- The people cry out for truth that fills the soul
- What has happened to us?
- What will last in eternity?
- Special Grace
The people cry out for truth that fills the soul:
It is time for us to cry out for truth that fills the soul. We look for truth everywhere but at the feet of the Creator. Today, in Europe and North America we are pressured to embrace many false-deities.
So is it any wonder that a majority of us (Yehudim) are agnostics and atheists?
What has happened to us?
First, in the secular and materialistic cultures of Europe and North America we (Jews) are expected to replace the worship of Adonai with self-worship, materialism, and the physical world around us (nature).
Second, we are expected to worship man and nature. In worshipping man and nature we must worship: the government; business; and sex. The only thing we are encouraged not to do is worship Adonai Avinu.
Third, we are taught by the (secular) intellectual elites that we must never believe in absolutes. Everything is relative. Don’t be absolute about anything; especially the truth. Don’t teach that there is one Supreme Being who loves justice. If we insist on such beliefs we are told we must be very private about them. Talk about God in private.
Fourth, if we do speak the D’var HaShem in the public square we are treated as if we are “disturbing the peace” or practicing “hate speech.” Apparently in the upside down world of modern secular humanism talking about the real God of the Hebrew Scriptures is injurious to shalom (peace) because communicating the moral truths of God is now considered “hate speech.” So we are taught never to speak truth to others about our mutual (universal) need to fear, reverence, and love Adonai. If you do such a (horrible) thing as speak such truth you will at the least be ridiculed and censured; and if you persist in doing such an impolite thing in Europe (after you have been warned not to) then you will even be put in prison and you will remain there until you are thoroughly willing to submit and conform.
What will last in eternity:
אֲבָל כַּאֲשֶׁר יִמְסְרוּ אֶתְכֶם אַל תִּדְאֲגוּ אֵיךְ וּמַה תְּדַבְּרוּ, כִּי בְּאוֹתָהּ שָׁעָה יִנָּתֵן לָכֶם מַה לּוֹמַר; שֶׁכֵּן לֹא אַתֶּם תְּדַבְּרוּ, אֶלָּא רוּחַ אֲבִיכֶם הִיא אֲשֶׁר תְּדַבֵּר בָּכֶם. פ
אבל כאשר ימסרו אתכם אל תדאגו איך ומה תדברו, כי באותה שעה ינתן לכם מה לומר; שכן לא אתם תדברו, אלא רוח אביכם היא אשר תדבר בכם. פ
But when they hand you over [deliver you to the government authorities], do not worry about how or what you are to say (your speech) because at that time you will be given what to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your *Father (רוּחַ אֲבִיכֶם) who speaks in you.
*Adonai Avinu (אָבִ֣ינוּ אָ֑תָּה).
So what are we to do in the presence of such strong social pressures and a preponderance of God phobias? We have to speak the truth anyway! (1, 2) The truth is that only the things we do in this life for the Creator’s purposes will last into eternity. If we live to please Adonai Avinu and not ourselves and/or secular society, then we will experience a hope that will never disappoint and a joy (שִׂמְחָה) and peace (שָׁלוֹם) that transcends all understanding:
אך לא זאת בלבד; אנחנו מתהללים גם בצרות, שכן יודעים אנו כי הצרה מביאה לידי סבלנות, והסבלנות לידי עמידה בנסיון, ועמידה בנסיון לידי תקוה. והתקוה אינה מכזיבה, כי אהבת אלוהים הוצקה לתוך לבנו על-ידי רוח הקדש שנתנה לנו. פ
אַךְ לֹא זֺאת בִּלְבַד; אֲנַחְנוּ מִתְהַלְּלִים גַּם בַּצָּרוֹת, שֶׁכֵּן יוֹדְעִים אָנוּ כִּי הַצָּרָה מְבִיאָה לִידֵי סַבְלָנוּת, וְהַסַּבְלָנוּת לִידֵי עֲמִידָה בְּנִסָּיוֹן, וַעֲמִידָה בַּנִּסָּיוֹן לִידֵי תִּקְוָה. וְהַתִּקְוָה אֵינָהּ מַכְזִיבָה, כִּי אַהֲבַת אֱלֹהִים הוּצְקָה לְתוֹךְ לִבֵּנוּ עַל־יְדֵי רוּחַ הַקֺּדֶשׁ שֶׁנִּתְּנָה לָנוּ. פ
