Oh, Child Walk On The Water

I cant wait, cant wait! I want to swim around like a little fish with my Daddy. Mommy tells me I’m a natural; Daddy says I’m a little fish! I’m going to get my bathing suit on and wait for Daddy to get home from work; he won’t be able to tell me no. Because I’m his punkin pie. “Me, age 5”

Do you love to swim? I do. I was drawn to the water as a child. It was second nature for me. My feet would magically turn into flippers. But first, I had to overcome my fear. My Dad would hold me on his back when he swam. I had to build the courage to swim on my own. He would dive underwater and touch the bottom of the floor, gliding along the pool’s bed, with me holding his neck tightly and grasping his back with my legs. I had first-hand experience. My Dad taught me well. It was time for me to show my trust in him. 

Are you ready, Crystal, my Dad, asks; he is a bit scared to release me. I’m ready, Daddy! Throw me in! I feel the cold waters rush over me as I look up; the sting of chlorine causes my eyes to be blurry. But I see him, standing there looking down at me, waiting for me to come up, or he’s jumping in. I came up for air and started moving my feet and arms around. I looked up at my Dad and found an expression that I would hold dearly for the rest of my life; he was excitedly proud of me. I had done it, overcame my fears, and learned to swim all at once. I felt empowered and swam my little heart away. I had learned to swim by being thrown in the water by my Father. The term to walk on water is described as such ” to perform an impossible God like task”. Sometimes faith and trust feel like God like qualities, because they are. It is difficult as adults to have faith when we have experienced traumas. It is difficult to have trust when the world and many in it, show us otherwise. Trust is earned, even with God. There is no doubt in my mind that our Elohim has proven trustworthy. The questions we must ask ourselves is, can I see His qualities with out any of my own insecurities getting in the way? Can I see my God regardless of people’s wrongdoings?

27 But immediately, Yeshua spoke to them, saying, “Take courage! I am. Don’t be afraid.” 28 Answering, Peter said to Him, “Master, if it’s You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water to go to Yeshua. 30 But seeing the wind, he became terrified. And beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, “Master, save me!” Matthew 14:27-30

The faith of a child is truly a wonder. Faith requires trust. Both require a childlike heart and mind. I trusted my Dad. I knew he would shelter me from harm. I knew that he would hold me in times of distress. I knew he loved me. I recently did a small study on the word trust. I wanted to understand what it meant to trust Adonai like I had trusted my Dad. I learned that there are at least four meanings for trust; one is Amen, which means to agree with( Jeff Benner). If you’re interested in reading more about the various meanings, click the link below. In the following verse, I noticed Yeshua agreeing with the words spoken. I began to ponder who He was in agreement with.

2 And He called a child to Himself, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Amen, I tell you, unless you turn and become like children, you shall never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever then shall humble himself like this child, this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in My name, welcomes Me. Matthew 18:2-5

I’ve been binge-watching the Chosen. I had previously watched before but felt led again to refresh my memory. While listening to the opening credits, I became overwhelmed with Adonai. I wept and praised Him. The lyrics to the song awakened an old memory, and the little fish reminded me of who I am. I was mourning. I missed my earthly Dad. A few years after our moment at the pool, he passed away, and I was never the same. How could I be? As a child, I felt the piercing of death. Where did my trust go; to Sheol- the grave. It wasn’t until my older age I began to understand the living waters of resurrection, Yeshua! I was reminded to jump in the water. Especially when I’m scared, do it. Wrap my arms around Abbas’ neck and lean into Him as I take the plunge of faith into the overwhelming seas of life. 

29 For You light up my lamp. Adonai my God shines in my darkness. 30 For with You I rush on a troop, with my God I scale a wall. 31As for God, His way is perfect. The word of Adonai is pure. He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. 32 For who is God, except Adonai? And who is a Rock, except our God? 33 God girds me with strength and makes my way straight. 34He makes my feet like those of deer and makes me stand on my heights. 35 He trains my hands for battle, so my arms can bend a bronze bow. 36 You gave me the shield of Your salvation. Your right hand upholds me, Your gentleness makes me great. 37 You broaden my steps beneath me, so my ankles have not slipped. Psalm 18:29-37

I trust you, Father, because you have taught me well. I hope Our Heavenly Father looks down at me with the same expression that once strengthened me, excitedly proud. If today you are struggling with your faith and trust in Adonai, Our God. Just remember healing comes in waves. We are human and make mistakes. Nothing can come between our Father’s love for us except for ourselves. Allow yourself to heal and mourn. Feel what you need to feel. Ask God the hard questions. Then jump in the water. You never know who needs the keys to what once bound you. Walk on the water.

