The Old Switcheroo

“Why do your Talmidim disregard the customs of the elders, and they do not wash their hands when they eat food?”

Yeshua answered and said to them, “Why do you also disregard the COMMANDMENT of Elohim on account of YOUR custom?”

That one verse tells us something about the Messiah: HE SUPPORTS THE TORAH!

One today might ask Yeshua :

“Why do your talmidim disregard the customs of the popes? They do not observe the Sunday “sabbath,” but rather keep the SEVENTH DAY SABBATH”?….

“Why do your talmidim disregard the customs of the popes? They observe Passover rather than Easter…”

“Why do your talmidim disregard the customs of the popes? They observe Sukkot rather than Christmas…”

Yeshua answers ALL of these questions in the SAME WAY:

“Why do YOU DISREGARD the COMMANDMENT of Elohim on account of YOUR custom?”

Believers today LOVE to chide the Jewish people for their unbelief, but do no see that they themselves do not follow G-d in the most basic ways that He set down for us to approach Him.

When Yeshua said these words, there was no such thing as “sunday church,” or “christian easter,” or christian “christmas.” Those were pagan days already observed by heathens, and the names of the days were simply changed when Christianity was invented.

He further said, “You have rendered USELESS the WORD OF GOD for the sake of YOUR customs.”

We do NOT find ‘sunday church’, ‘christmas’, or ‘easter’ IN THE WORD OF GOD.

This is the MESSIAH speaking. “HEAR HIM!”

“You are hypocrites! Isaiah said well of you all, “This people honors me with their lips, but their HEART is FAR from ME. They worship me IN VAIN, when they teach the doctrines of men as commandments!”

Oh, believers, can you not ‘hear’ the Messiah?

One can say “I love Him” all they want, but until we obey the WORD OF GOD……just as the Messiah said…. our worship is IN VAIN.

My heart breaks at the hardness of hearts in this country; the stiff-necked nature of the people of God.

לוּ–עַמִּי, שֹׁמֵעַ לִי    “Oh, that my people would HEAR ME…” Ps 81:14

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Revved Up Like a Deuce

Are you BLIND?!

Yeshua had just healed a blind man [Yo 9-10], and when He healed him, He called certain ‘sighted’ people, “blind”.

“I have come for the judgment of this world, so that those who cannot see may see, and those who see may become blind.”

He told those certain people, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see;’ because of this your sin remains.”

And immediately, he starts talking about sheep….

People tend to disassociate the two passages, because there is a chapter division separating them.  BUT, the last verse of the later chapter shows us that the message about the Ro’eh HaTov and the Ish Izer MiBeten go together.

The whole section starts with “He SAW Ish Izer MiBeten [a man blind from the womb].”

Yeshua looked at the man.

When He looked at the man, His Talmidim [studying ones/students of Torah] THEY asked WHY was the man born blind.

Yeshua’s answer has been blathered about so much that it has, in my opinion, become almost trite.

But first, their question is derided by today’s theologian as ‘ignorant.’  So many people think and teach that these men were simpletons, ‘peasants,’ and uneducated.  They do not know that Yisra’el had the first public school system in history.  All Israeli boys went to the Synagogue every day to be taught to read, so they could read the Torah.  It is from that perspective that they asked, ‘who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’

These were twelve Jewish men raised in the Torah, who understood the biblical principal of ‘blessings and curses.’  They were NOT speaking from a position of utter ignorance, as I heard it taught in Bible university.  They were speaking from a position of the fear of Elohim, and the understanding that it is possible to bring a curse upon your children due to your own sin.  BUT, Yeshua LOOKED at this blind man, almost as if to PROVOKE that very Torah question.  He is our TORAH Teacher, and HE wants His ‘Talmidim’ to go DEEPER into Torah.  He wanted them to learn the HEART of Elohim, who desires that NONE of His children become blind, SPIRITUALLY!

