Redefining Good

by John Greene

crime-sin-evilWhy do bad things happen to good people? Why do good things happen to wicked people? These are questions that have been on the minds and hearts of men and women for ages. Christians are no exception, even when a serious study would actually give them the answer. (“Is It Normal to Have  Pain & Suffering”; “He Must Have Deserved It“; “How Satan Challenges You“; “Knowledge of Good & Evil“)

halo effectBut the real question here is discovering what good really is. Most everyone seems to have an opinion. It seems a little easier to figure out what bad is, as well, but that isn’t universal in culture today either. However, there is an authority where these matters are established. YHWH is bringing justice to a fallen world of man where sin reigns so often. Justice is one of those matters that is often discussed, and always lacking. The justice of man is not really justice at all. (Romans 12:19; Psalm 37:27-29; Proverbs 21:3, 15, 24:24-25; “Learning to Live Outside of Blind Justice“; “Victory Over Wickedness“; “Following the Crowd“)

justice of man - rule of lawThe center of the problem behind the illusion of man’s justice begins with one single issue. Mankind has, either intentionally or unwittingly, redefined ‘good.’ The nebulous concept behind the meaning of good* resides more in modern thinking than it does in the original concept of ‘good’ in scripture. That modern thinking of ‘good’ descends more from the Greek culture through philosophy (at least as far as we know) than any other place. This ‘good’ is often confused with virtue and excellence. The Greeks could have, and likely did, borrow much of this philosophy of human flourishing from an unknown past. Our global culture today still echoes this philosophy that is attributed to the Greek culture, which tends to affect virtually every idea that you express. You have probably built a lifestyle around this concept and way of thought. The world has, as well. (“The God of General Goodness“; “Seductive Persuasion Breaks a Good Man“; “The Good Wife“; “Good Shepherd – Bad Shepherd“)

worry1A human being that lives in the moment can change his or her course of life, even the principles that support that life. What has happened in the past cannot be changed. However, you can look backward, as many of us do. To examine a past life and the history of man is hardly uncommon. Many more of us live in the past than in the present, which often causes us to worry about the future. Some of us are literally stuck in the past in more ways than are considered. The way that your personal thoughts are expressed typically spring from that past and what you have come to consider as real. (2 Corinthians 13:5)

Man has developed a false system of weights and balances based on a perception of ‘morals’ or ‘ethics’. Some people may refer to a ‘Judeo-Christian Ethic.’ None of these are the righteousness of YHWH, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Yet, this is very rarely addressed, even in Christianity and the world of religion. (Luke 16:10; Proverbs 11:1, 20:10; “Incentives of Deception“; “Strengthening Your Motivation“; “YHWH’s Revolution“; “Building a Counterfeit Kingdom“)

Babylon-justiceThe justice of man is not justice at all. The good of man is not good at all, at least not in the view of YHWH Elohim. It is based on philosophy of the past, what the Jews in the time of Yahshua [Jesus] would call ‘profane’ [chaneph] or worldly, not set apart to Elohim. To ancient Hebrews, ‘good’ [tab- ‘tawb’] was something beneficial, functional or constructive in a very literal, but wide sense. The scholars of Christianity say that Christians have flourished under sentiments of the Father’s grace and unbounded generosity. Without question, YHWH has been generous. However, His grace or favor is rarely understood. Simply put, His ‘grace’ is the time that you have in your life to get to truly know Him, to be close, abiding in Him, getting to know Him more intimately. His forgiveness springs from His favor and His loving-kindness for you and every man, woman and child, past and present. That forgiveness is reflected in your forgiveness. (Matthew 6:14-15; Mark 11:25; Luke 17:3-4; Acts 2:38; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13; James 5:15; 1 John 1:9; Isaiah 43:18-19; “Understanding Sin”; “Vanquishing Sin and Oppression“; “Is Your Forgiveness Real?“; “The Grace of YHWH’s Vineyard“; “Abiding With YHWH in Quiet Places“)

