Beth Elohenu Messianic Congregation
P.O. Box 335761
N. Las Vegas, NV. 89033
Shalom. Our teaching this morning is from Exodus 34.8-12, but first we will start by reading verses 6 and 7.
READ EXODUS 34.6-12
Moses again went up to the top of Mt. Sinai to present himself to The LORD. This is the third time Moses ascended to the top of the 7,500 foot mountain to be with GOD.
The first time GOD called him up to the mountain for 40 days and nights was to give Moses instructions to build the Tabernacle.
The second time Moses went up was to ask The LORD to forgive the People for making the golden calf of which they said, This is your god O Israel. And The LORD answered Moses, Whosoever has sinned against Me, him will I blot out of My Book of Life. Sin is breaking The Law of Moses. 1John 3.4.
This is now the third time Moses has gone up to Mt. Sinai to be with The LORD. GOD told Moses to carve two tables of stone like the first that he broke in great anger when he saw the golden calf and the great sin of the people. And GOD said, He would again write on the two tables of stone the Ten Commandments.
Let’s start our study by quickly reviewing Verses 6 and 7.
This is the way of The LORD, the character and attributes of The LORD GOD Almighty. Merciful, gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.
Keeping mercy to thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin. And that will by no means clear the guilty, GOD said, for GOD will visit the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children unto the third and fourth generation.
How do we prevent GOD from punishing us for the sins of our fathers, and our own sins? Sin is breaking GOD’s Laws that are written in The Law of Moses. 1 John 3.4.
First, we must believe in Messiah Yeshua for atonement, for deliverance and forgiveness of our sins. It is written in Acts 2.21, “Whosoever shall call on The Name of The LORD, Yeshua The Messiah, shall be delivered”. Believing in the Messiah Yeshua delivers us of all our sins.
Second, you must Repent. Turn from all your sins that you have committed by breaking GOD’s Laws that are written in The Law of Moses. And turn to GOD and live by His Laws that are written in The Law of Moses, doing that which is lawful and right. This is the Biblical way for Salvation and blessings. And that is Biblical Repentance.
GOD only keeps mercy for thousands of people (verse 7) because so few obey His Commandments. GOD”S Commandments are HIS Laws that are written in The Law of Moses.
Acts 2.21, Ezekiel 18.21-22, Jonah 2.8 (Hebrew Bible, Jonah 2.9)
The Hebrew word for worship is SHAH’KHAH meaning to honor GOD with deep respect and awe. Having an inner feeling of great admiration and fear. Even bowing our head or kneeling, or lying flat. And serving GOD with all our heart, honoring Him by living according to every word He speaks. That is worshipping and honoring GOD. Deuteronomy 8.3, Luke 4.4.
I thought it would be a good thing to briefly examine what it means to fear The LORD. Because The Bible teaches that the fear of The LORD is the beginning of wisdom, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. PSALM 111.10, PROVERBS 1.7
The fear of The LORD will cause you to obey GOD by keeping His Laws that are written in The Law of Moses. Rather than disobeying GOD by doing what most Bible teachers teach, who disrespect GOD by teaching disobedience to His Laws written in The Law of Moses. And disobedience to GOD is contempt of GOD, even hatred of GOD.
Fear in Hebrew is YEE’RAH meaning fear, being afraid of GOD, having dreadful awe of GOD, and reverence or deep respect for GOD.
And by fearing GOD, you will obey every word He speaks.
MATTHEW 10.28, EXODUS 20.20, DEUTERONOMY 6.1-2,
PSALM 25.12-14, PHILIPPIANS 2.12
Do what GOD requires of you. Have faith in Messiah Yeshua. That delivers you of your sins. Then obey GOD’s Law of Moses with fear and trembling. That will cause you to continue to obey GOD’s Laws forever. That is required, and pleasing to GOD. That is Biblical Salvation.
Moses said to The LORD, “If now I have found grace in Your sight O LORD”.
Grace in Hebrew is KHAYNE meaning love, and kindness and being accepted by GOD.
And Moses said to The LORD, “Please let My LORD go among us, for it is a stiffnecked people, and pardon our iniquity, and our sin (for making the golden calf), and take us for Your inheritance”.
Take us, the children of Israel, for Your inheritance, Moses said to GOD. What does that mean?
Inheritance in Hebrew is NAH’KHAL meaning to inherit, or take as a heritage, a possession.
According to Webster’s Dictionary, an inheritance is a heritage, something that belongs to someone by reason of birth, to be his or her very own.
GOD brought forth the birth of the Jewish people, the Children of Israel, by taking Abraham out from the Gentiles to make of him the great nation Israel through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Genesis 12.1-3.
Thus Moses was saying to The LORD, take us to be Your very own people. And Israel and the Jewish people are GOD’s very own people. DEUTERONOMY 4.20, DEUTERONOMY 9.26, 29
An inheritance among them that are sanctified are those who are Holy by faith in Messiah Yeshua, and who Obey The LORD their GOD and His Laws that are written in The Law of Moses. Thus you have an inheritance WITH GOD’s Chosen People, His very own People. And that is eternal life.
GOD’s very own inheritance, the Children of Israel had just committed a great sin, making the golden calf, and calling it, your god O Israel. Idols are sin, violating GOD’s Law that is written in The Law of Moses. Exodus 20.4. But Moses knowing GOD’s generosity and forgiving nature, agreed with GOD that the Children of Israel were a stiffnecked people. But yet, Moses knowing GOD’s lovingkindness, asked The LORD to pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for Your inheritance, Your very own people. Reestablish Israel as Your very own.
