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Torah Tidbit – Places of Refuge

TORAH TIDBIT

PLACES OF REFUGE

We were reading in Deuteronomy 4 and there were several things that jumped out at us, especially verses 41-43 concerning the ‘cities of refuge’. Moses is speaking to the people concerning what they must remember when they go into the Land and then, suddenly and seemingly out of context (although we know it is not), there’s this mention of ‘cities of refuge’, and then the narrative picks back up and continues.

This prompted us to contemplate a much asked question – will there be ‘safe places’ or ‘places of refuge’ outside the Land of Israel in the last days? Well, if there ARE places of safety, and the end is declared from the beginning, then we should be able to find at least an allusion to ‘safe places’ in the Torah. For since GOD’s people are scattered among the nations and throughout the globe, it would stand to reason HE would provide ‘safe places’ or cities of refuge for those in distress, fleeing from the enemy.

Before the people of Israel set foot in The Land, Moses established – at God’s directive – three cities of refuge east of the Jordan, outside the Land if you will . . . As a side note, ALL the tribes ‘crossed over’ ( making them Hebrews, ivri ) and then three tribes went back across the Jordan and settled east of the Jordan. But they DID all ‘cross over’. Just to clarify, in Exodus 35 Israel is told to establish SIX cities of refuge. In Deuteronomy 4 Moses establishes the first three cities ‘east of the Jordan’, and then in Deuteronomy 19 they are reminded to establish three safe places inside Israel proper or ‘in the midst of Your Land’. Here we see Scripture making a clear distinction between the three cities ‘in the midst of Your Land’ and the three cities ‘to the east of Jordan beyond Jericho’ or outside the Land, if you will. There also seems to be an implied stipulation that obedience to the commandments, statutes and ordinances is necessary for physical life during the time in the safe place.

Earlier, in Deuteronomy 4:27-31, God said the people would become scattered among the nations due to their disobedience , they would worship other gods, but if and when the people would turn and seek YHVH with all their heart and soul, they would find Him . . . ‘and when you are in distress and all these things have come upon you in the ‘latter days’, then you will return to The Lord and listen (shema) to His Voice’, which implies walking in obedience to His laws, statutes and ordinances. ( vs. 13-26)

And here’s another interesting gem that jumped out at us. In Deuteronomy 4:34-ff, the wording used speaks of ‘bringing one nation out of another with a Mighty Hand, an outstretched arm, and with great terrors, signs and wonders.’ This is the very same phraseology used in Ezekiel 20:32-38 . . . “‘You say, “We want to be like the nations, like the peoples of the world, who serve wood and stone.” But what you have in mind will never happen. As surely as I live, declares Sovereign YHVH, I will reign over you with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath. I will bring you from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered–with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath. I will bring you into the wilderness of the nations and there, face to face, I will execute judgment upon you. As I judged your ancestors in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will judge you, declares Sovereign YHVH. I will take note of you as you pass under my rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant. I will purge you of those who revolt and rebel against me. Although I will bring them out of the land where they are living, yet they will not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am YHVH.” The rebellion is against God and His ways. “Then the LORD spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice. He declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets. And the LORD directed me at that time to teach you the decrees and laws you are to follow in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess.” (Deut.4:12-14) And once again God will bring the one nation out from among those into whom HE scattered His people and another birthing takes place . . . and this takes place ‘in the latter days’, which takes us back to verse 34 of Deuteronomy chapter 4.

We see in Scripture how our God works in patterns. So just as Moses established ‘safe places outside The Land’ before the people of Israel entered the first time, so, in the latter days there will be places of safety for His people ‘when they are in distress in times of tribulation and being pursued by the enemy. And just as ‘listening to His Voice’ was integral for entering the Land during the First Exodus, walking in obedience to His Word will be prerequisite for walking into the Land in the time of the Greater Second Exodus. Just as the rebellious did not enter the Land the first time, neither will the rebellious enter the Land this final time . . . ‘for although HE brought them out from all the places they had been scattered, they (the rebellious) will NOT enter the Land.’

