Messianic Whatchamacallit!

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ImageI’ve got a new blog! It’s called “spiritfilledhebraicmindset.com. You may be able to find it by googling it but don’t look at it on your mobile device yet because it looks discombobulated. I will be doing links but right now there are none. I am wanting a messianic fellowship in our area that is cell group based. That means we are working very hard to put those things in place and overcome issues (there can be so many in a home setting that can detract from serving Yahweh. It’s all those darn “other” messianic whatchamacallits...) Why is this part red??

I am encouraged that there are also many other small fellowships that are trying to be “concentrated-orange juice” small groups without compromising their doctrine, and who also, are multiplying by discipling others.

So my blog really is about the subject of the .com name, but it has our small group name as the title page…Upper Room Messianic Fellowship. There are so many groups and congregations that have begun one way and end up another. I’m hoping that the vision (which He tells us to write down and I have) does  not get adjusted unless I did not understand the vision. I believe the Ruach CHodesh inside me will lead me. You always  have to believe that.

I found, however, a wonderful summary on IHOP’s web site (International House of Prayer) about the history of the messianic movement. I’m linking here.

http://www.stucom.nl/document/0122uk.pdf

The two top things that propelled this movement to what it is today is found on page 14 of the document (if you want to skip all of it for time’s sake), are history and evangelism. Awesome! Ie., the Six Day War and the Jesus Movement.

However, I found a disgruntled believer (not that that’s bad) here that said that the whole concept (Daniel Juster) was wrong or disallusioning. I’m posting that here. http://www.seedofabraham.net/gmesjud.html

Summary: The whole idea of messianic Judaism was to win the Jews to Messiah. Now the author of this is Avram Yehoshua. I didn’t realize this until I observed the author’s name…I’ve met him and his wife. They are really pretty solid folks but I am telling you, he is an evangelist! If anyone is around him in a restarant or book store or coffee shop, they will get a gospel message from him. That’s why I find this so hilarious! His point: Don’t just do this to win the Jews. Do the things you do for Him because He said to do them. Check them both out! Some of these articles are dated but still timely.

A real marriage will change you because you are joined to another person.  The wife, she must learn to obey her husband. The  husband, He must clearly convey his desires and expectations to His wife. (But)We know that man gets in the way.

Aye, there’s the rub. What is He telling you today about gatherings and structure and doctrine for the return of Messiah? I think He wants a Hebraic bride. What does that mean? All the Jewish trappings put on a gentile bride? Or does He want her to just listen to Him and stay true to the covenant?

Great articles here both of them. Enjoy!

 

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Jubilee, Yom Kippur and Isaiah 61

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I really have no idea what I stared to say here. Maybe I started writing this with heavy eyelids and keyboard under my fingertips. Maybe I woke up with keyboard tongues hxhdhssjj and stumbled up to bed and was blissfully unaware that I didn’t communicate a single thing about the subject here.

So sorry if you googled this and nothing is here!

It doesn’t matter. It could be like Mozarts unfinished symphony. So until it’s finished, I’ll just say ” thanks for stopping by!”

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This week’s Torah Portion, Behar (‘on the Mount’), is primarily about the seventh year Sabbaths and the year of Jubilee.  Leviticus 25 gives us many details of this joyous event of freedom that was commanded to occur every

From Wiki:Shofar...  Old Jerusalem Yochanan ben Zakkai synagogue - A flask of oil and a shofar for the anointing of the eagerly-awaited Mashiach.[1] From Wiki:Shofar… Old Jerusalem Yochanan ben Zakkai synagogue – A flask of oil and a shofar for the anointing of the eagerly-awaited Mashiach.[1] 50 years in Israel’s calendar.  On this date that began a Sabbatical year, slaves received freedom, debts were cancelled and land was returned to families who might have lost it during difficult circumstances.  What joy!

In our Torah study today at Davar Chaim, I pondered aloud the juxtaposition of this first day of Jubilees occurring on Yom Kippur, traditionally a day of mourning, of ashes, and of weakness induced by fasting.  Here is the verse,

‘You are also to count off seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven…

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Messianic Whatchamacallit!

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Messianic Whatchamacallit!

