Faith is Similar To . . .

Have you had a recent “Faith is Like Moment?” What is a “Faith is Like Moment?” Hear a “Faith is Like” moment I had:

Faith is like walking a dog through the suburbs without a leash.

How is faith like walking a dog leashless?  Have you ever had a good Dad, or a good boss? When they have to chasten us they end up looking like a virulent and unloving leader, when in fact the good boss or dad is a fantastic and loving leader, who, was just circumstantially made to look bad.   It seems that the unfaithful have a view of God that paints Him as being angry and abusive.  Truth is, He is… towards our bad qualities.

When I was walking my dog leash-less a while ago, we were in a hurry and had to keep a good canter to accomplish a goal. Every time we got close to an intersection and my dog was not near to me I had to put on my “man voice” and sternly warn him to catch up so we could cross the intersection together instead of my dog crossing an intersection alone, chasing me, after tearing himself from whatever corner he was sniffing.  I did not want him chasing me down and running across an intersection by himself, but because he is an obedient pup he gets to go on walks with the freedom of no leash.

There was a person about half a block behind me, walking at my pace.  To the person following me I maybe sounded like an angry, aggressive and unloving dog owner.  He probably thought things like “He should have that pup on a leash”  and “Listen to the way he yells at his dog!”  and “That guy deserves to be tarred and feathered, he has no business in decent society.”  Ok, maybe those were not his exact thoughts, could be that I was being paranoid.  Nevertheless.

When my dog came near to me after I called him I would praise him, quietly.  Why quietly? My dog was was right there next to me! The person pacing me did not ever hear the praise. No need to yell that particular praise, that would have been selfish. It would have been weird and might have even scared my dog.  If he was 30 yards away and caught a frisbee, then I would yell a praise.

Yeshua is my owner and I am His leash-less dog.  I care that people see My Father as unloving but I know He loves me and when they are ready to love Him, they will see that He is in fact loving me too. Because I experience both sides of a relationship with The Creator, I know this.  He keeps me on the right path using both chastening and praising.

 


 

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Prairie Girl’s “Faith is Like Moment”

To me, faith is like watching a person performing an amazing derring-do, like walking a tightrope, only to have the camera pan out to see that they’re actually only a foot off the ground and were safe all along.

As I grow in learning what it means that God has covered all the things I thought it was my job to worry about, I find I can embark on hopes and dreams without the fears that use to hold me back. I’m safe to be me in the world, and it turns out I was always safe.


Belle Unruh

Faith is like knowing my husband will always come home to me every day. It never occurs to me that he won’t.


Wisdom Drops

To me, faith is like “knowing that something is going to happen or get done and l really do not know how it is going to happen; l am just waiting on it to happen any day, at any time; more less like take me by surprise because l know it is going to happen, but l just do not know when.”


 Nancy Ruegg

Each of these faith analogies above offer insight into its mystic qualities. I cannot do better than Martin Luther King, Jr: “Faith is like taking the first step even if you don’t see the whole staircase.”


 

Jessica May Moore

Faith is like being blind all of your life. Suddenly the veil falls from your eyes and you are amazed at what you see.

Faith is like you were deaf all of your life and God opens your ears to His voice and you are amazed at all the things He has to say to you.

Faith is like you can not smell all of your life and suddenly you smell lilacs.

Faith is like you can’t feel a thing all of your life and suddenly He touches you and from that moment on you are never the same.


 Deb

Faith is like jumping into a swimming pool for the first time each summer. I see others in there having fun. I stick my toe in the water and it feels too cold. Someone yells to me, “It’ll be fine once you jump in.” I always hesitate and struggle, then I just jump and it turns out to be great!


Faith is walking through any door in Alice and Wonderland fearlessly (unlike Alice) because God is your Heavenly Father and is bigger than anything on the other side of the door and loves me very much. 🙂❤


 

myliron

Faith is trusting God in your circumstances whatever it may be knowing that his plans are always good for you. Believing in the unseen!

 


 

YedidiYah

Faith is like taking a breath – the air we breathe provides us with life, we cannot see it (except for exhaling on a cold day), but we are completely reliant on it to survive. When breath stops so does life. Faith is remarkably similar – it is the life-blood of your spiritual life and existence, it cannot be seen but the fruits can be witnessed, and when it is lost death almost certainly follows it.

