VAYERA TORAH : GENESIS 18:1-22:24| PROPHETS : 2 KINGS 4:1-37| GOSPEL : LUKE 17:28-37


 

 

 

This week, as usual, we have many rabbit trails! (Some like to call them “rabbi trails).

 

Rabbit Trails are Good! - Homeschool Legacy

                                       We have much terrain to cover! Let’s get started!

Part A) Weekly Torah Portion: 04 VAYERA - HE APPEARED - GENESIS 18:1-22:24 - YouTube

                                            Is He not the God of the impossible?

Products Tagged "Is Anything Too Hard For the Lord" - GraceLaced

Sarah's Last Laugh – Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7 – Pastor Mandi

                                               OH!!! The tests we all go through!

What Does Genesis 22:7 Mean?

 

Torah Portion – Vayera “He appeared” | Oh Happy Daze

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                                                                Sodom and Gomorrah

 

Genesis 19 - Holy Bible English - BibleWordings.comGenesis 19:1-3 Lot sat in gate of Sodom, and when he saw the two angels he invited them to spend the night at his house. Click for next slide. - ppt download

 

 

The Offering of Lot's Daughters (Interpret, Preach and Draw) - YouTube

**SEE BELOW FOR MORE INSIGHT INTO THAT TOPIC!

 

God's Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah - YouTube

 

Don't Look Back, You're Not Going That Way!” – Jeanie Shepard MinistriesLot's Wife Drawing by James Robinson

 

                                                   There is nothing new under the sun! 

 

Jerks Of The Bible Series | Entry #5: Lot – Dust Off The Bible

 

Male RAPE by Women: Myth or Fact?13 Best Lot's Daughters ideas | lot's daughters, sodom and gomorrah, zoar

New Testament BCM 103 Dr. Dave Mathewson Gordon College/Denver Seminary. - ppt download

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Are we vessels for His honor or do we bring dishonor to our King and His kingdom?

 

 

 

The Daughters Of Sarah Around The World13 Best Lot's Daughters ideas | lot's daughters, sodom and gomorrah, zoarPin on QuotesII Kings

VaYERA” / “HE Appeared” – (YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH) THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE Ministry Congregation, Glasgow (Scotland, U.K.)

Haftorah Portion

 

Luke BUT THE SAME DAY THAT LOT WENT OUT OF SODOM IT RAINED FIRE AND BRIMSTONE

Remember Lot's Wife" - Sermon - May 17, 2020 - YouTube

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               No Looking Back

 As I looked in the mirror and saw the bunny trails returning, I thought “now what do I do about them” Those dreaded stinking bunny trials. When I got my last Botox injections, I knew it was only temporary, as with the fillers.  Only a temporary fix.  I told my husband and my anti-aging doctor I wanted the lifestyle lift.  It was more permanent than filler and injections and less invasive and expensive than a face lift. Less down time.  Made sense to me.   They both frowned.  So did I. I didn’t call the shots, the one with the money and the one with the needles did.

Here I am, in a shelter for women fleeing domestic abuse worrying about returning bunny trials….how stupid and superficial!  Three times I have left the destructive relationship, two times I have returned due to the financial situation…and dare I look back at the pleasures enjoyed?  The messages, the facials, the access to an anti-aging doctor, a good chiropractor`, manicures, pedicures.  A beautiful house, a house cleaner, good organic food.  Vacations, shopping sprees, what more could a woman want?

Reality.  Damage Control…Therapy, medications, stress so bad the chiropractic adjustments wouldn’t hold, the messages didn’t undo the layers of  knots in my shoulders, the manicures and pedicures were less than what I needed.  Botox and fillers couldn’t erase the added 10 years of aging in the less than 4 years of marriage.  I had to go back the The House.  No amount of exterior excursions could change the fact that I had to go back to The House. To The Abusive Husband.

As I looked at my traumatic chaotic life and the great losses, the Lord said, “do not look back”.  What? Was that You Lord?”  I was unsure. All through the day Lots wife came to my mind.  I pondered why she looked back as the Lord’s angel was delivering her and her family from destruction.  Did she, too, have a leisurely lifestyle and nice pretty clothes and a beautiful home?

