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How To Understand the Will of YHVH: The Plurality of YHVH – A Unified One

One of the most attractive things to see is a man in uniform. Personally, I have come to realize that it’s not the uniform that I am attracted to, but the union that is attractive. The ability for all of them to come together as One, being many. Such a refreshing contrast from the division we see in the body of Christ today. Years ago I wrote an article called the Original WWW.  Many of us are familiar with the term trinity. It is a word we use to explain how our God being one is still plural, yet one. As I shared with you in the above analogy this is what Yahushah was attempting to explain to His disciples concerning God. He and His father are One. If you have seen him, then you have seen the Father. (John 10:30; John 14:9-10) What is he saying exactly? He is saying that since he only does that which please the Father just as those who do the will of His father are the same as his mother, brother, and sister that they are in perfect harmony. (Matt. 12:50) As members of a band, as an orchestra in symphony, as soldiers in the service and yet like those examples every member being one band or one orchestra, or one army have different instruments they play or different positions they hold, but to complete one unified purpose. If we understand the role of each then we not only understand the triune nature of God, but also our role as husbands, wives, children, or as men and women.

Which is where the www comes in understanding that each member in God has a specific function. The Father wills it, the Son words it, and the Holy Spirit does the work. You will find this pattern consistently through scripture. The Father doesn’t do the will of the Son, the Holy Spirit doesn’t do the speaking, but the working. In fact it wasn’t until the Holy Spirit descended upon the Messiah that he began to do the miracles he did. The water into wine, the healings, the multiplication of loaves and the raising of the dead, all of these things take place after the baptism and the Holy Spirit descending upon him.

 

Why is this important to you? Families don’t function the way they should because we fail to reflect the image of the one who we belong to. We want the Father to do the will of the son, the mother to be the word of the son, and the Holy Spirit to have limited movement or range because it makes us uncomfortable when we can’t control the work He is called to do in our lives. A lack of order in the natural creates a lack of understanding of the Spiritual. Yahushah followed His father’s script and if we are going to be successful and walk in the plurality that Yahushah describes we have to do what he did, follow the script. He couldn’t marry someone because that was not in the script for him. He did what was in the script, and whatever we are doing if we are saying it is for God, we need to make sure that it is in the script for us. Operating outside of the script, and outside of His spirit no matter how good it sounds or looks can lead you outside the will of the Almighty. That is not a place you want to be found when it is all said and done.  Thus, understanding the plurality of God as described in Genesis when Elohim said “let us make man…” (Gen. 1:26) has to do with God being a unified one, is this what we are endeavoring to do in our homes and our lives? Can a mother do things a father can do, this is not the question we ought to be asking, the question is should she? I can tell you no father can do what a mother can do, nor should he be expected to. If we make it our business to do what a man can do who will fulfill our role? Who will be the voice of femininity? If what we did had no value then why would God have created us? He could have stopped with Adam. Eve was God’s decision, and she was created for Adam’s good. The lack of appreciation for the work of the wife, and mother has lead to increase in auto-immune diseases, the increase in obesity, the increase of children being insecure in who they are and who they were intended to become because of the detours our absence creates.   It opens the home to rape, incest, abuse, confusion, plain and simple the enemy. There are multiple ways the enemy can bind the strong man, but the bottom line is once you take him out the house the devil can do his work. A woman having to do the job of a man because a man is absent leads to unnecessary stress on both the parent and the child. Are there exceptions, yes, but exceptions are not the rule. In scripture we see the exceptions, Deborah was an exception, but you can count on one hand how many exceptions there were. But when the exception becomes the rule you create a paradox in society that offsets the balance and creates an atmosphere of chaos. I think we can all agree that we see the chaos in our midst. Let us however, endeavor to be that unified one speaking the same as our Father, and having the same mind, because we are fulfilling the same will, that is, the will of our Father.

I did a series on Matt 10:16 focusing on the characteristics of a serpent that we as believers should apply to our lives.  Isn’t it interesting God didn’t say be ye as wise as Solomon, yet though he was given wisdom unlike any other man.  Think about it, we are in the situation as humans that we are in because a serpent was able to deceive Eve.  We need to tap into the wisdom of a serpent from a heavenly perspective, so that we would be able to defeat the enemy of our lives with the wisdom that God has made available in the earth.  I am making it available as an e-book. This e-book will show you:

  1. How the characteristics of a serpent can translate into wisdom for a believer and how we should walk in that wisdom.
  2. How to understand how Spiritual principles can be extracted from getting a natural understanding of how God created the serpent.
  3. Often times we don’t get what we need in our walk with Christ because we don’t hask the right questions.  The right questions in how we study can make a tremendous difference in its benefit for us.  It is insightful in that it will ask questions at the end of each chapter so that you can reflect on them and gauge if you are using this wisdom in your life.

