Welcome to our friends all over the world! Whoever you are, whatever time of day it is for you, the amazing and wonderful thing is that we are together for this hour, fulfilling Yahuah's prophecy through Yeshua:
This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come! (Matthew 24:14)
Last week we followed the Children of Israel from the land of Canaan to Egypt under Joseph, back to the land of Canaan under Moses, where it became the land of Israel under several prophets! Then we read the story of Yeshua's birth in that land from out of that special people, whom Yahuah Hayah raised up for that purpose!
Yahuah Hayah's Holy Bible shows us how a line of descendancy went from Adam all the way down to Joseph , the legal father of Yeshua, the interesting thing about that being that Joseph had nothing to do with the physical aspect of Yeshua's birth, as we have learned from reading enunciations to both Joseph and Mary, the one to Joseph by "the angel of Yahuah" (Matthew 1:20) and the one to Mary by "the angel Gabriel"! (Luke 1:26)
But it would seem that either Mary came from a line through David or that Joseph's coming from that line (Luke 3:31) was counted as applying to Yeshua in a legal sense; for Luke wrote, of Joseph, that he was "of the house of David" (Luke 1:27); then Gabriel mentioned, to Mary, in speaking of her coming child "JESUS" (Luke 1:31) that "Yahuah God shall give, unto Him, the throne of His father David"! (Verse 32)
We also have, in Psalm 89, language that clearly identifies the coming Messiah as being related to David; Yahuah Hayah wrote, through His psalmist:
3 I have sworn, unto David My servant, 4 Thy seed will I establish for ever and build up Thy throne to all generations! (Psalm 89:3 and 4)
David's descendants may have become quite a number of people; but that hardly qualifies as a "seed" whom Yahuah Hayah would "establish for ever and build up Thy throne to all generations", which is an influence so broad and and eternal as to suggest only that of Yeshua, our "King of kings and Lord of lords"! (Revelation 19:16) So later in Psalm 89 we encounter this amazing passage that could only relate to Yeshua:
18 Yahuah is our defense; and the Holy One of Israel is our king! 19 Then Thou spakest in vision to Thy Holy One, and saidst, I have laid help upon One Who is mighty! I have exalted One chosen out of the people! 20 I have found David my servant! With My holy oil have I anointed Him, 21 with Whom My hand shall be established! Mine arm also shall strengthen Him. 22 The enemy shall not exact upon Him nor the son of wickedness afflict Him; 23 and I will beat down His foes before His face and plague them who hate Him. 24 My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with Him: and in My name shall His horn be exalted! 25 I will set His hand in the sea and His right hand in the rivers! 26 He shall cry, unto Me, Thou art My Father, My God, and the rock of My salvation! 27 Also I will make Him My firstborn, higher than the kings of the Earth! (Psalm 89:18 to 27)
Who could that possibly relate to other than Yeshua? And Yahuah Hayah goes on, through His psalmist:
28 My mercy will I keep, for Him, for evermore! And My covenant shall stand fast with Him. 29 His seed also will I make to endure for ever and His throne as the days of Heaven! (Psalm 89:28 and 29)
Then follows a very serious warning! Yahuah Hayah wrote, through His psalmist:
30 If His children forsake My law and walk not in My judgments, 31 if they break My statutes and keep not My commandments, 32 then will I visit their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with stripes! (Psalm 89:30 to 32)
But Yahuah Hayah is not all "rod" and "stripes"; He goes on, peaceably, through His psalmist:
33 Nevertheless My lovingkindness will I not utterly take from Him nor suffer My faithfulness to fail! 34 My covenant will I not break nor alter the thing that is gone out of My lips! 35 Once have I sworn, by My holiness, that I will not lie unto David: 36 His seed shall endure for ever and His throne as the sun before Me. 37 It shall be established for ever, as the moon and as a faithful witness in Heaven! Selah! (Psalm 89:33 to 37)
This amazing psalm could not be other than about Yeshua, Yahuah Hayah's beloved Son! And it is about you and me as His children! We are not so physically; but we are so spiritually or in Yahuah's sight!