I reviewed the reasons I returned to the relationship 2 times previously and also the outcomes of returning. There was no change in him thus no change in the marriage. Since returning from Florida the last time I left him I needed to take Xanax when I knew he was on his way home from the office. I took it on the weekends to keep calm around him.  Depression and anxiety were my everyday norms now. Did I want to continue living like this or was I willing to trust God and let Him lead me on a final Exodus journey into the life He wants me to live. 

This time there was no returning; no looking back. I was wasting my life on an illusion that my husband controlled.  When I pulled aside the illusion and tried to confront his fantasy world all hell broke loose.  I was the crazy one, I was the one on meds, I was the one that twisted things and abused him. I was the one playing the victim…well, no more!  I came to a decision…  No more games, no more lies, no more power and control over me. Enough was enough!

No looking back this time.  So let the bunnies run the trails on my aging face.  May I age gracefully free in the arms of the One who won my freedom.

                                        Now, a word from big brother Judah!

Vayeira (Genesis 18-22)

Don't Look Back

                                                        Don’t get stuck in the past.


We’ve all made mistakes and bad decisions in life and unfortunately we sometimes have a problem getting those mistakes out of our system. This week, the Torah warns us that looking back and focusing too much on the past can result in spiritual and physical stagnation.

Lot’s family was warned not to look back when they leave the city of Sodom, a city that was being destroyed for its total lack of morality (Gen 19:17). Instead of focusing on the past, they needed to focus primarily on the future.

Lot’s wife ignored the warning and looked back. As a consequence she was turned into a “pillar of salt.” Salt is the ultimate preservative; she is essentially mummified — frozen into the same position for all of eternity, never able to grow or change.

A person needs to be able to admit to his failings, make amends, roll his sleeves up, and start over. To focus any more than necessary on the past will inhibit the opportunities presented to us to maximize our potential and move forward into the future. King Solomon says it all when he teaches, “A bad person will fall once and never again get up, whereas a righteous person will fall seven times and get up again each and every time.”

(Based on the teachings of Rav Avigdor M

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“Lot and His Daughters” by Georg Pencz (Wikimedia)

Violence Against Women

Parashat Vayera offers many instances of abuse towards female biblical characters.

This extraordinarily rich parashah filled with violence — not just the obvious and dramatic violence of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the incipient violence of the binding of Isaac, but also various, more ordinary, forms of violence against women. Half-buried in the vivid description of the people of Sodom gathering around Lot‘s house and demanding the strangers staying with him is Lot’s reply, “Look–I have two daughters who have never been intimate with a man; let me bring them out for you, and do to them as you please.

But do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof” (19:8). While a later midrash will see Lot’s offer as evidence that he was infected by the wickedness of Sodom and picture him as having been punished (Tanchuma Vayera 12), the biblical text offers no explicit judgment on his behavior. The violence of the people of Sodom merits the destruction of the city, but the willingness of Lot to see his daughters assaulted and raped is apparently unworthy of comment.

Abraham & Sarah

At the beginning of Genesis 20, we have another form of violence: the second of two stories (or two versions of the same story; see 12:10-20) in which Abraham seeks to pass off his wife Sarah as his sister in order to protect himself. In this passage, Abimelech, king of Gerar, seizes Sarah, but her potential rape is averted when God keeps Abimelech from touching her. The similar tale will be repeated once again in relation to Isaac and Rebekah (26:6-11).

The three-fold reiteration of the narrative suggests that it might serve as a paradigm of the situation of Jewish women. The first two male ancestors of the Jews, perceiving themselves as “other” and therefore endangered in foreign lands, use their wives as buffers between themselves and the larger culture. The women become the “others’ other,” the ones whose safety and well-being can be sacrificed in order to save the patriarchs’ skins.

The story names a pattern that becomes a recurring part of Jewish history: male Jews, subordinated by the dominant culture, in turn subordinate women within their own cultures, doubling the otherness that partly mirrors their own. As in the case of Lot’s offering his daughters to the people of Sodom, the biblical text offers no comment on or protest against this situation. Unlike when God appears to Abimelech in a dream and threatens him with death unless he releases Sarah (Genesis 12), God does not explicitly chastise Abraham or Lot.

