Monday, January 26, 2015

Sons of Love

Writing to one of the most persecuted communities of his day, Paul reminded and instructed them regarding their relationship with one another, and how to conduct themselves in everyday affairs:  “But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by Elohim to love one another; and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia [or where ever you are]. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more;  that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you,  that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing” (1 Thessalonians 4:9-12).   There is one thing that is so important to YHVH that He Himself imparts it to us, just as the above scripture points out: “for you yourselves are taught by Elohim to love one another.”

Yeshua also taught us by stating:  “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34). One of His disciples later expands on that by stating:  “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of Elohim; and everyone who loves is born of Elohim and knows Elohim(1 John 4:7 emphasis added). 

Do we have to know YHVH in order to love our brothers?  Perhaps a popular song of a few decades ago gives us the answer: “To Know Him is to Love Him.” This statement surely applies to our Heavenly Father and to Yeshua.  Thus only YHVH Himself can teach us to love one another, and that is by knowing Him.  I find it very interesting that immediately after YHVH makes a declaration of a new covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah, He announces the following: "No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know YHVH,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says YHVH” (Jeremiah 31:34).   Isaiah states that, “All your son shall be taught by YHVH, and great shall be their peace.”  (Isaiah 54:13). 

Hosea declares that we of the lost sheep of the house of Israel, who were called “not my people”, will be called “the sons of the living Elohim” (Hosea 1: 9-10).  What characterizes these sons of Elohim is that they share the same nature as their Father, and that is love and peace.  He also said that “I will put My Torah in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people” (Jeremiah 31:33 emphasis added), thus nullifying the curse that He placed upon them/us when He declared that we were “not His people and He was not our Elohim.”

We will never be called the “sons of the living Elohim” if we do not have this love for one another that He imparts to us through the Spirit of the Renewed Covenant, leading, teaching, and revealing to us His divine nature.  (Read 2 Peter 1:2-4)

“All your son shall be taught by YHVH, and great shall be their peace” and may I add, “love” (Isaiah 54:13).

 We feel very strongly that the success or failure of the Etz B’ney Yosef National Congress will be based on the maturity and love referred to in this article.

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