Something to Shout About
Two verses from the Torah have arrested my attention and consideration. What is my responsibility in this season of teshuva (repentance) for my failure to acknowledge the truth of Torah for so many of the years of my walk with Yeshua? Is there a possibility I have engendered curses affecting me–from my doing, my not doing, even from my generational line? Can there be something I can shout about? Let’s see. We’ll start with the verses:
‘Cursed is the one who does not confirm all the words of this law.’
“And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’ ” Deuteronomy 27:26
“Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. Deuteronomy 28:45
As these verses from a recent weekly Torah reading jumped out at me I reasoned that in this lunar season of examination and repentance it was incumbent upon every follower of Yeshua to prayerfully consider where he is in relation to these scriptures. Our God is a jealous God. He did not give us, through Moses, the instructions of Torah as suggestions. He gave them to us that our obedience to them would produce blessings for us (Deu 28:1-14). To underscore the seriousness of His provision, He said there would be consequences for our failure to keep His adjurations of blessing–He called them curses.
Coming out of the charismatic mindset I thought curses only came through Satan–often through the vehicle of my relationships with others. I also understood the Law (Torah) was a curse. I had the mistaken understanding that Jesus (Yeshua) took this curse, that is, the Law and nailed it to the cross ending this burdensome mistake of regulations, the Law, that God had made through Moses. Surprise of surprises, when I found out, as Apostle Paul said, the Law is good! (Rom 7:12) What then was nailed to the cross? It was the curse from not keeping the Law. The perfect sacrifice was made–the broken body and shed blood of Yeshua–God come in the flesh. Now if I fail to keep the law, the attendant curse can be repented of and forgiven. Is this not the new covenant! We are no longer to suffer the curse of not keeping the Law IF we bring it under the Blood. But notice I said–IF.
Now, back to my original thesis–are there curses active in my life for my failure to confirm (and do) the instructions of Torah? In spiritually assessing the evolution of my walk with Yeshua I realized that I had never brought under the Blood of Yeshua my failure to keep Torah. Yes, I made a general confession of sin when I was born again. However, before I accepted Torah as God’s instructions for me today consider the 30+ intervening years from that first repentance, I had, in effect, rejected Torah. Can I say certain health issues, certain generational issues do not reflect the evidence of curse? When God has made a way, at an extreme price, for my freedom I must avail myself of the provision. Hence, a heartfelt confession and repentance. That’s something to shout (teruah) about–maybe even to have a day of shouting, using a shofar for amplification–let’s celebrate it as a feast of trumpets!