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TESHUVAH MEANS TURNING. BUT TURNING FROM WHAT TO WHAT?
Once a spiritually blind
woman came to a kehillah. She
said that everyone was against her, that she was totally innocent, that
her lawyer was going to help her "fight the system." That she was the greatest person in the
world but wherever she goes, people take advantage of her. What does a
kehillah do when a person like this walks in the door?
will change with her until she is gently and lovingly helped to see her
sin. This is serious because a man who could see neither his sin nor his Savior forfeited chayei olam (Mt 19:16-22). Remember the ganav on the tree? He not only
DID see his sin but saw that his sin condemned him and he was worthy of death because of it. He cried out to Moshiach
the Goel Redeemer Savior to remember him when he came into his Kingdom. This is assuredly teshuva, this is the real saving repentance
of the new birth. This is seeing one's sin.
This is the true turning that will lead to ahavah (love) and a lev tahor (pure heart) and a clear matzpun (conscience)
and emunah (faith) without tzevi'ut (hypocrisy) [see OJB 1Ti 1:5]. But, of course, the lady we are referring to above will never see her sin until the Ruach Hakodesh
convicts her and shows her her sin and shows her what a witch's cauldron
of deceit is her flesh (Ro
7:18). Seeing one's own sin is important because one can't turn away
from what one cannot see, and teshuvah (teshuva means turning away from
sin) means repentance, a change of mind about one's sin resulting in a
change of heart, even a change of behavior before G-d (Ps 51:4) vis-a-vis
one's sin. We change our mind about our sin and about our need for the true Moshiach in whose
holy presence we stand unclean in our sin.
When we say "sin" we
don't just mean the sin you DO, we mean the sinner you ARE. You have a sin
nature. That means you don't just ACT mule-like before the L-rd; you ARE a
mule [see commentary on Ro
7:18], a mule-like stubborn, morally undiscerning sinful creature
before the L-rd (see Ro 7:20 and
commentary). That's why He says, "Don't be like the...mule that has no
discernment but has to be controlled by bit or bridle or it will not come
to you" (Ps 32:9).
We have a sin nature, and
because of the seeds of rebellion therein, the only opinion we should have
of ourselves is that in us there is "no good thing." (Ro 7:18). In our sinful
nature we are like Balaam, riding a mule of
stubbornness until we have a run-in collision with the fear of the
L-rd, and even then, after I become a believer, I have a life-long struggle until I,
like Rav Shaul, learn how to "beat my mule daily." Rav Shaul says, "I
pommel it and keep it under strict subjection, so that after I am the
maggid (preacher) to others, I myself will not become declared ineligible"
(1C 9:27). He is not
talking about flagellation or asceticism. He is simply saying that
self-control is rebel-control. He is talking about the "flesh" or fallen
sin-prone human nature.
You say, "Rav Shaul was not in any sense a
rebel!" No? And I suppose you would naively say the same about Jonah too? Not only does
Rav Shaul tell us that he keeps the bridle and bit of
self-control firmly in hand, he also tells us that, as part of the
L-rd's discipline (compare
MJ chp 12), he required a "thorn in the flesh." For,
like Balaam (Nu 22:34),
our sinful nature opposes
the Ruach Hakodesh (Holy Spirit) and the Ruach Hakodesh opposes our
sinful nature. This is why you are not to do what YOU want (Ga 5:17). Being
a contrary mule-like creature, if you do what YOU want, it may very well
be just exactly what G-d DOESN'T want. Remember Kefa (Petros) had to have
his rebellious flesh come under divine rebuke (Mk 8:33) BEFORE he became
born again (Yn 20:22)
and also AFTER he was born again and Spirit-filled (Ga 2:11). This is why our
Romans chapter seven flesh needs to yield to the Romans chapter eight
Ruach Hakodesh every day.
You have to inquire of the L-rd and find
out not what YOU want, but what the L-RD wants ("Not my will, but Thine be
done.." "Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven"), because man is a
"contrary" being, contrary to
G-d. Man agrees that the Torah is good, but when it comes to not
transgressing the Torah, no one, not even believers (Ro 7:14), reaches the
point of perfection where we are not able to sin (see 1Kgs 8:46; Prov 20:9; Kohelet 7:20; 1Yn 1:8; Ya 3:2). In this life, the
"contrary" mule in us is always latently with us (Kohelet 7:29; Ro 7:14-18). Only Moshiach Ben Dovid is not sold as a slave to sin (Ro 7:14), not sold under the power of sin (Ro 3:9)
and not under sin's condemnation (Ro 5:18). Moshiach didn't
need a savior. We do. That is why we dare not make place for the devil and
we dare not make provision for the flesh. For the seeds of rebellion in
our carnal unspiritual nature can begin to grow if we yield to the lust of
the flesh, the lust of
the eyes, or the vanity of pride. Those who believe that Ro 7:14-25 must be
speaking of Rav Sha'ul as he remembers his days before he became a
Messianic Jew need to look at Ro 8:12-13 where he warns
believers (note the word "brethren") about the need to mortify the flesh.
You say, "But could Rav Sha'ul really have such a humble opinion of
himself that he would say, even as a believer, in my flesh there is 'no
good thing.' ?" Look at Rom
7:18; 1 Tim 1:15;
Phil 2:3-4. The "chief
of sinners" says that all believers should consider others as better than
themselves, for in our flesh as long as we are in the Olam Hazeh and are
still children of fallen Adam, there is "no good thing." Therefore, the
business of sanctification and
mortification is a daily concern.
G-d's thoughts are higher
than our thoughts. King David said, "I was like a beast before" G-d, Ps
73:22. Just as a mule lacks discernment of the thoughts of the mule rider,
so we lack and need to pray for moral discernment (Phil 1:9) of G-d. Sometimes we stubbornly test the
L-rd's patience with our spiritual ignorance and stupidity and, in the
divine mercy, we have
to receive a divine rap (Ac
12:7) to wake us up spiritually and bring us sorely needed deliverance ministry.
