DID YOU KNOW that some Christian leaders apparently have no fear of the Almighty?
Just this morning I heard one claim the first three verses of Psalm 103 for those listening to his TV program; but, in context, the key to these verses can be found in verses seven, seventeen and eighteen: 7) "He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel." 17-18) "But the mercy of YHVH is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him. And His righteousness to children's children, to such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them."
Have they no shame? They say the Torah, which they call the Law, has been abolished, so they do not have to keep it; but they do not hesitate to claim the blessings that are promised to those who are obedient and keep its commands.
One of those commandments says, "You shall not steal." Is it not stealing to try to take for yourself something that belongs to someone else?
Also, since the first sentence in this article mentions fear, let me quote additional verses in Psalm 103 on fear: 11) "For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; . . ." And, "As a father pities his children, so YHVH pities those who fear Him."
And look at Matthew 10:28, where the Messiah said, "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
The Scriptures were not written cafeteria style -- you simply cannot pick and choose what you want to accept and reject! However, there appears to be a trend to make Elohim (the Creator) into whatever each person wants Him to be -- that He is just there to "love" you and bless you, but nothing much is required of you. Where is the reverence, the awe and the fear of Him?
And where is the love of Truth? The Word (the Scriptures; the Torah) is Truth (Psalm 119:142b), so why do mortals, who were originally created from dust, believe they can override the Word of the One who created them?
They can't! To receive His blessings, we are required to keep His Word.
"Yet to such a one I look: on him who is poor and bruised of spirit, and who tembles at My Word." [Isaiah 66:2b] And, "Hear (sh'mah = hear and obey) the Word of YHVH, you who tremble at His Word . . ." [Isaiah 66:5a]