-my interpretation of the Hebrew text from the The Interlinear Bible by Jay Green, which he obtained from the typeset text in 1866 of the British and Foreign Bible Society, which they obtained from the Masoretic text.
~to know and love ALHYM, and to glorify His name~
before the Beginning was ALHYM. And…
In the Beginning, there was a vibration, and an intentional process to create a full world by ALHYM. Everything from the holy heavens to the holy earth He created with His breath.
And the Spirit-filled earth that had become by His breath was nothingness and void, and darkness, misery, and death. He became Ya in the heavens and the earth, and all that is in-between. ALHYM’S pearly face turned down upon the holy roiling waters.
And the breath of ALHYM shook gently on the waters and on everything below He had made. ALHYM’S pearly face turned upon the deceitful darkness and called ALHYM, “Let there be Light,” and there was holy Light.
And ALHYM joyfully saw all the holy Light was pure and good, and ALHYM separated more firmly and very diligently between holy Light, and diligently between the holy darkness, which also became filled with His breath.
And proclaimed ALHYM the most holy Light hot, everlasting Daytime, and the most darkness He proclaimed a twisting of the light and adversity: Night.
And the breath of Ya made dusk, and the breath of Ya made dawn, and the dusk commingled pleasantly with the dawn and was united into One; the first day.
And called ALHYM, “Let there be an Expanse Inside the very middle of the holy waters, and let the waters be separated more firmly and very diligently between the waters, and the most high waters.”
And ALHYM assembled an invisible realm: all the holy Expanse.
And He separated firmly and very diligently between the holy waters of every gender and number of everything in the stretched out waters beneath the whole expanse, and diligently between the holy waters of every gender and number of everything in the waters in the most holy realm above the whole expanse.
And it was so, and complete.
And proclaimed ALHYM the whole expanse, “Heavens,” and the dusk and the dawn were the second day.
May have been his guilt over condoning the stoning of Stephen. This memory would have necessarily kept him humble, and was perhaps a main factor in his mission to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles.
Then I raised my eyes and looked, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand. So I said, “Where are you going?” And he said to me, “To measure Zion, to see what is its width and what is its length.” And there was the angel who talked with me, going out; and another angel was coming out to meet him, who said to him, “Run, speak to this young man, saying: ‘Zion shall be inhabited as towns without walls, because of the multitude of men and livestock in it.
“For I,” says the LORD, “will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.”
“Up, up! Flee from the land of the north,” says the LORD; “for I have spread you abroad like the four winds of heaven,” says the LORD. “Up, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon.” For thus says the LORD of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. For surely I will shake My hand against them, and they shall become booty for their servants. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me.
“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the LORD. “Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in you midst. then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. “And the LORD will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Zion.”
“Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!” ~Zechariah 2:1-13
It takes obedience to the Law and the Prophets,
Along with grace through faith in Jesus Christ,
To bring us unto God; to know His Divine Will and Living Word.
Paul argues that being obedient to the Law is not the means to salvation, but that is is faith through Jesus Christ that brings justification unto God. He points out that otherwise, works would be enough for salvation, and that since all men are sinners, no matter how obedient to the Law we are, we will always fall short of attaining God’s Realm. He quotes scripture in Genesis relating how,
“He [Abram] believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.” ~Genesis 15:6
This is true, indeed. It takes faith and belief in God, and His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord Messiah to attain true everlasting salvation.
But scripture also says eleven chapters later that the LORD appeared to Isaac and blessed him by restating the covenant that He had made with his father, Abraham:
“…I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” ~Genesis 26:4-5
This shows that it is not just due to faith and belief that we, and our descendants, are blessed by God, but that it is very much due to obedience that we, and our descendants, are blessed by God on earth.
This raises the question as to whether faith in Jesus Christ provides us with eternal life, and obedience to God provides with abundant blessings while we live out our earthly lives. Indeed, the Old Testament did not speak to heaven, though it did speak about having plenty for our generation, and the generations to follow, if we loved God, obeyed Him, and had faith in Him.
Some Christians seem more concerned with attaining salvation in Heaven, while flouting God’s Law here on earth. What does this mean?
I think it is obvious that both a grounding and foundation in God’s Law and commandments, along with faith and belief that Jesus Christ is our Lord Messiah, which enables us to have flourishing lives here, and in the afterlife, are important. Why, as God’s Chosen Ones, have we argued the importance of one over the other for millenia?
I personally want to please God, love Him, and know Him more than anything. In practicing this, I want to know His ancient Law, as well as live by the example His Son gave. I am saved forevermore by faith in Jesus’ sacrifice to me on the cross, but I am also living a righteous life under God’s Law, and will be blessed by Adonai Elohim for doing so.
I do not desire to forego either one of these. Do you?
“Your birth and your nativity are from the land of Canaan;
Your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite.
As for your nativity, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut,
Nor were you washed in water to cleanse you;
You were not rubbed with salt nor swathed in swaddling clothes.
No eye pitied you, to do any of these things for you,
To have compassion on you;
But you were thrown out into the open field,
When you yourself were abhorred on the day you were born.
And when I passed by you and saw you struggling in your own blood,
I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ Yes, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’
I made you thrive like a plant in the field;
And you grew, matured, and became very beautiful.
Your breasts were formed, your hair grew, but you were naked and bare.
When I passed by you again and looked upon you,
Indeed your time was the time of love;
So I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness.
Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you,
And you became Mine,” says the Lord God.
“Then I washed you in water;
Yes, I thoroughly washed off your blood, and I anointed you with oil.
I clothed you in embroidered cloth and gave you sandals of badger skin;
I clothed you with fine linen and covered you with silk.
I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your wrists,
And a chain on you neck.
And I put a ring in your nose, earrings in your ears,
And a beautiful crown on your head.
Thus you were adorned with gold and silver,
And your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth.
You ate pastry of fine flour, honey, and oil.
You were exceedingly beautiful, and succeeded to royalty.
Your fame went out among the nations because of your beauty,
For it was perfect through My splendor
Which I had bestowed on you,” says the Lord God.
“Then came Peter to Him, and said, ‘Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?’ Jesus saith unto him, ‘I say not unto thee, until seven times: but, until seventy times seven.'” ~Matthew 18:21-22
This beautiful exhortation regarding forgiveness is made even more divine when we realize that Jesus Christ was speaking out against the ancient practice of the Tribe of the Lamechites to diabolically take revenge seventy-sevenfold, including upon the families of those who would so much as wound them; making modern day gang fighting appear almost like a daily tea.
“Then Lamech [great great great grandson of Cain] said to his wives: ‘…I have killed a man for wounding me, even a young man for hurting me. If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, then Lamech seventy-seven fold.'” ~Genesis 4:23-24
Jesus used his short time here as rabbi teaching especially contentious subjects which had either been long standing ancient practice, as seen here, or reasserting God’s Will where it digressed from Mosaic Law, as regarding divorce. Sometimes he clarified word meanings, as when he told a story describing what a ‘neighbor’ was. Almost all of what he chose to discuss with his followers, that we can see in the pages of scripture at least, made some important new point, in direct opposition to what had been the interpreted belief or status quo of that time.
He rocked the ancient world and conservative Jews so much in these ways. Even though He was speaking mostly of love and compassion and forgiveness, and healed incessantly, it was impossible for the Pharisees to equate this message with God’s direct Word and Will. They were so used to assuming God’s Will by reliance on their increasingly tortuous interpretation of the Law.
Not that the Law isn’t important! It is. We are commanded by God, by Jesus, and by the Apostles to keep the Law. But not at the cost of the two greatest commandments.