Let's illustrate the beast-like spiritual stupidity and
stubbornness I'm talking about. This is all leading up to the point that
Romans chapter 7 is
there to warn you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to
think and to warn you that you are being very foolish if you think that legalisms and
religiosity is in fact all you need to be able to obey G-d. Friend, a
deeper moral discernment of Moshiach the Holy One of Israel and of the
Ruach Hakodesh is needed in your life. Yes, there is the gap between what
you know (Ro 7:15) and
what the Ruach Hakodesh knows, as Romans 8:26 makes plain. Sin is
so profound in the human condition that you do NOT know what you do (Ro 7:15), but the Ruach
Hakodesh knows (Ro
8:26) and the prophet knows (see Ro 12:6 and Amos 3:7 and 1Co 14:25 and Ac 5:3 and Ac 1:5 and Ac 10:45 and Ro 5:5 and see also this
Pentecostal prophetic gift in operation against secret sin in a modern kehillah.) And Romans
chapter 7 is showing the believer why he needs not just chapter 4 and
grace, and chapter 5 and justification by faith, and chapter 6 (mortification), but also he
needs chapter 8 and the power of the Holy Spirit to equip him
supernaturally to see sin and repent of it. As far as chapter 5 is
concerned, Moshiach is tzidkeinu (our righteousness, 1C 1:30).
My salvation is based on the perfect righteousness of Moshiach imputed to
me by grace through faith. However, as an adopted child of G-d, I still
have remnants of the old child of Adam nature and therefore just as I
needed chapters 1-3 to show me my need for chapters 4, 5, and 6, so I need
chapter 7 to show me my need for chapter 8. See Romans in Yiddish.
Now here is the illustration showing that Ps 73:22 is talking about
you. Imagine a mule pulling a farmer sitting in a cart to town. The farmer
wants to go to the village. The mule wants to stop. The farmer grows
impatient and gets out of the cart and walks around to face off with the
mule. The farmer and the mule stare at each other eyeball to eyeball. The
farmer doesn't want to use bit and bridle (Ps 32:9), but he's got to
move the cart and get to town. The mule has stopped because of a she-donkey the mule has spotted
in a neighboring field. Remember Uriah's wife? Remember David "stopping the cart" on G-d
back at the palace because of that she-donkey? Did he get away with
"stopping the cart"? Will you? Was a prophet dispatched to
David? Will a prophet be dispatched to you if you "stop the cart" on
the L-rd? O if David had not hardened his
heart. O if David had only feared the L-rd like Joseph with Potiphar's
wife! O if David had only made a covenant with his eyes
like Job when David was tempted to play the peeping tom on the roof of his
palace! O if David had not put the
L-rd to the test! If only David had repented of the evil he was
tempted to do! If only, before he did it, he had changed his mind
This is what repentance is:
changing your mind. You see that what you are doing or are tempted to do
hurts the heart of G-d and you stop it. It says, "Therefore, produce p'ri tov l'teshuva (fruit worthy of repentance), and do not begin to presume within yourselves, saying, We have the zechut Avot (merit of the Fathers) of Avraham Avinu, for, I say to you, that Hashem is able from these avanim (stones) to raise up banim to Avraham Avinu." (OJB) Joseph knew that he would hurt the
heart of G-d if he had in fact gone ahead and betrayed the L-rd by
committing sin against Elohim (see Gn 39:9). You need to read
again 2Sm 12:7-8 and
feel the divine emotion that goes with the divine words: David has wounded
the heart of G-d by his sin. It is as though G-d is saying, "David, you
have hurt Me. You have betrayed My trust by your lack of trust in Me. I
took you from tending sheep and gave you a palace and gave you more
blessings than anyone could imagine. And I would have given you even more
blessings. But then you repaid My goodness by your wicked sneaking around
and doing evil and betraying Me. This is how you have despised Me."
Or let's go from David to Simon Peter. There was a heart relationship between Simon Peter
and the Moshiach. This heart relationship is what Satan was taking aim at when Satan sifted Peter like
wheat (see Lk 22). Above all guard your heart. Man looks on the outward appearance
but G-d looks on the heart. "May the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight,
O L-rd, my Strength and my Redeemer." May the unrighteous man forsake his unrighteous
thoughts. This is teshuva. The heart is the "real you," where your besetting sins and
generational "bad wood" has to be pruned away or sifted out and exposed. Out of the heart
proceed evil thoughts. Simon Peter hurt his Song of Songs heart relationship with Moshiach and the text says that
Moshiach "looked at him." (Lk 22:61). Notice Simon Peter
had confessed the L-rd at Caesarea Philippi and in some sense was a believer, but Satan was
sifting him. We have to keep ourselves in the love of the L-rd and this means turning
from our flesh and resistantly turning from Satan who sifts our flesh and this is part of repentance. The reason
we need nevi'im in the congregation is because they read hearts and secret sin cannot
hide from the eye of the navi anymore than the sin of Ananias and Sapphira could hide
from the eye of Simon. See Ac chapter 5. Look at the Holy Gospel again and the Holy Moshiach and
what your wickedness cost this Holy Moshiach and then perhaps you won't indulge your wickedness by attempting to hide your wickedness in your wicked heart. This is teshuva. When wickedness in our hearts comes to light, we don't keep trying to
hide it. We confess it and turn from it. This is teshuva.
sometimes think of sin as an error, like a simple error on the playing
field in sports. Few would weep over an athlete's error. Sin is not such a
sterile mistake. It's more like a personal betrayal. This is why you must
guard your heart above all
else and love the Word
of G-d and hide it in your heart
that you might not sin against G-d.
Let me illustrate it this way.
Suppose you were sort of a crude Irish whiskey drinker. And let's say you
married a refined lady whose father had been a brutal alcoholic and had
hurt her terribly for many, many years. There was suffering with every
glass of his whiskey, you might say. Now being a crude sort of person, to
you, having a few drinks and coming home noisy with a merry heart from the
tavern would be no big thing. But what if it devastated this damaged lady
that you loved? Would you be so crude as to see what you did as a mere
sterile mistake, a mere ritual error having to do with a statute about
drunkenness? Or would you see the whole thing as a devastating personal
wound, that a crude and morally ignorant and decadent undiscerning "you"
had personally wounded "her"? Would you then wake up and see you had hurt
your relationship with the one who means the whole world to you? Would you
feel bad about what you had done to her? Would you be able to say, "I was
like a beast before you. This thing I have done to you is terrible. I have
hurt you. I have hurt your heart. I have done something evil in your sight
(Ps 51:4)." Now you see your sin and
because of your love and your fear about destroying the relationship, you
decide never to put the person you love through that again. Now you see
what your sin cost the Moshiach Ben Dovid who was wounded for your
transgressions. Now you see that sin appearing to you in your
spiritual blindness and lack of moral discernment as "no big thing" became
a horrific burden that he had to carry as your scapegoat substitute burden-bearer. Now
you see the self-emptying love that led him on this pursuit to get you right with a
just but compassionate, merciful G-d. Being a crude sort of person you dimly begin to
see all this. Now you feel bad for what you have done and sincerely
determine in your heart, that with the help of G-d, you are going to
forsake these old crude blind morally undiscerning ways of your old life
that were so personally agonizing to the Son of G-d who loves you.
