Now is the Time to Trust Messiah

7:1  Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.

Another “fact finding” delegation from Jerusalem had been sent to investigate the activities of Jesus.  Like big centralized government people they had an agenda and facts only mattered if they supported that agenda.  They accused Jesus of failing to follow their tradition.  To be fair, they could have been doing their proper job for which they should be commended but Jesus’ response indicates otherwise.

Jesus informs them that it is far more important to obey the laws of God rather than the traditions, sayings, and rules of men especially when those things violate the spirit and intent of God’s commands.

7:2  And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.

This does not necessarily mean that they did not wash their hands before eating; it means they did not perform the elaborate ritual the Scribes and Pharisees had created.

7:3  For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.

7:4  And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.

7:5  Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?

In verses 6-13 below Jesus gets right in their faces and reprimands them severely for rewriting the commands of the God of Father Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who is the one and only true God.  Based on verse 14 it does not appear that He publicly reprimanded them at this moment.  They were expecting Jesus to tell His followers that they needed to change their ways in order to be acceptable before God, instead, Jesus tells this delegation from Jerusalem that they are the ones who need to change their ways, repent.  Likewise, some hadiths, if not most, are not acceptable in the eyes of the one true God because they are from corrupted men and not from Him.

7:6  He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

7:7  Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

7:8  For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

7:9  And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

7:10  For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:

7:11  But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.

7:12  And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;

7:13  Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

7:14  And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:

All right now folks, gather around, and pay close attention to what I am telling you.  Clean out the corruption that is found in your hearts and minds.

7:15  There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. The Holy One Called Isa – Pastor Ward Clinton

Mighty Messiah Manifests Miraculous Power over Material World

6:45  And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.

6:46  And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.

6:47  And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.

6:48  And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.

Fourth watch – 3:00-6:00 am.  Jesus could have calmed the wind from a distance but He chose to help them in the most caring manner possible and came to them.  But He would have walked right on by if they had not “invited” Him onboard.  The Scripture points out that He steered His course as though He would have simply walked right on by and left them to work things out on their own and we can be fairly sure that He would have because He does not remain where He is not wanted.

Some wonder where God is when they suddenly recognize they need Him without recognizing the fact that they had been for a long time telling Him that they did not need Him.  We reap as we have sown.

6:49  But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:

Ghost – A popular superstition held that the appearance of apparitions of this sort spelled disaster.  They were totally terrified!

6:50  For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.

6:51  And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.

6:52  For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.

Not that they were opposed to Him but they were slow learners.  After all, this was a lesser “miracle” than the feeding of the 5,000.  The feeding of the 5,000 had already demonstrated Jesus has power over the material world. The Holy One Called Isa – Pastor Ward Clinton

Believe in Messiah Jesus, the Holy One of God

Injil Markus 3:32  And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.

3:33  And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?

3:34  And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

Being biologically related to Abraham is of no benefit if one is a disbeliever in Messiah Jesus.  Disbelievers includes all those who refuse to read and learn from the New Testament portion of the Holy Bible because that is where we find the teaching of the holy one from the one true God who is the God of Father Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob accurately preserved for us.  Anyone who believes in Him is closer, more dear to him, than a brother beloved.

3:35  For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

“will of God”  Here is a place where so many become so very confused, and it is because they mistake the will of sinful men for the will of a holy God.  Your Imam will try to tell you the will of God – however has he personally read and studied the Injil?  If he has not, how can you trust him?  If he claims the Injil is corrupt then he is also accusing the Koran of being corrupt because according to the Koran the Holy Bible is not corrupted.  If a person does not respect Isa enough to read the Injil then that same person is blaspheming and dishonoring Isa, pbuh, in reality.  In the Torah in 1st Samuel we are told that they who honor him will be honored and they who do not honor him will be dishonored.  The Injil Matthew further elaborates on that fact.

If you go out amongst some trees in the summer, you may see a branch up in a tree with withered leaves or only dry twigs.  It seems to be part of the tree.  However upon closer examination one sees that it has become detached from its source of life and now it is only a burden on a living tree.  The test of a true relationship with the tree is life.  That is also the test of a true relationship with Jesus.  There are many who claim to be “Christian” but their character demonstrates otherwise.

The power which binds the iron to a magnet is unseen but it is real and the iron, while it is attached to the magnet, picks up some properties of the magnet: the power that binds believers to Jesus and makes them members of Him (true Christians) and is every bit as real and character changing.

The Holy One of God is a Miracle Worker, follow Him

Injil Markus 3:9  And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him.

3:10  For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues.

Isa healed, He did not kill or order anyone to kill in His name, therefore, He demonstrated the One True God’s compassion and love for mankind.

