The Glorious Testator


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God’s special people, the Jews, were chosen and blessed by the Creator, The great I am, when He  looked upon Abram.   (whose name was later changed to Abraham,) was told to leave his country to a new place where God would choose. It was there there that Jehovah God  decreed that he would make Abraham’s name great. Indeed, Abraham became a  great and blessed nation! What a glorious beginning.

So, from the time of Abraham, all the successive prophets and great men and women of God,  His people, Israel was blessed….as long as they kept covenant with God. 

Sadly Israel had her share of covenant breakers, beginning with King Saul’s rebellion-disobedience regarding God’s protocol. His act so grieved God, that  God told the prophet Samuel  that he was taking the kingdom from Saul and giving it to someone better than him.  Samuel said, ” You have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you as king over Israel!”  So, Israels’ glorious destiny was changed. because the Israelite’s insisted on having a king over them, even over  than Yahweh. God  allowed them to suffer the consequence of their decision. They tolerated the  ungodly  weaknesses and idol worship of their kings and priests which led them into  captivity and bondage.

King after king brought corruption and judgments over God’s people But the Lord consistently gave mercy and grace  and by sending His prophets to correct and guide with His divine wisdom and counsel. During one of the most lawless periods, the time of the judges God once again  rescued His people through deliverers such as  Othniel, Shamgar, Deborah, Gideon and Sampson. Then came  the silent  years, a period of four hundred years where no word of God was given and lasted from the ministry of Malachi  (circa 430 BC) to the arrival of Jesus.

Israel went through great suffering and bondage because of  their rebellion and  disobeying God’s commandments.   Eventually all the world and its people followed suit, resulting in a world pining in sin, sorrow and utter darkness. Even with Orthodox Jews  adhering strictly to the law. nothing changed. The spiritual atmosphere and destiny of all people was thoroughly  contaminated and stalled. No matter how diligently worshipers followed the commandments, sin prevailed. The law did nothing to  diminish evil, greed, violence and murder. Wonderfully, there still remained  faithful saints who cherished and  yearned for the fulfillment of old testament prophesies regarding the coming of Messiah. Devoted worshipers like Simeon and Anna waited for decades to behold their Messiah.  One transcendent day Holy Spirit revealed to Simeon that  he would not die before seeing Messiah. Imagine his exhilaration upon seeing Mary and Joseph bringing Yashuah Jesus to be consecrated! Imagine Anna, well into her eighties and after many decades of fasting, praying and believing that she would also live to see the birth of her  salvation.  Isaiah 61.

Fast forward to 2016. Despite prophecy being fulfilled long ago, through  the birth, death and resurrection of of our Lord Yashuah HaMashiach, many Hebrew roots people and even evangelical Christians are still adhering to the law in a legalistic manner. They still grope for their righteousness through the fulfilling of keeping the law. How Father Jehovah must  grieve that after His greatest act of love, allowing His only begotten Son to suffer humiliation and torture  and death to redeem His creation, many are still thinking they could earn their righteousness through  adherence to the law, (and coercing their disciples and mentees to follow suit).

How do we, once and for all, acknowledge and  revere  with full certainty,  the preeminence, Yashuah Jesus’ completed redemption?

Let’s take at look at Mose’s relationship with Jehovah. Moses, was not only a prophet, but was a friend of God and intimately acquainted with His heavenly Father’s person. God ordained Moses to present the law to his children, Israel. Moses had such a high standing that he was revered as one of the greatest servants of God of all time. He was so revered, in fact, that the people almost would have  elevated his legacy to a  god position. The Bible speaks of Satan arguing about Moses body. Jude 1:9 Who knows whether satan may have directed the people to memorialize Moses body and cause them to sin against the Lord with his own servant.

But God set them all straight. Lets join up with Jesus and His disciples as they went up to a mountain to pray.  Jesus became as a blinding flash of lightening and Moses and Elijah appeared.  Peter, John and James were so awestruck as the  men illuminated the whole mountaintop!  Peter faced Jesus and said,  “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” Luke 9:33

Immediately upon speaking this, Jehovah, I Am, spoke from the clouds,

“This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”

The bottom line, Jesus is the preeminence over all of God’s prophets.

