Some things have been on my heart for a while and I would like to share them with you all. Yahweh, our Heavenly Father has been showing me about the way that He is, what His character is really like and so I would like to share what I have learned.
We need to share our faith with other people, but if we do it wrong (without love) we actually misrepresent Yahweh's true character and do more harm than good. The answer, as we will explore in this article, is to walk as the Messiah Yahushua walked and share with others as He did.
Sharing in the Wrong Way (My Experience)
A few years ago, my family and I came to an understanding from Scripture that ALL of Yahweh’s Word in the Bible, including His Laws, Statutes, Judgments and Testimonies found in what is called the “Old Testament” are valid for us today.
In my zeal and passion, I wanted to share with everyone about what we had come to regarding the Torah (Law) of what is called the “Old Testament”. That the Messiah Yahushua didn’t come to abolish or do away with it but to fulfill and to establish it. The beauty and blessing of keeping Yahweh’s commandments...
However, in zeal and passion I attempted to share with some people wrongly, as it was not tempered with the proper meekness and compassion...and love… I had the right intentions for sharing with them -because I did care about them- but I did it in the wrong way.
Yahweh opened my eyes and showed me that because I shared in that way, I misrepresented His (Yahweh’s) character and did not share as Yahushua the Messiah would have done.
How the Messiah Yahushua Shared the Truth
He (Yahushua) said,
28 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.
Wow! He said “come unto Me”. He didn’t force anyone to follow Him and He didn’t force anyone to listen to Him or to obey the Truth Yahweh was speaking through Him.
In fact, He taught His own disciples at a pace they could bear, gently leading them along.
4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.
5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou?
6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.
He came to be our example of how live, how to walk righteously. He did His Heavenly Father Yahweh’s will perfectly. He exhibited the character of Yahweh perfectly, showing the love He has had for His children from the beginning.
Yahweh's True Character
For some reason though, we have this thought in our mind -this misconception about Yahweh’s character- (I find myself having the thought too, sometimes) that in the Old Testament Yahweh was mean, hard, so strict with His people and was all about hate, fiery judgment, etc. -but then once Yahushua came in the New Testament, now He is all about love, mercy, forgiveness and grace.
We view Yahweh’s commandments as bondage and that He had to do away with them in the New Testament and “free us” from the bondage of the Law.
However, what Yahushua came to do is to free us from sin -from breaking His Law and to show us how to keep it the way it should be kept.
1 John 3:4
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
Yahweh is the Same
Yahweh is the same yesterday, today and forever. He has always been about love. He IS love. He doesn’t change from one day to the next, one year to the next or one nation to the next and so on. He doesn’t make mistakes!
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Messiah? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of Yahweh, which is in Messiah Yahushua our Master.
That kind of love from Yahweh is not just found in the "New testament", but in the "Old testament". He has ALWAYS been about mercy, truth, righteousness, faith, love, grace, forgiveness, compassion -from the very beginning of creation.
6 And YAHWEH passed by before him, and proclaimed, YAHWEH, YAHWEH Elohim, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear [the guilty]; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth [generation].
8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth YAHWEH require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy Elohim?
Yahweh, the Good Shepherd
Yahweh is the good shepherd, leading us to those green pastures and still waters which restores our soul. He guides us as we walk along the straight and narrow path leading to life.
When we find ourselves in the midst of the shadow of death, He protects us from danger and trust Him to carry us through the difficulties.
When we fail to walk righteously as we should, we cry out to Him to forgive us. Just as Yahushua’s name means “Yahweh saves” and just as He lifted Peter out of the stormy waters after Peter had doubted and began to sink -our Savior is faithful and just to forgive us, save us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
1 YAHWEH [is] my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of YAHWEH for ever.
How do we View our Heavenly Father, Yahweh?
We should all ask ourselves (including myself) how we view Yahweh.
How do we view Him? Do we see Him as ready to beat us over the head on the slightest infraction of His commandments?
I submit to you that we shouldn’t be thinking about Yahweh and His commandments that way.
4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of Yahweh leadeth thee to repentance?
a Story of Two Fathers
Imagine that there were two fathers, and they each had a young son about 6 years old. The first father tells his son, “Thou shalt not play out on the road.” The second father says to his son, “You know what, son-it doesn’t matter to me what you do as long as you have fun.”
Now, which one of the fathers loves their son more? Obviously the first father, because he cared enough about his son to warn him and protect him from danger.
