To my Dad, David Joseph Lawson, who recently asked his mishpachah (family) to study Psalms 1, and pray over each family member from it this month (February). As a young child, he had my sister and I memorize this Psalms, it has remained engraved on my heart since then. Thank you Dad, for this gift. Now some 35-40 years later this study has further circumcised my heart and illuminated my path, taking me straight to our Abba Father, yoked to Yeshua our Messiah! May Elohim get the glory and do wonders and miracles as we follow your lead.
I’ve taken a picture of my notes for this blog. What should astound right away is that this blog only consist of the Word – Psalms; and the number – 1. Meaning Psalms 1.
This isn’t meant to be readable, but ya get the gist. 😉
Sadly I have not figured out how to type with both Hebrew and English in this application. So I’ll do the best I can to pull my notes together here.
Tehillim is the Hebrew plural for Song of Praise. It also means: to make a melody. It also can mean: to prune.
Hmmm…what does pruning have to do with songs of praise and melodies?As soon as I saw the part about pruning, I immediately thought of the following scriptures. Turns out that they pulled the entire study together.
I am the real vine, and My Father is the Gardner. Every branch which is part of Me but fails to bear fruit, He cuts off; and every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes, so that it may bear more fruit. Right now, because of the Word which I have spoken to you, you are pruned.
See, the Word of God is alive! It is at work and is sharper than any double-edged sword – it cuts right through to where the soul meets spirit and joints meet marrow, and it is quick to judge the inner reflections and attitudes of the heart. Before God, nothing created is hidden, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must render an account.
Let high praises of God be in their throats, but a two-edged sword in their hands.
He has made my mouth like a sharp sword while hiding me in the shadow of His hand; He has made me like a sharpened arrow while concealing me in His quiver.
Any number of Psalms and their many verses start to pour out from each of these verses. Adding, adding, stretching, expanding and deepening the very beginning…two small things: Psalms 1. See here, when you take the Hebrew letters and dig into the meaning of each letter of Tehillim what they say.
Now let’s do the number 1. In Hebrew numbers are letters, the letters of the aleph-bet. So the first letter is ALEPH = 1
Note: the number 1 by aleph, and the other letters that spell the letter aleph (the other numbers I won’t cover here, keeping it applicable: Psalms 1)
I then investigated the meaning of each letter.
The letter aleph means: strong, power, leader. In ancient Hebrew, which was pictographs it was drawn as an ox head. All the words that are included within this letter are:
Ox muscle – strongest of the livestock
Yoke – the ox is placed in a yoke to pull a load or plow
Chief – a leader, often yoked to a youngster to teach
Ram – strong leader of the flock
Stag – strong leader of the forest
Fat tail – the strong part of a sheep
Pillar/Arch – strong supports of a structure or building.
This is just the single letter aleph broken down. The next letter in the spelling of aleph is: Lamed.
Lamed is written like a shepherds staff reaching out to crook a sheep back into the fold, in ancient Hebrew pictographs form. It means: Staff of Might and to Teach. Here are the words connected to Lamed:
To/toward – the staff was used to push or pull one of the flock in a direction.
Authority – a staff is a sign of the shepherd’s authority.
Yoke – like the “staff” on the shoulders of oxen for directing
Bind/ Tie – from the fastening of the yoke.
As you can see in the pictures for Lamed, there is a spelling for the letter with two other letters in its spelling. To break these down, there is the Lamed seen above. The next letter is: Mem; which means: Mighty. The next letter is: Dalet; which means: Door. Taken all their meanings together Lamed means: to learn: to aquire knowledge or skill through instruction from One who is experienced (with authority). All three of Lamed’s letters together mean: to learn through the Mighty Door.
Just the letters Aleph and Lamed (the first two letters that spell Aleph) which is the number 1, mean: strong authority
The next letter in the spelling of Aleph is: Pey
The letter Pey in ancient Hebrew pictographs is represented by a horizontal oval meaning: Mouth. The letter Pey means: Open.
Speak/word/blow – functions of the mouth.
As seen in the picture above the letter; Pey is spelt with Pey and the letter; Hey – which means: Look. Together they mean: to open the mouth or speak of what you see (look).
