"Psalm 119 - To Love
the Law is to Love the Messiah"
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Sometimes when I share a study I like to go over different topics. The apostles did that when they were writing their letters to different congregations. Topical studies are important, and we see the apostles going through different topics as they wrote their letters to the believers.
They would pull a scripture out of here or there. But there was also an expectation, that we shared last week, that the people would be going to the synagogues and hearing the Torah…hearing the law…. every Sabbath. Acts 15:21 - that was an expectation that would be a normal thing they would do.
They would hear the word being read in context. They couldn’t all just easily have a copy of the scroll here to follow along. So, we are at a great advantage here in our generations. His word is available freely to anyone and to all. We’re very blessed to be able to have that availability. But we still want to go over some chapters.
The chapter I want to go over today, at least a portion of it…I’m not going to cover the whole chapter, but the portion I want to go over today, at least part of it, is Psalm chapter 119.
What I am getting from Psalm 119 is that we should love the law. And if we love the law, we are also going to love the Messiah, as we are going to share as we go along here. So, I want to go over this chapter in detail…..which many of us already know if the longest of all the psalms.
But there are many treasures, many nuggets… many gems that we can pull out of this psalm. I desire to define them as I read and so I want to share them also as we go along here. We’re going to let the psalm itself dictate what topics we cover as we go through.
There’s going to be different topics, different things it’s going to bring up, different points….and that way, the Spirit of Yahweh will certainly lead us to where He wants us to go, and we will learn from Yahweh’s Spirit. So again, our topic today, our study portion is Psalm 119….
The very first verse in Psalm 119, we see here…
Psalm 119:1 – ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of Yahweh!
Now here we see, some of your bible translations may have this ‘aleph’, or even some of them might actually have this word here…ALEPH. And that’s this particular letter here which is the first letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet. Our English way of saying that…alphabet… comes from the Greek alpha-beta, but alpha-beta comes from Hebrew aleph and bet; and ‘bet’ is the Hebrew word for house.
We have an origin. Actually, the order of some of some of these letters, is possibly of divine origin…ever wonder why the ABCs are in that order? It’s not just because of the song.
There’s an order to it….it’s a little different in Hebrew but there are some similar patterns...aleph and bet, and then the next Hebrew letter is gimel but the one to follow after that is dalet, which is a, b, c….a, b, g, d. There’s some similar patterns…well, the Psalm 119 here is what’s called an acrostic where very first letter in each verse, in each line, is going to be starting with the letter aleph for a series of verses… 9 verses….which would be a total of 10 in this case, one through ten. Just mine verses, anyway….nine.
But it’s an acrostic, so the very first word here in the Hebrew is having to do with going straight…’ashar’. And as we look into this, if we are ‘ashar’…if we’re ’going straight’ then we are going to be blessed. What this psalmist saying is that we are very happy when we are undefiled in the way, we’re very blessed.
And the word that is translated ‘undefiled’ is from the Hebrew word ‘tamim’, which is most often translated ‘without blemish’. So, happy is the one who is without blemish in the way. Who walk in the law of Yahweh….without blemish.
Psalm 119:1 – ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of Yahweh!
So, if we were to walk in the law of Yahweh, we would be without blemish, without spot. And we would have a sound mind…we would be sound. And as the psalmist says here we would be blessed.
So, if we are seeking the path of happiness, if we are seeking the path of blessing, then we need to be seeking to walk in the law of Yahweh…because that is the path of joy, happiness, and of blessing. And his whole psalm is all about the law of Yahweh. Now, the Hebrew word translated ‘law’ is the Hebrew word ‘torah’ And torah is a noun and it literally means ‘teaching’ or ‘instruction’, and most all Hebrew words trace to a three letter root verb.
And in this case, the Hebrew word ‘torah’ would translate back to the Hebrew word ‘yarah’ which has to do with casting something. It’s used to describe the casting of lots; it’s used to describe the former rain, the early rain. The early rain is the giving of the torah; the latter rain is the giving of the Spirit….both occurred at Pentecost.
Let me say, first of all that, if there’s something you don’t like about Yahweh’s law…you look at it and say, “I just don’t like that…” Then there is probably going to be something you don’t like about Yahushua. Because Yahushua is so inseparable from the Torah, from the Law, that He’s actually called the Word of Yahweh.
Joh 1:14 – And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
So, if we want grace…we want truth, then we need to follow the torah of Yahweh. We need to walk in his ways just like Messiah walked in His ways.
Now the psalmist, the one who wrote Psalm 119…we don’t know who it was, it may have been David, it may have been Ezra, it may have been Asaph, we don’t know who the author is…..but whoever it is, their love, their love for Yahweh’s word is inspiring. This palmist has this love affair with the law, the law of Yahweh.
And perhaps to some of you that would seem to be a bad thing. But it’s not a bad thing, it’s a good thing, because the psalmist so loves the torah, it would only be proof that if the Messiah was to appear to him, at that era he lived, he would have so, so loved the Messiah, because the Messiah is the embodiment of the Torah.
He is the embodiment; He is the word that became flesh. He is the Torah that became flesh and dwelt among us. He never failed one time to keep the Torah’s precepts. If he ever did fail, even once, if he ever failed, he could not be our Savior. He would have been convicted by the law of the transgressor because he failed at one point.
So, he would have been in need of a savoir himself. But He did not fail. Not even in one point. And that is why He is able to redeem us.
