Posted in Passover/ Pesach, Pentecost/ Shavuot, Tekoa Manning, TM, Unleavened Bread

Blankets of Light

This morning while sitting outside with coffee, I noticed two birds flying toward me and then over my head. One was dark, resembling a raven. The other was as white as a dove. I stopped, mesmerized in disbelief. They flew side by side like friends on a journey. In swift thought, my brain asked, “Was that a white dove? No, surely not.” I gazed up again steadily, and just before they passed over my house, the birds’ wings fan out above me. They are as white as snow and as black as soot. I am awe-struck. My mind then began calculating events concerning an Ark and Noah, Elijah, and the ravens that fed him. Soon I am meditating on a Lamb and a Ruach Wind that appeared and descended like a dove on our Messiah–A dove whose white wings flapped mightily over the waters when HaShem said, “Let there be LIGHT” (Genesis 1:3). Out of thick darkness, light was born.

“In your days (Job), have you commanded the morning or assigned the dawn its place, that it might spread to the ends of the earth and shake the wicked out of it?” (Job 38:12-13, BSB).

Sometimes light stands in front of darkness. Sometimes a dove and a blackbird take flight side by side. There were two men on a cross next to Messiah–one cried out for light, and one remained in darkness.

And one of the evil-doers who were hanged was speaking evil of Him, saying, “If You are the Messiah, save Yourself and us.” But the other, responding, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear Elohim, since you are under the same judgment?”

–Luke 23:39-40, BSB

Light stands before darkness every day in multiple situations, weighing much less than my description above. We are candles. We are to shine. “But if your eye is evil, all your body shall be darkened. If, then, the light that is within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:23, ISR). Evil eyes. What a concept. How we look at others through our eye gate can be with light or with darkness.  Yeshua said, “No one lights a lamp and covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he sets it on a stand, so those who enter can see the light” (Luke 8:16). A Lamb, the Light of the World, stood in the midst of darkness and did not open His Mouth.  “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth” (Isaiah 53:7, BSB).

Picture our words as blankets of light. Every soul on this planet was created with a divine flame inside them, even those who walk with evil eyes. Have you ever heard a conversation or watched a scene play out before your eyes that was so grievous, your whole insides were weeping, but on the outside, you could not flinch or appear at all like the conversation or surroundings you found yourself in bothered you? Perhaps it was a holy day on a sacred calendar that no one close to you realized was sacred. Maybe it was a death and burial of a soul created in the image of light that no one could find words to bring that were reminiscent of describing the person’s days under the sun. The people wore black, but no one spoke of the light that once shined out of the eyes of the person who now has left this place for another.

We must bring the light on our tongues.

Maybe you weep inside over a child you failed to teach properly– harmed by divorce, abuse, lack of attention, and instruction who now stands before you broken?

We must wrap them in light and hold them in love.

Maybe your grief is a date on a calendar. “You may have six months, or a year to live.” The doctors pronounce death over you, but you stand strong for your family. Inside, you are a grieving person trying to dance with your son, daughter, or spouse until your future is revealed. You drink in smiles and words, grasping them in your heart while holding on to faith and life in Messiah. A dark report does not put out your flame.

We must stand with our wicks trimmed and our lamps full of oil.

Possibly your grief erupts over a dark world you see filled with unrest, disease, idols, death, and lusts of the flesh boiling over in a pot of filth. But what if you saw the opposite too? The smile of a child in innocence. A butterfly landing beside you to remind you of transformation. The buds on the trees. Flowers popping up in colorful hues, red birds singing and wild violets poking their heads up through a field, a sun bursting forth to welcome the day as you thank Abba for coffee, tea, a breath.

Sometimes the light and darkness mingle, and this union causes a taint. Leading up to Passover, one year, I emptied half a bottle of 100% pure maple syrup with half a bottle of cheap pancake syrup. I was busy removing hametz. The Holy One said, “Bonnie you just mixed the holy with the profane.” I was horrified, but the Father was showing me more profound things.

“Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness? And what fellowship has light with darkness? Therefore, “Come out from among them and be separate, says יהוה, and do not touch what is unclean, and I shall receive you and I shall be a Father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me, says יהוה the Almighty” (II Corinthians 6:14, 17-18, ISR).

What is unclean right now during the feasts of unleavened bread is bread. Why? Because the Holy One said do not eat bread for seven days. Eat matzah for seven days. These are the Father’s appointed feasts. If our earthly fathers told us not to eat bread as a child, we would do good to obey them. How much more the One who created LIGHT?

“‘These are the Lord’s appointed festivals, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times: The Lord’s Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. On the fifteenth day of that month the Lord’s Festival of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast'” (Leviticus 23:4-6, BSB).

A Sacrifice is something we give up for something else. Our Messiah gave up His life for us. We give up yeast for unleavened bread.

“For when I brought your fathers out of the land of Egypt, I did not merely command them about burnt offerings and sacrifices, but this is what I commanded them: Obey Me, and I will be your God, and you will be My people. You must walk in all the ways I have commanded you, so that it may go well with you” (Jeremiah 7:22-23, BSB).

Adonai’s point was not to command them in the ways of offerings and sacrifices but to obey His Voice. Shema. Sometimes this looks strange to others.

A sacrifice is about us and not an animal. Many times we are in situations that cause us to make a sacrifice. We sacrifice a party, wedding, or event to rest in His Sabbath, or we sacrifice bread for a striped, scorched piece of matzah. In this sacrificial place of obedience, we notice that we are a peculiar people set apart to HaShem. The One who sent the darkness, palpable darkness, would also send an angel of death.

“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, so that darkness may spread over the land of Egypt—a palpable darkness.”

So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and total darkness covered all the land of Egypt for three days. No one could see anyone else, and for three days, no one left his place. Yet all the Israelites had light in their dwellings” (Exodus 10:21-23, BSB).

We have all found ourselves at work, a social setting, a party, a family gathering, or an event where darkness showed up. Darkness cloaked and draped in thick glee. Darkness wearing light like an angel. Darkness boasting in neon colors. Black draped words that fly and soar with edges– sharp points that stab and pierce. Words swathed in prideful mocking like Pharaohs or one of the thieves on the cross. Strange chatter where teeth bite and we chew people into pieces in one sentence and then try to mend them on sewing machines like a garment we’ve ripped in two like an offering or a dove with its head wrung off. We see the darkness in those around us as familiar and remember our own dwellings and journeys of learning the difference between the mundane and the holy. We recognize that we, too, have darkness that we battle. We realize we have far to go when compared to a Lamb that did not open its mouth.

