Finding Joy by Turning Around

Sometimes, all it takes to find great JOY is simply to turn around.

That is what Mary Magdalene did! She was grieving and weeping.

And then, she heard the Saviour call her:

Yahushua (Jesus) said unto her, “Mary.” She turned herself, and said unto Him, “Rabboni!” which is to say, Master. (John 20:16)

We can imagine that Mary was overjoyed at seeing Yahushua. She was the first person to see Him after He rose from the dead. What great delight she must have felt when she turned around! What a wonderful privilege to be the first to see the risen Master!

But what would have happened if she had not turned around when He called her name?

What if she had continued to sit there, wrapped up in her grieving and weeping, and ignored His call to her? What if she had not turned to see Him? She would have missed out on so much if she had ignored His call and had not turned around to look to Him!

Many are like this — wrapped up in problems, anxieties, their own reasonings and imaginations. We need to turn around and away from ourselves; turning from our own solutions, and begin to look to the person, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], and to His Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]:

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. (Isaiah 45:22)

Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. (Psalms 80:3)

When we turn and look unto Yahuwah Elohim, the Creator of all things, then we will begin to know Him as He is — a Person. And we will begin know His help and comfort and guidance. Turning to Him is the beginning of knowing and understanding His great love for us!

Have we ignored His call to us? Are we confident with our own understanding, our own solutions, and thus we have not been listening to Yahuwah’s Words?

If we will not listen to Yahuwah’s Words, can we expect Him to listen to us when we call to Him?

Then shall they call upon me (Yahuwah), but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge (God’s Words), and did not choose the fear of Yahuwah (the LORD): (Proverbs 1:28-29)

He that turns away his ear from hearing the law (God’s Torah), even his prayer shall be abomination. (Proverbs 28:9)

These Scriptures reveal a frightening thought — that Yahuwah would not answer our prayers!

A Man Who Called on Yahuwah

King David was a man who knew what would happen if he called on Yahuwah:

In the day of my trouble I will call upon You (Yahuwah): for You will answer me. (Psalms 86:7)

In the day when I cried, You answered me, and strengthened me with strength in my soul. (Psalms 138:3)

Seven times in the Scriptures we find the phrase “David enquired of Yahuwah [the LORD]” (1Samuel 23:2,4; 30:8; 2Samuel 2:1; 5:19,23; 21:1). David was in the habit of calling on God! As a result, David was able to say: Therefore my heart is glad!” (Psalms 16:8-9)

What was David’s secret? It is found in Psalms 119:

O how I love Your law (Your Torah)! It is my meditation all the day!” (Psalms 119:97)

When we understand that the English word law is the Hebrew word torah, which is Yahuwah’s instructions, teachings, and guidelines for His children, only then we can begin to understand King David’s secret.

King David loved the Word of Yahuwah with a passion! David wanted Yahuwah’s instruction, teachings, and guidelines! King David looked to Yahuwah, listened to Yahuwah, and trusted Him to answer his prayers.

David cried out, “O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!” (Psalm 119:5) That verse has a plea that carries a deep yearning within it. This is the kind of yearning we need when we look to Yahuwah — a willingness to listen to Him, and to become a “DO-er” of His Word.

Looking Unto Yahuwah Elohim

There is the promise of salvation when we turn to Yahuwah’s Words, and look unto Him, enquire of Him, and call upon Him.

Looking unto Yahuwah is to delight in Him!

Looking unto Him is to receive His Words as they are, the Words of the Living God, Creator of the universe.

Looking unto Him is to turn to Him, and hearken to His Words, and walk in obedience to Him.

Looking unto Him is to call upon Him in the day of our trouble.

Looking unto Him is to look to His Son, Yahushua Messiah, and receive the power of His salvation:

But we preach Messiah crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Messiah the power of God, and the wisdom of God. (1Corinthians 1:23-24)

Yes, the person of Messiah Yahushua is the power of God, and is the wisdom God!

