The Cost of a Garment


A Seasoned Coat

I had a dream last week right after Passover. In my dream, there were two men with their backs to me. They each had on a Jewish prayer shawl with the tzitzit or tassels that are specially knotted representing the 613 Torah commandments. This is the very shawl Jesus/Yeshua was wearing when the lady with the issue of blood crawled through the crowd and touched the hem of his garment. She touched the Word in more ways than one. This was a commandment from Deuteronomy and Numbers. Let’s look at that real quick before we go farther.
“The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes.” Leviticus 15:37-39 NIV.
The first man’s shawl in my dream was older, darker as in aged—seasoned, and I remember this man had his head bowed (humble). The man behind him was larger and dressed in a sparkling new prayer shawl. It was bright and white and unseasoned. I walked behind this man in my dream with the bright white one and yanked off his prayer shawl.
When I woke up I said, Father, what are you trying to tell me? A friend called that day and explained that this was an exposing of the men who wear the tallit but do not know what it represents. The coat has a deeper significance. Jesus/Yeshua said that if we love him we will keep his commandments. “For this is the love of God that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.” 1st John 5:3 NASB.
This seems simple enough but I never really knew the amount of grace I was under before my eyes were opened to many passages in my Bible.
A few days later I saw a man wearing this type of garment who is in leadership. He was preaching an Easter service on a Sunday morning. This man does a lot of good works for the poor, the homeless, and the addicts, but I wondered if he was aware that among those tassel threads hanging down is a thread that says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8 KJB. This was never changed to Sun-day. The words from Paul about “one man considers a day more sacred” has nothing to do with a day that is our wedding day– A day the Father blessed and set apart. A day our Father says is a sign to us. Why? Because that day of rest represents our rest forever in the Kingdom. It’s the millennial reign. Men who wear that type of shawl with those holy marriage vows hanging off keep the Sabbath. They obey those tassels—even after Yeshua’s death and resurrection they obeyed the commandments.

 

