Posts Tagged ‘Faith’

Parsha “Devarim” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Join Mark Call for two related, but different looks at this week’s Torah portion, Devarim, which begins the Book of Deuteronomy. This week’s discussion also includes a bit more from the Haftorah as well, in the first three chapters from the prophet Isaiah.

The first recording is the regular Erev Shabbat teaching, from the Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship, and is again an overview of the entire parsha:

SSM Devarim 1 Aug 2014

The longer teaching from Shabbat concentrates on specifics from the parsha in more detail, as well as the connections to the current “times and seasons”. Given what is happening today, and the context of this Torah portion, perhaps a good subtitle of at least one aspect of the teaching could be, “What? You call THOSE giants scary?”

Talking Torah Teaching – Devarim – 2 August, 2014

 

 

WHY the “Law” is NOT “done away with”, nor is “Jesus” the ONLY one who can keep it!

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Here is the teaching for Deuteronomy 30 from Mark Call, which answers that particular Big Lie:

 

Deuteronomy 30

Come out – with JOY

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

The first Book of the Bible provides us with contrasting stories of two men, each of whom can rightfully be said to be our physical and spiritual fathers — Noah and Abraham.  Noah was told to build an ark, because the world as he knew it was going to come to an end.  Abram (he would be re-named later) was told to come out of the world he knew.

It is from the patriarch Abraham that all of the twelve tribes of Israel descend.  It was to that same father Abraham that some of the most important and dramatic promises in all of history were made.  And it was arguably Abraham who was the first man in Scripture to be given the CHOICE to “come out of her,” as Revelation 18:4 later admonishes us.

The fundamental elements of the entire story are outlined in the first three verses of Bereshiet (or Genesis) chapter 12:

“And YHVH said unto Abram, ‘”Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.
And I will make of you a great nation; and I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.
And I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.'”

These are the first recorded words spoken by YHVH to him.  And Abram was already 75 years old, to boot.  Why does Scripture make the point to tell us that?  Perhaps in part it’s to help us understand that what is being asked of him.  At an age that now marks a time for many men to have settled into retirement, such a request might be considered out of our “comfort zones”.

But the story of Abraham was only beginning.  He left, “as YHVH had spoken,” and went where he was directed.  What followed has been described as a sequence of “tests” in the life of the first Hebrew…to leave the land he knew, to learn kindness and hospitality and strength, to manage his house, and ultimately culminating in the “Akeida” — the offering up of his son Isaac:

Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
Then He said, “Take now your son, your only [son] Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”    (Genesis 22:1-2)

Many people have been troubled by this final test of Abraham, even though it appears to foreshadow the Son of God.  How could Scripture countenance what appears to be a command for human sacrifice?  We know that Abraham believed YHVH, and his “faith was counted for righteousness.”   (Romans 4:1-5)  I tend to think the answer is so simple that we overlook the obvious:  Abraham’s faith, and his willingness to hear and obey YHVH so great, that he never even considered the possibility that Isaac’s life would end.  He knew — and had SEEN! — that this was the son he had been promised.  This was the son whose miraculous birth was marked with joy, and even whose name meant “laughter”.  This was the son through whom the promises of Elohim would be fulfilled!

I believe that Abraham “rose early” to start his journey, and that “both of them went together” to “the place Elohim had told of” because
he was excited to see just what miracle the Almighty would work in their lives this time!

And it was truly one of the most striking, and important, and JOYFUL, in all of history.

Our choice is in some respects even similar, and may even sometimes seem almost as difficult to each of us as individuals.  Most of us, arguably, have not heard the promises of YHVH spoken to us directly, although we do have His Word.

We, too, are told to leave behind the things of this world, and “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness“.

And we, too, are tested — by the challenges of the world, and by the chastening of our Creator.  Also like father Abraham, we are told to “come out of her,” so that we do not partake of those sins, nor the coming plagues.   (Revelation 18:4)  The Book of Revelation if filled with similar admonitions in the letters to the seven churches as well — telling us to “persevere” and be “Overcomers”.  Yet the ‘world’ is pervasive, and persuasive, and certainly threatening to those who seek to “follow Him, and Him alone”.  Weren’t we even warned that the world would “hate us”, for His sake?  (John 15:18-23; Luke 6:22, 1 John 3:13, etc)

The key is to learn to “fear not”, and develop the KIND of trust in YHVH and His promises that enabled Abraham to simply walk in obedience, and accept His blessings with joy.  Yaakov (James 1:2-3) put it this way:

“…  count it all joy, my brethren, when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience [perseverence]…so that you might be complete, lacking nothing.”

