The Sword

Matthew 10:34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 
35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 
36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’  
37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 
38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 
39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

Yahshua tells us that He did not come to bring peace, but to bring a sword. Is not the Word of God referred to as a sword?

“For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’” (Vs 35, 36)

I don’t know about everyone else, but I have experience this first hand. My own family was so indoctrinated with false doctrine that when I told them the truth, they not only refused to hear it, but refused to have anything to do with me because of it. The truth angered them because it contradicted their belief system and made their sin apparent.

Did I make enemies of my own Family? Well, I didn’t make friends of them by speaking to them of their sin. It caused quite a stir. So much so, that I was the brunt of rumors, among my relatives for quite a while, about How I had become a Jesus freak.

How did that affect me? I wore it proudly knowing that I had suffered persecution from my own family for the Name sake of Christ Yahshua. I could do without them, but I could not do without my savior, and that seemed to be the choice. I chose Yahshua!

My Sister who was 2 years older than me got very angry with me because I had reminded her of when she got up and walked down the isle at church when she was a teenager and gave her life to Christ.

She had gotten involved in Wiccan (Witchcraft) or something of that nature. I asked her, what happen to that commitment to Christ? She wouldn’t answer me, but just got angry with me. I told her that there are only two kinds of people on the earth, the living and the dead. And somehow, she interpreted that as if I thought she was dead to me.

I’m speaking spirit, and she’s speaking flesh. She ended our phone conversation by hanging up on me, and began to tell everyone in the Family to not have anything to do with me until I apologized.

What kind of person would that make me if I apologized for doing what Christ had called me to do?

He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. (Vs 37)

I love my family, but given a choice between them and my Savior, My Savior will come first in all things.

Yahshua was the same way, when His mother came looking for Him while he was teaching, He said, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 
For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:48-50)

Here is the very definition of Crossing over, and that’s what the name “Hebrew” means, this one who has crossed over. Crossed over what, we might ask? The bridge between heaven and earth, moving from what is flesh, or of the world, to what is spirit, or of the kingdom.

  
And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 
He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. (Vs 38, 39)

We are going to be crucified before this life is over, I am beginning to see that now, but what is waiting on the other side is more glorious than we can imagine, and we will spend more time in eternity than we could possibly imagine compared to the short wisp of time we have in this world.

So let us consider this life as training for dwelling in eternity with Yahshua and the Father.

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (Revelation 22:12, 13)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Tears!

Luke 7:36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. 
37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, 
38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. 
39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”
40 And Yahshua / Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So, he said, “Teacher, say it.”
41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 
42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”
43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” 
44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. 
45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. 
46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 
47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
50 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

Having completed 10 days of Awe, fasting and repentance, we are now washed clean of our sin. And so, I thought that now, on the heels of Yom Kippur would be a good time to talk about this particular scripture. For it has much to say about being forgiven and why we need such forgiveness.

Yahshua is having a meal with some of the Pharisees at Simons Home, and along comes a woman who brings a flask of fragrant oil.

And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. (Vs 37, 38)

Here is quite a sight for a bunch of Pharisees, to see such love and compassion displayed openly without regard for who is watching. The Pharisees do what Pharisees do, they judge her, and Yahshua also.

Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.” (Vs 39)

This is the way Pharisees operate, always judging others. Not a very constructive approach to ministry, and a habit that places certain limits on what they can learn in the Spirit. But never the less they are about to get a lesson on forgiveness and grace from the Lamb of God.

And Yahshua / Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So, he said, “Teacher, say it.” (Vs 40) So here it comes!

“There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 
And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”

A simple story which brings a clear point, and begs an answer.

So, Simon the Pharisee answers the question.


Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” (Vs 43)

So, Simon has the capability to understand the lesson that is coming on the heels of this teaching and It ought to humble him, and shame him to the very core of his being.

Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head.  You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. (Vs 44-46)

Simon certainly knows that she is there. And that she is sobbing and tears are flowing as she anoints the feet of the Messiah. She knows who Yahshua Is, and what He can do. But Simon has no clue, He thinks that Yahshua is just a man, like Himself. But Yahshua is about to make a clear distinction between who He is and Who Simon is.

Therefore, I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” (vs 47, 48)

He administers grace right there, in Simon’s house, and in the presence of several unbelievers. The forgiveness of sins is more precious to those who have been lost in sin for some time, and have accumulated a back log of sin, and have carried that burden for some time. When that burden is removed and freedom comes, then we too must also shed tears, and wash the feet of Messiah.

  And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” (Vs 49, 50)

The Pharisees are muttering among themselves, because they still refuse to believe, that the Messiah has paid them a visit. And the lesson He brought had just flown completely over their heads.

But the Woman has just received her life back, just as we have!

How much have we been forgiven? How many sins were flushed away in the blood that was shed for us?

Did we bother to take inventory?

Can we convert that Grace into love for one another? Do we understand that what has been done for us and that the same can also be done for others?

Here is the core message of the Gospel, for this is certainly good news for the sinner.

Have we kissed Messiahs feet yet this morning?

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

He is the One who goes before you.

Deuteronomy31:1 Then Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel. 
2 And he said to them: “I am one hundred and twenty years old today. I can no longer go out and come in. Also, the Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross over this Jordan.’ 
3 The Lord your God Himself crosses over before you; He will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess them. Joshua himself crosses over before you, just as the Lord has said. 
4 And the Lord will do to them as He did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites and their land, when He destroyed them. 
5 The Lord will give them over to you, that you may do to them according to every commandment which I have commanded you. 
6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
7 Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it. 
8 And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

Moses is unable to enter the Promised Land Because the Lord YHWH told Him not to. 120 years old and having brought the Children of Jacob / Israel through 40 years of wandering in the wilderness He must watch as they cross over and go into the land.

