You shall not walk in their statutes...” (Lev 18:3)
While these may seem as difficult and offensive questions for many who claim to obey the Word of יהוה or Torah, we feel it is important for us to measure ourselves against this instruction just as it is important for us to measure ourselves against יהוה’s other instructions. Why are many who claim to live according to the Word of יהוה not heeding this commandment and taking this instruction seriously?
The prophet Jeremiah recorded what the Word of יהוה said about the faithfulness of the two houses – Israel and Judah (Christianity and Judaism). In chapter 3, Jeremiah recorded why faithless Israel (Christianity) was given a certificate of divorce:
(שֶׁקֶר sheqer sheh'-ker)
From H8266; an untruth; by implication a sham (often adverbially): - without a cause, deceit (-ful), false (-hood, -ly), feignedly, liar, + lie, lying, vain (thing), wrongfully.
Despite these warnings, many have united with and are, in fact, "doing" as they do in the land of Canaan...according to the ways of faithless Israel’s “treacherous sister Judah” (Judaism) even though she is considered less righteous than faithless Israel (Christianity)! The same people who recognized faithless Israel's (Christianity's) adulteries and departed from her seem to be uniting with her “treacherous sister” and playing the whore and committing adultery and following her sham - her counterfeit, her lies - instead of uniting to the Word of יהוה and faithfully walking according to His rules and His statutes.
In the gospel accounts, it is recorded that the Righteous Branch spoke similarly about and directly to faithless Israel’s "treacherous sister" and the lies that have led her astray…the lies after which her fathers walked (and this account was some 600 years after Jeremiah’s account and some 750 years after Amos’ account.):
So, who are you following? Who are you united with? Who are you abiding in?
Consider three different trees, each producing three different kinds of fruit. One tree produces the fruit of the house of Israel's (Christianity’s) teachings, one tree produces the fruit of Judah's (Judaism’s) teachings, and one tree produces the fruit of the teachings of the Word of יהוה. Which fruit would the Word of יהוה consider your fruit to most closely resemble? This is the tree that you would be “united” to or “abiding” in (aka “grafted into”).
Are you united with “faithless Israel”? Are you walking according to her ways?
Are you united with her “unfaithful sister Judah”? Are you walking according to her ways?
Are you united to the Word of יהוה? Are you following the Word of יהוה, faithfully walking in His ways, His rules and His statutes?
Are you abiding in the Righteous Branch as represented by the center branch of the lampstand (menorah) and Aaron's branch - both of which are represented by a budding and blossoming almond branch?
Are you producing the same fruit...the fruit of light?
Are you watching over His Word and guarding it from traditions, doctrines and lies of men?