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Thy Kingdom Come

We can quote quite well, and one of the quotes that most believers learn early on is the Lord’s Prayer.  However, I was convicted recently when expounding more deeply on each part of the prayer concerning this particular phrase, “thy kingdom come”.  We pray for the kingdom but the real question is do we even know what the kingdom is?

Have we found the kingdom of heaven yet?  Have we found that which we are willing to sell all that we have to possess?  Have we seen or experienced a taste of the kingdom that is to come such that we desire it more than the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust of other things?  If we are still toiling, conniving, living the stressed life instead of the blessed life then we haven’t found it yet.

And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

Matt 8:20

What is powerful about this truth is even without knowing where he would lay his head the Messiah understood the kingdom and where he was positioned in it?  He had full confidence in the Most High to provide for all of His needs without knowing what natural direction it would come from beforehand.  He wanted us to have that type of bold assurance as well.  I have to admit a lot of my confidence comes from knowing the answer to such questions like where I will lay my head, where my next meal is coming from. Can I believe that the righteous are not forsaken nor its seed begging bread if I already know that the money is in the bank or how the bills will be paid?  Do we really grasp how important we are to God?

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

Matt. 6:25-32

This passage of scripture reflects the evidence of Kingdom thinking.  When we can understand that we serve a God who has forethought.  Think about this passage, He mentions things that are not only significant to building the trust that YHVH has us, but there is an even greater revelation if we consider all the things that he uses as examples for us to grasp Yah’s provision are things that were created before we were.  In other words, these were things that God had foreknew, used forethought, and put in place to prepare for our eventual arrival on day six.  So in essence what He is saying is from the foundation of the world, in the beginning, I already considered what you would have need of today.  I mean like TODAY, July 20, 2019, as I am writing you God, has you.  No matter what your situation is, whether you can literally say I have no place to lay my head or any money to buy my meal, your provision is and has been accounted for sight unseen.

The key to seeing the kingdom and understanding this principle hinges on our understanding of what faith is.  There are several things the verse in Hebrews shares with us about faith.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Heb. 11:1

The first revelation is when faith takes place, and that is now!  It’s not faith if I believe it for later, I have to believe it now.  Now, when I can’t see it, touch it, taste it, or feel it.  Therefore faith is NOW!  That’s not it, we also must believe that faith has substance but not just any substance, but the substance of something that you want to happen.  You are hoping to see, believing God to do.  Again, this is an accepted truth even when it isn’t made manifest.  Hence what I have said from the beginning, you have to believe this sight unseen.  Therefore, I have to believe food is coming even when I haven’t ordered it, or the money is on the way even after Yah has told me to order the food that is coming.  We see Yeshua operating in this at all times.  From the water being turned into wine, to the 5,000 being fed with 2 small fish and 5 loaves of bread with leftovers to take on their journey, and as he paid taxes with money out of a fish’s mouth.

Faith is a revelation of the kingdom of the Most High.  If we believe we are in the Kingdom then we must also accept that we are not subject to the resources of the systems of this world, but rather provided for by the rules that govern the kingdom we are in.  If the kingdom of this world is my source then I must turn to it for my resources, but if the kingdom of heaven is where my provision lies then even if as the sons of God we have no place in the kingdom of this world to lay our head, we are not only okay but confident that our provision is accounted for.

Yah was revealing to us a picture of the kingdom in the positioning of the tribe of Levi.  Remember all of the other tribes received a worldly inheritance (land inheritance) but YHVH withheld the earthly inheritance from the Levites, and instead provided them with Himself as their inheritance.  They were established as a picture of understanding how the kingdom of God functions versus the kingdom of this world.  As stated in Matthew those of the kingdom of this world are Gentile seekers.  They worry about what they will eat, where they will sleep, what they will wear. But his disciples?  They were to have the sort of faith that when they go into a town they aren’t to even carry purse or script, no extra clothes because like the Levites those of the kingdom of Heaven operate under a different code of conduct.  Their provision comes from a reliance on the Most High not from a reliance of a check that won’t bounce or direct deposits from their company to their account.  From a “this world up” perspective it would seem as though the twelve tribes got a better deal in getting land to pass down to their children’s children while the Levites would appear to have received the short end of the stick.  But consider it this way land is something you need while you are on the earth it has a temporary purpose it serves while in these temporary vessels, but those who belong to YHVH have an eternal confidence that is built on eternal promises that extend beyond this temporal existence.  See the rich man and the poor alike will one day meet eternity, and one who understands the kingdom coming recognizes that our requirement of temporal things by those who meet our borrowed needs is investing their money into an eternal bank with endless dividends.

