I want to express to my readers that I am aware of people who have to work on Shabbat. My husband has had to do that on several occasions. I am not trying to come across rude or judgmental. But I often wonder what would happen if we trusted HIM wholly to supply all our needs and began to seek out other job opportunities. More than just the word “rest,” I am hoping to learn to rest in Him and to prepare for His rest by searching for a greater intimacy and by reviewing a word called delight.
“Which one of you will have a son or an ox fall into a well, and will not immediately pull him out on a Sabbath day?” Luke 14:5, NASB). This is going to look different for all of us. This ox can come in many colors. And especially if you have health issues, are a care giver and so forth, but I want to share a dream I had the other night that really spoke to me.
In my dream there were three men. The first stood tall, his shoulders squared and he was dressed in fine garments—crisp and clean. Next to him stood a man in garments that were not so clean—sloppy and untucked. The third man was naked–on the floor beside him laid a garment that was crumpled.
Garments are interesting symbols. Right now, it is winter and the trees have no clothing. Their branches are bare. No leaves. No fruit. But come spring, they will bud and blossom. Fruit will eventually appear and the birds will sing songs of joy as the sun warms the cold earth.
There are also birds, like buzzards and crows, which eat dead things, regurgitating, vomiting, and they hang out on dead trees. The Bible mentions those who are twice dead and uprooted.
If we are walking with Him, even when we feel as dead as the bare trees in winter, if we hold out, we will bloom again. We are not uprooted. We are not twice dead. Our roots are just taking a nap and some trees cannot even bloom without cold.
“Cherry trees, for instance, are genetically programmed to undergo a winter before buds open in spring. So, even if we have an unusually warm winter, buds won’t burst to life until the tree has been chilled.” ABC Science.
Are you chilling? I hope so.
“A bride was given a year to prepare the trousseau (bridal wear)(Ket. 57a), and a man was obliged to give his wife each year one hat, one belt, three pairs of shoes (for the three (main feasts), and other articles of dress, amounting in all to fifty (Ket. 64b).
Fifty is Jubilee or Yovel.
Very interesting, wouldn’t you agree?
Isaiah 52 tells us to wake up and clothe ourselves in strength and beautiful garments. In spring, things wake-up! God commands Moses in Exodus to make garments for Aaron and his sons for glory and for beauty.
When a bride prepares for her wedding day, her dress is one of the most important item she will choose. When we picture a bride, we also picture certain symbols, a ring, her hairstyle, a veil, as well as her shoes.
“In modern times it is customary to remove, or go without, leather shoes on the Day of Atonement, and to wear slippers instead; the custom is mentioned in Yoma (viii. 1).”
Slippers are soft and cushioned. You slip them on when work is finished. You place them on when it’s time to rest. Interesting that these are placed on during the Day of Atonement when our names are sealed in His Book. We will rest on our wedding day and have a great festival on Sukkot, but for now, we are told to work while it’s still light. Work requires different shoes and at times even steel-toed boots.
Our military garments in battle are summed up by the apostle Paul in Ephesians 6 which are taken from our Father’s Words in Isaiah.
In Isaiah, Abba tells His people that their iniquities have made a separation between Him and them. He says their fasting is for strife. That their sins have hidden His face from them. He does not hear their prayers. Their feet run to evil, and they weave spider webs to try and clothe themselves.
That’s a very thin and sticky garment.
He tells them to clothe the naked and feed the hungry. Now, this at first, sounds like giving unfortunate people clothes and food, but it’s also spiritual. His Word is clothing and food and deeds. Revelations talks about one church who thought they were rich, but were actually poor, blind and naked like the third man in my dream.
So The FATHER finally gives them instructions in Isaiah concerning one thing–, just one. This one thing will make all the difference, but they had become as stiff-necked as we are.
When my dad told me to sit down when I was a child, I knew if I didn’t, I was going to get a butt spanking! When our heavenly Father says, “Sit down and rest,” and we say, “No, how rebellious are we being?”
When we say, “Nope, sorry I have to work. He says I feed the birds. We say I don’t trust You. You’re not big enough. He says, “Look, do what you want, work all you want for six days, but on my Sabbath, Rest!” And we throw our garments on the floor like naughty children and take off our rings. So The Father pleads, and says, “Forget all the other commandments for a moment and just keep this one. Remember this one. Set this one day apart.”
