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The Unforgiving Will Not Be Forgiven 
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Synopses of the Parable Jesus taught about an Unforgiving Servant.

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. 

Our Father Is Merciful and His Servants Are Merciful

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.

We Are Bond-servants of Messiah/Christ.

“…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.

Merciful Loving Kindness Exhibits the One We Serve

“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

 Forgiving One Another is a Matter of Life or Death

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

 

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Spiritual Discernment by Physical Observation

 Taste (Taam #2938) and See (Raah #7200) that YHVH, (He Is, Was and Always Will Be) Is Good…Psalm 34:8 

The Bible is full of figurative language and Ancient Hebrew uses physical, concrete terms to express Unseen, Spiritual truth.

“To Taste” and “Observe,” is how we Discern that YHVH is Good, there’s no guess-work involved in Knowing.

Even in today’s English we use “taste” to describe “perception;” “done in good taste,” “left a bad taste in my mouth,” and “a taste of your own medicine.”

If I’m not sure the soup I’m making has enough salt, I don’t have to guess when I can taste it and know for sure.

I used to believe the ability to discern was a gift you either had or you didn’t.  Unlike those who placed such confidence in their instincts and intuition, my assumptions were wrong more often than right.

While being decisive and confident may be a Natural gift, Discernment is one of the seven descriptions of Spiritual Wisdom, Isaiah 11 and it is also a prophesy of the Messiah.  Wisdom is given generously to All who ask, James 1:5; Proverbs 8:17.

Most importantly, both Wisdom and Y’hoshua are Life, Proverbs 8:35; John 11:25.

Spiritual Wisdom Gives Everyone the Ability to Know

King Solomon was blessed with Wisdom beyond anyone who ever lived or will live.  When he had to judge between two mothers claiming the same baby as their own, he ordered the baby be cut in half and given to both mothers.

He didn’t have to guess well, he knew, without a doubt, who the baby’s mother was. The distinction became as clear as Life and Death, Right and Wrong, Good and Bad, Light and Darkness.

The first mother yielded her rights and pleaded selflessly to give her baby alive to the other woman.  In contrast, the other woman demanded he be divided, 1 Kings 3:26.

Tasting and Knowing, Literally Does Away with Guessing

When it’s time to clean out my refrigerator I guess a lot and I’m sure I’m wrong sometimes.  I think it’s better to be safe than sorry so I toss everything in question.  Now when it comes to my favorite leftovers I’ll take the time to inspect it visually, smell it and even taste it, but not until my senses assure me that it’s good.

I don’t expect a Spiritual prompting when I can see the mold and smell when something is bad.  Yet that is exactly what I was expecting when it came to my greatest dilemma, not knowing when to speak and when not to.

To Speak or Not to Speak

When I was younger I tried to break out of my timid nature by forcing myself to speak.  I believed it was unhealthy to hold negative feelings inside so I practiced recognizing and telling people when I was upset.

As you can imagine, I got a lot of negative, defensive, accusations in return but I prided myself in fearlessly standing up to them.

To Stand up for Myself, or Die to Myself?

Just when I thought I was getting better at speaking up for myself, I began to study the Bible more in-depth.  I couldn’t reconcile ever being offended after reading Psalm 119:165 “nothing shall offend me.”  What “self ” is there to defend if it’s crucified? Romans 6:4; Galatians 2:20, 5:24.  How could I continue to speak up and tame my tongue? Proverbs 21:23; Psalm 141:3; James 3:8.

Far too many years passed as I struggled with not knowing when to speak and when to bite my tongue.   It’s no coincidence I began writing as an outlet, I needed an alternative way to process my thoughts without sharing them with people who weren’t asking.

My mouth seemed out of my control, it kept opening, like a knee-jerk reaction, as I found myself continuing on and on, trying to say something in different ways in hopes of being understood.  I felt justified because I believed what I was saying was True, Helpful and Necessary, but there was more…

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Are My Words  Kind/Inspiring/Good/Life-giving/Selfless/Love?

 Justifying my words had kept me blind to the fact that my mouth had me mastered.  Our Master is the one we obey, Romans 6:16.

Finally it occurred to me there was a reason I was so compelled to confront people.  Did I really believe I could stop being offended and just obediently and selflessly Love people exactly the way they were?

 and the Greatest of These is Love

One morning I woke up from a dream remembering, “I’m not their Holy Spirit.” It’s the Holy Spirit who teaches each of us, all things, and guides us into, all Truth, John 14:26, 16:13.

