Day: May 1, 2023

Mothers

Mothers

By Eric Carlson in 05_2023-3 on May 1, 2023

Mothers are the most honored women in the Bible.  Great emphasis is laid upon the influence of mothersThe word “mother” or “mothers” appears in the Bible almost 300 timesThe word “mother-in-law” appears 11 times and is always in reference to Naomi, mother-in-law of RuthThe bibles great emphasis on the importance and influence of mothers is revealed in: 

Ezekiel 16:44 Everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb against you, “Like mother, like daughter.” 

Love of children is deeply engraved into the hearts of Hebrew womenThe term mother is given and regarded with the deepest reverence. Mothers carry the gift of life! The flame of life which is the lamp of the Lord according to Prov 20:27, the Neshama (soul) is divinely placed within the baby inside the mothers womb, the cradle of life. Thereby woman are the keepers of the light So many lives have been influenced and saved through the prayers of Mothers and Grandmothers.   

Scripture speaks highly of mothers who raise their children and influence their families in a righteous manner; in the oft-quoted Proverbs 31, the “wife of noble character” is honored by her husband and children for her virtues. 

As the spiritual light keeper, mothers have been given the privilege of ushering in the holy Shabbat by lighting the candles on Erev Shabbat, Friday evening, ushering in the brightness, the illumination of the Word of God into the home filling it with Shalom, peace, and harmony. Also, the Shabbat Candles are traditionally lit by the women because it was a woman who removed the light from the world (Eve) and it was a woman who returned the light to the world Miriam (Mary) who gave birth to Yeshua. It’s because of this understanding that in a Jewish or biblical home, the wife and mother is called akeret Habayit” in Hebrew which means the “mainstay” or keeper of the home. It’s the mother who, for the most part, determines the character and atmosphere of the entire home. 

It’s this character and atmosphere that makes a Biblical household different from a non-Biblical homeA godly mother’s home is maintained, immersed, and kept according to Gods commands, mitzvahs, and directives as outlined in the whole bookThis establishes holiness and purity within the home making it an abode for Adonai’s Presence, a home of Godliness, according to: 

Exodus 25:8 “They are to make me a sanctuary (Mishkahn: abode, dwelling, tabernacle, residence, meeting place) so that I may live among them.

Mothers create a biblical home where God’s Presence may dwell every day of the week; 24/7, during every day, ordinary activities such as meals, chores, sleeping, resting, even when watching Television or playing video gamesWe are given a directive to live in accordance with:

Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways (D’räkhey’khä: Derek: way, journey, path, manner, habit, of course of life, moral character) acknowledge him; then he will level your paths.

Mothers have been and are playing a critical role throughout the scriptures and the Kingdom of God. Being a mother was and is something that every Jewish girl dreamt of. The enemy understands the critical importance of identity and its associated calling! This is why we are experiencing such an overwhelming spiritual attack and battle over gender identity. Its ironic that the enemy knows the word better than most believers who are blinded to what’s unfolding around them in greater society This war against gender identity is based on a very specific promise God gave to women: 

Genesis 3:13-15 ADONAI, God, said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me, so I ate.” 14 ADONAI, God, said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all livestock and wild animals. You will crawl on your belly and eat dust as long as you live. 15 I will put animosity between you and the woman, and between your descendant and her descendant; he will bruise (yeshufecha: bruise, crush, strike, attack) your head (Rosh: head -Adam, dominion authority), and you will bruise (yeshufecha: bruise, crush, strike, attack) his heel (akev: heel, rear, footprint, track, seize by the heel; to circumvent as if tripping up the heels, to restrain, to hold by the heel, take by the heel, stay or supplant,).”

