Day: February 1, 2023



By Eric Carlson in February-1 on February 1, 2023

I’ve read many, many articles recently that discuss diversity as a strength in AmericaI want to speak to this as it is false and I’m going to share whyThe term diversity is a noun, it means the state or fact of being diverse; difference; unlikeness: dissimilarSome of the tenant understandings of the term Diversity are okWe are a diverse nation made up of people from many backgrounds and culturesThe etymology of diversity is 14th century Old French diversite, from Latin diversitas, veristas means the whole, so univeritus or university are many made into a whole, Di (latin for more than one) Diversity: quality of being separate, different, oddness, contradiction, disagreement, turned different ways, distinctly dissimilar or unlike The etymology reveals the issues with diversity. 

Proverbs 29:18. Where there is no divine vision people cast of restraint, but blessed is the one who keeps Torah.  

The key here which speaks to Diversity is that without a divine visions people cast of restraint, “Para” in Hebrew, to unbind, to let loose, anarchy, and even death. There must be just one visionMore than one vision is DIVISIONAmerica is a nation of immigrants, a people of diverse background, many cultures, Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, Indigenous people (native Americans) Jew, Gentile, but what makes us a great republic, a great nation isn’t division, its visionFor centuries immigrants arrived in America seeking a better lifeA life with possibilities, a life without restrictions, a life where hopes and dreams may be fulfilled! A life where if a person who worked hard, had initiative, and lived a righteous life could make something of themselvesA life of choices the individual made for themselves, not by Monarchs, Tsars, or Emperors A life of freedom, unrestrained by tyrannical governments, monarchies, Socialism, and communism.   

How did we transition from this “light upon a hill” type of free republic to the polarized, divided, combative, anarchy we experience today which is not only in the government but the people, the citizens themselvesWhat happened to civility, brotherly love, of loving thy neighbor as thyself?  What’s amazing is that there is a direct parallel to what’s occurring in the greater body of Messiah today and in our greater societyDemocracy only works when its citizens choose to obey the LawAmericans in the past followed the rules because they didn’t believe we were just accountable to the nation, but that we were accountable to God as wellAmericas morality and ethics came from the bible that was taught weekly in every town!   

Leviticus 26:3-10.  “‘If you live by my regulations, observe my mitzvot and obey them; 4 then I will provide the rain you need in its season, the land will yield its produce, and the trees in the field will yield their fruit. 5 Your threshing time will extend until the grape harvest, and your grape harvesting will extend until the time for sowing seed. You will eat as much food as you want and live securely in your land. 6 “‘I will give shalom in the land -you will lie down to sleep unafraid of anyone. I will rid the land of wild animals. The sword will not go through your land. 7 You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall before your sword. 8 Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand -your enemies will fall before your sword. 9 “‘I will turn toward you, make you productive, increase your numbers and uphold my covenant with you. 10 You will eat all you want from last year’s harvest and throw out what remains of the old to make room for the new

The reward or recompense for obedience and compliance to Adonai and His commands are Shalom, a state of “National Tranquility”, the absence of conflict, peace, prosperity, safety from both the wild beasts of the land and outside foes or enemy forces IF we are Adonai’s people, His loyal servantsOne could argue this is true for Israel when God Himself ruled yet God knew Israel would beg for a human king like the nations around them and they got what they asked forThe same holds true under a secular government as Sha’ul shared as he lived under the Roman occupation and governance of Judea 2,000 years ago: 

Romans 13:1-3.  Everyone is to obey the governing authorities. For there is no authority that is not from God, and the existing authorities have been placed where they are by God. 2 Therefore, whoever resists (anthistemi {anth-is’-tay-mee}: to set one’s self against, to withstand, resist, oppose) f the authorities is resisting what God has instituted; and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are no terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you like to be unafraid of the person in authority? Then simply do what is good, and you will win his approval; 

Not that many years ago an overwhelming majority of America’s population were believers who regularly attended weekly servicesEvery state had blue laws (The concept was right even if it was a day off-Adonai honored the heart and intent) and every public event started with prayerThe first book Congress authorized to print was the bible for elementary school reading primersOn September 12, 1782, Congress approved printing of the Bible Called ‘The Bible of the Revolution’ it was the first English-language Bible printed in America and the only Bible ever authorized by an act of Congress! Oh how far we’ve come!  