The e-book is currently in pre-production, but you can fill out the form below to let me know that you are interested in reserving a copy.  The cost will be $5.00.  I am making e-books to save on cost of printing.  If you would prefer a hard copy please let me know as you submit me your contact information, if enough people are interested in a hard copy I will provide print on demand, but the cost will more than likely be more than $5.00.

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Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

I’ve heard this question asked by many people. Usually from those trying to explain the nonexistence of God, which usually sounds something like, “if there was a God why would he allow bad things to happen to good people?”   Or by others trying to understand why they lost a loved one unexpectedly. The question is indelibly, why me? Well, I just wanted to share some of my thoughts from what I received from scripture. First and foremost, there are NO good people. So the question is a misnomer because we ask it comparing people to ourselves. Jesus, the greatest or “goodest” man who ever walked the face of the earth stated there was none that was good. (Matt. 19:17)   However, even if I consider the question from the standpoint of comparing ourselves among ourselves, in which scripture also has something to say about that, then this is the approach that I would share it from. (2 Cor. 10:12)

God’s ways are so far greater than our ways that even from the aerial view of a plan tens of thousands of feet in the sky we still can’t imagine the love God has for us. There are two passages of scripture in particular that the Holy Spirit dropped in my spirit concerning this.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: Isa 55:8-10 

 

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2Pe 3:9

 

Now concerning the first passage of scripture, remember the plane analogy I just shared. From an airplane the earth looks like a multi-textured quilt interwoven in various patterns, and it appears so small that you can see States from an oval window at once. Now imagine God sees way more than we can see from an oval window in a plane, which means that while we are like one speck of dust compared to the multitude of people everywhere from His view, we look at our pain, our circumstances and we isolate ourselves from the world. Forgetting the second passage of scripture I shared, which is that God is longsuffering for a reason. That reason is he desires that none shall perish. He even cares about that man who went into the Emmanuel AME  ministry and murdered those people in Charleston, and watched as they prayed then killed them with no remorse afterwards.  Before you get angry at me for making that statement, just keep reading.   Why would he allow this person to live and so many innocent people to die? Well, because God sees our eternal welfare as being more important than our temporal state of being. Read Acts 7, here we see Stephen sharing the truth with his own people, just giving them a history lesson of the faithfulness of God and the unfaithfulness of God’s people. After he shares this profound truth with them they didn’t rejoice and thank him for this revelation, but stoned him. God would allow a man who is doing His work, and according to the passage itself full of the Holy Spirit to be stoned to death. He didn’t allow him to escape it, didn’t raise him from the dead, but rather brought him to his heavenly place to enter into the glory set before him. From our perspective it would seem that the just thing might have been for God to strike down those wicked people for murdering him, but if he did that what would be the eternal state of those who died? We know that it is appointed unto man once to die and then the judgment. This means the end result for such a person in this position would be eternity in the lake which burns with fire. As important as this life is, it is temporal, no matter how we exit it, the point is we will exit it. Whether we suffer for our sake or righteousness sake we will not live forever in these bodies.

 

Rom 8:23  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Knowing where you will go when you exit this body and being able to rejoice that our name is written in the lamb’s book of life it is the security that we as believers should have that helps us keep a heavenly perspective when we are faced with hellish circumstances. I don’t weep for believers who meet their Maker, they have gone home as Paul puts it.

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2Co 5:8

One might say then if that is the case then why don’t we just end it all, before someone takes our life, or at least then I can choose how I exit? Because your life is very important, like Paul you have a mission and your heavenly reward is based on you completing it. Eternal life is a free gift that we receive but don’t confuse the perks of position with the benefits available with it. There are rewards for living a dedicated life to Christ, not in quitting life. In fact scripture makes it clear that quitting is not an option that reaps reward, no matter how hard things get.