Here we are getting to the real point of repentance, which is a matter of the heart.
In the book of Jonah, we see ironically that it is Jonah himself who needs to grasp
what repentance is, for the Ninevites have repented and yet at the end of the book
it remains to be seen whether Jonah will repent. Let me illustrate this by telling the
story of Kitty. Any cat lover knows that cats are always looking for new hiding places,
forcing the cat lover to have to engage in a game of cat hide-and-seek. One day Kitty
was no where to be found. I sat upstairs at Beth Shalom and suddenly a horrible stillness
settled over me. The cat must have gotten outside and has been run over or stolen,
never to be seen again. I began to panic. I felt a terrible longing and sadness come over
me. I loved that cat. I took care of that cat. I fed that cat. I brushed that cat. I could
never get over losing that cat. So weeping profusely I began to seek that which was lost.
I began to ransack the whole building on my hands and knees
looking for that cat, all the while thinking, "How could she hide from me, if that is what she's doing,
since I do so much for her?" (This is what G-d thinks about you, Adam. Adam, where are you?
Adam, why are you hiding from me, after all that I've done for you? (See Genesis 3:9.)
People without saving repentance are more like a cat hiding from her master or Adam hiding
from his Maker. Are you not aware that people are hiding and running from G-d and that a Bible school
can either produce Pharisees and scibes like those in Luke chapter 15, who as far as a burden for
lost souls are concerned, are not in touch with the heart of G-d,
or a Bible school can produce weeping street preachers seeking the lost like what I'm
describing... a cat lover seeking a lost cat--if a lost cat is precious, in fact is not a lost soul also precious to G-d?
But then, just when I had lost all hope, after three hours of searching, there was Kitty! For some reason
she had decided to stop hiding from me! O what relief! What joy! What elation! What gladness!
When you read Luke chapter 15 this is what Moshiach is trying to get across to the Scribes
and Pharisees! They are religious people doing religious doings but they are not going out into the
highways and byways desperately weeping and seaching with the heart of G-d for that which is lost. They are lost themselves. They need revival and repentance!
And even a street preacher who goes out into the highways and byways can be doing all this like
a Pharisee or a scribe, like a Jonah, just hitting the religious time clock and going through the motions. But they
that go forth weeping, weeping with the heart of G-d for the lost, bearing the precious harvest seed of the inerrant Word, will doubtless come back bringing the harvest sheaves with them.
So being a mere religious person and having a mere religious teshuvah is not repentance.
You must hate your evil (Ps 97:10). Now you see
that "in my flesh dwells no good thing" (Ro 7:18). Now you begin to hate
your flesh as Rav Shaul hated his. We are talking about our old fallen
nature in Adam. The Holy Spirit makes you begin to hate your old fallen
nature and yearn for deliverance from the old corrupt life you have
lived. This is what repentance with godly sorrow unto salvation is like
(2C 7:10). It is not
about a sterile religious mistake, a mere technical ritual error. It's
about a personal matter between you and Almighty G-d whom you love and
fear and whom you have deeply offended and hurt by your sin. When G-d sees
you have found your sin, or rather that He has shown it to you and you
finally see it and understand the horror of it vis-a-vis your relationship
with Him (Ps 51:4),
then when you have
sorrow about how you have offended Him, He relents, His anger is
pacified, because the Moshiach suffered for your sin and bore the dreadful
penalty of it and G-d is not willing that you perish in your sin, so great
is His love for you. And now you see the sickness of your sin and your
need of Moshiach as the physician to get you well and bring you to G-d.
When G-d saw the Ninevites repent at the preaching of the buried and
resurrected Prophet Jonah, G-d in his love and tender mercy changed his
mind about the recompense He had said He would bring on them (Jonah 3:10). Listen! Gehinnom is real! Look at the
people who went to hell in the true story told here. Look at the
people who may have gone to hell in David's Kingdom, even David's household. What
a wretched man King David was! What a wretched man we will be (Ro 7:24) if we try to be
clean through our own
resources. Romans chp 7 shows that kedushah is impossible left
to our own sin-prone, fallen-in-Adam resources. We are wretched men
without the Ruach Hakodesh's help, which is what Romans chp 8 is all about.
It is essential that you realize that even as a believer you are
still a son of Adam, sold under sin, in the sense that the radical demands
of Moshiach mean that even believers fall short (Ya 3:2). This is why Ro 6:12-13 warns the
believer about sin's power to reign in control of the mortal body's
natural capacities. Ro
8:13-14 repeats the warning. Chapter 7 is sandwiched in between Ro 6:12-13 and Ro 8:13-14 to show the
believer's need for vigilance in continuing to put off Adam and put on
Moshiach, a costume change that must not be struck from heaven's dress
hearsal. Ro chap 2 has
already shown the UNbelieving Jewish problem and this is not what Ro chap
7 is regurgitating. Rather Ro chap 7 is dealing with the BELIEVING
messianic Jew's problem, namely Paul the messianic believer's problem. For
Moshiach Ben Elohim Zoon Foon Besula Maidela is not a child of Adam sold
under sin in Adam, but Paul is, and so are you. Yes, it is true you have been redeemed,
so from G-d's point of view in eternity there is a sense in which you are
no longer a child of Adam for now, if you are born again, you are an adopted child of G-d. And from
that perspective you are not sold under sin, you are redeemed. Your
spirit, once dead in trespasses and sins, has been raised, and, as a new
creature, you have a new dynamic in the Spirit to fight the good fight of
faith. But there are still seeds of Adam's rebellion in your human nature
and the remnant of your old nature sold under sin in Adam means that you
have to watch your life
and doctrine closely, believing that G-d will complete the good work
He began in you.
Let me illustrate it this way. Al Capone was a
gangster in Chicago. Let's say, for the sake of illustration, that Mrs. Al
Capone doesn't want Al Capone Jr to be in the mob. So Al Capone Jr who
loves his mother makes a vow that he will never be in the mob. She takes
him to an adoption agency and the boy gets a new identity. But one day he
turns around and, lo and behold, he is in the mob! Or, put it like this,
ALMOST in the mob! Then he shouts out in despair, "I do not understand
what I do" (Ro 7:15)!
