Some Hard Words…

I am amazed at the mean and hurtful words that are thrown at those believers who are serious about keeping Yahweh’s Law.  For example, those who have chosen to keep the Ten Commandments, to follow the dietary laws (clean and unclean meats), to keep the 7th day Sabbath, and to keep the scriptural feast days are often labeled as Pharisaical and legalists.  They are accused of trying to “earn their salvation” and even called blasphemers and false prophets.  They are also accused of denying His grace.

These allegations make no sense to me!

When a woman falls in love with her future spouse, how does she act?  She will find out everything she can about her intended and then she will try to please him as much as possible.  She will cook to please him, dress to please him and act to please him.  Because she loves him, she will go out of her way to do things his way and not hers.  She demonstrates her love for him through her actions.

Are we not to act the same way with our Savior?  If we truly love Him and are grateful for what He has done for us, should we not strive to do the things that please Him?

Yahshua tell us in John 14:15 that if we love Him we should follow his commandments.  Should we not demonstrate our love through our actions?

Yahshua suffered miserably and gave up His life for us so that each one of us could receive the gift of grace.  It is an incredible gift that is the key to eternal life with Him.  We can ask for that gift and receive it without doing a thing.  It is totally free for the asking.

There is NOTHING we can do to earn that gift…absolutely nothing.

With this free gift, comes the strength and the responsibility to overcome sin by His spirit dwelling in us.  Once we receive that incredible gift, are we to ignore that gift and continue to sin as before?  As Paul says in Romans, Yah forbid!

If we truly appreciate what He has done for us, we should be willing to do anything for Him, including following his rules.  By keeping the Law, we are not trying to earn our salvation; we are demonstrating our love for Him.

Because we are human, the grace provision is used every day. When we sin (an sin is defined in 1 John 3:4 as the transgression of the law), we don’t receive the true penalty for sin, which is death (Romans 6:34).  As 1 John 1:9 promises, if we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from unrighteousness.

Now that is grace!

By seeking His will, we will get to know Him intimately, just like the woman gets to know her beloved.

One of the most unnerving passages in scripture is in Matthew 7, straight from the Messiah’s mouth:

Not everyone who says to Me, Master, Master , will enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but the ones who do the will of My Father in Heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day, Master, Master, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name do many works of power?  And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; “depart from Me, those working lawlessness!”  (Matt 7:21-23)

Yahshua says that He never knew those who worked lawlessness. These are folks that worked in Yahshua’s name! Apparently, they shunned His Law.

John also gives us some insight unto what “knowing” Yahshua is all about in I John 2:

And by this we know that we have known Him, if we keep His commands. The one saying, I have known Him, and not keeping His commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that one. (I John 2: 3-4)

Keeping the Law can be legalism and grievous  if it is kept by our own efforts, without using His spirit.  Many Orthodox Jewish people fall into that trap. Because they do not know Yahshua, they use their own energy and will power to stay within the Law.  And,  because they are so afraid of breaking the Law, the rabbis have added to the Law to make it truly a burden to keep!

If we are truly believers in Yahshua, we will want to keep his commandments. Our works will not be by our efforts, but by His Spirit. By letting Him work through us, we act righteously! There is no righteousness apart from following Yahshua. And to follow Yahshua, is to follow His ways.

Don’t fight this.  He wants to write His law on YOUR heart!

“This is the covenant which I will covenant to them after those days, says Yahweh : Giving My Laws on their hearts, and I will write them on their minds;” (Hebrews 10:16)

(Ecclesiastes 12:13)  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments; for this applies to every man.

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:  Fear Elohim and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man. For Elohim  shall bring every work into judgment, with all that is hidden, whether it is good, or whether it is evil.  (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

By this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Yahweh, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of Yahweh, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.  (1 John 5:2-3)

Whoever turns aside his ear from hearing the Law, even his prayer is an abomination. (Proverbs 28:9)


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