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-Please Read this FIRST- On this site 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 “Elohim,” 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 Lukas - Lukas - Luke 1:31. This was the only Name ever used when He was on the earth by His family, disciples and His followers OVER THE centuries, even until today! However, it was changed to a foreign name by the founder of the new “pagan church of Rome.” Occasionally, we may also use other Hebrew or Greek names as well as different words in our studies for certain common words used are from pagan backgrounds and thus are not suitable. All names will be translated when they are FIRST used in a study or at various times as needed for clarity. There is a full explanation of YHVH’s blessed “Memorial Name” as well as the wonderful blessed Name of our Messiah and Saviour, thus please read …The Memorial Name.”

 

 

Part Two

The covenant made with Dovid – David:

The next covenant to consider is the one between YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, and a specific person, and we will cover His covenant with king Dovid - David. In it Elohim promises that Dovid - David’s dynasty would last forever and that the Messiah, Dovid - David’s descendant will have an everlasting King of that dynasty!

“I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant Dovid - David: ‘Your seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations.’” Tehillim - Psalm 89:3-4.

Our Heavenly Father also declared that this covenant will be totally irrevocable.

“Thus says YHVH: 'If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night, so that there will not be day and night in their season, then My covenant may also be broken with Dovid - David My servant, so that he shall not have a son to reign on His throne.” Yirmyahu - Jeremiah 33:20-21.

When the angel came to Miriam - Mary to announce that she had been chosen to be the mother of Israel’s Messiah Yahushua, she was told;

“Do not be afraid, Miriam - Mary, for you have found favour with Elohim. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Yahushua. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and YHVH Elohim will give Him the throne of His father Dovid - David. And He will reign over the House of Ya’akov - Jacob forever, and of His Kingdom there will be no end.” (Lukas - Luke 1:30-33).

Later the Apostle Shime’on - Peter also commented on the importance of Elohim’s covenant with Dovid – David, when he said:

“Men and brethren let me speak freely to you of the patriarch Dovid - David that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that Elohim had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Messiah to sit on his throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Messiah, that His soul was not left in the grave, nor would His flesh see corruption. This Yahushua, Elohim has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of Elohim, and having received from the Father the promise of the Sanctified (holy) Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. For Dovid - David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: ‘YHVH said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.’ Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that Elohim has made this Yahushua, whom you impaled, both Master and the Messiah.” Acts 2:29-36, NIV.

It is obvious that from the beginning of man’s existence, Elohim has been putting into place the details of His great plan for humanity’s salvation. Crucial to that plan was the birth and mission of the Messiah—the promised descendant of Dovid - David and Abraham. To assure us of the irrevocability of that plan, He confirmed it with a series of covenants.

The temporary Sinai Covenant Understanding the purpose and temporary nature of the covenant that Elohim made with ancient Israel at Mt. Sinai is critical for comprehending the New Covenant scriptures correctly. The contents of this covenant became, in effect, Israel’s national constitution.

With Elohim as its King, Israel became a theocratic state—essentially a temporary, earthly kingdom of Elohim. Its people accepted all the covenantal conditions Elohim laid out for them, saying, “All that YHVH has spoken we will do” (Exodus 19:8). Amid the thunder, lightning, smoke and fire atop Mt. Sinai, Elohim spoke the Ten Commandments to the entire nation (Exodus 20:1-18). How did the people respond to Moses?

“Surely YHVH our Elohim has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire. We have seen this day that Elohim speaks with man; yet he (Moshe - Moses) still lives. Now therefore, why should we die? For this great fire will consume us; if we hear the voice of YHVH our Elohim anymore, then we shall die. For who is there of all flesh who has heard the voice of the living Elohim speaking from the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived? You go near and hear all that YHVH our Elohim may say, and tell us all that YHVH our Elohim says to you, and we will hear and do it.” Davarim - Deuteronomy 5:24 -27.

