Messiah & the Tool of Envy

by John and Ruth Greene

“But Pilate answered them, saying, ‘Do you desire I should release to you the king of the Jews?’ For he knew that the chief priests had delivered Him up through envy.” – Mark 15:9-10, HRB

Envy is a major tool that Satan and his agents use to create division among men, women and children all over the world. Jealousy and envy are rooted and driven with fear in a self-feeding cycle unless that cycle is deliberately broken. (“A Mind of Envy and Competition“)

jesus-teachingYahshua [Jesus] had amassed a large following of people and the ruling body of the Jews, the Sanhedrin, envied Him. Because of this uncontrollable envy, they pursued His crucifixion by the Romans. The Chief Priest and his supporters continued to pursue the end of Yahshua [Jesus] through Pontius Pilate while He was in custody. They insisted that the Romans needed to have Him executed. Pilate knew that all charges against Yahshua [Jesus] were trumped up, but Yahshua [Jesus] refused to open His mouth in personal defense, a fulfillment of prophecy. The priests stirred up the crowd against Yahshua [Jesus] even as Pilate tried to get the unruly crowd to absolve Him. (“Leaven of the Pharisees; Leaven of the World“)

Yahshua [Jesus] was born into the family of a craftsman, a carpenter or wood worker. He had followed the law of the Romans concerning His ministry. Had the Sanhedrin not been so full of envy, they might have realized that Yahshua [Jesus] fulfilled Bible prophecy as their Messiah. (Isaiah 53; Isaiah 61:1-4)

persp-genetics-300x300Instead, they were consumed with the ritual of their own teaching and knowledge apart from YHWH as their significance. They had deceived themselves. Yet, they claimed to be children of Abraham, setting a forefather between YHWH and themselves, just as they pursued their own thinking and religious philosophy to satisfy their own minds. (“Forsaking Bitterness“; “What is Evil? The Jealousy of Nations & Skeptics“)

Envy was the tool, grounded in fear. They greatly feared Yahshua [Jesus]. They did not accept as their Messiah. They were jealous of His eager followers and the rumors of healing, resurrections and stories about His powerful teaching. (Matthew 10:33-34) He healed Jews and non-Jews as their belief and trust allowed. He gave patient instruction about a new kingdom, the behaviors of man, trust and prophecies, which apply to all disciples of Messiah today! (Matthew 16:13-16) His ministry created attention and change in lives.

set-apart-Spirit-bannerYahshua [Jesus] came to save a Jewish nation that often rejected Him, and then to offer His Kingdom to the world through the provision of spiritual Israel. (Matthew 15:4; 1 Peter 2:9-10) He had a message to deliver and a perfect sacrifice to cover the sin of mankind. (Isaiah 53:4-5, 11-12) He introduced the Holy Spirit [Sanctified, Set Apart Spirit] to His followers. (John 14:16) He did not want His people to be ignorant of what was to come in the flesh (Daniel 9:26-27) or spiritually. (Luke 4:18; John 10:10)

He was instructing His disciples about the necessity to spiritually discern in preparation for their ongoing ministry.

“And coming into the parts of Caesarea of Philip, Yahshua [Jesus] questioned His disciples, saying, Whom do men say Me the Son of Man to be? And they said, Some say John the Baptist, and others Elijah, and others Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. He said to them, But you, whom do you say Me to be? And answering, Simon Peter said, You are the Messiah, the Son of the living Elohim.” – Matthew 16:13-16, HRB

new-man-front-cover-2Modern disciples still have the call to discernment about the gospel that they are obeying. Your decision holds one of two options: whether you accept or reject the Messiah through your obedience to accurate Bible understanding along with the Holy Spirit. (“Discernment the World Doesn’t Have“)

“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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