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Way Points; Exodus 23:20 with John 14:1-7

“Behold, I send an angel before you, to guard you on The Way and to bring you to the place which I have prepared. 

Exodus 23:20  RSV

I sit up and pay attention when I see the word “Behold”. For me it is a flag word, meaning when the Word says “behold” I should pay closer attention. Most of the time Scripture speaks to us on a physical level because we live in a physical world. But when the Almighty starts a sentence with “behold” I think that he is about to open a window into heaven to tell me something I cannot grasp with my physical senses.

Behold, I send an angel before you, to guard you on The Way, and to bring you to the place which I have prepared. The passage continues…

Give heed to him and hearken to his voice, do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression; for my name is in him.  “But if you hearken attentively to his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.  Exodus 23:21-22 RSV

To “heed” is to listen with full intention of obedience (Take a look at Matthew 17: 2-6!). Chapter 23 of Exodus speaks of the Sabbath Day, of the appointments (feasts) that the Almighty has said he wants to meet with us (December 25th and Easter are not one the list of appointments, I’m jus sayen). The Almighty has not demanded that we “know” but that we “heed”. We learn a little at a time. We perfect our skill by practice rather then memorization (though memorization is important!). When you are in The Word, heed it, listen with full intention of obedience.

A quick note on the angel, Y’shua our Salvation, not pardoning our transgressions. He did not pardon, he paid for our transgressions of Torah.

“Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.  And you know The Way where I am going.”  Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know The Way?”  Jesus said to him, “I am The Way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.  If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him.”    John 14:1-7 RSV

Y’shua is called Jesus in English. I’m not sure why. To believe is what we say in English, it is a long and winding path from English back to Greek, from Hebrew, so I will give you a short-cut. To believe is to “amen” to stand firm on Scripture. We amen-believe that the Almighty is exactly who he says that he is in Scripture. Our relationship to the Almighty is laid out for us in Scripture. We amen-stand firm on who the Almighty says he is in the Word, we do the same with Y’shua.

Olympic National Park in Washington.

Olympic National Park in Washington.

Just as was promised in the Exodus, Y’shua our Salvation promises in the Gospel of John, He goes before us to prepare a place for us. He is The Way to the place, he is The Truth, the Word of God that we live by, he is The Life that we live on The Way. Pay attention today as you walk (HALAK – Hebrew for how we live as we are on The Way because Y’shua is walking with us by the gentle guidance of his Spirit, the breath that makes his Word alive.


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Way-Points Genesis 35:3

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

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

…then let us arise and go up to Bethel, that I may make there an altar to the God who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.” Genesis 35:3 RSV

Tragedy! Dinah was raped. When Ya’cob (Jacob) did not seem willing to do anything but give her in marriage to the man who defiled his daughter, her brothers Simon and Levi, took matters into their own hands. They massacred the men of the town of Shechem and brought their sister home. Once again, Ya’cob is in fear for his life. The men of Shechem have kin-folk who will want revenge.

This is when the Almighty tells Ya’cob to come back to Beth-El, the house of God, where he met the Elohiym of his father and grandfather just after receiving the heritage of seed-bearer after deceiving his dad and thinking he was cheating his brother out of it. It was always his birth-right, but no one did anything to let him know that. He was in fear for his life then too.

Perhaps, when it comes to the idols of his beloved wives, Ya’cob had been looking the “other way” for too long. His wives and the people traveling with him had a collection of idols; stolen in the same manner that he thought he stole his heritage, by deception right to their father’s face. Ya’cob is the first person in Scripture to use the word TAHAR- purify yourselves. The Almighty is not to be added to your collection of traditions. When you come to God, you release your baggage and the items that have a place in your heart. You “come clean” when you serve the Almighty. He will purify you, but your job is to rid yourself of what you know is wrong. That is the difference between religion and relationship.

Is this the first time that Ya’cob introduces his family to the God of his Fathers? Maybe it is the first time he has taken a stand for YHVH (the LORD) because the family is no longer living under another man’s authority. Perhaps he is doing what daddies do and telling the story again. What I know is the family is in distress and Ya’cob is going to take them to the Elohiym who answered him in the day of his deepest distress. He speaks of this God who has directed him in The Way. In English it just says, “…has been with me…” as if Ya’cob has made his own choices and Elohiym simply followed him about like a faithful collie dog. That is NOT the sense I get in the Hebrew. The Almighty directed Ya’cob’s journey. In fact, Ya’cob testified that he HALAK (a spiritual, obedient walk) on The Way. He conformed his life to the Almighty’s hand of guidance (poorly translated in English as “where ever I have gone). If it seemed that Ya’cob had no power in his life, it is probably because of his submission to his father-in-law and the tolerance of his wives religion to the family idols. That is not the heritage he wants to leave his sons and it is time to demand that their mothers attend a funeral for their idols.

