Saturday, July 6, 2019

A personal testimony

Mishpocah, I must share a personal testimony with you that directly concerns one of the passages in this week’s Torah portion – something ADONAI did in my life back in the Fall of 1996, approximately a year and a half after I “got saved” in a little Baptist church in Missouri. The passage was this:

Deuteronomy 1:5 There, beyond the Yarden, in the land of Mo'av, Moshe took it upon himself to expound this Torah and said: 6 "ADONAI spoke to us in Horev. He said, 'You have lived long enough by this mountain”…. (CJB)

The reason I mention this passage is because this is the same passage He used to get me to move to Colorado Springs from Seymour, Missouri way back in 1996! You see, approximately a year after the Ruach got a hold of me at the ripe ol’ age of 44, I started “hearing” God’s voice telling me to “move to Colorado Springs!” For at least six months, that phrase was the first thought in my head every morning and my last thought before falling asleep every night.

While I was sure it was the Ruach’s prompting, I couldn’t believe that God would tell me to move to Colorado Springs, because that was the place where my adoptive father (my mother’s new husband who brought us to the US from Germany) started seriously sexually abusing me when I was only 10 years old … and I do mean SERIOUSLY … whenever he got the chance - since my mother worked as a waitress during the evening hours.

Regardless, I kept feeling the Ruach nudging me (very insistently) to move to Colorado Springs. Oh my gosh, it was NERVE WRACKING and I honestly thought I might be cracking up, because I could NOT get it out of my head! Of course, I did my level best to ignore that “voice”; however, one day, while doing my daily Bible studies (reading my way though the Bible for the first time in my life), I “happened upon” a passage that “jumped out at me” as if it had been written just for me!

That passage was the one I mentioned above. 'You have lived long enough by this mountain…MOVE to Colorado Springs!”

I was stunned and frankly, quite angry, because I knew He KNEW what had happened to me in Colorado Springs. I remember myself at 10 years old BEGGING Him to stop my father, but He never did. How dare He do this to me, now? WHY would He want to?

HOW COULD HE DO THIS TO ME?

Well, okay, by that time I had learned enough about God and the Bible to understand that when God speaks, you DO – whether you like it, or not. There were plenty of examples in Scripture.

Still, I was truly upset and so, gripped by anger, I raised my eyes upward and yelled out loud: “Okay, FINE! I’ll move to Colorado Springs! I’ll stay for a year, but if I don’t like there, I’m moving back HERE because that’s where all my friends are!”

And so I did. I sold all my possessions, put my house up for sale, and moved to Colorado Springs, not knowing what lay ahead.

Well, all that seemed to lay ahead was a year of total disappointment, loneliness, Bible studies, trying to find a “good Baptist church” like my pastor demanded, cleaning houses to make ends meet, and working as a part-time receptionist until I could land a job in my career field of journalism. The cost of living in Colorado is much higher than in Missouri, and I could not long survive solely on my military retirement.

Time went on, people weren’t all that friendly here, and I couldn’t seem to make any new friends, and so, by the end of that first year , I was still cleaning houses and working as a receptionist. I had found a “good Baptist church,” but kept feeling “something very important was missing in the church” – but in those days, I had no clue what it might be. (YHWH didn’t reveal Torah to me until approximately six months later.) I wasn’t happy with ANYTHING.

And so, one Sunday, while crying in my car after church, I again became angry and yelled at God to let Him know I was DONE with this and going back home to Missouri. “I’ve done as you asked, and NOTHING has happened here after a whole, entire YEAR, so I obviously didn’t hear You correctly!” I yelled. “So, tomorrow morning, I plan on packing and moving back to Missouri, because I can’t do this anymore!”

Well, amazingly, on Monday morning, I got a call from the owner of the Colorado Springs Business Journal, informing me I had been selected to become their Associate Editor, effective immediately….

Hmmm. Okay. So, I stayed.

While I was still a new believer (a total of two and a half years at the time), I was smart enough to realize that YHWH had a sense of humor and He had taught me a great lesson: TRUST HIM and don’t ever test or try to make deals with Him when He is clearly trying to DO something in your life! (Remember, I had told Him I would move to Colorado Springs “for a year” and if I didn’t like it, I was going to return to Missouri….

Well, He had let me make my “deal” and allowed me to wait exactly a year before FINALLY revealing His grand plan for me! All my whining and fretting and sweating and getting nothing much accomplished (except to finish the year-long Bible study that my pastor had given me before I left Missouri) had been for naught. I could have saved myself a whole lot of trouble by simply TRUSTING Him to do what needed to be done for HIS Glory.

