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What Is the Main Thing? | Part A

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“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” So I have heard from advocates of good method in business or in life.

Playing off that idea, I propose that the Devil, “who is the deceiver of the whole world,” “the whole world lies in his power,” is bent on keeping the main thing out of sight. He is not keen for you to know what “the main thing” is. His technique was brilliantly spotted and exposed by Yahushua when the master rabbi said: “When anyone hears the message [about the Kingdom of G-d, Matt. 13:19] the Devil comes and snatches away the message which is sown in their hearts so that they cannot believe it and be saved” (Luke 8:12).

One would think that the main thing would be to understand why Yahushua thought he had been commissioned by Yahuwah and what he saw as his total purpose. If so then Luke 4:43 would have to rate as a key starting point for finding out Yahuwah’s will for our lives as united in purpose with His Son: “I came to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom...that is the reason Yahuwah sent me.” Are we doing that? Have you heard sermons on that verse as regular fare in church?

One would think that the main thing would be to understand how immortality (which human beings are not born with) is to be obtained. One would expect the central Gospel parable about the seed of immortality to be the prominent element in the preaching of all churches. But is it? If not, why not?

The main thing, according to Yahushua, who was and is the walking embodiment of Yahuwah’ s wisdom, that is, Yahuwah’s wise plan for us humans, is to seek as first priority the Kingdom of Yahuwah (Matt. 6:33), to be disciples of the Kingdom of Yahuwah (Matt. 13:52), to pray first of all that the future Kingdom may come into existence on earth (Matt. 6:10) and to take part in the proclamation of Yahushua’s Kingdom Gospel (Matt. 28:19, 20). All else in life is secondary. Yahushua is and was a one-goal person. He warned even that love of family above love of him and his Gospel can be a snare and delusion. He who loves father and mother more than me cannot be my student, he said. “If you want to be my follower you must love me more than your own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters — yes, more than your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. And you cannot be my disciple if you do not carry your own cross and follow me” (Luke 14:26, 27).

The Main Thing, according to Yahushua, is to seek as first priority the Kingdom of Yahuwah, to be disciples of the Kingdom of Yahuwah, to pray first of all that the future Kingdom may come into existence on earth, and to take part in the proclamation of Yahushua’s Kingdom Gospel.

Tough words, indeed, but eminently realistic. What can compare in importance with you and your immortality? You can gain it or miss out. The main thing is that we do not miss out on immortality. “What will a man gain by obtaining the whole world and losing his own life?” (Matt. 16:26). Yahushua was relentlessly focused on the main point. I have tried to point out since 1998 that the churches have not successfully kept the main thing the main thing. In other words, when the Bible is read (which does not happen very extensively in the lives of many churchgoers) readers read right past the most glaringly obvious teachings of Yahushua about the importance of the main thing.

I have found it helpful for my own understanding to try to see how this is possible. Other documents are not so treated. Most people do not read right over the main thing in a “do-it-yourself” manual. Instruction books of all types do their best to convey the essential information needed for users. But somehow, when the words of Yahushua are put to the public, they are liable to be veiled in a spiritual fog. Yahushua’s teachings, though originally offered by the Messiah to ordinary people of many different walks of life, do not hit home to the brain. There is a blockage. Non- comprehension results. Isaiah said it well:

“The entire vision will be to you like the words of a sealed book, which when they give it to the one who is literate, saying, ‘Please read this,’ he will say, ‘I cannot, for it is sealed.’ Then the book will be given to the one who is illiterate, saying, ‘Please read this.’ And he will say, ‘I cannot read.’ Then Yahuwah said, ‘Because this people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, but they remove their hearts far from Me, and their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote” (Is. 29:11-13).

How is this possible? Firstly because there is a Devil, an intelligent fallen being who opposes Yahuwah to the limits of the permission given him. As the prince of the power of the sub-lunar space, he is revealed by Scripture as controlling a host of demonic forces who go about their business of confusing the precious words of Truth contained in the Bible. (One of the major coups of the Devil was to convince some that he does not exist at all! To many Bible readers, this concept will be unimaginable, but whole communities, once they put their trust in a chosen founder, can be persuaded to believe almost anything, however improbable. Indoctrination is particularly effective and devastatingly powerful when inflicted by beloved teachers on young, tender minds. Only spiritual “surgery” and a desire to become undeceived whatever the cost can remedy that situation.)

1 J.B. Phillips, intro. p. 10.

2 Moore, History of Religions, Scribners, 1920, p. 320.

3 For All the Saints, p. 21.

This is a non-WLC article written by Anthony Buzzard.

We have taken out from the original article all pagan names and titles of the Father and Son, and have replaced them with the original given names. Furthermore, we have restored in the Scriptures quoted the names of the Father and Son, as they were originally written by the inspired authors of the Bible. -WLC Team

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