shepherd sheepIn Psalm 23, the ‘secret language’ of the original text tells His people what they must know in these last days of man’s rule. “YHWH is my shepherd, I will not lack,” or less traditionally, YHWH is the Shepherd Who does not lack. “He makes me recline in green pastures, leading me beside quiet waters.” The sheep, His people that He cares for, feed on tender nutritious shoots (deshe’) that goats of the world would covetously long to eagerly eat. Normally sheep and goats compete for tender shoots, but not in YHWH’s pasture. (Matthew 25:31-46; Ezekiel 34:17) Our Father provides a pasture of plenty to dwell in with only the finest provision, if only His flock will accept what He provides Alone. His pasture is His provision. He guides, leads and protects His people when they are with Him as they feed on delicate spiritual food that saves their souls, their needs fully satisfied. They are encamped beside His peaceful waters, His spring of life. These still waters are the everlasting love of YHWH, the refreshing waterspring of His love for His flock. He is the oasis of His people; in this day, disciples of Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah, as His Provision, their Savior. (Galatians 5:1; Romans 12:1-2; Ezekiel 18:20; “YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“; “YHWH’s Provision“; “YHWH’s Prayer Shawl of Protection“)

“YHWH restores my being, guiding me in the track of His righteousness, because of His authority. In this way, as I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I revere no evil. Surely, You are upon me with your rod of correction and branch of support. They cause me to repent to Your comfort.” – Psalm 23:3-4, direct translation

“And do not fear before those that kill the body, but are not able to kill the spirit. Now to a greater degree, fear the power that is able to destroy both spirit and body in gehenna.” – Matthew 10:28, direct translation

“And if your eye entices you to sin, pluck it out from you and cast it away from you. You would profit better to enter into life one-eyed rather than having two eyes and be cast into the fire of gehenna.” – Matthew 18:9, direct translation

Bible knowledgeRestoring your soul or life (or renewing repentance) is conditional to following His leading or direction. Most Bible translations use the terminology ‘paths of righteousness,’ which is very general. This is not truth. Elohim has in mind a set course, a track of righteousness, His righteousness. (“The Importance of Practical Repentance“; “Foundation of Salvation“; “Psalm 91: Lifestyle & Protection“; “Listening and Doing as a Disciple“; “Listening to the Holy Spirit“)

path - whose track of righteousnessThere are not many ways to YHWH, nor are there many paths of righteousness leading to Him. There is one, Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah. Also, the original meaning in Hebrew does not make ‘good’ equal to righteousness, that is, the standards of Elohim’s righteousness. Those that are righteous or dedicated are those set apart to Him, not those that declare themselves to be ‘good.’ This is the path of YHWH as described in Matthew:

“Enter in through the narrow gate. Because wide is the gate and spacious the road, put to death through destruction, and many, by their reason, agree to enter. For narrow is the gate and troublesome is the road, the one that leads to life, and few agree to obtain it.“ – Matthew 7:13-14. direct translation

Yet, disciples of Yahshua [Jesus] will not be without trouble, any more than He was without trial.

“Supremely favored are the persecuted, on account of righteousness, because those have the Kingdom of Heaven. Supremely favored are you when you are defamed and persecuted and when all manner of hurtful words are spoken against you falsely on account of me. Be full of cheer and jump for joy, because much of your reward is in heaven; even in this way were the prophets persecuted which were before you.” – Matthew 5:10-12, direct translation

track-embattlementLet’s return to Psalm 23:3-4, where the original text is full of meaning. YHWH is the provision for His people. The word for path, magalah is a firmly established track, a rampart, entrenchment or circular trench in battle. This word comes from the root ‘agal’ which means round or a bullock as in a bullock circling around in play. Ma’gal literally means the trench made from the wheels of carts that are pulled by oxen to tread grain, thus making trenches or ruts. Think of a well established road. Now think of a World War I trench and you start to get the idea of what scripture reveals about YHWH’s track of righteousness.

roman-battlement-smMagalah is very much a way of life, determined not by you or I, but by YHWH. Your Heavenly Father has set the track of righteousness that His people, His flock are to walk with His guidance. This track is a battlement in which disciples are partners with the Most High in a spiritual war. Through your commitment and partnership you receive His protection and favor. (“Breaking Strongholds of False Authority“; “Strongholds & the Armor of YHWH“; “The Armor of Elohim“; “Attitude & the Disciple of Messiah“; “Wisdom & the Battle of Two Kingdoms“)