Believe me, that is exactly what I’ve done, ever since – and my life has been full of blessings, ever since!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

A word about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Tweet about Ivanka Trump: "Being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification."

Well, newsflash, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez: Being a former waitress and bartender doesn’t actually qualify YOU to be a member of Congress, yet there you are!

Now, it’s no secret that I’m no Trump fan – but the man IS our President and it’s his prerogative to hire whomever he wishes to be his advisers. In this case, he’s appointed his daughter Ivanka.

Say what you will about Ivanka, but she is also a fourth generation business woman who followed in the footsteps of her great-grandparents, serving for a time as an executive vice president of the family-owned Trump Organization. She was also a boardroom judge on her father's TV show The Apprentice.

Unlike many couch-potato Americans who are busy pointing fingers and making fun of Ivanka, she has been WORKING for a living. A fashion designer, author, and reality television personality, she is also married to Jared Kushner, who is an American investor, real-estate developer, and newspaper publisher who is currently senior advisor to his father-in-law, Donald Trump, the President of the United States.

As for the illustrious Ocasio-Cortez (who is busy trashing both Ivanka and her father in a clear attempt to build herself up), she majored in international relations and economics at Boston University, graduating in 2011. Afterward, she worked as a waitress and bartender before running for Congress in 2018. To her credit, she also served as an educational director for the five-day-long 2017 Northeast Collegiate World Series for the National Hispanic Institute (Source: Wikipedia, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)

NONE of those things serve as actual qualifications for her lofty goals. Not one.

So, my advice to AOC is: By all means, reach whatever goals you can, but at least have the decency to stop trashing others on your way up.

Just because New York was liberal and dumb enough to elect you to Congress, doesn’t mean you are actually QUALIFIED to be there. Judging by many of the things YOU’VE said, you definitely aren’t

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Some thoughts about Matthew 10:5-6

There is so much to learn in just this one tiny little passage!

Matthew 10:5. Y’shua sent these twelve and commanded them and said, Do not go by the way of the heathen, and do not enter the cities of the Samaritans. 6. But you go, rather, to the sheep that are lost from the house of Israel. (AENT)

Many insist that the House of Israel consists only of the "lost tribes" of Israel and that Torah was "only for the Jews" and NOT for the Gentiles. NOTHING could be further from the Truth!

First of all, there weren’t any “Hebrews” or “Israelites/Jews” before the patriarch Jacob had his children. As a result, the first 20 generations of the human race were simply people called to righteous behavior by YHWH with no ethnic identity attached to them at all.

In the meantime, ALL who accepted YHWH as their ELOHIM were obligated to obey His commands. (See Exodus 12:49 and Numbers 15:13-16.)

Therefore, after Torah was formally given at Mt. Sinai to ALL who stood before YHWH (including the pagans who had followed Moshe out of Egypt), we are left with little doubt that AFTERWARD the “light” of Mashiyach was to be presented to the “Goyim” (nations or Gentiles) by way of the Jewish nation.

Mashiyach Y’shua himself did not go to the “Gentiles”; therefore, it is imperative for non-Jewish people to comprehend the roots and origin of Mashiyach and the Renewed Covenant according to Torah and the original Hebrew and Aramaic languages.

The footnote to the verse above in the Aramaic English New Testament says that Matthew 10:6 (and 15:24) links to Psalms 119:176 and Jeremiah 50:6 via the hermeneutic rule Gezerah Shavah (Equivalence of Expressions). The Hebrew “sey” (sheep) and “abad” (lost) are common terms, abad (lost) means perished or destroyed, rather than “geographically” lost.

Since YHWH’s people have been led astray by false shepherds through disobedience to His Covenant, their relationship with Him has been destroyed in much the same way that Adam and Eve lost their chance at immortality by following the deception of the serpent.

Counterfeit theologies can easily displace the truth if a person does not access the words of Y’shua in their original context.

Shabbat study for July 6, 2019: Parashah 44: D'varim (Words) Deuteronomy 1:1 through 3:22

For those who wish to get started on this week’s Torah portion, check out our synopsis of Parashah 44: D'varim (Words); Deuteronomy 1:1 through 3:22.

Deuteronomy - or D'varim (pronounced "De-var-eem" in Hebrew) is the plural form of the word "d'var," which means, "word." This Torah portion actually serves as a recap of the major events in the lives of the Hebrews who were rescued from Egypt.

To get started, imply click on the link above to read our synopsis, and then read all of the Torah, Haftarah and Brit Chadasha portions outlined in our article.