We have in the Bible that the Lord God left some of the Promised Land unconquered to test the hearts of Israel if they would return and keep the commandments contained in the Torah.
- Judges 3:1-41 Now these are the nations which the Lord left, to prove Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan; 2 Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof; 3 Namely, five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount Baalhermon unto the entering in of Hamath. 4 And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the Lord, which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.
This the return is not only physical but also a returning to His teaching and instruction–living our lives according to His principles. Does the way that we live our lives, resemble the life of Yeshua? With our profession of love for Him, how can we disregard His commandments?!
- Deuteronomy 8:2And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or not.
The Bible tells us that if we love God and that the love of God is to keep His commandments.
- Exodus 20:6And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
- John 14:15If ye love me, keep my commandments.
- 1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.
If we love Him we will keep His commandments, this is seen, as you have just read, in the Torah and the Brit Chadashah (Renewed Covenant)
These commandments that were given on Mount Sinai in the first half of the Bible would continue to be fitting for our lives, even now.
- Isaiah 55:11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
- Psalm 138:2I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
God’s Word does not return void and He placed His word above His name! No part of it has failed nor gone away. I encourage you to hold fast to the entirety of His word, Genesis to Revelation.
Let us go back to the beginning in the study of His word, His Torah, and walk like Jesus really walked!