Torah Portion #4 The Britt
Rom:1:28-32 Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain Elohim in their knowledge, Elohim gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Rom 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Rom 1:30 Backbiters, haters of Elohim, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Rom 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Rom 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of Elohim, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
- list of sinful activities is divided into four groups for us in this passage.
- This first group tells us what these with a reprobate mind fill themselves with.
- Those with a reprobate mind are being filled with:
- 1. all unrighteousness
- 2. wickedness
- 3. covetousness (greed)
- 4. maliciousness
- This second group tells us what those with a reprobate mind are already full of in their hearts and minds.
- Those with a reprobate mind are full of:
- 1. envy
- 2. murder
- 3. strife
- 4. deceit
- 5. malice
- This third group tells us the actual character traits and attributes of those who have reprobate minds.
- 1. gossips
- 2. slanderers
- 3. haters of Elohim
- 4. insolent
- 5. arrogant (prideful)
- 6. boastful
- 7. inventors of evil
- 8. disobedient to parents
- One who is an inventor of evil is a person who is living in sin and as he submits to that sin it no longer satisfies the lusts of his flesh so he must invent new ways of appeasing the flesh, thus inventing new evil.
- Those with a reprobate mind are without:
- 1. guidance of the covenant for them
- 2. love
- 3. shalom
- 4. and mercy for them
- The only cure for a reprobate mind is complete and total repentance away from all sin, and turning towards YHWH and His Torah through Yahshua our Mashiach.
Rom 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
- Those that practice evil are also those who are often the loudest voices against the same evil that they Practice
- The Torah of YHWH will rightly judge those who practice these things. His Torah is according to truth and this is what will judge them for the evil they would not repent of doing.
According to truth
Rom 2:2 But we are sure that the judgment of Elohim is according to truth against them which commit such things.
Psa 119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
Rom 2:3 And do you reckon, man, who judges them that practice such things, and do the same, that you shall escape the judgment of the Elohim?
- There is no one who is born into this world who will escape the judgment of Elohim. We will all have to submit to it one day.
- But here is the thing: we do not have to wait. We can submit to His judgment now through Yahshua our Mashiach.
Storing Up Wrath
Rom 2:4-5 4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of Elohim leads you to repentance? 5 but according to your hardness and impenitent heart you treasure up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of Elohim;
1st Thessalonians 5:9 For Elohim appointed us not to wrath, but to the obtaining of salvation through Yahshua Mashiach
According To Deeds Done
Rom 2:6 who will render to every man according to his works:
Contrast of Life to Wrath
Rom 2:7-10 7 to them that by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and incorruption, eternal life; 8 but to them that are factious, and obey not the truth, but obey unrighteousness, shall be wrath and indignation, 9 tribulation and anguish, upon every being of man that works evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 but glory and honor and peace to every man that works good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.
- We can choose to live according to His righteousness. Or, we can choose to live according to unrighteousness. We must understand that we do not have the authority to define what righteousness or unrighteousness is, only YHWH has that authority. When a person attempts to define these things according to his own heart and mind, that person is eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
- Eating of this tree is the essence of living in Babylon. To choose not to eat of this tree is the essence of living in Israel, because then one is choosing to live according to His standards and according to His Torah and hearing and obeying His Voice.