that were being taught and see the clarity and light that is brought to their meaning and application to the lives of His disciples.  We should be looking for references in the Old Testament to best understand what Yahshua was teaching.  All too often I was guilty of looking to Paul’s writings to understand the message, rather than looking to the Law, Psalms and Prophets and grasping that as a Rabbi (teacher), these are the source material He was teaching about. 

 

While reading “JEWISH SECRETS HIDDEN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT” the point was made that there are two highly regarded things:  the written word of God and the orally transmitted word of God.  The authors reached a different conclusion on the matter, but I noted the common link is that both are of God as originally given.  First, God spoke the Ten Words (Ten Commandments - instructions in righteousness), then He wrote the Ten Commandments down on tablets of stone that were to be kept in the Ark of the Covenant.  God also spoke with Moses on the mountain and Moses wrote the Torah as given by God to Israel and the multitude of nations that came out of Egypt with Israel to believe in and follow the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Judah was charged to guard the Torah and keep/maintain it. All were to teach them to their children in succession to keep His instructions and commandments as their part of the Everlasting Covenant God made with them that day.  Doing the Instructions in Righteousness were, and are, the everlasting covenant conditions of the blessings of God.  The records of the teachings of Yahshua followed the same pattern:  miracles and fulfilled prophecy to confirm the speaker as authoritative and in keeping with the Everlasting Covenant of God, then these things were written down by those authorized (the original disciples) to relay those things faithfully and aided by the inspiration of total recall by the Holy Spirit (John 17).

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Matthew 23:23 – 24:44;

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Historically, Jerusalem being over-run by Rome and the hordes of mercenaries from surrounding nations occurred about 70 AD.  Masada was the last refuge of those attempting to stay and defy Rome, but they were defeated.  I’ve heard it said that they were eating their own children in an attempt to survive – and can’t imagine things could get any worse than that.  At the time Yahshua was telling this, the event was yet future.  Then He goes into telling us of false Christ’s and prophets that would be deceiving people – surely that would be to lead them away from His instructions about the need to repent to the life that God said the followers of Yahshua should live. 

 

We should be able to see that the world has grown rapidly into wickedness and violence – just as was the character of humanity in the time of Noah.  Rather than musing over prophecy to know the day, month, or year of His return – surely preparing for the day of His return – repenting to do the works of God – is what we should be doing today.  Knowing the day and hour would be of little use if one is not prepared to meet their God.

 

 

 

 

 

Mt 25:

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

 

There exists a parallel between the virgins and those entrusted with the treasures of their Master.  The word of God should be viewed as a great treasure that He gave us to use until His return.  This is discussed elsewhere, in “The Gospel According to Matthew” and the quote of Psalm 119:121.

Acts 2: “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs (as did Moses as told in Exodus 34), which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

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

“ Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thy foes thy footstool.  Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.   Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”

Note:  Jeremiah 31:31 and Ezekiel 36:25-27 also relate to why God said He would send His Spirit.  He was given to write the instructions of God on our hearts so that we would be careful to keep His word indeed.  The Spirit writes His instructions on our hearts to help us keep them from our hearts.  The Spirit was not sent to cause us to disregard any of His word.  When God gave the Torah (Law) to Moses, He wrote it upon stone tablets.  When the Spirit of God returned in power on Pentecost, it was the same date that He had first given the Law in stone, but from the time Peter preached this sermon it was also to be written on the hearts by the Spirit in those who obey Him, according to His word and promise.

