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Then people hear the word Torah or Law, they jump to a perception that you are legalistic and are in bondage and what you are doing is a bad thing. It is taught that the Law was given to man to show them that they were not able to keep it and that they need Grace. Well, this much I can say, it is a wrong perception and a misunderstanding that we dont need Torah, and it forms a basis for a lot of funny doctrines out there.

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1 ..// ....aa ((~~....~~ // 66////aa..~~ ....~~// | | . .] ]- - | | . . hen people hear the word Torah or Law, they jump to a perception that you are legalistic and are in bondage and what you are doing is a bad thing. It is taught that the Law was given to man to show them that they were not able to keep it and that they need Grace. Well, this much I can say, it is a wrong perception and a misunderstanding that we dont need Torah, and it forms a basis for a lot of funny doctrines out there. To rectify this perception, lets look at what the Scripture say regarding this issue? Why did YHVH give the Commandments at mount Sinai when He led Israel out of Egypt? We get the answer when we read this passage in 1 Kings where YHVH states that He chose a people and not a place to dwell in. 1Ki_S:1o-1 Since the dog thot 1 hrought [orth mg people 1sroel out o[ Eggpt, 1 chose no citg out o[ oll the trihes o[ 1sroel to huild on house, thct mu ncme miqht be therein: hut 1 chose Dooid (BelooedJ to he ooer mg people 1sroel. (1J And it uos in the heort o[ Dooid (BelooedJ mu [cther to huild on house [or the ncme o[ YHVH the Elohim o[ Isrcel. 2 HVH CHOSE His people and BROUGHT them out of BONDAGE (Egypt), so that they could become a CITY and His HOUSE where He will live with them. He did this by sending His Beloved (Yshua) to put it in His heart to build a House (the body of Messiah His people), for the Name of YHVH where He can dwell in. The word CITY is explained to be a place guarded by a WALL or to be WATCHFUL. The word HOUSE means; a house as in a FAMILY or an OFFSPRING. YHVH did not choose a City to proclaim His Name in, but chose a people to become part of His Family, to live within, and later He will come to His City, the New Jerusalem. This was in YHVHs mind when He called His people out of Egypt. YHVH did not have an evil thought of giving His chosen people something they could not do, to try and test them to show them how useless they were. Reading this we see that YHVH desired a FAMILY and people He could dwell with. Later on in Scripture we see that this relationship He desires is one of a Bridegroom with His Bride (Israel), living together in His House and wall of protection. ii+ + aa: : : :- - , , | |e e aaIIaa : : ] ] s s : : | | he marriage between Elohim (the groom) and Israel (the bride) took place at the Mountain where He gave His Commandments to them. We know this is true if you read the Prophets where YHVH said that He was a Husband to them [Jer 31:32], and they got married at Sinai. A Hebrew Marriage is one of the most beautiful prophetic pictures revealing YHVHs Plan to His people. The marriage consisted of two parts; 1) the First part is where the Covenant that is drawn up between the Groom and the Bride, called the betrothal, 2) and the Second stage is when He comes to fetch His Bride to live with him, after He has prepared a house for them [John 14:2]. You enter this first stage of marriage as soon as a betrothal contract (a shitre erusin) is made between the two parties. The written contract is called a ketubah. During betrothal, you are legally married, but do not physically dwell with your mate. Betrothal is so legally binding that you cannot get out of it without a divorce. Marriage is associated with a Contract or Covenant between a man and a woman and has conditions to protect this relationship and to spell out how this relationship will be expressed successfully. In our modern times we know this as Marriage vows, and in the time of Moses it was the Ten Words or Ten Commandments. The Contract was set up, and Israel committed to it at Mount Sinai where they agree to the Ten Conditions of their oath to YHVH. The Second Stage will come into being when David (Beloved prophetic for Yshua) will rule as King in the New Jerusalem. This marriage Covenant cycle was repeated when Yeshua came to the earth as a Prophet like Moses [Act 7:37] and He re-established the Marriage Contract in Blood with His Bride and cleansed it from the perversions of the Pharisees. He gave us His Spirit as the Engagement Ring and Seal (Sign) that we are promised to Him, that we belong to Him and that we are Married to Him on the Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) where they celebrated the receiving of the Torah.. [2 Cor 1:22] The Second Stage will happen at His Second Coming where He will come and fetch us (His Bride) to live with Him forever in the House He prepared for us, The New Jerusalem. [John 14:2, 1 John 3:2] .. 