Bethesda: Who Knew?

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In Jerusalem, there was a public pool at Bethesda.  At this pool many of the cities crippled and maimed spent their time.  The people at that pool had no idea why they spent so much time there; The pool was just where they happened to be during a great portion of their days.

Every once in a while one of the people there would jump up healed!Image result for Seraphim Many people spent their lives at Bethesda but alas, would never find healing.

Some of the people at the pool didn’t know why somebody there would find healing from time-to-time, but there must have been a few who did.   The above is a short fan fiction piece on one of the many possible scenarios surrounding the historical origins of the place “Bethesda” from The Holy Bible. This is where we turn from a story that came out of my, the author’s, mind and asking you, my brilliant and prayerful reader, to ponder this question:

What was the buzz around Bethesda in the days of Jesus?  Was it wholly and totally known that the pool was a place of healing?  Was it wholly known that an angel from God was the messenger of that healing?  Was it a little more silent?  Did only a few quiet people sitting at the pool know that God sent healing when they saw the troubling of the waters?  OR …  was it a complete mystery:  Only a fluke that sick people spent a lot of time there and a fluke that whoever got into the pool after an angel came and went became healed from either very obvious infirmities or more subtle, mental and spiritual, or emotional scars?

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Focus: Good Characteristics or Bad Ones

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In Exodus Ch. 32 we find all the people of Israel donating their gold apparel with the intention of finding a thing to direct their worship to.  Many people see this and focus on it as if the Israelites only did wrong.  All the time.  They  were awful idol worshippers and nothing else.  That is not true.  Far from it.

Most people leave out and/or have no idea what they did just a few chapters ahead in the Exodus Chronicle:  In ch. 36, while building God’s Holy Place, there was a point when the artisans had to stop their work to go to Moses to tell him that the people had brought more than enough, and that they had to be ordered to stop bringing their gifts.  It says {So the people were restrained from bringing.}

This temple’s plans were contrary to denominations.  The plans to this sanctuary were written by God Himself for the purpose of bringing His people to The True Him.  Literally built under the instruction of The Holy Spirit: { He has put in his heart the ability to teach, in him and Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.  He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work…}

If only I were a comic artist.  But since that is not my forte I will just make a list.  But try to picture it:

Slip Up:

Goal: Golden Calf

People gave: Gold

 

 

 

Nailed It:

Goal: Making a Sanctuary for The Lord

People gave: Gold, blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goat’s hair, red skins of rams, badger skins, silver, bronze, acacia wood, onyx and other stones, spices and oil.  All of this was a free will offering, except maybe the acacia wood.

When the calf was made, one man melted and hammered the calf, and then later denied he had even very much to do with it. {“So they gave it (gold) to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf”}.  “And out came this calf!”  Are you serious? That’s hilarious

When the sanctuary was under construction, all men and women whose hearts were stirred to do the work came and worked together until a beautiful sprawling sanctuary was built.  There were multiple people dedicated to attending to the daily worship there, and a dad and his son focused their lives on the sacrifices and services necessary to do in and around the holy tent.

There was a beautiful crystal lens over the eyes of The Israelites with YHVH’s name all over it in the building of the holy tent.  On the other hand there was a spec of sawdust that had Satan’s name all over it in the eyes of the Israelites when a half hearted golden calf was hamered out and we focus on that?  What a laugh.

Fire and Brimstone

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How do we build on a wild plot?  Put up walls and a roof and a safe haven for the tenants.  Yes, that is part of it.  First, though we need to do some destroying.  Some wrecking ball havoc is in order:  some fire and brimstone.  First, the lot is cleared, making room for the structures walls and roof and amenities.

In Jeremiah Ch, 1 we learn that Jesus is not just in the comfort game.  He is learned in the ways of destruction too.  Wouldn’t you want a warrior on your side when things get tough and the world wants to see you suffer?

 

Parallels: Adam and Abram

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In Genesis we learn about woman’s weaknesses, and man’s weaknesses.  Women have a tenancy to get tricked into doing things they knew, just a few seconds ago, are not good.  Men tend to falter and sit back, doing nothing, when the time is right for them to crack the whip and drive the peddler’s out of God’s house.

Adam was not off in some far corner of the Garden while Satan was tinkering with Eve’s mind.  Adam and Eve were shoulder to shoulder while Eve was being tricked into eating the fruit.  That is how it reads: They were together.

Evil unfolded in a two step process for Adam. While evil had his woman by the mind, blossoming a maelstrom of death that caused her judgement to be clouded enough to cause her to take a bite out of the fruit that was not for her, he said nothing.  She was beguiled.  She was under the influence of Satan when it happened to her.  She did not know that what she was doing was wrong.

Adam had his first chance to deliver on being courageous for God and his wife right before Eve took a bite of the fruit.  Delivering on courage would have looked like this: “Eve! What are you doing!  That is not right, honey, do not under any circumstance eat that fruit.”  While saying this Adam could have been fishing the snake out of the tree with a stick.  Then, smashing the snake repeatedly with his heel would have been quite appropriate.  Later, smacking the fruit out of Eve’s hand and calling out to God, “Father, Father, I am in trouble, please help.  Please!”  Something along those lines would have been preferable to the reality of what happened.

