Consider This Tangential Train of Thought

I could be wrong on this however the thoughts herein have helped me in knowing the power He quietly yields compared to the small amount of power the world parades about.  Let’s think about ratios: like the ratio of 1 to a million in 1/1,000,000th.  When a piece of cedar is cut to size for a wall, there is some sawdust that is cut out.  What would that ratio be? The ratio of the sawdust to the cedar?

Let’s say when God created, He made power along with everything else and He gave Himself the majority of the power, allowing evil to control the earth with the little bit it has.  I read somewhere in The Bible that heaven also has some evil that they must be in constant prevalence over. These thoughts are helpful in doing our duty, or beginning to, at least.

Everyone has a favorite thing.  I think The Savior’s was food.  The last thing He did (next to prayer) wasn’t a boat ride, or a walk, or a sermon, or a healing, it was a supper. His Dad, you know, Yahweh, decided that the most important way to show love is through great gatherings called feasts that are focused on how awesome He is. In fact, it is a sin to begin a fast on a Shabbat! The first thing He did to kick off His ministry was to fast from food and water for 40 days.  40 DAYS!!!!  That’s insane.

Imagine a desert, and The Savior in it.  No protection from the elements and nothing earthly to fuel His body’s flesh.  There was no food out there and a whole lot of something… was it dust and sand?  Did this make Him think of His earthly dad’s trade?  Did He tangentially, in his perspicacious nature, connect the dust and sand with the thoughts surrounding what is leftover from sawing a piece of wood?  Who knows what He really thought about. I would like to think I am of one mind with Messiah. I believe the ratio between the matter that was sacrificed to make the board the right size and the board’s matter causes me to think the same things My Savior thinks of. What do you think of when you consider the very small amount of wood that falls to the ground, when compared to the wood that has been made ready to be placed in it’s right place?

Trees and How They Are A Picture of The Human Being

For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, He shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches.

 Have you ever notice how the same temperature can feel different?  If its 72 degrees because the heater is on it feels comfortable.  If its 72 degrees because the sun is shining through a windowpane it feels glorious.  How our bodies feel the difference I don’t know, but I sure enjoy basking in it.  I hope today we get to bask in the glory of The Savior.

   Most men all have things they do in their schedules that they know aren’t quite right but they do them anyway.  I for instance use to drive for a living, and sometimes I had to use caffeine in order to keep up.  Caffeine makes me think negative thoughts, so I know God would rather me not use it.  I do anyway. (since writing this many years ago, I no longer have this issue)

   Imagine me using caffeine (that action) is the fruit of a tree.  If I take away the fruit once, it will blossom again.  I have to to take away the branches too.  Isn’t that absolutely miraculous when God takes a problem in our lives away, fruit, branches, trunk and roots?  We are left not even realizing that the problem is gone, that our prayers have been answered until some time later.  Halleluia!

The Savior uses the metaphor of plants that bear fruit constantly.

  • The fruit represents something tangible: a visible action or thing done, manifested.  The fruit will not occur without the seed, roots, branches, trunk and leaves. Many people are not even aware of most of their fruit, let alone the structures that brought the fruit to being. Yet, all people will be judged based on their fruit.
  • The seed is just a little something that may or may not take root.
  • The roots represent a hardness like a rule, a fact, something to live by or a repetitive action.
  • The roots support the visible trunk.  Have you ever seen someone who always does something kinda peculiar and you wonder why does that person always do that?  The answer to that question lies in the root of that person’s actions.
  • The branches represent a network of thoughts and actions that come from that seed.  The seed is now gone, the earth has made it into something else. The seed is generally a thing that brings about a desire in somebody.
  • The leaves represent things around us that are in support of our thoughts and actions.  Things such as other people who relate to us, movies who support it, Bible verses that support us, songs and poems that support it, other phenomena that occurs that metaphorically fit our actions.  they feed it and encourage it.
  • If the tree stays healthy it produces fruit .  This fruit has an affects on everything around it. The tree that grows in you is the tree you care for. Be disciplined. The trunk is your desires, which feed all the branches and works with the leaves to ensure the fruit becomes ripe. Be responsible with life, do not be liberal with the information He has given you.

  The seed of baptism is: Our God’s creation of a world where baptism is a part of reality.  The Savior created those seeds.  The roots of baptism rest in the Living Word of the Holy Bible.  The trunk is shown when we repent of our sins and decide to start making plans to get baptized.  The branches can be seen in all the thoughts and actions that God pours into us through studying Scripture.  Studying Scripture and actively believing are leaves.  So are the believers that God places into our lives that support us as and sharpen us as we do the same for them.  That fruit begins to blossom when our plans to get baptized start to form and become solid.  That forming in our schedules intertwines and propitiates with the idea of what baptism is.  The fruit is the baptism and the washing away of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit is the nourishment.

Exploring Mark 11


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In this study we go through Mark 11 section-by-section. Note that these accounts are not always in chronological order, but are sometimes written in an order that specifically discusses a few different points that are intimately connected, as tangential as they may seem. In this chapter the events that are discussed are:

  • Yeshua riding a donkey
  • Yeshua withers a fig tree
  • Yeshua spends all day at the Temple
  • Yeshua further discusses the lesson of the withered tree
  • Yeshua’s authority is directly questioned in His own Father’s house
His Name is YESHUA

When most of us think of a donkey we may think of Balak & Balaam’s escapades. Let’s pave the way to consider another donkey circumstance that is much more closely related to Yeshua’s ride than the trappings of Balak & Balaam: Yeshua’s crucifixion is soon coming. He announced that He will be murdered before they head into Jerusalem (pretty much the only place on earth self preservation dictated not to go). His crucifixion is the second time in Scripture that you see the world outright confessing that He is, or ought to be king. You could say that the crucifixion “anointed” him to really and truly be The King of everything. The King’s name is literally “Salvation (Yeshua)” and His work from the cross is the fulcrum in the mechanism that provides the leverage He needs that might save. Jesus, compared to His God given name, is nearly meaningless. “Yeshua” was chosen for Him before time began and is the one name that has been diligently dialed in with incredible depth of meaning. We could travel the name rabbit trail for a while. The point here is that being a leader is not for the purpose of leveraging things to benefit the physical comforts of the leader, but to leverage things to benefit the right people at the right times even if it means sacrificing. Comparing and contrasting the way Yeshua handled God given leadership with the way Saul handled God given leadership displays this point in artistic fashion. The story as a whole also points to our responsibility as servants of a leader, whether the man is the true leader or not.

