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SCRIPTURES should be read first
ago, we were delivered from Egypt – dwelling in sin. (We must have been born
John 3: 5
Yeshua answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and
the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 "That which is
born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 "Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' 8
"The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know
where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the
Spirit." 9 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can these things be?" 10
Yeshua answered and said to him, "Are you the teacher of Israel and do not
understand these things?
We are approaching Yom Teruah, when Yeshua will return for his bride! (We must
Galatians 5: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness,
self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who
belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26
Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.
Deut 3:29 "So we remained
in the valley opposite Beth-Peor (where Moses was buried – v.34:6).
We dwell in the valley by
the House of the Idol (Beit Peor), where Moses could go no farther.
1 Corinthians 13:12
Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see
everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete,
but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
Jeremiah 32:16 "After I
had given the deed of purchase to Baruch (Blessed) the son of NeriYah (Lamp of
Yahweh), then I prayed to Yahweh . . . "
The deed has been given to
Blessed one (Baruch), the son of the Yahweh’s Lamp (NeriYah).
Revelation 5: 9
And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are You to take the book and to break
its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men
from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. 10 "You have made
them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the
Psalm 122:1 I Was glad
when they said to me, "Let us go to the House of Yahweh.
They are about to say to
us, “Let us to go up to the House of Yahweh” (Psalm 122:1).
God created Eden in perfection, giving
instruction (Torah) to Adam. Then Adam sinned, transgressing God's instruction.
But God promised a redeemer through Eve.
In like manner, and in further example for us,
God chose out Israel, and gave them instruction (Torah). Even after living with
daily obvious miracles, they continued to transgress God's instruction. But, as
we see in today's readings, God promised a redeemer, and He promised to put His
spirit in His people, and finally place them in the Promised Land, where they
will dwell in righteousness.
We dwell in the land of idolatry. We have been
given God's covenant. Though we sin, we have an advocate, and God will
ultimately fully cleanse us. We are about to rehearse the second
coming of Messiah Yeshua, and our resurrection to righteousness.
"Behold, days are coming," declares Yahweh, "when I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, 32 not like the
covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to
bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I
was a husband to them," declares Yahweh. 33 "But this is the covenant
which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares Yahweh,
"I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be
their God, and they shall be My people. 34 "They will not teach
again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, 'Know Yahweh,'
for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,"
declares Yahweh, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will
remember no more."
"Behold, I will gather them out of all the lands to which I have driven them in
My anger, in My wrath and in great indignation; and I will bring them back to
this place and make them dwell in safety. 38 "They shall be My
people, and I will be their God; 39 and I will give them one heart
and one way, that they may fear Me always, for their own good and for the good
of their children after them. 40 "I will make an everlasting covenant
with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put
the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me. 41
"I will rejoice over them to do them good and will faithfully plant them in this
land with all My heart and with all My soul.
If we look at the definition of “New Covenant”
from the Bible, we can see assuredly that it is future, when everyone will know
God, and there is no more need to evangelize. The division of the Bible into two
sections, called “Old Testament” and “New Testament,” is an idea of only the
last few hundred years; it has vastly corrupted the understanding of God’s Holy
1. God has not changed from judgmental to
gracious. He has always been the God of judgment (Elohim) and the God of grace
(Yahweh). [See ‘Use of God’s Names’]
2. There have not been not two means of
salvation, one before the crucifixion and the other after; salvation has been by
grace through faith in a promised redeemer since Adam. Today’s believers do not
uniquely possess the Holy Spirit.
Job, in all his affliction, did not say: “Yahweh
gives and Yahweh takes away (Job 1:21-22), and “I know that my redeemer lives,
and at last He will take His stand on the earth” (Job 19:25), except by the Holy
Abraham - x
David - x
Long after the crucifixion, resurrection,
ascension, and Pentecost, Paul was at Corinth, where some disciples had not
“received the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:2).
The promise of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26; Acts
1:5-9, 2:33) was to certify the apostles, and Yeshua’s truth: nothing indicates
that aspect was to be a continuing situation.
3. There is no gentile “New Testament” church
that contrasts to the Hebrew synagogue, and “pastors” are not Biblical heads of
churches. [See ‘Synagogue / Church’]
4. Sabbath has not changed from the seventh day
to Sunday. [See ‘Sabbath is Messianic’}
5. There are not different ordinances now than
before the crucifixion (e.g., baptism, Lord’s supper). [See ‘Mikvah / Baptism’
and ‘Festival Explanations’]
* Commentary installation incomplete*
"Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King
of the Universe,
Who chose us from among all peoples by
giving us Your Torah.
