The Sin of Sodom

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At times I try to get people to think outside of what Christendom has taught in the past and is teaching now.
Most Christians teach that we need to keep 9 of the 10 Commandments and that we are no longer held to The Law (instructions).  Also taught is that the 10 have been taken down to these two.  “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37 NIV. Jesus- Yeshua said, “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:40 NIV.

Jesus-Yeshua went on to say, ” …until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” Matt. 5:18 NIV. But people remove what they want and keep what they want. I call it copy and paste theology or cherry picking.

Jesus said, in the verse above, that all the law (Torah) and the prophets, hang on those 2 verses. Picture a coat hanger or coat rack. Can you hang a coat on air?

I find it interesting, when I see Christians posting articles on social media from The Law to make sure a certain group, such as homosexuals, knows what they think about them. When I make this type of remark many think I am giving people a free pass to sin, haven’t studied the New Testament, or the book of Hebrews and so forth. They quote Paul and check to see if I agree with Paul’s writings because they want to make sure I am not saying that this sin is okay, even though it doesn’t fit in the 10 boxes.
There is no 10 commandment that says, “A man shall not lie with a man.” Then the rebuttal is but Paul said this and that. Yes he did and he also said, “So then, THE LAW IS HOLY, and the commandment is HOLY, righteous and good.” Romans 7:12 NIV.

There is no 10 commandment that says don’t sleep with animals, no, that’s part of the law. “‘Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it.” Leviticus 18:23 NIV. I feel sorry for any animal that has had to deal with this abuse. But since this is the law and we are no longer to keep the law, we can throw this out, because the law is about stoning people to death right? Or is that the curse of the law? Is that the moral law?  Think, ponder and ask questions when you read The Bible. What is a three strand cord? etc. I’m not asking these for an answer, but for you to MEDITATE on.

I hear this from time to time, “Bonnie you have gotten involved in some Jewish cult and we are not Jewish. You are part of the Hebrew roots possibly and I have been warned about them.  No, I don’t attend. So back to the law (Torah), which I broke Saturday by selling 5 books before the sun set.  Never mind, that’s not the law, but one of the 10 Commandments “Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy” . Actually that is also part of the law found in Exodus 20:8, Leviticus 19:3. Genesis 2:2 and so on. Let’s look at the law (Torah) again and moral issues.

The penalty for homosexual acts (Lev. 20:13) was no more severe than the punishments for adultery, incest, or for cursing one’s parents. Even a man who had sex with his wife while she was having a ‘period,’ was to be “cut off from among the people.” Ouch. And Remember, breaking the Sabbath was a death sentence. So, let’s look at Lot and ponder cake baking.

Have you ever studied Lot’s behavior when the men beat his door down to rape the men (angels) who had come?

“Bring them out to us! We want to have sex with them!” Lot went out to them and stood in the doorway, closing the door behind him, and said, “Please, my brothers, don’t do such a wicked thing. Look here, I have two daughters who are virgins. Please, let me bring them out to you, and you can do with them what seems good to you; but don’t do anything to these men, since they are guests in my house.” Genesis 19:5-8. One commentary says this,
“Lot would never give over his daughters to the people of Sodom and he understands that these people have no interest in his daughters. Lot’s offer is meant to be offensive and indeed the people of the town immediately recognize that they are being criticized – “This one fellow came in to sojourn and he will need play the judge [he’s judging us]?” This attack by Lot on standard immigration procedure in Sodom makes him the target of their rage in the same way the illegal aliens were the target just a few verses earlier: “now will we deal worse with thee, than with them.”

The Prophets and Peter compare the nation of Israel to Sodom in Isaiah 1:9-10, 3:9, Jeremiah 23:14, Ezekiel 16:41-56 and 2nd Peter 2:7.
Sodom and Gomorrah were judged because of grave sin. Genesis 18:20 says, “And the Lord said, ‘The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave.'” Indeed, not even ten righteous people could be found in the city. However, there was more going on than sodomy, rape and murder.

“‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.” Ezekiel 16:49 NIV. So much to ponder when we begin to look at sin.

One of the other sins in the Bible was witchcraft, astrology and fortune telling. They were commanded to stone them to death
“.’A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death. You are to stone them; their blood will be on their own heads.'” Leviticus 20:27 NIV.
I see through my newsfeed on a daily basis items where you have to enter your birthdate or name to find out something about your personal character. I get chain letters that say pass this prayer to 10 people and get a blessing and so on and so forth. Is that similar? Are we also guilty of sins like sexual lust, building kingdoms here on earth where thieves break in and steal, gossip, backbiting and pride?

