How did Yeshua Think?? ~ Introduction

May 22, 2013 at 12:04 am (The Shepherd's Words)

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Take a good look at the picture above…
The only thing you may say is illustrated inaccurately is that the Yeshua (Jesus) depicted is well…handsome. Isaiah and all the prophesies said he was not handsome by human standards. So in effect, our culture can not refrain from it’s need to “market” a good-looking God.

The rest of the picture is exactly how we should see our Savior in our mind from His human-dwelling days here on earth. Most pictures have Him in Roman garb – the red and white robe is the tale-tale sign.

I am completely baffled at how many people who say they love Jesus are offended at the thought of Him as a Hebrew! If not offended, then they at least see no point in understanding Him from this perspective. Again, this catches my sensibilities as odd. I wonder…

Did not God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David and such; did He not invent the Hebrew/Jewish lineage by simply calling out a people to be so??

What language do you suppose God, the Father, used to write the 10 Commandments in to Moses on the Stone tablets?

Since God is God, He could have brought Yeshua (Jesus) down through any culture. But He chose the Hebrew/Jewish one He made special/set apart; quite different from bloodlines. It must be for a very important reason. God doesn’t just flip switches and hope for the best. He does every microscopic, teeny tiny thing for a very specific reason.

Do people really believe He spoke Greek/Latin??

If so…then don’t you think He would have been criticized at least in the Synagogue’s? Temple? Yet for all the criticizing He did get…not one word is written that He spoke anything other than the language of Gods people…Hebrew.

In all those scriptures in the Old Testament, where it saysGod said; The Lord spoke– and the like…what language do you think He spoke in? Every one of the prophets, Moses, Noah; they were all Hebrew/Jews. Their language was Hebrew.

I am driving in these questions not as a “personal” perspective dear fellowsheep; but tell the truth when I say: This is a Biblical Truth, not mine! When I began to get to know God I realized the key was in knowing Jesus…everything about Him was of the greatest importance! Because of this God led me straight to His lineage/language/culture He created. Hebrew language requires completely different thinking than English/Western culture types. Example:

In Hebrew/Eastern thinking the concept of looking forward and back is opposite Greek/English/Latin/Western thinking. Everything in front or forward is what is known. In other words the past all the way up to the moment one is in. Looking back is everything unknown. The Greek/Latin/English/Western way of thinking see’s “looking back as the past(what can be known). The Hebrew/Eastern way of thinking see’s “looking back” as looking into the future (what can not be known).

Now let’s look at something Yeshua (Jesus) said that will in bold and black and white reveal the difference as to how one can interpret what He said incorrectly without knowing the perspective above.

Luke 9:62 ~ Yeshua speaking…

To him Yeshua said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and keeps looking back is fit to serve in the Kingdom of God.”

Most my life, and most the people I know thought He was saying basically “Don’t live in the past.” Wrong…wrong a thousand times wrong! Yeshua thought from God, the Father’s perspective; the type of thinking taught to Hebrews/Jews. Looking back means looking into a future you can’t know. This is why He repeatedly said…”Don’t worry about the future. God knows it, not you, trust God for the future. I.E. clothes, food, where you will live, what you will say if so-n-such happens etc. If one is continually trying to understand that which only God can know…how can they serve in His Kingdom? We follow, meaning He will give us all we need in the moments we are in and we grow by trusting Him alone to take care of an hour from now, a day, a week, a year. Let’s look at another scripture which reveals a completely different perspective than what is typical of its perspective.

Philippians 3:13

Brothers, I, for my part, do not think of myself as having gotten hold of it: but one thing I do: forgetting what is behind me and straining forward towards what lies ahead, I keep pursuing the goal in order to win the prize offered by God’s upward calling in Messiah Yeshua.