Oh, child, come on in Jump in the water 

Got no trouble with the mess you been

Walk on the water ~ Chosen Theme Song~

I don’t own the rights to the video. While I enjoyed watching The Chosen, I do not agree with each episode.

Works cited:

https://www.ancient-hebrew.org/studies-words/hebrew-words-for-trust.htm

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/walking-on-water

Is our Tamuz showing?

The mazel or constellation for the month is the Sartan/Cancer, the crab. May we traverse the hard outer shell of our selves to the inner spark within.

Tamuz, the fourth month in the Biblical cycle is upon us and within its contents awaits the potential for growth. During the summer months, the days are long, and the heat is turned up. The humidity can get the best of us, and so can our heated emotions. Our flesh wants to expose itself as we go through this season. This is both physical and spiritual. Author DovBer Pinson has this to say: 

“Before the Babylonian Exile, Tamuz was simply called ‘the Fourth Month.’ Only after the Exile did it take the name Tamuz. In the Torah the word Tamuz is related to the concept of heat, as we find in an etymologically similar word l’Meizei, as in “l’Meizei l’Atuna / the furnace heated” (Daniel, 3:19). As we have discussed, the heat of Tamuz is related not merely to physical heat, as in the heat of the summer sun, but also to emotional heat and specifically the heat of jealousy. In the month of Tamuz we need to face and refine the fearful, ‘hot’ emotion of jealousy in order to elevate it and use it to catalyze positive transformation.” 

The number four has some significance to it as well.

“Authority, government, rule, dominion, calendar, time, creation, kingdom, fullness, giving of the Torah (Law) and Holy Spirit. The most holy Name of G-d has four Hebrew letters (yohd, heh, vav, heh – YHWH.” (Grace in Torah.net).

As I have been studying this month and it’s unique qualities of transformation, I started to ponder how our Elohim/God views jealousy. There can be a form of jealousy that provokes us to reach within and become better people. During the next few months, we will have the potential for great darkness or great light, depending on how we understand Adonai’s Authority and Torah. With everything in this life, we have choices. How we see them, well, that’s up to us. 

“Do not worship any other god, for YHWH (the Lord), whose name is jealous (qana), is a jealous (qana) God.”(Exodus 34:14).

I don’t believe Elohim’s jealousy is like our own. He does not get green-eyed with envy. He knows His worth. For His Name’s sake, He becomes jealous. The ancient Hebrews were about honor and keeping integrity attached to their name. It was important to uphold the family’s dignity and moral character. Jeff Benner from the Ancient Hebrew Center explains the ancient thought process on jealousy by breaking it down below: 

Transliteration: “Qa-NA”

Meaning: To protect. This child root is to guard (often translated as Jealous). A bird watches over the eggs and young with jealousy and will defend them from the enemy and prevent any other bird from entering the nest. Just as a bird watches over her eggs from predators, God also watches over his children in his nest, protecting them from predators – other gods.

What a beautiful visual of His love for His children, don’t you think? This month is connected to the sense of sight–seeing. If your interested in reading a unique approach to seeing like Naphtali the deer, please visit Tekoa’s newest two part blog Night Vision Goggles  

We can stumble on our Messiah’s words and get confused with His teachings. But I think this is key to understanding what we should be doing. Yeshua provoked the Pharisees to jealousy. His teachings still do today. We don’t need to have baseless hatred for one another but a healthy understanding of our identities and role in helping bring the fullness of Adonai’s image.

“I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their false step salvation has come to the Gentiles to provoke Israel to jealousy” (Romans 11:11). 

Have you heard this saying,”like attracts like?” I believe this to be true. How can we provoke brother Judah into jealousy if we mimic what they do? Is it possible Yeshua has already shown us how? The fast of Tamuz will be here before we know it, and I understand we want to be in solidarity with Judah. And yet, I feel we are supposed to oppose them as well. Is this not what Yeshua did? Not in a fleshly battle for birth rights or trying to prove who the chosen ones are. But an action that will bring true shalom to Adonai’s House. Many will mourn the destruction of the Temples this month. I feel this sorrow too. However, I also feel this incredible peace and light because Adonai has set His spirit upon all the Earth! His authority over creation.

Should we grieve this month? Yeshua didn’t grieve the destruction of the temple. He grieved over the blindness and importance of knowledge triumphing over heart issues. Why do we grieve? Im not saying we shouldn’t fast or grieve, I think these are good for the soul. Im asking if our hearts are in the right place when we do so. Even the disciples of Yeshua got caught up in the outwards beauty of the buildings. What are we building and will it be torn down?