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Photo-Nadia Supertino

When we are obedient and sacrifice our flesh on the altar, we are a sweet smelling fragrance unto Him.  “And this day will be a memorial for you, and you are to celebrate it as a feast to the LORD, as a permanent statute for the generations to come. For seven days you must eat unleavened bread. On the first day you are to remove the leaven from your houses. Whoever eats anything leavened from the first day through the seventh must be cut off from Israel” (Exodus 12:14-15, BSB).

Darkness shows up during seasons and appointed times. But darkness also reveals light. Are we learning about light in the darkness? Are we bathing and cleansing our eyeballs in light? Are we able to not open our mouth in the midst of darkness, mocking and scorn, like a lamb–a lamb we ate in haste that then resided in our bellies. Did you know Adonai made darkness His covering?

“And He bowed the heavens and came down, And thick darkness was under His feet. And He rode upon a keruḇ, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness His covering; Around Him His booth, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies. From the brightness before Him, His thick clouds passed, hail and coals of fire.” (Psalm 18:9-12, ISR).

Kisha Gallagher author at Grace in Torah has an anointed blog on darkness and light that I feel everyone would do well to read. I had a disturbing dream months ago depicting darkness and light. Her blog post titled What the Darkness Reveals brought healing and revelation to my soul. You can find it HERE. Before I wrap up this post on light and darkness, I want to direct you back to the two birds. Unbeknownst to me, I learned that there could be albino blackbirds from my husband. A blackbird with a pigment deficiency becomes white.

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“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they will become like wool.” (Isaiah 1:19, BSB).

We can often look white as a dove but be a blackbird with a skin issue—this is one topic I have written about often and more for my own good. It is the same issue that made Miriam white as snow. Lashon Hara/the evil tongue–leprosy. Words are more powerful than we know.

All the evils that men cause to each other because of certain desires, or opinions, or religious principles, are rooted in ignorance. [All hatred would come to an end] when the earth was flooded with the knowledge of God.” – Maimonides

The earth flooded with knowledge of a Holy God. A fearful Ruler and Creator of all life sent a dove with an olive branch in its mouth. What if we carried that olive in our mouth?

During the Omer count, a count that we are commanded to do by Elohim, we count up to the 49th/50th day of Pentecost or Shavuot in Hebrew. The Holy Spirit fell in the book of Acts as tongues of fire. Oh, how our tongues need to be baptized in fire. Oh, how we need sweet water and not bitter. Even when we think we are speaking life, correction, and encouragement, it is possible to speak death due to our own ignorance, pride, pain, or fears.

Sometimes light shines so brightly it hurts eyes and causes people to place their hands over their face–their fingers in their ears, or run away. Sometimes truth is so loud it is like wind that knocks us down. Sometimes we see through the lens of grief. We open our arms and hug people we see as blind, deaf, having tongues that need coals from the altar. We hold them close because we love them so, and we bathe them in all the light we have to give in that moment knowing we too deal with our own evil tongues and puffed up yeast. Perhaps the darkness senses our light and is changed in some way spiritually. Maybe we receive light from those we see bathed in yeasty darkness. Perchance we notice what is in our own hearts?

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Photo Rohan Makhecha

May we see the dove this Shavuot/ Pentecost. May we be a blackbird with skin clothed in light pigments that turn us whiter–brighter. May our leprosy be cleansed as Moses cried out concerning his sister, “Heal Her!, we picture the Body of Yeshua and cry out too. May we wrap ourselves in chesed and loving-kindness that bubbles forth without our left hand knowing what our right hand is doing. May we eat unleavened bread with purpose and not rote. May we count up to the comforter, the Ruach Wind that hovers over our heads and purifies our hearts and burns the dross off our tongues which no man can tame. May we hold up two loaves of bread and shout for joy at the promise of redemption, the comforter, and the Messiah.

“My little children, I write this to you, so that you do not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Intercessor with the Father, יהושע Messiah, a righteous One.

And He Himself is an atoning offering for our sins, and not for ours only but also for all the world.

And by this we know that we know Him, if we guard His commands.

The one who says, “I know Him,” and does not guard His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

But whoever guards His Word, truly the love of Elohim has been perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

The one who says he stays in Him ought himself also to walk, even as He walked” (I John 2:1-6, ISR).

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I Luz You and Almonds

This blog on the Luz bone was written around 2017 and shared on Grace in Torah. After closing my website Obadiah’s Cave, I am uploading many of these blogs that I feel have worth. I pray it blesses you.

Have you ever pondered how all the graves will open? Not when, but how? Will we come up out of the sea—the earth—an urn? Even the people who sharks have eaten? The graves will open on “that day.” Bodies shipwrecked at sea—bodies waiting in pine boxes under the earth—and ash remains tucked inside urns will all give up their dead. When studying resurrection, consider the Luz bone, a bone that is said cannot be crushed, burned, or destroyed. The Father presents Ezekiel with a question concerning bones: 

“Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.” Again He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.’ “Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. ‘I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the LORD.”

—Ezekiel 37:3-6, NASB

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The rabbi’s claim there is a bone in our brains that never deteriorates. They say it cannot be burned, crushed, or broken. What does this bone have to do with the tassels that hang off a Jewish prayer shawl with four corners called a tallith? Much. The first place we read about the wings of this prayer shawl is after the Father delivers his people from Egypt: “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself” (Exodus 19:4, NASB). 

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Photo by Oleg Magni on Pexels.com

Isaiah, Chapter 11, gives a prophetic glimpse of a future time when the Father will gather t banished/dispersed ones from the four corners of the earth. In the Book of Numbers, Adonai gives special instructions for a prayer shawl and its four corners having tassels called tzitzit

The Lord also spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, and tell them that they shall make for themselves tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and that they shall put on the tassel of each corner a cord of blue.”

