Thursday, July 14, 2016

The LIFTER of My Head


(Genesis 4) 

Cain killed Abel in his heart long before he killed him in a field.  This is the first instance of fratricide ushering in a perpetual spiritual suicide.   Brother kills brother and consequently, living brother is 'marked' so that no one slays him...except that Cain dies over and over each day in a state of spiritual death and restlessness.  Cain had a bad, bad view about brotherhood.  Cain was about Cain’s cause only. 

Why do you think the Merciful ADONAI came to appeal to Cain’s conscience just moments before he killed Abel?  HE gave Cain a choice, didn’t He?  God didn’t force Cain to choose right.  It was Cain’s own private Counseling session free of charge.  Was it for ADONAI that HE came to him?  Was it for Abel?  Or was it for Cain? 

The Living , Faithful Father wanted Cain to STOP, and for the sake of all things HOLY…THINK!

Examine. 

Animosity grows unless it’s uprooted.   Why did Cain outright reject ADONAI’s Good Counsel for him and act out the hate in his heart so violently against his brother Abel?  It was because he had allowed the beast of animosity, hurt, jealousy and unrighteous anger to grow bigger and bigger until it consumed him.  That’s sin’s plan (Genesis 4:7)…to overtake and mar the Image of The Creator within a human soul. 

What did Cain believe?  It wasn’t God!  Cain believed the non-truth that Abel’s GAIN was in fact, his LOSS.  And from that faulty view, hate grew uncontrollably.   

When our beliefs do not align with The Living God's beliefs, we are overtaken...then we die.  

If BELIEVING GOD produces confidence and hope, then Abel’s confident strength was feared greatly by Cain.  And we’ve been shown that ‘perfect love’ casts out fear. 

1 John 4:18 - There is no fear in love. On the contrary, love that has achieved its goal gets rid of fear, because fear has to do with punishment; the person who keeps fearing has not been brought to maturity in regard to love.

Obviously, this was missing from Cain’s heart – a mature love for himself, for others, for ADONAI.

11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another;  12 not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother's were righteous. 13Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you.  ~ 1 John 3

The world non-surprisingly hates what is UPRIGHT. 

‘Upright way of dealing with earthly matters?’  Nonsense!’, says the world.   It’s always someone else’s fault.’  That’s a sad, dark, and desperate place to be.  Yet too many of us live there.  In the dark…

The world has its own way of dealing with pain and oppression, either real or imaginary.

But there’s a HOLY WAY to handle earthly matters - A means of the Ruach Who enables us to ‘hold our heads high’ and rest in God’s Goodness and EXPECT His intervention.  

HE EXPECTS something from us, too.  HE EXPECTS US TO OVERCOME these worldly ways of dealing with real hurt because HE’s EMPOWERED US TO OVERCOME. 

ADONAI’s ways are often unpopular, aren’t they?  HIS ways are not what we FIRST consider.

 (Genesis 4:7):  ‘Cain WHY are you raging?  WHY is your head hung low?  Don’t you know if you choose right, choose well, you can hold your head high?  But if you don’t choose well, sin crouches at your door.  Its desire is for you, BUT CAIN, SON, YOU MUST MASTER IT.' (my loose translation)

FIRST, I quit playing games and deal with me - Just me - Before My Father, the One Who delights in me. 

Abel was never Cain’s problem…and someone else is never mine.  Recently, and experientially, we understand the lust of hate moves a desperate soul to regrettable places.    BUT, the Compassion of Ruach of LOVE moves the soul far greater, wider, higher and deeper…to the Place of Rest.

I can’t hold my head high while I hate my brother…BUT The LOVE of the RUACH perfected in me will raise my head higher than it’s ever been.


Look within. Believe God.  Choose Life.  Master sin and HE WILL LIFT YOUR HEAD.  

Sunday, July 10, 2016

PICK an Eye...Either Eye

What do you ‘see’ when you look at somebody?  What’s the first thing you notice about them?  Then what happens?  Perhaps you’ve already made an involuntary judgment of some kind about them based on appearance alone?