In my dream I was so focused on how I could better express myself that I hadn’t realized I wasn’t trusting the Power of YHVH’s Merciful, Loving Kindness, Faithfulness, Long-Suffering,  Humble, All Powerful Spirit.

Obediently Loving YHVH, and Loving one Another, frees us from being mastered by our  bondage to the flesh/death.

He tells us there is Only One God, One Spirit, One Shepherd, One Father, One Teacher, Counselor, Advocate, and it’s Him.  If we aren’t mastered by His Love we are still mastered by our Flesh, Matthew 23:9; Deuteronomy 6:4; Leviticus 19:18; John 15:26…

I knew YHVH’s Word, His Torah defines Good and Bad, Spirit and Flesh, Life and Death.  I knew he path to Life/Spirit and Death/Flesh, without a doubt, I could see my compulsion to speak was rooted in my flesh.

Spiritual Discernment isn’t a mystical feeling, a prodding, a nudge or that silent voice of our Shepherd, who knows how to get our attention when we obediently listen, John 10:27.

Differentiating between the fruit, or actions, of My flesh, with its easily offended ego, and the fruit of the Spirit can be observed.  It’s just not easy to stop justifying it and admit there is nothing good in my flesh. Romans 7:18.

Like the true mother, God’s True Love is self-less/flesh-less.  This is how His Spirit of Life can be observed in us and in others, when we know how to love one another, John 13:35; 1 John 3:14.

 

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Y’hovah Means; He Is, He Was,  He Always Will Be.

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Close to 2,000 Hebrew Documents Have Been Discovered with theseVowel Markers.

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Up until January 2018, the pronunciation of YHVH was debatable.  I grew up hearing; Yahweh and Jehovah and more recently; Yahuwah, Yahowah and Yahavah.  Why do people keep trying so hard to find the correct pronunciation of these four Sacred Hebrew letters?

“YHVH” Was Replaced by “LORD”

YHVH is written in the Hebrew Scriptures 6,830 times.  As people learn their English translations have replaced YHVH with LORD, they naturally want the Name restored.  But why was it removed?

Jewish Rabbi’s have made it a point to keep the pronunciation of these four sacred letters a secret.  This ancient Babylonian superstition, of not pronouncing God’s Name, was picked up during Judah’s 70 year Babylonian captivity, 586-516 B.C.  See #5:

https://researchsupportsthetruth.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/why-is-gods-name-missing-from-many-bibles/

This tradition directly opposes YHVH’s clear Instructions to Make His Name Known. 

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Hebrew Researcher, Nehemia Gordon’s discovered Hebrew documents with these vowel markers.  These four Hebrew letters, referred to as the tetragrammaton, are pronounced “Y’hovah,” roughly meaning “He Is, He Was, He Always Will Be.”

Still Attached to Your Own Pronunciation?

Before we had evidence of these documents I was the first to say, it doesn’t matter how we pronounce the Name, as long as we know the meaning.  I personally pronounced The Name, Yod Hay Vav Hay.

Knowing “Yahweh” was invented in 1786, and the other pronunciations were also mere guesses, I’m ready to pronounce the Name as Y’hovah.

Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm Gesenius (3 February 1786 – 23 October 1842) was a German orientalistLutheran, and Biblical critic.[1] He is credited, among other things, with the reconstructed pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton, “Yahweh”.[2]

May this newly discovered evidence unite us all in the Name of the One True God.

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The Correct Meaning Is Eye Opening

Translators have a very difficult task in conveying the most accurate word meanings, especially when another language has no equivalent. Ancient Hebrew Idioms and Expressions, Poetic Rhyme and Word Puns do not carry over in translation.

So my concern is not with the inevitable Textual Variances that occur in every translation.  It’s helpful to compare biased word choices with different perspectives.

I also admire the honest documentation found by Textual Criticism.  For over two thousand years this process has preserved the greatest accuracy by testing  translations to the latest and most ancient discoveries.

Why Purposely Leave Words Mistranslated?

This list of 7 words has been corrupted by superstition, cultural bias and mythology.  In the past only the experts would have known but with today’s technology any novice, like me, can study the original, Ancient Hebrew word meanings; Biblhub.com, Strong’s Hebrew Concordance/Lexicon.  Wikipedia; Jeff Benner, http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/; Nehemia Gordon, https://www.nehemiaswall.com/.

I’ve written this short list to copy and paste into your Bibles for future reference:

  1.  LORD=YHVH  (#3068)
  2.  Demon=Adverse Spirit (Ra #7451; Ruach #7307)
  3.  Devil=Satan (#7854)
  4.  Hell=Grave, (Sheol #7585)
  5.  Dragon=Serpent (Nachash #5175)
  6.  Church=Assembly (Qahal #6951)
  7.  Jesus=Joshua, (Y’hoshua, #3091, meaning YHVH is Salvation)

1. LORD=YHVH

The capitalized, English word LORD, has admittedly replaced YHVH, 6.830 times.  This happened long before the New Testament was written and it is noted in the preface of most Bibles.  How eye opening it is, to see our Creator’s Eternal Name, from beginning to end in our Bibles!

YHVH means He Exists, He Is, Was, and Always Will Be.  He Is The First and The Last, The Eternally Living One.  YHVH is His Name Forever, (Exodus 3:15Psalm 135:13Revelation 1:17Revelation 1:18).  

The Hebrew word Adon #113 means Lord.  It is distinguished by its lower case letters.

Why would any translator omit God’s Eternal Name?  Some say it began with a Babylonian superstition, “The Name” being too holy to speak.

To this day Jewish people do not pronounce YHVH, but not speaking His Name goes in direct opposition to YHVH’s command to, Make His Name knownPsalm 105:1;  Isaiah 12:4; Jeremiah 16:21; 1 Chronicles 16:8;  John 17:26.

Others say, by the time the New Testament was compiled, omitting anything that sounded Jewish was a money maker.  What a horrible misunderstanding of YHVH’s Spiritual fulfillment, prophesied to come through the line of Judah, Genesis 49:9Revelation 5:5.

“There is neither Jew (Judean) nor Greek, (non-Judean) slave nor free, male nor female, for you are All One in Messiah Y’shua, (The Anointed Y’hoshua).” Galatians 3:28

Y’shua was Begotten, (Greek, monogenes, #3439=having no peer, unique), by God, a miraculous virgin birth.  His mother, from the tribe of Judah, was Jewish.  Every New Testament writer referred to the, so called, “Jewish Scriptures,” more accurately as, “The Living Word of God.”  1 Peter 1:23Hebrews 4:12Luke 8:11

2. Demon=Adverse Spirit

The word Demon replaced the original Hebrew meaning, “Evil or Unclean Spirit.”  The Hebrew word, Ra #7451, means adverse, as in everything bad, contrary to everything good.  Although, most consistently translated Evil.  Together with the Hebrew word Ruach #7307, meaning Breath, air or Spirit, (coming from God) does not equal Demon.

New Testament translators could have easily conveyed the literal, and most consistent Hebrew meaning.  Why change “a contrary condition” to “Demon?”  (Genesis 4:71 Samuel 16:14;  Matthew 16:23Acts 5:3 Romans 6:12)

Testing the etymology of the word Demon we find its root in mythology.   From the Greeks to the Mesopotamian’s, demonic folklore has been the cause of much fear. Portraying the darkness of evil as powerful.  Even revering demons as, “lesser gods.”

In original Hebrew, darkness and death are merely the absence of Light and Life.  Just as literal darkness still has no power over Light, because Darkness, (Choshek #2822) is void, Empty, (bohu #922), Nothing, (tohu #8414).

The Light is Everything.  Light is Truth.  Light is Life, Genesis 1:2; Genesis 1:3; Proverbs 6:23; John 8:12; John 1:4John 14:62 Corinthians 4:6

YHVH repeatedly instructs His People not to fear/revere anything but Him:  Deuteronomy 1:29Deuteronomy 5:29; Deuteronomy 6:13; Deuteronomy 31:6Ecclesiastes 12:13Luke 12:4 

3. Devil=Satan

Each time we see the word Devil in our New Testament translations, it has replaced the original Hebrew word satan, (#7854).  The correct and most consistent translation for satan is, adversary.  It may be as shocking to you, as it was for me, to learn satan is not a name, it’s a description.   Satan includes everyone and everything standing in opposition to God’s Good and Perfect purpose, Romans 12:2.