1 Pet 1:18-19 - knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Messiah, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
There it is….Tamim…without blemish and without spot. He was undefiled in the way. He was undefiled. He was without blemish (tamim). So, since he was without blemish… we also, because we want to walk as he did, we also want to walk in the law of Yahweh.
That’s our goal. Our goal is to walk in the law of Yahweh. Messiah himself desires that we as his...I don’t like the word ‘church’, as his ‘congregation’...cause the word ‘church…all kinds of churchy kind of thoughts come to my mind , like stain glass windows, and steeples, and Dec. 25th….and I like the word ‘congregation’ a little better. I think it’s more accurate, too. But He wants us to be undefiled in the way. In fact, he will present us as being undefiled. The relationship between a husband and a wife is like Messiah and the assembly, and it says in
Eph 5: 25-27 – Husbands, love your wives, just as Messiah also loved the church (congregation) and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church (congregation), not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
That’s what Messiah wants out of us. And so, the congregation is called to this task...to this.
Where we fail to walk in the law of Yahweh, yes, we do have the sanctification through Messiah and the cleansing but that doesn’t mean we intentionally violate the law of Yahweh. We want to be….here we are again… undefiled. And again, that word ‘tamim’ is the most often translated ‘without blemish’. And it has to do with an offering.
The sacrificial offerings were then to be accepted by Yahweh. He had to bring these offerings…they couldn’t have any blemish in them. We are also being presented to the Father at the end of the age, as a bride who is without blemish and without spot, holy and sanctified. And so, since that is the case….
IHo 2:6 – He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
How did Yahushua walk? I love that question. It’s a lovely question because I know no one can speak against it. Just how did He walk? How did Yahushua walk? If we know how he walked, if we know that He kept the commandments, the Torah that answers everything.
I don’t need to say anything else. Did he keep Sabbath? There’s your answer. Did he keep the feast days? There’s your answer. Did He eat pork? No. Neither should we. So what do we do? Wwyd (some say wwjd…well the first thing he would do is use his own name).
What would Yahushua do? That’s what we’re called to do. Just in case you think Paul would tell you otherwise…..
Act 25:7-8 – When he had come, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood about and laid many serious complaints against Paul, which they could not prove, while he answered for himself, “Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended in anything at all.”
So, he wasn’t lying here. He says he kept Torah. And we know he was a torah observant man. Some say, well he was Jewish so he had to keep the law of the Jews. What did he tell the Corinthians to do?
I Co 11:1 - Imitate me, just as I also imitate Messiah.
So, the book we have in our hands, my beloved, does not destroy the law. It’s a consistent book. It does not fulfill the law in a sense…this New Testament does not fulfill the law in a sense of doing away with it.
It fulfills the law in a sense of doing it, accomplishing it, accomplishing what is was that our Father had spoken with His word. It fulfills the commandments in the same way as I shared in a previous broadcast. If I told my daughter,…this morning I asked my little daughter, Leanna, to get me a refill on my jar of water here, and so she went back to house and brought be back a glass of water…or a jar of water .
And so what she did was she fulfilled my law. See here. She fulfilled the law that I had given. She fulfilled the commandment. So when Messiah fulfilled the commandments, does that mean he did away with them? No. It means he did it. So, the New Testament books do not take away or cancel Yahweh’s law, they build on it.
They build on it and give us more instruction, more in depth instruction of what it is that we’re supposed to learn. What it is that the heart of Yahweh really is. And that means there may be some new things added, but until Heaven and Earth pass away, not even one little yod or little mark…little dagesh or anything is going to be taken away.
Not one thing will pass away. (Matthew 5:17) So, we do have in our hands here, we do have a consistent book….Yahweh’s not about mixed messages and confusion. The scriptures speak one sweet, unified, consistent word of truth.
So, yes, there are certain words which are intended for the priests. Sacrifices…only the priest could offer a sacrifice. Those are commands for the priest. So, if you tried to offer one, there wouldn’t be a priest around to do it. There wouldn’t be a temple or an altar to offer it on.
And the commands about stoning and judgment, those are for the judges of the land…..righteous sentencing guidelines for those who seek proper justice, but that’s not for the common people. Unlike what you may have been told that when someone knocks your tooth out you can go knock his tooth out. Yahushua said…no, no, no you don’t do that. Why? Because that’s something …ok, he knocked your tooth out, and Yahweh forbid, he knocked your tooth out…. Alright you go to judge, you say, Look, this guy here knocked my tooth out.
The only righteous way of dealing with that is that guy gets his tooth knocked out. So, that’s what would happen. You know, here’s the pliers… time to give you what you did to somebody.
That’s righteous judgment. But it’s not for you to take the law into your own hands. Same things today in our laws, our nation we live in, I mean, someone violates the speed limit, or someone robs from you, that’s not for you to rob from them, or to write them a ticket and make them pay you a fine. There are people in place to do. That’s rightly dividing the word of truth. Knowing what applies and what is not intended for you.
Adam and Eve were given a command not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Is that for you? Is that for me? No. That’s for them. Some say, well the law is for the Jews. It’s only for the Jews. If that’s true, then on what basis do you say that? And they say, Well, the Old Covenant…is says right there it’s for Israel.