Blessed are You, Yahweh, giver of the
(V.1-22 go with previous week)
1 "Then we turned and
went up the road to Bashan, and Og, king of Bashan, with all his people came out
to meet us in battle at Edrei. 2 "But Yahweh said to me, 'Do not fear
him, for I have delivered him and all his people and his land into your hand;
and you shall do to him just as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived
at Heshbon.' 3 "So Yahweh our God delivered Og also, king of Bashan,
with all his people into our hand, and we smote them until no survivor was left.
Amen. 4 "We
captured all his cities at that time; there was not a city which we did not take
from them: sixty cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
5 "All these were cities fortified with high walls, gates and bars,
besides a great many unwalled towns. 6 "We utterly destroyed them, as
we did to Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women and children
of every city. 7 "But all the animals and the spoil of the cities we
took as our booty.
Amen. 8 "Thus we
took the land at that time from the hand of the two kings of the Amorites who
were beyond the Jordan, from the valley of Arnon to Mount Hermon 9 (Sidonians
call Hermon Sirion, and the Amorites call it Senir): 10 all the
cities of the plateau and all Gilead and all Bashan, as far as Salecah and Edrei,
cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan. 11 (For only Og king of Bashan
was left of the remnant of the Rephaim. Behold, his bedstead was an iron
bedstead; it is in Rabbah of the sons of Ammon. Its length was nine cubits and
its width four cubits by ordinary cubit.)
Amen. 12 "So we
took possession of this land at that time. From Aroer, which is by the valley of
Arnon, and half the hill country of Gilead and its cities I gave to the
Reubenites and to the Gadites. 13 "The rest of Gilead and all Bashan,
the kingdom of Og, I gave to the half-tribe of Manasseh, all the region of Argob
(concerning all Bashan, it is called the land of Rephaim. 14 Jair the
son of Manasseh took all the region of Argob as far as the border of the
Geshurites and the Maacathites, and called it, that is, Bashan, after his own
name, Havvoth-jair, as it is to this day.)
Amen. 15 "To Machir
I gave Gilead. 16 "To the Reubenites and to the Gadites I gave from
Gilead even as far as the valley of Arnon, the middle of the valley as a border
and as far as the river Jabbok, the border of the sons of Ammon; 17
the Arabah also, with the Jordan as a border, from Chinnereth even as far as the
sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, at the foot of the slopes of Pisgah on the
Amen. 18 "Then I
commanded you at that time, saying, 'Yahweh your God has given you this land to
possess it; all you valiant men shall cross over armed before your brothers, the
sons of Israel. 19 'But your wives and your little ones and your
livestock (I know that you have much livestock) shall remain in your cities
which I have given you, 20 until Yahweh gives rest to your fellow
countrymen as to you, and they also possess the land which Yahweh your God will
give them beyond the Jordan. Then you may return every man to his possession
which I have given you.' 21 "I commanded Joshua at that time, saying,
'Your eyes have seen all that Yahweh your God has done to these two kings; so
Yahweh shall do to all the kingdoms into which you are about to cross. 22
'Do not fear them, for Yahweh your God is the one fighting for you.'
Amen. 23 "I also
pleaded with Yahweh at that time, saying, 24 'O Lord Yahweh, You have
begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand; for what god is
there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as Yours?
25 'Let me, I pray, cross over and see the fair land that is beyond the
Jordan, that good hill country and Lebanon.' 26 "But Yahweh was angry
with me on your account, and would not listen to me; and Yahweh said to me,
'Enough! Speak to Me no more of this matter. 27 'Go up to the top of
Pisgah and lift up your eyes to the west and north and south and east, and see
it with your eyes, for you shall not cross over this Jordan. 28 'But
charge Joshua and encourage him and strengthen him, for he shall go across at
the head of this people, and he will give them as an inheritance the land which
you will see.' 29 "So we remained in the valley opposite Beth-peor.
"Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King
of the Universe,
Who in giving us Yeshua, the Living
Torah, has planted everlasting life in our midst.
Blessed are You, Yahweh, giver of the
"Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King
of the Universe,
Who selected good prophets, delighting
in their words which were spoken truthfully.
Blessed are You, Yahweh, Who chose the
Torah, Your servant Moses, Your people Israel,
and the prophets of truth and
Amen. 1 The word
that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah,
which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar. 2 Now at that time
the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the
prophet was shut up in the court of the guard, which was in the house of the
king of Judah, 3 because Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up,
saying, "Why do you prophesy, saying, 'Thus says Yahweh, "Behold, I am about to
give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will take it; 4
and Zedekiah king of Judah will not escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, but
he will surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will speak
with him face to face and see him eye to eye; 5 and he will take
Zedekiah to Babylon, and he will be there until I visit him," declares Yahweh.