As our greater society loses Godly influence, morality, and brotherly love continues to rapidly decline what will become of the RepublicRemove Adonai and you won’t be able to hire enough policeRemove Adonai and America will soon experience an attack we cant throw off! Ironically, America’s issues and the bible issues are intertwined 

Matthew 24:10.  At that time many will be trapped (skandalizo {skan-dal-id’-zo} (“scandalize”): entrap, trapped, cause to stumble, to put a stumbling block or impediment in the way, upon which another may trip and fall, to offend, to entice to sin, to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert what they ought to trust and obey, to cause to fall away) into betraying and hating each other, 

A trap, a snare, a big scandal causes many to be trapped into a lie, to stumble, to block, impede, to causes a person to distrust and desert what they should be trusting and obeying which results in betraying and hating each otherThis is exactly where we are at in our nation todayAcidic, hateful, vindictive behavior, betraying each other… I want to pause here for a moment and digressJoseph, was sold into slavery by his brothers who then winds up in Egypt and sold to a wealthy man names Potifar whose household became even richer and more blessed with the addition of Joseph who was put in charge of everything in Potifar’s household: 

Genesis 39:7-20.  In time, the day came when his master’s wife took a look at Yosef and said, “Sleep with me!” 8 But he refused, saying to his master’s wife, “Look, because my master has me, he doesn’t know what’s going on in this house. He has put all his possessions in my charge. 9 In this house I am his equal; he hasn’t withheld anything from me except yourself, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” 10 But she kept pressing him, day after day. Nevertheless, he didn’t listen to her; he refused to sleep with her or even be with her. 11 However, one day, when he went into the house to do his work, and none of the men living in the house was there indoors, 12 she grabbed him by his robe and said, “Sleep with me!” But he fled, leaving his robe in her hand, and got himself outside. 13 When she saw that he had left his robe in her hand and had escaped, 14 she called the men of her house and said to them, “Look at this! My husband brought in a Hebrew to make fools of us. He came in and wanted to sleep with me, but I yelled out loudly. 15 When he heard me yelling like that, he left his robe with me and ran out.”. 

The wife made a false accusation to her husband Potifar who had Yosef imprisoned! False accusations (scandal) are an ancient and primary tool of HaSatan to destroy character and integrity, polarizing people into betraying and hating each other!  There’s nothing new under the sun! It takes an accusation which leads to a scandal to start the ball rolling, starting toxic rhetoric, gossip, slander, character assassination, polarization, instant fighting, and division.  

The truth is done away with, it no longer matters! What gets people’s attention are those who shout first, who are the loudest, or posts first on some social media site regardless if its truth or not!  We see the same disregard for our constitution, its being treated like the bible.  100 years ago the constitution was a rock solid document for the ages.  Now a new generation is rising up that believes its is no longer unalterable, that it is fluid and must change to reflect our DIVERSITY!  See where this is going!  Either all of God’s word is truth, infallible, and unalterable or none of it is: 

II Timothy 3:16. All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living; 

This passage was written almost 350 years before the canonization of the New Testament, the Brit ChadeshaWhat scripture is Sha’ul talking about in this passageThe Torah, The Tanach, the Nevi’im, Prophets, and the Tehillim, the PsalmsNot select parts of it or choosing the parts you agree withDiversity leads to divisionThere has been a systematic attack upon the word of God since Yeshua was on this earthIt was small in the beginning but over time it has gained momentum and increasingly gotten worse.  

