- Words to the (elite religious leaders of the) Yehudim
- The Bramble Bush was grumbling about the Messiah
- The Messiah came out of eternity into creation
- The Prushim rabbinate grossly misjudged the Messiah
- Adonai is drawing all humanity to Himself!
- The Spirit will guide Israel into all truth
- The Spirit bears witness to the Messiah of Israel
- The Conquering Messiah Ben David
- One who eats of the Bread of Heaven will never die
- ‘Ingesting’ the Bread of Messiah is a Hebrew figure of speech
- Messiah’s words are sourced in the writings of the Hebrew prophets
- Study the prophets and you will understand the words of Messiah
- Feed on the Living Word of Adonai and drink in all the fullness of His Redeeming Love!
- Receiving the Teaching of Messiah is receiving the Word of the Living Father
- He who eats the Bread of Heaven (the Word of Messiah) will live forever!
Words to the (elite religious leaders of the) Yehudim
Therefore the Yehudim (first century elite religious leaders of the Jews) were grumbling about Him, because He said, “I am the bread that came down out of heaven.” They were saying, “Is not this Yeshua, Ben Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, ‘I have come down out of heaven’?” Yeshua answered and said to them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF ADONAI.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me. Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from Adonai; He has seen the Father. Amen, amen, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” Then the Yehudim began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” So Yeshua said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”
The Bramble Bush was grumbling about the Messiah:
“Therefore the Yehudim (Jews) were grumbling about Him, because He said, ‘I am the bread that came down out of heaven.’ They were saying, ‘Is not this Yeshua Ben Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, ‘I have come down out of heaven’?” The Yehudim who were loyal to the Prushim rabbinate were grumbling because of the Messiah’s proclamation of His heavenly origin. Like our unbelieving ancestors in the wilderness, who grumbled against Moses, these persons murmured against the Messiah (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8): The thinking of the elite religious leaders was seemingly logical. One whose mortal parents are known could not be from heaven. However the rabbis of the Prushim were unaware of the Messiah’s true origin. They were ignorant of His true nature (cf. the “Messiah in Chanukkah”). They said He was the Son of Joseph. They were unaware of His miracle birth.
The Messiah came out of eternity into creation:
In truth the promised Messiah came from heaven as the Hebrew Memrah (i.e. Greek Logos). The Prushim trained Yehudim were ignorant of the true origin and nature of the the Messiah that He is the Wisdom and Salvation of Adonai (Yeshua) Personified. The Messiah is the only One who has been born out of eternity into creation. He is the Moses to come who will exodus His people out of this fallen (temporal) creation into the new heaven and new earth (eternal). “Yeshua answered and said to them, ‘Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.’” The Salvation of Adonai (Personified) made no attempt to correct the ignorance of those Yehudim who unwaveringly followed the teachings of the Prushim rabbinate which had replaced the writings of the prophets and was about to (temporarily) replace the words of the Messiah and the later writings of His appointed Hebrew followers. Rather, like Moses, He rebuked the grumblers (“אַל תִּרְטְנוּ בֵּינֵיכֶם”) and their false religious teachers who they were blindly following. After the rebuke the Messiah goes right on speaking the D’var HaShem (Word of Adonai). The Messiah completely leaves it up to Abba Avinu who will respond to the call of His Spirit and who will not. For no one can come to faith in the Messiah unless Adonai “draws him.” The Spirit calls but it is up to the people to respond. Only those who respond affirmatively to the call will be drawn to the truth of Messiah and abide in Him; the rest will remain led by the traditions of men and abide in their vain philosophy and empty deceptions.
The Prushim rabbinate grossly misjudged the Messiah:
Although the Prushim rabbinate and their successors have judged the Messiah, no one is in a position to judge Him. Rather, it is the Messiah (who is the Voice of Adonai) who judges them. Without the Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of Holiness no one is in a position to rightly judge anyone. Only the Spirit of Adonai knows what is in a person’s heart and He alone has the authority to judge us. Since only the Messiah is the Voice of Adonai, no one but He can judge. In the chain of communication:
Point #1. The Voice of Adonai is the Messiah;
Point #2. The Voice of the Messiah is the (omnipresent) Holy Spirit;
Point #3. Therefore, the words that the Spirit communicates are not spoken on His own authority but they are the words of the Tzaddik (Righteous One), our Messiah, that are conveyed through the Spirit on His authority; that is the authority given to Him by the Righteous Father (for the Father in heaven of the National Son-Israel has entrusted all things into the care of His Individual Son (our Head) who always does only the will of Abba Avinu);
Point #4. Therefore, the words of the chosen Hebrew servants (shlichim) of the Messiah, who speak by the inspiration of the Spirit, they are not speaking their own words but the words of the Messiah (which are by Messiah’s perfect obedience the words of Adonai). In this way the Yehudim of today have a choice. We can listen to the voice of men who glory in their own fallible psychological and religious abilities and be drawn to them, or we can listen to the Voice of the Spirit, which is the Voice of Messiah, which is the Voice of Adonai and thereby be drawn close to our heavenly Father.
