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Inside this issue:
WHO IS MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT?
Take The Passover Examination
Footwashing—The Service of Humility
The Afflicted Messiah
EDITOR:Jerry Healan ASSOCIATE EDITOR: John McCarty
PROOFREADERS:Frances Healan, Jerry Healan, John McCarty
OUR COVER: This issue is what would be called our Spring Festival issue. The Spring Festival has to do with Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. It was during this time that Yahshua was slain in order to become our Passover Lamb. Yahshua was greatly afflicted. Much more so than is or can be depicted by any artist. When Yahshua appeared to the disciples, He did say for them to behold his hands and his side in order to no longer disbelieve. One of our articles of this issue focus on Yahshua as The Afflicted Messiah. Therefore, we have chosen the cover picture showing a hand with a nail imprint in remembrance.
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FROM THE EDITOR
WHO IS MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT?
the Great is called the mother of harlots and is also a great mystery, “And
there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with
me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great
whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have
committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk
with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the
wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names
of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in
purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls,
having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her
fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE
GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman
drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of
Yahshua: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration,” Rev. 17:1-6.
I have seen and heard several allusions to the possibility of America
being this Babylonian harlot. I hope that I can effectively identify this harlot
in the very limited space that I have left here. Other articles will be coming
How can we identify this harlot? The simplest answer is with the
Scriptures. There are three major spiritual harlots spoken of in Scripture. They
are 1. Tyre (Jeremiah 23); 2. Samaria (Jeremiah 3:6); 3. Jerusalem and Judah.
Isaiah prophesied, “The
vision of Isaiah the son of
Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah,
kings of Judah...Hear the word of Yahweh, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the
law of our Elohim, ye people of Gomorrah...How is the faithful city
become an harlot! it was
full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers,” 1:1, 10, 21.
Jeremiah was inspired to cry
out, “Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem...Thus saith Yahweh,
What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and
have walked after vanity, and are become vain?...The priests said not,
Where is Yahweh? and they that handle the law knew me
not: the pastors also
transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after
things that do not profit...Hath a nation changed
their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for
that which doth not profit. Be astonished, O
ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith
Yahweh...And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink
the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the
waters of the river? Thine own
wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know
therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken
Yahweh thy Elohim, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Sovereign Yahweh
of hosts...How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone
after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a
swift dromedary traversing her ways... A
wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in
her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary
themselves; in her month they shall find her But where are thy gods
that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of
thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah. Wherefore will ye plead with me?
ye all have transgressed against me, saith Yahweh,” 2:1, 5, 8, 11-12, 18-19,
the principal peoples that preserve and handle the law or Torah in today’s
world? Isn’t it Judah? Yet doesn’t it say that ‘they that handle the law
(Torah) knew Me not?’ If you will search out the book of Jeremiah further,
especially chapter 3, you will find that even though the northern kingdom of
Israel played the harlot, Judah was even more treacherous than Israel.
prophet Ezekiel also has some interesting things to say about Judah and
Jerusalem. He says that her sisters were Samaria and Sodom (Ez. 16). Ezekiel
proclaims that Judah and Jerusalem has committed whoredoms with Egypt, Assyria
and Babylon. Furthermore, she is given the CUP of her sister Samaria.
speaks of a woman of wickedness who is placed in an ephah with a lid of lead.
She is taken to the land of Shinar. This author has identified that woman as
Judah. While Israel was given a bill of divorcement and became not Yahweh’s
people, the fact of the matter that Judah is still recognized as Yahweh’s
people in today’s world. But her fornication with the kings, kingdoms and
peoples of the earth make her the great harlot who is riding upon the beasts of
author understands the repercussions that he will receive for making these
pronouncements, but the truth is the truth. Notice that the harlot is drunken
with the blood of the saints. Who agreed to put Yahshua to death? Wasn’t it
the Sadducees, Pharisees, Herodians, etc.? Who began the persecution of the
saints? Wasn’t it the priests and Pharisees? Wasn’t Saul a Pharisee and
didn’t he cause great havoc in and among Yahshua’s believers until he was
struck down on the way to Damascus? Didn’t his own people seek to take his
life upon his conversion?
so much more to this than meets the eye. The book of Revelation identifies
Jerusalem as Egypt and Sodom (Rev. 11). Judah and Jerusalem are certainly
associated with Egypt and Sodom in the major prophets. There are so many, many
other things to consider both ancient and present. We will be addressing this
further, but suffice it to say that Mystery Babylon, the Mother of Harlots has
now been identified. JH
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approaches, any Passover of any year, Yahweh’s people should review the
admonition of the Apostle Paul examining the self before taking the most
important symbols of the Savior’s body and blood.
writes, “Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come
together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come
together in the assembly, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly
believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are
approved may be made manifest among you. When ye come together therefore into
one place, this is not to eat the Sovereign's supper. For in eating every one
taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the Assembly of
Yahweh, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise
you in this? I praise you not. For I
have received of the Sovereign that which also I delivered unto you, That the
Sovereign Yahshua the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when
he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is
broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took
the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood:
this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat
this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Sovereign's death till he come.
Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Sovereign,
unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Sovereign. But let a
man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to
himself, not discerning the Sovereign's body. For this cause many are weak and
sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not
be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Sovereign, that we
should not be condemned with the world. Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come
together to eat, tarry one for another. And if any man hunger, let him eat at
home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in
order when I come,” 1 Cor. 11:17-34.
Do we understand the depth of the words that Paul has written here?
Before we take the most important emblems of Yahshua’s body and blood, we are
to examine ourselves carefully before we partake of these symbols. If we fail to
properly examine and judge ourselves, then we will be found guilty of the
Sovereign’s body and blood. We are not only to examine and judge ourselves,
but we are also to carefully discern Yahshua’s body. Therefore this
article/message will be divided into two parts, the first will deal with how we
are to examine ourselves and the second will be discerning the Sovereign’s
Again Paul writes, “Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to Yahweh
for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a
zeal of Yahweh, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of
Yahweh's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness,
have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of Yahweh,” Ro. 10:1-3.
Is it possible that we in the body of the Messiah can fall into the same
trap, the same error that Yahweh’s people Israel fell into? They exhibited a
love for Yahweh. They wanted to walk according to righteousness in order to
please Yahweh, but they were ignorant as to what Yahweh’s righteousness really
was. Do we fully understand what Yahweh’s righteousness is?
Isaiah was inspired to write, “Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens,
that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy
presence, as when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil,
to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy
presence! When thou didst terrible
things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at
thy presence. For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor
perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O Elohim, beside thee, what he
hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and
worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art
wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved. But
we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;
and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us
away. And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to
take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us,
because of our iniquities,” Isa. 64:1-7.
Thus, we see the problem with Israel. They went about seeking to
establish their own righteousness, but all of those righteousnesses that they
were seeking to walk in were only as filthy rags to Yahweh. How can this be? I
hope to answer this question in this treatise.
Moses understood many wondrous things that most men, the Israelites and
even modern day believers do not understand. Moses cried out, “A Prayer of
Moses the man of Elohim. Yahweh, thou hast been our dwelling place in all
generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed
the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art Elohim.
Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. For a
thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch
in the night. Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in
the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth,
and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth. For we are
consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled. Thou hast set our
iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. For all
our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is
told. The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of
strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for
it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? Even
according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we
may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Return, O Yahweh, how long? And let it repent
thee concerning thy servants,” Psa. 90:1-13.
Such is the story of man. We are born into this world. Our days, in
reality, are very few. We commit iniquities and even secret sins, which we can
usually hide from man, but will never be hidden from Yahweh. Our life is like
grass. We flourish in the morning and in the evening we dry up and die. But
Yahweh will call us forth to judgment and we will have to answer for our
iniquities and secret sins.
The Apostle Paul wrote of two Adams. Of the first Adam he wrote,
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so
death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was
in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death
reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the
similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure
of him that was to come,” Ro. 5:12-14.
Notice that Paul says that the first Adam was
a “figure” of him that was to come. The word “figure” is translated from
the Greek word “tupos” from whence we also get our English word “type.”
The first Adam was a type of the second Adam.
writes concerning these two Adams, “The first man is of the earth, earthy: the
second man is the Sovereign from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also
that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are
heavenly,” 1 Cor. 15:47-48.
receive an inheritance from each of these Adams. From the first Adam we receive
the inheritance of sin, corruption and death. From the second Adam we receive
the inheritance of righteousness, incorruption, immortality and life.
are born into this world through the first Adam and his inheritance. Here is
what Jeremiah is inspired to write concerning the heart of Judah, Israel and
frankly, all men, “The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with
the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the
horns of your altars; Whilst their children remember their altars and their
groves by the green trees upon the high hills. O my mountain in the field, I
will give thy substance and all thy treasures to the spoil, and thy high places
for sin, throughout all thy borders. And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue
from thine heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine
enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire in mine
anger, which shall burn for ever. Thus saith Yahweh; Cursed be the man that
trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from
Yahweh. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when
good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt
land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in Yahweh, and whose
hope Yahweh is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that
spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but
her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought,
neither shall cease from yielding fruit. The heart is deceitful above all
things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Yahweh search the heart, I try
the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the
fruit of his doings,” Jer. 17:1-10.
you get that? This is the heart that you and I are born with. It is the heart of
Adam, the first man and the father of all humankind! The natural heart of man,
the heart we are born with is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked,
who can know it? The only way that we can completely understand the heart of
man, our own heart, is to allow Yahweh’s word to tell us!
Jeremiah also writes, “And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt shew
this people all these words, and they shall say unto thee, Wherefore hath Yahweh
pronounced all this great evil against us? Or what is our iniquity? Or what is
our sin that we have committed against Yahweh our Elohim? Then shalt thou say
unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith Yahweh, and have walked
after other elohim, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have
forsaken me, and have not kept my law; and ye have done worse than your fathers;
for, behold, ye
walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart,
that they may not hearken unto me: therefore will I cast you out of this land
into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye
serve other elohim day and night; where I will not shew you favour,” Jer.
