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we prefer to use the actual Name of our loving Heavenly Father as it was
written in the Word, and thus you will note that we will use the Four Letter
“Memorial Name” of - YHVH,
which is pronounced as YaHVaH or YaHWaH. In addition we will also
use our Heavenly Father’s attribute/title, which is Elohim rather
than “God,” which sadly is the name of a pagan god. In addition we
also love to use the actual and real Name of our beloved Messiah which
is - Yahushua or Yahshua in short, for
this is our Saviours original Hebrew Name as given to Him at birth in
Davarim - Deuteronomy 22:1
The blessed Scriptures reveals to us that it is very concerned about restoring lost objects to its owners. Therefore surely, we must be even more concerned about assisting lost individuals to RETURN to YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, and Yahushua THE Messiah, who is as the blessed Word states … “the Passover sacrificed for us.” 1 Corinthians 5:7.
It is written in the Tanach, the Old Covenant, from which this entire study comes, although as you have already seen, there are Brit Chadashah, New Covenant references.
“If you come across your enemy’s
ox or donkey going astray (
Then in Davarim - Deuteronomy chapter 22 we find the following verse,
“If you see your brother’s ox or sheep wandering far (Nidachim) from the path, you must not ignore them. You must RETURN them to your brother.” Davarim - Deuteronomy 22:1.
Let me comment on these two verses as follows.
The verse in Davarim Deuteronomy uses the
expression “Nidachim” which means “wandering far,”
whilst the expression “
Although it speaks of animal, such as an ox, donkey, but the reason the word “sheep” is also used frequently in the Word in order that it will bring to mind the idea of “a lost sheep.” With this in mind, let us reflect as follows. The Word of the Almighty shows that He cares about property and things. Thus we see that in the Word He even takes pity on an individual’s donkey or sheep that may have wandered from the path and that may require much effort to be placed back on the right course.
Beloved, how much more so should we care for a single lost soul who has wandered far from the path, even if it takes great effort to get them back on course? We are now already acquainted with the verse; “You MUST RETURN them to your brother.” And that was just for an animal, thus how much more so for a person!
May I comment of the fullness of this statement; “you MUST return them,” the implication in the Word is, even a hundred times if necessary. From this, we can learn a lesson for our case as well, namely that we must toil even one hundred times to bring a lost soul back to the Father. This includes our families! But sadly, the truth is, in our day and age, most confirmed sinners are not sinners to be spiteful, Elohim forbid. Rather, they have wandered from the path of influence because of false teachers and sinners who have led them astray. They are just like lost sheep that do not know how to return to their Master’s Home. Therefore, we have such a great duty to take pity on them, to show and teach them the proper way back to YaHVaH our Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, for He says, “Show them the path they MUST take.” (Shemos - Exodus 18:20). Only the WORD can bring others to love Elohim and Messiah Yahushua! It says in the Word of Elohim;
“You shall love YHVH your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” Davarim - Deuteronomy 6:5.
Then verse 6 states;
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.”
The following is my explanation of why these two verses are placed together.
It is known that some characteristics are intrinsic (inherent or built in) to an object and some are extrinsic (alien). Suppose an iron rod, or a saucepan sits on a high flame on a fire. When this happens, it takes on so much heat from the fire that anything touching it will be burnt. Nonetheless, the heat that passes through it has an external source, unlike the fire itself, which is intrinsically hot. The difference between the two is that the heat in the pot or piece of iron exists only in the object itself. When another pot or a piece of iron is put next to the first, the first pot does not have enough energy to heat up the second. Moreover, the iron pot will only remain hot as long as it rests on the fire. Once it is removed from the fire, the heat will slowly leave it until it is totally cold. This is all because the heat in it has an outside source. As for the fire itself, it will remain hot even if it is left alone for several hours or days, unless of course, it is put out. Furthermore, fire has the power to heat up other things.
It is the same with the precious Word of YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, which is compared to FIRE. Elohim said;
“Is not my Word like fire?”
Faithful believers should constantly study the Word and have all their thoughts focussed upon it, with the Word of Elohim set deep in their hearts. They therefore will have the power to endear the Word, which is the “Good News,” to others who are near them at any given time. The faithful in Yahushua have the FIRE, being the Spirit of Elohim in them, just as the “WORD is FIRE!”
