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

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

YHWH has sought Him a man after His own heart

The above title bears the words that were spoken of the future king of Yisrael. In my opinion also the greatest psalmist in scripture. In the previous post we looked at the definition of the Hebrew word "lev" which has been translated to heart in the english language. We see that the Hebrew definition of the word "lev" means "The Authority within". We looked at pharoah as an example of a wicked heart. But now we will at David, my favorite character in scripture after the Messiah. When people talk of David some people have a hard time. For great was the sin he committed with Bethsheva. Even unto the murder of Uriyah the hittite. Yet when confronted by Natan the prophet David has already been forgiven.

2Sa 12:13  And Daviḏ said to Nathan, “I have sinned against יהוה.” And Nathan said to Dawiḏ, “Also, יהוה has put away your sin, you shall not die.

Wait a minute, for in The Torah David should be put to death for just one of these sins. In fact those were David's own words.

2Sa 12:5  And the wrath of Daviḏ burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As יהוה lives, the man who has done this is a son of death!

What is so special about David that YHWH as in verse 13 has already put away David's sin. When Sha'ul the previous king transgressed the first time it was told him the kingdom would be taken from him.

1Sa 13:13  And Shemu’ĕl said to Sha’ul, “You have been foolish. You have not guarded the command of יהוה your Elohim, which He commanded you. For now יהוה would have established your reign over Yisra’ĕl forever.
1Sa 13:14  “But now, your reign is not going to stand. יהוה shall seek for Himself a man after His own heart1, and יהוה shall command him to be leader over His people, because you have not guarded what יהוה commanded you.

The above verse also has the entrance of David for the first time in The Scriptures. The above verse is also the one the Ruach HaKodesh has put upon my "lev"(heart).

The prophet Shemu'el is instructed to go to Yishai in 1 Sam 16:1. As always the father parades the oldest and strongest first all the way to the end of his sons. But none of them is YHWH'S anointed, until. The one who was keeping the sheep is brought in.

1Sa 16:7  But יהוה said to Shemu’ĕl, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him, for not as man sees, for man looks at the eyes, but יהוה looks at the heart.”

1Sa 16:11  And Shemu’ĕl said to Yishai, “Are these all the young men?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and see, he is tending the sheep.” And Shemu’ĕl said to Yishai, “Send and bring him, for we do not turn round till he comes here.”
1Sa 16:12  And he sent and brought him in. And he was ruddy, withal of beautiful eyes, and goodly to look upon. And יהוה said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is the one!”

Contrary to many beliefs David was not a little boy either, he was a young man.

1Sa 16:18  And one of the servants answered and said, “Look, I have seen a son of Yishai the Bĕyth Leḥemite, that is skillful in playing, and a mighty man of valour, and a man of war, and skilled in words, and a handsome man. And יהוה is with him.”

Why was YHWH with David? Was it because he was a handsome man? 1 Sam 16:7 tells us YHWH looks on the heart, so no. Was it because he was a man of war. For surely he was skilled in combat. He killed Goliath, a man who made all of the men of Y'israel tremble. Surely it was not for this.
We may not ever know why YHWH forgave David his sin and allowed him to live but perhaps this is why.

Psa 3:2  Many are saying of me, “There is no deliverance for him in Elohim.” Selah.
Psa 3:3  But You, O יהוה, are a shield for me, My esteem, and the One lifting up my head.
Psa 3:4  I cried to יהוה with my voice, And He heard me from His set-apart mountain. Selah.
Psa 3:5  I, I laid down and slept; I awoke, for יהוה sustained me.

Psa 4:7  You have put more gladness in my heart, Than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
Psa 4:8  I lie down in peace altogether, and sleep; For You alone, O יהוה, make me dwell in safety.

Psa 5:11  But let all who take refuge in You rejoice; Let them ever shout for joy, because You shelter them; And let those who love Your Name exult in You.
Psa 5:12  For You bless the righteous, O יהוה; You surround him with favour as with a shield.

Psa 18:1  I love You, O יהוה, My strength.
Psa 18:2  יהוה is my rock and my stronghold and my deliverer; My Ěl is my rock, I take refuge in Him; My shield and the horn of my deliverance, my high tower.
Psa 18:3  I call upon יהוה, the One to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies.

Probably the most well known psalm.

