Wednesday, July 1, 2015


"He crouches like a lion or a lioness -- who would rouse him?  He who blesses you will be blessed, and he who curses you will be cursed."  -- Numbers 24:9 TLV
Isn't it just amazing how someone who was sent to curse Israel is not only blessing them, but is actually restating a part of a covenant blessing from old?  "He who blesses you will be blessed, and he who curses you will be cursed" is actually from the Abrahamic Covenant.  I am relieved to see that even through chastisement of Israel, God makes her enemies to know she is loved, she is blessed, she is His highly-favored bride. 

When I was in my younger twenties, in my former marriage, I had a few girlfriends I'd use for venting and vice versa.  In the heat of spousal arguments, or even in times when I felt I had been grossly treated, it was nice for me to be justified and validated.  When I was younger I often turned to girlfriends for this.  Many, many times it was at the cost of man-bashing, to put it bluntly.  Then when all was well in the marriage, I'd talk to my friend and she would still speak with an animosity toward my ex-husband and even sometimes speak ill about him in my own ear.  Let me tell you, it sounds so ridiculous to hear someone else speak ill of your spouse while you are sitting there listening to it, but what else are you to do?...You started it.  

I think what opened my eyes wasn't just what I was hearing, but to likewise know what it felt like to hear someone bash me to my spouse and watch him not say much of anything.  I didn't actually get that message from reading Balak, but when I discussed the parsha with Brant yesterday it was something that came to his attention.  Israel is wandering a wilderness in chastisement, the first generation of them have already been cut off from the land, but yet God doesn't allow spousal bashing.  God is so after protecting her image and her honor, as it is tied to Him and His honor properly as Bridegroom and bride, that although there are problems He is not going to make a show of her.  This is so perfectly stated in this parsha and exemplified even in the story of Joseph who thought to put away Mary privately than to bring disgrace upon her in the eyes of others.  

Marriage is under attack these days.  I don't just mean in the redefining of it in worldly, "civil rights" terms.  I mean that it is under attack by even believers, who have been given the opportunity for spousal bashing and ran with it.  I had seen myself in such places, unfortunately many times.  If any message sticks from Balak, let it not just be that we cannot be cursed if we are blessed, but let it be a conviction of what it really means to honor and prefer one another in marriage, especially in protecting each other's image.

Outside of this message above that Brant reaped, a point that I was stuck upon was the very end of the parsha when Israel started having sexually immoral relations with the women from Moab and Midian.  This stuck out to me because the parsha began with those of Midian and Moab wanting to curse Israel and trying to hire Balaam to do so.  The very people who wanted to curse Israel but couldn't are the people who caused a plague among Israel.  It's like if they couldn't curse Israel, they would just cause Israel to curse themselves through the sin of sexual immorality and idolatry/spiritual adultery.  Do you see the hatred of Satan toward God?  So many people will like to quote that no weapon formed against them shall prosper, like the same thought of not being able to be cursed since we are blessed as God's children.  However, in getting us to sin he not gets us to curse ourselves but he gets us to dishonor God.  It saddens my heart for God's sake to see Him protect His bride from certain people, yet His bride will allow those same exact people to trample on Him.  He fights to protect our image and protect us from spousal bashing, but do we do the same for Him?

The best way I can think of, so far, in protecting God's image goes back to the commandment to His first bride in the garden, and like a thread of love this same commandment is repeated throughout the Bible... "Shamar" -- which means to guard and protect.  Guarding God's commands is how we protect His image.  If we learned to love God properly by keeping the commands, rather than doing away with what is His definition of love (the commandments), then perhaps everything else, including marriage as it is intended, would fall into place.