This is a profound revelation and understanding for our mothersYes, HaSatan tricked Eve, but his actual target was Adam’s dominion, his headship, Rosh, over all creation so he attacked, struck, Adam through EveAdonai promises Adam and Eve that the restoration of Mankind’s Dominion will be through the woman striking, crushing, attacking HaSatan by supplanting him, holding him by the heel, restraining HaSatan through childbirth.  Both woman and men are made in the image and likeness of God. Women are co-creators with God bearing life in their wombsThis is why men, that woman are our most precious gift from God.  Just pause for a moment and ponder HaSatan’s continual onslaught, assault and attack on Gender Identity, Gender authority, and marriageGod has given very specific roles and assignments for men and women just as He has for Jew and GentileSisters, as co-creators with God you are our physical and spiritual partners who retain the key to victory over the demonic forces of evil and hellWe can’t win without youThere still remains gender bias in some denominations todayIn Romans 16 Paul talks about Phoebe – a congregation leaderMost of Yeshua’s support was from women!  Yeshua brought freedom and liberation to women who had suffered cultural oppression and gender bias that is unscriptural and ungodlyHaSatan knows this as evident by his relentless attacks in this areaThis is why men are told in: 

I Peter 3:7 You husbands, likewise, conduct your married lives with understanding. Although your wife may be weaker physically, you should respect her as a fellow-heir of the gift of Life. If you don’t, your prayers will be blocked.

The very thought of being the mother who would birth the Messiah was something that inspired women throughout the Bible and history. The Promised One, Mashiach was prophetically known to be a baby boy. If a woman bore a son, her hope and prayer was that he would be the Messiah. If she had a girl, she dreamed that her grandson might be the coming Redeemer. This is the reason why we repeatedly see times in scripture where all male babies were ordered killed such as Egypt when a prophesied redeemer was coming: 

Exodus 1:15-16 Moreover, the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was called Shifrah and the other Pu’ah. 16 “When you attend the Hebrew women and see them giving birth,” he said, “if it’s a boy, kill him; but if it’s a girl, let her live.”

When the prophesied Messiah was known to be coming and King Herod asked the visiting Magi to tell him where the young Messiah was, they left Jerusalem on a different road to avoid revealing where Yeshua was: 

Matthew 2:16 Meanwhile, when Herod realized that the Magi had tricked him, he was furious and gave orders to kill all the boys in and around Beit-Lechem who were two years old or less, calculating from the time the Magi had told him.

The honor and prophetic destiny of being a mother is profoundly revealed through the most well-known mother in scripture, Miriam the mother of YeshuaShe was given the great privilege of being the mother of our Mashiach, the Mother of God. Imagine Adonai’s Son as your own child Such a great honor that Adonai blessed and chose herYet there was a reason. Adonai saw in her great integrity, honor, character, humility, and boldness She was told by the angel exactly who her Son was She understood the great responsibility God placed upon her.  

Luke 1:26-33 In the sixth month, the angel Gavri’el was sent by God to a city in the Galil called Natzeret, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man named Yosef, of the house of David; the virgin’s name was Miryam. 28 Approaching her, the angel said, “Shalom, favored lady! ADONAI is with you!” 29 She was deeply troubled (diatarasso {dee-at-ar-as’-so}: disturbed, troubled, to cause one inward commotion, remove calmness of mind, disturb ones composure, to disquiet, make restless, to stir up one’s spirit, to strike ones spirit with fear and dread, render anxious, distressed) by his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Miryam, for you have found favor with God. 31 Look! You will become pregnant, you will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Yeshua. 32 He will be great, he will be called Son of Ha`Elyon. ADONAI, God, will give him the throne of his forefather David; 33 and he will rule the House of Ya`akov forever — there will be no end to his Kingdom.”

First, Miriam was a young mother full of hope, prospects, and dreams for a happy and successful future! As any young mother is! Experiencing a God encounter (I can empathize) quickens the soul. There is a profound sense of awe, wonder, and fear when approached by GodTroubled is the least descriptive term to convey the wide range of emotions she was experiencing as all her senses are being flooded, overwhelmed by the presence of God. All this takes place before the angel tells her who she will give birth to! Let me pause for a moment with a disclaimerMotherhood isn’t a mitzvah, a command, or a requirement for women to be godlyNot in temple times, not todayThen like today not every woman wanted children and not every woman who wanted children were granted themBiblical, godly mothers and matriarchs serve as examples of honor, integrity, character, steadfastness, loyalty, and commitment that all of us, regardless of who we are, male or female, parent or not, must strive to emulate and live likeMyriam was troubled, her spirit was stirred by this heavenly, supernatural invasion in her lifeShe was quite aware of the cultural stigma, oppression, and even rejection of women 2,000 years ago who bore children out of wedlock (though in her case this wasn’t the situation, but people would gossip, slander, and judge her regardless)Through all of this Myriam remained faithful, she honored and fulfilled God’s plans in her life for the life of God’s Son Yeshua!  

