Shalom. As we have been simplifying our lives the past few years, I have more time to notice the lives around me. As good as this is, sadly the majority of the lives around me have been filled with fear. By fear I mean, fear of the government. Fear of radical religion. Fear that our closest friends may not enter into the kingdom. Etc… Yehovah commands us to NOT fear more than the majority of any command in the scriptures. Granted, we live in a world that is chaotic at best, and bound for destruction at worst. If it’s not the imminent collapse of the world system that breeds fear, it’s the threat of radical religious war that has many people in the bonds of fearful assumption.
Why did Yehovah instruct us to not fear? I know, I know, “Fear is the beginning of wisdom.” I guess the question we must ask ourselves is, “What is fear?” I would like to submit to you that “Fear” is WORSHIP. Worship? YES! Worship! Sadly most people have missed this simple fact. Why is the Fear of Yehovah, the beginning of wisdom? Because when we begin to worship Him in the correct way, we are granted revelation of His truth! Sadly, the very people who say they have revelation, messianics included, fear MEN more than Yehovah. The compromise in the message of some of the most influential “Hebrew Roots” teachers proves my point. Not to mention the countless young “ex-christians” who are trying to be “christians” to save their “christian brothers.”
Who do you fear? Or maybe the question should be, “Who do you WORSHIP?”
I saw a comment on a youtube video the other day. This video was made by an individual who used to be one of the boldest truth teachers out there. He has since compromised his message greatly because of compromise he has allowed in to his own life by justifying that certain instructions are up for our interpretation. So, back to the comment. This individual, who confesses a “Torah Pursuant” lifestyle, said this, “I totally understand that the Torah is the Truth. Amen! But no other definition of truth?” He went on to say that the idea that Torah is the ONLY definition of truth was going to turn christians off to the truth. So, who is being worshiped if our goal is to keep men turned on to the truth? MAN! The truth is, people love their neighbor more than they love Yehovah and they will leave truth in certain areas in order to please the ones who are walking in lawlessness. How do we convince someone their lives are lawless, if we tell them what they want to hear?
For this is a rebellious people, false sons,
Sons who refuse to listen
To the instruction of Yehovah;
Who say to the seers, “You must not see visions”;
And to the prophets, “You must not prophesy to us what is right,
Speak to us pleasant words,
“Get out of the way, turn aside from the path,
Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”
Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel,
“Since you have rejected this word
And have put your trust in oppression and guile, and have relied on them,
Therefore this iniquity will be to you
Like a breach about to fall,
A bulge in a high wall,
Whose collapse comes suddenly in an instant,
Whose collapse is like the smashing of a potter’s jar,
So ruthlessly shattered
That a sherd will not be found among its pieces
To take fire from a hearth
Or to scoop water from a cistern.”
For thus Yehovah Elohim, the Holy One of Israel, has said,
“In repentance and rest you will be saved,
In quietness and trust is your strength.”
But you were not willing,
And you said, “No, for we will flee on horses,”
Therefore you shall flee!
“And we will ride on swift horses,”
Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift.
One thousand will flee at the threat of one man;
You will flee at the threat of five,
Until you are left as a flag on a mountain top
And as a signal on a hill. (Isaiah 30:9-17)
When we try to convince our neighbors by being relevant and telling them what they want to hear, or “pleasant words,” we are helping them stay exactly where they are and taking their position upon us. Yehovah is not the one who is being worshiped here, but the neighbor who doesn’t want to walk in the way of Truth. How are we and our neighbors saved? IN REPENTANCE AND REST. You see, the last part of the passage above ends with people fleeing. Why are they fleeing? Because they are worshiping the oppressor. They turned their ears from the instruction of Yehovah and their cries have become an ABOMINATION (Proverbs 28:9). I write all of this to warn those of you who are being caught in this “Christian Roots movement,” or whatever else you want to call it, that relevance to man is never what saves man! Stand in truth! Speak it! Live it! Repent and rest in HIM! That is where salvation is. YOU CANNOT SAVE ANYONE! Especially if you are bending the truth in efforts to not offend them! Yehovah is the one who draws hearts unto himself. Woe to you if you stand in the way of a heart seeking for truth, because you are trying to make them feel good about the house from which they came! WAKE UP! His word is Truth. His Torah is truth! THERE IS NO OTHER DEFINITION! Yeshua has not added to the Torah. HE IS THE TORAH! Hear the sound of the Shafar and fear (worship) Yehovah! The fear (worship) of man will kill you. Shalom.