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					                                The Scroll of Eleazar: Revival
The Scroll of Eleazar: Revival ............................................................................................ 1
  Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy loving-
  kindness........................................................................................................................... 3
     Consider ‫ האר‬ra'ah ....................................................................................................... 3
     Love ‫' בהא‬ahab ............................................................................................................ 5
     Quicken ‫ היח‬chayah..................................................................................................... 7
     Loving-Kindness ‫ דסח‬checed ...................................................................................... 9
  I have remember thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept thy law .................. 12
     Remember ‫ רכז‬zakar.................................................................................................. 12
     In the night ‫ ליל‬layil .................................................................................................. 14
     Have kept ‫ רמש‬shamar .............................................................................................. 16
        Keep ...................................................................................................................... 16
        Observe ................................................................................................................. 17
        Heed ...................................................................................................................... 20
        Keeper ................................................................................................................... 21
        Preserve ................................................................................................................. 22
        Beware .................................................................................................................. 24
        Mark ...................................................................................................................... 26
        Watchman ............................................................................................................. 27
        Wait ....................................................................................................................... 28
        Watch .................................................................................................................... 28
        Regard ................................................................................................................... 29
  Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold ....................... 29
     Commandments ........................................................................................................ 29
        Precept................................................................................................................... 30
     Gold........................................................................................................................... 32
  The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies..... 34
     Waited ‫ קוה‬qavah....................................................................................................... 34
     To destroy me ‫' דבא‬abad ............................................................................................ 36
     I will consider ‫ ןיב‬biyn .............................................................................................. 37
        Understand ............................................................................................................ 37
        Understanding ....................................................................................................... 37
        Consider ................................................................................................................ 38
        Prudent .................................................................................................................. 39
        Perceive ................................................................................................................. 40
        Regard ................................................................................................................... 41
        Discern .................................................................................................................. 43
        Instruct .................................................................................................................. 43
     Thy Testimonies ‫` הדע‬edah ....................................................................................... 44
        Testimonies ........................................................................................................... 44
        Witness.................................................................................................................. 45
     I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous
     judgments .................................................................................................................. 47
        I will praise thee ‫ ידה‬yadah.................................................................................... 47
         Be thankful ........................................................................................................ 48
         Confess .............................................................................................................. 48
         Praise ................................................................................................................. 49
       With uprightness ‫ רשי‬yosher ................................................................................. 50
       Of heart ‫ בבל‬lebab ................................................................................................. 51
       When I shall have learned ‫ למד‬lamad .................................................................... 54
         Teach ................................................................................................................. 54
         Learn ................................................................................................................. 56
         Instruct .............................................................................................................. 57
         Diligently .......................................................................................................... 58
         Expert ................................................................................................................ 59
         Skilful................................................................................................................ 61
       Thy righteous ‫ צדק‬tsedeq....................................................................................... 61
         Unrighteous ....................................................................................................... 62
         Righteous Cause................................................................................................ 63
         Right .................................................................................................................. 64
         Righteously ....................................................................................................... 66
         Righteous .......................................................................................................... 68
       Judgments ‫ טפשמ‬mishpat....................................................................................... 72
         Sentence ............................................................................................................ 72
         Measure ............................................................................................................. 73
         Law ................................................................................................................... 74
         Discretion .......................................................................................................... 75
         Custom .............................................................................................................. 76
         Fashion .............................................................................................................. 76
         Worthy .............................................................................................................. 77
         Order ................................................................................................................. 79
         Lawful ............................................................................................................... 80
         Ordinance .......................................................................................................... 84
         Cause ................................................................................................................. 85

This section of this scroll will cover Psalms 119:159, 55, 127, 95, and verse 7 in that
order. This section will deal with revival and what God says about revival. What is our
portion and what is God’s portion in the process of revival.

Revival is a renewal of interest in something that results in it becoming popular once
more. It is the process of bringing somebody back to life, consciousness, or full strength.
In a legal sense, it is the renewal of the validity of a contract or the effect of a judicial
decision.

The synonyms for revival are broken down into two categories: (1) revitalization and (2)
resuscitation. Under revitalization we have revitalization, renewal, restoration,
stimulation, reinforcement, recovery, resumption, and resurgence. It recognizes that
something has disappeared and is the process of finding it once again. Under resuscitation
we have resuscitation and recovery.
You cannot “renew” something if you do not know that it is in decline. You cannot
restore something if you do not realize it is in the process of being abolished. You cannot
reinforce something if you do realize that it is in the process of being weakened. You
cannot revive something if you do not realize deterioration has set in. You cannot have
resurgence if you do not realize that something is on the verge of disappearing altogether.
Basically you cannot have a revival if you do not realize the need for it.

This section of the scroll covers the following scriptures found in Psalms 119.

  I. Psalms 119:159 KJV - "Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD,
     according to thy loving-kindness."
 II. Psalms 119:55 KJV – “I have remember thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have
     kept thy law.”
III. Psalm 119:127 KJV – “Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above
     fine gold.”
IV. Psalm 119:95 KJV – “The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will
     consider thy testimonies.”
 V. Psalm 119:7 – “I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have
     learned thy righteous judgments.”


Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD,
according to thy loving-kindnessI

The first word is the word “consider” and we have previously covered this, but in this
context it is asking God to “consider” some things. This word is the word “Ra-ah”

Consider ‫ האר‬ra'ah

Listing the biblical definition we have:

   1. To see, look at, inspect, perceive, consider
         a. (Qal)
                   i. To see
                  ii. To see, perceive
                 iii. To see, have vision
                 iv. To look at, see, regard, look after, see after, learn about, observe,
                      watch, look upon, look out, find out
                  v. To see, observe, consider, look at, give attention to, discern,
                      distinguish
                 vi. To look at, gaze at
         b. (Niphal)
                   i. To appear, present oneself
                  ii. To be seen
                 iii. To be visible
         c. (Pual) To be seen
           d. (Hiphil)
                  i. To cause to see, show
                 ii. To cause to look intently at, behold, cause to gaze at
           e. (Hophal)
                  i. To be caused to see, be shown
                 ii. To be exhibited to
           f. (Hithpael) To look at each other, face

Consider is a good translation of this word, in context that is. Before a decision or
judgment can take place one has to consider some things. This verse is asking that God
take into account or “consider” that the writer loves the precepts of God. He does shy
away from them, but makes an honest effort to apply those precepts.

Consider, by definition, is to reflect on something, judge something, or to take something
into account. The synonyms for this word are broken down into three categories: (1)
think, (2) think about, and (3) bear in mind. Under think we have think, believe, deem,
judge, and regard as. Under think about we have think about, mull over, reflect on,
deliberate, contemplate, take into account, and ponder. Finally under bear in mind we
have bear in mind, respect, take into account, care about, and be concerned about. The
antonym is equally revealing as well and that is disregard.

It is asking God to consider how “perfect” you are. It is asking God to “consider” how the
writer loves the precepts of God, even those that are hard to understand and shows how
imperfect he really is. This is a personal request in that he wants God to “quicken him”.
He is asking for the quickening according to God’s loving-kindness and not according to
his wrath. He resolves himself to learning the precepts of God under the loving-kindness
of God.

―Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy loving-
kindness.‖

I must point out that this is the only way to learn the precepts of God. One must humble
himself before God and ask to be taught. When God shows you something in scripture he
will reveal something that happened in the past, going on now, or will happen in the
future. It is always better to learn in an environment that is conducive to learning. This
hearkens back to a previous scripture that we have learned about.

Psalm 119:6 KJV - ―Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy
commandments.‖

We will not be ashamed of doing what God, in his loving-kindness, has taught us to do. If
God has to discipline us in order to teach us, the shame is ours. When we should have
listened, we didn’t. When we should have acted, we didn’t. The discipline is there to
show us that God is serious about his precepts. He seriously loves us, more than we will
ever know. It is not “anger” as some has suggested, but love that drives God to discipline.
This again hearkens back to another verse I have learned about.
Proverbs 11:31 KJV - "Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much
more the wicked and the sinner.‖

If those of us who receive God’s discipline here on earth as an act of loving-kindness,
think about what will happen to the ungodly (wicked) and the sinner. There for a long
time I was under the misperception that the “wicked” and the “sinner” were the same
thing. I now realize that God looks at them as two separate types of people. The “wicked”
are those who claim to know God, but refuse to live as God wants us to live. That is a life
that is obedient to him. Obedience is not an option, but a requirement. The sinner, on the
other hand, is a person that has not received the chance to either accept or reject the gift
of salvation.

―Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy loving-
kindness.‖

We should always be humble of heart to accept the lessons of God as an act of love.
When discipline comes our way, let us not get angry, but humbly accept that which is due
us. Let us learn the lessons and live the right way before him.

―O Lord, revive my heart to be obedient to you. Revive it through your loving
kindness. Revive it through your discipline when necessary. Consider, O LORD,
that I am just a man. If I have disregarded anything, O LORD, revive my heart to
obedience to even that.‖

Love ‫' אהב‬ahab

There is a related root, which is unused in Hebrew, which is a perfect example of what
should be happening in the lives of believers. That root, which I do not know how to say,
is ‫ .אבב‬The meaning of this root is what is important to note here. This root speaks of a
flower that germinates from the root system, and is kindred to the root. From that flower
should spring fruit, but needs assistance from the root to do so.

Such is the case here in this scripture as well

―Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy loving-
kindness.‖

When we are dead in our sin, we need the work of grace to revive us. We also need the
work of grace to produce fruit in our lives. It is only through a relationship through
Yeshua (Jesus Christ) that we are able to study the scriptures so that it will produce fruit
in our life.

The following is commentary from “Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary”…and it fits
rather well in our discussion.
“The closer we cleave to the word of God, both as our rule and as our stay, the
more assurance we have of deliverance. Christ is the Advocate of his people,
their Redeemer. Those who were quickened by his Spirit and grace, when they
were dead in trespasses and sins, often need to have the work of grace revived
in them, according to the word of promise. The wicked not only do not God's
statutes, but they do not even seek them. They flatter themselves that they are
going to heaven; but the longer they persist in sin, the further it is from them.
God's mercies are tender; they are a fountain that can never be exhausted. The
psalmist begs for God's reviving, quickening grace. A man, who is steady in the
way of his duty, though he may have many enemies, needs to fear none. Those
that hate sin truly, hate it as sin, as a transgression of the law of God, and a
breaking of his word. Our obedience is only pleasing to God, and pleasant to us,
when it comes from a principle of love. All, in every age, who receive God's word
in faith and love, find every saying in it faithful.”

I love the statement in which Matthew Henry states, “The wicked not only do not God’s
statutes, but they do not even seek them”. It reminds me of a previous scripture that
shocked me when I fully realized what was being said here. It fully backs up what
Matthew Henry has just said.

Psalms 119:155 KJV - "Salvation is far from the wicked (Rasha and not Chata): for
they seek not thy statutes."

One interesting side note here is that the word “salvation” is the word “Yeshua”. One can
truly say then that Jesus is far from you for you do not seek him in studying his precepts
for living in this life. It is only through the loving-kindness of Jesus Christ that he enables
me to produce the fruit that is necessary for me to produce. I once was like a dead tree
that had no life. The roots gave of it to produce life in me, and I need that root to produce
fruit. I cannot produce fruit with the work of the root. The relationship is a close one, and
the root will not attempt to produce fruit in anyone not willing to rely on it for strength. I
put the Hebrew word “rasha” above to annotate that this verse is talking to the people
who are supposed to be seeking God’s character. The word “chata” is a person that has
not had the opportunity to accept or reject Yeshua (Jesus Christ). The “wicked” are those
who are supposed to be seeking God’s character, but are not doing so. They rarely, if at
all, pick up a bible and read it much less study it. These people can flatter themselves till
they are blue in the face, but they will be blue faced wicked people. The wicked will find
themselves in the same position as the sinner.

Where is your ―love‖ of God and his word?

―Consider how I _______ thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy
loving-kindness.‖

I put a blank in there for a reason. If God were to “consider” your life right now, what
word would he put in the blank? Would he put in “love”? Or would he put something
else? Ignore? Hate? Disregard?
This word “ahab” has an interesting definition that brings the fullness of the word, in my
opinion of course…

Ahab (love): human appetite for objects such as food, drink, sleep, wisdom

So, then, if love is a demonstration of your appetite; where is your appetite for the word
of God?

The wicked have no appetite for the word of God whatsoever. There is no desire to read
or study, much less than apply it to their lives. Again, this reminds me of another passage
in the scriptures…

Amos 8:11-12 KJV - Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a
famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the
words of the LORD: and they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to
the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find [it].

In other words, they will look every but the written word of God. If you tell them to read,
study, and apply the written word of God it is almost as if you had committed a grave
crime against them. The word of God will not be found in anyplace other that what is
already written and laid bare before you! The written word of God is a testimony against
those who have no appetite to seek God for themselves.

The psalmist in this case is fully aware that “perfection” is beyond the capability of any
human being and so he is petitioning God to be mindful of how he “loves” his precepts.
The psalmist does not say “Consider how I fulfill thy precepts”, but rather “Consider how
I love thy precepts”. This is an important distinction in that the psalmist is fully aware
that unless God quickens him to do his duty with vigor and being mindful that he will be
always dependant upon the work of God in his life.

―Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy loving-
kindness.‖

Quicken ‫ חיה‬chayah

I moved over to the word quicken in that the psalmist wants God to quicken him using
the precepts laid out in the scriptures. He does not want the precepts of men, but rather
the precepts of God. He also knows that unless God quickens his spirit it will not happen.

Quicken, in the Hebrew language, is defined as:

   1. To live, have life, remain alive, sustain life, live prosperously, live for ever, be
      quickened, be alive, be restored to life or health
          a. (Qal)
                  i. To live
                          1. to have life
                          2. to continue in life, remain alive
                          3. to sustain life, to live on or upon
                          4. to live prosperously
                  ii. to revive, be quickened
                          1. from sickness
                          2. from discouragement
                          3. from faintness
                          4. from death
           b. (Piel)
                   i. To preserve alive, let live
                  ii. To give life
                 iii. To quicken, revive, refresh
                          1. to restore to life
                          2. to cause to grow
                          3. to restore
                          4. to revive
           c. (Hiphil)
                   i. To preserve alive, let alive
                  ii. To quicken, revive
                          1. to restore (to health)
                          2. to revive
                          3. to restore to life

Quicken has an interesting definition, in English, that applies quite well here. It has four
separate entries and is, in terms of usage for this section, has applications to vivify.

The entries are:

   1. Increase in speed
          a. To become faster, or make something faster
   2. Stimulate something
          a. To stimulate something such as interest or enthusiasm, or be stimulated
   3. come to life
          a. to begin a period of development
   4. move in womb
          a. to begin to move and be felt moving in the womb

Vivify, a form of vivid, applies here as well in a certain sense in that it means to cause
somebody or something to come to life or, to give liveliness or vividness to something.
The psalmist in this case is fully aware that the human race was created from the dust of
the ground, and that it was God that “breathed” the breath of life into all human beings. It
was God that began life, and that the life he created needs to be stimulated again. Sin,
entering the world through one man, caused death. Unless God “stimulates” interest in
his word and his precepts by making it applicable to you and your situation, it is nothing
more than “head knowledge”. It is when God “stimulates” a particular passage in the
bible to you that a period of development begins. The thought here is one of humility and
dependence upon God. After all it is God word, and it is God that decides “how” it is to
be understood. It takes time for a seed that is planted to sprout roots and begin a period of
development. Patience, which is a fruit of the spirit, needs to be practiced when dealing
with the period of development.

Remember when you were an awkward stage going through puberty? Your voice is
cracking, hormones start flowing, hand-eye coordination is a little off, etc. It seems as if
your entire world has just lost its mind. That particular period of development is trying on
both the person going through it, and the person that is standing there with you.

The infant is completely dependant upon “milk” for survival. As the infant grows it needs
something a little stronger in order to do the same job. Eventually it will need soft food.
As this new life develops it needs better and stronger food in order to be nourished
properly. The human body is fully aware of what it needs, and we generally get what we
need. The psalmist is talking about spiritual needs as well.

―Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy loving-
kindness.‖
If I were to put this into perspective considering just the definition we have just discussed
it would be this…

―Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy loving-
kindness. Consider the stage of development I am in you, and challenge me to go to
the next level of development with you.‖

Quicken is life that is steadily progressing, developing, and maturing.

Question: Have you asked God to develop your walk with him? Are you asking him to
reveal scripture that challenges you to go to the next level?

Remember that it is God that breathed life into Adam, and it takes God to breathe life into
his word for your life.

―Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy loving-
kindness.‖

Loving-Kindness ‫ חסד‬checed

This word is often translated into English as mercy, kindness, loving-kindness, goodness,
kindly, merciful, favor, good, and goodliness. There are some rare instances of it being
translated into English as pity, reproach, and wicked thing.

I must urge caution here when dealing with this word and the character of God.
Titus 1:15 KJV - Unto the pure all things [are] pure: but unto them that are defiled and
unbelieving [is] nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

Only the ones that have been defiled would ever think that God would act toward them in
a “wicked way”. Everything that God does is from a standpoint of his mercy, kindness,
loving-kindness, goodness, and mercy. It is mercy and goodness that discipline comes my
way so that my reproach is driven from me.

It is blasphemy, of the highest order, to ever accuse God of harboring any kind of sin,
wrong doing, or acting in any way that is unjust. The underlying though here is how we
approach things on the basis of our character. God’s character is always merciful and
good. Our character is different than that of God’s.

The prophet Ezekiel attempts to explain to the people of his day that very “Checed” of
YHVH and his words are still ringing in the ears of the righteous and the wicked.

Ezekiel 18:25-32 KJV - "Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O
house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal? When a righteous
man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in
them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. Again, when the wicked man
turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is
lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Because he considereth, and turneth
away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he
shall not die. Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house
of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal? Therefore I will judge
you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD.
Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be
your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have
transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O
house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord
GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye."

The underlying thought here is one of our approaches to things on the basis of our
individual character.

Titus 1:15 KJV - Unto the pure all things [are] pure: but unto them that are defiled and
unbelieving [is] nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

God is always pure all the time. His character is pure and is not defiled by sin,
wickedness, or evil intent towards his creation. It is sin that has defiled our character and
makes us think that God is somehow this evil bully just waiting for us to step out of line.
God loves us, yes, but that does not stop him from attempting to drive the reproach from
his creation.

