Neck-lace of the Kingdom


The whole world seems to have its eye on a giraffe named April. I heard about this pregnant mother about two weeks ago while at a family birthday party. I instantly felt Abba Father was trying to tell me something prophetically.

Yes, at the beginning of this month the whole world watched this mother named “April” waiting patiently for her to give birth, and then something incredible happened. A giraffe in Denver that no one knew was even pregnant gave birth spontaneously and hidden from view at 3 a.m. The mother was old and also on birth control, but this did not stop her from giving birth. Dobby’s mother Kipele was born at the Denver Zoo in August 1993, and is the oldest of the Zoo’s giraffes. His father is named Dikembe. (1) Like Sarah, she laughs as millions watch New York’s mother pacing in labor, and while no one is looking or expecting, her young calf comes forth and is named “Dobby.” We will get to this mother in a moment and her baby, as I believe these two mothers represent possibly America and Israel—Ruth and Orpah but let’s see how this unfolds.

Back to New York and April.

The name April means “to open” as in bud—flower. This always reminds me of Aaron and his rod and how we are to bear fruit—good fruit.

“Now on the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony; and behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth buds and produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds.” Numbers 17:8 NASB.

This year Pesach or Passover falls on April 10th, Birth pains. . .

This month is the Hebrew month of Adar (Feb-March.) It is the 6th month of the Hebrew civil year and the 12th month of the religious year. (2) Author and teacher, K. Gallagher compared this month to a very pregnant woman about to give birth as next month Aviv/Nisan commemorates the children of Israel’s birth from the dark womb of Egypt. She explains how they passed through the opening of blood and water as YHWH birthed them (and us) as a nation. Thus, though this is a joyful month full of anticipation, it comes with the tight pressing of birth pangs.” (3)

Ah, birth pains—who here is birthing something? Pushing! Perhaps you’re moving and pacing back and forth like April? Possibly Our Abba Father is doing something different in your life. Labor and waiting on a birth are always difficult. One look at April’s huge belly holding a calf weighing up to 150 pounds looks miserable, but Abba always brings joy out of our labor.

This month Adar is said to be a time of laughter and great joy. Sarah gave birth to the Patriarch Isaac (Yitzchak) during this time and his name means “laughter,” but who wouldn’t laugh at a ninety- year- old woman giving birth or the oldest giraffe in the zoo?

I believe this prophetic message may have something to do with a Kingdom and a King. Jesus/Yeshua said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy. “Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world. “Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.” John 16:20-22 NASB.

One interesting fact pointed out to me was that a giraffe’s neck has the same amount of vertebrae as humans.

  1. Gallagher explains below.

“Nearly all mammals, including humans, have SEVEN vertebrae in their necks. (4) The only difference is that an animal such as the giraffe has very large vertebra whereas a mouse has very small vertebra. Since the neck is representative of whether one’s demeanor is humble or prideful, the natural phenomenon of the neck having SEVEN vertebrae can be compared to the SEVEN Spirits of God or their counterfeit, the SEVEN wicked spirits. (5)

When one is truly filled with the Spirit of God, she will exhibit the attributes of wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, knowledge, and reverence. On the contrary, a stiff-necked person is ruled by their nephesh (flesh), which is characterized by the SEVEN abominations of Proverbs 6:16-19. The first wicked attribute is pride or haughty eyes. Pride always precedes a fall and is the antithesis to the humility of Biblical wisdom. (6)

Thus, the SEVEN vertebrae in a human’s neck teach a spiritual lesson. A pliable, submissive neck is yoked to the Creator’s easy and light sevens of the Bible. This person will eagerly accept the yoke of the Kingdom of Heaven. The neck with its SEVEN vertebrae will bend and bow to the will of the King, which is demonstrated in the seven days of creation, the seven Spirits of God, the seven Feasts of Adonai, and even the seven days it takes to consecrate the Holy Temple. These SEVENs show one how the Holy Spirit works to change and promote growth in the life of the Believer for their good as a new creation in Messiah Yeshua (Jesus).

It feels like we are getting closer and closer to the Messianic Kingdom. The number 7 is completion, but the number 8 is fatness and joy unspeakable. Those who are filled with the Spirit and have a humble pliable neck will bow down before their King and enter the gates of the city, the New Jerusalem. I found this next picture too prophetic to let slip through unnoticed. (7)

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When we study the Bible carefully we find that the number seven is tied to everything. It is a number like no other and a day of rest, a wedding day for a Bride, but eight, eight is over and beyond what we can think or imagine.

“Eight in Hebrew “Shemoni [f.], shemonah [m.] Literally to “make fat”. New beginnings, not just complete (like 7), but satiated. Becoming “fat” is having more than enough. Full to overflowing. Moves from natural to supernatural.” Grace in Torah (8).

