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When You Stand


It is the season of reflection. The season of repenting.

But how do we do that?

What does that look like after working an eight or ten hour day, picking up children, cooking dinner, paperwork, bills, the grocery, pet care?

Do we say a prayer in the car and call it a day? Do we turn off the television, Facebook, Twitter? Do we spend more time outside in a quiet spot? Get up earlier? Do we fast by skipping some meals or even fast for many days? Whatever it is that we do, it’s personal. I don’t know what needs to be cleansed from your temple and vice versa. We may see what we think is wrong with a person or signs of things that we feel they need to work on, but we don’t live with them behind closed doors. Often what we view as truth is not as it seems. I present that case all too well, in Walter the Homeless Man. If you need to forgive anyone during this time, Walter can help.

But on a serious note, sometimes I picture the most devout Jews doing what we try to do during the Ten Days of Awe, magnified times a hundred on just their regular days. Now, if it’s just rote it means nothing. However, if it’s from the purest of hearts, well it’s an amazing perfume–a symphony of glorious showers being poured out to heaven’s door.

Last night while lying in bed, meditating on the Word and eternity; I kept thinking about my past, in that I really didn’t fear this God or fathom His Greatness. Greatness isn’t even a word to describe Him. It’s not immense enough or deep enough in grandeur. A God who would take the time to know us—really knows us. A Yah who cleanses us, names us, and give us new garments. A God who stores our tears and also keeps track of them in His books. “. . . Put Thou my tears into Thy wineskin; are they not in Thy Sefer (Creation Book)?” Psalms 56:9 OJ.

A Father who is seated on the throne and One who has multiple books and in a sea of people, as the sand on the shores, since the beginning of time, He knows our names and our hearts and every tiny hair on our heads.

“While I was watching,

Thrones were set up,

And the Ancient of Days took his seat.

His garment was as white as snow,

And the hair of His head like pure wool.

His throne was ablaze with flames,

Its wheels a burning fire.

A river of fire was flowing and coming out from before Him.

Thousands of thousands attended Him

And ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him.

The court was seated,

And the books were opened.” Daniel 7:8-10.

I was reminded, as I was meditating on this, of a time when I was so sick that on awakening, instead of thanking Abba for my breath, I would pray to die. The pain was so indescribable. My life resembled Job’s. One morning as I was begging for Him to snuff me out, I heard a voice in my spirit say, “Do you not value the life I have given you?” Ouch.

LIFE.

A beautiful gift.

A treasure box of sunsets, babies, bulbs bursting with colors, laughter, tears, triumphs, and tragedies. All treasures. To even be born in America. To have the comforts of shelter, fresh clean sheets, water, and food. The freedom to purchase a thousand Bibles, if able. It is all truly amazing and yet so often we fold gratitude up and complain while we stand in line to purchase His blessings. If it hadn’t been for my sickness and Job journey, I would have never feared Him. There are still times I lack a healthy awe.

“Then they that feared (God) Hashem spoke often one to another, and Hashem paid heed and heard it, and a Sefer Zikaron (book of remembrance) was written before Him for them that feared Hashem, and that meditated upon Shmo (His Name).

17 And they shall be Mine, saith Hashem Tzva’os, in that Yom when I make up My Segullah (special treasure, possession); and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own ben haoved oto (son that serves him).” Malachi 3:16-17 JOB.

I want to be found worthy! To be spared. To be HIS treasured possession. OH MY! All the junk we treasure here on this planet that is of material substance–made by man—He said, “Don’t store it up. He said it will rust. Thieves break in.” He said we should store up treasures in heaven. He said it’s not the outside of these temples that need to be cleaned up, it’s the inside.

Jews pray three times a day. The same time our Savior was being put on the cross—9 am. They pray at noon: the time the sky grew pitch black and they pray at 3 pm, the exact time Yeshua said, “It is finished.” Notice this was not something that stopped happening.

A great healing took place in Acts during this prayer time. “Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple. . . But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. Acts 3:1,2,6-.

They pray anywhere from 500 to 600 hours a year. Think about that. What does prayer mean to them? Do they pray that their son will get a job making six figures? Or that their aunt Jean will humble herself, or that their son-n-law will stop bad mouthing people? Doubtful.

“Tefillah is also one of many Hebrew terms (but the most common in the Bible) for prayer in general. The Hebrew root means ‘to think, entreat, judge, intercede’, and the reflexive means ‘to judge oneself’, and ‘to pray’.”

 

To judge oneself. . .

 

As soon as a child learns to speak, he or she is taught the first line of the Shema. What is the Shema? Jesus/ Yeshua said it was the most important commandment. “Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31.

 

His people fear Him.

 

I wanted to post a portion of the Amidah for those who possibly have never heard of this prayer.

The Amidah is read while standing. It is called “THE STANDING PRAYER or The prayer.” It was composed around 450 BC by the 120 Men of the Great Assembly including Ezra and Nehemiah at the time of the rebuilding of the Temple. If you have ever read Ezra chapter 9 or Nehemiah 8, please meditate on the fear and reverence they had for the sins of the people–as we are one. They stood whenever the Torah was read.

Notice what Jesus/ Yeshua said, ”

Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.” Mark 11:25.

Here is a portion: for the full prayer click here

“Blessed are You, Lord our God and God of our fathers, God of Abraham, God of Isaac and God of Jacob, the great, mighty and awesome God, exalted God, who bestows bountiful kindness, who creates all things, who remembers the piety of the Patriarchs, and who, in love, brings a redeemer to their children’s children, for the sake of His Name.

During the Ten Days of Penitence add:

Remember us for life, King who desires life; inscribe us in the Book of Life, for Your sake, O living God.

O King, (You are) a helper, a savior and a shield. Blessed are You Lord, Shield of Abraham.

You are mighty forever, my Lord; You resurrect the dead; You are powerful to save.”

 

He said, “Those who fear me and meditate on My NAME– “They shall be mine!”

To be on the mind of the Creator of ALL and for Him to think of us. My HEART be still!

What if we could watch our life on a movie screen? I’m fifty years old now, and every now and then, I have a flashback of when I was a little girl—a teenager—a broken woman. How time blows through the winds of change and we forget who we are. How far we’ve come or digressed. What dirt we came from. Our roots. His roots. I began to meditate on both the good and bad things I’ve done in my life under the sun. The kind words I’ve spoken and the not so kind. The disobedient acts mixed with the “here I am Abba send me” moments. What if we were shown a video of our lives played out? Our words? Our actions? Slow motion. MERCY!

