Last week I shared some scriptures on what it truly means to be a disciple of Yahushua. And Yahushua said that the world would know that we are His disciples if we love one another the way Yahushua has loved us.
But did you know that as the world sees our love for each other, that they are not able to really duplicate it? The world cannot duplicate the love we have for each other unless they have (and the world does not have), but unless they have love for Yahweh, love for Elohim. Did you know that?
It is not possible for the world to love each other the way they should love unless they also love the heavenly Father. And that is according to the Scriptures. In 1 John chapter 5 and verse 2, it says:
1John 5:2 - By this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim and keep His commandments.
By this we know. That is how we know.
So it is not possible for one to love the children of Elohim unless they first love Elohim Himself. And so, an important part of loving our fellow man is manifesting a true and genuine love for Yahweh.
You cannot love your neighbor unless you love Yahweh. Unless you manifest a love for the heavenly Father, you cannot point your neighbor to the way of eternal life. And thereby, you cannot love him because his soul will only see the path of destruction.
You can love your fellow man as much as you like, and that is well and good, but unless we love Yahweh, first of all, we really will not know how to love our fellow man as we should. And second of all, we cannot deliver them from the pit that they have dug for themselves, the same pit that we have dug for ourselves.
And so, today's study is entitled: For the Love of Yahweh.
You know, John did not invent that principle by himself, that we must love Elohim. In the Scriptures, Deuteronomy chapter 6, verse 4, it says, "Hear, O Yisrael: Yahweh Elohenu (Yahweh our Elohim), Yahweh is one."
Deuteronomy 6:4 - "Hear, O Israel: YAHWEH our Elohim, YAHWEH [is] one!
5 - "You shall love YAHWEH your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
Multiple times, multiple times, Yahweh repeats this.
Deuteronomy 10:12 - "And now, Israel, what does YAHWEH your Elohim require of you, but to fear YAHWEH your Elohim, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve YAHWEH your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul,
13 - "[and] to keep the commandments of YAHWEH and His statutes which I command you today for your good?
There is an inseparable principle of loving Yahweh and keeping the commandments. That is what our brother John (in 1 John 5:2) was sharing. It is two inseparable principles.
In Deuteronomy chapter 30, we have a prediction of the future. They speak of a time when Yisrael would be scattered as a result of their disobedience to His laws. It says here:
Deuteronomy 30:1 - "Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call [them] to mind among all the nations where YAHWEH your Elohim drives you,
2 - "and you return to YAHWEH your Elohim and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul,
Our children with us. See, if our children are with us, that is a sign that we have turned to Him with all of our hearts.
Deuteronomy 30:3 - "that YAHWEH your Elohim will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where YAHWEH your Elohim has scattered you.
See, Yahweh has driven them to all nations Himself. He is the one who scattered Israel. And He tells them here, when they return (that is the same root word as "teshuvah" or "repentance"), when they repent back to Yahweh by obeying His voice and the children join in, Yahweh says He will bring Israel back into the land. That is a promise.
And there is a promise here of a new covenant.
Deuteronomy 30:4 - "If [any] of you are driven out to the farthest [parts] under heaven, from there YAHWEH your Elohim will gather you, and from there He will bring you.
5 - "Then YAHWEH your Elohim will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.
6 - "And YAHWEH your Elohim will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love YAHWEH your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.
Beautiful! See, some would claim that circumcision of the heart is a New Testament concept that somehow replaces Law keeping, but the concept of a circumcised heart is found within the Law itself. Notice what it says. It says that Yahweh will circumcise our hearts so that we will love Him and so that we will live.
We receive the circumcision of the heart by putting off the body the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Messiah.
Colossians 2:11 says:
Colossians 2:11 - In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Messiah,
12 - buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with [Him] through faith in the working of Elohim, who raised Him from the dead.
13 - And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
That is the circumcision. Yahweh is going to cause the old man to cease.
The old heart of stone ceases, and the new heart given to us through Messiah Yahushua, filled with obedience (because Messiah's life was filled with obedience) to the extent that it is no longer we who live, it is Messiah who lives in us. And the life that we now live, we live by faith in the Son of Elohim, who loved us and gave Himself for us.
And so, this act of putting on the new man, putting off the old, reflects that turning back to Yahweh, that prediction in the blessing of the Torah-- eternal life that we might live, the incorruptible nature of Messiah dwelling in us, enabling us to love Yahweh. We cannot love Yahweh without that circumcision of the heart.
It says you can't, with all your heart and all your soul. You can't.
Loving Yahweh is the great command in Scripture. In Matthew chapter 22, verse 36, Yahushua was asked:
Matthew 22:36 - "Teacher, which [is] the great commandment in the law?"
Which is the great commandment? There are many great commandments in the Law. Which is THE great commandment in the Law? And He answers (this is the first):
Matthew 22:37 - Yahushua said to him, "`You shall love YAHWEH your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'
That is the great commandment.
Matthew 22:38 - "This is [the] first and great commandment.
39 - "And [the] second [is] like it: `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'
40 - "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."
Now I am getting to an important principle here. You might feel that today's message is a little too basic, but there is something here dealing with the heart of men that we really need to understand. It is the tendency of man to define love in his own way.
Imagine the Law and the Prophets are hanging off of two great commands: Love Yahweh and love your neighbor. Can we take a set of bolt cutters and cut the Law and the Prophets off the two commandments from which they hang?
Some have the mentality that the two great commands somehow replace the Law and the Prophets, but the two great commands are actually illustrated in the Law and the Prophets, according to Messiah.
When the Father gave the Torah, when He gave the Law, He could have just said, "Children, love each other, love Me. You all will get along just fine." But imagine doing that. Imagine supervising a room full of children and you had to make sure they were being loving.
You could just say to them, "I'll tell you what-- love each other, and you will all be just fine. Well, maybe the first day, second day, it might be okay. But pretty soon, eventually, you are going to have to lay out some ground rules, or you are at least going to have to explain to them what love is and what love is not.
