Discussion ensued on Deut 26, Is 60, and Luke 23. We saw themes of mercy throughout. We saw how honor is a good thing that others will despise but when Yahvah honors no one can take it away.
THE NATURE OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
1. Yahvah helps those who help themselves.
A. In the natural realm
B. In the spiritual realm
2. Yahvah helps those who can’t help themselves
1 Samuel 2:7,8
3. Yahvah helps those who help others
4. Yahvah resists the proud but gives grace (divine help) to the humble.
1 Peter 3:12
Spontaneous Travail 101
Some time ago, I was sitting in my living room reading an amusing book one evening. Every few minutes I would laugh out loud, which caused my 11 year-old son and his friend to laugh as well. They were amused that I was amused. This went on for a while and finally my son said, “Oh that’s just Dad, he’s always laughing or crying about something”. I am not sure how he meant that statement, but I took it as a compliment because it is healthy to have a full range of emotions. I would say the same for a congregation or a religious network.
One thing that I feel is missing in the Hebrew Roots movement is what I will call the “ministry of the weeping prophets”. I am sure that most teachers/prophets of the movement have shed innumerable tears along their spiritual journey, but I have noticed that there is very little mention of the need to weep, nor of the reason to weep, nor how to get into a position to weep.
David said “rivers of water run down my eyes because they keep not thy law. “ Can we relate to that sentiment? If not then I suspect we are imbalanced in our spiritual perception of reality. We are doing a good job of teaching our youth the importance of praise and worship, but the truth is a two edged sword. There are times to teach our children to weep. (Jer. 9, Ezek. 9, Luke 23:28) I suppose some would argue that this is not the time for such teaching. I would beg to differ.
Chris Tomlin wrote a popular song entitled “Good Good Father.” There are some people who question YHVH’s goodness and they need a reminder from time to time. On the other hand I would venture to say that the vast majority of people including believers are not cognizant of YHVH’s severity. Often I hear people say that the word “torah” is better translated “instructions” than “law”. That is somewhat of a pendulum swing from the typical Christian position that the torah is a negative component that is contrary to us and against us.
What we must keep in mind is that “those who despised Moses’ law died without mercy” but those who trample under foot the Son of YHVH and the blood of the covenant will face a much sorer punishment. We are talking about eternal judgment here in this “age of grace”.
I was raised in a typical Southern Baptist home and I don’t really remember any hell fire and brimstone sermons, except for the one that I heard when I was 22. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back concerning my repentance. I remember the pastor saying there was going to be weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth, and I realized that was going to be my fate if I continued on the path that I was going. So I responded to the altar call and acknowledged my need of repentance. Within 6 weeks of that day I was learning about the Sabbath, Feasts, dietary laws among many other things. . No doubt there is more to repentance than keeping the Sabbath and Feasts, etc. but when these things are brought to your attention by the Holy Spirit, it’s time to move. It wasn’t long before I left the church that I had been raised in, but to this day I still appreciate the direction they pointed me in even if they didn’t come with me.
Today if we want our movement to keep moving, we must be continually teachable. Some people are so happy and excited to be “saved”, or to be in the charismatic movement, or the prophetic movement, or the Hebrew Roots movement that they do not realize their level of accountability. To whom much is given much is required. I know a lot of very gifted people, some of whom I am very concerned for. I have noticed that very intelligent people often make very complex mistakes, which are difficult to correct. Take Solomon for instance.
Some people view the Hebrew Roots/Messianic/Sabbath keeping movement as a nice way to express your faith if you so choose, but I am convinced that the call to come out of Babylon is not optional. If we overcome and pass the testing of our faith by keeping the commandments of YHVH while possessing the faith of Yahshua then we will not have to drink the wine of the wrath of YHVH, which is poured out without mixture (undiluted, full strength). If we overcome we will not be hurt of the second death, nor have our names blotted out of the book of life.
At this point it seems as though YHVH has a lot of rules that He is not enforcing. But one day the divine hammer is going to come down and there will be blood, fire and pillars of smoke. It’s hard for us to imagine our homeland being destroyed but I am sure it was hard for the Jews to imagine that Jerusalem could be destroyed prior to it’s destruction in 70 AD.
Admittedly it would not be easy to teach Spontaneous Travail 101. Actually it would require a lot of demonstration, like the Apostle Paul did. Acts 20:17 -31 and many other verses record his compassion, which was mingled with joy. As tears are a sign of a tender heart, sometimes the lack of tears indicates insensitivity. Sensitivity cannot be developed overnight, it must be cultivated over a period of time, then maintained by continuing to obey Yah’s word. Remember Yahshua said “Blessed are they who weep now, for they will laugh.”
I realize that I have not written anything new in this article, but it has been good for me to write this down and let it sink into my heart and mind. May these words be applied in our daily lives.