THE WRITTEN WORD

DID YOU KNOW that very few people feel reverence and awe for the Torah?

Why is this? Isn’t it because they have been taught that those obeying the Torah are in bondage, and that the Messiah died to set them free from having to obey it?

Doesn’t this contradict Paul in 1 Corinthians 4:6?

“And brothers, I transformed these things to myself and Apollos because of you, that in us you may learn not to think beyond what has been written, that you not be puffed up one over the other.”

Isn’t this what happens when we change what was written to make it match what we think, feel and believe? Isn’t this why there are so many different Christian denominations; for each thinks its interpretation is the better one?

But what does Peter say about private interpretations?

2 Peter 1:16-21, “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Adonai Y’hoshua the Messiah, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from Elohim the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’ And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy (set apart) mountain. And so we also have the more sure prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy (set apart) men of YHVH spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (set apart breath/Word).”

Scripture will interpret Scripture, for when we interpret it to line up with our predetermined beliefs, it is no longer the Word of YHVH, for it has become our own doctrine, not His.

We need to keep in mind how frequently the Messiah said, “it is written.” A good example is Luke 4:4, “And Y’hoshua answered to him, saying, It has been written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every Word of YHVH.” The same admonition was given in Matthew 4:4, and both were quoting from Deuteronomy 8:3.

Didn’t Paul agree with these words in Acts 24:14?

“But I confess this to you that according to the Way, which they say is a sect, so I worship the ancestral Elohim believing all things according to that having been written in the Law (the Torah) and the Prophets . . .”

Compare the above words of Paul with Psalm 119:1, “ALEPH: Blessed are the upright in the way, who walk in the Law (the Torah) of YHVH.”

Doesn’t to believe mean to trust? And, if you trust YHVH, won’t you walk in His course of life, the Way?

Just listen to the words of James in James 1:16-22, “Do not go astray (be deceived), my beloved brothers, every good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of light, with whom is no change or shadow of turning. Having purposed, He brought us forth by (the) Word of Truth, for us to be as certain firstfruit of His creatures. So that my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. For the wrath of man does not work out the righteousness of Elohim. On account of this, putting away filthiness and overflowing of evil, in meekness receive the implanted Word being able to save your souls. But become doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

Before we move on, we need to look at several words and phrases in the above verses.

Word of Truth:
Psalm 119:142, “Your righteousness is forever, and Your Torah is Truth.”
In John 17:17, the Messiah prayed: “Sanctify them (set them apart) in Your Truth, Your Word is Truth.”

To Hear:
In Hebrew, to hear is the word sh’ma, which means to hear with understanding, and with the implication of obedience.

Implanted Word:
In Biblical usage, implant means to bring forth, to produce, to grow.
Therefore, how does the Word become implanted?
A good answer can be found in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Though he was speaking to husbands about loving their wives, he used the example of the Messiah and His Bride. Ephesians 5:25-27, “Husbands, love your wives, even as the Messiah also loved the Assembly (of called out ones), and gave Himself up on its behalf, that He might sanctify it (set it apart), cleansing it by the washing of the water in the Word, that He might present it to Himself the glorious Assembly, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such things, but that it be holy and without blemish.”
The more we study and put into practice the Word of YHVH, the more we wash out the false doctrines of the world and replace them with the true doctrine that can only be found in the instructions for having life. Not only that, understanding the New Testament becomes very simple and very clear when it is placed on the foundation of the Torah where it has always belonged.

Psalm 119:11, “I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”

Can any part of Scripture be omitted or ignored; or has any of it become obsolete and eliminated?

How does the Word answer these questions?

Psalm 119:89, “LAMED: Your Word is settled in Heaven forever, O YHVH.”

And, in Matthew 6:9-10 (also in Luke 11:2), “So, then, you should pray this way: Our Father who is in Heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, as (it is) in Heaven, also on the earth.”

His Word is forever, and it should be done on the earth just as it is in Heaven. Isn’t that what the Psalmist and the Messiah are saying?

This is a very difficult concept for most people who have been brought up in the United States. Here, the doctrines of men flourish, though they are cloaked in religious practices and claims of their Biblical truth.