The prophets’ words as the “voice of YHVH”:

They requested, from sheer terror of the awesome power that Elohim manifested to them, that never again would He speak to them directly with His own voice. From that time forward the inspired words of Elohim’s prophets were regarded as carrying the same authority as if Elohim were speaking to the people directly. For example, Moshe - Moses included for being obedient to the “voice of YHVH” - “statutes which are written in this Book of Law,” statutes given to Israel even some 40 years after Elohim spoke at Mt. Sinai (Deuteronomy 30:10-11).

The truth of the writings of the prophets of the Tanach, being Hebrew for the Old Covenant are accurate instructions and teachings of Elohim even for this day, and this is confirmed in the New Covenant by Shime’on ben Yochanan, who is better known to the churches as the Apostle Peter;

“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from Elohim as they were moved by the Sanctified (holy) Spirit.” 2 Shime’on – 2 Peter 1:20-21.

It is in Davarim – Deuteronomy chapter 5, Moshe - Moses recounts how Elohim accepted the Israelites’ request at Mt. Sinai that He would speak to them in the future only though His prophets:

“Then YHVH heard the voice of your words when you spoke to me, and YHVH said to me: ‘I have heard the voice of the words of this people which they have spoken to you. They are right in all that they have spoken. Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever! Go and say to them, ‘Return to your tents.’ But as for you, stand here by Me, and I will speak to you all the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments that you shall teach them, that they may observe them in the land which I am giving them to possess.’” Davarim - Deuteronomy 5:28-31

The people had said all the right words. They had agreed to Elohim’s conditions. They had committed themselves to live by all the words that Elohim would speak to them through Moshe and the many prophets that would come later. But Elohim knew it would take more than their promises to produce the results He desired. It would require a change in their hearts through the gift of the Sanctified Spirit. And sadly, for the vast majority of that would become possible only after the Messiah had come to pay the penalty of the sins of mankind and then it would at first only be relatively a small number, for Messiah so clearly stated that;

Mattityahu - Matthew 7:13-14.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.” Mattityahu - Matthew 7:13-14.

Yahushua also replied to a question in Lukas - Luke;

“Someone asked Him, ‘Master, are only a few people going to be saved?He said to them, ‘Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’” Lukas - Luke 13:23-25.

YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, gave His blessed Spirit to a small number of selected individuals such as Noach - Noah, Avraham, Dovid – David and many of the other blessed and faithful prophets and servants as clearly recorded in the Tanach, the Old Covenant. The Children of Israel sadly has shown us and the world that having righteous laws without a righteous heart is simply not enough. Israel’s long example so sadly illustrates this so vividly that receiving the knowledge of truth does not by itself produce full and lasting obedience (Romans 3:9-12). However, having said this, we must never forget that at all times there was a remnant of faithful and obedient of Israel, this included during the time of Egypt and Yirmyahu - Jeremiah when the vast majority of Israel had been worshipping other gods. And we must not forget the time when our beloved Saviour was with us, for there were many who were faithful, for the twelve and their families were all in faith as were thousands of others, and countless ones followed our Saviour before and after Him returning to the Father! Remember that all the Apostles were Hebrews, even though some did have dual citizenship for convenience!

Defining righteous behaviour:

The five books written by Moshe - Moses are called in Hebrew “the Torah” They are of course;

Bereshis - Genesis, Shemos - Exodus, Vayikra - Leviticus, Bamidbar - Numbers and Davarim – Deuteronomy and these books are known in Hebrew as the Torah and thus the first letter of Tanach for this word is made up of the various parts of the Old Covenant books! “The Torah” are the Books of teaching or but better known as “the Law.” However, the “Five Books of Moshe – Moses” define the righteous way of life that YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, desires all peoples and nations to embrace and it is worth reading Davarim – Deuteronomy 4:6; 6:4-6 and 8:2-3.

These books containing Elohim’s instructions to Israel became their supreme religious and legal code. They did not only contain their guidelines, laws and procedures by which their citizens were to be judged, but also the various rituals and ceremonies that represented symbolically the kind of relationship that YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, wanted them to have with Him!