Motherhood alone is dauntingIt can be overwhelming under normal circumstances.  In Myriam’s case how much more so? Yet she graciously and humbly said Hinenni to Adonai in this great honorAs a Jewish woman, a Jewish mother she knew it was her responsibility that her son be raised in biblical culture, what today would be called a Jewish Home, but that word didn’t exist 2,000 years agoShe would ensure Yeshua regularly attended Shabbat, kept the Feast Days, worshiped, and prayed to the God of Israel. Her success in raising Yeshua and her deep, intimate relationship with God’s Son is revealed powerfully in: 

John 2:1-4 On Tuesday there was a wedding at Kanah in the Galil; and the mother of Yeshua was there. 2 Yeshua too was invited to the wedding, along with his talmidim. 3 The wine ran out, and Yeshua’s mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” 4 Yeshua replied, “Mother, why should that concern me? — or you? My time hasn’t come yet.”

Motherhood creates an eternal bond between mother and childHumanity has coined a term for this bond: “Mothers Intuition”.  It’s a product of the Ruach, the Holy SpiritIntuition is the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoningUntold millions of babies and children have been saved from dangerous, life-threatening situations by “Mothers Intuition”! Moms unexplained sudden urge to find their child, to go to them, knowing something is wrongThis bond never ends between mother and child. Mothers know your mood and feelings without your communicating it to them, they know when you’re happy, when you’re upset, when you’re sick, and when you’re faking it!  

This all plays out profoundly in Yeshua’s first miracleFirst, both He and His mother are at a Jewish WeddingHow do I know (other than Yeshua and Myrian are Jewish)In Temple times weddings were traditionally and culturally performed on TuesdaysStill, in Israel today Tuesdays are the preferred day to perform WeddingsSecond, we know it’s a Jewish wedding because there is wine, sorry to all my evangelical brothers and sisters, it is positively, absolutely, not grape juice at the wedding, it was wineThere are seven specific Hebrew words for wine found throughout the word of God and not one of them means grape juice.   

Verse three is where the motherhood of Myriam comes outShe seems to inconsequently make a remark to Yeshua that the wine has run outThere are volumes of unspoken communication passing between Yeshua and Myriam That bond between them, even though He is divine, He is still in a human body. Myriam’s “Motherly Intuition” is working in overdrive here. To someone who isn’t her child she is merely stating a fact, but Yeshua reads between the lines, He knows exactly what she means without any embellishment or additional communicationYeshua’s reply in verse 4 explains it allMother, why should that concern me? — or you? My time hasn’t come yet.” 

She was aware, through her Mothers Intuition, through the Ruach HaKodesh that Her Sons time indeed has come! In true Jewish, motherly fashion she doesn’t argue with Yeshua, or cast doubts on His ability or source of power. I believe all the words that had been spoken to her regarding Yeshua by the Angel, by Zechariah, by all those who had interacted with him throughout His life flooded into her at this momentShe had revelation and knowledge of who He was, what He could do, and the source of His power and quietly, even humbly in an unconditional mothers love tells the servants do what He (Yeshua) tells you to do and Yeshua and the servants take action: 

John 2:5-11 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Now six stone water-jars were standing there for the Jewish ceremonial washings, each with a capacity of twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Yeshua told them, “Fill the jars with water,” and they filled them to the brim. 8 He said, “Now draw some out, and take it to the man in charge of the banquet”; and they took it. 9 The man in charge tasted the water; it had now turned into wine! He did not know where it had come from, but the servants who had drawn the water knew. So he called the bride groom 10 and said to him, “Everyone else serves the good wine first and the poorer wine after people have drunk freely. But you have kept the good wine until now!” 11 This, the first of Yeshua’s miraculous signs, he did at Kanah in the Galil; he manifested his glory, and his talmidim came to trust in him.

I believe this was a glorious moment for this humble Jewish mother, yet I also believe it was a most painful, grievous oneShe knew what his destiny wasSo when His first miracle came to pass it was both the beginning and the endIt joyous and sorrowful at the same time!  