Why did Jehovah God ordain a superior priesthood?

God’s people will never  soar into the uttermost spiritual stratospheres regarding the fleshy, constricting mindset they embrace today. Yashuah fulfilled every single blessing and benefit of His Father’s covenant and  Ezekiel prophesied of the day when God would do away with the old order of things.

26“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  Ezek. 26:36 

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It’s clear to see, that God saw that His original intent of presenting the law through the old testament priestly system was not working. Imagine the Sadducees, Pharisees and rabbi’s being rebuked by Jesus so harshly. They probably looked at each other in shock, wondering what his mad reasoning was.

“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ Mat 7:23    Oh my!

But it was not inaccurate reasoning at all. They were missing the main crux of the commandments,  Love God with all your heart, and love thy neighbor as thyself. What were their lawless acts?  They defrauded vulnerable widows, then making long hypocritical prayers. Mat 12:40  They also  oppressed  wage earners, they were adulterers and denied justice for the  aliens and foreigners.  Mal  3:5

Those of us who call ourselves the true remnant must remember to get back to the basics of loving purely, unconditionally and righteously.  Sadly, we have all kinds of unrighteousness into our lives: gossip,  strife, back-biting, bitterness, resentment, bigotry and worse of all, self righteousness.. Fear and unbelief continue to be a scourge for  intimacy with our Lord and globally a  full-blown spirit of anti-christ has maligned the Holy Spirit’s supernatural and mysterious moving.  Satan has indeed beguiled God’s people into  blaspheming the Holy Spirit when they disbelieve or misunderstand divine miracles. . Church, more than ever, we must seek true gifts of discernment to know which works are of God or of satan.

         8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Rev 21:8

It’s time to let go of our fear of the mysterious unction of Holy Spirit. Time to be fasting and praying for true discernment and not human suspicion.  Satan has beguiled people and enslaved them in the area of intellectual  human reasoning. I often ponder how fearlessly teens plunge right into the occult, hungry to experience  power and the  supernatural. Tragic that God;’s own people are so rigid in their mindsets that any sign of supernatural activity to them is a sign of the devil. Here is another area where our iniquity of disobedience: is not diligently searching out  important matters. King Solomon wrote in his proverbs:

  It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. Prov 25:2

That being said, Paul reminds us that we are ambassadors of Christ and  kings and priests who will judge angels! 1 Pet 2:9 and Rev 1 5&6

Both the Gentiles, (we who are grafted  into His inheritance and covenant) and His peculiar treasure, the Jews,  are part of the wonderful family of God.  Abba Jehovah always seeks for avenues of intimate fellowship where all can mutually enjoy and celebrate His goodness, mercy and provision.  Jesus  told  His disciples

“The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.  Mark 2:27 NLT

So we must keep in mind that every gift, the Sabbath, is a gift for our benefit and blessing. God’s children who are fretting about doing chores or being uptight about the day of rest have not entered into His rest.

For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.  Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. Heb 4:11

Brothers and Sister, how can we discern if we are  veering too far to the left or to the right of the law?  How hard it is to reason with someone who is staunched in legalism. They have their own predetermined, rigid mindset  rendering them emotionally-detached  from their heavenly Father and Savior Yashuah.

The Glorious  and Preeminent Testator

Now to wrap up this expository, the old testament law was imperfect.  If it were sufficient, there would be no reason for another covenant to be incepted. God saw the fault of the people and for this reason, was His own Son, the perfect replacement for the old covenant.  Yashuah Jesus, because He continues forever , is the unchangeable priesthood, not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.  He  saves to the uttermost and lives to make intercession for us. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins, so His priesthood is a new covenant rendering the first one obsolete and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear. Heb 8:13

Such was Yashuah Jesus our high priest,  holy, harmless and undefiled  and higher than the heavens. Offering sacrifices first for Himself and then for His own sins. Jesus has obtained a more excellent ministry, the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. Now we know that where a testament is, there had to be, by necessity,  be the death of the testator. Praise father God for Yashuah’s perfect gift of sacrifice and redemption!

