To Hear and Obey

In this day and age there are many voices clamoring to be heard. Everyone has an answer and an opinion. But what if there were only one voice to be heard? Only one opinion? I along with other like minded people have been seeking, knocking and asking. For a surety there are two voices speaking in the world today. One voice is saying "take your life in your own hands as you see your own needs". The other voice is saying "give up your life, follow me, give me control of your life". The first voice mentioned here seems to be the most popular. So the obvious decision here is to hear the second voice "give up your life" and go with the minority. For with this voice if we follow will lead to a very narrow road. This road is not the scenic route either. Most maps will tell you that it doesn't even exist. In fact if you travel this path everyone around you will do everything in their power to get you off of it. I sincerely hope you have already made a decision to take this road, and since so few choose it may we see each other often in the fellowship on it. If you have not made this decision I pray that you would follow this journey. Shalom, Chris

Monday, September 13, 2010

Beauty/Grace part 2 "We find beauty in His eyes"

                     So for anyone who has ever been in the "church" we grew accustomed to a particular phrase. That being "you are saved by grace".
Eph 2:1 And you were dead in your sins and transgressions
Eph 2:2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the ruler of the authority of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience,
Eph 2:3 among whom also we all once lived in the lusts of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, (as) also the rest.
Eph 2:4 But Elohim, who is rich in compassion, because of His great love (with) which He loved us,
Eph 2:5 even when we were dead in sins, made us alive together with Messiah – (by favour you have been saved – )

I have to stop here because there are some words left out in the previous verse. Here are the words that were left out.

Eph 2:5 when we were dead in our sins, He gave us life with The Messiah, and by His Beauty, He saved us.

How do we know which the correct verse is? We look for the witnesses.
1. First is there anyone who was "saved by grace" in scripture? No, all the references throughout scripture say "so and so, found beauty in the eyes of YHWH" Gen 6:8, Ex 33:12, Rth 2:10, Ester 2:15.
2. "by His beauty" The picture of Mashiach is the only one that fits the bill.

Isa 11:1 And a Rod shall come forth from the stump of Yishai, and a Sprout from his roots shall bear fruit.
Isa 11:2 The Spirit of יהוה shall rest upon Him – the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of יהוה,
Isa 11:3 and shall make Him breathe in the fear of יהוה. And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears.
Isa 11:4 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and shall decide with straightness for the meek ones of the earth, and shall smite the earth with the rod of His mouth, and slay the wrong with the breath of His lips.
Isa 11:5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins, and trustworthiness the girdle of His waist.
Isa 42:1 “See, My Servant whom I uphold, My Chosen One My being has delighted in! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He brings forth right-ruling to the nations.
Isa 42:2 “He does not cry out, nor lifts up His voice, nor causes His voice to be heard in the street.
Isa 42:3 “A crushed reed He does not break, and smoking flax He does not quench. He brings forth right-ruling in accordance with truth.
Isa 42:4 “He does not become weak or crushed, until He has established right-ruling in the earth. And the coastlands wait for His Torah.”

            These verses jumped out to me. First because Noah, Moses, Ruth and Ester all had a servants heart, as well as being humble. Or to put it simply "The spirit of Mashiach". We see all throughout the Torah those who were a type of Messiah. Joseph being another example. Yet we are not saved by their beauty.

Joh 1:14 And the Word became flesh and pitched His tent among us, and we saw His esteem, esteem as of an only brought-forth of a father, complete in beauty/favour and truth. (Footnote: 1An indication that His birth was during the Festival of Booths.)
Joh 1:16 And out of His completeness we all did receive, and beauty/favour upon beauty/favour,
Joh 1:17 for the Torah was given through Mosheh – the beauty/favour and the truth came through יהושע Messiah.

So to sum up, there was action involved with this "beauty/favour". Mashiach actively saved us and commanded us to follow Him. If you follow someone you do exactly as they do or you get canned! There actions don't cover your not doing anything. In this case the actions of The Messiah covered our transgressions of the covenant that He established to show that we needed Him all along! Every single person who "found beauty in the eyes of YHWH" was pointing us to The Messiah! Imagine if Moses were to have said "look dude who cares if pharoah is chasing us I'm saved by grace".

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