From that time on, Yeshua (Jesus) began proclaiming, “Turn from your sins to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near!”
As Yeshua walked by Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), He saw two brothers who were fisherman – Shim’on (Simon), known as Kefa (Peter), and his brother Andrew – throwing their net into the lake. Yeshua said to them, “Come after Me, and I will make you fishers for men!” At once they left their nets and went with Him.
Going on from there, He saw two other brothers – Ya’akov Ben-Zavdai (James son of Zebedee) and Yochanan (John) his brother – in the boat with their father Zavdai (Zebedee), repairing their nets; and He called to them. At once, they left their boat and their father and went with Yeshua.
Matthew 8:22 (see also Luke 9:57-62)
But Yeshua replied, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
Matthew 9:9 (see also Luke:22)
As Yeshua passed on from there He spotted a tax-collector named Mattityahu (Matthew/Levi) sitting in his collection booth. He said to him, “Follow Me!” and he got up and followed him.
Matthew 10:38 ~ Yeshua speaking…
And anyone who does not take up his execution-stake and follow Me is not worthy of Me.
Matthew 16:24 ~ Yeshua speaking
Then Yeshua told His talmidim (followers/disciples), “If anyone wants to come after Me, let him say ‘No’ to himself, take up his execution-stake, and keep following Me.
Matthew 19:21 (see also Mark 10:21)
Yeshua said to him, “If you are serious about reaching the goal, go and sell your possessions, give to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come, follow Me!
The next day, having decided to leave for Galil, Yeshua found Philip and said, “Follow Me!”
Yeshua spoke to them again: “I am the Light of the world; whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness but will have the light which gives life.”
John 10:27 ~ Yeshua speaking…
My sheep listen to My Voice, I recognize them, they follow Me,
John 12:26 ~ Yeshua speaking…
If someone is serving Me, let him follow Me; wherever I am, My servant will be there too. My Father will honor anyone who serves Me.
John 21:19; 22
He said this to indicate the kind of death by which Kefa (Peter) would bring glory to God. Then Yeshua said to him, “Follow Me!”
Yeshua said to him, “If I want him to stay on until I come, what is that to you? You, you follow Me!”
In Hebrew the word ‘follow’ does not exist. The words that are connected to its meaning are; adhere, work, yoke and brand.
To adhere is to join or stick to someone or something.
To work means a message through action.
To yoke – one who yokes – teams up with – the strength of one who rules or teaches
To be branded is to carry the ‘mark’ of one who has purchased the ‘rights’ to all ones actions.
These four Hebrew words are the message being spoken by Yeshua when we read the word ‘follow’.
It goes without saying that the One Yeshua followed was His Father.
Its interesting that nowhere in the Testimonies of Yeshua’s walk and work here does anyone speak of Yeshua telling them in advanced where He was headed every day or how many they would heal, feed, encounter. It would have read something like…
Upon rising the next day Yeshua gathered us and told us, “Today we will head to Samaria, on the way we will heal people and pray for them, then I will speak to a woman there at the well, then we will camp for the night.”
In fact the only context where Yeshua spoke in advanced or future terms were prophetic or instructive. Instructive was still given only for the moment He was sending them into.
As He approached Beit-Pagei (Bethphage) and Beit-Anyah (Bethany), by the Mount of Olives He sent two talmidim (followers/disciples) instructing them, “Go into the village ahead; on entering it, you will find a colt tied up that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks ‘why are you untying it’, tell him ‘The Lord needs it.’ Those who were sent went off and found it just as He had told them.
This is an example of instructive/prophetic in the very short term…yet ahead of the actual moment they were in. He did this when sending the disciples off to preach, heal and proclaim the Kingdom of Heaven as well. Giving instructions for as they went ahead of ‘time’. (Matthew 10:7-20) Yet these are the few not majority. Have you ever asked ‘why’?
