UNPACKING THE MYSTERY OF GRACE – as revealed in John 8:1-11

UNPACKING THE MYSTERY OF GRACE – as revealed in John 8:1-11

Most of us 21st century believers were taught that the first-century account of the woman caught in the act of adultery is first-hand, exhibit-A evidence that we are no longer “under the law” but “under grace”. However, if we re-examine the evidence in light of the context of first century Jerusalem and “Old Testament” Scriptures – we just might come to a very different understanding and conclusion of exactly what happened almost 2,000 years ago.

Here are three notable reasons why.

1. ALL AUTHORITY IS ESTABLISHED BY YAHWEH ELOHIM – Romans 13:1

The scribes and Pharisees seditiously, subverted the authority of the Word of Yahweh!

Yahoshua had no authority to answer the scribes and Pharisees in this matter – according to the Word of Yahweh!

According to the Scriptures – all capital punishment cases had to be heard by a Supreme Court headquartered in Jerusalem – which was to be made up of Levites and priests of the Levites only! Yahoshua was from the tribe of Judah and did not qualify to sit on the court of the 70 rulers of the Sanhedrin in first-century Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:8-13)

The scribes and Pharisees who were trying / testing Yahoshua knew that only the Sanhedrin had the authority to try cases of adultery in first-century Judah. However, they did not care about Yahweh’s established authority. All they cared about was seditiously, subverting the ministry and authority trusted to Yahoshua by His Father. They were trying Him in a very similar way which He was tried three times by the Devil in the wilderness.

The Mystery of the Samaritan Woman

In their zeal to destroy the ministry and authority of Yahoshua – they were in fact destroying the direct authority of the Word of Yahweh and His delegated authority in the Supreme Court of Yisrael.

Yahoshua walked in submission to His Father’s authority and therefore walked in authority. He ignored those trying Him because he knew their question was completely illegitmiate – as He had no authority to answer them!

2. FROM THE BEGINNING – MEN ARE REBELLING AGAINST YAHWEH’S ESTABLISHED AUTHORITY – THE SCRIPTURES – 1John 3:4

The Pharisees and scribes further destroyed the established authority of the Word of Yahweh – by transgressing His command!

Did you ever wonder what it was that Yahoshua wrote in the dirt with His finger? While the Scripture doesn’t say – I could hazard a worthwhile guess that would be consistent with Yahoshua’s nature and character and the context of the account.

Deuteronomy 22:22 commands that the man and woman caught in the act of adultery be put to death – (after they have been tried and were found guilty of course)!

“If a man is found lying with the wife of another man, both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman. So you shall purge the evil from Israel.”

The misogynistic, sexist Pharisees and scribes only brought the woman caught in the act of adultery. If they caught her “in the very act” – then how come they didn’t bring the man too? Could it be they were “good buddies” with the other adulterer and that’s why they all knew about the affair and didn’t bring him before Yahoshua as well?

Regardless of their reason – they transgressed the commandment of Yahweh by only accusing the woman – when it takes two to commit adultery. If I were a betting man – I would place my money on Deut. 22:22 as the Scripture Yahoshua wrote in the dirt.

As they sought to justify their sin(s) – they continued to press Him in the matter and so He then stood up and uttered the famous / infamous words – “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”

In the context of this account – everyone of the adulteress’ present accusers where presently committing two grievous sins!

First, they did not go to the proper authority established by Yahweh to accuse the woman. Second, they did not bring the man along to be accused too! They were all in sin because they all transgressed the law of Yahweh and sin always has and always be transgressing the law (i.e. covenant) of Yahweh! (1John 3:4)

Rebellion / Sedition against the established Supreme Court of Yahweh was also a capital offense punishable by death and all the woman’s accusers were guilty of sedition. (Deut. 17:8-13)

3. YAHOSHUA CAME TO RESTORE MEN TO A COVENANT RELATIONSHIP WITH YAHWEH – Luke 9:56, Luke 1910

Yahoshua restored the authority of the eternal covenant to the adulterous woman.

When He bent down and He wrote in the dirt again a second time – what do you suppose He wrote? Once again, if we look at the context of the story – it doesn’t take too much imagination to guess what He wrote. I refuse to be dogmatic – however, Scripture seems to answer with Scripture.

