Deacon John Dupus
to the fellow believers in Mashiach Yahshua: This letter is being sent to
address the topic of Yom Kippur, the Day of Covering/Atonement. What I
would like to discuss is the need for not only personal repentance but a
collective or corporate repentance as a clan, tribe, people and or nation.
scriptures are quoted from 'The Scriptures' published by the Institute for
Scripture Research [www.messianic.co.za/isr]
unless stated otherwise. I have retained the English spelling of the books for
the sake of those who may get confused if I were to put them into their original
Let us address:
we are where we are.
to repent as a people.
are some examples of our forefathers or others doing this?
Who are we? By addressing this first we can come into better light as to how
Yahweh expects us to act.
say we are Yisra'el by birth, others say we are Yisra'el only spiritually and
are not culpable to the commands and covenants of the physical house. Some say
that we are gentiles and that we only have to follow a vague outline of the
commands that we have no set standard of what is absolute for us to observe.
Others add to this the idea that the "church" and or
"assembly" has somehow replaced Yisra'el or is the new Yisra'el. This
is also known as replacement theology.
Some propose we are the house of Yisra'el made up of those who have come out of all backgrounds, these being both physical Yisra'el and gentile lineages of the flesh to become the house of Yisra'el by the blood of Yahshua HaMashiach and have been brought back to the covenants and commands. This is the line of reasoning I will promote here.
As for the skeptic that does not think he is Yisra'el because of his unsure-ness of lineage, remember who it was that was brought out of Mitsrayim, Exodus 12:38 "And a mixed multitude went up with them too, also flocks and herds, very much livestock." And verse 49 through 51 "There is one Torah for the native-born and for the stranger who sojourns among you. And all the children of Yisra'el did as Yahweh commanded Mosheh and Aharon, so they did. And it came to be that on that same day that Yahweh brought the children of Yisra'el out of the land of Mitsrayim according to their divisions." Those who came out with Yisra'el were absorbed into Yisra'el just as Yahweh tells them to be in Ezekiel 47:21-23 Also just as Ruth, Asenath-wife of Yoseph, Tsipporah wife of Mosheh and those who turned to the Elohim of the Yahudim in Esther 8:17 as did others when they turned away from their pagan elohim and accepted Yahweh and His Torah and lived as one with Yisra'el and no longer lived as they did in the land of their nativity.
There is no record of the mixed multitude receiving any inheritance in the land at the end of the Exodus. It would appear they were assimilated into Yisra'el just as they will be in the second Exodus. See Ezekiel 47:21-23 "And you shall divide this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Yisra'el. And it shall be that you divide it by lot as an inheritance for yourselves, and for the strangers who sojourn in your midst and who bear children among you. And they shall be to you as native-born among the children of Yisra'el - with you they have an inheritance in the midst of the tribes of Yisra'el. And it shall be that in whatever tribe the stranger sojourns, there you give him his inheritance," declares the Master Yahweh."
the native born, the "stranger" gets to choose which tribal banner he
that doesn't have you convinced then proceed to Ephesians 2. Please read the
whole chapter, we will focus on several key points. Notice the past tense is
used when speaking of us "being
dead in sin, once walked according to the course of this
world, we all once lived in the lusts of our flesh, and were
by nature children of wrath. 4) But Elohim, who is rich in
compassion even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive
together with Messiah- by favor(grace) you have been saved."
Now skip to verse 11 " Therefore
remember that you, once gentiles in the flesh, who are
called 'the uncircumcision' by what is called 'the circumcision' made in the
flesh by hands, that at that time you were
without Messiah, excluded from citizenship of Yisra'el and strangers from the
covenants of promise, having no
expectation and without Elohim in the world. BUT
now in Messiah Yahshua you who once were far off have been brought near by the
blood of the Messiah." "For
He is our peace, who has made both one, and having
broken down the partition of the barrier, having abolished in His flesh the
enmity - the Torah of the commands in dogma - so as to create in Himself one
renewed man from the two, thus making peace, and to completely restore to
favour(grace) both of them unto Elohim in one body through the stake, having
destroyed the enmity by it. And having come, He brought as Good News peace to
you who were far off, and peace to those near."
we continue, let us confirm what is being said here. In our sinful, unrepentant
state we are dead gentiles by flesh and nature, upon repentance and accepting
the blood of Yahshua, we no longer are dead nor are we gentile. The partition
that was broken down is the unlawful barrier that was put up in the courts of
the temple to keep the converts from the gentiles separated from the rest of
Yisra'el. Nowhere in all of the Torah or even in Ezekiel's temple vision is
there instruction to build a partition for the gentiles.
