Posted by: dhkrause | October 12, 2015

Eternal and Glorious Joy

The glorious joy awaiting believers eternally gives hope, joy and strength here and now, outweighing any afflictions we may experience. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:17, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory”. Nehemiah 8:10 declares “…the joy of the Lord is your strength.” David knew this and looked forward to enjoying the presence of God forever. He trusted in God and sang songs of praise when his life was in jeopardy, as he fled from Saul into the cave.

Psalm 16:11 (NJJV)
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 57
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
For my soul trusts in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge,
Until these calamities have passed by.
I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing to You among the nations.
10 For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens,
And Your truth unto the clouds.
11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let Your glory be above all the earth.

Psalm 149 encourages believers to be joyful in glory, even singing aloud on their beds:

Psalm 149
Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds.

In Isaiah 61 the Lord promises to console His people, and to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy, and the garment of praise, so that they may be called “trees of righteousness”, and He will be glorified in them.

Isaiah 61
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

Peter describes genuine faith that will bring “praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ”. They will rejoice with “joy inexpressible and full of glory”.

1 Peter 1 (NKJV)
that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

Jesus Christ is God’s gift of love bringing salvation to all who believe in him:

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Hebrews 1 describes Jesus’ mission in detail:

Hebrews 1 (NKJV)
God’s Supreme Revelation
1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

Hebrews 2 describes Jesus’ motivation in giving his life for us:

Hebrews 2 (NKJV)
10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying:
“I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.”

Jesus looked forward to the joy of bringing many sons and daughters to glory. Hebrews 12 declares that Jesus endured the cross for the sake of the joy that was set before him.

Hebrews 12
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jude describes how the Lord himself will keep believers from stumbling and present them “faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy”.

Jude 24
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,

Peter encouraged believers in to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ “ (2 Peter 3:8). He exhorts believers to rejoice even during fiery trials, knowing that “when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”

1 Peter 4 (NKJV)
12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

David Krause,,,10/11/2015

Posted by: dhkrause | September 28, 2015

Victorious Faith

Biblical men of faith such as David, Peter, Paul and John exemplify the faithfulness of God toward those who trust in Him and walk in obedience and love. Modern day examples of victorious faith are also inspiring, such as the personal testimony of Emily Chang in her 2013 book, “A Journey of Divine Connections” which we will briefly review.

In Psalm 37, David describes a life lived with complete trust in God:

Psalm 37 (NKJV)
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.

Peter describes the testing of faith that is “more precious than gold that perishes” (1 Peter 1:7). Paul writes in Galatians 5:6 that faith is expressed through love, and in Romans 5:5, he declares, “God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” John describes the close connections between love, faith and the gift of the Holy Spirit:

1 John 4 (NKJV)
12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

Emily Chang, in her book, “A Journey of Divine Connections”, gives her personal testimony of God’s faithful provision and guidance when she gave her life completely to Him. She grew up in South Korea in a family that did not attend church or follow Jesus. She herself began attending church at the invitation of a classmate in middle school. As a young adult she attended with her husband at first, but when this was strongly opposed by her father-in-law, they stopped going.

About four years later, Emily became very ill, and doctors speculated that she might need to stay in a hospital for a year. The Holy Spirit spoke to her during this time, convicting her of disobeying God out of fear of man. She repented and promised God that from that day forward she would fear God and not man, and give her life completely to Him.

          In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust;
I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56:4)

She writes, “When my husband came to the hospital to see me, I told him that from now on, I could not live and keep on disregarding God. I must come back to the Lord and serve Him totally. He agreed and told me that he also wanted to receive Jesus as Savior and serve God forever.”

          You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. (Deut. 6:5)

“God gave us strength and boldness so that we did not fear what others would say any more. My husband and I committed in our hearts that together we would serve the Lord.”

          “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

In the coming days her health amazingly improved and she was able to leave the hospital after two weeks instead of a whole year. She and her husband began attending church again, along with their two young sons. She received prayers for healing, and was completely healed. She and her husband were truly born again by the Spirit of God, and were both baptized in Jesus’ name.