One of the most outstanding examples is Christmastime. To be surrounded by the people you love, celebrating meaningful traditions passed down from generation to generation can truly be intoxicating. The candles, the bright lights and Christmas carols, the smell of an evergreen tree inside the house, the flickering lights of the candles – not to mention the delightful fragrances coming from the kitchen, and the stockings hung up for jolly old St. Nicholas, in his bright red suit, and the baby Jesus in his manger under the tree, surrounded by gaily wrapped gifts, for all of these things sifted together become as strong to the Christian and secular worlds as heroin is to the addict – they all believe they have found something beautiful.

But don’t they come from the same source?

Paul explained it well in 2 Corinthians 17:14-15, “And did not Satan marvelously transform himself into an angel of light? (It is) not a great thing, then, if also his ministers transform themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.”

Why is it so difficult for them to turn loose of the world, even when they have been presented with the truth?

This passage in 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 pertains to the future coming of the false messiah, but the principle remains the same. “. . . according to the working of Satan in all power and (miraculous) signs and lying wonders, and in all deceit of unrighteousness in those being lost, because they did not receive the love of the truth in order for them to be saved,”

What is truth? The Word of YHVH. One must not be swayed by the words of men, but only by the written Word, the Word of Truth. If what you believe and practice does not match the Word without deviation, it is not truth.

Blessed are those who fail to be satisfied with the traditions of men presented by the world, for the emptiness will eventually goad them into searching for the Truth.

John 8:32, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Continuing, in verse 34, Y’hoshua said, “. . . Truly, truly I say to you, Everyone practicing sin is a slave of sin.”

What is sin?

1 John 3:4, “Whoever commits sin transgresses the Law (the Torah). For sin is the transgression of the Torah.”

To confirm this statement in John, go to what Paul wrote in Galatians 3:10, “For as many as are out of works of Law (the Torah), are under a curse. For it has been written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all the things having been written in the book of the Torah, to do them.”

This is a quote from Deuteronomy 27:26, which says, “Cursed is he who does not rise to do all the Words of this Torah, to do them! And all the people shall say, Amen!”

Will you, too, say Amen to keeping the written Word and doing all that is required of you?

Or will you choose Christmas trees, Santa Clauses, Easter eggs, and trick or treating over the clean Water of the Word? For you will never know the Father, or find the Son, as long as you are walking in the world -- the Word is the Truth, and the world is a liar!

Once again, in Mark 7:7, in the words of the Messiah, “. . .and in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”

He was quoting from Isaiah 29:13. Which says, “And Adonai says, Because this people draws near with their mouth, and they honor Me with their lip, but their heart is far from Me, and their fear of Me is taught by the commandments of men.”

Further words by the Messiah in Mark 7:13, “. . .making the Word of YHVH of no effect by your traditions which you delivered. And many such like things you do.”

And, in the words of Paul, in Colossians 2:8, “Watch that there not be one robbing you through philosophy and empty deceit according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to the Messiah. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. . .”

The “fullness of the Godhead bodily” is referring to the divine nature of YHVH.

What does this mean?

It means: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word (He) was with YHVH, and the Word (He) was YHVH,” John 1:1

Keeping in mind these words, and that the Messiah Y’hoshua was the Word made flesh, please read Ezekiel 16:62-63, “And I, I will raise up (establish) My covenant with you. And you will know that I am YHVH, so that you may remember and be ashamed. And you will not any more open your mouth, because of your humiliation, when I am propitiated (the blood atonement) for you for all that you have done, declares Adonai YHVH.“

Y’hoshua established the covenant in His blood, fulfilling the above promise. Now, can you understand more fully that He meant exactly what He said in John 10:30? “I and the Father are One!”

Are you beginning to see the awe and reverence that are due, not only to the Torah, the books of Moses, but to all of the written Word of YHVH? For there, in place of the cheap tinsel of the world, you will find the anchor for your soul, and the genuine joy that you have been searching for.

May YHVH bless you and fill you with peace as you begin your search to find the whole Truth, the true Word that will replace all the lies that you have been taught.

Shalom!

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