And YHWH said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
“Sigh and that Cry”
And Yesha’yahu proclaimed concerning the children of Israel: “Though the number of the children of Israel should be as the sand on the sea, a remnant of them will live. He has finished and cut short the matter: and Master YHWH will do it on the earth.” And according to what Yesha’yahu had before said:
“If Master YHWH of Hostshad not favored us with a remnant, we had been as Sodom and had been like Gomorrha.” What will we say then? That the Gentiles who ran not after righteousness, have found righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith: But Israel who ran after the Torah of righteousness, has not found the Torah of righteousness. And why? Because they went after it, not by faith, but by the works of Torah. For they stumbled at that stumbling-stone: As it is written, “Behold, I lay in Tsiyon a stumbling-stone and a stone of offense: and he who believes in him, will not be ashamed.”
“Righteousness which is by faith” is how we walk (halakh) in Mashiyach, not as a theology or our knowledge about Mashiyach or Torah but by being able to walk in our spiritual man and put away the old religious flesh. We really have to yearn for this and we have to see a need for this. When we see division and backbiting and gossiping with the “Hebraic roots” movement then we should immediately identify that a “religious spirit” is trying to make a name for itself.
According to YHWH’s Word every one of His congregations must have a local Beit Din of Torah qualified men, where three or more men are proven and qualified to lead and counsel according to His Word and His Spirit. There are four basic Torah qualifications for leaders as instructed in Sh’mot (Exodus) 18:2;
1) chayil, 2) ya’re, 3) emet 4) tsane’ betsa
1) Upright men (no wimps), who
2) Fear YHWH,
3) love the Truth, and
4) hate covetousness.
D’varim (Deuteronomy) 1:13-17 adds more specific qualifications of being, wise, discerning, experienced, capable, fear YHWH, trustworthy and spurn ill-gotten gain.
1 Timothy 3, Titus 1 Paul counsels us that men in leadership responsibility cannot be the husband of more than one wife, meaning also that if he has been divorced and remarried they are disqualified. A divorce that exonerates an innocent party must be judged by a Beit Din and be recognized as a legitimate divorce. Divorce and remarriage authorized by the state without righteous YHWH fearing witnesses disqualifies a man from sitting on a Beit Din.
Men who purchase lottery tickets or who gamble are not qualified to sit on a Beit Din unless they refrain from such activity.
Men who obtain ill gotten gain or make income by oppressing others do not qualify to sit on a Beit Din.
Men who are in violation of any of YHWH’s Commandments cannot sit on a Beit Din.
The attitude of each person on a Beit Din must be as a servant of YHWH and be helpful, loving, considerate and supportive toward each soul in the Body of Mashiyach.
Each man must be willing to fast and pray as he inquires of YHWH’s Judgment for difficult matters. Each man must accept the decision of the majority vote, or accept the casting of a lot if necessary, in the Name of YHWH.
Each man must be transparent to the Beit Din in all personal and private matters, keep his vows, be of good reputation or voluntarily step down.
Each man must consider it a joyful honor to participate on a Beit Din and know that the Judgment belongs to YHWH, not on the authority of the individuals who sit on the Beit Din. Each decision is given through Righteousness, Faith and Mercy of Yeshua Mashiyach’s halakha as directed by the Ruach HaKodesh.
In very short order, the landscape among “Hebraic” leadership will look much different, and carnal leaders will have either gotten the victory over their flesh or, maybe, that’s why Shaul said,
“Don’t you know that they who run in the stadium, run all of them; yet it is one who gains the victory. You run so as to attain. For everyone who engages in the contest restrains his desires in everything. And they run to obtain a crown that perishes; but we, one that does not perish. I therefore so run, not as for something unknown; and I so struggle, not as struggling against air; But I subdue my body, and reduce it to servitude; or else, when I have preached to others, I myself should despise myself.”
1 Corinthians 9:24-26
A righteous leader frames the true Faith by walking and demonstrating it and being instinctive to how YHWH is raising up other leaders, rather than playing big hierarchical dog on the porch. Heaven forbid that we should look to carnal men to sort out the “teaching” for the body of Mashiyach, one of Yeshua’s Shlichim wrote,
“These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which you have received of Him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, you shall abide in Him.”
1 John 2:26-27
You need not that any man teach you. Leaders who insist on being one-man-shows are walking after the pagan Babylonian model that they tell you to come out of.
As the story goes Aristotle was discovered in a whore house by his disciples, they were in shock to see their great leader in such a low state, Aristotle replied, “in the house of study I’m Aristotle, here I’m not Aristotle”. Leaders who run book, printing, teaching, lecture ministries without being accountable to others or leading local congregations are no better off than Aristotle, their theological ideas have become their “raison d’etre” rather than living the Faith themselves, they can only theorize it, that’s paganism.
It’s one thing to teach against Paganism and Hellenism,
but it’s quite another to live the Faith of Yeshua.
Shame on those who hold up doctorates and credentials as a way to receive honor and authority from YHWH’s people, rather than minister to the Body. Whenever we see this we should immediately understand that some men would rather we glory in their flesh, than in His Majesty Yeshua! Having scholarly credentials has nothing to do with having an anointing for leadership.
Shame on those who lessen Yeshua so they can increase themselves! However low they want to make Yeshua by their “theology”, isn’t as low as they will be when He Returns! Yeshua is the Word of YHWH made flesh, the Arm of YHWH revealed, YHWH Tsidkenu! Have you noticed that some folks become so enamoured with the religion of being Jewish they they have left the faith of Y’shua? YHWH will not be mocked, He sends strong delusion so that those who want to mock His Mashiyach will find themselves sitting in a pot full of religion with no where to go.
Man and his religions is NOT the measure of all things!
Separating over pet doctrines is a sign that Hellenism in the camp.
Theology can never make a heart pure before YHWH!
Greeks seek after knowledge, Philo-Sophia, “love of knowledge”, the Jews seek a sign.
“Behold, you fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: you shall not fast as you do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.”
“And even as they did not like to retain Elohim in their knowledge, Elohim gave them over to a mind void of judgment, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate , deceit, malignity; whisperers,”
Rebuke, reprove and correct, let’s give others the opportunity to make things right and do good to one another in the YHWH’s Set Apart Name! Correction is done with humility and consideration of one’s own weak flesh, condemnation comes from high-handed rebellious egocentric souls whose pride is unquenchable. Sigh and cry because of the leaders who say, stand by yourself, come not near me because I am holier than thou, and who have secret private lives full of carnal talk, thinking, and actions that are contrary to YHWH and His Mashiyach Yeshua.
Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding are important, but Yeshua said,
“By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love one to another.”
Yeshua didn’t say that all men will know that we are his disciples
because we are so wise in our own eyes.
Baruch Ben Daniel