Sadly, a few years later, her husband was killed in a car accident. Her time of grieving was intensified by her husband’s family objecting to her decision to have a Christian memorial service, instead of one following Confucian and Buddhist traditions. Later at the burial site, her father-in-law objected strenuously to having a gravestone with a red cross painted on it honoring her husband’s faith. He told her older son, then 6 years old, that he and his relatives could not stand to see the red cross on the memorial stone and asked him, “What can we do about this?” His grandson replied, “Without the red cross, my dad cannot be in heaven.” This was to convey that Jesus’ death on the cross and the shedding of His blood for our sins, made a way for us to be forgiven and go to heaven.

          “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

           She writes, “My father-in-law broke down in tears because of the power of my son’s words given to him by the Holy Spirit. My father-in law then said to him, “Very well, we will allow the grave stone with the red cross to remain.”

“My son’s words had broken the resistance and hostility in my father-in-law’s heart to the cross of Christ and from then on, the dispute between my in-laws and myself ended. The spiritual conflict that surrounded me was finished and our family had won the victory for Christ.”

“This testimony clearly demonstrates that the Lord gave me the victory in every conflict which He allowed to come my way.”

          I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. (Psalm 16:8)

          The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

She and her two sons have gone on to serve the Lord faithfully. Her life truly has become “a journey of divine connections”, as she has followed the leading of the Holy Spirit to be an evangelist and minister in many countries, including Scotland, England, the United States, Switzerland, Uganda, Germany, Israel, Korea and the Ukraine.

The book concludes, “The mosaic of my life will not be finished until God is pleased with His own handwork. The Lord Himself is able to achieve this result and I have the reassuring truth of His word to give me peace and Joy.”

          Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. (Psalm 2:12)

David Krause,,,9/27/2015

Posted by: dhkrause | September 14, 2015

Joy Comes in the Morning

In Psalm 30:5, David wrote, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” This is the testimony of those who call out to God in their distress, and give their burdens to Him. Psalm 30 exemplifies the blessedness of answered prayer, as does the testimony of Diane Bringgold below. David had been in great distress, and nearly overwhelmed by his enemies. He extols God for having lifted him up, preserving him from the cruelty of his adversaries, healing him and giving him new life:

Psalm 30 (NKJV)
1 I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up,
And have not let my foes rejoice over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me.
3 O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave;
You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

God brings David from weeping to joy, and into great prosperity; but then David begins to trust in what he has received, instead of wholly on the Lord:

4 Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
5 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning
6 Now in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be moved.”

When the Lord hid his face from him, he was greatly distressed:

7 Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong;
You hid Your face, and I was troubled.

He feels his loss, and makes earnest prayer and supplication:

8 I cried out to You, O Lord;
And to the Lord I made supplication:
9 “What profit is there in my blood,
When I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise You?
Will it declare Your truth?
10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me;
Lord, be my helper!”

The Lord then restores him to favor, and fills him with joy:

11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,

Finally he purposes to glory in God alone, and to trust in him forever:

12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

Diane Bringgold in her book, Life Instead, (Word Books, Waco Texas, 1979), wrote that Psalm 30 “truly tells what the Lord has done in my life”.

          December 1, 1975, was the end of a wonderful life. As wonderful as that life was, I wish I had yielded my life to the Lord before our plane crashed into Black Butte. My old life would have been even richer.

December 1, 1975, was the beginning of a new life – a wonderful and exciting life in the Lord.

I claim Psalm 30 as my special Scripture. It truly tells what the Lord has done in my life. (ibid, p. 127)

Knowing that her husband and children had died in the crash, she had cried out, “I can’t go on without them. Please Lord God, just let me die.” But this was not to be. Instead Diane heard a gentle yet firm voice say

“I will not let you die”.”Looking up she was not able to make out His face, but Christ’s physical presence was unmistakable and His words were audible and life changing: “It is not up to you to decide whether to live or die. That decision is mine alone to make,” she heard Christ say, “but I will help you go on from here. I will take your pain and give you life instead.”

