Morning Devotions; Joshua 4

What is it that makes a person a Hebrew?

Our Father Abraham was the first Hebrew, which is not the same as being Jewish (a title from the name of a great-grandson of Abraham, Jude). At some point Abraham had crossed from pagan Babylon to The Land of Promise. It was both a physical and spiritual distance. Earlier this year we looked at one of Abraham’s ancestors from the time of evil Nimrod and his city of Babel. Eber, who escaped the wickedness of Babel and the judgment of the tower built, is the person we get the name Hebrew from. He crossed the Euphrates River, putting it between himself and the religion of Nimrod. Again, a physical and spiritual crossing over. Every person of the earliest examples of Faith (a word which comes to us from the Hebrew, ‘amen) made a physical and spiritual “crossing over” to become a Hebrew.

This week, in Ladies Devotions, we are looking at Joshua chapter 4. The bulk of the chapter is about the Twelve Stones collected from the dry bed of the Jordan River as a memorial, but a memorial to what? It is easy to miss that once again, the children of Israel became Hebrews. They made a supernatural crossing into the land of promise. The twelve river stones became a memorial to that crossing. Their parents crossed the Red Sea on a supernatural dry path, now this generation is about to do the same through the swollen Jordan River. They were the generation that had to make this crossing in their time…. So are you!

You must become a Hebrew. Jesus said, “You must be born again.” A supernatural crossing from death to life. Going to church, attending a Christian School, living in a family who does these things are important, but unless you yourself make the crossing you are no different than the millions of people in this world who do not know the Son of the Almighty!

What do you have to do to make the crossing? To become a person of Faith in Y’shua-Jesus?

Actually YOU do not have to DO anything. Eternal Life is a free gift that the Almighty gives to people who believe (the noun form of ‘amen). It is the loving-kindness of the Almighty (known as Grace in the New Testament).

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 nasu

The problem with people is that we are sinners. We are unable to receive the gift of the Almighty because of our sin. The Almighty insists on our obedience to Him on The Way. We cannot even keep the basic 10 Commandments He has given.

Have you ever told a lie? Even a little lie? Then you have broken 9th commandment.

Have you ever used the name of the Almighty or his Son as a cuss word? Then you are guilty of the 3rd commandment.

Have you ever wanted something that doesn’t belong to you? Made plans on how you will get it instead of practicing thankfulness for what you have? Then you are guilty of the 10th commandment.

James, the earthly sibling of Y’shua wrote,

For whoever keeps the whole (Torah) and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. James 2:10

If you are guilty of breaking one of the commandments then you need to pay for that violation and are unqualified to receive the free gift of eternal life. Now what? We have two equal and opposite problems.

1. The Almighty loves us and desires that we have eternal life.

The LORD appeared to him (Israel in this passage) from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness (grace).” Jeremiah 31:3

2. The Almighty will NEVER violate his own word. He is Just and there must be a blood sacrifice, not of an animal but of the person who sins (violates the Torah-law) for sin.

Then YHVH passed by in front of him (Moses) and proclaimed, “YHVH, YHVH God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness (grace) and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet (even so) He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.” Exodus 34:6-7

“Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die. Ezekiel 18:4

So just to recap, the Almighty loves us and offers eternal life to us without cost; it is a freely given gift. The problem is, we are sinners who cannot accept the gift without spilling blood to pay for the sin that separates us from Him. How can the problem be solved? In Y’shua ha Mashiach, Jesus who is the Christ, the Son of the Almighty who came to earth, requiring him to give up the glory of who he was in Heaven to live on earth as a Son of Man. He NEVER sinned, he NEVER violated any of the commandments, ever, so he did not have to pay for his own sin with his own blood. But you know that he died on that horrible Roman cross, you know he took a beating, you know he was humiliated and paraded in front of crowds of people as someone who deserved to die for his sin. Why? Why did that happen? Why did the Almighty, who could turn sea into dry land, who could stop the armies of the Pharaoh, who could cause His Son to be born of a virgin, and hide him in Egypt while nearly every other infant in the land died when wicked Herod tried to eliminate Him, Why did this tragedy happen with the cross if this Y’shua-Jesus was an innocent man?

It was all about you.

The cross should have been your tragedy. The beating, the humiliation, the spilling of blood should have been yours. But most of all, the death He died, He died for YOU. He paid YOUR price for YOUR sin. If he had sinned he would not have been qualified to suffer for you. He died so that you can live. Remember that free gift that the Almighty wants to give to you? It is only said to be free because Y’shua, the Son of the Almighty paid your price.  How do you receive it? It is all about living a life that says “’AMEN.”

What does it mean to have faith? It is to

What does it mean to have faith? It is to “amen” the Word of the Almighty, the Torah, by living it. What does it mean to believe? It is to Stand Firm, to guard the truth of Torah, which is your ‘amen. Amen, amen – believe, faith.

Amen is believe. Not like you may believe that Barak Obama is the current president of the United States. Nor like you believe in gravity. To believe is a noun. It is embracing something you cannot see as though it is as solid as gravity. It is knowing that Y’shua-Jesus paid for you with his blood because he loves you.

Amen is also faith. Faith is a verb. Faith is to live, to stand firm on the Torah-Word of the Almighty. It is to let Y’shua-Jesus live His life through your life. It is knowing that you died with Him and now He lives in you. Your life is now His, but he has given it back to you. You get to choose Him. That is the gift of life. Am I saying that this free gift is about keeping the Torah-the Law? No, you cannot keep it by your own effort, and if you could you would not need to be saved from sin because you would not have any sin if you could keep the Torah, the Word of the Almighty.

 For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness.  But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: “DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, ‘WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN?’ (that is, to bring Christ down),  or ‘WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).”  But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”–that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,  that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture (the Torah) says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” Romans 10:5-13

To call on the Name is to believe, to know him, to receive the gift of Life!

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.  John 6:47

Call on him, talk to him, tell him that you want this eternal life, that you are guilty of sin and cannot save yourself, that you believe that the blood of Y’shua-Jesus is enough and that you accept that truth. This is your time to make your supernatural crossing, to become a Hebrew. By faith. He will give you your memorial stone, a testimony of who you are to him.
Mrs. Hagerty, October 26, 2015

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