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"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt,... You shall have no other gods before Me..." (Ex. 20:2-3)

March

Subject: The Walk with Yahweh!

             The Bible is "The Eternal Guide,” for the ones who follow Christ, given by Yahweh His Father and no man- made doctrine will ever supersede it. The Bible makes a definitive claim to be the word of God whose name is used over 2000 times in the Bible but has been replaced with LORD. When we pray we are to address Him as “Our Father” as taught by Christ the Savior. Scripture informs us not to call any man father:”Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.” (Matt. 23:9) So, why has Father Yahweh’s Name been replaced with the word LORD and why do some men wish to be addressed as father? Yashua, the Savior, said at John 8:31-32: “Then Yeshua/Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.’” Abide is the operative command. Could men who want to be called father want to be God?

             In the book of Matthew chapter 23 verse 3 Christ strongly warns the people to follow the doctrine given in the Scriptures - remember, no Apostolic Scriptures (New Testament) had been written at that time; He said, “Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not.” The scribes, who were also called lawyers, and the Pharisees, taught the Scriptures from the “Book of the Law” given to Moses by Yahweh. You must grasp the importance of the word of God whose Name is Yahweh, whose Name, also, is Jealous! Moreover, it is written: "You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you." (Deut. 4:2) Are you searching the Scriptures yourself or are you completely dependant on the preacher?

            The need to understand all Scripture, especially the Torah/Tanach/Old Testament is given at 2nd Timothy 3:16: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

             I have witnessed over the past few years the decline in the desire, by those who claim to be Christian, to be pure and holy and righteous. The norm for the Christian today is a desire for wealth, wealth, and more wealth. There is a mindset, being promoted, that Christians have the power to “bind Satan.” I suppose this means that a Christian has the power to prevent Satan from carrying out his acts of lawlessness and also maybe, preventing sin. This sounds to me like a desire for material comfort and supernatural power. I have come to the conclusion that most Christians are misinformed and scripturally ignorant and, I believe, the Scriptures will prove this to be true.

             I will be quoting from the 24th chapter of Luke; this is an extremely important chapter and I highly recommend that you read it in its entirety. Meanwhile, here is the reason for my conclusion: Christ had been tried, crucified, and resurrected, and on the day of His resurrection He joins two of his disciples walking to a town called Emmaus; they are discussing the events concerning Christ’s Passion when, unbeknownst to them, Christ joins them and asks: “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”

             “Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, ‘Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?’ And He said to them ‘What things?’ So they said to Him, ‘The things concerning Yeshua/Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before Yahweh/God and all the people,…(Luke 24:17-19) They then began to tell Christ all that had transpired starting with when He had been delivered into the hands of sinners. – Let me once again urge you to read this entire chapter!

            Starting at verse 25; “Then He said to them ‘O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the Prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?’” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. (Luke 24:25-27)

            Yeshua/Jesus called them foolish and He also pointed out that they were sad (displaying sorrow and unhappiness) because they were not grounded and anchored in the things that Moses and the Prophets had taught which became Scripture; and most importantly, Christ taught them the Scriptures they wrote which He lived and died for by keeping every last one of them! The very Scriptures that many preachers and teachers are saying were done away with through His death and resurrection or that they were nailed to the cross with Him and are no longer relevant; both views are erroneous preaching and teaching coming out of the enemy’s camp, Satan:  that is patently false doctrine spawned in hell!

            My premise that most Christians are scripturally ignorant is because, just as the disciples on the road to Emmaus, they don’t begin with the teachings of Moses and the Prophets and also know absolute nothing about what the Prophets said and taught concerning Christ and the time in which we live. Christ said at John 5:39 “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” The Scriptures Christ is speaking of is the Torah/Tanach which is falsely called the “Old Testament”; this is what Christ taught from.

            The Bible, from beginning to end, is about the redemptive work of Christ in restoring mankind to fellowship with our Father Yahweh. It starts in the book of the beginning of all things, Genesis and concludes with the Revelation of Yeshua/Jesus the Christ not of John.

            Man’s attempt to corrupt the truth of Yahweh and preach another gospel didn’t just start. In the book of Jude the theme is given as “Contending for the Faith.” The book has only twenty-five verses but it is a most powerful revelation of what was happening in the church then and brings home what is happening today in the Church called Christian.

           The warning of apostasy is given in verses 3 and 4 regarding ungodly men who had infiltrated the church and were denying the truth of the gospel. Verses 5-7 gives historical examples of how Yehweh destroyed His people for turning away from the revealed truth He had given them and by His Power He had shown them through their deliverance from Egypt!

            In verses 8-19 he describes the character of false teachers; verses 11-13 gives a description of the pattern of who and what they are really like: “Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.”

           The Scripture plainly warns about this day and time we’re living in: “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. Speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.”  (1st Tim. 4:1-2) “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2nd Tim.  3:1-5”) Having a form of godliness means they don't consider themselves sinners!!!

           Don’t be in the category of the “foolish ones” Christ spoke of when teaching His disciples on the road to Emmaus. By the way,what road are you own?

Until the next time

In His service,  James A. Chisolm


           


 

 

 

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