Alright, well what about the New Covenant, who’s it with? I love asking that question, because the New Covenant’s also with Israel. Jeremiah 31:31 says so. So if you want to be a part of the New Covenant, you need to become Israel. When you die with Messiah and you’re raised with Him. And so, it’s no longer you who live, its Yahushua living in you.
The bible though is not about mixed messages, mixed standards of righteousness. Yahweh is not an Elohim of partiality…where He’s going to send someone to the Lake of Fire cause they broke Sabbath but let you slide. It doesn’t work that way. So, it’s all about one consistent message of truth.
Yahushua is the standard. The law is the standard. They are one, they are one. So, if we’re looking for the path of blessing….
Psa 119:2 - Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart!
The entire law is a testimony in that Yahweh is testifying as to what he desires to see out of man. The Ten Commandments were called a testimony because they were proof that Yahweh Himself came down and wrote with His own finger what he required of men.
The feast days are a testimony because they speak of His plan of salvation. When we keep the Sabbath as Yahweh intended, it is a testimony of how Yahweh created the heavens and the earth and rested on the seventh day. So, blessed are those who keep His testimonies. Keeping them is the path of blessing.
Blessed are those who seek him, it says here, with the whole heart. Yahweh’s not interested in half-hearted pursuit of His ways, he wants the whole thing. He’s jealous if you’re holding part of it back, He’s jealous. He wants that part. See, He made you from dust so you owe everything to Him. He told the children of Israel, when they would disobey His law, He said He would accept them back under one condition…
Deu 4:27-29 - And Yahweh will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where Yahweh will drive you. And there you will serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell. But from there you will seek Yahweh your Elohim, and you will find Him, if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Yahweh says love me with all your heart, love with all your soul… and if we do that, then we will seek him with all of our heart, we will find him, if we do so. And He told them, when he sent them into exile..in Jeremiah 29:10 He reminded them of this….
Jer 29:10-12 – For thus says Yahweh: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says Yahweh, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
Hallelujah for that!
Jer 29: 13-14 – And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
(He wants the whole thing).
I will be found by you, says Yahweh, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says Yahweh, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.
You know, brothers and sisters, we are in exile right now. We are in exile. We’re not living in the land that Yahweh has appointed us to live in. We’re in a strange land. We are captives in this land. We are in this captivity. We’re in exile because of the disobedience of our fathers.
We are Israel through Messiah Yahushua living in us. And so, Yahweh desires nothing less than that we would search for Him with all our hearts. And if we do that He will be found. And we should not assume…I hope all of you today listening to this broadcast … old men, young men, older women, young women, middle aged, children, all of you listening to this broadcast, right now...today, right now is the day of salvation, and if you seek salvation today…don’t assume that if you don’t seek salvation he will always be available to you. The scripture says to…..
Isa 55:6 – Seek Yahweh while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.
If He is calling you today, right now, you feel a nudging in your spirit within you to follow and pursue Yahweh and His ways…don’t assume that calling will always be present.
Consider that a gift from Elohim, an opportunity to call upon him. So, seek wisdom now because the day may come…
Pro 1:27-29 – When your terror comes like a storm, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of Yahweh.
Pro 1:30-31 – They would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke. Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies.
There you go…your gods, your entertainment, your pursuits, your music, your ways, your thoughts…your elohim, the ones you serve, they won’t deliver you in the day of trouble. But, if we seek Yahweh today we have an opportunity to not find ourselves in that position.
Now, it tells me Yahweh has a limit, ‘…call up on while near’. See, I know the proverb there is speaking about the pursuit of wisdom and what happens to those who refuse to seek that….. If we refuse to seek Yahweh’s ways while He is calling us, there may be a time He doesn’t answer, and so we undergo judgment.
Calamity and terror comes upon us because we didn’t seek wisdom. So Yahweh may allow us just to receive our dues. I’m not sure that all death bed confessions are received by Him., especially if a person is planning it ahead of time. Let’s wait until I die and then I’ll turn my life to him…and all that.
I don’t want to underestimate Yahweh’s mercy, don’t get me wrong. But at the same time, it’s not a good idea to put Yahweh to the test…There’s one assured path of blessing, and that is that we will call upon Him now while He is near. And then we know we’re walking in path of blessing.
Psa:119:2-3 – Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart! They also do not iniquity; they walk in His ways.
Those that seek Him with the whole heart will do no iniquity. They’ll walk in his ways. Does that sound like too Old Testament to you? That the standard would be you cannot do any iniquity at all. That’s the standard. Does that sound too strict to you? Does that sound like…that’s that old law…. trying to get me under that old law again.
It says they do no iniquity that seek Him with the whole heart. You see, Yahweh wants us to seek Him with the whole heart, and when we do seek Him with the whole heart, He’ll forgive us for where we make mistakes. And He won’t regard iniquity as being something that we will be held guilty for….held guilty for being a part of… because we are seeking Him with the whole heart. It really is a father/son relationship. It really is.
My children mess up, from time to time. Does that mean that. I come down hard on them and get rid of them because they’re not doing everything I ask? No. The main think I look for is the attitudes. That’s the way all fathers should be….looking for attitudes.
Are our children messing up out of weakness, or is it just willful rebellion? ….It’s a big difference.
But to some of you it sounds too much like, that’s Old Testament…don’t do any iniquity at all. You mess up one time. He’ll come down and strike you down. I think it sounds pretty New Testament to me. Sounds real New Testament like….
