Deuternomy_7:7 YaHVaH did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:
Deu_12:11 Then there shall be a place which YaHVaH your Sovereign shall choose to cause his name to dwell there (during His Feast days).
Deu_23:16 He shall dwell with thee, even among you, in that place which he shall choose in one of thy gates, where it liketh him best: thou shalt not oppress him.
Deu_30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Josh_24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve YaHVaH, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the elohim of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve YaHVaH.
1Kings_18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if YaHVaH be Sovereign, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
Picture on right "Rice Fields from Joshinetsu train line" KOFU, JAPAN 1968
BETWEEN TWO OPINIONS:
Eze_44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the PURE and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
Jonah_4:11 ..six-score thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand..?
Malachi_3:18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth Sovereign YaH and him that serveth him not.
Titus_1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
Jude_1:15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are irreverent among them of all their wicked deeds which they have irreverent committed, and of all their hard speeches which irreverent sinners have spoken against Him.
John_8:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and YaHOSHA Messiah was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
2 Cor_5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of YaHVaH, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto The Sovereign YaH..
What Does YaHVaH the Father Require of thee?
Deuternomy_10:12 And now, Israel, what doth YaHVaH thy Sovereign require of thee, but to fear YaHVaH thy Sovereign, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve YaHVaH thy Sovereign with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
Deu_23:21 When thou shalt vow a vow unto YaHVaH thy Sovereign, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for YaHVaH thy Sovereign will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth YaHVaH require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy Sovereign?
John 16:8 And when he (Pure Spirit) is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
16:10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever;
:17 Even the Spirit of truth..
Isa_32:1 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.
Isa_32:16 Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.
Isa_33:5 YaHVaH is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.
Act_24:25 in New Testament .. And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled..
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto Sovereign, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Heb_2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
2 Thes_3:14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
Jer_6:15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith YaHVaH.
Jer 10:1 Hear ye the word which YaHVaH speaks unto you, O house of Israel:
:2 Thus saith YaHVaH, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
:3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
:4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
:5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
Lev 18:30 Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am YaHVaH your Sovereign.
Footnote: The number of years the custom of the tree has been used does not condone the use of the tree. Similarly, one who has lived in adultery for 30 years with children does not condone the sin of adultery.
TREES, TREES, TREES
IsaiYaH 44:14 He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengthens for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it.
15 Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worships it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.
16 He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, “Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire”:
:17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worships it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god. (Axiom, ‘If it acts like a ‘duck’ and looks like a duck, it’s a duck’. Call a ‘spade a spade’ and do not mince words.)
:18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.
:19 And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? Shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?
(footnote: Do we need any more evidence to FEEL convicted? Do ‘feelings’ have any bearing on our conduct?)
EATING AND DRINKING
COLOSSIANS 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances (certificate of indebtness) that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Messiah triumphed over animal temple sacrifices).
Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat (brosis “eating”), or in drink (posis drinking) or in respect of an feast day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Col 2:17 Which ARE a shadow of things to come; but the body (is~ an added word) of Messiah. (Note: “IS” doesn’t belong there and the sentence would make no sense.)
Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of Sovereign is not (G 1035) “brosis” eating and drinking (For Example: Christ-mass, New Year, Saturnalia, Easter etc) Greek 4213 “posis “drinking” but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Pure Spirit/Ruach ha Kadosh.
Galatians 4:8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not YaHVaH (Gentile, Stranger, nations) you did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
:9 But now, after that ye have known of YaHVaH or rather are known of The Sovereign, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? (holidays of nations, not YaHVaH’s Feast Days)
:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
MatitYahu_3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Pure Spirit (Ruach), and with fire:
Mat 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Master, Master, open to us.
But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
2 Corinthians_11:2 For I am jealous over you with exceeding jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to The Messiah.