Ben Abbadan, Perdition’s Son

While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Thy Name: those that Thou gavest Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the Scripture might be fulfilled. ~ John 17:12 [King James Versionperdition.jpeg1

When I was with them, I guarded them by the power of Your Name, which You have given to Me; yes, I kept watch over them; and not one of them was destroyed [except the one meant for destruction, so that the Tanakh might be fulfilled] (Jewish Complete Bible).

Who or what is this ” son of perdition“?

  •  Perdition is translated as ‘destruction’ , ruin ,  a state of character and destiny, implied for all those who oppose nor choose Elohim Almighty God!
    • The son refers to the Hebrew concept of ben, son of beliya’al, son of hasatan, son of Satan.
    • perdition” only appears in KJV [King James Version]! *****
    • Hebrew concept is “abbadan” , to perish or wander off, be lost, as seen in lost sheep of Israel, Jeremiah 50:6,

    “My shepherds made them go astray, turning them  loose in the mountains. As they wandered from mountain to hill, they lost track of where their home is.” ~ Yirmeyahu – Jeremiah 50:6 [Jewish Complete Bible]

     

  • Hell, or the realm of the dead, is “naked before him and destruction hath no covering” nor atonement per Job 26:6!
  • Beliyia’al : without profit, worthlessness, destruction, wickedness [ also evil, naughty, ungodly,wicked ], from beliy: nothing or destruction;
  • Ezekiel 31:15-18 speaks about the ‘torrents of beliyia’al‘ or the snares of death, cords of Sheol [hell]:
  • “I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him  down to Sh’ol with them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water , shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth.” ~ Ezekiel 31:16

  • 2 Thessalonians 2:3 speaks of ” a man of lawlessness”, God’s apocalyptic enemy:

    • “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition“. [KJV]

    • The Hebraic concept  of this son is a lost soul, destroyed, fearless of Yehovah Elohim God!perdition.jpeg2
    • We are not to be deceived by anyone!

    …That ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God! ~ Philippians 1:27b, 28 [KJV]

    • The lost will be cast into lake of fire along with beast and false prophet:

    Revelation 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world…11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven , and goeth into perdition.” [KJV]perdition.jpeg4

    But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. ~1 Timothy 6:9

    • Our enemies are destroyed by the Author of Life:
    • Nevertheless, Yehovah your Elohim will give them over to you, sending one disaster after another upon them until they have been destroyed. He will hand their kings over to you, and you will wipe out their name from under heaven; none of them will be able to stand against you…”! ~ continue reading, Deuteronomy 7:23-24 [JCB]

      • We also can be destroyed by the Author of Life:
      • “I AM going to stretch out my hand over you and deliver you as plunder to the nations; I will cut you off from being a people and cause you to cease from being a nation; I will destroy you. Then you will know that I AM Yehovah!” ~ Yechezk’el- Ezekiel 25:7 [JCB]

         

    • perdition” [RSV] is the Greek, apoleia: ruin, damnation, damnable, from ‘apollumi’, unending, eternal damnation

    2 Peter 3:7 ” But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgement and perdition of ungodly men.”[KJV]

    • 1 Peter speaks about our inheritance only in Yeshua is IMPERISHABLE:

    Praised be God, Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who, in keeping with his great mercy, has cause us, through the resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah from the dead, to be born again to a living hope, to an inheritance that can not decay, spoil or fade, kept safe for you in heaven. ~ 1 Peter–Kefa 1:3,4 [JCB]

  • We will be raised incorruptible, 1Cor.15:42-44 :

So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

  •       ” I believe Judas perished in his flesh, hung himself, an anti-God choice; he as many who will not choose Messiah, will damn themselves, rather than allowing God to judge them” -quote from the web
  • Scriptures fulfilled as mentioned in John 17:12 are: Psalms 22, 45, 69 and Zechariah 11:12, 13.

    Yoshiyahu repents upon hearing Deuteronomy 28:36. The scroll was found by Hilkiyahu the priest upon searching for silver in the ruined Temple, upon orders to repair.

    Yoshiyahu repents upon hearing Deuteronomy 28:36. The scroll was found by Hilkiyahu the priest upon searching for silver in the ruined Temple, upon orders to repair.

    • look at the other translations like JCB, Jewish Complete Bible!
    • a son of perdition ~ ben who separates himself from Torah!
    • From I Saw the Light Ministries: ” The “son of perdition” ~ the Anti-Messiah, oppose all, be a god, sits in the Temple, proclaiming himself god! Some say Basher of Syria? from Alawi sect of Islam, they already worship him! they do “kiss” Jesus, perform communion, abominations….

    Bashar Assad can be a son of perdition, an antichrist. England and America may eventually be invaded. Take all of this into major Fasting and Prayer. Ask GOD what HE wants you to do. WHERE does GOD want you to be ? What preparations does HE want you to make?”

  •   http://www.isawthelightministries.com/antichrist

But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. ~ Hebrews 10:39 [KJV]

  • In Daniel 7 & 11, one who will magnify self above all, refers to the anti-messiah! “Finally when he pitches the tents of his palace between the seas and the mountain of the holy Glory, he will come to his end, with no one to help him [Daniel 11:45, JCB]
  • Our hope is this:

Many of those sleeping in the dust of the earth will awaken, some to everlasting life and some to everlasting shame and abhorrence. But those who can discern will shine like the brightness of heaven’s dome, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever [Daniel 12:2,3 JCB]

  • Resources:
  • 1)  http://www.ISawTheLightMinistries.com A Endtime Ministry preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of GOD to all nations before the Coming of Jesus the Christ. Commandment Keeping, Holy Spirit Filled.
  • 2) The Son of Perdition , a novel by Wendy Alec

O the ongoing mercies of Yehovah, for surely none of us is righteous. But if we only believe in His Son, the Messiah Yeshua, we become sons of the Living God, and receive life eternal with Him.

Repent and receive the joy of salvation!

Look upon Him lifted up on the stake for you, and receive your healing.

Yeshua nailed the Serpent to that stake, ending the curse of death & sickness, granting us eternal life if we would only believe in Him who the Father sent.

Yehovah is our provision, our healing, our banner, our peace, our righteousness, our shepherd; He is there with you always!

**originally published on Facebook under title, Son of Perdition. Edited version.

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We are Chosen, Sometimes in the Furnace of Affliction!

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English: Matzah Bread (unleavened flatbread for Passover/Pesach). Français : Pain Azyme (pain non-levé pour la Pâque juive : Pessah) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“See, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction.  For My own sake…” [Isaiah 48:10-11a]“.

We are called and chosen to be His people, refined in the furnace of affliction, to become His praise and priests of His Royal priesthood!

  • Refine: to make fine or pure; free from impurities, from courseness!  Imbue with culture, polish, and delicate sensibilities! We are refined or made free of impurities in the furnace of Affliction, to become pure gold! This is why we become stressed at times, to become more refined or free of impurities, for His sake!
  • Silver: soft, lustrous metal, used as catalyst, conductor, and to coat mirrors, to reflect us and GOD in us ;or pale money, keceph; greed!
  • Gold:the heaviest but soft lustrous metal,  good conductor, refined only in the furnace!
  • Conduct: way of acting; direct or lead; guide; serve as a medium for or transmit such as heat, electricity and sound; from  Latin, to lead to or bring together!  May we act reflecting Y’shua Jesus, directing and leading people to Him, bringing His Bride together, to glorify Him!
  • Furnace: an extremely hot place, structure containing a chamber for production of intense heat! In the heat, 7 times hotter, is Y’shua with us, if we believe in Him and His Word!

“…eat unleavenedbread with it, bread of affliction, because you came out of the land of Mitsrayim [Egypt] …remember the day in which you came out of …Egypt, all the days of your life.” [Deuteronomy 16:3]

  • Unleavened bread has no leaven [yeast nor baking soda/powder] , is flat, pressed down & baked as is
  • No yeast = no rise~no haughtiness; only  humility, submission, abasement;  opposite of self-exalt!
  • We are to eat, to chew, to meditate this flat bread
  • As we eat, we are to abase self, humble and submit to Yahweh Elohim , Almighty GOD
  • This bread is the Bread of Life~ Jesus Y’shua Messiah
  • See in this flat bread the One who humbled Himself for us and raises us up to new life in Him and at the last day: He is our rise in Life! Matzah, the flat bread of Passover, has pierced marks and stripes, reflecting the torture of Christ for us!
  • So , we are to eat this bread of affliction…and remember our own days of slavery to sin and remember the day we came out, set free by the blood of Jesus Y’shua the Christ Messiah!
  • But…what does it mean, ”bread of affliction”?

Affliction: from the Hebrew, “oniy“: depression! from aw-nah: to depress, abase self, afflict self, submit self, humble self. Christ Messiah submitted Himself for us, was afflicted to provide atonement for our sins, as the Lamb of Yahweh GOD of Isaiah 53!

  • “Yahweh has heard your affliction…[Genesis 16:11]“!
  • “Yahweh has looked upon my affliction…[Genesis 29:32]“!
  • “Yahweh has seen my affliction…[31:42]“! See also Exodus 3:7, 17, 4:31, & Deuteronomy 16:3,  26:7; 1 Samuel 1:11 [Hannah’s affliction ] & Nehemiah 9:9!
  • Job, ” held in the cords of affliction” [36:8], prayed ” therefore see my affliction” [10:15], as the ” days of affliction have taken hold” [30:16], yet to be ”chosen rather than afflicted” [36:21]!
  • Psalmists sang ”…abhorred the affliction of the afflicted…” [22:24] and cried, ” Look upon my affliction and my pain…[25:18]” ! ” …my eye mourns by reason of affliction…[88:9]!