We will know His power and wisdom only when we look to Him — only we turn from our own solutions, turn from our own reasonings, and look to Him, receive Him, and honour Him with our obedience.

May each one of us make a conscious decision to turn and heed Father’s Word, turning from ourselves, and looking unto Yahushua Messiah and His Word, and humbly receive His guidance and direction.

Those who are of a humble heart, as King David was, will love God’s Word, eager to listen and obey.

Those who are of a humble heart, as Mary Magdalene was, will turn around when they hear God’s Word and will look to Yahushua Messiah, the Saviour.

Both of these people, King David and Mary Magdalene, had their problems and faults. But they turned around and they looked unto the Person, The Living God, Creator of all things.

What JOY they found by simply . . . turning around!

Oh Father in heaven, help me to always turn to You, look to You, and acknowledge You in all my ways! Help me to receive Your guidance through Yahushua Messiah, my Saviour! Amen.

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10 More Examples of How God’s Word is a Light For Our Path

There are countless things we do each day that require us to make decisions — decisions that are small and seemingly insignificant. Often we may question ourselves, wondering whether our small, minor decisions are leading us along the good and right pathway.

Is there a good and right pathway? And how do we determine what is the good and right pathway?

The Scriptures tell us:

“Thus saith Yahuwah [the LORD], Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old [ancient; eternal] paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls…” (Jeremiah 6:16a).

As this verse teaches, walking in the good way — the ‘old’ paths — will result in rest for our souls. What a wonderful promise! We will have a confident restfulness and contentment, when we walk in the good way, in the ancient and eternal paths of Yahuwah.

The good way is the ‘old’ paths, the ancient paths of Yahuwah! His paths are never out-dated, never obsolete, and never change, because they are as eternal as our Creator is eternal.

But what are these ‘old’ pathways?

The ‘old’ paths are all the ways that Yahuwah has instructed us to walk in, as seen throughout the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation:

“Ye shall walk in all the ways which Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD your God] hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you…” (Deuteronomy 5:33a;).

“Thus saith Yahuwah of hosts, the God of Israel, . . . Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you” (Jeremiah 7:21-23).

“…surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God… but it shall not be well with the wicked” (Ecclesiastes 8:12-13).

These Scriptures, along with many others, teach us that walking in the ways of Yahuwah, following His instructions in the Bible [including His Torah], have the promise that things will be well with us!

Those who desire true peace of mind will seek for the good pathway, for the ‘old‘ paths, to help them make decisions. All our decisions are important! So having the right information will help us stay in God’s pathway, and not veer off His good and honourable path.

Decisions can have long-term effects upon our lives, even if at the moment they may seem insignificant. Because of the ripple effect that decisions can have, knowing and following the good and right pathway of God’s instructions will help us arrive at our ultimate goal — everlasting life and the salvation of our souls (1Peter 1:7-9; see also Romans 6:22)!

Now let us look at the “Light” needed to walk in the good pathway.

Light For Our Path

As we saw in the previous post, 10 Examples of How God’s Word is a Light For Our Path, God’s Word is a lamp for our feet and a light for our path:

“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalms 119:105).

This verse brings out the immense importance of the Word of Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God]. His Word shows us not only the good and right pathway, but is the “Light” needed to walk in that pathway.

The Bible, from Genesis through Revelation, is Yahuwah’s Word to His people. The Scriptures reveal His instructions and wisdom He has given to us for our good, for our benefit, and for our entire lifetime.

Many of our daily decisions can be very personal and intimate, and may seem inconsequential. Yet as we read and study the complete Word of Yahuwah, and practice becoming a “DO-er” of His Word, we discover that Father has provided His LIGHT for our path. His Light is revealed within the guidelines and instructions of the Bible, and this is the Light we need for every personal, intimate, little decision we face, as well as for our major decisions!

When we walk in the LIGHT of Yahuwah’s Word, then we will find the ‘rest for our souls’ that we yearn for — we will be walking in ‘the good way’ — ‘the old paths’ (Jeremiah 6:16a).

