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Man’s Religion (Legalism) Vs The Way that Leads to Life

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Messiah, (Anointed of God) is the end/culmination/outcome, (Telos #5056) of the Law, (Nomos #3551) Righteousness to All the Faithful. Romans 10:4

Are You Worshiping Your Religion or Seeking Your Creator?

“I Was Born This Religion and I’ll Die This Religion.”  I’ve heard this statement come from the mouths of Catholics, Protestants, Jewish, Muslims, Hindus…Lets say God does decide which religious division you are to be born into, but God is not divided, God is One, Deuteronomy 6:4

Refusing to seek God beyond ones religion, or non-religion, is not seeking.

  “But from there you will seek the LORD, (YHVH) your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29; Jeremiah 29:13 Matthew 7:7

Bad Translations Misrepresent God’s Word, Torah

When we read the word Law, in our English Bible translations, it can have up to three very different meanings.  Law can refer to Legalism, (man-made laws), Galatians 2:16; sometimes it refers to, The Curse of Sin and Death, Romans 8:2; and sometimes it’s referring to TorahMatthew 5:17.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legalism_(theology)

The Hebrew word “Torah” can not be translated by one English word, and the word “Law” is a bad translation.  Torah is Spiritual/Lasting/Eternal/Forever… (Olam #5769).

We know that the Law (Torah) is Spiritual…” Romans 7:14; Isaiah 40:8…

Torah has a three letter root, YRH, meaning to flow, throw, show, or point in a Direction.  Torah #8451, is best translated as Teaching/Instruction.  Like a Loving Father to a child, shining a Light, (Or #216) in the Way/Direction of Truth and (Lasting) Life.

“For the commandment, (mitzvah #4687) is a lamp and the Teaching, (Torah #8451) is Light; And reproofs for discipline are the Way of Life.” Proverbs 6:23

Y’shua (Jesus) is Torah, and The Torah Became Flesh…

Over two thousand years ago Y’shua repeatedly denounced the religious leaders for adding heavy burdens to the True meaning of Torah.

“They (Religious experts) tie up heavy, burdensome loads and lay them on men’s shoulders…” Matthew 23:4 

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28… 

The Essence of Torah is Summed up by Love

“In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you.  For this is the essence of the Law (Torah) and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12

All the Law (Torah) and the Prophets” depend on these two commandments;”  Matthew 22:40(quoting from Torah…)

1.)  “You shall love the LORD (YHVH) your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:5 

2.)  “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD, (YHVH).” Leviticus 19:18

Man-Made Religions Add Their Own Traditions/Righteousness

“They worship Me in vain; they teach as doctrine the traditions of men.’” Matthew 15:9

“Then the LORD, (YHVH) said, “… And their reverence for Me is taught by the commands/traditions, (mitzvah #4687) of men, (rote/repitions)” Isaiah 29:13

God’s Righteousness, (not Man’s) Leads to Life, 

“In the Way of Righteousness is Life, And in its Pathway there is no death.” Proverbs 12:28

“For this is the Love of God, that we keep His Commandments. And His Commandments are not burdensome,” 1 John 5:3

 We are All called out of the divisions of the world, to simple walk in the only Way that leads to Life.

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The Bible is Full of Physical Examples Revealing Spiritual Truth

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Call them Parables, Proverbs, Riddles, Dark sayings or Spiritual Mysteries, this is the way our Creator has chosen to reveal Spiritual Truth, when, and to whom, He wants.

“I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,”  Psalm 78:2; Matthew 13:35

How Does Israel Parallel Y’shua?

My first connection came as I read these words in Revelation;

“To the one who is Victorious, I will grant the right to eat of the Tree of Life in the paradise of God.” Revelation 2:7

Israel is defined in God’s Word as meaning, those who strive with God and with man and Prevail; Overcome; Endure; The Victorious, (Yakol #3201):

“He said, (The Angel of YHVH) “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, (Ya’aqob #3290) but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have Prevailed.” Genesis 32:28

As you can see from Revelation 2:7, the meaning of the original Hebrew words can be seen in our translations.