Reproach: to feel ashamed because you know you have done something wrong
Discipline is there to teach us that God is good, and that he hates sin. It is to drive the
reproach and wrong doing from us that God acts in loving-kindness towards us. The
greatest act of love was demonstrated on the Cross at Calvary.

John 3:16 KJV - "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Yeshua paid the price that was ours to pay. He, who knew no sin, became sin and paid
the price so that we might live.

Isaiah 53:4-6, 9-12 KJV - "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:
yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for
our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace
was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity
of us all. ... And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death;
because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased
the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an
offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the
LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be
satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear
their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide
the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was
numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession
for the transgressors."

Hence, the wicked still think that they are now free from the Law of God without
realizing or admitting that they have been taught wrong. It was the breaking of God’s law
that Yeshua was sent into the world. It was an act of love so that the human race would
not have to perish in their transgressions. To continue to transgress against his law is to
trample under foot the Son of God.

To have your debt paid off and then go right back into debt is ingratitude of the highest
order! To be lost and be found and then deliberately get lost again is ingratitude as
well. You know the price that was paid to find you, to pay off your debt, and yet you
continue in your ingratitude and shameless and cavalier attitudes? Oh, what a wicked
generation this is!

―Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy loving-
kindness.‖

If I were to restate this to my understanding of this particular passage, it would be as
follows…

―Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy loving-
kindness.‖
O Lord, please remember that I am just man that once was lost in sin. You sent your
son to seek those that were lost, and you found me. You are my redeemer, savior, and
shield. My character has been polluted with sin, and I need your loving-kindness to
drive the reproach from me. Then shall I not be ashamed when I have respect unto all
thy commandments.

I have remember thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept
thy lawII

The underlying thought of this particular passage is the duty to know and obey scripture.
In order to do that, one must “remember” that it still exists and that it is still valid for you
and your life today.

First of all revival begins with the individual person taking responsibility for their own
salvation and taking the necessary steps to get right with God. This thought is bore out
for it says “I have remembered”. It does not say that someone else does my remembering
for me. The responsibility to remember is on the individual person.

Remember ‫ זכר‬zakar

This word is defined as:

    1) to remember, recall, call to mind
           a. (Qal) to remember, recall
           b. (Niphal) to be brought to remembrance, be remembered, be thought of, be
              brought to mind
           c. (Hiphil)
                   i. To cause to remember, remind
                  ii. To cause to be remembered, keep in remembrance
                 iii. To mention
                 iv. To record
                  v. To make a memorial, make remembrance

This word is translated into English as remember, mention, remembrance, recorder,
mindful, think, bring to remembrance, and record.

Remember, by definition, is to recall something forgotten. It is to keep something in
memory. It is to keep somebody in mind, give somebody a gift, send somebody a
greeting, or to commemorate somebody or something.

How many of us realize that something cannot be recalled or remembered if no effort was
made to put it into memory? We can remember birthdays, anniversaries, football games,
important events, holidays, etc but we cannot remember that the written word of God is
the most precious gift of all? God’s very name is written all over it. His character
overflows the very boundary of it. The more I dig into the word of God the more I realize
just how big, awesome, and loving he truly is.

I have remembered your name, O LORD!

One interesting thing in the word “zakar” is the short definition of “burn” as in the
burning of incense. This is different than “Qatar” which also means “to burn”. Qatar is
the actually burning of incense and is used in a lawful and unlawful sense. To burn
incense is not the problem; it is what name you were actually remembering that became
the problem. If you were remembering the name of YHVH then it was lawful, but to
remember the name of a false god that was unlawful. “Zakar” is used in reference in the
burning of incense in the sense of the actual name of the deity you were remembering
instead of what you actually said you were doing.

In the above phrase, “I have remembered” your name, O LORD it is a true statement in
that the psalmist is burning incense to the YHVH, in a metaphorical sense. He wants both
what he says and does to be the same. Is there scripture that bears out that what people do
is not what they actually say they do? Yes, there is.

"Thus says the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where
is the house that ye build unto me? And where is the place of my rest? For all those
things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, says the LORD: but to
this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembled at
my word. He that killed an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificed a lamb, as if he
cut off a dog's neck; he that offered an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that
burns incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their
soul delighted in their abominations. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring
their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spoke, they did
not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not." -
Isaiah 66:1-4 KJV

The people of this day thought they could go into the Temple of YHVH, make the
appropriate sacrifices and leave without making a change of heart, and without truly
reforming their ways. YHVH was telling them they were offering incense to a false god.
The sacrifices that they were offering were not accepted, and therefore their sin was still
upon them. Their sins were not atoned for, and therefore they were still accountable for
them.

The people did not want to give up those things they held dear to their hearts, the very
things that displeased YHVH. They made the appropriate sacrifices only to go right back
into their wicked ways.

It is a damnable thing to know what the way of salvation is only to turn your back on it.

In the gospel of Matthew, Yeshua tells his followers the following…
"Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine,
lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." - Matthew 7:6
KJV

Yeshua said that to his followers in reference to the “wicked” who were supposed to
know who he was, his character, and what he was therefore.

Peter also makes a mention of these people in 2 Peter in which he writes…

"For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of
the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the
latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to
have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the
holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the
true proverb, the dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to
her wallowing in the mire." - 2 Peter 2:20-22 KJV

To burn incense was never the problem. Time and time again YHVH sent prophets to
warn his people to turn away from heathen rituals that “burnt incense” to a false god
instead of what they professed with their mouths.

―I have remembered thy name, O LORD!‖

God’s name, Yahweh, is more than just a name. It comes with his very “character”, his
“Checed” which is always pure, holy, and good. We should never pollute his name with
rituals that he dislikes and has its origins steeped in mysticism and paganism. A ritual that
was formed in paganism and mysticism can never be “made holy” to the point where it is
“acceptable” unto God. God did not ask for it, and does not accept it. To do such things
“burns incense” to another “Christ” instead of the true “Christ”!

Let us make every effort to ditch the paganism that has infected our lives, homes, and
churches and start worshipping God the way he wants to be worshipped!

In the night ‫ ליל‬layil

In the night when accusations are being thrown your way, where is your love of that
person? In the night when you are seemingly alone with no friends, where is your love of
people? In the night, do you remember Yeshua in the Garden of Gethsemane?

"The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. I will
bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night
seasons. I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall
not be moved." - Psalms 16:6-8 KJV

“I shall not be moved” is simply a reminder to all of us that our foundation is Yeshua
HaMashiah.
Although this world “layil” literally is translated into nighttime, meaning from sunset to
sunrise; it is also used figuratively to mean calamity and misery (See Job 35:10, Micah
3:6, and Isaiah 21:11).

For ease of reading I have listed those passages below…

"But none say, Where is God my maker, who gives songs in the night;" - Job 35:10
KJV

Paul and Silas, in the book of Acts 16, demonstrate this vital principle that is so necessary
to the work of the people of God. Will you as Paul and Silas did in their “night”? They
were stripped, beaten, and thrown into prison. This was their “night”, it was in the midst
of calamity and misery that they remembered that God was Good, Pure, and Holy!
"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners
heard them." - Acts 16:25 KJV

Truly, Paul and Silas remembered the name of God in the midst of calamity and misery
and sang songs. For it is God alone that we have reason to sing!

Psalms 119:55 KJV, ―I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have
kept thy law.‖

The test of a prophet has always been that if what they prophesy comes true, then they are
of YHVH. If not, it will not come true, and calamity and misery shall come upon them.
This is prophesied by the prophet Micah in which he says…

"Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark
unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the
day shall be dark over them." - Micah 3:6 KJV

The Old Testament is full of warnings from YHVH about prophesying things he did not
say to prophesy. In fact he warns that if a person prophesies falsely that calamity and
misery shall come his way. Some of these false prophets try to hide the fact they
prophesied falsely using an excuse…

"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of
his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to
deceive: But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to
keep cattle from my youth. And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in
thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of
my friends." - Zechariah 13:4-6 KJV

They will be ashamed to admit that they have prophesied falsely, and the calamity and
misery that has come upon them is excused away as being the wounds of friends.
One thing to remember is that a true prophet suffers before the prophesy comes true, and
people are ashamed for not having believed and trusted what the prophet has said. A false
prophet suffers after what they have prophesied has been proven false, but not wanting to
admit their shame, they excuse it away as being the wounds of friends.

Have kept ‫ רמש‬shamar

This is another one of those topics that will quickly get people who speak the truth into a
lot of hot water from those who would rather water down the word of God instead of just
speaking what it says.

Have kept (Shamar) is a primitive root; properly, to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e.
guard; generally, to protect attend to, etc. Other words that bring out the definition is
beware, be circumspect, take heed (to self), keep(-er, self), mark, look narrowly, observe,
preserve, regard, reserve, save (self), sure, (that lay) wait (for), and watch(-man).

The biblical definition is…

   1. to keep, guard, observe, give heed
          a. (Qal)
                    i. To keep, have charge of
                   ii. To keep, guard, keep watch and ward, protect, save life
                           1. watch, watchman (participle)
                 iii. to watch for, wait for
                  iv. to watch, observe
                   v. to keep, retain, treasure up (in memory)
                  vi. to keep (within bounds), restrain
                 vii. to observe, celebrate, keep (Sabbath or covenant or commands),
                       perform (vow)
                viii. to keep, preserve, protect
                  ix. to keep, reserve
          b. (Niphal)
                    i. To be on one’s guard, take heed, take care, beware
                   ii. To keep oneself, refrain, abstain
                 iii. To be kept, be guarded
          c. (Piel) to keep, pay heed
          d. (Hithpael) to keep oneself from


Keep

The word “keep” is both a verb and a noun. As a verb it is usually directed toward
possessing something, maintain condition of something, store something, continue,
safeguard information, save something, be true to something, fulfill religious duty,
maintain record, stay, maintain course, not spoil, do something repeatedly, not require
attention, have something for sale, detain somebody, look after somebody or something,
have animals as livestock, employ somebody, run a business or household, support
somebody financially, and/or put something away.

Just the briefest of examinations of this word kills most false doctrines. In order to “keep”
businesses running there are certain rules and regulations one has to follow in order to be
successful. In order to maintain a car there are regular maintenance activities that must be
done in order to keep it prime condition. If you wanted to sell something, the last thing
you want to do is to throw it away. To have a healthy pet, there are certain things that are
to be done so that they are healthy, safe, and fun to be around.

This word “shamar” is translated into English as “keep” 283 times in the KJV in its
various intended meanings. I will list a few so that the various intended meanings are
brought a little more clearly.
"And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and
to keep it." - Genesis 2:15 KJV

Question: What was Adam do to with the garden in order to keep it prime condition?

Adam was not there to just admire the beauty, but to “keep” it. Everything requires
maintenance of some sort, and that was Adam’s job.

"So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim, and
a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." - Genesis
3:24 KJV

Question: What were these Cherubim to do again?

The Cherubim was to keep or protect the tree of life, no one is to be allowed access to
that tree of life. The Cherubim still to this day protect that tree of life. These faithful
angels are still doing there duty and will continue to do their duty till Yeshua tells them to
stop.

"The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth
his soul." - Proverbs 16:17 KJV

Question: What does it mean to “keep his way”?

Does this mean to “depart from evil”? I think so. What is evil and who defines what evil
is?

Answer: Evil is the opposite of live. Sin = death, obedience = life

Observe

“Shamar” is translated as “observe” 46 times in the KJV. Observe, by definition, is to see
or notice something, especially while watching carefully. It is to watch somebody or
something attentively, especially for scientific purposes. It is to be an official witness to
something without taking an active part in it. It is to watch something without taking part.
It is to make comment or remark on something seen or noticed. It is to carry out or
comply with something such as a law or custom. It is to celebrate or keep a religious or
traditional festival. This is back up when we consider the synonyms of this word, which
are broken down into five categories.

1. Detect
   1.1. detect
   1.2. perceive
   1.3. witness
   1.4. see
   1.5. spot
   1.6. note
   1.7. discern
   1.8. notice
2. Watch
   2.1. watch
   2.2. view
   2.3. scrutinize
   2.4. monitor
   2.5. study
   2.6. examine
   2.7. survey
       2.7.1. antonym: ignore
3. Remark
   3.1. remark
   3.2. comment
   3.3. say
   3.4. declare
   3.5. state
   3.6. opine
   3.7. reflect
4. Abide By
   4.1. abide by
   4.2. respect
   4.3. follow
   4.4. comply with
   4.5. heed
   4.6. conform to
   4.7. keep
   4.8. adhere to
   4.9. perform
       4.9.1. antonym: violate
5. Celebrate
   5.1. celebrate
   5.2. keep
   5.3. remember
   5.4. perform
       5.4.1. antonym: break

The three categories that have listed antonyms are directly related to the life of the
individual person and the choices they make. These words are watch, abide by, and
celebrate. The antonyms are equally defining as well in that they are ignored, violate, and
break.

When we take a closer look at the category “watch” we see one interesting word that, at
least for me that is, stands out above the rest. That word is “study”. If you do not study,
then by definition you have ignored the word of God. The information was readily
available to you, but you would have none of it. Ignore, by definition, is to not consider
something, or to not let it influence you. It is to pretend that you have not noticed
someone or something. As a matter of conscience, I must plainly state the synonyms for
ignore as well. It is my sincerest hope that these words pierce your soul.

1. Ignore
   1.1. disregard
   1.2. overlook
   1.3. discount
   1.4. dispense with
   1.5. turn your back on
   1.6. flout
   1.7. snub
   1.8. pass over
   1.9. look through
2. Antonym
   2.1. notice

"Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man
regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I
also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;" - Proverbs 1:24-
26 KJV

Please remember people that Yeshua (Jesus Christ) is the word made flesh.

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the
glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." - John 1:14 KJV

People have asked me why I study the scriptures and the answer I give them is this…

I have not seen Yeshua in the flesh in my lifetime. The closest I can get to him
is in the bible which he left as a precious gift to all mankind. To dig into the
word is to get as close as any human being will ever get as long as he tarries
and delay’s his 2nd coming. Should I flout, snub, disregard, overlook, and turn
my back on the very gift of Yeshua?

"For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant. And he brought forth
his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness: And gave them the lands of the
heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people; That they might observe his
statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD." - Psalms 105:42-45 KJV

The Torah was given to mankind so that he might know the heart of YHVH. How can
you know how the heart of YHVH operates if you will not open up his word and look
into the word that gives liberty?

"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if
any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his
natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway
forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of
liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work,
this man shall be blessed in his deed." - James 1:22-25 KJV

Please, I pray, do not just hear what is being said; apply it to your life. Let it influence
how you live your life. Do not ignore or snub the word of YHVH.

Heed

Heed is too simply to pay attention to someone’s advice or warning and do what they
suggest. This hearkens back to what we have just discussed in “observe”. Do not just
study, pay attention to what is being said and do what it says to do. The synonyms are
broken into two categories and they are…

1. Verb: pay attention to
   1.1. pay attention to
   1.2. listen to
   1.3. observe
   1.4. notice
   1.5. regard
   1.6. note
   1.7. follow
2. Noun: attention
   2.1. attention
   2.2. notice
   2.3. note
   2.4. regard
   2.5. attentiveness

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to
thy word." - Psalms 119:9 KJV
Clearly that by paying attention to what the word of God says, doing what it says, and
with the grace of God we learn to live the way he wants us to live. People have said that
they are “no longer under law, but under grace” and yet forget to read the next couple of
verses. These verses say…

"What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God
forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye
are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?"
- Romans 6:15-16 KJV

You can believe the lie that the “Law” has been done away with only to find out that it
wasn’t to your own demise.

"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are
they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may
enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and
whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie."
- Revelation 22:13-15 KJV


What did Yeshua just here?

   1. Blessed are they that DO his commandments
         a. So that they may have what?
                  i. Right to the tree of life
                 ii. Enter in through the gates into the city
         b. So who is on the outside?
                  i. Dogs
                 ii. Sorcerers
                iii. Whoremongers
                iv. Murderers
                 v. Idolaters
                vi. Those who
                         1. make lies to deceive the people of God
                         2. those who believe those lies

It is your personal responsibility to found out for yourself what the scriptures say
concerning salvation, obedience, disobedience, and making heaven your home. If you
continue to disregard, snub, and flout the word of God as irrelevant in today’s modern
age, you do so at your own peril.

Keeper
A keeper is a caretaker who is in charge of a building or small business. It is somebody
who job is to take care of or protect animals. It is somebody who keeps or maintains
something. Finally, it is something that is worth keeping.

Although this is a short section, I personally think it is the most important. Is not the
word of God worth keeping? Is it not a “keeper”? Finally I leave this section with the
following scripture found in Psalms.

"The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall
not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all
evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming
in from this time forth, and even for evermore." - Psalms 121:5-8 KJV

Truly, Yeshua is our keeper and is worth keeping close. I want to keep his “law” for they
are worth keeping.

"The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is
sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart:
the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD
is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous
altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter
also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in
keeping of them there is great reward." - Psalms 19:7-11 KJV

Preserve

This word “preserve” is both a transitive verb as well as a noun. As a verb it takes the
meaning:

1. make sure something lasts
   1.1. to keep something protected from anything that would cause its current quality or
        condition to change or deteriorate or cause it to fall out of use
2. maintain something
   2.1. to keep or maintain something
3. treat food for storage
   3.1. to treat or store food in such a way as to protect it from decay by pickling,
        drying, salting, freezing, or canning
4. make jam from something
   4.1. to make jelly, jam, or marmalade out of fruit
5. protect somebody or something
   5.1. to protect somebody or something from danger, especially the danger of being
        killed or damaged

Preserve is also a noun and the meaning of it is:

1. exclusive area of activity
   1.1. something that one particular person or group regards as being his, her, or its
        exclusive concern, or a place kept for one person or group to enjoy exclusively
2. fruit jelly or jam
   2.1. a sweet thick foodstuff made by boiling fruit in sugar and water, eaten on bread
        or in desserts and cakes. Preserves can be kept for several years in airtight jars,
        bottles, or cans.
3. area where wildlife is protected
   3.1. a piece of water or land owned by the government or a conservation group,
        where wildlife, plants, or geographic features are protected or where fish or wild
        animals are bred

"The LORD is righteous in all his ways and holy in all his works. The LORD is nigh unto
all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of
them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. The LORD preserves
all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy. My mouth shall speak the
praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever." - Psalms
145:17-21 KJV

If you are going through a trial, and it does not seem that God is preserving you, may I
remind you of the other definition listed above?

