Thoughts and Considerations
Is it possible that all sin, all “evil”, comes from one singular characteristic? I believe so. It’s a characteristic that we all have. It’s one that caused Lucifer to fall, and yet it’s a characteristic that even our Heavenly Father has. You’ve heard it said that “money isn’t the root of all evil, but rather greed of money is the root of all evil”. This is not so. Even greed finds it’s origin in this one characteristic that is pervasive in all sentient creation. Jealousy.
for you shall not worship any other god, for the Father, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous Yah -Exodus 34:14
For love is as strong as death, Jealousy is as severe as Sheol; Its flashes are flashes of fire, The very flame of the Father. -Song of Solomon 8:6
Jealousy comes from the spirit. Can all sin, and all righteousness come from the same spirit? Well, there appears to be two forms of jealousy. Jealousy is not always the jealousy of the flesh. Likewise coveting is not always a sin. It seems coveting what is your kinsman's is what is a sin. Being jealous for Him is a quality of the Apostle Paul:
For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Messiah I might present you as a pure virgin. -2 Corinthians 11:2
This is in contrast to the jealousy we see of the flesh, and of the world, that keeps us out of the kingdom:
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and EVERY evil thing. -James 3:16
Jealousy is defined as envy, and covetousness. This is what made Israel desire a king of men (to be like the others nations), this is what caused Lucifer to fall. Yes, even pride comes from jealousy. Ultimately James gives complete clarity to what divides human jealousy from the Father… “selfish ambition”. Perhaps you may be thinking, “Oh well it sounds like selfishness is the root”, but selfishness can only be perceived in the context of others, and therefore even selfishness finds it’s origins in jealousy.
The “selfish ambition” form of jealousy is what prevents us from doing His will. It’s why many (like Lucifer) cannot be a servant to others. It is a responsibility to serve others of a lesser state. This is a recurring theme, that “the greatest among you is the servant of all”. The angels even have a responsibility to serve the lower ranks in Yah’s creation. Similarly we are admonished to care for the widows and orphans of Israel. But even in day-to-day life, as parents, we see this putting aside of selfish ambition to pursue the greater work. If we begrudge our service to others (including our children), we are revealing our selfish ambition. An Amish friend of mine recently co-wrote a wonderful presentation on incorporating your children into family farm work. Having 10 devoted children from their 20’s to age 3, he knows a little bit about this subject. In this presentation he used this analogy:
During his induction ceremony into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Harmon Killebrew recounted how one day he and his brother were playing in the yard, and their mother got upset. “You’re tearing up the grass!” she complained. Harmon’s dad replied, “We’re not raising grass; we’re raising boys.”
How much more is this true for those who serve our Heavenly Father. We’re raising up seed that will have to contend with obstacles we’ve never faced. In the same manner, we must protect our kinsmen, the widows and orphans. We will have to give an account should we let them stumble unassisted.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. Matthew 23:23
No one can keep the Law?
In the time of Herod king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah, and whose wife Elizabeth was a daughter of Aaron. They were both righteous in the sight of the Father, walking blamelessly in all the Commandments and decrees of the Father. Luke 1:5-6
2 Corinthians 6:15
Or what harmony has Messiah with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?
STRONG'S 955. Beliar
Belial, a demon, and in fact a name for Satan.
It's interesting that in the The Martyrdom of Isaiah (Apocryphal) we read the following:
"And Manasseh turned aside his heart to serve Beliar; for the angel of lawlessness, who is the ruler of this world, is Beliar, whose name is Matanbuchus. And he delighted in Jerusalem because of Manasseh, and he made him strong in apostatizing (Israel) and in the lawlessness which was spread abroad in Jerusalem"
Belial, or Beliar is a dark angel of lawlessness. Messiah is contrasted by lawlessness.
Petitioning the political system of men to change the world shows where you put your faith. Imagine if the Prophets and Patriarchs were so weak. You say you have faith in god, and indeed you do. The god of Government. You think you can control this beast.... you think that you steer it with your whims. Your belief in your control is the delusion that empowers this beast to rule over you. Let go. Turn your back, and walk away. Don't be enticed by fleeting moments of superficial control. It's only to tighten the hold. Free yourself and be set apart.
Proving Our Faith
People have an inherent desire, and even a compulsion, to prove their beliefs. This is how people of reason validate their assumptions. This is the calling that leads many into the sciences. It’s actually a mimicry of creation in that we are taking thoughts and doing our best to form them into something concrete, and tangible. When we apply this to matters of Faith, I feel that more often than not our approach reveals a conditioned process (a control) by which we measure all beliefs. Physical manifestation. One way I can relate this is to point to my own reasoning for proving my Faith as a youth. Instead of testing my Faith, I was in fact testing the Father in an attempt to prove His existence in a physical manner. Yikes.
