TORAH : DEUTERONOMY 3:23-7:11| PROPHETS : ISAIAH 40:1-26| GOSPEL : LUKE 3:2-15


Voices…To Heed or Ignore?

 

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We sojourners, wandering through this experience called life, often can recall conversations with others that we did not heed…later regretting it, thinking, “so THAT is what they meant, augh, I should have listened!”. Or, am I the only one that has said that countless times throughout my 60 some years of traversing? Moshe did his best to communicate Yah’s instructions…Yah’s warnings, Yah’s encouragements. I do not think the reason for the tribe’s rebellion rested on Moshe…no…I am pretty sure it was the hearts of the people…stiffnecked and rebellious Israel!

Now, more than any time in history (in my humble opinion) is it imperative that we shema His instructions and have a relationship with the Shephard…be led by His Spirit…and be able to discern the hissing of the snakes…we are walking in a wilderness, coming out of Egypt just like our ancestors, but this time, oh! THIS TIME, we gotta get it right! I am not talking about legalistic hoop-jumping, no! I am talking about an authentic, intimate relationship with the True Shephard, the Lover of your soul…

Can you hear Him beckoning you? Can you hear the voices crying in the 21st-century wilderness “MAKE WAY FOR THE KING”!

SHEMA ISREAL!!! HEED HIS VOICE!!!

Moshe may have blown it at the end of his life, preventing him from entering into the Promised Land, but he will be in the New Jerusalem! Even that was part of Yah’s plan…I do not know about you, but I do not want to blow it! I want ears to hear and eyes to see and a heart that is pure and dedicated to my King!

 

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I ofter wondered how those who witnessed the demise of their fellow tribes felt. Did it make them want to run away from the Creator, from The Deliverer, or did it encourage them on the path of obedience?  I wondered if they were traumatized and if He comforted them as a Shephard comforts a frightened lamb. We live in a world that has been traumatized since the fall. and these days we need all the comfort we can get from The Comforter! And, we also need to be His hands and feet, and also His voice, providing comfort to the widows and the orphans, those who are poor and needy…be the hands of Messiah! Bring comfort to those in need, those in your sphere of influence…go into the byways and highways, seeking the lost sheep!

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As I pondered this week’s Torah portion, I was led to Ezekiel 1-3. I have been led here over the years quite a few times, usually when I am about to speak to a group of people. It is as if Yah is preparing me for the rejection and insults. I also pondered a conversation from a ZOOM bible study I listened in on that discussed the issue of how women should act in the body of the Messiah. I was disappointed with the verbiage I both heard and read. The bible teacher did not want to hear anyone else’s opinion unless it validated his. He would not listen to any woman brave enough to challenge him,  unless they, too, believed in women being submissive to men…only a couple of folks mentioned the domestic abuse taking place and that men needed to be taught how to love and respect their wives. I mentioned that Hebrew scholars understand the Hebrew culture, content, and root words, which conveys a clearer picture of women’s role, design, and function. Has anyone heard of Ezer Kenagdo I wrote…no one even acknowledged my question.  I felt unheard.

I think Yeshua felt unheard, as did other voices speaking the truth.

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I wanted to share with you this article written by Tekoa Manning.

Madmen

 

 

This message concerns the Holy One’s prophets who were deemed madmen and at times labeled babbling fools. These were peculiar men. These were men whose voices boomed at times. Men who called down fire and shut up the heavens. Men on missions. I will tie this message to the 9th of AV and, as always, try and end with hope. 

Again and again the LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to His people through His messengers because He had compassion on them and on His dwelling place. But they mocked the messengers of God, despising His words and scoffing at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD against His people was stirred up beyond remedy.

–II Chronicles 36:16

At times, Prophets see things they wish they had never seen. They hear words that terrorize them. What the prophets of old seen and knew was more than they could bear. They called it the burden of the word of the Lord. In II Kings, there is a shocking story that is heart-wrenching to read. Elisha has come to visit a king from Damascus who is very sick and he will give this King a strange message.

“Elisha came to Damascus. Now Ben-hadad, the king of Aram, was sick, and it was told to him, saying, “The man of God has come here.” And the king said to Hazael, “Take a gift in your hand and go to meet the man of God, and inquire of the LORD by him, saying, ‘Will I recover from this sickness?‘” So Hazael went to meet him and took a gift in his hand, even every kind of good thing of Damascus, forty camels’ loads; and he came and stood before him and said, “Your son Ben-hadad king of Aram has sent me to you, saying, ‘Will I recover from this sickness?’” Then Elisha said to him, “Go, say to him, ‘You will certainly recover, but the LORD has shown me that he will certainly die.”

–II Kings 9:7-10

Elisha tells Hazael to speak to Ben-Hadad and tell him he will recover from his sickness, but he will also die. Elisha is a Seer and what he sees causes him to weep in front of a man standing in silence. Hazael thinks to himself, Who is this madman standing before me? This madman burning holes through me with his eyes as if he can read my thoughts. Indeed, Elisha stares so long the high-ranking official grows very uncomfortable. And then the Prophet begins to weep. Elisha, a man given a double portion of Elijah’s anointing groans intensely.

“And he (Elisha) stared steadily at him until Hazael was embarrassed, and then the man of God wept.” 

Elisha is weeping over what He sees, for he is a Seer. 

Jeremiah is weeping over what he sees.

“Oh, that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears! I would weep day and night over the slain daughter of my people.” (Jeremiah 9:1) Jeremiah saw so much he was deemed the weeping prophet. What would it feel like to warn people year after year that destruction was coming if they did not change their heart condition, only to be mocked and labeled a false prophet?

 

In the Gospels, we read that Yeshua wept over what he seen. The passage begins with Yeshua riding on a donkey. The people are shouting, ‘Blessed is the Sovereign who is coming in the Name of יהוה!’ Peace in heaven and esteem in the highest!” The Pharisees tell Yeshua to rebuke His taught ones. Yeshua responds, “I say to you that if these shall be silent, the stones would cry out.”

The stones indeed cry out, and every stone falls at the future destruction of the 2nd temple. The passage says that after this, Yeshua wept.  “And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” (Luke 19:41-44)

Yeshua, like Jeremiah sees the destruction of Jerusalem. When his disciples expound on the majestic temple Herod had built. Yeshua tells them it will all fall. No stone left upon another. Meditate on that.

Yeshua warns the people that they did not know the time of their visitation. Can each generation miss their visitation? I think so. We need men and women who will weep. Men who will weep in front of men with titles and accolades. Men who will weep in front of men who are scribes, leaders, high ranking officials. OH, WE NEED MADMEN TODAY! Men who are so grieved over what they see and hear that they weep. They warn. They cry out like rocks. They walk the streets and inner cities. They run for offices in government. Men who have action.

A rugged prophet is standing before Hazael, weeping. It does not matter if the king has sent 40 camels laden with gifts, and Hazael thinks he is only standing in front of this man to get one answer for King Ben-hadad. Hazael, like all of us, if we were in his position, becomes quite uncomfortable to see such a man stand and weep. A man with a hairy mantle with a voice that pierces the soul. The passage states, “Elisha stared at him with a fixed gaze until Hazael felt ashamed. Then the man of God began to weep.” When Hazael asked, “Why is my lord weeping?” he answered, “Because I know the evil that you will inflict on the men of Israel: their strongholds you will set on fire, their young men you will slay with the sword, their little ones you will dash into pieces, and their pregnant ones you will rip open.”

No one wants to know or see this. No one wants to see the destruction that is coming on a nation and a people, their own people.

Then Hazael said, “But what is your servant, who is but a dog, that he should do anything of such magnitude?” Elisha answered, “Adonai has shown me that you will be king over Aram.” Then Haza’el departed from Elisha and went to his master, who asked him, “What did Elisha say to you?” He answered, “He told me that you would surely recover.” But the next day, he (Haz’ael) took a thick cloth, soaked it in water, and spread it on his face, so that he died. Then Hazael became king in his place.”

The God of Israel has His prophet anoint a man who will do horrific things to His own people. Judgment has begun. Haza’el of Syria and Yehu of Israel will run swiftly shedding blood. And the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has not only allowed it but has also orchestrated much of it.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. However, Adonai is long suffering wanting none to perish.

Oh, the weeping that must have continued for Elisha over what he had seen. Are there any prophets today weeping? Any lamenting Jeremiah’s? Any Deborah’s preparing for battle? Are there any men who look upon America and weep? Any men who weep for God’s chosen people Israel? Are there still men and women who will weep over their own condition and use action to change it? I pray we begin to see the Father’s true prophets arise and weep with anguish to warn and awaken a people, for I fear if we don’t, we may see worse than Covid. May we grieve over what grieves YHVH.

Shortly after this story concerning Haza’el, we read of another man who is anointed. His name is Jehu. A prophet from the company of the prophets is sent with an assignment. He is a prophet labeled a madman (shagah). “a wild fellow” running in haste with a vial of oil. Oh, if we had such men today. Men who had no business cards, no business suits, no ministries with itching ear words, but men on a mission. Men who were deemed strange. Men with the voice of Adonai coming out of their nostrils. Nostrils or nose – ‘aph (עף) – is the same word for anger and wrath and a sign of disgust and indignation. The Father was anointing men out of His anger. We do not see or hear of these prophets much today.

Why would HaShem save a people consumed with idolatry? Infused with baseless hatred? Do we need saved? Oh, yes, but I do not think it will look the way many envision. Will the Father anoint a Hazael and a Jehu to rid evil from Washington D.C without it affecting us? Many called Trump a Jehu. He was a man on a mission and during his term we also saw much destruction, riots, fires, and deaths in our nation. Men handed out bricks. Men were paid to destroy and cause division, but who sent them? Elisha anointed Hazael because the Father told him he would be king. The Father also showed him that this man would bring harm to the Israelites, set fire to their fortified places, kill their young men with the sword, dash their little children, and rip open their pregnant women. Horrific! The Father is bringing judgement. This is not satan. The God who sent a flood, the God who sent plagues, the God who sent famine, and the God who sent his servant Nebuchadnezzar is the same God on the throne at this moment in 2021.

Concerning the anointing of Jehu: Elisha does not anoint him but gives another prophet the strange assignment:

“Strap up your cloak, take this flask of oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth-gilead. When you arrive there, look out there for Jehu son of Jehoshaphat son of Nimshi. Then go in, get him to rise up from among his fellows, and bring him to an inner room. 3 Then take the flask of oil and pour it on his head and say, thus says Adonai: ‘I have anointed you king over Israel.’ Then open the door and flee—don’t wait around.”