There are two ‘schools’ of thought here. The first, and most popular; that prior to ‘leaving heaven for His earthly mission’ Yeshua got His “marching orders” in detail and stuck to the plan.
The second and least popular;
That Yeshua knew the basic plan for man’s redemption, but Followed His Fathers voice of instruction with each human day He lived, doing everything as it was spoken to Him.
I submit, that the first puts a damper on the concept that Yeshua could understand the human experience as we do if His whole life was scripted before He was ‘born’. None has ever experience life this way. Seems like “cheating”; and indeed it is an argument to many who dispute Yeshua’s Godhead, ministry and claims. Honestly if one believes the first line of thinking I can understand why they doubt Him.
But!! But if the second line of thinking be the Truth, it puts Yeshua in human skin, with the whole human experience fully realized by Him. It also shows how all who came before Him as The Fathers messengers and likenesses of Yeshua Himself, how they were able to be called righteous. They heard God call, instruct, and obeyed (or disobeyed and their story reflects how they lived in disobedience). So this line of “thinking” holds up to both old and new Testament’s – the whole of God’s word. This line of thinking is well…scarey! Even the most beloved of Pastors and teachers warn against a person believing that God can “talk” to them. For instance telling the masses that “God does not just tell people to up and move somewhere” achem….hello what about Abraham??? We humans have a hard time with “God-possession” because of its counterpart in demon-possession! We like to be the ones who say what God will and won’t do…history is replete with evidence of this. God in the same history is consistent in showing His limitlessness.
So if Yeshua did follow the Voice of God as the second line of thinking ensues…is there evidence? Biblically speaking? Is there somewhere where Yeshua says there is something The Father knows that He does not??
Matthew 24:36 ~ Yeshua speaking…
But when that day and hour will come, no one knows – not the angels in heaven, not the Son, only the Father.
Acts 1:7 ~ Yeshua speaking…
He answered, “You don’t need to know the dates or the times; the Father has kept these under His own Authority.
We also see this “no need for advanced warning/worrying in Yeshua’s teaching where He speaks of not worrying about what we will wear, eat, sleep or what we will say in advanced. (Matthew 6:25-34; Matthew 10:19-20; Luke 12:11) Indeed there is much more to support this than the first school of thought. When Yeshua came, He was the physical manifestation of following God. We saw Him, heard Him like we hear each other…but then He said “Do as I do.” He then went on in great detail to explain…how He does it! Following Yeshua is a daily tuning into Him (who now lives inside you!) The Father, because they are One, and the Spirit, sent specifically to lead us into the Truth…the Truth is Yeshua! The awesome and incredible thing about Yeshua’s work was two part…one…forgiveness and total atonement for sin…two…the veil that ripped from between us and God the Father giving access to our direct communion with Him. Why the latter if God has no intention of speaking to His children? I submit, that the Holy Spirit is exactly what “gives us ears” to hear.
Next part we explore the evidence that supports this less popular line of thinking…making perfect love cast out fear!
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah <3
Washed, dried and set aside
Clear, focused I now abide
Its all about tuning
Tuning out of my view
Clean and Sober
Is found in the solemn sound of Your Voice
Speaking, directing, tuning…tuning
Tuning this will into Yours
Every moment cries out in clarity
Nothing missed in Your charity
Giving – giving – giving
Instruction, direction – COURAGE!
Peace – completeness in the sound of You
Sober and clean is the garments that cling
The Great Stain Remover sings
Holy and True
Star that leads me to You
You are the Light calling
The arrow in Your bow
Pointing – pointing
Flying straight You go
To the heart of this breather
Piercing through the center
Straight – strict and unwavered
By the winds of my blindness
Or howls of my deafness
Your Word opens my eyes
My mouth, my mind
Holy humbled boldness
SHINE! It is spoken!
Never mind who sees the Light
Focus on Me – so clean and bright!
