Way Points: Psalm 1:6

for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish. Psalm 1:6 RSV

Who do you want to be like when you grow up?

We ask our children that question. Children see people and want to be like them. Be that person!

Who does God want us to BE when we grow up? I think he wants us to be who we are, not who someone else is. God alone wants us to walk (live) as the person he created us to be. A person who is part of a community of believers. Someone who has relevance in the assembly because they are doing what they were created to do.

The Way (DEREK in Hebrew) is the journey with Elohiym

The Way (DEREK in Hebrew) is the journey with Elohiym

Paul compared each of us to body parts. The eyes cannot do what the hands were created to do. The mouth cannot accomplish what the ears can. Elbows direct the hands and arms, not the feet. 1 Corinthians 12: 14-26

The one and only way to make something of your life (to be fruitful) is to spend time in the Torah of God. The rest of Scripture springs from Torah. Scoffers will sit with you and tear the word apart, the wicked will advise you on how to get around the Torah, sinners will try to show you another way to live your life, but none of them will guide you to eternal life like Torah (the law) does. (Galatians 3: 19-29)

At the critical moment, at the end of time when we must all stand before the judgement seat of Messiah, when the life lessons of the wicked are blown away like dust in the wind by the Spirit of God, when sinners who wanted an easier way find out that their path did not bring them to eternal life (in the congregation of the righteous) and the words of scoffers do not stand up to judgement, what will be left? The fruit of lives who lived by the Word of God. God knows The Way, he is the only one who can brings us safely down the path.

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Way Points; Exodus 13:21

And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night;  Exodus 13:21 RSV

If The Way is where God wants you to go, how do you know if you are going the right Way?

During that very unique time in history, The Way was known because God led his people from a (thunder) cloud that was like a pillar reaching to the ground. At night the cloud was as a flame of fire that gave light to them.

The Way (DEREK in Hebrew) is the journey with Elohiym

The Way (DEREK in Hebrew) is the journey with Elohiym

I am convinced that the leadership, perhaps even the people, had a basic knowledge of Torah from the days of Seth, Noah and Shem. They knew it well enough to know who was Righteous before God and who was walking in wickedness. I do not think the people of Noah’s day would have been shocked to know that they were not walking in The Way. They were probably horrified when they realized (too late) that there really are consequences for a life lived outside of The Way of God.

In our day we “walk by faith and not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7

If you have been following these Way Points, you already know that I believe that faith is from the Hebrew word ‘amen, meaning we affirm that Torah is The Way that we are to conduct ourselves before God according to His instructions. We who believe follow Father Abraham’s example to live our life as an ambassador of God. We HALAK (walk or live as someone in a covenant relationship with God through Y’shua-Jesus) before Him. Genesis 17:1

Can you live that Way by reading your Bible? Let me answer by saying that one of the best students of Torah once came to Y’shua-Jesus to talk to Him about life. To this well educated man, this teacher of the Word of God Y’shua said, “You MUST be born again.” John 3:3 ff

Study all you want, but until you are born anew, you will not belong to the Kingdom of Heaven nor to the King. Let me be blunt. Unless you are born again you are not a Christian, you WILL NOT go to heaven or be protected from the soon coming wrath that believers in the east are already experiencing. What do you want to do about it?

We who are born again HALAK -walk by faith, by ‘amen to the Word of God. That is The Way of life. A glorious day is coming when those who are born again will see Y’shua-Jesus face to face. But for now he guides our Way with his Word and Y’shua IS the Word of God made flesh. Matthew 28:20. He is always with believers. Is he with you? What do you want to do about that?

 

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Way Points; Exodus 13:18

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is The Way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14  NKJ

What do you picture when you read Matthew 7:13-14? I have always pictured a narrow, hidden path, an uphill path that forks off of a wide, level street, crowded with people following each other. I wonder if, when Y’shua-Jesus told us about “The Way that leads to life,” if he was talking about today’s Way Point.

The Way (DEREK in Hebrew) is the journey with Elohiym

The Way (DEREK in Hebrew) is the journey with Elohiym

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, “Lest the people repent when they see war, and return to Egypt.” But God led the people round by The Way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. And the people of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt equipped for battle.  Exodus 13:17-18 RSV

Did you realize that there is more then one way in life? In the days of Moses, after Pharaoh released the children of Israel, they faced a choice about The Way they would go. If you look at a map of the Exodus (maybe there is one in the back of your Bible) you can get an idea about where they could go to get to Mount Sinai (in Arabia, NOT on the Sinai Peninsula as nearly all Bible maps show).

If Moses took the Children of Israel north and east of the Land of Goshen in Egypt, the travel would be easy, level. A scenic walk along a beautiful beach. It would also be the way of death! Terrorist-warriors lived that way. They would turn the beach red with the blood of Israel. Those who lived would return to slavery in Egypt because the easy way was the way of destruction.

The Way of Life was west and south of of Goshen. The Way that God led the people was through a narrow path in the mountains. At most, the people could go five bodies wide on the narrow path through the steep, rocky mountains of the Sinai Peninsula. The entire nation would need to walk through this narrow passage in the hot desert. No cars, no air-conditioning, no pretty camping stops with water and bathrooms, just a hard trek through a narrow passage in the wilderness. This Way will come to an abrupt halt on a beach with an another sea before them, and the army of Pharaoh behind them. IMPOSSIBLE! Except that God said that this is The Way of life!

What would you do?