Even when our testing seems too much to bear, He assures us it is not, and reminds us that those He loves, He chastens.  But even so, testing is a lot easier when we can learn to focus on the joy.

Choose Life!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

If there is a single teaching that outlines and defines what it is that separates a Torah-observant mindset from what is too often taught in “mainstream Christianity” – it is this one:

 

Life and blessing – or death and cursing – so CHOOSE LIFE!

(As usual, the first teaching in the session is Jeff Gilbert, followed by Mark Call.)

 

 

Last week’s teaching goes with it as well:

Ki Tavo

Hebrew Roots 101

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Perhaps the most obvious, and frequently-asked, of all questions concerning the idea of what it means to “come out of” the world — and of the ‘Church’ of Babylon, or Egypt, or Washington, DC — has to do with what is DIFFERENT about following Him as a “Torah-Observant Believer”.  Isn’t it more than food, or keeping His Sabbath?  Are the differences significant ENOUGH that we might even refer to II Cor. 11:4 and suggest that some of those churches even preach “another ‘Jesus’, whom we have not preached“?*

Certainly we can suggest to people that our faith in YHVH must be built on the Rock that He has always said constitutes the foundation:  His instruction, aka “torah,” and the fact that He, without question or failure, always and absolutely keeps His Covenants.  Every bit of His teaching and instruction, literally from “Bereshiet (Genesis) to Maps,” tells an utterly consistent story.  But when it comes to any number of the ‘doctrines of men’,  most ‘Sunday churches’ still generally teach tradition rather than Scripture.  So to explain to a skeptical Christian what is different about following Him in obedience (and walking according to His commandments) ‘as Written‘ can be anything but a brief undertaking.

Is it possible to explain all of those differences in a short teaching?   Of course!  And the answer is amazingly simple.

Start the way He did!  The teaching known popularly as the “Sermon on the Mount”, contained in Matthew chapters 5 to 7, is a perfect introduction to what He did — because the Messiah Himself tells us what He came to do, as well as what He did NOT!  And it is easy to find, and remember, because it is essentially the very first major teaching He gave.

And remember who He was talking to!  For the most part, they were people who had some understanding of the Scriptures, but who had been deceived by teachers who had not been doing their jobs.  He would later call many of such unfaithful servants and blind guides things like “hypocrites”  — and worse — for exactly that reason!

These were people, however, who arguably had a better understanding of ‘the Torah’ than many in today’s churches do.  But, like those who have been deceived by the modern Pharisees, many in His audience had been misled to believe that their own, often pagan, tradition was what Scripture actually SAID (they may have even claimed it was ‘law’).

Yahushua started with things they knew, at least in part, because Scripture promises blessings for obedience to YHVH.  These include things like the beginning of Deuteronomy chapter 28, and culminate in the ultimate directive to “choose life!” of chapter 30, verse 19.  His introduction, therefore, is a reprise of the blessings YHVH bestows upon His children.  The first time He speaks directly of Himself and what He has come to do, however, it is about ‘torah’.  After all, He is the “Word Made Flesh”, and makes VERY clear right up front that He has NOT come to ‘destroy the torah‘ but to “fulfill”…literally to “fill up” His instruction, and the testimony of prophets who spoke of Him, with meaning that had not, until that time unfolded, been clear:

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.   (MatitYahu 5:17)

Furthermore, we can see that “heaven and earth” still exist.  And since even most children understand**  simple logic, the meaning of His next statement is undeniable — even if it conflicts with much doctrine of ‘the Church’:

“For assuredly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle will by any means pass from  the [torah] until all is fulfilled.  (v. 18)

Having established that He did not come to change His own Word, and warning against “teaching men so” besides, He proceeds to give just about the best point-by-point refutation of the ‘doctrine of the Pharisees’ — both of that time, and those that followed — that a new Believer will find.  It was His choice of repeated verbal ‘template’ and imagery that is so profound — and so VITAL for us to recognize!  Time and again, He makes the same point:  “You have heard it said”  illustrated by some example of a Biblical-sounding doctrine with a bit of a twist, followed by His own correction, “...but I TELL YOU.”  In every single case, what they had “heard it said” was wrong, as He patiently explained, and what He told them was EXACTLY WHAT WAS WRITTEN.  Why, because He was the “Word Made Flesh”, of course!