The parallels between the opportunities יהוה placed before Saul and Yeshua are on purpose. The accounts being parallel is highlighted in that Saul also rode a donkey towards being made king. Although, Saul did not literally ride a donkey like Yeshua did. In fact, Saul did not even realize that he was going to be anointed. יהוה used donkeys to get Saul to where he needed to be for his anointing none-the-less. Saul was looking for his father’s donkeys, which brought him to Samuel, who anointed him king, which changed the course of that Benjamites life forever. That tall studly man man.

Yeshua Riding Donkey

Before we move to the next point, let’s ask: where did Yeshua ride to, and what happened there? He rode to Jerusalem. On the way there, “leafy branches” (lulav) were used to pave the way for Him. The leafy branches and garments were laid on the way through corporate praise and worship. When he got to the Temple, it was “already late”, which I assume means it was beyond twilight, and He went into the Temple to “look at all things.” Curious. After that they all headed to Bethany.

The next day they pass by the fig tree, which was allowed to whither quickly because it did not produce fruit at His command (even though it was not the season for it to be producing fruit). The fig tree was a living lesson to the words He spoke regarding bearing fruit: “Any tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.” The warnings associated with not bearing fruit was a theme that Yeshua taught frequently and unchangingly. It is a warning to us. It was a warning to His disciples.

Next, the rulers of the Temple ought to have been regarding the Temple as a sacred place. Yeshua knew their sin, the severity of it, and it’s effect. He knew how poorly they had failed at fulfilling their responsibilities. He went into the Temple and violently cleaned house. When the scribes and chief priests were called thieves, they did not repent, but pride continued in them and they decided it best to try to destroy the person who just called them out. They feared Him though. Yeshua was not ill equipped to deliver a harsh but necessary message. Notice here two things overlooked when most people consider Yeshua’s character in making life choices: He withered a tree for not doing what He said even though what He said was unlikely, and He violently thwarted people’s poor treatment of His Father’s house.

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Next, the fig tree that He cursed was noticed and asked about. Yeshua did not answer telling them parables of fruit and trees as He already had, but of mountains! He tells them that if they believe, and tell a mountain to be cast into the sea, so it will be. He follows this up with a seemingly tangential point, but spiritually it is not tangential at all: If you do not forgive others their trespasses, The Father will not forgive you your trespasses. Those lessons are connected because the ideas there are tied together like this: doing The Father’s work (producing fruit) from a clean vessel (a vessel with unforgiveness is dirty and not doing The Father’s work properly) is the only way to do His work best.

Lastly, Yeshua shows us an example of somebody who does bear fruit. His bearing fruit is in stark contrast to the sections in this chapter dedicated to warning people of what happens when behavior is allowed to be rooted in pride like the leaders of the Temple. John the baptist did bear fruit and did fulfill his purpose. He fulfilled his purpose so much that the spiritual strength surrounding John’s life is very strong. The leaders asked Yeshua a scheming question. Yeshua prepared the way for the right answer. Truth is powerful and ought to be handled with care, with skill, and with wisdom. Yeshua showed care in handling the truth He was made responsible for by making the way straight for the truth first, giving the leaders the opportunity to show they were ready for the right answer: “John’s baptism, was it from men or Elohim?” The people would not answer Him with the truth of the matter. In fact, they would not answer Him at all. They were not ready to handle the truth and Yeshua did not spill the beans.

Contrast now John’s life, and the way the Father used Him, with the way Yeshua used him. Do you see that Yeshua noted how The Father used John to pave the way for mercy, truth, mishpat, and then Yeshua made use of John in the exact same way? How beautiful. What an example. Our Master is a delectable delight to serve. Taste and see that יהוה is indeed good. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. We all could benefit from dancin’ to His groove in our heart.

In this study You learned that Yeshua had Mark pen His scroll in such a way that the driving out of the Temple’s filth was surrounded by His withering a fig tree. He expanded on that teaching instead of just repeating what He had already taught them. You learned that the whip of cords event and it’s lessons are intimately connected to the lessons that can be compared and contrasted to His riding a donkey into Jerusalem. Finally, you learned that when we sacrifice our own wants and needs (John’s life is obviously one of sacrifice) to fulfill Yeshua’s, He then will use our works to help Him in performing His duties of mercy and mishpat for the sake of The Kingdom: bearing fruit.

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Mercy & Justice II


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Justice is overlooked and pushed away in our society. Why? First, the justice that most of us have experienced was actually vengeance. Vengeance is unhealthy both for the recipient and the assailant. That is not disputable. Second, the leaders, powerful people, and the wealthy do not seem to experience punishment for their sins against God or society, whereas poor people who do not have the money or skills to work the system, do. In fact, the underlying idea is generally that all poor people or unskilled people are that way because they are bad people making habitual bad choices and their judgment is their current straits. It has become such a problem that society’s current message that we are unable to make judgement calls almost seems moral.

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People’s tenancy to push away justice is playing out right now in our election process. Some think the court hearings are going to prove lawlessness and decide the election. The Constitution states that, in a time such as this, the state’s electors will generally split and the Senate makes the decision. If the purpose of the court hearings is not to choose the election, then what are they for? To administer justice through finding the laws that were broken, finding the people that broke them, and finally administering justice. If you watch the live broadcasts of current hearings, instead of reading articles or listening to any media outlet, you will see the leaders that are guilty are the same people who are running the hearings and have allowed the election laws to become so lax that breaking laws was not even necessary. For instance, back in 2002, a law was passed that allows any election’s results to be multiplied or divided, unevenly, to help the one they justify ought to win. That is one thing the protester’s signs and chants “one person, one vote,” and “I am less than one person” reference. There are people who have campaigned and won, only to have their votes multiplied by a number like “.666” in one instance, and their constituent’s votes to be multiplied by something like 1.2, before the results were announced to the public. This construing of the elections results is a real thing that has been, and is currently happening. It is only beginning to be addressed, finally.

