Psalm 119:145-152 (Koof)

Psalm 119 is about loving God’s Torah, His statutes, commands and precepts.  It is broken up into sections with strange looking words or letters which are the Hebrew alphabet.  In the Hebrew Scriptures, each line of each section starts with a word beginning with this letter.  This is called an acrostic poem.    Each Hebrew letter also has a  word picture associated with it giving greater meaning and symbolism to each line of the specific letter-ed section.

Word PIcture - Back of Head

ק Koof – The Back of the Head

What is behind, what is the ‘last’, what is final, what is the ‘least’

“Wholeheartedly I am calling on you; answer me, Adonai; I will keep your laws.  I am calling on you; save me; and I will observe your instruction. I rise before dawn and cry for help; I put my hope in your word. My eyes are open before the night watches, so that I can meditate on your promise. In your grace, hear my voice;  Adonai, in keeping with your justice, revive me.  The pursuers of carnality are getting close; they are distancing themselves from your Torah. You are close by, Adonai; and all your mitzvot are truth. Long ago I learned from your instruction that you established it forever.”

David speaks of the pursuers of carnality and how they distance themselves from Torah.  Carnality as described by Paul is when there is strife and jealousy, walking like mere men without the Spirit of God.  Second Timothy 3:2-6 gets even more specific in the actions of those who live carnal, unspiritual lives, but consider themselves followers of God and believers in Christ.  

“People will be self-loving, money-loving, proud, arrogant, insulting, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, uncontrolled, brutal, hateful of good, traitorous, headstrong, swollen with conceit, loving pleasure rather than God, as they retain the outer form of religion but deny its power.”

In Matthew 24, Yeshua reveals some signs of the end times.  Along with famines and earthquakes are false prophets who fool people along with many people’s love will growing cold because of increased lawlessness and iniquity.   Iniquity is the seed in the heart that when it comes to fruition is blatant sin.  Sin according to 1 John 3:4 is ‘breaking God’s commandments (laws)’.  Because of blatant sin lawlessness will escalate.   The Complete Jewish Bible describes lawlessness as increased distance from Torah both in koof and in Yeshua’s discourse. 

As more and more people distance themselves from the teachings and instructions of God,  they will become more carnal and incapable of pleasing God.   Paul explains in Romans 8 that the carnal man, the one who lives according to the flesh and what the flesh desires is hostile (antagonistic and opposed) to God.  The carnal person does not submit to God’sTorah nor can he/she submit because it is impossible.  In order to please God, we must become spiritual people.  To become spiritual, each person  must be born again of water and the Spirit so that the iniquity of sin can be removed from the heart and  Torah can be written on it.

These are powerful words. For decades, even centuries,  a lawless doctrine has been taught in churches giving the ‘man of lawlessness’ a huge following ‘of many’ falling away from Biblical Truth.  This is also called the ‘great apostasy’ with ‘apostasy’ meaning ‘falling away from apostolic teachings’ (Vines).  Hearts that should be spiritual and walking in sync with God’s commandments have become hardened by carnal doctrines.  

David is pursued by carnal men, men who have no redemption and hate God’s Torah.  Yet, he does not whine and complain about their lawless behavior, he continues to seek God with his whole heart.  He calls on the Lord by rising before dawn and crying for help.  During the night watches, his eyes are open and he meditates on God’s promises.  He completely understands God’s ultimate justices because he knows that “long ago I learned from your instructions that you established it forever.” 

In Matthew 5, Yeshua speaks of the Torah as existing until there is a new heaven and new earth.  This is the witness of two for Torah.  As long as heaven and earth exist, thee will be God’s instructions.   Those who obey the commandments and teach others to do the same will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.  This is King David.  He will be great in the coming Kingdom of God.  He will be raised up by the LORD to rule with King Yeshua (Jeremiah 30:6).   Those who disobey the least of the commandments and teach others to do the same (even teaching that Torah is ‘done away with’), will be called ‘the least’ in the Kingdom of God.  Instead of seeing the face of YHVH Elohim rise upon them, looking into his countenance and receiving ultimate grace, the carnal ones will see the back of His head, His koof, as He turns his face away.

“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). 

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