It's the Law

    Thursday, January 30, 2014, 5:25 PM [General]

    Maybe sometimes it seems I talk too much about love, but today my reading in Mark brought me back to it again.  Many of the verses today will go without comment because they are self explanatory.  A lot of people like to talk about God’s commandments or God’s law.  God’s law is preeminent, as we are His creation and subject to His law.  The key thing to understand is that His law is built on love.  I’m not talking about a list of ‘thou shalts’ and ‘thou shalt nots’.  Much of the commandments, the rules and regulations, were intended to show man’s inadequacy because man is so disobedient to all the ‘structured regulations’.  Man’s love for God was to be demonstrated through ‘obedience’ to Him, and as God knew, man severely failed the test of obedience.  Man’s lack of obedience shows his unworthiness to be accepted by his Creator, because His Creator is worthy of obedience.  Jesus came and demonstrated obedience, but not in a way the ‘experts’ in the law understood.  This shows man’s great need for God’s mercy.

    Mark 12:28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?

    29 And Yahushua answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; YHWH is our Elohim, YHWH is one: 30 And thou shalt love YHWH thy Elohim with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  There is none other commandment greater than these.

    32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Rabbi, thou hast said the truth: for there is one Elohim; and there is none other but he: 33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. (RNKJV)

    The scribes were supposedly the ‘experts’ in understanding and teaching God’s law.  This scribe recognized that Jesus understood the prime (foremost, preeminent) commandment to be love for God, and that the second was his love for one another.  Even the scribe recognized that these two rules of love were more important than all the other things that were commanded by God.  So, how do we love God?  By keeping His law, as John pointed out in 1st John.

    1st John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of YHWH, WHEN WE LOVE YHWH, AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.  3 For THIS IS THE LOVE OF YHWH, THAT WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS: AND HIS COMMANDMENTS ARE NOT GRIEVOUS. (RNKJV)

    Love God by keeping His commandments.

    John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (RNKJV)

    Romans 13:8 Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for HE THAT LOVETH ANOTHER HATH FULFILLED THE LAW. (RNKJV)

    Romans 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore LOVE IS THE FULFILLING OF THE LAW. (RNKJV)

    Galatians 5:14 For ALL THE LAW IS FULFILLED IN ONE WORD, EVEN IN THIS; THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF. (RNKJV)

    1st John 4:20 If a man say, I love YHWH, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for HE THAT LOVETH NOT HIS BROTHER WHOM HE HATH SEEN, HOW CAN HE LOVE YHWH WHOM HE HATH NOT SEEN?  21 And THIS COMMANDMENT HAVE WE FROM HIM, THAT HE WHO LOVETH YHWH LOVE HIS BROTHER ALSO. (RNKJV)

    1st John 4:7 Beloved, let us LOVE ONE ANOTHER: FOR LOVE IS OF YHWH; AND EVERY ONE THAT LOVETH IS BORN OF YHWH, AND KNOWETH YHWH.  8 HE THAT LOVETH NOT KNOWETH NOT YHWH; FOR YHWH IS LOVE.

    9 IN THIS WAS MANIFESTED THE LOVE OF YHWH TOWARD US, BECAUSE THAT YHWH SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON INTO THE WORLD, THAT WE MIGHT LIVE THROUGH HIM.  10 HEREIN IS LOVE, NOT THAT WE LOVED YHWH, BUT THAT HE LOVED US, AND SENT HIS SON TO BE THE PROPITIATION FOR OUR SINS.

    11 BELOVED, IF YHWH SO LOVED US, WE OUGHT ALSO TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER.  12 NO MAN HATH SEEN YHWH AT ANY TIME.  IF WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER, YHWH DWELLETH IN US, AND HIS LOVE IS PERFECTED IN US. (RNKJV)

    1st John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of YHWH: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  2 Beloved, now are we the sons of YHWH, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (RNKJV)

    Can you not see that the way to show your love for your Creator is to show your love for His creation?  Still, I often fail miserably in that obligation.  So I am constantly a sinner.  If any saved person could lose his salvation, I could certainly never keep mine.  But I am persuaded (believers can be persuaded) that He is able to keep me (us).  He is faithful, even though we are not.

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    Some Thoughts on Politics

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 8:03 PM [General]

    People may want to take notice of this- down through many years many political leaders from Republican and Democratic parties in the USA have been talking about ‘a new age’, ‘a new order’, or ‘a new world order’.  This discussion has not only permeated politics, but also religions with ecumenical movements to try to pull all religions into a ‘unity’.  What is it these people don’t understand about the basic differences in different belief systems?  If anyone believes something firmly, then the belief systems do not merge.  If belief systems began to merge, then someone would have to give up their belief system to accept the ‘new’.  If anyone gives up something from their belief system, then that means it must not have been a firmly based belief to begin with.  Then if people could just give up these belief systems, then what was the point of the system to begin with?  Should Buddhists give up their beliefs to say they are ‘one’ with Christians, Jews, or Muslims?  If any religious system gave up their belief system, then they would be admitting that their system is wrong.  I could wish that all would become Christian, but that will not make a Hindu say, “Hey- okay, I’ll start believing that Jesus Christ died for my sins and I’ll be a Christian.”  Anyone in any belief system may wish everyone would believe that their system is ‘right’, but that does not make everyone automatically start believing in something they didn’t believe before.