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

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

Genesis 5 prophecy in the genealogical names

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cost and Conditions of Discipleship

Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a book with a similar title, “The Cost of Discipleship” that is a classic work on discipleship to Master Yahshua.  Many believe he suffered the price for his beliefs on the topic by imprisonment by the Nazi’s, and also died before the end of the Second World War.  Some believe he was falsely accused of being in a plot to kill Hitler, which was the stated reason his was imprisoned.  For the time, Dietrich was a very faithful man to be as outspoken on his faith as evidenced by his writings.  His was also a testimony of the need to pay the price for discipleship.  If you’ve read that book, one of the chief differences I have with his work is that he seemed to have ended up viewing the gospel and discipleship to be largely a social gospel, whereas my concerted belief and effort is that the Gospel, according the Master Yahshua, is one that is dedicated first to be faithful to what God and Christ instructed and commanded of men who trust their lives into the hands of Almighty God.  As discussed previously, love is defined by what it does, and our love must first be pledged to God, and to following in the footsteps of Master Yahshua, as did his first faithful disciples.  Bonhoeffer spoke of how many possess a gospel of “cheap grace”, whereas that is not what Jesus taught.  My focus is to revisit the topic in a different light – that of the light of the words of God and Christ.

What did Yahshua teach about the cost and conditions of discipleship?  What did he mean by “If you abide in my word”?    Webster’s dictionary says the definitions 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 Yahshua as Christ is far more than a profession out of your mouth to say you believe, which church you belong to, a spiritual feeling or the system of religion that you practice.  In the opening sermon we are told to not just hear His words - if we want our house to withstand the storms and floods we are to be hearers and doers of what He taught.   In the personal aspect of our faith we are told to abide in His words if we want to know the truth.   Another benefit of knowing the truth is being enabled to recognize untruths taught in His name - that we are able to distinguish truth from error and realize the snares, traps and wiles of the Accuser and ignorant men.  We are enabled to recognize that which is of God and that which merely purports to be from God, but isn't.

Perhaps one of the most quoted passages in the Gospels about what Yahshua taught about who can be his disciples is Luke 14:25.  This is but one example of why I put more trust in Matthew’s account than Luke, and I think you’ll easily recognize why.  Luke’s account is from chapter 14:23-33.  Matthew’s account is 10:34-39.  These passages will be noted here so you can see the difference in the two:

 

Luke 14: 25; “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.”

Matthew 10: 37; “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.  And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.  And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.  He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”

It’s obvious that Luke’s account centered on hate, and the Matthew’s on love.  The definition of love as taught by Yahshua surely fits better with Matthew’s account.  This particular verse is also one that was changed in the Greek from what the ancient Aramaic says.  The Aramaic does not say “cross”, but rather says “staff”.  Recall that God gave Moses a staff to show works that he was representing God before Pharaoh.  A staff is most associated with doing the work of a shepherd, and could also be seen as a Biblical symbol of authority.  In the great commission we are told that Yahshua has been given all authority in heaven and on earth and that disciples are to be His emissaries and emulators on earth in taking the gospel to the nations – to the whole world.  We as disciples are faithful to the Master and are to exercise the authority of His words of life and live His words of life and teach others of His words of life – the authority resides in our duty to God and Christ as individuals who abide in His words of life.

Anyone with a modest knowledge of the Holy Scriptures knows “that Prophet” we are to hear is Jesus Christ (Deu. 18:15-19; Acts 3:22, 23).  The great commission of Matthew 28 presents the truth that people are to be invited and led to become His disciples and grow in the knowledge of God, and through abiding in His word we are sanctified by His word of truth.  Yahshua continued in what John the Baptist began preaching:  "Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand."  Repentance is not to just stop doing something - repentance meant to turn back and do what God said to do that you weren't doing.  His disciples are to be doing what God said is right and not just saying they believe.  Believing God meant to be doing what He instructed.  Not doing as He said was equated to unbelief.  God is able to complete in us what He has begun, so keep your eyes on the goal and don’t give up because you trip and fall now and then – He will pick you up and encourage you in spirit – this is one of the works of the Holy Spirit – to assist us in our growth and walk with the Lord.  We have ample examples where the disciples were failing to grasp His teachings, and even the work He knew had to be done on the cross of Calvary.  Often the times of greatest trials are the time of our greatest growth.

