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Friday, December 11, 2009 TM

Shabbat Shalom Loved One!

Okay, once again we review some of the problems we as believers seem to be facing as we recognize we have inherited some lies and pagan traditions that we must now come apart from. Many of us have been told that we are raptured out of here before any trouble even starts. It appears our Messiah does not agree with this casual approach toward the End of the Age as he warns us to be sober and alert: (Rev 16:15) Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches and keeps his garments on, lest he walks naked and they see his shame. Let me explain what Yahshua showed me about this verse- remember that John the Baptist’s dad was Zechariah a priest of the order of Abiyah. There were 24 orders of priests that each served two weeks during the year serving the High Priest (Cohen Gadol) and they all served during the Feasts of the Lord. (Not Jewish Feasts only like we were taught) These priests would help with the evening and morning oblation sacrifices and it was their job to stay sober and alert and keep the fire burning on the altar. (Sound familiar?) IF they stayed sober and alert the fire would consume the sacrifice and the altar would be clean and ready for the morning oblation or free will offering. Even more important, the smell of the aroma (obedience) would be a sweet aroma to the Father. Sometime during the night the Cohen Gadol (High Priest) would sneak in like a thief in the night and check the fire on the altar and be assured that the priest was sober and alert and doing what he was supposed to do- keeping the fire burning on the altar! (Perhaps like we likewise are supposed to?) Upon checking the altar and finding the fire burning and the servant priest sober and alert, the High Priest would have sweet fellowship with the obedient sober priest. However, if the Cohen Gadol (High Priest) found the fire gone out, he would rekindle the fire and take part of the fire and find the drunk, sleeping priest and set his linen garments on fire! The fire would burn his garments quickly (For lack of a better example- explode in flames like a dead Christmas tree) and that priest would sober up quickly, put out the fire of his remaining linen garments, and run home naked and ashamed! I expect that is what many Christians who have believed the lies of a pre-tribulation rapture with no urgent need for sobriety and being about the Father’s business will be doing- going home naked and ashamed!

We are here to produce fruit for His Kingdom! That should be our top priority that we be not ashamed when we stand in front of Him. It is not about us whining and complaining and demanding we get out before the trouble starts. Remember, He casts the fearful (Comment those that trust hasatan’s power to destroy us more than trusting YHWH to deliver us) into hell with the murderers, sorcerers etc. We must produce fruit for His Kingdom or ashamedly be tossed into the fire by our Creator. Sadly, pastors and teachers who have erroneously taught that tickle your ears philosophy of pre-trib rapture will be persecuted and killed for that lie when the Great Tribulation starts and we have not escaped prior. We should understand and believe (1Co 15:52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. Since you and I are keeping these Feasts and rehearsals (Appointments) of our Creator we can now understand that He is referring to the Feast of Trumpets and should remember that there are 7 seals and 6 Trumps before the LAST Trump! That is why it is said in Thessalonians that we need to understand these appointed times like first century believers did as a result of keeping and obeying them: (1Th 5:1) But of the times and the seasons, (Appointments, in Hebrew Moedim-rehearsals) brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. (1Th 5:2) For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. (1Th 5:3) For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them (The world or unbelievers), as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. (1Th 5:4) But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. (1Th 5:5) Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. (1Th 5:6) Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. No need to be sober if we “born again Christians” are to be raptured out before any trouble starts! What absolute nonsense is this careless doctrine of devils that has believers expecting pre-trib rapture!

We are now confronted with some previously unknown truth: Jeremiah prophesied that in the DAY OF AFFLICTION (Comment: Hebrew idiom for Jacob’s Trouble or all of us grafted into Israel’s trouble-not just the Jews or Judah’s and also known as the Great Tribulation in the last days) we would recognize (YHWH reveals truth) and become aware of the fact that we have added to and subtracted from His FEASTS and Biblical commands! These are lies that really don’t please Him because they have pagan roots and are manmade (added and subtracted from the WORD) traditions that make the word of YHWH of none effect! (Jer 16:19) O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.

(Deu 4:2) “Do not add to the Word which I command you, and do not take away from it1, so as to guard the commands of יהוה your Elohim which I am commanding you. Footnote: 1See also 12:32, Prov. 30:6, Rev. 22:18-19.

We must remind ourselves- can we even imagine thinking we were serving YHWH our whole lives’ and hear Him tell us we inherited lies and were workers of lawlessness- that He never knew us and to depart from us; that we actually were disobedient following pagan traditions we inherited? This experience would and will cause many to go screaming in horror, weeping and gnashing of teeth, into the flames of hell! Oh Yah- Change us NOW! Reveal your TRUTH to us that we may be pleasing in your sight! Okay, with repentance in our thoughts let’s look and see what our ancestors of the faith did and how YHWH responds. We can expect like responses.

