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(House of Study)


EMPTY LIFE SYNDROME




The Truth can be applied to both males and females in any situation -- and it will set them free -- but this letter is written specifically to single mothers who are stressed out, worn out, and feel the weight of the world on their shoulders.

Do you sometimes wonder if surely there isn’t more to life than this? You feel so empty! You wonder how can you continue like this year after year, but your children need you and you want to give them the very best life that you possibly can. So you work -- and work -- and work, going around and around on that merry-go-round that some people call “life.”

There is an answer. It will cost nothing -- and yet it may cost you a great deal in relationships that you now hold dear.

The Messiah Y’hoshua said, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword, for I have come to bring division, a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law -- and a man’s enemies are those of his own household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take up his stake and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life shall lose it, and he that has lost his life for My sake shall find it.” (Matthew 10:34-39)

The sword He brought is . . .The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of YHVH.” (Ephesians 6:17b)

It is the Word of YHVH Elohim that separates people. You cannot mix the words of YHVH with the traditions of men, for YHVH says it is an abomination. Therefore, it is quite possible, even probable, that those who choose the traditions of men over the Truth of YHVH will turn their backs on you. That is why the Messiah is telling you to count the cost, for it is not a decision to be made lightly.

Walking down the aisle and saying a simple little prayer is not what He is talking about. It is when you become brokenhearted because you know you have sinned against the Creator of the Universe -- and you repent of those sins.

But how can you repent if you do not know what sin is? The definition can be found in 1 John 3:4 (KJV), “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law (the Torah); for sin is the transgression of the law.” The Literal Translation says, “Everyone practicing sin also practices lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” Lawlessness and transgression of the law are interchangeable expressions used throughout the Scriptures to describe sin.

“Set them apart in Your Truth; Your Word (Torah) is Truth.” (John 17:17) Y’hoshua is the embodiment of the Word, and of the Truth, and the Word is the truth. Elohim sets us apart if we read the Word, the Truth, and do it! (Quoted from: Institute for Scripture Research (PTY) LTD, South Africa, Page 1041, Note f)

And what is true repentance? It is turning 180 degrees away from a life of disobedience (breaking the commands of the Torah) and returning to YHVH in a life of obedience to His Word. If we are living without the Torah (the Truth), we are living a lie!

Answers to life’s difficult questions can be found in the Torah, the Creator's instructions for having life. The instructions for life are the first five books of the Scriptures, which were written by Moses, the man YHVH spoke to face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And I will be very blunt -- this is not the pablum dished out by religious leaders, but meat that sustains real LIFE, the abundant life promised by the Messiah Y’hoshua in the Messianic Scriptures.

You most probably have never heard of the Torah, or YHVH, or Y’hoshua, or the Messianic Scriptures. Right? So, let’s begin with the Torah.

The Torah consists of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, the first five books of the pre-Messianic Scriptures (called the “Old Testament” by Christians). The feasts, sacrifices, laws and statutes in these books teach about the Messiah. This can be verified by the Messiah Y’hoshua Himself: “And He said to them, ‘O thoughtless ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the Prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Messiah to suffer these and enter into His honor?’ And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He was explaining to them in all the Scriptures the (matters) concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:25-27)

And the apostle Shaul (Paul): “. . .many came to him where he was staying, to whom he was explaining, earnestly witnessing about the reign of Elohim (the Creator), and persuading them concerning Y’hoshua from both the Torah of Moses and the Prophets, from morning until evening.” (Acts 28:23)

Philip, from Bethsaida: “And Philip finds Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found the (One of) whom Moses wrote in the Torah and the Prophets, Y’hoshua the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.’ ” (John 1:45)

Again, from the Messiah: “Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, in whom you have set your expectation. For if you believed Moses, you would have believed Me, since he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how shall you believe My words?” (John 5:45-47)

Next, who is YHVH? When you see the LORD written in the pre-Messianic Scriptures, it is a translator’s substitution for the Name of the Creator, YHVH (Hebrew letters Yud-Hay-Vav-Hay). The Name became hidden for meritorious reasons -- to protect the Name from being used improperly, or even blasphemously; but, as it happens so many times, the intentions were good but the results were disastrous!

For instance: “For it shall be, all who shall call on the Name of YHVH shall be delivered. . .” (Joel 2:32a; Acts 2:21; Romans 10:13) How can you call on the Name if you do not know what it is?

