One of my favorite quotes is by Thomas Merton. It is an excellent description of our heavenly Father:
“Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved.”
This sums up the Father’s love for His children — He wants only what is good for us! He wants things to be ‘be well’ with each one of us! He wants things to ‘go well’ with each one of us! He wants us to know His provision, His protection, and His peace, which are so abundant that they are beyond our ability to comprehend (Philippians 4:7; Job 22:21). This is the very nature of the All-Mighty Creator, Yahuwah Elohim (the Hebrew name for the LORD God).
God IS love and He seeks only one thing: our good, our well-being, and what is eternally best for us.
The word ‘well’ in the Hebrew language can also have other meanings. The often-used phrase, “that it may be well with you” can also mean, “That it may be good, pleasing, merry, cheerful, or better with you.” All of these words pretty much describe the meaning of the word ‘well’.
The Scriptures reveal Father’s heart about how we can learn the necessary steps for demonstrating our love for God and thus experience His promise for things to ‘be well’ and ‘go well’ with us. These Scriptural steps are described in many verses throughout the Bible. Do we have the child-like faith to receive Yahuwah’s Word as it is written?
Here are 5 of the verses that teach us Father’s love and heart desire for His children:
From these Scripture verses, God teaches us 4 steps necessary in order for things to ‘be well’ and ‘go well’ with us:
The above instructions call upon us to be “doers” of the written instructions in the Scriptures, and they are in harmony with what the Saviour, Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ] teaches His followers:
The above passages all appear in the New Testament Gospels. But when Yahushua spoke the above words, we should understand one thing…
Thus we know that in the above passages, Yahushua was referring to obedience to the written instructions in the Scriptures of His day, what is now referred to as the ‘Old’ Testament!
Keeping The Commandments
Let us recall that the only commandments the early disciples had when Yahushua spoke those words were the ‘Old’ Testament writings.
Any elementary Hebrew student at that time would have understood that the phrase “keeping the commandments” referred to obeying the written commandments, teachings, and instructions in the Scriptures existing at the time, known as the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings.
These Scriptures, also known as the Tanak, are commonly known today as the ‘Old’ Testament writings. But the ‘Old’ Testament is not really ‘old’! It is the Word of God spoken by the pre-incarnate Messiah.
The ‘Tanak’ is an acronym consisting of the first Hebrew letters [T-N-K] of the names of the three subdivisions of the Hebrew Scriptures:
Let us recall that in Deuteronomy 13:1-5, we are told that if a prophet should arise in our midst, and speak any words that would contradict Torah, or teach people to turn away from obedience to Torah, we should not hearken to that prophet.
We know that Yahushua did not speak any words against obedience to Torah. For if He had, He would have broken that command in Deuteronomy 13:1-5. He would have transgressed or disobeyed the Torah, and would be guilty of sin! From this we know that Yahushua did not teach that the Law [Torah] had been destroyed or done away, nor did His disciples, as this too would be a sin.
Scripture defines transgression of the Torah as ‘sin’ (1John 3:4). If Yahushua had transgressed the Torah, if He had promoted any disobedience to the Torah, He would have been ‘lawless’ – a sinner – and He would have deserved to die! He would have been disqualified from being the true Messiah, and He would not have been the perfect sacrifice required for our redemption and forgiveness.
But we know Yahushua did not sin (1John 3:5)! He never violated the Torah! He kept the commandments! We also know that He was the perfect sacrifice, one without blemish (1Peter 1:18-19; Hebrews 7:26). And, because of the precious Blood of His sacrifice on the cross, we have forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 1:7).
We can conclude therefore that when Yahushua spoke of ‘keeping the commandments’ He was proclaiming obedience to the Torah — obedience to the ‘Old’ Testament commandments, which is the will of the Heavenly Father (Matthew 12:50).
Father’s Loving Instructions – The Torah
For centuries, many Believers have been taught that the ‘Old’ Testament is not necessary spiritual food, but that the ‘New’ Testament is all we need for our growth in grace, and for our growth in the knowledge of our Master and Saviour Yahushua Messiah. But let us remember the nature of our Mighty One, the Almighty God:
Yahuwah Elohim, the LORD God, does not change! This is why the Holy Spirit is moving mightily today, restoring the understanding of the everlasting nature of Yahuwah, and of His Word! We are learning the Heavenly Father’s full and complete Truth of His Everlasting New Covenant.
Yahuwah is calling us to a greater level of maturity and understanding of what it truly means to know Him, and to love Him. He is calling us to understand His Word, and to know Him “from the beginning” — this phrase is used nine times in 1John and 2John!
As we saw in Thy Torah is My Delight, the word ‘Torah’ means Father’s loving instructions, teachings, and guidelines. The word ‘Torah’ also often refers to the entire body of the Scriptures.
It is in the Torah that we find the written instructions, teachings, and guidelines of God, the “House Rules” He has given for all of His children, for all who have been born-again into His family. If we desire to demonstrate our love for Yahuwah, and if we desire the many blessings for things to be well and go well with us, we need to search the Torah, so that we may discover — and learn to follow — His instructions.
