We are continuing our study in Genesis 12.1-3 when the Lord God called Abraham out of the Nations. And the Lord called Abraham for a reason. To be the father and ancestor of Judaism, a people who would become God’s Chosen People and His Witnesses.
And sometimes it’s not an easy assignment to be a witness for the Living God, the God of Israel. Sometimes it’s just plain tough, whether we are Jewish or not Jewish telling others the truth about God; everything we know about the Lord and everything we have been taught about God from the Bible.
Here is the truth from the Written Word of God in the Tnakh (OLd Testament) and New Testament. Yeshua is the Messiah. He is the God of Creation and He is the Holy Spirit. And God’s Law is the truth and His Commandments are righteous and are to be observed and obeyed by all mankind. And too often the truth is not received, and it sometimes hurts.
Yeshua said in Matthew 4.4, Man shall not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Paul wrote in Romans 1.25 of men who changed the truth of God into a lie. Daniel wrote in Daniel 7.25 about a man who will attempt to change God’s Times and Laws. The change has been fatally made. Most people have changed God’s Laws and Times but Psalm 2.4 reads. He that sits in the Heavens shall laugh at them and rebuke them. While Proverbs 28.4 reads, They that forsake the Law praise the wicked, but such as keep the Law contend with them.
Telling the truth about God, even living a Godly life can be met with much opposition at times. It can be difficult and painful. Even divisive with family and friends and others because the lies have been taught and lived for some 1800 years and are accepted today as truth. It’s sad.
This morning’s teaching, I hope, will be a teaching of understanding and hopefully, a teaching of encouragement for all of us who believe in Messiah and live our lives according to God’s Commandments and Laws. So let’s get started.
There are times we are tested by God to see if we will obey His Commandments
or not. And those tests may be tough.
Other times we are rejected outright because of our belief in Messiah Yeshua and because we tell the truth about God.
John 7.7, Romans 8.17, 2Timothy 3.12
Abraham had his own problems as well.
But first, let’s look at the foundation of belief.
Believing in the Lord God and Messiah Yeshua.
Believed comes from the Hebrew word Ah mar; Meaning,
Faithful, loyal, true to God, dedicated to God, devoted,
committed, trusting, dependable, reliable, established and
right. And that’s counted as righteousness.
Righteousness – Tseh dah kah; Means Right with God.
Abraham obeyed God. He obeyed God’s instructions, His
Commandments, His Statutes and His Laws.
That is the bedrock of belief in Messiah Yeshua.
Belief in Messiah and obedience to God’s Laws.
John 14.15-16, 1John 2.3, 1John 3.4, 1John 5.3.
Back to Abraham’s tsuris or troubles for being a man of God.
Abraham’s wife Sarah was taken by Pharaoh until the Lord
And later on, God tested Abraham with a mighty test.
Genesis 22.1-2, 10-12
Keep this in mind. God never changes. He never changes
His Word or Laws or Covenants or anything He speaks.
Hear the words of Peter and Shaul, Paul.
1Peter 4.12-14, 1Corinthians 10.13
Jacob was hated by his brother Easu who wanted to kill him.
And Jacob was a man of God. The Lord says that he was
perfect and gentle and upright meaning he obeyed God.
Plain – the Hebrew word is Tahm, Meaning perfect, gentle
Genesis 27.41, Romans 9.13, Psalm 1.1-6
Joseph, Jacob’s eleventh son, a great man of God, had
his troubles as well.
Genesis 37.3-4, Genesis 39.20, Genesis 50.15-21
The Disciples and Apostles of Messiah loved Him and they
obeyed the Commandments and Laws of God. And they too
experienced troubles from time to time. It’s part of the walk,
so don’t be surprised.
John 17.6, Acts 5.17-20, 27-29, 32-42, Luke 6.26,
Those who truly love God in word and deed obey Him.
The Prophets were not exempt from opposition.
1Kings 22.5-8, 26-27, Jeremiah 38.6,
Numbers 16.1-4, Isaiah 53.3
Yes, there can be pain and sorrow in our walk with the Lord.
It’s to be expected because we must share in the sufferings
of Messiah, even as the Prophets, the Disciples and the
Apostles experienced grief. But the rewards are abundant
with blessings and eternal life.
Romans 8.18, Matthew 24.11-13, James 1.25,
So in conclusion:
At times our walk with the Lord is difficult. We will have
troubles and tribulations in our lives because of our
belief in Messiah and our obedience to God’s
Commandments. But the rewards are Blessings and Salvation.
We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Messiah in Heaven.
Many of our tribulations are trials from the Lord to see if we
will obey Him or not. And the Lord will never give us more then
we can handle. He will end it.
Other problems will come because you are not obeying God
and His Laws, and perhaps He will not end the grief until you
begin to obey Him.
But it’s important to know, the Blessings and Eternal Rewards
are to those who Love God and Messiah and delight in the
Law of the Lord.
Shalom. Ira Weinstein