King Solomon included a very special request concerning foreigners and the Name in his prayer to YHVH at the dedication of the Temple: “Also, concerning a foreigner, who is not of Your people Israel, but has come from a far land for Your Name’s sake -- since they hear of Your great Name and Your strong hand and Your outstretched arm -- and he shall come and pray toward this House (Temple), hear in the heavens Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, so that all peoples of the earth know Your Name and fear You, as do Your people Israel, and know that this House which I have built is called by Your Name.” (1 Kings 8:41-43)

Also, the ones who meditate upon the Name of YHVH are very precious to Him. “Then shall those who fear YHVH speak to one another, and YHVH listen and hear, and a Book of Remembrance be written before Him, of those who fear YHVH, and those who think upon His Name. ‘And they shall be Mine,’ said YHVH of hosts, ‘on the day that I prepare a treasured possession. And I shall spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him. Then you shall again see the (difference) between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves Elohim and one who does not serve Him.’ ” (Malachi 3:16-18)

To fear means to have reverential awe, but how can you be in awe of someone you don’t know? And if you do not know the Father, how can you have everlasting life? For, according to the Messiah, to know YHVH Elohim is to have 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.” (John 17:3)

Then, there is the Messiah, who has been depicted as someone who came to start a new religion and do away with the Torah (instructions for having life; also called the Law). Sadly, most people believe this fabrication and are staking their eternal destiny on this falsehood which is based upon the traditions of men, not the Word of YHVH.

First of all, the Messiah’s name is not “Jesus.” It is Y’hoshua, which means, YAH IS DELIVERER. Remember Joel 2:32a/Acts 2:21/Romans 10:13? Each of these verses tells us that “all who call upon the name of YHVH shall be delivered.” And Y’hoshua said, in John 5:43, “I have come in My Father’s Name, and you do not receive Me. If another comes in his own name,him you would receive.” You can confirm this definition of the Greek word “Jesus” in The Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, which references its Hebrew origin (#3091).

Exodus 23:20-22 is speaking of Joshua (Hebrew: Y’hoshua), but also is a prophecy of the Messiah Y’hoshua: “See, I am sending a Messenger before you to guard you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. Be on guard before Him and obey His voice. Do not rebel against Him, for He is not going to pardon your transgression, for My Name is in Him. But if you diligently obey His voice and shall do all that I speak, then I shall be an enemy to your enemies and a distresser to those who distress you.”

I cannot tell you why the name Y’hoshua was translated as Joshua for the Israelite leader and Jesus for the Messiah, for they are both named Y’hoshua in Hebrew.

Further, as for doing away with the Torah, the Messiah Y’hoshua said, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to complete. For truly, I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done.” (Matthew 5:17)

He explained that He had come to accomplish what had been prophesied about His first coming, as portrayed in the Spring festivals (Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits and Shavuot); and He called upon heaven and earth as witnesses that nothing -- not the smallest letter, nor even the tiny decorations on top of certain letters -- would pass away until all prophecies have been fulfilled.

Since the sky is still above our heads and the earth is still beneath our feet, with prophecies yet to be fulfilled, the Messiah’s words tell us that the Torah is still valid and in force.

Even though the Torah is valid, it is up to the individual to make the decision whether or not to be obedient to what it says, for we were created with free will. But why would anyone willingly reject something that is perfect for restoring the soul?

In Psalm 19:7-11, King David, described by YHVH as a man after His own heart, said:

“The Torah of YHVH is perfect, restoring the soul;
The witness of YHVH is trustworthy, making wise the simple;
The statutes of YHVH are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of YHVH is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear (awe) of YHVH is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of YHVH are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward.”


Again, from King David: “Blessed (is) the man who has not walked in the counsel of the unrighteous, and has not stood in the way of sinners, and has not sat in the seat of scorners. But his delight (is) only in the Torah of YHVH, and he meditates in His Torah day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2)

And Paul, the one who Christians say did not keep the Torah, said:

Romans 7:12, “Therefore the Torah truly is set apart, and the commandment set apart and righteous and good.”
Romans 7:14a, “For we know that the Torah is Spiritual, . . .”

Did Paul truly break the commandments of YHVH, the Torah, as some say?