 

And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. Luk 9:62

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Rev 21:8

Those who give up on life fall under the category of the fearful, and faithless. If we are living for ourselves and consider our lives to be our own, instead of being that which is bought with a price then we fall under that category. Some days we can feel like it takes way more courage to live than to end it all.  Your life is valuable and even if not to anyone but Christ, then live for Him. He gave up this life so that you could have eternal life, that is why there is no greater love than His. Indeed bad things do happen to innocent people, and isn’t it awesome that we serve a God that knows that intimately.

I did a series on Matt 10:16 focusing on the characteristics of a serpent that we as believers should apply to our lives.  Isn’t it interesting God didn’t say be ye as wise as Solomon, yet though he was given wisdom unlike any other man.  Think about it, we are in the situation as humans that we are in because a serpent was able to deceive Eve.  We need to tap into the wisdom of a serpent from a heavenly perspective, so that we would be able to defeat the enemy of our lives with the wisdom that God has made available in the earth.  I am making it available as an e-book. This e-book will show you:

  1. How the characteristics of a serpent can translate into wisdom for a believer and how we should walk in that wisdom.
  2. How to understand how Spiritual principles can be extracted from getting a natural understanding of how God created the serpent.
  3. Often times we don’t get what we need in our walk with Christ because we don’t hask the right questions.  The right questions in how we study can make a tremendous difference in its benefit for us.  It is insightful in that it will ask questions at the end of each chapter so that you can reflect on them and gauge if you are using this wisdom in your life.

The e-book is currently in pre-production, but you can fill out the form below to let me know that you are interested in reserving a copy.  The cost will be $5.00.  I am making e-books to save on cost of printing.  If you would prefer a hard copy please let me know as you submit me your contact information, if enough people are interested in a hard copy I will provide print on demand, but the cost will more than likely be more than $5.00.

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What Does Yah Expect of Father’s?

Strength of the House

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The two characters that make up the word Father in Hebrew is Aleph (aleph) which is the picture of an ox’s head.  One characteristic of an ox is his strength and that is the meaning of this character.  The second character is Bet (bet) which is the floor plan of a house or tent and it means house.  Together the word means, “Strong House” or “Strength of the House”.  This is the expectation of the Father to fulfill, to be the strength of his house.

This is an awesome responsibility that one should consider when he marries, since the purpose of marriage is to produce fruit for His kingdom.  Sex would be the means by which multiplied seed would be brought into the world, but it is only through Father’s imitating the proper example will we see that seed of the house come to fulfillment. Consider it, Fathers have the distinct honor of filling the shoes of mirroring before their children the image of the Heavenly Father. I believe this is why the enemy torments men so, because he knows the buck stops with them. The enemy used Eve to change the course of human history but don’t forget that she was not the target, just the bait or means to the target which was Adam. This is still the case today. The enemy uses the daughters of Eve to push his agenda to Adam. The bible teaches us that military strategy is simply this, in order to take a house, you must first bind the strong man. (Matt. 12:29) Yehoshua who was of Hebrew ancestry would have known that the ancient characters reflect the image of the strength of the house being the Father. Malachi 4:6 tells us that the lack of hearts of Fathers not being to children and hearts of children not being towards the Father leads to a curse. Lack of Father’s in the home means we have weak homes. This is not my personal opinion but numerous scriptures reflect that the woman is the weaker vessel and for that reason extra care and understanding is expected of a man in regards to how he deals with her. (1 Pe 3:7) You simply cannot have a strong home with out the Father.

The distinction of this role is so vitally important to understand. Yehoshua reinforced this, let’s look at the following scriptures:
(Mat 12:50) For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

(Mar 3:35) For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

Pay close attention to who is mentioned and who is missing. Yehoshua didn’t miss words, while those who do the will of His father can be equal to a brother, sister, or mother, notice he never equated them to being equal to the father. This designation outside of our earthly father’s or himself was only given to one other earthly man, and that is Abraham. Who is described as Father Abraham.

(Mat 23:9) And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

Notice this scripture clearly states to call “NO MAN” Father, for only one is your Father. Did you know the word “Pope” means “father”. Do you understand why it is vitally important to understand this rule? The Father is the Head how many can you have in a home? How many husbands can you have in a home? Only one is acceptable, so if we realize this then we should consider the gravity of ascribing to anyone who didn’t produce us the designation of a position that is held only by one. Think about it, your last name comes from your, father, not your mother (normally). When you marry your last name is changed to your husbands. This is because we can only identify with one and we don’t get our identity from our mother nor does a husband get his identity from his wife. What makes this important is because if we don’t understand natural things and how they work we will make the same mistake spiritually. We will ascribe attributes that can only apply to the head of the Church (Christ) to the church itself (His body). Such as calling his (body = people) a building and thus once we change that definition we can then put our name on it, and what we do with the building we will do with his people. Hence, many ministers are with their mouths and actions taking ownership of the bride of Christ as though they belong to them. This is a grave error and judgment is coming for making that error.

