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The Head of John

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My grandparents gathered in one-roomed buildings of their communities to sing hymns, pray and read the Bible every Sunday. They called the Messiah by the name Jesus. They knew nothing of the 7th day Sabbath. My grandparents and parents had no knowledge of a Mikvah but went humbly down to a river. They were baptized by a pastor who had no Hebrew or Greek at his finger-tips. They kept the Ten Sayings which they called commandments. They had no Tzitzit hanging from the 4-corners of their garments. If one were to say the word Shema, they would have said, “what?” When someone in their community was hungry, without clothing, sick, or had died, they came together–echad. If I were a betting woman, I would almost guarantee that they were a holier, less desensitized, humbler people than us today. Their heads were not puffed up with a knowledge that lacked humility. 

They opened their hymnals and in one voice sang, 

“What can wash away my sin?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus;

What can make me whole again?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

  • Oh! precious is the flow
  • That makes me white as snow;
  • No other fount I know,
  • Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

“And Yoḥanan (John) was also immersing in Ayin (Aenon) near Salim, because there was plenty of water there. And they were coming and were being immersed,” (John 3:23, ISR).

Most are aware of John baptizing in the Jordan River. Aenon or Ayin is only mentioned once in the Bible. Ayin is the 16th letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet, and it means to see, understand, and be obedient and salvation. It is a pictograph of an eye with a numerical value of 70. John was immersing in Ayin. HalleluYah. The word “Enon,” or “Aenon,” means “a fountain.” In Greek, Aenon/Ayin means fountains and many waters.

“And John also was baptizing in Aenon,… The Syriac and Persic versions call it “Ain,” or “In you,” the fountain of the dove, and the Arabic version reads it, the fountain of “Nun”: (Gill’s exposition). Nun is the 14th Hebrew letter and means seed and faithfulness.  

The dove’s fountain sounds so beautiful and is something I believe the Body of Messiah needs. We need the fountain of Living Water and the dove/ Holy Spirit. We need humility. John tells those gathered around him that he must decrease. The Messiah must increase. A simple message with a fountain of water behind it. What does that look like in the Body? His House?

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 “And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified—behold, He (Yeshua) is baptizing and all the people are coming to Him.” (John 3:26, NASB). All the people are coming to HIM. Oh, what a fountain of sweet springs. The one created and anointed to announce the Lamb and immerse Him is going to fade into the background and decrease so Yeshua Messiah can increase. John was immersing them in the Ayin so they could see.

 “John replied, “A person can receive not even one thing unless it has been given to him from heaven” (John 3:27, NASB). From heaven—. “He who comes from above is above all; the one who is only from the earth is of the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all” (John 3:31, NASB).

 One day Yeshua will straighten out all our earthly knowledge and Rabbinical knowledge and the things we think we know. One day we will weep over what our lips have said and our Biblical arguments and puffed up yeast that our sticky fingers keep playing with like a tar baby.  One day we will fall facedown and know that One from the heavens is speaking. This Messiah is so full of mercy that He will wipe the tears from our Ayin and wash us in His Fountain springs like a dove because we will see our righteous acts can be as filthy menstrual cloths. Yes, even among the most humble.

John then says something significant in verse 34. “For He whom God has sent speaks God’s words; for God does not give the Spirit with limitations.”

“For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God [proclaiming the Father’s own message]; for God gives the [gift of the] Spirit without measure [generously and boundlessly]!” (John 3:34, AMP). 

John must decrease. Yeshua must increase. We must decrease. No man will get Adona’s Glory. 

How do we as a people decrease? How do we articulate Ayin, a place where we see and don’t speak. A place where we are immersed in fountains of a dove? How do we remove ourselves and place all the glory on our King?

Two birthday parties occur in the Bible: Pharaoh had a birthday party. “On the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, he held a feast for all his officials, and in their presence, he lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker” (Genesis 40:20). Pharaoh lets the birds eat the head of the baker. Herod has a birthday party and removes the head of John the Baptist. “On Herod’s birthday, however, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod so much that he promised with an oath to give to her whatever she asked. Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” Herod’s name means to tremble, to be a coward.

