Junior, Put the Evidence in the FRONT seat!

I read Hebrew all the time; I speak it all the time in my head, since I have no one with whom to speak it out loud. So, I tend to use Hebrew words/terms and transliterate Hebrew names into English versus using the English translation. For me, it is practically second nature now. I realize that is not so of most, even of many of those who attend our congregation.  That’s why I’ve added our congregation’s glossary to the bottom of my posts.

Most everyone knows I am a Messianic Jew, and the overseer of such a congregation. But, many, many of you do not understand what that means; and many have a misconception/preconception about me that is not accurate, maybe more than one. I do not, not for a second, believe that one ‘works his way into the Kingdom;’ neither do I believe that one ‘earns’ his ‘righteousness’ through any works of the Torah.

Just as Paul [Sha’ul] was FALSELY accused of teaching that, so have I been accused, and so have some of you understood, without actually having had a conversation with ME about it, by simply asking.

I have lost friends over that misconception!  Good, long-time friends who would not endeavor to understand me.  It’s really bizarre.

People have ‘unfriended’ me for taking something I stated out of context. I found out an old Navy friend would not ‘friend’ me when he discovered I was Messianic/Jewish.

So, I am here both to set the record straight, and to clarify exactly what is meant by the difference between ‘following the Torah of Messiah in obedience’ and ‘being under the law.’

You may ask any one of the long-time fellow congregants of mine, or the astute newcomers who pay attention, and they will tell you heartily that we do NOT teach that one must observe the Torah in order to obtain ‘righteousness.’ In fact, I specifically and often teach just the opposite.

First, what is the “Torah”?  It is what is translated as ‘law’ in most decent “New Testament” scriptures. Specifically, however, it is the first five books, the books of Moses [Moshe], Genesis through Deuteronomy.

But, Torah does not mean ‘law;’ it means “Teaching”, or “Instruction.” It contains ‘laws,’ and ‘commands,’ or mitzvot, khukim, mishpatim, pakidim, the Hebrew words being rendered commands, ‘statutes’, ‘judgments/ordinances’, and ‘laws.’ It, the Torah, is so much more than those, however. It contains ‘precepts,’ ‘principles,’ ‘promises,’ ‘prophecies,’ ‘blessings’, ‘curses,’ poems, songs, and more, as well as all those statutes, ordinances, etc. All of these together constitute the ‘Instruction of a Father.’

It was NEVER meant that one gains ‘righteousness’ by it; but, it DOES and plainly says that one gains LIFE by it. Why? Because all these beautiful guidelines are together a single picture of the perfection of Messiah Yeshua! “Messiah is the goal at which the Torah aims.” [Romans 10:4]

The Torah itself says that Abraham was ‘justified’ by HIS TRUST in G-d.

[I use that term to represent to you that the G-d of Abraham has a Name, and it is יהוה . The dash invokes the notion that He is not just any ‘god’, like ‘Allah,’ or ‘Krishnah,’ or any other entity named ‘god.’]

Abraham TRUSTED in יהוה , and it was ‘charged to his account’ as ‘righteousness.’ The biblical term there is ‘tzedaka,’ which is from the word ‘tzedek,’ and is meant as a ‘legal’ term. It means, ‘having been made right,’ ‘having been made ‘just’.’ What does that mean? It means having one’s own transgressions against the righteous Torah of G-d expunged off of his eternal record of wrong. Sin is quite simply when one breaks the Torah, or disobeys it. [I John 3:4] Our sins were written down. Righteousness means having a clean slate. Abraham’s eternal ‘account’ is wiped clean. Abraham was a sinner just like the rest of us, and still sinned after having received his righteousness in Genesis 15. But, because he TRUSTED the G-d that spoke to him, his account was ‘considered purged clean.’ The record of his sin was erased.

In all of the prophecies spoken to Abraham, the Messiah’s coming was predicted, and Abraham looked forward to that coming, trusting that one day G-d would indeed ‘justify’ many, through that promised one.

Because he trusted, he obeyed! His obedience did NOT change his eternal status! But, his obedience did ‘testify’ to those around him that he trusted! And, that he obeyed the voice of G-d!

“Because Abraham kept my charge, my statutes, my decrees, and my laws.” G-d told Abraham’s son that he was keeping his promise to Abraham through him, Isaac [Yitz’khak] BECAUSE of ABRAHAM’S OBEDIENCE.