The letter Pey in the spelling of the Word Aleph, which is the letter aleph representing the number 1: means: a Branch or staff as separated from the Tree – often used as an idiom – “to his/her own stick” meaning: alone or self.
So taking all three of the letters that spell Aleph together: aleph/lamed/pey. Right out the door the number 1 means: the Strong Authority which keeps the Branch connected to the Tree.
So….what does just Psalms 1 mean with all this put together? It basically tells the story of the verses themselves, backwards, forwards, taken apart, however you look at it. Psalms 1, was given to David by Adonai, His DNA identifies the Author!
Psalms 1: The Strong Authority which keeps the Branches connected to the Tree as they Learn through the Mighty Door and Open their Mouth to Speak of (sing/praise) what they see!
So…to wrap up I would overwhelm you with His own Words, Mighty to save, worthy of eternal praise! Confirming far better the Strength of His language of old, that because we now have the access to so much knowledge and information, we in these last days can now study to show ourselves approved and be without excuse to Praise Him with our lives!
So now he will startle many nations; because of Him, kings will be speechless. For those who have not been told about Him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.
1 Corinthians 2:6-16
Yet there is a wisdom that we are speaking to those who are mature enough for it. But it is not the wisdom of this world or this world’s leaders, who are in the process of passing away. On the contrary, we are communicating a secret wisdom from God which has been hidden until now but which, before history began, God had decreed would bring us glory. Not one of this world’s leaders has understood it; because if they had, they would not have executed the Lord from whom this glory flows. But, as the Tanakh says,
No eye has seen, nor ear has heard and no one’s heart has imagined all the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.
It is to us, however, that God has revealed these things. How? Through the Spirit. For the Spirit probes all things, even the profoundest depths of God. For who knows the inner workings of a person except the persons own spirit inside him? So too no one knows the inner workings of God except God’s Spirit. Now we have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit of God, so that we might understand the things God has so freely given us. These are the things we are talking about when we avoid the manner of speaking taught by the Spirit, by which we explain things of the Spirit to people who have the Spirit. Now the natural man does not receive the things from the Spirit of God – to him they are nonsense! Moreover, he is unable to grasp them, because they are evaluated through the Spirit. But the person who has the Spirit can evaluate everything, while no one is in a position to evaluate him.
For who has known the mind of Adonai? Who can counsel Him?
But we have the mind of the Messiah!
Ephesians 3:1-20; 2 Peter 3:1-18 ☝
On that day you will say:
I thank You, Adonai, because, although You were angry at me, Your anger is now turned away; and You are comforting me. See! God is my salvation (Yeshua). I am confident and unafraid; for Yah Adonai is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation!
Then you will joyfully draw water from the springs of Salvation. In that day you will say, ” Give thanks to Adonai! Call on His Name! Make His deeds known among the people’s, declare how exalted is His Name. Sing to Adonai, for He has triumphed – this is being made known throughout the earth. Shout and sing for joy, you who live in Tziyon (Zion); for the Holy One of Israel is with you in His Greatness!”
The eyes of those seeing will not be closed, and the ears of those hearing will pay close attention. The minds of the impetuous will learn to weigh carefully, the tongues of the stutterers will speak readily and clearly.
You are My witnesses, says Adonai, and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you can know and trust Me and understand that I am He – no god was produced before Me, nor will any be after Me.
Then my tongue will tell of Your righteousness and praise You all day long.
Psalms 40:5; 8-10
How much You have done, Adonai my God! Your wonders and Your thoughts towards us – none can compare with You! I would proclaim them, I would speak about them but there’s too much to tell!
Doing Your will, my God, is my joy; Your Torah (Teachings) is in my inmost being. I have proclaimed what is right in the great assembly; I did not restrain my lips, Adonai, as You know. I did not hide Your righteousness in my heart but declared Your faithfulness and Salvation; I did not conceal Your grace and truth from the great assembly.
Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell what He has done for me.
