Torah Portion DEVARIM – Devarim (Deutoronomy) 1:1–3:22
Remember the proverbial saying,
“Are you putting the cart before the horse?”
The Holy Scriptures tell us that justification is by grace through faith. Abram was justified prior to his circumcision. His faith and absolute trust in the One who called him is reckoned to him as righteousness.
“He was fully convinced that what God has promised, He also is able to do.” Romans 4:21 TLV
We all know that the horse must be before the cart and not behind it; in that sense the spirit of faith precedes justification or salvation and not the works of obedience to Torah. But once the horse and the cart are hitched correctly, the cart is ready to fulfill its purpose and to do the work it was created to do.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 ESV
If it is well hitched and positioned, the cart will move forward with its cargo. There is nothing the cart needs to do, besides surrender to the horse (Holy Spirit) that is making all the effort. The cart is dead weight – the horse is living and moving power.
“knowing our old man was crucified with Him so that the sinful body might be done away with, so we no longer serve sin.” Romans 6:6 TLV
The cart moves forward and does not “backslide” when it is hitched correctly (through True Faith).
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 ESV
To live to righteousness is obedience to His commandments and holy ways as we are DEAD to sin (which is disobedience to His Commandments, thus missing His purpose for our lives). True Faith will always result in works of obedience to righteousness!
“So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead by itself.” Jacob (James) 2:17 TLV
What would happen if the horse is not properly hitched to the cart? Would the cart detach from the horse? Would it fall from the road? Would it be wrecked and harm all the goods and people in it? Most probably this would be the case! So, it all depends on the hitching, on that which connects the cart to the horse.
“Now without faith it is impossible to please God. For the one who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 TLV
True faith always leads us to obedience. Through true faith we die to our selfish desires so He might live through us. By grace through faith, we get saved from sin and judgment. And by the same grace through faith we stay “hitched” unto Him.
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may abound? May it never be! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who were immersed into Messiah Yeshua were immersed into His death? Therefore we were buried together with Him through immersion into death—in order that just as Messiah was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:1-4 TLV
The horse can continue galloping forward even without the cart, but the cart can do nothing – it is totally useless without the horse. In that sense the cart can function and do what it’s supposed to do – to carry people or goods – if it is hitched securely to the horse at hand.
“Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. The branch cannot itself produce fruit, unless it abides on the vine. Likewise, you cannot produce fruit unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for apart from Me, you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5 TLV
In the same way there is nothing of consequence that we can do without being vitally connected to the Power of Yah. All our attempts to do good are as nothing without being vitally hitched to Yeshua. And when we are connected, then it is His spirit, His power that moves us forward. No religion can help us – only His Holy Spirit Power! He said,
“Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and ‘you will find rest for your souls.’ For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”” Matthew 11:28-30 TLV
People get weary and loaded with heavy burdens because they try to move their “cart” without “horsepower”. Their sheer willpower is their own horse, and by hook and by crook they move the cart of their lives only to end up wrecked – broken, depleted and exhausted. When a person becomes his own god or even tries to be religious and good without surrendering to the Holy Spirit, it works for a while. But once you come to the edge of eternity, willpower cannot take you forward to eternal life. That is an uncrossable river that no self-will can cross. Then your “cart life” ends in the ditch of eternal destruction. We will all be at that River Crossing at one point or another, some sooner than later.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Matthew 7:21 TLV
You can be very religious, go to church every week, and even be a pastor, but if you are not walking in obedience to His will, you will not enter. His yoke is easy and His burden is light when you say “YES” to His will! And His will is for us to die to sin and to let Him live through us. This is what Paul meant,
“I have been crucified with Messiah. It is no longer I who live, but Messiah who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
How do we make sure that the “horse”, the strength that is carrying the cart of our life, can carry us through the uncrossable river into eternity?
Messiah or Mashiach means the One Anointed with oil to rule as King. Being in Him means being in the Anointing, filled with the Holy Spirit and Power.
When you surrender to Him and put your trust in Him, your life will then be hitched to the Right Horse – by the power of faith in Yeshua’s name and by His blood, spilt for us for the forgiveness of our sins. Then His Spirit will come upon us and into us to move our life forward to higher grounds and greater glory. This is a Divinely Supernatural occurrence, and it cannot be pretended or imitated!
“Amen, amen I tell you, he who puts his trust in Me, the works that I do he will do; and greater than these he will do, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12 TLV
Walking in holiness and righteousness, in obedience to Him is not any more difficult than for a cart to be carried by the strength of the horse. It is His Holy Spirit, the Finger of God that writes His commandments in our hearts. But some theological doctrines called Replacement Theology have created religious and powerless people, who are constantly backsliding by resisting the Holy Spirit and His commandments from being written in their heart.
“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.” 2 Timothy 3:1, 5 ESV
The difference between us and the cart is that the cart is dead weight and has no will power to resist the horse. Humans have a self-will that can decide to surrender to “the horse” (the Power and the Grace of Yah [God], His Word, and His Spirit instructions) or not. Elohim God has never taken away free will from mankind! We have the freedom to say “Yes” or “No” to sin or “Yes” or “No” to His Holy Spirit and commandments! YHVH has no robots!
Now therefore, fear YHVH and worship Him in sincerity and in truth. Get rid of the gods that your fathers had worshipped beyond the River and in Egypt, and worship Adonai. If it seems bad to you to worship Adonai, then choose for yourselves today whom you will serve—whether the gods that your fathers worshipped that were beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will worship YHVH. Joshua 24:14-15
It is time to leave the gods that our fathers worshipped in the Egypt of religion and Replacement Theology and return to the Gospel made in Zion, the Gospel of the Kingdom that came out of Israel 2000 years ago!
When we surrender our will power to His Sovereign Will, His Spirit, Power and Anointing will carry us for life without any selfish effort.
To follow Him will not be any more challenging than for the cart to follow the horse when it is properly hitched to it. True Faith surrenders to the “hitching”.
Some feel that completely surrendering to Yeshua and His Holy Spirit will cause “the cart of your life” to lose its “freedom” to go nowhere or anywhere, tossed by the winds and the storms or by your every whim.
But that is a false freedom. For when your life is securely connected to Yah (God) through faith in Messiah, and your will power effectively surrendered to His Will empowered by His Spirit, then your life purpose will move forward – fulfilling His will all the way through to the River Crossing of Eternity. That is True Freedom!
Is your cart (life) properly hitched to the right horse (God)? If not, then will you choose today to completely surrender to Yeshua, the Jewish Savior and Messiah, and to His Perfect Will – and begin to MOVE FORWARD?
Pray with me
Yes, Yeshua, Jewish Savior and Messiah. I give you my life and surrender my selfish will to yours. I do this now and forever, and I choose to renew this vow daily on purpose by “hitching” my will, plans and desires to Yours. I turn away from all known rebellion and sin, and die to all immorality and idolatry, pride, religiosity, hypocrisy, bitterness, addiction and greed. I do this by grace through faith, which results in my obedience to You. I receive your Spirit and Power to carry me through. Thank you for taking me out of the ditch of selfish backsliding into the glorious Gospel of the Kingdom. Amen.
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