Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Different Beginnings of Jesus in the Gospels: John’s Jesus

The beginning of John’s Jesus is very different from those of Mark, Luke and Matthew. John’s Jesus is not introduced as a man from Galilee or the son of Mary and the Holy Spirit. One word describes John’s Jesus:


For those who know how to use the BHC Greek-English Transliterator, take a moment to transliterate this word (if you haven’t downloaded your FREE BHC Transliterator click here to get it and learn how to transliterate Greek words).

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men


Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

Glory to God in the highest,
Peace on earth and good will toward men.

The message of the angels to the shepherds in Luke’s account is one of the most powerful messages in the New Testament. It has been memorized by children for centuries and touched the hearts of millions who long for – “peace on earth and good will toward men.”  It is a message that hearts understand, regardless of the doctrines lodged in the minds.

In the context of the Gospel of Luke, the message of the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Before the multitude of angels appeared, a lone angel delivered this message to a group of shepherds that were spending the night in the field with their flock:

“Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Anointed One of the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)

It was after this announcement that the angels appeared and said:

Glory to God in the highest,
Peace on earth and good will toward men.

The message announces that peace on earth and good will toward men will come through the baby – the future Savior and Anointed Onebut not in the way that most people have been taught to expect.

Since the angels were speaking to a group of Jewish shepherds in first century Judea, chances are very good they were speaking Hebrew. The words we are reading are English translations of ancient Greek manuscripts. So, let’s get back behind those ancient manuscripts and do our best to reconstruct the original Hebrew message:


The English translation is this:

“Glory to God in the highest
With SHALOM on the earth
What is acceptable on mankind.”

The mission of the future Savior and Anointed One is to bring “glory to God in the highest.” How is he supposed to do it? It is bringing “SHALOM on the earth and what is acceptable to mankind.” In other words, the mission of the Savior and Anointed One is creating SHALOM on the earth and by doing what is acceptable for mankind. Understanding the Hebrew meanings of the two underlined words is essential. Let’s begin with the root form of the second underlined word:

(Transliteration = RATzON [Holladay Lexicon p. 345 col. b last word])

This word is translated -- favor, what is acceptable and good understanding. The key to understanding it is determining from whose point of view is something favorable, acceptable or understood. The answer is -- “from God’s point of view.”

The first underlined word in this verse is:


(Transliteration = ShALOM [Holladay Lexicon p. 371 col. a first word])

ShALOM is usually translated “peace,” which most people understand to mean “lack of conflict or war.” The Hebrew meaning is much more than our English meaning of “peace.” Pay close attention to the meanings given by the Holladay Lexicon:

(1) ease, unaffectedness
(2) prosperity, success
(3) intactness, wholeness
(4) well-being, state of health
(5) peace
(6) kindness
(7) salvation

The bottom line is that ShALOM means to be whole and complete.”[i] Therefore, the mission of the Savior and Anointed One is:

“Glorify God the highest by making the earth whole and complete and mankind what is acceptable to God.”

The shepherds, as well as every other Jew that attended a synagogue, would have recognized the link to Ezekiel’s prophecy of the “Covenant of SHALOM:”

I will make a covenant of SHALOM with them and will rid the land of wild beasts, so that they can live securely in the wilderness and even sleep in the woods. I will turn them and the regions around my hill into a blessing. I will make showers come down in their season; they will be showers that bring blessing.[ii]

Then they will know that I, YAHWEH their God, am with them, and that they are My people, the House of Israel, declares YAHWEHAnd you, My sheep, the sheep of My pasture, are My people, and I am your God, declares YAHWEH.[iii]

Why did YAWHEH’s people not live in ShALOM?

The word of YAHWEH came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them: “To the shepherds – thus says YAHWEH; “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not shepherds feed the flock? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the choice animals, but you do not feed the sheep!

You have not strengthened the weak, healed the sick, bandaged the injured, brought back the strays, or sought the lost, but with force and harshness you have ruled over themThey were scattered because they had no shepherd, and they became food for every wild beastMy sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over the entire face of the earth with no one looking or searching for them.”

Shepherds, hear the word of YAHWEH`As surely as I live, declares YAHWEH, my sheep have become prey and have become food for all the wild beasts. There was no shepherd, and my shepherds did not search for my flock, but fed themselves and did not feed my sheep.[iv]

Why was the earth not ShALOM? Israel’s shepherdskings and priestswere consuming the sheep instead of tending, guarding and protecting them. Those shepherds would not have been spending their nights in the fields taking care of the flock.

