Murder Will Not Go Unpunished

I am angry.  I’ve seen the headline from New York probably about seven times now.  And every time I get more angry.  But, I know what an utter waste of time my anger is.  Just this morning on my bus ride in, I read these verses: “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; fret not yourself, it tends only to evil-doing.  For evil-doers shall be cut off; but those that wait for יהוה , they shall inherit the earth.”  And of course, we all know that the meek, or the humble, they are those who will inherit the Earth.  This ‘tehillah’ says so as well: “And yet a little while, and there will be no more wicked; yes, you shall look well at
his place, and he will not exist. But the humble shall inherit the earth, and delight themselves in the abundance of shalom.”

Nothing epitomizes wickedness more than mothers killing their babies, except those who promote, cajole and convince those mothers to do so, and twist ‘morality’ in order to justify killing innocent children, writing it into the law of the land.  No one in their right mind thinks that the baby ‘transforms’ from ‘fleshy matter’ to ‘human’ via the brief passage through the birth canal over the period of moments.  There is no other way to explain this thinking other than that the people who think this is justifiable have abandoned G-d, and have decided that they themselves are the arbiters of what is right and good.

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that change darkness into  light, and light into darkness; that change bitter into sweet, and sweet into bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”

I realize that none who think this way, who may by some strange happenings actually read this far into this post, would ever think for a moment that G-d is real, and that they might some day answer for their crimes against Him, and against innocent human beings.  But, if you are reading this, rest assured, there is a Creator, you were created by Him, you are subject to Him, and you will answer to Him, unless you turn away from this base, inhumane,  heartless thinking and behavior.  This is nothing short of the worst sin and perversion of truth.

If an average American is reading this, especially any of those who say the believe in G-d, whether only as “Adonai”, or as “Jesus,” or any other strain of religious thinking, we’d all better be fasting and praying, and lamenting this and other sins that lawmakers in this country are committing.  They are ‘elected’ officials.  I’m in Texas, and I feel those of us here had better send a LOUD message to VOTERS, that this is HORRIBLE behavior.  There should be SANCTIONS against NEW YORK for this.  There should be an outcry over the loss of innocent life this will bring.  Silence is just NOT going to do.  The Torah instructs us NOT to sit by while someone kills the innocent.  I just don’t know myself what to do, other than to post this, and then send letters to Senators and Congressmen, and try and convince anyone of how SERIOUS this is AGAINST G-d.

America, if you do not wake up and say something about this, you will watch your land destroyed UTTERLY.  G-d is not so unjust that He does not care about those lives.  He has not turned a blind eye nor a deaf ear.  He is giving those who think they are righteous, who claimed to be washed in the Blood of His Son, Yeshua, a chance to speak on His behalf, and on the behalf of those already slain, and on behalf of those who now will be slain in New York, MOMENTS before they are born.  This is a moral outrage.

To the women AND men of New York.  DO NOT think this law expunges you in the eyes of the Creator.  Do you think you were given the power to create LIFE and NOT the responsibility to protect it?  You protect your own life, by eating, by not crossing the busy street, by not jumping outside of tall buildings…. why would you NOT protect someone who CANNOT protect himself, by mere circumstance of his location, six inches up the birth canal, inside a womb, versus on the birthing table?  You will spend the rest of eternity regretting your decision to kill YOUR CHILD, apart from your confessing it as sin and being forgiven by the ONE who died in YOUR place: Yeshua, the Son of G-d.

STOP thinking of YOURSELF.  You chose to procreate.  You KNEW the possibility of conceiving LONG before you consented to sex.  You will not fool G-d with a flimsy excuse.  If New York, and the rest of the states, do not stand AGAINST this heinous ‘law’, this license to kill, then the U.S. will answer for it.  Especially those who SAY they believe in the Creator.  Sooner, I’m afraid, than later.  It won’t be long before New York finds itself in a condition similar to the below, as will the rest of the country, for being in league with them:

“Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink; that justify the wicked for a reward, and take away the tzedaka of the righteous from him!” “Therefore as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and as the chaff is consumed in the flame, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust; because they have rejected the Torah of יהוה Tzeva’ot, and shown contempt for the word of HaKadosh Yisra’el. Therefore is the anger of יהוה kindled against His people, and He has stretched forth His hand against them, and has smitten them, and the hills did tremble, and their carcasses were as refuse in the midst of the streets. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still. …. And they shall roar against them in that day like the roaring of the sea; and if one looks unto the land, behold darkness and distress, and the light is darkened in the skies thereof.”