When the strong house is taken down you have nothing left, this is why it is important that we preserve the needed position that the Father possess in the home and do all we can to support and lift them up. As 1 Timothy 2:1 admonishes so that we can live a peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

If we pay attention to the life of Abraham and what the scriptures teach concerning him we will see that the Father is looking for one who will,

  • Command his children and household after him.  (Gen. 18:17-19)
  • Focuses on looking for a city whose builder and maker is Yah (the heavenly Father). (Heb. 11:10)
  • Believe God.  For without faith it is impossible to please him. (Heb. 11:6)

I encourage every Father to seek the will of the heavenly Father that the blessings of Abraham shall come upon you and those of your household.

Ancient hebrew characters used from Jeff Benner’s Ancient Hebrew Research Center

What Does Yah expect of you?

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
(Mic 6:8)

A reasonable question to ask, being that like anything we create there is a purpose for which we intend it. Yet, it is a question that is best answered in picture form, in fact the picture that Yah has given us in nature itself. For Romans 1:20 reveals that the invisible things of Yah is clearly seen by the things which he has made. We are fearfully and wonderfully made so much so that he compares us to the beauty which we see in flowers. (Matt. 6:28; Luk 12:27) For which of the birds of the trees or the lilies of the field did our Messiah willingly lower himself from the throne to save? He came as a man to redeem humanity from the utter destruction we have doomed ourselves too.

This softly poignant question was breathed ever so gently into my spirit like an archaelogist on a quest to discover some valuable artifact, or like the merchant man who found the pearl of great price, in which he willingly sold all he had to buy it. (Matt. 13:46) Until a few years ago I didn’t have a clue how to answer this question which only speaks to the timing of Yah that this question would be in my spirit only when I had the tools and understanding; how we all as human beings were created to point to the Messiah Yehoshua.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
(Ecc 3:1)

This verse begins a series of truths that is based on serving YHVH who has already declared a purpose for everything that he has created. Do we really believe we who was formed at the crown of creation was left out? Encoded in the ancient Hebrew language is the function for everything and everyone that Yah has created. Deep within the relationships between us if perfectly carried out we see the dimension of Yehoshua (Jesus) worked out in our lives who perfectly walked out these roles in His flesh, and as the bridegroom who currently is preparing that perfect place for his bride.

Journey with me through this study in understanding how the ancient Hebrew language reveals the function of God’s character in us through the words that reflect our purpose in relationship. Discover why the Father is the strength of the house and the Mother is the strong glue that holds the family together. Understand the duality of how this definition not only reveals our function, but also reveal our understanding of how we are created in the image and likeness of Yah our Creator.

There’s Something About That Name – YHWH Ra’ah

In this episode we will uncover the meaning behind a name used in a Psalm that has been treasured, made into a song, and has been memorized by thousands next to the Lord’s Prayer. The term appears throughout the text of scripture in 142 different verses.

In Psalm 23:1 YHWH reveals himself to us as our Shepherd, and though this term for Shepherd doesn’t first appear here, it is the first time that we see YHWH and Shepherd being directly stated. However, I would venture to say that a deeper understanding of what a shepherd does and who a shepherd is will be clearly revealed through the myriad of verses that uses the term.

There are two rules that I hope you see consistent in this series and number one is the significance of finding the original meaning of the words we are looking at so that we can ensure that we have a proper understanding of their meaning. The second would be the importance of understanding its meaning from its origin. In other words, looking at how the word was first used and understanding that we build from there as our foundation. The same reason we go back to the root of a word and as more is revealed we add to the original, not change the original. If we really understand that then we would see that YHWH operates in cycles, and that He doesn’t do away with a covenant as YHWH never has a bad idea that needs revamping, but because of His great love for us he adds addendum’s to the plan so that His goal of having us with Him becomes more attainable. He never lost sight of His original plan which is to have a people after His own image and likeness. Our failure has consequences, thus Adam who had one rule, that when broken, led to Moses having six hundred thirteen more instructions.