So in Isaiah, He tells them this…
“If because of the Sabbath, you turn your foot
From doing your own pleasure on My holy day,
And call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable,
And honor it, desisting from your own ways,
From seeking your own pleasure
And speaking your own word,
Then you will take delight in the LORD,
And I will make you ride on the heights of the earth;
And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father,
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” Isaiah 58:12-14.
Delight is a word that is delicious. Delight is not a heavy load or burden. It’s light and airy and full of intimacy. It’s like jumping out of a six-day work week and landing on a feather bed. It’s rest with a capital R and resting in Him. It’s not about people that sit next to you in a mega center, but people who sit next to you in real life. It’s a father laying hands on his sons and his daughters and blessing them. It’s about sharing a meal with those you love. It’s about giving to those in need. It’s so many things and none of them are bondage and I still fail at times to honor it properly. Not with physical stillness but with my heart!
So we learn from Isaiah 59, that those who turn aside from evil and try and keep His Commandments make themselves a prey.
Prey are hunted!
Yeshua said, Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. These wolves wear garments that look like Shepherds. These wolves surround the ones who are trying to hold up the Truth and they salivate as wolves do, and they encircle them. Their teeth are snarled. They long to tear them apart. So our Father explains His garments of vengeance.
“The word vengeance in Hebrew is naqam which comes from an Akkadian word which means vengeance but not in the sense that we think of revenge, getting satisfaction over a wrong done to us. It is a vengeance of vindication, an act to bring out the truth.” To read more click here.
“Yes, truth is lacking;
And he who turns aside from evil makes himself a prey.
Now the LORD saw,
And it was displeasing in His sight that there was no justice.
And He saw that there was no man,
And was astonished that there was no one to intercede;
Then His own arm brought salvation to Him,
And His righteousness upheld Him.
He put on righteousness like a breastplate,
And a helmet of salvation on His head;
And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing
And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.” Isaiah 59:15-17.
Our Father was adorned with His breastplate– every Tribal stone of His priesthood. Every stone unique and sparkling in His Light. Every tribe was named and prophetically placed around His tabernacle. He put on garments of vengeance! He is Light. He is TRUTH! YHVH will arm us with His armor.
“To the Torah and to the testimony;
if they speak not according to this word,
it is because there is no light in them.”
No light in them—dark garments–nakedness.
Many people read the book of Ezekiel and they think Satan or the devil was adorned with the priestly stones and garments mentioned in chapter 28, but this is more than likely due to mistranslations.
This chapter is talking about the king of Tyre, not Lucifer, which is a Latin word. Also reading the complete portion of this book you will find that Pharaoh was in the Garden of Eden (metaphorically).
In Ezekiel Chapter 29, after He speaks against the King of Tyre in 28, He says, “‘I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, you great monster lying among your streams.
You say, “The Nile belongs to me; I made it myself.”
Was Pharaoh a literal monster who created the Nile? No.
By the time you read about all these men filled with pride that wanted to be as God and sit in His seat, we find this verse.
“To which among the trees of Eden are you thus equal in glory and greatness? Yet you will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the earth beneath; you will lie in the midst of the uncircumcised, with those who were slain by the sword. So is Pharaoh and all his hordes!”’ declares the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 31:18 NASB.
See the metaphors mentioned of Pharaoh being in Eden?
This king of Tyre was also in charge of the timber in building the temple of Solomon, so yes, all the precious stones and the cherubs that covered the Ark of the Covenant would have been an accurate picture. He would have stood by them… Study verse 14 and then the info below closely.
You were in Eden, the garden of God; (remember so was Pharaoh above)
Every precious stone was your covering:
The ruby, the topaz and the diamond;
The beryl, the onyx and the jasper;
The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald;
And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets,
Was in you.
On the day that you were created
They were prepared.
14“You were the anointed cherub who covers, And I placed you there.” 28:13-14.
