Truth — 11/27/2021
THE TWO HOUSES OF ISRAEL
This is Part 6 of Part 8 of our study on The Two Houses of Israel. If you missed Part 1, click HERE. If you missed Part 2, click HERE. If you missed Part 3, click HERE. If you missed Part 4, click HERE. If you missed Part 5, click HERE.
There are other Scriptures which indicate Paul understood that most of the Gentiles he was preaching to were, in fact, descendants of the House of Israel who had been scattered 800 years earlier and had intermingled with all the nations round about Judea. To prove this assertion, let’s first look at a telling statement by Paul found in 1 Corinthians Chapter 10:
1 Corinthians 10:1-5 “1 For I do not wish you to be ignorant, brothers, that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2 and all were immersed into Mosheh in the cloud and in the sea, 3 and all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed, and the Rock was Messiah. 5 However, with most of them Elohim was not well pleased, for they were laid low in the wilderness.” (The Scriptures Translation) [Emphasis added]
We see here where Paul was writing to a Gentile group primarily composed of former pagans (1 Corinthians 12:2) in Corinth, Greece. Yet in using the example of the Israelites that had been delivered from Egypt by Yahweh during the Exodus, he calls them “all OUR fathers” (1 Corinthians 10:1). He certainly wasn’t referring to them as “fathers” in a spiritual sense, because these people had been wholly carnal; as a group they rebelled against Almighty Yahweh and died while wandering in the desert for 40 years. So, logic dictates that Paul must have been speaking of them as the Corinthians’ PHYSICAL fathers!
Let’s return to Romans and continue with Paul’s comments about Israel (Judah):
Romans 10:11-21 “11 Because the Scripture says, “Whoever puts his trust in Him shall not be put to shame.” (see Isaiah 28:16) 12 Because there is no distinction between Yehuḏite (Jew) and Greek, for the same Master of all is rich to all those calling upon Him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the Name of יהוה (Yahweh) shall be saved.” (see Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21) 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without one proclaiming? 15 And how shall they proclaim if they are not sent? As it has been written, “How pleasant are the feet of those who bring the Good News of peace, who bring the Good News of the good!” (see Isaiah 52:7) 16 However, not all obeyed the Good News. For Yeshayahu (Isaiah ) says, “יהוה (Yahweh), who has believed our report?” (see Isaiah 53:1) 17 So then belief comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Elohim. 18 But I ask, Did they not hear? Yea indeed, “Their voice went out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.” (see Psalm 19:4) 19 But I ask, Did Yisra’ĕl not know? First Mosheh says, “I shall provoke you (Judah/Jews) to jealousy by those who are not a nation (Gentile), I shall enrage you (Judah/Jews) by an unwise nation (Gentile).” (see Deuteronomy 32:21) 20 And Yeshayahu (Isaiah) boldly says, “I was found by those (Gentiles) not seeking Me, I was made manifest (known) to those not asking for Me.” (see Isaiah 65:1) 21 And to Yisra’ĕl He says, “All day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and back-talking people.” (see Isaiah 65:2) (The Scriptures Translation) [Emphasis and comments added]
First, we have to understand that Paul uses “Israel” in Romans 10:19 (and throughout his letter to the Romans) as a reference to JUDAH, since the House of Israel had been dissolved and was no longer identifiable as a specific people. Simply put, the Jews were the only recognizable remnant of Israel at that time. Quoting Deuteronomy 32:21, Paul tells us that Yahweh would provoke Israel (i.e., Judah) to jealousy by those who are “not a people” (Hebrew lo-am), a clear allusion to the Lo-Ammi mentioned by Hosea. But the quote goes on to say that Yahweh would provoke the Jews with a “foolish nation” (Hebrew goy nabal). Not foolish NATIONS (plural), but a single nation. Samaria was indeed a foolish nation; they did not appreciate the honor of being Yahweh’s people and lost those benefits through disobedience.
