Back to Joshua

Egypt could not hold Israel from crossing the Jordan. Bondage of sin to freedom from sin, all hate, and violence.

Passover-Door in Egypt

I have been remiss! Of, course. I won’t be trekking through the previous chapters, however, those are posted on FB, MeWe, and USA.Life.

So it was a wonderful day in the book of Joshua. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to see a lot there, however, I was wrong. *I am not a theologian* so be aware of that small factoid. So lemme move right into it.

Chapter 20. GOD said 1. for the accidental murder of another i.e. could not be helped (kinda like original sin) 2. tribes were to create 12 cities of refuge (the 12 gates of.. heaven?) 3. and could flee there for protection 4. stand before the elders (judge[s]) 5. Stand outside the gate to present their case 5. and confess what happened. 6. The elders (judge[s]) then admit him/her in the city for a place to live 7. and not allow the accuser to pursue (ie react in hate– I see this as prophetic of Satan who Jesus says is here to steal, kill, and destroy) 8. until the death of the High Priest (ah, would this be a prophecy of Jesus’ death on the cross?) 9. then the man/woman freed to his/her home (freed from any clutches of sin/Satan) and 10.– applies to Jews & gentiles, those gentiles who align themselves to the LORD (i.e. believers).

Prophecy fulfilled and to be finally fulfilled before the judgment throne? Welcomed by God into the great Kingdom? Yep. I think the answer is yes. 

Christ the Reedemer

Once again, I am not a theologian and am looking at this as a reader not an expert. Praying always that the Holy Spirit will guide.

Always open to correction. 

Back in Time a Bit

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#Tanahk #Genesis – Not posting on Deuteronomy today. Noooope. I heard this today. and felt it appropriate. Today is about THE FALL. Ours. FIRST I want to preface this with the end of chapter 2. In vs 16 God gives ADAM a command. Here you could insert, ‘I gave you just ONE job…’ God said, ‘you are free to eat from any tree, but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.’

Takeaway in this passage: Adam was given the responsibility of one… thing. Kinda like giving a kid one warning, you cannot do thus and such… what’s he do? That one thing you have forbidden. So, to reiterate, it was Adam’s responsibility. With me so far?

Of course, you are! God then formed woman (Eve) from Adam’s side (equal, co-inheritants. Remember, Adam? He may have been dazzled by her beauty but, he was responsible to share this info.

JUMPING to chapter 3: the serpent (a creation, not unintelligent maybe even on all fours like the other animals) who allowed WHO? Satan to do the dirty deed. So, therefore, he was crafty. Next, he approaches Eve and speaks to her. Alrighty, this is not a subordination issue, ok, got that?

Remember his one job? Standing right next to Eve (like he ever left her side…) he doesn’t speak up (the Adam syndrome). MILKTOAST! He should have said, hey don’t forget, God said… But did he? No, he stepped back and let her take control. She then took control (the Eve syndrome) answered the serpent… incorrectly.

First, she said you must not touch (God didn’t say that). Just one word misinterpreted or added to God’s word opened the door to the fall. Satan takes full advantage and says, God is wrong. She believed who? Satan! Once she tasted the fruit she liked it and gave it to Adam.

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Once they both had eaten (not Eve alone) they recognized good and evil. Covering here the genitals is representative of their newfound vulnerability of heart and mind. So they worked it out to hide this themselves by putting together fig leaves to fool who? God. Totally inadequate a works-oriented method to remove their guilt. God then walks in the garden and calls ’em out. Basically saying Why are you hiding? He wanted them to confess.

Did they? NOOOO.

GOD approaches Adam, says paraphrased… you had ONE JOB. Ok so Adam does the first blame game. The woman YOU gave me… he’s blaming God for making a mistake and that mistake cost him & tempted him (I might note that there are religions out there that say the same exact thing: some god made a mistake, so we have to cover the woman, cut off private parts another mistake on God’s part, of course, lest men be tempted…)! puhleez:

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But note, he talks to Adam first who did not relay the message and didn’t correct her and GOD’s words. So GOD says to Eve, what have you done (wanting a confession). She says the devil made me do it.

