Torah Portion VAYISHLACH – B’Reisheet (Genesis) 32:4(3)-36:43
For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.” Matthew 12:50
Shabbat shalom dearly beloved!
Many people nowadays are spiritual orphans as they do not seem to have someone they can call Spiritual Father/Mother/Pastor/Mentor. This spiritual orphanhood is manifested through a lack of tithing or incorrect tithing. Many have grown disappointed with various teachings and preachings about the subject of giving and they have completely “thrown out the baby with the bath water”. However, tithing to those who teach you is an act of love and honor that removes spiritual orphanhoood!
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Prescribed Tithes And Who Receives Them
One of the major subjects that runs through the Holy Scriptures is the subject of prescribed giving. This has been very controversial throughout the years within the different denominations. Some have abused the whole subject on Holy Giving and others have discarded it altogether, saying that it is done away with. Others are tithing, but not correctly, failing to give the tithes to the people for which it was intended!
To the sons of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service which they perform, the service of the tent of meeting. Numbers 18:21
YHVH said the tithe is holy – Kadosh – which means set apart from all the rest of your money. This set apart portion is to be given to the Levites and the Kohanim who are the ministers and the priests that carry the spiritual authority for the wellbeing of the people. The New Testament is even more explicit and it simply says to give to those that teach you the Word. (Galatians 6:6-8)
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A Matter Of The Heart
Tithing, and giving in general, is not a money issue, it is actually about the HEART! The condition of our hearts will always manifest in the way we give. Meditate on the following:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21 TLV
Whatever you value, whatever you LOVE, you will spend your money on. For example, if you treasure family time, you will spend your money on family and family vacations. If you love fashion, you will spend your money on clothing. If you love missions or if you love Israel you will spend your money for those causes and so on. The way you spend your money denotes the condition of your heart.
Do You Love Your Mentors?
Your tithes need to go to your spiritual mentors, pastors, bishops or leaders. It is a matter of order. Just like when things are in order in our bodies, our blood flows, so when things are in spiritual order, the blessing flows.
If you are a tither, but your tithes are going to missions or to the poor, then, although you mean well, things are not in spiritual order. To tithe correctly and have things in spiritual order, you are commanded to give your tithes to your spiritual authorities or to those who mentor you in the Faith. You should give to missions and to the poor, but these gifts come from offerings; your tithes belong to your spiritual mentors!
If you do not have a pastor, mentor, someone that encourages you, or someone whose teachings you love, then this is a heart issue.
Maybe you have a root of bitterness in your heart against your pastors or spiritual authorities from the past? Maybe you grew disappointed in them. If so, you would do well to do some heart maintenance and forgive them. This work of forgiveness will allow for the opening of your heart to receive new teachers, new pastors and new mentors and honor them.
Do You Feed From Cyber Space?
Like many, you may not be in a normal church right now. Maybe you have not found a congregation that meets on Shabbat or who loves the Holy Spirit and the Torah; maybe you live in a spiritual dessert. Yet you can start doing the right thing concerning your tithes!
Take the time to think, pray, and ask yourself, “Who is ministering to me spiritually? What preacher/teacher/rabbi is mentoring me through the internet, TV, books, or through prayer? We are living in a Cyber-World and, therefore, many are being mentored by what ministers and ministries publish in the internet, on TV, on Radio, on Facebook, on YouTube, on Spreaker or other podcasts, via Email, etc.
Now let the one who is taught the word share all good things with his teacher. 7 Do not be deceived—God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows, that he also shall reap. 8 For the one who sows in the flesh will reap corruption from the flesh. But the one who sows in the Ruach will reap from the Ruach eternal life. Galatians 6:6-8 TLV
Who Is Your Congregation?
Not long ago a lady came to our Bible Center when I was not in, and she filled out a Welcome Card. One of the questions on that card is: “What congregation do you belong to?” I was quite amazed when her answer was “YOU”. I had never met this precious lady, so how can she say that we are her congregation? On top of it, she had never come to any of our monthly meetings, how can this be?
My secretary explained this mystery to me, “She watches you on TV in her area Archbishop!”
Where she lives there is no Messianic-Apostolic-Prophetic congregation yet, so my teachings on TV are feeding her to the point where, in her heart, she belongs to our congregation, though she watches me on TV.
I wonder how many people are being fed by our teachings via email, TV, Facebook, Spreaker, Linkedin and YouTube and consider Kad-Esh MAP Ministries their Cyber congregation? And yet, not all of them are tithing to us! Why is that?
I also discovered that the portions of the Levites had not been given them, so that the Levites and the singers who performed the service had gone away, each to his own field. Nehemiah 13:10
When the tithes are not given as prescribed to the ones they belong to, many ministers and leaders find themselves struggling very much financially as they have to pay their bills on top of investing in the ministry! They have many more bills than normal people do! Many of them can feel tempted to leave the ministry altogether and take a job. This causes more spiritual orphanhood to be released as ministers are missing in action!