Holy Spirit also testifies to us about Yashuah’s perfect priesthood.

16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
    after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
    and I will write them on their minds.”[a]

Many of God’s children straddle the concepts of grace and obedience to the law. They can avoid this lifeless mindset by seeking Holy Spirit’s revelation, (Rhema word). In my ministering and counseling,

He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life. 2 Cor. 3:6 NLT

Father has shown me many of God’s  children had father’s  or parents that wounded them. These were harsh, emotionally-detached and/or demanded high or unreasonable expectations. These damaging ways of rearing children cause them to be ensnared by a militarism  (police)and drill-Sargent image of God and others. Satan uses this to steal joy and weary them with need to “perform and be perfect.  Thus they demand and/or judge for perfection in their wives, children and others.

Another disturbing aspect of a legalistic worship of God is being too somber.  There is a time for seriousness, repenting and quiet reflection, but Christ’s abundant life,    (fullness. joy and thanksgiving)  should exude from us.  God wants His people to  rejoice continually in the freedom, spontaneity and victory His Son has won for us on Calvary!

Me we come back to the Davidic tabernacle of praise and celebration after we have repented from our sins. We can come quickly to the throne room of grace in our time of  weakness and need. Many of the  Psalms lyrics describe,  dancing with timbrels, harp,  ram’s horns and stringed instruments. ( Psalms 81, 149,  150) , David often used his anointed music to assuage King Saul’s possession of angry demons.   I personally steer  clear of any church or pastor whose flock are perpetually somber or judgmental (harshly scrutinizing) to other brethren and pastors.

Prayer,

Abba Jehovah, we thank you for your perfect sacrifice and your ever-lasting loving-kindness and mercies. They are new each morning. Holy Spirit, illuminate the eyes and hearts of our brethren who have been raised by parent who  chastened them harshly and/or wounded their tender spirits. Most of all we ask for your precious people, our brethren, the Jews, to see Yashuah’s majesty and superior priesthood. Let them receive a Rhema word that Yashuah has already come!

For Jewish brethren who want to  further study the Tanach regarding Yashuha in the old testament, I highly encourage you to visit  Rabbi Arthur Glass article, Yeshua in the Tanakh.

http://www.menorah.org/yeshname.html

Shalom and God bless

PEOPLE 101


I’ve finished reading “My Time In Heaven, A True Story of Dying and Coming Back” by Richard Sigmund. It is inspirational. timely and healing after having a major falling out with a person who I thought was a confidant. Betrayal, being misunderstand and falsely accused is never a pleasant experience, but I know that the sooner I “get over it,” the sooner I move forward in my life.I’m always refreshed after I’ve poured out my honest feelings to the Lord, forgiven and prayed for the person who hurt me.

From chapter to chapter, Richard shares his experiences in heaven and in the presence of God. There are unimaginable treasures in Heaven that God has meticulously crafted just for us. According to his book, nothing on earth could compare to such amazing perfection and joy! As a “people” person, I wished that everyone could read this book and feel compelled to reach out to Jesus Christ and to enjoy their eternal destiny with Him I

I came to Chapter 19, “The Other Place.” Jesus took Richard to hell. I couldn’t imagine the horrific demons, their torturing methods and the stench that would await those who have rejected the great sacrifice Jesus gave us on the cross. I stared to weep as he focused on a poor soul and his torment. I had to put the book down for a while, I wept so hard. It was difficult reading and even more painful to imagine torment was forever. I asked God to allow me to be share the Gospel salvation message with as many as I could. I also thanked Him allotted us a yet another tiny window of time to accomplish the urgent task of evangelizing more souls. I wondered why anyone wouldn’t do anything possible to avoid going there.The enormity of this reality and the after life continued to move my spirit to weeping. I know it breaks God’s heart to see so many of His precious creation go to a place never meant for them.