    Now back to politics.  For there to be a ‘new’ order would mean that there must be a ‘present’ or at least a ‘past’ order.  If there had never been an ‘order’, then any order would be new, but not a ‘new order’ because to call it a ‘new order’ would mean it would have to replace an ‘older order’.  Real pragmatists and realists and political scientists, etc. realize that any time there is an established ‘order’ (such as the ‘present order’ as against the ‘new order’), then that order is not likely to change- it may grow old until it deteriorates, but change requires some sort of ‘revolution’, ‘upheaval’, or ‘chaos’ (if anyone wishes to discuss definitions of these, I won’t).  Ever since there was talk of a ‘new age’ or ‘new order’, it was known by the think tanks and politicians that something would be required to upset the present order, and when I say ‘upset’, I mean really to completely upset it to the point that the ‘old’ order fails.  I believe politicians in all parties are working together to bring about this upheaval.  I don’t care which political side you vote for, I believe that they are all looking to ‘collapse’ the present system, so they begin to establish this ‘new world order’.  I believe people can argue one political side against the other for decades, but I do not believe that this ‘upheaval’, ‘revolution’, ‘chaos’ is going to be avoided, because I believe that Satan (or as some prefer HaSatan or Lucifer) is the ruler of this world and is guiding all politicians towards this ‘new world order’.

    Jesus said that if Satan were divided against himself then he would fall.  But for Satan to work in different ways through different politicians does not mean that Satan is working against himself.  Satan is working against mankind, and doesn’t really care about politics except that he can use it to bring chaos to mankind so that he can take the throne and promise “true unity and peace”, which would really be a lie, but he is a liar and the father of lies.  Satan will bring chaos to this world to set the stage for his own appearance.

    Now to say that Satan may be divided against himself contains some truth in itself, because among the demons that make up Lucifer’s (Satan’s) army, they are divided by their own greed and lusts.  But he, Satan is doomed to fail anyway, because Jesus has already won the victory.  It is only a show for mankind for Satan to continue to deceive mankind and keep mankind from knowing YHWH (our Creator).

    One line of thought teaches that YHWH doesn’t really love mankind, because He didn’t want mankind to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil; and that Lucifer (Satan) cares about mankind, and that is why he brought Eve to eat of the tree.  The truth is that YHWH knew that when mankind learned to know good and evil, then he (mankind) would begin to develop his own sense of knowledge which would lead to his pride and arrogance, which would also lead to his lusts, which would also lead to his greed and all that would lead to struggles, conflicts, wars, and chaos.  Chaos is what Satan wants.  The Bible never teaches that YHWH kept mankind from knowledge or ‘intelligence’.  It was the conflict between the good and the evil that YHWH was wanting to protect mankind from in that “tree of knowledge of ‘good and evil’”.  Lucifer is opposed to mankind and YHWH and wanted to bring mankind into this morass in order to bring chaos to mankind so that he could step in and set himself up with a position that he wanted to make for himself.

    Christians are rallying Satan if they get into rallies supporting any political party, because that is what Satan wants.  Satan doesn’t care if Christians love this politician or that politician because the more Christians (or so-called Christians) rally allegiance for politicians, the less they are rallying for Christ.

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    More from John

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 2:40 PM [General]

    John 13:34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (RNKJV)

    We could all ask ourselves if people think of us as loving people.  Sometimes I might wander why anyone would think I was.

    John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in YHWH, believe also in me.  2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

    4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.  5 Thomas saith unto him, Rabbi, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?  6 Yahushua saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (RNKJV)

    Do you believe your Savior has gone to prepare a place for you?  Remember, YHWH knows the end from the beginning.  Do you believe He would be preparing a place for you if He thought there may be any reason you might not make it?  He certainly wouldn’t prepare a place for you if He foreknew that you might lose your standing with Him.  So if you are saved, then He is preparing a place for you, and you can be confident in Whom you believe, that He is able to keep ~ whatever (2nd Timothy 1: 12).

    John 15:17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.  18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.  19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. (RNKJV)

    16: 33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (RNKJV)

    To say that the world ‘hates’ you as a Christian does not necessarily mean that the people of this world will loathe you.  Satan probably loathes you.  Satan as ruler of this world will influence the people of this world to reject your message of Christ, and some may certainly loathe you.  Even so, Christ’s warns us that we may certainly expect tribulation in this world, but we are to have a sense of peace in knowing that He is ultimately making the deciding factor, and we are to know that as He overcame the world, we may also overcome through Him.

