PARASHAT WAYYIQRA

Parashat ha-Shavua (The Weekly Torah Portion)

PARASHAT WAYYIQRA

AND HE CALLED

TORAH: WAYYIQRA (LEV.) 1:1-6:7

HAFTARAH: YESHAYAH (ISA.) 43:21-44:23

 

THE CALL TO SACRIFICE

Moshe enters the Ohel Mo’ed (tent of meeting) to receive instruction from YHWH Y’shuati[1] on the ways in which the people can approach Him, and exist in His Perfect Presence. Remembering that He is ‘clean’ (in the sense that no sin is to be found in Him), and that we are ‘unclean’ (in the sense that we are born into sin); a provision of some kind must be made for us to cross this great divide that makes Him immortal, and us, but mere mortals.

A plan, which has existed prior to creation, was put into place in the event we should fall, providing a means to make us clean so that He could meet with us, and us with Him. Even though we might be the lowest of the low, a sinner of sinners, that even though our sins would be of scarlet, they could be made as white as snow (Yeshayah 1:18).

So one of those ways provided for each and every Yisra’elite to meet with his creator, to ascend to His presence, is to offer the Olah (ascent offering). This offering must be presented at the door of the Tent (His House) and assigned as a sacred offering by the ‘laying on of hands’ (s’michah), slaughtered, and finally the flames and smoke of the Olah allowed to ‘ascend’ heavenward to Elohim.

Do we who live today, think it a light thing to come into His presence? Can we stop between customers or tasks we perform on a daily basis and ‘send-up a quick prayer’ to satisfy this means of connection as offered to us through the Olah? No, I think not. We can send up a quick prayer or stay in prayer throughout our day, but the ‘Olah’, ‘Ascent Offering’ requires us to bring it to the door of His ‘Tent’, to present it as worthy by the laying on of hands, so even our daily routine, however high and exalted we may think it to be, must be made secondary now in our answer to His call to ‘ascend’.

This requirement causes us to seek humility in Him as we come closer to His Presence. As we come, we may ask, where is my offering? I have no goat, no sheep, not even a bird to offer my King. Then His Ruach, through the Spirit Wind that carries Him over the face of the earth, enters through our mind and heart while causing us to realize within a split second that we are the offering He seeks. Nothing holding us back, we come to His Holy Altar and offer ourselves to Him as the Olah, the daily ‘Ascent’ offering so that we may meet with Him outside of our sinful nature.

Friend, this is meant to be a ‘deep calling to deep experience’. It should never be done in a rushed, hurried manner. Do you have an altar in your home, your dwelling place, or your place of business? Wherever or whatever that is doesn’t matter. It can be in the smallest space available, or to include your entire home! It can be in your closet or your kitchen, but it needs to be a place that you can ‘set-apart’ just for the purpose of meeting with Avinu, a place where you meet with Him on a regular basis. You can have nothing except you and His Ruach there, or you may have the most elaborate of spaces with a menorah, candles, Torah, etc. for family worship. Whatever it is, it is a space in your home, which will become a space similar to your heart within you. It will be there for special times of worship and prayer, to include times such as when you come before the Adon (Master) of this world, offering yourself to Him daily in the experience of the Olah, the ascent offering.

Is this necessary you ask? You see in most cases today we just want the ‘drive-up’ window because we don’t have time for anything else. Ask yourself please, just how important is your faith to you? Is it the reason for you to live and breath, or is it just a category of thought that you have managed to ‘eek out’ a small plot for whenever you have the time? This is serious business folks that requires much more than that of us. We must take Him, His Torah and all that means into us so that it is above everything in our lives; above our family, our jobs, our social commitments, and yes; even our own selfish ‘needs’.

He wants each of us to be echad ‘one’ with Him in all things, just as The Greater and Lessor are echad with each other, so we need to become that ‘ascent offering’ the Olah as He calls to us ‘Come Near’, ascend unto me!