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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Korach -- Your Right Placement

I am not going to ask you to observe another or think to another, but instead look to yourself -- have you ever found yourself going after something someone else is doing, especially because they do it well?  I had spent much of my life being a follower of people in such things, or taking up new habits because I saw others were good at them.  It took some time to pry away from that to find my chosen placement.  That is the thing I had to come to's not a matter of "you are good at this and I want to look good at doing this as well".  Simply, some are chosen/anointed in a certain thing that others may not be.  I find this, and the competition/covetousness in placement, most especially true in ministry.  When I was in a choir I had to look upon the soloists and not let their talent make me covet that placement, but let them have their gift and placement while I grew in finding my own.  My flag team is minus a wonderful worshipper.  Actually, it was a year prior to my joining the team that I first noticed how she was just plain ole anointed in flagging.  The way she worshipped drew me to join her.  However, in challenging myself on if I just coveted someone else's placement or if God really wanted to place me there, I waited a year before I joined.  I know waiting is not always the answer in deciphering; however, we need to understand that covetousness kills, though we often don't think it is covetousness because it is ministry.  This week's Torah parsha is a reminder of that, and the importance of embracing our own God-given placement, while letting others bear theirs.
Moses also said to Korah, "Listen now, sons of Levi!  Isn't it enough that the God of Israel has set you apart from the community of Israel to bring you near to Him to do the work of the Tabernacle of Adonai and to stand before the community to minister to them?  So He brought you close, along with your fellow sons of Levi.  But you are seeking the priesthood, too!"  -- Numbers 16:8-10 TLV
I know how much we like to use that passage in one of Peter's epistles about all being priests.  Maybe in interpreting it in that manner it is explanation of why we, today, find ourselves unable to let other people bear their placements without 'trying it on' ourselves, whether in entertaining thought or action.  I can't even count how many times I've taken a liking to something just because someone else mentioned it or did it well (I notice that when someone does something terribly, it does not draw followers -- proof that often our motivation is covetousness), when instead what I should have done is shut the voices of others' in the excitement of their placements so I could listen to just one voice (God's) in mine.  Plainly, we cannot all be priests.

There is a reason why I keep using the word bear in placement -- because placements come with responsibility accordingly.  You want the role of priest, but you need to understand a level of holiness/set-apartness that came with that.  You have to realize that the priests didn't rest like the rest of Israel rested.  Do you remember when Yeshua was saying He was the Lord of the Sabbath while He was feeding the hungry (Matthew 12)?  He was saying that because as a High Priest, He has duties even on the Sabbath that a non High Priest would not.  Hence, in verse 5 He mentions the work of the kohanim on Shabbat.  Only they could 'work' without defiling Shabbat.  He didn't break the Sabbath, but in fact was doing the work of a High Priest, a work not permitted otherwise to anyone else, on the Sabbath because He is the Lord of it.

We can say this about any one position within the Body.  We must realize that with certain gifts and even privileges there are responsibilities.  We cannot just go into a position simply because it looks good on someone else.  That is covetousness.  We all serve a certain purpose, and like Moses said (in paraphrase)...'Isn't it enough that God 1) called you out of Egypt, and 2) put you in a position at all?'

So back to my flagging story.  Obviously, I did join, and it is on my mind because practice is in a few hours and happened to be a good example.  My last day in the dance circle, some things caused me to doubt flagging.  Mind you, this was something I waited a year to confirm.  First, people flattered me in dancing and that tried me to stay.  Then from someone there came a word of doubt in switching.  I was troubled, and so I brought it up to Brant.  He said to me, "If no one said anything to you at all.  If nobody encouraged you or discouraged you to be in one place or the other, where would you be?"  There was the answer, and a simple reminder of how much we can easily be steered out of placement by what we hear or see of others.

It sounds so cliche to say this truth, but the body is made of many members and not all are supposed to be the first things people see, though many of us want to be.  Some are the smallest little bone.  Still, I don't know a single person who would want to be without their ear bones.  Surely, we can say the same of the Lord.  It is enough that He is mindful of us at all to save us and place us.  As the descendants of Korah humbly learned (Psalm 84)...better is one day in our perfect placement than thousands elsewhere.



