Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Voice of YHWH


This past weekend that just past was a double rest day, the weekly Sabbath and then Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) the next day. It was so lovely to gather with fellow believers and to learn out of the Torah of what YHWH has given us. I would like to share with you something that really shook me. Let us read some of the Scripture to see what I am talking about (I have highlighted the parts that are relevant to this article):

And now, if you diligently obey My voice, and shall guard My covenant, then you shall be My treasured possession above all the peoples – for all the earth is Mine
and you shall be to Me a reign of priests and a set-apart nation.’ Those are the words which you are to speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl.”
And Mosheh came and called for the elders of the people, and set before them all these words which יהוה (YHWH) commanded him.
And all the people answered together and said, “All that יהוה (YHWH) has spoken we shall do.” So Mosheh brought back the words of the people to יהוה (YHWH).
And יהוה (YHWH) said to Mosheh, “See, I am coming to you in the thick cloud, so that the people hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever.” And Mosheh reported the words of the people to יהוה (YHWH).
And יהוה  said to Mosheh, “Go to the people and set them apart today and tomorrow. And they shall wash their garments,
and shall be prepared by the third day. For on the third day יהוה  shall come down upon Mount Sinai before the eyes of all the people.
 “And you shall make a border for the people all around, saying, ‘Take heed to yourselves that you do not go up to the mountain or touch the border of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall certainly be put to death.
 ‘Not a hand is to touch it, but he shall certainly be stoned or shot with an arrow, whether man or beast, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds long, let them come near the mountain.”
And Mosheh came down from the mountain to the people and set the people apart, and they washed their garments.

And he said to the people, “Be prepared by the third day. Do not come near a wife.”
And it came to be, on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain. And the sound of the ram’s horn was very loud, and all the people who were in the camp trembled.
And Mosheh brought the people out of the camp to meet with Elohim, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.
And Mount Sinai was in smoke, all of it, because יהוה (YHWH) descended upon it in fire. And its smoke went up like the smoke of a furnace, and all the mountain trembled exceedingly.
And when the blast of the ram’s horn sounded long and became louder and louder, Mosheh spoke, and Elohim answered him by voice.
And יהוה  came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And יהוה  called Mosheh to the top of the mountain, and Mosheh went up.
And יהוה  said to Mosheh, “Go down, and warn the people, lest they break through unto יהוה  to see, and many of them fall.
And let the priests who come near יהוה (YHWH) set themselves apart too, lest יהוה  break out against them.”
And Mosheh said to יהוה (YHWH), “The people are not able to come up to Mount Sinai, for You warned us, saying, ‘Make a border around the mountain and set it apart.’ ”
And יהוה  said to him, “Come, go down and then come up, you and Aharon with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to יהוה, lest He break out against them.”
And Mosheh went down to the people and spoke to them.


And Elohim spoke all these Words, saying,
 “I am יהוה (YHWH) your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, out of the house of slavery.
 “You have no other mighty ones against My face.
 “You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the heavens above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth,
you do not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, יהוה (YHWH) your Elohim am a jealous Ěl, visiting the crookedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,
but showing kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and guard My commands.
 “You do not bring the Name of יהוה (YHWH) your Elohim to naught, for יהוה (YHWH) does not leave the one unpunished who brings His Name to naught.
 “Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart.
 “Six days you labour, and shall do all your work,
but the seventh day is a Sabbath of יהוה (YHWH) your Elohim. You do not do any work – you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.
 “For in six days יהוה (YHWH) made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore יהוה (YHWH) blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart.
 “Respect your father and your mother, so that your days are prolonged upon the soil which יהוה (YHWH) your Elohim is giving you.
 “You do not murder.
 “You do not commit adultery.
 “You do not steal.
 “You do not bear false witness against your neighbour.
 “You do not covet your neighbour’s house, you do not covet your neighbour’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, or whatever belongs to your neighbour.”

And all the people saw the thunders, the lightning flashes, the sound of the ram’s horn, and the mountain smoking. And the people saw it, and they trembled and stood at a distance,
and said to Mosheh, “You speak with us and we hear, but let not Elohim speak with us, lest we die.”
And Mosheh said to the people, “Do not fear, for Elohim has come to prove you, and in order that His fear be before you, so that you do not sin.
So the people stood at a distance, but Mosheh drew near the thick darkness where Elohim was.
And יהוה  said to Mosheh, “Say this to the children of Yisra’ĕl: ‘You yourselves have seen that I have spoken to you from the heavens.
You do not make besides Me mighty ones of silver, and you do not make mighty ones of gold for yourselves.
Make an altar of earth for Me, and you shall slaughter on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your cattle. In every place where I cause My Name to be remembered I shall come to you and bless you.
And if you make Me an altar of stone, do not build it of cut stone, for if you use your chisel on it, you have profaned it.
Nor do you go up by steps to My altar, lest your nakedness be exposed on it.” (Exo 19:5-20:26)

This is a very powerful piece of Scripture. The things that really got my attention is that the Almighty Creator YHWH descended from Heaven and came to earth and spoke in an audible voice to the people. These things that YHWH spoke to the people must have been important that He would verbally speak to the entire male population of Israel. These words just happen to be the Ten Commandments.

