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.

THE EVERLASTING AVRAHAMIC COVENANT AND B’NAI YISRA’EL

According to Hebraic timekeeping, almost 6,000 years have passed since Adama, and Chava were created, yet a key component of the plan of salvation has in most cases been entirely overlooked, or completely misunderstood by both Christian and Jew. That component as presented here attempts to offer an explanation of the Prophetic Destiny inherent within the Covenant that Elohim made with Abraham; and what it means for us today.

YA’AQOB

יַעֲקֹב Ya’aqob – Jacob is named יִשְׂרָאֵל Yisra’el by Elohiym upon his return to Canaan from Padanaram. Why? Letting the Torah[1] speak for itself, we find in B’reshı̂yth (Gen.) 35:10-12:

“And  אֱלֹהִים ‘Elôhı̂ym[2][i] said unto him, Thy name is Ya’aqob: thy name shall not be called any more Ya’aqob, but Yisra’el shall be thy name: and he called his name Yisra’el. And El said unto him, I am El Shaddai: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; and the land which I gave to Avram and Yitzach, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.”

An additional possible explanation of why the name of Ya’acob was changed, comes from an Orthodox Jewish question/answer website, mi yodea:

Braishis 17:19 וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹקים אֲבָל שָׂרָה אִשְׁתְּךָ יֹלֶדֶת לְךָ בֵּן וְקָרָאתָ אֶת שְׁמוֹ יִצְחָק thus Yitzchak was named so by Hashem directly.

Avraham was named by his parents who were idolaters. Yaakov was originally named for the fact that he was holding on to Eisav’s heel. By defeating the angel of Eisav he got his new name which showed his superiority.”

This understanding and that of the Avrahamic Covenant are married together in the person of Ya’aqob, and his overall position as being the father of “…a nation and a company of nations…” that were yet to come.

After the incident at the tower of Babel (B’reshiyth 10:1-9), YHVH determined to call out a people who would be separate from all other nations and peoples. This Chosen People would be called to a higher standard of holiness, and would worship Him only, They would be obedient to His Everlasting Torah, safeguarding and preserving it, while causing its’ light to shine outward into a world of darkness, so that “…all families of the earth…” would be blessed!.

This calling was accepted without question by Avraham, Yitzach, and Ya’aqob; the Patriarchs of Yisra’el, who carried with them the Covenant of Physical Multiplicity as seen in the following scriptural references found in Be’reshiyth:

12:2,3 “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

13:16 “And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.”

15:5 “And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, so shall thy seed be.”

17:2-8 “And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face; and Elohim talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Avram, but thy name shall be Avraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be Elohim unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their Elohim.

22:17-18 “…in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”

Have you ever noticed, that when YHVH wants us to take note of something, it will be repeated more than once? Here we have a  Covenant promise made with Avram, passed to Yitzach, passed to Ya’aqob (Yisra’el); on through the 12 Tribes of Yisra’el, down through punishments and captivity, deportation and assimilation; confirmed by the Nevi’im (Prophets) with its’ fruition seen “in that day[3]”, was one of physical multiplicity; that his ‘seed’ would become as the stars of the heaven and the sand which is on the seashore (friend, that’s a lot of people!):

This little noticed prophetic Covenant Promise, with such far-reaching, and astounding conclusions, has been hidden right in front of us all the time. If we follow them on through His Word they will take us from the time of Abram, all the way to the Second Coming of HaMashiyach and beyond!

Who can “count the dust”? Who can “count the stars”? Who can count the sand on every seashore? Why these challenges can not be answered by a mortal man, can they? There is but One who can, and who has answered all of them and more in His Word!

Even the best of our Astronomers, with the world’s best and most expensive equipment placed out in space as far as any such thing has ever been, cannot count the stars, can they? They haven’t found an end to the Heavens, have they? And the thought of counting the sand on the seashore, really? And if you thought that would be easy, how about counting the dust? Why if it could be done, every star, every grain of sand, every minute particle of dust across the world would have to be counted. The number would be astronomical! Of course, none of these choices are humanly possible. Elohim is telling us something very special about the covenant of physical multiplicity made with Avraham.

TO BE CONTINUED

[1]  תּוֹרָה Torah, from the Hebrew root יָרָה  yârâh,  Is Hebraicly understood as Teaching or Instruction. This word does not translate into the English word ‘Law’, as many have been mislead or mistaught. However, Torah contains a total of 613 Laws that can be further divided into Commandments, Ordinances, and Judgements. Not all pertain to everyone, everywhere.

[2] אֱלֹהִים ‘Elôhı̂ym. As found in in HaSefer Torah, is a plural masculine form of the singular El, and as such means more than one El. This begs the question since we know YHVH is echad (One) D’varim (Dt.) 6:4, who is the other One, or One’s that complete the Plurality, and does your answer come from the Tanakh? If the answer does not come from the Tanakh, it is not acceptable as a valid proof.

[3] A common prophetic referral to the time when all things past, present, and future come together at the return of Y’shua HaMashiyach. Such a glorious day all the World has been waiting for! Come quickly we pray Master Y’shua!

[i] ALL BIBLICAL QUOTES UNLESS SPECIFIED OTHERWISE ARE TAKEN FROM THE KJV. TRANSLATIONAL DIFFERENCES FROM HEBREW TO ENGLISH HAVE BEEN RESTORED TO THE ORIGINAL HEBREW (AS FOUND IN SEFER HATORAH, MASORETIC TEXT), THEN TRANSLITERATEDAND INTO MODERN ENGLISH AND PLACED THERE BY THE AUTHOR OF THIS DOCUMENT.