Friday, April 22, 2016

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Passover during the Time of Yeshua



Pesach, Passover, begins tonight April 22, 2016 at sundown. The link below will give you a glimpse of the magnitude of the celebration in first century Jerusalem before the Temple was destroyed.

The entire Jewish nation converged on Jerusalem from all corners of the ancient world to celebrate Passover in the Holy City. Some lived nearby, and had a comparatively easy journey; some came from neighboring lands and others traveled great distances, even from as far away as Rome. The pilgrims came in caravans, numbering hundreds and sometimes even thousands of participants. Each group brought the obligatory "half-shekel" donation to the Temple treasury, on behalf of their respective constituency. Preparations in Jerusalem for the influx of such large numbers began early. On the first day of Adar, a full six weeks before the festival, special agents appointed by the Rabbinical court went about the countryside "to repair the roads, squares, and mikvaot, and to insure that the gravesites were properly marked" (to protect the pilgrims from exposure to ritual impurity - Mishna Shekalim 1:1). After the rainy winter, it was important to make sure that the roads were not washed out, and all the approaches to Jerusalem were traversable. Likewise the city squares and public areas along the way were cleared, so that they could function as way-stations where the pilgrims might spend the night and replenish their supplies along their arduous journey. Read the complete article at -- https://www.templeinstitute.org/passover.htm

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Murder, Anger & God

Most people recognize “You shall not murder” as one of the Ten Commandments, but few know where the commandment “You shall not get angry” is. How many people have violated that commandment? Read the latest Teachings of the Real Yeshua newsletter – Murder, Anger & God – at http://www.biblicalheritage.org/teachings_of_yeshua_2016_number_02.html

Thursday, March 10, 2016

BELIEVE Yeshua or BELIEVE IN Jesus

Who Should Christians Believe?


Did Yeshua Want Beliefs or Actions?

Yeshua (the Jewish Jesus) uses specific forms to present his teachings and I will layout his words in those forms to help you get a feel for his patterns. For me, it not only makes his words easier to understand, it gives me a feel for what his personality may have been like. In this lesson he reveals a very important insight about the way he taught and acted throughout his life in Galilee and Judea. What did phrases like the one below mean to Yeshua.

You are the light of the world . . . .
Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets . . . .
Not one JOT or one TITTLE will be taken away . . . .
except your TZEDAQAH exceeds the TZEDAQAH of the scribes and Pharisees


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Who Was the First Christ of the Bible and What Kind of Christ was Jesus?

A common assumption among people is that Christ was the last name of Jesus. There are two good reasons for this assumption.

(1) In our culture people are normally identified by two names, i.e., John Smith.

(2) In the English New Testaments most people read, he was called Jesus Christ.


Now let’s turn to the word “Christ” which we read in our Bibles. The first thing we must understand is that every English Bible is called a translation. The translators worked from ancient Greek manuscripts to make their translations. In those ancient manuscripts, when they saw the Greek word below they wrote “Christ” in their translation.



When you compare ancient manuscripts of books of the Bible to translations of those books, you will discover that translators have four options for working with the ancient words.

(1) translatewrite the meaning of the ancient Greek word.

(2) transliteratewrite the equivalent English letters of the Greek letters of the ancient Greek word.

(3) ignoreignore the ancient Greek word and write nothing.

(4) substitutewrite something unrelated to the ancient Greek words.


So, which option did the English translators choose when they read the ancient Greek word above? They chose #2 – transliterate.


The literal transliteration of the Greek word is CHRISTOS. The “-OS” is a case ending that translators drop, which leaves us with “Christ.” Make sure you understand the impact of making the decision to transliterate the Greek word, instead of translating it. The translators did not record the meaning of the word in their translation, therefore readers of their work are not told what the word CHRISTOS means. The translation of CHRISTOS is means “to pour” or “anoint,” therefore if they had chosen option #1 above, instead of having “Jesus Christ” in your New Testament you would see “Jesus anointed.” What does that mean to you?

Translating an ancient text requires much more than simply looking up Greek or Hebrew in a lexicon and deciding which of the four above options they will do. The first thing is to have an understanding of the culture of the people in the text, beginning with their language, customs, religions, etc. The culture of Jesus and his followers was Second Temple Judaism and the language he spoke when he taught was Hebrew. In his world, the Hebrew equivalent of CHRISTOS is this:

The transliteration of this word is MASHIYACH. In addition to the literal meaning of “anointed,” it was also a well-known title. A person was anointed by God to carry out a specific task, as we will see below. Therefore, an accurate translation is “Jesus the Anointed One.” Of course, we should note that if the translators had used this process of his name, this is what you would read in your English translation – “Yeshua the Anointed One.” No one in his world ever called him “Jesus.”

In the history of the Jewish people, those who were anointed included priests and kings. And, this brings us to the question of this article, “Who was the first Christ of the Bible?

(1) The first “Anointed One” of the Bible was Aaron, the brother of Moseshe was anointed as a priest (Exodus 29:7).

(2) Another Anointed One Christ (a priest) appears in Leviticus 4:5.

(3) The first king to be anointed was Saul (I Samuel 9:16).

(4) Perhaps the most interesting of the Christs is the one mentioned in Isaiah 45:1 -- Cyrus the Christ, King of the Persians! Interesting. Check it out.

During the Second Temple a new concept related to the title “Anointed One” appeared. Like the earlier “Anointed Ones,” he will be a great political leader descended from King David (Jeremiah 23:5). The mashiach is often referred to as "mashiach ben David" (mashiach, son of David). He will be well-versed in Jewish law, and observant of its commandments (Isaiah 11:2-5). He will be a charismatic leader, inspiring others to follow his example. He will be a great military leader, who will win battles for Israel. He will be a great judge, who makes righteous decisions (Jeremiah 33:15). The new belief about the “Anointed One” is that he will be “anointed” in the End of Days. (http://www.jewfaq.org/mashiach.htm)

What did Jesus believe he was “anointed” to do? Luke provides the answer and it was given by Jesus himself at his home synagogue. He read it from the scroll of Isaiah:

The Spirit of Yahweh is upon me, because He has “anointed” me to proclaim the good news to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of Yahweh. (Isaiah 61:1-2)

Let’s take another look at what Jesus said “the Christ” will do:

● proclaim the good news to the poor

● heal the brokenhearted

● proclaim liberty to the captives

● proclaim recovery of sight to the blind

● set at liberty those who are oppressed

● proclaim the acceptable year of Yahweh

Now let’s consider the meaning of the word “Christian.” It comes from the Greek word Χριστιανός (CHRISTIANOS) which means "follower of the Anointed One." As followers of the Anointed One they were committed to do the things above that Jesus had been anointed to do.

(1) Are you a Christian?

(2) Did your church tell you being a Christian means that you do the things above?

Think about it!


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Jim Myers