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Did ‘Cyrus’ just threaten Israel ??

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Does Yeshua mean what He says? Do words mean things?

Does Yeshua mean what He says? Do words mean things?

“But be not ye called Rabbi for one is your Master – Messiah; and all ye are brethren.
9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
10 Neither be ye called masters for one is your Master – Christ.
11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased;
and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. (Mat 23:8-12)

‘Be not called rabbi by any man . . .’ did Yeshua actually mean what He said?
Do the meanings/definitions of words change based on their usages through the ages, and if so, does that alleged change thereby negate the application of Yeshua’s words on this matter and other matters to us today?

Yeshua’s/Jesus’ words are plain and straightforward. ‘We’ are the ones that often times, although perhaps unintentionally or well-intentioned, twist or bend His words in order to find a way around what He says so as not to offend. Standing on the plain and straightforward words of Messiah, The Rock of Offense, will be bring division. It’s not intentional on our part. It’s the inevitable conclusion of light versus dark and truth over tradition.

The word ‘rabbi’ is a Hebrew-based word and was used in the passage above to refer to Judaic/pharisaic/sadducaic leaders, those who held sway over the people of Israel in that day. The word ‘rabbi’ or ‘rabboni’ comes from the Hebrew word ‘rabbah’ means ‘, great, great one’ or ‘that which is great’.

The primary hebrew word for ‘teacher’, as found in the Tanakh, is ‘moreh’ (mem, vav, resh, hay) and comes from the word ‘yara’- to shoot out or send out. It’s the same root word from which we get the word ‘torah’. The greek word for ‘teacher’ is the word ‘didaskalos’ which is defined as ‘teacher or instructor’. It is not the word Yeshua uses (according to KJV) when He says ‘Be called by no man ‘rabbi’ (great one – don’t be looking to man, if you will) for one is your teacher (kathegetes) which is Messiah.
(some manuscripts/translations do use the greek word for teacher in this passage or translate the word as ‘master’).

In the passage in Matthew 23, Yeshua/Jesus is speaking to ‘the multitudes and His disciples and, it is evident by the full text of this passage, He was also speaking to the ‘scribes and pharisees’ that were within the multitude of the crowd that day.
It helps to maintain the contextual integrity of the passage. I notice that Yeshua spoke these words – ‘be ye not called rabbi’- not just to the lay-people if you will, (although it would apply to all) but rather directly to the leadership present in the crowd, the ones that were allowing themselves to be exalted by the people. He spoke to them, both correcting them and exhorting them to set the example and not allow the people to exalt man, but rather to exalt our Father. That principle still holds true today.

Yeshua placed within the body ‘apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers’, gifts to mankind according to Scripture, (Ephesians 4:8-12) offices of responsibility and authority under the leadership of the Ruach, The Son and our Father. And even those in these heaven-sent offices of responsibility should not allow themselves to be exalted. We must also remember the context of this monologue. Yeshua was directing correction to the leadership.

In terms of ‘call no man Father’, He was dealing with the custom of referring to the chief rabbi and other men in position of high leadership and authority as ‘Father’. He was not speaking to the God-given relationship between kids and their earthly parents.

Now let’s look at some words in Matthew 23.
But be not ye called Rabbi (Rabbah – great one)
for one is your Master ( kathegetes – to lead from above), even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
10 Neither be ye called masters ( kathegetes – to lead from above)
for one is your Master (to lead from above) , even Christ.
11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased;
and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

(Mat 23:8-12 KJV) Even though the word ‘kathegetes’ can be loosely used to refer to a ‘teacher’ it is not the primary greek word for ‘teacher’. The primary greek word for teacher is ‘didaskalos’, which is the word Yeshua uses when speaking to Nicodemus (John 3:2) and is used by Paul in Romans 2, 1 Tim 2, 2 Tim 1 and in reference to the gift from Yeshua mentioned in Eph.4 and 1 Cor 12.

When I read the passage in question – beginning with Matthew 23 – this is what I discover. Yeshua/Jesus was speaking to the gathered multitude in addition to His disciples (vs 1) and then begins to ‘dress down’ the scribes and pharisees’ by reciting a litany of their transgressions. He then begins to address the scribes and pharisees directly (vs 13), I submit He was addressing them indirectly throughout the discourse, since they were part of the ‘multitude’ gathered.

