The Food Babe Raw Cacao Candy Crunch

20190516_1351201626429915.jpgWoW! Craving something sweet but you’re careful about not eating processed sugar? Try the Food Babe’s candied almonds… or any nut or mix of nuts you may choose. I made mine with half almonds and half pecans. Want a slightly sweeter snack? Add one to two tablespoons of coconut. Because of Ray’s strong sensitivity to GMO products, we always choose organic everything… except that our pecans (from Trader Joe’s) do not specify that they are organic, just that they are raw. The Food Babe uses raw cacao nibs, Trader Joe’s only had toasted nibs ($1.99). We stopped at The Everett Food Co-op for a few groceries and I saw raw cacao nibs while we were there but they cost $10.99. Maybe next payday.

The Food Babe Raw Cacao Candy Crunch

  • 2 Tbs (tablespoons) coconut sugar
  • 3 Tbs water
  • 1/4 tsp (teaspoon) sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup almonds (or any nut you like)
  • 2 Tbs raw cacao nibs

Put coconut sugar, water, sea salt, cinnamon, and vanilla in a medium skillet (I used a 2 qt sauce pan) set on a medium low heat. Stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved.

Stir in the nuts, keep stirring 5 to 7 minutes to coat the nuts with the thickening coconut sugar syrup.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cacao nibs.

Pour the nuts on a sheet of parchment paper, spread out on a single layer and allow them to cool completely (if you can) before breaking them into pieces. Store airtight.

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Debs on a cool, wet day in Everett, Washington

All I can say is, “mmmmmmmmm’

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Mark 14:27-43 a devotional

Y’shua Jesus is about to enter the worst hour of His earthly life but there is still some business to take care of. Prayer? Yes. A reminder of hope? It is there if you look for it. But of first importance is a prophetic warning to his beloved disciples.

textgram_15578377521342395537.pngAnd Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, because it is written, ‘ I WILL STRIKE DOWN THE SHEPHERD, AND THE SHEEP SHALL BE SCATTERED.’  Mark 14:27 nasu

(day 56) Could Peter have missed the part about his Shepherd being struck down and only heard that the sheep would scatter? That is how I read it because that is how I would hear Him.  I want to be a hero but no one sees me that way. I want to be the most determined person in the room, but I never see myself that way. My heart screams, NOT ME LORD! My mouth declares, “I would rather die then deny you my beloved.” Y’shua already knows that as surely as He already knows I will fail in my determination. But beloved believers, that does not make us failures, it simply means we need Jesus! He knows how disappointed we will be in ourselves… and how much we need to remember that He is not disappointed.

I have experienced moments when I NEVER want to be caught up in a “sin habit” (our battle is not against flesh and blood) ever again. I have felt forgiveness wash away my shame and want to walk in that.

And Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you, that this very night, before a rooster crows twice, you yourself will deny Me three times.” Mark 14:30

Then that day of temptation comes. A day of stress or illness. Something will flit through my mind, something in me wants to capture it as if I were a child with a butterfly net. The Spirit, like the Peter’s crowing rooster, gently reminds me to stop that! I hear that word, I acknowledge it, but have ended up ignoring the warning almost as often as I have heeded it. I will be fully in my sin when the Spirit quietly crows again. SHAME! I feel a need to do penance but the Almighty invites me to come pray with Him. Intimacy. How can that be? Even my mother would put me into time out. But not my Ab’ba.

If you know the story, you know that Peter put himself into timeout. Do you also know that after the Passion Y’shua came to Peter, the sleepy scattered lamb? (1 Corinthians 15:5). Folk songs have been written about that meeting. They stir the heart because we have all needed that moment. He carried my shame to His cross, it is not mine to carry anymore. Judas betrays him with a kiss, he tried to atone for his own sin. It resulted in suicide. In your deepest shame, choose life… because life chose you.

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Thinking of those who were called to “occupy until he comes.” Sit here until I have prayed Mark 14:32b and of others who are called to come closer, …and He took with Him Peter, and James, and John Mark 14:33 

All were called to watch and pray. All grew sleepy, all scattered… but the shepherd told them ahead of time that even the scattering would not catch Him by surprise. He told them where they would find him afterwards But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee. Mark 14:28 Arise, let us be going… Mark 14:42a

He calls us beloved because that is what we are to Him. Standing firm or bowed over with tears (Revelation 21:4), He loves you and me!