Paul next quotes a very pertinent passage from the prophet Isaiah. Notice at the end of verse 1 who it was who found Him, although they did not seek Him:
Isaiah 65:1-2 “1 I have let Myself be inquired of, not by those who asked; I was found, not by those who sought Me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ to a nation (goy) not calling on My Name. 2 I have held out My hands all day long to a stubborn people, who walk in a way that is not good, after their own thoughts;” (The Scriptures Translation) [Emphasis and comment added]
Isaiah’s prophecy is similar to that of Hosea which we read earlier. Again, the “nation” (goy) not called by Yahweh’s name that He would speak to is singular. It is almost certainly a reference to Samaria (the House of Israel), the nation that Yahweh cast away.
Now let’s examine the conclusion of Paul’s commentary on the fate of Yahweh’s chosen people in Romans Chapter 11:
Romans 11:1-6 “1 I say then, has Elohim rejected His people? Let it not be! For I also am a Yisra’ĕlite (Israelite), of the seed of Aḇraham, of the tribe of Binyamin. 2 Elohim has not rejected His people whom He knew beforehand. (see Psalm 94:14) Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Ěliyahu (Elijah), how he pleads with Elohim against Yisra’ĕl, saying, 3 “יהוה (Yahweh), they have killed Your prophets and overthrown Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life”? (see 1 Kings 19:10, 14) 4 But what does the answer of Elohim say to him? “I have left for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baʽal.” (see 1 Kings 19:18) 5 So therefore also, at this present time a remnant according to the choice of favour has come to be. 6 And if by favour, it is no longer of works, otherwise favour is no longer favour. And if it is of works, it is no longer favour, otherwise work is no longer work.” (The Scriptures Translation) [Emphasis and comments added]
Here Paul tells the Romans that Yahweh has not cast away the Jews. He uses the story of Elijah to make the point that there were Jews who, through Yahweh’s favour/grace, had accepted Yeshua as the prophesied Messiah. Even though most Jews had not accepted Yeshua, Yahweh had selected a remnant of Judah to believe. They were not called due to their works, but because of Yahweh’s divine mercy and grace.
Romans 11:7-14 “7 What then? Yisra’ĕl (i.e., Judah) has not obtained what it seeks, but the chosen (Jews) did obtain it, and the rest were hardened. 8 As it has been written, “יהוה (Yahweh) has given them a spirit of deep sleep, eyes not to see and ears not to hear, unto this day.” (see Deuteronomy 29:4) 9 Dawiḏ also says, “Let their table become for a snare, and for a trap, and for a stumbling-block and a recompense to them, (see Psalm 69:22) 10 let their eyes be darkened, not to see, and bow down their back always.” (see Psalm 69:23) 11 I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Let it not be! But by their fall deliverance has come to the gentiles, to provoke them to jealousy. 12 And if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the gentiles, how much more their completeness! 13 For I speak to you, the gentiles, inasmuch as I am an emissary to the gentiles, I esteem my service, 14 if somehow I might provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. (The Scriptures Translation) [Emphasis and comments added]
The “Gentiles” in Romans 11:11 have traditionally been defined as unrelated peoples from various surrounding nations who were added to the early Jewish Church. But the “jealousy” that the apostle Paul says these “Gentiles” will provoke within Judah is a clear reference to the “foolish nation” he mentioned earlier in Romans 10:19-21. Therefore, these “Gentiles” were part of the “foolish nation” that Moses was told was “not a nation” (see Deuteronomy 32:21). These “Gentiles” were members of the lost House of Israel who had been sown in all nations, but had not been forgotten by Yahweh.