The prophet is told to flee after anointing such a man as Jehu. Jehu will waste no time destroying the house of Ahab and Jezebel. He will drive like a madman after the anointing oil is poured forth, and he will get swiftly to work at destroying the house of Ahab. He is anointed to destroy!

“Thus says Adonai, God of Israel: I have anointed you king over the people of Adonai, over Israel. 7 So you will strike down the house of Ahab your master, that I may avenge the blood of My servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of Adonai shed by Jezebel. 8 For the whole house of Ahab will perish, and I will cut off from Ahab every male, slave or free, in Israel. 9 I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam son of Nebat and like the house of Baasa, son of Ahijah. 10 The dogs will eat Jezebel in the field of Jezreel, and there will be none to bury her.” Then he opened the door and fled.

Then Jehu came out to the officers of his master, and one asked him, “Is everything all right? Why did this crazy fellow come to you?” He said to them, “You know the man and his babbling.”

They knew the prophets. The prophets looked different. They spoke differently. They had a school/guild. They spent time listening to the thin silence Elijah heard when he had fled to a cave. They prayed together. They were distinct. 

A madman, a babbling man, a man in such haste comes with only one message. “Thus says the Lord of Hosts/ Adonai Tzva’ot.”  When will His prophets gather again with men and women who have no leprosy of Naaman clinging to them? No prophets with the desire of Gehazi who ran after Naaman’s chariot and lied to obtain wealth.

However, In Biblical times, the prophets were honored and given gifts. Ben-Hadad sent forty camels carrying gifts of fruit, nuts, berries, clothing, and his servant holding more than likely silver, gold, or money. A person would not inquire of a prophet without a gift. Saul was pressed to see the prophet about his fathers donkeys who had fled but told his servant he had no gift for the prophet. His servant offered to give and so they went to the Seer, Samuel. Today this has been abused so severely by the prosperity gospel; not many bring a blessing or even honor to those in leadership. Curiously, King Ben-Hadad  does.

Today, we must pray for the Voice of Elijah and Elisha to come forth. We must pray for the 5-fold (Ephesians 4) to be put in place. 

Jeremiah exclaims, “An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land; the prophets prophesy falsely, and my people love to have it so.” (5:30-31). We need to expose this as Jeremiah did.

We have the power of Messiah in us. Messiah in us is the hope of glory. We are living stones. Our bodies joined together is one temple–His Body. Our temple is to be filled with His Ruach HaKodesh (Holy spirit). Our stones need unification, and we need to be full of hesed/ loving-kindness, mercy, compassion, and able to take and give correction. The prophet brings correction. If the prophets you are flocking to never correct you or use words that convict you, I would surmise they are no prophets at all, but beastly false ones.

 

Let us take our tent pegs and stretch them out as we build and labor to bring in the harvest and to build His House. The 9th of Av is to one day be a joyful day. The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. We must walk and act in this manner. We need the manifestations of the Spirit of a Holy Father in the hearts and minds of men. Some people listened to the voice of Jeremiah and their lives were spared from death. Their children survived and escaped. Their name was carried forth. What are we doing right now that is effecting future generations? How can we weep not only for our Nation but our own households? And the person staring back at us in the mirror?

My grandfather who was born in the late 1800’s was a farmer raising 12 children in KY. He fed his children by the sweat of his brow and they worked right beside him in the field. He watched two sons go off to war to fight Hitler’s regime and he saw them both return safe. Robert Elmer Loy died when I was a baby. I learned later on that he was also a musician with a degree in music. I leave you with a song he wrote and published in a hymnal. Master, Here I Am, Send Me.

 

 

 

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I do draw from brig brother Judah at times, here is an article was written by a Rabbi in recovery. Take what you want and leave the rest!

How Big is Your Higher Power? – Va’etchanan

“…There is nothing else besides Him…The L-rd is G‑d in heaven above, and upon the earth below; there is nothing else”—Deuteronomy 4:35; 39.

In this week’s Torah reading we are told twice in very similar terms that there is nothing but G‑d. These verses do not just mean to negate the existence of any other deity or higher power. What these verses tell us is that there is nothing that exists except for G‑d. G‑d is the only existence.

A question arises. If there is only G‑d, is the world an illusion?

Jewish teaching insists that our world is not an illusion, but neither is it an independent entity. To believe that the world is something separate, an entity unto itself, would be to accept that G‑d is not really everything. This would assume that He is one thing and that the world is another thing. In truth, however, there is only One thing. As the Baal Shem Tov, founder of the Chassidic movement, said, “All is G‑d and G‑d is all.” G‑d is not only the Master and Creator of the world, He is the world. He is everything.

The merchant could not help but to state the bottom line—that G‑d is all there is. Indeed, the central prayer of Judaism, the Shema, states, “Hear, O Israel, the L-rd is our G‑d, the L-rd is One.” This does not just mean that there is only one G‑d, but that G‑d is “One”—an absolute Unity precluding all and any other existence besides Him.

Almost three hundred years ago in Russia, there lived a Jew, an ardent spiritual practitioner, who happened to be a lumber merchant by trade. One year, when tallying the annual accounts, he found himself writing on the bottom line: “TOTAL: Ein od milvado—”There is nothing else besides Him.” So real to him was this notion of G‑d’s complete “everything-ness,” that the lumber merchant could not help but to state the bottom line – even on his tally sheet – that G‑d is all there is.

There is an epilogue to this story. When a friend heard of what happened, he criticized the mystically-inclined lumber merchant for his absentmindedness, remarking, “There is a time for meditating upon the absolute oneness of G‑d, and there is a time for business. Belief is not a license to be careless in one’s practical dealings.”

The lumber merchant replied, “If one knew that during meditation, a businessman was thinking of the fair in Leipzig, nobody would be the least bit taken aback. So why should it be considered such an offense if during business he slips into thinking about G‑d?”

Those of us who recover from addiction, have come to see the need to apply our belief in G‑d to all aspects of life. This concept probably relates rather well to the lumber merchant. To quote:

“When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crisis we could not postpone or evade, we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either G‑d is everything or else He is nothing. G‑d either is or He isn’t. What was our choice to be?” (Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., p. 53)

The program does not dictate which Higher Power to believe in. The program does not favor one or any official theology. But it does tell us clearly that the One who has the power to help us recover from addiction is “everything.”

One can call G‑d whatever one wishes, which may be especially helpful if one was soured by negative religious experiences in the past. Ultimately, this idea of choosing your own concept of G‑d may be pure semantics—a rather unimportant word game, if you will: what real difference does it make if we call it “G‑d” or “Higher Power” or “the ultimate force,” etc.? As the wise old rabbi told the young, self-proclaimed atheist, “Son, the god you don’t believe in, I don’t believe in either.”

In any case, the Jewish concept of G‑d – if you are interested to know – is that people, places and things do not exist by themselves. G‑d is not just the Maker and Manager of all—He is the All.

He is not just a higher power. He is the Only Power. He is Everything.

Another great read!

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Trust and Obey for there is no other way…to be happy in Yeshua…

Blessing vs curses….hmmmm….tough decision! Or is it? Well, this sixty-one-year-old woman sure has had a lifetime of curses and would much rather obey her Abba rather than the flesh…

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I love how Paul shares his lament with us…Romans 7 starting with verse 7

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”

But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead.I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died.
The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me.
For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.
So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.
For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.
So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh, I serve the law of sin.
Paul had one hell of a war going on within himself…can you relate??? I sure can! The wonderful thing about this passage is that Paul TRUSTED his God…he KNEW Yeshua! Remember, Paul was a Jewish Rabbi and knew Torah frontward and backward…but he was a man…in a fleshly body, that was at war with his spirit…
But he KNEW his Redeemer!
End of rabbit trail…
let’s get started with this week’s Torah Portion

 

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ISAIAH 1

1These are the visions that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. He saw these visions during the years when Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were kings of Judah.
A Message for Rebellious Judah
2Listen, O heavens! Pay attention, earth!
This is what the Lord says:
“The children I raised and cared for
have rebelled against me.
3Even an ox knows its owner,
and a donkey recognizes its master’s care—
but Israel doesn’t know its master.
My people don’t recognize my care for them.”
4Oh, what a sinful nation they are—
loaded down with a burden of guilt.
They are evil people,
corrupt children who have rejected the Lord.
They have despised the Holy One of Israel
and turned their backs on him.
5hy do you continue to invite punishment?
Must you rebel forever?
Your head is injured,
and your heart is sick.W
6You are battered from head to foot—
covered with bruises, welts, and infected wounds—
without any soothing ointments or bandages.W
7Your country lies in ruins,
and your towns are burned.
Foreigners plunder your fields before your eyes
and destroy everything they see.
8Beautiful Jerusalem stands abandoned
like a watchman’s shelter in a vineyard,
like a lean-to in a cucumber field after the harvest,
like a helpless city under siege.
9If the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
had not spared a few of us,
we would have been wiped out like Sodom,
destroyed like Gomorrah.
10Listen to the Lord, you leaders of “Sodom.”
Listen to the law of our God, people of “Gomorrah.”
11“What makes you think I want all your sacrifices?”
says the Lord.
“I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams
and the fat of fattened cattle.
I get no pleasure from the blood
of bulls and lambs and goats.
12When you come to worship me,
who asked you to parade through my courts with all your ceremony?
13Stop bringing me your meaningless gifts;
the incense of your offerings disgusts me!
As for your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath
and your special days for fasting—
they are all sinful and false.
I want no more of your pious meetings.
14I hate your new moon celebrations and your annual festivals.
They are a burden to me. I cannot stand them!
15When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look.
Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen,
for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims.
16Wash yourselves and be clean!
Get your sins out of my sight.
Give up your evil ways.
17Learn to do good.
Seek justice.
Help the oppressed.
Defend the cause of orphans.
Fight for the rights of widows.
18“Come now, let’s settle this,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
I will make them as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson,
I will make them as white as wool.
19If you will only obey me,
you will have plenty to eat.
20But if you turn away and refuse to listen,
you will be devoured by the sword of your enemies.
I, the Lord, have spoken!”
Unfaithful Jerusalem
21See how Jerusalem, once so faithful,
has become a prostitute.
Once the home of justice and righteousness,
she is now filled with murderers.
22Once like pure silver,
you have become like worthless slag.
Once so pure,
you are now like watered-down wine.
23Your leaders are rebels,
the companions of thieves.
All of them love bribes
and demand payoffs,
but they refuse to defend the cause of orphans
or fight for the rights of widows.
24Therefore, the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
the Mighty One of Israel, says,
“I will take revenge on my enemies
and pay back my foes!
25I will raise my fist against you.
I will melt you down and skim off your slag.
I will remove all your impurities.
26Then I will give you good judges again
and wise counselors like you used to have.
Then Jerusalem will again be called the Home of Justice
and the Faithful City.”
27Zion will be restored by justice;
those who repent will be revived by righteousness.
28But rebels and sinners will be completely destroyed,
and those who desert the Lord will be consumed.
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A trusting relationship…most of us have experienced them…only to be betrayed…or, maybe we were the one that did the betraying…either way…it leaves deep wounds…they say that time heals all wounds. I disagree…unless HE has removed the sting of the memory…
It matters not if we were the one betraying or the betrayed…it leaves deep regrets, deep longings of if only…a hole in one’s soul…a lingering sting…and a reluctance to trust again…the one betrayed and the one who betrays…both are broken, both need healing…both need a Savior…
Trusting again…after such deep pain, the mind plays games…
Most of us have been burned by others…we beat ourselves up, going over and over conversations, gestures, under a microscope we place all interactions looking for a clue that we miss and question ourselves how could I have been so stupid, so naive??
Then…we encounter a Man…a Man who claims He is not just a man…no, this time it will be different, this time He will never play games, betray, walk out, lie, cheat, steal, rage, be mean…nope, not Me, I am different… believe Me, trust Me…
And we want to…oh how we long to believe that there really is a Love like that…a Love that is real, genuine, a Love we can rest in, not have to be on guard, not hypervigilant…a Love that doesn’t manipulate and coerce…a Love that our very soul can trust completely.