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Mark 14:1-26, a devotion

Before the Passover we must clean out the leaven, the yeast and products that contain yeast from our homes. The first year we did this, my Scottish husband was worried about the waste. Why do we practice this? It is not just about old bread and yeast. Read Mark chapter 14.

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Mark 14 begins with the announcement that Passover and Unleavened Bread were two days off. This was the time to remove all the leaven from the home. That announcement is not just a mark on the calendar for the sake of story background. The Way of Righteousness is not about our physical surroundings, it is about our hearts. Everything else is an object lesson.

Two groups of people are mentioned in Mark 14. The first is the politicians and their lawyers (the chief priests and the scribes). The other group is the people who will be celebrating Passover with Y’shua-Jesus. Mark does not get to the Passover meal until verse 17. Everything before that verse has to do with cleaning the house of leaven, at least in my opinion.

The leaven of the politicians and their lawyers is clear, they have murder in their hearts. Mark 14:1 The leaven of the disciples is not quite as obvious, but it is clearly there. Two of the characters, Simon the leaper and the unnamed woman, have already cleaned the “leaven” from their earthly dwelling. You may wonder how I know that. Both of them focus on giving to Y’shua. One of them has been healed of a disease that will not heal on its own. He opens his home to him. The other brings an expensive jar of perfume and gives it all to Him. The rest of the disciples still have some work to do. They are “indignant” because of the love gift given to their Lord.

This is not the first time the disciples felt “indignant.” They felt it when James and John requested that they be allowed to sit at his right hand and on his left in the kingdom to come Matthew 20:24 I think it would be easy to say that they were “jealous”. Their hearts were still focused on themselves, not on Y’shua. They were not jealous because of Simon, he was feeding them because they were with his Lord. They were only jealous of the woman and her gift. I think that if they were truly concerned about the poor, they would have spoken to Simon about inviting the poor in to eat with them.

A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough. Galatians 5:9

The danger of ignoring “little sin” like jealousy is seen in Judas. The green monster drove him to the politicians and their lawyers who were willing to pay for his information about Y’shua. There is no record of him giving that money to the poor.

The boys had their Passover Meal together. All of them including Judas took the bread and the wine, the body and blood of Y’shua.

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread;  and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”  In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.  But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly.  For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep.  But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged.  But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world.
1 Corinthians 11:23-32

It seems like such a little thing… remove the leaven, confess your sins one to another. The devil, our battlefield enemy, is the one who whispers in your ear that your jealousy, gluttony, rage or whatever it is that you struggle with (see Galatians 5:19-21 for the short list) is “no big deal, hardly even worth mentioning. But the devil is lying to you. He lies when he says it is not big deal, he lies when he tells you how stupid and embarrassing it is to talk about such silly things, but that is what the father of lies does. It is one of his top three favorite weapons. He has come to “steal, kill and destroy.” John 10:10 He does not have to make us sick or weak, hiding our unconfessed sin does that for him… and he knows it.

You can be free. Your eyes can be on Y’shua and how you can serve him in love like Simon and the woman. Or…

Debs in Everett, Washington.

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Ezeikiel Summation

The Kingdom of God is at hand! Rejoice in the King!

The most important takeaway from Ezekiel for me is, the King is returning are we prepared?

Many will scoff but His promise is clear!

2 Peter 3:3-4 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts,  and saying, ” Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.”

2 Peter 3:8-9 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

We must cleanse our hearts!

Psalm 51:10-11 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Matthew 5:8   blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God

John 3:3  In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

The Kingdom is here

Matthew 4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.

Revelation 22:7 “And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.” 

Become like a watchmen waiting on our Lord, speak up for the Kingdom!

Isaiah 52:8 Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the LORD returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes

Isaiah 62:6-7 I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.

Jeremiah 31:6 There will be a day when watchmen cry out on the hills of Ephraim, ‘Come, let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our God.

                                                          “The Kingdom of God is at Hand”

Mark 1:15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” 

 Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Ray in Everett

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Ezekiel Chapters 41-48

The Throne of Yeshua!