“So do this, what we say to you: We have four men who have taken a vow. Take them and be cleansed with them, and pay their expenses so that they shave their heads. And all shall know that all what they have been told about you is not so, but you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Torah.” (Acts 21:23-24)

Paul: “And this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the Elohim of my fathers, believing all that has been written in the Torah and the Prophets. . .” (Acts 24:14)

If Paul taught one thing but then did another, he was a hypocrite and a sinner -- and it would put him in the company of the lawless ones who are destined for destruction.

So, we have said a lot about obeying the Torah, but just what does the Torah instruct us to do?

Let’s start with the words of the Messiah Y’hoshua in Mark 12:28-34.

“And one of the scribes coming near, hearing them reasoning together, knowing that He had answered them well, asked Him, ‘Which is the foremost (most important) command of all?’ And Y’hoshua answered him, ‘The foremost of all the commands is, “Hear, O Israel, YHVH Elohanu, YHVH is one. And you shall love YHVH Elohekka with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” This is the foremost command. And the second, like it, is this, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other command greater than these.’ And the scribe said to Him, ‘Well said, Rabbi. You have spoken the truth, for there is one Elohim, and there is no other besides Him. And to love Him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the being, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the burnt sacrifices and offerings.’ And when Y’hoshua saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of Elohim.’ ”

In modern thought, love is an emotion. But how do the Scriptures define love?

1 John 5:3, “For this is the love for Elohim, that we guard His commands, and His commands are not heavy. . .”

“The one who does not love Me does not keep My Words. And the Word which you hear is not Mine but of the Father who sent Me.” (John 14:24)

We express our love for him by being obedient to His Word. Isn’t this what your child does to show his love for you. He obeys your rules. And don’t you feel blessed when your child is kind, considerate and obedient? And don’t you enjoy doing things for that obedient child to show him how dear he is to you? That is a loving relationship, the kind of relationship YHVH Elohim wants to have with us, but it is impossible to have this type of relationship if we are living our lives our way instead of His way.

And what about loving our neighbor as ourselves?

1 John 5: 2, “By this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim and guard His commands.”

When we keep the commandments of YHVH, we will treat others with the same honesty, respect and kindness we wish to receive. However, the Messiah went one step further. He said, “A renewed command I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John 13:34) He lay down His life for us; so, if we follow His example, we should be willing to lay down our lives for each other. This can mean either dying to our flesh and self-interests in order to help our brother, or actually laying down our life in a critical situation.

And who is our brother?

From the Messiah: “And while He was still talking to the crowds, see, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him. And one said to Him, ‘See, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.’ But He answering, said to the one who spoke to Him, ‘Who is My mother and who are My brothers?’ And having stretched out His hand toward His taught ones, He said, ‘See, My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the desire of My Father who is in the heavens is My brother and sister and mother.’ ” (Matthew 12:46-50)

The family members are those who recognize and call on the Name of the Messiah Y’hoshua for salvation. Y'hoshua's Name means YAH is Deliverer, because He came to deliver salvation to all who would call on His Name in repentance, and then becoming obedient (faithful) to the commands of YHVH.

And, speaking of commands, much is said and written today about the Ten Commandments (called the Ten Words in Hebrew) but what does the Torah say?. “And YHVH said to Moses, ‘write these Words, for according to the mouth of these Words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.’ And he was there with YHVH forty days and forty nights. He did not eat bread and he did not drink water. And He wrote on the tablets the Words of the covenant, the Ten Words.” (Exodus 34:27-28)

The Torah says that the Ten Words are a covenant. If the Words are a covenant, as the Torah says, can man change it? Very simply: No, he can’t! He can only break it!

Then, if YHVH commanded and set apart the seventh day as the Sabbath Day, the day He blessed, then is it not true that the people who do not set apart the seventh day (from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday) are breaking covenant with YHVH? Then there are those who meet on the first day of the week -- and call it the Sabbath? Are they not breaking the covenant of YHVH? An even better question: Were they ever committed to the covenant in the first place?

A good test would be to see if you can find any place in Scripture where YHVH cut a covenant with anyone other than the children of Israel, with the exception of the rainbow. The rainbow, of course, was given as a sign to the whole world of the promise that YHVH would not destroy the earth by water ever again. But, other than that, His covenant always was -- and still is -- with Israel.

If that is the case, how can gentiles come into the covenant?