Sarah & Hagar

Then, in Genesis 21, we meet still another form of violence–this time Sarah’s violence against Hagar. After Sarah bears Isaac in her old age, she tells Abraham to throw the slave girl Hagar and her son Ishmael out of the house, so that Ishmael will not share in his father’s inheritance along with Isaac. The violence that is practiced by Abraham against Sarah, she now recapitulates in relation to the most vulnerable person in her own household. Thus, the cycle of abuse goes on. In this context, not only does the text not judge Sarah, but God is explicitly on her side, telling Abraham to listen to Sarah because her son Isaac will be the bearer of the covenantal line.

This Torah portion makes clear that our ancestors are by no means always models of ethical behavior that edify and inspire us. On the contrary, often the Torah holds up a mirror to the ugliest aspects of human nature and human society. It provides us with opportunities to look honestly at ourselves and the world we have created, to reflect on destructive patterns of human relating, and to ask how we might address and change them. In Lot’s treatment of his daughters-and in the Torah’s lack of comment on that treatment–can we see the casual acceptance, indeed the invisibility, of violence against women that is so ubiquitous in many cultures, including our own?

In Abraham’s seeming lack of concern about the fate of Sarah, can we see the ways in which marginalized peoples are all too liable to duplicate patterns of subordination from which they themselves have suffered? In Sarah’s banishment of Hagar, can we see the horizontal violence that oppressed people visit on each other as they jockey for what seems to them limited resources, rather than making common cause against the forces that suppress them? And what do we do when we see ourselves enacting these patterns in our own personal and political lives? How do we respond to and interrupt them?

It is striking that throughout the portion, God is implicated in the violence in the text. Except in the case of Lot’s willingness to sacrifice his daughters, God carries out or commands the violence (Sodom and Gomorrah; Isaac) or supports it (Abraham and Sarah; Sarah and Hagar). The representations of violence that the text holds up to us are ones on which the human and divine levels mirror each other. There is no cosmic relief, so to speak, from the reality of violence. Abraham’s challenge to God over the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah can thus be seen as a question to both God and ourselves. “Must not the Judge of all the earth do justly?” Abraham asks God. “Will You indeed sweep away the innocent along with the wicked?” (18:23).

The implication of these questions is that it is the judge of all the earth who creates the ethical norms that Abraham reflects back to God and to which he holds God answerable. But the moral voice in this passage is Abraham’s voice. What happens to that moral vision two chapters later when Abraham betrays his wife Sarah? Can we read these narratives in ways that strengthen our resolve to hold both ourselves and God accountable to standards of justice that we recognize and value-and yet continually violate?

Reprinted with permission from The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, edited by Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and Andrea L. Weiss (New York: URJ Press and Women of Reform Judaism, 2008).

 

Female on Male Rape in the Bible

Lot’s Daughters: The men of Sodom, but they’re women

Valentine Wiggin

Jun 10, 2019·3 min read

Genesis 19:30–38, at least to me, is one of the most disturbing passages in the Bible. In this passage, Lot’s two daughters got him drunk and raped him in order to preserve his family line. Although this is just one of many horrible things people did in the Bible, this one stands out due to the fact that male victims of rape, especially by female rapists, go overlooked and are even ridiculed.

This incident inverts traditional power dynamics in a family unit. One would expect Lot, the father and the man, to be the rapist, but his daughters, the women his offspring, were the rapists. Some people might take this as a warning against allowing women to have power, but, this power was not delegated to them. Instead, they violently seized power from Lot while he was in a compromising position. Such is the case with all rapes no matter the gender of the victim or the rapist.

If Lot were female and raped by her sons in order to continue the family line, the rape would be acknowledged as such: a rape. However, other sources do not use the word “rape” to describe the incident. One source even suggests that Lot lusted after his own daughters and knew what happened to him, but that does not justify his daughters’ actions or make them any less serious. Others might try to point to the apparent lack of available men, but, again, consensual incest was the overlooked option. Their sons, Ben-ammi and Moab, even had names that referred to their mothers’ crimes; their descendants came to be hated by the rest of ancient Israel.

Ironically, before this happened, Lot offered his daughters to be raped in the place of his guests. However, it does not carry the same satisfaction that “eye-for-an-eye” moments typically do. Perhaps one could see Lot’s desperation as the men of Sodom surrounded his house or that the rape did not solve any initial problems or bring about any sense of justice. Instead, it left Israel with two hated tribes, both of which were banned from places of worship, and Lot probably feeling conflicted about his rape and unable to do anything about it because he was a man. Though they left the city of Sodom, the city of Sodom did not leave them, especially the two daughters.