Speak! The words become heavenly motion
Like waves upon every ocean
So many shores, never seen
Ripples of intention
Full of Loves descention
Down to the Center
Of My will they enter
Clean and Sober
Yes, inside a house of clutter
Insane to even mutter
How a Son can send the impurities packing
“Gone to the pigs”
Its ‘dear john’ note reads
Don’t try to find them
Just follow My lead
Clean, I make You clean
Sober, fully able to see and hear Me!
Then SENT – as I Am Sent!
If all I ever gave were Words
Enough said – but more I bled
To clean and sober up
Every page in My Book
Each stroke of My Pen
Inked in My blood
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah <3
The above is a link for those who do not know anything about Hanukkah; its origins/ history, as well as its links to Yeshua (Jesus).
Then came Hanukkah in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). It was winter, and Yeshua was walking around inside the Temple area, in Shlomo’s (Solomons) Colonnade.
There’s always a great debate about which is most desired by God for His people to Celebrate; Hanukkah or Christmas? I hope to dispel any need for debate here. With facts (truth)…without much personal opinion.
Its important first and foremost that people know the truth about Christmas. This was not when Yeshua was born! It was however the date that the wise men arrived to see Him. At this time Yeshua was a baby, but not new born. The stars told an extraordinary story for a year that year, and the wise men followed their portents or prophetic lead well before Yeshua’s actual “birthday”. (These stars can be viewed and investigated today, praise be to God thanks to modern technology; exactly as they were then) So Christmas (December 25th) was indeed a Celebration of His birth, just not his actual birthday. The Christmas of our modern view that includes Santa Claus is absolutely not founded by the God of the Universe, Yeshua’s Father. Anything to do with it has been meshed together and much has been lost in its meaning. Saint Nicholas would likely turn over in his grave if he knew what people have turned his acts of charity into. His desire was to give at “Christmas time” to those God had placed on his heart to give to. He would likely decline any approval of being turned into a “grandpa-like savior” with bags of toys for “good” little girls and boys. Not to mention reindeer and elves. These are meant to take away from the simplicity of the focus of celebration. Added to give it a “more entertaining” value. As if the promised Son and Savior is boring!!
Would Yeshua Himself celebrate Christmas if He walked the earth as human today? Not likely, at least not the way most do.
What about Hanukkah?
Yeshua likely grew up celebrating Hanukkah. It is one of the Jewish Holidays that goes way back. But to be clear it is the only holiday that God did not command to be celebrated. At least Biblically speaking. At least as far as we know. This is because the time period in which the origin of the holiday takes place between Malachi and Matthew or “old and new” testaments. He did indeed celebrate this holiday, and its not a far stretch to know why. As the Light of the World that gave the oil (Holy Spirit) to His church at a critical time in its history…we are the Menorah of Adonai. The above link does a beautiful job explaining this in more detail. It’s worth the time to “study to show thyself and test the Spirit” in search of Truth.
Is it a sin to celebrate Christmas? No. But the question is what about Christmas do we celebrate? To celebrate in the Santa Claus tradition and weave Jesus into it is double minded and misleading and causes confusion. Based on this…the desire of Adonai should seem clear. There are issues and clarity must be brought to bare on this celebration. All God’s festivals were intended for His glory…not man’s…not any man’s.
As for Hanukkah…it sure doesn’t seem to be an issue with Adonai. He sent His Son into a culture and people who celebrated this feast. Must be a reason. One worth investigating if one would desire to know Adonai.
The whole of God’s Word is the story of God’s work, His people and His Promises all of which culminate in Yeshua. All the directions lead to Him.
Its a safe thing to say Hanukkah finds its roots in God’s glory! As does the truthful view of Christmas. Its not a sin not to celebrate Hanukkah. Its not a sin to celebrate the truth of Christmas. Most struggles find their roots in “people pleasing”. A wanting to “fit in” especially with our children. Yet all of history has been about God separating a people for Himself. Those who celebrate only what He instructed or gives Him glory. And a not conforming to the world that distorts what He intended. It takes wisdom and discernment, and a firm stand for Adonai against much of what the world around us conforms to – to “fit in” or not stand out as weird or overly “religious” or a thousand other things that one who stands for the One True God could be called; adding nothing to or taking nothing away from just what He has done, does, and will do.