Here are the Torah Scriptures this week: Vayeshev “And He dwelt”

Genesis 37:1-40:23; Amos 2:6-3:8; Zechariah 2:14-4:7;

Acts 7:9-16; Judges Chapters 1, 2, and 3

Suffering servant like Messiah- Messiah Ben Joseph -Are you too chosen? Trouble ahead!

(Gen 37:1) And Yaʽaqoḇ dwelt in the land of his father’s sojourning, in the land of Kenaʽan. (Gen 37:2) This is the genealogy of Yaʽaqoḇ. Yosĕph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the young man was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Yosĕph brought an evil report of them to his father. (Gen 37:3) And Yisra’ĕl loved Yosĕph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a long robe. (Gen 37:4) But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and were not able to speak peaceably to him. (Gen 37:5) And Yosĕph dreamed a dream, and told it to his brothers. So they hated him even more. (Gen 37:6) And he said to them, “Please listen to this dream which I have dreamed: (Gen 37:7) “See, we were binding sheaves in the midst of the field, and see, my sheaf rose up and also stood up. And see, your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.” (Gen 37:8) And his brothers said to him, “Shall you indeed reign over us? Shall you indeed rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. (Gen 37:9) And he dreamed still another dream and related it to his brothers, and said, “See, I have dreamed another dream, and see, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars bowed down to me.” (Gen 37:10) And he related it to his father and his brothers. And his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall we, your mother and I and your brothers, indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?” (Gen 37:11) And his brothers envied him, but his father guarded the word. (Gen 37:12) And his brothers went to feed their father’s flock in Sheḵem. (Gen 37:13) And Yisra’ĕl said to Yosĕph, “Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Sheḵem? Come, I send you to them.” So he said to him, “Here I am.” (Gen 37:14) And he said to him, “Please go and see if it is well with your brothers and well with the sheep, and bring back word to me.” So he sent him out of the Valley of Ḥeḇron, and he went to Sheḵem. (Gen 37:15) A certain man found him, and see, he was wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying, “What do you seek?” (Gen 37:16) And he said, “I am seeking my brothers. Please inform me where they are feeding their sheep.” (Gen 37:17) And the man said, “They have left here, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go towards Dothan.’ ” So Yosĕph went after his brothers and found them in Dothan.

Shedding innocent blood is why YHWH kills every single descendant of Esau! Note that although the envious brothers remove his favor- YHWH does not!

(Gen 37:18) And they saw him from a distance, and before he came near them, they plotted against him, to kill him. (Gen 37:19) And they said to each other, “See, this master of dreams is coming! (Gen 37:20) “Now, then, come and let us now kill him and throw him into some pit, and shall say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ Let us then see what comes of his dreams!” (Gen 37:21) But Re’uḇĕn heard and rescued him from their hands, and said, “Let us not take his life.” (Gen 37:22) And Re’uḇĕn said to them, “Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him” – in order to rescue him out of their hands, and bring him back to his father. (Gen 37:23) So it came to be, when Yosĕph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Yosĕph of his robe, the long robe which was on him. (Gen 37:24) And they took him and threw him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it. (Gen 37:25) And they sat down to eat a meal. And they lifted their eyes and looked and saw a company of Yishmaʽĕlites, coming from Gilʽaḏ with their camels, bearing spices, and balm, and myrrh, and going to take them down to Mitsrayim. (Gen 37:26) And Yehuḏah said to his brothers, “What would we gain if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?

Maybe we can make gain and still get him out of the way!

(Gen 37:27) “Come and let us sell him to the Yishmaʽĕlites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our flesh.” And his brothers listened. (Gen 37:28) And men, Miḏyanite traders passed by, so they pulled Yosĕph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Yishmaʽĕlites for twenty pieces of silver. And they took Yosĕph to Mitsrayim. (Gen 37:29) And Re’uḇĕn returned to the pit, and see, Yosĕph was not in the pit. And he tore his garments. (Gen 37:30) And he returned to his brothers and said, “The boy is gone! And I, where am I to go?” (Gen 37:31) So they took Yosĕph’s robe, killed a male goat, and dipped the robe in the blood, (Gen 37:32) and sent the long robe and brought it to their father and said, “We have found this. Please look, is it the robe of your son or not?” (Gen 37:33) And he recognised it and said, “It is my son’s robe. An evil beast has devoured him. Yosĕph is torn, torn to pieces.” (Gen 37:34) And Yaʽaqoḇ tore his garments, and put sackcloth on his waist, and mourned for his son many days. (Gen 37:35) And all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted, and he said, “Now let me go down into the grave to my son in mourning.” So his father wept for him. (Gen 37:36) And the Miḏanites had sold him in Mitsrayim to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and captain of the guard.