This understanding is a dramatic departure from the typical perception of most Christians through tradition and philosophies of religion. YHWH has established a predetermined lifestyle or track that He has set out for his people as opposed to the lifestyle of mammon presented by the world of Satan and man. Living in the track of YHWH’s righteousness involves cooperation, obedience and partnership in spiritual warfare, setting oneself apart from the world, set apart to YHWH. (“Consenting to Fables of Men“; “Disciple: The Pattern of Your Life“; “Redeemed Through Obedience & Trust“; “Foundation of a Global System of Greed“)

“You prepare a table before the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My portion is satisfaction. Surely, favor and kindness will run after me all the days of my life. I will remain (in)the temple of YHWH for all the age.” – Psalm 23:5-6

kings tableYHWH prepares His table, the Master’s table with His abundance, His feast of provision, providing even more than you could desire. That is the greatness of His favor, as His people rest as the showbread of His Presence, another ‘secret’ in the New Covenant that in Romans, which we’ll review soon. At times of life now and at judgment, enemies of YHWH and His beloved will look on as His people feast in YHWH’s Presence. Elohim will not abandon His people, even if they should weaken. His people are anointed with the oil of joy, the Set Apart Spirit [Dedicated or ‘Holy’ Spirit], covered with satisfaction, running over with provision. Even in times of weakness or uncertainty, the favor and loving-kindness of YHWH will chase after His beloved disciples, as they commit to remain set apart to Him, remaining, not simply in His temple, but as His temple through the Set Apart Spirit, for all of this age of man into the revealing of YHWH’s Kingdom. (“Are You Rejecting YHWH’s Holy Spirit?“; “How to Receive the Holy Spirit“)

“At that time Yahshua [Jesus] concluded, saying ‘I agree fully with you Father, Master of Heaven and earth because you have kept secret these things from the wise and learned ones, and revealed them to infants. True Father, for in this way came into being, well-pleasing in Your Presence. All are delivered to Me under My Father, and no man is fully acquainted with the Son more than the Father. No man fully knows the Father, more than the Son, and to whom the Son is willing to reveal. Come near to me, all that are fatigued and overburdened. I exempt you. Take up My yoke on you and learn from Me because I am gentle and humble of heart, and obtain rest for your spirit. For My yoke is kind and My load is light.” – Matthew 11:25-30, direct translation

fig-bearing-fruitThe beloved of YHWH bear His beneficial fruit, agreed with the purpose of His Son and the Set Apart Spirit, set apart to Him and separated from the world [kosmos]. His burden is kind and light. Those that do not bear His fruit will be judged by their fruit, or lack of it, as will the those in the world that are not set apart to Him through the Set Apart Spirit. (“Disciple of Messiah: Are You Bearing Fruit?“; “Spiritual Fruit & Renewing Your Mind“; “Disciples of Messiah and Spiritual Fruit“)

“Either consider the tree beneficial, and its fruit beneficial, or consider the tree rotten, and its fruit rotten. For a tree is known by its fruit.” – Matthew 12:33, direct translation

“Take heed that you separate yourselves from false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inside are ravening wolves. You will know to mark them by their fruit. Does anyone gather grapes from a thorn, or a fig from a brier? In this way, all beneficial trees bear honest fruit, but a worthless tree bears harmful fruit. A beneficial tree cannot bear harmful fruit, neither a worthless tree bear honest fruit. All trees that do not bear honest fruit are cut down and cast into fire. In this manner, by their fruit you will know them.