Romans 11:15-24 “15 For if their casting away is the restoration to favour of the world, what is their acceptance but life from the dead? 16 Now if the first-fruit is set-apart (Holy), the lump is also. And if the root is set-apart, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, have been grafted in among them, and came to share the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18 do not boast against the branches. And if you boast, remember: you do not bear the root, but the root bears you! 19 You shall say then, “The branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” 20 Good! By unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by belief. Do not be arrogant, but fear. 21 For if Elohim did not spare the natural branches, He might not spare you either. 22 See then the kindness and sharpness of Elohim: on those who fell sharpness, but toward you kindness, if you continue in His kindness, otherwise you also shall be cut off. 23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, shall be grafted in, for Elohim is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree, how much more shall these who are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?” (The Scriptures Translation) [Emphasis added]
In this passage of Scripture from Paul, we see two olive trees mentioned: one that is cultivated, and one that is wild. Who or what do these two olive trees represent? We find the answer to that question in Jeremiah 11:
Jeremiah 11:16-17 “16 יהוה (Yahweh) has named you, ‘Green Olive Tree, Fair, of Goodly Fruit.’ (see Psalm 52:8) With the noise of a great sound He has set it on fire, and its branches shall be broken. 17 “And יהוה (Yahweh) of hosts, who planted you, has spoken evil against you for the evil of the house of Yisra’ĕl and of the house of Yehuḏah (Judah), which they have done against themselves to provoke Me, by burning incense to Baʽal.” (The Scriptures Translation) [Emphasis and comments added]
Here we see that both houses (Israel and Judah) are called a “green olive tree.” They were planted and named by Yahweh Himself. So, we can be certain from Scripture that both the House of Judah and the House of Israel are symbolically labeled as olive trees. But is there any further evidence? Yes, there is! Hosea, the prophet who spoke of the eventual regathering of the House of Israel from exile, also symbolizes Israel as an olive tree:
Hosea 14:5-6 “5 I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall grow like the lily, and lengthen his roots like Lebanon. 6 His branches shall spread; his beauty shall be like an olive tree, and his fragrance like Lebanon.” (NKJV) [Emphasis added]
This concludes our study of Part 6 of Part 8 on The Two Houses of Israel. Stay tuned for Part 7.
(H8085 Hear & Obey :o)
November 16, 2021
First Samuel 16 Matthew 3
1 Samuel 16:9 Then Jesse made Shammah
[one of David’s older brothers]
to pass by.
And he [Samuel] said,
Neither hath יהוה YHVH the LORD chosen this.
When I read, “1 Samuel 16:9 which says, “Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by …” my thinking darted over to Deuteronomy 6:4 which says, “HEAR (‘Shammah ???’), O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:” Actually… NO!
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; …
Jesse’s son, Shammah, caused me to wonder — why didn’t יהוה YHVH the LORD pick “Shammah” to be the next king of Israel? Shammah sounds like Shama “to hear intelligently with obedience,” but in reality — Shammah means: (H8048 from H8047 ultimately from H8074:
A primitive root; to stun (or intransitively grow numb), that is, devastate or (figuratively) stupefy (both usually in a passive sense): - make amazed, be astonied, (be an) astonish (-ment), (be, bring into, unto, lay, lie, make) desolate (-ion, places), be destitute, destroy (self), (lay, lie, make) waste, wonder.
WOW! Talk about diametric opposition!! SHAMA, juxtaposed with SHAMMAH!!
This mini research project gave me an added benefit of realizing that I have been spelling SHAMA as SHEMA; and, here again, I need to repent and change my ways to HIS WAY :o))) “SHAMA,” I love it :o))) And, as I was reading First Samuel 16 this morning, thoughts of First Peter 2:9 reverberated in my mind:
1 Peter 2:9 But ye [you & me, right?!] are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of HIM who hath called you out of darkness into HIS marvellous light:
And now I have to wonder, what EXACTLY is “a peculiar people”? “Peculiar” was translated into English from the Greek:
From G4046; acquisition (the act or the thing); by extension preservation: - obtain (-ing), peculiar, purchased, possession, saving.