I’ve often wondered why it is that though we all (Believers-for the most part) read the same bible have so many schisms and divisions within the body of Messiah!  How can someone biblically endorse or justify slavery as it was known in America? Yet hundreds of thousands did.  How can one read the bible and justify the racist, rabidly Anti-Semitic, Anti-black Aryan Church?  Why so many protestant schisms?  There are even Catholic schisms (mostly arguing about who’s in charge) and Judaism schisms (again, mostly about who’s in charge)!  How can we all read the same bible yet experience such diversity in the greater body?  This is actually very dangerous: 

Matthew 12:25.  However, knowing what they were thinking, Yeshua said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not survive. 

Chillingly a nation divided will be brought to ruin, a home or family divided will be brought to ruin.  America faces a grave danger, it is transitioning from a unified nation to a diverse nation where all desire to keep their ethnicity, their previous nations identity while not becoming part of the republicIts elevating self above the nationWe witness the same effect within the greater body of Messiah, individuals elevating self above the greater body! As a Messianic Congregation Yeshua’s words speak directly to us here today2,000 years later not much has changedWe, as Messianic Believers exist at a crossroads, an intersection of, between two communities, two cultures. So many believers have been taught and believe the lie that Torah has been done away with which is exactly what the Deceiver, HaSatan wants you to think and believe

By disregarding, denying, or throwing away an overwhelming portion of the bible we also disregard, deny, and throw away morality, ethics, holiness, purity, and righteousness!  At one time the body of Messiah was THE MORAL VOICE of our nation and society, not anymore!  Because of our diversity (over 2,500 denominations and counting), the body is divisive, dysfunctional, and disunified, rarely influencing society!  Now you begin to profoundly see why HaSatan wants the word removed!  God’s word is HaSatan’s nemesis, its Satan’s Kryptonite, HaSatan’s end.  If Gods infallible word is fallible it can be dispensed or done away with!  How much easier than to also disregard our U.S. Constitution?

These issues parallel each other, and we knowthe source, HaSatan who is the author and father of all lies!  A rapidly growing world view of an ever expanding percentage of the western world is built upon a foundation of lies and willing, willing self-deception! Such as the growing acceptance that gender identity isn’t biological, that it’s determined by how a person feels day by day, hour by hour!  Or that Adonai is done with Israel, that anyone or anything has replaced Israel… on and on and on! HaSatan knows his time is short, so we are experiencing an increase in lies, deceptions, and division worldwide!  Adonai doesn’t want us diversified into separate camps! The Word of God tells us not to live like the crowd (Ephesians 4:17-25). Don’t do what everyone else is doing, don’t live like a non-Jew, don’t live like those who aren’t serving Adonai, whose thinking is void of truth or force, whose thinking is perverse and depraved!  We are not to live like them, be like them, or associate with them. 

We are not to remain diversified, celebrating a separate but equal mentality which estranges us from Adonai, from the fullness of His kingdom So many are shrouded in darkness with corrupted thinking, their thoughts and capacity for spiritual truth shrouded by darkness. Yet society tells us to accept, to receive them and celebrate our diversity! Retaining perverse and depraved thoughts they are disconnected from Adonai, abandoning themselves to sexual depravations, wantonness, and insolence This old nature must be stripped off as we renew, reform, regenerate our minds and spirits When you come to America and become a citizen you’re an American, not African American, Jewish American, Irish American, Japanese America, not Spanish American Espousing diversity destroys unity, destroys patriotism, it elevates SELF over all This is not what Adonai desires in the kingdom of God. When you refuse to change your mind and spirit, when you don’t strip off your old nature and cloth yourself with the new man, new creation! Here is what Adonai desires: 

Psalms 133:1. Song of ascents. By David: Oh, how good, how pleasant it is for brothers to live together in harmony  

This defines how the One New Humanity is to be lived and walked out, how Adonai desires we liveWhen you get married you and your spouse don’t live in separate but equal houses across the street from each other, celebrating your diversityNo, you dwell together, marriage is cohabitation, not divisivenessSo, it is with the One New Humanity in the Kingdom of God and in our greater nation!! Let us be unified, not diversified! 

