Last week I started teaching my sons from the Book of Matthew (Besorah Matityah, or “The Good News According to Matthew”). Matityah (aka Matthew by the KJV translators/creators) is a very special book on the Word of Yahuah, because it teaches so many things.
One of the “things” that Matityah teaches which is quite remarkable is this: If you do not forgive your enemies, or those who have harmed you, Yahuah (“God” per the KJV translators) will not forgive you of your own sins.
These Words are from the very mouth of Yahusha. Carve them onto your forehead…
Mat 6:14 For if you forgive men their deviations, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Mat 6:15 But if you will not forgive men their deviations, neither will your Father forgive your deviations.
You catch that, friend? If you have not forgiven a person who has harmed you in some way, if you carry unforgiveness in your heart toward any human being, you will die with your sins unforgiven by Yahuah. And “deviations” means deviating from Torah.
Isn’t that remarkable?
All my life I have heard it said over and over from pulpit to pulpit that all one needs to do to ascend to heaven is to accept Yahusha (renamed “Jesus” by the KJV translators/creative writers) as your savior and bingo!, you are in, baby.
I never heard any pastor anywhere, not even the beautiful Billy Graham, whom I worked for years ago, tell newly saved people that they must accept Yahusha as their savior, follow Him and forgive every person who has ever or WILL ever hurt them in order for the saved persons sins to be forgiven.
So there are two things that at are required right upfront: Submission to Yahusha as savior, and forgiveness of all who harm us. If we submit to Yahusha, then we will walk as He walked, correct? This is a “yes or no” question. If you claim that Yahusha is your Lord, that His Way is the way, then you follow in his steps, set by His example, correct?
Or do you magically become your very own personal god, able to claim submission to Yahusha yet also given the grace to establish your own brand of obedience?
Yahusha only came to do the will of Yahuah. Check this out…
John 6:38 For I have come down out of Heaven, not that I should do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
Joh 6:39 And this is the will of the Father sending Me, that of all that He has given Me, I shall not lose any of it, but shall raise it up in the last day.
Joh 6:40 And this is the will of the One sending Me, that everyone seeing the Son and believing into Him should have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:41 Then the Jews murmured about Him, because He said, I am the Bread coming down out of Heaven.
Joh 6:42 And they said, Is this not Jesus the son of Joseph, of whom we know the father and the mother? How does this One now say, I have come down out of Heaven?
Joh 6:43 Then Jesus answered and said to them, Do not murmur with one another.
Joh 6:44 No one is able to come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day.
Joh 6:45 It has been written in the Prophets, They “shall” all “be taught of God.” So then everyone who hears and learns from the Father comes to Me; Isa. 54:13
Do you see and understand that last part, in Red? …everyone who hears and learns from the Father…
Where are the Words of Yahuah that we learn from? Where does Yahuah speak? What are His “Instructions”. If we “learn from the Father”, from where does He instruct?
An Hebraic definition of Torah is “A set of Instructions, from a father to his children, violation of these instructions are disciplined in order to foster obedience and train his children“.
Notice how the word Torah is translated in the New International Version translation in the following passages.
— “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching [Torah].” (Proverbs 1:8)
— “My son, do not forget my teaching [Torah], but keep my commands in your heart”. (Proverbs 3:1)
“Torah”, then, is the instruction of Yahuah to those who come to Yahusha. We hear and learn from Yahuah that we are sinners, that we violate the instructions of Yahuah as given in the part of the Word where Yahuah teaches, erroneously called “The Old Testament”. It is not old, it is alive and is the Word of Yahuah to His people. His people are all those He gave to Yahusha.
Those who “Hear and learn” from Yahuah are given to Yahusha. We hear enough, and we learn enough to turn from our rebellion, but the greater part of learning is after salvation.
After salvation, the Gospels part of the Word where Yahusha speaks, the so-called “New Testament” pertains primarily to two things:
- Salvation through Yahusha for forgiveness of our transgressions of The Instructions! “Sin” is a Greek word which simply means “to miss the mark”. The “mark” is the standard set by The Instructions. That is the mark we miss, which is what “sin” means.
- Obedience to The Instructions as proof and evidence that we actually worship Yahusha and are sincere in our devotion, our faith and our love.
How To Do
There is only one way to follow Yahusha, and that is through prayer, study and obedience to His commands. We will never get it right, but Yahuah, who knows every heart, knows who is His, who is a fraud, and who is in blatant denial.
So do not worry, because Yahusha commands us not to worry, about “getting Torah right”. Certainly you want to study and know His Instructions, and certainly you want to abide by His Instructions. But will you get it right? Nope.
You will get some parts right. Some other parts are impossible and some parts are no longer in service because Yahusha came and is the final sacrifice.
OK, so now that we have discussed the “Yahuah Speaks/Yahusha Speaks” (there is no Old Testament/New Testament) , we need to get down to business.
The Red Dragon Is Coming
When your time comes to be executed for your obedience to Yahuah through salvation from faith in Yahusha, forgive your persecutors. Human “death” is a misnomer for those given to Yahusha by His Father, Yahuah. Human “death” is only accurate in part.
The body dies. It is broken by our adversary, but we carry on in our natural, intended state. Yahuah has from eternity planned for and created us to live with Him. Therefore, our natural state is not carbon-based, but based purely on the energy of Yahusha, who came to give life abundantly. The “life” He speaks of is you with Him now and eternally. Forever. Now. Right now. This very second. You are in it now, do you understand that?
The starting point began when you were given to Yahusha by Yahuah. Not perfect, but forgiven. Did you kick against the goads? Sure you did. Sometimes hot, sometimes cold. Always walking in The Way? Heck no. You likely do not even know what The Way is, do you?
Its a “sect” according to the people who had Shaul (Paul) arrested. Paul walked in The Way because He was obedient to Yahusha. That is the path for every person who claims that Yahusha is theirs. “Sin” is not walking in The Way. Do you understand now why we sin all the time, that our sins are rank, smelly, our righteousness as foul as menstrual cloth?
Fear nothing in this time of human life, because Yahusha said of those who follow Him , “You are gods, and all of you are sons of the Most High.” Psalm 82:6
Therefore my brothers, conduct yourself as such.