God Resists the Proud, But Gives Grace to the Humble

No one needs to be taught how to be hard-hearted, proud, self-important, or arrogant – we are all born that way!

The scary thing about pride is that God resists those who are proud or arrogant. As the Scriptures tell us, pride is abominable to Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]:

  • Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to Yahuwah [the LORD]. (Proverbs 16:5a)
  • As the Scriptures say, God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble. (James 4:6b)
  • Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble. (1Peter 5:5b)

Evidences of a Prideful Heart

Pride is a strong spiritual darkness that will blind us spiritually, and will eventually lead us into deception if we do not change our ways.

I have been thinking about this lately, because pride is a spiritual darkness that tends to prevail, or periodically overtake everyone. No one is exempt from the darkness of pride! When the darkness of pride covers us, then the Light of God’s Word is extinguished.

I have noticed that whenever a prideful attitude prevails in someone, that person is not following one basic instruction in the Bible (myself included at times):

  • Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. (James 1:19)

A person with a prideful attitude has a very difficult time hearing and listening to others, and is oftentimes very hasty to speak out with anger. As we saw in 5 Characteristics of the Foolish, being quick to become angry is the reaction of fools. Unfortunately all of us have experienced that irritated, fuming feeling that can burst forth from us quick as a flash.

Many people actually prefer a proud, hardened heart because it seems to them that having a hardened heart implies human strength, assurance, and independence. To the hard-hearted, any tenderness or thoughtful consideration is unattractive, because it seems to them as weak, aimless, and disgraceful.

The proud foolishly (often unknowingly) scoff and argue against their Creator, to their own hurt. They attempt to operate themselves by their own human wisdom, understanding, and opinions. We have all done this! We proudly think we can manage just fine without heeding the wisdom and truth of God’s Word — His Instruction Manual, the Bible!

If Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] is saddened by our behaviour, then He will send us warnings, as we saw in God’s Faithful Warning Signals: Learning Our Lessons. If we are going in a wrong direction by behaving with a proud and stubborn attitude, God will try to get our attention by warning us with resistance.

A good way to check ourselves to discern if we are treating a difficult situation with a hard and stubborn attitude is to ask ourselves: “Am I willing to listen and consider that the other person might be right and I might be wrong?” This would be a good question to consider because behaving with a prideful attitude only ends in trouble and disgrace: Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall (stumble, fail, ruin, cast down). (Proverbs 16:18; see also Proverbs 11:2; 13:10; Psalm 31:10); Woe unto him that strives with his Maker. (Isaiah 45:9a).

“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see something that’s above you.” — C. S. Lewis

Evidences of a Humble Heart

If we are truly humble, then we will seek to avoid arrogance, avoid self-centered attitudes, and renounce our indifference toward Yahuwah. The humble recognize the limits of human understanding and reasonings, and instead rely and depend on Yahuwah and the supreme wisdom of His Word. As we saw in To This One Will I Look, it is the humble who understand their own weaknesses, and are therefore more tender-hearted toward others.

One who is truly wise will seek to learn to be as our Saviour, who was meek and lowly (humble) of heart (Matthew 11:29 ). Being lowly means we will be empty, deflated — meaning we will not be puffed up with pride and selfishness — just like our Saviour, who empitied Himself and humbled Himself by becoming a servant. (Luke 22:27; see also Philippians 2:5-8)

The humble, the lowly, will choose to be more understanding of others, patient and teachable. And the humble will talk to Father God often, admitting their needs and sorrows, or expressing their joys and most importantly, expressing thanksgiving for Father’s abundant lovingkindness!

Those of a humble heart know that humility is a choice, a decision of our own will, as Yahuwah Himself has often told us: Humble yourself!” (James 4:10; see also Micah 6:8; 2Chronicles 32:26; 2Chronicles 33:12,). The truly humble have learned that humility is a day-by-day choice. Over and over, those of a humble heart make the choice to be tender-hearted and/or repentant.

