|Isaiah 59:2"But your
iniquities have separated you from your Exceedingly Powerful One
And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will
Psalm 119:118 "You reject all who stray from your decrees, for falsehood is their deceit."
Isaiah 50:1"Thus says YHWH: 'Where is the certificate of your mother's divorce, whom I have put away? Or which of My creditors is it to whom I have sold you? For your iniquities you have sold yourselves, and for your transgressions your mother has been put away.'"
Isaiah 1:15 "So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen..."
Micah 3:4 "Then they will cry to YHWH, but He will not hear them; He will even hide His face from them at that time, because they have been evil in their deeds."
The TaNaKh reveals
that all we mere humans are guilty of sin, and since sin separates us from
Him, we have all been separated from our Creator:
|Micah 3:8 "..I am full of
power by the Spirit of YHWH, and of justice and might,
to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin."
Isaiah 64:6 "But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteous deeds are like filthy menstral rags; We all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."
1 Kings 8:46 "When they sin against You, because there is no one who does not sin, and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy..."
2 Chronicles 6:36 "When they sin against You, for there is no one who does not sin, and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy,"
Daniel 9:11 "Yes, all Israel has transgressed Your Torah, and has departed so as not to obey Your voice; therefore that curse and the oath written in the Torah of Moses the servant of Exceedingly Powerful One [Elohiym] has been poured out on us, because we have sinned against Him."
The TaNaKh shows
us we because we have sinned we are under the curse of
the Torah, and we therefore deserve the punishment of our sin, and
if we bear our sin, we shall die. It is from this curse and the eventual
punishment from it [a result of our sin] that we need
|From the Torah
Exodus 28:43".. lest they bear [nasa] iniquity[avon]and die [muwt]."
Exodus 32:34 "..in the day when I visit for punishment, I will visit punishment upon them for their sin."
Leviticus 22:9"..lest they bear [nasa']sin[chet'] for it and die [muwt]as a result..."
Leviticus 22:16 "..to bear [nasa]punishment[avon]for wrong-doing['ashmah]...'''
Numbers 18:22"...they will bear [nasa']the punishment of sin [chet']and will die [muwt]."
Deuteronomy 24:16 "...a person is to die for his own sin."
Deuteronomy 27:26 "Cursed is the one who does not perform [continue in-fulfill] all the words of this Torah, to do them. And all the people will say, Amen."
From the rest of the TaNaKh:
The TaNaKh reveals that
our own goodness and righteousness can not cover our sin or save us from
the punishment of our sins, and therefore no one in themself is righteous,
and no one is shown righteous in His eyes according to their own righteousness:
|Isaiah 64:6 "But we are
all like an unclean thing, and all our righteous deeds are like filthy
menstral rags; We all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the
wind, have taken us away."
Psalm 143:2 "...in Your sight no one living is righteous."
Ecclesiastes 7:20 "For there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and does not sin."
The TaNaKh shows us the
solution to our unrighteousness [our sin]:
|The problem in summery:
We are all cursed:
Deuteronomy 27:26 "Cursed is the one who does not perform [continue in-fulfill] all the words of this Torah, to do them.."We are all cursed because we have all sinned - none of us are righteous in ourselves:
Ecclesiastes 7:20 "..there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and does not sin."Because of our sinfulness, we have separated from our Creator:
Isaiah 59:2"But your iniquities have separated you from your Exceedingly Powerful One[Elohiym]; And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear."The curse we are under leads to an eternal death after the resurrection:
Ezekiel 18:4 "Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die."The Creator can save us from this curse, and the death of our souls:
Isaiah 59:1 "Behold!, YHWH's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear."
The good news is that His righteous Servant has borne our transgression, His Servant took the punishment we deserve upon Himself, to save us from this curse:
Joseph, son of Jacob, symbolized the Messiah, and Joseph's life was symbolic of the Messiah. This is why the sages often refered to Messiah as 'Mashiach ben Yosif,' that is, Messiah son of Joseph. Here is an example from the Torah of one place where Joseph son of Jacob is symbolic of the Messiah:
Genesis 45:7 "And the Exceedingly Powerful One [Elohiym] sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance."
