Lagging Behind Is The Enemies Attack

Moving from Passover to Pentecost (counting the Omer.) Are You being left behind? Are you Lagging Back? Many years ago while Pastoring I had a reoccurring dream. In the dream Debbie and I were hiking up steep inclines, down into valleys and back up to higher ridges in the landscapes. People were walking with us and some were keeping step and some where following. But there were those who were lagging behind. In the dream I asked God why they were lagging. He said they do not like change and they would be left behind, this was there choice. This birthed my phrase saying, Go with the Goers.”

Many scholars in Ancient Hebrew thought, believe when the Israelites crossed over from Egypt to Canaan there were some who did not do so. Many did not sacrifice a lamb and put the blood on their door post. There were many who lagged and just didn’t want to leave the enslavement of their past. This is where, on our journey with God we must be careful of murmuring and complaining. Out of seven of Israel’s enemies their was one that God said you must utterly destroy. They were the Amalakites. They would not attack the whole nation or even Tribes. They preyed on the ones who were lagging back. Some where lagging because of disease or age. But others lagged back because of negative, murmuring and complaining. Amalak means, “discouragement, slow to respond, or Frozen”.

In This journey of 50 days from Passover to Pentecost, where ever you find yourself, in business, relationships, ministry, or life one must destroy the Amalak in your life. As long as we complain we open our selves to being in a rut of no direction and destiny without purpose and movement.

My prayer for you is God’s supernatural grace to overcome and see the future and be filled with hope, anticipation, and Joy.

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SEVEN PASSOVER BLESSINGS

This Saturday evening Passover ends. This is a window of opportunity to get into God’s Covenant Blessings. According to Exodus 23 there are 7 promises to each one who celebrates and honors Passover. This is G_d’s Feast. It is not only for the Jewish people but for all Christians too.

Exodus 23: “Three times you shall keep a feast to Me in the year: You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread (you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt; none shall appear before Me empty); and the Feast of Harvest, the firstfruits of your labors which you have sown in the field; and the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labors from the field. “Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord God. “You shall not offer the blood of My sacrifice with leavened bread; nor shall the fat of My sacrifice remain until morning.

(When you bring an Passover offering to the Lord on Passover)The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God. You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk. “

1. G_D WILL SEND A PASSOVER ANGEL TO YOU: Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My name is in Him.

2. G_D WILL BE AN ENEMY TO YOUR ENEMIES: But if you indeed obey His voice and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. For My Angel will go before you and bring you in to the Amorites and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Canaanites and the Hivites and the Jebusites; and I will cut them off. You shall not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do according to their works; but you shall utterly overthrow them and completely break down their sacred pillars. “

3. G_D WILL SUPERNATURALLY PROVIDE FOR YOU: So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water.

4. G_D WILL TAKE AWAY SICKNESS AND HEAL YOU: And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land;

5. G_D WILL PROLONG YOUR DAYS: I will fulfill the number of your days. “

6. G_D WILL DRIVE OUT YOUR ENEMIES AND GIVE YOU ABUNDANCE: “I will send My fear before you, I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come, and will make all your enemies turn their backs to you. And I will send hornets before you, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite from before you.

7. G_D WILL GIVE YOU AN ALPHA YEAR: I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land. And I will set your bounds from the Red Sea to the sea, Philistia, and from the desert to the River. For I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you. They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against Me. For if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.” Exodus 23

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Tonight Is The Great Shabbat

Tonight is The Great Sabbath: Today in the Biblical Calendar is Called the Shabbat HaGodal which means The Great Shabbat. It is found in Exodus 12 when God commanded the Israelites to a lamb and bring into their house for 4 days. Then on the 14th day of Nisan (the first month of the Biblical Calendar, when God told them this shall be the beginning of months. In other words God just re-booted their history and lives since they were going to be set free from bondage for the past 400 years.) Move forward to New Testament Matthew 21, Jesus enters Jerusalem what the church has called “Palm Sunday”. Which is actually the same day of Shabbat HaGodal, The Great Shabbat. The multitude is their (1000’s) to celebrate The Great Shabbat and Passover. They see instead of thousands of lambs in which the High Priest would look over and pick out the spotless one, they see not a four legged creature but a two legged Savior riding on a donkey and they scream, “Hosannah, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Hosannah means, “save us.” At Passover, Yeshua’s blood was shed to protect us from the death angel and protect our home and family. In Exodus 12 they were commanded to bring “a lamb” in (verse 3) into their home. In verse 4, they were commanded to bring “the lamb” into their home. And in verse 5, they were commanded to bring “your lamb” into your home. The Great Shabbat- Hosannah, Yeshua, A Lamb, The Lamb, and Your Lamb into your home (heart).