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Kovei יהוה‬

 

This Miqedem song is from a very popular verse:

“They that hope in יהוה shall renew their strength; they shall soar in the air as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.”

“Hope” is that first word, ‘kovei’.  It is in the same root as “Tikvah”, where we get “HaTikvah,” “The Hope,” the name of the National Anthem of Israel.  It is also the same root as “Mikveh,” or “Immersion pool,” where one is immersed [“baptized”].

I find myself right now ‘hoping’ in  יהוה  for many things in my life.  Some of them rather dire, some of them possibly a mite frivolous.  Some translations render “kovei” as “wait,” and this is not ‘wrong,’ but, it is a waiting with ‘expectation,’ ergo, ‘hope.’  One might say that this is ‘waiting expectantly,’ with TRUST.  After all, Sha’ul defines ‘faith’ as the substance of things for which we ‘hope.’  A more literal rendering of that verse [Ivrim 11:1], which I favor, is: “Now HaEmunah [The Faith] is the trust in HaD’varim [The Words] in which there is hope, as if they have already come to pass; and it is the revelation of unseen things.” בְּתִקְוָה  is the word there for ‘hope,’ “b’tikvah” IN HOPE.

We as Messianic Peshitta Jews find ourselves ‘hoping’ in  יהוה  in ways others do not yet understand.  We hope in Him alone to set our “Mo’edim” the special times/appointments of the year when we assemble, in order to follow HIM in worship.  He sets our appointed times by the ‘khodesh’ and the barley.  And right now, we ‘wait/hope’ to know when our next Mo’edim will be set.  We know they will; but we just do not know precisely when.  Yeshua spoke in this manner concerning the timing of His return, and His return is tightly intertwined with His Mo’edim.  We ‘hope’ and ‘wait’ for His return, expectantly.

The fact that “hope” is tied to “Mikveh” came to mind, as I listened to this song.  [Yirme-Yahu 17:13-14] “You, O Mikveh of Yisra’el, יהוה ! All that forsake You shall be ashamed; they that depart from Me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken יהוה , the fountain of Mayim Khayim.” “Heal me, O יהוה , and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for You are my praise”.”  This verse is rife with prophecy.  In fact, it was somewhat fulfilled when Yeshua wrote in the dust while religious men were accusing a harlot that Yeshua forgave.  But, the fact that our Savior IS our immersion pool of “Mayim Khayim,” “Living Water,” is something certain in which to ‘hope.’  It’s interesting that so few EVER quote the verse that follows this one: “Heal ME and I shall be healed; save ME and I shall be saved.”  The writer is still talking to the Mikveh of Israel, the ‘gathered/hoped-in’ LIVING WATER that is יהוה .  This calls to mind another verse, one to which Miqedem also so skillfully put music: Ta’amu, u’rei’u ki Tov יהוה . “TASTE!  and SEE! that  יהוה  is GOOD.”  After all, we not only immerse ourselves in Yeshua, our Mayim Khayim, but we also DRINK of that same Water.

I think also, however, that hoping in Him means accepting even the worst circumstances, and hoping ‘beyond hope.’  Avraham’s hope was this way, who was promised a son in his twilight years, when all hope was gone.  Dani’el hoped/waited this way, when thrown into a den of lions.  His three friends did the same, saying they’d go into the fire, even if their G-d did not save them from it.  That’s because this ‘hope’ is founded on the ‘Words’ that are the words of HaEmunah, The Faith.  This word is where we get our word “Amein,” and is rooted in the concept of ‘firmness’, a thing that is ‘firmly established,’ ‘well founded.’  I want to be so well founded that I’m flying, as this song implies. “They that hope in יהוה shall renew their strength; they shall soar in the air as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.”  One day a literal flight will happen, I ‘firmly trust’ in that.  But, today, I want to soar, in spite of all the bad that might be.  I want to be immersed in the Mikveh of Yisra’el.  I want to be healed, and not written in the dust to be blown away, out of His memory.  Kovei  יהוה  yakh’lifu ko’akh….