That brings me to my next thought. Moses speaks to generations to come.Yeshua prays for and speaks to generations to come in his High Priestly prayer in John 17. Yeshua’s/Jesus’ words in Matthew 23 not only speak to those present (including those of whom He was referring) but also speaks down the centuries to any and all that would elevate themselves above their position. He who would be exalted must humble himself and he who will exalt himself will be abased. No man should be called ‘great one’, for there is only One that is Great.

But does not the usage of words change and evolve down through generations? Does not that change in usage necessitate a change in the meaning of the words themselves? Does not this mean that the meanings/definitions of words, not their usages, but rather the meanings/definitions can in fact change, thereby negating the application of Yeshua’s Words on this and other matters to us today? Absolutely not!

So, is this an effort to call out or put down or ‘pick on’ those that allow themselves to be called by certain titles? Is this an effort to demean denominations or religious sects regarding their customs and traditions? Or is it an effort to remind is of the truth that Yeshua/Jesus and the Spirit-led writers and ministers of Yeshua’s day chose their words well, under leadership of the Ruach. Or is it a reminder that words mean things. Their words mean things. His Words mean things. And when we stray from the meanings of words into the gray area of usages, a gray area that changes from generation to generation, we have wandered into dangerous waters when striving to understand how The Written Word is to direct our daily walk under the leadership of the Spirit of our Father. One thing we must always remember . . . our Father YHVH, our Savior Yeshua and Holy Spirit do not change, and neither does The Word.

How does this apply to me personally,  that which is plainly stated in the passage? Does it need be applied in me in more personal ways?  In these last of the last days, is there anything in my life that needs to be abased? Are there areas in my life and my walk that have been allowed to become exalted and puffed up? Am I humbling myself, daily placing the flesh on the altar that Yeshua and our Father might be exalted by the presence of His Spirit in me? Should I not humble myself lest I be humbled? Should I not judge myself lest I be judged?
Father, give me eyes to see and ears to hear and a willingness to bow my heart before you, for a broken and contrite heart you will not turn away. Place a spirit of repentance within me this day and in the days to come. May I decrease that You may increase. B’Shem Yeshua – Amen and Shalom
(Scripture references are KJV)

 

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

The Price of a Life . . .

The Price of a Life

Each year, as we approach this season, we are reminded of Noah and his family and the account of the great upheaval . . . the judgment and deliverance that were dispensed by Father God’s ‘two-edged sword’ . . . and the bringing together of the ‘beginning and the end’ of the Gospel picture within the pattern of the Feasts of the LORD.

In the account of the great flood we can see, most clearly in the Hebrew, the inseparable partnership of Passover and Yom Kippur . . . the reconciliation and the covering, the beginning and the end, the ‘First and the Last’.

We know it is old news for some, but this always intrigues us when we think on this passage – Genesis 6:14 “ . . . Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.”

In the english it reads “ pitch it within and without with pitch” . . . The first use of the word ‘pitch’ is the hebrew word ‘kaphar’ ( kippur ) which means to cover or atone . . . the second time the word ‘pitch’ is used in the verse is the word ‘kopher’ which means ‘ransom’ or ‘the price of a life’ . . . the word translated ‘within’ is actually the word ‘bayt’ – ‘house’ .

So this passage can literally be translated –
‘ cover the house, and outside – the price of a life . . . ‘
( Exodus 12 speaks to us of the ‘covering of the house with the Blood of the Lamb, the door being shut, those inside are safe, but outside – the price of a life’ . . . )

The word for ‘rooms’ in Gen. 16:14 is the Hebrew word for ‘nests’ . . . sounds a little more personal and intimate than just ‘rooms’ , doesn’t it . . . but it is more than that. Birds have nests, don’t they ?

Hosea 11:10 “ They will walk after the LORD, He will roar like a lion; Indeed He will roar, And HIS children will come trembling from the west.
11 They will come trembling like birds from Egypt, like doves from Assyria. I will settle them in their homes,” declares the LORD.
Psalm 91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, ( fowler – the one who hunts the birds ) . . .

And what is ‘gopher wood’ ? . . . don’t know . . . but we do find this interesting . . . the word for ‘wood’ ( etz ) is the also the hebrew word for tree or stake . . .
the word ‘gopher’ is spelled gimel peh resh ( or GPR ) . . .
the word ‘ kaphar’ or ‘kippur’ is kaf peh resh ( or KPR ) . . .

See any similarities in the words ? Hummm . . .