1 Jo 3:6-8 – Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor know Him. Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of Elohim was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
What’s the scripture supposed to say? Whoever abides in Him sins just a little bit? Whoever abides in Him will sin every day but gets forgiven anyway? Is that what it’s supposed to say?
I mean, the clear standard of one who seeks Him is that we would walk in His ways. It’s not to sit around and make excuses for ourselves, like we see people say all the time, Oh, I sin every day but that’s what grace is for. Boy, the standards too high, I can’t…you can’t keep that law, see.
But is that what grace is for? To give us this little certificate to willfully sin all the time and still get forgiven? Is that what grace is for to have in our hand this ‘Get Out of Hell Free’ card. So we stand before Him and….’I’ve got the card!’ Now I’m all for grace, don’t get me wrong. I’m all for grace.
I’m not saying Yahweh is not merciful if we fail to walk in His ways, but our attitude, our heart’s attitude is very important. Our attitude is not, well….Would we accept that from our children? You know Dad, I mess up every day so I went ahead and did this anyway. I know you’ll forgive me Dad, Mama…I just figure I can’t live by your law, Mom and Dad, so I went ahead and did this wrong thing knowing that you would forgive me.
Would we accept that? Neither does He. So, our attitude is not..oh, I sin everyday, oh well..I’ve got grace. Our attitude should be, ‘I have sin in my life…oh no! Yahweh, help me to abide in Messiah more and more every day, so I will not sin. I know what Your word has said. Your word has said….’
1 Jo 3:9-10 – Whoever has been born of Elohim does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin because he has been born of Elohim. In this the children of Elohim and the children of the devil are manifest: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of Elohim, nor is he who does not love his brother.
Our attitude should be, ‘Yahweh I don’t want to live like a child of the devil, I want to be your child. I want to practice righteousness’. If that’s our attitude, yes, Yahweh will forgive us when we mess up. Just as our own children if they came to us, ‘Mom, Dad, I failed you. I was wrong. I don’t want to fail you. I want to honor you and obey you.
We would accept a child like that with loving arms…full of mercy. So, when we…as we go to our Abba in heaven, we confess our sins with a right attitude, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.
1 Jo 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
In fact, part of daily prayer Yahushua wants us to say…
Luk 11:3-4 – Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
That expression ‘I don’t want to be tempted’, ‘ I want to be delivered from temptation’, ‘ I don’t want fail You’….and so how is it brothers that we can say that we’re born again if we still mess up sometimes? How do we say that?
Are we, at this time, born of Elohim? We say we are. We say we’re born again, we’re saved, we say that we’re partakers of the New Covenant, but we also know that there’s some parts of law that we don’t quite have in heart yet. We’re not quite saved until we endure unto the end. And the real rebirth, the true rebirth, will be when the corruptible puts on the incorruptible.
So, when Messiah returns, that’s when we officially have been experiencing that rebirth. We will officially have experienced salvation and been partakers of this New Covenant where we can no longer sin, we will be incorruptible.
So, it is when Yahweh looks down from Heaven and sees a people who are pursuing His ways….pursuing righteousness…. hungering & thirsting for it, that He will fill us with the righteousness of Messiah, and let our sins be forgotten and forgiven because He knows our attitude is that we would be pleasing to Him and He can accept that. That’s call repentance. That’s what He wants out of us.
119:4 – You have commanded us to keep Your precepts diligently.
Diligently! In Hebrew that’s ‘meod’…. very, very much; greatly; diligently. Today, if you seek to keep Yahweh’s precepts diligently, you might be called a legalist…trying to earn your salvation.
You see, the typical everyday attitude we see among people is…’Yeah, He’s like Grandpa. He doesn’t really care about obedience so much, as that you just believe in His Son. He’s got this lackadaisical attitude now about your disobedience. Now he’s calmed down, you know he’s not as angry as he used to be when he was younger.
That’s the way people view Yahweh. Like in the Old Testament He was this mean, fire and brimstone..they call Jehovah God, ready to come down and strike you any minute and then He kind of calmed down when Messiah came. He’s this big smiling grandfather in the background and He’s just smiling at you as you stray away, ‘Oh, come back little child…’
And that is just so far from truth. He wants us to keep his precepts diligently. Don’t believe me? I shared a few weeks ago a study on legalism. I’ll just touch on this real quick.
Mat 23:23 – Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin,
Most people when they read this stop right there…they put this little line here…Woe to you…you tithe these herbs. How dare you do that!? No. You’ve got a little word ‘and’ here. It’s ‘and’…you got to read that…and
….and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith.
Faith is a part of the law; mercy is a part of the law; …along with justice.
….These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
Wait a minute…these you ought to have done…what’s these? These would be pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin without leaving the others undone! The others would be….justice mercy and faith.
So, he calls them…
….Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
You’re getting the gnats which are unclean out of your salad…your not eating the gnats, but then, spiritually speaking, you’re swallowing a whole camel, which is also unclean. So, they were getting the gnats out by paying tithe of mint, anise, , and cumin, but they were neglecting that camel swallowing behavior of not paying much attention to mercy and faith and justice.
So, the finer points of Yahweh’s law…..yes, keep them diligently. Keep them diligently. And that’s the same attitude in the New Testament as well. Keep them diligently. And we shouldn’t view that as being a problem. I mean look at all Yahweh did for us. Can’t we do something for Him?