The ‘New’ Testament writings explain, enhance, confirm, and follow the teachings from the ‘Old’ Testament. However, a proper understanding of the New Testament requires a correct understanding of the Tanakh. Thus in order to truly understand the details of the New Testament, we must begin to learn for ourselves what is written in the treasuries of the ‘Old’ Testament Scriptures, just as the noble Bereans did (Acts 17:10-12).
By Grace Alone Are We Saved
It is ONLY by Yahuwah’s Son, Yahushua the Messiah, and by Yahushua’s own blood, that we obtain justification and salvation. By His grace alone are we saved through our faith in God’s Son (Ephesians 2:8-9), because He, Yahushua Messiah, our merciful High Priest, entered once into the Heavenly Holy Place, and obtained eternal redemption for us (Hebrews 9:11-12).
Our salvation is not about Yahuwah’s requirements for “burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin.” Our faith must be firmly established on the fact that by our Saviour’s sacrifice, He “offered one sacrifice for sins forever, and He sat down on the right hand of God… and by one offering (of Himself) He has perfected forever them that are sanctified” (see Hebrews 10:1-22).
Nevertheless, all the promises of blessings — for things to be well and go well with us — are greatly magnified when we begin to understand the details of Father’s Torah, His loving instructions, His ‘House Rules’ for His family. And even though there are some things in the Scriptures that are hard to understand (2Peter 3:14-16), we must have the commitment to be ‘doers’ of the Scriptures that we do understand. And the more of Scripture we understand, the less we will be deceived by the lie that some of God’s Word has been ‘done away’ (Matthew 5:17-19)!
Personally, I have a genuine desire for things to be well and to go well with me. Dear Reader, do you have such a desire? He first loved us, and He desires that we in return would love Him — that is, that we would demonstrate our love for Him by our actions.
Here is where that love must begin:
The fulfillment of our desire for well-being must begin with our personal love relationship with our Saviour, and our willingness to demonstrate our love for Him by obeying Him.
He Has Given Us His Grace
If we truly desire to show our love for Yahuwah [the LORD]; if we desire the rewards of things being well and going well with us, then we will be tenderhearted to receive the entire Word of Yahuwah, as it is written, and we will be willing to walk in it by His enabling Grace! It is not hard to do, for Yahuwah has given us His grace, His divine power and enablement, and all the things that pertain unto life and godliness (2Peter 1:2-3).
Father is restoring the Truth and the relevancy of His entire Word to His children! Father God is restoring the great importance of learning and following the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments for His family. This is the pathway to knowing God’s goodness, His protection, and His blessings! This is the pathway to demonstrating our love for God and for His Son.
If we are already a part of His family, then learning to walk according to His ‘House Rules’ (the Torah) is part of our expected maturing process, our growth in grace and knowledge of our Master and Saviour.
For things to truly and abundantly be well with us, we must begin to love and honour our Heavenly Father’s ‘House Rules’ by observing His instructions regarding His Sabbath days, by following His guidelines for our diet, and by living according to His established Biblical calendar of events.
These, and other ‘House Rules’ for Yahuwah’s family, are found throughout the honourable Torah (Isaiah 42:21)! These instructions are the desires of Yahuwah [the LORD] for His family!
It is His ‘House Rules’ that He wants to put into our hearts, and write upon our minds, as part of His New and Everlasting Covenant:
Demonstrating Our Love
A Believer is a DO-er of God’s WORD. Being a DO-er of God’s Word includes learning and following His Words from the beginning.
The importance of obeying Yahuwah’s commandments ‘from the beginning’ is an on-going, significant and vital part of Father’s plans, purposes, and protection for His children. And Messiah’s teachings confirm Father’s plans for His children.
Knowing what Father’s loving plans are for His family begins in the ‘Old’ Testament, and specifically in the first five books of the Bible (the Torah). Therefore the ‘Old’ Testament [which is not really ‘old’], is foundational for understanding all of Scripture.
We demonstrate our love for Yahuwah, and for His Son Yahushua Messiah, by keeping His commandments (John 14:15), and by following His instructions — including those He gave to Moses, from the beginning. Our obedience is the evidence of our love for Messiah!
How can we begin to demonstrate more fully our love for Yahuwah Elohim, the Mighty One of Israel, and His beloved Son?
We can begin by adjusting our lifestyle wherever necessary, so that we may be more in harmony with all of Father’s guidelines and instructions. When we do the necessary adjustments, then we will begin to know more fully Father’s immense love for us. And we will begin to know without a doubt that the heavenly Father seeks only one thing: our good, our well-being, and what is eternally best for us.
Yahuwah, who IS love, has clearly revealed how we can demonstrate our love for Him — by keeping His commandments:
O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear Me, and keep all My commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! (Deuteronomy 5:29)
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