All day long my mouth will tell of Your righteous deeds and acts of salvation, though their number is past my knowing. I will come in the power of Adonai Elohim and recall Your righteousness, Yours alone. God, You have taught me since I was young and I still proclaim Your wonderful works. So now that I’m old and my hair is gray, don’t abandon me, God, till I have proclaimed Your Strength to the next generation, Your Power to all who will come.
Psalms 119: 12-14; 46
Blessed are You, Adonai! Teach me Your Laws. I proclaim with my mouth all the rulings You have spoken. I rejoice in the way of Your instruction more than any kind of wealth.
I will speak of Your Instructions even to kings without being afraid.
Each generation will praise Your Works to the next and proclaim Your Mighty acts I will meditate on the glorious Splendor of Your Majesty and on the story of Your Wonders. People will speak of Your awesome Power, and I will tell of Your great deeds. They will gush forth the fame of Your abounding goodness, and they will sing of Your Righteousness.
Matthew 10:26-27; 32-33
So do not fear them; for there is nothing covered that will not be uncovered, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light, what is whispered in your ear, proclaim on the house tops.
Whoever acknowledges Me in the presence of others, I will also acknowledge in the presence of my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before others I will disown before My Father in heaven.
“Go back to your home and tell how much God has done for you.” He went away proclaiming throughout the whole town how much Yeshua had done for him.
1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith, take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you testified so well to your faith before many witnesses.
1 John 1:1-4
The Word, which gives life! He existed from the beginning. We have heard Him, we have seen Him with our eyes we have contemplated Him, we have touched Him with our hands! The life appeared and we have seen it. We are testifying to it and announcing it to you – eternal life! He was with the Father and He appeared to us. What we have seen and heard we are proclaiming to you; so that you too may have fellowship with us. Our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Yeshua the Messiah. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
And I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth and on the sea – yes, everything in them, saying,
To the One sitting on the Throne and to the Lamb belong praise, honor, glory and power forever and ever! The four living beings said “Amen!” And the elders fell down and worshipped.
When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the alter the should of those who had been put to death for proclaiming the Word of God, that is, for bearing witness. They cried out in a loud voice, Sovereign Ruler, The Holy One, The True One, how long will it be before You judge the people living on earth and avenge our blood?
Revelation 12:10-12; 17
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying,
Now have come God’s victory, Power and kingship and the Authority of His Messiah; because the accuser of our brothers who accuses them day and night before God has been thrown out!
They defeated him because of the Lambs blood and because of the message of their witness. Even facing death, they did not cling to life.
Therefore, rejoice, heaven and you who live there! But woe to you, land and sea, for the adversary has come down to you and he is very angry, because he knows that his time is short!
The dragon was infuriated over the woman and went off to fight the rest of her children, those who obey God’s commands and bear witness to Yeshua.
Pay attention, says Yeshua, I am coming soon, and My rewards are with Me to give each person according to what he has done. I am the A (Aleph) and the Z (Tav), the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. How blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they have the right to eat from the Tree of Life and go through the Gates of the city! Outside are the homosexuals, those involved with the occult and with drugs, the sexually immoral, murderers, idol-worshippers, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. I, Yeshua, have sent My angel to give you this testimony for the Messianic communities. I am the Root and Offspring of David, the bright Morning Star. The Spirit and the Bride say, Come! Let everyone who hears say, Come! And let anyone who is thirsty come – let anyone who wishes, take the water of life free of charge. I warn everyone hearing these words of the prophecy in this book that if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues written in this book. And if anyone takes anything away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the Tree of Life and the Holy city as described in this book.
The One who is testifying to these things says, Yes, I am coming soon!
Amen! Come, Lord Yeshua!
May the grace of the Lord Yeshua be with all!
Now to God, who can Strengthen you, according to the Good News, in harmony with the revelation of the secret truth which is the proclamation of Yeshua the Messiah, kept hidden in silence for ages and ages, but manifested now through prophetic writings, in keeping with the command of God the Eternal, and communicated to all the Gentiles, to promote in them trust-grounded obedience – to the Only Wise God, through Yeshua the Messiah, be the glory forever and ever! Amen. (Romans 16:25-27)
Everyone it seems is quick to stand proud on the sense that they are right, especially about issues that have no origin in human opinion. There is more wisdom in weighing the consequences of being wrong than standing on being right. How does one question if they are wrong without being cast in the light of being insecure?
