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Are You Being Called Home or Are You Being Sent?

Being called home is a releasing of consent on behalf of the called to choose to go somewhere they consider to be a place of comfort, love and joy. Being sent home is a forceful hand of rebuke to a place where scolding is about to occur. The writer Paul reveals a life of one who is being called home. One who is not being taken by surprise like a thief in the night to a place that is foreign to him, or that he is running from, but instead is being given a loving release into the hands of a caring Father who has said my son your work is finished and done well, now enter into your reward. He is not kicking or screaming at the thought of returning, but looking forward to it as one does a vacation they prepared for in advance.

“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing”. (2Ti 4:6-8)

 

“And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.” (Act 21:11-14)

 

Paul speaks as a man ready to go home, to endure whatever momentary affliction necessary to get there. His hope and desires were not wrapped up in what this world could offer. Having suffered at the hands of preaching the Gospel to the lost, and even making lasting beautiful relationships with the children of the Most High, yet his mission was bigger than this earth could contain. He didn’t see himself as one who belonged to this world, but one who belonged to the Lord. Like Paul we have to make a decision are we going to be attached to this life and all that it entails or attached to Christ? Will we live to make a difference for the kingdom of God or a dollar for the advancement of this world?

We don’t face an economic crisis, or a security breach, we face a moral crisis, and a breach of conscience. -Torie McLaughlin

How else can one figure Paul saying, to live is Christ and to die is gain? Such an expression in the minds of psychologists would lead them to wonder if he was suicidal because of his current state. The pleasures of living had somehow cease and thus his mission enveloped his whole reason for living, to such a degree that death was an invitation to an upgraded benefits package.   By no means do I believe Paul was suicidal, I believe Paul was focused and non distracted by the temporary pleasures of this life. He was singularly focused and understood that his life’s purpose was greater than his personal pleasures. Those things which in our minds make life in this mortal body more precious to us then life in our glorified bodies with the Lord.

We must have a change of perspective. A fresh look through the lens of a disciple who disciplines himself to living for Christ regardless of his personal feelings or condition. Is Christ only worth serving when all is well in our world?  Have we relegated the living God to that of a Genie who grants wishes? Is our serving Him only done when things are going our way? I thank God that his unconditional love towards us was such that while we were yet sinners, not thinking about a Savior, He chose to die for us, the ungodly that we might have an opportunity to be restored to Him. When our frame of mind was to stone him, his was to forgive our ignorance. Life presents opportunities for us to really see where our faith lies. Sickness, disappointments, set backs, and set ups are put in place so that we can see whether or not we are Peter before Christ died or Peter after the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Are we depending or leaning on our understanding and judging God based on our viewpoint or are we committed to Him even when we don’t understand what He is doing in our lives?

I’d like to say my faith is always where it ought to be in regards to this, but like Paul I have those moments where my flesh is in control and as he stated in Romans 7:19 “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.” There are very personal areas in my life where my faith is being challenged, and nothing in the natural says that I should trust that things are working out for my good, yet in the midst of it, I know God is maturing me, and nothing that hasn’t been weathered after conditioning can truly be tested or made tough for durability. I am believing every wrinkle has a purpose and I am being seasoned for a greater glory ahead. If you too are being challenged just continue to hold on Yah is preparing you for a greater glory.

Finally, this is the question I ask myself, are the decisions I am making preparing me to be called home or sent home? Like Paul do I bear in my body the marks of Jesus Christ or the marks of my own wayward decisions? (Gal. 6:17) Will I allow Christ to be magnified in my body, whether it be life or death? (Php. 1:20) Am I keeping my body under subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a cast away? (1 Cor. 9:27) By all means I want to be called home when my time comes, but by no means do I want to be sent home. I am now sent to the nations through the tongue of my pen as a ready writer and trust me what I say to you convicts me too. (Psa. 45:1) I have by no means arrived, but I strive towards the mark of the High Calling of Messiah Yahushah and it is my duty as my brothers keeper to encourage you to do the same. (Php. 3:14) Shalom my readers and good night.

