TORAH EMETH

samedi 10 octobre 2015

ORACLES OF GOD Romans 3:2



This article is not from me as mentioned under the title, but worthy to be posted. Please consider that the writters have not recognized who are these "gentiles/Goyim", but brinf light and better understanding for all those who think that even today, "Jews" have a superiority in the eyes of Yehowah!


The Oracles
The Plain Truth About Romans 3:2
by
Dale Carmean and Jack M. Lane
What were these oracles? Were they a secret law of some kind, or perhaps a hidden oral tradition God gave only to the priests? Was the calendar really a part of the oracles God gave Moses? Why were the oracles an advantage for the Jews? This passage has always been a mystery to many. Here at last is the truth about this enigmatic portion of scripture!

Would you adopt ritualistic hand washing ceremonies or repetitive washings of pots and pans, all for the sake of religious posturing? Would you look for ways to avoid taking care of your elderly parents, or seek to avoid other obligations, then hide behind your religion as an excuse? The Pharisees did these things. Would you?
Would you think to conspire against Yeshua Messiah, or bring hard questions to Him for the purpose of tripping Him up, rather than to learn the truth of God? The Scribes did just that. Would you?
If you were a religious leader, and you saw the Messiah (and you were pretty sure it was the Messiah) walking among the people, teaching, performing miracles, and changing lives, would you see it as a direct threat to your own power base and prestige in the community? Would you do everything you could to destroy the man who was taking the people away from following you? The Jewish leaders of Yeshua ' day did that. Would you?
Which would you rather be, a disciple of Messiah or a disciple of the Pharisees? Most of us would answer, "Well, a disciple of Messiah, of course! What kind of questions are these, anyway?" We'll soon see that these are very important questions!
WHO WERE THE PHARISEES?
During the time of Yeshua and the apostles, the Pharisees were perhaps the most wealthy and influential sect of Judaism. In this context, the word "Jew" can often be used interchangeably with the word "Pharisee," as the Pharisees represented the dominant thought and philosophy of mid-first century Judaism.
The Scribes and Pharisees were portrayed in the gospels as men who were less than honorable in their spiritual intent, while being scrupulous about certain physical things. Yeshua  spoke of the hyper-religious people of His day (and throughout all time) as people who would overlook a plank in their own eye while trying to get a speck out of someone else's eye (Matthew 7:3-5). Another comparison Yeshua  used is that these people would strain their soup to get out a gnat that had fallen in there, without realizing that they themselves were swallowing an entire camel (Matthew 23:24)! These were metaphors for overlooking the really important things while concentrating too much on little, picky things which were comparatively unimportant. As the expression goes, the Pharisees were "majoring in the minors."
Although by their own physical, carnal standards the Pharisees seemed very righteous, Messiah could see through to their hearts, and He knew how unrighteous they really were! They were religious, but they were not righteous. Their hostile and angry attitudes were very evident, not only to the One who had created all men, but also to the writers of the gospel accounts, who have described the Pharisees for us with incisive sharpness.
Actually, the behavior of the Pharisees can be understood in the context of their political and social environment. They were zealously trying to preserve Judaism as a distinct culture (which they considered to be God's culture) against the pagan Greek influences of the Roman Empire, which was occupying their land at the time.
But Yeshua  warned His disciples against the leaven, or more specifically the doctrine, of the Pharisees and Sadducees (Matthew 16:6-12). Leavening, of course, is the agent which puffs up bread dough as it permeates the dough. Once the dough is leavened, it can never again become unleavened. Therefore, the leavening of the doctrines of the Pharisees was to be strictly avoided.  Once someone's mind becomes permeated with the thinking of the Pharisees, it's difficult to root it out.  Better to avoid it in the first place.
Vine's Dictionary reflects on the nature of the Pharisees this way: "In their zeal for the Law they almost deified it and their attitude became merely external, formal, and mechanical. They laid stress, not upon the righteousness of an action, but upon its formal correctness" (Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, article "Pharisees"). The phrase "formal correctness" reminds one of the stuffiness and falsity of the formal etiquette practiced in previous generations by those wishing to be considered, by others, as "socially correct."
But the Pharisees' approach went even further. If they had, in effect, deified the law, that would mean that they worshipped the law itself, not the Lawgiver. They could see things to do, but not the reasons why. From this, and from their actions recounted in the Gospels, we can conclude that the Pharisees were a carnal bunch of people. They literally wore their religion on their sleeve (Matthew 23:5)! (Of course, later, after Messiah's ascension and the giving of the Holy Spirit beginning on the day of Pentecost, many Pharisees became members of the Assembly, eventually including the Apostle Paul [Acts 23:6]!)
To the carnal and unconverted, those who can see only the physical things of life, carnal thinking is the natural outcome. Any righteousness in these people can only be physical because their religion and outlook are physical. This is the case today among some religious people. Many walk by sight, and not by faith! Their religion is the most important thing, not their relationship to God or His children.
But to those God has called, who are able to taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8), who begin to walk by faith rather than by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7), the Pharisees' approach to life is the antithesis of this new way of life, and followers of "the Way" must avoid allowing the leaven of the Pharisees' and Sadducees' doctrines to enter into them, lest it spread, puff up, and leaven the whole lump.
MOSES'  SEAT
In Matthew chapter 22, Yeshua  is deftly answering questions put to Him by various Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes. The questions were not intended to enlighten the questioners or educate the people as much as they were intended to embarrass Yeshua, trap Him, and make Him look foolish. But Yeshua was able to deflect the questions, and teach valuable lessons while at the same time magnifying the law and making it even more honorable. Finally, in verse 46, "And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore."
At that point, a lesser man might have retired from the scene grinning smugly, knowing he had won the debate. Instead, Yeshua did something people find remarkable: He seemed to commend the Scribes and Pharisees, and appeared to back them up as authorities in the community! "Then Yeshua spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: 'The Scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do...'" (Matthew 23:1-3). Some have even used this scripture as their authority to follow some of the practices of the Pharisees, since the Scribes and Pharisees sat in Moses' seat. But is this the correct understanding?
What does it mean to sit in Moses' seat? Was there an actual chair in the synagogue, or is it a figurative title?
"Yeshua  conceded that the scribes sat 'on Moses' chair' (Matt. 23:2), i.e., that it was their business to teach God's will as revealed in the law of Moses. But he warned the people and the disciples against the scribes' example. They did not practice what they preached." (The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, Volume 3, p. 482, article "Scribe")