Nevertheless He regarded their affliction or trouble, tsar in Hebrew, a narrow tight place, as in Zechariah 8:10 and Hosea 5:15 !

I shall go, I shall return to My place, until they confess their guilt and seek My face, in their distress diligently search for Me.

There is trouble or anguish, tightness, tribulation or tsa-rah!  And there is tsaw-rar, to cramp , adversary, besiege, or bind , as in Amos 5:12,

For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are great, afflicting the righteous…

Then there is ra’, evil and bad,  from ra’a, to spoil by breaking to pieces and make ‘good for nothing’ ! Ra’ is adversity, calamity, distress, harm, ill mischief, misery, sorrow, trouble, vex, and wickedness!

” [And you should not have ]…nor have entered the gate of My people in the day of their calamity, nor looked down on their evil in the day of their calamity, nor have seized their wealth in the day of their calamity … (Obadiah 12-13)”!

Out of affliction , fracture, or ruin can be birthed a solution! The Hebrew word sheber, for ruin , breach, breaking, crashing comes from shabar, to burst, break down, crush , destroy but also ‘bring to birth’ ! Amos 6:6 had this ‘in mind’ mentioning  Yosef, [Joseph], a shepherd boy thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, who rose to be Prince of Egypt:

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“[ You]… who are drinking wine from bowls, and anoint with the finest ointments, yet they have not grieved over the breach [affliction] of Yosef!”

Psalm 102 is ” a prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed and pours out his complaint before Yahweh “!

” O Yahweh, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to You! Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress; incline Your ear to me…”! [v. 1-2]

Psalm 140:12 affirms that Yahweh maintains the cause of the afflicted:

I have known that YaHWeH maintains the cause of the afflicted, the right ruling of the poor.

Yahweh deserves and receives praise in Psalm 66: 1-2,

” Shout with joy to Elohim, All the earth! Sing out the splendor of His Name; Make His praise esteemed”!

Yahweh deserves praise always, even as, in verses 10 & 11, we read, using the Hebrew for affliction,  mu-aqah: pressure, distress, as in ‘packed’ :

“For You, O Elohim, have proved us;    You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our loins”!

Even in the time of evil and affliction, we give praise, for He is there with us:

“Yahweh said, Did I not direct you for good? Did I not intercede for you in a time of evil and in a time of distress (tsarah) against the enemy? [Jeremiah 15: 11]“

“O Yahweh, my strength and my stronghold and my refuge, in the day of distress…[16:19]“.

So, should we give thanks for affliction? Does it  bring us closer to Him?

“Yahudah (Judah) has gone into exile, because of affliction and because of the harsh labor…[Lamentations 1:3 ] “.

“In the days of her affliction and wandering, Jerusalem remembered all her pleasantries she had in the days of old [v.7]“.

“See, O Yahweh, my affliction, for the enemy has made himself great! [v. 9b]“

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Early third century depiction of eucharistic bread and fish, Catacomb of San Callisto, Rome. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“This is why I weep. My eye, my eye is running down with water, because the Comforter, who could bring back my life, has been far from me. [v. 16]“.

“See, O Yahweh, that I am in distress. My inward parts are boiling up, my heart is overturned within me, for I have been very rebellious [v. 20a]“.

“I am a man who has seen affliction by the rod of His wrath [3:1]“

  • darkness and not light [v.2]
  • His hand against , His back turned [v.3]
  • flesh and bones worn and broken [v.4]
  • surrounded by bitterness and hardship
  • hedged in, not going out [v. 7]
  • cry and shout but prayers ‘not heard’ [v. 8]
  • own way blocked, paths crooked [v.9]
  • as if a lion or bear lie in wait to attack [v. 10]
  • “He has bent His bow and stood me up as a target for the arrow. He made the arrows of His quiver pierce my kidneys. [v. 12-13] “.

Yet, Yahweh indeed ”remembers” and bows down to us! [ Lamentations 3 : 20]

” 21 This I recall to my mind, therefore I wait:   22 The kindnesses of Yahweh!    For we have not been consumed, for His compassions have not ended.   23  They are new every morning, great is Your trustworthiness.  24  ‘Yahweh is my Portion ‘ , says my being, ‘ Therefore I wait for Him! ‘

25 Yahweh is good to those waiting for Him, to the being who seeks Him.”

We can cry out to Yahweh just as Yonah [Jonah] prayed to Yahweh his Elohim from the stomach of the fish!

“And he said, ‘ I called to Yahweh because of my distress, and He answered me…[Jonah 2:2]“!

Affliction is lachats: to press, distress, crush, force, oppress, as used also in Nahum 1:9 & 12, and Isaiah 63: 9:

In all their distress He was distressed, and the Messenger of His Presence [Y’shua] saved them.  In His love and in His compassion He redeemed them, and He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.”

Yahweh is distressed when we are! If we have no root in the Branch, the root of Jesse, Y’shua,  we are “short-lived” and

” 17 b Then when pressure or persecution arises because of the Word, immediately they stumble.

20 And those sown on good soil, are those who hear the Word and accept it, and bear fruit, some 30fold, and some 60, and some a 100 [Mark 4]“.

Thlipsis is Greek for pressure : affliction, burdened, persecution, tribulation!

“19 For in those days there shall be distress, such as has not been from the beginning of creation which Elohim created until this time , nor ever shall be.

20 And if the Master had not shortened those days, no flesh would have been saved; but because of the chosen ones, whom He chose, He shortened the days. [ Y’shua speaking , Mark 13]

Stephanos, a chosen one of  Y’shua preached about  distress [Acts 7:11] and salvation through Y’shua and  was persecuted and stoned to death [v. 54-60]!

Sha’ul, Paul the Apostle, saw much affliction in his ministry:

“For out of much pressure and distress of heart I wrote to you, with many tears, not that you should be sad, but that you might know the love I so richly have for you [2 Corinthians 2:4]“.

“Some indeed proclaim Messiah even from envy and strife, but some also out of pleasure- the former announce Messiah from selfish ambition, not sincerely, thinking to add distress to my chains…[Philippians 1:15-16]“.

Paul encouraged us to become “imitators” of him and Messiah, having received the Word ”in much pressure“, with joy of the Holy Spirit [1 Thessalonians 1: 6]!

“…therefore, brothers, in all our pressure and distress we were encouraged concerning you by your belief. Because we now live, if you stand fast in the Master [3:7-8]“!

Moshe by belief, became great in Yahweh, refusing to be called the son of the daughter of Pharaoh,

“…choosing rather to be afflicted with the people of Elohim than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a time, deeming the reproach of Messiah greater riches than the treasures in Egypt, for he was looking for the reward [ Hebrews 11: 24-26]“.

James encouraged his brethren and us to “take the prophets” as an “example of suffering and patience”, “who spoke in the Name of Yahweh” [James 5:10]!

Yahweh does not willingly afflict [Lamentations 3:33] and undoes in time all that does afflict us [Zephaniah 3:19], as we call upon His Name. Then in time we may say, as the Psalmist, in Psalm 116:10, “…good for me to have been afflicted…”! [also Psalms 119: 67, 71, 75, & 107] Shalom….

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Person to Person: We Strengthen in God through His Vest

A young girl who named herself “Cornflake” writes :

English: David anointed by Samuel

English: David anointed by Samuel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

” Not even sure how to trust anyone anymore. Everyone disappoints. Even parents do.” “Pray God give me strength through all problems I’ve prayed every night for years but nothing’s worked. Pray for my family please. My parents constantly fight and scream over money. I’m scared! I don’t know why I wasted so much time pretending I didn’t care, I guess I just didn’t wanna feel like this. Help…give me wisdom”!

How do we “strengthen” ourselves in God alone, in battle, with the enemy seeking to destroy us?

David was in serious trouble : the people [ his 600 mighty men of war] were talking about stoning him to death, because all the people were in such deep grief, each man over his sons and daughters.

But David strengthened in the LORD his God.

David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Achimelech , “Please bring the ritual vest here to me.” ~ 1 Samuel 30:6-7]

What is the ritual vest [Exodus 39:1-21]?

  • The ritual vest is a covering of fine linen of blue, purple [for Royalty], scarlet [the Blood], over the blue robe  [blue for Heaven] of the priest.
  • It is called ‘ephod’ in Greek, and contained  1) twisted chains of  pure gold piercing gold rings [symbolic of pure Messiah pierced] attached at the 4 corners to a  2) squared and folded piece of fine linen [white for purity], called the judgement breastplate which was embezzled with engraved gems for each of the 12 tribes of Israel and also contained 3) the urim and thumim [oracular stones; Exodus 28:30].
  • The vest had 2 engraved stones on attached shoulder pieces  with 6 tribes on each stone, possibly onyx, in birth order [Exodus 28:6-10]  . Aaron and his sons were to wear it as a reminder  of Israel , as they went before Yahweh in prayer and atonement for sins [v.12]. Samuel the prophet-priest wore it, even as a child, in the house of Shiloh [tranquility; 1 Samuel 2:18].
  • David may have remembered Samuel  the prophet, speaking the Word of God, wearing the vest during priestly duties of sacrifices [Leviticus 1-8] in his circuit as judge including Beth-El [house of El, God], Gilgal [circuit, wheel, round] , and Mitzpah [tower of prayer, the watch] to Ramah [ a high place, in idol worship]; his anointing him with his horn of oil [ symbol of power of the Spirit on him, 1 Samuel 16:1 & 13 ]; the Feasts of Yahweh [Leviticus 23], where Samuel seeks Yahweh to shine His face and grant favor and mercies [rachamim, mercies ongoing; plural] on Israel. Samuel grieved over Saul, who turned his back on Yahweh and disobeyed his orders, practicing idolatry [1 Samuel 15: 10-12′ 22-23, 24-29].

