Who is THAT?

Yeshua.
He is my Salvation.
He has perfected me in the inner man, the ‘new being’, and before the court of Heaven, and given me access to the very throne of the Creator, to the heart of the Creator, His Father, with whom He is unified, because He originated from Him, and existed with Him before the foundation of the world.
He is Jewish. Not was. Is. He is the King of the Jews.  He is the offspring of Melekh David, and at the same time the progeny of G-d His Father. He is where humanity and divine become one. He is my living connection to the creator.
He came here, leaving behind the glory of Elohim, abandoning who He was before the creation, and becoming a tiny baby, growing into a man, and going through all the hardships of being a human, all the difficulties and trials. Yet He never erred, not against G-d, and not against mankind.
Yet the majority of our Jewish people hated Him, rejected Him, and then killed Him, hanging Him on a tree.
But, they had no power over Him, without His first consenting with His Father, and giving in to them at His command, because it was necessary, for me.
I was born into this world in imperfection, in rebellion against The Word of Elohim. He died so that I could then be born into His Kingdom of LIFE. He died for ME, before I was ever born, knowing ahead of time that I would go against Him, at times, even AFTER I learned that He died for me! He died for me knowing I would never be perfect, even AFTER He gave me His perfection, so that I could be clean before the Creator. He died for me knowing that I would wrong Him at times, after having experienced the power of His Ru’akh [Breath/Life/Spirit].
Here is a man who never did any wrong, who gave the power of the Creator to the lowest of the Jews, the discarded, the disobedient, the rejected, and then surrendered Himself to the religious leaders of Israel, who made religion into politics, and also to the political leaders of Rome.
They falsely accused Him.
They mocked Him.
They spit in His face.
They struck Him.
They did all of this in the dark of night, under the shroud of darkness, in violation of the very law they said HE was breaking.  Any generation, and any people, would have done the very same thing.
They stripped Him down to the shame of nakedness. They wove a degrading, mocking crown made of huge thorns, put it on His head, tearing his scalp and hair out, pushing it down on Him in utter hatred. And they beat His back with a whip; a whip that was filled with the manmade teeth of metal and bone, tearing Him open, causing Him to bleed, and exposing some of His organs. They devoured His life. All while accusing Him of what He did not do. Of their own sin. Of our sin. Yet He asked His Father to forgive them.
They did it on behalf of the Enemy of God, yet saying and thinking they did it for God. They thought they loved God, but they loved themselves, and their own way.
And He endured it, for me. And for whoever is reading this.
And He rose from the dead, after suffering horrendous pain, having been nearly shredded, bleeding and suffocating to death on a tree. His dead body, long dead, for three full days and nights, came out of the stench and darkness of death, to be resurrected in ETERNAL LIFE, His human frame now clothed in immortality. And now He stands at the right hand of the Creator, His Father, who has given HIM His Ru’akh, to give power of life eternal, power over sin itself, to those who love and trust in this story, this, ‘good news.’
His blood was pure. His Father was God Himself. His blood did not have the stain of Adam’s sin and rebellion in it, like the rest of us.
ONLY HIS BLOOD could cleanse sinful man. Only His body could suffer in man’s place, the punishment that each human deserves. Only HE, the SON of God, could bear the punishment we ALL deserve.
Yet His Jewish people, for the most part, will not be honest with themselves, and admit that they break His laws, and that they have no means to remit their own sins. As stubborn as He was in dying for them, they are stubborn in rejecting Him. And they are not alone. Most of the world has heard His story, that Messiah came to die for those who sin. Yet they persist, some insisting there is no such thing as sin. Some insisting blood is not necessary to obtain forgiveness.  Some insisting they do not care. Some saying in their foolishness that there is no God, and we created ourselves, ‘evolving’ out of nothing. They are fools.
And some know His story. And they love Him. And they want to obey Him. But they do not read His Word for what it is: A SINGLE expression of the heart of the Creator and His Son, the unified God. That is the fault of the religion of men. They do not realize that His Voice is His Torah, and the books that come out of it, the rest of the Bible. They listen to man.
I do His Word. I am not perfect in this life, but I am perfect before Him, because of that PERFECTLY PURE BLOOD that He shed, and offered before His Father in the Temple of Heaven, for me.  For you.  And I have no need to do anything more to gain His favor. I cannot be made any more righteous before Him by ANYTHING I do on this earth, whether religious or otherwise. It is my trust in HIS BLOOD and His DEATH for my sake that makes me perfect, such that I can pray and benefit from the compassion of His mercy, and serve Him in truth. I ‘do’ for Him, because He did for me, before I existed. Yet, He has tasked me to obey HIM. So that others can ‘see’ the ‘order’ of HIS Kingdom. The RIGHT way. I cannot enhance my righteousness, which I have received from Him in the first place.
All His children have erred. But I will not let that stop me from pursuing HIS TRUTH, and DOING what HE SAID. And ONLY what HE said. And His Ru’akh, [Breath/Life] guides me in fellowship with HIS servants who do the same. He has made those who trust in Him, The King of Israel, to be the true Jews, no matter what DNA they carry, they are the true tribe of Praise.  May we ALL LEARN to focus on HIM, and learn TOGETHER what His WORD says to do, ONLY for the sake of unifying, in order to GLORIFY GOD and HIS SON, whose love has been LAVISHED on an ungrateful, perverse, and stubborn people: MANKIND.  HE IS:  יהוה Yeshua HaMashiakh.