3:11  And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God.

3:12  And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.

The jinn – shayatin – eblis.  It was not yet time for revealing Isa’s identity fully but the demons/shayatin are not the proper ones for spreading that information, anyway.  The responsibility and privilege of letting others know belongs to those who love and are loved by the one true God.  The disbelievers of Isa need to hear the truth about Isa so that they may likewise become true believers.  There are many “Christians” who are still struggling to find the way more accurately themselves and are in need of further guidance so don’t allow the evil one to discourage you from the path to true righteousness.

3:13  And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him.

3:14  And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,

3:15  And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:

Some believers in Isa have the ability to do that even today but most do not because they simply do not know that which they should know, which is a  sad state of affairs.  How much better the world could be if all of Messiah’s followers were more intense in following Him fully and faithfully.

The True Way to Paradise is via Messiah Jesus

“The Holy One Called Isa,” by Pastor Ward Clinton:

Injil Markus 3:1  And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.

3:2  And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.

3:3  And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.

3:4  And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.

3:5  And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

3:6  And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.

This, 3:1-6, is a demonstration of the truth proclaimed in 2:28.  The Pharisees were plotting evil against Jesus while Jesus was ready to do good therefore it is obvious who was guilty of breaking the Sabbath although the people probably did not realize it at the time because of the erroneous teaching they had long listened to.  (What if Abu Bakr did not teach accurately?)  What if the one who compiled and created the Quran  was a friend of Iblis and the jinn and was sent to deceive and empower himself under the guise of preserving truth?  We are told he faithfully re-produced the accurate words but where is the proof?

3:7  But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea,

3:8  And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him.

The geographical list shows that people were traveling great distances, for that day and age, to see and hear the holy one from God.  Will that generation rise up and condemn this generation at the last day for its lack of effort to seek out and learn Isa’s teaching?  Many Muslims claim they respect and honor Isa but they are actually guilty of insulting Isa because they do not read or pay any attention to what he taught when he was healing and teaching the people.  Mohammad said the Injil is not corrupt.  The Quran says the Injil is not corrupt.  Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas said the Al-kitab (Holy Bible) is not corrupt.  Muhammad Abduh Sayyid Ahmad Khan (died 1905) said “As far as the text of the [Holy] Bible is concerned, it has not been altered.”  Furthermore, Muhammad Abduh said the “charge of corruption of the Biblical texts makes no sense at all.”  The problem with “the Al-kitab (Holy Bible) has been corrupted” argument is that those who make that claim are ignorant of first century history and/or the whole text of the Injil (New Testament portion of the Holy Bible).

It is not wise to insult Isa (Messiah Jesus as revealed by the Al kitab).  He has the words of life from the one true God.  It is true that many who claim to be his followers (Christians) are corrupt but that is because they do not truly follow his teaching as revealed in the Holy Bible but that is no excuse for not knowing and studying the words of Isa as preserved in the Injil.

The reason some of those who call themselves “Christian” don’t seem to know much about the Holy Bible or genuine Christianity is because they actually are not Christians as is evidenced by their lives.  Even amongst those who actually regularly attend a Bible-believing Church one must look carefully to see how their life matches up to the teaching  of Isa.  So how can one know?  First become familiar with the New Testament portion of the Holy Bible and then request, in prayer, to the one true God for assistance in knowing the truth; this is not done by using a memorized prayer.  He’s listening because He does care about you.  Because God cares about you, the Injil is not corrupt, it may be hard to understand, at first, but ask Him to help you and to direct you.  Ask the one true God to help you find real followers of Jesus because they are the ones who know the way to the true paradise.

Messiah, the Holy One of God vs man-made rules

An excerpt from “The Holy One Called Isa,” by Pastor Ward Clinton:

Injil Markus 2:23  And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.

Injil Markus 2:24  And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?

Deuteronomy 23:25 allowed the disciples and the people to do this.  Tradition established by that time and the Mishnah said they could not do this on the Sabbath as though their tradition were greater than the Law given to them by Moses.  This is quite similar to claiming the Hadith is greater than the Koran by certain Muslim teaching for if it is then that, the Quran, is diminished in value beyond measure and perhaps an admission that the present day Koran has been corrupted.

The Pharisees had quickly pounced and pointed out the multiple transgressions they believed the disciples had committed.  It was obvious they expected Jesus to reprimand His disciples and command them to stop.  Instead He spoke to these “Imams” in their own language and chastised them in His own way which may be a wee bit hard for us to see because we are, fortunately, not under their traditions and rules although we must remember that we are not at liberty to do as we please because we ought to obey the one who is Lord of the Sabbath which is the kalimat Allah, Isa.  The one true God made the Sabbath to make our lives better and fuller.