Who Will Eat From the Tree of Life?

Not Adam and Eve, or any physical offspring.   Everything physical exists in a temporary state of death.  How do I know Death is temporary?  Contrary to man-made religious doctrines, God’s Word says Death has an end.  Death will be cancelled, it is the last enemy to be destroyed, Isaiah 28:18; 1 Corinthians 15:26

God made sure Adam and Eve were removed from the presence of the Tree of Life.  He ensured their physical state of death would not last forever, Genesis 3:22.

Only the Victorious, (Spiritual Israel) will be granted to eat from the Tree of Life;

“To the one who is Victorious(Nike #3529) I will grant the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I, (Y’shua), Overcame, (Nike #3529) and sat down with My Father on His throne.” Revelation 3:21 

The Birth of Physical Israel/ The Birth of Spiritual Israel

The birth of Physical Israel came when God changed Jacob’s name to Israel.

The Birth of Spiritual Israel is miraculous, not physically possible.  Like a Promised Seed born from a woman, Genesis 3:15.   A barren, ninety year old Sarah, giving birth to Isaac,  Genesis 17:17.  The prophesy of a Virgin giving birth to a Seed/Child that would be called, God with us, Isaiah 7:14.   Yehoshua was His Name, it means, YHVH’s Salvation.  Y’shua (Jesus) for short.

Israel is My Son, My Firstborn, Physically

“Then you, (Moses) shall say to Pharaoh,’Thus says YHVH, “Israel is My Son, My Firstborn.” Exodus 4:22 

Y’shua is Called My Son, My Firstborn, Spiritually

“I also shall make Him My Firstborn, The highest of the kings of the earth.” Psalm 89:27

“I will surely tell of the decree of YHVH: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.” Psalm 2:7 

“For He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice from the Majestic Glory said to Him, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 2 Peter 1:17; Matthew 3:17; Acts 13:33; Hebrews 1:5Hebrews 5:5; Hebrews 12:23; John 3:16

Y’shua Is First Born From the Dead

 “and from Y’shua Messiah, the faithful witness, the Firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has released us from our sins by His blood,” Revelation 1:5; 1 Corinthians 15:20Colossians 1:18

Both Israel and Y’shua, “Called out of Egypt”

Israel’s Exodus from Egypt after 400 years of slavery:

“When Israel was a youth I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son.” Hosea 11:1

At the time of Y’shua’s birth an angel warned Joseph, in a dream, to flee to Egypt until King Herod’s death. (Herod had all the boys, under two yrs. old murdered in Bethlehem).

“where he stayed until the death of Herod. This fulfilled what YHVH had spoken through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my Son.” Matthew 2:15; M,atthew 2:16

Abraham’s Physical Seed/YHVH’s Spiritual Seed, Y’shua

The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his Seed. The Scripture does not say, “and to seeds,” meaning many, but “and to your Seed,” meaning One, who is Messiah,  Galatians 3:16

 In your Seed All the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”  Genesis 22:18

Israel and Y’shua are Called YHVH’s Servant

“Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen One in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth Justice to the nations.” Isaiah 42:1

“Here is My servant, whom I have chosen, My beloved, in whom My soul delights. I will put My Spirit on Him, and He will proclaim justice to the nations.” Matthew 12:18

Israel and Y’shua Are Called The Vine

“You removed a (physical) vine from Egypt; You drove out the nations and planted it.” Psalm 80:8; Psalm 80:15Isaiah 5:7…

 “I Am the True (Spiritual) Vine, and My Father is the keeper of the Vineyard.” John 15:1

YHVH’s Physical Inheritance Parallel’s The Spiritual Inheritance

“whom YHVH of Hosts has Blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My Inheritance.”  Isaiah 5:7

“and into an Inheritance that is Imperishable, Undefiled, and Unfading, reserved in Heaven (Spiritual) for you,” 1 Peter 1:4

Abram’s Original Inheritance of Land, (Eretz) Was Spiritual

for All the Land (Eretz) which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants Forever, (Olam #5769)”  Genesis 13:15; Genesis 17:8Acts 7:5

Israel’s Spiritual (Olam) Life on the New Earth, (Eretz)

The one who is Victorious will Inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he will be My Son/Child.  Revelation 21:7

“For here we do not have a permanent city, (a Spiritual, Olam, Inheritance) but we are looking for the city that is to come.” Hebrews 13:14

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Do You Understand “The Good News” Like Abraham Did?

