Previously, we expressed what we believe: the Kingdom of Elohim is here in the now and not some future event as some suspect. In order to understand this concept, consider King David’s words of worship. He too believed that the Kingdom of Elohim was in the here and the now in his days.
“Hashem, Elohim of our ancestor Israel, may you be praised forever and ever! 11Yours, Adonai, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, Hashem, and THIS IS YOUR KINGDOM. We adore you as the one who is over all things. 12Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength” (1 Chronicles 29:11-3).
From King David’s statement, we can observe several things. Firstly, Israel’s King was recognizing that Hashem alone was in rulership of the entire universe; thus, he sanctified his Most Holy Name. Then, King David recognized that the Israeli people who were being Torah Observant consisted of the identity we now come to recognize as the Heavenly Father’s possession, the Kingdom of Elohim. In other words, we see that the Kingdom of Elohim comprised of two essential components, the Children of Israel and Torah without which the Kingdom of Elohim is nonexistent.
Is it true that Hashem is King? King David believed this (Psalm 10:16, 93:1, 97:1 and 99:1). Here’s the interesting thing about the Heavenly Father’s rulership. King David reasoned that just as much as the Heavenly Father is the King who reigns for all eternity, so too HIS Torah is equally eternal: “Your royal laws cannot be changed. Your reign, Hashem, is holy forever and ever” (Psalm 93:5).
What means this? This means that if any given individual reasons that the law was done away with, then he’s publically professing that Elohim is NOT the king of his heart. In fact, he’s making the Heavenly Father’s rulership commonplace and is demonstrating to be in complete deviance to His Sovereign authority. From this, King Solomon reasoned, “Elohim detests the prayers of a person who ignores Torah” (Proverbs 28:9). Why? This is because the person who rejects Torah also rejects the Heavenly Father’s rulership in his life and does all sorts of abominable things. Besides the fact that the deviant eat abominable things, he too spews all sorts of abominations out of his mouth.
Repentance becomes available to the individual when a society of Torah observant people draws near to the wicked. In the Brit Chadashah, we read the following: “[…] And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined” (Matthew 4:16). What light was this that shone in the midst of darkness? It was the light of Torah. When the light of Torah is made available to the wicked, the opportunity exists where the wicked can “turn” from his deeds and start to execute the Heavenly Father’s good deeds. As a result, Yeshua would preach, “Repent (i.e., turn… run) of your sins (i.e., violations to the commandments of Torah) and turn to Elohim, for the Kingdom of Heaven (i.e., a group of people who are Torah Observant) is near (i.e., close enough for you to touch)” (Matthew 4:17).
When both a Torah Observant community and the teachings of Torah are made available, the light pierces the darkness and the wicked can see the light that shines plainly in front of them. Then, justice can be established, “19 And the judgment is based on this fact: Elohim’s light (i.e., Torah) came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light (i.e., Torah) and refuse to go near it for fear their sins (i.e., violations to the commandments of Torah) will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light (i.e., Torah) so others can see that they are doing what Elohim wants” (1 John 3:19-21).
So, whenever someone tries to discourage you from observing the Heavenly Father’s commandments, remember what the Scriptures say about the entire matter, take heed, and know that your function is to let your light shine. Happy Chanukah.
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