The second word RATzON (“acceptable”) is found in another prophecy about a future Anointed One. It is the prophecy Jesus used to declare that he was that Anointed One to his friends and neighbors at his hometown synagogue:

Jesus went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

“The Spirit of YAHWEH is on me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the acceptable year of YAHWEH.”

Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”[v]

Why was the state of mankind not acceptable to God? If we go back a few chapters in Isaiah before the section Jesus read at the synagogue we will find the answers:

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a horn, and declare unto My people their transgression, and to the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek Me daily, and wish to know My ways, like a nation that performed TZEDAQAH, and did not forsake the ordinance of its God; they ask Me ordinances of TZEDAQAH; they desire nearness to God.[vi]

“Why have we fasted, and You did not see; we have afflicted our soul, and You do not know?” Behold, on the day of your fast you pursue business, and [from] all your debtors you exact [payment]. Behold, for quarrel and strife you fast, and to strike with the fist of wickedness. Do not fast like this day to make your voice to be heard on high.
 
Will such be the fast that I will choose, a day of man’s afflicting his soul? Is it to bend his head like a fishhook and to out spread sackcloth and ashes?  Will you call this a fast, and an acceptable day to YAHWEH? [vii]

Is this not the fast I will choose? To undo the fetters of wickedness, to untie the bands of perverseness, and to let out the oppressed free, and all perverseness you shall eliminate.
 
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and moaning poor you shall bring home; when you see a naked one, you shall clothe him, and from your own flesh you shall not hide.[viii]

The way Isaiah defines TZEDAQAH here lays the foundation for the entire movement and teachings of Jesus – TZEDAQAH is feeding the hungry, providing shelter for the homeless, clothing for those without clothing, and helping their kinfolks.  To put it even more clearly, if the Jewish Jesus stated his mission and message it would have sounded like this:

It is my mission and responsibility to do acts of TZEDAQAH where ever I find the lack of SHALOM or people living lives that that do not measure up to what God defines as “acceptable.” This is also the mission of all who follow me and belong to my movement.

This is not the primary message and mission that Christians are taught today by their churches. But interestingly, on one day every year the spirit of the Jewish Jesus reappears briefly and can be seen by the world as Christians turn their attention to doing the things prophesied by Isaiah, Ezekiel and Jesus – that day is Christmas.  As I worked on this article, a television news broadcast is showing stories about busloads of homeless people that are being given a free night and food at a major hotel; and other stories about food and gifts being given to the hungry and the poor. They want the hungry, poor and homeless to have a good Christmas. But, what happens to those people the day after Christmas -- and all the days until next Christmas?

If the real Jesus, the one that came to fulfill the prophecies of Isaiah and Ezekiel, showed up in your town – who would he be looking for and what would he be doing for them? Where are the conditions not SHALOM or the quality of life acceptable to God in your town? If you wanted to see the real Jesus, then that is where you would have to go to find him. Take a moment to think about this:

What if all 2,000,000,000 Christians understood the real message of the real Jesus and did what that Jesus did and taught? What would happen?

(1) Billions of lives would be protected and preserved.
(2) Billions of lives would become more functional.
(3) Billions of people would have their quality of life increased dramatically.
(4) Many leaders, employers, usurious lenders – evil shepherds – would be tried by a just justice system.
(5) 2,000,000,000 Christians would experience being the image of God.

And, we might hear a sound in the sky, look up and see a multitude of angels proclaiming:

“Glory to God in the highest
With SHALOM on the earth
What is acceptable on mankind.”

We, at the Biblical Heritage Center, are praying this prayer for you:

May YAHWEH empower and guard you.
May YAHWEH make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you.
May YAHWEH lift up His countenance upon you, and give you SHALOM!

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[ii] Ezekiel 34:25-26
[iii] Ezekiel 34:30-31
[iv] Ezekiel 34:1-8
[v] Luke 4:16-20
[vi] Isaiah 58:1-2
[vii] Isaiah 58:3-4
[viii] Isaiah 58:5-7




Monday, December 23, 2013

The Different Beginnings of Jesus in the Gospels: Matthew’s Account

This is third Gospel account of the beginnings of Jesus. We are examining them in chronological order – Mark, Luke, Matthew and John.

