Shophetim/Judges 6: 1 And the children of Yisra’el did evil in the eyes of Yahweh, and Yahweh gave them into the hand of Midyan for seven years, 2 and the hand of Midyan was strong against Yisra’el. And before the faces of the Midyanites the children of Yisra’el made for themselves the refuges which are in the mountains, and the caves, and the strongholds. 3 And it came to be, whenever Yisra’el had sown , that Midyan would come up, and Amaleq and the people of the East would come up against them, 4 and encamp against them and destroy the increases of the land as far as Azzah, and leave no food in Yisra’el, neither sheep nor ox nor donkey. 5 For they came up with their livestock and their tents, coming in as numerous as locusts. And they and their camels were without number. And they came into the land to destroy it. 6 Thus Yisra’el was brought very low because of Midyan, and the children of Yisra’el cried out to Yahweh.
The children of Yisra’el did not remember what Yahweh had done for their fathers, and now they did what they wanted to do. They completely stopped serving Him. “They did evil in the eyes of Yahweh.” Can you imagine how Yahweh felt? How do we feel when your children turn against you? I have seen some sons trying to beat their mother, and dishonor their father. This is also a major sin. The Command says: “Respect your father and your mother; so that your days are prolonged upon the land which YHWH your Elohim is giving you.” Shemoth 20:12
Yahweh is our Heavenly Father.
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 64:8 “And now, O YHWH, You are our Father. We are the clay, and You our potter. And we are all the work of Your hand.”
Yahoshua taught us how to pray to our Father in Heaven.
“Our Father who is in the shamayim, (heaven), let You Name be qodesh (holy). Mattithyahu 6:9
You do good to read this prayer completely.
I know personally I disrespected my mother at least once, and I continually regret it. How could I do such thing? But sin at times is greater than the love we have for Yahweh, our Father in heaven, and is also greater than the love we have for our parents! This is very sad indeed!
When that incident took place I was far from Yahweh as Yisra’el was at the time Gid’on/Gideon was called. When man forgets Yahweh he becomes the worst it can be. The Torah is our protection, and without it we are vulnerable to any sort of sin.
Yisra’el, as all other nations, worshiped other gods.
Shemoth/Genesis 20:1-5 “And Elohim spoke all these Words, saying, 2 “I am YHWH your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, out of the house of slavery. 3 You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the shamayim above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth, 5 you do to bow down to them nor serve them. For I, YHWH your Elohim, am a Jealous El, visiting the wickedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and guard My Commands.
Yisra’el had a Marriage Ceremony with the Creator of the Universe on Mount Sinai. It would take too long speaking in detail about this fact at this time, but let me share what the Scriptures say.
Shemoth 19:5-8 ‘And now if you diligently obey My voice, and shall guard My Covenant, then you shall be My treasured possession above all the people, for all the earth is mine-6 and you shall be to Me a reign of kohenim (priests) and a qodesh (holy) nation.’ Those are the words which you are to speak to the children of Yisra’el.” 7 And Mosheh came and called for the elders of the people, and put before them all these words which YHWH commanded him. 8 And all the people answered together and said, “All that YHWH has spoken we shall do.” So Mosheh brought back the words of the people to YHWH.”
Yahweh took Yisra’el as His own wife. Yisra’el agreed to His request, or marriage proposal. Next He told Mosheh to prepare them for His coming. They had to be made qadosh, holy, and wash their clothes, (just as a bride does in Yisra’el), they also had to abstain from have intimacy with their wives. (Shemoth 19 10-15)
On the third day He came in glory on Mount Sinai.
Shemoth 19:16 “And it came to be, on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightings, and a thick cloud on the mountain. And the sound of the ram’s horn was very loud, and all the people who were in the camp trembled.”
Mosheh was then called to go up to Him, and He sent him down again to warn the people not to touch the mountain or they would die. His presence was on that mountain, just like heaven had open up and sin would have destroyed them if they only touch the mountain. His Majesty was revealed that day.
Then He gave the Ten Commands, or the Ketubah, on Mount Sinai. Such Commands were broken over and over again.
Yahweh took Yisra’el to be His wife. Just as a Husband loves His wife, so He loves her. We learn about His love for Yisra’el as we read the book of Hoshea (Hosea) besides many other passages. He used this prophet to reveal to us how much He loves us. His love for Yisra’el is passionate and eternal. He loves us just as a husband loves his wife. Hoshea had to marry a prostitute and have children by her. Yahweh married Yisra’el even though He knew that she would become unfaithful to Him. The book of Hoshea reveals His love but also the punishment he would inflict on her. Yahweh knew Yisra’el would go astray but He would never completely forsake her. Yisra’el is like the apple of His eye.
Devarim/Deuteronomy 32:10 “He found him in a wilderness, and in a wasted, howling desert. He encompassed him, He made him understand, He watched over him as the apple of His eye.”
Beware to those who come against Yisra’el.
Zekharyah/Zechariah 2:8 "For thus said YHWH of Hosts- for the sake of esteem he sent me to the gentiles which plunder you: “For he who touches you touches the apple of My eye.”
Yahweh chose Yisra’el not because she was better than anyone else, in fact she may be the least, but He has chosen her to reveal His Name to the world, and to let the world know who He is. Even in their failures He is glorified. And with her life He is teaching the Nations whom He also loves. He created all mankind and He desires to have fellowship with the whole world.
Therefore it is nothing out of the ordinary that when Yisra’el cries out for Help, He is ready to help and fight for her. (Shophetim 6:6).
Yisrael sent first a prophet to the leaders of Yisra’el
Shophetim 6: 7-10 And it came to be, when the children of Yisra’el cried out to Yahweh because of Midyan, 8 that YHWH sent a navi (prophet) to the children of Yisra’el, who said to them, “Thus said YHWH Elohim of Yisra’el, ’I have brought you up from Mitsrayim and I brought you out of the house of bondage, 9 and I delivered you out of the hand of the Mitsrites and out of the hand of all your oppressors, and drove them out before you and gave you their land. 10 ‘and I said to you, I am YHWH your Elohim , do not fear the mighty ones of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell, and you have not obeyed my voice.”
Yahweh first encourages them, and then He sends them the Messenger. We believe that Messenger was a pre-incarnation of Yahoshua.
I must finish this message now, and if you are Jewish you have a great heritage and you know your call is to the nations. He blesses you to bless the nations.
And if you are not Jewish, but a foreigner to the Commonwealth of Yisra’el, know that Yahweh loves you just as much as He loves Yisra'el, and His heart longs for you to get to know Him. Seek Him with all your heart and you will find Him.
Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 29:12-13 Then you shall call on Me, and shall come and pray to Me, and I shall listen to you. 13 And you shall seek, and shall find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Yochanan/Johan 3:16 “For Elohim so loved the world that He gave His only brought-forth Ben, (Son), so that everyone who believes in Him should not perish but possess everlasting chai. (life).
Shema’ Yisra’el YHWH ‘Eloheinu YHWH echad
Hear Israel Yahweh our Elohim, Yahweh is one.