To Hear and Obey

In this day and age there are many voices clamoring to be heard. Everyone has an answer and an opinion. But what if there were only one voice to be heard? Only one opinion? I along with other like minded people have been seeking, knocking and asking. For a surety there are two voices speaking in the world today. One voice is saying "take your life in your own hands as you see your own needs". The other voice is saying "give up your life, follow me, give me control of your life". The first voice mentioned here seems to be the most popular. So the obvious decision here is to hear the second voice "give up your life" and go with the minority. For with this voice if we follow will lead to a very narrow road. This road is not the scenic route either. Most maps will tell you that it doesn't even exist. In fact if you travel this path everyone around you will do everything in their power to get you off of it. I sincerely hope you have already made a decision to take this road, and since so few choose it may we see each other often in the fellowship on it. If you have not made this decision I pray that you would follow this journey. Shalom, Chris

Monday, July 5, 2010

Prodigal son's jealous brother? Y'hudah?

Luk 15:28 And He said to his father, Behold, how many years have i labored for you as help and never transgressed your commandment, yet during all this time you did not give me a goat that I might make merry with my friends. 30 But for this your son, after he has squandered your wealth with harlots and come home, you kill for him the fatted calf. 31 His father said to him, My son, you are always with me, and everything of mine is yours, 32 but it is right that we make merry and to rejoice because your brother was dead but is alive, and was lost but is found.

There have been several different teachings in regard to who this parable is referring to. As I have been seeing more and more that our Messiah taught with "Hebrew parables" this passage to me has been seen in a different light.
The Jewish people have lived a life hard beyond the measure of many nations. They have been persecuted in every land, murdered and hated by all. Yet there has always been a remnant that have carried The Word of YHWH. There has always been a remnant that has not forsaken His commandments. Does this sound at all like the "jealous brother". The House of Y'israel turned to other gods. Forgot His commandments, statutes and ordinances. In fact we don't even know who we are! I think one of the key things in the parable is the part were the wicked son says "verse 19 and therefore I am not worthy that I be called your son, Make me like one of your hired servants.
Many of us have a desire to return to YHWH'S land, the land of Y'israel. But if you are not of the tribe of Y'hudah then you may only make aliyah by becoming a "Jew". Going through the practices set by men in the form of Judaism. Then you may do whatever you like. Where is the return to YHWH'S land? To His Torah, and living in the land as He commanded. Instead the same sins are present in the land promised to the sons of Abraham.
I believe in scripture there is a recipe to return to The Land of Y'israel.
1. To earnestly seek YHWH in prayer and fasting and to hear from Him to go.
2. Rom 2:29 But that one is a Jew who is one secretly, and circumcision is that of the heart by the spirit and not by the letter only, whose praise is not from men but from Eloah.
3. This requires a servants heart, like the heart of our Messiah.

For under YHWH His word shall not return void.
Isaiah 11:12,13 And He will set up an ensign for the nations, and will assemble the dispersed of Y'israel, and gather together the scattered of Y'hudah from the four corners of the earth.
The envy also of Ephrayim shall depart, and they that harass Y'hudah shall be cut off; Efrayim shall not envy Y'hudah, and Y'hudah shall not vex Efrayim.

In the verses in Isaiah I see the wicked son repenting and returning, Y'hudah is not overjoyed because Efrayim had made her bed with the harlot. But because of Messiah that one who was dead is now alive, and was lost but now is found in Him!

Pray for the peace of Yerushalayim; Shalom, Chris

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