The vest was worn to remember the sons  and sins of Israel as they carry their names before Yahweh ,”on his two shoulders” as a reminder. The shoulders carry the burden at the neck [shechem] and head.

Yeshua  Jesus the Messiah and our High Priest, our Intercessor, teaches us to come to Him and release our burdens , symbolized by the yoke oxen carry. He says

“Come to Me, all of you who are struggling and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, because I AM gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light [Matthew 11:28-29]. ”

“For what I desire is mercy, not sacrifices, knowledge of God more than burnt offerings [Hosea 6:6]”.

The urim and tumim were placed inside the pocket formed by the folded square linen of the breastplate for judging. 1) They would be over the priest’s heart when he goes into the presence of Yahweh. 2)  The ritual vest gave the priest the means for making decisions for the people of Israel over his heart when he is in the presence of Yahweh [Exodus 28:30].

Abiathar the son of Achimelech  the priest flees to David when he saves Ke’ilah [ Hebrew: ‘looting the threshing-floor’!], and brings the ritual vest.  David [loving] had sent Abiathar [Avyatar: abba or father of abundance; generous] the priest to bring the ritual vest to him to inquire of Yahweh about the approaching armies of King Saul, ready to ambush him and his men in Ke’ilah. David asks,

“Yahweh Elohim of Israel, your servant has certainly heard that Saul intends to come to Ke’ilah and destroy the city just to get me. Will the men of Ke’ilah turn me over to him? Will Sha’ul [Saul: asked, in Hebrew!] come down, as your servant has heard? Yahweh Elohim of Israel, please tell your servant! [1 Samuel 23:10-11]”.

Yahweh answers his inquiry , maybe shining the lights in the vest, the urim for “yes” and the thumim for “no”, its counterfeit the  pagan “crystal  8 ball” ! Yahweh tells David Ke’ilah will hand them over, so David and his men flee and are saved once again from the spear of Sha’ul.

“…the judgement on you shines out like light. [Hosea 6:5c]”!priest vest

The saga of David continues for our instruction:

  • Not wanting to kill Saul, David flees many times, hiding in camps and caves, and even a sanctuary of Nob [1 Samuel 21:1-8]!  David has victory many times when he consults with Yahweh first!
  • However, when he flees behind enemy lines to hide, David does not inquire of God. He “says to himself“, “One day Sha’ul will sweep me away. The best thing for me to do is escape into the territory of the Philistim. Then Sha’ul will give up trying to find me here or there in Israel’s territory, and at last I’ll be free of him! [1 Samuel 27: 1]”. The lies of the enemy are to rob joy of salvation and a relationship with God!
  • David and Saul

    David and Saul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • He deceives the Philistine King Akish with lies that he and his men are raiding the desert camps of Judah, Caleb’s Kenites, and his brother. Meanwhile he is raiding lands of the Geshuri, the Gizri and the Amaleki [v.8, 9-11].
  • Saul does stop searching for David there, but God allows an even greater enemy to come in. Once we stop seeking Him, the hedge of protection gets lifted!
  • Ziglag is gifted to David by King Akish [27:5,6] because he likes David and trusts him [v.12]
  • “In due time” [28:1] for a ‘testing’ the Philistines assemble their armies for war against Israel. David joins as King Akish’s “personal bodyguard”, in conflict of interest.
  • For this lie and “conflict of interest“, the other chiefs of the Philistines protested: “this is David; the Israelites used to dance and sing about him [29:4-5]”. He might be a ‘double agent’ and kill them!
  • Akish, who views David “as an angel of God ” [v.9], relents and sends him  and his men ‘home’.
  • Ziglag is raided and sacked with everything including women and children taken, by the Ameleki! Nothing is left when David and his men arrive. Ziglag is burnt to the ground. All cry aloud “until they had no power to cry [v.4]”! David’s 2 wives and others gone!
  • So David is in “serious trouble” with his fellow ‘followers’; they all lost their families.
  • What should David do?  [What would we do? ] 600 mighty warriors in grief!
  1. David remembers Yahweh, as he so often does in his psalms or songs. Yahweh is Sovereign, Healer, Deliverer , Savior, and Shepherd, Holy and due praise on the lyre! [Book 1, Psalms  of David, 1-41]
  2. David recalls Yahweh’s mercies as the Vindicator and Rescuer  He is Strong and Mighty and faithful , to respond in support and forgive him out of all his distress and put his feet on higher ground [Book 2, Psalms of David, 51-71].
  3. David prays as in Psalm 86, for preservation as his servant, “to take pity” for “I cry to You all day” ; to “forget none of His benefits”: He forgives all offenses, heals all diseases, redeems your life from the pit, surrounds you with grace and compassion [Psalm 101, 103], as our Father and Judge.
  4. David calls on no one else.  He strengthens himself in Yahweh his God Elohim!
  5. Then David says to Avyatar the priest the son of Achimelech [Akimelek, brother of the king, in Hebrew], “Please bring the ritual vest“!
  6. Then David consults Yahweh. He asks, “Should I go in pursuit of these raiders [of Ziglag, the Ameleki]? Will I catch up with them? [1 Samuel 30:8]”. Yahweh answers him, by saying “Go”! They cross the creek B’sor [Hebrew for refreshing, cheerful], leave 200 men to refresh and with 400 men are led to victory!
  7. David becomes King and dances with joy bringing the ark of Yahweh into the City of David,  Mt. Zion, Jerusalem:

“Then David danced and spun around with abandon before Yahweh, wearing a linen ritual vest. So David and all the house of Israel brought the Ark of Yahweh up with shouting and the sound of the trumpet [2 Samuel 6:14, 15]”.

So my dear Cornflake, strengthen yourself in God. Adore Him, Meditate on His Word, Accept all the blessings He wants to give you, Trust Him and Obey His commandments, to love Him and your neighbor. As for your parents, we pray they also meet the Savior, receive forgiveness for their sins, be washed in the blood of Yeshua. Amein. And Cornflake, don’t forget to put on your ritual vest:

“So take up every piece of war equipment God provides; so that when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist; and when the battle is won, you will still be standing.

Therefore stand! Have the belt of truth buckled around your waist, put on righteousness for a breastplate, and wear on your feet the readiness that comes from the Good News of shalom [peace, blessing, health, contentment].

Always carry the shield of trust, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the Evil One.

And take the helmet of deliverance, along with the sword given by the Spirit, that is the Word of God;

As you pray at all times, with all kinds of prayers and requests, in the Spirit, vigilantly and persistently, for all God’s people [Ephesians 6:13-18]”!

May the God of abundance bless you!

David, King Over All Israel, as in 2 Samuel 5:...

David, King Over All Israel, as in 2 Samuel 5:1-12, illustration from a Bible card published 1896 by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Person to Person: Help , I’m Losing Control

Produce Good Fruit

Produce Good Fruit (Photo credit: Fr. Stephen, MSC)

Person to person  helps both the person asking and the person giving prayer or help. Do not ever be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help!

A young woman asked for prayer with her temper. Her outbursts  “over nothing” were increasing and she was “losing control”. More and more, she was becoming unhappy and feared losing her blessings!

I paced and prayed, asking the LORD first to give me wisdom and understanding, then to show me how to “answer” her. This required more than just a “praying for you” response. She really needed help and direction.

I was lead to check her own personal web sites to get a glimpse of her true heart, and where her “mind” was focused. As we think, we are. Out of our heart comes our words. The LORD Jesus even says it is the things that come out of a person which make a person unclean [Mark 7: 15, 20-23]!

“For from within, out of a person’s heart, come forth wicked thought, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, indecency, envy, slander, arrogance, foolishness…All these wicked things come from within, and they make a person unclean [21-23]”.

I saw why I was directed to her sites: derogatory remarks , lusty and sexual mockeries, with flirty looseness of character. In between these remarks were scriptural quotes! I wept and cried out to the LORD, checked my own emotions and went straight to the Scriptures for wisdom.

“To lose temper” is the same as “to lose self-control”! “Temperance” or self-control is “egkrates” in Greek, comes from “strong” or “masterful”!  If you are temperate, you are in control, strong, and exercise self-restraint.

Sophron“, Greek for “tempered” means “safe, sound in mind, self-controlled, moderate as to opinion and passion, discreet, and sober”!baby temper

“Whatever you do…do it all so as to bring glory to God [1 Corinthians 10:31]”!

As a believer, every word out of our mouth should be to His praise! As we lift Him, He draws others to His side! We are ambassadors for Christ!

“…You must strip off your old nature, because your old nature is thoroughly rotted by its deceptive desires [Ephesians 4:22];

And you must let your spirits and minds keep being renewed [v.23],

And clothe yourselves with the new nature created to be godly [v.24]…

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, violent assertiveness, and slander, along with all spitefulness [v.31].

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted; and forgive each other, just as in Christ God has forgiven you [Ephesians 4:32]

“For this very reason, try your hardest to furnish your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with perseverance, perseverance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love [2 Peter 1: 5-7]”.

