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Great blessings introduce our pesukim for today, however even greater curses are meted out to those who turn their backs on Adonai and His Torah. These pesukim reminds me of the pesuk in the 10th chapter of Sefer Haigret Ivirim (Hebrews):
Hebrews 10:30b-31 “...Adonai will judge His people.” 31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
On the positive side of these "curses" comes the reality of the history of the Jewish People, the Nation of Israel, and these pesukim become a powerful testimony to those who refuse to believe, namely self-labeled "atheists".
These warnings for disobedience are actually "proof statements", that Adonai is a God who speaks and does. The history of Israel follows the path of these curses. Exiles, persecution, annihilation, genocide, holocaust, pogroms, inquisitions, and all kinds of Anti-Semitism throughout the last 2,000 years actually proves that God has kept His promises, that if "WE" (not someone else), us/we/ourselves, continue to turn our backs on Adonai and His Torah, all of these curses written in the book will continue...
As our pesukim say:
45 “All these curses will come upon you and pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed—because you did not listen to the voice of Adonai your God, to keep His mitzvot and statutes that He commanded you. 46 They will be a sign and a wonder on you and your descendants forever.
As Jewish Messianic believers, we have a calling, Adonai gave us Eternal Life in Messiah Yeshua - NOT THAT WE SHOULD GO ON SINNING.
Rather, now, if we are saved, Born Again, and filled with the Ruach Elohim, now we CAN KEEP HIS TORAH! And rightly - WE SHOULD BE ZEALOUS TO DO SO!
And we should not think that it is impossible for us to keep Torah...(for that was our condition before we were saved), but now that we are saved, and we have the Righteousness of Yeshua dwelling IN US...then the pesuk written to the Philippians applies now to us:
Philippians 4:13 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
13 I can do all things through Messiah who strengthens me.
YES WE CAN DO ALL THINGS!!! And we can live and walk and keep the Torah the way Messiah did through Him...
Not to merit our salvation - that has already been accomplished. Rather, to walk with Him in the light of Torah, the way Messiah taught us, to let our Light Shine, that others will see our works and glorify our Father in Heaven!
Ya'akov (James) 1:21 So put away all moral filth and excess of evil and receive with humility the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror— 24 for once he looks at himself and goes away, he immediately forgets what sort of person he was. 25 But the one who looks intently into the perfect Torah, the Torah that gives freedom, and continues in it, not becoming a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts—he shall be blessed in what he does.
As we now draw close to the end of Elul, and as the Rosh Chodesh of the 7th month approaches - let us be purified, dedicated and renewed once again to the Glorious Torah that our God has given us, and His Messiah taught us how to live.