I think we all need to study more, think about our own personal sins more and apply the law of LOVE more. What if we went ahead and baked a cake? Didn’t attend the wedding but continued to show love? What if they would really know we were Believers by our love? “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35 NIV.

Sources: http://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/2757/how-are-we-to-take-the-fact-that-lot-offered-his-daughters-for-rape

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Strange Fire

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There is a FIRE today that has infiltrated the church due to men who have crept in among us and we were UNAWARE. We were blind. Jude says, “For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.” Jude 1:4 NIV.

He said they had crept in UNAWARE. People were unaware. God first pointed them out in the book of Genesis and then in Leviticus. He continued to reveal them to us throughout the BIBLE. You may have missed this unless you were a careful reader. These men and women use the grace of God to live the way they desire and they justify it in their own minds.

Jude compares them to clouds without water. This means they appear to be full of the Lord’s spirit, but are false, empty of promise. It is like the fig tree Jesus cursed. It had leaves and looked like it would have fruit but when the Lord went to get a fig, it was empty.

THEY ARE SHEPHERDS WHO FEED ONLY THEMSELVES.

“They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, WITHOUT FRUIT and uprooted—TWICE DEAD. They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.” Jude 1:12-13 NIV.

Jude says, “Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.” 1:11 NIV.  CAIN WAS JEALOUS OF HIS BROTHER, so much so, he killed him.

Balaam was a type of false prophet who wanted to get wealth out of his gifting. 1st TIMOTHY 6:5 WARNS US OF THESE MEN AND He SAYS THAT THEY WILL THINK THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS.

Korah wanted to be in the spotlight and usurp Moses and Aaron. Again it’s jealousy and self-seeking.

Again I warn you there is a strange fire inside the church today. I say “The Church” because I am not talking about one particular denomination or title. It’s mostly powerless. It has a form of godliness but denies the power thereof. It performs and boast of miracles but it is still powerless.

I think most of us in the Christian world have heard of STRANGE FIRE.  Exodus 30:9 SAYS, “You shall not offer any strange incense on this altar…” NASB. Aaron’s son’s, Nadab and Abihu did not do that, their incense was fine but they offered STRANGE FIRE.

The problem again was “STRANGE”. They were supposed to get the fire for their censers from the brazen altar. The brazen altar was the altar where sacrifices or “sin offerings” were made. It is regarded as a “type and shadow” of the first step in the plan of salvation.

“ Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them. And fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.

Then Moses said to Aaron, “It is what the LORD spoke, saying, ‘By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, And before all the people I will be honored.’” So Aaron, therefore, kept silent.” Leviticus 10:1-3 NASB.

Aaron’s sons charred in their priestly garments were carried out of the tabernacle. Can you imagine watching the Lord strike your sons to the death? I can’t. It reminds me of the couple in Acts who lied to the Holy Spirit and were struck dead.

THE WORLD HAS CREPT INTO THE CHURCH.

During worship when people are shaking and speaking loudly in tongues, laughing uncontrollably and flopping on the floor, jerking back and forth, that is when ALL EYES ARE ON THEM AND NOT ON HIM. When we are watching other people and trying to determine if their heart is right, our eyes again are not on Him but on people. Paul said, “Therefore let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also. Otherwise if you bless in the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the ungifted say the “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying?” 1 Corinthians 14:14-16 NASB.

It’s a private matter unless you have an interpreter.

WHEN ISAIAH SAW THE LORD HE GAVE US A CLUE AS TO WHAT WORSHIP WAS ABOUT.

Isaiah chapter 6, “In the year of King Uzziah’s death I SAW THE LORD sitting on a throne, LOFTY and EXALTED, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two HE COVERED HIS FACE, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.” 6:1-3 NASB.

The seraphim covered themselves as not to distract Isaiah from who was to get all the glory.

“And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. Then I said, “WOE IS ME, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of UNCLEAN LIPS, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For MY EYES have seen THE KING, the LORD of hosts.” 6:4-5 NASB.

Notice the smoke rose from the throne room and then immediately Isaiah sees his sin and says woe is me! We have a generation that won’t say that, they say blessed and highly favored are we and yes we are a blessed people, but we also need the blood of The Lamb and His Holy fire to blow upon us.

