Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16) and Genesis 1
I am really overwhelmed in my bible study lately -to...
Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16) and Genesis 1
I am really overwhelmed in my bible study lately -too much to pull together. Like it's all so connected I don't know how to start let alone explain it.
One thing I think I can wrap my head around enough to share is Genesis 1 in connection to the passages about Jesus baptism in Matthew, Mark, and Luke; Colossians 1:12-20 then from there to Romans 1:18-23.... you can see more about why Jesus being baptized was to fulfill all righteousness and why it's so perfect that God became man in the person of Jesus. It goes strait back to God's will for creation in Genesis 1.
We changed His glory into the image of corruptible man. We completely perverted His creation and you can see it point blankly in idols. We are the ones who made Him into a corruptible and limited image. We created perversity and perverted His creation. We blasphemed Him physically and spiritually with idols, and Jesus redeemed all of that in Himself physically and spiritually by revealing God in the incorruptible image and nature of His Son.
Jesus literally, physically redeemed the state of man in Himself and also the image and nature of God in holiness in His own creation. It's reunification in perfection on all levels for all of creation through Jesus. Mankind is redeemed and God's image in our hearts and mind is restored. You can see it when you put these verses together. Jesus became man so mankind could be redeemed, and he restored the image and nature of God in His creation. He put it all back in order in our own hearts and minds. It's really interesting how He used the physical to right the spiritual and vice versa throughout our existsnce.
I can't get out of Genesis so behind on the Torah portions. But you can see Jesus and more about the perfect balance of God's nature as well as what's happening in the Temple service in Exodus 13: 20-22 somehow. Whether it be times of light or darkness, times of shielding (cloud) or revealing (fire), times of abundance (cloud filling Temple) or refining (fire in sacrifices) Gods provision blesses those who want and follow Him. It's all blessing for us.
You can also see the flood and further revelation about redemption and separation as well as God's omnipotence in Exodus 14.
He used a flood to save His people and the same flood to destroy their enemies. Also interesting that water (a cloud) and fire are both used in a way that keeps His people at the same time we know He uses them to destroy His enemies. He flooded the earth in Noah's days to judge and save, and will next use fire to judge and save. His judgment is salvation for those who are saved.
In all this you can see that salvation has to include destruction of those who are against it by the plain nature of it. You can see judgment is salvation and that God is the one who saves and God is the one who destroys, all in one act, but it's always for the sake of the salvation of the ones who want and belong to Him. The cross saves because it judged. Jesus saves because He judges. It saves us because what seeks to destroy is destroyed. You cannot take salvation out of the context of judgment and destruction.
We cannot understand God apart from His judgment, and the fact so many Christians don't seem to get that really indicates that we don't understand the nature of salvation is that we must be saved from something. Like in Exodus 14 when God not only got His people away from their enemies but destroyed their enemies, our salvation is defined in destruction -destruction of that which seeks to destroy us.
We have to figure out how to not fall for the false compassion narrative and satanically perverted guilt trip of God haters. It seems to just indicate that we don't understand the nature of the battle we're in or what it means to be in a state of needing salvation. We are told to pray for our enemies, but we cannot be naive when it comes to our enemies.
I think we need to distinguish between our enemies and those who are determined and knowing enemies of God to be effective and safe spiritually. We have to distinguish between those ignorant of God and those in complete awareness but also full on rebellion of God.
Science comes to my mind because of how much it has been used to go against God at the same time it hides and lies about the truth it knows. We have to recognize what we're dealing with. Science sees way more than it will acknowledge. It's seen enough to research immortality and stem cells...it has seen enough to believe in something eternal it seems to me.
That's just an example of when we're dealing with more than just our own enemy I think - knowing the truth but denying and lying to subvert it.
At some point compassion becomes destructive when it's directed at people who are targeting God and His will. We have to figure this out because false compassion is all about perverting what God has given, specifically commandments about love, forgiveness, not judging...., to their own end and purpose instead of God's. We have to consider if our compassion is furthering His will, or being used to further sin and evil.
Jeremiah 7:16 comes to mind. It confuses me sometimes when I hear Christian people more concerned with the one committing the evil than the ones hurt by it. Trying to figure out what's going on. It's one of those "is it me moments", but after thinking it through, I don't think it usually is. Especially when you consider how that thought processes would play out in Exodus 14.
At some point the distinction between right and wrong and the consequences of right and wrong have to be made for the sake of simple hope. What fellowship does light have with darkness? There's a point we just need God to be God for all involved, whether they want him to be or not because there are those who would never choose to allow Him any place despite what He has shown them. Wise as serpents innocent as doves.
One interesting realization I had is when considering this portion in the...