(In the hebrew, the gimel and the kaf are very, very similar.
the computer is not cooperating else we would show the Hebrew letters themselves)

Is it ‘gopher wood’ or is it a picture of the ‘wood that is involved in the covering’ because of what ultimately takes place on that tree ?

Galatians 3:13 “ Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: . . .” ( Deut 21:23 )

We find it interesting that since a ‘tree’ was involved in the original problem, it follows suit that a ‘tree’ would be involved in the ‘cure’ . . .

Genesis 3:17 Then to Adam GOD said, “Because . . . you have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground . . . “

2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Romans 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life.

In the Gospels, John the Immerser declares – “ behold the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world” ( john 1:29 ) . . . we believe that to be a ‘two-part’ statement.

Where does it say that a lamb takes away sin? The goat was used for Yom Kippur, not a lamb. The ‘lamb’ is the ‘shelem’ – the peace offering – that which reconciles two that are separated or at odds with one another. The two goats were the offerings for the Day of Atonement and the lamb is the reconciliation. Yeshua is both the two goats and the lamb . . .

And although Father YHVH ‘would that none would perish but that all would come to repentance,’ He only covers ( kippur ) those that are His . . . and we become HIS by being reconciled back to Him by and through the blood of His Son, according to the Bible. Only when we accept His Reconciliation ( Yeshua, Our Peace) can we be covered.

Romans 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by is life.

Revelation 1:18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

Is there anything in our lives that has separated us or ‘put us at odds’ with our Heavenly Father or one another ? If ‘no’, you are a rare individual in a rare position. Most of us would have to answer ‘yes’ to that question. Now would be a really good time to clear things up.

Do you want more of the Father and His Holy Spirit in your life and the life of your family ? Ask HIM what needs to change so there is more room for Him . . .

Sukkot ( Feast of Tabernacles ) and the ‘Eighth Assembly’ are the culmination of God’s holidays/holy days. Sukkot is the ‘family reunion of all times’ and the 8th Assembly is the first day in the New Kingdom. How do we get to be part of HIs Kingdom and His family ? We come in at Passover. We come in through the Door, Yeshua/Jesus. The day you accepted Yeshua/Jesus as your personal master and saviour, the day you repented and ‘believed in your heart and confessed with your mouth that YHVH raised Him from the dead, that day was your Passover. And once we’re in, the ‘sin’ has to go. We can’t come into the presence of YHVH God our Father at The Homecoming with sin. He cannot abide sin, and sinful flesh cannot stand in His presence. So we accept His Kippur – His covering – the blood and body of Messiah Yeshua/Jesus the Christ.

Now we can enter His presence unashamed and unafraid . . . for He sees us through the Blood of His Son, The Lamb of God, the One that takes away the sin of the world . . . the Reconciliation and The Atonement, the Shelem and the Kippur . . . the One Who was born to die and live again . . .
for me and for you.
So, as we ‘afflict our souls’ on this day, may we remember His affliction, His suffering and shame taken on Himself for me and for you.

“I have been crucified with Messiah; and it is no longer I who live, but Messiah lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me. (Gal 2:20)

His Shalom to you and yours on this most holy day.

B’Shem Yeshua – In Jesus’ Name – Amen

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Upcoming Yom Kippur

As has become our custom, we will gather with those interested and break the fast of Yom Kippur together. We will be observing Yom Kippur – Day of Atonement – from sundown Thursday Oct 18th through sundown Friday Oct 19th.

We will gather at 6:30pm for a time of prayer and praise at The Party Room, 400 Finn Hill, Danville, KY.

Afterwards we will break the fast with a Potluck meal and fellowship. Coffee, tea and water will be provided.

And just as a reminder, this places two Sabbaths back to back, the ‘high day’ of Atonement as well as the weekly Shabbat. So ‘boil what you’re going to boil and bake what you’re going to back’ on thursday and make sure it’s enough for 2 days . . .

See ya there . . . Shalom

Yom Kippur for Believers

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

SUKKOT RSVP NEEDED

IF you are planning on attending our Sukkot gathering, beginning Oct 23rd, – whether for the entire 8 days or only a portion of the gathering – we need to hear from you NOW in order to make proper arrangements.
So please, let us know ASAP, which means right away! 😊
Shalom and Thank you.

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Michael – Who Is Like God?

For many, both nationally as well as globally, the observance of Yom Yeruah – Day of the Warning Blast, Feast of Trumpets – is being celebrated in these days, the beginning of the final events of the Feasts of YHVH.