Obedience is the ‘evidence’ of TRUST; it is the ‘substance,’ the visible ‘substance’ of faith, that MOVES the HAND of G-d.

So, while no one is given a clean slate because of any torah-keeping, being obedient to His Torah is the ‘proof’ that we have heard of the Messiah and trusted in Him, and received the promise from Him.

Yeshua says this…

He says that anyone who teaches those who trust in Him to disobey the Torah will be called the least significant in His kingdom. And, in contrast to that, He says that anyone who DOES the Torah, and also teaches others to do so [obey torah], will be called more significant in His Kingdom. He is very, very plain about this. Read Matthew 5:17-19, and know that when he said ‘law,’ he said Torah.

This is what is meant by James [Ya’akov], the brother of Yeshua, when he writes what we are reading in our weekly reading schedule this week:

“Even so, by itself, faith without works is dead. For a man may say, “You have faith and I have works;” show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one Elohim; you do well. The demons also believe, and they tremble. Would you know, O weak man, that faith without works is dead? Was not our father Avraham justified by works, when he raised Yitz’khak his son upon the altar? You can see how his faith helped his works, and how by works his faith was made perfect. And the scripture was fulfilled which said, “Avraham trusted Elohim, and it was accounted to him for tzedaka;” and he was called the Friend of Elohim. You see then how a man by works becomes righteous, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rakhav the harlot justified by works when she welcomed the spies and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”

So, Abraham’s faith was ‘made perfect’ by his works: ‘Abraham kept my charge, my statutes, my decrees, and my laws.’

Now, for one who is trusting in his own works to ‘make him just’, that one has indeed fallen out of grace, and this is what the book of Galatians does teach. This is what it means to be ‘under the Torah;’ TO BREAK IT!  Trying to be made just by it is a failure, because the Torah itself says we are justified by EMUNAH! THAT is the error of the Galatians! Because no one can be made righteous by keeping commands! This means that the one doing this is not trusting in the Messiah’s blood! So, he is BACK under the punishment of the Torah! But, every human who is not trusting is also held ‘under’ the weight of the Torah on Judgment Day, because the Torah tells the WORLD to trust in Messiah!  [Rom 10:4]  They are condemned, if they do not learn to trust. We have never taught that a person is justified by doing the Torah, and neither do we try to earn any better place with G-d by doing what He says to do. But, being obedient indeed DOES make our faith ‘perfect,’ or ‘full.’

That word for ‘perfect’ does not mean the same to ancient Jews as it does to us, but our English word gets us thinking in the right direction.

The word is ‘full’ in Hebrew. ‘Complete.’

It is only used one other time in the renewed covenant scriptures, in Philippians 3:12. And it is interesting that in that passage, Paul is teaching about trying to reach the perfection of Messiah, the ‘goal,’ of His perfection. Remember, Romans says that the Messiah is the ‘goal’ at which Torah aims! The word Torah is rooted in a term for ancient archery, meaning AIMING AT A TARGET. The ‘instruction’ is like the finger of the archer pointing at the bullseye. So, Paul is striving for making his faith ‘perfect’, by obedience! Just like Abraham!

“Not as though I had already attained or were already PERFECT; but I am striving that I may reach that for which Yeshua HaMashiakh appointed me. My brethren, I do not consider that I have reached the goal; but this one thing I do know, forgetting those things which are behind, I strive for those things which are before me; I press on toward the GOAL to receive the prize of victory of the highest calling of Elohim through Yeshua HaMashiakh.”

So, those of us who keep the Torah, observing His Sabbath, keeping His Feasts, eating ‘clean food,’ ALONG WITH striving NOT to judge, or to covet, or to commit adultery, or to murder, or to steal, or to lie, do so NOT to try to become any more righteous than anyone else who trusts, but to live out the ‘substance’ of our trust by obeying Him.

We can only know HIS WILL by reading HIS word!

It is by reading HIS word that we learn what day the Sabbath is. It is by reading His word that we learn what ‘food’ is. It is by reading HIS word that we learn what ‘holidays’ to keep. It is by HIS word alone, and not by our traditions.