“preservation” of what? We can chase this rabbit-trail-of-thought through all the sagebrush in the world; OR, we can “SHAMA” what HE, our FATHER which art in Heaven, has been declaring to us FROM THE BEGINNING (per Isaiah 46:8-10), preserving HIS preserved written WORD ( which most folks reject) and this makes us very “a VERY peculiar people.” :o))
Holding these thoughts and turning the pages of time to Matthew chapter 3, I only learned recently (and please correct me if my understanding is AGAIN in error, as I think this is correct) that John the Baptist was our last Old Testament HIGH PRIEST. The Scriptures tell us that there is only one HIGH PRIEST at any given time and another is anointed HIGH PRIEST only at the death of the previous; hence, YESHUA was not anointed HIGH PRIEST on the MOUNT of TRANSFIGURATION until John was beheaded in prison. NOW, YESHUA is our only HIGH PRIEST after the order of Melchizedek:
From H4428 and H6664; king of right; Malki-Tsedek, an early king in Palestine: - Melchizedek.
YESHUA is our KING of RIGHTEOUSNESS!!! YES! And John, while yet the HIGH PRIEST, was telling us:
Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but HE that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: HE shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in HIS hand, and HE will throughly purge HIS floor, and gather HIS wheat into the garner; but HE will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
NOW! There’s a christmas STORY; but don’t wait to HEAR it from that pulpit because, most likely, it will never happen :o/ I mean, after all… how do we even know what “RIGHTEOUSNESS” is? Moses told us in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, The TORAH — Samuel is giving us examples of what this all means; AND, YESHUA showed us how to LIVE it and said:
John 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed ME: for he wrote of ME.
John 5:47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe MY WORDs?
And that shoe latchet thing — what’s that all about? It’s about our BRIDEGROOM, right? Again, Moses told us:
Deuteronomy 25:8-9 Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him: and if he stand to it, and say, I like not to take her; Then shall his brother's wife come unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face, and shall answer and say, So shall it be done unto that man that will not build up his brother's house.
John did NOT do that!
Just to be sure we understand, just to be sure, we get a booster shot of TRUTH:
Ruth 4:7-8 Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing [H8545 bartering, compensation], for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.
Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.
Again, John did NOT do that!!
Our MESSIAH is our Kinsman REDEEMER. HE purchased us. The adversary (even of ROME!) spit in HIS face! Is there any question?
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WHAT’S THIS BLEATING I HEAR?
November 15, 2021
First Samuel 15 Matthew 2
1 Samuel 15:14 And Samuel said [to King Saul, who was commanded by GOD to destroy ALL the Amalekites and ALL their livestock! But, Saul and his people did not; hence, our Prophet Samuel is asking], What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?
World renowned Atheist, Richard Dawkins, wrote in his book, “The God Delusion,”
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” ― Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
This quote may be heard from the mouth of Mr. Dawkins, himself, in Ben Stein’s movie, “EXPELLED No Intelligence Allowed.” If Mr. Dawkins only knew the plans of the dark demonic realm, from which our GOD wants us — HIS precious people — protected. But no. Dawkins is as King Saul who spared (what was, in his own eyes) the BEST, of which you and I are facing TODAY! GETTA LOAD of this (from SkyWatchTv):
The United States of America just celebrated VETERAN’S DAY:
Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Wikipedia
WHO & WHAT are we FIGHTING AGAINST?? Our late President Ronald Reagan is quoted as saying, “'I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.'” When we feel wronged by neighbors, businesses, religions, etcetera, may the WORDs of our Apostle Paul bring us closer to PARADISE via:
Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. [are hybrids actually men of GOD; or, are they of another realm?? Hummm… Selah, Muse (Pause, Think)]
“hybrids” were on this planet since First Samuel 14 and it would appear that their debut was in Genesis 3:1! The DIRT upon which we stand is a BATTLE FIELD! The question is, WHOSE SIDE ARE WE ON?! And, does OUR SIDE have any “Intelligence” and KNOWLEDGE of HOW to apply Ephesians 6? With the old battle hymn, “Onward Christian Soldiers,” in mind — here is an “induction” opportunity to which we may pledge allegiance to DEFEND against ALL enemies foreign AND DOMESTIC: (yes, I have suggested viewing this before; and yet, this is a MUST SEE)
When our Prophet Isaiah tells us, in Isaiah 46:8-10, that GOD declares the end from the beginning, Isaiah is not just whistling Dixie! AND, Matthew chapter Two is FULL of this reminder:
Matthew 2:5 And they [the chief priests and scribes] said unto him [Herod], [The KING of the JEWS our MESSIAH is to be born] In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, [which “prophet”? O! I get it:]
Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall HE come forth unto ME that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
And didjah notice verse ONE?