That is the Law and the Prophets. The Law and the Prophets explains to us children what love is and what love is not. And so, that is why it says:
1John 5:2 - By this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim and keep His commandments.
That is how we know. When we keep His commandments. When we are observing the Law and we are observing the principles in the Law and the Prophets, that is the evidence that we truly love.
1John 5:3 - For this is the love of Elohim, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
No matter what anybody tells you, the Law is not a burden. It is a blessing. It is only a burden if we are keeping it with an uncircumcised heart that is not converted.
So, it is why Yahushua said in John 14:21:
John 14:21 - "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him."
We have to love the commandments. We cannot love Yahweh and despise His commandments at the same time. We cannot dislike the Law and love Yahweh. You cannot love Yahweh and dislike the Law. We won't have Messiah manifested to us in all His fullness, according to Yahushua's own words here, unless we love and practice Yahweh's commandments.
Somebody says, "Well, no, that is Yahushua's commandments. He said 'My commandments.'" Are we going to say that Yahweh and Yahushua are not one? Are we going to say They have two different standards that we are expected to live by? Are we going to say that Yahushua is at variance with His Father?
Are we going to say that Yahushua is not the Word of the Old Testament? Are we going to say that His life, which was a life given in obedience to the Father and the Torah and all of what Yahweh had expected of Israel, He did? Are we going to say we don't have to walk as He walked? Okay, I hope that puts that thought to rest.
So, if we keep those commandments, that is evidence of love. And if we love Messiah, we will be loved by the Father. And He says, "I will love him and I will manifest Myself to him."
We will not have the Messiah manifested to us in all His fullness unless we love and practice Yahweh's commandments. That is because Yahushua is manifested in those commandments. His life is manifested in those commandments. And so, we will not have the fullness of Messiah manifested to us until we practice those commandments.
If we want to know what Yahushua was like, we need to receive all of the commandments and apply them to our lives because He is the embodiment of them. So unless we love Yahweh, we really won't care to keep the commandments. We will look at the commandments, and we will say, "What a long list of rules. Whoopty doo. Who cares? Nobody cares."
Why do people look at the commandments and say, "Oh, what a burden. That was really hard for them. How quaint that Israel had to keep those things. I am free from those things"? Well, there is a lot of deception out there. Some of it is because of a lack of love. I am not judging any individual, just an overall observation.
People do not want commandments. They do not want to be commanded. They just do not want to be told what to do. They want to do what they want to do.
You know, you have to love Yahweh before you will even care what He has to say. Unless we love Yahweh, we are not really going to care whether He even loves us. And we will not really value what He says or what He thinks unless we love Him.
That is why we can quote Scripture to an atheist and not get the reaction that we hope. An atheist does not care what Yahweh says. He does not want to believe in His existence, much less love Him.
And that is also why sometimes we can quote Scripture to a lukewarm believer and they won't react the way you hope. Yahweh forbid any of us are lukewarm. You know, some with their mouths will claim to love Him, but in their heart they really do not care what He has to say.
Yahushua was dealing with these kinds of people in His day. In Mark chapter 7, verse 5, it says:
Mark 7:5 - Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, "Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?"
6 - He answered and said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: `This people honors Me with [their] lips, But their heart is far from Me.
7 - And in vain they worship Me, Teaching [as] doctrines the commandments of men.'
Their heart was far from Him. Their heart was focused on their traditions rather than the Word of Elohim-- on the words of the elders, the traditions and words of the elders rather than the words of the living Elohim.
Their heart was not near unto Yahweh. They were man-centered.
Mark 7:8 - "For laying aside the commandment of Elohim, you hold the tradition of men -- the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do."
9 - He said to them, "[All too] well you reject the commandment of Elohim, that you may keep your tradition.
They did not love Elohim. Their heart was far from Him. Oh, they honored Him with their lips, but their heart was far from Yahweh. They were far more interested in the love of tradition, in the love of self.
You know, the creation of traditions can be a dangerous thing. Not all tradition is evil, but when traditions replace commandments, that is where the danger exists. Yahweh commanded holidays, but man has set them aside in favor of his own holidays that are not rooted in the Scriptures, but are rooted in idolatry.
And we need to not choose tradition and the words of men and the expectations of culture. Instead we, like Messiah, must say, "That is all vain worship." It is the commandment of Elohim that we need to heed, not the traditions of men.
The commandment of Elohim tells us to observe the Sabbath day on the seventh day of the week. Tradition says, "No, we will do it on the first day of the week." And so, we have the same issues happening-- the setting aside the commandment of Elohim that a tradition might be observed.
The creation of tradition causes the hearts of men to focus more on the words and doctrines of man than the words and doctrines of Yahweh. You know, even in the pulpit, preachers will produce sermons that contain maybe one, perhaps two, verses from the Bible and then an hour's worth of commentary.
I watched it. I watched a very, very popular preacher. He had everybody stand up as they read the scripture. And when they read the scripture, they put the Bible away and he talked for an hour. Who is being exalted here, the Word of Yahweh or the abilities and ideas and doctrines and interpretations of the speaker?
Now I realize someone can receive a message from the Spirit, and that is biblical and that is good. But when I look at the Apostles, when they were doing ministry, everything was focused on the Word-- because the Word of Yahweh is the best teacher.
Look at the focus here in the book of Acts.
Acts 6:7 - Then the word of Elohim spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Why? Because the Word of Elohim spread rather than the traditions of men that the priests were following.
Acts 12:24 - But the word of Elohim grew and multiplied.
Isn't that awesome? Herod died is the context here. And people were saying before he died, "the words of an elohim, not a man." And so, he was exalting himself over the words of Elohim and he died as a result. But the word of Elohim grew and multiplied.
Acts 17:10 - Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 - These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily [to find out] whether these things were so.
Once again, the focus was on the Word.
