Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Jealous Elohim

For you shall worship no other elohim: for YHWH whose Name is Jealous, is a jealous Elohim” Sh’mot/Exodus 34:14

There are two types of jealousy revealed in Scripture: Qannaw or qannow which is the righteous jealousy of YHWH; and qinah, which is the jealousy common to the fallen world, based on lust pride, envy, hate, and insecurity, etc.

YHWH is jealous of His people and visa-versa. When we desire the same things that YHWH desires it’s because YHWH has put His Spirit within and made us into a Kedoshim, or Set Apart people, whether Jew or Gentile (D’varim/ Deut 7:6; 14:2, 21; Isaiah 62:10-12; Ephesians 5:3; 1 Peter 2:9, 2 Peter 3:11). If we are jealous for what is righteous, then we also hate evil and all transgression against Torah is contrary to our spirit. YHWH’s jealousy over His people clearly depicts His desire for an intimate relationship with each soul. He most certainly cannot be thought of as a passive Father who desires agnostic attitudes towards Him when in fact He is “a jealous Elohim.”

YHWH is One and His Name is One. He is exclusive and does not permit His mighty esteem to be shared by false authorities. As the architect of Life, there is no other Creator to be compared to YHWH; therefore, “You shall not make any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: You shall not bow down to them, nor serve them: for I YHWH your Elohim am a jealous Elohim” (Sh’mot/Exodus 20:4-5).

Being jealous of our Creator YHWH also means being jealous to live according to the Way of YHWH and His Mashiyach. Our lifestyles clearly reveal whether we are in a relationship with YHWH and His Mashiyach. Paul wrote, “You cannot drink the cup of our Master and the cup of demons; and you cannot be partakers at the table of our Master, and at the table of demons. Or, would we provoke our Master’s jealousy? Are we stronger than He?” (1 Corinthians 10:21-22). Whenever we provoke YHWH to jealousy, we are asking for disciplinary measures.

Unfortunately, many religious people feel they have the upper hand and presume to tell YHWH how to run the universe. Rather than being jealous of YHWH’s Way, they’ve fashioned their own gods according to religious traditions, something which Y’hoshua our Mashiyach frequently railed against (Mat 15:1-9; Mat 23:13-33; Mark 7:1-23, Luke 11:37-44).

YHWH is jealous for His Name’s sake. He guards all that is Righteous according to His Word; in some cases He even leads rebellious souls into a greater rebellion to make a clear demarcation between the righteous and the wicked. “Therefore Elohim will send upon them the strength of a deception that they may believe a lie; and that all may be condemned who believe not the truth but have pleasure in iniquity” (2 Thess 2:11-12).

Since YHWH’s love for His creation is constant according to His Righteous Judgments, why then should anyone question whether YHWH loves them? Why would YHWH create life unless He delighted in it for His good pleasure? Everything YHWH Creates is part of His plan and purpose. “But as it is written: The eye has not seen, nor has the ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, that which Elohim has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9)

When mankind is jealous of his Creator he becomes “divinely inspired” in Mashiyach’s government and in the Olam Haba (the world to come). Everything in the natural world has repercussions in the spiritual world. “Phinehas, the son of Eleazer, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned my wrath away from the children of Israel in my jealousy” (B’midbar/Numbers 25:11). In the same manner that YHWH is jealous for His people, we His people are jealous of Him, and thus refrain from entertaining false deities or religions that are in opposition to Him.

Rav Shaul echoed the same jealousy for YHWH that Phinehas displayed when he wrote; “For I am jealous over you, with a righteous jealousy: for I have espoused you to a husband as a chaste virgin whom I would present to the Mashiyach. But I fear, or else, as the serpent beguiled Chawwah (Eve) by his craftiness, so your minds should be corrupted from simplicity towards the Mashiyach. For if he that comes to you, had proclaimed to you another Y’hoshua, whom we have not proclaimed; or if you had received another Spirit, which you have not received; or another gospel, which you have not accepted; you might well have given your permission…” (2 Corinthians 11:2-5).

The idea that many opposing religions all lead to the Kingdom of Elohim is a fallacy! Mashiyach taught: “Enter by the straight door, for wide is the door and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many are they, those that go in it. How narrow the door and straight the road that leads to life, and few are they, those that find it. Beware of false prophets that come among you in clothing of lambs, but from within are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:13-15).

The Renewed Covenant Scriptures clearly reveal that Y’hoshua and his followers were Torah observant and entrusted with YHWH’s Commandments. As a result, Mashiyach was jealous for that which belongs to his Father YHWH, and his lifestyle demonstrated a continuum of Covenant that extends from everlasting to everlasting (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 4:8, 13:8). Jeremiah wrote, “Thus says YHWH, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the ancient paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls. But they said, we will not walk therein” (Jeremiah 6:16). Y’hoshua taught: “Bear my yoke upon you and learn from me. That I am tranquil and I am meek, and in my heart you will find tranquility in your souls. For my yoke is pleasant and my burden in light” (Matthew 11:29-30). Y’hoshua is the Ancient Path that originated when Adam and Chawwah were redeemed from sin.

All counterfeit religion is exposed through belief upon Y’hoshua Mashiyach and Torah observance. “And Y’hoshua said to those Yehudeans who believed in him, if you should abide by my words, truly you are my disciples, and you will know the truth and that truth will set you free. They said to him, “We are the seed of Awraham and never has bondage to anyone been serve by us. How do you say that you will be free men?” Y’hoshua said to them, Amein, amein I say to you that anyone who commits sin is the servant of sin. And a servant does not remain forever in the house, but the Son remains forever. If therefore the Son should free you, truly you will be free men” (Yochanan 8:20-25).

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