Malachi 3:6I the LORD do not change.”
Those who cloak their head in humbleness under that tent like shawl keep the Sabbath and the Feast. Our next Feast is written about in the book of Acts Chapter two. They were in one accord for a feast that was mandatory. They didn’t just decide to get together in unity in an upper room and wait for no reason. When Jesus/Yeshua told them to wait they knew what that meant. They were counting the omer.
“Even unto the day after the seventh sabbath shall you number fifty days; and you shall offer a new grain offering unto the LORD” Leviticus 23:16 KJV.
“Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.” He said they were His Feast, not a Jewish Feast but even if they were a “Jewish” Feast weren’t we engrafted into a Hebraic faith before Constantine and others polluted it?
Wasn’t Paul and all the others in the New portion of the book still keeping all the Feast which were and are all about Jesus/Yeshua. Paul said, “Therefore let us keep the feast” 1st Corinthians 5:8 NASB.
Many times we wear things that are not congruent with who we are yet. I know many times in my past I wanted to own one of those shawls but I really did not know what that meant. I just thought it was “cool.” I wasn’t aware that the very Word of Yah—the Torah was wrapped in this garment. The dead are wrapped in it. It is often translated as wings in the King James and yes, even a tent. This is the shadow of His Wings because it is golden instructions to keep us holy and safe. Protection.
We often wear many things that misrepresent who we are.
One of the items we wear is “titles.”
Have you ever had an experience with someone you didn’t know personally that was unfavorable? A person who wears the same titles as you? Titles like Nurse—teacher—Pastor—Rabbi–Political titles and so forth. Yes, “those people.” Ever met someone on social media and had some dialogue that went Due South? Perhaps you had a fluctuating opinion over a passage of the Bible, an elected official, a political topic, or something else and then found out that the person you are conversing with is the author and producer of? The director and CEO of? Your mother-n-law’s cousin? Your Rabbi’s son? Your Pastors niece? Oh, yes this happened to me last week–not once, not twice,–well you get the picture.
After my second rebuttal with the first person, I went to their Facebook page and found out they were friends with someone I really admire and also they held an important title. I sort of thought hmm, perhaps I shouldn’t have said what I said. Although I tried to be graceful in my words, my belief was clearly different on the matter due to my life experiences and passages I had studied. I heard the Father say, “Would you make a difference in my Word for a person of man’s esteem?
Do you treat people differently?”
Ouch.
And that’s when conviction set in. “No, I don’t think so Father but you know my heart.”
“The heart is crooked above all, and desperately sick – who shall know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 ISR.
If I would have known what title the person had would I have treated them differently? Have you ever been guilty of this? I think if we were honest we all would say yes. Do we treat people differently that we know our friends or family would not possibly approve of their views?
Paul walked into an area littered with men, in the midst of the Areopagus, these men were Greek scholars who put on airs at times. They stood conversing and ogling in his direction but he with great gusto said, “Men of Athens: I see how very religious you are in every way!  For as I was walking around, looking at your shrines, I even found an altar which had been inscribed, ‘To An Unknown God.’ So, the one whom you are already worshipping in ignorance-this is the one I proclaim to you.
“The God who made the universe and everything in it, and who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in man-made temples; nor is he served by human hands, as if he lacked something; since it is he himself who gives life and breath and everything to everyone.” Acts 17:22-25 CJB.
All of us are guilty of ignorance but once we are presented with truth we can do better.
Lately, I have started noticing how men and women interact in a large group. How people talk to leaders. How people ignore certain ones. We often dismiss others instead of digging in and looking at conflicting opinions with a heart that says, “Abba show me anything I am missing that you may have shown them?” We also refrain from correcting those who are in leadership. This same Paul had to correct Peter in front of many. That’s tough. He couldn’t just do it in private.  “But when Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong.” Galatians 2:11 TLV.
We also often get hung up in the knowledge and miss the Spirit. Clothing the naked—feeding the poor—visiting the sick, the widow–those in prison and so forth. Jesus/Yeshua said “I never knew you,” to a group who had not done these deeds.
Broken people don’t care if we have our Feast calendar exactly right or pronounce the Name correctly. Half the people in the streets would not even know who Yahushua or Yahweh or even Yeshua is.
So in order for Abba to make His point clearer, this happened again and again, and I even watched it happen to my husband. I think his phone conversation may have influenced his clothing. Perhaps his level of nervousness was effected at meeting someone of importance. Only his situation was the opposite. Yes, they were important but not packaged as he was expecting.
I’m going to end with an example.
Once while working at a restaurant I watched a couple come into the lounge area. The man had on overhauls and his wife weighed about 90 pounds and was wearing his gigantic t-shirt and sweat pants. My co-workers took off to the back laughing saying, “Bonnie that’s all YOU!” I pleasantly greeted them and the man asked me if he could see our wine list. He then proceeded to order a bottle even I, an employee with a key could not fetch for them. I had to get the manager to unlock the case and climb up to a hidden spot. After getting their wine they said we just will be having some soup and salad and the wine. They drank the bottle and ate the small meal and then gave me a hundred dollar tip. From that night on, they always requested me as their server and shared much of their life with me. I was blessed. If you would have seen them on the street you might have wondered if they could afford to buy a soda pop. However, after my fellow co-workers found out the tip they had left me, now when this couple came in they tried to knock me down to get to them. Ah, the heart, who can know it? Yahweh searches the hearts. He goes to and fro throughout the earth. He knows you and me. He knows our hearts.
“My brothers, do not hold the belief of our Master יהושע Messiah, the Master of esteem, with partiality. For if there should come into your meeting a man with gold rings, in a splendid robe, and there should also come in a poor one dressed in rags, and you pay attention to the one wearing the splendid robe and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor one, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves, and become judges with wicked thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers: Has Elohim not chosen the poor of this world, rich in belief and heirs of the reign which He promised to those who love Him? “James 2:1-4 ISR.
Two men in my dream wore SPLENDID ROBES, one was seasoned and one was new. Awe, Abba cleanse our garments and our hearts to be transparent and led by YOU no matter what it cost us for our life to look like that garment. “And it was given unto her that she should array herself in fine linen, bright and pure: for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” Revelation 19:8 KJV.

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The Whole world is Following Him


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“Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.” John 12:1-2 NIV.

Sometimes we skim things while reading and miss vital points. Life is like that. We miss things. We scan people and we think we know their story. We often are mistaken.