Home fellowships have their challenges but also great rewards, too. I came into what was called “shepherding groups” in the early 70’s when God was doing amazing things in the body of Messiah. I didn’t have any kind of philosophy or “theology” about home groups then so i just experienced it.  I liked that it wasn’t “churchy” and also that young people were sitting on the floor (i was one of them).

I liked (and still do) the wisdom of older believers right there…ie., easy access. It’s a lot different asking questions in a living room than tapping somone on the shoulder after church who is on their way out to have lunch with their favorite church friends. There’s a type of question that requires thoughtful, unhurried answer. That’s what home groups provide.

Many churches today have “cell groups”. I don’t feel safe in them because they are not the primary vehicle of the church for ministry, prayer, prophecy, teaching, or evangelism.  It’s low budget, non flashy, low key, spontaneous, more corrective, greater opportunity to explore topics and have questions, (more  hands on), and excellent for teaching children.

Children. Ah yes. Children. That is the rub! Children running around in a large church building versus trashing your living room. Yes. That is something we need to come to grips with in cell groups. I like to bring children into the worship first (after we’ve had a fellowship meal), ask them to play “instruments”, sing or dance. Then I like to do a teaching just for them, either twice a month or every week, whatever parents prefer. I use the Torah teachings right now because they are so easy for me to find something to teach them. I lead them to Jesus through the Torah. Or, to the Father through Jesus. It usually works out that way.

Then while parents are grappling with deep Torah subjects, we prefer older children stay and do activities nearby, and younger ones can go lay down if it’s late and a night time Shabbat fellowship.

If it’s a Saturday fellowship, we do a craft with them on a table nearby and then usually I take them outside to help them release some of their energy.

The problem we adults have is that we love to get into deep and somewhat “too technical for children” subjects while they are there.

I haven’t resolved this issue. On one hand, we want the children to see how excited the adults are to study the word and to be hands on with it, but on the other hand, they are misbehaving or just being extremely squirmy.

I’ve watched teacher videos and most of the time, when they want to get children’s attention, they break up the subject into small bites but allow children to see other children completing a project. Say, for example, “Look, Johnny has completed his picture”. So you actually have to have goals for each child and the group as a whole in order for them to stay engaged.

Sometimes, i don’t care if they stay engaged. Some parents are perfectly fine allowing their kids to play outside unsupervised during the Bible study and prayer time. I’m a little uneasy about that. I am always thinking, “I don’t want anything horrible to happen to someone’s children during a fellowship in my home…”

So I haven’t dealt with that. And we haven’t even talked about children who have serious problems.Just normally super active and sometimes, easily bored children.

Any of you with home ministries and suggestions about children’s ministry in the home…comments are welcome!

Shalom to the children too!

I got Shekinah on my mind!

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It’s been awhile since I posted anything but my time is spent getting my house ready to go on the market. I’m terrified at times, because my house was severely negected by the co-owner, who happened to be my husband.

He is with Jesus now, fully clothed, in his right mind and talking to Him so my fears are squashed and no longer necessary. I used to lay awake at night thinking, “What if this or that happens? This is going to be so expensive to repair!” But through a two year journey, I have been able to get my “house in order” with the help of not so expensive handy men, a sweet mom and daughters, sisters and insurance claims that came through!

I felt as if the Lord told me to “get my house in order” awhile back and I was avoiding going to the house and going through all the stuff my husband and I shared for 35 years. We were separated for nine, but I had fully expected that God would restore our marriage here on earth. It did not happen as I imagined it would, but God has been faithful to help me through with His amazing promises, prophetic words, His eternal written Word, and family and friends.

Some of you know that I desperately needed structure so I am reading the traditional Torah portions. The Torah portions for the month all have to do with plans for the tabernacle in the wilderness, the instructions, the implementing of those instructions and the raising of the tabernacle and ordaining of those who were to officiate in the tabernacle.  There is a lot of detail in these portions, (see Exodus, Chap. 25-38) It’s kind of amazing how the Israelites arrived at this place.

According to Hebrew4Christains website owner, John Parsons, God commanded Moses to build the tabernacle on the first day of the first month of the second year since they had left Egypt. So they didn’t have a tabernacle for awhile. They had Moses tent.