And what better introduction to the differences between what each of us has “heard it said” that He taught, or — well, SHOULD have taught, if only He understood whatever traditions and doctrines of fallen men are being promoted at the time — and what is actually Written than His very first sermon!  Yahushua, as opposed to “another ‘Jesus’ — who came to change His own instruction and thus make Himself out to be some type of false prophet,” makes perfectly clear the difference between what it means to BELIEVE Him, as opposed to merely believing IN Him.

No wonder the summary of that teaching ends with the observation that those who heard it “were astounded!

For he taught them as [one] having Authority.”  And why that is should be obvious!

The best way for us to explain the difference between the real Yahushua, who didn’t change the smallest part of His teaching and instruction, and “another Jesus, whom we have not preached,”  is to be able to do so exactly as He did:  What you have “heard it said” is NOT necessarily what “is Written!”

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*  II Cor. 11:4

** Case in point:  When a father tells his son that — if he expects to earn some desired reward  — but not “until you clean this room” and wait “until after supper”, it means BOTH conditions must be met.  Those with seminary degrees who claim that the “law (meaning His Torah) is done away with” because “all” has somehow been fulfilled need to understand simple logic as well as a child.

Who Ya gonna believe – Me, or your lyin’ eyes?

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Even though by now it probably shouldn’t, it still amazes me just how utterly relevant the weekly Torah portion (parsha) so often is.  Not only are we seeing so much of prophecy fulfilled (admittedly, perhaps not for the first time!) before our eyes, but the lessons for what we should DO in response are just as vital now as they were to those who lived it the first time.

The story of the ‘spies’ in Numbers chapters 15 and 16 is a perfect example when it comes to current events.  Not only is it the “first recorded vote” in all of Scripture, but it teaches the timeless lesson that when it comes to the choice between “believing Him” and accepting appearances, which “look correct” to us, there is no contest.  Even the Hebrew word “tur” — a root verb meaning “to spy out,” seek, or explore (think “tourist”)  —  is revealing,  and the use of the very same word at the end of the portion points to a wonderful solution as well.

The story starts out by making sure that we know exactly who the players were.  Each of the representatives of their respective tribes, “every one a leader among them,” was recorded by name.  And Moses gave clear instructions, (Num. 13:17-20) telling them to observe the people, the land, and what type of cities they dwelt in, but with the proviso, “Kazakh,” in the Hebrew , to “be strong and of good courage!

Yet the vast majority* returned bearing not only the incredible fruit of the promised land, but an ‘evil report’.   They failed utterly to “see” beyond the surface, as they had been directed, and were instead deceived by appearances, and their own preconceptions.  Caleb and Joshua — alone — saw the Truth, and recognized that the land was “an exceedingly good land,” exactly as YHVH had promised.

And while there are many wonderful lessons which can be drawn from the story,  it is the question of “what do we choose to believe” that I find particularly interesting.  Yes, there were giants in the land, but Numbers 13:33 gives us more information than might be obvious at first glance; read it carefully:
“…and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Imagine that!  The men of the land managed to see the ‘grasshoppers’ exactly as they saw themselves.   Joshua and Caleb, however, realized (Num. 14:9) that “their defense has been removed from them,” and not only should they not be feared, but (in the equivalent Hebrew idiom) ‘we will eat their lunch!’  So, we should go now, Caleb urged.  As it turned out, the “whole congregation” turned on the two of them, rejected the promises of YHVH, and all of those adults ended up not going at ALL.  Every one of them died in the wilderness, because they “despised” YHVH (Num. 14:11) by their failure to believe His promises, given all that they had already SEEN!

