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Verse of the Week
The one claiming to rest in Him, ought to walk, himself, even as He walked.
(1 John 2:6) (HRB NOTE: The Aramaic word used here for walk is “halach” which literally means “to go” or the way one should go, in which Rabbis get the term “halacha”, which is the way to go that is required to perform in order to be considered a disciple. Clearly part of that way included the Sabbath day, the Passover and feast days of Leviticus 23 and the whole Torah, excluding the Levitical law that was added. The clear message is that any true disciple of Yahshua needs to do the same things that He did, which was being fully Torah observant. Doing away with the Torah and commandments is not an option for a true believer in Messiah and is a litmus test to divide between a true disciple and one in name only. (Matthew 7:20-23, Isaiah 8:20)
Thought for the Week
Many folks claim it is impossible to obey YHWH's Torah. Without help, by one's self, I might agree with them; but, it is not impossible when you have the help of YHWH's Spirit. That fact is expounded in both the Original Testament and the New Testament.
In the Original Testament, for example, you will find the following:
And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes,
and you shall keep My judgments and do them.
Here is a paraphrasing of one explanation of this verse as given in John Wesley's Explanatory Notes: “My spirit - The holy spirit of YHWH, which is given to, and dwells in all true believers. And cause you - Sweetly, powerfully, yet without compulsion; for our spirits, framed by YHWH's spirit to a disposition suitable to His holiness, readily concurs. You shall keep - Be willing and able to keep the judgments, and to walk in the statutes of YHWH, which is, to live in all holiness.”
As for the New Testament Yahushua himself told us:
Yahushua answered and said to him, If anyone loves me, he will keep my Word,
and my Father shall love him. And we will come to him and will make a dwelling
place with him. The one who does not love me does not keep my Words. And the
Word which you hear is not mine but of the Father who sent me. I have spoken
these things to you, abiding with you; But the Redeemer, the Holy Spirit, whom
my Father will send in my name will teach you everything. And it will remind
you of everything that I said to you.
If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will petition the Father, and He
will give you another Comforter, that He may remain with you forever, the Spirit
of Truth, whom the world cannot receive because it does not see Him nor know
Him. But you know Him, for He resides with you and shall be in you.
(John 14:15-17) (HRB NOTE: Love and obedience go hand and hand.)
In the New Testament this concept is also furthered by the Apostles:
Having purified your souls in the obedience of the truth through the Spirit to
sincere brotherly love, love one another fervently out of a pure heart.
(1 Peter 1:22)
And the one keeping His commandments is guarded by Him, and He will dwell in
him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit which He gave to us.
(1 John 3:24) (NRB NOTE: Obedience to the Torah is the evidence of one's faith and proof of the Ruach H'Chodesh (Holy Spirit) being in him.)
YHWH's Torah is not done away with. We are expected to be righteous. People like to claim that we cannot do this even though Yahushua clearly said:
For I say to you, if your righteousness shall not exceed that of the scribes and
Pharisees, you shall not enter into the kingdom of YAHWEH, never!
(Matthew 5:20) (HRB NOTE: The Pharisees strictly kept their oral traditions above the Torah and unless a true believer not only keeps the letter of the Torah but the true intent of the spirit he will not be in the Kingdom of YHWH.)
We can and must be righteous even though we are not sinless. Yahushua was not just righteous he was sinless. Ecclesiastes 7:20 says there is not a just man who does not sin. We have all sinned. Some point to Psalms 14:3 and 53:3 as proof not even one is doing good. If you read the whole Psalm you see it starts with “a fool says in his heart . . . “ The Original Testament is full of individuals who were declared righteous (e.g. Abram, Noah, Lot, Job, David, etc; and the New Testament attests to more in the current era (see Luke 1:5, 2:25, 23:50; Acts 10:2, etc.).
James told us:
You see then, how a man by his deeds becomes righteous, and not by faith only.
John told us:
Little children, let no one lead you astray; the one practicing righteousness is
righteous, even as that One is righteous.
(1 John 3:7)
Consider the words in Revelation:
The one acting unjustly, will continue to act unjustly; and he who is filthy,
will continue to be filthy; and to the righteous, let him continue to do
righteousness; and he who is holy, let him continue to be holy.
We can, we must, strive for obedience even knowing perfection is not attainable. Yahushua paid the price to make us spotless and so give us the ability to have the help of YHWH's Spirit. If you are not following YHWH's Torah you are not following Yahushua. To reject YHWH's Torah, His Instructions, is deadly to your soul. That is Truth!
As in all things YHWH has the last word:
He has walked in My statutes and has kept My judgments to deal truly;
he is righteous. Surely, he shall live, declares Adonai YAHWEH.
Quote of the Week
Most people, sometime in their lives, stumble across truth. Most jump up, brush themselves off, and hurry on about their business as if nothing had happened. – Winston Churchill
Comment: Sadly this pretty much covers how most folks act when the need for obedience to YHWH's Torah is revealed to them. As Yahushua said, “Many are called, few chosen.”
Did You Know
Our Creator's name, Yahweh (YHWH) is the 7th (seventh) most used Hebrew word in the Original Testament - over 6,000 times! COMMENT: This has been hidden from most folks due to a combination of lackadaisical study and faulty Bibles -- His name is NOT God!
The Original Testament was written in Hebrew, with a few small parts as exceptions: Daniel 2:4 to 7:28, Ezra 4:8 to 6:18, and 7:12-26, and Jeremiah 10:11 - which are written in Aramaic.
Most folks think parables are only found in the New Testament; but, YHWH used them in the Original Testament too. For example, YHWH, thru Isaiah, gave us a parable in Isaiah 5:1 - 6 (which is explained in verse 7).