What is a man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou, has made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor. (Psalm 8:4,5.)
PRE-AMBLE by Robert
Over the past months, actually, years I have related a number of messages as a Watchman sounding the Trumpet for all to hear the warnings being received through the primary messenger of God the “Holy Spirit”. I could write a whole book just on his work. However, that is not the leading from him at this time. I am being shown to open the door for all to know there are several different types of messengers God uses to communicate with us. For instance, in the old testament, He used Prophets. One of those was Isaiah. He even had an Ass speak to another Prophet Balaam (Numbers 22:28)
The words of Isaiah are among the most beloved prophecies in the whole Bible. But before Isaiah began receiving a prophecy from the Lord, he underwent an initiation ritual in the Temple. His mouth was cleansed by a burning coal taken from the altar. Then a Seraph declared: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out” (Isa. 6:7). “Seraphs were in attendance above him.”
OPENING PRAYER by Robert
As we journey forward Heavenly Father, we look for your guidance and comforting. We thank you, Lord, for each moment you dedicate to our lives, families, and homes. As we hear from the Holy Spirit, we know your voice is being listened to through him and all those infirmities which may plague us will be healed and a hedge of protection built around our lives. We thank you, Father, for all your mercies and abundant dealings you perform on our behalf. Thank you, Lord, for being our Shepherd and bringing us to bountiful pastures. This we pray in your name Yeshua. Amen and Amen.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
We do not always recognize God’s messengers so the Holy Spirit is providing information that we might when we encounter or hear from a messenger, know they are messengers from God. As we will find God’s messengers come in many different forms, abide in various places, and fill many different occupations.
As one of Gods possible messengers, Jonathan Lipnick Dean of the Holy Land Studies Faculty continues through the following description. Like angels, Seraphs are divine messengers. Their job is to proclaim the glory of God. With thunderous voices, they proclaim “Holy, Holy, Holy” shaking the foundations of the Temple. But they have an additional job – to guard the throne of the Lord within the Holy of Holies. They do so, using fire. The Hebrew word seraphim (שְּׂרָפִים) comes from the root SRF (שרפ) which means “to flame.” Seraphs are six-winged “burners” who use fire to deter intruders.
Now, from the Expository commentary, we see another messenger we definitely will recognize and how his message verifies our relationship to Him.
“Thus He has been making it more and more evident that the only way to receive the Kingdom of God is to welcome Himself as the Son of the living God come to claim the hearts of men for His Father in heaven. How is it with the little band? Is theirs the popular notion, which classes the Son of God as only one among other gifted sons of men, or do they welcome Him in the plenitude of His divine prerogative and power?
Hence the first inquiry, which brings out the answer: “Some say that Thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.” This is manifestly the popular idea at its highest and best. There was no doubt, among the people those whose thought already was “Away with Him! Away with Him!” But it might well go without saying the disciples had no sympathy for these. It did, however, remain to be seen whether they were not content, like the rest of the people, to accept him as a teacher sent from God, a great prophet of Isreal, or at most a John the Baptist, the mere herald of the coming King.
We can imagine then, with what intensity of feeling the Master would look into the disciple’s eyes as He put the question, “But whom say ye that I am? And with what joy He would hail the ready response of their spokesman Peter, when, with eyes full of heavenly light and heart glowing with sacred fire, he exclaimed, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God!”
The answer Peter gave clearly shows what it was that bound the faithful few to Yeshua; and in his response, three reasons for faith may be discerned.
- Yeshua satisfied their deepest spiritual wants. They had found in his provision their whole nature and had learned the truth of His saying, “He that cometh to Me shall never hunger, and He that believeth on Me shall never thirst.” They could now say, “Thou hast the words of eternal life.” His words brought them nearer to God, promised them eternal life, and began it within them. From the lips of Yeshua had actually fallen words which quickened within them a new life-a life which they recognized as eternal, as lifting them up into another world. These words of His had given them new thoughts about God and about righteousness, they had stirred hopes and feelings of an altogether new kind. And this spiritual life was more to them than anything else. No doubt these men, like their neighbors, had their faults, their private ambitions, their hopes.
- Peter was convinced not only that Yeshua had the words of eternal life, but that no one else had. “To whom shall we go?” Peter had not an exhaustive knowledge of all sources of human wisdom. But speaking from his own experience, he affirmed his conviction that it was useless to seek life eternal anywhere else than in Yeshua. So that those who reject Him, or set Him on a level with other teachers, have first of all to deny the chief part of what His contemporaries were struck with and reported, and to fashion a Christ of their own.
- Upon our faith, nothing is more influential than the holiness of Yeshua. Nothing is more certainly Divine. Nothing is more characteristic of God-not His power, not his wisdom, not even His eternal Being. He who in his own person and life represents to us the holiness of God is more certainly superhuman than he who represents God’s power. A power to work miracles has often been transferred to men, but holiness cannot be delegated. It belongs to character, to the man’s self. It is a thing of nature, of will and of habit. So the holiness of Yeshua was even more convincing than His power or His Message. It was such a holiness as caused the disciples to feel that He was not a mere messenger. His holiness revealed Himself as well as Him that sent Him, and the self that was thus revealed they perceived to be more than human. When, therefore, their faith was tried by seeing the multitudes abandon their Lord, they were thrown back on their surest ground of confidence in Him. And that surest ground was not the miracles which all had seen, but the consecrated and perfect life which as known to them.