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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Beha'alotcha/When You Step Up

This week's reading starts off with such a statement:  "When you step up."  Of course this is referring to stepping up to the service of the tabernacle, as we start off with the menorah's lighting.  What I want to talk about this week is not so much stepping up, but remaining.  I want to discuss faithfulness.  We are in an age where many people step up to many things, but without much commitment.  There are many 'flavors' to try out there -- in hobbies, habits, lovers, religions, but how many remain faithful to just one thing?  We all strive for individuality and to be validated, to belong; so stepping up isn't the issue so much as remaining.  

I used to clean for an elderly couple, the man of which (who stood in as a father figure for my wedding) nicknamed me, "Hummingbird."  It was cute at the time, because I do love hummingbirds.  He named me so because of how I look when I clean.  It is, however, not so much of a compliment when you are dealing with positions and placements.  I am irked to not see longevity in things or people.  It makes me wonder if we have this commitment thing down, if what we do is for ourselves or for another (ultimately, God) -- knowing this, that serving one's self is still instinctual, sinner's mentality, versus serving another and God as a sacrifice of one's self, which is true love.  Doing something because I am interested isn't always equated with doing something because it pleases another (God, ultimately).  One if often self-love as it is self-service, while the other is a charity agapao.  When something becomes a desire of mine, I often like to let time prove if something is of God or not.  I am told to test the spirits, even my own.  My fluttery, deceptive heart in its natural will never stand time, but God's Spirit is the epitome of faithfulness and will turn a spirit likened unto Him.  If the situation allows, if I forbear a new thing, and the desire remains, I have learned that it is of God and I have also learned patience and a bit of temperance.  If what we are doing is always changing and we are unable to be faithful, then perhaps we are doing it for ourselves because we human beings are never satisfied until we are doing something for God who alone is our perfect match and who alone can fill us.

This is serious, people.  If we cannot be faithful to a mere task at hand, a book, a can we expect to remain faithful to a God we don't even see?  In the great falling away, are you to be found faithful, are you to be found a remnant, one who remains?

I want to bring up one passage in the Torah text before I move onto something in the New Testament reading that I'm currently pondering.  
"Bnei-Yisrael is to observe Passover at its appointed time.  You are to celebrate it at its appointed time, at twilight on the fourteenth day of this month, with all its rules and regulations."  So Moses told Bnei-Yisrael to observe Passover.  They celebrated Passover at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month in the Sinai wilderness.  In accordance with all that Adonai commanded Moses, so Bnei-Yisrael did.  However, there were some men who could not celebrate Passover because of being defiled by a dead body.  So they came to Moses and Aaron on that same day, and these men said to him, "We have become unclean because of a dead man's body.  Why should we be kept from presenting the offering of Adonai at the appointed time with the rest of Bnei-Yisrael?"  -- Numbers 9:2-7 TLV
While we have the masses of Christianity focused on how they don't have to guard the Torah and moedim, you have some here that ask for another way that they can still remain faithful.  As a mom, when I ask my children to do something I would like it with a willing heart.  I am severely pained and even respond with, "Forget it!" when they make a countenance of dislike, opposition, and adversity.  Adversity.  You know that root is what the word satan means right?  Why be adverse to God's Torah and moedim in our hearts so to let it spill forth from our lips with a nasty, "I don't have to."  It reminds me of a jagged step-child's response, or a response of a teasing child to their babysitter:  "Make me."  Adversity is in the heart.  It is as clear as day.  Why can't the Lord find more people like those in the text, more people that would argue a way to guard His ancient words, rather than argue in adversity to their longevity?  Why can't He find more people to remain faithful?  It is as He said of His return -- will He find anymore faith?  These words -- faith and faithful -- are intertwined.

