While there are many disparities among believers - whether it be the name of the Creator, the Savior, the calendar, the shape of the earth, even the tenets and expectation of the faith - we are yet called to a common understanding. Can we reach that, or will we always be at odds with one another?
Now is not the time for disagreement. Rather it is the time to allow the love of Yah to overwhelm us with mercy and grace, that his peace would be within us, and that our fellowship would be perfect before him in the love of Yah between us - forgiving one another and walking out a faith journey in common subjection to the tenets of the faith, having been sealed in his name, in his Ruach Ha'Qodesh, and in the signature of his seal.
But before faith came, we were guarded by the Law, in common subjection to the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Galatiym (Galatians) 3:23
What things have we in common in the faith?
Circumcision of the Heart?
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the qodeshiym. 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, wicked men, turning the grace of our Elohiym into lasciviousness, and denying the only Adonai Elohiym, and our Adonai Yahusha Ha’Mashiach.
Yahudah (Jude) 3-4
But do we have these things in common?
And the children of Yashar’el departed thence at that time, every man to his tribe and to his family, and they went out from thence every man to his inheritance. 25 In those days there was no king in Yashar’el: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
Shofetiym (Judges) 21:24-25
It seems to me that one of the great failures in the faith today is the multiplicity of views – tens of thousands of religious practices all variant from one another – denouncing the beliefs of each other and claiming the sole path to eternity. In the meantime we have lost common sense, because we all do that which is right in our own eyes.
However, there is something about which many bibles agree, and it might surprise you to learn what it is. The answer is found in Tehilliym (Psalm) 68:4. (Keep in mind that the J is pronounced as a Y). (The abbreviations are to the version of scripture cited).
BRG: Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name Jah, and rejoice before him.
DARBY: Sing unto God, sing forth his name; cast up a way for him that rideth in the deserts: his name is Jah; and rejoice before him.
ERV: Sing to God! Sing praises to his name! Prepare the way for the one who rides on the clouds. His name is Yah. Worship before him with joy.
GNV: Sing unto God and sing praises unto his name: exalt him that rideth upon the heavens, in his Name Jah, and rejoice before him.
JUB: Sing unto God, sing psalms unto his name; extol him that rides upon the heavens by his name JAH and rejoice before him.
KJV: Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name Jah, and rejoice before him.
AKJV: Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.
LEB: Sing to God, sing praises to his name. Lift up a song to the rider on the clouds—his name is Yah— and rejoice before him.
NOG: Sing to Elohim; make music to praise his name. Make a highway for him to ride through the deserts. Yah is his name. Celebrate in his presence.
NKJV: Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name Yah, And rejoice before Him.
WEB: Sing to God! Sing praises to his name! Extol him who rides on the clouds: to Yah, his name! Rejoice before him!.
YLT: Sing ye to God -- praise His name, Raise up a highway for Him who is riding in deserts, In Jah [is] His name, and exult before Him.
It looks like a number of editions of the Bible agree that his name is Yah! Let us therefore proclaim that we have reached agreement at least at this level.
Tehilliym (Psalm) 68:4
שִׁירוּ לֵאלֹהִים זַמְּרוּ שְׁמוֹ סֹלּוּ לָרֹכֵב בָּעֲרָבוֹת בְּיָהּ שְׁמוֹ וְעִלְזוּ לְפָנָיו׃
Shir’u l’Elohiym zam’ru shemo sollu larochev ba’aravoth b’Yah shemo l’phanayir
Sing unto Elohiym, sing praises to his name: extol him that rides upon the heavens by his name Yah, and rejoice before him.
Tehilliym (Psalm) 68:4
We Should Have the Name Yah in Common:
I will declare your name unto my brethren: in the midst of the assembly will I praise you. 23 Ye that fear Yahuah, praise him; all ye the seed of Ya`aqov, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Yashar’el.
And Yahuah spoke unto Mosheh, saying: 23 Speak unto El־Aharon and unto his sons, saying: On this wise ye shall bless the children of Yashar’el, saying unto them, 24 Yahuah bless you, and guard you: 25 Yahuah make his face shine upon you, and be graciousunto you: 26 Yahuah lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. 27 And they shall put my name upon the children of Yashar’el; and I will bless them.
Bemidbar (Numbers) 6:22-27
And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to you. Holy Father, guard them by your name, the same name which you have given me, that they may be yachad as we are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I guarded them in your name: those that you gave me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
Yochanon (John) 17:11-12
O Righteous Father, the world has not known you: but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me. 26 And I have declared unto them your name and will declare it: that the love wherewith you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.
Yochanon (John) 17:11-12
Where else can we reach agreement?
We Should Have His Love in Common:
And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him: Which is the first commandment of all? 29 And Yahusha answered him: The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Yashar’el; Yahuah Elohaynu, Yahuah is one: 30 And you shall loveאת Yahuah Elohayka with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Marqus (Mark) 12:28-31
A new commandment I give unto you: That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my Talmidiym, if ye have love one to another.
Yochanon (John) 13:34-35
If ye love me, guard my commandments.
Yochanon (John) 14:15
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my Talmidiym. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye guard my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have guarded my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12 This is my commandment: That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Yochanon (John) 14:15
Whosoever believes that Yahusha is Ha’Mashiach is born of Elohiym: and everyone that loves him that begat loves him also that is begotten of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of Elohiym, when we love Elohiym, and guard his commandments. 3 For this is the love of Elohiym, that we guard his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 4 For whatsoever is born of Elohiym overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.
