Truth — 09/18/2021
A Study of Matthew 23:2-3 And More
SHEM-TOV’s HEBREW MATTHEW
When Nehemia learned that there is a Hebrew version of Matthew, he went to the Hebrew University library on Mt. Scopus and found a book titled “The Gospel of Matthew according to a Primitive Hebrew Text” written by George Howard who is a competent American scholar. In this book, Nehemia found that it is an English translation of the Hebrew text and it contains linguistic and textural studies.
George Howard explained in his book that this version of the book of Matthew had been preserved by a 14th Century Spanish Jew named Shem-Tov Ibn Shaprut. This Hebrew version of Matthew is not to be confused with the Ba’al Shem-Tov, the Rabbinical “miracle worker” who founded Hasidism in the 18th Century; the Shem-Tov that preserved the Hebrew version of Matthew lived 400 years earlier. This 14th Century Shem-Tov lived in Spain during the Inquisition. This period was marked by the Disputatio, or in English “Disputations.” These Disputations were public debates forced on the Jewish people by Catholic oppressors.
To understand what one of these Disputations might have been, we can use the example of a Catholic bishop sending his storm troopers into a nearby Synagogue and dragging the local rabbi into the public square. Then the rabbi would be forced to defend the Jewish faith on the spot. If the rabbi lost, the local Jewish population could be forcibly converted to Catholicism. If he won, he could be charged with insulting the Catholic religion and be forced to flee for his life. The Disputation was really a no-win situation. Most Jews would agree that becoming a refugee is preferable to being forcibly converted to Catholicism.
Needless to say, the Catholic Church was anything but understanding. They had it all figured out according to their “dogma” teachings and understandings. Some of their teachings/doctrines are pure man-made. Scripture does not validate those teachings, yet they still hold fast to their “dogma.”
Nehemia found that in the 1980’s George Howard of Mercer University in Georgia had carried out a detailed linguistic study in which he showed that there were parts of the Shem-Tov’s Hebrew Matthew which could not have been easily explained as being translated from Greek. One of the things Howard found in the Hebrew Matthew is “word puns.” A word pun is a play on words that build on similar sounding Hebrew roots used multiple times with different meanings. These word puns are common throughout the Old Testament Scriptures. In Nehemia’s book he gives several examples you can understand from the Scriptures.
There is other evidence besides word puns which seem to support a Hebrew original. In some instances it seems as if the Greek Matthew does not make sense or presents a difficult reading while Shem-Tov’s Hebrew Matthew makes perfect sense. For example: In the Greek it says “For all the prophets until John.” (Matthew 11:13, KJV, Emphasis mine.) If we were Shem-Tov writing an argument against Catholic Christianity, we would have brought this among other verses as our first argument. Here in black and white the Greek Matthew says that the Old Testament (Hebrew Tanach) was not talking about Yeshua; the Tanach only prophesied up until John the Baptist while Yeshua’s ministry was not foretold by the Tanach. That’s what it says in the Greek Matthew! The Hebrew Matthew has a slightly but highly significant change. The Hebrew says “For all the prophets and the Torah spoke concerning John.” (Hebrew Matthew 11:13, Emphasis mine.) It is obvious that the Hebrew Matthew makes far more sense than the Greek version does. What the Hebrew Matthew is saying is that throughout the Tanach (Old Testament) there are references to a prophet such as John the Baptist. One could also point to Malachi’s final prophecy as an example.
In the Greek, the words “until” and “concerning” are substantially different but in Hebrew the difference is only one single letter. So, if Shem-Tov’s Hebrew Matthew were just a translation from Greek, then the Greek text on which it was based had a substantially different reading from the Greek Matthew known today. If the Shem-Tov Hebrew Matthew is just a translation from the Greek, why would the Hebrew translation make more sense than the Greek original? It would have been in Shem-Tov’s interest to have preserved this Greek reading which lays the groundwork for a solid argument against Catholicism, which was his stated goal. There is far more to this story in Nehemia’s book.
When we look at the Greek version translated into English of Matthew 23:2-3, it reads:
“2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.” (KJV, Emphasis mine.)