And Moshe - Moses spoke to Israel Elohim’s Word’s and also to us;

“And now, Israel, what does YHVH your Elohim require of you, but to fear YHVH your Elohim, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve YHVH your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of YHVH and His statutes which I command you today for your good?” Davarim - Deuteronomy 10:12-13.

It was in the Torah that “all His ways” were first committed to writing. These books reveal and define, as the voice of YHVH, the righteous behaviour that is the foundation of a full and proper spiritual way of life. Therefore, at least four decades after the giving of the Sinai Covenant, Moshe explained again that what He wrote had indeed come from Elohim;

“Then YHVH your Elohim will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. YHVH will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your fathers, if you obey YHVH your Elohim and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to YHVH your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul.” Davarim - Deuteronomy 30:9-10.

The point is beloved, that the covenant that Elohim made with the Children of Israel was not limited to only the Words that He spoke at Mt. Sinai. For whatever He commanded them at Mt Sinai or in the future, they agreed to do it. They had asked that from that time forward Elohim would not speak to them personally with His own voice, but through His prophets. Their agreement with Elohim was that they would do all that He would command them even through the words of the prophets that would follow Moshe.

The prophets became Elohim’s spokesmen. The messages they received from Elohim were written in books for later generations and they were to be obeyed as “the word of YHVH”

“Then the Word of YHVH came to Yeshayahu - Isaiah: ‘Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what YHVH, the Elohim of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city. This is YHVH’s sign to you that YHVH will do what he has promised.’” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 38:4-7.

“Then the Word of YHVH came to me, saying: ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; ‘Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.’” Yirmyahu – Jeremiah 1:4-5 – also see Yechehel - Ezekiel 6:1-3.

The same authority was later given to The Messiah’s Apostles;

“Now, Master, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your Word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the Name of Your blessed Servant Yahushua.’ And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Sanctified Spirit, and they spoke the word of Elohim with boldness.” Acts 4:29-31.

Beloved, those in faith know with an absolute assurance that the Scriptures contains the pure written Word of Elohim and in it, YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, promises to bless all those who obey His Word!

Temporary Benefits:

Close towards the end of Vayikra - Leviticus there is a long declaration of blessings for obedience, whilst there are also curses for those who disobey, see; (Vayikra - Leviticus 26:3-45). These blessings and curses gave a warning to the Children of Israel not to take the Law and their responsibilities lightly, for whenever they obeyed Elohim; they would enjoy bountiful harvests, as well as good health, prosperity and national security

“If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them, then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. Your threshing shall last till the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last till the time of sowing; you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none will make you afraid; I will rid the land of evil beasts, and the sword will not go through your land. You will chase your enemies, and they shall fall by the sword before you. Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you. For I will look on you favourably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you. You shall eat the old harvest, and clear out the old because of the new.” Vayikra - Leviticus 26:3-10.

These benefits were obviously physical and there is a comparison of the material blessings in Vayikra - Leviticus 26 with those cited in Davarim - Deuteronomy 28:1-14 that reveals a crucial omission in both lists for although YaHVaH agrees to be their Elohim and regard them as His people (Leviticus 26:11-13; Davarim - Deuteronomy 28:9), but you will note that there is no promise of eternal life included in this covenant. The blessings found therein are all related to what the Children of Israel could expect in their present physical life!

Exceptions were made for those servants and prophets of Elohim who were given the Sanctified Spirit during that time. This is confirmed by Peter who explains:

“Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of the Messiah which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of the Messiah, and the glory that should follow.” 1 Shime’on - 1 Peter 1:10-11.

Beloved, we have come to what a major lesson, although the Torah does not directly speaks of eternal life, this was left for the prophets, one of these was Daniel the faithful and strong prophets of Elohim who remained so faithful whilst being a servant to Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon! He clearly wrote on the subject;

“At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.” Daniel 12:1-3.

There is no doubt that Daniel was an amazing prophet, and as we will know that he is one of the most quoted prophets in the Book of Revelation!

But as we will know, in the New Covenant explanation of covenants it was made clear that eternal life is available only though faith in the promised Messiah (Acts 4:12), for the prophets of old looked forward in faith to the day when Messiah Yahushua would come and would be that “sacrificial lamb of Elohim.”.

