Someone recently asked the question, “What benefit have you seen since you began to keep the Feasts of Yahuweh?”
My first thoughts took me to John 7:17:
“If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” (John 7:17)
The initial response was to give testimony of how the Scriptures seem to leap off the pages now, alive with vibrancy and meaning.
Indeed, as we begin to walk in obedience, we begin to experience an on-going “Road-to-Emmaus” event, where the Master has held our eyes closed as we have walked with Him, but then begins to open our eyes, even more and more, as we rest and commune with Him. We begin to see the Scriptures as never before, and we can hear that still, small voice ever more distinctly.
But is this really the reason for our obedience? Do we obey in order to receive a reward?
The promises are there, to be sure, that our understanding of Scripture will increase with our obedience. But in the end, the goal of our obedience is much greater than some bit of sweets given as a reward for a job accomplished.
Our goal is the elusive desire that grows within us, that finds its expression as seen in the following passages:
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide [‘remain’] in my love;
even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide [‘remain’] in his love.” (John 15:10)
It’s all about Love!
Our obedience to the Master might begin as a blind action, void of feeling. But the spark of Love once lit, grows into a bright fire that gives both an inner warmth, and light to those nearby.
Love is kindled in almost complete ignorance on our part. Like a child playing with matches, our obedience to the Master ignites a fire of love within us, that spreads more than we had intended.
When we take the simple, baby-step of on-going obedience to the weekly Sabbath, for example, our understanding of Scripture begins to blossom. But the reason it blossoms is so that we might take further steps of obedience, beyond the kindling-stage, that we might add further fuel to the fires of love.
We then realise the Scriptures are telling us, that as we grow in our love for the Master, we will also grow in our love for one another:
“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.” (1John 5:2)
“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (1John 5:3)
When we obey the Master’s commandments, we are loving the Master, and we are also loving our brother!
Let us all grow in our love — by becoming obedient to the Master.
- If You Love Me, Keep ‘My’ Commandments – Do we show our love for Messiah, in the way He has told us — or have we lost sight of His identity?
- What Are the Ten Commandments? – Also called The Ten Words, these Scripture passages are shown in both Hebrew and English, enabling us to see for ourselves what these Commandments actually say. When we as New Covenant Believers understand whose words they are, we can better know how to respond to them.
- Obeying Torah is Not About Salvation – Obedience to the Torah [Father’s House Rules for His family] is not about our redemption by Yahushua’s blood. Instead, it is Messiah’s New Testament instruction to all Born-again Believers in how to abide in Him, how to love Him, and how to walk as He walked.
- Seven Biblical Guidelines for Studying the Bible: Using Scripture to Interpret the Scriptures – What is the source of our current understanding of the Bible? The pure Truths of Scripture are of highest importance — how we understand the Scriptures will affect our eternal condition! To avoid being deceived by man-made doctrines, we must not rely on Preachers, Teachers, Bible notes or commentaries. Instead we must study and understand the Bible for ourselves — not looking through the lenses of tradition or man-made Bible study methods — but relying only on what the Bible actually says about how to study and understand the Scriptures! Here are 7 Biblical Guidelines that show us the way!
- Contending for The Faith – We are exhorted to contend, to fight to remain in The Faith that was originally given. Scripture shows what The Faith is, and shows why and how we must contend for The Faith. Overview of how the adversary attacks the foundation of The Faith, with examples of contending for The Faith.
- The Wise and Foolish Virgins – Yahushua tells us why many today are not prepared.
- The Wise and Foolish: According to Yahushua – Messiah tells us in clear and simple terms for our instruction, who the wise and foolish are today!
- The Wise and Foolish Virgins: The Separation of the Wise – The Scriptures reveal a 2-step process of separation from the multitudes, for those who would grow in Wisdom.
- Let No Man Steal Your Crown – Reveals there are men today trying to take away, and steal your Bridal veil, and your crown; things that allow your crown to be stolen; the Doctrine of Balaam, and how it will steal your crown.
- Who is the Chaste Virgin? – The Bridegroom is coming for His Bride — one who is chaste, and without corruption. The Scriptures warn us of the many forms of corruption, and how to remove them, in order to remain chaste, and ready for the Bridegroom.
- The Wedding of the King’s Son: A Parable – A parable revealing the astonishing – and magnificent – nature of the New Covenant.