Psa 23:1  יהוה is my shepherd; I do not lack.
Psa 23:2  He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters.
Psa 23:3  He turns back my being; He leads me in paths of righteousness For His Name’s sake.
Psa 23:4  When I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil. For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psa 23:5  You spread before me a table in the face of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Psa 23:6  Only goodness and kindness follow me All the days of my life; And I shall dwell in the House of יהוה, To the length of days!

The point:

David was whole-heartedly devoted to YHWH. There was definately a deep personal relationship between them. But I do not believe that was all. In The Scriptures we have many examples of men and women who loved YHWH with all their heart, mind and strength. But I believe they were poured out so to speak. They were poured out as examples for those who would come after them. There is always a pattern (cycle) in The Scriptures.

Heb 11:13  In belief all these died, not having received the promises, but seeing them from a distance, welcomed and embraced them, and confessed that they were aliens and strangers on the earth.
Heb 11:16  and behold they decide that which is more excellent and set-apart and heavenly is this Elohim.  Therefore Elohim is not ashamed to be called their Elohim, for He has prepared a city for them.
Heb 11:24  By belief, Mosheh, having become great, refused to be called the son of the daughter of Pharaoh,
Heb 11:25  choosing rather to be afflicted with the people of Elohim than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a time,
Heb 11:26  deeming the reproach of Messiah greater riches than the treasures in Mitsrayim, for he was looking to the reward.
Heb 11:32  And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to relate of Gidʽon and Baraq and Shimshon and Yiphtaḥ, also of Dawiḏ and Shemu’ĕl and the prophets,
Heb 11:33  who through belief, overcame reigns, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
Heb 11:34  quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became mighty in battle, put foreign armies to flight.
Heb 11:35  Women received back their dead by resurrection. And others were tortured, not accepting release, to obtain a better resurrection.
Heb 11:36  And others had trial of mockings and floggings and more, of chains and imprisonment.
Heb 11:37  They were stoned, they were tried, they were sawn in two, they were slain with the sword. They went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being in need, afflicted, mistreated,
Heb 11:38  of whom the world was not worthy – wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes of the earth.
Heb 11:39  And having obtained witness through the belief, all these did not receive the promise,
Heb 11:40  Elohim having provided what is better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

I believe ours is a battle like theirs, one fought till our knees are bloody. The world has dimmed our sight and made us to follow after her. But all those who are truly born of Mashiach and desire after Him, will not be ashamed. The world puts us up as a mockery any who will "dance in the streets" praising YHWH our Elohim. All of the "men and women of "emunah (faith)" the world has tried to strip from our memory. So let us remember The Mashiach Yeshua and the example he has made. For surely there was never a truer or purer heart than His!

No more will we trust in the ways of this world. But rather we will walk with our heart after our Elohim. Only then will we be able to be offered up as a burnt offering that is pleasing to YHWH. It is not about us and our needs anymore but rather a generation of children who don't follow after "gods who are not gods". Instead we will have children who because they have their hearts on YHWH Elohim, will have their steps ordered by Him.

I have seen a wonderful blog that my wife has "joined" to., the title is Messianic keepers at home.
Women who are seeking to walk with YHWH in the home and training their children to walk with YHWH.
It is time for men to be Messianic messengers to the world in our workplaces and everywhere we go.
                                                            Shalom in Messiah Yeshua

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Definition of heart (Wholehearted)

              The word heart. We know it's an organ that pumps blood. Yet this word appears over 800 times in The Scriptures. I haven't searched out every one of those, but I haven't been able to find even 1 that fits the definition above. If you were to look up the definition you might get any number of things. Here are the Strong's concordance definitions.

1) inner man, mind, will, heart, understanding
a) inner part, midst
1) midst (of things)
2) heart (of man)
3) soul, heart (of man)
4) mind, knowledge, thinking, reflection, memory
5) inclination, resolution, determination (of will)
6) conscience
7) heart (of moral character)
8) as seat of appetites
9) as seat of emotions and passions
10) as seat of courage

Wow, so many different things. So how are we to know which one applies? I guess it would be up to interpretation.
In Hebrew the word is so much more simple in the picture it shows. There are only 2 letters, the lamed and the bet. Here is what they look like in paleo-Hebrew.
From right to left, the lamed is the picture of a shepards staff and represents authority.
The second letter is the picture of a house and represents the idea of being inside as the family resides within the tent. When combined they mean "the authority within"

So now we will look at it in the context of scripture. First looking at an evil or wicked heart.

