the Holy One
THE LAW KEEPERS
HOW DOES ONE RETURN TO THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL?
Once many years ago, an elder Israelite man told me that the time would come when we would spend much of our time praying to the Lord. Although I believed in my GOD and feared HIM (though not as much as I should have at the time), I couldn’t imagine what he could have been talking about or what could possibly have me doing so much praying. I can’t tell you what this man’s name is nor do I think I knew it at the time, but I never forgot his words. Over the years, especially these days, I have thought about them quite often, as we need our GOD now, more than ever.
Since then, and as the years have passed, I have been praying more and more to the Holy ONE. On a regular basis, I pray four times a day. Since my arrival in Jordan, I pray and talk to my GOD constantly. Am I sharing this information for others to emulate the number of times I pray to the Holy ONE? Does this make me any better than anyone else? To both questions, the answer is no, not at all. This is my means of reaching and returning to the Most High GOD, and I probably lag behind many in meeting this objective. Just the idea that I might find favor with my GOD and the notion that my prayers might help me to return to the Holy ONE is why I pray as often as I do. My prayers keep me from losing hope and serve as a means of communicating my love for my GOD and my heart’s desires to HIM, as well. My prayers make my GOD know that I am hoping and trusting in HIS Mercy and needing HIM for strength and for many, many other reasons.
There is no satisfaction or fulfillment in being an Israelite and not being able to seek counsel from our GOD through prayer. There would be no purpose in having a GOD if we could not endure a divine relationship. With the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, we are assured HIS guidance, direction, and protection.
HIS SPECIAL POSSESSION
In addition to being HIS Chosen People and bearing a most honorable identity and heritage, we are also an outstanding people because of our Laws, Precepts, and Ordinances that sustain us a Holy People. This premise stems from the Covenant our GOD made with our Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Israel to be our GOD and we HIS People.
“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
“And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly;
“And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, “As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
“Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.” Genesis 17:1-5.
There are many Israelites, but too few know the GOD of Israel to fear HIM to do HIS Will in order to return to HIM. Some of us are chosen by GOD from the womb. Some of us find HIM along the way by whatever means and are ecstatic when we do. Unfortunately, for many, the real excitement stops there. We find our true identity, assume ourselves to be “somebody” but forget about what establishes a solid connection to our GOD.
“And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” Exodus 20:6
“Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.
“If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;
“Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
“And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.
“And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.” Leviticus 26:3-6 (AND THE LIST GOES ON…)
What’s important is that when we find out the Truth about our identity and heritage, we should also make efforts to reach out to our GOD and to learn what’s necessary to hold fast to HIM in order to obtain all the legacy that HE has established for us. It’s a fact; too many of us are quite satisfied with being Israelites in exile or even in the land but aren’t doing what’s necessary to return to the Holy ONE of Israel in order for HIM to complete HIS promises.
One thing is for sure, we can delude ourselves, but we cannot delude our GOD. HE looks beyond the Hebrew garb, the fringe, the eloquent and articulate presentations, and the fluent knowledge of Hebrew. HE looks at the heart from where our actions and our prayers are produced and can quickly determine who is worthy and sincere, and who seeks to follow HIM in Truth.
“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” I Samuel 16:7
Some of us want so badly for the Holy ONE to be a part of our lives, but we aren’t quite sure exactly how to reach the Most High GOD of Hosts.
“But if from thence (among the nations) thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. (Parentheses are mine.)
“When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
“(For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.” Deuteronomy 29-31.
One thing we know for sure, making our GOD a part of our lives involves obeying HIS Laws, fearing HIM, loving HIM, and seeking HIM to please HIM with our whole heart in sincerity according to what HE requires of us (Deuteronomy 10:12). And once we reach this stage, HE will be found of us to guide us further to know HIM. And O’ what a blessing it is to be able to trust in HIM and see the fruits of believing in the Most High GOD of Israel!
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deuteronomy 6:4,5.