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Favor Isn’t Fair

The Torah reading for this week is found in Genesis 39. It is the story of Joseph being sold to slave traders and ending up in Egypt. I’ve always said, “favor isn’t fair.” Because Joseph was marked by God, God gave him favor. Genesis 39 says,

“The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field.” Genesis 39:2-5

Did you catch this? THE LORD WAS WITH JOSEPH SO THAT HE PROSPERED.” Yes, I love it. From the time Potiphar put Joseph in charge of his household, the Lord blessed Potiphar’s house and all he owned because of Joseph.

Even when Joseph was in the pit God had a plan for him. Why, because pit stands for, Person In Training. No matter what we are going through we can know that God has a plan.

My prayer today for you is simply this:

May the Lord be with you so that you prosper. May you be marked with God’s Favor at school, work, church, wherever you live and go. So that the workplace, school, government, church, and home and family prospers because of God’s favor on your life. Shalom!

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Kislev: Trust, Rest, Provision, and Victory

This evening at sundown begins the 9th month of Biblical Calendar and 3rd month of Israel’s civil calendar, Kislev. Kislev is the month of rest and trust. It is the month to rest in all that God has promised and trust Him to bring to fruition. The name Kislev derives from the Hebrew word kesel1 (כֶּסֶל), which means either “security,” or “trust.”

Kislev is the month of dreams. During the Torah reading of this month the Torah refers to more Dreams than at any other time. Joseph was a dreamer and the Torah tells the story of Joseph dream and the drama with it but finally the fulfillment.

Kislev is the month of sweet sleep. It is the month to develop sweet peaceful sleep patterns. Sleep depends on the tranquility and restfulness that comes from feeling trust and security in God and His Divine providence. At the end of Leviticus, we find the blessing, “And you shall dwell securely in your land. And I shall give peace in the land, and you shall lie down without fear….”

To have a sense in sleep suggests something we all ascribe to achieve. The word “sense” (חוּשׁ) itself is cognate to “quickness” (חִישׁ) implying that a person who has a well-develop sleep and fall asleep quickly.

Kislev is the month of a Rainbow. Last month was the month of Noah and the flood. The Rainbow was the Covenant promise from God that He would never flood the earth again. This is the month to remember God’s covenant through Yeshua His son.

Kislev is the month when MARY was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Yeshua was born at Tabernacles. Chanukah is on the 25th day of Kislev which is nine month prior. Kislev is the month of the Holy Spirit birthing In you. Birthing new promises, business, ministry, hope, or faith. Birthing that which has laid dormant in your life.

Kislev is the month of Chanukah and the miracle of restoration and divine provision. The story of a small priestly Jewish family that resisted and over threw the Greco Roman Empire. After they cleansed the temple of the Roman’s worship of Greek mysticism, the Macubees re-established the worship of Elohim. There was only enough oil to light the lamb stand in Holy of Holies for one day until they could press enough olives. God provided oil supernaturally for eight days. This is the month to trust and rest in God’s supernatural provision and victory.

Kislev is the month of the tribe of Benjamin who were skilled archers. Like the artillary or snipers in this day, they could handle the bow and arrow decisively and quickly. They were skilled in warfare defeating the enemy. This is the month of using the word of God and prayer to defeat your enemy.

May God sanctify you and set you apart to accomplish all He has for ordained for you and your family this month of Kislev, 5779. Shalom

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As A Disciple of Yeshua We Must Desire The “Red Stuff”

This week’s Torah Reading is found in Genesis 25:19 thru Genesis 28:9

I confess I don’t like this portion of Genesis where it deals with Jacob’s manipulation of Esau and the stealing of his birthright. While reading this passage this morning my spirit was agitated. Could it be because that attitude of manipulation, hiding ones motives, and not being forthright in all ones relationships at times is self centered? After all, we all have sinned and come short of God’s best. So, after reading Genesis 26 this morning, I asked God why does this passage bother me? Because if we are not careful we all have the propensity to be like Jacob, conniving and manipulative. Last November I posted the following Blog in my Wellspring Israel Blog page. I think it answers this Dilemma.