I mean, Yahushua, all He went through….because He loved us. Our expression of love toward Him, well the least we can do is be diligent about keeping his ways.
1 Jo 5:3 – For this is the love of Elohim, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
They’re not, and if they are burdensome may be there’s something in our heart that needs changed. We do have this flesh that we need to deal with. The psalmist cries out…
Ps 119:5-6 – Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed, when I look into all Your commandments.
The Psalmist here is not claiming perfection. He’s saying he wishes, that just his inclination within him was directed to keep the statutes of Elohim. And then when he looked at the commandments he wouldn’t be ashamed of himself for not having kept them.
Some people though, they look at the commandments, they’re not even ashamed. They think, ‘Oh well, no big deal. I can break the law and no big deal’. But that’s the first step. We’re ashamed of what we’ve done and then we turn from it and then we correct ourselves. So, he’s crying out…
Ps 119:5-6 – Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed…
Almost an identical crying out happens in the book of Romans by Paul the Apostle…
Rom 7:24 – O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
It’s almost like he’s saying, ‘Oh that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes’. Who will deliver us from this body of death? Yahushua will deliver us.
Ro 7:25-1 – I thank Elohim—through Yahushua Messiah our Master! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of Elohim, but with the flesh the law of sin.
Do we do that? Do we serve the law of Elohim with our minds? If we’re failing in that it’s because we need Yahushua. We need Him, more of His indwelling, more of the Spirit of Yahweh being able to freely minister to us and lead us in the paths of righteousness.
Rom 8:1 – There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Messiah Yahushua, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Some would tell you, ‘Oh well, you people who are trying to follow law, you’re walking the old carnal way. It’s not the way of the Spirit, see. They might say to you, ‘Well, we have the Spirit now, we don’t need the law. We have the Spirit tell us everything we need to do’.
Well, you’re mistaken if you feel the Spirit is going to lead you in a different direction than the law itself will lead you. Because if the Spirit is within you, the scripture says (Eze 36:27)… a prediction of the future: Yahweh says…
Eze 36:27 – I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
And so, the observance of Yahweh’s statutes and laws and commandments is evidence that the fruit of the Spirit is present. If Yahweh’s Spirit is within us, it will cause to walk in His statutes and keep His judgments and do them. We’re all called to walk according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh.
So we want to set our minds on the things of the Spirit rather than the things of the flesh. The things of the flesh…our hearts are not naturally inclined to keep His statutes. We want to do our own thing. In a natural way…we’d rather do our own thing. So we can’t live according to this flesh that we have, we have to live according to what the Spirit would direct us to live.
Rom 8:5-7 – For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spririt. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against Elohim; for it is not subject to the law of Elohim, nor indeed can be.
If we are refusing to subject ourselves to the law of Elohim, saying, ‘I don’t need that, I’ve got the Spirit now’...what we’re saying doesn’t make any sense, because if we are spiritually minded we will be willingly subjecting ourselves/submitting ourselves to the law of Elohim.
So, let’s seek to be spiritually minded and seek Messiah that we might be delivered from this body of death. The only way we can get Yahweh’s Spirit living in us is that we would repent and we would turn to Yahusha the Messiah. As Peter said to the crowds….
Act 2:38-39 – Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Yahushua Messiah for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.For the promise…
What’s the promise? You will receive the Holy Spirit.
…is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as Yahweh our Elohim will call.
We are in exile. We are afar off, but Yahweh has called us. Yahweh has called us while we’re in the foreign land. Will we seek him with all of our heart, with all of our soul, with all of our strength? And now that we have His Spirit dwelling in us, we will abide in Messiah and we will not need to be ashamed when we look in His law.
1 Jo 2.28 - And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.
If we have repented of our wrongs, and confessed our sins before Him, and committed our ways toward keeping His statutes, and we have come to Him in humility, in confession, and dedicating our lives toward seeking Him with all of our heart, soul, and strength…. yet somehow we just don’t feel saved, we just don’t feel like He forgives us, we still feel condemned.
Maybe that comes from bad parenting when we were being raised. Our parent was very condemning, even though we were doing the best that we could. But Yahweh is greater than that. And those things may have been planted in our hearts from the time we were young, but Yahweh’s greater than that. The scripture even says in….
1 Jo 3:20 – For if our heart condemns us, Elohim is greater than our heart, and knows all things.
And so, the promises that we receive in Messiah are true. Yahshua Himself said…
Joh 5:24 – Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
What an awesome, awesome promise we have. All it takes is repentance and faith in Messiah.
Psa 119-7-8 – I will praise You with uprightness of heart, when I learn Your righteous judgments. I will keep Your statutes; Oh, do not forsake me utterly!
See, when we learn of Yahweh’s righteous judgments..what are judgments? ‘Mishpat’ is Hebrew…judgments…they are decisions by Yahweh as to what is right and what is wrong…. declaration of who might be saved and who would not be saved. The law tells us His judgments of what should happen when a person sins, of what sin actually is. He also tells us that those who are in Messiah are not under condemnation.
That’s His judgment. His judgment is that we will receive eternal life. And we’re called to rejoice and praise Him for His judgments, which are always true. Praise Him with uprightness of heart when we learn about these judgments….they’re so righteous, so impressive.
And so we call upon him to dwell with us and not forsake us utterly. Because we recognize His judgments are right and we want to keep His statutes. And if that is our hearts cry….