Ruth is a good example. “But Ruth said, ‘Do not urge me to leave you, or to turn back from following after you. For wherever you go, I go; and wherever you stay, I will stay. Your people are my people, and Elohekka (your El) is Elohay (my El). Where you die, I die, and there I shall be buried. YHVH do to me, and more also, if anything but death itself parts you and me.’ ”(Ruth 1:16-17)

We can tell YHVH that we desire to become part of His people Israel -- His flock -- and that we willingly accept all the responsibilities that go with that decision. This is making a vow to YHVH, and a vow cannot be entered into lightly. It is a very serious step, and there are dire consequences if we break it, and great rewards if we keep it.

This is the same action taken by the mixed multitude in Egypt on the night of the first Passover, when the blood of the lamb was sprinkled on the lintel and doorposts of the Israelites’ houses. Those who made the decision to join with the Israelites also were protected when the death Angel passed over. Just as the Israelite’s firstborn sons didn’t die, the mixed multitude’s firstborn sons also lived and did not die, as they would have if they had not joined with the people of YHVH, and and if they had not been obedient to His instructions for preserving life that were given that first Passover night.

However, it is extremely important to note that the mixed multitude made the decision to join with the children of Israel, and become obedient, before they went through the door of protection -- the blood covering.

Another example: “And Moses took half of the blood, and he put it in basins. And he sprinkled half of the blood on the altar. And he took the Book of the Covenant, and read in the ears of the people. And they said, ‘We will do all that YHVH has spoken, and we will hear (sh’mah = hear and obey).” And Moses took the blood and sprinkled on the people, and said, ‘Behold, the blood of the Covenant which YHVH has cut with you concerning these words.’ ” (Exodus 24:6-8)

Note, too, that Ruth accepted the people of Israel before she accepted the Elohim of Israel. There is a very good reason for this sequence of events.

Redeemer is a word used only eighteen times in the King James Version of the Scriptures, according to The Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, and can be found in only five books: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah and Jeremiah. However, in the Literal Translation, it also is translated correctly as kinsman redeemer, instead of close kin, in the Book of Ruth.

What is the definition of this important word, Redeemer?

The Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Hebrew word #1350, ga-al; a primitive root, to redeem (according to the Oriental law of kinship), i.e. to be the next of kin (and as such to buy back a relative’s property, marry his widow, etc.):-

What are some of the verses in which the word Redeemer is used?

“For I know that my (kinsman) Redeemer lives, and as the Last shall rise over the dust; and after my skin has been struck off, then in my flesh I shall see Eloha, whom I myself shall see on my side, and not a stranger. . .” (Job 19:25-27a)

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing before You, O YHVH, my Rock and my (kinsman) Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

“Thus said YHVH, your (kinsman) Redeemer, the Set-apart One of Israel, ‘I am YHVH Elohekka, teaching you what is best, leading you by the way you should go.” (Isaiah 48:17)

“Thus said YHVH, Sovereign of Israel, and his (kinsman) Redeemer, YHVH of hosts, ‘I am the First and I am the Last, besides Me there is no Elohim.” (Isaiah 44:6)

“Thus said YHVH, your (kinsman) Redeemer, and He who formed you from the womb, ‘I am YHVH, doing all, stretching out the heavens all alone, spreading out the earth, with none beside Me. . .” (Isaiah 44:24)

The word kinsman has been inserted in parentheses before the word Redeemer in each of the above quoted verses, since kinsman redeemer is the literal meaning of the Hebrew word that is used. A kinsman redeemer is the next of kin, one who has the legal right of redemption. You cannot be redeemed by a stranger!

“For your Maker is your husband, YHVH of hosts is His Name, and the Set-apart One of Israel is your (kinsman) Redeemer. He is called the Elohim of all the earth.” (Isaiah 54:5)

Keeping in mind that only the kinsman redeemer has the legal right to redeem, let’s look for the answer to the question, For whom did Y’hoshua say He came?

“And He (the Messiah Y’hoshua) answering, said, ‘I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ ” (Matthew 15:24)

“The lost sheep of the house of Israel” is a key that will open many doors in the Scriptures.

YHVH caused the nation of Israel to be divided into two kingdoms as a result of the sin of King Solomon, but not until after his death. One kingdom was the house of Judah (the southern kingdom); and other was the house of Israel (the northern kingdom). This can be found in 1 Kings, Chapters 11 and 12.

