DON’T CUT GOD SHORT, 20.02.19
Don’t cut God short on the things He has to say (1 Thess.5:19). The tendency is to take a portion of what Yahweh says/said, to the exclusion of its completion. When God is cut short, there is partial understanding, partial obedience, which is really disobedience.
“God wasn’t done talking; they cut Him off,” says Jones. “Let’s not forget that when God was talking to them at Mount Sinai, He was not telling them how to be His people; they already were His people. But they didn’t know how to live in freedom; they had to be taught how to live in freedom, in His blessings, not in bondage . . . . there’s freedom in belonging to Him, but there are boundaries. The road is narrow, but it’s not a tight-rope. The people had to learn how to walk in freedom . . . . .” (https://youtu.be/mgvsKFG6KY0). How often do any of us, including Pastors/Ministers/Rabbis giving a message, zero in on one passage, to the exclusion of other related information in Scripture, and come up with a meaning which really cuts short what Yahweh’s intended message is/was.
There are boundaries to freedom. When God declared that we who follow Him are free, (John 8:32: “You will know the truth, and the truth will
set you free”), it was never intended to mean that His people could do whatever they wanted, living just for the pleasures of the world. “The Word tells us how to live as a people who have been redeemed, set free. Does it matter how we live our lives? Yes. We are supposed to be ambassadors of His Kingdom here; for ambassadors, there are rules of conduct” explains Jones (https://youtu.be/mgvsKFG6KY0).
God’s Word is often cut short in this area. Teachings are such that many are given to believe that since Yeshua fulfilled the Law it means that God’s people do not need to honour the Laws of Torah, while it is clearly not so. Continuing in the Word indicates that Yeshua’s fulfillment of the Law was in no way doing away with it: “Do not think that I came to abolish the Torah or the Prophets! I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. Amen, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or serif shall ever pass away from the Torah until all things come to pass. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt.5:17-19).
Instead of the bar being lowered, it is actually raised, since we not only have the tabernacle in the midst of the congregation, but we have the Holy Spirit within us; so instead of simply prescribing to a list of rules, we have within us The One Who can enable us to live according to His Laws. So it would be wise for God’s people to not cut short the full meaning of His Word.
“The Torah shows us a code of conduct . . . Freedom does not mean the absence of law,” clarifies Jones; “How can we think that there’s nothing that tells us how He desires us to live. Yeshua when He says your sins are forgiven says repent and sin no more and His Word tells us how to live” (Jones, https://youtu.be/mgvsKFG6KY0).
1 John 3:4-9
4 Everyone practicing sin also practices lawlessness—indeed, sin is lawlessness.
5 You know that Yeshua appeared in order to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin.
6 No one who abides in Him keeps on sinning; no one who sins has seen Him or known Him.
7 Children, let no one mislead you! The one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as Yeshua is righteous.
8 The one who practices sin is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. Ben-Elohim appeared for this purpose—to destroy the works of the devil.
9 No one born of God practices sin, because God’s seed remains in him. He cannot sin, because he is born of God.
“Sin is defiling Torah; sin is not walking in the Word. The curse of the law is not the law itself; the curse of the law is if you sin you die. He came to redeem us of the curse proclaimed in Torah, not to redeem us from the Torah,” Jones expounds (https://youtu.be/mgvsKFG6KY0). How quick we are to attempt to short-circuit what Yahweh has proscribed. “The Father still desires for us to live according to His Word.” (Jones, “Mishpatim Judgments,” Feb.7, 2018).
“How do you keep the Way of Yahweh?” challenges Jones: “By doing justice, judgment, showing charity between one another. Handling each other righteously is a way of demonstrating God’s love. Why is it that we think we can walk in disobedience and expect the blessings from Him?” (Jones, “Mishpatim Judgments,” Feb.7, 2018). “He has told you, humanity, what is good, and what Adonai is seeking from you: Only to practice justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). “We are to keep covenant. Yahweh makes covenant, and He does not break it; He does not do away with it; He builds on these covenants. We need to be a people who keep covenant; we walk in it, or we walk away from it” (Jones, https://youtu.be/mgvsKFG6KY0). “We live in a society that says all we have to do is just love Him; but what does that mean? He says if we love Him, do what He says,” declares Jones (https://youtu.be/mgvsKFG6KY0). “Therefore you are to keep the commandment—both the statutes and the ordinances—that I am commanding you today, to do them” (Deut.7:11).
Don’t cut short what God is saying on a given topic, command, or assignment. It is essential that you incorporate and act on all of what God shows you when He brings you a revelation. It is important to study The Word accurately and comprehensively enough that you can integrate a body of passages and come up with correct meaning, not a partialized, or aborted definition. One must connect the dots between passages to complete the theme, and to be able to apply that theme to one’s life. Misinterpreting and misapplying God’s Word can result in the loss of His protective covering, as well as His best for your life.
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