Rabbi was speaking about G-d knows my heart in Parashat Shemini and spoke about Aaron sons who were burnt up for either bringing strange fire or being drunk in the Tabernacle or both. Who really knows, but the fact was they loved G-d and yet they did something they were not supposed to do.
So when someone says to us, “G-d knows my heart” what that person is really saying is, I have an excuse for disobedience. However, what they may not know, is that G-d addressed this issues in His word:
“The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it? “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds. Jeremiah 17:9-10
The Torah was never meant for salvation. It was given so that those who follow it can be closer to G-d. Be more like Him. It is said that David was a man like G-d’s own heart. Why? He loved the Torah, see Psalm 119 which is the longest chapter in the entire Bible.
Samuel said to Saul, “You have acted foolishly; you have not kept the commandment of the L-rd your G-d, which He commanded you, for now the L-rd would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not endure. The L-rd has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the L-rd has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the L-rd commanded you.” 1 Samuel 13:14
You see G-d wanted a leader who would lead His people into following Torah. Saul wasn’t leading people into following Torah therefore he was removed. This is the verse Acts 13:22 was referring to when it says David was a man after G-d’s own heart. G-d wants people obedient to Him. Man’s ways only lead to death.
Proverbs 14:12 – There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
Proverbs 16:25 – There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
We are to love G-d right? What is loving G-d? Scripture defines loving G-d like this:
And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it. 2 John 1:6
You might be thinking this means the 10 commandments, but I ask you, where does Scripture state it is only the 10 commandments we are to follow? Who violated Torah and subtracted from the commandments? What did Christ follow?
You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the L-rd your G-d which I command you. Deut 4:2
There was no “New Testament” during the 1st Century. That is when the Gospels and all the Epistles were written. It did not exist as a canonized book until a couple hundred years later. You might say well I love others as G-d said for me to and the Law is summed up in that one commandment. Loving others is following Torah:
By this we know that we love the children of G-d, when we love G-d and observe His commandments. For this is the love of G-d, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. 1 John 5:2-3
Those who are continuing to justify not following Torah right now, but say you know G-d, John has something to say to you:
By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. 1 John 2:3-6
The truth is Torah. When John says the truth is not in him, I think John is saying the Torah is not put in your heart yet. This is the “new” covenant per Jeremiah 31:33. It says G-d will put My Torah in your inward parts and write it in your hearts. Psalms 119:142, 151, and 160 tells us the Torah is truth. So, if you say you know Him and don’t keep the commandments, the Torah, then you are called a liar and the truth is not in you. We are to walk as Yeshua walked. We are to imitate Paul, who imitated Yeshua. They both followed Torah.
Friends, this may be hard to accept. I understand. It is a lot to think through, but please think long and hard about this. Love G-d above all else. Seek Him with all of your heart, soul, and strength. Nothing else matters!
Shalom and until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is Hashem!