Acts 19:20 - So the word of YAHWEH grew mightily and prevailed.
The focus was on the Word of Yahweh being spread, whereas with the religious denominations of the first century, and even to this day, the words of the rabbis, the Talmud, the catechisms, the sermons, the books, the tapes, the CD's, the cassettes, whatever-- the words of men become the focus.
The skillfulness of the teacher becomes the focus, but it is the Word of Elohim that needs to be exalted. And that is okay if you have a book and a tape and a DVD, or whatever, as long as the Word of Elohim is being spread.
I am just cautioning us. We can get deep into the words of men and never really understand the Scriptures. What the Bereans did, they listened to the words that were shared, and they searched the Scriptures to compare. So a part of loving Yahweh is loving His Word.
If you claim to love a person, but then you never listen to them and instead you listen to other people, and they be talking to you and you just don't listen (you totally ignore them) and you spend all your time talking to them rather than listening to them, can you really say you love them? Can you?
If you love somebody, you want to hear what they have to say. If you love somebody, you are interested in their thoughts, their hopes, their dreams, their desires, their life. If you love someone with a biblical love, you will put them ahead of yourself.
And so, whom do we spend most of our time listening to-- the voice of Elohim or the voice of men? Whom do we really love?
A passion to hear the Word of Yahweh is evidence of love.
Let's take a look again at the first and great commandment:
Deuteronomy 6:5 - "You shall love YAHWEH your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
6 - "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
Right off the bat here, immediately, after the command to love Him: "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart." When you love Him, His words will be in your heart and in the heart of our children.
Deuteronomy 6:7 - "You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
So immediately after the command to love Yahweh comes the very manifestation of that love-- His words filling our hearts and overflowing onto our other family members, our children.
And if we love Him, we will love his words. We will bind them as a sign on our hands. They will be like frontlets between our eyes.
Deuteronomy 6:8 - "You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
We will write them on the doorposts of our homes and on our gates.
Deuteronomy 6:9 - "You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Do we get the picture here?
When I am led to inspect the fruit of somebody who professes to be a believer, one of the things I look for in determining their sincerity is: Do they love the Word? If they love the Word, that is a sign they have a relationship with Yahweh.
Relationships consist of communication. Without communication there is no relationship. You can sit next to a person for a hundred years, but until you communicate with that person, whether it is verbally or non-verbally, until you communicate with that person, there is no relationship.
And so, we enter into a relationship when we begin to communicate with the Father and we hear His communication to us. We hear His words by hearing the Scriptures, by pursuing the truth in the Scriptures, by endeavoring to hear His voice. That is how we hear His communication.
And then we speak to Him in prayer. And by that a relationship is born. Without that there is no relationship. That is why Messiah said, "I never knew you. Depart from me, you who practice torahlessness, you who work inequity."
We have to do the will of our Father in heaven. And unless we read what He asks of us, unless we focus on pursuing righteousness, we will never know, either what He asks of us nor will we know Him, and nor will He know us-- because there is no communication.
So, if we want a relationship with the Father, how often should we hear His voice? How many minutes per week do we seek His voice and listen to Him? If we love Yahweh, we will want to hear what He has to say. We will speak to Him. He will want to hear what we have to say. It is a two-way street.
But if we want to talk to Him and ask Him things and pray for things, but not really hear what He has to say to us... well, here is what He thinks about that:
Proverbs 28:9 - One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer [is] an abomination.
Wow! In other words, if you do not want to hear what He has to say, He really does not want to hear what you have to say, either. In fact, you even trying to talk to Him is an abomination to Him because His Word has become an abomination to you. You do not want to hear it. You turn your ear away from the Law. He turns His ear away from you.
How many of us want our prayers answered? I mean, hopefully, all of us want our prayers answered. Well, the more you are willing to listen to Him, the more He will be willing to listen to you. It is simple basics of communication.
James 4:8 - Draw near to Elohim and He will draw near to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [you] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [you] double-minded.
It is simple. Nothing difficult about it. But unless we love Yahweh, we really won't value what He has to say.
It is one thing to understand the principle that we should love Yahweh. It is another to actually love Him. Whether we really love Him is demonstrated in our pursuit of His will, of His communication to us.
Now, why should we love Him? Is it because He commands us to? Is it because He says, "You must love Yahweh with all of your heart, soul and strength"? Is that why we love Him, because He commands us to? Is it because we are going to hell if we don't? Is it because Yahweh demands it out of selfishness and just wants our attention?
Why? Why should we love Yahweh? Well, imagine for a moment, you have not had any food to eat for six days. You ran out of food. You are out of a job. You are out of the house. You are living on a sidewalk. You have not had any food to eat for six days.
You are so, so hungry. And everyone around you did not care one bit that you were starving or whether you lived or whether you died, and they just went about their business. Along comes a total stranger and he gives you a month's supply worth of food. Now let me ask you, how would you feel about that person?
I am pretty sure you would be thankful. I mean, I hope so. In fact, you would probably want to know more about them-- "Well, who is this person that just for nothing was willing to give me food and drink? Who is this person?"
In fact, you probably would be so appreciative you would want to do something for them in return, I would hope, at your earliest opportunity. Maybe you would ask them, "Well, do you need anything? Is there anything I could do for you?" You might even say, "I would be willing to work for you in some way or bless you in some way."
It would be very natural, wouldn't it?
What about Yahweh? He is the One who made you in the first place. He is the One who feeds you every day.
Psalms 145:14 - YAHWEH upholds all who fall, And raises up all [who are] bowed down.
15 - The eyes of all look expectantly to You, And You give them their food in due season.
16 - You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
Even the one who fed you on the sidewalk wouldn't have anything in his hand unless Yahweh had provided it.
Yahweh is the One who loves you more than any person in this world ever could. He loved you long before you ever loved Him. He is better than the stranger who comes in, and in fact, He supplies our every need. He is the One who created you to begin with.