There is a fire that burns and the smoke of a false Shekinah does blow upon the people. This fire has a certain taint, a certain odor about it. Your breath can stink and you can be unaware but the people around you will know. The fire Aaron’s son’s used was to come from the brazen altar, the place where the lamb was slain, the only way to heaven. This represented Yeshua. IT WAS A SHADOW OF THINGS TO COME.

Aaron’s sons did not offer this STRANGE WORLDLY fire to witchcraft or Satanism or some false god. No, they offered it to the Lord God almighty. They, like many others, are offering a strange fire to The Lord. Possibly through ignorance. How does strange fire get into God’s house? IT CREPT IN AND WE WERE UNAWARE.

When we read about these teachings that had come into the church, we learn that the church of Ephesus could not bear the presence of FALSEHOOD (The doctrines of the Nicolations) and took steps to get rid of it. BUT THEY HAD NO LOVE… Not so with the church in Thyatira, They were abounding IN LOVE, BUT HAD COMPROMISED THE TRUTH and had fallen into sin and strange fire. We need balance. Love plus purity and holiness and most of all the REAL FIRE.

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What do You Hope For?

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I am keeping it real today. Many of you know I have been hospitalized several times to get rounds of steroids in order to function. The weakness in my legs and the chronic pain at times has been unbearable. Occasionally it gets down right depressing. When I get the steroid I.V’s, energy begins to kick in and I have a few weeks to enjoy smiles, dinners, company and events with family. As time dwindles by, the energy becomes depleted again. The muscle spasms and burning neurological pain becomes incredibly challenging. Often during my suffering God will send people across my path who are far worse off than me and still I hear faith in their voices.

I want to talk to you today about HOPE. Hope is something we all need in some area or another. “Now faith is the substance of things HOPED FOR” Hebrews 11:1 KJB.  I hope for health. What do you hope for?

David said, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalms 43:5 NIV.

I want to expand on God and HIS CLOCK today. We cry and we pray and we ask and we expect and sometimes we give up HOPE. Sometimes we give up HOPE so badly that we try and do things in our own strength. We try to take out a loan to cover the other loan. We try and go to another doctor and get a different result. We attempt to make him or her notice us because we want a spouse, we need a help mate! We strain to get the door to open in our career by pushing on it in front of our boss. We try and fix it ourselves and usually end up with a hot mess.

I want to talk to you about a man named Abram and a woman named Sarai.

When Abram was 75 years old God told him to leave his home-land and go live in tents.  Let’s look at what God told him at age 75.

“I will make you into A GREAT NATION, and I will bless you; I WILL MAKE YOUR NAME GREAT, and you will be a blessing” Genesis 12:2 NIV.

ABRAM: Time goes by and not much changes for Abram and his wife. His wife is barren and it’s been about a year since the prophecy came to him. However, he still has HOPE. Then three years go by and Abram thinks back to when he heard the voice of Elohim. Why hasn’t anything happened? Was it because he lied to the rulers and said his wife was his sister. It wasn’t a complete lie. Perhaps God had changed His mind? His thoughts bother him.

Soon five years have went by and now the prophecy seems to him like a faint dream and yet he could still hear, “I will make you into a great nation!” How? He had no child. Then year 6 and year 7, the number of completion. His wife is getting older and at times he continues to question the voice he heard. He ponders the time and place and the words, “I will make YOUR NAME GREAT”. Did he conjure it up in his feeble mind out of want? Out of a need to prove to his family he left back in the land of Ur that God had really spoken to him.

SARAI:  The calendar keeps turning and now 10 years have passed. At first she believed. At first she was giddy! The few people she shared her husband’s vision with and the astounding words the Lord has promised them, seem to all laugh, mock, and ridicule now. Some call her husband a false prophet. She dreads meeting the other mothers and grandmothers at the local well. They all talk about their children, many carry their newborns in their arms, a constant reminder of her empty womb!

It was a curse to be barren, she knew this. Everyone knew this, for God himself spoke it in Deuteronomy 7:14, “You shall be blessed above all peoples; there will be NO MALE OR FEMALE BARREN among you or among your cattle” NASB. He promises again in Exodus 23:26 “There shall be no one miscarrying or barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days” NASB. The people say truly if Sarai was blessed, Abram would have a son.

So all the ruckus gets to be too much for his wife and she comes up with her own plan. She tries to fix it herself. She tries to FIGURE OUT GOD.