The spirit is FAR more important than the natural, and the eyes of the realm of the spirit are far MORE important than our natural eyes.  But, Yeshua was compassionate on this actual blind man, and said, “He did not sin, and neither did his parents; but so that the works of Elohim might be SEEN IN HIM…”  And then Yeshua said something very interesting: “I must do the works of the one who sent me while it is still ‘day’; A NIGHT is coming when NO ONE will be able to DO A WONDER.”  Do we have the ability to ‘see’ when that ‘night’ is?  When it is that ‘night,’ can WE still see?

After Yeshua gave this man his sight, a ‘kangaroo court’, an illegal trial was held, going against the Torah. These teachers spoke ‘lashon harah’ against Yeshua, calling Him a sinner, when He was not even present to defend Himself.

How did this whole ensuing scene come about?  Yeshua put mud, ‘water and earth’, in the man’s eyes, and sent him to the pool of “Shilo’akh”.

הַשִּׁלּוֹחַ

If one were a modern Israeli, he may or may not know that “HaShilo’akh” is a proper name of “Silo’am”, a very famous pool in the biblical narrative, and NOT only in the “NT”.  But, a modern Israeli ‘could’ infer that this is the ‘pool of “The Proxy”’.  It’s of the same root where we get our word “Shali’akh,” or “Sent One”, what most know as “apostle.”  There is one letter different: instead of a ‘yod,’ in Shali’akh, there is a vav in Shilo’akh.  Instead of the first letter in the Name, ‘yod’, whose letter means ‘hand’, there is a ‘vav,’ the name of the letter that means ‘nail’.  The letter yod is a letter that represents Yah, יהוה , and the vav represents a man, it is the number of man, ‘six’, and therefore imperfect.  Yeshua sent a “proxy” to a famous pool called ‘The Proxy’, to defend Him; a place where people would go, probably to ‘immerse’ before they went into the city.  The waters there were ‘sweet’ and ‘abundant’, according to the 1st century historian, Josephus.

This ‘proxy’, a man born blind who now sees, defended Yeshua in this kangaroo court.  It happened to be the Sabbath.  They called Yeshua a ‘sinner,’ because He healed a man on the Sabbath.  Their issue was with His ‘making clay’ on the Sabbath.  The Jewish religious leaders had ‘built a fence AROUND the Torah,’ meaning, they created their OWN commands, ‘in order to protect the people’, and they elevated the status of THOSE commands to be equal with the ACTUAL commands of G-d.  These ‘commands’ are the foundations of the modern “Talmud” of Judaism, and the precept is what all of today’s Judaism is built on. They could ‘see’ the ACTUAL commands, and they still do today…but, they PREFER THEIR OWN COMMANDS, thinking they are doing everyone a favor by giving them manmade commands…. They exchanged the YOD for a VAV, exchanging GOD FOR MAN.  Yeshua sent to them a MAN, a ‘sent one,’ and they REJECTED him, even though they KNEW ONLY GOD can heal a man born blind!  The Proxy said of Yeshua, “I say He is a Navi”.  He also told them, after expounding that only G-d could give sight to a man born blind, that it had never happened in recorded history, “We know that Elohim does not hear the voice of sinners; but he hears the one who reveres Him and does His will.”  Here, the blind man is showing that he also knows Torah.  That Elohim hears the ones who are obedient. Their response was, “You were wholly born in sins, and yet do you teach us?”  Their arrogance abounds.  This same arrogance pervades modern Judaism, and modern Messianic Judaism, sadly.

Yeshua heard that they, the religious, cast out the blind man, and He FOUND him, meaning He searched him out.  He then asked,  “Do you TRUST in Ben HaElohim?”  [The Son of G-d].  He asked, ‘who is He, and I will trust,’ and Yeshua said, ‘You have seen Him; He is the one speaking to you…’

Yeshua gave this man sight, SO THAT HE COULD SEE THE SON OF G-D!  There were P’rushim around hearing this conversation.  And He tells the blind man, “I have come for the judgment of the world, so that THOSE WHO SEE may become blind.  Those P’rushim asked if they were blind. ‘If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see’. Because of this your sin remains.’