And the chair? "In the synagogues it was customary for the preacher to stand to read the Scriptures and to sit to expound them (Lk. 4:16-21). The expression 'Moses' seat' (Matt. 23:2) may therefore be figurative, indicating the authority of the teacher who, like Moses, speaks in God's name. ... The most respected members of the synagogue congregation [that is, the ones who contributed the most money! -Ed.] sat in the front seats (Mk. 12:39), a practice which led to unhealthy class distinctions (Jas. 2:2-4). There is later evidence for a special chair ('Moses' seat') for the chief elder of the synagogue...." (ibid., p. 589, article "Sit")
The idea of sitting in Moses' seat, then, is that such a person was in an authoritative position to preach and proclaim the Torah, the teachings of Moses. Many scriptures show that while we, in the New Covenant Assembly of God, are not under the curse of the law (which is the penalty of the law), God's laws are still applicable to us today! They must be written on the hearts of those who are under the New Covenant, and must be obeyed by those who call themselves Messiahians. In this regard, what Messiah meant was: "To the extent that these men preach the law of Moses, do what they say. God's law must be obeyed. But don't follow after their examples."
Yeshua  was not telling the multitudes and His disciples to become Pharisees, to do what the Pharisees do, or that if they wanted to please God they should look to the Pharisees. He continued: "... but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders ... all their works they do to be seen by men. ... They love the best places ... and to be called by men, 'Rabbi, Rabbi'" (verses 3-7).
Is this the kind of behavior Messiah wanted His disciples to emulate? Would He have wanted us to adopt the customs and traditions of the scribes and Pharisees? Not at all! In the next few verses, Yeshua  commanded His followers to live just the opposite way of life!
Yet, Yeshua  was referring to the Pharisees and scribes as those who had some authority. Did that authority extend to us today, in the New Covenant Assembly of God? Only to the extent we are under the authority of "Moses' seat." Since we are not under the authority of the Jews, since we have a direct relationship with God as our personal Father, we realize that we each have the responsibility to obey God, in the magnified and honorable way Yeshua  taught us, and as the Spirit of God gives us the ability to obey. We are not under any obligation to the "Moses' seat" of ancient synagogue worship.
Following Yeshua ' comment about Moses' seat comes the well-known series of denunciations of the scribes and Pharisees. Seven times Messiah thunders, "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!" Sin after sin was revealed by the One Who can read all hearts. The force of the vehemence Messiah used against these men practically withers the reader under the intense blast, even after all these centuries! It should be abundantly clear that Messiah did not want His followers to pattern their lives or behavior after the Scribes and the Pharisees. Whatever authority the Scribes and Pharisees may have had, they were not being held up as examples the people should follow.
WHAT ADVANTAGE HAS THE JEW?
Now that we have a proper perspective of the religious Jews, and have set a backdrop for our story, let's examine a verse that has been consistently taken out of context and used to "prove" things that it simply does not prove at all! This verse has been used countless times to make a certain point, but that point has actually been read into the verse each time! The verse simply is not talking about the subject it is said to address!
We find this much misused verse in Romans chapter 3: "What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God" (verses 1-2).
What is this passage talking about? Out of context like this, it can mean practically anything, or nothing at all. It would be a fairly simple matter for a speaker or author to drop this passage into a sermon or article to "prove" that the Jews had it right, and we should follow their practice in one area or another, whatever the speaker or author happens to be addressing at the time. In other words, this verse has very frequently been used, out of context, as a "proof text."
We have often seen this passage used to back up the observance of the Hebrew calendar by the clergy in organized Assemblies which follow this calendar. Since there is no calendar given in scripture, they reason, then God must have given it to Moses orally, and it must have been passed down orally through all the centuries, with the Jews holding the responsibility of these oracles, or the oral tradition.
We have been led to believe that the Jews had these oracles, and that the advantage was that they had the calendar! Therefore, we should not only do what they said, but also what they did, as God-ordained authorities -- but only in matters of the calendar!
On the surface, completely out of context, that might appear to be what the passage is referring to. That's what speakers and authors have told their congregations and readers it means! But is that the correct understanding?
WHAT ARE THE ORACLES?
Many writers and sermon speakers today mention the Talmud and the Mishnah, a collection of Jewish writings and commentaries completed in the second and third century A.D.. It is claimed that these are the oracles referred to in Romans 3:2. The contents of the Talmud and Mishnah are reportedly the sum total of all the oral traditions passed down from Moses to Aaron, from Levite to Levite, from rabbi to rabbi, down through the centuries, supposedly unchanged, until they were written down in the second century A.D., long after Paul wrote Romans 3:2.
Could these oral traditions be called oracles? Yes, they could. They are the oracles, or spoken traditions, of the Jews. They may or may not have begun with Moses or include any authentic quotations from Moses. They may or may not have contained some of the calendar laws.
The question at hand is: Are these Jewish oracles that comprise the Talmud and Mishnah the same oracles referred to in Romans 3:2? Most of us have heard, many times over, year after year, that this is the case. Now we must face this issue squarely and challenge our long-held belief.
The English word "oracle" is defined, theologically, as "a command or revelation from God," and ultimately derives from the Latin orare, "to speak" (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language). Naturally, then, it sounds as if the word might refer to an oral law, or an oral tradition, or some oral command given by Moses, or even by God Himself. Someone had to speak what was spoken, and if no authorship is listed, surely it must be from God. However, this is fallacious reasoning!
God's Assembly must not build doctrine or understanding based only on English or Latin words, or on unfounded suppositions.
The New Testament Greek uses the word logion (Strong's #3051) four times, which the King James translators and others translated as "oracles" each time it occurred. Logion bears a linguistic relationship to another Greek word with which we are already familiar: logos. Although the word logos means "word," or "intelligent speech," logion means "sentence, declaration, ... the declaration of God, ... the historical manifestations of this Word of God" (Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary, New Testament). According to Zodhiates, then, the word logion might even refer at times to the physical life of Yeshua , although that does not seem to be the case in the four verses where the word is used.
Let's see the four verses where logion has been translated "oracles."
Acts 7:38: "This is he [Moses] who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the Angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers, the one who received the living oracles [Margin: sayings] to give to us" (NKJV). NIV renders this verse "... and he received living words to pass on to us."
Romans 3:2: "Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles [Margin: sayings, Scriptures] of God" (NKJV). "... they have been entrusted with the very words of God" (NIV). "... the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God" (NRSV).
Hebrews 5:12: "For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles [Margin: sayings, Scriptures] of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food" (NKJV). "In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again" (NIV). "For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic elements of the oracles of God" (NRSV).