Yahweh knows every man’s heart. If we will allow Him, He will truly
reveal our own hearts to us. Here is what He said about the heart of man before
the flood, “And El saw that the wickedness of man was great
in the earth, and that every imagination of the
thoughts of his heart was only evil continually,” Gen. 6:5.
Because of this great wickedness and the violence that was being caused
because of the evil imagination of man’s heart, Yahweh decided to destroy man
and all life on the land portion of the earth, but as we know, He did have mercy
upon Noah and His family.
The question is, after the great catastrophic flood that destroyed every
living thing on the earth except the men and animals that were on the ark, did
man’s heart change? “And Noah builded an altar unto Yahweh; and took of
every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the
altar. And Yahweh smelled a sweet savour; and Yahweh said in his heart, I will
not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth;
neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done,” Gen.
Notice that! Even though all men and animals suffered the destruction of
the flood because of their evil and wicked imaginations and the violence that
was produced from it, man’s heart didn’t change. Noah and his sons saw the
great evil, the great violence, the great destruction, but after the flood, his
descendants went forth continuing to follow the evil imaginations of their
hearts. Israel did the same thing! Even though they saw the great destructive
miracles that Yahweh poured out on the Egyptians, and they themselves were in
rigorous slavery, they kept trying to go back to Egypt, and eventually many of
The term “evil from his youth” is translated from the Hebrew root
which is defined as “from the age of infancy
to adolescence” in Strong’s Exhaustive
King David’s sin was exposed to him concerning Bathsheba and her husband’s
murder, he proclaimed, “Have mercy upon me, O Elohim, according to thy
lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my
transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my
sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against
thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou
mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my
mother conceive me,” Psa. 51:1-5.
David understood that he was conceived in sin! How? Through his/our
I know that it is difficult for us to look upon a seemingly innocent
little baby and impute any sin to that child. To us, the child is innocent for
it has never committed any sin. But if we believe the Scriptures, we will come
to understand that a law of sin is our inheritance from Adam and that as sure as
we are born, we will sin, just as we can also believe that as sure as we are
born, we will also eventually grow old and die.
Look at what Yahweh says about all of His people Israel, “Hear ye this,
O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out
of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name Yahweh, and make mention of the
Elohim of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness. For they call
themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the Elohim of Israel;
Yahweh of hosts is his name. I have declared the former things from the
beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them
suddenly, and they came to pass. Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy
neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass; I
have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I
shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven
image, and my molten image, hath commanded them. Thou hast heard, see all this;
and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even
hidden things, and thou didst not know them. They are created now, and not from
the beginning; even before the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou
shouldest say, Behold, I knew them. Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest
not; yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest
deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb,”
David was the King of Israel. He confessed that he was conceived in sin.
Israel was Yahweh’s people, yet Yahweh declared that they were called a
transgressor from the womb. If Yahweh’s people were such, then we can
certainly deduct that the rest of the peoples of the earth, the non-Hebrews or
Gentiles were the same, can we not?
Yahweh declares concerning men, “The fool hath said in his heart, There
is no Elohim. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none
that doeth good. Elohim looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see
if there were any that did understand, that did seek Elohim. Every one of them
is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good,
no, not one. Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge?” Psa. 53:1-3.
Furthermore, both Prov. 14:12 and 16:25 state, “There is a way that
seemeth right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
Again, it is stated, “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool, but
whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered,” Prov. 28:26.
King Solomon declared, “All things come alike to all: there is one
event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to
the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the
good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath. This
is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event
unto all: yea, also
the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart
while they live, and after that they go to the dead,” Eccl.
Yes, how true! The natural heart of man, the heart that we inherit from
Adam is far, far more corrupt than we can know.
When dealing with the people of His day, Yahshua had to make many
corrections to the traditions that the people were holding onto. Take, for
instance, the account in Mat. 15:1-20, “Then came to Yahshua scribes and
Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the
tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But
he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of
Elohim by your tradition? For Elohim commanded, saying, Honour thy father and
mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye
say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by
whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his
mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of Elohim of none
effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you,
saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with
their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me,
teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. And he called the multitude, and
said unto them, Hear, and understand: not that which goeth into the mouth
defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were
offended, after they heard this saying? But he answered and said, Every plant,
which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone:
they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall
fall into the ditch. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this
parable. And Yahshua said, Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand,
that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out
into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come
forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil
thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
These are the things which defile a man:
but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.”