And IMMEDIATELY Yeshua begins to teach about Ro’eh HaTov.

“Amein Amein!  I say to you….”

And he starts speaking of the Gate, and of the Good Shepherd, and of the THIEF and BANDIT who comes into the fold the WRONG WAY, DEIGNING TO BE A LEADER OF THE SHEEP!!!!

ALL of these Jews, and probably many “NT” readers, would IMMEDIATELY have thought of Tehillah 23, a psalm that I have seen sung in several variations this week, for the remembrance of the Sho’ah.  “ יהוה  Ro’i, lo eikh’sar.”  יהוה  is MY SHEPHERD, I shall not LACK…. HE LEADS ME BESIDE STILL WATERS….but, what the P’rushim likely would have thought of, and should have KNOWN, is Tehillah 80.

Tehillah 80

1For the Leader; upon Shoshannim. A testimony. A Mizmor of Asaf. Give ear, O Shepherd of Yisra’el, You that lead Yosef like a flock; You that are enthroned upon the Keruvim, shine forth. Before Efrayim and Binyamin and Menasheh, stir up Your might, and come to save us. O Elohim, restore us; and cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved. O יהוה Elohim Tzeva’ot, how long will You be angry against the tefilah of Your people? You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in large measure. You make us a strife unto our neighbors; and our enemies mock as they please. O Elohim Tzeva’ot, restore us; and cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved. You did pluck up a vine out of Mitzrayim; You did drive out the nations, and did plant it. You did clear a place before it, and it took deep root, and filled the land. The mountains were covered with the shadow of it, and the mighty cedars with the boughs thereof.  She sent out her branches unto the sea, and her shoots unto the River. Why have You broken down her fences, so that all they that pass by the way do pluck her?  The boar out of the wood does ravage it, that which moves in the field feeds on it. O Elohim Tzeva’ot, return, we beseech You; look from heaven, and behold, and be mindful of this vine, And of the stock which Your right hand has planted, and the Son that You made strong for Yourself.  It is burned with fire, it is cut down; they perish at the rebuke of Your countenance.  Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, upon Ben Adam, whom You made strong for Yourself.  So shall we not turn back from You; quicken us, and we will call upon Your Name. O יהוה Elohim Tzeva’ot, restore us; cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved.

I wish I had time to ruminate on ALL the nuances associated between the two passages, both the Ro’eh HaTov and the Ish Izer MiBeten.

But, clearly, Yeshua was declaring Himself to be THE Shepherd of Yisra’el, because at the end of His treatise on the “Ro’eh HaTov,” he says that there were ‘other’ sheep, NOT of THIS flock.  What flock?  Yisra’el!  He was speaking to Yisra’el!  He had just called their spiritual leaders ‘blind,’ and in the Shepherd treatise, he is basically saying they do not recognize HIS voice!  Now He’s calling them blind AND deaf!

A good Jew knows that HIS voice is the TORAH!

The Shepherd of Yisra’el is יהוה , and  יהוה said,

“You have avouched יהוה this day to be your Elohim, and that you would walk in His ways, and keep His Khukot [ordinances], and His Mitzvot [commandments], and His Mishpatim [righteous judgments] [All of these together are The Torah], and hearken unto His voice.”

His voice IS HIS TORAH.  Even Sha’ul knows this, and equates the Torah to the very Breath of G-d, or “Ru’akh”, what many call ‘spirit’, saying, “The Torah IS RU’AKH” [Rom 7:14].  Your breath is your voice.  G-d is not any different.

His SHEEP know HIS voice.  The voice of replacing the Mitzvot of G-d with those commands from MEN is NOT the voice of G-d, whether it is a Jewish voice or not.