We all have gone astray, we have all been rebellious, we all have need of forgiveness and healing…He askes us:

5Why do you continue to invite punishment?
Must you rebel forever?
Your head is injured,
and your heart is sick.W
6You are battered from head to foot—
covered with bruises, welts, and infected wounds—
without any soothing ointments or bandages.
You see, He wants us to return…to repent…to come back to His fold, He is the Good Shephard that will bandage up our wounds…He is the one that will hold our hearts til the wounds are healed…
He wants us to come out of denial and allow Him to apply the Balm of Gilead.
7 Bible verses about Balms
Oh, brothers and sisters, He longs to heal your heart…to restore you to who He created you to be! What a wonderful creation you are! Trust Him, believe Him! He wants to bless you!
Remember Peter? Remember how he betrayed His Master Yeshua? Remember, Yeshua restored him, offering Peter forgiveness and reconciliation. In 1 Peter

From: Kefa, an emissary of Yeshua the Messiah

To: God’s chosen people, living as aliens in the Diaspora — in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, the province of Asia, and Bythinia — chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father and set apart by the Spirit for obeying Yeshua the Messiah and for sprinkling with his blood:

Grace and shalom be yours in full measure.

Praised be God, Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who, in keeping with his great mercy, has caused us, through the resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah from the dead, to be born again to a living hope, to an inheritance that cannot decay, spoil or fade, kept safe for you in heaven. Meanwhile, through trusting, you are being protected by God’s power for a deliverance ready to be revealed at the Last Time. Rejoice in this, even though for a little while you may have to experience grief in various trials. Even gold is tested for genuineness by fire. The purpose of these trials is so that your trust’s genuineness, which is far more valuable than perishable gold, will be judged worthy of praise, glory and honor at the revealing of Yeshua the Messiah.

Without having seen him, you love him. Without seeing him now, but trusting in him, you continue to be full of joy that is glorious beyond words. And you are receiving what your trust is aiming at, namely, your deliverance.

10 The prophets, who prophesied about this gift of deliverance that was meant for you, pondered and inquired diligently about it. 11 They were trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of the Messiah in them was referring in predicting the Messiah’s sufferings and the glorious things to follow. 12 It was revealed to them that their service when they spoke about these things was not for their own benefit, but for yours. And these same things have now been proclaimed to you by those who communicated the Good News to you through the Ruach HaKodesh sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things!

13 Therefore, get your minds ready for work, keep yourselves under control, and fix your hopes fully on the gift you will receive when Yeshua the Messiah is revealed. 14 As people who obey God, do not let yourselves be shaped by the evil desires you used to have when you were still ignorant. 15 On the contrary, following the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in your entire way of life; 16 since the Tanakh says,

“You are to be holy because I am holy.”[a]

17 Also, if you are addressing as Father the one who judges impartially according to each person’s actions, you should live out your temporary stay on earth in fear. 18 You should be aware that the ransom paid to free you from the worthless way of life which your fathers passed on to you did not consist of anything perishable like silver or gold; 19 on the contrary, it was the costly bloody sacrificial death of the Messiah, as of a lamb without defect or spot. 20 God knew him before the founding of the universe, but revealed him in the acharit-hayamim for your sakes. 21 Through him you trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory; so that your trust and hope are in God.

22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth, so that you have a sincere love for your brothers, love each other deeply, with all your heart. 23 You have been born again not from some seed that will decay, but from one that cannot decay, through the living Word of God that lasts forever24 For

all humanity is like grass,
all its glory is like a wildflower —
the grass withers, and the flower falls off;
25 but the Word of Adonai lasts forever.[b]

Moreover, this Word is the Good News which has been proclaimed to you.

AMEN!

I would like to share this resource with you…It is from a Jewish source, I do not believe in throwing the baby out with the bathwater, I believe we can learn from our Big Brother Judah…

Hearing G-d’s Word – Devarim

“These are the words that Moses spoke to the entire people of Israel…”—Deuteronomy 1:1.

The book of Deuteronomy relates the monologue spoken by Moses just before the people entered the Promised Land. As it is stated, “These are the words that Moses spoke to the entire people of Israel.” Unlike the other four books, which are “the word of G‑d,” Deuteronomy is the “word of Moses”—that is, it is his final address to the people.

That does not mean that this book is of mortal invention, but rather that Moses delivered these words through divine inspiration. In the first four books of the Torah, Moses merely took dictation from G‑d, precisely relaying each word without regard to his own understanding. The words of Deuteronomy, however, were first integrated into Moses’ own consciousness; and only then were they spoken by him. This does not mean that the content of this book is somehow diluted or compromised by having passed through mortal understanding. Rather, what it means is that Moses attained a level at which G‑d’s word could be faithfully transmitted—not just through his mouth, but also through his brain. In his final days, Moses did not just transmit G‑d’s message; he first conceived it in his own mind.

Moses did not just transmit G‑d’s message; he first conceived it in his own mind there is a reason why this fusion of mortal and G‑dly intelligence occurred when it did, in the days just prior to entering the Holy Land.

After forty years of wandering in the desert, protected by miracles, the people were poised to meet their destiny and to face the “real world.” They would need to be able to take the rarefied spiritual concepts that they had learned during their forty years in the desert and apply them to ordinary life. They needed to put theory into practice and in order to do so they needed to hear G‑d’s word integrated and conveyed through the intellect of another human being.

“G‑d speaks through people,” is a common saying in recovery. Lofty spiritual concepts are worth little to us in dealing with everyday life if we never hear them spoken in simple, human terms, filtered through the mortal, finite mind of another alcoholic or addict.

Some of us may wonder how it can be that the very same thought that we had come across in our religious studies couldn’t help us overcome our alcoholism, but when heard spoken – in slightly different words – by another alcoholic, had a profound and transformative effect. If G‑d’s own word hadn’t worked on us, how could the word of a mere mortal?

The answer is, of course, that that is G‑d’s word—as understood and communicated by another human being who shares our disease.



 

Numbers 25:10-30:1/1Kings 18:46-19:21/John 2:13-25


 

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Proverbs 29:1 CJB

He (she) who remains stiffnecked after much rebuke

will be suddenly and incurably broken.

 

Hollisa Alewine Ph.D. says in The Creation Gospel Vol. 4 Workbook 5 pg154-155

” Thinking only an unbeliever can be deceived is self-deception, for believers in Messiah Yeshua are not exempt from self-deception. However, a true disciple of Messiah Yeshua is one who is in the transformational process of removing the veils of self-deception in order to find truth. ”

 

Well, by now, if you have been keeping up with the Torah Portion blogs here on SSS, you know that I like to venture off the beaten path and look at the weekly T.P. in a bit of a different way than most people do. As a person in recovery from addictions, trauma, and being human, well, I just see things a bit different…so, come join me this week on a  trip down a road less traveled!

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Last week we explored being unqualified to run the race, let alone win the Prize…this week we are going to continue down that rabbit trail, meandering around a few bends and peer into our own stuff…cuz we all got junk in our trunk…that junk that weighs us down, those sins that so easily beset us as The Word says in…

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore, we also, who have all of these witnesses who surround us like clouds, let us throw off from us all the weights of the sin which is always ready for us, and let us run with patience this race that is set for us.

So…this week’s Torah portion is a continuation of last week’s…if you missed last week’s blog, I encourage you to back up and go check it out~

Every Torah cycle, this one gets my “goat”…I cannot believe this guy’s blatant rebellion against Yahweh. He did not only go against Yah’s warning of mixing with the pagan nations, but he brought into the camp one of the pagan women, and paraded her before the people, taking her into a place that was to be a safe sanctified holy place in order to do the “dirty deed”…

Dr. Alewine says on pg 155

Zimri defiantly had intercourse with Cozbi right under the noses of Moses and the priests, forcing Pinchas to slay them both to check the plague. When we self-deceive, we lose our inhibitions and force righteous leaders to take drastic action to keep the plague of self-deceit from spreading through the Camp.

OUTRAGEOUS!

Not being there, we can draw our conclusions regarding this man and the woman involved…it makes me go down many rabbit trails of thoughts…of my own past lifestyle, clients I have worked with in the past while employed as a credentialed substance abuse counselor, along with the stories I have heard from those I have sponsored in Narcotics Anonymous 12 step support meetings.

I get this…driven by an insatiable need to be wanted..to be needed, to be accepted…to feel love…driven by a thousand different kinds of lusts dwelling in the fallen flesh…

This man, Zimri, in our Torah portion was overtaken by his flesh…was blinded by the insanity of lust…such as the nature of lust…it is raw, animalistic and can do untold damage…and lead to death…eternal death.

