Rule and Regulations

When people make up rules and regulations, what do you think their intentions are? When people setup boundaries is it to keep stuff in or keep stuff out? When people setup rules and regulations, are they doing it to stop people from doing them or to protect people from the consequences of those actions? When rules and regulations are out there do you understand the intent? When rules and regulations are out there do you follow them? What is the decision point for you?

Well, God created rules – aka the 10 commandments. He did it not to keep people from being able to have a good life, but to prevent the consequences of bad decisions from hurting them. He didn’t provide them as guidance or good ideas, but rather He gave them to Moses as commandments for the people to follow. The 10 commandments are where average is supposed to be. Jesus came and He calls us to a higher calling. He came perfect – you may hear it put as sinless – He didn’t do anything that would have broken any of the 10 commands for He didn’t come to abolish the Law, He came to fulfill the Law! He came as the ultimate savior since we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God – we have all broken the 10 commandments and are up for judgement if we haven’t turned to Jesus! None of us are perfect and as such are in a place of judgement unless we turned to Jesus, the free gift from God! So let’s turn to Jesus before it is too late! Let’s receive by faith through grace the redeeming power of Jesus to restore our lives back to God! Let’s walk in alignment to Jesus’ commandments to step up above the 10 commandments! Let’s live our lives out with LOVE! Let’s answer the call to live at a higher standard! In Matthew 5, we read how Jesus says:

20 “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

In Matthew 5, we read how Jesus says:

21“You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER ‘ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ 22“But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

In Matthew 5, Jesus says:

27“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; 28but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Jesus is calling us to a higher standard to keep us from the consequences of our decisions.

When God gave Moses the 10 commandments, it wasn’t to put a damper on their lives, it was to protect them from the consequences of their actions. Today’s Word starts with Moses and God and the 10 commandments, so let’s check it out…

The Ten Words

1Then God spoke all these words saying, 2“I am Adonai your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3“You shall have no other gods before Me.
4Do not make for yourself a graven image , or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or on the earth below or in the water under the earth. 5Do not bow down to them, do not let anyone make you serve them. For I, Adonai your God, am a jealous God, bringing the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6but showing lovingkindness to the thousands of generations of those who love Me and keep My mitzvot.
7“You must not take the Name of Adonai your God in vain, for Adonai will not hold him guiltless that takes His Name in vain.
8“Remember Yom Shabbat, to keep it holy. 9You are to work six days, and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a Shabbat to Adonai your God. In it you shall not do any work—not you, nor your son, your daughter, your male servant, your female servant, your cattle, nor the outsider that is within your gates. 11For in six days Adonai made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Thus Adonai blessed Yom Shabbat, and made it holy.
12“Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long upon the land which Adonai your God is giving you.
13“Do not murder.
14“Do not commit adultery.
15“Do not steal.
16“Do not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17“Do not covet your neighbor’s house, your neighbor’s wife, his manservant, his maidservant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
18All the people witnessed the thundering and the lightning, and the sound of the shofar, and the mountain smoking. When the people saw it, they trembled and stood far off. 19So they said to Moses, “You, speak to us, and we will listen, but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.” 20So Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid, for God has come to test you, so that His fear may be in you, so that you do not sin.” 21The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was. 22Then Adonai said to Moses, “Say this to Bnei-Yisrael: You yourselves have seen that I have spoken to you from heaven. 23Do not make gods of silver alongside Me, and do not make gods of gold for yourselves. 24You are to make an altar of earth for Me, and there you will sacrifice your burnt offerings, your fellowship offerings—your sheep and your cattle. In every place where I cause My name to be mentioned I will come to you and bless you. 25When you make for Me an altar of stones, do not build it from cut stone, for if you use a tool on it, you will have profaned it. 26Nor are you to go up to My altar on steps, so that your nakedness would not be uncovered while on it.”
–from Exodus 20

So let’s consider the intention and be willing to align with God’s will and God’s call on our lives! Let’s allow His Word to be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path! Let’s allow His Word to be the guard rails that keep us in the zone! Let’s live lives that will glorify Him and have Him exalted to the world around us! Let’s allow our good works to glorify Him! Let’s walk out life His way! Let’s gain the benefits! Let’s avoid the snares and pitfalls!