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

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

A prominent evangelical who has since passed on, J. Vernon McGee, in his series ‘Through the Bible’, hard copy, said that the teachings of Jesus are too hard to keep, so we aren’t expected to keep them today, and that they are for keeping when Jesus returns in the future kingdom of God (THRU THE BIBLE with J. Vernon McGee, Vol 4; pages 43, 44).  According to Yahshua, in the Sermon on the Mount, this cannot be the truth.  In fact, He warned that we must be hearers and doers of what He taught in this specific lesson, and that to be hearers only will have certain destruction.  Is this truth dead even in those who preach the gospel and have doctorates in divinity studies?   I’m here to tell you what God has shown me to be true, and pray that you will also come to appreciate all His teachings of instruction in true righteousness and how they can enrich our lives to know the will of the true and living God and the Anointed One that came to make good on His promises and fulfill all things according to His word.  If my effort is not found to be a benefit, so be it, but from all my studies to search this matter out, this surely seems to be the key element that has been missing from the basic “Christian” faith taught in most Churches.

Bible study from my teen years and through to some college was largely studies on topics and study of books in the Bible that focused more on details of people and locations and historical procession of events than it was on the need to abide in the word of Christ.  More often than not, on subjects related to any element of the gospel, the teachings of Paul were often used to support Church doctrine and understanding the message of Christ to be in alignment with Church doctrine.  I’ve been more guilty than most to have searched for the truth in Paul’s words, rather than through the study of God’s words given in the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus (Yahshua) in the gospel records, as I was taught that Paul was an apostle called of God and Christ, just as he claimed to be, and after all, Paul’s books make up half the New Testament.  Why wouldn’t I be looking at what Paul said, since he was the apostle sent to the Gentiles?  I’m thankful to God for the crisis in my life that made me turn back to re-investigate and study the teachings of Jesus Christ so thoroughly that it opened my eyes to the need for knowing the will of God through the teachings of Jesus Christ, rather than founding my understanding through study that focused on what Paul wrote and others interpretations of Paul’s writings.  The teachings of Jesus Christ are not too hard to grasp if one also studies the principles taught from the records in the then accepted Scriptures of His day.  If we are Christians, we need to focus our faith and belief primarily through the teachings and example of the Master Teacher.  If we focus our understanding through others, we are likely to miss portions that He said are needful, such as knowing the truth through being His disciples indeed.  Jesus Christ should be the focus of our faith.  It seems good to first understand the gospel as taught by Jesus Christ and then review what Paul taught on any particular subject.

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

Some Background Overview

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Greatest Commandment

 

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

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

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

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

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

What is the cause of continued division and fracturing of the Church?  As noted in John 17, unity is found when we believe the doctrine of God as taught by the original disciples.  I was raised in a Church that believes they alone are the restored Church of the New Testament.  I came to realize the need we all have to discover the fullness of His words - the need to "live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God", or “whatever that Prophet says to you.”   While it is highly commendable to teach repentance to do the will of God, have faith in the Son, and even bring people to keeping the very promise of God to all nations in Acts 2:38, 39, yet who is teaching the need to then focus on continuing in all the teachings of Yahshua?  Based on decades of discussions and study with a broad variety of Churches, to date I’ve yet to find one whose doctrine is simply to abide in the teachings of Yahshua, yet this is what He called us all to do.  In all these discussions, few had divergent issues of faith and belief based on something Yahshua taught, but almost all divisions were formulated from different interpretations and applications of Paul’s writings. 

For the sake of the faith and work of God, shouldn’t we return to the teachings of Jesus Christ (Master Yahshua) to ensure what we believe and do is founded on the “rock” of His words from the Father?  Through doing this, abiding in His word, we can ensure our faith will endure the storms of life.  We should then see that what Yahshua, the Prophets, Psalms and Torah had already declared to be truth of the Father in Heaven.  Yahshua was building upon and revealing the fullness of the Torah, Psalms and Prophets – not setting aside or loosening the words of God.  He came to honor and exalt the instructions of God to the fullest level that God desires of man, who was created in His image.  He came to renew the Everlasting Covenant – not set it aside and replace it.

