We are told that, in the beginning, Yah created the heavens and the earth, and he subsequently filled those spaces with spiritual and organic beings that were fully realized, many even downloaded with supreme intelligence. But, with each of those beings, he was actively engaged in something special that wouldn’t be fully understood for quite some time. His true purpose in creating these beings, including me and you, is outlined in Scripture, and it is summed up in an important verse:
2 Give the following instructions to the entire community of Israel. “You must be pure because I, Yah your Elohim, am pure.”
The verse also sums up our true reason for existing in the first place. The word “pure” here is from the Hebrew root qadosh, word H6918, which many Scripture versions translate as “holy.” However, the true essence of that word boils down to physical, mental, and most importantly, spiritual purity, or, in other words, being separate from human infirmity, impurity, and sin. This all correlates perfectly to what Yahushua himself said in his famous Sermon on the Mount:
48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.
The word “perfect,” as used here, has its root in teleios, word G5046, which carries the sense complete, referring to something that has reached its end or been brought to a finish. In other words, it refers to something that is lacking nothing necessary to completeness, according to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon.
This tells us that, in creating heavenly messengers and man, Yah intended to have fully functioning representations of himself housed in those beings; they were to be mirror images of perfection and purity that would extend his true essence ever outward. This, in effect, is exactly what Yeshua was sent to demonstrate in his own life. But the demonstration doesn’t stop with him; it only begins with him, hence the dual commissions to Israel (the priests of the entire world) in Leviticus 19:2 and Matthew 5:48, which we cited above.
These dual commissions to be pure and perfect as Yah is pure and perfect are not expected to be accomplished within our own human capacity; a capacity that is fraught with incompleteness brought on by sin. This is the very reason for the new, or renewed, covenant promised in Jeremiah 31:31. Yah gives us the intricate details of that covenant, which changes nothing but the parameters related to how the original covenant was to be fulfilled, in addition to the shifting of the overall obligation. The original covenant was ratified with this and similar verses:
8 And all the people responded together, “We will do everything Yah has commanded.” So Moses brought the people’s answer back to Yah.
This was essentially a signature on a formal agreement made between Israel and Yah, which boiled down to obedience to all of Yah’s instructions, commandments, decrees, and so forth. The only detail people miss is that, Israel was obligated in and of itself to keep Yah’s laws and commandments as they promised, which meant adhering to laws written on stones and parchment; this required a tremendous amount of personal effort, particularly for those not in line and in tune with the will of the Most High. Collectively, Israel failed to honor the agreement they signed, thus Yah was forced to draft a new covenant for a new Israel, which is made up of a remnant of the true bloodline descendants of those who failed to honor the original covenant.
What is different about the new, or renewed, covenant is explained by Yah himself:
32 “This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says Yah. 33 “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day,” says Yah....
And here we get the only deviation from the original covenant, which does not change the laws or instructions contained in the covenant itself, for Yah does not change, according to Malachi 3:6:
33 “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts.”
And that is the only true change from the original covenant, which is related to the obligation, as we have explained. Yah will ease the obligation by placing the unchanged instructions he gave to ancient Israel on the hearts of their modern bloodline descendants, and he will place these very instructions deep within them, instead of on parchment and tables of stone. When something is a part of you it is impossible to live separate from that thing. So his instructions will be much like the heart that pumps blood through our veins, or neurons that continually receive signals and send impulses to our brains. Having the laws written on our hearts and in our inward parts will be no different. We will live righteously with less effort than it takes a healthy person in a quality environment to breathe air.
In no way does this indicate that we are obligated to reach the level of perfection and purity in and of ourselves. However, those who will qualify for this new covenant treatment will be those who are striving for that purity and perfection on a daily basis. We covered this topic in detail in our three-part scripture study series, Scattered Among the Nations, which we encourage you to watch.
Now, Ezekiel 36 picks up the thread of Jeremiah 31 and gives us the timeframe for this new, or renewed, covenant:
24 For I will gather you up from all the nations and bring you home again to your land. 25 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations. 28 “And you will live in Israel, the land I gave your ancestors long ago. You will be my people, and I will be your Elohim.”
According to the above, the new, or renewed, covenant will not take effect until true Israel is gathered, placed in the land of promise, imbued with Yah’s Spirit and laws, and given new, responsive hearts. Yet many believe we are already living under a new covenant, which they claim has nothing to do with many of Yah’s original laws. These Scripture verses contradict those bold assumptions and arguments. At the time of the renewed covenant, Yah will begin to truly fulfill his original purpose, that of recreating himself in us. We will then be the true essence of Yah in both perfection and purity, like distinct particles of his own being, fully representing him wherever we go, and in all that we think, speak, feel, and do.
But this has to begin to be the case even now. You see, the new, or renewed, covenant is much like a new lease for a tenant renting an apartment. The terms of the lease do not really change when it comes time to renew. The tenant is simply agreeing to extend the time period when the previous rental period has expired. What does change is the obligation, which involves the cost on their part to fulfill their end of the agreement. In other words, rent goes up. This is usually the only thing that changes during lease renewals. But in the case of Yah and Israel, Yah actually lowers our rent by helping us pay it. This is equivalent to him writing his laws directly on our hearts and placing them deep within us, which decreases, if not eliminates the obligation on our part altogether.
But this will only happen for those who are obedient to Yah now, striving with their all to live up to the light they have, and doing their best to perform his will in this earth. You are to be a particle of Yah in this case, and that means you are capable of learning everything you need to directly from him, not through some other person, group, or congregation. You are to be a particle representation of the Most High in and of yourself. But not all particles are alike. Some particles belong to the toe, others to the eye, and still others to a hair follicle. This means we will have different functions and purposes at the end of the day, but each function and purpose is important and necessary to make the entire body complete.
This is what we are ultimately destined for: a future that will see the redeemed functioning as particles in the collective body of the Creator, being as perfect as he is perfect; as pure as he is pure.
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This article is exactly what [my husband] and I have been studying for some time now. The "New Convenant" as I read it in scripture seems to have nothing to do with the abandonment of the original covenant, as I was formerly instructed through a Christian setting. It seems obvious to me now as I have read and studied for myself with Yah's wisdom reaching my heart through His words; yet it is such a challenging discussion to have among my Hebrew friends who are still receiving the information under the guidance of a church body. It has truly revealed to me what a blessing it has been to have been led by Yah to read His truths with my own eyes, without the influence of a pastor or congregation. Having a "birds eye" viewpoint of the Word without trying to twist the truths to fit inside a "human box" of dogma or religious perspective has been key in my own personal growth. I truly appreciate your videos and articles as Yah leads me onward.
I find this article to be inspiring in my walk with Yah Elohim. I have been awakened and I must continue to strive to be all that I am created for. Thank You. Shalom.