LEST I DO NOT OBEY THE LORD
by Ethel C Pechman
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I have been praying for the peace of Israel; I have many concerns for its future, and I also have concerns for all Jews
I study the Old Testament as well as the New Testament and I have found our Old Testament is exactly like theirs with the exception of some of the sequence of the books. I have a Hebraic Bible; that is, the Hebrew words are written beside the English words. Scholars have carefully studied the scriptures and have had their Bible printed in Tel Aviv, Israel by the “Sinai” Publishers.
I believe the Jewish Bible is known as the Torah, and Tenach. I do not know the scriptures they cover, whether they are the Hebraic Bible I have, or whether they are shortened versions of God’s Word. Many religions have their own interpretations and produce a shortened version, or study book teaching their religions, and I think that might be true with the Torah or the Tenach.
Another point I would like to make is that all gentiles are not Christians. Most of them think the Bible is a good book and they feel they should read it some day. Maybe that is true of the Jews in relation to their book also. Most gentiles know nothing of God’s Word and want nothing to do with it.
Perhaps both gentiles and Jews have been indoctrinated with what their parents believe, and they, in turn, believe that is the path they should follow. They do not understand that it is important for them to seek for themselves what God wants them to know. God has given us a path to follow and we need to find it. The best way to find it is to read God’s Word. I would like to know if the Scriptures are read in the Jewish Synagogue.
Why am I saying this? It is because I want to talk about the Scriptures and what they reveal. The Gentile believers are thankful that the Jews have been the ones to give God’s Word to us. We are eternally grateful to them for being able to experience the Lord through His Word.
Israel had literature before most nations had letters and arts. The men of Jewish stories are almost exclusively men who dedicated their lives to the glory of God and the salvation of mankind Also, the New Testament was written by Jewish men who actually lived, ate, and were living witnesses of the miracles performed by God.
The Lord has been with the Jewish race from the beginning. It is because of them and their God that America is a nation. God has given them much wisdom in the field of science and through it America has benefited greatly. Many of our medicines and cures for diseases have come through the Jews. American Jews have been cited by various scientific societies for distinguished service to mankind. I think of one, Jonas Salk, who gave us the vaccine to end the dreadful disease of polio.
One day, according to the Scriptures, God will sit on the throne in Israel and people of all nations will come to them to learn about Him. But before that time, God will take all believers to be in Heaven with Him. There is much more to be learned about this from the Scriptures.
Now I would like to discuss with you the words of the living God. His words reveal who He is. The following text is taken from the Jewish Bible as well as from the Gentile Bible.
In Isaiah 55:3 God says, “Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.”
Isaiah 7:11 The Lord spoke again unto Ahaz saying, “Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask either in the depth, or in the height above.”
Isaiah 7:12: “But Ahaz said, ‘I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord.’”
Isaiah 7:13: “And He said, ‘Hear ye now, Oh house of David; is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?’”
Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold the young woman is with child, and she will bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” “God with us (young woman with child”-- in the gentile Bible the phrase reads “a virgin shall conceive”).
Isaiah Chapter 53:1: “Who would have believed our report? And for who is the arm of he Lord revealed?
“2. For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground; he had no form nor comeliness; and we look at him who has no beauty, that we should desire him.
“3. He was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised and we esteemed him not
“4. But verily he hath borne griefs inflicted by us, and suffered sorrows we have caused: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
“5. Though he was wounded through our transgressions, bruised through our iniquities yet the bond of our peace is upon him, and in his fellowship we shall heal ourselves.
“6. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath caused the iniquity of us all to fall upon him.
“7. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he could not open his mouth: as a lamb which is brought to the slaughter, and as a sheep before his shearers is dumb, so he could not open his mouth.
“8. He was taken away from rule and from judgment; and as for his generation, who should have spoken for him? For he was cut off out of the land of the living; he was stricken through the transgression of my people.
“9. For one made his grave among the wicked, and his tomb among the rich, because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
“10.But it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief; saying, ‘If his soul shall consider it a recompense for guilt, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.’
“11.He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my servant justify the righteous before many, and he shall bear their iniquities.
“12.Surely I will divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath laid open his soul unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors, and he took off the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
We can ask the Lord for His wisdom, and we can ask him what the meaning of Isaiah, Chapters 7 and 53 tells us, so we will arrive at the correct answer to the Question:: What is the name of the Lord?
Additionally, Joshua, in the Hebraic Bible, Chapter 24, verse 15 reads: “And if it seems evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
The Lord gives us only two choices we have to make in our lives, either to serve God or to serve someone other than Him..
As for me, I have chosen to serve the Lord.
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