Yeshua was born during the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). And those Jews and Gentiles that celebrate this feast celebrate His birth at this time as the fulfillment of what this feast was commanded by God to celebrate in the first place! Jews who had never even seen Him celebrated His birth before He was born by celebrating the feast God instructed them for so long! All of Creation held its breath waiting for Him! It does so again!! One final promise yet to be fulfilled…His return! Christmas is the confirmation that we don’t hope for, stand out and stand firm in vain!!
I encourage all to check out (in the website above) all the feast and their links to God’s unfolding plan culminating in Yeshua. His death in Passover and Resurrection in Pentecost…so so much of God’s intention lays in knowing how Yeshua fulfills every aspect of God’s instruction and communication to His people throughout History.
May the Grace and Peace of Yeshua and Spirit of Truth lead and guide us through these holidays… teaching, leading and illuminating the Light of the World, Yeshua the Messiah…long awaited promised Lamb. May He come soon!!
~Yeshua was not born in a shed like structure.
~He was born in a lambing cave. One of the caves David likely hid in from Saul.
~Bethlehem was the place all the lambs for sacrifice were bred (set apart as holy) at the time of His birth. He literally was the last perfect sacrificial Lamb to come out of Bethlehem!
~ The root of Jesse…was David’s father…who lived in Bethlehem where David was born and first was a shepherd.
The list goes on! As I said…the more one learns of the truth of Yeshua…one can never see it as boring! God is amazing…so vast and thorough its hard to keep up!!
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah <3
We pulled around the corner of the Civic Center circle and felt it…
Adonai Elohim had went ahead of us. His presence was inescapable.
We made burritos to hand out to the “homeless”. I say it with ” ” because none of those we met today were homeless, they were at home. We didn’t come out of pity, or to ‘give’ to unfortunates; rather we gave out of the only response of having received so much to be thankful for…God’s filling us with Him!!
Lives touched at the end of burritos exchanged with hearts full of level love. No one was below, no one was above, we all stood on the same ground flowing with the same Sun Light, the same breeze blown by the Author of all. We were fed by their smiles, banter and total at ease-ment inside their own full cups. Filled by the same Light. Others had come to do the same, free hair cuts, coats, scarves, mittens, shoes, attire, and food/drink. No one had to “prove” they were “homeless”; the requirement was…needs. Empty stomachs, holey garments, and the willingness to give by receiving. A band played music. Yeshua (Jesus) fed thousands…with the bread given to a few. His presence smiled so wide one could not doubt that another Kingdom had stepped through a hidden door and there we were in its midst. The only exchange was love, it born of gratitude to the King of this Kingdom.
Honestly (without minimizing our thankfulness for family and the many turkey dinners and love exchanged by tradition) this was the most AWESOME Thanksgiving ever! What was, was simply accepted, what was not…was not considered lost…just taken care of by the Father as promised.
The exchange of freedom unencumbered by dwellings, things, things, things… moved into our hearts as home. Perspective is everything. All, all things gain a higher perspective with a heart full of gratitude to the Giver of Life. Glory, glory glory to God!! Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah <3
This is why a man is to leave his father and mother and stick with his wife, and they are to be one flesh.
This scripture is famous. Yet so often read and used without the verse prior, which gives a wealth of context to the ‘this is why’ part at the beginning. Let’s read verse 23.
The man-person said, “At last! This is bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh. She is to be called Woman (Ishah), because she was taken out of man (Ish).
Eve (Havah) was the only woman born of man and God! Every other human being aside from Yeshua (Jesus) has come from a woman’s womb in collusion with another man. Yeshua was born of a woman and God. The unity of God’s plans is simply staggering! He is full of these kinds of turning things back in on themselves; using opposites. And marriage is therefore shown in the very beginning its purposes. That God might be reflected in how He designed human interaction – ANY kind of human relationship, but marriage is special because it represents God’s love, commitment and power in His people.