In context, Y’shua even refers to His disciple Peter as satan.  He calls Peter a stumbling block, which means an offense.   Why?  Because did not have his mind on the things of God but on the things of men, Matthew 16:23.  (Psalm 109:6 1 Kings 5:41 Kings 11:25Revelation 20:2).

“Hasatan” can easily be translated into English as “the satan,” or the adversary.

The fictitious Devil, and the name Lucifer, were blatant mistranslations.  There is no god of the underworld or “fallen angel,” concept in the original Hebrew.

“Lucifer” only occurs once, Isaiah 14:12, deceitfully replacing, “star of the morning”.

There is no God but One!  God’s Words leave no room for belief in any, evil with a D, god, Deuteronomy 4:39Deuteronomy 6:4Psalm 86:101 Corinthians 8:4.

4. Hell=Grave

The Hebrew words Sheol #7585, and the Pit, (Shachath #7845) have been mistranslated as the Underworld, Abyss and Hell.  Now remove all the “eternal hell-fire mythology,” because none of it exists in Hebrew, and the correct translation is simply the “grave,”  Isaiah 14:15

5. Dragon=Serpent

The Serpent, (Nachash #5175) is first mentioned in Genesis 3:1, meaning a shrewd deceiver.  In Hebrew, serpent and satan are used as synonyms.  Unlike the Sea Dragon, (Tanin #8577), or Leviathan, #3882, a twisting, serpent like, sea creature, sometimes translated, whale, Isaiah 27:1.

Why would New Testament translators chose one of the Bibles most ambiguous descriptions of a, sea Dragon, over a consistent and well known synonym?  This poor word choice has caused another, unnecessary, disconnect between Genesis and Revelations, Revelation 12:9.

6. Church=Assembly

What did Y’shua mean when He said to Peter, “On this rock I will build my Church,” Matthew 16:18.  Did He say Church?

Why would it be okay for translator’s to change the name of YHVH’s One and only, Holy, (Set Apart) Assembly?  Qahal #6951, in Hebrew, can also be translated Congregation or Convocation but never Church.  So why didn’t translators stick with the most consistent and accurate translation?

YHVH already named His, One and only, Assembly Israel #3478, (contends with God and man and prevails, Genesis 32:28).   Only ignorance of the spiritual meanings in God’s Spiritual Word could be the reason the Church would divide itself from YHVH’s Assembly, John 10:16.

God calls Israel His son, His Firstborn, Exodus 4:22.

Before Stephen was stoned to death, he reiterated the promised prophet “like Moses,” who would be raised from Israel’s brothers,” Deuteronomy 18:15,  The promise was given to the “Assembly” in the Wilderness, Acts 7:38,  YHVH’s Assembly was and always will be, an All inclusive, “mixed multitude,” Exodus 12:38.

Y’shua is called God’s son, His Firstborn, Psalm 2:7Matthew 3:17Hebrews 1:6

There is no Church division.  YHVH’s physical Assembly is a picture of His Spiritual Body, Ephesians 4:4 .  YHVH says He is the God of the Hebrews, (Eber #5680).  Abraham is first called a Hebrew, Genesis 14:13.  The word Hebrew means to pass through or cross over, Exodus 9:1,   Those in Y’shua have crossed over from death to Life, John 5:241 John 3:14

7. Jesus=Joshua

Aside from purposely removing the Creator’s Eternal Name, changing it is just as wrong.

There is no excuse, when translators correctly transliterate Joshua into English, Joshua 5:15, but later changing the very same Hebrew name to Jesus.

The Hebrew Name is Yehoshua #3091, meaning YHVH is Salvation.  That is about as eye opening as any translation correction can get!

 

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Have You Every Wondered What it Means To Be Holy?

“for it is written: “Be Holy, because I Am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16

“For it is written,” a quote from the original Hebrew, holds the meaning of the word Holy.

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“Qadosh,” Translated Holy, Simply Means, “Be Set Apart”

“Be Set Apart,” (Qadosh) is not an impossible suggestion, but a well defined command.  Anyone with eyes to read or ears to hear can know exactly what our Creator meant when He told His people to be Set Apart (Qadosh).

“and so as to make a distinction between the Holy (Qodesh #6944) and the Profane/Common, (Chol #2455) and between the Unclean, (Tame’ #2931) and the Clean, (Tahor #2889)” Leviticus 10:10

An Entire Chapter Distinguishing Clean and Unclean Animals

Leviticus chapter 11 follows the command to “be Holy,” with a detailed description of which animals Holy people eat.  Here’s a fun song that makes the it easy to remember; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v8nmgGD1ik.