Jacob made a stew. Esau returns from hunting, exhausted and famished. When he sees the stew he exclaims, “Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished!” The Hebrew is even more comical. He uses a verb more appropriate to describe “slopping the pigs.” In his desperation, he cannot quite formulate the word for soup, so he stammers around calling it, “red, red stuff.” “Quick, slop me some of that red, red stuff!” he begs. Jacob, on the other hand, replies calmly and deliberately and in clear legal terms, “Sell me as this day (from this day on) your birthright.” There are no hidden terms, no fine print, and no deceitful bait-and-switch. It is a straightforward and honest offer.

Esau should have refused. He should have been insulted that Jacob would suggest such a sacrilege. Jacob asked him to forfeit everything that Abraham and Isaac had cherished—the entire covenant, the land of Canaan, the blessings and the promises, the future destiny of the nation, all for the price of a bowl of soup.

Instead of refusing the offer, Esau briefly considered it and accepted the terms. He said, “Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?” This was hyperbole. His life was not in danger; he was not about to die. He let his appetite dictate his will. His desire for red, red stuff, at the moment, outweighed the value of being Isaac’s firstborn.

Whenever we allow our appetites to rule us, we follow in the footsteps of Esau. A disciple of Yeshua should not let his desire for “red, red stuff” dictate his decisions. Opportunities to honor or despise his birthright in the kingdom pass before him on a daily basis. He is constantly placed in positions where he must decide between what he craves and what is right. A man controlled by his appetites is a godless man. All forms of materialism and greed fall into the same category. Some people desire power, control, and prestige. Others will find that physical addictions and substance abuse dictate their decisions in life. For many men and women, sexual temptation is the “red, red stuff” for which they are willing to compromise their spiritual birthright. All of these are signs of the spirit of Esau. The writer of the book of Hebrews warns us:

Let there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears. (Hebrews 12:16-17)

Disciples of Yeshua are children of Jacob, not children of Esau. Our animal nature does not rule us. We belong, not to our appetites, but to the Master. Our heads must rule our hearts: “Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body” (1 Corinthians 6:13).

Esau accepted Jacob’s offer. The Hebrew of the Torah artfully describes Esau’s cavalier exit with a succinct series of one-word verbs: “He ate; he drank; he rose; he left, and he despised his birthright.”

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Love and Marriage Goes Together Like Horse and Carriage

This past week’s Torah Reading was in Genesis 24. It shares the difference between a Hebrew Understanding of Love and Marriage and a Greek understanding.

Isaac took his bride into his mother’s tent. All this time Sarah’s tent had been empty and forlorn, symbolizing the absence of the eishet chayil (virtuous wife). The Torah portion began the story of Rebekah by telling us of the death of Sarah. Since his mother’s death, Isaac had been in mourning. He keenly felt her absence. Isaac taking his bride into Sarah’s tent symbolizes Rebekah stepping into Sarah’s role as matriarch over the house of Abraham. In the language of the rabbis, Rebekah became the house of Isaac.

Abraham loved Sarah, and Isaac loved Rebekah. Genesis 24:67 says that Isaac took Rebekah, she became his wife and he loved her. Notice the order. This seems backward to us. We would expect the opposite. He should have fallen in love with her, married her and then taken her into the tent. The Bible has a more sober (but no less romantic) view of marriage. Isaac did not marry Rebekah because he loved her; he loved Rebekah because he married her. Considering the folly of the human heart and the fickle ups and downs of emotions, this is the proper order of things. We should love our spouses because they are our spouses.

Love followed be marriage seems like the natural order, but it’s a bad plan. It is possible to fall in love with the wrong person. It is possible to fall in love with many wrong persons. Falling in love is a terrible criteria upon which to base a marriage. It would have been easy for Isaac to fall in love with any number of Canaanite girls.

As children of Abraham and followers of Messiah, we are to love our spouses. Paul tells men to love their wives as themselves—and more than that, to love them as Messiah loved the assembly. He warns husbands not to become embittered against their wives. It’s not a matter of the whims and inclinations of the heart; it is a duty of every husband to love his wife.

If a man or woman bases his or her marriage merely on love, it is doomed from the start. Feelings are unpredictable. They rise and fall. They come and go. Marriage must not be based upon love. Love must be based upon marriage. (Taken from FFOZ weekly portion commentary)

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