DID YOU KNOW that we may not be as worthy as we think we are? In order to find out, the test is to check our lives against some of the lives of those in Scripture who were considered worthy, as well as checking Scriptures that highlight unworthy actions.
Luke 7:1-10, the Centurion:
1.) “And when He had completed all His Words in the ears of the people, He went into Capernaum (Kfar Nahum).
2.) “And a certain slave of a centurion, dear to him, badly having (illness), was about to expire.
3.) “And having heard about Y’hoshua, he sent elders of the Yehudi to Him, asking Him that He might come restore his slave.
4.) “And coming to Y’hoshua, they earnestly begged Him, saying, He to whom You give this is worthy (deserving).
5.) “For he loves our nation, and he built the synagogue for us.
6.) “And Y’hoshua went with them. But He being yet not far away from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, Master, do not trouble, for I am not worthy (fit) that You come under my roof.
7.) “For this reason I did not count myself worthy (deem myself fit) to come to You. But say in a word, and let my servant be cured.
8.) “For I also am a man having been set under authority, having soldiers under myself. And I say to this one, Go! And he goes. And to another, Come! And he comes. And to my slave, Do this! And he does (it).
9.) “And hearing these things, Y’hoshua marveled at him. And turning to the crowd following Him, He said, I say to you, I did not find such faith (trust) in Israel.
10.) “And those sent, returning to the house, found the sick slave well.”
First of all, the centurion loved Y’hoshua’s people. Remember, too, the example of Ruth, who said, “Your people, my people. Your Elohim, my Elohim.” Each person must ask himself or herself this question: Can I honestly join with Ruth in saying that Y’hoshua’s family is my family and His Father (YHVH) is my Father?”
The centurion was humble and did not try to exalt himself. Isn’t this exactly what the Messiah was teaching in His parable found in Luke 14:7-11? “And He spoke a parable to those who had been invited, noting how they were choosing out the chief seats, saying to them, When you are invited by anyone to wedding feasts, do not recline at the chief seat lest (one) more honorable (than) you be invited by him, and coming, he who invited you will say to you, Give this one place. And then you begin with shame to take the last place. But when you are invited, going in, recline at the last place, so that when he who has invited you may come, he may say to you, Friend, go up higher. Then glory will be to you before those reclining with you. For everyone exalting himself will be humbled, and the one humbling himself will be exalted.” Ref. Proverbs 25:6-7
Again, we must ask ourselves a question: Which of these attitudes do I exhibit?
Also, in Mark 9:33b-35, the Messiah taught the same lesson to His disciples, saying. “What were you disputing to yourselves in the way? And they were silent, for they argued with one another in the way (about) who was greater. And sitting, He called the Twelve and said to them, If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”
“For not the one commending himself is the one approved, but whom YHVH commends.”
2 Corinthians 10:19
Still, there are many times that someone may feel superior to another. An example of this attitude can be found in Luke 7:36-50, the Pharisee and the sinful woman:
36.) “And a certain one of the Pharisees asked Him (Y’hoshua) that He eat with him. And going into the Pharisee’s house, He reclined.
37.) “And, behold, a woman who was a sinner in the city, knowing that He had reclined in the Pharisee’s house, taking an alabaster vial of ointment,
38.) “and standing at His feet, weeping behind (Him), she began to wet His feet with tears. And she was wiping with the hairs of her head. And she ardently kissed His feet and was anointing them with the ointment.
39.) “But seeing, the Pharisee who invited Him spoke within himself, saying, This one, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what the woman who touched him is, for she is a sinner.
40.) “And answering, Y’hoshua said to the man, Simon, I have a thing to say to you. And he said, Teacher, speak.
41.) “There were two debtors to a certain creditor: the one owed five hundred denarii and the other fifty.
42.) “But they not having a thing to pay, he freely forgave both. Then which of them do you say will love him most?
43.) “And answering, Simon said, I suppose the one to whom he freely forgave the most. And He said to him, You have judged rightly.
44.) “ And turning to the woman, He said to Simon, Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give water for My feet, but she washed My feet with tears and wiped off with the hairs of her head. ,br>
45.) “You gave Me no kiss, but she from when I entered did not stop fervently kissing My feet. ,br>
46.) “You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with ointment.
