The Elohim created human beings in His image with a purpose, also hoping they would come to live peacefully on the earth.
With the first human beings their wrong doing, their rebellion, sin and curse of death came over man. Throughout the ages we can see that it were not always the good guys who received the good things or good life. Also bad guys can enjoy a lot of luck and enjoy more wealth than people who do good.
We all know that “bad” things happen to “good” people, and no spiritual building can hold by pretending otherwise. It’s simply untrue that every well-lived life leads only to outwardly positive outcomes. It’s equally untrue that difficult circumstances prove that someone strayed from the path. Today we may find such teachers who promise a lot of wealth when their church members give a lot of money to their church. Others may also say, like the friends of Job said, that when you have bad luck or your life is not going nicely, that you are punished by God. People should know that God can not be bribed. People may nobble others but they shall not be able to suborn the Elohim. God is not corrupt.
All of us should know that actions and choices have consequences. In case it is not for the now, it shall be for the later, the future. But one day each of us shall receive his share. There are the worldly matters, but also the spiritual matters. For God those spiritual matters are the most important ones.
Spiritual building isn’t about “deserving,” but about wisely preparing for the immense power of consequences. What we do matters. How we act matters. How we treat each other matters. They not only shape who we are, they also bring out to others what sits deep in us. From our behaviour people should come to know that we are belonging to God.
We follow mitzvot not to bring about blessings (though some mitzvot genuinely can yield positive outcomes), but because choosing to follow mitzvot is itself a way to experience a life oriented beyond itself.
We aspire to build a Jewish future according to Torah’s high standards of ethics and interpersonal interaction not to merit external reward, but because living up to high ethical and interpersonal standards is itself the reward.
Each of us should strive to live according to the Will of God. In the Nazarene Jeshua (Christ Jesus) we may find a good example to follow. He put his own will away to do the will of God and was kind to everyone he met. He was not full of hate against one or other group, be them Jews, Hebrews, Arabs, Non-believers, less or more brown people, bosses or slaves. He treated every one equally with love and demanded from his followers also to share that same love, the agape love, with others.
Possibly Jeshua would have reminded the people around him the call of God to respect every living being and got them to think about the Elohim His Words:
“If you walk in My chukim (engraved pathways) and faithfully observe My mitzvot (connective commands),” then good things beyond us will follow.
The “if” creates the “then” that follows. If we walk in God’s engraved-pathways, then we’re naturally connecting beyond ourselves.
The Hebrew for “walking” shares a root with the term halakhah (the way, euphemistically “the law”), which also was chosen as the name of the group of followers of Christ: The Way, indicating the rebbe his path was the one to follow.
We should know that God’s engraved-pathways point to our way of walking. If we walk in those ways, naturally we keep the mitzvot (connective commands), holy links to our highest selves and our Source.
The way to follow the connectors is to walk in such a way as to become engraved with set apart instructions and set apart ethical choices. And because mitzvot point the way and evolve with us, they’re not static.
If we walk engraved by the Most High God, following the connectors, we’ll be in conversation with the mitzvot as they evolve, and blessings will flow. Conversely, if we’re not “walking our walk,” it won’t matter what kind of so-called mitzvot we claim to be doing: we’ll wind up with curses, because that’s where that path leads.
The Jewish or Jeshuaist future worth building demands that we “walk the walk.” Building Judaism and/or Jeshuaism requires walking the walk in a way that engraves God on us and in us, so we naturally follow Torah’s ethical blueprints, so that mitzvot connect us “in” and “up” to God. This kind of building asks a new orientation to a mitzvah-oriented life that’s first and foremost about the intention to connect spiritually by walking well in the world – keeping in mind that the connection between intention and action is what will secure any spiritual future.
If we walk that walk – if we build that way, with mitzvot as companions, pointers and guides – then we’ll experience blessing in whatever unfolds. When we let those precious Words of God come unto us God shall be prepared to cloth us with the fruit of the Spirit and make us strong so that we can bare the bad things and can find even good things in it as well, greeting others with a love which exudes splendour and honour. Let us radiate that love and show the world we can overcome all difficulties because we have put our hope and trust in the Most High.
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