1. Body of the Messiah
Fashioned into Him
Individual members w/ different talents, gifts, abilities and functions, fulfilling the task so set before them, that they may be beneficial to the entire body.
This short study on the Body of Messiah will begin with the understanding that it is Spiritual in its complexity, and illustrated by its physicality.
We need to look at this in the Light of Scripture.
Let's start with this one: 1 Cor 12:12-22
"For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Messiah.
"For indeed by one spirit we were all immersed into one body, whether Yahuwdiym or Greek, whether slave or free, we were all made to drink into one spirit.
"For indeed the body is not one member, but many.
"If the foot says, 'Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,' therefore does it not belong to the body?
"And if the ear says, 'Because I am not an eye, I do not belong in the body,' does it therefore not belong of the body?
"If all the body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If all hearing, where would be the smelling?
"But now 'Elohim has set the members, each one of them, in the body, even as He pleased.
"And if they had all been one member, where would the body be?
"And now there are indeed many members, but one body!
"And an eye is unable to say to the hand, 'I have no need of you,' or yet, the head to the feet, 'I have no need of you.'
"But much rather, those members of the body which are thought to be weaker are necessary."
I can easily see that being in the body* is a member oriented union of brothers and sisters, working in their various capacities, according to the gift, or gifts, given by the Set-Apart Spirit as directed by haShaddai 'El YaHuWaH, in and through His Only Brought-forth Son, our Master, the Messiah Yahuwshu'A.
* The body of Anointed Watchmen/Branches, spoken in the Hebrew and known as the Messianic Natsarim. Remember that Yahuwshu'a is the True Vine and we are the Branches.
I say this also in the understanding, that by the different duty and duties each member has as part of his or her position within the body of the Anointed/Chosen/Set-Apart/Elect. We are therefore fit for every good work that may be so set before us to perform, by the moving of the Spirit in any given circumstance.
2 Tim 3:14 - 2 Tim 4:5
This entire section of Scripture passage is clear on the significance of the Word of 'Elohim, as it pertains to It's different applications, as may be needed, at any given time. And by the use of the appropriate talents, gifts and abilities given us, having been given the commission, it becomes our duty to perform what may be required.
This point is clearly expressed in 2 Tim 4:2, 5 .
v:2 "Proclaim the Word! Be urgent, in season, out of season. Reprove, warn, and appeal with all patience and teaching."
v:5 "But, be sober in all matters, suffer hardships, do the work of an evangelist, accomplish your service completely." (KJV: make full proof of your ministry)
But exactly what part of the Body is an individual member of the Messianic Natsariym ?
For instance, I actually consider myself to be something in the idea of being an obscure part of the body. Such as a small bone in the foot , or maybe even a certain muscle in the forearm. I do not think of myself to be of any high significance. Yet there are moments when YaHuWaH will use me for some things that are of some significance, and importance, of varying degrees.
Allow me to express it in this way. I am so set according to YaHuWaH's good pleasure, to serve in the specific capacity He has given me, and yet; He requires me also to be so pliable and fashioned to His immediate use, in any other situation.
We are to spread the Good News (Besorah, Gospel), planting the seed of His Word, Bearing Fruit and providing an amount of increase.
Here is where we consider the scriptures as stated by Shaul (Paul),
[ I shall underline certain portions for emphasis. }
I exhort you, therefore, brothers, in view of God’s mercies, to offer yourselves as a sacrifice, living and set apart for God. This will please him; it is the logical “Temple worship” for you. 2 In other words, do not let yourselves be conformed to the standards of the world. Instead, keep letting yourselves be transformed by the renewing of your minds; so that you will know what God wants and will agree that what he wants is good, satisfying and able to succeed. 3 For I am telling every single one of you, through the grace that has been given to me, not to have exaggerated ideas about your own importance. Instead, develop a sober estimate of yourself based on the standard which God has given to each of you, namely, trust. 4 For just as there are many parts that compose one body, yet the parts don’t all have the same function; 5 so there are many of us, and in union with the Messiah we comprise one body, with each of us belonging to the others. 6 But we have gifts that differ and which are meant to be used according to the grace that has been given to us. If your gift is prophecy, use it to the extent of your trust; 7 if it is serving, use it to serve; if you are a teacher, use your gift in teaching; 8 if you are a counselor, use your gift to comfort and exhort; if you are someone who gives, do it simply and generously; if you are in a position of leadership, lead with diligence and zeal; if you are one who does acts of mercy, do them cheerfully.