One interesting realization I had is when considering this portion in the context of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11) and what Jesus says of Himself in John 1:51 , "Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”(John 1:51). Most often people consider the deity of Jesus, God becoming man, to be diminishing of God. But when you consider that people trying to become like God at the Tower of Babel (or in any other way for that matter) is completely futile and ridiculous, it's actually very glorifying to God that He can become man. I just find that kind of glorification really revealing of Him. He's so beyond us in goodness and power, it's like we can't see how amazing it is that He could make Himself man. We can't see how perfect it is because we don't understand perfection, especially in terms of balance in character. He made Himself man and the only result was glorification of not only Him but us. He glorified Himself and us because He did it for us. We see His power over us and His love for us. He restored our place in creation when we were otherwise helpless. Dominion is key to understanding I think, but His dominion over us so contrary to how we think of dominion because it's His love, not power, that defines it for us. He is so above us, He's dominion just is. It's His love that He is trying to show us, so that we can accept His dominion and just rest in it truly knowing His love. I think that's how I begin to see how gentle He is with us. We would be otherwise undone if not for the truth He loves us. It's no more diminishing to know Jesus as God incarnate than it is to simply ask anything of or about God if you really think about it. God humbles Himself for our sake constantly. (Psalm 8 comes to mind) Jesus perfectly shows that truth. somilarly, at first glance we see God as man as diminishing of Him. I know Jesus humbled Himself, not just in becoming man but in suffering and dying willingly. It's the glorification and revelation that resulted in Him humbling Himself that glorifies Him that is amazing in how it reveals how beyond us God is. Hard to put in words, but it not only points to His power and place above us, but His perfection and His vast difference from us. That's what I'm having a hard time verbalizing. In becoming like us, Jesus actually shows us how different God is from us but in gentle yet all powerful , perfect, love. I didn't really consider fully what it says about Him until I compared it to our attempts to be like Him. Who is revealed all powerful in the stairway to heaven? Its amazingly perfect that it's the One acting in humble selflessness and love who has actual complete ability to accomplish His will that is glorified. God destroys evil, but we see He wants to do it in love - the same as He commands us to do through Jesus. Isn't that something? It's perfect. God shows Himself beyond us even somehow in becoming like us. Yet, when we try to make ourselves like God, we only reveal ourselves that much more foolish, evil, and incapable. I guess that's just the nature of Him being God and us being humans, but it can be hard for me to see the obvious sometimes. It just shows how foolish it is for us to think Jesus somehow diminished God in becoming like us. In becoming like us, in His perfection, He's nothing like us. Then in His love, gives us His Spirit to become perfect like Him. The graciousness of God is where we find our place. We find our worth, our need, our strength, our weakness. It all just falls into place, and it is basically jus dependence defined in God's love. I enjoy seeing how perfect and wise God's ways are. Jesus truly is nothing to be ashamed of. Just because we can't at first see or understand His ways doesn't reflect His weakness. It's just our weakness and limited understanding that is being revealed when we grapple with such explanations. We are weak and He is strong. You can see it in what happens when we try to be like God compared to when He became like us. God absolutely knew what He was doing to become man. I think so much of what He does is in simply a perfect answer to us, that we don't naturally see it. We may not even know we're asking the question, but honestly, the question itself is what diminishes God. And He allows it because that's how desperate and foolish we are. That's just how different and far beyond us He is. In Jesus, God is only revealed that much more superior and supreme to us, but the amazing thing is that it's in all ways. It's not just might, but love; not just wisdom, but compassion; not just justice but mercy....and all those things perfect and overflowing. Praise God for His wisdom. He is always beyond us, and sometimes we forget that when we are being challenged from worldly viewpoints. We need to really just trust He knows what He's doing and the way He does it will never diminish His place in creation. It is always a perfect way of dealing with us. Then just know that if we don't understand it, it's still there to be understood. Even if He acts in humility, it will always glorify Him in a way beyond our natural understanding. I think His humility may be one of the most glorifying things about Him in relationship to us because it can really only point to how much He loves. "What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you visit Him? (Psalm 8:4-8) You are made beautiful in Christ. I just think it's important to remember that God loves His creation, and He sees us as a crowning glory of His creation. It's in Jesus all of that is restored. It's interesting that God can never be moved. He needs no restoration, but He cares about our hearts and minds. He cares about truth and true understanding and relationship. He is so gentle and dear towsrd us. Salvation is limitless in its reach. I can't get over how perfect what He does is. It really is about a wholeness and unity that we can't yet understand. Jesus is the source of life. Somehow in all this, it makes so much sense that God became man, it's like I can't help but know it. You know you're loved becausec Jesus died for you, but also consider you're loved because He thought enough of who He made you to be to become like you. It's different than just believing when you see even a little bit of God's perfect way I think. It's like you really can see that there's no other way. That's how perfect everything He does is, and it is a wholeness that can't be undone. God is perfect and that's what everything He does, including becoming man, shows us. God knows what He's doing and has nothing but purpose and intention in why He's doing it. Anyway, just glad over our God and happy to see something I knew, but now in a more revealing light. There was no other way, and we can know it because that's the only things God ever does. The perfect way is the only way by definition, and it really can only be found in Him. Praise God for Jesus Christ!
Toldot - Geneses 25:19-28:9
I started noticing a lot of overlap and connections last week so had to...
Toldot - Geneses 25:19-28:9
I started noticing a lot of overlap and connections last week so had to slow down. I recently heard of chiastic structures in the Bible, and I think that's what I'm beginning to notice more as I read these portions. It's kind of overwhelming to begin to see the Bible coming together in that way, so I'm just slowing down here and there. I just want to see where I'm led rather than reading what other people have discovered in terms of chiastic structure, so I don't really know much about it. I'm not looking into it until I feel I have a good handle on what God is showing me personally first. I do think I'm starting to notice this sturcture in the connections and patterns I'm trying to understand. This week's portion is interesting to consider in the context of Genesis 2 and 3, It seems like there's similarities but also an almost inverse dynamic between husband and wife, siblings, people and God, and even food somehow. But I can't speak much to it. Regarding this portion itself, we see Jacob taking a hold of Esau's heel right before we find out that Esau despised his birthright. We learned in Genesis that the main purpose of the line of promise is that that evil will be destroyed, which we see in Jesus is evident in death being destroyed. "And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel." (Genesis 3:15) I think maybe Jacob taking ahold of Esau's heel indicated his desire and role in this promise to destroy evil. I am not sure but I think that Esau's despise of his birthright can be better understood in this context as well. I think you can see that Esau was not interested in crushig evil under his foot when you read his statment in Genesis 25:32 "look I am about to die, so what is this birthright to me?" When you put Yeshua's heart and mind in the context of this portion based on the reference to the heel that crushes evil and death, it just seems to illustrate more completely why Esau was not in the line of promise. You can really see that satan was acting in Esau. Esau was not interested in destroying evil. Then you move on to where Isaac is trying to bless Esau but is unknowingly blessing Jacob in Genesis 27:27-29 "Surely, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field which the LORD has blessed. Therefore may God give you of the dew of heaven, of the fatness of the earth and plenty of grain and wine. Let people's serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be master over your brethren, and let your MOther's sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you and blessed be those who bless you!" This has to be a reference to Yeshua's inheritance as the Kingdom I think. Can you imagine if that blessing had gone to Esau who had no interest in the entire purpose and outcome of the Kingdom? You can see it would have turned everything upside down. You can see what would have happened to the promise. On a side note, turning everything upside down seems to be another odd dynamic between people, God, and even the action of eating in this portion when you compare it to Genesis 2 and 3, but I'm not sure at alll how it fits together. Anyway, if you read the blessing of Jacob in the same context as understanding the possible reference to the heel being about the original promise in Genesis and the promise to overcome death, Yeshua takes front and center and you see why Jacob was blessed and you are happy to submit to it I think. Some indescribeable subterfuge evil was up to can be seen in this portion then I think. It just gives a deeper perspective at somehting very cunning and underhanded happening here in terms of satan actually trying to be the one to suplant and steal the blessing through Esua. I think you can see the spiritual battle playing out in the physical, and that's why it's hard to wrap your mind around what is going on. There's a lot happening spirutally here. I think this is the first porition I can kind of see there was more happening spirutally than even physically. Another interesting thing to note is how Isaac was also being used by satan in this portion. You can especially see it in Genesis 27:18-22 when Jacob presents himself as Esau to Isaac. Jacob said, "My father," And he said, "Here I am. Who are you, my son?" Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau your firstborn, I have done just as you told me; please arise, sit and eat of my game, that your should may bless me." But Isaac said to his son, "how is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?" And he said, "Because the LORD your God brought it to me." Isaac said to Jacob, "Please come near, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not" So jacob went near to Isaac His father, and he felt him and said, "The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau." it becomes even more clear why Esau was "suplanted" when you consider how much Esau and Isaac knew. I think Jacob remembering God when he said he found the game quickly becasue God brought it to him is part of the reason Isaac did not believe he was Esau. I think you can maybe see here that Isaac knew that Jacob was Godly minded and Esau was not, but he just wanted his will instead of God's. Esau knew he sold the birthright.