John came in the spirit of Elijah to announce the Messiah and prepare the Way of salvation. John was so hated for his words that his head was severed entirely off his neck. Can you see John bowing his humble head as the sword came down and removed it? Can you see his head sitting on a platter one might display meat on? May we eat the MEAT of John. May we decrease. May He increase. Do we speak words like John that cause people to want to take our heads clean off? What manner of man was this? Yeshua describes John like this:

“What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swaying in the wind? ( a coward—a man who changes his position, an erratic, double-minded man like Herod) Otherwise, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? Look, those who wear fine clothing are found in kings’ palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written:

‘Behold, I will send My messenger ahead of You, Who will prepare Your way before You.'” (Matthew 11:7-11).

Oh, friends, sometimes we need to be immersed in Ayin. Sometimes we need to be cleansed, humbled, and willing to allow the One more qualified than us to do the immersing. Are we becoming more holy with our knowledge or more arrogant? How can we be a light to a dying, broken world? How can we begin to decrease? Can we bring messages with rich and beautiful knowledge and be so removed that the people only see Him? May our heads be severed entirely off. May we decrease so much that the only one others see is Yeshua Messiah, Jesus the Christ.

Sources:

https://www.hebrew4christians.com/Grammar/Unit_One/Aleph-Bet/Ayin/ayin.html

https://biblehub.com/commentaries/john/3-1.htm

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A Dismembered Body/Nation Part #2

Part # 1 Here

Part #2

This story of the concubine is strangely familiar to a story in Genesis with Lot and his daughters. The chain of events with the Levite and his wife/concubine is interesting. Firstly, it was the Levites who did all the work connected with the temple. Aaron’s descendants were the priests, but we also learn that the Levites were described as angry.

“Simeon and Levi are brothers;
Their swords are implements of violence.
“Let my soul not enter into their council;
Let not my glory be united with their assembly;
Because in their anger they slew men,
And in their self-will they lamed oxen.
“Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce;
And their wrath, for it, is cruel.” (Genesis 49:5-7).

The woman in the story invites the angry husband she’s left into her father’s house. Her father, like our heavenly Father, serves bread and wine. He wants to keep them safe. He is from the House of Bread. Stay in my House, He says. Stay protected under my roof. But on the 5th day, the son-in-law decides to leave while it is getting dark outside.
“Then the man arose to go, but his father-in-law urged him so that he spent the night there again. On the fifth day, he arose to go early in the morning, and the girl’s father said, “Please sustain yourself, and wait until the afternoon,” so both of them ate. When the man arose to go along with his concubine and servant, his father-in-law, the girl’s father, said to him, “Behold now, the day has drawn to a close; please spend the night. Lo, the day is coming to an end; spend the night here that your heart may be merry. Then tomorrow, you may arise early for your journey so that you may go home.”
The father tries to keep the man there. He tells him it’s getting dark outside. And we do attest to this present hour of darkness over our nation. Day five or the 5th feast is the feast of trumpets. This is described as a day of darkness.
“Alas, you who are longing for the day of the LORD,
For what purpose will the day of the LORD be to you?
It will be darkness and not light;

As when a man flees from a lion
And a bear meets him,
Or goes home, leans his hand against the wall
And a snake bites him.

Will not the day of the LORD be darkness instead of light,
Even gloom with no brightness in it?” (Amos 5:18-20).