No one can come to the Salvation of Adonai (Yeshua) and believe on Him without Divine help. And no one who refuses to avail themselves of this help will ever know the truth as to who the Messiah really is, nor will they ever receive the gift of eternal life. Humankind is so ensnared in sin and unbelief (a state of faulty, dysfunctional consciousness) that unless the Spirit of Adonai draws us (helps us) to return to Him. So, unless we return to the Holy One in the manner that He has directed (trust in the Messiah whom He has sent), we are hopeless to receive His Salvation; which affords us forgiveness for our sins and the gift of eternal life (that is administered through the Indwelling Presence of His Spirit).
Adonai is drawing all humanity to Himself!
This calling of Adonai is not limited to a few. For the Voice of Adonai has said, “I will draw all humanity to Myself.” (1, 2, 3) This does not mean that all will be saved but that the Goyim (Gentiles) will be included in this call along with the Yehudim (Jews). The matter at hand is who will hear, understand, and obey the call? It is only those who respond affirmatively to the call of the Holy One who will be delivered from evil and on the day of resurrection enter into the perfect, joyous, eternal Presence of the heavenly Father. Being called is not enough. A positive response is required. The call of Adonai through Messiah and His Spirit of Holiness is not contingent on the flawed righteous works of men but on the perfect-flawless righteous works of the Messiah that originate in and are solely-sourced from the actual resident power, authority, and righteousness of Adonai Himself. Therefore, the false-counterfeit-righteousness that comes through the work of men is completely replaced by the true righteousness that comes to us only by the Spirit of Adonai Himself.
The Spirit will guide Israel into all truth:
“It is written in the prophets, AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF ADONAI. Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.” In support of this truth that the Salvation of Adonai comes to us solely by the unmerited Endowment of Adonai’s Grace alone, the Messiah references the writings of the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah (Isaiah 54:13 and Jeremiah 31:34): These Divine disclosures “teach” us about Adonai’s inner work that disposes us to accept the truth about the Messiah and to positively respond to Him. Due to this inner working of the calling of Abba Avinu “everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to the Messiah.”
The Spirit bears witness to the Messiah of Israel:
“Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from Adonai; He has seen the Father” (1, 2). This secret teaching (this mystery revealed, i.e. Hebrew “sod”) of Adonai regarding the Messiah is not a natural knowledge, conveyed only through human logic (which the rabbinates have been obsessed with), but a supernatural knowledge conveyed directly by the Spirit alone. The Spirit bears witness to the Messiah. The Spirit does not bear witness to the Bramble Bush rabbis who have tragically supplanted the writings of the prophets and rebelled against the commandments of Messiah. The Bramble Bush has substituted the words of the prophets of Israel and the commandments of the Messiah of Israel with their own clever mental inventions. The mental inventions of the Bramble Bush, who would be ruler over all of the institutions (trees) of Israel, is its volumes of useless words that possess no real supernatural power to accomplish anything. The Spirit bears witness only to the sinless life of the Messiah who all the time does only what Adonai desires (1, 2). The Messiah is the only man in whom all of the Spirit of Adonai (YHWH) dwells. The Salvation of Adonai is the Rabbi of Heaven. He is the only One born out of eternity into creation (who pre-exists creation). Messiah our Tzaddik (Righteous One) knows all things. He alone has seen the Father. He alone intimately and completely knows the Father. He presently sits at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. There He remains until the day when the Father makes all of the nations of the world to become as a footstool for Him to justly rule from (cf. Psalm 2).
The Conquering Messiah Ben David:
The Messiah Ben Joseph Ben David will return from heaven’s glory to earth a second time. I believe soon (in this 21st century). However, He will not return as the Suffering Messiah Ben Joseph. He will return as the Messiah Ben David, the Conquering Messiah.
Amen, amen, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life.
