ARE EWE SET APART?

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which suffer persecution for righteousness’ sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed shall ye be when men revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you for my sake, falsely. Mattityahu/Matthew 5:3-11 (GNV) “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Mattityahu 5:43-48 (ESV)

You, therefore, pray like this: ‘Our Father in heaven! May your Name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us the food we need today. Forgive us what we have done wrong, as we too have forgiven those who have wronged us. And do not lead us into hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One. For kingship, power and glory are yours forever. Amen.’ For if you forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will not forgive yours. Mattityahu 6:9-15 (CJB)

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Mattityahu 7:1-5 (NIV)

At that hour the disciples came to Yeshua, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And He called a child to Himself, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Amen, I tell you, unless you turn and become like children, you shall never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then shall humble himself like this child, this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in My name, welcomes Me. But whoever causes one of these little ones who trust in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck and to be sunk in the depth of the sea! Woe to the world because of snares! For snares must come, but woe to that man through whom the snare comes! Mattityahu 18:1-7 (TLV)

But hearing that He had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees were gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, questioned Him, testing Him, and saying, Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Torah? And Yahshua said to him, “You shall love YAHWEH your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments all the Torah and the Prophets hang. Mattityahu 22:34-40 (HRB)

“Who then is a faithful and sensible slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give them food at the proper time? That slave whose master finds him working when he comes will be rewarded. I assure you: He will put him in charge of all his possessions. But if that wicked slave says in his heart, ‘My master is delayed,’ and starts to beat his fellow slaves, and eats and drinks with drunkards, that slave’s master will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not know. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Mattityahu 24:45-51 (HCSB)

“For this is how [much] Allaha loved humanity, that he gave forth his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him does not perish, except that they may have life everlasting. For Allaha did not send his Son to the world to condemn people, except that people shall live by his hand. Whoever believes in him, is not condemned; and whoever does not believe, has [already] been condemned long ago, [whoever] does not believe in the name of the only begotten Son of Allaha. For this is the judgment: that the light came to the people, and the people loved the darkness more than the light, for they [only] wanted to do evil [things.] For whoever does hateful [things,] hates the light and does not come to the light, so as not to be reprimanded for their doings. The one who does good* [things,] comes to the light, so as to make known his doings to Allaha, [to make known] that by Allaha’s [will] they are done.” Yochanan/John 3:16-21 (AAS)

“I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you–Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” Yochanan 5:43-47 (NKJV)

“He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.” Yochanan 14:24 (NASB)

Remember the word which I said unto you, The bondman is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my word, they will keep also yours. But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they have not known him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. He that hates me hates also my Father. Yochanan 15:20-23 (DBY)

All the above passages from the B’rit Chadashah/New Testament are a sampling of the instructions for the people of Yah. They are matters of which the Teacher gives examples of how to treat the Father and our fellow man. If we ignore the Master’s own words, then we are showing contempt and disrespect for what he stands for. Y’shua is the Son who honors his Father and teaches his followers to do likewise. We must take all these statements that Y’shua makes and give them the honor and dignity they deserve.

Being Set Apart/Holy means to be like the Father’s character. We cannot pray that we will be Holy, we must DO what is required by the instructions in order to be Set Apart. Holiness involves action, not feelings or some mystical concepts. The criteria for being Set Apart are in the words of the Father, which are repeated by His Son. There is only one source that provides this information and that is B’resheit/Genesis through D’varim/Deuteronomy … which is the Torah. This is the Good News of the Kingdom of Yah.

By no means do the verses we have chosen cover the entirety of the Teachers message, they are merely a small segment addressing the theme of Echad/Unity. One of the most disturbing trends that have developed over the Centuries is the erroneous concept that Scripture can be divided so that it seems to express two different ideas. The damage that has been inflicted can only be corrected by Yah when He opens our eyes and hearts to His Truth. Whose Word became flesh?

To many believe that the Son is just another form of the Father. Others mistakenly believe that the Son has the authority to alter his Father’s will. Y’shua himself constantly refers to the Eternal as his authority and superior. Therefore how can the Son be the Father or vice versa? Being one does not mean they are one entity but that a part of Elohim is the guiding factor of a human being who has submitted himself to the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit. This means the Son obeyed the Father, which then entitles him to represent the Almighty. Elohim in the flesh is not the equivalent of Elohim the flesh. It appears that many have mingled these two ideas into one thought-line.

The more accurate context of the Word becoming flesh would be the Word became active in that flesh. Adam means human-being, therefore Y’shua must have a human component in order for Sha’ul/Paul and others to refer to him as the second Adam. Not acknowledging that an aspect of the Eternal indwells a human, leaves us with a false impression concerning the Master’s identity. Remember when Y’shua went to the garden to pray, before his death, he asks the Father … if there is another way for your redemption to be manifested to mankind, I am all for it. This is the human part who knows this is going to be painful both physically and emotionally and if there is any way your will could be done to avoid this, please do so. In the end the Teacher states that he will follow through with what the Almighty wants for the sake of His people. How many of us would be willing to lay down our lives for our kinsman as they ridicule and mock us for what they see as a vain effort on our part.

Let us remember the verses we chose, to open this teaching, are taken from the occasion referred to as the Sermon on the Mount. How many are aware that this teaching is preceded by a quote from the Prophet Yesha’yahu/Isaiah: “The land of Zevulun and the land of Naftali, Toward the sea, beyond the Yarden, Galil of the Goyim, The people who sat in darkness saw a great light, To those who sat in the region and shadow of death, To them light has dawned.” Mattityahu 4:15-16 (HNV) This passage is the reason Y’shua’s first recorded teaching occurs, near Nazareth, where he was raised. The TEN TRIBES of the NORTHERN KINGDOM are who the Teacher is citing every time he speaks of the Lost Sheep of the House of Isra’el. The Jews are not the topic of this statement, though they are part of the Redemption plan. This will not be fulfilled until all 12 tribes are in the PROMISED LAND. Galilee of the Gentiles is pointing back to what Yah tells Avraham and Ya’akov that their descendants would fill the earth like FISH. Of course the negative part of this promise is that those progeny of Ya’akov would be scattered across the planet and would become gentiles as they abandoned the Covenant with Yah. So, are you who you think you are … or are you from the exiles of Isra’el? Those writings commonly referred to, as the New Testament, are written only for the Lost Sheep. Anyone else must join Isra’el or Y’hudah in the Olive Tree or they are not covered by these promises. There is no gentile olive tree in this equation, as they are represented by the wild branches grafted into the domesticated tree.

Shalom Aleichem!

With the help of the Ruach HaKodesh, written by:
Rabbi Danny Palmer and Bernard Yosef Honigfort

REMEMBER: We must gauge all Scripture according to the pattern we are given in the Torah. If we deviate at all from this frame work, we get a faulty picture, this is out of order. Please consider this every time we read the Word or anyone’s teachings based on the Word. Examine all things.
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