Is it coincidental that this hurricane is named ‘Michael’ – Mika El – Who is like God?’

is it a coincidence that this storm Michael – The prince who stands over the people of Israel (Daniel 12:1, Eph 2:11-13) is blowing in with fury, bringing disaster and destruction to this nation as the Teruah – the warning blast – is being blown in these days in many places in this nation and around the world?

Is our Father using ‘Michael’ to get the attention of this nation and His people?

Is it time for this nation and His people to cry out in repentance, to pray for mercy and grace for the 10 righteous in the city?

is it time to read this passage in the gates of our camps and cities?
“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;” (Joe 2:1)

Is our Father warning His people beforehand and giving opportunity to prepare in the face of imminent and established judgment on this nation?

As in the days of Noah, YHVH uses water to bring judgment, whether it be rain, hail, ice or snow.

We are not making declarations. We are merely sounding the alarm of the watchman’s cry.
“Soon and not yet . . .” (Paul Wilbur – The Watchman)

Shalom

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

‘Lawlessness’ is more than ‘no law’ . . . WTWS

In Matthew 7:23, 13:41 and 23:28 (among other places), the greek word ‘anomia’ (no law) is used. What if we told you it is not speaking of ‘failure to keep Torah’. Remember, Yeshua was talking to, and, at times, rebuking ‘Torah observant’ folks. So what WAS He addressing? What’s The Word Say? What’s the word mean? Time to dig a little deeper in The Word.

We must first look at the context of these passages quoted by so many (Matt 7:23, 13:41,  23:28, just to mention a few). We submitted the concept to you that the word ‘anomia’ used there is not speaking of Torah observance. Remember, Yeshua was talking to, and, at times, rebuking ‘Torah-keeping folks’. (And yes, we keep and teach Torah) . The word ‘anomia’ carries a much deeper meaning than just ‘no law’. If we take the word ‘anomia’ back to it’s Hebrew equivalent, we are brought to the word ‘avon’ (long o sound) – Strong’s #5771 – depravity, perversity, deep wickedness – the root of which means to twist, distort or pervert.

It describes a mindset that is self-condoning and self-justifying and refuses to bow to authority other than itself. It is the kind of mindset Yeshua illustrates in His parable concerning the Wicked Tenants in Luke 20:9-19. Even when confronted with the truth concerning their hearts, they rebelled against His authority and, instead of repentance, there was more pride and rebellion. That is the ‘lawlessness’ He speaks of.

In the account recorded in Matthew23:23, Messiah Yeshua rebukes the Torah-keeping religious leaders of His day. They were tithing, according to Torah (which still applies today, by the way) but the were neglecting what Yeshua referred to as the weightier matters – justice, mercy and faithfulness. The Hebrew counterpart to the greek word for ‘weighty’ is the word ‘Kavod’. Kavod is the word used describing the literal heaviness of our Father’s Presence. It is the word used in 1 Kings 8 for the literal presence of YHVH our Father. “ . . . and the priests could not stand and minister because the Kavod of YHVH had filled the house . . .”

Keeping Torah does not show the presence of our Father in our lives. It merely shows our ability to follow guidelines. Practicing justice, mercy, grace, compassion, faithfulness, having a heart for the lost, feeding the hungry, clothing the needy, praying for the sick and the captive, doing the works of our Messiah AS we walk out Torah . . .  that shows the presence of our Father in us.

Shalom

5771 עָוֹן `avon {aw-vone’} or עָווֹן `avown (2 Ki 7:9, Ps 51:5 [7]) {aw-vone’}

Meaning:  1) perversity, depravity, iniquity, guilt or punishment of iniquity 1a) iniquity 1b) guilt of iniquity, guilt (as great), guilt (of condition) 1c) consequence of or punishment for iniquity  Origin:  from 05753; TWOT – 1577a; n m

5753 עָוָה `avah {aw-vaw’}

Meaning:  1) to bend, twist, distort 1a) (Niphal) to be bent, be bowed down, be twisted, be perverted 1b) (Piel) to twist, distort 1c) (Hiphil) to do perversely 2) to commit iniquity, do wrong, pervert 2a) (Qal) to do wrong, commit iniquity 2b) (Hiphil) to commit iniquity   Origin:  a primitive root; TWOT – 1577; v

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

SUKKOT 2018 ‘THE DRESS REHEARSAL FOR . . .’

SUKKOT 2018
‘THE DRESS REHEARSAL FOR . . .’