These words of Messiah summarize His teaching. The Double Amen is used here for the third time out of the four times that the term is employed in this discourse (1, 2, 3, 4). “He who believes” conveys the meaning of a person who is characterized by his continuing trust in the Messiah. Such a person possesses “eternal life” (i.e. the believing one possesses forever the Indwelling Presence of the Spirit). This truth is doubly affirmed and attested to by the One who is the Bread of Life. “Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.” The manna of Adonai given to Israel during their forty year wilderness wanderings met only a limited need. It provided temporary physical life. The people eventually came to loathe the manna and this temporal bread ultimately failed, for everyone who ate of the bread eventually died.
One who eats of the Bread Heaven will never die:
In contrast to the physical manna, the Messiah is the spiritual Manna sent from Adonai. He is the Bread of a different kind. He is the Bread “which comes down out of heaven.” One who eats of this Bread “may eat of it and not die.” The Bread of Heaven is not composed of just temporal physical human form but of eternal spiritual form. The eternal substance of the Bread of Adonai is the Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of the Holy One. The virtuous, life-sustaining Conscious Presence of the Holy One is what sustains, nourishes, and preserves us alive forever. Not the physical bread but the spiritual bread of Adonai is in view here. It is ridiculous beyond belief that anyone (Christian, Jew, or of and other belief) would actually think these words of the Jewish Messiah refer to His previous individual mortal physical body—that has ceased to exist since His resurrection! After the Messiah died and was resurrected His body possessed only the life of the Eternal Spirit (רוּחַ עוֹלָמִים-Ruach Olamim). The new life-blood in the body of the resurrected-glorified Messiah is the the life-giving Presence of the Spirit. The Messiah’s new eternal body possesses no mortal physical blood at all! Nor will our bodies when we are resurrected. Therefore, we do not literally ingest and drink in the mortal life of Messiah. We accept His redemption. We accept His atoning sacrifice. However, even more important than our cleansing from sin, we take in to our bodies, souls, and spirits the full the life of the Eternal Spirit. The only reason the Messiah came to earth was so that once cleansed of our sins we might receive the Gift of the Father: the Permanent Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of Holiness.
Apparently, when the ignorant Gentiles first got a hold of the Hebrew messianic teaching that was passed on to them by the Shlichim of the Lord their appointed religious leaders altered much of the meaning of Messiah’s words. No doubt the elite Gentile religious leaders did this so that the teaching of Messiah would correspond in an acceptable way to some of their popular pagan beliefs. Sadly these false beliefs of the Gentile priests, like the false beliefs of the Jewish rabbis (the Bramble Bush), have yet again become another means of the evil one to “supplant” the saving truth of Messiah, the Hebrew prophets, and the Hebrew shlichim (sent ones) whom Adonai entrusted His saving word to. It has also been yet another way in which the return of the Messiah and of the coming of the kingdom of Adonai has been “delayed.” Therefore, the mortal physical body of the Messiah, no matter how precious it is, is not what we Jews or you Gentiles should worship. We do not worship the body of a man. This would be Idolatry. The Man Yeshua is the Head of the Temple of which we are all being built up in. It is not the Man we worship. It is the Spirit of the Holy One Who dwells within the Temple of the Messiah that we must worship and that we do worship. Satan does not live in the heart-spirit of the Messiah. Adonai forever lives in the Messiah. How disgusting and discouraging it is that for all these many years our rabbis have dissuaded us from believing in our own Messiah! How sinful it is that we Jews have not communicated to the Gentiles what we know to be the truth that Yeshua is the Messiah, our Messiah, and that we could be of immense help to them if only we would be what the Spirit of the Holy One has called us to be, a Light to the Gentiles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). We praise Adonai that these deceptions and hindrances will soon come to a swift end. Nevertheless, it is incumbent on those of us who are called to speak the truth to the Gentiles, as well as our own people that we must declare that: The physical body of the Messiah was allowed to be sacrificed, suffer and die. This was the will of our Father in Heaven. The Messiah who knew no sin became sin (our sin) in His physical body and not in His soul or Spirit, so that we might become the righteousness of Adonai (in Him). The physical body of the Messiah died but the Divine Presence within Him did not die. In the same way our physical bodies will die but the Divine Presence that is given to us as a gift by the Father through our faith in the Messiah will never die. Therefore, in Messiah’s resurrection we are provided the promise of receiving a new physical-spiritual body that will never die. This new immortal body will only be supported by the life of the Spirit. In this way the eternal life of the Spirit of the Holy One will forever sustain us. Like the resurrected-immortal body of Messiah are immortal -glorified bodies will not possess any physical blood whatsoever; only the invincible, incorruptible, immortal life of the Eternal Spirit.
‘Ingesting’ the Messiah is a Hebrew figure of speech:
This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.
