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As I was considering in what direction to go this morning, my mind traveled to two days ago during the hours when the kids were ensconced in their homeschool studies … Tuesday, to be exact. Mark and I had a difficult day with Alana, or, perhaps, she had a difficult day with us, or, perhaps, yet again, she just had a difficult day. She was being contrary and very deliberately obtuse, whether it was listening to what she was being directed to do or the homework for which she was prescribed. In the end, Mark and I took away her tablet and would not give it back to her during the entirety of the rest of the day.
Alana is such a caring, delightful, fun-loving, and loving young lady; but, to no [real] fault of her own, she can also be mean, obstinate, stubborn, and whiny.
Does anybody else see where I’m going with this!? (rhetorical question)
I am grafted in!
Eph’siyim (Ephesians) 2:19-22 says, “So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens of the set-apart ones and members of the household of Elohim, having been built upon the foundation of the emissaries and prophets, Yeshua ha-Meshiach Himself being chief cornerstone, in whom all the building, being joined together, grows into a set-apart Dwelling Place in YeHoVaH, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of Elohim in Ruach HaKodesh.”
When I was adopted at the age of four years old, I had to become reacquainted with new rules. I had to learn what my new Daddy and Mommy expected of me. I had to learn that I am not allowed to cross a busy street on my own. I had to learn that I could not set Daddy on fire. I had to learn that brown sugar was not something I could eat from a cup as though it were a food group. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. And, I had to learn that when I disobeyed Daddy and Mommy, I had to be accountable for my actions and take responsibility for what I did. I was the one to suffer the consequences of my bad choices and decisions; no longer could an older brother be spanked in my stead.
And, Alana is no different. She has to learn obedience as Mark and I train her to be accountable for her actions and take responsibility for what she does, or does not do, whatever the case may be. She’s still young, though, and some days, obedience clicks … some days, not so much.
Shemot (Exodus) 12:49 says, “There is one Torah for the native-born and for the stranger who sojourns among you.”
One Law of YeHoVaH.
There are times when I am caring, delightful, fun-loving, and loving, and, likewise, there are times when I am mean, obstinate, stubborn, and whiny. There is never a time, though, when I am exempt from the Torah. In those moments when I am being contrary and very deliberately obtuse to every command of YeHoVaH, I am reprimanded by YeHoVaH, much like Alana was reprimanded by Mark and I and had a favorite electronic gadget removed from her grasp. Why should I be so reprimanded, though, if I am not a Yisra’EL-ite?
Oh, but I am!
I have been adopted!
I am grafted in!
I am a child of Yisra’EL!
And because I am a child of Yisra’EL, though I am a foreigner, the same rules apply to me, just like when I was adopted by Norman and Sue, my new Daddy and Mommy. The rules may be new to me; but, they are rules I must obey. And, in as much as I am blessed in obedience to YeHoVaH, I am bound by consequences if I step out of the bounds that is my freedom in Yeshua ha-Meshiach.
Shemot 19:8--”And all the people answered together and said, ‘All that YeHoVaH has spoken we shall do.’ So Mosheh brought back the words of the people to YeHoVaH.” [Na’aseh v’nishma. We will listen and obey.]
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 5:27--”’You go near and hear all that YeHoVaH our Elohim says, and speak to us all that YeHoVaH our Elohim says to you, and we shall hear and do it.’” [Na’aseh v’nishma. We will listen and obey.]
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 42:6--”’Whether good or evil, let us obey the voice of YeHoVaH our Elohim to whom we send you, in order that it might be well with us when we obey the voice of YeHoVaH our Elohim.’” [Na’aseh v’nishma. We will listen and obey.]
Adonai imloch l’olam va’ed ve na’aseh v’nishma!
Adonai is King of the whole world and He will reign forever, and we will listen and obey!