Rabbi and Rebbetzin’s Corner February 2023

Rabbi and Rebbetzin’s Corner February 2023

By Eric Carlson in February-2 on February 1, 2023

Shalom Mishpocha,

        February is a quite month for us, comprised of the biblical months of Shevat and Adar. Sunday, February 5th at sunset through Monday February 6th at sunset is Tu BiShvat! Tu BiShvat is a Rabbinical Jewish holiday occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. It is also called Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot, literally “New Year of the Trees”. The day is celebrated in modern Israel as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration. This day is akin to our Arbor Day celebrated in April!

February is Black History month:

“The segregationists and racists make no fine distinction between the Negro and the Jew”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Why is this geographical area (Jamestown, VA), the birthplace of America so Important?  When we spirit map and go back to our nations beginning on May 14th 1607 at Jamestown Island we see that our nation was founded upon the biblical covenants of God’s Kingdom. We also see a complex, symbiotic relationship develop between the various cultures that clashed, melted, mixed, and developed over the course of Americas History. The Indigenous People who called this land their home! English colonists who came here claiming this to be a new world that now belonged to them and black slaves that were brought here against their will. Centuries have passed and wars have been fought to end the curse of slavery and establish justice. There is a biblical secret encapsulated within this complex, symbiotic relationships forged over our history that confounds those who seek to divide, oppress, and hate.  It is the power of unity. 

Psalms 133.  A song of ascents. By David: Oh, how good, how pleasant it is for brothers to live together in harmony. 2 It is like fragrant oil on the head that runs down over the beard, over the beard of Aharon, and flows down on the collar of his robes. 3 It is like the dew of Hermon that settles on the mountains of Tziyon. For it was there that ADONAI ordained the blessing of everlasting life.

The enemy does everything with his power to develop division through men and their teachings of racism and bigotry. History records the first Slaves in America arriving at Old Point Comfort in 1619.  Brought by Spanish Traders who had suffered damage to their ships in a great storm and low on supplies, they traded several slave women for food and supplies at Old Point Comfort in 1619.  History also records the first freed slave occurring at the same spot in what was to become known as Fort Monroe in 1861 commanded by General Butler.

In the modern bid for freedom, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the predominate leaders.  But I want you to see a common thread that weaves through this fight, Adonai and Yeshua.

Born January 15, 1929, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister, political activist and perhaps the most famous leader of the civil right movement.  In 1955, Dr. King led the Montgomery Bus Boycott that started when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in compliance with Jim Crow laws.

Dr. King also organized and led marches for the right to vote, desegregation, and labor rights in addition to basic civil rights. The passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are attributed, in part, to the works of Dr. King.

Dr. King was fundamental in founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957.  The SCLC is a group that used the moral authority and organizational capacity of black churches to conduct non-violent protests on behalf of civil rights. The Southern Leadership Conference established an Executive Board of Directors, and elected officers, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as President, Dr. Ralph David Abernathy as Financial Secretary-Treasurer, Rev. C. K. Steele of Tallahassee, Florida as Vice President, Rev. T. J. Jemison of Baton Rouge, Louisiana as Secretary, and Attorney I. M. Augustine of New Orleans, Louisiana as General Counsel.

At its first convention in Montgomery in August 1957, the Southern Leadership Conference adopted their current name, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Basic decisions made by the founders at these early meeting included the adoption of nonviolent mass action as the cornerstone of political strategy, the affiliation of local community organizations with SCLC across the South, and a determination to make the SCLC movement open to all, regardless of race, religion, or background.

SCLC is a now a nationwide organization made up of chapters and affiliates with programs that affect the lives of all Americans across this nation. Its sphere of influence has broadened to a global scale regarding human rights that transcends national boundaries.

Let’s look at the organizations past and present Presidents:

  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: 1957 to 1968
  • Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy: 1968 to 1977
  • Rev. Joseph E. Lowery: 1977 to 1997
  • Mr. Martin L. King, III: 1997 to 2004
  • Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth: February 2004 to November 2004
  • Rev. Dr. Charles Steele, Jr.: November 2004 to Present

I want you to see the relationship here with the SCLC and a majority of other civil rights organizations! Most of those active in the Civil Rights movements were Pastors and Believers!  Their kingdom, biblical knowledge and understanding led them to know that Jim Crow and segregation laws were not according to God’s will, word, or design. 