What does it mean to ingest the bread which comes down from heaven? Ingesting the Messiah is a figure of speech. Messiah is the perfect Man who always obeys our Father in heaven. Therefore He is the perfect Son in whom all of the deity of Adonai is pleased to always dwell. In receiving the Messiah our Tzaddik we ingest the perfect character of His Spirit (the Spirit of Holiness) into our being. It is the reception of the life of His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, that Messiah is referring to here. The life of the Spirit indwelling our present physical form is what shall sustain us in death and resurrect us unto new life on the day of resurrection. On the day of resurrection we will receive the same resurrected immortal body as the Messiah. Like Messiah we must first die to this mortal body so that on the day of resurrection we might receive His immortal and invincible body. This body of Messiah is a body of a new kind.
Messiah’s words are sourced in the writings of the Hebrew prophets:
“I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” What is the mortal body of the Messiah like? His body and brain are a work of perfect service to the Holy One. His body is a perfect Servant to Abba Avinu. All of the Messiah’s humanity is dedicated to the joyous task of loving our Father in heaven with all of His Heart, all of His Soul, all of His Strength, and all of His Mind. What is the joyous task of the Messiah that pleases our Father in heaven? The joyous task of the Messiah is to secure for us forgiveness of sin and to reconcile us to our Loving Father who dwells in heaven. The temple sacrifices bear witness to the outcome of Messiah’s once-in-eternity sacrifice. Through the sacrifice of the Perfect One, the Lamb of Adonai, our sins are forever removed from the sight of the Holy One. Furthermore, through the gift of the Messiah’s Divine Spirit we are able to be raised up to new life. We too can be indwelt by the Spirit of the Holy One. This means that one day there will there be many sons of glory. We will become as the Messiah already is immortal, invincible, incorruptible and perfectly attuned to the wants and wishes of our Righteous Father. Then will the Shema unity prayer finally be fulfilled. Then will we all as one man become as the heavenly Father wills us to be one perfect Unity (Echad):
#1. One body;
#2. One Spirit;
#3. One hope of our calling;
#4. One Lord;
#5. One faith;
#6. One mikveh,
#7. One G-d and Father of All (Avi-khol), who is over All and through All and in All.
Study the prophets and you will understand the words of Messiah:
“Then the Yehudim began to argue with one another, saying, ‘How can this man give us His flesh to eat?’” As often happens, the Messiah’s words were not understood. An argument started in the crowd regarding what He meant. Most of the people’s perception remained at a materialistic level. They took the Messiah concretely, wondering, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” So Yeshua said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” This revelation by the Salvation of Adonai is marked out as important by the Messiah’s fourth use of the Double Amen (אָמֵן אָמֵן-I solemnly tell you the truth) when He says, “I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.” Again it must be repeatedly said that these words are referring to the redemptive ministry of the Messiah and the consumption of the spiritual life of the Word of Adonai. The literal drinking of blood was something the Messiah would never do. He was blameless in the Law. There is absolutely no way He would have ever violated the prohibition against eating fat and drinking blood (Leviticus 3:17): “It is a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwellings: you shall not eat any fat or any blood. This strict Mosaic prohibition continued to be honored by the Messiah’s own Jewish disciples long after His death, resurrection and ascension into heaven. For it was the Messiah’s own (half) brother Rabbi Ya’akov Ben Yosef who said (cf. Brit Chadashah, Acts of the Shlicihim):
עַל כֵּן אֲנִי פּוֹסֵק שֶׁלֹּא לְהַקְשׁוֹת עַל אוֹתָם אֲנָשִׁים מִן הַגּוֹיִם אֲשֶׁר שָּׁבִים אֶל אֱלֹהִים, אֶלָּא לִכְתֹּב אֲלֵיהֶם לְהִמָּנַע מִטֻּמְאוֹת אֱלִילִים וּמִזְּנוּת, מִבְּשַׂר הַנֶּחֱנָק וּמִן הַדָּם.פ
“Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to Adonai from among the Gentiles, but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.”
Feed on the Living Word of Adonai and drink in all the fullness of His Redeeming Love!
