This is a continuation of the אחד teaching.
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener. Every branch in Me that bears no fruit He takes away. And every branch that bears fruit He prunes, so that it bears more fruit.” Yochanan/John 15:1-2 (ISR98) Yeshua begins this section of his address to his talmidim/disciples at the covenant meal by expressing to them the Father is the planter, the Son is the plant, and those who follow the Son are the branches. He elaborates further by informing them that any branch that is not productive, by bringing forth fruit, will be cut off from the vine. This fruit is the good works of Torah meaning fair business dealings, maintaining boundaries, acknowledging authority of those in whom it is rightfully invested, and meeting the needs of our fellow Kingdom citizens. Defining good works as the fruit can only be understood by knowing what Yochanan is referring to when he says the Word. The Word is Torah and not realizing this is why so many people mistakenly believe the Son has been given the ultimate authority over all things.
According to Y’shua, he is subject to Yah the Father in all things. Throughout the accounts of Mattityahu/Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Yochanan; Y’shua constantly tells us he does his Father’s will which as the Son being obedient is also his will. Therefore this is the definition we are to grasp when he says that He and the Father are One/Echad. Believing that they are one being causes erroneous thought patterns to develop in the human mind and confuses humanity. To be one, more importantly, is to fathom what Unity is when two or more beings are acting with a common agenda. I and my father are one, is not stating they are only one being, because Y’shua is composed of an Elohim and a human aspect. This is the difference between Elohim/God in the flesh, as opposed to the inaccurate concept of Elohim/God the flesh. Elohim does not become a human being but a human being willingly submits to the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit and lives accordingly.
Here is where Adam, in the garden, usurped authority by willingly eating the fruit he was instructed was off limits. Because of this action a second Adam had to pay the redemption price so that mankind could have a chance to re-enter the Garden/New Jerusalem. When Adam and Chavah/Eve were expelled from paradise they lost their immortality as they could no longer eat of the Tree of Life, because immortality is a gift, not a permanent state of being. This is what is being addressed by Yochanan as he records the events revealed to him by Y’shua. And he shewed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street thereof, and on both sides of the river, was the tree of life, bearing twelve fruits, yielding its fruits every month, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Chazon/Revelation 22:1-2 (DRA) We require access to the tree of life to be immortal as those outside the gates are not immortal. Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. B’reshit/Genesis 3:22-24 (ESV)
As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’ ” Mark 10:17-19 (NIV) In this situation Y’shua does not tell the young man he cannot inherit eternal life, in fact he is instructed to be obedient to Torah. Adam and Chavah likewise lost eternal life by rebelling against the instructions they received. Sadly in the New Yerushalayim/New Jerusalem there are those who cannot come in because they will not give up their sin. Equate this to the above section from Mark as the young man leaves Y’shua’s presence as he cannot fathom giving up his physical wealth. I want eternal life but I do not want it to cost me anything, how many say this?
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. Yochanan 15:3-7 (NKJV) A misunderstanding of the context in which Y’shua is speaking here has left people with the horrible perception that all we have to do is ask for something in his name … and we get it no matter what. How can we expect Y’shua to bow to our whims as the Father is the one who prunes, not the Son. The plant does not tell the gardener how to tend his crop.
By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved (אהבה /Ahavah) you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. Yochanan 15:8-10 (RSV) Interestingly most people do not realize Y’shua instructs us to obey him the way he obeys his Father. Love is an action, not a feeling/emotion, therefore to love someone means to do something physical to demonstrate that love. In Yah’s Torah doing His will is how we demonstrate that we love Him. Hear, O Israel, YAHWEH our Elohim is YAHWEH echad. And you shall love YAHWEH your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these Words which I am commanding you today shall be on your heart. D’varim/Deuteronomy 6:4-6 (HRB) Remember in the Semitic mindset, the heart is not equated with emotion but with intellect.
“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy may be in you, and [that] your joy may be made full. This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do the things which I command you. No longer do I call you servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I heard from my Father, I have made known unto you. Ye did not choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that ye should go and bear fruit, and [that] your fruit should abide: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye may love one another.” Yochanan 15:11-17 (ASV) One thing I have never heard any teacher address is what Y’shua is actually stating in verses 11-14 above is that they will die for one and other because of their love. More importantly he tells them, I am going to die for you because I love you as you are my friends. Have you ever stopped to ponder what a friend really is? How many of your friends would you be willing to give up your life for? If you cannot see yourself in this role how can you say you love someone the way Y’shua did. Remember He paid the price for us and told us that we should be willing to pay the price for others and this is a command.
