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.

A TORAH COMMENTARY FROM THE ANCIENT JEWISH SECT of HaNATSARIM

Torah:                          b’Har (on the Mountain)

                                             Va’Yikra (Lev.) 25:1 – 26:2

Haftarah:                           Yirmeyahu (Jer.) 32:6 – 27

Ketuvim Natsarim:         Romans 6:22


 

Vayikra 25:1-2

1  וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה בְּהַר סִינַי לֵאמֹֽר׃

2 דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם כִּי תָבֹאוּ אֶל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אֲנִי נֹתֵן לָכֶם וְשָׁבְתָה הָאָרֶץ שַׁבָּת לַיהוָֽה׃

25:1) va’yedaber YHWH el-Mosheh be’han Sinai lemor (2) daber el-benei Yisra’el ve’amarta alehem Ki tavo’u el-ha’arets asher ani noten lachem ve’shavetah ha’arets Shabbat la’YHWH         

25:1) And YHWH spoke to Mosheh on Mount Sinai, saying, (2) Speak to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, then the land shall observe a Sabbath to YHWH


 

A SHABBAT REST FOR THE LAND

The Shemittah Year (year of release or sabbatical year):

Traveling our path in Torah thus far we have seen the holiness and sanctity of the seventh day Shabbat, the High Holy Days of the seventh month; and now we will look at the laws of the seventh year, the ‘Shemittah,’ the year of release. Shemittah celebrates Elohim’s ownership of the land, which belongs to Him alone (25:3). The land is not to be worked during the Shemittah but allowed to go fallow. Orchards and vineyards were left un-harvested, un-pruned, and un-worked, but the produce that came forth on its own was available to any and all, stranger or native born, man and beast alike. Crops of the six year produced a triple harvest (25:21), and a guarantee of safety, as part of YHVHs’ blessing upon those observing this Chukim. “Such a guarantee flies in the face of human logic! For this reason, Torah classifies agricultural requirements as Chukim (Statutes), not as Mitzvot (commands) or Mishpatim (ordinances) which are based on rationality or logic. Clearly, dwelling securely in the Land demands radical faith![1]

Debtors went free in the Shemittah. All loans were forgiven, and no money lender could demand repayment from a debtor (Dt. 15:1-4). Torah requires next of kin buy back (redeem) property once belonging to an impoverished relative (Lv. 25:25). If a kinsman redeemer did not come forward, the property would revert to its original clan on the Yovel (see below).

Remembering the guarantee of safety that accompanied observance of the laws of Shemittah? It was the lack of obedience to them, that lead to the 70-year captivity in Babylon, one year of for every 7th year that B’ney Yisra’el neglected the Shemittah, or, for the 490 years prior (2 Ch. 36:20-21).

How to determine the Shemittah year:

To determine the Shemittah year, divide the current Jewish year by seven. If there is no remainder, it is a year of Shemittah. If there is a remainder, it will tell you how long since the last Shemittah. For example, this year on the Rabbinical calendar is 5777, divided by seven = 825.3, not a Shemittah year since there is a remainder in our calculation. However, the amount left tells us that the last Shemittah occurred in 5774, three years ago this last Abib. And of course, Abib is determined by the conjunction of the ripened (abib) ear of barley in the land, and the first sighting of a new moon; which was as observed before the Babylonian captivity and prior to the Rabbinical Calendar. Praise be to YHVH that today we see a return to His astronomical and agriculturally corrected Biblical Calendar while departing from names of days and months brought out of pagan Babylon.

Yovel (Jubilee, home bringing):

After the Shemittah of the forty-ninth year, the Yovel was declared on Yom Kippur of the fiftieth year by the blast of the shofar, a ram’s horn (called a ‘Yovel’ in Hebrew) from one of the Biblically Clean animals of Vayikra 11. Liberty for all inhabitants was proclaimed (Lev. 25:10), and all Hebrew slaves were set free; clans received back their original territories. Property that had been sold during the Shemittah year, if not bought back by a kinsman, would be returned to its original owners or their clan.

