In my recent blogs I have told you about the Lost Jewish Gospel known as the Gospel according to the Hebrews. In my last blog, I made the case that this lost Jewish Gospel was actually the original source Gospel for Matthew, Mark and Luke (and to a lesser extent John).
Restoration of this original Jewish Gospel, the Gospel according to the Hebrews, is going to be an important part of the Scripture Restoration Project, as we restore the original Hebrew of the four Gospels with which you are all familiar. This last days restoration of Scripture was prophesied long ago by Enoch the Prophet:
But when they write down truthfully all my words in their languages, and do not change or diminish ought from my words but write them all down truthfully –all that I first testified concerning them. Then, I know another mystery, that books will be given to the righteous and the wise to become a cause of joy and uprightness and much wisdom. And to them shall the books be given, and they shall believe in them and rejoice over them, and then shall all the righteous who have learnt therefore all the paths of uprightness be recompensed.’
And it will play an important part in the restoration of Israel as prophesied by Isaiah. The time is near at hand in which “the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.” (Isaiah 29:18)
Today, on the eve of Yom Teruah, I want to share with you a very special teaching of Yeshua, one that has inspired me and guided me, from this lost original Jewish Gospel. This fragment was preserved in the writings of Clement of Alexandria (c. 150 A.D.–c. 215 C.E.) who wrote:
Even, in the Gospel according to the Hebrews is written the saying, ‘he that wondereth shall reign, and he that reigneth shall rest’. (Stromateis i. 9. 45)
For those words have the same force as these: He shall not cease from seeking until he find, and having found, he will be amazed, and having been amazed will reign, and having reigned will rest. (Strom.) v.14.96.
The Greek (as quoted by Clement) is:
ου παυσεται ο ζητων, εως αν ευρν
ευρων δε θαμβηθησεται
θαμβηθεις δε βασιλευι
βασιλευσας δε επαναπαησεται
This saying of Yeshua has also turned up in Coptic in the Gospel of Thomas.
The restored original Hebrew behind this Greek quotation is:
הַמְּבַקֵּשׁ לֹא יָנוּחַ עַד מָצְאוֹ
He who seeks, will not rest until he finds,
and having found he will be amazed,
and having been amazed he will reign,
and having reigned he will rest.
What can we learn from these beutiful words? The following is my personal commentary on these words:
How are we to understand “He who seeks”?
By this we are to understand he who seeks the wisdom of the Torah, for seeking is wisdom.
And how are we to understand “having found”?
The one who finds is he who understands the Torah, for having sought the wisdom of Torah he finds understanding of Torah.
And how are we to understand “having been amazed”?
The amazement is in the knowledge of Torah, for seeking the wisdom of Torah and finding the understanding of Torah one is amazed through the knowledge of Torah.
And how are we to understand “having reigned”?
By this we are to understand the faith that comes from knowledge for he reigns over his evil inclination through this faith.
And how are we to understand “rest”?
By this we are to understand the joy that is brought forth in our hearts through faith when we rule over our evil inclination.
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