It’s kind of complicated trying to figure out chronology of stuff in Exodus (for me), but one thing stuck out and that was that Moses commanded the tabernacle to be erected the day after Yom Kippur or Tishri 11. That’s right in between the first two of the fall feasts and last fall feasts which is Sukkot or Tabernacles. Hmmm.

Something just hit me when I was looking at that. I’ve shared with different folks that the easiest way for me to understand the feasts was with a bridal paradigm. 

Carlos Semientos, a minister that was interviewed by Sid Roth said it well. From Genesis to Revelation, the whole Bible is about a wedding. Genesis is about the first man and woman. The first miracle that Jesus did was at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Ephesians 5 talks about the mystery of Christ and His church (as a bride). Revelation 22 says “The Spirit and the Bride say come!”

I had thought about the seven feasts and how this correlates. I see it this way. Passover is the proposal. (It’s part of the haggadah and called “The Invitation”. The first fruits is the joy of the Bridegroom because His bride said “Yes”. He goes to His Father to tell Him the good news. Shavuot is the down payment or bride price. Then everything is ramped up when He returns to get His bride. Rosh hashanah or Yom Teruah is the blast when the groom comes back for His bride. Ancient Middle eastern weddings (in Israel) have all the symbolism that this feast day implies. Yom Kippur is the day “of covering”. When the bride and the groom come under the Chuppah and are formerly married. Five days elapse. The groom and the bride dwell together. 

When I saw that the tabernacle was ordered to be built the day after Yom Kippur, I couldn’t help but think about how God is raising up a dwelling of God in the Spirit. I always understood that after the groom proposes, he and his father would set about to build a house in which  the bride and groom will reside. I always thought of this as the long period between Shavuot and Rosh Hashana as the time when the groom is readying the house.

There’s also another picture here. It took six months for the architects of the tabernacle to assemble everything; the furniture, tabernacle itself, the priest’s and the high priest’s garments, the oil and incense, etc.  That is in the Torah portion called “Pekudei”.Then it was dedicated on the day of Issac’s birth (what a picture of the Messiah!), according to the rabbis.

What’s interesting to me about this, is what does the erecting of the tabernacle the day after Yom Kippur have to do with the waiting period between Shavuot and Yom Teruah? And there are FIVE days between Yom Kippur and Tabernacles.  There was six months between the commandment to build the tabernacle and the actual erecting of it. I know that Messiah is building a home for His bride. He’s getting it ready. Six months is like the six days of creation. The seventh He rested. The Miskan comes from a word that means “to rest” (lishkan). That is because the tabernacle was the resting place for the Shekinah glory. Some of you may have ideas. This could be an online midrash! chime in!

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Moshe and Yeshua

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Yes, I am one of those that use Hebrew names for those guys in the Bible. But to be fair, I use both in ordinary conversation, because I have since come to terms with the idea that I am part of a transition generation. I say Jesus/Yeshua, Torah/Bible, the “feasts of the Lord” vs. Christmas, Easter and whatever. It’s okay. I just have to make people understand that we are in a Christian culture that zealously protects what they know about Jesus just in case these new terms will be anti-Christian. I understand that. So, for the sake of any readers, i’ll put both. I use the name “Jesus” because that is the name by which I was born again. So if you are one who says “That’s not the name His mommy called HIm”, that’s okay. He speaks a lot of different languages, and He understands my native language.

The Torah/Bible portion called Shemot, which is the first four chapters of Exodus, provided me with much opportunity for research. I learned that there are about 30 comparisons between Jesus and Moses, and I learned about Egyptian culture and history.

If you go to John Parson’s website Hebrew4Christians.com you will find an excellent rundown of those comparisons. Click here:http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Articles/Like_Moses/like_moses.html.

I  noticed however that Moses and Yeshua/Jesus were not alike in some ways. from the get go. To start with, they both experienced  different encounters with Yahweh in the wilderness/desert. Moses calling was at the burning bush, when he entered into his “ministry”, and Yeshua was launched after an encounter with the devil. So if you are going to compare the two, I think it’s only fair to think about the differences.

So the first difference was the way they received their calling. A second difference has to do with the authority with which they spoke. Remember, Moses was timid when told by Yahweh to tell Pharoah to “let My people go”…

But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Exodus 4:10

And the fact that Yahweh was not pleased with him that he was shying away from the mission:..

Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15 You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth, and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do. 16 He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and you shall be as God to him. 17 And take in your hand this staff, with which you shall do the signs.” Exodus 4:14

Contrast this with Yeshua:

For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Matt. 7:29

And they were all amazed, and spoke among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out. – Luke 4:36 .

We’ll talk about this in a moment.

The third way, was that Moses was from the tribe of Levi and Yeshua, from the tribe of Judah. Two different tribes that fulfill two different purposes.

The last way, is an obvious difference. Moses did not go into the promised land. Joshua did. Now, Joshua, y’hoshua’s name means: He is salvation: Yeshua’s name means “He is salvation” (Yahweh + He saves). Hebrew students can correct it they wish. Bottom line is that Moses did not lead the children of Israel into the Land of Promise because he was not supposed to. I know this causes lots of theological conundrums, but there it is, folks. Do you also see that here is a shadow picture of Messiah, for no one truly finds peace or rest, except in Messiah.

The things that I find though, for me are the more profound things that reveal  truth about our Messiah. I found more interesting things when I looked up the word “led” as in “Yeshua was led into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.”, which kind of leads us back to the beginning of this article.

It is also just a little path, that leads to our Messiah but it’s such a lovely path. Put your walking shoes on and let’s go. First. a little night music. 🙂

This is from Chabad.org. This is something that will be necessary background for what I’ve discovered with a word study.

And G-d said to Noah… Come into the ark (7:1)

The Hebrew word for “ark,” teivah, also means “word.” “Come into the word,” says G-d; enter within the words of prayer and Torah study. Here you will find a sanctuary of wisdom, meaning and holiness amidst the raging floodwaters of life.

(Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov)

Behold, I will bring the flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life from under heaven; every thing that is on the earth shall die. But with you will I establish My covenant; and you shall come into the ark, you, and your sons, and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.

Gen 7:1      And the LORD 3068 said 559 unto Noah 5146, Come 935 thou and all thy house 1004 into the ark8392; for thee have I seen 7200 righteous 6662 before me 6440 in this 2088 generation 1755.

Noah’s ark (and also the ark that Moses was placed in) are called in Hebrew teyvat (ship).

Ah. Gets me to my next point…the word “led”, which gets us into deeper waters.

Yeshua was led of the spirit into the wilderness. Matthew 4:1. The word for “led” means to “let loose, launch, set sail”. This is a word that has nautical overtones. So the Father set His son on a journey. It was His journey to the cross. There were waves to encounter, there was doldrums, there was mutiny among the crew members, and there might be even sea monsters! He didn’t waver, however, but it was written in the volume of the book, “Behold I have come to do Your will, Oh God.”

So Yeshua was “launched” (like a ship/boat) and “set sail” like a ship/boat. Or maybe, launched like an “ark”?

Recapping: Rabbis teach that when we come to the Torah, we are beckoned to “come into the ark”. The word of God saves us! Come into Yeshua/Jesus! The Word of God saves us!

The living Torah/word! Yeshua!

Down by the riverside.

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The Torah portion, called Ki Tavo, or “when you go in” prepares the Israelites for entrance into the promised land.  God tells Moses to instruct the people how to honor God and His greatness in giving them the promised land by performing a ritual once they were in the land. It was officiated by Joshua (Yehoshua)who also circumcised the men prior to them inheriting their blessing. So Moses tells them that this is what you do when you go into the land. They were to build this special altar with twelve stones and cover it with plaster. Then, six tribes would go on one mountain (Mt. Ebal) and six would go on the other (Mt. Gerizim) and they were to rehearse the blessings and the cursings from the two mountains, with the priests and the ark in between the mountains. It was as if God was giving them a second matan Torah, or a second giving and acceptance of the Torah in the land, since the second generation did not experience the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai as their fathers did.

This makes me think that Yahweh was giving a shadow picture of the generation that would see the Second matan Torah, in the person of Yeshua Ha Mashiach. He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Torah is life. Yeshuah is the Living Torah.