According to the Rev. Glenn Plummer, 82 percent of black Americans are Christians who belong to a church.  Black Americans consider their churches to be the core of their communities and the fount of their identity. The church is a place where the word “Israel” is heard over and over, and a place where black men and women feel a connection to the Bible and the Jewish People who share a similar background.  Unity is the key!

Ezekiel 11:19 – and I will give them unity of heart. “I will put a new spirit among you.” I will remove from their bodies the hearts of stone and give them hearts of flesh;

In 1964 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and in 1965 the American Jewish Committee presented him with the American Liberties Medallion. Dr. King was assassinated in 1968 and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Why did the American Jewish Committee present Dr. King with the American Liberties Medallion?  Because there was and is a Shared Empathy between the Jewish and Black communities.

This is a quote from the PBS series, Swastika to Jim Crow:

Since the time of slavery, Blacks have in some ways identified with the Jewish experience. They compared their situation in the American South to that of the Jews in Egypt, as expressed in Black spirituals such as “Go Down, Moses.” The longing for their own exodus inspired the popularity of “Zion” in the names of many Black churches. Black nationalists used the Zionist movement as a model for their own Back-to-Africa movement.

Over the years Jews have also expressed empathy with the plight of Blacks. In the early 1900s, Jewish newspapers drew parallels between the Black movement out of the South and the Jews’ escape from Egypt, pointing out that both Blacks and Jews lived in ghettos, and calling anti-Black riots in the South “pogroms”. Stressing the similarities rather than the differences between the Jewish and Black experience in America, Jewish leaders emphasized the idea that both groups would benefit the more America moved toward a society of merit, free of religious, ethnic and racial restrictions. From the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement, Blacks and Jews marched arm-in-arm.

In 1909, W.E.B. Dubois, Julius Rosenthal, Lillian Wald, Rabbi Emil G. Hirsch, Stephen Wise and Henry Malkewitz formed the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). One year later other prominent Jewish and Black leaders created the Urban League. Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington worked together in 1912 to improve the educational system for Blacks in the South.

Thus, in the 1930s and ’40s when Jewish refugee professors arrived at Southern Black Colleges, there was a history of overt empathy between Blacks and Jews, and the possibility of truly effective collaboration. Professor Ernst Borinski organized dinners at which Blacks and Whites would have to sit next to each other – a simple yet revolutionary act. Black students empathized with the cruelty these scholars had endured in Europe and trusted them more than other Whites. In fact, often Black students – as well as members of the Southern White community – saw these refugees as “some kind of colored folk.”

The unique relationship that developed between these teachers and their students was in some ways a microcosm of what was beginning to happen in other parts of the United States. The American Jewish Committee, the American Jewish Congress, and the Anti-Defamation League were central to the campaign against racial prejudice. Jews made substantial financial contributions to many civil rights organizations, including the NAACP, the Urban League, the Congress of Racial Equality, and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. About 50 percent of the civil rights attorneys in the South during the 1960s were Jews, as were over 50 percent of the Whites who went to Mississippi in 1964 to challenge Jim Crow Laws.

Whoever saves one life, it is as if he saved the entire would

Mishna Sanhedrin 4:5

God reveals the infinite value of Human Life in that he originally created only one-the Patriarchal Father of every one of us; Adam! Medical science announced in 2005 that upon completely mapping the human Chromosome chain they had discovered that we have all descended from one person!  Had Adam been killed, all of humanity would have perished, and conversely, if his life was threatened and he was saved; all of humanity would be saved! 