Take A Selfie?

I was going down my Facebook wall when I saw a profound photo visual of someone taking a selfie and attached to the photo was a scripture. To be exact 2 Timothy 3:1-4 and it was such an accurate scripture to convey the times we are living in. This got me to thinking am I taking a selfie, spiritually speaking?

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (2Co 13:5)

 

When I saw that photo and started writing this article this scripture came to mind. Because the bottom line is 2 Timothy deals with what we will see in the world, but 2 Cor. 13:5 deals with what we will see in us. What image are we reflecting and more importantly what is the condition of our heart? Do we know if Yeshua is in us, and if so how do we know? The part of us that can’t be seen through the lens of your smart phone, the part that the selfie stick can’t extend itself far enough to zoom in on. The part where no angle on the outside can possibly cast a shadow on, but it is the part that Yah sees in us. It’s the part that he is addressing when he is dealing with the religious leaders who should have known better.

And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. (Mat 15:16-20)

 

It’s the thoughts we think on long enough rather than cast aside that cause the problem. Because the thing is if you don’t cast it aside you begin to marinate on it, and as it begins to coat the inside of your heart, it eventually finds it’s way into the hot spot of your mouth and the next thing you know you’re speaking what you were thinking. Rather than casting that thought aside you are now allowing it to make and shape you and your actions. If Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha Maschiach) is not in you, rest assured that there is something taking residents in you and all it takes is the right circumstances to bring it out. Even marinated meat can’t be eaten until a fire is kindled. Trust me as sure as the circumstances of the disciples hands not being washed according to their traditions was just enough fire for the religious leaders of Yeshua’s day to grab hold to, there is a circumstance that will bring out what is in you, if it is in you.

Don’t sleep on the fruit of the Spirit

We ought to be abounding in the fruit of the spirit. Our inner man should be like a fragrant garden that reflects the beauty and fragrance of the Almighty. If it isn’t what is it that we are holding on to that is becoming rottenness in our bones? What toxic thoughts are we holding in rather than allowing it to pass through the dross of our waste disposal? Too many of us are swalling bones with the meat of God’s word and allowing it to be the primary source of our nutrition. Wake up my friends this is not the time to be caught sleeping. This is the time to be vigilant for our adversary is using our ammunition against us, we must clean out even the residue of demonic artillery and arm ourselves with the Rock of Ages. For we have been given weapons to deal with the enemies arsenal, but we have been lazy in using it. Don’t let the enemy confiscate your joy, don’t let him rob you of your peace. Do what ever you can not to let the love of the Lord wax cold in your hearts. Persevere through the trials of life, let gentleness be your knife, and kindness your shield of defense. Allow your faith to be the bomb that opens every door to your destiny and allow your longsuffering to be the bow that the arrow of Love rests upon. It is in you to love those who hate you, speak every manner of evil against you, and despitefully use you, because our God is love and He resides in us. Know which battles to fight with might and which ones must be fought by His Spirit. Become intimately aware of the Spirit of God’s voice and the only way you will know if Christ is in you is to take a selfie, examine yourself. Allow the lens of His word to take a shot of your heart, and if he doesn’t like what He sees He is well able to fix all imperfections. So have you taken your selfie today?

There Will Be Blood

Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. (Heb 12:4)

In this hour more than our feelings will be hurt in this battle against unrighteousness. The true believers are going to have to stand in the face of danger just as our Messiah had to, the prophet’s of old, the multitude of unnamed, as well as named Martyr’s in our own not so distant past. We too will have to decide whether or not we are going to enter the battle, suffer with our Lord, or cower under pressure as Peter did. What we have counted as persecution, name calling, slandering, accusing, will pale in comparison to what it will cost to stand in this hour. Rachel of Columbine High School understood that cost when she said she would not renounce Christ as her Savior. How many of us would have the same response? How many of us know in our hearts we would betray Yehoshua to save ourselves? How many of us in that moment of temptation would in our first reaction, and second chance back down from embracing our Bridegroom? Oh yes, there will be blood. Will you choose to die once or twice?

