This is a continuation of the רוח teaching
And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. And we beheld His glory, glory as of an only begotten one from the Father, full of grace and of truth. Yochanan/John 1:14 (HRB) As mentioned in the first teaching of this series, the Aramaic Peshitta uses Miltha (Word) which has an indirect translation that cannot be pinned down. What this statement Yochanan is making does not mean that the word literally becomes flesh but was manifested in the human being through his living Torah. This is action, not some mystical or mental routine but doing what Torah requires physically.
We now will begin to look at Yochanan chapter 14 to examine some things Y’shua expresses to his talmidim after the meal and before his death. “Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in Elohim, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many staying places. And if not, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I shall come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, you might be too. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” T’oma said to Him, “Master, we do not know where You are going, and how are we able to know the way?” יהושע said to him, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father too. From now on you know Him, and have seen.” Yochanan 14:1-7 (ISR98)
When Y’shua says “I go to prepare a place for you and you know where that is” he means where Avraham was promised his descendants would inherit. This does not mean going to heaven as it would nullify what Y’shua said to Nakdimon (Nicodemus) about “no one except the son of humanity has ascended into heaven.” Yochanan 3:13 These are the mansions of the children of Israel, who went out of Egypt by their troops under the conduct of Moses and Aaron. B’midbar/Numbers 33:1 (DRA) In Yochanan 14:2 the many dwellings or mansions refer to places resided in during a journey. This alludes to the journey home to the promised land so where are you going on your journey?
Philip said to Him, “Master, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” יהושע said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father, and how do you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak from Myself. But the Father who stays in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, otherwise believe Me because of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he shall do also. And greater works than these he shall do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My Name, that I shall do, in order that the Father might be esteemed in the Son. If you ask whatever in My Name, I shall do it. If you love Me, you shall guard My commands. And I shall ask the Father, and He shall give you another Helper, to stay with you forever – the Spirit of the Truth, whom the world is unable to receive, because it does not see Him or know Him. But you know Him, for He stays with you and shall be in you. I shall not leave you orphans – I am coming to you. Yet a little while, and the world no longer sees Me, but you shall see Me, because I live, and you shall live. In that day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who possesses My commands and guards them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I shall love him and manifest Myself to him.” Yochanan 14:8-21 (ISR98)
Philip asks Y’shua to show them the Father and Y’shua responds you’ve known me for awhile and you do not understand; when you see me, you see the Father. This does not mean that Y’shua, the Adam, is the Father; rather that in seeing him walk his life the Father is displayed in his actions. Y’shua then expresses that he is in his Father and the Father is in him, meaning that what you see him doing is what his Father does. As Y’shua continues he tells his talmidim that the works that he does, those who believe will do also. The context of this statement implies not just performing miracles but living the same life style of Y’shua. Additionally greater works will be manifested in his followers when he goes to the Father.
Whatever we ask in Y’shua’s name, he will do for us so that Yah will be glorified by his son and if we ask in his name he will do it. Loving him is keeping his commandments, which means doing what Moshe passed down to us from Sinai. To comprehend what his commandments are we need only to go back to Yochanan 1:1-3 and realize the same word was spoken at Sinai. There is no doubt when taking into account that Y’shua is always the Word in all scripture. Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted for them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. Luke 24:27 (HCSB) He is the Tanakh/Old Testament come to life.
The Master goes on to inform us that the Ruach/Spirit of Emet/Truth is not received by the world because it does not know him. So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Yochanan 8:31-32 (ESV) His words are his Fathers words therefore they are not new words but very old words. In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth. And the earth came to be formless and empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of Elohim was moving on the face of the waters. And Elohim said, “Let light come to be,” and light came to be. B’reshit/Genesis 1:1-3 (ISR98) In the beginning was that Word, and that Word was with God, and that Word was God. This same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by it, and without it was made nothing that was made. Yochanan 1:1-3 (GNV) Clearly Yochanan is proclaiming B’reshit chapter 1 is tied directly to his statements. The creator is Y’shua and the designer/architect is Yah, the Father.
