Little Pearls & Random Tidbits
Let’s Consider the Kingdom of Yahuweh (God)
Beloved, have we considered what the New Testament tells us about the Kingdom of Yahuweh?
Notice the following:
- The Kingdom of Yahuweh is promised to “them that LOVE Him.” (James 2:5)
- Them that LOVE Him, are those who keep [obey] His Commandments. (John 14:15, 21a; John 15:10)
But, What are Yahushua’s [Jesus’] Commandments?
- Those who truly KNOW Him, know that Yahushua is the WORD of Yahuweh who appeared to Abraham, and gave the Commandments to Moses (Gen 15:1; Num 3:16,51; Num 15:31), and spoke to all the Prophets (Isaiah 38:4; Jer 1:4; Eze 3:16; Jonah 1:1; Zec 1:7; et al.).
- So that those who truly KNOW Him, know that Yahushua’s Commandments include those He gave to Moses, and all the Prophets.
Therefore them that LOVE Him, are those who keep [obey] Yahushua’s Commandments, including those He gave to Moses and all the Prophets!
Next, let’s notice that there will be a form of ‘ranking’ in the Kingdom:
- Those who will be least in the Kingdom, will be those who break [‘disobey’] the commandments of the Law of Moses, and who do not teach these commandments (Matthew 5:19a)
- Those who will be great in the Kingdom, will be those who do [‘obey’] the commandments of the Law of Moses, and who teach these commandments (Matthew 5:19b)
Beloved, let us examine ourselves, and test ourselves, against the Scriptures:
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove [try; test] your own selves….” (2Corinthians 13:5a)
Let us examine ourselves, and ask ourselves:
“Do we truly KNOW Yahushua [Jesus]?”
“Do we show Yahushua that we truly LOVE Him, by keeping His Commandments?”
Removing the Stumbling-Blocks
Beloved, let us remove the stumbling-blocks from our path:
“My son, forget not my law [Torah]; but let thine heart keep my commandments… 23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.” (Proverbs 3:1-23)
“But the path of the just [practicing righteousness — obedience to Torah] is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. 19 The way of the wicked [not practicing righteousness — disobedience to Torah] is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.” (Proverbs 4:18-19)
Beloved, when we do not fulfill [accomplish; obey] the commandments of Torah in the light of all the ‘new’ Testament words and examples, we place stumbling-blocks in our path, which prevent us from walking with Messiah.
We also remain in darkness, so that we do not ‘know’ that we are stumbling — we are not even aware that we are stumbling, and we can not see the stumbling-blocks.
That is, we do not know the ‘issues’ over which we are stumbling. If we are to have the full Light of Messiah to light our path, that light must include the light of all of Messiah’s words, including those He gave in the Torah commandments.
It is the Torah commandments that define sin, and reveal to us what sin is, and what is not (Romans 3:20; Romans 7:7); and it is the Torah commandments that allow us to see the stumbling-blocks, so we can remove them by obedience.
What is Faith?
Many Believers today have not yet exercised their faith, beyond initial acceptance of Yahushua Messiah as their Saviour. But what does it mean to believe, according to the Scriptures? What is Faith, according to the Scriptures?
In describing the faith of Abraham, the apostle Paul tells us what it means to believe:
“For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” (Romans 4:3)
But what did Abraham do, to indicate that he believed God?
“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” (Hebrews 11:8)
Notice that Abraham “obeyed … not knowing.”
This is the essence of the faith of Abraham, given by the apostle Paul as our example, in Romans 4:3 and Galatians 3:6.
Biblical Faith is simply obedience to the Scriptures, while not knowing… not understanding… not being able to ‘figure it out.’ Perhaps we might even call this “blind” obedience.
This, Beloved, is Biblical Faith!
Let us do as Abraham did!
An Illustration of Biblical Grace
“When I look into the Law (Torah), I realized that I was a sinner, and that I needed salvation.
The Torah pointed me to Messiah, and I found salvation in Him!
Messiah then pointed me back to the Torah, for He commanded me to keep Torah.
But, I found that I could not keep Torah by myself!
Again, the Torah referred me back to Messiah–through whom I am enabled to keep the Torah!”
-Author Unknown, said to be attributed to John Wesley
The Way of Wisdom Revealed In Scripture
The Way of Wisdom is hiding here in plain sight:
“Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.” (Proverbs 4:1)
“For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law [‘Torah’].” (Proverbs 4:2)
“He taught me also, and said unto me,
“Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.” (Proverbs 4:4)
“I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.” (Proverbs 4:11)
The Wise Virgins are feeding on the Scriptures — and by His Grace, are becoming obedient “DO-ers” of all of Father’s Words. This is the Instruction of the Father, and the Way of Wisdom!
The Believers in the area of Berea in the apostle Paul’s day were said to be more ‘noble’ because of something they did:
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:11)
The Believers of Berea searched the Scriptures to verify the truth regarding all that the apostle Paul said. What Scriptures did they search?
The only Scriptures these Bereans had was the ‘Old Testament’ — the Torah, including the Prophets and the Writings (the ‘Tanak’ or Old Testament writings).
We too are called to be more noble, and to be as the Bereans. We too should receive the word, and search daily the same Scriptures the Bereans searched — the Torah — in order to verify our understanding of the Gospel, and to understand for ourselves how the New Covenant Truths relate to Torah!