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. (Rev 2:11)

Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (Rev 20:6)

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (Rev 20:14)

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)

Friends we do not want to be apart of that second death that is surely coming, and for many it is right at the door. Like Peter, many of us would easily answer I would never deny you Lord, and we would even tell the Lord that, but the question is when you are put to the test, how would you fair? It’s easier to say what you will and won’t do when the chopping block isn’t behind the door you are assigned to.

Live Dead

                 The Apostle Paul had some great advice for the mental preparation we will need to have for the coming reality.

Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: (Rom 6:8)

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (Rom 6:11-13)

For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2Co 5:14-17)

The more we identify with Messiah the less compelled we will be to try to save our own lives.

And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. (Mat 10:38-39)

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Rom 8:18)

We better make sure that the response to our lives is the same as Paul’s was,

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Php 1:21)

In this hour you will be tested, but thankfully we have the textbook with all the right answers, and if we follow the script then all will be well. Because in the pages of reality our Lord did have victory over death but not by circumventing it but passing through it.   That’s right the hero in this story dies, but He is not dead. He is not raised from the dead because then that would make him subject to death again, but was resurrected from the dead no longer subject to death, in fact taking the keys of death and hell.

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (Rev 1:18)

Let that sink into your brain for just a moment, death has no victory over us, because the hero in the real world has victory over death. So Beloved, why is your heart troubled, and why are you afraid? Why isn’t the peace of Yah resting in you, when you know the end of the book. I’ll tell you why. Because we are not living dead.

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. (Joh 14:1)

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (Joh 14:27)

We have not offered our bodies as a living sacrifice, we are not dieing daily and the greatest preparation for the coming test of faith is living our lives reckoning ourselves dead. Dead to the lusts of this flesh, the deceitfulness of riches, and desire for other things. Being that good and fertile soil that yields hundred fold returns because we have sold our riches for the pearl of great price. (Rom. 12:1-2; Matt. 13:46; Matt. 13:18-23)

What will you esteem more in your life? Everyday you prepare for death in how you live, how you love, and how you walk. Is your heart failing you for fear of the things that are to come or are you praising Yah because you know that His redemption draws near? Are you boldly preaching the Gospel to every creature, and some as though snatching them out the fire knowing that your obedience to Christ command can be the difference for someone between eternity with Yah or eternity in hell? (Jud 1:23) If not ask yourself the question, why am I not resisting unto blood? What doth hinder me? Do I still count my life as dear to me, or reckon myself as dead in Christ? The boldness of Apostle Paul, or even John the Baptist to speak the truth in the face of threat of harm to oneself comes only when you have surrendered to the Holy Spirit. Died to your own selfish desires and embraced the will of the Almighty.

There is an eternal destination for everyone and if Messiah, Yehoshua is not on the throne of our heart’s then someone else is. We are preparing for eternity every day. Someone is King in your heart, and if that King isn’t the King of Kings then that King whoever he maybe will be dethroned, because every knee will bow and every tongue will confess when the King of Glory appears. And at that time, there will be blood, even to the bridle.

And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs. (Rev 14:19-20)

There’s Just Something About That Name

This Shabbat I was led to do an ancient Hebrew study on the different names that describe our God, YAH. It dawned on me that knowing Yah and His nature should really have been the very first study I ever did. How can I know who I am if I don’t know who He is, and since the Son who came in the Father’s name came down for the purpose of directing humanity back to the Creator it seems only befitting that I should endeavor to know all I can know about my Father. Seems like a no brainer yet this is the first time doing a study on the names of God even came into my mind to do. I am convicted just saying that, but I believe having that kind of heart makes the difference between those who only knows his acts, from those who he will make known His ways. (Ps 103:7)

Having an understanding of the name that is above every name automatically means studying him from a language unpolluted. (Zeph. 3:9; Php 2:9) As with anything we study it is important to start from the beginning and in the beginning the first Hebrew word we see that references God our Creator is the word ELOHIM. This word in Hebrew is phenomenal because it provides clarity to the extra biblical term that has caused so much controversy within Christendom in the West. The word is “trinity”, although the word used is not in the bible it is an accurate description to define the One God we serve in His triune nature. Many illustrations have been used to attempt to understand how this word “trinity” applies to Yah but most illustrations still seem to leave a flare of confusion that causes people to believe that “trinity” is some sort of admission to a Polytheistic god, in which Christendom is in full agreement doesn’t exist. We understand that God is definitely One God and He has no schizophrenic tendencies.