“The LORD knows the days of the blameless,

And their inheritance will be forever.” Psalm 37:18 NASB.

 

This time of returning and reflection can be deep. Every year during this season I am reminded of friends that left and others I distanced myself from. I grieve over it. Sometimes we can leave too soon and other times we can stay too long. Both are bad. We pray. We reflect. We ask for forgiveness on our part and for healing. We take the flashlight and we shine it on us. We notice the things we say or don’t say. We notice the actions we do and don’t do. We notice the thoughts we have that aren’t so good at times and we try and think about whatsoever things are pure.

“ Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any virtue and if there is anything worthy of praise—dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8 Tree of Life Version (TLV).

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Sources:

http://www.biblescholars.org/2013/05/the-lords-prayer-and-the-amidah.html

http://www.mechon-mamre.org/jewfaq/prayer.htm

Painting: God’s Holy Throne Room @SilviA

editing by Debbie Kessler

Queens, Drones, Workers & Assassins


I sat outside the other day and a bug was on its back in an empty flower pot on my patio. It was very peculiar looking, and I was intrigued to study it. I snapped a photo and went researching. This is what I found.

“Assassin bug

This bug has over 7,000 species.

The genus Apiomerus, which contains species known commonly as bee assassins or bee killers, is among the largest genera in family Reduviidae. Species of Apiomerus frequent flowering plants, where they coat their legs with sticky plant resins and wait for their prey.

The sticky resins allow the assassins to readily capture other insects, particularly bees.” assassin bug | insect | Britannica.com

Particularly bees.

Have you been captured by a sticky assassin? They are among us, and they try and devour the bees and kill them. Who are the Bees? Well, I am thinking of multiple Bees in the Body, but let’s start with Deborah—the mighty judge over Israel, who was a prophetess who sat under her palm tree. Her name is identical to the Hebrew word for bee, and it means to speak or pronounce.

Bees are the workers, teachers/Elders, leaders, prophets and those who help supply the honey of His Torah, but they constantly are battling against the ass-assins. The assassins capture their prey with stickiness. Their legs/walk are a trap.

Bees bring us honey, but they also sting. Sometimes the truth hurts. Sometimes we need to be stung. Sometimes the sting helps us return to Him. Sometimes the honey does.

If you have ever looked at a bee colony it is fascinating. They all work together, and their work is perfection at its best. However, lately, they have been diminishing. The pesticides we spray filled with toxins, disease, and our phone towers are not helping them, and to top it all off, they have to deal with assassins.

We have plenty of bees working in Abba’s Kingdom, but sometimes they have to deal with Korah and his associates. Korah wanted to be honored. He wanted to have the number one place of authority.

“Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took action, and they rose up before Moses, together with some of the sons of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, chosen in the assembly, men of renown. “They assembled together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, You have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?” Numbers 16:3 NASB.

Most people in ministry wouldn’t do something like this if they knew the outcome was going to be the earth swallowing them up. They certainly wouldn’t do it if they knew that those involved would also be swallowed up. These men witnessed Aaron’s son combust before their eyes.

How embarrassing to proclaim oneself smarter than Moses and Aaron. No, scratch that. How atrocious it would be to think that their staff would bloom bigger and better than Aarons! That they were handpicked over them. That they could do it better. Knew more than Yahweh himself. As if He made a mistake choosing them.

The sticky legs of the assassins were trying to kill the bees and the King Bee, Moshe–a man who HaShem spoke to face to face and not in dark speeches. A man whose face shown like a bright light. A man who fasted forty days and nights, not once, not twice, but three times. A man that cried out for their very lives. “”But now, if You will, forgive their sin– and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!” Exodus 32:32.

How many of us would cry out for the ones we see in leadership right now who are slandering and mocking His Torah–mocking His chosen people–His Rabbis, Messianic leaders, T.O leaders, Pastors and Evangelist? How many would cry out and say “Blot me out of your book?” OUCH! I was reading today and came across this verse.

“My eyes shed streams of water, because they do not keep Your law/ Torah.” Psalm 119:136 NASB.

Are we shedding tears or spewing ignorance?

Korah and these men already had a position, but it wasn’t getting enough attention. They wanted to be in the light. They became louder. They began to slander. They said, “We are all holy too!” What can we learn from them? A tiny bee?

The bee colony has three main types–a Queen, drones, and workers. The Queen is the only bee that gives life. She lays around 2,500 eggs a day. Towards the end of her life she will give birth to another queen. She will release a scent and communicate to the whole colony that her time is ending and another will take her place as Queen.

Drones are male bees, and they don’t do any work. Their only job is to fertilize the queen and then they die. Their reproductive organs are torn off as the Queen flies off with them. The drones are told to leave the colony, and they are obedient. Those who did not mate starve to death. Buzz about Bees has a great article. Here’s a few facts from their blog.

  • “Their lives are very brief (- is that unfortunate?).
  • They are only reared when it suits the queen honey bee (- is that exploitation?).
  • They die straight after mating! (- is it worth the sacrifice?).
  • Not all of them even get to mate! (- is that fair?).
  • At the end of the summer, or when the going gets tough, they’re the first to be kicked out of the colony, so as not to drain resources (- is that disrespectful?). “

 

For more info The Drone Bee:

Ninety-nine percent of the bees are worker bees. These are all female. These Ninety-nine have different jobs to do, and they know what those are. They do not try and usurp. Guard bees are like watchmen. They protect the hive. House bees clean the cells. Wax bees repair the older cells, and they build new ones. Then we have nurse bees who care for the young and the weaker. Foragers are older and more experienced and they spend most of their time away collecting pollen and nectar. Everyone knows his or her position. The watchmen does not try to be the nurse. The house bees do not try to be the wax bees, and none of them try to be the Queen. All 99% work in a hierarchy of leadership.

Yeshua left the 99 to go after the one lost sheep.

I found the next quote interesting.

“Everything about them (bees) seems curious and beautiful; their waxen cells, their manner of gathering honey and storing it up, their neatness and order, all are admirable. They are perfectly harmless when left to themselves; but if they are attacked, they fly around the person who disturbs them, in great numbers, and sometimes sting him very severely.” Topical Bible: Bee.