3 srael is legally married to YHVH and She whored after other lovers (idols) and YHVH scattered Her into the nations. He will take Her back if She repents and will come to fetch Her to live with Him forever. Repentance is associated with the re-establishment of this Marriage Covenant in the Blood of Yeshua and everybody that takes part in this Blood Covenant can be part of the Bride of YHVH. aaIIaa' 's s ii - - aa. .| | To understand the true motive and Plan of YHVH, we need to look at three parallels found in Scripture regarding YHVH and His Bride. 1. The first of the three parallels is where YHVH saved His people He had chosen, and He led them out of bondage and brought them to a higher place (mount Sinai) where He established His Covenant (Commandments) with them (Bride). 2. The second parallel we draw is by looking at a normal marriage ceremony and married life between two ordinary people. The man is the hunter, he chooses a girl who he likes and then he rescues her and he provides for her and lives with her. She cannot stay with her parents forever and she needs to be rescued and be provided for by her new provider in her new home. The two lovebirds then go through the Marriage Ceremony where they sign a covenant between them, to promise to live together under the guidelines of their agreement. The Marriage Ceremony is wonderful and everybody enjoys it, but the reality of married life starts after the festivities when the honeymoon is over. This is where they must live out their married life together as husband and wife according to what they intended and promised to each other. In the beginning of the married life, a lot of changes have to take place and a lot of bad habits have to go. They have to undergo this process so that they can live in peace and stay together. Marriages normally fail when one of the two parties, or both, are not willing to let go of their old ways that cause conflict between them, refusing to change for the benefit of the marriage. You who are married, you will know. 3. The third parallel we look at is where you as believer, were rescued from the dark world through His Grace. You went through the waters of baptism (Red Sea) and go to the High place (Mount of Transfiguration), where you receive is Spirit and instruction of His Covenant. With His Law engraved on your hearts, you start your new journey through the Wilderness (stripping off bad habits) and walk your life in relationship with YHVH under the promises of His Covenant. The Good news of Salvation part is great, but you cannot stay there, you need to move on and get equipped with His Living Instructions, through His Spirit. He will remind you of His Instructions as you walk through the Wilderness, on your way to the Promise Land (New Jerusalem - Salvation). 4 i+ ::|||s 1) He led His people out of Egypt to a higher place and married Israel. 2) A Normal marriage between a man and a woman Spiritual pattern of Salvation for a Believer. a:] .| To live a married life with Yshua is defined as good works that will glorify the Father and that will make you shine in this dark world. As I said earlier, the Marriage Ceremony is easy and the fun part,. But living the reality of marriage is the challenge and the difficult part. If you have decided to take on the Wilderness without His Spirit and His Instructions, you are out there on your own without Water and you will reap the consequences of your bad decisions you will make outside the protection of His Instructions (Torah). These consequences are designed by YHVH to bring you back to His place of safety. The only problem is, if you go astray, you will be pruned back to where you belong, and that involves pain. You make the choice; you either follow the safety of His instructions or do your own thing out of grace and freedom, but expect to be pruned. Joh_1g:1-z I cm the True Vine, cnd Mu Icther is the Vinedresser.(z) Eoerg hronch in Me thot does not heor [ruit, He tokes ouog. And eoerg one thot heors [ruit, He prunes it so thot it mog hring [orth more [ruit. aa: : : :- - s s : : ww | |] ] s ss s The Wilderness is where the Bride lives out her new saved or married life. She can have a successful wedding, but a failed marriage. The wedding is where you have made the choice to follow Yshua and decide to live your life with Him. Marriage is living out that promise you have made in an environment where you will be challenged. I want to make it clear, you are not saved by the Law (Torah), but through Grace, but after the choice to be saved (wedding) comes the instructions and living out good works that will bring you closer and not bad works which will drive you apart. Mot_g:1o-1 Let gour light so shine he[ore men thot theg mog see gour good uorks ond glori[g gour 1other uho is in Heooen. (:;) Do not think thct 1 hooe come to destrog the Lou (TorohJ or the Prophets. I hcte not come to destrou but to [ul[ill. Eph_z:1o 1or ue ore His uorkmonship, creoted in Messioh Y'shuo, unto good uorks, uhic