Last week we read the fascinating story of the birth of Yeshua; and then His Holy Bible gives us this story about His early life:
42 When He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast! 43 When they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem! But Joseph and his mother knew not of it. 44 And, supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day's journey, then sought Him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance! 45 But, when they found Him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking Him. 46 And after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them and asking them questions! 47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers! 48 When Joseph and Mary saw him, they were amazed! And his mother said, unto him, Son, why hast Thou thus dealt with us? Behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing! 49 And He said, unto them, How is it that ye sought Me? Knew ye not that I must be about My Father's business? 50 And they understood not the saying that He spake unto them. 51 And he went down, with them, to Nazareth, and was subject, unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart! 52 Jesus then increased in wisdom, in stature and in favor with God and man! (Luke 2:42 to 52)
Already Yeshua was an amazement to His family! But this is only the beginning of a life on Earth that proved to be filled with wall-to-wall amazement.
John the Baptist was an ordained prelude to Yeshua's coming ministry; he said:
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance! But He Who cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear! He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire, 12 Whose fan is in his hand, and He will thoroughly purge his floor and gather His wheat into the garner! But He will burn up the chaff, with unquenchable fire! (Matthew 3:11 and 12)
13 Then cometh Jesus, from Galilee, to Jordan, unto John, to be baptized of him. 14 But John forbade Him, saying, I have need to be baptized of Thee, and comest Thou to me? 15 And Jesus, answering, said, unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness! Then he suffered Him. 16 And, when He was baptized, Jesus went up straightway out of the water! And, lo, the Heavens were opened, unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending, like a dove, and lighting upon Him: 17 And, lo, a voice from Heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased! (Matthew 3:13 to 17)
At about this time Yeshua
1 was led up, of the Spirit, into the wilderness to be tempted of the Devil! 2 When He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was hungry! 3 And, when the Tempter came to Him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread! 4 But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God! 5 Then the Devil taketh Him up into the holy city and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple 6 and saith, unto Him, If thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down! For it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning Thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone! 7 Jesus said, unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt Yahuah, thy God! 8 Again, the Devil taketh Him up into an exceedingly high mountain and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them; 9 and he saith, unto Him, All these things will I give Thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10 Then saith Jesus, unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship Yahuah, thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve. 11 Then the Devil leaveth him; and, behold, angels came and ministered, unto Him. (Matthew 4:1 to 11)
Having survived His temptation, Yeshua "14 came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand! repent ye and believe the gospel!" (Mark 1:14 and 15)
The next thing we have in the Gospels about Yeshua is His gathering four disciples to Him, which again involved John the Baptist:
32 John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from Heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him. 33 And I knew Him not: but He Who sent me to baptize with water, the same said, unto me, Upon Whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending and remaining on Him, the same is He Who baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 34 And I saw and bare record that this is the Son of God! (John 1:32 to 34)
35 The next day, John stood and two of his disciples! 36 And, looking upon Jesus as He walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! 37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned and saw them following, and saith, unto them, What seek ye? They said, unto Him, Rabbi, (which is to say, Master,) where dwellest Thou? 39 He saith, unto them, Come and see! They came and saw where He dwelt and abode, with Him, that day: for it was about the tenth hour! 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Him was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He first findeth his brother Simon and saith, unto him, We have found the Messiah, which, being interpreted, is the Christ! 42 And he brought him, to Jesus. And, when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon, the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which by interpretation is a stone! (John 1:35 to 42)