Behaving with a humble attitude has the promise of refreshment and comfort and well-being as the Proverbs tell us: Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:7-8; see also Isaiah 57:15)

“If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be unknown and considered as nothing. To think of oneself as nothing, and to always think well and highly of others is A Most Perfect Wisdom.” — Thomas a Kempis (See Romans 12:3,10,16)

Resistance — or Assistance

So what do we want? Resistance from God — or Assistance from God?

As we ponder this question, let us remember something that is very important:

Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] is the Creator of the universe, and He is the only Righteous, Living, Eternal, All-Mighty God, and He is infinitely superior to all human wisdom and reasonings. There is no one who can withstand His power, or say to Him, What are You doing??

As mortal human beings, no matter how high our IQ, no matter how much ‘brain-power’ we might possess, none of us can withstand the all-knowing, all-powerful, immortal Creator of all things! God is far, far bigger than you and me, in every way!! We are little in power, and little in knowledge. We are simply little creatures. We are dust and ashes, in comparison to Yahuwah Elohim — the LORD God Almighty (see Genesis 2:7 and Genesis 3:19 and Genesis 18:27 and Job 11:7-8).

When conflicts and contentions darken our path, if we are puzzled and confused, then perhaps, not always, but perhaps we are in a place where God, in His great mercy, is warning us and resisting us because of a prideful attitude.

If we are quick to become angry, being disgusted and resentful with others and with our situation, think about what Father God tells us: He who is soon angry acts foolishly. (Proverbs 14:17a) and A fool’s lips enter into arguments. (Proverbs 18:6a)

It is the ‘high’ (proud and exalted) regard we place on our own thoughts, our own imaginations, and our own opinions, that often lead us to become hardened, arrogant, contentious, and bitter. These kind of attitudes are the things that Yahuwah [the LORD] resists:

  • Every one that exalts himself shall be abased (humbled); and he that humbles himself shall be exalted. (Luke 18:14b)
  • The Most High, the King of heaven, is able to humble those who walk in pride! (Daniel 4:37b)
  • The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down. (Isaiah 2:11a)

But if we desire Yahuwah’s assistance in the midst of conflicts and contentions, then we will take the pathway of humility by talking to the heavenly Father and acknowledging our need for Him: In all your ways acknowledge Him [Yahuwah/the LORD], and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:6)

We must make this first step of humility toward God before we can know His direction or intervention on our behalf. Father does indeed want us to know His direction because He is loving and compassionate (Psalm 86:15). But we must first humble ourselves by choosing to seek Him by our own free will!

We humble ourselves by choosing, with our words and actions, to depend on Yahuwah’s Word, depend on the Holy Spirit’s confirming guidance within us, and maintain a thankful heart. And, we humble ourselves by seriously considering that we might be wrong about any disturbing issue.

Humility: Wondrous, Mysterious, Rewarding

As the Scriptures teach us, there is something wondrous, mysterious, and rewarding, about being humble!

Notice these 8 rewarding promises to the humble:

  • And unto man He said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. (Job 28:28)
  • The way of Yahuwah [the LORD] is strength to the upright. (Proverbs 10:29a)
  • For Yahuwah [the LORD] takes pleasure in His people: He will beautify the meek with salvation. (Psalm 149:4)
  • But godliness with contentment is great gain (1Timothy 6:6)
  • But know that Yahuwah [the LORD] has set apart him that is godly for Himself: Yahuwah [the LORD] will hear when I call unto Him. (Psalm 4:3)
  • With the lowly is wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2b)
  • If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously, and reproaches not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5)
  • For thus says the High and Exalted One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, (I dwell) also with him that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (Isaiah 57:15)

Humility – An On-Going Quality

Walking in humility is a choice to ‘depart from evil.’ It is “the way of the LORD,” and it is a choice to be like our Saviour Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ]. Yahushua was patient, compassionate, and meek, and He always sought the guidance of His Father.

