Shabbat Shalom all,
Just a gentle reminder that we are now in …. Day 35 of the counting up to 50 to Shavuot!!! The more we consider the reality of making the daily conscious decision to walk in the ways of our Master יהושע Messiah, the more we are aware of our need to stay in the light and not allow any form of compromise cause us to be found dwelling in the shadows of the darkness of sin.
Kěpha Aleph/1Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a set-apart nation, a people for a possession, that you should proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light”
Being called out of darkness means exactly that – called out to stay out!!! And the only way to ‘stay out’ of darkness that we have been called out from, is to ‘stay in’ or remain in His Light! In a short message to encourage us to stay in our Master and walk as He walked, let us look at the clear words from Yoḥanan Aleph, in a message called, “KEEP WALKING… IN THE LIGHT!” – please turn with me to Yoḥanan Aleph/1 John 1:5-10 (Read)
Very simple enough instructions indeed, yet so easily and quickly overlooked and misunderstood by so many who are sadly still dwelling ‘in the dark’ so to speak. The clear message here is that we are to be walking in the Light and not in darkness! Here we see straight up in verse 5 that Elohim is light – in which there is no darkness:
Tehillim/Psalm 27:1 “יהוה is my light and my deliverance; whom should I fear? יהוה is the refuge of my life; whom should I dread?”
Dawiḏ says that יהוה is his light and his deliverance and that יהוה is his refuge. Having said that let me show you the essence of what he is expressing here as a very bold statement at a very testing time of his life.
The word for ‘my light’ is אוֹרִי – ˒ôri – which at its root is the word אוֹר or – Strong’s H215 meaning, ‘to be or become light, give light, shine’ and this infinitely profound Name of Elohim, as his light, is only found here in this passage, of which there is only one other expression in the Scriptures that can be compared to it, which is found in Yeshayahu/Isaiah 60:1 in the phrase “… your light has come…”, which in the Hebrew is בָא אוֹרֵךְ – ḇa ôrekha – and is a clear reference to Messiah – the Light of the world, which our Master declares to us in:
Yoḥanan/John 12:46 “I have come as a light into the world, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness.”
Whoever believes in the Master יהושע Messiah, needs never to stay in darkness anymore. Many a times it may feel like we are in some of the darkest times of our lives, yet what we need to continually be reminded of is that we have His Light – His Word which lights our path to lead us in every step that we take – and Messiah has revealed the Way to us through His life, death and resurrection, in order that we can be confident in boldly walking in the Light and being done with sin, which breeds in the darkness!
What we can clearly see from the words of Yoḥanan is that fellowship involves walking – and to have fellowship with Elohim involves a walking in the Truth and ‘doing’ what we are instructed to do, according to His Torah as given through Mosheh and revealed or rather ‘lit’ for us through the life, death and resurrection of Messiah!
As we cling to Messiah and walk in Him, we need to meditate on His Torah day and night so that we may be able to keep our feet walking in the light!
Mishlĕ/proverbs 6:23 “For the command is a lamp, and the Torah a light, and reproofs of discipline a way of life”
Anyone who rejects the Torah and commands of Elohim is in essence throwing away their lamp/torch to help them find their way through the wilderness journeys of life, as we eagerly await with great expectation the soon return of our King. In our King there is no darkness at all – and the Greek root word used here for darkness is σκοτία scotia – Strong’s G4653 meaning, ‘darkness’ and is in essence used to describe metaphorically, ‘sadness and ruin’ as well as a clear reference to describing, ‘ignorance of truth and its associated wickedness that works death’, as opposed to ‘light’ that is associated with knowledge and joy that is beneficial to life!
Messiah tells us in Yoḥanan/John 12:35 that he who walks in ‘darkness’ does not know where he is going, and he told the crowd to believe in the Light that has come in order that they may become sons of light, yet many did not believe in Him so that the words of the prophet be filled as it says in:
Yoḥanan/John 12: 37-38 “But though He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, 38 that the word of Yeshayahu the prophet might be filled, which he spoke, “יהוה, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of יהוה been revealed?”
The very Light that Dawiḏ declared יהוה to be, had been revealed before the crowds – right there in the flesh, and they did not believe the report of the Mighty Arm of יהוה being shown to them through the life of Messiah, and so their hearts were hardened and their eyes veiled as they would not turn to the Light of the world.
Sha’ul tells us in Romiyim/Romans 13:12 to put off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light, and again in his letter to the Ephesians he writes:
Eph’siyim/Ephesians 5:11 “And have no fellowship with the fruitless works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
No fellowship with that which is not of the Truth!!! The Greek word here for ‘fellowship’ is συγκοινωνέω sugkoinōneō – Strong’s G4790 which means, ‘to have fellowship with, participate, share, partake’ and comes from two words:
σύν sun – Strong’s G4862 which is a primary preposition which expresses ‘an association with, together’; and the verb κοινωνέω koinōneō – Strong’s G2841 which means, ‘to have a share of, contribute’. Now these words are very clear – do not participate in, have a share of or even contribute to the works of darkness – because if you do, while claiming to have fellowship in the Master, then you are simply lying and are not doing the Truth!
