Old Testament: Isa 1.18–20
To read the Bible in a year, read Isaiah 1–3 on September 24, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022
By Don Ruhl
Israel had rebelled endlessly against the Lord and their hypocritical services to him troubled him, and his soul hated it. Nevertheless, our amazing Lord showed endless compassion to his people:
“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the LORD,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.
If you are willing and obedient,
You shall eat the good of the land;
But if you refuse and rebel,
You shall be devoured by the sword”;
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
– Isaiah 1.18–20
He was still willing to reason with them! Think of that for a moment. The holy Creator was willing to reason with his unholy creatures. He wanted to give them a chance to start over, promising them good things, if they turned back to him, whereas if they refused, they would see war.
- Do you reason with the Lord?
- Have you turned your heart to him?
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A Torah תוכחה
The fact that Shmuel/Samuel anointed David, following the failure of Shaul, to establish the Torah as the Constitution of the Republic, that Goyim fail to this day to understand the “k’vanna” of the mitzva of the Moshiach … based upon the Torah precedent of Moshe anointing the House of Aaron, the mitzva of the Moshiach — to accomplish the exact same purpose.
The New Testament authors of those Books did not have the least bit of a clue of the Torah commandment known as Moshiach. For example: those Goyim writers did not know how the Torah defines the term, Prophet. Neither the New Testament nor the Muslim Koran has the least bit of a clue how the Torah defines this key term: Prophet.
Proof: the Gospels and other Books of that genre they all assumed that Jesus “fulfilled the words of the prophets”. Total apples and oranges mistake. Prophecy commands mussar. Prophets do not predict future events. Mystics, like as in the Book of Daniel predict the future. Prophets command mussar. Mussar applies to all bnai brit Israel born in all generations applicable to myself as a Jew just as much as to the people whom the prophets commanded their תוכחה. This verb translates as “rebuke”.
The sages of the Talmud teach that they did not know how to give a תוכחה. Why not? You, as a Catholic, accurately view my communications with you as a תוכחה. What the sages could not rebuke as I am doing with you??? Therefore, the translation “rebuke”, not the accurate understanding of the term. Now to employ the language of your imaginary man: when casting seeds some fall upon rocks or unfertile ground, and other seeds fall upon fertile ground. Your god taught a משל. What’s the נמשל/moral of that metaphor?
The human heart. The language of “seeds” משל refers to a תוכחה. These seeds if they fall upon ‘fertile ground’, a heart willing to accept this תוכחה and permit those seeds to spout within the Yatzir of that heart. Rabbi Yechuda Ha’Nasi, the head of the Great Sanhedrin referred to the משנה תורה misspelling of the word heart, in a Mishna known as ברכות/blessings. The word heart spelled לב in Hebrew. But the Book of דברים errs and spells the commandment to love השם with all your לבבך/all your heart! Why לבב?
Rabbi Yechuda concluded that the precedent by which to understand this “mystery” (Xtian theology just loves a mystery), the opening word of the Torah בראשית/In the beginning. However, this word contains a רמז, words within words. ב’ ראשית which means 2 beginnings; interestingly enough the Creation stories contain 2 Creation stories. Rabbi Yechuda in the Mishna of ברכות teaches a tremendous chiddush/a new idea\. He teaches that the miztva of accept the Yoke of Heaven upon the heart requires both the Good and Evil Inclinations, based upon the precedent of the knowledge of ‘good and evil. That the church its complete and total failure to understand that Torah stands upon Common Law, an incredibly incompetent error of faith.
Returning to the inability of the sages of the Talmud to give a תוכחה rebuke now makes complete and total sense, when viewed within the larger contexts of how Rabbi Yechuda understood the human heart. The stony infertile ground in the Jesus metaphor refers to the Yatzir Ha’rah whereas the fertile ground in this same Jesus משל, assuming that Jesus in fact spoke to a Jewish audience, refers to the Yatzir Ha’Tov!!! LOL The church leaders despised the Jews and therefore they could not and did not understand the intent of their god. LOL.
Proof to the pudding — in the eating. Xtians do not learn Hebrew. The church makes a study of Greek as its primary tool to understand the Gospels. Agape love defines the term love for Xtians. But the Hebrew definition for love means: ownership. A man cannot and does not love that which he does not own. In Jewish marriage a man has to acquire his wife. This mitzva קידושין Goyim do not know much less understand.
If a man has to acquire his wife, what makes her any different from a slave or a whore? The latter case Yechuda and Tamar, serves as a precedent. The mitzva of Tahorat Ha’Biet, the woman going to the mikveh, which you admitted you knew nothing about, central to the mitzva of קידושין. This mitzva stands upon the Torah precedent (Common Law) of the brit cut between the pieces. There Avram had no children. He cut that oath brit upon his future born/soul\ seed/O’lam Ha’bah\world to come/.
The church absurd notions of Heaven and Hell … puff up in smoke … neither exists. Impossible to “fulfill the words of the prophets”. Why? Because prophets, as opposed and contrasted by mystics, they command mussar. Mussar, by definition — applicable to all generations of bnai brit Israel. Predicting the ‘End of Times’ applies only to the generation who experiences the terrible Gog and Magog war. A fundamental distinction between a Torah prophet from a Torah mystic, like Daniel.