My thoughts, however, were not completely about this, but about the Jordan River. My mother, who normally doesn’t enjoy preachers on TV as a rule, accidentally turned on a channel that had a preacher talking about Naaman,a military commander who served the King of Syria, probably King Benhadad II, around 800-700 B.C.. The story in Kings  records that this commander had contracted leprosy and had decided to go to Israel at the advice of a little captive, Jewish girl, for healing. He originally goes to the King of Israel for healing, because of a communication breakdown, but is redirected to the prophet Elisha. He went to the prophet and he tells him to dip in the Jordan River seven times. First of all, it seems he is too proud to go to the Jordan, expecting Elisha to call upon his God in some fashion.

The preacher in this program was asking his audience, “Why Jordan?” The reason this preacher seems somewhat perplexed, is because he had actually been in the river Jordan, and had baptized many in that river. But he said, “I had to have great faith to go in that river because,for one thing, it is muddy and for another thing, something bit my legs while I was baptizing.” So the preacher sounded like he was saying that the Jordan was not the most pristine site for baptism…and maybe didn’t feel very spiritual.
I was wondering if the Jordan river was as nasty as he described it when Yeshua was baptized in it. A quick search on Rabbi Google found the answer for me. Wikipedia describes the river in terms of the impact humans have had on it. Apparently Syria, Jordan and Israel have seriously damaged the ecosystem and flow of the river, which provides 40% of the fresh water to Israel, 70% of which is used for agriculture.

The point is, that it may not have been so nasty when Yeshua was baptized in it. So what is the significance of the river Jordan? Why is it so important?

On the surface, many significant things have happened in or near the Jordan. Yarden, Hebrew for Jordan means descender. Physically, it is the river that runs from the roots of Anti-Lebanon to the Dead Sea a distance of approx 200 miles (320 km) Here’s more from Blue Letter Bible.com on the meaning of Jordan:
to go down, descend, decline, march down, sink down
a) (Qal)
1) to go or come down
2) to sink
3) to be prostrated
4) to come down (of revelation)
b) (Hiphil)
1) to bring down
2) to send down
3) to take down
4) to lay prostrate
5) to let down
c) (Hophal)
1) to be brought down
2) to be taken down
It is the river that  made Abraham become a Hebrew, or Ivrit, or “one who crosses over”, or “one from beyond”.(Gen 12), because Shechem is the city he visits after crossing the Jordan)  Why did Abraham have ears to hear God in that sea of idolatry and paganism? But he did, and God made covenant with him. So it is the place of leaving the old way of life (leave your people and your family) and finding a new “city whose architect and builder is God”. So it is a going to a new city, and becoming (‘I’m assuming here) a citizen of that city…God’s city, where things are done “God’s way”. It is leaving behind that emotional and spiritual connection that took one “away” from God, because it was so steeped in paganism.

The second occurrence of a Jordan event is in Gen 13. Strife between Abraham and his nephew, Lot and his herdsmen causes…well, strife! So, Abraham displays wisdom and a kind of pick-your-battles attitude. He tells Lot, “Let’s not make this an ongoing feud, pick the best of the land and I’ll take what’s left”. So Lot picks his side, toward Sodom and Gomorrah. So the Jordan is a place of separating ways, dividing lines, setting boundaries.

The next “Jordan” event in Genesis 50, is the funeral of Jacob (who had been renamed Israel) was buried beyond the Jordan somewhere. there was a great mourning there. Think about that. Jacob, who was renamed Israel, was greatly mourned…a great mourning.. Is this a picture of the Holocaust? Whatever the case, I see this as the place where Israel will be resurrected…in Messiah Yeshua.

It was the place where battles ensued when the Israelites crossed over to possess the land. So it is the place of insurrection…but also the place of victory, because Yahweh gave them tremendous victory over their enemies.

It is the place where decisions were made about finishing the job.  Two tribes and the half tribe that wanted land east of the Jordan, but Joshua told them they had to help the rest of the tribes first. So, they left wives and children, fought with their brothers, but not before they built a large altar on its banks as “a witness” between them and the other tribes Joshua 22:10. They agreed not to settle down and enjoy the land until the rest of the tribes had taken possession.

It is also the place where Jacob crosses over to make amends with Esau. So it is a place of “making restitution”. by “changing directions”. Jacob actually went back to return to Esau and ask for forgiveness.