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That problem is a whole ‘nother can of worms, within our current can of worms. Back to the first can of worms: our “elected” officials are making it clear they understand the system made a wrong turn and needs to change; however, they are not asking the hard questions or bringing up the topics that should be discussed. Instead, they are humoring the hard questions for a few minutes to the end that an act is played out. This act is played in order to hamper those seeking justice while at the same time protecting themselves and their colleagues from the judgment that is needed in order to ensure they are made stronger leaders. Unfortunately, life does not work like that. Life is not a cake walk during times of change, responsibility and integrity. Now is the appropriate time for change

Things like this election’s events happen everyday and collectively they have brought us all to believe that justice is worthless for us, and is only experienced by the poor and unskilled. I pray The Savior strengthens us as a people so as to be honorable enough to have strong leaders. Currently, our leadership quite rightly reflects our society’s behaviors.

This flurry of sub-conscience psychological devices that are a result of the systems that surround us make it nearly impossible for any of us to actually experience true judgment, unadulterated, from The Savior. Let’s focus on what “mishpat” really is, when mishpat is appropriate, how mishpat is administered, and to what end. When the Bible teaches that sparing the rod spoils the child, it is talking about mishpat. Therefore, when running from His judgments on our lives, we are doing both us and Him harm. His harm comes because our value to Him increases when we are made stronger and more filled with ability and long-suffering in doing good. Our harm comes for the same reason. We are allowing ourselves to move forward unskilled, weak, and less valuable than what is available to us through His strength when we do not allow Him to mold us using mishpat.

So when is judgment appropriate? In Romans’ second chapter it teaches us that all unGodliness will be judged: some now, some at the end. It gives two circumstances when this will happen: on that last and final day, or now. We will be judged based on our works. Our works include the things we do each and every day as habit. The things we do when things are great and when things are terrible. Our works are what He will see and judge us based on. If He sees His Son working through us, mercy will be lavished on our shortcomings. If He see’s anything other than His Son’s perfection in our works, judgment will be dealt where it ought to have been accepted so long ago. That mishpat, just like our daily judgments, is what our final destination will be determined by, justifiably based on our works.

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For those who decide to bite the bullet and deal with judgment now, it is for good reason. The other side of that mature decision are the riches of His goodness, forbearance and long-suffering. Our works decide our fate today and in the future: glory, honor and immortality for those who, through patient continuance, do good, but indignation, wrath, tribulation, and anguish on every single soul of man who continues in doing evil and who obeys lawlessness.

The Bible teaches us that those who do and teach His laws will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven and that those who do not do His laws and teach others not to do them will be called least. That means there are lesser and greater places in the future and the judgment that is justly placed on you on that day, based on your works, will determine your place, whether in heaven or the lake of fire. It tells us that those who hear and do His commands are like those who dug real deep and placed their house on the rock. Those who do not do His commands are like those who place their house on sand. We all know what happens eventually to a great palace built on the sand.

What is the why? “Why is judgment appropriate?” Judgment is appropriate in a circumstance where a person has fallen short by sinning. We all think we know what sin is. We know sin theory well. But who cares how much music theory you have? Can you draw a crowd, play the concert well, and hold the attention of the group all whilst subtly getting a message across that will benefit the hearer? Eventually, you have to be able to apply your knowledge of what sin is to your everyday actions and put an effort towards thwarting it. How can you stop doing a thing you only theoretically know, but do not take seriously enough to accept as bearing repercussions? It seems unfair that God would not clearly define what He sees as sins and what are not while holding us responsible for it. He is Almighty and created all things seen and unseen. Right? Couldn’t He have created everything in such a way that no matter what happens and no matter how much time passes and no matter what society changes, certain things would be clearly sins, and other things clearly not? Thankfully, holding us to unseen, theoretical, floating and changing standards is unfair. Thankfully, He did make it clear. Thankfully, God shows no partiality when it comes to justice and judgement.

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Part of sin’s definitional references can be found in the Brit Hadasha if you have eyes that see and ears that hear. In 1 John 3:4: “Whoever commits sin commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” It is appropriate for Him to administer His judgment on His people who have invited Him to do so and only in circumstances when they have committed a lawless act. Why? So it does not happen again, for growth, for self value, for gaining abilities in administering love to those around us, and to be more able bodied in functioning as one of His very own good and faithful servants. Sin gets in the way of those things and sin can be very hard to pin down if your definition of sin is only a theory floating around that you may or may not apply whenever it seems appropriate to your desires and emotions. His people perish for lack of knowledge.

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Thankfully, His law is less complicated and much simpler than any set of laws at any court house. Thus, contrary to the anti-gospel that is preached in churches, we can live lawful, just lives if we all work together to work towards doing so. We can live without lying, stealing, without being adulterers and liars. We can honor our fathers and mothers and we can honor Yahweh in all that we do. We can keep ourselves from gossiping and backbiting. We can take authority of our minds and thwart the negative, hurtful thoughts against others and the wishing of ill will towards the good in this world. In fact, we can allow Him to use us to do just the opposite of that. He has the authority to manumit us from those base elements. The gospel’s main point is that The Savior saves. What does being saved look like? It looks like living justly on the outside and on the inside. It looks like taking every thought captive and breaking free from being shackled by the idea that sin is a necessity or an enemy that cannot be defeated. “Sin cannot be defeated” is a vile and filthy message. Isn’t it? It keeps people enslaved! Be mature in the Spirit and grow beyond that base and elemental message that attracts so many.

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In the Bible, as it was originally penned, the word “tzedeka”, which translates to “just”, is the word often penned when you see the word righteousness. The actual word “righteousness” does not exist in the Hebrew language. The idea exists without a doubt, but instead, a person who lives “justly” is so obviously doing so through the covering and protection of Yeshua, that it is simply understood as part of the fabric of living justly. The word for judgment in original Scripture is mishpat. Mishpat is defined as “the decided judgment”, as in for a crime or a lifestyle. Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Not really if you are seeking it for the purpose of living justly for the sake of His kingdom.

Did you know that relationships all work correctly only through a system of judgment? How can we deduce that? “Mishpocha” is the word for “family.” Since mishpocha and mishpat share the same base word, we can deduce that a mishpocha operates properly when proper mishpat is their foundational system.

Do not fall into judging your life based on the theoretical laws of people, but on the solid foundation that is the law of The Savior. Contrary to church culture’s rhetoric, The Scriptures teach that Yeshua lived and taught from His Father’s law and was never contrary to it. In fact, He fulfilled Torah and has instructed us to walk the same way, fulfilling our duties to The Father as well. How is it that so many have been tricked into thinking that Yeshua fulfilled His God given mission to the end that we ought not?