Yes, many of the Jews of Yeshua’s day were trying to become righteous by their own Torah deeds; and they were teaching that to new believers. They themselves had not trusted in Yeshua! Paul tells us they were false brothers! They pretended to believe, to try to get the new Gentile converts to Messianic trust to join them in their own form of ‘righteousness,’ which went against the Torah! The very Torah they claimed to teach. NOT ALL JEWS taught this! And, Paul never once told them not to obey! He only told them not to trust in their own works to justify themselves legally before G-d, to claim salvation because of works, and then he and every other apostle compelled the believers to DO THE WORKS OF THE TORAH. They were following the Messiah’s instructions:

“For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one yod, nor a tiny stroke shall pass away from the Torah, until everything comes to pass. Whoever therefore tries to loosen even one of these smallest mitzvot [commandments], and teaches men so, he shall be regarded as small in Malkhut HaShamayim [The Kingdom of Heaven]; but anyone who observes and teaches them, he shall be regarded as great in Malkhut HaShamayim.[The Kingdom of Heaven]”

There are commandments that tell us to do things, and there are commandments that tell us not to do things. We are commanded to keep His Sabbath. We are likewise commanded not to worship HIM in the ways [and at the times] that others worship their gods. We are commanded to eat meat; we are also commanded not to eat certain types of meat. These are all the ‘easy’ commandments that most people forget to care about. The hard ones are: to practice love for our enemies, to forgive those who offend us, to show mercy to sinners. These things are difficult to do. We are to do them, WITHOUT FORGETTING to do the easy ones! [Matthew 23:23] And without TWISTING his words to suit our personal desires.

This is what our congregation teaches, and that for which we strive.

I hope this clears things up for someone! I hope someone who may have been on the verge of deleting me at least decides to see my heart! I love the SAME Messiah that I met in my youth in southeast Texas; I am just ‘pressing on toward the GOAL to receive the prize of victory of the highest calling of Elohim through Yeshua HaMashiakh.’ I desire to obey Him, to show Him to others in TRUTH, removing confusion. And I hope to help as many others as would make their faith sure to do the same. “Examine yourselves, and see whether you are of the faith.”

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The Big Kahunah!

For the Kohen’s lips should keep knowledge, and THEY SHOULD SEEK THE TORAH at his mouth; for he is the Malakh  יהוה Tzeva’ot. Mal 2:7

” יהוה  has sworn, and will not relent: ‘You are a kohen for ever in the order of Malki Tzedek’.” Psalm 110:4

“For he testified of Him [Yeshua], ‘You are a kohen forever in the order of Malki Tzedek’.” Heb 7:17

“But Messiah has become the Kohen Gadol of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect Mishkan, not made with hands…” Heb 9:11

Reading the Haftarah from “Malakhi”, the prophet whose name means, “My Messenger”, I see again this reference to Messiah, the Malakh יהוה , the Messenger of יהוה , who manifested over and over to Yisra’el, and this is a foreshadowing of Messiah Yeshua, clearly.

He is our High Priest, and the Torah should be sought through Him, the only one who taught its depth, the only one who kept it pure, the only one who obeyed it perfectly, because there was no sin in Him.

When believers begin to understand more fully that the “יהוה” of the “Old Testament” is always a manifestation of the Yeshua of the “New Testament”, that the two are not “different”, changing entities, then we will all begin to be conformed into THE image that G-D is creating in us more quickly, and not an image of our own liking, conjecture, or mistaken understanding.

It is not about being “Jewish” in appearance, although sometimes obeying His Truth does make it seem that way. It is about being internally changed to take on His Nature:

” יהוה  , יהוה , El Rakhum V’Khanun, eirekh apayim v’rav khesed v’emet ”

” יהוה  , יהוה , El [G-d], merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in compassion and truth; guardian of compassion unto the thousandth generation; forgiving iniquity and transgression, and sin, and pardoning;” [Ex 34:6-7]

The more I read His Torah, the more I ‘see’ His goodness, his GRACE, and how much He LOVES His people, those who fear Him and think on His Name, and trust that doing His Word is a blessing, and NOT a curse. It boggles my mind that the enemy has convinced so many believers that this beautiful book, the Torah of Moshe, is a curse. It is beyond my comprehension how persistent people are in that twisted thinking.

The Torah is not a curse, and the same biblical letters people quote to make that assertion warn us NOT to think that!