   3.1 to treat or store food in such a way as to protect it from decay by pickling, drying,
       salting, freezing, or canning

He wants to preserve that fruit you have. It is not a fun process, but a necessary process.
Fruit on the tree only lasts for a season and withers away. In order for fruit to be
“preserved” it must be put into “boiling water” along with sugar and water and be
thickened. A little bit of “preserves” goes a long way and will last a long time.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,
faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." - Galatians 5:22-23 KJV

Every one of us who call upon the name of the Lord will face trials and temptations. For
it is written…

"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." - 2 Timothy
3:12 KJV

Let the persecution thicken your fruit so that it is preserved. Do not let the persecution
destroy your fruit. It is a learning process that we must all go through if we are going to
minister the name of the Lord Yeshua HaMashiah! Imagine, if you will, the Garden of
Gethsemane and the final hours of Yeshua’s life on earth. He is alone, his disciples are
asleep, the false accusations told of him, and the thoughts of what is about to happen are
running through his head. Yet, he went to the cross to “preserve alive” all those who
would believe on him. It was not the nail that kept him there! It was not the “law” that
kept him there, but it was the pure love of an Almighty God that wanted to preserve all
those who would believe on him.

For God takes no pleasure in the death of anyone…

"Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the
wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil
ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?" - Ezekiel 33:11 KJV

Beware

When “beware” is used, it is used to warn someone of danger or difficulty. The
synonyms are look out, watch out, think twice, take heed, be wary, be cautious, and be
careful.

"And the man said unto Joab, Though I should receive a thousand shekels of silver in
mine hand, yet would I not put forth mine hand against the king's son: for in our
hearing the king charged thee and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware that none touch
the young man Absalom." - 2 Samuel 18:12 KJV

Although this man is not named he took very seriously the admonition of King David
concerning his son Absalom. Although Joab was right in what he did, he was also just as
wrong. Joab ignored the warning to not kill Absalom, and acted out on his own. Later on
Joab would be disciplined by King David for acting out on his own. Sometimes you just
have to let the consequences fall where they may.

In the very next verse we discover why this unnamed man would not act as Joab had
ordered him to.

"Otherwise I should have wrought falsehood against mine own life: for there is no
matter hid from the king, and thou thyself would have set thyself against me." - 2
Samuel 18:13 KJV

Something interesting came out during this study, and I am thoroughly excited to share it
with you. In the verse below we see that YHVH is instructing the people to “beware” of
this angel sent to the people. They were to obey his voice, and do all that YHVH speaks.
When they did that then YHVH was an enemy unto the enemies of Israel. YHVH would
also be the adversary unto Israel adversaries.

"Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into
the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not;
for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. But if thou shalt
indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine
enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries." - Exodus 23:20-22 KJV
Then, for the sake of clarity, I list John 14. The keys to look for in that chapter are what
were said in Exodus 23:20-22, how many can you find?



"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's
house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a
place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive
you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and
the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and
how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known
my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith
unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I
been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen
me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest
thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto
you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the
very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that
I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my
Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be
glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me,
keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another
Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the
world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him;
for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will
come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because
I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me,
and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth
me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will
manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou
wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto
him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we
will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not
my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter,
which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all
things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto
you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said
unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice,
because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. And now I have
told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath
nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father
gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence." - John 14:1-31 KJV



Mark

Mark is listed both as a noun and a verb. As a noun, by definition it is a spot, scratch, or
dent. It is a recognizable sign or symbol used to indicate ownership or the quality or
origin of goods. It can be a substitute for signature in which a cross or other symbol is
used in place of a signature by somebody who cannot write. It is an action, gesture, or
other outward sign of somebody’s feeling or attitude. It can be a sign of influence or
involvement in which evidence is clearly seen. It is a distinctive and identifying feature
or characteristic. It is an object, sign, or line that indicates the position, extent, or amount
of something. It can be the desired or required standard for something. It can be a target
or something that somebody aims at with a weapon. It is a goal or standard that
somebody wishes to achieve. As a verb, it simply means the action that is required to
meet the definition above.

"And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be
justified." - Psalms 143:2 KJV

"I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God? If he will contend with
him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand. ... If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall
condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse." - Job 9:2-3, 20 KJV

"If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity." - Job
10:14 KJV

"What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should
be righteous?" - Job 15:14 KJV

"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the
LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." - Isaiah 53:6 KJV

"So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is
without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and
wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience,
went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone,
and the woman standing in the midst." - John 8:7-9 KJV

"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the
law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is
manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God
which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no
difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely
by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:" - Romans 3:20-24 KJV

Trying to make into heaven without the grace of YHVH is like trying to keep a white
garment clean in a dirt storm. This thought has been clearly established from the very
beginning. The law HAS NOT been done away with, it points out where we have sinned.
 "What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by
the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet." -
Romans 7:7 KJV

To do away with the “Law” is trying to do away with the very thing that teaches us to be
humble. If a person thinks too highly of himself, then his religion is worthless.

"For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think
of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God
hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." - Romans 12:3 KJV

Our perception of the law is what has to change, not the law itself. The written “Torah” is
the very heart of YHVH. YHVH has not, will not, and will never change in the slightest.
It has been, is, and always will be that the hearts of men have to change. For it is by grace
alone that God calls us to repentance. No one can make it to heaven but by grace. Some,
however, think that grace is license to sin and in so doing presume upon the grace of
YHVH.

I tell that person who in vanity and arrogance presume upon the grace of YHVH that they
are in serious danger. It is vanity, and arrogance that YHVH hates the most. Satan was
proud, vain, and arrogant and got thrown out of heaven. Your vain and arrogant
presumption prevents your sins from being forgiven. Yet, in your heart, you say “I am
clean”.

Watchman

This is a guard. It is somebody employed to patrol or guard buildings or an area,
especially at night. This word is “shamar” is translated into English as watchman only
three times, and it a curious use of this word.

"[[A Song of degrees for Solomon]] Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain
that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain." - Psalms
127:1 KJV

If you leave YHVH out of your life, you are laboring in vain to achieve something that
will not last. The LORD is our shepherd and our keeper, and we should trust in his
providence. He is our watchman. As human beings we simply cannot guard over every
little detail that might go wrong. People are still people and sin, mischief, and death are
still a part of life. As long as that continues to be the case, we labor in vain if we leave
out the true Watchman.
Wait

Wait is both a noun and a verb. As a noun it simply means the time spent waiting for
something to happen. As a verb, however, it gets a little more interesting. While it can
mean to do nothing expecting something to happen, to stop so somebody can catch up, be
hoping for something, or be delayed or ignored for now; I like this definition which is: be
read or available. That is to say, to be ready or available for somebody to take or use. I
like this definition in that while accurate, it can mean all the above.

To “wait upon the Lord” can mean that you are ignored for period of time. It can mean
that while you are “ignored” for use, somebody else can be catching up to you. It could
mean that a partner needs time to catch up. Take the time and relax and enjoy the peace
for a time. Sharpen your skills, dig into the word and arm yourself with scripture. In other
words check your armor, and be sure each piece is well maintained.

"Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land:
when the wicked are cut off, thou shall see it." - Psalms 37:34 KJV

Watch

Watch, by definition and in context, means to pay attention to, beware, mind, be cautious
about, consider, keep an eye on, and attend to. The verse below explains it a lot better
than I could.

"Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my
ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that hears
me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso finds me
finds life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD. But he that sins against me wronged his
own soul: all they that hate me love death." - Proverbs 8:32-36 KJV

  I. Hearken unto me, O ye Children
        a. In order to properly “watch” you have to listen to or pay attention to the
            presentation being given. They may have something valuable to pass on
 II. Blessed are they the “keep” my ways
        a. The instructions were not given as an option, but as a way of life
III. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not
        a. Let us be wise and accept the instructions give. To refuse the instructions of
            God is only asking for trouble
IV. Blessed is the man that hears me watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of
     my doors
        a. Watching, waiting, and learning are a daily thing. In most schools the
            curriculum is not set to the “students” timetable, but the instructor’s
 V. For whoso finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD
        a. For those that find the above four points to be true and puts them into
            practice finds favor of the LORD
VI. But he that sins against me wronged his own soul: all they that hate me love death
          a. For those that refuse to admit that the above five points is there for their
             benefit hate the LORD and instead love death

Regard

Regard is both a noun and a transitive verb. As a noun it simply means attention,
favorable opinion, or gaze. As attention it is attention to or concern for somebody or
something. As a favorable opinion it is a mixture of liking and respect, often coupled
with affection. As gaze it is a look, or somebody’s gaze. When we put them together we
get: to look at or gaze at somebody or something with a mixture of liking, respect, and
affection.

As a verb it has five entries to it

    I. Consider somebody or something
          a. To think of somebody or something as having a particular nature or
              quality or a particular role or function
   II. Have feelings in relation to something
          a. To have a particular feeling toward somebody or something
  III. Judge somebody or something
          a. To have an opinion as to the quality or worth of somebody or something
  IV. Look at somebody or something
          a. To look at something or somebody steadily or attentively
   V. Be about something
          a. To be about or concerned with something

"A fool despises his father's instruction: but he that regards reproof is prudent." -
Proverbs 15:5 KJV

It is not easy to gaze upon a rebuke as something to like, respect, or show affection to.
Personal feelings, often time, get in the way of what is intended. A good father will
discipline their children for good, and not for bad. The good father does not want his
children to get into trouble. Only a fool would despise such discipline.

Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine
goldIII

The thought being addressed here is one of “loving” the word of God enough to realize
that it is spiritual food. It is what helps us grow spiritually. Just as food and water give
nourishment for the physical body, so to does the word of God give nourishment to the
spiritual body.

Commandments

This is the word “Mitsvah” and is translated into English as commandment, precept,
commanded, law, and ordinances.
A commandment is a rule of behavior. The synonyms include directive, order, demand,
charge, instruction, mandate, and decree. Such things can only be given from someone
who has the authority and power to issue and enforce such things.

A precept is a rule, instruction, or principle that guides somebody’s actions, especially
one that guides moral behavior. It is a warrant or writ that is issued by a legal authority.

A law is a binding or enforceable rule. It is a rule of conduct or procedure recognized by
a community as binding or enforceable by authority. It is there to bring order to a society.
Without such “laws or rules” there is chaos and anarchy.

Anarchy comes to a society when people ignore normal rules and laws. It quickly turns
into a situation in which people are behaving in a way that ignores normal rules and laws,
and are unable to be controlled. The synonyms for this word are disorder, chaos,
lawlessness, anarchism, revolution, mayhem, rebellion, riot, and mayhem.

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his
commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into
judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." -
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 KJV

The question is how can we “keep” them if we are (1) not taught, and (2) do not open the
word of God to study?

"And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I
will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that
thou mayest teach them." - Exodus 24:12 KJV

And what did Yeshua say on this subject?

"Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach
men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do
and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." - Matthew
5:19 KJV

Precept

A precept is a rule, instruction, or principle that guides somebody’s actions, especially
one that guides moral behavior. It is a warrant or writ that is issued by a legal authority.

This section is specifically designed to step on some toes, and let those who have ears to
hear, let them hear. Those who have eyes to see let them see.

Repeating the definition of precept, it is a rule, instruction, or principle; issued by a legal
authority; that guides behavior.
"Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth,
and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their
fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:" - Isaiah 29:13 KJV

Notice very carefully what is being said in the above verse.

―But have removed their heart far from me‖

"They abhor me; they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face." - Job 30:10
KJV

Is this not the case today? When ever the thought of teaching the “Law of God” the
reactions you get are like being spit in the face. The utter contempt and disgust from
some of the most self-righteous “church” people, sometimes is amazing to behold.

You start trying to do what God said to do in the Torah, and it seems like hell itself
breaks out against you. You take it a step further to start teaching what you are supposed
to be teaching, and World War 4 starts.

Look what is says in Isaiah…

"I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid
not my face from shame and spitting." - Isaiah 50:6 KJV

And what happened to Yeshua…

"Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms
of their hands," - Matthew 26:67 KJV

What is the point of all this you ask?

Let us take another look at the scripture from Isaiah 29

"Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth,
and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their
fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:" - Isaiah 29:13 KJV

I want to point out the last phrase which is, “their fear toward me is taught by the precept
of men”. In other words, it is saying that they readily accept the authority of men over the
authority of God. It is vanity to think that men trump YHVH or Yeshua. Their heart is not
geared toward “seeking God” but instead seeking those who will “tickle their ears” with
fine sounding arguments that ultimately rejects the authority of God. They reject the
authority of God to set the precepts guiding how to (1) live life, and (2) how to worship
him. Their fine sounding arguments are a continual spitting in the face of authority.
How did Daniel respond when he realized what was actually happening? Notice that
Daniel says “We have sinned” and not “they have sinned”. Notice that Daniel says, “Thy
precepts” and “thy judgments”.

"Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name
to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land." - Daniel
9:6 KJV

He goes in the next verse to state that “Yes” they did not listen to the prophets sent to
them by YHVH to turn them from their wicked ways. He candidly admits in later verse
that what YHVH said he would do, he did do. They simply did not believe that God
would remove them from the land, and when he did so, it shocked many people.

There are some that refuse to believe that God would permanently separate them from his
presence. There is no greater punishment of sin that permanent separation from him. So
in love with their sin they refuse to recognize the authority of God to set “standards”.

"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are
they that do his commandments that they may have right to the tree of life, and may
enter in through the gates into the city; for without are dogs, and sorcerers, and
whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie." -
Revelation 22:13-15 KJV

Question: Where is your heart for the King of Kings if you just want to argue over
whether or not you have to be obedient to him? Do you not realize that you are
challenging the authority of the Almighty God?

"The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall. He that
walks uprightly walks surely: but he that perverts his ways shall be known. He that
winks with the eye causes sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall. The mouth of a
righteous man is a well of life: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked. Hatred
stirs up strife: but love covers all sins." - Proverbs 10:8-12 KJV

Set your heart on seeking God and his kingdom, and then you will know what the truth is.

Therefore I love (I have set my heart) thy commandments above gold; yeah, above
fine gold.

Gold

This is a metaphoric statement referring to the value and brilliance of Gold. Gold is a
precious metal and men have died seeking to bring it from the earth. People have started
wars over this metal because of the value they place on it. The word of God is more
valuable than all the gold in the world. The world’s riches offer nothing in comparison to
the value of the written word of God. The basis for this statement comes from the passage
in Job in which Elihu answers Job.
"And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth,
and cleanseth them. Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty.
Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in
judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict. Men do therefore fear him: he
respecteth not any that are wise of heart." - Job 37:21-24 KJV

What does this have to do with the value of gold you ask?

Men have spent vast untold riches trying to solve the world’s problems only to have new
ones pop into place. Men will seek the vast depths of space looking for answers and fine
none. The reference here is just as men dig deep into the earth looking for gold so to will
men dig deep into things looking for answers to the problems that life brings only to find
that there is none to be found.

The value of God’s word is in the effects it has on the mind, body, spirit, and soul. It is,
after all, the very words of God. Job was complaining bitterly that God was not
answering him, and Elihu correctly responded with…

"And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth,
and cleanseth them. Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty.
Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in
judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict. Men do therefore fear him: he
respecteth not any that are wise of heart." - Job 37:21-24 KJV

Job was digging deep to find that one gold nugget that would solve his problems. Elihu
told him that God’s favor always shines towards his servant even though it may not be
immediately felt. The sun is always shining, but clouds prevent the light from being seen.
The wind comes, blows the clouds away so that the sun can be seen again. The wind is
the Holy Spirit. As the wind dispels and sweeps away the clouds which are gathered in
the air, so the Spirit of God clears our souls from the clouds and fogs of ignorance and
unbelief, of sin and lust. From all these clouds the Holy Spirit frees us in the work of
regeneration. Such is the value of the word of God to those that seek answers to life’s
problems. No amount of gold will fix it, only the word of God which is revealed to those
that seek him and his face.

"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not
a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And
they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to
and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. In that day shall the fair
virgins and young men faint for thirst." - Amos 8:11-13 KJV

I tell you today that the famine spoken of in Amos is upon us today. People will look
everywhere for answers other than humbling themselves before God, pray, seek his face,
and turn from the things that are causing those problems in the first place.
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and
seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will
forgive their sin, and will heal their land." - 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV

The ways you think are so “valuable” to you are nothing in comparison to God and his
word! Let the revival begin with you and let the Spirit of God move upon those who are
still blind through sin and ignorance see the work God is doing through you.

Remember that no matter how finely polished the world makes what they have to offer
“look good” it pales in comparison to the Son of God.


The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy
testimoniesIV

The wicked is the word “Rasha”. These are the people who will not be convinced that
what they do is wrong, and love to argue the fine points of the law. They want a little bit
of the world mixed with Yeshua. They will not admit that Yeshua is against polluting the
pure gospel with anything worldly.

Waited ‫ קוה‬qavah

The word “qavah” is translated into English as wait, look, wait for, look for, and
gathered. The biblical definition of this word is…

1) to wait, look for, hope, expect
   a) (Qal) waiting (participle)
   b) (Piel)
       i) To wait or look eagerly for
       ii) To lie in wait for
       iii) To wait for, linger for
       iv) To collect, bind together
            (1) (Niphal) to be collected

This word “wait” simply means to do nothing expecting something to happen.

Psalms 56:5-6 KJV - "Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me
for evil. They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps,
when they wait for my soul."

Quite simply the wicked simply wait for you to mess up, and then they attack with full
force intent on destroying you. They spend their time trying to twist your words into
meaning something you never intended to say. They spend their time thinking up stuff to
use against you, and gather people around them to “convince” themselves that what they
do is for “good”. They mark every step just waiting for the human to come out in you.
They want that slightest imperfection to come out so that they are justified in continuing
their attack. They simply will not be satisfied that the righteous are still human, and still
subject to the same weaknesses every one else is.