Fulfill your purpose and you will have the same solid foundation that Abraham had. The Father came to Him before giving him the “child o’ promise” for a reason. The Father ensured that Abraham knew what to do with the child long before he was born. Abraham knew the promise was being fulfilled for reasons greater than himself. The promise was fulfilled for Abraham in order to command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of Yahweh, to do justice (tzedeka) and judgment (mishpat).

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A Mark 10 Study


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All of The Savior’s life is living, breathing, beautiful art. Art is a powerful way Our Father chooses to reveal His character and His relationship to us. This study’s purpose is to go through Mark 10, discussing the concepts in the order they are brought up, for the purpose of revealing how they are connected.

This chapter’s progression starts with Yeshua’s encounter between Him and the Pharisees. Yeshua had been properly administering judgment for their amoral way of life. They were very cunning, clever, and knowledgeable about the standards He had to walk in. Fortunately, Yeshua’s much simpler take on His ordinances had lead Him to an incredibly deep understanding of the Word’s true purpose. Let’s play the lad on the street, looking in, and see how Mark Ten’s first encounter went:

Pharisees: “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”

Yeshua: “What did Moses command you?”

Pharisees: “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to dismiss her.”

Let’s stop for a moment and see what the Pharisees’ answer says about their intent. Yeshua’s question could have been answered quite simply; however, they did not exactly change the subject, but they did answer a different question. The question they answered was: “What did Moses permit?”

“But from the beginning God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

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Part of the character Moses was responsible for displaying involved navigating the difficult path of judging the people based on The Savior’s standards. How can we sharpen one another without weighing actions? His command in this circumstance is simple: keep the vows you made. However, He does not force anybody to hold themselves to that standard, especially considering how complicated keeping that vow can sometimes turn out to be. In fact, He gives a wide open barn door for people to break their vows if they truly feel it is what is right to do or what must be done. Moses humored their hardness of heart in the same way. He permitted a certificate of divorce to be written up.

Relationships are not easy and this should weigh in on the initial decision of marriage more heavily than the comfort one gets from another, the desire to have children, raise a family, and enjoy life with another person. It takes a lot of time to get to know somebody. A lot of time needs to pass sometimes to find character flaws in somebody if they do not want you to see them. Flaws will show after “I do,” frequently shortly thereafter in fact.

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It is paramount to find out if your loved one will take responsibility for their actions. Taking responsibility shows that they have a firm grip on reality. It also shows that justice and it’s role in their life’s relationships is important to them. That way, you can expect to hold them, and that they will hold you to a high standard. In the Hebrew language, there is a word for judgment: mishpat. Mishpat refers to “the judgment” one is faced with based on their actions or a particular action. Justice should not be a scary thing, but can seem that way for some people, especially if they poorly administer justice on others or have received poorly administered justice. In both circumstances it is not true justice, but is just plain vengeance. Without proper reward/punishment, love is corrupted. People are selfish in their core, no matter how good they are at playing the role of the comforter, prince or princess charming, or whatever.

Justice is meant to protect the people around the perpetrator as much as it is meant to lovingly help them. Justice lovingly helping them is the part that is left out, unfortunately, and has therefore corrupted our view of justice. This protecting others, while at the same time improving the value of a loved one is the reason that the word mishpocha is in the same family as the word mishpat. Mishpocha is the word for “family.” Therefore, when a family sets themselves on properly learning how to administer God’s judgment within their network, the proper operation of that family will increase. This will multiply the value of those in the family who learn how to properly receive and administer perfect mishpat within their mishpocha.

The event that touched on these things quickly wrapped up, and like a fox frolicking through the wood we look in on another event: We are seeing a very rich man who had been keeping the commands of Yeshua. His commands are meant to guide us in life: rightly dividing what is good from what is bad. Yeshua and this man both believed they had been following the very same set of commands. Let us see where their intentions were and where each of these men’s disciplines had lead them.

Man: “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

Yeshua: “Why do you call me good? No one is good but one, that is God.” …

“You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and your mother.”

Man: “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.”

Yeshua: “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up your cross and follow me.”

Man: was sad, and went away grieved for he had great possessions.

Yeshua’s keeping of the commands was centered on having a deep relationship with The Creator. This lead Him to the following position: a rich young man, on his way to becoming a powerful leader, kneeling before Him and begging Him to help him find out what was missing in his life. (NOTE: This circumstance could have also been this young man in jest of Yeshua as he was on a high horse and Yeshua seemed to be a homeless wandering rebel. It is possible the young man had the intention of placing himself before Yeshua in hopes that He would see the comparison and come to His senses.)

When the answer to the young man’s question was set before him, it was set before him in a very honest way. Yeshua made sure the man understood that in order for the missing link to be his, he would have to give up everything that the vain and empty lifestyle had earned him.

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Was his reaction anger? Was it a dismissal of the truth? It was not. The man was grieved. A few months of determined action coupled with fervent prayer can set smooth rolling golden hills filled with grasshoppers, songbirds, and honey bees before us where mountains and valleys once were.

Let’s take a moment and do something uncommon: praising the disciples. We are going to do that by contrasting the rich young ruler’s behaviors with the behaviors of the disciples, namely Matthew. Matthew sacrificed his relationships with his fellows in order to overcome oppression. Being a tax collector was quite obviously working for the oppressors. The religious rulers were in cahoots with the oppressors too, but they were deceptively looking like they were pious, honorable servants of Elohim even though their purposes were empty, vain, and self-seeking.

Now, Matthew was told the same thing as the rich young ruler: “follow Me.” When our rich young ruler was told to follow Him, he did not display the strength that was there for the taking. His blench showed a common trait among weak leadership: in circumstances that do not provide them with the comforts and resources they are use to having they blench.

Our Master requires us to show patient continuance in doing good, while seeking for glory, honor and immortality. No blenching allowed. Could the disciples have been brought the wonderful treasures of His bounty: glory, honor, and peace if judgment was not part of their family (mishpocha)? Justice, mercy, and judgment are the building blocks of every single good, lasting relationship and network. Those things turned these men into more able people, capable of vesseling the wisdom and skill that is applicable in this life and in the life to come. There is great reward for subjecting yourself to His authority.

Wrapping this chapter up we are like a bird in a tree, looking down on the next event. How is this event connected to what we have learned previously? If you subject yourself to His authority for long enough, you will become responsible for great things, as discussed. This next event has instructions nestled into it, as well as clues to help you know that you are walking properly.