For some time now, my husband and I have been praying for Christian congregations we were involved in ministry at.  A few years ago, we felt led to sit down and unlearn and relearn many things. We are still learning. All parties involved were hurt—confused, but time went on. Occasionally, we check their websites to see what’s going on. We were both raised at a large congregation that has radio and television networks. Last week they announced that a Rabbi was coming this week (Sunday) to teach on the Feast of Sukkot or Tabernacles. We were ecstatic! Another one of these assemblies has a guest speaker teaching ‘His Feast’ as well. They are seeing Jesus/ Yeshua in the Feast and getting on His Calendar. Still another, I was given a dream about recently, confirming that they too are seeing His Feast and Torah. Praise HIM! If you don’t know what Torah means, its instructions to live a blessed life. Read Psalms 119.

When we begin to see His truths and know our places in the Body, we can all make beautiful honey together.

I believe the ones who have been studying His Torah from the beginning may be the Queens we can learn from. A people who awake and thank Hashem for their very breaths. A chosen people who know more at the age of twelve or thirteen than most of us think we do. I believe Rabbis and His chosen Teachers will enter our Christian assemblies and they will teach us His Feast and their Torah in a way all our digging could never do it justice, and we will weep over what we have made the Gospel. Yes, all of Christianity will weep, and then His people will see Their Messiah Yeshua. They will say, “How did Yeshua/Jesus get in our Torah? And the two shall become one. Humbleness will come. It’s happening before our eyes.

I also believe that some in leadership, both in Christianity and the Torah Observant fellowships, will fall in the coming season if they do not allow others to come in and help them unlearn and relearn. We all must search out a matter and listen to others in authority, and see if what they are saying may be truths we haven’t seen. We cannot get to the point where we think we know it all and can’t be taught anything. Raising my hand.

Proverbs 16:18 says, “A haughty spirit comes before a fall.”

If pride, prosperity, and bickering over things, and especially discrimination against His chosen ones continues through ignorance (Synagogue of satan—etc.,) I believe we will see some big names in Christianity and Christian Torah ministries’ fall while others are being lifted up. I believe, eventually, they too will have complete humbleness. Abba is patient and He is merciful, and He is not a man that He should lie. “The LORD sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down.” Psalms 145:14. We must remember that His people are praying for Ephraim daily. That’s us guys.

Thus says Yahweh of Armies: “In those days, ten men will take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, they will take hold of the skirt (Corners—Tzitzit) of him who is a Jew, saying, ‘We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.'” Zechariah 8:23 WEB.

Doug Addison recently posted an interesting dream and blog post concerning this titled, “What Does this Tornado Dream Mean for us Now?”  Here is a small portion.

“In the dream, I was in a room with many leaders, a tornado was approaching fast and there was no time to react. The tornado entered the room and everything began to rotate clock-wise. I saw a chair floating by as I, too, was being picked up and floating as well. I was about to grab hold of the chair when the Lord spoke audibly to everyone in the room, “Many people have died because they have held onto their chair.”

Let’s stop fighting for our chairs and being assassins. Let’s start knowing our place in the Body. There is a whole list of gifts in Corinthians 12 and 13. Let’s find ours and begin doing it with humility and respect for those around us.

Paul said,

“And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is esteemed, all the members rejoice with it.

And you are a body of Messiah, and members individually.

And Elohim has appointed these in the assembly: firstly emissaries (Apostles), secondly prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, ministrations, kinds of tongues.

Are all emissaries? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles?

Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?” 1st Corinthians 12:27-29 ISR.

The greatest gift of all is love. This gift supersedes all we think we know. It transforms. It heals. It gives its very life for the King, just as the drone died for the Queen.

If this blog has blessed you, please share with others.

Shalom.

 

 

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Sources:

Britannica.com

Topical Bible

Buzz about bees.com

http://www.eframgoldberg.com/true%20bugs.html

A Woman Will Encompass (Eclipse) a Man


Kisha Gallagher has a way with words from His Word. This blog on the eclipse showcases a woman encompassing a man and how it is bridal, covenantal language. Enjoy every sweet drop.

GRACE in TORAH

“Set up for yourself roadmarks, Place for yourself guideposts; Direct your mind to the highway, The way by which you went. Return, O virgin of Israel, Return to these your cities. “How long will you go here and there, O faithless daughter? For the LORD has created a new thing in the earth—A woman will encompass a man.” (Jer. 31:21-22 NASB)

 Today, like many other Americans, I watched the moon eclipse the sun in a stunning show of light and darkness. Our special glasses enabled us to watch the sun mimic the moon’s monthly phases in a matter of hours– waxing and waning, or in this case, waning and then waxing.

In the hour leading up to the eclipse as the light decreased upon the land, we all felt strange — like we were in a dream. The air felt different and the temperature began to…

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Strong Drink


The smooth wine of the Harlot is intoxicating.

Tekoa Manning

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“And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered greatly. And the angel said to me, “Why do you wonder?” Revelation 17:6-7 NASB.
She is drunk with the blood of the saints, and later we find that the saints have been going into her and drinking her intoxicating beverage. If you’ve never been drunk before, you’ve probably at least been around someone who has drunk too much and is stumbling into things or is not quite all the way with it. Many times the drunk person laughs and laughs and is high on life in that moment. They also forget at times that they have a wife or a husband and become led into bed with strangers. Sometimes they throw all their money on a crap die roll and place their bets…

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The Rich man and Lazarus #3


Free Chapter from Doctrines of Demons #3

 

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus has been used by many to inflict dreadful fear. It’s even insinuated that a person might be able to see people burning in hell and crying out for a drop of water. Certain ministers claim they have experienced this place of torture. I can’t imagine a loving Father allowing us to see our enemies in flames, let alone those we love and care about. Could you stand to watch your child, spouse, or family member screaming out in horror? For more on the topic click here Introductory Chapter on Hell

Jesus / Yeshua begins to speak multiple parables in the book of Luke. This word parable comes from the Hebrew word mashal, Strong’s concordance 4912 mashal, which means a proverb or taunt. “sentences constructed in parallelism, usually of Hebrew Wisdom, but occasionally of other types);”

Jewish writings and rabbinic thought are hidden in these parables that can cloud our mind to the meanings due to not living in that time among those people. It’s like the movie Back to the Future. When Marty McFly travels back in time, his mother thinks his name is Calvin Klein due to his underwear. He also goes into a soda shop and orders a “Pepsi Free” and they get a tad upset with him and assume he wants the soda free of charge, not free of calories. Not only is there this confusion but the very word McFly is an idiom (phrase) for a simpleton or stupid person. Unless you look deeply into symbolism and know about the history and the characteristics of the leaders of Jesus day, it can get tricky. I learn new things daily. Many believe that this story about the rich man and Lazarus is a true story and not a parable, but each chapter is labeled a parable and we also know from Scripture that this was Jesus/ Yeshua’s main method of teaching. Let’s look at that first.