Those who due to work or other commitments, who are not able to spend as much time studying the Word should seek out faithful Scripture based teachers and learn from them. This in itself is good, fulfilling a positive command “Cleave to him” Davarim - Deuteronomy 10:20. Cleave first to Elohim, but also to those whom the Spirit of Elohim has been given, such as the gift of teaching. We should feel uplifted whilst we are in fellowship, listening to the Word of Elohim. Upon leaving fellowship, the sacred feeling that was felt is thanks to being so close to the things and the blessed Word of Elohim, then it sometimes cools off in our lives. Moreover, when we are in the teacher’s presence, we only benefit from the direct contact with the Word of Elohim itself. Thus, it is vital that we all spend more time with and around the Word of Elohim ourselves! That is how we keep the fire burning within us, at all times!
We can now go back to that question. “Love YHVH your Elohim.” The Word uses the perfect Hebrew form of love, “VeAhavta” and this teaches us to endear Elohim to others! How are we supposed to achieve this desire of endearing Yahushua to others? The verse continues, “These words should be ... on your hearts” Davarim - Deuteronomy 6:6. This means that you yourself should know the Word, for it should be in your heart!
We know that the Word is compared with real fire. It should thus be in your power to arouse other people to desire that fire, the Word and He who is the Word, for we know what the scriptures tells us;
“In the beginning was the Word, and
the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim.
He was with Elohim in the beginning.” Yochanan -
If you yourself do not spend much time in the Word and are devoid of its fullness, you will be unable to arouse the love of Yahushua the Messiah, who is “the Word” in others. You might think that after commanding us to love Elohim and His Word, (Davarim - Deuteronomy 6:5); it would have been enough to immediately go on with the words … “Teach them to your sons and speak about them” verse 7. Why do we need the middle verse about keeping these words “on your heart?” The explanation is simple.
It is normal for people to keep their pots and pans in the kitchen pantry and to keep the decorative objects in the lounge and living areas. If a family member found the pots and pans in the living room, he would quickly remove them if guests approached the house. It would be silly to leave them in the lounge and it would be considered to be untidy and crazy by all.
It is considered that the heart is the king of
all the organs of the body, containing as it does the essence of life. The Word
says, “Guard your heart with the greatest vigilance, for life issues
forth from it” (
May we constantly learn from the Word of Elohim! This study commenced with,
“If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey going astray, bring it back to him” (Shemos - Exodus 23:4). “If you see your brother’s ox or sheep wandering far from the path, you must not ignore them. You must RETURN them to your brother” (Davarim - Deuteronomy 22:1).
Beloved, let us spend a little more time with Elohim in Fasting, Prayer and giving greater effort studying His Word, and He will give you the means of guiding LOST SHEEP to a point where they may be restored to YaHVaH Elohim. Blessed be His Sanctified Name!
I pray that this study will inspire you to a closer relationship with our loving heavenly Father who has given us His Word, and sent “His only begotten Son,” Yahushua our Redeemer! Let us now in return give more of ourselves, thinking less of our own needs, but more of the needs of others, therefore spending less time on our physical needs pleasure/entertainments, etc) and more on spiritual matters. How often must it be said, “Time is urgent!” Do not waste it. Now is the time to, “Love YaHVaH with all your heart” and “teach them” the WORD, yes even unto a lost and confused world.
“Whoever listens to Me will dwell safely
and will be secure, without fear of evil.”
As you go and share the love, mercy, and forgiveness that our beloved Messiah offers, may the Spirit of YaHVaH Elohim touch and change them, that they may also receive the REWARD … FOR …
“Great is your REWARD in HEAVEN!” Mattityahu
“Teach me Your
way, O YHVH. I will walk in Your truth.
UNITE MY HEART TO FEAR YOUR NAME!”
“Teach me Your
way, O YHVH. I will walk in Your truth.
Tehillim – Psalms 86:11
May YHVH Elohim bless and keep you in the palm of His hand always, in Messiah Yahushua’s loving Name!
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one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise
him up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: They will all be taught
by Elohim. Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from Him comes to Me.
No one has seen the Father except the One who is from Elohim; only He has seen
the Father. I tell you the truth he who believes has everlasting life.” Yochanan
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