Is Salvation in the Old Testament?

Have you ever thought about salvation in the Old Testament?

I’ve already shown how the very word translated as “Salvation” in the OT is quite often the word “Yeshua,” which is Jesus in Hebrew.

Keep in mind that God is not a changing God. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Did Moses and David have a path to salvation?

In other words how did the people in the Old Testament get saved if there was no Jesus on the cross or Jesus rising from the grave?

I have heard it preached that before the cross, you had to live a perfect sinless life to make it to heaven. Now, I don’t think everyone believes that but I hear it preached. How did someone get saved without the Precious Blood of the savior atoning for our sins?

We know that there was an entire sacrificial system setup. Now fast-forward from those times to the Messiah. If Messiah became that sacrifice, and He takes our sins, there must have been a placing of sin on the sacrificed animals of the Old Testament. So if the scriptures in Hebrews are correct, it would seem that salvation WAS possible to the “B. C.” believers.

If this is the case, all those preachers who preach OT vs. NT as those people had to be perfect, would be wrong.

As a matter of fact, let me share this scripture which describes salvation in very simple terms.

But if the wicked turn from all his sins that he has committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  None of his transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him: in his righteousness that he has done he shall live.  Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked? says the Lord Yahweh; and not rather that he should return from his way, and live?  

But when the righteous turns away from his righteousness, and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? None of his righteous deeds that he has done shall be remembered: in his trespass that he has trespassed, and in his sin that he has sinned, in them shall he die. – Ezekial 18:21-24

Take a moment and let that sink in. How do you feel? Do you think contemporary pastors and church goers like these words? Where do most of us go in our minds when we are challenged with scriptures like this?

We, most often, say, “That was Old Covenant,” and leave it at that.

But, remember, the New Covenant body of believers only had the Old Testament. They didn’t have the same narrative that you and I encounter on Christian radio today.

Repent

I have to say that repentance is a key concept here. Turning from unrighteousness and following His righteousness is the “how” of this salvation message. It doesn’t say that a person has to have lived a sinless life for all the days of her life. It is a tremendous message of hope.

A few years back, I started to ask myself about the Messiah’s work on earth and how we continue to preach New Testament as the victor over the Old Testament, in a sense. Kind of like the new kid came into town and beat up the Old Testament. Then the OT just went away quietly while the NT became the cool kid on the block.

I simply don’t think that Jesus came here to beat up the Old Testament, that is the actual Word of God. He came here to beat up on sin and death, and, of course, the adversary. 

Remember how he silenced the enemy during His trials in the wilderness. He quoted the Old Testament. He quoted Torah. How powerful is the Word of God? Is it only the New Testament that shows us a way to salvation?

Here is a great scripture. One of those supporting scriptures that helped me out a lot.

From infancy, you have known the holy Scriptures (Old Testament at that time) which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus. Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, – II Tim 3:15-16

What scriptures have helped you lately? Do you still use an Old Testament?

Moses taught repentance. The prophets preached repentance. Jesus proclaimed repentance. Who are we to say there is a new Way?

Repentance and Faith

God’s instructions are what is often called Torah. Don’t let anyone frighten you away from the blessings found in His profitable Word. His Salvation can be known in there. Yeshua is the living Word. His call from cover to cover is to repent and follow the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Have you ever really repented? Or did you simply ask Jesus to come into your heart?

I know I got pretty serious in this post, but what if someone reading this is inspired to seek a closer relationship with God? 

Jesus in the Old Testament Part 2 – Torah Tuesday

Today we are going to go into another exercise for bringing out the name of our savior.

As we mentioned in the last episode, Jesus is throughout all of scripture. He didn’t just appear in a Manger, and things carried on from there. He has been there all along. He was there at the creation of the Earth. We know that from John 1.

Lately I have noticed how frequent he is seen throughout the Old Testament. Again, this can be a hack for just about any version of the Bible. So, over and over we see the term “God’s right hand.” Of course, we often use that term often “right hand” when we speak of someone who is very useful. We say “oh she’s my right hand.”

But when we see the words of Yahweh himself, we notice that the right hand of the Almighty is personified.

So I decided as I read through the Old Testament, every time I see the term right hand as referring to the right hand of Yahweh, I grab the pencil. And right there in the margin, or on top, or underneath, I right the word Yeshua which is Jesus.

So boom! There we have it, another hack for our KJV, which will simply make the name of Jesus pop out a little more.

I hope this helps. I know it helps me as I study his Word.

What other hacks have you implemented into your daily Scripture reading?

How Are Your Goals For 2019 Going?

Here’s a little motivation. Get yourself on track. Let’s revitalize the year.

How’s it going so far?

Can you believe that it’s already June? Hey, how about we take 30 days to work on refocus motivation and joy in June? Then when July comes we will have 6 months of super duper action to tear up the second half of the year. In a good way of course.

All you need to do is take a few minutes every morning and use some affirmations to get your day started.

Let’s hook up with those good habits that we started in 2019 and they sort of started to slip away. Who’s in? I’m going to do this thing. And I would like for you to join me and tell me how your June is going.