Not all that say to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ enter into the purpose of the Kingdom of Heaven. To the contrary, he that yields the purpose of My Father in Heaven. Many say to Me in that Day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and in Your Name cast out devils and in Your Name yielded many miracles? Then at that time I will agree with the authority of Heaven, them I never knew. You! Depart from Me ministers of wickedness.” – Matthew 7:15-23, direct translation

government-kosmosAll of His beloved, the disciples of His Son, our Savior and Messiah live for the moment in this age, in a time of conflict. The world has already been judged, as will the fruit of all that live out their lives until the end of this age. Those anointed, set apart disciples of Messiah must remain set apart to Him through His Spirit. They will not be deceived by pseudo miracles of man or any upheaval in the heavens of mankind. The Authority of YHWH will reign Supreme, despite the rise of wickedness in this time. His people will not be enticed or betray one another. They will endure to the end, when the Return of Yahshua [Jesus] will be evident to all, including those enemies that have fought against the truth of His Kingdom. The place of the spiritually dead will be with the dead, consumed with the Judgment of YHWH. Those living in the Presence of YHWH will remain set apart to their Father into eternity. (“Spiritual Growth or Spiritual Death“; “The Antichrist & the War on Reality“; “Ya Gotta Have Roots!“; “The Role of Authority in Your Life“; “Authority: The Real Meaning of Romans 13“)

“Woe to the arrangement, the scandal of man’s governance because they make distress and snares appear; but woe to that same man by whom the snare comes.” – Matthew 18:7, direct translation

“So Yahshua [Jesus] answering, said to them, ‘Beware that nobody deceives you because many will come in my authority saying ‘I am anointed.’ So many will be deceived. Also, you should expect to hear of wars and reports of wars. Take note that you aren’t frightened because all must come to pass. Nevertheless, the conclusion is not yet. For nation will rear up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and will be scarcity of food, and plagues, and earthquakes in occupied places. Now all these things begin pains of distress. At that time you will be surrendered to pressure and death. You even will be hated under all nations for My authority. And at that time many will be enticed and will betray one another. For many false prophets will rear up and deceive many, for wickedness will multiply. The love of many will be chilled, but they that endure to the end, they will be saved. For that good message of the Kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world for a testimony to all nations, and at that time the end will come.’” – Matthew 24:4-14, direct translation

“At that time, if anyone has said to you, ‘Look, in this place or that place is the anointed,’ do not trust them. For that reason false Messiahs and false prophets will rear up, yielding great signs and wonders, so that if possible, the chosen would be deceived. See, I have told you before. Certainly, when they have said to you, ‘Look He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. ‘Look in the private storehouse.’ Do not trust them. For as the shining light comes out of the east and shines to the west, in this way also will the Son of Man be. For whatever spot the dead bodies are in, there will the eagles gather.” – Matthew 24:23-28, direct translation

government-idolatryMankind has began a time of great upheaval and change, with more on the way. The governance of man will seek to direct or misdirect you where they will, even to your own personal disadvantage, even your destruction. Do not listen to these false prophets and liars with false authority. Don’t be caught where the eagles gather, but observe what is happening as the Son of Man appears, as YHWH’s Kingdom is revealed. (Matthew 5:8; Ezekiel 37:24-28; “Attack of Advertising & Propaganda“; “Culture: Prompting Falsehood Through the Lie“; “666 – Chi Xi Stigma“; “The Reality of the Antichrist“)

torn-curtainThe curtain has been torn. The High Priest of Heaven is in place. The Messiah is the only Way to Salvation. The Revealing of Messiah is coming to pass. The profane and the dedicated cannot be joined together. As His dedicated and beloved servant and disciple of the Messiah, you can be boldly confident as His Set Apart Spirit operates in you. (Matthew 27:50-51; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45-47; Acts 17:24; Hebrews 4:14-16, 7:20-28, 8:1-2, 9:3, 10:19-20)

“Therefore He is also able to save completely those who draw near to Elohim through Him, ever living to make intercession for them. For it was fitting that we should have such a High Priest – kind, innocent, undefiled, having been separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens, who does not need, as those high priests, to offer up slaughter offerings day by day, first for His own sins and then for those of the people, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. For the Torah appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath which came after the Torah, appoints the Son having been perfected forever.” – Hebrews 7:5-28, ISR98

*Greek, eudaimonia = ‘eu’, happiness, welfare, flourish + ‘daimon’, spirit
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“For YAHWEH so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, HRB
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 righteousness. 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]. May it be as you have promised!
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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