From that point, if Eve decided to take a bite anyway, after being warned, she would have been in the wrong, and since Adam warned her, he would have been in the right.  You cannot force anybody to do right, but you can warn them and continue to support their good qualities {Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.}  That does not say do not warn sinners.  Just do not stubbornly stand in their way is all.

Adam’s second chance to deliver was on faith and sacrifice and would have been after his wife had eaten the fruit.  When she turned to him, the silent sinner at this point, and commanded him to take a bite: “Take, eat.”  Adam chose His wife, and cowardice over God.  The fall.  A simple no, or even just “the look,” while turning and walking away to tell God what had happened would have changed everything.

 

Now we have Abraham.  Abraham is always being made the butt of jokes by most pastors in order to play the “I am on your wife’s side” card while standing behind the podium.  It is a tactic that works, but most pastors lack understanding because their judgement is being clouded by the love of money or some other evil thing.  They mean well, but our front line soldiers (pastors) are constantly being hit hardest when it comes to Satan beguiling people.

Abraham might as well have chained and shackled His wife, put her on a cart made out of gold and wheeled her into Pharaoh’s courts according to the way church makes the story sound.  That is not what happened at all, brothers, sisters and beloved pastors.

Abraham acted in faith.  Not to mention, he never lied.  The Good Book encourages us to withhold information from the enemy, which is exactly what Abraham did.  How dare sny of us encourage the blood bought family to spill the beans before the very people who would have them suffer for the sake of evil and selfishness.  Shame shame.

Abraham simply told Pharaoh that his wife was his sister and instructed Sarai to agree.  This, almost certainly, was an act that God not only condoned, but insisted on.  Abraham didn’t shackle, gag, and hand her over to the wolves.  Pharaoh stole Abraham’s wife from him.  Pharaoh took her.  Abraham DID NOT “hand her over.”

I know this is contrary to what most of us have been taught, but just hold on for a moment and I promise you the truth will increase your understanding of God and aid in your relationship to/with Him.  Let’s ask why.  Why would God insist on such a thing?  God did not want Abraham to fight against Pharaoh through fleshly means.  God had helped Abraham to fight in that way before.  Not this time though.  This time, Elohim needed Abraham to be obedient in order for God to show Pharaoh, a powerful occultist, that God is more powerful than even sorcery and magik.  Think about it.  Pharaoh lived in the shroud of heavy occultism.  Pharaoh was at the center of many layers of secrecy and power.  This was brought to light only thousands of years after the fall of Egypt.  There weer human sacrifices, and sorcerers and witches and warlocks that performed powerful magikal incantations.  It was going to take a lot more than just a few righteous words to prove to a man like Pharaoh how powerful God truly is, without showing Pharaoh God’s face and destroying him in the process.  Through Abraham’s obedient nature, God showered Pharaoh in His wrath so that Pharaoh would understand God was God, not him.

Abraham was blessed richly for His obedience to God, and Sarai was blessed richly for her obedience to Abraham.  They both learned that the most important things in life are to always have everything you have on the table for God to use as he sees fit.

In the end, every on of you preachers gets up there and plays that card, you are spitting in the face of Abraham, Your Savior’s greatest grandfather, a friend of YHVH and you are leading your flock astray, ever so slightly.  Tell Him you are willing to suffer any repercussions, dishonor, or hardship to be a true servant to Him.  Without that, you will not know grace, and you will continue to live under mercy while the rest of us carry you around as you refuse to mature.  The third commandment is not just for people who use the name of Jesus in times of stress.  It is for people who use His name vainly.  That commandment’s bulls eye is squarely on the back of anyone who uses My Father’s name for their own fleshly wants and desires.

All These Covenants

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God’s Covenant with Abraham – A promise made to one man to multiply and bless his seed.

God’s Covenant with Moses and the Israelites – A promise made to Moses and the Israelites.

New Covenant – Not with one man or one man’s multiplied family, but a promise made to the entire world.

You see the exponential growth here?  God started with a relationship with one man.  Abba then multiplied that relationship a few generations later to that man’s great great grandchildren and their children.  Then, something like 40 generations from Abraham, Abba revealed to the whole world what had been available to them all along if only one believes what is already inside of them.

What then is this New Covenant all about?

The New Covenant has two promises that are written in scripture.  The Covenant:

  • Is for anyone who chooses life
  • Affects everybody

The New Covenant is not only a promise to the obedient, but it also changes the way the world operates as a whole.  The Holy Spirit is poured out unto all flesh, causing the world to operate differently than before.  It might be safe to assume that this is why society is not as barbaric as it once was.

Satan’s Plan

YaHoVa had a 30,000 foot view of His situation on earth.  He knew that the Pharisees were easily controlled by Satan.  Their plan for Yeshua was easy:

(1) See Miracles.

(2) Ask where the power comes from.

(3) When He answers “from God” get Him to admit He is God.

(4) Kill Him for Blasphemy.