  • – Faith?
  • – Family?
  • – Finances?
  • – Fitness?

Here is my 30 day motivation challenge. Let your friends know it’s FREE on my website at Paulbass.Net.

Just click below and enter your email address so I know where to send it. Then I will give my motivation updates on Instagram …hopefully you will too. Hint, hint.

This year he is a real year of process. You and I are going to do great things. So let’s get started on our 30-day motivational challenge.

Don’t forget to check back here at PaulBass.Net. What have your “big fails” been so far this year? What have been some of your major wins?

Here’s a little video I made for Youtube:

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Can You See Jesus In The Old Testament

I used to think it was like Where In The World Is Carmen San Diego.

But it’s not that much of a mystery. It’s not such a puzzle. Here’s today’s episode of Torah Tuesday.

Another installment of Hack My KJV.

Do you make any pen scratches to the text of your copy of the Bible? In this way I can see the presence of Jesus/Yeshua throughout the entire witness of scripture. May His holy name be known around the world.


Comment below to let me know if you have any Bible Hacks. Do you draw in the margins? Do you circle certain words? Do you write in the meanings of certain names?

Oooh! There’s another idea for an episode….

Do you know God’s actual Name?

Many people don’t really think about the fact that God has a name.

Here is my latest episode of Torah Tuesday. This is an installment of Hack My KJV.

In this segment I show you yet another simple and harmless hack that will improve your King James Bible experience.

This trick will be handy for readers of many other versions as well.

Do you experience a little difficulty in reading the KJV Bible?

Well, there are a few things you can do with a pen or pencil that will restore the connection that may have been previously split. Grab your pen or pencil and get ready to make your KJV Bible a little more useful.

Hats off to the W.E.B. World English Bible for already printing Bibles with God’s name restored rather than masked.

Do you know the one true God’s Name? Visit the Paul Bass channel on YouTube for this video and more.

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Ugly Dolls – Pretty Fun

Here’s my Basically The Deal Review on Ugly Dolls

Ugly dolls gets a lot of flack because the dolls are not ugly enough. That’s the point. Critics say it’s not “dark” enough. I thank you for bringing this little gem to the big screen.

The whole point is that they are not ugly.

They are special, even though they are missing an eye or something like that. There aren’t as many laughs as many films, but we didn’t need any counseling afterwards. That’s a good thing.

The stars do well. Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton are perfect for their parts.

Here’s Basically The Deal: Ugly Dolls was a pretty movie with good music and a redeeming story that will do well in the long run. Big screens need more films like this.

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Watch my reviews on Channel 45 (CTN Big Bend TV) in Tallahassee.

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Is The Law Good For Believers? Torah Tuesday Ep 4

I think you will be blown away to find multiple references to Torah in the New Testament.

Would you be surprised if the New Testament is a second witness to the instructions of Yahweh, rather than a refutation of the Law. Below is our latest episode of Torah Tuesday. The reference is James 1:22-25.

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

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This is just one of many echoes of the Old Testament that you will hear when you read the New Testament. If you find a verse in the NT that contradicts the OT, the answer is not to throw out the OT. It is to keep reading and understand that if God is perfect, He does not need correcting. It is always our understanding that falls short.

Torah is called “Perfect here in Jacob (James) as it is in Psalm 19:7.


“The instructions of the Lord are perfect,
reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.” -NLT

NLT

Do you need blessing?

Do you need your soul revived?

Run to the Living Word Yeshua/Jesus – the author of life and the author of the Torah. People all over the world are realizing that as Christians, many of us have lost our “Way” as we seek doctrines which dishonor His perfect Torah. Many are returning (Teshuvah) to Him, to live under His blessing of Torah.


How have God’s instructions (Torah) been a blessing to you?

What Is One Book I Wish Everyone Would Read?

That book is “Constantine’s Sword” by James Carroll.

Do you remember the country group Restless Heart. They were awesome – yet appreciated by too few. However, they recorded a song that went like this, “I want everyone who hears this song to cry.” Well, I don’t really wish for you to cry but I don’t see how you can’t after you read this book.

constantine's sword

I sure wish that Christians would understand our heritage?

Why do I say that? Well I’m going to have to talk about our Jewish heritage. And James Carroll, in this book gives a thoroughly researched, very detailed account of what happened from the time of Jesus until now regarding Christians and the Jews.

Christians usually define Jewish theology without even knowing it.

My personal belief is that we often verbalize this construct in our evangelism efforts in order to sound “superior.” I hear it in sermons all the time, this narrative that the Jews believed such and such, but “we” have a relationship. 

I urge you to read this book. You’ll learn a lot of what you did not know. Perhaps, as in my case, you will unlearn what you thought you knew. You will not find a more thorough description of what Christians have done to Israel anywhere.

You will be shocked at the lengths that people have gone to deride the Jewish people, even in the name of Christianity. You may be surprised that it often didn’t matter if the Jewish person was a believer in Jesus or not, he still received this abuse.

