NUN: Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalms 119:105)
Serving YHWH thru Service to Others
Welcome to The Path to Light. This introduction is intended to aide newcomers in determining the “type” of information they can expect to find here on this site. The intent is to serve YHWH, not lead men.
If you are not interested in TRUTH please do not spend time on this site - it might slow things down for others who do care!
Let us start with a few basics:
The name of our Creator is YHWH (Yahweh) not God or LORD! (e.g. Exodus 3:15, Psalm 83:18, Jeremiah 16:21, etc). Yahweh's personal name appears, not dozens of times, not hundreds of times, but THOUSANDS of times. More than any other name or subject in Scripture. His personal name is in the Scriptures almost 7,000 times! But, it has been shamefully & sinfully hidden. (See the 3rd Commandment - Exodus 20:7, Deuteronomy 5:11)
YHWH formed covenants with mankind (e.g. with Noah, Abraham) long before He selected a “Chosen People”.
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were not Jews they were Hebrews. Jacob became the first “Israelite” and his son Judah became the first “Jew”.
ALL 12 twelve tribes of Israel are YHWH's Chosen People - not just those from the tribe of Judah (Jews).
ALL who call on YHWH's name to serve Him become one of His Chosen people. ALL who call on the Name of YHWH will be saved (Joel 2:32 - See also: Psalms 86:5, 145:18).
The Messiah's direct lineage includes a Gentile - Ruth the Moabitess (David's great grandmother). ALL who love, honor, and obey YHWH are His chosen people!
Jacob/Israel sons, the original 12 tribes of Israel, were not all full blooded “Hebrews”: Dan & Naphtali came from the slave girl Bilhah; Asher & Gad from slave girl Zilpah; Both slave girls are believed to have been non Hebrew Syrians
Two of Jospeh's sons, incorporated into the 12 tribes, were also not full blooded “Hebrews”: Manasseh and Ephraim came from the Egyptian Asenath, who was the daughter of Potipherah (a priest of On).
Much of the Old Testament (in Hebrew called the Tanakh*), was not written by Jews - Moses was from the tribe of Levi, as was Samuel, et al. In fact, Ruth, a great grandmother of David, was a Gentile. The tribe of Levi was appointed to act as the primary servants and priests for YHWH so much of the writing of the OT is attributed to Levites. Many primary characters in the OT are not from the tribe of Judah or the tribe of Levi - i.e. Joshua was from the tribe of Ephraim, Only after King Solomon did the 12 tribes of Israel divided into the “Kingdom of Judah” and the “Kingdom of Israel”.
There is only one “new covenant” yet to be made mentioned in the OT and it will be made between YHWH and the united 12 tribes of Israel (Jeremiah 31:31, Ezekiel 37:16/28).
There is only one Torah (Exodus 12:49), only one law (Numbers 9:14, 15:15/16), for both the “Jew” and the Gentile. YHWH's instructions, His Torah, applies to all of “His chosen”.
THE POINT: The OT is a Hebrew/Israeli book, not just a Jewish book, intended first for all 12 tribes of Israel and then the rest of mankind. It is YHWH's instruction manual for ALL who worship Him.
By the time of the “New Testament” (in Hebrew called the B'rit haChadashah), most tribal distinctions had faded and most of the descendants of the 12 tribes were either dispersed (the tribes of the House of Israel) or known as “Jews” (the tribes of the House of Judah); so, the exact tribal affiliation of most of the writers of the NT are factually unknown.
YHWH's Messiah is a descendant of David and so from the tribe of Judah. YHWH's Messiah is a Jew and has a Hebrew name and that name is Yahshua - not Jesus!
Yahshua selected 12 Apostles from among his fellow “Jews”, one for each of the 12 tribes of Israel (Matthew 19:28).
In YHWH's Holy City to come there will be 12 foundations and 12 gates - one for each tribe of Israel (Revelation 21:14 and 16). Note also that non-natives of the 12 tribes will also be present (Revelation 21:24).
The “law” is not done away with as long as the current Earth exists. (Matthew 5:18, Luke 16:17)
ALL who call on the Name of YHWH will be saved. (Acts 2:21)
If you reject YHWH's instructions, He will reject you; hence, Yahshua said, “Many are called, few chosen”. The “chosen people” are those who follow YHWH's instructions - His Torah.