“The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles/nations by faithfulness, and foretold the Good News to Abraham:  “All nations/peoples will be Blessed through you.”  Galatians 3:8 

The Good News Predates Judaism, Catholicism, Christianity, Islam, actually it predates all the worlds religious divisions, because it existed from the beginning.

Most people know Y’shua, (Jesus), is The Good News, but they don’t understand what was written about Him by Moses and the Prophets:

“and beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He (Y’shua) explained to them what was written in all the Scriptures about Himself.” Luke 24:27; Genesis 3:15Genesis 12:3

“You, (religious experts) pore over the Scriptures because you presume that by them you possess Eternal Life. These are the very Words that Testify about Me, (Y’shua),  John 5:39.

Countless religious divisions remain today because physical eyes cannot see, or perceive, the Spiritual Mystery of The Good News,  1 Peter 1:25Romans 7:14Revelation 14:6.

What Does The Good News of Salvation Mean?

King David, a Hebrew, descended from the tribe of Judah, (prior to the term Jewish).  His Psalms tell us he understood The Good News of YHVH’s Salvation, (1040-970 B.C.).

“Sing to YHVH, bless His Name; Proclaim the Good News of His Salvation from day to day.” Psalm 96:2 

Before David, Moses wrote YHVH’s Words of Torah, (The Way of Truth and Life), a physical picture of Spiritual Good news.  Abraham, the father of all nations, just as Noah, and Adam and Eve, all died with hope in the Good news.

From the origin of the Curse, the consequence of Sin/Death, YHVH promised a Blessing.

“For as in Adam all die, so in Messiah all will be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:22 

A Curse = Death, A Blessing = Life

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you Life and death, the Blessing and the curse. So choose Life in order that you may Live, you and your descendants,” Deuteronomy 30:19Jeremiah 21:8

Adam and Eve chose the consequence, the curse of death, yet they died with hope in this Blessing;  someday a Woman’s  “Seed” would have victory over death.

“And I will put enmity between you, (the serpent=satan) and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall crush your head, (satan=death)…” Genesis 3:15

“The God of Peace will soon crush satan, (the serpent=death) under your feet…” Romans 16:20

“For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feetThe last enemy to be destroyed is death.” 1 Corinthians 15:26 

*”Under Your Feet,”  “Crush your Head,” these Hebrew idioms portray Victory.   Picture a Victorious King standing with His feet on the back of his enemies head, Joshua 10:242 Samuel 22:41Hebrews 1:13.

The Good News Is Salvation, Victory, Deliverance, from Death!

How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings Good News, (Basar #1319), to proclaim/hear and do, (Shama #8085) Peace, (Shalom #7965), bringing News, (Basar #1319) of Good. (Tov #2896b), to proclaim/hear and do, (Shama #8085) Salvation/Victory/Deliverance, (Yeshua #3444) And say to Tzion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7

Translation choices cause unnecessary obscurity, but the original Hebrew is very clear:

Shama is translated; proclaim, announce… but it also means; Hear, Listen, Do, Obey.

Shalom means so much more than peace, it’s Complete Wholeness, Health, Security, Safety, being made Right, the opposite of everything wrong.

Tov means, Everything Good, as opposed to everything Bad.

Y’shua, you may recognize as the original Hebrew name of Jesus.  It means Salvation, Deliverance, Victory, Help…The full name, Y’hoshua, (Joshua) means YHVH is Salvation.