The city of Sodom was not conducive to the development of healthy sexuality, not due to homosexuality as some have been taught, but due to the absence of consent and mutual enjoyment seen in both the men who wanted to rape the angels and Lot’s daughters raping their father. When sex is nonconsensual, it strips someone of their power in a way that humiliates the victim and disregards the value of the human body. I don’t know how it took me seven years to realize the connection between the men of Sodom and Lot’s daughters, but seeing it now made me realize how foolish I was to overlook the nature of Lot’s daughters as being like that of the men of Sodom.

Are You Living in Sodom? #MeToo

The biblical city had a culture of rape — and it wasn’t the victims’ faults.

 

#MeToo. Tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions of women are saying it. I’ve said it too, in this blog.

I’ve told stories about home invasion. Police laughing at our report. An attacker on the ferry. A rude boss with an onion fetish.

These aren’t easy stories to tell. For 20 years I was afraid to sleep, afraid of my own bed. But I can speak now.

Because 20 more years have passed. My body no longer recoils when I remember.

And because these stories are straightforward. Even the most judgmental critics could agree. I was exactly where I should be: home, work, and public transit. Wearing what I should wear: pajamas, long-sleeves, a heavy coat. Doing what I should be doing: writing, sleeping, stacking boxes.

But I’ve got other stories, too. More recent stories. Stories I’m ashamed to tell – because I’m not sure they would be viewed as assaults. When I tell them, I second guess myself. They took place in men’s homes, offices and cars. Places I could have chosen not to go. Offers of hospitality I could have declined. By being a guest, did I implicitly consent?

No, says the Torah. No, no, no. A host may not assault a guest. Remember the story of Sodom? A city so horrid God planned to destroy it?

Two men — traveling angels in disguise — arrive in town. Through their eyes, we see the horror: Sodom has a culture of rape. No one but Lot will shelter the travelers overnight. A mob storms Lot’s house, yelling, “Give us the men so we can rape them!” Lot knows he ought not to surrender his guests. So he says, “Take my daughters instead.” The angels stop him and strike the mob with blindness. Early the next morning, they grab Lot’s wife and daughters and run. They save Lot too — an incomprehensible move until you read the conclusion of this grim fable.

Fire and brimstone rain down on the city. Mrs. Lot dies. Lot and daughters set up camp in a cave. Surely by now, Lot’s daughters hate him. “I wouldn’t want you as the grandfather of my children unless you were the last man on earth!” they must think. But guess what? Recent experience tells them he is the last man on earth. So they drug him and rape him — to harvest his sperm. Thus, they believe, they save the human race.

What’s the sin of Sodom? Our prophets Amos, Ezekiel,  and Jeremiah offer interpretations. Oppression. Idolatry. Arrogance. Adultery. But the peshat, the simple text of the story, is less delicate.

Sodom is a rape culture. Enter the city at your own risk. Accept hospitality and you’ve invited assault. One ethical man lives there. But he’s a rapist too. And he’s initiated his children into the culture.

I want to believe that we aren’t in Sodom. That women, men, and children are safe from sexual assault. That hospitality is sacred. That if my host attacks me, he, not I, has sinned. I want to believe.

But I don’t believe it yet. Because #MeToo keeps rolling in. We’re still discovering the painful truth. Too many of us feel we are in Sodom — unable to see the way out.

 

TORAH : GENESIS 12:1-17:27| PROPHETS : ISAIAH 40:27-41:16| GOSPEL : JOHN 8:51-58


 

Parashot Lech Lecha n.03 The Illustrated Torah Scroll - Studio in Venice

 

 

Genesis 12:1 Now the Lord said to Abram,“Go forth from your country,And from your relativesAnd from your father's house,To the land which I will show you;

Parasha Lech Lecha (Go Forth!): Leaving Home to Go Home | Messianic Bible

 

Isaiah 46: 4 KJV | List Of Verses | Inspirational words, Isaiah 46, Book of isaiah

 

 

 

 

 

The Lord Our Strength – Isaiah 40:27-41:20 – The Little Church in the Vale

 

Jesus: The Way, The Truth, & The Life: Isaiah 40:27-31 - Applying the knowledge of God's greatness

 

Isaiah 40:27-31 "Do you not know?" - YouTube

I AM: The Light of the World | First Presbyterian Church

ARGUING WITH THE GREAT I AM (A WOMAN TRANSFORMED BY THE GOSPEL) PART I LESSON 5 - Dee Brestin Ministries

 

Father Wounds…

Takes time to heal…renewing our minds with His truth about us is one of the most powerful ways to be reprogrammed…renewing those old tapes takes time, I am still working on it…and many events in life give ample opportunity to the enemy to press play on those old tapes…we have the way of pressing stop!

