Hear, Israel! ADONAI our God, ADONAI is one.
-Deuteronomy 6:4 CJB
Or is God the God of the Jews only? Isn’t he also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, he is indeed the God of the Gentiles; because as you will admit, God is one.
– Romans 3:29-30a CJB
Moshe said to God, “Look, when I appear before the people of Israel and say to them, `The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, `What is his name?’ what am I to tell them?” God said to Moshe, “Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh [I am/will be what I am/will be], has sent me to you.'” God said further to Moshe, “Say this to the people of Isra’el: ‘Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh [Adonai], the God of your fathers, the God of Avraham, the God of Yitz’chak and the God of Ya’akov, has sent me to you. This is my name forever; this is how I am to be remembered generation after generation.
– Exodus 3:13-15 CJB
Avraham, your father, was glad that he would see my day; then he saw it and was overjoyed.” “Why, you’re not yet fifty years old,” the Judeans replied, ” and you have seen Avraham?” Yeshua said to them, “Yes, indeed! Before Avraham came into being, I AM!”
– John 8:56-58 CJB
But in the account of the bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord `the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.
– Luke 20:37-38
Human being, you have already been told what is good, what ADONAI demands of you — no more than to act justly, love grace, and walk in purity with your God.
– Micah 6:8 CJB
“Here, the days are coming,” says ADONAI, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Y’hudah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, violated my covenant, even though I, for my part, was a husband to them,’ says ADONAI.
“‘For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days,’ says ADONAI: ‘I will put my Torah in their minds and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people; “‘No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, ‘Know ADONAI!’; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; Because I will forgive their wickednesses and remember their sins no more.'”
– Jeremiah 31:31-34 CJB (Heb 8:8-12)
There was a man among the P’rushim, named Nakdimon, who was a ruler of the Judeans. This man came to Yeshua by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know it is from God that you have come as a teacher; for no one can do these miracles you perform unless God is with him.” “Yes, indeed,” Yeshua answered him, “I tell you that unless a person is born again from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” Nakdimon said to him, “How can a grown man be ‘born’? Can he go back into his mother’s womb and be born a second time?” Yeshua answered, “Yes, indeed, I tell you that unless a person is born from water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. What is born from the flesh is flesh, and what is born from the Spirit is spirit. Stop being amazed at my telling you that you must be born again from above! The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it’s going. That’s how it is with everyone who has been born from the Spirit.”
Nakdimon replied, “How can this happen?” Yeshua answered him, “You hold the office of teacher in Israel, and you don’t know this? Yes, indeed! I tell you that what we speak about, we know; and what we give evidence of, we have seen; but you people don’t accept our evidence! If you people don’t believe me when I tell you about the things of the world, how will you believe me when I tell you about the things of heaven? No one has gone up into heaven; there is only the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. Just as Moshe lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but rather so that through him, the world might be saved. Those who trust in him are not judged; those who do not trust have been judged already, in that they have not trusted in the one who is God’s only and unique Son.
“Now this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the light. Why? Because their actions were wicked. For everyone who does evil things hates the light and avoids it, so that his actions won’t be exposed. But everyone who does what is true comes to the light, so that all may see that his actions are accomplished through God.”
– Yochanan (John) 3:1-21
“Listen and understand this! What makes a person unclean is not what goes into his mouth; rather, what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him unclean! . . . Don’t you see that anything that enters the mouth goes into the stomach and passes out into the latrine? But what comes out of your mouth is actually coming from your heart, and that is what makes a person unclean. For out of the heart come forth wicked thoughts, murder, adultery and other kinds of sexual immorality, theft, lies, slanders . . . . These are what really make a person unclean, but eating without doing n’tilat-yadayim [ritual handwashing] does not make a person unclean.”
– Mattityahu (Matthew) 15:10-11; 17-20)
. . . true circumcision is not only external and physical . . . . true circumcision is of the heart, spiritual not literal; so that his praise comes not from other people but from God.
– Romans 2:28-29
Watch out, so that no one will take you captive by means of philosophy and empty deceit, following human tradition which accords with the elemental spirits of the world but does not accord with the Messiah. For in him, bodily, lives the fullness of all that God is. And it is in union with him that you have been made full — he is the head of every rule and authority.
Also it was in union with him that you were circumcised with a circumcision not done by human hands, but accomplished by stripping away the old nature’s control over the body. In this circumcision done by the Messiah, you were buried along with him by being immersed; and in union with him, you were also raised up along with him by God’s faithfulness that worked when he raised Yeshua from the dead.
You were dead because of your sins, that is, because of your “foreskin”, your old nature. But God made you alive along with the Messiah by forgiving you all your sins. He wiped away the bill of charges against us. Because of the regulations, it stood as a testimony against us; but he removed it by nailing it to the execution-stake. Stripping the rulers and authorities of their power, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by means of the stake.
– Colossians 2:8-15
Remember Yeshua the Messiah, who was raised from the dead, who was a descendant of David. This is the Good News I proclaim . . . .
– 2 Timothy 2:8
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