So, in the ‘latter days’, before we enter the Land,  when we are in distress due to dire conditions and circumstances; and the hunter is hunting and we are being pursued by the one who seeks to kill the body outside of righteous judgment and the testimony of two or three righteous witnesses, there will be ‘safe places’. HE, God Almighty, will not abandon or destroy us. HE will not forget the covenant HE made with our forefathers, that HE confirmed with them by oath. And just as Abba will not forget His covenant, so we are commanded ‘not to forget the Torah of His servant Moses, for by it we shall live’.(Malachi 4:4, Ezekiel20:11)

Will there be ‘places of safety’ ? Yes . . .whether in ‘the midst of your Land’ or ‘east of Jordan beyond Jericho’, the answer is yes . . . for though we know not what we must endure before we enter the Land, we know and are known by The One that goes before us. For He is our Strong Tower and will provide safety for His people ( both spiritually and physically) in these ‘latter days’ . . . but ONLY if we hear His Voice.  Shalom – R&J

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Egypt strikes IS in Libya

We have NOT watched this video. I will NOT give IS that satisfaction. We DO pray for the families of those slain and for Abba to give us discernment and understanding, His grace and strength by which to stand in these days . . .

http://news.yahoo.com/says-beheaded-egyptian-copts-libya-193850727.html

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Shabbat Shalom ? Yes . . .

Many of us take a little time each week to wish one another ‘Shabbat Shalom’ – Sabbath Peace. We arose this morning to the news of coptic christians being slaughtered over night by IS. War, hatred and horrific acts of barbarism rage all around us, both home and abroad. Tears welled up in our eyes as we heard the reports from Libya of the christians killed. Fear grips my heart as I think of the over 300 marines on the Al Asad airbase in Iraq training Iraqi soldiers and, at the same time, protecting the over 13 miles of perimeter and my mind goes back to Benghazi . . . and tears well up again . . . How can I have and offer Peace on this Sabbath under these extraordinary, overwhelming circumstances ? I CAN, but ONLY because I serve an Extraordinary GOD that can and will overwhelm my enemies, overwhelm these circumstances and, if I allow HIM, overwhelm my heart, my fear and my tears with His Peace. Does that mean everything will be just perfect in the short-term ? No; but it DOES mean HE is sovereign, HE is in control, HIs ways are not mine and HE has it all in the palm of HIS Hand. “MY Peace I give to you; not as the world gives . . . I give you Peace that surpasses ALL human understanding . . . (and all these circumstances). “Yahweh will give strength to his people, Yahweh blesses his people with peace.” “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces.” For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, “Peace be within you.” We, as believers in Messiah Yeshua, know according to Scripture, Peace cannot reign until the Prince of Peace returns. “. . . so the Spirit and the bride say ‘come quickly Lord Yeshua.” “For HE is our Peace.” May YHVH bless you and yours this day with His overwhelming, all-surpassing Shalom, knowing that True Peace is only understood in the midst of the storm; and HE is in charge of the storm. Shabbat Shalom –

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

ITINERARY

Please keep this series of meetings in your prayers, as well as the flight and trip, as Rhonda and I travel there to share with the folks what Abba has shared with us . . . Thank you . . . Blessings to you and yours –

MARCH 13-14
ASSEMBLY OF YAHVAH
806 Rains County Rd. 3330
Emory, TX 75440

Contact – Bro. John Robinson
903-474-3267

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Shabbat Shalom

I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end I will stand upon my grave . . . and in my flesh I will see my God; I myself will see him with my own eyes . . . How my heart yearns within me!   Job 19

Shabbat Shalom
S. Mt. of Olives

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

‘Clean vs Unclean’ and ‘Pagan vs Idolatry’

