Beit Khisdah

We are moving to the House of Compassion.

My wife and I have been in our current home for sixteen+ years.  But, we put it on the market about three years ago.  Our deal fell through then,  so we had to wait.  We put it back on the market in 2017, but our beautiful, vine-laden pergola on our back patio fell down.  That, and many other stormy issues of life forced us to take it off the market. After much prayer and consideration, we finally decided to give it one more shot, and leave it in Abba’s hands as to whether or not we should stay in our home, the home that both my wife and I have lived in longer than any other homes in our lives, as we both were born into slightly nomadic families.

We went back to the neighborhood we almost bought in three years ago.  We found another home, a new build, that was very much to our liking, and we put a contingency on it.  We needed our home to sell by Dec at the latest.  We locked in a decent interest rate.  Our home did not get one offer during that three months.  But, our destination home was still available, but hanging by a thread.  Had the builder gotten an offer, they’d have sold it.  But, we prayed again, and ‘felt’ that we’d sell in early Jan.  And we decided we did not need to pay the price on that contingency, but go to a slightly lesser, yet very similar home.  When we did, the interest rate had come down by .25 % !  We locked.

I won’t bore everyone with ALL the details, but it’s been quite a ride.  And in the midst of that, Melly and I had a scare, an unknown that had to be resolved.   All of the ‘chaos’ converged this last weekend.  And I was not sure I could function and bring a drash.  All the possibility and opportunity to doubt and fear was before me, though.

Again, I will merely summarize.   But, I had to lean on the ‘khesed’ of our Creator and His Son Yeshua.  And by yom reishon, after praying probably more passionately than I have in a long, long time, ABSOLUTE SHALOM, “unimpeachable shalom” overwhelmed me, and I ‘knew’ that Abba was going to ‘manifest’ for us.  Monday, we, as a family, were able to REST in that absolute SHALOM, BECAUSE OF HIS GREAT COMPASSION TOWARD US.

We do not deserve it; and we know that.  But, it struck me again that our new home address is on “The House of Compassion” drive.  And our number’s ‘ultimate gamatria’ is 7.  After having lunch on Mon we were keenly aware of His GREAT compassion toward us as a family, over, and over, and over again.  In spite of all those out there, humans and evil spirits, who would see us defeated, ruined, and some, believe it or not, have even wished us dead.

I cannot express how grateful I have been this week for our lives together, in the face of all the great blessings He has poured out on us, while people and the enemy are trying to do just the opposite.  When one truly learns how compassionate the Creator is toward him, he is able to give that compassion away freely, even when he doesn’t ‘feel’ it.  He is truly able to REJOICE in G-d the Creator, and in His Son.

I have been singing the melody I wrote to verses from Ps. 135 and 115 all week.  Perhaps because we sang it this Shabbat; but perhaps more because I truly am praising His Name, for His great compassion toward mankind, and for His manifesting that Compassion to my family so graciously, always, but especially this last couple of weeks.  I do not like to post these videos, because I fear some will think I am self-aggrandizing, but I truly only wish someone who needs to ‘hear’ the message will hear Him.  I am so grateful to have heard that this ‘drash’ powerfully affected several who were there.  That’s the only ‘pay’ I take for serving Abba. I don’t know if you can ‘sense’ the Ru’akh via video, but I presume that anyone who is truly worshipping will.  And may the one who is seeking Abba for His compassion, for himself or for another, find it.

The song I mentioned starts at 00:16:15 , and the message at 1:10:30.  But, feel free to watch the whole thing, if you’ve never seen a Messianic service before.  The link below the video will take you to a page to explain much of what you see.  Shalom, Kulam!

 

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Lies, believe you

Ma’Asei [Acts] 21-22 reveals quite a bit about “Pavlos” [Sha’ul “also called” Paul] and all believers in Messiah in his day…

First, in these verses we see that he was still a keeper of Torah, and that as they lie today about him that he was not, they did then as well…

“Our brother, see how many thousands there are in Y’huda who are believers, and they are all zealous for the Torah: but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Y’hudim who are among the Goyim to forsake the Torah of Moshe, stating that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to follow after the customs of the Torah. ………then everyone will know that what has been said against you [Sha’ul] is a LIE, and that you [Sha’ul also called Paul] yourself uphold the Torah and OBEY IT.” [present tense]

In these verses we learn that Sha’ul and all of Jerusalem spoke HEBREW! NOT greek, as it has been forced on the community of faith to believe for the last 1700 years.