What the transgressors mean for evil, YHWH turns for good- After the fiery trial! Trials and testing now come on Judah!

(Gen 38:1) And at that time it came to be that Yehuḏah left his brothers, and turned aside to a man, an Aḏullamite whose name was Ḥirah. (Gen 38:2) And Yehuḏah saw there a daughter of a certain Kenaʽanite whose name was Shuwa. And he took her and went in to her. (Gen 38:3) So she conceived and bore a son, and he called his name Ěr. (Gen 38:4) and she conceived again and bore a son, and she called his name Onan. (Gen 38:5) And she conceived yet again and bore a son, and called his name Shĕlah. And he was at Keziḇ when she bore him. (Gen 38:6) And Yehuḏah took a wife for Ěr his first-born, and her name was Tamar. (Gen 38:7) But Ěr, Yehuḏah’s first-born, was evil in the eyes of יהוה, and יהוה took his life. (Gen 38:8) And Yehuḏah said to Onan, “Go in to your brother’s wife and marry her, and rise up an heir to your brother.” (Gen 38:9) And Onan knew that the offspring would not be his. And it came to be, when he went in to his brother’s wife; that he spilled on the ground, lest he should give an offspring to his brother. (Gen 38:10) But what he did displeased יהוה, so He took his life too. (Gen 38:11) Then Yehuḏah said to Tamar his daughter-in-law, “Remain a widow in your father’s house until my son Shĕlah is grown.” He said, “Lest he also die as his brothers did.” And Tamar went and dwelt in her father’s house. (Gen 38:12) And after a long time the daughter of Shuwa, Yehuḏah’s wife, died. And Yehuḏah was comforted, and went up to his sheep-shearers at Timnah, he and his friend Ḥirah the Aḏullamite. (Gen 38:13) And it was reported to Tamar, saying, “See, your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep.” (Gen 38:14) And she took off her widow’s garments, and covered herself with a veil and wrapped herself, and sat at the entrance to Ěnayim which was on the way to Timnah. For she saw that Shĕlah was grown, and she was not given to him as a wife. (Gen 38:15) And Yehuḏah saw her, and reckoned her for a whore, for she had covered her face. (Gen 38:16) And he turned aside to her by the way, and said, “Please let me come in to you,” for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. And she said, “What do you give me to come in to me?” (Gen 38:17) And he said, “Let me send you a young goat from the flock.” And she said, “Do you give me a pledge until you send it?” (Gen 38:18) So he said, “What pledge should I give you?” And she said, “Your seal and your cord and your staff that is in your hand.” And he gave them to her, and went in to her, and she conceived by him. (Gen 38:19) And she arose and went away, and removed her veil and put on the garments of her widowhood. (Gen 38:20) And Yehuḏah sent the young goat by the hand of his friend the Aḏullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman’s hand, but he did not find her. (Gen 38:21) And he asked the men of that place, saying, “Where is the cult prostitute who was beside the way to Ěnayim?” And they said, “There was no cult prostitute in this place.” (Gen 38:22) And he returned to Yehuḏah and said, “I have not found her. And the men of the place also said there was no cult prostitute in this place.” (Gen 38:23) And Yehuḏah said, “Let her take them for herself, lest we become despised, for I sent this young goat and you have not found her.” (Gen 38:24)

Note how we all tend to judge others by their actions, but ourselves by our good intentions! We really should judge ourselves so YHWH does NOT!

And it came to be, about three months after that Yehuḏah was informed, saying, “Tamar your daughter-in-law has whored, and see, she has conceived by whoring.” And Yehuḏah said, “Bring her out and let her be burned!” (Gen 38:25) When she was brought out, she sent to her father-in-law, saying, “By the man to whom these belong, I am pregnant.” And she said, “Please examine whose these are: the seal and the cord and the staff.” (Gen 38:26) And Yehuḏah examined and said, “She has been more righteous than I, because I did not give her to Shĕlah my son.” And he never knew her again. (Gen 38:27) And it came to be, at the time for giving birth that seeing, twins were in her womb. (Gen 38:28) And it came to be, when she was giving birth, that the one put out his hand. And the midwife took a scarlet thread and bound it on his hand, saying, “This one came out first.” (Gen 38:29) And it came to be, as he drew back his hand that see, his brother came out! And she said, “How did you break through? This breach is upon you!” So his name was called Perets. (Gen 38:30) And afterward his brother came out who had the scarlet thread on his hand. So his name was called Zeraḥ.

None can curse whom YHWH blesses and can bless what YHWH curses!