 

 

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How Did That Leper Know?

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Let’s remember with utmost respect and love for The Master that Yeshua was both God, and Man.  With Him living as The Perfect Man He had to grow:  He didn’t just know everything from the get go: Just like each of us have the chance to, He had to make a habit of saying yes to God and His ways:

Luke 2:40 <And The Child grew and became strong; He was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on Him.>

Isaiah 11:2 <The Spirit of YHVH will rest on Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and strength,
The Spirit of knowledge and the fear of YHVH>

Those things did not come without a price:

Image result for Yeshua in the wildernessLeviticus 25:23 <The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is Mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with Me.>

Remembering Yeshua was also a Man, lets look at verse 40 of Mark 1 when the leper came, on his knees no less, telling Yeshua “I know You can heal me if You want to.”  Might Yeshua have thought to Himself, ‘how the heck does this guy know that about Me?’

This is the beginning of Yeshua’s ministry ya know.  Put yourself in Our Savior’s shoes for a minute: The book tells us His fame spread throughout the land, but there was a point in Yeshua’s life when His fame was spreading and He did not know it yet.  Who knows how long that time was, but that time existed.Image result for Yeshua preaching to thousands

Mark 1:28 <News about Him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee>

Matthew 4:24 < So His fame spread throughout all Syria>

What do both of these verses have in common?  ( the answer can be found by reading a few of the surrounding verses.)

Where did Yeshua send the man who He healed in verse 40?

The newly healed leper’s reaction to what Yeshua told him to do, what might have Yeshua learned through that?  How was His Father teaching, warning, and growing His Son’s understanding?

Prayer:

Holy Spirit we ask You to guide us and allow us to peer into Yeshua’s mind as we read this passage and find a bit of nutrition for Your Spirit in us.

I want to hear what you all gather from this.  I was honored with a beautiful blossoming from this passage and that blossoming is only one ofImage result for iron sharpening iron many view points to be gleaned from in this scripture.  Together we can put many more of the pieces together!  Be open with each other, comment, and share please. Be kind and understanding of one another’s differences while at the same time sharpening one another respectfully.

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Moth and Rust

In our occupations the first thing we get is training.  If we show that we are able, we get to keep working.  What exactly is training?  It seems to me that training cultivates an atmosphere where a set of desired knowledge and skills when applied, attract a goal.  If the goal is to make computer chips, then in training one would seek to attain the knowledge and skills required to bring about many usable computer chips.  What then is profit?  Training’s profit would be knowledge.Image result for training

Knowledge is important, but it is nascent to achieving a goal yet.  The repetitive application of that knowledge has a profit: computer chips.  Computer chip manufacturer’s end goal is not to have too many computer chips lying around.  Manufacturer’s make those computer chips in order to profit financially.  Once they have financial profit, “profit’s profit” is the power to have what one needs to function in life and enjoy it to the full.  If finances did not provide power, nobody would seek after currency.

Is it vain to acquire the knowledge and skills required to be a servant of The Most High God? Obviously not.  Do men acquire skills and products vainly?    <“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.>  He Who was, He Who is, and He Who will be is an honor to work for, a challenge to be in constant communication with.  He has plans for you that involve application of belief, encouragement of truth, destruction of lies, and profit.  Lots and lots of profit.

The righteousness of God is attained through repetitively applying His knowledge and skills to our lives.  What we want dies, and what He wants is attained. He tells Jeremiah the same thing He tells us <I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, ” plans toImage result for Jewels on fire prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.> (emphasis added)

If our heart’s desire is to please God then, where He is is where our heart will be.  <For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.>  If our heart’s desire is to attain something worldly, our hearts will go the way of all the world.  If our heart’s are near Elohim then we will better understand how to be of His fold.