47.) “ For this reason I say to you, Her many sins are remitted, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, he loves little.
48.) “ And He said to her, Your sins are forgiven. ,br>
49.) “And those reclining with (Him) began to say within themselves, Who is this who even forgives sins? ,br>
50.) “ But He said to the woman, Your faith (trust) has saved you. Go in peace (shalom).”
People are usually very lenient toward their own sins, but unforgiving and self-righteous toward others; just as the chief priests and elders in the temple, as recorded in Matthew 21:31b-32, were not strongly convicted of theirs, for the Messiah told them, “ . . . Truly I say to you, The tax collectors and the harlots go before you into the kingdom of Elohim. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him. But the tax-collectors and the harlots believed him. And having seen, you did not repent afterwards to believe him.”
Again, in Matthew 9:9-13, “And passing from there, Y’hoshua saw a man named Matthew sitting in the tax office. And (He) said to him, Follow Me. And rising up, he followed Him. And it happened as He reclined in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners having come, (these) were reclining with Y’hoshua and His disciples. And seeing, the Pharisees said to His disciples, Why does your teacher eat with tax-collectors and sinners? But Y’hoshua hearing, He said to them, The ones being strong have no need of a healer, but the ones badly having (illness). But going, learn what (this is), ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call righteous (ones), but sinners to repentance.” Ref. Hosea 6:6
How we look at sinners is very telling about what is really inside our hearts. Do we look at them through the eyes of the Pharisees or through the eyes of the Messiah? The Pharisees were satisfied with passing judgment, but the desire of the Messiah was for them to receive the salvation He came to deliver.
“I say to you that there will be more joy in Heaven over one sinner repenting, than over ninety-nine righteous ones who have no need of repentance.” Luke 15:7
According to verse 22 of Jude, shouldn’t our goal be the same? “And truly pity some (show compassion to some), making a distinction. But save others with fear, snatching (them) out of the fire, hating even the garment having been stained from their flesh.”
Doesn’t this mean that we should be willing to do our very best to bring each and every one of them into the Life that can only be found in the Word, both the written Word and the Word made flesh? That Light is the only thing that will dispel the darkness found in the false doctrines that are so prevalent in the world today.
Remember that all sins are only symptoms, but the illness is the lack of the Torah in our lives. It is futile to keep fighting symptoms without trying to cure the source of the problems. Isn’t that what we are doing when we concentrate on giving them the consequence of their sins when they have no knowledge what sin is? After all, such tactics are more likely to push them away from the Truth and into the Lake of Fire, rather than pulling them out, for isn’t it impossible to fully repent of sin when you do not know what sin is?
Additionally, if we condemn sinners, how do we know that one of them might not receive salvation within the hour? If so, condemnation would have been heaped upon the head of the one being protected by the ministering spirits sent by YHVH Himself, because He knows the very second a person will receive salvation. According to Hebrews 1:14, He makes sure they reach that day: “Are they (angels) not all ministering spirits for service, being sent out because of the (ones) being about to inherit salvation?”
Also, it is wise to remember that if we are not faithfully walking in the course of life given by YHVH in the Torah, then our witness of the truth will be destroyed, for how can anyone believe us if we aren’t walking in obedience? Sh’mah: Hear with understanding and obey!
According to this warning from the Messiah, in Luke 21:36, we must be ever vigilant: “Then be watchful at every time, begging that you be counted worthy (deemed deserving) to escape all these things, the things being about to happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Dying to self is a very difficult thing to do! But to follow the Messiah’s instructions, in Matthew 5:44-48, we must make it a daily exercise. “ . . . I say to you, Love your enemies, bless those cursing you, do well to those hating you; and pray for those abusing and persecuting you, so that you may become sons of your Father in Heaven. Because He causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and unjust. For if you love those loving you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same? And if you only greet your brothers, what exceptional (thing) do you do? Do not the tax-collectors do so? Therefore, you be perfect (complete) even as your Father in Heaven is perfect (complete).”
In the confusion that reigns in the absence of truth, sinners (covenantbreakers) are confronting other sinners (also covenantbreakers) about their sins? Why? One reason is that they may recognize some actions as sins, but they have no idea what sin really is according to Scripture, for 1 John 3:4 is very unfamiliar to most people. It says, “Whoever committeth sin transgresseth also the Law (the Torah), for sin is the transgression of the Law (KJV).” Another that they have not heeded is Colossians 2:8, “Watch that there not be one robbing you through philosophy (love of wisdom) and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to the Messiah.”