Hence, Isreal cursing themselves…the enemy is stealth! Witchcraft and divination IS real! And, it IS being used against us, more now than ever in my humble opinion~

 

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Whoa! No tolerance for sin in the camp there!

So…last week, we discussed disqualifying ourselves due to toxic coping skills…one of the ways people relieve stress is through sexual release…this blog is not about sex… it’s about getting honest about our coping skills…or lack of them…when one is not self-aware, one is ripe for all sorts of traps…

 

Not being there, we can draw our conclusions regarding this man and the woman involved…it makes me go down many rabbit trails of thoughts…of my own past lifestyle, clients I have worked with in the past while employed as a credentialed substance abuse counselor, along with the stories I have heard from those I have sponsored in Narcotics Anonymous 12 step support meetings. The inmates in the jails and prisons where I went had their own sad horror stories that drive them to commit the crimes landing them in the criminal justice system…but, do we not have our own stories that have created our own prisons? I know I have my own horror stories, committed my own crimes that should have brought the death penalty…but for the grace and the blood of Yeshua!

So, yeah, I get this…driven by an insatiable need to be wanted..to be needed, to be accepted…to feel love…driven by a thousand different kinds of lusts dwelling in the fallen flesh…

The Art of Self-Deception

 

Scott Peck wrote in The Road Less Traveled that “Mental health is the ongoing process of dedication to reality at all costs.” People struggling with addictive sexual behavior have lost touch with reality. They are in the land of self-deception. In fact, the sex addiction cycle is such thatSexual Addiction Cyce the preoccupation stage and the ritualization stage actually loosen one’s grip on reality. The imagined pleasure of acting out disables rational thinking. That resolve to refrain from acting out because you know you can’t act out and live up to your full potential suddenly loses its importance. That hard-earned realization that you hurt others and yourself when you act out just doesn’t seem to matter in the heat of the moment.

If people were actually tuned into the reality of the behavior, the undeniable truth, then it becomes much harder to engage in repetitive and destructive behaviors. That’s why it’s important to become familiar with your rationalizations and work hard in tempting situations to be as honest with yourself as possible to avoid self-deception.

5 Common Ways of Practicing Self-Deception

1. Denial: rejecting the meaning of one’s actions to avoid some painful aspect of reality.

2. Minimization: admitting the reality of a situation but denying the seriousness of it.

3. Rationalization: A process by which an individual employs “plausible, but untrue” reasons or explanations to justify certain actions or attitudes.

4. Projection: admitting both the reality and seriousness but denying responsibility by blaming somebody or something else.

5. Compartmentalization: process whereby two conflicting ideas or values are allowed to co-exist by prohibiting the acknowledgment of their inherent contradiction.

What are the things that you tell yourself, if not consciously, then unconsciously, in order to maintain your sex addiction?

Oh, the webs we weave when we first set out to deceive…

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Does this look familiar? Ever see this on the bumpers of vehicles? When I first started seeing them a few years ago, I thought, “oh, how lovely, people are wanting to get along and just love one another!”

 

 

Amazon.com: Coexist and Tolerance Bumper Stickers: Automotive    I was naive about the symbolism and the brainwashing that is behind this…the message is loud and clear ….tolerance…now, do not get me wrong…we need a level of tolerance…we are all in different cultures, languages, customs, etc. What is alarming is the message is to tolerate those things Yah said in His word was evil and destructive…

And then there is Yeshua…compassionate, kind, loving, forgiving to those caught in a sin…like the woman caught in adultery…she was set up…by men…the religious leaders set her up in order to set Him up…Yeshua knew their hearts, and He knew hers…He knew her history, what led up to that humiliating moment in time…

A vast difference in how these sexual sins are handled…

The blatant rebellion of Zimri, dragging/parading Cozbi into the sinful act and Yeshua with the woman caught in the act of adultery…

Yeshua…Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor…Everlasting Father…the great I am that I am…He is all that we need in these last days…He is our covering…

 

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English Language Learners Definition of tolerate

to allow (something that is bad, unpleasant, etc.) to exist, happen, or be done
to experience (something harmful or unpleasant) without being harmed
to accept the feelings, behavior, or beliefs of (someone)

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The Fight: From Self-Deception to Self-Awareness (September 9th, 2018) — Reformation Lutheran Church Milford, DE

Another rabbit trail I jaunted down was the passage in 2 Samuel…King David’s own son raped his half-sister, King David was furious but did not hold his son accountable…so, the other son, Tamar’s brother killed the rapist brother…

The Rape of Tamar

13 Now David’s son Absalom had a beautiful sister named Tamar. And Amnon, her half-brother, fell desperately in love with her. Amnon became so obsessed with Tamar that he became ill. She was a virgin, and Amnon thought he could never have her.

But Amnon had a very crafty friend—his cousin Jonadab. He was the son of David’s brother Shimea.[a] One day Jonadab said to Amnon, “What’s the trouble? Why should the son of a king look so dejected morning after morning?”

So Amnon told him, “I am in love with Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.”

“Well,” Jonadab said, “I’ll tell you what to do. Go back to bed and pretend you are ill. When your father comes to see you, ask him to let Tamar come and prepare some food for you. Tell him you’ll feel better if she prepares it as you watch and feeds you with her own hands.”

So Amnon lay down and pretended to be sick. And when the king came to see him, Amnon asked him, “Please let my sister Tamar come and cook my favorite dish[b] as I watch. Then I can eat it from her own hands.” So David agreed and sent Tamar to Amnon’s house to prepare some food for him.

When Tamar arrived at Amnon’s house, she went to the place where he was lying down so he could watch her mix some dough. Then she baked his favorite dish for him. But when she set the serving tray before him, he refused to eat. “Everyone get out of here,” Amnon told his servants. So they all left.

10 Then he said to Tamar, “Now bring the food into my bedroom and feed it to me here.” So Tamar took his favorite dish to him. 11 But as she was feeding him, he grabbed her and demanded, “Come to bed with me, my darling sister.”

12 “No, my brother!” she cried. “Don’t be foolish! Don’t do this to me! Such wicked things aren’t done in Israel. 13 Where could I go in my shame? And you would be called one of the greatest fools in Israel. Please, just speak to the king about it, and he will let you marry me.”

14 But Amnon wouldn’t listen to her, and since he was stronger than she was, he raped her. 15 Then suddenly Amnon’s love turned to hate, and he hated her even more than he had loved her. “Get out of here!” he snarled at her.

16 “No, no!” Tamar cried. “Sending me away now is worse than what you’ve already done to me.”

But Amnon wouldn’t listen to her. 17 He shouted for his servant and demanded, “Throw this woman out, and lock the door behind her!”

18 So the servant put her out and locked the door behind her. She was wearing a long, beautiful robe,[c] as was the custom in those days for the king’s virgin daughters. 19 But now Tamar tore her robe and put ashes on her head. And then, with her face in her hands, she went away crying.

20 Her brother Absalom saw her and asked, “Is it true that Amnon has been with you? Well, my sister, keep quiet for now, since he’s your brother. Don’t you worry about it.” So Tamar lived as a desolate woman in her brother Absalom’s house.

21 When King David heard what had happened, he was very angry.[d] 22 And though Absalom never spoke to Amnon about this, he hated Amnon deeply because of what he had done to his sister.

Absalom’s Revenge on Amnon

23 Two years later, when Absalom’s sheep were being sheared at Baal-hazor near Ephraim, Absalom invited all the king’s sons to come to a feast. 24 He went to the king and said, “My sheep-shearers are now at work. Would the king and his servants please come to celebrate the occasion with me?”

25 The king replied, “No, my son. If we all came, we would be too much of a burden on you.” Absalom pressed him, but the king would not come, though he gave Absalom his blessing.

26 “Well, then,” Absalom said, “if you can’t come, how about sending my brother Amnon with us?”

“Why Amnon?” the king asked. 27 But Absalom kept on pressing the king until he finally agreed to let all his sons attend, including Amnon. So Absalom prepared a feast fit for a king.[e]

28 Absalom told his men, “Wait until Amnon gets drunk; then at my signal, kill him! Don’t be afraid. I’m the one who has given the command. Take courage and do it!” 29 So at Absalom’s signal they murdered Amnon. Then the other sons of the king jumped on their mules and fled.

30 As they were on the way back to Jerusalem, this report reached David: “Absalom has killed all the king’s sons; not one is left alive!” 31 The king got up, tore his robe, and threw himself on the ground. His advisers also tore their clothes in horror and sorrow.

32 But just then Jonadab, the son of David’s brother Shimea, arrived and said, “No, don’t believe that all the king’s sons have been killed! It was only Amnon! Absalom has been plotting this ever since Amnon raped his sister Tamar. 33 No, my lord the king, your sons aren’t all dead! It was only Amnon.” 34 Meanwhile Absalom escaped.

Then the watchman on the Jerusalem wall saw a great crowd coming down the hill on the road from the west. He ran to tell the king, “I see a crowd of people coming from the Horonaim road along the side of the hill.”[f]

35 “Look!” Jonadab told the king. “There they are now! The king’s sons are coming, just as I said.”

36 They soon arrived, weeping and sobbing, and the king and all his servants wept bitterly with them. 37 And David mourned many days for his son Amnon.

Absalom fled to his grandfather, Talmai son of Ammihud, the king of Geshur. 38 He stayed there in Geshur for three years. 39 And King David,[g] now reconciled to Amnon’s death, longed to be reunited with his son Absalom.[h]

 

so…all sorts of fall out in that dysfunctional family…not dealing with a major sin within his own family led to many deaths…you can read all about it in 2 Samuel 19

Joab Scolds David

19 People told Joab, “Look, the king is sad and crying because of Absalom.” David’s army had won the battle that day. But it became a very sad day for all the people, because they heard that the king was very sad for his son. The people came into the city quietly that day. They were like an army that had been defeated in battle and had run away. The king covered his face and cried loudly, “My son Absalom! Absalom, my son, my son!”

Joab went into the king’s house and said, “Today you have shamed all your men. They saved your life and the lives of your sons, daughters, wives, and slave women. You have shamed them because you love those who hate you, and you hate those who love you. Today you have made it clear that your commanders and men mean nothing to you. What if Absalom had lived and all of us were dead? I can see you would be pleased. Now go out and encourage your servants. I swear by the Lord that if you don’t go out, no man will be left with you by tonight! That will be worse than all the troubles you have had from your youth until today.”

