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The Test of Esau

These are my notes from Yom Kippur, (Day of Atonement).  I pray that what the Father showed me this year will bless you as they have me this year as I close off the Last Great Day in Atlanta, GA with my family.  I hope that all have experienced the love and growth of the Father this Feast Season and I look forward to what he will be revealing as we wait with hopeful anticipation for the new season to come.

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The Spirit of Esau is like the Spirit of Adam and Eve, when we desire the things we see more than the things we can’t see we will put the thing that leads to life as a lower priority to our flesh. The beauty of Yom Kippur is that it tests your true loyalty. Do you follow Yahushah because he feeds you, blessed you or do you follow Yahushah because you love him. There were many who only flocked to Yahushah because He fed them. (John 6:26) Moses understood and passed this test on two occasions. (Exo. 24:18; Exo. 34:28) This test has been given over and over again and those who passed became vessels of honor, while those who failed became vessels of dishonor. We mustn’t think that we will escape this test, but rather this test is built into the Feast days that we keep.

There is nothing we give to the Lord that can compare to what we receive back from him.  Therefore there is nothing we have that can be compared to the rewards of eternity.

(Mat 19:29) And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

This year, more important to me than fasting from food is fasting from the things that have become an intimate part of my life though it sustains no true intimacy. Thus, Facebook, the internet, all the things that distract me from focusing on him was cut out.

In the life of Jacob we also discover that deception also leads us in a direction away from the home we all desire to inhabit. We don’t want to be selfish, only concerned about me, I, and my. In Jacob’s quest for the right thing he went about obtaining it in all the wrong ways, because at the time he was focused on self. Yom Kippur is a time where we reach out to our brother Esau as Jacob did on his return back to his Father’s house.(Gen. 32:13-15; Gen. 33:10-11) We willingly offer a token of our physical possessions as a peace offering extending to those outside of the covenant of God an opportunity to enter into the family of the Living King. For the things that are seen are temporal, but the things that are unseen are eternal.(2 Co. 4:18)

Yahushah’s response to the temptor was based on what was written, “And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Mat 4:3-4)

The test of Esau is a challenge that prepares you for one day, and that day is Yom Kippur. Whereas Moses had 40 days and 40 nights doubled and Yahushah had forty days also in the wilderness food and water both denied to them as they pressed in to the Almighty and eschewed evil they are our example.

We see in the story of Jacob that twice food was used as a catalyst for deception. First with his brother Esau pottage was used to extract the birthright, and again with Isaac food was used as part of the deception to extract the blessing. (Gen. 25:30-34; Gen. 27)

In Messiah’s example we see that the enemy doesn’t just stop at testing us with hunger, but he offers us something else if food doesn’t get us, he offers us the world.  Be not deceived Satan has wisdom, its just that his wisdom is corrupt. (Matt. 10:16)

“Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. “(Mat 4:8-9)

All too often we prioritize our flesh and the desires of it above the Spiritual food our body needs. The cares of this life usually has a front row seat in our ongoing movie while the matters of our Creator seem to find themselves in a, if it is convenient for me, moment in our lives. In other cases he only becomes center stage when we have grown weary of failing at solving our own crisis, and need him to fix our issues for us. But Yom Kippur serves as a rehearsal that tests our loyalty irrespective of what our physical condition may be. I must admit some days I fail this test as the cares of this life begin to eat away at me, and rather than give them over to Yah I find myself holding on, when letting go would give me much greater relief.

I am not sure whether or not this could be called an article or just my notes from my study, but I pray that all who are willing to press in to the end of this written conversation will be equipped to see the areas of Esau that reside in your lives and make the right choice when they come.

Happy New Year 6014 is Here

ImageThe New Moon has been sighted from Israel so it is officially the beginning of Yah’s New Year!  Returning to Yah’s times and seasons brings about an interesting course of events as technology has paved the way for Followers of the Torah to be able to keep the biblical New Year as instructed by scripture even miles away from the place where Yah has made His name to abide.  Praise be to Yah for opening our eyes to the truth.  HalleluYAH!! 