Y’shua’s Full Name, Y’hoshua Means “YHVH’s Salvation”

“Everyone who calls on the Name of  YHVH will be saved.” Romans 10:13Acts 2:21; quoting, Joel 2:32

“And how can they proclaim unless they are sent?  As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News!” Romans 10:15; quoting Isaiah 52:7.

Salvation From Death = Inheriting Spiritual Life on the New Earth

“Therefore Messiah (the Promised Seed) is the mediator of a re-newed covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised Eternal (Spiritual) Inheritance, now that He has died to redeem them from the transgressions, (curse of Sin and Death) committed under the first covenant.”  Hebrews 9:15 

“YHVH knows the days of the Blameless, (Tamim #8549): and their Inheritance shall be Forever, (Spiritual).  Psalm 37:18 

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“So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being;” the last Adam a Life-giving Spirit.”  1 Corinthians 15:45 

“Blessed are the humble, for they will Inherit the earth, (Y’shua wasn’t speaking of this earth.  Spiritual/Eternal/Everlasting Life is on the reNEWed earth).” Matthew 5:5Psalm 37:9; Psalm 37:11

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Who Will Inherit the Eternal, (Olam) Land, (Eretz)?

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That’s right, the Humble are Those Who Turn From Doing Bad and do Good.  So What Land, (Eretz) Lasts Forever, (Olam)?

We All Know it’s not this Earth, (Eretz), It’s only Temporary.

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Only YHVH’s Word/Promise/Covenant is Eternal, (Olam).

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YHVH’s Eternal, (Olam) Word Became Flesh and Dwelt With Us.

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Y’shua is YHVH’s Eternal (Olam) Word.

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Eternal (Olam) Life=Wisdom.

WISDOM

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The Blessing of Eternal, (Olam) Life is for All people.  From Adam and Eve to the Covenant YHVH cut with Abraham, the physical Inheritance of the Land (Eretz) gives us all a picture of the Eternal, (Olam) Inheritance that will bless All people:  Genesis 12:3; Genesis 13:15Isaiah 60:21; Hebrews 9:15Acts 3:25; Acts 13:32Acts 13:33; Galatians 3:8 Galatians 3:14 2 Peter 3:13…

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Truth or Religion

The Creator’s Truth or Man’s Religion?

Laying aside emotional attachments and candidly holding up every belief to The Creator’s Word, (Torah), because His Word says it is Perfect, Unchanging and True, Psalm 19:7;  Psalm 119:160Psalm 93:2.  What then, does one do when they discover their firmly rooted beliefs do not match up to The Original Word?

This is what I experienced as I began testing my own beliefs to Our Creator’s Plum-line.   Still it took years before I could clearly see just how much trust I had put in man. Elevating knowledgeable people had kept me from seeking Truth for myself.

“But from there you will seek Y’hovah your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29;  Jeremiah 29:12-14Psalm 119:2;  Matthew 7:7

Isn’t it amazing how many of us believe, without testing, The Eternal Word, (Torah) has been abolished or corrupted?

Warnings of this happening still stand, yet we have believed those who say they have been given authority by God, or an angel from heaven told them, to make additions and subtractions, Jeremiah 23:16Galatians 1:8 

The Original Torah and matching Bible verses say The Creator’s Word will never change:

“You shall not add to the Word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of Y’hovah your God which I command you.” Deuteronomy 4:2Deuteronomy 12:32Proverbs 30:6

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them. 18  For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.  Matthew 5:18,43…

“The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will never pass away.”  Matthew 24:35; Luke 16:17

Y’hovah (He Exists) Does Test Us,  Deuteronomy 8:2

The Creator does test us to see who is loyal and will keep His Commandments:  Deuteronomy 8:16Genesis 22:1Exodus 15:25

He Has Shown Us How To Test a Prophet

“you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for Y’hovah your God is testing you to find out if you love Y’hovah your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”  Deuteronomy 13:3

The Answer to any person, claiming to have been inspired by God, is lets check that to His Word, because His Word will never and has never changed.

We either put Our Trust In our Creator’s Word, Y’hoshua, or in one of Man’s countless Religious Divisions.