10 More Examples

In the previous post, we looked at ten very basic, somewhat typical examples of how God’s Word is a light for our path. Now, let us look again at ten more simple, realistic examples of how God’s Word is as a “lamp” and as a “light” for our path.

1. Allen said, “I took $20 from Dad’s bedroom dresser last week, to buy gas for the car. I needed the money to take my girlfriend to see her mother at work. Dad has not mentioned the missing money, so I have not told him. It seems like such a little thing. Besides, Dad always keeps money laying around in his junk drawer.”

Q. Should Allen tell his dad he took the money?

A. What does God’s Word say?

  • “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour” (Ephesians 4:25).
  • Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another” (Leviticus 19:11).
  • Whoso robs his father or his mother, and says, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer” (Proverbs 28:24).

2. Kevin said, “One of my friends is always angry about something. He wants to argue and complain about the government, about school, about work. My offers to pray with him are refused. I feel so bad after being with this person. I don’t know why he keeps coming to church.”

Q. Should Kevin talk to his friend about the dangers of anger?

A. What does God’s Word say?

  • “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted” (Galatians 6:1).
  • “Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools” (Ecclesiastes 7:9).
  • Do not associate with a person who calls himself a believer, but is sexually immoral, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is a slanderer, or is a drunkard, or is a thief. Don’t even sit down to eat with such a person” (1Corinthians 5:11).
  • “Do not be fooled. Bad companions ruin good character” (1Corinthians 15:33).

3. Mark said, “Some of the guys at school do not like this one fellow (whom we will call George). George always gets the best grades on the tests. The teacher seems to favor him. George dresses neatly, and is very smart, but is very shy. Lots of the guys hate him. They want me to join in and play tricks on George, and try to embarrass him.”

Q. Should Mark join in playing tricks on George?

A. What does God’s Word say?

  • “My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent” (Proverbs 1:10).
  • “Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Help people who are in trouble” (Proverbs 31:8).
  • You shall not hate your brother in your heart: you shall surely rebuke your neighbor, that you may not participate in his sin” (Leviticus 19:17).
  • Whosoever hates his brother is a murderer: and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him” (1John 3:15).

4. Bob said, “Some of my friends are planning to go to a rally tonight to protest one of the city council’s decisions. My friends are so upset about the issue. During the rally, some plan to throw rocks in protest.”

Q. Should Bob go to the rally?

A. What does God’s Word say?

  • You shall not follow a multitude to do evil” (Exodus 23:2a).
  • “Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools” (Ecclesiastes 7:9).
  • “He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20).
  • Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Romans 13:1).
  • “My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent” (Proverbs 1:10).

5. Karen said, “Someone I know is reading an interesting book about miracles and dreams. I looked at the book and there are quotes from the Bible, as well as quotes from other religious figures, some from eastern religions. The author of the book claims to have dreams from God that reveal truths that are missing from the Bible. The author claims to hear God’s voice in ways that seem supernatural, yet unusual.”

Q. Should Karen read this book?

A. What does God’s Word say?

  • “Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I (Moses) teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land… Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of Yahuwah [the LORD] your God which I command you” (Deuteronomy 4:1-2).
  • “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law [Torah; instructions], which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:7).
  • “Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar” (Proverbs 30:5-6).
  • “There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:25).
  • “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am Yahuwah your God” (Leviticus 19:31).

6. Lois said, “My mother seems to always worry about my clothes and what I am wearing. She hovers over me and treats me like I am a baby. She is always telling me that I should dress better, more lady-like, and cover up better, and not be so sloppy. She is such a worrywart.”

Q. Should Lois heed her mother’s advice?

A. What does God’s Word say?

  • Honour your father and your mother, as Yahuwah [the LORD] your God has commanded you; that your days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with you” (Deuteronomy 5:16a).
  • “Wise children make their fathers happy. Only fools despise their mothers” (Proverbs 15:20).
  • “Women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control” (1Timothy 2:9a).
  • “And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house” (Proverbs 7:10-11).
  • The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkens unto counsel is wise” (Proverbs 12:15).