David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon begot Rehoboam . . . And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called the Anointed One. (1:6-7)


If you read Luke’s account, I bet you immediately saw a major difference in Matthew’s genealogy. In Luke, Joseph was from the line of Nathan, but in Matthew he is from Solomon’s line. Matthew’s Joseph is a party to David’s covenant, which descendants of Nathan were not. Read complete blog at -- http://fromonejesus.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-different-beginnings-of-jesus-in_22.html

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Different Beginnings of Jesus in the Gospels: Luke’s Account


In the sixth month God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth of Galilee to Mary an unmarried young woman engaged to Joseph, of the house of David. (1:26-27)

Luke begins by letting readers know that this event took place “in the sixth month,” which is the month of Elul (August/September) on the Jewish calendar. If this is correct, then Jesus could not have been born in December, as Christians have been taught for the past 1,700 years. This may be a factor in why some translators inserted something in their translation that is not found in the ancient Greek manuscripts.  Read the rest of the study at -- http://fromonejesus.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-different-beginnings-of-jesus-in_20.html

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Different Beginnings of Jesus in the Gospels: Mark’s Version

The modern New Testament canon contains four Gospels. When they are placed in chronological order (the order in which they were written) they are: Mark, Luke, Matthew & John. They were written as separate scrolls and circulated that way at first. Each Gospel was “the” Gospel of different congregations in the early years of Christianity. Then copies were made and shared by communities until the first New Testament canons appeared. There are many other gospels in existence, but only the four above ultimately were chosen by Athanasius to be in the New Testament he created in the 4th century.

 This is the Christmas season and the “Christmas story” is told often, but the story we hear and see in school plays and church services is not found in that form in any of the Gospels. It was created by taking stories from multiple Gospels and putting them all together. But that destroys the ancient accounts of Jesus’s beginnings that were known in the different early congregations. This is the first of four blogs in which each of the four accounts are presented as stand-alone accounts. You will soon see that they are indeed very different and they present different stories about the beginnings of Jesus. I will present the Gospels in chronological order beginning with Mark, which was written about 72 CE.

Read this blog at -- http://fromonejesus.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-different-beginnings-of-jesus-in.html

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Transliteration that Restores the Original Messages of Yeshua

Have you learned how to transliterate Greek and Hebrew words yet? If you haven’t you should, because it will elevate your Bible study skills tremendously – and learning how is FREE! Just click on the links below and you will soon be working with Greek and Hebrew:


We used a very interesting word as an example in the above lessons. It is a Hebrew word that was transliterated into Greek and is often transliterated into English – AMEN (click here to see example). In this blog we are going to focus on the word “AMEN” in the Greek text of the New Testament:


Before we turn to the Greek text, we need to discuss chapter and verse markers in the Bible. They are not found in the ancient Greek manuscripts. Classically, scrolls of the books of the bible have always been divided by blank spaces at the end (petuhoth) or middle (setumoth) of the lines. Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury between 1207 and 1228, is credited with being the one who divided the Bible into the chapters that remains in use today.[i]

Robert Estienne created a verse numbering system in his 1551 edition of the Greek New Testament which was also used in his 1553 publication of the Bible in French. Estienne's system was widely adopted, and his system is found in almost all modern Bibles.[ii] Estienne was a 16th-century printer and classical scholar in Paris. He was a former Catholic who became a Protestant late in his life and the first to print the Bible divided into standard numbered verses.

Chapter and verse markers act like traffic signs. Chapter markers are like “STOP” signs. Many people base their Bible reading schedule on chapters and stop when they come to the end of a chapter. or multiple chapters of their Bible every day.

STOP: CHAPTER BREAK

Verse markers, on the other hand, are more like “SLOW” signs. Readers slow down, but usually coast on by until they encounter the next “STOP” sign.

SLOW DOWN: NEW VERSE AHEAD

The more you study the biblical text using the BHC linguistic skills, the clearer it becomes that many chapter and verse breaks were inserted in the wrong places. When that happens the context may be adversely affected or destroyed. It is very important to learn to learn how to ignore the chapter and verse markers and define the context by following the flow of what is written.