Note: God’s next approach is this and prophetic to Satan: ‘Cursed are you … you will crawl on your belly, I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers (in Hebrew, the word is ‘seed,’ ie sperm not Adam’s), and he (not her!) will crush your head and you will strike his heel.’

Prophetic of the ultimate doom of Satan and the death of the Messiah (yet, He was raised from the dead). Two curses down. He does NOT curse Eve. He says I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain, you will give birth to your children. Wazzat mean? Women can totally relate. Pain, yelling, screaming, then the joy of the child being born. Prophetic (she doesn’t get it, but that’s another issue).

God also said women were now subordinate because she took control and listened to Satan rather than to God, adding to His word. This was not to be abuse. Ever. This was not the carving of words into their skin or FGM.

Then God cursed the very ground that was to be fruitful and enjoyed. Adam gets painful toil, day and night, producing nothing more than weeds and work this hard until they die. Back to the dust.

Last, He makes skins for them and clothed them. NOTE: This is 1. the first sacrifice ever done by the hand of God not man, meaning the blood was spilled for them, by Him. 2. He then clothes them, a picture of future covering by the Messiah. *You can find all of this reiterated in Isaiah 53 otherwise known as the forbidden book to read. It’s too obvious! Adam and Eve were tossed from the garden forcefully. The garden is sealed until the END.

*BTW I have heard horrific explanation that Adam knew what she was going to do and let her sin so he could die for her… nope. * Tada, chap 3.

Adam syndrome: Dudes from then on let women take control and these dudes from Adam on are total milktoast. You can see it in the church, your home, your community etc.

Eve syndrome: Controlling (hey, I’ve done this, so there is that). We try to control everyone in our life, our circumstances, you name it, we’ll control it, emasculating men in every aspect of life, stripping them of being what God created, while he strips her of her humanity. It’s all about self for both.

This is what is known as original sin, that which follows us until our eyes are opened and all sin, forgiven.

Grace overcomes the curse by the cross.

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Well… whoops! Where did I leave my brain? I have not shared chapters 26 or 27. Because of the yuge amount of prophecy, I will post each chapter separately.

CHP 26 Deuteronomy — git yer pen out  – v1- God promises Israel’s entry into the Promised Land (not fulfilled yet, and represents heaven). Vs 2- He keeps His promise to bring them out of slavery (picture of slavery to sin). Vs 7-8 into redemption (yet to come) v9- the promise of His word (heaven). Vs 12 God gives to all both alien and Israel His favor (aliens being citizens of Israel, aligned with God). Vs 15 — Israel looks forward to the promised land (faith that God will bring them to heaven), Israel (all, Jews and aliens) is His treasured possession. Wow to me? This is prophecy fulfilled in Christ.

And… Deuteronomy chapter 27 vs 2- 3 –WHEN the Israelites enter the Promised Land (promise from God into heaven). Vs 3 — the Jordan River represents death, the crossing into the promised land (resurrection into life). vs 5 — Do not use iron upon stone (representing sin here and the stone represents the cornerstone, Christ), vs 6-7 and the Israelites are to offer their firstfruits (their heart, soul, mind– remember the sin of Adam caused the death of the spirit i.e. original sin which passed to the rest of us) without lip service, for fellowship with God (our peace is with and through Christ only). Again, I will add, Bible school does not make me a theologian!

Christ the Reedemer

Bless your day!

Been away. Whoops.

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Good day! Morning as is here or afternoon or anywhere you’re at!

I haven’t posted a lot. Been reading, been editing, but that’s neither here nor there. I am up to chapter 21 in Deuteronomy. Forge on!

