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 Sin of Sodom


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At times I try to get people to think outside of what Christendom has taught in the past and is teaching now.
Most Christians teach that we need to keep 9 of the 10 Commandments and that we are no longer held to The Law (instructions).  Also taught is that the 10 have been taken down to these two.  “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37 NIV. Jesus- Yeshua said, “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:40 NIV. This commandment is actually from the law (Torah). Let’s look at that.

“You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:18 NASB.

Everything in the new portion of your Bible comes from the Old portion.

Jesus-Yeshua went on to say, ” …until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” Matt. 5:18 NIV.

But people remove what they want and keep what they want. I call it copy and paste theology or cherry picking.

Jesus/ Yeshua said, in the verse above, that all the law (Torah) and the prophets, hang on those two verses. Picture a towel rack, a curtain rod, a coat hanger or coat rack–can you hang a coat on air?

I find it interesting when I see Christians posting articles on social media from The Law to make sure a certain group, such as homosexuals, knows what they think about them. When I make this type of remark many think I am giving people a free pass to sin, or I haven’t studied the New Testament, or the book of Hebrews and so forth. They quote Paul and check to see if I agree with Paul’s writings because they want to make sure I am not saying that this sin is okay, even though it doesn’t fit in the 10 boxes.
There is no 10 commandment that says, “A man shall not lie with a man.” Then the rebuttal is but Paul said this and that. Yes, he did and he also said, “So then, THE LAW IS HOLY, and the commandment is HOLY, righteous and good.” Romans 7:12 NIV. Once again Paul was quoting the law (Torah.) ” A man shall not lie with a man,” comes from the law (Torah). Law is not a good translation because the Torah is the instructions for a blessed life.

There is no 10 commandment that says don’t sleep with animals, no, that’s part of the law too.

“‘Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it.” Leviticus 18:23 NIV.

I feel sorry for any animal that has had to deal with this abuse. but since this is the law and we are no longer to keep the law, we can throw this out right? No.

But many say, the law is about stoning people to death right? Or is that the curse of the law? Is that the moral law?  Think, ponder and ask questions when you read The Bible. What is a three strand cord? etc. I’m not asking these for an answer, but for you to meditate on them.

I hear this from time to time, “Tekoa you have gotten involved in some Jewish cult and we are not Jewish. You are part of the Hebrew roots possibly and I have been warned about them.  No, this is not completely true. So back to the law (Torah), which some may think I broke Saturday by selling five books before the sun set. Although, all monies goes to the poor or back into the ministry.  “Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy.” This is one of the Ten and actually also part of the law found in Exodus 20:8, Leviticus 19:3. Genesis 2:2 and so on.

Let’s look at the law (Torah) again and moral issues.

The penalty for homosexual acts (Lev. 20:13) was no more severe than the punishments for adultery, incest, or for cursing one’s parents. Even a man who had sex with his wife while she was having a ‘period,’ was to be “cut off from among the people.” Ouch. And Remember, breaking the Sabbath was a death sentence. So, let’s look at Lot and ponder cake baking.

Have you ever studied Lot’s behavior when the men beat his door down to rape the men (angels) who had come?

“Bring them out to us! We want to have sex with them!” Lot went out to them and stood in the doorway, closing the door behind him, and said, “Please, my brothers, don’t do such a wicked thing. Look here, I have two daughters who are virgins. Please, let me bring them out to you, and you can do with them what seems good to you; but don’t do anything to these men, since they are guests in my house.” Genesis 19:5-8.

One commentary says this,
“Lot would never give over his daughters to the people of Sodom and he understands that these people have no interest in his daughters. Lot’s offer is meant to be offensive and indeed the people of the town immediately recognize that they are being criticized – “This one fellow came in to sojourn and he will need play the judge [he’s judging us]?” This attack by Lot on standard immigration procedure in Sodom makes him the target of their rage in the same way the illegal aliens were the target just a few verses earlier: “now will we deal worse with thee, than with them.”

The Prophets and Peter compare the nation of Israel to Sodom in Isaiah 1:9-10, 3:9, Jeremiah 23:14, Ezekiel 16:41-56 and 2nd Peter 2:7.
Sodom and Gomorrah were judged because of grave sin. Genesis 18:20 says, “And the Lord said, ‘The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave.'” Indeed, not even ten righteous people could be found in the city. However, there was more going on than sodomy, rape, and murder.

“‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.” Ezekiel 16:49 NIV. So much to ponder when we begin to look at sin and Hashem compares His own people to Sodom.

One of the other sins in the Bible was witchcraft, astrology, and fortune telling. They were commanded to stone them to death
“A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death. You are to stone them; their blood will be on their own heads.'” Leviticus 20:27 NIV.
I see through my newsfeed on a daily basis items where you have to enter your birthdate or name to find out something about your personal character. I get chain letters that say pass this prayer to 10 people and get a blessing and so on and so forth. Is that similar? Are we also guilty of sins like sexual lust, building kingdoms here on earth where thieves break in and steal, gossip, backbiting, and pride?

I think we all need to study more, think about our own personal sins more, and apply the law of LOVE more.  “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35 NIV.

 

Sources: http://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/2757/how-are-we-to-take-the-fact-that-lot-offered-his-daughters-for-rape

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