Psalms 100:3 - Know that YAHWEH, He [is] Elohim; [It is] He [who] has made us, and not we ourselves ; [We are] His people and the sheep of His pasture.
We are the sheep of His pasture. He is the One who, even though we may have disregarded Him and abused His grace, still loved us enough to give His only Son.
Romans 5:7 - For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.
8 - But Elohim demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Messiah died for us.
Elohim demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet filthy, rotten, disgusting sinners, Messiah died for us.
So, in light of this, we should be so appreciative that we would want to do anything for Him in return. I mean, forget the food on the street. The food on the street-- you eat a month's supply, and then what? You get hungry again.
How about delivering us from the pit of hell, hell that we certainly deserved? We owe Him everything. If someone spared your life on the earth, you will die eventually. But the One who spares us from our own way of destruction that we have chosen for ourselves, we should want to bless Yahweh with all of our hearts, with all of our strength.
No one is more deserving of our love. No human is more deserving of our love. Nothing in this world is more deserving of our love, of our attention, of our devotion, than Yahweh above. Nothing.
Yahweh is kind. He is gentle. He is patient. He is forgiving. He is passionate about us. There is no greater friend than one could ever possibly have.
The beer drinkers talk about friends in low places. Forget that. We have an Elohim in a High Place-- an Elohim in heaven, a friend who is the Most High who can actually solve our problem, rather than numb the pain emanating from it.
He is the One who created every beautiful thing you have ever seen. He is the source of deep down joy, rather than Hollywood's manufactured laughter.
Listen to me, look at all the ways Yahweh has blessed us. LISTEN TO ME, LOOK AT ALL THE WAYS YAHWEH HAS BLESSED US! Look at all He is willing to do for us. Look at all the things He has promised us. Not one promise He has ever made has failed. Not one.
How can you not love Him? How can you not? How can you not care about what He says? How can you not love Yahweh because: YAHWEH IS AWESOME!!! He is.
The world will only medicate your problem. Yahweh solves it. The world will tell you it came from a rock. Yahweh says, "I created you with loving hands."
Yahweh went to great lengths to make the world we live in just perfect. And man took the things which Yahweh had made-- things that Yahweh had made to demonstrate how much He loves us-- and corrupted it. Man used the things Yahweh made to destroy the works that Yahweh had made rather than being thankful for them.
You know, if you saw an innocent person being used and abused, you would have compassion on them, I would hope. A person who did no wrong comes along and is being used and abused. Would you have compassion on them?
Well, look how mankind has treated his Creator. There is no one more innocent than He. Look at how mankind has corrupted the beautiful world He created us to live in. All Yahweh ever did was love us, and look at how the world treats Him. How can we not be zealous for loving Him and seeing Him loved?
Am I getting to the root of something here? The same people who would jump out of their chair and want to stand up for the way humans are being mistreated will ignore the way Yahweh, the most innocent of all, is being mistreated daily, continually, and then will act as if He is wrong for being upset by it.
Someone is probably saying, "Oh, well, Yahweh can take care of Himself." Certainly. But why doesn't He? When people mistreat Him, why doesn't He just take care of it? Why doesn't He just pour out His wrath right now on everyone who is mistreating Him?
The reason why is because of this: He loves. But do you know what? That makes me want to love Him even more. I am so glad He did not pour out His wrath on me when I was mistreating Him. I am so glad He is merciful to me today when I fail Him. That makes me want to love Him even more.
The fact that He loved me before I even loved Him makes me love Him even more. How about you?
1John 4:19 - We love Him because He first loved us.
The fact that He loved us long before we loved Him ought to make us love Him with a zealous love. You know, today if you love Yahweh with a zealous love, you will probably be branded as a legalist or a freak.
Those who accuse us of legalism and fanaticism, because we are being extra careful in trying to obey Yahweh, will be the same people who set a high standard for their own children in how their children treat them or even go to great lengths to get others to love them.
And they will not think twice about making a special dinner for someone they love and setting everything up just perfect. No one accuses them of legalism. Everyone sees it as love. Yet, if you seek to do things just perfect for Yahweh, you will get blasted for it. Why?
Sometimes it is because the other person does not really have that level of love for the Father and they are not willing to extend and expend themselves that much. You are probably making them feel guilty for their illegalism and they are relieving their consciences by labeling you a legalist.
Now, yes, there are man-pleasing legalists out there who only go the extra mile to impress man. But what if it is not legalism? What if it really is a love for Yahweh?
Love for Elohim is a major missing ingredient in today's religions. Almost every religion will teach you to love your fellow man-- Buddhism, Taoism, Islam. They will teach you: Love your fellow man.
But there is one faith that says, "Wait a minute. What about loving the One who made us and the definitions He has given us for what love is?" We might want to love Him our way. It does not work.
Have you ever heard of the "Five Love Languages"? Most of us have come across this concept. Our wives (or if you are a wife, your husband) have a way in which they receive love. And until you love them in the way they understand and interpret that love, they are not going to feel loved.
Well, Yahweh has given us His love language. It is in the Scriptures. He has given us His love language. Will we love Him the way He asks us to love Him?
Luke 11:42 - "But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of Elohim. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
Was He mad at them because they were tithing of mint and herbs? No. Yes, tithe by mint and rue and all manner of herbs. Fine. Do that. Great. HalleluYah! But do not pass by justice and the love of Elohim in the process.
Take a look at the Ten Commandments real quick. Elohim said to put no elohim before Him. That is love. That is His love language. Do not put other elohim before Him because there is no other elohim but Him. He should be in the number one slot in our minds. Why? Because that is where He actually is.
And He said in commandment number two, "Don't take the creation I have made and turn Me into something that looks like a calf or a man or some part of creation-- the sun, the moon, the stars-- glorifying my creation rather than Me."
Yahweh says, "My name is a memorial. I want you to honor it." (The third command.) He places His name in the Bible some 7000 times, and man comes along and takes the name of Yahweh out of the Scriptures-- taking Yahweh's name out of His own book! How is that love?