(the ruling elite), in their dogma - man made doctrine- espoused that the
converts were not 100% Yisra'el and that they could worship from afar but don't
get too close. Remember, Shaul got onto Kepha for this in Galatians2:11-14. We
still have this enmity going on today. The Yahudim think the Torah is just for
them and the gentiles agree because they see it as a burden to be set free from
their sins by obedience.
without obedience is dead according to James 2:26. Yahweh never intended for us
to look at Torah as "LAW," an overbearing burden waiting to consume
someone when they stepped the least bit out of bounds, man did that. Yahweh gave
us Torah, literally, Instruction, to live by. Also we are called unto good works
according to Eph 2:10 but it isn't by any works that we are saved, salvation is
truly a gift that cannot be earned. We obey out of love and not because we are
compelled to or for an ulterior motive.
to Ephesians 2:18
Because through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. So then you
are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the set-apart
ones and members of the household of Elohim."
should not consider ourselves any longer as "gentiles." The blood of
the Lamb has made us into citizens of Yisra'el. Is not the power of His blood
awesome? With it, the Spirit can take the flesh and circumcise it into obedience
and make it into a "new man," one that is now heir to the promises and
covenants that only belong to children of those men from Genesis, namely
Abraham, Yitshaq, and Ya'aqob. (Please compare the parallels of Ezekiel 37 and
Ephesians 2.The two made into one stick in the hand of Yahweh compares with the
execution stake of Yahshua, "
BUT now in Messiah Yahshua you who once were far off have been brought near by
the blood of the Messiah." "For
He is our peace, who has made both one,"
Please study all of both chapters because the parallels run through out.)
cousins just adopted a newborn child of Asian heritage. Is this child any less
theirs because he was adopted? No! Is he not their son? He is their son! They
have the covenant and documents that say he is their son.
By the way, he won't be known by any other name but the one
he has received from his dad, the one that adopted him. If the power of a man
made covenant is binding should we not think that the one made in heaven isn't
that strong, or stronger?
my cousin does and has done will be upon this son of his for the boy's life and
the lives of the children which he will have. This is an example of why we need
to go before Yahweh and confess our sins and the sins of our fathers. Even if we
are not Yisra'elites by birth we inherit the good with the bad when we are
spoke of those who were traditionally thought of as being outside as being
brought near and changed into Yisra'el in Romans11:25,26 "For
I do not wish you to be ignorant of this secret, brothers, lest you should be
wise in your own estimation, that the hardening in part has come over Yisra'el,
until the completeness of the gentiles has come in.(see Gen 48:19) And
so all Yisra'el shall be saved, as it has been written, "The Deliverer
shall come out of Tsiyon, and He shall turn away wickedness from Ya'aqob."
What is Shaul saying? It appears that he is saying that Yisrael is incomplete
until these people join or rejoin their ranks. He doesn't say "And all
Yisra'el and the gentiles shall be saved." They are included with Yisra'el.
Not only as a spiritual people as some would propose but just as physical as
those labeled as the mixed multitude who came up from Mitsrayim.
often we want to cherry pick who we are and what we do, leaving all the stuff we
don't like or want to the "physical house." Was the mixed multitude
exempt from the covenants and commands? No. Their bodies were left in the
wilderness for disobedience too. Just like Shabbat is a physical cessation of
work and it teaches us a spiritual lesson. So does the physical obedience to
Torah teach a spiritual lesson.
we not told that the Torah was put in place to lead us to Mashiach? Shaul says
that the Torah is spiritual in Romans 7:14 and this goes hand in hand with John
4:23-24 "Elohim is
Spirit, and those who worship Him need to worship Him in spirit and truth."
We get spiritual understanding from physical acts. Or at least we should, that
was Yahweh's intention.
more, who is the New or Renewed Covenant for? Hebrews 8:8 for finding fault with
them, He says,
"See, the days are coming," says Yahweh, "when I shall conclude
with the house of Yisra'el and with the house of Yahudah a renewed
covenant." This covenant that we all believe in is for the houses of
Yisra'el and Yahudah.
anyone else wants it they must submit and come into this family of people
through Yahshua's blood. We cannot go over the wall, under the wall or any other
way but through the Door. At the end of the age the gentiles who come to
Yerushalyim will have to enter through one of the gates of the tribes.