So, what’s the point of all of these rabbit trails? To show us that there is nothing new under the sun, that we are not alone in our struggle with our flesh…and that straying off the narrow pathway of His instructions leads to much grief, shame, and suffering. We are not an island…our sins impact those not just in our own families, but it impacts those in our communities…remember, He that began a good work in you, He WILL be faithful till the day of His return! Phil 1:6…

 

Hebrews 10:24-25 by KC-Lynne on DeviantArt

 

I wanted to share this EXCELLENT teaching on this week’s Torah Portion by Dr. Hollisa Alewine…also, I wanted to share with you a recent interview with her that aired on Hebrew Nations Radio…see the top of the page!

And!!! Here is another great article on this topic from a recovery point of view from a Jewish Rabbi….please…keep what applies and throw out the rest! We CAN learn from Big Brother Judah!!!!

 

Till next week, shalom!

https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/701712/jewish/Give-Gd-Your-Present-Pinchas.htm

Numbers 22:2-25:9/Micah 5:6-6:8/Romans 11:25-32

 


Rabbit trail - Homeschool Legacy

Well, as usual, we are going down some rabbit trails this week…this week’s Torah portion has much to glean from! This is one of my favorite “T.P.’s” Every Torah cycle I am amazed at how blatant the rebellion is, the total disregard for His Word, His Ways, and blatant audacity! I just can’t help but shake my head thinking “how on earth could these people be so stupid?”

Rabbit trail……….

How does one develop an addiction? What is the nature of addictions? Those things that perhaps some of us find ourselves battling perhaps were once a way of coping with stress. These very things over time can become deeply entrenched strongholds/addictions. I wonder if some coping “skills” could very well be a disqualifier from not only winning the race but also from running the last few yards of the race…(we are seeing the finish line approaching!)

Many of us are plum-worn out! We have grown weary and some of us are so stressed that we are falling into the default setting for coping! Oh, brothers and sisters! We must not grow weary of well-doing…we need to keep cheering one another on as we see the finish line ahead of us…remember, it’s a “we” program! We are in this together, but I cannot run your race and you cannot run mine! However, we can run it together!!!! So, let’s look at this week’s Torah Portion and then look at how it can be applied to our lives in the here and now!

I like using genograms when I am helping someone connect the dots from their own family tree. Many times we can see a pattern of not only addictions but also dysfunctionality in our own lives…and to visually see the who, how, and why’s…for me, it helped me to let go of the self-condemnation and begin to forgive myself, and my other family members…remember, we are in this together!

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I found this genogram on a couple of sites pertaining to this Torah Portion.

 

Parashat Balak - The Curses of Laban

Deir 'Alla inscription and the historical Balaam son of Beor | Joshua and Israel's Colourful Judges

The adversary got Isreal to curse itself through sexual sin…blatant sexual sin and rebellion against the Most High! Is he doing that in your life? If so, how? I am praying for you, and for me too!

 

Disqualified from the race by cursing oneself!

There are many warnings in the scriptures about disqualifying ourselves…

You Can Disqualify Yourself from Leadership, Here's 6 Reasons How - Live Salted

 

Does 1 Corinthians 9:27 teach that you can lose your salvation?

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8 Bible Verses on Exercise {Add Worship to Your Workouts}

In the rooms of 12 step meetings, we say a drug is a drug is a drug…

Simply put…it is not about the substance one ingests or which process addiction one is obsessed with and acting out…how do you cope?

 

Process Addictions | Prescott House

In other words… it’s not the cocaine, it’s not the champagne, it’s not the Mad Dog 20/20, it’s not the pornography, it’s not the work, it’s the insanity behind it, the pain underneath it all…

I was wreckless, you were free.: "We stopped looking for monsters under the bed when we realised they were inside of us."

Maybe you are asking “Why would people do such stupid things?”

Why is one destroying their health? Defiling His temple? When did it begin? What happens when one ingests whatever it is?

10+ Inspiring Quotes for Addicts and Those Who Love Them - The Liberty Ranch

And the how…how to break free…

First…we admit…we admit…we ADMIT, CONFESS…

Alcoholics Anonymous AA

 

we are out of control, can’t stop, don’t want to stop, don’t know how to stop…

we come out of denial about the unmanageability in our lives…

we admit the insanity of it all…

Insanity Of Addiction. Dara Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Thailand.

then, we surrender to Yah our Creator…we admit defeat…

 

Paulosophia • Paul E. Martin's Personal Blog • Page 3 of 58 •

 

then we take a fearless moral inventory of our lives…

Pin on Woorksheets

then we share that with a safe person…

then we prepare to have all these character defects removed…

Clinging to Character Defects - Harvest Community Church - Eugene, Oregon

 

then we humbly ask Him to remove all these shortcomings…

 

Wallet card: 7th Step Prayer - Choices Books & Gifts

then we make a list of all persons we had harmed…

AA Steps 7 9 Presentation

then we make amends to persons on that list, including ourselves

12Step.org - Quality Information and Tools for a 12 Step Program of Recovery

then we take a daily inventory and when wrong promptly admit it

Step 1 through 12 Prayers

 

then we every day seek His face, seek His will for our lives and ask Him for the power to do it

11th Step Meditation (morning) - YouTube

then we can come alongside others, carrying His message of the full gospel of His complete shalom

 

Episode 47: Step 12 with Benn and John – AA Beyond Belief

 

WHEW!!! Wow! That rabbit trail took us on a journey I did not expect~ but, do you see how the 12 steps of recovery are the way of the Master? Do you see how the 12 steps are NOT as some would say…witchcraft, occult, and whatever else they can come up with to dissuade people from pursuing a path of recovery? Brothers and sister, the hour is very late and we have much to do! Many of us have much in our own lives that need to be addressed. We are in a race, and these sins that so easily beset us could very well disqualify us from obtaining the  Prize! The rooms of recovery are for anyone who wants to get clean, sober, and ready to face that man or woman in the mirror.

In my search to bring, you, the reader, a Torah based resource for “recovery minded” understanding of our weekly Torah portions, the resources are very slim to none…it seems that there are very few Messianics in recovery, therefore, I do utilize big brother Judah’s resources…so, as we say in the rooms of recovery, take what you want and leave the rest!

 

Instincts – Balak

“And the people began to go astray after the daughters of Moab“—Numbers 25:1.

The name of this week’s Torah reading, Balak, refers to the name of the Moabite king who reigned prior to the Israelites‘ entry into the Land of Israel. Daunted by the divine protection enjoyed by the nation of Israel, Balak sought the advice of the wicked prophet, Balaam, to aid him in devising a plan to thwart Israel. After several unsuccessful attempts to curse the Israelites, Balaam told Balak, “Come, I will advise you…” (Numbers 24:14). Our sages explain that Balaam advised Balak that no strategy would be effective against the Israelites so long as they were connected to G‑d, but that if one could lure them to turn away from G‑d, then they would become vulnerable to their enemies.

Balak and Balaam thus devised an elaborate scheme which called for the Moabite and Midianite women to entice the Israelites. They successfully seduced many Israelite men and even led them to worship idols. They thereby separated themselves from G‑d and forfeited their divine protection as Balaam had predicted. It seems that Balaam knew what many of us have learned in recovery—that it is the pursuit of gratifying our most basic instincts that disrupts our natural connectedness with G‑d.

Whenever we choose to selfishly pursue any kind of instinctive drive, we separate ourselves from G‑dIt is particularly interesting that Balaam specifically chose this specific form of gratification as the lure. It is a desire and instinct that draws us into self-will and away from the will of G‑d; no instinct is more powerful or more deeply rooted than our physical, emotional, and mental drive for sexual gratification. This drive touches upon almost everything that is dear to our ego—self-esteem, the desire to be accepted, emotional security and so on.

But one ought not derive a puritanical message from this story—that intercourse is evil and provokes divine wrath. To do so would be to miss the point entirely. The point is that whenever we choose to selfishly pursue any kind of instinctive drive, we separate ourselves from G‑d. The sex urge, as it were, just happens to be one of those things – or perhaps the thing – that exemplifies the potential of our own will to disrupt order and harmony in our lives. Recovery helps us to subordinate our instincts to G‑d’s will and allow them to take their proper place in our lives.

Giving our life and our will over to the care of G‑d, as our program suggests, can be frightening. We worry that perhaps G‑d won’t take care of us exactly as we would like Him to. In building our case for self-will, we may even point to all the problems we have even in sobriety. Many of us may even argue that G‑d has at one time or another ‘turned His back’ on us.

But our reading this week tells us that precisely the opposite is true. If we find that G‑d is absent from our lives, we should ask ourselves where it was that we turned our back on Him and not the other way around. Did we make a decision somewhere along the line to take care of ourselves rather than to let G‑d do the job? Did we feel that if we left things up to G‑d, He wouldn’t do exactly what we wanted? If we look honestly at ourselves and the choices we have made, we will see that it is we who rashly chose to part ways with Him if only to be free for a while to run after more of what we want.

Fortunately, however, it is our very problem that holds for us a solution. Nothing but our own will can upset the natural state of G‑d’s constant care for us and it is the surrender of our will to His that restores the natural order, allowing G‑d to determine what is best for us so that we may always receive the help and care that we need.

Rebuilding Your Temple

A Poem of Destruction and Rebuilding, Addiction and Recovery

I have polluted Your temple
Where my soul resides,
With food and drink,
With pills and passion;

I have filled my mouth with words
Of hate and jealousy,
And my heart with feelings
Of fear and despair.

I have denied my illness,
And given into craving;
I am helpless,
Without Your power and Your love.

Rebuild my walls of hope,
Restore my resolution,
Lead me, step by step,
Into Your Holy Place,

That I may enter into recovery
Filled with Your presence,
Hour by hour,
One day at a time.

https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/699874/jewish/Instincts-Balak.htm

 

https://www.alephbeta.org/playlist/lesson-from-king-balak-of-moab

https://www.hebrew4christians.com/Scripture/Parashah/parashah.html#loaded

Chukat Numbers 19:1-22:1/Judges 11:1-33/John 2:1-12


https://www.alephbeta.org/weekly-torah-portion/parshat-chukat

https://torahportions.ffoz.org/torah-portions/numbers/chukat/

And Today's Idiom Is ...: Rabbit TrailAs usual, this Torah portion has me on rabbit trails! So, come on, let’s get started, we have a lot to cover…

 Numbers 21 
Contemporary English Version

Moses Makes a Bronze Snake

4 The Israelites had to go around the territory of Edom, so when they left Mount Hor, they headed south toward the Red Sea.+ But along the way, the people became so impatient 5 that they complained against God and said to Moses, “Did you bring us out of Egypt, just to let us die in the desert? There’s no water out here, and we can’t stand this awful food!”

