God’s special people, the Jews, were chosen and blessed by the Creator, The great I am, when He looked upon Abram. (whose name was later changed to Abraham,) was told to leave his country to a new place where God would choose. It was there there that Jehovah God decreed that he would make Abraham’s name great. Indeed, Abraham became a great and blessed nation! What a glorious beginning.
So, from the time of Abraham, all the successive prophets and great men and women of God, His people, Israel was blessed….as long as they kept covenant with God.
Sadly Israel had her share of covenant breakers, beginning with King Saul’s rebellion-disobedience regarding God’s protocol. His act so grieved God, that God told the prophet Samuel that he was taking the kingdom from Saul and giving it to someone better than him. Samuel said, ” You have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you as king over Israel!” So, Israels’ glorious destiny was changed. because the Israelite’s insisted on having a king over them, even over than Yahweh. God allowed them to suffer the consequence of their decision. They tolerated the ungodly weaknesses and idol worship of their kings and priests which led them into captivity and bondage.
King after king brought corruption and judgments over God’s people But the Lord consistently gave mercy and grace and by sending His prophets to correct and guide with His divine wisdom and counsel. During one of the most lawless periods, the time of the judges God once again rescued His people through deliverers such as Othniel, Shamgar, Deborah, Gideon and Sampson. Then came the silent years, a period of four hundred years where no word of God was given and lasted from the ministry of Malachi (circa 430 BC) to the arrival of Jesus.
Israel went through great suffering and bondage because of their rebellion and disobeying God’s commandments. Eventually all the world and its people followed suit, resulting in a world pining in sin, sorrow and utter darkness. Even with Orthodox Jews adhering strictly to the law. nothing changed. The spiritual atmosphere and destiny of all people was thoroughly contaminated and stalled. No matter how diligently worshipers followed the commandments, sin prevailed. The law did nothing to diminish evil, greed, violence and murder. Wonderfully, there still remained faithful saints who cherished and yearned for the fulfillment of old testament prophesies regarding the coming of Messiah. Devoted worshipers like Simeon and Anna waited for decades to behold their Messiah. One transcendent day Holy Spirit revealed to Simeon that he would not die before seeing Messiah. Imagine his exhilaration upon seeing Mary and Joseph bringing Yashuah Jesus to be consecrated! Imagine Anna, well into her eighties and after many decades of fasting, praying and believing that she would also live to see the birth of her salvation. Isaiah 61.
Fast forward to 2016. Despite prophecy being fulfilled long ago, through the birth, death and resurrection of of our Lord Yashuah HaMashiach, many Hebrew roots people and even evangelical Christians are still adhering to the law in a legalistic manner. They still grope for their righteousness through the fulfilling of keeping the law. How Father Jehovah must grieve that after His greatest act of love, allowing His only begotten Son to suffer humiliation and torture and death to redeem His creation, many are still thinking they could earn their righteousness through adherence to the law, (and coercing their disciples and mentees to follow suit).
How do we, once and for all, acknowledge and revere with full certainty, the preeminence, Yashuah Jesus’ completed redemption?
Let’s take at look at Mose’s relationship with Jehovah. Moses, was not only a prophet, but was a friend of God and intimately acquainted with His heavenly Father’s person. God ordained Moses to present the law to his children, Israel. Moses had such a high standing that he was revered as one of the greatest servants of God of all time. He was so revered, in fact, that the people almost would have elevated his legacy to a god position. The Bible speaks of Satan arguing about Moses body. Jude 1:9 Who knows whether satan may have directed the people to memorialize Moses body and cause them to sin against the Lord with his own servant.
But God set them all straight. Lets join up with Jesus and His disciples as they went up to a mountain to pray. Jesus became as a blinding flash of lightening and Moses and Elijah appeared. Peter, John and James were so awestruck as the men illuminated the whole mountaintop! Peter faced Jesus and said, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” Luke 9:33
Immediately upon speaking this, Jehovah, I Am, spoke from the clouds,
“This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”
The bottom line, Jesus is the preeminence over all of God’s prophets.
Why did Jehovah God ordain a superior priesthood?
God’s people will never soar into the uttermost spiritual stratospheres regarding the fleshy, constricting mindset they embrace today. Yashuah fulfilled every single blessing and benefit of His Father’s covenant and Ezekiel prophesied of the day when God would do away with the old order of things.
26“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezek. 26:36
It’s clear to see, that God saw that His original intent of presenting the law through the old testament priestly system was not working. Imagine the Sadducees, Pharisees and rabbi’s being rebuked by Jesus so harshly. They probably looked at each other in shock, wondering what his mad reasoning was.
“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ Mat 7:23 Oh my!