He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable.

This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.” Matthew 13:33-35 NASB.

“And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” Matthew 13:10 NASB.”

We must continue to look at this topic of parables because we see over and over again that this is how he taught.

“With many such parables He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it; and He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples.” Mark 4:33-34 NASB.

He told his disciples this: “These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.” John 16:25 KJB.

So as we begin to study the whole book of Luke and the parables and the order of them, the main topics and illustrations he used, we see a common theme connecting them.

He discusses a parable about two debtors in Luke seven and explains that the person who has been forgiven much loves much. He moves on from this short example to the parable of the sower. People say that Jesus/ Yeshua spoke in parables because they were easy to understand and that a child could even understand them, but this isn’t what Scripture would lead us to believe. “His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable meant.  And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.” Luke 8:9-10 NASB. Actually, his leading twelve were scratching their heads and wondering often, saying please explain the parable because we are not getting it!

Now, I am not going to go over each parable in the book of Luke because that would be rather lengthy. We want to cover the main one on the rich man and Lazarus, but we do want to look at a couple he spoke about earlier to get a general idea of his audience and who is listening and what if anything the parables may have in common. In Luke chapter ten, he tells them a parable about the Good Samaritan. Yeshua is speaking and the text says a lawyer stood up and presented a question to “trap” him. This man was a Torah expert but many translations say lawyer due to them being an expert in the Law of Moses (The Torah). He presented a question. “Rabbi, what should I do to obtain eternal life?”  But Yeshua said to him, “What is written in the Torah (law)? How do you read it? He answered, “You are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your understanding; and your neighbor as yourself.” “That’s the right answer,” Yeshua said. “Do this, and you will have life.”

 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Yeshua, “And who is my ‘neighbor’?” ” Luke 10:25 -29 CJB. Now, this gets deep because the Jews hated the Samaritans. They would walk many miles out of their way to not step foot in their territory. Jesus/ Yeshua gives this parable to the people and he uses a Priest and a Levite, the most cream of the crop to make his point. This was sure to rile their feathers and convict their hearts.

“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and [n]beat him, and went away leaving him half dead.  And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him.” Luke 10: 30-34 NASB.

By this point the High Priest, the Pharisees and Sadducees were probably getting close to livid.

In Luke chapter twelve the Pharisees, Sadducees, and leaders proclaim that he has a demon and that he heals and cast out demons by the prince of demons. In chapter 14 he begins to express a parable about a fig tree and then a mustard seed, a parable of the invited guest he found worthy and the dinner banquet. Luke fifteen expresses three parables about one lost sheep, a lost coin, and the prodigal son. All three of these are unified and about a similar topic and then we get to chapter sixteen. Yes, the Bible was divided into chapters for easier reading, but we still are able to see comparisons in thought and topics brought together. There is a parable right before Lazarus that is called “the unrighteous steward.” This parable angers those present and causes Yeshua to continue with another parable–the beggar and Lazarus. These two parables go together and although I am not going to go into great detail on the unrighteous steward, I am going to show you how much it angered a certain religious spirit that is still alive and well today.

Jesus said, “You cannot serve God and wealth.”

 

 Now some of the Pharisees and Sadducees, were lovers of money, and they were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him.  And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God. Luke 16:13-15 NASB.

Many of these men were the elite. They were the priest and Rabbi’s/ teachers of the times, but how did they get in these positions of power? There’s nothing new under the sun.

The Sadducees could not tolerate the raising of the Sages from the Pharisee camp to positions of power and control and sought ways to regain their lost power and influence. The Sadducees quickly realized that the office of High Priest held the best promise to achieve this aim. The Roman rulers followed Herod’s example of bestowing this sacred office upon the highest bidder. As the Sadducees had no lack of money, they offered huge personal bribes to the procurators, and a candidate of their choice became High Priest. The Roman officials soon realized that the office of High Priest was an infallible source of income. At frequent intervals, they would dismiss the current Kohen Gadol and auction off the position to the highest bidder. The prestige of the office thus suffered during this period as the Kohen Gadon came to be regarded as a petty politician who was appointed by the secular government and cared only about his own glory and enrichment. In the course of time, with their numbers growing, they became a domineering aristocracy and together with their relatives and friends, they abused the people and brougth about the Destruction of the Temple. (Pesachim 57a) [HOJP I, pp.149] 

They abused the people. They hurt Abba’s sheep that they had been entrusted with and now Yeshua is on the scene and He is convicting them. These men who sat in the best seats, and did everything for a show and the praises of men. However, some of the Pharisees were very righteous and actually trying hard to live right. Many of them were living better than most of us can even imagine.

Now, that Yeshua has struck a cord and wounded their egos he continues with the famous parable many claim is about an actual place called Abraham’s bosom, a place called heaven and a horrific place called hell. Let’s jump in and start looking at this with new glasses on. Pick up your Hebrew spectacles and let’s travel back to the time of Jesus/Yeshua’s day.

“Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores.” Luke 16:19-21 NASB.

We first notice above, that during his parable about the unrighteous steward, that he tells them “You cannot serve God and wealth.” Now in this next parable it starts out with a rich man and we see that his clothes are purple and fine linen. What manner of a man would wear purple and fine linen? Exodus chapter twenty-eight explains clearly who these leaders are. “Make Aaron some beautiful clothes that are worthy of a high priest. Aaron is to be dedicated as my high priest, and his clothes must be made only by persons who possess skills that I have given them.  Here are the items that need to be made: a breast piece, a priestly vest, a robe, an embroidered shirt, a turban, and a sash. These sacred clothes are to be made for your brother Aaron and his sons who will be my priests.  Only gold and fine linen, woven with blue, purple, and red wool, are to be used for making these clothes.” Exodus 28:19-21 CEV.

These High Priest, these Levites, and leaders who walked right past the man beaten on the road in the parable of the Good Samaritan are still here being rebuked by Jesus/ Yeshua himself. Everyone knew what a Pepsi Free was in the 1990’s but when Marty McFly travelled back in time no one understood it or Calvin Klein underwear. They knew who Jesse James was but not Calvin. These men knew who Jesus/ Yeshua was calling out because they were the ones dressed like that. Let’s continue.

He labels this man Lazarus in this parable so he can use his sword to cut at their hearts deeper.

There are two men named Lazarus mentioned in the New Testament, but note that the Greek name Lazarus is a Hellenized version of the popular name Eleazar.”

The two best-known Eleazar’s of the Hebrew Bible (Older Testament) are the son of Aaron, the arch-father of all priests, and the son of Abinadab, in whose house the Ark of the Covenant resided. Both these Eleazar’s had brothers whom God killed for their inappropriate handling of the Ark or the sanctuary it was deposited in. One name definition of Eleazar/ Lazarus means “God Has Helped.” The two named Lazarus in the Newer Testament/ Brit Chadashah are the man who was dead for four days that Jesus/ Yeshua raised from the dead and this humble beggar in the parable of Luke. This poor man named Lazarus is laid at a place where these High Priest and Torah scholars would have been very familiar with. At this rich man’s gate he was laid. We read over and over again in Scripture the many poor, blind, deaf, and lepers who were laid at the gate of the temple or the city gate. Let’s look at that before we delve further into our story.

“And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple.” Acts 3:2 NASB. (He sat every day at the gate)

Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, “Why do we sit here until we die?” 2nd Kings 7:3 NASB.

Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, [waiting for the moving of the waters.” John 5:2-3 NASB.

Now, in our story this poor man is laid at the rich man’s gate and we were given clues by the man’s attire who he represented. I may be wrong but I believe it was the wealthy elite priest of the day. Now let’s get back to the parable. We left off in verses twenty-one, but now we will read the portion many believe is depicting heaven and hell.

“Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried.  In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and *saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom.  And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’  But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.  And [r]besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’  And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ But Abraham *said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’  But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’” Luke 16:22-31 NASB.

We know Lazarus was who was brought forth out of the grave. Yes, and soon Yeshua/ Jesus, the First fruits, will be soon come forth out of the grave and gets the keys to death, hell and the grave. “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.” 1st Corinthians 15:20.   Yeshua is making a very good point here, and if we remember correctly another verse from the Gospels explains even more.

“The large crowd of the Jews then learned that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He raised from the dead. But the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death also; because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and were believing in Jesus.” John 12:9-11 NASB.

Now a few interesting items in the passage above is the way he labeled these men as poor and rich and also the fact that the rich man had five brothers.

According to Metzger & Coogan Oxford Companion to the Bible, “Joseph Caiaphas, known simply as Caiaphas in the Newer Testament, was the Jewish high priest who is said to have organized the plot to kill Jesus. Caiaphas is also said to have been involved in the Sanhedrin trial of Jesus.”

“The 1st-century Jewish historian Josephus is considered the most reliable literary source for Caiaphas. Josephus (Antiquitates Judaicae 18.33-35) relates that Caiaphas became a high priest during a turbulent period. He also states that the proconsul Vitellius deposed him (Antiquitates Judaicae 18.95-97). Josephus’ account is based on an older source in which incumbents of the high priesthood were listed chronologically.”

According to Josephus, Caiaphas was appointed in AD 18 by the Roman prefect who preceded Pontius Pilate, Valerius Gratus.[1]

Joseph was the son-in-law of Annas (also called Ananus) the son of Seth. Annas was deposed, but had five sons who served as high priest after him. The terms of Annas, Caiaphas, and the five brothers are

Ananus (or Annas) the son of Seth (6–15)

Eleazar the son of Ananus (16–17)

Caiaphas – properly called Joseph son of Caiaphas (18–36), who had married the daughter of Annas (John 18:13)

Jonathan the son of Ananus (36–37 and 44)

Theophilus ben Ananus (37–41)

Matthias ben Ananus (43)

Ananus ben Ananus (63).

The High Priest that year had five brothers and they are all listed above. These Chief priest were badgering Yeshua and trying their best to do away with him and as we know, they succeeded until the 3rd day. When Jesus/Yeshua is pointing out their wealth and their esteem and using the robes of royal purple and fine linen to describe them, they were sure to have felt slapped in the face. This parable was a warning about torment and wealth and the evil schemes of men who hoard up their riches and think that one day they will not be held accountable for the poor, but will we see the sinners sweltering in hell? I think not. For more on Hell click here. Part #2 Hell, the Lake of Fire & the 2nd Death

Jews believe that at their death, they go to a place called Paradise or Abraham’s bosom. Interesting that when Yeshua looked at the man on the cross, he said, “I tell you the truth this day (coma) you will be with me in Paradise. Notice, I have changed where the coma is placed for a reason. In the King James, the coma is placed after and leads one to believe that Yeshua went to Paradise that day. He was in the heart of the earth three days like Jonah and then he was walking among the twelve for forty days before he ascended. But what about Abrahams bosom? What did it mean to Jews at that time period? Did they understand, like Marty McFly the lingo of the day and the idioms in use?

“The word found in the Greek text for “bosom” is kolpos, meaning “lap” “bay”.[2] This relates to the Second Temple period practice of reclining and eating meals in proximity to other guests, the closest of whom physically was said to lie on the bosom (chest) of the host.” The Septuagint Greek version of Isaiah 40:11 uses another Greek word: γαστρι

 

Now, we know that the poor man was so close to the rich man’s table he was hoping for just a crumb to fall that a dog might find underneath. This seems to go hand and hand with the story and when we research further we grasp more understanding.

“According to Maldonatus (1583),[6] whose theory has since been accepted by many scholars, the metaphor “to be in Abraham’s Bosom” is derived from the custom of reclining on couches at the table, which prevailed among the Jews during and before the time of Jesus. As at a feast each guest leaned on his left elbow so as to leave his right arm at liberty, and as two or more lay on the same couch, the head of one man was near the breast of the man who lay behind, and he was therefore said “to lie in the bosom” of the other.”

It was also considered by the Jews of old a mark of special honor and favor for one to be allowed to lie in the bosom of the master of the feast (cf. John 13:23), and it is by this illustration that they pictured the next world. They conceived of the reward of the righteous dead as a sharing in a banquet given by Abraham, “the father of the faithful” (cf. Matthew 8:11 sqq.), and of the highest form of that reward as lying in “Abraham’s Bosom.”