In a 1990 article, “Growing Through Grief”, Diane Bringgold Brown describes how God was with her through her grief, and helped her to go forward with new life in Him. (Journal: Priscilla Papers, Volume: PP 04:1 (Winter 1990), )

          My first husband, Bruce Bringgold, and my three children, Scott age 11, Mary age 8, and Laura age 5, were killed in a private plane crash in which I was seriously burned on December 1, 1975. Of the six types of loss mentioned earlier, I experienced all except material loss. When I got out of our burning plane the afternoon of the accident, knowing my family was dead and that I was burned, my first decision was to die so I could be with them. Through a vision God reminded me that we are not to choose death as long as life is ours. Knowing I could not cope with the grief, loneliness or physical pain, I simply told God that if He wanted me to live, I would give Him everything, and He would have to cope with the grief, loneliness and pain because I could not. I received the gift of faith, the ability to know that somehow with God beside me everything would be all right. Nothing changed in my external situation but everything changed.

I was enabled to accept the death of my husband and children because of the hope of life we have in Jesus Christ. I know that for a Christian death is not the end but a new beginning. It is the door through which each of us must walk to enter eternal life with Christ, the final healing for those who have accepted Him as Savior and Lord.

I was aware that my grief was not for my family but rather for myself. Being able to rejoice in the new life they are experiencing in heaven has enabled me to release them and to go forward into new life.

We too can learn that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. We can draw water from the wells of salvation, and drink deeply of the living water that Jesus (Yeshua) gives. He promises that it will become in us a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.

Isaiah 12 (NKJV)
2 Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song;
He also has become my salvation.’”
3 Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of salvation.

John 4
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

David Krause,,, 9/13/2015

Posted by: dhkrause | August 31, 2015

Call on the Name of the Lord

Evangelist Rabi Maharaj relates how when he was being groomed to be a Hindu Guru, one day he was awakened from his contemplation of a flower by the nearby sound of a deadly snake raised up in striking position. Suddenly he remembered his mother’s advice given years ago, that if he were ever in a dangerous situation requiring divine intervention, to call on the name of ‘Jesus’ which is above every other name. He had barely voiced the first syllable when the snake dropped down and slithered away. This was a first step towards his becoming a Christian.

“Call on the name of the LORD” is an oft repeated Biblical command. Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Psalm 116:13 connects this same heart cry with salvation: “I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.”

Exactly what is ‘the name of the LORD’? The word ‘LORD’ (all upper case) in English translations is used for the Hebrew Tetragram name for God, ‘YHVH’, phonetically pronounced Yah’weh or Yehovah’. The short form of this name is ‘YHH’ pronounced ‘YAH’, as in Isaiah 26:4 (NKJV), “Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength.” This name is also part of the Hebrew word, ‘Halleluiah’, which means “Praise YAH”.

It is noteworthy that Jesus’ Hebrew name is ‘Yeshua’, which means ‘YAH saves’. Thus Matthew 1:21 suddenly acquires a deeper meaning when translated, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Yeshua, [‘YAH saves,’] because he will save his people from their sins.”

Whatever pronunciation one uses for the name ‘YHVH’, or ‘Yeshua’, the one addressed is still the same, and His name is above all names:

Philippians (CJB)
Therefore God raised him to the highest place
and gave him the name above every name;
10 that in honor of the name given Yeshua [Jesus],
every knee will bow —
in heaven, on earth and under the earth —
11 and every tongue will acknowledge
that Yeshua the Messiah is Adonai
[Jesus Christ is Lord] —
to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus declared in Matthew 23:39, “For I tell you, from now on, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” The restoration of Israel will depend upon her people calling on the name of the Lord:

Zephaniah 3 (NIV)
Restoration of Israel’s Remnant
“Then I will purify the lips of the peoples,
that all of them may call on the name of the Lord
and serve him shoulder to shoulder.

Jesus (Yeshua) is coming soon to judge the nations. How vital it is in these last days to call on His name! Psalm 75 speaks about how God’s righteous judgment brings blessings to the righteous and destruction to the wicked.

Psalm 75 (NKJV)
Thanksgiving for God’s Righteous Judgment
We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks!
For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.
“When I choose the proper time, I will judge uprightly.
10  “All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off,
But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.”

True righteousness is rooted in God alone, who gave His own Son that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life. This atoning sacrifice was the fulfillment of key prophecies, such as Isaiah 53.