The nature of the “Ro’eh HaTov” narrative is that there is only ONE Ro’eh, but there are MANY “thieves and bandits.”  What gets lost in translations is that ‘bandit’ is “shoded”, and has the root word “shed”, or ‘demon’ in it.  Sha’ul tells us to stay away from ‘doctrines of demons.’  In that context, he writes that in the last days men will turn from “The Emunah” [firm faith], and listen to evil spirits and תּוֹרוֹת שֶׁל שֵׁדִים  .  “The ‘laws’ of demons.”  The ‘Torahs’ of demons… MEN’s commands/laws.  Men replacing HIS TORAH with their own ‘law’/’doctrines’ or teachings.  And EVERY stream of faith seems to do this.  They IGNORE the SABBATH, and replace it with ‘sun-day’, they IGNORE the rest of Lev 23 and replace HIS TIMES with all manner of pagan observance…. And they do not care.  They do NOT listen to HIS VOICE.  They completely disregard the PLAIN MEANING of His word for TWISTED ‘logic,’ in order to justify NOT doing what G-d Himself said to do, and thereby ignoring HIS SON, who DID what G-d His Father said to do, and taught THE WORD, the TORAH.

MOST people today are blind AND deaf.  They cannot ‘see’ truth, even though they ‘see’ that Yeshua is the Son of G-d.  They even ‘understand’ that He is THE Shepherd of Yisra’el, but by and large, most men follow OTHER ‘shepherds,’ who are not shepherds at all, but thieves and bandits, ‘hired help’ that do NOT KNOW Messiah’s ways. [Ezekiel 34]

Consider this: Yeshua came to the LAST ‘congregation,’ and said this:

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot; it is better to be either cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich, and my wealth has increased, and I need nothing;’ and you do not know that you are miserable, and helpless, and poor, and blind, and naked. I advise you to buy of me gold refined in the fire, that you may become rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, so that the shame of your nakedness may not be seen; and anoint your eyes with salve, that you may see. I rebuke and chasten all those whom I love; be zealous, therefore, and repent.

Again, a good Jew would know that the ‘gold refined in the fire’ is commands of THE TORAH!  And in the SAME context where His Torah and its precepts are called ‘fine gold,’ the concept of seeing and being corrected is expounded!

“The Torah of יהוה is perfect, restoring the soul [echoed in Ps 23 already mentioned]; the testimony of יהוה is sure, making wise the simple [the blind man against the P’rushim]. The precepts of יהוה are right, rejoicing the heart; the Mitzvah of יהוה is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of יהוה is clean, enduring forever; the ordinances of יהוה are true, they are righteous altogether; More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold [refined in the fire]; sweeter also than honey, and the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is Your servant warned; in keeping of them there is great reward. [Yeshua promised REWARD to those who ‘repent’.  To ‘repent’ is to TURN BACK TO TORAH] Who can discern his errors? Clear me from hidden faults.”

Are you going to remain ‘blind’ and ‘deaf’ just because your forebears did?  Would you love THEM, MORE than you love G-d?  More than you love His Son, the King of the Jews?  Is He TRULY YOUR King, or do you just give Him lip service?

One day, many will stand in front of Yeshua on their own laurels and try to ‘get into heaven’ by their speaking in His Name, having ‘believed’ in Him, even claiming to do the wonders HE does:

“A great many will say to me [Yeshua] in that day, ‘My Adon, My Adon, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out devils, and in your name do many wonders? Then I will declare to them, “I have never known you; keep away from Me, O you that work iniquity.”

Keeping the Torah is NOT about becoming saved, it is about expressing LOVE for the ONE who saved us from iniquity, the breaking of Torah.  It is about understand what sin IS, and that we are to leave it behind.  ALL of it.  [1 Jo 3:4].  Love HIM, by doing what G-d says to do, in every area of your life, ESPECIALLY in the WAY in which you approach Him to worship Him.  Read any book of the “OT” and you’ll see how important our approach to Him is.  Today, we indeed approach Him through and because of the blood of Messiah Yeshua.  But, do not trample on that blood by ignoring what G-d says is truth.

Just consider this ONE command: “Remember the Sabbath day, to consecrate it.”  Undo it?  Throw it away?  Find ONE VERSE that says to do so, and I’ll join you.

