What did Yeshua Think? ~ Part 2

June 5, 2013 at 2:32 am (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

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This prayer/phrase was integrated into every single thing Yeshua (Jesus) did, the Hebrews did. Hear O Israel the Lord our God is One God starts every prayer and blessing in this culture. Therefore we can know that Yeshua grew up with these words coming before and after virtually every action He took every day. Knowing it’s meaning…the function and purpose of it, when we know our Savior spoke these words almost as first words…is powerful.

The following is taken from The Living Words – Volume 1 – Pages 135-137 by Jeff A. Benner. Everything in parenthesis ( ) is my addition.

Application

Could you imagine watching the news one evening and the news anchor states, “A major earthquake hits, causing extensive damage and loss of life,” then moves onto the next story. No video, no details, no location, nothing. Well, this is exactly what translating one Hebrew word for one English word is like, as each Hebrew word is rich with meaning that cannot be expressed with only one English word.

We will be examining several verses of scripture, word by word, looking for the deeper meaning behind the Hebrew that has been lost in our English translations.

Hear O Israel

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one LORD: And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
~ Deuteronomy 6:4,5 (RSV)

Hear: sham a – This word means “to hear” but with the Hebraic idea “to pay attention to what is being spoken and act upon it“. When Israel “hears” the directions of God, they agree to act upon them they obey His Words. When God “hears” the pleas of Israel in bondage in Egypt, He acts upon them He rescues Israel.

(John 5:25 ~ Yeshua (Jesus) speaking…

Yes, indeed I tell you that there is coming a time – in fact, its already here – when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who listen will come to life.)

LORD: Yahweh – The name meaning “He exist”.

God: Elohiym -While this word is often translated as “God”, we must recognize that the idea behind a “god”, any “god” is a Greek concept. The Hebrew word means “judges” in the sense of One with great power and authority.

One: ehhad – The use of the word “one” in this verse is commonly interpreted to mean that there is only “one” God. However, from a Hebraic perspective, this verse is stating that Yahweh is in unity with Himself. A good example of this is the pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. A cloud and fire are opposites – one provides coolness and shade; the other heat and light. Yet they work together to preserve the people during the day and the night.

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(John 10:37-38 ~ Yeshua speaking…

“If I am not doing deeds that refect My Father’s power, don’t trust Me. But if I am, then, even if you don’t trust Me, trust the deeds; so that you may understand once and for all that the Father is united with Me, and I am united with the Father.”)

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Love: ahav – Love is not an emotion: it is an action. The context of this word in the text indicates that we are to “love” God with our actions, not with our emotions. (Because our emotions are always changing based on circumstances, hormones, and reactions. They can be used by the enemy to move away from God)

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( John 17:26 ~ Yeshua praying for us…

I made Your Name known to them, and I will continue to make it known; so that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them, and I, Myself may be united with them. )

Heart: levav – The heart in Hebrew thought is the thoughts of the mind, not an emotion as we would relate to the word heart. In this passage, we are informed how to “love” Yahweh – by keeping all our thoughts focused on Him.

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( Matthew 15:18-20 ~ Yeshua speaking…

But what comes out of your mouth is actually from your heart, and that is what makes a person unclean. For out of the heart come forth wicked thoughts, murder, adultery, and other kinds of sexual immorality, theft, lies, slanders…These are what really make a person unclean… )
(notice the wicked thoughts are mentioned first, then action, action, action. The concept of this prayer/command is neon in Hebraic perspective. Sow a thought…reap an action)

Soul: nephesh – Literally the whole of the person. First we are told to love Yahweh with our minds, now with all of our bodies, our wholeness.

Might: me’od – This is a very interesting word, especially in the way that it is used in this context. This word is used throughout Hebrew as an adverb, intensifying a verb, and is usually translated as very, greatly, or much. This is the only time this word appears as a noun and is best translated as “muchness”. This idea of muchness is expanding on the previous two ways we are to love Yahweh, first with our mind, then with our body, and now with everything we have. (All at our disposal, resources)

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( Matthew 13:44-45 ~ Yeshua speaking…

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. A man found it, hid it again, then in great joy went and sold everything he owned, and bought that field.
Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for fine pearls. On finding one very valuable pearl he went away, sold everything he owned and bought it.”
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Now that we have examined each word in this passage, to uncover their original meanings in the Hebrew culture, let’s translate it with a more Hebraic flavor. ( The way Yeshua thought and understood it )

Israel, pay careful attention and respond: Yahweh is our power and authority, Yahweh works in unity with Himself: and you shall act upon your love to Yahweh your power and authority with your thoughts and mind, with your entire body and with all the muchness that you have.

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It becomes increasingly clear that Yeshua thought and processed like a Hebrew. He knew these concepts and perspectives from His growth in the culture of God, the Father’s making…Hebrew/Jew. Every word He spoke is inundated with Hebraic thought. Which tells us that the richness and depth of God’s communication is profound this way.

So far in this series we have seen the value of looking “through His eyes” at the Words He spoke. We find confirmation after confirmation of His culture. That it makes a difference to understand it. It can be understood via the Greek/western mindset; but one gives a side salad if you will, which feeds but this way we get ” the full meal deal”. 🙂

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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4 Comments

  1. Men of One Accord said,

    Yeshua ben Yehovah, the I AM, the Way, the truth, I think you understand me, it is a hard day with words for me today. So many I AM in the book of John, anyway God Bless!

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    • buttrflygrl14 said,

      Yeshua bless you to dear Brother!! May the light of Yeshua shine brightly within as you journey through Yochanan’s heart!
      shalom

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  2. Toni Sprandel said,

    Thank you for the love, time and effort it took to write this post! I really like how it comes out in the Hebrew. You are so special, I love you with “muchness” dear sister!!

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    • buttrflygrl14 said,

      Oh how you bless me Sister Toni!! Thank you from the “muchness” that I am!! I, too, love you from the MUCHNESS of my whole being! Adonai be with you in Spirit and in truth, shalom in Yeshua our Precious Shepherd!!

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