One of the obvious examples of verse markers being in the wrong place can be seen in contexts where the Greek word “AMEN” appears in the Gospels. However, finding the translation of “AMEN” isn’t always easy. Which word is the translation of “AMEN” in the King James Version of Matthew 5:18:

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

(In The Real Yeshua Blog I explained the meanings of jot and tittle.)  In order to find “AMEN” we are going to learn how to use another very important and valuable Bible study tool – the interlinear Bible. It has the Greek or Hebrew text with an English translation below each word. The interlinear Bible is available online for FREE. Click Here to go a interlinear text of Matthew 5 and then scroll down to verse 18 and find the Greek word “AMEN.”


Did you find it? “AMEN” is the first word in the verse and below it is the English translation “truly.” The King James translators translated it “verily.” Now, instead of using one of the above translations, let’s transliterate  it.

Amen! For I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Keep in mind that Yeshua was teaching in Hebrew, not Greek or English. Remember, “AMEN” is also the transliteration of the Hebrew word, which means “so be it.” “AMEN” usually comes at the end of something and is used to highlight or stress something.  But, in this verse “AMEN” is the first word in the sentence. Why? It is first because Robert Estienne inserted a verse marker right in the middle of a point Yeshua was making.  As a result, the word he used to stress the point he was making was severed from the statement. Now look what happens when we reconnect the two parts and recreate the original context by combining verses 17 & 18:

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. Amen! For I say unto you, until heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

There are four words that have cultural meanings that differ from the normal definitions you will find in an English dictionary. (Click Here to see my blog which will provide more information about those words.) Below is a reconstruction that reflects more accurately the cultural meaning of what Yeshua really said:

Think not that I am come to misinterpret the Torah or the Prophets (two sections of the Hebrew Scriptures).   I have not come to misinterpret, but to correctly interpret them. Amen! For I say unto you, until heaven and earth pass, neither the smallest Hebrew letter YOD nor one of the even smaller decorative marks on the Hebrew letters shall in no way be removed from the Torah until all is correctly interpreted.

Knowing that the Greek word “AMEN” is in the verse and that it usually appears after a significant statement or point is made allows you to reconnect the parts and reconstruct the words of Yeshua. You will be able to see what he wanted to emphasize. (Keep in mind that when you need to use a Greek or Hebrew interlinear Bible, CLICK HERE to go to the Biblical Heritage Bible Study Tools Page and you will find the link to interlinear Bibles, different versions of the Bible, dictionaries, encyclopedias and much more.)

Now it’s your turn. Below is a list of some other verses in the King James Version in which the Greek word “AMEN” was translated “verily.” You will find an online version of the King James Bible on our Bible Study Tools Page too. You can use it and your word processor to copy and paste verses in documents, so you can start working on your own translation of the Bible. Be sure to set up a folder and save all of your work. As you look at each appearance of “AMEN” in the verses below do the following:

(1) Replace the translation “verily” with “Amen!”

(2) See if a verse or chapter marker was inserted in the wrong place.

(3) Reconstruct the context by reconnecting the parts  & see what Yeshua wanted to stress.

I think you will be amazed by how much power is added to the teachings of Yeshua by simply doing this exercise. Have fun as you reconstruct the original contexts of the following verses:

(1) Matthew 5:26
(2) Matthew 6:2
(3) Matthew 6:5
(4) Matthew 6:16
(5) Matthew 10:15

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Looking at Christianity From the Other End of the Timeline

When we look back down the timeline of Christianity to the period in which Jesus lived, an inch on the timeline can cover centuries.  The importance of many of the events that took place during that inch are unknown today, along with the people that lived in that inch. This is a reality that every genealogist comes to understand very quickly. We also learn another very important truth – every one of the people in my line of ancestors had to live for me to exist. It took them all to create my DNA.


But, there is more to each of us than a collection of genes that made their way across time to become our part of our DNA – our beliefs were also making their way across time to become part of our Belief Systems.  Genes and beliefs both affect how we understand, view and understand our world and the things that happen in it. Until we learn about the journeys of our genes and beliefs, we live our lives completely unaware of their origins and roles. Read the complete blog at -- http://fromonejesus.blogspot.com/2013/11/looking-at-christianity-from-other-end.html

Looking at Christianity From the Other End of the Timeline

When we look back down the timeline of Christianity to the period in which Jesus lived, an inch on the timeline can cover centuries.  The importance of many of the events that took place during that inch are unknown today, along with the people that lived in that inch. This is a reality that every genealogist comes to understand very quickly. We also learn another very important truth – every one of the people in my line of ancestors had to live for me to exist. It took them all to create my DNA.


