I was lying awake last night for a few hours, and Yehovah was teaching me how we ALL live according to Law, everyday. The laws that most of us live under are for our protection and it is NO different in regards to the Torah! Lets take the law of gravity for instance. What goes up, must come down. So in other words, if you jump off the empire state building, without any flying device or parachute, it will most definitely not end well for you! So, one could say the punishment of the law of gravity, when jumping off a tall building, is DEATH! We have a choice to make!
Do we jump and fall into the punishment category, or do we abide by this law and live? Most of us would choose the latter and live! We would be foolish to jump, knowing the outcome would be death! Either foolish or arrogant, thinking we are untouchable! Either way, its not a good decision! Well, what about the person that may not know about the law of gravity, or doesn’t fully understand the law? Well, if they jumped, because that’s all they knew to do, without anything or anyone to save them, they would most definitely end up just like the first guy! But, this is where a “savior” comes in! Lets switch stories here!
Yehovah gave His Torah for our instruction! Torah was given so we could live in freedom from this world and in the Fathers house! We, as humans, transgressed the Torah, which most definitely deserves death, unless we had someone or something to save us! Much like the person who doesn’t understand the law of gravity jumps, without a savior we would go splat! But Yehovah came and replaced us with himself! Just like when He made the covenant with Abraham. Yehovah put Abraham into a deep sleep and walked through the split animals by Himself. He was telling Abraham, “I got this.” In the same way, He took the punishment of the Law upon Himself so that we could live! This is the true Gospel, that we can now live without the punishment of the law because he took it for us! He has made right, our wrongs, and calls us to go sin no more!
We know that according to our bibles, sin is transgression of the Torah! Its important to remember here, that His Torah is for our protection! Much the same as understanding the Law of gravity, when we understand the Torah, we can live at peace and have life! Ok, so back to the person who jumps and doesn’t know better! That was us, until we heard the Torah! Lets look in the scriptures to a similar account! Lets go to the book of 2nd Chronicles and take a look at King Josiah!
2nd Chronicles 34:14-21
When they were bringing out the money which had been brought into the house of Yehovah, Hilkiah the priest found the Torah of Yehovah given by Moses. Hilkiah responded and said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the Torah in the house of Yehovah.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan. Then Shaphan brought the book to the king and reported further word to the king, saying, “Everything that was entrusted to your servants they are doing. They have also emptied out the money which was found in the house of Yehovah, and have delivered it into the hands of the supervisors and the workmen.”
Moreover, Shaphan the scribe told the king saying, “Hilkiah the priest gave me a book.” And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king. When the king heard the words of the Torah, he tore his clothes. Then the king commanded Hilkiah, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Abdon the son of Micah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king’s servant, saying, “Go, inquire of Yehovah for me and for those who are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book which has been found; for great is the wrath of Yehovah which is poured out on us because our fathers have not observed the word of Yehovah, to do according to all that is written in this book.”
Prevenient Grace – Life Before Torah
At the beginning of this chapter we read that King Josiah did right in the sight of Yehovah. He followed His father not turning to the right or the left. Before they found the Torah, Josiah was doing his best to follow what he knew to be right. Which is what Yehovah wants all of us to do. But, upon finding the Torah as they were cleaning out the temple, Josiah wept, and had to ask what was going to happen to them. He realized at that moment, that his fathers did not follow all that was written in it and knew that he had to repent! Josiah is like the person who jumps because it’s all he knew! But, when the Word was revealed, he realized that his life didn’t match up and wept! He received the word with a humble heart and lived according to it for the rest of his days!
Not Too Difficult
2nd Chronicles 34:33
Josiah removed all the abominations from all the lands belonging to the sons of Israel, and made all who were present in Israel to serve Yehovah their God. Throughout his lifetime they did not turn from following Yehovah, the God of their fathers.
Throughout his lifetime??? Many churches teach that the Law is too difficult to follow. This is why their messiah came, to free them from the law! This is NOT true! The Torah is liberty, life, easy, on our hearts and lips that we may observe all the He commanded us! You see, the pastor that teaches the Law is done away with, is like the first person who jumps off the building. He knows that the Law is good, but doesn’t take the time to live according to it, because he would rather live according to what he defines as freedom. The book of Hebrews tells us what happens to someone who defies the law even though they know better.
No Grace For Willful Sin
For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the Torah given by Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” And again, “Yehovah will judge His people.” It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
The Blood Of Torah
The blood of the sacrifice does not cover the man who willfully continues in his own way of life, after hearing the truth of the Torah. The ground is going to feel pretty hard, and there will be no grace for him. If I know about the law of gravity, and jump off the building anyways, I will get what I deserve. Yeshua came to save the Lost sheep of Israel. He came to bring them back to His Father. The sheep are not free to live however they want! The Shepherd protects them through His commands and they live in freedom from death! Yehovah catches us, and places us on solid ground. If we again jump willfully, we have trampled the Son of Elohim underfoot, and insulted the spirit of Grace!
So What Now?
May you receive His truth with a humble heart, knowing that His ways are higher than yours, and your pastors! Don’t take man’s word for it, but test everything according to the scriptures. The scriptures that Yeshua read and taught. The Berean’s used these Scriptures in the Book of Acts. Their Scriptures did NOT include the New Testament that is in your bible. Paul was not referring to your bible when he said, “All Scripture is Elohim breathed!” He was referring to the scriptures that they had. This is called the Tanakh, or what Christianity refers to as the Old Testament. If the Bereans tested the scriptures to find out that Paul was speaking truth, this means that Paul taught TRUTH! IT WAS NO DIFFERENT THAN WHAT MOSES TAUGHT!
We have to leave behind the traditions of men, and receive His word. With humility we must begin to follow it as evidence of our love for Him! Our protection comes from the Torah! May Yehovah bless you as you seek His word. Let Him renew your mind, and repent in order to walk on solid ground! Shalom.