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All Biblical Prophecy Points to Y’shua (Jesus)

The day I realized every 1st century New Testament writer, was referring to the TaNaK, (a Hebrew acronym meaning Torah, Prophets, Writings), was the day I stopped calling it The Old Testament.  The word Old insinuates antiquated, but The New Testament writers referred to The Word of God as Living, Active and Sharper than a double edged Sword.

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12Psalm 149:6.

Y’shua is The Word, meaning, He is The Torah, which is The Way of Truth and Life.  When God’s Word became flesh He revealed a Spiritual mystery;  The Scriptures testify About Him,

Prophecies written about Y’shua will match up to the plum line of His Word;

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  John 1:1

You pore over the Scriptures because you presume that by them you possess eternal life. These are the very words that testify about Me,”  John 5:39

“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

Jesus said to them, “These are the words I spoke to you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled”that is written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms. Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,” Luke 24:44, 45.

Y’shua is The Prophesied Seed, The Anointed (Messiah):

maryThe first promise of the “Seed” was given at the same time of the curse of sin and death; Genesis 3:15Fulfilled; Galatians 4:4Romans 16:20Luke 24:27.

The second promise of the Seed is given to Abraham; “through whom all families of earth will be blessed.”

The Promised Seed/Messiah was prophesied specifically to come through Abraham’s wife Sarah; Genesis 12:3Genesis 17:19Genesis 22:18.  Fulfilled: Matthew 1:1Acts 3:25Galatians 3:8Galatians 3:16.

The Promised Seed/Messiah would come through Sarah’s son Isaac; Genesis 17:19Genesis 21:12.  Fulfilled:  Galatians 4:30Hebrews 11:18Romans 9:7.

The Promised Seed/ Messiah, through whom All families would be blessed, will come through Isaac’s son Jacob/Israel; Genesis 26:4Genesis 28:14Numbers 24:17.  Fulfilled: Matthew 1:2Luke 3:34

The Promised Seed/Messiah will come through Israel’s son Judah, (the tribe of Judah is called Jewish): Genesis 49:10;  Psalm 60:7Psalm 108:8.  Fulfilled: Luke 3:33; Hebrews 7:14.

The promised Seed/Messiah was prophesied to come through King David; Psalm 89:3; Psalm 132:11; Jeremiah 23:5Fulfilled: Matthew 1:1Luke 1:32.

The Holy (Set Apart) Seed/Messiah was prophesied to sprout out of the stump of David’s father Jesse; Isaiah 11:1Isaiah 6:13.  Fulfilled: Luke 3:32.

Messiah will be Born of a Virgin in Bethlehem:

He will be Born in Bethlehem; Micah 5:2.  Fulfilled: Matthew 2:1Matthew 2:6Luke 2:4John 7:42.

He will be Born of a virgin; Isaiah 7:14.  Fulfilled: Matthew 1:18Luke 1:27.

There Will Be A Slaughter of Children.

Rachel’s children were no more: Jeremiah 31:15.  Fulfilled: Matthew 2:16Matthew 2:18

Messiah Will Flee to Egypt and Be Called Out of Egypt:

He will flee to Egypt and be called out of Egypt; Hosea 11:1.  Fulfilled: Matthew 2:15.

Messiah will be A Shepherd to His People:

He will Shepherd His people; Ezekiel 37:24; Isaiah 40:11Psalm 78:71.  Fulfilled: Matthew 2:6;  John 10:16.

Messiah Will Enter Jerusalem on a Donkey:

“…He is Just and endowed with Salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey“; Zechariah 9:9.  Fulfilled: Matthew 21:5;  Mark 11:7John 12:15.

Zeal For YHVH’s House Will Consume Him:

My house will be called a house of prayer, you are making it a den of robbers; Psalm 69:9Psalm 119:139Jeremiah 7:11 .  Fulfilled: John 2:17Romans 15:3;Matthew 21:13

Messiah will be an Everlasting Heir to The Throne of David:

Everlasting heir to the throne of David; Isaiah 9:7; Psalm 45:6.  Fulfilled: Luke 1:32.