Faith given in Christ—>goodness—->knowledge of God’s laws/ the Way—->SELF-CONTROL—>perseverance—>GODLINESS—>brotherly affection—>Love

Our goal is to be like Christ, have a calm state of mind, an even disposition, focused on the things of God. If we lose our temper, do not let the sun set on it, but apologize, forgive, modify, bend in humility, get in tune! Adjust! Strengthen! Toughen, harden your resolve not to lose it again, knowing you set an example for others.eph 4 26

And it is perfectly evident what the old nature does. It expresses itself in sexual immorality, impurity and indecency….getting angry…[Galatians 5:19-21]

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, SELF-CONTROL [v.22].”

In short messages, I gave the above from my heart to this young woman. She never messaged “thanks” or “amen” to my knowledge. But….I visited again her web site and it was “clean”, no “filth” ! I can “only” pray that it made a difference in her heart and life. I would like to “think” that it did. I am sure of this: if she made any changes toward her relationship with God, she is blessed! Amen.be kind

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An enlargeable satellite image of the lower Ni...

An enlargeable satellite image of the lower Nile River and Delta. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For with joy you go out, and with peace you are brought in–the mountains and the hills break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field clap the hands. ~ Isaiah, 55:12

The departures of the children of Israel started with great joy and boldness, as they went out of the land of their enslavement, Egypt. Troop by troop, family by clan, tribe by tribe, they set out from Rameses, the morrow of the Passover:

“…the children of Israel started out defiantly, in plain view of all the Egyptians [Numbers 33:3]”.

Great victories were won over their former slave-masters! The Egyptians were now occupied in burying their first-born,

“…whom the LORD had struck down…whereby the LORD executed judgment on their gods [v.4]”.

41 times in 40 years the Israelites would depart and camp: 33 times until the death of Aaron, at Mt. Hor;  then 8 times more to the Yarden [the Jordan River]~

Here are the departures and encampments in the Exodus:

“…for you are passing over the Yarden [Jordan] to go in to possess the land which Yehovah your Elohim is giving  you, and you shall possess it and dwell in it…guard to do all the Laws and Right-Rulings which I  AM putting before you today.” ~ Deuteronomy 11:31-32

The children of Israel, over a million,  led out by Moses and Aaron  depart Rameses and camp at Succoth, in the biblical land of Goshen, near Wadi Tumilat, in the delta region of the Nile River[v.5; Exodus 12:37; 13:20].

  • Succoth [Sukkot, in Hebrew] the first camp  the first step to having a safe, strong relationship with Elohim, the Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Succoth = booths, or huts, made of entwined branches. Elohim  desired the Israelites be branches in the Branch entwined in  branches in the Vine. The Messiah,  the Branch [Isaiah 11:1, Jeremiah 23:5, 33:15, Zechariah 3:8, 6:12], proclaims He is the Branch or Vine, and we are the branches. There we are safe, strong and fruitful.

        He who stays in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit. Because without Me, you are able to do nothing. [John/ Yohanan 15:5]

  • During the Feast of Tabernacles, which is Sukkot, we dwell in entwined booths [Leviticus 23:42-43] to remember the Exodus . We “tabernacle” or dwell with Elohim for 7 days, and He tabernacles with us [ImmanuEl, with us (is) El, Isaiah 7:14] .* “Dwell” in Hebrew , is also “marry” or “tarry“, as in Psalm 91:1,

He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. [Abide means to “reside, permanently”!

  • departed Sukkoth [departed their booths or tabernacle with Adonai]—>  to camp at Etham  —>

They depart Sukkot,  camp in Etham [contemplation; still in Egypt], then  enter the edge of the wilderness: the “mouth of the gorges”, Pnai-Hachiroth, near “Ba’al of winter or lord of North”, Ba’al Tzephon. Numbers 33:7 gives no other information.

  • Ba’al Tzephon was an Egyptian diety of the sea and commerce and “North” refers to the “dark” side, in Hebrew, often. It can be surmised the Israelites ‘ hearts may have been turning to other elohim, gods of Egypt , thus entering a “danger” zone!

Worship of the Almighty, in a “mountain top” experience, with revelation and vows of commitment  often are followed by tests and trials, dry periods not “hearing” from God nor being “filled” by His Spirit. At this point many turn back, to old ways, old gods,  and old enemies [Exodus 14:9].  And  fear can set in and overcome [v.10].

Often believers are in “camp” near  their “enemies”. “Powers and principalities of darkness” all around us. But..camp “opposite” these “ba’al’s”, standing with all the armor ! We know the Presence goes before us, behind us, and beside us.

“The column of cloud did not cease by day, nor the column of fire by night [Ex.13:22]”.

Moshe [Moses] reminds the people [who had already witnessed the miracles in the 10 plagues], ” Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the deliverance of Yehovah…Yehovah fights for you, and you keep silent [14: 13-14]!”

“And I shall harden the heart of Pharaoh, and he shall pursue them. But I AM to be esteemed through Pharaoh … and the Egyptians shall know that I AM Yehovah [Ex. 14:4]”!

  • English: Map of the Nile river.

Map of the Nile river. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Yehovah turned them back to Pi Hachiroth [mouth of gorges, entering deep danger], opposite Ba’al Tzephon [lord of winter or the north =darkness, cold], near Migdol, [tower, fortress] west of the Red Sea, [?symbolic of blood, red glow from its habitat?] —>

    Nile & Red Sea from sattellite

    Nile & Red Sea from sattellite (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Adonai has them pass over miraculously through the midst of the sea [*Red, as in the blood, and/ or Sea of Reeds, qanah, in Hebrew, to bow or bend as in worship*]; the Israelites are cleansed and immersed, to new life in Adonai, while the enemy is drowned; depart into the wilderness of Etham or Shur, 3 days —->
  • travel the wilderness, 3 days, to camp at Marah, [bitter, to be or make]; after complaints, bitter waters were made sweet by a tree, Ex.15:25, a foreshadow of Messiah’s miracle, His  death at Golgotha on the tree, sweetening & transforming our lives ; there Yehovah made a judgement and a ruling and tested them and became their Yehovah-Rophecah, Yehovah- Your Healer [v.26]; 7 miles E of the Red Sea, East is direction of eternity!—>
  • they moved from “bitter” Marah & came to Eylim, [palms, plural for “ayil”, strength, chief, oak, ram];Eylim [Elim] is an oasis of 12 springs [symbolic for the 12 tribes] or fountains, wells of water [“ayin“, for “out of  his [a believer in Messiah] belly shall flow rivers of living water” [Yochanan/ John 7:38];  and 70 palm trees (70 elders were chosen to rise up on Mt. Sinai [Ex. 24:1 & 9]; Yeshua sends out 70 to witness [Luke 10:1 & 17] ). —->
  • they moved from Eylim and encamped by the Sea of Reeds [the northern end of the Suez Gulf, by the Red Sea]; reeds or canes are bamboo like branches, empty or hollow inside, which bend and bow in the flow of the stream! [we are to empty ourselves and “go with the flow” of the Ruach HaKadosh, the Holy Spirit!]—>
  • they took their journey from the Sea of Reeds, and encamped in the wilderness of Tzin [Sin, to prick or pierce; a craggy rock]; this  happens to believers: immersed in the water of Life, purified, washed in the blood of Yeshua, then “pricked” or pierced by roughness in the journey of life; surely the Messiah was pierced because of our sin and transgressions [Isaiah 53, Zechariah 12:10].—>
  • they took their journey out of the wilderness of Tzin, and encamped in Dophkah [to beat, press severe, knock]; from the wilderness prick, to be beaten, pressed down, knocked out as in a fight; the grapes here are pressed to get the fine wine; the gold is beaten to create the light! No promises but that He will be with you to the end, eternal life with Him!—->
  • somewhere in the wilderness between Eylim and Senai,  they received the Manna from Heaven [Ex. 16:4] and the quail [v.12]; the Israelites were taught to have their way in Adonai’s Torah, to work 6 days and rest on the 7th. A pot of Manna, the Bread, was stored up to be kept as the Testimony before Yehovah [v.33], representing Messiah in the ark. —>
  • they departed from Dophkah [beat], and encamped in Alush [wild, knead as in punched down (dough); again referring to Messiah, the Bread of life, punched down for us; Isaiah 53].—>
  • they moved from Alush and encamped at Rephidim [balusters or railings], for support; there was no water for the people to drink. “Rephidim” derives from “raphad“, to spread, to comfort, refresh! Out of our discomfort, our dry periods, our valleys, come the waters of regeneration and transformation. No water for over 2 million! Out of our difficulties come our miracles! The Rock, in Horev [17:2-7], a foreshadow of our Messiah,  is smitten one time, for our sin, and out of it comes living water, “so that people may drink”! Moshe calls the place Massah [a testing, a trial, of Adonai] and Meribah [quarrel, provocation].
  • “Then came Amalek, [descendants of Esau, twin of Ya’akov, Jacob; head of 12 Arabian princes] , and fought with Yisrael in Rephidim” [v.8-13]. Aaron and Hur held up Moshe’s hands while Joshua defeated Amelek and their people “with the edge of the  sword” [the 2 edged sword = the Word]! Then came the trial, but then came the miracle, through the power of praise, prayer and the Word! Yehovah-Nissi, Yehovah my Banner will utterly erase the remembrance of Amelek , because his hand is on His throne [v.14-16]!—>
  • they departed from Rephidim, and camped in the wilderness of Senai [Sinai] (Exodus 19:2), “before the mount [of Elohim]”. Moshe went up to Elohim, “and Yehovah called to him out of the mountain…:

“You have seen what I did to the Mitzrim [Egyptians], and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will obey My voice indeed, and guard My brit [covenant], then you shall be a peculiar treasure to Me, above all peoples: for all the earth is Mine [v.4-6]…”.