1 Peter 4:11: "If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles [Margin: utterances] of God" (NKJV). "If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God" (NIV). "Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God" (NRSV).
The honest reader must admit that there is nothing in these verses about secret oral commands from God, or rules concerning the calendar, or that the Jews had things right in some regards. It simply is not there.
Understanding the word logion as it is used in these other contexts will help us to properly understand the meaning of its usage in Romans 3:2. Notice the three other uses of logion:
(1) Moses "received the living oracles to give to us," not to hide or keep secret, as some have said. These are the oracles of God. They are not secret, nor are they oral traditions. They are the Holy Scriptures!
(2) The people to whom the book of Hebrews was addressed needed to be taught once again (not for the first time) the first principles of the oracles of God, which are outlined in the following chapter. No secret oral tradition here, either. They needed to get back to basics -- God's spiritual law!
These oracles with which the Jews were entrusted were nothing other than God's Word -- the holy scriptures! How can that be? Remember what Paul wrote to Timothy: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God" (2 Timothy 3:16). Inspiration and expiration describe breathing. An alternate rendering might be, "All scripture is God-breathed." Some translations render that verse in this manner. The word used for the Spirit of God is translated from the word pneuma, so the Holy Spirit (hagios pneuma) might even be understood as "Holy Air." (See also John 3:1-12.) The oracles are "the declaration of God, ... the historical manifestations of this Word of God." They are the God-breathed scriptures of the Bible! They are the Word's Word!
(3) Again, note how Peter wrote (in 1 Peter 4:11) that if someone is to address an assembly of God's people, his sermon or presentation should be, not so much "as the oracles of God," but "as one speaking the very words (oracles) of God." That is, he must be fluent in the doctrine of the Bible, and be able to convey the truth of the Bible by being so yielded and "in tune" with God that God can inspire the speaker. (Remember, prophecy was a common practice in the first century Assembly!)
ARE THE ORACLES THE TALMUD?
Let's look again at the persistent notion that the oracles of God are the Talmud and/or the Mishnah. One reason this is not the case is that the Talmud and Mishnah were written down over a period of several generations, in the second and third centuries A.D. They are basically a compilation of Jewish rules and regulations, and endless commentaries from many viewpoints on various aspects of Jewish life. There is nothing in the book of Acts or any of Paul's epistles to indicate he ever quoted from these oral regulations, or even had them in mind when he wrote. There is much to indicate that Paul was against man-made rules and regulations that were held to be as important or more important than scripture!
"All right then," some people reason, "the Talmud and Mishnah are simply the written-down forms of the secret oral law handed down among the priests, Levites and rabbis, from generation to generation. It was a secret oral law during the time of Messiah and the apostles. Therefore, the Talmud must be the oracles Paul was referring to, because it was not yet written down!"
But is that sound reasoning? Certainly, if a set of laws or traditions is passed on orally, it can be considered an oracle. It is, after all, spoken! We might go so far as to admit that the Talmud is an oracle, and the Mishnah another. But are they the right ones?
The Talmud and the Mishnah were the man-made oracles of the Jews. Please note what Paul said in Romans 3:2: "Unto them were entrusted the oracles of God"! Not the oracles of men, Jews, rabbis, Levites, even Moses or Aaron! They were (and still are) God'soracles! What Paul was referring to was not a man-made law or a set of customs and traditions of men, at all!
Please recall, the Jewish laws and customs were the very things Yeshua  railed against, time after time! This article began with several examples. Matthew chapter 23 is a record of Yeshua  taking the Jews to task for following these very rules instead of God's laws!
No, the Jewish customs and traditions, and oral history and law, and endless commentaries from a variety of rabbis, are not the oracles of God referred to in Romans 3:2. God's oracles, His declarations, are His Word, the Bible.
WHY ARE THE ORACLES AN ADVANTAGE?
It seems people are so keen on seeing the word "oracles" in the verse that they fail to see the surrounding words. Paul said in this verse that the Jews (more specifically, the Jewish converts in the Assembly) had a great advantage, simply because they had these oracles, and were entrusted with them down through the ages! That is the intent of the verse, and the meaning of that intent becomes crystal clear when we put the verse where it belongs: Back in its context!
So many times a passage of scripture is misused, usually without intending to do so, by taking it out of context. "Liberating" a verse from its context can easily allow its intended meaning -- God's intended meaning -- to be lost. This is what has happened. Paul meant something very specific when he wrote the words found in Romans 3:2, and we have missed it every time, because we have been told the verse meant something else. God's purpose would better be served if we were to understand every verse of the Bible as fully as we can, so we won't be easily misled. Let's find out what Paul meant here.
Why was it advantageous for the Jews to have been entrusted with God's holy scriptures? We'll see why as we explore, from beginning to end, the book of Romans. Romans 3:2 turns out to be a pivotal scripture in the main theme of the book of Romans!
EXPLORING THE BOOK OF ROMANS
The congregation in Rome was comprised of both Jews and Gentiles. The Hellenistic Gentiles coming into the Assembly would have had a different culture and background than the Jews, and Paul sought to address both elements of society in the congregation, comparing and contrasting the two approaches to true Messiahianity.
In chapter one, Paul begins by commending them all for their faith, which was famous in the Assemblies throughout the empire (verse 8). He then identifies the gospel as the power of God to save believers, both Jew and Greek (verse 16). Paul then critiques the "wise fools" (Greek philosophers and others) who refuse to believe in the Creator of the creation, and the problems those God-rejecting people make for themselves and others by thinking they can sin freely and not be culpable for their actions.
In chapter two, Paul shows that evil results in evil and good results in good, for the Jew as well as the Gentile, for God is not a respecter of persons (verses 9-11). In fact, if the Gentile converts don't know God's law, yet do the things the law requires, they "are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts" (verses 14-15).
The Jews, who trusted in having the law and boasted about their special connection with God, were warned that the letter of the law and physical circumcision, so important to the Jews, were in fact nothing! Paul was telling them that having the law, and even knowing what the law says, is not what it takes. Nor is physical circumcision all-important, as the Jews had thought. Why? Because the Gentile converts, who did what the law required on a spiritual level, would judge (Greek krino; the implication is to condemn) the Jews who had the law, and knew the law, and did some of what it required physically, yet did not do what the law required spiritually! Just the fact that the Gentiles did what the law required would stand as a condemnation of the Jews, who knew the law but did not fulfill its requirements.
"Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and brag about your relationship to God; if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law; if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth -- you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who brag about the law, do you dishonour God by breaking the law? As it is written: 'God's name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you'" (verses 17-24, NIV).