Rev21:10-27. Ezekiel 44:All,
but in particular verse 9) Thus
said Master Yahweh, "No
son of a foreigner, uncircumcised in heart or uncircumcised in flesh, comes into
My set-apart place, even any son of a foreigner who is among the children of
is a prophecy yet to be fulfilled. Is it not for the end of the age when the
book of Revelation is speaking of in chapter 21? Sounds like those "gentile
believers" will have to obey spiritually and physically. Let us not be as
Esau and deny our birthright. When we go from mortal to immortality we will be
able to obey completely all the things we have stumbled at since our birth.
being flawed by sin does not negate the need to be obedient as much as we can.
It has been Satan that has been whispering in our ears through the ages that the
Torah of Yahweh or as some would like to say "the law of Moses," as if
they are different somehow, is something we cannot comply with. Yahweh says we
can. I think I will believe the Creator and Sustainer of all things instead of
the one who is a murderer of the children of Elohim.
If one thinks Yahweh's Word is too hard then one needs to read His Word
in Deuteronomy 30:11-20 and examine oneself to see where they are being mislead.
"For this command which I am commanding you today, it is not too hard for
you, nor is it far off."
not allow the argument in Acts 15 to be confused with this verse. The argument
in Acts 15 is whether or not we should base our salvation on our works, i.e.
putting our faith in being circumcised. The argument is not against our faith in
and obedience to the word of Yahweh. The Adversary has done great damage to us
by getting us to think that obedience to Yahweh's Torah is impossible and a sin
if we try. Satan is the one that has man read Yahshua's own words in Matt
5:17-20 about the Torah not being done away with and immediately the reader says
"the Torah is done away with."
Why we are where we are.
"And you shall perish among the gentiles, and the land of your enemies
shall eat you up, and those of you who are left rot away in their crookedness in
your enemies lands, and also in their father's crookednesses rot away with
tried hard and very patiently to turn the hearts of the people in the previous
verses. He is long suffering but He does have an absolute line that we cannot
Kings 8:40-53 46) "When
they sin against You, and You become enraged with them and give them to the
enemy, and they take them captive to the land of the enemy, far or near;"
has separated us from the covenants and from Yahweh. By examining Torah we find
ourselves lacking and in need of a cleansing. We find that we need Yahshua's
blood as described in Ephesians 2. If we truly believe Yahshua's own words in
Matthew 5:17-20 then we will agree that NOTHING was or is done away with in the
Torah. He is HaTorah, The Torah of Yahweh. He lived out the perfect example for
us to follow according to 1 John 2:5-6.
How to repent as a people.
is a tough one coming from a western mindset that has it's pride in
independence. We like to act as individual islands but we are not. We are not
our own head, that position is already filled by someone much greater than any
of us. 1 Corinthians 11 says that Yahshua is the head of man. Chapter 12 speaks
of the many parts of His body. Too often we tend to forget that we are not the
only part or organ of this body. We wouldn't want Yahweh to receive a report
card notice about us stating "Doesn't play well with others" would we?
Again if we examine Yahweh's Instruction, or Torah, we will find how we must
come together as a people and repent.
26:38-46 "But if
they confess their crookedness and the crookedness of their fathers, with their
trespass in which they trespassed against Me, and that they also have walked
contrary to Me, and that I have walked contrary to them and have brought them
into the land of their enemies - if their uncircumcised heart is then humbled,
and they accept the punishment of their crookedness, then I shall remember My
covenant with Ya'aqob, and also remember My covenant with Yitshaq, and also
remember My covenant with Abraham, and remember the land.
For the land was
abandoned by them, and enjoying its Sabbaths while lying waste without them, and
they were paying for their crookedness, because they rejected My right-rulings
and because their being loathed My laws.
yet for all this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I shall not reject
them, nor shall I loathe them so as to destroy them and break My covenant with
them. For I am Yahweh their Elohim. Then
I shall remember for their sake the covenant of their ancestors whom I brought
out of the land of Mitsrayim before the eyes of the nations to be their Elohim.
I am Yahweh. These are the laws and the right-rulings and the Torot (plural of
Torah- teaching or instruction) which Yahweh made between Himself and the
children of Yisra'el on Sinai by the hand of Mosheh."
