The Gospel, life and thorns … part 4

The Gospel, life and thorns … part 4

Dig deeper into Deuteronomy 4:1 “Now therefore hearken*, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them**, that ye may live***, and go in and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers giveth you.

*H8085 שָׁמַע shama` (shaw-mah’) v. to hear intelligently, often with implication of obedience.

**H6213 עָשָׂה `asah (aw-saw’) v. to do or make, in the broadest sense to apply to daily life.

*** H2421 חָיָה chayah (chaw-yaw’) v. 1. (literally or figuratively) to live. 2. (causatively) to revive. 3. (specially) to bring back to life (from the dead).

The Gospel (good news) of the Kingdom of Heaven (abiding with YHVH) is spelled out for us in the Torah. We do not need a multimillion dollar building with a multipurpose room and coffee shop to lure people to God. These creature comforts are added distractions to the already thorny path found in man-made traditions.

Deuteronomy 30:12-14

It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

Moses is telling the people that God had already given them the full access to the freedom and grace they needed. They were being taught daily the Torah and they would accomplish this through memorization and living out the instructions. This is what the writer is telling us in Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Paul wants us to do the very same. In Ephesians 5:26 he writes “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” He further explains that “walking in faith” and “walking in the Spirit” are centered in the Torah. So much so that he repeats the words of Moses.

Romans 10:6-8

But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach”

The instruction (Torah) is for all generations to come and not just for those that are to head into the land of Israel. The commands are for the wisdom of the people and they shall prosper from it, as will we, should we focus on the will of God.
Like the law of gravity, the Torah is a force of creation that cannot be stopped. No matter whether we believe it or not, it exists and its actions are unchanged by our willingness to engage them. God himself says he changes not and includes his commands. Again, like gravity, should we say I don’t believe it and walk off a 30 story building we are going to fall; walking away from the Instruction Manual, the Torah is also a deadly fall.
Examine the following verses. I am not going to add a commentary on them, just let them resonate in your mind for a few minutes. Feel free to offer your own commentary.

Deuteronomy 29:10-20

Ye stand this day all of you before the Lord your God; your captains of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, with all the men of Israel, Your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of thy water: That thou shouldest enter into covenant with the Lord thy God, and into his oath, which the Lord thy God maketh with thee this day: That he may establish thee to day for a people unto himself, and that he may be unto thee a God, as he hath said unto thee, and as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath; But with him that standeth here with us this day before the Lord our God, and also with him that is not here with us this day: (For ye know how we have dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we came through the nations which ye passed by; And ye have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them:) Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the Lord our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood; And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: The Lord will not spare him, but then the anger of the Lord and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven.

Hebrews 10:26-29

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

1 John 3:4 
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
Are we the fruit or the thorn? wheat or the tares?

Matthew 13:24-30

Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Are we seeing the pattern yet?

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