“As for me and my house, we will SERVE  יהוה  .”

You are NOT free to break Torah, you are FREE to KEEP IT!  You were once bound in SIN [breaking Torah] and now do not have to fear your imperfections!  Don’t be BLIND by doctrines of men, and DEAF to HIS VOICE.

“I advise you to buy of me gold refined in the fire, that you may become rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, so that the shame of your nakedness may not be seen; and anoint your eyes with salve, that you may see. I rebuke and chasten all those whom I love; be zealous, therefore, and repent.”

 

Rebuild!

You believe Messiah is returning soon.
You do well.
Are you REALLY prepared for that? Probably NOT!
You’re being misled.
They call the Sacred Scriptures “old”.
They call the covenant of Messiah ‘new’.
They say G-d changed the Sabbath, yet there is NOT ONE PLACE IN HIS WORD that instructs us to do so, nor anywhere in the “NT” where they did so themselves.
The first many thousands of Jews had Jewish heads of congregations
They got together to decide what GENTILES should do to remain in fellowship IN THE SYNAGOGUE.
They QUOTED what is now called ‘the old testament.’
11In that day will I raise up the Sukka of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof, and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old; 12that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all the Goyim, upon whom My Name is called, says יהוה that does this.”
That is the verse, directly out of the Navi [Prophet] that Ya’akov [James], Yeshua’s own flesh and blood brother, spoke to the JEWISH believers, in determining what Torah Laws gentiles SHOULD keep.
Here is the quote from Ya’akov directly out of the “NT”:
16‘After this I will return, and I will set up again the Sukka of David which has fallen down; and I will repair what has fallen from it, and I will set it up, 17so that so that the a remnant of the sons of Man may seek after יהוה , and also all the Goyim upon whom My Name is called; so said יהוה , who does all these things.’
Not very different at all…
So, a “NT” Jew is quoting an “OT” Jew, to determine what the GENTILES who believe in the Messiah should DO:
abstain from defilement by sacrifices to idols [mary and saints included] [Lev 19 and 20]
abstain from sexual impurity [Lev 18 and 20]
abstain from ‘strangled meat’ or uncooked meat [Lev 17]
do not eat blood [Lev 19-20, 11, Deu 14]
This was THE MINIMUM requirement, to CONTINUE to worship with Jews in the SYNAGOGUE ON THE SABBATH!
Ya’akov goes on to say that the REASON these are the very MINIMUM that Gentiles should keep is this:
BECAUSE Moshe, since early generations, has those who declare him [Moshe is synonymous with Torah, Genesis-Deuteronomy] in the Beit K’nessets [Synagogues] in every city who read him on every Yom Shabbat.”
This occurs in Acts 15. Read Acts 13-14 and SEE that the Gentiles who were coming to faith in Messiah were ALREADY in the SYNAGOGUES!
“Our fathers have inherited lies”.
We are STILL RE-building the fallen Sukka of David. The Sukka of David is where David established the ORDER OF WORSHIP for the Temple, also practiced in the Synagogues.  It took Ezra 20 years to ‘rebuild’ the second temple.  It has taken us 2000 years to rebuild David’s ‘sukka’.  And just like FAKE workers arrived to help Ezra, so also FAKE believers pretend to help those who TRULY love יהוה .
WAKE UP, you who follow Messiah! SEE what the WORD says, and discard what MAN distorts of it! PLEASE.
RETURN to HIM!!!!
The false believers infested the congregations EARLY, that’s why the “Letters” of the “NT” and the Hitgalut [Revelation] were written….to CORRECT the faithful!  LIARS TOOK OVER in 325 AD, and perverted the truth…. there IS ‘truth’ in the perversion, but, HIS PEOPLE, upon whom HIS NAME is ACTUALLY ‘called’, are to COME OUT OF HER…. the GREAT harlot who DISTORTS His word by mixing it with paganism……
If you keep ‘sunday’, you are catholic… and you are misled by ‘preachers’ who make money off of you. Ezekiel 34.
Messiah is coming for a SPOTLESS bride, NOT a harlot!