Disciples: “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask”

Yeshua: “What do you want Me to do for you?”

Disciples: “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and one on Your left, in Your glory.”

Yeshua: “You do not know what you ask. Can you drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.”

This was and is widely misunderstood. At the time the disciples became quite angry with their brothers. Yeshua allowed them to go on for a bit before bringing them to Himself: cluing them in on where their brothers’ hearts were:

Yeshua: “You know that those who are considered rulers over the gentiles lord it over them and their great ones exercise great authority over them. Yet, it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son Of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life, a ransom for many.”

The final story in this chapter is about a man who was unable to see. His healing, again, is sublime artistry teaching His people knowledge and wisdom.


blind man: “Son of David, have mercy on me.”

crowd: “Why I oughta! You shut up right now Bartimaeus.”


Yeshua: “How can I help you.”

blind man: “I would like my sight.”

You see, Bartimaeus’ boss was society. If he was in bad rapport with them, it was not a good scene. He had to fight them and risk that rapport in order to get Yeshua’s attention. Is that all he had to do? Once Yeshua was there, Bartimaeus had to voice precisely what he wanted, showing trust and respect for the Master Who by the way, made the mountain that was society’s suppression of the blind man’s opportunity, fall right into the sea. That seems like nothing though, compared to the fact that the man was given his sight the day he grabbed opportunity by the horns.

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How Do Mercy & Justice Relate, Pt.1



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When a person thinks of justice it is usually coupled with a feeling of fight or flight. Fighting justice generally means stretching the truth if man is guilty, or self uplifting speech for innocence if guilt is not with the individual. Now, mercy on the other hand seems pretty simple: you did a bad thing, but instead of the just penalty, something else or nothing else, thanks to love.

If a person really stops and examines the long term repercussions (good or bad) of mercy and justice, they will find that what we as a society have been taught about mercy and justice is simply not accurate. The inaccuracies are subtle, however the various inaccuracies are purposefully and skillfully placed: no surprise there.

If us earthlings have been taught to avoid justice and embrace mercy, maybe it is time to re-evaluate. Could it be that embracing justice and accepting mercy when appropriate, instead of holding onto mercy with a kung-fu death grip is where it’s at? God’s mercy is beautiful and everlasting for sure and without a doubt; however, mercy does find it’s finish line when appropriate. Reality clearly portrays that.

On the other hand The Savior sets, tends, and executes the fires of justice with skill and unyielding perfection for all of His children. In the Hebrew language the word translated to righteousness is Tzedeka. In English we have this word “just,” and then another word “righteousness.” In Hebrew Tzedeka means just and the idea we have for righteousness is understood as part of it’s definition. Therefore, a just person is living under God’s covering and God is living through them.

Let’s move even farther away from the world’s base and adulterated understanding of these characteristics’ of Our Savior by first taking the time, and exploring the way the world defines mercy and justice. After that we will contrast those definitions with the way our Father slowly unfolds the truths of these things for us through satisfyingly savory stories. Letting His Scripture bring blossoming, manifold wisdom. These concepts are not necessarily for you to ascribe yourself to at this moment, but for you to keep in mind. Maybe they will become helpful in the future. Let’s manumit you from some of that bondage that has been keeping you in a rut!

Nelson’s Compact Bible Dictionary:

Mercy: The aspect of God’s love that causes Him to help the miserable. Let’s stop there for a jiffy. The aspect” means that if you seek His mercy only, you are not inviting Him completely into your life. God is love. Love is more than the simplicity mercy has offered so many. Try not to make the common mistake of simplifying the greatest thing that ever was: to diminish love of it’s value.

Next, let’s give this word miserable it’s due. If a person is miserable it is because they do not have joy. Joy is what God’s people experience in the good and bad times thanks to hope! If God is going to help somebody with little or no hope, first He has to explore why they have no hope: hopelessness comes from not having a place in His kingdom: nothing to look forward to. Now, what would cause a person not to have a place in His kingdom? One common reason is they are not living justly or even willing to try. Without God’s sacrifice, there would be no hope. But, if a miserable person accepts that their life belongs to Him, trusting that He will carry them through whatever it is that will fix them and make them valuable and necessary for His kingdom, then they have hope. Hurray! This trade, of a miserable person’s life for the value that hope brings is an even exchange wouldn’t you say? God gets the valueless characteristics a person is willing to change, and He turns that wisp of smoke and mirrors into characteristics that He can use to serve His agendas. How does God do this turning bad into good for people? Through the perfect mix of justice and mercy. How will you know this perfect mix when it is staring you in the face, if the worlds definition’s of these words keeps steering you off track?

Let’s find out. Back to Nelson’s Compact definition: Those who are miserable may be so either because of breaking God’s law or because of circumstances beyond their control. God shows compassion towards those who have broken His law although such mercy is selective, demonstrating that it is not deserved. God’s mercy on the miserable extends beyond punishment that is withheld. Withheld punishment keeps us from hell, but it does not get us into heaven. God’s mercy is greater than this. God also shows mercy by actively helping those who are miserable due to circumstances beyond their control. We see this aspect of mercy especially in the life of our Lord and Savior… it goes on to describe what they see as merciful things Yeshua did. That definition is so close to the truth and so skillfully wrong. Next, here is how Nelson’s defines justice:

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Justice: God’s fair and impartial treatment of all people. As a God of justice He is interested in fairness as well as in what makes right relationships. His actions and decisions are true and right. His demands on individuals and nations to look after victims of oppression are just demands. As Lord and Judge, God brings justice to nations and sets things right in behalf of the poor, oppressed and victims of injustice. For the wicked, unjust and the oppressor, God as Supreme Judge of the earth is a dreaded force, but for all who are unjustly treated God’s just action is reason for hope. How beautifully this definition keeps those in bondage: If you are oppressed, God is your hero. If you are successful or not oppressed, God is against you. I spit at and curse the hands and minds that penned those definitions as they are a building block in the walls that keep my loved one’s from achieving lives spilling over with salt and light.

Instead of diving into the nitty gritty of all that is wrong there, we are going to contrast the oh-so-close, yet oh-so-far away with not the opposite, but the truth that these definitions are trying to masquerade as.

