The Seeking Eyes of the Almighty
Did you ever think of the amazing truth revealed in Scripture that grace (the Creatorʼs mercy, favour and approval) is only extended to those who seek for it and then find it?
But how can that be? you may ask. After all, His grace is His unmerited favour, and wouldn’t seeking be a form of merit? His grace is certainly unmerited, however, Scripture teaches that if you want to be a recipient of His grace, He expects you to search for it.
But Noah found grace in the eyes of YaHUaH…1
Grace in the Old Testament? Grace in the very first book of the Torah – the so-called Law of Moses? Wow! Were we not taught that grace came exclusively with Messiahʼs advent into this world? (John 1:17).
If Noah “found” grace, the inference is that he was searching for it. The question is: Where did he find this merciful attribute of the Almighty that is absolutely essential in order to have and remain in a relationship with Him? Scripture is quite clear about where Noah found this “amazing grace”. He found it “in the eyes” of YaHUaH!
What on earth does that mean? It is most important that we know so that we may also “find” this grace. I for one certainly need His grace on a daily basis, donʼt you? Each and every one of us needs His grace in order to have and sustain a relationship with Him, for, By grace you are saved, through faith… (Eph.2:8).
What is faith? That is also a concept that we need to understand for Shaʼul (Paul’s Hebrew name) teaches here that grace is received (found as Noah did) through or by means of Yaʼakov (James) the brother of our Messiah asks a very pertinent rhetorical question in his letter: Donʼt you know that faith without works (obedience) is dead? Ja.2:20.
( 1 In virtually every Bible translation, the translators decided to “translate” the personal Covenant 1 Name of the Almighty with the title “the Lord”. The King James or Authorized Version was the first translation that rendered this title as: the LORD in capital letters in order to distinguish the Name from the Hebrew title Adonai which was simply rendered as: the Lord. This decision of the translators gave us the confusing translation of Ps.8:1: O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth. In the Hebrew Scriptures (OT) the Tetragrammaton (Covenant Name of the Almighty) was substituted with “the LORD” approximately 7000 times. This Covenant Name consists of four Hebrew characters which can accurately be transliterated with the four English letters: YHUH. In my writings, in order to be able to articulate the Name, I therefore transliterate it as: YaHUaH. In all my writings I have taken the liberty of replacing the true Name whenever the LORD appears in the Bible. I have therefore reversed the substitution that the translating committees did in direct disobedience to several serious warnings in Scripture not to add or take away any words from the Word. (Deut.4:2, 12:32, Pr.30:6, Rev.22:18-19). This action is the reason why most Bible believers are completely ignorant of the most important word in existence – the One Name that alone identifies the awesome Creator of this universe. faith. Apart from Hebrews 11:1 which says that faith is the substance of things (blessings of YaHUaH) hoped for, another very good definition of faith is: Trust-based obedience. Faith is not just a vague or hazy state of mind. Neither is it a “name it, claim it” lifestyle that regards material riches of greater worth than an intimate relationship with the Creator. No, faith (belief) is a powerful action-filled word. True faith is able to move mountains as Messiah taught in Mat.17:20. True Scriptural faith is also able to “move” the believer into obeying the instructions (Torah) of the Creator because he implicitly trusts His words or promises and acts upon or fulfills the conditions that come with every promise. Faith is obedience motivated by trust.)
So then it is abundantly clear that when we are told in Scripture that Noah “found” grace, that grace went hand in hand with his obedience. Think about this. Would Noah and his whole family have been saved from the Great Flood judgment if he had not obeyed YaHUaHʼs instructions (Torah) to build the ark? Certainly not! In his very act of obedience in building the ark he found grace and thus salvation. He believed the Almighty when He said that judgment was coming, and his faith in this word motivated him to build the ark in preparation for this judgment. Also, bear in mind that it took Noah approximately 100 years to build the ark. He had to walk in daily obedience to those instructions until the end otherwise the ark would not have been completed. Then he and his family would not have been saved.
“Walking in (obedience to) the Spirit” is another way of saying: “Stay faithful to the instructions of your Creator in your daily lifestyle”. The Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) will always lead a believer in a lifestyle of truth (Ps.25:5), and never ever in contradiction to the Torah of YaHUaH. He is the Spirit of Truth (Joh.14:17), therefore the Spirit of the Torah, for the Torah is the Truth, (Ps.119:43-44, 142, 151). Therefore when a Christian claims that the Holy Spirit told him to do this or that in contradiction to what the Torah teaches, then it is definitely another spirit that has led that person. By the same token, if there is a verse in the New Testament that contradicts any of the Torah instructions, then it has either been misinterpreted or wrongly translated.
Something else that we need to understand is that we were always taught that it was not possible to be obedient to the “law” of the Creator, and that His grace saved us in spite of our disobedience. The truth, however, is that once we become citizens of His kingdom “by grace through faith”, He then expects of us to be law-abiding citizens. It is His grace that enables us to be and remain law-abiding. Being law-abiding is not being legalistic. Most Christians pride themselves in the fact that they are law-abiding citizens. They would never see themselves as being legalistic, would they?