He wanted the blessing but not the responsiblity. It's so consistent with what we see in our own lives when you look at evil. It's always acting on a level you can't really describe or confront with words. I just think it's interesting to really consider deeply who was the usurper, deceiver, and supplanter in the context of a deeper spiritual deception happening if you remember Genesis 3:16. Evil is so cunning and slippery because it is always about not being confronted, and the way that plays out in the dynamics within and between people is so intricate that it can't always be verbalized what is happening. I think that's why we see Rebecc and Jacob acting as they are.
I really think you can get a sense of how much was known but unsaid because of evil currents below what you can see happening physically. We can also just see and know that God's will is above and beyond all of that. I honestly think much of what evil will see when it is all said and done so to speak is how useless all the scheming, manipulating, and deceiving it did. I think this portion is really illuminating and reassuring that way because as human beings we see this kind of confusing, backward set-up happening around us all the time. Evil being called good and good being called evil in a way that sets the people of God up for accusation and blame. I'm not sure how Rebecca and Jacob should have responded. I personally don't think this was the only choice they had, but I also know I don't know the full of extent of what was said and unsaid in this family. but I do know as a human being, they were up against a great evil that is hard to confront just in the methods it employs. I also know somehow in all of this God was giving evil a taste of it's own medicine. satan brought deception into the world, and God will use it to His own glory like He does everything else. God is not deceiving like evil does but God can never be outdone, outsmarted, or out witted. He is plain in His will and promise, and how He answers evil is how evil needs to be answered for it to be sufficiently subdued and silenced. That's the spiritual testimony I think I can see happeing between Genesis 2 and 3 and this portion.
Chayei Sarah: Gen 23:1-25:18
Really bittersweet to see Abraham move in this portion to do everything...
Chayei Sarah: Gen 23:1-25:18
Really bittersweet to see Abraham move in this portion to do everything he could to set Isaac up to receive and move forward with the promise following the death of Sarah. Praise God for Godly people. The only land he actually ends up owning in his life seems to be a burial place for his wife. Interesting how God uses Sarah even in her death to continue the promise in both the land Abraham bought for her burial place and the tent for her son and daughter-in-law. Just so much blessing and goodness to see in their selflessness I think. It's very clear how we are to regard and leave the best circumstances we can to our kids according to God's will. Leave your kids all you can to fulfill the will of God is the lesson I'm seeing. What a security they had in Rebecca. Sarah knew to remove Hagar and Ishmael far away from her son. We see Abraham exhibit the same kind of wisdom in refusing to take a Canaanite wife for Isaac. Then we see Rebecca being welcomed and blessed into the covenantal line. Just a lot of love and wisdom you can see in having a sense of responsibility for what God gives you and gratitude enough to take care of it as best you can. Putting his will first really does bless and protect as we see later on that Rebecca was more loyal to God's will than even Isaac when it came time for Isaac to pass on the blessing. I just like thinking about how much Abraham and Sarah did to help they're son in regards to God's will. You can see it in Rebecca and Sarah in this portion. Really beautiful and loving. In the same way a Godly wife and family can act to protect our relationship with God to continue in His will, the body of believers really can be a spiritual protection for individual members as we struggle with submitting or faith. It can keep us moving in the right direction even when we're not doing so individually. However, when Godly men aren't acting in the will of God as authority figures, it's interesting to note how immediately disorder and confusion take hold. God's will is still done and we're still a part of it, but there are immediate and long-reaching consequences. I'm not exactly sure what to make out of all of it, other than boys and men need to be encouraged in the role God gave them and women need to be grateful and not a hinderance, but then men should should also be held accountable immediately when they're leading in the wrong direction. I think it's best if men do that for each other if at all possible though. Also, the fellowship of believers is a huge protection for all of us when we are struggling with faith or submission. That kind of helps me understand my role as a member of a congregation. The fellowship of believers really is an undeserved grace and blessing. That's how I believe I am to see it, but only because I know that as individuals all of us need that kind of grace at some point in time. We all veer of track at some point, and the congregation is there to continue moving in the right direction and hold you as you do. It's undeserved but it's so necessary, so humility to accept the help and provide the support is also necessary I think. God knows we are going to have to depend on other people's faith to get us through our faith struggles. It's like God gave us a place to keep us from moving too far away when He leads us in the process of sanctification. The fellowship of believers is supposed to help us continue in the right direction on a bigger level even when we're moving away from Him on an individual level. Its just a place that secures us as we grow. It is a family. It's really an amazing thing to think about. How weak we are at times. How strong we are at others. All of that is dealt with and managed within the body of believers. Here's my point. There's times I personally find myself struggling with feelings and faith. I always then struggle with feeling fake in terms of fellowshipping, which could cause me to move even further away. Meanwhile, that's when I actually need to be surrounded by Godly people moving in the right direction the most. Little confused sheep being surrounded by the listening herd. Its really amazing to think about how God does that I think. It's authentic humility to know that you're not in the place to be deciding where to go and to act on that by relying on those who are, to realize I'm not in a place to be making decisions or acting on my own. I need to trust in the strength of the strongly faithful sometimes. Strength and weakness is all accounted for in the body of believers, and there's something really wise in that. There's just times I need to hear and rely more on someone who is more in line with the will of God than I currently am. They see where He's leading when I can't see strait. We need to see fellowship much more holistically and not hide our struggles and doubts, while recognizing if you're in a strong place right now, it may simply be for the sake of someone who isn't . I think it's amazing how much humility is in that. The body of believers is a place of grace and protection that all believers need either because they're in a place to offer grace in their strength or they're in a place that needs grace in their weakness. It's like God is giving us a way to make an offering to Him in as sanctification brings out individual strengths and weaknesses. We need each other to do the will of God. We need ew h other to be able to give and have someone to give to. Just a new way of looking at things for me. We shouldn't hide our strengths or our weaknesses because I really think the fellowship is the secure place God uses all that for His purposes and to humble and lift up without it leading to pride. It's where he gives us to be safe to deal with all the very intricate aspects of being a human trying to do the will of God sincerely.