The father of the baby to be born in New York is named Oliver as in “Olive.” The olive leaf and the olive tree have always been a symbol of Israel and their national emblem is olive leaves draped around the Menorah light. Yeshua is the main branch of that light. The leaves represent peace and the word olive means oil. The word Gethsemane means oil press. This is the place where Jesus/Yeshua was crushed and pressed to the point of sweating blood. I think this giraffe may represent Israel and the birth of something new for the nation and for a people. The word “mashach,” from the same root word “Messiah” means to smear with oil and anoint. (9)

“Strong’s #4886: mashach (pronounced maw-shakh’). a primitive root; to rub with oil, i.e. to anoint; by implication, to consecrate; also to paint:–anoint, paint.”

Remember those seven vertebrae’s? Yes, a giraffe’s neck is what captures our attention. It is the thing that stands out when we see one and no wonder —the neck of a giraffe weighs about 600 pounds.

“Giraffes use their long necks to graze on leaves higher than other herbivores can reach and spot predators before they get close. Their necks tend to average about 6 feet long, and supporting such a length requires powerful muscles and big bones.” (10)

Not only are their necks six feet long but their legs are as well, and the weight of their neck again is about 600 pounds. Seems to be a lot of “6’s” here in these details so I wanted to define that number in the Hebrew.

SIX, “Shesh [f.], sheeshah [m.] Image, man, beast, flesh, sacrifice, intimacy, finished work, knowledge, sacrificial love, number of man and beast, antichrist, idol, and eternal judgment. Six usually refers to the works of man, but ideally, represents sacrificial love and intimate knowledge with the Creator. When the latter is forsaken, only idolatry and flesh remain. We are ALWAYS either projecting the image of God or the image of the beast (flesh), which is represented by the number six.” (11)

We are said to be approaching the 6,000th year. “The Talmud tells us that this world, as we know it, will last for six thousand years, with the seventh millennium ushering in the cosmic Shabbat, the Messianic Era. Six days a week we work, and on the Shabbat, we rest and enjoy the fruits of our labor; the same is true with millenniums.” (12) Are we possibly neck in neck, plummeting at breakneck speed into the Kingdom of His wondrous reign?

“The Hebrew noun for the neck is עורף (oreph, Strong’s #6203), which is derived out of the Hebrew verb ערף (araph, Strong’s #6202) meaning “to be necked,” as in “breaking the neck.” Jeff Benner. (13)

Yes, Come Yeshua Come, with Breakneck speed and set up your Kingdom!

After reading Jeff Benner’s definition of “neck breaking” Mrs. Gallagher and I were reminded of a few scriptures and several more idioms. Pain in the neck——a millstone around the neck—dead from the neck up—neck to neck—long neck–kinked neck–stiff necked, and K. reminded me of how interesting it is that We adorn (like a Bride) our necks with a neck-lace. What a beautiful image!

“My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the teaching of your mother; Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck.” Proverbs 6:20-21. Stephen takes this “neck” message further and they end up stoning him to death after they placed their fingers in their ears in rebellion. ““You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did.  Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become; you who received the law (Torah) as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it.” Acts 7:51-53 NASB. We know HaShem became very upset with His children and at one point said, “Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way.” Exodus 33:3 NIV.

  1. Gallagher explains: “Stiff-necked” evokes the image of an unsubmissive, defiant, and stubborn animal that will not accept the yoke of the master in order to work the land. Necks are where burdens and/or yokes are lain.”

“In Hebrew, Egypt is called Mitzrayim. When God took us out of Mitzrayim, He extricated us from the place of constricted opportunities, tight control, and narrow-mindedness, where movement was severely limited.” (14)

You know another amazing detail about all this stiff neckness– Giraffe’s necks are so flexible they are like a slinky! Yes, its neck is said to be comparable to those cylinder wire toys from our childhood. The ones that seemed to effortlessly slink down the stairs steps.

“We call the vertebrae in the top portion of our backs the thoracic vertebrae. In humans, thoracic vertebrae are joined at the middle of the bone to provide added stability; and our cervical vertebrae fuse at the front and back for more mobility. Giraffe anatomy doesn’t follow this same construction, and its first and second thoracic vertebrae are bound in the same way that its cervical ones are, with ball-and-socket joints [source: Dagg and Foster]. (15) That adaptation gives the giraffe an extra point of flexibility.”

Could it be that a time is coming when Yeshua’s Body is not Stiff-necked, but flexible—bendable—bowing low like the Giraffe has to do to get a drink of water? Could it be that finally All the Body is going to be a people who uphold His Torah and our nation will be a nation that stands with Israel? A man named Jacob had his name changed to Israel and when he blessed the tribes, he told the tribe of Judah this.

“Your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons will bow down to you.” Genesis 49:8-9 GWT.