  • And at Senai [Sinai : thorny], the word of Elohim spoke The Torah [instructions] (Ex.20 -23:33). After burnt offerings and peace offerings, Moshe sprinkled half of the blood on the altar. And the people said,” All that Yehovah has said will we do , and be obedient [v.7].” Moshe sprinkled blood on the people, the blood sealing the covenant!
  • And it came to pass, Exodus 24-Numbers 10, the cloud of Yehovah upon them, they depart out of Senai, —>

“Rise up Yehovah, and let Your enemies be scattered; and let them that hate You flee before You [Numbers 10:35]…”.

  • they moved from the desert of Senai, and camped at KibrothHattaavah, graves of longing or tombs of delight: because there they buried people that lusted again after meat: Yehovah rained quail on them for days, which they asked for, and then smote them with a very great plague [11:10-34].—->
  • they departed from Kibroth-Hattaavah and encamped at Hatzeroth [inclosed yards, a court, tower, village or hamlet, surrounded ]: here Miryam and Aaron broke rank to speak against their brother, Moshe and his Ethiopian wife; Miryam becomes leprous, healed only by the intercessory prayers of her brother, Moshe [12:1-15]! Yehovah surely enclosed Moshe with avid love , “…with him will I speak mouth to mouth [or face to face]…” and respect!—->
  • the people, after waiting 7 days for cleansing of Miryam, left from Hatzeroth, and camped in the wilderness of Paran; from here 12 are sent to spy out the land of Kanaan [Canaan]. And again the people provoke Yehovah with murmurs, complaints and fear. He turns them back to the Sea of Reeds, and curses them not to enter the promised land [14:22-24] those “who have seen My esteem and the signs..have tried Me now these ten times, and have disobeyed My voice…but My servant Kaleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me completely…”. The 10 men who brought an evil report died by the plague and the Amaleqites smote the people without the Ark of the Covenant nor blessings of Moshe [v.26-45].—>
  • they departed from Hatzeroth, and camped in Rithmah [juniper or broom tree, with pole-like branches] (Numbers 33:18]. “Rithmah” derives from “ratham”, to yoke up or bind. Messiah  the Branch says His yoke is easy, His burden is light [Mattityahu/Matthew 11:29-30]”! The burden of the world is heavier, sin weighing it down.
  • And they departed from Rithmah, and camped at Rimmon-Parez [pomegranate of the Breach]. The pomegranate is a red skin fruit, filled with 613 seeds, symbolic of the 613 “laws” in the Torah, covered in the blood; when pressed, it releases healing juice. Pomegranates lined the hems of the priests’ robes and columns in Solomon’s Temple [Ex. 39:25, 1 Kings 7:18, 20, 42]. “Rimmon” derives from “ramam”, to RISE, EXALT, get oneself up, lift up self, or mount! Yehovah broke His covenant with the grumblers [Num.14:34 “…you shall know My breaking off…”] but binds up the breach of His people [Isaiah 30:26]  who “shall be called Repairer of the breach [Isaiah 58:12]…”! Yehovah is gracious and long-suffering, providing fruit in the breach, for us to rise up and exalt His Name! —>
  • And they departed from Rimmon-Parez, and camped in Libnah [a white tree, from “laban“, to make white. Frankincense used at the golden altar burns white. Our prayers , as believers, are white smoke rising to the very throne of Elohim [Revelation 4, 8]. Our scarlet sins shall be white as snow, if we reason with Yehovah, submit and obey [Isaiah 1:16-20]. Saints shall be dressed in robes of white, as the priests, in fine linen [Revelation 19:8].—>
  • And they moved from Libnah, and camped at Rissah [a ruin, dripping to pieces, as a dew drop]. “Rissah” comes from “rasas“, to temper or moisten with drops of water; to comminute, break down in minute particles or pulverize. As we “break down”, die to self, in Yeshua, we rise in Him, covered as with the “dew of Heaven” [Genesis 27:28, 39; Deut. 33:28; Ps. 133:3; Prov. 3:20, 19:12 “His favor is as dew upon the grass”; Hosea 14:5, “I will be as the dew unto Israel”; and Zechariah 8:12, “…and the heavens shall give their dew”]. The dew is a covering for vegetation; it shines and reflects the Light; it nourishes and waters and cleanses all beneath it!—->
  • And they journeyed from Rissah, and camped in Kehelathah [a convocation, assembly, from qahal, to assemble]. (They assembled all the congregation in the Senai [Numbers 1:18] , again at Shiloh [Joshua 18:1], with Solomon to dedicate the Temple [1 Kings 8], with David [1 Chronicles 15:4, 28:1], and with Esther, at Shushan [Esther 9:18].) Convoke is to call together, to meet or assemble. Qorah rose up  with 253 others before Moshe, [Numbers 16: 1-3], and  then assembled all the congregation against them at the door of the Tent of Appointment. Yehovah opened up the earth to swallow them , with fire to consume, their censers beaten into covering the altar, for a sign [v.32, 35, 38]! Assemble to praise, worship, adore rather than rebel! Yehovah covered the Tent and His esteem appeared. He would have wiped out the whole congregation, but Moshe with Aaron put fire from the altar on the incense and made atonement, to stop another plague: “…and stood between the dead and the living [v.48]”. Our prayers are a matter of life and death for the assembly! Do not give up on them who transgress…—->
  • And they went from Kehelathah, and camped in Mount Shapher [beauty, from shaphar: to glisten, be or make fair]! In Aramaic, it is to be pleasing [Daniel 6:1], be beautiful, bright. Psalm 16:6 says, ” the heritage is beautiful for pleasing to me’. —>
  • And they moved from Mount Shapher, and encamped in Haradah [trembling, fear, anxiety]. In the wrath to come, “all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence [Ezekiel 38:20]. Isaac “shuddered with exceedingly great trembling” [Genesis 27:33] after he blessed Ya’akov, upon Esau appearing for his blessing. “There was trembling in the camp, in the field, and among all the people. The outpost and the raiders also trembled, and the ground shook. And it became a trembling of Elohim [1 Samuel 14:15]”. Fear or trembling before man is a snare of men [Proverbs 29:25]. But the supernatural can cause “terror” such as seeing “the vision” of Daniel [10:7] ! In the time of Ya’akov’s distress, when they heard a “voice of trembling“, Yehovah shall save him out of it [Jeremiah 30:5-7]!
  • And they moved from Haradah, and camped in Makheloth [assemblies, for worship; from qahal]. “My foot shall stand on a level place; in the assemblies I bless Yehovah [Psalm 26:12]”!
  • “Bless Elohim in the assemblies, Yehovah, from the fountain of Yisrael [Psalm 68:26]”! These assemblies may be choirs!  When we praise Him , He inhabits our praise!—>
  • And they moved from Makheloth, and encamped at Tahath [ bottom, under]. ” For the hand of Yehovah rests on this mountain, and Moab is trodden down under Him, as straw is trodden down in the water of dunghill [Isaiah 25:10]”. We are under  Heaven and His authority; we belong to Him; He says, “And they are mine…”! Yithro, the Midianite priest , Moshe’s father-in-law, rejoiced and blessed Yehovah when told what Yehovah had done: “Blessed be Yehovah, who has delivered you out of the hand … from under the hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that Yehovah is greater…[Exodus 18: 10-11].” —>
  • And they departed from Tahath, and camped at Tarah [Tarach, Terach, father of Abraham; a kind of ibex]. Ibex are mountainous wild goats of Israel, clean before Yehovah [Deut. 14:5]. Terach begat Abram, Nahor and Harran [Genesis 11:26]. He took Abram and Lot out of Ur to Haran and dwelt there [parched, from charar, to glow, as in burn, hot, incite passion]. We are to be clean, rise up, remain on fire for Yehovah! —>
  • And they moved from Tarah, and camped in Mithcah [sweetness, from mathaq: to suck, relish, be [made] sweet]. The Word is sweet as honey, “eat honey, for it is good…[Proverbs 24:13]”! Sampson’s riddle in Judges 14 speaks of honey out of the carcass of the lion : “out of the strong came forth sweetness“. The Word proclaimed is sharper than a 2-edged sword, returns not void. “Pleasant words are like the honeycomb, sweet to the being, and healing to the bones [Proverbs 16:24]”!—->
  • And they went from Mithcah, and camped in Hashmonah [fertile, firm in resources, wealthy]. “The righteous one flourishes like a palm tree, He grows like a cedar …. Those who are planted in the House of Yehovah flourish in the courts of our Elohim [Psalm 92:12-13].” “…We went through fire and through water; but You brought us out to plenty [Psalm 66:12]”!—->
  • And they departed from Hashmonah, and encamped at Moseroth [corrections, from “moserah“, chastisement, from “yasar“, to chastise , instruct]. “He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him, seeks him with discipline [Proverbs 13:24]”. “My son, do not despise the discipline of Yehovah [Prov.3:11]”. ” O Yehovah, in distress they shall visit You, they shall pour out a prayer when Your disciplining is upon them [Isaiah 26:16]”! “The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed [Isaiah 53:5]”. —>
  • And they departed from Moseroth, and camped in Bene-Yaakan , site of several wells [Bene:sons ; Ya’akan from “Aqan“, a son of Se’ir the Horite, in the land of Edom, Genesis 36:27. Esau is the forefather of the Edomites in Mount Se’ir.] “Aqan” means tortuous or twist. “See, a storm of Yehovah shall go forth in a rage, a whirling storm! It whirls on the head of the wicked [Jeremiah 23:19]”! —>
  • And they moved from Bene-Yaakan, and encamped at Hor-Hagidgad , the Hollow at Gidgad [Hor: chor, a den, hole, cave, cavity, socket; HaGidgad:  the cleft; from “gadad”: to crowd, to gash, as in pressing into, assemble selves by troops]. See a man called Zakkai, a chief rich, tax collector who seeking to see  Yeshua , climbed a tree, because of the crowd pressing in [Luke 19:3]! The woman with the flow of blood 12 years, having heard about Yeshua, pressed in behind him in the crowd, and touched His garment to receive healing [Mark 5:27]! Rabbi Sha’ul [Paul] wrote in his letter to the Philippians, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of Elohim in Messiah [3:14]! —>
  • And they went from Hor-HaGidgad, and camped in Yotvathah (Jotbath, Jotbathah in KJV)[pleasantness, from yatab: to be/make well, sound beautiful, happy, successful]. “The humble shall see, they rejoice, you who seek Elohim, and your hearts live [Psalm [69:32]”! “So the matter was good in the eyes of the children of Yisrael, and the children of Yisrael blessed Elohim [Joshua 22:33]”. “And it shall be, when you go with us, then it shall be that whatever good Yehovah does to us, the same we shall do to you [Numbers 10:32]”.—>
  • And they moved from Yotvathah, and encamped at ‘Ebronah [transitional, from ‘Ebron, from ‘eber, a region across from, the other side, from ‘abar, to cross over, carry over, pass along]. After Abram’s defeat of the 5 kings, the King Malkitsedeq [priest of the Most High El] came out to meet him at the King’s Valley, bringing bread and wine [Genesis 14:17-18]. “O give thanks to Yehovah, for He is good…and made Yisrael pass through the midst of [Sea of Reeds], for His kindness is everlasting [Psalms 136:1, 14]”. —>
  • And they departed from Ebronah, and encamped at Etzion-Gaber, a seaport on the Red Sea [backbone like of a man, spine, firmness to body]. “And from the peace offering he shall bring near-as an offering made by fire to Yehovah-its fat, all the fat tail …close to the backbone … [Leviticus 3:9]”. And he took up his proverb and said, ‘The saying of Bilam, son of Be’or, and the saying of the man whose eyes are opened…[Numbers 24:15]”. A man of Elohim is strong, in Him, sacrificing self, blessing His people, with eyes of the heart open.
  •  Numbers 17, 18, & 19 Yehovah choses Aaron with the blooming almond branch [17:1-13]; more atonement rulings given for the wickedness toward the Set-Apart Place, the Sanctuary, and the priesthood [18]; and the red heifer without blemish is sacrificed[19]. —->
  • And they departed from Etzion-Gaber, and camped in the wilderness of Tzin, which is Qadesh [sanctuary, or quasi-sacred person (temple prostitute), from qadash, to be/ make or pronounce clean; appoint, consecrate, dedicate, be/keep holy, purify, sanctify]. Eyn Mishpat [Fountain of Judgement] is another name for Qadesh [Genesis 14:7]. Hagar, servant of Sarai, called on Yehovah at Be’er Lahai Roi [Well of the Living One who sees], between Qadesh [the sanctuary] and Bered (hail!)**[Gen. 16:14]!  Abraham dwelt between Qadesh [ the sanctuary] and Shur [a wall; from row of olive trees or vines] and stayed in Gerar [a Philistine city; rolling, from garar, to drag off roughly, chew, destroy!] when he lied to Abimelek about Sarah “his sister” [Genesis 20:1-2]! “And you shall take some of the blood that is on the altar…anointing oil and sprinkle it …and he and his garments shall be qodesh [holy] (Exodus 29:21)”. ” I shall exalt Myself and qadosh Myself, and I shall be known in the eyes of many nations. And they shall know that I AM Yehovah [Ezekiel 38:23]”.
  • The congregation is in Qadesh,  where Miryam dies. [Num. 20:1] The people contend again for no water, and Moshe, in anger, strikes The Rock twice, in defiance, for which he is never allowed to enter the promised land [v.11]! “Brother” Edom [Esau] refuses to allow ‘brother” Yisrael to pass over their land [v.14-21]. —>
  • And they departed from Kadesh, and camped in Mount Hor, near the border of Edom. “And Aaron the priest went up into Mt. Hor at the command of Yehovah, and died there, in the 40th year after the children of Yisrael had come out…the 1st day of the 5th month [33:38]”. Aaron  123 years old,  was not to enter the promised land because he also rebelled against “His Mouth” at Meribah [contention] (v.9-13]. Aaron was stripped of his priestly garments,  given to El’azar his son. All wept 30 days [v. 24-29]. A Canaanite king  Arad [sequester, fugitive] fought Yisrael and took some captive! Yisrael made a vow to Yehovah at Hormah [devoted, from charam, to seclude, by a ban to devote to religious uses only, make accursed, snub-nose]. They placed a ban on all Canaanite cities if Yehovah gave them victory, which He did [21:1-3]!—>
  • And they departed from Mount Hor, and camped in Zalmonah [shadiness; derived from ‘shade of death’, grave, calamity]. Almost a warning! A shadow of death!—->
  • And they departed from Zalmonah, and camped in Punon [perplexity, from puwn, to turn, be distracted, to be perplexed]! “…the people grew impatient because of the Way…”[v.4], going around Edom by the Way of the Sea of Reeds [qanah:bow, worship]. They spoke against Elohim and Moshe, so Yehovah sends fiery serpents among the people, to bite them! They repent,  Moshe intercedes and makes the Bronze Serpent on a pole, to look upon and be healed [v.6-9]—->
  • And they departed from Punon, and camped in Oboth [waterskins, from owb, prattling mumble, the hollow sound, necromancer or ventriloquist bottle, a familiar spirit!] Avoid necromancers, mediums, familiar spirits, all abomination to Yehovah [Deut. 18:9-13]—>
  • And they departed from Ovoth, and camped in Iye-HaAbarim [ruins of passers or heap of cross-overs] at the east border of Moab, “toward the sunrise [Num. 21:11], toward the Eternal One! “You have broken down all his hedges, You have brought his strongholds to ruin. All who pass by the way plunder him; he is a reproach to his neighbors [Psalm 89:40]”. “Therefore I judge you, O house of Yisrael, every one according to his ways, declares the Master Yehovah. Repent, and turn back from all your transgressions, and let not wickedness be a stumbling-block to you [Ezekiel 18:30]”.—->
  • And they departed from Iyim [heaps], and camped in  a Moabite city, Dibon-Gad [mope, sorrow] (Numbers 33:45). Numbers 21:12 states from Iyim they camped at wadi or brook Zered [to be exuberant, lined with shrubbery], east of the Dead Sea; then departing and camping on the other side of the Arnon River…between Moab and the Amorites. There is a “Book of Battles of Yehovah”[v.14].
  • And they departed from Dibon-Gad, and encamped in in AlmonDiblathayim [hidden].
  • And they departed from Almon-Divlathayim, and camped in the mountains of Abarim [plural ‘eber, regions beyond, passages], before Nebo [Babylonian diety; Mt. Nebo, became a Reubenite territory, now Jordan].
  • And they departed from the mountains of Abarim [cross-overs], and camped in the plains of Moab [“from her father”, the incestuous son of Lot, his territory and descendants; Genesis 19:37], by Yarden [the Jordan River, descender] near Yericho [Jericho; fragrant, a district abounding with in palms, rose-gardens, balsam & other].
  • Numbers 21:15-18 mention Ar, capitol city of Moab and Be’er, well beyond the Arnon, from which Yehovah says to Moshe, “Gather the people, and let Me give them water”! Then Yisrael sang this song,

