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Commandment Series: Prohibition of Theft.

ten-commandments-400.hebrew abbrevIt has been a challenging week.  Things have not gone at all the way I expected or wanted.  However, deep inside of me, I know that God knows that is how I learn best.  So…as much as I hate assessments…I keep trying to look for the wisdom in all that is going on around me and remember that Jehovah-Rapha stands beside me just as Jehovah-Nissi is ready to help fight my battles.

“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more severely than others.” Jm 3:1

Today, I was ready to ignore writing again.  When I am wrestling with a “God Assessment”, I tend to do more reflection than teaching.  Teaching means being sure of  my subject matter and relying on my faith to guide my words and concepts.  Reading, devotions, playing with the dogs, seem to give me a better perspective as I work through whatever the current faith-walk plagues my life at the moment.  It’s strange – music has always been a big part of my faith life, yet now, when I am troubled, I don’t go into the music room. Instead, I turn to the WORD and reading things from other sages – especially those of Jewish tradition.  It was during this time that I found a small little piece of information buried in a rabbi’s writing.

tov

This is the Jewish letter Tov.  Its initial letter Tet also represents the letter nine as it is the ninth letter of the Jewish alphabet. Tet also represents the word “good”; as in “… God saw that it was good. Gen 1:12b   Amazingly it is also the only letter of the Hebrew alphabet that was left out of the first time Moshe brought the tablets down off the mountain. (Ex 20) Yet – in the second set of laws that Moshe brought off the mountain, it was included. (Deut 5:15 in the word “outstretched”  NeTuYah) Hmmmmm….

Jewish tradition holds that it is because anything “Good” lasts forever. Our omniscient Jehovah-Tsid-Kenu foresaw these events in our linear life line.  Had He included Tov in the first tablets, they could not have been destroyed.  Only Our Father God knows why things had to play out the way they did.  What important God Assessments did these scarred and damaged people have to “grow” through to achieve the unity of being His united and chosen people?  Maybe it was just that – they would no longer see themselves as a people enslaved to other societies – other gods – other lands.  That they would see themselves as His people – united by His love, His grace, and His law.

“You shall not steal.” Ex 20:15

On the physical level it is a very straight forward law, and it makes sense to most of us.  After all, who wants to go through getting arrested, going to court, being convicted?  When Moshe presents it a second time in Deut 5, it is still a very straight forward law.  Again, why would we do anything but that?  But what if – what if there was more to it?  Don’t steal away.  Don’t steal a glance.  Don’t steal someone’s heart. Don’t steal the spotlight.  Don’t steal anything…….period.  The 10 Commandments are still relevant.  They still make us think.  They are still a strong guideline for our lives as we journey this faith-walk.  Our Father knew that as He carved them.  They were meant to last until Christ returns and is able to establish “…Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done…”   Kinda important, don’t ya think?  That being said…should I stop singing this hymn??????  Somehow – I think not.  ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

 

GOD STAR

saiya 9 14 14Immortal, invisible, God only wise… 

The Granddaughter has a name for it.  She calls it the “God Star”.  She generally colors it in yellow.  She sets it on buildings.  She sets it floating in the sky.  Yesterday, she set it attached to a huge pink and yellow heart with two giant Easter eggs on either side of it, and the beginning of a rainbow overhead (she got sidetracked).  Seriously, you have to love how a child sees things.   Maybe it is because I taught school for over 40 years, or maybe it is just because I am hopeful for the next generation, or maybe it is because my father wrote me one letter in my whole life and in it he said:  “And believe it or not, most of that light comes from the children”.  I only know I want to see things as my Father(s) see things.

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”  Matt 18:3-5 

God has been bringing the “God Star” to my thoughts a lot the past few days.  The news, obviously, has been a catalyst.  The reports of crucifixions in today’s world seem unthinkable.  Even be-headings takes on a nightmarish quality as I try to pinch myself awake.  I pray.  I look up.  I wonder.  I read more and more of the WORD.  And…as I hug the Grands ever tighter, I pray some  more that I will “become like little children” in all things. 

Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days… 

Our minister has spent over a month teaching us to pray using the pattern that Rabbe Yeshua set before us in Luke 11.  You know – “The Our Father” one – the one we were taught to memorize on our knees with our parents – the one we recited every Sunday in church – the one that comes to mind whenever we are fearful, sad, angry, in pain.  The one we say by rote without even thinking about what those words mean.  It is just something we say, and sometimes, sadly, it has no meaning at all as we look at the clock and wonder how soon we can leave church and get busy with the important stuff in the rest of our day. However, times are changing, and the words are becoming more than just words.

Forgive us our sins, for [as] we also forgive everyone who sins against us…” Lk 11:4

I’m smiling because we are only half way through our study in this model prayer, and we started it a month ago. With the pastor’s words in my head, I thought a lot about what Jesus was saying in this small section of how He was teaching us to pray.  Asking God to forgive me for my sins is a daily occurrence.  Although I’ve gotten control of many things, there are oh so many more to go.  Resentment.  Doubts.  Fears.  Envy.  Old trespasses, grudges, hurts  that I keep imagining or nursing deep in my memory banks.  Forgiveness of those who sin against us is not as easy as just saying the words aloud or to ourselves.  Course, Satan is only too glad to remind us by using a smell, a slight, a piece of music, a picture to stir our emotions and amplify those old hurts right back to the fore front of our mind.  None of any of which is easy for me. 

“Almighty, victorious, thy great Name we praise.” 

However during church, this visual popped in my head.  Forgiveness is literally my granddaughter’s “God Star”.  Vertically, Our Father forgives us – totally – completely – repristination.  It is a unending,  A wide, golden ray that stretches all the way from Him, breaking the sin barrier of this fallen world, and blessing us in its encompassing, golden waves.  Our forgiveness becomes another golden ray, slightly less wide because our faith is still weak, that reaches horizontally to those around us on this plane.  If we forgive others as He forgives us, the “God Star” is complete, and we become the blessing to the world as Rabbe Yeshua modeled it for us.  Once again, it is not easy – especially when it is someone we love that hurts us.  Yet, isn’t that what we did when we allowed Christ Jesus to be crucified?  We hurt Our Father deeply, and still – He wipes it completely away with His Grace.  Can we not do likewise?

“Father, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us…”godstar b