Saturday Sabbath is for Weird People

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In Genesis 2:1 we learn that when God created a week, He placed a gift at the end of the week.  On the seventh day, God rested, and He sanctified and blessed that day for us.  He made a day where the very nature of the day is to help us rest.

That is why it is important to practice not just a day of rest, but to line up our day of rest with “the day of rest.”

Can We Trust This?  What about The New Covenant?

Now that we understand why we rest on a specific day, here is proof that He loves us:  in Exodus 20:8 He commands us to practice the day of rest.  Why is this love?  It took from Genesis 2 until Exodus 8 for it to go from an optional gift to grasp to a necessary gift to grasp.  We never have to ask, “Does God actually want me to take part in this blessing?” because there is no question: His intentions are clear when He makes a day for rest and then commands us to utilize it.

God does not build a hot tub to be looked at, but to be utilized.  If you miss the hot tub and end up in the snow next to it, that is your own fault.

But Sunday Is So Popular

Constantine’s Edict of Milan and the events following the Battle of the Milvian Bridge (4th century) caused some serious misconceptions about Christianity to grasp the world we live in today.  Sunday is just the start of it, no pun intended (It is a pun because Sunday is the first day of the week.  The start of the week. . . Oh man.  I crack myself up).

Prior to The Battle of the Milvian Bridge, it is written in history that Constantine had a dream, as told by Eusubius his bishop friend and mentor, where Constantine was told to use the symbols from the Greek alphabet Chi and Rho in order to win in battle.  He placed these symbols, transposed, on the shields of his warriors who won at the bridge of Milvian against Maxentius.  This battle made him much more powerful than he was previous to the battle.

The nature of the world that we live in is this:  The Lord sows seed, and then Satan tries to steal, kill, and or destroy the seed.  If you have had a God moment, you can bet your assets that Satan will be there shortly if you are not on your guard and in Yeshua.  God made Constantine a promise, and right before He was about to make good on that promise, Satan comes in and tries to tamper with the credit: A second vision occurred, not while Constantine was sleeping, but in broad daylight where he and his entire army (Chi Rho on their shields as per God’s advice), on the way to the battle saw a lighted cross in the sky with an inscription under it: “by this symbol conquer”.

WHOA WHOA WHOA.  Hold the bacon.  Constantine was instructed to use a symbol to win in battle.  Now, while on the way to a battle he sees another vision telling him to use a new sign.  In the confusion, Constantine pressed on and won.  I believe the first sign is from God, and the second sign was from Satan.  Here is why: The scriptures tell us to use the name of Our Savior when we are in trouble.   The scriptures tell us to make no graven images.  God would have instructed a man to use the first two letters of the name “Savior.”  Satan would have instructed a man to be disobedient.

Prior to Constantine’s battle, which he won as his first vision promised, he was a Mithraith (sun worhsipper).  Sun worshipers had a holy day: the first day of the week.  Post-victory it seemed Constantine was taking Christianity seriously.  He converted, and declared that everyone that worked in his army and within his governing body must become christian as well.

Now we have a bunch of obdurate pagans running around forced to say that they are christian.  That maelstrom must not have been much fun for the true christians, and I bet the pagans weren’t happy about it either. On the bright side, all the money and property that Constantine’s dad, the previous Roman emperor, confiscated years earlier was given back to the true christians.  Plus it was made legally known that all Christians may practice their religion as they saw fit (Edict of Milan, 313 AD).  It was about 8 years after this Edict of Milan that a law was passed stating that the national and lawful day of rest is Sunday.

With the help of the Catholics, this law was enforced, not only by the government, but by the church.  Now we have sun worshippers whose day is the first day forced to be shoulder to shoulder with God worshippers who were encouraged to break covenant from Saturday and worship with the Pagans.  I do not have any idea how this lasted, but Satan made it work somehow.  He won that battle.

At that point and now, we have exactly what God had basically ordered the disobedient to do: practicing the commands of men as if they are scriptural doctrine.

They worship me in vain, teaching as doctrine the commandments of men is what the scripture goes like in Matthew 15:9.

 

Destroy or Build?

In the story you are about to read, Jesus (Yeshua) was very plain about what was about to begin happening within the ranks of the high priests.  Could this have been the straw that broke the camels back for Nicodemus?

