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Great Mercies, Great Sins, and Reconciliation

Written by Sharon Swidor. Posted in

“Listen O my people, to my instruction, incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable, I will utter dark sayings (riddles, indicate sayings with 'deeper meaning', or 'teachings with a point') of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not conceal them from their children, but tell to the generations to come the praises of YAHWEH, and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done. For He established a testimony (witness) in Jacob and appointed a law (Torah) in Israel, which He commanded our fathers that they should teach them to their children, that the generations to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, that they should put their confidence in Elohim and not forget the works of Elohim, but keep (guard) His commandments, and not be like their fathers, a stubborn (to turn away, backslide) and rebellious (disobedient) generation, a generation that did not prepare (established or fixed) its heart (inner man, mind, will, understanding) and whose spirit was not faithful to Elohim (not on serving Him). The sons of Ephraim were archers equipped with bows, Yet they turned back in the day of battle. They did not keep the covenant of Elohim and refused (were unwilling) to walk in His Torah (instruction). They forgot (ignored, cease to care for) His deeds and His miracles that He had shown them.” Psalm 78:1-11 Emphasis mine.

Does this sound familiar? It reminds me of the days we are living in. Great mercies Elohim bestows on His people, yet we (as a nation, people) continue to provoke Him by turning our back on Him when we choose not to walk in His ways. Let me ask: Do His instructions seem to ‘burdensome for us?’ In 1 John 5:3 we are told, “For this is the love of Elohim, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments ARE NOT burdensome.” The one who says he loves Elohim, yet walks in a lifestyle of disobedience to His commandments, is one who walks in darkness and there is no light in him. Yet many believers today, and it appears it happened in the past, will tell you they need not be burdened by the commandments of Elohim. John insists they are not burdensome though. Why? The commandments of Elohim are wise and good for instruction, keeping us from disobedience to Him and His ways. Wisdom and goodness are a gift from Abba to show us the best and most fulfilling life possible. Elohim’s commands are the ‘Creator’s handbook’ if you will, for a blessed life; He tells us what to do because he knows what’s best for us! So simple, yet we make it so hard. Because we have been given this good gift, by instinct our desire should be to please our Father. It’s how we show Him we love and honor Him. These commandments have been written on our hearts, not done away with, like many are teaching! Read Jeremiah 31:31-34. His commandments must not be compared to ‘religious rules’ that man makes up. When we walk in obedience to Elohim, it’s a lot harder to sin. When we really love Elohim our heart's desire will be to obey Him and please Him! Why? He wrote it on the hearts of those who truly love Him.

Shalom, shalom.

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