John 3
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Isaiah 53
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

One of the best summaries of the Gospel (Good News) is in 2 Corinthians 5:

2 Corinthians 5
21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

God gives eternal life to those who believe in His Son, and He progressively changes believers to be more like Him. 1 John 3 declares that every follower of Jesus Christ has this hope in Him, that “when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”

1 John 3
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

Here and now by faith in Christ, we are new creations:

2 Corinthians 5
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

As His followers, we are called to love one another as He has loved us, which we can only do by the power of the Holy Spirit.

John 13
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 John 4
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Walking in the light of Christ’s love will draw others to believe in Him too. In particular, Paul writes in Romans 11 that Gentile believers are called to help Jewish people by walking with Christ in such a way as to “provoke them to jealousy”:

Romans 11
11 I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. 12 Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness! 13 For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14 if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. 15 For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

Ultimately as a consequence, Paul declares in Romans 11:26, “all Israel will be saved.” The same event is described in Joel 2, with the statement, “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Joel 2
32 And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance,
As the Lord has said, among the remnant whom the Lord calls.

This promise is available to all people here and now: whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Romans 10
… if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

David Krause,,

Posted by: dhkrause | August 17, 2015

Mercy, Truth and Restoration

Mercy and truth have met together in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Yeshua the Messiah, for all who believe in him:

Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him,
That glory may dwell in our land.
Mercy and truth have met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed. – Psalm 85:9-10 (NKJV)

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

Psalm 115 speaks about eternal life for the righteous, through God’s mercy and truth, revealed in Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ:

Psalm 115 (NKJV)
1 Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us,
But to Your name give glory,
Because of Your mercy,
Because of Your truth.

17 The dead do not praise the Lord,
Nor any who go down into silence.
18 But we will bless the Lord
From this time forth and forevermore.
Praise the Lord!

Jesus gave this guideline for setting our priorities for righteous living:

“… seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt. 6:33).

In his conversation with the disciples in Acts 1, he gave three specific priorities. Just before ascending to heaven, he said they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit, and would be witnesses to him. Thirdly, he promised the restoration of the kingdom to Israel in the times and seasons set by the Father. This baptism, commission and restoration are key priorities for believers today.

And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:4-8 (NKJV)

The baptism in the Holy Spirit came ten days later at Pentecost, after which his followers became witnesses to him in power “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Down through the centuries wherever believers have received these promises with faith, they have continued to bear glorious fruit for God’s kingdom. Today the third priority, the promised “restoral of the kingdom to Israel” has clearly begun, and requires our participation.

A brief look at some events in the history of Israel may be helpful to understand the meaning of this third priority. The Bible records that soon after the death of King Solomon (in 931 BC), the northern ten tribes rebelled and Israel became divided into two kingdoms. The northern kingdom called itself the “house of Israel” or the “house of Ephraim” (its leading tribe), and the southern kingdom (including Jerusalem) became known as the “house of Judah”. Two centuries later, because of idolatry, God allowed the northern kingdom to be conquered and scattered by the Assyrians (in 722 BC). Then in 586 BC, again because of idolatry, God allowed the Babylonians to overrun the southern kingdom, destroy the temple, and exile thousands of its leaders to Babylon.

Seventy years later God moved upon the Persian king Cyrus to enable Jewish exiles in Babylon to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. So the house of Judah was reestablished in the land, but the house of Israel (Ephraim) remained scattered throughout the nations. Most of their descendants lost track of their ancestry, and they became known as the “ten lost tribes”. However, though most of the descendants of the house of Ephraim do not remember who they are as a nation, God still remembers them. He is awakening them and calling them to be part of the promised restoration of the two houses of Israel (Ephraim and Judah) into a single nation once again. It is very likely that many Christians, who serve the God and Messiah of Israel, are descendants of the ten lost tribes. In any case, believers in the God of Israel and His Son Jesus Christ are honorary citizens of Israel and called to participate in this great reunion (Psalm 87, Ephesians 2:11f).

Angus Wootten writes, in his book, “Restoring Israel’s Kingdom”, p. 211-121, “Full restoration of all Israel calls for the reunion of the house of Ephraim and the house of Judah. Likewise, the Jewish concept of a “national relationship” with the God of Israel, needs to be married with the Christian concept of an individual relationship with the God of Israel. For, those who ultimately dwell in Israel’s restored Kingdom will have necessarily experienced both individual and national salvation!