In the Word, can you guess what circumstance is assigned to define these two characteristics of love for us? If you guessed creation you are wrong. It is not Noah or Moses’ stories either. Of all the circumstances that ever were, The Savior has wisely chosen the circumstance of Sodom and Gomorrah’s destruction. Can you guess which patriarch’s are used to show us how mercy really works, and how justice is the best way to clean us up and get us walking on our own tune feet? Abraham and his nephew Lot is the correct answer to that question.

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Who do you think has been assigned mercy and who has been assigned justice in the story? You might be surprised at what receiving mercy, in reality, entails and who gets justice. The setting is Sodom and Gomorrah about 24 hours before destruction. Lot invites two angels into his home. ANGELS I tell you. Their job is to be awesome all the time, and their awesomeness is indescribable. They don’t mess things up. You can trust them to be accurately administering The Almighty’s instructions. When mercy comes up it is Lot saying to these angels “Thank you for multiplying your mercy upon your servant.”

Why did he thank them for multiplying their mercy on him and what are the repercussions of these things? Well, it is because he refused to follow their instructions, even when death was at his door: “No, don’t send me into that wilderness lest some evil overtake me and I die, instead…” let me be saved in this other way. I am not going to follow your instructions.

Lot, Lot, Lot! Sigh. The angels did not argue or even tell him what was about to befall him. They simply acquiesce: “…but hurry because we cannot destroy this city until you leave.” He thanks them. Read what happens to and around Lot as mercy overtakes him. This is important, so I press you to do so. Right now. Go and earn the few minutes to read Genesis 19:17 – 38 at the least. Starting at chapter seventeen or so gives you much more context as to all that is going on.

Seeing the overall ramifications and behaviors necessary to continually put each of your individual actions under mercy’s wing is not quite the same as we were taught, is it?

Switching gears, here we are at the same time, but outside the city at Abraham’s gates. Following a meal and departure, The Almighty as the narrator touches on what He is doing and why He is doing it for Abraham.

“Then the men arose from there and looked toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to send them on the way. And Yahweh said “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in Him?”

“For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of Yahweh, to do justice and judgement, that Yahweh may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.”

In a future article and video, we will dive much deeper into justice. This article’s purposes are to A) show you that a lot can be gleaned out of this particular story, and B) to contrast these seemingly opposing forces.

In closing the beginning of this lesson, Abraham has been entrusted as a major stepping stone on the way to learning who The Lord is. It is harder to have a positive relationship with The Savior if you do not have a friend in Abraham. He was so good to The Savior throughout His life. He showed love to The Savior and allowed The Savior to show love to him. Abraham would seek out justice for his household and embraced it for himself, while displaying unyielding faith even when member’s of his household got themselves into sticky situations.

Lastly, be aware of the schemes of the enemy. This world has taught us that justice is for the oppressed and the poor. For the unskilled and unlucky people. They get punishment, not the upper class.

The powerful people, the skilled and the wealthy are great at dodging justice and getting away with unjust behavior. College teaches our young people how to do just that! How else would the world be evil if the powerful’s majority were not that way? Conversely, those who are not obedient to society’s ways experience the justice of their fellow man through various trials and tribulations, designed to keep society functioning properly. Unfortunately, this system either forces us to be treated unjustly or to treat others unjustly.

This oppresive psychological device spills into relationships with Yeshua, sowing untrust in Him. Be easy. Allow Him to administer justice to us, to you. How short-sighted we are when we start out! When we become mature, justice is welcomed and we love being turned into more valuable members of His bride for His goodness and grace. When we learn to behave justly, more responsibilities, skills, and wisdom are placed in our safe-keeping.

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Bread, Bread, and More Bread, A Mark 8 Study

In Mark 8 a lot of things are discussed and brought to light. This particular Mark 8 study is to help you focus on Yeshua’s incredible foresight and leadership.

He came that we may have life more abundantly
He came that we may have life more abundantly

Through reading this study, you can also learn how Yeshua as a leader sometimes had to pick and choose who to show miracles to and who to hide them from. He sometimes had to pick and choose who could and couldn’t handle simply seeing His true character! Lastly, this study will help you notice that His people are not like stupid animals. Well, they can be at first certainly; but, after a while, He begins to trust believers with all kinds of unlikely situations. He increases our value through building character progressively.

To care for people’s needs both spiritually and physically is the nature of somebody who represents Elohim. Neither the spiritual nor physical can be left out. Seek first the kingdom of The Father, and all this shall be added to you. In Mark 8, The Savior had been followed by a great multitude for several days. They hadn’t food and it was time for Yeshua to send them back to their dwellings, yet, He knowing that their beginning the journey in the state they were in might have been catastrophic: some might not have made it home, He set them down on the grass. He fed them through a miraculous multiplying of a few fish and loaves. There was enough that there were leftovers: seven baskets of leftovers.

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There is a bit of a difference between Yeshua and us as leaders. In the loaves and fishes circumstance He rightly is glorified by the power of His Father; however, if it were one of us, we would have to fight against the thoughts and intentions of the people to lift us up instead of Elohim. Like Aaron & Moses in the wilderness.

The Pharisees a few versus later came to Yeshua after He had gotten into a boat again and came to Dalmanutha with His disciples. They came seeking a sign. Were they in the wilderness following Him faithfully with the multitude? Signs were given there and they were not present. Had they shown a willingness to be obedient to Him yet, at all, ever? What were they doing instead? Probably scheming. Who really knows. Did Yeshua acquiesces their request? He did not. His pearls stayed right where they belonged.

Only just a few versus before, in Mark 7, Yeshua learned that them there Pharisees would endure great lengths to avoid getting to know Him (see With Unwashed Hands: A Mark 7 Study). Yeshua rightly discerned that for the few of them that were possible to save, a sign was not the thing that was going to help them at the moment. As the unborn they truly were, what they needed was a good Fatherly whoopin. He is a good Father. Yeshua did not spare the rod: He told them a sign will not be given to this generation: referring to their channel of living. Like The Good Father, He knew enduring their hatred and ridicule was right around the corner: Yeshua discerned that the objective of that particular tantrum would be aimed at His disciples.

His foresight was revealed in a warning to His disciples. Before we discuss the warning, note this relatable reference due to it’s characters being without essential bodily needs and being scorned for paying heed to that instead too: Being without water is an incredibly serious situation. The longer water is gone without, the more it overtakes every thought of the parched person: until, well, death comes a’knockin’. Yet, in the wilderness when His people came to Moses saying, “Bro, we are definitely going to perish if we don’t get any water. What gives?”, Elohim was unhappy with them. Why would He be unhappy with them for being concerned that they were in the wilderness, millions of them, and without water? Seems obtuse of Him to be upset at their concern. He was making a point. Obtuse or not, there was a lot of Egypt to burn away and He was rightfully working towards an obedient and loving family worthy to ambassador His truth.