America has something else in common with this baby giraffe. This mother in Denver named Kipele gave birth at the beginning of March. According to the Denver post, “Although the birth went well, the calf was not initially nursing. Dobby received a plasma transfusion to boost his immune system and fight infection last week after his keepers noticed he had difficulty standing and nursing. Blood tests showed he wasn’t getting enough proteins needed to fight infections from his mother, Kipele.” (16)

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As I researched the Swahili meaning of Kipele I kept coming up empty handed. In English it seemed to mean pimple or scab but when I looked further I found this. (17)

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According to this source, Kipele represent a beautiful butterfly. The father’s name Dikembe has a very Ephraim feel to it. “ The Meaning of Dikembe: ‘Rich and Powerful Ruler, Strong Ruler –(18)

Dobby brings the zoo’s giraffe herd to five, officials said. Most newborn giraffe’s measure 6 feet, but Dobby was five foot and instead of weighing in at about 150, Dobby weighed 73 pounds. I noticed the number 5 and instantly thought of grace. As we read earlier, the baby also needed a blood transfusion and again I am thinking of America. America was a strong powerful ruler just like the name Dikembe. I wrote a book that is no longer available as I am editing and adding some chapters to it, but the title I was given was “Give Birth to a New Nation.” The cover had a picture of a very pregnant woman draped in the flag. This baby giraffe weighed 73 pounds and this reminded me of the number 10 in Hebrew.

The number ten in Hebrew means–“Esehr [f.], ahsahrah [m.] Divine order, completed cycle, measure, or group (congregation) whether for good or evil, blessing or judgment. A tenth part represents the whole in a tithe. Thus, ten represents a complete congregation, body, or kingdom, whether good or evil.” (19)

America can be established for good and not evil which requires us turning back to YHWH and His Commandments and bending our stiff necks to receive His grace.

The name Dobby is quite peculiar. I looked into its meaning and this is what I found.

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“British Dialect. A fatuous person; A fool. I believe America has also been very foolish. However, the meaning of Dobby as a last name was similar to Robert and since this is my Middle son’s name I knew instantly what that meant. A bright shining LIGHT.” (20)

Last name: Dobby. This interesting name is a dialectal variant of the name Dobb, which derives from the medieval given name “Dobbe”, itself a pet form of Robert, (Old English pre 7th Century “Hrodebert”).

Meaning of Dobby: ‘Famous, Bright, Shining, Clear, Diminutive of Clarence, English short form of Robert (meaning: the glorious Shining).‘ – (21)

Dobby was born in Denver Colorado and yes, I believe God is in the tiniest details. Denver means “green Valley” and Colorado has a Spanish origin and means “colored red.” (22) This could imply that America could move into green pastures covered red by the blood of the Lamb this Passover/ April season or our lush green hills could be bloody in a bad way. Will we allow our stiff necks to be yoked with Him the one who saved us and delivered us? Will we humble ourselves and uphold His Torah and bring back righteous ruling and elect righteous leaders who will uphold life?

I’m still waiting for April and Oliver to give birth in Harpursville New York. King David played the harp and demons fled. What a fitting name for these two parents and their location. I wonder what the name of their baby calf will be. Perhaps Zion? Israel?

There were two women in the Bible, one was named Ruth and the other Orpah. They were Moabites. Moab is the name of the incestuous son of Lot. According to the Torah, no descendent of Mo’av (Moab) is allowed in the assembly of Israel (Deuteronomy 23:3). And Yet Ruth bows her neck very low and comes with her mother in law Naomi to the House of Bread and she tells her Mother-in-law that where she goes, she will follow her. “But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. 17 Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the Lord do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.” When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she [e]said no more to her.” Ruth 1:16-18 NASB.

She meets a wealthy land owner named Boaz and Ruth bows very low to him. “Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your sight that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” Ruth 2:10 NASB. Again think “neck.” She ends up marrying Boaz and is in the lineage of King David and our Messiah, Yeshua/ Jesus the Anointed One.

Her sister-n-law Orpah stayed in Moab—dry—dusty—stiff-necked Moab. Two women—two choices. Two nations—two births of a calf. Will one stand under grace with the help of a blood transfusion from Yeshua? Orpah stayed in bondage, but Ruth left everything for a greater ending.

The name Orpah means “NECK.” Awe, this neck thing is deep!

My mother said that when she was pregnant with me the Father told her to call me Ruth. I lived in Moab a very long time. Even when I thought I had come out of Moab, I had not surrendered my stiff-neck like a humble Ruth would. It took much dying of flesh and a long walk from Moab to reach the House of Bread. Just as Ruth had to take a journey to Bethlehem and bow very low before Boaz, who represents our Father, I too, had to give up all of that past life filled with sickness, unsubmissiveness, defiance, stubbornness and yes, a very stiff-neck.

A prophet named Obadiah had a message for the people of Edom and the restoration of Israel. Edom means red like Esau. He too had a stiff neck and lost his birthright—sold it for a bowl of soup. I leave you with this word from Obadiah’s.

“For the day of the Lord draws near on all the nations. As you have done, it will be done to you. Your dealings will return on your own head. “Because just as you drank on My holy mountain, All the nations will drink continually. They will drink and [k]swallow And become as if they had never existed.  But on Mount Zion there will be those who escape, And it will be holy. And the house of Jacob will possess their possessions.  “Then the house of Jacob will be a fire And the house of Joseph a flame; But the house of Esau will be as stubble.” Obadiah 1:15-18 NASB.

