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What is faith? – Part 4: On morality and ethics

Author Stephen Pidgeon - Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:11 AM


Before we review the teachings of HAMASHIACH, let us consider the meaning of the English word morality.  The word describes the condition of adhering to morés, or the condition of acting in conformity with morés; i.e., the state of being moral.  Morés are the customs of the social order defining them.

For example, it may be the custom of the people to drive their automobiles within 5 miles per hour of the posted speed limit.  Driving consistently with this moré would then make you moral, and the practice by the social order of driving this speed is called morality.

Compare the term morality with the idea of ethics. While we can discuss the English understanding today, consider that within the text of the Eth Cepher, we have set out the word eth (את) over 9,800 times.  This word is extremely important in understanding Scripture in general and has escaped translation in all English texts.  This word eth is spelled in the Ivriyt (Hebrew) as aleph (א) tav (ת).  The aleph (א) was initially a pictograph of the ox head, the symbol of strength and was often construed as a crown of leadership, and the tav (an ex in paleo-Ivriyt) (ת) means the mark, even the mark of salvation.

Yekhezq’el (Ezekiel) 9:6

Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark (tav ותָּ); and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.

So, here we have the mark, the tav, as the symbol of salvation.  But consider that the aleph tav is referenced also in the book Chizayon.

Chizayon (Revelation) 1:8

I am Aleph Tav את, the beginning and the ending, says YAHUAH ELOHIYM, which is, and which was, and which is to come, ELOHIYM TSEVA’OT. 

Chizayon (Revelation) 1:10-18

I was in the RUACH on the day of YAHUAH, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a shofar, 11 Saying, I am Aleph and Tav את, the first and the last: and, What you see, write in a cepher, and send it unto the seven called out assemblies which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. 12 And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden menorahs; 13 And in the midst of the seven menorahs one like unto the Son of Adam, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the chest with a golden girdle. 14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shines in his strength. 17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of She’ol and of death.

Chizayon (Revelation) 21:5-7

And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Aleph and Tav את, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his ELOHIYM, and he shall be my son.

Chizayon (Revelation) 22:13-14

I am Aleph and Tav את, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do YAHUAH’S commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

We begin to see here that the aleph tav (eth) becomes pretty important, especially given that it appears over 9,800 times in the text.  But, let’s consider a couple of other words that are worthy of consideration.

One word is aleph vav tav (אות), which is the word oth, and which means a sign, or ensign.  The tedushah (the sod meaning of the word considering the meaning of the letters) of this word finds that the aleph tav is fixed with the vav – the nail.  That is to say that in the center of the beginning and the end is the nail – the same nail that would fix MASHIACH to the cross.  This was done as a sign – a sign of salvation for all mankind. 

Another word, which interestingly enough, is found in the Greek, is the word ethnos.  Now, in the Hebrew, this would be spelled aleph tav nun vav shin (אתנוש).  This word is the word that is translated throughout the Brit Chadasha (New Testament) as Gentile.  Its tedusha, however, means chaos, the nail, the seed, and the aleph tav; i.e., chaos is nailed by the seed of the aleph tav.  Ethnos (Gentiles) can be understood to mean the seed of the sacrifice of the Son of Man.

Finally, we get to the word ethic.  In its spiritual sense, the word means that which is consistent with or born of the aleph tav.  For our purposes here, in understanding morality, this is exactly the core of our discussion, because that which is behind the customs, morés, and practices of a given social order, is the ethos of the social order; i.e., the reason why such a custom, moré, or practice is continued.  To be ethical is to be consistent with or born of the testimony of HAMASHIACH and consistent with or born of the keeping of His commandments.

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  • I am the א (Aleph) and the ת (Tav), the beginning and the ending, says Yahuah Elohiym, which is, and which was, and which is to come, Yahuah Tseva’oth.
    CHIZAYON (Revelation) 1:8
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    BARUK SHENIY (2 Baruk) 51: 8-9
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    EZRA REVIY`IY (4 Ezra / 2 Esdras) 2:35
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  • Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; את eth-A blessing, if ye obey the command­ments of Yahuah Elohaykem, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of Yahuah Elohaykem, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other elohiym, which ye have not known. 
    DEVARIYM (Deuteronomy) 11:26-28
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    SHEMOTH (Exodus) 20:11
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  • In the beginning Elohiym created את eth the heavens and את eth the earth.
    BERE’SHIYTH (Genesis) 1:1
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    YESHA`YAHU (Isaiah) 14:12
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    YIRMEYAHU (Jeremiah) 31:31
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  • In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with את eth Elohiym, and Elohiym was the Word.
    BESORAH YOCHANON (Gospel of John) 1:1
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  • For Yah so loved את eth-the world, that he gave את eth-his את eth-yachiyd, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
    BESORAH YOCHANON (Gospel of John) 3:16
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  • He that has my commandments, and guards them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 
    BESORAH YOCHANON (Gospel of John) 14:21
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    VAYIQRA (Leviticus) 23:4
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    BESORAH MATTITHYAHU (Gospel of Matthew) 1:21
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  • Give us this day our daily את eth-bread. And forgive us our transgressions, as we forgive those who trans­gress against us. 
    BESORAH MATTITHYAHU (Gospel of Matthew) 6:11-12
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  • Yahuah bless you, and guard you: Yahuah make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: Yahuah lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. 
    BEMIDBAR (Numbers) 6:24-26
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  • That at the name of Yahusha every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Yahuah is Yahusha Ha'Mashiach, to the glory of Yah the Father.
    PHILIPPIYM (Philippians) 2:10-11
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  • YAHUAH is my Shep­herd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters. 
    TEHILLIYM (Psalm) 23:1-2
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  • He that dwells in the secret place of El Elyon shall abide under the shadow of El Shaddai. I will say of Yahuah, He is my refuge and my fortress: my Elohiym; in him will I trust. 
    TEHILLIYM (Psalm) 91:1-2
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  • Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding calculate the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is χξς .
    CHIZAYON (Revelation) 13:18
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  • For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of Yah, which is in Yahusha Ha'Mashiach our Adonai.
    ROMAIYM (Romans) 8:38-39
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  • Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
     QORINTIYM RI’SHON (I Corinthians) 13:13
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  • Make the attempt, then, O tyrant; and if you put us to death for our faith, think not that you harm us by torturing us. For we through this ill treatment and endurance shall bear off the rewards of virtue. But you, for the wicked and despotic slaughter of us, shall, from the divine vengeance, endure eternal torture by fire.
    MAKKABIYM REVIY`IY (4 Maccabees) 9:7-9
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  • And at that time shall Miyka’el stand up, the great prince which stands for the children of your people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found written in the cepher.
    DANIY'EL (Daniel) 9-12
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  • A great destruction therefore shall come upon all the earth; a deluge, a great destruction, shall take place in one year. This child which is born to your son shall survive on the earth, and his three sons shall be saved with him. When all mankind who are on the earth shall die, he shall be safe.
    CHANOK (Enoch) 105: 14-15
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  • And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out את eth-my Ruach upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.
    YO’EL (Joel) 2:28
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