—Numbers 15:38-39, NASB

The color blue is my husband’s favorite color, and it’s also the color of most of his clothing. As I was thinking about how to go about describing a color so blue that it turns green in the sunlight and then bluer than a violet purple mixed with seawater, I lost the ability to express such splendor. This dye was created by an animal that went extinct thousands of years ago.

According to the Talmud, the dye of Tekhelet (a shade of blue) was produced from a marine creature known as the Ḥillazon (also spelled Chilazon).

A one of a kind color. However, about twenty years ago, Israeli divers discovered this same mollusk in the Red/ Reed Sea. The blue dye is made by extracting a thick liquid from a gland in the mollusk to produce the brilliant dye. Why would such a color be important? Everything HaShem does is intricate and has a deeper meaning behind it. This dye was used for the priestly garments–the temple tapestry and the tallit (Prayer shawl).

HaShem gives special instructions about a prayer shawl and four corners with tassels called Tzitzit. I started meditating on these four corners and the earth.

“The Lord also spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, and tell them that they shall make for themselves tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations and that they shall put on the tassel of each corner a cord of blue” (Numbers 15:38-39 NASB).

A cord of heavenly sapphire blue–the color of Yahweh’s Glory.

“And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness” (Exodus 24:10 KJV).

After the Father instructs them, He tells them why they need these tassels. The King James Version has translated the tassels as “fringes,” however, they are called Tzitzit, also called tzitziyot. `

“It shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the Lord (Adonai,) so as to do them and not ­­­­­-­­follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you played the harlotso that you may remember to do all My commandments and be holy to your God” (Numbers 15:39-40).

 The word Tzitzit means BLOSSOM. It’s like the rod of Aaron that budded and bloomed. These blossoms will bring forth fruit. How? When we keep the Commandments, we bear fruit. When we honor His Torah by not just knowing it but doing it, we bear much fruit.

Most of Yeshua’s Body is familiar with the Ten Commandments (Ten Sayings), but many may not know there are 613 Commandments wrapped up in The Ten. 

The first place we read about these prayer shawls’ wings is after the Father saves His people from Egypt. “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself” (Exodus 19:4).

The Rabbis teach that each arrangement of tassels should be seven white threads and one blue thread. For more information on the significance of the meaning behind the Hebrew numbers 7 & 8, here is a link to Grace in Torah, where you can also find some pretty amazing teachings.

This shawl is used at all significant events, from circumcision to weddings, and yes, even the dead are wrapped up in this garment. Death is something we see Yeshua triumphing over. Yes, death and the grave could not hold our Messiah!

 Let’s see how the Olive tree buries their dead since we were engrafted into it.

After a person dies, the eyes are closed, the body is laid on the floor and covered, and candles are lit next to the body. The body is never left alone until after burial, as a sign of respect. The people who sit with the dead body are called shomerim, from the root Shin-Mem-Reish, meaning “guards” or “keepers. — In preparation for the burial, the body is thoroughly cleaned and wrapped in a simple, plain linen shroud. The Sages decreed that both the dress of the body and the coffin should be simple, so that a poor person would not receive less honor in death than a rich person. The body is wrapped in a tallit with its tzitzit rendered invalid.” Jewfaq.org

Can you imagine our bodies being wrapped in the Word of Yahweh? Can you imagine all of the Father’s commandments and instructions for a blessed LIFE covering our dead bodies? Our dead bodies will come up out of the grave because Yeshua, our First Fruits, came forth out of the tomb wrapped in the same type of linen shroud and more than likely wrapped in His tallit.

This Tallit is two words, tal meaning tent and lit meaning little. “A little tent” that is like a canopy of protection hidden under His Torah–His commandments. When the shawl is pulled up over the head, it makes a prayer room. Psalms 91 talks about this canopy under the wings of Adonai. “He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings, you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark” (Psalm 91:4).

When the woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of Jesus’ garments, she actually touched the Word of God. These shawls were what a Rabbi such as Yeshua would have worn, not some red Roman robe we see him often pictured as wearing. Many people touched this and were healed. Let’s look at scripture for certainty.

“Wherever He entered villages, or cities, or countryside, they were laying the sick in the market places, and imploring Him that they might just touch the fringe (Tzitzit) of His cloak; and as many as touched it were being cured” (Mark 6:56).

Scriptures concerning these four wings also discuss a time of latter days.

“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun (Servant) of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts” (Malachi 4:1-2).

Yeshua is talking about Jacob’s trouble, and He says after the tribulation, we will see the sign of Him.

“And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. “And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET, and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other” (Matthew 24:30-31).

“After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back its four winds so that no wind would blow on land or sea or on any tree” (Revelation 7:1).

So as I was meditating on the four corners of the earth and visualizing this mighty wind sweeping people up like a Hollywood production of tornado or Aliens, I decided it wouldn’t be like that at all. Didn’t the Son come to a carpenter from a rough place called Nazareth (Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?) And weren’t His parents so ordinary no one would make room for the delivery of the chosen One? Didn’t He ride on a humble donkey? Yes, but we have all these motion pictures and left behind series that have altered our thinking.

“According to the Zohar—an early Kabbalistic text—the resurrection will take place forty years after the arrival of Moshiach (Messiah). However, certain righteous individuals will arise with the coming of Moshiach (Messiah). All the dead will be resurrected in the Land of Israel.”

Notice the number 40 and all it entails.

So let’s get back to this death, and this body rolled up in a little tent—the wings of Yahweh and His mighty Torah protecting even our bones.

According to Aish.com, “Jewish tradition records that with burial, a single bone in the back of the neck never decays. It is from this bone – the luz bone – that the human body will be rebuilt in the future Messianic era when the souls of the departed will be reunited with their bodies.”

Yes! A BONE CALL THE LUZ.

I’m doing a snoopy dance right now!

YES! The Rabbi’s claim there is a bone in our brains that never disintegrates. They say it cannot be burned, crushed, or broken. But this gets deeper. Remember the Tzitzit? Those fringes that hung down that were braided and were referred to as almond buds or blossoms? Well, something else has the same meaning.

The word LUZ in Hebrew means nut or almond. So our brain even blossoms with the mind of Christ, our Yeshua Messiah.