What’s really going on here?

Doesn’t make you bad...Doesn’t make me bad.  It does, however, make us human.  

The human has been granted something incredible though – a spiritual insight, foresight, hindsight (binah) by which to live by when we choose to become one with Yeshua’s Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).   

This is REAL understanding.  As humans, what we see on a daily basis with the physical eye must be overcome in order to live by the Ruach.  We have two eyes, yes…physically.  But, spiritually, we have two ‘eyes’ from which to choose from as well - The ayin hara  - the 'bad eye', the simple physical eye that doesn’t discern spiritual truths AND the ayin tovah – the ‘good eye’ that sees according to the Ruach. 


The ayin hara is a wholly inadequate means by which to live from.

I think we might be shocked to learn which eye we use most in ‘seeing’, viewing a person or persons.  I think we might feel a little shame when we realize that our preferred eye most of time just might just be the ‘physical eye’.  For it takes something far deeper to see with the ayin tovah…it takes a regenerating work of the Ruach HaKodesh changing the mind, which changes the eye, which changes the course of action.  Indeed, the ayin tovah changes the ENTIRE WORLD of its possessor.

Even the Prophet Samuel had to be schooled in which eye to use in looking for ADONAI’s chosen man-king to replace Saul.  YHWH instructed him in using the ‘eye of faith' - the ayin tovah, the ‘good eye’ - to SEE into the realm of His Ruach…and not simply what he could see with the physical eye…appearances, physique, height, etc.

For The Follower of Yeshua lives by FAITH (what’s not seen with the physical eye, but rather perceived by the inner man who IS governed by His Ruach), and not by sight.  (2 Corinthians 5:7)

For me personally, I understand, perceive, know that His Ruach is at work deep within my soul when I RECOGNIZE the ruach/inner man of another precious individual FIRST…then I notice his ‘covering’. 

"Do not observe his sight/appearance/vision or his height, for I have rejected him; [it is] not as man sees.  Man sees (looks) with the eye, YHWH sees (looks) with the leb"(Hb. - heart/mind/inner man.)  ~ 1 Samuel 16:7

The question we need to ask is WILL we see only what’s on the surface with all its appearances…or WILL we choose to press in, becoming one with His Ruach, learning the things of His Ruach and being changed from within ourselves (thus, ‘seeing with the renewed heart’).

WILL I see what’s on the surface of man’s exterior?  Or WILL I see what’s in the deeper realm?   One is easy.  The other is impossible without the Holy Spirit’s work.

Proverbs 4:1 -  HEAR, MY sons, the instruction of a father, and pay attention in order to gain and to know intelligent discernment, comprehension, and interpretation [of spiritual matters].

1 Corinthians 2:14-15 -  But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated. [15] But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things], yet is himself to be put on trial and judged by no one [he can read the meaning of everything, but no one can properly discern or appraise or get an insight into him].

Colossians 1:9 - 9For this reason we also, from the day we heard of it, have not ceased to pray and make [ special] request for you, [asking] that you may be filled with the full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [ in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things-- 10That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, acquaintance, and recognition].  11[We pray] that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy, 


We’re foolish to live such a miserly existence when an ENTIRE KINGDOM has been given to us…

Shalom, Light & Love,
carmen

Thursday, April 21, 2016

GUARDING What's Good, Upright and Beneficial for ALL!

Here are a few thoughts from my personal investigations into The Torah this week:

Let’s break this down…

Building upon the idea of 'immersion' and its ties to the Sefer Vayikra (Book of Leviticus)-

1 Peter 3:21 ‘IMMERSION SAVES YOU (not because it removes what’s dirty on the outside) but (because of the) UPRIGHT CONSCIENCE (that clean/pure/naked-and-unashamed interior that was developed by an) EARNEST CRAVING/INTENSE DESIRE  (as in ‘to demand & accost one with an enquiry’) TOWARD GOD BY MEANS OF THE RESURRECTION OF YESHUA, THE ANOINTED ONE.’

