Am I the “Salt of the Earth”?
In the Gospel of Matthew we find Yeshua the Messiah saying the following:
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 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 which is in heaven.
Parallels are found in Mark and Luke:
49 “For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
34 “Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? 35 It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
With regard to one’s “light” please note:
18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
The actual Hebrew word translated as “just” is tzaddik [tsaˈdik] and means lawful or righteous. The New American Standard Bible and Jewish Publication Society Tanakh translate it as “righteous”. Lawful means those that follow the Law or Torah; therefore, the light is only present in the Torah observant! The Judaic context of this word has always meant those that are diligent in keeping G-d’s Holy Torah! A tzaddik is one that is pious and devoted to G-d’s Holy instructions (Torah means “instructions” or “teachings”). What does that obviously imply about alleged Bible-based organizations that teach the Torah (Law) has been abolished? Proverbs 4:19 gives us insight into people that do not heed or promote Torah.
19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
By promoting the blasphemous idea that the Torah is abolished or optional Constantinian Christian and Messianic leaders are removing the very teachings that fuel the light – even the very fuel of Yeshua’s light! It condemns those that heed their teachings to darkness and causes them to be ignorant of their constant stumbling at truth! When the light of Torah is removed, all that remains is darkness. By teaching the Torah is abolished Constantinian Christian and Messianic leaders are leading millions into, not just darkness, but eternal darkness! Of course, if and as we seek the light of Truth, Yeshua provides the means by which our weaknesses can be overcome and transgressions of Torah forgiven as we continually seek greater light from Torah (righteousness) in our lives. However, that does not remove the requirement that we sincerely strive to follow Torah (teachings, instructions) of the Creator.
Yeshua was a Torah observant Jew. He was perfect in keeping Torah without spot or blemish. There is absolutely no doubt that he would have intended his listeners to understand his teachings from a Hebraic context, and the listeners would definitely have done so since the Constantinian Christian traditions were hundreds of years away. Centuries of Christian anti-Semitism and anti-Hebraic teachings have resulted in a religion that promotes darkness and rebellion against G-d by ignoring or discarding His instructions to man. The Christian belief that the Torah has been abolished would have been ridiculous and evil to Yeshua and his followers. The dominant Christian teaching that the Torah is abolished is in direct opposition to the very teachings of the man Christians recognize as Messiah! Note Yeshua’s own, unambiguous words on this very issue which immediately follow the verse under consideration.
17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
The Holy Scriptures are bristling with countless verses that teach quite directly we are expected to strive to follow Torah. The point that must be grasped is that if one is truly following the Messiah Yeshua he/she will strive to keep G-d’s Torah. I strongly differ with those that feel Paul was anti-Torah, but even if he was, the question then becomes who do we follow, our Messiah Yeshua or Paul? Paul’s teachings are meaningless if they conflict with Yeshua’s.
Yeshua is the Messiah, not Paul. Yeshua is the Unique Son of G-d, not Paul. Yeshua is the High Priest of our confession, not Paul. Yeshua is seated at the right hand of Power, not Paul. Yeshua was crucified for our sins, not Paul. Yeshua was resurrected, thus giving us hope to follow him, not Paul. Yeshua is soon to return in the glory of the Father and rule in the Kingdom of G-d on earth from his throne in Jerusalem, not Paul.
Despite the fact Yeshua has been given infinitely more authority than Paul, many preachers brazenly suggest that Paul’s teachings – or their anti-Judaic biased understanding of his teachings – actually overrule the very teachings of Messiah! This demonic deception is made even more amazing when combined with the fact that these same Christians teach Yeshua is G-d.
More often than not Christians and preachers are more zealous in defending Paul’s supposed teachings than they are Yeshua’s or even G-d’s! Many preachers and Christians openly and angrily oppose those of us that dare to consider Messiah Yeshua’s teachings as more authoritative than Paul’s. What madness! It is for this reason I believe that a misunderstood figure of Paul is actually the Messiah and G-d of many “Christian” organizations!
