Torah Portion “When You Set Up”

Numbers/Debarim 8-12

I Corinthians 10-14

In Numbers 11, the one congregation with the honor of living in the visible presence of YHWH, whined. The Heavenly Father cares for His children, they refuse to trust him, and Moses is stuck in the middle of it. As we age and grow into new roles, the different sides of this debacle become more understandable.

At one point, we can’t believe that the people who witnessed such miracles could doubt YHWH’s provision. At another, we sympathize that living over a year without our beloved garden produce could be quite sad, particularly in desert conditions. They had expected to be in the land of milk and honey by this time, after all. (Sucks to be idolaters.)

We’ve witnessed murmuring spread and stir large crowds; a little dark complaint grows like yeast through entire conventions of thousands of people.

Then, like Moses, we experience the frustration of trying to grapple the responsibility of helping brethren reconcile to their Maker again.

We have small children who doubt our commitment to care for them. No matter what we have done for them before, or the good things we are trying to give them now, only the first thing that strikes their fancy will satisfy them. Some parents, like YHWH, give children their selfish wants and allow them to experience the consequences.

Then we look at ourselves and know that we often fret over things our Loving Creator has dealt with, has chosen to give us, is already protecting us from, or knows isn’t as important as the great works He is inviting us to participate in.

Yes, there are plenty of angles in the Old Testament drama to consider and apply today.


Authority in Context

Posted publicly by Randy Brogdon on Personhood Oklahoma.

Over the years, church Denominations have been birthed by selecting one or two verses and then building an entire doctrine around them. Currently, politicians, preachers, candidates, and Pro-life leaders are diluting and misquoting Scripture in order to support their flawed doctrine regarding our mandatory submission to government.

The main example of this is Romans 13:1-2 which states, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authority. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God”. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God and those who resist will bring judgment upon themselves.

Scripture says if we resist authority we will bring judgment upon ourselves. Of course none of us want that to happen. We are told that it would be traynical and even a sin to resist a governmental law or decree no matter what it is.

So how do we square all the many Scriptures in the Old and New Testament that tell us we must resist a tyrannical ruler or government? (Exodus 1:15, Daniel 3, Daniel 6, Matt 2, Acts 5, Ezekiel 22, 1st Samuel 14, 1st Timothy 6:15, James 4:12, Col1:6, Prov 8:15). No Scripture should be read in a vacuum, it must be measured by other Scriptures. Scriptures (S) interpret scripture (s) and each verse should be examined in light of the whole Word of God.

The reading of Romans 13:1-2 without context of verses 3-5 is what causes confusion and leads to a dangerous misinterpretation which can cause fear and confusion in a believer. That fear tends to enslave many Christians and Pro-lifers and prevent them from supporting a complete Abolishment of Abortion.

After all we are told that Roe v Wade is the law of the land and if we resist it we will be judged. For sure we will be judged, but we will be judged if we don’t resist it. With all Scripture we are to study to show ourselves approved, rightly dividing the Word of Truth. (2nd Timothy 2:15)

Romans 13:3-5 is the light that explains the first two verses. “ For rulers are not a terror to good works but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what’s good and you will be praised from the same. For he (ruler) is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil be afraid for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject not only because of wrath but also for conscience sake.

It doesn’t get more clear than this. The ruler is God’s minister to us for good. In Verse 1 and 2 God is explicit that we are supposed to obey a good government that protects justice and punishes evil. If God expected us to obey a government that promoted evil and punished good, then He would have said so.

If government is created by God to protect good and punish evil, then it’s our responsibility to do good so Government does not punish us. Adhering to an evil government that violates God’s law is repugnant to God and a stench in His nostrils. For anyone to assert that God demands us to obey a ruler that has become an “evil avenger” is treading on dangerous ground and is sure to be judged.

There is not one single verse in Scripture that even remotely hints that we are to submit to an evil ruler (government). We are to resist it because an evil government is the exact opposite of God’s definition of government. We are never obligated to participate in immoral and ungodly laws and decrees. Immoral and unjust laws are not laws at all. We citizens are obligated and expected to stand against anything that is contrary to God’s law.

“When the State commands that which God forbids, or when the State forbids that which God commands, men have a duty to obey God rather than men” no matter what any politician or others may suggest.

Study to show yourself approved, least you lead others astray and are harshly judged.

