BELIEVE

 

 
 
 
 
            

 

 

BELIEVE

 

Believe, the one word that most of us would say sums up our faith. It is, without any question, essential to our spiritual foundation. Before we could even come to repentance we need to believe that Yahweh is who He said He is, and that we need Him. We need to believe that Yeshua is the Messiah before we can receive Him as Messiah. Believing is essential to our walk with our Father and our Savior. That is however, the starting point of our walk.

 

The first time the word believe shows up in scripture (KJV) is –

 

Exodus 4:1  And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.

 

 

It’s interesting to note the first time we see “believe” in scripture it is negative. Moses is telling YHWH no one would believe that He sent him. Furthermore, if they won’t believe they won’t receive. If they won’t receive, they won’t be obedient. If they won’t be obedient, they will doubt and mock. Notice how Moses says they will sayThe LORD hath not appeared unto thee.  In order to understand what Moses was saying let’s take a quick look at the Hebrew. The Hebrew word used here for Believe is “AMAN”.

 

 

H539 אמן    '    âman   aw-man' (strong concordance-emphasis added)

 

A primitive root; properly to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; figuratively to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; morally to be true or certain; once (in Isa_30:21; by interchange for H541) to go to the right hand: - hence assurance, believe, bring up, establish, + fail, be faithful (of long continuance, stedfast, sure, surely, trusty, verified), nurse, (-ing father), (put), trust, turn to the right.

 

 

 

Moses was telling the Father that the people would not build up, support, or be faithful to the message he was to give them. He further says they won’t receive or be obedient to it, an essential part of receiving their deliverance. The word he uses for hear is “SHMA”.

 

H8085           שׁמע  shâma‛  shaw-mah'

 

A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.): -  X attentively, call (gather) together, X carefully, X certainly, consent, consider, be content, declare, X diligently, discern, give ear, (cause to, let, make to) hear (-ken, tell), X indeed, listen, make (a) noise, (be) obedient, obey, perceive, (make a) proclaim (-ation), publish, regard, report, shew (forth), (make a) sound, X surely, tell, understand, whosoever [heareth], witness.

 

 

Moses was saying that he knew it was necessary not only to believe but to act on that belief. If you believe that YHWH is God, and Yeshua is the son of God and is God, great! But that is only a starting point!

 

 

James 2:19  You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.

 

 

If we think believing is the extent of our salvation or our walk with the Father, we are missing something. James goes on to say that if we believe we will be acting on that belief.

 

 

James 2:20-23  How foolish! Can't you see that faith without good deeds is useless?  (21)  Don't you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?  (22)  You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete.  (23)  And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: "Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith." He was even called the friend of God.

 

 

The next point we need to make is that the same Hebrew word used to say believe, is also translated and used as faithful, as seen in; Numbers 12:6-7  He said, "Listen to what I say: when there is a prophet among you, I, Adonai, make myself known to him in a vision, I speak with him in a dream.  (7)  But it isn't that way with my servant Moshe. He is the only one who is faithful in my entire household.

 

 

The Hebrew language is rich with a seemingly endless wealth of information. One thing we see in Hebrew is a lot of acronyms. An example of this is what the Hebrew equivalent of the phrase “old testament” what we call the old testament they call “Tanakh” this is a three letter word “תנך  ” it stands for Torah, Prophets (Nevi’im), and writings (Ketuvim). Here we have another degree of believing. What do we believe? The word used here for believe is where we get the word “amen” from. When we say “amen” we are saying it in an agreement with what is being said. But, there’s more to it than that. Aman is also an acronym.

 

אמן

 

אל  

 

מלך

 

נאמן

 

 

Aman- believe

 

EL – God – Elohim

 

Melek – King

 

Ne’eman - Faithful

 

 

 

When we say Amen, we are saying that YHWH is the faithful King! We believe that He is faithful and true! The first time we see the word “believe” in scripture was in Exodus. The Hebrew word “aman” was used before that. Genesis 15:6  He (Abraham) believed in Adonai, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

 

 

Abraham believed that YHWH was faithful and that the one who called him and separated him out from the nations would keep His word. Because he believed, he followed the direction of the Father. YHWH Himself says of Abraham, Genesis 26:4-5  And I will increase your seed like the stars of the heavens, and I will give to your seed all these lands. And all the nations of the earth shall bless themselves in your Seed,  (5)  because Abraham listened to My voice and heeded My charge, My commands, My statutes, and My laws.

 

(  - teaching and instruction is the literal definition of Torah    תּורה   Torah-  )

 

The Father said that not only was believing essential to walking with Him, In order to walk with Him you have to act on that belief. Many today want to walk in the abundance of blessing that the Father wants for His children. They don’t however want to be obedient to His word that He gave us to walk in after we believe. Peter tells us that if we believe, we will be obedient to His word.

 

 

1 Peter 2:7-8  Unto you therefore which believe [he is] precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,  (8)  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, [even to them] which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

 

 

Notice how Peter says to those who believe the Messiah is precious. He then contrasts that statement with those who are disobedient. He is saying that if you believe, you will be obedient. If you do not believe, you will not be obedient. Yeshua said that if we believed the word we were already given, we would believe Him.

 

 

John 5:46-47  For if you really believed Moshe, you would believe me; because it was about me that he wrote.  (47)  But if you don't believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?"

 

 

Yeshua said that if we really were reading His Torah the way Moses wrote it for us, we would see Him all through it. Moses was revealing the character of the Father and the Messiah, Yeshua. If we do not believe (have faith in) what Moses wrote, we will not fully be able to believe (have faith in) what Yeshua told us. We live in a day and age when it is crucial to our lives to be able to listen to the guidance of the Father, revealed in Yeshua, speaking and leading by the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).

 

 

          Our first step is to believe! Now that we believe, we need to examine what we believe in. Some people feel that just believing will cause them to walk victoriously in the earth. We need to believe! We also need to act! Over and over in scripture we see promises that were given to His people. Many are given with a disclaimer, “If you”.

 

         

 

          Now that we believe, let us be equipped to act on that faith by the word of the Living God, in His Son Yeshua HaMoshiach, by the Ruach Hakodesh (Holy Spirit)!

 

AMEN!  

 

          Until next time,

 

                   Shalom,

 

                             David