Good question. The following is an inner dialog, you decide.
If the Bible be true and I throw myself to live by it; then these will be the results. Life turns into an affair of forgiveness. Loving – really loving people. Giving more than I think I can. Pursuing kindness, compassion, peace, watching my speech change for nothing but encouragement and integrity instead of gossip, slander, complaint, and blaming. Finding balance in the flaws in myself and in others as seen through the eyes of God. Repentance being a worthy turn around, called victory. Honesty as the true prize. And wisdom given from God life saving. The pursuit of which is to find that God loves and desires to be known to me. Waiting at all times for this opportunity like lungs wait for air. Incomprehensible contentment no circumstances can steal. An alleviation of nerves because every day nothing depends on me, only Him, and He is able. Knowing that He will make me better than I could try to be on my own but make sure I don’t grow a huge noggin in the process. Only love as the possibility!
Yet, if the Bible be untrue…
Then I can do whatever I want. I can be all about me but try to be kind. I can use people and call it love. I can encourage to faces and still bring down behind their backs. I can choose what causes to take up. I can point the finger of blame and still call it standing for good while in effect I don’t have to do anything. I can murder a child since I get to define when life is life. I am free to kill,steal, cheat, covet and be sexually divergent with no need for conscience. I can expect the world of all things and people yet set a different standard for myself. I can hate and make it seem okay because I’m human and it’s just a feeling. I can turn my back when I’m uncomfortable. I can seem a courageous person by doing cowardly things. Money and power can define happiness. Death is avoided no matter the cost. The possibilities end when I stop breathing.
Everyone, no matter their religion or lack thereof, says to be “good person” is the goal. It’s a crazy line of thought when taken through all the possibilities. Those pointing at Christians for being judgmental (and some are); are in effect judging them. Hypocrisy! Everyone is and gets judgmental, there is no exception religion or not. Every evil propensity known to man resides as a possibility in everyone. Christians, Buddhist, Catholics, Muslim, Mormon, Atheist, Agnostic, Satanist – American, German, French, Australian, Japanese…name them all there’s no exclusion. These all hate, murder, curse, are lazy, irresponsible, resentful, rebellious, self absorbed, self righteous; again the list goes on to the extent of the worst humanity can be. Those same people, races and creeds are capable of all the best God made humans capable of.
I thought after my research of all religions : “What if this is right?”. What’s the risk? All religions had a peaceable aspect. Yet they all end in ‘what I get if I do’. Virgins, places of honor, reincarnation (a chance to be rich or pretty or whatever the next time). Eternal life based in the concept of what life is, based on the here and now. Whoopee!
If the Bible is right. The goal isn’t about me. The reward is to become part of the expanses God has made without limits! And He made everything! To be the best of what He made in humanity but also far beyond that. The limit only He could set and His is limitless. I risk nothing to live as He dictates, both here and now and eternally; I move towards nothing but good. He shows all things as a Father exploring and sharing the wilderness with His child. I will never feel inclined to the worst and ugliest things we are capable of again when He calls me home. Only love, kindness, patience, putting others ahead of myself, generosity on steroids, hope beyond comprehension, rejoicing only as others advance. No pouting, complaining, ungratefulness, or resentment.
Then I think, “what in the world can be wrong with these things?” Both now and later the appeal is far greater. Those who think it’s boring to live such ways have only experienced the illusionary excitement of wrong doing. If they are honest they know it’s like a drug, it never last, so more wrong doing is required to keep up the illusion. Doing good and living selflessly is rewarding beyond words. The best part though is the One True God who set out to be known – is known ! He talks to you and the world of sin and ugliness disappears! He laughs with you, cries with you and makes His whole being available to you! God does! God! Does! It’s fantastic!
So the question, “what if I’m wrong” is pivotal. What if I’m wrong and abortion isn’t murder? Then here and now I can be a mass murderer and society will feel sorry for me and the law will back me up.