No Yoke!

“Come to me, all of you who are struggling and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and LEARN from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

What exactly is Messiah’s “yoke”?

Yeshua had just said to them: ” Well, the proof of wisdom is in the actions it produces.”

The Kingdom of Heaven is about “produce”, “fruit”, “action”, “change”, and all of these require “work.”

Yokhanan haShaliakh, Yeshua’s beloved friend, writes this:

“If we SAY we have friendship with Him [Yeshua] and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not PERFORM the TRUTH….”

The “action” word there is “po’al”, and means to “do a work.”

“If any man will not work, he must not eat.” [2 Tim 3:10] This is a basic truth most right-thinking people accept; BUT, those same “right thinking” people DENY that this is true in the Kingdom of Elohim! Yes, Yeshua did say that the work of G-d is to “believe in the one whom He has sent.” BUT, Yeshua also taught that this “belief”, which is “trust”, produces action! And that action eventually produces ‘salvation’. Yeshua said, “If you want to obtain eternal life, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS.”

People work so hard to prove to the world they deserve a respectable place in society, but at the same time look over and over for excuses NOT to do the hard work of the KINGDOM: CHANGE ONESELF, training oneself to WALK AS HE WALKED.

People SAY they want to be like Yeshua, but do not desire to LEARN FROM HIM, to learn what HIS yoke is.

He did come to set us free! But, at the same time, to teach us! Teach us what? TO KNOW HIM. [Jer 31:30-33]

When He said “yoke”, He was not mincing words. There is a certain type of ‘labor’, a certain type of “burden” that those who follow Messiah must have, must “do.” Shaul called it SLAVERY! You’ll see He’s expounding what Yeshua said about the yoke!

Romans 6:16-23

“Don’t you know that if you present yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, then, of the one whom you are obeying, you are slaves – WHETHER OF SIN, which leads to death, or of OBEDIENCE, which leads to being made righteous? By G-d’s grace, you, who were once SLAVES TO SIN, obeyed from your heart the pattern of TEACHING to which you were exposed; [MEN’S DOCTRINES] and after you had been set free from sin, you became ENSLAVED TO TZEDAKA!!!!. I am using popular language because your human nature is so weak. For just as you used to offer your various parts as slaves to impurity and opposition to TORAH, which led to more opposition to Torah; so now offer your various parts as SLAVES to righteousness, which leads to being made holy, set apart for G-d. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness; but what benefit did you derive from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end result of those things was death. However, now, freed from sin and ENLSAVED [yoked] to G-d, you do get the benefit – it consists in being made holy, set apart for G-d, and ITS END RESULT IS ETERNAL LIFE. For what one earns from sin is death; but eternal life is what one receives as a free gift from G-d, in union with the Messiah Yeshua Adoneinu.”

Entering into the renewed covenant in Messiah Yeshua indeed gives us the gift of life; but, it IS an agreement to be “bound.” To what? TO TRUTH! To be ‘confined’ by the Torah!

A “yoke” is an instrument placed on an animal to GUIDE IT.

This is why Yeshua said….”Take MY YOKE [Torah] upon you….

AND LEARN FROM ME….”

The “yoke” of bondage that Yeshua broke is the bondage of slavery to SIN.

“Anyone who sins breaks the Torah. Sin IS breaking Torah.” I John 3:4

He did NOT set us free so we could “run away” from Him. He set us free from our ENEMY [SIN] so that we could come into His house.

“I will RUN in the path of your COMMANDMENTS, for you have SET MY HEART FREE!” Tehillah 119:165

Yeshua said that His Yoke is easy, and his burden is light.

Look at what He told Yisra’el about the Torah:

“For this commandment which I command you this day, it is NOT TOO HARD for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say: ‘Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say: ‘Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?’ But THE WORD is very nigh unto you, in YOUR mouth, and in YOUR heart, that YOU MAY do it.” Deu 30

Yisra’el had turned from the Torah, and began to do MAN’S religion, to follow MAN’S rules, by which they measured one another’s righteousness. We are supposed to measure OUR OWN LIVES, and to do so BY THE TORAH.