Before healing the sick man’s hand on Sabbath, Jesus said, “Is it lawful to restore life on Sabbath or to destroy it?” Jesus then restored life by healing the man’s hand.  The Pharisees then destroyed life by laboring in this way: {But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.}

Jesus: Resting in God’s work.  Jesus was building the kingdom, one obedient action at a time.

Pharisees: Toiling with Satan

Who kept the Sabbath that day?

Nicodemus was mighty and courageous for risking his life for what he knew was right.  He must have seen that the Sabbath was kept by Yeshua, and broken by his own people, even when Yeshua warned them not to.  It must have been as plain as the nose on His face.

Loving God Means to Keep and Walk In Him

How to love God:

Those who have given their lives, and have yet to connect to and discover their roots, are carried by those who are firmly rooted in truth’s roots, just as described in Jeremiah 10: 1-5 (not written).

The roots come from the word.

  • {And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love.} 2 John 1:6.
  • {He that has My commands and keeps them, the same it is the loves Me.} John 14:21

   His yoke is light and His burden is easy.  The Jewish religion’s burden is heavy and oppressing.  The disciples refer to “the law” as a burden when describing a burdensome law we are no longer under because of Christ: including the extra aspects of The Jewish Laws.

Jesus’ commands and Jewish law are similar; However, they are not the same.  To walk as a Jew is to walk in damnation.  To walk as a follower of Yeshua Hamashiak is everlasting life.

   You know that The Jewish religion’s practices are set by people who know The Bible like crazy, but deny Christ.  The Jewish religion, in this way, has steered the nations to iniquity by making the law difficult enough to follow to cause folks to not consider Torah.  That is not The Way.  Study The Torah (Genesis-Deuteronomy) because it is also the gospel.

Shoeless Leadership

In China it is a sign of respect to take one’s shoes off upon entering a household. All around the world, I am sure there are folks who must produce charismatic phlegm in order to endure a friend tromping through their home with shoes on.

Why though? Why is this the case?

Here are two instances in The Bible where God commands a man to take off their sandals in His presence.

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Exodus 3:5: Moses

<Then He said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”>

Joshua 5:15: Joshua

<And The Captain of the LORD’S host said unto Joshua, “Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy.” And Joshua did so.>

I am absolutely positive that the reason God requires such intense respect is not simply for formality. It is not because Our God turns up His nose snobbishly saying “I, sir, am so much better than you, that you must bow down and worship Me.”

No, no, no, that is not God.  You see, man seeks to be worshiped for his own benefit. Usually. Why? Because Satan has twisted the reasons for worship from selfless to selfish.  

We all know the human body is covered in absorbent material called the skin. I want you to take a guess at what the most absorbent part of the skin is. That is right, it is the sole of one’s foot.

Maybe, this is why God so lovingly commands a man standing before Him – on holy ground – to please, for your sake, soak it in. The rest of your skin has glands that produce sebum. Sebum is an oil that protects the skin from absorbing things too quickly. Not only are there no sebaceous glands on your feet’s souls, but there are no hair follicles either. Within 20 minutes of a material being placed on your foot’s bottom, traces of that material (if absorbent) can be found throughout the entire body. The bloodstream soaks it up almost immediately. In the case of our forefathers in faith, it is holy ground that is being soaked into the bloodstream and dispersing throughout all the organs, including the brain and the heart.

 

 

 


I doubt this guy is Christian; However, it is unclean birds that brought Elijah meat. Simon begins lying when he talks about evolution but the idea expressed in his video is still mostly right.  God is using Simon to teach people to fall better into the track of what leadership is truly about.  Why are things like respect and bare feet important information to good leaders?  If to you it seems unrelated, pray about it and God may very well take you on a journey that will turn you into a better employee, boss, or friend than you already are.

 

 

Bitter Sweet

Revelation 10:10

{And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.}

Why do you think this is important enough to make it into The Bible?  I have found that it reflects the nature of the way that The Word in truth is taken in by human kind.

  • Many of us love the sweet way The Word rolls off of our tongue and the way it sounds.
  • A great lot of us begin to live the way it tells us to only to find that the world becomes very bitter with us for doing so.  Our bodies soon begin to suffer while our spirits grow in Him.