(We are talking about the bondage of the flesh here.) You say, "What does
that have to do with Paul?" Do you not know what pharisaic pride is? Paul
had a pride problem. You say, "Paul had a pride problem even AFTER he
became a believer?" Yes. Read 2C 12:7. Our hearts are so
deceitful that, even after we come to the L-rd, we need moral discernment
to be able to see our Holy
Moshiach and turn away from our own iniquity, the iniquity of the old
self, so that, putting on the new self in Moshiach, we then have a mind
like that of Rav Shaul as he writes Philippians, so that we also keep our
eyes on Moshiach with total love and adoration. For Moshiach is the lover of our soul.
What hinders us is the human condition, the problem of the wretched
condition of our fallen flesh. We do not know/understand what we do. We do
not know our own wicked hearts. We do not see our sin. We have a blind
spot when we look above the steering wheel of the will into the rear-view
mirror of our moral discernment. This is not just a problem for carnal
believers. It's a problem for all believers, and "let him who thinks he
stands take care lest he fall!"
Brethren, receive not every
spirit, for many neviei sheker have gone out into the world. When I was a
child my mother took me to be photographed on my 12th birthday. This was
an old-fashioned photography studio and the lady photographer had to drape
a black shroud over her head in order to see me through the camera's lens.
The light of this world
had to be shrouded out because such light of this world would hamper her
ability to see and would have a detremental effect on the photograph. Did
you know that some "light" is actually darkness and has a detremental
effect on your ability to see? The Bible says that if the "light" within you is actually
darkness and hampers your ability to see, how great is that darkness! How
great is the resultant blindness! When David, having a mid-life crisis,
thought Bathsheba was his mid-life crisis savior, how great was his
blindness! When depressed and obsessed Amnon thought Tamar was his savior,
how great was that blindness! When Jews in Brooklyn think a rotting corpse
false Moshiach in a New York City cemetery is their savior, how great is
that blindness! And when YOU have a false savior (your savings account,
your inheritance, your good looks, your cadre of friends, your job, your
spouse, your religiosity, your legalisms, your whatever), how great is
YOUR blindness! And the blindness I am talking about is original sin
blindness that goes down the generations from father Adam to father David to
"like-father-like-son" Amnon and has a blinding impact on each generation
like Paul's Pharisaic pride blindness that goes down the generations from
Pharisaic father to Pharisaic son and this spiritual or moral blindness is
confessed by Paul in this way: "I do not know what I do!" (Ro 7:15). In
other words, Who can discern his errors? This is what it says in Ps 19. We are not twisting
this verse to excuse sin. We are merely pointing out the wiley
stubbornness with which sin can deceive and hide in the human heart.
Therefore, without the mighty empowerment of the Ruach Hakodesh described
in Romans chapter 8, the believer may know the good and wish or want to do
it, but the accomplishment of it may be another matter. The spirit is
willing but the flesh is weak. And mere Romans chapter 7 legalisms have no
power against the indulgence of the flesh (see Col 2:23). But with the
empowerment of the Ruach Hakodesh spoken of in Romans chapter 8 we can
fight all sin and temptation, for it is G-d who works in you "to will and
to act according to His good purpose" (Phil 2:13). On the mighty
empowerment of the Ruach Hakodesh see the following on spiritual gifts.
The woman above I referred to I said that nothing will change with
her until she is gently and lovingly helped to see her sin, so she will be
like David when she repents, contrite and eager with heart devotion toward
her G-d of mercy Who forgives her. When the Kehillah in Corinth repents,
this is how their heart is and there is a description of their heart in 2Co 7:7-10. But let's look
at her sin. This woman, it turns out, had a sin of selfish manipulation
and an occult background. We all know people who are manipulators. We call
them "users." They wind up having no friends because they are selfish,
self-centered, and only want friends for what they can get out of them.
Such people live for SELF and are dead even while they live. Ro 6:1 shows
that such will be rejected. King Saul, like many of us,
discovered the emptiness of building a monument to Self (1Sm 15:12). He
deluded himself that he was great, that he obeyed G-d, but he wanted to
obey G-d Saul's way, not G-d's
way. There is a way that seems right to a man but that way ends in
King Saul was a stubborn mule of a man, and stubbornness is
as the sin of witchcraft. Inveterate manipulators come into the Kehillah
and find frustration when they cannot manipulate the Holy Spirit or the
Spirit-filled Elders, even though manipulation was such a proficient part
of their former life in the occult (on the occult in the life of stubborn
Saul see here).
Scripture says, "Be not wise in your own eyes. Fear the L-rd, and depart
from evil." The person that doesn't know their sin thinks that G-d is like
them, that He has a tolerance for it. Apparently you have forgotten that
His Holy Spirit can be grieved with your stubbornness. Apparently you have
forgotten His holy wrath can be aroused when this Jealous G-d is made a
cuckold by your unholy liaison with your idols. Remember that Israel also
had a mule-like incomprehension of G-d (Isaiah 1:3) because Israel
had a mule-like stubborn lack of moral discernment of who she was dealing
with: her Holy G-d. This cost Israel the estrangement of Exile. Her
idolatrous sin had separated her from her Holy G-d (Isaiah 5:13).
Imagine your younger brother is in the front room with your mother and she is
vacuuming the carpet. But every time she gets the carpet clean, your younger
brother appears and throws some fresh dirt on the carpet. She vacuums, he
dirties; she vacuums, he dirties; she vacuums, he dirties. How long is this going
to continue before somebody stops this stupidity? Moshiach was manifested
in this world to take away the filth. He is tahor (clean). Whoever sets his hope
on Moshiach wants to abide in that which is tahor, and can't practice a life of
filth because he or she is born of G-d, G-d's seed abides in him or her, and repentance
(turning from filth) is a constant preoccupation for the truly born again believer. A
pig thinks nothing of lounging in the mud, but a cat is always cleaning herself. It is
her constant preoccupation. We who are bnei foon der Oybershter must abide in the One who is tahor,
and the One who is tahor abides in us. This is why we crave the pure milk of the Word.
Anyone who is not repentant and goes on in his filth or returns to it, is not
born again. The tevilah in the mikveh mayim means that this old person, who
had no knowledge of the Holy One Moshiach Adoneinu, is dead. If his relatives
said kadesh over him, that is only confirmatory, that the old person is dead. A korban kaparah
has been provided and a new person has arisen from a watery kever.
True faith knows that nothing is hidden from G-d's holy all-seeing eye,
and everything is naked and open with Him with Whom we have to do.
It's a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry G-d. Without this true faith,
it is impossible to please G-d, because those that come to Him must believe that
He is and that He rewards those that diligently seek Him.
