We are constantly told that the New Covenant
negates Elohim’s (God’s) Law and does away with the need to obey The-Decalogue,
being Ten Commandments and other Old Covenant Laws of Elohim? For it is
generally held that “
But beloved, it is also important that we look
at the real purpose why YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, had
these Scriptural Covenants (Hebrew “brit”) for, as we will discover
there are more than just one, and they have an important role in YaHVaH Elohim’s
overall plan for mankind, and I believe that it is important that we fully
understand their true and full meaning!
It is sad, but the truth is - how many of those in the church, or even those faithful in Messiah Yahushua, really fully know and understand that YaHVaH’s Word is structured around a series of Divine Covenants “brit”, these are what we could well call “contracts” or “agreements” that describe the relationship that Elohim would like to have with every human being! These covenants reveal His promises and they also define the conditions that we all have to meet in order to receive the blessings of those promises.
Elohim’s covenants are the foundation of
His Divine plan to properly shape the way all mankind should be thinking and
behave, for He has a specific goal in mind. The final result of His plan is a
Divine family of sons and daughters who have developed the same righteous character that was evident and clearly seen in Yahushua the Messiah when He
was with us as a man. Beloved,
that kind of character can only be created through an interactive process,
which takes place between an individual and
As we well know, wrong choices began by
“And YHVH Elohim took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to WORK it and KEEP it” Bereshis - Genesis 2:15.
The important thing we need to understand is that the Hebrew root of the word “shamar” as I know has a meaning and an association of great responsibility. But it hit me with an even greater force one day whilst reading Bereshis - Genesis chapter two, when the word “shamar” suddenly made a huge impact on me. For suddenly I was reminded, and I believe that it was by power of the Ruach HaKodesh, the Sanctified (holy) Spirit, that in 1908 an organisation was formed in the then named Palestine that was named “HaShomer Society” with shomer being the root of shamar. This was a group of men that became the “watchmen” or the “guardians,” - “protectors” and “defenders” of Jewish settlements from Arab attacks.
Beloved, they were “keepers”
indeed of the villages in the forthcoming
Why would Elohim, blessed be He, command
We need to understand that right from the
This Scripture shows us clearly that
I pray that husbands will learn from this message that is contained herein, for you are according to the Word the head of the household and then the Husband has a responsibility to be the “shamar” a “guardian, keeper and protector” of your household and family!
Beloved, what does all this mean to us today? Indeed we are commanded to be “Keepers, Guardians, Defenders, and Protectors.” We are to “Treasure” and to “Keep” the purity of the faith and to guard the Word of YHVH Elohim with our lives if necessary!
“Blessed are those who hear the Word of
Elohim and keep it!”
“Keep it,” is “phulasso” in the Greek and it has the precise same meaning as the Hebrew word “shamar.”
Now beloved in Messiah Yahushua, let us ponder what is meant by “Keep it.”
Are you a “Watchman?” Especially
in these days as the New Age and so much evil is invading the world and
tragically there are so many parts of the church slipping into the so much
error! The Word commands us, to “Keep on the paths of the
“Thus says YHVH, keep (shamru) judgement, and do justice: for My Salvation is near to come and My righteousness to be revealed” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 56:1.
As we listen to the “End Time Deceptions” being spewed out by many in these “latter days,” we are commanded to “try and test all things” especially in regard to all those who tend to proclaim that the Law is gone and finished. The point is, that the world desires a simple salvation, nothing much to give to the Father, and these days it is more take, than give, thus a faith that comes more from men, the self. Please note at this point, that I did not say ALL, but so much is not Scriptural, but there are some faithful ones still around! Let us always pray for discernment and thus be “Keepers, Guardians,” and “Protectors,” keeping His Word pure!
Elohim’s latest and most important
covenant revealed in the Scriptures is centred on His promise, being His
unwavering commitment, to create a new heart in those who unconditionally turn
to Him for guidance.
We may ask, why is Divine intervention essential in receiving a change of heart? Beloved, there is a simple answer to this question. It is true that we were created incomplete! Elohim indeed made human beings with an amazing ability to think creatively, and with an intellectual capability that far exceeds the creativity of any other physical creature. The unique talent He has given to us to design and produce what we imagine is patterned after His own astounding creative capacity …
“So *Elohim created man in His own image, in the image of Elohim created He him; male and female created He them.” Bereshis - Genesis 1:27.