I was reading John chapter 11 and 12 and realized that I missed some things. I overlooked a whole lot about a couple of men mentioned in those chapters and possibly because I was consumed with a lady who stole the spotlight with her broken alabaster box and her tears that washed the Masters’ feet. I lost sight of one of the men mentioned, his name is Lazarus. If someone says Lazarus, most automatically think of a dead man in a tomb for four days stinking. You think of Mary crying out to Jesus, “If you would have only gotten here sooner my brother would still be alive!” You think of Jesus saying, “Lazarus come forth!” Then you say to yourself, yeah I know Lazarus. He was the dead guy who came back to life and he and his sisters Mary and Martha lived happily ever after. Right? WRONG! That was chapter 11 and now we are in chapter 12. A whole lot can change with the turn of a page.

Stay with me as we look at the next verses. “When all the people heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to KILL Lazarus as well, for on account of HIM many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him.” John 12:9-10 NIV.

I like the way the Complete Jewish Bible words it, “The head cohanim (Chief Priest) then decided to do away with El`azar (Lazarus) too since it was because of him that large numbers of the Judeans WERE LEAVING THEIR LEADERS and putting their trust in Yeshua.” John 12:10-11 CJB.

Oh, that this would be true for Christianity today. Many have put their trust in pastors, priest, evangelist, and prophets. They follow men and look to them for wisdom and even for their own righteousness, failing to carefully study the scriptures for themselves. They flock to meetings and wait in lines for men to touch them so they can be healed, set free, and delivered. They place these men in positions of CHIEF, like the men who conspired to kill Yeshua-Jesus. The High priest was the highest office in the land, but it had become corrupt in Jesus/ Yeshua’s day. How much more corrupt in our time?

“Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many [l]signs. 48 If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” John 11:47-48 NASB.

What was their place? It was a place of power, esteem, and wealth. The greatest task of the High Priest was to enter the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement–the holiest day of the year, and to attain atonement for all Israel sins. It was a place of being highly honored, privileged, and wearing the jeweled priestly garments. It was a place where they were considered the ones who knew Yahweh’s Holy Word and were entrusted to bring truth to the people.

One man was elected as HIGH priest. The high priest that year was a man named Caiaphas. He would have been a descendant of Aaron and one equipped with all the knowledge of the Torah (Yahweh’s instructions). Why couldn’t Caiaphas look into the eyes of Jesus-Yeshua and see that He was the real deal? Caiaphas was witness to his miracles. He had heard him speak in parables with more wisdom and more power than any man ever had or will. He saw Lazarus reclining at the table with Jesus-Yeshua. He knew he had been dead 4 days. Shouldn’t he have been humbled by Jesus-Yeshua? Fearful? He was elected to the highest office in the land, CHIEF PRIEST, but one had come to take his position and to take his honor, esteem, and piety, what little he had.

“But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.”  Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being the high priest that year, HE PROPHESIED THAT JESUS WAS GOING TO DIE FOR THE NATION,  and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.  So from that day on they planned together to kill Him.” John 11:49-53 NASB.

Ironic isn’t it? The man who longs for Jesus/Yeshua to be put to death so that he does not lose his priestly crown, prophesies sardonically, but in truth. From that day on they planned to kill Jesus-Yeshua. These men did not recognize The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. These men who other men thought were holier than holy, the elite of the elite, the cream of the crop, did not know The Son of the living G-d! The Bible describes the High Priest as CHIEF among his brothers. Let’s look at that.

“The priest who is chief among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil is poured and who has been consecrated to wear the garments, shall not let the hair of his head hang loose nor tear his clothes.” Leviticus 21:10 ESV.

Caiaphas was the man the whole Jewish nation had looked to, but now their eyes were on Yeshua-Jesus. Lazarus was the man who had been dead but now walked with the living! He was proof that the one all Israel had been waiting on had come.  Lazarus was a testimony to the people that one more powerful than Caiaphas had come. Lazarus now was grouped with Yeshua- as a threat. Jesus said, “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” John 15:19 KJB. The world hates Jesus and Lazarus? Or is it the church folks who hate them?

Verse 17-19, “Many in the crowd had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, and they were telling others about it.  That was the reason so many went out to meet him–because they had heard about this miraculous sign. The Pharisees said to each other, “This is getting us nowhere.  Look!  The whole world is following him!” NLT.

THE WHOLE WORLD IS FOLLOWING HIM! Oh, wouldn’t that be a grand thing? Wouldn’t it be amazing if the whole world was lighting their lamps and keeping His Torah–His Feast days and His Holy Covenant? One day every knee will bow– even the knees of Caiaphas and he will have to give an account before a court greater than the Sanhedrin. One day you and I will also face this task. What fearful imagery. Thank goodness we are told in scripture that he is mindful that we are weak and fleshly.

