“Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
Matthew 15:2 (NIV)
Before they eat – There’s a lot going on here that non-Jews may not realize. In fact there’s a lot going on which the NIV completely misses and therefor misinterprets. It all has to do with the Jewish halacha (Talmudic law) of washing hands before/after eating a meal that involved bread. Continue reading “Washing Hands”
Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.
Matthew 26:65 (KJV)
Rent his clothes – Caiaphas, the high priest, was so furious that he rent, or tore, his clothing. What’s the big deal? Why does the story tell us that he ripped his own clothing? Because this is the defining moment. Continue reading “When did Yeshua become the High Priest?”
But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
Romans 7:6 (KJV)
Oldness of the letter – Chapter 7 of Romans is perhaps one of my favorite chapters of the New Testament. It is the explanation of what Yeshua came to do. He came to die and release the divorced woman (house of Israel) from the law of divorce so that she may now marry the resurrected Messiah, and join the house of Judah once again. His kingdom is restored by His death. Continue reading “Oldness of the Letter”
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 (KJV)
World – When I explain to people that the Hebrew word for a “human soul” is the same word for an “animal soul,” they smile and comment that Jesus didn’t come and die to save animal souls. He came only for the souls of humans. And in light of this verse from the Gospel of John, I can see how they make that determination. Continue reading “A Mental Shift in the Cosmos”
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”