Let us earnestly desire to be humble and honest about our own limited understanding, because it is to the humble (the lowly) that God imparts His wisdom, strength, encouragement, and thus His assistance.

God gives His grace (His enablement) to the humble, to those who look to Him, call upon Him, and rely on Him and His promises. Out of His abundant love and great mercy, Yahuwah [the LORD] has given us His Word and His Holy Spirit — to guide us, and to help us know the best way to live our daily lives. But we must humble ourselves and seek Him by being open, teachable, and tender-hearted toward Him and His Word.

Humility is an on-going quality with those who are following, and walking with, Yahuwah [the LORD] for it is the humble who experience His amazing, and marvellous, enabling grace!

Thank You Father God, for Your Holy Spirit that is always seeking to guide me in the way that I should go. Help me Father, to look to You in the midst of my troubles and struggles. Help me to keep a humble heart whenever I encounter difficulties. Help me to seek You diligently, and study and learn Your Word for myself. Help me Father, to always trust Your Word, even when there seems to be no hope! I pray in the name of Your Son, Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus]. Amen.

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A Poem – The Words of the LORD are Pure Words

By the Word of the LORD were the heavens made,
And all the host of them
by the breath of His mouth.
For He spake — He spake, and it was done!
He commanded, and it stood fast.
For the Word of the LORD is right;
And all His works are done in Truth.
Thy Word is Truth!

The Words of the LORD are pure Words,
As silver tried in a furnace of earth,
purified seven times.
The Commandments of the LORD are pure,
Enlightening the eyes of my heart,
Giving understanding and wisdom and enduring hope
to the humble and the simple.

Every Word of God is pure!
He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet,
And a light unto my path.
Hear my cry, and deliver me,
Quicken me according to Thy Word

God’s Son is the Way, the Truth, and the Life;
He is the Word of the LORD made flesh.
No one comes unto the LORD
Except by and through His Son,
Whose name is called The Word of God.

The Words of the LORD are pure Words,
As silver tried in a furnace of earth—
Purified, purified seven times;
Preserved forever, For all generations.

—a poem inspired by the Scriptures and my friend Katherine

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The Baby in Your Womb: A Woman’s Remarkable and Unique Privilege

A baby growing in the womb is an amazing, mysterious, and awesome event! Nothing compares to the wondrous and marvellous creation of a baby in the womb (Psalm 139:14). The 9-month creation of a human baby is a life-changing event that should be valued with great awe and respect and love.

A baby is God’s precious and delicate Gift of Life, and we should greatly respect and honour the Gift of Life that God gives to mothers. We should never take away, or abort, the Life of anyone, regardless of how small they may be, including a baby in the womb!

Thanks to modern technology, we are now able to better understand God’s workmanship within the hidden workshop of a woman’s womb. One very exciting discovery is to see what happens at the moment of conception — an instantaneous flash of light, known as the ‘Spark of Life’.

This ‘Spark of Life’ is the moment in which a male sperm fertilizes a female egg, and thus, a highly specialized zygote cell is formed, which is the beginning of human Life. This exciting discovery reveals that this bright ‘Spark of Life’ is the moment of God’s impartation of human Life, when God breathes His Life into a newly-conceived person.

This ‘Spark of Life’ is confirmed in the Scriptures [the Bible] by the following verses:

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of Lights, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (no variation or shadows due to changing). (James 1:17)

The spirit of man is the Candle of Yahuwah [the LORD], searching all the inward parts of the belly. (Proverbs 20:27)

This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all. (1John 1:5)

He [Yahushua Messiah/Jesus Christ] was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world. (John 1:9)

As the Scriptures tell us, God Himself is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all! He is the Father of Lights! From the moment of conception, God’s Light breathes into a new person and He begins forming and ‘knitting’ together a new human Life. All this happens within the special workshop of a woman’s womb (see Psalms 139:13-16).