If the publishers refused to publish the names of the authors of their books, that publishing company would be out of business pretty quickly, don't you think? Yahweh says, "I have a name. I put it in the Bible 7000 times. And man comes along and takes it out 7000 times." How is that love?
Yahweh says, "I have a day I have set apart. I have sanctified it. I have made it holy. This is the day. Keep it holy. Rest and focus on fellowship with Me and with others that love Me." Man says, "Nah, I want to do my own stuff. I will pick some other day." Why? Are we loving Him by doing that?
People wonder, "Well, how does all that Jewish stuff reflect love toward Yahweh?" People say, "Oh, yeah, one day at one time He wanted people to keep those Jewish days and kosher and the Sabbaths, but now He is just calling us to love Him and love each other."
The only ones that understand how love is found in keeping the Festivals are those who have kept them. The only ones that cannot understand how love could possibly be found in keeping the Festivals are the ones who have never kept them.
The Feast of Tabernacles, for instance. Yahweh is calling us to love Him by rejoicing in what He has provided-- the harvest, the food He provided, the food He caused to grow from the ground. He is calling us to come and rejoice before Him for the good things He has done for us. If we say, "Nah, I am going to do my own thing," is that love? Answer that.
In the Passover the Messiah is written all over it. Those who do not keep the Feast Days do not understand how keeping these things are an expression of love because they have never tried it. They have never realized the blessing that is in it.
But when we observe them and we see how they proclaim the Messiah to the whole world, how they glorify Yahweh's awesome works, we say, "WOW! This DOES glorify Elohim. This IS an expression of love toward Elohim."
And so, when I proclaim Yahweh's name, when I proclaim the Sabbath Day, when I proclaim the Feast Days, what I am actually proclaiming is: Love Yahweh! Right? Love Yahweh.
Now, if you ask the vast majority of people who claim to believe in the Creator if they love Him, most people would say, "Oh, yeah, yeah. I love Yahweh." (Or "I love the Lord" or "God," or whatever.)
Not everybody knows Him, but of those who claim to know Him and those who claim to love Him, are we loving Him in His love language or are we defining our own way of loving Him and calling that love?
So whether we are loving Him is not determined by what WE think, but by what He says, by His definitions. And so, what does it mean to love Him? I mean, great promises are given to those who love Him.
Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to those who love Elohim, to those who are the called according to [His] purpose.
Very good things. Have you ever noticed that part of the verse, though-- "to those who love Elohim"? To those who love Elohim. Not everything is going to work out for good if you do not love Him. There is no promise there. We have to love Him if you want all things to work out for good.
And very good things are promised to those who, truly from the heart, do love Yahweh our Creator. So, if things are not working together for good, in our minds, maybe we are missing the important ingredient here that we need to love Elohim.
But the real question is: What does it mean to love Him? What does it mean?
I mean, if we want to receive the promise, in order to receive that promise, we need to understand what it means to love. Sometimes we have our own ideas of what love is. But you see, Yahweh is on the receiving end of offenses, and He is not here just to say, "Uh, don't do that."
We have to by faith look into the Scriptures, and say, "Well, He says He does not like this, so I am not going to do it." Or, "The Scripture here says He wants me to do this, and so, I am going to do it." And that will be my expression of love toward Him. That will be my return service to Him. He has already served me.
We have our way of loving Him and it may not be His way. And when we divorce the Law and the Prophets from the two commandments, to love Yahweh and to love our neighbor, we write our own law and prophets, and that is the danger. We create our own love language.
But no matter what one might say to you otherwise, if you are breaking one of the commandments found in the Law and the Prophets, you are failing to love Yahweh or your fellow man or both in some way.
Now that is something between us and Yahweh. It is not for me to tell you what kind of person you are in your attitude toward Him and your love for Him. It is a personal decision you have to make, but I am sharing the Word here.
Too many people are putting organizations, are putting their spouses, their parents, their friends, their family members, whatever, before Yahweh, caring more about their opinions rather than the opinions of our Creator. That is a dangerous place to walk.
He says, "Put no elohim before Me." Did you know man is called "elohim" in the Bible, in the book of Psalms? It says, "You are elohim." If we put man in the position of Elohim, that is a dangerous place.
And Yahweh would throughout Scripture deal very harshly with those who do not put Yahweh in His proper position. He does not deserve second place to anything.
And what about the command about carved images? It says:
Exodus 20:4 - "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness [of anything] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth;
5 - you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, YAHWEH your Elohim, [am] a jealous Elohim, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth [generations] of those who hate Me,
6 - but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
But one thing you may not think about is we sometimes in our generation will teach our children that when they are afraid: go grab some kind of stuffed animal or teddy bear or some inanimate object and they will feel secure. I don't think we ought to be doing that.
I mean, I think we ought to teach them to pray to Yahweh, cleave to Yahweh. Let our faith be built on Him, not some object, because that is the spirit of idolatry. That is the spirit behind idols to begin with, as if they had some kind of power to help us when they don't. That little pile of stuffing or cloth is not going to save anybody.
There are other things in idolatry that have found their way into our faith, into Christianity, things that are idolatrous feasts from which we get Halloween, from which we get Christmas and Easter, where Scripture tells us (1 Corinthians 10:14)-- "flee from idolatry."
We should have no idolatry at all in our hearts, in our worship toward Yahweh or the roots of our observances.
There is also idolatry of the heart-- covetousness. Scripture says:
Colossians 3:5 - Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
And so, the Ten Commandments begin with the command against idolatry and basically end with the same thing because the tenth commandment is not to covet.
We can set up idols in our hearts by having an unhealthy desire for things that belong to others, whether it be another person's car or another person's house or another person's wife. I mean, that is the root behind pornography.
Covetousness is running out of control in our society, and that is why so much debt is piling up in our nation-- "Gotta have it. Gotta have it now."