Injil Markus 2:25  And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungered, he, and they that were with him?

Injil Markus 2:26  How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?

See 1st Samuel 21:3-6

Injil Markus 2:27  And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

Injil Markus 2:28  Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

Religious tradition had so multiplied and twisted the restrictions, rules, and requirements for keeping the Sabbath that the burden became almost unbearable.  However living a holy life is not simply the keeping of requirements but the seeking of the One who set the requirements in order that He might be found.  The requirements set forth in the first covenant were not intended to drive us from Him but to make us understand our need for Him.  Likewise the first six chapters of Romans in the New Covenant are intended for the same purpose.

They call Him a sinner, a Sabbath breaker.  But their definition of sin is improper, the only Sabbath laws that Jesus broke were the man-made ones, created by sinful men, like Mohammad, lusting for power over others rather than truly desiring to properly interpret God’s law.  There are those who stridently deny that a follower of Christ can walk the highway of holiness and to prove it they redefine sin to ensure that none can.  But God commanded, “Be holy,” and Messiah Jesus said, “Sin not,” which logically indicates there must be a way to obey.

The God of Father Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Loves

An excerpt from “The Holy One Called Isa,” by Pastor Ward Clinton:

2:7  Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies?  Who can forgive sins but God only?

In Jewish theology even the Messiah could not forgive sins and they were sure that Jesus was committing shirk.  However if He really is who He claimed to be then disbelieving is the worst type of shirk of all.  Al-Masihu-Isa (Jesus) is kalimat Allah and wadjih (worthy of esteem in this world and the next) according to the Quran.

2:8  And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?

2:9  Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?

Since they believed that a person’s sins needed to be forgiven before they could be healed He has chosen to force them to engage their brains.  One purpose of the miracles was to testify to the people precisely who Jesus truly is.

2:10  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)

2:11  I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.

2:12  And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

Jesus saw their faith, He may have smiled as he looked at a faith strong enough to overcome the obstacles and then He looked at the Scribes – the ones who should have had faith.  Now, in part, these fellows were doing their job; they were scrutinizing this itinerant Rabbi to make sure his teaching was okay.  But these were sitting there watching for what they considered to be the slightest mistake so they could blow it all out of proportion rather than allowing themselves to be moved by the working of God which was happening right before their very eyes.

The religious leadership made a connection between sin and disease, not entirely unfounded, but they were a bit misguided.  To them a sick man was a man who had sinned.  They had already heard Jesus preach; they had already seen Jesus heal.  Still they seemed quite unmoved.  Now Jesus won’t allow anyone to remain neutral towards Him.  He has decided to up the ante, therefore he said, “Child your sins are forgiven.”  He has just challenged them head on with that phrase.  They were of the belief that the sin had to be forgiven before one could be healed.  But anyone is capable of saying “your sins are forgiven” and how can it be proved whether the statement was effective or not?  Now on the other hand, to tell the man to get up and walk would demonstrate then and there the authority, effectiveness, and reliability of His word.  Therefore in the tenth verse Jesus lets them know they have to make a choice to either believe in Him or disbelieve.  He has hoisted these experts in the law on their own petard.  It is on their own traditions and stated beliefs this man could not be cured unless he was forgiven.  In effect Jesus has said, “you say I have no right to forgive sins?  You believe that if this man is sick, he is a sinner and cannot be cured until he is forgiven?  Okay, watch this!”  Jesus spoke the word and the man was cured, therefore he must be forgiven and Jesus’ claim to be able to forgive sin must be true.

Jesus probably left them in a baffled rage.  Here was something that had to be dealt with; if this were allowed to continue all their rules and regulations would be turned on their head; maybe even worse, proven to be completely out of step with their Holy Scripture.  So, with this incident, Jesus has signed His own death warrant and He is fully aware of it.  However He is also trying to correct their understanding of God.

They had the Torah (the uncorrupted holy word from the one true God), they knew that God will not let sinners remain unpunished, but they had forgotten that the Torah also showed them a God who desired to exercise mercy and forgiveness.  Remember the pouting prophet in the Old Testament who whined, “I didn’t want to warn those people because I knew You are a merciful God”?

Today, most seem to know that God forgives but they forget there are conditions that must be met… God is holy and just, as well as merciful and forgiving.  He calls us into a holy, loving relationship with Himself which requires that sin be shunned, not embraced with a “Oh well, I’m only human” shrug of the shoulders.

