How Does יהוה Communicate His Truth to Us and With Us?
How does יהוה communicate His truth to us and with us?
The answer… His Torah, His Prophets, His Ketuvim (Writings), and His ha-Berit ha-Chadashah (New Testament).
My kids are quite famous for trying to “pull the wool” over mine and Mark’s eyes. You probably know, or even have, kids who have done this same thing. You have probably done this same thing when you were a kid yourself; I did a time or two … until my parents caught on, which I am sure was the first time I tried it.
The Ensuing [Conflict-Creating] Conversation
Child: “Mom, can I go to my friend’s house.”
Mom: “No. You need to clean your room.”
Child [not getting the wanted answer from Mom goes to Dad]: “Dad, can I go to my friend’s house?”
Dad: “Sure. Be home in time for dinner. Have fun.”
Child: “Thanks, Daddy.” [Child is gone in no time flat.]
A few minutes later …
Mom [to Dad]: “Where is our child?”
Dad: “I said yes when asked about going to a friend’s house.”
Mom: “I had already said, ‘No’, because that child’s room needs to be cleaned and that child knows it.”
Dad: “I wish I had known.”
A few days later …
Child [going straight to Dad]: “Dad, can I go to the mall with my friends?”
Dad: “Have you done all your chores? Have you finished all your homework? And, have you talked to Mom about this?”
Child: “Yes. Yes. Yes.”
Dad: “Can you give me five minutes before I give you an answer?”
Child knows something is up as Dad approaches Mom in the other room.
Dad [to Mom]: “She wants to go to the mall with her friends. I asked about chores, homework, and what you might have already told her.”
Mom: “I very much appreciate that you and I are on the same page. And, yes, she did everything she was asked to do.”
Dad [having returned to Child]: “Yes, you can go to the mall with your friends. Be home by seven o’clock.”
Child: “Why did you go ask Mom? I did everything she asked.”
Dad: “We’ve been through this with you one time too many, and it has always caused a conflict between your Mom and me. From now on, Mom and I are on the same page.”
Child [not wanting any more lecture]: “See you later, Dad. I love you.” [And out the door she goes.]
The Difference in Outcome
What was different from the first scenario and the second? Dad and Mom have figured out how to talk! To one another! There was no more manipulation allowed. Dad was just in charge as was Mom, and vice versa. Dad and Mom talked, and they were united, and all permissions were granted through a final talk between Dad and Mom before all permissions were given to the child.
In my home, when I was growing up, since my dad was in the Army, my mom was the final authority, on nearly everything. Later, when I was in High School, when my dad started driving the big rigs on the highways and byways, it really was my mom as the final authority.
What about in our spiritual walks? What should we believe? Who do we trust? Who is the final authority in our spiritual walks?
The answer… יהוה’s Torah, יהוה’s Prophets, יהוה’s Ketuvim (Writings), and יהוה’s ha-Berit ha-Chadashah (New Testament) … יהוה.
Every instruction for our lives is found in יהוה’s words to us, the Bible, which includes His Torah, the writings of His Prophets, other writings of men, women, and needed history and wisdom through His Ketuvim, or Writings, and His ha-Berit ha-Chadashah, or New Covenant or Testament. יהוה speaks to us through His written instructions (i.e.-His Torah) and His example. Timotiyos Bet (2 Timothy) 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by Elohim and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for setting straight, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of Elohim might be fitted, equipped for every good work.” (TS2009) And, read what Kepha Bet (2 Peter) 1:21 says; “For prophecy never came by the desire of man, but men of Elohim spoke, being moved by the Set-apart Spirit.” (TS2009)
It does not matter what we “feel” like doing or saying, it must agree with יהוה, because He has all [and final] authority.
So, one last question: Are we guilty of circumventing, or manipulating, יהוה? The bad news is- shame on me and shame you. The good news is- there is forgiveness and grace and mercy.
Baruch ata, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech ha-olam, asher natan lanu et derekh ha’yeshua’ba’meshiach Yeshua, baruch hu. Amein.
Bless are You, Adonai Eloheinu, King of the universe, Who gave to us the Way of salvation through Yeshua ha-Meshiach, blessed be He. Amein.