It is therefore incumbent upon each and every one of us as children of God to actively involve ourselves in fashioning a world in which each and every person, regardless of skin color, race, or culture is treated as if he or she has the infinite value of life like that of Adam! Each and every life is the most precious gift from God. We are all created in His image. Let us live, worship, walk, and stand together as one, Jew and Gentile, Black and White, First Nations, Asian, and Hispanic. As Dr King stated:

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”



By Eric Carlson in February-3 on February 1, 2023

(Words in Parentheses are my additions to highlight concepts) 

Bereshit 1:1-5Bereshit bara Elohim et hashamayim ve’et ha’arets. 2 Veha’arets hayetah tohu vavohu vechoshech al-peney tehom veruach Elohim merachefet al-peney hamayim 3 Vayomer Elohim yehi-or vayehi-or. 4 Vayar Elohim et-ha’or ki-tov vayavdel Elohim beyn ha’or uveyn hachoshech. 5 Vayikra Elohim la-or yom velachoshech kara laylah vayehi-erev vayehi-voker yom echad.” 

Genesis 1:1-5In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was unformed and void, darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the surface of the water. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. So there was evening, and there was morning, one day. 

God divided between the light and the darkness 

Darkness, translated from the Hebrew word: Choshech:  Root word Chosh, which is the root word for lacked, missing, unenergetic, lacking energy, powerless, beyond repair, aimless, hopeless, feared, suspected, secret, secret place, worthless, meaninglessDarkness or Choshech is all of the previous descriptionsThe enemy, HaSatan, the Devil, the Prince of Darkness is chosech or darkness. 

Light, translated from the Hebrew word: “Or: Ha Or, The LightA Beam of LightOr is the root word for illumination, joy, happiness, instruction, teaching, directive, order, puts in order, lawyer, attorney, woke up, roused, and parenthoodLight is all of these termsYeshua is the light of the worldHe is all of these descriptions! 

Or and Choshech” are structured and unstructured energy The Torah says that both Or and Choshech are Echad, that the two are one, chaos and order are one.  The biblical day begins at sunset and ends at Sunset Genesis 1:5 So there was evening, and there was morning, one day (Yom Echad). What is Echad? 

Echad is the Hebrew word for one that is a completeness through pluralism!  What does this mean?  Aleph represents the Numeral ONE.  Echad is something different, a completeness, a wholeness.  The root word of Echad is “Ached” which means to unify, to be in accord, in unison, no more separate parts! Adam and Eve are described as “one flesh” or Echad in:  

Genesis 2:24:This is why a man is to leave his father and mother and stick with his wife, and they are to be one flesh.”  

Echad FleshComplete, Whole, in Unity! This does not denote a sexual connotationIt is a spiritual concept!  Let’s read Yeshua’s comments on the same subject: 

Matthew 19:3-6: Some P’rushim came and tried to trap him by asking, “Is it permitted for a man to divorce his wife on any ground whatever?” 4 He replied, “Haven’t you read that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, 5 and that he said, `For this reason a man should leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two are to become one flesh’? 6 Thus they are no longer two, but one. So then, no one should split apart what God has joined together.”

Sh’aul shared the same view in: 

I Corinthians 6:16-17. Don’t you know that a man who joins himself to a prostitute becomes physically one with her? For the Tanakh says, “The two will become one flesh”; 17 but the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit. 

God also taught us this concept about Himself in the “Shema”, a traditional Jewish prayer from Deuteronomy that is recited daily. 

Deuteronomy 6:4. Sh’ma, Yisra’el! ADONAI Eloheinu, ADONAI echad [Hear, Isra’el! ADONAI our God, ADONAI is one]; 

We are Echad with God and our spouses There is also a warning to us from Paul in I Corinthians, sex outside the bounds of marriage make a person spiritually “One” or “Echad” with that person!   If you have an affair, you become complete with all the negative spiritual baggage of the other personYou become cursedEchad has a powerful impact in our lives and is found over 900 times in Tanach!

Exodus 24:3. Moshe came and told the people everything ADONAI had said, including all the rulings. The people answered with one voice (Kol Echad): “We will obey every word ADONAI has spoken.” 

Kol Echad, a voice of UnityThis is simply understood to be the voice of many people speaking in unison so that God heard one sound, one unified reply 

Numbers 13:23 They came to the Eshkol Valley; and there they cut off a branch bearing one (Echad) cluster of grapes, which they carried on a pole between two of them; they also took pomegranates and figs.” 

