The account of the Israelites in the wilderness is given in the book of Hebrews, and ends with a stern warning for Born-Again Believers today: We are warned to avoid falling under the same example of unbelief as did the Israelites!
The various accounts given in Scripture tell us in great detail exactly what caused the Israelites to fall in the wilderness. For example, we see in Ezekiel 20:21, that it was due to failure to keep Yahuweh's Commandments, and for polluting His Sabbaths. Beloved, the Book of Hebrews is warning us today not to fall under the same example as they did!
This truth should be a shock to many Born-Again, Blood-redeemed, followers of Yahushua Messiah. Have we mis-understood Father's will? If we are to follow Messiah closely, we must first know His will for us. To make matters more difficult, He tells us His will is a mystery. Let us seek to find His will in Scripture.
The Mystery of His WillWe will first try to catch a small glimpse of the Mystery of His Will. Notice the following:
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: (Ephesians 1:9)
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. (John 7:17)As we see above in John 7:17, one part of the Mystery of His Will is that if any man will do, he shall know, he shall gain understanding of what it is. Father's will must first be done, and only then will it be known or understood.
Beloved, if we are first trying to understand His will before we do it, we will never arrive at that understanding! That is a major part of the mystery of His Will!
Another aspect of understanding the Mystery of His will is in the above Ephesians passage, where we are told:
"Having made known unto us the mystery of his will...."Did you see that? He has already made known to us what His will is! He has spoken His will throughout the Scriptures, but He has also demonstrated for us, by His example, what His will is for us! His example is seen in the four Gospel accounts. We need only ask, "WWYD? What did Yahushua do?" and "What did Yahushua say?" Let us then believe His words, and emulate His actions, as He is for our example in all things (1Peter 2:21).
Yet another piece of the puzzle of the Mystery of His will is in finding out in Scripture those things in which He delights, and those things that are abomination to Him, things He hates. For example, notice the connection between His will, and delight, or lack of delight, in the following passages:
Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law. (Psalms 119:136)
I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. (Psalms 40:8)
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: (Romans 7:22)The first verse above in Psalms 119:136 (see also Isaiah 44:22), is the cry of the heart of Yahushua, and speaks of today, prior to His return. Here He speaks prophetically of Believers, those that have been redeemed by His precious Blood, and set free from the bondage of sin; Yet as Believers, they have been trained by their Leaders to disobey His Law — His Torah — the Torah He desires to write upon our hearts as part of His New Covenant.
The second verse above in Psalms 40:8 reveals the mystery of His will, in capsule form. This shows an important cause and effect relationship regarding the mystery of His will.
The last verse above in Romans 7:22 was spoken by the Apostle Paul, as he reveals the distinction between the external letter of the Law [that kills, convicts or pronounces death], and the internal spirit of the Law [that brings resurrection Life], which is Yahushua Himself, written on the heart of man. Paul delighted in practicing, in obeying the Law of Yahuweh [the Torah], not out of compulsion, but out of his own choice.
The apostle Paul did not like being under condemnation of the Law through disobedience, and the temporary separation it brings (Isaiah 59:2; 1John 1:9). Paul learned to walk in obedience to the Law, simply because of his love for Yahushua (John 14:15). This sounds quite different from what we have been taught regarding Paul, and his imagined disdain for the Law, as some who wrest Paul's words (2Peter 3:15-16) would describe him.
How well we remember Paul's admonishment of the Galatian church, and that church's attendant problems, but this is a different matter altogether. The Galatians were desiring to require the external sign of circumcision of the new converts, but the Galatians did not understand that the New Covenant is a covenant of internals, and not of externals; and certainly not a covenant of compulsion, but of love, of making a personal choice. It is well to note that the Galatians were known of Yahuweh, but they did not know Him! Let us look at a few details, and more clues as to Father's delight:
The Mystery of His DelightThe Scriptures are full of passages regarding the delight or pleasure of Yahuweh. Our heavenly Father desires that we seek out in Scripture, those things He delights in, and that we would make them our delight. In this way He will multiply our delight in Him! Notice the following passages, where we can find some clues:
"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel..." (Jeremiah 31:31a; Hebrews 8:8a)Beloved, the New Covenant is with Israel. It is not to be made with the Gentiles, but only with Israel — and this includes all those grafted in to Israel by faith in Messiah (Romans 11:17-22). Are you grafted in? If so, you are a part of Israel, and have a part in the inheritance! Notice however, that the fine print [the T&C — Terms and Conditions] of the New Covenant, and the inheritance, are what we call the 'Old' Testament!
But how is the New Covenant different from the Old Covenant?
"...Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers..." (Jer 31:32a; Hebrews 8:9a)The main difference is that the New Covenant is internal, not external; and will be accomplished by the internal Grace provided by Messiah-in-you, and not by man's own effort. The minor differences are fully detailed in the Book of Hebrews, and are related to changes in the sacrifices, and in the priesthood.
"But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:33; Hebrews 8:10)The Old Covenant was the Law, the Torah, written on external tables of stone; the New Covenant is the same Law, the Torah, written internally on the fleshly tables of the inward heart of man, and consists of the living person of Messiah writing himself, as a seal on our hearts, and will be accomplished by His Grace, His enablement.
I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. (Psalms 40:8)This is both the definition, and the source, of our delight for Father, and of His delight for His people.
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: (Romans 7:22)This is the Apostle's description of the inward New Covenant description, and revelation of, the Psalmist's prophetic picture given in Psalms 40:8.
And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. John 8:29We do not grieve the Spirit of Messiah living within us today, when we are doing what Father delights in, just as Yahushua did what Father delights in when He lived on the earth, in His own body 2 thousand years ago.
Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you. (Exodus 31:13)
If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father:
For the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. (Isaiah 58:13-14)Again, the above passages reveal, as an association of clues, one of Father's great delights!
ConclusionOnly the Saints of Yahuweh that seek Him diligently — with a heart of obedience — are going to be able to break free of the lies and deception that has snared the entire professing church. If we do not have a fervent love for the Truth, then Yahuweh will surely send deception, that we should believe a lie.
The Flaming Sword of Yahuweh is sharp toward His enemies. This Flaming Sword is the Word of Yahuweh that has been wrested and twisted, and used by wicked men crept in unawares, and has become a lie in their mouths, as they preach and teach, and minister. With His Flaming Sword Father continues to guard the Tree of Life, preventing His enemies from drawing near, because of their lack of obedience to His Word.
Yahuweh looks at the signs and the signals, and our flag, or banner that we display, to determine who knows Him, and who does not. It is only when we seek Yahuweh with all our heart, and find out who Yahushua really is, and then begin to obey these sayings of Yahushua, that we can become free of the trap of man's false teachings.
Likewise it is only when we begin to obey that we acquire the sign or token of our consent, of our betrothal to Him, and which sign reveals to Yahushua, that we are one of His own.
Today, as then, Yahushua is asking us, "Whom do you say that I am?"