Hot Air

Continuing on the subject of the Feasts of Yah, the Spring Feasts are encompassed by the Feast of matzos, that is ‘Unleavened Bread’ which runs for the 8 days of the Spring Feast.

Yahushua bid us “beware the leaven of the Pharisees” and the symbolism is there before us.    The unleavened bread is Yah’s truth as revealed in Tanach (Bible old testament) and especially in Torah.    But for our ‘leaders’ this is not enough, they feel the need to add their own dogma over and above that which was created by Yah.

Yeast (leaven) puffs up the dough to many times its size, it fills the bread with ‘hot air’ which has no value whatsoever, and so we must be very careful not to puff up the simple truth of Yah with man made ‘hot air’.

Here in Israel, they keep ‘meat and milk’ as a ritual.    This is based on a scripture “thou shalt not seethe a kid in its mother’s milk”.   This statement appears 3 times in Torah and is a reference to a particular pagan fertility rite.   Then the Rabbi’s get hold of it, and add their ‘hot air’ to create a ritual which makes it impossible to get a decent cheeseburger or coffee with milk, based upon the assumption that because it appears 3 times it has an occult Kabbalah ‘hidden’ meaning.

Worse, this is then enforced such that any restaurant violating the edict loses its ‘kosher certificate’.    This religious ‘mafia’ style enforcement is attributed to Yah, but it is really done in the name of ‘Ha Shem’, a man made deity that is the focus of rabinic ritual.   But I would not like to be in the rabbinical shoes when he has to account for this ‘leaven’ before Yah.   Yahushua rightly called the pharisees a brood of vipers because they are deceiving Yah’s people in exactly the same way that the serpent deceived the woman in the garden of Eden, the punishment for which is having one’s head crushed.

So beware those who add to, or take away from Yah’s word as embodied in His Torah; for they have no place in Eden.   Those who say that there is no need to keep the Feasts of Yah, and instead keep the midwinter solstice of the Sol Invictus, or the pagan blood rite of Ishtar (easter), they too will join Yah’s head banging ceremony as victims.   Those too, who keep SUNday instead of Shabbat as their day of rest, they too had better think again.

Yah says “If you love me, keep my commandments” the first of which is to “love Yahovah your Elohim with all your Heart, all your mind, and all your strength” which means not throwing our own godship (knowledge of good and bad) in His face.

We are part of the Creation, but we are not the creator, the Creation was perfect and our duty before Yah is to obey His perfect law and not to improvise new edicts and enhancements.   We must be humble and not try to insert ourselves and our opinions into his perfection, Yah does not lie, but mankind lies and deceives all the time.

 

Passover

Passover is NOT easter, easter is a pagan festival full of earth worship fertility symbols whilst Passover holds a serious message from Yah.

To Yah, mankind died when Adam ate of the forbidden fruit, and Passover is all about death passing over those who obey Yah’s instructions (keep Yah’s TORAH).

In order for the angel of death to pass over a household, certain precautions had to be taken:

  • Stay inside for the doorway is guarded
  • Paint the lintels of the doorway with the blood of a sacrificed lamb.

We are also instructed to remember the passing over of the angel of death by basically having a barbeque of Lamb cooked with the specified herbs and eaten with unleavened bread as if one was about to leave on a long journey.

Passover is a mind picture of that point in our lives when we first acknowledge that “in the beginning Yah created”, and when we prepare to leave ‘Egypt’ in order to set out for ‘Israel’.    Hence we leave death behind us; the death as a result of our eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge too.   Because believe me, until we understand that we too have worshiped our own knowledge of good and bad, at the expense of accepting Yah’s Knowledge of Good and Bad (TORAH), we are in big, big trouble.

We come out of the slavery and death in Goshen, and we start our journey to a new life in the Kingdom of Yah as obedient subjects who live according to His law.

So every year we celebrate our rebirth on the moed of Passover.

Folks, Passover  is party time, the family and fellow journeymen (and women) gather together and barbeque the lamb (whole or in part) and celebrate together our new life courtesy of that Lamb of Yah slain for us and whose blood guards our doorway, the doorway upon which we can knock and the door will always be opened.    We celebrate our release from the bondage of death and the new start of our life journey.

We do not have to embellish the feast, there is no ritual ‘seder’ that drones on and on about what rabbi wotsit said.   As long as we keep the basics we are free to enjoy ourselved, it’s a party, a celebration, it is something we should look forwards to for the whole year.

Passover is the first of the spring feasts, covered by the umbrella which is the feast of unleavened bread.   Unleavened bread is bread without yeast, and in our picture language, yeast is what ‘religion’ adds to the basic word of Yah, it is the ritual and tradition that afflicts every religion and obscures the truth of Yah by blanketing it with the traditions of men.   “beware the leaven of the pharissees’.