Scripture never ever encourages a believer to not worry about his sin (transgression of the law – 1Joh.3:4), rather it continually warns that the wages of sin is death, and that those who live a lifestyle of sin will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. It is ironical that Paul (Shaʼul) whose writings are quoted by the religious authorities today to warn their people against the so-called dangers of the law, are the very writings that seriously warn us that only the law-abiding will inherit the kingdom. (see for example Gal.5:19-21).
A statement by anti-law teachers that is most perilous to true Scriptural faith, says: “If you attempt to abide by the law, you have fallen from grace”. How is it possible that the Creator who never changes (Mal.3:6 & Heb.13:8), would continually encourage His people in the TaNaK (OT) writings to obey His laws, commandments and statutes in order to be blessed – then come in the New Covenant writings and discourage His people from obeying His laws for they are actually a curse? Even worse, that if they were to attempt to obey Him by being law-abiding, His grace would depart from them! What utter nonsense, blasphemy actually, to accuse our loving and gracious heavenly Father of such fickleness.
The Apostle Yahuchanan (John) was inspired to write that YaHUShA did not come to give us a whole new Commandment, but to establish (fulfill) the Commandment of love which was from the very beginning, (1Joh. 2:7). He also intimated that this Commandment of Love – vertically toward Him and horizontally toward our brethren was not difficult to keep because it was grace-driven through faith.
Whosoever believes that YaHUShA is the Messiah is born of Elohim: and
every one that loves Him that gave birth loves Him also that is birthed of Him.
By this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim,
and keep His commandments. For this is the love of Elohim, that we keep
His commandments: and His commandments are not difficult to keep.
For whatsoever is born of Elohim overcomes the world: and this is
the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Who is he
that overcomes the world, but he that believes that
YaHUShA is the Son of Elohim?
Now let’s get back to YaHUaHʼs eyes in which Noah found, and by implication, every other believer would also find grace. Meditate upon the following Scripture verse.
The eyes of YaHUaH run to and fro throughout the whole earth (SEEKING possibly?), to show Himself strong on behalf of them whose heart is perfect towards Him.
If Noah “found” grace in the eyes of YaHUaH, is it not possible that Scripture is trying to tell us that grace will only be found by those who respond to the searching eyes of the Creator? No one will ever find grace if the loving Creator did not initiate the search in the first place. His eyes are running to and fro, for what purpose? To show (reveal) Himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are perfect “towards” Him. He is, in other words, seeking for seekers after Him. As soon as His roving eyes finds such a seeker, that seeker “finds” grace “in the eyes” of the Almighty.
Now that’s grace, isn’t it? We would never have “found” Him unless He first searched for and found us. His “searching” for us is in actual fact Him revealing Himself to anyone who seeks for Him, for it is not as though He does not know where we are. The prophet YirmeYaHU (Jeremiah) quoted YaHUaH as saying:
Then you shall call upon Me, and you shall go and pray unto Me,
and I will hearken unto you. And you shall SEEK Me, and
FIND Me, when you shall search for Me with all your
heart. AND I WILL BE FOUND OF YOU, says
YaHUaH: and I will turn your captivity…
When He finds a seeker, then He reveals Himself to that seeker – He will be found of him. HalleluYaH!
In conclusion, what kind of seekers are being sought after by the heavenly Father? The Messiah explained this very clearly in His conversation with the Samaritan woman.
But the hour is coming and now is,
when the true worshippers shall worship the Father
in spirit and in truth, for the Father is SEEKING SUCH to worship Him.
The Almighty is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
So, the Father is SEEKING for TRUE worshippers. A true worshiper would be one who is seeking to worship the Father in TRUTH. Therefore the Father is seeking for TRUTH SEEKERS. A truth seeker is someone who loves the truth and will do everything in his power to find the truth. We’ve seen that the Torah is the TRUTH. Therefore a true believer is one who loves the Torah.
David was a man after the heart of the Father (1Sam.13:14, Acts 13:22) and there is no doubt that he loved the Torah and had a desire to live according to these life-giving instructions. The very first psalm is a wonderful testimony of what every believer’s attitude should be toward the Torah.
O how I love Your Torah, it is my meditation the whole day.
A person who is not a lover of truth (Torah) and has no interest in it, will receive from the Almighty a strong delusion to actually believe the lie. (2Thes.2:10 & 11). Thatʼs scary! I wonder, then, those people who are so absolutely convinced that anyone who has a desire to and tries to walk in obedience to the Torah have actually fallen from grace – has the heavenly Father sent them a strong delusion to believe this lie? The answer is self-evident in the way they despise this perfect gift – the law of liberty that our loving heavenly Father gave us, Jas.1:17, 25, 2:12.
The foundation or source of all truth is of course the TRUE IDENTITY of the only Creator. In other words: His only TRUE NAME. If that statement is true, then ask yourself this question, and sincerely seek for its true answer: Is it at all possible to worship the Father in truth by means of a false Name? What is His Name, and what is the Name of His Son? Do you know it? (Prov.30:4)
May you be blessed as you seek for Him. May you too find grace in the eyes of YaHUaH.
Speaking the truth in love
This article was written and shared with us by our beloved brother Johann Moller from South Africa.