“Now Sarai, Abram’s wife had borne him no children, and she had an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, “Now behold, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children. Please go in to my maid; perhaps I will obtain children through her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. After Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Abram’s wife Sarai took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to her husband Abram as his wife.” Genesis 16:1-4 NIV.

TEN YEARS, TICK-TOCK. Abram is 85 now and he has a son by Hagar and names him Ishmael. Ishmael means, “GOD WILL HEAR”.  Yes, God will but the question I ask myself and my readers is will we hear Him and WAIT FOR HIS TIME TABLE?

When God is ready something ASTOUNDING always happens.

“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty ; walk before me faithfully and BE BLAMELESS. Genesis 17:1

24 YEARS LATER AND ABRAHAM HAS NO SEED. I repeat, it has been 24 years since Abram heard God at 75 years of age. ..Abraham knows God’s voice and he falls before him. God has told him two things, WALK BEFORE ME FAITHFULLY AND BE BLAMELESS…let’s look at the next verses!  “THEN I will make my covenant between me and you and WILL GREATLY INCREASE your numbers.”

“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers. “Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations” GENESIS 17:1-4 NIV.

God says some more things, HOWEVER, I want you to listen to Abram’s response…Abraham fell face down; HE LAUGHED and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” Genesis 17:17 NIV. We laugh and we fear and we give up, but Yahweh had not forgotten what he said 24 years prior to Abraham. He did keep his word but it was all in his timing!

Hope in Hebrew means to TRUST.

Have you given up HOPE? DON’T! Twenty-four years is nothing to Elohim who is obviously not on our time table. I have a friend who has the words “Hope” on the wall behind her television. I used to look at those words and find comfort. Why? Because even in my pain I still have trust in a God who heals.

Paul said, “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” Romans 5:3-5 NASB.

So in the mean time I HOPE for health, and I Trust in HIM. And Hope does not DISAPPOINT. What do you hope for?

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Rainbows & Babies

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I just feel like talking about some of the things I see going on, including the rainbow. Here in America we’ve been using abortion as a form of birth control for decades. It’s a touchy topic and I know at times a mother’s life may be at risk but I’m talking about killing our unborn. Over one million babies every year are aborted in the United States, a million little people all unique.

A rainbow goes up over the White House in the United States and the Christians are appalled, more so then when the Commandments of The Bible were removed from the eyes of our youth. I have many friends and family who are gay and who deal with it daily. When I say deal with it I don’t mean as in hating Christians, flaunting their rights and so forth, I mean they struggle and some of them have even contemplated suicide because they don’t want to sin against God. Many of them were raped and molested. One husband used to bring his friends home to sleep with his wife while he watched, one night he decided to bring a woman home to watch and she ended up falling in love with her and leaving him.

I have searched the word of God for a way out for these born feeling different about their sexuality. I searched just like you and I have many times when we wanted an excuse for our own sins. There are many sexual sins in the Bible. Many Christians scream yes, but homosexuality is an abomination. So is pride…so is a whole list of sins.
When two men or two women get together they cannot produce life. This is important because replenishing the earth was his command. He said be fruitful and multiply. Today our seeds don’t even reproduce, they are genetically modified, No Life. ISIS slaughters children and men and women but so do we in America through abortion, only its behind the walls of a sanitary hospital room.

I have found scripture in the Bible and even Jesus/Yeshua’s own words describing people who have no desire for the opposite sex. I back everything I write up with scripture, multiple scriptures. Now let me clarify I i’m not talking about Sodom and Gomorrah and men wanting to sleep with men instead of women and so forth, I’m talking about men who just don’t have a desire for women or marriage. I’m talking about women who don’t have a desire for marriage or children, Jesus said they were born that way. “”For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it.” Matthew19 !:2 NASB.

So when I read all of the post over the legalization of marriage, i’m torn because I think about all of the pastors caught in adultery, all of the priest who have molested little children, and all of the sexual sins we have allowed into the church and into our homes and into our schools….and into our media, I am ashamed.
I also want to tell you that every person who’s ever come to me about homosexuality for advice has never been arrogant or pompous but humbly fearful. Each time I received the same message from the Lord for them. He said tell them I love them, tell them you’re praying for them.

Not everyone is perverse and filled with hate for Christians. Many of these are acting out over Us who are supposed to be holy pointing fingers at them.