Immediately before this event recorded in John 8:1-11 – we read about Yahoshua standing up and proclaiming the following eternal truth on the last day of the feast, the Great Day, with a very loud voice,

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” – John 7:37-38

In light of the reality that the scribes and Pharisees rejected Yahoshua as the “fountain of living water” – just maybe He wrote Jeremiah 17:13 in the dirt.

“O Yahweh, the hope of Israel, all who forsake You shall be put to shame; those who turn away from Me shall be written in the earth, for they have forsaken Yahweh, the fountain of living water.”

By hearing the Word of Yahweh the second time – all the men’s conscience was pricked and from the oldest to the youngest they all left. After the last man left – Yahoshua asked the woman about her accusers.

When she replied they had all left – Yahoshua responded that He did not condemn her either. There are two very good, sound and Scriptural reasons why He did not not condemn her. First, he was not a witness to her adultery and second, he did sit on the Supreme Court of the land. He did not have any authority whatsoever to accuse her!

He restored the woman to Yahweh’s favor / grace by commanding the woman to return to the eternal covenant Yahweh established with Yisrael. He restores us today – with the exact same admonition!

The only way to be restored to the covenant when we have sinned unto death is to confess our known sin(s) and forsake them. This is not new – it is only true! King David and King Ahab both sinned – sins worthy of death. Scripture does not record any sacrifices required or made for any of the approximate three dozen sins unto death.

There is NO ATONEMENT or SACRIFICES for sins unto death anywhere in the Jewish or Christian Scriptures! The only remedy recorded anywhere in Scripture for sins unto death is humbling oneself and confession and repentance with a contrite heart.

Yahweh is good and He is merciful and His goodness and mercy are before the foundation of the world and will never cease to exist. His mercy and grace did not begin with the cross of our Savior – it always was and always will be.

In the history of Yisrael – all those accused of sins unto death were granted mercy – if they humbly acknowledged their sins and asked for forgiveness with a contrite heart. Upon receiving forgiveness it was expected the sinner would return to the covenant and leave behind their sin(s) unto death. E.g. King David (2Samuel 11) & King Ahab (1Kings 21)

This is the mystery of the grace of Yahweh – as revealed in John 8:1-11!

The Mystery of the Samaritan Woman

First, she was a Samaritan!

According to Scripture (2Kings 17) – the 1st century Samaritans were Gentiles who essentially practiced the exact same religion as the Jews with one notable exception.

The descendants of the first-century Samaritans are still living in Mt. Garazim today and they read their handwritten torah scroll in the ancient Paleo Hebrew – which they copied by hand throughout the generations.

It reads pretty much the same as our Torah today – except the 4th commandment reads – “Thou shalt worship at Mt. Garazim!” No wonder the Jews who worshipped at Jerusalem and the Samaritans who worshipped at Mt. Garazim could not get along and even openly despised one another.

They essentially practiced the exact same religion – except for this one sticking point and since the Samaritans had technically been in the land longer than the Jews (who were displaced in captivity for 70 years) they naturally believed they were in the right.

It would be kind of like the British coming over here and telling us why parliament is a superior form of government. After all we’ve all been here living under the constitutional form of government of three separate but equal branches since 1781.

As a believer in Yahweh and a follower of Scripture the Samaritan woman most likely was redeemed by 5 kinsman and then the 6th redeemer had his house in order (like the nearest kinsman in the story of Ruth) and that is probably why he didn’t marry her even though he provided for her. If his house was in order with his inheritance – he legally couldn’t marry her.

In the middle eastern cultural it is highly unlikely that she was the Liz Taylor of the community. Women had very little value or worth in the first century middle eastern cultural – as every Bible scholar knows.

If you think this is far fetched – there is an account in the apocryphal writings (which used to be in all Protestant and Baptist KJV bibles until around 1850) about a woman who was redeemed 7 times! Also, the Sadducees asked the Messiah about a woman who had 7 husbands and whose wife would she be at the resurrection.

Covenantally, 5 is the number of favor and by favor this righteous woman received 5 husbands. 6 is the number of man and his fallen nature and the 6th redeemer could not possibly redeem her. Yahoshua came into her life as the complete and perfect kinsman redeemer! 7 is representative of perfection and completion!

If you still think this is far fetched – consider “when confronted with her great moral failure” she didn’t seek to justify herself at all nor did she express any remorse – which would have been the most natural thing to do. Instead she acknowledged Yahoshua was operating in the prophetic calling and asked the most pressing theological question of her generation – whose 4th commandment was correct? Who had the correct Bible translation – the Jews or the Samaritans?

