Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Mark 10:21 (KJV)
Follow me – To put this in context, a man asks Yeshua what he must do to inherit eternal life. Yeshua then tells this man that he must keep the commandments. When the man responds that he has kept the commandments from his youth, Yeshua tells this man to sell all he has and follow him. Continue reading “Follow Me”
As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.
John 18:6 (KJV)
I am – I know what we’ve been taught. Yeshua is evoking the term “I am” as a representation of His divinity, and as the Trinitarians preach, establishing Himself as God in the flesh. I get it. And in the English translations, it can be justified. But this wasn’t written in English. It was written in Greek, so it has to line up in the Greek as well. Have you ever bothered to investigate it? Let’s do that now. Continue reading “I Am”
I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
2 Corinthians 12:2 (KJV)
Third heaven – How many of us believe Paul is talking about himself here? From the people I’ve queried lately, 100% believe Paul is referring to himself as going to the third heaven. I bring this up because this shows how much we inject our own paradigms into the text, rather than just reading what it says. Continue reading “Third Heaven”
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
John 14:12 (KJV)
Greater works – The New Year is here, not God’s designated New Year, but nevertheless January 1st is here. According to last year’s ComRes poll, the top 10 resolutions of 2017 were: Continue reading “New Year’s Resolutions”
And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Matthew 10:38 (KJV)
Cross – We know what this means, right? Yeshua is evidently talking about the cross on which He was crucified. We should be willing to suffer as He did and follow Yeshua wherever He may go, willingly. Continue reading “Take Up Your Cross”
1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
Matthew 10:1-2 (KJV)
Disciples/Apostles – Have you ever been sent out by God to enact His will somewhere in the world? Perhaps it was to deliver a message, or to live as an example to others. If you have, then you’re an Apostle. Continue reading “Called, Prepared, and Sent Out”
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
Jude 1:14 (KJV)
Enoch – Where exactly did Jude find this prophecy from Enoch? It’s not in the Bible, yet we claim that all the words in the book of Jude are included as scripture. What about Paul’s quotations of Greek philosophers? (Aratus (Acts 17:28), Menander (1 Cor. 15:33), and Epimenides (Tit. 1:12)) Are their words the words of God? Or how about when Paul specifically writes that these are his words and NOT the Lord’s in 1 Corinthians 7:12, 1 Corinthians 7:25, and 2 Corinthians 11:17. Are those still the words of God? Continue reading “Inspired, Sacred, and Canon”
16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
Matthew 19:16-21 (KJV)
The teachings of Yeshua seem so revolutionary, right? This man wants eternal life and goes to the Son of God to find out how this happens. What’s Yeshua’s answer? Continue reading “Revolutionary Teachings”
Teshuvah means repentance. Maimonides (Rambam) recorded in the Mishneh a formula for complete repentance.
What is repentance? The sinner shall cease sinning, and remove sin from his thoughts, and wholeheartedly conclude not to revert back to it, even as it is said: “Let the wicked forsake his way” (Is. 55.7); so, too, shall he be remorseful on what was past, even as it is said: “Surely after that I was turned, I repented” (Jer. 31. 19). In addition thereto he should take to witness Him Who knoweth all secrets that forever he will not turn to repeat that sin again, according to what it is said: “Say unto Him.… neither will we call any more the work of our hands our gods” (Hos. 14.3–4). It is, moreover, essential that his confession shall be by spoken words of his lips, and all that which he concluded in his heart shall be formed in speech.
Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Chapter 2 (c.1176 – c.1178 CE)
Continue reading “4 Elements of Teshuvah”
For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
Matthew 11:13 (KJV)
Until – Is this what you believe? Do you believe that the prophets and the law no longer have a place in our everyday lives now that John has come? Continue reading “Concerning the Word “Until””