This article was first published in 2015 and republished recently it contains pertinent information for believers.
OPENING COMMENT’s by Robert, Today I placed my foot in Yeshua’s second footprint and what I was shown brought me to complete humility. The Holy Spirit revealed why Yahweh was calling us out of the worldly churches and their delusional walk. What became apparent was the Worldly churches have some knowledge of Scripture and some knowledge of Yeshua’s walk but really have no real understanding of the love and compassion Yahweh has for His children.
What is being passed to parishioners has no real depth to it no reasoning, no solid content which brought me to fully understand why I loved Yeshua as deeply as I have. My thinking brought me to know what Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D. related “how by looking at nature, one can observe God is indeed all-powerful, but creation does not necessarily reveal that He is an all-loving God of righteousness and justice. There is only so much of God one can know from God’s creation. However, to know the essence of God as a triune Deity one needs to receive His revelation by faith“.
Reality set in ” I didn’t clearly understand what my walk was about nor did I fully understand what work God was performing in me through Yeshua and the Holy Spirit.”
Here I am doing the audit Yahweh called me to do I’m revealing myself and the things in my walk which are out of line and the Holy Spirit revealed I really don’t know as much as I believe I do. What became apparent Yahweh called us out to measure our walk, and through Yeshua and the Holy Spirit learn what we don’t understand and teach us how to gain what we are missing in our steps to fully appreciate the depth of Yahweh’s love.
We are being brought to a point individually where each of us is going to realize just how much we don’t know about God’s love and how far we need to go to actually draw closer to Him in that love. In other words, we have just been Spiritually chastised by Yahweh and shown how important we are in God’s eyes.
Is it possible complacency has drawn us to be blinded to what we actually have fallen into as a walk with Yeshua? Have we become so famous in our own minds we like the Israelites who were lead out of Egypt have been subjected to doing what is right in our own minds?
REMEMBER THAT THOU WAS A SERVANT, AND GOD BROUGHT THEE OUT, Deuteronomy 5:15
“Wow,” newly found spiritual freedom with a flood of feelings as well a mental rush to recognize and accept, that in my previous walk it was not realized I was a servant to Evil. My last journey was leading me away from walking in God’s Laws and Covenants. Like the Israelites who through, their Exodus, were freed from Service to Egypt as slaves, and we have just experienced a similar Exodus perhaps not as slaves however as unknowing captives to an evil ideology.
Just think what must have gone through their minds when they first left Egypt leaving everything they saw as comfort to follow Moses through the wilderness Exodus 13:18. So in comparison, we have chosen to leave all we perceived as comfortable to go forward into a form of spiritual wilderness which is allowing us to search our walk, commitment, faith, find and improve our walk and relationship with God.
Now, here is where the similarity comes into play to recognize God brought the Israelites through the wilderness to rid them of generations who were worshippers of Baal, Moab, Aphrodite and other pagan beliefs taken up during their period of slavery.
I am not suggesting Yahweh will do that with us. However, I am suggesting by having us go through a spiritual form of wilderness while standing in Yeshua’s footprint. Will reveal our shortcomings and assist in ridding them from our walkthrough allowing us to discover the depth of God’s love while drawing us closer to Yeshua, the Holy Spirit and through their teachings draw deeper into Yahweh’s Love.
Matthew Henry’s comments about Exodus 14 where he explains how God protected the Israelites as they prepared to cross the Red Sea reveals the knowledge we must have to never doubt God’s presence and protection. “The angel of God, whose ministry was made use of in the pillar of cloud and fire, went from before the camp of Israel. Where they did not now need a guide (there was no danger of missing their way through the sea, nor needed they any other word of command than to go forward), and it came behind them where now they needed a guard.”
Through this commentary, I recognized God was placing Yeshua and the Holy Spirit before us like the pillar to guide, protect and teach, showing it is our responsibility like the Israelites to continue moving forward spiritually to gain the rewards promised through God’s laws.
Now being reassured that moving forward is important the Israelites knew they had promised Land and covenants from God so going forward would be easy. I’m looking at my next step forward what is it going to be? Where is it going to lead me? The big question “What did God mean to follow my Laws”? Of course, what comes to mind is the Ten Commandments, and in that, I further question because we walk under Salvation, not the Law. Not so quick Yeshua from the Sermon on the Mount explains in Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the Prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. v18: For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled.
In looking for further understanding, I am drawing from Matthew Henry’s commentary which explains v17 and v18 “Let not the pious Jews, who have an affection for the Law and the prophets, fear that I come to destroy them.” The Saviour of souls is the destroyer of nothing but the works of the devil, of nothing that comes from God, much less of those excellent dictates which we have from Moses and the prophets. No, he came to fulfill them. That is,  to obey the commandments of the law, for he was made under the law. Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, made of woman, made under the law,
It is becoming clearer what God is saying when he calls for us to follow His rules. S Bishop Tillotson comments “he did not make void, but make right, the ceremonial law, and manifested himself to be the Substance of all those shadows. To fill up the defects of it, and so to complete and perfect it.
Of course, I’m going to hear I know all this stuff why are you reviewing this in such detail? So to answer accurately like the Israelites who God took through the wilderness for 40 years to remove those who continued to follow Baal, Moab, and other false religions.
God has asked us to remove ourselves from false teachings He’s not going to take us through 40 yrs of cleansing but is giving us a chance to seriously look at our walk and return to Him. Some will attempt to walk in both camps because they believe they know better and can do what they think is right. My reminder if you follow God then follow God if you follow Baal then follow Baal there is no middle ground it’s one or the other.
Here is where the Holy Spirit is working overtime reminding me how much I don’t understand and is desiring for me to begin listening. He leads me to Deuteronomy 12:3-4 In the commentaries Matthew Henry reveals V.3: “And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of place. V.4: Ye shall not do so unto the LORD your God.” Further, in his comments Matthew Henry states which I believe is very important and possibly would be missed by many “To prevent a revolt to false gods, we are forbidden to worship the true God in such a manner as the false gods were worshiped in .”
The Holy Spirit placed the first commandment on my heart now when I read Matthew Henry’s comments not to worship God in the same manner as we did in the Worldly Churches. It appeared difficult as the Worldly Churches even though in error have adopted similar characteristics as a spirit-filled church.
However, I recognize the Worldly Church is missing the love God puts in His laws because the Holy Spirit is not there to teach about that love and the followers in those churches will not receive God’s promises or the covenants.
The Worldly Church sees God’s laws as guidelines to perform within. Whereas the Holy Spirit-filled church sees God’s Law as a way to recognize and understand the depth of His laws and the promises they bring if followed. What comes to mind is expressed through this prayer in Luke 11:2-4 And he said unto them. When ye pray, say. Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
I am sure we all recognize the commitment God has for us and also, the love which supports that commitment. Although if we understand, accept and walk-in will expand that love to those who pass through our lives. God is demonstrating through the prayer how He is sharing that love through His forgiveness of our sins.
But how for us as well to share that love by asking for forgiveness for others we spread His Love even further. It is in these actions of caring gentleness and compassion Gods Love is deepened.
Through God’s love, His children are being provided for, daily which demonstrates how we might through sharing God’s love do the same for those who surround us daily by showing compassion and praying for their spiritual and physical needs.
We should recognize there is a hedge of protection around us always keeping us safe through His love which brings us knowledge and draws us out of those moments of temptation to be a brat. We all have that “when nobody is looking moment” and need God’s love to overcome those temptations due to knowing God is watching because He does love us. Now, I understand why “Thou shalt have none other Gods before me.” God wants to pour his love into me into my spirit, soul and whole being so I might be a beacon for others to see how much love God has for them.
CLOSING COMMENTS By Robert
The First Commandment now makes a whole lot more sense, I don’t see it as just a directive to worship God and only God and no other God. Yes, that is what He is commanding, however, I now have a different perspective and understanding of what I believe my Father in heaven really wants from all as His beloved children.
In desiring to have all His children saved and unsaved given an opportunity to receive His love. I feel the Holy Spirit placed this piece of inspiration on my heart some five years ago which I shared but never fully understood what it represented till now, It’s Titled
“RECEIVING GODS LOVE.”
People pass through our lives their life crosses over around and finally through. We know them as friends, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, daughters, sons, wives husbands, acquaintances or just someone we casually meet each fills a small detail leaving a mark or memory. Through their appearance, they were small pieces of Love, Joy, Fulfillment, a Question or Answer, a Statement or just a Word. Which stays with us as a part of our lives needed to complete our life’s’ journey sharing those little parts of ourselves as God’s messenger crossing through other’s lives in order to share those parts of us meant for them through God’s Love.
I have always maintained that no one enters our lives by chance. I firmly believe all are lead into it for a purpose which we are not aware of and may never find out. But what we have gained from God to share with them will be there, and they will receive it whether it’s something we say or do, it will be passed on.
This writing has passed through your life, and a small part of it will remain to nurture answer or fulfill some of your needs as Gods Love. THOU SHALT HAVE NONE OTHER GODS BEFORE ME. Why would I want to have any other God before me, My heart is filled with God’s Love? I have His promises and covenants to receive if I stay in His Love and obey Him as my Father Loving and Chaste
May you all be blessed
Please remember these articles are the work of a humble servant of Yeshua doing His bidding as a Watchmen sounding the Trumpet to warn of impending danger within the Assembly. May our Father abundantly bless each one of you with wisdom and discernment to go forward as His “Modern Day Disciples.”
Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee, Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Yeshua is everlasting strength. (Isaiah 26:3-4)