The Parable of The Sower describes this pretty well.  This description is of a truth that is laid up in the heart of a person who already has other foundational characteristics of the Word within them.  When the seedling grows, (the works of the person’s faith being displayed) the person finds that the world treats them in a draconian way for their  faith (the bitter part of the sweet scroll or the thorns that ignorant or prideful people unknowingly display).  Because of the draconian way faith is treated sometimes (persecution), the unworthy of Him stop acting on the truth they know in their heart is right (evil, effectively choking the works part of faith out, literally slaying faith to a state of being dead.  Satan wins when faith dies.)

Many sinners are polite, church going, career focused people who are good in many ways.  There is nothing wrong with being successful and caring for yourself.  There is a wrong way to care for yourself though.

“Many will say to me in that day Lord, Lord did we not do many things in your name?  He will say to them depart from me you who practice lawlessness, I never knew you.”

What the scriptures of The Bible propose is that there is something fundamentally wrong with displaying a lack of faith in focusing on yourself (your need for food and clothing).  When you focus on your needs, you are showing that you lack the faith to act according to the scripture that promises you what you need as a result of seeking Him.  The Holy Scriptures that are given to us divinely, of God, through His servants give us a better way:  focus on His kingdom, and He will ensure that you are being cared for as is necessary for your relationship with Him.

Ultimately, it is your relationship with Him that is being tested when you are persecuted.  It is your actions (works) that will indicate where you will end up sometime after you shed your current vehicle.  He wants you to be alive long enough to learn what you need to learn in order to pass from the evil world to the good kingdom.  Do you not think, loved one, that He will provide everything you need for all the decades of this life to such a degree that you will pass on with an abundance of faith, ensuring you are able to stand before a Holy God?  He cannot do it all for you.  He plants, you grow.  If you refuse to grow you will be THROWN INTO THE FIRE, with lawlessness stamped on you, forever damning you from the kingdom.  If you do not hate trespasses, you are not covered.  Please, trust Him.

What is important is that we remember that The Lord has commanded us to seek  first the kingdom of God with the promise that all these shall be added unto us.  It is an almost unnoticeable change when a person becomes a decent, church going, Yeshua focused person.  Their vocabulary, actions and many other things remain the same.  Now though, their hearts intention is no longer to attend a church to surround themselves with a decent crowd, but to whole heartedly serve Yeshua, The Lord.

It is time to reconsider the genuinity of your conversion.  Yashua’s opinion of your worth to Him is dependant on your reaction to Him.  Are you displaying Him, or some false egregore?

Having an Edge

                Hi reader, I hope that today is filled with love and light.  I have faith that God is blessing and calling you.  That today, He will show you favor and draw you to Him.  This post is a bit tangential however, such is the way of the connection of the spiritual world to the physical world.

The tongue is the tool that we use to describe to others what is going on within us.  Our tongues are the edge of us, the mind is within us, and the heart is deeper.  The heart is the base or root.  No man can know the heart as The Lord tells us that only He can know the heart.  This goes for our own hearts too!  Next is the mind.  The mind is a different story: man can know the mind.  I would say that only a very close friend can search out another man’s mind, but a man can know his own mind pretty well with some practice.  Following the mind is the tongue.

If our bodies are a ship the tongue is the rudder and the sails, the mind is the crew, and the heart is the reason for the journey.

The edge of the land is the shore or the beach.  In Genesis 41:17, we learn that Pharaoh was in a dream standing on the banks of the Nile.  In Exodus 2:3, Moses’ mother acted in faith by putting the child in a basket and placed the basket among the reeds by the river bank.  In Exodus 14:30, we learn that after the Israelites had been saved from the Egyptians, the Israelites saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.

In Exodus 6:30 Moses is presenting his limited audaciousness by making excuses for why he cannot complete the task set before him: {But Moses said to The Lord, “Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips.  How will Pharaoh listen to me.?”}  By now you must have recognized that there are some words underlined.  The words that are underlined are all things that represent the edge of something.  In the case of river banks and seashores we are talking about physical edges.  In the case of the word lips, we are talking about the edge of a man’s soul and personality:  Who a man is, who they have been, and who they will become is all told on the edge of their person with their speech.  In Hebrew the word for lips, speech or language, and edge are all the same word: Sephah.  Each of the underlined words above are written in Hebrew as Sephah.