However, when Nehemia read the Hebrew version translated into English of the same verses, it reads:
“2 Saying, The Pharisees and sages sit upon the seat of Moses: 3 Therefore, all that he says to you, diligently do, but according to their reforms (takanot) and their precedents (ma’asim) do not do, because they talk but they do not do.” (Shem-Tov’s Hebrew Matthew, Emphasis mine.)
There are four general classifications of Rabbinic “oral” law systems. They are as follows:
Halacha (Rabbinic): A law or laws derived directly from a manipulated interpretation of Scripture (midrash/discussion) or Rabbinic logic that oftentimes uses a proprietary series of filters from one or more of the many interpretation rules built on the seven rules of Hillel.
Minhagim: Customs are traditions enacted as law. This is built on the axiom, “minhag Yisrael torah hi” (a custom in Israel is Torah). The line is blurred between Rabbinic halacha (way of life) and minhag (custom).
Takanot and Gezerot: Enactments and decrees of the Rabbis, invented out of thin air, with no Scriptural justification. Simply, new religious laws framed with the authority of the oral law; an unabashed violation of Deuteronomy 4:2 and 12:32
Deuteronomy 4:2 “Do not add to the Word which I (Yahweh) command you, and do not take away from it, so as to guard the commands of יהוה (Yahweh) your Elohim (God) which I am commanding you.” (The Scriptures Translation—Also see Proverbs 30:6 and Revelation 22:18-19.) [Emphasis mine.]
Deuteronomy 12:32 “All the words I (Yahweh) am commanding you, guard to do it – do not add to it nor take away from it.” (The Scriptures Translation—Also see Proverbs 30:6 and Revelation 22:18-19.) [Emphasis mine.]
Ma’asim: The deeds or actions of Rabbis or sages, justifying how a tradition should be observed—the practicality of observance. The ma’asim (works) were derived from stories, incidents, and actions of Rabbis, not Scripture, making the ma’asim a source for new laws.
I thought it important to add this piece of information because some of you who will be reading this know about this and others have never heard of this or even know anything about it. This is the benefit of trying to learn what the Rabbi’s are thinking and how they have developed their own man-made rules of do’s and don’ts.
Moving forward. In the Hebrew Matthew, Yeshua is telling His disciples not to obey the Pharisees. If their claim to authority is that they sit in Moses’ Seat, then diligently do as Moses says!
To understand what has happened here, we must compare the Hebrew with the Greek. In the Greek, the disciples were commanded to obey “all that they (the Pharisees) say,” but in the Hebrew, this is a difference of only one single letter! In Hebrew, “he says” is yomar rmay while “they say” is yomru wrmay. The only difference between the two in an un-pointed Hebrew text is the addition of the extra vav w in yomru wrmay “they say.” This one little letter changes Yeshua’s message from an instruction to obey Moses (“all that he says”) to a commandment to obey the Pharisees (“all that they say”). What this tells us is the Greek translator misread the Hebrew text and thus he added the extra vav w and thus it changed the meaning of the text from what it originally started out being.
So, we can see that Yeshua was warning His disciples not to follow the takanot (Enactments and Decrees of the Rabbis) or man-made laws of the Rabbis. This is consistent with what Yeshua taught in Matthew 15:3, 6:
“3 Why do ye also transgress the commandments of God by your traditions? … 6 ye made the commandments of God of none effect by your tradition.” (KJV)
Interestingly, in the Hebrew of Matthew 15:3 the word translated as “tradition” is also takanot, “reforms that change biblical law!” So in the Hebrew Matthew there is a consistent thread throughout the book. Yeshua is preaching against the takanot, the Pharisaic reforms that change biblical law.
In the Greek Matthew 15:8-9 Yeshua then accuses the Pharisees of “teaching for doctrines the commandments of men,” supposedly a quote from Isaiah 29:13. However, this is not exactly what Isaiah says. Isaiah actually talks about “learning commandments of men.” The Hebrew Matthew has the precise quote from Isaiah, word for word which says “learned commandments of men.”