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  4. The only exceptions are the sloth and the manatee.
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    1. Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But with the humble is wisdom. (NASB)[1] Matthew 11:25-30
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Leah the Wild Cow


Leah the Wild Cow

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A friend of mine sent me an interesting podcast the other day about Rachel, the wife of Jacob. She was the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. She said, “I keep seeing Rachel everywhere!” When she said it, I thought that’s funny because “I keep seeing Leah.”
Oh, Leah, you break my heart . . .  What can women learn from you and your eyes that cried a million tears?
Our backdrop starts in Genesis where we learn that Jacob, the patriarch later named Israel has just fled from his brother Esau who is looking to kill him. Why is he on the run? Jacob, with the help of his mother, takes the savory game she has cooked and pretends to be the first born (Esau) in order to get the blessing. He’d already stolen his birthright. He deceives both his brother and his father Isaac. Let’s look at that real quick.
” Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn; I have done just as you told me; please arise, sit and eat of my game, that your soul may bless me.”
After Isaac blesses Jacob with beautiful words –mighty and true, Esau arrives with his game he has cooked and he tells his father he is there and to please bless him, but Isaac says, “What?” Who did I just bless? Your brother has deceived you.
“When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me—me also, O my father!” BLESS ME!
Have you ever had your blessing taken away? Right before your eyes–? By someone close to you? Yes, it’s a horrible feeling, but this story is about Leah. . . Rachel.
Leah was not the wife Jacob wanted— Rachel was the sexy dark-eyed beauty Jacob had his heart set on, but Laban tricks Jacob and gives him Leah- his first born, on his wedding night. Do you see the swap? Jacob the trickster has just been tricked. Jacob who dressed up as Esau has now met the oldest daughter dressed up as the youngest.
Imagine being so in love with a woman you agree to work seven years for her hand in marriage. Seven is the number of completion, but for Jacob, his dowry is now doubled to fourteen. There’s a message there but I’m going a different route. Imagine being Jacob for a moment. Young—handsome—on the run from your brother with his stolen birthright and blessing. Got an image? He runs and kisses Rachel at first sight. Her father agrees to the terms. And then comes the great wedding day. Ah, who is under the veil? Who is hidden from sight and unrecognizable? Again, there is a message there, but I am taking a left turn for a bit. Can you ponder what it was like when Jacob’s fingertips ran down her smooth back and kissed the nape of her neck? He became passionately one with his new bride whispering sweet tender words into her ear, but then woke up as deceived as his brother had been when he said Father don’t you have a blessing for me? BLESS ME—ME ALSO MY FATHER!
In the morning light Jacob arose only to find not Rachel the pretty little ewe lamb but Leah her tender eyed sister. Wild cow. Yes, that’s what Leah’s name means, that and weary, grief, and offense. Sorrow. One old legend explains that Rachel understood that her father had given Jacob her sister first and that she humbly helped her prepare her dress and become his bride knowing that she would be second. That is heartbreaking too.
However, Rashi tells us that there is an old rabbinic tale that explains Leah’s eyes and how they became weak or tender.
“According to this story, Leah was destined to marry Jacob’s older twin brother, Esau. In the Rabbinic mind, the two brothers are polar opposites; Jacob being a God-fearing scholar and Esau being a hunter who also indulges in murder, idolatry, and adultery. But people were saying, “Laban has two daughters and his sister, Rebekah, has two sons. The older daughter (Leah) will marry the older son (Esau), and the younger daughter (Rachel) will marry the younger son (Jacob).”[5] Hearing this, Leah spent most of her time weeping and praying to God to change her destined mate. Thus the Torah describes her eyes as “soft” from weeping. God hearkens to Leah’s tears and prayers and allows her to marry Jacob even before Rachel does.”
There is no greater sadness on the earth than a woman unloved by her lover.  Leah knew he would never love her like he did her sister. He wants her beautiful sister whose name means ewe—a lamb.
Instead of the “Bless me mantra” Leah’s words sound more like this—“Love me” Please love me. I know you have some love left inside your soul to wring out for me. A crumb my lad? Please do not let my fruitful womb go unnoticed! “
Can you hear the weak-eyed Leah crying?
When you go unnoticed for something you are good at it’s a miserable feeling. In the midst of Leah’s sadness, weakness and weariness grows a strong woman whose name is that of a wild ox-strong and mighty.  One day he’ll see what a beautiful woman his wife Leah is and he will ask to be buried with her. Rachel will die in childbirth to Benjamin on the way and she will be buried between Bethel and Ephrat. Rachel weeps for her children, not just the Joseph tribes (Ephrain and Manasseh) but Benjamin and the entire House of Israel and Judah who were taken to Babylon. Can you hear her voice coming from the cave? Crying out for her children to become one? I can. The Father tells her to restrain from weeping that her voice will be heard. WOMEN ARISE!
But I am getting ahead of myself.