We must repent… We must humble ourselves so the world will see Yeshua in us…

The Whole world is Following Him

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“How FOOLISH! What you SOW does not come to LIFE unless it DIES.” 1 Corinthians 15:36 NIV.

Sometimes we skim things while reading and miss vital points. Life is like that, we miss things. We scan people and we think we know their story! We often are mistaken. Let me explain, Robin Williams, funny actor and comedian, after divorcing his wife, admitted that off the stage he was a very sad, depressed man. He spoke of darkness and addiction that many would have never guessed by his humorous films and stand-up comedy. However, when someone used to say the name Robin Williams, most of us would equate his name with funny comedian.

I was reading John chapter 12 today and realized that I missed some things. I overlooked a whole lot about a man mentioned in that chapter and possibly because I was consumed with a lady who stole the spot light with her broken alabaster box and her tears that washed the Masters feet. I lost sight of the man mentioned, his name is Lazarus. If someone says Lazarus, most automatically think of a dead man in a tomb for 4 days stinking. You think of Mary crying out to Jesus, “If you would have only gotten here sooner my brother would still be alive!” You think of Jesus saying, “Lazarus come forth!” Then you say to yourself, yeah I know Lazarus, he was the dead guy who came back to life and he and his sisters Mary and Martha lived happily ever after! Right? WRONG! That was chapter 11 and now we are in chapter 12. A whole lot can change with the turn of a page.

“Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.” John 12:1-2 NIV.

Stay with me as we look at the next verses. “When all the people heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to KILL Lazarus as well, for on account of HIM many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him.” John 12:9-10 NIV.

You just can’t win for losing sometimes! The man is so sick he dies and is dead four days, now that he has been brought back to life, the very men who were to represent a loving God want to kill him. The CHIEF PRIEST! Have you ever noticed that after God gives you a testimony that is so grand and full of his power, there will always arise those who want to prevent you from testifying? Maybe you were not healed from a physical death, perhaps a spiritual death had you bound in grave clothes. When you open your mouth to speak about The King of Kings and the Lord of Lord, the world will hate you, the church may even want to spiritually kill you. Look at all the attention Lazarus was getting and we know that he could not help that he had seen death. We know that it has been appointed once for us men to die, but he died twice. WE MUST DIE TWICE!

“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels–a plentiful harvest of new lives.” John 12:24 NLT.

Verse 17-19, “Many in the crowd had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, and they were telling others about it. That was the reason so many went out to meet him–because they had heard about this miraculous sign. The Pharisees said to each other, “This is getting us nowhere. Look! The whole world is following him!” NLT.

THE WHOLE WORLD IS FOLLOWING HIM! Oh wouldn’t that be a grand thing? Let us DIE so others will FOLLOW Him.

Your Assignment

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Sometimes the people you love, the very closest people in your life don’t get your calling. They can’t see it. You are misunderstood.

Joseph’s brothers were very jealous of him when he began to share his dreams and sport his coat. They threw him in a pit and said, “Here comes that dreamer!” They sold him into slavery. They told his father that he was dead. CRUEL, AND EVIL THEY TREATED HIM, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT UNDERSTAND HIS CALLING! Little did they know that 13 years later he would save them from death.

Revelation will come!

Elizabeth and Zechariah have a son. They have waited their whole lives for this promise. They name him John and after their deaths he goes and lives in the wilderness. He is without mother or father or sibling. He walks around wearing camel skins, eating locust and honey…The people talked. You know they did. I’m guessing it sounded something like this, “There goes John, he is an animal, living alone in the wilderness. His father was a high priest and he doesn’t even come to the temple much except on Shabbat. He always is alone walking and praying with his disciples”.

They didn’t get his assignment. He yelled, “REPENT” a little too loudly for them and besides who did he think he was?

He was born to represent and announce the Messiah.

“For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight.’” And John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey” Matthew 3:3-4 ESV.

His voice echoed an alarm that said, “It is time to get prepared.” The kingdom of heaven is coming with a baptism of fire.

Orpah couldn’t get Ruth’s assignment. Naomi couldn’t get her assignment. They kept telling her to go back to Moab but once you have tasted Bethlehem and the barley harvest you can’t go back to the gods of Moab! They did not know Boaz was waiting for her. They did not understand that her child would be named Obed. “And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. THEY COULDN’T UNDERSTAND THAT KINGS WERE COMING THROUGH HER STAINED BLOODLINE. King David was coming through her and then one day so would Yeshua!