At the time of the Sinai Covenant, obviously the Messiah had not as yet come, thus eternal life was not offered to the people in that covenant, with the exception of those special servants who led and taught the people in Elohim’s ways, but even then only in the very end of days. The Sanctified Spirit was not made available to the rest of the people. But far from the Sinai Covenant and Elohim’s law being a burden, as sadly they seem to be so often represented, they were bestowed on all the Children of Israel an amazing array of blessings and benefits!

Blessings for obedience:

The Sinai Covenant sealed a unique relationship between the Children of Israel and YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, it contained one essential condition, and that was that the benefits of that relationship were for their own good available to them only if they did their part by following His instructions! Israel had to faithfully put into practice everything they had agreed to do and they had agreed to follow Elohim instructions in order for them to, in effect, become a “sanctified (holy) people.”

Therefore, if they diligently kept their agreement with Elohim, they would have become the greatest people and an incredibly blessed nation. No other nation on earth would have enjoyed the degree of blessings and benefits that Elohim would have given them. They would have become the showcase of righteousness for all nations around them. As Elohim explained to them through Moshe;

“Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as YHVH my Elohim commanded me that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess. Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. For what great nation is there that has Elohim so near to it, as YHVH our Elohim is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?’” Davarim - Deuteronomy 4:5-8.

Elohim’s laws define behaviour that will naturally result in peace, safety and prosperity. If the Children of Israel obeyed Elohim to the best of their ability, they would have reaped His loving and promised blessings to the extent that all the neighbouring nations could have noticed that they also might enjoy the same wonderful benefits if only they would also adopt the faith of the Elohim of Israel and His laws. Therefore, in the next verse Moshe challenged the Israelites to ask themselves;

“And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?’” verse 8.

Not only were they promised abundant physical blessings, they also had received from Elohim the world’s most fair and righteous system of governance!

But there are limits of physical blessings:

Beloved, there is always that one major limitation present in the rosy picture we have described above and that is human natures selfish, stubborn inclinations, which is sadly present in all human beings. Moshe explained to the Israelites;

“Therefore understand that YHVH your Elohim is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people. Remember! Do not forget how you provoked YHVH your Elohim to wrath in the wilderness. From the day that you departed from the land of Egypt until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against YHVH.” Davarim - Deuteronomy 9:6-7.

The truth is that Elohim did know in advance that without the gift of His Sanctified (holy) Spirit that Israel, like all other peoples, would not be able to fully live up to their promise to fully obey Him. However, they certainly could have obeyed what they were taught so much better than most of them did. And this is certainly evident during their history, for the entire nation was mostly observant to Elohim’s laws (covenants) and instructions as we can read in these books (Yahushua - Joshua 24:31 and 2 Chronicles 32:26).

Significantly, the Children of Israel were given every natural advantage any people could desire lacking only the supernatural help of Elohim’s Sanctified Spirit, which would have enabled them to have a consistently righteous heart. Without a divinely changed heart, it is impossible for any people to consistently live a fully obedient life. Although some individuals are more law abiding than others, none has succeeded in living without sin. That problem has been present in all peoples of all nationalities and cultures throughout human history. Only by receiving Elohim’s Spirit can that problem be eliminated. And not until The Messiah returns to rule all nations will it finally be resolved worldwide.

As Shaul of Tarsus - Paul observed of mankind, quoting Tehillim - Psalm 14:3,

“As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks Elohim. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.’” Romans 3:10-12.

This is the lesson we must learn so we will never be tempted to think that the Sinai Covenant was a failure. It accomplished precisely what Elohim intended it to accomplish.

A temporary arrangement:

The Sinai Covenant is not the complete, final model for our relationship with Elohim. Though it contained many permanent, eternal principles, many of its figurative benefits, instructive as they were, represented only symbolically the far better benefits included in the New Covenant relationship with Elohim that was established later by Yahushua The Messiah, the promised Messiah. As Hebrews 9 explains, the ritualism of the covenant at Sinai;

“Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the Tabernacle, performing the services. But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people's sins committed in ignorance; the Sanctified Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first Tabernacle was still standing. It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.” Hebrews 9:6-10.

In the Holy of Holies, the priest would carry the bowl of blood from the animal that was sacrificed as per the law, but as we know there was a later revision of this Sinai covenant, directly related to new blood sacrifice related to the coming of the Messiah and His mission as was prophesised. Elohim announced through His prophets that with this “better covenant” He would put His laws in the minds of humanity and He would write them on their hearts. He promised to provide at the individual level a direct access to Him as stated in Hebrews 8 and Yirmyahu - Jeremiah 31.

“But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.” Hebrews 8:6-7.

“Behold, the days are coming, says YHVH, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah 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 YHVH. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says YHVH: 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. No more shall every man teach his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know YHVH,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says YHVH. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Yirmyahu - Jeremiah 31:31-34.

I believe that I should now make it eminently clear that Elohim was not surprised by Israel’s failures, for He sadly anticipated them knowing their humanity. For from creation, Elohim had already revealed something that would eventually bring about a “better” solution to the sinfulness of mankind that could be made available only through the coming of THE Messiah. And that hint is to be found in Bereshis - Genesis chapter 3;

“So YHVH Elohim said to the serpent; ‘Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.’” Bereshis - Genesis 3:14-15.

Of course much later in the Sinai covenants there are other “hints,” in the form of various ceremonies, symbols and rituals, are woven throughout the instructions given.

Elohim has a permanent solution to mankind’s unrighteousness:

The question we could ask is this; Will mankind ever whilst we are on this earth before Yahushua returns be perfect and completely without sin and 100% righteous? Of course the simple answer to that question is NO!

For those who may have already studied the “Feasts of YaHVaH” series online, the blessed Feast of “Shavous” or the “Feast of Weeks” has one very special ingredient and that are the two loaves of leavened bread that were to be baked!

Beloved, I am placing a small part of that study below, for I believe we should understand the powerful meaning of these “two loaves of leavened bread.”

Why were there “Two Loaves” of Bread and with “Leaven”?

We read in Vayikra - Leviticus 23:17 that “two loaves” had to be used for a wave offering on Shavout – Feast of Weeks. The question is why two loaves and not just one, and why did they have to contain “chometz” being “leaven”?

You may find the answers interesting!

1… Prophetically, the “two loaves” represents Elohim gathering out from Israel and the Gentiles as “a people unto Himself.”

For the faithful in Yahushua, made up of both Hebrews and those who were Gentiles are no longer counted as such, but as “ONE” people in Messiah, and “ONE” in the Kingdom of Elohim! The two loaves also represent the provision of a double portion.

Also, the Hebrews and Gentiles in Messiah are counted as being ONE, for the two loaves were made from the one dough, think also about the “two witnesses,” etc, as there are always “two,” again numbers in the Word are so important!

2. Why did the bread have to be baked with leaven?

Prophetically the truth is this; the believers are not as yet free from ALL leaven (sin) in their lives! And this is true, for no we are not as yet completely free from all sin.

The presence of YaHVaH’s Spirit does not expel or alter sin, although through His love and grace its power is no longer dominant, and it is restrained, but not totally eradicated. As yet, none of us are fit to be placed on the altar for divine acceptance, for only Yahushua our Saviour was completely without spot and blemish when He was placed on that “tree” (stake)! Only when Messiah returns to set up the Kingdom, will we be changed in “the twinkling of the eye,” and only then will we be without any leaven forever! As we have discovered from the Word, the Feasts of YaHVaH Elohim contain a wonderful prophetic picture of …

1. The 1st.event of Messiah Yahushua on the earth.

2. His perfect sacrifice.

3. His resurrection.

4. The presence of YaHVaH’s Sanctified Spirit in the lives of those who are part of the “Little Flock” of the faithful in Yahushua THE Messiah!

Thus we have covered why there is still some leaven left in the faithful, and that is why Yahushua has the blood with Him in heaven! But the problems caused by human weaknesses and desires extended far beyond the boundaries of the Children of Israel.