In the boat, as Yeshua and His followers were journeying, He warned them to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees. They, thinking poorly of themselves, found that they had not brought any bread; therefore, they thought His careful planning and love for them must have been manifesting through His concern for their tum tums. Seek first the kingdom of Elohim and all this shall be added to you.

During the boat ride Yeshua was unhappy with His disciples’ response, not because they did not bring bread with them, but because they were not with it. Yet, Him showing them that men’s focus on their own kingdom might bring difficult situations, it dawned on them and they recognized what He was saying to them. Notice: He did not use His power, though He certainly could have, to stop the nasty and unrighteous circumstances of the Pharisees from occurring for His disciples, but to warn them that they were on the way.

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See the great trust, faith, and ultimately value He places on His disciples? His mission must have been completed and in order to complete it, they needed to overcome. Look now, He knows that we as His disciples are not stupid followers, completely ignorant and dumb to the schemes of the enemy; but that we have been subject to those schemes and have at times been more than acutely aware of the ways of the enemy. He knows that we have overcome the enemy’s attempts, for the purpose of continuing His kingdom.

How does He know that we have been subject to these things? Because He is the King of all. It is all happening under His authority. It is from His mercy and justice that we have endured, seen, and overcome. Under His majesty we have been subject to, both succeeded and failed, suffered and been scarred, received and receive healing, will overcome and joyfully suffer again, will see more suffering in grace, will heal our brothers, and will be love’s hands and feet through humility for Him and the greatness of His name forever and ever.

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Water Into Wine, But Why?


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When we boil it right down to the fabric of the matter, a sign points to something: a place: like Albuquerque; an instruction or command: like drive about 70 mph; or what a person represents: like a politician, his party, and his message that year. When Yeshua turned water into wine it was not a monumental event but for only a few people. It was the first sign that He performed during His ministry.

Yeshua’s signs could tend on the surreptitious side of things. He called turning water into wine His first “sign,” which begs the question:Why did Yeshua turn water into wine? What was His sign pointing to? In this article we are going to answer just a fraction of the questions that may be arising within you now. With the knowledge you may gain from this article, you

can dive even deeper into this sign’s meaning and learn more about Who your Elohim truly is through study, prayer, normal everyday living and meditation on it. The following sections highlight several different lessons learned from just this one sign.

Yeshua Never Changes

Yeshua did not burst into the wedding unannounced and scream “HEY EVERYBODY, I HAVE GOT SOMETHING TO TEACH YOU.” In fact, He was invited to the wedding. Not only was He invited, but the sign was done quite surreptitiously.

Focus here on the fact that He was invited to the wedding. Why is the invitation an important piece of information? Because Yeshua’s character is solid and it was that character that was invited to the wedding. He cannot be any way except for how He is. “He will be Who He will be.” Isn’t it important for a believer to be wedded to Him? First make sure it is truly Yeshua you are trusting in and not hasatan doing a fine job at masquerading. Following that, a person must open up and invite Him in or there is simply no deal. Why must people wholeheartedly invite Him in? Because, “He will be Who He will be.”

When a person who is of the world is growing up, it is hard at times and they mature and grow and learn how to be better at being themselves whether they claim to know The Savior or not. But, ultimately, like a vessel on a beautiful day of sailing, or the sands of the desert forming dunes as the wind moves them, they will be who they will be until something comes along and changes them.

Believers also will be who they will be: once the children of God are reborn they do begin down a path of change from who they were to who they are however, the path they are on does not waver; The believer might waver, possibly, but the path itself is quite unchanging.

Once Yeshua has manumitted His members from death, believers begin to learn Who He is. Displaying purely that character is what marks His beloved’s lives more and more as time marches forward. Believers are born once and reborn once. We are reborn into the character that does not change: Yeshua’s character.

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When Yeshua was warned that the wine was almost gone it was the third day of the feast. He could have walked in congruence with the character most people believe is in Him, but He did not blench; Instead, He took this opportunity to surreptitiously point at a facet of His true character: The Good Father. A servant was near Him and was commanded to follow His instructions. There are three lessons learned in the obedience of the servant: following instructions requires faith, He will work miracles through you when you are obedient, and sometimes those of lowly stature know everything when the leader(s) simply do(es) not.

Following Instruction Requires Faith – Yeshua instructed His servant to fill stone water pots. Believe it or not, that was a bit of an iffy thing to ask of the servant. The nature of the vessels is the answer. The stone vessels were

for “Jewish purification,” and they were not to be used for anything except for those rites the rabbis used to lord over people with. The servant certainly could have been in trouble for that, and for breaking any number of unwritten rules that day’s society placed on people. Instead of blenching, that servant followed the instruction and filled the water pots.

He Will Work Miracles Through His Servant’s Hands – The setting: this feast had been going on for three days. The people were sauced up pretty good. The wine had run out. It was enough of a problem that Yeshua’s mother came to Him informing Him that, Yeshua, these people just ran out of wine. Next, Yeshua instructed the servant to fill a cup with the water from the Jewish purification vessels and bring the cup to the head of the feast. When the man who was in charge of the feast drank from the cup that was filled and brought to him by the servant, he found that the wine he was drinking was incredibly good, better wine than what was provided previously.

Good Servants Know A Lot More Than You May Think – Did you catch that? Yeshua, the servant (and possibly a few others) were the only people who understood how the wine in the cup came to be what it was. But, Yeshua does not go out giving information like that to just anybody. Knowledge, wisdom, skill, and power all come with responsibility. Fortunately, He is good at bringing His children and servants into being skillful and responsible handlers of His grace.

Because this event was a sign, it means The Savior was saying something. The servant’s likelihood of having a very deep understanding of what his Handler was saying to and through him was high.

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Most people like to say that Yeshua would never provide drunk people with wine. Is that what His word teaches us though? Is that what reality reflects? Consider while looking at the world, coupled with the knowledge of Scripture you have earned through your own personal studies and application over the years. Handle the information responsibly and you will see that simply is not true. The very best and finest wine, marijuana, other

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terrible things, pharmaceutical pills and anything else for that matter is being used and circulated under His rule and reign. He is the King of kings. He is The Lord of lords for cryin’ out loud! He obviously does not condone or encourage the use of such atrocities, but as King, Elohim and Creator, it is Him ultimately who provides.