The other thing Yeshua is said to have warned His disciples about in the Hebrew Matthew is the ma’asim of the Pharisees. According to the Jastrow Dictionary, ma’asim are “precedents” or to be more precise, acts or deeds that serve as precedents. The concept of ma’asim is unique to Pharisaic Judaism. It is not surprising that the Greek translator of Matthew had no idea what it was referring to so he translated it literally as erga “actions or works.” But Yeshua was talking about the ma’asim of the Pharisees which is something very specific. When a Pharisee does not know the law (we are talking about the Rabbinic oral law and not the Law of Moses here) in a particular situation he looks for a precedent from one of his teachers. The Pharisees reason that if one of their teachers did a certain act it must be what the Oral Law requires. This is called a ma’aseh or in plural ma’ahim “precedents.” This concept is canonized in the Talmudic rule ma’aseh rav “precedent is a teacher” (Babylonian Talmud, Sabbath 21a). The Talmud cites numerous ma’asim from which practical laws are derived.
Learning precedents from the actions of the Rabbis is a “standard” method used by the Rabbis to derive religious law. There is no need for biblical proof in their mind because the Rabbinic precedent is even better according to them. They have given themselves power to make up laws as they so choose regardless if it is backed up by Scripture. Scripture is not a major factor when they make up these man-made laws. How sad!!!
According to the Hebrew Matthew, Yeshua is warning His disciples not to look to the ma’asim, the precedents to follow the takanot, the invented laws of the Rabbis. Instead, they are to listen to what Moses says, because after all the Rabbinic authority “claims” that they have this authority because they sit in Moses’ Seat. This is reminiscent of the teaching concerning the coin with the picture of Caesar on it noted in Matthew 22:20-21. If it is Caesar’s coin, give it to Caesar. If it is Moses’ Seat, do what Moses says.
THEY TALK BUT THEY DO NOT DO
Now we will take a look at the last few words in Matthew 23:3 where it is written:
…but according to their reforms (takanot) do not do, because they talk but they do not do (Hebrew Matthew version, Emphasis mine.)
What did Yeshua mean when He said “they do not do?” What is it that they do not do? Nehemia kept asking himself these questions thinking there is something missing here. Then the light bulb came on. He remembered the story about the Samaritans that is told in 2 Kings 17. When the Babylonian Gentiles first settled in Samaria they were stricken by a series of lion attacks. They asked the king of Assyria to send them a priest from the exiled Israelites to pay homage to the local god. This priest was of course one of those evil priests who had served at the high-places which was one of the great sins of the northern tribes ever since the time of Jeroboam (2 Kings 17:21-23). But at least this priest brought a copy of the Torah with him and began to teach the Samaritans about Yahweh. In the end, the Samaritans worshipped Yahweh while at the same time worshipping their foreign ancestral gods (2 Kings 17:28-21).
The way 2 Kings 17:34 is structured in Hebrew is it lays emphasis on the Samaritans doing “according to their statutes and their judgments” but “they do not do” according to the Torah. When Nehemia saw this, he knew he had found the solution to Matthew 23:3. Both verses had this seemingly inexplicable phrase “they do not do” which did not seem to fit. But it did fit when 2 Kings 17:34 was finally understood with correct Hebrew syntax. Yeshua was echoing the special style of 2 Kings 17:34 when He said about the Pharisees, “but according to their reforms (takanot) and their precedents (ma’asim) do not do, because they talk but they do not do” (Hebrew Matthew 23:3). 2 Kings 17:34 records a very similar thing about the Samaritans who follow “their statutes and their judgments” but “do not do” Torah. Yeshua was saying that like the Samaritans of old, the Pharisees have their own statutes and judgments which they follow, while at the same time they talk Torah but they do not do Torah. To emphasize this, Yeshua borrowed this unique phrase from 2 Kings 17:34 talking about the sins of the Samaritans and applied this to the Pharisees.
This concludes our study of Part 3 of Part 6 on A Study of Matthew 23:2-3 And More. Stay tuned for Part 4.