Learn Torah Letter by Letter

1Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the Torah of Adonai. 2Happy are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with a whole heart, 3who also do no injustice, but walk in His ways. 4You have commanded that Your precepts be kept diligently. 5Oh that my ways were steadfast to observe Your decrees! 6Then I would not be ashamed, when I consider all Your mitzvot. 7I will praise You with an upright heart as I learn Your righteous judgments. 8I will observe Your statutes. Never abandon me utterly!
9How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your word. 10With my whole heart have I sought You —let me not stray from Your mitzvot. 11I have treasured Your word in my heart, so I might not sin against You. 12Blessed are You, Adonai. Teach me Your statutes. 13With my lips I rehearse all the rulings of Your mouth. 14I rejoice in the way of Your testimonies above all wealth. 15I will meditate on Your precepts, and regard Your ways. 16I will delight in Your decrees. I will never forget Your word.
17Do good to Your servant that I may live and keep Your word. 18Open my eyes, so I may behold wonders from Your Torah. 19I am a temporary dweller on earth— do not hide Your mitzvot from me. 20My soul is crushed with longing for Your judgments at all times. 21You rebuke the proud, who are cursed, who wander from Your mitzvot. 22Take scorn and contempt away from me, for I have kept Your testimonies. 23Though princes sit and talk against me, Your servant meditates on Your decrees. 24For Your testimonies are my delight— they are also my counselors.
25My soul clings to the dust. Revive me according to Your word! 26I told of my ways and You answered me. Teach me Your statutes. 27Help me discern the way of Your precepts, so I may meditate on Your wonders. 28My soul weeps with grief. Make me stand firm with Your word. 29Turn me away from the deceitful way, and be gracious to me with Your Torah. 30I have chosen the way of faithfulness. I have set my heart on Your judgments. 31I cling to Your testimonies. Adonai, do not put me to shame! 32I run the course of Your mitzvot, for You open wide my heart.
33Teach me the way of Your decrees, Adonai, and I will follow them to the end. 34Give me understanding, that I may keep Your Torah and observe it with all my heart. 35Help me walk in the path of Your mitzvot—for I delight in it. 36Turn my heart to Your testimonies and not to dishonest gain. 37Turn my eyes away from gazing at vanity but revive me in Your ways. 38Fulfill Your word to Your servant, which leads to reverence for You. 39Make the disgrace I dread pass away, for Your judgments are good. 40Behold, I long for Your precepts. Revive me by Your righteousness.
41May Your loving kindnesses come to me, Adonai— Your salvation according to Your word— 42so I may answer the one taunting me, for I trust in Your word. 43Never snatch out of my mouth a word of truth, for I hope in Your judgments. 44So I may always keep Your Torah, forever and ever, 45and walk about in freedom. For I have sought Your precepts. 46I will speak of Your testimonies before kings, and never be ashamed. 47I delight in Your mitzvot, which I love. 48I reach out my hands for Your mitzvot, which I love, and meditate on Your decrees.
49Remember the word to Your servant, on which You have made me hope. 50My comfort in my affliction is this: Your word has kept me alive. 51The arrogant have viciously ridiculed me, yet I did not turn away from Your Torah. 52I remember Your judgments from of old, Adonai, and comfort myself. 53Burning indignation grips me, because of the wicked who forsake Your Torah. 54Your decrees have become my songs in the house where I dwell. 55In the night I remember Your Name, Adonai, and keep watching over Your Torah. 56This is my own: that I keep Your precepts.
57Adonai is my portion. I promised to guard Your words. 58I have entreated Your favor with all my heart. Be gracious to me according to Your word. 59I have considered my ways and turned my feet back to Your testimonies. 60I hasten and do not delay to obey Your mitzvot. 61The ropes of the wicked are coiled around me, but I did not forget Your Torah. 62At midnight I rise to praise You, because of Your righteous rulings. 63I am a companion of all who fear You, of those who observe Your precepts. 64The earth is full of Your loving kindness. Adonai—teach me Your decrees.