*We need to consider the following important point: The Name of Elohim as in other places including Bereshis - Genesis Chapter1:1 is in the plural. I know that there are some who would argue on this point, and say that the plurality there is purely related to the “plural of majesty” as I once believed as a Jew, but this humanly conceived theory collapses under the test of the blessed Scriptures themselves as well when we consider the beloved Hebrew Statement of Faith found in Davarim –Deuteronomy 6:4, “Shema Yisroel, YHVH Eloheynu, YHVH Echad” - “Hear O Israel, YHVH our Elohim, YHVH is ONE.”
The word Echad actually is used many times in Bereshis – Genesis, but meaning more that one being one, for example …
“Therefore shall a man leave his father
and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be One
“In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. He was in the beginning with
Elohim. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that
was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” Yochanan -
Thus for many there is much to be learned and a new heart is required. This new heart need to be a heart that is open to Elohim’s teachings that comes directly from His Word and to know and understand when it does come from the right source and not from one that is a counterfeit! This means beloved that you should always pray for YaHVaH’s leading and for His Discernment when reading His Word and when studying anything, and I do include when reading this site! For, I believe that Elohim will open up the beauty of His Word to all those who will hear, and we always pray that in turn, you will heed to His Word, certainly not what we say!
Beloved, there remains a missing dimension in
our thinking for there is a dimension that should to be added to our thoughts
in order that we can properly control our thoughts as well as the actions they
produce. The blessed Scriptures reveals that
He promises to give us the knowledge,
discernment, understanding and the power to rightly manage how we think, feel
and behave that is if we choose, willingly and sincerely, to give Him our all
unto Him and Messiah Yahushua! For beloved, we desperately need these added
abilities from Him to understand the beauty and the fullness of His Word. So
sadly, there has just been too much rubbish in and rubbish out over the
centuries, for the
And that is the sad record about human history
for it proves that they just cannot make right choices or maintain the right
Instead, we naturally weave our own web of
thoughts and patterns of behaviour into a conflicting mixture of good and evil.
Yet, not everything we think and do is wrong, but it is not always right
As Elohim told the Children of Israel:
“I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love YHVH your Elohim, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days.” Davarim - Deuteronomy 30:19-20.
It is obvious from the Word that from the
beginning Elohim had a desire for all mankind to walk the path that leads to
eternal life. Yet there was only one person who ever heeded His voice
completely and walked His path perfectly, and that was of course, Yahushua our
Sadly, we have all fallen short “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of Elohim.” (Romans 3:23). But Yahushua, through His death, implemented the New Covenant, and that is why, on the evening before He was placed on that stake (tree), Yahushua
“Likewise He also took the cup after
supper (the Passover meal), saying, ‘This cup is (figuratively speaking) the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.’” (
Beloved, it was in that new covenant that
We could ask, what is the central message that
our beloved Messiah’s gave us in the Gospel? The answer is, that it is
the promise that Elohim plans to transform all those who are faithful according
to His Word to be like Him, and He first desires for their hearts and minds to
be pure and right when it comes to His Word, for the Truth is that it is
readily available and there are sufficient tools to search out facts and the
truths! Proclamation of that message continues today through the “Little
However, eventually, as a result of
Elohim’s direct supervision, the whole “earth shall be full of the
knowledge of YHVH as the waters cover the sea.” (Yeshayahu - Isaiah
11:9). Messiah’s first coming was only the beginning of His personal
involvement in transforming the spiritual nature of mankind.
Through the pen of the prophet Yirmyahu -
“I will make an everlasting covenant
with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My
fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.” Yirmyahu -
The impact of that promise was only hinted at,
through symbolic ceremonies at the time ancient
“… 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.” Hebrews 9:7-9.
It was only through forgiveness of sin, which
came through the Blood Sacrifice of Messiah Yahushua, and the receiving the
spiritual power provided by the gift of the
“YHVH has not given you a heart to
perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear.” Davarim - Deuteronomy 29:4.
But Elohim already had a clear plan in mind to give Israel a “new heart” in the future, even when He was speaking to Moses, Elohim expressed His eager longing for the time when that change of heart would eventually happen, thus He exclaimed to Moshe – Moses;
“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!” Davarim - Deuteronomy
Yet sadly, the time was not right, and thus
Elohim could not make His Spirit available to the Children of Israel.
Having said that, we must remember, that at ALL times, and that includes whilst our beloved Saviour was with us, there were always a good number of faithful of the House of Israel and Judah, but the nation at large would be worshipping other god’s and following wayward priests and false prophets. Mind you nothing has changed, for the truth is that it is just like great parts of the church is today!
Just like the vast majority of people then as it is today, they did not have the ability to live by the instructions that Elohim had given them in His Word. It was …
“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.” Hebrews 8:8-10.
