DID YOU KNOW that, in order to discover what Yahweh hates and what He loves, we must study the examples in His Word.
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For instance, let’s look carefully at Esau, the firstborn of Isaac and Rebekah, starting in Genesis 25:34b, “ . . .And Esau despised his birthright.” Keep in mind that the birthright comes in two parts, not only a double portion of property but also leadership as the spiritual head of the household. Esau sold his birthright to Jacob, but Jacob never received property, for his interest was in becoming the spiritual head of the household.
And how did Yahweh look at the choices of these two men?
Malachi 1:2b and 3a, “ . . .Yet Yahweh declared, I loved Jacob, and Esau I have hated . . .” Romans 9:13 gives the same information.
Hebrews 12:16-17, “that any fornicator, or profane one, as Esau, who for one feeding gave up his birthright, for you know also that afterwards desiring to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place of repentance, although seeking it out with tears.”
Without repentance, one will never enter into eternal life, but only with repentance, as given in Luke 15:7, “I say to you that so is joy in Heaven over one sinner repenting, than over ninety and nine righteous ones.”
Again, in 2 Corinthians 7:9, we are told that, “Yahweh of the promise is not slow, as some deem slowness, but is long-suffering toward us, not having purposed any to perish, but all to come to repentance.”
With all of the above words fresh in our minds, let’s consider Sodom and Gomorrah.
Even though it is well established by Scripture that homosexual sin was the cause of Sodom and Gomorrah’s destruction, let’s look at some areas that may not have been explored.
What if one man had suddenly realized the depth of the sin that was being committed, and realized that he no longer wanted to be a part of it. If, at that point, he had repented and wanted to change – and called out to Lot to please allow him to go with him and serve his El, would Yahweh have forgiven him, or would He have said that it was too late, and the man must be destroyed for his previous sin?
Would Luke 15:7 have not applied in his case? Is there any sin that cannot be forgiven if one becomes truly repentant?
Perhaps at this point it would be wise to remember that He forgave us of all our sins, so are we more deserving than someone who happens to have committed a sin that many find more reprehensible than their sins?
Let’s look at a very simple sin: the person who says, “ I will NOT give up my shrimp!” Is any sin worse than another, or is it true that if you break one commandment, you have broken them all? Yahweh says that we must not eat shellfish, so the deliberate refusal to obey Yahweh is what constitutes this person’s sin. If this person does not repent, will he be treated differently from the men of Sodom and Gomorrah, or will his unrepentance also send him to the Lake of Fire with everyone else who refuses to obey?
It is very simple: Yahweh must be first in our lives, and anything we place above Him, even a shrimp, will be our El -- not Him.
Exodus 20:3, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” This admonition was repeated in Deuteronomy 5:7.
From a different perspective, what if some people who commit this particular sin happen to have some DNA from one of the lost tribes of the House of Israel?
In Matthew 15:24, didn’t Yhoshua say, “. . .I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Also, in Åcts 5:31, “This One Elohim has exalted a Prince and a Deliverer to His right (hand), to give to Israel repentance and remission of sins.”
Did Yahweh say that the above statement is true for everyone except those who commit this particular sexual sin?
Would you feel comfortable condemning someone whom Yahweh may be calling to repentance? Someone for whom many people may be praying?
After all, isn’t our main job to be working diligently to clean up our own lives? Aren’t we told in Luke 21:36, “Then be watchful at every time, begging that you will be counted worthy (deemed entirely deserving) to escape all these things, the things being about to happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
If we concentrate on getting ourselves cleaned up, His Light will shine through us, and some of those without Light will be drawn to the Light that is within us. That is how we can be most effective in bringing the Truth of the Scriptures to others.
This brings us back to the question, what does Yahweh hate? Like Esau, He hates those who are too stubborn to repent of their sins.
And, like King David, He loves those who are obedient, as He said in 1 Kings 15:5, “For David did that which is right in the eyes of Yahweh, and did not turn aside from all that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.”
There are many who speak despairingly of David, but Yahweh loved him. He forgave him of murdering Uriah and taking Bathsheba as his wife, but David’s repentance brought Yahweh’s forgiveness – and he was faithful all the rest of his life. Can we say that about ourselves? Do we always do that which is right in the eyes of Yahweh?
Also remember, no matter how black the sin, whether our own or that of another, it can be forgiven through repentance and obedience to Yahweh’s Torah, the covenant established forever in the blood of the Messiah Y’hoshua.