I am remiss, I have not ventured near the website for weeks, recovery from the heart attack has been tough, and the drugs do not help, but that is a different story.

Last week I was thinking again about that situation in the Garden of Eden, and particularly the two trees and their effects on mankind.

If the tree of life meant that we could use the tree of knowledge the way Yah uses it, but eating of the fruit meant that Adam was able to use knowledge the way he, himself, interpreted it, then it would explain a lot about man’s subsequent behaviour.

Let me explain. If the tree of life allowed pre-fall Adam to see ‘knowledge’ through Yah’s eyes then Adam would always be seeing Yah’s truths, but if upon eating the forbidden fruit he came to see ‘knowledge’ according to his own fancy; out of context and subject to human interpretation (fantasy), then what we see consequently would make a lot of sense.

Adam was created in perfection, and was the crowning glory of Yah’s creation, he was the ‘tov’ in ‘tov mehod’ but he chose to eat of the forbidden fruit (the woman was tricked, whilst Adam knew exactly what he was doing).

Adam immediately starts ‘interpreting’ Yah’s truths and putting in his own spin (“she did it, the woman that you gave me”) and man has been interpreting and editing Yah’s truths ever since.   This process we call religion; Yah’s truth needs to be embellished and prettied up to increase it’s appeal (and provide a living for the priests and rabbis).

But Yah’s will is that we have a personal relationship with Himself, not one where our behaviour is prescribed by the sages.

The priests of Mosaic law were responsible for the nitty-gritty of the temple ritual, but if the Children of Israel had not rejected a personal relationship with Yah on mount Horeb then none of it would have been required.

Many times Yah had to deal with the anomalies that man’s knowledge produced, whether in the choosing of a king or in reminding the people that they were going to be punished if they worshipped other gods.

So the most difficult part of living a Toraic life, the most difficult part of living in synergy with Yah’s creation is not throwing my godship in Yah’s face.

We ‘spin’ Yah’s words to try and mitigate their impact, Yah is almost vague in some of His instructions, purposely so, because He wants us to purposely seek His truths direct from the source, but our tendency is to let other men ‘interpret’ and fill in the ‘gaps’, allowing us to shirk our duty to seek His face and turn from our wicked ways.

It is the serpent who is at the back of religion, as the most subtle of the created entities, the fall was his brainchild and he has remained as the inspiration behind man’s use of his view of ‘knowledge’ ever since, and there he is whispering in our ear, telling us that there are alternatives, telling us that we too can ‘touch’ the tree and we will not die.

That we too can meddle with powers and principalities of the earth and of darkness and not get burnt.   That if we keep ourselves ignorant of Yah’s word, then we too can blame someone else.

The world is quirky because mankind is screwy, and if we live in a quirky, screwy environment without our hearts and minds firmly fixed on Yah and His Knowledge, then we become part of the problem.

When we start seeking Yah’s truths not man’s opinions, then we enter into a journey of discovery, Yah reveals Himself to all who seek him!

Sacrifice

We need to ask the question “By what authority have we ceased sacrificing to Yah?”

And the answer – By man’s authority.

We know that Abel sacrificed to Yah, we know that Noah sacrificed to Yah, we know that Abraham sacrificed to Yah, but who authorised me to not sacrifice?

At Mount Horeb the children of Israel rejected a one-to-one relationship with Yah preferring instead a group relationship centred upon a tabernacle in the wilderness which evolved into a temple.

Upon the demise of the temple, did the people revert back to the single sacrifice of Abel, Noah and Abraham?

No!

Rabbi Jonatan Zakkai, a Pharisee, redefined Judaism rehashed the religion of Yah around rabbi worship and decided that because of the demise of the temple, personal sacrifice should stop.

In Acts 23, we find Paul making a sacrifice, if Yahushua was the final sacrifice, then why is Paul sacrificing?

Readers, we need to get some clarity on this, have we stopped making sacrifice by Yah’s authority of by man’s authority.

This question came up in our group when one of the members pointed out that my recent heart attack should not have happened if we were keeping the Mosaic Torah, and he was right, at the time I pointed out that we could not keep the Mosaic Torah in full – because the temple was destroyed. But then it dawned on us that the sacrifice pre-dates Horeb and that the Patriarchs sacrificed for themselves.

As with all of Yah’s feasts and celebrations, Yah leaves much to our discernment, we can decide the what, the where and the how subject to His guidelines, and those we will have to work out as they are scattered throughout the scriptures but we can make a start.

For most of us, sacrificing a whole lamb is going to be difficult, if not illegal, we just do not have the freedoms of Abel and Noah, but we can sacrifice birds easily enough, it was good enough for Yahushua!

Yah gives us room to manoeuvre, He expects us to be creative!

I was shocked at this revelation, but please search the scriptures and find out for yourselves, by whose authority did we stop sacrificing? by Yah’s or by man’s?

 

Are you a first fruit?

The third moed of the spring cluster is ‘first fruits’ and upon this day the priest waves a sheaf of barley as a victory celebration.

We have passed through death, come out of Egypt and now we have a relationship with Yah based solely upon the unleavened word of Yah.

There is only one creation, and only one creator, and to be compliant with that creation we must be single minded about sticking to the Creator’s  purpose as described in the Mosaic Torah.    Only by doing things Yah’s way do we reap the synergy that comes from living in harmony with His creation.

Torah is the very words by which Yah spoke creation into existence, and we have but one real choice in life, keep Torah or reject it.    When we keep Talmud we are listening to how men have interpreted Torah, often for their own benefit, there are no Rabbis in Torah.

Christianity assumes that Yah changed Torah a few times over before He got it right, and curiously, men have had to spin Torah to justify the changes.

The result of ‘interpreting’ Torah is religion, a system where, instead of having a personal relationship with our Creator, we have a group relationship centred around a charismatic leader.

All religions are cults, enticing people away from the truth of Yah, and all religious leaders will be the least in the Kingdom of Yah (if at all).    One cannot be a leader, an ‘elevated one’ and teach Torah withou hypocracy.

The real man of Yah is out there waving the sheaf of barley saying “prepare ye the way of Yahovah”.

Soon comes Shavuot where we wave the leavened loaves, leavened by the word of Yah not the word of man.

Mankind got its opinion (knowledge of good and evil) from the serpent, and those who preach according to their own opinions are a “brood of vipers”.    Don’t listen to them, go to the source; the scriptures, if it is not in Torah it is wrong!

We meet together for firstfruits, we give thanks and we eat and drink as we live Torah, nothing exciting, just a day off to party with Yah.

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”.