Vayera: Genesis 18:1-22:24 Just some comparisons and contrasts I noticed in this portion that help...
Vayera: Genesis 18:1-22:24 Just some comparisons and contrasts I noticed in this portion that help me see how the conseequences of moving outside the will of God occur so naturally. Both Abraham and Lot welcomed the men and gave them food and shelter. It's interesting to note Abraham's household worked to welcome them as well by simply doing what Abraham instructed, getting the calf and preparting the meal. We don't hear Lot's household doing anything to help him out, and it says that he is the one who prepared the food for them. The rest of the portion provides enough context for us to see that his household was not a Godly one as his sons-in-law didn't listen to him when he told them to leave Sodom, his wife didn't obey the instruction not to look back, and his daugters deceived him to have children by him. We see that Lot's household was not acting in a way to help him grow in the ways of God and likely hindered him from growing becasue of it. Maybe he would have listened better to the instructions the angels gave him if he had a supportive family who helped him grow spiritually. I think based on his intentions for the angels, Lot could have been much more spiritually strong had his family and circumstances been according to the will of God. Abraham's household supported him in his faith, and we can see how he grows to become more and more obedient. There's a huge impact seen in unity, respect, and order here I think. Lot was not in control of his household, and Abraham's household was acting together to fulfill God's purposes to the point Isaac was willing to be sacrificed. Just a lot to consider here I think. Then we can see that both Abraham and Lot were willing to sacrifice their children for the sake of obedience, but even as such, you can see with Lot it was for no good purpose. Evil was what he was stuck trying to appease out of fear, as opposed to Abraham who was able to act out of pure faith. Simply by being in the will of God, Abraham could do something to please HIm. I think it's just important to notice how out of control Lot's situation was in comparison to Abraham's. Moving out of God's will leads us down a path where we will find ourselves helpless to our circumstances and likely always on some level fighting against them. We just won't find the support we otherwise would around us I think, and we won't have the opportunities to act in ways that please God as readily. We're always dependent, but God can just use us in our dependence differently when we live like we know it. You can also see in Lot's circumstances that it's not so much that loss from being outside His will is a punishment from God. It's just a consequence. It's the nature of being in a fallen world and trying to do things on your own. The world and the people around us always work against us, but outside of God's will, we don't have the same level of help and we need to overcome them. God causes our circumstances to work for our good when we are in His will as opposed to dragging us down when we are outside His will. It reminds me of the unity we see God wanted for us from the very beginning as opposed to what we see after the fall. If not for God who moved to save Lot, he would have been swallowed up by the circumstances he chose for himself. And even once removed from those circumstances, Lot's family acted contrary to his wellbeing. Sin and self just go together and as a result there's disunity and we just naturally act contrary to the good of each other. It's like youre in a place you can't help but somehow hurt someone around you when your outside God's will. It seems like if you keep moving out of God's will, you will get to a point where there's really no good choices for you to make even if you want to.
Following the same line of logic, you can see God's protection of and provision for Abraham's Godly household while they were in an ungodly situation. God protected Sarah from Abimalech when they were in Gerar, and He blessed Abraham with provision through Abimelech. Then you can see HIs lack of protection of Lot's ungodly household as even when in a completely insulated situation dwelling apart from the world according to Lot's best plan, evil finds a way to impact him. Finally, we can just see how God's hand moves in ways we can't imagine for Abraham in Genesis 22:17-18, "blessing I will bless you and multiplying I will mutliply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice." Meanwhile, Lot's descendants go on to become generally more and more removed from God as they become the people of Moab and Ammon. This portion just illustrated for me the consequences of not being in God's will and how much blessing there is in being in His will. It's nice to remember Ruth the Moabitiss at this point I think, but interesting to note she had to conpletely leave her culture and country to be in the will of God. We know Jesus told us that no one who loves their family more than Him is worthy of Him. Ruth shows that really well I thnk. Also it's nice to notice that sincere obedience really can cause God to move in your life quickely and miraculously. I just need some hope after seeing how much we can lose when we move outside His will. Let's not get caught up in the loss. We don't have to be caught up on how far away we might be, or how impossible it seems for HIm to set things strait. We can see Ruth as an example. Focus on humility, gratitude, sincere obedience and just seek Him. Let HIm do the rest and just stay humble with any consequences He allows you to work through knowing there's a good purpose. He will overcome all our circumstances and choices to help us in ways we simply can't imagine, and it will all be for our good and His glory. it's also important to notice how the poeple of God work together to lift each other up and be strong when the other is weak. No one is too far away of too in His will not to need His people. Naomi needed to find her way back to the will of God as well, and Ruth's sincerity and humility helped her take her own place in the people of God. Abraham's family played a huge role in encouraging his obedience. Consider this, we don't know what would have happened had Isaac rebelled and refused.....I just can't help but be glad to think how much someone sincere, humble and obedient does for the people of God no matter how new they might be or how far they think they might be. That's why we should be so open to all who repent and so grateful for those who do well when we don't. One's weakness brings out another's strength, and together all we do is help each other get strong because all we do is help each other draw closer and closer to God. Isn't that something to think about. Sometimes traditions and expectations of the church can get in the way of sincerity I think. I hope anyone seeking the Lord in sincerity and truth finds their way to a welcoming and Godly faith community who listens to them and is grateful for them. I hope they know that they are needed and wanted, and that God has a place waiting for them. They're may be a lot to learn, but sincere, humble, and grateful faith should never be underestimated no matter how new it may be. Praying for real love and untiy in His people that's grateful for one another, and hope people sincerely seeking the Lord aren't held back from finding their place with His people. I have a feeling new believes are going to move to be used by God in a way that helps Him humble and refine the church. I just think there's a sincerity we're lacking that He's going to address in people who repent in sincerity and seek Him. They're going to know what they should expect from His people because they're going to have experienced it in Him. I have a feeling we have some new believers on the way that are going to call on us to step up in the same way Ruth surprised Naomi. She was never empty just becasue she had Ruth who was there to remind her of how much she had in God. Anyway, I think maybe the church has something similar to learn and hope new believers see their place and feel the confidence to step up because of that.
