Torah Portion BESHALACH – Shemot (Exodus) 13:17–17:16 Haftarah: Judges 4:4–5:31
“I have given them Your word; and the world hated them, because they are not of the world just as I am not of the world.” John 17:14 TLV
Shabbat shalom, dearly beloved!
One of the most profound things the Holy Spirit told me at the start of my ministry was,
“Do not seek to be popular with men but to be popular with God.”
This has been a rudder in my life with Yeshua and in my ministry. It has kept me safe from the evil one. You see no one likes to be unpopular or hated, but if we are to really walk like Yeshua walked, then we will be both unpopular and hated. Modern day Christianity is all about being nice, being popular, not offending anyone with our stand for what is right in Yah’s eyes. Many believers fall into sin and compromise by trying to be like everyone else and not stick out.
“I am not asking that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” John 17:15-16 TLV
But “blending in” is a deception, and it is not what Yeshua taught. It is not the way that the believers of the First Century walked. They were hated and persecuted because they walked like Yeshua, they talked like Yeshua, they acted like Yeshua. They called people to repent from sin, corruption, and immorality; they spoke the truth of the Commandments of God and they were followed by signs, wonders and miracles. Yet they were hated. They were doing good to all, and they were persecuted and martyred. The world mocked and reviled them, and they forgave and kept on obeying their calling.
“Why don’t you understand My speech? Because you’re not able to hear My word! You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks lies he is just being himself—for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.” John 8:43-45 TLV
Sometimes I feel like I am the most hated woman in the world. When I speak truth often people growl at me. They call me names, say that I am a false teacher, a false archbishop, and many other things. They especially hate me because I am a Jew who exposes anti-Semitism or because I am an Apostle that carries government authority to expose the wicked doctrines of Replacement Theology. Often, they hate me or mock me because I am a woman in ministry and have a position of leadership – or because I teach that the name of Yeshua is the true Covenant name and that Christmas is a lie and a pagan feast. Or because I say salvation is through a Jewish Messiah, not a Greek Christ.
“But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. Which one of you convicts Me of sinning? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe Me? He who belongs to God hears the words of God. The reason you don’t hear is because you do not belong to God.” John 8:45-47 TLV
My Father in Heaven has sent me to bring freedom to people through the Spirit of Truth. Too many are bound up by the religious lies they have believed.
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free!” John 8:32 TLV
Yes, I have been hated a lot in my over three decades of full-time ministry. But I always encourage myself when I read John 8 and John 17. Then I know I am on the right track if the world hates me! It brings me peace and joy to be walking in the footsteps of my Master, Yeshua the Jewish Messiah. He said to His opponents, who in this case were His own brothers that did not believe in Him,
“The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify that its works are evil.” John 7:7 TLV
You see when we obey the Call of Yah to preach the Truth about Him, His Kingdom and even about Israel, the Gospel made in Zion and the Jewish Roots of the Faith, it will cause controversy. Controversy is not a reason to stop preaching Truth!
There was a lot of murmuring about Him in the crowds. Some were saying, “He is good.” But others were saying, “Not so! He leads the people astray.” John 7:12 TLV
If your ministry does not cost you any hatred, controversy and persecution, it is because you are compromising the Truth to please others, to be liked by others. Yeshua did not do this, and it is a type of idolatry.
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but one who trusts in YHVH will be kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25 STB
When people cannot hear Truth, they attack the Truth Bearer because they are fleshly and carnal, and they do not belong to Yah (God). They are in the possession of the devil.
“He who belongs to God hears the words of God. The reason you don’t hear is because you do not belong to God.” John 8:47 TLV
The good news is that if we choose to be Popular with Yah (God) and the world hates us, our Father will be with us to see us through.
“The One who sent Me is with Me. He has not left Me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to Him.” John 8:29 TLV
The prayer of Yeshua in John 17 includes the promise of protection from the evil one when the world hates us. If you turn to Abba when you are hated and refuse to become bitter or retaliate or quit, your heart will be protected. Divine Protection is ours when we choose to be popular with Yah even as the world hates us!
“I have given them Your word; and the world hated them, because they are not of the world just as I am not of the world. I am not asking that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one.” John 17:14-15 TLV
But if you prefer the world to love you and to be popular with men, you may achieve your desire and even enjoy its outcome on earth. However, for eternity you will be unpopular with the Almighty and will spend eternity with those that like you, who chose popularity with men above popularity with the God of Israel, Creator of the Universe and His Son Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah.
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow is the gate and difficult the way that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Matthew 7:13-14 TLV
May you find and walk into His Heavenly Kingdom through the Narrow Gate of the Way, the Truth and the Life, though the world may hate you.
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before you.” John 15:18 TLV
What a Privilege to be counted as His friends when we seek to be popular with YAH without compromise!
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