43 The day following, Jesus went forth, into Galilee, and, finding Philip, saith, unto him, Follow Me! 44 Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip findeth Nathanael and saith, unto him, We have found Him of whom Moses wrote in the law and the prophets - Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph! 46 And Nathanael said, unto him, Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith, unto him, Come and see! 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him and saith, of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! 48 Nathanael saith, unto Him, Whence knowest Thou me? Jesus answered and said, unto him, Before Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. 49 Nathanael answered and saith, unto him, Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God! Thou art the King of Israel! 50 Jesus answered and said, unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? Thou shalt see greater things than these! 51 Verily, I say, unto you, Hereafter ye shall see Heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man! (John 1:43 to 51)
Something notable is contained in that passage, which is Yeshua's ability to know one of Yahuah Hayah's children intimately without having personally met him. Only God can do that; and we learned from John's Gospel that Yeshua "is God". (John 1:1) He said: "I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father Who sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say and what I should speak! 50 And I know that His commandment is life everlasting!" (John 12:49 and 50)
Apparently, Yahuah Hayah "the Father" told His beloved Son Yeshua about Nathanael when he was under the fig tree; for Yeshua saw fit to mention that to Nathanael, the Father's having told Yeshua that Nathanael was a true Israelite "in whom is no guile"! (John 1:47)
When we look up "guile", we find it to be the translation of a word meaning "decoy", "trick" or "wile", having been translated elsewhere as "craft", "deceit" or "subtlety"! (Strong: Greek: 1388) In other words, what Nathanael said could be depended upon as being true, which is a fine recommendation to be given by the Son of God, Who speaks for God the Father, Who "knoweth the hearts"! (Acts 15:8)
The Gospel of Mark gives us a different version of Yeshua's calling Andrew and Simon; and we read:
16 As He walked by the sea of Galilee, Yeshua saw Simon and Andrew, his brother, casting a net into the sea! For they were fishers. 17 And Jesus said, unto them, Come ye after Me, and I will make you fishers of men! 18 And straightway they forsook their nets and followed Him! 19 And, when he had gone a little further thence, He saw James, the son of Zebedee, and John, his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets! 20 And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship, with the hired servants, and went after Him. (Mark 1:16 to 20)
This brings us to the first miracle Yeshua performed, which was at
1 a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: 2 Both Jesus and His disciples were called, to the marriage. 3 And, when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith, unto Him, They have no wine! 4 Jesus saith, unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come! 5 His mother saith, unto the servants, Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it. 6 And there were set there six water pots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece! 7 Jesus saith, unto them, Fill the water pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He saith, unto them, Draw out, now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. 9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine and knew not whence it was: (but the servants who drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and saith, unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and, when men have well drunk, then that which is worse! But thou hast kept the good wine until now! 11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee and manifested forth His glory! And His disciples believed on Him. (John 2:1 to 11)
This passage begs for comment! First of all the water pots held "two or three firkins apiece", which doesn't mean anything to us who don't know what a "firkin" is; and apparently Brother Strong didn't know either! For he gave, as the definition of "firkin" only that it was the translation of a word meaning "a certain standard measure of capacity for liquids" (Strong: Greek: 3355), which any of us could have figured out for himself!
Then there is the astounding confidence of Mary to override the will of her Son, Whom Gabriel had told her would be "the Son of God"! (Luke 1:35) Apparently, Yahuah the Father used her to let Yeshua know that indeed His "hour" had "come'; for the servants did as He said; and the marriage was tastefully fulfilled!