And just Who do we believe today?  We have a world economy based on dishonest weights and measures — which He calls “abomination” — and it is nearing worldwide collapse.  A debt which is mathematically impossible to ever “repay” is taking down the PIIGS dominoes (Greece, then Spain) first, but portends a plague of truly Biblical proportions.  Unrest, riots, famine, and war will follow – as they always do, and just as Scripture warns.

And what of the governments…all of whom arguably now serve the “prince of this world”?  There, too, both Scripture and the news give the same answer:  Tyranny.  “Capital controls” and other draconian population control measures have already been implemented across Europe, to prevent people from escaping the economic meltdown, or preserving their wealth.  Cameras, airport searches, and internet spyware have long ago made the concept of ‘privacy’ laughable.  In the United States, tens of thousands of drones are not only already being openly admitted to perform aerial spying, but now to being armed…with everything from Tasers and rubber bullets to machine guns and missiles.

People have even begun to bring an “evil report”:  The “New World Order” is too strong to resist.  Big Brother really IS watching you…and X-raying, and groping.  And, just like the Borg of Star Trek, “resistance is futile”.  It truly sounds bleak…at least to those without “eyes to see” His Truth.

Is what we face today really so different from the “giants in the land” that so terrified a mixed multitude who ended up dying in the wilderness?
Does the commandment to “Fear Not!” still apply?  If we allow ourselves to be propagandized into seeing ourselves as the blind “tur-ists” did — grasshoppers in our OWN sight — is it so hard to see how that story would end?

And why does He end the lesson associated with the spies, and immediately the man who rebelled against His Sabbath, the way He does?

Part of the solution is in fact as simple as Scripture lays it out for us:  “Choose this day Whom you will serve…serve YHVH…and Him alone.”  Believe His promises.  Fear Not.  Seek Him…and “He will direct your paths.”

“Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”  (Luke 21:36)

There is no question that this is a time for prayer.  But is there something else — practical and effective, and maybe even relatively EASY to do — that might help us learn to “walk that path”?

Yes.  And it is at the end of that same Torah portion (Numbers 15:38-40).  It even uses the same Hebrew word —  “tur” again — to make the point:
Put a blue thread in the tzitzit on the corners of your garments.
“And you shall have the tzitit, that you may look upon them and remember all the commandments of YHVH and do them, and that you may not spy after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you use to go astray;
and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be set apart to your Elohim.

Who are we gonna believe?  YHVH or our own “lying eyes”?  If we can learn to follow even some of His simplest commands, and look upon the tzitzit that he tells us to put upon the corners of our garments as a reminder, He is faithful enough to teach us, and guide us the rest of the way.

Kazakh!

IF we are really close to the ‘endtimes’…

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Are we coming up on the ‘endtimes’?  While I have a suspicion or two, it is admittedly impossible to really KNOW, until sometime, well…later.

But we are to “know the season”, and also to remain “teachable”.  So, I’m open to being shown.

But IF, and I stress the ‘IF’ part, that is indeed what is coming, what does it mean for us, now?

I heard a comment from a friend on the subject that I like:

“You cannot POSSIBLY prepare for what is coming.”

BUT…there are things we certainly can do:

Prepare to be teachable.

Prepare to be led.

Prepare to be obedient.

Prepare to be able to help others.

(Learn, live, lead.)

and PRAY to be counted worthy to escape what is to come.

In other words, enter via the “strait gate” and be prepared to be led via the narrow way.  You won’t find it on your own, and probably wouldn’t believe what lies along the path in the interim anyway…yet.

When it is time to “take off the gloves”

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

We seem to live in a culture which literally lusts for the opportunity to “take offense”.  The mere expression of the understanding that some things are wrong because Scripture says so in a national forum seems almost guaranteed to send someone into a fit of anger…often accompanied by cries that such a belief is, at a minimum, intolerant, probably prejudiced, and therefore worthy of suppression or retribution.  Somehow the irony of that position is lost on them.