(Gen 39:1) And Yosĕph had been taken down to Mitsrayim. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, a Mitsrite, bought him from the Yishmaʽĕlites who had taken him down there. (Gen 39:2) And it came to be that יהוה was with Yosĕph, and he became a prosperous man, and was in the house of his master the Mitsrite. (Gen 39:3) And his master saw that יהוה was with him and that יהוה made all he did to prosper in his hand. (Gen 39:4) So Yosĕph found favor in his eyes, and served him, and he appointed him over his house, and gave into his hand all that he had. (Gen 39:5) And it came to be, from the time that he appointed him over his house and all that he had, that יהוה blessed the Mitsrite’s house for Yosĕph’s sake. And the blessing of יהוה was on all that he had in the house and in the field. (Gen 39:6) And he left in Yosĕph’s hand all that he had, and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate. And Yosĕph was handsome in form and appearance. (Gen 39:7) And after these events it came to be that his master’s wife lifted up her eyes to Yosĕph and said, “Lie with me.” (Gen 39:8) But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has given into my hand all that he has.

Note that Joseph does not offend Elohim by transgressing His Torah!

(Gen 39:9) “No one is greater in this house than I, and he has not withheld whatever from me but you, because you are his wife. And how shall I do this great evil and sin against Elohim?” (Gen 39:10) And it came to be, as she spoke to Yosĕph day by day, that he did not listen to her, to lie with her, to be with her. (Gen 39:11) And it came to be on a certain day, when Yosĕph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, (Gen 39:12) that she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside. (Gen 39:13) And it came to be, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside, (Gen 39:14) that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, “See, he has brought in to us a Heḇrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. (Gen 39:15) “And it came to be, when he heard that I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went outside.” (Gen 39:16) And she kept his garment with her until his master came home. (Gen 39:17) And she spoke to him these same words, saying, “The Heḇrew servant whom you brought to us came in to me, to mock me, (Gen 39:18) so it came to be, as I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me and fled outside.” (Gen 39:19) And it came to be, when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, “Your servant did to me according to these words,” that his displeasure burned. (Gen 39:20) Then Yosĕph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the sovereign’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison.

Hasatan tries to curse using his children but YHWH blesses His children (Those that obey Him and love Him) and makes a way for deliverance!

(Gen 39:21) But יהוה was with Yosĕph and extended kindness to him, and He gave him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. (Gen 39:22) And the prison warden gave into the hand of Yosĕph all the prisoners who were in the prison, and whatever was done there was his doing. (Gen 39:23) The prison warden did not look into any point that was under Yosĕph’s hand, because יהוה was with him. And whatever he did, יהוה made it prosper. (Gen 40:1) And after these events it came to be that the cupbearer and the baker of the sovereign of Mitsrayim sinned against their master, the sovereign of Mitsrayim. (Gen 40:2) And Pharaoh was wroth with his two officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker. (Gen 40:3) So he put them in confinement in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison, the place where Yosĕph was a prisoner. (Gen 40:4) And the captain of the guard put Yosĕph in charge of them, and he served them. So they were in confinement for some time. (Gen 40:5) Then the cupbearer and the baker of the sovereign of Mitsrayim, who were confined in the prison, dreamed a dream, both of them, each man’s dream in one night and each man’s dream with its own interpretation. (Gen 40:6) And Yosĕph came in to them in the morning and looked at them and saw that they were sad. (Gen 40:7) And he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in confinement of his master’s house, saying, “Why do you look so sad today?” (Gen 40:8) And they said to him, “We each have dreamed a dream, and there is no one to interpret it.” And Yosĕph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to Elohim? Relate them to me, please.” (Gen 40:9) So the chief cupbearer related his dream to Yosĕph, and said to him, “See, in my dream a vine was before me, (Gen 40:10) and in the vine were three branches, and it was as though it budded – its blossoms shot forth, and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes. (Gen 40:11) “And Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand. So I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.” (Gen 40:12) And Yosĕph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days. (Gen 40:13) “Yet, within three days Pharaoh is going to lift up your head and restore you to your place, and you shall put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand according to the former ruling, when you were his cupbearer. (Gen 40:14) “But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me. And mention me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. (Gen 40:15) “Truly I was stolen away from the land of the Heḇrews. And also I have done naught that they should put me into the dungeon.” (Gen 40:16) And the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, and he said to Yosĕph, “I also was in my dream and saw three white baskets were on my head, (Gen 40:17) and in the uppermost basket all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, and the birds ate them out of the basket on my head.” (Gen 40:18) And Yosĕph answered and said, “This is the interpretation of it: The three baskets are three days. (Gen 40:19) “Yet, within three days Pharaoh is going to lift off your head from you and hang you on a tree. And the birds shall eat your flesh from you.” (Gen 40:20) And on the third day, Pharaoh’s birthday, it came to be that he made a feast for all his servants. And he lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and of the chief baker among his servants, (Gen 40:21) and he restored the chief cupbearer to his post of cupbearer again, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand, (Gen 40:22) but he hanged the chief baker, as Yosĕph had interpreted to them. (Gen 40:23) And the chief cupbearer did not remember Yosĕph, but forgot him.