It's rather easy to see that these things Paul listed, and the result of such misbehavior, are quite applicable to the teachers and leaders of the Assembly in other times, as well (i.e., today)! The epistle of James goes further into this subject, and would be a good epistle to study in this context.
Paul continues, "For circumcision is indeed profitable if you keep [that is, obey] the law; but if you are a breaker of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision" (verse 25)! To be circumcised, and then to become uncircumcised, by surgery or any other means, was an unthinkable horror to the religious Jew. The implications were enormous. It was simply inconceivable!
"For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, and not in the letter [of the law]; whose praise is not from men but from God" (verses 28-29).
The word "praise" is a pun, or a play on words, since "Judah" means "praise." Paul is saying that one's Jewishness is not because he is circumcised, or even because he might hold to the letter of the law. One's Jewishness, on the spiritual level, comes from God, when someone enters into the New Covenant with Him, and writes His laws on their circumcised hearts.
Paul has spent much of chapter two deflating the egos of the Jewish Assembly members in Rome, letting them know that a righteous Gentile will sail into the kingdom long before a self-righteous, "ethnocentric" Jew would.
By this time, as the letter from Paul was being read, the Jews in the congregation might have been sitting rather low in their seats. Their previous faith and confidence in being special to God simply because of who they were began to shrivel. Paul was hitting them pretty hard, trying to shrink them down in their own sight. About that time they may well have begun to think, "Well, then, what's the use of being a Jew, anyway?"
Paul asks that very question at this point! "What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision?" (Romans 3:1) Now Paul begins to give the Jews new hope. "Much in every way! Chiefly because..."
Here is the reason why it is advantageous to be a Jew. Not because of being circumcised. Not because of having the letter of the law. Not because they were special people. Here's why: "...because to them were committed the oracles of God" (verse 2)!
The Jews had been given God's law all along, from the days of Moses on, through the splitting of Israel into two nations, through the Babylonian captivity, and on up to the time Paul wrote these words! The Gentiles had never heard of many of these laws before, and were learning them for the first time in Sabbath services. The Jewish converts, for the most part, already knew God's law!
Paul has carefully spent time dislodging the Jews from their concept of why having the law was important. Then he begins to explain that having the law was very important, after all, but for a different reason than the Jews had understood before!
What effect might the hearing of God's holy, righteous law for the first time have had on these Gentile converts? What might they have thought about God's laws? Moses had predicted, back in the wilderness, "Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess. Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.' For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the LORD our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him? And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?" (Deuteronomy 4:5-8)
Israel was a small fledgling race, barely more than a collection of tribes related through ancestry, just beginning their journey to nationhood. Moses was asking what great and mighty nation in the ancient world could possibly compare to the nation who had the Eternal as their God.
The Jews of Paul's day could indeed boast about having had God's law all along. The Jewish converts had a great advantage over the Gentile converts because they were already familiar with what God expected of His people. Paul was admonishing them not to think too highly of themselves because of this advantage, but to actually put it to use!
A Gentile who obeys the law and exercises faith in God is better than a Jew who knows the law backward and forward, but does not live according to it!
That is the background of Romans 3:2! Chances are, you have never heard this explanation before! The verse is not talking about calendars, oral Jewish traditions, or the authority of the Pharisees!
LET GOD BE TRUE
The Jews had the advantage over the Gentile converts because they had God's law entrusted to them. Since we know that most Jews of the time were secular in nature, and not devoted to God (much like our society today), might that have had an effect on the veracity of the scriptures? What would happen if the Jews, to whom the scriptures were entrusted, did not believe them or were not obedient to them?
Continuing in Romans: "For what if some [Jews] did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not!" (Romans 3:3-4)
God's Torah will stand, even if those who are entrusted with it fail to live up to it. "Indeed, let God be true [Margin: found true] but every man a liar" (verse 4).
But some of the Messiahians reading or hearing this letter from Paul might then swing to the opposite extreme, thinking that strict obedience, or pious activity (doing something to show God their religiosity), would bring about their salvation. Paul then goes on to explain that law-keeping will not justify anyone. All, both Jews and Gentiles, are under the penalty of sin, because there is none righteous. The purpose of the Torah is to bring us to the knowledge of sin (verse 20).
"But now the righteousness of God apart from the Torah is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets" (verse 21). Did you notice it? The Law and the Prophets witnessed to (testified to) the very thing the New Testament Assembly is built on: God's righteousness, apart from the Torah. God's righteousness, through faith and by grace, has justified us, through the redemption of Messiah's sacrifice (verses 21-25)! No one has ever justified himself or herself before God by his or her own actions.
What did that mean for the Jewish converts? They had known the Torah, because they had grown up with it, and had performed various "deeds of the Torah," so they had the advantage of being able to recognize sin in their lives more quickly than the Gentile converts would be able to recognize sin. But it was the grace of God, through the sacrifice of Messiah, that eventually saved both Jew and Gentile.
"Where is boasting [about the law] then? It is excluded. ... Therefore we conclude that a man is justified [Margin: declared righteous] by faith apart from the deeds of the law. Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith" (verse 27-30).
The Torah does not save us. It teaches us what sin is. Does that mean that the law then becomes meaningless, useless, to be discarded like a map once we have found our destination? That tired old analogy doesn't hold water, because God's righteousness in us is not a destination, but the journey itself! The Torah of God isn't a road map to be discarded -- it's a lamp to our feet (Psalm 119:105, 130; Proverbs 6:23)!
If there is any doubt about whether the Torah is still important, notice Paul's next words: "Do we then make void the Torah through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the Torah" (verse 31)!
Or his later question: "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?" (Romans 6:1-2)
"What then? Shall we sin because we are not under Torah but under grace? Certainly not!" (verse 15)
"Therefore the Torah is Qadosh (Holy), and the commandment holy and just and good" (Romans 7:12).
A NEW LIFE AHEAD
Romans chapter eight is one of the most inspiring passages in all the Bible for those who have truly caught the vision and look forward eagerly to the resurrection and the Kingdom of God. Those Assembly members who first heard it read to them were undoubtedly transfixed, lifted above their daily, humdrum existence, and given a vivid word painting of God's plan for them, transcending any cultural differences they may have had, or any human tendencies to divide along ethnic lines. They could picture themselves in the arms of their loving Father. There can be no thoughts of Jew or Greek, no concerns about law or circumcision, when this chapter is read. It uplifts the soul, it stretches the imagination, it takes the listener to another level of thought. When the congregational reader had finished reading this portion of the epistle, the members of the assembly no doubt felt bonded together more closely than ever!