Each person is the divine craftsmanship of the hands of Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God] (Isaiah 44:2a; Ephesians 2:10). And Yahuwah [the LORD] has an eternal plan for every single one of His marvellous works!

The whole process from conception to birth is so complex, so intricate, so complicated, that when conception occurs and a child is conceived in a woman’s womb, it has to be the work and purpose of God alone! The LORD God is the only person capable of creating such an amazing event! None but the Living, Almighty God, Creator of the universe, could accomplish such an intimate, biologically complex, multi-step, miraculous process. [See video links below.]

Being ‘With Child’

Being ‘with child’ is a beautiful and special time for a woman. A woman who is ‘with child’ should be ecstatic with wonder and humility for becoming a co-worker with the Creator of Life. No matter the circumstances of the conception, she has now become a chosen vessel of honour, mercy, and Life! God has created the woman to be the valiant and capable hero to preserve and nurture His innocent and delicate newborns.

A woman should value the remarkable privilege of being ‘with child’. A woman should be very careful with her health during the special years of her ability to become pregnant. When a woman becomes pregnant, she should embrace the very special time of pregnancy as an extremely important event. She has become a specialized co-worker of Life with the Creator of the universe! Therefore maintaining her good health is essential.

God has entrusted women to be a guardian and a co-worker with Him, by carrying His special and delicate workmanship within the hidden place of the womb. Preserving and protecting the very small LIFE of a baby in the womb is a tremendous privilege for every woman who is ‘with child’.

When a child is conceived within a woman’s womb, that woman’s natural qualities of nurturing, empathy, and compassion begin to prevail. This divine, feminine characteristic within a woman is part of God’s careful, sensitive, and thoughtful planning for bringing His marvellous and wonderful works of Life to birth. God created the woman with this wisdom, so she could be a co-worker with Him.

Let every woman who is ‘with child’ be of a humble spirit, and recognize her very remarkable and unique privilege that God has given her!

Father in heaven, I thank You for the precious Gift of Life! Help me Father to value and respect the Life of my baby. Help me to seek Your guidance, strength, mercy, and patience. I ask for Your grace to help me serve You by choosing Life for my baby and by honouring Your plans for my baby. I ask this in the name of Your Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], my Saviour. Amen.

[1] The Spark of Life

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They Were Noble and Valiant For Truth

Being noble and valiant for truth are very honourable characteristics!

Being of a noble (superior) character and being valiant (courageous, brave) for truth are very rare qualities nowadays. It takes uncommon courage to stand up for truth, to proclaim truth, to search for truth, to receive truth, to love truth, to submit to truth.

One group of people in the apostle Paul’s day were valiant for truth — the Bereans. They are described as being ‘more noble’:

And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming there went into the synagogue of the Jews. These (the Bereans) were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few. (Acts 17:10-12)

As this passage shows us, these Bereans were not as obstinate, annoyed, or intolerant as the Thessalonians. The unbelieving Jews of Thessalonica were angry, and they troubled the people of the city causing an uproar. But the Jews of Berea were more noble! They were valiant for truth, eagerly wanting to know the truth and the guidance of the Word of Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]. They were willing to hear Paul’s message without partiality even though Paul’s teachings were contrary to what they were familiar with.

What wonderful qualities these Bereans possessed! Apparently they did not quarrel with the apostle’s revelations about the Messiah; they did not find fault. Rather they heard Paul’s message and began to search the Scriptures daily — searching the only Scriptures they had — the Old Testament!

What was the result of their search? — ‘many of them believed’! They discovered that the Scriptures confirmed the Gospel message that Paul preached and therefore they received Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ] as their Messiah and Saviour.

