Belief in Yahushua: the Wise and the Foolish

Beloved, have we thought about what it means to truly believe in Yahushua [Jesus]?

There is a Scripture passage in which Yahushua gives us a vivid picture of two different ways to ‘believe’ in Him, and reveals the basic difference between the Wise and Foolish Virgins. One of these ways of ‘believing’ leads to life and safety. The other way of ‘believing’ leads to ruin and destruction.

Since this contrast is a foundational teaching, we will look at this closely. Perhaps we will see something we never saw before.

We begin with the following passage:

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man….” (Matthew 7:24a)

When those who are wise see the word therefore, they look to see what it is “there for.” And so to find out what was said previously, we will look at the previous passage:

Not every one that saith [‘profess’] unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say [‘profess’] to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess[‘say’] unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work [‘do’] iniquity [Strong’s #458 ‘lawlessness’].” (Matthew 7:21-23)

First notice above in verse 21, there were many that called Yahushua ‘Lord,’ telling us these were professing [claiming to be] ‘Believers.’ But Yahushua tells us not all who call Him ‘Lord’ will enter. He then shows us who will not enter, and why they will not enter.

Beginning in verses 22-23 above, Yahushua shows us the basic difference between those who are wise, and those who are foolish: The foolish ‘say’ they obey His words, but do not ‘do’ the works of obedience to confirm their words.

Yahushua then reveals the two reasons the foolish will not enter: 1) He never ‘knew’ them [based on the New Covenant requirements], and 2) as a result, they remained ‘workers of iniquity’ [we will see further details discussed below].

Now let us look at the next verse:

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man… which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25)

In the passage above, we see that the ‘wise’ are those that hear Yahushua’s sayings, and do them. This illustrates one way to ‘believe’ in Yahushua. The result of this belief is a strong foundation, built upon a rock.

Let’s now see the foolish in contrast:

“And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. 28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” (Matthew 7:26-29)

In the above passage, we see that the ‘foolish’ are those that hear Yahushua’s sayings, but do not do them. This illustrates another way to ‘believe’ in Yahushua.

The result of this ‘belief’ is no foundation at all, because this house, this spiritual life, is built on shifting sands, prophetic of the doctrines of men.

We get some further detail, as we look at this same account seen in Luke:

“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:46-49)

Here in the above passage, we again see a vivid contrast. This contrast shows those who hear ‘My sayings’ [and do them],  contrasted against those who hear ‘My sayings’ [but do not do them]. True belief requires that we adjust our lives, and our actions, in order to come into obedience.

Now let us get to the heart of the matter.

Notice verse 46 below:

“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46)

In this passage, Yahushua asks a question of those who profess one kind of ‘belief’ in Him, the kind that hears His Word, but does not obey it. This disobedience is called ‘working iniquity,’ and results in the Believer not knowing Yahushua, and in Yahushua not knowing the Believer:

“But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.” (Luke 13:27)

Yahushua asks the question, “Why do you call me your Lord, your Master, but you do not do the things which I say?” Here for exmple, are a few things Messiah has said:

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” (Exodus 20:4)

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” (Exodus 20:8-11)

“Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.” (Deuteronomy 16:1)

“…Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (1Corinthians 5:7b-8)

The above are some of the words spoken by [and of] Yahushua, that most Believers today do not obey. Perhaps many have been deceived by their leaders, and as a result, do not obey Yahushua’s words.

The real issue of not being a “Do-er” of Yahushua’s word in the above passages, is that many who profess to ‘believe’ in Yahushua, have not yet come to really know Him. For it was Messiah who spoke all the words to Moses, and gave the commandments to Moses:

“Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed [‘led; accompanied’] them: and that Rock was Christ.” (1Corinthians 10:1-4)

The wise build their foundation on the ‘Rock’ of obedience to Messiah, for they have sought Him in the Scriptures. They have begun to see that it was the ‘Rock’ of Messiah who gave the commandments to Moses — and led the Israelites, and accompanied them through the wilderness.

Thus it is the wise who obey all the commandments of Messiah, including those He gave to Moses.

And so we see, it is those who say they ‘believe in Messiah’ but who do not obey His words, who will be called ‘workers of iniquity’ [“workers of lawlessness” (Strong’s #458) = “disobedience to the Law of Moses”].

And we see that it is those who ‘believe in Messiah’ but who do not know Him in accordance with the Everlasting Covenant requirements seen in Exodus 31:13-16, Ezekiel 20:12,20, Leviticus 23:1-44] of keeping [‘keep; observe; watch’] His Sabbaths.

And now we understand why some who ‘believe in Messiah’ will hear the words, “I never knew you.”

Beloved, for those who desire to delight in Him, it is not too late to begin to obey Messiah’s sayings!

It is not too late to truly Believe in Yahushua!

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