Fulfilling the Great Commission
by brother MattithYah, 4/24/2004
 
 
Shabbat Shalom b'Yahshua HaMoshiach.  (Sabbath Peace In Yahshua The Messiah.)
 
In some of Yahshua's last words to us before He ascended to the Father, He gave to us some of the most important instructions we have ever heard.
 
MattithYah 28:19.  Go therefore, and teach all nations, immersing them in the Name (i.e. authority) of the Father and Son, (i.e. water immersion) and of the Set-Apart Spirit (i.e. immersion in the fire of Yahweh's Spirit), teaching them to guard all (i.e. to observe, watch over, be zealous for) that I have commanded you (i.e. theTorah).
 
In these days which are now surrounding us; days in which prophecy is being fulfilled and in which knowledge is being increased, one of the duties facing Yisrael is that of the great commission, and along with it comes the question of how we best preform such an important task.  Indeed, the message of Scripture rings clear.
 
MattithYah 22:9.  Go therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage [of the Lamb].
Dealing with the lost is complicated. They can be grouped into two categories:
 
1.  Those who believe in Elohim but live in sin and don’t actually know Yahshua. These people have good hearts and, even though they do have addictions to sin, they really do care.  You may need to serve them a meal when they are weary from the world.  You may need to help them when things get difficult.  However, it is essential to guard your heart around them or you can be easily led into their ‘fun’ thereby sinning against the Almighty. You must keep your distance here.  Remember that Solomon had wives who turned his heart away from Elohim!  If he, the wisest man on earth, can be fooled, how much more can the rest of us?
 
2.  Those who, in a literal sense, whether or not it is obvious, worship haShatawn.  These are people you must avoid. Stay clear of them for they are without knowledge, without true wisdom and the cruelest people on this earth. This is where Hitler came from.  These are the Taliban and Palestinian bombers who have no heart but one of blood-curdling cruelty.  Not only are they in other countries but the United States of America is infested with them. They are teens, men and women. Their cruelty knows no bounds or age.  You must realize how truly dangerous they are because they can con and act sweet, but their hearts are far from Elohim.  They only seek to torture, kill and take from you.  Here is a chilling thought - many of them say they are Christians or that they ‘believe in God.’ Oh, how many they have fooled!  You will know them by their fruits.  Learn to discern the difference between a true believer and a counterfeit. Never get involved with them - Ever.

People often say we must be ‘salt and light.’ They get themselves tangled up into inappropriate situations, foolishly thinking they can help ‘save’ these lost soulsDid you know that devout Jews don’t believe in evangelism?  They live their lives, obey Torah, keep Shabbat and are the light of the world by their actions.  They do not try to convince others of their ways!  The Ruach HaKodesh does this, not mortal man!  Look with me at Zechariah 8:23:  “Thus saith Yahweh of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages and nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that Elohim is with you.” [1]
Messiah Yahshua said, "You are the light of the world; a city set on a hill cannot be hid."  Notice he did not say that we were a town cryer or a foghorn; He said that we were a LIGHT; a fire for truth if you will, and a fire is SEEN long before it is heard.  This relates very much to the great commission and how we MUST be SHINING to the ends of the earth; NOT screaming to it.  As the nations lay their eyes on the light of truth as it is shining from our lives, they will instincitively be drawn to partake, but what will happen if the light has turned into flames hissing and cracking and burning them with the words, "You are a sinner.  Get over here and partake of me"?  Yes, this will happen, but this is not for us to do.  Yahweh Himself will burn men with the fire of truth in the end times, and even then, it will not turn their hearts.  Instead, they will blaspheme.
 
Revelation 16:8.  And the fourth messenger poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 9. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of Yahweh, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him esteem. 
 
This is also what Messiah was alluding to in:
 
MattithYah 13:5.  And some seed fell on rocky places (hard hearts, heart where the truth came to them, but they did not come to it) where they did not have much soil (i.e. belief) and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil (or belief).  6. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root, they withered.
 
Clearly we see that proselytizing and attempting to force the truth on people will not work, and will waste our time, so how do we fulfill the great commission?  I recently received a forward from Yosef ben Ruach (Norman Willis), of NazareneIsrael.org, which helps us to understand how we may best achieve this goal.  Allow me to quote several portions of his message below.
"In all the years that have passed since coming to know YHWH, if there is one thing YHWH has taught me is, it is this: "A man's deeds always speak louder than his mouth." We as believers (especially new believers having just come into the Kingdom) are always zealous to share the wonderful news of our new- found Messiah: And that is good.  I believe the zeal to share the Good News with those who have not yet come to know Him is second in importance only to obedience to His voice. However, what I have learned to be equally, if not more important than the zeal to share the Good News, is that there is a right and a wrong way to channel that zeal.  One has to channel that zeal so that it has the longest and deepest, most lasting effect upon all those around us.  What is the most effective thing we can say to those of whom we lovingly desire to know the truth of The Messiah? The most effective thing I have ever said to someone, was nothing.  Of all the words I have ever uttered, of all the scriptures I ever quoted, of all the reasoning, arguing, debating and discussing, nothing has ever had more of a profound impact on someone as when I said nothing.  A picture may speak a thousand words, but a man's deeds and actions speak volumes. And never have I seen YHWH open up the hearts of those around me as to when I spoke not with my words, but with my heart (through my actions.)  [. . . .]