September 11, 2021
Deuteronomy 11 & 12 Second Corinthians 1
2 Corinthians 1:13 For we write none other things unto you,
than what ye read or acknowledge;
[as Apostle Paul is writing this,
the New Testament is not yet canonized; so,
obviously, Paul is speaking of the TaNaKh = OLD Testament!]
and I trust ye shall SHEMA [= hear & obey The OLD Testament]
even to the end;
As Apostle Paul, and his entourage, are preparing to enter even greater tribulation than they have already endured, he reminds us of Daniel 3:17 &18 when he says:
2 Corinthians 1:9-11 [NINE-ELEVEN? as TODAY’S DATE?!] But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that HE will yet deliver us; Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
Paul is echoing:
Daniel 3:17-18 If it be so, our God [H426 אלהּ EL-aw'] Whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and HE will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
Throwing this travel rig in reverse, we go back to Apostle Paul who is going back to Daniel who is going back to Moses — and VOILA! here we are:
(based on Paul’s writing to you and me in Romans chapter 11
about being “graffed in among them” ISRAEL)
This may seem like “TOO MUCH BIBLE;” but, this is OUR Pretrip Briefing as you and I are at the brink of the river crossing into The PROMISED LAND of ETERNITY!
Deuteronomy 11:1-28 Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep HIS charge, and HIS statutes, and HIS judgments, and HIS Commandments, alway. And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known [as you and me TODAY!], and which have not seen the chastisement of the LORD your God, HIS greatness, HIS mighty hand, and HIS stretched out arm, And HIS miracles, and HIS acts, which HE did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land; And what HE did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots; how HE made the water of the Red sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how the LORD hath destroyed them unto this day; And what HE did unto you in the wilderness, until ye came into this place; And what HE did unto Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben: how the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and all the substance that was in their possession, in the midst of all Israel [see Numbers 15:37 thru 16:40 !!!]: But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the LORD which HE did. Therefore shall ye keep ALL the Commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it; And that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land that floweth with milk and honey. For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot [labor intensive irrigation], as a garden of herbs: But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven: A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year. And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto MY Commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve HIM with all your heart and with all your soul, [here comes our REWARD for obedience :o))] That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil. And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full. Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived [see Luke 21:8 !], and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; And then the LORD'S wrath be kindled against you, and HE shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you. Therefore shall ye lay up these MY WORDs in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by [via] The WAY, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up [in the forefront of our mind EVERY WAKING HOUR!]. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of Heaven upon the earth [you and i are being briefed, RIGHT NOW, for this quantum LEAP! into THAT REALM!!]. For if ye shall diligently keep all these Commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in ALL HIS WAYs, and to cleave unto HIM; Then will the LORD drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves. Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be. There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon ALL the land that ye shall tread upon, as HE hath said unto you.
TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT — NOW is The TIME to decide
YeHoVaH IS adding HIS blessing to the SHEMA of HIS entire Holy Bible.
Shema (Hear & Obey) YeHoVaH's instructions for Yeshua is coming soon. Read ALL YeHoVaH'S BOOK!
O Lord GOD
September 6, 2021
Deuteronomy 3 First Corinthians 10
Deuteronomy 3:24 O Lord GOD,
THOU hast begun to shew THY servant THY greatness,
and THY mighty hand:
for what God is there in heaven or in earth,
that can do according to THY works,
and according to THY might?
SELAH (Pause) MUSE (Think)
When people say, “O MY GOD”
are they talking about?
“O Lord GOD” is NOT the landLord down the street, who owns all those apartments. “Lord” is a King-James-of-England term (https://www.britannica.com/topic/King-James-Version) which most folks today toss around with little thought; BUT, this WORD, “Lord,” was translated from the Hebrew:
An emphatic form of H113;
the Lord (used as a proper name of God only): - (my) Lord.
And the English word, GOD, (in this particular verse) was translated from Hebrew:
A variation of H3068 (used after H136, and pronounced by Jews as H430, in order to prevent the repetition of the same sound, since they elsewhere pronounce H3068 as H136): - God.
Do we have any idea WHO we are talkin’ about here? !!! Moses and Paul are revealing to us few the ENORMITY of WHO Adonoy YeHoVee REALLY IS !!!
The world CLASS prose of BOTH Moses and Paul speak for themselves!
