Symbolism of Sheep and the Leg-Breaking Myth

Sheep 101

Break a leg?
There is a commonly-held belief that shepherds in Biblical times would break the legs of lambs that constantly wandered away. According to the “story,” the shepherd would then set the broken leg and carry the lamb on his shoulders until the leg healed, after which time the lamb would remain by the shepherd’s side for the rest of its life. While there is no way to know for certain what Biblical shepherds did, there is no such story in the Bible, and to do so would be cruel and impractical.

 

Shepherding the Flock

First, you may have heard that shepherd’s often break the legs of a lamb that has continually gone astray. The idea is that as the lamb heals the shepherd will keep it by his side and handle and feed it so individually that the lamb will never stray again. A good shepherd would never do that. Angie and I cringe every time we hear that story and it’s just not true. If God wanted you to believe that, He would have written it in scripture with the other sheep analogies. There are better ways of protecting lambs from hurting themselves and wandering off.

Secondly, we often hear those that say, sheep must be led and cannot be driven. This is another misconception. Actually, when you think about it, that’s what sheep dogs do! Sheep can be led by someone that they trust. But they can also be driven just like cattle.

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Symbolism of the Vine and Branches

The pruning of the vine causes the remaining branch nubs to produce sweeter fruit:

How to Prune Grape Vines for Fruit Development

Winter Pruning of Vines from Infancy to the Fourth Year

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Live by the Sword…

We were told to seek His protection, so He can guide us and others during the darkening days ahead. We will follow the Holy Spirit’s lead, whether or not guns are involved.

After all I have been through, I cannot hold any position strictly concerning this issue. Too many stories in the Bible have the Lord directing His people into doing unusual things. Obedience requires me to be flexible for I do not know what the Lord has in store for me.

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The Best Bread

Once upon a time, there was a little boy who had so many allergies, he could not partake of communion. He, being young, did not have a care, but the adults determined he had to participate in some way. “Gluten-free wafers,” one suggested, and yet another, “Look, rice crackers!”

The mother sighed. “Nay, his problems are too numerous, illnesses too great.” She smiled at their kindness. “Fear not, the Father in heaven is giving my child the best bread of all—Jesus, the Manna that never spoils, the unleavened Bread of Life. The Holy Spirit feeds this Bread to his little spirit by the reading and interpretation of Scripture, examples of the Messiah’s work occurring all around us, His inspiration to him via prayers, and the love of those close to him. If there is a lesson to be learnt by a child such as this, it is the understanding that ritual is not what is important, but that the nourishment of soul and spirit, the true meaning of imbibing the bread and wine, is paramount.”

The End

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Puzzling Passages Made Plain: The Levite and His Concubine – Part 1

I received the inspiration and most of the words for this post three week ago… and sat on it. “Why bother?” I thought, “No one is going to get it. It will either look like genius or madness.” The spouse got a synopsis of it and agreed with my feelings. All I know is that if I do not write it, He will give the assignment to someone else. *sigh*

Since this is getting massive, so I will enter this section now and continue with the rest. I strongly recommend checking out Puzzling Passages Made Plain: Tossed to the Depraved prior to reading.

Thank you, Kelley, for the slight change in focus; He agreed with you.

Judges 19 tells a tale that is difficult for people—in particular, women—to process. Always remember, we cannot judge the past with the mindset of the present, or compare a culture to ours, believing ours superior. The keys to analyzing the deeper level of any story in the Bible are 1) look at the symbolism (Scripture interprets Scripture) and 2) everything points to the Father’s plan and His Son’s role in it. This post will address both of these.

He Created Both Male and Female

First, keep in mind that the Father duplicated all of His attributes into man, then split those attributes evenly into man and woman, right down to life-creation. Man and woman in union is the physical symbol of the Father Himself. When the speaking and living breaths of Yah (spirit) entered the man (flesh) and he became a living soul (life, personality – heart, mind, self-effort), this demonstrated the subordination of the soul (life, personality) to the flesh or the spirit. Without the soul, man would be just a meat robot. This means the male, who came first, represents either the flesh (beast, outside of Yah’s will)…

Job 18:3 Why are we regarded as cattle and considered stupid in your sight?