Let us compare
this to what king Shelomoh prayed in 1 Kings 8:40-53
46) "When they sin against You, and You become enraged with them and
give them to the enemy, and they take them captive to the land of the enemy, far
or near; and they shall turn back unto their heart in the land where they have
been taken captive, and shall turn , and make supplication to You in the land of
those who took them captive, saying, 'we have sinned and acted crookedly, we
have committed wrong,' (notice that it is plural "we" and not
singular "I") and
they shall turn back to You with all their heart and with all their being in the
land of their enemies who led them away captive, and shall pray to You toward
their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen and
the House which I have built for Your Name, then shall You hear in the heavens
your dwelling place their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their
cause, and forgive Your people who have sinned against You, and all their
transgressions which they have transgressed against You. And give them
compassion before those who took them captive, and they shall have compassion on
them. For they are Your people and Your inheritance, whom You brought out of
Mitsrayim, out of the iron furnace. Let Your eyes be opened to the supplication
of Your people Yisra'el, to listen to them whenever they call to You. For You
have separated them unto Yourself for an inheritance, out of all the peoples of
the earth, as You spoke by the hand of Mosheh, when You brought our fathers out
of Mitsrayim, O Master Yahweh."
Several things we need to look at in these passages. We have been
scattered to the four winds because of our sins against Yahweh. We abandoned the
land. This was the result of our father's sins. Today the people of Yahudah only
dwell in a small portion of the land promised to our forefathers Abraham,
Yitshaq and Ya'aqob. They are not the totality of Yisra'el. Without the rest of
the tribes they are only part of Yahudah with even smaller portions of Lewi and
Benyamin in their midst. Just as the land of Yahudah was a waste before being
taken from the heathen again and now it blooms in the midst of the desert.
rest of the land of promise is still laid waste and is still a desert. It is
waiting for the exiles to come home. How do we come to that point? It is made
very clear in the passages above. We must confess both our sins and the sins of
our fathers. We must acknowledge and accept the punishment that has been dealt
us for this sin. We must petition Yahweh in regard to this. Is it that His Arm
is too short or His memory? No, it is so that we, as the people of Yahweh,
remember collectively who we are, what we are and what we have done and what has
been done for us by Him for us to come back.
Yahweh still require us to recognize Him as "Yahweh
your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, out of the house of
slavery?" As we read in Exodus 20:2 we have the beginning of the Ten
Words or Commandments. Whoever these Ten Words are for, are to recognize Yahweh
in this fashion until the re-gathering of all Yisra'el.
look at Jer16:14-15 "Therefore
see, the days are coming, declares Yahweh, when it is no longer said, Yahweh
lives who brought up the children of Yisra'el from the land of Mitsrayim, but,
Yahweh lives who brought up the children of Yisra'el from the land of the north
and from all the lands where He had driven them. For I shall bring them back
into their land I gave their fathers." This is something to still be
fulfilled. Notice that until that time He is still referred to as Yahweh who led
the children of Yisra'el up from Mitsrayim.
He still requires us to remember what He did so many years ago. Not so that He
remembers but that we will. The point is that although Yahweh knows even our
innermost beings, we must recognize and confess our sins so that we can truly
become repentant. When was the last time any of us confessed the sins of our
fathers? Some of us may. We must be about our Father's business and He says this
is how we come back to Him. It is commanded to be done by each of us so that not
only ourselves will be set free but the collective of Yisra'el too. Even more,
we must acknowledge the punishment that has been given. Some may say that Yahweh
is only dealing with individuals today and not the nation. Again by examining
Ephesians we find that this is not the case. Yes, the individual must be reached
but it doesn't end there.
4) What are some examples of our forefathers or others doing
In the parable of the prodigal son it seems that in the larger view of
this scripture we are seeing Ephraim and Yahudah. Ephraim is the prodigal son.
Luke 15:11-32 A parallel to this is in Jer31:15-21 Is
Ephrayim a precious son to Me, a
child of delights? For though I spoke against him, I still remembered him. That
is why My affections were deeply moved for him. I have great compassion for
him," declares Yahweh. "Set up signposts, make landmarks; set your
heart toward the highway, the way in which you went. Turn back, O maiden of
Yisra'el, turn back to these cities of yours!" This is none other
than the prodigal son coming home. In Genesis, Ya'aqob went to Yoseph, in the
end of the age Yoseph comes back to Ya'aqob.
is not pleased with his return. Yahudah has put in place teachings of how
"righteous gentiles" should live, they call them the Noahide laws.
