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On the Journey to Pentecost

The Road to There

Forgiveness from the heart that is surrendered to Y’Shua haMashiach is not a stroll through the park; there are many circumstances and situations that work very hard to keep the door to our heart closed.  (Refer to Revelation 3:20) One of these, I believe, is bullying. Were you ever bullied as a child?  Have you experienced bullying as an adult?  Are you a bully?  I believe bullying is one major factor that works to keep the door of our heart closed.  A key to overcoming this wearisome spirit is to pray for revelation as to whether or not you are a bully, a victim of bullying or both. Pray that YHVH will break down your “denial defense” that works so hard to keep you from overcoming so you can know the truth – which will set you free.

When someone domineers, menaces, browbeats, threatens, is quarrelsome, overbearing or arrogant they are most likely a bully.  If this person happens to be a parent, that parent’s child either learns to protect itself from the bullying or they follow their parent’s footsteps and become a bully.  Protecting one’s self from bullying often means isolating; you learn to be a turtle, going into your shell whenever you feel threatened or coerced.  This often makes the bully more dominate or overbearing.  Many children, to get away from a bully will run and hide, or get lost in a book, or be moody, or become silent as in non-communicative, or begin acting out less than desirable behaviors.  They have a hard time developing lasting friendships and spend much of their life cowering, adrift in a raft on the open sea, a sad and lonely life.  Even if one marries and has children most likely there is no real communication for these skills were not developed during childhood.  The angry, frustrated tears of childhood become the agonized, despondent tears of adulthood; confrontation is answered by teary-eyed emotion, or isolating, or silence, or moodiness, or even with threats and/or aggression.  The role model of childhood becomes the point of reference for adult relationships whether in these relationships there is a bully or not.  The bullied child/adult perceives everyone is a bully to some degree or other and can really trust no one.  The door to their heart is shut tight.  It’s everyone else’s fault, if only they would love me more, or not take me for granted, or cherish me, or pay attention to me or honor me, or just love me for who I am.  But there’s a problem; people respond to the image you project of yourself – if you project the image of being bullied, you will be bullied.  It’s like you have a target painted on your chest that says in bright red, flashing letters, “Bully Me”, or reject me, or abandon or despise or ridicule or treat me like a prostitute; what is sown in us will grow and be reaped.

So how does one get out of this vicious cycle? 

In Daniel 3 we find the story of Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image.  Continuing the story from vs. 4-6; “Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, that at what time you hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, bagpipe, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, you fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up: and whoso falls not down and worships shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”  This, I believe is one of scripture’s finest examples of bullying in the extreme.  The story continues with Nebuchadnezzar being told that certain Jews are not complying with the King’s command: Dan 3:12-15; “There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar spoke and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not you serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? Now if you be ready that at what time you hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, bagpipe, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, you fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if you worship not, you shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?”

Dan 3:16-18; “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

Like the three men of this story in the book of Daniel those who are bullied need to learn not to cower in the threat of adversity, but to be a witness of YHVH’s love and power. A person that is either a bully or is bullied cannot effectively live in the admonition of this scripture though without the indwelling presence of the Ruach haKodesh/Holy Spirit.  When you invite the Ruach to come and direct your life you will be changed and you will continue to change – becoming more and more a reflection of Y’Shua as day by day under the Ruach’s care you surrender more and more of your life and control to the Ruach’s influence, which makes Philippians 2:3-4 more and more possible; “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than yourself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”  With YHVH All things are possible!

The woman is the “keeper of the light” in her home. It is her task to make sure that no defilement comes into the home.  Her children are a treasure given to her by YHVH to raise in holy awe of YHVH.  For a woman that has grown up suffering the effects of bullying this is almost an impossible task; just as it is an almost impossible task for a man that has grown up in a bullying household to fulfill his role as priest of his home.  The cycle of bullying and being bullied can only be broken as we realize that YHVH brought the woman forth from the man to be his equal – neither above him nor beneath him, but to stand at his side as his equal.  This is related very well in the 31st chapter of Proverbs which we will discuss in the next post.

 

Counting of the Omer continued

Counting of the Omer continued – Day 6

Y’Shua rose triumphant from the grave on the day of First Fruits and for 40 days He appeared to His disciples and certain others testifying to a completion of all He had come to earth to do and a promise of what was still to come.  He completed the first part of His mission i.e. the suffering servant – Y’Shua ben Yoseph; His resurrection promised the fulfillment of the second part of His mission – coming back as the Ruling King – Y’Shua ben David!

The number 40 signifies the end of things; after 40 days the rain stopped, Y’Shua fasted for 40 days, Moses was on the mountain 40 days; and then the beginning of something new.  Moses brought down the 2 tablets upon which were written the instructions of YHVH after his 40 days of being in YHVH’s presence; Y’Shua began His earthly ministry of preaching the authority of the kingdom of heaven was at hand after His 40 days in the wilderness; the rain stopped after 40 days and the waters began to recede from the earth, everything was washed clean and the first thing Noah sees as a sign of this new world was an olive leaf – YHVH’s peace. 

The disciples of Y’Shua had 40 days to confirm upon their hearts that Y’Shua was indeed the Son of YHVH.  They had 40 days to remove from themselves all lingering doubts, fears, guilts, lacks, shame, anything that would hinder them in the next phase of their work as followers of Y’Shua.  As Y’Shua was leaving them to return to the right hand of YHVH, He left them with instructions to go into Jerusalem and wait for the promised outpouring of the Ruach haKodesh.  He had previously told them their assignment, now He was telling them to wait for the power to carry out that assignment.  They were to spend the final 10 days of the Omer waiting for the fulfillment of the promise.

It’s interesting to note the number 10 in this mix as well. The number 10 represents judgment, or authority.  We see this in the 10 commandments as well as the 10 northern tribes making up the kingdom that was eventually dispersed to the entire world. When we add these thoughts together, we have a look at what the 10 days were preparing the disciples for. They were being prepared for sending into the entire world with the authority of the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit to proclaim the Kingdom of our Elohim – authority and justice.

When you add this 10 to the 40 to come up with the 50 days of the counting of the Omer, we can now see a picture of Jubilee, or restoration. Each year the 50 days of the counting of the Omer gives us a miniature picture of the year of Jubilee that occurs every 50 years in the calendar of YHVH. This year of Jubilee is a time of setting fee things that have been bound.  Spiritually, we must engage in the 40 days of testing to come into the 10 days of “waiting” for the empowering of the Ruach which then enables us to move out into the nations for the freedom and restoration of the Jubilee.

Y’Shua
promised the infilling of the Ruach haKodesh: John 14:15-18  If you love me, keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

John 14:26  But the Comforter, which is the Ruach haKodesh, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

John 16:7-8  Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

John 16:13  But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.

The above verses are all promises that Y’Shua assured us would be ours… if we fulfill the conditions of the promise.  And what are those conditions?  John 14:12 – believe in Me; John 14:21 – keep my commandments; John 14:23 – love Me; John 15:7 – abide in Me; John 15:12 – love one another as I have loved you.  For 50 days the disciples were tested in these areas and the results of their testing’s were made evident when the promised Ruach was poured out in power on Shavuot.  As it was for them then, so I believe it can be for us today.

Even so come Adonai Y’Shua!