“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” Psalm 32:8
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This message is for my students who say that they want a higher level. Those who say, that they are ready for strong meat.
If that’s true, then you have to be ready to unlearn quite a few things that you already thought you knew. One tool and method that will be invaluable to you is to master the use of an Interlinear and see what the verse actually says. Case in Point:
REMINDER: This is just ‘pshat level. Literal interpretation only. Nothing deep or investigatory. Yet, on a basic level, we should have known this as 3 year old in Summer Bible Camp. This is a huge. This verse alone, should shift many paradigms.
Begin with Biblehub.com; Mark 11:22 The translation begins with “theou” and reads “from GOD”. Look past that for a moment and note the abbreviation for the parts of speech. ‘N-GMS’ is telling us that ‘theou’ is a Noun in the Genitive Masculine Singular, which means it is a masc, sg, possessive Noun and here it is rendered as “from GOD.”
Having faith from GOD and having the faith of GOD are two different matters. Both are a few levels above, “…having faith in GOD (KJV).” Having faith from GOD is a gift ( which I don’t think we would argue that it isn’t). Having the faith of GOD would place us at a great advantage. If we had known the expectation was to operate at such a level, understood scripture that way from the beginning and applied it to our lives daily, we would be advanced indeed.
Having the Faith of GOD… is a Completely Different Conversation
But let’s look beneath the surface a bit more and find out just what the Genitive case tell us: Genitive shows possession (although some scholars separate out possession from genitive, and define it as two separate forms. I do not. While the genitive case is not ‘always’ about possession, it is about ‘belonging to.’
That being the case, we can understand Mark 11:22 as Jesus compelling us to have the type of faith that GOD has, or to have the same level of faith as GOD. To operate in His level of Faith, just as we have learned to operate in His strength and not our own, in His ways, in His Will and not our own. We learn from Jesus to operate in GOD’s Faith and not our own.
Having faith in GOD, is sweet, but it’s operating with milk. Having the faith of GOD… that requires grit… i.e. strong meat. Ref: Hebrews 5:11-14
Jesus is offering strong meat.
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2 Bibles that render this passage, “… Have the faith of GOD” are Douay Rhimes Bible (1582) and Young’s Literal Bible (1862).
Compare: Galatians 2:16 “But knowing that man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ; we also believe in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by the faith of Christ...” (both Douay Rhimes Bible and KJV). We are justified by the Faith “of” Christ, as in like manner we are to have the Faith “of” GOD.
Consider a point beyond the letter and the linguistics for a moment. Beyond all the covenants, conditions and restrictions of language, there are a few spiritual… more weightier matters to convey.
In this teaching, the limits have been lifted.
You can reach for the attribute of operating in the faith of GOD, or having faith in GOD. It’s a choice. Either is possible, yet both are not comfortable. One requires you to stretch and the other requires no action whatsoever. The existing ‘believer’ can stay well within their current comfort zone, stay completely as they are. If you hear the call to have the faith of GOD, something more is required of you.
Christ is entering Jerusalem and into the temple. The next day He moves on to Bethany and is now hungry. He sees a fig tree with leaves and no fruit. Fig trees produce fruit before the leaves open. So this particular fig tree is signaling abundance where none actually exist. The fig tree is operating against its own purpose in creation, against its own nature. It’s living in defiance to its own creation and purpose. Jesus says to the tree, “No man eat fruit of thee hereafter, forever”. In other words, “You don’t get to do your own thing, and cast off the Word of GOD in shear disobedience”.
The fig tree shrivels up and dies and the next day Peter notices the overnight change due to the LORDs Words, and ask how this is possible. The Messiah responds, “Have the faith of GOD.”
We could stop at the boundary of having faith in God, or we can proceed to the level of having the faith of GOD. Not just believing in the authority of GOD, but speaking in the authority of GOD.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God…” Amen.
In the overall context of Mark 11, Jesus empowered the disciples to operate in Kingdom Authority.
Ref: Biblehub.com : Isaiah 28:9
A few places in Scripture where GOD stated His Name and Identity as the aleph tav. There are plainly stated clues in the English translations that we are familiar with, but without seeing the messages from the Hebrew or recognizing the Hebraisms or idioms, they can be completely overlooked, therefore remaining hidden. Some of you have had the benefit of examining Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 word for word in previous classes, some have not. Until you each have covered the verses below in class, please make note of them now.
Gen 1:1. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep…”
John 1:1. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. …”
Exodus 3:15. “And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.”
Once we place Jesus back into His Jewish language, heritage and culture, we can see that He would not have referred to Himself as the alpha and omega, this is a Greek expression referring to, “the beginning and the end, the first and the last” regarding the Greek Alphabet, stated from a Greek perspective. Jesus, being Jewish would have actually called Himself the aleph and the tav. Referring to the 1st and last letter of the Hebrew alephbet, not the 1st and last letter of the Greek.
Case in Point: No matter what country you hail from or what your native language is, you still know your own name and communicate it as such, in your own language. Granted the 21st century could be an exception to that commonality, but we are reading 1st century material and have to understand it from a 1st century context. Translations changed the meaning and understanding of the message over time.
*2021 years later, In all the places where our scriptures replace aleph tav with alpha and omega, we should be willing by now to put it back, at least mentally and spiritually. This is just another small step we have to take in order to place Jesus back into His Jewish context.
Rev 22:13. “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
Rev 1:11. “Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.”
Rev 21:6. “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”
Rev 22:13. “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”
Ref: Biblehub.com: Isaiah 28:10
RESOURCES: All Interlinear Bibles indicate the location of the aleph tav throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. It has also come to my attention that a “healthy excerpt “ from The Messianic Aleph Tav Interlinear Scriptures (MATIS) has been placed on line by it’s author, William H. Sanford. If you would like to learn more about the aleph tav after reading this brief teaching, please access the link to this resource. I received this book as a gift in 2014 and it is the only Interlinear I know of to date, that focuses attention on highlighting and expounding upon the meaning of the aleph tav in scripture to such an extensive degree.
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