"The challenge before Ephraim is to speak the truth of the Messiah, without ever saying a word.  Ephraim needs to speak without speaking.  Your actions, dear brothers, are going to speak louder than anything you could ever possibly say.  It will be through your zealous dedication to the Torah and your overwhelming desire to do the written Law, that Judah will want to know "Why, why, why?"  [. . . . .] 
To the Jewish mind, who would ever want to go to a synagogue, keep the Torah, keep Shabbat & the Festivals, or be active in the Jewish community, but a Jew?  Who would want to take upon themselves the "yoke" of Torah and be a part of the most hated and persecuted people on earth, but another Jew? [. . . . .] The point is that it is only a small step to go from saying, "Only a Jew would want to keep Torah" to saying "Only a Jew or an Ephraimite would want to keep Torah: Therefore these non-Jews who are coming back, must be Ephraimites."  And that is actually what is happening. The Talmud teaches that Ephraim is going to come home some day, although there is no general consensus on how they will return, or why.  The thing is to give them the answer, calmly and quietly, as friends.

"Because of the history involved (and because of prophecy) the Jews have an incredible resistance to Yeshua, or anyone who has anything to do with Him.  They are caught in this paradox, then, between their belief that anyone who wants to keep the Torah of Moshe must be Israeli, and their desire to have nothing at all to do with the "Christians."  The Jews are not stupid: They are very smart people, and if this thing hangs in the balance then the thing that will impress them the most, and the thing that will witness the most (without ever opening your mouth) is when the Jews see people who are not Jewish (but who think they are Ephraimites) coming and keeping the Torah, even though the rest of the world will soon hate them for it.  Jews are like one big family that way.  Anyone who wants to come be in this stew-pot together with them will earn their respect.

"Just the mere presence of true Torah-observant believers will speak more than we could ever say with our mouths.  The point is that if our actions and deeds do not shine bright enough to make the Jews want to ask us why we are different, then we really have no right to talk anyhow.  But the beauty of it is that if our actions do shine, then we will never need to say one word more, than to answer the questions we are asked.  Ephraim need not set out to say anything at all.  All she needs to do is to come back into her inheritance [...] and faithfully obey the Torah.  She just needs to focus on letting her light shine, and when Judah sees that she is real, and that she is true, and that she is who she says she is, and that she has no other agenda than to come back to [. . .] do the written Torah, that is when Judah will come asking questions.  It is THEN that we should be ready to give an answer to all those who ask, of the reason for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15.)" [2]
Proverbs 10:19.  When words are many, transgression is not absent, but he who restrains his lips is wise.
 
1 Corinthians 9:5,9,10.  So I thought it necessary to appeal to the brothers to come to you..... as is written, "He scattered abroad, He gave to the poor, His righeousness remains forever."  And He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, shall supply and increase the seed you have sown and increase the fruit of your righteousness. 
 
And above all, when we speak the truth in wisdom, may we speak the truth in love.(Eph 4:15), for I can convert the whole world, but if I have not love, it is a vain thing.
 
1 Corinthians 13:1-3.  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor], and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
 
And though I may win all the world to Messiah, and have not love, what have I accomplished, "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36)
 
Ephesians 4:11-15.  And he gave some [to be] talmidim; and some, prophets; and some, emmisaries; and some, rabbis and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Messiah: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of Elohim, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Messiah: That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Messiah.
 
Indeed, when it all boils down to it, we find that the great commission hinges upon the two greatest mitzvot (commands) in the Torah.
 
MattithYah 22:37-39.  Yahshua saith unto [us], Thou shalt love Yahweh thy Elohim with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 
 
Shabbat Shalom Aleichem.   Sabbath peace be unto you, and may Yahshua richly bless you as you fulfill HIS COMMISSION .
 
Baruch Haba Bashem hwhy.  Blessed be the Name of Yahweh.
 
--Brother MattithYah
 
 

 
Endnotes:
 
[2]   A Man's Deeds Always Speak Louder Than His Words.
        Reprinted from www.nazareneisrael.org.
 
 



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