6Then the LORD sent poisonous snakes that bit and killed many of them.

7Some of the people went to Moses and admitted, “It was wrong of us to insult you and the LORD. Now please ask him to make these snakes go away.”

Moses prayed, 8and the LORD answered, “Make a snake out of bronze and place it on top of a pole. Anyone who gets bitten can look at the snake and be saved from death.”

9 Moses obeyed the LORD. And all of those who looked at the bronze snake lived, even though they had been bitten by the poisonous snakes.

 

 

Bible Cartoons: Numbers 21 - Bronze snake - Scene 04 - Snake on a pole (Version 01)

 

 

 

Bible Battles - Victory at HORMAH - Arad destroyed - Promised Land - Bronze Snake

There is always a counterfeit for everything Yah does!

Let’s talk about snake oil…

 

Why Scammers “Sell Snake Oil”. The story behind snake oil's scummy… | by Ben Kageyama | History of Yesterday

Therapies… seems like there’s a therapy for everything that ails you…whether it’s a physical problem, mental/emotional, or spiritual…shingles are put out by all sorts of professionals.

 

 

 

Therapy Flask | Retro-a-go-go!Stem cell cures for everything, Made in Germany by TICEBA – For Better Science

 

 

The Definitive Guide to Choosing a Red Light Therapy Device | PLEIJ Salon + Spa

 

People are hurting, people are in dire straights, people look to pharmakia for healing, putting all their hope in the prescription pad and limited knowledge of the “physician”.

 

Why Do We Use 'Rx' for Medicine?

The history of pharmacy and medication – The spaced-out scientist

The history of pharmacy and medication – The spaced-out scientist

 

The truth is, Yeshua,  Creator of all creation, is the Great Physician, Wonderful Counselor. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

 

Jesus, The Great Physician – Senseless Ramblings of the Mindless

Many of the methodologies we read Yeshua using to bring healing could be considered snake oil… let’s look at some of His unconventional healing modalities.

And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” (Mar 8.23)

Thoth heals Horus' eye (1250BC), Jesus heals blind man's eye (150AD), both by "spit" and "touch" : ReligioMythology

 

why did Jesus use mud to heal the blind man? |

Do you want to be well?

He asks us that question…do we WANT to be well? One of the sayings in the rooms of 12 step meetings is “being willing to go to ANY lengths to get clean and sober” Which means, one will do what is required to get well…it takes work, it does not just happen.

 

St. Mary & St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church - Edmonton, AB, Canada - The Paralytic Man

Raising Jairus' Daughter. The Lord Jesus Christ healed many people because He desires to help all, young and old. - ppt download

 

A woman with an issue of blood

Luke 8:42b-48

 

42 As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.

43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.

44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.

45 ‘Who touched me?’ Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, ‘Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.’

46 But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.’

47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.

48 Then he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.

Go in peace…shalom…

 

Like the woman with the issue of blood, I have spent all my money going from doctor to doctor, therapist after therapist searching for answers to what was wrong with me… Some were kind and compassionate and held out bandaids to stop the hemorrhaging of my soul, patching up the body’s response to the years of trauma…

But, it was not enough…never enough…to heal the deep wounds that only He could see…

Growing up in a home that did not offer to feed my soul, nurturing, authentic love created deep, gaping wounds that have festered through the years. The doctors and therapists did not have the proper training to assist me in my journey to wholeness…even though they wanted to help, they just did not have the tools.  Then there were those that were downright snake oil sellers…bringing me even more damage to my already shattered soul and body. Like the “Christian” therapist that colluded with the abusive husband. After I figured out that she was not well trained and in collusion with him, I left her “care” only to be told by the abusive husband (that was still getting “help” from her , that she had “spiritual advisers”  inform her of what I was doing. (Kinda creepy!) Like the therapists that did EMDR treatment and sent me home to be abused more…

Or the Life Coach my husband and I turned to for help, only to be called a “murderer” because I stood up to the verbal abuse, calling out the abusive treatment of me. This so-called Life Coach gave license to the abuser to continue his warped belief system.

Yes..snake oil…there is plenty of it out there! But there is also the authentic Healer who knows exactly what modality to use in the right dosage we need!

He knows how to lead us to the rightly educated folks that will assist us in our journey to wholeness. That person(s) may not have higher education degrees! That person may have the wisdom and life experiences gained from their own struggles to get free from the chains, the bondage and the resulting illnesses…some of us may always walk with a limp, always have a thorn in the side like the Apostle Paul. One thing is for sure! He that began a GOOD work in you WILL be faithful to complete it til the day of Christ Jesus’s return!

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Prayers for Healing and Health by Apostle John Eckhardt

I wanted to share with you the interview I did with Pastor Jim Stalely of  Passion for Truth Ministries. I pray that it touches your soul and brings healing to wherever needed!

Shalom

 

KORACH TORAH : NUMBERS 16:1-18:32| PROPHETS : 1 SAMUEL 11:14-12:22| GOSPEL : MATTHEW 26:13-24


WARNING! This week’s Torah Portion led me down some twisting, winding roads, meandering thoughts, not-so-pleasant memories, and insights into spiritual warfare being waged against us! So, let’s go! Try to stay up with me…

Twenty Minute Rabbit Trail – Running In My Head

 

  • Korah’s Half-Truth: All the People ARE Holy! – Korah wasn’t content with the great honor that God had already given him, and rebelled against Moses. He wasn’t entirely wrong, though, when he justified his mutiny by saying that all the people are holy.

website resource:

http://www.americantorah.com/category/korach/

So, Korah rebelled because he was not content with the anointing and appointing he already had…hmmmm, sound familiar?

There Was War In Heaven

1 Samuel 15:23

So the satan rebelled against The Most High, dissatisfied with his incredible giftings and talents, beauty and intelligence. It was not enough for him, he wanted more, more more…sounds like an active addict to me!

So the satan rebelled against The Most High, dissatisfied with his incredible giftings and talents,
beauty and intDeepertruth: Be Strong Be A Man Series: Rebellion is the sin of Witchcraft 04/21 by Deeper Truth | Christianityelligence. It was not enough for him, he wanted to take over…
It seems like we human beings always want something else or someone else other than The God of Abraham Isacc and Jacob to lead and guide us.
Idolatry…
It can be a number of things that people turn to when turning their backs on The Great I am that I am…
Drugs, alcohol, process addictions such as pornography, exercise, work, money and gambling, food addiction…
Or how about a country? Or! Family? Marriage? Spouses? Husbands?
The human heart is a factory of idols. Every one of us is, from his mother's womb, expert in inventing idol… | Reformed theology quotes, Human heart, Good thoughts
Ah! Let’s talk about that one! Husbands as an idol…ouch…yikes, I am stepping on toes now and maybe you feel your dander going up…
Is My Spouse My Idol - YouTube
Let me explain…
Codependency…it is a form of idolatry…
How?

Codependency | Definition of Codependency by Merriam-Webster

Medical Definition of codependency: a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person manifesting low self-esteem and a strong desire for approval has an unhealthy attachment to another person and places the needs of that person before his or her own
Did you catch that?
By putting that person (husband) as God…and denying your own needs, your own self, often sacrificing every thing just to appease that other person.
And many of us women have done that just that…set our marriages and husbands up as idols…
Of Idols in Marriage and How to Break Free
Let’s do a little bit of a lesson the Hebrew, shall we?
Breshite Archives · Mini Manna Moments
Now…I gotta warn you, this is a really deep topic and I cannot cover all of it, so I encourage you to do your own praying, seeking, asking, and knocking on this huge issue…I will share some suggested directions to walk out your own journey of understanding.
So, let’s look at it from this angle…stay with me now…
Let me try to explain somewhat…
You see, our Creator made Adam and Chavah…He designed women to function as ezer kenagdo..,
This One At Last! Naked Spirituality Genesis 2. Two Creation Accounts God creates. God Fashions / Builds / Breathes. Speech. Hands & Breath. Elohim. Yahweh. - ppt downloadHow One Woman Became a Warrior Wife - To Love, Honor and VacuumChristian Sexuality Exploring Pastoral Dimensions of Intimacy and
Have we listened to His instructions or are we functioning in a dysfunctional role that man created via the satans influence to mistranslate scripture?  Are we rebelling against His design of women? Do men, when they hear this truth, rebel, refusing to relinquish that control over their wives? To give honor to his wife by encouraging her to function as his ezer kenegdo? Do women, upon hearing this truth of how Yah has designed her to function balk?
HELPMATE the REAL Meaning of the Word | Genesis 2:18 | Mikella Van DykeVocê é uma Ezer-Kenegdo? - Universal.org - Portal Oficial da Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus - Universal.org – Portal Oficial da Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus
A paradigm shift is in order!
Paradigm shift
He gave us instructions and He expected His people to accept Him as their King…their Ruler…their Husband…and, because down through the generations, we, as a people, have rejected Him and His ways…
And, every Husband has a Bride…
Chava, Eve, Helpmeet ~ What's in a name? - In Ancient Footsteps
She doesn’t look like a co-dependent oppressed woman to me! She looks like she could likely be operating in her Yahweh design of ezer kenagdo, and bringing honor to her King!
Back on the topic of rebellion and idolatry…
Exodus 20:2-3 Illustrated: "I am the Lord your God, who brought you..." — Heartlight® Gallery
But, like Korach and his cronies, we have rebelled! Since the fall in the garden, we have all rebelled…we have chosen our own god, we have created idols to worship and adore…
What is idolatry? | 412teens.org
Now, I gotta tell you, I am a rebel…I was born a rebel…were you too? I was a non-conformist even when a child. I was born into a family with some crazy dynamics…like a mother who placed her husband on a pedestal and made him her god, sacrificing the well-being of her children…kinda like Israel did with their children…offering their own children to Molech…
Molech, The Guardian [Fallen] Angel of Pro-Abortionists ...
That led to some very serious consequences for my brothers and me. Like rebellion. Like bitterness. Like addictions of all sorts. Although a Sabbath-keeping believer, the god she served was not the god I wanted anything to do with. So. in my teen years I acted out that anger and rebellion and joined my soul to a plethora of idols…men, food, sex, control, drugs, booze, a party lifestyle. I was an empty vessel of darkness. (And my own parenting style was just as dysfunctional)
Praise Him He did hear her prayers for this Prodigal Daughter!
The Prodigal Daughter | Moses R. Eromose
Some of this week’s Torah portion is also about God’s anointed and appointed.  Rebelling against those that He set apart for certain offices of leadership can lead to some serious consequences.
  • Korah’s Half-Truth: All the People ARE Holy! – Korah wasn’t content with the great honor that God had already given him and rebelled against Moses. He wasn’t entirely wrong, though, when he justified his mutiny by saying that all the people are holy.

