Friday, November 26, 2021

Tired of being harassed by anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers!

OKAY, I JUST HAVE TO VENT because I'm tired of being berated by unmasked people, for wearing a mask whenever I enter a public facility. Normally, people in shopping centers simply ignore each other, but occasionally there is someone who feels a need to let you know that they think you're moron for wearing a mask - usually by staying silent and tossing you disgusted glance while you're standing in line, waiting at the checkout.

Well, this morning I got a double-whammy, and it just "hit me wrong" and I have to let it out, or I'll rupture something...

To avoid large crowds, I usually do my grocery shopping early in the morning. and this morning at Walmart, there just happened to be a small "traffic jam" by the shopping cart section.

Some guy standing next to me grabbed a cart and started to push it in front of mine, just as I was trying to cross through the small gaggle of people, to get the alcohol wipes dispenser. Clearly irritated, the stopped and impatiently waved me on to allow me to get in front of him, because he thought I was heading for the automatic doors to get into Walmart.

Smiling behind my mask, I thanked him, and told him to go ahead because I was trying to get to the alcohol wipes dispenser to clean my shopping cart.

Instead of simply moving on - before hastily pushing his cart past me and heading through the automatic doors - this mask-less wonder made a show of screwing up his face and rolling his eyes, and saying, loud enough for everyone to hear, "Oh, great ... another one afraid of COVID!"

While I don't normally respond to rude people, this time, I really, REALLY wanted to, because I've had ENOUGH of this nonsense of being berated for MY CHOICE to use common sense during a world-wide pandemic!

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately, because my carnal was ready, willing and able to show its ugly face!), I needed to get to that alcohol dispenser, because I didn't want to push an unsanitary shopping cart around.

Here is what I would have LOVED to have said to that guy had I simply gone for it and left my shopping cart to follow him into the store to LOUDLY give him a piece of my mind:

"No, you jackass - I'm not 'afraid of COVID.' Unlike YOU, I'm just doing MY part to try to stem the tide of this pandemic! People like YOU are THE reason COVID is never going away, and why hospitals are filled to capacity with COVID patients! And people like YOU are THE REASON, we've now got a new "variant" that's worse than the Delta Variant!

"So, go ahead and make fun of people like me, and be a selfish jerk, who refuses to wear a mask to protect yourself and others; and keep on pretending this pandemic doesn't concern you. But DON'T YOU DARE put me down for MY CHOICE!

"...Oh, and by the way, I also sanitize all my groceries before I take them into my home. And then I wash my hands thoroughly before touching anything. MY CHOICE, buddy - and it's NONE of YOUR business!"

People, COVID has truly brought out the worst in humanity (including me, because I'm becoming evermore angry toward those who refuse to, at the very least, put on a mask). Like most everything else today, this pandemic has turned into an "us against them" situation - even among Believers.

I can't tell you how many times I've had people on Facebook tell me (usually via private messages) that, because I am vaccinated and wear a mask, I "don't trust God." (Yeah, right - LOL!) To them, I say, "I trust God; I'm also smart enough to NOT TEST HIM!"

Not even Yeshua "tested" Him!

Matthew 4:5 Then the Adversary took him to the holy city and set him on the highest point of the Temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “jump! For the Tanakh says, ‘He will order his angels to be responsible for you. . . . They will support you with their hands, so that you will not hurt your feet on the stones.’”7 Yeshua replied to him, “But it also says, ‘Do not put Adonai your God to the test.’”

Deuteronomy 6:16 Do not put Adonai your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah [testing].

Luke 4:12 Yeshua answered him, “It also says, ‘Do not put Adonai your God to the test.’”

It seems to me that most of the world is TESTING ADONAI....

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Something important to think about

Look at the passage below to see what YHWH expected of his Cohanim (priests) … and then ponder that passage because, while he was referring to the Levite Priests back then, guess what: WE are now “priests” as well; which means ALL Believers, holy and set apart for Him, must walk according to Torah !

Malachi 2: 1 "Now, cohanim (priests), this command is for you. 2 If you won't listen, if you won't pay attention to honoring my name," says ADONAI-Tzva'ot, "then I will send the curse on you; I will turn your blessings into curses. Yes, I will curse them, because you pay no attention. 3 I will reject your seed; I will throw dung in your faces, the dung from your festival offerings; and you will be carted off with it. 4 Then you will know that I sent you this command to affirm my covenant with Levi," says ADONAI-Tzva'ot. 5 "My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave him these things. It was also one of fear, and he feared me; he was in awe of my name.

6 The true Torah was in his mouth, and no dishonesty was found on his lips; he walked with me in peace and uprightness and turned many away from sin. 7 A cohen's lips should safeguard knowledge, and people should seek Torah from his mouth, because he is the messenger of ADONAI-Tzva'ot. 8 But you turned away from the path, you caused many to fail in the Torah, you corrupted the covenant of Levi," says ADONAI-Tzva'ot. 9 "Therefore I have in turn made you contemptible and vile before all the people, because you did not keep my ways but were partial in applying the Torah." (CJB)

Since our bodies are now our "temple" and we are priests in His eyes, shouldn't WE take YHWH and His commands seriously? According to the Apostle Peter, we should!

1 Peter 2: 3 For you have tasted that Adonai is good. 4 As you come to him, the living stone, rejected by people but chosen by God and precious to him, 5 you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be cohanim set apart for God to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to him through Yeshua the Messiah. (CJB)

1 Peter 2: 9. But you are an elect race, officiating as priests of the Kingdom; a Set Apart people, a redeemed congregation; that you should proclaim the praises of him who called you out of darkness to his precious light: 10. who formerly were not counted as a people but now are the people of Elohim; and also, there were (once) no mercies on you but now mercies are poured out upon you. 11. My beloved, I entreat you as strangers and pilgrims, separate yourselves from all lusts of the body, for they war against the soul.

12. And let your behavior be honorable before all men; so that they who utter evil speeches against you, may see your good actions and may praise Elohim in the day of trial. 13. And be submissive to all the sons of men, for Elohim's sake; to kings, on account of their authority; 14. and to judges because they are sent by him for the punishment of offenders, and for the praise of them that do well. 15 For so is the will of Elohim, that by your good deeds you may stop the mouth of the foolish who do not know Elohim: 16. As free men, you are not like men who make their freedom a cloak for their wickedness, but as the servants of Elohim. (CJB)

Revelation 1:5 To him, the one who loves us, who has freed us from our sins at the cost of his blood, 6 who has caused us to be a kingdom, that is, cohanim for God, his Father — to him be the glory and the rulership forever and ever. Amen. (CJB)