As Yochanan begins his recording of events, he takes us back to B’reshit/Genesis chapter 1 to tie Y’shua to the creation. The text actually says in Greek, Elohim was the Word, as opposed to the English translation, the Word was Elohim. The word Elohim as with all the words denoting Yah, or Y’shua, are declaring authority. This is why so many misunderstand Y’shua when he refers to the son of Elohim, they do not realize this phrase is saying with the authority of Yah. This does not mean that he is genealogically the son of Yah.
El, Elohim, Elohei, Eloheikim, etc. these are the words describing one with authority and how that relationship extends to us. The Word made flesh does not mean the Word turned into flesh but that the flesh/human being begins to live out the Word. This is why Y’shua calls himself the son of man/Ben Adam so that we understand the physical part of Y’shua had to obey also. To understand this concept, we need to go to the garden, where Y’shua asked YHWH that if possible, let this cup pass from me because he was going to endure great physical and emotional pain, just as we do. If we cannot grasp this concept, we miss out on how to take encouragement from his actions.
In verse 1 of Yochanan chapter 1, in the Aramaic Peshitta, the Word is Miltha, this is a feminine noun surrounded by two masculine verbs which makes it grammatically out of whack. This tells us that the Word has both male and female aspects. As we go back to B’reshit/Genesis chapter 1, verse 27, we begin to see that we were totally made in His image.
We move ahead to Vayikra/Leviticus 4:27-32 (Douay-Rheims)
27 And if any one of the people of the land shall sin through ignorance, doing any of those things that by the law of the Lord are forbidden, and offending, 28 And shall come to know his sin: he shall offer a she goat without blemish. 29 And he shall put his hand upon the head of the victim that is for sin: and shall immolate it in the place of the holocaust. 30 And the priest shall take of the blood with his finger, and shall touch the horns of the altar of holocaust: and shall pour out the rest at the foot thereof. 31 But taking off all the fat, as is wont to be taken away of the victims of peace offerings, he shall burn it upon the altar, for a sweet savior to the Lord: and he shall pray for him, and it shall be forgiven him. 32 But if he offer of the flock a victim for his sin, to wit, an ewe without blemish:
This tells us our personal sin offering must be a female goat or sheep. Now explain how Y’shua fulfills this offering without understanding Adam. To understand Adam, we need to stop thinking male only. So, how will people feel when grasping this idea? Will it shake an individuals faith or strengthen it? Like wise dealing with the other sin offerings, which are for multiple individuals that require a male offering. All community offerings are male, so only those areas which are communal sins are covered; which leaves us with the impression that we only need one kind of sin offering.
Now let us address our confession of sin in the light of the sin offering requirements. We who believe that Y’shua is our offering and our Cohen need to realize we must be much more specific as to which sin offerings we need to access. We cannot ask for a male offering if we need a female offering and vise versa. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us is much more broad in its coverage. This allows for whatever sacrifice is needed to be accessed.
Moving on to verse 3 of Yochanan chapter 1, if Miltha denotes a feminine characteristic from Yah then masculine and feminine are both present in creation. Therefore those who have espoused only a male aspect to Yah have completely missed the boat. The creation is not male only, so only thinking in masculine pronouns leaves us with less of an understanding of Yah. We do not suggest or promote the use of feminine pronouns to replace the masculine in translations as this may cause confusion. Coming to an understanding of how much bigger Yah is … is the goal.
As the text informs us, Y’shua is the creator and YHWH is the architect, nothing was made without him as the builder. Therefore as we look at Sh’mot/Exodus chapter 20 verses 8 through 11, if we do not recognize Shabat as honoring of Y’shua, then we really are not honoring him. We need to keep Shabat as a proclamation that we believe we have been brought back into relationship with Y’shua. This relationship is expressed by Y’shua in Yochanan/John 5:45-47 and also Yochanan/John 14:15.
45 “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. 46 “For if you believed Mosheh, you would have believed Me, since he wrote about Me. 47 “But if you do not believe his writings, how shall you believe My words?”
Yochanan/John 5:45-47 (ISR98)
“If you love Me, you shall guard My commands.”
Yochanan/John 14:15 (ISR98)
Verse 5 of Yochanan/John chapter 1, (Holman Christian Standard) That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it. The light is referring to the Word, Y’shua, in B’reshit/Genesis 1:3 the Hebrew simply says “be light”, this is an instruction. As this is an instruction, who is the giver of the instruction and who is the receiver of the instruction? Very simply YHWH is the instructor and Y’shua is the receiver. In this context the light is a verb implying an action is to take place. What is the action that is to take place? Be seen, be an example is the answer.
Verse 9 & 12 of Yochanan/John chapter 1 (Douay-Rheims) tells us that “the true light enlightens every man and that the world does not know the true light even though it was made by him. He came to his own and they did not receive him but as many as received him, he gave the authority to be the sons of Elohim.” [Paraphrased] Receiving him is not some mental exercise but excepting his ways and trying to do them. We are not believing or trusting if we are not willing to do, it is an action, not just a thought.
Verse 14 of Yochanan/John chapter 1 (Aramaic Peshitta) the Miltha became flesh and tabernacled/dwelt among us and we saw his glory as the only one from the Father who is full of grace/favor and truth. The Miltha became flesh, not by turning into or merging with the flesh, but its influence the flesh reacts to by doing. As on Yom Kippur, the Tabernacle/Mishkan was cleansed by the offerings that day, so also we who have defiled our tabernacle must be cleansed also. These offerings were required so that Yah would continue to dwell in the Tabernacle. So if we expect Y’shua to be in us, as in Yochanan/John 14:20 we have to do actions, not just think about it. People can only tell what others believe by observing their actions.
Verse 17 of Yochanan/John chapter 1 (ISR98) for the Torah was given through Mosheh – the favour and the truth came through יהושע Messiah. This same verse from the Emphasized Bible says “Because the Law through Moses was given, favor and truth Jesus Christ came into existence.”; which expresses that the Law/Torah is not distinct from favor and truth but is why we know it. We don’t need favor if we don’t know the truth. That is his mercy.
Therefore to understand what our brother Yochanan has written can only be revealed through the truth spoken of in the Torah. Yochanan was a Talmidim of Y’shua and would only have followed a Torah teaching man. If we do not follow Torah then we are not following Yochanan’s example either. Then if we claim to follow Y’shua and do not follow what he said or did … then we are not his disciples. The question then becomes do we believe and trust Yochanan’s report.
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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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