The Holy One of God Heals

Excerpt from “The Holy One Called Isa,” by Pastor Ward Clinton:

In the Injil (New Testament) there is no disease regarded with more terror and pity than leprosy.  When Jesus sent out the Twelve he commanded them “Heal the sick, cleanse lepers.”  (Matt 18:8)  The fate of the leper in that day was truly hard.  There were some other skin diseases which were mistakenly classified as leprosy such as ringworm or psoriasis and when they went away there was a prescribed ritual to go through to be declared “clean.”

The leprous person could not come closer than a stone’s throw to a non-leprous person and if they did people would typically react in fear and drive them back with stones.  From Peter’s recorded perspective it appears the leper came closer than allowed but it is also likely he actually did not, only coming as close as he could before falling to his knees and making his plea.  Whether he came closer than allowed by law or stopped short isn’t important; what is important is that Jesus cared enough to reach out and tenderly touch the untouchable one as well as completely cure.  It was a demonstration of the one true God’s compassion; if we will only approach and humbly request He will bridge the remaining gap because He longs to establish/restore the fellowship that has been broken by the barrier of sin between an unholy being and the thrice Holy God.

Many a man on the face of this planet ignorantly and arrogantly thinks he will be able to approach God and plead the case that he himself is not so bad as some of his fellows and for that reason alone he must be allowed into heaven.  Many a man thinks that so long as his good deeds outweigh his bad deeds then he must be accepted but that also is a corrupt teaching from sinful man.  Sadly, he will be met with justice rather than mercy because he has chosen to act in pride rather than humility.  It is only those who by faith apply to Christ Jesus for mercy and grace who will find that He is quite willing and capable of providing the mercy and grace they need and seek and he will bring them into the presence of the one true God.

Jesus then sent the man to go fulfill the prescribed ritual.  We need not see this man as failing to obey, for he probably completed the task assigned except that he simply could not keep silent for the joy of deliverance.  How can a sin-sick soul that comprehends the cure which has been effected by the power of such a gracious, loving God (yes, the one true God really does have compassion on us) be silent regarding the cure?

Messiah Jesus is the True One of God

Looked on His disciples – That they might all the more closely pay attention to what He was about to say.  He knew that Peter was not alone in his failure to correctly comprehend Christ’s commission.  Just because all men choose to walk a different path than what God requires doesn’t mean the God of Father Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will change His standards to accommodate them.  Man-made kingdoms may modify their laws when all fail to comply.  He is God, we aren’t; we get heaven God’s way, not ours.  Generality in sins is no means by which to escape God’s judgment.  Remember the account regarding Noah as recorded in the Al Kitab ul Muqaddas.  God does not change and although He desires that all should be saved, the wicked, as defined by His standard which is revealed in the Injil, will be punished unless they repent and comply with His commands.

8:34  And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

8:35  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

8:36  For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

8:37  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

“Martyr” yourself on the word of some Imam and you will be trapped forever in the abode of the jinn with no way to escape.  The One True God, the God of Father Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the God who loves and does not deceive.  It is the god of death who deceives and destroys.

8:38  Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me (Messiah Jesus) and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

The Holy One Called Isa

 

 

Follow Isa not Muhammad

The call to discipleship is definite and requires a personal choice be made to either accept or reject.  The call to believe or to disbelieve in Messiah Isa, the holy one actually comes to each one of us in one way or another.

1:18  And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.

1:19  And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.

1:20  And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.

Jesus didn’t call the big shots nor did He call those who were sitting around waiting for opportunity to come knocking.  These were average people who were faithfully and diligently going about their business but they were also noble in that they didn’t cling to the world or the traditions of the others; they obeyed the Savior.

1:21  And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.

Synagogue – a very important place for the assembly of persons for worship.  Not less than ten persons of respectability composed a synagogue.  Jerusalem is said to have had 480 of them plus the Temple.  Isa (PBUH) took advantage of the custom that allowed visiting teachers to participate in the worship service by invitation of the synagogue leaders.

1:22  And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.

Mark frequently reports the amazement that Isa’s teaching and actions produced.  The Scribes tended to teach the words of other teachers and the traditions of men.      Part of what was happening with the teaching from Jesus was that He was teaching Scripture, not tradition of men; He was teaching them what God said, not what some famous Rabbi of bygone days had said.  When a man teaches that a Hadith or a fitnah supersedes something in the Quran is he not claiming the Quran is mistaken?

Part of what was happening with the teaching from Isa was that He was teaching Al kitab, not tradition of men; He was teaching them what God said, not what some famous Rabbi of bygone days had said.  When an Imam teaches something contrary to the Al kitab ul muqaddas then he is acting exactly like the Rabbis who were opposing Isa and he is not one iota less corrupt than they were. – an excerpt from my book “The Holy One called Isa”

Don’t be afraid to follow the holy one of God, Jesus for he cares about you. –Pastor Ward Clinton