"You shall not put the Father your Yah to the test, as you tested Him at Massah”
You know the drill, “If it’s Your will, then make a thunder clap”. These silly kind of proofs are proving one thing for certain though… how little belief we have in Him thanks to our santa clause culture. Despite that the Father has given so many physical manifestations, we seem to desire to test Him again and again. Once we have gained a mature belief though, we prove our worth by our Faith. Have I somehow transcended this? Not by a long shot. I am working on this slowly and seeing a lot of progress though. This calls me to reflect on “The Boy With a Demon”
When they came to the crowd, a man came up to Messiah and knelt before Him. “Master, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not heal him.” “O unbelieving and perverse generation!” Messiah replied. “How long must I remain with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy here to Me.” Then Messiah rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment. Afterward the disciples came to Messiah privately and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” “Because you have so little faith.” He answered. “For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Wow, right? We’re not there. So… how do we develop our Faith? If I can impart any wisdom that the Father has had to continuously, through grace and long-suffering, reveal to me over, and over, and over again….. LIVE BY FAITH. I, like so many male figures out there, have the delusion of independence, and pride myself in my ability. Ultimately any characteristic (ability) of quality is coming from Him, but I tend to claim it for my own. He keeps me humble though, and I am so thankful He does. I have seen worldly peaks many never will, and valleys dark enough to drive some to permanent despair. That dichotomy is a biblical narrative of testimony unto itself. Indeed we all have our own Bible stories to tell, don’t we? Oddly we often still deny the Gospel imbued in our own lives. While I have absolute belief in Him at this point, my Faith is still something I work on daily. To aid me in this development I am learning more and more on what it means to “live by Faith”. Political abstinence is one form of this, but it manifests in matters of health, and finance as well. I continue to do my labor, but all I do comes from Him. He is my strength, and while I may appear to simply be treading water for the most part, consider the nature of these waters. Truly, I count myself blessed. Keeping His Commands in any time period has always been a struggle. It’s a struggle because it’s against the order of the world. Keeping His Sabbath (not the convenient Gregorian Sabbath) has shown me His lovingkindness, and strengthened my resolve in all matters of Life. Keeping the Commands truly is “living by Faith”. If someone says they have faith, but then dodges the opportunity to prove it… what value is that to them or Him? Walk in Faith, live in Faith. Faith is worship to the Father. The only part of you that will withstand the fire is that which you have proven in Faith (the substance of things not seen). How much of your life is in His hands?
My thoughts/questions on Mathew 15:10-11
When Messiah says "listen and understand", I think the reader should assume there is something deeper being stated about the Kingdom Way:
Messiah called the crowd to Him and said, “Listen and understand. A man is not defiled by what enters his mouth, but by what comes out of it.” Mathew 15:10-11
Ritual hand washing (their tradition) is not Biblical. It was promoted by the sages of Judaism amongst not only priests, but of all the citizenry to prevent the possible contamination of the priests when accepting tithes.
I don't believe they practiced this from a desire for closeness to the Father, but rather for the sake of their own holiness. But the Messiah goes beyond this point of tradition vs Law to make a greater point. What comes out of your mouth reflects your heart/spirit. The Messiah seems to be stating that while we may be unclean from what we ingest, we are not "defiled" until that uncleanness is put into some kind of action. Habitually violating the Whole Law (Letter/Heart) is the fruit (what comes forth from the individual) by which we will be judged. So you are not defiled because you broke the command, but rather you broke the command because you are defiled. More than mere semantics there. However, one can keep the commands by the letter of the law via physical restriction, and yet neglect the heart of the matters (the spiritual obedience). This is evident regardless of how well someone keeps the physical restrictions and observances. You can see when someone has been pricked in the heart. This is the fruit.
It seems that at the root of every apostasy is a lack of comprehension and a deception of a likeness to Him.
"For Yah knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like Yah, knowing good and evil."
The "Ruach" cult is growing. The new "teaching" apparently is that the written Word is false, and the real word ("the living Word") is guiding people's understanding. The Ruach cult claims they are anointed with the Holy Spirit, and they are receiving greater truth than what is written. Again, everybody has the Holy Spirit (sorry the Ruach) except me. They are receiving unobtainable knowledge through spiritualism. There's a name for that...
divination - the practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means.