Do you see ‘drash’ here?  Do you see ‘craving’ here (Hebrews 11:6)?  Are you seeing such a CLOSENESS to Yeshua that HE keeps tripping over us?  I was thinking along these lines as I was going from room to room housewifing (is that a word?) and tripping over Bella…who follows me EVERYWHERE.  The following video might give you a little insight as to what I'm talking about...


Some English translations of 1 Peter 3:21 says 'pledge to KEEP a good conscience'.  That is an incredible thought.  We've seen the Hebrew words KEEP, GUARD, or OBSERVE before.

It carries the idea of something being heavily guarded.

So, rabbit trailing again, my mind strolls:
Heavily guarded: Guard Shabbat, Guard Conscience

'Children, My Torah, do not forget, My Mitzvah keep in your heart...A Tree of Life She is to those who are strengthened by Her, and blessed are those who take hold of Her' ~ Proverbs 3:1, 19 (my translation)

How do we guard/keep a good conscience?  First, we must possess a good conscience.  That means we must deal swiftly with the sin and chametz (James 5:16) that has made us impure to begin with.  Then removing all traces of chametz (that which has become puffed up causing us to miss the mark), we must cast out the source of the leaven, the corrupting influence…the seor that we chose to ‘mix in’ with our life.

We are PREPARING for Pesach!  Are you ready to live 'naked and unashamed', pure, undefiled, possessing and protecting a good conscience because of The Resurrection of Yeshua that saves you?

In my drash this week, I find at least four BIGGIES we are to SHAMAR, that is HEAVILY GUARD or keep with your life (simply because it brings life):

Shabbat (Exodus 31:13)
Brother/Sister (Genesis 4:9)
Faith (1 Timothy 1:19)
Good Conscience (1 Peter 3:16)

I would encourage you to do a little investigation into 'pure conscience'.

We, Ezer Kenegdo, are GUARDIANS (of the galaxy! Ha!!)  We are, as Titus 2:5 puts it so clearly IN THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE:  Oikouros (guardians of home)

Titus 2:5 – oikouros – from two words ‘oikos’ meaning ‘home’ and ‘ouros’ meaning ‘to guard, keep, protect, preserve, watch’.

Do yourself a favor and also do some digging into Two WORD studies to see more clearly:
Guard and Conscience

In short, seeing the Holy Beautiful Red Thread of Sefer Vayikra, immersion, Resurrection, Pesach, removal of chametz, and receiving of LIFE (walking in The Ruach):
When we don’t GUARD what brings LIFE, we welcome death!   

When we don’t GUARD SHABBAT, that is, we don’t cease from striving/work and REST (body, mind and spirit) thus ENJOYING His Presence, we welcome death.

When we don’t GUARD our good CONSCIENCE, then we can see how we welcome death.

ALL LIFE is to be GUARDED and PROTECTED.  Anything that is LIFE is to be GUARDED in order to continue bringing LIFE.  Otherwise, the Guardian who grows lax while on duty WELCOMES DEATH.  (Daaaaaang!)

Exodus 31:13 - NAS – "But as for you, speak to the children of Israel, saying, 'You shall surely SHAMAR My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you.
Exodus 31:13 - BHS – וְאַתָּ֞ה דַּבֵּ֨ר אֶל־בְּנֵ֤י יִשְׂרָאֵל֙ לֵאמֹ֔ר אַ֥ךְ אֶת־שַׁבְּתֹתַ֖י תִּשְׁמֹ֑רוּ כִּי֩ אֹ֨ות הִ֜וא בֵּינִ֤י וּבֵֽינֵיכֶם֙ לְדֹרֹ֣תֵיכֶ֔ם לָדַ֕עַת כִּ֛י אֲנִ֥י יְהוָ֖ה מְקַדִּשְׁכֶֽם׃ 

SHAMAR – to GUARD, KEEP, PROTECT, PRESERVE the SHABBAT, my Sister/brother, Faith...and a GOOD CONSCIENCE!