His throne will last forever and Righteousness will be the scepter of His Kingdom: Daniel 7:14Psalm 45:6. Fulfilled: Hebrews 1:8Matthew 28:18.

Messiah Is The First and The Last, Pre-existent, No God is Before Him:

He existed before He was born; Micah 5:2Isaiah 9:6Isaiah 44:6Isaiah 48:12; Proverbs 8:27 .  Fulfilled: Colossians 1:17John 1:1John 8:58Ephesians 1:4Revelation 1:8Revelation 2:8Revelation 22:13.

Messiah Is A Priest Forever:

YHVH has sworn and will not change His mind, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek”; Psalm 110:4; Genesis 14:18.  Fulfilled: Hebrews 5:6Hebrews 6:17; Hebrews 6:20Hebrews 7:17Hebrews 7:21John 12:34.

Messiah Will Be Declared The Son of God, Firstborn from the Dead

“You are my son….”  Psalm 2:7; Proverbs 30:4 ; Psalm 89:26Psalm 89:27Exodus 4:22; Jeremiah 31:9.   Fulfilled: Matthew 3:17Mark 1:11Luke 1:32; Acts 13:33Hebrews 1:5Hebrews 5:5Colossians 1:15.

Firstborn from the Dead, Revelation 1:5.

Messiah Is One With Our Father, He is Our Maker:

YHVH is One:  Deuteronomy 6:4.  Fulfilled, I and the Father are OneJohn 10:30John 10:36; John 14:9;  John 17:11Colossians 1:15His people are One in Him, He is our Father, our Maker; Isaiah 63:16Isaiah 64:8; Psalm 100:3.   Fulfilled: John 17:21; Colossians 1:2Matthew 6:9 John 8:41,…

 Messiah Will Sit at the Right Hand of YHVH:

YHVH says to my Lord, sit at My Right HandPsalm 110:1Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 7:14Isaiah 42:6Isaiah 45:24; Jeremiah 23:6.  Fulfilled: Matthew 22:43Matthew 22:44Matthew 22:45Matthew 26:64Matthew 1:23Romans 8:34Romans 10:9Philippians 2:11John 13:13; Matthew 28:18Acts 2:34; Hebrews 1:3Hebrews 1:13.

He Will Be Anointed (Messiah) by The Spirit of YHVH:

The Spirit of YHVH will rest on Him, the Spirit of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel and Strength, Knowledge; Isaiah 11:2, Anointed/Messiah with Joy, Psalm 45:7.  Fulfilled: Matthew 3:16Mark 12:36Mark 14:62Mark 16:19Luke 4:18Luke 20:42Luke 22:69John 1:32John 3:34Acts 10:38Hebrews 1:9.

Messiah is our Judge, Judge of the Living and the Dead:

He will be Judge of the living and the dead; Isaiah 33:22.  Fulfilled: James 4:12;  John 5:30Romans 2:16Romans 14:92 Timothy 4:1Acts 10:42.

Messiah Will Be King of Zion (Spiritual Jerusalem):

He will be King of Zion; Psalm 2:6.  Fulfilled: Matthew 27:37; John 18:36; Luke 1:33Acts 10:36; Revelation 19:16 and still to come…

Nomads (shepherds) will bow before him; Psalm 72:9.  Fulfilled: Luke 2:8

Honored by great kings; Psalm 72:10Psalm 72:11.  Fulfilled: Matthew 2:1

The nations/peoples, (Goy) and Kings, will come to You, Isaiah 60:5; Psalm 72:10.  Fulfilled: Romans 11:25,  both now and still to come as “The fullness of the nations/peoples” continue to be grafted into to the Olive Tree of Israel, Revelation 21:26.  (See )

Our Creator, YHVH, King of the Universe, will destroy death forever, from Mt. Zion, in the New (Spiritual) Jerusalem; Isaiah 25:7Isaiah 25:81 Corinthians 15:261 Corinthians 15:54Revelation 21:4, When His (Spiritual) Kingdom reigns on Earth, Matthew 6:10

Messiah’s Way Will Be Prepared, (by John the Baptist):

A voice in the wilderness will clear the Way for YHVH… Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1Malachi 4:5.  Fulfilled: Matthew 3:3Matthew 11:14Mark 1:3Luke 3:4
Luke 1:17John 1:23.