Covet? Desire? Lust?

We should not covet our neighbour’s possessions.    If our neighbour is doing better than we are in a worldly sense what does it mean?

My relationship with Yah is unique, it is my story, but to a great extent I share it with my wife and family and with those whom I interact.    It is not a story about worldly wealth, it is a story about how prepared I am to depend upon Yahovah, my Creator.    If I am faithful then I trust and rely on Him, if not, then I rely upon my neighbour.

I should be content with my relationship with Yah, I should take what He gives, and if I want more I should be learning to ask Him as a child would ask his father.

We have no need to covet the products of another’s relationship with Yah.

I would love for this blog to get to millions of people like the big names do, and I could work very hard to ‘get it out there’.   Then I could put in a donate button and reap the benefits, maybe I could then make a membership section with extra facilities – for a price.

I could charge people for God’s word and become a parasite upon the community, I would then be better able not to covet my neighbour’s ass, I would have the means to buy a better one for myself.

But where would my spiritual life be then?   Where would be my trust and reliance on Yah?

The idea of coveting what my neighbour has covers all sorts of things from Jealousy through to desire and lust, but what I have to remember here is that my contentment with those thing that Yah has provided to me is what is really important.

Am I using the powers and principalities of the earth to promote my blog?

Am I using the powers and principalities of darkness?

Or am I content to humbly share my relationship with Yah with those whom He leads to it.    I need to learn to give and not to count the cost, there can be no charge on Yah’s truths, I must freely give before I can freely receive.

Yah is not a commodity, and if our objective is to make a quick buck out of our ability to write or expound the things of Yah then something is very very wrong.

If my lamp’s oil is half empty, then I can call upon my neighbour to fill it for me, but if my lamp is half full then I can praise Yah and let his light shine, relying only upon his promise of sustinance.

I have just had a heart attack caused by diabetes which I did not know I had, I have a choice, I can curse Yah that I now have had this life changing problem, or I can praise Yah that I survived the event and can carry on seeking Yah’s truth.

I cannot covet my neighbour’s good health because as C.S.Lewis would say, “that’s his story”.

 

A Holy Sabbath

Following on from the idea that the Moedim of Yah were created on day 4 (or 7), and listed in Leviticus 23, we find that pre-eminent place is given to the 7th day; the Sabbath day.

 

Deu 5:12  `Observe the day of the sabbath–to sanctify it, as Jehovah thy God hath commanded thee;

Deu 5:13  six days thou dost labour, and hast done all thy work,

Deu 5:14  and the seventh day is a sabbath to Jehovah thy God; thou dost not do any work, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy man-servant, and thy handmaid, and thine ox, and thine ass, and all thy cattle, and thy sojourner who is within thy gates; so that thy man-servant, and thy handmaid doth rest like thyself;

Deu 5:15  and thou hast remembered that a servant thou hast been in the land of Egypt, and Jehovah thy God is bringing thee out thence by a strong hand, and by a stretched-out arm; therefore hath Jehovah thy God commanded thee to keep the day of the sabbath.

 

Yah is quite adamant about the Sabbath and we ignore it at our peril.

 

Roman Catholics claim that they have the right to change Yah’s (Saturday) Sabbath to the Constantinian ‘Venerable day of the sun’; but keeping a Sunday Sabbath is a Babylonian tradition and it is a blasphemy as such to pretend that man has the authority to adapt pagan traditions as tools with which to worship Yah.

 

That being said, we must be careful to correctly separate Sabbath commandments from Sabbath tradition.    According to the Psalms, on Sabbath we rest, we meditate and we commune together.    Anything else is a tradition and not a commandment.

 

The Rabbis have made Sabbath a nightmare by mal-interpretation of the idea of not working on sabbath.    I work as a computer programmer, therefore I do not program computers on Shabbat for that is my normal work.    Rabbinical interpretation however takes the idea of work as the expenditure of energy of any kind.   It is thus (to them) ‘work’ to carry something etc. etc.

 

It is also forbidden for a smelter to kindle his fire, which the rabbis interpret as firstly applying to everybody, and secondly to not only lighting a fire but switching on an electric light or any appliance or even pressing the buttons on a lift/elevator.    One lady knocked on my door to request that I remove the automatic lamp on the stairs outside the apartment because it caused her to ‘sin’ as the light came on on Shabbat.

 

On the other hand, many business deals are made in the synagogue at the Shabbat service, which the scriptures forbid.

 

So how do I personally keep Sabbath?   I am in my late sixties and my family is grown up and left home.   But we usually have Shabbat dinner with other truth seekers, either on Friday evening or on Saturday evening depending upon commitments.   Often we visit my son and his family for lunch on Saturday, sometimes I write, we (my wife and I) meditate and discuss the things of Yah, and we try to rest.