Another important thing to point out is that the men who were to come within a certain proximity to YHWH had to cleans themselves and set themselves apart, they were not even to be with their wives for these few days. This is because no uncleanness can EVER come near to where YHWH is. That in this time and day we have to do a daily evaluation of ourselves and repentance for any transgression of the Commands of YHWH so that we too can be clean.

Also notice that the men of Israel agreed to do all that YHWH told them before YHWH told them what it is that He Commands. This is because they understood that it was not about them, but rather all for the esteem of YHWH. What ever YHWH said, they would do.

Now this was an awesome sight. The mountain was rumbling, there was a thick cloud over the mountain with thunder and lightning coming from it. YHWH descended onto the mountain like fire and there were rams horns sounding from the heavens. And then YHWH spoke. Now try and picture this and think for yourself if you too would tremble in your boots just like the Israelites did on that day. Now YHWH did this in order to install fear into the peoples so that they do not sin. Do we have this same fear of YHWH as we should so that we do not sin either? Or has this been driven out of us by religious bullying?

Now the Ten Commandments are very important and still just as relevant today as it was when YHWH spoke these words and wrote them down on stone tablets. What then about the rest of Torah? Well, the rest of Torah teaches us how we can keep to the Ten Commandments. Without the rest of the Torah, we would not understand or be able to keep the Ten Commandments. So we are to diligently guard to do all of the Torah which is the Instruction of YHWH.

Now if we are to be part of YHWH’s treasured possession above all other peoples. Then we are to diligently obey his voice and guard His covenant.

You have to decide for yourself if you are going to do what YHWH requires from you so that you may be saved, or to do what you want to do and not guard to do the Commandments of YHWH unto death.

2 comments:

  1. Hello David!

    My name is Anders and I found your blog today.

    I would like to comment on some of the doctrines endorsed in the post.

    You are correct that we shouldn't transgress Torah.

    According to Torah itself it is many more than 10 commandments; and according to Torah we must do our utmost to keep them all non-selectively - D'varim [Dt.] 6:4-9, 11:13f, chapter 26 and forward, et. al].

    Did you know that many words that attributed to the Jewish Mashiach called Y'hoshua were not said by him - including much of the content in “gospels”, but was redacted by Hellenists: Documentation: www.netzarim.co.il; Glossaries; NT]? I write you this since you rely on NT, which was never endorsed by the followers of Rabbi Y’hoshua. On the contrary they didn’t accept it, since it contradicts Torah. [Documentation on the above link.]

    [Clarification: His title was 'Ribi'. Click on this link in order to find out more information about this title and how we can know that he was a Ribi: Link]

    You write some rows about shavuot. Please note this about the correct day:
    Wa-Yi•qr•â′ [Levicitus] 23.15 specifies that the day following "the Shabb•ât′" (of Firstmonth 15, which is always the day following the Pës′akh Sei′dër), is the first day of counting the O′mër. In the same way as the other Khaj•im′ [pilgrimages to Jerusalem] (wa-Yi•q’r•â′ 23.24, 32, 39), Firstmonth 15 is always a specially-designated Shab•ât′, regardless of which day of the week it might be. (Those who argue that שַׁבָּת שַׁבָּתוֹן [shabbat shabaton] does not refer to שַׁבָּת [shabat] contradict Sh’m•ot′ [‘Exodus’] 16.23 and 31.15!!!) Thus, the first day of the O′mër is always Firstmonth 16.

    Ribi Y’hoshua endorsed logical oral Torah [Documentation: Link] - just as Torah herself commands - and thus he endorsed what is outlined in the above paragraph.

    Following the human Mashiakh called Yehoshua leads oneself into non-selectively Torah-observance to ones utmost, including an immensely meaningful relationship with the Creator.

    Anders Branderud

    Following the human Mashiakh called Yehoshua leads oneself into non-selectively Torah-observance to ones utmost, including an immensely meaningful relationship with the Creator.

    Anders Branderud

     

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  2. Thank you Anders for you comment.

    I do agree with you that we are to keep the entire Torah, I realize that I did not make this very clear in this article. I did however change it and added another sentence clarifying this.

    I also agree with you that the New Testament is not all that reliable as it has been misinterpreted and even changed by the translators from the original text. Wherever the New Testament does not agree with the Torah, then there is something wrong. I have written a couple of articles on this topic, one such article is about the woman of John 8:1-11. I do quote out of the New Testament a lot for the simple reason that the target audience of my blog is for those who are in the church to see that what they are being taught is not correct and that they should be learning from the Scriptures for themselves and not following mans teachings. If I quoted out of the Torah the whole time, which I would love to do, they would not even give it a second look as they have been brainwashed into believing that the New Testament is all they need to learn and the Tanakh has been done away with.

    Yes the Mashiyach kept the whole Torah and we are to imitate him like you point out, that is what I am trying to point out to those who are seeking the Truth and not sure where to start.

    About Shavuot, we start counting the Omer from after the Shabbat that falls within Matzot, so Shavuot always falls on the first day, not from the First day of Matzot. If you give me some time, I will do another study on this subject and give you the findings to why we keep it from that time.

    I appreciate your feedback and hope that I commented satisfactory too.

    Shalom

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