In verse 6 of chapter 14, Yochanan quotes Y’shua pointing out that he is the Way, Truth, and Life, so if he is all these as he states then each one of these declarations have to be tied to the Tanakh. How happy are those whose way of life is blameless, who live by the Torah of ADONAI! Psalm 119:1 (CJB) Your word is a lamp for my foot and light on my path. Psalm 119:105 (CJB) Your righteousness is eternal righteousness, and your Torah is truth. Psalm 119:142 (CJB) David is expressing all these aspects, that Y’shua proclaims, in his Psalms. Those hearing Y’shua make these claims would recognize from the Tanakh what he was referring to. This method of teaching was quite common in the days when the events of the B’rit Chadashah were occurring.
Y’shua tells us if we know the truth he dwells in us and we will not be sorrowful because he does not leave us that way. Also that the world cannot see him but his own will see him and since he lives we also will live. In that day we will know that he is in his Father and his Father is in him, so we too are in him and he is in us. If we love him, we will keep his commandments and by loving him we will be loved by the Father; he will show his love for us. Y’shua makes it clear love is not emotional but demonstrated in actions as we cannot comply with the instructions merely by contemplating them. Actions express our real relationship with Yah.
Y’hudah – not the one from Qerioth – said to Him, “Master, what has come about that You are about to manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” יהושע answered him, “If anyone loves Me, he shall guard My Word. And My Father shall love him, and We shall come to him and make Our stay with him. He who does not love Me does not guard My Words. And the Word which you hear is not Mine but of the Father Who sent Me. These Words I have spoken to you while still with you. But the Helper, the Set-apart Spirit, whom the Father shall send in My Name, He shall teach you all, and remind you of all that I said to you. Peace I leave with you – My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You heard that I said to you, ‘I am going away and I am coming to you.’ If you did love Me, you would have rejoiced that I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, that when it does take place, you shall believe. I shall no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he possesses none at all in Me, but, in order for the world to know that I love the Father, and that as the Father commanded Me, so I am doing. Rise up, let us go from here.” Yochanan 14:22-31 (ISR98)
Y’hudah inquires from the Master why he is not going to reveal himself to the world but to them. The response from the Mashiach is those who love him keep his Word; that his Father will love us, they will come to us and dwell in us. Furthermore that those who do not keep his Word, which is Torah, are not his. That is not his word but his Father’s who sent him. So who do most humans actually love? We show love by our actions and they declare who our lover is in reality. Are we faithful children, spouses, people, etc., when we defy the one we claim that we respect and honor? Adultery is having another lover besides your husband. What Bride is he going to return for, a faithful wife, or a whore?
The Ruach HaKodesh is sent to teach us everything we need to know and constantly remind us of the same instructions. So if the Holy Spirit is our instructor then what are those instructions? “For Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.” Acts 15:21 (NIV) “Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Mosheh, in whom you have set your expectation. For if you believed Mosheh, you would have believed Me, since he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how shall you believe My words?” Yochanan 5:45-47 (ISR98) If someone claims to have the Ruach HaKodesh and does not believe in keeping Torah the TRUTH is NOT in them.
Our brother Sha’ul/Paul states that “For as many as sinned without Torah shall also perish without Torah, and as many as sinned in the Torah shall be judged by the Torah. For not the hearers of the Torah are righteous in the sight of Elohim, but the doers of the law shall be declared right.” Romans 2:12-13 (ISR98) Sin is not determined only in the Torah delivered by Moshe to Isra’el but also in the hearts of those who have never known this Torah. Clearly all humanity will be judged by the standards Yah has made each of us aware of and no more or less. Sha’ul also points out that only hearing Torah is not sufficient to be considered in right standing with Yah. Once again we are reminded that actions are what really matter to the Father.
As the meal ended Y’shua told his talmidim that from this point forward he wouldn’t say much more to them because the ruler of the world is coming and he has no part in Y’shua. The world will then know that he loves his Father and he obeys those instructions. This ruler is the adversary/Satan and he can be us also. Most people do not like the idea of having to take responsibility for their own actions and would rather blame them on someone or something else. In using this defense we try to lay the blame on another entity rather then ourselves. We believe there is such an entity but he is unable to force us to comply with his agenda rather he seeks to influence us to choose the way he desires us to go. Deception is the method by which our compliance is acquired. Just as the snake in the garden tricked Chavah/Eve by getting her to rethink what she was told.