The luz and the tallit with its Tzitzit represent an almond seed- a blossom—blooming and producing fruit and, yes, rising up out of the earth. It is believed by the Rabbi’s that this bone is strengthened and gains sustenance from a meal eaten called the Melave Malka. What is this strange word about?

“ Melaveh Malkah is the name of a meal that, as per halakha, is customarily held by Jews after their Sabbath, in other words, on Saturday evening. The intent of the meal is to figuratively escort the “Sabbath Queen” on her way out via singing and eating, as one would escort a monarch upon his departure from a city. This meal is alternatively called “the fourth meal.”

We must get back to His Holy Days and Feast. It was never Sunday.

And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Amen, I say to you, I shall not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives” (Mark 14:24-26)

This is new beginnings with the Messiah and the 8th day and the fullness of our new Kingdom filled with awe and glory unspeakable and unattainable in thought. More joy than one has ever felt. I can’t wait!

I LUZ my Yeshua, the One who died so we might have LIFE!

Sources:

The mystical bone of resurrection, Shapiro R., 1987, Department of Radiology, University of Miami School of Medicine, accessed 5 April 2014

http://pubs.rsna.org/doi/abs/10.1148%2Fradiology.163.3.718#comments

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melaveh_Malkah

http://www.aish.com/ci/sam/48936292.html

Pictures: talentshare.org

Posted in Five-Fold and Torah, Tekoa Manning, The Old Paths, TM

Maya the Bee and Leadership, Part V

Now her favorite cartoon character

“And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion; and, behold, there was a nest of bees (adas devorim) and honey in the carcass of the lion.” (Shoftim 14:8)

As the commentaries explain, adas Devarim refers to a nest of bees. But the word adas is based on the word eidah. This means “congregation” or “community,” and this name reflects the unique structure of a bee colony.”  HERE

I’m often drawn to children’s movies. Many times the Father shows me hidden messages in them or speaks to me. Recently, I watched Maya the bee. Maya is a Hindu name and means “illusion,” but Maya in Hebrew comes from Mayim, meaning “water.”

Yeshua told the woman at the well in John 4:14, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

The Hebrew word for bee is Deborah/ Devorah. This is also the feminine form of the word davar, which means “Word.”

“Maya is born in a world of rules, but when she discovers villainous Buzzlina Von Beena’s plot to steal the Queen’s royal jelly, Maya is banished from the hive and into the meadow. With her best friend Willy tagging along, Maya meets a young hornet named Sting. Together they have to stop the plot and the fight between bees and hornets before it’s too late.” Wikipedia.

Maya’s best friend is named Willie. His name means a helmet—protector.

While watching the movie, I learned that there was a huge scandal with this children’s tale and that one of the series episodes was removed from Netflix and other outlets, but we will cover that later.

This movie is perfect for understanding leadership and how it works. One only has to look at a hive to see bees working together in UNITY.

While reading, I learned that the queen is like a mother, and she is the master of the hive. The Holy Spirit is like a mother, and the Ruach HaKodesh wants to gather chicks under her wings. Holy Spirit is referred to in female form. The Queen is the only bee that gives birth and lives approximately 2 to 7 years, laying up to 2,500 eggs per day. Towards the end of a queen’s life, she will produce an egg from which another queen will hatch. There are a few hundred male drones in a hive. These males do no work. They fertilize the queen. After the drones have completed their single task, they are evicted from the hive and left to starve to death outside the colony. Though this sounds unfair, they do so often out of their own accord, as if they understood this as their only purpose in life. The worker bees make up 99% of the hive, and they are all females.

Guard bees protect the hive. House bees clean the cells. Wax bees build new cells and repair old ones. Nurse bees care for and feed the undeveloped young. Forager bees are the oldest and most experienced bees; they gather pollen and nectar, spending a lot of time away from the hive. The entire congregation works together. They each know their role, and they do it. Today they are in danger due to pesticides, cell phone towers, and disease. Sadly, we as His Body have many of the same issues.

Do you see the Five-fold in those bees? Look closely. Shepherds protect the hive. Prophets clean the cells. Apostles build new cells and repair old ones. Teachers care for and feed. Evangelist gather and spend time away from the congregation, and don’t forget the workers!

In the movie, we have the antagonist, Von Beena, who wants to usurp the queen. She even locks her away and steals the jar of Royal jelly. She lies to the others and explains that the Queen has died and that she will be the new queen. She takes the royal crown and places it on her head. She tells the others that hornets have done this. They are the ones who stole the jelly

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Meanwhile, the hornets blame the bees for crashing their nest, when in all actuality it was ‘ants’ who stumbled and accidentally did the damage while looking to save Maya. Each person is blaming the other insects for their troubles and falsely accusing them, and all parties are wrong. Sound like His Body? What does Von Beena’s name mean?

In German, Von is a preposition that means “of” (belonging to) or “from.” In German family names, it was initially used to indicate a place of origin and/or nobility. In Hebrew, Bina, which is similar to Beena, means “understanding”; Hebrew: בינה). One site had this to say, “Meaning of Beena. Beena is a Persian and Kurdish name for girls that means “perceptive”, “far-sighted”, “insightful”. Its literal meaning is “able to see.” Sadly, Buzzlina Von Beena has none of the characteristics her name implies. She has titles she has placed on herself but not anointing or design to be a queen. She is bent on power, usurping, and control. She is false. Lina means tenderness, but Von Beena is murderous in her actions and her words.  She is an impostor. Her titles do not mimic her character. Von Beena does steal the ‘royal jelly’ and she places the crown on her head, but she is still not Buzzworthy, and she certainly had no tenderness or mercy. She hides the jar of royal jelly under the crown upon her head. The crown she stole from the real deal. She doesn’t drink from the sweet jelly. It sits up there where her pride lies, in her head. What is this royal jelly? His Royal Jelly is His Word and Yeshua the Messiah is the Word that put on flesh.

“The law (Torah) of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul;

The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;

The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;

The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.

They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;

Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:7-10, NASB).

Young Maya’s teacher and mother figure in the movie is named Cassandra. Cassandra is a girl’s name of Greek origin, meaning “prophetess.” Ironically, the woman doing the voice for the character of the Queen in real life is named, Miriam. Yes, just like Aaron’s sister, the prophetess.