7. Steve said, “My girlfriend and I spend a lot of time together after work. Sometimes, we go to the park, walking and talking about everything. Sometimes we kiss, hiding behind the trees, and are passionate, but we always stop before things get too overwhelming. We are not doing anything wicked, just enjoying ourselves.”

Q. Should Steve change his behaviour toward his girlfriend?

A. What does God’s Word say?

  • Flee (run away from) fornication (any sexual relations outside of marriage)” (1Corinthians 6:18a).
  • “Now concerning the things whereof you wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband” (1Corinthians 7:1-2).
  • “Abstain from all appearance of evil” (1Thessalonians 5:22).

8. Sharon said, “There is a lady who has a shop nearby that is open for fortune telling. She offers séances and reads tarot cards. One of the girls at work is having some problems, and wants to go see this fortune telling lady. She wants me to go with her.”

Q. Should Sharon go with her friend?

A. What does God’s Word say?

  • There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto Yahuwah” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12a).
  • “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am Yahuwah your God” (Leviticus 19:31).
  • “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; let him know, that he which converts the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20).
  • Saul died for his transgression which he committed against Yahuwah [the LORD], even against the word of Yahuwah, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it” (1Chronicles 10:13).

9. Jim said, “There are some chores at work that are just too simple and menial for my talents. There are plenty of others that can do those jobs. Such a waste of my time to do such menial work. I try to be busy with the important things. But the boss is not happy with me. The boss makes my stomach hurt. I wish he would get off my back.”

Q. Should Jim change his behaviour?

A. What does God’s Word say?

  • “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith” (Romans 12:3).
  • “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat” (2Thessalonians 3:10b).
  • “Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him” (Proverbs 26:12).
  • Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud” (Proverbs 16:18-19).
  • The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkens unto counsel is wise” (Proverbs 12:15).

10. Glenda said, “I want to enjoy life with passion and excitement. My parents lived such a dull life. Now I am on my own, and I want to experience all there is in life. I want to be free to be an extraordinary person, and experience the excitement of this world. That’s what life is all about. Right?”

Q. Should Glenda have a different ambition?

A. What does God’s Word say?

  • “What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).
  • Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1John 2:15).
  • “And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required of you: then whose shall those things be, which you have provided?” (Luke 12:19-20).
  • Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit” (Ecclesiastes 4:6).
  • “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Yahushua Messiah (Jesus Christ)” (Titus 2:11-13).

Conclusion

The above examples reveal that the Key to knowing Yahuwah’s love and protection and guidance is to receive the “Light” of God’s Word, and to heed the Light He has given us. We are heeding His Light when we delight to walk in Father’s ways, and follow His instructions. We will then know Father’s promise: things will be well with us!

Yahuwah clearly wants us to avoid the way of the wicked, which is an abomination to Him (Proverbs 15:9). When we walk in the ways of Yahuwah Elohim, then we become strong to resist the way that ‘seems’ right — the way of the ungodly:

The way of Yahuwah [the LORD] is strength to the upright” (Proverbs 10:29a; see also Psalms 1 and Proverbs 14:12).

Father’s way is our strength and our hope! There is great reward for us when we walk in Yahuwah’s ways, walking according to His Word (Psalms 19:7-11).

Let us therefore acknowledge Yahuwah in ALL our decisions, trusting Him to direct our path (Proverbs 3:6). Let us learn the details of what the Word of Yahuwah says, so we can make good decisions, and continue in His path.