“Now the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, and He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. Leah conceived and bore a son and named him [Reuben, for she said, “Because the LORD has seen my affliction; surely now my husband will love me.”  Then she conceived again and bore a son and said, “Because the LORD has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this son also.” So she named him Simeon. She conceived again and bore a son and said, “Now this time my husband will become attached to me because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore he was named Levi. 35 And she conceived again and bore a son and said, “This time I will praise the LORD.”
Therefore she named him Judah. Then she stopped bearing. “Genesis 29:31-35.
Ah, Judah—The scepter will not depart from you! Jesus Yeshua the lion from the tribe of Judah will be praised. Leah finally reaches the point where she says forget about Jacob, my Father Adonai Elohim loves me! To every broken woman reading this know that He hears you and He loves you more than you can think or imagine. One day Leah and Rachel will be one bride. Unity is what we pray for.
I got pregnant at the age of 17 with my firstborn. We named him William. The name William means a determined protector—a strong helmet and he did become that for me and his brothers.  An old soul. After two years, many rough roads and multiple eviction notices I became pregnant with my second son and I just knew that with two sons and more responsibility, things would be different. Surely he would love me now and provide for his sons— — stop gambling—become grounded. My mother named this second son after both his grandpa’s “Robert,” but not much changed. The name Robert means bright- shining—famed one, and he is bright and filled with light. After seven years of crying and praying I gave up and went out to sow my wild oats, but we ended up back together due to his salvation journey and a new start.  He looked like Jesus and he wanted to go to church—read the bible and pray, but by this time I looked like death and the thing I had cried out for seemed like a curse.  I no longer loved him. My heavenly Father named my third son Samuel (Yahweh hears). Yahweh does hear, however, we don’t always remain faithful or obedient. I prayed for my husband to change but by the time he did I had too.  I went to church with him and tried to renew my vows, both of them. Soon he slipped back into his old habits and I wasn’t perfect either–everything looked like it did before. I stayed seven more years. Divorce breaks childrens hearts. Men and women take it from me, a woman who has made mistakes- raise them up in the ways of the Lord Adonai and His instructions.
After Samuels birth, I asked the doctors to tie—burn—cut and destroy my tubes because I did not want to bring any more life into the earth that would not be cared for. I knew this was not what the Father wanted but I disobeyed. The doctors tried to convince me not to do this because I was so young (23). The day after Samuel was born they took me back for surgery and after it was over the doctors told me they never had a case like mine that was so hard to do. They said you’ll be bruised. We had to really work to get them tied. My entire stomach turned black and blue. How many beautiful sons would He have given me? A troop possibly. My grandmother had 12. If I could go back and talk to my younger self oh the things I would say.
I’d surely try and be more like Leah, Rachel, and more like Ruth the woman I am named after.
Yah does hear and He opens Rachel womb and gives her Joseph. He is doubly FRUITFUL! Doubly BLESSED!
After the birth of Joseph, something happens to Leah that has always bothered me. I honestly can relate to this part of the story in a weary way. I know it has a greater meaning about the order of spiritual things but it still grieves me.
The moment has finally happened—Jacob, the one who was called a deceiver—the one who wrongfully seizes and usurps his way to blessings–Yes, this Jacob has wrestled with an angel of God and received a hip out of socket, a new name (Israel) and is prepared to meet his brother Esau. The one who wished to hunt him down and take his life is headed in his direction. Jacob has fear. Now, something happens that moves me to tears.
Jacob lines up his jewels—his wealth—his possessions—the things he cherishes and he has them in an order of what he deems they are worth. He places the ones he loves the most in the back for protection. Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and the two female servants.  He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear.  He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.”
As Leah walked with her young sons around her she still knew that her younger sister was treasured above her and the young child Joseph was safely tucked in the back with his mother–the little lamb. I have been there. Perhaps you are a woman whose husband has always placed something ahead of you and I’m not talking about Yahweh. Perhaps it’s his job—the children—money—sports—his ex—his desires. What would a woman like Leah do?
She gave up asking for his full love on the 4th try and said I’ll Praise my Lord Adonai. Her sons were blessings from Abba, my sons are too, and one day they will be mighty on the earth and the Torah of Adonai will be upon their lips and in their hearts. Yes, I am calling things that are not as though they are.