Those of us that recognize the eternal nature of G-d’s Torah are not really surprised by these false teachings. The reason for their need to exalt Paul’s teachings over Yeshua’s is obvious. If they were to consider Yeshua’s teachings as more authoritative they would be forced to accept the Torah as still applicable. So, in order to perpetuate the lie of death to the Torah, Christian leaders must somehow find a theological way to eliminate the bulk of Yeshua’s own teachings. They found their way through interpretation of Paul’s writings in a way that is very un-Hebraic and which Paul would have strongly opposed. But again I ask, who are we to follow? If Paul did indeed teach against Torah then he is destroying what Yeshua supported and his writings should be ripped from the pages of the New Testament. But, there is no way the Torah-hating, Paul-worshipping pastors of the world would ever allow that! They would much rather simply ignore Yeshua’s teachings and hope no one exposes their anti-Messiah (anti-christ) teachings! Yes, you read correctly: Antichrist teachings! By opposing the teachings of Messiah Yeshua they are opposing Messiah and are promoting an antichrist (anti-Messiah, replacement Messiah) and the mark of the Beast!
Dispensationalists are among the primary ones guilty of this Paul worship, but others join in Satan’s effort. Furthermore, there is an eerie silence regarding the epistles from other writers that teach obedience to Torah. The epistles of John, Peter, Jude, and James cannot at all be interpreted as anti-Torah. In fact, they are generally very pro-Torah. No wonder some of the “church fathers” sought to keep some of these pro-Torah epistles out of the New Testament canon. Of course, when properly read from the perspective in which Paul lived and wrote – Hebraic – likewise, his writings are proven to be very pro-Torah.
Poor Paul. His writings became a tool of Satan from the day he wrote them. I can only imagine the anguish he would feel to see the Holy Torah that he adored and honored so viciously attacked and declared dead from his very epistles.
It must be recognized that Yeshua was speaking of the Father being in heaven even while he was speaking from earth. I will often point to facts such as this knowing they may seem silly. Yet despite how some may find this trivial I feel it is actually very important to notice because of what is revealed in each case. For those that may not realize what is revealed I will briefly explain.
Very simply, statements such as this demonstrate necessary distinction between the Father (G-d) and the Son (Yeshua) because of their different locations. Trinitarians and others that feel Yeshua is G-d seem to want us to see the verse as saying, “…your Father which is in heaven and here with you incarnate in my human form.” Clearly, regardless of what Trinitarians wish the verses to show, they actually show distinct physical separation between the Father and Son.
I do not dare ever imply that there was spiritual separation between Yeshua and G-d. Indeed, it is this spiritual closeness to which Yeshua refers when he makes statements such as in John 10:30 – “I and my Father are one” and John 14:9 – “…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father…” However, being spiritually close to G-d in no way demands physical closeness – or more to the point of Trinitarians, spiritual closeness in no way demands being of the same essence or substance. This is in large part the very sting of the current deception within Christianity.
A conditioned response has been acquired that prevents most Christians that read the Bible from being able to see the clear distinction and separation between the Father and the Son. Often, because of their religious conditioning, Trinitarians are blinded to a passage’s obvious meaning or necessary inference. Thus by constantly pointing out the actual words of Yeshua in passages such as these from the Gospel of Matthew, I intend to somehow reinforce that the implied misreading Trinitarians see, such as “…your Father which is in heaven and here with you incarnate in my human form” is NOT what Yeshua said or means.
Why do I do this? Well, since the deception of tradition is so powerful I feel I must do all possible to repeatedly show from Scripture what the actual relationship is between G-d and Yeshua even if it means having to appear patronizing or sarcastic to the reader. Also, it is my prayer you will be able to tune yourself to begin to note the overwhelming scriptural evidence existing that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Yeshua is not G-d and that neither he nor his followers ever taught he is G-d. Once the spell of the Beastly great Harlot is broken you will be amazed to find that much – very much – of what you have been taught about the Bible in Constantinian Christian and Messianic organizations is absolute falsehood.
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