If the truth were to be told, the beasts of the field are more merciful to their own kind
than humans are. Though a lion may be ravenous, not even they would eat one of their
own kind; yet wicked humans do it all the time.

"[[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil
man: preserve me from the violent man; Which imagine mischiefs in their heart;
continually are they gathered together for war. They have sharpened their tongues like
a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah." - Psalms 140:1-3 KJV

There is nothing viler in the eyes of God than to hear a wicked person rail against those
who are trying their best to live a life for God. The evil and wicked men would rather
spend time thinking up poison to spit at people than turning from it. They spend their
time sharpening their tongues into sharp swords and use it to cut very deep.

"Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the
people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, And consulted that
they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him." - Matthew 26:3-4 KJV

Yeshua set an example that embarrassed the religious leaders and the people were
beginning to turn their eyes toward him instead of them. They were about to lose their
positions, and would not go quietly.

Yet these same types of people would continue the attacks against the Apostle Paul.

"And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves
under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy. And they came to the
chief priests and elders, and said, we have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we
will eat nothing until we have slain Paul." - Acts 23:12-14 KJV

Instead of using that time for good, they spend it for evil and thinking up evil to do
against people like Yeshua, Paul, James, John, Jeremiah, and the other prophets sent to
them to give the word of God to them. Like beasts of the field they are made to be
destroyed!

This is what the Apostle Paul had to say concerning people that do this kind of stuff…

"Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men
of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for
their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. But thou hast fully known
my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what
persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will
live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax
worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived." - 2 Timothy 3:8-13 KJV

To destroy me ‫' אבד‬abad

The people that deliberately “lie in wait” for the righteous on the earth, they with full
knowledge of what they are doing intend on destroying the righteous from the earth. This
word “abad” in translated into English as…

1) Perish, vanish, go astray, be destroyed
   a) (Qal)
       i) Perish, die, be exterminated
       ii) Perish, vanish
       iii) Be lost, strayed
   b) (Piel)
       i) To destroy, kill, cause to perish, to give up (as lost), exterminate
       ii) To blot out, do away with, cause to vanish (figuratively)
       iii) Cause to stray, lose
   c) (Hiphil)
       i) To destroy, put to death
       ii) Of divine judgment
       iii) Object name of kings (figuratively)

This is their intent, their goal, their ultimate prize that they seek. By the very definition of
this word, they proclaim themselves to follow the pattern of Satan.

John 10:10 KJV - "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I
am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

Yeshua clearly defines and separates himself from those who, like the devil, just want to
steal, kill, and destroy. These “people” think they are doing a “justice”, but are deceived
into thinking that way.

This word “abad” is translated into English as perish, destroy, lose, fail, surely, utterly,
broken, destruction, escape, flee, spendeth, take, undone, and void.

These people spend their entire lives against what you do in order that you and the
message given to you are utterly destroyed so that you will surely lose. They will undo
everything you have worked hard for, if that were possible.

It is quite telling when you realize that a person would rather see you fail than succeed.
But that is what the wicked strive for. That is their goal, for if you succeed then they have
no more valid excuses.
I will consider ‫ בין‬biyn

The first thing of note is to notice that it says “I will consider”, it does not say that I rely
on what people have considered. It is the responsibility for each person to understand
what the scriptures say and what it says to them. It is up to each individual person to
consider and be prudent about the instructions given in the word of God.

Understand

Understand is broken down into three categories: appreciate, comprehend, and grasp.
Appreciate is broken down into appreciate, know, recognize, comprehend, realize, be
aware of, value, identify with, and empathize. Comprehend is broken down into
comprehend, be familiar with, be au fait with, know, and appreciate. Grasp is broken
down into grasp, take in, figure out, work out, twig, get it, get the picture, see, be with
you, cotton on, and absorb.

All these words are related to one another in the sense of (1) to know what someone or
something means, (2) to know reasons or effects, (3) to know how someone feels, or (4)
to have heard or read something.

"My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that
thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if
thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest
her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand
the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God." - Proverbs 2:1-5 KJV

You simply cannot understand anything if you have not made the effort to do so. To truly
understand something requires effort, diligence, and above all…patience. It includes a
willingness to be taught so that you can make a decision based on the knowledge
received. This has nothing to do with agreement. I can understand something without
agreeing to it. I can understand why a murder takes place without agreeing that murder is
ok.

This is the reasoning behind the scripture…

―The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy
testimonies.‖— Psalm 119:95 KJV

The wicked will always be waiting to destroy that which shows who they truly are. We
can never let our guard down, take off the armor of God, or put down our weapons. It is a
battle to the end. It is a life and death struggle. The scriptures are there to instruct us on
how to live life and wage spiritual warfare.

Understanding
Understanding has four categories of synonyms that are listed as sympathetic,
knowledge, sympathy, and agreement. Sympathetic is further broken down into
sympathetic, considerate, thoughtful, kind, accepting, indulgent, perceptive, appreciative,
supportive, and tolerant. Knowledge is broken down into knowledge, comprehension,
insight, awareness, appreciation, grasp, discernment, perception, and conception.
Sympathy is broken down into sympathy, empathy, consideration, kindness, compassion,
tolerance, and indulgence. Agreement is broken down into agreement, arrangement, deal,
contract, settlement, accord, pact, bond, and harmony.

Again these words all deal with the basic definitions of (1) knowledge, (2) sympathy, (3)
informal agreement, (4) the way you understand something, and (5) your ability to
understand.

You may have the ability to understand, but if you do not USE that ability, understanding
will not come.

"The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools
feedeth on foolishness." - Proverbs 15:14 KJV

Consider

Consider has three categories of synonyms, and they are think, respect, and think
through. Under think we have think, believe, deem, and judge. Under respect we have
respect and count. Under think through we have think through, mull over, reflect,
deliberate, contemplate, ponder, chew over, weigh up, study, cogitate, ruminate, think
about, and reflect on.

Under respect we have the antonym of disregard.

A special notice concerning the word “count” being used as a synonym for consider is
needed here.

Count, by definition, is (1) to say how many there are, (2) say numbers in order, (3)
include in calculation, (4) be important, and (5) treat or consider as something. It is
definition (4) and (5) that is brought out here.

If you are going to count something it is said to be important or have influence enough to
be counted. It considers someone or something as a particular thing, or to be thought of as
a particular thing.

Sentence examples:

           (1)   Does geography count as a science subject
           (2)   Beth had a good voice, but had never counted herself as a real musician
           (3)   He counts John among his musical influences
           (4)   We can count ourselves lucky that none of us got hurt
―The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy
testimonies.‖— Psalm 119:95 KJV

In spite of everything that has been thrown your way, will you consider (count as
important) what the scripture (or testimonies) have to say instead?

Prudent

Prudent is simply being careful and using good judgment. It is being judicious, practical,
sensible, wise, careful, cautious, discreet, farsighted, shrewd, and pragmatic. It is the
opposite of imprudent and reckless. All of these simply mean showing intelligence and
good judgment before responding or taking any action.

―Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand
them. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious
stumble in them.‖-- Hosea 14:9

Notice that it says “The ways of the Lord” and not “The ways of men”.

―The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. They
are steadfast forever and ever, done in faithfulness and uprightness. He provided
redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever—holy and awesome is his
name.‖—Psalms 111:7-9

―Woe to the city of oppressors, rebellious and defiled! She obeys no one, she accepts no
correction. She does not trust in the Lord, she does not draw near to her God. He
officials are roaring lions, her rulers are evening wolves, who leave nothing for the
morning. He prophets are arrogant; they are treacherous men. Her priests profane the
sanctuary and do violence to the law. The Lord within her is righteous; he does no
wrong. Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, and every day he does not fail, yet
the unrighteous know no shame.‖--- Zephaniah 3:1-5

For the New Testament types that want to hear what it says…

‖You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of
all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the
Lord?‖ – Acts 13:10

Starting in verse 4 we see that Barnabus and Saul doing the work of the Holy Spirit and
arrives in Paphos. There they meet a man named, Bar-Jesus. He was a sorcerer and a
false prophet. This Bar-Jesus tries to turn the proconsul away from the truth of Barnabus
and Saul (Paul) message when in response Saul gives the statement found in Acts 13:10-
11.
You can either be imprudent and reckless like Bar-Jesus was, or show prudence like Saul
did. He waited until Bar-Jesus had declared his position openly and then spoke against
the lies he was passing off as truth.

Later on in Acts 13 is a statement I would like to point out.

―Then Paul and Barnabus answered them boldly: ‗we had to speak the word of God to
your first.‘ Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we
now turn to the Gentiles.‖ – Acts 13:46

Paul and Barnabus are speaking to those Jewish People who did not believe in what Paul
said, and not the entire Jewish population. For in verse 42-43 we find that many of the
Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabus. And in verse 45 we
see that the unrepentant Jews were stirred to jealousy and talked abusively against what
Paul was saying. This remains so even to this day. So filled with jealousy are some
Jewish people that they cannot see that Paul was called of God to spread the good news.
They continue to speak against one of their very own.

Truly, Paul would have this verse come to mind when considering the situation he faced
in Acts 13…

―The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy
testimonies.‖— Psalm 119:95 KJV

Perceive

Perceive, by definition, is to become aware of directly through any of the senses,
especially to see or hear. It is to take notice of, observe, or become aware of in one’s
mind to achieve understanding.

Understanding then, by definition, is the quality or condition of one who understands. It
is the faculty by which one understands. It is both comprehension and intelligence. It is
the individual or specified judgment or outlook in a matter; or in other words; your
opinion and the specified emotional content of that opinion.

Emotion then, by definition, is a complex and usually strong subject response to what is
being perceived or understood at any given moment in time. Emotions can range from
love, fear, hate, disgust, etc.

Interestingly enough the word “biyn” translated as “perceive” is used six times in the Old
Testament. These references are 1 Samuel 3:8, 2 Samuel 12:19, Job 9:11, Job 14:21, Job
23:8, and Job 38:18.

This idea of perceive is best brought out in the story of Job. I make reference to the last
scripture which is…
―Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all
this.‖ – Job 38:18

The Lord is speaking to Job about his perception of the problem at hand. The Lord is
reminding Job is his limited ability to perceive things. It is in that limitation that should
remind us to trust in the Lord always.

Job in Chapter 42 finally understands what the Lord is talking about when he says…

‖Then Job replied to the LORD: I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours
can be thwarted. You asked, ―Who is this that darkens my counsel without knowledge.‖
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.
You said, Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you and you shall answer me.
My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.‖ – Job 42:1-6

Job finally realized that his limited ability to perceive things was getting him into trouble.
He repented for his lack of trust in God. To his humility he adds repentance for the
presumptuous words he had spoken to the Lord.

For in Job 40:4-5, Job said this…

―I am unworthy – how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth. I spoke once,
but I have no answer – twice, but I will say no more.‖ – Job 40:4-5

Our limited ability to see things in its entirety should humble ourselves before the Lord,
and ask for his guidance. For it is written in Proverbs 3:5-6…

―Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all
your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.‖ – Proverbs 3:5-6

And a recent favorite of mine is…

‖My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight;
they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck‖ – Proverbs 3:21-22

Regard

Regard, by definition, is to look attentively or observe closely. It is to look upon or
consider in a particular way. It is to have great esteem or admiration for. In the Archaic
sense it is to relate, concern, or refer to. It is to consider or take into account.

The synonyms are esteem, admiration, and approbation. These nouns refer in varying
degree to the appreciation of the worth of a person or thing. Regard is the least forceful, a
general term implying affection and recognition of worth. Esteem connotes measured,
considered, and pleasurable appraisal of worth. Admiration is undisguised pleasure,
delight, and wonder in contemplating something unusual, beautiful, or skillful.
Approbation is the approval or commendation of something after careful consideration or
its worth.

Again, this is a direct reference to the way I used to be and it is explicitly describe in
Psalms in which it says…

―Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who do evil, who speak cordially
with their neighbors but harbor malice in their hearts.‖ – Psalms 28:3

These “wicked people” can speak cordially but only as far as what it will get them. They
can speak nicely while holding a knife behind their back. One of the most damning false
doctrines there is, is the notion of “once saved, always saved”. These wicked people have
deluded themselves into think that external works is all that is required to make heaven
their home, and that is simply not true. Harboring malice in their hearts is what they
regard as most important. For the LORD has always looked at the heart, and always will.

For Yeshua (Jesus Christ) said…

"Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. Woe unto you, scribes
and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter,
but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that
which is within the cup and platter that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe
unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto white sepulchers,
which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of
all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye
are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
Because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the
righteous," - Matthew 23:24-29 KJV

The wicked will always speak cordially with those who will not speak directly to the
heart. For again it is written in 2 Timothy 3:1-5…

"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be
lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to
parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers,
incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded,
lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying
the power thereof: from such turn away." - 2 Timothy 3:1-5 KJV

These wicked people love the things of the world over the things of God. They regard
what the world has to offer as being worth more than what God offers. To such people, I
say, “Salvation is far from you for you do not regard the things of God as more important
than the world.”
"Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes." - Psalms 119:155
KJV

For additional study references as to the word “regard” please look up the following
reference…

―They say, ―The Lord does not see; the God of Jacob pays no heed.‖ – Psalms 94:7

Discern

Discern, by definition, is to perceive something obscure or concealed. It is to recognize or
comprehend mentally. It is to perceive as separate and distinct, or in other words to
discriminate. It is to perceive differences.

Another way of saying the same thing is it is to notice something, especially after
thinking about it carefully or studying it. It is to see or hear something, especially
something that is far away or not very clear.

The synonyms for this word are perceive, make out, and distinguish. Under perceive we
have perceive, understand, distinguish, fathom, detect, make out, and establish. Under
make out we have make out, notice, see, perceive, discover, observe, glimpse, detect, and
spot. Under distinguish we have distinguish, tell the difference, separate, discriminate,
determine, detect, and recognize.

Solomon asked for such discernment and it was granted to him.

―So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish
between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours? The
Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.‖ – 1 Kings 3:9-10

Instruct

Instruct, by definition, is to furnish with knowledge or to teach. It is to give orders to; or
to direct. It is also to serve as an instructor. What is interesting to note is in the Latin
forms from which the English word is derived from. The Latin forms of this word
basically means, “To prepare to build”.

The one verse that I, personally speaking, stands out from all the rest is…

―Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who
was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding?‖ – Isaiah
40:14

In Colossian 2, it reveals just how bad the Church of Laodicea really was.
―I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and
for all who have not met me personally. My purpose is that they may be encouraged in
heart, and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete
understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in
whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no
one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. For though I am absent from you in
body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how
firm your faith in Christ is.‖ – Colossians 2:1-5

Do realize what this is saying? The Church of Laodicea rejected the true instructor and
favored other things instead of Christ. Who exactly can teach Yeshua anything? What can
we say to the one that will rein one day as King of Kings and Lord of Lords?

Thy Testimonies ‫` עדה‬edah

Testimonies

Testimony, by definition, is a declaration or affirmation of fact or truth, as that given
before a court. It is evidence or proof in support of a fact or assertion. It is the collective
written and spoken testimony offered in a legal case. In the bible it is the “Law of
Moses”, inscribed on the tablets of stone. It is also the Ark containing these tablets.

―The LORD hath sworn an oath unto David; he will not turn from it; of the fruit of the
body will I set upon thy throne. If thy children will keep my convenant and my
testimony that I shall teach them, their children also sit upon thy throne for evermore.‖
– Psalms 132:11-12 KJV

This plainly tells me that the LORD (YHVH) was the one that was to do the teaching.
Yet, they turned away from his teaching and pursued what the world had to offer.

―Thou has trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is
falsehood. Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy
testimonies. My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.‖ –
Psalms 119:118-120 KJV

When we put these together do we not get the idea that if we reject what God is trying to
teach, that he in turn will reject us?

The prophet Isaiah writes this in Isaiah 1:21-31…

―How is the faithful city become an harlot! It was full of judgment; righteousness
lodged in it; but now murderers. Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:
thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: everyone loveth gifts, and
followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the
widow come unto them. Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty one
of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies: and
I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy
tin: and I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counselors as at the beginning:
afterward though shalt be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city. Zion shall
be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness. And the destruction
of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the
LORD shall be consumed. For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have
desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen. For ye shall
be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water. And the strong
shall be as tow, and the make of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and
non shall quench them.‖ – Isaiah 1:21-31 KJV

The underlined portion clearly points out that those that forsake the testimony as handed
down by YHVH to Moses will be consumed in the purifying fire that comes only from
YHVH. It is God who teaches what is right, pure, and holy. Man, full of sin, cannot know
without the help of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit)

There is only one who can actually teach and that is YHVH. Who else has the wisdom to
teach that which is holy and pure? Why do we insist on following things in which the
teacher has not taught us? Why would we want to go in search for something else? Is not
what the LORD offers enough?

That being said, I am reminded that failure to mention the following statement will be
held against me. The written word of God will be used as evidence to prove that what
Yeshua said is true. You have the written evidence and the spoken evidence all saying the
same thing. Yet, we have people that want to continue on what they “deem” as right.

Yet there are some that will continue to say…

―They say, ―The Lord does not see; the God of Jacob pays no heed.‖ – Psalms 94:7

After thousands of years of trying to get Israel to straighten up and fly right and follow
his teaching, God in his wisdom is going to “give up”? Is that what you are saying to me?
Are you saying that “man” has caused God to fail? I cannot think of any greater
blasphemous words than the thought that “man” can cause God to fail! One way or the
other, the human race will listen to God. They will listen willingly or unwillingly, but
they will listen. They will listen to their benefit or they will listen to their demise and
permanent separation from him.

Witness
A witness is one who has seen or heard something. It is one who furnishes evidence. It is
one who is called upon to testify before a court. It is one who is called upon to be present
at a transaction in order to attest to what takes place. It is also an attestation to a fact,
statement or event. It is to be present at or have personal knowledge of. A witness is
called upon to provide or serve as evidence.
Attestation comes from the word attest. Attest, by definition, is to affirm to be correct,
true, or genuine. It is to certify by signature or oath.

The person standing behind the pulpit or in front of the congregation is a witness and a
servant of the Most High.

