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Iyar 8 Distortions


Hear this, please, you heads of the house of Yaʽaqoḇ and you rulers of the house of Yisra’ĕl, who DESPISE right-ruling and DISTORT all that is straight …”(Mic 3:9 ISR)
The Hebrew word that has been translated into the word “despise” is the word tâab(Strong’s H8581), and means, literally, to regard as an abomination.Many versions of our Bible use the word “abhor” instead of “despise”, both are correct.Noah Webster defines “abhor” as “To hate extremely, or with contempt; to loathe, detest or abominate; To despise or neglect; To cast off or reject.”[1]Regardless of which definition we use, the word tâabhas a strong, negative connotation.
“Distort” is the word translated from the Hebrew âqash(Strong’s #H6140) – a word which is only found five times in the Tanakh (Old Testament).To twist, to pervert, and to make crooked are all meanings found within this word âqash, further endorsing the ugly and negative undertones we discovered with the word tâab.
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Iyar 7 Heads and Rulers

Hear this, please, you heads of the house of Yaʽaqoḇ and you rulers of the house of Yisra’ĕl …” (Mic 3:9 ISR)

The prophet Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah, of the southern kingdom of Judah, prophesying between 704 and 696 BCE (approximately).According to the book by his name, Micah spoke his words during the reigns of three of the kings of Judah:Yotham (Jotham), Aḥaz, and Ḥizqiyah (Hezekiah) (see Mic 1:1). Similar to Isaiah, Micah’s message was one that was strong, stern and harsh, warning of the consequences of neglecting Torah, and of abandoning the One who created them.
In our opening verse, Micah is addressing those who were in authority.“Heads of the house of Yaʽaqoḇ” refers to those who were the individual leaders of the twelve tribes, the chiefs of the sons of Jacob (see Ex 6).“Rulers of the house of Yisra’ĕl” appears to imply one who had a governmental position, such as a judge, or a magistrate, those who would “sit in the gate” (see Amos 5:10, 15).B…

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Iyar 6 Hear THIS

Hear this, please …” (Mic 3:9 ISR)
Most of us are familiar with a particular verse from Deu 6 ("Sh'ma, Yisra'el! YHWH Eloheinu, YHWH Echad”, Deu 6:4), a verse that is prayed by millions of Jews worldwide, and many Messianics as well, several times a day.We understand that Sh’ma (Strong’s #H8085) means not only to hear, but to also do, to perform a corresponding action.And we can connect the admonishment of James, the brother of Messiah Yeshua, when he tells us to “become doers of the Word, and not hearers only”, that we would not be open to deception.Clearly, we can comprehend that when our Elohim tells us to Sh’ma, we had best be paying attention.
The Hebrew word that has been translated as “this” is the word zô'th(Strong’s #H2063), and implies a sense of requiring immediate attention, meaning now.In other words, this “message” cannot be put off until such a time as it is more convenient to listen to it; not only is it urgent and a priority, this “mess…

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Iyar 5 Being Set-Apart …

Having, then, these promises, beloved, let US cleanse OURSELVES from all defilement of the flesh and spirit, perfecting set-apartness in the fear of Elohim.”(2Cor 7:1 ISR, emphasis mine)

According to our opening verse, it is our responsibility to purify ourselves from those things that contaminate, infect, and defile.Being set-apart and holy is not only a goal to strive for; it is also a prerequisite for citizenship in the New Jerusalem, the future kingdom of Messiah Yeshua:
Pursue peace with all, and PURSUE APARTNESS without which no one shall see the Master.” (Heb 12:14 ISR, emphasis mine)
Holiness is best explained as a commitment, dedication and consecration to the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and it is also revealed in sincere and total obedience toward YHWH, and His Torah.Additionally, it will be seen in the integrity with which we handle our relationships involving other people.Being set-apart and holy was never intended to be total isolation from …

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Iyar 4 Transparency

“There is nothing covered up that will not be UNCOVERED, or hidden that will not BECOME KNOWN.What you have spoken in the dark will be HEARD in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be PROCLAIMED on the housetops.” (Luke 12:2-3 CJB, emphasis mine)

The island I was raised on in the Caribbean is home to the first underwater National Park ever created by the U.S. National Park Service.In the clear water of the Caribbean Sea, there are underwater trails marked for both the advanced scuba diver, and the leisurely snorkeler to enjoy, all the time watching a brilliant display of tropical fish in their natural habitat.To the less brave at heart, and for those who are not aquatically inclined, there is also a glass-bottomed boat through which you are able to view many of the park’s features, without having to get wet.All of it is an adventure that is not soon forgotten.
As a young child growing up, the “transparency” of the glass-bottomed boat was a ph…