 

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Developing an Eye for the Scorpion

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Moving to Arizona, from the state of Washington, I was pretty oblivious about scorpions.  I’d actually only seen the big black kind on the television and equated them with pure evil and death.  So you can imagine my fear when I discovered the first bark scorpion in my house.

“Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?” Luke 11:12

The Bible even used the scorpion as a metaphor for something that was the opposite of Good.  My exaggerated fear did eventually subside as I learned how to avoid this new danger.  Unlike the Brown Recluse or Black widow spider, the scorpion seemed fearlessly blind and clueless to retreat when it was discovered.

The first time I noticed this was when I was sitting on the floor in the middle of my living room and I spotted a very small, dark shadow moving toward me, like it had a heat seeking radar.  It was a long way off, so this time I was able to remain calm and observe as it slowly made its way across the shag carpet.

When it got close I jumped up to grab a glass jar.  I noticed my quick movement caused it to freeze and flatten itself out from its previous, high stepping, curly tailed, posture.  Somehow it was able to make itself look like a very thin, flat piece of paper, something one could easily mistake for a dead leaf.

It was easy for me to capture it as it continued to play dead, but when I forced it inside with a piece of cardboard and put the lid on, it puffed back up and began thrashing its tail violently.

I’ve lived in Arizona for over thirty years now and finding the occasional scorpion in my home has become a normal part of life.  Last night I was prompted to write this after spotting the tell-tale, dark shadow on the carpet of a dark bedroom as I passed by.  It brought back the memory of my first dark shadow experience but this time I realized something that gave me comfort;

I have Developed an Eye for the Scorpion

Adapting to the possibility of a venomous sting makes it second nature to shake shoes before putting them on, keeping everything up off the floor, even if you’re not tidy, and no more feeling around in your cupboards where you can’t see or jumping into bed without a quick check.  If you get up at night, and don’t want to disturb anyone by turning on the light, you learn to keep flip flops by your bed, because walking barefoot in the dark is like playing Russian roulette with a scorpion.  It is more likely to freeze in the path of your next step than to run out of your way.

Scorpions lurk in dark places, especially warm, moist environments.  If I ever want to check to see if a scorpion might be hiding somewhere all I have to do is leave a warm, damp cloth on the floor overnight.  In the morning I shake the cloth and the scorpion freezes, as if I can’t see it if it doesn’t move.  This makes it easier to capture, although I occasionally miss as it scurries toward the nearest wall, at least now, I know they don’t attack like a bee protecting its hive.

Scorpions Sting Because We Don’t See Them

People come in contact with Scorpions, in countless ways, when they aren’t looking for them.  If we stick our hand into a dark place without first checking it with a light, and continue walking barefoot in the dark, sitting on, rolling over on, or putting on clothes without checking them in the light, that’s when we get stung.

I have learned venomous scorpions, spiders and snakes work hard to produce their venom and they need it to live.  They don’t waste it on things they don’t eat, unless they have to.  Their actions are as predictable as their existence in keeping the desert vermin and insect population under control.

Unlike the scorpion, we are made to walk in the light.  The Light, both figuratively and literally, illuminates the harmful things in this life.  It is possible to develop an eye for the scorpion and avoid them by cautiously shining light on those dark shadows.

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet And a Light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

In the Way of Righteousness is Life, And in its pathway there is no death.” Proverbs 12:28

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My First Song

When I close my eyes, it’s then I see.  Just beyond my senses, I’m aware.  Silence calms my heart and mind with Peace.  Breathing in Your presence, and I’m there.

Chorus:  This is the place where I feel safe, keeping very near to You.  My soul is filled with joy and praise, hidden in Your Secret place.

Resting in Your Love, transforming me, more and more like You, I pray to be.  Time apart with You, alone in prayer.  Strengthened by Your presence, and I’m there.

Chorus:  This is the place where I feel safe, keeping very near to You.  My soul is filled with joy and praise, hidden in Your Secret place.

No voice no word need to convey, as I wait with You I know.  You’re here in me, You’re everywhere.  Conscious of Your presence and I’m there.

 

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