“The Shepherd God is giving those of Messianic Israel the opportunity to help gather His lost sheep, that He might have His heart’s desire – which is to have a people for His own possession. The end-time remnant is now being gathered as foretold by Jeremiah:”

“But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the Lord.
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord,
“That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness;
A King shall reign and prosper,
And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will dwell safely;
Now this is His name by which He will be called:
“Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.”
– Jeremiah 23:3-8 (NKJV)

David Krause,,

Posted by: dhkrause | August 4, 2015

One New Humanity

A great prophecy is in process of being fulfilled in our day – the promise of “one new humanity”, of Jews and Gentiles being reconciled with God and with each other in Christ . Historically, God has welcomed people from all nations to become honorary citizens of Israel. Two outstanding examples are Rahab and Ruth, Moabites listed in the ancestry of Jesus.   Rahab was the mother of Boaz, who married Ruth, who became the great-grandmother of King David. (Matthew 1:5-6)

In Psalm 87, God declares his love for Jerusalem, and declares that those who believe in Him will be recorded as having been spiritually born there. This calls to mind Jesus’ statement to Nicodemus in John 3:3, “Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Those who are born again through faith in Jesus Christ, Yeshua the Messiah, will rejoice when he comes again to establish righteousness upon the earth, as described in Psalm 97:

Psalm 97 (NKJV)
The Lord reigns;
Let the earth rejoice;
Let the multitude of isles be glad!
The heavens declare His righteousness,
And all the peoples see His glory.

For You, Lord, are most high above all the earth;
You are exalted far above all gods.
10 You who love the Lord, hate evil!
He preserves the souls of His saints;
He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown for the righteous,
And gladness for the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.

Paul writes in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” In Psalm 127, King Solomon likewise wrote of co-laboring and prospering with the Lord:

Psalm 127 (NKJV)
Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.

In Psalm 133, David describes the blessings of unity in the Lord:

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the Lord commanded the blessing—
Life forevermore.

Paul describes in Ephesians 2 how the unity of the people of God will ultimately blossom into “one new humanity” of Jews and Gentiles reconciled with God and with one another in Christ:

Ephesians 2 (NIV)
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Many of the Gentiles described in this passage, whether they know it or not, are descendants of the dispersed northern tribes, called the “house of Ephraim” or the “house of Israel”. Jeremiah 31 describes the coming reunion of the house of Ephraim/Israel with the house of Judah, and the establishment of a New Covenant where His laws are written on our minds and hearts.

Jeremiah 31 (NKJV)
20 Is Ephraim My dear son? Is he a pleasant child?
For though I spoke against him, I earnestly remember him still;
Therefore My heart yearns for him;
I will surely have mercy on him, says the Lord.
21 “Set up signposts, make landmarks;
Set your heart toward the highway,
The way in which you went. Turn back, O virgin of Israel,
Turn back to these your cities.
22 How long will you gad about, O you backsliding daughter?
For the Lord has created a new thing in the earth—
A woman shall encompass a man.”
[Or, “Israel will embrace her God” – NLT ]

31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

In the New Covenant, the people of God will fulfill the heart of the Law by walking in love by the power of His Spirit, as Jesus walked.

1 John 2 (NKJV)
5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
10 He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

David Krause,,, 8/2/15

Posted by: dhkrause | July 20, 2015

The Glorious City of God

Believers in Jesus Christ are given eternal life, and membership in the household of God. Both gifts are cause for ceaseless rejoicing.  Regarding the first, Jesus declares in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  Regarding the second, Paul describes how believers in Jesus Christ, Yeshua the Messiah, have now become part of the commonwealth of Israel, “fellow citizens with the saints, and members of the household of God”. (Ephesians 2:11-13, 19-22)

This citizenship, prophetically foreseen, carries privileges and responsibilities for believers in Messiah in these last days leading up to His return.  In Psalm 87, the sons of Korah describe the glories of the city of God, including honorary citizenship to be given to believers, whatever their natural birth:

Psalm 87 (NIV)
He has founded his city on the holy mountain.
The Lord loves the gates of Zion
more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.
Glorious things are said of you, city of God:
“I will record Rahab [Egypt] and Babylon
among those who acknowledge me—
Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush [upper Nile region] —
and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’”
Indeed, of Zion it will be said,
“This one and that one were born in her,
and the Most High himself will establish her.”
The Lord will write in the register of the peoples:
“This one was born in Zion.”
As they make music they will sing,
“All my fountains are in you.”

