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Today, I ask God: “Will you use me to brighten and enlighten my readers?  I appreciate You, Yeshua, for causing Your knowledge to flow through the hearts and minds of my readers.  Your helmet of salvation and belt of truth are worth more than precious stones.”


We live in a world that is filled with tasks.  Life is often one task followed by another and then when it is time to sleep, it will not come!  That is a fun cycle to be in!  Sometimes we get to choose the tasks we fill our days with, while at other times our circumstances will wrestle us into a submissive state where we have no choice but to move into a task.

Sometimes these tasks are onerous.  These weights in life can leave us feeling under the weather, even dismal; but as my Dad has said, “It is not the task you are in that makes you.  How you deal with it is what counts.”

When He (Yeshua) returns, we know that the heavens and earth are going to pass away and that He will replace them with a new heaven and a new earth.  Sin and Satan are going to be bound and mostly non-existent for about as long as Adam lived.

We may see that all of the works of the world will amount to nothing:  Not only stuff like buildings, baby bottles, and beepers; But, the thought processes too.  The skills that we acquired and the day-to-day habits we have are not tangible; However, their reality manifests themselves.  If those intangible things are not beneficial to the will of God, they will also be burned up.  The Bible tells us that everything that is not of God will amount to a wisp of smoke surrounding the New Jerusalem (the New Earth you know, square and all that).

In James 2 The Bible asks us: {What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?}

Stop, and pick James 2: 14 apart a little here.  First of all, every man has works.  It is impossible to be alive and not to have works.  You see, after He has already come again and we are living in the new universe, all things not of God are burned up, remember?  In that case if a man never did anything for Yeshua he really has no works, just like our passage in James describes.

This leads us to the word “nothing”, especially in passages like this one:

{do not turn aside from following The Lord, but serve The Lord with all your heart.  And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing.}

He teaches His children that if they do not love Yeshua they will turn to “idle things that are nothing”.  In some versions of the Bible it says they are “vain”.  The point remains the same:  All the hardship, skill getting, and habit forming that is not of God is vain. Presently, it seems like everything, but it is going to become nothing.  Nothing is a wisp of smoke surrounding The New Jerusalem.

How can you be so sure of this?  Here is another clue.  In previous, the original writing was in Greek.  There is more than one form of the word “no” in the Greek language.  The different forms I know of are used in different circumstances.  There is “me”, one form of negation while “ou” is another.  The “me” form is a less heavy negation, whereas, “ou” is an absolute denial: much more solid.

Example: “There is “ou”(pronounced “ov”) way that Jesus will not return.

Example:  A man who has no faith has “me” works.

God is telling us that a man who has “me dynamai (no works)” had works at one point, but from His perspective, when He sent The Holy Spirit to write that, the works weren’t there.  Yeshua reminds us that if we do not saturate our lives with what matters, He will allow the adversary to saturate us with what really, in the end is completely vain.


Greek Footnotess:

Me (may): A primary particle of qualified negation

(whereas ο (G3756) expresses an absolute denial)

-μή mḗ, may; a primary particle of qualified negation (whereas G3756 expresses an absolute denial); (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether:—any but (that), × forbear, + God forbid, + lack, lest, neither, never, no (X wise in), none, nor, (can-)not, nothing, that not, un(-taken), without. Often used in compounds in substantially the same relations. See also G3362G3363G3364G3372G3373G3375G3378.


Ou (oo): A primary word, the absolute negative [cf μή (G3361)] adverb

-οὐ ou, oo; a primary word; the absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not:—+ long, nay, neither, never, no (X man), none, (can-)not, + nothing, +special, un(-worthy), when, + without, + yet but. See also G3364G3372.

Dynamai (doo-na-my) : I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can.

Cognate: 1410 dýnamai (a primitive verb) – to show ability (power); able (enabled by God), empowered. See the cognate-noun, 1411 /dýnamis (“ability, power”).