Is it out of character for Him to place choices in front of people and allow the atmosphere to be cultivated for sin, while providing a single sometimes difficult doorway that leads to life? Do not mistake the point, beloved. Sin is what the world encourages all around us all day everyday like it is it’s job. So much so that people believe not sinning is an impossibility and not even worth putting an effort towards. These things, need, at the very least, to be considered for those who are going to be able to gracefully and skillfully improve the lives of the people they come in contact with while displaying His character.

By turning water into wine, Yeshua meant something. Many things in fact. It was a sign, it was a living breathing piece of artistry. This artistic and poetic sign of His love points to so many things: His true character, His sovereignty over this reality, His sovereign rule over matter itself, and how to gracefully get a point across in loving ways to people who might not yet be ready to hear the truth.

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Wash Your Hands: A Mark 7 Study


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With Unwashed Hands

Wash Your Darn Hands!

There are people out there that dodge responsibility in skillful fashion! In fact, most people spend a fraction of the money they earn during their lifetime to be taught how to gain positions of great responsibility while dodging some of the responsibilities of that position.

In the first part of Mark 7, the Pharisees were shown to have several monumental walls in the way of Yeshua’s relationship with them. He showed them where they were wrong in love and humility. The wall that was up there was marked “cleanliness” or “unwashed hands” and fell under a category of common walls among all people today: “traditions.”

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Yeshua has makes them jealous and angry; causes them to point a disciplined finger (usually surreptitiously or even just mentally); and sometimes causes them to try and lord over the person with their rule(s). Dozens of the brothers and sisters who have come out of the Jewish faith have spoken about how empty it was. They poured out about how they simply did not have a relationship with Elohim, let alone one that was vibrant and growing. They talked about how hearing church goers speaking to Elohim directly, through corporate prayer, was so foreign to them that they thought it was laughable. At the same time, they admittedly recall being jealous of the relationship these people had with their Abba!

In digression: The “traditions” wall exists in today’s churches too, just dressed a little differently. Don’t think so? Check this out: since modern church goers are not walking according to the freedom found in scripture, but according to the pseudo freedom preached from the pulpit, they are deceived into believing they have full authority in Messiah. The partial authority they do have does mountains of good though, praise The Savior.

If they stopped for just a minute and counted the cost of their faith, they would find their lives are filled with drunkenness, envy, strife, gossip, poor health, lying, cheating, stealing and fighting of all kinds;the characteristics that bring on the curses spoken of in Deuteronomy 28. Please note, those curses can mark any believers life. The difference between a righteous and an unrighteous person though, is that the unrighteous believe these things

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are normal and they don’t put any effort towards bettering the flaws that bear the fruit of those curses. Because of this, some of the brothers and sisters in today’s church groups do not have full freedom. The nascent faith they had, halted there, where they took their first big step in faith; holding it’s ground but not taking more ground, leaving them divested of the freedom found in The Savior, in His ability to give them the skills needed so as not to serve fear of society and the enemy’s power through it. The rules and regulations (both written and unwritten) of society weigh heavily on them. They expect others to behave under the same set of cultural rules and have found how to take great joy at times in enforcing the rules themselves. They are under the law of man and not fully free.

But, nonetheless, crumbs fall by these walls. Time after time, blow after blow, eventually the truth of Messiah penetrates. The first part of Mark 7 discusses these things. The Pharisees were using their authority to avoid Him: They had walls bro.

Funny that, eh? Here in the first of three parts in Mark 7, the Pharisees journeyed from Jerusalem to see The Master, The Creator, The Lord Himself! Yet, when they were within arms reach of victory over death, life changing promises, and freedom from the law of man, they failed fantastically: they avoided Him while He was right there in front of them. In fact, they went on a very long journey for Him to see that their actions screamed: “Hey, we will endure great lengths just to avoid getting to know Who You truly are!”

Did Yeshua give up on them? He did not. The Pharisees were not behaving in such a way that would have allowed Him to work in their lives, so He

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chipped away at the wall that was getting in the way, telling them the truth without disguising it: Your rules are from the Torah, but they get in the way of your keeping Torah. You also try keeping others from keeping Torah as you are doing right now. Because you are a potentate and doing this, justice for you is death. If you keep this up, you will lose your temple and a great deal of the responsibilities you think you have.

Faith Is Following What You Know Is True

Not everybody He contacted had walls. A small child’s demon was divested of it’s hold on her after her mother boldly asked Yeshua for healing. An important aside and cross reference to this instance: a nobleman spent many hours journeying to come before Him. His test for the nobleman involved the nobleman’s focus, the nobleman avoiding an argument, and the nobleman’s flexibility. The nobleman was rewarded for his diligence, humility, and the faith that followed his conversation. That conversation is marked in the annals of history by great and skillful flexibility.

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When the mother was before Him, His test for her involved her confessing that her manna came to her through a table that treated her like a dog. This confession involved great introspection and painful honesty within herself. Why would Yeshua put her through that? She recognized and confessed that just the crumbs that came from their table was more than enough to accomplish the goal. When she came home, she found that her daughter was lying healthy and in her right mind on the bed.

Spreading it Freely

Yeshua’s commanding his patients to keep quiet about His healing them was frequent. Imagine how much differently His life would have been if everybody were obedient to His commands.

At the end of the chapter, a man by the sea of Galilee was both deaf and mute. What if when Yeshua gave this man his speech and hearing the man used it to serve Yeshua with? I am willing to bet that at least a few of the people who were healed were obedient. They were most certainly not living

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their lives for themselves anymore but, little by little, blow by blow, they allowed The Master to use more and more of their abilities and talents to do His work for the kingdom.

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New Series Begins Soon

A new series is coming to you soon. Apologies for this pages inactivity for a while. Here is what you have to look forward to over the course of the next 13 weeks!

  • You will have teachings about Baptism, Mercy & Justice, How to “do” faith and much more available to you every other week through Youtube and here on WordPress
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This series starts on 10/30/020 and will go for thirteen weeks. Every other week will be a consecutive chapter of scripture with the even weeks bringing you conceptual free form teaching. While recording these videos early in the summer of 2020 there was a different plan in place; Therefore, the structure of the series spoken of in the videos is not accurate. The structure spoken of here is.

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