65You do good to Your servant, Adonai, according to Your word. 66Teach me good sense and knowledge, for I trusted in Your mitzvot. 67Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. 68You are good and keep doing good— teach me Your decrees. 69Though the proud smeared a lie on me, with all my heart I keep Your precepts. 70Their minds are insensible, but Your Torah is my delight. 71It is good for me that I was afflicted, so that I may learn Your decrees. 72The Torah from Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
73Your hands have made me and formed me. Give me understanding that I may learn Your mitzvot. 74Those in awe of You see me and rejoice, because I put my hope in Your word. 75I know, Adonai, Your judgments are just. In faithfulness You have afflicted me. 76May Your loving kindness comfort me, according to Your promise to Your servant. 77Let Your tender mercies reach me, Let me live, for Your Torah is my delight. 78May the proud be put to shame for wronging me with a lie, but I will meditate on Your precepts. 79Let those in awe of You return to me— those who know Your testimonies. 80My heart will have integrity in following Your decrees, so that I would not be ashamed.
81My soul faints with longing for Your salvation, but I still hope in Your word. 82My eyes are worn out longing for Your promise, saying, “When will You comfort me?” 83Though I became like a wineskin dried in smoke, I do not forget Your decrees. 84How many are the days of Your servant? When will You execute judgment on my persecutors? 85The proud have dug pits for me— that is not in accord with Your Torah! 86All Your mitzvot are faithful. They persecute me with a lie—help me! 87They almost finished me off on earth. But I—I will not forsake Your precepts. 88Revive me with Your loving kindness, so I may keep Your mouth’s testimony.
89Forever, Adonai, Your word stands firm in the heavens. 90Your faithfulness endures from generation to generation. You established the earth, and it stands. 91Your judgments stand today, for all things are Your servants. 92If Your Torah had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. 93I will never forget Your precepts. For with them You have kept me alive. 94I am Yours, save me! For I have sought out Your precepts. 95The wicked wait for me to destroy me. But I will study Your testimonies. 96I have seen a limit to all perfection, yet Your commandment is boundless.
97O how I love Your Torah! It is my meditation all day. 98Your mitzvot make me wiser than my enemies —for they are mine forever. 99I have more insight than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. 100I have gained more understanding than all my elders, for I have kept Your precepts. 101I kept my feet from every evil way, in order to follow Your word. 102I do not turn away from Your rulings, for You Yourself have taught me. 103How sweet is Your word to my taste— yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104From Your precepts I get discernment, therefore I hate every false way.
105Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. 106I have sworn and confirmed to observe Your righteous rulings. 107I am severely afflicted. Keep me alive, Adonai, according to Your word. 108Please accept the freewill offerings of my mouth, Adonai, and teach me Your rulings. 109My soul is continually in danger, yet I have not forgotten Your Torah. 110The wicked have set a snare for me, yet I did not stray from Your precepts. 111Your testimonies I have as a heritage forever, for they are my heart’s joy. 112I turned my heart to do Your decrees, forever, to the very end.
113I hate double-minded ones, but Your Torah I love. 114You are my hiding place and my shield —in Your word I hope. 115Away from me, evildoers, so I may keep the mitzvot of my God! 116Sustain me according to Your word, so I may live, and let me not be ashamed of my hope. 117Support me and I will be saved, and study Your decrees continually. 118You despise all who wander from Your decrees, for their deceitfulness is in vain. 119All the wicked of the earth You remove like dross. Therefore I love Your testimonies. 120My flesh shudders for fear of You, and I am in awe of Your judgments.