Following such an uplifting section of his letter, Paul brings the message back to the present, in a way designed to convey the listener into a state of unrest and being ill at ease, so the listeners would be able to compare the vision of the kingdom to their own mundane physical concerns. Again, in verses 30-32, Paul warns of Gentiles who have achieved the righteousness of faith, while Israel, trying to be righteous through deeds of the law, failed to become righteous.
Israel (like so many people today) had a zeal, but it was to establish their own righteousness, rather than allowing God to build them up into a righteous people (Romans 10:1-3). They turned their advantage -- being entrusted with the knowledge of God's Word, the scriptures -- into a disadvantage.
However, God used the fall of Israel as an opportunity to bring salvation to the Gentiles! Israel's fall became riches for the world (Romans 11:11-12). Then, it is God's intention to graft the Israelite branches back into the tree, and ultimately all Israel will be saved, along with the Gentiles.
Following a great many exhortations, Paul encourages the Assembly members, both Jews and Gentiles, "Therefore receive one another, just as Messiah also received us [Margin: you], to the glory of God" (Romans 15:7).
THE PASSAGE IN CONTEXT
Now, if we read Romans 3:2 in its context, we should be able to gain the correct understanding of Paul's meaning. Here is the context:
"Circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law; but if you break the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. So, if those who are uncircumcised keep the requirements of the law, will not their uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? Then those who are physically uncircumcised but keep the law will condemn you that have the written code and circumcision but break the law.
"For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is true circumcision something external and physical. Rather, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and real circumcision is a matter of the heart -- it is spiritual and not literal. Such a person receives praise not from others but from God.
"Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much, in every way. For in the first place the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What if some were unfaithful? Will their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Although everyone is a liar, let God be proved true...." (Romans 2:25 - 3:4, NIV).
As we can now see, Paul is not making a doctrinal statement, or even a dogmatic statement, about the oracles. Paul is speaking throughout the entire book of Romans about how the Jewish converts and the Gentile converts approach the law of God and the grace of God from different perspectives. Paul is comparing and contrasting the two experiences, and is attempting to refine the congregation into one unified whole.
WHAT IT MEANS FOR US TODAY
The purpose of this study was not only to gain a better understanding of the scriptures and people involved, but also to help us protect ourselves against being deceived.
There is a great misunderstanding about Romans 3:2. We must be on guard against being misled. It is possible for us all to misunderstand something, in all innocence. But be aware that Satan is quite well aware of the misunderstanding, and would like to gain the greatest advantage against us by perpetuating the misunderstanding!
When someone today uses an argument like, "The Jews had the oracles of God; therefore, what I'm telling you about the calendar [or any other matter] is true," that speaker or author may most likely be misled and deceived himself.  There's nothing evil or sinister about not fully understanding a scripture. It's part of our growth process to find out what these things really mean! No evil can be imputed under such a circumstance.
It is possible, though, that once in awhile a speaker or writer may actually know better, but for some reason may deliberately try to mislead people by tricking them and deceiving them into believing what he is saying, because he is using this "Bible proof." This is not to say that this happens frequently, but it is possible. We can't judge people's motives, but we can be on our guard against being misled! We must!
One of the instructions Messiah and the New Testament authors had for us in the Assembly is to be aware, be vigilant, and not be deceived! (For example, note the following scriptures: Luke 21:8; Galatians 6:7; 2 Timothy 3:13; James 1:16.)
The questions presented at the beginning of this article are indeed very serious. Would you participate in some of the hypocritical religious practices of the Jews, especially those practices which go against everything for which Messiah stands? Would you acknowledge the ancient Pharisees' rule over you today?
We should stop to consider what authority they did have. Was it of God? The authority of the Pharisees came primarily from the fact that God allowed all the various man-made sects of Judaism, including the sect of the Pharisees, to grow in their own directions and develop their own ideas (not unlike the way God is allowing His Assembly to grow in many directions at once today). Indeed, the Pharisees would have had no authority at all unless God had allowed it. (See John 19:10-11 and Romans 13:1-6. Although these references are about civil rulers, rather than religious leaders, the principle applies.)
The ancient Pharisees were just another carnal, power-grabbing sect of self-righteous social climbers, and were not God's representatives on earth. They finally gained control of the Temple in the mid first century; after that, Levitical service (by the descendants of Levi) was replaced by rabbinical service (the Pharisees were not Levites). It seems noteworthy that God had the Romans sack and destroy the Temple only a few short years after the Pharisees gained control of it!
If we do not accept the authority of the Pharisees (whether real or imagined) in our lives today, or in our religious practices, why would we suddenly lose our ability to think, and to prove things for ourselves, simply because someone stands up in front of a congregation and tells us a story?  The sermon speaker may say something like, "The Jews had the oracles. What are the oracles? Why, those are..." and then the speaker tells what he thinks the oracles were (because that is what he was taught). Then he continues, "So, since the Jews had these oracles [calendar rules, etc.], we must look to the Jews as our authority." Nonsense!
This is a gross misuse and abuse of scripture! This is a prime example of taking a scripture out of context, putting a different "spin" on it, blowing it up out of all proportion, and sending it on its way as a full-fledged doctrine! Yet, that is exactly what has happened with this one verse, and it got past every one of us!Why? Simply because we never took the time to study the verse in context!
Was Paul telling us in Romans 3:2 that the Jews had the authority to set the calendar? Of course not!
Were either Yeshua  or Paul telling us today to follow the observances and practices of the Pharisees of their day? There are some who think that's exactly what they meant, and will tell you so at the top of their literary lungs, "shouting in print" by the extensive use of upper case letters in their publications.
But the truth is, unless we meet in Jewish synagogues, looking to the customs and traditions of ancient rabbis, even rejecting the New Covenant and the Master who made us, the fact that the Pharisees "sat in Moses' seat" is meaningless to us today.
The truth is, the customs and traditions of ancient Judaism, even in matters of setting the calendar, have no direct bearing on us today, in God's New Covenant Assembly.
The truth is, the Jews have no authority over how a Messiahian lives his or her life.
The truth is, Romans 3:2 is not talking about a secret oral law from God or about the calendar calculations.
The truth is, we have never realized the truth about Romans 3:2 until now.
 