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you also: if they have kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things will they do unto you for my Name’s sake, because they have not known him that sent me. Yochanan 15:18-21 (GNV) How does the world hate Y’shua? They do so by rejecting His commandments which are the symbol of His Authority over creation. Hatred is to hold someone or something in no regard whatsoever. Those who believe we can be his people and reject the Torah actually are demonstrating with their lives contempt for the one who paid the price for a friend. Is this not the ultimate stab in the back after what He did for us? Persecution will not come to those who have assimilated into the world, only those who will not give up their allegiance to the Kingdom of Yah.
Our brother Sha’ul/Paul states the greatest gift is love, contemplate this with what Y’shua tells us about love. Do you love anyone enough to want this gift? Sometimes love requires us to do things that others view as hatred because they do not realize that our stance in a matter is costing us dearly. Love is patient even when it hurts. So how patient are we willing to be with those we care about? Will we be willing to endure disappointment and heartache because of our love for another person? Family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and even strangers; we need to view with compassion knowing that the light of the TRUTH may not yet be seen by them. This may cost relationships and maybe even cost us our lives – do we love anyone enough to do this?
“If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have had sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates me, hates my Father also. If I hadn’t done among them the works which no one else did, they wouldn’t have had sin. But now have they seen and also hated both me and my Father. But that the word may be fulfilled which was written in their law, ‘They hated me without a cause.’ “When the Counselor has come, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will testify about me. You will also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.”
Yochanan 15:22-27 (HNV)
Y’shua in the above text is as always addressing the twelve tribes as they were the only ones who received the Torah at Mount Sinai. Therefore their rejection is much more severe then those who have never had the Torah presented to them. All humanity is aware of certain rules established by Yah and only what they know will they be judged upon. The false teaching that all mankind will be judged by the instructions Yah gave to Moshe gives to many a sense of superiority that is not validated in scripture. According to Torah and Y’shua, who is the embodiment of the Word, you cannot hate someone you do not know; by this criteria only those who know him can treat him with contempt. We know that he is speaking to Isra’el when he uses the term THEIR TORAH. No one can be attracted to the Father except the Father draws them to Him. Let us be very careful in how we present the TRUTH to those who are unaware of what the truth is. Many examples in scripture show us that the gentiles/nations will come to Torah to learn the truth but it is Yah who will draw them in … not us.
We must always remember we are here to serve, not lord over others. So we must always attempt to be humble in carrying out our assignments from Yah. Prayer, study, and discernment are vital tools for our task at hand; so let us always seek His will and be a blessing to others. It is very hard to be a blessing to someone if they feel we are pressuring them to except our perspective. Our primary goal is always to present a picture of Yah’s Kingdom in a honest truthful manner. If we follow these guidelines laid out by the Master, we will be branches that bear good fruit – and people will want to consume that fruit.
As always Yachad Qahal endeavors to edify, challenge, and teach with the hope that others will be blessed. We know that we have been given a high standard by our creator to live up to and may we always bring honor and glory to Him. With the understanding of what LOVE is scripturally, may we extend to all that love.
With the help of the Ruach HaKodesh written by Rabbi Danny Palmer.
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- Lets Begin With The Beginning – אהבה Where is your heart at?
- Lets Begin With The Beginning – אחד Do the people who keep the Word of Yah go to heaven or is there another place where we will go to?
Is there such a place as an eternal hell where those that do not live by the Word of Yah go?
- Lets Begin With The Beginning – לחמ The Bread of Life
- Lets Begin With The Beginning – אמת If we love Y’shua, he said we will keep his commandments, what are those commandments? The Word dwelt among us, he already did this in the wilderness when he spoke to Moshe as a pillar of fire at night and a pillar of cloud in the daytime.
- Lets Begin With The Beginning – רוח This man came to Yeshua by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know it is from God that you have come as a teacher; for no one can do these miracles you perform unless God is with him.” “Yes, indeed,” Yeshua answered him, “I tell you that unless a person is born again from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” Yochanan/John 3:2-3 (CJB)
- Lets Begin With The Beginning – אב Our Abba who is in Shamayim, Set Apart is your name.
- Lets Begin With The Beginning – את “I am the ‘Alef Tav’, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
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