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…

 

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

 

then we take a fearless moral inventory of our lives…

Pin on Woorksheets

then we share that with a safe person…

then we prepare to have all these character defects removed…

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

 

then we humbly ask Him to remove all these shortcomings…

 

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

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

AA Steps 7 9 Presentation

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

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

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

Step 1 through 12 Prayers

 

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

11th Step Meditation (morning) - YouTube

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Instincts – Balak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rebuilding Your Temple

A Poem of Destruction and Rebuilding, Addiction and Recovery

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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


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

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

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

 Numbers 21 
Contemporary English Version

Moses Makes a Bronze Snake

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

There is always a counterfeit for everything Yah does!

Let’s talk about snake oil…

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

Why Do We Use 'Rx' for Medicine?

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

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

 

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

 

Jesus, The Great Physician – Senseless Ramblings of the Mindless

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

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

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

 

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

Do you want to be well?

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

 

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

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

 

A woman with an issue of blood

Luke 8:42b-48

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go in peace…shalom…

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

10+ Jesus heals ideas | jesus healing | Healing ideas | 15 Bible Verses about Healing | Healing Scriptures ideas in 2021 - THEFUNQUOTES

Prayers for Healing and Health by Apostle John Eckhardt

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

Shalom

 

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


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

Twenty Minute Rabbit Trail – Running In My Head

 

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

website resource:

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

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

There Was War In Heaven

1 Samuel 15:23

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

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

Codependency | Definition of Codependency by Merriam-Webster

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

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

Why is that?

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

Quality of Sobriety – Korach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Hebrew name of Eve

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

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

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

Role of Women | GRACE in TORAH

 

PARTNERS | women-of-valor
The Spirit of Leviathan, Jezebel, and Athaliah - Kindle edition by Manning,  Tekoa. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
This one! I am reading it now…oh! It’s a good one!
And THIS!!! I could NOT put it down!  Well, folks! Til next week shalom~
Polishing Jade by Tekoa Manning | Audiobook | Audible.com

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crowd mentality…What Is Mob Mentality? – WebMD

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


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

Shalom!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Lashon Hara…WHAT IS LASHON HARA?

Lashon Hara Questions

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

Oh my mouth…

 

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

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

How Things Worked Out—Behaalotecha

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

As Adonia says in Isaiah 49:15

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

Part One

 

Part Two


 

Bible Journal: Leviticus

 

Tazria Leviticus 12:1-15:33/2Kings 7:3-35/Luke 2:22-35/Mark 1:35-45


 

 

MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, YOU, TOO, HAVE FELT ALL YOUR LIFE LIKE A LEPER. (I STILL DO AT TIMES. EVEN WITHIN THE MESSIANIC COMMUNITIES.) AN OUTCAST, NOT FITTING IN ANYWHERE. ARE YOU STILL LOOKING FOR YOUR TRIBE TOO?

Similar Guidelines Between Leprosy and Coronavirus

DUE TO A FAMILY EMERGENCY AND THE AMOUNT OF WARFARE GOING ON, I AM NOT SENDING YOU AN AUDIO MESSAGE. THIS WEEKS TORAH PORTION HAS LED ME DOWN MANY DIFFERENT TRAINS OF THOUGHT. WE, WHO REFUSE TO BUY INTO THE PLANDEMIC,  AND THEIR SOLUTION,ARE NOW THE MODERN DAY LEPERS. I WISH I COULD HAVE ARTICULATED WHAT IS WEIGHING ON MY MIND, BUT IT JUST WOULD NOT COME OUT AS I WANTED IT TO. PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SITUATION WITH MY PARENTS AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS. PLEASE PRAY FOR THE UPCOMING RECOVERY WEEKEND PRESENTATION.  I AND ANOTHER WOMAN ARE PRESENTING A MESSAGE OF HOPE AND HEALING. PRAY  THAT THOSE ATTENDING WILL RECIEVE WHAT ABBA DESIRES TO GIVE TO THEM. DELIVERANCE. FREEDOM. A WAY OUT OF THE WILDERNESS OF DYSFUNCTION. PRAY FOR A HEDGE OF PROTECTION AROUND US AND OUR ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT.

SHALOM,

MDSW

Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers

11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers,[a] who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

 

 

https://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery-advocacy/stigma-of-addiction

https://www.christianpost.com/voices/struggling-with-same-sex-attraction-modern-day-lepers-and-the-christians-who-touch-them.html

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/exclusive-former-pfizer-vp-your-government-is-lying-to-you-in-a-way-that-could-lead-to-your-death?fbclid=IwAR0QyYk0cPYKqSHe5K3UapA0nOUELp3M0UGt0xmEhL3D45BbvQ9gs6qSjIA

Sh’mini Vayikra (Leviticus) 9 1-11:47/2 Samuel 6:1-7:17/Mark 7:1-23/Acts 5:1-11:10:1-35/2Cor 6:14-7:1/Gal 2:11-16/1Peter 1:14-16

Sh’mini SSS 4.8.2021 counting the omer


Alcoholism And The Nation Priests

A little humor! Dont stumble over the source, please!

https://www.chabad.org/multimedia/video_cdo/aid/2533274/jewish/Hi-Im-Pharaoh-and-Im-an-Addict.htm