Why more instructions? Because the goal is so that we being unholy might have a means by which we can draw near to a Holy God. This means He sanctifies us through His word so we can get the filth of the world off of us and draw near without drawing our last breath. Just as one could never expect to get clean by rejecting water, one should never expect to receive life by rejecting the water of life, Yahushah. Thus without Yahushah you can’t come to the father. Hence, He is our Passover Lamb, not our Easter bunny, Santa Clause, Tooth Fairy, and his love has nothing to do with a Valentine. Coming to the Father by any means other than the one He made available results in strange fire and one need only to study Nadab and Abihu to understand the severity of coming without the Word to the altar of Yah. (Lev. 10) There is only one way to the Father, not my way or your way, but His way and either we respect the rules of the Father’s House or we won’t be allowed in it.

I know it seems like I have digressed far from the topic, but I really haven’t. As our topic is about YHWH our Shepherd. If we understand that a Shepherd functions as one who has a responsibility to care for something of great value, then we realize that following someone means that both parties have a role in the relationship. Sheep are expected to follow as Shepherds are expected to lead. If anyone on either side of that partnership fails to fulfill their role then there will be loss.

Let’s look at the first place we see this word used, and in order to do that we must peel back the first layer that we always consider when tackling words and that is searching the bible using the Strong’s word. The Strong’s number is H7462 for Ra’ah. Why do we look it up by the Strong’s number rather than the word itself? Glad you asked, well one Strong’s word can be translated many different ways in English and so you can never get a true or accurate word count by searching the English word in your bible. The most thorough and efficient method of bible study will require that you have computerized bible software. While you can do it without one, by using textbooks like a Strong’s concordance, it will take you much longer than just doing this:

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This tool is the most important reason why everyone who loves the Word of God and is serious about leading others to the fountain of living waters should have a PC. This print screen is of E-sword a powerful tool for your PC that has thousands of dollars worth of information available for FREE!! If you get the Awakened Church version not only will they send you a disk but it will be loaded with all sorts of tools including dictionaries like the (AHLB), bible versions, timelines, pictures, encyclopedias and more. However, this program is not Mac compatible.

It’s impossible to follow the Shepherd if you don’t know what he said, no more than someone who speaks no English is likely to understand your instructions. They don’t even charge for postage but I would highly encourage you to donate money to them they are serious about getting the word out to as many people as possible.

I was only able to show you a sample of the search as my screen wasn’t large enough to contain the entire list, but I wanted you to notice that when you look it up by the Strong’s number you will see that the same number produced different words other than Shepherd. Which is why it is important that you look up words in the bible based on the original word used (Strong’s number) not by the word translated. This is how you do a word study when you study according to the Strong’s number rather than the English translation.

The first verse that this Strong’s number appears in is Genesis 4:2:

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Notice that our word appears as “keeper” not “Shepherd”.   So in digging deeper let’s look in context of the subject at hand. Extracting all the information Yah is revealing to us because as scripture makes clear in the volume of the book it is written of Him. (Psa. 40:7) So we see that Yah uses Abel as an example of one who is a Shepherd, and he tells you that he keeps sheep. How does this apply to Yahushah? He too reveals to us in the Gospel that He is the Good shepherd. (John 10) As we look more into the story of Abel we also find that He was murdered by His brother Cain for being one who offered the Father the acceptable sacrifice. (Gen. 4:8) What do we see in the life of Yahushah? He was murdered as the acceptable sacrifice. (John 15:25; John 1:29)

It is important to understand that we don’t serve God on our terms, but on His. Remembering that Cain did give God an offering, but God had no respect for his offering. Yahushah warns us in Matthew 7 of offerings that those who will say “Lord, Lord” will give to him, yet he will have no respect towards their offering, He will say He never knew them, why? Because they were lawless, meaning like Cain they offered God what they wanted, not what he asked for, and as he said to King Saul he says to all “to obey is better than to sacrifice”. (1 Sam. 15:22)

The Shepherd is only responsible for His sheep. No shepherd is required to keep any sheep other than those that belong to Him. This is very important because as we stated earlier the Shepherd/Sheep relationship is based on mutual acceptance. A sheep that doesn’t want to be kept has the ability to leave. The Shepherd goes after His, He is coming back to get His, and like David to take out the wolves, bears, lions, and Goliath’s that make merchandise of His sheep.