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.  And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Matt 25:34-46

Here we see that our charity reveals something important enough to God that those who didn’t engage in it concerning His chosen ones won’t enter into heaven because of it.  How we give of our time, talent, and treasure reveals our lack of love and faith as well as our abundance of love and faith.  It reveals which kingdom we are looking to as our source, thus if we withhold it reveals we are looking to the kingdom of this world as our source in which there is a limit of supply and thus we have to do all we can to save our life and the comfort of our life.  If we are looking to the kingdom of Heaven as our provision then it is not subject to time, space, nor matter because it supersedes it and those things are subject to him.  Hence, if a man won’t give us what we need God has the ability to open the mouth of a fish to get what we need. His resources are without limitations to those who are trusting in Him.

What I am saying is when the kingdom has truly come in our hearts we recognize that we own nothing, we need nothing, and our faith is not dependent on anything that this world can offer, but is dependent solely on the provision of the Kingdom of God.  We know we have the resources of Heaven backing up our obedient acts to the Father.

The setting apart of the Levites reveals this truth.  YHVH established the requirements of the other tribes to supply the needs of the Levite’s but the other tribes still had to depend on YHVH to supply the rain, the seed, the fertility of the ground, and the health of the animals to reproduce in order to supply that which the Levites would need.  Remember they weren’t receiving a tithe of paperback dividends or gold standard marks, but rather from the herd (day five and six) creatures, and produce (day three) plants to meet their needs.  In exchange, they would receive healthy mediators (Levites) to intercede between God and them.

The kingdom of God operates on rules far beyond that of this present age.  If nothing else I hope this article serves to not only help us better understand the principles of the Kingdom of God but also to desire it.  To imagine a world where even when the world’s resources are dry such as during the time of Elijah you can receive food from a Raven or a widow.  In return when resources are not available at man’s obedience to God’s command you produce oil that doesn’t end until you run out of vessels.  It is my firm belief that when the natural resources of the Western world begin to dry up, that we will see the Supernatural unending manna from the Most High once again meet the needs of His people.  We will not only read, but we will know how the Kingdom operates and we will yearn for the Kingdom to come.  We will then taste and see how good the Lord is in ways unfathomable.

Our Struggle is Not with Flesh and Blood Part I

From the view of the underdog, it is very easy to believe that the fight we have is with flesh and blood, but the Bible teaches us of a more accurate truth. Our struggle is not with flesh no matter how dark or light their skin is, nor is it with blood, for though we know that the greatest enemy of mankind can often seem like those of our own household. The reality is we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Eph. 6:12) While the news will tell you the enemy is a woman or man, the posts on Facebook will tell you their black or white, the radio will tell you it’s the Republicans or Democrats. Whether it’s the internet or the television you can find someone who will feed to whatever your bend is. There is no shortage of sources that you can watch that could allow you to vacillate between the two, but the Bible makes this clear if this is your focus you’re wrestling with flesh and blood. If you can see your enemy, handle your enemy, put a name and face to your enemy then you’re fighting the wrong fight.  The enemy that Ephesians is exposing is unseen, the wickedness that exists in a higher place than where we are, we can’t reach it with our five senses. If we are using our manmade weapons of mass destruction we will miss the target.