“And when he had given him permission, Pavlos stood on the stairs and beckoned with his hand to them. And when they were quiet he spoke to them in THE HEBREW LANGUAGE and said to them: “Brethren and fathers, hear my defense which I now make to you.” And when they heard him speak to them in THE HEBREW LANGUAGE, they were the more quiet.”

Here in this next verse we see that “Ananias,” the one who gave Sha’ul back his sight and immersed him into the faith of Messiah, is seen as a TORAH KEEPER! This is a believer in Yeshua the Messiah who kept Torah! And ALL of his peers knew that about him [because they did too, and expected it of each other.]

“And a certain man, Khanan-Yah, righteous according to the TORAH, as testified by all the Y’hudim concerning him….”

In this next verse, we see that the BELIEVERS in Yeshua assembled in the SYNAGOGUE!! Would Sha’ul LIE to Messiah Yeshua in prayer, deceive him, or misrepresent HIS followers to Him?

“And I said, ‘Adonai, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every Beit K’nesset those who believed in you.”

“Shema, Yisra’el”

The Bride of Messiah

I hope everyone reads this, those who know Messiah and see this post.
I am a ‘Messianic Jew,’ yes. Many Christians do not understand what that means, and most actually misunderstand what that means. Many of my former Christian friends have written me off as if I’ve ‘turned away’ or ‘fallen from grace,’ because they THINK I put my trust in MY works for salvation.
Come on; if you know me, you know I am intelligent enough to read scripture and know that this cannot be. Give me the benefit of the doubt, and endeavor to understand me! But many have done just the opposite, without trying to ‘see’ what I see in scripture. That is the very definition of closed-mindedness, self-indulgence, and sad to say, ignorance.
I have to be brief, but I will try to be thorough. Our portion of reading for the week is Hitgalut [Revelation] 19:1-16. I will cite a more recent translation for Messianic Jews from the Aramaic scripture, but the integrity of the text is maintained in translations from Greek. I will focus on one verse for the moment, and then share the thoughts I’m having on this scripture since the new week began on Saturday night after sundown.
“His judgments are true and righteous; for He has condemned the great harlot who has corrupted the earth with her harlotry, and has avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.” And a second time, they said, “Hallelu Yah! And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders and the four creatures fell down and worshipped Elohim who sat on the throne, saying, “Amein, Hallelu Yah!” And a voice came out from the throne, saying, “Praise our Elohim, all you His servants and you who worship Him, both small and great.” And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, like the voice of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Hallelu Yah! For יהוה Elohim, El Shaddai, reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice and give glory to Him, for the time of the marriage feast of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.” And it was given to her that she should be arrayed in fine pure linen, clean and white; for fine linen is the tzedaka of the K’doshim.”
The verse I will focus on for now will be the last one:
‘And it was given to her [The Bride of Messiah] that she should be arrayed in fine, pure linen, clean and white; for the fine linen is the Tzedaka of the K’doshim.”
This should remind any believer, one who’s ever read the Word, of the passages that Messiah is coming back for a ‘spotless’ bride, one without any ‘blemish.’ Many like to take this literally, which I also do, but not see the imagery that is replete through all scripture, former and latter rain, original and renewed covenant scriptures.
Many ignore the significance of ‘Tzedaka of the K’doshim,’ the righteous DEEDS of the set-apart ones.
Yeshua prayed to His Father that we who trusted in Him would be ‘set apart,’ by His Truth. “Your WORD is TRUTH.” [John 17]
A ‘spot’ is a sin; a sin is an infraction against the Torah. The Torah tells us what ‘righteous deeds’ are, and also what ‘works of iniquity’ are. Yes, the blood of Messiah washes us clean; but, we must often have our feet washed by Him again! By recognizing the need for it, and submitting to HIM. Not to man; not to doctrine, but to Messiah Himself. This is what Yeshua was teaching Kefa [Peter] on the night of the Pesakh [Passover]. He was already clean, only Y’hudah was not; but, He still had to be washed by Yeshua, as did every other Talmid! So do we.