And it says here another form of idolatry is stubbornness.
1Samuel 15:23 - For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of YAHWEH, He also has rejected you from [being] king."
He is talking to Saul, who rejected Yahweh's Word. He was far more interested in getting the praise of men. He set up a monument for himself. He wanted to make sure Samuel honored him before the people. He rejected the Word of Yahweh. And he was being stubborn in Samuel's reproof.
And of course, the third commandment about taking His name in vain.
Exodus 20:7 - "You shall not take the name of YAHWEH your Elohim in vain, for YAHWEH will not hold [him] guiltless who takes His name in vain.
What does the word "vain" actually mean? If you were to look it up, the word "vain" means "in a sense of desolating" or "ruin" or, figuratively, "idolatry" or "uselessness." The word "vain" in an English dictionary has to do with having no real substance or value or importance.
And so, I ask the question: What greater way to bring Yahweh's name to nothing, to bring it to uselessness, to bring it to having no substance, value or purpose, or to having desolated it, than just by taking it completely out of the Bible and completely removing it from our language toward Him and about Him?
To me that is taking His name in vain. So those who are choosing to go along with the practices found in the Bibles today and decide they are going to add their own word, "LORD," and take away the Word of Yahweh-- which is His name, Yahweh-- are adding to and taking away from the Scriptures, adding man's word and taking away Yahweh's Word.
That is called rejecting the Word of Yahweh. That is what that is called. And that was Saul's problem, rejecting the Word of Yahweh and wanting to follow his own words, his own principles. That was the problem with the Pharisees, rejecting the Word of Yahweh so that they might keep their tradition.
Who do we think we are changing the Bible? "The LORD" is not a translation of the name "Yahweh." It is a direct replacement for the name of Yahweh.
"Adonai," which is commonly heard in synagogues, is a direct replacement for the name of Yahweh. It is not a translation. It is not a transliteration. It is a complete, wholesale replacement. Who do we think we are changing the Word of Elohim and justifying it through tradition?
How can we say we love Yahweh and go along with such a practice? I don't think we can. Not accurately.
You notice the Ten Commandments are arranged in such a way, the first four commandments-- have no Elohim before Him; do not make idols; do not take His name in vain and the Sabbath-- all have to do with how we love Yahweh the Father. It is His "Top Ten" list. It doesn't sound like we are doing a very good job so far, does it? Not in our culture.
It says here, Exodus 20, verse 9:
Exodus 20:9 - Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
10 - but the seventh day [is] the Sabbath of YAHWEH your Elohim. [In it] you shall do no 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.
11 - For [in] six days YAHWEH made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that [is] in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore YAHWEH blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
You cannot create your own Sabbath. Yahweh already created it on the seventh day. He already sanctified it. He already blessed it. You cannot make your own Sabbath, and you cannot ignore it and claim to love Him.
If a man had seven sheep and he sent his son up on the hill, and said, "Go and sheer the seventh sheep and bring me back its wool. I have set that sheep apart for a special purpose."
And the son goes up on the hill and he ignores his father command to sheer the seventh sheep and he sheers the first one instead and brings the wool back to his father, did he do his father's will? No.
Yahweh says, "The seventh day is a Holy Day. Rest on it," and we say, "Well, I like the first day of the week better," and we rest on a different day. Are we doing our Father's will? No, we are not.
It is identified in the Scriptures. In the book of Acts, there is one day out of the week that is universally identified as "The Sabbath." It is the seventh day of the week.
What does the New Testament call the first day of the week? It calls it the first day of the week. What does the New Testament call the seventh day of the week? It calls it the Sabbath. There was no confusion in the first century as to what day the Sabbath was.
And the Jews to this day still observe it. To this day. They did not lose track even though they were scattered all over the world. When they all found each other through modern technology, they were all keeping the same day. No confusion.
When they were scattered in the first century, through the destruction of the temple, and they went all over the world, when they found each other through modern technology, everyone was keeping the same day. They did not lose it.
And historically it can be demonstrated very clearly that the seventh day that was observed in the first century has never been lost. Because Yahweh is the one who created the command to rest on that day, therefore, He would be the one to guard it to make sure it did not get lost.
And it is, probably, partly for that reason He preserved the Jewish people and did not allow them to lose their identity... and also, because of David.
So that is how we love Him. That is His "Top Ten" list. And people will accuse me and say, "Well, all you talk about is His name and Sabbath." Yes, would that be wrong? It is in the "Top Ten" list. Would that be wrong for me to talk about His name and Sabbath when Yahweh has given His Ten Commandments?
He says, "This is how you are going to love Me. Here we go!" What is He talking about? "I do not want idolatry. I do not want to be in second place. Honor My name and honor My day." What is wrong with that? The only thing wrong with it is, it is not status quo. It is not tradition. It is not the cultural expectation. That is why.
And so, it is not in our culture to love Yahweh the way HE defines it. It is not. Rather, it is in our culture to cleave to traditions instead. They asked Messiah:
Matthew 15:2 - "Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread."
3 - He answered and said to them, "Why do you also transgress the commandment of Elohim because of your tradition?
4 - "For Elohim commanded, saying, `Honor your father and your mother'; and, `He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.'
Matthew 15:5 - "But you say, `Whoever says to his father or mother, "Whatever profit you might have received from me [is] a gift [to Elohim]" --
6 - `then he need not honor his father or mother.' Thus you have made the commandment of Elohim of no effect by your tradition.
And so, they would give what they were supposed to pay back their parents when their parents became elderly. And they would give this and dedicated this item that they wanted to keep as something they would dedicate to Yahweh.
And so, they would still use it and still keep it, and say, "Well, if you are going to be profited by me, sorry, but it is a gift to Elohim. You cannot use it. It is mine." And thereby, they would not honor their father and mother and pay back their parents.