We cultivate good scholarship (as well as good understanding) when we look for the Torah basis for everything we read in the New Testament!
The Living Way
The Scriptures reveal some amazing truths:
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
“…To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:79)
The Way to the Father, and to the Promised Land, is not a set of instructions or rules to be followed; but is the living person of Messiah, living within His redeemed people.
It is in this way that He desires to ‘guide our feet’ in our daily walk, in the road of obedience, that leads to peace.
The Latter Rain Is Now Falling!
Scriptures tell us a story of the coming “Latter Rain” in which He will ‘come down as rain’ upon His people. There is much in Scripture telling us how we may prepare ourselves to be among the recipients of the Latter Rain. Here are three simple statements that outline our preparation:
- We are to ask for the Rain, in the time of the Latter Rain (Zec 10:1);
- One must have the ‘Fear of Yahuweh‘ in order to receive the Latter Rain (Jer 5:24-25);
- Having a “harlot’s forehead” prevents the Latter Rain from falling on some (Jer 2:8; 3:3; 6:19). The forehead speaks of stubbornness; the harlot speaks of false religious systems. We might ask ourselves, “Am I stubbornly remaining within a harlot religious system?”
The continuing lack of the Latter Rain will certainly result in the coming “famine” of one’s ability to hear (hearken to, and obey) the Word of Yahuweh (Amos 8:11)!
Who Will Enter the City of the King?
First, we must understand who will enter the Kingdom:
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)
“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5)
“Being (‘having been’) born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” (1Peter 1:23)
“Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:19)
Here we are told that the pre-requisite for seeing, and entering the Kingdom, is that one must be Born-again by the Word, that is, Messiah must first become ‘birthed’ within ones spirit, and grow, and mature.
Next we see in the above verses that the Least in the Kingdom (those who do NOT keep His commandments), as well as the Great (those who DO keep His commandments), will both be in the Kingdom. However, entering the “City of the King” is NOT the same as entering the Kingdom. So who can enter the City?
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” (Revelation 22:14-15)
Here we are told those who do NOT keep His commandments will NOT be allowed into the City. Only those who DO keep His commandments may enter in to the City. Some are allowed in, but others must remain without (‘outside’), dependent on what they do. Perhaps the reason for this can be seen in the following verse:
“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Revelation 21:2)
Here we see that the Bride IS the City of the King — and only those who keep Messiah’s Commandments (including those He gave to Moses) will be a part of the Bride!
Light is Withheld from the Wicked
“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” (Psalms 119:130)
“And from the wicked their light is withheld…” (Job 38:15a)
Notice in the above passages that Light speaks of understanding, but this light is withheld from those who walk in a way that is ‘wicked’ (wick’d — twisted like a candle-wick), and whose actions are ‘crooked’ (crook’d — have a crook in them — Prov 2:14-15).
This speaks of a way (our actions) that are not parallel or upright when measured against Scripture.
Let us therefore bring our actions of Righteousness in line with our legal state of Righteousness. If we have the Light living within — let us also walk in the Light!
After we turn (repent), and return to being a “DO-er” of Scripture, our understanding (Light) returns!
Hallelu — Yah! — for His mercies are new every morning!
False Witnesses — Then and Now
“…And set up false witnesses, which said, “This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law: For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.” (Acts 6:13-14)
Notice it was the False Witnesses of that day who said Yahushua would destroy, and change the Law of Moses!
Yahushua did not change any customs of Moses, nor did He “do away” with the Law. He simply chose a different set of tablets on which to write the Law — the tablets of the heart of Man! (Jer 31:31-33)
Today’s False Witnesses have not changed — they continue to say that Yahushua, and the apostle Paul destroyed or did away with the Law.
Folks, we must read the Scriptures for ourselves!
Biblical Example of Grace
Our Redemption is only by the Blood of the Lamb, and is not related in any way to keeping the Law (Torah).
If Yahuweh had intended the keeping of the the Law (Torah) to be a part of our Redemption, then Mt. Sinai would have been in Egypt, where the Lamb was sacrificed, rather than in Arabia. The only requirement of the Israelites in Egypt was that they place the Blood of the Lamb over their door posts. Only the Blood of the Lamb was required to deliver the Israelites from the bondage of Egypt.
It was only later that the Torah was given at Mt. Sinai, revealing to us that our walk of obedience to Torah can come only after our Passover experience of being Born-Again by the Blood, and after our Red-Sea experience of being immersed (baptised) in water. Our initial Grace of Blood-Redemption is the pre-requisite for the on-going Grace, supplied by ‘Messiah-in-you,’ that enables us to walk in Torah.
Wilderness Preparation for the Wise
Whoso keeps the Torah is a Wise son. (Prov 28:7)
He that turneth away his ear from hearing [Hebrew ‘hearken’ – to hear and obey] the law, (the Torah – the ‘Old’ Testament) even his prayer shall be abomination. (Proverbs 28:9)
Our Source of Understanding
Understanding of Truth comes to us after we ‘turn from our iniquities‘ [‘our violation of Torah’] (Dan 9:13; 1Jo 3:4).
The source of all understanding is Yahuweh Himself, who gives to us as we turn to Him in obedience (Ps 111:10; Prov 13:15; 1Jo 5:20).