While it is true that the subject is eating with unwashed hands, the fact
of the matter is that it is not what goes into the mouth, whether it is dirt
that is on unwashed hands, or even some unclean food (eaten by mistake, of
course), that will defile a person. If we mistakenly eat something that is
unclean, the body will eventually eliminate that which is unclean, but the gist
of the message is what is on the heart of man. Yahshua told us what truly
defiles. It is evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false
witness, blaspehmies, etc. Those are the things that truly defile us. It would
be better to have a physical diet of unclean foods than to allow the self to
succumb to the evil thoughts and lusts of the heart. I know that some will point
a finger of accusation at me and proclaim that Jerry Healan is now teaching that
we may eat unclean foods, but that is not what I said. Some people have their
hearts set only on the physical things and cannot understand the things of the
Spirit. This physical, fleshly, carnal body that we are dwelling in cannot
inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. We must learn to focus on the things of the
Spirit, the things of a circumcised heart.
Yahshua explains this concept in the same way in the book of Mark, “And
when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him
concerning the parable. And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding
also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the
man, it cannot defile him; Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the
belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? And he said, That
which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the
heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts,
covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride,
foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man,”
James was moved to write, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:
for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which Yahweh hath
promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted
of Yahweh: for Yahweh cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
But every man is
tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then
when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished,
bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren,” Jas. 1:12-16.
man is tempted by the lust that is in his own flesh. Sin is conceived when this
lust begins in the flesh putting ideas, thoughts and desires in the mind. When
we allow ourselves to dwell on those lustful things then we eventually finding
ourselves committing the lustful act. When the act is completed, we have sinned
and that sin brings forth death.
When we are called of Yahweh and are led to repent of our sins entering
the waters of baptism for the remission of those sins, Yahweh will grant us an
earnest of His Spirit. We are conceived of the Spirit and become the sons of
Elohim, the children of Yahweh, but we must still live in this physical, fleshly
body which is filled with the lusts of the flesh. The Apostle Paul completely
understood this. Paul had been a self-righteous Pharisee. The Pharisees trusted
in themselves that they were righteous and therefore were able to gain entrance
to the very throne room of Yahweh, the holiest place. But Paul was eventually
called by Yahweh because He had a job for him to do. This calling was completely
against the things that Paul had gained through the doctrines, beliefs and walk
of the Pharisees. Paul was led to understand and see things that he had never
seen before. His writings of these things still cause many of the self-righteous
hypocrites to profess that Paul fell away from the truth. That’s because they
don’t understand his writings.
Here is what Paul discovered, “Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are
become dead to the law by the body of the Messiah; that ye should be married to
another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth
fruit unto Elohim. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which
were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were
held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the
letter. What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Yahweh forbid. Nay, I had not
known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said,
Thou shalt not covet. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me
all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive
without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For
sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was
then that which is good made death unto me? Yahweh forbid. But
sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good;
that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold
under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that
do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If
then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now
then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no
good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is
good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would
not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do
it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is
present with me. For I delight in the law of Elohim after the
inward man: but I see another law in my
members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to
the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am!
who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
I thank Yahweh through Yahshua the Messiah our Sovereign. So then with
the mind I myself serve the law of Yahweh; but with the flesh the law of sin,”
Do you get that? Here is Paul writing many years after his calling and
conversion still admitting that he was having problems in the flesh. He reveals
that there is a law of sin in the flesh. This law of sin in the flesh causes a
war to go on in the mind of a truly converted person. He even admitted that he
was still serving the law of sin with the flesh, but with the mind he was
serving the law of Yahweh. Where did this law of sin come from? Our forefather
Adam ingested it into the flesh when he ate of the forbidden fruit. This law of
sin is our inheritance from him.
Paul also wrote of this struggle in the book of Galatians, “This I say
then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the
Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the
other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would,
Going back to Romans chapter 8, “There is therefore now no condemnation
to them which are in the Messiah Yahshua, who walk not after the flesh, but
after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in the Messiah Yahshua hath
made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak
through the flesh, Yahweh sending his own Son in the likeness
of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness
of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the
Spirit. For they that are after the
flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the
things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually
minded is life and peace. Because
the carnal mind is enmity against Yahweh: for it is not subject to the law of
Yahweh, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please
Yahweh. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit
of Yahweh dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of the Messiah, he is
none of his. And if the Messiah be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but
the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” vv. 1-10.
Scriptures reveal our nature. While we know that the carnal mind is enmity
against Yahweh and that it is very wicked indeed, do we understand the lesson of
the flesh and the power that it also has over the mind? Those who have the
Spirit of Yahweh have a great battle on their hands because the flesh lusts
against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh. In too, too many cases we
still succumb to the flesh and must call upon our Sovereign to have mercy on us
and to forgive us through Yahshua the Messiah. But we must examine ourselves
before we take the most important symbols which represent the body and blood of
the Messiah. We must understand Who He is and who we are. We must understand the
weakness of the flesh and we must understand ourselves in the light of the
Scriptures. If we will examine and judge ourselves, we will not be judged. But
if we fail to properly examine ourselves and take of the bread and cup
unworthily, then we will be guilty of the body and blood of the Messiah. We must
never approach nor take the Passover lightly. It is a most solemn occasion.
Now, let’s see if we can understand Yahweh’s righteousness and the
error of Israel who went about to establish their own righteousness. Paul wrote,
“For they (Israel) being ignorant of Yahweh’s righteousness, and going about
to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the
righteousness of Yahweh,” 1 Cor. 10:3.