The other day this same friend who was talking about Rachel interpreted a dream for me about a little doe I saw coming through a gate and another about a male deer. She reminded me that the scriptures describe the tribe Naphtali as a deer on their banner. Ah, the handmaidens have given birth too! and their sons are also part of the 12-13. Could I be from the tribe of Naphtali? Oh, what a wondrous thought. Rachel had a handmaiden named Bilhah. According to Abarim publication, her name means timid, foolish.
The adjective בלה (baleh), meaning worn out (Ezekiel 23:43, Joshua 9:4).
The masculine noun בלוא (belo), meaning worn out things, rags. This word occurs three times in the Bible; all three times in Jeremiah 38:11-12.
The feminine noun תבלית (tablit), meaning destruction (Isaiah 10:25 only).” I have been all of those things and more! Jacob’s oldest son sleeps with Bilhah and loses his birthright and the blessing. Bilhah has a colorful background and her words describe someone I used to be. I am so thankful that my Father, My Abba Daddy, way back in that book some of you call old said, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18.
This woman named Bilhah gives birth to Dan the judge and also Naphtali.
“Naphtali is a doe let loose, He gives beautiful words.” Genesis 49:21.
Words are my favorite thing. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Each letter was carefully crafted by the FINGER of YAH.
Naphtali also means to wrestle. Jacob wrestled all night with an angel and would not let go until he was blessed. Ah, this reminds me of both women and myself. What are you wrestling with?
My husband came into the room the other night and said he wanted to pray for me. I had been studying for hours about the red heifer and its significance to our Yeshua and this Lamb that was also perfectly slain for you and I. How wonderful that these women, the ewe and heifer gave birth to the twelve.  How magnificent our Bibles are if we would just eat them—savory bites of goodness. My Husband opened his mouth and said, “Father bless my wife and may her words fall like dew. May she hear in her ear all you want to show her about this tabernacle and Yeshua. May her pen be mighty. May she write every beautiful word that you have placed into her heart onto the pages for your glory and may you bless her books and her desire to know all about you.”
Tears.
My wrestling has ended with a blessing.
Can you hear Esau’s words—bless me too father. And he will. Love me too Leah cries and is answered. Rachel weeps for her children and he hears. “Retrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears for your work will be REWARDED.” Jeremiah 31:16.
So to all you weary Leah’s out there wrestling with your younger sister, remember you are a wild ox- strong like the red heifer. To all you Rachel’s out there you are a tender ewe, beautiful and powerful too. And to Bilhah, the one whose name means timid—worn out—rags—useless—you will give birth and your sons too will be mighty. Their words are beautiful. And how can we not mention ZILPAH!  Jacob slept with Leah’s handmaid and had Gad and Asher. According to Abarim publication, “ The name Zilpah comes from the verb זלף (zalaph). Its meaning is to drip, drop, sprinkle, pour.” POUR!
He said that in the last days He would pour out His Spirit- His Holy Ruach HaKodesh on His HANDMAIDENS and He is and I see it and they will start out as a drip—a drop—a sprinkle and then POUR! My Father My Abba Daddy has not forgotten His girls.
We praise you Yahweh for making us ONE. For bringing us together in unity—sweet unity.

 

http://www.abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Zilpah.html#.WIl25YWcFlE

 

 

 

  1. Jump up ^ “What’s in A Name,” Vayetzei (Genesis 28:10-32:3) at aish.com

 

 

Part #2 To Sin or Not to Sin


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Part 2

In Part #1, we met Jim and Ted, two made-up characters in a battle over whether a tattoo is a sin or not.

The word tattoo can be substituted for many topics: food, alcohol, and sex to name a few. We can find verses to support us and ones that convict us. But how do we know what sin is? Luckily the Bible defines it for us. “Everyone who sins breaks the law (Torah); in fact, sin is lawlessness.” 1 John 3:4. Even the Apostle Paul after informing us that it is through faith and grace that we are saved, says this, “Do we then make the law of none effect through faith? God forbid: nay, we establish the law.” Romans 3:31.

It’s broken down and made even more plain in 1 John 5:17, “All unrighteousness is sin.” But what is unrighteousness? According to the Bible, it’s Torahlessness or a society of law breakers. But isn’t His Torah old and outdated? Aren’t there some issues that we need to ponder like stoning our children to death? Yes, of course, but even that verse is taken out of context. Let’s look closely at that.

“If a man has a stubborn, rebellious son who will not obey what his father or mother says, and even after they discipline him he still refuses to pay attention to them;  then his father and mother are to take hold of him and bring him out to the leaders of his town, at the gate of that place,  and say to the leaders of his town, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he doesn’t pay attention to us, lives wildly, gets drunk.’ Then all the men of his town are to stone him to death; in this way you will put an end to such wickedness among you, and all Isra’el will hear about it and be afraid.” Deuteronomy 21:20-22. CJB.

First of all, this is no child but a man or at least Bar Mitzvah age. He is one who is a drunkard and rebellious. This means he would have to be stealing the booze from his parents and gorging on the food to the point the family was in need. And second, this matter had to be brought before the courts and be judged. His behavior would have to be witnessed by two or three witnesses. Also, there is no case in Jewish history or the Talmud of one child being stoned to death. Wish I could say that concerning Islam. I am sure that drunkenness in our society seems tame and not a reason for stoning someone, but the text reveals more going on here. Also, this son who was more than likely grown could have left and gone to a city that was not governed by the Torah. He could have gone and lived with a people like the people Lot lived with and no stoning would have happened. He could have left his tribe.  So back to 2016 and our own laws of the land. What about the people mentioned in Matthew seven?

“Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’ “And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness.” 7:22-23.

So how can we be certain our tattoo, glass of wine, sexual desire, or such as the verse from the Torah that commanded not to get a tattoo is a sin or not a sin? The verses above and below the scripture on tattoos warn not to drink blood or use divination, so it seems this is dealing with the pagan rituals of that time period. But I want to get back to one of my main points. What is a sin? How do we determine it?