There is nothing I can say to enhance the ELEGANCE of these two writers. As I was reading these two chapters, this morning, I found myself in the LAP of ABBA PAPA YeHoVee, with HIS SONs YESHUA and Moses and Paul. They ALL wear tzitzit. They ALL attend The LORD’s FEASTS. They ALL LIVE by The WORD of these two chapters — and i groan in my Spirit for those who can’t be bothered to come this close to The ALMIGHTY WHO loves us beyond man’s ability to speak. Dearly BELOVED, please read these two chapters, one-right-after-the-other in one sitting, for the essence of EVERYTHING we are about during this brief sojourn on planet Earth. I digress and leave you with the SPIRITUAL steak and taters of your LIFE:
First CORINTHIANS 10
YeHoVaH IS adding HIS blessing to the reading of HIS entire Holy Bible. AMEN!!!
As i begin preparing to depart for The LORD’s 2021 FEAST of SUKKOT/Tabernacles, i bid you farewell in the words of our Apostle Paul:
Acts 18:21 But bade them farewell, saying, I [Paul & Rog] must by all means keep this FEAST that cometh in Jerusalem [as we will soon BE THERE!]: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus [as from Alliance, “America’s best hometown”].
Shema (Hear & Obey) YeHoVaH's instructions for Yeshua is coming soon. Read ALL YeHoVaH'S BOOK!
RACE TRACK WHITE FLAG
(one more lap!)
September 5, 2021
Deuteronomy 2 First Corinthians 9
1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all,
but one receiveth the prize?
So run, that ye may obtain.
Shavua tov (hava good week) precious Siblings in Yeshua Jesus, as we sprint to the FINISH! As they say, “The handwriting is on the wall!” With much doom & gloom in the news, my/our solace, our comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness, is revealed in the hearts and minds of our eternal Siblings Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (whom the Pagans call: your shack, my shack, and to bed we go, or something like that — see Daniel 1:7). Apostle Paul addressed that kind of Pagan loose behavior when he said:
Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering [G2845 κοίτη koitē koy'-tay From G2749; a couch; by extension cohabitation; by implication the male sperm: - bed, chambering, X conceive. in layman’s terms, that’s shackin’ up] and wantonness [G766 filthy lust], not in strife and envying.
Romans 13:14 But put ye on the ADONOY YESHUA MASHIYACH the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
Our 3 Siblings, in the book of Daniel, are our example EXTRAORDINAIRE, when they said (regarding the fiery furnace:
Daniel 3:17 If it be so, our ELohim God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
Daniel 3:18 But if not, [here’s the mindset that we must cling to with white knuckles! as the days ahead are approaching RAPIDLY!] be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
PUSH is, indeed, coming to SHOVE! The test of our FAITH is ON-THE-TABLE! As I sit in my glider/rocker, munching a chef’s salad, chicken drumstick, baked potato, fresh garden green beans, with ice cream for dessert — watching the FIRES, and FLOODS, and VOLCANOS on the internet news …. it is difficult to imagine the horrors those people are enduring, as their automobiles are being washed down the street in raging rivers of flood water! HOW LONG, O! LORD:
Psalm 6:1 To the chief Musician on Neginoth upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David. O YHVH LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
Psalm 6:2 Have mercy upon me, O YHVH LORD; for I am weak: O YHVH LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed.
Psalm 6:3 My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O YHVH LORD, how long?
Psalm 6:4 Return, O YHVH LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for THY mercies' sake.
With ALL that’s going on, around this globe, the “birth pangs,” the “beginnings of sorrow” appear to me to be our FATHER’s white flag for the few who are actually running in HIS race — signaling ONE MORE LAP!
Deuteronomy 2 is ABBA’s white flag, at the end of the 40 year wilderness journey, as Israel (our example) is about to enter the Promised Land. This is a PREVIEW of coming attractions — in a city near you (& me)! Not ALL land was given to Israel. lOOkie:
Deuteronomy 2:9 And YHVH said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle: for I will not give thee of their land for a possession; because I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession.
Deuteronomy 2:19 And when thou comest nigh over against the children of Ammon, distress them not, nor meddle with them: for I will not give thee of the land of the children of Ammon any possession; because I have given it unto the children of Lot for a possession.
Where does The LORD tell you and me that HE gave us this U.S.A. land? NADA! We are living on borrowed time and LAND!! What, pray tell, is SALVATION??? In Hebrew, this is pronounced YESH-OO’-AW (per H3444 in your Strong’s Concordance) and HE has promised to SAVE us who love HIM and obey HIS Commandments, per:
John 14:15 If ye love ME, keep MY Commandments.