Elohim, HaKadosh Baruch Hu, The Mighty One, the Holy One, Blessed Be He. Consider and accept my humble offering to you I pray and do with it what you wish. I surrender myself to you Melech HaMalechim. As an ‘ascent offering,’ I humble myself, bringing myself low so as to rise and meet you; heart to heart, face to face on your altar as your servant. Lay Heavenly hands on me Father as I rededicate myself to meet with you in this manner, as the entirety of myself, dedicated to your service on this your set-apart alter. Amen!

 

Shabbat Shalom

Sha’ul

[1] YHWH Our Salvation. Referred to in the Ancient Aramaic Targum Johnathan as “YHWH the Lessor”. It was through Him that all things were created, and in the end it will be through Him that all who ‘take hold’, and follow Him who walked with us as a Torah observant Jewish man, who was called Yehoshua, or Y’shua; will be saved from eternal death into the glorious truth, and light, of His eternal Kingdom, forever! Baruch HaShem of Him who gave us His Torah of Freedom and Redemption!

SHABBAT AFTERNOON FIRESIDE DRASH

OH MY, IM LONELY AND DEPRESSED! WHAT CAN I DO?

Have you noticed an increased level of personal attack upon fellow believers lately? I’ve noticed that it appears in the individual as a form of negativity, which if left unchecked, grows to a deep depression that seems to attract others upon the way. This ‘depression’ is not only bad for the individual affected, but for the spiritual body as well and needs to be checked as soon as possible to minimize ‘collateral damage’.

If I were to sit above my social media feed and look down upon all the different activity going on here and there, I would be able to pick out at least two very large ‘pity parties’ going on, with one growing to epic proportions! And this is among believers that are not new to the faith!

Now I am not a psychologist, but I do know enough about our faith to recognize most traps that our enemy has in his arsenal, and depression is one that he frequently uses to discourage those who ‘love Him and keep His Commandments’.

Look back to your faith during those times. Look at our father Abraham in this last weeks Torah Parashah, who after being circumcised set in the door of his tent during the hottest part of the day looking for a passerby that he might entertain and provided for!

It would have been so easy just to lay back in the physical pain he must have been suffering, and just say “if anyone knocks on the door, I’m not home!” It would have been easy for him to say “oh look at me, such a wretched man who can’t do what he wants to do. Feel sorry for me!” But what did he do? He RAN to greet the strangers, and Ran to select an animal from his herd for their meal!

Now if Abraham could do that in the midst of a problem that could easily cause anyone to be depressed, what can we do who now have all these lessons of a Living Torah before us to draw from?

It would seem that the solution to our problem of depression lies outside of ourselves. It would seem that the example given to us by Abraham would be to sit in the door of your tent and look for someone you can welcome and provide for, thus alleviating two problems at once!

Our Heavenly Father loves us, and knows our every sorrow, doubt, and pain; but in that love, He gives us an obvious way to help ourselves, and that is through helping others! So, get up and get busy. Let’s see, who can I help today, tomorrow, the day after?

 

RESURRECTION, OR RAPTURE?

Of late, I’ve been seeing more posts than ever concerning “The Rapture”. People want to know when is it going to take place? I might be wrong, but I don’t see any reference in the bible to the return of Mashiyach ‘In That Day’, as some kind of ‘Rapture’.

The commonly used texts to support this ‘theory’ of a ‘rapture’ instead of a resurrection as taught by the P’rushim (Pharisees of Y’shuas time) and the sect of Judaism called HaNatsarene; can be found in Mat. 24:40 and Lk. 17:36. I have always looked upon these texts to mean that not everyone is going to make it into the Kingdom, then someone came along and tried to explain to me just how those two texts form the foundational principal of, and belief in, “The Rapture”. My first thought at that time, as it continues to be to this day, is that someone with quite an imagination, inspired by an ‘unfamiliar spirit’, had to make a gigantic stretch to get from here, to there!