When we come to know Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] as our Saviour, our heart yearns to be in harmony with God! Thirsty Souls sincerely want to know and heed the true wisdom that comes from our heavenly Father! They have learned that studying God’s Word, and then obeying it, is the answer to how to make wise decisions! (See Psalms 119:130)

The Bible urges us over and over, to give our attention to the Words of Yahuwah [His Torah], to incline our ear to Yahuwah’s Word, and to continually put His Word before our eyes! (Proverbs 4:20-22) We are then to be obedient to Father’s Word, being sensitive to heed the Holy Spirit’s whispers.

God’s Word is to become so much a part of us, that it is to be the central core of our heart’s desires and ambitions! It should be so much a part of our life that everyone who knows us, knows for certain that we are a Bible-believing person who honours Yahuwah Elohim and His Son — in all we do!

The reward for knowing what God’s Word says, is that we are enabled by His grace to walk in it.

The reward for walking in [being a ‘DO-er’ of] God’s Word is His LIFE within us to energise us, comfort us, and to guide us — to guide us by the Light of His Word!

Thank You Father, for Your precious Word. Help me Father, to look to the Light of Your Word to make my decisions. Help me to keep Your commandments and do the things that are pleasing in Your sight. In Yahushua Messiah’s name, I pray. Amen

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If You Love Me, Keep MY Commandments

One of the great mysteries that has baffled men for centuries is the identity of Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ].

The person of Yahushua is such a uniquely towering figure, that we are compelled to look at Him, examine Him, and search Him out in Scripture, in order to discern His words, and His identity.

What is Yahushua’s message to us?

When we seek out Yahushua’s words, and analyze His ministry, we see that His first and foremost message to us is that He loves us!

But is that the only message He has for us?

Not at all! His second message to us, is that because true love responds in kind, He exhorts us to Love Him, just as He has loved us.

And so we see in Scripture, that Yahushua is seeking for those who love Him, just as a Bridegroom seeks for a Bride.

Brothers and Sisters, did we catch that? Yahushua is seeking for those who love Him!

Yahushua’s main message repeatedly calls out to mankind:

1. I Love you;

2. Love me in return;

3. Love one another, as I have loved you!

We are thankful that Yahushua loves us! But looking at #2 above, we must ask, “How are we supposed to love Yahushua?”

He answers this in Scripture:

“…If ye love me, keep MY commandments.” (John 14:15)

“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.” (John 14:23-24)

“If ye keep MY commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.” (John 15:10)

“He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not HIS commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” (1John 2:4)

As these Scriptures teach us, to love and to know Yahushua Messiah, is to keep ‘His’ sayings and ‘His’ commandments.

What are the “My” sayings and the “My” commandments He is talking about?

In the New Testament Alone?

If the sayings and commandments that Yahushua spoke to mankind are limited to a 3-1/2 year period on earth, then perhaps we could say that His sayings and commandments are confined to the New Testament alone.

If, on the other hand, Yahushua spoke to mankind over several thousand years before He manifested Himself on earth, then perhaps His sayings and commandments might appear in the Old Testament as well.

But how could Yahushua Messiah speak to us before He was manifested on the earth?

The answer can be seen in the following Scripture passages:

“In the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the word was God” (John 1:1)

“After these things the word of Yahuwah came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” (Genesis 15:1)

“And Moses commanded the children of Israel according to the word of Yahuwah….” (Numbers 36:5a)

Here we see that the Word of Yahuwah appeared to Abram, and also gave the commandments to Moses.

But the real significance of the identity of the WORD of Yahuwah can be seen in the following passages:

“… and the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14a)

“… the Father is in me, and I in him.” (John 10:38b)

As we saw in Messiah: The Word Made Flesh, Yahushua Messiah is referred to as “the Word” of God and “the Word of LIFE.” We saw that He is the Word who was “made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:1,14; 1John 1:1; 1Timothy 3:16). Here we saw that the WORD of God became a human — the man, Yahushua Messiah. God Himself [the God of the Bible, the LORD God — Yahuwah Elohim], revealed and manifested Himself in the flesh, through Messiah Yahushua!

This is a serious matter!