"If you fight against the Chaldeans, you will not succeed "'?" 6 And
Jeremiah said, "The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, 7 'Behold,
Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle is coming to you, saying, "Buy for
yourself my field which is at Anathoth, for you have the right of redemption to
buy it."' 8 "Then Hanamel my uncle's son came to me in the court of
the guard according to the word of Yahweh and said to me, 'Buy my field, please,
that is at Anathoth, which is in the land of Benjamin; for you have the right of
possession and the redemption is yours; buy it for yourself.' Then I knew that
this was the word of Yahweh.
Amen. 9 "I bought
the field which was at Anathoth from Hanamel my uncle's son, and I weighed out
the silver for him, seventeen shekels of silver. 10 "I signed and
sealed the deed, and called in witnesses, and weighed out the silver on the
scales. 11 "Then I took the deeds of purchase, both the sealed copy
containing the terms and conditions and the open copy; 12 and I gave
the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, in the
sight of Hanamel my uncle's son and in the sight of the witnesses who signed the
deed of purchase, before all the Jews who were sitting in the court of the
guard. 13 "And I commanded Baruch in their presence, saying, 14
'Thus says Yahweh of hosts, the God of Israel, "Take these deeds, this sealed
deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an earthenware jar, that
they may last a long time." 15 'For thus says Yahweh of hosts, the
God of Israel, "Houses and fields and vineyards will again be bought in this
Amen. 16 "After I
had given the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, then I prayed to
Yahweh, saying, 17 'Ah Lord Yahweh! Behold, You have made the heavens
and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too
difficult for You, 18 who shows lovingkindness to thousands, but
repays the iniquity of fathers into the bosom of their children after them, O
great and mighty God. Yahweh of hosts is His name; 19 great in
counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of
men, giving to everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his
deeds; 20 who has set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, and
even to this day both in Israel and among mankind; and You have made a name for
Yourself, as at this day. 21 'You brought Your people Israel out of
the land of Egypt with signs and with wonders, and with a strong hand and with
an outstretched arm and with great terror; 22 and gave them this
land, which You swore to their forefathers to give them, a land flowing with
milk and honey. 23 'They came in and took possession of it, but they
did not obey Your voice or walk in Your law; they have done nothing of all that
You commanded them to do; therefore You have made all this calamity come upon
them. 24 'Behold, the siege ramps have reached the city to take it;
and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans who fight against it,
because of the sword, the famine and the pestilence; and what You have spoken
has come to pass; and behold, You see it. 25 'You have said to me, O
Lord Yahweh, "Buy for yourself the field with money and call in witnesses "--
although the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.'"
Amen. 26 Then the
word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah, saying, 27 "Behold, I am Yahweh, the
God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?" 28 Therefore
thus says Yahweh, "Behold, I am about to give this city into the hand of the
Chaldeans and into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will take
it. 29 "The Chaldeans who are fighting against this city will enter
and set this city on fire and burn it, with the houses where people have offered
incense to Baal on their roofs and poured out drink offerings to other gods to
provoke Me to anger. 30 "Indeed the sons of Israel and the sons of
Judah have been doing only evil in My sight from their youth; for the sons of
Israel have been only provoking Me to anger by the work of their hands,"
declares Yahweh. 31 "Indeed this city has been to Me a provocation of
My anger and My wrath from the day that they built it, even to this day, so that
it should be removed from before My face, 32 because of all the evil
of the sons of Israel and the sons of Judah which they have done to provoke Me
to anger-- they, their kings, their leaders, their priests, their prophets, the
men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 33 "They have turned
their back to Me and not their face; though I taught them, teaching again and
again, they would not listen and receive instruction. 34 "But they
put their detestable things in the house which is called by My name, to defile
it. 35 "They built the high places of Baal that are in the valley of
Ben-hinnom to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to
Molech, which I had not commanded them nor had it entered My mind that they
should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.
Amen. 36 "Now
therefore thus says Yahweh God of Israel concerning this city of which you say,
'It is given into the hand of the king of Babylon by sword, by famine and by
pestilence.' 37 "Behold, I will gather them out of all the lands to
which I have driven them in My anger, in My wrath and in great indignation; and
I will bring them back to this place and make them dwell in safety. 38
"They shall be My people, and I will be their God; 39 and I will give
them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always, for their own good and
for the good of their children after them. 40 "I will make an
everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them
good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn
away from Me. 41 "I will rejoice over them to do them good and will
faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and with all My soul.
42 "For thus says Yahweh, 'Just as I brought all this great disaster on
this people, so I am going to bring on them all the good that I am promising
them. 43 'Fields will be bought in this land of which you say, "It is
a desolation, without man or beast; it is given into the hand of the Chaldeans."