―For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, and from his mouth men should
seek instruction – because he is the messenger of the LORD Almighty.‖ – Malachi 2:7
NIV

There should be a level of trust that can be depended upon so that when the priest, rabbi,
or pastor speaks it is said to be from God. God has shown something to these men and
wants to his people to hear it. Unfortunately, not all priests, rabbis, or pastors are such
faithful witnesses.

―But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to
stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi, says the LORD Almighty. So I have
caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not
followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law.‖ – Malachi 2:8-9
NIV

Some have said that this was applied to intermarrying with foreign women, but it was not
the actual marrying part that was of most concern. The concern was with how they
believed and practiced their “religion”. These foreign women practiced various forms of
paganism, and would bring their “religion” into the Land of Israel. It was paganism that
was to be driven out and not allowed back in. The men who married foreign women
when they showed no sign of relinquishing their beliefs were said to be unfaithful. It was
God that was acting as a witness against them.

―Judah has broken faith. A detestable thing has been committed in Israel and in
Jerusalem: Judah has desecrated the sanctuary the LORD loves, by marrying the
daughter of a foreign god. As for the man who does this, whoever he may be, may the
LORD cut him off from the tents of Jacob – even though he brings offerings to the
LORD Almighty.‖ – Malachi 2:11-12

God was acting as a witness, because the written word of God specifically said that
paganism was to be driven out and not allowed back in. The people did not understand
why God would not answer their prayers.

―Another thing you do: you flood the Lord‘s alter with tears. You weep and wail
because he no longer pays attention to your offerings or accepts them with pleasure
from your hands. You ask, ‗Why?‘ It is because the LORD is acting as the witness
between you and the wife of your youth, because you have broken faith with her,
though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. Has not the Lord made
them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. Any why one? Because he was seeking
goldly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife
of your youth. I hate divorce, says the LORD God of Israel, and I hate a man‘s
covering himself with violence as well as with his garment, says the LORD Almighty.
So guard yourself in your spirit and do not break faith.‖ – Malachi 2:13-16

The flesh and spirit were united together for a specific purpose. God hated the fact that
the flesh was present before him while the spirit was somewhere else; hence the
prohibition against marrying foreign women who showed no sign of relinquishing their
belief system. The man would have divided loyalties and eventually the pressure to give
up on YHVH would become greater and greater. We simply cannot marry someone of a
foreign god and expect to remain undivided in our loyalty toward God.

I hear the New Testament types screaming at me right now, so here is the New Testament
version of the same thing…

―Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness
have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is
there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an
unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are
the temple of the living God. As God has said: I will live with them and walk among
them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore come out from
them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I
will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord
Almighty.‖ – 2 Corinthians 14:17

Belial, by definition, is a satanic personification of wickedness and ungodliness.

Satan will disguise himself as an angel of light, but in reality is full of deep darkness and
evil. He presents everything as harmless, when in reality it is full of deep poison designed
to kill, maim, and destroy. This is the reference to the meaning “touch no unclean thing”.

It may look harmless, but in reality it is unclean!


I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy
righteous judgmentsV

Knowing that we have been taught lies requires us to learn again from the true teacher of
righteousness and holiness. May you be richly blessed upon completing this final section
of this chapter.

I will praise thee ‫ ידה‬yadah

Right off the bat we see in this phrase that “I” will do the praising and not someone else
doing my praising for me. This particular usage of the word “yadah” is further translated
into English as: be thankful, confess, give thanks, praise, thank, thanksgiving, and make
confession.
Be thankful

The entire chapter of Psalms 100 accurately describes what we should be doing when we
enter into his presence…

―Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before
him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are
his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and
his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good
and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.‖ –
Psalms 100

You see, many people live as though they are the creator and center of their own little
world. This mind-set leads to a greedy possessiveness and, if everything should be taken
away, a loss of hope itself. But when we realize that God created us and gives us all we
have, we will want to give to others as God gave to us. Then if all is lost, we still have
God and all he gives us. Remember always that God is the creator, we did not create
ourselves.

Please remember what the Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians…

―Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows
generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his
heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And
God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all
that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: ‗He has scattered
abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever‘.‖ – 2 Corinthians 9:6-9

So let us work on praising the creator of the universe and not ourselves. We are the
created and not the creator.

Confess

Confess, by definition, is to disclose or acknowledge something damaging or
inconvenient to oneself openly. It is a formal declaration of guilt. The book of Proverbs
accurately tells of this…

―He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces
them find mercy. Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD, but he who hardens
his heart falls into trouble.‖ – Proverbs 28:13-14

Praise cannot come from a heart that is loaded down with sin and guilt. There is always
some form of physical and/or psychological pain referred to in this verse. This pain is
mentioned in the following verse…
―When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day
and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped in the heat of
summer.‖ – Psalms 32:3-4

It is human nature to hide our sins or overlook our mistakes. But it is hard to learn from a
mistake you don’t acknowledge making. And what good is a mistake if it doesn’t teach
you something? To learn from error you need to admit it, confess it, analyze it, and make
adjustments so that it doesn’t happen again. Everybody makes mistakes, but only fools
repeat them.

Something in each of us strongly resists admitting we are wrong. That is why we admire
people who openly and graciously admit their mistakes and sins. These people have a
strong self-image. They do not always have to be right to feel good about themselves. Be
willing to reconsider – to admit you are wrong and to change your plans when necessary.
And remember, the first step toward forgiveness is confession.

Stubborn silence in the midst of guilt is being afraid of someone finding out what you
did. Fear creeps in and tells you that if anyone finds out, then they will hold it against you
for the rest of your life.

―A man tormented by the guilt of murder will be a fugitive till death; let no one support
him.‖—Proverbs 28:17

The prison we feel is one of our own making. The guilt is there to show that we need
God’s love, grace, and forgiveness. To hide the guilt is to self-impose a prison sentence.
A sinner’s conscience will drive him either into guilt resulting in repentance or to death
itself because of a refusal to repent. It is no act of kindness to try to make him feel better;
the more guilt he feels, the more likely he is to turn to God and repent. If we interfere
with the natural consequences of his act, we may make it easier for him to continue in
sin.

In either case there is no praise in the heart of one who harbors guilt and will not confess
it to find forgiveness.

Praise

Praise, by definition, is an expression of warm approval or admiration. It comes from the
reason for showing your admiration, or worshipping. The synonyms are praise, acclaim,
commend, extol, and laud. These are words for expressing highest approval of somebody
or something and often imply public accord for such favor. Praise means to express one’s
esteem of a person for his virtues or accomplishment. To acclaim somebody is
collectively to praise or pronounce him or something he has done worthy of honor, but it
is often used to literally mean actual applause or cheering. Commend suggest approval
accorded by higher quarters in a judicious manner, often for a particular service rendered
in the interests of society. Extol suggests resounding praise in a lofty style. It means to
proclaim excellence, often repeatedly or excessively. Laud expresses respectful tribute
given formally and decisively, usually for a particular deed.

In the previous section under “confess” we talked about the guilt that all of us at one time
had to admit to and repent of. This is a different form of “confess” but it is called
“praise”. Just as we have reason to admit our guilt, we also have reason to admit the
praise we should all have for the one who died for us at Calvary. What greater
accomplishment is there when Yeshua defeated Satan and his hold upon mankind? What
greater accomplishment is there when Yeshua made a way unto the Kingdom of YHVH?

With uprightness ‫ ישר‬yosher

“Yosher” is translated into English as equity and uprightness. Equity, by definition, is
defined as the state, ideal, or quality of being just, impartial, and fair. In law it is justice
applied in circumstances not covered by law.

One prime example of justice being applied in circumstance not covered by law is in the
case of speeding. No where in the bible will you find a specific reference to speeding,
that is to say going over the posted speed limit along a stretch of road or highway. What
you will find is law stating that God had given human leaders the right to make “law” for
the sole purpose of an orderly society.

There are examples of God equity being presented almost on a daily basis, and it is found
in Matthew 5.

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine
enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to
them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun
to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For
if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the
same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even
the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is
perfect." - Matthew 5:43-48 KJV

Who in this world can honestly say that they have cursed, hated, despitefully used and
persecuted more than God has? Yet, he still sends his love in the rising of the sun. Yet, he
still sends his love in allowing the rain to fall on those who love him and those who
curse, hated, despitefully use and persecute him and his children.

We see this when we take a look at the definition of upright.

Upright, by definition, is behaving in an honest way. This is brought even more when we
take a look at the synonyms of upright which are: decency, honesty, respectability,
morality, honorableness, worthiness, honor, and righteousness. It simply is doing the
right thing when people around you have given no reason to be decent, honorable, and
righteousness. The people that are immoral, wicked, depraved, corrupt, dissolute,
dishonest, decadent, debauched, sinful, iniquitous, or morally wrong will always act
selfishly. Who better to show them that there is another way if the “people of God” will
act and react as God would have us to? See the previous section “Be thankful” for
further comments on this. You cannot be thankful if you do not have an upright heart. An
upright heart seeks to do that which is right even when there is no immediate benefit. An
upright heart will always want to do that which is right even if it goes against them (see
“confession” for further comments). So when an upright heart acts in accordance with
that which is right, there is reason to praise! It is an easy thing to praise God in word and
tongue; but those only are well learned in this mystery that have learned to praise him
with uprightness of heart, that is, are inward with him in praising him, and sincerely aim
at his glory in the course of their conversation as well as the exercises of devotion. God
accepts only the praises of the upright. The upright heart is not divided. It seeks to
understand one teacher and one teacher only. Yeshua said himself…

"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or
else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
- Matthew 6:24 KJV

You cannot give “lip service” to God while harboring the ways of the world in your
heart. Your “lip service” will be seen for what it is. Matthew Henry said it best in his
whole bible commentary on Psalm 119:7 in which he said the following…

―If a man (person) expects by obedience in one thing to purchase indulgence for
disobedience in others, his hypocrisy will be detected; if he is not ashamed in this
world, everlasting shame will be his portion.‖

Matthew Henry accurately described a person that has a divided (double) heart, mind,
and understanding of God. They want a little bit of both God and Mammon. Therefore
the “lip service” they give to God has not nor ever will be accepted.

"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or
else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
- Matthew 6:24 KJV

Of heart ‫ לבב‬lebab

The word “lebab” is translated into English as heart, mind, and understanding. The
outline of biblical usage is below.

1. Inner man, mind, will, heart, soul, understand
   1.1. inner part, midst
       1.1.1. midst (of things)
       1.1.2. heart (of man)
       1.1.3. soul, heart (of man)
       1.1.4. mind, knowledge, thinking, reflection, memory
       1.1.5. inclination, resolution, determination (of will)
       1.1.6. conscience
       1.1.7. heart (of moral character)
       1.1.8. as seat of appetites
       1.1.9. as seat of emotions and passions
       1.1.10. as seat of courage

For when God is allowed in the midst of your understanding, that is to say in the midst of
your mind, knowledge, thinking, reflection, and memory we begin to truly praise him as
he wants to be praised. Your appetite, emotions, passions, and courage will change so
that he will be glorified in all that you say and do. Then, as God called David, we learn to
be a man (person) after God’s own heart. This is where Psychology and Psychiatry falls
flat of it face. They try to solve problems that in some cases are spiritually based. These
“Men of the Brain” have no answer in some cases. They have no real solution as to why a
person “conscience” dies, or why morals have disintegrated into something like animals.

The “key” to understanding this is quite simple actually…

―The things that are allowed to enter the brain will influence how the brain develops.‖

It is essential that the bible is allowed into your heart, mind, and understanding. It is
essential that God be allowed in the midst of your heart, mind, and understanding. For it
changes your appetites, emotions, passions, and courage toward things. This, in turn,
affects your conscience, inclination, resolution, and determination. For your “whole
heart” is in the mind, knowledge, thinking, reflection, and memory. This is the very
reason why “lip service” is not accepted by God. For God sees and knows the very heart
of man. He sees the game you are playing and will not be mocked on any level of human
understanding.

"For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to
teach in Israel statutes and judgments." - Ezra 7:10 KJV

I am truly awestruck at just how wonderful the word of God really is. I am struck dumb
and deeply humbled at how God uses simple things to confound the wise. If I was to
paraphrase Ezra’s life it would be this. His determination to study and understand the
divine law caused a revival among the people, who embarrassingly, let it slip from their
minds. What greater calling is there than to keep alive in the minds of people that the
word of God still exists and is still available to all who would apply their hearts to
wisdom.

There is never a calling more worthy than to be devoted to the study and understanding of
the word of God. There is never a calling more worthy than to share what you have
learned with the people around you. If one can find enjoyment in the study of the word of
God, then more will get interested and start really looking into it as well. Such was the
calling of Ezra as demonstrated in Ezra 7:10.
Ezra was instrumental in reviving the study of the word of God when knowledge of it ran
very low. It is said that he collected and collated all the copies of the law he could find
out, and published an accurate edition of it, with all the prophetical books, historical and
poetical, that were given by divine inspiration, and so made up the canon of the Old
Testament, with the addition of the prophecies and histories of his own time. If he was
raised up of God, and qualified and inclined to do this, all generations have reason to call
him blessed, and to bless God for him.

In Matthew we see Yeshua (Jesus) talking about how the scribes and Pharisee’s were
learned in the letter of the law but were strangers to the spirit of it. Is that not the case
today? People seem to think that the “Law of God” is cruel? They know the “letter” of
the law, but do not want to humble themselves so that they can learn the spirit of the law.

Ezra is noted for the following because of he was a man of great piety, holy zeal and had
prepared his heart to seek law of the Lord and to understand it…

1.       The law of the Lord is that which he chose for his study over than all the writings
of the Chaldean Magicians.
2.       He sought the law of the Lord, that is, he made it his business to enquire into it,
searched the scriptures, and sought the knowledge of God, of his mind and will, in the
scriptures, which is to be found there, but not without seeking.
3.       He made conscience of doing according to it; he set it before him as his rule,
formed his sentiments and temper by it, and managed himself in his whole conversation
according to it. This use we must make of our knowledge of the scriptures; for happy are
we if we do what we know of the will of God.
4.       He set himself to teach Israel the statutes and judgments of that law. What he
knew he was willing to communicate for the good of others; for the ministration of the
Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. But observe the method: he first learned and
then taught, sought the law of the Lord and so laid up good treasure, and then instructed
others and laid out what he had laid up. He also first did and then taught. He practiced the
commandment himself and then directed others in the practice of them; thus his example
confirmed his doctrine.
5.       He prepared his heart to do all this, or he fixed his heart. He took pains in his
studies, and thoroughly furnished himself for what he designed, and then put on
resolution to proceed and persevere in them, and thus he became a ready scribe. Moses in
Egypt, Ezra in Babylon, and both in captivity, were wonderfully fitted for eminent
services to the people of God.

So you see, allowing Yeshua to teach you his word in daily devotionals will change your
thinking, reflection, and memory. It will affect your appetites, emotions, passions, and
your courage towards things. This is the very thing that Yeshua was talking about when
he said

"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." - Matthew 6:21 KJV
"A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an
evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things." - Matthew 12:35 KJV

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a
man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and
buyeth that field. ... Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed
unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth
forth out of his treasure things new and old." - Matthew 13:44, 52 KJV

Again this confirms that what you allow into your mind, what you constantly think on
will and does determine your appetites, emotions, passions, and courage towards those
things you cherish and treasure the most.

Psalm 119:7 – ―I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned
thy righteous judgments.‖

Question: Do you see now how what you watch, study, read, and allow into
your heart will and do affect how you “perceive” things?

Remember that “perception”, by definition, is insight, intuition, or knowledge gained by
perceiving. Perceive is to become aware of directly through any of the senses, especially
to see or hear. It is to become aware of in one’s mind to achieve understanding. There
simply cannot be a revival in the Kingdom of God if the people who are called by His
name will not humble themselves to seek the face (or Character/spirit) of God. Ezra did
just that and we are blessed because of his determination and zeal for the scriptures.

When I shall have learned ‫ למד‬lamad

As Ezra demonstrated through his life, you become a skilful teacher only after you have
learned what you are teaching on. The teacher must first become a student. Only through
diligent instruction does a student become a teacher.

This word “lamad” is translated into English as teach, learn, instruct, diligently, expert,
skilful, and teachers. The outline of biblical usage is as follows…

1.      To learn, teach, exercise in
     a) (Qal) to learn
     b) (Piel) to teach
     c) (Pual) to be taught, be trained

Teach

To teach is to help students learn something in school, college, university by giving
classes. It helps someone to learn a skill by showing them how to do it. It changes the
way that someone behaves or the way that someone thinks or feels about something. The
word “teach” is broken down into two categories of synonyms and they are: impart and
educate. Under “impart” we have impart, communicate, show, explain, clarify, instill, and
demonstrate. Under “educate” we have educate, tutor, school, lecture, instruct, edify,
coach, and train.

Note of Interest: A person cannot teach unless someone is willing to learn. It is to the
student‘s detriment that they show stubborn, arrogant pride toward the teacher.

I, personally, like what the psalmist says below in Psalms 25:4-5 (see below).

"Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me:
for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day." - Psalms 25:4-5
KJV

   I.      Show my thy ways: You cannot be shown if you are not willing to look for it
   II.     Teach me thy paths: You cannot learn if you are not willing to be taught
   III.    Lead me in thy truth: You cannot be lead if you are not willing to follow
   IV.     In summary: You cannot do any of the above if you are not willing to wait on
           him

It is quite telling between the souls of the saints and the souls of those that are playing
games. To the Saints, the word of God is precious gold. To those that are playing games,
the word of God is offensive. When the word of God is spoken directly to them in their
situation, sometimes you are accused of calling them an “idiot”. So offensive is the word
of God to them that love playing games!

What did Yeshua (Jesus) say concerning this?

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me." - John 14:6 KJV

Either Yeshua does the teaching or does not teach at all. This is extremely sad when you
consider that the Church of Laodicea refused to let him in the Church building at all.

"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I
stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come
in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcomes will I grant to
sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in
his throne. He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches." -
Revelation 3:19-22 KJV

Secular Humanism is the most dangerous form of teaching that is allowed in the churches
today. It has a form of godliness, but lacks the power to truly change and transform lives.
Only through the teaching of Yeshua is real change brought about in a person’s life.

