This is Part #1 in a series about our nation and authority.
What does a story in Judges about a woman cut up into 12 pieces have to do with our nation? This Biblical account is often passed over due to its horrific violence. Out of curiosity, I opened a Google search bar for bodies found dismembered recently in the U.S and found three quickly. On March 26th of this year, a 27-year-old man faced multiple charges after law enforcement officials say he used a circular saw to cut up his father’s body, then placed the parts in a dumpster outside a Flint, Michigan business. A 38-year-old woman’s body was found dismembered in an unplugged refrigerator in an apartment in April of this year. She was a mother of 4 children from Philadelphia. Eleven hours ago, yes, just 11, a man’s body was found dismembered in the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. What does the Creator of life, the One who sits in the heavenly abode, think as He looks down upon His creation fighting and using baseless hatred as a garment?
After months of dealing with a pandemic, it seemed like we were getting back to a place of normality, then suddenly outrage, protest, riots, and vandalism filled our streets due to a man in authority taking another life. While he pleaded for help, no one came to his rescue.
The Father often speaks to me using names and the meanings behind them in dream interpretation and biblical interpretation. My heart and the hearts of many all over this nation are broken, grieving, and praying for healing throughout our land. I wanted to look at the meaning of the names of the officer and the man who died horrifically– not to cause discord but to see what might be revealed.
Derek Chauvin’s name means “Derek–the people’s ruler.” “Chauvin–means a bald man.” The Midrash links the name Korach with the Hebrew word, which means “baldness.” Korach was in authority, but he usurped higher authority, and the earth swallowed him up. A person in authority can cause much harm to others. Not only did the earth swallow Korach but 250 men. A completely bald kohen (priest) is considered to have a blemish, which disqualifies him from service. What about leprosy on the head? The person was to be shaven. He was unclean. Derek comes from Theodoric, the great who was also called Flavius. Flavius means “Yellow-haired,” which is also a symbol for leprosy.
Does this man represent leadership? A foot on the neck while other bystanders are wearing uniforms of authority keep silent. They use no action to intervene and save his life. I don’t know this man, Derek. I don’t know what trauma he has faced, what PTSD or life situations led him to this moment that I pray he truly regrets. We need to pray for the families of all involved.
When we serve Babylon, we end up “assisting in” Babylon. We end up bowing to Babylon’s beastly empire. We end up with iron bars around our necks.
What can we learn from the name of the man who died horrifically? George means earth, soil, the farmer. Aww, the Garden and the assignment from the beginning to Adam was to tend the soil and to produce fruit. (And YHWH Elohim took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to work it and to keep it) Genesis 2:15. His last name, Floyd, means grey-haired. Grey hair represents wisdom, someone who has lived long and has learned from looking back at their mistakes to not make the same ones over again. George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill. (To counterfeit means to imitate something authentic, with the intent to steal, destroy, or replace the original, for use in illegal transactions, or otherwise to deceive individuals into believing that the fake is of equal or greater value than the real thing)—Wiki def.
They deceive the weak and blind into believing the fake is greater than the real thing. All of us can be walking in the garden in the cool of the day and acting fake. Snatching fig leaves and trying to hide. Killing our brother Abel as sin crouches at our hearts. We all, at one time or another, have been guilty of replacing YHVH’s original design with a counterfeit. But as Marvin Gaye sang, “There aint nothing like the real thing, Baby!”
We must find the one to bow to and get to bending! Every knee will bow, and every tongue confess that Yeshua is the Messiah, The King of Kings.
Where did the crime occur? “Minnesota comes from the Dakota name for the Minnesota River, which got its name from one of two words in Dakota: “mní sóta,” which means “clear blue water,” or “Mníssota,” which means “cloudy water.” We need His Heavenly blue waters to wash us clean and open our vision.
The Mayor, Jacob Frey, means Israel free—free Israel. Oh, Abba, save us, please. Free us from our own deceit, our lawlessness, our lack of honor, and love. Yeshua explains the problem clearly. He said, “And because of the prevalent disregard of God’s law (Torah/instructions), the love of the great majority will grow cold;” (Matthew 24:12). Yes, the Torah, or disregard of it, rather, is why love has grown ice cold. Why does David weep? “My eyes shed streams of tears because Your law (Instructions for a blessed life) is not obeyed” (Psalm 119:136). The Psalms continues to explain what His Torah (Instructions) does when kept. It makes one wiser than all their enemies. It gives a young man more wisdom and insight than the aged. It is sweeter than honey to the mouth. But let’s get back to division—body parts. I have written much on Body parts and the five-fold ministry, but usually, my goal is to bring wholeness, unity, and life to His people. Today I am going to write about division and a body dismembered. Hopefully, it will strike my readers’ hearts to pray for healing–to weep in anguish over our condition, but first, let’s look at anger and what it entails because many at this time, our outraged over multiple situations.
