I. Faith is inextricably entwined with G-d’s Kingship and Authority through the Messiah Yeshua משיח ישוע. It cannot be separated from these two attributes.
The Kingship of HASHEM is revealed
in the Sabbath Psalms 95-99.
In Psalm 96 the connection between the
KINGSHIP of HASHEM and FAITH is made explicit.
“Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein:
then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
before the HASHEM: for He comes to judge the earth:
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the people with His faith.”
יעלזו שדי וכל אשר בו
אז ירננו כל עצי יער
לפני יהוה כי בא,
כי בא לשפט הארץ:
ישפט תבל בצדק
II. G-d is a master craftsman – אמן – and whatever HASHEM does, He does it to consummate perfection. No one can add to it, or take from it.
“The desirable beauty of your thighs are like jewels, the work of a master craftsman.” Song of Solomon 7:1.
חמוקי ירכיך כמו חלאים
מעשה ידי אמן:
This is why the Scripture uses the Hebrew root word
for Faith (Amen or Aman) אמן for ‘Master Craftsman.’
The Scripture again declares:
“I know that whatsoever G-d does, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and G-d does it, that men should fear before Him.” Ecclesiastes 3:14.
ידעתי כי כל אשר יעשה האלהים
הוא יהיה לעולם
עליו אין להוסיף וממנו אין לגרע
והאלהים עשה שיראו מלפניו:
III. Obedience–hearing G-d’s voice and doing it–is connected to recognition of HASHEM’S Kingship and Authority, as well as entering into HASHEM’S rest and His Sabbath.
“Today if you will hear his voice,
Harden not your heart, as at Meribah, as on the day of Massah in the wilderness; when your fathers tried me, they tested me, though they had seen my works. Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do wander in their heart, and they have not known my ways. To whom I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest.”
היום אם בקלו תשמעו
אל תקשי לבבכם כמריבה
כיום מסה במדבר:
אשר נסוני אבותיכם בחנוני גם ראו פעלי:
ארבעים שנה אקוט בדור
יאמר עם תעי לבב הם
והם לא ידעו דרכי:
אשר נשבעתי באפי
אם יבאון אל מנוחתי:
HASHEM declares that He is terrible above all other gods, a great king above them. Psalm 96:4, 95:3.
נורא הוא על כל אלהים:
כי אל גדול יהוה
ומלך גדול על כל אלהים:
He also declares that all these other gods of the nations are idols, the works of men’s hands, and have authority over those who worship them.
כי כל אלהי העמים אלילים
That is why HASHEM says “You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3.
לא יהיה לך אלהים אחרים על פני:
And He also says “You shall fear (worship) the LORD thy G-d, and him only shall you serve.” Deuteronomy 6:13, 10:20.
את יהוה אלהיך תירא ואתו תעבד:
This is because those authorities of other gods will interfere with HASHEM’S sovereign authority, and those people under those authorities will NOT enter into G-D’S REST, but will wander around in frustration and unfulfillment, and never possess HASHEM’S plan for their lives, as the children of Israel did in the wilderness.
The fear of HASHEM is connected to the recognition of HASHEM’S sovereign Kingship and power.
The love of HASHEM is connected to the understanding that He does everything perfect.
You hear G-d’s voice, and do what He says to do because you recognize that HASHEM is the one and only great KING. This is the substance of faith.