The Apostle Shaul (Paul) wrote, in Galatians 4:28, that we are like Isaac, being children of the Promise. Isaac was the result of the promise given to his father Abraham, by Yahweh. Abraham believed Yahweh, and it was counted as righteousness to him. His righteousness was not found in his own works, but were seen in his belief and willingness to repent and press on in the journey that Yah had sent him on.
Yahweh told Abraham (who was called Abram then). in Genesis (Bereshith) 12, to pack up and leave his father’s house, at 75 years old!
“And YHWH said to Aḇram, “Go yourself out of your land, from your relatives and from your father’s house, to a land which I show you.
And I shall make you a great nation, and bless you and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing!
And I shall bless those who bless you, and curse him who curses you. And in you all the clans of the earth shall be blessed.”
So Aḇram left, as YHWH had commanded him, and Lot went with him. And Aḇram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Ḥaran.” -Genesis (Bereshith) 12
Abram believed Yah and left. He didn’t know where he was going, but Yah said he would show him. Keep in mind that Abram never found that on this side of eternity. His testimony was that he was looking for a city who’s builder and maker is Yah. Abram journeyed his entire life, and never received the promise in full. He received a sign of that promise in the birth of Isaac, the promised son of the Seed. Shaul also writes, in Galatians, that it is of the Seed, as in one, not seeds as in many. That Seed is Yahshua Messiah. The promise is to the Son of Yah, the Seed, and then those who receive that Seed. The Seed is that which falls on good ground (received by faith/belief), and springs up and bears fruit of the seed. Isaac was the result of receiving the promise by belief. We are like Isaac, those who believe and receive the promise, along with Abraham. His name was changed to Abraham, from Abram, when he believed and entered into the covenant that YHWH made with him.
For us today, being believers in the New Covenant in Yahshua’s blood, we are, like Issac, children of the promise. We are told we are then, by belief, children of Abraham. This simply means we bear the same attitude as Abraham; we believe, and repent when the source of our belief shows us that we are missing the mark. But we have something greater than Abraham had. We have the Set Apart Spirit dwelling in us, because the Seed has come, became the perfect sacrifice once for all, and delivered us from this age, and our flesh, death, hell, and the grave. Abraham had to wait to be delivered from all of that. He didn’t receive the promise until Yahshua’s death, when He descended into paradise, and declared that He was the One to whom they looked and longed for, and then Abraham received the promise, and was led on high by Yahshua.
Today I want you to consider who Abram believed, in order to come that place of having a new name. And consider what he believed to come to that place in his journey.
Who Abram believed was YHWH Elohim. He told him to leave his father, Terah’s house and follow Yah to a place that He would show him. This place would not be like his father Terah’s house, nor would it even resemble it. The house that Yah would show Abraham is Yahshua. Receiving the promise finds us in Him. And we are His house, that He builds, Yahshua in us!
“And there was a scarcity of food in the land, besides the first scarcity of food which was in the days of Aḇraham. And Yitsḥaq went to Aḇimeleḵ, sovereign of the Philistines, in Gerar.
And YHWH appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Mitsrayim, live in the land which I command you.
Sojourn in this land. And I shall be with you and bless you, for I give all these lands to you and your seed. And I shall establish the oath which I swore to Aḇraham your father.
And I shall increase your seed like the stars of the heavens, and I shall give all these lands to your seed. And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed,
because Aḇraham obeyed My voice and guarded My Charge: My commands, My laws, and My Torot.” -Genesis (Bereshith) 26
Bereshith (Genesis) Chapter Twenty-Six says that Abraham believed and obeyed Torah. On Abraham’s journey, he walked in Torah. And because of this the blessing would come upon his progeny. But the progeny that is the focus of the promise is not those of Abraham’s fleshly seed; not simply the fruit of his loins, but much more! The progeny Yah speaks of is those who are like Abraham, believers in YHWH Elohim, and willing to step out on the journey, step by step, as He guides and shows the Way.
We are like Abraham, if we believe all that Yah has said, and we are like Isaac, children of the Promise, likewise if we believe all that Yah has said. Because of that we have received the Seed; the implanted Word that is able to save us.
“Therefore put away all filthiness and overflow of evil, and receive with meekness the implanted Word,1 which is able to save your lives. (Footnote: 1See Mt. 13:4-23. )
And become doers of the Word, and not hearers only,1 deceiving yourselves. (Footnote: 1See Mt. 7:24-27, Lk. 6:46-49, Lk. 8:21, Rom. 2:13, Heb. 4:11, Rev. 22:14.)