I find no supporting evidence in the Bible, or within the history and teachings of Judaism, that shows a belief in some kind of ‘rapture’, instead of a resurrection. This adds support to the understanding that this theory is a creation of 19th century Christianity.

The deliverance of B’ney Yisra’el, The Children of Yisra’el, from the bondage of slavery of Egypt, into The Promised Land, has been the predominate shadow picture and example of our corporate transformation from the mortal, to the immortal. The picture painted for us is one of the Yisra’el of YHVH, the seed of Abraham and those who have been adopted into the family of Elohim, who as a group and at one time ‘cross over’ into the Heavenly Kingdom (The Promised Land). Never do we see Yisra’el separated into two groups at a time repeatedly referred to in Scripture as ‘In That Day’, with some crossing over but others left behind where they receive a second chance for redemption at the end of a seven-year period called ‘the tribulation’!

Also, I’ve noticed a change in the title of this ‘man-made’ concept. As I recall, it was once commonly referred to as “THE SECRET RAPTURE”. Would anyone care to bring me up to speed on this, like, when did this change occur and why is it no longer a secret?

In conclusion, without being rooted in the firm foundation of the Tanakh, and specifically Torah, we can find ourselves adrift in a turbulent sea of man-made theories and conclusions based upon the circular reasoning of a primarily New Testament only Biblical view. This view forms the foundation of the theory called the ‘ (Secret) Rapture’. This existing theory is completely at odds with the Scriptural foundation of a Resurrection as taught prior too, during, and after the first advent of Y’shua HaMashiyach.

 

Sha’ul

HIS TRUTH IS A SHIELD AND ARMOUR

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, Who abides under the shadow of the Almighty, He is saying of יהוה, “My refuge and my stronghold, My Elohim, in whom I trust!” For He delivers you from the snare of a trapper, From the destructive pestilence. He covers you with His feathers, And under His wings you take refuge; His truth is a shield and armour. You are not afraid of the dread by night, Of the arrow that flies by day, Of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Of destruction that ravages at midday. A thousand fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it does not come near you. Only with your eyes you look on, And see the reward of the wrong ones. Because you have made יהוה – My refuge, the Most High – your dwelling place, No evil befalls you, And a plague does not come near your tent; For He commands His messengers concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. They bear you up in their hands, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You tread upon lion and cobra, Young lion and serpent you trample under foot.“Because he cleaves to Me in love, Therefore I deliver him; I set him on high, Because he has known My Name.“When he calls on Me, I answer him; I am with him in distress; I deliver him and esteem him.“With long life I satisfy him, And show him My deliverance.”  Tehillim 91 (TS2009)

Today, I present you with this prayer and message. Be strong in all adversity through perseverance in His Truth. It is that perseverance that will transport you to “…the secret place of the Most High…”, and cause you to “… abide(s) under the shadow of the Almighty…”.

Shabbat is an island of time for us as followers of Y’shua, as it was with the Natsarenes of ancient times; and the enemy knows that. He (the enemy) will utilize every weapon in his arsenal during this twenty-four hour period, more so than any other day of the week, to penetrate your defenses.

Do not think for one minute that you have the power to resist him, or that he will somehow leave you unmolested on This Holy Day! He is a master of lies and deceptions, and he has had thousands of years perfecting his destructive art. However, all Praise Be to His Glorius Name, our power comes from the spiritual connections we have made with the Giver of Truth, who is also our Mighty El of war; our Commander, who is our only way of deliverance!

Those spiritual connections we must have to come into His Shabbat Rest do not begin and end on the Seventh Day, they begin each day of the week prior to Shabbat! We gather our strength each day and when Shabbat arrives, that strength is multiplied through that connection which in turn multiplies upon itself week after week and Shabbat after Shabbat as we are becoming ‘one new man’.

Our Shabbat Rest is realized through our arrival at “…the secret place of the Most High…”, wherein we are given as a reward; our deliverance “…from the snare of a trapper, From the destructive pestilence.”

