2. REPENTANCE and the Lordship of Yah'shua the Messiah
2.1. In preaching the Gospel to the Judeans (Jews), what did Peter (Kefa) say about Yah'shua (Jesus)? (Acts 2:36)
2.2. When the Judeans (Jews) heard this preaching, what happened and what was their response? (Acts 2:37)
2.3. What did Peter (Kefa) say that they had to do? (Acts 2:38)
2.4. How does the Word of Yahweh define repentance? (Psalm 32:3-5; Prov.28:13; Ezek.18:21-23,27-28)
2.5. If we confess our sins, what will Yahweh do? (1 John 1:9; Isa.1:18,20)
2.6. In repentance what else must we be willing to do? (Ezek.33:15)
This restitution must be made as the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) instructs and leads. Zaccheus (Zakkai), being a Judean (Jew), was familiar with this teaching of repentance and restitution by the prophet Ezekiel. Zaccheus was a very wicked man, a tax collector; and he had treated many men unjustly.
2.7. When Yah'shua (Jesus) said to Zaccheus that he would come to his house, what was Zaccheus's response that showed his repentant heart? (Luke 19:1-8)
2.8. What did Yah'shua (Jesus) say to Zaccheus? (Luke 19:9-10)
2.9. What conditions does Yahweh set for receiving us and being a Father to us? (2 Cor.6:14-18)
This condition for repentance is demonstrated very clearly in a parable Yah'shua (Jesus) told about a lost son.
2.10. What had the lost son done? (Luke 15:11-16)
This is a picture of those who are involved in worldliness and sin.
2.11. What did the lost son decide to do when he realised his state? (Luke 15:17-19)
2.12. As soon as the son had made the decision in his heart to separate himself from the unclean thing and go to his father and confess his sin, what did the father do? (Luke 15:20)
2.13. The son was hoping only to be allowed to become a hired servant of the father, yet what did the father make him? (Luke 15:22-24)
So also will our Heavenly Father do for us as it is written:
"Come out of their midst and be separate," says Yahweh,
"and do not touch what is unclean;
and I will welcome you. And I will be a Father to you,
and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,"
says Yahweh Almighty"2 Cor.6:17-18
2.14. We see the same requirement made of the Israelites when they were going to possess the land that Yahweh had given them. What did Yahweh require of them in regard to the heathen nations? (Deut.7:1-3)
2.15. Why did Yahweh require this? (Deut.7:4,6; 8:1)
We too have a spiritual land to possess and very real spiritual enemies to overcome.
2.16. Yahweh has always desired a holy people for His own possession. To what does Yahweh compare this relationship between the Messiah and His Church/Community? (Eph.5:25-32)
2.17. Describe Yahweh's attitude towards this marriage covenant. (Isa.62:4-5)
2.18. When Israel went astray from her covenant with Yahweh, what was she called by Him? (Hosea 9:1; 4:12)
Any breaking of this covenant and going astray from this commitment is referred to by Yahweh-Elohim as harlotry and adultery.
2.19. What three things does James (Ya'akov) say about those who have friendship with the ways of the world? (James 4:4)
2.20. What is the Lord Yah'shua's (Jesus') attitude toward His bride? (James 4:5)
2.21. If anyone loves the ways of the world, what does John say about him? (1 John 2:15)
2.22. What is in the world? (1 John 2:16)
2.23. What happens to those who do the will of Yahweh? (1 John 2:17)
2.24. What commandment did Yah'shua (Jesus) give for us to follow, and what did He say for us to seek first? (Mark 12:28-31; Matt.6:33)
2.25. What must a man or woman do in order to be a disciple of Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ)? (Luke 14:26-33)
Briefly summarised, we can say that unless a man is willing to forsake all that he has, he cannot be a disciple of Yah'shua (Jesus). The first commandment is this: "Thou shalt have no other gods (elohim) before Me." To hate your parents, friends, relatives and even your own life means that you do not exalt your love for them or their opinions -- or even your own opinions -- above the will of Yahweh-Elohim.
2.26. Therefore, before we decide to become a disciple and follower of Yah'shua (Jesus), what are we exhorted to do? (Luke 14:28-30)
In the parable of the rich ruler, we see this truth beautifully demonstrated.
2.27. What did the rich young ruler want? (Matt.19:16)
Yah'shua's (Jesus') response was that he should keep the command- ments (mitzvot).
2.28. What was the young ruler's response? (Matt.19:20)
Notice that although the rich young ruler had been morally good and obedient, as must we all, he still recognised that his relationship with Yahweh was not right and was lacking.
2.29. What requirement did Yah'shua (Jesus) make of him? (Matt.19:21)
Yah'shua (Jesus) put His finger on the man's idolatry, upon his god -- the thing he was truly serving.
2.30. What action by the rich young ruler proved that he was serving another god? (Matt.19:22)
Notice that Yah'shua (Jesus) did not run after this man to make a compromise or to give him another chance. The first and greatest commandment is this: "You shall love Yahweh-Elohim (the Lord your God) and Him only shall you serve." Anything else than this is not acceptable and is nothing less than idolatry.
2.31. What will the Lordship of Yah'shua (Jesus) bring? (Matt.10:34)
Yah'shua (Jesus) came to make peace between a man and Elohim (God), yet in a world that is at emnity with Him, conflict will arise.
2.32. What does Yah'shua (Jesus) point out as the three main areas of this conflict? (Matt.10:17-22,35-36)
2.33. What does Paul (Sha'ul) say we must do to be saved? (Rom.10:9)
To confess that someone is your Lord and Master means that you are committing your entire life to that person to be his slave for life; you are committing your own will and desires to Him to do His bidding.
2.34. What shall those who have forsaken all to follow Him receive? (Matt.19:27-29; Mark 10:29-30)
2.35. To as many as receive Him what does Yah'shua (Jesus) give? (John 1:12)
2.36. If we open our hearts to receive Yah'shua (Jesus), what promise has He given us? (Rev.3:20)
2.37. What experience do we have as a result? (John 3:3-7)
2.38. When we receive Yah'shua (Jesus), what does Yahweh give us through Him? (1 John 5:11; Rom.6:23)
WRITE AND MEMORISE THESE VERSES: 2 Corinthians 6:17-18
Extra reading on this theme:
¤ Christopher C. Warren, The Way Back to God, New Covenant Press, Moss, Norway, 1992). A detailed analysis of the Parable of the Prodigal Son.
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