“For Elohim cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” Ya’akov - James 1:13-15.

This human weakness caused problems for all nations. Thus, in crafting a permanent solution, YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, took in consideration the welfare of His People, but He also had a solution that would apply in due course to all the peoples in every nation; that is, if they would only turn unto Him in and through the Name of Yahushua THE Messiah!

As we should well remember Elohim did make the following powerful promise to Avraham;

“I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." Bereshis - Genesis 12:3.

Before that permanent solution is made available to more than the present “Little Flock” of truly obedient The Messianic faithful who are given Elohim’s Spirit in this “present evil age” (see Lukas - Luke 12:32 and Galatians 1:4), all of humanity must learn some powerful lessons. For our Elohim uses the experiences of Israel, as recorded in the Word to help all of mankind, including the Hebrews themselves, to understand how easily we can succumb to sin. Eventually all nations are destined to comprehend why sin is evil and why so much more than human effort is required to erase it from the heart. Man alone will never be able to erase it, but those who are in Messiah Yahushua who live in complete faith will live according to His will, and they will be much stronger to overcome temptation, through prayer and fasting!

The Sinai Covenant given to Israel, Elohim comprehensively and permanently defined the fundamentals of a righteous life. But giving them the knowledge of His laws did not automatically put righteousness into their hearts and minds. The required change somehow only occurred in those who received the additional spiritual help through the gift of the Sanctified Spirit. To receive the Spirit of Elohim you first have to be called by Elohim and genuinely repent of, or turn from, sin;

“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” … “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” Yochanan - John 6:44 & 65.

“Shime’on - Peter said to them,’ Repent, and let every one of you be immersed in the Name of Yahushua the Messiah for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Sanctified (Holy) Spirit.’” Acts 2:38.

Elohim did not make His Spirit generally available until after Yahushua The Messiah gave His precious life and was resurrected in order that He could serve as the Mediator of the New Covenant. The “Comforter,” or the “Ruach HaKodesh – the Sanctified Spirit” was of course poured out on that most blessed of the Feasts, that fourth Feast, we spoke about earlier, “Shavout” – the “Feast of Weeks.” This feast took place 50 days after the Exodus at Mt. Sinai and Moshe had received the 10 Commandments, whilst the people had already rebelled and made themselves a golden calf. That day 3,000 of Israel died in sin, whilst in the book of Acts 3,000 were redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb of Elohim at the outpouring of the Sanctified Spirit! HalleluYAH.

The Children of Israel have a future in Messiah!

Beloved, as we will remember, once sin entered the Garden of Eden, sadly Elohim delayed giving His Sanctified Spirit to mankind once they were removed from there, but as I have said several times except to the few of His very special servants and prophets. But His Spirit would be available to the faithful only after Yahushua’s death at which time He became our blessed Redeemer. That is why understanding Yahushua’s sacrificial and Priestly roles in what is a “better covenant” that provides the means for receiving forgiveness of sin and the precious gift of the “Sanctified Spirit” is so vital!

These additions are the vitally important enhancements to the Tanach, the Old Covenant that Elohim made with the Children of Israel. They will enable their descendants, who are slowly being gathered back to their Land, but will be completely returned by Yahushua when He returns

“‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says YHVH, "That I will raise to Dovid - David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His Name by which He will be called: YHVH our Righteousness. Therefore, behold, the days are coming,’ says YHVH, ‘that they shall no longer say, ‘As YHVH lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘As YHVH lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them. And they shall dwell in their own land.’” Yirmyahu - Jeremiah 23:5-8.

It will be at that time Israel will have a new and a personal relationship with Elohim that only a few of their forefathers ever experienced. Elohim promises for that time;

“For if that first covenant had been faultless then no place would have been sought for a second. Because finding fault with them, He says: ‘Behold, the days are coming, says YHVH, when I will make a New Covenant with the House of Israel and with the House of Judah not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says YHVH. For this is the covenant that I will make with the House of Israel after those days, says YHVH: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbour, and none his brother, saying, 'Know YHVH,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.’ In that He says, ‘A new covenant,’ He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.” Hebrews 8:7-13.