Also, consider that the elders at the gates willingly followed her without question and believed her report that the Messiah had come! That is their exact testimony! Would they have really believed her if she was a known “sinner” and not a righteous and respected woman of their community?

Now that we know who the woman at the well is from Scripture and not vain speculative imagination – consider…

1. She was not saved – but was looking for the Savior and Redeemer – whom she knew she needed! She was not saved because only those who humbled themselves to join with the covenant with the house of Yisrael were / are saved!

2. The men of the city and many of the people believed on Him! Everyone must come to Him and believe on Him – personally! No one can enter into the kingdom on “borrowed” faith.

3. Even though they recognized Him as the Messiah they did not submit to Him as Lord!

Luke 9:51-56 tells us that the Samaritans were upset because they refused to obey and go to Jerusalem for the Passover of His passion and Yahoshua would not condone / bless their disobedience of continuing to worship Yahweh falsely at Mt. Garazim and not according to truth at Mt. Zion!

In other words – they wanted Him to conform to their vain imagination of obedience (the religious traditions of men) than actual obedience to the Word of Yahweh! Not much has changed since then – universally, most of us are still pretty much doing the same thing. We worship Yahweh according to the vain traditions we have learned from our fathers and the truth of the Scriptures all mixed together.

Finally, in response to their disobedience – James and John wanted to kill these Samaritans even though they were almost identical in their belief system – with only one major difference! They even believed in the same Messiah!

In reality, these 2 rival religious factions had more in common than the Southern Baptist and the Assemblies of God today and yet they hated each other. How about us today? Do we dislike other children of Yahweh just because they believe differently than us?

Yahoshua taught us to be merciful as He is merciful! If we can’t show mercy to fellow believers when their theology differs from our own – what does that say about us and our character? Is our fellowship based on the perfect blood of Messiah or the very flawed and imperfect theological systems of men?

Is your heart toward fellow believers who believe differently than you like James and John or like the Messiah?

Right before He ascended to Heaven – His final instructions to the Messiah was not to forget to go back to the Samaritans after His Spirit was poured out on them at Shavuot / Pentecost! In the book of Acts we read about a great revival that came to the Samaritans!

Shalom, shalom, Robert McDuffie – Gal. 6:14

REVIVAL HAS COME – A WORD IN SEASON

“A word spoken at the right time Is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” ~ Proverbs 25:11

REVIVAL IS HERE!

Just as there was a delay of ten years from the time the Good News went out to the Jews (Acts 2) till the time it went out to the people of the nations (Acts 10 & 11) – so it is in these last days! There has been a heavenly scheduled delay from the time this end-time revival sprung forth in 2009 (the exact year prophesied by Ezekiel!) and the time it has spread out to all those who will receive it 2019. This year is going to be a year like no other!

“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth Yahweh require of thee, but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy Elohim.” ~ Micah 6:8 Read the full post »

The Scriptures ~ An Amazing Testimony – Part 2

THE HAND OF PROVIDENCE

In October 2010, Yahweh showed up in great and miraculous ways – which we did not know – and showed us in living 4-D detail just how intimately He involves Himself in our lives and how He directs our steps in detailed, minute ways that are beyond the comprehension and imagination of the natural man!

I detailed that supernatural testimony in my book “Crossing Over” and also in the blog post linked here.

The Scriptures ~ An Amazing Testimony

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THE ENIGMA OF GALATIANS

UNDERSTANDING GALATIANS FROM A FIRST CENTURY, JEWISH PERSPECTIVE

CONTROVERSIAL, CONFUSING and MISUNDERSTOOD 

Without any fear of contradiction – the letter to the Galatians is one of the most controversial, confusing and misunderstood in all the “New” Testament – if not the entire cannon of Scripture.  However, most Christians would readily contradict that statement because in their estimation – Galatians is 100% straightforward – completely justifies their faith and doctrinal position and is not the least bit controversial at all!

On the other hand, there are many within the Hebrew Roots community and those of the Messianic faith who do not know what to make of the author’s writings and either avoid them like the plague, or discount the pharisee from Tarsus (Acts 23:6) as a false prophet or even worse – the very anti-Messiah he warned us about in living and vivid detail in 2Thessalonians 2!

