14:1) For the Chief Musician. By David.
The fool has saod in his heart, ai???There is no `Elohiym.ai??? They are corrupt.
They have done abominable works. There is none who does good.
14:2) Yahua looked down from Heaven on the children of men,
To see if there were any who did understand, who seek after `Elohiym.
14:3) They have all gone aside. They have together become corrupt.
There is none who does good, no, not one.
14:4) Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge,
Who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call on Yahua?
14:5) There they were in great fear for Yahua is in the generation of the righteous.
14:6) You frustrate the plan of the poor because Yahua is his refuge.
14:7) Oh that the Salvation of Yisraai??i??el would come out of Tziyon!
When Yahua restores the the fortunes of His people, then Yaai??i??akov shall rejoice and Yisraai??i??el shall be glad.
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 Spirit.
In a much deeper sense, about eight years ago the Spirit 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 Spirit 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 Shaai??i??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 Spirit.
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 Spirit. Who, when doing wrong, has not had a moment of ai???conscienceai??i??? This is the Spirit 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 Spirit guide you through the Bible and you will surely find the answers to these questions and every other that Father through His Spirit 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 Spirit 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.
If you want to accept Fatherai??i??s offer of salvation through Messiah Yahshua, you need to ask Him in prayer along these lines. Use your own words but they must be genuine as Father knows our very hearts and nothing is hidden from Him.
ai???Father, I am a sinner who needs forgiveness through your Son, Messiah Yahshua. Please forgive me of all my past sins as I accept that, Messiah Yahshua my Saviour, has taken upon Himself my punishment. By your Spirit, help me to live a life worthy of His sacrifice. Thank you, Father, for making this way back to you.ai???Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??
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.
Pesach/Passover and Chag Matzah (Feast of Unleavened Bread) begin at sunset on Friday 22nd. April.
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.