As it is written in 2 Chronicles 7…
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and
seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will
forgive their sin, and will heal their land." - 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV

Learn

This simply means to gain knowledge or experience of something, for example by being
taught. It is to gain knowledge or a skill that makes it possible for you to do something. It
is to get the experience or knowledge that you need to behave or think in a particular
way. It is to study something so that you remember it exactly. It is to gain new
information about a situation, event, or person. It is to improve your behavior as a result
of gaining greater experience or knowledge of something.

The synonyms for this word are broken down into two categories: study, and find out.
The words associated with study are study, absorb, pick up, acquire, cram, swot, and mug
up. Swot, by definition, is to study very had, especially for an examination. The words
associated with find out are find out, hear, discover, realize, ascertain, gather, and
understand.

Realize, by definition, is to gradually begin to understand something that you did not
know or notice before. Other words that bring out the fuller definition is understand,
comprehend, appreciate, grasp, apprehend, recognize, take in, gather, get, and fathom. In
a lot of cases a misunderstanding is simply a failure to “realize” or “appreciate” the other
person’s point of view. Interestingly enough fulfill is a synonym for “realize” in that it is
associated in this way: fulfill, achieve, reorganize, accomplish, carry out, complete,
reach, attain, consummate, and execute. The antonym for this is fail. Therefore, it can be
said that a misunderstanding is a failure of some kind, whether this is intentional failure
or not is beyond the scope of this portion. This portion assumes that once the truth has
been clearly set out as given by God, that people will realize those things that they did not
know before and make the appropriate changes. Intentional failure to understand is in the
hands of God to deal with.

"JOD. Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may
learn thy commandments." - Psalms 119:73 KJV
"HE. Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end." -
Psalms 119:33 KJV
"VAU. Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to
thy word." - Psalms 119:41 KJV
"HE. Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end." -
Psalms 119:33 KJV

Simply put we have to remember that YHVH is God and not anyone of the created beings
that exists on this earth. Who can “teach” God anything? Is it not in our best interest to
submit ourselves to the one who actually does know everything?
"Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who hath gathered the wind in his
fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of
the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?" - Proverbs
30:4 KJV

This verse challenges us all to find that one person who has ascended into heaven to learn
the mind of God then descended to teach us. If there be such a person, name him. If that
person is dead, then name his descendants. There is only one such name and it is the
name above all names: Yeshua HaMashiah (Jesus Christ).

Instruct

Instruct is to tell someone officially to do something. It is to teach someone a subject or
skill. It what a judge does when giving advice to a jury about making their decision.
God had sent his prophets to the people to turn them from their wicked ways and what
was their response?

"But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears
that they should not hear." - Zechariah 7:11 KJV

The prophets continued to come and what was their response?

"But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his
prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no
remedy." - 2 Chronicles 36:16 KJV

They mocked the messengers of God and despised his words. They abused the prophets
until the wrath of God rose against them. They mocked, used, and abused the prophets till
there was no remedy left but the wrath of God.

The people did not want to receive instruction from God, his prophets or anyone else that
would teach against their precious traditions.

This is what God showed Ezekiel in his day…

"And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the
door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and
twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward
the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east." - Ezekiel 8:16 KJV

They were in the Lord’s house with their backs towards the temple and were facing the
sun rising in the east. They were worshipping a created object yet abused the prophets
telling them to turn around and worship the true God. Yet it was the prophets that were
abused; verbally and often physically.

Truly the people then as now…
"But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the
imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward." - Jeremiah 7:24
KJV

God still calls on us to turn around and worship the true God and not some created object
that is supposed to represent God. What do you think God meant when he said…

"Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven
image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth
beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to
them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity
of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate
me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my
commandments." - Exodus 20:3-6 KJV

No graven image means ANY graven image of anything in heaven above, on the earth
below, or beneath the ocean. It means nothing that man can physically see is to be used as
a representation of a god.

Diligently

Diligently, by definition, is showing persistent, careful, and hard-working effort in doing
something. The synonyms are industriously, assiduously, meticulously, conscientiously,
thoroughly, attentively, carefully, and persistently.

The only time “lamad” is used as “learned” is in Jeremiah 12 in which it says…

"And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear
by my name, The LORD lives; as they taught my people to swear by Baal; then shall
they be built in the midst of my people." - Jeremiah 12:16 KJV

I, often wonder what the world would be like if we just spent ½ of the time learning the
ways of God as we do learning the ways of the world. I suspect the world would be
radically different. The world would be different if we spent just ½ of the time learning
what true religion is instead of what man has made it out to be. If the world would leave
their idolatries behind and solemnly profess that YHVH is the only true God, then they
will have a place among God’s people and not until then. Those who would have their lot
with God’s people, and a last end like theirs, must learn their ways, and walk in them.

"And thou shalt swear, The LORD liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness;
and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory." - Jeremiah
4:2 KJV
"That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and
he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former
troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes." - Isaiah 65:16 KJV

And in the New Testament we have this being said in the book of John…

"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." - John
1:17 KJV

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me." - John 14:6 KJV

It is truly amazing to me that some people seem to think that the grace of God is a new
concept brought into being in the New Testament. That is simply not the case. If grace
was not a foundational basis upon which God set then he would have destroyed the earth
a long time ago. The prophet Ezekiel says it this way…

"Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith
the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity
shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have
transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house
of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD:
wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye." - Ezekiel 18:30-32 KJV

That is all God has ever wanted. He has always wanted a heart set on him and his ways.
A people that lifted him up above all things the world has to offer.

"Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go
before thy face." - Psalms 89:14 KJV

Even the psalmist understood that justice and judgment inhabits the throne, but mercy
and truth goes before God’s face. For God knows that no one could ever keep it, it was to
be a testimony of how much we are in need of him. He just wants an honest and diligent
effort from all of those that would seek his face.

Expert

An expert is somebody with a great deal of knowledge about, or skill, training, or
experience in, a particular field or activity. The synonyms are skilled and specialist.
Under skilled we have skilled, skillful, practiced, proficient, professional, knowledgeable,
adept, and practiced. Under specialist we have specialist, authority, professional,
connoisseur, doyen, and whiz.

The only time it this word “labab” is translated as an expert comes from the Songs of
Solomon.
"They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh
because of fear in the night." - Song of Songs 3:8 KJV

To put us into remembrance of what we are talking about here let me list the scripture we
are going over.

―I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous
judgments.‖ – Psalms 119:7 KJV

It says “when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments”, it does not say when
someone else has become proficient or knowledgeable of God’s righteous judgments. It
says “when I shall have learned”. In other words: when I shall have become proficient
and knowledgeable of God’s righteous judgments. Remember that proficient, by
definition, is being very skillful at something you have learned, or in other words “an
expert”. The Apostle Paul has made this very clear in his writings that everyone is need
to put on the full armor of God for specific reasons that are listed below…

"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." -
2 Corinthians 2:11 KJV

"But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness,
godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on
eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession
before many witnesses." – 1 Timothy 6:11-12 KJV

"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of
the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual
wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that
ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand
therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of
righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the
fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the
Spirit, which is the word of God:" - Ephesians 6:11-17 KJV

"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of
our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong
holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against
the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of
Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience
is fulfilled." - 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 KJV

And finally from King David
"[[A Psalm of David.]] Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to
war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my
deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me." -
Psalms 144:1-2 KJV

The most important is listed first and I list in again for good measure. If you do not know
what the scriptures say, then you are at a disadvantage into how Satan uses and twists
scripture to his advantage. This is the very reason why reliance upon the Ruach
HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) is definitely required in the study of and the application of
scripture in your life.

"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." -
2 Corinthians 2:11 KJV

Skilful
Skillful, by definition, is being very good at doing something that involves special ability
or training. The synonyms for this word are clever, adroit, dexterous, skilled, expert,
practiced, adept, competent, and proficient. An expert is somebody with a great deal of
knowledge about, or skill, training, or experience in, a particular field or activity.

"The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men,
men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and skilful in war, were
four and forty thousand seven hundred and threescore, that went out to the war." - 1
Chronicles 5:18 KJV

It has been said that book knowledge is one thing while practical experience is another.
You can learn how to do something in the safety of a classroom or other sitting, but you
will never know what you will actually do until the heat of the moment is upon you. Even
then we must not rely on our ability to do something, we must cry out to God so that his
way is manifested greatly in all that we do. We must always remember that our skills and
abilities came from God and they are to be used for his glory and for the benefit of his
people. We are called upon to be servants of the Most High. Let us put our skills to the
best use of glorify God in helping other people of God.

Thy righteous ‫ צדק‬tsedeq

This word “tsedeq” has a biblical definition of…

   1) justice, rightness, righteousness
          a. what is right or just or normal, rightness, justness (of weights and
               measures)
          b. righteousness (in government)
                    i. of judges, rulers, kings
                   ii. of law
                  iii. of Davidic king, Messiah
                  iv. of Jerusalem as seat of just Government
                    v. of God’s attribute
           c.   righteousness, justice (in case or cause)
           d.   rightness (in speech)
           e.   righteousness (as ethically right)
           f.   righteousness (as vindicated), justification (in controversy), deliverance,
                victory, prosperity
                     i. of god as covenant-keeping in redemption
                    ii. in name of Messianic King
                   iii. of people enjoying salvation
                   iv. of Cyrus

This word is generally translated into English as righteousness, just, justice, righteous,
righteously, right, righteous cause, and unrighteousness.


Unrighteous

At first I was quite confused as to why “Tsedeg” would be translated as unrighteousness,
but not it makes sense. First, let us take a look at to how it is used in scripture.

"Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by
wrong; that useth his neighbour's service without wages, and giveth him not for his
work;" - Jeremiah 22:13 KJV

Although this is specifically talking about Jehoiakim taxing the people for Pharaoh’s
tribute, but also the taking of their forced labor, without pay, for building a splendid
palace for him to live in. This is violation of the following scriptures…

"Thou shall not defraud thy neighbor, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired
shall not abide with thee all night until the morning." - Leviticus 19:13 KJV

"Thou shall not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy
brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates: At his day thou shall
give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and setteth his
heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the LORD, and it be sin unto thee." -
Deuteronomy 24:14-15 KJV

This has everything to do with the proper relationship that should exist between people.
The “rich” here is not talking just about money, but that which another person values the
most. It could something simple as your “love”. They act out of their good heart to win
your love and if you withhold that love, you are robbing them.

For it is written…
"It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide
house. ... It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry
woman." - Proverbs 21:9, 19 KJV

"It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in
a wide house." - Proverbs 25:24 KJV

While these scriptures specifically mention a “brawling woman”, it does not apply
ONLY to them. A “brawling woman” could mean anyone that is contentious,
argumentative, and withholds that which you value the most. The person being withheld
from acts out of their good heart toward the one being contentious only have their
“wages” withheld from them; soon the acts of kindness leads to slavery, for the
contentious uses the “good heart” to enslave. Eventually that good heart dies a slow
painful death. The contentious want the acts of kindness but do not think that they have to
give in return.

By definition then these people know what the “right” thing to do is, they just refuse to
give that which is “reasonably due”.

Righteous Cause

There is never a greater challenge to the person that loves God than a righteous cause. It
is especially difficult to do what is right before God when people around you will
deliberately misconstrue, mischaracterize, misjudge, and say all manner of vile things
against you. Such was the case in David’s life when he wrote Psalms 35. This challenge
is made even greater among those who claim to be “Christ-Centered” and are actually of
the “Synagogue of Satan”!

"Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let
them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me. Let
them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say
continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his
servant. And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day
long." - Psalms 35:26-28 KJV

One of the most difficult things a Child of God has to go through eventually is one where
they must take a stand against what the majority of people have come to accept as truth.
The Child of God has taken a firm stand on what they know to be the rock solid truth, and
will not under any circumstances be moved off of it. In such cases, God calls this person
as being in the Church of Philadelphia.

"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is
holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man
shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set
before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and
hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the
synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will
make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of
temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no
more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of
my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and
I will write upon him my new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit
saith unto the churches." - Revelation 3:7-13 KJV

The ones that mischaracterize, misjudge, falsely accuse, and say all manner of vile things
against you have identified themselves as belonging to the Synagogue of Satan. Some of
these people are woefully deceived into thinking they are right, and that you are the one
that is, “backward”. When everyone else is abandoning what is right, holy, and true in
favor of something else, to stand firm against the tide is a tough thing to do.

Right

Right can be defined in terms of exactly, immediately, correctly or accurately, toward the
right, all the way, completely, and as would be normal. Right can be used as an adjective,
adverb, noun, verb, and interjection.

One of the hardest things to maintain is in distinguishing what is right in the eyes of God
and right in the eyes of men. Maintaining that distinction is sometimes difficult and it
requires a humble spirit to admit when we have been wrong and to humbly accept the
judgment and discipline that comes from God.

The first use of the word “right” is in Psalms 9:4 and it says…

"For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging
right." - Psalms 9:4 KJV

This idea is explained in further detail by Peter when he said…

"For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently?
but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an
example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his
mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened
not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our
sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto
righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but
are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls." - 1 Peter 2:20-25 KJV
Like Peter said what glory is there in getting discipline for getting caught doing
something wrong? The glory is for getting disciplined when you have not done anything
and you endure patiently through it. That is why David writes is Psalms 9…

"For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou sat in the throne judging
right." - Psalms 9:4 KJV

David knew just as Yeshua HaMashiah (Jesus Christ) did, that God knew he did nothing
that deserved the punishment he was receiving, and that in the end all would be made
right. That is when we can pray as the David did when he wrote this…

"[[A Prayer of David.]] Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my
prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips." - Psalms 17:1 KJV

If you are suffering for something unjustly then with lips without any hint of deceit, we
can pray for a just decision, help, and protection in the face of malice, pride, rapacity, and
selfishness coming from those who mischaracterize, misjudge, falsely accuse, and say all
manner of vile things against you.
It is easy to see the faults and sins in others, but rarely do we see the faults and sins
within ourselves. It is easy to say that the judgments of God are right until they are
directed at us.

"For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our
profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present
seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable
fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." - Hebrews 12:10-11
KJV

"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent." -
Revelation 3:19 KJV

God is still in the business of pointing out where we fall short and those areas where we
are in need of him. Remember that the hand that does the pointing has three fingers
pointing back.

This goes to the heart of the “Law” versus “Grace” debate. If the law has been done away
with, then how could God judge the world for its sins? As Romans 3:31 clearly states…

"Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and
uncircumcision through faith. Do we then make void the law through faith? God
forbid: yea, we establish the law." - Romans 3:30-31 KJV

If the “Children of YHWH” cannot be disciplined by their Father which is in heaven,
then why do we expect God to discipline those who do not even know him? Judgment
comes to the house of YHWH first!
"Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless
afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are
exercised thereby." - Hebrews 12:11 KJV

This is what happened to Israel in Ezekiel’s time when the people of God would not
listen, and would not turn from their wicked ways. They hardened their hearts and
continued in the “traditions of men” and did not want to learn the “traditions of God.”

"And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was,
to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had
the writer's inkhorn by his side; And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of
the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men
that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. And to
the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not
your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little
children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin
at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.
And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth.
And they went forth, and slew in the city." - Ezekiel 9:3-7 KJV

In Ezekiel 18, we find that God takes no pleasure in the death of anyone. That is not his
heart, and will never be his heart.

"Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith
the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity
shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have
transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house
of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD:
wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye." - Ezekiel 18:30-32 KJV

When they would not listen to his rebuke or his chastening, they left him no other option
but to bring judgment upon their heads. So it is with us, we can harden our hearts, refuse
to listen, and refuse to learn the ways of God only to leave God with no other option but
to bring judgment upon our heads. The only ones that will escape are the ones that have
been marked for they sigh and weep for the abominations that they see taking place. Soon
the world will know that…

"I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast
afflicted me." - Psalms 119:75 KJV

Righteously

Righteously is a form of the adjective “righteous”. Righteous, simply put, is always
behaving according to a religious or moral code. It is considered to be correct or
justifiable. Acting “righteously” therefore is behaving according to a religious or moral
code. The synonyms are virtuously, rightly, justly, blamelessly, and honorably. The
antonym for this word, interestingly enough, is sinfully. Sinfully, therefore, is NOT
acting to a religious or moral code.

The people of Israel were given good instructions on how to live and conduct their lives.
They were also to judge “righteously” and not in an unrighteous manner. This is bore out
in the command found in Deuteronomy 1:16 which is…

"And I charged your judges at that time, saying, hear the causes between your
brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger
that is with him." - Deuteronomy 1:16 KJV

I want you to notice that it says that this is to be applied fairly “between every man and
his brother” as well as “the stranger” that is with him. There was to be no distinction
between those “who have the Torah” and “those who have not”. We are to be the same
way even today. We are to be fair to everyone around us, even if they hate, curse,
mischaracterize, use, abuse, and hate the very ground we walk on. We simply cannot give
them a reason to remain in that particular state of mind. We must remember what Yeshua
(Jesus Christ) said concerning this very thing.

"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." - John 7:24
KJV

It does not matter if the person needing a fair hearing is a believer or not, fair is fair. For
again it is written in Proverbs…

"Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as is appointed to destruction.
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy." -
Proverbs 31:8-9 KJV

We are to speak up for those who cannot defend themselves, we are to do our best that
they get a fair hearing without it being deliberately turned one way or the other. We are
not to be on the side of the poor or the rich, but on the said of what is fair and right. To
judge the rich because they are rich is favoritism. The same holds true with the poor. We
are to be on the side of what is fair and right in the eyes of YHWH.

Jeremiah, a prophet called by God, was doing that very thing. He was judging righteously
and calling on people to repent of their wicked ways. The leaders and the people turned
on him for pointing out the injustice and wickedness that prevail in the land at that time.
He goes and prays to God the following…

"And the LORD hath given me knowledge of it, and I know it: then thou shewedst me
their doings. But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I
knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with
the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may
be no more remembered. But, O LORD of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the
reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I revealed my
cause." - Jeremiah 11:18-20 KJV

Jeremiah was showed by God exactly what the people were doing, and was called on to
point it out. Jeremiah was obedient and had his life threatened by the very people he
loved the most. Jeremiah calls on God to judge between him and the people. If Jeremiah
had done anything wrong in the eyes of God, then he calls for the sentence to be carried
out. If, however, God could not see any wrong doing then let the sentence be carried out
against his prosecutors instead.