These Bereans were like King Josiah. When King Josiah heard God’s Word (see 2Chronicles 34:14-33), he was tender-hearted. The tender-hearted learn to be sensitive to the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit as they study and search God’s Word. The tender-hearted know that it is better to be open to instruction and not be too hasty to reject a differing position. (Proverbs 14:29a; Proverbs 4:13)

Often there is a yielded, gentle quality in the tender-hearted because they have known the pain of rejection, the agony of persecution, or the loneliness of despair and defeat. The tender-hearted have become tenderized, even beautiful, through afflictions. Such people have learned, and benefited, from their trials.

Perhaps the Bereans were a mature group of people who had learned that troubles or afflictions are blessings in disguise. Hardships are meant to help us repent of our prideful, selfish attitudes: “Blessed is the man whom You chasten, O Yahuwah [LORD], and whom You teach out of Your law [Torah]” (Psalms 94:12). The tender-hearted have observed and come to understand the fearful consequences of a stubborn, haughty, hard-hearted nature

The Bereans heard and listened carefully to the message of the kingdom of God and of the Messiah. I would say that the Bereans were noble and valiant for truth!

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The Law of the LORD is Perfect

In the Bible, the apostle Paul mentions the ‘Law’ of God many times. But what is the Law of God, and why is it important that we understand the blessings that result from our obedience to its precepts?

According to the Scriptures [the Bible], God’s Law is something to delight in, something full of wonders, and it is a perfect and true thing:

I have longed for Your salvation, O LORD; and Your Law is my delight. (Psalm 119:174)

Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your Law. (Psalm 119:18)

The Law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul…. (Psalm 19:7a)

Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your Law is the truth. (Psalm 119:142)

O how I love Your Law! It is my meditation all the day! (Psalm 119:97)

The Scriptures [God’s Word], describes God’s Law as ‘Delightful, Wondrous, Perfect, and True.’ But since there are some today that scorn and criticize God’s Law as something to avoid, we must ask ourselves, how can something that is delightful and wondrous, perfect and true, be bad for us?

As we read the Scriptures, especially in the Psalms and Proverbs, we see that God tells us that obedience to His Law results in our happiness and blessing:

“. . . he that keeps the Law, happy [‘blessed’] is he.” (Prov 29:18b)

So should we ignore and consider as nothing, some of the words in Scripture? I think not!!

Let’s recall what the apostle Paul said:

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2Timothy 3:16)

All Scripture includes the Psalms and Proverbs. So if someone thinks that keeping God’s ‘Law’ is unprofitable, then there is something incorrect in their understanding of the Scriptures.

The key to understanding God’s ‘Law’ is to understand the meaning of the Hebrew word used.

Our understanding of God’s Word is greatly increased as we look at the Biblical definition of the word ‘Law’.

In the Scriptures, the English word ‘Law’ is most often the Hebrew word ‘Torah’ — which means, “the instructions, teachings, and guidelines” of Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God].

So, in other words, we could say of Psalm 119:97, “O how I love the instructions, teachings, and guidelines of Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God]! It is my meditation all the day!”

Also in the Scriptures, the English word ‘perfect’ is often the Hebrew word ‘tamiym‘, which means “entire; truth; without blemish; perfect; undefiled; and upright.”

So when we see the verse that says: The Torah of Yahuwah is ‘perfect. . .’ (Psalm 19:7a), we could say “The Torah of Yahuwah is entirely truthful, without blemish, perfect, undefiled, and upright.”

Now in the same verse, we are told, “The Torah of Yahuwah is perfect, converting the soul.” (Psalm 19:7b)

So we must ask ourselves, how does the Torah ‘convert’ the soul?

Throughout the Scriptures, the English word ‘convert’ is the Hebrew word ‘shuwb‘, meaning “to return; turn back; turn; turn away or toward; refresh or restore; bring back.”

As we read and meditate on what the verses of Torah (the instructions, teachings, and guidelines of Yahuwah) actually say, we become aware of Father’s ways, and what He delights in. We begin to have an awareness of what is considered sin, and what is not sin, so that we might avoid sinning. Even the apostle Paul tells us, “By the (study of) Torah is the knowledge (comes the awareness) of (what is) sin” (Romans 3:20b; see also 1John 3:4).