 “Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” (Matthew 24:1)

What occurs first, our eyes’ or our heart’s desires? What if the answer is twofold, depending on the situation.

The heart and the eyes are spies for the body. The eye sees– the heart desires, and the body commits the sin (Rashi).

When we fix our gaze upon something we shouldn’t, our heart starts to desire it. Then jealousy engulfs us.

” One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,  and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” (2 Samuel 11:2-3)

The form of jealousy that we choose will predict our outcome. Are we jealous for jealousy’s sake?

” But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous on my behalf? If only Adonai would make all the people prophets! If only Adonai would put the Spirit on all of them!” (Numbers 11:29)

What about for the sake of bettering ourselves? For instance, let’s say we see someone’s gifting and desire to mature in ours. Does this jealousy provide room for us to grow and mature in our own gifting? Does it cause us to inspect our own fruit. Tzitzit are like spiritual blossoms, reminding us of the fruit of the spirit.

“It will be your own tzitzit—so whenever you look at them, you will remember all the mitzvot of Adonai and do them and not go spying out after your own hearts and your own eyes, prostituting yourselves” (Numbers 23:39).

If our heart desires something first, then we allow our eyes to seek it out. Oh, friends, the battles of our flesh are real. 

“When you go out as an army camp against your enemies, you are to guard yourself from every evil thing” (Deuteronomy 23:10).

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” ( Proverbs 4:23)

During the summer months, clothing becomes less, and bodies are exposed. It’s hard for even the mature to divert their eyes, yet we are told specifically to do so. Yeshua reminds us of that:

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that everyone who looks upon a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28). 

If it wasn’t hard enough in the physical, we must also tackle this in the spiritual. We have to see ourselves as we are. Are we dressing modestly? If not, why do we want this attention? How about our character? Are we modest in this sense? Many questions for us to ponder.

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” (1 Peter 3:3-4)

We don’t always see things as they are, but as we are. May we become one with Adonai, as Yeshua was –seeing from our hearts and eyes the perfect will of our Elohim.

“Rejoice, young man, in your childhood, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and in the sight of your eyes, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment” (Ecclesiastes 11:9). 

Works cited:

The Months of Tamuz and AV: Embracing Brokenness- DovBer Pinson

https://www.ancient-hebrew.org/ancient-words/ancient-hebrew-words-build-jealous-and-lament.htm

I love you more than me

As I write this blog, I hope a sweet release comes upon the prophets of Adonai. The time to go forth and function in your role is here. May we remain humble in this journey. For those reading who are not prophets or don’t believe the office still exists, I ask you to read with unbiased eyes and a heart to understand. Just because the prophet is misunderstood doesn’t mean they don’t exist. There are many immature prophets in modern times; please don’t let that taint your view. We can’t erase people just because of a misunderstanding of the Word.

Around five years ago, I became pregnant with my sixth child. We had five boys, and this pregnancy was a surprise. In my mind, I was finished having children, oh but Abba had other plans. I had desperately wanted a daughter right after our first child was born. I watched as the sonogram revealed another sweet boy to add to our tribe with each pregnancy. I was filled with gratitude for these boys of mine; they stole my heart every time, and yet a longing for a daughter’s soft and gentle presence. We finally received a precious daughter, and I remember hearing the Father name her, “Lila Rose, a sweet-smelling aroma in a dark place.” I knew she would bring much joy and laughter to the lives she touched; feeling her excitement to be alive in my belly was confirmation. Let’s fast forward to the present time. She has truly lived up to her name in this short time. I was telling my sweet Lila Rose that I love her. She looked at me and said words that stopped me in my tracks. I love you more than me, Mom.

Her words unlocked doors I was unaware of in my soul. I pondered many things. I found my mind thinking about prophets. I thought about these fiery men and women—their words and how we see them. I felt a sting in my heart. Tears rolled down my face, dropped to the ground, and quickly disappeared into the dirt—the most misunderstood role in the body. Yeshua was the spirit of prophecy and notably one of the most hated men to walk the Earth. Yeshua wept. He still prays on our behalf. As the tears stopped, a change came over me; I felt freedom and warmth. I understood the call and felt the journey. A sweet-smelling aroma in a dark place had me looking to the sky. But why? Because I love you more than me. 