“Spring up, O well! Sing to it, a well the leaders sank, which the nobles of the people dug by hacking with their staves.”

  •  Numbers 21:18b-20 “Then from the desert wilderness on to Mattanah [present or sacrificial offering], from Mattanah to Nahaliel [valley of El], from Nahaliel to Bamoth [heights ] on the Arnon River, in the valley of Moab, to the top of Pisgah [a cleft, from pasag, to cut up, contemplate, consider] which looks down on the wasteland.” (Yisrael here smote Sihon [tempestuous] of the Amorites and dwelt in Heshbon [contrivance]: “For the fire went out from Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon. It consumed Ar of Moab, the masters of the heights of the Arnon. Woe to you, Moab…” [v.28-29]!)
  • Numbers 21:31-35 Yisrael dwells in the land of the Amorites, taking its villages and drove out Og [round] of Bashan and took possession of the land!—>
  • And they camped by Yarden, from Beth-Yesimoth [house of the deserts] even to Abel-Shittim [meadow of the acacias, scourging thorn bushes, the wood of the altars of the Tabernacle] in the plains of Moab by the Yarden. Here Yehovah says,

” When you pass over the Yarden into the land of Kanaan, then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their stone images, and destroy all their molded images, and demolish all their high places…for I have given you the land to possess… [Numbers 33:51-54]”.

“Defile not the land that you shall inhabit, in which I dwell: for I Yehovah dwell among the children of Yisrael [35:34]”.

“But if you will not drive out the inhabitants…then it shall come to pass, that those which you let remain shall be thorns in your eyes…in your sides, and shall distress you in the land…I shall do to you, as I thought to do to them [33:55-56]”.