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kingdom of God

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gospel According to Matthew

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

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

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

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

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

As disciples of Y’shua should know these things.  We must also be reverent to not use His Name lightly or in vain.  It is the most sacred name in Heaven and on earth.  Along with this knowledge, we must also understand that God upholds His Word higher than any name.  If we respect His Name, we must also respect His word likewise.   When we become disciples of Yeshua, we also become His representatives on earth, and our life and conduct reflects upon His Name.  As such, claiming to be Christians and not abiding in the word of God and Christ would invite non-believers to think poorly towards God, which could well be seen to be profaning His name.  Through our faithfulness to Him, we should bring honor to His name.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“It is written that man does not live by bread alone, but by all the Words that proceed from the mouth of God.” (See Deu. 8:3)  “Again, it is written that you will not test Master YHWH your Elohim.” (Ps. 91:11, 12 VS Deu. 6:16)   “Leave, enemy, for it is written that you will worship Master YHWH your Elohim and Him alone you will serve.” (Deu. 6:13) 

While these were said to the accuser (Satan), they are certainly equally applicable to us as His followers, that we  live by all the words God had given till then, that we serve Master YHWH as our God, and that we worship and serve God only.  This is the beginning of the foundations of His teachings, and they are founded on proper understanding and balance in service to God and not tempting or testing God or His word, but faithfulness in being careful to believe, observe and do what He said – His gracious instructions in righteousness.  The grace of God has always had conditions, but He has said what those are, and the fullness of His grace is revealed in the gospels and the book of Revelation to its greatest extent.  All of His teachings centered from the Law, Prophets and Psalms, clearing off the false commandments of men, and elevation of the Torah – not loosening it or doing away with YHWH’s instruction in righteousness.  To show this as noted, reference passages from the OT will be provided with a number of His teachings and they will be best understood by reading the passages He was speaking of.  For ease of following the study, some key passages will be incorporated into this text. 

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

Isaiah 11:1-5

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

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

A note to consider:  Liberty of the gospel message is being set free to see the truth of God and to be enabled to hear Him and do His will rather than being ensnared in the prison as noted in Isaiah 42 notes.  He came that we might have the light of the truth from God and reflect that light to the world.  He sets us free from bondage of darkness to see the light of fullness of life that we were created to live and find great joy in.  The everlasting covenant finds its fulfillment in Him – “I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people.”

 

 

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

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

Psalm 2:1-12; already noted above.

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

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

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

This passage again notes that the “Liberty” He proclaims is not freedom from the Instructions God gave, but the freedom to have the fullness of life as only God can provide to those who seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness.  His is freedom to know the will of God and not be imprisoned by darkness – but to have the light of the word of God to know the truth  - that the truth have His purposes done in us – that we be salt and light in the world, and that the fullness of this is that God be given the praise, honor and glory which belong to Him alone.  This is the joy and goodness of doing His will indeed – the joy of Christ that He said we are to possess within ourselves as He did.

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

 

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

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

Immediately prior to His preaching the sermon on the mount, when He returned from the temptations of the accuser, a passage is quoted from Isaiah 9 about the land of the Gentiles having seen a great light.  This is speaking first of the rebellion of Israel in their response to the warning from God.  America’s response to 9-11  has matched Isaiah 9:10-11,  and should be a warning for all – including all Christians, that there is a great need to repent and do as God said to start with, rather than ignoring the warning of God and His judgment of the wicked.  Later in the Teachings we will see that there is a time of the Gentiles, but it will have an end and God will be true to His promises towards Israel.  Israel has not been replaced and God will be faithful to His word and promises towards those found true to Him, and certain judgment for those who claim to be Jews, but are of the Synagogue of Satan.  The Gentiles may well have been even more blinded to the truth than they accuse Israel of.  Part of the current reason for Israel’s blindness is that most Christians dishonor His instructions in righteousness (Torah/Law) and the teachings of His only begotten Son (magnified Torah).  For those able to endure it, also note that historically the Gentile nations repeatedly persecuted the Jews and drove them from nation to nation as their wealth and lands and lives were taken from them.   Note carefully that what Yeshua was teaching is in full accord with the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.  He never loosened or detracted from any of these Scriptures and writings, but upheld the word of God entirely and faithfully. As Isaiah 42 prophesied, the Messiah would magnify the Torah and cause Gentiles to obey the instructions of God.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalm 37 

