TORAH : DEUTERONOMY 1:1-3:22| PROPHETS : ISAIAH 1:1-27| GOSPEL : Matthew 24:1-24

 

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

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

RABBIT TRAIL AHEAD

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

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

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

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

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

 

Deuteronomy 1:31 – The Bible Wallpapers

ISAIAH 1

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

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

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

From: Kefa, an emissary of Yeshua the Messiah

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

Grace and shalom be yours in full measure.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMEN!

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

Hearing G-d’s Word – Devarim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



 

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


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

Twenty Minute Rabbit Trail – Running In My Head

 

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

website resource:

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

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

There Was War In Heaven

1 Samuel 15:23

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

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

Codependency | Definition of Codependency by Merriam-Webster

Medical Definition of codependency: a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person manifesting low self-esteem and a strong desire for approval has an unhealthy attachment to another person and places the needs of that person before his or her own
Did you catch that?
By putting that person (husband) as God…and denying your own needs, your own self, often sacrificing every thing just to appease that other person.
And many of us women have done that just that…set our marriages and husbands up as idols…
Of Idols in Marriage and How to Break Free
Let’s do a little bit of a lesson the Hebrew, shall we?
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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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This one! I am reading it now…oh! It’s a good one!
And THIS!!! I could NOT put it down!  Well, folks! Til next week shalom~
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SHELACH TORAH : NUMBERS 13:1-15:41| PROPHETS : JOSHUA 2:1-24| GOSPEL : MATTHEW 10:1-14

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crowd mentality…What Is Mob Mentality? – WebMD

Mob mentality, herd mentality, pack mentality, groupthink, or crowd psychology — the concept has many names. These all boil down to the same idea: Individuals are influenced by a larger group…
One bad apple spoils the bunch…if one can spoil the bunch, what can 10 do?
I worked as a credentialed substance abuse counselor in several types of facilities.  Grace House was a residential home for those needing a safe clean and sober living environment.  For me, it was a calling,  not a paycheck. As a fellow traveler on the road to recovery,  I was able to share who my Higher Power was when asked.  How cool is that! I got to talk about what Jesus (Yeshua) did for me!
On occasion, the atmosphere in Grace House would change…we could feel it, we saw it in the behaviors of the residents. Many times it was a new resident bringing in a bad attitude/spirit.  One person added to the sober community could shift the atmosphere in the air. Both the residents and the staff felt the tension. That negative spirit was contagious,  feeding off each other. Chaos ensued.
Our weekly staff minutes would send the message to the support staff which resident was being disciplined for what infraction. Clear communication was imperative. We worked as a team to keep it a safe sober supportive environment.
We always gave chances for repentance. An opportunity to shuv…turn away from destructive attitudes. Some did, some did not. Those that did not were put “outside the camp.” Discharged. Left to face the consequences of their rebellion against the house rules. Usually, the infraction was succumbing to the cravings to ingest that very thing that got them there in the first place…alcohol or drugs. Sometimes it was fraternizing with the opposite sex. On rare occasions, it was due to violence or disrespecting authority figures.
 I was a genealogist, historian, cheerleader, coach, educator, and antagonist…a role model, teaching life skills, cooking skills and so much more. My role as a counselor was to confront those behaviors that could lead to relapse. I put my heart into each resident on my caseload, especially those that really wanted to enter into a new life, into their promised land of new beginnings. That was the goal of Grace House, to assist the suffering addict/alcoholic in developing a “can do” attitude.
We protected our vulnerable residents.
Moses was put in charge to protect Isreal.
We discharged the resident refusing to comply with house rules, which provide order in the house.
Moses was ordered by Yah to make an example out of those rabblers…and bring order back into the camp.
Rahab…rehab…
Rahab | New Life Fellowship
I have had many “Rahab’s” on my caseload through the years. Prostitutes, strippers, and those that gave themselves away for the next line of Cocaine or Meth.  I treated them with dignity and respect, showing them the love of their Creator. I read their charts…I read their painful psychosocial evaluations. I did my own evaluations with them to write an individualized treatment plan for each of them. I had the honor of hearing their stories and then pouring into them the truth that they do not have to live that way ever again. I had the pleasure of helping them connect the dots of childhood trauma to present-day self-destructive patterns.
What an honor to help them conquer their giants of shame, rejection, abandonment, and self-hatred. The beauty of a changed life is priceless…
Seeing a shift in their attitude toward themselves was rewarding!
Attitude…what is yours?
Are you like those that only see the giants in the land and not the harvest of the huge grapes? What spirit has you? The spirit of Elohim or the spirit of fear?
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Ki Tissa When You Take Exodus 30:11-34:35/1 Kings18/Luke 11/Acts 7/1 Cor 10/2 Cor 3

 

 

I hope you enjoy the interview I did with Nitza Mose of Remnant Remedy for Hebrew Nations Radio! I learned so much from our sister! Wow! Is she filled with Yah’s wisdom! I look forward to doing more shows with her! We are indeed, fearfully and wonderfully made!

