It’s About Community

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 6:21 (KJV)

Your – The word in Greek is hymōn which finds its root in hymeis, the plural form of this possessive pronoun. It is the word most often used in the Epistles and Gospels when addressing people. English translations of the Bible do not pick this up because they lack the differentiation between your (plural) and your (singular).

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The Devil is in the Details

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4:7 (KJV)

Devil – Raised in a western Christian community, I imagine a red figure with horns and a long tail when reading the word, “devil.” I might even think of a dragon or serpent as symbolic representations of this word.

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A Thorn in the Side

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

2 Corinthians 12:7 (KJV)

Thorn in the flesh – How many of us think we know what this means? We respond nodding our heads, of course, this is an idiom and our 21st century western worldview knows exactly what Paul is talking about. Right?

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Drinking Blood

For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

Revelation 16:6 (KJV)

Blood to drink – Is this right? God, the same God that instructed all men to never drink blood, turns around and gives these evil men blood to drink. Something is not adding up. Would God actively help people to break his commandments?

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The Paschal Lamb

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

1 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV)

Passover – How many of us have referred to Christ as our Passover lamb who was sacrificed for our sins? This verse from Paul is foundational in supporting that doctrine – at least the way we interpret it. This entire teaching is based on this one verse. Interestingly, there is no other Scripture that references Yeshua as the Passover lamb in all the Bible. If Yeshua is the epitome of the Passover lamb, why is this the only reference?

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Passover in the Home

And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.

Mark 14:22 (KJV)

Imagine for a second that Yeshua went to a synagogue or church to break bread on the Passover evening. Walking in, Yeshua would be invited to sit somewhere special as a recognized rabbi. His disciples would sit elsewhere among the crowd of strangers. Those heading the service may not even give Yeshua an opportunity to speak during the occasion. This is most likely the experience of everyone who gathers in a church during Passover.

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Butchering the Truth

Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

Philippians 3:2 (KJV)

Concision – Paul was a wordsmith. He enjoyed using words to convey particular meanings, creating his own words, and digging into the uncommon words of society. The latter is true for this particular word translated as “concision.”

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Laying Up Treasures

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Matthew 6:19-20 (KJV)

Treasures – We discovered in another post that laying up treasures was diligently adhering to the righteousness of God. It had everything to do with what you did. And the work that one did was defined by the works of the Torah.

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Sinful Nature: A Greek Paradigm

For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

Romans 7:18 (NIV)

Sinful nature – If it’s in the Bible, it must be true, right? Unfortunately, “sinful nature” is not what it means in Greek. You might also be surprised to learn that “sinful nature” is a Greek-rooted paradigm of the Hebrew yetzer hara.

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Calling on the Name

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 10:13 (KJV)

Call – For most of Christianity, we imagine ourselves verbally calling out “Jesus” to receive salvation. In fact Paul writes just three verses earlier, “with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Obviously there’s a message about verbalizing the Name. But could it be something different? Are we interpreting this correctly? It just seems so easy. If I want salvation, all I need to do is call out Jesus’ name. It’s almost too easy.

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