The Words described as the “sayings and commandments of Yahushua” are not confined to the New Testament. The ‘sayings and commandments’ of Yahushua have been spoken to mankind “from the beginning,” over several thousand years:

“Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.” (1John 2:7)

The Hebrew name for the book of Genesis, the first Book in the Bible, is ‘Beresheith’ — which translates to “In the beginning.” So we see that the apostle John is telling us that the words he writes to us are not new, but are the old commandment, which is the word which ye have heard from “the beginning” — from the Book of Genesis onward.

So we see that the ‘words, sayings and commandments’ of Yahushua are found in the Old Testament!

The ‘sayings and commandments’ of Yahushua Messiah are the Words that Yahuwah Elohim spoke, because Messiah is Yahuwah’s WORD made flesh! Yahushua Messiah is the WORD of Yahuwah, who gave the commandments to Moses, and who spoke to all the prophets throughout the Old Testament.

Thus we see that the ‘sayings and the ‘commandments’ of Yahushua Messiah include all the Words within the ‘Old Testament.’

Yahushua’s WORDs include the sayings and commandments of the TaNaK — the Hebrew-letter acronym for the Old Testament — the Hebrew letters representing the three subdivisions of the Hebrew Bible: Torah (“Instruction”), Nevi’im (“Prophets”) and Ketuvim (“Writings”).

So when Messiah tells us:

“…If ye love me, keep MY commandments” (John 14:15)…

…He is telling us that if we know His identity, and if we love Him, we will keep all of His commandments, including those He gave to Moses.

Whom do you say that I am?

The question that Messiah continues to ask every generation, is the same question He asked of His disciples: Whom do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29).

He is the One who said throughout the ‘Old Testament’, “Keep My commandments, and do them!” (Genesis 26:5; Exodus 16:28; 20:6; Leviticus 22:31; 26:3; Numbers 15:40; Deuteronomy 5:10, 29; 11:8-15)

He is the same One who said, “…If ye love me, keep MY commandments.” (John 14:15)

The commandments we keep, and those we do not keep, reveal who we believe Yahushua Messiah actually is!

Many fail to truly know Messiah, and to truly love Him in the way He has told us, simply because they have been taught that the “My” sayings and the “My” commandments of Yahushua are confined to the New Testament.

Yahushua did not say to keep the ‘New Testament’ commandments. He said to keep ‘My‘ Commandments.

And Yahushua reveals His identity, to all who seek Him with all their heart! (See Jer 29:13; Matt 7:7; Luke 11:9; Hebrews 11:6)

Which Commandments?

The real test of whether we know Yahushua, and whether we truly love Him, is to simply look to see which commandments we keep.

Do we know Messiah — and love Him — by receiving and following the instructions He wants to write on our heart?

He writes His Law, His Torah [His teachings and instructions], on the hearts of those who honestly receive Him. And because they honestly desire to know Him and love Him, they seek Him out in the Scriptures, to learn how to love Him.

His Torah gives us many instructions and guidelines. The Torah is Father’s ‘house-rules’ for all of His family members.

His Torah gives us the details of how to be holy, so that we can bring honour to His holy name.

Throughout the Old and New Testaments, Yahuwah’s people are exhorted to be ‘holy’ [separate] (1Peter 1:16; Lev 20:7). That is, we are called to live our lives as ‘separate’ from how the world chooses to live. To do this, Father has given us His guidelines for living (His ‘house-rules’), which include His appointed meeting-times for His family gatherings, also called His annual Feasts (Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles, etc.).

Also included in Father’s instructions on how to be holy [separated] unto Him, are His dietary instructions, and His seventh-day weekly Sabbath to observe. These are all included in the “MY” commandments that Yahushua was referring to — and these all bring honour to His name!

Brothers and Sisters, let us learn to truly love Messiah, in the way He has told us!

Let us learn how to walk in obedience to all of His Words, including those He spoke from the beginning.

For He has said… If you love me, keep MY commandments!”

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