 

lundi 5 octobre 2015

IS YESHUA YHWH the Father?



Is Yeshua YHWH the Father?
 


2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto YHWH, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

In this midrash we are going to look at the scriptures to see if what many in the body of Moschiach says: "Yeshua is YHWH in the flesh", believing that the Father is Yeshua!
I have struggle many years with different approach, saying: Yeshua is theAngel of YHWH, Yeshua is YHWH the Father, Yeshua is Elohim, meaning he is also the Father.
What does the scriptures says?
Christians will tell you that in the so called "Old Testamen" "Jesus" is there. Many messianic will also have similar statements, only changing the name wit Yeshua.
Is it true that when it is written in b'reshit/Gen. 1:26: "let US make man in our own image..." that Elohim is speaking with Yeshua?
Is it true that when the three messengers of YHWH appear to Abram they are two messengers with Yeshua, or as I have also read, The Father, the Son and the "Holy Spirit", or for some others two messengers with Yeshua?
I have been surprise to see that even some good scholars who say to be "Jew" in order to give proof that there research are more accurate than a Goy/Gentile promote Yeshua to be YHWH in the flesh.
This statement disturb me, because it is to pretend that YHWH changed is nature and took the form of a human in order to be among his people. Can we see that in the scriptures?
We are going to see these points and give room to the scriptures to explain YHWH's Heart toward His people.
Before reading I will encourage you to lay beside all false conclusion and pray for an open heart and a right understanding. You may be surprise at the conclusion, just keep your heart for correction if necessary, you will not be the first, I have adjust my opinion many times in the last 10 years:
2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of YHWH, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17  That the man of YHWH may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

First, one major error that many do, is that they take the Brit HaChadsha and try to explain what they read outside the Torah, thus try to place the "car before the ox". Every serious scholar will say that the Torah is the foundation of all interpretation, Prophets and Brit HaChadsha. This include the apostles and even our Master Yeshua.
Yochanan/John (at least if it is he who wrote the book) had a very deep understanding in Hebrew interpretation. Since more than 20 centuries, the Greek mind has invaded the whole world and formed a philosophical thinking which cannot match with the Scriptures written by Hebrew people for Hebrew minded people. The Greek mind is abstract in its structure and is based on the ego of man, to determine what is right or what is wrong.
This is not the purpose of this midrash to go into details, suffice to say that we should make real effort to see from a Hebrew perspective in order to understand.
DO NOT TRY to understand what is NOT WRITTEN just because you THINK that this is the meaning! You will be wrong. Search and establish thing by two or three witness:
Deu 19:15  One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
Mat 18:16  But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
We will see that the scriptures is filled with many verses which confirm one another in a perfect sense.
Let us go back to the Book of Yochanan:
Joh 1:1  In the beginning (b'reshit in Hebrew) was the Word, and the Word was with YHWH, and the Word was YHWH.
Joh 1:2  The same was in the beginning with YHWH.
Joh 1:3  All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.
Now first let us see that in 1560 C.E. many translators like William Tendale who got hold on the Septuagint the Greek documents translated differently as those taking hold on the Latin Vulgate from Jerome:
First the King James version 1611 who follow Jerome Vulgate:
Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, & the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2  The same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3  All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Joh 1:4  In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

Now let us look at two witness of the time:
The Bishops from 1568:
Joh 1:1  In the begynnyng was the worde, & the worde was with God: and that worde was God.
Joh 1:2  The same was in the begynnyng with God.
Joh 1:3  All thynges were made by it: and without it, was made nothyng that was made.
Joh 1:4  In it was lyfe, and the lyfe was the lyght of men,
Geneva from 1587:
Joh 1:1  In the beginning was that Word, and that Word was with God, and that Word was God.
Joh 1:2  This same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3  All things were made by it, and without it was made nothing that was made.
Joh 1:4  In it was life, and that life was the light of men.
In the two translation from Bishops and the Geneva, like in the translation from Tyndale, they all follow the Septuagint and using the impersonal pronoun "it", while those using the Latin Vulgate use the personal pronoun "him".
So we read in the Bishops:
Joh 1:14  And the same word became fleshe, and dwelt among vs ( and we sawe the glory of it, as the glory of the only begotten sonne of the father) full of grace and trueth.
The Geneva give it so:
Joh 1:14  And that Word was made flesh, and dwelt among vs, (and we sawe the glorie thereof, as the glorie of the onely begotten Sonne of the Father) full of grace and trueth.
We see the consistency in the "it", the Word who became flesh, while all others scriptures based on Latin Vulgate read "him" suggesting what is NOT in the text.
Let us now investigate what the Torah and the Word have in common with the words of Yochanan.
Gen 1:1  In the beginning (b'reshit) Elohim created the heaven and the earth.
Gen 1:2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of Elohim moved upon the face of the waters.
Gen 1:3  And Elohim said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Gen 1:4  And Elohim saw the light, that it was good: and Elohim divided the light from the darkness.
Gen 1:5  And Elohim called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Gen 1:6  And Elohim said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
Gen 1:7  And Elohim made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
Gen 1:8  And Elohim called the firmament Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
Gen 1:9  And Elohim said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
Gen 1:10  And Elohim called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and Elohim saw that it was good.
Gen 1:11  And Elohim said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
Gen 1:12  And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and Elohim saw that it was good.
Gen 1:13  And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
Gen 1:14  And Elohim said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Gen 1:15  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
Gen 1:16  And Elohim made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
Gen 1:17  And Elohim set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
Gen 1:18  And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and Elohim saw that it was good.
Gen 1:19  And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
Gen 1:20  And Elohim said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
Gen 1:21  And Elohim created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and Elohim saw that it was good.
Gen 1:22  And Elohim blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
Gen 1:23  And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
Gen 1:24  And Elohim said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
Gen 1:25  And Elohim made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and Elohim saw that it was good.
Gen 1:26  And Elohim said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Gen 1:27  So Elohim created man in his own image, in the image of Elohim created he him; male and female created he them.
Gen 1:28  And Elohim blessed them, and Elohim said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Gen 1:29  And Elohim said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Gen 1:30  And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Gen 1:31  And Elohim saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Ten times: "Elohim said"
  Remember what we read before:
Joh 1:1  In the beginning (b'reshit) was that Word, and that Word was with God, and that Word was God.
Joh 1:2  This same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3  All things were made by it, and without it was made nothing that was made.
Joh 1:4  In it was life, and that life was the light of men.
The Greek word for "Word" is "logos", while in Hebrew it is "dabar".
Let us see definition from both words:
Strong's G3056
λόγος logos log'-os
From G3004; something said (including the thought);
G3004  egō
leg'-o
A primary verb; properly to “lay” forth, that is, (figuratively) relate (in words [usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue]); by implication to mean: - ask, bid, boast, call, describe, give out, name, put forth, say (-ing, on), shew, speak, tell, utter.
Now the same with the word "dabar":
H1697
דּבר dâbâr daw-bawr' written dalet,beth, resh
From H1696; a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) of thing; adverbially a cause: - act, advice, affair, answer, X any such (thing), +
H1696 dâbar daw-bar'
A primitive root; perhaps properly to arrange; but used figuratively (of words) to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue:  
"Something said including the thoughts" We should ask where is the place of the thoughts in Adam or mankind, is it not part of the Nefesh, the Soul?
So Elohim is Ruach but like he gave to us he has THOUGHTS:
Elohim uses allegories in order to help us to understand part of what He want us to know. Many times throughout the Scriptures, Elohim is painted with human attributes to gives us insight of His character and will.
Isa 55:8  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith YHWH.
What are the thoughts of Elohim?
Strong's # H4284
מחשׁבה machăshâbâh
From H2803; a contrivance, that is, (concretely) a texture, machine, or (abstractly) intention, plan (whether bad, a plot; or good, advice): - cunning (work), curious work, device (-sed), imagination, invented, means, purpose, thought.
H2803 châshab khaw-shab'
A primitive root; properly to plait or interpenetrate, that is, (literally) to weave or (generally) to fabricate; figuratively to plot or contrive (usually in a malicious sense); hence (from the mental effort) to think, regard, value, compute: - (make) account (of), conceive, consider, count, cunning (man, work, workman), devise, esteem, find out, forecast, hold, imagine, impute, invent, be like, mean, purpose, reckon (-ing be made), regard, think.
    