How do we train ourselves to attain the profit described in the word?  Profits like described in Isaiah? In the Berean Study Bible this scripture is prefixed with the title: Future Blessing of Zion, but I tell you this is the blessing for His people now and today.  In fact, the following blessing is what keeps His suffering servants moving forward each day and without this blessing, nobody will be able to survive the fiery day of judgement.  Everything else will get burned up! <O afflicted city, lashed by storms, without solace, surely I will set your stones in antimony and lay your foundations with sapphires. I will Related imagemake your pinnacles of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels and all your walls of precious stones. Then all your sons will be taught by YHVH, and great will be their prosperity.…>

Do not let the bridle that is your desires steer you away from love for <The heart is deceitful above all things.>

If we choose earthly things over HaAdonai’s things our hearts will begin to be attached to those, unfortunately. You will not have courage to walk with Abba and will blench at the tasks He sets before you. Will Abba give you provision only to watch you not fulfill the mission set before you?  Will you squander Abba’s provision?  Your minds will be eaten away at with lies and subtle falsehoods: fooling your senses and showing you evidence of things that really are just there temporarily, to keep you from giving your lives to the One Who Has Shown Unending Love For You.

If you have seen a child or teenager or even an adult who has a new toy, you will see how their heart is there with it.  They will sacrifice a great deal to spend time with it.  eventually the good feelings that come will go and they will move on to another.  Not so with true fellowship.

<For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, …whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him…He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  And He is the head of the body, the brotherhood; He is the beginning and firstborn from among the dead, so that in all things He may have preeminence.>

There is a reason that the economy and the nature of work is displayed as it is.  Yeshua could have chosen one of many ways for nature to display working towards profit.  It is displayed as it is though, and it is complicated enough to keep one busy for a lifetime while what is important is brushed aside as childish, too hard, and vain.  It isn’t.

Prayer:

Yaweh, we are grateful that it is You on the throne.  Your love, Your faithfulness, Your unchanging characteristics, Your life which we abide in is worth our praise.  Help us to better serve you, through study and prayer.

Scripture:

James 5; 1-6 <Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of HaAdonai of Sabaoth. You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and put to death the righteous man; he does not resist you.>

Matthew 6; 19-20 <“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.>

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Getting Angry with God

I have a feeling.  This feeling comes and goes.  The feeling is that fluttering in my stomach like I am going over a hump on a roller coaster.  I have got this feeling because I am falling, falling because I have been pushed- Hard.

I am angry with God sometimes. Let me explain: He made me; put me in a sinful body and in a sinful world; and then expects me to shun the worldly to seek The Spirit.  (Even as I write this I am seeing some of the lies in this feeling.  I am going to finish the post anyway.  Reader, don’t trust this, it isn’t scripture, just me venting and looking for others who feel the same.)

This is the way that I see it.  God and I are sitting on a boat together after He formed me.  We are looking out over a sea with people who are all on their way to finding the rope and life vest God is holding and providing.  The monkey wrench is that there are thousands of fraudulent life vests out there that look, sound, feel like they have His stamp of approval on them.

The problem is that each of those stamps has been stolen by the sharks that are looking to devour.  These sharks made those life vests with shreds and pieces of the authentic thing.  They are mostly authentic.  Some avuncular in manner and many who go on seeking the real thing are derided for doing so.

Here is where I get mad:  when I get that sick feeling in my stomach.  It’s because God has pushed me off of the boat, divesting me of my relationship with Him.  I am helpless in a sea of lies and He expects me to praise and worship Him, to truly seek Him so that I can find the authentic life vest which leads to a rope which leads to the boat: the fold He has created for everyone.

I wrote this many months ago.  Being honest about how I feel has helped me to come to grips with this feeling.  I thank Him for sending His angels who are guiding my mind and heart and giving me His motivations.  Yaweh, Thank you for loving me and showing me Who You are so I can better serve You, others and relish in your peace.  I love you.

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Relating to Jesus Because He Relates to Us

Jesus is the most important person who has ever lived. He is the Savior, God in human flesh. He is not half God and half man. He is fully divine and fully man. In other words, Jesus has two distinct natures: divine and human. Jesus is the Word<> who was:

  • God
  • and was with God
  • and was made flesh

This means that in the single person of Yeshua (Jesus) He has both a human and divine nature; God and man.

The divine nature was not changed when the Word became flesh (John 1:1, 14). Instead, the Word was joined with humanity (Col. 2:9).