Many of you might already find me a tad nutty, but for those of you who allow Abba to speak to you through songs, movies, a bird, a bee, a street sign, license plates and any other object known to man, thanks for letting me unravel this.

Among other casts whose names intrigued me were Arnie (Powerful eagle) and Barney (Pet form of Barnabas, a name borne in the Bible by the apostle and missionary companion of Paul. The name is derived from the Aramaic barnebhū’āh (son of exhortation). Apostles and prophets need to work together along with the rest of the colony.

“He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.) 11And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:10-13, NASB).

As for the removing of one series of Maya the Bee on Netflix, it was all due to a bad joke that I find prophetic.

“An absolutely inappropriate image has been discovered in a four-second fly-by scene in one episode of the total of 78 episodes of the series,” said production group Studio 100 in a statement on Friday. “The origin of this image obviously results from a terrible joke from one of the 150 artists working on the production.”

The image of a crudely-drawn penis was discovered by some U.S. viewers, who took screenshots of the offending scenes and posted them on social media. Netflix, which does not produce the show but licenses it for the U.S., has since pulled the episode of the show with the image in it.”

The outlined picture was drawn on a huge rock with a tree beside it. This just made me think of His seed, his circumcision, his cutting of a covenant. He is the Rock. His Sabbath is Queen; His Holy Spirit is often described by using water and a dove. We are grafted into His Tree. He gives us His Royal Jelly, and He even compares His Torah to honey. The series has 78 episodes. Seven is completion, His creation week, His Queen Sabbath Day of Rest, His Feasts, His return on the Feast of Trumpets and eight is new beginnings, making fat!

“Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste [khech]. Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul” (Prov. 24:13-14a); “How sweet are your words to my taste [khech], sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Ps. 119:103).

“How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride!

How much better is your love than wine,

And the fragrance of your oils

Than all kinds of spices!

“Your lips, my bride, drip honey;

Honey and milk are under your tongue,

And the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.” Song of Songs 4:10-11, NASB).

Part I HERE

Part II HERE

Part III HERE

Part IV HERE

Part VI HERE

Sources: http://www.rationalistjudaism.com/2012/08/being-beeish.html

Wikipedia–Maya information and name meanings.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-childrens-show-producer-says-penis-drawing-was-very-bad-joke-one-artist-1042147

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Honky-Tonk?

My friend Charlie has a huge white rooster that sparked my attention of late. Yes, her henhouse has caused me to write a story a time or two. While meditating on a blog post about light, Charlie sent a comment to me in an email about her rooster named Honky that I could not get out of my spirit. Yes, Honkey is a derogatory name given to a white man, but Honky, the rooster, isn’t concerned about what you call him. He’s just going to keep doing what he was created to do.

In Charlie’s words,

He is always excited with a new day, no matter whatHe’s a fan of God’s ‘let there be light’ idea. Once I turn their light on, he starts stomping his feet on the roost and shaking his head and crowing more and more. As soon as I open the hatch door, the chickens rush out to begin another day, mostly like all the ones before, as if it was the grandest thing they have ever done. I wish to be as pampered and loved as my dogs, and as happy with each and every day as my chickens!”

Wise words, from a wise woman.

What if we were that excited about the light? His Lamp? Another day? So excited that we were cock-a-doodle-dooing as loud as we could to wake up others and express our joy in Him. Even if others place names on us that seem a bit disparaging, we can exalt the Creator of All.

 

“In the rabbinic literature, the cockcrow is used as general marking of time,” [55] but also some of the Sages interpreted the “cockcrow” to mean the voice of the Temple officer who summoned all priests, Levites, and Israelites to their duties and used as such because the Hebrew ‘gever’ was used also to mean a “rooster” in addition to the meaning of “man, strong man” (Tim Hegg, Torah research).

Summoned to their duties. . .

If we know what our duties are, then just like Honky, we will arise and shine, for our light has come, and the Glory of Adonai shines upon us! Time to get busy doing what we were created to do. But some of the hens and roosters don’t seem to know what their job is in The Body, so they have taken on what I call a police role. These folks are busy looking for anyone who is doing or saying, writing, or posting, anything that might not be right or correct in their opinion. Even if they are not a rooster, they are cock- a—doodle–dooing about it all over town. Sometimes this is a sign of a young, immature prophet. They’ve been given eyes to see every flaw but not always a polished tongue. We need schools of the prophets today, and also their voices heard in the assemblies. If you are the head rooster of a henhouse, you may want to invite others to cock-a-doodle-doo from time to time.

I was very sad to read comments from many in The Body who were ridiculing a man named Billy Graham. This man was righteous and walking in something Charlie refers to as ‘all the light he had been given for that time period.’ His generation didn’t have Hebrew and Greek at their fingertips. He was humble– not flashy. He and his son’s ministry have helped many Christians from being beheaded in other countries, feeding and clothing the ones running from war and famine—Samaritans Purse is about giving.

Who has come forth out of the womb knowing all the Torah and prophets and all of our Messiah’s teachings? No one. Not even our greatest Rabbi or Scribe, pastor or preacher. They all needed teachers, and most of us hens cackling over “pagan” holidays were right up under a tree a decade ago or sooner.

One exciting site on the behaviors and characteristics of roosters caught my attention. The article began by describing something I have seen in this new movement—ruffled feathers and cockfights.

Betty explains:

Chickens can be very vocal, as anyone who’s heard a rooster crow knows. They’re able to express more than 30 different sounds and have keen hearing. Hens use special sounds to lure their chicks and cackle when they lay eggs. They’ve even been heard crowing. Roosters start crowing around 4 or 5 months of age and make other noises, including warning sounds when predators are near. They also make noises to lure hens to food or to follow them.”

Betty goes on to explain that “Roosters are great at protecting hens, but too many roosters can mean violent fights in the roost.” Click here.

I see a lot of this rooster, henpecking behavior today. Grab some coffee and play pinball with my brain for a minute.

Roosters are sort of like Shepherds.

Mostly today, we have a massive amount of people pouring out of the Christian faith and into the Torah/Hebraic roots of their faith. They are trying to walk in the footsteps of their Messiah, but what if some of the hens are actually Roosters? What if the Roosters are actually hens?

What you talkin bout, Tekoa?