Speaking of that passage, let's go to the New Testament reading which includes that exact passage.
"I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed.  One will be taken along and the other left.  There will be two women grinding at the same place.  One will be taken and the other left."  "Where, Lord?" they replied.  And He said to them, "Where the is a corpse, there also will the vultures be gathered."  -- Luke 17:34-37 TLV
Yeshua is presenting "the day when the Son of Man is made fully known," (verse 30 above).  So of course we read this believing that this is a rapture, a taking, of believers to Himself.  I have a problem with this interpretation based upon the question that is asked and His response.  "Where?" is the question given to one of the two people here -- the one who left or the one who remains.  I venture to say the "where" is asked of the one who is gone because if one is to remain you don't need to ask where as they are exactly where they already were.  The change of location happens to the one who is taken, therefore it is suitable to ask, "Where?"  This alone could speak of a taking of believers by Yeshua, yet His answer to where is what stumbles me.
"Where there is a corpse, there also will the vultures be gathered."  -- Luke 17:37 TLV
Some translations will say "eagles," but it is first more important to note that the word is plural regardless.  I've seen Bibles and commentaries link this verse to Job 39:30, and then say it is Yeshua as an eagle gathering the Body (since some translations say "body" rather than "corpse).  Then I noted the OJB (Orthodox Jewish Bible) linked this verse not to Job, but to Devarim (Deuteronomy) 21:23 -- in the case of a a body hanging as a corpse as result of sin.  This type of cursing should never be equated with the blessed Body of Christ in His second coming, which is different than His first wherein He was impaled.  Therefore, I toss out the notion that the corpse/body is the Body of Christ.  Likewise, I am leery in referring to Yeshua in the plural (since God is One), so then I must question if the vultures/eagles are figurative of Him?  Likewise, a bird who eats off the dead cannot be the image Messiah is presenting of His second coming, which is a glorious coming (as opposed to the suffering servant in the first) might I add.  So what if we are the vultures and we are eating of His dead body?  Once again, this is referring to the second coming, and He is alive I will remind you...not a dead body.  So then I researched the words a bit in the Greek.

The thing about the word paralambano, which is the word behind "taken," is that it is taken (haha, pun intended) from para and lambano, which have interesting and almost contradicting definitions in their words alone.  At times para can mean to beside or against.  Lambano implies a seizing.  I was especially interested to find that the seizing often means by force, ecstasy, spoken of an evil spirit, temptation.  Joining to a great temptation, perhaps?  If that is so, do you want to be that group, that one who is taken?

I am wondering if this seizing -- this being "taken" --  is not by the Lion of Judah, but by, as the text says, vultures -- creatures and predators that feed off the dead; that you'd know who these people are by the fruit of what they take becoming dead; that those that are left are exactly that:  remained ones.  It is just a thought, and one that honestly makes more sense than the one I was taught.

On that thought, there are many that want to be taken, want to be seized and not remain.  One of the first prophetic dreams God gave me was one of closing my eyes as a tsunami came over me.  When I opened them I saw colors I could not describe as I was clearly traveling in a way unfamiliar to me.  The earth disappeared, and everything as I saw it was gone.  I remained.  I must repeat that to myself, that I remained.  This earth will be gone one day.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but He and His words will remain.  Friend, I want to be in that left behind boat.  I want to remain.  I want to be found faithful to the end of everything else.  I want to be the remnant...and I want my life to be a training ground for that and exemplify in this dimension what it means to be faithful and to remain.  Carry the principle in your relationships, your tasks, your positions, your words, and in God's Words.



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Thursday, May 28, 2015


This week's reading, having come on Shavuot, is in Exodus 19-20 and Ezekiel 1, and can also include Acts 1-2, regarding the descending of the Spirit on Shavuot.  

In time, instruction is given concerning this day.  It is 50 days after the barley first fruits (which was the first day of the week following the Passover week's sabbath), where a new grain was ready to be harvested, which was the wheat harvest.  We are able to make connections with this in addition to the literal (keeping in mind the 4 levels of reading Scripture) by acknowledging that Messiah is the first fruits, and thereafter Him is the harvest of His followers.  This was that day the believers gathered in Acts 1-2 for the Shavuot feast and the Spirit descended for the harvest.  It makes sense.  Dots connect.  