Now with this information, it becomes clear we need to understand how we as “Modern Day Disciples” have the authority to go forward in Yeshua’s name. His disciples received their authority directly from Yeshua. I believe the answer to the question is provided by the following teaching brought forth by The eDisciple a weekly teaching email on the Gospels, adapted from the Torah Club commentary a division of TORA-PORTIONS. The teaching being quoted covered the following: “Yeshua gave Peter the “Keys to the Kingdom.” What are they, and how do they work?
In Matthew 16:19, Yeshua gave Simon Peter the “keys to the kingdom.” The popular folk-image of Saint Peter receiving souls at the gates of heaven derives from this passage. The keys are not literal keys, nor are they, keys to the heavenly paradise. The term “Kingdom of Heaven” refers to the Messianic Era, not Heaven. To possess a key is to possess the authority over that which the key unlocks. By giving Simon Peter the “keys to the kingdom,” He invested him with authority to unlock the way to the Messianic Era.
In that interpretation, the keys to the house of David represent the power to teach authoritatively, to open and close arguments of Torah and make final decisions. Likewise, Yeshua invested his chief disciple with the authority of speaking on His behalf, transmitting and interpreting His teaching, just as the sages transmitted and interpreted the legal codes. Moreover, he gave His Peter (and by extension, all the disciples) administrative and legal authority to apply and interpret His teachings. Just as in the Messianic Era, they will sit upon twelve thrones judging over the twelve tribes, He accorded them the authority to make decisions on behalf of His assembly in the current age.
Here we see a completely different messenger a group of Messianic followers within the Torah Club a division of TORA-PORTIONS submitting their commentaries as an informative, message, on a weekly basis. However what we can glean from these comments is “where our authority to legally apply and interpret Yeshua’s teachings is established. As well that he forwarded the authority to make decisions on behalf of Yeshua’s assembly in the current age.
Something to remember Satan is a legalist and stands on all of God’s laws so when he confronts us on any issue is challenging your authority to minister the truth. Job 1:7 “And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, from going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.”
So now recognizing how the authority to minister our Lord’s truth was established it becomes clear those declaring to be “Modern Day Disciples” are in essence God’s authorized “Messengers” and as such instantly become Satans enemy! We see true messengers cannot be delegated they must have the spirit of God in them as Peter did when, with eyes full of heavenly light and heart glowing with sacred fire, declared Yeshua, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God!” So, when he who in his own person and life represents to the world, the holiness of God, as Peter did, is more certainly superhuman than he who represents God’s power. And now know without any doubt where the strength to go forward looking for that one soul to save as Yeshua did, originates from.
CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert
I am closing by quoting from the Depository commentaries as I believe my sentiments of what has just been shared with us is fully explained in this commentary. “ To ourselves, then, I say, by the circumstances of our time this question comes. “Will ye also go away?” Will you be like the rest, or will exceptional fidelity be found in you? Is your attachment to Yeshua so based on personal conviction, is it so truly the growth of your own experience, and so little a mere echo of popular opinion, that you say in your heart, “Though all men should forsake Thee, yet will not I“? It is difficult to resist the current of thought and opinion that prevails around us. Difficult to dispute or even question the opinion of men who have been our teachers, and who have first awakened our mind to see the majesty of truth and the beauty of the universe. It is difficult to choose our own way, and thus tacitly condemn the choice and the way of men we know to be purer in life, and in every essential respect better than ourselves. And yet, perhaps, it is well that we are thus compelled to make up our own mind, to examine the claims of Yeshua for ourselves, and so follow Him with the resolution that comes of personal conviction. If we truly love Him and find that He has taken a place in our life we cannot ever give to another, if we are conscious that our future lies His way, and that we must in heart abide with Him, then all our slowness to understand is patiently dealt with, all our underrating of His real dignity is forgiven us, and we are led on in His company to perfect conformity, perfect union, and perfect knowledge.
Thus we now know why God our Father in heaven called us to return to His Laws follow in His Sons footsteps as Modern Day Disciples to ultimately become His authorized “MESSENGERS” to find that one lost soul as His Son did!
John 4:6 Now Jacobs well was there. Yeshua, therefore, being wearied with His journey sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. v7. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Yeshua saith unto her, Give me to drink.
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Father in heaven thank you for this spiritual food which you have brought to us through the Holy Spirit. Thank you, Lord, for calling us to examine our walk and learn the depth of our love for you. Thank you, Father, for showing us who are the true messengers of your word. Thank you for having the patience with us as we slowly move forward in your walk to become your messengers. This we pray in the name of Yeshua Amen and Amen.
Remember these articles are just messages of a humble obedient Servant called to be a Watchman sounding the Trumpet to the make the flock aware. God’s blessings to those who hear the Trumpet. And know true messengers cannot be delegated they must have the spirit of God in them as Peter did when, with eyes full of heavenly light and heart glowing with sacred fire, declared Yeshua, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God!”