I took a break from reading the book, but continued pondering the afterlife. Jesus said, “Many or called, but few chosen.” I sadly marveled about evil, hatred and calamity enveloping America and the world. God reminded me that His people were to be the shining lights that bring healing to the nations! Many of His people are mean and condemning. Many have also back-slidden and left the fold because of brutish pastors and elders who spiritually abused or misunderstood them.

Jesus is the gentle shepherd who says, “Come to me, Ye who are heavy-laden and I will give you rest.” He was the greatest teacher, soul-sculptor and counselor. He hand-picked his disciples, patiently grooming them in His own special way. Do you want to know the secrets of “soul-sculpting”? Sit and listen at Jesus feet. Are you a pastor, an elder, a husband or father? Sit quietly at Jesus feet and learn of Him, for He is lowly and humble. Every servant-leader realizes that if he wants people to receive of him, He must be willing to be as a servant first!

Jesus hated hypocrisy and venomously rebuked the Pharisees. They loved to scrutinize and condemn…thus their tactics brought few into the kingdom. He scolded,

“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.”
Mat 23 2-4

The amazing thing about the Jewish leaders were that they highly educated and memorized even the smallest issues of the law. They were intoxicated by their own self-importance and intellect. So are many modern Christians today. Instead of the lost being attracted to the Gospel, they are repelled. Many of today’s pastors, priests and Rabbi’s are no different that the Pharisees of old, who loved to control their converts. Their hearts were closed to what Holy Spirit has to say. When loves is omitted, the letter of the law kills…but the Spirit brings life. 2 Cor 3:6.

Follower or Christ, I’d run in the opposite direction if your pastor hammered you with restrictions of his own making and limitations not in the Bible. God allow you to think for yourself and question. Test the spirits. 1 Jn 4:1

Recently, the Lord allowed me to learn a new lesson. My health had taken a dive and I was desperate for relief. I was introduced to a highly skilled christian health practitioner who was adamant about 100% committment to her strict protocol. I was sent long letters with long lists of supplements and healing machines and costly herbs. I was already grappling with strained family relationships, caring for my house and husband. Our budget was strained with the cost of the ladies’ protocol. On list of my protocol had 29 things to do and eat! I felt very weighed down. progress was slow, but I felt better as the weeks went by. A few months later, she mailed me a ten-paged letter blasted me as being rebellious, disobedient and unthankful! I was so shocked, I had to fall on my face in deep prayer and seeking wisdom from the harsh words.

It took me about a week to address all the emotion in that letter. I took it to prayer and asked Father God what the lesson was. This Sunday, my pastor preached about what true freedom in christ was and the light came on! God was giving me a taste of what it’s like to be under spiritual bondage. I was depressed and entrapped by the law and walking under condemnation. Continuing in prayer and sharing the contents of the letter with other godly, wise women, I realized my relationship with this woman was not communicated in love, for Christ always calls us into loving correction and restoration.

This lesson was needful and worthy to be included with my other my other areas of expertise. I’ve mentored people from all walks of life. I’ve learned that people have deeply ingrained patterns of thinking, habits and mindsets modeled by dysfunctional parents, teachers, relatives and pastors. During Jesus’ ministry, he met many wounded and misunderstood people. Encountering them face to face, His goal was to set them at ease. He instantly knew their struggles, shame and hopelessness.

As we follow Jesus last directing to make disciples of all men, Are we attracting the lost to Father? I’ve heard many non believers say that Christians are mean. They preach one thing, yet do the opposite. In general, the unsaved are repelled by condemnation. Jesus said, “I’ve not come to condemn the world but to save it.”

Peter is our example of Jesus’ loving discipleship. Jesus responded to Peter’s impulsiveness and zeal with patience and guidance. As I recall the Peter/Jesus discourses. In one episode Jesus marvels at Peter’s willingness to step out of the boat and walk on water. In another, He rebuked Peter for wielding the sword to cut off the high priest’s servants ear.
The Lord reminds me of His patience with me as I minister to people He’s brought my way and will bring my way in the future.