The purpose of this order is to promote love from a clean heart, from a good conscience and from sincere trust. ~ 1 Timothy 1:5


'It is what it [really] is'…living life FREE is living life from the inside out.

‘they were naked (exposed) and unashamed’

Ezer Kenegdo is called out to walk 'naked and unashamed', filled with the Ruach HaKodesh and fulfilling her mission in life, FOR LIFE.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Seek to Understand!


IF we understood that the New Testament writers ASSUMED all readers already knew (& were rooted to some degree) in The Torah, well, we’d have a MUCH CLEARER VISION of THIS GOOD NEWS!  When Rabbi Sha’ul (Paul) told his disciple Timothy:

10But you, you have closely followed my teaching, conduct, purpose in life, trust, steadfastness, love and perseverance - 11as well as the persecutions and sufferings that came my way in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12And indeed, all who want to live a godly life united with the Messiah Yeshua will be persecuted, 13while evil people and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived themselves. 14But you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, recalling the people from whom you learned it; 15and recalling too how from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which can give you the wisdom that leads to deliverance through trusting in Yeshua the Messiah. 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living;17thus anyone who belongs to God may be fully equipped for every good work.  ~ 2 Timothy 3 (CJB)

…he assumed ALL DISCIPLES-IN-TRAINING already understood (because there was no ‘new testament’ at that time), that THE GOD-BREATHED SCRIPTURE he was referring to was, indeed, The TANAKH (Torah, Nevi'im, Ketuvim =>> Torah, Prophets, Wisdom Literature).  

Even Yeshua, The Living Torah, Himself told the two on the road to Amma’us (Emmaus):

 27 And [n] beginning with Moses (Torah!) and all the Prophets (Nevi'im!), He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures (Tanakh!) the things concerning Himself.       ~ Luke 24 (CJB)

Together in the Holy Spirit, we seek to understand...For the Fullness of the Gentiles!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Everlasting Covenant of Salt


I love salt.  I use the pink kind…on everything.  And lots of it.  This week’s Torah Portion teaches us about the properties and importance of SALT, specifically

Vayikra (Leviticus) 2:13 ‘offer salt with all your offerings’ (3 times in this passage they instructed about SALT!)

and its corresponding Numbers 18:19

NAS – "All the offerings of the holy gifts, which the sons of Israel offer to the LORD, I have given to you and your sons and your daughters with you, as a perpetual allotment. It is an everlasting covenant of salt before the LORD to you and your descendants with you." - (Numbers 18:19)
BHS – כֹּ֣ל תְּרוּמֹ֣ת הַקֳּדָשִׁ֗ים אֲשֶׁ֨ר יָרִ֥ימוּ בְנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵל֮ לַֽיהוָה֒ נָתַ֣תִּֽי לְךָ֗ וּלְבָנֶ֧יךָ וְלִבְנֹתֶ֛יךָ אִתְּךָ֖ לְחָק־עֹולָ֑ם בְּרִית֩ מֶ֨לַח עֹולָ֥ם הִוא֙ לִפְנֵ֣י יְהוָ֔ה לְךָ֖ וּלְזַרְעֲךָ֥ אִתָּֽךְ׃  - (Numbers 18:19)

What are we to make of this ‘salt of the covenant with your God’?

The first verse that popped into my mind was Colossians 4:6

Colossians 4:6 - NAS – Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
Colossians 4:6 - WH – ο λογος υμων παντοτε εν χαριτι αλατι ηρτυμενος (5772) ειδεναι (5760) πως δει (5719) υμας ενι εκαστω αποκρινεσθαι (5738) 

CJB Commentary says this about ‘with grace/seasoned with salt’…



HOLY OUCH.