Transgressors ruling will always try and stop YHWH’s word- In the USA today you cannot legally preach YHWH’s word against homosexuality!

(Amos 2:6) Thus said יהוה, “For three transgressions of Yisra’ĕl, and for four, I do not turn it back, because they sell the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals, (Amos 2:7) who crush the head of the poor ones in the dust of the earth, and turn aside the way of the meek. And a man and his father go in to the same girl, to defile my set-apart Name. (Amos 2:8) “And they lie down by every altar on garments taken in pledge, and in the house of their mighty one they drink the wine of those who have been fined. (Amos 2:9) “Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars. And he was as strong as the oaks, yet I destroyed his fruit from above and his roots from beneath. (Amos 2:10) “And I brought you up from the land of Mitsrayim, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite. (Amos 2:11) “And I rose up some of your sons as prophets, and some of your young men as Nazirites. Not so? O you children of Yisra’ĕl?” declares יהוה. (Amos 2:12) “But you made the Nazirites drink wine, and commanded the prophets saying, ‘Do not prophesy!’ (Amos 2:13) “See, I am weighed down by you, as a wagon is weighed down when filled with sheaves. (Amos 2:14) “And a place to flee shall perish from the swift, and the strong not strengthen his power, and the mighty not save his life, (Amos 2:15) and he who handles the bow not stand, and the swift of foot not save, nor he who rides a horse save his life, (Amos2:16) and the bravest among the mighty flee naked, in that day,” declares יהוה. (Amos 3:1) Hear this word that יהוה has spoken against you, O children of Yisra’ĕl, against the entire clan which I brought up from the land of Mitsrayim, saying, (Amos 3:2) “You alone have I known of all the clans of the earth, therefore I punish you for all your crookednesses.” (Amos 3:3) Would two walk together, without having met? (Comment: other translations say agreed here- which Yahshua says He will not follow us-we have to get in agreement with Him and follow Him!) (Amos 3:4) Does a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? Does a young lion give forth his voice out of his den unless he has caught? (Amos 3:5) Does a bird fall into a snare on the earth, where there is no trap for it? Does a snare spring up from the earth, if it has not captured prey? (Amos 3:6) If a ram’s horn is blown in a city, do the people not tremble? If there is calamity in a city, shall not יהוה have done it? (Amos 3:7) For the Master יהוה does no matter unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. (Amos 3:8) A lion has roared! Who is not afraid? The Master יהוה has spoken! Who would not prophesy?

Note a recurring problem: After victory testing is next!