Our choices, the choices of the Yisraelites: to tabernacle with and contemplate  the wonders of Elohim, or the “mouth of gorges”;to bow & worship Yehovah or bitterness; strength from worship or piercing; beat/ pressed down or comfort/refreshment; His laws/ instructions or lust; His covering or to be yoked; fruit of His Spirit, to rise up, be exalted, cleansed and pure or ruins; assemble in worship, to glisten & glow or fear, anxiety; to praise in song, have sweetness; wealth, or corrections or torture; pressed in the cleft or pleasantness; transition, cross-overs, strength, sanctuary or shadows of death, perplexity, emptiness, ruin; mope, sorrow or exuberance; covering, passages, crossovers or taboo, incest; well of waters, His sacrifice on the cross, or the valley of El; the heights, to consider or the tempest; and the house  in the desert or meadows of acacias!

Sanctuary under the wings of the Almighty or “the hail of Sodom” are our  choices . Yehovah is faithful to the end, as with Yisraelites, who never went hungry nor whose shoes wore out! They received of the Waters of Life and the Bread from Heaven, were immersed in the cleansing waters, and led by the Spirit. They looked upon the Bronze Serpent on the pole and were healed, from the bites of the serpent. Yet many never entered the promised land! May we enter and drive out the spirits of depression, disbelief and pride and possess the land!

“O Yisrael, return to Yehovah your Elohim…I shall heal their backsliding, I shall love them spontaneously, for My displeasure has turned away from him. I shall be like the dew to Yisrael. He shall blossom like the lily…his branches spread, and his splendor shall be like an olive tree…[Hosea 14:1-6]”.

Chazak Chazak VeNitchazak! ” Be Strong, Be Strong! And May we be strengthened!

In the Name of Yeshua, ahmein!

Between the Sanctuary and Hail**: a study Numbers 33

Our choices, the choices of the Yisraelites: to tabernacle or the “mouth of gorges”;to bow & worship Yehovah or bitterness; strength from worship or piercing; beat/ pressed down or comfort/refreshment; His laws/ instructions or lust; His covering or to be yoked; fruit of His Spirit, to rise up, be exalted, cleansed and pure or ruins; assemble in worship, to glisten & glow or fear, anxiety; to praise in song, have sweetness; wealth, or corrections or torture; pressed in the cleft or pleasantness; transition, cross-overs, strength, sanctuary or shadows of death, perplexity, emptiness, ruin; mope, sorrow or exuberance; covering, passages, crossovers or taboo, incest; well of waters, His sacrifice on the cross, or the valley of El; the heights, to consider or the tempest; and the house in the desert or meadows of acacias!

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Yoshiyahu [Josiah] sits on the throne in Jerusalem [Yerushalayim] 31 years .

When the king heard the words [of the scroll of Torah] he tore his clothes.

“And before him there was no melech [king] like him, that made teshuvah [repentance] to YHWH with all his heart, and with all his being, and with all his might, according to all the Torah [instructions, teachings] of Moshe [ from YHWH]; and neither after him arose there any like him [2 Kings 23:25] “.

  •  For  years  he is surrounded , with godly advisors such as Hilkiyahu [Hilkiyah= portion of YaH], the High Priest [Kohen HaGadol].
  • At age 16, he begins to seek after the Elohim [God Almighty] of David his abba [father; generations earlier] {2 Chronicles 34:3}.
  • At age 18, 10 years on the throne, he starts to do that which is right in the sight of Yehovah [2 Kings 22: 1-3].

“[He] had his way in the ways of David his abba, and turned neither to the right nor to the left [2 Chron. 34:1]”.

  • At age 20, he begins to purge Yahudah [Judah] and Yerushalayim [Jerusalem] of the idol temples, the Asherim [ vessels to worship goddess of fertility], the carved images, the molten images [2 Chron. 34:3b].
  • He has them break down the altars of Ba’alim in his presence, and the images above them he breaks in pieces, “makes dust of them” and scatters the dust upon graves of idol worshipers [v.4].
  • He burns the bones of their priests upon their altars [v.5].
  • Cleansing begins in Jerusalem and Judah, and reaches to tribes of Israel under Judah’s control: Menashsheh, Efrayim, Shimeon, and Naphtali.
  • At age 26, Yoshiyahu orders needed repairs to the Temple and permits Shaphan the scribe to read the words of the scroll, of the Torah [v.8-18].
  • Hilkiyahu finds the scroll hidden in the Temple, while searching for silver, to repair the Temple [v.14]

    Torah is instructions; His Word is the LIght, to my feet, a Lamp to my way!

  •  As Yoshiyahu[=founded of YaH] hears the words of Yehovah, from the scroll found, possibly Deuteronomy 28:36,  he repents , mourns and tears  his clothes [ v.10-11] .

    Yoshiyahu repents upon hearing Deuteronomy 28:36. The scroll was found by Hilkiyahu the priest upon searching for silver in the ruined Temple, upon orders to repair.

  • He then commands Hilkiyahu the Kohen HaGadol [high priest], and Ahikam the son of Shaphan , and Achvor the son of Michayah, and Shaphan the Sopher [scribe], and Asayah a servant [eved] of the king [melech], saying:

“Go, inquire of YHWH [tetragrammaton for I Am that I Am or EhYeh EhYah] for me, and for the people, and for all Yahudah [Judah], concerning the words of this scroll that is found:

for great is the wrath of YHWH that is lit against us, because our ahvot [fathers] have not listened to the words of this scroll, to do according to all that which is written concerning us [2 Kings 22:13]”.

So the 5 godly men Hilkiyahu, Ahikam, Achvor, Shaphan,  and Asayah go to Huldah the neviyah [prophetess] the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Charhas, keeper of the wardrobe :

“{now she dwelt in Yerushalayim [City of Peace] studying Torah [ the instructions of YaH as given to Moshe, including Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy]}, and they communed with her [v.14b]”.

  • Huldah  or Chuldah, [ weasel, from cheled, to glide swiftly, as in fleeting moment of life] is one of 7 female prophets in Scriptures. Jeremiah was  her kinsman, both descended from Joshua and Rahab. She has an academy or schoolhouse, living in the Second Quarter or Mishneh in Jerusalem. The Mishneh is on the hill west of the Temple, by Hezekiah’s south-western wall.
  • 5 godly men inquire of the LORD by going to see Huldah, rather than Jeremiah, prophet to 5 kings!
  • So “portion of YaH”  [Hilkiyahu the priest] and “brother of rising” [Ahikam], and “mouse, as in nibbling or attacking” [Achvor or Akbor], and “coney, or rock-rabbit, one which hides in the Rock” [Shaphan], and “YaH-made” [Asayah] go to “weasel or fleeting glide of life” [Huldah], the wife of “requital, recompense or reward” [Shallum], the son of “hope” [Tikvah], the son of “shining” [Harhas or Charhas], keeper of the Wardrobe [beged, a covering or clothing, here the priestly robes, garments or vestures ]!
  • Message here: Your covering [from sin] and shining reward in this fleeting moment of life is made by YHWH, given to one who hides in Him and eats of His Word, the Son of Rising [Malachi 4:2]; this is your “portion of YaH”! Glory!
  • It has been noted that Shallum [reward] her husband was a noble , compassionate man who gave water to passerbys and was so rewarded and  blessed to have such a godly wife.
  • Huldah boldly prophesizes doom on Jerusalem “because they have forsaken” YHWH and burned incense to other “elohim”, that they have provoked Him [v.16].
  • But to the king, “the man” [v.15], because his heart “is tender” and he “has humbled” himself before YHWH, he would not see the wrath but would “be gathered ” to his ahvot [fathers] in “shalom” [peace] {v.19-20}. He later dies in battle but receives the promise of life eternal in the resurrection prior to the Tribulation and prior to the exile of Yahudah to Babylon.

“…Neither shall your eyes see all the evil that I will bring upon this place, and upon the inhabitants of it [v. 2o]”.

  • Tender heart, humility come from hearing His Words. As we humble ourselves before Him, and ‘tear our clothes’ and weep, He hears us:

“I have even heard you also, says YHWH [v.19]”!

  • Yoshiyahu stands by a pillar [a symbol for strength, foundation] and makes a brit [covenant] before YHWH and all the people of Yahudah and Yerushalayim,

“…To have his way in the ways of YHWH, and to keep His mitzvot and His mishpatim and His chukim [commandments, rulings and ordinances] with all his heart and all his being, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this scroll [23:3]”!

Now Yoshiyahu cleanses his “own house” , the Bayit [House] of YHWH [23:4-20]:

  • He orders all the kohenim [priests great and small], including “keepers of the door” or portal opening [to good or evil]:  to remove all things pertaining to Ba’al pagan worship that were actually within the house of Elohim! He burns them outside of the city in the fields of the Kidron [=mourning] and carries the ashes to Beth-El .
  • He puts down the priests of Ba’al [sanctioned by former kings] who burnt incense to elohim , brings them out, destroys the idol temples in the gates or openings of the city, of  Yahoshua, governor, made with the “left” hand not in covenant with  YHWH. He also destroys the idol temples built by Shlomo [Solomon] “which were on the right hand of the Mount of Corruption [v.13]!
  • He brings out from the Bayit [House] of YHWH  the Asherah, the goddess of fertility, burns her image at the Kidron and casts the dust upon graves of children of the people.
  • He breaks down  the Sodomite  “Asherah” weaving- houses that were in the Bayit, and also the  idol-altars in the upper room and 2 courts of the Bayit, casting the dust in the Kidron.
  • He destroys Topheth, in the Valley of the Children of Hinnom so a man would never make his child pass through fire again [v.10] .
  • At Beth-El, he breaks down the idol altar and temple built there by Yahravam [=people contend with Yah, Jeroboam], king of Yisra’el, son of Nevat [regard] {see 1 Kings 11:26-40; 12:25-33}. Yoshiyahu even opens tombs to burn the bones to pollute the altar, leaving alone the tomb of “the man of Elohim” who had prophesied such event and bones of the prophet ” who came out of Shomron” [13:1-34]!
  • He continues to destroy the houses and idol temples in Shomron [Samaria] and kills their priests, burning their bones.
  • Back in Yahudah and Yerushalayim, he puts away all workers of “abominations”, the mediums, workers with familiar spirits, and the idols and the images, ” that he might perform the words of the Torah…[2 Kings 23:24]”.
  • He commands and “keeps” the Pesach [Passover] held to YHWH in Yerushalayim [v. 21-23], for the first time from the days of the judges  [shophtim]:

 “Surely there was no such Pesach prepared …in all the days of the melechim [kings] of Yisrael, nor of the kings of Yahudah [v.22]”!