The passage quoting Elohim’s promise of a New Covenant was of course given in Yirmyahu - Jeremiah in chapter 31.

“‘The time is coming,’ declares YHVH, ‘when I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke My covenant, though I was a Husband to them,’ declares YHVH. ‘This is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel after that time,’ declares YHVH. ‘I will put My law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their Elohim, and they will be My people. No longer will a man teach his neighbour or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know YHVH,’ because they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest,’ declares YHVH. ‘For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.’” Yirmyahu - Jeremiah 31:31-34.

Only a few decades after Yahushua the Messiah gave His life, resurrected and returned unto the Father, and not long after these words were written, the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in 69/70 AD and the entire ceremonial and sacrificial system attached to it came to an end. And the temple services became obsolete.

Beloved, it is true, but once Yahushua the “Messiah, our Passover, was sacrificed for us” (1 Corinthians 5:7), all temple ceremonies and rituals were simply no longer required. However, as Hebrews 8:10-13 so clearly told us, the spiritual laws that Elohim had included in the Sinai Covenant were not disbanded. However, with the Spirit of Elohim now freely available, the principles of love that the law so eloquently expressed can finally be written in the hearts of all who repent of breaking them. That is the central promise of the New Covenant. Thus, it should be our desire in love of YaHVaH Elohim and Yahushua, who is …

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. He was in the beginning with Elohim. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” Yochanan - John 1:1-4.

Yahushua’s Work whilst He was with us!

The faithful in Messiah Yahushua the Messiah, “believe, know and understand” that in order for Messiah Yahushua to be without sin, and in order for Him to be the “Passover Lamb without spot and blemish,” He would have had to keep the Torah, the Law as His Father, YaHVaH Elohim had given to Moshe, and He had to do this perfectly!

It is vital, beloved that we understand at that time there had been many new laws introduced by the priests and rabbis, and these are part of the rabbinic or man-made laws and Yahushua abhorred these, for they were being enforced upon the Children of Israel and Judah! Therefore He kept the Law as it was given by His Father and He expected His Judean followers to keep the law as He clearly indicated. The following Scriptures show’s us very clearly how Yahushua Himself described His mission;

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfil. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the Kingdom of heaven.” Mattityahu - Matthew 5:17–20.

Tragically the vast majority in churches worldwide simply do not comprehend the importance of those vital words. Our beloved Messiah said that not “one jot or one tittle” (the two smallest letters in the Hebrew script) of the law would pass from the law until heaven and earth pass away. Since heaven and earth have not passed away, we must understand that the law remains and should be upheld, but in love and in faith! And Messiah condemned those who would falsely teach men to break even the least of these commandments.” Rather, He explained that those who both do and teach the blessed commandments will be called “great in the kingdom of heaven.”

Did His “fulfilling” the law somehow change these commands? Or did they change after Messiah’s resurrection? No! Heaven and earth still had not passed away at His resurrection. And we must understand what He meant when He said that He would “fulfil” the law. Let me explain what is meant by this.

Did Yahushua fill or fulfil the Law? Let us first look at the Greek word used for “fulfil.”

The common Greek word “plerosai” means “to fill.” The Greek Septuagint translation of the Tanach, the Old Covenant by the rabbis from around the 4th century BC, also uses this Greek word, but it originated from the Hebrew word “Ma’le” and it means “which fills” or “fullness.” However in Mattityahu - Matthew 5:17 most translations tend to translate it as, “to fulfil.” The theological implications often drawn are that Yahushua fulfilled all of the Old Covenant prophecies, thus that no more of those remained; and although He may have kept the Law perfectly, but now there is no need to obey the law anymore, as He has fulfilled it!

