Joy is “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness” which is usually brought about by “success or satisfaction” (OED 2013). I’m quite sure you know what this feeling is like. If anything, we can agree that joy is that overwhelming sensation that overwhelms our very hearts to the point that we leap and shout and even extend our arms because of the sense of relief occurred.
Just as much as each and every one of us has had this overwhelming sense of gladness within our very hearts, so too the Bible says that Yeshua had this very same emotional experience within his own body. The Brit Chadasha (Hebrew for New Testament) says, “At that same time Yeshua was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said, “O Father, L-rd of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way” (Luke 10:21). Why did Yeshua rejoice? Messiah Yeshua rejoiced for his disciples when his disciples carried out the simple instructions that were already laid out in Torah and were able to achieve success in making the Heavenly Father’s manifold blessings made manifest among the children of Israel (reference Luke 10:16-20).
Though many may contend against living holy and righteous lives as stipulated in Torah, th very instructions that the Heavenly Father provided the children of Israel to obey, the Bible is quite clear to mention:
7 The instructions of Hashem are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of Hashem are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The commandments of Hashem are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of Hashem are clear, giving insight for living. 9 Reverence for Hashem is pure, lasting forever. The laws of Hashem are true; each one is fair. 10 They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb (reference Psalm 19:7-10).
To what does the Bible compare the joy that procedes forth from the Heavenly Father Himself? The Bible says, “Then at last Hashem of Heaven’s Armies will himself be Israel’s glorious crown. He will be the pride and joy of the remnant of his people” (Isaiah 28:5). In fact, this very same prophet believed that Israel’s restoration to her former glory is a direct association with the Heavenly Father’s joy being made manifest here on the earth.
“3 Hashem will comfort Israel again and have pity on her ruins. Her desert will blossom like Eden, her barren wilderness like the garden of Hashem. Joy and gladness will be found there. Songs of thanksgiving will fill the air. 4 ‘Listen to Me, My people. Hear me, Israel, for My Torah will be proclaimed, and My justice will become a light to the nations. 5 My mercy and justice are coming soon. My salvation is on the way. My strong arm will bring justice to the nations. All distant lands will look to Me and wait in hope for My powerful arm. 6 Look up to the skies above, and gaze down on the earth below. For the skies will disappear like smoke, and the earth will wear out like a piece of clothing. The people of the earth will die like flies, but My salvation lasts forever. My righteous rule will never end! 7 Listen to Me, you who know right from wrong, you who cherish My Torah in your hearts. Do not be afraid of people’s scorn, nor fear their insults’” (Isaiah 51:3-7).
Will we be mocked and scorned for listening to the Heavenly Father’s instructions as prescribed in Torah? Very much so! Still, we have more of a reason to rejoice. Just as the Heavenly Father continues to restore Israel to her former glory, we too can look forward to the day that He gathers up again all the dispersed children of Israel to the land from among the nations of the earth and submit all of mankind to His righteous decrees as stipulated in Torah. Even as we look forward to this future glory where the Heavenly Father rules over the nations of the earth, so too we reflect on these words, “So you received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the severe suffering it brought you. In this way, you imitated both us and [Yeshua] the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 1:6). Yes, we will be mocked and hated, but our current suffering does not compare to the future glory we will enjoy with Messiah (reference John 12:41-50, compare with Haggai 2:6-9, Romans 8:15-39).
So, instead of fearing men who can only give you temporary joy, we recommend that you fear Elohim, follow His instructions as embodied in Torah while imitating Messiah Yeshua and look forward to the day that you will really enjoy the true joy that can only come from the Heavenly Father that stems from faithful obedience to His ways: “When he arrived and saw this evidence of Elohim's blessing, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true to Hashem”(Acts 11:19-30).
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