1 Cor 12:11, 27-31
11 That One and self same Spirit is at work in all these things, distributing to each person as he chooses.
27 Now you together constitute the body of the Messiah, and individually you are parts of it. 28 And God has placed in the Messianic Community first, emissaries; second, prophets; third, teachers; then those who work miracles; then those with gifts of healing; those with ability to help; those skilled in administration; and those who speak in various tongues. 29 Not all are emissaries, are they? Not all are prophets, are they? or teachers? or miracle-workers? 30 Not all have gifts of healing, not all speak in tongues, not all interpret, do they? 31 Eagerly seek the better gifts.
Consider what Shaul stated in 1 Cor 9:19-22
19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21 to them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
Shaul described himself as having several gifts. } 1 Cor 13:1-13 (please read)
And Shaul immediately follows this up with the first two verses in chapter 14.
1 Cor 14:1
However, keep on eagerly seeking the things of the Spirit; and especially seek to be able to prophesy.
(In this context 'things' are considered as the various gifts and talents given by the Spirit, and ‘prophesy’ means being able to "Profess" your faith and understanding in Spiritual matters to others).
Do we not all have the opportunities to do each of these functions as they present themselves. I know that I have been in many places where the Spirit has caused my path to coincide with that of another. Upon any of these unique moments, I have planted the seeds of His word, maybe watered some that has already been planted by another member of the body. Just as there has been times when I have had to trim, nip and scrape at a few things ,,, to help prevent an error from continuing to grow injurious to a specific individual. And in all of these opportunities that have taken place throughout the years. I know that it has all accomplished what YaHuWaH had purposed for it. And, It has also given me more that I can apply in future needs, as they may present themselves.
1 Kepha (Peter) 4:7
Heavenly Father, I ask thee YaHuWaH 'Elohim, that you bless those who read and understand your word as it gives them the nourishment and strength to perform the duties you have so set before them. And that we being united in your most Set-Apart Spirit, shall continue to attend upon the work as faithful servants, of our Master and Savior, Yahuwshu'a the Messiah. Amein.
1 Kepha 4:10-11
2. The Parable of Lazarus and the Rich man
In this short study we will be considering its timing with regards to the real Lazarus' death n resurrection.
Let us take a look at the approximate sequence of events surrounding the Story of Lazarus.
This particular Parable concerning a man named Lazarus and his subsequent death, is a direct explanation of a soon to take place event in the life of a real man by the name Lazarus.
This portion of the study will bring certain points and factors into view as it relates to the power structures in and around the Land of Judea, and their fear of losing that power.
Here is a view of the passage with the specific parallel event underlined for its specific content in context.
Luke 16:19 - 31
19 “Once there was a rich man who used to dress in the most expensive clothing and spent his days in magnificent luxury.
20 "At his gate had been laid a beggar named Lazarus who was covered with sores.
21 "He would have been glad to eat the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table; but instead, even the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22 In time the beggar died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s side; the rich man also died and was buried.
23 “In Sheol, where he was in torment, the rich man looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus at his side. 24 He called out, ‘Father Abraham, take pity on me, and send Lazarus just to dip the tip of his finger in water to cool my tongue, because I’m in agony in this fire!’ 25 However, Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that when you were alive, you got the good things while he got the bad; but now he gets his consolation here, while you are the one in agony. 26 Yet that isn’t all: between you and us a deep rift has been established, so that those who would like to pass from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
27 “He answered, ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house, 28 where I have five brothers, to warn them; so that they may be spared having to come to this place of torment too.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moshe and the Prophets; they should listen to them.’ 30 However, he said, ‘No, father Abraham, they need more. If someone from the dead goes to them, they’ll repent!’ 31 But he replied, ‘If they won’t listen to Moshe and the Prophets, they won’t be convinced even if someone rises from the dead!’”
WE NOTICE IN THE LAST VERSE :31 , THAT IT IS A DIRECT REFERENCE TO Yohannan (John) 11:1-48 and Yohannan 12:1-19 (9-10)
The specific point in this parable is, that the "Rich Man" already had the knowledge of the Scriptures and yet ignored them.
There are references in the Old Covenant Scriptures of those who had died and then were resurrected, yet the various "Leaders" ignored and forsook these, then rebelled against YaHuWaH anyway !
Scripture references are:
We shall see the comparison in the lives of the territorial hierarchy in their rejection of the Real Man Named Lazarus. Let's go on to the Death (Sleeping) and Resurrection of Lazarus.
Let us go on to,
3. The Death (Sleeping) and Resurrection of Lazarus