When Yahweh delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt, He brought
them to the Wilderness of Sin unto Mount Hor in order to make a covenant with
them. Moses went up into the mount and Yahweh called to Him saying, “Thus
shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have
seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and
brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and
keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people:
for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an
holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of
Israel,” Ex. 19:3-6.
Moses took this message back to the elders of the people who replied,
“All that Yahweh hath spoken we will do,” v. 8. Furthermore, after Yahweh
descended upon the mount declaring His statutes, ordinances and judgments the
people confirmed twice more that they would do Yahweh’s words and be obedient
(Ex. 24:3, 7).
As we know, Moses went up into the mount to Yahweh and while there for a
period of 40 days and 40 nights, the people fell away to idolatry (Ex. 32). Paul
says that one of the works of the flesh is idolatry (Gal. 5:20). Thus, the
people quickly forgot their promise and fell away to the worship of the golden
The people had promised to be faithful and obedient to the words of
Yahweh but simply didn’t have the power of the Spirit to resist. Thus, they
were trusting in their own power to fulfill the commandments of Yahweh, but the
law of sin in the flesh was at enmity against those commandments. They quickly
fell away. They quickly ran to the ways of unrighteousness rather than continue
in the righteousness of the law.
Yahshua declared, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself,
but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also
doeth the Son likewise…. I can of mine own self
do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I
seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me,” Jn.
5:19, 30. “Then said Yahshua unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man,
then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing
of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak
these things,” Jn. 8:28. “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and
the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works,”
is clear that the Heavenly Father was dwelling in Yahshua and that Yahshua
admitted that He could do nothing of Himself. He declared this four times for
emphasis. The Father and the Son work in concert with one another. What one
does, the other does also. They cannot be separated.
also declared to His disciples, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the
husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every
branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and
I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the
vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for
without me ye can do nothing,” Jn. 15:1-5.
Yahshua we can do nothing! We can try, as Israel did, to keep the commandments,
statutes, ordinances, and judgments, but as Israel failed, so will we! Paul
writes, “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in
knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent;
that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of the Messiah; Being
filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Yahshua the Messiah, unto
the glory and praise of Yahweh,” Phil. 1:9-11.
fruits of our righteousness are by, and through Yahshua the Messiah. This is the
only acceptable way to please Yahweh. Our own righteousnesses are as filthy rags
to Him otherwise. If we are seeking to observe the way of righteousness under
our own strength and power, then we are only as righteous as the Pharisees and
Yahshua said that our righteousness must exceed theirs!
Paul declares, “I can do all things through the Messiah which strengthens
me,” Phil. 4:13.
Paul could also declare, “For the Messiah is the end of the law for
righteousness to every one that believeth,” Ro. 10:4. The Greek word for end
is “telos” which is defined as, from a primary tello (to set out for a
definite point or goal); properly, the point aimed at as a limit, i.e. (by
implication) the conclusion of an act or state (termination (literally,
figuratively or indefinitely), result (immediate, ultimate or prophetic),
purpose); specially, an impost or levy (as paid).
we can understand that Yahshua is the end of the law, the conclusion or
termination of an act or state. What is that act or state? The promise that
Israel would obey Yahweh and be obedient under their own strength and power.
That part of the covenant no longer exists. It is now only obtainable through
Yahshua living in us through the Holy Spirit. It is now the point aimed at
it is true that Yahshua did no sin. But He said that He could do nothing without
the Father. We are to follow Yahshua’s example and do no sin, but we must live
the way of righteousness through His power. We must give Him the credit as He
also gave credit to the Father. We must not take it to ourselves!
It is our prayer that this
examination will cause you to be able to partake of the Passover properly so
that Yahshua may be lifted up. May Yahweh bless you to see these things.
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THE SERVICE OF HUMILITY
of the services associated with the Passover is that of footwashing. Much
symbolism is behind this act as in all other acts performed during that night.
This article will hopefully prepare us for that service and the rest of the
Passover service as well.
By Jerry Healan
did an amazing and surprising thing during the last night with His disciples
before He suffered.
“Now before the feast of the Passover, when
Yahshua knew that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto
the Father, having loved His own which were in th world, He loved them unto the
end. And supper being served, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas
Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him; Yahshua knowing that the Father had
given all things into His hands, and that He was come from Elohim, and went to
Elohim; He riseth from supper, and laid aside His garments; and took a towel,
and girded Himself. After that He poureth water into a bason, and began to wash
the disciple’s feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith He was girded,”
Why did Yahshua perform this service for His disciples? What was the
motive behind it? Yahshua’s own answer is given in verses 12-17, “So
after He had washed their feet, and had taken His garments, and was set down
again, He said unto them, ‘Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call Me Teacher
(Rabbi) and Master (Adonai): and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your
Master and Teacher, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s
feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his master;
neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things,
happy are ye if ye do them.’”