Shemittah and Torah: a product of divine inspiration or man’s invention?

In light of continuing attacks on the Divine authorship of Scripture, I offer the following short article from Rabbi Boruch Leff of ‘Aish.com’ for your consideration and use:

The Sabbatical year and the Divine authorship of the Torah.

(Changes made to the Sacred Name and titles of Elohim are made by me.)

“The laws of Shemitta seem to be irrational and are indicative of their Divine origin. Would any human being write laws that seem impossible to accept and observe? The laws of Shemitta command the Jewish people to desist from all agricultural work every seventh year (see Va’Yikra 25: 1-24) every 50th year, there is an additional year called Yovel, Jubilee, in which they cannot engage in working the land either. This means that both the 49th and 50th years are off limits to any and all farming.”

“Why would a human being write such a ridiculous law? It is akin to commanding the people to starve to death every 7th year.”

“Yet, the author of the Torah goes further. The people will be bothered and worried when they hear of these laws. They will ask, ‘How will we survive in the 7th year?’ (See 25:20). The author, consequently, makes a guarantee. He promises that every 6th year they will receive a special blessing of a double crop (25:21) which would suffice for both the 6th and 7th years”

“Could a human being guarantee such an occurrence? The very first time the 6th year comes without yielding a double crop, the people will see that it was a lie! They will see that El could not have written the Torah and it was made up by a human being. If a human being did invent the Torah, why would he devise a law that risks destroying his concocted religion? Is there a law such as this in any other religion that exposes itself to falsehood and absurdity? Only El could have authored the laws of Shemitta.”

Rabbi Leff goes on to write about the three pilgrimage festivals as additional evidence of divine inspiration behind the writing of the Torah, citing the fact that all males in Yisra’el were required to come up to Y’rushalyim three times a year for the commanded feasts. With the Ammonites, Philistines, and Amalekites looking for their chance to invade, this would have been a perfect time. However, the author of the Torah tells the people not to worry, while they are in Y’rushalyim, nothing will happen to their homes, their crops, their animals and all their possessions (Shemot 34:24), and as long as this mitzvah (commandment) was observed, they were kept safe.

How can we apply the laws of Shemittah today?

Ask any farmer, or gardener if there is life in the soil, and they will all tell you that if there isn’t, you’re not going to grow anything. For those of us who live in a desert environment, we know this all too well.

To support life the soil must be alive, having a certain chemical and organic balance that will allow a seed to germinate and grow. If the soil is required to produce the same crop continuously year after year, or even different crops in rotation, it must eventually be rested and fed to renew this organic chemical balance.

Once the natural order of Sabbatical rest has been interrupted, the land must receive some type of artificial stimulation so that it will continue to produce. We (man), have taken this to the extreme where agri-business must generate the highest volume possible per acre, at the lowest cost, for the highest possible profit. This demand upon the land has spun-off into the agricultural chemical industry, and an absolute necessity to meet the requirements of today’s market.

Many believers having enough suitable ground to produce a sustainable food source for their families have done so while including a return to Elohim’s plan for rest and rejuvenation of the land every Shemittah. If you live in the city, a small garden may be possible. No matter how small it may be, follow the law of the Shemittah, letting your garden plot rest every seventh year of observance, and YHWH’s blessing will be yours.

In the Shemittah there is a Shabbat rest for the earth, from which comes all life. In observance of Shemittah Yisra’el was blessed with an overabundance of produce and livestock, and on the Yovel, freedom was proclaimed to all. Even though the accuracy of the Rabbinical calendar remains in question, (possibly by at least 100 but no more than 200 years), we now have reestablished the corrected astronomical and agriculturally based Biblical Calendar. With this knowledge, coupled with a prophetic understanding of the Feasts of YHWH and the picture they paint for us concerning the times and seasons, we could be expecting the sounding of the ram’s horn of the last Yovel on the 10th day of the 7th biblical month very soon! The exact year of the Anointed Time is and will be unknown to us until …it shall be said in that day, “See, this is our Elohim. We have waited for Him, and He saves us. This is YHVH, we have waited for Him, let us be glad and rejoice in His deliverance.” HalleluYAH! Amen and Amen!