(Judges 1:1) And it came to be, after the death of Yehoshua, that the children of Yisra’ĕl asked יהוה, saying, “Who of us should go up first against the Kenaʽanites to fight against them?” (Judges 1:2) And יהוה said, “Yehuḏah does go up. See, I have given the land into his hand.” (Judges 1:3) And Yehuḏah said to Shimʽon his brother, “Come up with me into my allotment, and let us fight against the Kenaʽanites. And I myself shall also go with you into your allotment.” So Shimʽon went with him. (Judges 1:4) And Yehuḏah went up, and יהוה gave the Kenaʽanites and the Perizzites into their hand. And they smote ten thousand men at Bezeq. (Judges 1:5) And they found Aḏoni-Ḇezeq in Bezeq, and fought against him, and smote the Kenaʽanites and the Perizzites. (Judges 1:6) But Aḏoni-Ḇezeq fled, and they pursued him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and big toes. (Judges 1:7) And Aḏoni-Ḇezeq said, “Seventy sovereigns with their thumbs and big toes cut off used to gather food under my table. As I have done, so Elohim has repaid me.” And they brought him to Yerushalayim, and he died there. (Judges 1:8) And the children of Yehuḏah fought against Yerushalayim and captured it, and smote it with the edge of the sword and set the city on fire. (Judges 1:9) And afterward the children of Yehuḏah went down to fight against the Kenaʽanites who dwelt in the mountains, in the South, and in the low country. (Judges 1:10) And Yehuḏah went against the Kenaʽanites who dwelt in Ḥeḇron – now the name of Ḥeḇron was formerly Qiryath Arba – and they smote Shĕshai, and Aḥiman, and Talmai. (Judges 1:11) And from there they went against the inhabitants of Deḇir – now the name of Deḇir was formerly Qiryath Sĕpher. (Judges 1:12) And Kalĕḇ said, “He who smites Qiryath Sĕpher, and shall capture it, to him I shall give my daughter Aḵsah as wife.” (Judges 1:13) And Othni’ĕl son of Qenaz, Kalĕḇ’s younger brother, captured it. And he gave him his daughter Aḵsah as wife. (Judges 1:14) And it came to be, when she came in, that she urged him to ask her father for a field. And when she got off from her donkey, Kalĕḇ said to her, “What is the matter?” (Judges 1:15) And she said to him, “Give me a blessing. Since you have given me land in the South, give me also springs of water.” So Kalĕḇ gave her the upper springs and the lower springs. (Judges 1:16) And the children of the Qĕynite, father-in-law of Mosheh, went up from the city of palms with the children of Yehuḏah into the Wilderness of Yehuḏah, which is in the Neḡeḇ of Araḏ. And they went and dwelt among the people. (Judges 1:17) And Yehuḏah went with Shimʽon his brother, and they smote the Kenaʽanites who inhabited Tsephath, and put it under the ban. So the name of the city was called Ḥormah. (Judges 1:18) And Yehuḏah captured Azzah and its border, and Ashqelon and its border, and Eqron and its border. (Judges 1:19) And יהוה was with Yehuḏah, so they took possession of the mountains, but they were unable to drive out the inhabitants of the plain, because they had chariots of iron. (Judges 1:20) And they gave Ḥeḇron to Kalĕḇ, as Mosheh had said, and he drove out from there the three sons of Anaq. (Judges 1:21) However, the children of Binyamin did not drive out the Yeḇusites who inhabited Yerushalayim, so the Yeḇusites have dwelt with the children of Binyamin in Yerushalayim to this day. (Judges 1:22) And the house of Yosĕph also went up against Bĕyth Ěl, and יהוה was with them. (Judges 1:23) And the house of Yosĕph sent men to spy out Bĕyth Ěl – now the name of the city was formerly Luz. (Judges 1:24) And the watchmen saw a man coming out of the city, and they said to him, “Please show us the entrance to the city, and we shall show you kindness.” (Judges 1:25) So he showed them the entrance to the city, and they smote the city with the edge of the sword. But the man and all his clan they let go, (Judges 1:26) and the man went to the land of the Ḥittites and built a city, and called its name Luz, which is its name to this day.

Do not mix the profane with the set apart! Yet Israel did just that!

(Judges 1:27) And Menashsheh did not dispossess Bĕyth She’an and its villages, nor Taʽanaḵ and its villages, nor the inhabitants of Dor and its villages, nor the inhabitants of Yiḇleʽam and its villages, nor the inhabitants of Meḡiddo and its villages, for the Kenaʽanites desired to dwell in that land. (Judges 1:28) And it came to be, when Yisra’ĕl was strong, that they put the Kenaʽanites into compulsory labor, but did not completely drive them out. (Judges 1:29) Neither did Ephrayim drive out the Kenaʽanites who dwelt in Gezer, so the Kenaʽanites dwelt in their midst, in Gezer. (Judges 1:30) Neither did Zeḇulun drive out the inhabitants of Qitron or the inhabitants of Nahalol, so the Kenaʽanites dwelt in their midst, and became compulsory labor. (Judges 1:31) Neither did Ashĕr drive out the inhabitants of Akko nor the inhabitants of Tsiḏon, nor of Aḥlaḇ, nor of Aḵziḇ, nor of Ḥelbah, nor of Aphiq, nor of Reḥoḇ. (Judges 1:32) So the Ashĕrites dwelt in the midst of the Kenaʽanites, the inhabitants of the land, because they did not drive them out. (Judges 1:33) Neither did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants of Bĕyth Shemesh nor the inhabitants of Bĕyth Anath, but they dwelt among the Kenaʽanites, the inhabitants of the land. And the inhabitants of Bĕyth Shemesh and of Bĕyth Anath became compulsory labor for them. (Judges 1:34) And the Amorites pressed the children of Dan into the mountains, for they would not allow them to come down to the valley, (Judges 1:35) and the Amorites desired to dwell in Mount Ḥeres, in Ayalon, and in Shaʽalḇim. But when the hand of the house of Yosĕph became stronger, they became compulsory labor. (Judges 1:36) And the border of the Amorites was from the Ascent of Aqrabbim, from Sela, and upward.

Mixing profane with the set apart- we lose YHWH’s blessing- deliverance!