What if I’m wrong and abortion is murder? Hmmm, then I guess I’ll either have many children along with my sexual exploits or I’ll refrain from that. I suppose I could take “birth control” and run the risk of never having children when it’s convenient for me. Yet then if it’s murder to kill a baby, what standard do I measure that by? Can I stop there and simply accept abortion is wrong and not follow every precept that same standard sets for all things? I mean if I’m going to be true and take things all the way to their smallest point, how can I stop there? Simply choosing for myself what I think I like and don’t only permits me to compromise when I’m weak. I’m pretty sure terrorist define their “good” the same as everyone else. Why should anyone be deprived of defining “good” however they want if I’m going to? The fact is historically and scientifically proven: the Bible is the oldest book in the world, even those who don’t believe or read it still think “good” is defined by its standards.
Murder, stealing, lying = bad. Charity, loving, honesty = good.
It seems this taking from the Bible to suit the fancy of one’s definitions is a historical landmark no matter how one looks at it! What is wrong defined as? And right? Then take the search back to its origin – there resides the Truth.
Too long life has been defined by “don’t doubt yourself”! What a wretched and answerless path! Doubt yourself first, really seek out the answers; then doubt will lead you Home!
Scriptures for study: Proverbs 18 – the whole chapter; Isaiah 45:9-12; Romans 9:14-22; Job 38:1-41
♡ Grace and peace be yours in full measure in Yeshua the Messiah ♡
Paula entered the Shiloh room. Checking again the paper in her hand, confirming this was the room the teens meet in. The usual timidity of being new rang little bells in her head and tapped her stomach. Closing her eyes, she prayed:
Abba, I’m Yours. You have already welcomed and accepted me. Now help me be solid in these Truths!
Paula walked in. Three boys immediately turned their heads towards her. Their cell phones getting a small break from their attention. As she walked deeper into the room she could see they were playing some video game. A tall man, maybe 10 years older than she began to walk towards her. (The leader, she surmised)
“Hello there, I’m Mark, the teen administrator. Who might you be?”
“Paula, I’m new.” She replied
“Oh, wonderful, tonight we have several things to choose from. Take a stroll around and see what strikes you as fun. Sundays are more formal with a worship and teaching, but tonight we like to give a space of spiritual invitation in everyday things, fellowship and worship. There’s a place to do homework and read or relax over there. There is a movie, God’s Not Dead, over there. And a general sitting area over here, that you can just hang and fellowship. We’ll wrap up with worship around 7:15. Feel free to ask any questions.” Mark smiled
“Okay.” Paula began to walk around to get a feel for what she’d like.
As usual, the size up ensued. Heads turned, whispers exchanged, obligatory smiles, some genuine, some just unreadable, some already full of assessment. She smiled, willing the invitation of the Lord to shine from it. There were a few girls and two guys in the homework area. Round tables with pencils and calculators in the center along with some scrap paper gave the ambience of study.
She then turned towards the TV area. A good dozen girls and guys sat on theater couches, the movie previews already rolling. Popcorn and sodas lined a table along the side wall.
Having already walked into what she assumed to be the “hang out” area. She observed four gals and the three guys in various chairs and couches, with lamps and end tables, set up much like an oversized living room.
Instantly the Bible she held felt like a third wheel in her spirit. It seemed everyone had left theirs at home or in the car. Feeling welcome here all the sudden felt like school instead of church. Paula found a corner by the restroom to contemplate her choices. Mark must have noticed her reticence as he moved to engage her again. She slipped into the ladies room.
Lord, this does not feel like Your house of worship and fellowship. I think I’d rather go to the adult service. What do You want me to do?
Go where you find Me, Child.
The answer was so instantaneous and somewhat vague, Paula stood there waiting for more.
Ummm, Lord, You are everywhere. A little more help here, please.
Where your heart is, there your treasure will be, Child.
Paula smiled. She knew. She stepped out of the restroom and began to head towards the exit.
Mark called out to her and she turned.
“Leaving us already, is everything okay?” Mark asked, concern lined his eyes. Yet, Paula perceived a deeper conviction had began to work in him.