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Set Yourself Apart!

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Shalom!

Businessmen and ‘motivational speakers’ use that phrase.  But they are clueless.

I usually only write three times a week.  But today, for some reason, I am compelled to express what is stirring in my mind.

I often stress that we CANNOT become more ‘righteous’ in ANY WAY before our Creator, than the complete perfection of Yeshua which is granted to us as a free gift, because of our trust in His blood.

Yet, Yeshua Himself said, “Therefore, become perfect, just as Avikhem in Heaven is perfect.” [Matti 5:48]  Kefa echoes the idea, perhaps, when he quotes VaYikra, saying “Be kadosh, even as I am kadosh.” [Kefa Alef 1:16, VaYikra 11:44-45, 19:2, 20:7]

The word ‘Kadosh” does mean ‘set-apart,’ or separated and designated for a specific task: DEDICATED TO A PURPOSE.  It usually gets translated as ‘holy,’ but that word comes with years of baggage to the English mind.

My main thought about all of this is that we CAN become more ‘set apart’, or ‘DEDICATED’ to Elohim.  And it is OUR DECISION and within OUR POWER, when we yield to and ask for HIS HELP in the doing of it.

When Yeshua said ‘be perfect,’ the word He used there was “Sh’lamim,” the root word of SHALOM, and it means, ‘lacking nothing.’  When one lacks nothing, he is at peace.  What a believer who is not ‘set apart’ lacks is DEDICATION OF PURPOSE.  We lose that dedication when we ‘give in’ to the principles of this world, and begin to look like everyone else in our walk of faith.  We LOSE OUR SHALOM, because we’ve not been DEDICATED to HIS PURPOSES.

His purposes are NOT so ‘mysterious’ such that they have to be sought out by begging:

“…to those who are disobedient, He [Messiah Yeshua] is a stumbling stone and a stone of offense. And they stumble over it because they are disobedient to HaDavar for which they were appointed. But you are a chosen family, ministers in HaMalkhut, a kadosh people, an assembly redeemed to proclaim the glories of Him who has called you out of darkness to His marvelous light; you, who in the past were not considered a people, but who are now the people of Elohim, who had not obtained mercy, but who now have mercy poured out upon you. My beloved ones, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from carnal desires, which war against the soul; And let your conduct be good before all men, so that those who speak evil words against you may see your good works and glorify Elohim at the day of trial.

It is interesting that the passage Kefa quoted follows instructions about eating what God calls food, [VaYikra 11], and right before He reiterates the need to keep Shabbat [19:2], right after prohibition to kill babies and practice sorcery [20:7], and after instructions on sexual impurity. [20:26].  Isn’t it interesting that this is VERY similar to the instructions given by Ya’akov and the others to GENTILES in Ma’asei HaShlikhim [Acts] 15?

We set ourselves apart by obeying what God said to do.  It truly is that simple.  And in doing so, we become “Sh’lamim”, which is also the name of the ‘peace offering’ of the Tanakh.  We become ‘whole’, lacking nothing.  Because when we set ourselves apart, the Set Apart One MANIFESTS in us.  And when He does, THEN we TRULY declare HIS PRAISES.

“Now may the Elohim of hope fill you with all joy and shalom, so that by absolute trust you may abound in hope, through the power of The Ru’akh HaKodesh.”

Don’t be an Inquisitor!

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The official version of the doctrine discussed below is different than what most ‘evangelicals’ think; the issue is, they’ve never studied the origin of the doctrine, nor read the recorded version of it from the horse’s mouth.  We have.  And we find it wanting, very much.

The below was my last statement in an online conversation on the topic, wherein so-called ‘christians’ berated me and accused me of being a blasphemer and damned me to hell out of their own mouths, spewing the ignorant hatred that was steeping in their own hearts.  They gave evidence of the very sensation I describe below, of the ‘spirit’ of murder that birthed this doctrine.  If you are a Christian believer, a genuine person of FAITH who truly trusts in the blood of Messiah for Salvation, then at least stop and reason.  There is NOTHING in the Word that supports the ‘official’ version of this doctrine, and there is NO NEED for the made up words that were invented to create/support this doctrine.  Those words are NOT in scripture.  Not once.  “And through covetousness they will exploit you with feigned words, whose judgment from the very beginning has not ceased, and their damnation is always active.”  Kefa wrote those words concerning ‘bible teachers’ of his day. [2 Pet 2:3]

The post that preceded the below I’ve long forgotten, but it basically said that the Catholic Church and Luther and Calvin were justified in killing the people they killed, and that those who were berating me online were justified in doing so ‘In the Name of Jesus’.  When is it EVER justified to KILL in the Name of Messiah Yeshua?  Is THAT how Kefa, Yokhanan, Ya’akov, and Sha’ul founded the Congregation of Messiah?  That is the SAME spirit that created and drives Islam.  And cursing someone in His Name is the very blasphemy the Torah and Yeshua both address.  We will NEVER ‘unify’ as a beautiful bride, as long as we are defending manmade doctrines, especially if doing so with murder and blasphemy.  It SHOULD tell you who is a false believer, and who genuinely trusts in Messiah.