Messiah Will Shine The Light to the Nations/Peoples, (Goy) of Galilee…

…by way of the sea, the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the gentiles/peoples; Isaiah 9:1Isaiah 9:2; Isaiah 42:1.  Fulfilled: Matthew 4:16; Matthew 15:24Matthew 12:18-21; Luke 2:32 .

Nations/Gentiles, (Goy) will come to Your Light, Isaiah 60:3.  Fulfilled: Acts 13:47 and still to come, “by it light the nations/peoples will walk…” in the New Jerusalem, Revelation 21:24.

Messiah Will Speak in Parables:

I will open My mouth in a parable, dark (hidden) sayings of old; Psalm 78:2. Fulfilled: Matthew 13:35.

Messiah Will Be a Prophet Like Me, (Moses) From Among You:

I will raise up a prophet like Me, from among you, listen to Him, Deuteronomy 18:15Deuteronomy 18:18,19.  Fulfilled: Matthew 21:11Acts 3:22; Acts 7:37.

Messiah Will Open Blind eyes and Deaf Ears.  Bringing Good News to Bind up the Brokenhearted:

The eyes will be opened…ears unstopped…to bring good news, to bind up the brokenhearted; Isaiah 29:18Isaiah 35:5Isaiah 61:1Fulfilled: Matthew 9:35Matthew 11:5Mark 7:37Luke 7:22; Luke 4:18; Luke 4:29.

Messiah will be Rejected by His own, Despised, Hated and Not Believed:

He was rejected by His own people and not believed: Isaiah 53:1Isaiah 53:2Isaiah 53:3Psalm 118:22.  Fulfilled: John 1:11John 5:43John 7:5John 7:48; John 12:37John 12:38Acts 3:14; Romans 10:16.

Abhorred and hated by the nations/peoples.  Because of My Name they will hate you too; Isaiah 49:7; Psalm 35:19Psalm 69:4.  Fulfilled: John 15:21John 15:25Matthew 10:22Matthew 24:91 John 3:13.

A stumbling stone, a rock of offence to both houses of Israel…to the inhabitants of Jerusalem; Isaiah 8:14;   Fulfilled: 1 Peter 2:8Matthew 21:42; Acts 4:11Romans 9:33.

Leaders will be against YHVH and His Anointed (Messiah), Psalm 2:2.  Fulfilled: Acts 4:26Revelation 19:19,…

Messiah Will Be Betrayed by a Close Friend for 30 Shekels of Silver:

Betrayed by a close friend, for 30 shekels of silver; Psalm 41:9Psalm 55:12Psalm 55:13, Zechariah 11:12.  Fulfilled: Matthew 10:4Matthew 26:14,47Matthew 26:15Matthew 26:23Matthew 27:9Luke 22:21John 13:18.

The 30 shekels will be used to buy the Potter’s Field;  Zechariah 11:13.  Fulfilled:  Matthew 27:6Matthew 27:7; Matthew 27:8.

Messiah Will Be Falsely Accused and Mocked:

He will be accused by malicious witnesses. Sneered at and mocked; Psalm 22:7; Psalm 35:11Psalm 27:12; Psalm 109:25.  Fulfilled: Matthew 27:39Matthew 26:59Mark 15:29Luke 23:35Acts 6:13Mark 14:55,56.

Messiah Will Be Beaten, Scourged, Abused and Hung on a Tree:

He will be pierced, through hands and feet, bruised, flogged, beaten, beard pulled out, humiliated and spat upon; Zechariah 12:10Isaiah 50:6Isaiah 53:5; Psalm 22:16,17.  Fulfilled: John 19:37Matthew 26:67Matthew 27:26Matthew 27:30Mark 14:65Mark 15:19;Luke 22:631 Peter 2:24 Revelation 1:7.