Because of the lawlessness of the northern kingdom (also known as Ephraim), it was invaded and the majority of its citizens taken away into captivity. That was in 722 B.C.E., and they have never returned. They were scattered throughout the four corners of the earth and absorbed into the gentile nations, and became indistinguishable from the peoples in the countries where they settled.

But, over and over again, YHVH tells us that they will return to Him again in the End of Days. The parable of the prodigal son is a picture of Judah, the son who stayed at home, and Ephraim, the prodigal son. The ending verses of this parable, Luke 15:21-24, present a picture of the return of Ephraim (the house of Israel) to YHVH: “And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servant, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.”

Ezekiel 37 is another picture of Ephraim returning to YHVH, and also a picture of the house of Judah and the house of Israel being rejoined into one nation, never again to be divided! Look at verses 12-14: “Therefore prophesy, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus said the Master YHVH, “See, O My people, I am opening your graves (the nations where they have been “buried”), and shall bring you up from your graves, and shall bring you into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am YHVH, when I open your graves, O My people, and bring you up from your graves. And I shall put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I shall settle you in your own land. And you shall know that I YHVH have spoken, and I have done it,” declares YHVH.’ ”

“For look, I am commanding, and I shall sift the house of Israel among all the gentiles, as one sifts with a sieve, yet not a grain falls to the ground.” (Amos 9:9) YHVH knows where every single grain of DNA is to this very day! None is lost to Him!

Also, the entire Book of Hosea is about the fall and return of the house of Israel. Hosea 11:10 says, “Let them follow YHVH. Like a lion He roars. When He roars, then sons shall tremble from the west.”

In Hosea 1:4 YHVH says that He will “. . .Bring an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.”

Then, He told Hosea what to name his children, for in those names are the prophecies of what will happen to the house of Israel. “And she conceived again and bore a daughter. And He said to him, ‘Call her name Lo-Ruhamah (No Compassion) for I will not again still have compassion on the house of Israel; but I will completely take them away. And I will have compassion on the house of Judah and will save them by YHVH their Elohim. And I will not save them by bow or by sword, or by battle, by horses, or by horsemen.

“And she having weaned No Compassion, she conceived and bore a son. Then He said, ‘Call his name Lo-Ammi (Not My People), for you are not My people, and I will not be for you. Yet the number of the sons of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which is not measured nor numbered. And it shall be, in the place where it is said to them, ‘You are not My people, it shall be said to them, Sons of the Living El. And the sons of Judah and the sons of Israel shall be gathered together, and shall set over themselves one head (speaking of the Messiah). And they shall go up out of the land; for great shall be the day of Jezreel.” (Hosea 1:6-11)

Compare the preceding two paragraphs with 1 Peter 2:9-10, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a set-apart nation, a people for a possession, that you should proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light, who once were not a people, but now the people of Elohim; who had not obtained compassion, but now obtained compassion.”

To whom was Peter writing?

If you look at the definitions of the words in the salutation of Peter’s letter, it says, “To the select Israelite Believers resident in gentile countries.” Peter calls them a royal priesthood, so we have to ask: What is the duty of a priest? “For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and they seek the Torah from his mouth, for he is the messenger of YHVH of hosts.” (Malachi 2:7) Whether we have the DNA of the house of Judah or the house of Israel, or whether we have chosen to join with the children of Israel, what does the mouth of YHVH say we are supposed to do? All Believers have the same duty: The words of the Torah should be in his mouth, so that he can share the Word of YHVH with those who are searching for Truth with all their hearts.

These words are not mine, but were given to me by a friend:

When we hear His Words, we bring life into our being.

When we speak these Words, we are speaking life.

When we do these Words, we are living.

This is how we teach our children -- we live these words. That is what is meant in Proverbs 1:8b, “. . .And do not forsake the Torah of your mother . . .”

We live the words by keeping the commands of the Torah. And the commands of the Torah tell us to, “Hear (Sh’mah = hear and obey), O Israel: YHVH Elohanu, YHVH echad! And you shall love YHVH Elohekka with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your might.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5) Remember? This was Y’hoshua’s answer when asked about the most important commandment of all. (Mark 12:29-30)

Continuing in Deuteronomy 6: “And these Words which I am commanding you today shall be in your heart, and you shall impress them upon your children, and shall speak of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up, and shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (verses 6-9)

To live the Torah is to have no regrets!

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May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces.