The message in most of the book of Hosea is chastising and rebuking Ephraim for their arrogance, idolatry, and sin. We learn in this book of Hosea that once again, Elohim always has a beautiful love for His creation by promising redemption in the end time.
The book started at the end of the chapter one with redemption for Ephraim and ends in chapter fourteen with the same message of restoration for the future.
Ephraims hope would be in the resurrection, where and when Elohim will completely destroy death and there would never again be a need for repentance because it would be hidden from His eyes.
This is both the first time and the only time that the word repentance is used in the King James Version of the Holy Bible; in the Old Testament but yet it is mentioned 25 times in the New Testament.
Yahushua Himself, mentions the word ‘repentance’ five times. The following was recorded three times, once each by Matthew, Mark and Luke.
Yahushua said that He didn’t come to call the righteous to repentance but to the sinners. It is a fact that every human being on this planet will at some time in their life, be called to repentance.
Luke recorded this spoken by Yahushua: “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”
There is joy in heaven over an open sinner who has obvious need to repent and does so at last. I believe this to be that first soul shaking experience that every lost person or lost sheep initially goes through when he or she turns to God because of their life pattern of sin and realization that something is wrong and needs to be corrected.
Once a person recognizes their need for repentance and then does so, they turn away from that lifestyle to begin a sincere communion with the Most High God of Israel. They have traded in that old self seeking lifestyle for a new one that is lived in servanthood to God and to others. That person that has been called to repentance, has hopefully begun to seek His Kingdom and His righteousness.
Righteous people have no need to repent because their life’s pattern is literally such, that they have no need too, simply because they maintain a condition of righteousness by always and regularly turning to God in repentance, just like King David did.
After the new lifestyle begins, there may be occassions when one experiences a soul shaking move of the Spirit over certain issues. At other times, just asking forgiveness for a slippage on the dirt road; simply because we are still human, may also be brought on by the power of the Holy Spirit’s work in us. Repentance isn’t an easy thing but it certainly is necessary.
When Yahushua said what He did about the joy in heaven over those who repent, He was having a discussion with the Torah teachers (verse 3) and a chief Pharisee.
Personally it sounds to me that Yahushua does not find or regard these people to be righteous. Perhaps He is trying to shake their mistaken supposition that righteousness cannot consist in following a set of rules apart from genuinely trusting God with all their heart.
Just before Yahushua was lifted up into the heavens there at Bethany, He told His disciples that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. [Luke 24:47]
One scholar said that folks should tell people that they need to turn away from the worship of the gods that they have made, so that they can worship the God Who made them. However, I do not believe that if a person does not worship the God of Israel, that they are necessarily worshiping any god at all. The Bible does not teach this.
Some Christians think it is wrong to evangelize the Hebrew nation. This position would inconsistent with what Yahushua told His disciples. If folks intend to preach repentance and remission of sin, then they ought to obey His command to do so, unto all nations, which then would include the Hebrew nation.
Paul testified both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, teaching them repentance toward Elohim (God), and faith toward Yahushua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ). This gospel is the same for the Hebrew peoples as it is for Gentiles; meaning there is no such thing as a two covenant theory.
There is only one LORD, one baptism and one faith and there is only one way, one truth and one life. Noone comes to the Father except through the Son. ~ Ephesians 4:5 @ John 14:6
(Romans 2:4) Paul taught that the goodness of God leads to repentance.
We find many examples of His goodness in the stories written in the Old Testament. Noah’s generation was given 120 years to repent. Jonah anounced to the folks at Ninevah that their doom was inevitable, but because they turned from sin, they were spared for a while.
Nevertheless there is an urgency, because the day of judgement will surely come. Sin does have consequences and we all need to know this so that we will be prepared at His coming. The day of the LORD is at hand and we should all repent for our transgression.
Our sin is our own. We do not have to repent for the sin of Adam and Eve. We have to repent for our own transgressions against the law of God. Their sin was disobedience. So is ours. God gave Adam and Eve specific instructions that they were to follow.
We too, were given a set of instructions written in the law that we are to follow. Just like Hasatan told Adam and Eve that they didn’t have to do what God says, we have been told the same lie. Hasatan couldn’t be more delighted. Just because a person is told that they do not have to be obedient to the law because it has been done away with, doesn’t mean that person should be believed. After all, the God of Israel is still going to destroy the earth ‘because’ His law has been ignored.
~ Isaiah chapter 24… Look it up and pay close attention to verse five. You can read it for yourself.
Our sin is a disobedience to the will of God that is a written in the law. Do not just believe me, look it up for yourself. [1st John 3:4]
This is why Yahushua told His disciples to preach repentance and remission of sin. One cannot even be considered a disciple if they are not following in the very exact same footsteps as Yahushua.
The word remission is not used in the Old Testament of the King James version. It seems imperative that we should learn what this word means; especially if Yahushua told the disciples that this was what He wanted them to preach, repentance and remission of sin.
Remission is very simular to forgiveness, but remission is being forgiven, pardoned or released from bondage or imprisonment, and then set free from that stronghold as if we had never committed any offence at all. This is what Yahushua did for us on the cross. He paid the penalty for our transgression against the known will of God, the instructions that He gave to all humanity; the law which most folks falsely think was done away with at the cross.
Think about that for a minute. Yahushua paid the penalty for us. What else would there be that we have done that He would have to pay a penalty for?
We are born on this earth and we learn all that we can from our parents. We arn’t just cursed with sin ‘simply‘ because we are born on this earth.
We hopefully learn right from wrong. We grow up, we become citizens of the earth and yet we are guilty for something that we need to repent from. What is it?
It isn’t until we meet a believer or maybe hear from the pulpit at a church that we even know that we have done something wrong. If we have already learned right from wrong, what else are we guilty from?
If there are obviously people who really did live righteously, like Noah and all his house, whom God Himself said lived righteous before Him, then how could that be? How can people live righteously?
Genesis 7:1 And יהוה said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
Abraham was also considered as righteous before God. When God told Abraham to look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and He said unto him, So shall thy seed be and Abraham believed in YHVH, God counted it to Abraham for righteousness.
Look it up! [Genesis 15: 1-6]
It is written: Deuteronomy 6:25 And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments% before יהוה our Elohim, as He hath commanded us.
So ‘IF’ we observe to do all the commandments given as our instruction in the law of God and it shall be our righteousness too, then we must admit then that transgressors of the law do not make very good witnesses for the righteousness of the law.
If a person believes that the law has been done away with, then how can they possibly practice righteousness, if they do not believe that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit?
The righteousness of the law is fulfilled in us when we ALWAYS continue walking in the spirit and not the flesh.
Becareful and do not miss that it is the ‘righteousness of the law’ that is being fulfilled in us, not us fulfilling the righteousness of the law.
How do we then reconcile what Paul taught to the Romans saying, As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one’?
Where was it written? Why is Paul saying that there is none righteous when YHVH said differently?
It was first recorded at Psalm 14:3
‘They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
I tend to think that Yahushua was sent for this very reason. People had ‘become‘ filthy because they too had left behind the truth of what is written in the law, trading it in for man’s version of the law that was being taught by the lawyers (Scholars of the law) and the Pharisees; their teaching of traditions.
But look at what we read in the New Testament recorded by Dr. Luke.
Luke 1:5-6 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before יהוה, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of יהוה blameless.
Awe haw, that’s two people who are found to be living righteously during the time of Yahushua.
Here is something else in the New Testaments that Peter wrote about Noah:
2nd Peter 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the wicked;
Peter is talking about the salvation of Noah’s family when they were saved from the flood. He said that Noah was a preacher of righteousness. Peter went on to say this about Noah too:
2nd Peter 2:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
It was actually causing a grievous pain, a torment of sorts to the mind and body of Noah to see all the unrighteousness going on in his time. Sound familiar?