Honor Your Mentors
There is a significant lack of knowledge about the importance of HONORING Yah by honoring the ones who teach His Word and mentor you in His Kingdom. When we do not honor our mentors, teachers, and ministers, we become spiritual orphans. The first commandment with a promise is the following:
‘Honor your father and your mother just as Adonai your God commanded you, so that your days may be long and it may go well with you in the land Adonai your God is giving you. Deuteronomy 5:16
Spiritual Parents Change Your Life
I am a perfect example of how a spiritual parent can change a life! Because I was called sovereignly like Paul the Apostle, no one can claim to have led me to the Kingdom. Another issue is that I am a woman in a leadership position, and when my ministry began in the 90’s, not many accepted women in ministry! I had no mother and no father in the spirit. I asked YHVH, “What shall I do? How do you want me to be a Mother of Nations if I have no spiritual mother?” He said to me clearly, “CHOOSE ONE!”
I carefully contemplated all the women in my life and I chose one! It required me to humble myself to do this! I was a proud orphan as I have had to overcome all the hardships alone. Because of the revolutionary message I carry not many wanted to support us, especially back in the 90’s. Sometimes those that were pastoring us even rejected us. Because of this lack of support and rejection, we went through much hardship for many years as we started our ministry! But YHVH spoke to me, “Choose a spiritual mother!”
I considered all the women in my life and these are the questions that helped me choose:
- Who is a godly woman of faith I can learn from?
- Who really cares for me and wants to see me bloom in the ministry?
I knew Lorie Klein was the answer to my questions. She was very happy when I chose her as she loved me and supported the vision I had. Until her last breath on earth we had a wonderful relationship! She made me promise, as she was passing onto Glory on her death bed, that I would never stop playing the guitar! I promised, and therefore you will see that my ministry includes preaching, teaching, writing, and singing with my guitar! Since I made that promise I have recorded 4 albums with new songs from Yah, many of them are being sung all over the world! Spiritual parents truly do change your life!
When we were sent to the USA recently, I had to choose who to send my tithe to here in America! You may be curious about our need to pay tithes, after all we have been in full time ministry for many, many years. We have disciples all over the world. I am an Archbishop, why would we be tithing to anyone? We are the ones to receive tithes, are we not?
And yet the Torah teaches us that the Levites always had to give the Tithe of Tithes to the High Priest, therefore we tithe to our UPLINE in the ministry. Did he raise me in the faith? No, he did not! But he is in the organization where I am ordained as an Archbishop, he is my upline in America, and he is a wonderful Man of Yah who has supported and encouraged our vision and mission in the USA. His blessing means the world to us just like the blessing of Malchizedek meant to Abraham! (Genesis 14:19,20)
The priest, the son of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when the Levites receive tithes, and the Levites shall bring up the tenth of the tithes to the house of our God, to the chambers of the storehouse. Nehemiah10:38
The Blessing Of Your Spiritual Parents
Every evening and morning, and every Shabbat we pray and bless all of our natural and spiritual children and disciples world-wide. We believe that our prayers and blessings are making a difference! However, some of these children need to learn to honor with their tithes and their first-fruits offerings so that the fullness of the Promise can be fulfilled!
Honor YHVH with your wealth and with the first of your entire harvest. Then your barns will be filled with plenty, your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:9,10
In fact when your mentor, pastor, leader or spiritual UPLINE blesses your First Fruits offerings, the blessing comes to REST, to STAY in your house! It does not come and go! Why is this? Because this is the Spiritual Principle of the blessing in the Torah! Our HONOR-GIVING to those that are our spiritual parents, leaders, pastors and teachers carries the blessing and YHVH cannot deny His Word!
The first of all the first fruits of everything and every offering of every kind from all your offerings will belong to the Kohanim (Priests or Ministers). You will also give the kohen the first of your dough, to make a blessing to rest on your house. Ezekiel 44:30
Sometimes you have more than one pastor or teacher that ministers to you.
In that case, you can pray and see how Yah leads you to distribute the tithes and the first fruits offerings.
Love and honor your spiritual parents, your teachers, mentors, leaders, those who pastor you and encourage you. Love and honor those that give Yah, and you, their best to light your path in Yeshua, and your life will be transformed! The Word makes it abundantly clear that love and honor is demonstrated through your tithes (the first 10% of what you earn monthly) and first-fruits offerings (the first of everything, for example, your first day of work and its pay).
There is no way for you pay for what they have had to sacrifice or the path they have had to walk in order to establish a ministry and bring you the Word, but your duty is to love and honor and that means: Tithes and First Fruits offerings. Then the blessing will rest in your house and it shall be well with you.
Then you will REJOICE over those who serve you and mentor you and they will rejoice in you!
On that day men were also appointed over the chambers for the stores, the contributions, the first fruits and the tithes, to gather into them from the fields of the cities the portions required by the law for the priests and Levites; for Judah rejoiced over the priests and Levites who served. Nehemiah 12:44
Your Israeli Mentors and Friends,
Archbishop Dominiquae and Rabbi Baruch Bierman
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