Now, remember the Torah portion…it is about proper respect for authority and authority comes from The King…in these last days of chaos and crisis, we need Yah appointed and anointed leaders and we need to do everything we can to uphold them in prayer, including their families. We are at a shortage of true leaders and people operating in their God-given gifts and talents, and authentic roles.

Why is that?

Could rebellion include refusing to pick up the assignment, the “office” gifts, and talents He has assigned for one? Is there maybe an element of fear involved? I do not know, I am asking. All I can share is my own experience strength and hope. For me, much fear was involved. Fear of failure. Fear of success…lack of confidence was huge for me. A lack of encouragement also played into it. And a few other barriers I have had to overcome.  What are some of your struggles with using your gifts and talents?
5 Reasons You Are Not Using the Gifts and Talents God Gave You – Pt. 2 — Cure 4 the Soul Ministries
One of the things I wrestle with is the refusal of the body to become educated about domestic abuse, co-dependency, male domination, family dynamics, alcoholic family systems to name a few. It seems like there is a whole lot of know-it-alls that are actually ignorant about a whole lot of important issues affecting the body of Messiah. Like above mentioned destructive issues.
Oh!  psychobabble! Chill, please. Balance is everything! We can glean from some of the so-called psychobabble in order to figure out some dynamics at play. Like co-dependency. Like narcissism. Like domestic abuse. But these undercurrents could be what is actually crippling the body of Messiah.
So, rebellion…as is the sin of witchcraft…manipulation…power and control…domination…all enemy tactics…
I may sound like a broken record, if you are anything like me, you need some redundancy in order to really absorb the topic…so here we go again… let’s revisit this topic…
You see, not knowing how men and women are supposed to interact and have each other’s backs, not understanding women’s design and function sets up some pretty seriously dysfunctional patterns of behaviors…on top of that, many teachings coming from Christian denominations are the icing on the cake…teaching men and women unbiblical truth about how women are to “roll”. You see, I truly believe that if we ALL grasped this and began to work on a paradigm shift…all that generational sins and curses would begin to break off, the satan would have far less to work with against us. We would have functional families, sprit filled, operating in our roles, gifts, and talents, no longer walking in rebellion or idolatry!
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So, many generations are reaping the whirlwind…consequences of the sins of the fathers and the mothers handed down…
But, for people like me, and hopefully like you, who are directed by The Creator, we are stepping out of the “family boat”, stepping out of the family system of dysfunction, chaos, and denial. we are the rebels…
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What got handed down from your family tree that is still operating? Ask Him to direct you so that you can get free of whatever is hindering you from taking up your role in His Kingdom…
okay, back to the topic of rebellion…
But! This rebellion is NOT against our Creator, our King! NO! It is against the systems of oppression and slavery the enemy set up since the beginning…those demons of leviathan and jezebel along with Ahab are operating in many families and many congregations…
Those spirits come up against  Yah’s children as they dare to begin operating in their gifts and talents.
Those attacks can manifest in many different forms. One of the ways that it has manifested in my life is doubting my calling, doubting my ability to write, to speak, to do radio.  For many of us, fear and insecurity were sown in infancy…for those like me that battle the echos of shame and abuse, those mature in the faith would do well to pray and encourage until there is a breakthrough. There is a strong wind blowing…fresh anointing is flowing…His people are glowing…with the Light of the World…
just for another perspective…now don’t get wigged out because I gleaned from a source you may not agree with!

Quality of Sobriety – Korach

“The entire community is holy and G‑d is amongst them; so why do you raise yourselves above the congregation of G‑d?”–Numbers 16:3

This week we read of Korach, a cousin of Moses, who led a rebellion against Moses and his brother, Aaron, the High Priest, charging them with unduly taking high offices for themselves. Although both Moses and Aaron were divinely appointed to their posts, Korach suspected that they were merely grabbing power for themselves and trying to assert their superiority over the rest of the nation. “The entire community is holy and G‑d is amongst them,” said Korach, “So why do you raise yourselves above the congregation of G‑d?”

Moses and Aaron had held their positions long before Korach’s rebellion in the second year in the wilderness. What prompted Korach to challenge them at that time?

In last week’s reading, we read of the scouts sent by Moses and how they feared entering the Land. The scouts enjoyed the nomadic life in the wilderness where they were free to study, pray and meditate all day. They were thus reluctant to establish a homeland for fear of being distracted from their spiritual pursuits. Their grave error lied in failing to appreciate the importance of serving G‑d not just in speech and thought but in action.

Korach took this episode to heart and drew his own conclusion. Since action is of paramount importance and since everyone performs the same commandments, there is apparently no difference between one person and the next. The fact that people like Moses and Aaron have a heightened sense of understanding and appreciation for the commandments should be irrelevant. Action is action and we all follow the same code, reasoned Korach.

As such, Korach resented the very notion that Moses and Aaron should be recognized on the basis of their greater spiritual sensitivity.

But Korach was wrong. Granted, right action is more crucial than right thinking or feeling. But that does not mean that thoughts and feelings are insignificant. The same deed may be done with various degrees of awareness and feeling. Those who perform the commandments with greater intellectual and emotional depth are rightly placed in their positions as mentors, teachers and guides.

There is a direct application of this lesson to our experience in recovery. We all work the same Steps. We all take the same basic actions: admitting our powerlessness, turning our life over to a Higher Power, taking moral inventory, making amends, etc. In this regard, everyone who works the program is the same as everybody else. But we must not make the same mistake as Korach by thinking that technical execution of the deed is all there is and that everybody is on the same level. There is such a thing as “quality of sobriety,” and we should humbly recognize that in this regard there are those who surpass us.

We all know what it means when we hear that “so-and-so works a good program.” It’s not just about action. It’s about internal growth — intangibles such as serenity, courage and wisdom. It can be a hard pill for such an insecure lot as us to swallow, but if we know people who have real quality sobriety, we should admit it and aspire to be like them. In order to “stick with the winners” we have to give the winners their due.

Well, hallelujah!
Extra reading for your own research!
https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/763918/jewish/Escaping-Captivity.htm

The Hebrew name of Eve

The Hebrew name of Eve by Yakov Rosenberg Professor of Biblical Hebrew and “Discovering the Hebrew Bible” Courses, IsraelBiblicalStudies.com

The sound of “i” in “Eve” obscures the true meaning of Eve’s Hebrew given name. The Hebrew name חַוָּה (chava) has a root connection to the verb לחיות (lichyot) “to live” and to words such as חַי (chai) and חַיִּים (chayim) communicating the idea of “life”. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to call Adam’s woman חַוָּה (chava), because one day she will become the mother of “all the living” כָּל־חָי (kol chai).

Eve’s second name, אִשָּׁה (isha) (Gen. 2:23), means “woman” in Hebrew. Generally, it is considered to be the feminine form of the Hebrew word for “man”, אִיש (ish). However, the real root which אִשָּׁה (isha) derives from is different from its male counterpart. The root comes from A.N.SH. (א.נ.ש) and means fragileness and delicacy. Interestingly, the word “fire”, אֵשׁ (esh) also resonates in this beautifully complex name for “woman” in the Bible.

Role of Women | GRACE in TORAH

 

PARTNERS | women-of-valor
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This one! I am reading it now…oh! It’s a good one!
And THIS!!! I could NOT put it down!  Well, folks! Til next week shalom~
Polishing Jade by Tekoa Manning | Audiobook | Audible.com

SHELACH TORAH : NUMBERS 13:1-15:41| PROPHETS : JOSHUA 2:1-24| GOSPEL : MATTHEW 10:1-14

 

E-KIDS 1st Grade Lessons: June 26, 2016 - The Twelve Spies

 

Numbers 14:23 My servant Caleb, because a different spirit is with him and he is wholeheartedly behind Me, I will bring him into the land where he went-his offspring will inherit it.

Hmmm, a different spirit...this week’s Torah portion, as usual, has a lot of meat, much to chew, and much to digest. Some of it is actually hard to chew and even harder to digest.

When folks ask me how I am,  I no longer say I am fine…in the rooms of 12 step recovery, we define fine as frustrated insecure neurotic and emotional. When I use to attend mainstream churches, that was my response and for a long time, I was just being honest without lying. The process of healing is a long one, with many bumps along the way. Healing for trauma and addictions is not for cowards! It takes fortitude of a soldier, determination of one called to be an overcome, perseverance of one who has done battle and knows that things can change in a heartbeat…

Part of my battle plan included AA. Alcoholics Anonymous.   I sat in the rooms of recovery for many years. I learned a lot. I grew up there, matured from a person suffering from arrested development to one that found some tools to fight the good fight of faith.

John Templeton Quote: "An attitude of gratitude creates blessings. Help yourself by helping ...