First, thanks to everyone following not just here but reading through my exegesis of the OT–without me checking in with pastors (totally my bad). I do like going through it with fresh eyes, and pray that my understanding is correct. And… I welcome correction. That said, Deuteronomy 21 is cool. I read it yesterday and today re-read and it was so clear in prophetic of the fulfillment of the Messiah. Long? Probably. HERE: v 15-17 – the 2 wives represent the Jews and the Gentiles. If the husband loves one and not the other, yet has 2 sons, one from the loved, and one from the other and doesn’t care for the 1st born of the unloved wife (I see this as the Jews, the chosen people– I could be wrong), the father is to give the firstborn the double portion– and the Jewish firstborn is the SIGN of the father. Let that sink in… both ways. The Jewish nation is the chosen… Jesus is the first-born and in His words He said He was sent first to the house of Israel -the chosen. Next v 22-23 The rebellious who hate God were put to death for hating God (stirring up violence, idolatry). Oh, how harsh! How? Hung (Hebrew: impaled) on a tree. Cursed outside the city. The ones who hate God (both Jew and Gentile). So how was this so prophetic? Let me count the ways. Jesus was cursed by the firstborn for calling Himself God, putting Him into the hatred and rebellion and idolatry). Why crucify Him? He was accused (false testimony) of inciting violence thus incurring the wrath and death by the Romans (Gentiles, and very cruel). He was prophetically hung on a tree, impaled, and cursed (FOR EVERYONE, Jew and Gentile). Last.. the body was never to be left on this tree overnight. Does anyone see what I see?

I want to talk about the Beatitudes, too, the words of Jesus in Matthew 5.

The Beatitudes are so convoluted by both believers and non-believers. Is Jesus even talking about the physical? Nope. His words within the beatitudes speak the very words of salvation. 1. blessed (HAPPY) are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of God. Whoa. Not the poor, but the one who recognizes they have fallen (sinned). 2. Blessed are those who mourn (weep over their sin in recognition and confession of sin) for they will be comforted (that word, comforted is the same in Greek as is the Holy Spirit!). 3. Blessed are the meek (humble enough to turn – repent from sin) for they will inherit the earth (all of God’s treasure). 4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (seeking salvation through Jesus’ righteousness, not ours) for they will be filled (with the very heart of God) 5. Blessed are the merciful (our forgiveness toward others) for they will be shown mercy (from others). 6. Blessed are the pure in heart (follow by the Holy Spirit, not by good works) for they will see God (face to face!) 7. Blessed are the peacemakers (bringing God’s word, His peace to others) for they will be called sons of God (they are willing to share all of God’s bounty with Jews and Gentiles). 8. AND THE ONES NO ONE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT– blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness (ie prison, torture, death) for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (reiteration of #1! 9. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice (???WHATTTTT.. Like WHAAATTT??) and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven for the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Reiteration of #7–sharing the good news is not met with all love light and sweetness Sometimes but look at today. What group is the most persecuted in the world? Christians! We are now called ISIS! yikes. Persecution is coming and rather than taking offense, we need to remember these words ie rejoice and be glad. He goes on to say that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Why did He add this here? Because salt and light change the environment. By walking in the world ie BEING of the world we haven’t shared the changes in our hearts not even #1. And last, He said He came to FULFILL the law– meaning none of the above can be accomplished by your will alone.

You have to see your sin, admit that you fall short, that you confess with your mouth, heart that Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead, and you will be saved. (Romans)

Works are not involved. It’s through Faith by Grace that God GIVES you so no one can boast. Grace, by the way, is getting what we do NOT deserve.

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HI. I’m baaack…

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I believe I have been seriously lacking in the sharing department.

Been crazy busy with the stuff of writing/rewriting/self-editing and stashing $$ away for a pro-editor. So, um… sorry!

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I have moved into Deuteronomy and at chapter 18 (I won’t go into chapters 1-17 for semi-brevity’s sake).

Whee, I had full 2 cups of coffee so… ok there is that. Ch 18 *remember me, zip theologian but I pray for God’s wisdom. I hope to be wise in His wisdom, not mine…

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This is yet another chapter chockfull of prophecy. Those who knew the old testament would totally get this. There is no doubt. VS 1-6, the Levites mediate for the Israelites between man and God and otherwise had no inheritance of land. They were to rely on the gifts of Israel. OK let’s do a fast-forward thousands of years later.