Lech-Lecha: Genesis 12:1 -17:27
I'm curious why there's a change from singular to plural in Gen 12:...
Lech-Lecha: Genesis 12:1 -17:27
I'm curious why there's a change from singular to plural in Gen 12:3. Also, the episode with Abram requesting Sarai tell the Egyptians she is his sister so they won't kill him takes place right after God promises Abram his descendants will inherit the land. I think the steps we see Abram take to keep himself safe are similar in intention to what we see in the situation with Hagar and Ishmael later in the portion, as well as when Rebecca and Isaac deceive Jacob in Genesis 27. I think a key to
understanding how God responds is to see the difference between those acting in an immature faith but sincerely seeking God's will compared to those who are actually trying to thwart God's will. We can see why one receives grace and goes on to be blessed and the other wrath and cursing. Heart and intentions are accounted for in that the distinction is between those seeking His will and those seeking their own will. The righteous ones may be acting in weakness, but their acting to do the will of God. I can completely relate to that as I think most believers can. We try to rush His will, "help" His will, and are anxious to not somehow mess it up or lose the promise. It's faithlessness on some level because it's Him who keeps it, but it's faith in another level in terms of knowing His way is right. It's just we're all week and imperfect, so God looks on the heart to grow one and bring down another depending on your desire for Him and His will. I think Abraham was trying to help and keep God's will but we are just seeing him at an immature point of faith in his life at this moment. Interesting to consider Genesis 13:16 and Genesis 15:5. I think maybe God is referring to levels of salvation and covenantally based outcomes. Maybe a physical salvation for Abraham's descendent is referenced in the term "dust" and possibly a more spiritual salvation in the term "stars". I just get a more earthly image from the term "dust" - land, and a spiritual feeling when He tells him to "look up" and references the stars. It feels like God is showing him something more than what Abraham was considering or able to mentally contemplate at that time. It's kind of interesting to think about how much convincing he needed to know he would inherit the land when we see now that we will inherit eternal life. It seemed impossible he would inherit the land, and now we know we will inherit eternal life. I just find it interesting to consider. I'm also trying to understand if and how Matthew 24:28 fits in with Genesis 15. My bible says vultures in Genesis and eagles in Matthew, but I think the passages are related and need to look at translations a bit. I'm not sure if that's a good idea sometimes because I don't know enough to know how to evaluate the Hebrew word used to the Greek. My suspicion is because this passages have always kind of thrown me, and I think if I understood one better, I'd understand the other and vice versa. I'm not sure what God is showing us and saying in either passage, so if anyone has any info to share, I'd be grateful.
Noach: Genesis 6:9-11:32
I am being led to think about work in these Torah portions so far. I like s...
Noach: Genesis 6:9-11:32
I am being led to think about work in these Torah portions so far. I like seeing "work" being defined for the good and blessing of man in Gen 6:13-22. Just interesting how again He undoes the curse or uses it to expound on the blessing. I think we can see how His commands protect us if we consider how the ark protected Noah even before the flood. I think we can see the flood God caused was in response to the spiritual flood evil was already causing. Just in building the ark then, in listening to and focusing on God instead of the world, Noah was already being lifted up above the world around him spiritually and mentally. Also, he was building his relationship of faith with God that sustain him in peace through the physical flood I think. In listening and doing the will of God, we learn how much we can depend on God's will even while we're unaware of how much He's doing. The work he gives us to do seems to ultimately reveal how much we can't do, but in gentle and understanding grace that prepares us for the revelation without scaring us. He really has not appointed us to His wrath to the extent I think we owe it to Him be willing to learn slowly with Him, assuming He's shielding us from all He knows we need to be prepared to understand as He does. Considering that, it's interesting also to recognize that the work we do always reveals a need and weakness we have. In this context we can see that works not only don't save us, but they actually point to our need for salvation and dependence on God. Then it's interesting to consider the entire point of the ark then. Why did Noah need the ark? That might sound foolish, but then I haven't made my point well. So more specifically speaking, God saved Noah. It was not the ark that saved him. It seems then the ark was just a means for Noah to interact with God, testify to people, stay spiritually focused I think . Noah didn't really need the ark as much as he did the work I think. I think it was a way God expressed His care for Noah more spiritually than even physically, but for us the physical usually takes precedent. I think that's why God uses work the way He does with us. It's meets physical needs on its surface to help us grow in faith and dependence, but it's more about spiritual needs and weakness as God can do all things. He doesn't need us to help. "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead." James 2:26. Interesting to note what's parallel there as it's kind of the opposite of what most of us would think. Body and faith, spirit and works. When I start noticing things like that, I know God is moving on levels in ways I don't understand. But there is so much hope in that. It's like you can see complete redemption in how everything He does moves in the same direction somehow. It's the only place where things overlapping seem to be one even more unique somehow. Anyway, on a more practical note, our role in doing Gods work clearly seen I think in that Noah's faith in God was demonstrated in that he believed in God by doing the work he was given to do. Hebrews speaks to that, but often I took the long way around to arrive at a conclusion God already clearly taught. It helps me feel confident in my path arriving to those conclusions though. Anyway, the work itself is for our good and our own spiritual preparation, so really all we can offer God is the faith demonstrated in that we do it. Makes sense then that without faith, we cannot please God because that's all we can offer. This portion also points out to me the need to remember that I can either learn my place in Gods creation through His gentleness or through His wrath, but both reveal the same God and the same truth. Helps me understand some of my convictions about the world. A defining difference between believers and nonbelievers is that we are simply willing to learn, so God can teach us our state of need and His state of power over us in gentleness. David talks in Psalm 18 about how God's gentleness made him great. I think the way God uses work in our lives is just His gentle way of revealing our inability and need. How much we can't do shows us how much He can do, and how much we need Him. Noah would have died without God. The ark was just how God taught and grew Noah in relation to Him, and to give the world more time I think. It's almost like the work He gives us is just a way for everyone, including unbelievers, to come to terms with His place as God and our need for him. I think we can see His grace in that Noah building the ark was how God helped him maintain and demonstrate a sense of order, focus, and purpose in the fallen world. If faith is all we have, than it seems reasonable that everything else done is just nothing. I really think you can see work as a source of grace, not just for Noah but the world. It was one "place" there was still hope and purpose to be found in God's plan and will. That's an easy way to see why we can do nothing for Him apart from faith. Everything else and all we do in this life is about us. He gave all the earth to us, so faith in Him in this world is the one thing that really does seem to just be about Him. It immediately put things in order. I think it's kind of fearful how strait-forward the purpose of this life really is sometimes - so much uselessness and confusion because that's how much we forgot and left God out. Blessings and peace and so grateful we have God Who knows how to help us rise above the confusion of the circumstances the world is in.