While politicians, pundits, and police pay lip service to “tolerance” and “free speech”, the truth is that we now inhabit lands where such things no longer seem to apply.  At least not to everybody.  For example, sodomy and the licensing of homosexual “marriage” MUST be “tolerated”, and of course subsidized by the socialist “safety net”, while “Fundamentalist Mormon” polygamy conversely justifies the kidnapping of children.  Hate must be properly focused, in other words, or else it somehow magically becomes a thought crime, but that which the Bible calls “abomination” enjoys the blessing of the State.

Modern society, in short, seems to take particular offense at whatever is Written in Scripture by a YHVH Who is no longer allowed in Caesar’s schools, or his courtrooms.  Even many self-described “Christians” are so consumed with the idea of NOT being “under the Law” that they have failed to notice they are no longer “under” the Bill of Rights either!  If the “Law” has truly been “done away with”, that damage extends to whole nations, and not the “old testament” alone.

But even those who seek to be like the Bereans, and search out the Scriptures for ourselves, are not immune from taking offense, or being criticized for pointing out certain teachings from His “teaching and instruction”.  It is very important that we not “teach as doctrine the traditions of men”, particularly when such “additions” to His Word are based on forbidden pagan practices.

I’ve been wrestling a bit lately with the concept of “blowing the trumpet” of warning (Ezekiel 33:6 and 3:17-19) and the claim — generally made by ‘believers’ to whom they hit just a bit ‘too close to home’ — that it’s simply not “loving” to quote certain verses.  After all, feelings might be hurt  by things like Matthew 7:21-23, where He is quite blunt with those who practice lawlessness.  Or Matthew 5:19,  or, well, just about any of them where our Mashiach uses the word “hypocrite” (over and over again in Matthew 23, for example.  Oops; He also called them things like “vipers” or worse).  Certainly we all want to show “love”, and demonstrate such concern for our brothers and sisters the way He did.  But is it “charitable” to ignore what He really said just because it might offend some who aren’t ready for the “meat” of Scripture, or might not even recognize that the things He calls “unclean” aren’t really even meat at ALL?

And are we in fact failing to be obedient, and speak His truth “boldly”, when we fail to speak forthrightly to our brothers and sisters about important issues because someone might take offense?  There comes a time, I submit, when we are called to “take off the gloves”.

After all, Scripture repeatedly advises us that those whom He loves, He ‘chastens’.  Shouldn’t we be prepared to do likewise, ‘in love’?  And what does that really mean?  Likewise, Read Deut. 13.  Should we not be ‘offended’ — at least a LITTLE — by what offends Him?  I contend that He Wrote His instruction down for us for a very good reason.  Scripture is full of examples of men and women who were “zealous” for YHVH, and who were likewise uncompromising in doing what He asked of them…but offers very few praises for people who caved in to the “political correctness” of their day or “tickled the ears” of the gullible.   Saul and Ahab, among others, seem to be fairly representative of the current crop of “leaders” familiar today.

But the prophet Eliyahu (Elijah) sticks in my mind as a man of YHVH who demonstrated the kind of “tough love” that the people of Israel needed during a time of incredible idolatry, and the weak and corrupt leadership which festered as a result.  I Kings chapter 18 tells the story.

In spite of threats against his life, Eliyahu came boldly before a king who was evidently surprised to see him.  “Is that you, O ‘troubler of Israel’?” His answer did not seem to indicate too much concern about giving offense.  “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and have followed the Baals!” When Eliyahu then literally commanded that the king gather the 450 prophets of Baal, and the 400 prophets of Asherah for a showdown before the people of Israel, Ahab complied.

In one of the most stark choices offered in all of Scripture, the prophet evidently didn’t worry too much about giving offense to those he sought to save from idolatry, either.  ‘ “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word. ‘  (I Kings 18:21)

Then, of course, Eliyahu “took the gloves off” when he turned his attention to the pagan priests.  Did he “offend” the priests of Baal?  After all, he not only sarcastically ‘mocked’ them and their false god, but later made sure that not even one escaped.

Eliyahu’s blunt language and powerful demonstration literally revealed to the people of Israel Who was their Elohim, and what was NOT.  Interestingly, the Hebrew word transliterated “ahav”, meaning “love”, has the pictographic meaning of “to reveal the Father”.  What a wonderful rendering of what it means to love as He would have us understand it!  A father’s love must include chastening when necessary, and balances both encouragement and discipline.