Author Batya Wootten elucidates the significance of this God given citizenship in her book, “A Door of Hope for the Last Days”, writing on pages 39-43:

“Isaiah foretells a glorious promise that involves the Believers of our day. It is made to Jerusalem.

Isaiah 62 (NKJV)
For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace,
And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
And her salvation as a lamp that burns.
The Gentiles shall see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory.
You shall be called by a new name,
Which the mouth of the Lord will name.
You shall also be a crown of glory
In the hand of the Lord,
And a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
You shall no longer be termed Forsaken,
Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate;
But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah;
For the Lord delights in you,
And your land shall be married.
For as a young man marries a virgin,
So shall your sons marry you;
And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
So shall your God rejoice over you.
I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
They shall never hold their peace day or night.
You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent,
And give Him no rest till He establishes
And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

“Important declarations are made in these verses and they have to do with our call in the Last Days:

For Jerusalem’s sake we must not keep quiet – until her righteousness goes forth, her salvation like a torch that is burning.

  • She will be called by a new name and be a crown of beauty, a royal diadem in the hand of our God.
  • She is not to be called Forsaken or Desolate; but My Delight is in Her.
  • Her land will be called YHVH delights in her and to Him her land will be married.

The Father and Son both love Jerusalem, will be married to her, and the same should be true of us. Earthly Jerusalem needs our care and concern. At this time in history earthly Jerusalem and eternal Jerusalem are on a collision course. We are her appointed watchmen, we are the Body of the Bridegroom and we now need to help prepare the hearts of her people! (Luke 13:34-35).

  • The sons of New Jerusalem will one day marry her, and rejoice over her. According to Galatians 4:26, “Jerusalem above is our mother.”
  • On her walls, YHVH has appointed watchmen, who, day or night will not keep silent nor take rest for themselves until YHVH makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”

“These important truths are for now and for us. In Revelation 21 John affirms Isaiah’s declaration that New Jerusalem is the Bride. He saw a new heaven and earth. The first earth had passed away. He “saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.”

“Restated, we see that:

  •  We are betrothed to Messiah Yeshua
  • Messiah Yeshua and the Father are One
  • New Jerusalem will be their Bride
  • We are the Body of Messiah (He is the Bridegroom)
  • New Jerusalem is our Mother and we are her sons
  • We go into the Bride and become one with her

“We play a part in all of these roles. Each one teaches us something about our earthly call. If we only see ourselves as a Bride who needs to be swept away, we miss out on the truth of an amazing end time New Jerusalem Wedding. We miss out on the life-changing truth that we are part of Israel and have an enormous job to do in the earth, right now, as watchmen, as part of the Body of Messiah!”

“We must not separate the Bride from New Jerusalem. We are blessed to be called citizens of that Chosen City. It is the City for which our father Abraham looked (Hebrews 11:1-16).

“The story of the Bride is not about us fleeing, but learning to love and care about helping to advance the coming City of Truth. It is therefore time for us to learn to truly “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6).

We will “prosper” when we do so.”

David Krause,,

Posted by: dhkrause | July 6, 2015

Creator, Redeemer, Shepherd and King

The God of Israel is our Creator, Redeemer, Shepherd and King. He redeems and shepherds those He has created and called to be His own, and He is the Lover of our souls. Individually and corporately, He is the King over Israel and over all the earth, as will one day be revealed.

Psalm 47 declares that God is the King over all the earth.

 Psalm 47 (NKJV)
1 Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples!
Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
For the Lord Most High is awesome;
He is a great King over all the earth.

In Isaiah 43, God declares that He has created and redeemed His people for His glory.

Isaiah 43
But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.