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The first time we hear about language in The Bible is at the Tower of Babel: Genesis 11:1 {Now the whole earth was of one sephah and the same words.}  In this scripture the word sephah means language.  At the beginning of the story the whole world spoke one sephah.  By the end of the story there were many sepheth.

We hear more about these different languages in Acts.  Acts is written in Greek, though, and the word for language or tongue in Greek is glossa, which does not share the same interesting and sapid word play as sepha, shucks.  Glossa means 1.) An organ of the body as of taste or speech 2.) Metaphorically speech or language 3.) Figuratively for anything resembling a tongue in shape or derivatively a person speaking a tongue other than one’s native tongue.  In Acts 19:6 {When Paul laid His hands on them, The Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in glossa (a tongue not native to them).}  At Pentecost The Holy Spirit caused many to have greater faith because {both Jews and Proselytes, Cretans and Arabians – we hear them telling in our own glossa (language) the mighty works of God.} Acts 2:11.

In every example of a person speaking in tongues, the person with The Holy Spirit on them is sharing truthful and coherent knowledge of God with a person who is a native to the language.  The interpreter (1 Cor 14:27) is the person being spoken to (when a person speaks in English to me I interpret that language to myself).

There are examples of this in the world today:  There are preachers who suddenly no longer needed a native translator as their speech became that of the listener’s.  Like with Jeff John’s of Whitehorse Christian Center.   The examples God has given us in reference to people speaking in tongues are here: Acts 19:6 ; Acts 10:46 ; Acts 2:11 ; Acts 2:4 ; Acts 2:3.  What does this tell us about the edges of Our Savior?

We have learned that Hebrew’s word Sephah means edge, lips, speech, language or tongue.  Remember when Yeshua was in a crowd and He literally stopped everything to find out who touched the hem (edge) of His garment?  Does that scripture not feel like the woman sort of violated a cultural line?  Yeshua acted like, and the woman reacted like what she did was over the line.  This is why: In those days most people had what would be kept in banks and lock boxes in the hem of their garments: gold and silver, signet rings, deeds, all the important stuff was right on the edge of a person’s clothing.

In Numbers 15:38 God commands His children, the Israelites, to {make for themselves tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations…} These tassels are worn on the edge of the garments.  They are there { for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD, so as to do them and not follow after your own heart… }

Everything about a man and his dynasty, his palace, everything he “works for”, everything his life is summed up by could be found on the hem of his garment.  For Yeshua, His kingdom, His dynasty, everything He works for is defined by the law in the Torah:  The commands that keep us walking in the kingdom.  When Yeshua was touched by the woman on the hem of His garment, she touched Him with faith knowing that if she only touched Him her flow of blood would cease.

The very edges of Yeshua’s being can be described by The words that are recorded in The Bible.  Coming close to Yeshua’s edges, many people are healed, drawn in, and spend the rest of their lives seeking to know more about Him.  Yeshua’s sepheth are fantastic: whether it is looking upon the shores of the seas from the land or seeing land after a long journey, whether it is the historical accounts of things He did for people, or the words that came from His mouth, whether it’s a language He spoke or a language He created, the sepheth of Yeshua are experienced in full by becoming His servant and living within His kingdom here on earth and the life to come.

The Chameleon, The Ninja, God is a Quantum surfer


Key For Psalm 110

  • {King David wrote the words in brackets}.
  • I wrote the words in bold.

Psalm 110

{The Lord says to My lord:

“Sit at My right hand

until I make Your enemies

a footstool for Your feet.”}

Yaweh said to Yeshua sit at my right hand (Jesus sits at Yaweh’s right hand.  Mark 10:37 Matthew 20:21)

{The Lord will extend Your mighty scepter from Zion, saying,

“Rule in the midst of Your enemies!”

Your troops will be willing

on Your day of battle.

Arrayed in holy splendor,

Your young men will come to You

like dew from the morning’s womb.

The Lord has sworn

and will not change His mind:

“You are a priest forever,

in the order of Melchizedek.”}

God The Father just gave God The Son ruling power over all people who have sworn allegiance to Him, not just with their mouths but, with their hearts.  Not just one time, but day after day, morning after morning, for years.

{The Lord is at Your right hand;}

Yeshua Just Became Yaweh, and Yaweh just became Yeshua.  Yeshua sits at the right hand of The Father and The Father sits at the left hand of The Son.