Ya’akov [James], Yeshua’s brother, tell us this plainly:

“DO NOT DECEIVE YOURSELVES by only hearing what the Word [Torah, Commandment, see above in deu 30] says, but DO IT! For whoever hears the Word but does NOT DO what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror, who looks at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But if a person looks closely into the PERFECT TORAH, WHICH GIVES FREEDOM, and continues to, becoming not a forgetful hearer but a DOER OF THE WORK it requires, THEN he will be blessed in what he does.”

LEARN FROM MESSIAH! He is The TORAH in a Body [John 1:14]. The “rest” Yeshua alluded to is the “Menukhah” of Shabbat. The Shabbat is the cornerstone of the “works.” It was given to mankind in the Garden of Eden. Yeshua called Himself the “Adon of the Shabbat”, the master of the Sabbath.

The very first thing Adam DID was KEEP THE SABBATH! He was created on the SIXTH DAY, and he RESTED with Elohim on the 7th day. Yeshua said, “you will find rest for your souls,” IF we take this ‘yoke’ upon ourselves. Elohim rested His “SOUL” on Shabbat. The fourth commandment tells us to do the same, and Yeshua is echoing these words.

On Shabbat, we take off the burdens of this world, and we take ONLY the ‘burden’ of learning His Word, of learning WHO MESSIAH IS, and how to be like Him. We enter into His rest each week. One day, we will enter it permanently, IF WE ABIDE IN HIM!

“He that says he abides in Him ought himself also so to walk His TORAH WALK [Halakha].” 1 John 2:6

Are you REALLY learning of Yeshua by emulating Constantine and the rest of the pagan world? REALLY?

Halelu Et Shem יהוה

Lunch Break special!
This song was birthed in prayer…
Each Shabbat, we [the Men of Bat Tzion] pray from the Psalms in the sanctuary, to prepare for worship.
One morning, I was in Ps 135, and I ‘heard’ a melody and rhythm to verses 19-21. Then, I got to Ps 115, saw very similar verses [9-11], and ‘heard’ and felt the same thing there.
I got on the piano later that evening and worked out this song, and we started singing it in service.
THEN, Lisa kept saying, ‘it needs to be longer,’ or ‘we need another verse.’
So, a few days before Pesakh [Passover], I was in Ps 118 during my lunchtime prayers, and the same thing happened there, with verses 2-4, and 29, and we added another verse~!
The thing is, this was JUST IN TIME for Passover, when Yeshua sang the Hallel [Matti 26:30] as they were going out to the garden on Har HaZetim [Mt. Olives]. It is customary to recite the Hallel, Psalms 113-118 and 135 on Passover! This is why the crowd shouted, “Hoshia Na! Barukh HaBah B’Shem יהוה ” [Save us now, Blessed is He who comes in the Name יהוה ] when Yeshua entered the city, FOR PASSOVER!
I hope you enjoy it!

 

English

Let us praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us praise the Name of יהוה…
Let us praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us praise the Name of יהוה…

O House of Yisra’el, Bless יהוה
O House of Aharon, Bless יהוה
O House of Levi, Bless יהוה
O You who Fear יהוה, Bless יהוה ….
Let us praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us praise the Name of יהוה…
Let us praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us praise the Name of יהוה…

O House of Yisra’el, Trust in יהוה
O House of Aharon, Trust in יהוה
He is their Help and He is their Shield
O You who Fear יהוה, Trust in יהוה ….

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Bless יהוה out of Tzion, The One who dwells in Yerushalayim, Let us praise the Name of יהוה…

Let us praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us praise the Name of יהוה…
Let us praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us praise the Name of יהוה…

Let Yisra’el please now say “His Compassion endures forever”
Let the House of Aharon say “His Compassion endures forever”
O You who Fear יהוה say “His Compassion endures forever”
Let us give thanks to יהוה , for His Compassion endures forever…

[Slow]
Bless יהוה out of Tzion, The One who dwells in Yerushalayim, Let us praise the Name of יהוה…

Let us praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us praise the Name of יהוה…
Let us praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us Praise Yah, Let us praise the Name of יהוה…

Get the 11 Out!