Micah 5:1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us [WHO? WHAT?? WHERE??? ANYONE HAVA CLUE???!!!]: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. [when was the last time santa clause toldjah ‘bout this? Let’s get real.]
It has been a proverbial COLD WAR; but, the temperature is rising!
Matthew 2:15 And [Yoseph, Miriam & YESHUA] was there [in Egypt] until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called MY Son.
Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called MY Son out of Egypt.
When all the 2 year olds were slaughtered by those who should-have-been exterminated, clear back by King Saul — who failed to obey GOD’s Commandment, how did baby John the Baptist survive? Although not canonized as Scripture, the Book of Jasher gives a detailed HIStorical account of Elisheva (Elizabeth) taking her baby son John into the wilderness where John grew up eating locusts and wild honey; and, when John’s Dad, Zacharias, refused to tell Herod’s thugs where John was — they KILLED Zacharias, WHERE: Matthew 23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: Matthew 23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. [do ya remember the “temple service” of Zecharias, in the course of ABIA, which gives us marvelous information about John’s birthday and the birthday of our MESSIAH 6 months later (Passover and SUKKOT, right? :o))]
Now MATTHEW comes into question, chapter 2 verse 23 says:
Matthew 2:23 And HE [YESHUA our MESSIAH]came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, HE shall be called a Nazarene.
WHERE did “The PROPHETS” say that YESHUA would be “called a NAZARENE”? hint… hint… see Isaiah 60 thru 61:2 especially:
Isaiah 60:21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.
As Dr. Bruce Maccabee (interesting name, “Maccabee,” right? :o) Ph.D. in physics said about the theodolite sighting of a UFO during a rocket test in New Mexico, see THE WHITE SANDS PROOF when only one theodolite (not two or more) sighted the UFO — the official documentation recorded, “NO INFORMATION GAINED” because there was not a second witness. Hence, the WORD, “BRANCH,” in Isaiah 60:21 is most generally brushed aside as “NO INFORMATION GAINED” because most of us do not know what the HEBREW text actually says! This particular “BRANCH” is a “NETZER”! It pertains to an OLIVE tree! For AWEsome information about this NETZER, see The Olive Tree: Our Jewish Roots and please notice this excerpt:
“The olive tree thrives throughout Israel. The ability of the tree to grow on rocky hills makes it well suited to grow on the terraced hillsides that make up Israel’s landscape. The tree itself has a huge fat trunk and a relatively small canopy of foliage. It is extremely long lived; some trees are over two thousand years old. They begin to produce olives after 6-10 years of growth. After an olive tree reaches a certain point in its growth, it won’t produce much fruit, so the tree has to be severely pruned and cut back to the stump. Then, new shoots spring from the stump [at a later time and at a distance from the original trunk, as Nazareth Netzaret is from Bethlehem :o))] and it begins to produce fruit again.”
