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By: Blair Demery
Good morning from our family here in Kenya.
Waking up this Sabbath morning is such a blessing as I sit with my family and I teach my children.
This morning I taught a lesson about what it truly means to have a solid Rock Foundation of faith and understanding.
This was an appropriate lesson for this day and time.
Because for those who do not have a good solid rock Foundation, solid rock footing during this time of trial and tribulation, many are going to sink into a dark pit of despair.
Today’s lesson is mostly for the Christian church because this is something the Messianics truly have a grasp of…… and that is what is meant by ” Christ / Hamashiach our Solid Rock “
I am never here to bash people for being misled or misunderstanding of scriptures. Primarily I want people to learn how to put things in Context as everything must be read in context in scripture.
So today this message is for my wonderful Christian brothers and sisters to help them to get deeper, and have a stronger footing, so they don’t sink into the sand during this trial and tribulation we are entering.
THE ROCK FOUNDATION
” But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is in Christ / Messiah. “
1st Corinthians chapter 3 Verses 10 and 11 New Living Translation
Today because this message is more targeted to the Christian audience we are quoting from a more Christian friendly translation.
This passage of scripture is probably one of the most taken out of context passages in many of the Christian churches.
It is one passage that many people believe all we have to do is believe and the rest is done for us?
So, this teaching today will go hand-in-hand with yesterday’s teaching about what it truly means to, ” Rest in G-d “.
If the foundation we build our lives upon is faulty, then our lives will be built on sand. As hard as we try to behave well and do what is right, when the going gets tough we will falter and fail, because our thinking is built on a faulty premise. Our thinking is what determines our beliefs and our beliefs determine our behaviour.
Many of Rav Saul’s / Paul’s letters illustrate this. He divides them into two parts…… the first is usually his doctrinal teaching, and the second is the Ethical application of it.
In the middle, we often find ” therefore, ” which links the two together.
” This is what you need to believe ” says Paul, ” Therefore, this is how you need to behave “.
That is why it is vitally important we properly understand what we believe, because this is what determines our actions.
Going back to yesterday’s teaching, 10 out of the 12 did not believe they should enter Canaan, because of that doubt the Israelites spent another 38 years in the desert and many perished.
To build our lives on a solid Foundation our behaviour needs to be utterly consistent with what we believe and know to be true.
In the Gospel of Mattiyahu / Mathew, Yeshua tells the parable of the man who Hears His Words and put them into practice. He wisely builds his house on rock and it withstands the storms, but the foolish man who hears His Words but does not put them into practice builds his house on sand. When the rain came, the streams rose and the winds beat against the house, and it fell with a great crash. Mathew 7:24-27.
The Assumption frequently made is that the sand represents a foundation built on anything but Christ / Hamashiach, and the rock represents a foundation in Christ / Hamashiach.
THIS IS NOT THE CASE!!
Yeshua/ Jesus said the wise man who built his house on rock was the man who ” HEARS THESE WORDS OF MINE AND PUTS THEM INTO PRACTICE, “
The foolish man who built his house on sand, ” HEARS THE WORDS OF YESHUA/ JESUS, BUT DOES NOT PUT THEM INTO PRACTICE. “
The Rock represents OBEDIENCE!!!!
The sand represents DISOBEDIENCE!!!!!
So please one more time, explain to me how the law is nailed to the cross?
Our actions and behaviour are a logical consequence of what we believe. What is in the heart the mouth will speak…. and whatever our mouth speaks we will put into action and this is the fruit spoken of when we can see a true follower of Messiah.
When our Foundation is securely rooted in Yeshua Hamashiach/ Jesus Christ, we live on the basis of what Hashem YHVH has revealed in His Word.
Yeshua tells us a day of judgement is coming, and it will not be our beliefs under scrutiny, BUT OUR ACTIONS!!!
Naked, did you clothe me??
Our actions do not exist in isolation, but are a result of what lives under the surface!!!
THEREFORE, BIBLICAL DOCTRINE NEEDS TO BE BREAD AND BUTTER OF CHRISTIAN OR MESSIANIC LIFE, AND YESHUA HAMASHIACH ADONAI / L-RD JESUS CHRIST THE ROCK FOUNDATION UPON WHICH WE BUILD, BY OBEDIENCE TO HIS WORD AND COMMAND!!!
OUR PRAYER HEAVENLY FATHER
I ask for Your help in conforming my behaviour to my firm belief in Your Word, and make You the Rock Foundation upon which I build my life.
Thank You Adonai Amein