“Ezekiel’s allusion to Eden occurs in a highly rhetorical passage in which he arraigns the King of Tyre. This king, he declares, was in the garden of God, clothed with many kinds of precious stones. According to the Masoretic text, this king was the cherub, but the Septuagint reads more correctly “stood with the cherub.” Jewish Encyclopedia.
This King of Tyre, along with Pharaoh, wanted to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He wanted them to come to his mountain, not Jerusalem. He wanted them to discard The Sabbath/Feast and worship his way. For more on this topic pick up a copy of Doctrines of Demons Part #1 here.
In Zechariah 3:3-5, Joshua is clothed in filthy garments but he receives a festal robe, a clean turban, and he is clothed in light.”
The prodigal son (Israel) coming home is met with what?
“Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.” Luke 15:22-23 ESV
He is clothed before the feast. He represents all of us who have come from a faraway journey to His Torah.
My oldest son brought my new grandson, Emmitt, to our weekly Bible study last week. We are currently holding meetings at a party store (Party Paradise). The party room seats fifty and has a stage that is red and raised above the room. Towards the end of the meeting, my little grandson needed his diaper changed, so I laid him on the red raised area that looked like a church altar and changed his dirty diaper. As I was cleaning him and changing his garments, I heard this in my spirit. “This generation must cleanse the altar for the next.”
The Altar has been polluted by the harlot system.
Garments are hidden throughout scripture. Guess who else has priestly clothing? The false prophets and leaders of Baal.
In 2nd Kings, Jehu is anointed king by one of the sons of the prophets. His clothing is drenched in oil and the people lay their garments down for his feet. They blow the shofar and announce him, king.
Jehu has a problem many in the office of prophet and King do, he hates the garments of Baal and their priest hate him.
He knows that before he can destroy the priest of Baal, he has to kill the leadership–Jezebel and Ahab.
It’s a tough assignment because through ignorance people scream, “Touch not God’s anointed.” They never mention the next verse—“Do His prophets no harm!” The anointed are not wearing Papal tiara, Rolex watches, and standing behind pulpits teaching prosperity and ease. This passage was concerning Abraham.
Notice the similarities?
Israel is His anointed, but are we dressed like them or are we wearing Roman garb? Are we dressed but in need of a good ironing, or worse naked?
Jehu kills the headship and then proceeds to take care of business. He is looking for those in charge of the wardrobe.
“And when they went into the house of Baal, the house of Baal was filled from one end to the other. Jehu said to the one who was in charge of the wardrobe, “Bring out garments for all the worshipers of Baal.” So he brought out garments for them. Jehu went into the house of Baal with Jehonadab the son of Rechab; and he said to the worshipers of Baal, “Search and see that there is here with you none of the servants of the LORD, but only the worshipers of Baal.” 2nd Kings 10:20-23.
Jehu tells the guards to go in and kill them all with the Sword.
These priest of Baal had robes and they had the esteem of man. They ate at the table of Jezebel and Ahab. They had a person in charge of the wardrobe. The church system does too. I know, because I used to be right in it.
How did it end for Jehu?
“But Jehu didn’t wholeheartedly obey the teachings (Torah) of the LORD God of Israel. He didn’t turn away from the sins that Jeroboam led Israel to commit.” 2nd Kings 10:31.
What were the sins of Jeroboam? He made two golden calves and he appointed men who had no business being priest. He also made his own festivals. Easter will be here soon but so will Passover. One is a Feast of our Father and one has been created by men..
“He installed in Bethel the priests of the high places that he made. Then he went up to the altar which he had made in Bethel on the fifteenth day in the eighth month—in the month that he had made up from his own heart—and made up a festival for the children of Israel, and went up to the altar to burn incense.” 1st Kings 12:32-33.
Let’s pick up our clothes and launder them in fuller’s soap. May our garments be wrapped in light and soaked in truth. Let’s place our Sabbath ring on our fingers and slip into our shoes of peace. Let’s place our belts of truth on and our helmets of Salvation. Let’s dress for success.
“He put on righteousness like a breastplate,
And a helmet of salvation on His head;
And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing
And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.” Isaiah 59:-17.
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Sources: Articles given to wife–http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/11900-paradise
Photos: Angel, web, and cherry tree by Bonnie Manning
Priestly robes: Torah truth.
Baal: bible History online