Praise Him, for Elohim has fully committed Himself to changing the hearts of those people who willingly choose to serve Him. And as “there is no partiality with Elohim” (Romans 2:11), He has extended this promise to all peoples!
As Shaul -
“The Scripture foresaw that Elohim would
justify the nations by faith, and announced the Gospel in advance to Avraham:
‘All nations will be blessed through you.’” (Galatians 3:8).
From the beginning, Elohim’s plan has
been that all the people who turn away from pagan god’s and sin to Him,
in and Through Yahushua the Messiah in faith are to receive the opportunity to
repent, to turn from doing things their own way to wholeheartedly embracing
Elohim’s way, and have their hearts changed so they can live as He intended.
In the Tanach, Old Covenant days He decided to begin with one faithful family
Avraham and his descendants through his grandson
In ancient times, major covenants were
ratified and kept alive through symbolic rituals that reflected each
party’s commitment to, and acceptance of, the covenant’s binding
requirements. However, covenant rituals are not the same as covenant
commitments and obligations.
Rituals in Divine Covenants serve primarily as
symbolic reminders and are intentionally given only as a figurative value. The
real value is in the substance of the commitments made! Through the substance
of His covenants, His Divine commitments, Elohim binds Himself to perform all
of the promises He makes.
In a Divine covenant, Elohim defines the basic
obligations that He imposes on Himself and usually on the other participants.
Thus a dominant feature of a covenant is a list of blessings that Elohim
promises to give to those who honour their covenant commitments.
A Divine Covenant can be compared to a sacred constitution being established to regulate human relationships with Elohim. It is a formal declaration of YaHVaH’s will and purpose. It typically expresses His deep love for humanity and reveals one or more major aspects of His plan for our salvation!
The covenant made at Mount Sinai established
the ancient national
Yahushua made that coming Kingdom and the repentance
required for us to participate in it, the central feature of His gospel (Markus
Therefore, as He being “the Word was
with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim,” means that He alone is the
qualified heir of all the promises made to Avraham.
“If you belong to Messiah, then you are
Avraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:29.
Please Note: Can one who was once a Gentile now saved and “one in the body” become the physical seed of Avraham? The answer is in reality - NO! For surely this would be impossible. Can we then become the spiritual seed of Avraham? We need to ask does Avraham have a spiritual seed to give? Again, the answer is NO.
How do we receive the SPIRIT? We receive it
only through Faith and Repentance. What, faith in
Shime’on - Peter confirmed this central role of Yahushua, saying;
“Salvation is found in no one else,
for there is no other Name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
We may ask, could you reveal more about Yahushua’s role in these covenants and why it is so vital? I will certainly do so throughout this page.
Those covenants contain the promise of Salvation that He alone, as the Messiah can make a reality, for each of the covenants points to specific aspect of Elohim’s ultimate solution to the problem of sin and evil. And the New Covenant deals explicitly with the “heart” aspect of that solution!
The second individual recorded in the
Scriptures with whom Elohim made a personal covenant was Avraham (Bereshis -
Genesis 15:18; 17:1-2).
Avraham shared Noach -
These traits of faithfulness and obedience
were also present in Moshe -
Concerning Dovid -
“I have made a covenant with My chosen,
I have sworn to My servant Dovid -
Avraham and Dovid -
This opening sentence links Messiah’s
mission directly to the promises made to Avraham and Dovid -
“I will make you a great nation; I will
bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. 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 12:2-3.
Here Elohim declares His intention to offer
salvation not only to the physical descendants of Avraham but also to “all
the families of the earth.” But Avraham’s descendants were to
play a special and vital role in this process, especially the unique descendant
“You are sons of the prophets and of the
covenant which Elohim made with our fathers, saying to Avraham, ‘And in
your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ To you first,
Elohim, having raised up His Servant Yahushua, sent Him to bless you, in
turning away every one of you from your iniquities.” Acts 3:25-26.
And this is what the whole world needed most.
For only when all of mankind has received a “new heart” through
Messiah’s role here on the earth, and the people accepting Him and
turning away from their sins, will Elohim’s plan be finally complete.
That is Elohim’s goal. And He has promised to achieve this! His covenants contain His commitments to fulfil that goal, however, when we say this, it does not mean every single human being of course, only those who in the end believe in Yahushua, being the only Name, by which man can be saved!
“I will make My covenant between Me and
you, and will multiply you exceedingly … and I will make nations of you,
and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and
you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting
covenant, to be Elohim to you and your descendants after you.” Bereshis -
Genesis 17:2, 6-7.