We are His…His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.

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Affirmation: I am worthy, enough & beautiful - ReflectandRespond

Sometimes, we really do need to leave our earthly father’s “house”…

his way of thinking, doing and even his perspective…

on life, on us ,on Yah

to follow the great I am that I am…

to become who He created us to be…

too many of us are still carrying father wounds…

but, we have a way out of the old country to the new…

out of darkness to light…

out of lies to truth…

Is it time for you to leave your fathers house to your Father’s house?

 

fathers | The Mighty

 

 

Absent Father Quotes From Son. QuotesGram

The Heartache of Father Wounds: Three Reasons to Embrace God as Father | Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Healing the Father Wound — Brya Hanan, LMFT

The Disciple and Trauma - Saturate

 

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Recovery wisdom from our older brother Judah:

Leaving Self to Find Yourself – Lech Lecha

“Go from your land, from your birthplace and from your father’s house to the land which I will show you”—Genesis 12:1.

This week’s reading begins with G‑d‘s command to Abraham to go forth from his birthplace and travel to the land which would eventually be given to him and his descendants. On a deeper level, this narrative describes not only Abraham’s geographical relocation, but tells about his spiritual journey of self-discovery. Implied in the words of G‑d‘s command is an instruction to Abraham that he abandon every aspect of self—and be willing to become something totally unknown to him.

Here is how the verse may be interpreted, in the context of a spiritual journey:

“Go from your land…”—The Hebrew word for land, eretz, shares a common root with the word for will, ratzon. G‑d told Abraham to surrender his own desires and leave self-will behind.

“…from your birthplace…”—G‑d also told Abraham to abandon all of his traits that were a product of his environment and conditioning—all of the effects of his ‘birthplace.’

“…from your father’s house…”—In Kabbalah, the capacity to generate new ideas is called ‘father,’ because the potential for insight is the progenitor of feelings and behavior. Thus, G‑d told Abraham to leave his intellectual pre-conditioning behind, and allow himself to grasp an entirely new way of thinking.

“…to the land which I will show you…”—G‑d did not specify to Abraham where he was heading, but only told him to leave where he was. He would be shown where to settle when he got there. There he would be shown an entirely new way of being.

For many of us, recovery from alcoholism and addiction has meant a discovery of a new self; but first we had to be ready to let go of everything we thought that made us who we were.

We need to examine the story of Abraham for inspiration and instruction—for our stories in recovery have followed this same pattern. Like Abraham, we had to leave our will, our habits and our mode of thinking behind. Common sense dictated that if were we to remain our old selves, it was highly unlikely that we would not return to our old using behaviors. We needed to seek G‑d’s help in changing ourselves (Steps 1-3). We even mustered up the courage to face the truth of exactly who we were (Steps 4-5). We even agreed that we were not just giving up alcohol—but most everything about our desires, our conditioning and our way of thinking (Steps 6-7). We were ready to let go of everything that made us who we were and become someone completely different. But, like Abraham, we had no idea where we were going and what we would become. We simply trusted in G‑d—that it was He who was guiding our path. After forsaking all that was known and comfortable to us, He would help us to arrive at the destination He had planned for us.

As we continued to follow the Steps, we found ourselves changing. Nature abhors a vacuum, and wherever we had pushed out our old self, G‑d came rushing in to fill the void. We slowly began to recognize our new selves, our true selves—an optimistic, confident and humble soul who could live life without the bottle or the pipe.

This amazing process of self-discovery also mirrors the journey of Abraham. “To the land which I will show you,” may also be read “to the land where I will show you.” So, it is not that G‑d just shows you the land; G‑d takes you to the place where He can show and reveal yourself to you. The bold venture into the unknown culminates with G‑d showing us who we really are. In order to get there, we need to pay attention to His call — to leave behind everything we thought we were.