Gen 6:5  And יהוה saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Jer 17:9  “The heart is crooked above all, and desperately sick – who shall know it?
Jer 17:10  “I, יהוה, search the heart, I try the kidneys, and give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.
Jer 7:24  “But they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in the counsels, in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.
Jer 16:12  ‘And you have done more evil than your fathers, for look, each one walks according to the stubbornness of his own evil heart, without listening to Me.
Jer 18:12  But they shall say, “It is no use! For we walk according to our own plans, and we do each one the stubbornness of his evil heart.
Jer 23:17  “They keep on saying to those who despise Me, ‘יהוה has said you shall have peace.’ And to all who walk according to the stubbornness of their own heart they say, ‘No evil comes upon you.’ ”

The Strongs definitions to me don't really work here. But i believe the Ancient Hebrew does. These people who are described here refuse to recognize YHWH as the "authority within"

In this study there is one person who I am going to focus on here, and that is Pharoah.

Exo 4:21  And יהוה said to Mosheh, “As you go back to Mitsrayim, see that you do all those wonders before Pharaoh which I have put in your hand. But I am going to harden his heart, so that he does not let the people go.
Exo 7:13  And Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he did not listen to them, as יהוה had said.

In regards to this story the word "leb(heart) appears 21 times from Ex 4:21 to Ex 14:8. Anyone who has read these passages over and over in the Torah portions should know that YHWH was judging the "gods who are not gods" of Egypt. Pharaoh wanted instead to be worshiped as the authority that he believed came from himself. I wanted to get this part out of the way to go on to the beautiful pictures that YHWH has put in His Word for those who desire to be "wholehearted" unto Him. To love Him with all their heart (leb), soul and might. So for next time "a man after YHWH'S own heart".  Shalom

Saturday, August 6, 2011


                  This post will be fairly short. It has been 5 months since I have written a post. I had promised to write a followup to "Messiah is our pesach", but I could not. I originally wrote it in response to an ugly exchange between some people in regards to what should be done on this feast day. I am zealous for the things of YHWH and wanted to put the scriptures up for those who used so many of their own words. But my definition of zealous and YHWH'S definition are two different things. The Ruach Hakodesh would not let me write anymore. For He has shown me there is a fine line between being zealous and being judgemental.

Jas 2:13  For the judgment is without chesed(kindness) to the one who has shown no chesed. And chesed boasts over judgment.

Furthermore YHWH has impressed upon my heart the need  to be "WHOLEHEARTED" unto Him. As I have found, I have not been as wholehearted as I thought I was. Once upon a time I was wholehearted to Him.

The first day that I recognized Him and came to Him on my knees; I was filthy and broken, not really sure if He would take me. For surely I was the worst to ever come to Him. He embraced me on that day and cleansed me from within. Instead of condemning me as the trash I was, He embraced me. I felt something extremely heavy lift off my shoulders and for the first time I truly could breathe. Simply put He loved me and I loved Him. He has proven Himself time and again to me. He truly is faithful and yet I am not. If we forget that first moment do we lose something? , As I read the Scriptures I felt I had. I praise YHWH that He has shown kindness towards me and gives me the opportunity to return to my first love, Him. For this I believe is the whole of the Scriptures
"To return to YHWH and LOVE Him".

Today in this world we live in many people will say that there are many ways to come to YHWH. They will also say that their way is the best way. I know that my example has not been the "best way". There is only one way to The Father and that is through The Messiah. His way is the best and only way to The Father. He has given us the desire to be pure and wholehearted unto Him. But will we be swayed and play the harlot with other gods who are not gods at all? I do not want to be sidetracked anymore. The time is short, The Ruach Hakodesh is calling for a people to be set apart unto YHWH, the enemy wants to weaken our resolve and keep us from being wholehearted and pure. I speak mainly to the men. It is time fall down on our faces, we are the leaders of our families! Let us look unto YHWH our Yasha(saviour) and be a people that are wholehearted to the end of our days. I will be going into The Scriptures on future posts on this subject as YHWH leads.
                                                                           Shalom and chesed to you, Chris