They couldn’t get little David’s assignment. They left him out on a hill tending sheep when it was time to line up the boys to anoint a new king. They didn’t understand that the King of Kings could use a ruddy little shepherd boy. HE WAS A GIANT KILLER! There was a kingship inside of him. They never walked with him in the morning with the fresh dew on the mountains and listened to him talk to The One who created it all. They didn’t know his heart. Samuel looked at his older, taller, bigger brothers and said surely this is the king but God said, “People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 NIV. They didn’t know that one day he would walk out onto a battle, where the whole army hid from a giant whose armor weighed more than David and he would take a slingshot and a few smooth stones and destroy the man the whole army was afraid of. They didn’t understand his assignment. Perhaps they don’t understand yours. I’m almost certain they did not get our next guy, Ezekiel.

EZEKIEL:  “Now you son of man, get yourself a brick, place it before you and inscribe a city on it, Jerusalem. “Then lay siege against it, build a siege wall, raise up a ramp, pitch camps and place battering rams against it all around. Then get yourself an iron plate and set it up as an iron wall between you and the city, and set your face toward it so that it is under siege, and besiege it. This is a sign to the house of Israel…”As for you, lie down on your left side and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel on it; YOU SHALL BEAR THEIR INIQUITY FOR THE NUMBER OF DAYS THAT YOU LIE ON IT.… For I have assigned you a number of days corresponding to the years of their iniquity, three hundred and ninety days; thus you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel” Ezekiel 4:1-5 NASB.

TAKE THEIR SINS (390 DAYS)!

The people seen a crazy man lying on his side in the middle of the streets. He had built a city out of pots, pans and bricks like your son would with Legos. He had to measure his food and lay there for Israel and Judah. He took the sins of the nation upon himself like Yeshua/ Jesus did. Can you imagine the people looking at this madman and telling everyone what a nut job he was? The people continued past him as they made their way to offer sacrifices and go to the temple to pray. They did not understand his assignment. You may be thinking, “Tekoa, I am not sure G-d does that anymore. Get ready, yes He does. Perhaps not in the same measure but a measure no less.

What if your assignment is to go to a new land like he told Abraham to do, will you go? When He gave Noah an assignment to build a boat, it had never rained.

The people didn’t understand Moses calling. They didn’t get his assignment. He was raised with the wealth of the Pharaoh and he was educated.  He sees his people being beaten and enslaved. His heart breaks over it and he kills a man. They didn’t understand his assignment or what God had put in his heart to do. They said, “Who are you? When did they make you a ruler over us? He had to go to the desert and flee for 40 years. The people did not get his assignment until he lifted his staff and they walked across the Red Sea.

Your assignment might not make sense to those around you right now but you have to keep following His voice and become the man or woman He called you to be. This may involve a pit, a famine, a flood or it may cause you to lose friends, family members or jobs. Your assignment may cause those you love to misunderstand you, but keep plowing ahead. A new vision and understanding will come in His perfect timing.

Photography by Ândrēw Yīsrâ’Ęl

On Lying

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I’m going to write about something that may startle you, but it was on my heart this morning. Have you ever thought about all the men and women in the Bible who lied? Ever read in the scriptures how HaShem blessed several of them for lying? Oh I know you are probably thinking there is no way!

First let’s look at the Hebrew word for lie and liar and that word is kazab. Besides lying, it also means to fail and disappoint. This should make more sense as you read.

We fleshly folks have been lying since the beginning of time. “Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9 NIV. Cain knew exactly where his brother was. He had taken his very life. Sometimes we lie and don’t realize why or even that we have lied.

At times, we try and cover our mistakes or we exaggerate a story to make it seem greater. Sometimes we lie about the smallest, insignificant petty things and don’t even notice. Most of us have lied about how fast we drive or how many times a person called us or how much we paid for an item. Sometimes we lie to test people. I told someone once that I paid a hundred dollars for an item I paid a hundred and fifty for. The Holy Spirit spoke to my spirit and said, “Bonnie you just lied.” I said, “Lord you are right, why did I do that?” Did it hurt anyone? No, not really, but I think if we were all honest, we can remember a time or two when we said something that was not the complete truth.