Again, Israel has been our example, obey and be BLESSED, rebel and be CURSED. It’s just that simple. And what makes it mo-betta is that at SHAVUOT/Pentecost — The HOLY SPIRIT came down with FLAMING TONGUES OF FIRE on Mt Moriah and spoke HIS Commandments — writing them on our hearts, in ALL LANGUAGES, the exact same Commandments that HE wrote on tables of stone at Mt Sinai! This is why our Apostle Paul refers to Moses in First Corinthians, this morning:
1 Corinthians 9:9 For it is written in the TORAH of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
“It is written” WHERE?
Deuteronomy 25:4 Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.
This is not difficult, no, not at all — not when we receive the POWER of The HOLY SPIRIT to SHEMA (= hear & OBEY). I have to chuckle: My shop is organized in “chronological” order. The longer it has been since I used it — the deeper it is in the pile of stuff! And, I have Proverbs 14:4 framed and hanging on my shop wall:
Proverbs 14:4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean:
but much increase is by the strength [& droppings] of the ox.
I have to confess, this “ox” is getting tired. In Paul’s words:
1 Corinthians 9:16-18 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation [G3622 stewardship] of the gospel is committed unto me. What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of MASHIYACH Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.
Philippians 2:16 Holding forth The WORD of LIFE;
that I may rejoice in the day of MASHIYACH Christ,
that I have not run in vain,
neither laboured in vain.
Hebrews 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses, [see 2 Kings 6:17 !]
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto YESHUA Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
WHO for the joy that was set before HIM endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and IS set down at the right hand of the throne of YHVH.
And, my plea is:
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith:
I see The WHITE FLAG! I am on my final lap!! Do I hear an AMEN!!! ???
YeHoVaH IS adding HIS blessing to the reading of HIS entire Holy Bible. AMEN!
Shema (Hear & Obey) YeHoVaH's instructions for Yeshua is coming soon. Read ALL YeHoVaH'S BOOK!
Garments and Wineskins (The parables of the wineskins and garments by our Messiah are often interpreted to be best understood as out with the old, and in with the new, even replacement theology. We have a different perspective.)
THE MARK OF THE BEAST VACCINATIONS - THE ABOMINATION CAUSING DESOLATION IN OUR BODILY TEMPLES (There will be a 3rd temple built in Jerusalem after the rapture of the church where the anti-christ will be revealed in the middle of the tribulation (Dan. 9:27; 11:31; 12:11; Matt. 24:15; 2 Thess. 2:4; Rev. 11:2) In this amazing 12 min. documentary the producer posits the satanic agenda which is to mar and destroy the image of God encoded in our God created DNA through the current COVID RNA injection of a bio-engineered weapon currently being released against the human race as a precursor to the Mark of the Beast!)
Hebrew Words Defined
by Brad Scott
At least two times this week I have, directly or indirectly, been accused of playing at being Jewish. That is very interesting. That makes me feel like something Rush Limbaugh says often. "Have you ever listened to this show?" I am thinking that perhaps the first doctrinal issue we will tackle is the "Jewish" thing. But it is possible I will calm down by then.
We are continuing to discuss the concept of scriptural salvation, or at least how the word is used in the New Testament dictionary, the Tanakh (Old Testament). Salvation has traditionally been taught to be synonymous with the "new birth". This is not true. When traditional evangelicals ask you if you are saved, they mean are you born again. So, if one answers in the affirmative, that means that salvation has come to that person. This is a dreadfully disastrous mistake. The Scriptures do not teach this concept at all. The teaching of the new birth is better left to another time, but suffice it to say that the scriptural definition of salvation in no way implies an instantaneous one time event. As I stated before, the context of salvation begins with rescue, then the destroying of the enemy, and finally with dedication to the one who saved. Modern Christian thinking is content with being rescued, and is satisfied that the enemy was destroyed when the rescue took place, and that dedication to the Savior is found in occasionally thanking the rescuer. This kind of conclusion comes from the usual way new believers are brought into the fold. They are taught a backwards interpretation. New Testament concepts are taught first. Then we go to the Old Testament to find some stories that will illustrate the New Testament teaching. This leads to erroneous conclusions, for the New Testament can not validate itself. Historically, the followers of Yeshua‘ did not simply accept whatever new teaching they heard. They tested what they heard against what YHVH had already revealed to Israel and in the thousand years that followed (Acts 17:11). Logically, they could not have tested the established revelation, which they new to be true, by a new revelation which they did not know to be true. The Law, the Writings, and the Prophets were accepted, acknowledged, and established as God's Truth. Scripturally, YHVH had commanded, and Yeshua‘ affirmed, that a new teaching or claim of Messiahship be tested against what YHVH had already revealed. The new had to be measured by the Truth, not the other way around. Interpreting the Scriptures backwards produces a message, a teaching, that is backwards. This universal concept was established in the beginning: like kind produces like kind. So, let's go on to some more fundamental uses of this word salvation.