Fear not, for I am with you;
I will bring your descendants from the east,
And gather you from the west;
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’
Bring My sons from afar,
And My daughters from the ends of the earth—
Everyone who is called by My name,
Whom I have created for My glory;
I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”

10 “You are My witnesses,” says the Lord,
“And My servant whom I have chosen,
That you may know and believe Me,
And understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no God formed,
Nor shall there be after Me.
11 I, even I, am the Lord,
And besides Me there is no savior.

25 “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake;
And I will not remember your sins.

Individually and corporately, God is the Shepherd of His people. In Psalm 23,
David rejoices in the Lord, who is the Shepherd and Lover of His soul.

Psalm 23
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord

In Ezekiel 34 and Jeremiah 31, God describes His shepherding of the nation of Israel.

Ezekiel 34
23 I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them—My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.

Jeremiah 31
10 “Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,
And declare it in the isles afar off, and say,
‘He who scattered Israel will gather him,
And keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’
11 For the Lord has redeemed Jacob,
And ransomed him from the hand of one stronger than he.

In Micah 5:2, God declares that the Messiah will be a Ruler, born in Bethlehem, who will shepherd His people Israel. This prophecy was used by the chief priests and scribes to direct the wise men from the East to the place of Jesus’ birth.

Matthew 2
‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;
For out of you shall come a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel.’

In John 10, Jesus describes his role as the true shepherd of God’s people.

John 10
14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.
15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
17 “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.
18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” …
27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.
30 I and My Father are one.”

Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ, is both the good Shepherd and the Lover of our souls. In John 17, he prays that believers will be joined together in the eternal love relationship he shares with the Father, and that His glory will shine through us.

John 17
20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;
21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

David Krause,,

Posted by: dhkrause | June 22, 2015

Light, Life and Glory

God is seeking people who will hear and obey the call to enter into an eternal relationship with Him full of light, life and glory. David’s deep relationship with God is an example. In Psalm 27, he seeks the Lord, and the Lord gives him light, salvation, life, strength, joy, love and courage.

Psalm 27 (NKJV)
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?

4 One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.

7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
8 When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”

14 Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!

The “Shema” passage in Deuteronomy 6 describes the type of close relationship God is seeking to have with those who have ears to hear.

4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

Yahweh (YHVH) and Elohim are the Hebrew words translated ‘the Lord’ and ‘God’ in these verses. The Names of God Bible renders the passage this way:

4 “Listen, Israel: Yahweh is our Elohim. Yahweh is the only God. 5 Love Yahweh your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

Genesis 1 describes how light and life came by the Word of God.

Genesis 1 New King James Version (NKJV)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

John 1 likewise describes the Word of God as the source of light and life, and then declares in verse 14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…”

John 1 (NKJV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

A devout man named Simeon took the eight day old Jesus in his arms and declared him to be God’s salvation for all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the nations and the glory of God’s people Israel.

Luke 2 (NKJV)
25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:

29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
According to Your word;
30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation
31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.”

To know the true and living God is to have eternal life. In John 17:3, Jesus prays,“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” In this passage, Jesus refers to the glory he had with the Father “before the world was”.

John 17 (NKJV)
1 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

When asked which is the most important commandment of all, Jesus referred to the “Shema” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5), and then approved the questioner’s commentary, implying, “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” (John 13:17)

Mark 12
28 Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?”
29 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
32 So the scribe said to Him, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He. 33 And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”

David Krause,,, 6/21/2015

Posted by: dhkrause | May 24, 2015

The Spirit of Shavuot

Jews and Christians around the world celebrate the Biblical feast of Shavuot (or Pentecost) today giving thanks to God for His spiritual and material blessings.

Jonathan Bernis, president of Jewish Voice Ministries, writes in an email, 5/23/2015:

Shavuot is called the Feast of First Fruits because of the celebration of the harvest when the Israelites brought the first fruits of the soil as a free will offering to God. It is also known as the Feast of Weeks because we count seven weeks from a particular day during Passover. It is also called Pentecost because it is fifty days after Passover.

Shavuot is one of three pilgrimage feasts that the Jewish People were commanded to observe at the Temple in Jerusalem. It celebrates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai when God revealed Himself through the Law.