She smiled. “Yes, I think I’ll go to the adult service tonight. No offense, but all these things I can do anywhere else or at home. I often get labeled as snobbish, but honestly I really want to fellowship with my peers and learn more about God at church. I’m not often a very good fit for teen programs sometimes. It’s my stuff though, I’m often told I’m too serious for my age. Tonight though, I really want to pull my heart towards the Lord, let Him teach me about Him and worship Him. I don’t feel I’ll be able to do that with the choices here. I promise to come Sunday again. Thanks.” Without hesitation Paula exited the Shiloh room and headed towards the main sanctuary. Sure in her position in Christ, and ready for all He may have for her here at this church in the future. The enemy attempted to question every aspect of her choice and words, picking at her, telling her “she should have…” cloaked in spiritual condemnation. Yet, the more she obeyed and ask the Lord to rebuke His enemy, the peace of His presence surrounded her.
“Praise God to whom all blessings floooww…praise Him all creatures here beeelow….the voices of the people in song flowed out from the sanctuary, inviting, loving, living, calling as Paula neared the entrance. Tears began to fill her eyes. She loved to hear God worshiped with many voices raised as one. She walked into the sanctuary, her Bible feeling like a best friend.
♡Grace and peace in the Messiah, Yeshua♡
The following link (at the bottom) inspired this blog. Actually it and many other documentaries I’ve been watching for a while now. Honestly I was unsure what was driving me to watch these real life stories. Some were very inspiring and dealt more with acts of nature and the hardships people over-came to move on, most were, sadly, the moving forward after another human being caused harm and suffering to them and those they loved. These are called crimes. It took some time but Adonai has finally began to speak into His pulling me into this documentary marathon I seemed to have been running.
The documentary below is graphic in many ways, more in depth than most and longer. If you choose to watch it, please be aware of children who may happen upon you as you do. This film is the best film to put all the points I’m about to make into perspective. It’s raw nature has a stunning balance that is rare in documentaries and, of course, as I’m drawn to…God gets an amazing glory in the end. All the points here are capable of standing on their own without viewing it however.
I realize these question have been asked before; in multitudes of ways. The concept isn’t new, the answers…well no less complex…sort of. Perhaps sometimes God puts us in front of these questions in more intimate settings and has us write out the process to solidify it for our own walk in this life. I lean in this direction. Though He often asks us to share for the purpose of someone else, yes, even just one other person, His work in you will be used in His work in them. I pray these writings only do what He intended.
What would a society be like if:
☆ The “old sexual code” of proper conduct was the norm and the only accepted method – legally, morally, ethically?
Definition: No sex before marriage. Sex is viewed as sacred and private between adult men and women (plural in context not in number of persons at one event). Sex is only sacred between those two individuals of commitment before God and man on their wedding day. Sex with a child, animal, same sex person, or family member is a CRIME, punishable by death. Why? Simply put, sex ANY other way kills something extremely valuable to God.
☆ God’s rules of justice was adopted by society
Definition: Don’t murder, don’t lie, don’t covet, don’t take lightly His Name – meaning His character, don’t dishonor parents, don’t commit adultery – unfaithfulness in marriage – this being considered a value BEFORE marriage; that faithfulness to one’s spouse begins the day they are born for the one God has set aside for them. Thus rendering experimental, recreational, better put, premarital Sex – WRONG.
God is indeed God, no other God will be tolerated, not because of rules but because any other thing given His place will lead to the utter heartbreaking corruption of the person God created. All other instructions will be broken without fail if these two are not the focus – the beginning and end of all moral judgement.
Remember to give God one day. (Remember the Sabbath) Just to Him – rest for that day; the needs and cares of the whole world will be cared for by Him and only Him on this day. How can He prove it if we’re constantly in control? This builds our trust and proves further…God is in control. And for good reason!
☆ Questions and ponderings
Who was the first to introduce the death penalty?
How does Yeshua (Jesus) without nullifing God’s previous dictates fulfill them all with justice?
What is the true sign of repentance?
God knew that child abuses and societal influence of all kinds would be a factor in any crime committed in all those instructions from Genesis to Leviticus for balance and justice. What does this say about His methods of instruction?