In addition, Yeshua told his bickering talmidim while HE was schooling them about Kingdom Servanthood ‘if anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all’ (Mark 9:49) the following:

 “Indeed, everyone is going to be salted with fire.  Salt is excellent, but if it loses its saltiness, how will you season it?  So have salt in yourselves…that is, BE AT PEACE (IN SHALOM, AT-ONE) WITH EACH OTHER”

Okay, so we can deduce from looking at roughly 38 verses having to do with salt, that IT IS A PERPETUAL COVENANT WITH ADONAI ELOHEINU (YHWH-Our-God =Merciful Mighty One).  And HE expects that we SEASON EVERY OFFERING with salt.

So, what does salt do?  You can come up with your own list!

Salt ENHANCES, PRESERVES and HEALS.

On the contrary, a Follower who does NOT walk in the anointing of the Ruach HaKodesh undermines/neglects/lessens AND abandons/harms/destroys AND weakens/damages/injures those around him.   Sooooo…let’s not.

Salt enhances sweetness.  Salt also enhances all other flavors by suppressing bitterness.  Salt is not meant to be used alone…it’s meant to be used IN CONJUNCTION with other things.  It brings out flavor that isn’t recognizable without salt’s enhancing properties.  Salt preserves from corruption. And because salt preserves, that means it also brings healing.

One commentator said:
  “Salt seasons, preserves, and helps control bacteria and fermentation, and its physical attributes are used in a spiritual application throughout Scripture (see Matt. 5:13; Mark 9:50; Luke 14:34; Col. 4:6). Salt represents how Yeshua's life, death, and resurrection checked the corruption of sin and preserved life in this world.“

In all my ‘serving God - in all my ‘drawing near’ (korban/offering) - have I taken the time to examine my offering having seasoned them with the ETERNAL SALT COVENANT of the Holy Spirit?   That is to say, am I IN THE SPIRIT, lavishly and graciously sprinkling with salt my offerings to HIM…AT PEACE WITH MY BROTHERS…thus ENHANCING AND PRESERVING LIFE in all my ‘serving’?

Or, am I (like I believe Cain did) offering an UNACCEPTABLE, UNSALTED OFFERING?

Do you see the correlation and lack of the beautiful rhythmic shalom with his brother Abel and Yeshua’s words to His disciples above?

The ETERNAL SALT COVENANT is being FILLED with the Spirit of Yeshua.  Sprinkling my ‘offerings’ - truly drawing near the Father - is to
ENHANCE (BRINGING ABUNDANT LIFE!) AND PRESERVE (FREEING FROM DECAY!).

Sefer Vayikra (Book of Leviticus) teaches us, yet again, that

The KINGDOM = LIGHT/LIFE/UNITY!  


We have to guard ourselves against its polar opposite - the things of this present world that even pervade our churches and our very lives because we’ve dangerously confused them with darkness/death/discord.

Here’s to SALTY TALMIDIM!!!

LOVE,
carmen

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Holy, you are holy...

How do you approach something that’s HOLY?  Just think about that for a minute.  Jot down your thoughts on approaching the Holy before reading any further, please. 

One of the most impactful ACTS I’ve ever had the privilege of taking part in, was at a women’s event.  We sang ‘Holy, you are holy’ to one another as we stood holding hands in a circle.  I can still feel what I felt as I remember what took place all those years back.  Looking into one another’s eyes declaring this Truth, understanding it more fully as we sang this over each other ushered us quickly into that holy of holies.  It was an act of intimacy that is rarely felt, rarely understood, rarely done.  We ARE HOLY.  Everyone in that circle needed the reminder.  Every spirit – every inner man – left that evening with a little more understanding of His mysterious, life-giving, sustaining graces.  

The Kingdom of God is within you” declares Yeshua (Luke 17:21).  

Entheos!

How do we handle HOLY things?  We approach them reverently, carefully, respectfully, with awe…

Why then do we not approach ONE ANOTHER in that same fashion.  We ARE HOLY.  We are the Mishkan indwelt by His Very Ruach.  Handle accordingly.  What would happen to our relationships if we handled ONE ANOTHER AS ‘HOLY UNTO THE LORD’ (Exodus 28:36)?  Wow.  HOW we handle the HOLY says a lot about our present spiritual condition, doesn’t it? 