“For it is not the hearers of the Torah who are righteous before Elohim, but it is the doers of the Torah who shall be justified”. [Rom 2:13]

“What, then? Do we nullify the Torah through Emunah [faith] ? What profanity! On the contrary, we uphold the Torah!”. [Rom 3:31]

“What shall we say then? Is the Torah sin? What profanity! I would not have known the meaning of sin except by means of the Torah!” [Rom 7:7]

“Therefore the Torah is Kadosh, and the mitzvah [commandment] is Kadosh, and just, and good.” Rom 7:12

“For we know that the Torah is [of the] Ru’akh;”. [Rom 7:14]

“For I delight in the Torah of Elohim after the inward man.” [Rom 7:22]

“Now therefore with my mind I am a servant of the Torah of Elohim! But with my flesh I am a servant of the law of sin” [Rom 7:25]

[Remember, is the Torah sin? WHAT PROFANITY! 7:7 above]

“The carnal mind is enmity against Elohim [G-d], because it is not surrendered to the Torah of Elohim [G-d], indeed, it cannot be!” [Rom 8:7]

But a mind led of the Ruakh [Spirit] CAN BE surrendered to the Torah of Elohim, and will be, because the Torah IS RUAKH [Spirit]!

The Torah is also not a book of “rules and regulations”, but a letter of loving instructions on how to live a pure life. To fully understand it, we have to seek it from Messiah Yeshua, the Malakh יהוה  , our true High Priest, the manifestation of G-d the Creator, who stood before Avraham in the plains, and at Mamre, who wrestled with Ya’akov [Jacob], who stood in the burning bush before Moshe, who went before Yisra’el at the Red Sea, who appeared to Mano’akh, [Judges 13] and who manifested to Shmu’el as THE WORD [1 Sam 3]. All of these are manifestations of Yeshua, the Son of Elohim [G-d], who came out of the heart of His Father on occasion, but has manifested as the Nature of Elohim IN FLESH, forever.

HE ALONE is our High Priest, and we SHOULD seek the Torah [instructions] at HIS MOUTH.

I challenge anyone to read the words of Yeshua and prove that He rejected the Torah, the book of instruction that HE gave to Moshe in the first place. It cannot be done. “Messiah Yeshua is the same YESTERDAY [on Mount Sinai], Today, and FOREVER”. Heb 13:8

THIS is the King of the Jews?

Reading in Yokhanan 19:

A couple of things really stand out, and I’m going to take a little liberty here, just saying this is entirely possible, and something to think about:

They hung Yeshua to the tree, and a tablet of stone was placed on top of the stake that held Him to the tree.

On that tablet was an inscription first in Hebrew, THEN in Greek and then in Latin.

This tells me that Hebrew was STILL the primary language in Israel at the time; there were soldiers occupying the city, and they spoke Greek and Latin; when soldiers occupy, so do their families, and other ‘supporting’ personnel. THAT is who the LATTER two inscriptions were for.

Many people going into Yirushalayim passed by the execution, and that is why the tablet was placed there, and there had to be a reason it was written in Hebrew FIRST. Theologians have told you for centuries that Jews no longer spoke Hebrew, and that the Brit Khadashah was written in Greek. That is just another lie from the ilk of Constantine, the GREEK leader of the LATIN [Roman] Empire when the JEWISH nature of the faith was DESTROYED and replaced with GREEK/EGYPTIAN dogma and theology.

If they no longer spoke Hebrew, why the inscription in Hebrew at the top? If they spoke only Greek, there would have been no need for the Hebrew. If they spoke Aramaic [which many of them likely did, but NOT primarily] Why was it NOT written in Aramaic at all?

Secondly, in just a couple of verses prior, in the Aramaic text we are told that He was executed at a place “called Karafta IN HEBREW, and is called Galguta.” Why did the writer have to specify the Aramaic, if Aramaic was the primary language? And, why was not the ‘greek’ given? Both of these words mean ‘skull’, by the way. In the Greek texts it ‘seem’s like it is necessary to translate it, and many THINK that Golgotha is the Hebrew word; it is NOT! It is Aramaic!

Is there another reason why the inscription on stone was written in Hebrew? While Aramaic is very similar, and uses the same alef-bet, the words would have been markedly different for this phrase, and the ‘code’ that was possibly in it would not be there.

The Aramaic Peshitta text records this verse this way:

“And the writing was,   הָנָא יֵשׁוּע נָצרָיָא מַלכָּא דַיהוּדָיֵא   and in Hebrew this can be rendered:         זֶה יֵשׁוּעַ הַנָּצְרִי וּמֶלֶךְ הַיְּהוּדִים
“This is Yeshua The Netzri and King of the Jews.”