44 'Men will buy fields for money, sign and seal deeds, and call in
witnesses in the land of Benjamin, in the environs of Jerusalem, in the cities
of Judah, in the cities of the hill country, in the cities of the lowland and in
the cities of the Negev; for I will restore their fortunes,' declares Yahweh."
Psalm 122 (To
be sung.) A Song of Ascents, of David.
1 I was glad when they said to
me, "Let us go to the house of Yahweh." 2 Our feet are standing
Within your gates, O Jerusalem, 3 Jerusalem, that is built As a city
that is compact together; 4 To which the tribes go up, even the
tribes of Yahweh-- An ordinance for Israel-- To give thanks to the name of
Yahweh. 5 For there thrones were set for judgment, The thrones of the
house of David. 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper
who love you. 7 "May peace be within your walls, And prosperity
within your palaces." 8 For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I
will now say, "May peace be within you." 9 For the sake of the house
of Yahweh our God, I will seek your good.
Romans 2:1 – 3:31
Amen. 1 Therefore
you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you
judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.
2 And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who
practice such things. 3 But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass
judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you
will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you think lightly of the
riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness
of God leads you to repentance? 5 But because of your stubbornness
and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath
and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who will render to
each person according to his deeds: 7 to those who by perseverance in
doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; 8
but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey
unrighteousness, wrath and indignation.
Amen. 9 There will
be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew
first and also of the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace to
everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11
For there is no partiality with God. 12 For all who have sinned
without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under
the Law will be judged by the Law; 13 for it is not the hearers of
the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.
14 For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the
things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, 15
in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience
bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them,
16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the
secrets of men through Christ Jesus.
Amen. 17 But if you
bear the name "Jew " and rely upon the Law and boast in God, 18 and
know His will and approve the things that are essential, being instructed out of
the Law, 19 and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the
blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 a corrector of the
foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of
knowledge and of the truth, 21 you, therefore, who teach another, do
you not teach yourself? You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal?
22 You who say that one should not commit adultery, do you commit
adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast
in the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor God? 24
For "the Name of God is blasphemed among the gentiles because of you," just as
it is written. 25 For indeed circumcision is of value if you practice
the Law; but if you are a transgressor of the Law, your circumcision has become
uncircumcision. 26 So if the uncircumcised man keeps the requirements
of the Law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? 27
And he who is physically uncircumcised, if he keeps the Law, will he not judge
you who though having the letter of the Law and circumcision are a transgressor
of the Law? 28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is
circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. 29 But he is a Jew
who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the
Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.
Amen. 3:1 Then what
advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? 2
Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles
of God. 3 What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not
nullify the faithfulness of God, will it? 4 May it never be! Rather,
let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written, "that
You may be justified in Your words, and prevail when You are judged." 5
But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we
say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? (I am speaking in
human terms.) 6 May it never be! For otherwise, how will God judge
the world? 7 But if through my lie the truth of God abounded to His
glory, why am I also still being judged as a sinner? 8 And why not
say (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say), "Let us do
evil that good may come "? Their condemnation is just.
Amen. 9 What then?
Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews
and Greeks are all under sin; 10 as it is written, "There is none
righteous, not even one; 11 there is none who understands, there is
none who seeks for God; 12 all have turned aside, together they have
become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one." 13
"Their throat is an open grave, with their tongues they keep deceiving," "the
poison of asps is under their lips"; 14 "whose mouth is full of
cursing and bitterness"; 15 "their feet are swift to shed blood,
16 destruction and misery are in their paths, 17 and the path
of peace they have not known." 18 "There is no fear of God before
their eyes." 19 Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to
those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world
may become accountable to God; 20 because by the works of the Law no
flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of
sin. 21 But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been
manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the
righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe;
for there is no distinction; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of
the glory of God, 24 being justified as a gift by His grace through
the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; 25 whom God displayed
publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith.
Amen. This was to demonstrate
His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins
previously committed; 26 for the demonstration, I say, of His
righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of
the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Where then is boasting? It is
excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. 28
For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.
29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles
also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since indeed God who will justify the
circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one. 31
Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we
establish the Law.
"Blessed are You, Yahweh
our God, King of the Universe,
Rock of Ages, righteous
throughout all generations.
You are the faithful God,
promising and then performing, speaking and then fulfilling,
for all Your words are true
Faithful are You, Yahweh
our God, and faithful are Your words,
for no word of Yours shall
You are a faithful and
merciful God and King.
Blessed are You, Yahweh our
God, Who are faithful in fulfilling all Your words."