Yahshua had just performed a service for the disciples that was the duty
of the lowest servant of the households of that era. It was a service that was
despised by all others. To be the lowest servant was to be looked upon with
disdain from all others. The lowest servant was subject to everyone else. They
had no power, the least rights and privileges. They were worked the hardest and
longest and were given the most menial and degrading of tasks.
Notice Peter’s reaction when Yahshua came to wash his feet, “Master,
dost Thou wash my feet?’ Yahshua answered and said unto him, ‘What I do thou
knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.’ Peter saith unto Him, ‘Thou
shalt never wash my feet,’”
Jn. 13:6-8. Peter’s reaction reveals that he was both highly shocked and
displeased that His own Teacher and Master was stooping so low as to wash his
feet. He would never have submitted to such if Yahshua had not told him, “If
I wash you not, thou hast no part with Me,”
There are several reasons behind Yahshua’s act that we must explore if
we are going to learn from it and allow the same act to be magnified in our
minds as we follow the example that He set for us.
The first reason for this act was to reveal the humility that Yahshua had
and that we also must have if we are to serve in any capacity at all. Consider
Yahshua’s initial act to begin with which was described by the apostle Paul,
this mind be in you, which was also in the Messiah Yahshua: Who, being in the
form of Elohim, thought it not robbery to be equal with Elohim: But made Himself
of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the
likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and
became obedient unto death, even the death of the tree,”
A better rendering of verses 6 and 7 would be, “Who,
being in the form of Elohim, thought it not a thing to be clung to, to be equal
with Elohim, but emptied Himself, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and
was made in the likeness of man.”
Yahshua was Elohim before His human birth. John writes, “In
the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was
Elohim. The same was in the beginning with Elohim. All things were made by Him;
and without Him was not any thing made that was made....And the Word was made
(became) flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of
the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth,” Jn. 1:1-3, 14.
This scripture is enhanced by another writing of John, “That
which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our
eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of
life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal
life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have
fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His
Son Yahshua Messiah,” 1
John 1:1-3, 14 and 1 Jn. 1:1-3 go hand in hand with each other explaining
the real sacrifice and humility that Yahshua had, for He was equal to Elohim. He
existed as Elohim before His human birth. He was in the beginning and the Father
made all things through Him.
In one place the Jews sought to stone Yahshua because He made Himself
equal with Elohim, “Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill Him, because He
not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that Elohim was His Father,
making Himself equal with Elohim,” Jn. 5:18. In another place it is written, “Then
the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Yahshua answered them, ‘Many good
works have I shewed you from My Father; for which of those works do ye stone
Me?’ The Jews answered Him, saying, ‘For a good work we stone Thee not; but
for blasphemy; and because that Thou, being a man, makest Thyself Elohim,’”
Yes, Yahshua was Elohim. He was willing to empty Himself of the power and
glory that He had, become a man and suffer an ignominious death for our sakes.
That is a greater humility, a greater sacrifice, a greater love than any of us
can ever experience for we are all men, coming from below, but Yahshua was
Elohim, coming from above.
He was not only willing to empty Himself of the power, riches, glory and
honor that He had as Elohim, but upon finding Himself in the form and likeness
of a man, He humbled Himself and willingly emptied Himself of the human life for
the sake of, and on behalf of those of us who were sinners from birth and were
born with the death penalty already on us. His blood, His life was poured out
for us from the tree of shame. He hated the shame and degradation that He had to
bear for our sakes (Heb. 12:2), but did it willingly for the Father’s sake,
plan and purposes, and our sake also. That’s real humility!
Another reason Yahshua instituted the ceremony of footwashing is that His
disciples had disputed among themselves as to who was the greatest, “And
He came to Capernaum: and being in the house He asked them, ‘What was it that
ye disputed among yourselves by the way?’ But they held their peace: for by
the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest, and He
sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, ‘If any man desire to be
first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.’ And He took a
child, and set him in the midst of them: and when He had taken him in His arms,
He said unto them, ‘Whosoever shall receive one of such children in My name,
receiveth Me: and whosoever shall receive Me, receiveth not Me, but Him That
sent Me,’” Mk.
Notice that the child had to be somewhat small for Him to take it up in
His arms. Small children, especially babes in arms, are literally helpless. They
cannot feed themselves, clothe themselves, walk, talk, clean themselves, etc.
They are totally dependant on others for their own well-being. We must all
realize that we are in the same situation when it comes to Elohim. Without Him
we are absolutely nothing. It is His benevolence, His creation, His laws that
function to our good. It is all very humbling when things are put in the proper
perspective. We must continually look to Him for all our care and guidance, for
our help in all things.