“Also, let’s hold on to the confession since we have a great high priest who passed through the heavens, who is Jesus, God’s Son;  because we don’t have a high priest who can’t sympathize with our weaknesses but instead one who was tempted in every way that we are, except without sin.” Hebrews 4:14 CEB.

Run to the City!


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A City of Refuge

There have been many courtrooms in America where a family member has looked in the eyes of the person responsible for the death of their child and said, “I hope you rot in hell.” What if they were given permission to kill the person right there in the courtroom? In the book of Numbers, HaShem makes a rule for people who accidently murder someone. He opens up cities where they can flee. Why? Because the person’s family members would try and avenge the blood of their relative.

“These cities will be places of protection from a dead person’s relatives who want to avenge the death. The slayer must not be put to death before being tried by the community” Numbers 35:12 NLT. The slayer gets a FAIR TRIAL.

“Six of the towns you give the Levites will be CITIES OF REFUGE…” Numbers 35:6 NLT. The next verse says, “Select some towns to be your cities of refuge, to which a person who has killed someone accidentally may flee.” Numbers 35:11 NIV.

So imagine that you have a son who is working all day in the hot sun, and he accidently lifts a huge stone and places it on a cart of some sort and it rolls off and kills a man. The law (Torah) stated they must stone him to death. Therefore, HaShem placed these cities of refuge where the men could go flee from those pursuing them. They would be given a trial and they would be placed before a judge and a verdict would be given on their innocence or their guilt.

Don’t fall asleep on me we are just getting to the climax. Also, they could never put a person to death on the testimony of only one witness. There must always be two or three witnesses according to Deuteronomy 17:6. So let’s get back to these cities that were set up to save those who may have been guilty of an accidental death.

“The VICTIM’S NEAREST RELATIVE is responsible for putting the murderer to death. When they meet, the avenger must put the murderer to death.” Numbers 35:19 NLT. Let’s just imagine someone murdered you or me. Basically, one of our family members would go put them to death.

Back then it was an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. His blood had to be shed to pay for the blood of the one who died. Can you imagine? If the one accused of murder left the city of refuge, he was AN OPEN TARGET to be murdered. Only under the COVERING of the High Priest was he safe.

What does the Bible say to do? “If this should happen, the community must follow these regulations in making a judgment between the slayer and the avenger, the victim’s nearest relative: The community must protect the slayer from the avenger and must escort the slayer back to live in the city of refuge to which he fled. There he must remain UNTIL THE DEATH OF THE HIGH PRIEST, who was anointed with the sacred oil” Numbers 35:23-25 NLT.

Did you catch that? Yes, when the High Priest died, the person accused of murder could return to their family, and so it is said in the Talmud that the mothers of the high priest would BRING GIFTS, care packages, and bribes to the slayers so that they would not pray for their sons to die. OH MY! Jesus- Yeshua gave his blood, his very life, so you and I can live. “So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe.” Hebrews 4:14 NLT.

To these cities of refuge, man-slayers might flee and be safe until they had a fair trial. If acquitted from the charge, they were protected from the avenger of blood; yet they must continue within the bounds of the city until the death of the high priest. Thus we are reminded that the death of the great High Priest is the only means whereby sins are pardoned, and sinners set at liberty.

The picture of the high priest dying instead of the unintentional murderer is a perfect picture of Jesus-Yeshua. Weren’t we all just running aimlessly and living in hiding until His light found us and bathed us and set us free from death and the grave?

War and Peace


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We had a tornado warning yesterday morning at 4 am. Loud alarms, winds, and torrential rains pelted the windows. I slept right through it. That is until my husband woke me to go to the basement. I thought about how we take comfort in buildings of brick and mortar to protect us. We like to depend on men and man-made structures, but more about that later.

I want to talk about a king named Asa. King Asa is very unique. His name in the Hebrew means “Doctor” or ‘Physician.’ The interesting thing about that is, he developed a serious foot disease and the bible says, “Yet even with the severity of his disease, he did not seek the Lord’s help but turned ONLY to the physicians” 2 Chronicles 16:12 NLT.

But this king can teach us how to fight and win battles and have peace in our life.

