Let us start with a quick review of  repent in the Scriptures.

Nacham – to feel sorrowful, to regret, to think again after.

Teshuvah – to turn, to return.

We learned that repent (nacham) was used in the Tanak quite often to express a feeling of sorrow, or needing comfort – especially anytime when used to describe characteristics of our Father, YAHUAH. For He certainly is not a man that He should repent.

We also learned that repent (teshuvah) is used 1,000 times more often when talking about an action that we, believers, should be involved with – not only once – but a lifetime! Also 1000 times more often used in the Messianic Writings. Also, the word teshuvah is the term used by the Apostles and our Messiah himself when He and they proclaimed REPENT!

Certainly, this has to mean to us, it is better to return than to feel sorry. Oh Messiah, tell us what You mean by repent! He says to us “return”

Master YAHUSHA, return to what? Return to Me, you were with Me “in the beginning”, but you have gone after another way. “Repent now, for the Kingdom is near. Now is the time, to “return” to My Ways, My Instructions, My Way of Life that I have written for you, My teachings – return to My Torah.

To make teshuvah is to empower the spirit.

“Draw near to Elohim, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hand, you sinner: sanctify your hearts, you divided in mind.” James 4:8

Teshuva is the basis of how we draw near to YAHUAH, and it is only realized through Torah observance. Torah is the Will of YAHUAH. We run around constantly wondering “am I in His Will, what is His Will for me, even that no one knows the Will of God” This is false! His Will is expressed in His Torah. If we are living in obedience to His Teachings and Instructions – we ARE in His Will.

It is the Torah of YAHUAH that is perfect – converting the soul, yet many are quick to reject Torah even when they have little or no understanding of how it reveals the Kingdom of Elohim according to Messiah. One cannot know, until one chooses to live according to the Torah – how wonderful and revealing it is. It is Life! Just as Moses told us on the mountains prior to entering into the land. He said ”

8 And you shall again obey the voice of the LORD and keep all his commandments that I command you today.

9 The LORD your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your cattle and in the fruit of your ground. For the LORD will again take delight in prospering you, as he took delight in your fathers,

10 when you obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that are written in this Book of the Law, when you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

11 “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off.

12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’

13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’

14 But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.

15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.

16 If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you today, by loving the LORD your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it.

17 But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them,

18 I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess.

19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,

20 loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:8-20

Beloved, how much clearer can our Creator be to us concerning our lives?

 

Before Messiah came, the Torah was kept from the Gentiles (Nations) by the Rabbis, but Messiah did the opposite- He brought the Torah to the Nations. Messiah is the New Mediator of a Re-Newed Covenant. The Re-Newed covenant requires that the Torah be written upon our hearts – this is what it means to have a clean heart, whether a person is Jewish or not in this matter is irrelevant.

In other words when we make teshuvah and truly follow in the footsteps of Messiah, others will most certainly scorn us for living like a Jew because Christianity has done an extensive makeover to take the Jew out of their version of YAHUSHA. The resistance against us for making true repentance will come from church people, family, friends, pastors and those who habitually accuse followers of Messiah of being “legalists” and “Judaizers” because they prefer their own traditional worldly lifestyles. But Messiah says:

“Whoever finds his soul will lose it, and whoever loses his soul for my sake will find it”  Matthew 10:39.

So do not fear man, who can destroy the body only, but fear Him who is able to destroy body and soul. I can also say with great assurance, that there is so much incredible joy in living in His Will, according to His Torah, and in the footsteps of Messiah, that it just does not matter what others say or do.

“Repent, for the Reign of the Heavens is near!”

Did you know that our Father has a Government? He has a Kingdom – hopefully we know that, right? In His Kingdom, there is a constitution – a covenant – by which He requires His people to live. If there were no Holy Constitution, how would we expect His Kingdom to be different from this world? Our Father’s Torah is His Ways, a constitution if you will. If we desire to live in His Kingdom – then as He says Repent, return to My Ways.

Repent – return and enter into the Government of Messiah, rather than talk about it. I see so many, myself included, sin and repent, sin and repent, sin and “rededicate” my life again and again. What is wrong? This should not be so in our lives. Our Father and Messiah does not desire this spiritual torture for us. Could it be, beloved, that someone has told us the manual on how to live and get well is no longer valid?

Have we learned to Keep the Sabbath? No, we are told it was changed.

Have we learned that there is a way to eat, clean and unclean? No, we are taught a huge lie that all foods were declared clean.

Have we been taught that we are not to be intimate during menstruation? No, we are not taught that.

Have we been taught not to learn the way of the heathen and do what they do? No, we have Easter, Christmas, even Halloween in the so-called house of worship!

Have we been taught how to observe the beautiful celebration of Passover, which teaches untold treasures about our Messiah? No, instead we learn all the ways of the pagan fertility goddess if Ishtar(Easter).

THESE ARE JUST A VERY, VERY SMALL LIST OF WHAT WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN!

Now, when our Messiah says repent, return to the Torah – surely we can see how we need to. The Torah is our Creator’s teaching and instructions on how we are to live, prosper, and draw near to Him. The Government of Messiah started in the Garden of Eden and continues through to the World to Come, and every generation is called to depart from iniquity, turn away from all false dominions and subscribe to Messiah. To do this a person must stop adhering to the teachings of man and turn to YAHUAH to observe His Torah – His Divine instructions – and begin to learn about Justice, Peace and Righteousness according to Messiah. 1

One of the very first words on the lips of Messiah YAHUSHA was “repent”. It is imperative that we understand how to repent (make Teshuvah) and turn to YAHUAH and keep His Commandments. Whenever we read in the scriptures “return to Elohim”, “return to the LORD”, “return to God” – all Hebrews understand that this literally means “return to Torah.”

I hope and pray that we make teshuvah all of our lives, a continual return to His Torah until we no longer have breath, to run the race and finish in His Kingdom.

Please comment, correct, bring forth more understanding, question if you would like. Let us all make teshuvah!

1. Aramaic English New Testament

 

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