Yochanon (John) 14:15
We Should Have His Commandments in Common:
And, behold, one came and said unto him: Good Rabbi, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17 And he said unto him: Why do you call me good? There is none good but one, that is, Elohiym: but if you will enter into life, guard the commandments.
Mattithyahu (Matthew) 19:16-17
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Mattithyahu (Matthew) 11:28-30
Why then the Law? It was added because of the transgression, that the seed should come to the promise through Elohiym in the hands of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator is not of one, but Elohiym is one. 21 Is the Law then against the promises of Elohiym? Never: for if there had been a Law given which could have given life, truly justification should have been by the Law. 22 But the Scripture has concluded that all are under sin, that the promise by faith in Yahusha Ha’Mashiach might be given to them that believe. 23 But before faith came, we were guarded by the Law, in common subjection to the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Galatiym (Galatians) 3:19-23
Thus says Yahuah Tseva’oth, the Elohai of Yashar’el; Put your ascending smoke offerings unto your sacrifices and eat flesh. 22 For I spoke not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Mitsrayim, concerning ascending smoke offerings or sacrifices: 23 But this thing commanded I them, saying: Obey my voice, and I will be your Elohiym, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 7:21-23
Yahuah talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire, 5 (I stood between Yahuah and you at that time, to show you the Word of Yahuah: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying: 6 I am Yahuah Elohayka, which brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, from the house of bondage. 7 You shall have no other elohiym before me.
Devariym (Deuteronomy) 5:4-7
You shall not make you any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: 9 You shall not bow down yourself unto them, nor serve them: for I Yahuah Elohayka am a jealous El, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, 10 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and guard my commandments.
Devariym (Deuteronomy) 5:8-10
You shall not bring the name of Yahuah Elohayka to naught: את for Yahuah will not hold him guiltless that brings his name to naught.
Devariym (Deuteronomy) 5:11
I know your works: behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it: for you have a little strength, and have guarded my word, and have not denied my name.
Chazon (Revelation) 3:8
Guard the day of the Shabbath; to sanctify it as Yahuah Elohayka has commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work: 14 But the seventh day is the Shabbath of Yahuah Elohayka: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your ox, nor your ass, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates; that your manservant and your maidservant may rest as well as you. 15 And remember that you were a servant in the land of Mitsrayim, and that Yahuah Elohayka brought you out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched-out arm: therefore, Yahuah Elohayka commanded you to keep the day of Shabbath.
Devariym (Deuteronomy) 5:12-15
Honor your father and your mother, as Yahuah Elohayka has commanded you; that your days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with you, in the land which Yahuah Elohayka gives you.
17 You shall not kill.
18 Neither shall you break wedlock.
19 Neither shall you steal.
20 Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbor.
Devariym (Deuteronomy) 5:16-20
Neither shall you lust after your neighbor's woman, neither shall you lust after your neighbor's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor's.
Devariym (Deuteronomy) 5:21
We should have our faith in imputed righteousness in common:
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Ruach Ha’Qodesh, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of Elohiym, looking for the mercy of our Adonai Yahusha Ha’Mashiach unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
Yahudah (Jude) 20-21
For what says the Scripture? Avraham believed Elohiym, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4 Now to him that works is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that works not, but believes on him that justifies the wicked, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also describes the blessedness of the man, unto whom Elohiym imputes righteousness without works, 7 Saying, Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the man to whom Yahuah will not impute sin.
Romayim (Romans) 4:3-8
Comes this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? For we say that faith was reckoned to Avraham for righteousness. 10 How was it then reckoned? When he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
Romayim (Romans) 4:9-11
And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Avraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. 13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Avraham, or to his seed, through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if they which are of the Law are heirs, then faith is made void, and the promise made is of no effect: 15 Because the Law works wrath: for where there is no Law, there is no transgression. 16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the Law, but to that also which is of the faith of Avraham; who is the father of us all,
Romayim (Romans) 4:12-16
(As it is written, I have made you a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even Elohiym, who quickens the dead, and calls those things which be not as though they were. 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall your seed be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb:
Romayim (Romans) 4:17-19
He staggered not at the promise of Elohiym through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to Elohiym; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; 24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Yahusha Ha’Mashiach our Adonai from the dead; 25 Who was delivered for our offences and was raised again for our justification.
Romayim (Romans) 4:20-25
For ye are all the children of Elohiym by faith in Mashiach Yahusha. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Mashiach have put on Mashiach. 28 There is neither Yahudiy nor Yavaniy, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Yahusha Ha’Mashiach. 29 And if ye belong to Mashiach, then are ye Avraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Romayim (Romans) 4:20-25
Let us conclude in the matter that at least in these premises we have agreement, in common subjection to the faith.
Let us look for our common ground that we might once again be governed by common sense in a world that is no longer logical.
For Yahuah does not forsake those who are called by his name, who have some strength remaining, who have guarded his word and have not denied his name.
Because you have guarded the word of my patience, I also will guard you from the hour of calamity, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which you have, that no man takes your crown. 12 Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the Temple of my Elohiym, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my Elohiym, and the name of the city of my Elohiym, which is Renewed Yerushalayim, which comes down out of heaven from my Elohiym: and I will write upon him my new name.
Chazon (Revelation) 3:10-12
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