When we read all the parables in the Bible we notice a common mixture of using an allegory, this metaphoric language to describe something larger than a simpleton like Marty McFly would be able to decipher. Let me show you some examples. In Revelations chapter one we read about seven stars and seven golden lampstands. Once we continue reading the vision John had, we are given the hidden meaning to both items in verse twenty. “As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.” NASB. Once we dig deeper we learn there are seven Spirits of Adonai and seven Feast.

Matthew 5:3 says that we are the salt of the earth, but are we really salt? He is the Potter and we are the clay. Are we actually a slab of clay? Other verses proclaim that the Father is our rock, our Shepherd and even states Yeshua/Jesus is a lamb, the bread of life, a vine, but we all know these are just metaphors for a deeper hidden spiritual truth. So let’s get back to the parable of the rich man and the poor beggar. If Christians really want to believe this is about heaven and hell, we have not even an ounce of proof because neither word is mentioned, not even metaphorically. What we do know is the righteous man was not wealthy and prosperous and healed in the name of Jesus. No, that sounds more like the prideful church in this hour, and forgive me because I do believe Yeshua came to heal and save and give us life more abundantly, but sometimes that looks more like Job’s trials on this earth. So, we have a righteous man who is so poor he is wishing for a crumb and dogs are licking his soars. The rich man is not like the Good Samaritan. Yeshua used that parable to show these wealthy pious priest, and the arrogant Pharisees just how they acted. They acted as if they didn’t see the poor, the blind, the beggars laid up at their church/ temple doors. They walked past in their highfalutin robes with their boxes strapped to their foreheads and prayed loudly and tithed loudly so they could receive all the glory and honor of this world, not the world to come. All these parables are about the rich and poor.

The rich man begged for a drop of water to be placed on his tongue, but he couldn’t even give a crumb to the beggar while he lived in his wealth on earth. Now he is in torment. Our understanding of heaven and hell are mixed with Hellenism and Plato’s teachings along with many other men. Nowhere in the gospels do we see us floating up to heaven, but we do read about a new heaven and a new earth and the Son of Yah coming here.

and that He may send Jesus, the [i]Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the [j]period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.” Acts 3:20-21 NASB.

“And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will [a]dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them. “ Revelation 20:2-3 NASB.

This word new does not mean something brand new. When the Father sent a flood he kept eight people and all the animals. He did not say I am destroying everything and starting over. He baptized the earth and cleansed it, but it was still the same work of His hands. Yes, there is a Day of Judgment, but He also tells us that He will wipe every tear from our eyes. Will we see our loved ones burning in torment? Would that be a place of no more crying and perfect peace? No. I want to cover all the bases here so that no stones are left unturned. In order to do that I need to cover the Transfiguration and the souls under the alter. Afterwards we will move from the heavenly abode to hell, sheol, and the grave.

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Strong’s concordance

McFly: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/McFly

Back to the Future: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_the_Future

Pepsi Free: Caffeine-Free Pepsi-Cola was introduced, under the brand name Pepsi Free, in 1982 by PepsiCo as the first major-brand caffeine-free cola in years. (The Canada Dry Company had marketed “Sport Cola,” which was also caffeine-free, in the 1960s, but that brand of cola was not a success

Parable: http://jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/11898-parable

Purple robes: COLOR – …2).Purples. (a) The purple dyes were obtained from the “ḥallazon,” a species of shell-fish called Murex brandaris and Murex …trunculis, on which see Rieger (l.c. p. 21). It yielded purple-red (Hebrew “argaman” = Aramaic “argewan”) and purple-blue or violet (Hebrew “tekelet” = Aramaic “tikla”). Both colors figure largely in the decoration of …the Tabernacle and the priestly robes. In Jer. x. 9 both are mentioned as contributing to the splendor of heathen worship. In Judges viii. 26 the Midianitish chiefs are said to have worn robes of purple-red…Jewish Encyclopedia.

Abarim Publications: Lazarus

Joseph Caiaphas: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caiaphas

Metzger & Coogan Oxford Companion to the Bible, 1993. p 97

Josephus’ source is mentioned in Antiquitates Judaicae 20.224-51 and Against Apion 1.36; see Bond, Caiaphas, p. 163, n. 2.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caiaphas

http://jewishencyclopedia.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&keywords=Caiaphas&commit=search

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosom_of_Abraham

http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/362-abraham-s-bosom

http://www.thesanhedrin.org/en/index.php?title=Historical_Overview

 

 

 

 

 

Are You shittim me?


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Shittim is stinky!

A little humor to introduce this next Torah Portion that comes from Numbers 25 and is titled “Pinchas | פנחס | “Phinehas”

In this blog, I will highlight the journey Israel took by the names of the places they stopped at, and my own journey by the names of streets my husband and I have resided on. I also want to reflect on being pierced in the heart versus being pierced in the belly.

In this Torah portion is the name of the place where Israel was camped when 24,000 leaders died. It was east of the Jordon and called Shittim.

“The name Shittim means Acacias.”

Acacias are very special trees—

This location is mentioned by numerous prophets and has several hidden gems. Let’s look at one passage before we begin.

“And in that day

The mountains will drip with sweet wine,

And the hills will flow with milk,

And all the brooks of Judah will flow with water;

And a spring will go out from the house of the LORD

To water the valley of Shittim.” Joel 3:18.

Sounds wonderful!

Unfortunately, the valley of Shittim was used by the Israelites as a valley of sin.

“While Israel remained at Shittim, the people began to play the harlot with the daughters of Moab. For they invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods. So Israel joined themselves to Baal of Peor, and the LORD was angry against Israel.” Numbers 25:1-3 NASB.

“Baal Peor is a Moabite god, which service specifically included sexual acts.”

It seems that Balaam had more to do with this story than we may have noticed. Apparently, he helped wet Israel’s appetites through bad counsel. For deeper revelation concerning the teaching of Balaam click here: The Teaching of Balaam | GRACE in TORAH.

“And Moses said to them, “Have you spared all the women? “Behold, these caused the sons of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, so the plague was among the congregation of the LORD.” Numbers 31:15-16.

The rest of the story in this Torah portion is difficult to read. The Father commands Moses to take all the leaders of the people and execute them in broad daylight before Him. “But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light.” Ephesians 5:13.

They’re up Shittim creek without a paddle.

A man named Phinehas stops the plague. He was Aaron’s grandson.