The Father sends a prophet to King Asa. He sends Azariah and his name means “Helped by God.” King Asa is going to get some help from HaShem through this prophet and boy does he need it!

Azariah says, “Listen to me, Asa!” he shouted. “Listen, all you people of Judah and Benjamin! The LORD will stay with you as long as you stay with him! Whenever you seek him, you will find him. But if you abandon him, he will abandon you.” 2nd Chronicles 15:2 NLT.

This sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? So as I was reading further it said that the people were not seeking Yahweh, nor obeying his Torah Commandments, great was their idolatry and “Great vexations were upon ALL the inhabitants of the countries and nation was destroyed by nation, and city of city, FOR GOD DID VEX THEM WITH ADVERSITIES” 2nd Chronicles 15:5-6 ASV.

Who vexed them? The Father did.

HaShem is a good God, but like any good Father, He does punish His children to try and get them to turn around and go back to Torah.

So I thought I knew what that word vexation meant. Wrong.

Vexation is the state of being ANNOYED, FRUSTRATED, or WORRIED” Something that causes also harassment “the cares and vexations of life.”

Are you worried, frustrated and annoyed often? Hopefully this reading will help us have more peace.

So after the prophet who was named “Help from God” left Asa’s company, Asa got busy.

“Now when Asa heard these words and the prophecy which Azariah the son of Oded the prophet spoke, he took courage and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had captured in the hill country of Ephraim. He then restored the altar of the LORD which was in front of the porch of the LORD.” 2nd Chronicles 15:8 NASB.

King Asa did something else that really amazes me. Very few men today would do this. His mother was the queen. He removed her because she had made an idol in a grove and Asa cut down her grove and stomped it, burnt it, and poured it into the river Kidron.

Kidron means to mourn.

Oh, my! How many of us would take our own family members and show them their idols? Point it out to them, remove them from their throne and mourn?

Then it says the people gathered to him in abundance when they saw that the Lord his God was with him. It goes on to say they made offerings unto Yahweh and entered into a covenant with him. It goes on further in detail describing all the great and mighty things this king Asa did, and then something astounding happens.

PEACE COMES!

“And there was NO MORE WAR unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa.” 2nd Chronicles 15:19 NASB.

So 10 years of peace. Can you picture that for America? If we did what this King did. They had no more war–no more vexation, or worry, or strife and most of all, no more torment!

AND WHY?

When we remove the idols, we place HaShem FIRST. He is with us while we be with Him.

So something happens to King Asa’s good streak… You ready?

“In the thirty-sixth year of Asa’s reign Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah and fortified Ramah in order to prevent anyone from going out or coming in to Asa king of Judah.” 2nd Chronicles 16:1 NASB. So what do you think this king does? He removed the silver and gold from Yahweh’s temple. He steals from Adonai’s house and he gives it to a man named Ben-hadad of Aram.  He asked him to make a treaty with him and go break his treaty with Baasha the king of Israel so he will leave him alone. And you know what, Ben-hadad agrees and everything seems to work out. King Asa conquers his enemies and is free again…or so we think until we read what the next prophet tells him. And this dear reader is what I want you to read slowly.

“At that time Hanani the seer came to King Asa and told him, “Because YOU have put YOUR TRUST in the king of Aram INSTEAD of in the Lord your God, you missed your chance to destroy the army of the king of Aram. Don’t you remember what happened to the Ethiopians and Libyans and their vast army, with all of their chariots and charioteers? At that time you RELIED on the Lord, and he handed them over to you.  The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a FOOL you have been! From now on you will be at war.” 2nd Chronicles 16:7-9 NLT.

NO MORE PEACE…ETERNAL WAR…ETERNAL TORMENT!

We must trust our Father and not man. When we put our trust in men and wealth, we can end up being vexed with torment.

What happens to the nice prophet who comes to give him a word?

Asa became so angry with Hanani for saying this that he threw him into prison and put him in stocks. At that time Asa also began to oppress some of his people.” 2nd Chronicles 16:10 NLT.

 

Sources:

Behind the Name

http://www.behindthename.com/name/asa

http://www.behindthename.com/name/azariah

Vexation

http://biblehub.com/topical/v/vexation.htm

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Watermelon, Trumpets and Silence!


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Life goes by day after day and season after season. Before we know it our reflection in the mirror seems foreign like a strange god we do not know. The hairbrush is filled with gray hairs and creases have formed around our lips and eyes. Seasons come with different fruits, nuts, and berries.