Which in their basic form are good but it is a lie to say that they are the
commands for the gentiles by Yahweh. Yahweh reiterates throughout the Torah that
there is one Torah for the native born and for the alien. Exodus12:49,
Leviticus24:22. Let us look back at the parable and how the prodigal son comes
to his father. He says,
"Father I have sinned against the heaven, and before you, and I am no
longer worthy to be called your son." This is how we should be
before Yahweh. This is a paraphrase of Lev 26:40.
Yahudah thought the followers of the Way/Nazarenes/Assemblies to be deserters
for not standing up with them in Bar Kochba's rebellion after they declared
another messiah other than Yahshua. This is when the early believers were being
stopped from coming into the synagogues by the curse of the minim that they
would be forced to say before they could worship. With the twisting of the truth
by "the church" and the removal of the Torah from the lives of their
followers and the subsequent annihilation of the followers of the Way for the
most part, for the last 1800 years or so Yahudah has only heard an apostate
version of Who Yahshua is and what His work was here on earth.
we haven't heard Who He truly was either. He was removed from Torah and the
Torah removed from Him by the apostates. If we, like the prodigal son repent,
Abba Yahweh will restore us. Now we know, that according to the above
scriptures, we are Yisra'el one way or the other. And since we are Yisra'el the
following verse in Nehemiah applies to us.
1:3-11 5) and I said,
"I pray, Yahweh Elohim of the heavens, O great and awesome El, guarding the
covenant and kindness with those who love You, and with those guarding Your
commands, please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, to hear the
prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You now, day and night, for the
children of Yisra'el Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of
Yisra'el which we have sinned against You. Both my father's house and I have
sinned. We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not guarded the
commands, nor the laws, nor the right-rulings which You commanded your servant
Mosheh. Please remember the word that You commanded Your servant Mosheh, saying,
'If you trespass, I shall scatter you among the peoples, but if you turn back to
Me, and guard My commands and do them, though you were cast out to the ends of
the heavens, I shall gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I
have chosen, to make My Name dwell there. And they are Your servants and Your
people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong
cannot deny that Yahshua is Yahweh's strong hand and His great power. Nor can we
legitimately deny that this verse is speaking of us. Yahweh has made
arrangements for us to come before him in this said manner. I want to remind us
that we are all of one body under Yahshua's headship. We are supposed to be in
unity and we are supposed to be known as His talmidim or disciples by our love.
let us try Messiah, as some of them also tried, and were destroyed by serpents,
neither grumble, as some of them also grumbled, and were destroyed by the
destroyer." Mosheh knew
Yahshua according to Hebrews 11:26, the people leaving Mitsrayim were lead by
Him through the wilderness. They were part of His body too if they were
as the people of Yahweh who are Yisra'el through the blood of Yahshua, have been
devouring one another because we have too little unity within the body. Whose
body do we belong to? Do we belong to only our local congregation? Do we only
belong to those who hold ideologies in common with our selves? Think about that
one long and hard. Do two people in the same congregation believe everything
exactly the same? NO! I say not. We do not belong to ourselves, we belong to
Yahshua's body. In it are many parts just as the scripture says. We are cutting
toes off of our feet so fast that we cannot stand. We are acting like the
gentiles (note, once we have taken the blood of Yahshua, we are no longer to
consider ourselves gentiles thus denying the power of the blood. Ephesians 2.)
Yahweh the author of confusion? Then why do we profess that He is by our
actions? There must come a time when we stop back biting one another. We too
often are overly eager to work Satan's evil work because we are all too eager to
run with a lie, half truth or malicious talk about our brothers who have taken
the blood of Yahshua upon themselves, yet may do something somewhat different
than our dogma, or in plain English, our own doctrine. Man made commands.
there are those that bash those who obey the Torah more than themselves or less
than. Lashon Harah/ the evil tongue, routinely called gossip, is more than just
making someone know the juicy morsels on another, it can be the truth stated in
a way to destroy, demean or mislead. Yahshua has called us to edify not tear
down. Yahweh's people are too valuable to be thrown away for petty differences.