For your encouragement today, and spiritual protection, I pray that you would read and pray with me, as one body, Tehillim 91. Meditate upon each word, each sentence; as you ask of Him who Is Our Armour to make you strong for the battle!

SHABBAT SHALOM!

Aronic Blessing

RETHINKING THE PESACH CHRONOLOGY PART 1

THE PATH הנתיב

A COMMENTARY on CURRENT SPIRITUAL THOUGHT FROM THE ANCIENT SECT OF JUDAISM CALLED HaNATSARIM

Rethinking the Pesach Chronology

PART 1

The Timing of Pesach and Unleavened Bread

The views presented here are based on my belief’s as a Netzarim Yahudim, or Nazorean Jew, and are presented to you for consideration, as part of the ongoing effort to restore the faith as it was during the first century of the common era. In order for us to accomplish that, we must unlearn many false teachings that we have inherited over centuries and millennia. As we do so we will be peeling back the many layers of the proverbial ‘onion’ to arrive at the Truths that have been covered by lies, deceptions, misrepresentation, pore or biased translations, lack of Hebraic Understanding, and a general unwillingness to depart from teachings that have lulled us into a deep spiritual sleep! Confusion abounds on the timing of the actual days of Pesach and Unleavened Bread, which is a hallmark of the great deceiver himself. Much of this is due to a lack of Hebraic and Historical Understanding of how Pesach and U.B. were combined by the P’rushim during the Babylonian Captivity, which resulted in Pesach being called a Shabbat. This confusion was compounded by the early translations of the Writings of The Netzarim by those who accepted the views of the P’rushim without knowledge of the many ways in which they had corrupted the straightforward teaching of HaTorah!

The Timing of Pesach and Chag HaMatzot or Feast of Unleavened Bread (U.B.)

         CONCERNING PESACH, WE READ;

Shemoth (Ex) 12:6 ‘And you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same new moon. Then all the assembly of the congregation of Yisra’ĕl shall slay it between the evenings.

Wayyiqra (Lv) 23:5 ‘In the first new moon, on the fourteenth day of the new moon, between the evenings, is the Pĕsaḥ to יהוה.

Bamidbar (Numbers) 9:2-3 “Now, let the children of Yisra’ĕl perform the Pĕsaḥ at its appointed time. “On the fourteenth day of this new moon, between the evenings, perform it at its appointed time. According to all its laws and right-rulings you perform it.”

Bamidbar 28:16 And in the first new moon, on the fourteenth day, is the Pĕsaḥ of יהוה,

Yehoshua (Joshua) 5:10 And the children of Yisra’ĕl camped in Gilgal, and performed the Pĕsaḥ on the fourteenth day of the new moon at evening on the desert plains of Yeriḥo.

B’ney Yisra’el were told to slay the Pesach on the 14th day of the first Biblical Month (Abib) “between the evenings’. If anyone could not observe Pesach on the 14th day of the First Month, then he was to observe it on the 14th day of the Second Month. If that man was not able to honor the Pesach of the First Month and failed to honor it on the second month as prescribed, then he would face dire consequences:

Bamidbar 9:10-13 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘When any male of you or your generations is unclean for a being, or is far away on a journey, he shall still perform the Pĕsaḥ of יהוה. On the fourteenth day of the second new moon, between the evenings, they perform it – with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they eat it. They do not leave of it until morning, and they do not break a bone of it. According to all the laws of the Pĕsaḥ they perform it. But the man who is clean and is not on a journey, and has failed to perform the Pĕsaḥ, that same being shall be cut off from among his people, because he did not bring the offering of יהוה at its appointed time – that man bears his sin.

CONCERNING U.B., WE READ;

Shemoth 23:15 “Guard the Festival of Matzot. Seven days you eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the new moon of Aḇiḇ – for in it you came out of Mitsrayim – and do not appear before Me empty-handed;

Shemoth 12:18-19 ‘In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the new moon, in the evening, you shall eat unleavened bread until the twenty-first day of the new moon in the evening.[1] ‘For seven days no leaven is to be found in your houses, for if anyone eats what is leavened, that same being shall be cut off from the congregation of Yisra’ĕl, whether sojourner or native of the land.