Because if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror,
for he looks at himself, and goes away, and immediately forgets what he was like.
But he that looked into the perfect Torah, that of freedom,1 and continues in it, not becoming a hearer that forgets, but a doer of work, this one shall be blessed in his doing of the Torah.” -Ya’acob (James) 1:21-25
Ya’acob writes in detail about the man Abraham, later in this letter of his. He tells us clearly that Abraham was declared righteous by his belief, and by his works. But what we must realize is that Abraham was not the perfect man! That may shock you, but read the story. History shows that Abraham is no different than you or me. He made many missteps in his journey. But his belief in the promise given at the beginning of his journey was shown in that he kept walking. Oh, yes, there were adjustments to his course along the way. That is called repentance! But Abraham believed that YHWH Elohim would show him. He believed when he was given instruction from Yah. Yes, in his fear he struggled with belief, but he was faithful to what he knew, and he did it. Yah took care of the rest. Abraham was a doer of Torah, and therefore he was blessed in doing it. One must believe
Torah, and step out in belief to do it, and then the work of grace provides the power to walk in it. That’s our journey.
Today, as Scripture teaches, we have a great advantage over Abraham. We have the Set Apart Spirit who indwells us, is ever present with us, who works grace in and then through us, to desire to do His Torah, and to empower us to do His Torah. We are His workmanship, by grace through belief (faith). -Ephesians 2:8-10
So the same Elohim who called Abram to leave his family and home, and to look for another that Yah would show him, is the one who called us to the same journey. He went with Abraham. He lives in us, and His Set Apart Spirit teaches us, and empowers us along the way. We walk in the resurrection power of Yahweh, who raised Yahshua, the Seed from the grave. The Seed was planted in the ground and arose to bear more fruit. He is planted in you and me (we came from the earth, we are the earth/land) and He bears fruit in and through us. We walk in His “newness of life” that Shaul writes about in Romans Chapter 6. We are His workmanship, as He who began this good work in us is faithful to complete it! (Hebrews 12)
He has called us to leave our fleshly family and house to be a part of His family and His house. We, like Abraham, are to leave the mighty-ones (gods) of our father in the flesh, and cleave only to Yahshua, our bridegroom, who’s Father becomes our Father – the only true Mighty-One, YHWH Elohim. Yahweh does not change. His House has not changed. He calls us to walk the same journey as Abraham, but it is a journey that is now in Yahshua Messiah. But the same destination lies before us. One day we will be with Abraham, receiving a new, incorruptible body, and in the presence of YHWH Elohim and His Son Yahshua forever!
Are you willing to really leave your father in the flesh’s house, in favor of Yah’s House? Or are you too devoted to what the world has to offer; its traditions that are in opposition to what Yah said? Remember that Abraham walked in Torah. And we are to be people of belief as Abraham. We are to believe and obey the same Torah that He did. Yah does not change. His Torah has not changed. We must change. We must leave the house and land of our father in the flesh, and allow our heavenly Father YHWH Elohim, to guide to to His House. We are to be His House. He is our House. We need not concern ourselves over what we give up in leaving the house of our father in the flesh. He gives back so much more!
“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My Name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.” -Matitityahu (Matthew) 19:29
Yahshua echos what was told to Abram when he was instructed to leave the house of his father in the flesh, Terah. We are called the same as Abraham. Who do we believe? Do we believe man, who leads us to build large, outlandish structures, and call the the “temple” or “house” or “church” of YHWH (LORD) Elohim (God), or will be believe Yahshua who said He would build his gathering? And we know we are His body, and that we are His temple, according to Shaul (Paul). We know from Yah’s word to David, through Nathan, as witnessed to by Stephen in Acts, that Yah does not dwell in any structure built by man. He builds His House. He makes (by His work of grace) us into His House.
Are you on the journey? Then seek Him in His Word and follow, step by step, the ancient path laid our for us from before the foundation of the world. His Light will illuminate each step, one step at a time. And when get off the path, all we have to do is repent, come back into the Light, where it will be clearly seen where we mistepped and what the correct step is, so we might take it. If you haven’t yet began the journey, seek the implanted Word, the Living Word Yahshua, who alone can save you. Believe the Promise and become a child of the Promise, in the Seed, Yahshua Messiah.