If one looks at the words in Hebrew, above, and takes the first letter starting on the second word [from right to left] one sees the following acrostic message:
יהוה
Couple that with the first word. זֶה , we have זֶה יהוה
“Ze יהוה”

“This is Yahu’ah”

If this is indeed how this message was written in Hebrew, it might explain why the religious Jews wanted it changed, as the next verse reads!

The ‘and’ in the phrase is a ‘vav’, and a ‘vav’ is a ‘nail’.  That letter is necessary to make the acrostic into His Name.  It is the third letter in the Name  יהוה , [right to left], affixed to the word “king” in this sentence.  The nail is in the “King” the first letter in וּמֶלֶךְ .  And that makes him יהוה .  While no ancient text has been found so recorded, what if Yokhanan might have originally penned it so, as he was the only one to record the Rabbi’s opposition to the writing.  Given that he was the ONLY male Talmid at the base of the tree when, and hence the only EYE WITNESS who wrote what was written over Yeshua, his testimony concerning the writing must be considered first and preeminent.  

This acrostic would be compelling, given what Shaul wrote to Philippi [2:11]:
וְכָל-לָשׁוֹן תּוֹדֶה כִּי יֵשׁוּעַ הַמָּשִׁיחַ הוּא יהוה לִכְבוֹד אֱלֹהִים הָאָב

“And every tongue will confess that Yeshua HaMashiakh, He is יהוה , to the glory of Elohim, His Father”

The Name is not seen in Greek texts at all, because Constantine did not honor it. He changed it to “Kurious”, which means “Lord” the title of Zeus, on of other pagan deities. Look at what Jeremiah warns us about that:

“How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy LIES? yes, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; which think to cause my people to FORGET MY NAME by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten My Name for “Lord.”

This was happening in Israel when Yirme-Yahu prophesied, and it happened again in ‘christianity’. No surprise, man has a hard time staying true to the Creator. [Constantine created christianity by telling the believing world he had a ‘dream’ that he saw a ‘sign’; that sign was a pagan symbol]

Acrostic messages in Hebrew scriptures are very, very common. I wish I had time to share more of them. In Genesis there is an acrostic message that is layered and complex:

Genesis 5 contains the ‘begats’ that most people hate to read. The meaning of the names of the men in this passage is the first layer of the ‘message’:

“Man is appointed mortal sorrow, but the blessed of God shall come down, teaching that His death shall bring the troubled COMFORT”.

These are the meanings of the names: Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalallel, Yerod, Khanokh, Metuselah, Lamekh, No’akh.

Further in this is an acrostic on these names:

Alef, Shin, Alef – I will forgive
Kof, Mem, Yod – my enemies
Khet, Mem, Lamed – compassionately

And it goes further in Moshe’s geneology, which I don’t have time to share!

Rabbi Kaduri, who died in about 2005, used an acrostic message out of the book of Nehemiah to tell his Rabbi son that the name of the Messiah was Yehoshua: Yeshua! It raised a stink in Israel, and has caused many ORTHODOX Jews to convert to trust in Messiah Yeshua!

It is an established, historical FACT that the gospel of Matti [Matthew] was written originally in Hebrew, and that the Jewish believers in Messiah in the fourth century CLUNG to that text. Constantine had forced the gentile believers to read only the newly translated greek versions. Wonder why?

It is my contention, and has been for quite some time, that all the gospels were penned originally in Hebrew. If Yokhanan was, then there was likely an acrostic hanging over the head of the Messiah while He hung on the tree.

Matthew, Mark, and Luke’s version of what was written over His head at His death is slightly different, but, don’t forget, YOKHANAN was the ONLY male friend of Yeshua who was an eye witness to His dying on the tree, to seeing word for word what was written there!

Is this why Tzefan-Yah prophesied the following?

“For then will I restore for the people a PURE language, that they may all call upon the Name  יהוה , to serve HIM in ONE ACCORD.”

Where You Is?

