Re’eh – Behold Obey the Commands!
Why do we obey the commands of YHVH. The whole of the story in Scripture can be summed up in 3 verses from Deuteronomy 11 and 12.
“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, when you obey the commands of YHVH your Elohim which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commands of YHVH your Elohim, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other mighty ones which you have not known.”(Deut 11:26-28.)
That’s pretty straightforward. But then as now, it’s not as easy to do as it is to say. A few verses later, we read,
“Do not do as we are doing here today—each one doing whatever is right in his own eyes.”(Deut 12:8).
Why did they (and why do we) struggle with Obeying the Commands of YHVH?
How do we justify “doing whatever is right” in our own eyes?
From the days these words were spoken by Moses, through the days of the Judges, David and the ensuing kings, and up to the time of Yeshua, the Hebrews were doing their own thing.
From there, Judaism went one way, and Christianity went another, each with endless variations of factions claiming they had the inside scoop on the real truth, while “doing whatever is right in their own eyes.”
“Lets look at this in more detail. YHVH requires us to:What Does YHVH Require of Us?, Set Apart People
-walk in all His ways
-love Him and serve Him with all our heart and soul and
-keep His commandments and His statutes
Also, in these Scriptures, Moses stated:
“All the words I am commanding you, guard to do it—do not add to it, nor take away from it.”(Duet 12:32)
Throughout the centuries, Judaism has added to it, and Christianity has taken away from it. Have any concentrated on obeying the commands of YHVH?
Both departures from Elohim’s instructions cause a myriad of problems. Coming from a traditional Christian background, I am more familiar with how the Church has taken away from Torah than how Judaism has added to it.
Pretty much most reading this post would understand that perspective, as most of us have come from the same place, more or less. Which, is reality had little to do with the commands of YHVH.
Does Obeying the Commands Matters?
We’ve all heard that the Torah was “nailed to the cross.” To dive into that is a discussion for another day, but if we believe
“For I am YHVH. I shall not change”(Malachi 3:6)
“Yeshua Messiah is the same yesterday, and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8),(Hebrews 13:8)
Then, we might want to rethink the addition and subtraction justifications in our own lives.
If we add or subtract, we declare that we know what’s better for us than He does.
Occasionally, we might want to think about whether we want “Blessings” or “Curses” in our lives.
It seems like a pretty obvious choice, but our own stubborn pride and the cares of this world often get in our way, and we end up charting our own course.
Maybe we just need more faith.
My prayer is, “I do believe! Help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24).