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Jesus said he had no place to lay his head. He relied on Israel to provide for his ministry of mediation. He is the one and the only priest that is our mediator, we need no more sacrifice, no other mediator (ie Mary, she is dead and buried and doesn’t/can’t answer you to mediate, speak to Jesus for us… this is not even in Scripture).

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The priests (Levites) were free to move, to minister where they pleased (as did Jesus). The offerings were made by fire and oil (Holy Spirit) wine (blood), and the firstfruits, the best, the pure (Jesus). The priests’ inheritance was the LORD.

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We have become priests (we don’t need another mediator ie catholic priests…ie the Pope etc). ‘No one comes to the Father but THROUGH me.’ VS 18 Jesus speaks of fulfilling the spirit of the law, not lip service. Remember: we are free from the OT and Jesus was reminding the Pharisees and religious leaders that their arrogance led them into this. He fulfilled the words of this prophecy and spoke in the name of the Lord.

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This, the Israelites, the religious leaders, understood. This is why they wanted him to shut up, go away, and finally get rid of him. The Romans? Oh, so totally involved in the worst of ways. So all of mankind stands guilty of His death on the cross. Can I get an amen?? I pray today for His wisdom and that the words from me do not obsess about politics etc. etc. because my own self can stand in the way of HIS will.

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A Jump from Numbers to Gospel of Matthew

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I did read Numbers 31, however, it is about the Israelites once again in complete disobedience to GOD’s Word. I also read the Gospel of Matthew (not quite half).

Yeshua explains the real meaning of the Law, the prophets and where our treasure should like, not in stuff or ourselves but in Him, storing up treasure in heaven. I truly believe GOD alone is our treasure, not crowns… He quotes the Tenakh heavily.

This, by the way, was highly disliked teachings by religious leaders, and likely freaked out the regular folk who couldn’t fathom being better than the Pharisees.

I read chap 1-11. Remember, Matthew, the writer of this Gospel, was a tax collector (vilified like the IRS…) but 1. Jewish 2. meticulous. He wrote the genealogy of the earthly father, why? Because it was tradition of Jewish history. Which is why you will find a difference between Matthew and Luke. Luke was a physician, again meticulous but a gentile, so he like doctors have done like, forever, took a full history and Mary’s genealogy was listed.

Numbers 30 (Torah), SHORT, I PROMISE!

Much shorter than yesterdays post on Numbers 29 but equally as important.

Numbers 30 talks about men and women taking vows (to the Lord i.e. I promise to fast 5 days, or whatever). Back then, it was a very patriarchal society, so men had a say if they weren’t amenable to such a vow. Anyone first off, that made a vow and didn’t uphold it was responsible for breaking it (they weren’t stoned, or anything), man or woman.

However, if the father or husband refused the wife to make a vow she desired, she was released from the vow and the husband or father was accountable.

How does this apply now? Jesus talked about vows and not to even make them, but rather say your yes be yes and your no be no.

What does that even mean? 1. vows are a works-oriented issue and 2. men were no longer part of this decision-making for daughters or wives. 3. We individually are responsible for not fulfilling that yes to our friend/God, and we are given praise if we give a no and then fulfill it anyway. 4. God is our Father and the church always represents the Bride of the Messiah (throughout the entire OT).

So Yeshua released everyone from the law. Through the Cross.

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Numbers 29! Exciting

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I read Numbers chap 29, yet another fantastic chapter on prophecy. Here through the covenant with Israel (before Jeremiah 31:31-33: ‘Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt— a covenant they broke, though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. 33 “But this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD. I will put My law in their minds and inscribe it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they will be My people…’–not works!)

God gave the Israelites out of Egypt some feasts all of us should know. FIRST: the Festival of Trumpets. Always (always) falls on a Friday, aka ‘Preparation Day’ before Shabat (Sabbath), which is prophetic. Jesus was crucified on Preparation Day when His blood was spilled and He died.

