Before the fall of man, Adam, Eve & our Creator lived in communion, walking together in the midst of the garden. How many times did He call out for them and they answered joyfully and eagerly like a child to his father before that fateful day where they hid? Hide from His presence and commune. How long were they together before they hid themselves from the community within the garden?
And so they were cast from the presence of God, forever needing a mediator between them.Many think of Adam and Eve as tending the garden, which they did. But was this the sole purpose of there existence? To tend the garden? Or did the Creator also enjoy, more than anything, living among his creation and having communion with them, us? Why did he call on them, and why was he disappointed to have them fall from his presence?
Because we were created to be in union with our Creator. He wants to enjoy our successes, to laugh with us, and to be our best friend and companion. Just like we do with out own children.
God has been in the process of restoring this relationship ever since. He established a covenant with Yisrael in which he promised to be their God, and that they would be his people. At the mountain, he offered them his voice. He wanted desperately to talk with his children. This was the whole purpose in creating them. To enjoy fellowship with them.
God offered his voice, but told Yisrael it came with fire, a common biblical symbol of purging and purification. But rather than embrace the Creator’s outstretched hand of love and fellowship, and endure the accompanying purging process, they came up with an alternative solution. Moshe was asked to mediate between God and Yisrael, because the fire would kill them if they had to endure the relationship alone. So rather than enjoying a face-to-face relationship with the Creator as Moshe did, they were content with a list of laws to live by.
What this reveals to me is either we will accept living out of a relationship with our Creator or we will live out of a list of laws. And I agree with the writings of the Apostles that ‘the end of the law is death. Trying to keep laws, no matter how good they are, ends up producing death processes of guilt, condemnation, depression, discouragement, and heaviness within me. If we are lead by the Spirit, we are not under the law. If we will walk in fellowship with the Creator, we will find ourselves spontaneously living the demands of the law. We no longer will find the law a burden to us, but we will be living through the person of Yeshua HaMoshiach.
Where the only thing that matters in life is communion with Him. Kol l’Moshiach, all unto Messiah.
It is true that the Torah given Moshe is important, even very important. But it must never become the goal in and of itself. If it does we have moved back from relationship to law. These things are important only so far as they are products of the communion between us and our Creator.
I did not marry my wife so that she would serve me. I married her so that we could be together, enjoy each other’s company, and share our lives. What I want most from my wife is not her service or her obedience but her love. Yeshua is the husband of us all, He is the bridegroom and we are the bride. He is not married to us solely so that we may serve Him, but to share His love.
And this is eternal life, that they may know the only true God, and Yeshua the Messiah who you have sent. Eternal life is knowing the Creator. Knowing means to have an intimate relationship with. The gift of eternal life is to be in a relationship forever with our Creator.
The Torah of the Kingdom is about how to be in relationship with Eloheinu, our God. It was given through Yeshua the Messiah, God our savior, the Messiah from whom Torah poured fourth out of Tziyon, as his blood poured out as an offering for our sins.
Moshiach has come, haTorah Chadasha has been proclaimed as promised by the prophets. Yeshua is He, our hope of Glory.
"When you awake in the morning, learn something to inspire you and mediate upon it, then plunge forward full of light with which to illuminate the darkness." -Rabbi Tzvi Freeman
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