Bereshit Genesis 1:1-6:8
Isaiah 55 provided some perspective in this portion for me.
Bereshit Genesis 1:1-6:8
Isaiah 55 provided some perspective in this portion for me.
"Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance." (Is 55:1-2)
We see after the fall life is defined by work. Then we know the commandment given through Moses is 6 days you shall work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord. It just reminds me that the Sabbath is about redemption of life and creation and that it is about intimacy with God to help me keep perspective. We also know that Yeshua gave us an easy yoke and a light burden (Matt 11:28-30), so the Shabbat itself points to Him doing the work of our redemption, and He tells us He is Lord of the Sabbath. (Matt. 12:8) Just pictures for me how much Yeshua's miracles on the Sabbath were saying and that the Sabbath is about understanding and remebering redemption. Resting in His Lordship and work for us is what it points to I think, and that goes right back to restoration as in Gen 1. I kind of think the aspect of rest is about His Lordship and our redemption through it and the aspect of work is about human weakness and dying to self and the flesh. Yeshua taught us what the Sabbath meant, and it seems we needed Him to based on the criticism He got for the miracles He did on the Sabbath. Praise God Yeshua is our teacher. He makes things so clear, it's like you can spend years looking right through it before you see it. He is a perfect teacher. How blessed to get to learn from Him. Makes this life and the struggle feel that much more worth it I think. ( when I'm in good place spiritually I see it, but easily forget too because it is a struggle we face in this life)
"And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good." (Gen 1:12)
"And the LORD God commanded the man saying, 'Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day you eat of it, you shall surely die' "(Gen 2:16-17)
"Then the serpent said to the woman, " You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.' " (Gen 3:5)
"But Jesus answerd him, saying, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.' " (Luke 4:4)
Feeling hungry, knowing the feeling of needing food, and the command to fast came together in a new way when I put these verses together. A good tree brings forth good fruit, and a bad tree brings forth bad fruit. (Matt 7:18) By fasting to rely on God and consuming life only from His Word, we can see in the physical laws God put in place, how that works spiritually. In consuming His word and statutes and depending on Him, we bring forth good fruit and refuse the tree (flesh and self) that brings for bad fruit. I think based on how my understanding is coming together with these scriptures, fasting may actually help with discernment.
I was also struck with the possible connection being made between dying and loneliness
In Gen. 2:17-18. It brought to mind God's emphasis on unity amongst His people ( spouses, families, Israel, His church). I don't know exactly, but think the spiritual consequences of death kind of look clearer to me. Besides just the connection He affirms between death and loneliness, the separation and loss reflected in our loneliness kind of helps us understand what we have done to God I think and a hint of how much our loss. We kind of get too used to a lot very wrong in this fallen world I think. It makes it hard for us to understand the gravity of the consequences we choose between, but there's times I realize there's a lot more to this than I know. We were not made to die, and in that I think there's an even bigger spiritual idea that we were not made to be alone. Separation from God and His people is more than we can yet understand. Those who belong to Yeshua, will never have to understand it. That's how much God was and will protect us from in terms of knowing good and evil. It's as simple and as sad as never having to be alone. Then you can really start to see the wisdom and grace in unity with God and fellow believers through the Spirit, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and the commands to love, forgive, pray for your enemies, make peace with your adversaries before coming to God, and on and on, which also ties into Cain and Abel and the redemption we have through Yeshua. It's communal as well as individual because life is ultimately about spiritual fellowship and death about spiritual loneliness I think. It is so consistent to see that in murdering Abel, Cain brought a curse upon himself when you see that creation is about this definitive unity I think. You can also better understand why division is such a tool of the devil. That's what he is foundationally about based on these scriptures. That's how he hurts God. Think it's good to make things really simple when it comes to spiritual warfare because one way satan wins the battle is to prevent us from seeing what it's really all about. Your damnation and death is about hurting God. It's so pathetic, it's sick and unimaginable how empty it all is for the unsaved.
"Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." (Isaiah 55:6-7)
He is always undoing the consequences of the fall and it's really reassuring and amazing to glimps the intricate details and multiple levels He's working on. Just makes you know, listen to Him. Don't doubt what He's doing because we cannot even begin to understand it. We see that clearly in this portion. Adam and Eve didn't know what it meant to die. They had no grounds for the concept because that's how much Gid was doing for them. The best we can do is what He Says, and that's it. Trust and learn as He reveals Himself and His ways as you simply do what He says.