Could it be what we read in b'reshit/Gen. chapter 1: "Elohim said".
The Word/dabar/logos/Thoughts of the mind of Elohim were spoken by Elohim (said) and created everything Elohim had intentionally prepared beforehand?
Let us go further and see throughout the Tanak what is the position of "the Word":
Gen 15:1  After these things the word of YHWH came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
Gen 15:4  And, behold, the word of YHWH came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
Num 11:23  And YHWH said unto Moses, Is YHWH's hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.
Num 27:21  And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before YHWH: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.
1Sa 3:21  And YHWH appeared again in Shiloh: for YHWH revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of YHWH.
2Sa 23:2  The Spirit of YHWH spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.
1Ki 6:11  And the word of YHWH came to Solomon, saying,
1Ki 13:18  He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of YHWH, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.
1Ki 13:20  And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of YHWH came unto the prophet that brought him back:
1Ki 17:2  And the word of YHWH came unto him (Eliyah), saying,
1Ki 18:1  And it came to pass after many days, that the word of YHWH came to EliYah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.
2Ki 7:1  Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of YHWH; Thus saith YHWH, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.
2Ki 20:4  And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of YHWH came to him, saying,
1Ch 17:3  And it came to pass the same night, that the word of Elohim came to Nathan, saying,
1Ch 22:8  But the word of YHWH came to me (David), saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.
2Ch 36:21  To fulfil the word of YHWH by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.
Psa 33:6  By the word of YHWH were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath (Ruach) of his mouth.
Psa 147:18  He (YHWH) sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
Isa 45:23  I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
The foundation of Yochanan 1:14
Isa 55:11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (to be read in the light of Yochanan chapter 1:14)

Here we see why the English translators using the Septuagint used the impersonal pronoun "it"

Jer 1:11  Moreover the word of YHWH came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree.
Jer 1:13  And the word of YHWH came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north.
Jer 21:1  The word which came unto Jeremiah from YHWH, when king Zedekiah sent unto him Pashur the son of Melchiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, saying,
Jer 34:1  The word which came unto Jeremiah from YHWH, when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and all his army, and all the kingdoms of the earth of his dominion, and all the people, fought against Jerusalem, and against all the cities thereof, saying,
Jer 36:27  Then the word of YHWH came to Jeremiah, after that the king had burned the roll, and the words which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying,
Eze 6:1  And the word of YHWH came unto me (Yechezk'el), saying,
Eze 12:8  And in the morning came the word of YHWH unto me, saying,
Eze 14:2  And the word of YHWH came unto me, saying,
Eze 15:1  And the word of YHWH came unto me, saying,
Eze 17:1  And the word of YHWH came unto me, saying,
Eze 21:1  And the word of YHWH came unto me, saying,
Eze 22:17  And the word of YHWH came unto me, saying,
Eze 29:17  And it came to pass in the seven and twentieth year, in the first month, in the first day of the month, the word of YHWH came unto me, saying,
Eze 30:20  And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first month, in the seventh day of the month, that the word of YHWH came unto me, saying,
Eze 31:1  And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the third month, in the first day of the month, that the word of YHWH came unto me, saying,
Hos 1:1  The word of YHWH that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.
Jon 3:1  And the word of YHWH came unto Jonah the second time, saying,
Mic 1:1  The word of YHWH that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
Hag 1:1  In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of YHWH by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, saying,
Hag 2:20  And again the word of YHWH came unto Haggai in the four and twentieth day of the month, saying,
Zec 1:7  Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Sebat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of YHWH unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying,
Zec 7:8  And the word of YHWH came unto Zechariah, saying,
Zec 8:18  And the word of YHWH of hosts came unto me, saying,
Now that we have seen how the Word of YHWH came in the Tanak, let us see if we find a parallel in the Brrit HaChadasha (N.T.)
Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of YHWH.
Mat 8:16  When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
Mat 13:19  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom*, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
* The word of the Kingdom: An idiom for "the Word of YHWH"
Mat 13:20  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
Mar 2:2  And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
Mar 4:15  And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
 Mar 4:33  And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.
Mar 16:20  And they went forth, and preached everywhere, YHWH working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amein. .
Luk 1:2  Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
Luk 8:11  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of YHWH.
Luk 8:12  Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
Luk 8:15  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with YHWH, and the Word was YHWH.
Joh 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Joh 2:22  When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Yehoshua had said.
Joh 12:48  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
Joh 14:24  He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me (read Yeshayahu 55:10-11).
Joh 17:6  I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
Joh 17:14  I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Act 4:31  And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spake the word of YHWH with boldness.
Act 6:7  And the word of YHWH increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Act 11:1  And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of YHWH.
Act 13:48  And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of YHWH: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.
Act 13:49  And the word of YHWH was published throughout all the region.
Act 19:20  So mightily grew the word of YHWH and prevailed.
Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of YHWH.
1Co 14:36  What? came the word of YHWH out from you? or came it unto you only?
Eph 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of YHWH:
Col 3:16  Let the word of the Messiah dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with favour in your hearts to the Master.
1Ti 4:5  For it is sanctified by the word of YHWH and prayer.
Jas 1:18  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Jas 1:21  Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
Do we see that the WORD is able to save our soul?

