This week’s portion is about our future well-being, a situation that is not based on the ability to feel, smell, or hear but to “see,” as in “to grasp” and “comprehend” that the long and winding road ahead is paved with choices that have consequences.
26 "See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: 27 the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which I am commanding you today; 28 and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, by following other gods which you have not known. (NAU)
There is nothing different in what Moses is telling the people of Israel in this passage and what Yeshua Himself has to say in the Apostolic Writings.
John 14:15 "If you love me, you will keep my commandments." (ESV)
Messiah confirms that if you say you love Him, then you are to keep His commandments, and the commandments He is speaking about go right back to our Torah portion for this week where Moses is giving his final instructions to the Children of Israel before he dies. This has nothing to do with legalism and everything to do with doing what God tells us to do.
1 Kings 9:6 But if you turn aside from following me, you or your children, and do not keep my commandments and my statutes that I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, 7 then I will cut off Israel from the land that I have given them, and the house that I have consecrated for my name I will cast out of my sight, and Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples. (ESV)
What happened to the Children of Israel? It is exactly what God said would happen in 1 Kings 9:6-7. Love and obedience go hand in hand, and one without the other does not work the way God intended them to from the very beginning. In our world today, we have turned everything on its head. We are told we don’t love someone if we do not accept them where they are at and accept the lifestyles they have chosen for themselves. This has nothing to do with not loving the person; it is about their refusing to do as God wants them to. We love them, but we cannot accept their refusal to do as God has instructed them to do, and that is just as pertinent for ourselves as it is for someone else. Love does not mean something that has no limitations to it. Love is governed by God in His Torah and not as man decides it should be. This has everything to do with doing as God has taught us and not as man has interpreted what he desires to do.
This is not a unique idea in any one country but is something that is happening all over the world, especially in Western society. The nations that exist on the face of the earth today have decided for themselves to turn away from the teachings of the Lord God Almighty and turn to the teachings of their own hearts and desires. In turn, this world is descending into turmoil and not into order. Man’s laws are not God’s laws as given to us in the Torah. The Torah is the definition of what God desires from us, but slowly but surely, the world is turning a blind eye to what God says and is listening closer to what man has to say.
We are not on the road less travelled, which is the way of Torah, we are on the road that is way too wide and has too many people on it doing what strikes them as being best for them and not what is best for them according to God’s definition. This mindset has even entered into houses of worship dividing the people of God even more so than were before.
Proverbs 3:1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, 2 for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. (ESV)
John 15:10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. (ESV)
This is a two-way street people! If you claim you love God but you do not keep His Torah, then you really do not love God because God does not abide in Torahlessness. Yeshua tells us He keeps His Father’s commandments; so therefore, He abides in His Father’s love. This is Yeshua’s definition of love, not ours.
I just read the other day an article by someone who used the following Scripture to validate all types of love.
Matthew 22:37 And He said to him, "'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.' [Deu. 6:5] 38 "This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 "The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' [Lev. 19:18] (NAU)
They used verse 39, which comes from Leviticus 19:18, to make the claim that you are to love your neighbor just like you love God which means, to them, if you don’t love everyone and accept them for who they are, then you are the one who is wrong. What a twist to Biblical truth. We are to love the sinner, but we do not have to love or accept the sin. If we are to put sin out of our own lives, why are we to accept it in others? This is not to say we condemn the person. We share with them and show them how living according to God’s Torah helped change our lives and made us different. Love is still there, and we accept the person, but we do not accept the sin, whether in their lives or in our own. Through our faith in God, surrendering ourselves to Yeshua, and having the power of the Ruach HaKodesh-the Holy Spirit in us we can overcome. We are in a fight that is coming at us from all sides, and we are being put to the test. This is not a soundbite or a moment before the cameras, we are in a fight for what we believe and the right to live our lives the way God has instructed us to without compromise.
To love your neighbor as yourself is to be done in the same way you love God, but according to His way – according to His Torah!
7 "Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered over; 8 Blessed is the man whose sin ADONAI will not reckon against his account." 9 Now is this blessing for the circumcised only? Or is it also for the uncircumcised? For we say that Avraham's trust was credited to his account as righteousness; 10 but what state was he in when it was so credited- circumcision or uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision! 11 In fact, he received circumcision as a sign, as a seal of the righteousness he had been credited with on the ground of the trust he had while he was still uncircumcised. This happened so that he could be the father of every uncircumcised person who trusts and thus has righteousness credited to him, 12 and at the same time be the father of every circumcised person who not only has had a b'rit-milah, but also follows in the footsteps of the trust which Avraham avinu had when he was still uncircumcised. 13 For the promise to Avraham and his seed that he would inherit the world did not come through legalism but through the righteousness that trust produces. (CJB)
The promise received by Abraham was not through blind obedience to the Torah he had in his day and time. It was according to his faith in God through whom all blessings come if one is in obedience to God’s Torah. What many forget is that God is not the only one who can bless. Satan can imitate God in most things, and that means he can give blessings in order to get your attention on him and away from God while you may be thinking you are actually doing what God wants you to because you have received a blessing. However, you had better check the blessings to see if it is truly in line with what God desires for you and not a twist of Biblical truth to get you to buy in on the lie much in the same way the serpent got Chavah and Adam to buy into its lie.
Genesis 3:4 But the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." (ESV)
The serpent twisted the word of God to give just enough truth to make the lie sound like truth, but in the end the lie was shown for what it was, all involved were judged by the Almighty, and we are still paying for that sin today and will until the end of time.
Is there any one sin worse than any other sin?
1 Corinthians 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (ESV)
I urge you to read this list and remember prayer can change things, but we are in a downward spiral at this very moment in time, and only God knows how much time we have left. If you know anyone who is in this list, then lift them in prayer as often as you can, but remember to first prepare yourselves because you are going into battle, and you will be attacked because the enemy does not want things to change. He wants them to get worse. He wants to tear down everything and anything that has to do with the one true God, the Creator of all that there is. Then, there is the distinct possibility this is all part of God’s plan and the beginning of judgement upon the earth for all it is has done that is against Him, His Son, and His Spirit. I am not saying the end is here, I am saying take a look around you, and take stock of what is going on.
Blessings in Messiah Yeshua,