It is also spoken of in this Torah portion and it is the place where the blessings and the curses are recited on the two mountains, Ebal and Gerizim.  So the significance here is that the Israelites should take stock of sorts and also to recite those things that Yahweh deemed important in their relationship with Him, because He wanted to bless them, but they will end up not wanting those blessings as much as He wanted to give them to them. It is the valley of decision where choices must be made with the understanding of the consequences of those choices, both good and bad.

The Jordan is also prominent in the story of Naaman , with the detail of him being “baptized”, or mikvahed, and HEALED in the river Jordan. So the Jordan is a place of healing.

The Jordan is the place where Yahweh instructs Moses to make provision for the Levites. So it is a place for ministry to find a home and provision to make service unto God, for the people, to the people and to their God.

Deuteronomy 3:17, is the place where Moses is instructed he can’t cross over, because of his reaction at the rock that he struck. It is a place for a new generation with a new calling. The old guard is finished with the task at hand and the Lord is handing over the reigns to someone that he chooses. It’s time for Moses to enter his rest.

It, like the Sea of Reeds, also became a place for miracles, when Yahweh, through Joshua, causes it to dry up long enough for the priests and the Israelites to cross over. An important fact, also, in this crossing is that the priests were instructed to stand still with the ark while the children of Israel crossed over. Why didn’t the Israelites become mired in mud? There’s no mention of mud, unless Yahweh also dried up the land-crossing completely! I love the part where the priests only have to put their feet in the Jordan, and by that very prophetic act,the water flow changes direction or becomes “heaped up!”

In Judges 8, Gideon crosses over the Jordan with his famous army of 300, in pursuit of those who were ravaging Israel. A champion crosses over the Jordan. A place for victory that beat the odds.

It is the place where breaches occurred, when the enemies of Israel, the Ammonites, were oppressing them by crossing the Jordan to trouble and harass them. But once again, God raised up another champion, Jephthah.

The Jordan is mentioned again, in a story where Saul presumes upon the prophet’s office by offering an unauthorized sacrifice.

In 2 Sam. 18, David escapes the wicked intentions of his own son, Absalom by crossing over the Jordan. A double agent by the name of Hushai, persuades people to take his advice over another, and gives David and his people time. So the Jordan is a place of deliverance.

In Kings, Elijah dwells next to a tributary brook from the Jordan and the ravens feed him there, by word of the Lord, showing that God is our provider and can do it in unusual ways.

And, how awesome is this: Elisha receives his mantle from Elijah as he ascends in his fiery chariot…by the Jordan!

2 Kings 7, tells the story of lepers, who were outcasts anyway and had nothing to lose by doing a scouting expedition into enemy territory, only to find that there was ample provision, not only for them but for those who were starving in their city. Ahem. Shadow picture here.

Matthew 3, Johanan is preaching a fiery message and calling people to repent, with fruits of repentance, and to be washed in the waters of the Jordan. By the way, a true mikvah or baptism must be with living water, that is a natural reservoir of water that is replenished and moving.

And Jesus (Yeshau) when He is baptized, causes the heavens to be opened unto Him. Now there it stops. No mention of the Jordan at all in the rest of the scriptures.

I wonder if that was by divine design! Shalom Chaverim!

Under the Waterfall

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It’s not unusual for people to misunderstand folks in the messianic movement, when those folks aren’t acquainted with Greek terms and a Hebraic mindset. I’ve been accused of saying that “Jewish people will go to heaven because they are Jewish” and some say to me,”you feel like you need to obey all these old testament things because you’ve been bewitched into thinking that Jesus is not enough”.  I understand this mindset but I am not about that life. Pure and simple. I am about following Jesus. Repent and believe the gospel. All of it.

Let’s face it. We’ve had a communication breakdown. There are words that are misunderstood today that block all communication efforts. One of those words is “law”.

 There was a song in the seventies by Vineyard Music folks and it was called “Under the waterfall”. I loved that song and used to play it on my guitar during personal worship times. Those were times when God seemed to be “tenderizing” His people to receive more of Him than they had previously known. This was done via intimate worship and what some called, “times of soaking”, so that we learned not to be a hurry in God’s presence and that He was all we needed. and that He had more. He always had more.