1Pe 1:23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of YHWH, which liveth and abideth for ever.
2Pe 3:5  For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of YHWH the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
1Jn 1:1  That which was from the beginning (b'reshit), which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
Rev 1:9  I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Yehoshua the Messiah, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of YHWH, and for the testimony of Yehoshua the Messiah.
Rev 19:13  And he (Yeshua) was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called THE WORD of YHWH.

Yeshua the Prophet like Moshe:
Deu 18:15  YHWH thy Elohim will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
Deu 18:16  According to all that thou desiredst of YHWH thy Elohim in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of YHWH my Elohim, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.
Deu 18:17  And YHWH said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.
Deu 18:18  I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
Mat 14:5  And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him (Yeshua) as a prophet.
Mar 6:4  But Yehoshua said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
Joh 4:19  The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
Joh 6:14  Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Yehoshua did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world (referring to the word of Moshe in D'varim 18) .
Joh 7:40  Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet (not "a" prophet but "THE" Prophet).
Yeshua the image of Elohim:
2Co 4:4  In whom the elohim of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious evangel of the Messiah, who is the image of YHWH*, should shine unto them.
* The "image " of Elohim is not a "N.T." concept but comes from hidden passage which YHWH has embedded in his Word the Torah of truth like
Gen 1:26  And Elohim said, Let us make man (Adam) in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Exo 31:1  And YHWH spake unto Moses, saying,
Exo 31:2  See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:
Exo 31:3  And I have filled him with the spirit of Elohim, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
Col 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible Elohim, the firstborn of every creature:
Heb 1:3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Col 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible Elohim, the firstborn of every creature:

Yeshua the SON of Elohim, Son of YHWH, Son of the Most Hight*
* another term to speak of YHWH.
Mat 14:33  Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of Elohim.
Mat 16:16  And Simon Kepha answered and said, Thou art the Messiah, the Son of the living Elohim.
Mar 1:1  The beginning of the evangel of Yehoshua the Messiah, the Son of YHWH;
Mar 15:39  And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the spirit, he said, Truly this man was the Son of the Almighty.
Luk 1:32  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and YHWH Elohim shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
Joh 1:34  And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of YHWH.
Joh 1:49  Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of YHWH; thou art the King of Israel.
Joh 3:18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of YHWH.
Joh 6:69  And we believe and are sure that thou art the Messiah, the Son of the living Elohim.
Joh 11:27  She saith unto him, Yea, master: I believe that thou art the Messiah, the Son of YHWH, which should come into the world.
Joh 20:31  But these are written, that ye might believe that Yehoshua is the Messiah, the Son of YHWH; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
1Jn 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of YHWH was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
1Jn 4:9  In this was manifested the love of YHWH toward us, because that YHWH sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
1Jn 5:10  He that believeth on the Son of YHWH hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not YHWH hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that YHWH gave of his Son.
1Jn 5:12  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of YHWH hath not life.
Rev 2:18  And unto the angel of the assembly in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of YHWH, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

Believers called "Son of Elohim"
Joh 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of YHWH, even to them that believe on his name:
Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of YHWH, they are the sons of YHWH.
Rom 8:19  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of YHWH.
Gal 4:6  And because ye are sons, YHWH hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
1Jn 3:1  Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of YHWH: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of YHWH, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Yeshua has brethren:
Joh 20:17  Yehoshua saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my Elohim, and your Elohim.
Heb 2:11  For both he that sanctifieth and they who are set apart are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
Heb 2:12  Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the assembly will I sing praise unto thee.
We, believers are called to be like Yeshua:
Rom 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Difficult passages:
Joh 17:5  And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
Was it Yeshua (the word made  flesh) who had the glory before the world was?
Psa 138:2  I will worship toward Your holy temple, and give thanks to Your name for Your mercy, and for Your truth; for You have magnified Your Word above all Your name.

Col 1:16  For by him* (The Word) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
* We have seen that some early translators of the 16th century call teh Word "it" instead of "him" for those translating from the Latin Vulgate from Jerome. This is more coherent with our study of the scriptures as we have established.
Yeshua is subject to the Father:
1Co 15:25  For he (Yeshua) must reign, till he (YHWH) hath put all enemies under his feet.
1Co 15:26  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
1Co 15:27  For he (YHWH) hath put all things under his (Yeshua) feet. But when he saith, all things are put under him (Yeshua), it is manifest that he (YHWH) is excepted, which did put all things under him (Yeshua).
1Co 15:28  And when all things shall be subdued unto him (Yeshua), then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him (YHWH) that put all things under him (Yeshua), that YHWH may be all in all.

Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of YHWH is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and YHWH himself shall be with them, and be their Elohim.
Rev 21:4  And YHWH shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Rev 21:5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I (YHWH) make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Rev 21:6  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Rev 21:7  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his Elohim, and he shall be my son...........................................
Rev 21:23  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of YHWH did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

Rev 22:5  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for YHWH Elohim giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
Rev 22:16  I Yehoshua have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the assemblies. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
Rev 22:18  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, YHWH shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
Rev 22:19  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, YHWH shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Midrash in the First Century

Yochanan/John was an Hebrew (Jew) speaking and thinking Hebraic. When he wrote the Gospel of “John”, he had a specific word in his mind:
(Isa 55:10 [NRKJV])
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

(Isa 55:11 [NRKJV])
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

(John 1:14 [NRKJV])
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only first born of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

(Rev 19:10 [NRKJV])
And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Yehoshua: worship יהוה: for the testimony of Yehoshua is the spirit of prophecy.

(Rev 19:11 [NRKJV])
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

(Rev 19:12 [NRKJV])
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

(Rev 19:13 [NRKJV])
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called THE WORD of יהוה.

Is there any question, can we now conclude that Yeshua IS the Word made flesh according to the scriptures  and that He is NOT the Father, can we say that Yeshua is the Image of Elohim but NOT Yehowah Elohim?   
May Yehowah bless you and keep you as you walk in the path of life, following the steps of our Master Yeshua HaMoschiach.