Do not overcome evil with evil, but instead overcome evil with good; for even Yeshua
(Jesus Christ) was horribly wronged among his peers and he opened not his mouth. Peter
says this in 1 Peter 2:20-25

"For what glory is it if, when you sin, you patiently endure beating? But if, when you
do well, you patiently endure suffering, this is commendable with God. For to this you
were called, because Messiah also suffered for us, leaving you an example, that you
should follow his steps, who did not sin, "neither was deceit found in his mouth." Who,
when he was reviled, didn't revile back. When he suffered, didn't threaten, but
committed himself to him who judges righteously; who his own self bore our sins in his
body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose
stripes you were healed. For you were going astray like sheep; but are now returned to
the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls." - 1 Peter 2:20-25 HNV

Righteous

This word “righteous” has eight (8) entries to it, and I would like to list the seven (7)
additional entries in the bible other than the one (1) that we have already listed in Psalms
119:7. These scriptures are Psalms 119:62, 106, 138, 160, and 164; Proverbs 16:3, and
Isaiah 41:2.

The first one is Psalms 119:62 which is…

"At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments." -
Psalms 119:62 KJV

It should be to our shame that some people would rather devote themselves to sinful
pleasures and spend precious sleep time in chasing it, than we are to spending precious
sleep time in chasing after God, His righteousness, and His Character.

"I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments." -
Psalms 119:106 KJV

We cannot do that which we know not how to do. For even God cannot teach someone
unwilling to be taught. God’s grace and mercy has no boundaries to those that show a
willingness to be taught. God’s knows that we are a created being, He knows our
weaknesses and tendency to fail, but with love He draws us to draw closer in spirit and in
truth. An unwillingness to fail is an unwillingness to learn. You cannot learn if you are
not willing to fall flat of your face in trying to do that which God is trying to teach.

"Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful." - Psalms
119:138 KJV

What are some of the reasons that people do not open the scriptures and start studying
them? In my opinion, I would list these reasons

   1) They do not think the scriptures are valid for them and their “modern” day life.
   2) They place more value on the things of the world over and above the things of
      God
   3) They place God in a 2nd or 3rd place role instead of the 1st place he demands.

As one noted author stated, “We cannot confess God to be righteous, unless we live
uprightly and truly as he has commanded”. If God is truly righteous, and does not do
anything that is wrong this begs the following question.

Question: If God is righteous, then why do we disobey his instructions if we call
ourselves his child?

God is perfect in every way; there is not a single hint of sin in his entire existence. To
even suggest that somehow God has made a mistake is blasphemous. He is the very
definition of perfection in every aspect. It is necessary to our faith that we believe that the
written word of God comes from the very heart of God. Every word is pure, every
principle and statutes reflects a portion of who He actually is. Thus, we are encouraged to
take the written word of God to heart, and allow the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) to
lead and teach us the ways of God. God will in no way act contrary to what his written
word says. He knows the merits of each case, and will judge according to what his nature
and written word has already declared.

"Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments
endures for ever." - Psalms 119:160 KJV

Frances Jane (Fanny) Crosby (1820-1915) wrote the following song based on the above
scripture.

   1) Blessed Bible, book of gold, precious truths thy pages hold, truths to lead me day
      by day all along my pilgrim way
   2) Blessed Bible, pure and true, guide me all my journey through; Heav’nly light
      within me shine, help me make thy precepts mine!
   3) Lamp of faith, my feet to lead, bread of heaven, my soul to feed; living waters
      pure and free, book of books thou are to me.
   4) Word of God, thy love impart, fire my zeal, and cleanse my heart; keep me
      earnest, keep me true, every day my strength renew.
Fanny Crosby was probably one of the most prolific hymnists in history. She was blinded
by an incompetent doctor at six weeks of age, she wrote over 8,000 hymns. She said this
concerning her blindness:

“It seemed intended by the blessed providence of god that I should be blind all my life,
and I thank him for the dispensation. If perfectly earthly sight were offered me tomorrow
I would not accept it, I might not have sung hymns to the praise of God if I had been
distracted by the beautiful and interesting things about me.”

On a personal note:

I am hard of hearing, and like Fanny Crosby would reject the opportunity to hear
perfectly if it were offered to me today. All my life I had turned a deaf ear to God, only to
have him take away my actual hearing. I thank him for that, for it has taught me to listen
when God speaks. I hear and listen to God better now than when I actually had perfect
hearing.

"Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments." - Psalms
119:164 KJV

This psalmist spends everyday praising God for the righteous judgments that stem from
the throne of God and not just “one” day for doing that which is “good”.

The Prophet Isaiah mentions this very thing in Chapter 58 of his book. It reads in part…

"Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their
transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek me daily, and delight to
know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of
their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to
God. Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we
afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye
find pleasure, and exact all your labours. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to
smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice
to be heard on high. Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his
soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under
him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?" - Isaiah 58:1-5
KJV

Yeshua HaMashiah (Jesus Christ) speaks against such rank hypocritical “one” day only
child of God in Matthew 23…

"Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the
outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are
within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly
appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Woe unto
you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and
garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our
fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which
killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye
generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I
send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and
crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them
from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth,
from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom
ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall
come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and
stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children
together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me
henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." -
Matthew 23:26-39 KJV

Being “righteous” does not mean “one” day only, but everyday. It rejects the ways of the
world in favor of the ways of God every day at every opportunity. We, as humans, will
make a mistake that is why we need to be honest with ourselves, especially God.

"Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right." -
Proverbs 16:13 KJV

You cannot speak that which is right for only one day, then choose what you will speak
the rest and expect the King to be delighted in what you say. Righteous lips speak that
which is right all the time, even if it is not what people want to hear much less pleasant.

"[[A Prayer of David.]] Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my
prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips." - Psalms 17:1 KJV

A good leader hates those that will say what they think should be said. When it finally
comes out that the words were only flattery, the consequences of such words can be and
usually are devastating.

"They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double
heart do they speak. The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that
speaks proud things:" - Psalms 12:2-3 KJV

The great thing about this is to remember that no false god has ever raised up anyone and
used him for the benefit of all mankind.
"Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the
nations before him, and made him rule over kings? he gave them as the dust to his
sword, and as driven stubble to his bow." - Isaiah 41:2 KJV

The commentators on this verse differ between Abraham and Cyrus. In either case it
shows the awesome power that belongs to God and God alone. If this verse is talking
about Abraham, then what benefit we have through his obedience. If it is Cyrus, then it
shows how God brought freedom to the Jews when they were in unjust captivity.

Truly, one who has their heart set on God and his righteous judgments can say…

―I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous
judgments.‖ – Psalms 119:7

Judgments ‫ משפט‬mishpat

Judgments (Mishpat) is defined in the bible as…
   1) Judgment, justice, ordinance
          a. Judgment
                  i. Act of deciding a case
                 ii. Place, court, seat of judgment
                iii. Process, procedure, litigation (before judges)
                iv. Case, cause (presented for judgment)
                 v. Sentence, decision (of judgment)
                vi. Execution (of judgment)
               vii. Time (of judgment)
          b. Justice, right, rectitude (attributes of God or man)
          c. Ordinance
          d. Decision (in law)
          e. Right, privilege, due (legal)
          f. Proper, fitting, measure, fitness, custom, manner, plan

Psalm 119:7 – ―I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned
thy righteous judgments.‖

“Mishpat” is translated into English as judgment, manner, right, cause, and ordinance,
lawful, order, worthy, fashion, custom, discretion, law, measure, and sentence.

Sentence

A sentence is usually a punishment given by a judge. In the Legal realm it is a
punishment given by a judge, usually involving a period of time that a person must spend
in prison. Sentence has two categories of synonyms and they are verdict, and pass
judgment. Under verdict we have ruling, decree, judgment, condemnation, punishment,
prison term, and stretch. Under pass judgment we have condemn, punish, and send to
prison. In the hands of a unrighteous and evil judge, such power to frightening to the
believer. That is why the psalmist says in Psalms 17 the following…

"[[A Prayer of David.]] Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my
prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips. Let my sentence come forth from thy
presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal. Thou hast proved mine heart;
thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am
purposed that my mouth shall not transgress." - Psalms 17:1-3 KJV

We see the following, and should be an encouragement to all of us.

   1) The Psalmist recognizes that God is a righteous King and hates those that attempt
      to flatter him with feigned lips
   2) The Psalmist recognizes that God can be trusted and with the truth coming from
      his lips the sentence from God will be righteous and fair
   3) The Psalmist recognizes that God sees all things in their proper perspective.
   4) The Psalmist recognizes that God knows his heart better than anyone else, and
      that the psalmist’s mouth shall not transgress against God using feigned lips.

While the definition of “sentence” is usually a punishment given by a judge, in context is
asks that God try the case presented to him. It asks for a righteous sentence upon the
guilty, and if that is the Psalmists, then the psalmist should be willing to accept the
sentence given. If the verdict goes the other way, and punishment is given to the accuser
of the psalmists then the psalmist can say…

―I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous
judgments.‖ – Psalms 119:7

Measure

Measure is simply a way of judging something. Other words that bring out the full
definition of this word includes gauge, calculate, compute, determine, assess, quantify,
evaluate, appraise, and rate. It is a way of evaluating something, or a standard against
which something can be compared.

"Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O
Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity;
and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him
afraid. For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of
all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I
will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished." -
Jeremiah 30:10-11 KJV

On a personal note, I love the part that says, “I will correct thee in measure”. Let me give
a personal testimony as to how God “corrected me in measure”.
Personal Testimony (Partial):

When you take a look at 2 Timothy 3:1-5 you will see that the Apostle Paul is describing
a very wicked person. Verse 5 is especially damning in that these people have a “form of
godliness”. That is to say, they can darken the doors of the church, say the “correct”
things in order to fool people into thinking that they are better than that actually are,
while harboring that which God hates the most, which is “sin”. When people like the
pastor, friends, family members would be directed by God to speak against what I was
“harboring” in my heart, I would turn against them and usually in a way that revealed
who I actually was. The “self-imposed” mask of civility quickly vanished to reveal the
heart that had been hidden from everyone. No matter who God sent my way to give the
message that was to be said, I quickly turned against the message and turned a deaf ear
to them. The scripture above says, “I will correct thee in measure”. I truly loved and still
love the United States Navy. It has a proud heritage, and a long distinguished history. It
was my plan to make a career out of it, and retire from the United States Navy. One
problem kept coming up…my intentional failure to listen to God was now affecting my
life in the United States Navy. When that lesson failed to dawn on me, God was left with
no other choice but to “measure me the way I had measured him”. God, in his righteous
judgment, took my hearing away from me. I was medically discharged from the United
States Navy to my utter dismay. My intentional failure to listen to God, my intentional
turning a deaf ear to God was my own undoing. If you were to ask me if I would accept
the healing of my ears so that I could hear again, I would tell you NO! It is a reminder to
me just how arrogant, proud, and stubborn I truly was. I “hear” God better now, than
when I had my full hearing.

Psalm 119:7 – ―I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned
thy righteous judgments.‖

Law

The occasion that precedes this verse found in Leviticus 24:22 is one where a son of an
Israelite woman and an Egyptian father quarreled with an Israelite man. The ½ Egyptian,
½ Israelite man blasphemed God in the hearing of witnesses and was stoned for his
crime.

―Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own
country: for I am the LORD your God.‖ – Leviticus 24:22 KJV

God never required that the people living among the Israelites to pick up their religion,
for what good is it if someone is forced to do something their heart is not into? God only
required that they obey one law governing society. If he that despised Moses’ Law, died
without mercy, of what punishment will they be worthy, who despise and abuse the
gospel of the Son of God!

"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there
remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and
fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died
without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose
ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath
counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and
hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said,
Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord
shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.‖ –
Hebrews 10:26-31 KJV

Even if we escape the punishment of men, we will not escape the righteous judgment of a
HOLY GOD who takes very seriously the law that was given to Moses, and ratified by
the death of Yeshua (Jesus Christ) on the cross.

The more I continue in this “Scroll of Eleazar” the more convinced I am of its validity,
and a call to find the “Ancient Paths”. These paths were ordained by YHWH so that we
would remember him. These paths were ordained by YHWH so that we would be
dedicated to him and him alone. Any other path honors the “prince of this world” who
would like nothing more than for us to join him in the pits of hell itself.
"[To the chief Musician upon Gittith, [A Psalm of Asaph.]] Sing aloud unto God our
strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob. Take a psalm, and bring hither
the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery. Blow up the trumpet in the new moon,
in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day. For this was a statute for Israel, and a
law of the God of Jacob." - Psalms 81:1-4 KJV

Discretion

Discretion has two (2) entries and they are (1) careful and sensitive behavior that does not
upset or offend people, and (2) the right or ability to make a judgment or decision. The
synonyms for this word are also in two (2) categories. The categories are (1) freedom of
choice, and (2) carefulness. Under “freedom of choice” we have will, pleasure, option,
choice, decision, and preference. Under “carefulness” we have prudence, caution,
maturity, responsibility, moderation, foresight, diplomacy, tact, acumen, and
discrimination.

There is a major difference between wanting to be generous and allowing people to take
advantage of your generosity.

"A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion." -
Psalms 112:5 KJV

Yeshua (Jesus Christ) backs this message up when he says…

"But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your
reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto
the unthankful and to the evil." - Luke 6:35 KJV
No where do you find Yeshua trying to win the hearts of people by doing great and
wonderful miracles. The miracles that were performed by Yeshua came from his heart
and because that is his character. He had compassion on them, and so performed the
“work” in their life. The decision to follow Christ must be voluntary and not forced on
anyone. It is to your and their advantage to see the advantages in it. They cannot see the
advantage if you will not demonstrate it to them. Some of the people that Yeshua touched
were extremely thankful and gave praise, glory, and honor. To others, Yeshua never saw
again, not a single word of thanks ever came from their lips; as Yeshua rightly said, “For
he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.”

Using discretion does not mean allowing yourself to be taken advantage of because you
have a good heart. If a person is unwilling to put forth an effort, he is called slothful.
Slothful, by definition, dislikes work or any form of physical exertion. In other words
they are called lazy, idle, sluggish, inactive, indolent, and apathetic people. To continue
to help them in every way only encourages their slothful behavior, and entraps you in
supporting someone that has the ability, but refuses to put that ability to their own
benefit.

Custom

Custom, by definition, is tradition, a habit, or tradition like law. It is something that
people always do or always do in a particular way by tradition. It is the way somebody
usually or routinely behaves in a particular situation. It is a traditional practice that is so-
long established and universal that it has acquired the force of law.

"They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt
offerings by number, according to the custom, as the duty of every day required; And
afterward offered the continual burnt offering, both of the new moons, and of all the
set feasts of the LORD that were consecrated, and of every one that willingly offered a
freewill offering unto the LORD." - Ezra 3:4-5 KJV

The people of Ezra’s time had made a “tradition of God” so common place that it had the
effect of law. That is how it should be with the “traditions of God”. They should be of
more value than the “traditions of men” which do not honor God, but instead a false god.

Yeshua celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles in John 7…

"Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand. ... In the last day, that great day of
the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and
drink." - John 7:2, 37 KJV

Fashion

This is simply a particular way of behaving or doing something. As a verb it means to
give shape or form to something. The synonyms that apply here are form, make, alter,
transform, create, frame, devise, adapt, pattern, fabricate, and mould. So, in biblical
context, we see that “fashion” is to give shape or form something according to the pattern
that was given by God.

"And thou shalt rear up the tabernacle according to the fashion thereof which was
shewed thee in the mount." - Exodus 26:30 KJV

Just as Moses had a set pattern to follow when setting up the Tabernacle that existed in
the desert, and so did Solomon have a pattern when setting up the 1st Temple. This is why
when Solomon “dedicated” the Temple to the LORD that God responded with…

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and
seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will
forgive their sin, and will heal their land." - 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV

Just as Moses and Solomon had a specific “pattern” to follow in setting up the temple, we
too have a specific pattern to follow in setting up the temple of God within our own life.
If you are called by His name, the pattern to follow is this…

   1)   Humble your self
   2)   Pray
   3)   Seek the face of YHWH
   4)   Turn from the ways that YHWH points out

The “pattern” is that no one could enter the Most Holy Place without the shedding of
blood, and no one but the high priest could enter anyway. Hebrews Chapter 8 and 9
identifies that Yeshua is the High Priest that shed his own blood for the remission
(atonement) of sins for all who would believe, and turn from their wicked ways.

True Revival only begins when pride is humbled before God and that we remember that
YHWH is pure and holy. Nothing impure will ever enter into the gates of His glorious
city. All attempts by mankind to imitate what true worship is have met with utter failure!

We simply have to admit that we, as human beings, cannot fashion something of our own
accord and expect YHWH to like it, much less accept it. YHWH has already ordained
what he will accept. If you disagree, then you do not want to “seek the face of YHWH”.

Worthy

In simple terms, worthy is defined as deserving, respectable, and good but dull. It is
something or someone fully deserving something, usually a suitable reward for merit or
importance. It is morally upright, good, and deserving respect. It is having good qualities,
good intentions, or the best of motives, but being bored and pedestrian.

Sometimes speaking the truth of God’s word gets you enemies from the ones who are
supposed to know the truth. They think that you are “worthy” of their scorn, ridicule,
slander, and all other manner of vile and evil things. Some may even think to wish that
you were dead so that they would not have to hear what you are saying. Such is the case
with Jeremiah and with Yeshua HaMashiah.

Such was the case with Jeremiah. Jeremiah was called by God to speak the truth, and if
they did not amend their ways that judgment was coming upon Jerusalem. The Priests
had persuaded the people to call for his death, but the Princes had persuaded them not to.

"Then spake the priests and the prophets unto the princes and to all the people, saying,
This man is worthy to die; for he hath prophesied against this city, as ye have heard
with your ears. ... Then said the princes and all the people unto the priests and to the
prophets; This man is not worthy to die: for he hath spoken to us in the name of the
LORD our God." - Jeremiah 26:11, 16 KJV

If those who rigorously defend the word of God as being of divine origin, then the
obvious question immediately comes to bear.