Maybe you have lied to a spouse in order to not hurt them or to a parent to protect them or even to a child. I received a text the other day from someone who I have spent a lot of time with lately, as we conversed back and forth, I told her I had to go and she said, “I miss you” I went to text “I miss you too” and thought that is a lie, I don’t and erased the text. I then wrote, “Hope to see you soon” but instantly I realized that too was a lie. I pondered how to respond and finally said, “I hope you have a wonderful day.” I meant that. Have you ever told someone their baby was beautiful and secretly you thought it looked like an alien? Oh come on admit it, we lie!

Have you ever exaggerated the truth? Abraham, told Abimelech, the king, that Sarah was his sister. It was a half-truth. Say, “Half-truth.” How many of you can honestly say you’ve never told a half-truth? So the Bible says that Abimelech sent and took Sarah. God comes to this king in the night and tells him he is a dead man because he has taken a man’s wife. Wow, he didn’t know that Sarah was Abraham’s wife. So God tells him I know you did this unintentionally and so I have kept thee from touching her. Now here is the kicker, “Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine. Genesis 20:7 NASB.

God calls Abraham, who lied, a prophet and tells this king to have Abraham pray for him so he will live! Things that make you go hmmm.

I was thinking about the Egyptian midwives in Exodus, as well. They lied to Pharaoh when he told them to kill all the male Hebrew children and said to him, “The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women,” the midwives replied. “They are more vigorous and have their babies so quickly that we cannot get there in time.” Exodus 1:19 NLT. As we read on, it tells how God dealt well with the Egyptian mid-wives because they feared him and it says that he made them houses to live in! What? Yes he blessed them for lying.

So how does one know when to lie? I pondered this subject and thought about how many people have been martyred for the gospel because they would not renounce Jesus/ Yeshua as their Lord and Savior. They would not lie. I too, hope if I were presented with such a scenario, that I would stand strong and never renounce my King! I have read Peter boast of dying for his Lord and then read a few verses later how he denied him publicly. PETER THOUGHT HE KNEW HIS OWN HEART; sometimes we do too. Consequently, as I am reading these stories, I see that they all had something in common, they feared man or they feared God, yes, that’s why they lied. There was one woman who lied because she feared God and she was a HARLOT!

Yes Rahab, the harlot, the woman’s name is in the genealogy of Christ, along with an adulteress, a foreigner and a woman who pretended to be a prostitute and slept with her father-n-law. Yes, these women were colorful and their stories helped me realize God loves me regardless of my past mistakes. The history of Rahab, briefly, is this. The Israelites after wandering 40 years in the desert are ready to conquer the land God promised them. Joshua sends two spies to Jericho to spy out the land.

The spies entered the city and made their way to the house of Rahab, a prostitute, who lived on the wall of the city. Their presence in the city and their entrance into Rahab’s house were noticed, and the police were sent to capture them. Rahab admitted that they had been there, but that they had already left and were headed for the River Jordan, where, if soldiers were immediately sent, they could be captured. But she lied. She had hidden the spies on the roof of her house under some flax. Now after she lies about the spies she and her household are saved, they were the only family saved, the rest were killed. Rahab told them she had heard about their God who had parted the Red Sea and she said our hearts faint because of Him. She feared God and so God blessed her and her household. She is listed in the book of Hebrews as a hero of faith!

I found many people in the Bible who lied. David once acted like he was mad, insane even. This scripture comes to mind, “I said in my haste, All men are liars” Psalm 116:11 KJV. “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; …Romans 3:4 KJV.

Our youth are looking for something TRUE, transparent, something real, not plastic, not silicone, not fake. An Astroturf religion will not bring them into the kingdom. Churchy clothes and a nice message isn’t enough today, they need real people. I laid hands on a lady and prayed for her. The Lord Adonai set her free of drug addiction. This lady began to fall under the power of His Ruach Holy Spirit and I caught her by the arm, she looked up at me and said, “Oh sh**t” then she said “I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry! I didn’t mean to say that word in church.” She looked horrified. I said, “honey it’s okay, the Bible has all kinds of curse words in it, bastard, piss, whore, even Yeshua refers Herod as an ole fox…Oh my! Sometimes we try to be so holy we alienate people. Sometimes we act different around church folk, then we do at home or in public, and sometimes we lie. Yes we are flesh, a flower fading, here today and gone tomorrow. It’s time to preach the truth and be transparent.

Father God forgive us for the fear of man. Father forgive us for exaggerating the truth to make us look better. Forgive us for not fearing you enough! Help us be able to check our conscious and be aware of every word we speak and how it might affect another. Help us to stop speaking half- truths .

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