Paul, being a Hebrew scholar, having been raised in the same culture/language and perspectives as Yeshua wrote this. His call was to teach the gentiles (western/Greek/Latin thinkers – who did not grow up cutting their teeth on the Word of God). But, he did not stop thinking like a Hebrew. This “forgetting what is behind me” is saying…I don’t look for what I can’t know. It makes more sense with what is said previous. The “straining forward towards what lies ahead” means pushing on in the trust of what God has revealed; what he has already been given to know. This makes the statement after complete and full in its message.

The concept of past and future to Yeshua and all Hebrews is based upon God. What He has revealed and what He has not. Its origin is found in the Garden of Eden where we took our fall. Where we wanted to be like God, knowing what He knows. Is this not what the serpent said to Eve?? Everything ties together when taken from our Saviors perspective.

I am not saying everyone should learn Hebrew! This will not teach the culture and perspectives!
I am saying it is wise to start asking God…God who has been revealing all truth and correct perspective…to teach you His Son. Yeshua was Hebrew/Jewish, it starts by learning what that means! God will show you resources to begin. I have given a few here on this blog. I will provide links below if you are called to learn. But! In essence this series will do what I just did above to help with understanding what Yeshua’s thinking/perspectives/views/meanings were that often have been taken in from the “wrong one”. Not “wrong” because we are guilty of error; we can not be guilty of having been brought up in Western/Greek thinking! No more than the gentiles of Paul’s day were considered “wrong”. Yet, having now been shown a truth one must – “work out their salvation” by pursuing its way πŸ™‚

Books are available by Jeff A. Benner at Amazon. Any of his material is exceptional. You could say this is the “call” similar to Paul’s of Mr. Brenner. To teach the Hebraic perspectives of Scripture. He has awesome YouTube videos, and a website.
http://m.ancient-hebrew.org/index.html

I will be using much of his work as a resource for this series.

Also Hebrew for Christians is a good resource.
http://www.hebrew4christians.com/

I also greatly enjoy and use The Complete Jewish Bible as my Bible of choice. It has a good translation based on Hebraic translation written in English. It has a dictionary in back to look up words that are written and kept in their Hebrew form. For example: in it you will find the Hebrew names of people written in English but kept in their Hebraic form – Yeshua – Jesus. In my About page I spoke of this preference for myself. Again it changes nothing about God’s word except that it keeps it more in Hebraic thought. Though no Bible has yet been accurately done this way in its entirety. It is a monumental undertaking, yet I pray someone will one day be called to do it.

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These can get you started. I began by watching all of Benner’s YouTube videos. They were excellently done, short and easy to follow. I also got all His books. Again they have not taught me to speak Hebrew, but to understand it.

If anyone has other good resources please feel free to share them. You may also benefit from looking up a Messianic Jewish church in your area…this will be greatly enjoyable. These are churches of Jews who believe Yeshua is the Messiah.

Please note: I am not saying these sources are infallible! I am saying God has used them greatly! But He, Himself has taught me more!! πŸ™‚ What does He say throughout His Word??

“If you seek Me, you shall find Me!”

I pray this series will bless you and lead you ever closer to our Shepherd/Savior/Teacher Yeshua – Jesus our Messiah and Lord. Its the only desire for it in my heart. Not to force my perspective, but share all He has shown me of Himself. I can not stay silent…its Life!

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❀

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4 Comments

  1. Roman P. Garrett said,

    what He knows. Is this not what the serpent said to Eve?? Everything ties together when taken from our Saviors perspective.

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  2. Toni Sprandel said,

    Love it! I love your use of the Hebrew terms and I hope and pray I could meet someone here close that I could befriend to learn from. Thank you for your heart for Yeshua!

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    • buttrflygrl14 said,

      So glad you enjoyed that πŸ™‚ Sister Toni
      Use those resources and let Abba do the rest…no human “came along side” me so to speak. Adonai truly does desire to teach us Himself πŸ™‚
      When we start really expecting Him to, He amazingly, mysteriously shows up…its quite unexplainable and yet as real as eating a meal. πŸ™‚
      Much love in our Shepherd to you! And THANK YOU for your heart for Yeshua!

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