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Making Passover Personal

This year as I prepare for Passover we have been keeping it approximately since 2005. Every year it provides a new revelation of who the Lord is and what he desires of me as I read his word and understand more about him and myself. But this year I am coming to a revelation that Passover is personal. One of the things that we are doing this year is focusing on the worth-iness of the lamb. For worthy is the Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world. We are also focusing on the fact that he has also redeemed us out of the house of bondage; recognizing what he did for our forefather’s by bringing them out of the literal Egypt every year. This year we are incorporating the right now of God concerning what he has done in the lives of those who we have personally known or witnessed him bring out. Such Negro spirituals as “Go Down Moses” rings true to just how God brought us out of the clutches of Pharaoh, and how He is still bringing us out. This is taking place in layers because there still exist bondages that are enslaving our people and primarily that is because we have not trusted in God.        We have trusted in the arm of flesh rather than in the arms of Elohim. As a result we continue to find ourselves being reminded that only he can deliver us. Such reminders come when we look at Jena, Trayvon Martin, we look at so many scenarios in how our people are being imprisoned for the same thing that others are doing and yet we are not fitting into the system but becoming victims of it. We quickly discover when we play the world’s game we become the fall guy. The ones that get caught, imprisoned, killed. Now the inclination is to have our hearts embittered and make the same mistake of Esau rather than to look at the situation in the way that Yah looks at it. It’s not about us being able to get away with wrong on this end but rather pressing in to develop the relationship that the Father desires for us to have with him. In order to do that he is looking for a bride that is without spot, or blemish, or any such thing. He will not allow us to escape in an effort to get us to repent. Remembering that Yah chastises those whom He loves, and he has invested too much in us to let us leave earth without exhausting every opportunity to get us to return. All of this should teach us that if we desire to walk in the blessings of God we cannot do it our way.

                When I say buck the system I am not referencing the system made by man, but rather we cannot buck the system that God has ordained. The system I am referring to that we buck is the system of statutes, and laws, and judgments that he has established for us. He ordained this system when he brought our forefathers out of Egypt, then bringing us into covenant with him. He would not allow us to be like the rest of the world serving wood and stone. We would not be able to turn to the arm of flesh for our deliverance. He already revealed this to us but rather we must trust and rely on Him and Him alone to deliver us from the snares of death. As I share what is really on my heart this year it is about us coming back into covenant with the Creator. It’s about us recognizing that he has and will bring us out of the bondages that we have been encapsulated by. He is exposing the false coverings so that we can clearly see the evil. We will have to turn our backs on what is right in order to miss it.

                This year the focus is on taking out the old and bringing in the renewed. I say renewed because it’s not new it is just returning to the instructions that were revealed to us in Exodus. He stated that this Passover would be a statute that we would keep forever. He stated not only will it be commemorated but in Exodus twelve he reveals the year will begin in the self same month that we were set free. The phrase coined is “the beginning of months for you”, so that we know when his time begin. In fact this was so important that Paul reminds us that concerning his times and seasons we have no need that anyone writes to us in the first letter written to the Thessalonians. ( 1 Thess.5:1) Yet many of us have no clue of the times and seasons of the Lord because we have been brought up in a world system that believes the year begins during a Pagan month named “January” which is in honor of the two headed goddess “Janus”. This ignorance will prove to be important as many will be surprised by the things that will shortly come to pass just as it was in the time of Noah. (Lk 17:26-28)

                We are so off track that we have even gotten off track concerning when a day begins. Where from the beginning of creation we see that the evening and the morning constituted a day with the evening being the marker for night and the beginning of a new day and daylight being the last half of the day. This confusion leading to our own demise as we know that the day of the Lord that we are in is characterized by great darkness. A darkness many of us are aware of as we watch the news and behold the devastation and confusion that is taking the world by storm. The times we live in is certainly not the example of peace that Yah reveals to us in his word that we will experience when he returns. However if we study his word carefully we discover that he has forewarned us that the day of the lord will begin as a day of great darkness. (Joel 2:1-2) The context of Joel clearly reveals that this is descriptive of the coming of the day of the Lord.

                Having said that, the year that will begin in just a few days, is a time of restoring the ancient paths spoken of in scripture. We will surely regret not planting in the hearts of this new generation the truth. The days of Yah winking at our ignorance has certainly passed, and preparation for the kingdom is nigh at hand. We are in an age of personal responsibility for every choice that we make with ignorance not being a viable excuse we had better take the time given us to lead others to Him. Conforming to dead religious acts that deny the power of God will lead to us being held accountable before him.

                This year the conviction that I received is that I have gone all out in terms of my time, talent, and treasury concerning things that have absolutely no true lasting value. Yet how much have I invested in honoring the Lamb of God. My heart has been filled with more joy at the thought of incorporating this year a lasting legacy for the next generation to glean from to return to the ancient path of scripture that leads to the narrow path to the Father. This year I encourage my readers to do the same begin looking for ways to honor Yahushah by pursuing the Father for ways that you can make Passover personal. Look for ways to share the meaning of Passover with your family, friends, and loved ones. Take advantage of all the resources we have been given in this generation to point it to him.

                The Feast of Passover is all about the Lamb of God. It is the singular focus of the holiday and kicks off the feast for the year, along with marking the beginning of the year. Yah makes it clear in this feast that was celebrated for thousands of years before Yahushah came that it was going to be the blood of a sinless lamb that was going to save us from sin. This last Adam would correct all the faults of the first one in living obedient to the Father and suffering on the tree of death that we might have access to the tree of Life through Him. Passover is a beautiful story that highlights this awesome revelation and this year it is an honor to make His sacrifice for me personal.