נִתַּן לִי כָּל שִׁלְטוֹן בַּשָּׁמִַים וּבָאָרֶץ. וּכְמוֹ שֶׁשְּׁלָחַנִי אָבִי, גַּם אֲנִי שׁוֹלחֵַ אֶתְכֶם. יטעַל כֵּן לְכוּ וַעֲשׂוּ אֶת כָּל הַגּוֹיִים לְתַלְמִידִים, וְהַטְבִּילוּ אוָֹתם בְּשֵׁם הָאָב וְהַבֵּן ורְוּחַ הַקּדֶֹשׁ; כוְלַמְּדוּ אוָֹתם לִשְׁמֹר אֶת כָּל מַה שֶּׁצִִּוּיתִי אֶתְכֶם. וְהִֵנּה אֲנִי עִתָּכֶם כָּל הַיָּמִים, עַד לְקֵץ הָעוֹלָם

“All power in Heaven and on earth has been given to me. Just as Avi has sent me, I am also sending you. Go, therefore, and make talmidim of all nations, and immerse them in the Name of HaAv, and HaBen and Ru’akh HaKodesh, and teach them to obey everything that I have commanded you; and behold, I am with you every day, to the end of the age.”

Years ago, on my second ‘post-Navy’ job, I was working with a bunch of former military guys, and doing my best to live the life of Messiah before them, and to declare His Good News when I was given the opportunity, or told to.  One time I was really ‘told’ to, commanded to, and I did so reluctantly, as I was not very fond of the person; he was a miserable cuss, and I was certain he would just reject everything I said.  But, I managed to obey somehow.

On that job, three or four of us started meeting during our brief lunch hour to read scriptures together and pray.  An older man joined us, who were all in our twenties.  He was a former missionary.  After just a few days of meeting with us, he began to function as a recruiter, trying to convince all of us to become missionaries.  He used the verse cited above to justify his logic that we needed to go to third-world countries and declare the good news to them.  I kept insisting that this was not applicable to everyone who hears these verses!  “Make disciples of ALL NATIONS, it says; is America NOT in that roll of nations?”  Most of the young men agreed with me, as our desire was to declare his truth to the thirty or so men we worked with. I wish I had time to tell of all the things Yeshua did in our midst in the short time I worked there!

A few years later, after marrying the girl I was dating at the time, and after having lived in Kirbyville and then moving to Houston, I was frustrated more and more with the realm of christians and their thought processes and behaviors.  I had been called Satan simply for observing the Sabbath privately in our home, by ‘christians’ with whom I assembled on sun-day, as there was no Sabbath-keeping congregation with sound doctrine near us.  Their duplicity and apparent inability to read the plain meaning of scripture frustrated me.  Their lack of real character caused my wife and I to ‘bow out gracefully’ from places of leadership, and begin a time of prayer to ask Abba to create in our lives HIS Congregation as HE would have it.

During that time, a friend from Kirbyville called.  I was relating to him my frustrations, and he asked me, “what are you going to do, Daniel?”  “I’m going to MAKE BROTHERS to fellowship with.”  “Now you’re talking like your Father,” he said.  In spite of his lack of knowledge of truth and rejection of it, he prophesied nonetheless.

Shortly thereafter, three lost men asked me to teach them scripture, and ten years later, ten years ago now, our Congregation was ‘birthed’, or budded forth from the root that Messiah planted twenty years ago.

So many romanticize about ‘becoming a missionary’, thinking that they must travel abroad at the expense of the ‘church’ in order to bring His Good News to lost people.  They do not realize how lost Americans are!  How HUNGRY all the world is for truth.

Yeshua told us to MAKE Talmidim.  A Talmid is a TORAH STUDENT!  And He proves it by further saying, “teach them to obey everything that I have commanded you.”  This is one of the places where today’s bad logic is betrayed.  Theologians and bible teachers/preachers SAY that Yeshua is divine, AS DO WE, [though they elevate him into the very same physical ‘essence’ of His Father, taking away His flesh and bone status as a man, forever], yet AT THE SAME TIME they DENY that the He taught the Mitzvot of His Father: the Torah.  In Matti 5-7, he clearly took many of the mitzvot and MADE THEM MORE STRONG than what we [Jews] formerly understood. He said very plainly, “Do not expect that I have come to weaken the Torah or the Nevi’im; I have not come to weaken it, but to expound it. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one yod, nor a stroke shall pass away from the Torah until everything comes to pass. Whoever therefore tries to loosen even one of these smallest mitzvot, and teaches men so, he shall be regarded as small in Malkhut HaShamayim; but anyone who observes and teaches them, he shall be regarded as great in Malkhut HaShamayim.”

