THE JOY OF OBEYING THE LORD YOUR GOD

Shalom,

Our teaching from Torah, The Law of Moses will continue from Deuteronomy 21.15-23.

AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, THE JOY OF OBEYING THE LORD YOUR GOD.

And with that said, let’s read Deuteronomy 21.15-23.

DEUTERONOMY 21.15-17  IF A MAN HAS TWO WIVES, THE ONE LOVED, AND THE OTHER UNLOVED, AND THEY HAVE BORNE HIM CHILDREN, BOTH THE LOVED WIFE AND THE UNLOVED WIFE, AND IF THE FIRSTBORN SON IS HERS THAT WAS UNLOVED,

THEN IT SHALL BE IN THE DAY THAT HE CAUSES HIS CHILDREN TO INHERIT THAT WHICH HE HAS, HE MAY NOT MAKE THE FIRSTBORN SON OF THE BELOVED BEFORE THE SON OF THE UNLOVED WHO IS THE FIRSTBORN.

BUT HE SHALL REGARD THE SON OF THE UNLOVED FOR THE FIRSTBORN BY GIVING HIM A DOUBLE PORTION OF ALL THAT HE HAS, FOR HE IS THE BEGINNING OF HIS STRENGTH.  THE RIGHT OF THE FIRSTBORN IS HIS.

SOME BIBLES READ, THE HATED WIFE, AND OTHERS READ, THE UNLOVED WIFE.  I CHOSE FROM THE HEBREW WORDS SEH’NU’AH AND SEH’NEE’AH FOR HATED AND UNLOVED, THE WORD UNLOVED.

FIRST OF ALL, THIS LAW CONCERNS A MAN HAVING TWO WIVES.  SO I HAD TO THINK AWHILE IF THAT IS LAWFUL ACCORDING TO TORAH, THE LAW OF MOSES.  AND THE ANSWER IS NO.

GENESIS 2.24  THE BIBLE SAYS, THEREFORE SHALL A MAN LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL CLEAVE TO HIS WIFE, NOT HIS WIVES, AND THEY SHALL BE ONE FLESH.

BUT I BELIEVE THAT GOD PUT THIS LAW IN PLACE TO PROTECT WOMEN WHO WERE MARRIED TO MEN WHO HAD MORE THAN ONE WIFE.

AS YOU KNOW, SOME MEN IN THE BIBLE HAD MORE THAN ONE WIFE.  A FELLOW BY THE NAME OF LAMECH HAD TWO WIVES, ESAU HAD TWO WIVES.  AND JACOB HAD FOUR WIVES, GIDEON HAD MANY WIVES, EVEN SEVENTY SONS.  THE PROPHET SAMUEL’S FATHER HAD TWO WIVES, DAVID HAD MORE THAN ONE WIFE, AND THEN OF COURSE THERE IS SOLOMON WHO HAD SEVEN HUNDRED WIVES AND PRINCESSES, AND THREE HUNDRED CONCUBINES.

GENESIS 4.19, GENESIS 26.34, JUDGES 8.30, 1 SAMUEL 1.1-2, 2 SAMUEL 3.2-5, 1 KINGS 11.1-3.

THIS IS A SUBJECT THAT I AM NOT GOING TO SPEND A WHOLE LOT OF TIME ON, BUT THE BIBLE DOES SAY, BE SUBJECT TO THE HIGHER POWERS, AND THAT IS THE GOVERNMENT. AND IN THE UNITED STATES IT IS POLYGAMY AND A CRIME TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE WIFE.  ROMANS 13.1-6

DEUTERONOMY 21.18-21  IF A MAN HAS A STUBBORN AND REBELLIOUS SON WHO WILL NOT OBEY THE VOICE OF HIS FATHER, OR THE VOICE OF HIS MOTHER, AND WHEN THEY HAVE DISCIPLINED HIM, HE WILL NOT OBEY THEM.

THEN HIS FATHER AND HIS MOTHER SHALL TAKE HOLD OF HIM AND BRING HIM TO THE ELDERS OF HIS CITY, AND TO THE GATE OF HIS PLACE,

AND THEY SHALL SAY TO THE ELDERS OF HIS CITY, THIS IS OUR SON, AND HE IS STUBBORN AND REBELLIOUS.  HE WILL NOT OBEY US, AND HE IS A GLUTTON AND A DRUNK.

AND ALL THE MEN OF HIS CITY SHALL STONE HIM WITH STONES THAT HE DIES.  SO SHALL YOU PUT EVIL AWAY FROM AMONG YOU, AND ALL ISRAEL SHALL HEAR AND FEAR.

AND I THOUGHT, THIS IS SEVERE PUNISHMENT.  HOWEVER THIS IS A RULING OF GOD.  BUT WHY?

I HAVE A COUPLE OF THOUGHTS.  THIS KID COULD GROW UP TO BE A MONSTER OF A HUMAN BEING.  THEREFORE THE LORD SAYS, SO SHALL YOU PUT EVIL AWAY FROM AMONG YOU, AND ALL ISRAEL SHALL HEAR AND FEAR.