Again, Matthew is directing our attention to the HEBREW OLD Testament :o)))
Meanwhile, back-at-the-ranch, King Saul is about to seek council from a fortune teller because YHVH won’t speak to Saul anymore. That’s what DISobedience gets us! If only New Age Churchianity would getta grip on WHO our GOD really is and how HE never changes! HE has given us HIS WORD. What more must HE say, for us to SHEMA (hear and obey)? As the OLD Testament prophecies of current world events are happening, right before our eyes, it would behoove us to TAKE HEED! per:
Hebrews 3:12 TAKE HEED, Brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
As I ask the strays, “What’s this bleating I hear,” Shalom aleichem Siblings in YESHUA
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A Horse With NO Name
November 25, 2021
First Samuel 27 – 31 Matthew 12
Matthew 12:49 And HE YESHUA stretched forth HIS hand
toward HIS Disciples, and said,
Behold MY Mother and MY brethren!
[no name given… not even (especially that of) Mary!]
Matthew 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of MY Father
[Who is NOT listed with those of NO name]
which is in Heaven, [those who DO HIS will]
the same is MY Brother, and Sister, and Mother
[those, to whom YESHUA stretched forth HIS hand, are ALL ISRAELIS!].
Do ya really think YESHUA is planning to marry HIS Mother? YESHUA’s Father, Whom we KNOW BY NAME, is ALREADY married to YESHUA’s Mother, per:
Jeremiah 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children [“backsliding” is NOT an option ever mentioned for the “Bride of CHRIST” anywhere in the New Testament!], saith the LORD [H3068 YHVH “self-existent Jewish national NAME of GOD”]; for I YHVH The FATHER am married unto you Israel: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion [the realm of TOTAL HEALING! for The FATHER’s MARRIAGE as well as the marriage of the SON with HIS BRIDE = HIS BODY which has been “marred” beyond recognition!!! per Isaiah 52:14… The BODY with no name]:
This trek, “thru the desert on a horse with no name,” has long been penned by The LORD’s Prophets of old; and, if we read HIS WORD in quiet solitude, repeatedly-without-ceasing, we hear the sounds and we see the LIGHT. Please understand that I most certainly do NOT hold the proverbial candle to David; and yet, when the transparency of my life is laid upon David’s, I (for one) see a realm which is totally oblivious to the vast majority. The last 5 chapters of First Samuel, 27 – 31, are the blueprint/roadmap upon which I seem to be traveling AND in very vague form, have traveled. Family has been a disaster! From age 4, I was always the step-kid. Sometimes I identify with Jephthah, in Judges chapters 11 & 12. Again, I do NOT hold a candle to Jephthah, nor was my Mother an harlot per se; never the less, the rejection by ½ siblings has been painful. My time in the military was not that of being a “valiant warrior,” as David and Jephthah; and yet, in retrospect, I see The LORD’s namely YHVH’s hand on my LIFE sustaining me when all odds would have had me dead! As I continue this trek “thru the desert,” the throat of my Spirit is often dry and even parched and the temptation to wither and hush takes me by SAND STORM! It’s the LIVES of my ETERNAL Siblings that show me The WAY upon which to travel on… even if I am their HALF Sibling (having the same FATHER but different Mothers :o))) These things embrace and hug my eternal Spirit. THANK YOU ABBA PAPA — on this day of Thanksgiving! ken Todah!! (yes Thank YOU!!!)