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

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

Psalm 149

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

'Blessed are they who are pure in their hearts because they will see Elohim’ 

Ps 24:4; 51:10-13; 15:1-5

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

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

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

Psalm 15:1-5;LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle?  Who may dwell in Your holy hill?  He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart; he who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend, in whose eyes a vile person is despised.  But he honors those who fear the LORD; he who swears to his own hurt and does not change; he who does not put out his money at usury, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.  He who does these things shall never be moved.”

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.”

If, as Isaiah prophesied, and as Master Yahshua taught, we are to still keep the Instructions in righteousness (Law/Torah) and not even think He came to loosen even the least commandment therein.  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. 

By this time in my life I’m thankful to God for giving me the opportunity to have developed the skills and mindset to carefully review complex matters, identify key elements and details, note discrepencies, and elevate critical matters for resolution.  What can be more critical than the fact that we are true to God by being true to His Word and stated purpose of His Spirit?  The purpose of our lives should not be dashed upon deliberate or ignorant lies from we may have accepted as authoritative on the advice or 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, 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.”  This 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 to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles wings and brought you to Myself.  Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people, for all the earth is Mine.  And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.  These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

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

Deut. 5:32, 33; “Therefore you shall be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.  You shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.” (Also note Deut. 7 and the blessings of God to those who keep the conditions of the Everlasting Covenant)  God desired to bless Israel.  God desired to bless all the nations, as this is part of the Everlasting Covenant, but His blessings are with those who do as faithful Abraham in Genesis 26:5 – not with those who ignore the goodness of His words of instruction in righteousness.  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 refining and refocusing of 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. Is 26:12; Ps 122:8, 9; Ps 72:3-7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Continuing on with His words from Matthew 5:12;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ye are the light of the world.  Psalm 18;

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

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

Is it possible that 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 – that we give Him the fruits of our lives that He desires.  From Matthew 5-7 we find the steadfast rock to build our lives upon as we turn to do what He said is truth and allow the Spirit to write these things upon our hearts. 

This study could be done in a group setting, or individually.  Workbooks could be done for children through adults that would cover these foundational teachings, and every disciple of Y’shua would do well to make this study a life-long effort.  He came to open the prison doors of false doctrine and snares of Satan, that we be enabled to serve God properly and have the fullness of Yahshua’s joy within us.

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is the true meaning of rightly dividing the Scriptures:  First, what did God say and secondly, what did Moses, the prophets and Psalms say, and finally and completely, what did Yahshua, through the twelve appointed witnesses, say?  To date I have not noted any inconsistency of the instructions of God in the Bible that cannot be resolved through understanding what Yahshua taught and how it fit with the rest of the Scriptures extant in His day and then understanding His teaching of “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  Double check what God said about the matter, what Moses said about the matter, where the Psalms and Prophets uphold these things, and you should be able to more fully grasp what Y’shua was teaching.  He never taught a single thing that lead away from doing the previously expressed instructions in righteousness from God.  He also confirmed the primary division that things start from whatever God had said through Moses, then through the words He received from the Father as the final authority.  Moses and Yahshua are the two primary witnesses of God on earth.  Don’t ever allow yourself to be misled from what God said through them when it is being reported from the twelve.  If you do this, you will be 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 do what God and His Christ have graciously instructed us to do or not do. 