Yeshua spoke very plainly here, saying basically he came to confirm/explain/expound the words of Torah.  Starting in the very next verse, and for two more chapters, He does EXACTLY THAT.  Yet ‘scholars’ and teachers today tell us NOT to teach the commandments of Torah.  And they tell us NOT to preach to those around us, but go to foreign nations and take up a career in being paid to ‘preach’ to far-distant lost souls.  What about our families, neighbors, friends, coworkers and those we mingle among every day in public?  Are THEY not among the nations?  Are THEY not lost?  Are they not in need of a Savior to deliver them from THEIR sin?

Yeshua said it: “Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields which have turned white, and have long been ready for the harvest.”

That was said in ISRAEL, 2,000 years ago!

There is PLENTY to do RIGHT WHERE WE SIT.

And there are PLENTY who may know who Messiah is, but they do not know HOW to walk His walk.  And they are hungry for meat, and being fed nothing but sugar, becoming malnourished and desperate for attention, and hence following EVERY wind of doctrine, and seeking out someone to scratch their itching ears and tell them they are okay ‘in christ’.

BE a talmid.  MAKE Talmidim.  It’s EASY to do overseas, where people are in despair. The HARDEST work of the kingdom is done here, in time of great prosperity, and ease, and amidst all manner of deceit and error.

I was SO pleased to hear a year or so after I left that job where that ‘missionary’ was so bent on sending us away, that the ‘miserable cuss’ to whom I had declared the Good News of Messiah had turned himself.  It was revealed to me during our conversation, by the Ru’akh, that he was a homosexual.  He came out to our coworkers while we were working in New Orleans, and I still only said ‘hi’ to him every day.  And the believers prayed.  I called one of those coworkers a year later, and the first thing he told me was that this ‘cuss’ had put his trust in Messiah Yeshua, and had been delivered of his lifestyle, and was a completely different, and HAPPY man.  You NEVER KNOW what your presence is doing, and your meager declaration, WHERE YOU ARE!  Trust in the SIMPLE declaration of HIS TRUTH.  He IS with you.  If you trust.

Abba! Tell us a Story!

HaDavar

“Yes, He loves the peoples, all His K’doshim, they are in Your hand; and they sit down at Your feet, receiving of Your words.”  D’varim 33:3

These last couple of weeks I have been wrapping up the ‘front matter’ for our “HaDavar יהוה ,” the new volume of scripture that we have been working on for the last seven years.  It is finally FINISHED, although I anticipate finding tiny things that need to be tweaked, I am confident that what is going to go to press is very clean, and very accurate.

While writing the ‘intro’, the magnitude of what it means to participate in putting together this book just really hit me.  The pages of this volume, like any other Bible, are giving people direct access to the very HEART of the Creator.  It is, in a sense, a mere ‘communication device,’ a vessel that carries the voice of G-d to those who would ‘Hear Him.’

Our congregants know that the “Shema” is the greatest of the mitzvot, and that the word ‘shema’ is the imperative of ‘hear’ and means ‘hear, such that you respond and do.’  One of my favorite times when I was raising my children was when we would sit down to read the scriptures.  I so badly wanted them to ‘hear’ His Word.  We would have dinner, and since I’m Navy, I’d eat like I was still in bootcamp, finishing long before everyone else.  So, I’d go to the piano and play worship music for a while, and then call the kids to my feet in the living room.  There were times when we had some really deep discussions, when they were littler.  They had such keen minds.

If just one family gets to enjoy this work, gets to open their children’s minds to the TRUTH of His Heart, then these last seven years will not have been spent in vain.  I truly ‘see’ His People sitting at HIS FEET, His ‘consecrated ones’, whom He LOVES, and hearing HIS HEART.  He so greatly desires to ‘commune’ with us, to speak to us, to share His Truth with us through His Ru’akh and because of His Son.

We will be making this new Bible available as soon as we choose a printer and know our final costs. I hope that everyone becomes excited about it, and that we can offer it as nicely bound as possible, and at a cost amenable to everyone.  And I hope that everyone who reads it truly does learn more of their Father, and of His Son and our Savior, Yeshua the Messiah.

“The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails well fastened are those that are composed in collections; they are given from One Shepherd.”  Kohelet 12:11