Immediately Yeshua (who is now Yaweh) begins giving power back to His Father (Yaweh):

{He will crush kings on the day of His wrath.

He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead

and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.

He will drink from a brook along the way,

and so He will lift His Head high.}

Dynamai – Greek For Works

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Prayer:

Today, I ask God: “Will you use me to brighten and enlighten my readers?  I appreciate You, Yeshua, for causing Your knowledge to flow through the hearts and minds of my readers.  Your helmet of salvation and belt of truth are worth more than precious stones.”

Gleaning:

We live in a world that is filled with tasks.  Life is often one task followed by another and then when it is time to sleep, it will not come!  That is a fun cycle to be in!  Sometimes we get to choose the tasks we fill our days with, while at other times our circumstances will wrestle us into a submissive state where we have no choice but to move into a task.

Sometimes these tasks are onerous.  These weights in life can leave us feeling under the weather, even dismal; but as my Dad has said, “It is not the task you are in that makes you.  How you deal with it is what counts.”

When He (Yeshua) returns, we know that the heavens and earth are going to pass away and that He will replace them with a new heaven and a new earth.  Sin and Satan are going to be bound and mostly non-existent for about as long as Adam lived.

We may see that all of the works of the world will amount to nothing:  Not only stuff like buildings, baby bottles, and beepers; But, the thought processes too.  The skills that we acquired and the day-to-day habits we have are not tangible; However, their reality manifests themselves.  If those intangible things are not beneficial to the will of God, they will also be burned up.  The Bible tells us that everything that is not of God will amount to a wisp of smoke surrounding the New Jerusalem (the New Earth you know, square and all that).

In James 2 The Bible asks us: {What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?}

Stop, and pick James 2: 14 apart a little here.  First of all, every man has works.  It is impossible to be alive and not to have works.  You see, after He has already come again and we are living in the new universe, all things not of God are burned up, remember?  In that case if a man never did anything for Yeshua he really has no works, just like our passage in James describes.

This leads us to the word “nothing”, especially in passages like this one:

{do not turn aside from following The Lord, but serve The Lord with all your heart.  And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing.}

He teaches His children that if they do not love Yeshua they will turn to “idle things that are nothing”.  In some versions of the Bible it says they are “vain”.  The point remains the same:  All the hardship, skill getting, and habit forming that is not of God is vain. Presently, it seems like everything, but it is going to become nothing.  Nothing is a wisp of smoke surrounding The New Jerusalem.

How can you be so sure of this?  Here is another clue.  In previous, the original writing was in Greek.  There is more than one form of the word “no” in the Greek language.  The different forms I know of are used in different circumstances.  There is “me”, one form of negation while “ou” is another.  The “me” form is a less heavy negation, whereas, “ou” is an absolute denial: much more solid.

Example: “There is “ou”(pronounced “ov”) way that Jesus will not return.

Example:  A man who has no faith has “me” works.

God is telling us that a man who has “me dynamai (no works)” had works at one point, but from His perspective, when He sent The Holy Spirit to write that, the works weren’t there.  Yeshua reminds us that if we do not saturate our lives with what matters, He will allow the adversary to saturate us with what really, in the end is completely vain.

 

Greek Footnotess:

Me (may): A primary particle of qualified negation

(whereas ο (G3756) expresses an absolute denial)

-μή mḗ, may; a primary particle of qualified negation (whereas G3756 expresses an absolute denial); (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether:—any but (that), × forbear, + God forbid, + lack, lest, neither, never, no (X wise in), none, nor, (can-)not, nothing, that not, un(-taken), without. Often used in compounds in substantially the same relations. See also G3362G3363G3364G3372G3373G3375G3378.

 

Ou (oo): A primary word, the absolute negative [cf μή (G3361)] adverb

-οὐ ou, oo; a primary word; the absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not:—+ long, nay, neither, never, no (X man), none, (can-)not, + nothing, +special, un(-worthy), when, + without, + yet but. See also G3364G3372.

Dynamai (doo-na-my) : I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can.

Cognate: 1410 dýnamai (a primitive verb) – to show ability (power); able (enabled by God), empowered. See the cognate-noun, 1411 /dýnamis (“ability, power”).