Well, at first it’s hard to tell which is which. Ask anyone you know raising chickens, and unless they are an expert, they wait until the birds are over 3, 4, or five months old and look at their combs and feathers, as well as spurs used for fighting. So technically, a young, immature rooster may still know he has a calling on his life to protect hens and announce the light, but perhaps he hasn’t grown into his plumage, so to speak. That doesn’t make him a fake or false rooster. He is still a rooster in need of training. Maturing.

The roosters get up on a perch where they can keep an eye out to protect their hens, and if any predator is coming around, he sounds a call to warn them. But how can the ones coming out of Christianity know which rooster to sit under? And what if one rooster is more colorful than, say, solid, white, Honkey rooster? And since we have the great World Wide Web and not many henhouses, we have hens eating food from every place by every Tom, Dick, and Honky. Some lousy food, some good food, and some in-between.

How can we tell a good Rooster from a bad one? If they are like Honkey and their eyes are on Him and His light, and they are protecting hens, feeding them, and being intimate, then that’s a pretty good sign, but if they are always crowing, meddling in other henhouses, feeding food that’s laced with GMO’s, ever magnifying aliens or hasatan, fighting over what time the sun comes up and whose got the best combs—-FLY away from the coo coo nest before you get de-feathered or your neck wrung!

 

If you are a hen running from roost to roost, the Roosters are not going to know what to do with you or even if they are supposed to protect you, correct you, or be intimate with you. If you are sitting at home and have a place in your area to gather with believers, see if you can because we need to be a part of our communities. How is a Rooster or a hen doing any good in a recliner with a clicker looking at television light instead of the sun/ Son coming up? Yes, we need teachers, and the internet is a wonderful place to learn, but don’t let it replace gathering and lifting one another up in prayer.

The term ‘chickens have come to roost,’ refers to the place where birds rest. And this is what we need. Spiritual Rest.

I watched a show about Yah’s amazing planet the other night, and they highlighted something called light pollution. This is something we have in the Body of Yeshua and also something we have on earth today. Yes, it’s a real problem and especially for His Creation. Remember these fearful words in Revelations?

“And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” Revelation 11:18 NASB.

So this light pollution is a false light. This false light is loud and noisy and draws a person into a trap. While watching Planet Earth with my husband, we were grief-stricken by hundreds of hatchling turtles covering the beach. The lights of the city enticed them. They hatched during the full moon and should have been drawn to the ocean, but instead, they were headed across a beach towards a town lit up like Vegas. The town lights disoriented eighty percent of the baby turtles. Crabs were excited and began to make burrows below the beach lights, and they waited for the turtles to come to them to devour. Some of the sea turtles fell in sewer drains while others were run over by cars.

Now we have a perfect picture of what this whole movement looks like. The sounds and flashing lights of the polluted world have infected all of us like a Honky-tonk. We don’t know where to go or what to do. The crabs (wolves) are waiting, the sewage is also easy to fall into, and even if we live our whole life trying to be just like Honkey, someone may come along and run over us.

You can watch the sea turtles here.

We need Roosters, and if we aren’t a rooster, we need to find a rooster, and one who is open to allowing our gifts and talents, positions even, to help edify the body—His Body. Even those priests in charge of carrying the ashes out of the camp were important. No gift is too big or too small. Where are the Elders? Where are the prophets? Where are those who have eyes and ears, gifts of healing the brokenhearted, gifts of interpreting the Torah in other languages? Carefully study a coop, and you will soon find that all the hens have jobs to do, and some who are not roosters can even cock a doodle doo as well as ole Honkey!

The light pollution and the Torah police have caused many to fly the coop. If the Father has sent people across our path that are willing and able to form a Body that is fitly joined together with everyone knowing their roles, please get to a gathering and announcing, so the sea hatching turtles who have lost their way can hear you and steer clear from danger. Let the Body do what the Body does. Can the eye hear? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? We can’t control the entire beach, but we can help direct these little ones to His light. I have four different lights in my bedroom– an overhead light, a closet light, a brightly adjustable desk lamp, and a soft lamp by my bed for reading. If you turn one on, the room grows brighter, add another and another and another, and bam! This leads me to the end of this pinball game.

And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.” Revelation 21:23-24.

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.” Proverbs 4:18.

 

You are the light of the world– “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16.

Yes, let’s all be more like Honky and get excited about His light and the gift of another day. Let’s blow our shofars and sound the alarm to wake up the ones polluted by artificial light, and let’s try and respect those who may not be as mature as we are. Remember, we all come from different chicken coops.

Enjoy my beautiful friend and mentor, Jeannie cock a doodle dooing a song for Him!

Photo- https://pixabay.com/en/rooster-bird-chicken-head-1246302/

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Why do you Speak to Him? (Doctrines of Demons #1)