121I did what is just and right. Do not leave me to my oppressors. 122Guarantee Your servant’s well-being. Do not let arrogant ones oppress me. 123My eyes fail, longing for Your salvation and for Your righteous word. 124Deal with Your servant as befits Your loving kindness, and teach me Your statutes. 125I am Your servant, give me discernment, so I may understand Your testimonies. 126It is time for Adonai to act— they have violated Your Torah! 127Therefore I love Your mitzvot more than gold, more than pure gold. 128Therefore I esteem all Your precepts as right in every way —every false way I hate.
129Your testimonies are wonderful. Therefore my soul obeys them. 130The unfolding of Your words gives light, giving understanding to the simple. 131I opened my mouth wide and panted, for I longed for Your mitzvot. 132Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is fitting to those who love Your Name. 133Direct my footsteps in Your word, and let no iniquity get mastery over me. 134Redeem me from human oppression, and I will keep Your precepts. 135Make Your face shine on Your servant, and teach me Your decrees. 136Streams of water run down from my eyes, because they do not observe Your Torah.
137Righteous are You, Adonai, and Your judgments are upright. 138You have commanded righteousness, Your testimonies, and great faithfulness. 139My zeal has consumed me, because my foes forgot Your words. 140Your word is thoroughly refined, and Your servant loves it. 141I am insignificant and despised, yet I have not forgotten Your precepts. 142Your justice is righteousness forever, and Your Torah is truth. 143Trouble and anguish have overtaken me, yet Your mitzvot are my delight. 144Your testimonies are righteous forever —make me understand, so I may live.
145I cried out with all my heart, “Answer me, Adonai! I will keep Your decrees.” 146I cried out to You, “Save me, and I will keep Your testimonies.” 147I am up before dawn, crying for help— I put my hope in Your word. 148My eyes are up before every night watch, as I meditate on Your word. 149Hear my voice with Your loving kindness. Revive me, Adonai, with Your judgments. 150Pursuers of wicked schemes draw near— they are far from Your Torah. 151You are near, Adonai, and all Your mitzvot are truth. 152Long ago I learned from Your testimonies that You founded them firmly forever.
153See my affliction and rescue me, for I do not forget Your Torah. 154Defend my cause and redeem me. Restore my life through Your word. 155Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek after Your decrees. 156Great are Your mercies, Adonai. Restore my life with Your judgments. 157Many are my persecutors and my foes. Yet I do not turn from Your testimonies. 158I see the treacherous and loathe them, because they do not keep Your word. 159See how I loved Your precepts. Restore my life, Adonai, with Your loving kindness. 160Truth is the essence of Your word, and all Your righteous rulings are eternal.
161Princes persecute me for no reason, but my heart is in awe of Your words. 162I rejoice in Your word, as one who finds great spoil. 163I hate and abhor falsehood, but Your Torah I love. 164Seven times a day I praise You, because of Your righteous judgments. 165Great peace have they who love Your Torah, and nothing causes them to stumble. 166I hope for Your salvation, Adonai, and do Your mitzvot. 167My soul has observed Your testimonies and I love them exceedingly. 168I observe Your precepts and Your laws, for all my ways are before You.
169Let my cry come to You, Adonai. Grant me understanding by Your word. 170Let my supplication come before You. Deliver me, according to Your promise. 171My lips utter praise, for You teach me Your statutes. 172My tongue sings of Your word, for all Your mitzvot are righteous. 173Let Your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen Your precepts. 174I long for Your deliverance, Adonai, and Your Torah is my delight. 175Let my soul live and praise You, and may Your rulings help me. 176I have strayed like a lost sheep— seek Your servant. For I did not forget Your mitzvot.
–from Psalms 119