Psalm 49:12 and Psalm 49:20 Man in his pomp, yet without understanding, is like the beasts that perish.

Psalm 73:22 I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you.

Proverbs 30:2 Surely I am only a brute, not a man; I do not have human understanding.

Ecclesiastes 3:18 I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals.”

Ecclesiastes 3:19 Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless.

2 Peter 2:12 But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction.

Jude 1:10 Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct—as irrational animals do—will destroy them.

…or the spirit (guidance, within Yah’s will).

Genesis 41:38 So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?”

Genesis 45:8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father [guide] to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.

Proverbs 20:27 The human spirit is the lamp of the LORD that sheds light on one’s inmost being.

Job 29:16 I was a father [guide] to the needy; I took up the case of the stranger.

Job 32:8 But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.

Isaiah 22:21 I will clothe Him with your robe and fasten your sash around Him and hand your authority over to Him. He will be a father [guide] to those who live in Jerusalem and to the people of Judah.

Daniel 4:8 and Daniel 4:9 [Nebuchadnezzar] said, “Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you, and no mystery is too difficult for you. Here is my dream; interpret it for me.

Daniel 5:11 and Daniel 5:14 There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners.

Therefore the female represents the soul (life, personality – heart, mind, self-effort) that either submits to the flesh (beast, against Yah’s will)…

1 Samuel 6:6 Why should you harden your hearts [souls, lives, efforts] as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? After He had dealt severely with them, did they not send the people away, and they departed?

Job 15:8 Do you listen in on God’s council [mind]? Do you have a monopoly on wisdom?

Proverbs 6:26 For a prostitute’s [heresy] fee is only a loaf of bread, but an adulteress [apostasy] goes after a precious life.

Proverbs 6:32 He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.

Proverbs 29:3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes [heresies, distractions] squanders his wealth [gifts, blessings].

Ezekiel 13:18 …and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the women who sew magic charms on all their wrists and make veils of various lengths for their heads in order to ensnare people. Will you ensnare the lives [souls, hearts] of my people but preserve your own?’

Matthew 16:26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul [life]? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul [life]?

Romans 2:9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

…or the spirit (guidance, for Yah’s will).

Deuteronomy 4:9 Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart [life, soul], for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 23:19 Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart [life, soul] on the right path.

All of Proverbs 31

Hosea 11:3-4 Yet it was I who taught Ephraim [Israel] to walk; I took them up by their arms, but they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of kindness, with the bands of love, and I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws, and I bent down to them and fed them.

Matthew 16:25 For whoever would save his life [soul] will lose it, but whoever loses his life [soul] for my sake will find it.

Romans 2:7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.

1 Corinthians 2:16 for, “Who has known the mind [soul, life] of the Lord so as to instruct him? [Isaiah 40:13, Jeremiah 23:18, Romans 11:34]” But we have the mind [soul, life] of Christ.

The order of operation goes as followed:

In His will: spiritsoulflesh
The soul willfully subjects to the spirit, and thus both control the flesh. The soul is the vehicle through which the spirit operates the outer man.

Against His will: soulflesh
The spirit (breath, wind) keeps you alive, waiting for the moment to convict you.

Decision or life in general: ¿spirit? →←soul→←¿flesh?
This is what Paul meant when he said the flesh lusts against the Spirit and Spirit against the flesh. The poor soul (pun intended) is stuck in the middle, trying to decipher which way to go.

Jesus Submits

The personhood of Jesus is the best example of spiritsoulflesh operation. He came from the Father (spirit) to bring life (soul) to the existence through the spoken word (Yah’s will) and later, put on flesh to show us what to do (Yah’s desire). Although He is part of Yah (spirit), He still says His life (soul) is in subjection to His Father Creator. The Father provided His Son guidance and sustenance (spirit and soul working together, directing the flesh) so He could fulfill His mission in this dimension.

In turn, symbolically, the Ecclesia (men and women both) submits to Christ’s headship (authority) as He tends to our needs, spiritual or otherwise, just as a wife submits to her husband and her husband to her needs (Ephesians 5:22-33). This is a mostly voluntary, symbiotic relationship. I say mostly voluntary because faith is a gift from the Father (Romans 4:16, 1 Corinthians 12:9, Ephesians 2:8) and He wishes to operate His creation through the volunteers He chose from the beginning of the world (Acts 13:48, Romans 8:28, Ephesians 1:4, Ephesians 1:5, Ephesians 1:11, 2 Timothy 1:9, 1 Peter 1:20).