Question: Then why didn‘t you do what the word of God said to do?

Yeshua came across this same problem in Matthew 21…

"And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell
me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John,
whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If
we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? But
if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. And they
answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by
what authority I do these things." - Matthew 21:24-27 KJV

What prideful arrogance it was to think that the Priest themselves were above the Law of
God. They did not want to be pinned down so that they would have to make a decision as
to the truth of what Yeshua was saying. They knew in their hearts that Yeshua spoke the
truth, and wanted him dead because of it. Oh, what evil lurks in the hearts of men that
would rather believe the lie than to accept the truth! Is the truth so dull and pedestrian
that you find it hard to believe? Remember one thing if you will. Truth always tastes
bitter, but ends up being sweet to the stomach. A lie will always taste good, but ends up
very bitter.

"Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with
gravel." - Proverbs 20:17 KJV

There is never a more sad sight than to see a person deliberately deceive themselves into
thinking that the truth is “dull, bored, and pedestrian” and would rather eat the “bread of
deceit”. In the end though, those that eat this “bread of deceit” will have their mouths
filled with gravel. They will soon fall flat of their face in failure. What was so “dull and
pedestrian” will be seen for it truly is…
"More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than
honey and the honeycomb." - Psalms 19:10 KJV

"Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold." - Psalms
119:127 KJV

They will see it if they humble that vain and arrogant pride that resides in their heart.

Order

An order is an instruction to do something. It is the way in which several items are
arranged, as an indication of the relative importance or size or when each will be dealt
with. It is an organized condition, with items arranged properly, neatly, or harmoniously.
It is a peaceful condition in which laws are obeyed and misbehavior or crime is not
present or is prevented. It is the condition something is in when it is functioning properly.
It is something provided in response to an instruction. It is the arrangement of society into
groups or classes and the relationships between them. In biology, it is a taxonomic
classification made up of related families of organism. It is a kind or type of something,
often one judged on importance or worth. It is an instruction issued by a judge or a court
of law.

Order is divided into nine (9) different categories of synonyms and they are (1) arrange,
(2) command, (3) instruction, (4) stability, (5) orderliness, (6) sequence, (7) requisition,
(8) contract, and (9) association.

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon
his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God,
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and
peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order
it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The
zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this." - Isaiah 9:6-7 KJV

There is never a greater example of the life that we are to lead than through the life of
Yeshua HaMashiah. We have a perfect example to follow, and through the leadership of
the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). Yeshua (Jesus Christ) led by example, and in doing
so defeated Satan through the life He lived. We now have someone who understands
what it means to face the trials of life, and give us guidance as to how we should
overcome these problems.

"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the
Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which
cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like
as we are, yet without sin." - Hebrews 4:14-15 KJV

For only the living Son of God understands what it means to be tempted and have the
victory over temptation. To be tempted is not sin, for even Yeshua was tempted, yet
without sin. We follow his example, and when we stumble and fall, he is faithful and just
to forgive our trespasses. Let us not linger in the realm of helplessness. We have a High
Priest that is more than willing to teach us the “Way of Holiness”.

Lawful

Lawful, in simple terms, is something that is officially accepted by the government or
another authority and is not against the law. The synonyms for this word are legal,
legalized, legitimate, legally recognized, endorsed, allowed, permitted, permissible,
official, licit, and decriminalized. The antonym is unlawful. Is it, therefore, “lawful” to
disregard that which God officially recognizes as being legitimate?


"The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying, What mean ye, that ye use this
proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and
the children's teeth are set on edge? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have
occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel. Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul
of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die." -
Ezekiel 18:1-4 KJV

One simply cannot use the excuse, “well it is tradition” in escaping righteous judgment.
The traditions of men go against what God officially recognizes as being legitimate. As
Ezekiel points out in Ezekiel 18, that your parents may have started it, but you filled it up.
We ate the same sour grapes as did our parents. If we want to escape divine judgment,
then we must stop eating sour grapes and do that which is lawful. This is one of the
original promises found in Genesis.

"And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance
fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin
lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him." -
Genesis 4:6-7 KJV

Adam may have brought sin into the world, but here YHWH is warning Cain to be
careful. Cain is being warned that the sins that Adam committed is not an excuse to
continue to sin. Adam may have disobeyed God and brought sin into the world, but Cain
“filled it up” by committing murder. Adam was responsible for bringing “sin” into the
world, but will not be held accountable for the sins that you or I commit. Each one is
responsible for the sins they commit.

"But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right, And hath not eaten upon
the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither
hath defiled his neighbour's wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman,
And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled
none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with
a garment; He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase,
that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man
and man, Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is
just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD." - Ezekiel 18:5-9 KJV

Just because someone else “started it” does not give us the right to “continue it”. Each
person is going to be held personally responsible for the things they do in this world that
goes against what YHWH officially recognizes as legitimate.

"If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any
one of these things, And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon
the mountains, and defiled his neighbour's wife, Hath oppressed the poor and needy,
hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the
idols, hath committed abomination, Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken
increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he
shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him." - Ezekiel 18:10-13 KJV

The reverse of this is also true as well. Just because your parents did that which is right
will not justify you in your sins towards YHWH. Each person is responsible for the
actions they commit in this world. There is no such thing as inherited guilt or inherited
righteousness.

"Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father's sins which he hath done, and
considereth, and doeth not such like, That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither
hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his
neighbour's wife, Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither
hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the
naked with a garment, That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not
received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes;
he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live. As for his father,
because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not
good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity." - Ezekiel 18:14-18 KJV

Let us continue along this path and take another scenario. Let us say that they “eyes” of
the son have been opened, and turns away from the things the father did, the son shall
live and the father shall die.

"Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath
done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them,
he shall surely live. The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the
iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the
righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked
shall be upon him." - Ezekiel 18:19-20 KJV

The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon the righteous. The wickedness of the
wicked shall be on the wicked. What happens if the wicked realize what they are doing
and turn away from it?
"But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my
statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All
his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his
righteousness that he hath done he shall live. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked
should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and
live?" - Ezekiel 18:21-23 KJV

Then the obvious question after that is this: What happens to the righteous when they turn
away from their righteousness?

"But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth
iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall
he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass
that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die." -
Ezekiel 18:24 KJV

“That is not fair” you say?

"Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my
way equal? are not your ways unequal? When a righteous man turneth away from his
righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath
done shall he die. Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that
he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul
alive. Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he
hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die. Yet saith the house of Israel, The
way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your
ways unequal? Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to
his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your
transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your
transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new
spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of
him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye." - Ezekiel
18:25-32 KJV

Personal Testimony:

This is a dream of that I had when I was a young child, and living on 33 rd street in
Wichita Falls, Texas. One night I went to bed and the following dream came to
me. This dream had longed terrified me, and I could not get anyone to tell me the
meaning of it. I finally had it revealed to me by God one night on duty at the North
Texas State Hospital in Vernon, Texas.

Dream:

I am a young child around 7-8 years old, and I am standing about a block
away from my house. It is pitch black, and I cannot see how to get home.
The lights in my house go on and go off several times. When the light is on,
I can see clearly the path I need to take to get home. When the light goes
off I cannot see and I am in danger of falling into the drainage ditch.

Dream Revelation:

The lights going on and off are a reflection upon the modern day Church. When
the light of righteousness is on and the church takes a firm stand against
unrighteousness the sinners can find their way home. When the lights go off, the
church has compromised it righteousness and the sinners are falling into the
drainage ditches along the road. God’s warning to every church in the world,
“Either you stay on or stay off”, I will no longer put up with this on again off again
religion you spout! Either you learn how to stay on, or you will be permanently
OFF!

This particular dream used to give me nightmares, and continued for some time. There
for a long time it not only puzzled me, but literally scared me to think that something
inside the house where my father lived was causing the lights to go out. There were
drainage ditches (pitfalls) along the road I was taking, and there was only one (1)
driveway that went to my father’s house. Did they not want me to come home? Why
would they turn off the lights?

That is the question that YHWH is asking the churches today. Do you not want others to
make it home to the Father? Why would you turn off the light of Holiness causing others
to stumble and fall into the drainage ditch? Do you want others to go to another house?
These questions still puzzle me today as they did then. Why would you not want people
to make heaven their home? Do you want them to miss it?

Now we get to the 2nd time that Ezekiel uses the word “mishpat” and it is translated as
“lawful.” This is found in Ezekiel 33. Jerusalem has been taken and two years later
Ezekiel is called again to speak to Jerusalem.

Ezekiel has his position restored to speak what God is telling him to say. He says the
same thing two years later. If souls perish through Ezekiel’s neglect of duty, then it
would be that soul as well as Ezekiel that would be called to account. If you do not warn
a person that their way is not acceptable to a Holy God and they die, their blood is on
your hands. If you do tell them and they fail to make the appropriate changes in their
lives, their blood is on their own hands. It will not serve that person to plead in the great
day that the “watchman” did not give them warning. It will not due them any good to
falsely accuse the watchman of careless and unfaithful neglect of duty. It will be made to
appear that God did not leave himself without witnesses. Ezekiel gave a faithful
testimony to the people, and they neglected, rejected, and mocked Ezekiel. Their
destruction is on their hands. Ezekiel returns to say the same thing again, only this time it
is for eternal salvation and not just temporal and physical safety.
Ordinance

This is simply a law or rule made by an authority such as a city government. It is
something regularly done because it is formally prescribed, especially a religious
ceremony such as Passover.

There is not a clearer cut case of YHWH laying out what was to be expected of those that
were called by his name, and it is found in Leviticus 18…

"And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say
unto them, I am the LORD your God. After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye
dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you,
shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances. Ye shall do my judgments,
and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God. Ye shall
therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in
them: I am the LORD." - Leviticus 18:1-5 KJV

Although this particular passage specifically deals with lust and sexual sins, it has the
broader context of obeying God over what men have declared to be right. The basic
understanding of this passage should be that we trust God over the rulings of men. The
understanding needs to be pointed out that if we obey the ordinances of men over the
ordinances of God; did we not say who our “god” really was? Did we not accept the
authority of men over the authority of God?

One example from my own life comes just shortly after I had given my life back to
Yeshua. I had picked up a nasty habit of cussing from my time in the US Navy. The
Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) would convict me of it, but I had nothing to hold onto as a
“guideline”.

"Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee." - Proverbs
4:24 KJV

That was until I came across the above scripture. The Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) now
reminded me of that scripture every time a word slipped from my mouth that fell into the
category of having a “forward mouth, and perverse lips”. My mind and my mouth had to
be retrained as to what good conversation really was. It does not matter that if others are
cussing, what matter is that you (the child of God) make the effort to put away that
forward mouth with your perverse lips. The Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) can do a lot,
but will NOT do the work for you. Either you apply your heart to wisdom or you do not.
It is simple as that. Either way you are accepting the ordinances of men or the ordinances
of YHWH. As the last part of Leviticus 18:5 rightly pronounces…

Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live
in them: I am the LORD." - Leviticus 18:5 KJV
I lived and still live in that passage. I am constantly reminded through the Ruach
HaKodesh against having a forward mouth and perverse lips. I still make mistakes, but
YHWH is faithful and just to forgive my trespasses. You cannot “deliberately” make a
mistake, by the way!

You can apply your heart to wisdom and escape from the “Spiritual Egypt” or continue in
bondage. Your choice, but I choose freedom through the sacrifice of Yeshua on the cross!
The approach to the “Law of YHWH” should be just that, not of meticulous rule keeping,
but one of humility and a teachable spirit. For the “Law of YHWH” is there to teach us
Holiness! You have a teachable spirit or you do not, it is simple as that.

The pagan Sabbaths dealt with fertility and eroticism in the guise of “religion”. The
excuse that it is a “religion” will not pass muster with YHWH. For the simple reason that
there is no other god but YHWH and that he laid instructions down that teaches what
relationships are about, for it is YHWH that gives life.

Cause

By definition cause is what makes something happen. It is a reason or grounds for doing
or feeling something. It is a principle or idea that people believe in or work for. It is the
interests and goals of a group of people. It is something under discussion or to be
decided. As a verb is to make something happen or exist, or be the reason for somebody
doing something or for something happening. The synonyms are broken down into two
categories and they are (1) reason and (2) make happen.

   1) Reason
         a. Reason
         b. Grounds
         c. Source
         d. Root
         e. Origin
         f. Basis
         g. Foundation
   2) Make Happen
         a. Make happen
         b. Bring about
         c. Produce
         d. Set off
         e. Instigate
         f. Trigger
         g. Begin
         h. Initiate
         i. Affect

In a certain way the word “pretext” fits in a certain way, but it differs in the sense that a
cause usually has a stated goal upon which the basis for action is taken. A pretext on the
other hand hides the real reason why an action is taken. I make that distinction so that no
one can accuse me of having a “pretext” for doing anything. I make my intentions known
upfront, and live with the foundation that YHWH has set forth for us to follow. After all
He is the root from which truth springs. YHWH has no hidden agendas, and has made his
intentions very clear and upfront.

"Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause. Keep thee far from a false
matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.
And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of
the righteous. Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a
stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt." - Exodus 23:6-9 KJV

This is a warning that even though a person may be poor, we are neither to judge in his
favor because he is poor and neither are we to judge against him because his is poor. The
merits of the case must be carefully weighed, and a sound decision be given. If a poor
person is wrongly acquitted through a human tribunal, it is left up to God to settle the
case and not men. In such cases, it is best we leave it up to YHWH to handle such things.

In conclusion, I restate the beginning and the end of this section…

Psalms 119:159 KJV - "Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD,
according to thy loving-kindness."
Psalm 119:7 – “I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy
righteous judgments.”

This ultimately tells me several things…

             (1) True Revival will not happen if you do not love the precepts of YHWH
             (2) True Revival will not happen if you do not ask to be taught
             (3) True Revival will not happen if you do not praise him with an upright
                 heart
             (4) True Revival will not happen if you maintain your arrogant and stubborn
                 refusal to apply your heart to wisdom!
I
  Numbers 10:36 KJV - "And when it rested, he said, Return, O LORD, unto the many thousands of
Israel."
Psalms 80:3, 7, 18-19 KJV - "Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. ...
Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. ... So will not we go
back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name. Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause
thy face to shine; and we shall be saved."
Psalms 85:4-6 KJV - "Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease. Wilt
thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations? Wilt thou not revive us
again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?"
Psalms 119:25, 37, 40, 88, 107, 156, 159 KJV - "DALETH. My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou
me according to thy word. ... Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
... Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness. ... Quicken me after thy
lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth. ... I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O
LORD, according unto thy word. ... Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy
judgments. ... Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness."
Psalms 143:11 KJV - "Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my
soul out of trouble."
Lamentations 5:20-21 KJV - "Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time? Turn
thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old."
Habakkuk 3:2 KJV - "O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the
midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy."
II
   Psalms 119:55-56 KJV - "I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept thy law.
This I had, because I kept thy precepts."
Malachi 4:4 KJV - "Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb
for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments."
Hebrews 2:1 KJV - "Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard,
lest at any time we should let them slip."
2 Peter 3:1-2 KJV - "This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure
minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the
holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:"
Jude 1:17 KJV - "But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our
Lord Jesus Christ;"
III
  Job 23:12 KJV - "Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the
words of his mouth more than my necessary food."
Psalms 19:10 KJV - "More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than
honey and the honeycomb."
Psalms 119:20, 47-48, 72, 82, 103, 127, 131, 167 KJV - "My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto
thy judgments at all times. ... And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved. My
hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes. ...
The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver. ... Mine eyes fail for thy word,
saying, When wilt thou comfort me? ... How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to
my mouth! ... Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. ... I opened my mouth,
and panted: for I longed for thy commandments. ... My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them
exceedingly."
1 Peter 2:2 KJV - "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:"
IV
  Deuteronomy 6:6 KJV - "And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:"
Deuteronomy 11:18 KJV - "Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and
bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes."
Deuteronomy 32:46 KJV - "And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify
among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law."
Joshua 1:8 KJV - "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein
day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt
make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."
Psalms 1:2-3 KJV - "But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and
night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."
Psalms 119:11, 15, 23, 95, 97, 148 KJV - "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against
thee. ... I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. ... Princes also did sit and speak
against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes. ... The wicked have waited for me to destroy me:
but I will consider thy testimonies. ... MEM. O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. ... Mine
eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word."
V
  Genesis 24:27 KJV - "And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left
destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my
master's brethren."
Ezra 7:28 KJV - "And hath extended mercy unto me before the king, and his counsellors, and before all
the king's mighty princes. And I was strengthened as the hand of the LORD my God was upon me, and I
gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me."
Nehemiah 11:17 KJV - "And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, was the
principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer: and Bakbukiah the second among his brethren, and Abda the
son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun."
Psalms 13:6 KJV - "I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me."
Psalms 26:6-7 KJV - "I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD: That I
may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works."
Psalms 31:21 KJV - "Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong
city."
Psalms 35:27 KJV - "Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them
say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant."
Psalms 63:3 KJV - "Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee."
Psalms 68:19 KJV - "Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our
salvation. Selah."
Psalms 75:1 KJV - "[To the chief Musician, Altaschith, A Psalm [or Song of Asaph.]] Unto thee, O God,
do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare."
Psalms 98:3 KJV - "He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of
the earth have seen the salvation of our God."
Psalms 103:2 KJV - "Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:"
Psalms 106:1 KJV - "Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy
endureth for ever."
Psalms 107:8, 21, 31 KJV - "Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful
works to the children of men! ... Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his
wonderful works to the children of men! ... Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for
his wonderful works to the children of men!"
Psalms 115:1 KJV - "Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and
for thy truth's sake."
Psalms 116:12-13 KJV - "What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me? I will take
the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD."
Psalms 118:1-4 KJV - "O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for
ever. Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy
endureth for ever. Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever."
Psalms 119:7, 65, 171 KJV - "I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy
righteous judgments. ... TETH. Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word.
... My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes."
Psalms 140:13 KJV - "Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy
presence."
Isaiah 63:7 KJV - "I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD,
according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel,
which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his
lovingkindnesses."
Lamentations 3:58 KJV - "O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life."

				
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