Who are you going to serve? Will you serve God? Will you serve your selfish desires? Will you serve others? Will you serve good plans? Will you serve God’s calling? Who will you serve? Who is your master? Are you doing it out of love? Are you doing it out of need to? Are you doing it out of have to? Are you doing it for the money? What is your motive? What is your intention?

Who Is Your Master?

1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may abound? 2May it never be! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3Or do you not know that all of us who were immersed into Messiah Yeshua were immersed into His death? 4Therefore we were buried together with Him through immersion into death—in order that just as Messiah was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5For if we have become joined together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also will be joined together in His resurrection— 6knowing our old man was crucified with Him so that the sinful body might be done away with, so we no longer serve sin. 7For he who has died is set free from sin. 8Now if we have died with Messiah, we believe that we shall also live with Him. 9We know that Messiah, having been raised from the dead, no longer dies; death no longer is master over Him. 10For the death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God. 11So also continually count yourselves both dead to sin and alive to God in Messiah Yeshua. 12Therefore do not let sin rule in your mortal body so that you obey its desires. 13And do not keep yielding your body parts to sin as tools of wickedness; but yield yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your body parts as tools of righteousness to God. 14For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. 15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! 16Do you not know that to whatever you yield yourselves as slaves for obedience, you are slaves to what you obey—whether to sin resulting in death, or to obedience resulting in righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching under which you were placed; 18and after you were set free from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. 19I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you yielded your body parts as slaves to uncleanness and lawlessness, leading to more lawlessness, so now yield your body parts as slaves to righteousness, resulting in holiness. 20For when you were slaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness. 21So then, what outcome did you have that you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. 22But now, having been set free from sin and having become enslaved to God, you have your fruit resulting in holiness. And the outcome is eternal life. 23For sin’s payment is death, but God’s gracious gift is eternal life in Messiah Yeshua our Lord.
–from Romans 6

What will you believe? Will you believe everything you hear? Will you get tossed around like the waves of the sea? Will you allow yourself to be tossed around by the theme of the day? Will you allow yourself to moved by the new thing? What will be your foundation? What will be the rock you will stand on? Will you complete the work God has for you to do?


The Conspiracy Grows

1Now it happened that when Yeshua had finished all these words, He said to His disciples, 2“You know that Passover comes in two days, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be executed.” 3Then the ruling kohanim and elders of the people were gathered together in the court of the kohen gadol named Caiaphas. 4They plotted together in order that they might seize Yeshua by stealth and kill Him. 5“But not during the festival,” they were saying, “so there won’t be a riot among the people.”

A Woman Anoints Yeshua for Burial

6Now while Yeshua was in Bethany at the house of Simon ha-Metzora, 7a woman came up to Him with an alabaster jar of very expensive oil. And she poured it on His head as He was reclining at the table. 8But when the disciples saw this, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? 9It could have been sold for a lot, and the money given to the poor!” 10But Yeshua, knowing this, said to them, “Why do you cause trouble for this woman? She’s done Me a mitzvah. 11You always have the poor with you, but you won’t always have Me. 12For when she poured this oil on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial. 13Amen, I tell you, wherever this Good News is proclaimed in all the world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”

Betrayed and Sold for Silver

14Then one of the Twelve, the one called Judah of Kriot, went to the ruling kohanim 15and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?” And they weighed out thirty shekels of silver for him. 16From then on, Judah began looking for a chance to hand Him over. 17Now on the first day of matzah , the disciples came to Yeshua, saying, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?” 18He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and tell him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is near; at your house I am to keep the Passover with My disciples.”’” 19The disciples did as Yeshua had ordered them, and they prepared the Passover. 20Now when it was evening, Yeshua was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21As they were eating, He said, “Amen, I tell you, one of you will betray Me.” 22And being very sorrowful, they began, each one, to say to Him, “I’m not the one, am I, Master?” 23And He replied, “The one who dipped his hand in the bowl with Me, he’s the one who will betray Me. 24The Son of Man indeed goes, just as it is written about Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born!” 25And Judah, the one betraying Him, replied, “I’m not the one, am I, Rabbi?” Yeshua said to him, “You’ve said it yourself.” 26Now while they were eating, Yeshua took matzah ; and after He offered the bracha, He broke and gave to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27And He took a cup; and after giving thanks, He gave to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; 28for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the removal of sins. 29But I say to you, I will never drink of this fruit of the vine from now on, until that day when I drink it anew with you in My Father’s kingdom.” 30After singing the Hallel, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 31Then Yeshua said to them, “This night you will all fall away because of Me; for it is written, ‘I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32But after I am raised up, I will go before you to the Galilee.” 33But Peter replied to Him, “Though all fall away because of You, I’ll never fall away.” 34Yeshua said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” 35“Even if I must die with You,” Peter says to Him, “I’ll never deny You!” And so said all the disciples.

