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Sunday, November 14, 2010

When Will We Return to Messiah?

What is "The Way"?

We know that the man called John the baptizer was just like Elijah when he shouted "Repent, prepare the Way" at the Jordan River. He shouted:
"Make ready the Way of the LORD, make his path's straight." Luke 3:4
Paul followed the same way but few see that so we explore that in a future post about Galatians. For now read this:
"According to the Way which they call a sect I do serve the God of our fathers, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets." Acts 24:14
Yeshua walks in “the way” yet many that say they walk with Him do not know the meaning of these words: 
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." John 14:6
In my Scripture studies, I found that that "the way" is based on the fact that our souls were created for God's way, not exile away from it. 

Adam lived some 900 years after his exile from the garden. All that time, knowing what he had done and what he was missing in Eden. We can rest assured he longed for his friendship with Te Father and his relationship with Almighty God. 

Like Adam, there is a longing in our hearts for the place of God, a desire we can't quite put our finger on. We thirst for the flowing water we have never tasted and the good fruit we have never eaten. That's why as children we all ask where did we come from, why are we here?

Today, we all hunger and thirst for the presence of our Creator. 

God says He declares the end from the beginning.

So David gave orders to gather the foreigners in the land of Israel, from whom he appointed stonecutters to prepare finished stones for building the House of God. 1 Chronicles 22:2

Then the king commanded, and they quarried great stones, costly stones, to lay the foundation of the house with cut stones. He was not allowed to finish the project, so Solomon’s builders and Hiram’s builders and the Gebalites cut them, and prepared the timbers and the stones to build the house. 1 Kings 5:17-18

Hiram had always been a friend of David. 1Kings 5:1

Yet, he was a Phoenician. The king of Tyre.  Hiram and Solomon made a covenant. 1Kings 5:12

The workers of Hiran and the Gebalite stone cutters were the Phoenicians that cut the foundation stone found below the Western Wall where one of the largest known building blocks in the world sits at one a million pounds.

It is amazing.

A Rabbi named Paul once asked: Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

We are all longing for redemption, a way to relationship with our Creator. 
It was once called "the way." 

The key to understanding "the way" of God is to understand He gives us His teaching and instruction for living because He loves us and it is "the way" we show Him our love and others. God teaches us His guidelines about how we are to live. He gave them to Israel and the sojourners with them. Yeshua lived them, but many think He started a new religion.

The way past the flaming sword is always between the Cherubim. The ark of the covenant is a picture of that. In Genesis 3:24, Scripture uses the phrase "So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life."

My question today is does that punctuation belong? After all there are no punctuations in Hebrew. What does this say?

"So he drove out the man and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims and a flaming sword which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life."

The two Cherubim over the Mercy Seat and embroidered within the Temple curtains point to Genesis 3. They stand sentry in the Holy of Holies, just as the Cherubim in Genesis. The flaming sword is the Word of God which turns every way to keep the way of the tree of life. 

If you are a Christian, do you keep the way of Tree of Life? 

The way to the tree of life entails passing between the Cherubim. 

Yet, who can go there? They are in the most holy place. And there's that flaming sword Christianity contends with. You may ask, what do you mean by that?

If we are to be restored back to "the way" we must keep the way of the tree of life.  To do that, we must follow the one who walked in "the way" yet we say He did away the front of the Bible that established the way.

Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah.

To start our journey to the Promised Land, we must begin by restoring the truth. Part of that is friendship, a proper relationship of Christian and Jew.

This is a key part of loving and doing according to God's word, according to all of His teaching and instruction, all of His Torah that Jesus the Jew taught.

To begin, we must leave Babylon and her ways of worship which are not "the way" of Almighty God, but the ways of the deceiver who first spoke to Eve.

Some declare faith in Jesus of Nazareth as their Messiah, but have turned their back to the commandments of God and the Jewish people. Some declare support for the Jewish people and Israel, yet they seek a blessing while believing the Jewish people will be plunged into tribulation until they convert, while they are rescued and hiding out on a rapture cloud.

That's not the opinion of everyone but it prevalent.

Praise God, a remnant are now awakening and learning that the way, the instruction of the Torah is how we are to begin our journey, just as Israel did.  

Those that consider themselves a part of a replacement "church" must repent and commit to restoring proper relationship between Christian and Jew.