(Judges 2:1) And the Messenger of יהוה came up from Gilgal to Boḵim, and said, “I led you up from Mitsrayim and brought you to the land of which I swore to your fathers, and I said, ‘I do not break My covenant with you, (Judges 2:2) and as for you, do not make a covenant with the inhabitants of this land – break down their altars.’ But you have not obeyed my voice. What is this you have done? (Judges 2:3) “Therefore I also said, ‘I am not driving them out before you, and they shall be adversaries to you, and their mighty ones shall be a snare to you.’ ” (Judges 2:4) and it came to be, when the Messenger of יהוה spoke these words to all the children of Yisra’ĕl, that the people lifted up their voice and wept. (Judges 2:5) So they called the name of that place Boḵim, and slaughtered there to יהוה. (Judges 2:6) Then Yehoshua dismissed the people, and the children of Yisra’ĕl went each to his own inheritance to possess the land. (Judges 2:7) And the people served יהוה all the days of Yehoshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Yehoshua, who had seen all the great works of יהוה which He had done for Yisra’ĕl. (Judges 2:8) And Yehoshua son of Nun, the servant of יהוה, died one hundred and ten years old. (Judges 2:9) And they buried him within the border of his inheritance at Timnath Ḥeres, in the mountains of Ephrayim, on the north side of Mount Gaʽash. (Judges 2:10) And all that generation were likewise gathered to their fathers, and another generation arose after them who did not know יהוה nor the work which He had done for Yisra’ĕl. (Judges 2:11) Then the children of Yisra’ĕl did evil in the eyes of יהוה, and served the Baʽals, (Judges 2:12) and forsook יהוה Elohim of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Mitsrayim, and went after other mighty ones, of the mighty ones of the people who were all around them, and they bowed down to them, and provoked יהוה. (Judges 2:13) So they forsook יהוה and served Baʽal and the Ashtoreths. (Comment: Astartes and Ashtoreths are Easter sex goddess fertility worship; hence Easter eggs and bunny rabbits like Playboy! This just MAY? Be considered learning the ways of the heathen and say we are worshipping Him that YHWH expressly has forbidden!) (Judges 2:14) And the displeasure of יהוה burned against Yisra’ĕl. Therefore He gave them into the hands of plunderers who despoiled them. And He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, and they were unable to stand before their enemies any longer. (Judges 2:15) Wherever they went out, the hand of יהוה was against them for evil, as יהוה had spoken, and as יהוה had sworn to them. And they were distressed – greatly. (Judges 2:16) Then יהוה rose up rulers who saved them from the hand of those who plundered them. (Judges 2:17) However, they did not listen to their rulers either, but went whoring after other mighty ones (gods), and bowed down to them. They soon turned aside from the way in which their fathers walked, in obeying the commands of יהוה – they did not do so. (Judges 2:18) And when יהוה rose up rulers for them, יהוה was with the ruler and saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the ruler, for יהוה had compassion on their groaning because of those who oppressed them and crushed them. (Judges 2:19) And it came to be, when the ruler was dead, that they would turn back and do more corruptly than their fathers, to go after other mighty ones, to serve them and bow down to them. They did not refrain from their practices and from their stubborn way. (Judges 2:20) And the displeasure of יהוה burned against Yisra’ĕl, and He said, “Because this nation has transgressed My covenant that I commanded their fathers, and has not obeyed My voice, (Judges 2:21) I also shall no longer drive out before them any of the nations which Yehoshua left when he died, (Judges 2:22) in order to try1 Yisra’ĕl by them, whether they would guard the way of יהוה, to walk in them as their fathers guarded them, or not.” Footnote: 1See at Deut. 8:2.

Note: If we will not choose to obey; YHWH will leave all our enemies also!