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than Your thoughts.'" (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Just love seeing that how much His Word does and is doing is so great, it can only be revealed in that we can't perceive it. We just have to experience it and trust Him with what we're not meant to experience. We can't understand it because He is always protecting us from sin and what we can't handle. He is saving even the unsaved on a certain level in just preserving them through this life. I think the justice in that is that they will realize how much He did for them and therefore was there to do for them when they die. The loneliness is almost the defining aspect of it I think based on what I've seen in this portion. They've never really been alone as He's always faithful to do all He can and is completely there for them to turn to until their very last breath. I know people can fell "hopeless" based on what little we can know, but no one on this side of life has ever been without hope because God is seeking them and on some level with them to save. Yeshua's has blessed absolutely everyone whether they've accepted it or not, and I just find that really revealing about Him. He is the source of life over and over again, so if you have life, you have Yeshua to thank. And if you don't reside in His grace, you die. He blessed you whether you see it or not just to give you a choice and time to choose. God is above all reproach, and in the end everyone will know that He is not to be blamed. That's how loving He is. He wants people to know it. Just listen to Him is the resounding conclusion throughout this portion for me. We don't need to doubt, we just need to do because God is protecting us so much that He doesn't even want us to have to see or know what He's protecting us from just like good parents who love their kids, so again He has given us a way to just accept His words without explanation the way we want our kids to when we want to protect their innocent heart and mind. God is for our good.
v'zot habracha - There's more than I can understand happening in this portion, but after I typed it...
v'zot habracha - There's more than I can understand happening in this portion, but after I typed it our I do think G-d helped me gain a few insights. . I think the more happening than I can understand is actually part of the insight as the overwhelm kind of became the point. Some verses that stuck out in my mind, "yes, He loves the people; all His saints are in Your hand they sit down at Your feet; everyone receives your words." Deuteronomy 33:3 "And He was King in Jeshurun, when the leaders of the people were gathered, all the tribes of Israel together.' Deuteronomy 33:5 "There is no one like the G-d of Jeshurun, who rides the heavens to help you, and in HIs excellency on the clouds, the eternal G-d is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you , and will say , "destroy!" Deuteronomy 33:26-27 Just a general observation is that because of Yeshua and what we know as believers in Him, we can actually read this passage in a much more literal way than we could otherwise. I still wonder if Moses dying at the same time the people are about to inherit the land is somehow linking physical salvation and spiritual salvation, and perhaps highlighting the people's spiritual lacking that much more. I do think it is giving a broader concept to consider of what salvation means or requires. There's more to it than anything physically based, and yet somehow spiritual salvation demands physical salvation as almost a testimony. As they are getting ready to inherit the land and achieve so much physically, Moses is still in such an intimate spiritual place with G-d and gets to behold it. The physical salvation He "saw" was a source of comfort and peace to him I think, but He was spiritually better off than anyone. It's like Moses is showing us that spiritual salvation is about peace and being with G-d maybe - the way life is meant to be. The peace that surpasses all understanding is in what's happening between G-d and Moses I think. I find a lot that resonates with me in that passage as a believer, and there's also just something really reassuring to me somehow that Moses died in the land of Moab. He wasn't in the land, but he was secure and held in G-d's arms. I think we who have lost loved ones and await the Kingdom can all relate to that - dying when it's not perfect but yet it is just because we are with Him. The peace that surpasses all understanding. There's so many references to G-d's arms and hands in chapter 33, and with Moses you see what it means to be in G-d's hands. I also think if you know Yeshua, you can't help but see Yeshua as G-d's arms and hands in this portion. Moses had accomplished the point of physical salvation on one level though He still was awaiting it on another level. He was with G-d. Moses obeyed and trusted in G-d in faith, and G-d mentioning Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in 34:4 add more into that context I think. It just feels like Moses was somehow at home even though He couldn't go into the land. Somehow G-d is showing us a tenderness about His nature and His heart in salvation in how He dealt with Moses I think. Why would you want to go anywhere without Him? There's some really interesting and illuminating paradox going on here that reveals to me that salvation is only and always with G-d, even if you have everything He gives, it's not worth it to not have Him. It reminds me of what I've heard about G-d being understood as "the place" in Judaism. It also reminds me of when Moses told G-d He wouldn't go and take the land the unless He went with them. (Exodus 33) I don't know, but I think you can see in this portion that G-d has a bigger concept of salvation in mind than we realize, and it's about HIm. He is the source and purpose of salvation, but because of Who He is and what He can do, we don't see it on our own. We don' love Him as naturally as He loves us. "We love Him because He first loved us" 1 John 4:19 I think idolatry is our natural bent and so G-d has to be very strategic in how He handles us and teaches us. Moses had defeated the highest of the idolatrous high places already in submitting to G-d's will in this portion I think. That's where I am seeing a lot of wisdom in this portion at this point. I know there's a lot more than I can see, but that's what's speaking to me. The people entering the land with a command to tear down the high places and G-d knowing they would fail, and Moses dying in G-d's arms having defeated the high place in his heart. I also think you can see why the Kingdom on this earth is such an integral part of salvation - it has to be spiritual salvation first for the physical to actually be a reality I think for the physical not to become the point and purpose. You can see it in the way the people possessed the land - spiritual readiness is first or the physical doesn't fulfill its righteous purpose. We corrupt it. G-d can't give us certain blessings till we are spiritually able to handle it, and that's only done through submission to Him. That's where the Kingdom speaks so much to me now, without the Kingdom this world is not subdued and His physical dominion is a testimony of His spiritual dominion in us and our spiritual salvation in Him. That's the level G-d is working on that I really can't grasp, but He has made us ready for perfection not to become idolatrous. That's a much bigger victory than I really understand. Here's what strikes me in this portion now that I've thought it through a bit more, Israel as a nation speaks to the necessity of spiritual salvation as a means to physical salvation as much as Yeshua did. Resurrection is definitely a Jewish idea. The nation itself is speaking to it as it won't be physically saved until it is spiritually saved. Israel as a nation and Yeshua are saying the same thing in terms of spiritual salvation. Spiritual salvation is and has always been a requirement for physical perfection. One thread I can see clearly and common to both is that somehow, we have to get to the place where we really do understand He is enough and all we need - spiritually and physically. I think that's the only two levels we can currently comprehend, but when it's accomplished I am convinced there's countless more we will then see. The point of salvation has to be G-d for it to accomplish what it's meant to for us, otherwise we are still in idolatry caught up in what G-d does for us. I personally wonder if that is where Israel still is. Meanwhile, He's moving with us individually as well as communally to help us through it and I think that's another place we see a broader concept of salvation that we really can't grasp that He is working on. Anyway, more happening than I can grasp but Moses being totally taken care of despite it all is really a source of great comfort and promise for me. There's so much G-d is working to accomplish, but that much is pure and simple in my mind. We can trust and obey, and that is just a sigh of relief that fits the mood of this portion for me. He has to be the one to do this, and we can do nothing but trust and wait while He fixes, teaches, and pulls it all together. Praise G-d for Yeshua Who saves, and we can just submit to the internal refinement of Him knowing that all the external is under control because we have Him. The freedom just to obey is really a gift when you consider how much we can't do or see G-d takes all the responsibility for us upon Himself. The freedom just to know G-d's nature and way is loving and perfect. I love that we can see that nature in how He helped and comforted Moses. "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Mathew 11:28-30
Sukkot - "And the L-RD spoke to Moses, saying, "speak to the children of Israel, and say to them. T...