Beware of false faith that does not diligently seek Him. Flirting with temptation is not
diligently seeking Him. To illustrate, there are believers in a drug rehab for women. They sit and listen to preaching
all day long. But for many of them there is in their imagination an alluring figure
looking in on them from the nearby window, whispering to them, "Listen, all this
religious stuff is just fine, but when you need to take a break from it, I will be around and
you and I can have a little sex and drugs and backslide for a little break from all the religious rigorism." Beware of this lie. Beware of this false faith lacking repentance.
Read the book of Hebrews again. There IS a rigorism in the Bible.
G-d knows your thoughts and you have to be IN or OUT. Get IN and throw that alluring figure OUT.
There is no middle ground such as you are imagining. If you are lukewarm, He will spew you out
of His Mouth. By crowding out that figure from their minds and imaginations through Scripture
meditation and preaching to the devil and study and through praying in the Spirit, drowning out the voice of the flesh and
the devil by praying in the Spirit, they must renounce and forsake that alluring figure waiting
"for a more opportune time."
Every day Orthodox Jews walk in front of my office and spit. I have been spat on
so frequently that I have to dress more casually because I can't afford
the dry cleaning bill. Today an Orthodox Jew did an elaborate spitting
ritual, spitting on the sidewalk in front of my office, then, with
incantations, stomping on the spittle and walking away bitterly. I said to
him quietly without anger, "What you are doing with your spittle will not
help you. Spittle or no spittle, the Bible is still true and you are still stubbornly refusing to read
Every establishment has a "lost and found" department. Such
is 1Samuel in the Bible. King Saul LOST his crown (make sure no one takes
YOUR crown), because he never FOUND his "mule"; someone else got his crown
and someone else found his mule but King Saul himself did not find it (1Sm 9:8-9, 20). Had he inquired of
the L-rd and waited on the L-rd, he might have found his mule-like sin of
stubbornness and repented of it; he might have become a man after G-d's
own heart. But he, no longer small in his own eyes, became arrogant and
presumptuous and ran ahead of his own repentance in pride, and someone
"better" (1Sm 15:28) took his crown. He did not find his mule; he found
only the sorrow that comes when G-d repents of (changes his mind about)
ever promoting you to a position of trust.
character who apparently never found his "mule" is Simon the Magician. The
prophet who read his
heart (1Co 14:25) did
in fact find Simon the Magician's "mule," but Simon the Magician did not
find his "mule." The prophet-shliach Shimon Kefa was able to see Simon the
Magician's sin but Simon Magus apparently could not see it. See Ac 8:20 and 21. Seeing your sin and
turning from it in saving faith to the Savior is salvation by the grace of
The realm of the tevilah in the Ruach Hakodesh is the realm where
this miracle happens. The Ruach Hakodesh, not the letter of the law (Ro 7:6), is the means by
which Simon Kefa did this prophetic ministry (1Co 14:25) with Simon the
Magician. We are talking here about the Spiritual realm where this
prophetic "seeing" of secret sin in the heart is accomplished by the power
of G-d. The sin that might otherwise hide in a believer's heart is flushed out in a Spirit-filled kehillah. We
are talking about Spirit-filled prophets in a congregation sniffing out
secret sin like bomb-sniffing dogs in an airport luggage room. We are
preparing to fly away to heaven but without repentance we shall all alike
perish. And there is defeat in the camp when Achan hides his secret
sin. This is why Paul gives this gift priority (see 1Co 14:1 and Ro
12:6 and 1Co 14:25). And this is why Paul is saying in chapter 7 of Romans
that being regenerated is not enough, knowing the Torah is not enough.
Peter was a new born babe who craved the milk of the Torah but Moshiach
required more than that before Moshiach's Shliach Peter was sent to Simon
the Magician and Ananias and Sapphira. The prophetic empowerment of the
outpoured Holy Spirit (Ro 5:5) would equip Peter to deal with sin, wiley
sin, hidden sin, stubborn sin, the sin that can hide and subvert via
legalisms (Ro 7:7-8)
and deceive the flesh under cover of the letter of the law (see Ro 7:6 and Ro 7:11)
because of the believer's flesh (Ro 7:18). It is this
spiritual realm that believing messianic Jews need to enter for their
sanctification, not merely pursuing the letter of the law, which is the
point of Romans chapter 7.
commentators and non-Pentecostal exegetes may have problems with our
interpretation of Romans chapter 7 above. But Luke, the author of Acts, and
Paul, the author of Romans, are on the same page regarding a
post-regeneration Ruach Hakodesh empowerment (Ac 8:12-17; Ac 10:44-46; Ac 11:14-16; Ac 15:7-9; Ro 5:5; Ro 7:6; Ro 8:26) into the miraculous
realm of the supernatural which Moshiach desired for the Shluchim (Lu 24:49; Ac 1:4-5) and which
Moshiach's Shluchim desired for every believer, and which the gift of
prophecy, a gift that discerns hidden sin, has this preiminent benefit (1Co 14:1) for
14:25), according to Rav Shaul. The ethos of
service in the messianic life is the Ruach Hakodesh, not the letter of the
Can you imagine this scenario? Moshiach's Shluchim discover
some talmidim who are believers in Yeshua and know the tevilah of teshuvah in the mikveh
mayim but not the tevilah in the Ruach Hakodesh (Ac 1:5). Then among these
believers imagine that we find many frum messianic Jews as in the
Jerusalem kehillah (see Ac
21:21), the very ones Rav Shaul is thinking about as he dictates Romans. Now imagine
that these Torah-observant messianic Jews say something like, "O we
believe in this Moshiach. We believe in the first six chapters of Romans.
And we have had Moshiach's
mikveh mayim. But we Torah-observant messianic Jews have decided from
this point forward in our Avodas Hashem that we can fend off sin from here
on out by the letter of the Torah." Now imagine that Rav Shaul appears at
just this point with Romans chapter 7. Rav Shaul would be the last person
to object to studying the Torah. However, what he knows will fail is the
letter of the law against the deceitfulness of sin, and this is what he
sets out to prove in Romans chp 7 after he lays done the guiding principle
that the ethos of the messianic life and the halakhah in the Derech Hashem
is the Ruach Hakodesh, not the letter of the Torah (Ro 7:6). Notice when he
talks about "service" in Ro 7:6 he picks this theme up again in Ro 12:3-8,
giving priority to the gift of prophecy (Ro 12:6), meaning do not go
beyond what is written (1Co 4:6), meaning prophecy according to the
analogy of faith (Yd 1:4; Ga 1:23; 1Ti 1:4; 1Ti 1:19a; 1Ti 3:9; 1Ti 4:1;
1Ti 4:6; 1Ti 6:21), which gift, prophecy, Paul prized.
this true story here.