Those amazing corporate times when  the Spirit would flow dramatically were unforgettable and changed my life forever. I knew I was a lively stone not a pew warmer. None of that has changed for me. 

What has changed for me is that I realize that certain things are being put in place to guard and direct and honor that waterfall.  yes, honor the waterfall. You know, Yahweh was not happy when Moses did not speak to the rock, but instead struck it.  Man’s wrath does not accomplish the will of God. He told Moses that He did not sanctify His name in front of the congregation of Israel, because he struck the rock. I want to speak to the rock. I want to speak His language with His inflection and with His anointing.

I am again a kind of paradoxical person because I believe in the gifts of the Spirit and I believe in the ten commandments. The word itself tells us that the law is “spiritual” and the law is “holy”.  (Rom. 7:14 and Rom. Rom. 7:12) 

I did a study of the letter Bet, the second letter of the Hebrew alephbet. Grant Luton is the author of a wonderful book about the Hebrew alephbet. I learned from him that Yeshua (Jesus’ Hebrew name) is in the first word of the Torah..bereshit, or “in the beginning”. You can break down the word bereshit into simpler components. The bet-yod-tav in bereshit spells “bayeet” in Hebrew or “house’. The other remaining letters spelled, resh-aleph-shin,or “rosh” which means “head”. Jesus/Yeshua refers to Himself as the head of the house in Matt. 10:25. 

I also learned that the creation of the Torah scroll parallels the creation (bereshit-in the beginning) of the world. A Jewish legend (now, don’t get your hackles up when I say this) says that the letter Bet (the SECOND letter of the Hebrew alephbet) was chosen to create both. In true Jewish midrashic style (storytelling style), the letters are animated and jump off God’s crown and all vie to be the first letter in the Torah. God chose “bet” because, bet said,  “all creation will use me to bless You”..Indeed, the word “bless” in Hebrew starts with Bet (baruch). Yes, Obama’s name. Hmmm. Live up to your name sir.

Now, aleph, standing maybe, over to the side,is thinking, “What do I do?” God says, “Because you were silent (Aleph is a silent letter) and did not compete with the others, I will make you the first letter in my ten commandments (Hadevarim).

So Bet is the first letter in the Torah and Aleph is the first letter in the ten commandments: “Anokhi, Adonai eloheyka, I am the Lord your God…”   John Parsons notes that there are three different versions of the ten commandments, depending on whether you are Jewish, Catholic,or protestant! http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Scripture/Torah/Ten_Cmds/ten_cmds.html

Now I can’t say this any better than Grant luton, but here’s my point: quote:

“This part of oral tradition illustrates a Jewish idea that is biblical. The rabbis teach that the Torah is spiritual in essence, and is merely clothed with parchment and ink.”

What was our Messiah but the word made flesh, God clothed in humankind. The walking Torah. Why would we reject God’s Torah, His instructions? We are rejecting Him. 

You see, the Pharisees “sat” in the seat of Moses (Matt. 23:2). That was an “exalted seat” according to the Greek definition of “the seat of Moses”. I went to a video where in-your-face Rood Awakening, Bible teacher, Michael John Rood, is sitting in a stone seat that is found in some synagogues and called “the seat of Moses”. He was explaining that ancient synagogues had such seats. It was like, ‘the hot seat’!.

What does Moses represent? He was God’s lawgiver, having gone up to Mt. Sinai and brought down the ten commandments written by God’s own finger. He brought them to Israel. Moses set up the first tabernacle. He represents the old testament and was a mediator between God and Israel.

So when the scribes and Pharisees sat “in the seat of Moses” they were saying, “We have authority to interpret the law and Moses”. They were the gatekeepers.

When Jesus went about living a Torah style life before the people, the Torah of Yahweh, He was challenged by the leaders of Israel…and He would respond to their criticism. He would day “by your traditions, you have made null the word of God (Yahweh). 

This is just one of the things that I love about my Jesus. He loved His Father’s torah…instruction. He came not to do His own will, but the One who sent Him. Oh how He loved His Father!

I want to love Jesus like the Father loves Jesus. I want to love the Father like Jesus loves the Father. They are one! He prayed that we may be one as He and His Father are one. 

You know what i think? I think God is going to answer His prayer. Or we’re all in a lot of trouble! ImageLove~Light~Jesus!