ALSO, THE LORD SAYS, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER AS THE LORD YOUR GOD HAS COMMANDED YOU, THAT YOUR DAYS MAY BE PROLONGED, AND THAT IT MAY GO WELL WITH YOU IN THE LAND WHICH THE LORD YOUR GOD GIVES YOU.

CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE SON OR DAUGHTER WHO WILL NOT OBEY HIS FATHER OR HIS MOTHER ACCORDING TO THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD.

DEUTERONOMY 5.16, EXODUS 20.12

TODAY, IF A STUBBORN AND REBELLIOUS SON WHO IS A GLUTTON AND A DRUNK IS STONED TO DEATH BECAUSE HE DID NOT OBEY HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, THOSE THROWING THE STONES WOULD BE HAULED OFF TO JAIL.  THAT BEING THE LAW OF THE LAND.

GOD’S LAWS STAND FOREVER, AND THE SPOKEN WORD OF GOD IS LAW THAT NEVER CHANGES OR ENDS.  AND GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY.

ISAIAH 40.8, 1 PETER 1.23-25

FROM WHAT I READ IN THE BIBLE, JUST ABOUT EVERY PUNISHMENT THAT GOD HANDS OUT IS BECAUSE OF DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD, DISOBEYING THE SPOKEN WORD OF GOD WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE.

MESSIAH YESHUA TEACHES FROM TORAH, THE LAW OF MOSES TO ALL MANKIND THAT MAN DOES NOT LIVE BY BREAD ONLY BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF THE LORD DOES MAN LIVE.

THE BIBLE CONDEMNS DISOBEDIENCE TO THE SPOKEN WORD OF GOD.

DEUTERONOMY 8.3, MATTHEW 4.4, LUKE 4.4, EPHESIANS 2.2, EPHESIANS 5.6, COLOSSIANS 3.6, 1 TIMOTHY 1.9, 2 TIMOTHY 3.1-2, 1 PETER 2.7-8

WE HAVE PEOPLE TEACHING US THAT THE LAW OF MOSES IS ABOLISHED.  THAT IS TEACHING DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD.  BECAUSE THE LAW OF MOSES IS THE SPOKEN WORD OF GOD ALMIGHTY, THE GOD OF THE SPIRITS OF ALL FLESH.  NO ONE CAN ABOLISH THE LAW OF MOSES.  AND NO ONE CAN ABOLISH ONE WORD THAT GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE.

THE LIE THAT THE LAW OF MOSES IS ABOLISHED IS THE SAME LIE THAT THE SNAKE SAID TO EVE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN, YOU WILL SURELY NOT DIE IF YOU DISOBEY GOD.  ADAM AND EVE DIED BECAUSE THEY DISOBEYED GOD.  AND GOD CREATED ADAM AND EVE TO LIVE FOREVER.

GENESIS 3.4,22, GENESIS 5.5, NUMBERS 16.22

GOD COMMANDS THE CHILDREN TO OBEY THEIR PARENTS.  AND GOD COMMANDS EVERYONE TO OBEY HIM, THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.

YES, WHEN YOU HAVE FAITH IN MESSIAH YESHUA, YOU HAVE ATONEMENT FOR YOUR SINS.  YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN.  BUT THEN GOD REQUIRES YOU TO LIVE A HOLY AND GODLY LIFE IN OBEDIENCE TO EVERY WORD THAT GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE.  THAT IS HOLINESS AND GODLINESS, LIVING BY EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE.  AND THAT IS SALVATION.

GOD TEACHES THAT REPENTANCE IS TURNING FROM ALL YOUR SINS.  SIN IS BREAKING THE LAW OF MOSES. AND TURNING TO GOD BY OBEYING ALL HIS STATUTES, THE LAW OF MOSES, DOING THAT WHICH IS LAWFUL AND RIGHT.

BUT GOD SAYS, IF THE PERSON RETURNS TO HIS SIN AS THE UNGODLY WHO TRANSGRESS THE LAW OF MOSES, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS WILL BE FORGOTTEN IN HIS SIN THAT HE HAS SINNED.  THAT IS A VERY SERIOUS TEACHING.

EZEKIEL 18.19-24, 1 JOHN 3.4

GOD’S LAWS AND COMMANDMENTS, THAT IS EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE THAT INCLUDES THE LAW OF MOSES, ARE NOT DIFFICULT. 

1 JOHN 5.3, 1 JOHN 1.9

DEUTERONOMY 21.22-23  AND IF A MAN HAS COMMITTED A SIN WORTHY OF DEATH, AND HE IS PUT TO DEATH, AND YOU HANG HIM ON A TREE,

HIS BODY SHALL NOT REMAIN ALL NIGHT UPON THE TREE, BUT SURELY YOU SHALL BURY HIM THE SAME DAY, FOR IT IS A REPROACH TO GOD THAT THE LAND SHOULD NOT BE DEFILED WHICH THE LORD YOUR GOD GIVES YOU FOR AN INHERITANCE.

THE TITLE OF THIS MESSAGE IS, THE JOY OF OBEYING THE LORD YOUR GOD.