When you read this true story, you will see how the Ruach Hakodesh used
the gift of prophecy to flush out hidden sin in a Spirit-filled messianic
synagogue. You will also see from this true story the
disastrous consequences that may follow when the prophetic word is not
heeded (see 1Kg
me pause a moment and make an aside about the gift of prophecy (Ro 12:6)
and discerning of spirits (1Co 12:10) and resisting Satan (Mt 4:3-4) with
Unfortunately there are some who fancy that they have a prophetic gift and
they feel that it is their prophetic job to unmask all the phoney
ministers who lack the superior gifts of prophecy that these would-be
prophets possess! Such develop a spirit of pride, an arrogant judgmental
spirit, and need ministry themselves. In the true gift of prophecy, this
Scripture is all important: "Those whom I LOVE I reprove and chasten, so
be zealous and repent" (Rev 3:19). Pentecostal prophets are not
angry and self-righteous unmaskers of hypocritical believers but rather
loving ministers who are trying to lovingly bring the straying and
confused sheep back to the Shepherd Messiah.
And when Satan tries to distract you, knowing that
without a vision the people perish, you must resist the devil and wait on
the vision, even if it tarries. Whatever you do, do not be disobedient to
the vision (Act 26:19)! For example, G-d has given various ones of
us a vision for Chassidic
Borough Park and Chassidic Williamsburg and Chassidic Crown Heights in
Brooklyn. I personally have
had this vision since 1975. This vision concerns the final frontier of
Jewish ministry and the vision itself is very, very threatening to the
powers of darkness. So Satan has to be pushed back by setting our heart's
desire on the Word of G-d vis-a-vis this frontier of ministry. So Satan
has to be pushed back with, "Satan, I do not live by the leaven of the
Pharisees so get behind me. (I live) by every Borough Park Yiddish Word that proceeds from
the mouth of G-d!" For the man whose treasure is the inerrant Word of G-d is a man
who brings good things out of his treasure chest. But if we allow Satan to
bring down our minds onto carnal and impious and worldly things, then we
will only have corrupt things to bring out of our treasure chest, for out
of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The battle is in the heart.
This is what is meant when it says to "keep your head in all
circumstances." So confess with our mouth Moshiach Tzidkeinu (Jer 23:5-6) and believe in
our heart that Moshiach Ben
Dovid is the Shofet Kol
HaAretz. This means that Moshiach is the most important person in the
world to us at all times because Hashem raised him up and Moshiach is the
REVACH (RELIEF/RECOVERY) and HATZALAH (DELIVERANCE, SALVATION) that has
arisen from another place (Esther 4:14). Because
Moshiach our Goel Redeemer is the treasure in our hearts, only edifying
and saving and worthy words are coming forth from our mouth and from the
treasure chest of our heart. For as a man thinks, so is he. However, Satan
wants us to take our eyes off of the Redeemer who is leading us out of
Sodom and out of Gomorrah. For our Goel Redeemer is leading us on the
derech yashar to the Eternal City. But Satan wants to sift us like wheat
to tempt us to look back like Lot's wife and be corrupted, be destroyed,
be lost, perish, become a pillar of salt. Are you a "lingering Lot" (see Gen 19:16), your flesh being sifted while at the same time your nefesh
is being tortured that you might be demonized by the enemy and jaded with guilt (2K 2:7-8)? Pray this deliverance prayer right now.
So the battle with the
Devil is fought in the mind. We must love the L-rd with ALL OF OUR HEART!
This is why we study the Bible in the original language. Suppose you were
going to marry someone from Paris. Would you want to learn French to be
able to read her letters? Or would you be content to have some go-between
guess at her nuances and give you some rough approximation of her meaning?
No you would want to know what every single word in every love letter
meant! Well, suppose G-d wrote you love letters in Hebrew or Greek. Mulling over each Greek and Hebrew word day and
night will keep your mind and your heart guarded so you can deal with the
Let me quickly illustrate the gift
of discerning of spirits and the power of discerning the demon's name in
deliverance ministry. Imagine if
Al Capone had a prison-break plan. Imagine he and some other prison
inmates were dressed up like prison guards and were heading toward the
front gate to escape the prison. As soon as you call the deceiver by name,
then the deceiver is unmasked and his plan is destroyed. If you cry out,
"Al Capone!" then you have the victory. Once I discerned that the spirit
of intemperance, even the spirit of dissipation was at work, once I knew
that this is what I was dealing with (we do not wrestle against flesh and
blood) and once the demonic deception and scheme was unmasked when the
evil spirits were discerned and named, then I had the victory over the
demonic deception that was trying to attack the ministry. By the grace of
G-d I did not yield to these demonic tempters, and G-d sent loving
Pentecostal prophets to me to help me with any "blind spots" I might have.
I did not contaminate the Song-of-Songs-devoted-to-Moshiach
heart, as Satan was trying to get me to do. By the grace of G-d, I kept my
head in that circumstance. The evil spirit was heady, even intoxicating,
but the Ruach Hakodesh helped me to remain sober and watchful. Satan is a
liar and a thief and a robber. This is why we dare not make provision for
the flesh, for to do so is to make provision for the devil. For Satan sifts the flesh
like wheat because Satan is our enemy who wants to devour us. Satan must
be resisted and locked out. Only a fool would leave his front door
unlocked for the burglar. The L-rd helped me do the necessary spiritual warfare to not make
place for the devil and
not make provision for the flesh, for the flesh is that stubborn mule we
are talking about. And part of repentance is taking your stand against the
devil, using all the means of
grace to resist the wiles of the
Then, when the demonic ordeal had passed, the L-rd gave
me prophetic words from Isaiah chapter 43, that He was doing a "new thing"
and that I should not "dwell on" the ordeal because He had "blotted it
out" and what G-d has blotted out we must not dwell on. If your teacher
kept erasing something you wrote on the blackboard, would you keep writing
it, even though he kept "blotting it out?" No! So if you did not yield to
temptation, don't let the devil send you a fleshy prophet to "get it
off" and condemn you anyway and put you under another spirit, namely the
spirit of condemnation. Get alone
with G-d and study the inerrant prophecy called the
Bible and build yourself up on the most Holy Faith.