It is still a wonderful privilege to be a mother today. The Bible says that children are a heritage from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). They are a blessing, a gift from God. Whether mother or father, we should all strive to be like these mothers and teach our children about God and His Word. May we honor all of our mothers this Mother’s Day!   

Shavuot

Shavuot

By Eric Carlson in 05_2023-1 on May 1, 2023

Leviticus 23:15-17  “‘From the day after the day of rest -that is, from the day you bring the sheaf for waving -you are to count seven full weeks, 16 until the day after the seventh week; you are to count fifty days; and then you are to present a new grain offering to ADONAIYou must bring bread from your homes for waving-two loaves made with one gallon of fine flour, baked with leaven -as first fruits for ADONAI. 

God Brought Israel to Mt. Sinai 47 days after the Exodus from Egypt to set Israel apart and reveal Himself to the entire nation: 

Exodus 19:3-6 Moshe went up to God, and ADONAI called to him from the mountain: “Here is what you are to say to the household of Ya’akov, to tell the people of Isra’el: 4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now if you will pay careful attention to what I say and keep my covenant, then you will be my own treasure (Segulah: Private property of the King, treasure, possession, property, peculiar treasure, a thing of extreme value) from among all the peoples, for all the earth is mine; 6 and you will be a kingdom of cohanim for me, a nation set apart.’ These are the words you are to speak to the people of Isra’el.”

Adonai owns the cattle on a thousand hills, He created all and owns all! The Kingdom belongs to the King! If we accept His covenant promise we become His special treasure! Only if we obey His covenant, if we Shema, will we be His kingdom of kohanim (Priests), a holy nation! The “Kingdom” is an organized community (Kehillat), a major territorial unit, a theocratic form of government ruled by a sovereign king; the eternal kingship of God; the realm in which God’s will is fulfilled. The King’s (Adonai’s) sovereignty is absolute. Sovereignty is possessing, retaining supreme power, one that exercises supreme authority, the acknowledged leader. God is sovereign!

The emphasis God uses here is Kehillat, building a community, building a family, a nation, of Jews and non-Jews, set apart unto Adonai to minister to Him. Until this juncture Israel doesn’t know Adonai and aren’t united. They were a loose band of feudal tribes made up of individuals who had a slave mentality. The essence of Jewish (biblical) identity comes from and resides in the concept of family, Kehillat, communityWhat is a family? 

Family:

The basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their own or adopted children. 1 : a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head: 2 : a group of persons of common ancestry : CLAN: a people or group of peoples regarded as deriving from a common stock : RACE 3 a : a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation in FELLOWSHIP.

Mishpocha is Family in Hebrew which also means adoptive family, relative, one of the family, kin. One of Mishpocha’s root words is “mee-shel” which means belonging toAnother root word of Mishpocha is (Shakan-dwell), the same as Shechinah which means divine presence in Hebrew! This is also the same root word of Sukkah, temporary structures that are built during Sukkot. Families are comprised of all these characteristics, bound together by shared convictions, common affiliation in Fellowship! We are a community in which God’s divine presence dwells! This family is comprised of both Jew and Gentile treasure: 

Matthew 13:44-46 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. A man found it, hid it again, then in great joy went and sold everything he owned, and bought that field. 45 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for fine pearls. 46 On finding one very valuable pearl he went away, sold everything he owned and bought it. 

Verse 44 is a direct connection to Exodus 19:5, but pearls? From oysters which are not KosherIt’s a symbolic reference to Gentiles! Yeshua said both were worthy of redemption and salvation in Yeshua!! “Jewishness is obviously not just a religion,” says Ellen Willis, an editor at the Village Voice Literary Supplement, In a certain way it’s like a big extended family.”  

Biblical Family is not an arbitrary cultural or social construct, but a fundamental God given foundation of our creation that is built into the very fiber of our being and our universe. That’s why the traditional biblical family with it’s values and ethics are under attack! It’s the fundamental core of the Kingdom! Every family dinner replicates the Temple sacrifices! The family gathers at the Table around the sacrifice, the Father (Priest) giving thanks, and all partaking of the meat before AdonaiLike a family, we don’t always agree with each other. We at time may argue and be critical. But we continue to love each other and remained united while holding each other to a very high biblical standard, knowing that the shortcomings of any individual member of the family will be held against all of us. We are only as strong as our weakest member. Building Family is the reason that Yeshua came for all of Israel: 

Ephesians 2:19 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. 