Debarim (Dt) 16:3 “Eat no leavened bread with it. For seven days you eat unleavened bread with it, bread of affliction, because you came out of the land of Mitsrayim in haste – so that you remember the day in which you came out of the land of Mitsrayim, all the days of your life

Two Separate Mo’edim Separated by Twenty-Four Hours

Pesach and the first day of Unleavened Bread, are two separate 24hr days, and back to back, separate Mo’edim. Now, for those who would say that the Lamb was to be sacrificed at the end of the fourteenth of Abib, which would run the Pesach into U.B. on the fifteenth, I would ask that you consider two things:

Biblical ‘days’ begin at sundown and run sundown to sundown. So in Hebraic Thought; ‘night’, the period of time when there is no light, precedes the ‘day’, and as such is the beginning of that ‘day’.  So a particular day, in this case, we’ll say the 14th of Abib, begins prior to the darkness of night (called ‘evening’) of the day before, or the 13th of Abib, and runs for twenty-four hours to the end of the ‘day’ of the 14th, to the evening between the 14th and 15th of Abib, which is the beginning of the 15th etc.

This time between the two days is called ‘bein arbayim’, or ‘Between The Two Evenings’[2]. Y’shua, who is Emanu’el (El who is with us), went to the tree of His execution during the late hours of the 13th as it merged with the 14th of Abib, Ben Ha’arbaim (between the two evenings) at the beginning of the 14th, and not the end, which would place Pesach at the same time as U.B. on the 15th.

TO BE CONTINUED IN PART 2 “TYPE MEETS ANTI-TYPE”

[1] Note: As this text points out, U.B. is eaten for eight days which would include Pesach on Abib 14 and U.B. Beginning on Abib 15 to the 21st.

[2] Hebrew, bein arbayim, an expression which according to the Pharisees means: between the decline of the sun immediately after midday and sunset, that is approximately 3 pm. In the afternoon – but according to the Sadducees means between sunset and dark, i.e. twilight.

 

THE MO’EDIM (APPOINTED TIMES) OF YHVH

The Spring Feasts/Season of Pesach (Passover)

Introduction:

Begining with Pesach (Passover), The Spring Feasts, which are often referred to as “The Season of Pesach”, begin with the agricultural and astronomical determination of the First day of the first month of the Biblical Calander, which is called “Abib”; and concludes with Chag HaShavuot (Feast of Weeks/Pentecost). These Mo’edim (Times appointed by our Creator) are, Chag HaPesach, Chag HaMotzi, Yom HaBikkurim, and Chag HaShavuot.

  • ABIB 1. Although preparations for the season of Pesach began at least a month earlier in ancient times, it officially begins with the determination that the heads of the Spring barely crop have ripened (when they have become ‘abib’);  in conjunction with the sighting of the first phase of a new moon after the twelveth Biblical Month. This observation (which is made in Eretz Yisra’el / The Land of Yisra’el), results in the proclamation of Rosh Chodesh Abib (the head, or beginning of), the first Biblical Month.
  • ABIB 10. A lamb of the first year is selected for the offering. In Biblical times, the yearling was taken home and kept with the family for four days.
  • Abib 14. Chag HaPesach. At the conclusion of four nights and days (Biblical days begin the evening/night before), between the evenings (Beyn Ha’arbaim) of the 13th and the 14th, and the conclusion of four days; the lamb is slain. The day of Pesach is not a Shabbat, as is the following day, which is the first day of the seven-day feast of Unleavened Bread.
  • Abib 15. Chag HaMotzi (The Feast of Unleavened Bread) begins at the end of the 14th, as it merges with the 15th. It is a seven-day festival that concludes on the 21st of Abib. The first day and the last day of this Feast, are Shabbats.
  • YOM HaBIKKURIM (The Day of First Fruits/The Wave Sheaf). During the week of Unleavened Bread, Yom HaBikkurim occurs on the first day of the week following the weekly Seventh Day Shabbat. The count of 50 days (7 Shabbats) to Shavuot (Pentecost), begins on that day.
  • Chag HaShavuot (Feast of Shavuot/Pentecost). A one-day celebration of the giving of Torah to Kol (All) Yisra’el in fire and smoke at Sinai and the Ruach HaElohim (The Spirit of The Mighty Ones/Spirit of Holiness) being poured out on those come ‘up to Y’rushalyim’ to celebrate the feast.