But, there is more to each of us than a collection of genes that made their way across time to become our part of our DNA – our beliefs were also making their way across time to become part of our Belief Systems.  Genes and beliefs both affect how we understand, view and understand our world and the things that happen in it. Until we learn about the journeys of our genes and beliefs, we live our lives completely unaware of their origins and roles. Read the complete blog at -- http://fromonejesus.blogspot.com/2013/11/looking-at-christianity-from-other-end.html

Monday, November 25, 2013

Understanding the World of Yeshua

The opening series of blogs I posted are designed to introduce visitors to the Jewish Jesus and his world. If you haven’t read them yet or would like to review them, click on the links below. The more you can learn about his world, the better you will be able to understand his message and recognize those which were not.


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Part 2: How to Transliterate Hebrew Words

The purpose of this lesson is to make you more familiar with specific Hebrew letters. You have probably noticed that some of them look very similar and that there are cases where two Hebrew letters are transliterated by the same English letters. You will also learn the Hebrew Alphabet Song so you can easily memorize the Hebrew alphabet. Click here to go to lesson -- http://bhcbiblestudies.blogspot.com/2013/11/part-2-how-to-translate-hebrew-words.html

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Learning How to Work With Greek & Hebrew Words



Learning how to transliterations of Greek and Hebrew words will elevate your level of Bible study skills tremendously. Even if you have never seen a Greek or Hebrew words before, in the next 30 minutes you will learn how to use the BHC Greek & Hebrew Transliterators -- and will have taken the first steps to being able to work with the Greek & Hebrew languages. We created these BHC Bible Study Tool to help you & they are FREE! 

Begin by learning how to transliterate Hebrew words by clicking on -- http://bhcbiblestudies.blogspot.com/2013/11/how-to-transliterate-hebrew-words.html

Then, learn how to transliterate Greek words by clicking on -- http://bhcbiblestudies.blogspot.com/2013/11/how-to-transliterate-greek-words.html

When you finish, you will have your own BHC Greek and Hebrew Transliterators to use in your own Bible studies. They are both essential tools for learning about the Real Yeshua.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Salvation Message of Yeshua: Light and Darkness


The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, if you are a generous person that gives to the poor your whole body will be full of light. But if you are a stingy or greedy person who gives his poor needy brother nothing, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23)

My two previous blogs have unlocked the meanings of the two idioms Yeshua used in the verses above:

(1) good eye a generous person that gives to the poor
(2) evil eyea stingy or greedy person who gives his needy brother nothing

Now let’s turn our attention to the words light and darkness. In the Jewish culture light and life are often used synonymously. This relationship can be found in numerous examples, like the one below.

"Better to extinguish the light on Sabbath than to extinguish life, which is God's light" (Shab. 30b).[i]

The parallels are clear:

(1) light = life
(2) darkness = death

The relationship of the Creator and life is established in the opening words of the first chapter of the Torah (Genesis 1). This revealed a foundational principle of the Torah – life is the first priority and highest value of the Creator. Life was also the first priority and highest value of Yeshua. Now let’s add this information to the verses above:

The life of the body is the eye. Therefore, if you are a generous person that gives to the poor your whole body will be full of life. But if you are a stingy or greedy person who gives his poor needy brother nothing, your whole body shall be full of death. If therefore the life that is in you is death, how great is that death!

Even though a greedy stingy person, who does not help his poor brothers and sisters (fellow humans), even though he is alive – he is living like a dead person. If his life is like death – how great is that death? The acts of a greedy stingy person are extinguishing the light of the Creator. On the other hand, the acts of a generous person increase the light of the Creator.

The key to understanding the Torah and the teachings of Yeshua is discovering the standard that the Creator and Yeshua shared. I call it the TOV Standard and it was the standard the Creator used to judge His acts of creation. In your English translation of Genesis 1, it is found in the verses that read: “And God saw that it was good.” The Hebrew word translated “good” is TOV. The word “good” does not sufficiently translate the meaning of TOV in that context. Below is a much more accurate definition:  

TOV is an an act that is visible and concrete; beautiful and pleasant to the Creator’s eyes; that makes something more functionally complete; that protects and preserves life; and that enhances and increases the quality of life.

