This was in response to an invitation to do the DAVAR Bible Study course. The person responded with warning me about the Dead Sea Scrolls and adding to ... in referencve to Rev. 22 --
I highly respect you and would in a heart-beat go by your first impression when it comes to matters of your expertise. And when it comes to matters of scripture I respect where your heart is.
The Dead Sea scrolls are scripture that was hidden from the Roman Soldiers who were ordered to destroy all the scriptures and to kill the Jews or run them out of Rome. In other words due to their age (the scriptures [Dead Sea scrolls]) they help to validate the scriptures we have today.
Light, Water, and Truth are all adjectives that describe Yahshua ( [Jesus] translated from the Greek into English ). This is also what the Torah was called in the Tanak (Old Testament) and in the “Ketuvim Netsarim” commonly called the New Testament. Yahshua is known as the "Word" in reference to being the embodiment of the “Torah”.
And so to validate the eternity of all the scriptures Yahshua is validated by what He says in Revelation with what is said in the Tanak (Proverbs) and in the Torah (Deuteronomy).
And yes we should be careful of what we add to the whole of scripture. And what we carelessly take away.
Rev 22:18 For I witness to everyone hearing the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, Elohim shall add to him the plagues that are written in this book, Rev 22:19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, Elohim shall take away his part from the Book of Life, and out of the set-apart city, which are written in this Book.
Deuteronomy 12:32, “All the words I am commanding you, guard to do it – do not add to it nor take away from it.
Prov. 30:6, Do not add to His Words, Lest He reprove you, and you be found a liar.
Yahshua was always quoting from the Tanak, to validate himself (since He IS the Word, is it safe to say He was speaking of Himself?) Doesn't scripture say He [is] was from the beginning (as the Word)?
Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy (wrongly interpret) but to complete (rightly interpret).
Mat 5:18 “For truly, I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done.
Mat 5:19 “Whoever, then, breaks one of the least of these commands, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the reign of the heavens; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the reign of the heavens.
Mat 5:20 “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall by no means enter into the reign of the heavens. Footnote: Mt. 15:3-9, Mk. 7:7-13, John 7:19, Acts 7:53, Rom. 2:23-27, Gal. 6:13.
Mat 5:21 “You heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder,’ and whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.
Mat 5:22 “But I say to you that whoever is wroth (angry) with his brother without a cause shall be liable to judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raka!’ shall be liable to the Sanhedrin. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to fire of Gehenna.
Mat 5:23 “If, then, you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother holds whatever against you,
Mat 5:24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go, first make peace with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Mat 5:25 “Be well-minded with your opponent, promptly, while you are on the way with him, lest your opponent deliver you to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.
Mat 5:26 “Truly, I say to you, you shall by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.
Mat 5:27 “You heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
Mat 5:28 “But I say to you that everyone looking at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
One other thing: idioms = figures of speech. All countries have their figures of speech.
Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to complete.
This is a Hebrew figure of speech. The idea of destroy the Torah actually is meant … to incorrectly interpret... and to complete means... to correctly interpret.
Bible study in and of itself is useless unless it will broaden your understanding of scripture and the one who is the embodiment of This scripture. Could it be that the scriptures that speak of add to and take away, could also refer to other areas of our lives?
The more I learn of Yahshua the more my faith grows. The more my faith grows the more I want to allow Him to live through me... and more often.