The father said to the son and daughter, “Please agree to stay all night, and let your heart be glad.”
This should remind you of another story where Abraham has three visitors. “Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree; and I will bring a piece of bread, that you may refresh yourselves; after that, you may go on, since you have visited your servant.” (Genesis 18:4-5).
The man and his concubine, donkeys, and servant leave the safety of her father’s house, and the servant tries to get them to spend the night in Jebus, which is Jerusalem.
“One of the nicknames of Jerusalem is Jebus (Judges 19:10, 1 Chronicles 11:4), and the Jebusites are listed among the nations descending from Canaan, one of the sons of Ham, who is the youngest son of Noah (Genesis 10:16). The name Jebus means He will trample down or trodden underfoot.” (Abarim Publications).
The man in our story doesn’t want to stay in Jerusalem. Jerusalem means a foundation of peace. He wants to get to a place he feels will be safe, Gibeah, but this place is anything but safe. (To the Hebrews, a hill country resembled humanity that consisted of separate and rivaling tribes, clans and families, while a plain resembled humanity at peace). (Abarim Publication).
Gibeah is where the tribe of Benjamin resided. They were not in Sodom. They were not spending the night among people who had no knowledge of the Torah.
An old man from Ephraim took them into his home. Isn’t it interesting that the “old man” is supposed to serve the younger? The beastly nature is supposed to submit to the spirit and walk uprightly. Genesis 25:23 says, “The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, And two peoples will be separated from your body, And one people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.”
The older man, Esau, was hairy like a beast. He sold his honor and birthright because his beastly nature was needing a bowl of red stuff right then! Now, these folks have gone to spend the night in the “old flesh man’s house.”
Benjaminites began to bang on the door, demanding that the old man would give them his guest for them to rape (reminiscent of the goings-on in Sodom; Genesis 19:5). The Levite’s concubine got shoved out the door. The Benjaminites raped her all night. Can you say wolves? Can you say sex trafficking? At dawn, they let go of what was left of her. We are now on the sixth day. This is the day man and beast were created. Remember, we are created in the image of Elohim, and we are to make sure our beastly nature is not erupting.

“The rabbis of traditional Judaism understand that the God of Israel gave the seven days of creation in the book of Genesis as Torah/instruction to teach His people that there are 7,000 years of time from the creation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to the end of the Messianic Age. In Psalm 90:4, it is written: “For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.”
In our story, it is the sixth day, and each day in creation represents 1,000 years of time. We are waiting for the Sabbath rest, the 7th day when we rule and reign with Yeshua. The people in our story have some clues we can see. The woman is not a bride like Sarah but a concubine. Paul said,
“For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman. But, the son by the bondwoman, was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise. This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar. Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.

For it is written,
“REJOICE, BARREN WOMAN WHO DOES NOT BEAR;
BREAK FORTH AND SHOUT, YOU WHO ARE NOT IN LABOR;
FOR MORE NUMEROUS ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE DESOLATE
THAN OF THE ONE WHO HAS A HUSBAND.”

And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise. But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.

But what does the Scripture say?
“CAST OUT THE BONDWOMAN AND HER SON,
FOR THE SON OF THE BONDWOMAN SHALL NOT BE AN HEIR WITH THE SON OF THE FREE WOMAN.”

So then, brethren, we are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman.” Galatians 4:22-31.

However, the concubine’s father is from Bethlehem, the city of Obadiah, Ruth, Naomi, Obed, Jesse, King David, and Yeshua, Messiah. They do not stay in the safety of the father’s house. It is getting dark outside, and they leave on the 5th day. The man will not listen to the servant and stay in Jebus. The woman is raped and mistreated all night, and what is her husband/ Master doing while this is happening to her? He is asleep!! Oh, beloved, we must WAKE UP and stay right there with Abba Daddy in His house with His bread and His wine and not open the door for the enemy and not allow the old man to rise up and our beastly nature to rule us because we will be defiled. The story in Genesis is very similar. The men wanted to sodomize the men.
“Before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter; and they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them.” (Genesis 19:4).
What does Yeshua tell us? “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” (Luke 17:28-30).
What does the man in our story do? He cuts his concubine in 12 pieces. The twelve tribes scattered. A picture of the United States at this time—cut up, divided, bloody, and defiled. Where else have we seen a story such as this? It was in 1st Samuel chapter 11.
“But Nahash the Ammonite said to them, “I will make it with you on this condition, that I will gouge out the right eye of every one of you, thus I will make it a reproach on all Israel.” (What does Nahash mean? Serpent, bronze oracle) What does Oracle mean? “a priest or priestess acting as a medium through whom advice or prophecy was sought from the gods in classical antiquity.” Oxford dictionary.