There is definitely a time for those of us who claim to follow Him to “take the gloves off”, and most of us understand that evil often triumphs when good men do nothing.  But those who are so afraid of giving offense, or being called “intolerant”, will not even take the first step of speaking the Truth from His Word “boldly” when the “sword comes upon the land”.  We must not fear the criticism of men when the alternative is to consider that, as watchmen, we may be called to account for our failure to sound a warning.

Believe Him…not merely “in Him”

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

The recent traditional Torah study portion, called Chukat, included Moses’ failure to “believe” YHVH — which literally cost him a ticket into the Promised Land  (Numbers 20).  It also includes the interesting story of the brazen serpent lifted up on a pole (Numbers 21), which was referenced by Yahushuah Himself in John 3:14.

I submit that those two events, and the lessons which surround them, are VERY much related.

The story starts with Moses being a bit ‘upset’ at the continued whining — this time about the lack of water — of the Israelites,  although he is arguably not without some justification.  Then YHVH tells Moshe and Aharon to to “speak to the rock before their eyes”.

In his frustration, Moses deviated from those specific instructions (v 10-11) and said, “Here now, you rebels; must we bring you water out of this rock?”  whereupon he struck the rock.  Not once, but twice.

There are at least three issues associated with his actions.  First, he took credit for himself and Aaron, rather than giving the glory to YHVH.  And he hit the Rock, rather than talking to it, and even did so twice.

But what is interesting to note, and perhaps more than a bit surprising, is the specific admonition of our Father to this failure (Numbers 21:12).  He said that Moshe and Aharon did not “believe Me”!

Please think a bit about that indictment.  Here is a man who literally talked with the Almighty, and repeatedly worked miracles in His Name, and was responsible for bring His Torah, His “teaching and instruction”, to mankind.  And yet YHVH says to him that “you believed me NOT.”  As a direct result, Moshe is denied the chance to take his people into the Promised Land.

Now let’s skip ahead to the next chapter, which starts out with a very  familiar refrain.  Once again the Israelites are whining (Numbers 21:5) “why have you brought us up out of Mitzraim (Egypt) to die in the wilderness“, and even adding the insult that “our souls hate” this lousy bread (the manna He provided).  The result is fiery serpents sent among the people, many of whom are bitten and died.

This time, Moshe prays and is told to make a “fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole” so that every one who is bitten and then “looks upon it shall live“.  Yes, that serpent-on-a-stick later became an idol (and even the emblem of the Modern Medicine – perhaps another false god in itself).  But what I submit is important to note is the simple command of YHVH in that chapter:  If you are bitten, look upon that fiery serpent, and live.

All that He required of those who were bitten, in other words, was that they believe Him — just enough to take the simple action of looking where He specified — and live.

We live today in a society which has forgotten what it means to be obedient to His Word.  Perhaps it’s too much of a watered-down “faith” that teaches something His Word never says — that He doesn’t care what we DO so long as we claim to “believe in Him”.  Certainly Peter warned us (II Peter 3:15-16, again!) that Paul’s very intense midrash on the Torah could be “difficult to understand” (particularly for those who were not educated from a Hebraic mindset to begin with!) and could be expected to be “twisted” by those who were “unlearned and untaught” — with potentially disastrous results.  That this is true there can now be no doubt.

But this false “doctrine of men” that it is enough to “believe IN Him” is exactly the kind of cancerous deception that the Adversary loves, and uses so effectively:  because it’s almost true. It has NEVER been enough merely to believe IN Him.  After all, even the “demons also believe, and tremble“, as James 2:19 points out.

Moses certainly believed IN Him.  How could he not?  But far more was expected of him.

If we are to LIVE as He commands us, to be “good and faithful servants” to the Most High, just “believing in Him” is not enough.  Even in the simple act of obedience required to “look upon” a fiery serpent on a pole, in order to save one’s life…the point is made.  We show our faith by our obedience to Him.

If you love Me, keep My commands.”   (John 14:15)

It’s not at all enough to believe IN Him.  True faith consists of believing Him, and thus believing in His promises.  Show me your faith by your actions, in other words.