Before the fall of man, Adam, Eve & our heavenly Father lived in fellowship, 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? Hiding from His presence. How long were they united 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 Father also enjoy, more than anything, living among his creation and having a relationship with them? Why did he call on them, and why was he disappointed to have them hide 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 our own children.
Our Father has been in the process of restoring this relationship ever since. He established a covenant with Israel in which he promised to be their God and that they would be his people, forever. 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 a relationship with them.
God offered his voice, but told Israel it came with fire, a common biblical symbol of purging and purification. But rather than embrace the Father’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 Israel, 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 Father 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 be resorted to living out of a list of laws.
These laws were designed to pattern the relationship you were supposed to have with the Father, and reveal the way to return back to the truth of the life we once lived with him. In the law, and the prophets, was revealed the way back to our intimate relationship with the Father.
Being resorted to living out laws to relate to God, no matter how good they are, only ends up producing death processes of guilt, condemnation, depression, discouragement, and heaviness within me. There is always more sin to rid the very next day. It’s a labor, of love? Yet, if we are lead by the Spirit we are not under the law. Because the law is of the Spirit, but righteousness does not come through the law.
Because, if we will walk in fellowship with the Father we will find ourselves spontaneously living the demands of the law. We no longer will find the law a laborious burden to us, but we will be living righteously through the person of Yeshua HaMoshiach. Which brings life, and life more abundantly.
So, the only thing that matters in life is a relationship with Him. Kol l’Moshiach, all unto Messiah.
It is true that the Torah given Moshe is important, even very important. As Rabbi Joshua Brumbach said; ”
The Torah and the Jewish people are interwoven together and cannot be separated. The Torah, and the way it has been uniquely interpreted and applied over time, defines us as a people. In a play on the famous quote from Ahad Ha’Am,1 one could even say: More than the Jews have kept Torah, Torah has kept the Jews.
But for me 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 by-products of the relationship between us and our Father. Not the actual substance of the relationship. Which is eternal life in Messiah Yeshua through the indwelling of the Spirit of the Father.
I am desperate for God because He is desperately seeking a relationship with me. Not through the law but through the Spirit He gave us through Yeshua our Messiah.
I did not marry my wife so that she would serve me. I married her so that we could live life together, enjoying each other’s company. 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 Father. Knowing means to have an intimate relationship with him. The gift of eternal life is to be in a relationship forever with our Father, forever.
The Torah of the Kingdom is about how to be in relationship with our Father. 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.
I am so desperate for God because He was so desperate to have a relationship with me that he lived the life of Yeshua to redeem my soul! He first loved me, and showed me how much I meant to him. By always being with me even though I was running from him. And offering his life on the cross for me. I ran and ran and finally collapsed on the ground, only to have him right there saying …. “still love you, David”, “want my help yet?”
OH GOD YES! Please come make your home in me!
May our desperation never subside till the day we are united as one forever in the Kingdom of Yeshua!
"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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