Are You Willing to Follow Instruction

Are you willing to follow instruction?

 

Our world is crying out for healthy instruction! This not a new need, but it has been a constant need throughout the history of the human race.

 

We have always been given healthy instruction, but mostly ignored it to our peril.

 

Those of us who study the Word of HaShem are well aware of our historical foolishness in rejecting our Father’s instructions.

“And HASHEM commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Bad, you must not eat thereof; for on the day you eat of it, you shall surely die.”’  Genesis 2:16-17 [AST]

We know the result of Adam and Chava ignoring this instruction.

 

Unfortunately, we don’t seem to have learnt from the mistakes of our parents.

 

Time and time again HaShem has spoken to us through various means, yet we have ignored or totally rejected His instructions. 

 

Praise our Father these words of guidance are still available today, but as in yesteryear we continue to ignore and reject them and go our own way. We continue to put our faith in the words of man instead of the words or Word of HaShem.

 

Foolishly people are more inclined to put their faith in political parties, rock stars, movie actors, sportsmen and women, humanistic socialists, and secular psychologists, than any counsel from the Word of HaShem.

 

Resulting in the same outcome as the disobedience of our first parents.

 

I can understand those who have no interest in biblical matters of faith ignoring and rejecting the Word of HaShem.

 

What I do not understand is those who claim to follow and worship the Holy One of Israel, ignoring and rejecting His wisdom and commandments.

 

 “The beginning of wisdom is fear of HASHEM, good understanding to all their practitioners.”  Psalm 111:10 [AST]

“The fear of The LORD, is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7 [NKJV]

“For HASHEM grants wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”  Proverbs 2:6 [AST]

“The beginning of wisdom is to acquire wisdom...”  Proverbs 4:7a [AST]

“My child, be attentive to my wisdom, give ear to my understanding, to heed wise designs and let your lips guard wisdom.”  Proverbs 9:1-2 [AST]

“The fear of The LORD is the beginning of wisdom. And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10 [NKJV]

“How much better than fine gold is the acquisition of wisdom, and the acquisition of understanding is choicer than silver.”  Proverbs 16:16 [AST]

“It [wisdom] is a tree of life to those who grasp it, and its supporters are praiseworthy.”  Proverbs 3:18 [AST]

There is no doubt that the instructions of HaShem are to be embraced and applied by the Children of Israel.

 

Without His instructions as the basis for our lives we can but expect more and more problems and challenges in our lives and communities.

 

The human race is in the absolute mess it finds itself in because of the rejection of the words and Word of HaShem.

 

Remarkably we have to make the same statement regarding the nation of Israel, the chosen nation.

 

We Children of HaShem have neglected the instruction and counsel found in the Word of HaShem. Thus, we need to re-adjust our focus and re-learn the wisdom found therein.

 

We must give thanks to the mercy and patience of our Father.

 

Without HaShem, HaMoshiach and Torah, we are a doomed people without hope.

We need to seek the wisdom of HaShem, as found in His Torah.

 

There is no need to over complicate the Word of our Father, thus making it only for the elite and educated… His Torah is for all His children to understand.

 

The majority of our people do not have the time to spend on countless hours of study and are looking for clear, concise directions that are easily understood and adhered too.

 

It is the opinion of this author that we have overcomplicated the Word and words of HaShem. Applying so many rules and regulations of our own, we can no longer see the Wood for the Trees.

Our people are suffering from want of the simplicity easily found in the Word and words of HaShem.

 

We presently lack Godly instruction in our midst, so let us seek it out with intent and persistence. Let us change our direction and build happy, healthy and fruitful communities.

 

Ponder on the instruction, and wisdom found in these words:

 

 “My child, do not forget My Torah, and let your heart guard My commandments, for they add to your length of days and years of life and peace. Kindness and truth will not forsake you. Bind them upon your neck; inscribe them on the tablet of your heart, and you will find favour and goodly wisdom in the eyes of God and man. Trust in HASHEM with all your heart and do not rely upon your own understanding. In all your ways know Him, and He will smooth your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear HASHEM and turn away from evil.”  Proverbs 3:1-7 [AST]

 

“Professing to be wise they became fools.” Romans 1:22. [NKJV]

 

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, ‘He is the One who catches the wise in their craftiness.” 1Cor 3:19. [NKJV]

 

 

Rabbi Philip Hammond.