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Several weeks ago, I posted Is Aviv Barley Overrated? Predictably, it fostered some good discussion, both publicly and privately. This morning, I received a message from a dear brother in Israel with additional thoughts that even more firmly cement in my mind that the annual barley search is overrated.
Here are his thoughts as he shared them on thetorahnetwork.com without any comment or interjection:
If you want to determine the beginning of the year according to the ripeness of the barley, then you must first establish a firm understanding from the scripture and decide whether ONE omer/sheaf of barley is to be brought to the priest:
A) on behalf of all the people of Israel
B) individually by each farmer
Here are some pertinent scriptures:Continue reading
EVERY man has, deep within himself, a desire to be a warrior, to accomplish great things, take epic journeys, and leave a mark on the world around him. Movies and music attest to this. From Westerns and epic fantasy trilogies to fighters and soldiers who, against all odds, face and defeat an imposing enemy. It is innate. Boys have this passion from the cradle, though most will have the fire smothered to a mere ember before their teen years.
Many men, even most, will feel the tug in the dark of night and medicate the need with video games or altering substances while a few will turn that inner drive into the pursuit of fame, business or money… things that turn to sand.
The truly rare man will find the path to the most epic journey of all time, but the trail, at least initially, will not look like what he was expecting.Continue reading
Yesterday’s post about the place of a single woman in kol Israel sparked some spirited conversation in several places, but it was my early morning Telegram message this morning that made my brain explode!! Let me explain.
The Telegram was from Jeremy, sojourning brother and occasional author on this blog. It said,
My brain went into overdrive. “How?” We have discussed that and related passages ad nauseum. Surely we’ve not just gotten the meat off the bone, but also sucked out the marrow. “What did we miss?”
By way of background, we have really, really dug deeply into headship and patriarchy. We’ve covered the relationship of Messiah:Assembly = man:woman. A whole book that demonstrated that Paul’s teaching on man:woman relationships originates in Torah and IS God’s authority structure has come out of those and related discussions.
I quickly dialed the phone as my curiosity was piqued.Continue reading
I don’t enjoy calendar debates or discussions, but the ‘crazy’ of the last couple years has forced me to ask some questions and search for some answers.
One such question is whether the annual hunt for aviv barley has gotten out of hand and for some, completely skews, their calendar advice.
Is there a commandment to search for aviv, or in any way set the calendar with it? I find none. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Maybe I missed it and someone can help me.
Let me share what I DO find and what my understanding is.
14¶Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and yearsGenesis 1:14
No mention of barley or aviv…Continue reading
I’ve really, really been looking forward to Gene Porter’s interview of TheTorahNetwork.com ‘s founder, Rhy (‘Ray’) Bezuidenhout! Well… here it is!
I thoroughly enjoyed hearing these two brothers discuss Rhy’s vision and labors toward connecting kol Israel and gathering the house of Jacob. Come along, listen, and then join the conversation at TTN. Meet/make new friends, connect with mishpocha all over the world, get a bigger vision for who we are as a family!
And, send me a ‘friend’ connection once you sign up!
Yesterday, while having a conversation with my brother, Rafael Trevino, he mentioned a little nugget in passing. I had to hit the ‘wait, what was that you just said’ button.
I’m not sure how our conversation touched on the Lunar Sabbath, but he related that in a debate with someone on the topic he had asked the Father for clarity and how to refute it and the Father said, ‘Count the omer!’
As soon as I heard Rafael say that I thought, “Brilliant!! But, of course, what else would the Father give?”
Recall that Lunar Sabbatarians reset their calendar with each new moon which always results in one odd week a month because the moon cycle is +/- 29.5 days, not evenly divisible by 7. Therefore, by definition, seven Sabbaths is always more than 49 days. ALWAYS! And, to exacerbate the discrepancy, there are always TWO new moons during the omer count leading to a minimum of three extra days added to the count.
Now, the two verses..
15 ‘You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete sabbaths. 16 You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to the Lord.Leviticus 23:15-16
Fifty days. Period.
So, to be clear, I’m not judging brothers who observe the Lunar Sabbath, but it appears that the omer count, as detailed in Scripture, exposes and collapses that position. Selah.
Next: Exposing the aviv barley hunt…
Some signs are so blindingly obvious that they can’t be ignored. The sequence of eclipses over the US between 2017 and 2024 is one such sign.
14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;Genesis 1:14
Do you see it? Or, better, them?
Alef, Tav, X marks the spot, Shalom comes to mind.Continue reading
Having been reared in the church, I often heard statements regarding ‘Kingdom work’ or ‘building the Kingdom.’ Most, it would seem, understood or meant this to refer to evangelism, or adding to the numbers in the Body. Occasionally, the term/s might understand church or, more likely missions, as ‘Kingdom work.’ If pressed, most would assume anything else that helps the Body grow spiritually or numerically was ‘building the Kingdom.’
But, is this an accurate reflection of Torah, the Prophets, and Scripture as a whole?
In fact, just building numbers is akin to collecting stones as material. But, how much of that is actually building the Kingdom?
