Creation Speaks for Itself
Jesus, Yehoshua, (YHVH’s Salvation) Is The Word.
Arrogance Is Foolishness.
Jesus explains to Peter why it is necessary to continue forgiving those who sin against us. A parable is a physical example revealing the heavenly/spiritual Kingdom.
An earthly master/king wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began to settle a debtor owing him 10,000 talents, (1 talent is 6,000 denarii, 300 denarii being about a year’s wages) was brought to him. The amount was impossible to repay so the master ordered the man, his wife, children and all that he had to be sold.
The servant fell to the floor begging for his masters patients and promising to repay him.
The master, having mercy, released his servant, forgiving the entire debt.
On his way out, the servant found one of his fellow servants who owed him 100 denarii. He began to choke him, demanding his money immediately. The man fell to his knees, begging him to be patient and promising he would pay him back.
He refused and proceeded to have his fellow servant cast into prison until his debt was paid, (see Debtor’s Prison Wikipedia).
When their fellow servants observed this they were outraged and reported everything to their master. The master summoned the servant to return.
In his wrath the master declared, you evil (corrupt) servant, I forgave all your debt because you begged me, wasn’t it necessary for you to be merciful as I was merciful to you?
The king turned the servant over to the jailers until he paid back all that he owed.
Likewise, My Father in Heaven will do to you if each one of you do not forgive one another from the heart.
The Hebrew word most often translated Slave, Abad #5647, means Servant. More specifically, a Bond-servant. An indebted person could agree to be purchased and serve a six year contract, Exodus 21:2.
*(Note the Biblical patterns of 6. There were 6 days of creation, 6 days around Jericho, 6 work days, the cloud of glory covered Mt. Sinai for 6 days..The 7th day consistently promises Torah/freedom/ceasing from bondage/deliverance/salvation/victory)
Reading a translation of this Hebrew parable through a Westernized, 21st century lens should produce some questions.
Today the words Master and Servant conjure images of human-trafficking or human rights abuse. We also have no concept of a debtor’s prison but Jesus references the Outer Darkness as a metaphor describing those who are outside of His Kingdom, Matthew 8:12; 22:13; 25:30.
Jesus said, “I came to serve and not to be served.” Matthew 20:28.
Like ministers, police officers and other public servants, employees also serve/work for someone; a boss, company, customer, client or patient.
Indentured servitude was common in the late 1800’s, similar to being a Bond-servant, European immigrants agreed to work/serve at a U.S. company, for a specified time, in trade for their passage.
“…if I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Messiah,” Galatians 1:10
“You were bought with a price, you must stop being mastered by men,” 1 Corinthians 7:23
“…because you were slain and have redeemed us to God by your blood from every tribe, tongue, people and nation,” Revelation 5:9; Acts 20:28; Colossians 1:14; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20.
“Blessed are the Merciful, they will be given mercy.” Matthew 5:7
“But if you do not forgive all people, neither will your heavenly Father forgive you.” Matthew 6:15
“By the same judgement you pronounce, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:2
“Be kind and tender-hearted, forgiving freely just as God forgave you in Messiah.” Ephesians 4:32
“Bear with one another and forgive each other, if any have a complaint against someone; just as also the Lord forgave you, so also you must forgive.” Colossians 3:13
“Be merciful just as your heavenly Father is merciful.” Luke 6:36
We choose to remain imprisoned to death, in the outer darkness, by refusing to give the same merciful loving kindness that is so freely given to us.
“… you are servants of the one you obey, whether it be sin leading to death or righteousness leading to life.” Romans 6:16
“Mercy triumphs over judgement.” James 2:13
Religious bias makes it appear like Jesus changed the Word of God/Torah, the first five books of the Bible. Although Jesus was falsely accused of blasphemy when He claimed to be One with God, everyone who heard Him speak knew He did not add or take away from Torah.
“Truth I speak to you, Until heaven and earth pass away not one yod or vav could pass away from Torah until everything would come to pass.” Matthew 5:18
Jesus Is the Word of God/Torah, John 1:1-14. He did not break Torah, which defines sin. He was sinless, fulfilling/obeying Torah. Jesus only revealed the deeper, Spiritual, meanings of Torah, in parables, that would not be understood by the rebellious.
“This is why I speak to them in parables, ‘though seeing they do not see, though hearing they do not hear,” “…things hidden since the creation of the world,” Matthew 13:13, 35; Ezekiel 12:2; Psalm 78:2.
The Torah is called Unchanging, Perfect, Living and Eternal. It existed before creation and will exist forever, Isaiah 40:8; Psalm 119: 89; Matthew 24:35; 1 Peter 1:20, 25.