What was the point of this explanation? To show the importance of the soul’s submission in Yah’s plan and Yeshua’s role. Keep this in mind while reading the rest.

Prophetic Layer #1

Every story in the Tanahk (OT) contains a prophetic meaning or lesson. The Levite traveling through Mt. Ephraim in this tale represents the Father, the concubine, Israel. Making Israel as someone who agrees to be sex partner with without the legal conditions of wifehood symbolizes how far the relationship between Yah and Israel had disintegrated. Throughout the book of Judges, we witness Israel “playing the harlot” or flouting Torah (His Laws) repeatedly. Yah sends prophets to “speak tenderly to her” (woo her back, remind her of their pact).

Her father represents the world. Notice the Levite accepts five days of hospitality from the man. Five is the number of grace—judgment delayed. Yah once again removes Israel from the world (leaves her father’s home) to continue their relationship (the Masoretic text says they were returning home, the Septuagint says they were going to the Lord’s House in Shiloh).

Towards evening, the servant brings to his master’s attention that there is a city nearby where they could rest. The Levite corrects him, saying it was not a place of their brethren. This means the servant represents the desires of the flesh—whatever is easy and/or immediate.

The three pass on to Gibeah in the territory of Benjamin, but no one welcomes them into their home. This symbolizes sin, declared by “The Law of Hospitality” in Torah (Deuteronomy 10:18-19, Exodus 22:21, Leviticus 19:34, Psalm 146:9). The old man and his kindness is Yah’s provision in the midst of wickedness. Both the actions of the Benjamites and the old man represent the Father’s behavior towards believers and unbelievers alike, meaning we all go through the trials and triumphs of life (Genesis 3:16-19, Genesis 8:22, Psalm 65:9, Psalm 147:8, Ecclesiastes 3, Jeremiah 5:24, Matthew 5:43-48, Matthew 13:24-30, 1 Corinthians 7:14).

Judgment comes in the form of perverts (Gentiles) who have no knowledge of or respect for Yah, yet are tools in His Hands. See Nebuchadnezzar, My servant, Judges 2:14, 2 Kings 17:20, 2 Kings 18:9-12, 2 Kings 24:2, 1 Chronicles 5:26, Isaiah 8:7-10, Isaiah 44:28 [2 Chronicles 36:22-23, Ezra 1:1-4], Daniel 6:25-28, Hosea 8:1 [Deuteronomy 28:49, Jeremiah 49:22, Ezekiel 17:3, Habakkuk 1:8]. The old man tries to dissuade them because the Father does not delight in the punishment of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23, Ezekiel 18:32, Ezekiel 33:11, Isaiah 55:7, 2 Peter 3:9). The offering of the concubine and his virgin daughter is a reminder that both the righteous and unrighteous suffer under judgment (Joshua and Caleb had to wander the desert with Israel, Isaiah 57:1, Ezekiel 21:3-4).

To return the favor of the old man, the Levite grabs his concubine and throws her to the perverts—judgment rendered. The four main judgments in Scripture are famine (no help from the city dwellers), pestilence (sin breeds sin, various forms of sexual abuse), war (wild beasts, continuous abuse unto death), and captivity (holding her hostage). Releasing her at sunrise symbolizes Yah gathering Israel back to the land (or rather, to Him) at a future date. The virgin daughter, Judah in this tale, is spared. This part tells us Yah chooses whom He blesses or destroys [Job 12:23, Exodus 1:15-20, Psalm 105:24, Jeremiah 1:10, Jeremiah 18:9-10,Jeremiah 31:28, Amos 9:11, Acts 17:26 (Isaiah 26:15)].

“…and her hands on the threshold.” This phrase alone should send serious students of Scripture into a flurry of research. Hand in Scripture symbolizes someone’s actions. In ancient times, people honored a guest by the sacrifice of an animal at the threshold of a home. There would be a grove in the stone or wood of the bottom of a doorway so the animal’s blood would flow across the entry. The guest had to step over the blood without touching it, or the guest would become unclean. They believe Yah or their gods would bless the guest, home and the family by this act. Yah took this to another level when He had the Israelites sacrifice lambs, catch the blood in basins, and paint the blood on the doorposts and lintel—a foreshadowing of men crucifying Yeshua by His Father’s will.