What is Torah?

The King James Version calls it “law.” Others translate it as “instructions.” Some think it includes the arbitrary laws instituted by the rabbis. Then, there are people who recognize it as only the statutes recorded my Moshe in the first five books of the Old Testament.

What is Torah?

The word “Torah” itself in the original script tells us what it is. Before the commonly recognized Babylonian script, Hebrew was more of a pictograph form, and the very letters in a word described its definition. When Biblical terms are translated and the spelling is analyzed, a whole other dimension to Scriptural study opens wide!

Credit for this list of Hebrew Aleph Bet is due to Lew White’s Fossilized Customs.

Below are my notes from researching the Paleo Hebrew spelling of “Torah” online.

(Remember to read Hebrew right to left.)

Torah = tav vav resh hey = mark nail prince reveal

Torah can be translated to mean “revelation of the Prince nailed to the cross.”

Considering the Torah is the Almighty’s Word, and Messiah the Word became flesh, it all fits together. COOL, right?! From Bereshit/in the beginning, the Torah is all about our Prince redeeming us!

Remember this definition as you read Torah, and you can find every situation in these books points to Yashuah HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah) in some way.

Happy reading, and Shalom!

Can Christianity and Our Current Vaccinations be Reconciled?

So. Can Christianity and vaccines be reconciled? IF the vaccine industry were DRAMATICALLY transformed, yes. Currently? No.

The article linked below particularly brought questions to my mind regarding the explosion of autoimmune diseases, namely, Hashimotos Thyroiditis.

“[The aborted human fetal cell lines] WI-1 through WI-25 cell strains were derived from the lung, skin, muscle, kidney, heart, thyroid, thymus, and liver of 21 separate elective (and some speculate illegal) abortions.”

Babies’ thyroid cells injected into you or your own babies. Foreign matter designed to ramp up an immune response, that looks like your own thyroid cells. What will your body attack?

Autoimmunities aside, why are “prolife” Christians at peace with the kind of vaccines that are currently produced and routinely injected into their children?

Read the article: God Does Not Support Vaccines

If you do want to vaccinate, check the insert for fetal matter and test for MTHFR, first!

He’s the Abba

Random thought as we are reading through Exodus:
Why does Scripture have to be SO repetitive?
He’s the Father.
When you have kids, you realize how much you have to keep saying the same thing over and over and OVER if they’re ever going to learn what you’re telling them.
Our Heavenly Father repeats Himself. He knows we won’t learn and apply His words the first time. It must permeate our minds and hearts over time. When you realize the King of the Universe will persist in teaching His children, it is easier to accept that you will need long periods of persistence as you teach your own children.
Also note how much “I am the LORD(YHWH)” intermixes with His commands. He could have said Who He is at the beginning and left it at that. Instead, throughout His house rules He says “because I AM the Dad and I said so.” We can also hold our God-given authority as parents to solidify our instruction. “Because I said so,” is enough. As children mature, they can have reasons explained to them, but the security in our authority remains.
They say kids don’t come with a manual, but I think we have a pretty clear parenting guide in the Bible.

Happy Feast of Dedication!

“Choose ye this day whom ye shall serve…”

The story of the eight nights of oil is the most recognized reason for Hanukkah, but the history is far deeper. The “abomination of desolation” shown to the Prophet Daniel (Chapter 12) had a fulfillment under the King Antiochus Epiphanes, and foreshadows the abomination of desolation to come in the Last Days. The full account of Hanukkah is gory and heart-wrenching, which is probably why so much of the celebration is redirected to the rabbinical tradition of the oil. However, only when you recognize the extent of the evil can you appreciate the principles and righteousness of the protagonists. The account in I and II Maccabees shows the importance of loyalty, religious liberty, and trusting in YHWH’s strength when the fight is impossible to win.

The Maccabean revolt against Antiochus is an inspiration to stand for the Truth and our covenant with the Almighty, against the abominations and lies of the world, cleansing our temples in which His Spirit resides, and Dedicating ourselves to His purpose. 
We don’t have to stress with “must have” decorations, extra spending, and propping up fables of a red-suited man. We can simply gather together, learn about our history, and inspire our children with real-life heroes and the Light of the World!
Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication, Chanukah, Hanukkah – may it be full of family, joy, love, thanksgiving, and Shalom!