LIVING FOR THE GOD OF ISRAEL
I am but a very small servant of YIHOVAH, seeking HIS favor and HIS Mercy to be saved out of “Jacob’s Troubles” and to live to Praise and Glory HIM in righteousness. I want the Holy ONE to know that I am ready to live for HIM and to do HIS Will for HIS Praise and for HIS Holy Name’s Sake. I choose to follow after the Most High GOD of Hosts to cleave to HIM with my whole heart and soul and to keep HIS Laws, Statutes, and Judgments with all the energies I can muster up. My desire is to HIM, and I want to see what all HE has prepared for the Nation of Israel, HIS Chosen People.
“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.” Isaiah 64:4.
“The Lord said, Verily it shall be well with thy remnant; verily I will cause the enemy to entreat thee well in the time of evil and in the time of affliction.” Jeremiah 15:11.
Please don’t think for one moment that our devotion to the Holy ONE of Israel inhibits our lifestyle. I don’t hardly live like a nun, nor does my GOD want us to. But because we believe in HIM and because we seek to follow HIM in righteousness, HE wants us to enjoy life and be happy and rejoice, but under HIS Law and in righteousness. That’s the only stipulation.
Please know that our total belief in the Creator of this Universe only enhances our lives. When we keep GOD’s Law, we obtain blessings aplenty, wisdom and understanding, learn how to love and enjoy HIM and love and treat each other. Then and only then are we able to return to our GOD and find comfort in worshipping and serving HIM. What’s more important than having our GOD to depend upon and know that HE is there for us if we do HIS Will?! This is what returning to the GOD of Israel is all about.
We have been such a rebellious people to our GOD and for so many years, centuries, and millennia that this time, when we are accepted by our GOD, we will be worthy, and we will prove ourselves deserving to be numbered among GOD’s Righteous Remnant.
“The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for thy shall feed and lie down, and no one shall make them afraid.” Zephaniah 3:13.
A HEARER OF PRAYERS
Many times we think the Holy ONE does not hear our prayers, as HE seems so absolutely silent to our requests. Let us not despair. We have no choice but to be strong in our knowledge of GOD’s Truth, as HE is all we’ve got. Know that as surely as we exist, HE is there, waiting, watching, and recording in HIS “Book.” If we are sincere, the Holy ONE of Israel responds and is right on time. That is when we know that HE has heard our prayers.
Does this mean go out and play the lottery and pray to win big? Not at all. Been there and did that! The Most High rewards us HIS Way and according to what’s best for us at the time. HE sees much farther than we do and knows volumes more than what we can ever imagine. The bottom line is that we must be genuine and caring Israelites who desire to maintain GOD’s Laws. Our rewards will manifest at the appropriate time.
SEEKING HIS BLESSINGS
Another item of virtue we must learn is patience and learn to await the blessings the Most High will bestow upon us as a Nation. Think about it. If we were given our blessings at this present time, they would be taken up in one tax basket or another or quickly usurped by the Gentile World System.
“Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.” Psalm 37:34.
“And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the Lord their God.” Ezekiel 28:26.
My constant prayer is that the Holy ONE will be with us to lead and guide us with HIS arm around us and teach us to keep HIS Laws in righteousness. Our fear of our GOD to obey HIS Voice will enable us to find favor with HIM. But we must be sincere as we seek to follow HIM or otherwise, our way will not be prospered, and HE will let us know it.
HIS LAW IS FOREVER
We have wronged our GOD, the Creator of the Universe, the GOD that made and established us HIS Chosen People. We have committed the worst Sins man can do against his GOD. We have not only sinned against our GOD, but we have forsaken HIM for that which is not god and have disobeyed HIM since the establishment of the Covenant made with our forefathers unto this day. And whether those of us living today return to HIM or not, GOD’s Holy Laws will serve their purpose. HE won’t change them, and there will eventually be a people of Israel to worship HIM and do HIS Will. We cannot forget that GOD’s Laws were created for these reasons: to make us a holy people unto our GOD, to show the World that our GOD is the True and Living God, and to prove that there is none other.