Attitude Adjustment. When your a$$ falls off pick it up and go to a meeting. Meeting makers make it. If you spot it you got it. First Things First. Keep it Simple Stupid. Think before you drink. AA. Attitude Adjustment. If you got gratitude you won’t have an attitude…

Gratitude. faith. community. safe community. that takes work, each one doing their own spot check as we call it…better check yourself before you wreck yourself…

Seems like there is at least one in every crowd…you know—one of THOSE KINDS…

Negative…critical spirited…wants to argue…always sees the problem but never the solution…

That is what was going on with the 10 spies sent out by Adonia to check the land…now, listen, He did NOT need those 10 men to go check out the land, He knew what was up. He knew all about those Nephilim…and because He is all-knowing, all-seeing, and all-powerful, I just gotta think that His motive was to root out those that would sabotage His plans for Israel to take the land…

Chapter 13 | Nephilim giants, Giants in the bible, Nephilim

Crowd mentality…What Is Mob Mentality? – WebMD

Mob mentality, herd mentality, pack mentality, groupthink, or crowd psychology — the concept has many names. These all boil down to the same idea: Individuals are influenced by a larger group…
One bad apple spoils the bunch…if one can spoil the bunch, what can 10 do?
I worked as a credentialed substance abuse counselor in several types of facilities.  Grace House was a residential home for those needing a safe clean and sober living environment.  For me, it was a calling,  not a paycheck. As a fellow traveler on the road to recovery,  I was able to share who my Higher Power was when asked.  How cool is that! I got to talk about what Jesus (Yeshua) did for me!
On occasion, the atmosphere in Grace House would change…we could feel it, we saw it in the behaviors of the residents. Many times it was a new resident bringing in a bad attitude/spirit.  One person added to the sober community could shift the atmosphere in the air. Both the residents and the staff felt the tension. That negative spirit was contagious,  feeding off each other. Chaos ensued.
Our weekly staff minutes would send the message to the support staff which resident was being disciplined for what infraction. Clear communication was imperative. We worked as a team to keep it a safe sober supportive environment.
We always gave chances for repentance. An opportunity to shuv…turn away from destructive attitudes. Some did, some did not. Those that did not were put “outside the camp.” Discharged. Left to face the consequences of their rebellion against the house rules. Usually, the infraction was succumbing to the cravings to ingest that very thing that got them there in the first place…alcohol or drugs. Sometimes it was fraternizing with the opposite sex. On rare occasions, it was due to violence or disrespecting authority figures.
 I was a genealogist, historian, cheerleader, coach, educator, and antagonist…a role model, teaching life skills, cooking skills and so much more. My role as a counselor was to confront those behaviors that could lead to relapse. I put my heart into each resident on my caseload, especially those that really wanted to enter into a new life, into their promised land of new beginnings. That was the goal of Grace House, to assist the suffering addict/alcoholic in developing a “can do” attitude.
We protected our vulnerable residents.
Moses was put in charge to protect Isreal.
We discharged the resident refusing to comply with house rules, which provide order in the house.
Moses was ordered by Yah to make an example out of those rabblers…and bring order back into the camp.
Rahab…rehab…
Rahab | New Life Fellowship
I have had many “Rahab’s” on my caseload through the years. Prostitutes, strippers, and those that gave themselves away for the next line of Cocaine or Meth.  I treated them with dignity and respect, showing them the love of their Creator. I read their charts…I read their painful psychosocial evaluations. I did my own evaluations with them to write an individualized treatment plan for each of them. I had the honor of hearing their stories and then pouring into them the truth that they do not have to live that way ever again. I had the pleasure of helping them connect the dots of childhood trauma to present-day self-destructive patterns.
What an honor to help them conquer their giants of shame, rejection, abandonment, and self-hatred. The beauty of a changed life is priceless…
Seeing a shift in their attitude toward themselves was rewarding!
Attitude…what is yours?
Are you like those that only see the giants in the land and not the harvest of the huge grapes? What spirit has you? The spirit of Elohim or the spirit of fear?
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Beha’alotecha Numbers 8:1–12:16/Zech 2:14-4:7/1Cor 10:6-13;Rev 11:1-19


PARASHOT Beha'alotecha Behaalotecha n.37 The Illustrated Torah Scroll

Shalom!

Wow! So much in this week’s Torah Portion! It actually makes my head spin and is an “oh man” gut getter…or am I the only one that struggles with my mouth?

Both, what goes in the mouth (food) and what comes out (evil speaking)…

Every year, upon reading this particular Torah reading, I ponder the fact that these Israelites were ready to turn back to Egypt, back to bondage, just so they could indulge their appetites. They were craving meat, leeks, cucumbers, garlic, and whatever else they were used to eating…They were willing to go back to a life of slavery.

It smells of trauma bonding and food addiction to me…and also, being a survivor of domestic abuse, which is trauma on steroids, I get it… it’s the familiar, the norm.

Kinda like Esau selling his birthright for a pot of lentils.

Good food. Who doesn’t love it? Ah, maybe that is the problem! Can food be an idol? Just asking…

I hate to admit it, but I struggle with an eating disorder. You see, as a little girl, I found comfort and love in my mother’s homemade scrumptious foods. Especially her chocolate cream pie. I can be there in a heartbeat in my mind’s eye, at the dining room table, alone, feeling safe for a change. Delighted that my mother had an abundance of fresh cow milk from our neighbor, Mr. Choban’s cows. Mother would make homemade old fashion chocolate cream pie filling. And laden the top of the pie with whipped cream.

Hence chocolate cream pie laden with whipped cream equaled love. Equaled safety. Equaled escape from inner turmoiled emotions of fear, dread, and anguish of soul.

Food. Needed for survival. Food. Nourishing and Nurturing. Food. A weapon of mass destruction. GMO’s, pesticides, created famines…but, that is not the point of this blog but yet, it is food for thought with what is being created in these final hours of earth’s history as we know it.

 

Lashon Hara…WHAT IS LASHON HARA?

Lashon Hara Questions

The Hebrew term lashon hara (or loshon hora) (Hebrew לשון הרע; “evil tongue”) is the halakhic term for a derogatory speech about another person. Lashon hara differs from defamation in that its focus is on the use of true speech for a wrongful purpose, rather than falsehood and harm arising.  Speech is considered to be lashon hara if it says something negative about a person or party, is not previously known to the public, is not seriously intended to correct or improve a negative situation, and is true. Statements that fit this description are considered to be lashon hara, regardless of the method of communication that is used, whether it is through face-to-face conversation, a letter, telephone, or email, or even body language.

Oh my mouth…

 

Thoughts from Another Home ©: Taming the Tongue: A James 3:8-10 Devotional

For those of you interested in another point of view on this week’s Torah Portion:

How Things Worked Out—Behaalotecha

If any man of you, or of your future generations, shall be unclean . . . or be on a journey far off, he shall keep the Passover to G‑d on the fourteenth day of the second month . . . (Numbers 9:10–11)

On the date commemorating the Exodus from Egypt, it is a mitzvah to celebrate the holiday of Passover. When the Temple stood—may it be speedily rebuilt in our day—this celebration would entail bringing a special sacrifice on the day before Passover, the Paschal lamb. The Torah tells also of a “Second Passover” granted to a group of men unable to fulfill their obligation with the rest of the nation on the regularly appointed holiday. Because they were ritually impure, they were excluded from performing the sacrificial offering in honor of Passover. Aggrieved because of their missed opportunity to fulfill a commandment of G‑d, they approached Moses and asked that he somehow make an exception for them. G‑d spoke to Moses and told him to establish a makeup date, one month later, after they would have a chance to purify themselves. The “Second Passover” thus became a mitzvah, a commandment of the Torah, eternalized for all time.

Why didn’t G‑d just tell Moses about the “backup plan” when He told him about the regular Passover?But if the Second Passover was destined to become a commandment, why didn’t G‑d simply relate this commandment to Moses at the outset, as He did with all of the other commandments? Why didn’t G‑d just tell Moses about the “backup plan” when He told him about the regular Passover? Why did the people first have to ask for it?

The Second Passover represents the power of teshuvah (literally: “return”). By returning to G‑d, one has the power to retroactively transform past failings into veritable merits. For it is the penitent’s prior distance from G‑d that serves as the very springboard for his current heightened desire to cleave to Him. Ironically, had he not once been estranged from his G‑d, he would never have come to the kind of yearning for Him that he feels now. The darkest moments of his past, what was once his greatest liabilities, now become his greatest assets, the source of intense motivation for re-found closeness with G‑d.

Such a condition, however—where past misdeeds become virtues—cannot be premeditated. G‑d’s rulebook could never prescribe failure to serve G‑d properly as a way to later become closer to Him. The opportunity to transform the past must come from the penitent himself. He must ask for it, and only then is it granted.

In recovery, we’ve found a new relationship with G‑d. We have an appreciation for His wisdom, love, and guidance that we are quite sure could never have been possible had we not been forced to turn our lives over to Him as the only known treatment for a disease that is progressive, incurable, and fatal. We did not become alcoholics in order that we could later discover G‑d in recovery. Nor is that something that we could ever have planned. It isn’t even something G‑d would have told us to do.

A certain chassid was once chided about the fact that the chassidim tend to make a big to-do about the Second Passover. “You celebrate a holiday established for impure people,” his detractors laughed. “No,” he answered, “not a holiday for impure people. A holiday for impure people who became pure.”

We could never have planned it. G‑d would never have advised it. But this is how things worked out.Some might think it odd when they hear an alcoholic in recovery say something like “Being an alcoholic is the greatest thing that ever happened to me.” Perhaps they think that recovery is meant only to make us more like normal people, to catch us up. But we do not have the dubious luxury enjoyed by “normal people” who decide how and when to let G‑d into their lives. Such is our fortune: that we must strive to join that happy lot for whom their very survival dictates that they give themselves entirely over to G‑d.

We could never have planned it. G‑d would never have advised it. But this is how things worked out. And this is what has made us closer to Him today.

 Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ[a] to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, 10 nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. 11 Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. 12 Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

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Isaiah 49:1 Listen to Me, O islands,And pay attention, you peoples from afar.The Lord called Me from the womb;From the body of My mother He named Me.

 

Today is May 18th…my son’s birthday. It was a beautiful spring day he was born. Eight pounds 6 ounces. I was barely 18 years of age. I was still a child in an adult body. I did not have any idea how to mother a child. That Adonia allowed me to give birth is a mystery.

His death, still a mystery. Every year at this time, since his death, this mother goes through a funk. A teary-eyed funk. Although I attempt to brace myself, telling myself that this year will be different, it never is…a mother’s heart can never forget her child she once carried in her womb. Never. (even those who abort their child!)

As Adonia says in Isaiah 49:15

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If a woman forgets her infant and does not love on a son of her womb, even if these forget, I shall not forget you.

 

 

 

Acharei Mot Lev 16:1-18:30/Ezekiel 22:1-19/Romans 3:19-28/ 1 Cor 5:1-13/ 2 Cor 2:1-11/ Gal: 3 10-14/ Hebrews 7 23-10:25

This week’s Torah portion is of great importance. We live in a world that is filled with demons of lust. These demons are driving humanity to a level of sexual perversions that it is hard to fathom. I find it difficult to believe that “there isn’t anything new under the sun” as Solomon states in Proverbs.

I wanted to share with you the interview that Pastor Chris Cash and I did for Hebrew Nations Radio airing this Friday. FYI, this is an adult topic, please be mindful of little ears.

So, come join Pastor Chris Cash from Way of Messiah Congregation in Live Oaks Florida as we discuss this week’s Torah Portion and how we can apply it to today’s sex-saturated culture and its impact on the victims.

Part One

 

Part Two


 

Bible Journal: Leviticus