For this tale, the concubine’s death was the threshold sacrifice, saving the rest of the occupants. It is also a warning to Judah [the virgin (the soul) and the young male servant (the flesh)] not to break her pact with Him (the spirit). See Deuteronomy 32:25, 2 Chronicles 36:17, Psalm 78:63, Lamentations 2:21, Amos 8:13.

The division of the concubine’s body and a piece dropped into each territory of Israel was the declaration that the Law against Shedding Innocent Blood (Exodus 21:14, Numbers 35:33) had been violated. This situation foreshadows prophets (body parts = imperfect people) of Israel and Judah being persecuted (Jeremiah’s treatment, 2 Chronicles 30:10, 2 Chronicles 36:16) or killed (Nehemiah 9:26, 2 Chronicles 24:20-21), the latter causing the curse of innocent blood to be upon themselves (the flesh = land, dirt, clay).

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Why Is That Song in My Head?

While working on a massive post, Yeshua saw fit to give me something else to post. This one cracked me up because it is just so… odd. How can anybody not love Him? LOL! Enjoy!

Have you ever been simply doing whatever it is you had to do, and, out of nowhere, a song you had not heard in years, secular or religious, just popped into your head… and will not go away? Or, even more annoying, when you start singing or humming the thing and you cannot stop. We usually dismiss it as a brain fart, but what if there was something more we were supposed to notice?

From 2005 to now, I have been living mostly music-free (some classical and jazz for the children)—too busy researching and the majority of secular and religious tunes has been grating my nerves since 2000. Why, in 2009, did the refrain and ending chant of Chaka Khan’s Through the Fire start coming out of my mouth while checking out a conspiracy website? After a couple of rounds out of my mouth and another in my head, I stopped what I was doing to analyze the words. “Oh, those parts are like my relationship with Christ.” Silence… Message received, or so I thought.

Nope, it returned often for over a year. I just shrugged it off, sticking with my first analysis, seeing it as a reminder. One day, when my family was out, I was listening to Henry Gruver’s prophecy about nuclear disaster coming to the US. Gruver mentioned the Lord asking him if he could deal with losing everything, including his wife and children. That part stuck with me for a long time. Afterwards, I had lain down to nap and kept thinking, “Can I do that? Can I give up everything, even the family I had desired and received, to follow Him?” I burst into tears and slid onto my knees. Everything physical goes on the altar to be burned; everything intangible gets nailed to the cross. “Let Your will be done. Let Your will be done. Let Your will be done…”

The refrain and ending chant never returned unless I actively think on it.

I had an attack of nostalgia in 2011 and ended up watching hours of music videos from the 1960s through 2003 for several days. It wrapped up with my favorite scene from the movie, The Color Purple (God’s Trying to Tell Your Something). When I went to sleep that night, the refrain, “Lord’s trying to tell you something” ripped through my chest and ears. I awoke with a slight shock; it was so loud. I asked, yet too lazy to get up, “What is it? You servant is listening.” Nothing… I went back to sleep.

In 2012, I had another episode of looking back at old videos, which He halted. “Enough of that.” Not long after, I heard a sermon by Gary C. Price warning us about going down memory lane. Uh-oh… I forgot about those the following year and the Father used the spouse to thwart that one (unbeknownst to spouse). Yeah, slow on the intake, but I got the message: don’t make this a habit; leave the past in the past unless it is a testimony.

A month ago, two days prior to Bible study night, the chorus from Show Me by The Cover Girls started to randomly pop up. Ugh! It kept nagging at me during the drive to the study. “Argh, why is this stupid song playing in my head?” It stopped for good when I pulled into the parking lot. I will admit this “church system” assignment frustrates me, tempting me to skip out altogether. Of course, I got the message on the drive back home: to love Him is to obey Him, no matter what. Well, this is better than walking around barefoot and naked for 3 years or eating bread cooked over dried cow patties.