However, Zephaniah 3:9 tells us that Yah would restore unto us a pure language and one thing this pure language should have the capacity to do is lift the mystery from things that we didn’t understand and provide clarity where confusion exist. The word Elohim in Hebrew does exactly that, let’s take a look shall we.

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The first thing we must know is that Hebrew is written from right to left so we would begin constructing the meaning of this word from that order. The universality of the Ancient Hebrew characters is my primary reason for believing that this is the pure language that God originally gave us in the Wilderness at Mt Sinai. It is a language that is not ambiguous in nature and doesn’t have the cloudiness of abstract symbols, and is plain enough that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand it. It is a language that is for the people and is based on what you do, not what you think. It is a concrete language based on things we have handled or have seen in our lifetime from the youngest to the oldest.

In Hebrew unlike English each symbol has a meaning, name, numerical value, and concrete function. Unlike English which is abstract and descriptive driven, Hebrew is concrete and function driven. It is verb intense rather than adjective intense. For example in English if we were required to describe something we would list how it looks, which is Greek minded, whereas in Hebrew you would describe its function, what it does.

Having this understanding we can now construct the meaning of this first descriptive word we see in the Bible to describe God. The first thing we must know is how to determine if a word is plural or singular in the bible and like English which add’s an “s” to the end of a word to make it plural or an (‘) then “s” at the end of a word to make something possessive, Hebrew also has its rules for making such things known. In Hebrew the last three characters we see pluralizes the word for God, and has been a source of confusion for many. We can in English confirm this by reading the following passage which uses the exact same word we see in Genesis 1:1.

(Gen 1:1) In the beginningH7225 GodH430 createdH1254 (H853) the heavenH8064 and the earth.H776(Gen 1:26) And GodH430 said,H559 Let us makeH6213 manH120 in our image,H6754 after our likeness:H1823 and let them have dominionH7287 over the fishH1710 of the sea,H3220 and over the fowlH5775 of the air,H8064 and over the cattle,H929 and over allH3605 the earth,H776 and over everyH3605 creeping thingH7431 that creepethH7430 uponH5921 the earth.H776

 

 

See where the two words above have the same corresponding numbers next to it “H430”? This is distinguished from the singular word for God “El” by the number “H410”. All one would need to study this out is a Strong’s Concordance or E-Sword (computer bible program) on laptop or phone to see how this works. Now see how in verse 26 we see God uses the pronoun “us” to describe what he is doing. This is a clear indication that the word “God” here is referencing him in His plurality. However, how can we make sense of the One God we serve referencing himself in a plural form? As we put the characters together it will become increasingly clear. So enough with the suspense here it is already.

Strongs #430: AHLB#: 1012-H (c)

AlephThe first character in the word Elohim corresponds to our “A” in English and the Hebrew word is “Aleph” which means “strength” as an ox is a strong domestic servant.
LamedThe second character corresponds to our “L” in English and the Hebrew word is “Lamed” which is the picture of a shepherd’s staff and means “authority” as we see that it was a rod that Moses used to bring the children of Israel out.
HeyThe third character corresponds to our “H” in English and the Hebrew word is “Hey” which is the picture of someone with their hands raised up and means “Behold, Look, or See”.
YadThe fourth character corresponds to our “Y” in English and the Hebrew word is “Yad” which is the picture of a closed hand and bent arm. What do you do with your hand? You work and that is the meaning to “work, make, or throw” all are functions of a hand moving with the strength of the arm backing it.
memThe last character corresponds to our “M” in English and the Hebrew word is “mem” which is the picture of waves of water but can apply to any sort of waves. It also carries the meaning of “Chaos” as the children of Israel associated the flood of Noah with the water that was used and thus chaos was the result of the flood.