And he said to them: “I am one hundred and twenty years old today. I can no longer go out and come in. Also, the Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross over this Jordan.’  (Vs 2)

But the Lord, YHWH will go before the Children of Israel, The Lord your God Himself crosses over before you; He will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess them. Joshua himself crosses over before you, just as the Lord has said.  (Vs 3)

When the Lord tells us to go, no matter what it is that we are to do for Him, He goes before us to prepare the way. Operating within the confines of God’s will, is going to guarantee our success, but on the other hand going against His direction guarantees failure, and disappointment.

Probably the best evidence of this is what happen when God ordered Israel to fight the Amalekites and take their land. They refused and those who would not fight at the Lord’s Command, spent another 40 years wandering in the wilderness because of their disobedience, and none of them lived to see the Promised Land. (see Numbers 13-14)

When God gives us a commission, it is best to carry it out exactly as it is given. Otherwise, we are doomed to failure.

And the Lord will do to them as He did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites and their land, when He destroyed them. (Vs 4) So they already have an example by which to order their steps.

“The Lord will give them over to you, that you may do to them according to every commandment which I have commanded you. 
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Vs 5, 6)

When Moses speaks, He always speaks on behalf of The Lord, every word. Ever since He received His calling at the Burning bush. This is what He does!

When we Hear these words, we are reminded of the power in doing what God wills,

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it. 
And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” (Vs 7, 8)

Here is the Guarantee that Yahshua will fight for them and that we must not fear them. Now is a good time to remember these words, because we are now facing a godless enemy in this country, I know that the time will come when there will be a struggle between the People of God, and the people of Satan.

We need to know that it will be impossible for them to prevail, by doing nothing. That will be our own punishment for refusing to obey God. We cannot prevail without Him, For He is the One who goes before you.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Go and sin no more.


John 5:8 Yahshua / Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 
9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. 
10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”
11 He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’”
12 Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 
13 But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. 
14 Afterward Yahshua / Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”

At the pool of Bethsaida, Yahshua heals a man who had been crippled for 38 years. He said to Him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. 

If we want to upset the temple Jews this it seems is a good way to do it. Just healing someone on the Sabbath in their eyes was a sin in their backwards way of things.

The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” (Vs 10)

What was He supposed to do? Just leave His bed there at the pool? But, had it violated the Spirit of God’s Law, we can be sure Yahshua would have found some other way.

He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’” Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 
But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Yahshua / Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place.  (Vs 11-13)

He doesn’t even know the name of the Man who had healed Him, but Yahshua is going to fix that.

Afterward Yahshua / Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” (Vs 14)

That is very similar to what He said to the woman who was caught in adultery,

“Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” (John 8:11)

Similar because that is what He does, He forgives sin. Which leads me to believe that this man who was disabled because of His lameness, and was crippled either because of his sin, or sin that was passed down to Him from his parents. In either case, His sin was removed from Him when he was healed.

For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. (Exodus 20:5)

Perhaps we can glean from this short testimony that sickness and adversity is caused by sin. A when there’s an intervention through prayer, and the laying on of hands. what happens to that person who is being prayed over? If indeed sin causes illness, then his or her sin will be forgiven in the healing process.

Something to ponder the next time someone needs to be healed.

“Go and sin no more.”

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

How is it?

Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 
14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 
16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 
17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 
18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 
20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 
22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 
23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

When Christ Yahshua says, “Narrow is the Gate and difficult is the way which leads to life.” It makes me wonder what He’s talking about, especially when People say things like, “once saved always saved”, or the Law was nailed to the cross, it’s no longer in effect. We hear things like Jesus was righteous so I don’t have to be.

How is it that the way to life is difficult or Narrow if we are teaching a broad road gospel?

Could this be why Yahshua then says, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” (Vs 15)

In Deuteronomy a false prophet is someone who does not teach the Law, and teaches that there’s some other way. “You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him. 
5But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst.” (Deuteronomy 13:4, 5)

These False teachers, or prophets, are at the core of the failure of the church to bring true believers into the Fold. Yahshua tells us to look at their fruit saying, “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 
17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 
18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 
20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” (Vs 16-20)

When people fall away from the church, it is because they have backslidden, having been taught that they are saved no matter what they do, or what sin they engage in, they fall away, until someone has a revival, and then thy come back only to backslide yet again. This cycle repeats itself over and over because no one has given them an anchor firm and unswerving to which they can adhere to.

How is it that we can come to Christ and then fall away repeatedly when the way is narrow and difficult?

By their fruits we will know them!

So then, Yahshua tells us, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”

He tells us that we are to do the will of the Father if we will enter the Kingdom. So, lets take a minute and look at God’s will.

Every prominent figure in the scriptures from Noah, to David, Daniel, Abraham, Isaac, and Joseph, were keepers of God’s Word, the Law, And that’s the reason they are in the scriptures, they lived according to God’s will.

Does He not say, Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8) How can we do that and be disobedient to His Commandments, violating His covenant?

Yahshua give us the clincher, He says, “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 
And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Vs 22, 23)

He is saying that those of us who claim to follow Him, and are Lawless He wants nothing to do with them. So that means that without keeping God’s Law, we cannot enter the Kingdom. He will turn His back on those folks.

It makes me sad to have to point this out to people who should already know these things. Many of you have a Bible just like the one I have. It will tell you the same things, it after all is the inspired Word of God.

So, how is it that we don’t know these things? It’s because we have studied man’s doctrine, rather than truth.

Proverbs 4:1 Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, and give attention to know understanding;
2 For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever