Monday, February 14, 2011
Shaleeakh - Ki Tisa "when you take"
Walking in the righteousness of the Torah is not possible when we attempt to walk righteously using our own abilities. Romans 8:4-5 states "The righteousness of the Torah might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit." Walking in the righteousness of the Torah can only be accomplished by walking in the Spirit. Therefore, to walk in righteousness of the Torah we must have the Ruach HaKodesh dwelling in us. Only through the power of the Ruach HaKodesh can we walk in righteousness. In other words, HaShem's righteousness working through the Ruach HaKodesh, gives us the ability to walk righteously. Moshe is one example of how this type of relationship works. Shemot 34:29 in The Complete Jewish Bible states"he didn't realize that the skin of his face was sending out rays of light as a result of his talking with Adonai." In the presence of HaShem's glory, Moshe was transformed and HaShem's righteousness radiated through him. Everyone who saw Moshe after he had been in the presence of HaShem witnessed HaShem's righteousness displayed through Moshe.
Yeshua gives us an example of how this type of relationship works for people filled with the Ruach HaKodesh today. John 15:5-10 states "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love." Abiding in Yeshua allows the Ruach HaKodesh to work through us and display HaShem's righteousness in us. HaShem's righteousness in us is seen by our ability to live a Torah observant lifestyle. In Ki Tisa, there are five important steps that describe how to allow the Ruach HaKodesh to display HaShem's righteousness through us. The five steps are calling, responsibility, commitment, love, and perseverance. Putting all five of these into practice will strengthen our relationship with HaShem and allow the Ruach HaKodesh to lead us into righteous lifestyle. As a result, we will then be able to walk in the righteousness of the Torah empowered by the Ruach HaKodesh and not our own abilities.
In the Torah and the Brit Hadashah, there is no such thing as a layperson. Every person has a calling. Shemot 31:2-3 states "I have called by name Bezaleel, son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all work." Bezaleel was called by name and anointed with wisdom and understanding. The wisdom and understanding that HaShem gave to Bezaleel was specific to his call. Bezaleel's call was overseeing the construction of the tabernacle. To display HaShem's righteousness to the world Bezaleel was anointed to construct the tabernacle. In a modern context, we may think that constructing a place of worship is not a calling. However, the Torah clearly shows there was a specific calling on Bezaleel to construct the tabernacle. Without the talents HaShem had given Bezaleel the completion of the tabernacle would not have been as easy. Bezaleel's calling gave him special insight and allowed the Ruach HaKodesh to work through him. Therefore, the tabernacle was constructed as if HaShem Himself constructed it. Bezaleel used his calling to display HaShem's righteousness and constructed a tabernacle suitable for worshiping HaShem. Learn to walk in our calling is required before the Ruach HaKodesh can use our God given talents to glorify HaShem. Therefore, understanding our calling and serving in our calling are a crucial first step in maintaining the type of relationship with HaShem, that allows the righteousness of the Torah to be displayed in our lives.
Shemot 32:23-24 states "they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we no not what is become of him. And I said unto them, whoever has any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf." Aaron acted irresponsibly by helping in the construction of the golden calf. As a result, Aaron became an idolatrous priest. As an, idolatrous priest Aaron was no longer acceptable to HaShem. Aaron's sin perverted his calling. In other words, Aaron's participation in the construction of the golden calf defiled his priestly holiness. As a result, the high priest lost credibility. Therefore, Aaron's relationship with HaShem suffered. Living up to, the responsibility placed on our lives allows us to remain creditable witnesses for HaShem. Therefore, acting responsibly is a crucial second step in allowing the Ruach HaKodesh to manifest the righteousness of the Torah in our lives. Acting irresponsibly makes us unacceptable witnesses for HaShem. As a result, the Ruach HaKodesh is grieved and our relationship with HaShem suffers.
Shemot 32:4 states "Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD'S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him." Aaron's willingness to stand in unity with Moshe demonstrates that Aaron had a change of heart. Aaron was recommitting his life to HaShem. Aaron's return to HaShem helped him; the other Levites, and the rest of Yisrael repair their relationships with HaShem. As a result, the idolatry of the golden calf did not destroy the entire nation of Yisrael. By recommitting his life, Aaron restored his credibility, and saved others from the plague that followed. Therefore, being committed and returning to HaShem we sin, is a crucial third step in allowing the Ruach HaKodesh to manifest the righteousness of the Torah in our lives.
Shemot 32:32-33 states "Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book." Moshe's love for the Children of Yisrael compelled him to lay down his life for his brethren. In fact, this type of love is the greatest type of love as John 15:13 states "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Moshe's love for the Children of Yisrael gave him the same heartfelt desire to save Yisrael that HaShem had. As a result, Moshe was compelled to offer himself up for the same punishment, the Children of Yisrael deserved. The Ruach HaKodesh was able to work the righteousness of HaShem through the love of Moshe. Therefore, loving others enough to offer lives for them is a crucial fourth step that allows the Ruach HaKodesh to work the righteousness of the Torah in our life.
Shemot 34:15 states "Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice." Settling for less then what HaShem commands leads to compromise. When Yisrael did not persevere in the commandment to make no covenants with the inhabitants of the land Yisrael compromised HaShem's words. This compromise gave the other nations the opportunity to lead Yisrael astray. As a result, they became a stumbling block for the Children of Yisrael and inevitably, Yisrael began to practice the same types of idolatry as the nations they made covenants with. Therefore, persevering to keep the commandments of HaShem is a crucial fifth step that allows the Ruach HaKodesh to manifest the righteousness of the Torah in our lives.
All followers of Yeshua are required to walk in the righteousness of the Torah. To walk in the righteousness of the Torah we must learn to rely on the power of the Ruach HaKodesh. HaShem gives us the Ruach HaKodesh to empower us to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. As a result, we can walk in the righteousness of the Torah without relying on our own ability. However, to release the power of Ruach HaKodesh in our lives we must answer our calling, act responsibly, be committed to overcome sin, love others, and persevere. When put these five steps into practice the Ruach HaKodesh can manifest HaShem's righteousness in every aspect of our life. As a result, the rest of the world will witness HaShem's presence in us, and know that He empowers His people to live righteously.
By Rabbi Yaakov benYosef ABOUT Torah
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