10 Then I fell down at his feet and worshiped him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that—for I am only a fellow servant with you and your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Yeshua. Worship God! For the testimony of Yeshua is the Spirit of Prophesy.” Revelation 19:10

41 As He drew near and saw Jerusalem, He wept over her, Luke 19:41

20 “I pray not on behalf of these only, but also for those who believe in Me through their message, 21 that they all may be one. Just as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You, so also may they be one in Us, so the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 The glory that You have given to Me I have given to them, that they may be one just as We are one— 23 I in them and You in Me—that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them as You loved Me. John 17:20-23

As we study the prophets, we have this vision of rough men who have knives for fingers and mantles as sharp as sickles, ready to send us to the depths of Sheol with their condemnation. Their words penetrate callused hearts and awaken anger in men they didn’t know they had. We wrestle with their preconceived arrogance and judgmental views. Yet, in secret places, they weep. They are pleading for the rejection to cease so their voice may be heard, may changes occur from the heart, is the thought. Begging mercy, for we know not what we do, Abba. Have pity, Adonai, for the house of Jacob is small. Then suddenly, we hear go out and speak to my children- an echo of daunting words found in the prophet’s soul. As the prophet has knelt down before Adonai, a humbled mess, they now must stand firm, like adamant, and speak the heart of Elohim to those they were praying for, and this includes themselves. Knowing full well they are just as sinful as the next. Having endured the message’s trial, they must now be tested after delivery. This cycle goes on until the prophet sleeps and is no more. But why? Because we learn to love you more than me.

60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” After he said this, he died. Acts 7:60

3 “Adonai Elohim, please pardon! How can Jacob stand, for he is small?”

 Adonai relented concerning this. “It shall not be,” Adonai said. Amos 7:3

The prophet then and now is shaped and built to love so fiercely and so strongly that they are more than willing to lose their lives, friendships, titles, and more if it means seed of hope and resurrection is planted in the hearts of those they just pierced. If there were ever a walking contradiction, that is a prophet. They appear one way to humanity, but Abba knows who they are deep inside. Eventually, they stop trying to explain their identity and walk in it. Knowing the losses they suffered and the new ones to come, they make their faces like flint after the sorrows roll away. Prophets are not done away with, nor are they waiting to return. We are here, learning and enduring. Prophets need to find other prophets to learn with, grow, and mature. In Scripture, they had the school of the prophet. We need to learn from seasoned prophets balanced in all of Scripture, Torah, and the New Testament. Without this balance, prophets are not mature enough to speak with circumcised tongues. I would like to invite you to read more on the prophets and the office of the prophet at my dear friends website Tekoa Also, if you haven’t already check out our YouTube channel for prophets: Elijah’s Prophetic Cup.

If this blog has ministered to you, reach out. Let’s connect, prophets need each other. This walk is not for the faint of heart or the immature. As iron sharpens iron, may we do so in the counsel of the wise and balanced. May the prophets of Adonai come forth with circumcised lips and hearts refined, like a sweet-smelling aroma in a dark place, because we have learned to love you more than me.

9 As ointment and perfume gladden the heart,

so the sweetness of one’s friend comes from his sincere counsel.  

17 As iron sharpens iron,

so a person sharpens the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:9,17

Behold all you who kindle a fire

“Who among you fears Adonai? Who hears the voice of His servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the Name of Adonai and lean on his God.

Behold, all you who kindle a fire, encircling yourselves with firebrands. Walk in the light of your fire and among the brands you have lit. This you will have from My hand: you will lie down in torment.” Isaiah 50:10-11

Isaiah has some pretty powerful words throughout his writings. This Prophet had experienced it all. Can you imagine your face resembling a flint? The trials Adonai’s prophets endure delivering words to a rebellious house- oh Israel, open your eyes! Abba has protocols He uses when His children misbehave. Prophets are called Adonai’s emergency men for a reason. What happens when you combine trained assassins with a degree in combat medics? You get a prophet shaped and molded for a mission that requires death but with the hope of resurrection! In our modern times, we come across people with titles and accolades, some apostles, others prophets, all just mere men. But how many of these titles hold up to the firebrand of YHWH? Remember, the Prophet Jeremiah was knit together in the womb. This is a divine ordination, not bought at the nearest school of the Prophet. There’s nothing wrong with a title; we all need them to identify each other. It becomes a problem when the title isn’t woven together with humility—eyes that see the goodness of Torah, all of Scripture.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

 I mentioned earlier the protocols that our God has set in place. If we go to Scripture, we see different protocols for various things. Like any good parent, our Abba’s desire is for His children to listen and obey. Let’s put our gaze upon the protocols of unruly children. 