Chapter 41-48 are a description of the temple, its structure, the purpose of the different areas and rooms, and the ordinances and laws governing the rabbis.  Since this speaks mainly to Israel and the Jewish people we will cover them all at once, highlighting a few versus that speak also to the church.

In chapter 43 we see that Gods throne sits in the midst of the city.

Ezekiel 43:7-8  He said: “Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever and ever. The house of Israel will never again defile my holy name-neither they nor their kings-by their prostitution and the lifeless idols of their kings at their high places.

Revelation 21:2-4 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,

In Ezekiel the throne is in the temple, but in revelation is says there is no temple. In revelation the lord declares “all things new”.  The return of the king? No temple needed God and the Lamb are present

Revelation 21:5  And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

Revelation 21:22 I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.

Chapter 44: Just who will enter into this city? Have you got a “clean heart”?

Ezekiel 44:9 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: No foreigner uncircumcised in heart and flesh is to enter my sanctuary, not even the foreigners who live among the Israelites.

 Revelation 21:27  and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

 Psalm 51:10-11 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Matthew 5:8   Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God

Chapter 45: Here we find a clear indication when to celebrate Resurrection day, not easter.  Our lord was crucified during Passover week, for He is our Passover lamb.  Easter is a celebration involving Ishtar not our Lord. If we were celebrating our Lords resurrection it would always fall on Passover, but we know that does not always happen.

Ezekiel 45:21  “‘In the first month on the fourteenth day you are to observe the Passover, a feast lasting seven days, during which you shall eat bread made without yeast.

 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast-as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.

 Jesus entered Jerusalem for the Passover feast.

John 12:12-15 On the next day the large crowd who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,  took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, ” Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, even the King of Israel.” Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written,  “FEAR NOT, DAUGHTER OF ZION; BEHOLD, YOUR KING IS COMING, SEATED ON A DONKEY’S COLT.

 John 13:1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father,

 John 19:31 Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath ( for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

 Chapter 47: River of the tree of life flows outward from the city.

Ezekiel 47:1 The man brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar.

 Revelation 22:1-2 Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb,

 Ezekiel 47:12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”

 Revelation 22:2  in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelvekinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

 Revelation 22:1-5 Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelvekinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.  There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.  And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.

 Just what does this city look like; we got a glimpse of its beauty in the last two chapters. How precious we must be for our Lord to build such a beautiful place.

Revelation 21:18-21 The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.  The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.  And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.

Have you washed your robes by the blood of the Lamb?

Revelation 22:20-21 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

Ezekiel 48:35 …. “And the name of the city from that time on will be:

                                                             “THE LORD IS THERE.”

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

Ray in Everett

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Proverbs 31:18 taste test

I am in the habit of pressing a bit of an herb or spice in the palm of my hand and breathing in the essence of it while standing over whatever it is I am making.  If an herb passes the sniff test, then it goes into my dish. Often a tiny taste of a dressing or sauce is tested before the final stir to see if it is ready to serve. I make a decent potato salad, but I can never share the recipe because of how I put the salad together by tasting as I go.

December 10, 2018 Pause-Cafe - TETShe senses that her gain is good; her lamp does not go out at night.  Proverbs 31:18 nasu

In my kitchen is where the most basic understanding of Proverbs 31:18 is experienced, (“senses” is translated from the Hebrew word that means “taste”) but is the kitchen the whole life of the Valiant Warrior? If you have been following my Proverbs 31 series, you know that it is not the full range of the “excellent wife.”

The Hebrew letter TET (rhymes with mate) is the foundation of verse 18. TET is the least used letter in scripture. It is the letter of potential. Good comes a heart surrendered to YHVH, the opposite is rebellion to the Almighty. Your potential is determined by what you choose, The Creator or self.

TET is the ninth Hebrew letter. Nine is the last of the digits, It is a conclusion, a final judgement.

Proverbs 31:18 is a good word to the woman who is a dedicated cook, but is that all that there is? What about the women for whom cooking is not a passion or for those of us for whom it is a hobby? Is there anything for us?