The word used for fellowship here in Yoḥanan aleph/1 John is the noun κοινωνία koinōnia – Strong’s G2842 which means, ‘contribution, participation, sharing’.
So in essence what we see very clearly being set before us in the renewed Writings is that fellowship is determined by one’s walk as seen through one’s works, whether of darkness or of light. When we walk in the light and guard to do all we are commanded to through our Master’s Torah, then we not only have fellowship with Him, but we also have fellowship with each other, as we earnestly contribute to the building up of the body through walking in and continuing in the Good Works prepared beforehand for us to do – and that is to walk in His Truth, obeying His Word that lights our way! When this happens then the blood of Messiah cleanses us from all sin. The Greek word here, as we know, for sin is ἁμαρτία hamartia – Strong’s G266 which means, ‘sin, failure, miss the mark, to miss or wander from the path of uprightness and honour, to do or go wrong’, and also carries the meaning of, ‘wandering from the law of Elohim, violate the law of Elohim’. We also know, yet I will once again remind you, that the Greek word used for ‘lawlessness’ is ἀνομία anomia – Strong’s G458 meaning, ‘lawlessness or lawless deeds, unrighteousness’ and comes from the word ἄνομος anomos – Strong’s G459 meaning, ‘lawless or without law, transgressors’.
Yoḥanan Aleph/1 John 3:4 “Everyone doing sin also does lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.”
When we have fellowship with each other as we walk in the Light of the Truth and hear, guard and do the Torah, Messiah cleanses us from our sin, which is lawlessness – in other words He cleanses us and makes us ritually pure again that we may boldly approach the throne of favour, enabled to serve in the body of Messiah! Tomorrow we will be looking at the torah of cleansing for the leper, and what is interesting to note is Hebrew word used for cleansing in regards to the torah of cleansing is טָֽהֳרָה tahorah – Strong’s H2893 meaning, ‘purifying, cleansing, becomes clean, purification’ and comes from the word טָהֵר taher – Strong’s H2891 meaning, ‘to be clean or pure, pronounce clean, purge, become cleansed, brightness’. What is also worthy of noting is that this root word טָֽהֳרָה tahorah is used 13 times in the Tanak (O.T.) – and as we know 13 in Hebrew is also symbolic of the numerical value of the word אֶחָד eḥad meaning ‘one or unified’ and יהושע Himself prayed that we would be one! The closer we get together through obedient living and fellowship, the more refined we become and the more unified we become.
The verses that contain this word for cleansing all speak of being ritually cleansed and able to enter in and serve in the Tabernacle/Temple; and what we can recognise and learn through all these cleansings, be it for a woman after giving birth, or the cleansing of infections, discharges, or the 7th day cleansing of a Nazirite at the end of the vow of separation, as well as the duty of cleansing that was to be done by the priests of all that was to be set-apart, to the singers and gatekeepers who guarded the charge of the cleansing so that no uncleanness would enter the assembly, is that all of these cleansings are a great shadow picture and clear pointing to our Messiah who cleanses us in His Blood, as we come to Him and acknowledge our sin and lawlessness and walking in and participating in works of darkness.
Yoḥanan makes it clear – that our Light has come and we must walk in the light – have fellowship in the light – guarding to stay out of darkness in every form and as we do this we allow the word to reveal to us any darkness that we may have worked or are ignorantly walking in, so that we can bring the darkness to light, confess, repent and be cleaned up – fit and ready to fervently serve one another through obedient love as we contribute and partake in the life of the body, each and every day.
In this very brief message tonight I want us to simply just be reminded of the Light that we are to walk in – That is we are to walk in Messiah, and do so by walking in His Truth, so that the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts are pleasing before our Master – for יהוה our Elohim is our Light and our deliverance, and so whom should we dread!
There are many who claim to have fellowship with the Light of the World yet, by their lawless works of darkness, hidden under the veil of traditions, they are not doing the truth but rather are doing works that are based on inherited lies, and we must guard ourselves from falling into the trap and darkness that we have been called out of.
As children of light we must walk as such and KEEP WALKING… IN THE LIGHT!
In light of this ‘counting’ season, perhaps you have, through the Light of the Word, recognised some areas of the workings of darkness that have not been totally put off, and in the process has hindered you in being fully dressed and armed in the Torah – and this can often cause fellowship – true fellowship to be lacking in that your willingness to be a fervent partaker and contributor to this family/ body of Messiah has been snuffed out. Then hear the call to put off all darkness – put on the armour of light and KEEP WALKING… IN THE LIGHT!
יהוה bless you and guard you; יהוה make His face shine upon you and show you favour; יהוה lift up His face to you and give you Shalom!