May I remind us all that in 1Cor. 11:16 it states that, "If
however, anyone seems to be contentious, we do not have such a habit, nor do the
Assemblies of Elohim." Some may think I took this out of context,
but in the deepest understanding of it all, we are not to be contentious. If we
are contentious I would re-evaluate then if we belong to the Assemblies of
Elohim. Snarling and growling should not be tolerated by the lay people or the
leaders. When Yisra'el grumbled in the wilderness they died! Again 1Cor.
is routing the sheep and singling out the weak for destruction while too often
the shepherds sleep or sick the wolves on the sheep. A warning comes to us in
Ezekiel 9 about the elders in Yahweh's house who do not uphold His purpose. They
are marked for death! It is time for revival in the house of Yahweh. We must
come before Yahshua's feet and seek direction as His talmidim or disciples just
as our predecessors did for 3 ½ years.
year we are in even more disunity due to the way we believe the word of Yahweh
and His calendar. Instead of each of us using Lashon Hara (the evil tongue)
against our brother because he or she does not agree with our DOGMA, let us in
humility call a fast. Yahweh has ordained a fast that we all will be obeying,
some in the heathen calendar's reckoning of September and some in the heathen's
reckoning of October. The seventh month of Yahweh's calendar as we each see it.
I call us to each fast on both of the days that the brethren reckon to be Yom
Kippur, more plainly said, when those of us are fasting and observing the
seventh month in September the others should humble themselves and fast as we
all are confessing as Leviticus 26:40 says and then when those of us that are
fasting and observing the seventh month in October the others should humble
themselves and fast as we all are confessing Leviticus 26:40.
We must all come before Yahweh prostrated and recognizing our sin
individually and the sins of our fathers and the sins of Yisra'el corporately
wherever we are and however we got to be in Yisra'el, either born into it or
washed and adopted.
will be obedient to His own word! When we obey and do the prescribed things in
the Word, He will do as He has promised! Do we believe Him? Let's come together
for this and show our faith by our deeds. If we can do this one thing I am sure
He will take us farther than our own minds can imagine in getting Yisra'el to
act more like we should towards one another and those out side looking for
if we can live more at one should we not pursue the gifts as described in 1
Corinthians 12? The body needs these gifts and we don't see them manifested as
they should or could be today because, how I see it, we do not have the unity
and faith in the body of Yahshua as we are supposed to. Would it be too much to
ask for us to give up a day's worth of nourishment for our brothers and sisters
in Yahshua? Would it be too much to ask for us to be obedient to Yahweh's Torah
and admit our collective sins as well as our individual ones? I propose that we
declare this fast, and that we prostrate ourselves literally and declare Yahweh
as He has commanded us to. I also propose that we act like our brethren who will
come forth out of the tribulation wearing garments of white and don white
garments signifying Yahshua's cleansing power of His blood on us. To make us
remember that this day is not about our wants or pleasures but to remember that
we are cleansed and maybe even more importantly, so are our brothers.
to wearing white garments, in Rev 7:9-14 we find that the people who come out of
the tribulation are going to be clothed in white garments washed in the blood of
the Lamb. What would it hurt for us
to don white garments to symbolize being cleansed on the day of Covering? One
could wear a white shirt, pants, tallit, tallit katan, or a kittel. While we may
not be commanded to wear it now it will be "in style" at the end of
We will be ostracized for being committed to repentance to the point that
we put off our discomforts, namely by choosing to become more obedient and
humbling ourselves. Some will invariably say we are trying to be "more
holy" or "better than others." I am not trying to be more holy or
better than anyone but my current self. You or the next person is not my
measuring stick Yahshua is and I lack just as everyone else does. Let us
remember, we are called to be set apart as Yahweh is set apart. He made the mark
that we all need to live up to.
2:13-16 "For not
the hearers of the Torah are righteous in the sight of Elohim, but the doers of
the law shall be declared right."
Mosheh as he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter in Hebrews 11:26
reproach of Messiah greater riches than the treasures in Mitsrayim, for he was
looking to the reward."
we do not die unto ourselves, we are serving the idol of our flesh. When we get
concerned how others may perceive us when we step out in faith and do something
new or different that has legitimate biblical backing we are in danger of
serving the idol. Let us remember what Shaul wrote in 2Corintians 6:16-7:1
" And what union has the Dwelling Place of Elohim with idols? For you are a
Dwelling Place of the living Elohim, as Elohim has said, "I shall dwell in
them and walk among them, and I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be my
people." Therefore, "Come
out from among them and be separate, says Yahweh, and do not touch what is
unclean, and I shall receive you. And I shall be a father to you, and you shall
be sons and daughters to Me, says Yahweh the Almighty. Having, then, these
promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and
spirit, perfecting set-apartness in the fear of Elohim."
us keep the Day of Covering this year in unity and contemplate Isaiah 58:11and
12 "Then Yahweh
would guide you continually, and satisfy your being in drought, and strengthen
your bones. And you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail. And those from among you shall build the old waste
places. You shall raise up the foundations of many generations. And you would be
called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In."