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Parashah 18: Mishpatim (Rulings) Exodus 21:1-24:18/Jeremiah 34:8-22:33:25-26/Matt 5:38-42, 15:1-20/Mark 7:1-23/Acts23:1-11/Hebrews9:15-22;10:28-39

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Greetings, in the name of our King Yahshua. This week’s Torah Portion has a wealth of instructions for the Holy One! May you be blessed as the Ruach of Yah breathes His anointing upon all of you! Shalom!

I can be reached at lauralee@sheddingsnakeskins.com. I would love to hear from you! This is a lonely journey and encouragement is always welcomed!

Enjoy the music brought to us by: Tony Robinson and his lovely wife!

 

I wanted to share this resource with you, it has been a wonderful resource for the past few years of my journey to the heart of the Father!

https://hebrew4christians.com/Scripture/Parashah/Summaries/Mishpatim/Inner_Torah/inner_torah.html

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Parasha 15 Bo (Go) Exodus 10:1-13:16/Jeremiah 46:13-28/Luke 2:22-24; John 19:31-37;Acts 13:16-17;Revelation 8:6-9;16:1-21

Welcome to Shedding Shake Skins. As we meditate on this week’s Torah Portion, “Bo” may we each ask Yah what needs to be shed this week in our character. Is it stubbornness like Pharoah? Unbelief, doubt, fear, disobedience? Remember, we on on this journey together, we all have areas of weaknesses and we all have areas of strength. We all have things that we need to surrender in order for Him to shed those ugly layers of encombering snake skins off us so that we can walk in freedom!

 

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Parasha Bo (Come!): The Angel of Death Passed Over ...

Troubled days lie behind us and troubled days are here and very troubled days lie ahead of us.

We are entering into a new season, with a new leader. Nations are angry. Americans are divided as in the Civil War. Our country is over, the country as we have known it is over. It will never again return to its former glory. Judgment lies ahead.

We look forward to another Exodus. The God that rescued the Hebrews has not changed. He will rescue His people again…

I hope you enjoy this week’s Torah Portion commentary taken from The Life Recovery Bible. Shalom

Parashah 14 Va’era (I appeared) Exodus 6:2-9:35/Ezekiel 28:25-29:21/Romans 9:14-17, 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1

I Have Heard The Groaning of My People

February 19th: Bible Meditation for Exodus 2 | Free Daily Bible Study

Witchcraft, divination, sorcery, the occult. Upon reading the account of the tribes of Israel’s beginnings in the book of Exodus,  one can surmise the deeper hidden mysteries. Some of these mysteries are, in my opinion,  what their “norm” was.  Slaves in bondage, oppressed by cruel taskmasters and feeling hopeless with no way out. (Much more mystery lies ahead of us in the upcoming chapters in our story, but, let’s stay on track…)

That certainly was not the “norm” in The Beginning. Quite the opposite actually.

As Yah leads His people out of modern-day Babylonian/Egyptian, many are awakening to what we are surrounded by…Today’s “norms”…witchcraft, the occult, transgender, paganism, child sacrifice to just name a few abominations.

Truly, there really isn’t anything new under the sun!

My own story of being led out of personal bondage is a lengthy one, so, I will only share briefly.  I was married to a pharmacist. Shortly after moving into my new home, along with my beloved Jack Russell Terrier named Jack,  we both sensed that there was a dark presence in our new abode.

All was not well.  Creepy music flowed upstairs at night (if you have ever watched the Hollywood movie called The Shining, it was that kind of music). Jack seemed to see and hear things I could not. He took shelter in his safe place, his kennel, on occasions. Before fleeing, he would look at me with a strange look on his brown fur face as if he waited for me to protect him.  On several occasions, I heard breathing next to me. Visiting with my mother-in-law in her duplex home next to ours, we, together, witnessed the same activity in her section of the house. She would say nonchalantly “it’s the spooks, it’s the spooks!”

