WHAT WOULD A FIRST CENTURY C.E. NATSARENE SAY ABOUT THE CORONIVIRUS OF TODAY?
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, Who abides under the shadow of the Almighty,
2 He is saying of יהוה, “My refuge and my stronghold, My Elohim, in whom I trust!” [Ps 9:9];
3 For He delivers you from the snare of a trapper, From the destructive pestilence. Ps 124:7; [Job 5:19];
4 He covers you with His feathers, And under His wings you take refuge; His truth is a shield and armour. Ps 57:1; [Matt 23:37]; [Luke 13:34];
5 You are not afraid of the dread by night, Of the arrow that flies by day, Job 5:19-20; Prov 3:25; Song 3:8; [Prov 3:24];
6 Of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Of destruction that ravages at midday.
7 A thousand fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it does not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes you look on, And see the reward of the wrong ones. [Prov 29:16];
9 Because you have made יהוה – My refuge, the Most High – your dwelling place,
10 No evil befalls you, And a plague does not come near your tent;
11 For He commands His messengers concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. Ps 34:7; Matt 4:6; Luke 4:10; [Prov 3:23]; [Prov 4:12];
12 They bear you up in their hands, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. Luke 4:11;
13 You tread upon lion and cobra, Young lion and serpent you trample under foot. Job 5:22-23;
14 “Because he cleaves to Me in love, Therefore I deliver him; I set him on high, Because he has known My Name.
15 “When he calls on Me, I answer him; I am with him in distress; I deliver him and esteem him. [Zech 13:9];
16 “With long life I satisfy him, And show him My deliverance.”
Tehillim (Ps.) 91 TS2009 (emphasis mine)
The Natsarene of the First Century C.E., as described in Acts 24:5 who were also called “The Way”; were the original followers of Y’shua HaMashiyach. They are sometimes mistakenly referred to as “Early Christians”, which they were not. They survived up into the 3rd-4th century C.E. despite all the efforts of both Christianity and Judaism to silence them and are being re-created today in a small but growing minority within a minority of truth seakers who are called to Torah and our Jewish Mashiyach Y’shua. May he come again soon and in our day! Amen?