This sod, this fellowship/intimacy/secret that the Anointing of the Ruach ALONE brings comes at a high cost.  This sod of the Ruach comes at my expense…your expense.  The Scriptures never tells us that ‘preparing the sanctuary’ is easy.  It comes as each one of us in our own way, is willing to be momentarily UNFAVORED by another – for their good - in order that they FIND/WALK IN TRUTH learning what it means to walk in the Spirit.  Are you okay with being UNFAVORED for a season in order that HIS Ruach guide another into Light/Life/Unity?  That’s the ‘secret’ alright.  Can you say ‘It’s more important to me that you LOVE TRUTH than like me.  I’m beyond okay with that’?

This is handling the Holy Things, Holy People respectfully.  Truth wrapped in Compassionate Love.  This is Preparing the Sanctuary (Exodus 25:8).  Have you granted The Ruach Elohim Chayim access into the holy of holies, that is, who you really are?  HE anticipates that access standing ready with a kind of overwhelming, loyal, compassionate, unbroken love your spirit requires and that will leave you astounded and new.   Yeshua’s chesed never leaves, never quits.


Holy, you are holy…

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Kingdom Is...

The problem with this present world is that Image-bearers are cloaked. 

We’re cloaked in distracting colors of skin, labels, religions and titles.  But The Kingdom is about actively, intentionally and perpetually looking BEYOND skin, labels, religions and titles and deep within the heart/mind/eyes and lives of the cloaked.  This, of course, takes time and intentionality.  This is walking in the Ruach.  The Ruach changes the one who submits to His rulership...who forsakes his own cloak and turns in his life for The Better One, the changed one, the Kingdom Life.  We have the Ruach, Followers of The Messiah.  But just because we have the Spirit doesn’t mean we walk by the Spirit.  If we are not operating in a time of self-examination (becoming one with ADONAI), then we will not, cannot see.  His Ruach breathes new life into the soul of the self-examining one and exchanges our worldly eyes for spiritually discerning ones in the process. 




It’s as if Yeshua pulls us from the inside out exposing to us - and all else - what is not of HIS chesed, justice, mercy and humility.  That’s the challenge isn’t it?  That’s what must come first in the life of the disciple.  I examine myself in order to ‘see if I’m in the faith’ (2 Corinthians 13:5)...do I do justly, do I love mercy and walk humbly - one with Yeshua (Micah 6:8)?  It’s in this place and space that we are enabled by His Ruach to spiritually discern, seeing beyond all exteriors and manners of cloaks - colors, labels, religions and titles - to see the person (b'ztelem Elohim)for who they really are.  Image-bearers who move the heart of ADONAI, The Great Compassionate I AM, full of grace and truth. 




To walk in the Ruach is to possess an understanding that what we see with our eyes isn’t necessarily so.  It’s much, much deeper.  It’s unseen.  ‘The Kingdom is within you’.  The Kingdom has always and will always be A DEMONSTRATION/DISPLAY of Chesed, Justice, Mercy and Humility

Humility starts with ADONAI.  Pride starts with me.  Beginning with ADONAI (humility) is the conduit by which mercy, justice and chesed FLOW - can be known and can be grown.

To boast in ADONAI is to delight in what HE delights in.  It is this: (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
- to do justly & speak up for the oppressed (and help them to grow from it) when we see it
- to love mercy so that we do not become the oppressor
- to walk humbly with ADONAI - being one with His Spirit (yada)

1 Corinthians 1:17 For the Messiah did not send me to immerse but to proclaim the Good News — and to do it without relying on “wisdom” that consists of mere rhetoric, so as not to rob the Messiah’s execution-stake of its power. 18 For the message about the execution-stake is nonsense to those in the process of being destroyed, but to us in the process of being saved it is the power of God. 19 Indeed, the Tanakh says,
 “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise
 and frustrate the intelligence of the intelligent.”[a]