Sha’ul

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HAFTAROT

Yirmeyahu 32:6-27

THE KINSMAN REDEEMER

Our portion from the Prophets unfolds before us in the tumult and destruction of Y’rushalyim by the armies of Nebuchadnezzar, where we find assurance and a promise of a kinsman redeemer to come.

Yirmeyahu, who lies imprisoned during the conquest of the capital, receives a message from El that instructs him to redeem the property of his next of kinsman, Chanam’el (Favor of El).  What’s left of Yisra’el (The House of Yahuda) is about to go into captivity for seventy years (Jer. 29:10; 2 Chr. 36:21) for failure to obey YHWH concerning the Shemittah. To most, it would seem strange to be conducting such a business transaction in light of current and future events.

But there is a hidden promise in this seemingly fruitless purchase, and it lies in the understanding of the Shemittah/Yovel and the kinsman redeemer. The promise has already been made in 29:10 that the captivity would be for seventy years and that “I will deliver you and perform my good word toward you in bringing you back to this country.” The promise made through Yirmeyahu’s transaction with Chanam’el, is that the sons of Yisra’el will be redeemed to return, to resume their lives in the land, at the completion of ten Shemittot in Yirmeyahu’s time.  But as we read on through to vs. 14, we see the hidden promise partially revealed in a prophecy of redemption and restoration from the Diaspora in our time. When the House of Yahudah is gathered from all the lands where they had been scattered “…and I will bring you back to the place from which I have caused you to be carried away from.”

We as believers in Y’shua Mashiyach can look forward to the time when this promise is fully revealed, come the tenth day of the seventh month of a Yovel when the shofar will sound, and freedom is proclaimed to the captives! Baruch HaShem!

As a side note, if we were to calculate the number of Shemittot to reach the 7th millennium, the result would be 1,000. The number of Yovelim required to arrive at the 7th Millennium would be 140, a multiple of 7, 10, and 70. Interesting how these figures play out, each one being very significant in Hebraic thought and understanding. Is there a hidden message for us laying behind these numbers?

Sha’ul

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KETUVIM NETSARIM (K.N./Writings of the Netsarim)

Romans 6 (TS2009)

16) Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves servants for obedience, you are servants of the one whom you obey, whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness? 17) But thanks to Elohim that you were servants of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of teaching to which you were entrusted. 18) And having been set free from sin, you became servants of righteousness.

Would you think of yourself as a servant? Certainly not some would say, but I have a few on my staff! Chaverim, there are servants, and then there are Servants! El declares out of our Torah Portion that “For they are my servants whom I brought forth out of the land of Mitsrayim; they shall not be sold as bondmen” (Lev. 25:42).

Servants of Elohim were not to be held as bondsmen in perpetuity but were to be released from bondage on the year of the Yovel so that they could return to the life of freedom intended for them. That freedom was to be a servant to the El of our salvation. It was El who ransomed them and as their Kinsman Redeemer brought them out of bondage in Mitzrayim into His marvelous light, where they could serve Him as a nation of Kings and Priests.

He has done this for us again, through His manifestation as Y’shua Ben Yoseph. Y’shua, as our Kinsman Redeemer, has brought us out of our personal Egypt (sin); and through the precious Blood of The Lamb, He has paid the ransom price so that we may be Free! While we are learning how to serve Him through the Teachings of HaTorah, our price has been paid and the Covenant renewed. The Kingdom of YHVH begins with the acceptance of His Free Gift. That Gift covers us as we learn obedience to Him, as we walk up to Y’rushalyim, up to the House of YHVH!

