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The Why and How to Test Translations

Zech 9 9

This is Why We Need to Test Our Translations:

The above verse is a fulfilled prophesy quoted in Matthew 21:5.  Although it is recognizable, you will notice a small textual variation can make a big difference.

“This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘See, your King comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.” Matthew 21:5

The original Hebrew word, Tzeddiq means:  Righteous, Blameless.

The original Hebrew word Yasha means:  Salvation, Deliverance and Victory.

The original Hebrew word Anav means: Afflicted, Humble, Oppressed, Poor.

Notice all three words are translated into English as Gentle?

This is How We Test Our Translations To The Original Hebrew:

To gain better understanding of the original word meanings it is necessary to search an updated Lexicon, such as this one at http://biblehub.com/lexicon/zechariah/9-9.h

How blessed is the man who has made Yahovah his trust, And has not turned to the proud nor to those who lapse into falsehood. Psalm 40:4

 

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Love is Humble

Is there a connection between Love and being humble?  I was amazed to find these two words both require the same transformation of  our thinking, Galatians 5:17Romans 12:2Philippians 2:2.  “Our natural mind is opposed to the Spirit of Truth.”   Could the Truth be as simple as discovering our pride-filled nature is the only thing separating us from knowing God’s Love?   Every prophet of God is referred to as a servant of God in the Scriptures, including Y’shuah, “Who made Himself a servant,” Philippians 2:7.  Y’shuah both taught and modeled for all to see that Love is Humble, Luke 22:26Luke 1:382 Timothy 2:24Joshua 12:6Psalm 36:1.

The Hebrew word Anav is where we get the original meaning of humble.   This word also translates into English Bibles as poor, meek and lowly.  Keeping this in mind while reading verses like; Isaiah 61:1, Proverbs 16:19 Galatians 5:23, it is helpful to discern the difference between being timid or weak and what it really means to attain a lack of pride.   “Making your life of no account,” when you are able to choose differently takes supernatural strength.  This strength comes from our knowledge that God has given us a Spirit of power, love and self-control, 2 Timothy 1:7.

Lasting Life is synonymous with knowing God’s Word of Truth, John 17:3, John 17:17.   The message of God’s Word is Spiritual, John 4:24.  Our Infinite God is greater than our finite five senses but He has promised all who seek Him will find Him.  We need to ask our Creator for spiritual perception and the ability to know Truth, Matthew 21:22.

God’s standard of Love and Humility are Spiritual

Naturally we can expect to deem God’s standard of Love and Humility as being humanly impossible.  The mind of the flesh and the mind of the Spirit are two completely differing mindsets, Romans 8:7.   The mind set on God is set on everything that is Good, Philippians 4:8.  He instructs us not to be proud, Romans 12:16, but to serve others, Galatians 5:13, loving our enemies, praying for those who persecute us, Matthew 5:44, blessing those who curse us, Luke 6:28, not judging others but being merciful as God is merciful toward us, forgiven as we forgive, Luke 6:37,  overcoming evil with good, Romans 12:21, not speaking evil or lying, Psalm 34:131 Peter 3:9, remaining thankful in adversity, Ephesians 5:20.  Y’shuah’s words rephrased, Love God and Love people, Luke 10:27.  This is the nature and standard of God, this is the Way that leads to Spiritual LifeColossians 3:13Matthew 7:12.

“Let your Conscience be your Guide”

I first heard these words as a child watching the Disney movie, Pinocchio, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOZzNOkcEgM

The author of this song, written back in 1940, understood a basic Truth that had been placed in the hearts of mankind, Romans 2:15.  We may call it our “gut instinct,” “intuition,” or “our guiding angel.”   Whatever you call it, it’s what lets us know when we are heading toward the way that leads to death or permanent separation form God’s Spirit.  In other words we all know what is right and what is wrong, and not one of us will have an excuse, Hebrews 13:18Romans 1:202 Corinthians 1:12, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”

God’s Word Teaches Us to Be Humble in Parables

“I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, (mysteries since the foundation of the world, Matthew 13:35) things from before.”– Psalm 78:2

One parable Y’shuah taught His disciples about humility was; “Take my yoke (a crosspiece shared by two Oxen)  on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest for your souls/lives, Matthew 11:29

At first glance we can see the literal mental picture of two oxen attached by a wooden crosspiece or “yoke,” resting equally on each of their necks.  So what does this look like spiritually?  Y’shuah said to learn from Him, He is gentle and humble, His burden is light and this is the way we would find Rest, as in Peace!  (Light as in an undetectable weight)

The Yoke of the Flesh and the Yoke of the Spirit are opposed to each other! Galatians 5:17

Recognizing our need to be humble may have us trying in our own ability to mix our prideful nature with an outer appearance of peace.  Some people are very successful in this pretense.  This is what the religious hypocrites had learned to do when Y’shuah exposed them as being “white washed tombs.”  They were only play acting on the outside but inside, still spiritually dead, Matthew 23:27.