You say, "Wait
a minute! I thought being born again meant there was a metamorphosis
miracle of a new birth and
that a person became a new creature and, as you say, the stubborn mule is
gone--behold, the L-rd's docile carriage horse is here." Yes, but there
are still remnants of the old rebellious nature resident in the believer
this side of glorification. That is why the work of sanctification is a
process that continues throughout a believer's life.
If I told you
that a beautiful chalice was filled to the brim with smelly and vile slop
and I focussed your attention only on pouring that putrid liquid out and
cleaning the cup, you would not find this completely edifying. However, if
I told you about a glorious replacement liquid that would be poured into
that clean cup, this would be more edifying. We have talked about the
negative aspect of repentance. Now notice the positive. Notice that when
we repent we TURN AWAY from something smelly and putrid but we also TURN
TOWARD something glorious. Notice that G-d has turned Rav Shaul away from
his vile flesh and reoriented his new man, his regenerated inner man to a
new mind. This new mind is radically and essentially oriented away from
the old self to Moshiach.
It is no longer I, the old me, who lives. It is Moshiach who lives in me.
Moshiach helps us to empty the self as we see here.
But when a human
being repents it means to stop going the same mule-driven
stubborn direction, even if you have to beat your mule every day. A
true believer will not continue down the same mule-stubborn path of sin
(1Yn 3:9; 1Yn 5:18). He will pommel his "mule" (sin-prone nature, 1C
9:27), and not just at Rosh
Hashanah, not just at Yom
Kippur, not just on the
morning of Erev Yom Kippur, because unless you repent you too will
perish (Lk 13:3,5). You say, "How do I repent?" Well, you believe on
Yeshua the Moshiach Ben Dovid and you take the Moshiach's Mikveh Mayim of
teshuva, calling on Moshiach Adoneinu to bring you to Hashem through the
power of the Ruach Hakodesh, even as you place all your faith in the
korban kaparah of Moshiach's blood to justify you (Ro 5:9) and make you right with Hashem.
Also you regularly go to Moshiach's Shul and seek the Seudas Moshiach, remembering
that "some are sick and some have fallen asleep" because "some" did not discern
the Moshiach Seh HaElohim in the stripes and piercings of the Matzah and consequently
"some" did not change their minds about their sins. And because "some"
did not discern the basar HaMoshiach Seh HaElohim in the Middle Matzah broken in their behalf,
"some" did eat judgment on themselves and did taste of the
ten makkot (plagues) of the Seder Cup that fell on Moshiach because "some" in their hard
impenitent hearts willfully turned a blind eye away from Moshiach in the Seder.
Rav Shaul reminds us that each of us must stand individually before the Kisse HaMishpat
(Judgment Seat of Moshiach). This is our incentive to repent. You need to look at 2Co 5:10. Look at it in Yiddish too. In 1Co 10:5 he
reminds us that most running the Torah marathon from the Red Sea to the Jordan River did not please the L-rd and consequently they never made it alive out of the
wilderness into the Promised Land. Then when he gets to 2Co chps 4-5 he tells us why he himself strives
every day to live before the L-rd and to please the L-rd. The answer is that this body, this earthen vessel,
this "tent" that is wasting away, will be replaced by a building from G-d, not made by human hands (the spiritual
or resurrection body), and the inner man, who delights in the Torah of Hashem (Ro 7:22), the inner man who is regenerated
and born again, this inner man is being renewed day by day and already has in his regenerated hand the first installment
or down payment of that building from G-d and that pledge, that guarantee, that first installment is the Ruach Hakodesh.
Now we must not displease the L-rd or grieve the Ruach Hakodesh because believers cannot take
occupancy of their building from G-d when they are absent from the body and present with the L-rd until each individual
believer has appeared before this awesome Throne (Hashem has given all judgment to Moshiach Ben Dovid) and until each has given account for what he or she has
done in the body, whether good or bad. Therefore we must judge ourselves now and repent
so we will not be judged then and lose rewards and commendation. We desire one thing and one
thing only in this life: that in the next life Moshiach will say, "Well done, good and FAITHFUL servant." This
is why we have a quiet time every day and get our face before the L-rd and think about that day in
eternity when we will have to give account and we daily pray, "Lead us not into hard testing." And we
daily pray that G-d would prepare us for that Day when we must individually personally appear before Him. So every day of our lives
is a day for repentance.
It sometimes happens that a condemned felon on deathrow suddenly, perhaps on the day of
his execution, becomes contrite and weeps with remorse for his sins. At such a time it is not unknown that a call
from the Governor's mansion offers clemency or pardon. We must see ourselves as condemned felons, accused
and indicted by our own wickedness. So we put on the condemned prisoner's prison garb and we put flowers on the grave of our old self.
The lusts and vanities of the old sinful self we realize are now consigned to the prison graveyard.
We see that old things have passed away. We pay a visit in the spirit to the cemetery of our old life. We look down and see our name
inscribed on the tombstone. We read our name on the headstone and see that our old selfish life is over.
We walk down the hall toward the execution chamber. NOW we die IN Him, in the sense that
the old sinful self is booted off its throne and taken out to be strung up hanging on a tree. This is repentance. The carnal mind is the
mind of a condemned person. It must be executed in Him. To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually
minded is life and peace.
Yoel HaNavi tells us that repentance means waking up from addictive stupors
and mourning and grieving for one's sins, even changing into a fasting man's sober wardrobe,
even crying out to G-d with weeping, yet not formally but from the heart. The calamity of
the insect invaders in Yoel's prophecy is a portent and a warning to the non-repentant of the coming
(Exile-bringing) army invaders and finally a warning of the most terrifying invasion of all,
G-d Himself who will invade in the Parousia.
Here is an illustration. There is a girl in a drug rehabilitation ministry. We will call
her Donna. Donna has gone through all the outward motions of completing the
drug rehab program. In fact, she has graduated. But there is something wrong.
When you look at her eyes you see that she is still not really "there" in the L-rd. She is still into her
private world where the drugs once played such an important part and where the drugs
are biding their time to re-enter the picture. She is in fact a picture of recidivism-in-the-making.
The Corinthians were like that until G-d dealt with them. As we know from 2Co chp 7, Paul had to send the
congregation at Corinth a tearful severe letter (Titus presumeably the letter carrier) that
administered a sharp prophetic rebuke. This prophetic rebuke then functioned as a
kind of spiritual heart defibulator and they were shocked back to their senses in the
L-rd. They experienced grief at the realization of their sin in proudly and stupidly opposing Paul's leadership.