In another place two of Yahshua’s disciples caused a stir among the
others when they asked Yahshua for special favors, “And
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto Him, saying, ‘Master, we would
that Thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.’ And He said unto
them, ‘What would ye that I should do for you?’ They said unto Him, ‘Grant
unto us that we may sit, one on Thy right hand, and the other on Thy left hand,
in Thy glory.’ But Yahshua said unto them, ‘Ye know not what ye ask: can ye
drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am
baptized with?’ And they said unto Him, ‘We can.’ And Yahshua said unto
them, ‘Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism
that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: but to sit on My right hand and
on My left hand is not Mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it
is prepared.’ And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with
James and John. But Yahshua called them to Him, and saith unto them, ‘Ye know
that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over
them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be
among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: and
whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son
of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a
ransom for many,’”
Yahshua had a problem on His hands. Each of His disciples were seeking to
be the greatest, the chief, the head, the leader over the others. He had to
correct them many times in His ministry. As long as He was with them, He could
keep the situation in hand, but He also prepared them for His departure by
instituting a service which would remind them of their status among themselves,
that of being servant and bond-slave to others.
It is simply too easy for any of us to begin to exalt ourselves, seeking
to be the prominent one among others. We can all exhibit the attitude that the
disciples had in their day.
MINISTERS, AND BISHOPS
This should serve as a warning to any who desire to become an elder or
minister. There is nothing wrong with a person desiring the office of elder,
minister or bishop, as the apostle Paul writes, “This is a true saying, ‘If a man
desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work,”
1 Tim. 3:1. The qualifications listed in verses 2-5, reveal one who exercises
Paul also encourages, “Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father, and
the younger men as brethren; the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters,
with all purity,” 1
Tim. 5:1-2. He continues in verse 17, “Let the elders that rule well be counted
worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.”
And also, “Against
an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. Them that
sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear,” verse 19.
Elders, ministers and bishops are for the overseeing of Yahshua’s
flock. They are to teach, lead, encourage and rule the flock, but not as the
rulers of this world. They are for the purpose of serving Yahweh, Yahshua, the
flock and others in this world yet to be called. They are not to be as the
Pharisees, as Yahshua charged, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All
therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do
(some use this verse to say that Yahshua gave authority over the assembly to the
Pharisees, but such is simply not the case. A future article will be published
on the Pharisees, which will explain what is meant here); but do not ye after their works; for they say, and do
not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on
men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their
fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad
their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, and love the
uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings
in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called
Rabbi: for One is your Master, even Messiah; and all ye are brethren. And call
no man your father upon the earth: for One is your Father, Which is in heaven.
Neither be ye called masters: for One is your Master, even Messiah. But he that
is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself
shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted,”
Yahshua set the example Himself. He never sought the chief places, nor
the uppermost rooms (places) at the feasts, etc. He humbled Himself and became
servant to all. He was a leader by example. He emptied and abased Himself. He
did not exalt Himself. The leaders of the assembly must follow the same example
of leadership. In too many cases the example of the world’s leaders is
followed rather than the humble, submissive, servant attitude that Yahshua
Too many leaders trust in themselves and come to a point of thinking that
they can do no wrong, but all leaders must consider that their position of
authority relegates them to a place that will be more readily scrutinized and
much more harshly judged upon Yahshua’s return. Other leaders seem to consider
themselves above the law, and above reproach, but consider the offering for the
office of the High Priest on the Day of Atonement.
Aaron and the successive High Priests were commanded to offer a young
bullock for a sin offering (Lev. 16:3). This young bullock was to be offered
before the goat of the sin offering for the sins of the people (v. 5). The
bullock was for Aaron and his house (v.6). It was their atonement.
A bullock was considered to be the offering of highest estimation that
could be offered. They were worth much more than a sheep, goat, dove, pigeon, or
meal (grain). This was because the office of High Priest was the highest office
that one could hold among the children of Israel. The priest’s lips were to
keep knowledge and to teach the law out of his mouth (Mal. 2:7). Therefore, sin
in a High Priest, was the greatest sin committed and required the highest
offering. Such is the case with the leaders of the assembly in this day and age.
Elders, ministers and bishops should hold their office with great care,
for to sin or practice wrongly in those positions is greater wrong and will
bring the greater judgment and condemnation. Any who serve in these capacities
should take great care to do so in humility, and in the admonition, and example
The footwashing ceremony certainly applies to these men, and should
remind them of the attitude of deep humility and servitude.
ATTITUDE OF LOVE
Another reason for the footwashing ceremony is for the purpose of
expressing the attitude of love. This is the very first purpose that John gives
for Yahshua’s action, “Now before the feast of the Passover, when Yahshua knew that
His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having
loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end,”
Paul writes that the most excellent way and the greatest of all things is
love (1 Cor. 12:31, 13:13).
Yahshua told the disciples, after He had washed their feet, “A
new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you,
that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are My
disciples, if ye have love one to another,”
Yahshua showed the love and patience that He had with His disciples, for
many times He had to rebuke them even calling Peter, Satan. He groaned within
Himself for the attitudes and actions that they exhibited many times, but He
continued on showing the kindness, patience
and example that a true leader should exhibit.
Paul was inspired to write that love, “...suffereth long, and is kind; love
envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself
unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things,
believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Love never fails...,”
1 Cor. 13:4-8.
The disciples who were seeking to be placed on Yahshua’s right and left
hand were seeking to vaunt themselves above the others. The others were
provoked, because they wanted the same places for themselves. Yahshua rebuked
and abased them. Had the disciples not had a greater love and admiration for
Him, then they would certainly have forsaken Him and gone back into their own
ways and habits.