 

Have you considered my servant, Iyov?

…that there is none like him in the earth, a pure and an upright man, one that fears Elohim, and shuns evil?

Was taking my brief, mid-day walk, and praying for people who I know are going through things.  I relied on my having been through similar things, in order hopefully to pray aright for them.  Some that I had in mind are dealing with life-long sin issues, things from which they feel they cannot be free.  Some are dealing with substances that control them.  Some, near poverty circumstances.  Some, ill temperament due to personal circumstances and dealing with other people.  I petitioned Abba, not asking ‘why’, but wondering, ‘will they ever truly be free’?  Is it possible that You will, some day, deliver them.  Most of these folks already trust that Yeshua is the Son of G-d.  Some even give themselves over heartily to worship, and to fellowship, and to keep His appointed times [and not those of men who claim to speak for Him].  Yet, they suffer.

Then, the images of children born with disabilities, extreme disabilities, went through my mind.  It always breaks my heart to hear of children born without limbs, born disfigured, born without the capacity to think and interact with the world around them.  Why them?  Some of that, much of it probably, is likely because mankind has taken to embrace behaviors and substances inordinately, or behaviors and substances that G-d clearly directs us to stay away from, and as such, we, collectively, have begun to make being born without defect a bit of a crap shoot.  But, is being born in that condition worse than not being born?

Iyov, Job, came to the place where he began to rue the day he was born.  But, was that right?  G-d finally told him, “Can you thunder with a voice like mine?  Do you have an arm like mine?”  In other words, like Sha’ul said, “Who are you, O man, to talk back to G-d?”

In Iyov’s case, he was innocent.  He was not born with any condition whatsoever, no apparent hindrance in life.  He had succeeded, having great wealth, a beautiful, large family and a loving wife.  And Elohim allowed all of that to be taken from him, finally, all the way down even to His own health and complexion.  He became disgusting to every other human, and only three people deigned to speak to him, and all they did was lecture him about how unrighteous he was.

Yeshua spoke of the man born blind, as the folks around him wondered if he had sinned, or had his parents sinned, and this is why he was born blind.  Yeshua taught that it was neither, but that he was born in order to bring G-d glory.  We all assume the ‘glory’ that G-d got was when Yeshua gave the man back his sight.  But was that the ‘glorious’ part of this man’s existence?  Or was it, by chance, the ‘way’ the man went through his life as a blind man, and gaining his sight was simply the reward.  After all, Iyov went through what he went through with great composure.  And he continued to trust in and love G-d, in spite of his circumstances.

As I pondered these things, reflecting on many of those I love who suffer, I realized, Iyov was ‘chosen’ for that purpose.  It was the will of G-d that he suffer.  Should it matter whether that suffering is done from birth, or later in life?  Might Iyov have been grateful for all those years of health and bounty, while he went through lack and sickness?  Might he have been a rare bird, and really learned how compassionate יהוה  is, in appreciation for all those blessings, knowing from where they came?  It appears so to me.

Then, it dawned on me.  Iyov is the root word of ‘enemy’/’hated’.  The man who was like NO OTHER MAN on the earth, feared G-d, shunned evil, pure, and upright, his very name meant ‘hated one’.  The bi-line above reads, “Have you considered my servant, Iyov?”  Have you?  G-d asked that question of HaSatan, the ‘Adversary,’ the one meant to bring us trouble.  And we can rest assured, that at the beginning of every evil issue of life that we deal with is this ‘adversary,’ this embodiment of perdition.  If we are marked to be the children of Elohim, and have trusted in His Son Yeshua, then you can bet, your name could be placed in the question?  “Have you considered my servant, the hated one?”  The ‘world’ hates us.  Is it possible that in his day, Iyov was the “Enemy” of HaSatan, because he was so ‘different’ than the rest of mankind?  That appears to be born out in his discourse with G-d!