B’reisheet Torah : Genesis 1:1-6:8| Prophets : Isaiah 42:5-43:10| Gospel : John 1:1-17


 

 

In The Beginning…

 

Have we been lied to? And if so, then what are the lies? How deep do they go? Let’s explore some of these topics in this week’s Torah Portion…

Note this…for me, flat earth is not a salvation issue, however, this has led many atheists to His Word and His Torah…

Note this…it DOES matter how He designed the first woman…I believe He is restoring all things…and this is one of them.

Do not debate, educate!

The Earth Is Not A Globe! – Hidden Peoples And false Doctrines Exposed

I want to share with you one of my favorite writers.Keisha Gallagher’s website is called Grace in Torah. This website has a series on the role, design and function of woman. There are other Hebrew Scholars that also help people to understand what He is saying to us about how He designed woman.

Role of Women

Another author, Skip Moen, also assists us in our endeavors to know His truth.

https://skipmoen.com/tag/guardian-angel/

And yet another resource for you to glean from!

https://godswordtowomen.org/bushnell.htm

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We walk blindly, not knowing who we are, not knowing who each other is…shooting our wounded…telling them its their fault because of x,y and z…many tell women how wrong they are when they are actually walking out their God-given design…women are disrespected because they are not allowed to walk as she was originally designed to walk…imbalance is the result.

We are all out of balance, and will remain out of balance until we allow the Ruach Ha’Kodesh to teach us the truths so long ago hidden with words…twisted words.

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KI TAVO TORAH : DEUTERONOMY 26:1-29:8| PROPHETS : ISAIAH 60:1-22| GOSPEL : MATTHEW 4:13-24

 

Deuteronomy 27-28: Blessings and Curses before entering the Land – Hallel Fellowship

 

 

 

June 23rd: Bible Meditation for Deuteronomy 28 | Free Daily Bible Study

Green Street Beach, Hollywood Florida 8/21/2021 Deliverance Service preparing the Bride for the Fall Feasts! Please see below for information on two Torah Pursuant Deliverance Ministries for both education and deliverance!

 

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Isaiah 60:1 Inspirational ImagesJesus: The Way, The Truth, & The Life: Isaiah 60:14-22 - The glory of Israel in the Kingdom contrasted with their previous state.Isaiah 60 | Bible Teaching Notes

 

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons Words of Jesus | Words of jesus, Jesus heals, Jesus

 

Feast of Tabernacles, 2020 High Springs, Florida, I participated in another deliverance ministry session. Pastor Gil drove for many miles from his home in Miami, Florida to assist those who wanted to get free from strongholds and “lassos”. Those brave enough to be honest of their struggles with the demonic came forward and received ministry and deliverance.

Feast of Tabernacles 2015 was my very first Sukkot. I met a woman who was instrumental in my journey to true freedom. She helped me detox from prescription medications by taking me into her own home and nursing me back to health. During my stay at her beautiful farmhouse, I read a book called Unloving by Henry Wright. I was drawn to the title as it defined how I felt. I had just left yet another abusive marriage and was desperate for healing. My friend suggested I attend Be In Health in Georgia…long story short, it WAS the Ruach HaKodesh leading me to go, so I did…and what I witnessed was people getting free from demons…

My next experience was at the congregation I was a part of in upstate New York. The pastor brought a deliverance team from the state of Florida to conduct a weekend deliverance ministry. The small church was packed. I went in the direction of the Ruach HaKodesh. I was overwhelmed when some of the people I knew and respected began to manifest different demons…over the course of two days, I saw many manifestations of demons…this totally broke any denial still lurking in my mind!

My eyes were opened. Wide. I could NOT unsee and inexperience what I personally witnessed of my own deliverance and those of the other folks. I knew the body of Messiah was in big trouble. And, in denial of the reality of the spirit realm. And, how these very demons are the things that are causing such division in the body of Messiah, the conflicts and domestic abuse, porn addiction, child abuse, etc. within His body!

This past weekend, I and a friend drove to Hollywood, Florida, to participate in a deliverance immersion held by Pastor Gil of Torah Deliverance Ministry located in Miami Florida. Many from his congregation united at Green Street Beach on a hot Shabbat morning.

