Designed to be defined

DESIGNED TO BE DEFINED

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Torah Portion EKEV (Devarim) Deutoronomy 7:12-11:25

 For Adonai saw that the affliction of Israel was very bitter and spared no one—whether bond or free—nor was there a helper for Israel2 Kings 14:26 TLV

Shabbat shalom dearly beloved:

There was a time in the Northern Kingdom of Israel when people were not clearly defined as to whom and how they were worshipping. They were so undefined that Elijah the Prophet confronted them on Mount Carmel about their lack of clear definition in their lifestyle and worship.

Then Elijah approached all the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If Adonai is God, follow Him; but if Baal is, follow him.” But the people did not answer him, not even a word.1 Kings 18:21 TLV

At that time in Northern Israel The House of Israel (as opposed to The House of Judah) was in a total Replacement Theology system. They were worshipping golden calves in Dan and Bet-El and they had replaced the original Feasts of YHVH and the Temple worship in Jerusalem with OTHER feasts and with Baal and Ashera worship.

Jeroboam established a feast in the eighth month on the fifteenth day of the month like the pilgrimage feast in Judah, and he went up to the altar. He did this in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves he had made. He stationed in Bethel the priests of the high places he had built1 Kings 12:32

Designed to be defined

But many of them thought they were worshipping The God of Israel and, in their ignorance, they no longer knew the difference between the holy and the profane! They espoused a mixed style of worship that had cultural elements from the dispossessed Canaanites, who Yah (God) judged because of their idolatry, and cultural elements from the Torah of Israel. The confusion (Babel) was so great that they could not distinguish right from wrong and wrong from right. They were like large portions of the Church today which contains so much confusion that they cannot distinguish between the holy and the profane, between true grace and false grace. This false grace is what I call “cheap grace” which is a license to sin because “God loves you anyways!”

Oy to those who call evil good and good evil, who present darkness as light and light as darkness, who present bitter as sweet, and sweet as bitter! 21 Oy to those who are wise in their own eyes, and clever in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20-21

The other day I heard about a preacher and one of his flock who inquired if playing the slot machines and gambling very small sums of money was ok in the sight of God. This preacher answered that gambling is very addictive so it is not good to gamble large sums of money, but if people are only playing the slot machines for pennies, its ok. If I paraphrase this answer, which probably would be espoused by many in the Church today, I would say, “Great sin is not good but a little sin “in measure” is ok”.

Is this really what the Word say? Can you imagine the Jewish Apostles like Paul, Peter and John giving that answer?

Everyone practicing sin also practices lawlessness—indeed, sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that Yeshua appeared in order to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in Him keeps on sinning; no one who sins has seen Him or known Him. 7 Children, let no one mislead you! The one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as Yeshua is righteous. 8 The one who practices sin is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. Ben-Elohim appeared for this purpose—to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one born of God practices sin, because God’s seed remains in him. He cannot sin, because he is born of God. 1 John 3: 6-9

It was this kind of lack of definition in Northern Israel that caused the Prophet Isaiah to release such an earth-shaking statement that was a bit later followed by the greatest judgment and exile that the Northern Tribes were to experience.

For Adonai saw that the affliction of Israel was very bitter and spared no one—whether bond or free—nor was there a helper for Israel. 2 Kings 14:26 TLV

It was not that Adonai was unmerciful, for He is greatly merciful and He SAW the affliction of Northern Israel. It was the LACK of DEFINITION, the wavering between two opinions that caused them to be in a LIMBO of “neither bond nor free”. They were so UNDEFINED in their worship that they lived in a vacuum of PURPOSE and GUIDANCE. They were not in bondage, but they were not free. Kind of like “mediocre”, “in the middle”. They tried pleasing the Baal and the Canaanite culture. They also tried to be “religious” and worship YHVH. They were “not here nor there”. This caused them to receive NO HELP from anyone! Baal obviously could not set them free in the same way that the Greco-Roman system of religious Christianity cannot set the people free with its pagan Replacement Theology celebrations and, men pleasing/tickling of the ears, messages. Also from the God of Israel they could get no help because He simply HATES wavering and lukewarmth, so His hands were tied and He could not be their helper!