While thinking about all the verses in the Bible on alcohol and how many warn against it, I am also reminded of how many encouraged it, even a commandment to give it to people who were sorrowful and in poverty. “Give strong drink to him who is perishing, And wine to him whose life is bitter. Let him drink and forget his poverty And remember his trouble no more.” Proverbs 31: 6-7. They called Jesus/ Yeshua a winebibber and he even turns water into wine, but many will say this is talking about the Holy Spirit and that wine back then was only 2% alcohol, but if that were the case would we see Paul telling Timothy to have some for his stomach that made him sick and the next verse shows it was just as potent.

“Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it goes down smoothly;

At the last it bites like a serpent And stings like a viper.” Proverbs 23:31-32.

So again, with the same analogy used in the tattoo portion, how do we know what is a sin and what isn’t? The Southern Baptist will tell you not to drink and so will the Nazarenes, but what about a Christian born and raised in Italy? What if an Italian believer who is used to having a glass of wine with dinner and often lunch as well, runs into a strict non –drinker at the Frito-Lay plant and they each bring their verses to the table to prove why they are not sinning or why the other is?

So as I was pondering how we judge people and worry about what they are doing wrong more often than what we are doing wrong, I stumbled upon this article by Marjorie O’Rourke Boyle called Broken Hearts: the Violation of Biblical Law.

Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Vol. 73, No. 3 (Sep., 2005), pp. 731-757

“Broken hearts are a compelling case of the general misinterpretation of the most important anthropological concept in the Hebrew Scriptures, the heart. Scholarship anachronistically assumes that biblical brokenhearted conforms to the dictionary definition of grief. Based on the history of medicine, this research proposes that biblical broken hearts are neither physiological nor psychological but lawless. Broken hearts are embodied in the Hebrew Scriptures as crippled legs that have walked deviant paths, stumbled, and fallen against the law. The deliberate omission of brokenhearted from the New Testament is explained by medical knowledge. The traditional but erroneous insertion of brokenhearted in gospel manuscripts and editions is then reported. The mistranslation “contrite” is exposed as gravely consequential in the Reformation theological controversy about grace and will. The source for the definition of brokenhearted as grieved in English philology is identified as secular, not biblical, literature.”

When we are truly lawless we break Yahweh’s heart. . .  We limp around with our hip out of socket. “How broken I have been over their whoring hearts that left me, and over their eyes that went whoring after their idols!” Ezekiel 6:9 CJB. But what if we do it without knowing? Or worse, what if we have been told things that aren’t the truth. What can we do? We can start by not condemning our friend at the factory. We need not point out what we believe to be sin in their lives unless they ask for our opinion or we are in a position of teaching in an assembly. We also must realize that all different denominations have different doctrines because they all don’t go by one set of rules. If they all went by Torah then we would still have problems. Unless you understand what it is saying with clear instructions, you can end up believing it’s wrong to wear earrings, although all the women did, including the great Patriarchs spouses. Yeshua-Jesus had to remind the spiritual leaders of his day that they made the law of no effect and he was very angry that they did. Let’s look at that.

The Pharisees and the scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with impure hands?”

And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.

BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’

“Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.” Mark 7:5-8 NASB. They added to the law and made it weak and of no effect and also added bondage like washing one’s hands 7 times and reciting 7 blessings over the washing. People began to hate the law (Torah) for the same reason we do. Mark seven has a confrontation between a Pharisee and Yeshua-Jesus and they ask him, “Why doesn’t your disciples eat with clean washed hands after the “tradition” of the elders?” Oh, the Holy Traditions! (Sarcasm) Traditions that say things like, “you can’t use a plant God created for health purposes. You can’t wear pants if you are a woman or make-up because Jezebel wore make-up. If you get a tattoo you can’t be buried in a Jewish cemetery (What would Holocaust victims say about that?). Each tradition is driven by more fear from the pulpits until guilt and condemnation creeps in and you are trying to earn salvation by a list of dreaded task. It’s Egypt.

I am leaving you with this verse from James. “Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?” James 4:11-12 NASB.

What are your thoughts on the matter?

 

 

Photo by Rob Gilkey

A Crown of Thorns and the Altar of Atad…What are you Burying?


 

Have You Ever Had to Bury Someone or Something?

“And Joseph went up to bury his father and with him went up ALL the servants of pharaoh, the ELDERS of his house, and ALL the elders of the land of Egypt. And they came to the THRESHING FLOOR OF ATAD, WHICH IS BEYOND JORDAN, AND THERE THEY MOURNED WITH A GREAT AND VERY SORE LAMENTATON and he made mourning for his father 7 days.” Genesis 50:7, 10 KJV.

Atad means buckthorn in Hebrew or thorn. This type of thorn was very large and would have been planted around the threshing floor to help protect the grain from being stolen. I want you to remember the name Atad and the thorn, because it will have much meaning later on.

