Living “At Risk”.

For those who view Torah as a foundational document in your lives… There is a reality in which we live. We live, “At Risk”. What does this mean in my use of the words? Well, In the “Garden” we see a lack of something dangerous. Something that was lacking in the creation until Adam left the garden… It was “Risk”.

Risk being the term used to describe your likelihood of death or accidents that rob you of wealth or health. Until Adam leaves the Garden we so no examples of death nor loss of substance. It was a “Safe Haven”, a place where you could trust all those around you to not seek your hurt, intentionally or by mishap.

But, ever since the expulsion from our rightful home. We have been living “At Risk”.  At any moment you might come across a fellow soul who might seek your harm. Or seek your substance. It is the number one “attribute” of our living outside of our rightful home. And today it effects us as much as at any time in the history of man.

The neighbors, the police, the officials and even our families have their ranks filled with people who cannot be trusted. And will take opportunities to harm or steal. The animals attack us, the creation attacks us. We live in a state of constant fear for our lives and our substance.

This is what God said it would be like if Adam ate of the tree. It is also what God said it would be like if Israel did not live rightly so that they remained within the “Land” (substitute, Eden).

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Yet among those nations you shall not find-repose, nor shall there be rest for the sole of your foot: YHVH will give you there a shuddering heart, failing eyes and languishing breath. Your life will hang-by-a-thread before you, you will be terrified night and day, and you will not trust in (the security of) your life. At daybreak you will say: Who would make it sunset! And at sunset you will say: Who would make it daybreak! -out of the terror of your heart that you feel-in-terror, out of the sight of your eyes that you see. Deuteronomy 28:66-67

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From my study of the Torah, I see that we are (with the allowance that God can interact in an individual’s life as He sees fit) all living at Risk. For the expressed purpose to cause us to turn our hearts back to the God of Adam. To bring back His instructions into our hearts to live them (as best we can in exile). To be a light to those around us who are struggling under the pressures of an “At Risk” life (that our hearts can scarcely survive under). To show them, that even if this life isn’t filled with the things that you need. That there is a promise, to Israel. That she will be raised up to dwell in the land of her inheritance. And that all those who are counted (by God) as Israel, will be raised up in the valley of dry bones to live a life that is not spent “At Risk”.

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Now it shall be: when there come upon you all these things, the blessing and the curse that I have set before you, and you take them to your heart among all the nations where YHVH your God has thrust-you- away, and you return to YHVH your God and hearken to his voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your being, YHVH your God will restore your fortunes, and have-compassion on you: he will return to collect you from all the peoples wherein YHVH your God has scattered you. If you be thrust-away to the ends of the heavens, from there YHVH your God will collect you, from there he will take you, and YHVH your God will bring you to the land that your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it, he will do-well by you and make you many-more than your fathers. YHVH your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your seed, to love YHVH your God with all your heart and with all your being, in order that you may live. YHVH your God will place all those threats upon your enemies and on those-that-hate-you, that pursue you; and you, (if) you return and hearken to the voice of YHVH and observe all his commandments that I command you today: YHVH your God will make you excel in all the doings of your hands, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your animals, and in the fruit of your soil, to good-measure, indeed, YHVH will return to delighting in you, to (your) good, as he delighted in your fathers- if you hearken to the voice of YHVH your God, by keeping his commandments and his laws-what is written in this document of Instruction- if you return to YHVH your God with all your heart and with all your being. For the commandment that I command you this day: it is not too extraordinary for you, it is not too far away! Deuteronomy 30:1-11

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So, what about today? can we expect God to protect us from time to time? Sure, but our overall perspective in the exile from Eden. Is “At Risk”. It is why bad things happen to good people. Not because God failed you and let you die. But rather, because we failed Him. However, it seems that all those who have rejoined with the God of Eden will be able to live a life Free from “Risk” to our health nor our wealth.

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And many nations shall go and say: ‘Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths’; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide concerning mighty nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig-tree; and none shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken. Micah 4:2-4

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For me.. I live this life to the fullest I can. But, I wait for the day when God calls us to live in the time of Peace. A time when we will be able to fully trust that those in our midst (specifically if you are living in Eden at the time) will actually be “no risk” to you health nor wealth.

Reality for today          = At Risk, death or loss at any moment.

Promise for tomorrow = No Risk, complete trust in our fellow man.

How do you take part in the Promise? Deut 30:1-5, 2Chron 7:14, Ezekial 18:20-21 etc…

Tesuvah (turn back) towards God and Shemar (honor, guard) His Torah. Or, to quote the song.. Trust and obey. For there’s no other way…

“If My people, who are called by my Name. Shall humble themselves, Turn from their ways and return to Mine. Then I will hear from the heavens and will restore their lands and their name.”

 

imho.


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