Wherever you are right now, Yahweh is calling you. He wants you to take part in a covenant with Him. He wants you to be with Him in His kingdom for all eternity. Yahweh is pure and just, and we are not. We all have broken His commandments, and such evil cannot be in His presence. You might be thinking, “I’m not all that bad.” Let us examine the ten commandments (from Exodus 20) and see what He says. We are not passing sentence on you. That is not our place. We are simply showing you His moral standard for the purpose of introspection, which is something that we need just as much as anyone else. For the record, we are just as sinful as anyone else before He delivered us.
He says “You shall have no other gods in my face.” This is religious devotion or inordinate affection for anyone or anything besides Yahweh Himself. Have you ever done this? “You shall not make for yourself any carven image…you shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them,” Have you ever bowed down to an image of anything, or even made a false god in your mind to suit your own behavior? “You shall not bear the name of Yahweh your Elohim in vain.” Have you ever used His name as a four-letter filth word? Or have you ever borne His name or reputation in a way that would ruin it? In other words, have you ever claimed to be one of His, while not acting in a manner that properly represents Him?
“Remember the Sabbath day.” Yahweh’s Sabbath extends from Friday at sunset to Saturday at sunset. Have you ever done any work, bought or sold anything or gone about your own business on that day? “Honor your Father and your Mother…” Have you always been respectful to your parents? “You shall not murder.” Maybe you have not intentionally killed an innocent person, but Yahshua said that to hate someone is to murder them (I John 3:15). Have you ever hated anyone?
“You shall not commit adultery.” Remember, looking with lust counts as adultery (Matthew 5:27-28), and so does divorce and remarriage (Luke 16:18). Have you ever done any of these? “You shall not steal.” Have you ever stolen? “You shall not lie.” Have you ever lied? “You shall not covet.” Have you ever wanted something that does not rightfully belong to you? If you have done any of these things, then you have broken Yahweh’s law. Those who do not repent (teshuva) from their sin and refuse to accept Yahweh’s instructions will be judged and sentenced to eternal separation from Yahweh (Matthew 13:40-50, 25:41, II Thessalonians 1:7-10, Revelation 20:11-15). This is not at all something that we take joy in or wish upon other people-in fact, it’s absolutely horrifying.
You might be thinking, “I’ll just tell Him I’m sorry, change my ways, and He will forgive me.” Let’s try that in a court of law. When a defendant breaks the law, can he just say to the judge, “Your Honor, I’m sorry for my crimes, I won’t do it again,” and be forgiven? No. Any just judge would prosecute him because he committed a crime and it has not been recompensed. It is the same with Yahweh. He will not simply forgive the guilty because they ask for it. There must be a payment.
Here is the good news. Yahweh does not want to punish you. He loves you so much that He himself became the man Yahshua (Jesus), lived a life of perfection that He might be accepted as the sacrifice for our sins. Then He died on the cross, taking the punishment for our crimes upon Himself so that His righteousness could be put to our account. Then He rose from the grave three days and three nights later.
If you turn from your sins and trust completely in Yahshua and His sacrifice to deliver you, you will be forgiven and reconciled with your Creator. After this, what awaits you is a life of dependence on Him in a personal relationship, obedience to His instructions and an eternity of living with Him in the New Jerusalem.
Please consider the message that He is sending to you and answer His call. Death is like jumping out of an airplane at 25,000 feet. You don’t want to do it without a parachute. Relying on your own good deeds would be like jumping out of a plain and flapping your arms in hopes that you will fly (1). He has given us the only way to salvation, Yahshua, His Son whose name literally means, Yah is Salvation. Please take Him up on His offer as soon as possible. May Yahweh richly bless you and fulfill your life.
(1) This analogy came from Ray Comfort.