And they would allow their father and mother to become poor, thereby, breaking the fifth commandment. Therefore, by the traditions and interpretations of men, they set aside the commandment of Elohim.
Matthew 15:7 - "Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:
8 - `These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with [their] lips, But their heart is far from Me.
9 - And in vain they worship Me, Teaching [as] doctrines the commandments of men.'"
It is the same thing today. In those days they ignored the fifth commandment by their tradition. And today people ignore the fourth commandment by their tradition... and the third commandment by their tradition... and ultimately, the first and second commandments by their tradition-- different commandments, just the same problem.
Do we love Yahweh the way He defines it by His language?
Many would say, "Oh, you don't have to do that commandment anymore because of ____" You know, fill in the blank. I don't care what they say. Put whatever excuse you want in there, but sorry, I don't buy it.
You know, Yahushua never had to tell people in His day, "Keep the Sabbath. Keep the Sabbath. Keep the Sabbath." And so, guess what? There is not an overemphasis or significant emphasis on "you need to make sure you keep the Sabbath day" because they were already doing that.
Well, because of that people say, "Well, there is no command in the New Testament that says, 'Keep the Sabbath.' So, we don't have to." Do we have to be so hard-hearted? It is in the Ten Commandments, written in stone by His own finger. We can't cut it out. You can't claim to follow the Ten Commandments and then ignore the Sabbath day.
And the truth is, He said sin is the transgression of the Law. So, if I choose to break the Sabbath, I am transgressing the Law, right (1 John 3:4)?
See, what happens today is, you know, if you are going to love your neighbor, everyone will like you. You are not going to get much prosecution. And so, that is where the emphasis is in most sermons and most messages given behind the pulpit. You know-- "Love your neighbor, love your neighbor, love your neighbor."
But what about loving Yahweh and keeping the commandments? It is the most important command. You know, this mentality is evidenced just in people's attitude toward Sabbath observance.
Even those who believe we should will sometimes say, "Well, I would love to keep the Sabbath. I really think I should, but my boss just won't allow it. You know, he just won't let me."
What boss? Yahweh? Did Yahweh say? I mean, whose word are we following here? Are we following man? or are we following Yahweh? Do you see how we get caught up in that?
What was the penalty for adultery? Death penalty, right? Serious crime. Penalty for murder. What was the penalty for murder? Death penalty. Serious crime. What was the penalty for idolatry? Death penalty. What was the penalty for taking His name in vain, blaspheming His name? Death penalty. What was the penalty for breaking the Sabbath? Death penalty.
Not every command was death penalty. There was stealing you had to pay back. There was no explicit penalty for coveting. There was no specific penalty for just telling a lie. So there were different levels of which sin was worse than the other. But nonetheless, they were sins.
And so, what does that tell us about His view of how important the Sabbath is?
Today people are, "Oh, we need to listen to our hearts. He know our hearts" But, guess what? That is not what He says. He says:
Jeremiah 17:9 - "The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
Proverbs 28:26 - He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.
So what we need is to have a circumcised heart. Yahweh does not want us to look at His Word and decide whether or not it matters depending on what our heart condition is.
He wants us to look at His Word and say, "Wow! Yahweh, You've done so much for me. Gladly, gladly I would love to do this for You. And guess what? I know I'll be blessed in that. I will know all things will work out for good for me if I love You. Everything will work out just right, just the way it is supposed to when I love You. And so, I will do it."
But most people are not doing that in the world today. And so, it says in Isaiah 24, verse 1:
Isaiah 24:1 - Behold, YAHWEH makes the earth empty and makes it waste, Distorts its surface And scatters abroad its inhabitants.
2 - And it shall be: As with the people, so with the priest; As with the servant, so with his master; As with the maid, so with her mistress; As with the buyer, so with the seller; As with the lender, so with the borrower; As with the creditor, so with the debtor.
3 - The land shall be entirely emptied and utterly plundered, For YAHWEH has spoken this word.
Isaiah 24:4 - The earth mourns [and] fades away, The world languishes [and] fades away; The haughty people of the earth languish.
5 - The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, Because they have transgressed the laws, Changed the ordinance, Broken the everlasting covenant.
6 - Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, And those who dwell in it are desolate. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, And few men [are] left.
It sounds like a modern prophecy, doesn't it? Has that ever happened, where few men are left? They changed the ordinances. They transgressed the laws. They broke the everlasting covenant.
And so, the earth will teeter and totter like a drunkard. And people say, "Oh, that Old Covenant, that was just for Israel, you know. That wasn't for me." What about the New Covenant?
Jeremiah 31:31 - "Behold, the days are coming, says YAHWEH, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah --
32 - "not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day [that] I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them , says YAHWEH.
33 - "But this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says YAHWEH: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.
That is the circumcised heart.
Who is the covenant with? You cannot reject the Old Covenant because it was with Israel and then say, "I embrace the New Covenant even though it is with Israel." You cannot have it both ways. You cannot take yourself out of the Old Covenant because you are not Israel and then claim to be a party to the New one. The same parties are involved.
We become Israel through Yahushua the Messiah. I say that often because it needs to be said almost every week-- because I know there are new folks tuning in all the time.
Listen, I am not saying you do not love Yahweh necessarily. There are some here listening that maybe do not love Yahweh. What I am saying is, we have lost the definition of what it means to love Him. In our generation, tradition has overwhelmed the commands of Scripture in the hearts of many.
And so, I invite anyone who has been influenced by traditions and interpretations of church fathers, traditions and interpretations of reformers, traditions and interpretations of 18th century Christianity, 19th century Christianity, 20th and 21st century Christianity: Skip all that. Forget it all. Be a Berean. Open the Word. Listen to Yahweh's words!
Skip the mess. You do not even have to tune into one of my broadcasts ever again. Just open the Word and read it and study it and seek to know from cover to cover what the voice of Yahweh is saying. If you love Him, I know you will do that. If you love Him, you will seek to know His voice.