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6  RSV

I will leave you here, in the wilderness with Israel for now. But I will remind you that Y’shua-Jesus said that there is a Way that ends in life. That Way is not an easy way. It requires you to trust God, to acknowledge that He knows how to get you safely to Life. Follow him, even if it looks like a disaster, because Y’shua-Jesus has also promised to never give up on you or abandon you! Your job is to follow him to Life.

And Jesus came and said to the disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”  Matthew 28: 18-20 RSV

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On Prayer

Thanks to Alan Horvath for taking the time to make this helpful video.

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In the March Garden at The Toy Box

Sunset on February was pretty, Sunrise on March looks to be gorgeous!

Rhubarb

Rhubarb

You can still get away with stopping to listen to the bird song in March, but I feel the urgency to get out and get dirty… or muddy, depending on what hour it is in March. There are very few chores that must be done this month, but don’t put them off too long or you will miss out on some of the best food from your garden, come May.

Most Toy Box peas are direct seeded, but a few always get their start in soil blocks.

Most Toy Box peas are direct seeded, but a few always get their start in soil blocks.

The first half of March

  1. Pick a place to plant peas, set up your pea fence.
  2. Buy fresh inoculate (if you use it)
  3. Check your Soil Block stash, got enough?
  4. Get ready to start those Tomatoes!
  5. It’s time to chit potatoes!! Get your favorites early
  6. Plant more salad and radishes.
Soil Blocks of Tomato seeds.

Soil Blocks of Tomato seeds.

Every Year I tell myself that next year I am going to wait until April to start my tomatoes… and like every other year, I’m feeling anxious to start them in March. I just happen to be missing soil block ingredients this year so I may be forced to wait. Meanwhile, I try to keep my eyes off the tomato pages of local seed catalogs. I’m sure the 20 plus packets of seeds that I already have will be sufficient. Except that I want….

If we spend any money at the garden shop, it will be for seed potatoes. We need everything. Most of the seed potatoes we plant can be found locally but one is iffy. Burbank Russets are not even sort of rare. Even so, they are hard to find in Everett. They are the one potato that does well in our potato towers, making potatoes at all levels as advertised. Everything else can be found on a day trip to Marysville or Mt. Vernon.

Have your radishes sprouted yet? Whoo-hoo… Don’t wait too long, start some-more. Mine are growing in the greenhouse with tiny greens, scallions and spinach. This first week of March I like to set up the cold-frame and get another patch of salad started. The slug wars begin.

Rudy Valentine

Rudy Valentine

March 1, 2015 and the sun is up at 6:50 AM (duh). The back porch is wet but the weather prophets are telling me I have zero chance of seeing any rain, a good day to get those weeds while they are still young. (adding the herb garden to my list of must do). High of 55, low of 37 (F). I’ve only got 11 hours and 3 minutes to get everything done today, sunset at 5:53 PM

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A simple Aquaponics video

Thanks to Food Farmer Earth for the flick!

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Way Points; Genesis 4:24

At a lodging place on the way the LORD met him and sought to kill him. Exodus 4:24 RSV

At the very first Way Point (DEREK – The Way) in Exodus takes me by surprise! Why would YHVH try to kill his servant Moses?

The morning devotion starts in verse 1 of Exodus 4. The LORD has equipped Moses with signs that will be evidence to Pharaoh that he must let Israel go. (verses 1-9). He has an answer for Moses’ fear of speaking (verses 10-17). His father-in-law has released him from his family obligations and given his blessing to Moses to go back to Egypt, YHVH even confirms the mission he is sending Moses on in verses 21-23. So what is it that happens along The Way in verse 24?

When we enter into a covenant relationship, and do not be confused, when you are born again you are in a covenant relationship with God, we agree to live our lives His Way. Moses was a Hebrew. He must have known what his ancestor Abraham knew.

And God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.  This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your descendants after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised.  You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you.  He that is eight days old among you shall be circumcised; every male throughout your generations, whether born in your house, or bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring,  both he that is born in your house and he that is bought with your money, shall be circumcised. So shall my covenant be in your flesh an everlasting covenant.  Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”  Genesis 17: 9-14 RSV

In this case, YHVH did not hold the child or the mother (who is not Hebrew) accountable to the terms of the covenant. He held Moses accountable for his uncircumcised son. Moses, who was sent to represent YHVH before the most powerful nation on earth is held to the standard of God’s Word in his own life and family.

We say that God is love and that is a true statement. But we also say that God is just and that he honors His Word above his own name. If he holds Moses accountable for how he acts in his own home, you can be sure that he will also hold you accountable to His Word. Maybe not with this much drama, but with just as much justice…. and love. Live your life as a child of God all the time. It makes your ministry so much easier!

A note on circumcision: Our circumcision is of the Heart. Romans 2:29 in context, 1 Corinthians 7:18-20, not of the flesh. Moses is a Hebrew under the covenant of Abraham. I do not speak for those who are Jews by birth but for gentiles who enter covenant with the God of Israel by faith in Y’shua ha Mashiach – Jesus who is the Christ.

End note: from Keil and Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

The Way (DEREK in Hebrew) is the journey with Elohiym

The Way (DEREK in Hebrew) is the journey with Elohiym

…he (Moses) went on foot with “the staff of God” with which he was to preform the miracles (verse 17) in his hand. Poor as his outward appearance might be, he had in his hand the staff- before which the pride of Pharaoh and all his might would have to bow…

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