As in the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. The earth was corrupt before Elohim, and the earth was filled with violence. By the way, the word violence in Hebrew is Hamas.
Wickedness of man is great in the earth right now in our present time. The things that people imagine are just beyond belief. But there he was, Noah was still living righteously before the LORD amongst all that muck and mire.
Hmmmm, so who is right? Luke, Peter or Paul? Or maybe, just maybe God is right and Paul is misunderstood.
If a person lives a lifestyle that is evil and disastrous and lacks the fear of the LORD which is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge, then perhaps Paul is ‘not’ saying that it ‘isn’t’ possible to live a righteous life afterall and that there cannot possibly be any persons who are living righteously.
Man’s ultimate problem is that he believes what man says over the true word of God that is written. Man’s ultimate problem is that without the Spirit of God, they cannot possibly understand what is written, especially when it comes to the writings of Paul.
2nd Peter 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
Peter is not saying that everyone will find Paul hard to understand. What Peter is saying is that the ones that find Paul hard to understand are those that ‘wrest’, those that twist the scriptures unto their own destruction.
In other words, if a person reads or hears the Scriptures under the teachings of a human, without reading them under the power of the Holy Spirit who reveals ‘all things’, then that’s the kind of person who is going to misunderstand Paul, because they twist the scripture or because they allowed man to teach them falsely, and they believed it. This is to their own destruction if they do.
We must do our own diligence and read the scriptures for ourselves and not rely on what people tell us, especially since our very eternal life depends on it.
Paul’s letters contain some things which ignorant and unstable people distort as they do the other scriptures to their own destruction.
In verse 17 Peter’s warns that people were being led away with the error of the wicked. The error of the wicked is that they believe the lies of the enemy that are constantly being taught, that righteousness is not attainable and that the law which teaches one how to live righteously, has been done away with.
These people who practice lawlessness are not teaching Elohim’s Instructions (The Law) which both Yahushua and Elohim dubbed to be eternal. They are without law because the believe what they have been told.
Afterall, the prophecy still remains the same:
The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. ~ Isaiah 24:5
This judgment coming on mankind that is still in the future, is coming due to the breaking of Torah. What is coming is for all humankind, all the inhabitants thereof. This is yet another conclusive proof that the Torah has not been done away with.
The death of Messiah on the cross has not changed the reason for the judgment that is futuristic in front of all humanity.
However, The death of Messiah on the cross has given us a hope and an everlasting future for those who repent and turn away from the ways of the world. We cannot love our lives to our death, the way it is right now.
We all have hills to climb and to overcome. We have valleys that we have to make our way through, but be encouraged, God is the God of the hills and the valleys.
But the truth remains, the day of YHVH is at hand. The return of the King is our only hope of salvation from the calamity about to fall.
YHVH is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. ~ 2nd Peter 3:9
Elohim does not want anyone to perish. I think sometimes about the closing of the gate when He would look back and still love those who would not choose His love and affection.
He wants everyone to ‘change their mind’ and turn from wickedness, to turn from their evil actions, to seek His face, and learn both His ways and guidence under His instruction that has already been given at Mt Sinai.
He wants us to seek His kingdom, [His way of life ] and His righteousness.
He is not waiting to condem us. He is waiting.. because He loves us.
Peter wrote the following about the day of the coming of YHVH:
‘Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless.’
Evidently, it is possible to live ‘without spot, and blameless’, before the LORD which is the same as living righteously. If it weren’t, then why would Peter to in courage his audience to do so?
Yes, we are capable of living righteously but that does not mean that we are completely righteous. It means that we are attempting too, or we are trying too live righteously; but we will not be found righteous before God untill ‘He’ makes that decision when He ransoms us from the power of the grave or redeems us from death. Only He knows the heart of every human and will make that judgment in due time.
It is a good thing to give thanks unto יהוה, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: ~ Psalms 92:1
Written on Friday, September 29, 2017