“And when Pineḥas, son of El‛azar, son of Aharon the priest, saw it, he “rose up” (authority) from among the congregation and took a spear in his hand, and he went after the man of Yisra’ĕl into the tent and thrust both of them through, the man of Yisra’ĕl, and the woman through her belly. Thus the plague among the children of Yisra’ĕl came to a stop.

And those who died in the plague were twenty-four thousand.” Numbers 25:7-9 ISR.

Wow, 24,000 slain! What a large number of lives fell that day.

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I find it interesting that at our last Feast, the Feast of Shavuot/ Pentecost, over 3,000 came back into the Covenant, and that same number represented the number who were slain after committing adultery with the golden calves. Let’s read that passage.

“Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Every man of you put his sword upon his thigh, and go back and forth from gate to gate in the camp, and kill every man his brother, and every man his friend, and every man his neighbor.’” So the sons of Levi did as Moses instructed, and about three thousand men of the people fell that day.” Exodus 32:27-28 NASB.

Then during Shavuot, a very peculiar thing happens. Peter preaches the good news and 3000 souls were added that day.

Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.” Acts 2:37, 38, 41 NASB.

24,000 leaders were slain in this Torah portion, but the number 24 also represents a perfect form of leadership. “Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads.” Revelation 4:4.

While in the valley of Shittim, Phinehas was able to stop the plague by taking a spear and piercing the man and woman through.

Why such lustful cravings?

It has to do with our bellies.

Peter pierced the hearts and Phinehas pierced the bellies. The belly is the place of appetites, sexual lust, rich foods, and passions.

The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, But the stomach of the wicked is in need.” Proverbs 13:25.

Yeshua said that out of our belly would flow rivers of LIVING waters. And that’s what we need to cleanse all the Shittim out!

The stomach area is also the place where we ingest food—good bread from the table of Adonai or bread mixed with impurity. The Israelites had cravings. We all do.

Back in chapter eleven, they had landed in a place called Taberah.

The name Taberah comes from the Hebrew verb בער (ba’ar I), meaning to kindle, burn or consume:

The Father was ready to consume them for a multitude of reasons. They wanted food. They were tired of eating His heavenly bread.

Awe the belly cries out. Our nephesh always does.

It’s HUNGRY!

A very curious thing happens in the story. It’s the same thing that happened when Miriam and Aaron had spoken poorly about Moses wife. The Lord Adonai hears it.

Yes, He hears us when we complain and murmur.

Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of the LORD; and when the LORD heard it, His anger was kindled, and the fire of the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. The people therefore cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the LORD and the fire died out. So the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of the LORD burned among them. The rabble who were among them had greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, “Who will give us meat to eat? Numbers 11:1-4.

Beten is the Hebrew word for belly, stomach, womb, and our inward parts.

How many of us can honestly say we have acted just as ungrateful. Raising my hand.

And why were the Elders slain? Many will pray healing from the top of the head to the souls of the feet, but let’s look at that verse again.

Why should you be beaten anymore? You continue in apostasy! All the head is sick, and all the heart faints.

From the sole of the foot, to the head, there is no soundness in it – wounds and bruises and open sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment.” Isaiah 1:5-6 ISR.

Most the time we can look at leadership and see why a business failed–a nation crumbled–a family fell apart. The top has a trickle-down effect.

“Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.” Romans 16:17-18 NASB.

While in Taberah they wanted food–pleasant meats and melons. In shittim they wanted sex and they lusted to fulfill their passions.

“For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.” Philippians 3:18-19 NASB.

In the valley of Shittim, their minds were on their appetites.

Shittim means acacia. Acacias is a tree that is used for multiple items in the Temple. This wood is something mysterious. The Sages say that HaShem created the tree—the cure before the sin occurred. It’s like a parent who keeps a box of Band-Aids on hand and a bottle of peroxide. He may pour in the cleansing waters that bubble forth and sting or even burn, but eventually, He will bandage us up. He will pour in the wine and the balm.

“Moreover, you shall make an altar as a place for burning incense; you shall make it of acacia wood.” Exodus 30:1 NASB.

They shall construct an ark of acacia wood two and a half cubits long, and one and a half cubits wide, and one and a half cubits high.” Exodus 25:10.

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This tree is a tree that is not attractive and to top it off, it’s thorny like the crown that was pierced into our Messiah’s head. Many believe it might have been thorns from that very tree that were used. Below is a picture of an umbrella thorn acacia tree.

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Isn’t it interesting that their lust for golden idols, fleshly meats, and sexual lust was greater than their fear of Yah? Many were killed by plagues and swords and the earth opened its mouth to swallow them, and still they were not afraid of the G-d of Abraham—The G-d of Isaac, and the G-d of Israel.

The Creator of ALL—

Are we at times guilty too? How soon we forget His warnings and end up smelling like Shittim and stepping in it.

Awe, it’s a thorny business. We need our hearts pierced and our bellies.

The next portion of this teaching is going to recap a personal journey.

When I first met my husband I lived on Oak Side Ct. After a year of homelessness due to sickness I landed in a tiny apartment. We married later and I moved in with him. He lived on Irvin Pines Drive in ‘Timber Bend” Subdivision, and Oh how we did bend (humbled) there. We felt rejected by those we loved the most. Irvin means high cliff (pride) and also fresh waters. People in the Bible are often compared to trees. We had oak trees and pine trees for titles. One was hard and resilient—one had a sweet smelling fragrance.

After marriage, we realized we needed a place that was ours. We placed his house on the market and it sold one year later, closing on Passover/ Pesach. We thought that it was interesting to close on that date. Next, we landed for a very short time at a place called Preston Crossings Condominiums. Now Holy Ruach Spirit had me looking into this the other day, and I was intrigued by how His hand can even be in the name of a place. He took us from Egypt through the waters.

Preston means a “Spiritual Place.” “From an English surname which was originally derived from a place meaning “priest town.” We lived on Preston Springs Drive. This place was small compared to my husband’s three story house, but we were able to get rid of a huge chunk of debt. The rented condo was a place where we removed a lot of old relics, and we also removed a lot of junk from our spiritual houses. My husband was stripped of his titles of Chief of police and Associate pastor. I was being stripped in other ways. On moving day I was too weak to climb the steps into our new occupancy and scooted backward on my bottom up the flight of steps.