However, these conclusions are obviously not logical, nor Scriptural, in fact they completely contradict Yahushua’s preceding statement that He did not come to abolish, or to destroy the Law. More fundamental for translation, however, is the question of whether “plerosai” in this verse should be rendered “to fulfil” at all”? I think not! My personal view Scripturally is that Yahushua came to “fill (or complete) the Law” (of His coming) and the Messianic prophecies of the Prophets with their complete meaning. For this reason the original Hebrew Brit Chadashah, the New Covenant says that Yahushua came “not to abolish but to complete.” If you carefully read the entire Sermon on the Mount, you will find that that the subject matter of that Sermon is very much related to the keeping of the Law and thus Mattityahu - Matthew 5:17 is generally understood as its central theme! You will note how this chapter covers a number of the Ten Commandments as well as other laws, and whilst our blessed Redeemer does not weaken a single law, He does however strengthen some, such as in verses 27 to 32 where speaks about, for example, the wandering eyes that can commit adultery just by looking at a woman lustfully. This is followed by the matter of divorcing his wife and should one marry another, unless he was divorced because of proven unfaithfulness and adultery by his wife, but if this is not the case and if the man remarries he become an adulterer! Thus, here we can see that Yahushua makes the law even stronger and He certainly does not lessen it in any way!

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. It has been said, 'Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.' But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.” Mattityahu - Matthew 5:27-32.

In other words, Yahushua came, as prophesied in (Yeshayahu - Isaiah 42:21), to “magnify” Elohim’s law and to show its fullest intent and purpose. However, what Yahushua did seek to abolish was another law being the man-made traditions by the ancient rabbis, priests and Pharisees that had perverted the law and burdened the people of Israel with countless new laws that were almost impossible to keep.

Yahushua’s sacrificial death, foreshadowed by the temple sacrifices, made all animal sacrifices and washings irrelevant for the faithful, for He was the final Passover Lamb and the completion, His blood conquered sin forever for all who would come to Him in faith and repent. And Praise be to YaHVaH Elohim, that evil one, Satan had finally been defeated by Yahushua’s death and resurrection!

But beloved, Yahushua’s life very clearly showed us all that the spiritual covenants, and the Ten Commandments was and would remain relevant for all those that love Him and in true faith seek to obey Him. One cannot properly understand His teachings without understanding the Tanach, the Old Covenant and the law it contains.

We need to understand that the Tanach, the Old Covenant brings so many glorious gifts to those who love Messiah Yahushua. One of those gifts is the Torah (Five Books of Moshe - the Law). There is no doubt that Yahushua throughout His life lovingly embraced the Torah of Moshe, for as we have read, “He came not to end it but to fill it” (Mattityahu -Matthew 5:17), to carry its teachings forward. Further, to those who came to Him seeking eternal life, He held it up as the essential teaching to be observed (Lukas - Luke 10:25–28). Regardless all the conflict with some interpreters of His day, there are some ‘christian’ scholars who see Him as one who honoured and followed the Law. When Yahushua proclaims the coming rule of Elohim, he speaks nowhere in detail about the inner character of this rule. He does not need to because all that had already been described in the Tanach, the Old Covenant. The Tanach is not an antiquated Scripture like so many tend to think it is, for it contains so much life-giving teachings which is desperately needed by the faithful today. And if they would only spend more time reading it prayerfully and allow the Sanctified Spirit to lead, rather than vanity and pride, the self to overrule, and allow teachers to receive the blessed truth that is contained therein!

Indeed, Yahushua Messiah taught from the Tanach and He lived by it as did His Apostles and followers then and as far as we know until at least the year 400 AD, for sadly there is no clear record of the faithful after that. However, there are known small groups that were of the same faith made up of Hebraic backgrounds and ex Gentiles for in Messiah a true believer can no longer be a gentile, for they are without hope and without Elohim, thus when saved they and those of Hebraic background become ONE IN HIM! HalleluYAH. (Read Ephesians 2:11-22).

Just to ensure we understand when Yahushua said … “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfil. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is fulfilled.” Matthew 5:17-18.

Beloved, when will all things be fulfilled? On the Day when Yahushua and the New Heaven and the New Earth, together with the New Jerusalem arrives and the Kingdom of Elohim commences for eternity! Then all things will be completed in YaHVaH Elohim’s plan! HalleluYAH.

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