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations (בַּצָּרוֹת-troubles, anguish, distress, misfortune; especially when brought about by evil), because we know (by experience) that trouble leads to patience (סַבְלָנוּת); and the patience (הַסַּבְלָנוּת) opens the hand (לִידֵי-indicating power, means, direction) to proven character (עֲמִידָה בְּנִסָּיוֹן-“standing” in times of trouble in a manner that “complies” with the will of God), and proven character opens the hand (לִידֵי) to hope (תִּקְוָה-literally a cord of expectation); and the hope (הַתִּקְוָה-the cord of expectation) does not disappoint (אֵינָהּ מַכְזִיבָה-does not lie or deceive), because the love of God (אַהֲבַת אֱלֹהִים) has been poured out (הוּצְקָה) *to the very center of our hearts (לְתוֹךְ לִבֵּנוּ) through the open Hand (power, means, and direction) from above (עַל־יְדֵי) of the Spirit of the Holy One (רוּחַ הַקֺּדֶשׁ), who was given to us (שֶׁנִּתְּנָה לָנוּ). [*poured out by the Father whose very Presence Indwells the center of our hearts forever; cf. “Healing withered hand of man;” יָּד הָאָב-Yad HaAv, Hand of the Father)
So during this celebration of Purim: do not submit to the world. Do not conform to the world. Don’t let the materialists and the secularists drown any more of our children in the Nile of the world’s foolish rebellion and censorship of God. Do not love the world system of today’s wicked twenty-first century Pharaohs and Hamans. Like Esther and Mordecai our heavenly Father has called for us (the nation and people of Israel) to stand and resist evil with good. Knowing this: that our faith in the power, means, and guidance of the Spirit of the Holy One shall (in His time) gain us a complete victory over the world. For it is written:
שכן כל הנולד מאת אלוהים מנצח את העולם. וזהו הנצחון המנצח את העולם – אמונתנו. פ
Who is the one who conquers (הַמְנַצֵּחַ-permanently excels) the world system (הָעוֹלָם), only he who believes (הַמַּאֲמִין) that Yeshua is the ben Ha-Elohim (בֶּן־הָאֱלֹהִים).
Only the special grace of the heavenly Father can revive the souls of our people. It is one thing for Avinu Shebashamayim to tolerate our aloofness (and rebellion) and still let us enjoy the good material things of His creation (common grace). It is another thing for Him to “deliver us from evil” (special grace). Deliverance from evil (overcoming evil) requires more than tolerance. It requires painful discipline (training). We must undergo constant training to bend our will to the will of our Righteous Father. Therefore, we should not willfully reject the will of our Father in heaven and be content only to receive His tolerance. It would be a tragedy to do so. For to never be subject to the discipline of Adonai Avinu (our Father) would lead to our never being blessed with the peaceable fruit of His Righteousness. For to refuse our Father’s discipline is the same as renouncing that we are His sons and daughter. Such behavior is the sin of Esau that he “despised his birthright” (cf. Isaac and Ishmael; Jacob and Esau; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Therefore, to receive our (Israel’s) full inheritance as sons and daughters of Adonai (the LORD) we must embrace the discipline of Adonai our Father; and the discipline (work of Adonai Avinu) is for us to hear, understand and obey M’shicho (His Messiah) whom He has sent:
זֶהוּ פֺּעַל הָאֱלֹהִים – שֶׁתַּאֲמִינוּ בָּזֶה אֲשֶׁר הוּא שָׁלַח. פ
“This is the work of God—to build up our faith in the one whom He has sent.”
Only faith in the Messiah sent from heaven by the Father of Mercies (Avi HaRachamim) can deliver us from our sins. And only the eternal gift of the Holy Spirit can transform us so that one day we might bring about the return of our Messiah to Israel (from heaven). Then will our Messiah usher in the permanent rule of the Kingdom of Adonai here on earth.