We spent a lot of time at the lake that year frolicking in the water and also in the pool. After being single for twelve years the shock of a new bride was uncomfortable for some and we needed good Counsel. Abba supplied our needs and we were able to heal from many hurts, but some of the pain was still tender to the touch. While living at Preston Springs we were parched and eager for these springs of water to quench us. A short time later, we were thrown into the wilderness. Literally.

My father lives on acreage in a rural area in KY. Our first week there was met with two snakes in the house, mice, and spiders the size of my hand. Since my mother had become sick with Parkinson’s and passed away shortly before I wed, my father had spent most his time taking care of her. The house needed a thorough cleaning—so did our Spiritual houses. My dad only cleared enough trees to build the house, so much of the critters felt right at home inside his home. Me– not so much. The name of the town he lives in means dove in Latin “Columba.” It looked anything but like a dove to me!

A snake we caught in the kitchen on a mouse pad.

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This time of great testing was more than I could bear. I was hospitalized five times and had surgery. My right arm went numb from MS and I was given many rounds of steroids. I spent a long while in my motorized scooter there. We missed our children and family members who were a hundred miles away. I cherished my time with my father who now is 82 years young, but I had to leave. Sickness, snakes, murmuring and complaining and demanding flesh instead of His baked manna was part of our training ground. We needed a water bearing rock. We needed The Rock!

The Israelites were in Shittim and they had partaken of the flesh. Let’s read the verses again.

While Israel remained at Shittim, the people began to play the harlot with the daughters of Moab. For they invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods. So Israel joined themselves to Baal of Peor, and the LORD was angry against Israel.” Numbers 25:1-3 NASB.

The Israelites bellies are ripe with desire.

Shittim in the Septuagint translation (Greek) of the Scriptures, is translated as aphthartos or incorruptible. The wood from the acacia cannot be corrupted. It’s covered in gold and housing the Words of LIFE.

They shall construct an ark of acacia wood two and a half cubits long, and one and a half cubits wide, and one and a half cubits high. “You shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and out you shall overlay it, and you shall make a gold molding around it. “You shall cast four gold rings for it and fasten them on its four feet, and two rings shall be on one side of it and two rings on the other side of it. “You shall make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. “You shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, to carry the ark with them. “The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be removed from it. “You shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you.” Exodus 25:10-16 NASB.

The Ark of the Testimony is The Word of Yahweh kept in the “heart” of the Tabernacle. It is the heart of the matter. This Ark is covered in gold, and on top of it, the Mercy seat. The wings of the cherubs spreading out from tip to tip as a covering. Thank Yah for His Mercy Seat and the blood that covers all our Shittim!

After the deaths of the leaders, the Father makes a covenant with Phinehas. A lasting Priesthood of peace. Abba always keeps His Vows. He is not a man that He should lie.

“The Lord said to Moses, “Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites. Since he was as zealous for my honor among them as I am, I did not put an end to them in my zeal. Therefore tell him I am making my covenant of peace with him. He and his descendants will have a covenant of a lasting priesthood, because he was zealous for the honor of his God and made atonement for the Israelites.” Numbers 25:10-13.

Now, what about the names of those who were spearheaded through their bellies?

“The name of the Israelite who was killed with the Midianite woman was Zimri son of Salu, the leader of a Simeonite family. And the name of the Midianite woman who was put to death was Kozbi daughter of Zur, a tribal chief of a Midianite family.” 25:14-15.

“For a meaning of the name Cozbi, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads False. Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Lying.” “In Israeli, the name Cozbi means-a liar sliding away.”

The lust of our fleshly appetites will always lie to us. Our nephesh, with its many appetites, will rise up and speak falsely.

The name Zimri is the word זמר post-fixed with the possessive yod. It may mean My Musician, My Gardener, My Mountain Sheep. Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names leans towards the verb that means to sing or make music, and reads Song Of The Lord, taking the yod to be not a possessive but a remnant of יה, the abbreviated form of the Name of the Lord: יהוה (YHWH).”

We can stop and stifle our music, our gardening of planting His seeds, and our mountain journey by becoming one with a Harlot. The Harlot will always present a false message using an appearance of light—sparkling—beauty that ends in death.

After a spending a year in the wilderness at my father’s house, we both reflected on our attitudes at times.  How we acted and our actions during this testing were what really mattered. We both agree now looking back, that at times we were just as ungrateful as the Israelites in the wilderness, and we were often looking to fulfill the lust of our flesh because we were not pleased with our surroundings.

One night while living there, I had a dream that I was going to be living on cemetery road. I write extensively about this experience in my blog titled “My Funeral” where I go into how each of us must die to ourselves. We left the wilderness and landed on a street named Fenwick Creek place. Fenwick means “Village on the marsh”. What is a marsh? A marsh, according to the dictionary, is an area of low-lying land that is flooded in wet seasons or at high tide, and typically remains waterlogged at all times. We wanted water. We were thirsting for water, and He gave us a marsh and a creek. We landed here right before Pesach/ Passover and were able to enjoy His Feast in our new place.

“My people, what have I done to you,  And how have I wearied you?

Answer Me.

“Indeed, I brought you up from the land of Egypt

And ransomed you from the house of slavery,

And I sent before you Moses, Aaron and Miriam.

My people, remember now 

What Balak king of Moab counseled             

And what Balaam son of Beor answered him,           

  And from Shittim to Gilgal,           

  So that you might know the righteous acts of the LORD.” Micah 6:3-5 NASB.

Awe, we must get out of Shittim and move on to where the Father’s Torah is written on our hearts and where it pierces our hearts. May we use His Torah to pierce the serpent of our bellies and rise up drinking from the waters that He will pour out from the bowels of the Jordan. May it overflow its banks in this season and purify us and bring us lips that praise–that bless instead of curse. May we be grateful and not bitter. May we be strong in Him and the Power of His Might.

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Sources:

Acacia thorn tree picture found here, https://www.bing.com/images/search?

Umbrella tree found here, https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=

Phinehas photo from preacheroftruth.com

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The Biblical Role of Women Part I


Woman came from the side of man. She is bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh. The author of Grace in Torah gives much wisdom in these amazing researched and well fleshed out blogs on the Biblical role of women. Read the whole series for complete understanding. Husbands will learn much as well from these amazing blogs. Check out Kisha Gallagher’s BEKY book “The Biblical New Moon,” for more amazing insight.

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It is within that spirit that I write. My hope is for both men and women to find God’s restoration within their most intimate relationship: marriage. But in order for us to work toward that restoration, we…

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