A dear friend reminded me the other day about a time when people were thankful for the harvest. Something as simple as a fresh watermelon out of the garden and a salt shaker could make a child’s eyes light up with delight. I began to share with her about trips to my grandma’s where we made homemade ice cream, churned butter and at times could be found with an old mason jar catching lightening bugs. Yes, my elder brother, sister and I could be found sneaking up under a hen to get a speckled warm egg or climbing n top a cow named Ole Red.

Other times we’d take sticks, or an old spade and dig up Indian heads, broken pieces of glass or at times we even found an antique glass quill holder, a scarred up decanter or a coin. It was a different time. It was sunshine, outdoors, and simple treasures. Today things aren’t savored or even quiet. It’s rarely soft enough to hear a cricket sing. Pesticides have run off most of our bee population and at times nature seems as muddled as the people.  We have gotten caught up in noise. We are entertained by LOUD video games, loud sporting events, loud music, I-phone ring tones, loud in your face media coverage and even giving to those in need can be loud.

YESHUA SAID IT CAN BE AS LOUD AS A TRUMPET BLAST.

The inner area of the temple contained three courts. The Easternmost court was the court of the women and it contained the temple treasury where people donated their money. Many people groups could be found in the court of the women. The only stipulation was that women were not allowed to go any further. There were thirteen chests in the court of the women. These chests were called SHOPHEROTH! This Hebrew word is ironically translated in your Bible as a trumpet. These thirteen chests were narrow at the mouth and wide at the bottom, hence the word TRUMPET.

JESUS SAID, “So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. MATTHEW 6:2 NASB.

Jesus/ Yeshua is sitting there watching this spectacle of money being placed in these trumpet like chest. He sees those who slam the coins in the shopharoth’s and make a loud trumpet sound for all to hear and see. The wealthy tend to showcase their possessions. They tend to drive noticeable cars and live in more noticeable estates. Their wealth and yes, at times, even their giving is seen and heard about all over town. Yeshua sees the wealthy making a show of their gifts and he also sees one shrunken old woman, a widow, giving two mites.

The “TALMUD” The body of Jewish civil and ceremonial law, says, it is as well not to give as to give with pomp and ceremony and openly. Hmmm, have we gotten it wrong?

The widow woman had to obey the law back then and the law stated she could not give one mite or one prutah, as they were called. You see, two prutahs were the very lowest legal contribution one could make.

Therefore, she had a grand decision to make, either to not give at all or give all she had. Have you ever given all? This poor woman dropped her small meager means into the opening of the chest. I’m sure the sound of her coinage made barely an audible ding. There was certainly no loud noise when those two mites slid into the opening and fell

Jesus/ Yeshua said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them…Luke 21:3 NASB. He made sure the Pharisee’s heard him with their pompous ritual that had become a show. Jesus/ Yeshua also said, “”But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing so that your giving will be IN SECRET; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you” Matthew 6:3-4 NASB. A few other things besides copper coins were mentioned as items to be done in secret.

“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full” Matthew 6:5 NASB.

Let’s get back to trumpets and loud noises. There was two money chest at the gate of Susan. Trumpet one and two were for the half-shekel tax. This half-shekel tax was what made Jesus/Yeshua turn tables over in anger. Nine of the money chests were for the receipt of what was legally due by worshippers. However, according to bible history, “There was also a special treasury-chamber into which at certain times they carried the contents of the thirteen chests and besides, what was called a chamber of the SILENT”!

This chamber was where devout persons secretly deposited money for educating and caring for the pious poor children. In the New Testament, Paul collected money for the poor and told the saints to have what they had decided in their hearts to give ready on the first day of the week when he came through that area. He implied that The Lord Adonai loves it when we give with a cheerful heart and rightfully so. I must say, I believe He also loves a QUIET giver and furthermore, He doesn’t live in buildings anymore, but in our hearts. So give out of your heart. Even if it is only a smile that you have to give, or a hug, or a piece of fresh watermelon.

The last BLAST will sound soon enough and the Bible says after that trumpet blast, time will be no more. Remember Yah is in the SILENCE.

Sources: The Whole Works of the Rev. John Lightfoot: Master of Catharine …, Volume 9. The Treasure page 313. By John Lightfoot.