Forbidden Things

Thought For The Week 237 By Val Warsop

Yahweh wrote ten commandments on stone tablets and charged Moses to instruct Israel to read and obey them. They were to discover that some things were forbidden, while others were commanded [Exodus 20:3-17].  Interestingly, when Yahshua walked among us, He added to both these lists.  Most famously He commanded, “Love one another…” [John 13:34], but there were forbidden things, too.

I wonder how many times Yahshua said, “Don’t worry”?  “Take no anxious thought…”?  He knew that if we worry we don’t trust, and if we learn to trust, we won’t worry! “…don’t keep saying, ‘What shall we eat, what shall we drink or what shall we wear?’” He said, “your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” There seems to be a profusion of things to add to that list these days, doesn’t there?  Do you think Yahshua would worry about the demands of living if He was around in this century?  No!  He ended this thought, “Set your heart on the kingdom and [Yahweh’s] goodness, and all these things will come to you as a matter of course” [Matthew 6:31-33, J.B. Phillips].  Worry changes nothing; it’s one of the forbidden things because Yahshua promises all we need ‘as a matter of course’!  Wonderful!

Yes, Yahweh provides, but “Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth,” forbade Yahshua [Matthew 6:19].  What is your treasure?  What are your ‘must haves’?  Do you have anything you would struggle to give up if Yahweh required it of you?  Our lives are for living in service to our King, all that He has blessed us with is in our stewardship and should be His for the asking.

Something else Yahshua forbids is ‘showing off’!  “Be careful not to practise your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them,” He said [Matthew 6:1].  He was very cross with the Pharisees for being showy in their ‘devotions’ so they could win accolades from others!  It can be tempting to profess a degree of spirituality in public that one doesn’t maintain in private!  Hypocrisy is what Yahweh called that!  Yahweh wants us to acknowledge who we truly are so that He can work on us to make us into the person He knows we can be.

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