Based on our understanding of both Scripture, the seasons and the ‘lights in the heavens’, our tentative dates for Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles and The 8th Assembly are from the evening of October 22nd through the evening of October 30th, 2018.

Our Sukkot gathering will be preceded by Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets beginning on the evening or October 8th and Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement beginning the evening of October 17th.

We will again be hosting this ‘backwoods gathering’ at the Kentucky Christian Assembly Camp, just outside Brodhead Ky.

Not only is the recognition and observance of the Biblical Holy Days a part of each believer’s ‘reasonable service’, there is a revelation, clarity and understanding that only comes in the ‘doing’.

The entirety of the Gospel Message is laid out in the Feasts of The Lord, and in the doing of these mandated events there comes a greater depth of insight into the days in which we find ourselves, end-time events and days that are to come, events and days for which we are actually performing ‘dress rehearsals’ in our physical and spiritual observances of these appointed days/dates.

For more information and to RSVP and register, you can contact us at www.ProdigalMin.com as well as here on social media.

So, as the Day approaches, may we not forsake the assemblies, as has become the habit of some.

Shalom U’Vrachot B’Shem Yeshua – Peace & Blessings in Yeshua’s/Jesus Name. Amen

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Devil or Deliverer?

AZAZEL – Devil or Deliverer?

During the recent reading of a couple articles, we ran across statements concerning the word ‘Azazel’. The articles stated the word ‘Azazel’ refers to ‘the rebels of Israel’, ‘the prophets of Baal’ and even ‘Satan the devil’ himself.

The term Azazel in Leviticus 16, is a Hebrew word that comes from two Hebrew roots, one being a word for ‘goat’ and the other root meaning ‘to remove completely’. The word is translated in some versions of Scripture as ‘scapegoat’.

‘Azazel’ is actually a Hebrew word meaning ‘total removal’ or’ the goat which causes or brings about total removal’. The scapegoat, or Azazel, is the live goat on whose head ALL the sins of Israel were pronounced and placed before it was sent into the wilderness, by the hand of a ‘fit man’. (Lev 16:21)

Mark 1 tells us, after Yeshua’s baptism, He was taken into the wilderness by The Spirit (the fit man) and tempted by satan for forty days. The writer of Hebrews (chapter 4) tells us Yeshua was tempted in all ways as we and yet sinned not.

At what point in history or Scripture were the ‘rebels of Israel’ or the ‘prophets of Baal’ or ‘Satan the devil’ the ones who took upon themselves ‘the sins of ALL Israel’ ?

BOTH goats in Leviticus 16, at the institution of what came to be Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) represent Jesus/Yeshua the Messiah, for He is the Only One Who was alive, the One who died, and the One Who lives again. ‘ . . . these things saith The First and The Last, which was dead and IS alive . . .’( Rev.2:8)

The one goat which was sacrificed (slaughtered) and whose blood was shed and placed on the mercy seat and the horns of the altar is a picture of the shed blood of Messiah Yeshua who went into the ‘holy place not made by hands’ and placed His blood once for all for all sin for them that will accept Him and look for His return. (Heb 9) ‘for without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sin’.

For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it (the blood) to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it, The Blood, that makes atonement for your soul. (Lev 17:11)

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (Rom 5:10)

And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring forth the live goat (Azazel): (Lev 16:20)

This second goat – The scapegoat – Azazel – the goat that removes entirely – received all the sins of all Israel and symbolically carried all the sins away from the people. “For He – Messiah Yeshua – became sin, He who knew NO sin, that we might become the righteousness of God through Him. (1 Cor 5:21)

As far as the east is from the west, so has HE – Messiah Yeshua – removed our sins from us . . . to be remembered no more. ( Psalm 103:12)

‘Azazel – total removal’ . . . Messiah Yeshua . . . Jesus the Christ

‘In the volume of the book it is written of Me . . .’

‘Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill’. (Mat 5:17)

For God so loved the world, he sent His Son . . .

Every aspect of Yom Kippur points us to Yeshua of Nazareth, the Promised Messiah of YHVH. .

Shalom

 

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

IS ‘JESUS’ WRONG?

IS ‘JESUS’ WRONG?