Now with the meaning of the word attached we can see how this word “Elohim” reveals the triune nature of our Creator. We can understand this in three w’s as a means of committing to memory. Let’s take the first two characters together as we have already discussed the first two characters is the equivalent of the singular form for the title “God” and both characters together reflect the picture of God as the “Strong Shepherd” or if we take its numeric value we would say he is the “first shepherd”. This would be a very accurate depiction of the Father. The third character Heymeans to reveal, so this would make the last two characters the object of what the Father reveals to us within his own nature. The fourth character Yadshows us that the “strong shepherd” which is the Father, “reveals” himself by his “work”. The last character memreveals to us another way He has made himself known to us and that is by what he spoke, as water is not only known by the waves we see, but also by the waves we hear, known as sound waves. Thus the invisible things of God from the creation of the world are clearly seen by the things which he has made (such as water) even his eternal power and Godhead. (Rom. 1:20) Therefore we have the witness of God’s existence and triune nature because they are revealed by his power (work) and his eternal word.

Finally, I mentioned above the three w’s that help us understand the trinity and those three w’s that you can share with anyone is God is revealed by His will, by his work, and by his word. Indeed He has made us in His image and likeness as stated in Genesis 1:26 because the bottom line is, how do you express your invisible will to someone else? By what you say and what you do. This is the Creator’s signature on His masterpiece.

Next time in “There’s Something About that Name” we will explore the actual name of God YHWH and why it has been mysteriously disguised in our English bibles under the title “LORD”.

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

The Peaceable Life

 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.(1Ti 2:1-2)

 

                We today are suffering as a matter of ignoring this very vital piece of advice given to us in the book of Timothy. Whether the Klu Klux Klan’s men here or the ISIS (your foreign KKK) leaders abroad terror is destined to come where we have failed to follow the instructions of Yah. Yah knew what man left to himself would lead to. Men at war produces restlessness at home, when there is no peace at home then everyone in that area suffers.

                Where the true Elohim is not embraced, no true peace can occur, since the peace he leaves with us, is not as the world gives peace but only that peace which comes from Yahushah the one who died for us has given. Yahushah gives us the reassurance that regardless of what is going on in the world if we have his peace that we need not be afraid nor should our heart be troubled. (John 14:27) Unless we address the terrorists that are running rampant in our nation we will not be in a position to address the same issues taking place over there. As scripture puts it we need to first get the mote out of our own eye, so that we can see clearly to get the beam out of our brother’s eye. (Matt. 7:3-5) I know we don’t like to hear it and many think that this subject creates division, but we can’t expect change to occur in any nation unless we deal with reality, not simply sweep it under the rug.

                There is a time to pray, but after we pray what are we doing with the answer that Yah gives us? To pray without a consideration of obeying the answer that comes produces confusion not direction. It is important we understand what we see written here in Timothy and women let’s not get sensitive over the issue because it has nothing to do with men being more valuable to God or anything else. It has everything to do with the fact that wars are not started by women, unrest in a nation doesn’t start with us, we are just the bystanders who are infected by it. If we were the catalyst both scripture and what we see in our world today would not consist of women and children being spared in war while men being killed but rather women, children, and men being killed. Granted there were nations so wicked that Yah instructed the children of Israel to wipe out men, women, children and animals. (Deut. 7:2) One can only imagine how far away from Yah a nation will have to be in order for him to require such a thing. In those nations there was nothing redeemable about anyone or any creature there, it was as it was before Noah got on the ark. Wickedness had to reach an all time high, point of no return for such an instruction to be given.