The Lord showed me another angle this morning. Remember, if you are dead to self, getting offended is no long an issue for you unless you sense He is offended. When the Lord does speak to you through a song of any kind, that does not mean He wants you to use it in worship. There are plenty of YouTube vids showing choirs using secular songs or styles during service—big mistake. This falls into the category of religious activity not ordained by Yah, but FOR YOU ALONE. Just because He inspired you through a tune does not mean it is for everyone. This is why, once again, it is imperative for believers to hear Yeshua for themselves and see the Father at work.

I do not believe in coincidence or random happenings for no reason on this Walk, so this may be a little head’s-up for someone out there.

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Is This the Signal?

The Living Word said I will know when it is time to leave this assembly I am attending. I had a dream on September 28th, months prior to this assignment, that a pastor would say, “Just because something is plausible, does not mean it actually is.” Will these be the words that set me free? Stay tuned…

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Thought Splatters (Slurp!)

You cannot mentally ascend to Christ. You can study and analyze all you want but salvation requires such an intimate relationship with Him that He becomes you and the Will of God shines out of you. The sex act under the marriage covenant symbolizes this.

Matthew 3:2, Matthew 4:17, and Mark 1:15 Repent, for the Kingdom of YHWH is at hand. Translation: Change your mind, your heart, your effort—your very life (soul), for YHWH is here to dwell within you.

Colossians 1:27 …Christ in you, the hope of glory. Translation: The Living Word transforms you into His Light to shine upon (give hope to) the world.

Leviticus 11:44, Leviticus 11:45, Leviticus 19:2, Leviticus 20:7, Isaiah 35:8, 1 Peter 1:16 “Be holy, for I am holy.” Translation: I am separated from the influence of the physical plane, therefore, through Me, you will also become separated.

John 4:23 “…worship [serve the Kingdom, minister to the Body] in spirit [our connection to the Father, the Holy Spirit] and in truth [His knowledge and wisdom, the Living Word, Yeshua]…”

The entire Bible is a parable, full of parables. And guess what? Your entire life is a parable, full of parables.

An epiphany for church-seekers: Instead of asking Yah for fellowship, why not ask Him for more opportunities to serve Him and the Body along with the words and actions needed to accomplish His desire? Solomon asked for wisdom in order to guide all of Israel (2 Chronicles 1:7-13). Jesus repeatedly said He only did what His Father wanted Him to do (Matthew 26:39, John 4:34, John 5:19, John 5:30, John 5:36, John 6:38, John 8:16, John 8:28, John 8:29, John 12:49, John 12:50, John 14:10, John 17:4).

Unless one studies Torah, one may get a wrong impression about what sin is. For example, some teach that those who are in second marriages after a divorce must divorce and remarry the first spouse. Torah says otherwise, Deuteronomy 24:1-4. Also see the symbolism of it in Jeremiah 3:1.

Contrary to popular belief, there can be people devoted to His will and yet be under an unrighteous teacher or in a spiritually dead assembly. May He get the glory, always!

“You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink,” goes the saw. Yet, the Holy Spirit can make an ass speak. It is the power of the Father that changes hearts, not education.

Why can’t I think of wise, spiritual things to say when I need it? Yeshua, please, I need Your Words; I crave Your Wisdom!

What is active submission? Persistently seeking the will (not permission, unless you want to know if it is His will) of the Father while either doing good works (Acts 10:1-4) OR accomplishing whatever He told you to do (Acts 10:5-8).

“Lord, people are going to think I’m touched in the head.” “But I was taught this, not that…” “This is crazy! It can’t possibly be from You, Jesus.” He does not care about what we or anyone else thinks—obey Him, go through the fire, and ask for more of Him to fill that empty space which used to contain self.

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Body Parts

During a Bible study, I described the huge plant that came from the tiny mustard seed as the Body, “I am the Vine (the seed) and you are the branches (the growth).” Someone else said the church and gave praise to the over 1 billion people who say Jesus is my Savior. The minister agreed with that.

Wait… I thought people used the terms Body and church interchangeably. These two focused on the system and its growth being what Jesus wanted. If that were true, then why is the world growing increasingly wicked? Why have all these factions (denominations)?

Missing Parts?

Yeshua told me there is a connection between 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4:11:

Christ – the brain
Apostles – right hand
Prophets – left hand
Evangelists – the heart
Pastors – right foot
Teachers – left foot
Each person’s service – the rest of His Body

This means believers are a part of an organic, living Body, not a system or place. From this model, the pastors (shepherds) and teachers support the Body and propel it forward on His Path. The apostles and prophets perform His Actions on the Body and in the world. The evangelists keep fresh lives moving throughout His Body as quickly as He makes them. Notice, the division into 7 main parts—7 being the number of spiritual perfection or completion.

Now who works for whom?
Where does it say the elders are the head?
Where does it say the pastor/minister/priest/etc. is the head?
How many assemblies are actually “crippled” and not even know it?
Where does it say a building is the “house (family) of the Lord” anymore?
Are the Bible, the church system, and man-made doctrines the crutches keeping it from toppling over?

Is it any wonder unbelievers turn their noses up at it?

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A Warning for Heresy Hunters

On Andrew Strom’s old website, he posted a great article full of thought-provoking truth. Some took offense because it came from IHOP. An argument ensued and Strom used the term heresy hunters, the first time I had ever seen it utilized.  The next day, the entry had disappeared. Pity…

That situation shone a light on my own behavior. So easy it is to get trapped in fault finding and finger pointing. I had become a zealot—no mercy or grace, being correct is paramount. Thankfully, it was for only a couple of month. See, He allows us to make errors, but if we stay in seeking and doing His supernatural will, He will eventually correct us. Remember, being righteous is not the same as being correct; only one human was ever correct, Yeshua. As it is written, “Let YHWH be true and every man a liar.

The Father never inspired me to check out IHOP and they do have questionable doctrine, but He has had me read a teaching and listen to two great sermons from one of their minister in Africa. I admit I do use the internet as a means to see opinions about a teacher or ministry, but He can still guide me to something useful a false prophet has said that I needed to hear… and move on. Other times, I find the heresy hunter missed the mark and the teacher he debated with actually had a lot of great information. Yah uses both the righteous and unrighteous [Nebuchadnezzar, My servant] to get His will done, which is why we can still use the Bible despite of its imperfections and alterations. We must receive discernment directly from Him to make sure we are not throwing out truth because we hate the package. This is the spiritual meaning of James 2:1-13.

What I usually see is that those hunting the most are not hearing from Yeshua Himself. Truth is not a mental and moral ascension, but a person. Get to know Him. For those who claim to be hearing from Him, see below:

Revelation 2:2-6 I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for My name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.

But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans [ruling over the lay people], which I also hate.

What was the love you had at first?

Deuteronomy 6:5, Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30 Love YHWH your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

Deuteronomy 4:29 But from there you will seek the YHWH your God and you will find Him, if you search after Him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Leviticus 19:18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am YHWH.

Leviticus 19:34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am YHWH your God.

Matthew 22:39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

John 13:34 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Mark 12:33 and Luke 10:27 And to love Him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

Galatians 5:14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

James 2:8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.

1 John 4:21 And He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

“But I am loving them,” you say, “by pointing out their error and warning others.”

Hosea 6:6 For I desire mercy [loyalty] and not sacrifice [your own works], the knowledge of God [seek Me] rather than burnt offerings [the outward appearance].

Matthew 9:13 Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.

Matthew 12:7 And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.

“But, false teachers are leading the sheep astray!”

2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound (healthy) teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first…

Ephesians 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.

Psalm 81:12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.

Hebrews 10:30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,” [Deuteronomy 32:35, Proverbs 20:22, Psalm 94:1, Jeremiah 51:56, Nahum 1:2, Romans 12:19] and again, “YHWH will judge His people.” [Deuteronomy 32:36, Jeremiah 25:29, Jeremiah 49:12, 1 Peter 4:17]

Who is the Savior, you or Yeshua? Have you taken the place of His Holy Guide?

If heresy hunting and being correct comprise more than 10% of your discussion about Christ and the brethren, then you have no trust in Yah doing His job. Yeshua did not call anyone to this type of focus; He called us to love (fruit of the Spirit) and to plant seeds of the Word. Pray for them. Turn them over to Yah. Move on! Yes, you can point out disagreements and faults, but let it be a tiny portion and don’t beat people over the head with it.

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