Is it possible then, that G-d, who knows the end from the beginning, ‘allows’ His upright ones, those He marked with His seal, to be ‘buffeted’ by the adversary, to show His Kavod to ‘the adversary.’  Is it possible that G-d, then is ‘proud’ of you?  Knowing that you have what it takes inside of you to endure whatever the hardship is?  Because He put it there [light].  Isn’t that exactly what Yokhanan said when he started his account of the B’sorah?  “And the light shined into the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it.”   Might that be why in Matti, when Yeshua began to teach the Torah, that He says, “You are indeed the light of the world; a city that is built upon a mountain cannot be hidden. [they do not] light a Menorah and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, so it gives light to all who are in the house.  So let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and glorify Avikhem [your father, plural ‘your’] in Heaven.”  The person who keeps the Torah is indeed ‘Iyov” to anything born of darkness.  Sickness, disease, affliction, perversion, dependency, conflict, hate, oppression, all of these things are born of darkness, and all of His children are subject to them.  The question is, how do we ‘bear up’ under them.  Do we remain faithful to G-d, as did Iyov?  If we truly are the ‘enemy’ of darkness, then we will.  And G-d KNOWS that.

He did not come to make us all strong.  He came to the weak, to confound the strong.  He came to the simple to confound the wise.  He came to the sick to confound those who are well.  He gives us of His strength, over, and over, and over again, as long as we are willing to fight.  “But we are not among those who shrink back.”

The man born blind, indeed, did receive his sight.  But, look how long he’d been blind.  Not everyone gets healed.  But, everyone who loves G-d and is consecrated from this world DOES glorify G-d, simply by continuing to be obedient, and to trust Him, and not to complain at whatever human ailment afflicts us, but finds His way to the merciful Elohim in spite of it.

Be Iyov.  Today, and every day, if need be.  Until HE is done getting glory from you.  Does He not deserve it?

נִתְקָרְבָה נָא בְּלֵבָב שָׁלֵם

“”Therefore, let us draw near with a whole heart, in full assurance of absolute trust, having our hearts sprinkled and cleansed of evil thought and our bodies washed with pure water.” ~ Ivrim 10:22

I ‘practiced’ this today.  And then I thought of this verse.  Let me explain what I mean.

There are times, for me, that it seems nothing I ‘do’ in regard to worship seems to ‘work.’  I do not mean in the sense of ‘feeling goose bumps’ or emoting to any degree.  I mean in the sense of finishing prayers, and having absolute “shalom,” even though the circumstances of life have not changed.  Don’t get me wrong, many days I do that.  But sometimes I think that is quite by accident, and not a cognitive function.

There was a moment in my life, during the hardest year of my life to date, the year I lost both my parents and both my grandparents, mom and dad only six weeks apart, grandmother barely eight weeks later, and grandpa right near my birthday.  During all that and the collateral turmoil, I just could not get ‘shalom,’ and I still remember the very spot I was standing when these words came across my lips in a plea from deep within:    ” יהוה Ro’i, lo ‘ekh’sar”….  And I ‘gave’ myself over to Him.  In a moment, in the blink of an eye, all the angst left me.  I stood there in joyful shock, having thought that I’d never have a still mind again.  There I stood, in perfect shalom.  I will never, ever forget that brief moment, whose ‘shalom’ lasted for quite some time.

But, since then, there have been times when I struggle to get to that place.  I slip back into the human habit of thinking it’s G-d’s job to come to me.  I slip almost subconsciously into typical human thinking and behavior, forgetting the reality of His Presence, of His Compassion, and His ‘khafetz’ toward His people, His deep, affectionate desire for us to draw near to Him.  To delight in HIM.  To TRUST that He is waiting there for us, and for us to ‘move’ into Him.

I consciously had to do that again today.  The last week or so has been inordinately stressful, for various reasons.  Nothing catastrophic, just things of life that must be dealt with, several converging all at once.  And I decided, consciously, deliberately, that He is waiting for me to worship Him.  To make a move.  I was singing a melody I wrote for parts of Tehillah 135 and 115, that starts out “Bless יהוה ,” and then ‘Trust in יהוה ,” speaking to Yisra’el, the houses of Aharon and Levi, and those who FEAR יהוה .  The imperative plural for ‘trust’ is ‘bit’khu’.  It dawned on me how very similar בִּטְחוּ  and  בְּתֹוךְ are, ‘bit’khu’ and ‘betokh’.  They are, ‘trust,’ and ‘in the midst of’, respectively.  They’re similar mostly just phonetically, having two letters the same.  But, It just occurred to me that my ‘trust’ is what ‘moves’ me into the ‘midst of’, betokh, the “High Tower,” the “Shield,” the ‘Buckler’, the ‘strong fortress, the ‘ever present help’, that is יהוה .