Yeshua's hour having come, His ministry virtually exploded! And we read:
21 They went into Capernaum; and straightway, on the Sabbath day, He entered into the synagogue and taught! 22 And they were astonished at His doctrine: for He taught them as one who had authority and not as the scribes! 23 And there was, in their synagogue, a man with an unclean spirit! And he cried out, 24 saying, Let us alone! What have we to do with Thee, Thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know Thee Who Thou art, the Holy One of God! 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace and come out of him. 26 And, when the unclean spirit had torn him and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned, among themselves, saying, What thing is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority commandeth He even the unclean spirits! And they obey Him. 28 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee. (Mark 1:21 to 28)
It must have been a marvelous experience to be with Yeshua and among His disciples: for He blessed all who were near! We read:
29 When they came out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John! 30 But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and they told Him of her. 31 So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up! And immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them. 32 At even, when the sun had set, they brought, unto Him all who were diseased and them who were possessed with devils! 33 And all the city was gathered together, at the door! 34 And he healed many who were sick of divers diseases and cast out many devils! But He suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew Him. (Mark 1:29 to 34)
Yeshua's time with the Father was precious to Him; so
in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, departing into a solitary place, and there prayed! (Mark 1:35)
But Yeshua was not left alone for long; because
36 Simon and they who were with him followed after Him. 37 And, when they had found Him, they said, unto Him, All men seek for thee. 38 And he said, unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth. 39 And He preached, in their synagogues, throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils! 40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, kneeling down to Him and saying unto Him, If thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean! 41 And, moved with compassion, Jesus put forth his hand and touched him and saith, unto him, I will! Be thou clean! 42 And as soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed! 43 And Yeshua straitly charged him, saying, See thou say nothing to any man! But go thy way, show thyself to the priest and offer, for thy cleansing, those things that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. 45 But the healed leper went out and began to publish it much and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city but was without, in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter. (Mark 1:36 to 45)
This account leads into Yeshua's feeding of the five thousand!
13 He departed, thence, by ship, into a desert place apart: and, when the people had heard thereof, they followed Him, on foot, out of the cities! 14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion, toward them; and he healed their sick! 15 And, when it was evening, his disciples came, to Him, saying, This is a desert place and the time is now past! Send the multitude away, that they may go, into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. 16 But Jesus said, unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. 17 And they say, unto Him, We have here but five loaves and two fishes! 18 He said, Bring them hither to Me! 19 And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass! And He took the five loaves and the two fishes and, looking up to Heaven, He blessed and brake and gave the loaves to His disciples and the disciples to the multitude! 20 They all ate and were filled! And they took up, of the fragments that remained, twelve baskets full. 21 And they who had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children! (Matthew 14:13 to 21)
But the feeding of His children's spirits was more to Yahuah's liking; and He filled Yeshua with wonderful things to say to them:
1 Seeing the multitudes, He went up, into a mountain! And, when He was set, his disciples came, unto Him; 2 and He taught them, saying, 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven! 4 Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted! 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the Earth! 6 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled! 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy! 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God! 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven! 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake! 12 Rejoice and be exceeding glad! For great is your reward in Heaven! For so persecuted they the prophets who were before you. 13 Ye are the salt of the Earth! But, if the salt has lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot! 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid! 15 Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all who are in the house! 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father Who is in Heaven! 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy but to fulfill! 18 For, verily, I say, unto you, Till Heaven and Earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of Heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven. 20 For I say, unto you, that, except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of Heaven! 21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment! 22 But I say, unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment; and whosoever shall say, to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council! But whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of Hell fire. 23 Therefore, if thou bring thy gift to the altar and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee, 24 leave there thy gift, before the altar, and go thy way! First be reconciled to thy brother and then come and offer thy gift. 25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou art in the way with him, lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, the judge deliver thee to the officer and thou be cast into prison! 26 Verily I say, unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing! 27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already, in his heart! 29 And, if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish and not that thy whole body should be cast into Hell! 30 And, if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish and not that thy whole body should be cast into Hell! 31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement! 32 But I say, unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery! And whosoever shall marry her who is divorced committeth adultery. 33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself but shalt perform, unto Yahuah thine oaths! 34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all, neither by Heaven; for it is God's throne! 35 Nor by the Earth; for it is His footstool! Neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King! 36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. 37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; or Nay, nay! For whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil! 38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth! 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also! 40 And, if any man will sue thee at the law and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also! 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain! 42 Give to him who asketh thee, and from him who would borrow of thee turn not thou away! 43 ¶Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy! 44 But I say, unto you, Love your enemies, bless them who curse you, do good to them who hate you and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that ye may be the children of your Father Who is in Heaven! For He maketh His sun to rise, on the good and on the evil, and sendeth rain, on the just and on the unjust! 46 For, if ye love them who love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? 47 And, if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father Who is in Heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:1 to 48)
My, my, my! Is that not a plate full of heavy considerations? So, perhaps maybe we had better take a little time, here, and talk about some of these things, lest they fly past us without our truly appreciating them.
