I was involved in a situation today that showed me why the Law, the Torah, still has relevance in my life, as a believer in Yahusha HaMashiach. And it showed me that I have a lot of flesh to deal with.
As a recipient of The New Covenant, and being a part of the royal priesthood in Mashiach, I’m no longer “Under the Law,” as in being condemned by it. This afternoon you couldn’t have seen that in me, the way I acted. There is a separate conversation about The Book of the Torah/Law, and The Book of The Covenant, and that’s not what I intend to dig deep into in this post. I’ll only say that The Book of The Law/Torah was added because of transgressions of Torah when the covenant was broken by those who worshiped the golden calf in Exodus. And that the covenant that they agreed to, and subsequently broke, was separate from The Book of the Torah, that bore witness against them, and became the “schoolmaster/tutor” until the time of the reformation of the Priesthood to the Order of Melchizedek in Yahusha. So, I’m not under The Book of the Torah/Law because I have received Yahusha and am now in The New Covenant priesthood. But, that doesn’t mean that the Law is done away with. It does mean that my sin is defined by the Torah. And my sin has to be dealt with!
I’m reminded of what the emissary (apostle) Shaul, called Paul, wrote in Romans Chapter 8. The Hebrew letters in the text I pasted below is the Name of Yahusha, called Jesus.
Rom 8:1 “There is, then, now no condemnation to those who are in Messiah יהושע, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Rom 8:2 For the torah of the Spirit of the life in Messiah יהושע has set me free from the torah of sin and of death.
Rom 8:3 For the Torah being powerless, in that it was weak through the flesh, Elohim, having sent His own Son in the likeness of flesh of sin, and concerning sin, condemned sin in the flesh,
Rom 8:4 so that the righteousness of the Torah should be completed in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” – ISR The Scriptures
Verse One is clear. In Messiah Yahusha I am not condemned. But, there is a caveat. There is no condemnation to those “who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” What does that really mean? What does walking in the flesh mean and what does walking in the Spirit mean, and what are the ramifications of each?
Here’s my confession of walking in the flesh this afternoon. I had a problem with someone who had trespassed on my property with a dump truck. I had worked to track down the people involved and had made a phone call, asking for a return call, that I never received, and after talking to another person involved, I still had received no response. I was not happy. The more I thought about it the more I stewed about it. Today the trucks were back dumping more material. They didn’t get in the drive, nor in the yard. The first time I was watching out of my window. The second one I happened to be out getting the mail when it arrived. I decided I would talk to the driver. I intended to have a civil conversation with him. I knew it was a small trucking company, so I thought it might be the owner who was driving. I don’t know him, so I wouldn’t recognize him if I was him. I waited until the driver backed on to the property he was delivering to and got out of the cab. I asked if I could talk to him. I could tell he had an attitude immediately. When I asked his name, trying to determine if he was the owner, his attitude became more offensive. I had a choice to make. I could have simply walked away, when I saw his attitude, or I could engage. I chose to engage. I was angry! I was angry that I felt I was disrespected by the owner for not having the courtesy of returning my call, and that they had felt they could use my property without asking permission, and tearing up part of my drive and yard. The driver dropped the F bomb on me, and I went past go and directly to hot! He turned and walked away, still muttering at me. I should have just walked away. By that time I knew he wasn’t the owner. But no! I didn’t. My entitlement to being offended rose up in me, and I called him an a–hole! That was totally my flesh, and that was not from the Ruach, the Set Apart Spirit of Elohim! I’m ashamed of myself, and I confess I was wrong, and I repent of what I did, and of the attitude behind it.
There’s a lot here. First of all, how does this fit with what Verse One says? I was in the flesh and my flesh did not represent the Spirit of Elohim in my attitude and sense of entitlement. Was I condemned? NO! Was I convicted of my sin? YES! That conviction was a work of the Spirit, the Ruach, and the basis was the Torah that says I’m not to allow my flesh to rule, and to bring on unrighteous anger. I know what was in me. It was unrighteous anger. I felt entitled to my anger and I was thinking, who are these people to disrespect me? Sheesh! I’m ashamed of that. I hate that in me, and I don’t want it! So now what?
Once the Ruach convicted me of my sin, according to Torah, which didn’t take very long, praise His Name. As I meditate on His goodness and faithfulness, with a heart to change, I came to this relevant portion of Scripture, found in Bereshith/Genesis. The Hebrew letters in this portion of text are referring to Yahuah, the Mighty One. This is the story of Qayin and Hebel, or Cain and Abel, as their names have been transliterated.