SHOWING FORTH HIS PRAISE
Please understand that no matter how knowledgeable one is about GOD’s Truth, seeking the Holy ONE in earnest to return to HIM is something NO ONE can teach us. This is something we must yearn and long for with all our hearts and accomplish on our own by accepting and doing GOD’s Will and getting our hearts in order. And it’s obtained through sincerity - without deluding ourselves and without playing games with the Holy ONE. This desire and need to return to the Most High GOD must come from within – from deep down in our soul and with much supplication and prayer. Remember, the Holy ONE looks within; man can’t.
The sooner those of us who have journeyed home return to the Holy ONE of Israel, the sooner we will be established as GOD’s Righteous Remnant for HIS Praise and Glory (Psalm 102:18).
Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honorable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
“Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” Isaiah 43:4-7.
“This people have I formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise.” Isaiah 43:21.
Since we know for a fact that the Holy ONE of Israel is to recover a Righteous Remnant, let us prepare to be this people. Let us be knowledgeable of what our GOD requires of us being HIS Chosen People and of HIS most wonderful plans to restore us to our heritage. We have no time to waste. Our purpose for being here today is to prepare to return to the Creator of this Universe with our whole hearts.
A HOLY PEOPLE
The Most High GOD of Israel has been quite merciful to us. And I pray that we take advantage of HIS everlasting love while we can and before it is to late. Read our Divine Law. This is an original work by the All-Mighty GOD – our GOD and HE made it especially for us so that we would be a Holy People unto HIM. This is our gold mine/lottery, and the one thing that we should covet and abide by in order for us to return to our GOD and find favor with HIM.
“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.
“And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
“Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
“And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do then; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:
“That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.
”I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.” Numbers 15:37-41.
“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
“For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
“Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
“So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
”Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:1-5.
Also read GOD’s Word that HE had HIS Prophets to write for the benefit of those of us living today. Allow the Most High to enlighten us and direct our paths.
GROWING IN KNOWLEDGE
Within these Scriptures, we learn of HIS dealings with our forefathers. We learn of their gross sins against our GOD and other wrongs. We also learn about HIS Love for and HIS Blessings upon the Children of Israel. We learn about how Israel communed with each other and with the surrounding Nations. With these Scriptures, we are greatly informed of their customs at that day and time, their dealings with the Levites the Priests and GOD’s Prophets, and many, many other issues of great value to us. Hence, this information has been made available to us for our greater understanding of our GOD, HIS Laws, and all that went terribly wrong with our forefathers and their breaking of HIS Righteous Covenant. Therefore, let us read whole chapters, discuss, and share our knowledge. These Scriptures, Halleluyah, helped to sustain me my first few very trying weeks here in Jordan, and I continue to use them for inspiration and as a most valuable resource.
Again, I share with you what is in my heart and for the Praise and Glory of our GOD, the Most High GOD of Hosts. And I look forward to meeting with you so that we can prepare to worship and serve our GOD with “One Consent” and follow the “Old Paths” according to HIS direction and guidance. And at these meetings, let us rejoice together for GOD’s tender Mercies toward us.
“For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent.” Zephaniah 3:9.
“Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls…” Jeremiah 6:16.
“Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely:
“And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:
“And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:
”And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.
“Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.
For thus saith the Lord; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.” Jeremiah 32:37-42.
This is for what I await for all of us, my Brothers and Sisters. Let us make it happen. If our GOD is our guide, we cannot fail. Please, let us come together as soon as possible to go about returning to the GOD of Israel for our redemption and for HIS Sanctification for HIS Holy Name’s Sake.
ALL PRAISES AND GLORY DUE TO THE MOST HIGH GOD OF ISRAEL!
Servant of the GOD of Israel / In HIS Name, all things are possible!