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

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Completed by His beauty

          Just before the Feast of Tabernacles I was going through my notes on this subject in order to share it one of the nights. My wife told me that she didn't understand what I was putting forth or the final point in the study. When your wife tells you something like that it's time to put on the brakes. Something came to me as I was praying that night. I hadn't studied out the greek. Well I haven't studied out the greek in many years because scripture is Hebraic in its origins. Nevertheless I studied it out that night and the smoke is still clearing.

              The Septuagint (pronounced /ˈsɛptuː.ədʒɪnt/), or simply "LXX", referred to in critical works by the abbreviation ,[1] is the Koine Greek version of the Hebrew Bible, translated in stages between the 3rd and 2nd century BCE in Alexandria.[2] It was begun by the third century BCE and completed before 132 BCE.[3]       
            So here are the origins from the greek for the words favour and grace.
From G5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): - acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).
           Here is the greek word translated to favour and grace and yet the definition does not shine a light on it's meaning. We see that from the 2nd to 3rd century this translation came to be used. I did not expect to find the next thing.
*important note see the greek above and the greek below it is the same.
• In Greek mythology, a Charis (Χάρις) is one of several Charites (Χάριτες; Greek: "Graces"), goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility. They ordinarily numbered three, from youngest to oldest: Aglaea ("Beauty"), Euphrosyne ("Mirth"), and Thalia ("Good Cheer"). In Roman mythology they were known as the Gratiae, the "Graces". In some cases Charis was one of the Graces and was not the plural form of their name.
• The Charites were usually considered the daughters of Zeus and Eurynome, though they were also said to be daughters of Dionysus and Aphrodite or of Helios and the naiad Aegle. Homer wrote that they were part of the retinue of Aphrodite. The Charites were also associated with the underworld and the Eleusinian Mysteries.

                Why, I asked myself would the translators use such a word to describe this concept? So let's recap the scripture to this point.
                 We see in the previous studies that this "beauty/grace" was found in someone. Noah, Moshe, Ruth and Ester; we also see that it was not found in the children of Yisrael. We also see that the psalms and proverbs describe it as an ornament upon ones shoulders or head. It is also indisputable that The Messiah is complete in beauty and that this beauty originates from Him in the first place.
Act 4:33 And with great power the emissaries gave witness to the resurrection of the Master יהושע, and great beauty(gr-ce) was upon them all.
Act 11:23 who, having come, and seeing the beauty(beauty) of Elohim, was glad, and encouraged them all with purpose of heart to cleave to the Master.
Act 13:43 And when the meeting of the congregation had broken up, many of the Yehuḏim and of the worshipping converts followed Shaʼul and Barnaḇah, who, speaking to them, were urging them to continue in the beauty(beauty) of Elohim.

This beauty is definately a result of an action. My definition is "a completion of a life lived in righteousness according to The Messiah, who stated "if you love me keep my commandments! So I ask the question again, Why would they choose a greek word that refers to some goddesses?
            In the Tanakh(old testament) the word from the hebrew "chen" is translated to favour or more often than to the word grace. In the B'rit Chadashah(new testament) most translations use the word grace. So was it a mistake or just a bad translation?

             I think the answer is in the book of Ephesians. If you want to deceive someone just change the language. As the saying goes, "if you want to destroy a people you first have to change their language".

                                                                                                                                                              Eph 2:8 for by gr-ce you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of Elohim,

Thirty six of forty translations are written this way.BUT they left out a very important word. Here is how it reads corrected.

Eph 2:8 for by His beauty we were saved by faith, and this was not of yourselves, but it is the gift of Eloah.

            Judge for yourselves, are we saved by a goddess or are we completed by The beauty of The Messiah. I can't even begin to express how this study alone has changed my life. I will never be the same. I feel I have an understanding now of the importance of walking out my salvation with fear and trembling before YHWH. I also do not remember ever being attacked in the spirit so much. The evil one hates The Beauty of The Messiah. he moreso hates the fact that if we as true believers understand and embrace these truths then we will be showing The Beauty of The Messiah to all the world.
             Several things have been spoken to my heart in the scriptures as I have prayed and sought out more concerning this subject. So please pray for me. I will leave you with this; Paul, Peter and James all began their letters with this greeting.  May you be whole and complete(shalom) in His beauty(gr-ce).  Chris

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