Have It In Your Heart
by Rebekah Josepha Coover - age 13
Have it in your heart. Have what in your heart? What are some things that your heart is attached to? Take the time to think about it. Do these things please Yahweh? Therefore brethren, whether ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the esteem of Yahweh. (1 Corinthians 10:31) And are we pleasing Yahweh in all that we do? What are our hearts attached to? Search me, O Yahweh, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if wicked way in me, and lead me in the Way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24) We all make mistakes. This would be a fitting prayer for each of us. What things are in our hearts that do not please Yahweh? If you could have a picture of your heart, would it be all white, or would there be smudges in it? How many? How dark? Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before Mine eyes; cease to do evil; learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together saith Yahweh: though your sings be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the blessings of the land (Isaiah 1:16-19) Are we clean? righteous? white as snow? willing? obedient?
What are our hearts attached to. Are they attached to Yahweh's Word? That is what we are going to talk about. Do we love Yahweh's Law?
1. What does Yahweh require of us?
And now, Israel, what doth Yahweh thy Elohim require of thee, but to fear Yahweh thy Elohim, to walk in all His Ways, and to love Him, and to serve Yahweh thy Elohim with all thy heart and with all thy soul, to keep the Commandments of Yahweh, and His Statutes, which I command thee this day for thy wellbeing? (Deuteronomy 10:12-13) That is not much, is it?
2. Many times Yahweh is portrayed as "the harsh 'God' of the Old Testament", while Yahshua (or "Jesus") is a sweet gentle love who accepts everything. Is this true?
But now thus saith Yahweh that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called by thy name: thou art Mine. When thou passest through the waters, I with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I Yahweh thy Elohim, the Set-apart One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. Since thou wast precious in My sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. Fear not: for I with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; every one that is called by My Name: for I have created him for my esteem, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. Doth not this sound merciful? And these are the words of Yahweh, from Isaiah 43:1-7. And again in Isaiah 55:6-7. Seek ye Yahweh while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto Yahweh, and He will have mercy upon him, and to our Elohim, for He will abundantly pardon. Do you want another one? Say unto them, As I live, saith Yahweh, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? (Ezekiel 33:11) And how about this commonly known one? Do people truly know what it means when they quote it? For Yahweh so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting Life. (John 3:16) Is not Yahweh quite merciful?
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak righteous things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. (Matthew 12:34) But when He had turned about and looked on His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, "Get thee behind Me, satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of Yahweh, but the things that be of men." (Mark 8:33) So.... the next time someone wants to tell you that Yahweh is harsh and Yahshua is all mercy and love, share these Scriptures with them. Do not do it in a know-it-all-ish way; just humbly help them see their error.
I and My Father are One. (John 10:30)
3. Is "the Law" several Books in "the Old Testament"?
Examples of Yahweh's Laws: Neither shall ye profane My Set-apart Name, but I will be Set-apart among the children of Israel: I Yahweh which set you apart, that brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your Elohim: I Yahweh. (Exodus 22:32-33) But cleave unto Yahweh your Elohim, as ye have done unto this day. Take careful heed therefore unto your souls, that ye love Yahweh your Elohim. Now therefore, fear Yahweh, and serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt: and serve ye Yahweh. Now, therefore, put away the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto Yahweh Elohim of Israel. And Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of Yahweh, and took a great stone, and set it up there, under an oak that was by the Set-apart Place of Yahweh. (Joshua 23:8,11;24:14,23,26) Sing aloud unto Yahweh our strength: make a joyful noise unto the Elohim of Jacob. (Psalm 81:1) Be still, and know that I am Yahweh. (Psalm 46:10) Be ye not as the horse, as the mule which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. Be glad in Yahweh, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. (Psalm 32:9,11) Many people, in "accepting" the Psalms as "part of the valid Scriptures" :-(, read right over them, their eyes shut to the many doctrines therein. Remove not the old landmark, and enter not into the fields of the fatherless; For their Redeemer is Mighty; He shall plead their cause with thee. Don't look ahead just yet. Try to guess where that law came from. Deuteronomy? Exodus? Wrong. It came from the Book of Proverbs, chapter 23, verses 10 and 11. Therefore, turn thou to thy Elohim; keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy Elohim continually. (Hosea 12:6) ... whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. (Matthew 5:28) If you are interested, Matthew 5 is a wonderful chapter of expoundings on the Law, that is, making even MORE regulations. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of Yahweh. (John 3:3) Know ye not that ye are the temple of Yahweh, and the Spirit of Yahweh dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of Yahweh, him shall Yahweh destroy; for the temple of Yahweh is set-apart, which ye are. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. (1 Corinthians 3:16-18) Here is one I really like: Whether, therefore, ye eat, or drink, or whatever ye do, do all to the esteem of Yahweh. (1 Corinthians 10:31) Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks; for this is the will of Yahweh in HaMashiach Yahweh concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is right. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very Elohim of peace sanctify you wholly; and your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Supreme Yahshua HaMashiach. Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24)
So... are our hearts set on Yahweh. If we are not keeping His Law, how can we please Him? Grant it, it is hard to always do what is right, and we do make mistakes, but are our hearts set on pleasing Him? Do we find ourselves wanting to do what we want, rather than what is His perfect will? (Confession on my part! :-( ) Do we do this with "small issues"? Yahshua blesses the one who has "been faithful over a few things", and continues to say, "I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Ruler." (Matthew 25:23)
Is Yahweh's Law in our hearts? "I delight in the Law of Yahweh..." A psalm? "Old Testament"? Romans 7:22 - "For I delight in the Law of Yahweh after the inward man."
"If ye then be risen with Messiah, seek those things which are above, where Messiah sitteth on the right hand of Yahweh: Set your affection on things above, not on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Messiah in Yahweh. When Messiah, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in splendor. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleaness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: for which things sake the wrath of Yahweh cometh on the children of disobedience, in the which ye also walked sometime, when ye lived in them. But now you also put off all these, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the renewed man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him, where there is neither Greek, nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond, nor free: but Messiah is all, and in all. Put on therefore as the elect of Yahweh, set apart and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long suffering, forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel again any: even as Messiah forgave you, so also ye. And above all these things love, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of Yahweh rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body: and be ye thankful. Let the word of Messiah dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with [thanks] in your hearts to Yahweh. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, all in the Name of the Ruler Yahshua, giving thanks to Yahweh and the Father by Him. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husband, as it is fit in Yahweh. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things; for this is well-pleasing unto Yahweh. Fathers, provoke not your children, lest they be discouraged. Servants, obey in all things your rulers according to the flesh; not with eye service, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing Yahweh. And whatever ye do, do heartily, as to Yahweh, and not unto men, knowing that of Yahweh ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance; for ye serve Yahshua Messiah. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done, and there is no respect of persons. Rulers, give unto your servants that which is just and equal, knowing that ye also have a Ruler in heaven. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving, praying also for us, that Yahweh would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Messiah, for which I am also in bonds; that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with [favour], seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man." (Colossians 3:1 - 4:6)
(Did you notice how many Laws there were in that passage of Scripture?)