58:1) For the Chief Musician. To the tune “Do Not Destroy.”
A miktam by David.
58:2) Do you indeed speak righteousness, silent ones?
Do you judge blamelessly, you sons of men?
58:3) No, in your heart you plot injustice.
You measure out the violence of your hands in the earth.
58:4) The wicked go astray from the womb.
They are wayward as soon as they are born, speaking lies.
58:5) Their poison is like the poison of a snake;
Like a deaf cobra that stops its ear,
58:6) Which does not listen to the voice of charmers,
No matter how skillful the charmer may be.
58:7) Break their teeth, `Elohiym, in their mouth.
Break out the great teeth of the young lions, Yahua.Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??
58:8) Let them vanish as water that flows away.
When they draw the bow, let their arrows be made blunt.
58:9) Let them be like a snail which melts and passes away,
Like the stillborn child, who has not seen the sun.
58:10) Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns,
He will sweep away the green and the burning alike.
58:11) The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance.
He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked;
58:12) So that men shall say, “Most assuredly there is a reward for the righteous.
Most assuredly there is an `Elohiym who judges the earth.”
Do right not through fear of the Law but in service to Messiah.
When I came back from Canada (where both my wife and I found Salvation through Messiah Yahshua), I immediately got a job as a Marine Superintendent in a local shipping company. A major part of the work was travelling to various ports around the country visiting vessels as they arrived at their berths. This meant that a lot of the time, I was fighting against tight deadlines. In rushing around, I was conscious that I was speeding. My foot was hard down on the accelerator pedal with the car going slower up hills and faster going down.
I was reminded of the Scripture, ai???Therefore subject yourselves to every ordinance of man for Yahuaai??i??s sake: whether to the king, as supreme:ai??? (1 Peter 2:13). The Spirit convicted me and so I applied this to my driving. So long as the law did not contravene Scripture, it is required of Believers to obey the law. I no longer intentionally speed, not because I am worried about the penalty, but in obedience to the Ruach.
In a much deeper sense, about eight years ago the Ruach told me to ai???…by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh, and may save some of them.ai??? (Rom. 11:14). After asking how I was to accomplish this, the Ruach told me that I must keep all relevant Laws. This was not to earn my salvation; my salvation was already assured through my faith in the work of Messiah Yahshua. These Laws are the Written Law (Bible, Scripture) and not the Oral Law (man-made opinions, traditions).
Rav Sha`ul (Paul) fulfilled the above passage and was encouraging Gentiles to witness to the Jews in order to ai???provoke to jealousyai??i??. This means to incite the non-Believing Jews to emulate the Gentiles that were capable of fulfilling the applicable Torah. The two matters that the Jewish non-Believers lacked that Believers (both Jewish and Gentile) have in order to comply with Torah was the knowledge of the Risen Messiah and the indwelling Set Apart Ruach.
Not all Laws were applicable to all people, at all times in all places so it needs individual study to find those personally relevant. This is one of the reasons that this Service is published on the Shabbat, to remember and keep it set apart. It is vitally important to let the Spirit teach this and not rely on man-made commentaries. As with next week, Pesach/Passover begins on Friday sunset, there are many traditions (Pesach Seder) that, in themselves are not wrong but are not Biblically mandated. Nevertheless there are mandatory regulations that must be observed (remove all leaven, not to eat leavened bread). Pesach is also an observed Shabbat irrespective of the day of the week it falls. It is just a coincidence that Pesach this year also falls on the weekly Shabbat.
I have had trouble in ai???Churchesai??i?? that I have attended in the past because people thought that I was leading them back into legalism/Judaism. Their preconceived prejudices would not listen to the rationale behind my decision; that was to emulate my Master and please Father. He kept the Law without breaking any, unlike me that fails often. However, because of what He did for me, I have a way back when I repent and seek Fatherai??i??s forgiveness in the Name of Messiah Yahshua.
ai???Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.ai??? (Matt. 5:16). The Masterai??i??s ai???good worksai??i?? (Torah observance) were not to ensure His salvation, but to glorify His Father. Messiah Yahshua came to reveal the Father and He did this by showing how all Scripture points to Messiah, and through Him, reveals Father. He did not keep the Law to avoid the ultimate penalty. Ironically, it was He that faithfully obeyed all Torah that was crucified (sacrificed) paying the ultimate price for all Mankind.
Even non-Believers are partially Torah observant. Many honour their fathers and mothers, not bearing false witness, not committing adultery and certainly not doing murder. Although not knowing it, this is part of the work of the Ruach. Who, when doing wrong, has not had a moment of ai???conscienceai??i??? This is the Ruach convicting a person of the sin in the act. What then of the ai???voiceai??i?? that reminds us of our mortality and questions whether there is something after this life? This voice may be ignored but will not go away. What about each coffin that passes us in the streets? Or what about things on a grander scale; is there a Creator or is all just an accident of science? Why are we all here or is all just a random gathering of molecules?
ai???You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and these are they which testify about me.ai??? (John 5:39). Scripture answers all these questions. Let the Ruach guide you through the Bible and you will surely find the answers to these questions and every other that Father through His Ruach causes to come to mind.
ai???and saying, ai???The time is fulfilled and the Kingdom of Father Yahua is at hand! Repent and believe in the Good News.ai??? (Mark 1:15). Your time has been fulfilled. Now is the time to repent and believe what Messiah Yahshua, our Saviour, has done for us.
ai???For the Law [repent and believe] of the Spirit of life in Messiah Yahshua made me free from the law of sin and death.ai??? (Rom.8:2). This same Ruach will draw you to Messiah. All that is required is that you acknowledge Messiah Yahshua, confess your wrong-doing and turn back to Father, believe that Messiah has paid the penalty for your transgressions and give thanks and praise for your eternal salvation.
Do what is right, right now!
Do not let Messiahai??i??s death be wasted in your life.
Father, we thank you for the power of your Word and that Word was made flesh in Messiah Yahshua so that in believing in His Life, Death and Resurrection we may have eternal life with you.
Counting of the Omer – 4
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.