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I have dedicated five parts to the subject of food. I could easily extend that to fifty parts, but that is not the design of these lessons. These lessons are intended to expose at least some of the "taken for granted" teaching that is passed from one generation to the next. We have discussed some of the "knee jerk" Scriptures used to allegedly prove that God is not interested in the physical, only the spiritual. Before we launch into Vayikra 11 (Leviticus) I would like to begin with a basic principle that is used in 1 Corinthians 15. I cannot assure you that this verse, or at least my understanding of this verse, is applicable in every doctrinal area, but I do believe it is a general principle, and is used by both Yeshua and Sha’ul. In 1 Cor 15:45-46 Sha’ul says, "And so it is written, The first man, Adam, was made a life giving soul; the last Adam was made a life-giving spirit. However, that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual." The comparison is Adam (natural) and Yeshua (the last Adam, spiritual). Laying the contexual teaching aside, I would like to focus on the principle of natural coming before spiritual. I do not believe that this is teaching on the nature of God, but rather the order of the matter/spirit relationship. The physical creation is a model from which we derive spiritual insight. Let me give a few examples. God the Father is spirit. Spirit is invisible and unseen, and virtually incomprehensible to man. God knew this in advance, so he gave instructions for the design, function, and responsibilities of earthly fathers. When this picture is obeyed we can see how the heavenly Father is pictured. If the earthly father paradigm or model is perverted, then we get a perverted, untrustworthy picture of the heavenly Father. This is why we must remain faithful to God's design of earthly fathers. Another example is in Yochanan (John) chapter 3. Yeshua uses the physical birth to be a model of the spiritual birth. Spiritual birth is like the wind that blows where it will, and no one knows where it comes from. If you can grasp the physical birth, you can begin to see the spiritual, for it is a picture of the spiritual. This is why Yeshua said to Nicodemus in verse 12, "If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you heavenly things?" We could do dozens and dozens of lessons on just this subject. When you grasp what I am saying you will see these pictures everywhere. God placed His unseen nature as a picture in His feasts, the new moons, the Sabbath, the Mazzaroth, the furnishings in the tabernacle, the marriage, the parent/child relationship, the harvest cycles, the sons of Jacob, the talit, and in a pivotal crucifixtion two thousand years ago. When these physical models and pictures are grasped and the "spiritual" is seen, then the physical picture is filled with purpose and meaning. "FOR THE INVISIBLE THINGS OF HIM FROM THE CREATION OF THE WORLD ARE CLEARLY SEEN, BEING UNDERSTOOD BY THE THINGS THAT ARE MADE, EVEN HIS ETERNAL POWER AND GODHEAD, SO THAT THEY ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE;..."
God placed spiritual insight into the natural things. This is a subject that I will go into great detail on in next lessons, which will be on the tabernacle and it's furnishings.
Food is an everyday, common occurrence. This is why I have spent so much time discussing it. It is a vital part of our existence. Chinese polka bands are not, so that is why I will not spend any time discussing them. We all agree that we need food in order to sustain life. So do you think God would have something to say about this subject? Do you think that He would be interested in what we should put in our stomachs and what we should not? Do you believe for a minute that He created all things to be eaten? Do you think that perhaps some of His living creation has another purpose other than human consumption? From the beginning God put a difference between various entities of His creation. Plant life was distinguished from animal life, and animal life from human life. The celestial bodies were distinct from earthly bodies. The creatures of the sea were different from the fowl of the heavens. Cattle was distinct from creeping things. Adam was created male and Eve was created female. The tree of life was distinct from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The seed of the woman was different than the seed of the serpent. Abel's offering was distinct from Cain's. Noah's family was different than the rest of the inhabitants of the earth. When Noah was to enter the ark, the Lord made a distinction between animals that were clean and animals that were not clean (Bereshith [Genesis] 7:2). God has a distinct design and purpose for all of His creation. The English word "clean" is taken from the Hebrew word taher. The word clean is as good a word as any to describe the meaning of taher. This word is rarely understood in it's context however. It is commonly misunderstood to speak of ritual only. To be unclean is commonly associated with sin or transgression. This is not always the case. When you read these words in context you will begin to see why God uses this word. For example, unclean things are not unclean to other unclean things. Kinda confusing? As you trace out "clean and unclean" you will see that God instructs us as to what is unclean for you and me. For example we are told in Vayikra 11 over and over again that certain animals are UNCLEAN UNTO YOU. Vayikra [Leviticus] 11:4 says, "...the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is UNCLEAN UNTO YOU.... In verse 7 the Lord states, "And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be cloven-footed, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is UNCLEAN TO YOU." In contrast He says in verse 9, "These shall ye EAT of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them SHALL YE EAT." So, in speaking to humans He says that some things are unclean to you and others you may eat. A pig is not declared unclean to another pig. A camel is not unclean to a bear or to a pear for that matter. God is defining taher by it's context. He is declaring what is good, healthy, and holy for you. Notice in Bereshith 7:2, the Lord declares, "Of every clean (taher) beast thou shalt TAKE TO THEE by sevens, the male and his female; and of beasts that are NOT CLEAN by two, the male and his female." Notice that the beasts that are not clean Noah and his family are not to take "unto themselves". God makes a distinction between clean and not clean long before the "Law of Moses".