In the verses from the Hebrew Scriptures that we found the parallelism that explained the meaning of the idiom good eye, we read:

He that has a good eye shall be blessed;
for he gives his bread to the poor.[ii]

A poor person was hungry and had no food to eat. Another person saw that the poor person was hungry. He had bread and gave food to the hungry person. Let’s use the Creator’s TOV Standard to judge that act:

Sharing food with a hungry person is a visible and concrete act; it is beautiful and pleasant to the Creator’s eyes; it makes the poor person more functionally complete; it protects and preserves life; and it enhances and increases the quality of the poor person’s life.

Now let’s measure the act of the one with an evil eye -- a greedy stingy person that does not share his food -- with the TOV Standard:

The act of not giving food to the poor is an act that is visible and concrete; it is not beautiful and pleasant to the Creator’s eyes; it makes the poor person less functionally complete; it threatens and destroys life; and, it decreases the quality of the poor person’s life.

The person with a good eye does TZEDAQAH – righteousness. A person with an evil eye does RA – evil or wickedness. Those with a good eye or evil eye in Judaism hold a very special status:

"For the living know that they will die" (Kohelet 9:5) - this is referring to tzaddikim (righteous people), who, in their death, are called living.

This can also be seen in the words of Isaiah, which are no doubt the source of Yeshua’s choice to use “light” and “darkness” in his teachings:

Is this not the fast I will choose? To undo the fetters of wickedness, to unite the bands of perverseness, and to let out the oppressed free, and all perverseness you shall eliminate. Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and moaning poor you shall bring home; when you see a naked one, you shall clothe him, and from your flesh you shall not hide. Then your light shall break forth as the dawn, and your healing shall quickly sprout, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall gather you in. Then you shall call and the Lord shall answer, you shall cry and He shall say, “Here I am,” if you remove perverseness from your midst, putting forth the finger and speaking wickedness. And you draw out your soul to the hungry, and an afflicted soul you sate, then your light shall shine in the darkness and your darkness shall be like noon.[iii]

Pay close attention to what will happen to those with a good eye:

your light shall break forth as the dawn
your healing shall quickly sprout
your righteousness shall go before you
the glory of the Lord shall gather you in
your light shall shine in the darkness
your darkness shall be like noon

Yeshua saw something very important lesson in Isaiah’s words. It was so important that it became his message and promise of salvation:

Your acts of righteousness will go before you when you are gathered in by the Lord at death. Your life shall shine in death and you shall live. Your live will rise from death!

Keep this principle in mind as you read the words of Yeshua. He will repeat it over and over throughout his teachings. It is also seen in the teachings of his followers. Below are a couple of examples of teachings that stress the importance of doing acts that meet the TOV Standard in the New Testament:

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, “Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave me no food. I was thirsty, and you did not give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you did not take me not in. I was naked, and you did not clothed me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit me.” Then shall they also answer him, saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not care for you?” Then he shall answer them, saying, “Amen! I say unto you, Inasmuch as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” And these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal. (Matthew 25:41-46)


Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth. They that HAVE DONE GOOD, unto the resurrection of life; and they that HAVE DONE EVIL, unto the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:28-29)

What does it profit, my brethren, though a man says he has faith, and does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you says unto them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled.” But you do not give them those things which are needful to the body -- what does it profit? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. (James 2:14-18)

The one person who seems to have missed the most important message in the teachings of Yeshua was Paul:

James, Cephas (Peter) and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised. All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along. (Galatians 2:9-10)

When we read Paul’s epistles, we do not find the salvation message that Yeshua, John or James taught. As a matter of fact, Paul’s words have been used as the foundation of a very different salvation message – one in which works are discouraged.  

There are thousands of churches that teach salvation messages based on Paul’s gospel, but I can’t think of one church that teaches Yeshua’s salvation message – can you? The interesting thing about Yeshua’s salvation message is that it doesn’t require anyone to believe any religion’s theology.

Think of what would happen if all of the churches that are located in your town taught the message of Yeshua -- and their actively encouraged their members and staffs to use their homes, facilities and budgets to do acts of TOV?

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[i] Babylonian Talmud
[ii] Proverbs 22:9
[iii] Isaiah 586-10