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Mat.7:23 “then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (ie ‘lawlessness’ in some Bibles).

Let’s think of the issue of ‘covenant’ for a while. A ‘covenant’ (as in the Book of the Covenant Ex.19:5-24:8) is a set of issues that have been formally mediated and agreed upon. If you have agreed to keep the covenant, you will keep all the terms of the covenant. You cannot of yourself (either in a private or multi-party covenant) decide just to keep half of the covenant; for that would be doing violence to the other half you have chosen not to keep.

This ‘violence’ examples, displays or reveals your non-performance of that covenant. If you would like to test that out; see what the bank does with your home should you decide (or are forced through no fault of your own) to be non-compliant to the money terms of that contract (i.e. ‘covenant’). If you don’t remedy the terms of that contract (i.e. ‘covenant’) you will no longer have a home. Therefore it stands to reason that if you don’t remedy the terms of the salvation ‘covenant’ through repentance and obedience; you will no longer have the assurity of covenant benefits up to and including salvation itself    –            (Mt.7:23, Heb.10:29, Tit.1:16, 2Cor.13:5, etc.).

Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. :22 Many will say to me in that day, Master, Master have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? –

(These guys including Church taught Christians thought they were in and will say ‘Lord, Lord’ )

2Cor 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, howthat Yahshua Messiah is in you, except ye be reprobates?
– (rejected, worthless, cast out)

The words “work iniquity” at Mt.7:23 can be (and are) translated elsewhere in other Bible versions as ‘practice lawlessness’. It is interesting that the word ‘iniquity’ is one letter removed from ‘inequity’; which equally captures the crux of the situation. Yahshua keeps covenant – those that don’t while claiming ‘relationship’; well that’s the definition of ‘inequity’ isn’t it? – a non-sameness. Most don’t really understand what Yahshua said here; – He said “I never knew you” NOT; – ‘you never knew me’.

The non-covenant / church reassured ‘saved’ – ‘we knew you’ thought they were ‘in’ guys are mentioned at Mt.7:21-22. My intent is not to diminish the ‘it is finished’ work of Messiah – But – By way of personal observation for Yahshua to have said it this way at the very least opens the door to the distinct possibility that – the covenant lawfulness of most Jews will fare much better than the covenant lawlessness of most Christians.

It is of interest to note that this personal observation is not in conflict and does no violence to Yahshua’s claim of being the ‘only way’ (Jn.14:6). Decide for yourselves which is better?

To ‘not’ accept Yahshua making no personal claim of ‘relationship’ but doing what He said; or to claim Yahshua professing a ‘relationship’ while not doing what He did or said to do?

The parable of the vine-dresser (Mat.21:28-31) captures the same question in Yahshua’s own words. I don’t definitively know what to say about the ignorance factor because the Bible says that YHWH “winks” at our ignorance in times past (Acts17:30); yet also documents YHWH saying “My people perish for the lack of knowledge”, while further YHWH’s Word directs us to “study and show your self approved”. But then, the capacity to understand is very different from the willingness to understand – then obey.

Mat 21:28 “But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. 29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. 30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. 31 Whether of (the two) did the will of his father? …”

Let’s Think about this in reverse and back engineer Mt.7:13-23. If you want to avoid Yahshua’s indictment of ‘lawlessness’ (v:23); intelligently we will be ‘lawful’. If we want to avoid ‘wide gate’ destruction (v:13); we will seek the ‘narrow’ gate; Hence, the ‘narrow’ way the ‘few’ (v:14) have found includes law keeping (Ps.111:10). We will not hide behind some ‘relationship’ fantasy of ‘knowing Him’ (v:21-22). We will want to imitate His example, heed His instruction and be acknowledged by this Covenant Law Keeper as having done the same.

This isn’t just any law; for Yahshua Himself – the Melchizedek High Priest kept Melchizedek Covenant Law (and related Melchizedek issues). If He had kept Levitical damage control law to correct (atone for) an actual Covenant infraction or breach of some kind on His part; He would then be our example to do the same thing. Yahshua would no longer be the ‘only way’ (Jn.14:6/Gal.2:21).

Gal.2:21 “I do not set aside the grace of Yah; for if (Melchizedek) righteousness comes through the (Levitical) law, then [Yahshua] Messiah died in vain.”

For Discussion

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For Discussion

1Ptr 2:9 But ye **are a chosen generation, a royalG934 (Melkizedeq) priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

By rights should read – But ye **are a chosen generation, a KinglyG934 priesthood,

934. basileiov basileios, bas-il’-i-os
from 935; kingly (in nature):–royal.
See Greek 935 (basileus)

king

04428. Klm melek, meh’-lek
from 4427; a king:–king, royal.
See Hebrew 04427 (malak)

Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

‘**are’ indicates present tense – ‘being changed’ indicates past tense – 2000yrs ago

Question –

If you actually saw yourself as that Melkizedeq Kingly Priesthood – No longer under the Levitical priesthood or an un-scriptural Rabbinic usurping priesthood –

What would you do?