At Mt. Sinai Israel responded to Adonai as a community, as Mishpocha, as family! A first in scripture! This mixed crowd answered in unity, as one voice!   

Exodus 19:711 Moshe came, summoned the leaders of the people and presented them with all these words which ADONAI had ordered him to say. 8 All the people answered as one, “Everything ADONAI has said, we will do.” Moshe reported the words of the people to ADONAI. 9 ADONAI said to Moshe, “See, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, so that the people will be able to hear when I speak with you and also to trust in you forever.”Moshe had told ADONAI what the people had said; 10 so ADONAI said to Moshe, “Go to the people; today and tomorrow separate them for me by having them wash their clothing; 11 and prepare for the third day. For on the third day, ADONAI will come down on Mount Sinai before the eyes of all the people. 

The people prepared themselves. Dawn broke on the third day upon Mt. Sinai revealing a divine, supernatural sight: 

Exodus 19:16-21 On the morning of the third day, there was thunder, lightning and a thick cloud on the mountain. Then a shofar blast sounded so loudly that all the people in the camp trembled. 17 Moshe brought the people out of the camp to meet God; they stood near the base of the mountain. 18 Mount Sinai was enveloped in smoke, because ADONAI descended onto it in fire -its smoke went up like the smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain shook violently. 19 As the sound of the shofar grew louder and louder, Moshe spoke; and God answered him with a voice. 20 ADONAI came down onto Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain; then ADONAI called Moshe to the top of the mountain; and Moshe went up. 21 ADONAI said to Moshe, “Go down and warn the people not to force their way through to ADONAI to see him; if they do, many of them will perish. 

There is a powerful mystery revealed here! Thunder in Hebrew is “kolot. This literally means a multitude of voices. I want you to understand that this is occurring on the festival of Shavuot-Pentecost, The PRESENCE OF GOD CAME DOWN ONTO THE MOUNTAIN on the 50th day after departing Egypt. The day Torah was given is the same day 1,700 years later the presence of Adonai CAME DOWN in the upper room and the Ruach HaKodesh was given! Once again in a multitude of voices! Adonai is a God of patterns, following His own calendar and timeline. Mt. Sinai is the first “God Encounter” experience that occurred on Shavuot, the Upper Room is the second. Both times God spoke in Kolot, a Multitude of Voices so that not only Israel, but every Nation Tribe and tongue heard Adonai‘s voice, commands, and mitzvah’s. All seventy known languages were coming from the top of the mountain conveying Gods instructions for ALL HUMANITY and again from the Upper Room 

It was at Mt. Sinai that Israel entered covenant with Adonai! Adonai commands that we Love Him, we must choose a relationship with Him, it cannot be forced. The 49 days of separation between Pesach and Shavuot was the preparation time for Israel, the mixed crowd to meditate, ponder, and make their choice. God or not God Israel gave their answer at Mt. Sinai we will do and obey” they replied in unity: 

Exodus 24:7 Then he took the book of the covenant and read it aloud, so that the people could hear; and they responded, “Everything that ADONAI has spoken, we will do and obey. (Naase VeNishma’: Na’aseh: We will do, accomplish, act, place into effect. v’nishma: obey, be obedient, observe and comply. Root word is Shema: hear, listen, understand)

Naase VeNishma.  This reply given by Israel embodies a profound revelation! N’ase is from the root Oseh, which means do, plural; N’ase we will do.  Same with Sh’ma. V’Nishma is Sh’ma in the plural so the heart and essence of the Sh’ma and what Israel answered to God upon hearing God’s proposal was that we, Israel, would accept Torah, Adonai’s Torah. We accepted the proposal though we weren’t really in full comprehension or understanding of what it entailed! It’s the same when we received and accepted Yeshua! We don’t know everything about the Kingdom, it’s the starting point of an on ongoing, growing relationship with Adonai!  