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Your logic is egregiously flawed. First, the people that Constantine, the popes, and protestant reformers killed in the name of ‘Jesus” due to the Sunday “Sabbath” and the Trinity doctrines were believers in the Messiah, not pagans who sacrificed their children in fire, worshiped sexual deities under trees, drank blood offered up to demons, etc etc. The Canaanites were given 400 years, by God, to repent. THEY chose NOT TO. THEY defied Him, and HE punished them. Israel was His army, commanded by Yeshua [Joshua 5:13-15] HE is going to kill again, all those who reject Him during the great distress coming on the world. [Rev 19] Who are you to JUDGE GOD for using Israel to punish people who defied the miracles they saw! Rahab confessed for all of Canaan that they KNEW that יהוה was God! Yet they did not repent. This is NOT true of the ones murdered by the popes, by Luther, by Calvin, et al. These people were people who trusted in the Blood of Messiah to cleanse them of sin, and strove to live a life as free of sin as possible, and they were murdered, not by an army, but by RELIGIOUS authorities killing in the name of ‘christ’.

Second, none of you have presented ANY scripture that shows me that I am to reject the Torah and embrace three gods stuffed into one body, separate but equal. You cannot, because it is not in scripture. You have told me that it has to be ‘interpreted’ out of scripture. Baloney. “DO NOT add to nor take away from this book [Deut 4, Rev 22] All of you have ASSUMED what you THINK I believe, labeling me a Modalist, an Arian, and such, so you feel comfortable condemning me with those the popes condemned. I never said I was any of these. You do not understand what I believe, because you’re not actually reading my words and endeavoring to understand them; you just so badly want me to confess this unbiblical doctrine [catholic trinity] that you spout its tenets apart from scripture.

I believe as Yeshua taught: “Trust in Elohim, Trust ALSO in Me”; “I and my father are “Ekhad”: UNIFIED. “Just as My Father SENT me, I also SEND you”. “I proceeded forth and CAME OUT OF my Father”. “Father, make them EKHAD IN US, JUST AS I am in YOU, and YOU are IN me, make them ONE in us”. Suddenly this ‘godhead’ [a term which also is NOT in scripture, in any early language] gets HUGE if we say that “Jesus” IS “God” because He said I and my father are one; HE is the one who said, “MAKE THEM [those of us who follow Him] ONE IN US. The posts here simply echo the demands of the inquisition run roughshod over those who would not ‘confess’ what was demanded of them by ALL of so-called ‘christianity’ at times. ‘Confess that Jesus is God, or die”.

It has been implied here that there is some ‘special knowledge’ or ability one must have in order to be able to ‘understand the mystery of the trinity’, yet no one can show me where the Apostles PREACHED and DEMANDED a belief in three gods in one, in order for anyone to be saved. The gospel sermons in Acts 2, 3, 4, 10, 13, 14, had ZERO elements of this HIGH DEMAND you all place on believers. If it is so dad-gum important that I believe that there are THREE GODS [GOD the Father, GOD the Son, and GOD the Holy Spirit], why did not the Apostles make it plain when they preached salvation to both the Jews AND the Gentiles? There is ONE GOD, He sits on His throne, and He manifested His Word in a human body, who now sits at His right hand; He also manifests in His Ruakh [Breath] to us today, being inside of me, inside of my wife, inside of my son, and daughter, and inside of all those who confess His Son with trust. Does that make us God?

I DO NOT deny that Yeshua is the power behind the creation: I have said, echoing scripture, that HE was IN ELOHIM in the beginning, and CAME OUT OF Elohim to become flesh [John 8:42, 1:14]. The Torah IS the Word, as is all of scripture, and Yeshua embodies ALL THE SCRIPTURES.

All of you are parroting years of Greek DOCTRINE and not using ONE SCRIPTURE to convince me otherwise, but only your doctrinal demands and Socratic logic and human philosophy. Telling me to read the book of Galatians, as if I have never read it, just shows me you all assume things about me because you do not know me. “Our fathers inherited LIES.”

The book of Galatians was written to correct the Shammai error that was forced into the Messianic community by people who did not trust in Messiah! [Gal 2:4] You label me, or imply that I am a Judaizer, simply because I keep the commands. You do not understand what I am, OR, you do not understand the Galatian error. They preached salvation by conversion to “Judaism”. I do not. I preach salvation by trust in the blood of Messiah Yeshua and His resurrection ALONE. How about reading Galatians again and seeing that the ones preaching this were not even believers in Messiah? [2:4]

You all seem so bogged down in doctrine you can’t even think. Read the scriptures anew. Ask the Father if there are three gods in heaven. Dare to admit YOU might be wrong.

The impetus to turn from scripture to dogma was initiated in the Garden, and is the greatest sin of man. Yeshua brought the Jews back to scripture, those who would trust in Him. He did NOT throw out the Torah, nor the Covenants in it. Shaul told the Ephesians [et al] that gentile believers were BROUGHT INTO THE COVENANTS of Israel. [Eph 2:10-20] Shaul told the Jews [Hebrews 8] that the new covenant was in place, echoing Jeremiah 31:30-33, wherein the TORAH will be written on the hearts of trusting Israel. Just because some early gentiles rejected the Torah and believed in a trinity before Constantine codified it into roman law does not mean that it was right. [2 Peter 3:14-18] These are the overseers Constantine invited to the first council, because he needed ‘yes men’. He would not let ONE Jewish overseer come, and so, honest Gentile overseers chose not to go either! [Of 3000 overseeers, only about 250 showed up] He made the trinity and the sun-day sabbath ‘official’, yes, but G-d is the one who declared them wrong! Trinity is NOT in scripture in defining God. Triune is not in scripture. ONE is. Yeshua is Divine, but He is also HUMAN; He is what is common between God and man. He is the link between the Father and us, between Spirit and flesh; and He has to be BOTH to be that connection. Otherwise, His contention with sin did not exist. God cannot be tempted, but Yeshua was. If He was not tempted, then you and I are wasting our time confessing His victory over sin. Trinity is a Babylonian/Egyptian concept that wormed its way into gentile christian doctrine because they rejected Torah and TWISTED Shaul’s words [2 Peter 3:14-16].  They were ALREADY ‘watering down’ the Good News in his day, literally.

