Cognitive dissonance is the strange discomfort of having two or more thought patterns that clash and cannot coexist. Messianic and Hebrew roots believers, and especially most Hebrew roots teachers, have a few blatant areas of cognitive dissonance that they try to ‘explain away’, however closer inspection reveals foundational cracks in their theology if the dissonance continues.
Common to the majority of Hebrew roots believers and teachers is an understanding from Scripture, usually called ‘Two-House Theology,’ that God in His wisdom divided Israel into two parts, the house of Israel and the house of Judah. Those two parts had/have differing paths to the common destiny of restoration of kol (all) Israel. Multiple books and many teachings have been done explaining this very clear sequence from Biblical history, secular history, and the unfulfilled prophecies. Ten Parts in the King is one such example.
If you ever find yourself thinking, ‘I have higher moral standards than Abraham and David’, then you have entered dangerous territory.
~ a friend
Everyone has a moral standard. Most of those standards are founded on nothing more than personal opinion or preferences. Even Messianic, Hebrew roots, and Christian morality is often based in something other than the Torah, God’s standard of righteousness.
But, will your standard be deemed ‘self righteous’ by the One who gave the Torah and established the only standard by which we will be judged?
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Recently, I have been working on a big chart of Biblical History as a visual aid in understanding Scripture and how the pieces fit together. This is not complete, but I am posting for your thoughts and input as well as to get ideas for further expansion, etc.
Among the great blessings in my life, as a result of pursuing and understanding God’s Creation Order, is a tight group of men that understand the Word and are willing to unflinchingly take a firm stand. These men are warriors who Elohim is using in their respective circles to bring hard truth to an upside down culture and Assembly.
We have a small text thread for discussion, prayer, mutual support, and general shenanigans of 30-60 year old boys.
I’d like to share the following discussion between a few of them from earlier today. There is much wisdom and great insight here that teaches me so much. I do have their permission as seen in the thread…
I read an excellent post this morning explaining, from Scripture, one major reason why – and how – men and women are punished in the coming judgment. Getting this part right is critical for the second exodus and beyond. Failing this invites the sword!
In Genesis 30:17-18, Leah ascribes the blessing of a fifth son to God “because I gave my maid to my husband.” And she names her son, forever a tribe of Israel, Issachar, meaning ‘there is recompense.’ ‘Wages,’ from ‘sakar’ שְׂכָרִ֔ is the root of ‘Issachar’s’ name, יִשָּׂשכָֽר.
God doesn’t correct her, but gives her a sixth son!
Did God bless her because ‘I gave my maid to my husband?’ If so, then He approved of her action. There is precisely zero evidence anywhere in Scripture that Leah did wrong or that God in anyway disproved of her action. In fact, if it is God who opens and closes wombs, then we can safely understand that God closed Rachel’s womb precisely to create the situation wherein the nation of Israel has four mothers, Jcob’s four wives.
The point: It is time for Hebrew roots teachers and Torahkeepers to honestly evaluate the Scriptures and cease to denigrate God, the Patriarchs, and righteous men and women who choose a Biblically legitimate and righteous family structure other than monogamy.
A second concept central to understanding authority as it relates both with Messiah and in marriage and personal relationships is Suzerain-Vassal relationships. Numerous scholars from various backgrounds argue well that God’s relationship with Adam and later with Israel was a Suzerain-Vassal relationship whereby the Great King has complete authority over the vassal king. When intimacy and relationship are present, the language often used is ‘father’ and ‘son.’
Suzerainty covenants typically include a historical prologue, obligations, and forms of subordination, as well as blessings and curses for obedience or disobedience. All are clear elements visible not only in the Garden of Eden, but even more so in Exodus 20 and the book of Deuteronomy.
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7:38 AM (2 hours ago)
Here’s a kind of broad theme for this week:
Wisdom is pattern recognition. You can learn about the pattern from a book, but you can’t learn to recognize it in the world, and act on it rightly, without actually seeing it in the world—repeatedly and in different ways.
So many men have one foot hovering over the gas and the other tapping the brake.
Because they’re afraid they’ll be successful, and then everyone will find out they’re a fraud.
While reading some notes about this week’s portion, I noticed something regarding Lot that I’ve never noticed before that connects the Lot story with the Second Exodus!!
As many others have pointed out before, Lot’s escape from Sodom is a Passover story. The basis most recognize for this assertion is Genesis 19:3.
19 Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting at the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he stood up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 2 And he said, “Now behold, my lords, please turn aside into your servant’s house, and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.” They said, “No, but we shall spend the night in the public square.” 3 Yet he strongly urged them, so they turned aside to him and entered his house; and he prepared a feast for them and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.
While ‘feast’ does not connect with ‘moed’, the word ‘matzah’ does. And, Genesis 18 is believed to have happened right before Passover.
The article originally published 10/24/2020 has been updated on 11/15/2020. See notes at the end.
My dear brother Ephraim,
It was recently brought to my attention that you published a paper titled It Is Not Polygamy – It Is Polygyny. I count you as a dear brother and hold you in the highest regard, but I was very disappointed at the number of errors in the paper, so much so that I find it necessary to address them in detail. Please understand, I love you, but I love my King and His Word even more. Please, walk with me as I share some corrections and counter points to your assertions.
It Is Not Polygamy – It Is Polygyny
It seems that every couple of years, the necessity arises to address one more unsavory issue plaguing the Hebrew Roots Movement, and especially the precious Israelite Identity adherents. The enemy is relentless in trying to turn this group into an esoteric-cum-occultic sect and having everyone in it vilified by virtue of association with those who espouse strange and nonbiblical ideas.
While this may be an attention grabbing and well-poisoning opening paragraph, what we are about to consider from the everlasting Word of our Elohim is far from ‘esoteric-cum-occultic’ and ‘nonbiblical.’