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Truth – Hebrew: Emet

The word ‘truth’ is found 77 times in the Hebrew Scriptures. Truth as found in the Torah is righteous.  The Truth is a teaching guide for life. Speaking the Truth will bring persecution. The teachings of Yeshua are Truth because he taught from the Hebrew Scriptures (John 17:17). Following his teachings makes us Yeshua’s disciples. Obeying the Truth of sets God’s people apart from the rest of the world. Worshipping requires Truth.

אמת

Emet in Hebrew means ‘truth, right, faithful.’

“Your righteousness is eternal righteousness, and your Torah is truth(Psalm 119:42). Complete Jewish Bible

“Guide me in your truth, and teach me; for you are the God who saves me, my hope is in you all day long” (Psalm 25:5).

“Adonai, teach me your way, so that I can live by your truth; make me single-hearted, so that I can fear your name” (Psalm 86:11).

“They hate anyone promoting justice at the city gate, they detest anyone who speaks the truth (Amos 5:10).

“Set them apart for holiness by means of the truth — your word is truth (John 17:17). Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

“If you obey what I say, then you are really my talmidim [disciples], you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

“But the time is coming – indeed, it’s here now – when the true (faithful)  worshippers will worship the Father spiritually and truly (rightly), for these are the kind of people the Father wants worshipping him.  God is spirit; and worshippers must worship him spiritually and truly” (John 4:23-24).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Alef is a picture of an Ox and means ‘first or strong’

Mem is a picture of Water and means ‘mighty’

Tav is a picture of Crossed Sticks and means ‘sign or covenant’

emet – first mighty sign of covenant

Greek – alethinos means real, ideal, genuine, unconcealed

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A Wiccan’s Witness to God’s Standards

A Wiccan friend of my daughter’s recently posted a status regarding same-sex marriage and homosexuality. Of course she is for it, but she said that Christians cannot be upset with homosexuality because the Bible says that eating unclean meat like pork is a sin and she sells tons of pork to many Christian customers.  She said Sabbath is not Sunday and Christians do not acknowledge God’s holy day,  but go to church on Sunday.  She continued that divorce is not condoned by God and she listed numerous Christian couples she knows in process of divorce.  She continued with multiple verses listing commandments that Christians choose not to obey that are clearly written in the Bible (and she wrote out each Scripture with chapter and verse).  Her conclusion: Unless a Christian obeys these other commandments, they cannot call homosexuality a sin.

The responses she received from Christians countered her comments with ‘those are Old Testament laws that don’t pertain to us’ and ‘when Jesus died on the cross the law was done away with’ and even ‘you are twisting Scriptures.’  I  found it very ironic that a WICCAN was writing the Truth of God’s Word and Christians argued with her!  Their own rationalizations gave them no grounds to defend their moral cause.

I went to visit her where she worked to tell her that I was aware of the discussion.  I asked her if  our family could be against homosexual marriage.  She told me that we could because we don’t eat unclean foods, we keep the Sabbath, and my husband and I had never been divorced.

Some pagans know the Scriptures better than most Christians and are looking for people to obey God’s commandments with integrity and Scriptural honesty.  Each of us needs to be one those people and allow the Word of God, not the behavior of lawless Christians, to convict this young woman and change her heart.

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