***Jesus’ divine nature was not altered.  Yet He was fully man. ***

Yeshua was not just a man who “had God within Him.”  He is not just a man who “lived the God principle.” He truly has both of those qualities; However, He is God in the flesh. “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.” (Heb. 1:3).

Yeshua’s two natures are not “mixed together” (Eutychianism), nor are they combined into a new God-man nature (Monophysitism). They are separate yet act as a unit in the one person of Yeshua. This is called the Hypostatic Union.

Understanding this helps us to better come into communion with Yeshua. He was fully man: He suffered as we do, felt as we do, builds understanding and grows in communication with the Father as we do, was tempted as we are.  When The Bible refers to “all” as in “all men,” Yeshua is included in all men. When The Bible refers to God or the Holy Spirit or The Word made flesh or Yeshua, He is included. He is meant for us to love and stand in awe of.

Is this something that can be true and hold up to the words in The Bible?  The Words in The Bible would not be true if this nature wasn’t in existence.

<God, who at sundry times and diverse manners spake in times past unto the elect by the prophets, Whom in these last days has spoken unto us by His son Whom He hath appointed heir of all things, through Whom also He created the worlds.> 

That means that Yeshua created the worlds, but in Isaiah we learn that

<Thus saith The Lord Thy Redeemer, and He that formed you from the womb.  I am The Lord that maketh all things , that stretcheth forth the heavens alone, that spreadeth abroad the earth by Myself.>

We won’t understand it without first having faith like a child. We are commanded to have faith in His words for they are life. Upon believing on God’s Son, Our Brother Jesus Christ, we will have that faith and understanding and be granted with eternal life for believing on Him. Be blessed my brothers and sisters, through The  I love you all a bushel and a peck.

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Isaiah Ch. 7

Hello there Lord lover!  Today is a day that invites us to take a habitual thought pattern in our life and change it to better suit God’s needs.  This world is complicated and we are commanded to joyfully trust all of it to God.  We need to believe the things we say about how in control and awesome The Lord is.

An example of this is in Isaiah Ch.7 :

<And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it.>

So we have three characters, all kings.  Ahaz is presently king of Judah and afraid, freaking out really becasue Pekah and Remaliah are ganging up against him to take over his kingdom.

And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind.>

Then said the Lord unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shearjashub thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller’s field;

 And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.

 Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying,

 Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal:>

< Thus saith the Lord God, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.>

Alright, just a few verses ago, The Lord sent Isaiah to Ahaz to calm the king’s nerves. Lets put on our thinking caps for a minute and pretend that Isaiah never went to the king to calm his nerves. With a troubled mind, the king would have been more likely to blench at the sign of attack.

God created things so that our minds have some control over what is going on around us.  If the king’s worry had no effect on the outcome of the war we can assume that God would not have wasted Isaiah’s time.  Fear is an agent that controls.  God has made it an option for us to fear Him.  Worry can bring about a situation that otherwise would not have come to pass.  That is why we are asked to cast our worries upon Him.  If we are living for Him than it is His battle and we just kinda experience ourselves acting for Him, naturally knowing what to do.

The rest of chapter seven is a great prophecy of Immanuel’s birth and an account of what His early years are for.  It is filled with things to prayerfully meditate on.  Surely written and made part of The Bible for us to become closer with Our Creator.  The more we learn about who He is the better we can serve Him.  It is so cool getting to know Who God actually is.  It is important to wind into and out of reading His word with prayer, asking Him to give us the confidence we need to carry His words with His Spirit.

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Every Man Has Been Believing A Lie Implanted In Us!

Jesus’ first coming accomplished more than we can wrap our carnal minds around.  One of those goals, though, was to show us that the carnal world that we live within is divest of it’s power when placed against the The Holy Spirit.  The Ruach usurps any other authority.

Jesus came not to glorify the carnal flesh but to show He has been delivered from it!  From before the earth was even created!  Jesus is not only God in the flesh but somehow, miraculously was fully man as well.  This means that we, as men, have an example to follow.  Jesus was a man as we are and therefore our goal can be achieved.