Jeremiah foretold the day when God would make a new covenant with His People, saying, “Behold, days are coming… when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah…. I will put My Torah within them. Yes, I will write it on their heart” (Jeremiah 31:31-22 TLV).

God also declared, “I will put My Ruach (Spirit) within you” (Ezekiel 36:27 TLV). After Yeshua (Jesus) had become our Passover Lamb, God gave His Holy Spirit to Believers on Shavuot. No longer is the law only written on stone, but the Holy Spirit of God writes the Law on our hearts and lives within us! 

On Shavuot we offer God:

  • the first of ourselves,
  • the first of our lives, and
  • the first of our days.

On Shavuot we thank God for revealing Himself to us:

  • in His written Word – given to us on Mount Sinai, and
  • in His Holy Spirit – given to us in Jerusalem.

May you know His joy and peace as you reflect on His wonderful gifts to you this Shavuot!

Sid Israel Roth, president of “It’s Supernatural!”, writes in an email, 5/23/2015:

At Pentecost, we are told to bring a wave offering of two loaves that are baked with leaven (Lev. 23:17). These two loaves are a picture of Jew and Gentile, the One New Man! Leaven in the Bible often represents sin. But it can also illustrate the expansion of the kingdom of God. Jesus said, “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened” (Luke 13:20-21). 

How will the One New Man expand God’s kingdom?

As Gentile believers allow God’s love to saturate them, they will evangelize the Jew. And as Jewish people allow God’s love to saturate them, they will fulfill their original call — to evangelize the Gentiles.

We need each other. When Jew and Gentile join together as one in Messiah Jesus, there will be an explosion of God’s Spirit engulfing the earth with the Glory of God. This One New Man, the true body of Messiah, will usher in the greatest awakening in history!

Batya Ruth Wootten, in her book, “Israel’s Feasts and Their Fullness” (p. 174f) writes,

           To better understand this feast, we need to understand the Father’s Covenant, Torah, and the Law, as it relates to the redeemed Believer in Messiah.

Most Believers agree that the Father gave the Ten Commandments, or “Ten Words,” to the children of Israel on Shavuot. Then, on a Shavuot day, centuries later, the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) was poured out on Yeshua’s disciples as they were expectantly gathered together in prayer in an upper room (Exo 19:9-25; 20:1-21; Acts 2:1-4).

With this outpouring (promised with the New Covenant), the Law that was once written on tablets of stone by the finger of God began to be written on hearts of flesh by the Spirit of God (Jer 31:31-33; 2 Cor 3:3; Heb 8:8-13; 10:16-17).

When Moses was with YHVH (God) on Mount Horeb, He “wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.” In the “midst of fire” He wrote them (Exo 34:28; Deu 10:4). Moses said, “He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone” (Deu 4:13).

When we realize that the Ten Commandments impart the spirit of the Father’s Covenant, we more clearly see the New Covenant fulfillment of Shavuot. The spirit of Torah was first written in flames of fire on tablets of stone by the finger of God. That Covenant was then written with tongues of fire on hearts of flesh by the Spirit of God (Jer 31:31-33; Heb 8:8-13; 10:16-17; Acts 2:3; Luke 24:49).

Fulfillment of Shavuot speaks of having the spirit of the Father’s Covenant brought to life in men’s hearts by His Holy Spirit. In other words, Shavuot centers around the spirit of His Torah. When we do not understand the spirit of the Law, we tend to stumble over the minutia of the letter of the Law, and the letter of the law then becomes “a testimony against us.”

Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus) gave a simple explanation of the Father’s Covenant commands. One might even say Yeshua consolidated the Torah and even the Ten Commandments into Two Commandments. When being tested by a certain lawyer, He was asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Yeshua answered him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets: (Mat 22:36-40).

In saying this, Yeshua was not denying Torah, but was simplifying its message, or giving an outline for the whole Torah. He was speaking of its pure essence, which is love. We must love YHVH with all our hearts and we must love our neighbor as ourselves. That is the essence of the Torah and the prophets. One might say the essence of the Ten Commandments was brought down to Two Commandments, and those two have a common command, they are distilled down to one word – love. As John the Apostle says, “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8).

David Krause,,, 5/24/2015

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