This is the very heart of Torah, of Yeshua’s message, of Shavuot! It’s the foundation of Kingdom living, obeying the Kings orders regardless if you understand or not!! Adonai teaches obedience to Him and His word while the world teaches non-obedience The world calls us authoritarians yet, without this obedience, without the connection of obligation to freedom, Pesach to Shavuot, there is no covenant relationshipKnowing God’s desire in your heart is not enough, God requires the application of His mitzvahs and commands!  Within this freewill desire to serve and minister unto Him we received the ongoing miracle of Shavuot 2,000 years ago in another divine revelation: 

Acts 2:1-4  The festival of Shavu’ot arrived, and the believers all gathered together in one place. 2 Suddenly there came a sound from the sky like the roar of a violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire, which separated and came to rest on each one of them. 4 They were all filled with the Ruach HaKodesh and began to talk in different languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak. 

Roar in the Greek is Phero which means to move or, to be conveyed or borne, with force or speed. Wind is Pnoe (pno-ay) which means breath, breath of life, and also windAt the first Shavuot experience God spoke His word, He cast forth commands like thunderAt the second Shavuot experience God conveyed, He birthed life into those words with His breath-the breath of life!

When those 120 Jews in that upper room, who knew the written word received God’s Breath they became filled with the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit! Holy in the Greek is hagios {hag’-eeos} which is Most Holy Thing and Spirit in the Greek is, are you ready for this? Spirit in the Greek is pneuma {pnyoo‘-mah} which means breath, gentle move of air, SpiritWhen God released His Holy breath of life into His words we received the most Holy breath, the Ruach HaKodesh. The Ruach HaKodesh spoke through those 120 in the upper room, just as God Himself did on Mt. Sinai, speaking Kolot– a multitude of voices.

What a poetic picture, Israel heard a multitude of voices when God cast forth His written word on Shavuot at Mt. Sinai the first timeThe second time the word that had been planted into them came forth out of them in a multitude of voices, once again to the nations of the world but now it’s been infused with the most Holy Breath of God, The Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit….. The Holy Spirit in the Brit Chadesha is more than an empowering presence or power that comes upon select individualsThe Holy Spirit is a power, a force, a person that dwells within us allowing us to tap into the Power of Heaven and demonstrate that power. The Ruach HaKodesh marks us as Yeshua’s own: 

Ephesians 1:13. Furthermore, you who heard the message of the truth, the Good News offering you deliverance, and put your trust in the Messiah were sealed (sphragizo {sfrag-id’-zo}: to set a seal upon, mark with a seal, the name of God and Messiah stamped upon their foreheads, to confirm authenticate) by him with the promised Ruach HaKodesh,

The infilling of the Ruach HaKodesh marks us, it seals us, confirming that we belong to Adonai and Yeshua! It’s a living Aaronic blessing within us! Both Jew and Gentile are marked as His Children by the Ruach HaKodesh! The enemy knows you are marked as a child of Adonai in Yeshua! He can’t touch You! We must create the atmosphere for the Ruach HaKodesh to habitate among us as well, in our services. You must surrender your mind, will, emotions, and body to the Spirit to seek His way of living. There are three aspects necessary for a move of The Ruach HaKodesh, The Holy Spirit 

  1. Honor Him as a Guest, don’t grieve the Ruach HaKodesh:

Welcome Him. When the Scripture says “Honor God” does it not include Father, Son, and Spirit? Honor Him and desire His presence and don’t offend. He can be grieved and quenched through ungodly attitudes and actions.  

Ephesians 4:30 Don’t cause grief to God’s Ruach HaKodesh, for he has stamped (sphragizo {sfrag-id’-zo}) you as his property until the day of final redemption.

  1. Seek Him! I Cor. 14:1 tells us to “keep on eagerly seeking the things of the Spirit” which is to be our companion and teacher.

John 14:26 But the Counselor (parakletos {par-ak’-lay-tos}: intercessor, consoler, counselor, advocate, comforter) the Ruach HaKodesh, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything; that is, he will remind you of everything I have said to you.

Seek to be equipped by the Ruach, He is more than a “special guest”. He is our intercessor, counselor, and advocate who will remind us of everything Yeshua said to us! Ask Adonai in Yeshua’s name to be equipped by the Holy Spirit to do the work of the Kingdom. 

  1. Give Him Freedom and Liberty, Yield to the Ruach.

II Corinthians 3:17 Now, “ADONAI” in this text means the Spirit. And where the Spirit of ADONAI is, there is freedom. 