THE POINT: The NT is a Jewish/Israeli book intended first for the 12 tribes of Israel and then the rest of mankind. There is only one new covenant to be made mentioned in the Scriptures (Jeremiah 31:31, Ezekiel 37:16/28) and it will be with the House of Judah and the House of Israel.
NOTE: Yahshua never said we would have any additional Scriptures to teach and guide us! He said we would have YHWH's Spirit!
IN ESSENCE: First and foremost the OT teaches all of us how to serve YHWH - to be one of His Chosen. Secondly, the OT teaches us that the priests of the 12 tribes of Israel were supposed to help guide the tribes to properly serve YHWH; and, in turn the 12 tribes were supposed to be examples to all mankind of how to properly live and serve YHWH. That is why they - the 12 tribes of Israel - are called YHWH's Chosen People! The OT shows us the history of how the priests of the 12 tribes, and the tribes themselves, alternately succeeded and failed in their purpose.
The NT shows us that, through His Messiah, YHWH has initiated His plan to redeem His Chosen People while still inviting all to properly serve Him. To follow Yahshua means to love YHWH and obey His Torah! A person does not need to be a “Jew” to be chosen, or even a blood line member of the 12 tribes, but; a person must serve YHWH, love YHWH's name, and keep YHWH's Torah (including His Sabbath's) to become one of His Chosen People (Isaiah 56:6-8). Eventually, the 12 tribes of Israel will themselves occupy the Promised Land under King David; and, Yahshua, from Jerusalem, will rule as King over the whole Earth, over the 12 Twelve tribes of Israel and ALL others who call on (exclusively worship/serve) YHWH; and, YHWH will again dwell with man!!
*Acronym of the Hebrew words Torah (Law/Teaching), Nevi'im (Prophets) and Ketuvim (Writings) - denotes the written Torah of YHWH and not the oral torah of the Jews! PLEASE do not confuse the two - what most Gentiles think they know about “the Law” stems from a so called oral torah formed by Jewish rabbis not by YHWH.
NOTE: Some folks go a lot further with Hebrew usage, i.e. using the true Hebrew names for the prophets, the Apostles, etc. I do not begrudge such as it is commendable (though not commanded) - names are not, as a rule, transliterated; but, such usage can be confusing to folks with a lifetime of using the “English versions” and I strive for clarity. HOWEVER, using YHWH's name properly and respectfully IS COMMANDED. Also, if one is to pray in the name of the Messiah then one should use his name and not an English transliteration of a Greek transliteration of his real name which is a Hebrew name. No one that knew him - family, friend, or even foe - ever called YHWH's Messiah by the name of Jesus. In addition the Messiah's name, in the original Hebrew, carries an important meaning that is lost when transliterated - “YHWH saves”.
PS - One may note on this site the use of the word Messiah instead of Christ - which is an English transliteration of a Greek word for a Hebrew word with meaning. See the relevant articles for more in depth analysis of these issues including such issues as using elohim/god or master/lord when referring to YHWH.
But Peter and the apostles replied, "We must obey Elohim rather than man.
But in vain they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.
(Matthew 15:9) (see also Mark 7:7, Isaiah 29:13, 2 Kings 17:19)
If you are still reading you need to decide if you are willing to listen to YHWH's Scripture over man - both past (traditions & doctrines) and present (teachings & doctrines). YHWH's way leads to life - the other to death.
Food for Thought and a WARNING: Many today argue about whether or not YHWH's Torah (law/instruction) applies to Gentiles.* Yet, have you ever heard anyone suggest that the Torah does not apply to “the Jews”. The key point I find overlooked in every website and book I have ever seen is that practically no one today knows whether or not they have the bloodline/genes making them a descendant of the House of Israel - aka one of the “lost ten tribes”! Even if you do not believe YHWH's Torah applies to Gentiles in general what if you are a descendant of the House of Israel? Either way, Yahshua is calling everyone to follow him in love for, and obedience to, YHWH - are you listening to Yahshua or man.
*Read the Scriptures: Nowhere in Scripture does YHWH, Yahshua, any prophet, or any of the 12 Apostles say the Torah is done away with. YHWH has only one Torah and it is for ALL His people - for Israel and for Gentiles (Exodus 12:49, Numbers 15:15/16, 15:29-31).