You are all adhering to it [trinity] out of residual fear of the inquisition, because you know you will be ostracized by those in power if you think for yourself and read what the text actually says. Those who come to the Messiah as a child are probably the most pure, because they hear and UNDERSTAND that God has a SON who was SENT as a MAN to die for their SINS [against the Torah]. Adding to that and making judgmental demands on other humans puts those people who do this in a very dangerous place: the judgment seat of the Messiah, who will judge the world according to the Torah.

The ONLY confession I look for out of a person to know he is my brother is that Yeshua is the Son, of God the Creator, and that Yeshua, the MAN, died, shedding His blood for my sins, and was raised from the dead by God His Father, and is now standing at His right hand and giving us His Father’s Ruakh until He is sent back BY HIS FATHER to receive us unto Himself. Anything beyond that is manmade. Any demand beyond that from religious authority is erroneous addition to His Word. I will not do it. “Hear, O Israel, יהוה is our God, יהוה is ONE.” ~ Yeshua, Mark 12:29

It REALLY IS that simple.

Fret Knot

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Oh, wait!  That’s not quite what that says….

There is a prayer on ‘worry’ in the book of the Tehillim [Psalms], that starts with ‘fret not,’ or, “Do not worry.”

But the verse that caught my attention from that song was this one:

בְּטַח בַּיהוה , וַעֲשֵׂה-טוֹב;    שְׁכָן-אֶרֶץ, וּרְעֵה אֱמוּנָה

Trust in יהוה , and do good; settle in the earth, and tend to EMUNAH…

That last phrase, ‘tend to Emunah’…. that’s what struck me.

In traditional translations it is rendered, ‘cherish faithfulness’.

But, here, its a bit more literal.  An absolutely literal rendering might be, ‘shepherd absolute trust’.

Or, “FEED FAITH.”

In other words, this verse is instructing us to ‘calm down’ and trust in יהוה by building up our absolute trust…focus on HIM, and KNOW that He is going to iron it all out.  Whatever “it” is.

I’ve lived for 52 years now, and for 41 years of that, I’ve ‘trusted in יהוה, albeit my trust in Him was not laced with much knowledge early on.  It was truly ‘blind trust,’ coupled with / mixed with blind disobedience, for lack of teachers to teach me ‘how’ to walk out this “Emunah” I had been given.   I did not know ‘how’ to ‘feed faith.’

This life has been full of challenges.  Even right now, amidst all the many blessings Elohim has given me, we [my family] also face many challenges to our Emunah.  Life is difficult, and for us, a mite bittersweet, for various reasons.

Believers in the U.S., as a people, also face many challenges to ‘absolute trust.’  Right now, people of faith are watching as people who oppose trust in God scream and cry like two-year-olds about their ‘rights’, things NOT enumerated in the Constitution as rights, while they have been murdering babies for fifty years, promoting illicit sex outside the bounds of marriage, creating a culture of hate and murder and lasciviousness, kicking God out of every corner of our society.  FRET NOT!  TRUST in יהוה !  FEED FAITH!

This ‘psalm’ goes on to say:

“For evil-doers shall be cut off; but those that wait for יהוה , they shall inherit the earth. And yet a little while, and there will be no more wicked; yes, you shall look well at his place, and he will not exist. But the humble shall inherit the earth, and delight themselves in the abundance of shalom.”

Our Master, Yeshua the Messiah, tried to teach us this.  Do we have ears to ‘hear and do’?

“O you of little Emunah? Therefore do not worry or say, ‘What will we eat,’ or ‘what will we drink’, or ‘with what will we be clothed?’ For worldly people seek after all these  things. Your Father in Heaven knows that all of these things are also necessary for you. But you, seek first Malkhut HaElohim [The Kingdom of God] and His Tzedaka [Righteousness], and all of these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry [FRET NOT!] for tomorrow; for tomorrow will look after its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.”

So, ‘how’ is it that we ‘shepherd’ or ‘feed’ EMUNAH?

By reading The Word under the lamp, the Menorah of Messiah Yeshua.

Most ‘active’ believers in Messiah know that ‘Tzedaka,’ or ‘righteousness’, is by Emunah, or ‘faith.’  So, WHY did Yeshua tell us to pursue/seek the Kingdom of Elohim and HIS Tzedaka?  This is one of those scriptural riddles that people argue over.  The Tzedaka of Elohim is PERFECT OBEDIENCE TO HIS TORAH.  And yes, Yeshua is the ONLY MAN who ever pulled that off.  And, because of His perfection, He does impart forgiveness, and a clean slate before the Judge for those who trust in the blood that He shed, and in the free gift of ‘khen,’ or undeserved favor, which is that clean slate.  So, if that is given to us freely, HOW/WHY are we instructed, by Yeshua, the one who imparted that gift, to pursue/seek Tzedaka?