What adds to the interest and full picture is studying it prior to the instructions of harvest in the land.  Exodus 19 begins by telling us that it is the third month.  Israel left Egypt in the first month, which is the same month of the Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, and the barley first fruits.  Fifty days later to Shavuot would equal the third month here in Exodus 19-20 when God gave the Words we know as the Ten Commandments.  The Spirit descended 50 days after Messiah's rising in Acts 2, and here the Law descended 50 days after what would have been the barley first fruits if they were in the land.  What unison God is declaring here, that His Spirit and His Law are one!  There is no such thing as the letter of the Law versus the Spirit of it.

The first thing I want to talk about, regarding the Lord descending and harvesting, is protocol.  Yes, there are protocols.

When I was a little girl I had an issue with plugging things into electrical wall outlets.  I had not known myself to have ever been electrocuted, so I don't know what established that fear.  For years I was really weird about this, even putting off certain chores until another could come plug something in for me.  For example, my washer stopped going in the middle of it being filled with water and had to be reconnected.  A vacuum would come unplugged and after pushing the on/off button so many times, I would not know if it would be on or off once I replugged it, giving a moment of spark.  Then there was the one time my breaker box was making a snap, crackle, and pop noise, and I exited my house.  These things brought out a real awareness of the capabilities of electricity to my mind.  Though they were not entirely founded, I did appreciate and understand when Mark Biltz said (in comparing protocols of handling electricity) that there are protocols when dealing with a Holy God.

To take caution when handling electricity (by proper grounding, keeping water away, covering wires, etc.) is not to say that we are forbidden from using electricity.  It is to say we understand its capabilities and are choosing wisdom.  In this simple example, we need to understand God is very capable of utterly frying us (way more than any form and strength of electricity, I might add).  There are certain protocols when approaching His Majesty.  Remember that when Israel said they would like to no longer approach God directly, that He said this was wisdom in their cases.  It isn't that He wasn't accessible to them (Moses did comment on how no other nation has a god so close to them as theirs is to them), but these are babes...and just as how my own baby enjoys the results of electricity as I do (she sits in lighted rooms, has warm food, charged items), she also doesn't go handling the plugs and sockets that bring about those things.

Verse 10 in chapter 19 starts off with the instruction to tell Israel to make themselves ready.  There is a readiness for visitation by Him.  This is just beautiful to me, because if you grasp what is going on, on Shavuot (which would later bring a fuller understanding with Acts 1-2), you see that God just got through delivering these people for Himself to be their Husband and then gives them these sets of Words.  This is a ketubah, a marriage covenant.  The second thing I want to discuss about the Lord descending and harvesting is the marriage that comes from it.

There are countless books out there written about how to read love languages, identifying what love means to your spouse, and how to act accordingly to express your love.  Since Yeshua said that this (the Law) hangs on two commandments -- love God, and love your neighbor -- this means that this Law, these Words given, are... love.  When we take to ourselves a spouse, we consider in each other what it means to love one another, and we hold each other to it as a part of a covenant.  Most of these are written in the traditional vows, though many come up with their own and are very personal and real.  It is what love is to them.  God, who is Love, tells us exactly what love is in these Words.  He gets to define it, because He alone is love.  

I have heard from some people, and even once myself said this same thing... that the Messianic movement is all Law but no love.  If the Messianic movement knows Messiah while guarding the Law, how can we say it is loveless?  I found that I had to change my definition of love, because the Law is God's definition of love expressed.

When I think of this being a ketubah given, to which God says to make yourself ready beforehand, it reminds me not only of protocol in approaching a holy God, but it reminds me of a bride who makes herself ready for her wedding ceremony.  She will do what she can to make herself clean.  I mirror this back to 19:10 where the instruction comes to wash.  This brings me to Yeshua's parables of the virgins not being ready and the initial invitees to the wedding party not coming.  It really does make one think about what it means to prepare oneself for the wedding feast of the Lamb.