“Therefore cast away ALL filthiness and all the multitude of evil things, and receive with meekness the implanted Davar [Jewish synonym for “Torah”; Ya’akov/James was a Jew, wait for it], which is able to save your souls. But be doers of HaDavar [Torah, Gen-Deut], and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any is a hearer of HaDavar and not a DOER, he is like a man who sees his face in a mirror; for he sees himself and goes his way and forgets how HE looked. But whoever looks into the TORAH [the word “Torah” is actually in the text, even in the GREEK] of complete liberty and ABIDES IN IT is not merely a hearer of it, which can be forgotten, but a DOER OF THE WORK, and this man shall be blessed in his labor.”

Do you read The Word with the PRECONCEPTION that the Torah is inapplicable? If so, how do you reconcile yourself with THIS passage [and many others], in the NT, that CLEARLY and PLAINLY shows us the relevance of Torah.

Have you thrown it away without knowing the beauty of it, and what is actually in it?

Have you forgotten/never learned that EVERY SCRIPTURE in the ‘NT’ is based on Torah, and expounding Torah, and does NOT stand independently of it?

More importantly, if you are looking for a TRANSFORMATION of CHARACTER, AFTER Yeshua, the Son of G-d, put His Ru’akh [Breath of Life] inside of you, why are you turning AWAY from the source of His Power: THE WORD [HaDavar]? He has given us each a whole MEAL, why eat only the dessert [NT].

“But strong meat belongs to those who are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised, having LEARNED to make a distinction between good and evil.”

Not doing His Word is evil. [Shabbat being a pivotal proof, just as it was for Israel in Ex 16].

Mixing faith in G-d with pagan rite is evil.

Talking like the world talks is evil.

Thinking in vain philosophies rooted in ‘humanity’ is evil.

Lusting after this world, the things of it, the flesh of it, is evil.

Treating people contemptibly is evil.

Justifying sins that G-d says are sins is evil.

Making the G-d of the Bible out to be something other than who He is is evil.

Denying that Yeshua is the Son of G-d, and that ONLY HIS BLOOD can cleanse us and make us righteous is EVIL.

Denying that there is a WAY in which Yeshua expects us to walk is evil.

All of these things are taught in Torah, EVEN that Yeshua is His Son and our Savior. But you cannot ‘see’ it, because you have preconceptions taught you by evil men whose motives are perverse. [Money, fame, notoriety, continuation of tradition for tradition’s sake].

“Come out from among them and be separate, says יהוה, and I will receive you.”

Your religion is not ‘right’ just because you inherited it. Yeshua did not save you to leave you just as you were, or to make you like everyone else, but to compel YOU to look into HIS WORD and be transformed by it. His WHOLE word.

“Let G-d be true, and every man a liar.”

This world, its people, will all lie to you, and deceive you, and make you ‘think’ you’re ‘happy’, and that you have ‘made it’. A whole congregation thought so back in the 1st century:

“You say, ‘I am rich, and my wealth has increased, and I need nothing;’ and you do not know that you are miserable, and helpless, and poor, and blind, and naked. I advise you to buy of me gold refined in the fire [Torah, Ps 19], that you may become rich; and white raiment [Torah, Hit 12], that you may be clothed, so that the shame of your nakedness may not be seen; and anoint your eyes with salve, that you may see. I rebuke and chasten all those whom I love; be zealous, therefore, and REPENT. [He is speaking to a BELIEVING CONGREGATION] Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne, even as I also overcame and have sat down with Avi [My Father] on His throne. He who has ears, let him hear what HaRu’akh [Spirit, Breath of Life] says to the congregations.”

Those words were spoken to believers…