Because we STILL have to live in this earth after that gift is imparted!  And, while we are perfected in our inner being, we ALL know deep down that we are NOT perfected as a human.  We are to PURSUE that perfection in this natural life, by ‘feeding faith’.  We ‘feed faith’ by partaking of His Word, and DOING IT!

Believers in Messiah Yeshua need to learn, as a people, to build our lives on the simplicity and ABSOLUTE TRUTH of His Word.

If one is CONVINCED of an absolute truth, one has ABSOLUTE TRUST in that truth.  Example:  Once we learn that when we add 1+1 and get 2, we are ALWAYS CERTAIN that adding 1 and 1 will ALWAYS BE 2.  That can NEVER CHANGE.  It is absolutely true.  We never doubt it.  We do not have to think about it, nor reconsider it.  There is no logical argument against it.

The word “emunah”, for the English word ‘faith’, is from the Hebrew root ‘aman’, and means FIRM TRUST, or trust in a firmly established fact.

We, as believers, firmly trust that Elohim, יהוה , EXISTS [which is what the Name actually means, ‘perpetually existing One’], or we would not be very good people of ‘faith.’  If it is true that He exists, and that He created us, and that He revealed Himself to us through His Son, then we should be able to ‘take Him at His Word.’  Which means, we should be able to TRUST in Him and NOT FRET.

It is an absolute truth that wicked people exist, and seem to get away with murder, figuratively and literally.  But, it is also an absolute truth, because HE told us so, that they will PAY for their wickedness.

It is an absolute truth that our Shepherd exists, and that He is our caretaker in every way.  Do we REALLY believe that AS AN ABSOLUTE?  If we did, we WOULD NOT FRET!  EVER!  So, why do we?  Because we are not ‘feeding’ our Emunah [absolute trust]; we are not partaking of His Word, and obeying His Commands, to feed Emunah.  When one does the little, simple things that God tells us to do, uncontaminated by the ‘spin’ of man, one begins to ‘see’ the EVIDENCE of ‘who’ he trusts, because Elohim is a ‘rewarder’ of those who seek Him.  “Without Emunah, man cannot please Elohim; for he who comes near to Elohim must trust that He exists, and that He is a rewarder [גּוֹמֵל] of those who seek Him.” Ivrim 11:6  That word, ‘gomel’, interestingly, comes from ‘gamal,’ which is all over the psalms.  It comes from the idea of ‘abundance,’ or ‘supply’.

Yeshua telling us to TRUST in Elohim and obey Him was not a new concept.  Shlomo, after having been given more wisdom than anyone, and all the ‘abundance’ the world could offer, was meditating on his life, and all his pursuits, and accomplishments, which are more than any human that has ever lived.  And, after pondering all the ‘vanities’ of this life, he concluded:

“The end of the matter, all having been heard: fear Elohim, and keep His Mitzvot; for this is the whole man. For Elohim shall bring every work into the judgment concerning every hidden thing, whether it is good, or whether it is evil.”

So, dear friends, FRET NOT! Ever try to eat while in a mad run?  It can’t be done.  STOP!   Trust in יהוה , and DO GOOD… SETTLE in the land, SIMMER DOWN, EARTHLINGS!  You cannot FEED your Emunah if you’re all run amuck.

Shalom….

 

Be Happy!

Over the years, many have asked me a question that generally gets posed this way…
“I know what I am supposed to do, but I can’t seem to ‘make myself’ do it.”

This is in regard to ‘doing’ the things of right living, and not doing those things most people know to be negative, though they give them ‘pleasure’ of some sort.

For some reason, while exercising and somewhat praying, as much as I could pray while exercising yesterday, this was going through my mind.

And the following verses came to mind:

אַשְׁרֵי הָאִישׁ– אֲשֶׁר לֹא הָלַךְ, בַּעֲצַת רְשָׁעִים
וּבְדֶרֶךְ חַטָּאִים, לֹא עָמָד, וּבְמוֹשַׁב לֵצִים, לֹא יָשָׁב
כִּי אִם בְּתוֹרַת יהוה, חֶפְצוֹ; וּבְתוֹרָתוֹ יֶהְגֶּה, יוֹמָם וָלָיְלָה

Tehillah 1:1-2 [Psalm]

“Happy is the man that has not walked in the counsel of the wicked, nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seat of the scornful, but his delight is in the Torah of  יהוה ; and in His Torah does he meditate day and night.”

The word ‘delight’ here is the one that captured my attention in my mind. [I was meditating on this in Hebrew in my mind]. It is Khafetz

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חפצ [letters are right-to-left]

It loses a bit of its luster here in English, being rendered ‘his delight.’

Khafetz is a powerful word, beginning with a guttural thrust. The letter is khet, which is spoken from the back of the throat, partly closed, and with a burst of air, similar to clearing the throat, but more powerfully.

This letter’s original symbolism means “LIFE”, which in Hebrew is KHAI !!

Life is ‘power’, in the Hebrew mind. It is ‘force’. We used to think about it that way, but it has become so cheapened to us, and our society delights in ‘death’, and in seeing death brought about in ‘chaos’, snuffing out the quiet power of life.

The second letter in the word Khafetz/delight is a ‘feh’.