I had sensed strongholds from my ancestry stemming from the occult/freemasonry. My great uncle was a great man, a Yale graduate, one of America’s leading American History Historians, a Professor at Yale University for many years, and an Oxford Cambridge Fellow. My other uncle was a Professor at Cornell University and a Yale man also I believe, also, I believe, another Yale grad. My great-grandmother graduated from Havard/Radcliffe. My cousin, involved in some very dark secret societies was also a big question mark for me.  Yes, I sensed some things from my ancestors was still in operation in my life…I had felt cursed since I was a young child. My life was very difficult and seemed to attract demonic attacks since I was very young…suicidal from the tender age of eight, sexual abuse and physical abuse the driving force behind years of self-medicating that trauma with drugs, booze, numerous toxic relationships,  eating disorder, and a number of other self-destructive behaviors.

So… during this deliverance session in the cool waters of Green Street Beach, Hollywood Florida, the deliverance team was able to target the demonic strongholds rooted in my ancestors’ disobedience and involvement in the occult…a deep deep anger arose in me…up and out, you demon of darkness!!! You do not belong in a child of the Most High!!! Those tormenting, harassing spirits had to flee in the mighty name of Yeshua!!!

In my 3o years of pursuing recovery and healing from childhood trauma and various addictions, I have had seasons of deliverance. One does not walk where I have walked without opening portals for demons…childhood abuse is a portal the enemy takes full advantage of. Spirits of fear, lust, rejection, bitterness, and other spirits enter in, creating a lifelong pattern of relationship issues. How do I know? Because that is my own story. And the story of many others. Like Mary Magdalene…some of us need deliverance.

What shocks me and frustrates me is that so many people who come into an understanding of His Torah, feast days, and Shabbat deny that demons are still an issue! Let me give you a recent personal experience:

I have recently been attacked by two women on the subject of divorce and also regarding Christian Counseling. I have been accused of being used by the enemy to harm people. But yet, these women, who do not even know me, accused me,  disrespected the boundaries I set and continued to harass me. One went so far as to jump on a live Facebook show hosted by a marriage and family therapist who is Torah pursuant demanding the therapist provide scriptures to prove that Yeshua allowed divorce and remarriage. After the show ended she began harassing and attacking both the therapist and I. So, here are two women, supposedly walking in His Word, attacking, accusing, demanding. This is spiritual abuse, this is not loving one’s neighbor as commanded in Torah! One even told me I needed to repent for being a Christian counselor and leading people astray! Funny, I have never even been a “Christian Counselor. I share this with you to show you the insanity of what is going on even within our own places where we turn for fellowship! And this is being allowed!

So, Laura Lee, how do you handle it? I cried out to Him, asking Him to show me if I AM wrong. Just as in the past when I have been attacked by others (this is not the first time with one of the women) He has always rallied around me and whispered in my ear His love and He has shown me their wrongness…and He has shown me in scripture truth…

I repent of my own anger, my own hurt emotions, and I pray for those who spit in my face and accuse me of doing evil.

Sorry for the rabbit trail…let’s get back on track…

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Isaiah 61

He came to set the captives free! He came not only healing the sick but Also casting out devils and He commissioned His disciples to do the same!!! Do you consider yourself His disciple? Then you may be commissioned to assist others in getting free! We all have a calling, we all have been given gifts and talents to be used in these last days!

But! It is highly recommended that one deals with their own log first! IE…get delivered first! Make sure you are walking clean before Him, walking in obedience before one takes on this kind of ministry! The enemy knows us by name and he knows every wound that has been inflicted in us because he was the one behind that wounding! These are the very things he uses against us in every area of our lives!

The Sons of Sceva

11 And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them. 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” 14 Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. 15 But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” 16 And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all[a] of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 And this became known to all the residents of Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks. And fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was extolled. 18 Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. 19 And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.

We live in the last day’s folks, time is short…the King IS coming!!! But first, there comes a time of great upheaval…many hearts will fail due to fear…Let us be strong in Him! Let us be about our Father’s business…let us get out of the boat and be water walking warriors filled with His Spirit…so filled with Him that we do those greater works He said we would do! Let us be His last day disciples!!!

Do not get me wrong…I do not follow Chabad, but I do not believe in throwing the baby out with the bathwater, but brother Judah can teach us a few things about the Torah and recovery from addictions…so please give some grace!

Is Unhappiness a Sin? – Ki Tavo

“Because you did not serve G‑d with joy and a happy heart…”—Deuteronomy 28:47.