Shemu’el Bet (2 Samuel) 22:1-4, 15, 20-24 And David spoke unto YHVH the words of this song in the day YHVH had delivered him out of the hand of Saul. And he said, YHVH is my rock and my fortress, and my deliverer, The God of my Rock, in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my Savior; thou savest me from violence. I will call on YHVH, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from mine enemies ... And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and routed them ... He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me. YHVH rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of YHVH, and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all his ordinances were before me; and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them. I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity.
I believe that David fully understood what YHVH had done. He rescued him, He destroyed his enemies, and David responded by looking upon YHVH with all that was in him.
Divre-Hayamim Alef (1 Chronicles) 16:23-24, 34-35 Sing unto YHVH, all the earth; show forth from day to day his salvation. Declare His glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all peoples ... Oh, give thanks unto YHVH; for he is good; for his mercy endures forever. And say ye, save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in the praise.
Divre-Hayamim Alef 18:13 And he put garrisons in Edom; and all the Edomites became David's servants. Thus YHVH preserved [yeshua'h] David wherever he went.
Mizemor (Psalm) 42:11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
Mizemor 62:1-2 Truly my soul waits upon God; from Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.
Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid; for YHVH, even YHVH, is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Yesha’yahu 52:10-11 YHVH hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. Depart ye, depart, go out from there, touch no unclean thing; go out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of YHVH.
Yiremeyahu (Jeremiah) 17:13-18 O YHVH, the hope of Israel, all who forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they who depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken YHVH, the fountain of living waters. Heal me, O YHVH, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for thou art my praise. Behold, they say unto me, Where is the word of YHVH? Let it come now. As for me I have not hastened from being a shepherd to follow thee, neither have I desired the woeful day, thou knowest; that which came out of my lips was right before thee. Be not a terror unto me; thou art my hope in the day of evil. Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me be confounded; let them be dismayed, but let not me be dismayed; bring upon them the day of evil, and destroy them with double destruction.
This word and it's cognates are used over a hundred times in the Tanakh. In virtually every instance it involves a literal rescue from circumstances, a deliverance from enemies, a return to God's word, a desire to be clean and not to depart from YHVH's word, gratefulness, and praise, and finally a casting of ones eyes upon YHVH for their strength. Is it any coincidence that YHVH is rescuing His people from all the lands in which He scattered them, he will destroy their enemies, they will look upon Him who they have pierced and then all Israel will be saved?
There are thousands of Hebrew words that we could cover, but I have chosen words that have been given their own definitions by the "Greek" church. The word 'salvation' is not defined as a "Christian" mantra, to be chanted once and passed on to the next person. I believe salvation is a life entered into by trust in the One who vows to save you. I believe that the word is clearly defined in the Tanakh and understood by that meaning when it is used in the New Testament. Let's look at some of it's uses of this word.