Regarding the scribes and Pharisees comment: the scribes failed their duty by supporting the Pharisees to impose man made doctrine over the Doctrine and Commandments of God, thereby judging Gods word as inferior and putting themselves above God and denying the respect and service 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 further in His teachings.  Disciples of Yahshua are to live more actual righteousness in doing as God said than the Pharisees or scribes of His day, and if we don’t, there is no way we can enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  This is clearly what Yahshua taught.   Don’t let what anyone has said lead you from understanding the truth of this matter.  The Pharisees majored in Tithing, but minored on justice, mercy and truth.  No apostle had the authority to teach anything different than the Messiah/Christ/Prophet or to annul any of the Torah, Psalms or Prophets which came before.  This is one of the primary tests God commanded that we note when evaluating if someone speaks for Him or not.  (Deut. 4, 12, 13, 18)  As John noted in I John, we know those of God by the fact of whether they teach and do as Yahshua commanded, taught and exampled to us.  We can all know the truth through abiding in what He taught.  Not one single letter of the Torah – God’s gracious instructions to mankind – to all who desire to be blessed of God – anyone who would teach that God annulled His truth and light contained in His word should never be paid attention to.  Neither should they if they teach that the Torah, Prophets or Psalms have been set aside as a marriage to a dead mate, or who would twist the matter to declare God didn’t give the Torah to Moses.  The matter is simple, and truly, that belief (faith) does the works of doing as God has instructed us.  These things are most fully understood in the Doctrine of God taught by Master Yahshua in Matthew, John and Revelation.  If this is true, reconsider the value of forming any doctrine solely upon what is written by Paul, Luke, Mark or the book of Hebrews.  Not that there is not any truth in any of them, but that we should not consider them on equal ground with writings of the Twelve Apostles about the words of God given by Christ

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 “oral law.”  Torah (Leviticus 19:18) does not teach that anyone should hate their enemy; it teaches “You shall not avenge nor bear any grudge, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Once again, Yahshua is upholding the true justice of the Torah, and that God does not accept the worship of those who are not seeking to live uprightly.  While we don’t offer things on altars, we do offer God our praise, prayers and manner of life.  This reflects back to the passages about whom God will hear and bless and what God says is the sacrifice He desires.  We can also see that Y’shua taught to the heart and intent of the Torah and living in such a way as to prevent the start of wickedness.  Some experts with the ancient Hebrew quotes from Matthew say the matter was about lusting after another man’s wife and also marrying a woman who had not been given the writing of divorce as commanded in the Torah.  Since I’ve found so much in the Torah, Psalms and Prophets about the standards given from the beginning through Moses and how each is upheld in His teachings, I’m confident that marriage is a sacred institution, and that unfaithfulness to the union as intended from the beginning is grounds for divorce. His teaching in Mt. 19 say this commandment is only for those able to accept it.  Contemporary Western values of the roles of men and women in marriage have drifted far from what God instructed.  All who seek to do the will of God should repent and live as God instructed.  Sins proceed from the heart and mind of mankind – not their eyes, hands or feet.  The point He is making is to cut off sin – not the body part.  This is equal to severe repentance effort and diligence, not going around poking out your eyes and cutting off your hands.  The point is to live uprightly by the instruction God has given.  And how can we do this on our own, except through His Spirit given as promised John 14, Acts 2:38,39 and prophesied of in Ez. 36: 25-27; then we can be careful to do those things because God has given us of His Spirit to write His gracious instructions in righteousness (Torah and teachings of Y’shua) on our heart.  The actual Spirit of God is the Spirit of Truth, and the Spirit of Truth cannot, and will not, deny the truth and word of God.  God has not given mankind ignorance – He has given instruction in all principles that are true and just and right in His eyes, that through doing as He said, that He would be given the praise deserved on the Day of Judgment for His grace, truth and faithfulness.

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

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

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

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

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.  The testator died and has risen from the dead and no one can change the will; we need to pay attention to what He actually said.  Do recall that God said false prophets are allowed to see if we will be careful to do what He already said we are to believe and do.  Those who truly love Him will hear Him and do as He instructed.  They will allow the Spirit to write His instructions on their hearts and be careful to do them.