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven! (Matthew 5:3)
What do you suppose Yeshua meant by "poor in spirit"? It must be good: for He promised the "poor in spirit ... the kingdom of Heaven"! So what would the 'rich in spirit" be, if they are to miss out on "the kingdom of Heaven"?
I believe that by "poor in spirit" Yeshua was talking about people who are not "full of themselves", people not so wrapped up in their own thoughts that they do not hear His voice and know what He wants of them.
Why did Yeshua assure "they who mourn" that "they shall be comforted"? (Matthew 5:4)
I believe He was talking about those who "mourn" or are grieved for the violence that they see around them of people against people and against the Father whose children all of us are, His plan being to make things right for such mourners, when they get to Heaven or when He brings righteousness into the world!
How about "the meek" who "shall inherit the Earth"? (Matthew 5:5) Yeshua said: "Whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased! And he who humbleth himself shall be exalted!" (Luke 14:11) And for the child of His who shall humble himself to being "meek" He will exalt to the point of owning and ruling Earth! He wrote, through His faithful apostle John: "He who overcometh and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations!" (Revelation 2:26)
The word "meek" is a translations of a word meaning "mild"! (Strong: Greek: 4239) Does one need to act more boldly than "mild", if he knows Yahuah Hayah is looking after him and that he does not have within himself the power by which to do a single thing without Yahuah?
I believe that the meekness to which Yeshua alluded is the awareness that we are the ones created and that without our Creator we are nothing! That ought to keep us "mild" mannered, if anything would.
According to Yeshua, they who hunger and thirst after righteousness ... shall be filled with righteousness. (Matthew 5:6) For such wise ones would assuredly want to know what Yahuah Hayah told Moses would give His children "righteousness". He said, through Yeshua, through Moses:
It shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the Yahuah, our God! (Deuteronomy 6:25)
Yeshua said: "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy!" (Matthew 5:7) And that reminds me of what He also said: "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again!" (Luke 6:38)
Could anything be more fair? Yahuah Hayah wrote, through His psalmist: "The judgments of Yahuah are true and righteous altogether!" (Psalm 19:9)
Would you like to "see God"? Then be "pure in heart"! For seeing God is the reward Yeshua promised "the pure in heart", which so far as I can see amounts to going to Heaven! For that is where God is; and those who have been there and returned tell us that everyone in Heaven sees Him, He is so glorious and central to all that takes place in Heaven.
How about "the peacemakers"? Yeshua said, "they shall be called the children of God"! That has an ominous ring to it; for, if one is not a "peacemaker", he will not be called a "child of God", which implies a rejection of those who refuse to make peace with their neighbors! They will not be called "children of God'; and, since that scares me, I consistently work to make peace, especially in my family, not that a peaceful existence in and of itself is not its own excellent reward!
Now the blessings that Yeshua promised take on a really ominous meaning; For He said:
10 Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven! 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. (Matthew 5:10 and 11)
And, for those who find themselves receiving such abuse for that reason, Yeshua advised: "Rejoice and be exceedingly glad! For great is your reward in Heaven! For so persecuted they the prophets who were before you." (Matthew 5:12)
Interestingly, Yeshua groups people being persecuted "for My sake" together with "the prophets"! For acting like a prophet by speaking Yahuah's words to one's neighbors is guaranteed to bring the persecution that was common to Himself and to all of His prophets.
So, with all those specific promises having been spoken, Yeshua then launched into some general observations that can truly bless one, if he gets the point:
13 Ye are the salt of the Earth! But, if the salt has lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot! 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid! 15 Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house! 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father Who is in Heaven. (Matthew 5:13 to 16)
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The Giver of words and the life He gives along with them bless you richly throughout this coming week! Amen!