The good news in this impossible situation just described is if we know who and what we are fighting then we can begin to consider what tools are available to reach the unseen enemy. Ephesians give us the answer on how we can fight this invisible enemy that operates in an area too high for us to reach. Ephesians 6:13 tells us to put on the whole armor of God. As King Saul did to David, so also the world wants to do to you, give you their artillery, even when it’s not working for them.  The world tells you the answer is a bigger gun yet those of us with the big guns still don’t feel secure against this war that is being waged on humanity. It is like Saul trying to suit up David for the run-in with Goliath. Yet, listen carefully to the response David had. He made it clear this isn’t going to work, I haven’t tried these things that you are trying to put on me. When I fought a bear and a lion I was successful with what I had. I’ve tried and seen that this works. (1 Sam 17:39) It is very important that you read up a few verses because you will see that David understood that the true power that he had was not in the physical weaponry, but in a clear trust through tried faith that YHVH would deliver him. David’s denial of King Saul’s armor represented a clear understanding that his tried faith in following YHVH using his slingshot and five smooth stones was more reliable than the untried armor that Saul’s soldiers used.

You don’t need what you think you need to fight the enemy of your soul, you need what God has faithfully used with you to get you through your battle.

David learned a lesson many of us have yet to learn, at an early age. Too often we discredit the gift God has given us thinking that our gift can’t measure up to the bells and whistles that the world would flaunt before us. Our gift of writing or our gift of music seems like a slingshot compared to Goliath’s sword, but the gift God has perfected in you is mightier then Goliath’s sword.

Mustard Seed Faith

(Mat 13:31)  Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

(Mat 17:20)  And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

(Mar 4:31)  It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:

(Luk 13:19)  It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.

(Luk 17:6)  And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

 

Today’s meditative scriptures is on “Mustard Seed Faith”.  In Matt 17:20 Jesus tells his disciples that if they had the faith of a grain of mustard seed they could tell a mountain to be though removed and it shall be removed.  While customarily when we think of this scripture we think of it in light of the size of faith it takes to move a mountain.  We recognize that a grain of mustard seed is very small and while that is a part of what he is sharing we must look at the entire text around this verse to get all he has for us.  I don’t even think he wants us to focus on the size so much as he wants us to recognize that like a seed a promise is a deposit.  A deposit is a beginning of a process that has to reach a level of maturity.  Like a grain of mustard seed we have been given a deposit in our account that will one day mature.  But if we are going to have a complete understanding we have to go even deeper we have to read what else Yah says about a grain of mustard seed to then understand what he wants us to understand.

Another understanding of this is that a mustard seed knows what it is and what it is called to do.  Do we know who we are and what we are called to do?  A large part of the reason we don’t produce as we should is because we don’t have the faith of a mustard seed which knows what it is supposed to produce.  How can we produce adequately after our own kind when we are too busy trying to produce after another kind?  A pear will never be fruitful at producing an apple tree, but no apple tree can produce a pear tree. From the very beginning the problem with mankind is that we haven’t been satisfied with being who we are or who we were called to be.  Part of what made that tree of knowledge appetizing to Eve was that it represented being something other then what she was.  The lust for being something “other then” what she was called to be was alluring.  This is why scripture says those who compare themselves among themselves are not wise. (2 Cor. 10:12)  The gift that is in us God can use to make us rich and add no sorrow with it. (Prov 10:22)  If we are unwilling or unable to use that gift that was placed in us then we lack the ability to have that mountain moving faith.

Finally, no mustard seed becomes a tree overnight.  Microwave faith produces fast but doesn’t last.  Mustard seed faith produces enough so that those who eat of its bounty is able to benefit from day to day.  Mustard seed faith means we have to be faithful where we are planted until we reach full maturity, that is come into full bloom.  We can’t expect that the gift God has put in us matures the minute we realize it no more then Abraham could expect the promise to come to pass the very moment it was given.  It took time and maturity for that seed to come to pass, but in due season it did reap a harvest and we are still reaping from the fruit thereof.

Happily Ever After

wedding-322034_1920There is a reason why the phrase “happily ever after” appears on fairy tales and not in wedding vows.  Yet, many who are married seem to think that somewhere in the fine print there is an understanding that another person is to be responsible for our happiness.  Having no scripture, no vow to substantiate the validity of that request means that its neither a requirement of our spouse to accommodate that request nor is it our responsibility to fulfill that for anyone else.  Happiness is a state of being that is predicated on our relationship with the Creator.

Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.  (Psa 144:15)

Another reason why we may find ourselves in a state of unhappiness may be because we are not keeping the laws of God.  According to the bible there are forty two verses where the word “happy” and sometimes translated “blessed” (strongs number H835) appears and only two conclude a form of happiness based on what another human being can provide and in that context it was related to having a child which was a response of a person not a command of the Almighty. (Gen. 30:13)  Another such scripture that eludes to happiness being directed towards an individual is once again based on children not the responsibility of a spouse. (Psa. 127)   The majority of the scriptures on this topic falls under three primary categories:

  • Those who keep the laws of God,
  • Those who seek after wisdom and understanding,
  • Those who suffer for righteousness sake

Many of us make happiness a requirement of another individual as though it is a commandment when in actuality if we keep the commandments of YHVH, God is stating to us that we would be happy.  Have we tested him in this?  Are we keeping the commandments of the Almighty?  This notion or expectation of someone or something else to bring me happiness is a tall order that is guaranteed to lead to a let down.  A lot of my unhappiness in other words was self induced because I had a wrong perspective concerning happiness and who was responsible for providing that to me.

There are laws that God established concerning the duties of a wife to a husband as well as the duties of a husband to a wife.  While we can have all the reasons in the world for being remiss in fulfilling those duties, no excuse will hold up in Yah’s court when we come before him.  So for this reason I am happy as the scripture states I would be for accepting the correction of the Almighty.  (Job 5:17)  Correcting poor behavior or habits obviously doesn’t happen over night, but the happiness I feel is like the relief you feel when you confirm the diagnosis of an unnamed sickness.  I don’t know if you ever had something wrong in your body and no one could tell you what it was.  You’ve been to doctors and they can’t tell you, you’ve prayed about it, and you still didn’t get an answer.  Not knowing what is wrong can be just as bad as figuring out what you got, and just as deadly.  The idea that what you are experiencing is all in your head and not real can lead to self doubt and make you feel like you are going insane.  Putting a name to it somehow brings about a strange feeling of calmness that comforts you.  Because now you can begin to address the problem, since it has a name.  We know that God’s name is above every name that is named. (Eph. 1:21)  But it’s hard to pray for a disease that has no name, it feels like beating the air or fighting the wind.

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. (Eph 5:22-30)

Many women become unglued with verse 22, but the bottom line is if this scripture didn’t end with, “as unto the Lord”, then I could see how this could be problematic.  We know that the Lord would never ask us to do something that is against his word, and therefore if we understand that our submission is not just to a man, but to YAH, man is fallible and as such we are not expected to obey  ANY MAN that would command us to commit a sin.  Submission is a heart attitude concerning authority, and through our submission in marriage we are able to reverse the Eve effect that exists in society.

We also see that he doesn’t make a condition that if your husband loves you, as Christ loved the church only then are you to submit to him.  The same way he doesn’t make a commitment to husbands that they are to love you, only if you submit to them.  Every individual is responsible for their role in the relationship and praise Yah that he is just and won’t judge us by others action, nor judge others by ours.  Each individual will be judged by their own actions.  Which brings me again back to why I am so happy.  Because it was the word that stated, “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”(1Co 11:31)

In my actions I lived as though the principle of reciprocity was to govern my actions with my husband rather then the principles of scripture which is not depended or dictated on how another treats you, whether wrong or perceived wrong, but rather on your personal relationship with YHVH through his son YeHosHua the Maschiach.  If YeHoshua waited on His bride to rise to the fullness of His expectation of her to be obedient to Him in everything before he loved us, where would we be?  As scripture put it, we love him because he first loved us. (1 Jn 4:19)  He initiated the love and boy am I grateful.  This is where our happiness should lie.  People will mess up, Yehoshua knows this, which is why there is no scripture that tells us to trust man, any reference to trust in the bible is in relationship to God, but never to man.  We can trust God in man, but not man alone.  My confrontation on this topic was liken to a diagnosis of a problem that was causing me much grief in my own relationship, and though I still have not arrived, I am thankful to find my way back on the track, and praise God that my Happily Ever After is not dependent on humanity, but is found securely in Him.