A ‘feh’ has the symbolism of a person’s head, and means face /mouth.

The last letter is a Tzadi. A Tzadi is the picture of a “righteous man”, a “Tzaddik” [which is what Tzefan-Yah called Yeshua in Acts 7:52, “righteous one” in standard english bibles.] The letter ‘tzadi’ shows the tzaddik down on his knees, with his hands in the air, praising Yah.

So, in this description in Tehillah 1 [Psalm 1, see verse six to see that it is describing ‘the righteous’], which is describing The Tzaddik, his ‘desire’, delight’, ‘longing’, ‘passion’ is described in one word whose symbolism is:

“KHAI [Life] [is in] the Face/Mouth of the Righteous Man on his knees”

Do you know how the human face ‘comes to life’ when we see something we ‘desire’.

Delight is not a bad word for this verse, but it is distilled in English, we don’t quite get the impact.

Khafetz is a POWER word:

GREAT PASSION, LONGING, DESIRE.

The DESIRE/LONGING of a Tzaddik is The TORAH of יהוה [The only G-d of Avraham, Yitz’khak, and Ya’akov].

Everyone has something or someone in their life that “lights them up.”

If it is a sinful thing [lust, greed, gluttony, anger, gossip, murder, jealousy, etc], then to be free of that ‘passion’, one must learn to DESIRE/LONG FOR the TORAH of יהוה , to redirect one’s passion to HIM.

One’s Khafetz CAN be redirected to His Torah, when one learns that it is ALIVE and BREATHING in Messiah Yeshua!

The Torah is KHAI !!! LIFE!!!

תֹּורַת חָכָם מְקֹור חַיִּים

“The Torah of Wisdom is the SOURCE OF KHAYIM, [LIFE!] ” Proverbs 13:14

כִּי נֵר מִצְוָה וְתֹורָה אֹור וְדֶרֶךְ חַיִּים תֹּוכְחֹות מוּסָֽר

“For the commandment is a lamp, the Torah is LIGHT, and reproofs of instruction are the way of KHAYIM! [LIFE!]” Prov 6:23

Shaul understood this, and worded this concept this way:

“If then you are risen with Mashiakh, seek those things which are above, where Mashiakh sits at the right hand of Elohim. Set [affix] your DESIRE [khafetz] on things above, NOT ON THINGS ON THE EARTH.” Col 3:1-2

Mashiakh [Messiah] IS THE TORAH !!!

He is LIFE!

Affix, make firm your PASSION on HIM instead of the things in earth that vie for your desire, passion, longing…..no matter what it is!

THAT is a Tzaddik.

“If you love me, you will keep my mitzvot [commandments]”. ~ Yeshua

Yeshua also taught that there is FREEDOM in the Torah, but most people are victims of a western European mindset, and miss it altogether:

“If you abide by MY WORD, you are truly my Talmidim.  32And you will know the TRUTH, and that very truth will make you free.”  Yokhanan 8:31-32

The Torah is the Truth of HOW we are supposed to live our lives; if we make HIS DESIRES into OUR DESIRES, then we are FREE.

“I will RUN in the path of your mitzvot, for you have SET MY HEART FREE!”  Tehillah 119:32

Yeshua’s brother echoed the idea, and it is clear to the reader who takes the WORD at face value that he is talking about the Torah:

“But whoever looks into the Torah 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.”  Ya’akov 1:25

Reading Tehillah 119 [Psalm 119] with the understanding that when it says ‘law’ in English it is actually “Torah” in Hebrew, and that King David meant Genesis through Deuteronomy, one then learns that David had the “Khafetz” that he wrote about in the first psalm.

The LIFE of Elohim in one’s mouth makes one a Tzadik, and that one is HAPPY!

Be Happy!

 

Confuseyou say…

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“Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and offer unto Ba’al, and walk after other gods whom you have not known, and come and stand before Me in this House, whereupon My Name is called, and say, ‘We are saved’, that you may do all these abominations?” Yir 7:9-10

These are small sentences, with BIG impact.

To ‘walk after’  someone in a religious context, in Biblical phrasing, means to ‘do as they do,’ or, to ‘follow their teachings’/’ways’.

Ba’al was indeed the name of a god of the land of Kena’an before and during the time of Yisra’el and the Nevi’im [prophets].  Yisra’el failed to get rid of Ba’al, one part of a ‘holy trinity’, this name representing the whole trinity.  This caused Yisra’el to worship G-d, יהוה , the creator, in the SAME way they worshipped Ba’al; they even were taught to stop calling him  יהוה , and to call Him “Ba’al”, which means, “Lord.”  [Yir 23:26-27]

Yet, they would stand in the Beit HaKodesh, the “Temple”, and say, “We are SAVED.”  [In the verse above, it is indeed rendered ‘delivered’, but the word gets translated into ‘saved’ in some translations in other verses; it is the same idea.]

They SAY that they are SAVED, so that they can DO all the perversions/abominations.  The same is true of ‘saved’ people today.  Readers today are not aware of all the things God considers an abomination.  Usually, there is only one thing that comes to mind that is abominable to today’s ‘believer’.

They SAY, standing in a place of worship, that they are saved, so, it does not matter if they worship on the day of the Egyptian and Zoroastrian trinities [these are the SAME as the Ba’al trinity, under a different name, and is the origin of the Constantinian trinity].  It is an abomination even to hint at worshipping the Creator the way the pagans worship their gods, yet the ‘saved’ say it’s okay.  They say they are saved, so they can worship the infant under and Ashteroth tree [part of another trinity, and part of EVERY ancient trinitarian form of worship.]  These things are STILL abominable to the Creator.  “I am יהוה , I do NOT change.”