AND I THOUGHT THAT AFTER TEACHING ABOUT THE SIN OF DISOBEYING GOD, SUCH AS THE REBELLIOUS AND STUBBORN SON WHO DISOBEYS HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, AND IS STONED TO DEATH, AND THE MAN WHO COMMITS A SIN WORTHY OF DEATH, AND IS HUNG ON A TREE, AND OVERALL, THE BIBLE CONDEMNS DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD, PERHAPS A GOOD WAY TO CLOSE THIS MESSAGE IS FROM THE WORDS OF MESSIAH YESHUA TO THOSE WHO SIN, AND TO THOSE WHO ARE RIGHTEOUS.

MATTHEW 13.36-43

MESSIAH TOLD THIS PARABLE, SAYING, THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE A MAN WHO SOWED GOOD SEED IN HIS FIELD.  BUT WHILE MEN SLEPT, HIS ENEMY CAME AND SOWED TARES AMONG THE WHEAT, AND WENT HIS WAY.

BUT WHEN THE BLADE SPRUNG UP AND BROUGHT FORTH FRUIT, THEN THE TARES APPEARED ALSO.

THE TARES ARE FALSE GRAIN, NOXIOUS WEEDS.

SO THE SERVANTS OF THE HOMEOWNER CAME AND SAID TO HIM, SIR, DID YOU NOT SOW GOOD SEED IN YOUR FIELD?  FROM WHERE DID THE TARES COME FROM?  AND HE SAID TO THEM, AN ENEMY HAS DONE THIS.  AND THE SERVANTS SAID TO HIM, SHALL WE GO AND GATHER UP THE TARES?  BUT HE SAID, NO, LEST WHILE YOU GATHER UP THE TARES, YOU ROOT UP ALSO THE WHEAT WITH THEM.  LET THEM BOTH GROW TOGETHER UNTIL THE HARVEST, AND IN THE TIME OF HARVEST I WILL SAY TO THE REAPERS, FIRST GATHER THE TARES TOGETHER AND BIND THEM IN BUNDLES TO BURN THEM, BUT GATHER THE WHEAT INTO MY BARN.

AND MESSIAH’S DISCIPLES ASKED HIM TO EXPLAIN THE PARABLE.

AND MESSIAH SAID TO THEM, HE WHO SOWS THE GOOD SEED IS THE SON OF MAN.  THE SON OF MAN IS MESSIAH YESHUA, GOD ALMIGHTY.  THE FIELD IS THE WORLD.  THE GOOD SEED ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE KINGDOM, BUT THE TARES ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE WICKED ONE.  THE ENEMY THAT SOWED THE TARES IS THE DEVIL.  THE HARVEST IS THE END OF THE WORLD, AND THE REAPERS ARE THE ANGELS.

AS THE TARES ARE GATHERED AND BURNED IN THE FIRE, SO SHALL IT BE IN THE END OF THIS WORLD.  THE SON OF MAN SHALL SEND FORTH HIS ANGELS AND THEY WILL GATHER OUT OF HIS KINGDOM ALL THINGS THAT OFFEND, AND THEM WHICH DO INIQUITY.  THOSE WHO OFFEND AND DO INIQUITY ARE PEOPLE WHO SIN.  SIN IS TRANSGRESSING THE LAW OF MOSES.  AND THE SON OF MAN WILL CAST THEM INTO A FURNACE OF FIRE.  THERE SHALL BE WAILING AND GNASHING OF TEETH.

THEN SHALL THE RIGHTEOUS SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN IN THE KINGDOM OF THEIR FATHER.  WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR, MESSIAH SAID, LET HIM HEAR.

RIGHTEOUS IS A WORD THAT MEANS BEING RIGHT WITH GOD, BEING LAWFUL, AND HOLY.  AND THE ONLY WAY TO BE RIGHT WITH GOD, AND LAWFUL, AND HOLY IS NOT LIVING IN SIN BY BREAKING THE LAW OF MOSES, BUT RATHER LIVING YOUR LIFE IN OBEDIENCE TO THE LORD YOUR GOD ACCORDING TO EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE THAT INCLUDES THE LAW OF MOSES.  AND YOU WILL EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF OBEYING THE LORD YOUR GOD.

DEUTERONOMY 8.3, MATTHEW 4.4, LUKE 4.4, 1 JOHN 3.4

AND MESSIAH SAYS, THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN IN THE KINGDOM OF THEIR FATHER.  THE KINGDOM OF OUR FATHER IS NOT ONLY HEAVEN, BUT ALSO THE EARTH.  MEANING, A LOT OF WONDERFUL BLESSINGS WILL COME UPON YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ON THIS EARTH WHEN YOU ARE RIGHTEOUS; WHEN YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE ACCORDING TO EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE.  AND YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY WITH THE LORD YOUR GOD IN HEAVEN WHERE THERE WILL BE NO TEARS, OR DEATH, NOR SORROW, OR CRYING, OR PAIN, BUT EVERLASTING JOY AND GLADNESS.  FOR THE FORMER THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY.

THAT IS THE JOY OF OBEYING THE LORD YOUR GOD.

WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR. 

Shalom,

Ira Weinstein

www.bethelohenu.org

bethelohenu@gmail.com

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