“For I Am YHVH your God. Consecrate, (qadash #6942, from qodesh #6944) yourselves therefore, and be Holy, (qadosh #6918) for I Am Holy (qadosh)…”  Leviticus 11:44

“For I am YHVH who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God; thus you shall be Holy, for I Am Holy...” Leviticus 11:45

Leviticus chapter 19 follows the command to “Be Holy,” by reiterating seven of the ten commandments, along with additional detail.  Most importantly, Leviticus 19:18 is the command quoted by Y’shua, and his disciples as the greatest, the sum, and fulfillment of all commandments, “Love Your Neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 5:43,44Matthew 22:39Mark 12:31Luke 10:27John 13:34Romans 13:9Galatians 5:14…

“Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be Holy, for I YHVH your God Am Holy…Leviticus 19:2

Leviticus, chapter 20 continues, adding warnings of what is most abhorrent to YHVH, sacrificing children to Molech and unfaithfulness.

…I Am YHVH who sanctifies, (qadash #6942) you.” Leviticus 20:8

“you shall not follow the customs of the nation which I will drive out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I have abhorred them.” Leviticus 20:23

“You shall consecrate, (kadash #6942) yourselves therefore and be Holy, (qodesh) for I Am YHVH your God…” Leviticus 20:7

“You must therefore make a distinction between clean and unclean animals and between unclean and clean birds. Do not defile yourselves by any animal or bird or anything that moves along the ground—those that I have set apart as unclean for you.”  Leviticus 20:25 

 “You are to be Holy to me because I, YHVH, Am Holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.” Leviticus 20:26

Be Holy, Be Perfect, Be Blameless, Be Complete, Be Whole

Holy is not an elusive word, it is a dividing word.  It puts a distinction between what is God’s and what is of the world.

Some English translations tell us to be “Perfect,” but no human being is perfect and God knows that better than we do.  The Hebrew word “Tamim,” may be translated perfect but it also means Blameless, Complete, Whole…

When we set ourselves apart, (become Holy) from the profanity (what is commonly done) in the world, by making a distinction between what God says is clean and unclean, we become blameless (Tamim).

“Be Perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is Perfect.” Matthew 5:48

“Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, YHVH appeared to Abram and said to him, “I Am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be Perfect/Blameless/Complete, (Tamim #8549).” Genesis 17:1

“For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be Holy, (Qadosh) and Blameless, (Tamim) in His presence. In Love,” Ephesians 1:4

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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 Term Scapegoat Originates From Hebrew

Once a Year, on The Day of Atonement, the High Priest Entered the Holy of Holies
With the Blood of a Goat to Atone, (Cover) for the sins of the people.

Hight Priest Day of Atonement

“Then he shall slaughter the goat of the sin offering which is for the people, and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat. Leviticus 16:15 

First “Casting Lots” to Choose Between Two Goats:

Two goats

Aaron shall Cast Lots for the two goats, one lot for the LORD, (YHVH) and the other lot for the Scapegoat. Leviticus 16:8 

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Casting Lots is mentioned multiply times in the Bible.  They even Cast Lots for Y’shua’s clothing as He was dying, Psalm 22:18Matthew 27:35

The Azazel or Scapegoat Represents The Entire Removal of Sin

Leviticus 16:10
“But the goat on which the lot for the scapegoat fell shall be presented alive before the LORD (YHVH), to make atonement upon it, to send it into the wilderness as the scapegoat.

Today our Definition of a Scapegoat is Someone Who gets the Blame.

Was the original Scapegoat blamed for the confessed sins of the people?

Or did it symbolize the complete removal of the peoples sin from God’s presence?

“The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to a solitary land/uninhabited, (Gezerah #1509); and he shall release the goat in the wilderness/desert, (Midbar #4057b).” Leviticus 16:22  

Clearly the confessed sins of the people were symbolically placed on the head of the Scapegoat.  The goat was not blamed for their sin, it was simply led outside the camp, to a remote place, in the desert wilderness.

Personally, I wonder if that remote place in the desert wilderness is symbolic of, “The Outer Darkness” Y’shua, (Jesus) referred to in His Parables; Matthew 25:30Matthew 8:12Matthew 22:13…

As far as the East is from the West, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12; Hebrews 9:26

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