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   Yahweh’s people are severally called, the holy nation; the people of Israel; the house of Israel; and the children of Israel. The descendants of Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel, are key to understanding what Yahweh is doing today. The promises by Yahweh to Abram through Isaac, will be kept. To be children, we must be obedient to the Father.
  At the time of the Exodus, the children of Israel were told:
  Now therefore, if ye will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people: for all the earth is Mine: and ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, Exodus 19:5-6. (The King James Version 1900 is used throughout unless otherwise noted.)
  Do you see the condition placed before them and, therefore us? Yahweh has always wanted obedience from the heart, and obedience is required of all mankind (Exod. 12:49; Eccl. 12:12) if they are to be accepted.
  We read in Ezekiel 36:22, Therefore say unto the house of Israel, “Thus saith Yahweh Elohim; I do not [do] this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy Name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.”

Spiritually Discerned
   His people were once physical Israelites, and there were physical promises – a land flowing with milk and honey. Today, His people are to be Spiritually-minded, because His people today are, in a sense, spiritual Israelites, having the better promise of eternal life.
  There is much to say about this. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace, Romans 8:6.
  Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of Elohim is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of Elohim? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of Elohim leadeth thee to repentance? Romans 2:1-4.
  It goes on to say in verse 13, For not the hearers of the law are just before Elohim, but the doers of the law shall be justified. (See also Acts 5:32; Heb. 5:9.)
  Then Peter said unto them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Yahshua Messiah for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the holy Spirit,” Acts 2:38.
  After we repent (turn back to Yahweh and His ways of life) and are immersed in the saving power of Yahshua’s Name, we receive a portion of Yahweh’s Spirit with the laying on of hands by the elders in the faith. All those receiving the Spirit are guided to keep “every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of Elohim” (Matt. 4:4).

Children of Yahweh
   As amazing as it may sound, we can be children of Yahweh and not just Israel! Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of Elohim: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not, 1 John 3:1.
  We also discover that we are not referred to as physical but spiritual. We are put into a spiritual family (body).
We read in John 1:13, Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of Elohim. (Request our free mini-study, How To Be ‘Born Again.’)
  There are spiritual gifts that are given. For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established, Romans 1:11.
  The law is spiritual. We read, For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin, Romans 7:14.

Spirit Within
   Just because His instructions are written on paper doesn’t mean they are earthly and unnecessary for His Spiritual children to obey. Yahweh’s Word is inspired and is put into us (Heb. 8:10).
  The Spirit within us reminds of the Word which Yahshua spoke and kept (John 14:26). If you keep My Commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s Commandments and abide in His love, John 15:10, NASB.
  Yahweh’s laws, though some physically oriented toward sacrificial offerings and rites, provided spiritual principles that, if kept, move people in the direction of staying in harmony with His will.

In Conclusion
   Some things have changed (Heb. 7:12, 9:8-24), but we still obey. We are servants of Yahweh inwardly.
  Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Messiah. But with many of them Elohim was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness, 1 Corinthians 10:1-5.
  Many died in the wilderness because they did not obey His spiritually-inspired laws. Their unbelief found them unfaithful, and sinners worthy of death (Heb. 3:12-19).
  “Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of Yahweh” (Deut. 8:3b; Matt. 4:4, NIV). Yahshua, when on earth in a physical body, taught us how to keep the laws and commandments of Yahweh (Matt 5:13-6:30). Never did He teach against them, but rather directly from them.

-Elder David Brett

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