And, while we are defining terms, what is the Kingdom? The expectation for most of Christendom is some ethereal, non-descript, something-something in the sweet by-and-by. They know the whole idea is rooted in Scripture, but because they generally do not accept the literalness of prophecy or the myriad unfulfilled prophecies regarding the Land promised to Abraham and the return of the whole house of Jacob, they revert to mystical fantasies after a ‘rapture.’ [Side note: The ‘rapture’ is another topic rooted in misunderstood prophecy, but I’ll let the dog sleep, right now. 😉 ]Continue reading
Fellowship v Family.
Community v Clan.
Is there a difference? Is one better than the other?
Often, our perception can be influenced either subtly or dramatically by word choice. The words we say, or the words we hear, can convey particular messages that strengthen or even weaken, what we are trying to communicate.
In an effort to really focus on the patriarchal tribal family aspect of kol Israel, I’m altering my vocabulary and ask that you do too!!
|Former Word||Better Word||Why|
|Family||In ancient Israel, everything was built around family. Because property could not be sold outside of a family, the family always stayed on their inheritance, building and growing the local farm, economy, and family.|
|Clan||Families stayed on the same property for centuries. Larger family units were clans, and family/clan loyalty was super important.|
I believe there are other words we need to specifically think about and how they impact our relationship to each other. Words like ‘fellowship’ and ‘community’ imply some sort of connection between us as the house of Jacob, but they pale in comparison to the clear relational connection made with ‘family,’ ‘clan,’ and ‘tribe.’
What do you think? Are these words that draw us closer together? Do they convey concepts that we need to highlight and build on?
This morning I was reviewing a couple interviews I did the middle of last year and in the process, I perused a long list of interviews on Gene Porter’s podcast of Hebraic and Messianic Torahpeeps all over the world. I just want to throw this link out there as a GREAT source for encouragement, interesting discussion, exploration of Scripture, and meeting many other folks who are on this Torah journey!
Bookmark, and note that Hebrew Nation Online as well as Triumph in Truth also have podcasts on that platform.
A reminder, as well, that I have a podcast (though need to take it back up to keep adding to it) that has several of my books converted to audio. Listen at https://anchor.fm/natsab
If kol Israel is a patriarchal tribal family, why do we act like the divided denominations?
Why do we not understand #familyfirst ? How is it that every little ministry is all about their turf instead of the bigger, much bigger picture of unity? And, FAMILY?
A ‘denominator’ is a divider! And, denominationalism puts focus on the things that divide us.
Do we understand that Yah is restoring the House of Jacob? (Is. 2:5) Can we not see beyond Shabbat fellowship into the rest of the week when commerce, education, farming, interaction, etc all take place and act as a family? #shopfamilyfirst
Where are the family members focused on gathering, banding together, functioning as a family?
Where are the Torah businesses that move beyond tzitziot and wall hangings? (See Durable Trades post) Where are the men pooling resources and skills/talents to build beyond the oneg chit chat circle?
We can choose denominationalism, or we can drop the ‘denomi’ and simply press into NATIONALISM. The House of Jacob, kol Israel, #familyfirst ….Continue reading
It happens often, too often, to be mere happenstance. Yah is doing something amazing and I’m just excited to be a simple instrument that bears the striking resemblance of a lightning rod.
Each week or two, someone reaches out to me because they have suddenly been led to study marriage, adultery, polygyny, patriarchy, or some related topic that leads them to see what is actually written in Scripture. They dig deeper on their own and find that much they have been taught about ‘traditional’ marriage is straight Greco-Roman imported falsehood. Then, thinking they are going crazy, they do a search for anyone who might be seeing the same thing and wind up watching some of my youtube videos or reading parts of this blog among others. (I’m not the only voice in the wilderness…)
The next thing that happens is they connect with me via email, text, or other means and start asking questions and discussing truths that very few others are willing to explore or study. Often, I’ll receive an email with a detailed explanation of their journey and reasoning… Following is one such detailed description that is so very encouraging. I am printing this with permission as it is an email drafted as a way that the author shared and is sharing his journey with friends and family.
I pray this email will encourage, challenge, and strengthen you in regards to what Abba is doing in our day!! (Some names have been changed…)Continue reading
Have you ever pondered what God considers to be money? Ever wondered what the medium of exchange will be in the millennial Kingdom?
The answer seems obvious and even easy, gold and silver!! But, why?
From Creation, gold has had intrinsic value. It is first mentioned in Genesis 2:11-12. Throughout Scripture it is a medium of exchange and store of wealth.
Silver, also used in the same manner, is the less valuable of the two because God created about 16x as much as gold in the earth.
Until 1964, the American dollar was backed by gold. And, until that time, the dollar was a very stable currency. Most other currencies in the world have at one time or another been based on gold and silver, and those various currencies almost invariably were devalued once decoupled from the hard asset or gold.
Inflation has been a constant companion of the dollar since we left the gold standard, but the specter of hyperinflation has begun to rear its head in the last few years in the wake of excessive printing of paper dollars.Continue reading