Soldiers Will Cast Lots For His Clothing:

Soldiers gambled for my clothing; Psalm 22:18.  Fulfilled: Matthew 27:35Mark 15:24John 19:24.

Messiah Will Yield His Life, Bare Our Sin and be Numbered with the Transgressors:

He poured out His soul to death, numbered with transgressors, He bore the sin/disease of the multitude; Isaiah 53:4; Isaiah 53:12. Fulfilled: Matthew 27:38
Mark 15:27Mark 15:28Luke 22:37Hebrews 9:281 Peter 2:24.

Messiah will be Buried With The Wicked, (those who retain their blame), in A Rich Man’s grave, Yet He is Blameless:

His grave assigned with the wicked, buried in a rich man’s grave,  He did no wrong nor spoke any deceit; Isaiah 53:9.  Fulfilled: 1 Peter 2:22Matthew 27:57; and still to come, Revelation 14:5.

Messiah Will Be Given Gall Mixed With Vinegar Wine For His Thirst:

He will be given gall mixed with vinegar when He is thirsty: Psalm 22:15Psalm 69:21.  Fulfilled: Matthew 27:34Matthew 27:48John 19:28.

None of His Bones Will be Broken:

The Passover sacrifice is not to have any bone broken: Exodus 12:46; Numbers 9:12; He keeps all His bones, not one is broken, Psalm 34:20.  Fulfilled: John 19:33; John 19:36.

 That Day There will be Darkness Over the Land At Noon:

In that day, there will be darkness at noon, (the sixth hour): Amos 8:9.  Fulfilled: Matthew 27:45; Luke 23:44.

Messiah will Pray for His Enemies (Transgressors):

He will pray/intercede for His enemies: Psalm 109:4Isaiah 53:12; Isaiah 59:16.  FulfilledLuke 23:34;  Matthew 5:44; Romans 8:34Hebrews 7:25.

Messiah Will Suffer, Die on a Tree and Be Resurrected on the Third Day:

His body will not decay. Raised on the third day.  Firstborn from the dead.  Made Higher than the King of earth; Psalm 16:10; Psalm 49:9Psalm 49:15Isaiah 53:5Hosea 6:2 .  Matthew 17:23; Matthew 16:21Matthew 17:9Matthew 20:19Luke 24:7Luke 24:46John 20:9 .  Fulfilled: 1 Corinthians 15:4Acts 2:32Acts 3:15Acts 5:30Acts 13:35John 2:22Mark 16:6; Colossians 1:181 Timothy 6:15;  Revelation 19:16.

He Bore our sin/blame; Isaiah 53:4; Isaiah 53:5Isaiah 53:11; Proverbs 20:30John 1:29 Fulfilled: John 3:16Romans 5:6Romans 5:8 1 Corinthians 15:3Galatians 1:4Colossians 2:14

Made Higher than the kings of the Earth; Psalm 89:27.   Fulfilled: Revelation 1:5.

Messiah Will Ascend on High:  

You have ascended on High: Psalm 68:18Proverbs 30:4.  Fulfilled: Ephesians 4:8; Mark 16:19Luke 24:51John 3:13; Acts 1:9.

Messiah Will Send His Spirit:

I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; Isaiah 44:3; Joel 2:28, (3:1) .  Fulfilled: John 7:38John 20:22Acts 2:17, and still to come.

Messiah Will Establish The Renewed Covenant, Putting His Torah (The Way to Life) Within Our Hearts:

He will make an everlasting covenant; Isaiah 55:3Jeremiah 31:31Jeremiah 31:33Jeremiah 32:40Fulfilled: Romans 11:272 Corinthians 3:31 Thessalonians 4:9Hebrews 8:10Hebrews 10:16

Messiah Will Be A Light to the Nations/Peoples, To Bring Salvation to the Earth:

The nations will come to Your Light; Isaiah 60:3; Isaiah 11:10 .  Fulfilled: Revelation 21:24; Romans 11:25Romans 15:12John 12:32Luke 2:32Acts 11:18Acts 13:47

And All Peoples of the Earth Will be Blessed Through Him.

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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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