Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Yeshua (Jesus) Matthew 22:23-46, The Resurrection, G-D of the Living not the Dead, Jesus Teaches the Torah - Greatest Commandments, Son of David?

(This is a general interpretation and teaching on Holy Scripture. please read the Word for yourself, pray, ask G-D for knowledge and he will give it to you. Do not take our word as law.)

We continue with more teachings of Jesus and how he completely put the Sadducees to silence with his complete knowledge of G-D's Word. This teaching is in regard to the resurrection of married couples.

Matthew 22

23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,

24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.

25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother:

26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.

27 And last of all the woman died also.

28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,

32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.

34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.

As you can read in Jesus' response above we will not know our spouses as spouses if we make it Heaven. We will have no knowledge of our earthly lives. It is a sound commonsense principle; if we recognize our family as family then we will recognize that certain people in our family did not make it, that would lead to sadness and sorrow. And we all know that sadness and sorrow are absent from Heaven.

The next teaching, or saying, concerns the resurrection itself, in which the Sadducees did not believe in. "G-D is the God of the living not the dead" This saying of Christ is often misunderstood in my opinion. We think of living as eternal to this earthly existence. Christ spoke of "life" as eternal to our Soul's Heavenly existence. This opens the door to a lot of questions concerning G-D and how G-D perceives those on earth. All I can say is; we are not G-D and aside from the teachings we have it is not a subject that we should concern ourselves with. Remember this teaching from the Torah;

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Meaning; G-D will not hold us accountable for things only known to G-D. So why worry about it...

Matthew 22

35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Jesus taught the Torah with authority and purity. In the prophecies of Isaiah concerning Yeshua it is written:

Isaiah 42:21 The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.

People were going through the motions of the Law or Torah without changing their hearts. Works of the Law, as a "system" of salvation, started dying on the vine way before Jesus came to earth.

Isaiah 1

2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.

3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.

5 Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.

7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.

8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.

9 Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.

10 Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?

13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.

14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.

15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lordhath spoken it

Yeshua came to perfect the Law in our hearts.

Matthew 22

41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,

42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David.

43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,

44 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?

45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?

46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

Many say, and it is written in certain places as well, that Jesus did not want his identity known. That is not necessarily true. He certainly identified himself as Lord many times. This teaching seems to contradict the popular belief of the Messiah in 1st century Israel, a belief that survives today. That the Messiah would be only a man, a earthly warrior king who would descend from the bloodline of King David. Thus it confines the Messiah to realm of a earthly king.

Jesus let his tempters know where he receives his authority and who his Father is. He does not receive his authority simply because he descended from King David and his genealogy is not the center of his Kingship. His Father is G-D, his Kingship and Authority are ordained of G-D, not genealogy.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Yeshua (Jesus) Matthew 22:1-22-Parable of the Wedding, Many are Called but Few Are Chosen, Caesar's Taxes

(This is a general interpretation of holy Divine Scripture. Please do not take our word as law for there is only ONE Law and that is the Word of G-D. Pray and ask G-D for knowledge and he will grant you knowledge. )

We continue with another parable of Christ, the parable of being called to a Royal Wedding. This parable is often misunderstood as being a parable of the differences of social classes. The meaning of the parable is about being called by the Father. Some simply refuse to come to the wedding while others arrive unprepared.

Matthew 22

1. And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,

2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:

6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.

7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.

9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.

10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:

12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

If you read closely you will discover the meaning behind this parable. Being prepared to be called by G-D is the single most important thing one can do. It is also a testament of those who are too involved with their own lives, their business, their earthly desires rather than being concerned with G-D. This lesson is a very important lesson for those who live in our modern, fast paced, world.

Matthew 22

15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.

16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.

17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?

19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.

20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.

This is one of the most quoted teachings of Jesus Christ. Everyone has heard this saying. But the meaning behind it is often misunderstood. One must pay attention to the beginning of this teaching and what the hypocrites said to Christ.

"we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men."

This is true. Yeshua and his Father could care less about you as a man of this world. He could care less if you make a lot of money or make very little, if you hold a position of power or serve as a common laborer. Yeshua cares for your soul. So understanding this will enable you to understand the comment Yeshua made about Caesar's taxes.

What man has created is useless. If taxes are imposed by your leaders, then pay the tax because money is made of man, not created by G-D. This ties into Yeshua's teachings of living voluntarily in poverty to separate yourself completely from this world, then you get closer to perfection. In short; Yeshua simply does not care about your wealth or how much money you have in your bank account. If we, as modern humans, were able to shed ourselves of the burden of money we would in fact be closer to G-D.