Friday, April 12, 2013

Shhhh! Yeshua said, “Don’t Tell”

Shhhh! Yeshua said, “Don’t Tell”
Rabbi Yehudah ben Shomeyr

Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not… And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ. – Luke 4:34-35, 41

And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him. – Mark 1:34

And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God. And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known. – Mark 3:11-12

Yeshua told the demons to shut up so as not to reveal that He is the Divine Messiah, the Son of the Living God.

And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. – Matt. 8:4

And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. – Luke 5:13

And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it. – Mark 7:36

And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done. – Luke 8:56

Whenever Yeshua preformed miracles, healed the lepers and raise the dead He told folks to keep it to themselves, only go to the Priests and give the Offering the Torah requires.

 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. – Matt. 16:20

He told His Talmidim (Disciples) to keep the fact that He is the Divine Messiah, the Son of the Living God under their kippah’s (headcoverings/hats).

Now the Jew's feast of tabernacles was at hand.  His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. For neither did his brethren believe in him. Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready. The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast: for my time is not yet full come. When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee. But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. – John 7:2-10

His siblings were bewildered why Yeshua didn’t want to go public. What Rabbi with miraculous powers and claims of Divine Messiahship wouldn’t want to take the world stage and be in the spotlight?

Why? Why would Yeshua want to keep His Divinity and Messiahship under wraps? Why not shout it from the Temple tops!? I believe it is because actions speak louder than words and He wanted His actions to testify to the prophetic fulfillment. He wanted to keep it all on the down low because He didn’t want people’s proclamation to influence the opinion of the masses. He wanted the people, individuals, to come to the conclusion that He is the Divine Messiah of Israel all on their own, like Kefa (Peter) did.

He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. – Matt: 16:15-17

No one came running excitedly after being raised from the dead and take Peter by the sholder, shake him and say, “Hey Peter! This guy you’re hanging with is the Son of God and the Messiah we all have been waiting for. I should know he raised me from the dead!” Kefa (Peter) by what he seen and knew from the Scriptures he heard read at synagogue, and by the expectations of Judaism of the day, and by listening to the Father through the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) did Kefa know Yeshua is the Divine Messiah.

We read passages earlier where demons know exactly who He is. But what about Satan’s words of doubt regarding Yeshua’s Divinity and Messiahship? “IF you really are the son of God… (Matt.4)” Well, the Greek word translated as “If” could also be translated as, “Forasmuch, that or even since, you are the Son of God…”

And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? – Matt. 8:29

Again, here is one of Satan’s minions who readily admits Yeshua is the Son of God.

Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, of a truth thou art the Son of God. – Matt. 14:33

Here we see all Yeshua’s Talmidim as well as those manning the ship all confess Yeshua is the Son of God.

 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. – Matt. 27:54

A Roman Centurion, possibly the convert Cornelius of Acts 10, He being a Gentile Confesses Yeshua as the Divine Son of God.

But Jesus held his peace, And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said. – Matt. 26:63-64

He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. – Matt. 27:43

Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am. And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth. – Luke 22:70-71

I have heard many Orthodox Jews and the deniers of Messiah’s Divinity say that nowhere in Scripture does Yeshua call himself the Son of God. These verses show that Yeshua admits that He is the Son of God while at the same time allowing others to come to that conclusion on their own. No to correct the High Priest and say he wasn’t would make Him a liar and so by his answer “you said it” is an affirmative admission by Yeshua that He is the Son of God. Then for the High Priest to say, “Do we need to hear anymore?” Is an admission that in so many words Yeshua admits His Divinity, that He is the Son of God.

We have already seen in Matt. 14:33 that Yeshua’s Talmidim proclaim Him as the Divine Messiah, but individual Talmidim confess this truth as well and tops it off by equating Him with God Himself (John 1, 17), Talmidim such as Nathanael, Thomas and Peter.

Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. – John 1:49

And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. – John 20:28

And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. – Matt. 16:16

We have been duped by the Orthodox Jewish movement today in thinking that Judaism never sought a Messiah that was Divine, that there is no concept of a Divine Messiah in Judaism. The Brit Chadasha (New Testament) being a Jewish document, predominately written by Jews with the possible exception of one, established that His Divinity and His Messiahship was rarely in question, but ironically His humanity was. Today it is just the opposite. His humanity is not in question, but his Divine Messiahship is.

Let us take a cue from Yeshua our Rebbe and Messiah in regards to reaching out to our Orthodox counterparts; instead of publicizing who Yeshua is, let us instead, simply show what He did and how He fulfilled prophecy.