20 Where does that leave the philosopher, the Torah-teacher, or any of today’s thinkers? Hasn’t God made this world’s wisdom look pretty foolish? 21 For God’s wisdom ordained that the world, using its own wisdom, would not come to know him. Therefore God decided to use the “nonsense” of what we proclaim as his means of saving those who come to trust in it. 22 Precisely because Jews ask for signs and Greeks try to find wisdom, 23 we go on proclaiming a Messiah executed on a stake as a criminal! To Jews this is an obstacle, and to Greeks it is nonsense; 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, this same Messiah is God’s power and God’s wisdom! 25 For God’s “nonsense” is wiser than humanity’s “wisdom.” And God’s “weakness” is stronger than humanity’s “strength.” 26 Just look at yourselves, brothers — look at those whom God has called! Not many of you are wise by the world’s standards, not many wield power or boast noble birth. 27 But God chose what the world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise; God chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the strong; 28 and God chose what the world looks down on as common or regards as nothing in order to bring to nothing what the world considers important; 29 so that no one should boast before God. 30 It is his doing that you are united with the Messiah Yeshua. He has become wisdom for us from God, and righteousness and holiness and redemption as well! 31 Therefore — as the Tanakh says — “Let anyone who wants to boast, boast about Adonai.”

1 Corinthians 2
1 As for me, brothers, when I arrived among you, it was not with surpassing eloquence or wisdom that I came announcing to you the previously concealed truth about God; 2 for I had decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Yeshua the Messiah, and even him only as someone who had been executed on a stake as a criminal. 3 Also I myself was with you as somebody weak, nervous and shaking all over from fear; 4 and neither the delivery nor the content of my message relied on compelling words of “wisdom” but on a demonstration of the power of the Spirit, 5 so that your trust might not rest on human wisdom but on God’s power. 6 Yet there is a wisdom that we are speaking to those who are mature enough for it. But it is not the wisdom of this world or of this world’s leaders, who are in the process of passing away. 7 On the contrary, we are communicating a secret wisdom from God which has been hidden until now but which, before history began, God had decreed would bring us glory. 8 Not one of this world’s leaders has understood it; because if they had, they would not have executed the Lord from whom this glory flows. 9 But, as the Tanakh says,
 “No eye has seen, no ear has heard
 and no one’s heart has imagined
 all the things that God has prepared
 for those who love him.” , __Isaiah__52:15

10 It is to us, however, that God has revealed these things. How? Through the Spirit. For the Spirit probes all things, even the profoundest depths of God. 11 For who knows the inner workings of a person except the person’s own spirit inside him? So too no one knows the inner workings of God except God’s Spirit. 12 Now we have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit of God, so that we might understand the things God has so freely given us. 13 These are the things we are talking about when we avoid the manner of speaking that human wisdom would dictate and instead use a manner of speaking taught by the Spirit, by which we explain things of the Spirit to people who have the Spirit. 14 Now the natural man does not receive the things from the Spirit of God — to him they are nonsense! Moreover, he is unable to grasp them, because they are evaluated through the Spirit. 15 But the person who has the Spirit can evaluate everything, while no one is in a position to evaluate him.
 For who has known the mind of Adonai?
 Who will counsel him?

But we have the mind of the Messiah!

But don’t speak up with a veil of righteousness when you are unjust.  Don’t pretend to love mercy while you yourself are a merciless oppressor walking arrogantly before ADONAI. 




The Kingdom is...Truth wrapped in Compassionate Love.

‘Check ya-self before you wrickety-wreck ya-self’ is truly a great piece of advice for LIFE. (you’re welcome)

But as for me, Heaven forbid that I should boast about anything except the execution-stake of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah! Through Him, as far as I am concerned, the world has been put to death on the stake; and through Him, as far as the world is concerned, I have been put to death on the stake.  For neither being circumcised nor being uncircumcised matters; what matters is being a NEW CREATION. And as many as order their lives by this rule, shalom upon them and mercy, and upon the Isra'el of God! 

~ Galatians 6:14-16

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