Shalom Brothers and Sisters, this last Shabbat we read an article by 119 Ministries called "The Great Commission - What Does It Really Mean?" which can be found here. There is lots of good information about what our calling really entails. The best part of this article were the wealth of scriptures listed that really spell out the foundation of why us as Torah Observant / Hebrew Roots / Messianic types believe in the great benefits and joy that is found in following Yah's Torah.
Below is an excerpt from the article listing many important scriptures for us to have on hand so that we can "always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect" (1 Peter 3:15b)
If you would like to know what you are bringing them when you instruct all nations to be obedient to God’s law, then consider studying the following Scripture:
This week we talked about love and explored a short article on the Life-Changing Hebrew Roots of love along with 100 Bible verses about love.
Love is typically defined as an intense emotion that we have towards others we care about. In the scripture we can see that "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV) These words are definitely truth, but do they tell us what love is? They tell us about how love works and give us insight into its correct application, but not so much what is consists of. Is it an emotion? A feeling inside? What does scripture tell us?
"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome." (1 John 5:3 ESV) Here we find the definition of what love is. Our Father's commandments are the definition of love, the specifics of love. The commandments of the Most High are given out of love for the purpose of love. They tell us how to love. If you truly love someone you will not kill them, steal from them, testify falsely against them, or covet their belongings. If you truly love Yah you will not hold up other gods in his face, worship idols, use his name in a worthless way, or forget his Sabbath day to dishonor it. His commandments teach us what love is and how to love.
These commandments are not put in place to be a burden to us as some falsely teach. "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16 ESV) They are put in place for our benefit and are profitable in all aspects of our lives. When one lives by them and loves them they can easily see that our Father had our best interest at heart when he gave us the law, it is truly born out of love for love.
This week we read a short article on the origin and use of the word Amen in the Scriptures called: The Last Word, “Amen” —Its origin, use, and meaning. Sometimes we can take a word for granted in its use and fail to fully understand its meaning. Please take a minute to read this short article on the subject.