How do we do that? By reading His word, understanding what sin is [breaking the instructions of G-d] , turning from sin, and being cleansed of them; REMAINING clean.
He is NOT coming for a Bride that is riddled with sin, thinking that grace is a one-time ticket punch to get into the Bridal chamber. No. This is a betrothal, and only those who make themselves ready go into that bridal chamber, which is detailed in the prophets, unbeknownst to most!
It is the Brit Khadasha [Renewed covenant scriptures] that tells us that sin is the breaking of His Torah [Body of instructions, ‘law’]. Rom 7:7, I John 3:4. And, I know that most of you who follow Him DO ask Him to forgive you of your sins, probably each time you pray, or atleast once a day. Yeshua instructed His Jewish Talmidim [‘Torah Students,’ disciples] to do so ‘when you stand praying;’ Jews ‘stand’ for prayer every day at noon, and in the Beit K’nesset [Synagogue] on Shabbat, and ask Abba to forgive them of their sins. He was affirming Jewish custom with this prayer we all know by heart! So, we know we are supposed to ask for forgiveness of sin. But, we are also to strive NOT to sin!
“Do not lead us into hard testing [temptation], but deliver us from the evil [of sin, HaSatan, the adversary who causes us to break Torah].
How does Abba ‘deliver’ us? By ‘leading us’ into righteousness!
The only difference between Messianic Jews [and those Gentiles who have joined Him in trust] and traditional Christians is that we see the WHOLE body of instruction as defining what sin is.
Simply put, we believe there are still TEN commandments! And not just nine.
“Zakhor et Yom HaShabbat, l’kodsho.” Remember the SABBATH DAY, to set it apart.
We Messianic Jews believe ABSOLUTELY that Messiah atoned for all our sin, and that it is by trust in that fact and in His Resurrection that we are saved. But, we also believe He expects us NOT to continue in sin. And, we happen to believe that breaking HIS Sabbath is STILL a sin, as is breaking all His Sabbaths. That is the big difference between us and ‘traditional Christianity.’
The Sabbath Command was written in STONE. It is eternal! It is the “Sign” of who His people are! It is the ‘sign’ of His Bride!
It, therefore, is a big part of our remaining ‘spotless.’ This SEVENTH day was SO important, that Abba sent Manna for 40 years, doubling their portion of it on the sixth day, so that they would know which day was HIS SEVENTH day. Jews have been the keepers of it ever since, INCLUDING Yeshua, Kefa [Peter], all the Shlikhim [Apostles], and Sha’ul [Paul]. They NEVER stopped keeping the Sabbath. If you read your Bible carefully and ask HIM, He will show you this is true! It is HIS Sabbath. He gave it to MANKIND, and He affirmed it in the Jewish People. It is a SIGN of obedience to HIM. It was never overturned in Scripture.
This brings us to the harlot in the first part of our portion for this week.
A harlot is someone who cheats on her husband. See Hoshea, whose wife was adulterous, a harlot.
Our betrothed, our husband, is Elohim, who has manifested to us in Messiah Yeshua. He has promised that we would be HIS BRIDE, IF we are unblemished.
Messiah Yeshua IS Jewish. Not ‘was,’ but IS. It is in Hitgalut [Rev] 5 that He is called the root of Yishai [Jesse] and the offspring of David [David was king of Judah, Y’hudah, where we get our word for “Jew.”] He was assigned the moniker “Yeshua HaNatzri [Natzri is also ‘root’] uMelekh ha Y’hudim”, Yeshua the Nazarene and King of the Jews, on the sign above Him as He hung on the tree. HE KEPT THE SABBATH.  Why do His followers NOT follow HIM?
He is the WORD of יהוה, He is the Torah in flesh. The Torah and the WORD of יהוה are the SAME THING.
“And it shall come to pass in the Akharit HaYamim [LAST DAYS], that the mountain of the house of יהוה shall be established as the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many peoples shall go and say: ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of יהוה, to the house of the Elohim of Ya’akov; and He will teach us of HIS WAYS, and we will walk in HIS PATHS.’ For out of Tzion shall go forth the TORAH, and the Word of יהוה from Yirushalayim.”
Believer in Messiah, please ‘SEE’ that this is HIS INSTRUCTION [Torah], this is YESHUA, the Word/TORAH in a body! And we will all, who are His Bride, go up to HEAR the TORAH! When Messiah Yeshua Himself teaches it in Yirushalayim….[Is 2]