“Hear this, you priests! Pay attention, you Israelites! Listen, royal house! This judgment is against you: You have been a snare at Mizpah, a net spread out on Tabor. The rebels are knee-deep in slaughter. I will discipline all of them. I know all about Ephraim; Israel is not hidden from me. Ephraim, you have now turned to prostitution; Israel is corrupt. Hosea 5:1-3

“They do not cry to me from the heart” Hosea 7:14

“The Lord takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people. The Lord enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: “It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?” declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.” Isaiah 3: 13-15

“This people draw near with their mouths and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from Me, their fear of Me is a commandment of men learned by rote” Isaiah 29:13

“For fools speak folly, their hearts are bent on evil, They practice ungodliness and spread error concerning the Lord; the hungry they leave empty and from the thirsty they withhold water. Scoundrels use wicked methods, they make up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just. But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.” Isaiah 32:6-8

 Our hearts need the grief of the prophets. To feel the heaviness when we see those that lead people away from His Torah, God’s words. We have many immature prophets among us today. Many speaking words that kindle false fires. Prophets with faces of flint grieve over this. Pick any social media site, and you will find those that prophesy sweet-tasting treats for God’s house. Candy-coated lies and prosperity leak from their mouths. Yet, all the witnesses in Scripture prophesied refining and purification before the healing of Adonai took place. When did the office of the Prophet become a place to get your fortune told, how successful will you be this coming year?

If we take a look at Noah; before the renewal and healing came forth, the judgment and purification of the people had to happen. Yah’s ways, not ours. We need to reach a place of no-nonsense. Being an ambassador of YHWH’s light should not be taken lightly. Should we put wool upon people’s eyes? What good does sugar coating a stern message do? It only causes us not to be prepared. I do believe beautiful things are coming our way. Captives set free. Blind gaining their sight. Yokes falling to the ground. This is the healing Scripture speaks about. We need the voice of Adonai’s emergency men to bring the correct words of kindling. I want to leave you with five characteristics of an immature prophet and a seasoned prophet. I pray this blesses you, and my hope is for refinement to spread through God’s house. May we come forth like gold—United in Adonai’s ways and words, not our own.

“Yet He knows the way I have taken; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” Job 23:10

5 Characteristics of an immature prophet:

  1. False humility- hasn’t been refined by Adonai’s fire
  2. A love of money, materials
  3. Seeks accolades/titles of men
  4. Messages don’t preach repentance, don’t bring the hearts of the people back to the Father 
  5. They don’t read/study all Scripture- The Torah and New Testament

Added bonuses:

  • Seeks always to bring a new word, new revelation, personal forecasts
  • Prophecies out of their own heart, their words don’t line up with Scripture.
  • Extreme manifestations of religious type experiences
  • Charges for the gifting/anointing promises to teach and ordain you as a prophet or apostle. This is not the same as mentorship/passing the mantle

5 Characteristics of a mature prophet:

  1. Walks in humility- has been crushed many times
  2. Can not be bought- loyal to Elohim/God
  3. Fears Adonai more than man
  4. Brings words of correction/conviction with hope
  5. Reads/studies all of Scripture- The Torah and New Testament

Added bonuses

  • Has a deep love and compassion for the widows, orphans, and the broken-hearted.
  • Despises injustices, false words that divide, mislead and give false hope
  • A close relationship with Adonai and the Ruach/Holy Spirit over traditions of religion
  • Always brings a word or action that points you back to the Father

Fruit Trees, Forbidden Fruit and Maturity

Shevet is an interesting month to me. Well, all of the heavenly seasons speak at depths we must stop to analyze. This month is about pleasure. That’s a word that sounds nice to our ears and appeals to our eyes. Pleasure in and of itself is not a bad thing. It’s when we allow pleasure to become our desire, to rule over us. As with all things in creation, balance is what’s needed. Desire is not a bad word either, but it needs to be kept in check. But what is pleasure, and how does it differ from desire? Collins dictionary defines pleasure as “if something gives you pleasure, you get a feeling of happiness, satisfaction, or enjoyment from it” That sounds lovely. Desire is “a strong wish, to do or have something.” As children of Adonai, we all have a full range of feelings, emotions, and desires. It is a natural and beautiful part of the image of Elohim. What gets us in trouble is when we would rather act like the beasts we share our creation day with instead uphold the Echad image of our Father. Now that we understand pleasure and desire better, I would like to shift our attention to this month. In Hebraic thinking, there is a theme, a tribe, a constellation for each month, along with many other topics. This may sound rather strange to some of my readers but bear with me here. This is not a form of witchcraft, nor is it modern astronomy. It is wisdom from Adonai Himself. 

“Then God said, “Let lights in the expanse of the sky be for separating the day from the night. They will be for signs and for seasons and for days and years” Genesis 1:14,

 “He makes the Bear, Orion and Pleiades, and the constellations of the south;” Job 9:9 

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;” Psalm 8:3

Shevet, which correlates to January, a winter month, is centered around the theme of pleasure, and the sense is what we eat, taste. The tribe for this month is Ashur, and both the blessings this tribe received were about pleasure and eating. It is believed that as believers, we can tap into each tribe’s blessings and strengths, and weaknesses. We need balance in all things at all times. It wouldn’t be proper training for Adonai’s children if it didn’t get set up that way.  

preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and exhort, with great patience and instruction. 2 Timothy 4:2

What exactly does the theme for the month have to do with us? Much. The theme is literally what we will be tested in, physically and spiritually. What we eat and how we partake of pleasure will define what pop quizzes and chapter exams we will be handed.

“The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual” 1 Corinthians 15:46  

This chapter in Corinthians discusses resurrection. Each night we sleep, each month and year that passes, we are dying and resurrecting in both realms, hopefully. As with everything, each month is connected to the next and simultaneously cross-connected. Shevet cross-connects with Tammuz. Both are months of extreme weather; one starts winter the other starts the summer. Extremes in the physical usually mean extreme testing of our flesh. Tammuz is generally June/July, the theme is might/awe, and the sense is sight. When we look further at these two months, we see that in Tammuz, the might of our sight; what we were being refined in during the hot summer months will help or deter our refining during Shevet, our pleasure, and eating.

We’ve all heard the phrase “you are what you eat” I must ask myself what do I eat, and from where is it served? Fast food delivers quickly, usually lacks nutrients, and has fillers to make up for poor quality; this means our taste buds are fooled. Entry-level fry cooks provide fast food, and I’m left feeling sluggish, tired, and have an upset tummy. I usually feel silly for wasting my money on such poor quality food, like Esau, my flesh desired food now! Quality food takes time to make, and there’s usually a long wait due to the care and bounty of flavors. The cooks are upgraded to chef level, and they know what it takes to make good, healthy, and tasteful food. I am left feeling satiated, content, and more inclined to be grateful for the bounty of flavors carefully created. Although it costs more, it is well worth it. How about when we make our food? In my opinion, this is the best way to eat. Yet, we still need quality ingredients and a time-tested recipe if we’re unfamiliar with the menu.

Let’s ponder this spiritually. Shevet is dubbed the month of trees. Tu’BShvat is a holiday that the Jews commemorate this month. Scripture says men are like trees. Galatians 5 mentions the fruit of the spirit. From what type of trees are we eating? Is the fruit ripe and ready? More importantly, what type of tree am I? Is my fruit ready to be eaten? I find this all so fascinating; I’m more intrigued by the fact our Heavenly Father laid down the answers to such questions. As always, on point and in the clutch!

23 “‘When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden.[For three years you are to consider it forbidden; it must not be eaten. 24 In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to the Lord. 25 But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit. In this way your harvest will be increased. I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:23-25

Lots to ponder here. I wonder what it means to enter the land for us in the diaspora? Is this obsolete because we don’t live in Israel? I doubt it. Once we know the truth, we can never unknow it, un-hear it, and un-taste the goodness of Adonai. When we enter the land, spiritually speaking, we start our journey in becoming a whole bible believer. Our fruit is forbidden. Mainly because you don’t learn to walk without some form of crawling, you can’t become a humble leader without following a humble leader. Watch the fruit! As a gardener, I have learned that I don’t eat the fruit when planting the seed. It takes a period of nurturing, growth and maturity before I and others can share in the bounty. Following the protocols outlined in Leviticus 19, which discusses the various laws of Adonai, not Judaism, shows the proper timeline for one who has been fully engaged and active in their learning and maturing in the body of Yeshua. Keywords-fully engaged and involved; without this, we prolong our growth. In the orlah-forbidden years, we are to be learning to 

“Make every effort to present yourself before God as tried and true, as an unashamed worker cutting a straight path with the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

When our fruit is tasted in the fourth year, it is pleasing, an offering of praise to Adonai! Wow, so much to unravel in these little gems. This makes me stop and inspect my limbs—blossoms with choice fruit or dead, unwatered buds. Abba, let your words be the lamp that shines a light on my path! That fifth year is what we should desire- finally, the fruit is ready to eat. After enduring many different seasons and prunings, the fruit is delicious and ripe; as an added perk, the harvest is increased and prepared to share its bounty—what a beautiful picture of a mature believer.

What we see is what we desire. Without the seasons of maturity, we can harm others. Our sight helps in our tasting. What we taste will ultimately lead to our other senses.  

“You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes.” Numbers 15:39

The heart and the eyes are the “spies” of the body — they act as its agents for sinning: the eye sees, the heart covets, and the body commits the sin- Rashi on Numbers 15:39 Hebraic thought is very different than our Western thinking. The heart and desire are usually described as the seat of emotion, but Biblically speaking, it’s the mind and kidneys. Our minds are intellect and inner thoughts, while our kidneys are the actual seat of emotions. Going back to fruit trees, we all know Eve’s desire wasn’t necessarily evil, but because it was off-balance, there were consequences for all her children afterward. Adonai is so unique that He weaves together all creation to and for all His creation. We can learn from the harsh heat of Tammuz how to traverse the frigid temperatures of Shevet. The sight of our might can help tame the pleasures of eating this month. We must watch what we eat and who is serving it. Is our fruit ready to be harvested, or do we need some more seasons of pruning? It’s vital to the body of Yeshua we follow the Elohim of order. His protocols, not ours. I pray this blog has blessed you, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts. May we endure the forbidden years and progress to the time where our fruit is holy and an offering of praise to our Elohim, may we prepare our fruit, to be ready after our pruning’s and seasons of extreme tempting’s, may the bounty in our fifth year of being awakened in Torah increase because You are Adonai our Elohim! Shalom, and be blessed.

23 “‘When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden.[For three years you are to consider it forbidden; it must not be eaten. 24 In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to the Lord. 25 But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit. In this way your harvest will be increased. I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:23-25

 If you are interested in reading more about anatomy from a Hebraic perspective, here’s an excellent place to start https://www.torahapologetics.com/language–word-studies/hebrew-anatomy-part-1-the-heart 

Works Cited:

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/pleasure

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/desire

https://www.inner.org/hebrew_calendar/index

 https://www.sefaria.org/Rashi_on_Numbers.15.39.2?lang=bi&p2=Numbers.13.25&lang2=bi&aliyot2=0

https://www.torahapologetics.com/language–word-studies/hebrew-anatomy-part-2-the-kidneys

https://www.torahapologetics.com/language–word-studies/hebrew-anatomy-part-1-the-heart

Words in the Dirt

I want to dedicate this short writing and poem to all of God’s children who are hurting and feeling broken; due to the authoritative figures in their lives, whether parents, spouses, family members, religious figures, or government officials. God sees you. 

But Yeshua went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn, He came again into the Temple. All the people were coming to Him, and He sat down and began to teach them.

The Torah scholars and Pharisees bring in a woman who had been caught in adultery. After putting her in the middle, they say to Yeshua, “Teacher, this Woman has been caught in the act of committing adultery. In the Torah, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do You say?” Now they were saying this to trap Him, so that they would have grounds to accuse Him.

But Yeshua knelt down and started writing in the dirt with His finger. When they kept asking Him, He stood up and said, “The sinless one among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Then He knelt down again and continued writing on the ground.

Now when they heard, they began to leave, one by one, the oldest ones first, until Yeshua was left alone with the Woman in the middle. 10 Straightening up, Yeshua said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?”

11 “No one, Sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Yeshua said. “Go, and sin no more.”

As you read John 8:1-11, I want you to place yourself in this Woman’s shoes. For a moment, let’s take the gender away and focus on grief and shame. In God’s kingdom, men and women are spoken of as the bride. I am not condoning transgenderism here. I am simply trying to share something hidden in this verse. The authorities place this “sinful woman” in the middle of a large group over the congregation. When I read this, I teared up because I have been in this situation. Aren’t we all this Woman? 

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18

Yeshua was showing these authorities, and they are no different from the Woman. What grieved my soul was verse 6- they wanted to trap Yeshua. They wanted to stone, behead, crucify him. We don’t need sharpened rocks aimed at our broken-down souls; we need Torah and mercy together. Don’t you find it interesting that the authorities immediately knew that they couldn’t cast a stone from the oldest to the least, they all left. Didn’t Moses say they could? Ah, the deeper things in Torah shine through because Yeshua was the light. Please don’t let men’s words cause you to stumble and fall more; we all sin—even those behind podiums and microphones. If you are still struggling with your sin, let Yeshua show you the way out because guilt and shame don’t belong among God’s children. May the poem below refresh your soul. Thank you for reading; your support means much to me.

I count the stones that have been tossed at you.

Each one doesn’t change the way I see you.

One by one, they eventually flee.

Leaving you alone, hurting, and looking for me.

When these days come for you.

Beloved one, remember my love is true.

Hidden words written in the dirt.

Come to me, i will heal all your hurt.

These words I write for you.