It seems that few people can handle rebuke in the proper manner of
humility in this day and age. Everyone seems to wear their feelings on their
shirt sleeves and when error is pointed out, they either have to strike back,
driving many away from them, or they seek to separate themselves from them.
Yahshua told His disciples, “Ye have heard that it hath been said,
‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour,’ and ‘hate thine enemy.’ But I say unto
you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate
you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye
may be the children of your Father Which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to
rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the
unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the
publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than
others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect as your Father
Which is in heaven is perfect,”
If the world applied these verses, would there ever be war anymore? If
the churches and assemblies applied these words, would there be separations and
The book of Luke also addresses the issue, “But
I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And
unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that
taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that
asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as
ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love
them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love
them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for
sinners also do even the same. And if ye land to them of whom ye hope to
receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as
much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing
again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the
Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore
merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be
judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be
forgiven: give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, ans
shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the
same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to your again,” Lk. 6:27-38.
How many of us are truly able to apply these words in our lives today? We
live in a world in which iniquity abounds and the love of many has waxed cold
(Mt. 24:12). We all feel that we work hard for our possessions and what is ours,
is ours, and no one else should be able to take them away from us. It is
interesting that the words “wax cold” come from the Greek word “psucho”
and mean; to breathe (voluntarily but gently); (by impl. of reduction of
temperature by evaporation) to chill (fig.).
We are supposed to be zealous for Yahweh and His ways. In that sense we
should be breathing hard for His righteousness, but in too many cases people are
breathing hard for the physical things that they lust for today and only pay the
remotest attention to that which belongs to Yahweh. In other words, there is no
zealous, hard driving, hard working attitude of sacrifice that Yahweh’s people
We must remember what Paul wrote, “For when we were without strength, in due
time Messiah died for the unrighteous. For scarcely for a righteous man will one
die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But Yahweh
commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Messiah died for us. Much more then, being
not justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies,
we were reconciled to Yahweh by the death of His Son, much more, being
reconciled, we shall be saved by His life,” Ro. 5:6-10.
We were without strength. We were yet sinners. We were enemies of Yahweh
and His Beloved Son. Yet He set the example of loving His enemies. If we are to
be His children, then we must do likewise. How many of us can really humble
ourselves to apply this type of love? That is a purpose for the footwashing
ceremony, to remind us of that type of love. Should we not seek to wash the feet
of those whom we like the least, so that we can begin applying these principles?
Yahshua even set the example of washing the feet of the very one who
betrayed Him, for He said, “He that is washed needeth not save to wash his
feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.’ For He knew Who
should betray Him; therefore said He, ‘Ye are not all clean,’” Jn.
Truly the footwashing service is an exercise that reminds us of the
attitude of humility every year. But we must not wait for the footwashing
service in order to exhibit that attitude. We must have the attitude of proper
love and humility with us all of the time.
We must ask several questions of ourselves. Could we go out into the
world and wash the feet of someone who has exhibited hatred toward us? Suppose
someone has cheated us out of something that belonged to us, or has stolen from
us. What of other offences or atrocities committed against ourselves? Suppose
someone has brought a great deal of pain, grief, and suffering upon us, could we
wash that person’s feet?
What about some of us who have been forcibly put out of our former
affiliation (-s)? Could we humble ourselves to wash the feet of those who forced
us out? What about those who disagree vehemently with us, to the point of
putting labels or names on us that are not exemplary in the least? What about
others who have separated themselves from us? Are we able to humble ourselves
and become their servants? These are questions that we must ask as we approach
that time. These are attitudes that we must have now, even before that time
Yahshua said, “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I
have done to you,” Jn. 13:15. Peter said, “For even hereunto were ye called;
because Messiah also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should
follow His steps:..,” 1 Pet. 2:21.
Yahshua’s example is a very tall order. Are we willing and able to
empty ourselves of everything we have in our possession so that others can
prosper and do well? Are we full of zeal
for Yahweh’s way of righteousness and the message of the good news of His
coming kingdom? We must examine ourselves, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be
in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that
Yahshua Messiah is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall
know that we are not reprobates,” 2 Cor. 13:5.
We must earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the
saints (Jude 3). Can any of us openly declare that we have lived up to the
example of Yahshua, or to that of the early New Testament assembly?
As we approach this year’s Passover, which includes the footwashing
ceremony let us examine ourselves
thoroughly, questioningly. Let us measure ourselves with the example of the
Scriptures themselves. I don’t think that there are many of us who could
loudly proclaim that we are readily fulfilling the example of humility in our
Paul also writes, “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup,” 1 Cor. 11:28. Yes, and let us examine ourselves to consider whether we have the proper humility to wash one another’s feet. Let’s let the act of footwashing carry out its designed purpose of esteeming others better than ourselves, of humbling ourselves and making ourselves the lowest servants of others so that we may be the children of our wondrous Father in heaven.
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