I have buried a lot of things in my lifetime. I have buried loved ones who have died and still it has hurt at times worse to bury friendships of the living. There are times when people just are not with us anymore. They are not part of our story any longer. Other times in life, old friends or even relatives cross our paths again.

Joseph is burying his father.

Jacob was a man whom the Bible describes as a plain man. His brother Esau, the mighty cunning hunter was the son favored by Isaac, and yet Jacob had zeal for the blessings of the Lord Adonai.

This is the Jacob that wrestled with an angel and walked with a limp afterwards. This is the man who saw a ladder going up to heaven and angels descending and ascending. A man who worked 14 years to pay the dowry price for the woman he loved.  A man who had to cross paths with his brother later on in the story and hugged the neck of the one he had betrayed.

Joseph is burying his father Jacob, renamed Israel. Who are you burying? Who is in your life right now that is like Orpah, who told Naomi, “I’m going back to Moab, let Ruth go with you? Who is in your life right now who is controlling or toxic or just isn’t part of what The Father has planned for your future?

Joseph is burying his father Jacob. It is bittersweet. When Jacob stood before Pharaoh, he spoke these words.

“The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: FEW AND EVIL have the days of the years of my life been.” Genesis 47:9 KJV.

Jacob, the man whose name became the name of a nation, “Israel” is now DEAD.

All the few evil years he had lived, all the battles, even all his trickery, has led to this moment; this moment of death, where Joseph, the son he grieved as but dead, carries him to his resting place with a great mourning!

HaShem our Father sees the end of a matter. He knows Jacob’s son will save a people and contain them in a nation, where they can grow and wax greater and greater. God’s people spared from famine and brought to a land where they can multiply and then in Yahweh’s timing go forth. You will never know the battle, or the prayers, your parents, grandparents and mentors have prayed on your behalf–few and evil had his days been.

To Joseph, at first the land of Egypt looked like a curse. God might take you somewhere that looks like a curse, but is a blessing in disguise.

“Nevertheless, the LORD your God was not willing to listen to Balaam, but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you because the LORD your God loves you.” Deuteronomy 23:5.

He knows the end of a matter.

Joseph is parting with the man he loved so much. The father who made him a coat of many colors and it is bitter sweet, this parting. He arrives at Atad and again, that word means thorn.

When the Canaanites who lived there saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “The Egyptians are holding a solemn ceremony of mourning.” That is why that place near the Jordan is called Abelmizraim… Genesis 50:11 NIV.

So what is the spiritual meaning of Atad or Abelmizraim?

  1. D. P.—In Rabbinical Literature:

The rabbis say that both names, signifying respectively “The Mourning of Egypt” and “The Thorn Threshing-floor,” are derived from the mourning over Jacob. According to the rabbinical account the sons of Jacob had scarcely crossed the frontier at Abel-mizraim with the body of their father, when their cousins, the sons of Ishmael, Esau, and Keturah, appeared in large numbers against them, believing that the Egyptians, of whom there were many in the procession, intended to INVADE Palestine. But when they perceived Jacob’s pedestal, and Joseph’s CROWN carried behind it in state, the thirty-six princes among them sent their CROWNS also, to be carried in the funeral procession. Hence the name “Thorn Threshing-floor”; for Abel-mizraim was so encircled by a row of crowns as to remind one of a threshing-floor, which is usually surrounded by a hedge of thorns … Yes, One day we will all come together!

Threshing floors in the Bible are significant. A threshing floor is where Abraham had offered up Isaac, Jacob’s father. Solomon would build the Temple on that very same sight. It is believed Jesus/ Yeshua would die on a cross there. The threshing floor was a place of sacrifice. Sacrificing one’s personal interests or well-being for the sake of others is a rarity in this day and hour.
Jacob died. Joseph buries him–not at Atad, but in the cave were Leah, was buried. But the threshing floor is where he stopped to weep and bury him in his heart. Notice how his own family members rise up to come against him. They think the worst of him, as an invader of their land, to take over what they have staked. Their eyes were opened to their brothers and they end up laying down their crowns. Can the body of Jesus-Yeshua lay down their crowns? Can they stop coming against their brothers and sisters and realize they are family? Can they trade their thorns for peace? Can they take their positions, their titles, their thorny crowns off their heads and die at the threshing floor? Yeshua traded his crown of thorns for a Royal Crown and sat down at the right hand of the Father.

Ask yourself this question, “Who or what do you need to bury? What are you willing to sacrifice and die to for the sake of the call?

One day we will all lay our crowns at Jesus/ Yeshua’s feet, oh what a day that will be.

Father heal the hearts of those who are burying the dead, both dead and alive. Heal the hearts of your people so that they can see that it’s their brothers and sisters and not some invader. Let men and women see the beauty of the gifts in others and not feel threatened by their appearance at the threshing floor. Lord humble us to get down on our face at the threshing floor and die to self like your Son did. Let us not try to please others, but let us hear your voice, so we like Joseph can bury what we need to bury and move on for your kingdom and your glory.

http://stpaulsefree.org/sites/default/files/sermon-notes/Sermon_Notes_33.pdf http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/222-abel-mizraim