Don’t change because my love is true.

~Crystal Sedillo~

A Gift from the Tomb

Do you struggle with identity issues or knowing your worth? For the longest time, I wrestled with Adonai. I wanted to know who I was and what I was supposed to be doing. Many times I was confused by organized religions philosophies, the role of women, and the structure of “church” I would lament with ear-piercing cries, Abba, who am I? Little did I know He had been shaping and molding me since birth. As I struggled with my identity, I stumbled upon a compelling verse in Luke 8. Yeshua visits a man at a tomb. This man had lost his identity to a legion of spirits. Each spirit told him who he was and leaving him feeling bound and without worth. Spirits aren’t always entities. They can be false doctrines, hateful speech, and unloving actions- religious beliefs. I find it interesting that Yeshua doesn’t banish this legion to the abyss but sends them into a herd of swine to drown themselves. I wonder where legion went after this? I felt that i should do a quick search on the word legion. The Latin root for legion is Legere which means choose, levy. Now let’s ponder this: choosing is to approve, seek out, and accept. Levy has a deeper meaning than I expected. Levy means to raise or lift. However, the root word of levy is levis, and it means light! Did you read that? It’s funny that it’s the root word, and we are to always get to the root of the problem. Light always finds a way through. Going back to the Scripture

38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with Yeshua. But Yeshua sent him away, saying, 39 “Return to your home, and describe all that God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole town all that Yeshua had done for him. ~Luke 8:38-39~

This man recently set free from all the bondages of the legion is begging to go with Yeshua, yet Yeshua says something extraordinary. “Return to your home, and describe all that God has done for you.” Yeshua didn’t offer him ordination or tell him he had to attend school before speaking. No, Yeshua says something many in our culture don’t. He tells the man to go and share all that God has done for him! What if we are already equipped to do what Adonai has called you to do? Who are we to argue with Yeshua’s understanding of readiness? When God delivers a package, it doesn’t look like expected. It doesn’t even closely resemble anything that we have been taught, and I love this! As I meditated on this verse, I heard the woman at the well. I pondered her and all her life’s choices. I then thought about the man at the tomb. What was his childhood like? Did he have parents that taught him the way of Adonai? What happened to him and the Samaritan woman that would make them ostracized from society? Then I thought about myself. I feel for these two because I can relate to them. I am not packaged as many would like, yet Adonai is the God that births- El Chawl. 

John 4 Yeshua is conversing with the Samaritan woman. She’s probably confused because the Jews in that time did not speak to the Samaritans. Not to mention she was a woman. Yet here Yeshua is breaking all the status quo of the day. Packaged differently, my friends. As the disciples approached:

28 So the woman left her water jar and went back to the town. She tells the people, 29 “Come see a man who told me everything I ever did! He couldn’t be the Messiah, could He?” 30 The people left the town and began coming to Him. John 4:28-30

The Samaritan woman was so filled with wonder and awe that the townspeople believed her words and left their town to see for themselves. I’m not sure what you have been taught about this woman, but I have heard she wasn’t the most loved in the town. Oh, the things we hear about others. Yet If we skip a few verses down, we read:

39 Many of the Samaritans from that town put their trust in Him because of the word of the woman testifying, “He told me everything I ever did!” 40 So when the Samaritans came to Him, they kept asking Him to stay with them. He stayed there two days, 41 and many more believed because of His word. 42 They kept telling the woman, “It’s no longer because of your words that we believe. We’ve heard for ourselves! Now we know that this really is the Savior of the world!” John 4:39-42

Would we have the excitement of this woman if Yeshua told us everything we ever did? I pray so. What do the man at the tomb and the woman at the well have in common? They didn’t fit the religious standards of the day. But that doesn’t matter to the King of Kings, now does it? Now I ask again, what if we are already equipped to do what we are called to do? There is no need for buildings or vast numbers to minister to the sick and broken. Ministry isn’t an address; it is wherever you put your feet. Ordination comes from heavenly hands. I pray we arise and do what we are called to do with tears in my eyes. Regardless of the packaging. Because many depend on us to do what Adonai has called us to do. We hold keys over death and the grave; Yeshua shows us how to use them.

Works cited:

legion:https://www.google.com/search?q=legion+word+meaning&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS945US945&oq=legion+word+meaning&aqs=chrome..69i57j0i22i30j0i10i22i30j0i22i30l3j0i390.3126j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Levy: https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=levy

Levy:https://www.google.com/search?q=levy+definition&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS945US945&oq=levy&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j46i199i433i465i512j0i433i512l2j46i433i512j0i512j46i175i199i433j69i60.3713j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8