Olympic National Park in Washington.

Olympic National Park in Washington.

Bringing it home: My husband and I have been in the process of cleansing our lives of the pagan traditions and trinkets that we have accumulated. We have been purging our home and lives of the traditions handed on to us by our families. Just this last autumn we threw out hundreds of dollars worth of halloween paraphernalia. I actually had no idea just how much stuff we had accumulated. Coffee cups, teddy bears, snow globes with bats and orange glitter instead of snow, aprons, candy dishes, pillows, table runners. We put out three large trash-bags of items dedicated to halloween. Just today I found another coffee cup I had overlooked. I had no idea there was so much. It creeps in because it is seasonal and cute.

The immediate effect of Ya’cob’s family cleansing was physical safety as they traveled through towns with hostile kin to the men Simon and Levi murdered. Safe passage in a hostile world. That is a good start. Is that enough for you to cleanse your home and your heart of the pagan things you have collected and hold dear? I’m telling you, there are even better blessings that follow, but you will never know unless you risk meeting the Almighty free of the baggage you have collected.

Mrs. Hagerty, reposted on July 24, 2016

Time to plant the very early vegetables. (from February 2014)

Time to plant the very early vegetables. Onions, spinach, leeks, broccoli and cauliflower (Picture from February 2014)

On the Suburban Farm: Just this morning at Sabbath worship, we received conformation that the Shemitah is for the land of Israel, not for us in Everett. What a relief! We will be starting our garden chores with joy! I feel like I am getting a late start, but it is still only February!

February 14, 2015 in Everett, WA the sun came up at 7:17 but was absorbed by gray clouds without rain. High-53, Low-37, 0% chance of rain. 10 hours and 12 minutes later the sun set at 5:29 Shabbat Shalom!

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The Way: Genesis 32:1-2

What does it mean to “walk” in The Way? I like to use pictures of people walking on paths but does that really give an honest image of what takes place? Life with Y’shua is a spirit guided journey in this world toward the Kingdom of the Almighty.

Olympic National Park in Washington.

Olympic National Park in Washington.

The Hebrew word that is usually translated “walk” is HALAK. It is not simply putting one foot in front of the other. God told Abraham to HALAK before Him and be blameless or perfect. The Almighty expected Abraham to live (walk) his life in a manner pleasing to God.

In this “Way-Point” Ya’cob (Jacob) has just parted company with his father-in-law. He is coming home. The passage reads as if he is just tripping along on his merry way. It is not that simplistic in Hebrew.

Jacob went on his way and the angels of God met him;  and when Jacob saw them he said, “This is God’s army!” So he called the name of that place Mahana’im.  Genesis 32:1-2 RSV

Ya’cob “HALAK” not on “his way” but on THE WAY. The Hebrew letter LAMED is the prefix to The Way (DEREK) giving a mental picture of the Shepherd guiding him on the journey. Like his Grandfather Abraham (Genesis 17:1), Ya’cob is “walking before God.” This is the setting to meeting the angels.

Wide awake this time, Ya’cob sees the Almighty’s army camped where he is camped. He was dreaming in his last vision (Genesis 28: 10-22). He names the place MAHANA’IM meaning “Two Camps.” His people and the Almighty’s Army camping in the same place. A glimpse of the reality of YHVH’s ever-present protective hedge on those who HALAK on The Way of Righteousness.

Thank you to Biblical Word Studies for the fantastic help with the word HALAK

Toy Box Tarragon February 2014

Toy Box Tarragon February 2014

What happened? I was told 60 was going to be yesterday’s high temperature. Today is forecast to be a “warmer” 58. Turns out that it only got up to 53 yesterday. It is, after all, still February 12, 2015. It is supposed to be cold. 58/46 with a 10% chance of rain. Sunrise at 7:20, setting 10 hours and 6 minutes later at 5:26. The Snow Moon is in its final quarter.

Mrs. Hagerty (updated) July 23, 2016

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