In my house I take responsibility for the way I and my family keep Sabbath, within the framework that Yah supplies.   If I want to do candles, bread wine and blessings, then that is my privilage, Shabbat is made for me and I am not its slave, as long as I observe the basics, then I am at liberty to enjoy.

 

By keeping (Saturday) Shabbat we demonstrate that we have separated ourselves unto Yah to keep his commandments not man’s (or Satan’s) traditions.    But keeping Shabbat is not easy in those places where a Sunday (or Friday) is considered the norm and there are times when circumstance make life difficult, but do not despair Yah knows that donkeys fall into pits on Shabbat as well.

 

He in turn reminds us that it is He who brought us out of slavery, with the implication that He can easily put us back into slavery.    The nation that keeps a national Saturday Shabbat will indeed be great.   But the nation that keeps the Sunday of Babylon throws its godship in Yah’s face.    To keep Sunday is to tell Yah that man is greater than God!

 

Appointments with Yah

On the fourth day of creation Yah set up His appointed times, the KJV translates the Hebrew as seasons but the word is Miqra and the miqra are explained in Leviticus 23.   I will deal with these separately.

Those appointed times are the fundamental of teaching Yah’s Torah, together they paint a picture of the Toraic life and its whole context, they are a pattern by which we can live if we understand them.

Satan does not like the Miqra and he has perverted them, substituted them and systematically eradicated or obfuscated them in people’s lives.    The Constantinian ‘church’ dropped them from its (pagan) calendar preferring to keep the winter solstice (Xmas) and Ishtar (Easter) instead.

Jews keep Purim and Hannuka which celebrate interactions between Yah and man but are not Miqra; but we find Hannuka mentioned in the NT as the “feast of dedication” which Yahushua attended

That Yah defined the Miqra  on the fourth day along with all the other heavenly bodies gives the Miqra substance, and if one stops and considers the significance of this one can understand why Satan does not want these fundamentals of Yah’s truth in man’s existance.

To religionise is also to monetise, and religion is a good career choice for many, but it has nothing to do with Yah and everything to do with extracting the maximum amount of money from a given audience.   I suspect that religion has always been a good form of entertainment and the monetizing of the Miqra started very early.   Thus we find Yahushua clearing the temple of the moneychangers who ran a nice little fraud selling temple coins with which to pay the temple tax due each Passover (it could only be paid in the temple coinage).

Yah gives us a lot of latitude as to how we celebrate his Miqra, He gives us the basics and it is then up to us as to how we incorporate those basics into our culture.   There is nothing wrong with a Seder as long as we understand what bits are Yah’s and what bits are man’s and why.

Here in Sderot we tend to keep it simple, there are not many of us so we tend to have a dinner together at someone’s house and we bless the bread and the wine, and we tend to discuss our latest understandings of things centred around the specific feast being celebrated.   We do not celebrate Xmas because if there were shepherds abiding in the fields watching their flocks, it was not mid-December.    The area around Jerusalem gets very cold so the flocks are brought in just after Sukkot, and if Yahushua was born on the first day of Sukkot, then he would have had his brit on the 8th day, get the picture?

The Miqra are days where we can keep in contact, with Yah and with each other, we keep Shabbat which is the most important of the Miqra as a family, but the feasts we keep as a community; we commune together, we eat together and discuss the things of Yah together.   Each Miqra is a picture of the life of a Torah keeper, and particularly that of the Torah made flesh and dwelling amongst us.

 

 

 

False Witness

False witness is a form of lying, particularly in the judicial sense where one is trying to bring down fellow believer.

Many see the belief in Yah as a competition to see who is the ‘best’ in the assembly, and they will lie and cheat in order to keep up appearances.    When we do this, when we create malicious gossip about each other, we forget that Yah can read our motivation easily since He can see the scars and tears it makes upon our spiritual robes.

Lying is necessary in some situations, and we must learn to discern those situations with help from the scriptures, and there appears to be such a thing as a righteous lie, usually in dire circumstances.

But Yah does not lie, His Creation is truth and for Yah to lie means that Creation, and the Torah with which He spoke Creation into existence are not the Truth that we as truth seekers are looking for.   In this context, false witness can be denying Yah’s Torah and teaching men’s fairy tales instead of Yah’s Truths.    We are allowed to get things wrong, we are starting from scratch trying to throw off the pre-conceived idea that is religion, and to substitute the truths that are the reality of Yah’s Creation and to live those truths.    This is not easy, it is much easier to live the lie (false witness) put about by religionists and become part of the acceptable community, once shown the truth we must make a judgement, live that truth, or live the lie.  We live a Torah compliant life to the best of our knowledge and ability or we live the false witness of those Rabbis and Pastors in whom we invest our very salvation.