Yoshiyahu ‘profits’ well by inquiring of YHWH through Huldah (Heb. חֻלְדָּה; “weasel”) the prophet-in-residence in Yerushalayim!  The prophecies seal the ‘calling’ on Yoshiyahu and authorize him to make right what was ‘evil’, and undo all that was done by Menashsheh [21:9-16], his grandfather & former king.

  • The south-eastern and south-western gates, 5 in all, to the Temple were named to honor  the prophetess Huldah, [ sometime after the prophets?], calling these the “Huldah Gates” .  When the Ottoman Empire took over Jerusalem, they built a mosque and in the process they closed off, bricked up, and totally hid most of the old,  Huldah gates. In essence they were hidden [ from Jewish Encyclopedia].
  • “The Midrash (Rabbinic commentaries on the Scriptures) says this gate was “never destroyed. Rashi comments that this was the gate where she sat and taught; it is referred to as “Mishneh” [Second Quarter] in the verse (Melachim/ Kings II 22:14). …. [There is a comment added to Rashi’s commentary on that verse in Melachim, suggesting that Chuldah taught… to the sages by that gate….] (http://ohave.tripod.com/chumash/chuldah.htm).”
  • Huldah , again,  resided in an area adjacent to the temple, in a western section called the “Second Quarter” [ “college” in some translations].  It seems she was one of a group separated out and called to be loyal to Elohim . The prophets had areas where they worked: some roamed, like Eliyahu,  some were rural, and some were city . Some, like Huldah and later, Anna, were part of the daily working of the temple.

    Not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD!

From Wikipedia:

The Huldah Gates (Hebrew: שערי חולדה, Shaarei Chulda) are the two sets of now-blocked gates in the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount, situated in Jerusalem’s Old City. The western set is a double arched gate (the double gate), and the eastern is a triple arched gate (the triple gate). Each arch of the double gate led into an aisle of a passageway leading from the gate into the Mount, and to steps leading to the Mount’s surface; when the al-Aqsa Mosque was built, the old steps were blocked, and the eastern aisle lengthened so that new steps from its end would exit north of the Mosque. The triple gate is similar, though the longer aisle is to the west, and its third aisle, on the east, forms the western boundary of the vaulted area known as Solomon’s Stables.

 Conclusion

 In this fleeting moment of life in Yoshiyahu, he enters the portal to Heaven and transforms into a soldier for YHWH, braver, mightier than even his “abba” David. We all have it in us to become this warrior, as His Spirit, the Ruach HaKodesh, moves in us. Only, we must remove the obstruction or blockage, whatever it is, as shown by the Spirit. Then we shine with hope of receiving our reward as we become “made by YaH” and hide in the Rock, ‘nibbling’ with our ‘brother of rising’ as we seek our portion from YaH. Commune with Him! Seek your portion at the gate, Yeshua! Ahmein.

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Seeking Your Portion of Yah : the Gate of Huldah

■So “portion of YaH” [Hilkiyahu the priest] and “brother of rising” [Ahikam], and “mouse, as in nibbling or attacking” [Achvor or Akbor], and “coney, or rock-rabbit, one which hides in the Rock” [Shaphan], and “YaH-made” [Asayah] go to “weasel or fleeting glide of life” [Huldah], the wife of “requital, recompense or reward” [Shallum], the son of “hope” [Tikvah], the son of “shining” [Harhas or Charhas], keeper of the Wardrobe [beged, a covering or clothing, here the priestly robes, garments or vestures ]!
■Message here: Your covering [from sin] and shining reward in this fleeting moment of life is made by YHWH, given to one who hides in Him and eats of His Word, the Son of Rising [Malachi 4:2]; this is your “portion of YaH”! Glory!

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The Affliction of Esau

Esau sells his birthright to Jacob. Isaac send...

Esau sells his birthright to Jacob. Isaac sends Esau to hunt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Esau sells his birthright to Jacob.

Esau sells his birthright to Jacob. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 53 To the chief singer, on “Sickness”. A psalm of David.

1 The fool has said in his heart,  ” There is no Elohim [Almighty G-d].”  They have done corruptly, and they have done abominable unrighteousness; no one does good .       2  Elohim looked down from the shamayim [ heavens] on the children of men, to see if there is a wise one, seeking Elohim.

 

In Genesis 25: 29-34, Esau sold his birthright ‘of the eldest’ to his twin Ya’akov [Jacob]. Whatever the sin, the father still wanted to bless the son who had despised his birthright [27:1]! What if Esau had kept his birthright & not despised the ways of Yahweh?

“Truly He has borne our sicknesses & carried our pains. Yet we reckoned Him stricken, smitten by Elohim & afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our wickednesses. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him & by His stripes WE ARE HEALED.” ~ YeshaYahu / Isaiah 53:4 & 5 Ahmein

 

Genesis 26:34 “When Esau was 40, he took wives Yahudit [Yah-favored; Judith] the daughter of Be’eri [fountains] the Hittite & Basemat [fragrance] the daughter of Elon…And they were a bitterness of spirit to Yitschaq & Ribqah [Issac & Rebekah] “.

  • Names are both blessing & prophecy!  Judith (Hebrew: יהודית, Modern : Yehudit ; Tiberian : Yəhûḏîṯ ; “Praised” or “Jewess”), the feminine form of Judah, Y’hudah, worshiper of YHVH.
  • “Be’eri” means fountains while “Basemat” means fragrance or sweet smell! Some paths seem sweet with blessings of water until they turn dry, sour & bitter! May we come to the real fountain of Life with rivers of Living Waters, sweet & eternal, as promised by Yahweh:
    • May Elohim give you of heaven’s dew & of earth’s richness- an abundance of grain & new wine.”~ Gen.27:28, Yitschaq’s blessing on Ya’akov!
  • Esau looked upon the ‘strange’ women of Canaan & ‘intermarried’, against his parents advice.

  • Esau realized [28:8] how displeasing the Canaanite women were to his father, ” so he went to Yishma’el & took Mahalath, his daughter! But Ya’akov went out from ‘the fountain of the oath’, Be’er Sheva [Beersheba] , & went towards Haran, his grandfather Abraham’s family place, to find his wife! There Elohim of Abraham & Yitschaq [Issac] appeared to him with his “ladder to & from Heaven”! What a difference the Way makes in our lives, when we follow & obey Him!
  • Glory! what’s the connection?Here it is when you search:
  •  Esau went to Yishma’el [ “Yah will hear” ] to marry his daughter Machalat [sickness]; Machalat in Hebrew is from #2470 SC, chalah: to be worn, beaten, afflicted, grieve, make sick!
  •  the Yeshua connection! Yeshua is in every word on every page of the Holy Scriptures!
    • Yeshua is the Bread or Chalah [the Sabbath bread, usually with egg, and twisted with 3 braids], worn, beaten, grieved, afflicted for us.
    “Truly He has borne our sicknesses & carried our pains. Yet we reckoned Him stricken, smitten by Elohim & afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our wickednesses. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him & by His stripes WE ARE HEALED.” ~ YeshaYahu / Isaiah 53:4 & 5 Ahmein
  • Esau sought & took other fountains, spices, sickness upon him; he did finally seek forgiveness & repaired the breach with his brother Ya’akov. With forgiveness there is healing, as said Yeshua on the stake, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do!”
Psalms 88 A song, a psalm for the sons of Qorah. To the chief singer, on ‘Answers for sickness’. A poem of Heman the Ezrahite.
O YHWH, Elohim of my deliverance,  by day I have cried out, in the night before You, Let my prayer come before You, Incline Your ear to my cry!
  • Life is full of evil, drawing near to the grave, reckoning among those who go down to the pit, with no strength, whom Yah “has remembered no more”, “cut off from Your hand” , “in dark places” , “afflicted”  & dying, sick !

    Hendrick ter Brugghen - Esau Selling His Birth...

    Hendrick ter Brugghen – Esau Selling His Birthright – WGA22163 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yeshua pierces the darkness with His light! He becomes our Bridegroom, the Beloved nearby, a close friend.
“Drink water from your own cistern, and running water from your own well…Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth…”. ~Proverbs 5:15, 18
Had Esau stayed at home & honored his parents with a Hebrew bride, things may have been very different. But he sought a fountain & fragrance not of YHVH & that has made all the difference in this world.

** But the “Esau’s” of the world can find forgiveness & healing,  in Yeshua and receive His  rivers of everlasting waters!++

English: Jacob offers a dish of lentels to Esa...

English: Jacob offers a dish of lentels to Esau for the birthright, as in Genesis 25, oil on canvas, at Musée du Louvre, Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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