Luke 1:68-79 Blessed be YHVH ’Elohiym of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who have been since the ages began; that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; the oath which he swore to our father, Avraham, that he would grant unto us that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest; for thou shalt go before the face of YHVH to prepare his ways; to give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
I can tell you that there is more fundamental teaching in these verses than in any group of verses anywhere else in the scriptures. How anyone can read these twelve verses and not see that Yeshua‘ is YHVH ’Elohiym is beyond me. One thing that we will see over and over is that Yeshua‘ is not just the messenger of salvation, but he IS salvation - a title only reserved for YHVH ’Elohiym himself. But that is another study. I want you to take notice of what Luke is teaching us. In verse 68 he tells us that YHVH ’Elohiym of Israel (remember salvation is of the Jews) hath visited his people and redeemed them. In the Tanakh this is many times accomplished by his right arm. In verse 69 he raises up a horn of salvation to be accomplished through the seed or house of David. The deliverer of Israel was to redeem the people through sacrifice which could only be valid through man's kindred, i.e. another man. The goel (kinsman redeemer) had to be from among the brethren. In verse 71 there is salvation from their enemies, so that they might serve him without fear in verse 74, and in holiness and righteousness in verse 75. Finally, to give us light and to guide our feet in the way of peace in verse 79. Light and guidance can only be found by following His ways, which are in His Torah. Of course, if you are taught that Torah has been done away with by His sacrifice, then you have effectively removed your light and your guide. In verse 77 Luke tells us, as Sha’ul does so many times, that the sacrifice of Yeshua‘ removed sins, not Torah. Redemption is followed by destruction of enemies. Our ability to destroy our enemies is given to us by the power of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) as we live in obedience to His word.
Luke 2:27-31 And he came by the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child, Yeshua', to do for him after the custom of the law, then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God and said, YHVH now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people, Israel.
Wow! Simeon has cast his eyes upon salvation, and now he can die in peace. Hmmm.
Another interesting use of this word is found in Yochanan (John) 4:22. I have heard or read several interpretations of what Yeshua‘ meant when he said this, but I believe that when you study the origins of salvation it becomes clear. "Ye worship ye know not what. We know what we worship; for salvation is of the Jews." The background of this conversation makes it obvious. The Samaritans were a mixture of Hebrew and pagan background, and they denied Jerusalem as the center of worship, opting for Mount Gerazim. They were a mixture of the Northern Tribes which had intermarried with their captors. This produced a departure from Jerusalem as the center of worship. However, true worship and all that follows was understood through Jerusalem. So was all that was behind the concept of salvation. It was defined by Jerusalem, not Mt. Gerazim, or any other mountain or culture. We should understand salvation today through the Messiah Yeshua', a Hebrew, who fulfilled all that was right and set apart (holy). Salvation should not be taught through any departure from scripture. Ask the Bereans. New Testament salvation was verified by the way it was defined in the Old Testament. Salvation comes from the Savior. The Savior is the Word of God in the flesh.
Ephesians 5:22-27 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Master. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Messiah is the head of the church; and he is the Savior of the body. Therefore, as the church is subject unto Messiah, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Messiah also loved the church, and gave himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word; that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Notice again that Yeshua‘ is the Savior of the body. In verse 25 He gives himself for her. In verse 26 He sanctifies and cleanses it by His word, and then presents it to himself. This is all properly understood when seen through a first century "Jewish" wedding. The idea of the destroying of the enemy is synonymous with obedience and being clean and set apart. The entire epistle of 1 Yochanan deals with this subject. In chapter 3, verses 7 through 9, it says, "Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." This same Yochanan wrote in his gospel that "the thief comes not but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." The abundant life can only come through the daily trusting of YHVH's words, which not only gives abundant life, but destroys the one who is intent on destroying you.
We could look at every use of this word in the New Testament and see it's consistency, but I pray that this gives some foundation to start with. To say that salvation is a process is not exactly what I am saying. To speculate on what happens to a person who says the sinners prayer and stops there is not the point. I believe that, to anyone truly seeking God, this is an irrelevant thing to pursue. This is an important thing to understand about the parables as well. Do you seek the actions of the ones who fell away, or do you seek the actions of the ones who obeyed?
Next time we will leave Hebrew words and seek to understand some of the most frequently asked questions about our daily living out of the Word of God. Let me leave you with this final thought on salvation. In the book of Mattityahu (Matthew) it is written, "But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved." The focus of this verse should not be whether one can "lose" their salvation or "once saved, always saved". This comment means what it has always meant. Those who endured are those who trusted in YHVH's right arm to rescue them, saved them from their enemies and turned their eyes upon Yeshua'!
Shalom Alecheim! [Peace be upon you!]
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