This covenant anticipated the following key
elements of Elohim’s plan: 1. Elohim’s special relationship with
Avraham’s descendants, 2. the institution of the
It was Avraham’s faith and his implicit
trust in and his loyalty to YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Elohim, is ascribed
to him as righteousness (Bereshis - Genesis 15:6). His full confidence in
Elohim was the foundation of his character. His trust in Elohim was
demonstrated through his obedience (
Avraham’s pattern of faith was
demonstrated through his obedience to Elohim, which is the model of a living
faith that Shaul -
“Blessed are they whose transgressions
are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin YHVH will
never count against him.” Romans 4:7-8.
Avraham’s manner of life was that of obeying Elohim from the heart. But even he was not completely without sin (Read my “Avram” studies). He still needed forgiveness for the sins that he committed, especially during his earlier life, just as all of us do.
That forgiveness beloved is possible only
through faith in the Sacrifice of Yahushua the Messiah. But once forgiven, we
are expected to follow Avraham’s example in demonstrating our faith by
putting our full effort into pleasing Elohim through obedience to Him. That
is the righteous response our faith should produce in us.
“Now after five days
“… so I worship the Elohim of my fathers, believing (observing) all things that are written in the Law and in the Prophets. I have hope in Elohim, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward Elohim and men.” Acts 24:14-16.
And then there is that powerful statement our
beloved Saviour gave us in Mattityahu -
think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy
but to fulfil. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away,
not one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till 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 -
What does “till all is fulfilled”
mean? Beloved that is very simple, for He was speaking in a normal Hebraic
prophetic manner and He was saying when the final prophecy has been fulfilled
and that prophecy is the arrival of the New Heaven and the New Earth, with the
New Jerusalem, the
I would like to quickly look at something just a little different, before I return to the main subject matter. However, as you will note it is obviously closely connected!
Many people assume
that the Ten Commandments and the Old Covenant, or the Torah Laws that
However we should ask ourselves, considering
what we read in the Word prior to the receiving of the commandments at
Word defines sin as “the transgression of the law” (1
Yochanan - 1
there is no law there is no transgression.” (Romans 4:15). And
beloved that is what the Scriptures clearly states! Therefore we do find
transgressions of the Ten Commandments clearly described as sinful long before
Bereshis - Genesis 13:13 tells us that “the men of
Here is another
clear example. Bereshis - Genesis 20:3-9 and 39:7-9 describes adultery as
“a great sin” and as being a “sin against Elohim.”
The truth is that adultery breaks the Seventh Commandment.
In Bereshis -
Genesis 3:6 and 17, Elohim punishes
In Bereshis -
Genesis 4:9-12, Elohim punishes
In Shemos - Exodus
16:4, before Elohim established His Covenant with the Children of Israel at Mt.
Sinai, we find Elohim giving them a test and to see “whether they will
walk in My law or not.” His test involved to see if they would rest
on the seventh-day Sabbath as He had commanded in the Fourth Commandment of His
law, as well at Creation, with which they were well familiar. The seventh day
had been hallowed and set aside as sanctified (holy) by Elohim from the time of
Adam and Chavah - Eve (Bereshis - Genesis 2:1-3).
reaction to their disobedience is quite revealing as He exclaims, “How
long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?” (Shemos -
Exodus 16: 28). Elohim clearly speaks of both His “commandments and …
laws” as already existing and in force well before He had even given
them verbally at Mt. Sinai, as described some four chapters later!
Therefore, the Ten
Commandments were only codified written in stone as part of what we may call a
formal Covenant at
Bereshis - Genesis 26:5 clearly proves the
facts about the laws, for it is here where Elohim tells Yitzchak - Isaac that
He blessed his father Avraham “because Avraham obeyed My voice and
kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”
This event took place centuries before the Law was given at Mt. Sinai,
centuries before Moshe - Moses and two generations before Judah, head of the
tribe that much later would become known as the Jews, was even born!
Then in Vayikra-
Leviticus 18:21 and 27, Elohim calls the idolatrous practices of the people of
The Scriptures so
clearly proves to us that the Ten Commandments did not originate with Moshe -
This is why, after Yahushua our beloved Messiah returns to establish His glorious Kingdom on earth, Yeshayahu - Isaiah 2:3 tells us that;
“… many people shall come and say,
‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of YHVH, to the house of the
Elohim of Ya’akov - Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk
in His paths.’ For out of
At that time beloved, all of mankind will at last be taught to live according to all of Elohim’s laws and commandments! HalleluYAH.
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