Whenever they don't understand something in scripture, it's the devil. The Ruach cult is also anti-Paul. They can't comprehend him, so he's the devil. There I go again... being critical of false teachers, cults, and deceivers. I just had someone argue that "all of the writings have been altered", and in the same breathe state that the Father's name is Yah because it says it four times in Revelation. Please don't make me have to explain why that's ironic. I agree the Word is… altered to have dual/multiple meanings, and that it takes a student of the Word to fully comprehend some of the deeper implications, but a Strong’s and a little patience is all that is needed. No mystical spiritualism is required.
At the core of this dilemma is something I have been dialoging with others about offline. There is a serious lack of comprehension going on in the world. It's powerful. I'm not sure what to make of it, but people will start responding to statements I never made. I rack my brain wondering how others come to the conclusions that they do through their assumptions, and I can’t reason it. This is definitely true with this Ruach Cult. It's like a group of people who share the same mental disorder.
For the record, there is no contradiction in 2 Samuel 24 when compared to Chronicles 21:1 for anyone who studies (and has some basic comprehension). The "Devil" is not "the anger of the Father" who is otherwise all sunshine and buttercups, all the time. Chronicles is part of the Ketuvim, canonized by the Hasmoneans. Chronicles IS NOT THE WORD OF YAH! This is why the sin of Israel's monarchy is always absent in Chronicles. King David is their god. This is Israelism. This is why when the Messiah asked, “What do you think about the Christ, whose son is He?” They said to Him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “Then how does David in the Spirit call Him (the Messiah) ‘Master,’.... "No one was able to answer Him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him another question."
Beware the Ruach Cult and it’s deceptive manipulation of the Faith. Their lack of basic comprehension, and Bible knowledge is the basis for their apostasy. Some of these people believe they are having visions. Perhaps they are, but I highly doubt they are from the Father. They do not test the spirits that they allow to rule over them, and therefore this more akin to possession than an anointing. I would call them out by name, but if you recognize the quality of their character, that’s not necessary (let those with ears to hear, and eyes to see, understand)
Pretending To Believe
"Pretending To Believe" starts with Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. It then progresses into George Washington not being able to tell a lie, Abraham Lincoln freeing slaves, and the United States Political process (voting). Whether it's "Church Fathers", or "Founding Fathers" first, depends on your socio-political status/environment. Simultaneously the myth of Jesus and Presidency/King (god and country) infects the mind with complete cognitive dissonance, which then sets the stage for all manner of hypothetical group think. Sadly for some this is carried over into Torah observance. I see these as the lukewarm that could be spit out. For example, there are those who stop eating pork chops but continue eating at restaurants where everything is cooked in some form of pig product. It's not ignorance at this point, it's apathy. It's the matter of not actually believing in what they "know". Well... then don't believe in what you "know", just Love the Father and seek to please him in EVERYTHING, EVERYDAY, ALL THE TIME! Never be certain that you have arrived at complete understanding, or satisfied with what you know. I'm not adding to the Law when I choose to not eat/drink ANYTHING I can't be certain is clean. I am simply putting Him first and myself second. I discover daily new levels of deception hiding in superficially Lawful aspects of day-to-day life. I am not advising, AT ALL, others on what to do. This is what I do (or don't do). Perhaps there's areas in my life that are a big log in my eye compared to this splinter. Sometimes we can be blinded by a log in the ol' eye. Is it wrong for a brother to point it out to me? NO! PLEASE DO! But be careful that a splinter in your own eye isn't creating an optical illusion of a log in your brother's eye. That's a matter of the Heart if you understand it.
Note to self: Do not seek (nor dismiss) the sin in others, but lift them up where they have Understanding in Truth. Discerning the heart is not always easy, but sometimes (as with teachers) it is dead simple. If you are uncertain if someone's heart has been pricked, reserve your judgement until you have seen the fruit. By this we judge.
It's ironic to me that those who teach seem to have the most religion (knowledge) and the least understanding (obedience). I've noticed a pattern in Hebrew Roots, and fringe christian "teachings". If you have to resort to Jewish fables, superstitions, and complex mystical parallels to convey your depth of knowledge (religion), you are likely masking a lack of very basic understanding (obedience). When you truly understand (obey) something well, you should be able to apply it in it's most simple form. This is literally what proved the Messiah was THE MESSIAH! Now, having said that, there is Truth that will get you "torn to pieces". There is Truth that would get you killed (even more so today). This is why I believe the Messiah spoke in parables. His understanding was so complete (being the Word) that He could explain Truth in it's simplest form while keeping it concealed to those who cannot hear it (because of their religion). This still seems true today. For this reason I cannot/will not teach. I am not qualified (I do not have this level of understanding), nor should there be a need to teach. There is One Teacher (our Father in Heaven). He gave us a Savior, and Guide. That Guide did not come to bring peace. World peace is an endeavor of the religions of men. Our Guide did not instruct us in world "peace" and "safety".
