Recently, we have been considering boundaries and dishonor as we build toward an understanding of the role of protocol in removing shame and restoring honor. The reason for pursuing this topic is it’s relation to recognizing the sins of our fathers and making amends. It also involves our humbling. Leviticus 26 says,
40 ‘If they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their forefathers, in their unfaithfulness which they committed against Me, and also in their acting with hostility against Me—41 I also was acting with hostility against them, to bring them into the land of their enemies—or if their uncircumcised heart becomes humbled so that they then make amends for their iniquity,42 then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and I will remember also My covenant with Isaac, and My covenant with Abraham as well, and I will remember the land.43 For the land will be abandoned by them, and will make up for its sabbaths while it is made desolate without them. They, meanwhile, will be making amends for their iniquity, Continue reading “Remnant Road hosted excellent conversation with Hebraic Native American leaders. Must listen!!”
Decades of broken promises, stolen land and injustices culminated in the late 1880’s. Bison herds, a staple of Lakota survival, had been hunted to near extinction and the government refused to prevent poachers from entering Lakota lands to kill the few remaining animals. Many tribes were teetering on the edge of starvation. This led to mounting frustration, common to all Native Americans in the Plains and western mountains, producing a healthy environment for the teachings of Wovoka, a Paiute prophet and healer.
In early 1889, Wovoka claimed to have seen a vision of the Messiah foretelling the future restoration of the Native Americans and the
ejection of the European trespassers. As part of this vision, he relayed a dance, slow and somber to a single drum, called the Ghost Dance. Wovoka’s promise of restoration and redemption began to sweep the Plains and was quite unnerving, particularly the dancing, to the settlers pushing in from the east. It did not matter that Wovoka was teaching the tribes to walk at peace, cease lying and stealing, etc.
On December 15, 1889, in a heavy handed effort to quell this Messianic zeal, US Government officials decided to arrest Chief Sitting Bull and a dozen or more other chiefs. When they arrived at Sitting Bull’s residence with 40 Native American Police, a crowd quickly gathered to protest the action. A scuffle ensued and a few shots were exchanged killing Sitting Bull, eight supporters and six policemen.
My sincerest apologies for not having written more in the last couple weeks. The combination of having a too full plate, work and travel as well as just plain ‘hitting a wall’ has had me on a bit of a writing hiatus. My head is full, as I shared yesterday with the western South Carolina fellowships that gathered to hear an update on B’ney Yosef North America, but I have not been putting pen to paper. Several dedicated readers laughingly chided me on taking a break.
A reminder for all, the archives are a rich source of topics delving into the Hebraic. I even go back and read articles from time to time and glean still more from the exploration into the Word, church history and how Christendom ever wandered so far from the Way. Many of those articles serve a great resource to help others who are just starting this journey.
I hope, in the next couple days, to begin tackling a huge topic that affects all of us, but particularly the North American continent. The subject and its implications deserves a book, but I may only be able to apply a couple posts at this time. Never-the-less, it will set a foundation for us to walk out together another area of repentance as we repair the breaches.