 

 

Identifying the Leaky Faucets in Your Life

These days my life has been busier then they have in a really long time.  I believe God gives you these moments of refuge and retreat because he knows the road ahead is going to be so bumpy.  In the process though I have learned a lot about myself and have come to appreciate the importance of being very selective about who I share information with.  Many of us especially as women, but men have this issue too can before we know it be guilty of being the leaky faucet in the relationships we possess.  However, I am realizing that when we are most vulnerable and in need of help we can often share information with people and reveal confidences under a misguided belief that everyone is on the same page.  We don’t assess that some people use your information to hurt you, not to help you.  Then others with information can try to help you, but in the end only hurt you. An important attribute I am learning in this journey we call life is to be selective about my communication and provide it on an as needed basis.  My father has taught me well that not everybody is on your side, and thus not everybody needs to know your business.

Sadly, many of us don’t even know when we are being used by Satan, and unfortunately, that means others of us have to be mindful of how we speak and to whom we speak.  Again, not everybody has your best interest at heart when they are in your business.  One scripture that constantly comes to my mind since I have been in my home town this week is

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

1Co 15:33

     So often people use your painful situation as their comic relief, making for sport your trials as the most recent gossip that they share with their friends, not realizing that loose lips sinks ships.  Forgetting that the seed they sow is the same one they reap.  Yet the contradiction of it all is the same people who feel so free to share your business, can be so abhorrent when it comes to theirs.  But in a society of hypocrisy this shouldn’t be surprising.   I say this with a heavy heart, but more then ever I realize that I am a child of Abraham, still looking for a city whose Builder and Maker is Yah and so thankful that I have no problems leaving my homeland to as far as I must go to get there.  Those courageous enough to let go of the dead weight that this system holds one captive to has truly been liberated to enter so freely into that space.  Guarding your conversation and to whom you speak I am finding is the best way to preserve a more simplistic lifestyle, and these days I am all about simplicity.

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.

No Neutral Ground

                There comes a point in life where you begin to want to know how things spiraled as out of control as they have. As things progress and advance technologically it is as if we have gone back in time, biblical times of Sodom and Gomorrah as it relates to our sin as a nation. Pinpointing that exact moment of change somehow seems like a necessary piece of the puzzle to overturn the path we have chosen. Now the current wave seems to be “gender neutrality”. Those who embrace this way of thinking no longer wants to make a difference anymore between men and women and instead of celebrating the complimentary difference built into us by the Creator it seems to be a move to erase it altogether. When God created us he said he created us in His image and likeness which means that built into the difference between man and woman there is a unique, yet common link that reveals the picture of who He is. We should embrace that built in difference, celebrate it, honor it, and appreciate it for what it is rather than buck it.

                History teaches us anything that goes against nature eventually becomes extinct. While our God is a unified one, it should be clear he is not a neutral one. He has definite aspects of who he is and there is distinction in his makeup. Neutrality in fact is something he categorizes as being lukewarm and scripture reveals he can’t stomach that. (Rev. 3:16) The point is in our quest for pursuing equality we never ask ourselves what is the function of our being. The essence of why these bodies we have been given was made the way they were, and what life would be like without our purpose being fulfilled. If we aren’t careful we will discover what the end of our choice will lead to.

                Intrinsic to the Hebrew language which is made up of pictures is the prophetic picture of what an unholy union against nature and nature’s God looks like, we will see where “gender neutrality” leads. (Rom. 1:26-32) Let us look at the Hebrew word for “man” and then let’s look at the Hebrew word for “woman” and see what we discover. We also will see what we will get if we ignore the distinction that Yah has given each one. We will see the end result of the “feminist movement” that we have fought for, for so long.

                The natural result of men not loving their wife and women not respecting their husband is sexual confusion further creating the identity crisis that this hodge podge experiment in the U.S. as the melting pot of every nation has become; a conglomeration of out of order systems from the top of the seat of authority to the average household in any given State. If there is no distinction amongst us then there can be no order either. Both men and women are leaders in the area that they have been chosen to lead, but if the household is left without a leader what else can we produce but sickly, depressed, and confused offspring? Let’s look at the Ancient Hebrew characters below and see how they reveal this truth.

Man

Woman

man

 

woman

Eesh

Isha

Fire

fire

Ash

Name of God

YaH

YaH

                As we read these words above, I want you to notice the similarities in the characters between “man” and “woman”. In Hebrew words are written from right to left so we will start at the right to see what both of them have in common.