20190416_082340[175]The TET word of Proverbs 31:18 is TA’AM meaning taste, translated here as senses. It is the word from Psalm 34:8 O Taste and see that YHVH is good. A taste is a tiny portion of the whole that is sampled. A taste has potential for both good and not good. The taste allows us to judge the whole.

The word translated “good” is also a TET word. Good is an adjective, the judgement of the word it modifies in English. “…her gain is good”  Her “gain” is another way of saying her “profit,” CHACAR.

How blessed is the (wo)man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding.  For her profit is better than the profit of silver and her gain better than fine gold.  She is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her.  Proverbs 3:13-15

Our “gain” or “profit” as women of valor, as holy warriors, is wisdom and understanding. By surrendering our self to the One who gave his life for ours, our “gain or profit” is the fruit of the Spirit. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). This is what we get the “taste” of in this life, and we sense that it is good. The world will insist that having our own mind in control of our life instead of submitting our will to the mind of Messiah is the only way to truly enjoy life. But what does the word say to those who live in rebellion to the Almighty (for both Christian or worldly souls). Self rule, know as “the flesh” also produces “fruit.” It is a long list that includes immorality, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities (an old word meaning feeling hostile toward those who are not supportive of your philosophy of life), jealousy, drunkenness and the like. (Galatians 5:19-21)

Why does it say that we get a “taste” of our gain as believers in Y’shua? I think that the answer is in the Revelation. Two cities represent two different destinations. One city, Babylon, represents the life of all that the world has to offer those who would “eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” (1 Corinthians 15:32) Babylon is the city of the best that the world has to offer. Revelation chapter 18 speaks of the outcome of those who chose Babylon, and a life lived for the flesh, for today.

Then a strong angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “So will Babylon, the great city, be thrown down with violence, and will not be found any longer. And the sound of harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters will not be heard in you any longer; and no craftsman of any craft will be found in you any longer; and the sound of a mill will not be heard in you any longer;  and the light of a lamp will not shine in you any longer; and the voice of the bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you any longer; for your merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery. And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth.”  Revelation 18:21-24

“…the light of a lamp will not shine in you any longer...” But for we who believe, our lamp does not go out at night. Is that important or does it just mean that we cook late into the night? Matthew tells us a parable of Y’shua in Matthew 25:1-13 of Ten Virgins, five of whom were foolish (the fool says in her heart, “there is no god.” Psalm 14:1) and five others who were wise. The lamp of the foolish went out in the night, the five wise were able to light their lamps in the night. The “light of the lamp” is for our time in the world.

In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:4-5

Like Simon the magician (Acts 8:9-24), the foolish thought they could buy the light of the world from others instead of going to the source of light, the Word of God made flesh (John 1:1-4) Those who have the light go into the New Jerusalem, the other city of the Revelation.

And the city (New Jerusalem, Revelation 21:10ff) has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.  Revelation 21:23

And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever. Revelation 22:5

The light of the lamp of the virtuous warrior does not go out at night. Her light is the light of the Lamb of God who gave himself for her. We get a taste of that light in this life, but it will be our home in the next life. She is a woman of understanding, of wisdom which comes from the indwelling Holy Spirit (John 16:13). Her life is “a taste” of the life to come, and it is good.

20190416_0823321030702867.jpg“Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 21:14-15

Debs in Everett, Washington

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Mark 13:1-2, a devotional

Notre Dame Cathedral is burning! That was the news two days ago. That beautiful, ancient, crumbling building that most of the world loves, is on fire.

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And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left upon another which will not be torn down.” Mark 13:2 nasu

(Day 52 Read Mark 13, study verses 1-2) The Temple of Jerusalem, the heart of the city, the soul of the nation. The Temple built by Solomon was long gone. Nehemiah’s rebuilt temple had been beautified by Herod after being desecrated by Antiochus Epiphanies. Inside the temple, the throne of YHVH was missing. Jeremiah hid it long ago as the enemy came to sac Jerusalem. It has been missing ever since (though there are intriguing possibilities for re-discovery in these last days). The High Priest was no longer a son of Aaron, but a political appointee of Rome. Every Yom Kippor, the pretend priest entered the temple built by a Roman governor/King and sprinkled blood on an imaginary mercy seat since the original was missing. But the building was beautiful.