This awareness of what is/is not sin, helps us to walk in a way more fully ‘turned’ toward Him. Thus we can see that it is Father’s instructions that give us the awareness, and it is the Holy Spirit within who gives us the Grace and ability, to ‘turn’ or ‘return’ more fully to obedience to Father’s Word, as did King David.

King David who wrote many of the Psalms, loved the Word of Yahuwah with a passion! He loved the instructions, teachings, and guidelines of Yahuwah Elohim! Do we have such a passion for Yahuwah’s Word? — a passion for learning and obeying the ‘Torah’?

King David understood the richness of God’s Word! He had a discerning heart and an accurate perspective regarding God’s Word. Because of David’s love for God’s Word, he received this testimony from God:

… God raised up unto the people of Israel David to be their king; to whom also He gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who shall fulfill all My will. (Acts 13:22)

Thanks to The Computer

To truly understand the Scriptures, we must begin to learn at least some of the meanings of the Hebrew words. This is very possible in this day and age thanks to the computer, the internet, and the Bible software programs that are easily available to most everyone.

For me, a tremendous help in my understanding of the Scriptures, as well as in my walk with God, has been to use the software program e-sword. Thanks to these modern tools, God is bringing many of His people back, to ‘return’ to the Hebrews roots of the Christian faith; bringing His people out of captivity, and restoring a deeper understanding of, and obedince to, His Word.

The Bible was not written by authors having a western, Greek-oriented mind-set. If our worldview is based on a western, Greek-oriented thinking, then we will not understand many of the verses in the Bible. This kind of mind-set results in believers acquiring many unscriptural practices, which lead us into bondage.

The apostle Paul once said that he speaks to them that ‘know the law’ (see Romans 7:1). Paul was referring to the importance of knowing Torah, in order to understand his writings. The book of Hebrews is also specifically written to those who know (and understand) Torah.

Both the Old and New Testament writings are written from a worldview that is based on a Middle Eastern language and culture. In order to have a correct understanding of both the Old and New Testament writings, we need to have some understanding of the language of the Hebrew people who penned the Scriptures. Such a worldview does not in any way weaken the authority of the Scriptures, rather it confirms the authority of God’s Word! In fact, we will discover that the Old and New Testament teachings complement one another, and blend together in harmony with one another.

Our Saviour’s Words

As we saw in The Torah: The Key to Unlocking God’s Word, many of our Saviour’s Words point us back to obedience to the teachings and instructions, given from the beginning, which means learning and obeying the teachings, instructions, and the commandments within the first five books of the Bible — the Torah!

Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ] told us:

45) And he that sees Me, sees Him that sent Me…. 49) For I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father (Yahuwah Elohim) which sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50) And I know that His commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak. 9) …he that has seen Me has seen the Father. 23) Yahushua (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 loves Me not, keeps not My sayings: and the Word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s which sent Me. (John 12:45,49-50 and John 14:9, 23-24).

Notice Yahushua’s conclusion of the Words which He said to the people: the Word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s which sent Me. We need to take seriously the Words that Yahushua said repeatedly — that the Father SENT Him, to speak on behalf of the Father!

Yahushua [Jesus] was the ambassador for Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God]. Yahushua represented the Father in every way. Yahushua was the physical representation of Yahuwah [the LORD]: Yahushua [Jesus] was the brightness of God’s glory, and the express image of God’s person (see Hebrews 1:1-4).

The above verses, and many others in the Gospels, are full of references to Father’s Word; references to Yahuwah Elohim’s teachings and instructions within the Torah and exhortations to follow the Torah!