“For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. He who eats My flesh [the Living Word of Adonai] and drinks My blood [accepts the atonement and redemption made available through the once-in-eternity sacrifice of Messiah, the Korban Pesach] abides in Me, and I in him.” [Forever] So it is the spiritual virtue of the Messiah that we are literally ingesting and consuming. Not His physical body. This we do through the Holy Spirit who is given from the Father to the Messiah and from the Messiah to us. This reception of the heavenly gift of the Spirit is only possible because of the Messiah’s sacrifice of His life (His blood) on the accursed tree. Although I find it abhorrent to believe in the literal ingesting of the blood of the Messiah, as some Gentiles claim to do, through their practice of their sacramental faith in the magical transformation of the bread and wine into His body and blood, I do revere the sacrifice of the Messiah’s mortal physical life (His blood). For according to the Law of Moses it is the blood sacrifice [of the Messiah’s physical life] that makes atonement for our souls (Leviticus 17:10-14): “And any man from the house of Israel, or from the aliens (Gentiles) who sojourn among them, who eats any blood, I will set My face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I HAVE GIVEN IT TO YOU ON THE ALTAR TO MAKE ATONEMENT FOR YOUR SOULS; FOR IT IS THE BLOOD BY REASON OF THE LIFE THAT MAKES ATONEMENT,’ Therefore I said to the sons of Israel, ‘No person among you may eat blood, nor may any alien who sojourns among you eat blood.’ So when any man from the sons of Israel, or from the aliens who sojourn among them, in hunting catches a beast or a bird which may be eaten, he shall pour out its blood and cover it with earth. For as for the life of all flesh, its blood is identified with its life. Therefore I said to the sons of Israel, ‘You are not to eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood; whoever eats it shall be cut off.’”
Receiving the Teaching of Messiah is receiving the Word of the Living Father:
“As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me [ingests the Word of Adonai entrusted to Me], he also will live because of Me.” [Forever] Therefore, in receiving the Messiah we are receiving (drinking in) the redemption of our souls through His sacrifice, on behalf of us all, on the accursed tree and we are receiving the eternal life of the Holy Spirit that Indwells Him [Forever]. It is the life of the Holy Spirit that preserved the Messiah in death so that His physical body did not see decay. And it was the life of the Spirit that transformed the Messiah’s lifeless body into an immortal body of another kind. To identify with the Messiah is to die to sin and inherit a new life of another kind. In the new life that we will fully know after the day of our resurrection, we will leave behind our present condition of living in a physical body that decays and dies and we will receive a new body that (like the Messiah) is immortal, invincible and incorruptible. The eternal life of this new indestructible body will not at all rely on the existence of mortal blood. The life of our new bodies will be solely sourced in the life of the Spirit. The eternal indwelling Presence of the Spirit will sustain our new immortal bodies with a new life-force that, unlike blood, will never decay or need replenishment. Messiah is telling His people fantastic spiritual truths that were far beyond their limited comprehension to understand. He saw what was in their hearts that they would not be receptive to the truth He was speaking, even if they understood. So, He left His people to live out the rest of their lives embracing the false teachings of the Prushim rabbinate until the day when a new generation would be capable of understanding the great importance and deep spiritual truth of His teaching.
He who eats the Bread of Heaven (the Word of Messiah) will live forever:
This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.
The puzzle of the Messiah’s words are unlocked by understanding that He was speaking of His making atonement by His sacrificial death and His giving life to those who bellieve in Him and personally appropriate His saving help. Faith in Messiah’s atoning death brings the remission of sin. The remission of sin allows us to be reconciled to Adonai who is our heavenly Father. Our reconciliation to Abba Avinu allows us to receive the gift of His omnipresent, life-regenerating Spirit. The gift of the Indwelling Presence of the Spirit assures us that we have inherited the gift of eternal life. Receiving the gift of the Spirit now means we will be raised to a new and perfect life (of a new kind) on the day of resurrection. Just as good food and drink sustain physical life, so the Messiah, the real spiritual food and drink of Adonai, sustains His followers. His life of a new kind, the Life of the Spirit, assures us that with His redemptive death we will receive forgiveness of sin and with His resurrection we will receive the eternal life-giving Presence of the Holy Spirit. It is this gift of the Spirit of the Holy One that will on the day of resurrection impart to us a new immortal, invincible and incorruptible body. One who believes in the D’var HaShem of Messiah partakes of the Life of the Spirit of Adonai. The heavenly Father is the Source of everything the Messiah has ever said or done. Seeing the Messiah is to see the invisible form of the Face of the Father. Hearing the Messiah is to hear the Voice of the Father. Therefore, one who partakes of Messiah enjoys a mutual abiding relationship with Adonai. He remains in Adonai and Adonai remains in him. In this manner of life the Messiah is a bridge of perfect Unity between redeemed humankind and the Holy One. Therefore, the Father lives in the Messiah and if we remain in the Messiah our Redeemer and Savior, then the Father lives in us forever. TO BE CONTINUED SPRING 2018.