There are several verses that I would like for us to look at so that we can see continuity of use of this particular term. This will not be an exhaustive look, as you have been provided the tools to do that on your own, but it will give you food for thought to help aid you in your study if you so choose to learn more about the role of a shepherd. For obvious reasons sheep should be familiar with the Shepherd’s voice and I can’t think of a better way of becoming familiar with the Shepherd’s voice then by reading and understanding the word pictures provided to us in His word. Let’s look at a few people who were shepherds in scripture. We have already looked at Abel, and the next shepherd we see is Abraham. (Gen. 13) We see that both Abraham and Lot were shepherd’s and they delegated their herd to herdsmen. This reveals something important for us to understand, being responsible for something doesn’t often mean that you are directly involved in the ends and outs of that entity, but rather you ensure that you place responsible people over your flock. In the New Covenant writings it would translate to us in this way, “know those who labor amongst you” (1 Thess. 5:12)

The Path of Peace, I think it is important that we notice something here that would become a pattern concerning Abraham and His righteous seed. Notice, that when it came to him fighting with his nephew Lot, he would rather defer and separate then cause strife and contention. Abraham wasn’t caught up in stuff that is something serious to consider. Loving and shepherding someone doesn’t necessarily mean that you keep reigns on them to make them stay with you, but rather that you protect and always lead them in the way they should go.   Simplifying the role of a Shepherd would be that his responsibility is to protect the sheep from danger and to lead them to food and water. If you know that you are unable to successfully do that than your responsibility as a Shepherd is to delegate it to someone who can, because your job is to do what is in the best interest of your sheep, not yourself. Thus the Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep, as a husband is called to lay down his life for his wife and children. It’s an awesome responsibility that is not based on what you can get out of the relationship but rather what you should give.

As we read however, we will find that women were also responsible for being Shepherds. We see that Rachel also kept her father’s sheep. Scripture teach us that in Yah there is neither male nor female. (Gal. 3:28) When the Father gives you authority to do something then you can do it, because he enables you to do it. In many cases families only have daughters and no sons and especially in those cases it becomes necessary for women to step in.

If you are not aware of the story of Joseph then this would be a good time to read it before proceeding. For the sake of keeping it brief there will be a lot of details I am going to assume you already know as we zoom in on the relevant part of this story to understanding “Ra’ah”. Joseph is the favored son of Israel, who is not embraced by his brothers. What we do see concerning a shepherd is Yah reveals to us in this instance as well as with David who was tending his father’s sheep that the shepherd is the one who is sent by the Father. To further emphasize the spiritual picture Yah chooses for the author to reveal the spiritual name given to Jacob (Israel) rather than his given name by flesh “Jacob”.   Yahushah sums it up this way:

Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. (Joh 10:7-18)

In this passage we see that Yahushah connects being the shepherd to being the door of the sheep. A door has a twofold purpose, it is a line of defense against predators, and a source of security for the prey. As a walled fortress to a city provides a source of comfort to its inhabitants so also does the word of God provide comfort to us, as a wall of life that provides life to those within it. We also see here the characteristics of a good shepherd versus those of a hireling (bad shepherd). A good shepherd, like David, like Yahushah, lays down their life for the sheep. As the sheep knows the shepherd’s voice so also does the Shepherd know those that are his.

In the case of Joseph he was sent by the Father to check on his brother’s who were instructed by their father to shepherd the sheep. However, as we see how they treated Joseph we can gather that they painted the picture of the hireling rather than the shepherd. Rather than care for the sheep (Joseph) they led him into a pit. (Gen. 37)

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Defining terms Hebraically make it much easier to discern whether or not you are dealing with shepherds or hirelings, because a shepherd from a Hebraic point of view is based on what they do, not what they know or what degrees they have behind their name. Your name is based on your ability to keep your word, and your name will not be greater than your word. If your word is worthless your name is worthless. That is Hebrew thinking.

That stated now let’s look at the Hebrew word that makes up shepherd.

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The first character resh is the picture of a man’s head and has the meaning “Chief”, “leader”, “head” as all describe the position and authority given to Adam (mankind) from the Creator. The second character ayin is the picture of an eye and carries the meaning “to see”, or “to know”. The last character hey means to “behold”, “to reveal”, or to “Look”. When we put pictures together we see the Shepherd represent the revelation of the man that is watching. We know YHWH is the One who watches us and there is nothing hidden from his sight. Therefore Yahushah represents the best example of what being a shepherd means.