“Your Will Be Done”

36Then Yeshua comes with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He tells the disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37And He took along Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, and He began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38Then He tells them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with Me.” 39Going a little farther, He fell face down and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me! Yet not as I will, but as You will.” 40Then He comes to the disciples and finds them sleeping; and He tells Peter, “So couldn’t you keep watch with Me for one hour? 41Keep watching and praying, so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42Again for a second time He went away and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, let Your will be done.” 43And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44So He left them again and prayed a third time, saying the same words once more. 45Then He comes to the disciples and says to them, “Still sleeping? Taking your rest? Look, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being delivered into the hands of sinners. 46Get up, let’s go! Look, My betrayer is near.”

Taken into Custody

47While Yeshua was still speaking, here came Judah, one of the Twelve, and with him a big crowd with swords and clubs, from the ruling kohanim and elders of the people. 48Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, ‘The One I kiss, He’s the One—seize Him!’ 49And immediately Judah drew near to Yeshua and said, “Shalom, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 50“Friend,” Yeshua said to him, “do what you’ve come to do.” Then they came up and threw their hands on Yeshua and seized Him. 51And suddenly, one of those with Yeshua stretched out his hand and drew his sword, and he struck the kohen gadol ’s servant and cut off his ear. 52Then Yeshua said to him, “Put your sword back in its place! For all who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. 53Or do you suppose that I cannot call on My Father, and at once He will place at My side twelve legions of angels? 54How then would the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” 55At that hour Yeshua said to the crowds, “Have you come out with swords and clubs, to capture Me as you would a revolutionary? Every day I sat teaching in the Temple, and you didn’t seize Me. 56But all this has happened so that the writings of the prophets would be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples fled, abandoning Him. 57Now those who had seized Yeshua led Him away to Caiaphas, the kohen gadol , where the Torah scholars and elders had gathered. 58Peter was following Him from a distance as far as the courtyard of the kohen gadol . And after going inside, he was sitting with the guards, to see the outcome.

Yeshua’s Trial Begins

59Now the ruling kohanim and all the Sanhedrin kept trying to get false testimony against Yeshua so they could put Him to death. 60But they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward 61and said, “This fellow said, ‘I’m able to destroy the Temple of God and rebuild it in three days!’” 62The kohen gadol stood up and said to Yeshua, “Have You no answer? What’s this they’re testifying against You?” 63But Yeshua kept silent. The kohen gadol said to Him, “I charge You under oath by the living God, tell us if You are Mashiach Ben-Elohim!” 64“As you have said,” replied Yeshua. “Besides that, I tell you, soon after you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65Then the kohen gadol tore his clothes and said, “Blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, you’ve heard the blasphemy. 66What’s your verdict?” “Guilty,” they answered. “He deserves death!” 67Then they spat in His face and pounded Him with their fists. Others slapped Him and demanded, 68“Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Which one hit You?”

Peter Denies Yeshua

69Meanwhile, Peter was sitting in the courtyard. A servant girl came over to him and said, “You also were with Yeshua of the Galilee.” 70But he denied it before everyone, saying, “I don’t know what you’re talking about!” 71When he went onto the porch, another servant girl saw him and said to those who were there, “This man was with Yeshua ha-Natzrati.” 72Again he denied it with an oath: “I don’t know the Man!” 73A little while later, some of the bystanders approached Peter and said to him, “Surely you’re one of them, too—your accent gives you away.” 74Then he began to curse and to swear an oath: “I do not know the Man!” Right then, a rooster crowed. 75Then Peter reminded himself of the word Yeshua had said: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” And he went away and wept bitterly.
–from Matthew 26







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