A complete cluster, individual grapes make up a cluster! The concept of unity and wholeness is built into the tabernacle, whose curtains were fastened together to form one (Echad) unit (Ex 26:6, 11; 36:13). The concept is further developed in: 

Isaiah 40:31.but those who hope in ADONAI will renew their strength, they will soar aloft as with eagles’ wings; when they are running they won’t grow weary, when they are walking they won’t get tired.” 

The word “hope” in this verse (some translations use “wait”) is the Hebrew word Khavah (kaw-vaw) which means to “twist and bind, gather together, to be strong and robust from the idea of binding fast.” Read this verse again replacing wait with the definition “But they that are bound/gathered together with the Lord shall renew their strength.” The revelation is that strength and unity result when we bind our lives together with the Lords. This twisting, this binding, this gathering with the Lord makes us Echad (complete-one) with God. 

Back to Genesis, The biblical day begins at sunsetThe day begins in darkness, a chaotic, unenergetic, lacking energy, powerless, beyond repair, aimless, hopeless, feared, suspected, secret, worthless, meaningless time periodAs the day progresses it gives way from the darkness and chaos to light and order!  From nothing to life, order, illumination, joy, happiness, instruction, and teachingThe creation of the universe is from a formless void in darkness that gives way to order, life, and light! As David revealed, you and I were born into sin, darkness. 

Psalms 51:5. True, I was born guilty, was a sinner from the moment my mother conceived me.”  

David declares we are all born sinners, we are born into the darkness! But that darkness gives way to the light, who is Yeshua as revealed in His own words in:

John 8:12.Yeshua spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light which gives life.”  

Yeshua is our Order, He is our teaching, He is our Illumination, He is our Joy, He is our Happiness! He is Ha Or Olam, The Light of the World! 

We, as created beings, follow the pattern as set forth in God’s creation of the universe and individual days, we all begin in darkness and proceed towards the light, from chaos into order! In response to a group of Judeans who asked Him to tell them plainly if he was the Mashiach, Yeshua gave them an answer in: 

John 10:25-31. Yeshua answered them, “I have already told you, and you don’t trust me. The works I do in my Father’s name testify on my behalf, 26 but the reason you don’t trust is that you are not included among my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice, I recognize them, they follow me, 28 and I give them eternal life. They will absolutely never be destroyed, and no one will snatch them from my hands. 29 My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no one can snatch them from the Father’s hands. 30 I and the Father are one.” 31 Once again the Judeans picked up rocks in order to stone him.

Echad, One, is the same word used in Deuteronomy 6:4, and by using it, Yeshua defines its meaning. He uses the word Echad in the same vernacular as used in Genesis as well. Yeshua clearly identifies himself as Echad, complete with the Father, YWHW. The Jews of that time period knew exactly what he was sayingThey became enraged and picked up rocks in order to stone him. He was declaring that he and the Father are unified, twisted, and bound together, gathered together, complete, EchadThat they are in complete Shalom and harmony Yeshua said I only do what I see me Father do! Yeshuas clearest interpretation and use of Echad is found in: 

John 14:7-11 Because you have known me, you will also know my Father; from now on, you do know him — in fact, you have seen him.” 8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it will be enough for us.” 9 Yeshua replied to him, “Have I been with you so long without your knowing me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father; so how can you say, `Show us the Father‘? 10 Don’t you believe that I am united with the Father, and the Father united with me? What I am telling you, I am not saying on my own initiative; the Father living in me is doing his own works. 11 Trust me, that I am united with the Father, and the Father united with me. But if you can’t, then trust because of the works themselves. 

Yeshua’s definition of Echad with God is: I am united with the Father, and the Father united with me, united, bound together, gathered together, complete, wholeJust as the two parts of a day or Adam and Eve are Echad or complete, so too is Yeshua Echad or complete with Adonai, the Father 

We, as believers are to be Echad as well! Yeshua teaches us that Echad is not an isolated principle between He and Father!  Yeshua’s prayer found in John 17 reveals prayer not only for His disciples, but for all those who shall trust in him through their word. 