This is happening.

Perhaps this was first seen when The International Council of Christians and Jews was established by William Temple, the Archbishop of Canterbury following World War II. Not long ago, they issued another clarion call in 2009 to both Christian and Jewish communities around the world commemorating the anniversary of the Seelisberg Gathering in 1947 which examined how Christian theology had allowed the holocaust, the Shoah to occur:

"In the summer of 1947, 65 Jews and Christians from 19 countries gathered in Seelisberg, Switzerland. They came together to express their profound grief over the Holocaust, their determination to combat antisemitism, and their desire to foster stronger relationships between Jews and Christians. They denounced antisemitism both as a sin against God and humanity and as a danger to modern civilization. And to address these vital concerns, they issued a call in the form of 10 points to Christian churches to reform and renew their understandings of Judaism and the relationships between Judaism and Christianity."

Think about the Holocaust. Think about what William Temple examined.  

Change requires that each Christian truly understand one of the meanings of the rending of the Temple curtain when the Yeshua went to the grave for three days. By His resurrection, He passed between the Cherubim. Indeed, as the Temple curtain was torn, "the way" was made for eternal life.

Not only was He Jewish, the early believers were all Jewish. The disciples were Jewish, those who lived in and around Jerusalem were Jewish. The "lost sheep" that followed Him in the Galilee were all Jewish.

These Jewish people understood Yeshua the Messiah walked in "the way" of righteousness which is declared in the Torah and shown by love and deed for each other.

God wants to save us. That is what Psalms 118 tells us. Take a look at verse 14 in Hebrew:
עָזִּי וְזִמְרָת יָהּ; וַיְהִי-לִי לִישׁוּעָה
This verse is generally translated as: "The LORD is my strength and song; and He is become my salvation." The word "Lord" here is Yah so the words tell us:
"Yah is my strength and song; and He is becoming my salvation."
The beauty of the verse is that word salvation. It happens to be the name Yeshua ישׁוּעָה it is seen again in verse 21:
אוֹדְךָ כִּי עֲנִיתָנִי; וַתְּהִי-לִי לִישׁוּעָה

"I will give thanks to you because you have answered me and are becoming my salvation."
We must remember that Yeshua ישׁוּעָה made it very clear that we must repent. It may not be what you think. That word means return. But never simply take my word for it. Instead, get a second witness from the Scriptures. Open and study God's word and let it be your witness to the truth.

If we do not repent we will "miss the mark." In Hebrew, missing the mark is sin, it's the very definition of the Hebrew word. We can see that when we break the language barrier! Forgiveness tells us His blood can cover our sin, it serves as our atonement, so we must repent and return to Messiah. (See Hebrews 9:12)

The calling on our lives by God's own voice is to be a holy people (See Hebrews 13:12; 1 Peter 2:9 and 3:11). Our walk in "His Way" must also match our confession and our belief.

If we commit to living our lives daily for God but are against our brother this prevents us from functioning in Messiah's way. So as believers, while we may believe in His salvation grace and redemption, we must also learn to share that grace by doing.

These words are not quoted from the Old Testament.

A walk of repentance is the fruit of salvation, it puts oil in our lamps and makes the linen white. (Read Matthew 25:1-13 and Revelation 19:8)

A lack of repentance will lead to sickness and poverty, both spiritually and physically.

The God of Israel is a Holy God and will not mix unholiness with what is holy. Bitterness or any other sin will affect our relationship with God and others in every area of our lives.

We must remember this is how many Israelites lost their lives in the wilderness, they were bitter, their hearts were hard as they turned from His instruction, His Torah.

James admonishes us today from his words that were written almost 2,000 years ago about the definition of "faith" it is not just believing:
"Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." James 1: 22
Repentance is a part of doing the word. It is a pivot point in our walk, it is a part of how we all are to return to Messiah to be His treasured possession. (See Exodus 19:5-6)

We can pray about all areas of our lives that we need health, a breakthrough or restoration, but if we don't repent, we can pray all we want. We must repent to see the blessing of our prayers.

What does this all mean?

It means that it is now time to repent and return to relationship with the Jewish people.

Repent and walk in the faith of the Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment.

God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided a way to offer every person His salvation and His gift of love through Messiah Yeshua.

Shalom ya'll.