demon book cover

(Chapter 9)
I remember the power that rang through the voice that was speaking to me and commanding Satan to turn me loose. The large hand was placed on¬¬¬ my forehead, and the prayer continued with more screaming at the enemy. “Satan wants to take you out! He wants to literally destroy you, but he must bow!”
Sadly, I was suddenly feeling a little prideful that Satan wanted to obliterate me. Was I so anointed that he was on a mission to take me out? No, I was just your ordinary follower of Yeshua trying to live a set-apart life. I prayed, read His Word, and tried to live a life worthy of His commandments. This is hard enough to do in this day and time. However, this evangelist was telling my enemy to bow. I wondered why I had never read of any great men of Adonai in the Bible praying such a prayer. Did they? I began to study this and wore my small concordance out, looking up every verse on the “father of lies.” I studied every scripture concerning him, but in no place did I find that type of prayer. I hear so many believers today, praying to Satan. I know that I have mentioned this in an earlier chapter, but the need for truth on this matter is much needed.
I have heard many pray prayers that contain dialogue like this: “We bind you Satan, you must bow, and you cannot cross this bloodline. Satan you are a liar and the father of lies. Satan you are under my feet.” Is he? If he is, why does Paul warn that he roams around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour? Again, if you bind him, how long is he bound? What is he doing while you yell at him? Back to the man praying over me, he continued with a great swelling boast: “I take authority over the powers of the airways, and I command you to take your filthy hands off of my sister…” Again, this didn’t sit well with me. If we had power over the airways, we could stop the missiles from hitting Israel. Well, you get the picture.
I was raised in a church with this particular teaching, but I have to tell you I disagree with it, and I don’t find it biblical. Once again, I want to show you using the Word, precept upon precept, line upon line. When we study the Bible, both the Older and Newer portions, we have a complete picture of how the Godliest men and women fought their battles, and nowhere did they converse with or curse Satan during those times. Job didn’t, King David didn’t, Moses didn’t, and neither did the mighty men and women of Yeshua’s day.
After Paul and Silas are thrown in prison and beaten unmercifully, they didn’t curse Satan! They praised Adonai by lifting their voices and singing praises. Let’s read that account:
A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. The jailer put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks. Around midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!
–Acts 16:22-26, NLT
No yelling or threats made to Satan, but they do go on to lead the jailer to salvation.
Once, when Paul was speaking to the church in Thessalonica, he had this to say: “We wanted very much to come to you, and I, Paul, tried again and again, but Satan prevented us” (I Thessalonians 2:18, NLT). Let scripture speak for itself. There is no record of him talking to Satan; he just says an adversary delayed him. Remember, Satan means adversary or enemy.
Second, Peter two discusses false teachers and prophets who would be among us. Then the passage describes some of their characteristics:
Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. In their greed, they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.
–II Peter 2:2-3, NLT
Peter went on to explain just how corrupt these men are.
But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Father. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
–II Peter 2:10-12, NLT
Jude had this to say:
Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the Archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, the Father rebuke thee. But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
–Jude 1:8-11, KJV
Jude uses three different people in the Bible to describe these men. Cain, who murdered his brother over the jealousy of Abel’s righteousness. Balaam, who would have cursed Israel for his greed if Adonai had not prevented him. Korah or (Core), who rose up against Moses and Aaron and tried to exalt himself in the camp. However, instead, the earth opened her mouth and swallowed him.
If angels don’t speak evil to Satan but rather say, “The Father rebuke you,” should we tread where we are ignorant? And why should so much time be spent talking to the enemy? Wouldn’t it be better to cast out the demon and let the person who comes for deliverance get into His Word and the power of the Holy Spirit? What power is there in repeating repetitious prayers to the enemy? None! According to Peter, Jude, and many others, we don’t have any business doing that anyway. We just learned that men who do this are filthy dreamers, brute beasts even. They are corrupt, filled with pride, arrogance, and ignorance.
Now in the Older Testament (Tanakh), there is a story about Daniel and his prayers getting through. Daniel says a prayer during a twenty-one day fast, and an angel appears to him. Let’s look at that closely:
Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. “Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future.”
–Daniel 10:12-14, NASB
Now, Daniel didn’t know there was a war in heaven for his words. Daniel wasn’t commanding the Prince of Persia to bow. Adonai sent Michael, the archangel, to help this angel battle a General and ruler over Persia. The rulers at that time were fierce! Remember, they threw Daniel into a den full of hungry lions. Think about world leaders for a bit and remove the focus from how it was previously explained.
Daniel pours his heart and soul out to Adonai in chapters nine and ten. He humbles himself through prayer and repents for his nation and the people. He knew Adonai had made a specific link between these seventy years in captivity and the number of Sabbaths they had missed. Just like the famous verse we quote so often in times of need, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Father, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).
However, when we read verse ten, we understand the secret Daniel knew about this Prince of Persia.
(Jeremiah 29:10, NIV) “This is what the Father says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place.” Daniel knew that the time was getting close to being fulfilled. However, the Prince of Persia knew that as well. Earlier in Daniel five, we read about a feast put on by Belshazzar for thousands. Who was Belshazzar? He was a sixth-century BC Prince of Persia:
Belshazzar, when he tasted the wine, commanded that the vessels of gold and of silver that Nebuchadnezzar, his father, had taken out of the Temple in Jerusalem be brought, that the king and his Fathers, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them.
–Daniel 5:1-2, ASV
He must have had a reason for drinking from those vessels at this time. And I am betting that he thought the seventy-year prophecy had passed and that he had been triumphant over Israel’s God. Then the finger of Adonai wrote upon the wall of his palace, and Belshazzar died. You can yell at Satan and Princes over territories, but ultimately the Father is in control, and what moves God’s heart is prayer, fasting, and repentance, like Daniel, did.
I honor the ministers who are gifted and take on the foulest demons from hell, but at the same time, I think a lot of this doctrine needs light. Conversing with Satan is not one of the ingredients for victory. Getting puffed up and shouting at a being HaShem controls, created even, and uses for His purposes, is not wise.
How do these ministers think they have a right to make Satan bow when Adonai has sent him? The pride of it all is baffling to me. Paul had this to say about the wicked in the assemblies who wouldn’t repent:
Then you must throw this man out and hand him over to Satan so that his sinful nature will be destroyed and he himself will be saved on the day the Father returns.”
–I Corinthians 5:5, NLT
Do you knock on Satan’s door and say, “Hey buddy, I’ve got a live one for ya!” No, we have got to start thinking more precise about verses.
Satan shows up in the Newer Testament when the Spirit leads Yeshua into the wilderness to be tempted by him. Ironic? I think not. Hopefully, you are getting a better understanding of your adversary. Praying prayers where men and women of Adonai shout at Satan is not mentioned in the Bible. Yeshua gave us an example of how to pray. He said to pray after this manner:
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye, therefore, like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”
–Matthew 6:5-8, KJV
Yeshua said to pray to be delivered from evil and for us not to be led into temptation.
In the Newer Testament, we hear about Satan or our adversary, but not once do we hear anyone conversing or shouting at him. Even when Yeshua was warning Peter about Satan, he didn’t say anything but the fact that Satan desired to have him. Let’s read to get more understanding:
Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.
–Luke 22:31-32, NLT
Notice Satan had to ask Yeshua if he could get permission to sift Peter. Also, we notice by reading this that Yeshua doesn’t say anywhere that He told Satan to flee or bow, but that He instead was praying for Simon Peter’s faith to be strengthened. He was praying for him to pass the test. Shouldn’t we follow the examples set before us in the scriptures? Talking to Satan is a waste of time and energy. Just think you could be praising the King of Kings! The book of James says this, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7, KJV).
How did the Son of God converse with the devil when He was tempted in the wilderness? Did He curse him and tell him to bow? Did he say to him that one day he would be shut up in a pit and laugh at him? Again, no. He said, “It is written…” (Matthew 4:4, KJV). Again, he said, “It is written….” (Matthew 4:7, KJV). “Get thee hence, Satan: For it is written….” (Matthew 4:10, KJV). In Luke, He says, “It is written…”, “It is said…”, “Get thee behind me Satan: for it is written” (Luke 4:4, 12, 8, KJV). Yeshua fought his own wilderness temptation with the Word. The enemy will come to tempt us all, and the Holy Spirit will help us overcome, but it seems we do that by using the Word of Adonai:
…for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
–Revelation 12:11, KJV
This is the scripture Adonai gives us to follow. He said we overcome by the blood and the word of our testimony. If we keep talking to Satan and incorporating him into our day when things don’t go right, aren’t we really giving him attention and more credit than he deserves? If we resist the devil, he will flee. Don’t be like the men Peter and Jude warned us about.
In the next chapter, we will look at how Satan has evolved over time and through literature.