How would you respond?

What would you obey?

What would you do differently?

Would you use the Correct Covenant Name?

Ex 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of YHWH thy Elohim in vain; for YHWH will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Note – ‘vain’ even in Hebrew includes – to bring to *non-use ie **uselessness**

I seriously mean to inspire a tho’tful response from each of you.

Especially from the peanut gallery onlookers

Ready or not this DOES involve – Each of You.

‘Choose Ye This Day’

Translation Issues

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Translation Issues

There are those that raise the awareness concerning the Sacred Names of YHWH / Yahweh (the Father) and Yahshua (the Son). I full well support this effort. Still this is one of those areas that we would do well to hear the words of Yahshua.

This you should have done without leaving the other undone.

The Names issue certainly is a glaring problem with the KJV and others. And they take liberties confounding other issues as well.

But then there is a problem with many of the scripture versions that seek to restore the Name yet also take variant liberties confounding other issues just the same.

For instance replacing every mention of ‘law’ as ‘Torah’ with no further definition than that.

What I will say about the Apostle Paul is that he is an equal opportunity offender. He is not completely flattering to the status-quo Christian theology of the Christian Church. Oh; I know they pick-a-mix and ignore the rest, but when the whole counsel of Paul is allowed to weigh in; that error is revealed for what it is. He is not completely flattering to the Pharisaic – Rabbinics of Bible-period and post-modern Judaism. Messianics (Judaism & Israel) and Hebrew Roots, Nitzarim Israel, etc. also have their own stealth and vested interests for doing so when quoting selected and tailored Pauline snippets. Other Messianics and other quasi-Torah observant groups ignore Paul and his New Testament evidences of Torah account contribution of assessments all together. This would certainly include all the various factions inclusive of Rabbinic, Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Karaite Judaism, etc.

First; If I walked up to you and said ‘let’s talk about law’. With nothing else said would you know what to think? No, you would not. You would not know which ‘law’ or which category of law was being addressed until it was either initially identified or we started speaking. There are many types of ‘law’; Corporate, Civil, Criminal, Common, Canon, Maritime, Municipal, State, Federal, Gravity, Physics, Math, etc. Paul identifies 16 of 19 categories of law in your New Testament – The Law of; Rom.3 faith, works; Rom.7 [marriage v:1-4], (YHWH), my members, the mind, sin, death; Rom.8 the spirit; Rom.9 righteousness; 1Cor.9 Moses; Gal.9 (Christ/Messiah); Eph.2 commandments contained in ordinances; Heb.7 under the Levitical Priesthood (v:11), carnal commandment; and Jms.1 throws in the perfect law of liberty and; Jms.2 ‘the royal law’. Of course Yahshua at Mat.19 identifies keeping the commandments and that along with Paul also indirectly identifies another ‘law’ – Covenant Law (Heb.10:29). – So believer; when the church correctly but non-specifically says; ‘we’re not under the law’ – which one are they talk’n about? –

Acts 17:11 is usually mis-quoted or sloppily butchered; it reads –

“These (Berean Jews v:10) were more noble than those (Jews v:1) in Thessalonica, for they (the noble Jews v:10 ) received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so”

With the Biggest and most timely issue being the difference between Levitical Book of the Law (Gal.3:10; 19 / Ex.24:12-Dt.31:26) and Melkizedeq Law (Gen.1:1-Ex.24:8) included in the Melkizedeq Book of the Covenant (Ex.19:5-24:8) – Both are law distinctions contained in the same Torah.

Ezk 20:24 Because they had not executed my (Melkizedeq) judgments, but had despised my (Melkizedeq) statutes, and had polluted my (Melkizedeq) sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers’ (pagan) idols.

25 Wherefore I gave them also (Levitical) statutes that were not good, and (Levitical) judgments whereby they should not live;

Both during the time of Torah.

Ps 95:7 ¶ For he is our Elohim; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,

Ps 95:8 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

Ps 95:8 speaks of Ex.32 – the breaking of the Melkizedeq ‘Book of the Covenant’; that thrust Israel under the Levitical priesthood – both during the time of Torah.

Then there is the issue of saying ‘Adonai’ (&/or Lord) when Moses (and others) wrote YHWH; but that is addressed in the article ‘In The Name of’.

A ‘ready’ mind is not a closed mind; neither is it a gullible mind. Neither is a ‘ready’ mind already made up. Search the scriptures daily, to see if things are so. Weigh the evidence; study this out – add to your faith; understanding – add to your understanding; knowledge – add to your knowledge; wisdom and to your wisdom; resolve (Eph.4:14).

Shalom