(Judges 2:23) So יהוה left those nations (heathen-goyim-gentiles), without driving them out at once, and did not give them into the hand of Yehoshua. (Judges 3:1) And these are the nations which יהוה left, to try Yisra’ĕl by them, all those who had not known all the battles in Kenaʽan, (Judges 3:2) only that the generations of the children of Yisra’ĕl might know, to teach them battle, only those who before did not know them: (Judges 3:3) five princes of the Philistines, and all the Kenaʽanites, and the Tsiḏonians, and the Ḥiwwites who dwelt in Mount Leḇanon, from Mount Baʽal Ḥermon to the entrance of Ḥamath. (Judges 3:4) And they were to try Yisra’ĕl by them, to know whether they would obey the commands of יהוה, which He had commanded their fathers by the hand of Mosheh. (Judges 3:5) Thus the children of Yisra’ĕl dwelt in the midst of the Kenaʽanites, the Ḥittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Ḥiwwites, and the Yeḇusites, (Judges 3:6) and took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and they served their mighty ones. (Judges 3:7) Thus the children of Yisra’ĕl did evil in the eyes of יהוה, and forgot יהוה their Elohim, and served the Baʽals and the Ashĕrahs. (Judges 3:8) And the displeasure of יהוה burned against Yisra’ĕl, and He sold them into the hand of Kushan-Rishʽathayim sovereign of Aram Naharayim. And the children of Yisra’ĕl served Kushan-Rishʽathayim eight years. (Judges 3:9) And when the children of Yisra’ĕl cried out to יהוה, יהוה raised up a savior for the children of Yisra’ĕl, who saved them: Othni’ĕl son of Qenaz, Kalĕḇ’s younger brother. (Judges 3:10) And the Spirit of יהוה came upon him, and he ruled Yisra’ĕl, and went out to battle, and יהוה gave into his hand Kushan-Rishʽathayim sovereign of Aram Naharayim. And his hand prevailed over Kushan-Rishʽathayim, (Judges 3:11) and the land had rest for forty years. Then Othni’ĕl son of Qenaz died, (Judges 3:12) and the children of Yisra’ĕl again did evil in the eyes of יהוה. And יהוה made Eḡlon sovereign of Mo’aḇ strong against Yisra’ĕl, because they had done evil in the eyes of יהוה. (Judges 3:13) And he gathered to himself the children of Ammon and Amalĕq, and went and smote Yisra’ĕl, and they took possession of the city of palms. (Judges 3:14) The children of Yisra’ĕl served Eḡlon, sovereign of Mo’aḇ for eighteen years. (Judges 3:15) And when the children of Yisra’ĕl cried out to יהוה, יהוה raised up a savior for them: Ěhuḏ son of Gĕra, a Binyamite, a man impeded in his right hand. And by him, the children of Yisra’ĕl sent a present to Eḡlon sovereign of Mo’aḇ. (Judges 3:16) And Ěhuḏ made himself a sword, it was double-edged and a cubit in length, and he girded it under his long robe on his right thigh. (Judges 3:17) And he brought the present to Eḡlon sovereign of Mo’aḇ. Now Eḡlon was a very fat man. (Judges 3:18) And it came to be that when he had finished bringing near the present, he sent away the people bearing the present. (Judges 3:19) But he himself turned back from the stone images that were at Gilgal, and said, “I have a secret message for you, O sovereign.” And he said, “Be silent!” And all those standing beside him went out from him. (Judges 3:20) And Ěhuḏ came to him while he was sitting in his cool roof room. And Ěhuḏ said, “I have a message from Elohim for you.” So he arose from his seat. (Judges 3:21) And Ěhuḏ reached with his left hand, and took the sword from his right thigh, and thrust it into his stomach. (Judges 3:22) And the handle went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade, for he did not draw the sword out of his stomach, and it came out behind. (Judges 3:23) Then Ěhuḏ went out to the porch and shut the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them. (Judges 3:24) And when he had gone out, his servants came to look and saw the doors of the roof room were locked. So they said, “He is only covering his feet in the cool roof room.” (Judges 3:25) And they waited until they were ashamed, but saw he was not opening the doors of the upper room. So they took the key and opened them and saw their master, fallen to the ground, dead.

REPENT and Obey YHWH- And once again He is our deliverer!

(Judges 3:26) But while they were delaying Ěhuḏ escaped and had passed beyond the stone images, and escaped to Seʽirah. (Judges 3:27) And it came to be, when he arrived, that he blew the ram’s horn in the mountains of Ephrayim, and the children of Yisra’ĕl went down with him from the mountains, with him leading them. (Judges 3:28) And he said to them, “Follow me, for יהוה has given your enemies the Mo’aḇites into your hand.” And they went down after him, and took the fords of Yardĕn leading to Mo’aḇ, and did not allow anyone to pass over. (Judges 3:29) And they smote about ten thousand men of Mo’aḇ at that time, all robust and brave men, and not a man escaped. (Judges 3:30) And on that day Mo’aḇ was humbled under the hand of Yisra’ĕl. And the land had rest for eighty years. (Judges 3:31) And after him was Shamgar son of Anath, and he smote six hundred men of the Philistines with an ox goad. And he too saved Yisra’ĕl.

Loved Ones, thank you for your earnest intercession as we pray and fast seeking our Father’s direction, provision, and protection from the Chief Shepherd, Messiah Yahshua, as we must listen (hear) and obey! Your prayers will be returned answered for your own loved ones as you have diligently covered us that we may have direction, provision and His protection. As long as there is Heaven and Earth there will remain Seedtime and Harvest! What you plant you will reap. Keep sowing and planting with thanksgiving and you will reap a harvest. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! You are the most diligent and mighty men and women of the faith on the planet! You indeed are doers of the word; unlike those that hear only and deceive themselves!

Shalom to your home,