The plain fact is that for most of A.D. history, people proclaiming to be Christians have oppressed and mistreated a person for merely being a Jew. That’s a person that Jesus loves – just the person for whom he came for.

That’s just history. Are there bright spots? Are there heroes in the story? Sure. But even as many Christians speak today of Jewish people, there is a flavor of Antisemitism in their breath. I know because I have this conversation on a weekly basis. I hear it from Christian after Christian. And while the malicious words are fresh in the air, they most often deny that they are at all Antisemitic.

I’ve stated this in my book: much of what we accept or reject depends on whether it is “Jewish” or not. How can we gloss over that Jesus (Yeshua) was Jewish and came for the lost sheep of Israel? If we are rejecting a Jewish Savior, how do we claim to know Him? Or truly love Him? Why are we not like Ruth” “Your people are my people?”

Here’s Basically the Deal: Seek to understand your Jewish heritage before you reject it.

Are you open to reading this? Are you teachable? Are you ready for your heart to break for Jesus’ heritage?

Make it your plan to finish this book within the next month. I’m telling you, your life will not be the same. There will be a link on the YouTube description. There will be a link here on my blog.

Earnings disclaimer: I am an Amazon affiliate, which means if you purchase this book through Amazon, I may receive a commission. 

That is one tiny way you can support me and my ministry to reach prisoners with transformational Gospel truth and help pastors with their video outreach.

This is a book I am sure I could not write. It is just so good. It is not a quick read. It could never be if it would cover 2000 years of history.

So give yourself some time but commit to diving in and understanding the heritage that you came from and to understand the heritage that you cling to.

Hey be a part of the virtual book club, of sorts, and when you are finished with this book please comment below and let me know what you thought. Let me know what you got out of this important book “Constantine’s Sword” by James Carroll.

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Where is your dusty KJV?

Well, let me walk you through a little retro hack.

Have you hugged your King James Version of the scriptures lately?

Dust that baby off and grab a pencil. Here is your quick DIY for fixing something that the scholars of old hath missed.

I’m not talking about the use of language that no one uses anymore (except that little church that has a sign on it that says “KJV 1611 Only). Those guys will not so much care for these words, so no disrespect but…

KJV put the word easter as an english translation for the Greek word “Pasha.” Pasha or Pascha is PASSOVER. Messiah is our Passover Lamb, not our easter bunny. Sorry, no offense bunnies, or priests, or scribes.

I am simply helping you with one quick hack to restore the real word in order to not carry around a Bible with a wrong word placed in it. We don’t all have to be right all the time. Sometimes archaeology shows us something that was unknown for a season.

Every other translation from Greek or Aramaic came up with the actual feast that was celebrated in that time.

According to Encyclopedia Britannica Easter was not officially a holiday yet. Here you go,

“The Council of Nicaea in 325 decreed that Easter should be observed on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox (March 21).”


https://www.britannica.com/

Just scratch out that word “Easter” and write in “Passover” and you got a newly improved and Hacked KJV.

Come back each Tuesday for a little tidbit of lovely wisdom from the Scriptures. I am on a quest to help believers rediscover blessings that have been forgotten for almost 2000 years.

Thanks for watching. I sure would like you to “like” this video. Then follow the Youtube channel for updates.

Hey, Here on my blog I have a free printable “Counting The Omer – Pentecost Devotional.” Visit https://paulbass.net for more info.

Counting The Omer – A Free Resource

We are currently in the midst of the counting of the omer time. This is a 49 day count, leading up to the 50th day which is Pentecost/Shavuot.

Days Of Counting The Omer

“You shall count from the next day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths shall be completed: even to the next day after the seventh Sabbath you shall number fifty days; and you shall offer a new meal offering to Yahweh.”


Leviticus 23:15-16

Enjoy these printable cards for Shavuot/Pentecost.

We like to mark off each day on the calendar as we read our daily scriptures together. These cards help us as we read a special section of scripture each night. You can print out the pages, or cut out the images below and use as a stack of cards.

Have you ever counted the 49 days leading up to Pentecost, also known as Shavuot?

This is a handy printable scripture guide that can be used as a devotional as you count the Omer days. Your prayers go up like a wave offering before Yah! Simply take a moment at dinner to read a passage of scripture and count the day. We like to have communion (kiddush) each night as we remember the bread of life and the life that is in the blood of Jesus/Yeshua.

Sometimes, I think, we overthink our faith. My goal is to provide simple reminders that His feasts are for our instruction and enjoyment.

Does your fellowship celebrate Shavuot/Pentecost? Click the link below for your free download – the Printable Shavuot “Counting The Omer Guide.” Feel free to share. Subscribe to our Youtube channel and receive more reminders of the joy in walking with God.

Happy counting and have a blessed Shavuot. – Paul

I hope you have enjoyed this collection of printable scripture cards. May His Word continue to transform our days and direct our ways. – Paul

For more on celebrating the Biblical Hebraic heritage of believers, visit my blog at https://paulbass.net/ .

Resources: https://www.hebrew4christians.com/

http://www.myscripturestudies.com/

https://www.oneforisrael.org/

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