How do we accept the covenant with YHWH? Its all about sin.
According to the Psalmist, only when we keep His Torah/instructions.
This tells us that YHWH takes His instructions very seriously, and we should obey Him, or be excluded from His covenant. The “wrong” to whom Elohim speaks here, are those that are unrighteous. Being righteous is doing what is right. Doing what is right has always been keeping Torah. Now, keeping Torah cannot give you salvation, although Torah is capable of producing righteousness (Yeshua was righteous because He kept the WHOLE Torah, from birth to death, and due to this, He is capable of paying for the sins of the unrighteous). This is why we need a Savior; because we cannot keep Torah perfectly, from birth to death, without failing in it even once.
However, Father’s standard for righteousness has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. In fact, Malachi (Mal 3:6) says that, because of this, Yahcob (that’s us (Israel), and our brothers, Judah) is not destroyed. Why? Because Father made a promise to Abraham, Yit’sak (Isaac) and Yahcob. We still need to keep Torah, in order to stay righteous in our Fathers’ eyes. If we do not, we are like a tree that produces no fruit, which are chopped down and burnt in the fire. Hebrews (10:26-29) says that, if we continue to sin after having received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no sacrifice for our sins, but only a fearful expectation of the lake of fire. The truth is that there were never a sacrifice for wilful sin. King David fasted while his child was sick, and sacrificed after his death – why not sacrifice before his death? Because there isn’t a sacrifice for wilful sin. Leviticus 1 to 6 describes the offerings/sacrifices, and not a single one is for wilful sin.
Now, since we now know that sin is not to be done, the next thing we need to do is to define sin, according to the Bible. The most simplistic definition of sin in the scriptures comes from the first epistle of John.
1 John 3:4 Everyone doing sin also does lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
So, sin is breaking the law. “Which law?”, I hear you say. “There are many laws. The law of Moses, the 10 commandments, the 2 commandments of Yeshua, the sermon on the mount, the NT laws, etc, etc.”
No, my dear friend, there is only one law.
Numbers 15:15 ‘One law is for you of the assembly and for the stranger who sojourns with you – a law forever throughout your generations. As you are, so is the stranger before יהוה.
There is only one law (Torah, set of instructions). Whether you are Israel, or the Jews, or Gentiles, or Pagans, there is just one law. How can we test this against scripture? That’s really easy. Lets look at a few examples. Firstly, we have to acknowledge that Paul says the following: “There is no sin, where there is no law.” If there is no law against speeding in your country, then there cannot be a breaking of this law, since it doesn’t exist. Therefore, you cannot “sin” against your country, or your fellow countryman, and you are not in danger of being prosecuted under the law, since there is no law. This is pure logic. Lets then look at the examples in scripture:
- Was there a law when Cain killed his brother, Abel? I thought the law was only given at Mt Sinai?
- Was there a law when those in the flood of Noah perished? I thought the law was only given at Mt Sinai?
- Was there a law when Egypt and the Pharaoh were punished for not letting the Israelites go? I thought the law was only given at Mt Sinai?
- Was there a law for the Canaanites who were driven out from before the Israelites, due to their wickedness? I thought the law was just given to Israel?
- Is there going to be a law that will judge those who will one day stand in front of the great white throne, to be judged and sentenced to death? I thought the law is only given to Israel?
The question then becomes, if the law was only given at Mt Sinai, why were there judgements before then? How can Father judge a nation if there is no law for them? What determines their wickedness? Also, if the law was only given to Israel, how can Father Elohim judge these other nations before Israel due to their wickedness? What determines their wickedness? Same thing with those in front of the white throne. Which law determines their wickedness? Is there not only one law? Brothers and sisters, we have been deceived into thinking that there is one law for Israel, and one for us, and the nations out there, has no law to govern them. No, Father is just and righteous. He has the same standard of living for us, and for the nations (gentiles) out there. One law, for both Jew and Gentile.
So, we’ve now established that sin is important and that we must not sin. We also saw that sin is breaking the law of Elohim. We also see that there is just one law, and that is the Torah of YHWH as written down by Mosheh (Moses). And then we saw that the Psalmist says that, if you reject His words and hate instruction from Him, you have no right to His covenant.
Friend, there is no arguing this point. Torah is as important to the believer today, as it was to Israel in the wilderness. Father cannot change what is repulsive to Him, since HE DOES NOT CHANGE. How can we say that He does not change, but then say that He changed His standard for righteous living? How can we say that He does not change, but then say that He changed what is repulsive to Him? He says that eating pork is to be an abomination to us, and that any person who eats the abomination shall be destroyed (Isa 66:17 – this plays off during the millennium). How is it that we twisted this into saying that His son died so that we can eat unclean meat? He says that the levitical priesthood is to be a priesthood forever, yet we somehow believe its done away with? He says that we must keep His Torah forever, in all our generations. How can we mean that to only apply to Israel, after we’ve seen the evidence above that the law was given to all mankind? He says that we must keep His feasts forever, in every generation, yet somehow we forsake His feasts, and keep the copied and corrupted feasts of Satan (christmas, easter, lent, valentines day, halloween, etc)? How is it that we can keep all the feasts that are not commanded in the Bible, but when someone tells us that we’re supposed to keep the feasts of YHWH as prescribed in scripture, we (christians) have a problem with that, and judge them, and call them legalistic? How come, when a doctor tells you to stop eating pork because of health reasons, it’s all fine and everyone accepts it, but when the Creator of the universe tells you to stop eating pork for health reasons, He is legalistic and, “that’s done away with”?
No, friend. These things were prophesied to happen. The rebellion against Fathers’ word, and the falling away. The problem is that it’s not the pagans who are falling away, but christians! Wake up, Christianity! Your Father was speaking to you when these things were said! Yeshua says the following:
Matthew 7: 21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens. 22“Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’ 23“And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!’
Verse 21 says, “he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens”. What is the will of our Father? Well, Yeshua provides the answer in verse 23 when He says: “I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness”. Father’s will is to not work Torahlessness. Yeshua here spells out that those who work lawlessness (Torahlessness) will be rejected from the Kingdom, as He doesn’t know them. Why do you think He doesn’t know them? John gives us the answer.
1 John 2:3 And by this we know that we know Him, if we guard His commands. 4 The one who says, “I know Him,” and does not guard His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
The implication of the above is that, if we do not keep His commands (again, there is only one law/Torah/set of commands), we do not know Him. So then, when we get back to Matthew 7:23, we now understand why He does not know them. They did not keep His commands, and are workers of Torahlessness! Friends, it is time to stop playing Church. It is time to realise your inheritance. It is time to realise that Father requires the UTMOST holiness from us, after He saves us by favour through faith. We cannot live unholy lives (lives where we rebel against His Torah instructions), or unrighteous lives in front of Him.
As a final thought, let me ask you a question… If you knew that the tribulation was about to start, and that the time of the return of our Savior is mere months, weeks or even days away, what would you do differently? What would you change in your life? Would you still watch pointless TV episodes? Would you still watch sport on TV? Would you still go to the movies, or buy dodgy magazines or do other things that you know is not acceptable to our Father in heaven? Or would you start studying your Bible to try and get right with Him who is able to destroy both body and soul in the lake of fire? We are too caught up in the world, brothers and sisters! We are too caught up!
James 4:4b Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with Elohim? Whoever therefore intends to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of Elohim.
John 15:18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, for that reason the world hates you.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you prove what is that good and well-pleasing and perfect desire of Elohim.