Whatever that thing was, it imitated my voice, causing others to hear me say things I never said. This created many problems in the marriage. There were many other things that occurred in that home.

I cried out to Yah to rescue me from the abuse that took place in that home with this man that saw hooded creatures and “gremlins”.

Suffice to say, that these were the “norms” for my new family. I share that to show you that being brought up around these activities desensitizes one to evil. I believe that this may have been the case with those living in Goshen, surrounded by the Egyptian culture with its occult symbolism and occultic powers.

As with a domestic violence victim. Growing up in that environment one becomes desensitized to it. It is the norm. Dysfunction is the norm. One grows up a victim or victimizer. To leave and never come back takes great courage and a lot of help. The Israelites, after being led out of bondage, wanted to return, just like a victim who wants to go back due to the good memories and forgetting the reality of the trauma. But, again, I am getting ahead of the story!

When I cried out for deliverance from destructive marriages, He heard my cry. Many times I went back to what was familiar, which is the norm. Statistics show that a woman leaves on average seven times before she is ready to leave and never look back…there is a variety of reasons women return. Mainly it is due to finances and the children.

The Israelites wanted to return, but we are jumping ahead of the story!

The focus of this week’s story and blog is this…He heard their cries and sent a deliverer. He hears our cries and He sends a Deliverer!

Whatever your situation, know that He hears you! He hears the cry of the hopeless dope fiend, the prostitute, the homosexual/transgender, the drunk, the housewife in bondage to a harsh taskmaster…

The Tribes are awakening and He is about to do a new thing…He is about to deliver His people again…for the last time! The Father is about to send The Deliverer to break Pharoh’s back and that vast army is about to be overrun by His army led by the Host of Heaven, the Host of the Armies of Heaven…

Look up, for your redemption draws nigh!

Parashah 13 Sh’mot Names/Exodus 1:1-6:1/Haftarah Jeremiah 1:1-2:3/ B’rit Hadashah Acts portions

Exodus 4:10-12 | Spiritual growth, Bible study, Spirituality

 

Life hurts. For too many people. Addictions to alcohol, street drugs, prescription drugs, sex, porn, gambling, food, religion, electronics have reached an all-time high…many are grasping for power, and control in reacting to our world that is out of our control, Many are sensing their powerlessness growing daily. Domestic abuse has skyrocketed at an alarming rate along with suicides…

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This weeks Torah portion is all about the cries of Yah’s people, enslaved, held captive by an evil dictator/pharoh…a pagan world with many idols, many god’s and the occult…it’s about murder, betrayal, feeling incompetent when called to a mighty task and pleading for someone else to go instead. A story of a community in the grip of fear,, people that once were so content and well taken care of, suddenly caught in a web of mystery…

Who is “I am”  and who is Moses?

After all, isn’t he just an ordinary Hebrew man?

This week we are going to continue to hear commentary from The Life Recovery Bible. On this leg of our important journey out of Egypt toward the Promised Land, we will see if there is another of snake skins needing to be shed in way of an attitude, belief system, doubt, and fear…

…listen, do you hear your own cries to the Great I am that I am? Can you hear the groans of the people? From the alcoholic on skid row, the addict in the back alley, from the women entrapped in toxic marriages, trapped in the sex trade, children powerless over decisions of adults that do not have their welfare in consideration.

Vayechi He Lived Genesis 47:28-50:26 1Kings 2:1-12, Acts 7: 9-16, Hebrews 11:21-22, 1 Peter 1:3-9;2:11-17

Shalom to the Tribes of Israel scattered among the nations! Look up, your redemption draws near!

This week’s Torah portion brings us to the end of another book of the Torah.

Hazak, hazak v’nit’chazek!

Be strong! Be strong! and let us be strengthened!

Every Torah cycle, as I read the life of Joseph I ponder my own life with its abusive beginnings and the paths I walked down as a result of the faulty foundation. There are many analogies one can draw from…my favorite is that of building a foundation for a house/home/family.

If the foundation has cracks in it, if the contractor used inferior material to cut the costs, then the foundation is weakened, the structure is not sound enough to last years, centuries of weather, wear and tear.

Such is the human family. From the beginning, immediately after our original parents partook of the fruit from the tree of both good and evil, well, you know the rest of the story!