The pharisees did not realize that was their plan.  They just knew they were trying to get Him to show that He was certified to perform the miracles He was performing.  They wanted Him to show where His certification was from so that they could show that their certification trumped His certification.  Satan used the pharisees need to trump His power to edge them closer and closer to killing Him.

 

God’s Plan

God’s plan

(1) “Get Satan to kill Me.”  This death will solve the problem started when I created a world where the potential for sin exists.

(2) When I die I will take responsibility for the fall that started all of this, and soak up all the sin it created.

(3) Once all the sin is in Me, I will bring it to the Lake of Fire, where I will continue to preach the gospel, even there.

(4) Anyone who trusts Me in their minds and with their actions will be forgiven for past sins.  I will encourage them to live perfectly, and forgive them when they fall short if they are continuing to show that in their minds and with their actions that they love me instead of the world.   The blood will be for those folks.  Everybody else has little clue as to what they are talking about.

(5) Paradise with everyone who has earned it.  Yes, that is right.  If you believe in me with your minds and your actions you will be hated and ridiculed and the work will be tough.  I say again: heaven is earned.  Every mentor and patriarch I put into The Bible for you did My works, they worked hard to earn My approval.

There is a reason you have to earn a living, earn every meal, earn a car, earn your grades, and earn everything in life:  It is because I put that nature into people: The need to earn what is had.  {You will reap what you sow.} in other words,  You will get what you have worked to earn.  Life with God is no different.  The only way that heaven differs from any other earned thing is that you earn heaven by denying yourself and walking for Me instead.  No thing you can do that earns My approval comes from you.  It comes from me, but you still have to do it.  If you do not, I will find somebody else who will, and you will be left in the dark.

(6) Those who have proven too slick to suffer for My sake will suffer for their own sake, for eternity with the rest of the selfish people who chose the maelstrom of living that is the world.

Training: What Track is The Good Track

What does a train look like?  It looks like a whole bunch of train cars with an engine in the front and/or the back.  The train cars are all connected.  They all take the same course.  That course is driven by one power.  The train’s engines are even called that: The Power.  An Engineer would say to the Conductor “What Power are we riding in tonight?”  “Good question Frank, I don’t know yet, if I had to guess I would say the red one.”

In The Good Book, we learn that we are all connected and powered by One Source: The One they call Jesus.  His name is Yeshua.  Nobody called Him Jesus. They called Him Yeshua.  Yeshua is Our Power.  He powers us up the ladder that leads to life and into heaven. Much like the Conductor and Engineer of a train, our job is not to direct the path, but to stay awake, communicate with the team, and hold on for the ride through all things that will try getting in the way.

The Good Book tells us that if we train up our children in the way of The Lord, then if they go astray they will return.  Tough question, please forgive me.  How many people do you know that have trained up their children in the ways of The Lord and then have found that their children do not return?

God does not make promises He does not keep; Sometimes though, people make mistakes in choosing the train that they connect their children to.  Unknowingly at first, and then when folks are corrected they generally don’t accept the truth.

The train of The Lord spans all generations.  The ways of The Lord are described in Torah.  In Torah, it tells us that God warns His children: Above all, keep My Sabbaths and Feast Days.  His Sabbaths and Feast Days include The Feast of Tabernacles, Trumpets and First Fruits.  The ways of The Lord are hard to follow, it feels weird, and it takes some humbling.  A lot of humbling.  Nine times out of ten it involves removing oneself from the social circle one has built (that’s the being set apart from the world The Bible talks about).  Big huge sacrifice right?  That sort of sacrifice is love that is worthy of giving to The Lord.  Basically your whole life.  All of it.  He is that awesome.

There is another train that dates way back.  Almost all generations even.  It began as Pagan holidays and rituals.  Pagan Feast Days are also based on the seasons, but do not oblige to The Lord.  Over the years Satan has found ways to take the filthy, dirty train that is those Pagan holidays and dress them up in costumes, and replace their pagan names with Christian ones.  Satan masquerades himself as an angel of light.  Christmas, Easter, and Halloween.  These are the holidays Satan uses to keep people with good intentions from finding their way out of Babylon.

To train your child up in a way that will lead to The Lord is to practice what The Lord has prescribed for all Israelites from the beginning.  As it says in His word:

“And this is love, that we walk after His commandments. This is the commandment, that, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.”

That verse was written to a woman who had been trained in Torah from the beginning of her life.  As she had heard from the beginning would be to practice Torah.  Yeshua showed that it is about what is going on inside the heart, and what is going on outside is a support system for a person who is truly seeking The Truth.

Through the the writer of 2 John, Yeshua foreshadowed the times we are in today, warning us that people would believe that because of the sacrifice He made, obedience is no longer necessary.  The sacrifice He made is what makes obedience possible.

If you would like to continue in disobedience the world will support you for it; However, you will have less of His ear, you will not be as protected by Him as you could be, and you will not be one who is pointing to and worshiping Him with your very rhythm of life.   By choosing disobedience, you choose to sacrifice what you could have with Him for what you already have with the world.