Yesterday’s Torah portion, Korach (Numbers 16-18), offered an interesting thought regarding some recent posts on my blog. We have been and will continue discussing headship and God’s instituted authority structures. The name of yesterday’s portion was ‘Korach’ after the man who led a rebellion against the leadership of Moses and Aaron.
Korach means ‘bald.’ As in, ‘uncovered.’ Both of the last two week’s portions can be summed up as ‘God’s judgment against those who rebel against His appointed authority.’ The result is stepping out from under His covering.
Scary stuff! Will we be fully submitted to Him and His ways, or do we negotiate and rebel? Israel wanted to return to Egypt claiming it was the ‘Land flowing with milk and honey.’ Korach wanted to institute his own tabernacle and priesthood. The people were generally grumbling against Moses and Aaron, and by extension, the Angel of the Lord, leading them in the wilderness.
33 As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
Will we rebel or come to total submission? Only one option will reap the reward of the Kingdom.
When this was written, what commandments was the author or Author referring to? Just our verses later:
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Maybe it should read, “trust in the Word with all your heart and lean not on your own doctrines.”
The Lord will not violate His Word. His Word reveals Him. When we filter His Word through doctrines and our own understanding, we are no longer trusting Him, rather we are trusting the men that tell us what the Word says.
The Word is simple. His commandments are not burdensome.
It is a common lament: “My pastor just doesn’t see this,” or, “My family knows their Bible forwards and backwards, why don’t they understand?”
For me, as a former pastor who began Torah observance and see clearly it’s current relevance and continuity, I am in an exceedingly small minority. Why?
We’ll, this morning my good friend Al McCarn sent me a link that totally explains a most mystifying set of parables and answers the question concerning why the Hebrew Roots and Messianic community is so full of seemingly brigands and theologically untrained. Perhaps, Abba has done this intentionally, because, He has done this before….
My longtime readers remember some older posts in the Tales from the bus series, valuable illustrations that came from work experience. Here is a recent addition.
A few weeks ago, a driver came in after their afternoon route and complained their bus was making a clicking sound in the left front end when making sharp left turns. I agreed to go take a look before calling maintenance and quipped it was probably nothing more than a rock stuck in the tire treads.
After strolling across the bus lot to the bus in question, I bent over to run my hand around the tire, looked down, and my jaw hit the ground!!!
Seven of the ten lug nuts were loose!! Some were backed off by as much as 1/3+ of an inch!! Wowsers!! How in the world?! My mind raced as I called maintenance to get a service truck over. I know the driver does a twice a day walk around inspection, I’ve witnessed it on multiple occasions. I’ve been by that bus dozens of times and so has the fuel guy. How had we missed this?
Ultimately, we found multiple dropped balls in the maintenance and inspection chain and numerous of us were culpable to varying degrees. By Yah’s grace, there had not been a disaster with a bus load of kids.
What did I determine was the major problem? ~All of us looking, but not seeing. Essentially, we were going through the motions of a visual check, turning our head and eyes to the right places, but habit was blinding us. We were not seeing what we were supposed to be looking at.
It occurs to me that we do that so often with Scripture. We look at it and think we know what it says, so we don’t see what it actually says, yet we are accountable! I’m guilty. I can go through the motions and see only what I want to see, or what doctrinal filters tell me to see.
Our prayer should be that Abba open our eyes and show us truth. We must ask Him to remove blinding traditions and doctrines that we see what is actually written!
I woke this morning pondering the New Covenant, and once coffee was made and poured, I sat to reread it. I was draw to begin reading at Jeremiah 30:18 to be reminded of the context and who the players are. This is a good opportunity for us to go back to the basics.
Christian theology centers on the New Covenant. We recognize Yeshua/Jesus as declaring that He is instituting this New Covenant, but we do not pursue the matter to a full understanding of the implications. So, let’s take a few minutes and be reminded of what Scripture says it means to be part of the New Covenant.
First, Yeshua and Paul’s use of the term,
Luke 22:17And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves;18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.”19 And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”20 And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.
I Corinthians 11:23For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread;24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
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A couple weeks ago, good friend and fellow journeyman, Hanoch Young alerted a number of us about a paradigm shifting thought written by Rabbi Nachman Kahana as part of his weekly Parasha commentary. Immediately, I wrote Hanoch back and asked him to write an article exploring the implications of Nachman’s earth shaking postulations. He graciously did so an posted it, yesterday.
Bottom-line, R. Nachman, highly respected Torah and Talmud scholar, breaks with millennia of Orthodox Jewish thought and make the bold assertion that the Ten Lost Tribes will not look Jewish upon their return and, without coming right out and saying iut, he implies that conversion to, or embracing of Judaism should not be a prerequisite for returning to the Land.
We are in amazing days! This is one more piece of evidence that the time of return draws very near!