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"I am Yahovah your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me." (Ex. 20:2-3)

 

May 2015
 
 
Subject: Boundary of Yahovah
 
 
A few years ago I read a book by Aaron Eby, a Messianic Jew, and author of "Boundary Stones." This book supports the idea that Christians are enclosed in the boundary of Elohim's Word which must not be breached. This book is important for two reasons. First, it is written from the perspective of a Jew who accepts the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua, as the promised one sent from Yahovah the Creator. Secondly, it sets out to show the relationship of the Christian to the Law of the Word of Elohim. "The 'Law' is a biblical term for the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. They are also called the "Books of Moses" because Moses wrote them. In the Hebrew language, the language in which the Old Testament was written, the first five books are collectively called the Torah. Torah is a word that means "instruction.” God's intention for giving the Torah is to instruct His people, as well as you and I, in holiness:
   
     The Lord said to Moses, "Come up to me on the
     mountain and wait there, that I may give you the,
     tables of stone, with the law and the command-
     ments, which I have written for their instruction."
     (Exodus 24:12. underline emphasis added)
 
Our Father, Yahovah, knows the end from the beginning and foreknew that men would seek to change His word in order to establish their own righteousness: "For they being ignorant of Yahovah's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of Yahovah." (Romans 10:3) Men simply do not want to worship and serve, nor obey his Creator but seek to become god themselves!
 
Those of us who make a claim of following Yeshua/Jesus have a boundary which we must not go beyond because, if or when we do, we step outside of the will of Almighty Elohim. For Yahovah says: "Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse." (Deuteronomy 11:26) Also, "And you shall be careful to observe all the statutes and judgments which I set before you today." (Deuteronomy 11:32); "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;" (Deuteronomy 30:19)
 
In Boundary Stones Aaron Eby mentions two scriptural passages which are most appropriate to keeping lovers of Yahovah's word within His protection for worshipping Him and being conformed to the image of His Son, our Savior, Yeshua. The first is found at Deuteronomy 19:14: "You shall not remove your neighbor's landmark, which the men of old have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that Yahovah your Elohim is giving you to possess." This passage of scripture is titled: "The Sacred Landmark." -- In the second, Mr. Eby references a quote also from scripture establishing the importance of keeping within Elohim's boundary or landmark for His people: "'Cursed be anyone who moves his neighbor's landmark' and all the people shall say 'amen.'" (Deuteronomy 27:17)
 
The Holy Scriptures are a boundary for those of us who love our heavenly Father who, by the way, is a Jealous Elohim; any worship or consorting with other gods is an abomination to Him and brings death, not life to anyone who forsakes Him in spirit and in truth! The Holy Scriptures, being the Christian's boundary, is a fence surrounding us, or a hedge about us; as an example, we who seek to please Yahovah are protected as Job was: "Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land." (Job 1:10)
 
As long as we stay within the boundaries of the scriptures we are protected by the power of the Almighty: "Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live...;" "But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of Yahovah your Elohim to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today that all these curses will come upon you and over take you:" (Deuteronomy 8:1 & 28:15)

The choice for those of us who want to avoid being cursed is to choose to do what the Almighty says to do. Do you remember what He said at Malachi 3:6: “For I Am Yahovah, I do not change;...” Since our LORD does not change His commandments are yet valid and He expects us to keep them. Therefore, if a preacher or one of the thousands of denominations tell you, that you can keep any day you choose to worship the Eternal, or you are under grace and not the Law/Instruction; and insist upon the misguided notion that the Apostles changed the day of worship to the first day of the week, Sunday, instead of worshipping on the Sabbath; well, make a note: “Moreover, I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am Yahovah who sanctifies them. Yet the house of Israel (the church) rebelled against Me in the wilderness (every state which claims to support the cause of Christ has rebelled); they did not walk in My statutes; they despised My judgments ‘which if a man does he shall live by them’; and they greatly defiled My Sabbaths. Then I said I would pour out My fury on them in the wilderness, to consume them.” (Ezekiel 20:12-13)

Ask yourself this question: What is the basis for the so called “New Testament” to support its claims? Is it not that which Christ, Ha Mashiach, came to fulfill/make complete? Did not He say as much? Listen to His words: “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. (Matthew 5:18) My next question is, do you think He meant what He said or not?  Remember, Messiah came to uphold and die according to the scriptures! Do you think He would allow the disciples to change the very reason for His sacrifice? Not only do I not think so. I know so; He would not and neither would His Father!
 
It must be made perfectly clear to those of us who want to please our Father Yahovah that what is falsely called “The Old Testament” is the foundation “Boundary Stones” for the word of the Eternal. Pay particular attention and thoroughly digest what author Aaron Eby says in his book Boundary Stones:

“The story of the Bible is fascinating. It did not drop out of heaven as a complete unit. It was neither discovered etched on golden tablets nor dictated from beginning to end to a single prophet. Instead, God revealed it to mankind over hundreds of years in successive stages.
      
The first portion of the Bible to be revealed was the Torah. God gave the Torah to the Israelites through Moses and verified it audio-visually to millions of individuals at Mount Sinai. God established His authority by redeeming the Israelites from Egypt and then entered into covenant with them.

For some time, the five books of Moses constituted the only Bible anyone had. Nontheless, God had worked into the Torah the ability (and inevitability) for additional revelation to come. The Torah specifically cover the topic of prophets in Deuteronomy chapters 13 and 18. Certainly an impostor could claim to be a prophet from God while leading Israel astray through false words. There had to be some way for the Israelites to be certain whether a prophet was from God.

One criterion seems obvious: if the prophet gives a prophecy that does not come to pass, then he is a false prophet (Deuteronomy 18:21-22). But what if the prophet demonstrates his power with some kind of miraculous sign? Although this might be tempting as evidence for divine backing, the Torah does not consider such a display as validating prophet credentials (Deuteronomy 13:1-4). The Torah does not even question whether the sign was a scientifically explainable hoax or an authentic supernatural event.
 
Instead, the final criterion for a true prophet is that he willl not lead people to rebel against God, disobey His commandments, or turn from the way God showed them. (Deuteronomy 13:2-5) Thus, the Torah set a precedent whereby each successive wave of revelation would be tested by the revelation that came before. As each prophet or teacher came to Israel, his words were tested againsst the testimony of the Torah. The authenticity of each revelation verfied through comparison with each of the previous stages." 
 
Earlier I suggested you should ask yourself a question regarding the basis on which the "New Testament" supports its claims. Whatever you may think is not as important as this Scripture: "Then He said to them, 'These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.'" (Luke 24:44) The boundary of the Apostolic Scriptures (New Testament) is enclosed in the Torah (The Law of Moses, Prophets, and Psalms)!
 
I close with a glaring yet sad picture of where the preachers and church are, in my view, in the eyes of our Father Yahovah the Eternal: "Her priests (preachers) have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them... Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, seeing false visions, and divining lies for them, saying, 'Thus says Yahovah Elohim,' when Yahovah had not spoken" (Ezekiel 22:26-28).
A sad commentary for that day which has extended to this day and age!
 
You must seek the truth, practice it and be accounted worthy to enter into His  kingdom!
 
Until the next time, In His service, James A. Chisolm

 

 

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