Tammuz 4, 5769 Sixth Day Yom Ha'shee'shee
Dear Ones, Again I am amazed that we are into a new month...the month of Tammuz. This is a summer month and even now, in my little part of the world, the temperatures have risen and we definately know that summer is here. I am going to diligently try to write more on this blog because so many days of God are coming up. Starting this month..on the 17th we start three weeks of soul searching. One is to give up red meat and wine and maybe any other thing that you feel is a stumbling block. It is a time one woman called the "three weeks of the serpent". It is a time of studying the scriptures and seeking God about the things in our lives that He is judging us over. It is a good thing for all of us to do some soul searching. These three weeks lead us to Tish B'Av..which is Av 9...a day when MANY tragic things have happened....mainly the destruction of BOTH Temples. But God in His mercy gave us a wonderful day right after...TuB'Av..a day of love. Get out the cards and flowers and candy. Tell someone you love them. the world and the worldly church has its Valentine's day and we who are Believers in the Way of God have TuB'Av. Hallelu Yah!
I cannot write today without the mention of the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. Wow! I believe all of us were expecting Farrah's and we are saddened by it but MIchael's is quite a shock! Both, I'm sure were not ready, in the sense that they both knew Yeshua as their Savior. It was said that Farrah was a devout Catholic but as I wrote yesterday on Facebook...what does that mean? She was a member of a church...a cult, if you will. A belief system that does not put God as the Supreme head but it's Pope and it's church. Of course, anyone who has read anything I have written about the Catholic church knows that I DO NOT LIKE IT. IT IS THE GREAT PRETENDER CHURCH. IT IS VILE AND IS A CHURCH OF IDOL WORSHIPPERS AND PAGAN DOCTRINES AND SACRAMENTS. Michael was raised a Jehovah's Witness, which says quite a bit. His life has never shown us that he was anyone who was following the LORD. And we, at least I, believe him to be a pediaphile.
One thing is for sure, these two lived with vanity in their lives.
I pray their families reach out and receive the comfort from God and families and friends that they need.
I am quite disturbed by something else I read.....the Ethiopian Orthadox church has long said it has the Ark of the Covenant in it's possession. It has maintained that it received the Ark and has kept it hiddden. Now they have had a meeting with the Pope and are going to allow the world to see the Ark. I am apalled! I am apalled that the evil Pope and his church are going to have anything to do with the ark! But these are the times we live in and this church will probably be a big part of the endtimes and what it holds. So as keep I am telling you....BEWARE.....KEEP AWARE...AND BE PREPARED!
The Torah Portion this week is very intriguing....it is Parashah 38: Korach Numbers 16:1-18:32....
Korach incites a mutiny challenging Moses' leadership and the granting of the kehunah ("priesthood") to Aaron, accompanied by Moses' erstwhile foes, Dathan and Aviram. Joining them are 250 distinguished members of the community, who offer the sacrosanct ketoret (incense) to prove their worthiness for the priesthood. The earth opens up and swallows the mutineers, and a fire consumes the ketoret-offerers. (Chabad Torah in a Nutshell)
The Temple Mount has a wonderful teaching and I give it to you here...study to show yourself approved...glean from all that the LORD HAS FOR YOU...HE DISIRES FOR YOU TO WALK IN HIS WAYS AND TO FOLLOW HIS COMMANDS. HIS TORAH IS RIGHTEOUSNESS!
I love you and want only the best for you. May you be blesed!
With love to you in and through Yeshua our Savior and soon coming King...His servant, gloria
Korach: The Man Who Wanted it All
Korach had it all: He was fabulously wealthy, highly intelligent, he had been to the finest schools, he was impressively handsome, charismatic, a mesmerizing speaker and a mover of men. Korach was a scion of the tribe a Levi, counted amongst the distinguished leaders of the fabled Kohati clan, whose Levitical responsibilities included the most prized of tasks: the transport and placement of the Ark of the Covenant, the golden ark which contained the tablets of the law which Moses brought down from Sinai, in the Holy of Holies.
Korach had it all, but he wanted more. The Midrash teaches that it was his Lady Macbeth-like wife, driven by ambition, who egged him on to open rebellion. But he no doubt would have easily rebuffed her provocations had his own passions not already been enflamed. Korach wanted the one thing he didn't have - the priesthood. Not only was it the one thing he didn't have, but it was the one thing that Korach's wealth, intelligence, good looks and charisma could never obtain. For the priesthood was granted not to Korach, but to his cousin Aharon, and his descendants, by no less an authority than G-d Himself.
Therefore, Korach's rebellion wasn't merely against the authority of Moses, or against the privilege of Aharon. Korach's rebellion was against the G-d of Israel. As our sages point out, one cannot rebel against the authority of the G-d of Israel without ultimately denying creation itself. Little wonder, then, that Korach's punishment was nothing less than an aberration from our normal expectations of how the created world works, when the earth opened up and swallowed both Korach and his band of rebels, whole. Again, our sages have noted that the very "mouth of the earth" that swallowed Korach up was created especially for this one task, in the twilight hours of the sixth day of creation. Did Korach really think that he was something new, something special, unanticipated by G-d since the beginning of time?
Korach truly did lack something, but it wasn't the coveted priesthood. Korach lacked all the qualities that Moses and Aharon possessed: humility, deference to others, obedience to G-d . It was these qualities that enabled Moses to quickly counter the growing uprising, divide the rebels, and readily despatch of Korach himself. If Korach felt he could engage Moses in a battle of ego and prestige, enticing Moses into playing according to the rules which he, Korach, could best manipulate, he was dead wrong.
Korach, whose name has become a byword for squandered potential, nevertheless, provides for us an invaluable lesson as to what transpires when one allows for vanity to be his guide. But it is Moses, who once again, steers his people safely clear of the snares of demagoguery, and the base instincts to which silver-tongued divisive speech leads. Humble, soft-spoken, "heavy-tongued" Moses, the ultimate shepherd, sensitive and open to every individual appeal, (see Numbers 9:6, 27:1), knew a beast of prey when he saw one, and acted quickly to diffuse the danger. Many try to take the reins, but it is Moses who leads the children of Israel: "Happy is the people that is in such a case. Yea, happy is the people whose G-d is HaShem." (Psalms 144:15)