Gen 4:3 “And it came to be, in the course of time, that Qayin brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to יהוה.
Gen 4:4 And Heḇel also brought of the first-born of his flock and of their fat. And יהוה looked to Heḇel and his offering,
Gen 4:5 but He did not look to Qayin and his offering. And Qayin was very wroth, and his face fell.
Gen 4:6 And יהוה said to Qayin, “Why is he wroth towards you? And why is your face fallen?
Gen 4:7 “Is it not if you do good, you are to be accepted? And if you do not do good, towards the door is a sin. He is lying and towards you is his desire, and you must rule over him.”
An offering from a believer, and priest in The New Covenant is our very life – in what we say and do. Did my actions reflect my walk according to the Ruach of Elohim, or was it my flesh that was driving the car and setting on fire my emotions? It’s clear. It was my flesh. It was Qayin’s as well. He knew what was right, yet chose to offer something that was not according to what was right. What was right was given to both of the brothers. Qayin knew what was right and wrong, just as did Hebel. And, so do I! The Torah tells us what is acceptable to Yahuah Elohim. My offering was not acceptable today. I misrepresented Him, and I am sorry and ashamed and I wish I had not done it. But I did, and I have to deal with it, and with His discipline. That where “walking according to the Ruach/Spirit” comes back in.
Qayin was confronted by Yahuah about his unacceptable offering. He asked him “Why is your face fallen?” Qayin was angry that his offering wasn’t accepted. His attitude in the offering was wrong, therefore what he offered was according to his flesh, and not according to what Yahuah required. Whatever the specifics of what and how he was to offer, I don’t know all the details, other than what he offered was not of a flock, but of the ground. But I know that it wasn’t acceptable. At the very least I see a type of what kind of offering is acceptable to Yahuah. The flesh, my flesh, your flesh, Qayin’s flesh, as did Hebel’s, came from the ground. Man was formed from the dust of the earth. The offering from the fruit of the ground is juxtaposed with that of a first born from the flock. I think it is a clear picture of an offering by allowing the Ruach to cause righteousness to be born out in me, in what I say and do, is acceptable in Yahusha, the Lamb, the Firstborn of Yahuah! But when I responded to that truck driver in the flesh, that was of the ground, my flesh! WRONG and UNACCEPTABLE! Now what?
In Verse 7, Yahuah says to Qayin, “Is it not if you do good, you are to be accepted? And if you do not do good, towards the door is a sin. He is lying and towards you is his desire, and you must rule over him.” When Yahuah confronted Qayin of his sin, he was given a chance to confess, repent and turn back to Yahuah, be restored and do what was right. He was warned that if he did not his sin would have its way with him, and rule over him, and as his flesh ruled over him his actions would become worse.
Now that I’ve heard Yahuah convict me of my sin, in my flesh, I have a choice. I can endure His discipline, confess, and repent, and be restored. That is what I desire and choose to do. That is then the opposite of my walk according to the flesh that got me into this mess. My choice to confess and repent is a work of the Ruach, not of the flesh. And, as Yohanen/John writes in his first letter, He/Elohim is faithful to cleanse and restore me. HalleluYAH!
Repentance means that I turn from that walk according to the flesh. I’m sure I will again, but it had better not be like it was today. The fruit of repentance is to turn from that behavior. By the power of the Ruach, I confess and repent, and renounce my behavior, and determine to walk according the Ruach. Even that is only possible by the work of the Ruach.
My sense of entitlement, and my devotion to a piece of ground, that I call mine, is not of Elohim. This is not home, and I don’t really own anything! The earth and all its fullness belongs to the Creator. If I have a piece of it to live on, it is because He allowed it. Why do I think I have to hang on to it in my flesh? He who gave it is able to take it away, give more, or what ever He desires. When I’m led by His Ruach I will be where He wants me to be, and He will provide a place to live, and food to eat, and all that I need. I don’t need to, nor am I supposed to defend any of it, or strive for any of it.
So, now, I need to find that driver and ask his forgiveness. No matter what he said or did gave me no place for my reaction to him. And my attitude of offense back to him misrepresented the One who wants that man to walk according to His Ruach too! I pray my repentance will speak to him of Yahuah, and His Son Yahusha, and that he would turn and hear His Voice.