And The LORD revealed His loving way and forgiveness by leading the people to the promised land, defeating her enemies, never casting away His people whom He foreknew.
PSALM 86.15, JONAH 3.10; 4.1-2
Even though GOD loves the Jewish people with an everlasting love, Jeremiah 31.3, His very own inheritance, He still punishes us for not obeying Him by not obeying His Laws written in The Law of Moses. And GOD punishes Nations, and Gentiles, and Religious People who do not, and will not obey HIS Laws written in The Law of Moses. But those who Turn to GOD with a new heart, and a new spirit that GOD gives them when they have faith in Messiah Yeshua, Jeremiah 31.31-34, and walk in His statutes and laws, and do them, GOD will be gracious and forgiving to them also. And they will be His people, and He will be their GOD. EZEKIEL 36.26-28.
A Covenant made by GOD is a promise, or a commitment, even a contract with Israel, and often with all mankind.
And this Covenant of Verse 10 speaks of marvels that GOD will do before the Children of Israel that have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation.
Here are just some of those marvels that GOD did before His people.
DEUTERONOMY 4.32-40, JOSHUA 6.20, JOSHUA 10.12-14,
PSALM 147.19-20, JEREMIAH 31.31-34
There are Covenants that GOD makes with Israel that apply to all mankind. The LORD commits to do something, and the people are required on their behalf to do something. Usually obey GOD’s Laws that are written in The Law of Moses.
GOD’s Covenant or commitment to Israel here is to drive out the peoples who inhabited the land of Canaan. And GOD did drive them out, and Canaan became the land of Israel 3,400 years ago. And GOD required the Children of Israel to obey that which GOD commanded them to do. Every Commandment and Law GOD has given to Israel Apply to all mankind. That is why The Bible is written to the world, and for the world, and not just to the Jewish People.
And the following verses of Scripture are GOD’s Commandments to Israel and all mankind. Yet very few people obey GOD, and that is why GOD only keeps mercy to thousands. Verse 7.
GOD warned His People against aligning themselves in any way with the Canaanite people because it will become a snare or a trap for them in The Land. They will be tricked unawares if they align themselves with the Canaanite people. And that, GOD warned them, will lead them away from The LORD their GOD, The GOD of Israel. And we are faced with the same snares today.
GOD chose Israel to be a holy people, to be a special people unto Himself above all people that are upon the face of the earth. That is an unbreakable Covenant that GOD made with Israel and the Jewish people 3,400 years ago. And the Jewish people are required to love The LORD their GOD, and keep His Commandments, GOD’s Laws that are written in The Law of Moses forever.
Even when Israel and the Jewish people fail on our part of the Covenant and do not obey GOD, GOD never abandons His part of the Covenant. GOD will never cast away His people. Yes, GOD does punish us from time to time for our disobedience, but He never ceases from being our GOD. And we are His people forever.
And for non-Jewish Gentiles who greatly desire to be fully part of GOD’s Covenant People, grafted in with the Jewish People, to be a holy people unto The LORD, chosen by GOD to be a special people unto Himself above all people that are upon the face of the earth, you also must love The LORD your GOD, and keep and obey all His Commandments and Laws that are written in The Law of Moses. That includes your faith in Messiah Yeshua. That delivers you from all your sins. And GOD will be your GOD, and you will be His people. DEUTERONOMY 7.6-9
Paul teaches in parable form about non-Jewish people being grafted into GOD’s Covenant People Israel, the Jewish people. Becoming fully part of GOD’s Chosen People, holy and special to The LORD, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. ROMANS 1.7, ROMANS 11.16-17
(ROMANS 1.7) The Romans are not Jewish.
(ROMANS 11.16) The firstfruit is the firstfruit of the bread offering offered to The LORD.
Leviticus 23.10, Numbers 15.17-21.
Thus, if the firstfruit of the bread offering to The LORD is holy, the lump of dough is also holy. And if the root is holy, so are the branches. The root is GOD, Messiah Yeshua. The tree is Israel, and the branches are the Jewish people. All are holy. Deuteronomy 7.6, Numbers 15.14-16
(ROMANS 11.17) There are some Jewish people who might not enter the Kingdom of GOD because of unbelief in their Messiah Yeshua, Who is The Holy One of Israel. Or because of their refusal to obey Torah, GOD’s written Law of Moses. They are cut off from Israel, perhaps permanently or temporarily.
And certain Gentiles, being a wild olive tree, having faith in Messiah Yeshua, who love GOD, and keep His Commandments and Laws written in The Law of Moses, are grafted in to GOD’s Covenant People, the Jewish People. Faith in Messiah Yeshua, and obedience to Torah, GOD’S Laws that are written in the Law of Moses are GOD’s requirements to be grafted in to HIS Chosen People..
And you partake in the root, Who is Messiah Yeshua, The GOD of Israel. And you partake in the fatness of the olive tree. The olive tree being Israel and the Jewish people. And you participate in all the blessings of GOD, Salvation, eternal life, all GOD’s promises, all GOD’s covenants, and all GOD’s goodness.
That is New Testament teaching for non-Jewish people to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. By doing the will of GOD in Heaven. Having faith in Messiah Yeshua. That delivers you from all your sins. And obeying GOD’s Commandments and Laws that are written in The Law of Moses. That is the Word that comes forth from The LORD. That is Biblical Salvation taught by The LORD YOUR GOD.
Shalom, Ira Weinstein, Congregational Leader