 Rabbi Shaul rejoices with us in the freedom we have gained as “servants of righteousness” after our “emancipation from sin.”[2] It is now, in the year of our release, in the “Yovel” that our Kinsman Redeemer has paid our ransom. We read in Luke Ch. 4 (TS2009):

(16) And he came to Natsareth where He had been brought up. And according to His practice, He went into the congregation on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17) And the scroll of the prophet Yeshayahu was handed to Him. And having unrolled the scroll, He found the place where it was written: 18) ”The Spirit of YHVH is upon me, because He has anointed Me to bring the Good News to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send away crushed one with a release, 19) to proclaim the acceptable year of YHVH.”

Praise Him for His unending love and faithfulness! Rejoice in your emancipation for “This Scripture in your ears is fulfilled today”!

Shaul


[1] “Walk Leviticus!” Jeffrey Enoch Feinberg, Ph.D. Messianic Jewish Publishers ISBN 1-880226-92-8

[2] Notice that the emancipation is from sin, not the Torah (law). It is HaTorah that identifies sin, as the transgression of it!

Pesach 5777 / 2017

Pesach, as we all know, will be arriving sooner than we think. Now is the time (if you have not already done so), to begin your preparations. As for the timing of Pesach, Beit Echad subscribes to the “Astronomically & Agriculturally Corrected Biblical Hebrew Calendar” as found at http://www.ARoodAwakening.tv Simply put, all the Feast dates spin off the establishment of the 1st day of the Biblical Year, which can only occur when the first stalks of the Spring barley harvest in Yisra’el are declared ‘Abib’ (ripe for the harvest/pronounced Aviv) followed by the sighted new moon over Y’rushalyim. That evening will bring with it the month of the Abib; and 10 days later, the selection of the Pesach Lamb. Four days later, Abib 14 is Pesach (not a Shabbat/unleavened bread to be consumed on Pesach), followed by 1st day Unleavened Bread (U.B.) on Abib 15 (a no work at all Shabbat), which is a 7 day Feast ending on Abib 21 (also a no work at all Shabbat). Also, the 1st day after the weekly 7th day Shabbat during Chag HaMotzi (Feast of U.B.), is a one day Feast called Chag HaBikkurim, or, Feast of First Fruits. It is from this day that the count of 50 days or 7 Shabbats begins that lead to Chag HaShavuot or Pentecost.

PESACH 2017 DATES OF OBSERVANCE (mark your calendar):

If the barley is Abib, followed by the Crescent moon when it is expected this year, Abib 1 will be sundown March 30. Pesach will begin sundown of Apr. 11 and will continue to sundown of April 12, at which time Chag HaMotzi begins and is a no work at all Shabbat until sundown of April 13. The last day of U.B., concluding the 7 days of U.B. (another no work at all Shabbat) begins the evening of April 12th, and concludes sundown April 13.

These dates may or may not conform to the Orthodox Rabbinical Calendar as seen noted on our current Gregorian Calendar. The method of calculating the month of Abib existed long before the Babylonian captivity, and the establishment of Rabbinical Judaism; which occurred after the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash by Rome in 70 C.E. Due to the diaspora, and the inability to communicate with scattered Yisra’el, the Rabbinical Civil, and Religious Calendars were established. As part of the restoration of all things, we are now able to communicate instantly, around the world; so that we are able to return to the ‘Ancient Paths’, and the restored Biblical Calendar!

Leaven:

We have until the first day of unleavened bread to remove the leaven from our homes and dwelling places, and traditional sources call for noon on Pesach to ensure all the leaven is out before the onset of 1st day U.B..

More To Come:
Understanding the Prophetic Symbols and Hidden Meanings of the Abib and Pesach, holding the Lamb of the Sacrifice for four days, The Sacrifice, The offering of First Fruits and the Resurrection, Leaven in the home, 3 days and 3 nights in the tomb; these topics and more coming, as we prepare to partake of the Lamb of Sacrifice.