There are many things Jesus did.  One of them was connecting with His Father.  Jesus was absolutely desperate for that connection.  If it were a ring or a goblet He would have done absolutely anything and everything in His power to ensure that the trinket was always with Him.  It wasn’t a trinket though, it was Him showing His Father that their relationship was at the top of His to-do list at every moment.

Our Goal

To spread the gospel.  Satan has put a veil over the gospel.  Our carnal minds cannot understand the gospel in it’s fullness <Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.>

We can recite the words of the gospel without believing them.  The veil I am talking about is that many who have been reciting the gospel for years even believe that they believe it. It tells us two things about what has to happen in order for a person to be saved:

<If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that YawehImage result for raised from the dead yeshua raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. >

Most all people in churches have the confession with the mouth part down and pat like there is no tomorrow.  The second part… well, uh.  Most people’s hearts are deceitful above all things, remember?  <The heart is deceitful above all things, Who can know it?>  When was the last time that a desire or goal of yours tricked you into doing things you did not sign up for, something you have learned to regret?

Unfortunately, man’s very own lips are lying to him every time he or she says “I believe that Jesus was raised from the dead.” If we did some serious spiritual battle and got down to the brass taxes of what we are living for, we will find that we must admit that the idea of Jesus being raised from the dead is not a deeply held truth for many of us.  If it was, we would not be sinning and doing nothing about it.  Most of us don’t even know how to Biblically define sin, let alone wage war against it.

Many are being deceived by the carnal mind into thinking that they are living for Christ when in fact they are just really happy that Christ lives for them.  If Christ were to tell many of us “how to” love Him, we would simply skim over that part and focus on how awesome He is for loving us.  My love for people would like to post that with “and that’s ok,” but it is not ok.  It will do, but it is not “OK.”

Without HaMashiach we are incapable of planting the seeds of the gospel into the hearts and minds of carnal men.  We cannot water them, prune them or protect them.  We cannot do those things on our own accords.  Even though we carry all the right words we lack the right … something that can pierce through Satan’s veil over our hearts, that we may have the truth revealed.  We are desperate for Jesus to be with us.

Thanks so much to Anne of http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/.  She is a big reason why this post was originally written, and after some brushing up here and there, it is a wonderful honor to publish this.  There is a reason that The Scripture says to <Believe in your heart that Yaweh raised Him from the dead.>  Be joyful, thankful and allow humility to till your hearts my friends.  Our Father has more than earned dominion over your life and the lives of everybody around us.

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Shalom.

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<Now the snake was more subtle than any beast of the field> is exactly what Jesus says to warn us of Satan and the wiles of sin.  Saul experienced this subtilty first hand. Samuel’s mother made giant sacrifices to ensure that she followed through with her word to God: “Lord if you give me a son, I will give you a son.”  Now those aren’t her exact words, none the less, the maelstrom here is the knowledge that Samuel’s mom gave Samuel to God.

When Saul was king, and David slew Goliath, Saul’s jealousy took root in Saul’s heart and was never destroyed completely.  Every time it was hampered it only came back stronger until it destroyed him.  At some point, Saul had all of Israel chasing David around the countryside to kill David, and Saul wondered why Adonai stopped speaking to him for a while.  Now, remember, Samuel is a good prophet of God, obedient, even when it hurt to be obedient. God was not talking to Saul in any way shape or form.  Saul was lost.  Very lost.

<And Saul sware to her by The Lord, saying, “As The Lord liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing.”

 Then said the woman, “Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.” And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, “Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul.”

And the king said unto her, “Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth.”

And he said unto her, “What form is he of?”

And she said, “An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle.”

And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.

 And Samuel said to Saul, “Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.” 

Then said Samuel, “Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the Lord is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy? And the Lord hath done to him, as he spake byImage result for soothsayer me: for the Lord hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to David: Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the Lord, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the Lord done this thing unto thee this day.  Moreover the Lord will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the Lord also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.”

 Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and there was no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night.>

You see, Saul did die soon after that.  He died a king over Israel ,and in sin and disobedience and suffered the draconian punishment that he had been storing up for himself.

Samuel, at the point of the conversation had already died and been gathered into his Fathers.  People do not control the spirits of the living.