The Purpose of Understanding

Let us recall a few Scriptures from the Psalms and Proverbs:

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the Law [the Torah] of Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] (Psalm 119:1)

Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your Law [the Torah]; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. (Psalm 119:34)

And I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I have loved (Psalm 119:47)

Your hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments. (Psalm 119:73)

Let Your tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for Your Law [the Torah] is my delight. (Psalm 119:77)

The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall. (Proverbs 10:8)

The Law [the Torah] of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. (Proverbs 13:14)

A wise man fears, and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident. (Proverbs 14:16)

Whoso keeps the Law [the Torah] is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shames his father. (Proverbs 28:7)

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the Law [the Torah], happy is he. (Proverbs 29:18)

Think about what these verses are saying! If we believe that the Bible is the authoritative, true, and fundamentally accurate Word of the Living, Eternal God, then these verses can no longer be ignored! Especially we cannot ignore Psalm 119:34 – Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your Law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

I will acknowledge that some of the verses in the New Testament are for me ‘hard to understand’ as the apostle Peter told us (see 2Peter 3:14-16). But the difficulty in my understanding is NOT in the Scriptures, but in my LACK of understanding!

So in the above verse in Psalm 119:34, we see that the result and the purpose of true understanding is to obey God’s Law — His TORAH — His Instructions! (See also 1Chronicles 22:11-12.)

This gets back to what I said at the start: The Bible is not written by authors with a western, Greek-oriented mind-set. If our worldview is based on a western, Greek-oriented mind-set, then we will not understand many of the verses in the Bible, especially in the New Testament. So in order to truly understand the Scriptures, we must begin to learn at least some of the meanings of the Hebrew words, as well as some of the Greek words.

If you want to go further in your understanding of God’s Word, there are several Hebrew Roots (Messianic) teachers that go into great detail about some of the difficult verses in the New Testament. Here are three that I recommend:

EliYah Ministries

The Way Prepared

Hoshana Rabbah

One very helpful video is by EliYah Ministries:  The Hebrew Roots of Christianity.

A Father Has Compassion on His Children

Some have erroneously taught that obedience to our Father’s instructions will put us under a curse! But if God’s Law (His Torah) is delightful and wondrous, perfect and true, then how could it possibly be true that the loving, merciful Father God would threaten His children with a curse for obeying His instructions? That notion is absurd!

Throughout the Bible we see that it is only the ‘disobedient’ who are under a curse. Those who have not yet acknowledged Messiah Yahushua, to receive His ‘grace for obedience’ — but are still trying to be righteous by their own efforts—their own works—these are still under the curse, as the apostle Paul tells us (Romans 3:10).

Once we have been born-again, and become the righteousness of God through faith in Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], then we are given His “grace for obedience,” a genuine desire and ability to do God’s will:

Yahushua [Jesus] answered them and said, My doctrine (teaching) is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine (teaching), whether it be of God, or (whether) I speak of Myself. (John 7:16 -17; see also Hebrews 10:16-17)

Our heavenly Father, Yahuwah [the LORD], wants us to learn to do His will, which is to obey His Law, the Torah—so that we can know His doctrine (His teaching).

Yahuwah Elohim loves His children, and He knows that when His children begin to learn about the Hebrew roots of their faith, then they will begin to have a deeper understanding of what Yahushua meant when He said: “If you continue in My WORD, then you are My disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32)

Think about this: Any loving, earthly father would not put a curse on his children who love him, and who are trying their best to honour and obey him!

Our heavenly Father is the same:

Like a father has compassion on his children, so Yahuwah [the LORD] has compassion on those who fear Him. (Psalm 103:13)

Let us take to heart one thing that the apostle Paul said, and then begin to search the Scriptures for a better understanding, that is according to God’s Word! (see Psalm 119:169):

The Law [the Torah] is holy, and the Commandment is holy and righteous and good (Romans 7:12).

So do you see? Not only is the Law [the Torah] of the LORD ‘perfect’, it is also holy, righteous, and good.

I would say that The Law of the LORD is Perfect, Converting the Soul — and that is a Blessing!!

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