John 17:20-23.“I pray not only for these, but also for those who will trust in me because of their word, 21 that they may all be one (Echad). Just as you, Father, are united with me and I with you, I pray that they may be united with us, so that the world may believe that you sent me. 22 The glory which you have given to me, I have given to them; so that they may be one (Echad), just as we are one —23 I united with them and you with me, so that they may be completely one (Echad), and the world thus realize that you sent me, and that you have loved them just as you have loved me. Then the world will know that you sent me and will understand that you love them as much as you love me.” 

Yeshua prays and teaches EchadHe prays that we, you and I, Jew, Gentile, Male, and Female, Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, and Indigenous people will all be Echad, united, bound together, unified, in accord, no more separate parts in the Kingdom of God Yeshua tells us that this Echad, this oneness, will not only bring maturity in our lives with God but with one another. The manifestation of this Echad, this binding together, this unity, is love of the Lord and love for one another Yeshua is our example of Echad with God. If a person says that he is Echad with God but does not manifest love for one another, then by Yeshua’s definition, they are not Echad. Finally, Echad is the One New Humanity! Sh’aul reveals the secret of Echad in: 

Ephesians 2:11-19. Therefore, remember your former state: you Gentiles by birth – called the Uncircumcised by those who, merely because of an operation on their flesh, are called the Circumcised –12 at that time had no Messiah. You were estranged from the national life of Isra’el. You were foreigners to the covenants embodying God’s promise. You were in this world without hope and without God. 13 But now, you who were once far off have been brought near through the shedding of the Messiah’s blood. 14 For he himself is our shalom – he has made us both one and has broken down the m’chitzah which divided us 15 by destroying in his own body the enmity occasioned by the Torah, with its commands set forth in the form of ordinances. He did this in order to create in union with himself from the two groups a single new humanity and thus make shalom, 16 and in order to reconcile to God both in a single body by being executed on a stake as a criminal and thus in himself killing that enmity. 17 Also, when he came, he announced as Good News shalom to you far off and shalom to those nearby, 18 news that through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then, you are no longer foreigners and strangers. On the contrary, you are fellow-citizens with God’s people and members of God’s family.” 

This scripture shows us that through the sacrifice and blood of Yeshua, God has made Jew and Gentile, One (Echad) New Humanity, the Blood of Yeshua has made us complete, whole, in unison, un-separableThe Gentiles were as Ephesians 2:12 states without hope, chosech, in darkness, aimless, MISSINGThe One (Echad) New Humanity cannot exist without the GentilesThey were formerly missing but now have been brought inGod has brought us all together to work towards accomplishing His divine purpose in the world. Sh’aul’s writings refer to TODAY, NOW, OUR GENERATION WE ARE ENTERING INTO THE ONE (ECHAD) NEW HUMANITYWhen grafted in as Sh’aul explains in Romans Ch.11, the wild olive branch is fed by the Jewish rooted olive tree, but the branch still produces its original fruitIn other words, if a pear branch was grafted into an apple tree, the flavor of the fruit changes a slightly as nourished by the new root, but the branch still produces pearsThat is the miracle of the One (Echad) New HumanityAll are bound together through the blood of Yeshua and nourished by the Jewish Olive Tree and each branch retains its own identityWe need to celebrate and rejoice in who we are, whether a Jew, Gentile, Black or White, Hispanic, African, Asian, European, First Nations People, it matters notGod loves all the same and has made us EchadTHERE ARE NO CONVERSIONSThe One New Humanity in its freedom tears down the walls of Anti-Semitism, Racism, Bigotry, religious, and cultural barriersWe become united, joined together, unified, striving towards the same goal, sharing God’s plan of Salvation to the world and preparing ourselves for the return of Yeshua!  As Sh’aul said, “It is life from the dead.”  The One New Humanity will usher in World Revival! In Yeshua’s name I pray that we all become Echad!