                The first character is (aleph) pronounced “aleph” in English and it means strength (abstract), ox (concrete, as it looks like an ox’s head), and being the first character in the Hebrew Alephbet it holds the numeric value of “first”. This is the first character both man and woman have in common and it is what they have equality in, being strong, being lead in creation, since they together were given dominion and made in the image and likeness of Elohim. Neither man nor woman was given dominion over each other, but rather they shared dominion over the earth. Nevertheless, there is still a first amongst equals otherwise confusion ensues.

                The second character for man is (yad) pronounced “yad” or “yood” in English and it means to “work, make, or do” (abstract) and is the picture of an “arm or closed hand” (concrete) as in Hebrew the hand as presented in this character is not just the part that works the five fingers but goes as far up as the elbow. Thus, a man must “first” (Aleph) “work” (Yad) and as Creation reveals that was what he first did when he was created in naming the animals. (2 Th 3:10) He was commissioned to work.

                The second character in woman is the same as the last character in man so we will cover both at the same time. The character (sheen) resembles the picture of “teeth” (concrete) and is pronounced in English “sheen” and its meaning reflects its appearance as one “consumes, devours, and presses” (abstract) with their teeth. So we see that a man must first work before he consumes (eat) as scripture has said. (Php. 2:6) The woman is the one who first consumed as we also see in scripture that it was Eve who first consumed the forbidden fruit in Genesis that would reveal the naked state that they had been in.

                The only thing left is the last character for woman which is (hey) and it is the picture of a man with his hands in surrender mode. This character in English is pronounced “hey” and also carries a similar meaning as we use the word in English meaning “to reveal, to look, or to see” (abstract). Reflecting the exact picture of what happened with Eve, which is why as a result God established a system of protection for women so that the deception that caused the great fall for humanity wouldn’t be repeated. (1 Tim. 2:14) The other truth revealed in the fall of Adam and Eve was just how much influence women do have with their husbands and why if we desire for that influence to be used for good instead of evil we need to be led by the Spirit of God and not our flesh.

                Now I want you to notice the word below both “man” and “woman” in the table above and pay close attention to the characters that they have in common with “man” and “woman” the word “Fire”. But as we stated those things within our character that distinguish us as well as those that unite us must not be neglected otherwise we have chaos. We see that the word fire (Ash – fire) shares both the same first letter as man and woman and the last character for man and the second character for woman makes up its second letter. Together the word means “strong consumer” which we can agree fire is. It is both to be respected as something that can bring life, when contained in a freezing cold environment and death when not contained. Thus we see “fire” is a substance at least as far as Hebrew that is reflected in both man and woman but when used together represents that life giving and sustaining substance as the man is the one who “works” – yad in the fire fire and the woman is the one who is “revealed” or “comes out of” – hey the fire.(1 Cor. 3:15; Eph. 5:23-32)

                That is the constructive life giving aspect of man and woman, however we also can see from the same picture what happens when we erase that which distinguishes us, i.e. become “gender neutral”. I added another word to our list after fire, because I like to save the best for last, which is the name for God. The character for God’s name like the distinctive x and y chromosomes in our DNA which determines our gender spells the poetic short form of God’s name “Yah”. Think it a coincidence that the “y” in English corresponds to “yad” in Hebrew? Or do you think that it is a coincidence that when we look at “hey” it resembles an “x” in English? When we take out those distinctive characters that exist between man and woman and we double what remains we are left with “firefire” or in English “Ash Ash”. In Hebrew culture to double a word is equivalent to an English superlative. It is the equivalent of putting an –est like we do in “best” to distinguish it from “better” or “good”. Thus fire, fire would be comparable to the destruction that occurred in Sodom and Gomorrah. Our lives then begin to incorporate the twisted image that erases the presence or picture or image (as Hebrew characters are pictures, in which pictures are images) of Yah from our makeup producing something that will be subject to the strong consumer for indeed our God is a Consuming Fire. (Deut. 4:24)

                Bottom line is we had better make sure that we are not adding or taking away from the distinctions nor forgetting or belittling the similarities between us otherwise we will produce an image that does not reflect the image of God. Therefore in this equation neutrality is not an option we either reflect the image of God in our lives or we deflect it and there is no middle ground.