And if you tune into a teaching or a broadcast, please, check it with what the Scriptures say, whether it is my broadcast or anyone's broadcast. Look to the teachings and examples of the first century congregation, because if you compare the way things are now to what was going on in the first century, there are a tremendous number of similarities.
And beware of "merchant preachers." Whether they have the name "Messianic" or "Christianity," or whatever they are, beware of hirelings that are just hired to be your shepherd.
They are smooth salesmen and they keep men hidden inside the structure known as denominations, prison houses confining them, lest the Spirit of Yahweh would lead them to a greater understanding that ultimately would not involve that church.
Churches are set up to keep things the way they are. If anything changes, they are going to lose the whole group. They are going to lose the congregation. If they start keeping Sabbath on the correct day, what is going to happen to the church? The whole thing is going to crumble, most of the time, unless everybody is convinced of it.
Things are designed to keep things the way they are, and we need to stay out of that. I mean, I have to be very blunt about it, I guess. But beware of the hirelings. They are hired. Their pensions are tied up, their livelihood is tied up, in making sure that everything stays just the way it is.
Does that mean it is wrong for a man to be paid for teaching the Word? Does that mean that those who teach the Word should not live by the word by donations, or whatever, coming from other people? That is not necessarily wrong. Yahushua was not out working every day doing tentmaking, or whatever. What was He doing? How was He living?
As far as I know, He did not hold a regular job. Now, Paul did, but he was living off of the freewill offerings of Yahweh's people. And that is not evil, but beware of the hirelings.
A hireling is one who does not care for the sheep. He cares for the money coming in. And so, we have to beware of potential ulterior motives of the shepherds because money has a way of corrupting things. Yahweh, help us.
There was one thing that drove Messiah to physical action, and it was this:
John 2:15 - When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers' money and overturned the tables.
16 - And He said to those who sold doves, "Take these things away! Do not make My Father's house a house of merchandise!"
If you attended the festival this year, you may have noticed there was no back table full of CD's and DVD's and books and tapes and things for sale, because that is not the way I want to handle it. There were a couple of donation cans back there, and if you felt led to do it, do it-- because freely I received, freely I want to give.
And so, I am afraid that, too often, this is the very thing that does turn people into being man followers. It is the following of men that is the danger. Now, if the man is following Messiah, no problem. But the only way you are going to know that is if you check the Word.
But the multi-million dollar ministries, where if you want to hear the Word, you have to buy a tape or a DVD, that is not the way it should be. Yahushua did not charge people for hearing the Sermon on the Mount.
Now, thankfully, there are many people who do love Yahweh and they are in ministry. And they do it without any expectation of being somehow made rich off the selling of these things.
And I have a bit of a problem with selling individual teachings because there is a scripture about that, that if we find ourselves peddling the Word of Elohim, then we are actually in danger. That is not the way the first century congregation was operating.
So what we need to do is that we need to freely share the Good News of Elohim, not seek to build another denomination with whatever truth we may have found. Instead, seek to build and edify His worldwide body of believers. It is time that we shared the Good News that Yahweh wants us to love Him and Yahweh loves us. That truly is Good News!
So we need to find out what He wants from us. Let's fulfill Yahushua's commandment to go and make disciples of all nations, to go proclaim the original Good News that was once delivered to the saints, for free, not charging anybody for it.
Let's seek out the sheep, the ones who are lost, and let's bring them into a way that is loving the heavenly Father that they have never known before. They are going to call us "evil doers" because we disrupt their unity in error. But because we love our fellow man, we must do what Yahweh leads us to do.
We have a chance to reach those who are lost. And we need to do all of these things in His name, making it honorable again, magnifying His Word, His Law, and going and teaching all nations whatsoever Yahushua has commanded us and not cutting off the Law and Prophets from the two great commandments from which they hang.
It is high time we lift up the standard unto all the world. It is high time that the Law of Yahweh be lifted up as the standard of love for all men to live by.
Psalms 119:126 - [It is] time for [You] to act, O YAHWEH, [For] they have regarded Your law as void.
127 - Therefore I love Your commandments More than gold, yes, than fine gold!
128 - Therefore all [Your] precepts [concerning] all [things] I consider [to be] right; I hate every false way.
Psalms 119:129 - PE. Your testimonies are wonderful; Therefore my soul keeps them.
130 - The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
Psalms 119:131 - I opened my mouth and panted, For I longed for Your commandments.
This is a man that, whoever wrote this Psalm, has a deep love for the Father. It is dripping off his words. Yet, he recognizes his own inadequacies.
Psalms 119:132 - Look upon me and be merciful to me, As Your custom [is] toward those who love Your name.
If you love His name, you can expect mercy and compassion.
Psalms 119:133 - Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me.
134 - Redeem me from the oppression of man, That I may keep Your precepts.
That is his goal.
Psalms 119:135 - Make Your face shine upon Your servant, And teach me Your statutes.
136 - Rivers of water run down from my eyes, Because [men] do not keep Your law.
Abba Yahweh, in the name of Your Son, Yahushua Ha Mashiach, Thank You for Your Word, Father Yahweh. Thank You for Your promises. Thank You, Father, for all the many ways You have chosen to bless us. Thank You for Your mercies toward us in our failures to love You as we ought.
Teach us how to love You, Father, in Your language, in Your way, in the way You have called us to walk. Deliver me from any blindnesses, from any ways in which I am not seeing how You want me to love You. Deliver all of us and teach us Your ways. We want to see Your will done on the earth, Father.
We do not want to see people mistreating You. We do not want to see people ignoring You. You are the One who made us. You are the One who offers to redeem us and grant us eternal life.
Abba, let us communicate Your way, Your awesome ways of love into all the world. In order to do that, Father, we want to hear communication from You, by Your Spirit and by Your holy Scriptures. Open our eyes to see the things that You want to direct us toward for we long for Your commandments.
In Yahushua's name, we pray these things. Amein.
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