The audacity of so-called ‘theologians’ to completely and utterly ignore the FACT that these forms of worship were mixed with a watered-down version of the faith of Messiah starting in 325AD in order to create Christianity, and simply EXCUSE it, is beyond me.

This is mixture religion, and it is the same thing Yisra’el was guilty of.

Does this mean all Christians are lost?  Is that what this writer is implying?  Not at all.

It is clear in scripture, that at the very end of the last days, there will be PEOPLE OF GOD who are trapped in “Bavel.”  And God speaks to them, and tells them, “Come OUT of HER, MY PEOPLE.”

Most people know Bavel as “Babylon.”  But, most people do not understand who/what Bavel is.

First, Bavel ‘means’ “Confusion.”  This is the same word for ‘Babel’ in Genesis, where most people are familiar with the “Tower of Babel.”  But, what most do not realize is that the builders of this tower were the creators of a religious cult, a trinity, and the goal of it, as in Gan Eden, was to be like God, to become one’s own God, or to be equal with God.

The people began the idea of a trinity there, under the guidance of HaSatan, obviously.  And from there is the source of all the pagan faiths.  Yisra’el was ‘called out’ of there, when Avraham was called out of Ur, an ancient city in the same region.  And Yisra’el was supposed to be the reminder to all nations that there is ONE God.  And that He is the savior, to those who TRUST in Him.  Salvation has ALWAYS been through trust in יהוה , and now that Yeshua is יהוה manifested in a Body, all those who trusted then in יהוה are saved by their trust in the coming Messiah, the savior.  But, those who TRUSTED were SET APART from those who did not trust.  They behaved themselves, and did what יהוה said to do; and when they failed, they repented, and trusted in His Compassion.  But not all Yisra’el trusted.

Bavel is the mixture of religions, combining what is ‘set apart’ with what is ‘profane’ and/or abominable, saying that one’s OWN way to god is legitimate, as long as you are thinking of god.  A little bit of abomination contaminates.  Bavel is called a Harlot in the Hitgalut [Revelation].  A harlot takes what is pure and sacred, [like the marriage bed] and ‘mixes’ it with anyone who is willing.  She is an adulteress who cheats on God with all the other deities of the world.  ALL of us, Jew and Gentile, are guilty of this harlotry.  So does that make it unnecessary to return to HIS WORD?  Just because we are surrounded by it, should we continue in it, so we don’t stick out?

I don’t think that’s how Khanan-Yah, Misha’el, and Azar-Yah thought, when they were enslaved in Bavel.  The king of Bavel made himself into a god, and demanded that all the world worship him/it.  The cry would go out, and everyone had to bow in worship.  These three men did not.  Even though the world/government gave them other names [Shadrakh, Meskakh, and Abed Nego], and enslaved them, taking them out of the land of Yisra’el and trying to rob them of their Jewish heritage, they STOOD, when everyone else submitted to the world’s form of Worship.  And they did so KNOWING that they would DIE when they were seen so OBVIOUSLY different, standing there in Emunah [absolute trust] while everyone else submitted to the world’s form of worship.

Should we continue in harlotry, because that’s the way our faith was handed to us?

Did Israel IGNORE the Sabbath, when given the Manna to tell them when the Sabbath was?  They had been captives in a pagan land.  They were now ‘Saved’.  Should they have just INGORED the Manna, and worshipped God on the day of the SUN, the GOD of Egypt [also the god of a trinity], where they had been enslaved?  Remember, in a very short time after the Manna started falling, they made a calf, and called it יהוה , and worshipped it as their god!  Was that right?  After all, they called it by His Name….

Should we then IGNORE Yeshua, OUR MANNA, who KEPT THE SABBATH with JEWS in the synagogue, JUST because three hundred years later a gentile ruler CHANGED the day of worship of the community of faith in Messiah?  Keep in mind, much like Bavel and Nebukhadnetzar, Constantine and his successors later made the Sabbath illegal, on pain of death, because MANY of them [Jews AND Gentiles who worshipped Yeshua] would NOT change their day of worship.  Should we continue to submit to Constantine, JUST BECAUSE so many have done so ever since?

Should we NOT do the feasts of Elohim, simply because we have not done them for 1693 years, as a body of faith?  Is that how Israel responded, when, as a people of faith, they realized THEY had not kept Sukkot since the time of Yehoshua [Joshua] ?

“And they found written in the Torah, how that יהוה had commanded by Moshe, that B’nei Yisra’el should dwell in sukkot [Booths] in the feast of the seventh khodesh; and that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities, and in Yerushalayim, saying, “Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive branches, and branches of wild olive, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of thick trees, to make sukkot, as it is written.” So the people went forth, and brought them, and made themselves sukkot, every one upon the roof of his house, and in their courts, and in the courts of Beit HaElohim, and in the broad place of the water gate, and in the broad place of the gate of Efrayim. And all the congregation of them that were come back out of the captivity [in Bavel ] made sukkot, and dwelt in the sukkot; for since the days of Yeshua Bin Nun unto that day had not B’nei Yisra’el done so. And there was very great gladness. Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he [Ezrah] read in the book of the Torah of Elohim. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day was Shemini Atzeret, according unto the ordinance.”  [Nekhem-Yah 8:14-18]

Notice here that it says “Since the days of YESHUA!”