Trust and obey – God is the only One worthy of such from anyone. Only He knows the balance point between good and evil, right and wrong, lies and deceit and ignorance and naivety, innocence and willfulness, cause and effect.
Did God make/create murders, rapest, adulterers, cheats, etc?
Haven’t we all murdered in our thoughts? (This is where all physical acts begin) He created me and you. We have all lied, cheated, adulterated. In our thoughts, when we lie, we steal from someone. Everyone is owed the truth as a standard of conduct in the Kingdom of God. And rape? Again starting in the thoughts, none sees and most will never show they existed. Rape is non-consentual sex. Has everyone consented to all our imaginings? Sound extreme or over-the-top? Again the questions are pointed at the possibilities of society if such things were viewed this way and acted on accordingly. Would porn have ever been born? Would any inappropriate sexual act or deed be subject to leniency or acceptibility which has indeed led to the corruption of society?
☆ Questions everyone should find the answers to. (Yes, the word “should” got used…without apology)
What is the difference between God’s true ways and the many ways the church has distorted them? Ie: exorcism, branding, legalism, judgement.
Why did Yeshua accept death on the cross? Keeping in mind, yes, He was innocent, but on that cross He took every sin ever committed and that would ever be committed on Himself!
How do all these things, these questions, these answers impact a life? Yours, mine, the neighbor, the community, society?
☆ Truths Indisputable
God alone makes, creates, shapes. Man gets ahold of these and as soon as they try to change it, even ever so slightly, these things become dysfunctional. In other words, they can no longer be cherished and enjoyed as He designed them.
God made: man, woman, earth, space, marriage, Sex, relationships/family, balance, Justice, life, death, forgiveness, mercy, truth, grace, compassion, kindness, patience, long suffering, giving/generosity, hope, peace, love.
When anything He made gets altered they become the twisted polar opposite, they act against instead of for.
Only God can be troubled or sort out the details of something so complex as a human being, created in His image, so hated by His enemy. A human justice system? How can one expect perfection within it? There are more things we need not know than we need to know. So many things we need to simply be able to trust and obey, for there is no other way! Too many opinions, to many postings and publications of things we need not concern ourselves with. I wonder how much medication people would stop needing for anxiety if they just didn’t hear, see, and know so darned much these days. I know the jurors of the case below will never ever be able to remove the images and details of that case from their minds. It could be argued that it may be for good reasons, it could also be argued against all good reasoning! That is: if humans keep thinking of those things. God isn’t Teviah from Fiddler on the Roof, He’s not up there saying… “On the other hand…but on the other hand…” He is capable, and by that it means, completely perfect and split-second fast, at knowing every second, every instant, every occasion, every event, of everyone involved in everything, taking all things into consideration and doing the right thing. Period. Only God. So what? if we just can’t let go of controlling things trying to “understand” everything…what if…what if we just did it God’s Way?
We can. I can, I will by the grace given by Yeshua, the Holy Spirit. It begins with just one day, all those little choices, God’s Way, not mine. Society as we read in the Truth called the Word of God will not operate according to Gods ways, not right now. But…our homes can. These will effect other homes…which will effect our community…which may effect revival in some small section of society. BUT! The impact on our true Home, with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, where they have come to make their home in you and me…eternity ripples, souls praise, heaven is singing that tune as we speak (errr…or read 😉). As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!
Grace and peace be with you in Yeshua the Messiah
Tiara stepped out to run to the store. She blew a kiss to her husband through the window of his office and headed towards the truck. As always her glance was drawn upward towards the sky, again it took her breath away. Clouds whipped and twisted like pixie dust and ringlets of gold and pink were like whispers of the Spirits heart at play and delight. The sun was falling faster towards the southern horizon, soon it would withdrawal it’s effects of warmth from the evening air. Venus, The Splendor; as God had taught the magi so long ago was holding a steady and beautiful course to follow the sun just over head. Tiara smiled and thanked Adonai (the Lord), once again for being the King of the Universe and giving her eyes to see it. As she walked up to the truck, her attention was drawn to the lights that had just came on across the street. Both houses seemed to be in sync for timing of the holiday affair of lights. One was distinctly christmas, a big Santa took up the center of attention with traditional icicle lights and candy canes scattered about. The other house was more to Tiaras liking, not traditional, classy and done with artistic aplomb! Still with signs of the traditional holiday but with things you don’t find in every yard this time of year. The mini hot air balloon was particularly pretty. Beauty abounded this evening in the form of lights.