 

Suggested Discussion Topics:

 Determining Rosh Chodesh Abib

 AVIV 10 The Selection of The Lamb

Lamb must dwell with family four days

THE FIRST PESACH

When does the evening of the 14th begin? At the end of the 13th as it becomes the 14th, or at the end of the 14th as it becomes the 15th which is Chag HaMotzi.

Circumcision of The Flesh (B’rit Milah), is it still a requirement to participate in the Pesach Sedar?

Preparation and Consumption of the offering

Blood on The Doorposts

Do Not Go Outside ‘Till Morning

The Gathering of Kol Yisra’el

The Departure

The Crossing

The Mikvah (Immersion) and Deliverance of Yisra’el

The Army of Paro (Pharo) destroyed

CHAG HA MOTZI

Leaving in haste

The search for and removal of leaven in the home. Are we still required to do so? Why?

Yom HaBIKKURIM

First Fruits, The Wave Sheaf and The Ressurection of Y’shua. Did Y’shua resurrect on the 7th Day Shabbat or the 1st day of the week? When does the count to Shavuot (Pentecost) begin?

THREE DAYS IN THE WILDERNESS

The symbolism of ‘The Wilderness’.

Three days (and nights) in the tomb

GIVING OF HaTORAH

Elohim Appears in fire and smoke and speaks directly to Yisra’el

Yisra’el and Deliberate Sin

Preparations for Meeting With YHVH

Ratification of The Covenant

CHAG HA SHAVUOT/PENTECOST

Why 50 days?

Giving of HaTorah at Har Sinai

Pouring Out The Ruach

Speaking in Tongues

3,000 Lost at Sinai, Restored to Yisra’el

 

 

 

WHAT IS ‘TRUTH’?

THE PATH הנתיב

A COMMENTARY on CURRENT SPIRITUAL THOUGHT FROM THE ANCIENT SECT OF JUDAISM CALLED HaNETZARIM


WHAT IS TRUTH?

Then Pilate said to Him, “You are a sovereign, then?” יהושע answered, “You say it, because I am a sovereign. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Yehuim, and said to them, “I find no guilt in Him.                                                                                                                                                     (John 18:37-38 [TS2009])

 

Pontius Pilate, Roman that he was, wanted to apply human logic and reasoning toward understanding the Creator and Savior of the world. How powerful the presence of Ben Elohim must have been! How difficult it was for Pilate to resist the pull on his heartstrings, to resist the urge to fall to the floor, to submit himself entirely to the penetrating eyes and mystical aura emanating from Him who knew every thought and deed. As he stood in front of The King of All Creation, King of a Spiritual Realm that he had little to no understanding of, his only recourse was to retreat to the imagined safety of his logic.

Roman leaders of the time had great pride in their ability to exercise their use of logic and reasoning; their own, and that of the Greeks. It was that pagan, humanistic background that brought forth the empty philosophical question, “What is truth?”. I can almost imagine the haughty spirit of Pilate as he thought to ‘stump’ Y’shua, before going out to relinquish his responsibility to the mob.