In the scholarly circles of modern Judaism there is much diversity of opinion in why God separated out certain animals from others. All of them see the fundamental differences in their physiology. Some draw somewhat mystical and ritualistic differences. As you peruse Vayikra [Leviticus] chapter 11, you will see several qualifications concerning human consumption. You will begin to see a pattern for God's instructions, and the reason for not eating certain kinds will become clear. The qualifications for clean animals is basically two things. They must chew the cud and split the hoof. Now we could go on and on, as many commentators in this area do, about the details of these two conditions. But I will cut to the chase. In general, animals that split the hoof are not meat eaters. They are basically docile vegetarians. They do not contaminate themselves with diseased meat or rotting corpses. They eat the grains of the field, grass and vegetation. In addition, they chew the cud, which basically means they digest their food an extra step. When you eat an animal that splits the hoof and chews the cud, you are eating what it ate, which is thoroughly digested vegetation. When you eat a meat-eating animal, you are also eating what it ate, which is who knows what. Meat-eating animals are not generally picky about what they tear to pieces or find laying along the road. What they digested you eventually eat as well. In other words, you are what you eat. This is generally speaking, of course. There are still a few animals that are being argued about today. In the area of the sea creatures and fish, you will notice basically the same thing. Creatures such as crab, lobster, or shrimp are bottom feeders of the sea, in general. They creep along the sea bed and scarf up whatever floats to the bottom. For the most part the scaled fish swim near the top and do no eat the scum from the bottom of the seas. The same is true with the fowl, in general. The birds that are not to be eaten are hunters and tear away the flesh of their prey.
There is a lot of room for pet peeve anecdotes and certain species which seem to fly in the face of these commands. There are, of course, many "clean" animals today that have been shot up with steriods and other drugs, and are no more healthy than many of the "unclean" animals. Many places where chickens are processed are disgusting. But this is due to man's greedy nature to increase profits and not a result in the nature of pigs or chickens. The "CROSS" did not change the basic nature of the animal kingdom. The cross provided "the way" for the change in OUR sinful nature, not for a change in our diet. I would suggest a careful perusal of some of the books available in various Messianic and Orthodox Jewish ministries. There are much more profound and scientific (if that's what you desire) answers to this discussion than I can provide. I only want to stir up a little anger for what Christians have been traditionally taught. I believe and teach with all that is within me that God is smarter that we are. He is eternally smarter. He can introduce instructions 3500 years ago that can have the same impact and relevance to our lives today as they did when He gave them. In fact, if you have read or listened to the "How Then Shall We Live" series, you know that we need them more today than yesterday because of entropy. God gave "natural" commands for the natural, as long as the natural exists. When there comes a time, and soon it will be, that we are transformed spirit, soul, AND body, then "spiritual" instructions will continue for all that is spiritual. God is not ignorant! He knows just exactly how long the "natural" will be around.
Beginning next week, and I do mean next week, I am going to start a series on the tabernacle and it's relevance to our lives. I will cover the Most Holy Place, the Holy Place, the court and all the furniture, coverings and construction. I promise that this will be a very informative study, and one that can add to your present knowledge of this important subject.
Shalom Alecheim! [Peace be upon you!]
by haRold Smith
a citizen of the Commonwealth (Ephesians 2:19)
"Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My Covenant (commandments), then you shall be MY OWN POSS