Finally, we receive a foreshadow of the work and position of a Shepherd when we go to the Creation week and review the choice Yah used to focus on, on the day he created mankind, the ox and the lamb. Both of these animals represent the work of a servant and like David the ox represents a strong servant able to conquer lion and bear to protect his Master’s sheep. Then there is the lamb which represents the selfless sacrifice that would give his life to protect His Father’s sheep. Though David was a fierce warrior as it related to the enemy of God’s people he was also a compassionate and loving King that won the heart of His people. We see this same spirit demonstrated in Messiah Yahushah. The greatest example of a Good Shepherd has been walked out before us and is the Example the Father has given to us in His Son, Yahushah.

Next episode we will uncover YHWH of Host, the God who when Isaiah met him became speechless before him. YHWH is indeed worthy of hearing Holy, Holy, Holy, as HE alone is God Almighty.

The Benefits of Wilderness Living

The Benefits of Wilderness Living

For this week of Hanukkah I am focusing my bible reading to a book that contains a rich history of an event that is spoken of by the prophet Daniel as well as Yahushah (Jesus) in the gospel’s but has been taken out of most of our bibles. This book wouldn’t be one of the books that we would ordinarily read if we were one of those who read through the entire bible every year because it has been erased from the collection, much like revisionist history. Nevertheless, praise be to Yah it is possible to get this book and this book is essential to read to get a full picture of what our future has in store. Those who do not know their past will be unprepared to handle their future when the beginning occurs again in the end.

The world then was not much different than the world today you had people in power who had their own belief concerning how things should be. Those who opposed the laws of the land in favor of the laws of their God were strongly encouraged to change their position, at the point of death. Like Alexander the Great they would attempt to win the people over with bait (fishers) but those who would buck against the tide would be forced to change even to the point of death (hunters). This is the circumstances around the time of the Maccabees. A remnant of people who would rather die then forsake the laws of their God rose up against the powers that be during their day. Chapter after chapter heralds their victory over armies mightier than their own with them having that which caused them to be a majority, YHWH. Reading the book of Maccabees is like reading the story of David’s victory over the Philistines or the myriad of battles that he conquered as this family of men rise up to fight against the powers that be which would dishonor their God and the laws that He gave.

Reading the book of Maccabees makes me think just how out of touch we are and fallen we are as believers in this nation. We fight to preserve a pagan holiday that has absolutely no connection to the birth of our Savior, nor represents a lawful feast that he mandated we celebrate. Yet, forsake and ignore the feasts that he kept as well as the one’s he commanded us to keep. (Lev. 23) We position ourselves to save a holiday that his word has already condemned as that which we were instructed not to learn. (Jer. 10:1-5) Those who keep such rituals and ignore the Holy Day’s that the Father has set apart have already been deceived, they are like those willing Jews during the days of the Maccabees who gave up their laws and commandments to keep the feasts of the wicked government of their day. They have already forsaken their God to serve the idols of wood (Christmas trees) and stone.

I am currently on 2 Maccabees chapter 5 and it is recounting 1 Maccabees how this family of priests as well as those who held true to the word of God were forced into the wilderness, living in the mountains after the manner of beasts and eating herbs. This reminded me of all the shadow pictures that Yah has given us in His word of this “wilderness” experience that His people were sent or driven to starting in Genesis. We take Lot who lived in a place very similar to the place we live in today in the U.S. all the conveniences of worldly living at the expense of eternity. Where was he driven too? The wilderness. The book of 2 Peter 2:7-8 tells us that this righteous man vexed his righteous soul staying there day after day. Yet we know that even with him being displeased with the circumstances he would rather stay in the filth and try to work within it (politicking) rather than separate from it to live keeping the laws of his God. We know this because the Angel’s had to drag him out and even when he got out he was begging to enter into another city that was in much the same condition. Then we look at John the Baptist in the New Testament who was forced to live in the wilderness because of his miraculous birth he was thought to be the prophesied Messiah. This caused him to be hunted by those who were in power. Yet we see such a purity in his ministry coming from fasting from the things of the world and being raised separate from the filth.

Those of us who are returning to the word of God and understanding the level of holiness Yah expects of his children are beginning to see the sewer our world has become. Our eyes are beginning to open to the truth behind the deceptive marketing that romanticizes living any sort of lifestyle we please. We are recognizing that there is a high cost to following the imaginations of our wickedly deceitful hearts. (Jer. 17:9) Coming to grips with the truth has painfully revealed the stinking residue that resides on our garments that were supposed to be without spot. For those who have already made a commitment to follow Yahushah this commitment will be challenged. The wilderness is the challenge to us, will we be willing to give up without looking back at the conveniences of Sodom and Egypt to pursue the purity and holiness that can only be found in Messiah or will we be like Lot’s wife or the children of Israel who even though we have been brought out will continue to look back with longing?