SECOND, the next, is the Day of Atonement, ALwAYS on the Shabat, the days out of Egypt (before the Jordan), always the day of reflection, confession and redemption. For all of us we recognize that the Day of Atonement is the covering/wiping clean our slate from sin by the blood of the perfect Lamb. THIRD is the Festival of Tabernacles, setting up booths to remember God’s provision in the wilderness and the future promise of the Messiah (note: there is never a mention of many messiahs…). This is also prophetic that on the 8th day (Sunday, April 3rd, 33 A.D. Jesus was resurrected from the dead). Captured the middle of the night, Thursday, and whipped:

(Isaiah 53:3 – he was despised by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain), crucified (Isaiah 53: 4-5 ‘Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, (THE CROSS) yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; (HIS DEATH) for the transgression of my people he was punished. 9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, (On Friday, so the Sabbath could be kept pure, (and Mark 15:46, Matthew 27:57-60 fulfills this prophecy== “And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because … came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the Body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.”) Isaiah v 9 continued… though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.’

NEXT on Sunday, the Feast of the Tabernacles, the remembrance of delivery from slavery to looking ahead to the Messiah, v 11-12 ‘After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.’ (AFTER He suffered, died and was buried… God says ‘He will see the light of life…. he will bear their iniquities…because he poured his life unto death… and made intercession for the transgressors [ie us]). (HIS RESURRECTION).

I could continue but it’s a long post highlighting the 3 most important Hebrew festivals after Passover, and the fulfillment of these prophecies in the one Messiah, Yeshua HaMashiach.
Please reply if you have any corrections to my interpretation of this passage or anything I have missed.

More Numbers :)

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As I continue my trek through the Book of Numbers in the Tenakh, I am on chapter 28. Fantastic chapter.

My theological opinions are of my own research, however, if I’m completely off-base,

I welcome correction.

This is yet another cool very cool chapter. Moses is about to die and the LORD tells

him this. Moses prays not for his own life now, but for a successor. With me so far?

Back in chapter 13, Moses sent spies to the New Land, and Caleb and Joshua came

back with good reports. So good, in fact, it sounds like heaven on earth. Caleb went

first, reported first (Caleb means faithful).

Now in Ch 28 Moses chose Joshua (In Hebrew, Yeshuah, in Greek, Jesus, means God
rescues) to lead His people. This is prophetic. John the Baptist was a typology of
Caleb, going before, making a way, giving a good report of the ultimate promised
land through Jesus (Joshua was not just wise and very brave, he was a typology of
the ultimate rescuer, Jesus) who was appointed leader of the people, of the armies
(people of God and angels).

Another day in the Tenakh

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I love the Tenakh (Hebrew scripture) because this is 1. taught by Yeshua and 2. fulfilled by Yeshua. I’ve been planting myself into His word from Genesis to Malachi, steeping myself in understanding in the light of the Gospel, in the light of the culture.

I’m currently at Numbers 26. To sum up Exodus through Leviticus up to this point: Yahweh brought the Hebrews out of slavery (death) into the wilderness, when they all sinned, rebelled, etc. Even Moses and Aaron. Thus, Yahweh said all of that generation would die in the wilderness (including Moses & Aaron). Only Joshua and Caleb would cross into the promised land.

In Numbers (as it implies, doink), Yahweh speaks and commands a census. Now, men of 20 and older are to be conscripted into the army.

So onto Numbers 26. This is an awesome foreshadowing and prophecy for the future. ‘After the plague,’ (picture of disbelief/sin), Eleazar (God helps) counts the men who are able to battle age 20 or more (the first fruits after the release from slavery (sin, the second generation kinda like the NT), gathered before crossing the Jordan River in Moab (from land of sin/death to hope/baptism for the ultimate life, i.e. God’s ultimate redemption-heaven).

God bless your Father’s Day! And our ultimate Father…

Jordan River 

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