Ok . . . here we go . . . case in point . . . On another social media site, we read the posting of a lady of catholic background who, six years earlier, had been witnessed to concerning Jesus and salvation by grace, became born-again and was baptized in water as a new believer. By the wording in her post, you could discern she was also new to the English language.  Now, 6 years into her walk of Salvation, she has been overwhelmed by those on social media telling her ‘the Name’ on which she called – the name ‘Jesus’ – is ‘pagan’ and counterfeit and now, by her own confession, she is more confused than ever.

It has been asked many times why Rhonda and I seem to ‘defend’ teachings of the church, or the use of certain words or names, and at times find fault within our HR camp of believers. We are not here to intentionally defend or find fault with anyone’s teachings or beliefs, but rather we are here to promote proper balance and to disseminate the Truth of The Word and ‘let the chips fall where they may’; not that we desire anyone to get hit by falling chips, but, ‘Iron sharpening Iron’ will always cause some sparks, hopefully creating more Light than heat.

We must always remember, not everything we taught and learned in ‘the church’ was wrong, and not everything we teach and promote in this HR/Messianic/Restoration Camp is correct, and vice versa.  And one of the things none of us ever want to be a part of is sowing seeds of doubt or confusion .

Most of us in this ‘Camp’ came out of ‘the church’ and called upon Jesus to save us from our sins and bring us into relationship with our heavenly Father. And now, in our newly acquired knowledge, we have come to the conclusion that that word – Jesus – is somehow false and pagan and leading people astray. But have we stopped to consider the logical conclusion to that line of thought.

Many years back (when we were much less seasoned in this new walk)  Rhonda and I were asked by a married couple if we would re-baptize them. They were born again, filled with the Spirit and baptized in Jesus’ Name. And now that they understood His ‘True Name’, that desired to be baptized in the Name of Yeshua.  We agreed, but later, after much thought, we regretted the action.

Matthew 28:19 records Yeshua’s Words this way – ‘ . . .baptizing them in the Name of The Father , and The Son and the Holy Spirit.’ We who came out of ‘the church’ understand the phrase ‘The Son’ to be a direct reference to Jesus or Yeshua our Messiah Himself.

Now here’s where it gets sticky. When we bring someone to the point of questioning the validity of their salvation or even believer’s baptism, because of the wrong spelling, pronunciation or language of a word or Name, we have started them down a very slippery and dangerous path. I mean, if my baptism in Jesus’ Name was not valid, well then what about my Salvation and my relationship to our Father? What about my eternity and my sinful past? Are my sins truly forgiven, or, if I die tonight, will I go to hell?

You see, it’s one thing to share with folks about the Hebrew and the Name our Messiah’s Momma potentially called Him and what that Name truly means. But it is another thing altogether to cause someone to doubt their relationship and salvation and potentially cause them to stumble and question or worse to doubt their salvation. Who wants to be responsible for that?

In Luke 17 Yeshua warns the disciples concerning causing ‘the little ones’ to stumble. Not only can that phrase refer to physical children but can it not also be used to refer to ‘babes’ or ‘little ones’ in the Faith? Yeshua said obstacles would come, but woe to those by which these obstacles come. We must be careful what words we speak and how we speak them and when and to whom. Who wants to be responsible for causing someone like this ‘6-year old in the faith’ that we mentioned above to stumble?

It is true that ‘Yeshua’ is an English transliteration of the Hebrew word for the moniker of the promised Messiah of Israel. And as best we can ascertain, it could very well be what His Momma called Him. But His ‘Name’ is much more than merely that word by which He is addressed. His Name is His Power, Majesty, Authority, Reputation, Sovereignty and Legacy.

There are and always will be errors in the teachings of man. The word ‘Jesus’ is not an error. If it is, then what does that say concerning the ‘coming to faith’, Salvation and baptism of the majority of believers?

In Acts 2, it says ‘they (from every nation, tongue and tribe under heaven) all heard in their own language . . .’ Where did the languages come from? They came from our Heavenly Father. (Gen 11:6-10) It is difficult for us to imagine that our Father would create languages without placing a set-apart name within each one of them by which to call on Him.

The Word doesn’t say we must speak Hebrew to call upon Him. It says if we cry out from a broken and contrite heart, He will hear and answer.

For if you confess with your mouth Jesus/Yeshua as Lord, and believe in your heart that God/YHVH raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; 10 for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” (Rom 10:9-11)

Have you called upon His Name? Have you repented of your sins and accepted the fact that Jesus/Yeshua is the only way to our Father and life everlasting? Have you believed in your heart that our Father raised Him from the dead?  Then you shall be saved! HalleluYah & Shalom

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

 
 
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