The Feast of Dedication means to me a time to present myself before the Father desiring to be made clean on his altar. A time to not just reflect on the beauty of the sacrifice Yahushah made for me but to desire to want to keep His word with passion and zeal. A zeal of course according to knowledge and therefore it is a time to return to understanding his laws, statutes, judgments, and precepts. Understanding not because I have to, but because I want to, because like the Maccabees I would rather die keeping my Savior’s words then live without them.

There’s Something About that Name – El Elyon

In this week’s study on the name of God we will explore the Most High – El Elyon. We first encounter the Most High as Abram eats bread and wine with Melchizedek. (Gen. 14:17-20) Whose name means my righteous King, which perfectly describes the Most High God possessor of heaven and earth. The Hebrew word for Most High God is El Elyon and it appears 53 times in scripture with the strongs number for reference being H5945. As we continue to read we see that Abram did what we should expect to do when we encounter the mediator (Priest) of the Most High, he gave. Just think about it, if you met the intercessor, mediator, between God and yourself and you of course reverence God wouldn’t you want to be a blessing to such a man? This is the motivation of many believers who give love offerings as well as their tithes to the ministry that they attend, but when you really know that you know that this is a Priest of the Most High wouldn’t you want to give the best of what you got? I know I do, so much so that sometimes I want to keep it so that when that day comes I’ll be able to lay it at his feet, just like that woman who saved her oil and poured her costly anointed oil all over the lord of Glory, Yahushah in preparation for His burial. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be empty handed I want to be wise enough to save my oil so that I can have it to see my King, to not let my light burn out before I reach the finish line.

The Hebrew picture for this word El Elyon is basically two words, the first one being singular form of Elohim, El and Elyon meaning supreme, lofty, elevation. All of which accurately describes our heavenly Father. As his ways are higher than our ways and his thoughts our thoughts. (Isa. 55:8)

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El is the singular form of Elohim and it is comprised of the Aleph which is the ox’s head and means strength as well as first. The second character is Lamed which is a rod or shepherds staff and means authority as we see this was the natural illustration he gave Moses to demonstrate the Father’s power and judgment. When we put these two characters together we see that El is the First Shepherd or Strong Authority.

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The first character in Elyon is the picture of an eye ball and is pronounced in Hebrew Ayin. Since the eye is associated with knowledge it carries the meaning to know, or to see, again we have the shepherd’s staff which we discussed above. The third character is named Yad in Hebrew and it is the picture of a closed hand with arm and carries the meaning, to throw, make, do, or work since these are all functions of the hand and arm jointly.   The fourth character is the Hebrew word Vav which is the picture of a nail or nail peg. Both having the same function to secure something or establish something as well as to add. The last character in Hebrew is called Nun and it is the picture of a seed sprout.   As you know a seed produces life and therefore the meaning is life or to continue since the purpose of life was to be continuous in its origin, hence the “Tree of Life” had it have been eaten instead of the “Tree of knowledge of Good and Evil” would have produced exactly that eternal life. Thus this is why it is important to be born again not of corruptible seed (First Adam), but of the incorruptible seed of the word of God (Last Adam) that we might have right to eat of the tree of life. So putting everything together we see authority work to establish or secure life. This is what is revealed from the picture.

 

Now when we think of El Elyon we recognize based on His function that the Strong Shepherd or authority is the seeing Shepherd that does establish life. What we witness in the testimony of Melchizedek concerning Abram is that Abram knew the Shepherd’s hand established life.

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We must always remember in the volume of the book it is written of Him. He is the Lord of Glory who came down from heaven and was high and lifted up on a stake for our sake so that we might behold the glory of the only begotten son of God. He obtained all glory and victory over death and hell for us and is now seated at the right hand of the heavenly Father who is the First Authority making intercession for us as our High Priest. What tithe would be acceptable to the one who gave his life for us to be reunited with our God who is His Father and ours? He wants it all and He deserves it all.

The next episode of There’s Something About that Name we will uncover the deep meaning behind the name El Roi, the God who sees.

All Ancient Hebrew Characters provided by Jeff Benner Ancient Hebrew Research Center