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This is a continuation of the את teaching

No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known.
Yochanan 1:18 (RSV)

This verse references us back to verses 1 and 2 of John chapter 1. Yochanan, the talmidim/disciple, is telling us that Y’shua, the Word, came from the Father. This is the reason that Y’shua constantly informs us he can only speak his Father’s words. The bosom is the area around the heart, so the words come from the heart of the Father. If a son honors his father, then he does not speak against his father.

Yochanan then begins to reveal Yochanan the Immerser/Baptist as the predecessor of the Promised One. A group of Cohanim and Levi’im approach Yochanan the Immerser to ask him who are you? Yochanan replies to them and tells them I am not the Mashiach, nor Eli’yahu, or the Prophet. This last response to their inquiries is pointing them back to D’varim/Deuteronomy 18:18, because they are expecting three different patterns to be manifested.

The entourage from Yerushalyim then ask Yochanan who are you, so they can go back and report to those who sent them. They very well know that Yochanan is of the Cohanim, therefore their question is to why are you doing what your doing. The immersion is commanded in Torah for those who have become unclean as a sign of admission of guilt before Yah. This is why Yochanan is questioned concerning his actions. This is a legitimate Cohanim function and their request is about why all these people are being immersed. Basically they are saying what sins are these people confessing to.

Apparently the emissaries from Yerushalyim are of the Pharisees. Yochanan explains to them saying, “I immerse in water, but in your midst stands One whom you do not know, the One coming after me, who has become before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loosen.” Yochanan 1:26-27 (ISR98) He is immersing people in the Jordan and the following day Y’shua approaches him and Yochanan proclaims to all the people present “See, the Lamb of Elohim who takes away the sin of the world!” Yochanan 1:29 (ISR98) This flies right in the face of a Pharisee as a man dying for his people would not be a recognized sacrifice. In spite of the fact that Yitzchak was going to be offered by his father Avraham per Yah’s instruction. Yah of course stopped Avraham because in following the instructions previously given by Yah, Avraham has displayed trust in his willingness to do what was asked of him. This is also one of the preludes to belief in the resurrection, a strong view shared by the Pharisees.

Yochanan witnesses to the people present “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him.” Yochanan 1:32 (NASB) He does not say he actually saw a dove but something that he saw that made him think of a dove. Yochanan seems to be the only one other then Y’shua who saw this. That is why he has to tell the people about it, as he explains to the crowd Yah told him whoever he saw having the Ruach descend on him is the son of Elohim.

The next day two of Yochanan’s talmidim are with him and he points out to them that Y’shua is the lamb of Elohim. These two men begin to follow Y’shua and one of them is Andrew, Kefa’s/Peter’s brother. This is the beginning of Y’shua gathering his own talmidim to prepare them for what they will do after they have been trained. One teacher points his students to the Greater Teacher, as that was Yochanan’s assignment, as the preparer.

The shift towards Y’shua’s ministry has begun. From this point forward his faithful actions towards the mission his Father gave him are played out. The Prophet like unto Moshe will be required to adhere to D’varim 18:19-20 (NIV) “If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account. But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death.” If Y’shua contradicted his Father Yah, in any way, then his death was worthless as he would be a false prophet. Likewise any other person who speaks against Yah’s commandments, including Sha’ul/Paul, would also be a false prophet. Ironically Y’shua is this Word made flesh, יהושע Messiah is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8 (ISR98) So remember, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” Yochanan 1:1-5 (NIV)

Unfortunately most people who read the B’rit Chadashah/New Testament disconnect Y’shua as being the creator aspect of Yah when they read Yochanan’s opening statements. This continues to sever the Word made flesh from the words spoken to Moshe. In D’varim 8:3 (ISR98) And you shall remember that יהוה your Elohim led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, prove you, to know what is in your heart, whether you guard His commands or not. “And He humbled you, and let you suffer hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, to make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that comes from the mouth of יהוה. (The word “Word” in the Hebrew actually denotes everything that comes from the mouth of Elohim) Curiously this would be referring to the fact that the Word (Y’shua) made flesh comes from the mouth of Yah. So how could he say something different than his Father.

Shalom Aleichem

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