They experienced concern about their relationship with G-d and how they may have
hurt their standing in the L-rd in terms of His divine approval or lack thereof. They then were zealous to
rectify the situation and make amends in their behavior and attitudes. But notice they
required a severe prophetic rebuke, yes, with tears, but nevertheless a rebuke. Yet Paul does
not look down on them in a superior way; he even shares his testimony of how the L-rd had to rebuke
him, discipline him, correct him, since he was getting too elated and becoming in danger
of getting conceited (see 2Co 12:7). You see, Donna's problem
is that she is into herself. When you read 2 Cor chp 7 carefully you see that Titus and Paul
are very definitely not into themselves. Every fiber of their being is focussed on the welfare of the Corinthian
congregation. The relief and joy that Paul and Titus experience when Titus returns with news of the
Corinthian repentance is absolutely palpable as anyone can see by studying this section. However,
Donna, in her present condition, cannot rejoice with Paul and Titus about another brother
or sister's victory over sin, because she is trapped down in the mine shaft of her own
self-centered world. She is like a miner trapped in a rubble-filled mining tunnel. Outwardly,
she is going through the motions of drug rehabilitation. But inwardly, she has not broken with
the "false rescue" of drugs. There is no joy in her face with the rejoicing of other believers
in their struggles and victories. She is "cut off" from them and only G-d can tunnel down and
reach her. Repentance is a gift not to be taken for granted, not to be
treated like the mailman, who comes not just today but tomorrow, for if you harden your heart,
and say, "I'll be sorry tomorrow," the window of opportunity may not come tomorrow. See Ro 2:4 and 2 Ti 2:25. She needs to change seats
with Moshiach, get off the throne and let Him have His rightful seat in her life. The old sinful self must be booted off its throne and taken out to be strung up hanging on a tree. This is repentance. We exchange seats with the King.
He from the Tree gets the throne. The Sinful Self on the throne gets the Tree. The carnal mind is the
mind of a condemned person. It must be executed in Him. To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually
minded is life and peace. The carnal mind is hostile toward G-d. (Ro 8:7). G-d
is offended by this carnal mind and it arouses His Wrath. Was I returned to G-d
from my estrangement only to be estranged again? G-d forbid! A repentant
mind is not a carnal mind. A repentant mind is an earnest mind and not complacent, eager to no
longer condone besetting sins, indignant with itself, fearful of G-d and His divine prophets
in the Kehilah, longing for reinstatement to the love we had at first and our first works, zealous
to do what is right, determined to get on the side of the right and to make a clear stand against the evil side.
A repentant mind removes itself from the path of death. See 2Co 7:11.
Now imagine yourself as a vain body-builder who is handsome and
muscular and enjoys the admiring glances of the girls on the beach. But
there is one
person you don't particularly like. His admirers call him the
Lifeguard. You don't know exactly what it is about him you don't like, but
you have some knowledge about him...you know that he saves lives but that
irritates you and you don't know why. You know that many people find
security just looking at this Lifeguard sitting there among the bathers in
his high wooden white Lifeguard's chair where he can seemingly peer out at
the whole world. And another thing that irritates you is that you hear
people say that the whole world is on the brink of perishing in the waves.
But whenever the girls speak admiringly about this Lifeguard, you find
yourself hardening in your dislike of him. A few times you heard something
about him that struck your conscience and then you found yourself speaking
approvingly of him. But one day when you were swimming in the deep waves,
you felt a terrible cramp in your stomach and you knew you were drowning.
Suddenly you had a choice: it was either you swallow your pride or you
swallow the water and drown. So as the water enters your nose and your
windpipe, you have to decide: if you want to avoid perishing and if you
want to avoid all the eternal
horrors of the Deep, you have to turn from your prideful attitude of
rejection of this Lifeguard. You have to change your mind about him.
Repentance means changing your mind. And you have to change your mind
about yourself. You have to give up all vain trust in your body-building
or your own ability to be your own savior and instead you have to do the
only thing that will save your life. You have to cry out to the Lifeguard
to save you, you have to trust the Savior to save you, you have to open
your arms to him and take him as your Savior, receive him as your Goel
Redeemer Savior, no matter who is looking or who laughs at you or who
stops admiring you. And as your Lifeguard and your Savior you have to rely
on him and him alone--not yourself or anyone else. You have to TURN FROM
sin (vanity, pride, making an idol of your own ability to save yourself,
rebellion, deceitful vainglory) and you have to TURN TO the Savior. We are
talking about a total spiritual turn-around salvation teshuvah, NOT A
COUNTERFEIT RELIGIOUS TESHUVAH. Cry out to him now. What are
your options?--you are
perishing in the Deep!
What is your desire? Choose life!
Remember, repentance is not a natural bent of our rebellious nature, so
when the Ruach Hakodesh convicts and woos us, we should not delay but seek
the L-rd while He can be found. You are reading these words at this moment
and this opportunity may never come again.
There was once a dissolute
young man living in California. In fact his parents had to go through great suffering to drag this
man to the house of G-d. The father became mentally ill. The mother had to sell
the family home and take the family to California. It was only because of these grave
family tragedies that the young man consented to be taken to the House of G-d where
the tears of repentance began to involuntarily flow from his eyes. Now here is the question.
Is repentance the kind of thing you can put off so easily? Is it something you can
just turn on and off as easily as the radio? For example, if this dissolute young man decides
to return to his old dissolute life in his later years, will he be
able to turn his repentance back on like someone turns the radio back on?
When the young man becomes an old man, can his father get sick again? Can his mother sell
the family home again and move to California again? Can he find that House of G-d again? Can he find that
place of teshuva again? If he returns like a dog to its vomit, is it so easy to find that
place of teshuva (repentance) again. Later Esau found no place of repentance (MJ 12:17).
"May my death make kaparah for all my sins." rather than
haMoshiach kaparah al kol avonotai"
"May the death of Moshiach make kaparah for all my sins."
If the following six words
from the Talmud
תְּהֵא מִיתָתִי כַּפָּרָה עַל כָּל עֲוֹנוֹתָי.
"May my death make kaparah for all my sins." Here are
the Words from the inerrant Tanakh:
"Kee neegzar may-eretz chayyim
mee-pay-sha amee." So
from these inerrant words
we confess "T’hei mot haMoshiach kaparah al kol
avonotai," which translates into English:
"May the death of Moshiach make kaparah for all my sins."
תְּהֵא מִיתָתִי כַּפָּרָה עַל כָּל עֲוֹנוֹתָי.