Sukkot - "And the L-RD spoke to Moses, saying, "speak to the children of Israel, and say to them. The feasts of the L-RD , which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts." Leviticus 23:1-2 It's just refreshing to read through the Feast days and consider what spiritual needs they meet because, in my mind, it speaks to the struggle and ups and downs of spiritual growth as an individual. Salvation, sanctification, repentance, rejoicing, and it all giving glory to G-d are each spoken to on a yearly basis and you just see how it mirrors individual spiritual needs, challenges, and how G-d overcomes them in an ongoing and growing relationship following accepting salvation. It gives a lot of context for understanding and implementing spiritual principles "being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ" Philippians 1:6. I just see this mirrored in the Feast Days as we move through them and embrace what G-d reveals and teaches.
it's also clear in the Feast Days that salvation is not the end for us in the way a lot of Christians are understanding it. There is an abundance beyond salvation of the soul that involves pure understanding and relationship development as we respond more and more to what G-d reveals and teaches to us. I personally find a lot of blessing in realizing that my life isn't just about salvation. It's about being with and knowing G-d. There's a purpose to us beyond even our salvation. How much that speaks to about His plans for us. They are beyond our understanding and measure. I just realized that how G-d defines it in Jeremiah 32:38 when He says, "They shall be My people, and I will be their God." speaks to this abundance and endless quality in salvation. For me this just shows the limited way Christians tend to look at salvation. Here's the thing I want to suggest as worth consideration....if you never move beyond "praise G-d I'm saved." perhaps you never overcome a certain level of self that G-d is calling us to overcome. And perhaps it's in that level that we are called to that leads to the level of faith that dies to self and follows Yeshua into "Your will, not mine." The cycle of the Feast Days speaks to an ongoing and growing understanding of salvation that becomes about G-d for me. That's where I personally see so much blessing and opportunity because when it becomes about G-d, you really can see an endlessness to what He has handed us. When it becomes about Him, there's just no end to salvation in your heart and mind because it is G-d who is above and beyond all things, including death which tends to be a limit to our understanding at times I think. Anyway, the cycle of Feast Days reveals this fuller picture I believe because it did for me. This brings me back to the verse I started with in terms of a fuller understanding of what G-d is saying when He says, "these are My feast days." Our salvation is ultimately and eternally about Him, and the Feast Days just somehow keep Him truly front and center so it doesn't just become about us. Another really direct observation I feel I was pointed to is in verse Leviticus 23:42-43 " You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the Land of Egypt: I am the L-RD your G-d." The "all who are native Israelites" phrase was stressed to me, and It's about my role in terms of testimony. I think if you read my posts, it's pretty evident that I really do try and stay within the confines of Scripture. I don't add to it, and I don't take from it as best I can and pray G-d calls me out and shows me when I do. Anyway, this was pointed out to me in terms of my role in the commandment. It's about pointing the world to look at Israel and what G-d has done. I don't know exactly how to define "native Israelite" but I know I'm not a native Israelite. Anyway, immediately in all that notice I realized my job is to simply point to and remember this moment in terms of testimony, not dwell in the Sukkah. I've never done the dwelling in the sukkah part of the commandment, and now I don't think I ever will because the commandment is more about remembering and acknowledging what G-d did and does for those He set apart based on what I feel like He just pointed out to me. Remembering distinctions He makes is fundamental to the testimony aspect I am hearing in this commandment I think. I have a part in the commandment related to the broader testimony that based on my understanding is about how G-d separates, provides for, and keeps people He sets apart as He did the children of Israel. I know I'm set a part, and I'm a physical Tabernacle so to speak. I'm just seeing that He gave me a role in this commandment, and it's not as the one dwelling in the Sukkah. It's the one remembering, teaching, and being blessed by those who dwelt in the sukkah while pointing for the sake of others and our children what G-d did. I personally love that G-d remembers that precious and unique moment in time for those people He brought out because it is such a unique moment in our history. It just shows us how really, deeply involved in our lives He is and how much He rejoices in those moments with us. I'm glad He is so personable, nostalgic in some really touching way, and individual with us that way. That just mirrors again my own experience of Him, so it's good to point that out and kind of protect that I think. He does distinguish between who is His and who is not, and in that He does draw others in, and how much we can rejoice over Him and each other in gratitude and happiness remembering what He did and where it all started - INDEBTED and full of purpose. It just reveals HIs nature and our importance if we pay attention to that part of the commandment I think. Not trying to offend anyone but probably have. This goes back to the personable aspect of walk and understanding as I just want to remember where I felt led and kind of feel obligated to say what I think He showed me because so much just came out for me in that moment and a lot of my current spiritual struggles have been about understanding my role in terms of my place in the broader testimony of G-d's people. I just think He revealed something to me in terms of what I've been struggling with personally - how Gentile believers can help people understand the significance of Israel may be in some of what I described. I mean one way to look at it is that we have a place in the mansion being prepared by Yeshua Himself in some part thanks to those who followed G-d to the point of residing in tents in the desert - gratitude and understanding that we are brought in to eternity and it through something as meager as the tent in the desert.....it parallels so much in terms of how G-d has moved to bless us in this world and bring us in the more I think about it, so I see so much testimony in what I'm describing and I don't want to forget or not share that I do think He pointed that out to me, enough to where I feel comfortable with my decision of how to patriciate in Sukkot at this point. Rejoicing over G-d for the sake of other people and what I have been brought into and blessed by.