Psa 37:28 – For Yahweh loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; they are preserved forever, but the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
That’s righteous judgment. Yahushua said likewise….
Mat 28:19 20 - Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always…
He will not leave us. He will not forsake us.
…even to the end of the age. Amen.
That’s today and that’s forever. So, if we wonder…. you know, sometimes Yahweh feels distant to us…if he feels distant maybe it’s not Him that moved but maybe it’s you that moved. I mean, He wants to draw near to us. But we can draw near to him again. It says in one place, draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.
That’s in the book of James [4:8]. We have these promises….and so the psalmist is crying out for Yahweh to not forsake him. The psalmist is crying out for deliverance from the body of death …knowing it’s not his inclination within, naturally… to love the law and to walk in it. So, how can we cleanse our ways?
The next Hebrew letter, ‘bet’…. (I guess it was 8 verses)…. The next Hebrew letter, ‘bet’….
Psa 119:9 – How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
Now, at this time when the psalmist was writing these things, he didn’t know about Yahushua dying for his sins .He didn’t know about that - Yahushua dying…. He knew, however, that he could cleanse his way by doing what Yahweh asked him to do. And so this expectation that we have of Yahweh’s mercy through Messiah is an understanding that we have now. They didn’t have the understanding.
So what we see in the Old Testament is a call to repentance. They knew that if they repented that Yahweh would do His part of forgiving them of their sin. They didn’t know exactly how it was going to be done, but they knew it would be done because He said it would be. Now most here….It says, how can young man cleanse his way? ‘By taking heed according to Your word’. Now why does he mention young man? What is it about youth that the young people need to cleanse their way? What is it? The scripture says in…
Pro 22:15 – Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of correction will drive it far from him.
So, we have this natural inclination, once again, to be a foolish person. To be fools….to not heed the law of Yahweh….to not listen. And so we have parents who are there to help drive this foolishness from our hearts through the rod of correction. We’re admonished….
Ecc 11:9-10 - Rejoice, O young man, in your youth,
Yeah, go ahead, rejoice in it, be happy...
…and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; walk in the ways of our heart and in the sight of your eyes; but know…
…know this. And those of us who are not young anymore know
…that for all these Elohim will bring you into judgment.
and we will suffer the consequences for the decisions that we made when we were young people.
Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, and put away evil from your flesh, for childhood and youth are vanity.
Put it away. Get rid of it. When you’re young you’re strong, see, you’ve got strength. You don’t have necessarily these years after years of thought patterns that are so unbiblical to have to deal with…to have to fight through…to have to rewire our brain.
When you’re a young person you have an opportunity to make sure that you frame your mind around what’s right, and good, and holy, and just, and pure, and lovely. You have that opportunity. So use it! …Because you won’t get it again. And when later, after years of being, habitual habits develop… and being a sinner in the way you think and do things, it’s a whole lot harder to keep the law of Yahweh faithfully. And the journey is far less pleasant than if you had done the right thing to begin with. So, now’s your opportunity.
Don’t be like those who say, ‘Oh well, you know, I’ve been serving Yahweh all my life and I’ve never really tasted and seen what the evil’s like. I’m going to check it out, and go live it for awhile, and see if I like it’. Don’t do it. Don’t do it.
Just trust Yahweh’s word. You don’t want to go there. So many times we see young people…you know, they hear these testimonies from people who got caught up in drunkenness, or drugs, or whatever…Oh, how glorious that Yahweh brought them back from the pit of hell, and saved them, and cleansed them, and sanctified them.
Every single one of them people will tell you, I wish I’d never done it. Yeah, it’s a glorious testimony that Yahweh can take someone from the miry pit and save them, and deliver them from temptations, and the struggles, and the yuck that they were involved in…but to me it’s a far greater testimony to be able to say, ‘I never departed. I never departed from the way of Yahweh. I never went aside to the right or to the left. I remained faithful to Him because I wanted that. I chose that. Yahweh in His mercy and His grace enabled me to choose that’.
That’s the far greater testimony. Far greater than anything…rags to riches, or gutter to glory. So walk in that testimony. And let that be your testimony all days of your life and many of us will rejoice with you in that, wishing we had done that also.
So flee… run away from, as hard as you can, and instead….
2 Tim 2.22 – Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on Yahweh out of a pure heart.
Pursue it. And do not walk away from it because that is the path of blessing.
1 Jo 2:21-13 – I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one.
That’s the expectation of young men… overcome the wicked one.
I write to you, little children, because you have known the Father.
He writes to them what?
1 Jo 2:14-14-15 – I have written to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of Elohim abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one. Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Don’t even love it...don’t even like it! Hate it! Despise it! I’m not saying hate people. Hate the sin that’s in them.
I Jo 2:16-17 – For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of Elohim abides forever.
And so, what is the wise path to choose? The path of eternal life, the path of blessing, walking in the law of Yahweh…that is the wise path to take, young men and young women.
Ps 119:10 – With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from your commandments!
See, once we seek Yahweh with the whole heart there’s a danger that at some point, we get a little lax, start to wander away. To wander from the commandments is to wander from the flock of the Great Shepherd. Like sheep going astray from the shepherd’s voice.
Maybe in pursuit of some delicate weed or something over here that tastes really good. Some other delicacies of the wicked, some other things that would be harmful to us but it maybe tastes good, but are toxic and are poisonous. The Shepherd needs to seek and find us then, and take us back home.