Neither has the Body of Messiah, by and large, kept Sukkot SINCE THE DAYS OF OUR YESHUA.  Yeshua Bin Nun is the “Joshua” of the “Old Testament,” but here, in Nekhem-Yah, he is called YESHUA BIN NUN and NOT YEHOSHUA/JOSHUA.  “Salvation, a seed/son of ‘posterity’ [future generations]” is what his WHOLE name means.  Is it POSSIBLE, O believer in Messiah, that this is a foreshadowing of the followers of Yeshua, the SON who manifested for OUR generations, that WE are to turn back to HIS FEASTS, to include the Sabbath, [ the first of the feasts listed in Lev 23] and Sukkot ?

Indeed, THAT is how God ‘feels,’ and HE says that ALL of us will be keeping the Sabbath AND SUKKOT during the Reign of Messiah on earth!  WHY, oh WHY would we not keep it now, but for sheer disobedience and stubbornness, denial and self will, and passive compliance with Bavel?

In Yesha-Yahu [Isaiah] 66, which is about the Millennial Kingdom, the 1,000 years when Messiah will rule ON EARTH as יהוה in a body, we are told:

“And it shall come to pass, that from one Khodesh [renewed moon] to another, and from one Shabbat to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me’, says יהוה .”

So, for the 1,000 years that Messiah Yeshua will be King on Earth, we will ALL WORSHIP on EVERY SABBATH!  This actually INCLUDES all the other SEVEN FEASTs, because in each of those feasts, SABBATHS are specified!  Do you HONESTLY THINK that HE would change His Day to ‘sun-day,’ the day of pagan Sol Invictus [according to Constantine’s decree], only to change it BACK when He comes back to earth?  Come on, believer, HE is NOT wishy-washy, He does NOT equivocate.  “I am יהוה , I DO NOT CHANGE.”  “Messiah Yeshua is the same, yesterday, TODAY, and FOREVER.”   But, to be certain, let’s get another witness to that:

“And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations that came against Yerushalayim [the whole world] shall go up from year to year to worship HaMelekh, יהוה Tzeva’ot, and to keep Khag HaSukkot. And it shall be, that whoever of the families of the earth does not go up unto Yerushalayim to worship HaMelekh, יהוה Tzeva’ot, upon them there shall be no rain. And if the family of Mitzrayim does not go up, and comes not, they shall have no overflow; there shall be the plague, wherewith יהוה will smite the nations that do not go up to keep Khag HaSukkot. This shall be the punishment of Mitzrayim, and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to keep Khag HaSukkot.” [Zekhar-Yah 14:17-19]

This, too, is during the time of Messiah on earth.

BOTH of these Nevi’im [prophets], whose names mean “ יהוה WILL SAVE” and “Remember יהוה ” respectively, ended their prophetic ministry predicting that ALL THE WORLD will KEEP HIS FEASTS.  NOT to do so is ABOMINABLE!

So, O ‘saved’ one, DO NOT say you should not do it just because you are saved~!!

Do you HAVE to keep His Shabbat to be saved?  No.  But, you SHOULD want to!  BECAUSE HE saved you, NOT Constantine, NOT the popes, NOT the Baptists, NOT Luther or Calvin…. YESHUA THE MESSIAH, the JEWISH man, the Manna from Heaven, that MASTER OF THE SABBATH!  [“And He said to them, “Ben HaAdam [The Son of Man] is Adon of Shabbat.” And it came to pass on another Shabbat He entered into the Beit K’nesset [Synagogue] Luk 6:5-6 ] If you do not obey HIM after you are saved, you WILL be disciplined, according to HIS OWN MOUTH.  “He disciplines those whom He loves!” The children ‘born’ to Messiah who disobey His Torah WILL be disciplined for breaking HIS TORAH!  [Ps 89]

 “His seed also [Yeshua’s] will I make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven. If his children forsake My Torah, and walk not in My ordinances; If they profane My statutes, and keep not My Mitzvot; Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with strokes. But My compassion will I not break off from him, nor will I be false to My faithfulness. My Brit [covenant] will I not profane, nor alter that which is gone out of My lips.”

Bavel means confusion.  And SO MANY believers today are confused by the “Babble” of religious people.  That confusion is OBLITERATED by STUDYING TORAH under the light of the teachings of Messiah, who teaches Torah BEST.  Look how it affected the people who came out of literal “Bavel” in Ezra and Nehemiah’s day:

“And they read in the book, the Torah of Elohim, distinctly; and they gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. and Nekhem-Yah ….said unto all the people, “This day is Kadosh unto יהוה your Elohim; mourn not, nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Torah. Then he said unto them, “Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto him for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is Kadosh unto Adoneinu; neither be grieved; for the joy of יהוה is your strength.” So the Levi’im stilled all the people, saying, “Hold your peace, for the day is kadosh; neither be grieved.” And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words [of the Torah] that were declared unto them.” [Neh 8:9-12]

The confusion of religion is GONE when we study HIS WHOLE WORD the way Messiah taught it!  That is one of the GREATEST things about studying and living Torah: there is NO MORE bavel: confusion.

Please awaken, O believers in Messiah, to the BLESSING that is ABUNDANT in doing HIS WORD!

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