Do you honestly think He would ‘do away with it’ for 2000 years, and then teach it again when He reigns, as if you were NOT supposed to know it before? ALL scripture beyond the first five books are rooted in the first five books, the ‘Torah.’ It was called ‘The Word’ FIRST, before any other book was written. [Num 15:31, Deu 5:5, Is 1:10, Micah 4:2]
The “Akharit HaYamim” are already here! We are already in the LAST DAYS, and have been for 2000 years; and His Torah has gone out into all the earth…by HIS RUAKH. But, ONLY A FEW have found it!
Why? Because the HARLOT has taken it, perverted it, mixed it with all manner of pagan rites, and made SOME of the people of יהוה drunk on the wine of her adultery, and murdered those who would not conform.
True ‘protestants’ have been killed by the harlot for 2000 years. The harlot is ANY religion that denies OR perverts the Word of יהוה, telling people that His ‘Torah’ [Yeshua] is allegory, symbolic, faded, done away with, changed, etc. When יהוה says of His Torah [Law] that it is ETERNAL, EVERLATISTING, ESTABLISHED, and Yeshua said Himself that He did NOT come to do away with it. And, He, Yeshua, said that anyone who teaches someone to break the commandments would be called LEAST in the Kingdom of Heaven. [Matt 5:18-19]
Harlotry is ‘mixing,’ it is ‘cheating’ on G-d. It is combining His intimacy with the intimacy of other gods. History is OVERFLOWING with PROOF that most of what Constantine’s version of Christianity practices is pagan in origin. Understand this, please: Constantine was a pagan until just before he died! HE changed the Sabbath to ‘sun-day,’ NOT Yeshua, and NOT the Shlikhim [Apostles], and NOT the ‘early church.’ If you read the ENTIRE Brit Khadasha [‘NT,’ Renewed Covenant scriptures], you will find NOT ONE PLACE where they assembled for worship on ‘sun-day.’ NOT ONE!
Constantine was an ‘anti-Messiah,’ which Yokhanan tells us was already in the world in the 1st century. Dani’el tells us that the anti-Messiah would ‘change the seasons and the torah.’ Constantine did precisely that. He was a pagan. He moved the Sabbath to ‘sun-day,’ calling it the glorious day of ‘Sol,’ his pagan deity. He moved Pesakh to ‘Ishtar,’ his pagan god of fertility, [Easter] which was also worshiped on dec 25. He forbad the worship of believers on the Jewish Sabbath or on the Jewish Pesakh, because he wanted, in HIS OWN WORDS, ‘nothing to do with that disgusting people, the Jews.’ He CHANGED the ‘seasons,’ the FEASTS, AND the Torah. Shortly after moving the High Days of Messiah and making Sabbath-keeping against the law, saying ‘let us NO LONGER worship on the Sabbath, but let us NOW worship on that glorious day of Sol,’ he then made it official that ‘Torah’ was allegory, and ‘old testament’ replaced by the new. Theologians have been teaching it that way ever since. Messiah did NOT, and neither did the apostles.
If someone is a ‘protestant’ who has returned to sun-day, worship, he is NOT a protestant against Constantine, but he is following him, and NOT his JEWISH MESSIAH. He remains catholic. If one keeps ‘easter’ instead of Pesakh [Passover], one is NOT following Messiah Yeshua, who instructed His own Talmidim to keep Pesakh, and said, ‘as often as you do this, remember me.’
Catholicism and all its various protestant ‘daughters’ are HARLOTRY.
“Come OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE,” says Yeshua!
Yes, we ARE forgiven when we are participating in these things without having known the error of it. Yes, grace is SO BIG that He can overlook offenses unknown to ourselves! He TEACHES HIS TRUTH ONLY, by His Word, through His Ruakh. There comes a point when we are responsible, and not our ‘teachers,’ especially when He has given us access to His Word and shown us plainly what HIS will is.
Being least in His Kingdom means not being His Bride. His Bride is His intimate one. She has studied the marriage contract [the Torah] and made herself ready for the Bridegroom accordingly. She has washed herself, and kept herself pure, unadulterated, and devoted to the Groom. She follows HIM, she does not deign to lead Him, or to cheat on Him. She is preparing herself to enter the ‘kheder’ of the Bridegroom, her Khuppah, which she will leave when she returns with Him. [Isa 26:20, Joel 2:16]
Just consider whether or not you have been taught correctly; and see if there is a ‘sun-day’ in the scriptures where the early congregation met for assembly. Look at the plain text, out from under the blinders of what you already ‘think,’ and you’ll see they ALL kept the Sabbath, Jews and Gentiles alike.
I write this with love for all the brotherhood of Messiah, because He will come for an unblemished Bride. Breaking the Sabbath is a huge blemish, when one is aware of His Truth.