On the other hand, Judaism had given the accusors of Y’shua all the tools and means necessary to determine whether His claim to be HaMashiyach and Melech (King) of Yisra’el was in fact true. The corrupt self-proclaimed leaders of Yisra’el, knowing these things, intentionally failed to apply those principals to fairly, and justly, make the determination that would ultimately prove Y’shua to be exactly who He said He was! HaMashiyach.

Our Jewish brothers of Pharisaical descent, teach that Judaism has produced many Messiahs throughout history. Fortunately, the voice of truth has come through loud and clear, and incredible as it may seem, it comes directly from our Sages of Judaism themselves; that the only way to identify the True Mashiyach of Yisra’el is by the test of Torah. Throughout the many different Targumim[1] available since the Babylonian captivity, we see the bar set for the claimant to the Throne, along with His Identity clearly drawn for us in the Lingua Franca, the language of the common man, Aramaic.

That test which has existed as long as the Torah itself requires that the candidate for the title of Mashiyach of Yisra’el be fully and completely Torah observant, fulfilling all of its requirements exactly and without the slightest error or variance. That includes fulfillment of all the Mo’edim (Appointed times), in this realm, and the eternal spiritual realm of His Heavenly Kingdom. There has, and continues to be only One who has met this requirement.

So far, since the creation of all things, there have been a few contenders for the title of Messiah, but they have fallen very short of passing this test. Historically, Biblicaly, prophetically, genetically, and spiritually; Y’shua HaNetzarim, Ben Yoseph, Ben Do’vid, Ben Elohim has done so! To suggest otherwise admits to a willing ignorance of the facts as presented in a one-dimensional world, and the proofs existing, as seen through a realization of the multidimensional spiritual kingdom we exist in every day!

As Netzarim Yahudim, we face constant misrepresentation of the truth. That is why it is so vital for us to study Torah. Torah is the litmus test for anyone searching for truth in all things secular, and spiritual. We know Y’shua, our Mashiyach, as The Living Torah; the embodiment of Truth. He is YHVH in the flesh, two that are echad (one) as Elohim (Mighty Ones). He is Emmanu’el, “El who is with us” in all things. No human, No angel, no matter how perfect, can approach the perfection of The One who sits at the Right Hand of The Ancient of Days!

That was the claim of a heavenly being who thought to incite the Heavenly Host against Him who is The Living Truth, to the point of causing war in heaven; but was ultimately cast out and down for his lies and deceit. This spirit of the evil one is the same spirit that prevails over those who argue against the living truths presented to each of us every moment of our mortal lives. It existed in the arrogance of Pilate, as it existed over almost every one of the Sanhedrin, the Scribes, and the P’rushim who rejected Him, as they had rejected their Prophets.

As Netzarim, we know who the Messiah is because we have asked the questions, made the inquiries, and studied the facts as presented in an unbiased way. We have tested the Spirit of Truth in the only way that questions concerning spiritual matters are tested, and resolved, and that is by The ‘Word’ of the Living Torah. We have found that men are an unreliable source of spiritual truth and that there is only one way to know, without doubt, the answer to a question once asked by an infamous Roman, “what is truth?”

Your righteousness is righteousness forever, And Your Torah is truth. (Ps 119:142 [TS2009])

You are near, O יהוה, And all Your commands are truth. (Ps 119:151 [TS2009])

 So יהושע said to those Yehuim who believed Him, “If you stay in My Word, you are truly My taught ones, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”           (John 8:31-32 [TS2009])

 He who is the Living Truth, is the Living Torah. He stands at the door of the heart and knocks, asking your permission to come in. He desires only that you would allow Him to reason with you, to share with you the answers to questions that continue to plague mankind. He wants to explain to you how he can set you free from the cares of this world, and bring you lasting peace. My friends, To know Him, Y’shua HaMashiyach, is to know ‘Truth’ and by knowing Truth, you will indeed be set free!

 

Baruch HaShem YHVH Y’shuati!

Sha’ul

 

[1] Targumin, plural for Targum. Aramaic Paraphrase and commentary on the Hebrew Torah.