>>> THIS DO <<<
These two short words were spoken by our Messiah and Saviour, and are probably of the most important words that He spoke, that we need to understand. However, very few people know what the “THIS” is that He said had to be “DONE”. Very few know, therefore, what the reward is for doing, and the consequences for not doing the “THIS”.
So let us look at the context of these two words.
And after this the Master appointed seventy others, and sent them two by two ahead of Him into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, “The harvest indeed is great, but the workers are few, therefore pray to the Master of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest. Go! See I send you as lambs into the midst of wolves… (Luk.10:1-3)
So the context of “This do…” was the harvesting of souls for His kingdom. The harvesters were as lambs being sent among the wolves. We will understand later that the “wolves” are religious leaders who have their own agenda of “This do.”
In giving the seventy disciples their instructions (v.4-15), Messiah ends with these most significant words that explain what soul winning is all about – motivating people to lovingly hear (Heb. Sh’MA = _DO what you hear).
He who hears you hears Me, He who rejects you rejects Me, and He who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me. v.16. (Reject in this context means to refuse to “hear and do” the Torah instructions of the Almighty).
Immediately in verse 17 Scripture tells us that the seventy disciples returned from their commission and with joy and excitement reported to Messiah what had happened.
“Master, even the demons are subject to us in Your Name!”
In His instructions before sending them out He did not mention His Name even once. It is therefore inferred that the Authority of His Name was understood by His disciples as being the very foundation of proclaiming His Kingdom. It was the bottom line of what He taught. (John 3:18, 14:14, 15 & 26). This is the reason why the enemy is sowing so much confusion in our day and age as to what His true Name is. One of the seemingly wise arguments that is bandied about is that any of the many Hebrew names bestowed upon Him today are acceptable. Really? mmm ? – Acts 4:12 seems to contradict that argument.
How did YaHUShA react to their exciting report?
I saw Satan falling out of the heavens as lighting. See, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and none at all shall hurt you. (v.18 & 19)
Wow! He has given us authority over all the power of the enemy! If only we as believers can understand that it’s not our great faith, or our own power or righteousness that gives us authority over ALL the enemy’s power, but simply YaHUShA’s Name spoken with boldness, belief, love and utmost respect. If we can comprehend this amazing truth, then and only then, Psalm 91 will become a reality in our lives. Meditate upon verses 14 to 16 of this wonderful psalm, and rejoice.
He then continues by saying something that should make us stop and think. Remember, they were rejoicing because of the power He had given them over demonic powers. He says:
But do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names have been written in the heavens. (v.20)
That was the end of His conversation with His disciples, especially with the seventy who had just returned. There must have been quite a crowd gathered, curious about what this Man and His disciples were up to. Amongst the crowd were the religious leaders, the scribes and Pharisees who were extremely jealous of the growing following this carpenter from Nazareth had.
Scripture then witnesses that YaHUShA, in the Ruach (Spirit), broke into praise.
In that hour YaHUShA exulted in the Ruach and said, “I praise You, Father, Master of the heavens and of the earth, that You have hidden these from clever and learned ones, and revealed them to children. Yes, Father, because thus it was well pleasing in Your sight. All has been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is, except the Father, and who the Father is, except the Son, and he to whom the Son wants to reveal.” (v.21 & 22)
This praise prayer was directed to the Father, but spoken so that the crowd, amongst whom the religious leaders were scattered, could hear. He did this on purpose in order to draw them out. One of them took the bait, but before he did, YaHUShA turned back to His disciples.
And turning to His disciples He said to them, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see, for I say to you that many prophets and kings have wanted to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it. (v. 23 & 24)
In His short prayer YaHUShA had just praised the Father for hiding spiritual truth from the clever and learned ones and revealing these truths to children (simple believers).
One of these “clever” ones, full of himself, fell for it hook, line and sinker… ?
And see, a certain one learned in the Torah stood up, trying Him, and saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (v. 25)
First of all, the man who asked this very important question of YaHUShA was an Israelite. He was also a lawyer, in other words, one who was a scribe and learned in the Torah (the Law or Teaching Instructions of YaHUaH). We are told in Scripture that this learned religious man asked the question to try or entice the Messiah. He was arrogantly trying to get Him to speak against or contradict the Torah, so that they could have something with which to prosecute Him. It was a very good question, and one that was probably as much debated in those days as it is today.
You see, these religious people – the scribes and Pharisees, knew the Torah, but they were continually adding to it with their own man-made laws which they then enforced upon the “unlearned” ordinary people. These numerous ritualistic laws became an ever-increasing unbearable burden for the people, and because they did not know any better, trusting in the learning of the religious leaders, they slowly but surely turned their backs on the true Torah of YaHUaH.
Ironically, the learned religious leaders of today have, by and large, turned the tables. They say that we cannot add to the finished work of the Messiah (which is true), but then conclude that by attempting to abide by Torah we are trying to add to His work of redemption and will “fall from grace”. How on earth can YaHUaH’s often spoken exhortations in the Torah and the prophets to His people to lovingly guard His Torah with all their heart, strength and mind, be reconciled to much teachings found in church today that attempting to keep Torah will cause one to “fall from grace”?
How did YaHUShA answer the lawyer? He played the ball accurately right back in the “clever” man’s court.
And He said to him, “What has been written in the Torah? How do you read it? (v.26)
Of course this proud man was eager to flaunt his knowledge in front of the great crowd. Puffing out his chest he answered:
“You shall love YaHUaH your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.” (v. 27)
I think he was hoping that YaHUShA would argue with him as He often did with the religious leaders who were constantly trying to trip Him up. But in this instance, He used an arrogant religious leader to teach the crowd what their Creator and covenant Partner, YaHUaH, required of them.
The One who was without sin, and who therefore never bore false witness (lied), answered very simply and clearly:
“You have answered correctly. THIS DO and you shall live.” (v. 28)
Wow! Did the Messiah just say that inheriting eternal life was the product of sincerely and lovingly keeping the spirit of Torah – love toward our Maker and fellow man? Certainly He did. This was after all the correct answer to the religious man’s equally clear question: Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
In order to interpret that simple question or that simple answer to say anything other than what they are so clearly saying, would require extreme spiritual gymnastics in which the enemy is a past master.
The old serpent’s religious cohorts are just as adept at false spiritual gymnastics as their master. This religious leader, instead of humbly acknowledging the answer to the question he had asked, tried to wriggle out of his embarrassment with another question that only served to highlight his ignorance while giving the Master the opportunity to illustrate to the crowd what true love really is – how to practically live out THIS DO toward each other in this world.
In this next verse (29), in a few words, Scripture distinctly discloses the evil of a self-righteous religious heart.
But he, wanting to declare himself righteous, said to YaHUShA, “And who is my neighbour? (v.29)
Can you hear the sneer in that question?
Read again for yourself the well-known parable of the good Samaritan. It is a beautiful story of how to love someone in need when it is within your power to do so.
Penned by our beloved brother Johan Moller from South Africa