It really is that simple.  One thing I am learning more and more, is that men complicate G-d.  Men make it difficult to ‘get to Him.’  Men impede others’ progress in their walk. Yeshua said of the Rabbis that they make proselytes “Two-times the sons of Gehinom” as they are.   Men do this, because we all think the ‘systems’ of brilliant men must be ‘the way.’  Nope.  HE is.  And HIS WAY is simple.  His burden is easy.  His Torah is a DELIGHT.  And HE HIMSELF is so FULL of compassion, and a ‘desire’ to commune with us, and be our comfort.

There really is a paradigm shift in ‘shalom,’ when we come to Him with a ‘whole heart,’ like the verse quoted above says.  נִתְקָרְבָה נָא בְּלֵבָב שָׁלֵם   Let us ‘draw near with a WHOLE heart.  The word for heart there is its full version, ‘levav.’  Two ‘houses’ and a king.  The King perhaps ‘joining’ the two houses together.  The word there for ‘whole’ is ‘shalem.’  It is the last letters of Yerushalayim, and the root word of “Shalom.”  Shalom, in Hebrew, means ‘being complete,’ having need of nothing.  The verse I quoted those years ago, ” יהוה “ Ro’i, lo ekh’sar” has a similar idea.  “ekh’sar” is sort of an opposite of ‘shalem’.  It means ‘lack,’ not complete or whole, unsatisfied.  But, in the verse, it is negated by the word ‘lo’. ” יהוה  is my shepherd, I will lack nothing.”

This is deeper probably than I can convey herein… but I hope this helps someone whose mind ‘lacks’ shalom.  Bit’khu is ‘confidence’, being translated as trust.  I hope someone is able to ‘move’ a little closer, realizing you settle your heart by KNOWING He is also coming to you….

Chief Soldier

“Therefore, endure hardships as a good soldier of Yeshua HaMashi’akh. No man can be a soldier and also entangle himself with the things of this life, if he would please him who has chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strives to win a contest, he is not crowned except he competes according to the rules.”

I have been praying for a few days now of what next to write.  Usually, I am compelled by something, some thing I read or heard, some experience I had with a person, some thought that plagued my mind, good or bad.  This week has been very different.  This week, my wife and I are making a monumental, life-changing decision, and the ‘war’ has been to make certain Abba is guiding us.  We came to shalom early in the week, and now we just have to walk through it in TRUST.

But, other things have been in my prayers, and in my dreams.  And I sometimes beg Abba to assure me He is with me, and guiding me.  And each time, I am compelled simply to ‘trust,’ and then reminded of a scripture to that effect.  Sometimes that’s tough, but, THAT is the ‘confidence’ of a true SOLDIER.  After having read the verses cited above, I again thought of this verse: “Adonai gives the word; those who declare the good news are a great army.”  [Tehillah 68:12]  I have come to love that verse.

In the verses above, from Timote’us Bet 2:3-7, the word for soldier is “Khayal,” which in that context is literally ‘valiant one.’  It is from this word the Eishet Khayil comes, from Mishlim 31:10, the ‘valiant woman’, or ‘virtuous wife’.  In order for one to be a valiant one, a soldier for Yeshua, he must realize he is CHOSEN, and did NOT choose G-d.  He must not entangle himself in the ‘things of this life,’ but strive to please the ONE who chose him.  He must play by the rules….

I firmly trust that the rules are the mitzvot of the Torah, RIGHTLY elucidated by Yeshua’s life and words, NOT by MEN who pervert them.  But, there are many who SAY they ‘trust’, but they do not ‘do’.  But, the worst person is one who SAYS he is following G-d, Yeshua, and/or His Torah, and yet HAS NO COMPASSION, and chooses to sit in judgment over his brother.

