Why Singing “I did myyyyyyyy wayyyyy.” Won’t Go Well For You

Published by Rob Skiba June 15, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Frank Sinatra is well known for his famous song, “My way.” But as I look at the Scriptures concerning how YHWH is to be worshipped, I can’t see those {SIN-at-ya} lyrics working out too well for anyone who wants to do it their way instead of HIS way. Indeed, Yeshua seems to be warning against that menality in…

Matthew 7:

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity [lawLESSness]. will be those who will stand before Yeshua and boast that they were serving Him. But He says “Depart from me, you who work LawLESSness.” That’s pretty serious business right there! You can’t serve Him YOUR way. You have to serve YHWH His way.

The Torah lays out the guidelines for loving YHWH (1 John 5:2,3). It goes into a great amount of detail in showing what it means to dwell with a Holy God and how we are to approach Him. Moses had spent time with YHWH face-to-face, talking with Him about the plans YHWH has for spending time with His Bride. In Exodus 31, YHWH discusses the house He wanted built for the newly weds:

Exodus 31:

1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:

And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

4 To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,

5 And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.

And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee;

7 The tabernacle of the congregation, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the tabernacle,

8 And the table and his furniture, and the pure candlestick with all his furniture, and the altar of incense,

9 And the altar of burnt offering with all his furniture, and the laver and his foot,

10 And the cloths of service, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest’s office,

11 And the anointing oil, and sweet incense for the holy place: according to all that I have commanded thee shall they do.

12 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.

14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.

16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.

17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

YHWH called out the construction workers, and empowered them with His Holy Spirit to build all that was needed. He then said that there was ONE DAY that would be set apart as holy “throughout their generations” as a “perpetual sign” – NOT that it would EVER be done away with. This is YHWH’s “special day” in which He wants to spend time alone with His bride. As a “sign between He and the children of Israel FOREVER,” it is in effect, like a wedding band. That is why He is so zealous and jeolous about it. You take off the wedding band, and it shows you don’t love Him.

YHWH had a very special plan for His bride and He wrote out the Wedding vows in stone with His OWN FINGER! But while Moses was up on that mountain getting the plans that YHWH was giving to Him, which would allow the union of Israel with YHWH to take place and for them to prepare for their new life of marraige together, we see the following taking place at the base of the mountain: 32:

1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

2 And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.

3 And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.

4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

5 And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the Lord [YHWH].

6 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.

7 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:

8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

9 And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:

10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.

Moses immediately went to interceding for these people, that YHWH not destroy them. Then…

15 And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written.

16 And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.

17 And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.

18 And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear.

19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.

20 And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.

After that, Moses, drew a line in the sand and demanded who was going to do it YHWH’s way, or who was going to “Do it myyyyyy wayyyyy”.

26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.

27 And he said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.

28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.

3,000 men died for doing it their way that day! But not much changed as you keep reading through the Scriptures. In fact, after the splitting of the Kingdom of Israel into the Northern and Southern Tribes, you see an exact repeat of the above story in…

1 Kings 12:

25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.

26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:

27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.

28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.

30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.

32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.

33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.

Once again, we see someone deciding to sing the lyrics, “I did it myyyyyyyy wayyyyy.” But we see that his CHOOSING HIS OWN TIME for a holiday (eh-hem, think about that) turned out to be a great sin for him and the entire 10 tribes of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. King Jeroboam decided to replace the Feast of Sukkot, which begins on the 15th day of the SEVENTH month, with a new feast of his own choosing “devised of his own heart” a month later.

Oh how similar is that to all who say, “Well God knows my heart. I choose to celebrate His Sabbath on Sunday. I choose to celebrate His birthday on December 25th. I choose to celebrate His death on Good Friday and resurrection on Easter Sunday.” You may choose to do these things, but what does our Husband think of them?

Isaiah 1:

10 Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?

13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.

14 YOUR new moons and your appointed feasts my soul  HATETH: they are a TROUBLE unto me; I am WEARY to bear them.

15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will  HIDE MINE EYES from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will NOT hear: your hands are full of blood.

WOW! He says He HATES YOUR holiday celebrations. They trouble and weary Him. He says when you spread your hands up in worship and make prayers that He hides His eyes and will NOT hear you! When you say, “These be of the Lord” and they are not, He gets quite angry about such things. Read all through the Old Testament and you will see this is true – over and over and over again in fact. It’s why YHWH sent the prophets to continually warn the people to TURN BACK to the ways of YHWH as given to them in the Torah. It’s why Elijah came and drew a line in the sand and demanded pure worship, not a mixture of Baal. Christmas, Easter and the replacing of the Sabbath with Sunday all come from Babylon (and Rome). The true holidays of YHWH are all through the Bible for all to see, and they each are DIRECTLY related to and reveal much about our Savior:

YHWH calls His people to “come out of Babylon” – so much the more in these Last Days. Isaiah gives us the recipe for how to do that…

Isaiah 1:

16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.  There are many “golden calves” in our churches today. Indeed, also in our lives (mine included). We can not keep singing “I did it myyyyyy wayyyyy” and expect that it will turn out well for us. Now, I FULLY understand that through Christ, we no longer need to do any more sacrifices for sin and that the Law does NOT save us (Ephesians 2:8,9). I also fully understand that we now have direct access to YHWH and “come boldly before the throne of Grace.” (Hebrews 4:16) That said, I don’t believe we have license to live in sin (Romans 6:1-15). I don’t believe we can just go on doing things our way. I believe as followers of Christ, we should do it His way. We should walk as He walked (1 John 2:1-6). We should actually practice the slogans we wear: What Would Jesus Do? when it comes to approaching and worshiping YHWH.

Jeremiah 16:17 For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.

Proverbs 8:32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.

Isaiah 55:

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Ezekiel 18:

23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

25 Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?

26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.

27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.

28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?

30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.

31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

I am not trying to judge anyone here. For by that same measure, I am also judged. I’m merely pointing out the Biblical fact that doing it our way is NOT a good thing. It never turns out well for those who do. We must strive to do ALL THINGS His way. And I’m saying this to myself. If no one else was here on Facebook but me, I’d still post this note. He gave us a very simple set of marriage vows, which if kept, show our love for our Heavenly Husband:

Those represent HIS way of loving God (1 John 5:2,3) and loving man, which are the two “Greatest commandments” according to our Savior. So, how about we start singing, “I did it Hissssssss wayyyyyy!” instead? If so, we might sing something like:

And now, the end is near

And so I face the final curtain

My friend, I’ll say it clear I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain

I’ve lived a life that’s full

I traveled each and every highway

And more, much more than this I did it Yahhh’s way

Regrets, I’ve had a few

But then again, too few to mention

I did what I had to do

And saw it through without exemption

I planned each charted course

Each careful step along the byway

And more, much more than this I did it Yahhh’s way

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew

When I bit off more than I could chew

But through it all, when there was doubt

I ate it up and spit it out

I faced it all and I stood tall

And did it Yahhh’s  way

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried

I’ve had my fill, my share of losing

And now, as tears subside

I find it all so amusing to think I did all that

And may I say, not in a shy way

Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it Yahhh’s  way

For what is a man, what has he got?

If not Yahweh, then he has not

To say the things he truly feels

And all the words of one who kneels

The record shows I took the blows

And did it Yahhh’s  way

Yes, it was for Yahweh!

– Rob Skiba

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