For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord— 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. Yaakov (James) 1:8

Designed to be defined

Double minded people can receive NOTHING from YHVH! He loves DEFINED people and DEFINED worship! The Word has very defined instructions of what is right and what is wrong and though we need The Holy Spirit to interpret some of His Torah to this culture, the basic Principles remain the same. His words are eternally established in Heaven and His YES is YES and His NO is NO. He created everything after its kind, a Man is a Man and a Woman is a Woman. He did not create trans-genders or transvestites or homosexuals or lesbians. Those are DEMONS that are manifesting through MEN and WOMEN that He created according to their kind who have become victims of a terrible deception. They have believed a big fat lie and have influenced most of this society, many churches included, to believe in it too!

Aborting babies has nothing to do with “the rights of women over their bodies”. It has everything to do with murdering the babies in their womb because they do not want to suffer the results of their immoral sexual relationships or because it is not convenient for them to have a baby. This twisted rationalization says they can abort them or rather murder them! Do you realize that we are living in a society where anyone of us or the woman next door can be a MURDERER and the men that have encouraged this are ACCOMPLICES TO MURDER?

They shed innocent blood— the blood of their sons and their daughters, sacrificed to the idols of Canaan. So the land was desecrated with blood. Psalm 106:38

And to these kinds of terrible sins preachers are speaking “do not worry about it? It is not a big deal?”. Beloved ones sin is a BIG DEAL! The Father sent the Son so we can be forgiven and redeemed, but we must REPENT, be broken about our sin and turn around to make restitution with our lives as a Living sacrifice on the Altar of Yah’s Kingdom.

I urge you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice—holy, acceptable to God—which is your spiritual service. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2

It is only true repentance and a defined walk of Holiness and Truth that completely sets us free from GUILT. Guilt cannot go away with “caressing words”, guilt leaves when true recognition of the gravity of our sins and the magnitude of Yeshua’s sacrifice leads us to REPENTANCE-TESHUVA-TURNING FOR THE PURPOSE OF RESTORATION!

One who covers up his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them finds mercy. Proverbs 28:13

When we realize the gravity of our sins we cannot be LUKEWARM in our walk with the Messiah, in our interaction with TRUTH and with His Will. We must be RADICALLY DEFINED! Otherwise we are not acceptable to Him beloved!

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. Oh, that you were either cold or hot! So because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spew you out of My mouth. Revelation 3:15,16

Designed to be defined

When we are DEFINED in our walk, then we are FREE to be who He created us to be, then we have the boldness of the Lion of Judah, then we can preach the True Gospel to others calling them to Repent and enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Freedom begets Freedom!

Then Yeshua said to the Judeans who had trusted Him, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free!” John 8:32

His Word is the Torah! Yeshua is the Torah made flesh!

Designed to be Defined – A Prophetic Word

A call to arms

Though He was a Son, He learned obedience from what He suffered. 9 And once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him. Hebrews 5:8,9

Many of you who have been suffering and have been broken for many years are designed to be DEFINED! You have learned obedience by the things you have suffered just like Yeshua did! You have learned to fear YHVH alone and not to fear men that is a snare! You have been trained to be radical in your definition which is the opposite of legalism because it comes out of suffering and personal experience and you have Holy Scars to show this. Yah is about to use you mightily as His End Time Army of The Lion of Judah! He is about to descend upon His Army that has been DESIGNED TO BE DEFINED!

Pray with me

Father in Heaven I repent for all my wavering, lukewarmth and lack of definition. I renounce it today together with The Fear of Men and I arise to be part of the End Time DEFINED Army of The Lion of Judah! In Yeshuas name! Amen

Your Israeli Mentors and Friends

Archbishop Dominiquae and Rabbi Baruch Bierman