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Open Letter to U.S. Governors

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Dear Governor,

I write because you represent the people of your state.  Your duty is to protect the lives of those people.  Their location should not matter, as long as their corpus is within the boundaries of your state.  I believe that deep down, you should understand this.  You did not get elected because you are ignorant, nor a fool.

In our country, there is one state that has chosen to defy human decency and common sense.  That state is New York.  In all likelihood, your state does some sort of business/commerce with New York.  That exchange should cease, until New York changes its new stance on killing newborn babies.  One of the first declarations of our rights in our founding documents is the declaration that every citizen has a right to LIFE.  That’s the FIRST one.  Because it is very basic.  When a state chooses to kill, or to sanction the killing of American lives, it is violating our Constitution in the most egregious way.

New York has chosen not to protect the lives of its citizens.  They have determined that the rest of America does not understand the very basic definition of “life” or “human being.”  Just for clarity, we [humans] define life this way: “the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death.”  We define the human being as “a man, woman, or child of the species Homo sapiens, distinguished from other animals by superior mental development, power of articulate speech, and upright stance.”  Lest one equivocate over the human infant’s capacity to reproduce, speak, or stand upright, no one doubts that given the chance to exercise its capacity to GROW, he will also eventually stand upright, speak, and have the capacity to reproduce.  Your reading this is itself proof of that premise.  Further, our federal government has chosen to protect the American Bald and Golden Eagles, to the extent that we protect the EGG as if it were an Eagle.  Are we NOT to apply the same logic to the HUMAN, who is simply removed from the potential place of death by a mere few inches?  Or worse, one who simply has not taken his first breath?  Do you not see the hypocrisy?

I come to you as a citizen.  I plead with you, and with your whole state government: speak out about this heinous new law that New York has just instated.  Call Governor Cuomo and reprimand him for his inhuman act of signing that bill into law.  Sanction that state for NOT PROTECTING ITS CITIZENS.

What is to stop a mother from simply killing a baby that is a day old, a week old, a month old?  Do you not, seriously, see the slippery slope this country is on since Roe V. Wade?

Do not think for a moment that a callous, hardened heart will somehow escape the reward of approving of, condoning, celebrating, or even ‘tolerating’ such thought.  Whether you believe in a G-d or not, most of us in America do.  And our Creator, mentioned in our Declaration of Independence, hates this new law, and I state that with absolute confidence. Not because I think myself a prophet, or better than any other man, but because the scriptures upon which our laws were founded, whether you’ve denied that fact or not, state: “There are six things which יהוה hates, yes, seven which are an abomination unto Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood…”  He clearly believes that the person who is residing in the womb of his mother IS a person.  He told the prophet Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the belly I knew you, and before you came forth out of the womb I set you apart…”  The prophet, John the Immerser, leaped in the womb, when he sensed the presence of the Messiah in his cousin’s womb.  How dare anyone think to take the life of an infant, simply because he has not breathed his first breath. He is partaking of his mother’s LIFE while he is in the womb.  He is a person.  Ask any mother or father in this country whether they would have grieved at the loss of their child, before or after his birth.   Do NOT harden your heart to these infant citizens.

I am, along with as many as I can persuade, demanding that you and all U.S. state governors SANCTION the state of New York, and speak about the atrocity that is this new law, and rail against the murder of American Citizens, born and unborn.  If we do not, then eventually, simply passing through any door, real or imagined, will be cause enough for the death of any of us.  This wicked, perverted, heinous line of thought must be extinguished.  If it is not, this country will perish.  Mark these words.

Sincerely,

Daniel W. Crouch

Concerned American Citizen

[Feel FREE to copy and mail in.  Being mailed via post to all 49 other governors. Gov. Cuomo will get his own, personal letter soon]

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.”

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?