We’ve had those high-minded individuals to leave our congregation, and then run us down publicly, saying we hate Jews, simply because we choose Yeshua’s instruction over the Rabbis’.  They cannot ‘see’ the GOOD that our congregation does.  They are blinded by their religious pride.  And they bring a bad name to us by speaking negatively about us, by name.  They would think I am herein doing the same, but do you see me ‘naming’ anyone, trying to bring a bad reputation to their person or congregation?  No.  I’m simply pointing out what we go through, what has been done to us, by people who benefitted from us.  [Tehillah 41:10, 55:14-15, 109:3-5]

It is a tough road to walk, to expose the liars and charlatans in the ‘believing’ community, the lies of the Rabbis who REJECT YESHUA, the lies of ‘two-house’ teachers who divide the body according to DNA, and the false prophets out there, without also appearing to be committing ‘lashon harah’, the ‘evil tongue.’  But, I take comfort in Sha’ul and Kefa, who at times NAMED liars by name!  And in Yeshua, who called the Rabbis ‘vipers’, whitewashed tombs full of dead men’s bones’, TO THEIR FACES.

The simple truth is we live in the LAST of the LAST days, and liars and false prophets run amuck.  The Messianic community is SWAMPED with identity religionists of all persuasions: Jew-only Rabbinic Messianics, Two House Jews and Gentiles, Brit Am, Black Israelite, Hebrew Roots, Christians, all of whom DIVIDE the body.  We, tiny little Bat-Tzion, are attempting to thread the needle.  We TRUST that we can indeed put the rope through the eye of the needle, by shredding it down to its smallest parts, binding them together IN LINE behind Messiah Yeshua alone, by discarding SELF identity, and BEING Ekhad in Messiah Yeshua ALONE.  Those who ‘think’ themselves spiritually ‘rich’ refuse to do so.  They prefer their identity religion.  They prefer the twisted teachings of men.

Several times this week, I have been asked to ‘clear the air’ on one teacher or another, or one doctrine or another, in private.  This is exactly why we, our congregation, are attempting to create the liturgy needed for TRUE Messianic Congregations, those who identify in and follow the ONLY Rabbi, Yeshua HaMashi’akh, the Son of G-d.  And to create a fellowship of Messianic Peshitta congregations, and a ‘yeshiva’, to teach others the Peshat [simple] way to study scripture.  G-d really DOES make His Word very plain.  MEN complicate it.  They TWIST it for their selfish reasons. [Kefa Bet 3:14-17, Filipim 1:15-18].  Abba does indeed work in the midst of that, and save many.  But, HE is also calling HIS ARMY OUT of Bavel, OUT of ‘confusion,’ and to TRUTH.  And His Truth is unimpeachable.  It stands, regardless of what men do.

To get that accomplished, there have been many challenges.  And so few people respond to our PLAIN message, because we do NOT tickle their itching ears, but, at times, as one reader put it, send a ‘freight train’ barreling down on them.  The blast of the Shofar is indeed OFFENSIVE to someone who is ASLEEP.  Or, who is ignoring the warning of being led astray in the battle.

How do you, reader, think that Yeshua said the words he said in Luka 4, where he told His hometown, Jewish brothers and sisters, and the friends He grew up with, that they, religious Israel, were rejecting Him?  Did He yell?  Did He speak like a pretentious auntie to a baby, or did He simply plainly speak?  That is all we have ever done.  Yet so few respond, except to run us down publicly, as if they have nothing better to do.  As if we are their enemy, and did some grave offense to them personally.  Even though I personally have NEVER named anyone I know personally in any public forum, nor even hinted anything about them in my conversations, publicly or privately.  They simply are not that important to me.

It truly has grieved me this week, the way people treat each other publicly.  The way religious people run other religious people down, by name, in an effort to draw people away from someone, for a personal victory of vanity.  The way politicians mock each other and insult each other.  The way personal friends hold grudges and ‘hint’ at them on fb, hoping to raise their ire, and all the ways people are just stinking selfish.  Yeshua made the following statement to the Rabbis, who represent all that is wrong with religion, who, today, along with most religious leaders of all ilks, represent the Great Harlot of Bavel, who lead His people into confusion: “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire compassion and not sacrifice;’ for I came not to invite righteous men, but sinners.”  The problem with most religious people, is that they think they are no longer sinners.  I think I’d prefer to compete with Sha’ul and echo his saying: “It is a trustworthy saying and worthy of all acceptation, that Yeshua HaMashi’akh came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”