                When Adam is at peace, Eve is secure. When we have righteous leadership then a nation is exalted, but when wickedness reigns it is a reproach to any people. (Prov . 14:34) A nation experiencing unrest is a clear sign of a nation that has departed from Yah. The bible tells us that Yah will make our enemies our footstool, if our enemies are having victory over us it is a clear sign that we have lost favor with the Father. (Psa. 110:1; Deut. 28:7; Deut. 28:25) Now is the time to begin fervently praying for all men everywhere, husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, kings, rulers, ministers, and the like. Pray that they will have ears to hear and eyes to see the very clear signs that the heavenly Father is revealing in this hour so that we can once again obtain the peaceable life in all godliness and honesty we once had the opportunity to enjoy.

Preparing for Life

                When you have a baby you want the whole world to be perfect for them. You want all the ugliness of the daily news to be turned into sunshine. Your desire for them is that every person who enters their life will be handpicked by the Creator. You want them to make wise decisions in every area of life and you see so much potential in them and want them desperately to fulfill that. Then there is the reality that the world isn’t ready for the potential that Yah placed in every single person to accomplish greatness. There is a clear understanding that life has more twists and turns ahead than a roller coaster, more ups and downs than a waterslide. Yet, you know that your contribution albeit small this day will make a huge difference.

                What kind of difference they make is entirely dependent on the hard choices you make to be the primary influence in their lives. Fatherhood and motherhood is a full time job that requires full time assistance from Yah to do well. You are not the sole survivor on this island, your survival depends on surrounding yourself with those who envision this perfect world that you desire to pioneer. They are able to catch the vision of the future and the impact that can be made by following the footsteps of the Ancient of Days. We need the One who knew us before we were formed in the belly. (Jer. 1:5a) Every poor decision we have ever made finds its beginning in ignoring the instructions of the Most High, and every right decision we have made has bore the righteous fruit that comes when we remain hooked up to the true vine.

 

A Chosen People

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In this assignment to restore the ancient Hebrew characters to God’s children the journey has brought about new friends in new places. As I consider the diversity of my enlarged family and the beautiful diversity that exists within it, I am reminded of scripture. Scripture does not endorse superior races the concept is an evolutionary term that has been used to divide groups of people based on their cultural, geographical, and external differences. The word “race” as we use it won’t even be found in scripture.   For that matter none of the sons that Noah had which repopulated the earth that we have today would use color as a means of division. What we find are nations, tribes, and tongues. While the differences are inherent the focus is not on external appearances but on differences that are based on geographical location and speech, those things which makes relating to one another difficult. However, the beauty of it all is that God would use the very thing he used to divide us at the Tower of Babel to bring us back into the household of faith in the Upper Room. Today He is doing the same thing in restoring us back to himself he is using that which divided us to bring us back together. I have been blessed to meet family who by the world’s definition have been taught to either be foreigners, strangers, or enemies based on strained or purposely divided histories, but how Yah reached over all the boundaries of past hurts and flawed teachings to make of a divided people a peculiar treasure.

The world teaches through the guise of evolution that there is a Superior race, yet scripture reveals the truth of the situation. It is a worldly philosophy that is the counterfeit to the word of God. So if you have been taught or subscribe to that I pray that this article will set you free. If you have been wounded by others because that mindset has been used to make you feel inferior or less than, then this truth shall also make you free. The bottom line is this, there is no evolutionary chain, no Neanderthal man, cave man, or barbarian these terms are made by man and not scripturally sound nor found. The Children of Israel were a chosen people not a superior people. As many of us are awakening to our Hebraic heritage there are some who may not know or subscribe to any biological ancestry to the tribes of Israel and then there are those who are quite aware who they are and of what tribe they belong. Yet, I want you to know that we ought not to boast if we find our link naturally in one of the tribes, nor should we feel as if we are the forgotten stepchild if we find ourselves in only through being grafted. Because truth be told scripture didn’t make a difference by the blood seed even before Christ walked the earth. The law that was given in Mt. Sinai was for the native born and the stranger who sojourned amongst them.