And he will, as long as we don’t flee at the sight of Him. So many people they go astray. Yahushua comes back to get them and they say, ‘Oh no, I don’t want you’. Ok. He’ll let you go. And off to another flock you go.
Same for us as brothers, when we see someone going astray, we can be as the Shepherd’s arms, the Shepherd’s voice. As it says….
Jam 5:19-20 – Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.
That’s our thought, brothers, here, I hope. As people who understand and desire to walk in the law of Yahweh. That, when we see someone wandering from that, and we know that the Christian church over the years wandered away at some point, from the commands, and because of that we want to turn them from the error of their way.
Seek to save their soul from death….especially if their attitudes are, ‘I don’t care about whether I sin, or not’. Then we will cover a multitude of sins. Now how do we ourselves keep ourselves from wandering off the path, from wandering from His commandments?
We saw that the psalmist was crying out, ‘Oh Yahweh, don’t let me wander from Your commandments!’ So, the minute he might start to wander, Yahweh would, as a shepherd, bring him back into the flock again. But how do we keep from wandering from the commandments? Look where those eyes are going. Look where they’re going.
Pro 4:25-27 – Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet,
Focus on where you are going. Look where going, son, daughter! Pay attention! Have you ever heard that from a parent? ‘Hey, look where you’re going’! You’re driving down the road…most accidents, maybe the majority, are caused from driver inattention. Ponder the path of your vehicle, son....and you won’t get smashed into the semi ahead of you.
and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; remove your foot from evil.
So, look straight ahead. Look where you’re going. Don’t look to the left and don’t look to the right. Stay within the lines and you won’t crash and burn. Remove your foot from evil…You know, it’s where we look, it’s where our mind’s eye might be. Where physically our physical eye, or our minds eye, that often determines the direction we will go.
You know, they say when you’re driving a vehicle and a car’s got their brights on in the opposite direction, don’t look at bright lights. Look to the right, actually toward the edge of road so you don’t get blinded by the light. And focus on where the path of your feet are, otherwise they know that where we look has a tendency to be where we end up driving. You tend to drive toward what you’re looking at.
So they say don’t look at the bright lights when they’re in the opposite direction. Look at the road. Keep the path of your feet stay within the lines. So in our minds eye, when the enemy’s trying to flash his angel of light, or whatever, at us…then don’t even look at it. Just ponder the path of your feet. Ponder it. Look where you’re going. And let all your ways be established. Don’t turn to the right or to the left.
There are a thousand sheep in your face…in the other lane, thankfully, but there always saying, ‘Come my way; go my direction’. And we’re travelling through this room, we’re saying, ‘Excuse me, I’m going the other way….that way back there. There’s a cliff at end of that road’. And we’re calling to the people as they go by, ‘Hey, wait, wait, wait, wait…you’re going the wrong way. That’s a cliff. Here’s the path of light in front of us’.
Some might make a U turn. Yahweh does allow U turns, thankfully. But we’ve got to keep our eyes on the pathway ahead. And the only time we look at the evil is to say, ‘Hey evil, come back here and turn the right way’. So, we set our affections, we set our minds on Heavenly things. Colassians 3:1 As followers of Messiah…
Col 3:1-3 – If then you were raised with Messiah, seek those things which are above, where Messiah is, sitting at the right hand of Elohim. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Messiah in Elohim.
…Those are the ways of death. That’s all in the past. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. So let’s pray that we will not wander, so that if we ever do, he will send the shepherd after us.
And if the shepherd comes, don’t run away from Him. Let him take you up in His arms and carry you in His bosom back to the home that you belong, in His flock.
Psa 119:10-11 – With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
This is one way of seeking Him with the whole heart….
You word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!
Having Yahweh’s word placed in our hearts is key. You see this…he understands that when the word is in his heart, when it’s placed in his heart, then that will give him the power to be an over-comer. See, having Yahweh’s law in our hearts is not a New Testament only concept.
Deu 30:11-13 – For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’
Deu 30: 14 – But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.
The whole goal, this New Testament goal of the law being in our hearts is that we may do it. That’s the goal. That’s the purpose of the law being in our heart. The word, the law of Yahweh was put into hearts of the children of Israel way back then. It’s not a New Testament…it’s not a brand new concept, at all.
In fact, Paul quotes this verse in Romans, saying that…
Rom 10:6-7 – But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Messiah down from above)
I thought that was the word back here….(says this commandment which I command you) ….the commandment is what it’s actually talking about, and he’s saying it’s talking about Messiah. (Who will ascend into Heaven, that is to bring Messiah down from above?) You see, you can’t separate the Messiah from the commandment because He is the Living Word that dwelt among us. The word that became flesh and dwelt among us…so, he related it in this manner.
or, ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’”(that is, to bring Messiah up from the dead).
Don’t say that. What does it say?
Rom 10-8-9- But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart(that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Master Yahushua and believe in your heart that Elohim has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Wait a minute….the law is the word of faith which Paul preached? Absolutely, because by hearing the word we gain faith. Doesn’t faith come by hearing and hearing by the word of Elohim? Doesn’t this verse right here alone prove that they were preaching Torah…that they preaching the law of Yahweh, that the Messiah and the Law of Yahweh are inseparable in terms of the standard by which the law desires us to live by and the standard by which Messiah himself lived?