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

These teachings that call us to be “perfect” are calling us to the same goodness God has towards all men, that they have opportunity to repent from evil, and that we might grow to maturity in becoming more like God has exampled to us.  It is by His Spirit of Truth writing His instructions in righteousness upon our hearts that helps us keep His word indeed.

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

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

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

Mt. 6:6;

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

Psalm 91.  Safety of abiding in the Presence of God

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Over the years of my life I’ve seen a great change of values, particularly in businesses.  At one time values were more Christian.  Much could be noted here to show the points, but there isn’t adequate space and it would be a distraction from the obvious purpose of this study.  Suffice to say that when the dollar is worshipped as a primary valuation of lives, that much evil has occurred.  The works of Satan are to lie, steal, kill and destroy.  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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The primary economy of the Kingdom of God is that He is God and we are to be the subjects and servants – we are His creation; 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 such a true example today – and warns us to return to His teachings and founding our lives upon being hearers and doers of His word – being His disciples indeed.  When giving the Sermon on the Mount, the bedrock of His teachings are found therein, and to divide any out would be to fracture and contaminate the rock.  He calls us to take those words as a whole unit.

Doctrines based on false scriptures are based on false teachings, and some are based on false prophets or those who told us they spoke the words of God, when they didn’t.  In spite of desiring to believe Master Y’shua as the Anointed One, of what true use is that faith, except it be based on our coming 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 when we have bigger problems than they do.  Until we can see clearly, we need to be careful.  The only way we can begin to see clearly is to first see ourselves in the light of the grace and truth of God as taught by the Son.  “What does God require of you, but to live justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”  This verse from Micah has been very helpful to remind me of the framework of the truth taught throughout the Bible.  The fact is that when we are guilty of judging another falsely – by what God never said – that we do harm to both ourselves and those we pretend to know how to pluck something from their eye.  But when we are disciples of the Master Teacher, we should start living life as God has long instructed and required of mankind – particularly those who call themselves by His Name.

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.

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

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

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

 

Matthew 7:7-14;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Therefore, the conditions of the Covenant were raised to even higher levels in the teachings of “that Prophet”, Master Yahhua, and we, if we are His disciples as commanded in the great commission, that we are to abide in His words that lead to life eternal.  It is based on the same basic standards God gave from the beginning and the commandments of God cannot be set aside, just as the commandments and teachings of the Son cannot be set aside.  This is also retold in The Revelation of Jesus Christ.  Those who are overcomers are faithful to death to keep the commandments of God, the testimony of Master Yeshua from heaven, and to have like faith with Him – to do the will of God in all things.  We are called to be lights in the world that men see our works good and that they praise God for the good of His instruction and law.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

2.     Torah specific commandments about the Torah.

3.     Temple and the Priests.

4.     Sacrifices.

5.     Vows.

6.     Ritual Purity.

7.     Donations to the Temple.

8.     The Sabbatical Year.

9.     Concerning Animals for Consumption.

10.  Festivals.

11.  Community.

12.  Idolatry.

13.  War.

14.  Social matters.

15.  Family.

16.  Judicial.

17.  Slaves.

18.  Torts.

 

365 Negative Mitzvot/Commandments.

1.     Idolatry and Related Practices.

2.     Prohibitions Resulting from Historical Events.

3.     Blasphemy.

4.     Temple.

5.     Sacrifices

6.     Priests.

7.     Dietary Laws.

8.     Nazirites.

9.     Agriculture.

10.  Loans, Business and the treatment of slaves.

11.  Justice.

12.  Incest and Other Forbidden Relationships.

13.  The Monarchy.

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

As He said:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

May we repent to begin to be in accord with the will of God and that our love for Him is shown and known by what it does.  As the shortest sermon I ever heard said (and I can’t help but remember every word of it) – “Love is a verb.”