Let’s talk a moment about ‘clean and unclean’ and the connection with idolatry and what many refer to as ‘pagan’. First, let’s take a closer look at what the Word has to say about ‘clean and unclean’. There is that which is clean by creation and design – divine conception, if you will – and that which is unclean by the same design. A cow is a ‘clean animal’ according to Scripture and therefore is good for food. It can become ‘unclean’ or dirty externally, but that does not change it’s created nature as a clean animal. (by the way, there is no such thing as unclean food . . . if it is unclean, it is not ‘food’). A pig, on the other hand, is an unclean animal designed by God as an unclean creature for a particular purpose. (Leviticus 11:7) The pig’s uncleanness is part and parcel of it’s very essence and nature and cannot be changed. I can bathe the pig from now on, and it will not change it’s unclean, created nature. By the way, Scripture does describe how that which is clean can become unclean, but that state of uncleanness is external only and once properly dealt with, according to Scripture, the internal, innate nature of the clean creation has not been altered.
Man is a clean creation and his ( and her) God-designed internal, innate state of cleanness cannot be changed. Man CAN become involved or exposed to that which can make the person unclean externally. But once the proper procedure is followed, according to Scripture, the individual is once again declared clean. (for example – Lev 14:19,15:13) Acts 10 depicts the account of Peter and the famous sheet full of unclean creatures. God uses this example, by Peter’s own admission, to teach Peter, contrary to Judaic teaching, gentiles are not common or unclean creatures and should not be treated as such. Assuming God did not have one pattern for gentiles and another ‘clean’ mold for Israelis, the logical conclusion is one man should not consider another man an unclean being. That person might temporarily be in an unclean state, but man is not an unclean creature by his created nature. He has a sinful nature, but not unclean. There IS a difference.
Now let’s examine for just a moment the concepts of ‘pagan’ and ‘idolatrous’. By definition, ‘pagan’ is a term historically applied in a negative connotation towards people groups not a part of the three primary monotheistic world religions. ‘Pagan’ can refer to peoples that involve themselves in what would be considered ‘idol worship’ by Christianity or Judaism. Paganism is also a religious order that worships creation and the ‘spirits of nature’. A layman’s definition of ‘pagan’, for the sake of this discussion, would be ‘that which by it’s very nature and conception is contrary to the God of the Bible, His Word and His ways.’
Idolatry, again in layman’s terms, is anything that comes between us and God. Anything that gets between me and my Heavenly Father may be considered ‘idolatrous’, even if it is ‘clean’ by it’s nature and in line with the Word of God. Example ? Sure . . . the ‘snake on the pole’. The directive for the snake on the pole came straight from the Mouth of Yahweh. It was good and brought deliverance to the people. And yet, because the people allowed it to get between them and God Almighty, it became idolatrous and brought judgment on the people.
The statement has been made that we shouldn’t worry about where things come from. With all due respect and love, we must humbly disagree with that statement. Had we known the roots and origination of the some of the practices of the mainstream denominational system, we might not have gotten involved. But since we were not taught the roots and conception of some of those practices, we openly embraced things we ought not have.
In Acts 10, Abba brings Peter to the understanding that non-Israelis are NOT unclean creatures as the teachings of Judaism profess. They, just like Israelis, are clean by creation. Yes, we are conceived in sin physically, but we are not unclean and sinful by God’s design.
Job asks the question – ‘who can make the clean out of the unclean ? No one’ is his answer. (Job 14:4) I can kosher a pig and put it in a dress, but I cannot change it’s created nature. It is still an unclean animal . . . a pig in a dress. By the same token, sin does not change man’s created essence. No man is to be considered common or unclean. (Acts 10:28) I can become ‘unclean’ externally, but I can get clean again and welcomed into the presence of My Father. Unrepented, unforgive sin is an internal matter that will separate me from My Heavenly Father forever. So, one of our jobs in these last days ? Teach the people, God’s people, the difference between the clean and the unclean, the holy and the profane. Shalom to you and yours – J&R

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Pondering Passover

Pondering Passover

It’s getting close to time for Passover once again, and we wanted to take a few minutes to think out loud. Here are a few quick thoughts to ponder concerning elements that go back to the very beginning in the garden and are connected to Passover as we consider the First Adam and Yeshua, the Second Adam.
Yeshua was hung on a tree, the same thing that caused all the problem with Adam and Eve in the beginning – a tree.
Because of sin, blood was shed to provide a covering for the First Adam and his bride. Because of sin, the Blood of the Second Adam was shed to provide reconciliation and atonement for His Bride.
In the beginning all creation came from the dust. The dust and all that came from it was cursed due to sin. Yeshua took on dust in order to redeem from sin all that came from the dust.
Thorns and thistles were a product of the curse brought about by sin. The First Adam, because of the thorns and thistles, brought forth bread by the sweat of his brow. Yeshua took those thorns upon His brow, applying His Blood to them, in order to deliver even that part of the creation of the dust from the curse brought about by sin.
The First Adam was placed in a deep sleep and his side was opened up, birthing his bride. On the cross, Yeshua, the Second Adam, was destined to die, a deep sleep if you will. His side was opened up and out of that wound flowed water and blood, birthing His Eternal Bride.
By the disobedience of the First Adam and his bride, the door of direct communion with our Father was closed and they could no longer ‘walk with Him in the cool of the day’. By His ‘obedience unto death’, Yeshua, the Second Adam, reopened the veil of access to our Father for His Bride through the tearing of the Veil of His Flesh. The Veil of the Temple was torn asunder and thrown side to side, symbolizing that renewed access to our Father.
Remember this, and stand firm; Recall to mind, you rebels. 9 Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is none other; I am God, and there is none like Me, 10 declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times that which is not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,” Isaiah 46

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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