What does it mean to be a prepared bride?  It is a washing of the Word as Paul so wrote in Ephesians 5 when speaking of a bride.  That Word is Torah, since only the OT existed when he wrote that.  The Torah was given so long ago on Sinai in an event we read about this week.  I simply smile, then, when I see believers going back to the roots of this faith, those accepting the Jewish Messiah and His Torah.  It is God most beautifully calling His bride to prepare herself for that wedding feast of the Lamb.



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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bemidbar/In the Wilderness, New Testament

Yesterday the children and I read through the prophetic books into Hosea 1:10-22, which was so full of riches.

It starts off in terminology that is familiar to us already in verse 10 -- the Abrahamic Covenant.  Though the first few verses of chapter 1 are dealing with adultery and unfaithfulness, the original covenant is mentioned thereafter to give hope of restoration to it. I think it is connected to the parsha because a great deal of it is talking about luring Israel into wilderness as a tactic to restoring her back to her First Love.  In the book of Bemidbar, we read of God luring Israel the first time around into the wilderness so that He may be her husband.  Here is the beauty of going back into the wilderness to go back into that intimacy.  

I personally like the wilderness for those reasons.  No trial and affliction can claim victory over us because of the type of relationship that is gained with God during wilderness wanderings.  The wilderness itself is, therefore, full of riches.  If God is to be gained there, then in fact the wildnerness contains the greatest riches this side of heaven.

The video today is through the New Testament portion, which I came to see spoke of riches -- earthen versus heavenly; a man rich naturally versus a man rich spiritually.  I learned some things as I read today.  It is always helpful to read the Torah for background and foundation before you read the words of the Lord in the Gospels, as we strive to do every week starting out with the Torah portions.  The Torah is full of little gold nuggets that make the precious parables of the Lord all the richer.  I do hope you enjoy reading through the couple chapters of Luke with us, the words of the Lord through the lens of the Word (Torah) of the Lord!

The video link can be watched directly at

Update -- Halfway through the text I realized that the context of the rich man was speaking of the Jews of the time that who were conversing with Yeshua, picking up from the passage regarding the rich man and Lazarus in "Father Abraham's" bosom.  It must then be noted that I looked back to the beginning of the chapter and saw that, likewise, the rich man in the beginning is in the same context as the rich man of the latter, referring to the same people as the latter parable of the rich man, though I had initially read it as a typology for anyone who God has created.



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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bemidbar/in the Wilderness, Part 2

Today we read about different jobs given to certain groups within one nation.  Each of these jobs are equally important, but different.  Each group is divided with different responsibility and privilege.  The responsibility is the job, but what is the privilege?  The privilege is the level of set-apartness and closeness to God.  What does this mean to us and what can we reap from this?  This wilderness set up was God's own preference.  Then if we know this is how He likes to set up a nation, what can we expect of His kingdom?  Do we all have the same privilege and job?  We say we don't all have the same job -- we should know then that we don't all have the same level of set-apartness.  Are we all priests?  Are we all the bride for that matter?  When we get to heaven, what will we see, what image of the Father will I ever behold -- and what exactly is this heaven we are expecting?  I am always amazed at how the Torah transforms and how it really does answer many questions.

I am deeply challenged to unlearn the lies inherited by my fathers, and to put off the Greek mind and be transformed to the Lord's Hebraic one.  

Today's "In the Wilderness" study can be watched at



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Monday, May 18, 2015

Bemidbar/In the Wilderness, Part 1

What is in a number?  Nobody wants to be a number -- or do you?  In this book there is a census taken in the beginning and then towards the end.  Those numbered in the beginning were not in the end, save two that were faithful.  You want to be in both numbers.  To not have been numbered the first time means to not have exited bondage, and to not have met the second numbering means to not have not have been a remnant.  In this crucial time today, we are seeing numbers shift as people exit their bondages, and even more so past this as people remain faithful to walk or not.  It is more than just numbers, it is a remnant.

I read a post on Facebook that we WANT to be left behind.  We want to remain.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but His Words remain.  His Words are left behind.  Reader, I want to be too.  Let us learn from Numbers, how to be numbered until the end.  

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