As lovingly as I can say it – in both instances, the audience is almost completely without any understanding.  The letter to the Galatians – correctly understood – refutes and rebukes the Christian position over the last 1700 years and it also rebukes and refutes the varying positions taken by Messianic Judaism and most of those embracing the Hebrew Roots of their faith in the 21st century! Read the full post »

ZAMBIA MUST RISE UP & PROSPER! An Open Letter To His Excellency President Edgar Lungu – And The Beloved People of the Christian Nation Zambia

Shalom, shalom in the most wonderful name of Yahoshua haMashiach (Jesus the Messiah), to His Excellency – President Edgar Lungu and the beloved people of Zambia,

To those who possess wisdom and understanding concerning the times and seasons of the Lion of Judah – NOW IS THE APPOINTED TIME DECLARES YAHWEH THAT ZAMBIA MUST RISE UP AND PROSPER!

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the honor of Yahweh is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but Yahweh shall arise upon thee, and his honor shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” – Isaiah 60:1-3 Read the full post »

PROPHECY UPDATE – THE USA WAS CONQUERED OCTOBER 1st 2016

On Sept. 5th / 6th 2013 the U.S. economy fell – never to recover!

This is exactly what Yahweh foretold would happen!

September 5th Prophecy

However, when I did not SEE anything newsworthy in the headlines of the world’s major newspapers, I publicly repented of prophesying falsely in His name – because I did not understand the prophecy or its fulfillment.

My Public Repentance

On Oct. 1, 2016 the USA was conquered and no one is the wiser!

These two dated events (September 5th & 6th 2013 and October 1st 2016) are directly related to one another and each of these events is testifying to the other!

The G20 meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia was held during the feast of Trumpets 2013 on September 5th & 6th!  It was at this meeting that it was decided that the Chinese Yuan would be the new reserve currency of the world – replacing the role of the U.S. Dollar, which ruled over the nations of the world, for exactly 70 years to the very month, week and day!

During the exact time of this meeting, the Chinese Yuan currency traded ten times more than normal and for the first time in history was among the top ten currencies traded in the world.

On October 1st, 2016, Obama surrendered control of our 2nd most valuable asset (after the dollar) – the internet. While the world was told that the Yuan would be a part of the international basket of currencies – they were not told that HSBC Bank would be selling partially, gold backed, Chinese Yuan bonds – which would be to the world’s reserve currency what the Petrol Dollar was before it.

Just as Cyrus defeated BABYLON after 70 years of ruling over the nations – without a battle or a fight and the people of the kingdom were largely ignorant to the change of command for a year or more – so the USA and the nations have been deceived and do not know that China has replaced the USA as the world’s premier super power!

I wrote all about this prophecy and it’s miraculous fulfillment on my blog.

TRUMP – A MODERN-DAY CYRUS

To Yahweh alone be all the esteem, honor and praise!

His servant and yours,

Robert Arthur McDuffie ~ Gal. 6:14

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THE MYSTERY OF THE THREE TESTS IN THE WILDERNESS

If I was to give a second title to this message it just might be –

DID YAHWEH REALLY SAY?

Because this study deals with the authority of Yahweh’s revealed word – it very well might be the most insightful and important message I have published to date.

NOTICE: The Devil, Satan, the fallen hosts of messengers and the demonic realm are all used interchangeably throughout this study for the sake of convenience and ease of understanding.  Please forgive me in advance for taking “license” with this truth.

In Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13 there are two very detailed accounts of how our Messiah and Master was tried three different times by our adversary the Devil.  The Good News according to Mark also mentions this time of testing in passing. I.e. Mark 1:12-13  A great multitude of sermons and lessons have been taught about this experience over the last 1900+ years.  However, I think it is high-time for us to ask ourselves – “do we really understand the true nature of these tests and what are the implication(s) for us today?”  The answer(s) just might surprise you.

If you are like me, then you have probably read the following verse from Hebrews more than once…

“For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” ~ Hebrews 4:15

However, I was always left perplexed as to what it really meant to the average believer.  Was our Savior and Master ever tempted to get drunk, commit adultery, back-talk to His earthly mother and father (thus dishonoring them), profane the weekly set-apart Sabbath or to transgress any other commandment His Father gave us in His Torah (I.e. His Instructions)?  Does this Scripture mean that Yahoshua was tempted in the exact same way as I am tempted today or does it mean something completely different altogether?  For the longest time – I honestly did not know the correct answer to this question and I was just left scratching my head and wondering – ‘what does it really mean that Yahoshua was “tempted as we are, yet without sin?”’ Read the full post »