In this week’s portion, we find a lengthy description of the dire consequences to be faced by G‑d‘s people should they fail to serve Him properly after entering the Land. The results for untoward behavior include: desolation, famine, war, illness and exile.

Among the transgressions which bring on all these troubles is unhappiness. Yes, unhappiness! “Because you did not serve G‑d with joy and a happy heart…”

But is being unhappy a sin? How can one be punished for a thing like that? If G‑d punishes people for being unhappy, that would rather seem like kicking a man when he’s down.

Happiness is a decision. And like all decisions, it has consequences these questions, however, only arise from a fundamental misunderstanding of what happiness is. We tend to see happiness as an indicator of outside conditions. If things are going well for us, we are happy. If things are rough, we are – or have cause to be – unhappy. The word itself implies that happiness is something that happens to us; that when we are happy, it’s due to good fortune. Conversely, whenever we are unhappy it is because we have caught a bad break and suffered some kind of mishap.

But G‑d tells us that this is not so. Happiness is a decision. And like all decisions, it has consequences. And G‑d does not punish people for being unhappy. He warns us about the trouble that unhappiness can bring.

We alcoholics and addicts can testify to the disastrous consequences of unhappiness. Why else did we keep coming back for more of a beating from alcohol other than the fact that we were fundamentally unhappy? We found life to be a frequent source of disappointment and aggravation. It was never good enough to make us feel content and at ease. We were “men and women… [who] are restless, irritable and discontented unless they can again experience the sense of ease and comfort which comes at once by taking a few drinks.” (Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, p. xxvii)

Our spiritual program of recovery gives us the tools to change ourselves into people who are comfortable with life. It teaches us how to be happy; and that our happiness is not a result of what happens, but of the ideas, attitudes and actions we choose. If we do not use the tools of recovery, we find ourselves quickly growing weary and agitated with life. We steep in self-pity and rage and, eventually, we relapse. Then there is the resulting chaos, with the possible end results of destruction and death.

So, is unhappiness a sin? What difference does it make what you call it? The result is the same.

As for happiness, there is no limit to the blessings that being happy can bring.

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Wow! This week’s Torah Portion and haftorah along with the Brit Hadasha lead down many rabbit trails! This week on Hebrew Nations Radio/Healing for the Nations with A Modern Day Samaritan Woman, I have Dr. Robin Gould, LMHT, author and radio show host for Messianic Lamb Radio. Please see her information and the link to her show! And also I have provided for you the chat we did!

 

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Next week, Rico Cortes from Wisdom in Torah will join me to chat about Honor and Shame! Stay tuned!!!

Yah allowed divorce because of the hardness of their hearts…life was not easy for women back in the Old Testament times, but have they ever been easy? How many women have suffered through the years due to spiritually abusive doctrines? These man-made doctrines have guilted them into staying in damaging marriages! How many scriptures have been twisted through the years to serve men with evil hearts…don’t get me wrong! There have been plenty of men who have been abused by women!  Those, too, are damaging to men, and to the children witnessing the abuse. Are we not raising yet another generation of traumatized people who carry soul wounds, only to hurt themselves and others? We are a generation who have the opportunity to say “enough is enough! I will be the one in my family who gets help and stops passing the abusive behaviors on to my own children!” There is NO excuse for not getting help, there are a plethora of resources to tap into! Feel free to reach out to either Dr. Robin or I and we will help you in any way that we can! The hour is late brothers and sisters! If these are the spots and the wrinkles on your wedding attire, it is high time to get them washed,  and pressed out!!!!

Next week my special guest is Rico Cortes! Stay tuned! Shalom!

Sermons: Though the Mountain May be Removed, Isaiah 54:1-17

Part One of my chat with Dr. Robin

Part two of my chat with Dr. Robin

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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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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~

 

Pinchas - the Slayer of Uncertainty | Torah and Science

Pinchas (Phinehas) - Aleph Tav Scriptures

 

 

24 Tammuz 5778 - Pinchas - Maroubra Shul

 

 

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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!

PPT - Genograms PowerPoint Presentation, free download - ID:1725631

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?

10 Scriptures about Health |

 

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…

 

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then we take a fearless moral inventory of our lives…

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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


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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)

 

 

 

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There is always a counterfeit for everything Yah does!

Let’s talk about snake oil…

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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…

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  • 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?
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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..,
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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?
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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…
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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…
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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.

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