Before we finish our story concerning Saul and the ox, let’s continue with this cloudy vision and witchcraft. How does witchcraft blind the eyes? As a nation, we have blinders on as many in positions of power are full of deceit, fraud, and are enemies of righteousness. We need men and women like Sha’ul, who was an apostle and prophet put back into leadership to expose the fraud. We need healing and love for all colors of skin. This sickness is rooted in fear. Perfect love cast out fear! How does witchcraft get healed?
“But Elymas the magician (for so his name is translated) was opposing them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him, and said, “You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?  “Now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and not see the sun for a time.” And immediately, a mist and a darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking those who would lead him by the hand. Then, the proconsul believed when he saw what had happened, being amazed at the teaching of the Lord” (Acts 13:8-12).

Yeshua told those in authority if they were blind they could see. We need to become blind to what we think is right and seek His instructions. One day our nation and we as a people, will longer see through a dark glass.  We will say, “Oh, now I see clearly!” But in this story concerning Nahash, the people are considering eyes gouged out. How’s our eyesight? Our we as a nation seeing with His Eyes or with what the media feeds us?
The elders of Jabesh speak to Nahash and request seven days. They want to send messengers throughout the territory of Israel. If no one will deliver them, then they will allow this gouging of the eyes. What? The messengers approach Saul and tell him of the plans of the Ammonites, and all the people lift up their voices and weep. Who wouldn’t?

“Now behold, Saul was coming from the field behind the oxen, and he said, “What is the matter with the people that they weep?” So they related to him the words of the men of Jabesh. Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul mightily when he heard these words, and he became very angry. He took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout the territory of Israel by the hand of messengers, saying, “Whoever does not come out after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen.” (I Samuel 11:1-7).

Oh, Saul, what are you trying to do? He seems to be using fear tactics. Is this righteous anger, or is this his beastly nature? He is reminding the people of the concubine who was cut up into 12 parts. The tribe, his tribe, Benjamin, was almost wiped out completely. Interestingly, 600 men of Benjamin were left. There’s that 6th day. So what happens next?
The next morning Saul put the people in three companies, and they struck down the Ammonites until the heat of the day. Those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.
The Nahash’s in leadership long to gouge out our right eyes. They use witchcraft and speak bronze words with the forked tongues of serpents. Can you see them, or is your vision cloudy? Dip in the blue crystal waters that spring from His well and His Torah. If we are hot and full of anger, we have no eyesight. May our land heal. May we weep in anguish for both George and Derek. May we pray so that the Father of glory will heal our land. A house divided and cut up into parts cannot stand. Adonia is the One who says that if His people, called by His Name will humble themselves, and pray, and seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways; then He will hear from heaven, and will forgive our sin, and will heal our land, but every prophecy will come forth. We were warned long ago that we would be hated, handed over, placed in prison, and killed. We are told that all Israel will be surrounded by every nation, yes, included in “every” is perhaps even our great nation, America. What’s the good news? “On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.” “In that day,” declares the LORD, “I will strike every horse with bewilderment and his rider with madness. But I will watch over the house of Judah, while I strike every horse of the peoples with BLINDNESS. “Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘A strong support for us are the inhabitants of Jerusalem through the LORD of hosts, their God.’ In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who is feeble among them in that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the LORD before them. “And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn (Zechariah 12:3-10). How does the book of Zechariah end? “And the LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one” (Zechariah 14:9).

And after this, a great kingdom with a Holy King who will not judge by what his eyes see. This King will rule and reign and all men, all skin color, all nations, will bow before the Lamb that was slain. Can we begin practicing now? I pray so!

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