Hebrew Word of the Day: Faith, Truth

Aman

Conveys the idea of a nail that is fastened to a ‘secure’ place e.g. a tent peg securing a tent; holding it upright.

Emunah

As James 2:18 says, Faith without works is dead.

In the bible, faith is translated from this word which actually means firmness; someone firm in their action [related to truth, security; it does imply belief in Yahweh, but this is not what it solely means]. Now action or deeds refers to labour, work, toiling. The New Testament does say that we are justified without deeds, on the otherhand it also says one may have faith and another may have works; yet the former displays faith without works, whilst the latter displays faith via his works.

Emun

A craftsman i.e. one who is firm and secure in his talent.

The craftsman is a man who works and through observing his work, we can see his emunah, he knows what he is doing, he is firm and secure. Consider a peaceful being, who is pure, loving, kind and not prone to anger. They are charitable and humble, and will gladly put others before themselves. They meditate and follow the torah daily and everything they do, they do with peace and love, in the character of Yeshua. Surely we see this persons ‘faith’ through their works. Now consider another being, who professes belief in Yahweh, they meditate and follow the torah daily, but their works are separate,  they have mere belief one hand, and their lifestyle on another. This is why Yeshua came not to get rid of the torah [guidelines for life], but to complete it [of the number 7 as when Yahweh completed his creation] [filling it with love, peace, charity, kindness…]. This was Yahwehs desire. He doesn’t want us to unwantingly follow his directions, but wants us to desire to do it because it pleases us. What better way do we show that we are pleased to carry out the will of Yahweh then to incorporate it into our being, our life, our work and ethics. Yahweh justifies [makes us right] through giving us the torah which we have ‘faith’ in [firmness and security in its truth], and we are righteous [kept on the right path] as we use it in our life.

Emet

Translated as ‘truth’, and means something that is firmly set in place.

Faith is not simply ‘knowing’ or ‘believing’ that God exists, that he loves you etc. Rather, it is this plus acting firmly towards the will of God. It is trusting in the truth of Yeshua, that he laid down his life for mankind. We must stand firm in the truth that we are all acceptable to Yahweh thanks to Yeshua acting as our sacrifice as he shed his pure blood. Yahweh no longer sees our sin nature, it has been atoned for, covered by Yeshuas blood, and all those who believe in him are holy [set apart]. Faith is delightfully following, guarding and protecting [obedience] his directions; it is our responsibility to show him our support by placing it in our hearts, minds and souls. It is also our responsibility to be aware of Yahwehs grace and mercy in drawing us closer to him, and the great gift which Yeshuas gave us freely. However, God is aware that we are liable to sin, its our nature. Even if our works, our behaviour in life does not conform to Yahwehs will, and we end up doing wrong [walking the crooked path] or end up acting wickedly in our sin [departing from the right path], it is our faith in Yeshua that keeps us blessed [set right, walking straight] but crucially it is  our repentance and its truth that maintains our righteousness in Yahwehs mind [one who walks straight and is upright]. This is what underlies our salvation.

Please note, there is a lot of confusion on what faith truly is. Anyone who believes that mere belief in Yahweh means you will automatically go to heaven is mistaken [i was one one of these people until this week so i know how you feel trust me]. Look how many times i have talked of ‘the path’. What is the path? The path is the torah, it is the guidelines and directions set by Yahweh from the beginning of our ‘time’, it is the word, the word is him, and the word became flesh as Yeshua. Yeshua completed the word of Yahuvah. Faith is not simply loving your neighbour, nor is it asking ‘what would Jesus do?’ or simply living as a pacificist. This is such a simplistic overview of Yahwehs will.

I’m not saying people who do not know about the Hebrew Bible and New Testament will go to hell or will incur Yahwehs wrath or anything, Yahweh is merciful and can lay grace upon anyone he chooses. But what i am saying is you are better off understanding what underlies your being, knowing who Yahweh and Yeshua are, and knowing how we can show them our respect [worship], how we can make them delighted and this is a mutual relationship, we will receive peace, love, kindness, good health [shalom] and more  in return. ‘Faith’ then should be the basis of our works, our life.

Some Jews did not have faith

John 12

The Jews Continue in Their Unbelief

37Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. 38This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet [Isaiah 53:1] “Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

39For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere[Isaiah 6:9]: 40“He has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn—and I would heal them.” 41Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him.

42Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.

44Then Jesus cried out, “When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me.45When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me. 46I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

47“As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. 48There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day. 49For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. 50I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”

The following roots aid in the unerstanding of the following Hebrew Words

TsB – side of the tent, the walls of the tent stand firm and enclose what is inside, protecting it from the harsh elements. As the family swells in size the tent walls are enlarged.

ShR – Press the beginning, ropes and cords were usually made of bark strips [e.g. Cedar or from the tendons [sinew] of an animal. The rope was made by twisting two fibres together in opposite directions to cause the fibres to lock/press onto each other making a stronger rope. Th rope is used to secure something, or to support something e.g. the umbilical cord.

Hebrew Words

TsB

wagon; tortoise

Walled for transport; A shell as a wagon. Note that as mentioned in the post on refuge a wagon [NSWAH] is a vehicle for carrying burdens by grabbing them from the person and lifting them from their shoulders. Furthermore ShWR s a caravan, used for carrying loads and also means an ox which is used to pull the heavy loads; a wall which is tied around a city; an enemy which is to be tied up.

Yatsab

Truth

To stand firm and fast as a wall.

TsBY

Gazelle; Beauty

An animal of a herd as an army; The beauty and grace of a gazelle

ShRH

Cord; Loose

The tying around of something with a cord [united], or the letting go of things unitd [loose]

Yashar

Cord

A tight rope is straight. A righteous being is one who is straight and firmly holds up the truth just as the cord is straight and firmly holds the wall of the tent  upright.

John 1

14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The root TsB means the side of the tent, the walls of the tent stand firm and enclose what is inside, protecting it from the harsh elements. As the family swells in size the tent walls are enlarged. Yahuwshua cam to testify of the Kingdom of God. Those that believed secured a place in the Kingdom, those that didnt remain outside in the harsh elements. The words used in this verse may be TsBY and Yatsab [grace and truth] referrring to how Yahuwshua was graceful like a gazelle.

Please read post on covering, discovering, uncovering.

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