Why does Yahweh love volunteerism? And if we want to be Yeshua’s bride, why do we need to actively volunteer, and further the Great Commission as best we can? To answer these questions, let us look at the nature of man, and the nature of families (including our nation).
When an infant is born, he needs others to help him get his needs met. When he wants something, all he can do is cry, and it is up to his parents and caretakers to figure out what he needs. Hopefully this is a temporary phase.
As a child grows out of diapers, he needs to begin taking care of himself to the extent he is able. Once he can bathe and dress himself, these are his responsibilities. He must also learn to pick up after himself (whether he wants to, or not).
Yet simply cleaning up our own messes is not the extent of our responsibilities to family, or society. As children reach a certain age, they become capable of giving back to their families. Because our flesh is inherently selfish, children often resist this, but it is essential that we learn to give, both to our families, and to society. (If we don’t learn that lesson, then something is seriously wrong.)
In some schools of psychological thought, the desire to make a contribution to society is seen as one of the key measurements of maturity. In other words, giving back to one’s family, and giving to society is a key marker of how mature we are, while a lack of such desire shows a lack of maturity. This is because we are not created to be independent human beings. Rather, we were created to live as part of a nation.
Unless we are called to the celibate path, with adulthood comes the desire to take a wife, and start a family of one’s own. However, for this to work, both a man and his wife must be of a certain level of maturity. That is, both a man and his wife must be happy to give to each other at least as much as they receive, or their marriage will not work. Further, once they start having children, they need to be happy to give much more than they receive, for the children will be net takers of time, money, energy, and love (as long as they are in school).
As children grow, it is important to help them realize how blessed it is to give, rather than receive.
Ma’asei (Acts) 20:35
35 I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Adon Yeshua, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”
Even if our flesh does not like it, the truth is we are very blessed if we give back to our parents, and society. For one thing, it gives our children an example of respect that speaks louder than words—and this then influences how they treat us. Further, the grandparents are then able to provide guidance and counsel to the rest of the community, sitting as “elders in the gate,” as it were.
The thing that is not always appreciated in self-seeking modern society is that Yahweh does not only enter into covenant with us as individuals, He enters into covenant with us as a nation. In Torah Government we explain how it is that Yeshua calls us to be a unified nation—and He wants us to carry out the Great Commission for Him as a nation (and as a spiritual family).
It is a blessing to sit and learn, because that is how we know what we are supposed to do. Yet our reward is not according to our level of knowledge, but our work.
Hitgalut (Revelation) 22:12
12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.”
Since Yeshua calls us to be a nation, and an extended family, we must do the things that any nation and any extended family must do—and we must do them according to Scripture.
Scripture speaks of three primary offices: the kingship (government), the priesthood, and the prophet. While both Nazarene Israel and Babylonian Christianity have priesthoods, there are some major differences.
As we saw in Torah Government v2, Yeshua established a set-apart priesthood for the Melchizedekian order. This was to serve as Israel’s priesthood while it was in the dispersion. Even though Israel would not have a country (a land) until it was called back to the land of Israel after Armageddon, He wanted His nation to be unified, to provide for a single body (rather than multiple bodies).
As we also saw in Torah Government v2, the Babylonian church seeks to destroy the true priesthood by providing His people with an unlimited number of substitutes. All of these false priesthoods have issues about knowledge.
Because Babylonian Christianity is based on lies, either it can achieve unity by suppressing knowledge (as found in Catholicism, on the left end of the spectrum), or the people can have knowledge, but be fragmented (as in Messianism, on the right end of the spectrum).
To look at this another way, the reason Babylon has issues with knowledge is because the Babylonians are spiritually immature. They want to be the bride, but they don’t want to do what Yeshua says to do, to become it. (That is, they want something for nothing.)
On the left side of the spectrum, the Catholics keep the wrong festival days, and devalue the land of Israel. They are willing to unify, appoint leadership, and tithe (which are all part of the Great Commission), their version of the Great Commission builds a substitute faith.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Messianics are willing to keep the correct festival days, and they value the land. However, most of them are not willing to unify, appoint leadership on Yeshua’s terms), or tithe (support leadership). This also builds a substitute faith.
One way or another, the whole Babylonian spectrum is reluctant to perform the true Great Commission.
At another level this seems like Ephraim growing up, and going to school. On the preschool end of things, the Ephraimite youngsters don’t know much, but they all sit in their desks. Then as they grow they are able to handle independent courses of study (Protestantism). Then they pass through puberty (Messianism), and suddenly they become unruly. They hope to become brides one day (based on their level of education and knowledge), but they are doing something less than the full Great Commission (the Melchizedekian Torah).
Even though they are still in school, and are still exploring their identities, once adolescents hit puberty, they typically want to be thought of as adults. The thing adolescents often find grating is that it is only after we leave school, and begin giving back both to our families and to society, that we truly adult.
Growth and maturation take time. In His own good time, Yahweh will lead His spiritual children out of the spiritual preschool of Catholicism, and out of the “community college” of Messianism, and into true spiritual adulthood. That is, in His time He will lead us to become a well-disciplined nation, which does all His Son asks. Yet there is great wisdom in His timing.
When we were under the Levitical order, organization, leadership, and tithing were compulsory. Anyone who challenged the leadership, or who failed to pay their tithes, died on the word of two or three witnesses.
Ivrim (Hebrews) 10:26-29
26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.
28 Anyone who has rejected the Torah of Moshe dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of Elohim underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
In contrast, in the Melchizedekian order, there are no punishments for non-performance. We can sit and learn without lifting a finger, or giving one shekel for the Great Commission our entire life, and Yahweh still loves us—and there is a reason for this.
When we raise children, we don’t want them to pick up their rooms and help out around the home because they have to. Rather, we want them to desire to help out around the home, because they have learned to love us, just as we love them. We want them to do all they can to help make our homes into wonderful, happy places. In short, we want them to be happy to volunteer.
Yahweh is the same way. He doesn’t want us to tithe, organize, and support leadership because we have to (under penalty of death). Rather, He wants us to know that He loved us first, and sent His Son to die for us while we were still sinners, so that we might learn to love Him back.
Yochanan Aleph (1 John) 4:19
19 We love Him because He first loved us.
As we grow in knowledge (from Catholic to Messianic), hopefully we also grow in love. Hopefully we become eager to grow into spiritual adults, and shoulder the difficult adult burdens of giving, taking care of others, and helping Yeshua’s people develop the same kind of eager, giving love that He shows us.
Many are called, yet few are chosen. That is because few ever volunteer. And Yahweh is looking for those volunteers, who do not only what they must, but who are eager to do all they can.
Qorintim Bet (2 Corinthians) 9:6-8
6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for Elohim loves a cheerful giver.
8 And Elohim is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
It is not the mere legalistic performance of the Torah that Yahweh loves to see. Instead, Elohim wants to see the fruit of a special kind of love for His Son that is eager to do all it can to further His Son’s kingdom, no matter whether one is called to the priesthood, to eldership, or to be one of His flock, which is under their care.
Yahweh wants to see fruit of a heart that earnestly loves His Son more than it loves life in the world. And when He sees it, He wants that person as a bride for His Son.
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