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Iyar 3 Following

But Kĕpha followed Him at a distance …” (Mat 26:58 ISR)

For those of us who are part of the FaceBook “family”, there is an option available to “friends”: we can choose to “follow” (or not) everything that is posted by one another.Everything that our “friends” (that we follow) write and post – good and bad – will show up on our timeline.And we can also choose whether we want to recognize these posts, and if we even want to respond to them in some way.Truly, this is a good example of “following at a distance”, for we have the ability to choose how involved we want to be with each person we “follow”.
How many of us, do you suppose, treat our Messiah King the same way?
We know that Yeshua is Messiah, that only He has the words of life (John 6:68).We understand that Yeshua is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).We have been taught that none of us will be able to come to the Father except through Yeshua (John 14:6), and we comprehend that Yeshua is the Word (Torah) mad…

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Iyar 2 My Residence

And I shall dwell in the House of יהוה, To the length of days! (Ps 23:6 ISR)

We understand from the Scriptures that the mishkan (tabernacle) that was raised in the wilderness was also called the “Dwelling Place”, because, quite simply, His presence filled it (see Ex 40:34).We know that the hekal (Temple) built in Yerushalayim (Solomon was responsible for building the first one – see 1kin 6:1)) was called the “House of YHWH”, where the presence of Elohim was also found (2Chr 7:1).
According to His Word, our Elohim has another place in which He Dwells – within us, His children, those of us who are called by His Name (see 1Cor 6:19).However, as with all of our dealings with our Creator, there are responsibilities that we must acknowledge and tend to in order to enjoy His 24/7 presence.It is up to us to keep this dwelling clean and fit for His use, or suffer the consequences.
Personally, I would prefer to “dwell in this fleshly Dwelling Place” - with YHWH, for time etern…

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Iyar 1 Always

“…All the days of my life…” (Ps 23:6 ISR)
Us humans tend to measure our time in a myriad of ways: “in a minute”; “couple of hours later”; “in a few days”; “weeks ago”; “next month”; and “years gone by”.And yet, it is our Creator that first introduced the concept of time, first with one day, then with a seven day week (see Gen 1 and 2), followed by the number of days in a lunar cycle, and finally with the concept of a year, which incorporated the four seasons (Gen 1:14).
The image presented by the phrase “all the days of my life” is different for each one of us; for a young adult, it encompasses many years, yet for a mature senior, it is of a much shorter duration.How can we know the number of years of our life?To be honest, I do not think we can accurately know this – in spite of what Ps 90:10 says.The book of Job tells us that “Man born of woman is of few days and turmoil-filled” (Job 14:1), and that “since his days are decided, the number of his months is with You, You hav…

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Nisan 30 Chasing After

Only goodness and kindness follow me…” (Ps 23:6 ISR)

“Goodness” has been defined by Noah Webster as “the physical qualities which constitute value, excellence or perfection;Kindness; benevolence.”[1]Goodness has also been listed as one of the nine fruit of the Ruach, the Set-Apart Spirit, fruit that we are to cultivate and display in our lives, and in our relationship with others. (see Gal 5:22-23)We know and understand that when we walk in and with this character trait, we are pleasing to our Elohim (Rom 12:2), for He Himself is “good” (Mat 19:17).
The Hebrew word that has been translated in this verse as “kindness” is the word chêsêd(Strong’s #H2617), and implies much more than just “kindness”.Found within this word is the sense of commitment to the individual you are showing kindness to, such as a mother to her baby, or even the relationship that our Elohim has with us, those of us who walk in right relationship with Him.The KJV translates chêsêd, for the mo…

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Nisan 29 Saturated

My cup runs over.(Ps 23:5 ISR)
The Hebrew word that has been translated as “running over” is the word revâyâh(Strong’s #H7310), and this verse is one of the two places where it is used in Scripture.It literally means to be completely saturated, to have an overflow and abundance.And as we have looked at this 23rd Psalm, we can see how completely our Creator has provided all that we need, that we may be completely “saturated”.
He is first our Shepherd, our care-giver.And because He is the One watching and tending to us, we are not in want.We have the nourishment that we need, in both the physical and spiritual, available to us at all times.The areas of our lives that need tender loving care are completely in His hands, and we find ourselves restored and whole.Our Creator is the One who chooses the path that we walk upon, and through His Torah, He reveals to us the way in which we should live.When darkness and evil threaten to block our path, Elohim is there, walking w…