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    Today from John

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 12:40 PM [General]

    John 6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of Elohim?  29 Yahushua answered and said unto them, This is the work of Elohim, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. (RNKJV)

    People have a tendency to feel that if they get something that they are supposed to have to work for it.  People asked Jesus what works they were to do to do God’s works.  Jesus told them that the WORK they were to do was to believe on JESUS (the One God sent).  However, when one truly believes on Jesus from his heart, then the Holy Spirit baptizes him and he begins to learn of God’s law of love.  Some people may learn very fast and even dramatically, but some may be slower in learning.  In learning God’s law of love in one’s heart, one naturally begins to do the works of love, as God’s Spirit leads each to his own works.  In this sense, believing in Jesus is the WORK of God that saves and leads to the works of love, which works do not save, but are the results of being saved.  Works without that faith in Jesus are dead works.

    John 10:37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.  38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. (RNKJV)

    Jesus performed many miracles, calming seas, healing the sick, even raising the dead.  Those works set Him apart from any other leader of any nation or religion.  Leaders of other religions may say some beautiful words that are in keeping with God’s law, yet doing those words do not save.  Even Paul acknowledged that the non-Jews could in their hearts know the law without knowing their need to be saved from the penalty of that law, because no one other than Jesus has lived perfectly by that law.  If one were to at least allow one’s self to truly believe in the works that Jesus did, then they would be so much closer to believing in Whom He truly is.

    John 20:30 And many other signs truly did Yahushua in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Yahushua is the Messiah, the Son of YHWH; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (RNKJV)

    John was earnest in his effort to convince all who would believe.  Do you care if others believe?  Do you care if others will find the way to eternal life, as opposed to God’s wrath?

    John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.  12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.  13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

    14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.  15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.  16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

    17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.  18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

    27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. (RNKJV)

    Becoming a true Christian is likened to become a sheep in a flock of other ‘Christian sheep’.  We could have no better shepherd than our Great Good Shepherd, Jesus.  Sheep in a pasture may be prone to straying.  Yes, unfortunately, I stray terribly.  Praise and thanks to the Good Shepherd Who never loses any of His sheep.  Do you believe that your shepherd, whoever that may be, would lose you from your flock?  Please consider becoming a believer in the Good Shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ, and becoming a part of the flock in which a sheep is never lost.

    John 13:13 Ye call me Master and Rabbi: and ye say well; for so I am.  14 If I then, your Rabbi and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.  15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. (RNKJV)

    Jesus said this during His last private conversation with His closest disciples just after washing their feet.  (As people then traveled by feet on dusty roads rather than automobiles or walking on sidewalks, then it was a considerate thing for a good host to see that his guests’ feet were washed.)  Jesus washed his disciples feet to teach them humility and service.  We are not necessarily to wash one another’s feet, however we are to serve on another in God’s law of LOVE.

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    More from Luke

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 10:58 PM [General]

    Luke 19:5 And when Yahushua came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchehu, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house.  6  And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.  7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.  8 And Zacchehu stood, and said unto Yahushua; Behold, Rabbi, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.  9 And Yahushua said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. (RNKJV)

    Would we say that Zacchehu (Zacchaeus- more widely known spelling) was saved because he gave half of his goods to the poor?  Certainly not.  We cannot buy our way into God’s kingdom.  Jesus knew that he offered this for the poor because in his heart he believed and found God’s law of LOVE in his heart.  Giving half of his goods to the poor was only his response to finding that faith in his heart that filled him with that law of love.  Jesus said that ‘he is also a son of Abraham.’  Was he saying that because he was a Jewish descendant that he was saved?  No.  Jesus was not referring to his fleshly descent, but to his spiritual descent.  As Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness, Zacchehu became a spiritual descendant of Abraham by his belief.

    Luke 20:45 Then in the audience of all the people he said unto his disciples, 46 Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; 47 Which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation. (RNKJV)

    To beware of ‘scribes’ in Jesus teaching here would be compared today to any who seemed to be a teacher, preacher, evangelist, or anyone who goes about talking about our Creator and spiritual matters expounding on Biblical principles.  Which ones did he say to beware of?  Those in long robes (fine clothing), and being greeted as though they were someone important, and seeking the best positions and seats in public places.  How would these teachers “devour widows’ houses”?  In Jerusalem at that time, the widows without family support were among the poorest.  Their houses may be devoured by the expectation of ill-afforded offerings and temple taxes to the extent that some were even left homeless.  What about teachers today who prey on the poor by suggesting generous donations to their work?  Do they not get rich at the expense of the poor?  This is what is meant by the ‘devouring of widows’ houses’.  So beware of those who preach in the finest of clothes, find the best seats at auditoriums, and get rich at the expense of the poor, and make long, fancy prayers in public.  Be assured, they shall receive the greater damnation.  This is another point against those who teach that the Bible teaches that those who aren’t saved will be ‘destroyed’ in the sense that they will simply cease to exist- if they all no longer exist, then how is one damnation ‘greater’ than another?

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