Y’shuah warned His disciples to watch out for the “yeast” of Religious Hypocrites, Matthew 16:12Ephesians 2:5 

Again He used a literal, physical substance to point to Spiritual Truth.  Yeast represents deception, phoniness, pride and everything that keeps us separated in death, Matthew 16:6.  We can clothe it with the finest material, pretend it’s not there or act like we have it pounded down beneath our feet, because it continues to puff right back up, 1 Corinthians 5:6.  It is impossible to remove yeast from dough just as it is impossible to remove pride from our fallen nature.  So how then can we be transformed from this “body of death,” Romans 7:24?

Truth is Only Revealed to the Humble, Isaiah 5:21

 Truth was purposefully concealed from the proud, the Hebrew word Ga Anav, the opposite of Anav, (those wise in their own eyes), Matthew 11:25, because God is opposed to pride; Proverbs 3:34, James 4:6 Matthew 23:121 Peter 5:5Proverbs 18:12 Luke 18:14.  (Isaiah 48:4 Jeremiah 3:3Exodus 13:9Exodus 32:9Deuteronomy 10:16Nehemiah 9:16Acts 7:51  “stiff necked” and “forehead” refers to heard headed, stubborn pride).

The finite, or flesh and blood (with all its pride) will not (and cannot) Inherit The Kingdom of God.  1 Corinthians 15:50

It is our pride at the root when we feel offended, filled with malice, vanity, bitterness, bad-temper, irritations, arguments, fighting, estrangement, resentment, grudge holding, immodesty, self-consciousness, arrogance, making judgments like, “I’m right and you’re wrong,” or “I’m good and you’re bad.”  Pride is at the root of all religious divisions.  There is no division in the Unity of God’s Spirit.  God is One, Deuteronomy 6:4Colossians 3:11.  

God Revealed Himself to Moses, The Most Humble Man on Earth

Though God is Ineffable, He chose to make His Ways known to a Hebrew man named Moses, Psalm 103:7.  Approximately 1500 years before the birth of Y’shuah, Moses was taken as a baby to live in the palace of Pharaoh.  He had every reason to become proud, most likely dressing in the finest clothing, having servants wait on him, enjoying the best foods and highest education available in the land.  But Moses knew who he was and he didn’t forget his heritage of slavery.  It was because of this he was referred to as the most humble man on earth, Numbers 12:3.  (There are many parallels between Moses and Y’shuah, Deuteronomy 18:15.  Note here how both left their high positions and lived lives without pride).

Moses recorded God’s Words in the Torah, (the first five books of the Bible).  These Ancient Hebrew Words carry Spiritual meaning in physical symbolism, they were pictures foreshadowing the events to come.

Spiritual Meaning of the “Feast of Unleavened Bread”

We are told to “Clean out the Old leaven/yeast that you may be a New Batch”, 1 Corinthians 5:6,7.  This is what the Hebrew people were instructed to do before the first Passover in Egypt.  Every year since Moses led them in their Exodus from bondage, they continue to remember by riding their homes of every spec of yeast before the Passover Seder, Exodus 12:15.  This is the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for seven days nothing enters their bodies or their homes that is made with yeast.  For more information here’s the link to my article on the parallels between the Passover Lamb and Y’shuah being our Passover Lamb, https://kaylened.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/meaning-of-the-passover-seder/

We begin our New Spiritual Lives as a New Unleavened Batch, a Batch Made without Yeast.  Y’shuah referred to this as being, “Born Again” spiritually, John 3:7

In Conclusion 

“Whatever controls us is our master.”  Keep in mind that we are under bondage, or “Yoked” to pride.  If you don’t believe you are in bondage to pride, try not to be offended next time someone hits one of your insecurities nerves.  We may feel comfortable with, or helpless against or justified in allowing  un-forgiveness and grudge holding to consume us, but this is the deception.

 Great Peace have those who love Your instruction, nothing can or will offend them, (because they have no pride to be offended) Psalm 119:165!

 There is a reason we do not to put “New” wine in old wine skins, or sew “New” cloth on old clothing, Luke 5:37.  “New” Spiritual Life comes from a completely different “root” than our natural “root,” Isaiah 11:1Revelation 22:16.  Y’shuah is that “Root,” Romans 11:16.  We cannot walk in light and in darkness, John 3:19, We cannot drink the Cup of the Lord and the cup of demons (evil), or the Table of the Lord and the table of demons, 1 Corinthians 10:21.  We can not enter through the narrow gate and drift down the wide path, they are opposites, Matthew 7:13.  We cannot be friends (loyal to) with God and friends with the world, they are adversaries, James 4:4.

The “Yoke” we now bow our necks under is a completely new “Yoke.”  We choose to obey our Creator and not our “natural desires.”  Because no one can serve two Masters, Matthew 6:24.

There is only “Life” promised to those who remain attached to the “Root” of God’s transforming Love,  John 15:5,  Philippians 3:21.

 1 Corinthians 4-8 There is no Love without humility as its root. 

To be rooted in His Love and not in our Pride, this is our only effort, “Let us therefore strive, (make every effort, persevere, endure) to enter that rest, that no one fall by the same sort of disobedience,” Hebrews 4:10

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