I do not want to scare you, however to tell you that there are still people out there in the world like the soothsayer that Saul spoke with so many years ago would be an understatement.  We live in a world where people who practice magik are very numerous and everybody is aware of magik.  Magik is more powerful than people.  Satan is the ruler of magik and he makes it hard to resist.

The Father of all mercies promises us that as His children, no curse can fall upon us.  He loves everyone equally.  Very few do the hard work of loving Him.  Those who are not obedient to His commandments and say that they know Him are liars and the truth is not in them.

Author: T.Griffin

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What is Passover, Pt. 1

Passover is an awesome day to experience whether you are Jew, Gentile, or anything in between. There is a movement happening these days involving crazy people who have “found their roots” in The Torah and are living according to it as if it shows Elohim that they love Him.  One of the things these crazies are doing is keeping Passover.  If you are interested in the “how to” behind keeping Passover, keep reading, if you are not interested thanks for the visit.  According to Scripture, this is how Jesus kept this feast, none of us have to.

To throw out the idea of keeping Passover completely would be divesting oneself of the opportunity towards having a deeper connection with The Messiah.  There are plenty of folks out there who are indeed “keeping a Passover” but they are doing it according to Rashi, or Rambam, or some other Talmudic Rabbi who has decided that his word usurps those written through Moses, the prophets, and Paul (even though much of what Paul had written was not available to the general public yet).  Yes, there is only one Passover and in order to keep it correctly there are some complications on the way there. If you stick to scripture and scripture alone, you will find that Adonai has left a nice little treasure map that pin points exactly when He wants you to celebrate if you choose to do so. If you would rather not, that is ok and this day will be just a day like any other mundane day.

 

Prerequisite Information:

Let’s begin in Genesis.  According to Genesis 1:19 < there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.> This means that a day does not begin at the stroke of midnight, no, no, no.  The Lord placed the sun, moon and stars in the sky for us to calculate <seasons, and for days and years…>.  According to Scripture, every time you have sat with your family, friends, your honey and sweetheart to watch a sunset you are watching one day slowly drift into the next day.  Yep, the day begins with evening and ends with evening.  In fact, the word “evening” comes from a Hebrew word that is literally translated to “even,” referencing when the sun has become even with the horizon.  Now that we understand night (Laila in Hebrew) and day (Yom in Hebrew) govern the beginning and end of Scriptural days, let’s build on that.

There is a term that is found in a few different places throughout scripture that has been misinterpreted by every major Bible translation I have found.  Am I accusing our hard working and studious Biblical scholars of purposefully leading people astray?  I am not.  In fact I would say that The Bible is such a complicated and in depth book, written so long ago, that nobody could translate the entire thing correctly without passing their work on from one generation to the next throughout several generations.  Most of us would blench at the task.  Our Biblical scholars are courageous and hard working people.  Unfortunately though, when it comes to “Ben Ha Arbayim” they were just plain wrong.  It is actually an idiom of sorts and can be found in the first five verses of Numbers 9.  The NKJV translates it as “twilight” as does the HCSB and the ESV, where some other versions of the text such as the KJV translates it as “at even.”

You see, our scholars of Biblical texts translated “Ben Ha Arbayim” that way because the term literally translates to “between the evenings”.  The literal translation, coupled with the time at which the Passover traditionally began would bring most people to agree with “at even” or “twilight” being an ok translation, which it is.  Sort of.

“Ben Ha Arbayim” meaning “Between the evenings” does not mean “At any given time.”  Nor does it mean “At any time during the day,” or “At any time during the night.” No, no no, when a Hebrew man said Ben Ha Arbayim to a friend it would be a lot like me saying “In regards to all this Passover stuff, Im gonna “show you the ropes.”” Im not actually going to show you a set of literal ropes.  Just like Jesus is not literally a sheep fold’s gate and we are not literally sheep!  Ben Ha Arbayim idiomatically means “From the time that the sun has began it’s decent, to the time that the sun has set.”  That is the time period referenced when you see between the evenings.