Posted in poetry, Tekoa Manning, TM

1,000 Words

I am not sure when I started writing this poem or why or whose kitchen I stood in, but possibly it will help us think more about words. Ironically when I was finished, it had a word count of 1,000. I know with social media and texting, we often take words wrong or quickly respond without thinking about our words. Even still, what if all the words we spoke about ourselves were tasted and measured?
Psalms–Tehillim 139:14 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB) ” I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Thy ma’asim (works); and that my nefesh (soul) knoweth very well.”
I dropped words
They shattered on the floor.
Right in front of you
He dropped words, 22 letters crowned with Glory.
Splendor
Torah
Holding the cosmos together
I never meant for my words to fall, or me, for that matter.
But you didn’t seem interested in catching them.
His words sailed through the seas.
They were brightly colored blooms of an almond tree.
My words went soaring through your kitchen towards your heart.
You stood awkwardly and let them fall.
I held Words out for you in the palms of my hands.
Big pink balloon blossoms,
You pulled out a needle and popped them.
You squinted your eyes, and then you twisted your mouth.
Yes, you released silent words in ways that needed no explanation.
I acted as if my words were not lying on your cold tile floor.
You stepped on two verses as you maneuvered to the coffee maker.
And flung a few careless words into the air.
Cream?
Sugar?
Not only did you not catch the ones I gave you.
Later you stopped sending any words at all.
The few that made it into your mouth, you spat back out.
I tried to package mine better, and I held them in my mouth for a bit.
Measuring their worth before releasing them to you
I added hues of ruddy sunburst and hints of emerald green.
Tiny delicate touches to make the words kinder, sweeter.
I bounced words up and down like a basketball.
Then polished them up like golden apples.
But you kept looking for a worm.
Inspecting them for flaws
I extended them again.
Take these pretty words from me, I said
Yet they dangled there in mid-air.
Words suspended with no one to grasp them.
Just hanging there like a dangling modifier.
And why?
Was there something so ugly inside of my soul that your eyes bore holes?
I left and came back another day.
I brought different words.
Yes, that day. . .
I held words in my fist.
I clenched them tightly to my chest and blew them into the air.
Into your face
I looked intently into your eyes.
Like a breath of wind, the words breathed.
You made your face like stone and wrapped it in a marketed smile.
A fissure really
Like a pumpkin face
Perhaps you didn’t know how to taste the words I used from His Word?
The power of them is mightier than the sword.
Forged in fire and blasted with Ruach
Words
They are like the gilded wings of a bird taking flight.
Or
Like a wasp stinger embedded in our soul
We wad up words and layer them with love, judgment, and hate.
Then fling them in the face.
Or throw none at all.
To
try
and
Make
Each
other
Feel
small
Some words smell like a rotten corpse,
Lying naked on the floor
Other words float above like a tuft of cotton.
Our jaws can bring stale perfume.
Thoughtless words dissipate before noon.
or
Words that linger on the surface
Words that rattle from a cage
Words that splatter candle wax
And words that type
tap
tap
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Empty words from comic books and politicians with a hook
Words from the young still tainted with puffs of air, pride, and sexual flair.
Words like magic carpet rides
And words like diamonds light up the skies.
Words as thick as molasses
Words that comfort, heal and hold
Words that open doors and shut
Words from babes who utter sounds
And all the words that fell to the ground –
That no one caught or let soak in,
To lend an ear or be a friend.
And all these words clutched in my fist.
I hope one day to breathe on paper and send words that sail the seas.
Words layered with Torah seeds and honey from bees.
Words that stand up tall and hold sounds
Words that were spoken on the Mount and words that cause fires to burst
Words that no longer can break or hurt
Or wound or tear
or make feel bare
Yes, Words that bring a shine.
Words that neither run nor hide
Nor bother to rhyme
Words that are tucked away in shoes
Standing on His Word
Words that form a song that soothes
And words that sing a halleluYah
Words that pump through my veins
For all I have to give to you are words
I have no fortune; I have no fame,
All I have are these words in the palms of my hands
The ones I picked up off your floor
The ones I washed and prayed over again
I extend
With my frail limp hands
These
Words
Are
For
you
Please
Accept
My
gift
For it is all I have
To give
My Abba Father—
My best friend
The one who washed me with His Words
Like goat milk soap and the freshest rain
Like precious oil upon my head
His Words hold me still.
Help me heal
Turn my heart
Still my soul
Brokenness
Becomes
Whole
King David’s words helped me through many nights.
And Job’s words I carried in my lungs.
Yes, “I know that my Redeemer lives.”
Songs from Solomon
And cries from Jacob.
Wisdom words marching with ants
Proverbial songs and stories that dance
I long to hear from you again.
Without your words, my heart feels bruised.
My Abba’s Words are like aged wine.
That gets smoother all the time.
His Words I’ve wholly stored
Tucked and polished and hidden beneath
Inside my soul forever, they keep
Like a river of never-ending love
Hold me up by Your Word.
Hold me up by Your Son.
Take my Words and wash them in Yours.
Take these words spilled on the floor.
And whisper to those who no longer speak.
Who step over the words I am trying to fly.
That I love them regardless of my inability to form one word to heal
To still
This
Storm . . .
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