What did the Messiah give them? Look at John 6:65b-68, “ . . . no one is able to come to Me except it is given to him from My Father. From this time many of His disciples went away into the things behind (returned to the world), and no longer walked with Him. Therefore, Y’hoshua said to the Twelve: Do you also wish to go? Then Simon Peter answered Him, Master, to whom shall we go? You have the Words of everlasting life.”
He spoke to them the Words of everlasting life, so what Words did He speak to them? The answer can be found in John 12:44-50, “But Y’hoshua cried out and said, The (one) believing into Me does not believe into Me, but into the (One) sending Me. I have come a Light to the world, that everyone who believes into Me may not remain in the darkness. And if anyone hears My Words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come that I might judge the world, but that I might save the world. The (one) who rejects Me and does not receive My Words has that judging him; the Word which I spoke, that will judge him in the Last Day. For I did not speak from Myself, but He who sent Me, the Father, He has given Me command, what I should say, and what I should speak. I know that His command is everlasting life. Then what things I speak, as the Father has said to Me, so I speak.”
Additional words about everlasting life can be found in John 17:1-3. “Y’hoshua spoke these things and lifted up His eyes to Heaven, and said, Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may also glorify You, as You gave to Him authority over all flesh, so that to all which You gave to Him, He may give to them everlasting life. And this is everlasting life, that they may know You, the only true Elohim, and Y’hoshua the Messiah, whom You have sent.”
Mark 12:29-33, “ . . . The foremost of all the commandments is: “Hear (S’h’mah), Israel. YHVH Elohanu is one YHVH, and you shall love YHVH Elohekka with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind, ‘and with all your strength. This is the foremost commandment. (Deut. 6:4-5), And the second is like this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is not another commandment greater than these. (Lev, 19:18.) And the scribe said to Him, You say well, Rabbi. You have spoken according to truth, that YHVH is one (Deut. 6:4-5), and there is no other besides Him: (Deut. 4:35), and to love Him from all the heart, and from all the understanding, and from all the soul, and from all the strength (Deut. 6:4-5); and to love one’s neighbor as yourself (Lev. 19:18) is more than all the burnt offerings and the sacrifices.”
How do we love YHVH with our whole being? We study His Word diligently in order to grow in understanding and the ability to live it. Our obedience is our love.
And how do we love our neighbors as ourselves?
John 15:12-13, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I loved you. Greater love than this has no one, that anyone should lay down his soul for his friends.”
Matthew 7:1-3, “Do not judge, that you may not be judged; for with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured again to you.”
Matthew 7:12, “Therefore, all things, whatever you desire that men should do to you, so also you should do to them; for this is the Law (the Torah) and the Prophets.”
If we desire to be considered worthy (deserving), we have been given the pattern, but it is up to us to follow these instructions in faithfulness.
Something to ponder: Have you ever thought about how privileged we are to have available to us the same Living Word, the Torah, the utterance by the breath of YHVH Himself, which was given to Moses on the mountain?
The TANAKH, Genesis through Malachi, is the voice of YHVH, and studying His Word is how we get to know the Father and the Messiah – and that they are One.
When you have the foundation of the Torah, then you can read the newer writings with understanding, because they are the accounting of prophesies fulfilled and confirmation of things yet to come.
But you cannot read them with understanding if you are not firmly grounded in the foundation of the Torah, for the Messiah said, “Everyone coming to Me and hearing My Words, and doing them, I will show you to whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug and deepened, and laid a foundation on the rock. And a flood having occurred, the stream burst against that house and could not shake it, for it had been founded on the rock. But he who heard and did not perform, he is like a man having built (his) house on the earth without a foundation, on which the stream burst, and it immediately fell; and the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:47-49
Again, the Words the Messiah spoke were the Words of the Father – the Words He lived faithfully.
Worthy is the one who obeys, doing righteousness: “Little children, let no one lead you astray; the (one) doing righteousness is righteous, even as that One is righteous.” 1 John 3:7 (Ref. Deuteronomy 6:25)