Marriage usually results in more children. When we His people accept, trust and follow Him, so too, does this result in the adding to the Family of the Kingdom. This is the full goal of the Message we speak of and study. To add to those who are saved by our union with Messiah Yeshua. Now a days, this is not always true for a union between a man and woman; many desire no children. Some, painfully have not been given them. Yet most unions between man and woman sexually results in a child. (Even if there is no “official marriage”) God did not however, design marriage for procreation purposes only! Most of God’s designs have multifaceted purposes! Usually coincidently, in three’s! Marriage is for: procreation – adding to the family; teaching us about God our family Creator; and teaching us about each other – that which He prizes as His most precious Creation. The last two are key, obviously, because He does not always open the wombs of all wives, the third is not absolutely necessary. Marriages can reflect Him and His purposes without the couple having children born of their union. We will explore all the designs later…for now we focus on the unity of marriage as it reflects Adonai and His Bride.
1 Corinthians 11:3
But I want you to understand that the head of every man is the Messiah, and the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of the Messiah is God.
Nevertheless you ask, “Why is this?” Because Adonai is witness between you and the wife of your youth that you have broken faith with her, though she is your companion, your wife by covenant.
And hasn’t He made them one flesh? in order to have spiritual blood-relatives?
For what the one flesh seeks is a seed from God. Therefore, take heed to your spirit, and don’t break faith with the wife of your youth. “For I hate divorce,” says Adonai the God of Israel, “and him who covers his clothing with violence.” Says Adonai Tzva’ot (Lord of Sabbath; Lord of Heavens armies, Lord of Host)
Therefore take heed to your spirit and don’t break faith.
1 John 4:11-16
Beloved friends, if this is how God loves us, we likewise ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God remains united with us, and our love for Him has been brought to its goal in us. Here is how we know we remain united with Him and He with us He has given to us from His own Spirit. Moreover, we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent His Son as Deliverer of the world. If someone acknowledges that Yeshua is the Son of God, God remains united with Him and He with God. And we have come to know and trust the love God has for us. God is love; and those who remain in this love remain united with God, and God remains united with them.
Submit to one another in fear of the Messiah. Wives should submit to their husbands as they do to the Lord; because the husband is head of the wife, just as the Messiah, as head of the Messianic Community, is Himself the One who keeps the body safe. Just as the Messianic Community submits to the Messiah, so also wives submit to their husbands in everything.
As for husbands, love your wives, just as the Messiah loves the Messianic Community, indeed gave Himself up on its behalf, in order to set it apart for God, making it clean through immersion in the mikveh (purification), so to speak, in order to present the Messianic Community to Himself as a Bride to be proud of, without a spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and without defect. This is how husbands ought to love their wives – like their own bodies; for the man who loves his wife is loving himself. Why, no one ever hated his own flesh! On the contrary, he feeds it well and takes care of it, just as the Messiah does the Messianic Community, because we are parts of His Body. “Therefore, a man will leave his father and mother and remain with his wife, and the two will become one.” There is profound truth hidden here, which I say concerns the Messiah and the Messianic Community. However, the text also applies to each of you individually; let each man love his wife as he does himself, and see that the wife respects her husband.
In union with Him the whole building is held together and it is growing into a holy Temple in union with the Lord. Yes, in union with Him, you yourselves are being built together into a spiritual dwelling place for God!
Let your attitude toward one another be governed by your being in union with the Messiah Yeshua:
For in Him, bodily, lives the fullness of all that God is. And it is in union with Him that you have been made full – He is the head of every rule and authority.
And may God, the source of encouragement and patience, give you the same attitude among yourselves as the Messiah Yeshua, so that with one accord and with one voice you may glorify God the Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah <3