I have three words to answer this question: He warned us.
And it shall be, if you do not obey the voice of YHWH your Elohim, to guard to do all His Commands and His Laws which I command you today, that all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you. Debarim (Deuteronomy 28:15).
Elohim loves His children and like children, we tend to get in trouble if we don’t know the how to behave. When we act up, we have a consequences. Unlike a bad 3-year-old, our full-grown ancestors stood upon a mountain and agreed to be cursed if they did not follow the teachings of the Most High.
Cursed is he who does not establish the Words of this Torah. And all the people shall say, Amen! Debarim 27:26
Loosely translated, amen means, “Let it be so.”
Yahshua said, “If you want to enter into hai (life), guard the Commands. Mattithyahu (Matthew) 19:17
Guard means follow and do.
Whose to blame for our current, scattered and oppressed condition? I’ll share my testimony: Here is my blame list:
I blamed my parents for not raising me right.
I blamed my husband for not treating me right.
I blamed my coworkers for not giving me a break.
I blamed society.
I blamed white people.
I blamed our own people.
I blamed the church for not teaching us correctly.
I blamed anyone who would allow me to blame them.
Until I read and understood these verses.
Our ancestors agreed to be cursed if they did not follow the Torah. The formula is pretty easy after that.
We did our part: He did His.
He told us not to serve other gods: we served other gods. He said not to bow down to them: we bowed down to them. He said do not worship the sun, moon and stars. We worshiped the sun, moon and stars. If you don’t believe me, read the books of the prophets (Nabi). It’s full of accounts of the sins and judgments for not following the Torah.
We are the descendants of those men who stood upon that mountain, before a Qodesh (holy) Elohim. Their sin is why we are here today. So I rolled back my blame game and took accountability for the sins of my forefathers and began to cry out to Elohim for forgiveness for sinning against Him. I asked for forgiveness of my ancestors. Some of us may make the mistake of rebuking the sins of our forefathers in a general way. Instead of this, I repented according to how HE wants us to repent.
But if they confess their wickedness and the wickedness of their fathers with their trespass in which they trespassed against Me and that they also have walked contrary to Me, and that I also have walked contrary to them and have bought them into the land of their enemies–if their uncircumcised heart is then humbled and they accept the punishment of their wickedness then I shall remember My Covenant with Yaaqob (Jacob), and also my covenant with Yitshaq (Issac), and with Abraham, and remember the land. Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 26:40-42.
My prayer sounded something like this:
Father, I admit I was wicked before you. I worshiped the sun, moon and stars by following astrology. My parents did the same by allowing accursed objects into our home which is an offensive abomination before you. Our ancestors in Yisrael repeatedly turned from you by serving god of the nations around them. These are all things you said we are not to do.
We walked contrary to you, and because you cannot lie, and you are just in your judgments, we deserved the consequences. But your word also says that if we confess these sins that you will remember your Covenant. I ask today that you cleanse me, my family and my bloodline from the sins committed by us. In the name of Yahshua, may His blood cleanse us.
Is blame in your closet? Before you utter a name, read Debarim 28. Did He or did He not keep His promise?
Get down to the business of being accountable before Elohim.
May He keep us all until next time.