Do not assume that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:34
For the word of Yah is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as THE DIVISION OF SOUL AND SPIRIT (rational part of man, the power of perceiving and grasping divine and eternal things, and upon which the Spirit of Yah exerts its influence), of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts AND INTENTIONS OF THE HEART (our seat of understanding). Hebrews 4:12
If it doesn't cut, it aint the Truth.
I think a lot of folks want knowledge of the Word so they can play teacher (even if only in their own mind). I believe they will be granted knowledge, but not understanding.
The fear of the Father is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge (obedience, not intellectual awareness) of(to) the Holy One is understanding. -Proverbs 9:10
Knowledge can only lead to understanding if you obey what you know. Many have revealed knowledge to me that once I tested in Truth, I obeyed. Then obedience becomes the willingness to follow Truth wherever it may lead us in understanding. Obedience (understanding) begets obedience (understanding). You can't hug someone without opening up your arms, and you can't Love (obey) the Father without obeying (Loving) His commands.
I've been seeing a lot of "teachers" standing on the shoulders of (and more often than not plagiarizing) men who actually pioneered hermeneutics, and who actually rediscovered His Truth (after the church age), but.... without the internet. These are people that travelled the globe to see for themselves the documents and artifacts in the Levant and beyond. These are those who had to read huge volumes in other languages in order to glean small portions of Truth. For any "new" Torah observant, or Hebrew Roots Truth of Scripture floating around on the interwebs, I can most likely find a book that discussed these understandings of Truth from hundreds and in some cases a thousand or more years ago. Some Truth is even confessed in the writings of the "church fathers" (Catholics). Now we can just Google it. So much of this information is right at your fingertips if you were seeking it honestly (in Truth). Is this because of some great awakening? Perhaps.
I myself knew the pagan origins of the holidays for many, many years (more than 10) while being a "red letter Christian", and celebrating the days honored by the world. I even learned in school about the pagan names of the months.
Saturating this lot with Truth won't change what they are, and what they are not. In fact, having those that are not His proclaiming His Truth is the perfect answer for the enemy to deal with the issue of "His People". Forcing Truth on these people through Torah evangelists makes this understanding cheap. It is not being sought in Truth, it is being proselytized by modern-day Pharisees. These who "traverse land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are." Mathew 23:15
Did not also the Pharisees preach the Torah?
It's my belief that many have come to Truth by Grace, and not of works. I am not so smart that I figured this all out. I'm not so holy that the Father decided to reveal something to me. My righteousness does not exceed that of even the Pharisees. Like the 7000 the Father revealed to Elijah, there is preserved through His Grace those who are His until the fulfillment of the "Gentiles" (Israelite believers in Messiah) is complete. While there are many who have been preserved, and though no specific number is told, even these same can forfeit their inheritance by rejecting Him and the True Messiah. They may not choose to enter in the Renewed Covenant. And if they do, but boast that their salvation is of their own doing, this is a sure way to forfeit. Proclaiming to be a "teacher" is evidence to that claim.
Return To The Land?
Is the "return to the land" doctrine false? What are the arguments that support a return to Palestine?
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had passed away (except Palestine?), and the sea was no more. I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from Yah, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Revelation 21:1-2
The old earth "had passed away", and the "sea was no more"? Sounds borderless, and like a completely "new earth". Where does a nation state enter into this? People just imagine a new city replacing the earthly capital of Palestine instead of a "new earth"without borders or a sea. Consider what Paul says in Hebrews:
By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is Yah. By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. Therefore there was born even of one man, and him as good as dead at that, as many descendants as the stars of heaven in number, and innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.
All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore Yah is not ashamed to be called their Yah; for He has prepared a city for them.
So Ezekiel is another one people use to say Israel will return to Palestine.
For I will gather you up from all the nations and bring you home again to your land. “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.
Didn't this happened at Pentecost?
Now there were Jews (STRONG'S USAGE: after the exile ALL Israelites) living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven (on earth). Acts 2:5
If you have any proof to the contrary, I would love to hear it. Otherwise, let us likewise confess that we are strangers and exiles on the earth.