I want to share with you in the audio recording a heart cry from a dear friend of mine. She gave me permission to share it, but I want to ask you to hear the cry of the heart representing those hearts around the world that cry out, voices in the wilderness, in bondage to this world’s Babylon system…crying for freedom and deliverance.

 

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Joseph and His Brothers – Lee Duigon

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20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

I love a good story. There is nothing more powerful to me than a person’s testimony of what the Living God did personally for them.

I remember sharing my testimony at a massive church in Boston Massachusetts. I had been invited to speak by a popular female pastor and I was honored to be asked to come speak, sharing my published work.

As I stood facing the vast number of chairs, most of which was still empty, I began telling of my journey out of the sordid lifestyle of an active addict, a falling-down drug, filled with self-hatred, shame, and pain. I shared the miracle of how He delivered me out of the snake pits of hell…

Two women attending, stood up, one after the other, tears streaming down their faces. They had walked in off the street, feeling compelled to come into the sanctuary. They both shared that they knew, after hearing my story that it was God that led them. That if God did that for me, then maybe, just maybe He would do that for them too…you see, these precious souls were prostitutes, drug-addicted, hopeless, and needing a Savior.

You have a testimony someone needs to hear.

 

 

Joseph: The Redemption of his Brothers | Trinity Bible Church

 

Vayigash Genesis 44:18-47:27, Ez 37:15-28, Luke 24:30-48

“Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.” Alcoholics Anonymous

From its earliest days, A.A. has promised personal anonymity to all who attend its meetings. Because its founders and first members were recovering alcoholics themselves, they knew from their own experience how ashamed most alcoholics are about their drinking, how fearful they are of public exposure. The social stigma of alcoholism was great, and those early A.A. members recognized that a firm assurance of confidentiality was imperative if they were to succeed in attracting and helping other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Over the years, anonymity has proved one of the greatest gifts that A.A. offers the suffering alcoholic. Without it, many would never attend their first meeting. Although the stigma has lessened to some degree, most newcomers still find admission of their alcoholism so painful that it is possible only in a protected environment. Anonymity is essential for this atmosphere of trust and openness.

(https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/understanding-anonymity)

Not only does AA have such a foundational structure,  Narcotics Anonymous and other 12 steps meetings also function in a similar fashion. All recovery groups also require anonymity in way of confidentiality. “What is said here remains here” is stated at the beginning of most meetings. Also, some meetings remind the group members that there is to be no favoritism nor gossip of one another. One is free to be open and honest about the pain in their lives, caused by their own addiction or the harm done to them by others. There is healing in the rooms of a healthy twelve-step support meeting. Part of that healing process is feeling safe, knowing that one’s identity is guarded, and one can be who they really are. They can reveal their true identity.

This week’s Torah portion is a continuation of the story of Joseph and his brothers’ reunification…and the revealing of his authentic self! His true identity!

Joseph guarded his anonymity while practicing discernment and wisdom as he tested the very ones that caused untold grief and trauma to him. Not only to him but to his father, Isacc and younger brother, Benjamin.

There is great wisdom in guarding one’s heart when dealing with toxic people.

I want to touch on forgiveness and reconciliation. Because that is not the focus of this week, I am not going to say a whole lot on the topic. However, I do want to say this…forgiveness is a process and when a person does forgive a person of great harm, it does not mean that reconciliation is a must. No. Sometimes, depending on the situation, reconciliation is not wise. There is great wisdom in testing those that profess to have changed…many abusers will weep and cry and appear to have repented, but,  once allowed back into the relationship, the abuse once again begins and quickly escalates. A  snake will bite its victim again, it’s only a matter of time before they show their true identity. . A snake is a snake.

But, all things are possible through Him, people with abusive tendencies can be moved by the Ruach Ha Kodesh to have a truly repentant heart and teshuva…

As, apparently, was the case with Joseph’s brothers.

Resurrection does happen. People are resurrected from the dead every day! He brings back to life the dead! From skid row bums to the board room, junkies to substance abuse counselors, hopeless dope fiends to law-abiding citizens…murderers on death row truly do find Him in their prison cells, porn and sex addicts do get free and become pure again,  marriages can be resurrected after affairs!

Dry Bones do come back to life!! The breath of Life still does breath upon mankind!!!!

 

Easter in the Valley of the Dry Bones