What is anger? In Hebrew thought it is the covering of the eyes. A person angry cannot see. Anger is said to rot the bones. James warns that we are to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and reluctant to become angry, but even Adonai becomes angry. Psalms inform us that He is merciful and compassionate and slow to anger, but He became so angry with Moses, He was going to slay him. After the golden calf, He was going to destroy them and spare Moses. “Now then let Me alone, that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them; and I will make of you a great nation.” (Exodus 32:10, NASB).
His Son, Yeshua, became angry. He flips the tables of the money changers over. We are told to be angry and not sin.
There has been a lot of anger of late. Erupting anger. Emotions are burning like a volcano. Anger that rots the bones and destroys lives. Anger that flares the nostrils and raises the fist and the blood pressure. Anger can be useful if it is righteous anger, but anger leading to the death of a human soul, or destruction of another’s property is not healthy anger.
“A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back” (Proverbs 29:11).
When people do not have honor or respect for authority, they fight authority. When men in power act cruelly and do not respond to cries for life, more and more people have a bad taste for those in authoritative positions. They slander and mock any type of authority. And those in authority who are lied to daily or put in harm’s way daily, often become numb or desensitized and have trust issues.
Years ago, I noticed more and more “family” shows being aired on t.v that had children with smart mouths. Bart Simpson comes to mind. Or the television shows depicted parents like the Bundy’s who also had children who mocked them. Everything is out of order. Anytime the order isn’t properly in place, we get disorder, and disorder is chaos. It happens on the simplest level.
Yeshua is supposed to be the head and then the man and woman. Yeshua was the Word. We should not see parents putting children or parents ahead of their spouse. Parents are to be parents, but today they are often buddies with no authority. Today we have leadership in all areas, including His Body, out of order. I’ve been discussing the need for the five-fold for some time now, and I recently heard a Messianic Rabbi speaking of its importance, but I have yet to see it taking place in His congregations or other gathering places. What I see is men guarding their platforms and not praying and asking the Father who among them is gifted in an office that is lacking among them. They feel they have to protect sheep from those who may not have as much knowledge as them, but at the end of the day, this attitude is causing unbalance and a lack of accountability.
We have leadership in government out of order. In Biblical times, Kings were commanded to write a copy of the Torah. “When [the king] sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write a copy of this Torah… It shall be with him, and he shall read from it all the days of his life” (Deut. 17:18-19).
But something has happened in our day that occurred in the days of the judges.
“In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6, BSB).
“In those days Israel had no king” (Judges 19:1, NIV).
“And it cometh to pass, in the days of the judging of the judges, that there is a famine in the land…” (Ruth 1:1, YLT).
The judging of the judges caused famine. The people judged their judges and would not listen to their words or rebukes. (Bava Basra 15b).
People judge the leadership, whether it’s black or white, republican, or democrat. When I was a child, I remember a young friend who told me her parents thought mine were ignorant because they voted for Ford and not Carter. I was ten years old, but when I told my mother, she responded with words that implied we do not speak badly of the president of the United States no matter who it is, but instead pray for our leaders. The very word “United” States is something we do not have right now. We have a dismembered body. We speak with words that mirror dragon breath. Talk about bad breath. We need a fire to light on our tongues and cleanse our lips.
Tucked away in Judges 19 and 20 is a story so horrifying, we wish not to read it or acknowledge that it is right there resting between Samson and our beloved Ruth. It is a tale so ghastly that we don’t like to discuss the woman in it, but she could represent many today. She could describe the Body of Yeshua or a nation that’s been defiled.
“Now, in those days, when there was no king in Israel, a Levite who lived in the remote hill country of Ephraim took for himself a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah.” (Judges 19:1)
“The Levite is referred to as the “husband” of the woman (19:3; 20:4) and the “son-in-law” of the woman’s father (19:5), who, in turn, is referred to as the Levite’s “father-in-law” (19:4, 7, 9). The uncertain nature of the differences between a wife and a concubine reveals the complexities involved in understanding notions of kinship and marriage presupposed by biblical narratives.” (Jewish women’s archive).
The next verse implies she cheated on him, although many of the Greek text suggests, she was “angry” with him. “But his concubine played the harlot against him, and she went away from him to her father’s house in Bethlehem in Judah, and was there for a period of four months” (19:2). Four months. We recently celebrated the 4th feast, Shavuot and four is authority, His heavenly clock, and more. Why four months? What happened in the 4th month, the month of Tammuz?
The tablets [of the Ten Commandments] were broken. The offering of the daily sacrifice ceased. The walls of Jerusalem were breached. Agrippa Apostumus, the wicked, burnt a Torah scroll, and he erected an idol in the Sanctuary.
“Some time afterward, namely at the end of four months (הדשׁים ארבּעה is in apposition to ימים, and defines more precisely the ימים, or days), her husband went after her, “to speak to her to the heart,” i.e., to talk to her in a friendly manner (see Genesis 34:3), and to reconcile her to himself again, so that she might return; taking with him his attendant and a couple of asses, for himself and his wife to ride upon.” (Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary).
What happened at the end of four months? What happened on the 9th of Av? The destruction of the temple. Baseless hatred.