One of the worst teachings that has arisen is that Y’shua/Jesus did away with his Father’s Ways. If this were true then what he did on the tree would be of no use to anyone. The act would be in disobedience because the instructions were delivered to Moshe by Y’shua. This would make Y’shua a liar and two-faced as it would put him in the very category he refers to in Mattityahu/Matthew 15:8-9 (CJB) “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from me. Their worship of me is useless, because they teach man-made rules as if they were doctrines.” Y’shua is quoting Yesha’yahu/Isaiah 29:13 which is speaking of Isra’el claiming Yah as their Elohim but living by their own man made standards. With this understanding anyone who claims that Y’shua kept the commandments so we don’t have to is DEAD WRONG.
On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Mattityahu 7:22-23 (ESV) If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.”
Kefa Bet/2 Peter 2:20-22 (NIV)
If Y’shua was able to comply with the commandments so that we would not have to, then how can he say he will tell some to depart from him because of their lawlessness? Likewise as Kefa imputes with the allusion to Proverbs 26:11, if that price has been paid, how can we go back to the vomit or the mud? Sin is still sin and is only defined by the Torah given to Moshe. Y’shua constantly assures us that he speaks the same thing his Father does and if the Father never said one offering could eliminate the requirements of his instructions then neither can the Son of Elohim. The Son of Elohim is used in Luke’s account of Yosef’s genealogy in chapter 3 verse 38 pertaining to Adam the first being. This term does not mean Yah had intercourse with a human female but he calls his creation Son of Elohim. Since the one who formed the universe could do so, why would he not be able to form a child in a woman’s womb in the same manner. To often people try to put restraints on Yah because they cannot fathom his ability to do things we cannot. So if the first Adam’s actions opened the door for rebellion by disobedience, then the second Adam can only close the door through obedience. No one can repent for someone else’s sin. Then why claim that Y’shua eliminated our ability to sin?
“And it shall be, when he hears the words of this curse, that he should bless himself in his heart, saying, ‘I have peace though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart,’ in order to add drunkenness to thirst. יהוה would not forgive him, but rather, the displeasure of יהוה and His jealousy shall burn against that man, and every curse that is written in this book shall settle on him, and יהוה shall blot out his name from under the heavens. D’varim/Deuteronomy 29:19-20 (ISR98) Saying sin not sin is like patting ourselves on the back and claiming “no matter what I do, it is not wrong”. “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened. So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. Mattityahu 5:17-19 (CJB)
As Y’shua spoke on the hill in the Galil, he was letting the people know the rules hadn’t changed. These same people, in the crowd, were also some of those living in the valley of the shadow of death. A people living in darkness who were being exposed to a great light. This light instructed them to shine so that they could be seen and not be hidden as in Mattityahu 5:14-16. They are told not to hide their light which means let your life be witnessed by others, do not say one thing and do another. That is what Y’shua is referring to when he says do not light your lamp and put a cover over it because the light is not just yours but for the whole world.
How can I be a light to others if they cannot see a light reflecting Y’shua, who likewise is a reflection of his Father Yah? Our witness in the world is not words alone but actions which can be observed by others. When we say we are children of Elohim and then do the opposite of what scripture declares, how can we expect those who do not know the Word to think we are anything but hypocrites? Sadly there are plenty of individuals in the world who know what the Bible says better, than most who claim they believe it; this should not be so. A light bulb or a lantern require an energy source for the illuminating effect to provide us the light to see with. Using this premise, what is the energy source of our light? Is it not the Torah? Why then do so many try to plug in to a different energy source?
If we go back to B’reshit chapter 1 verse 2 the word darkness is from the Hebrew ‘choshek’, which another meaning is destruction. So if darkness is equated with destruction or devastation then light would mean the opposite. By this standard, light would correlate to revealing hope, which would tie it to truth as darkness is linked to falseness. Does our light lead people toward the Way of Shalom or does it send the opposite message? Hopefully we are shining brightly, displaying the character of Y’shua and Yah to a world living in darkness. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens.” Mattityahu 7:21 (ISR98)
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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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