We shouldn’t boast because God makes it clear that we who are in Israel by biological connection were not chosen because of how great we were, nor were we righteous, but because of a promise that was made to Abraham. Deut. 9 In the New Testament scriptures we see Yahushah making this clear to those who were of natural descent who relied on their relationship with Abraham that though they were naturally Abraham’s seed, their Father was not God, but rather the devil because of the deeds (choices) they made.John 8 If nothing else in this article sticks with you let this line stand out above all else, we remain a chosen people so long as we choose Christ. We do not stand with God based on merit, genealogical birthright, nor our ability to keep every single letter of the law. What Yahushah was revealing to them was Torah the New Testament reminder of the Deuteronomy nine lesson that as we come into the awakening of the truth that we remember to remain humble, because indeed we cannot boast against the branches because it is the root that bares us.Rom. 11:18 If we keep Torah for any other reason than because we love God then our hearts are not circumcised even if our flesh is. We mustn’t forget the lesson of the young man Yahushah points out who said he kept the commandments from his youth up, yet he still lacked something in being made complete and what he lacked was not the circumcision of the flesh, it was the one of the heart. Matt 19:17-21 He reaped the benefits of keeping the Law, but chose the benefits and rejected the Giver of them when provided the opportunity. Until we identify with the Law Giver then we are lost, we are reaping the benefits of the principles of the covenant but forsaking the Giver of it. Just as the world uses the principles of God in business and reap the wealth, but takes credit for it rather than giving God the glory. They boast in being self made men rather than God blessed men and make the error of Nebuchadnezzar and find themselves pierced with many sorrows. Of course this doesn’t apply to all with wealth because we know that there were many who walked with Yahushah who had money, but money didn’t have them. This is the point, many of us must remember that even if we are biological descendants of the seed of Abraham we have no need to boast because many of us are in exile because of our ancestors disobedience. We indeed come from the same stiffnecked bunch that Moses had to contend with in the wilderness and the purpose of exile and losing our identity in the world was to humble us as sure as Joseph having to go through the pit, slavery, and prison was made to produce the same humility.

In this hour to see the things we do and to have the understanding we have we are indeed blessed, but the most significant question is now what? What are we going to do with it? Are we going to humbly reach out to our brothers and sisters who are lost and try to help them see the light? Or are we going to separate ourselves from them and boast in our knowledge of the truth while point out their ignorance? Are we going to exemplify the same compassion for them that Yah extended to us to bring us out of darkness into the Light of life? Yahushah, the prophet’s of old, the Apostle’s, and Disciples, all suffered greatly for sharing the same information we have been privileged with to share today and though our feelings have been hurt, many of us have not yet resisted unto blood as they have fighting against sin yet many of us if we are not careful will forfeit a lot of the reward that awaits us because of our brothers and sisters resistance to the truth. Heb. 12:4

                        We know the pattern scripture lays it out for us very clearly we are going to be hated for telling the truth. We are going to be resisted for confronting our brothers and sisters in their sin, but know that we are also going to be judged if we do not warn them as the Prophet Ezekiel taught, and like Jude instructs us many we will save with fear, pulling them out the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.Jud 1:23 It’s hard to pull something out of the fire without getting burned, it is impossible to do so without Yahushah being there with us. We have to know that this truth is going to burn people with rage as they are confronted but we are cautioned to let love prevail, recognizing that without him they are lost just as we were. It is our responsibility to show the Law Giver in the Law to those who are without law. Just as it’s the parents responsibility to train their children and not the other way around it is our responsibility to share the truth we know to those who don’t know it.

In conclusion, the restoration that Yah is doing the greatest issues we in North America will have to deal with is the rooted hatred and bigotry that has stained us as a people. We can’t be victims and victorious at the same time, nor can we be murderer’s and enter into the kingdom of Heaven. What we must do is remember the legacy of Joseph who even when he was abused by his brothers when the Father saw fit to join them together he humbly and wisely understood that all that befell him was for the purpose of preserving life and a necessary part of building him into a Servant of Yah. Likewise is that the goal for us to be in the image and likeness of Yahushah who did not count it as robbery to be equal with God, nor had a problem humbling himself as the Son of Joseph to serve His brethren. So I challenge you to walk in love both tough and tender so that we, as His chosen people, might be found faithful in the final analysis.