This is shown by what the prophets have said of Messiah:
Isaiah 53:6 "We all like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And YHWH has laid on Him the iniquity of us all."We must must, with a humble and contrite heart, confess to our Creator that we have sinned and turn from our sins to Him, placing our trust in Him so that work of the righteous Servant can apply to us:
Turn to the Creator with a humbled heat and contrite in spirit:
Psalm 34:18"YHWH is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit."Confess to YHWH that you have sinned:
Proverbs 28:13 "He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy."Example of David confessing:
Psalm 119:118 "You reject all who stray from your decrees, for falsehood is their deceit."Recieve forgiveness and salvation from the curse through TRUST in YHWH:
Psalm 32:10"..he who trusts in YHWH, mercy shall surround him."Example of Abraham being made righteous through trust [faith] in YHWH:
Genesis 15:6 "and he trusted in YHWH, and He [YHWH] accounted it to him for righteousness."The basis for the righteousness Abraham was accounted with is based on the work of YHWH's suffering, righteous Servant, this righteous Servant satisfied the righteousness we have not lived up to, and did bear the penalty of our iniquities:
Isaiah 53:11 "He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify [make righteous] many, because He shall bear their iniquities."If you physically die before Messiah returns to bring His kingdom on earth, and the resurrection, then you will take part in the resurrection, and if you have been accounted righteous through trust in the Most HIGH by the work that Messiah did, then you will take part in the resurrection to everlasting life, and you will inherit the earth:
Daniel 12:1 "..And at that time every one of your people who is found written in the book shall be delivered, 2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting aborhance."If you have turned to Him, and entrusted Him with your life, then you can be assured you are secure in Him, because His Word is true, and He does not change:
Psalm 37:28 "For YHWH loves justice, and does not forsake His assured ones; They are preserved forever, but the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off. 29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever."Verse 29 says, 'the righteous shall inherit the land,' but we know that we can only be called righteous according to what the suffering servant has done for us and to us, and it is a righteousness that we did not earn, but that we recieved through trust, because apart from the righteousness He gives through faith, none are righteous, as it is written:
Psalm 143:2 "...in Your sight no one living is righteous."This is why the suffering Servant is called 'the righteous Servant' in Isaiah 53:11, and 'YHWH our righteousness' in Jeremiah 23:6. Because it is only by him that we can be declaired righteous, and only through trust.
If you have humbled yourself with a contrite spirit, confessed your sinfulness to Him, and placed personal trust in Him, to recieve forgiveness of your sins and salvation from the curse we have all been put under as a result of our sin, then you will be saved from the shame and everlasting contempt Daniel 12:2 speaks of, because you have been saved from the curse of your sin. Now, instead of being cursed to everlasting aborance, you will awake from the dust to everlasting life, and you shall inherit the earth, no longer separated from your Maker, but delievered by His right hand, saved by the work of 'the arm of YHWH.'
The TaNaKh is what many people incorrectly call the 'old testament.' The Ta in TaNaKh stand for Torah-the revealed instruction given through Moses, the Na in TaNaKh stands for Neviim-the prophets, and the Kh in TaNaKh stands for Ketuviim-the writings.
YHWH is the 4 letter Name of the Almighty Creator transliterated from the 4 Hebrew letters which make up His Name. In Hebrew the four letters are yod heh vau heh. Sometimes YHWH is transliterated into English as YHVH, Yahweh, Yah'ueh, or traditionally as 'Jehovah.'
The Torah, strictly speaking, refers
to the first 5 books in the TaNaKh [also
called the 'old testament']. The word Torah itself actually
means revealed instruction. For this reason the word Torah [strictly
speaking] is followed by the words "of Moshe [Moses]",
because it was through Moses that this instruction was revealed to Israel,
and through Israel, to the world. The Hebrew word Torah is often
incorrectly translated into English as 'Law,' although this word often
conveys the wrong idea. It is because of this common translation
that most Christians refer to the Torah as 'the Law' or as 'the Law of