But it was not inaccurate reasoning at all. They were missing the main crux of the commandments, Love God with all your heart, and love thy neighbor as thyself. What were their lawless acts? They defrauded vulnerable widows, then making long hypocritical prayers. Mat 12:40 They also oppressed wage earners, they were adulterers and denied justice for the aliens and foreigners. Mal 3:5
Those of us who call ourselves the true remnant must remember to get back to the basics of loving purely, unconditionally and righteously. Sadly, we have all kinds of unrighteousness into our lives: gossip, strife, back-biting, bitterness, resentment, bigotry and worse of all, self righteousness.. Fear and unbelief continue to be a scourge for intimacy with our Lord and globally a full-blown spirit of anti-christ has maligned the Holy Spirit’s supernatural and mysterious moving. Satan has indeed beguiled God’s people into blaspheming the Holy Spirit when they disbelieve or misunderstand divine miracles. . Church, more than ever, we must seek true gifts of discernment to know which works are of God or of satan.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Rev 21:8
It’s time to let go of our fear of the mysterious unction of Holy Spirit. Time to be fasting and praying for true discernment and not human suspicion. Satan has beguiled people and enslaved them in the area of intellectual human reasoning. I often ponder how fearlessly teens plunge right into the occult, hungry to experience power and the supernatural. Tragic that God;’s own people are so rigid in their mindsets that any sign of supernatural activity to them is a sign of the devil. Here is another area where our iniquity of disobedience: is not diligently searching out important matters. King Solomon wrote in his proverbs:
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. Prov 25:2
That being said, Paul reminds us that we are ambassadors of Christ and kings and priests who will judge angels! 1 Pet 2:9 and Rev 1 5&6
Both the Gentiles, (we who are grafted into His inheritance and covenant) and His peculiar treasure, the Jews, are part of the wonderful family of God. Abba Jehovah always seeks for avenues of intimate fellowship where all can mutually enjoy and celebrate His goodness, mercy and provision. Jesus told His disciples
“The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath. Mark 2:27 NLT
So we must keep in mind that every gift, the Sabbath, is a gift for our benefit and blessing. God’s children who are fretting about doing chores or being uptight about the day of rest have not entered into His rest.
For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. Heb 4:11
Brothers and Sister, how can we discern if we are veering too far to the left or to the right of the law? How hard it is to reason with someone who is staunched in legalism. They have their own predetermined, rigid mindset rendering them emotionally-detached from their heavenly Father and Savior Yashuah.
The Glorious and Preeminent Testator
Now to wrap up this expository, the old testament law was imperfect. If it were sufficient, there would be no reason for another covenant to be incepted. God saw the fault of the people and for this reason, was His own Son, the perfect replacement for the old covenant. Yashuah Jesus, because He continues forever , is the unchangeable priesthood, not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. He saves to the uttermost and lives to make intercession for us. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins, so His priesthood is a new covenant rendering the first one obsolete and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear. Heb 8:13
Such was Yashuah Jesus our high priest, holy, harmless and undefiled and higher than the heavens. Offering sacrifices first for Himself and then for His own sins. Jesus has obtained a more excellent ministry, the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. Now we know that where a testament is, there had to be, by necessity, be the death of the testator. Praise father God for Yashuah’s perfect gift of sacrifice and redemption!
Holy Spirit also testifies to us about Yashuah’s perfect priesthood.
16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”[a]
Many of God’s children straddle the concepts of grace and obedience to the law. They can avoid this lifeless mindset by seeking Holy Spirit’s revelation, (Rhema word). In my ministering and counseling,
He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life. 2 Cor. 3:6 NLT
Father has shown me many of God’s children had father’s or parents that wounded them. These were harsh, emotionally-detached and/or demanded high or unreasonable expectations. These damaging ways of rearing children cause them to be ensnared by a militarism (police)and drill-Sargent image of God and others. Satan uses this to steal joy and weary them with need to “perform and be perfect. Thus they demand and/or judge for perfection in their wives, children and others.
Another disturbing aspect of a legalistic worship of God is being too somber. There is a time for seriousness, repenting and quiet reflection, but Christ’s abundant life, (fullness. joy and thanksgiving) should exude from us. God wants His people to rejoice continually in the freedom, spontaneity and victory His Son has won for us on Calvary!
Me we come back to the Davidic tabernacle of praise and celebration after we have repented from our sins. We can come quickly to the throne room of grace in our time of weakness and need. Many of the Psalms lyrics describe, dancing with timbrels, harp, ram’s horns and stringed instruments. ( Psalms 81, 149, 150) , David often used his anointed music to assuage King Saul’s possession of angry demons. I personally steer clear of any church or pastor whose flock are perpetually somber or judgmental (harshly scrutinizing) to other brethren and pastors.
Abba Jehovah, we thank you for your perfect sacrifice and your ever-lasting loving-kindness and mercies. They are new each morning. Holy Spirit, illuminate the eyes and hearts of our brethren who have been raised by parent who chastened them harshly and/or wounded their tender spirits. Most of all we ask for your precious people, our brethren, the Jews, to see Yashuah’s majesty and superior priesthood. Let them receive a Rhema word that Yashuah has already come!
For Jewish brethren who want to further study the Tanach regarding Yashuha in the old testament, I highly encourage you to visit Rabbi Arthur Glass article, Yeshua in the Tanakh.
Shalom and God bless