We may think that the second father was loving his son too (because you know, his son really wanted to explore and look at the ants in the cracks in the road -what 6-year old wouldn’t?), but was he really loving his son?
He didn’t even care enough about his son to warn him of danger. That is just it: he didn’t care. Is that true love? I think not.
The first father didn’t force his son to stay away from the road, but he cared enough about his son to tell him what he should and shouldn’t do.
Maybe, we don’t really fully understand what true love is. And that is why we have the example of Yahushua to look to, who did walk perfectly in the love and character of His Father Yahweh.
And so Yahweh is not behind us beating us with a stick to move forward. He, like a loving Father cares about His children, leads us at a pace that we can bear.
Correction from Yahweh is Love
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Yahushua the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the stake, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of Yahweh.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of Yahweh, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
6 For whom Yahweh loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, Yahweh dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
So, when He corrects us, it is because He loves us.
Yahweh's Love for Us
Think about how much Yahweh must love us that He DOES give us commandments and DOES correct us. He could have said, “Just do whatever and -oh, just love each other. Goodbye.” But like a loving Father, He shows us the way to love Him and each other perfectly. He doesn’t force us to do it, but its there in His Word for us to read. Not just in the "New testament", but all of His beautiful Word!
Yahweh, from the very beginning and even until now has such deep love for us that we would turn to Him and His ways, as He says:
29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [thou] that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under [her] wings, and ye would not!
the Perfect Standard of Love
Oh that we were not rebellious and we followed the example of the Messiah Yahushua, who walked in perfect love through perfect obedience to Yahweh’s commandments. When we think that only a third of the Bible applies to us today, we must wonder in ourselves “what are we are missing?”…
7 The law of YAHWEH [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of YAHWEH [is] sure, making wise the simple.
8 The statutes of YAHWEH [are] right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of YAHWEH [is] pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of YAHWEH [is] clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of YAHWEH [are] true [and] righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired [are they] than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: [and] in keeping of them [there is] great reward.
12 Who can understand [his] errors? cleanse thou me from secret [faults].
13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous [sins]; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O YAHWEH, my strength, and my redeemer.
There IS great reward in keeping Yahweh’s commandments. They are for our good to show us the Way, to show us how to love Yahweh and each other.
1 Timothy 1:5
5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and [of] a good conscience, and [of] faith unfeigned:
Following our Savior's Example
If Yahushua is in us, we will do as He did and be like He is -to the best of our understanding. Since He wore tassels, ate clean, sacrificed His life to serving others and did His Father’s will -should we not do the same?
No, you don’t need to believe exactly like I do or we do in order for Yahweh to accept you. We are all a work in process, always seeking truth and becoming more and more like our Savior every day.
When we are doing our best to do as He has commanded us to do -whether it be from the “Old” or “New” testament, whether it be about keeping the seventh-day Sabbath or getting baptized-Yahweh WILL accept us wherever we are at and will lead us gently along at a pace that we can bear. And if we do not understand something or fail to walk out our Savior’s example, there is grace.
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Yahushua the Son of Yahweh, let us hold fast [our] profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
We WILL fail. Our own righteousness will not do it, but by the grace of Yahweh we WILL be forgiven and cleansed by the blood of the Lamb.
As the apostle Peter told those who asked him what they should do in Acts 2:
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Yahushua Messiah for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
We need to repent (turn away from what He says is wrong and turn towards what He says is right) and put our trust in the Messiah Yahushua for the forgiveness of sins. He will forgive us and accept us by His grace.
And so, I need to ask:
What will we find if we blow off the dust off the pages of our Bibles to read ALL of it as being applicable to us today? What will we find if we seek to know Yahweh, to know His true character the way He seeks for us as a good shepherd searching for the lost sheep who went astray?
- We will find how Yahushua walked.
- We will find many things in common between what is called the “Old” and “New” testaments.
- We will find a consistent message of love, from the very beginning of Genesis to the very end of Revelation.
- We will find the true character of Yahweh.
- We will behold wondrous things out of Yahweh’s law as Psalm 119:18 says...and we WILL find a beautiful, glorious, unified Word of Truth from end-to-end -that leads us to life, that leads us to the Messiah Yahushua’s feet.
Let’s follow the example of our Savior who walked in perfect obedience to our Heavenly Father’s commandments as a perfect example of Yahweh’s character and thus: the perfect example of love.
So, the next time you are sharing with someone, remember to do it with love, mercy, meekness and compassion. :)
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