Jesus clearly taught the Torah and Prophets were speaking about Him, Luke 4:21; Isaiah 58:6; Isaiah 61:2; Matthew 26:54, 56; Acts 3:18; 13:27, 33; John 2:22, 5:39, 19:36; Hebrews 10:7; Psalm 40:6-8.
Although most of us would agree that Jesus fulfilled the Torah and Profits, many remain confused about the New (Spiritual) Covenant and the Old (physical) covenant that was a shadow/copy of the Spiritual, Hebrews 10:1; Exodus 26:30.
Here are 5 topics I misunderstood until I began looking for Jesus in the Torah and Prophets:
1. It is a misconception that Jesus broke the Sabbath by allowing His disciples to pluck and eat grain as they passed through the grain-fields when they were hungry. Please search for the Spiritual meaning, “Lord of the Sabbath,” in Matthew 12:1-8.
What does Torah teach?
“When you enter your neighbor’s grain-field you may pluck the heads of grain with your hand but you shall not yield a sickle…,” Deuteronomy 23:25
No Torah observant person would harvest with a sickle on Sabbath but Jesus knew it was permissible to pluck grain with you hand. He also pointed out other exceptions, 1 Samuel 21:7. He told the Pharisees they had completely missed God’s Love by accusing the innocent:
“If you would have understood what is written, ‘I desire Loving Kindness, not sacrifice,’ (Hosea 6:6), you would not have accused the innocent.” Matthew 12:7
Jesus certainly did not change the Sabbath in any way. He announced to the Pharisees, “the son of Adam, (referring to Himself, Daniel 7:13)) is Lord, (YHVH) of the Sabbath.” Still they did not have eyes or ears to perceive that He was saying, He Is, Was and Will Be the eternal/spiritual fulfillment of the physical Seventh Day.
2. Jesus uses the phrase, “You have heard it said…but I say…” in Matthew 5:21-43. The misconception here is that Jesus was saying something different than Torah. In reality, this Hebrew idiom means, you have interpreted…but I say…
Jesus was correcting the wrong interpretations of the Pharisees and revealing the true meaning of Torah.
Do not murder means, don’t even think it, Exodus 20:13
Do not commit adultery means, don’t even imagine it, Exodus 20:13.
Do not swear falsely means, just say yes or no, anything beyond this comes from maliciousness: Leviticus 19:12; Numbers 30:2, 3; Deuteronomy 23:21, 22; Psalm 76:12; Ecclesiastes 5:4; James 5:12.
“An eye for and eye, a tooth for a tooth,” was never literal, Exodus 21:24. Only two verses later a slave is to be set free if his master strikes him in the eye and it is damaged, Exodus 21:26. These are examples of even/equal/fair penalties for loss, Leviticus 24:20; Deuteronomy 19:21.
Jesus revealed that beyond knowing what is fair we are to give more than was taken, asked, demanded or expected from us.
You will love your neighbor, Leviticus 19:18 means, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. “Hate your enemies” is not found in Torah.
3. Jesus did not abolish Torah on the cross. The word Law is used to translate several Hebrew words: Torah, Legalism, The curse of sin and death… This is the main cause of the misconception about the Law being done away with on the cross. Read Matthew 5:17-19. Jesus said He did not come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets but to fulfill/obey them.
…whoever would break the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the Kingdom of God…Matthew 5:19
4. Jesus did not declare all foods clean. Mark 7:19 read in context, is referring to unwashed hands but translators took the liberty to add their own bias in parenthesis, (thus all foods are clean).
Some also misinterpret Peter’s vision, found in Acts 10 to mean that God made unclean food clean. Yet Peter himself does not interpret his vision to be about food but about human beings.
“God has explained to me not to say in anyway a man is common or unclean.” Acts 10:28
“In truth, now I understand that God does not show partiality.” Acts 10:34; Deuteronomy 10:17.
5. Jesus did not start a new religion. Born from the line of Judah, Jesus practiced, or should I say straightened out, the 1st century Jewish religion. During His three year ministry He instructed people to hear and obey what was read in the synagogues each Sabbath but not to do what the religious leaders did. Matthew 23 makes it clear why we are not to follow religious leaders but seek God’s Spirit to lead us into all Truth/Torah.
Finally and most importantly, without adding or taking away from Torah, Jesus reveals Merciful Loving Kindness is the sum of Torah.
Quoting the Shema (Hear and do), as the Greatest commandment, Deuteronomy 6:4-6, He then explained Leviticus 19:18 is like the first. The kind of Love Jesus demonstrated is the only way that leads to Life.
“You shall love YHVH your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your might,” Matthew 22:37.
“and the second is like it, Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:38.
“All the Torah and the Prophets hang on these two commands.” Matthew 22:39.