So, if we confess with our mouth the Master Yahushua and believe in our hearts that Elohim has raised from the dead we will be saved. Why? Because, Messiah the living word will come down and dwell in our hearts so when the Father looks at us, He doesn’t see our sins. He sees the living Torah dwelling in us so that we might appear unto Him, blameless, holy, fully sanctified, fully cleansed.
The goal of Yahweh is to get His righteous word from point ‘a’ to point ‘b’…from His mouth to our hearts that we might do it. That’s His goal. That’s the New Covenant. And if the word is dwelling there through Messiah Yahushua being the word that became flesh and dwelt among us living there, that’s what the New Covenant’s all about… to get that word which we had chosen to go astray from… to get the word back to us once again.
Jer 31:31-32 – 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—
Who’s that Covenant with? You can’t say out of one side of your mouth, ‘Well that old covenant’s for the Jews, therefore it’s not for me. Then out of the other side of your mouth say, ‘Well, that new covenant, I’m with that, too. That’s with me…
not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers…
the old covenant….
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.
Jer 31:33 – 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.
Halleluyah! He will forgive their sins and they will be remembered no more…and so if the law is in our hearts because of the Messiah’s indwelling, we can be assured that our observance of the law will reflect on the outer layer. Therefore the clearest evidence that we have Messiah in our life, and in our hearts, is that we are keeping the law of Elohim. If His law is in our hearts, it says.
Psa 119:11 – Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You!
See, we are a people prone to forgetting. We are a people who are prone to forgetting what His word has said but we, a forgetful people, have the Spirit of Elohim dwelling in us.
And the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father sent in Messiah’s name teaches us all things, and brings to our remembrance so we don’t forget, all things that Yahshua taught us. Well, if Yahushua is the Word… He teaches, by example, of how to keep the word. If He is the word that was with Elohim from the beginning according to John 1 , He’s the word in Genesis, Deuteronomy, Leviticus….He’s the word there, too. And so, the Spirit of Yahweh will write this Torah in our hearts, if we’re willing to let it. Through our own biases, through our own traditions maybe, we don’t want to let Yahweh’s Spirit teach us all things. We need to let Yahweh’s Spirit flow into us unhindered. And as we do so it’ll be a daily, progressive walk. Yahushua said….
John 16:12-13 – I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
You know brothers, Yahushua leads us this way. He doesn’t give us everything at once. As men who lead our families…. we got to lead our wives, our children that way, too. Maybe there’s some things we would want them to be doing they can’t bear it right now. We need to be like the Gentle Shepherd. And that’s a conviction that I learned hard way…just so you know.
…However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
And so, the work of Spirit is to guide us into all truth. If someone is walking in truth that’s the clearest evidence they have the Spirit….because they’ve been guided to that place. And the Spirit will tell us the things to come. So, the work of Spirit is to guide us, direct us, teach us….He will teach us the Torah because, by the Spirit, the Law of Yahweh is being written in our hearts so that we might not sin against Yahweh.
The goal of Yahweh is not to just keep cleansing us over and over and over again. His goal is that we would walk out our salvation in Messiah…the pattern that Yahweh has set forth for us. And that pattern of what sin is and what sin isn’t has always been the same. The standard…
1 Jo 3:4 - Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
That’s what it is. Don’t’ let anyone tell you otherwise. Yahweh’s word is not a mixed message. Yahweh’s law…it’s all about love. It’s all about love. And so when we read a commandment to honor Sabbath..to remember it, to keep it holy, …it’s an expression of love to our Heavenly Father.
If our earthly father gave us a gift, and it had been handed down from generation to generation for we don’t know how long, would it be loving to our fathers if we took the gift and threw it on the ground and we stepped all over it, and disregarded it? …Certainly not. Our Father in Heaven has given us the gift of the Sabbath. It says the Sabbath was made for man. This is not a day we just want to trample on and treat it as common. We’re called to remember it and keep it holy.
That’s an expression of love toward our Heavenly Father for giving us this gift that He has given, that has been handed down from generation to generation since the beginning of creation. It’s one example of how we love the Father. Some people don’t see these commands as being a way of love because they’ve not been taught that.
But, through progressive revelation of what Yahweh expects of us, I would hope that we would be willing to open our minds up…our thought patterns up… to scrutiny. To letting the word of Yahweh come in and cleanse the parts of our hearts that are not yet yielded to His will, either through ignorance or just through rebellion.
And so, brothers, if we find ourselves in transgression of the law in any point we are lacking in love….somehow…someway. We’re lacking in love. Let’s not [only] make it our mantra call that we’re rotten sinners and we’ve been saved from death….although that’s important.
Our focus now that we have been saved from death is that we would begin to walk as Messiah walked…walking in that true way of love….walking in the way of life that was taught in the Torah, in the Law of Yahweh. Anything that is other than that is simply not love, at all.
And it’s obvious to me that the man who wrote this psalm loved the law. He loved it with all of His heart. And so, if he had met Yahushua, he would have loved Messiah. If we, brothers, sisters, if we love the law that’s bonified proof that we truly do love the Messiah.
And so, as we turn toward this way of love, this pattern that Yahushua has set forth for us, this walking in the image of Elohim that He did, let’s also seek to walk in the image of Elohim. And as we do, turn toward that way of love because Yahweh is love.
Brothers and Sisters, May Yahweh bless you and may Yahweh truly, and I know He will, have mercy on us all.