Yahshua did not command us not to judge though he did inform us we would be judged as we judge (Matthew 7:2, Luke 6:37). Yahshua did command us to not judge by appearance but with righteousness (John 7:24).Yahshua even asked why folks did not judge what was right among themselves (Luke 12:57).
Yahshua never said all a believer's sins would be forgiven. He said we would be forgiven as we forgive (Matthew 6:12, 14/15, Luke 6:37, 11:4).
YHWH's Sabbath is the seventh day (Genesis 2:2/3). It is His Sabbath. It has been so since the beginning and is not just a “Jewish thing”. The Sabbath was made for man (Mark 2:27) and it serves as a sign between YHWH and those who serve Him (Ezekiel 20:12, 20, etc).
Animals were designated as clean and unclean to Noah, long before a “Jew” ever existed, and before any man was allowed to eat any meat (Genesis 7:2, 7:8, 8:20).
Worshiping YHWH is to be done as He says to do so and not how man wants to or says to (consider Leviticus 10:1, Numbers 3:4, & 26:61).
We are commanded by YHWH to place Him above all else. YHWH identifies love with obedience (Exodus 20:6, Deuteronomy 5:10). YHWH and His prophets equate love with obedience (Deuteronomy 7:9, 11:1,11:22, 19:9, 30:16, Joshua 22:5, Daniel 9:4). Yahshua reminded us to love YHWH above all else. Yahshua also identifies love with obedience (John 14:15, 14:23, 15:10, 1st John 5:2/3)
Homosexuality is a crime against Yahweh (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13).
Cross dressing is a crime against Yahweh (Deuteronomy 22:5).
Abortion is a crime against Yahweh (Exodus 20:21/22).
Most will not care for much of what they have read so far. Yahshua warned that few will actually listen (Matthew 20:16, 22:14). If you are still reading - Halleluyah! (Hebrew expression meaning Praise Yahweh) If you delve further on this site you will see the above issues discussed further as well as many other issues addressed that are due to the doctrines of man - most of which arose long after Yahshua and his Apostles were no longer here to teach us - that run counter to YHWH's Word (e.g. the false doctrine of the trinity). Please keep the courage to read and study these issues before rejecting or accepting anything without sincere and thorough consideration. And always, in prayer, seek the guidance of YHWH's Spirit, remembering that you must first be obedient to be heard. If you are not listening to YHWH He will not listen to you - His Words, not mine; and we are told this in the OT and the NT:
Whoever turns aside his ear from hearing the Torah, even his prayer is an abomination.
YAHWEH is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.
Behold, the hand of YAHWEH is not shortened from saving, nor is His ear heavy from hearing. But your iniquities are separating between you and your Elohim; and your sins have hidden His face from you, from hearing.
But we know that YAHWEH does not hear sinful ones, but if anyone is Elohim fearing, and does His will, He hears that one.
And whatever we ask, we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments, and we do the things pleasing before Him.
(1 John 3:22)
Editorial Note: Some may note that I avoid the use of contractions. That is because of the international aspect of the internet: Many of those who may visit this site might have more difficulty understanding English language contractions.
Personal Note: I do not claim to have all the answers but I know who does - YHWH. I do not claim to have achieved perfection, but I know who has - Yahshua. I only claim that I continue to strive for such as we are commanded to do (Matthew 5:48, Luke 6:40).
I am not a teacher: I am still being taught.
I am not a leader: I am being led.
I am not a master: I am an unworthy servant striving to be acceptable.
I am not a shepherd: There is only one Shepherd - Yahshua.
I am not good: Only one is good - YHWH.
I am more like a sheep dog, following my Master's commands, trying to coax sheep led astray back to the fold.
In YHWH's Service,
With Brotherly Love,
Rejoice, O nations with Him, and let the Cherubs of Elohim worship Him. Rejoice you nations with His people; for He shall avenge the blood of His servants, and shall render vengeance to His foes, and will atone for His land and His people.
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn back to YAHWEH; and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.
All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You; yea,YAHWEH they shall glorify Your name.
And it shall be, everyone who is left from all the nations which came up against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, YAHWEH of Hosts, and to keep the Feast of The Sukkot.
Who will not fear You, O YAHWEH, and glorify Your name? For You only are holy. For all the nations will come and will worship before You, because Your righteousness has been revealed.