Mark does not tell us if Y’shua-Jesus’ response to the invitation to look at the beautiful building was given in anger, casually, or even sarcastically. But we do know what he said. “Not one stone shall be left upon another which will not be torn down.” We do not know how the disciples reacted to that. History proves His Word to be true.

After Antiochus a great revival broke loose in Israel. It eventually became the Pharisee movement. They were more about church… errrr, synagogue doctrine then they were about the Word of God. They had a set of rules known as the oral law that we tend to roll our eyes at when we read them. How could they believe it? Probably the same way Christians believe church teaching today. They piled heavy stone upon heavy stone up to build their great places of worship, just like we do. They embraced doctrine that was impossible to keep while rejecting the Word of the Almighty…. just like we Christians do. Their temple came down in a moment with a great fire, just like so many of our buildings do.

If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 1 Corinthians 3:15

What went wrong?

The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone. Psalm 118:22

The stone? In Hebrew, Stone is an amazing word. If you let it, you will learn the whole story of the Rock of our Salvation.

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November 28, 2018 Quietude - CopyThe first letter of EBEN (stone) is Aleph. Aleph always represents Elohiym, God the Father. When Moses wrote the letter Aleph it looked more like a cow’s head. There was a reason Israel chose to worship a golden calf when the Almighty had set them free from the gods of Egypt. They knew what the Aleph could represent. But our God is nothing like the gods of Egypt. He is the Ox of sacrifice, the mighty one who gives His life.

November 29, 2018 Pause-Cafe - CopyThe next letter of EBEN is BET. BET or VET represents “the son” but the pictograph of Moses is an image of an house or inner room. The son is the heir of the house. The Father may build the house but the son inherits the house. It is significant that Y’shua told us that He goes to “prepare a place” for us, not that he is going to build a place for us. As the heir he already has a house. He is preparing the house for his bride, believers in Him. At the same time his own Holy Spirit is preparing us for His house.

The Aleph-Bet come together to make the word Av or Ab’ba. To English readers that would be Daddy, Father. The Almighty can be a King but until there is a son he is not a Father. When there is a son ALEPH-BET, then he is Father. By the blood of the Son and the indwelling Holy Spirit we become adopted as His children and gain the right to also call him Ab’ba, or as my friend likes to say, Pappa-God.

December 21, 2018 Quietude - NUN  NUN (pronounced noon) is often said to represent a seed, as in human seed from the Father. The pictograph of NUN does look like the microscopic sperm of a man, but how would ancient Israel know that? It would be centuries before the microscope would be invented before anyone could see what that looked like. God sure could have told them, maybe it is just one of those weird things I think about. A more satisfying understanding of the pictograph of NUN is a path to a goal or destination. I do not remember where I first heard of this understanding, and I do not oppose the first, but the path makes more sense to me.

When BET and NUN are put together they become BEN, meaning Son. The Son of God is the Way or path of righteousness. When all three words are put together, you no longer get a relationship word, you get “stone.” ALEPH-BET-NUN is stone.

  • The stone which the builders rejected, Psalm 118:22.
  • The chief corner stone Isaiah 28:16, Ephesians 2:20
  • The stone which struck down the image of the nations and became a great Mountain Daniel 2:34

The Son of God is the Way, The corner-stone, rejected. The religion of Israel was empty. It should have pointed to Y’shua as Messiah, but it failed. All of their beautiful building stones would come down for the chief stone. Notre Dame is burning down. Already men speak of rebuilding the temple of paganism because we have long believed it was a place for Christian worship. Pagan symbolism is not Christian no matter how pretty it is or how much gold or white wash it is covered with. But how would the builders know the chief stone from the beautiful building stones? One way is to examine yourself (2 Corinthians 5) Will you be celebrating Easter or Passover? If you say Passover, will it be according to tradition or Scripture? Don’t get me wrong, you can have your traditions, but the Word of God is the faith-map for we who believe… and Easter is not in the Hebrew or Greek texts.

Deb August 26,2018Debs… who is SO thankful for the mercy of YHVY as I struggle to give up the way of tradition and embrace The Way of the Light of the World… the Menorah (Revelation 1:12-13.

Everett, Washington, April 19, 2019

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