We know that Yeshua died to take the curse of our sins upon Him. However, as Yeshua always said “go and sin no more”. Yeshua paid for our sins and once we accept this gift we cannot keep making Him pay by deliberately continuing to sin. What is sin? Sin is to disobey Yahuah’s Torah (1 Joh 3:4).
Let us look at the blessing and curses which Yahuah can bring upon us due to deliberately disobeying His Torah and see if we can see these things in our own lives.
1 ‘Do not make idols for yourselves, and do not set up a carved image or a pillar for yourselves, and do not place a stone image in your land, to bow down to it. For I am יהוה your Elohim.
2 ‘Guard My Sabbaths and reverence My set-apart place. I am יהוה.
It always seem to start with Yahuah’s Sabbaths. We will discuss the importance of His Sabbath in another post. First we find the blessings.
BLESSINGS WHEN OBEYING TORAH:
3 ‘If you walk in My laws and guard My commands, and shall do them,
4 then I shall give you rain in its season, and the land shall yield its crops, and the trees of the field yield their fruit.
5 ‘And your threshing shall last till the time of the grape harvest, and the grape harvest shall last till the time of sowing. And you shall eat your bread until you have enough, and shall dwell in your land safely.
6 ‘And I shall give peace in the land, and you shall lie down and no one make you afraid. And I shall clear the land of evil beasts, and not let the sword go through your land.
7 ‘And you shall pursue your enemies, and they shall fall by the sword before you.
8 ‘And five of you shall pursue a hundred, and a hundred of you pursue ten thousand. And your enemies shall fall by the sword before you.
9 ‘And I shall turn to you and make you fruitful, and shall increase you, and shall establish My covenant with you.
10 ‘And you shall eat the old supply, and clear out the old because of the new.
11 ‘And I shall set My Dwelling Place in your midst, and My being shall not reject you.
12 ‘And I shall walk in your midst, and shall be your Elohim, and you shall be My people.
13 ‘I am יהוה your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, from being their slaves. And I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk upright.
CURSES WHEN DISOBEYING TORAH:
14 ‘But if you do not obey Me, and do not do all these commands,
15 and if you reject My laws, or if your being loathes My right-rulings, so that you do not do all My commands, but break My covenant,
16 I also do this to you: And I shall appoint sudden alarm over you, wasting disease and inflammation, destroying the eyes, and consuming the life. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
17 ‘And I shall set My face against you, and you shall be smitten before your enemies. And those who hate you shall rule over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you.
18 ‘And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I shall punish you seven times more for your sins.
19 ‘And I shall break the pride of your power, and shall make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze.
20 ‘And your strength shall be spent in vain and your land not yield its crops, nor the trees of the land yield their fruit.
21 ‘And if you walk contrary to Me, and refuse to obey Me, I shall bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins,
22 and send wild beasts among you, which shall bereave you of your children. And I shall cut off your livestock, and make you few in number, and your highways shall be deserted.
23 ‘And if you are not instructed by Me by these, but walk contrary to Me,
24 then I also shall walk contrary to you, and I Myself shall strike you seven times for your sins.
25 ‘And I shall bring against you a sword executing the vengeance of My covenant, and you shall gather together in your cities, and I shall send pestilence among you, and you shall be given into the hand of the enemy.
26 ‘When I have cut off your supply of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall bring back to you your bread by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied.
27 ‘And if in spite of this, you do not obey Me, but walk contrary to Me,
28 then I shall walk contrary to you in wrath. And I Myself shall punish you seven times for your sins.
29 ‘And you shall eat the flesh of your sons, and eat the flesh of your daughters.
30 ‘And I shall destroy your high places, and cut down your sun-pillars, and put your carcasses on the carcasses of your idols. And My being shall loathe you.
31 ‘And I shall turn your cities into ruins and lay your set-apart places waste, and not smell your sweet fragrances.
32 ‘And I shall lay the land waste, and your enemies who dwell in it shall be astonished at it.
33 ‘And I shall scatter you among the nations and draw out a sword after you. And your land shall be desert and your cities ruins,
34 and the land enjoy its Sabbaths as long as it lies waste and you are in your enemies’ land. Then the land would rest and enjoy its Sabbaths.
35 ‘As long as it lies waste it rests, for the time it did not rest on your Sabbaths when you dwelt in it.
36 ‘And as for those of you who are left, I shall send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies, and the sound of a shaken leaf shall cause them to flee. And they shall flee as though retreating from a sword, and they shall fall when no one pursues.
37 ‘And they shall stumble over one another, as from before a sword, when no one pursues. And you shall be unable to stand before your enemies.
38 ‘And you shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up,
39 and those of you who are left rot away in their crookedness in your enemies’ lands, and also in their fathers’ crookednesses rot away with them.
MERCY IN REPENTANCE:
40 ‘But if they confess their crookedness and the crookedness of their fathers, with their trespass in which they trespassed against Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me,
41 and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies – if their uncircumcised heart is then humbled, and they accept the punishment of their crookedness,
42 then I shall remember My covenant with Yaʽaqoḇ, and also My covenant with Yitsḥaq, and also remember My covenant with Aḇraham, and remember the land.
43 ‘For the land was abandoned by them, and enjoying its Sabbaths while lying waste without them, and they were paying for their crookedness, because they rejected My right-rulings and because their being loathed My laws.
44 ‘And yet for all this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I shall not reject them, nor shall I loathe them so as to destroy them and break My covenant with them. For I am יהוה their Elohim.
45 ‘Then I shall remember for their sake the covenant of the ancestors whom I brought out of the land of Mitsrayim before the eyes of the nations to be their Elohim. I am יהוה.’ ”
46 These are the laws and the right-rulings and the Torot which יהוה made between Himself and the children of Yisra’ĕl on Mount Sinai by the hand of Mosheh.
Let us look around us and see for ourselves what the witnesses against us are saying. Are we disobeying Torah? Do we experience Yahuah’s judgements or blessings? Or have we become so stubborn that we experience Yahuah’s wrath? Yeshua’s blood pays for the penalty of our sins but it does not give us a free pass to do as we see fit. Maybe it is time to humble ourselves before Yahuah and start learning how He wants us to obey and worship Him. Not “my way” but His way.
May Yeshua have mercy on us and show us the way.