Yahshua answered them, “Yes, indeed! I tell you that everyone who practices sin is a slave of sin. (Yochanan 8:34, CJB)
Humanity’s Preexisting Condition
Remember the good ‘ole, simpler days of Covid-19? When we were in the disorienting embryonic stages of the epidemic, that blossomed into a pandemic? Remember when we were washing our hands whilst simultaneously singing, humming, or whistling our favorite song for twenty seconds? Remember when we hurriedly went to stores in our respective municipalities, stocking up on copious amounts of tissue paper and hand sanitizer? Remember social distancing? How we had to stay six feet away from each other? Remember self-isolating and being quarantined with your family? Remember the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive orders, to flatten the curve? Remember the murder hornets? Remember the way New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pronounced the word, “ventilator”?
To be super explicit and transparent, I say the aforementioned in jest. Simultaneously, I wouldn’t dare to be flippant or negligent of the fact that Covid-19 has caused a plethora of people, globally, to lose dearly beloved ones; from family members, friends, and contemporaries in general. Chalilah li! Far be it from me to ever engage in such Torahless, stony-hearted behavior. May Adonai Yahweh comfort all families in bereavement, who have had their lives upended, by this novel virulent strain of coronavirus.
In the midst of this Covid-19 pandemic that closed America, another invisible enemy is rearing its head. This invisible enemy however, is not novel. In a sobering manner, it is all too familiar. Racism. Some would posit that racism is one of America’s preexisting conditions. That this throuple of racism, white supremacy, and xenophobia, are as American as apple pie. I would like to submit however, that racism, is not an exclusive American export. I would also like to advance the thought that racism was extant long before America was born. One of Rabbi Yahshua’s disciples, Shaul, brilliantly articulates it this way:
Here is how it works: it was through one individual that sin entered the world, and through sin, death; and in this way death passed through to the whole human race, inasmuch as everyone sinned. (Romans 5:12, CJB)
Racism is not an American innovation. Racism is a virulent byproduct of sin. Yochanan, also a student of my Rabbi Yahshua, gives us a lucid, pithy definition of sin:
Everyone who keeps sinning is violating Torah — indeed, sin is violation of Torah. (Yochanan Aleph 3:4, CJB)
Torah is God’s Law. My Rabbi says that the first greatest command in Torah, is The Shema, found in Deuteronomy 6:4–9. To love Yahweh with all your heart, all your soul, all your vital force. The second greatest command, is to love my neighbor as myself, per Leviticus 19:18. How can I love my neighbor as myself, if I dehumanize him? How can I love my neighbor, if I view him or her, as inherently inferior, in every way possible? Violations of Torah put us on the trajectory of death. We see this unfolding everyday in America.
Remember Ahmaud Arbery?
Remember Breonna Taylor?
Remember George Floyd?
To My Beloved Hebrews
My people. My dear, beautiful, beloved people. May the shalom and grace of Yahweh be upon us in perpetuity, in its fullest measure. I am writing to us, in this moment, to address the root of the problem. These are the covenant curses of Deuteronomy 28:15–68. happening in real time. “What are you talking about, Yo’el?” El Shaddai Yahweh, for those that have ears to hear, please let them hear.
We are Hebrews. We are Israelites. We are the physical, bloodline descendants of Abraham, Isaac, Israel. We are the people of The Holy Bible. We are the people of The Hebrew Scriptures. We are not African. I repeat. We are not African. I threepeat. We. Are. Not. African. We are not Gentiles. We are not Colored. We are not Negro. We are not Afro-American. We are not Black. The aforementioned are all bywords. Please see Deuteronomy 28:37. My beautiful people, it’s high time that we wholly embrace our God-given identity, as Hebrews. It’s time that we readily, with alacrity, embrace that we are Yahweh’s chosen people. We have a special covenant relationship, with the Creator of The Universe. Let me say this again, because I need you to hear, not me, but the Word of God. We have a special, covenant relationship, with the One True God, Yahweh; The Maker of the heavens, earth, sea, along with everything in them.
When Yahweh saved our Hebrew ancestors from slavery in Egypt, He made a perennial covenant with us.
Now if you will pay careful attention to what I say and keep My covenant, then you will be my own treasure from among all the peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you will be a kingdom of cohanim for me, a nation set apart.’ These are the words you are to speak to the people of Israel.” Mosheh came, summoned the leaders of the people and presented them with all these words which Yahweh had ordered him to say. All the people answered as one, “Everything Yahweh has said, we will do.” Mosheh reported the words of the people to Yahweh. (Shemot/Exodus 19:5–9, CJB)
Then he took the book of the covenant and read it aloud, so that the people could hear; and they responded, “Everything that Yahweh has spoken, we will do and obey. Mosheh took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant which Yahweh has made with you in accordance with all these words. (Shemot/Exodus 24:7–8, CJB)
What are the terms and conditions of this covenant that us Hebrews have with God Almighty Yahweh? God’s Law. Our Hebrew ancestors entered into a covenant with Yahweh, agreeing to honor His Law.
If you listen closely to what Yahweh your God says, observing and obeying all His commandments which I am giving you today, Yahweh your God will raise you high above all nations on earth; and all the following blessings will be yours in abundance — if you will do what Yahweh your God says. (Debarim/Deuteronomy 28:1–2, CJB)
My people, it’s perfectly fine if you don’t hear me. Hear God’s Word, to obey it! If us Hebrews honor the words of this bilateral Law Covenant that we have with Yahweh; if we repent from our life of breaking His Law to a life of obedience, Yahweh will order blessings to be with us! This is what we need, no? However, the words of the covenant us Hebrews have with Yahweh also say:
But if you refuse to pay attention to what Yahweh your God says, and do not observe and obey all His commandments and regulations which I am giving you today, then all the following curses will be yours in abundance. (Debarim/Deuteronomy 28:15, CJB)
This is our condition now, my people. We have not been faithful to Yahweh, The One True God.
We didn’t listen to the voice of Yahweh our God, so that we could live by His Laws, which He presented to us by His servants, the prophets. Yes, all Israel flouted Your Torah (Law) and turned away, unwilling to listen to Your voice. Therefore, the curse and oath written in the Torah of Mosheh the servant of God was poured out on us, because we sinned against Him. (Dani’el 9:10–11, CJB)
When you read Deuteronomy 28:15–68, notice Who is striking us with these curses. It is not the white European man or woman. It is not the Arabic man or woman. It is not the African man or woman. It is not the Asian man or woman. It is Yahweh. Don’t take my word for it. Take His Word for it.
Yahweh will send on you curses, disasters and frustration in everything you set out to do, until you are destroyed and quickly perish, because of your evil actions in abandoning Me. (Debarim/Deuteronomy 28:20, CJB)
My people, we now have a choice to make. Myself included. We can either continue misdiagnosing this spiritual problem, erroneously prescribing physical remedies. Physical remedies like marching. Rioting. Looting. Destroying our own Hebrew communities. Yelling expletives at police officers. Or, we can humble ourselves before God Almighty Yahweh, repent, break this cycle of covenant curses, embrace our Hebrew identity, and honor all the words of Yahweh’s Law Covenant.
Beloved, which option will you choose?
To The Beloved Gentiles
Shalom and grace be multiplied to you, from The Only One True God, Yahweh. In the authority of Rabbi Yahshua The Messiah.
To my dear non-Israelite brothers and sisters. White European men and women. African men and women. Asian men and women. I see you out there marching. I hear you shouting “Black Lives Matter!” I hear you screaming out the name of George Floyd. I see you standing in solidarity with my Hebrew people. I see you demanding that true justice will be served. I hear you breaking your silence.
If you truly want to help my Hebrew people, tell them who they are. Tell them they are Hebrew. Tell them that Yahweh created them to be Hebrew. Tell them that they are God’s chosen people. Show them Deuteronomy 28:15–68 in the Holy Bible. Tell my Hebrew people to repent. Encourage them to turn back to Yahweh, The God of The Hebrews. Encourage them to come back to the covenant of Yahweh. This, my friend, is true allyship.
Also Gentiles, you would do well if you take care to worship Yahweh too; for Yahweh is The Only True Living God, Who provides the salvation that us humans so desperately need, in the form of Rabbi Yahshua, The Messiah.
With that articulated, I leave you with the words of my Rabbi:
From that time on, Yahshua began proclaiming, “Turn from your sins to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near! (Matthew/Mattityah 4:17, CJB)