The older I get, and the more I know more about who I am, in the Light of Torah, the more I began to get a glimpse of the heart of my heavenly Father, Yahweh, Elohim.
I sin. That might come as a shock confession to some, but it’s true. And so does every person reading this blog. In fact every one in the world sins! Read what Shaul the Apostle (Paul) wrote about this.
“Rom 3:9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all, for we have previously accused both Yehuḏim and Greeks that they are all under sin.
Rom 3:10 As it has been written, “There is none righteous, no, not one!” TS 2009 ISR
And Shaul did not come up with this as if it were a new concept! Read Psalm Fourteen, Psalm 53, and Ecclesiastes Chapter Seven. They all agree, and Shaul agrees with them, as He does with all the Torah.
It is established that there is none of us who does not sin. But do I want to? No I don’t! Do you? That is the question.
Read this portion from Psalm 103.
“Psa 103:10 He has not done to us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our crookednesses.
Psa 103:11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His loving-commitment toward those who fear Him;
Psa 103:12 As far as east is from west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Psa 103:13 As a father has compassion for his children, So יהוה has compassion for those who fear Him.” TS 2009 ISR
The mercy/loving compassion of our Elohim is so unfathomable to the one who has come to know the Truth – the Truth of Elohim, which reveals the truth about one’s self. Apart from Him, and His work in and through me, I’m totally undone! I’m lost and condemned without Him. But I do fear Him. I don’t want to sin. Yet I do. I don’t purpose in my heart to sin. I don’t practice sin. It is my desire to practice right ruling. I was not always like this. But He changed my heart to love Him and have a desire to obey Him. And now His mercy/loving compassion towards me is new EVERY MORNING!
How do I know that I sin? How does anyone know when they sin? Sin is Lawelessness, according to Yohanan/John in his first letter, Chapter Three. The concept of Lawlessness, in the Greek is “without law.” “Anomia” is the Greek word that means “without Law.” One ignores the Law, the Torah, and chooses to practice, or make a habit of doing what Torah commands not to do, and/or not do what Torah commands to do. It is rebellion!
There is no mercy/loving compassion for rebellion. Notice in The Decalogue (Ten Words/Commandments) in Exodus 20.
“Exodus 20:5…For I, יהוה your Elohim am a jealous Ěl, visiting the crookedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,
Exo 20:6 but showing loving-commitment to thousands, to those who love Me and guard My commands.”
Those who rebel against the commands are those who hate Yahweh Elohim. Not my words, but His. Those who love Him desire to guard His commands. That means a heart of obedience, out of love.
Yes, His grace/favor is amazing! It is the power that changes our heart, gives us a new mind (writing His Torah/Law on the heart of a believer, and putting His Torah on that one’s mind); this is the New Covenant! But part of it is also His sweet and tender loving compassion toward those who love Him, and that He loves. What a loving Creator we have to love us so much that He sent His own Son to pay our penalty, to bring favor and mercy to us – to give us hope/confidence!
Do not think that He came to set aside the Torah, or the Prophets, or to say that we don’t have to obey Torah Commands. Otherwise there would be no need for favor and mercy. Favor is the power given to the believer to walk in obedience to Torah. Mercy/loving compassion is for the believer who loves Elohim, and desires to guard/obey His Torah, because we still sin!
Yohanan/John, says it better than I can.
“1Jn 1:5 And this is the message which we have heard from Him and announce to you, that Elohim is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
1Jn 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and are not doing the truth.
1Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of יהושע Messiah His Son cleanses us from all sin.
1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we are misleading ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is trustworthy and righteous to forgive us the sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1Jn 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.” TS 2009 ISR
Thank you, Father Yahweh Elohim, for Your Son, Yahshua Messiah, Elohim. Without You I am without hope and without Elohim in this world. With You I am walking on this journey to a place that You have prepared, where sin will be no more! But for now…..
Bless Yahweh Elohim, and His Son!