Passover Already:

Now that we know what the term Ben Ha Arbayim is used to define, let’s build on that.  In Numbers 9, the first five verses are <And The Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying, “Let the people of Israel keep the Passover at it’s appointed time. On the fourteenth day of this month, at twilight, you shall keep it at it’s appointed time; according to all it’s statutes and all it’s rules you shall keep it.”>  According to this, The Passover begins between the evenings on the 14th day of Abib.  Could it be that God meant that we begin the Passover at the twilight of the 13th?  Possibly.  It could be that Scriptures were rounding off the last chunk of the 13th into the 14th and calling those hours the 14th.

In Joshua, The Israelites (long after Moses had passed) celebrated the Passover feast.  <While the sons of Israel camped at Gilgal they observed the Passover on the evening of the fourteenth day of the month on the desert plains of Jericho.> Passover was celebrated on the 14th day, not the 13th; However, the text could still be rounding off the last few hours of the 13th into the 14th.

Another example of how to celebrate The Memorial involves some of the Passover commands in Exodus 12:6 where it says <You shall keep it until the 14th day of this month.>  “This month” is referring to the first month, called Abib, and “it” is referencing the lamb.  This is where we can pinpoint the 14th day instead of the 13th day.  If an Israelite were to begin preparing his family’s meal between the evenings on the 13th he would be failing to keep the command that says <you shall keep it until the 14th day of this month.>

Another scripture that really sends it home is not in reference to the memorials of The Lord’s triumphant day: the day where He began to bring His children out from bondage.  Nope, it is an account of the very first Passover, the actual day after He sent an angel out to deliver the final blow against Pharaoh and Egypt.  In this scripture in Numbers 33 it tells us that <They set out from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month. On the day after the Passover, the people of Israel went out triumphantly in the sight of all the Egyptians…> This scripture is important in figuring the correct time that The Lord celebrates The Memorial of His triumph because The Israelites were told to eat their meal “in haste” with their sandals, and belts on and their staff IN THEIR HAND.  If the Israelites were to have eaten this meal on the 13th, they would have had more than 30 hours to sit around waiting for the fifteenth.  That’s more than one full laila and one full yom, making up a full day.  The Pharaoh found His dead son during the night of the 15th and the children of Israel were finally told to get the heck out of his city.

Israelites cannot have an original Passover where The Lord kills the Israelite’s enemie’s first born, and then are sent to cross over the Red Sea on dry land.  All Israelite people though are invited and encouraged to memorialize that awesome day by recognizing and celebrating that <on the 14th day of the first month, between the evenings is The Lord’s Passover.>

Nahum

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Hiya reader and master of English.  Have you ever read the book of Nahum? The Book of Nahum is a super quick read. It describes a battle God is waging against Nineveh to bring them to congruence with Him.  Nahum (the author and protagonist alongside Jesus) describes the vision of God in an exceedingly powerful and poetic style only made capable through grace.

Plenty of beautiful language here such as: <The Lord hath His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. . . The mountains quake at Him and Image result for chaotic whirlwindthe hills melt and the earth is burned at His presence . . . Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strongholds, go into clay and tread the mortar, make strong the brick-kiln.>

When reading Nahum we can imagine our bodies as the battle ground. You see, God is waging war on His enemies within us.  The time is right!  Clean a space for The Holy Spirit, The Word, Jehovah-Jireh, Elohim. Viewing ourselves as temples that need cleaning can change the thought process significantly for us when reading such acerbic language against the foes of Yeshua that lie within.  <“For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.”>  What happens after a field’s dry stubble is removed?  The field is bare.  It is time to plant the seeds of righteousness in our hearts, in our minds, weaving The Word throughout our very flesh and bone.

This theme is all over the place in scripture. The Theme is allegorical. The hard to describe process a person goes through if he or she chooses to heed their calling day in and day out for many months can more easily be described through such allegory.  Here it is again in Jeremiah:  In the first chapter, Jeremiah recalls what it was like when God came Image result for fresh dirtto him in a dream and placed His anointing on Jeremiah: <Behold I have put My words in your mouth.  See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms…>

Once the anointing was placed the question of what to do with the anointing remained. <To pluck up and break down, to destroy and to overthrow …>  Why would The Father want to do so much destruction?  <to build and to plant.>

Nahum is nothing but death and destruction against the enemy.  You’ll have to go to another book to read about what happens after man’s whoring is destroyed.

Author: T.Griffin

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