As a youth counselor for Youth Advocate Program in Eatontown, NJ from 1989 to 1992, I mentored up to seven kids, (aged 8 to 17) from a variety of family crisis situations. One seventeen year old was Hispanic and lived at home with his mother, (who spoke no English) and his two younger sisters. Both of the girls were clinically depressed and their father was incarcerated. There was a great stronghold of depression in that house. Under my mentoring, this young man’s demeanor changed. I asked him to help me keep the kids in line and he flourished in that leadership capacity! I also remember God’s faithfulness with all seven kids kids safety and welfare while they rode with me. I gained great understanding and compassion and learned much about family dynamics and relationship order. The kids learned to honor, respect and help each other and it was amazing to see them connect regarding all the activities and workshops I planned for them. They knew I cared for them and I could feel their love for me! Looking back, I marvel gratefully, for God gifting me with the ability to so potential and greatness in all the kids.

Around the same time, I enjoyed a six month stint as a Behavior Modification counselor for Nutri-System Weight Loss centers. My clients were professional adults: policemen, professors, judges and CEOs who clamored to enroll in my crowded classes. My reputation preceded me. They’d heard the testimonies of previous clients’ weight-loss and lifestyle successes. I remember the passion and excitement I had each morning, getting ready for work. It was amazing that God gave me such a platform having just graduated from Brookdale Community College! I was humbled to positively influence, these financially successful, but unhealthy people. After only several weeks, our regional supervisor came from out-of-state to sit in on one of classes to see what the ado was about!
Though I wasn’t allowed to preach or mention Jesus, I was allowed freedom to bring my own creativity and victory stories to support the curriculum. The client was attentive and felt my interest and concern as they sought my guidance for their new, healthy lifestyle. I asked God everyday to bless my work and He answered many prayers. My main tool was connection by looking each person in the eye with love, gave many hugs and listened with my heart.

My boot camp of PEOPLE 101 continued several years later. Executive Director, Carolyn Eyerman and project Coordinator, Joan Hodum faced me during my interview for the position of Program Coordinator of a new ministry, (Love In the Name of Christ). The program would prepare single moms, dislocated and poor women returning to the work force from the welfare rolls. I’d also oversee a business clothing boutique and business mentoring outreach. I didn’t feel ready, (just coming out of another long illness) but obediently followed God’s leading to apply and accept the position. My six years at Love Inc, fine-tuned my people/mentoring skills for my present responsibilities as a an ordained minister/hospice councilor and worship leader. I also learned so much from the supportive staff members at Love Inc. They were always there for me and taught me all about walking in God’s love, power and guidance.

I don’t believe any pastor, leader or teacher should be in a position of leadership unless they have extensive experience with (“soul sculpting).” How can one truly mete out the divine love, patience and counseling Jesus gave unless one has truly spent time in the Lord’s presence and quality one on one time with people God sends? Sometimes broken hearts can be so deep, they have to be excavated.

Jesus said, “As many as I love I rebuke and chasten, be zealous therefor and repent” Rev 3:19 True discipleship must be balanced by Holy Spirit compassion and the discipline of guidance and correction. Jesus never beat his disciples as many pastor beat their sheep too harshly. We know the necessity discipline, for it’s no different from our earthly parents and teachers. This grooms us for the partaking of His holiness, Heb 12:3-11.

The best servant/leader straddles successfully nurturing with discipline. Under these conditions, a person will be whole, full of joy, peace, purpose and the Holy Spirit. They do great exploits. Dan 11:32

Until the non believers see Christians loving each other in America, they will scorn and laugh at our powerlessness and disunity. They’ll also be mesmerized by the occult, witchcraft and New Age gurus.

On thing is most needful. Near the end of Richard Sigmund’s book, Jesus said,

" My people have lost their compassion, I highly desire compassion in my children. In this they show my Father's love"

I pray that we all look in the mirror and ask ourselves, do we truly have the Father's compassion. Are we more concerned about our Facebook social status, designing and maintaining our websites and soliciting funds for our new building or soup kitchen. God is not concerned about any of that. He is concerned about the condition of broken souls. He is seeking willing and compassionate servants to heal, transform and restore. He has a plan for everyone. Jer 29, 11

Are you listening and acting with love in your heart today?