As she opened the truck door to get in, Tiara sighed, keys jangling. Reminding her of the sounds she’d imagine of sleigh bells a bit from her many years of holiday recollections. The door closed and she started the truck, looking at her house, still with summer yard lights glowing, but faintly as the sun no longer provided the solar panels with the light, having a northern exposure. For the third year her house would only display the mogan David she had decorated with lights and the Menorah as the candles were lit each night until they melted down losing their illumination. The thought made her smile but with a slight sigh, she loved the lights of christmas.
Lord may this house be lit up for You by our every word and deed.
It had been harder than she thought to let go of all things christmas. A blessing beyond words but also it came with much misunderstanding and inner turmoil. It would have been easier if she’d never celebrated the holiday in the first place. Many family members especially her children and her young nieces and nephews with their children never complained to her face, God was good; but in the air between them there was question and disappointment. Gift giving was another part of holiday making that had been given up for Tiara and Josh. It was hard, they were giving and loving at heart, it was hard to be the only two people who didn’t enter the family tradition. Tiara wondered what kind of memories her grandchildren would form at the decision they had made. Being set apart often felt alienating and hurt a bit too.
Father forgive me for my longing to be seen different than You truly see me. Thank You for giving me this way and the eyes to see the Truth to follow. Collect these sighs likes tears in that bottle You have for me. May You bless my children, grandchildren, friends and family in a special way dear Lord in these days. Help me to hear and obey You with a whole heart.
The truck in gear, Tiara began to pull out of her driveway. She pushed the button to listen to her favorite station. ‘Silver bells’, the famous song greeted her. She “leaned in’ to hear if the Lord would again ask her to refrain from listening. That still small Voice confirmed, and she tried four different stations, all were playing various holiday music. She turned off the radio. Another sigh…
It’s everywhere, dear Father of Lights. Can a little sweet music be so bad? Oh, Lord You know how I love to sing and worship you. That last one was Third Days rendition of ‘O Holy Night’…I admit I’m a bit unsure of the harm. But…not my will but Your will Master of my musical heart. Teach me what You will in this too.
The impression of how this ‘having nothing, NOTHING, to do with evil’ instruction began to teach in deeper ways pressed in.
My Child, this refraining should not feel so unfamiliar in many other ways in this world than just this time of year. Indeed “it’s everywhere” this theme is, in so many things in this world, yes? I tell you the truth, dear one, that what you say is true, to never have become part of the world, entered into the ways of small compromise would have made this separating much easier, indeed not hard at all. You don’t feel like you miss going to bars do you?
No, my Lord, I do not.
Because the desire has no attachment of appeal that came with deceit. I’ve asked my people to avoid and hate evil and the ways of it for this reason. Confusion and heart ache come from the small seemingly innocent compromises. You can’t miss what you never knew. Yet all sin and fall short dear Child, and the contrast of longing and separating is my gift to You. That you may remember and with trust turn away so that My instructions for you may become more and more delightful to you as you obey. Do you see what joy you have to hear My Voice and heed it’s direction?
Oh yes, yes Lord, I would despair without it!
Trust Me now, then My precious Child, and remember, it’s the heeding of My direction that’s the key here. Do not be tempted to judge or condemn the lights, songs, and many elements of this holiday refraining. Just trust Me, come to Me, like this. What delight I have when you come to Me, and we talk and work out My will for you! Sing to Me a new song now My Child…
Pulling into the parking lot of the store, Tiara began to sing.
Right now, because of the word which I have spoken to you, you are pruned. Stay united with Me, as I will with you…
~ Stay tuned for Part 3…~
Grace and peace to you in the Messiah, Yeshua ♡