  1. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead:

Romans 8:14 (NLT) For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

The greater body today is experiencing a grievous lack of the Ruach HaKodesh! God wants to fill you with power so that you can move forward and increase the Kingdom! That’s why asking is essential. Shavuot is the appointed time on God’s calendar when He is alive and active, ready to release His fullness to those who repent, surrender, and ask! I pray that you, as a child of God, be filled with the Dunamis, Resurrection power of the Holy Spirit this Shavuot!

Blessings and Shalom! 

Rabbi Eric Carlson   

Rabbi and Rebbitzen Corner May 2023

Rabbi and Rebbitzen Corner May 2023

By Eric Carlson in 05_2023-2, newsletter-post on May 1, 2023

Shalom Mishpocha, 

May, the 5th month of the year has arrived! Spring (Vernal Equinox) officially arrived on March 20th, 2023 at 5:24 PM yet many consider May 1st the start of the Spring Season! May 1st begins A.A.P.I Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, and Jewish American Heritage month! And one of the most important dates in May is “Mother’s Day” on May 14th, 2023. On May the 11th, 2000 Congregation Zion’s Sake hosted its first Shabbat Service! This month is our 23rd anniversary as a Congregation!

Jewish American Heritage Month is a month-long celebration to honor the accomplishments and contributions of Jewish Americans since their arrival in the 17th century. This is also a time to examine the life of Jews in America — the difficulties, antisemitism, and discrimination we have faced over the years. 

Since the COVID 19 outbreak in early 2020, conspiracy theories of the past have resurfaced in American culture and lead to proclamations like “Jews control the banks,” “Jews are responsible for all wars,” and “There is a secret cabal” of Jews. “Jews are responsible for the COVID Pandemic”. “There is a Zionist Plot to overtake the world”. Of course, there is no merit to any of these claims, but as Jews in America these Anti-Semitic sentiments are always present! One never knows when we will encounter someone who holds these racists, bigoted thoughts. These are not just far-away concepts for Jews in America, as Jews, such as myself, we have all felt the radical shift to toxic divisions and hatred in America over the past few years and fear for the future. 

Jewish American Heritage Month is a time to face this harsh reality and take a biblical stand to fight against it! The reality for many Jews in America is they have, at times, viewed the United States as an escape from persecution, a nation of opportunity and safety. In fact, we have an American Jew who played a critical role in our bid for freedom! In the mid-1700’s, the British Monarchy was seeking to gain greater control over American trade. Simultaneously, there was talk of putting all religious affairs of colonial America under the jurisdiction of the Church of England. Jews in America saw both their commerce and freedom of worship threatened by these developments. I wish to share such an example: 

Haym Salomon was a personal friend of George Washington. Salomon called on him with a proposal for an American revolution against the mighty British Empire. Salomon had a revolutionary idea borrowed from the Talmud: “One nation united under one God with freedom and liberty for every citizen,” and a concept of democracy in which the republic would be the servant rather than the master of the people. As a demonstration of his sincerity, Salomon offered his fortune of 600,000 pounds sterling to begin the American Revolution. This would be several million dollars in modern US currency, an immense fortune at the time.  

Haym Salomon was born into a Jewish family in Lissa, Poland, in 1740. He took part in the struggle for Polish independence, then came to New York City in 1772. Because of his importance to the American Revolution, he was arrested by the British in 1776, and again in 1778. He was sentenced to die, but escaped by bribing his jailer. 

Several years ago, the United States Postal Service paid homage to him by issuing a commemorative stamp to “Haym Salomon, businessman and broker, who was responsible for raising most of the money needed to finance the American Revolution and later save the nation from collapse.” This nice testimony to Haym was written on the reverse side of the stamp. The front of the stamp had a drawing of Haym and the inscription, “Haym Salomon, Financial Hero.”  

To ensure the success of the American Revolution, Salomon traveled to France and raised the equivalent of an additional 3.5 million British pounds sterling to finance the cause. Salomon had a working knowledge of eight languages, which aided him a great deal in his expeditions back to Europe. When in France, Salomon met with the French government, which was eager to embarrass the British. He obtained orders from the French government for LaFayette to tender the French arsenal to George Washington’s army. 

Salomon also solicited every able-bodied Jewish man to fight in Washington’s army. After the war, he organized the first American veterans’ organization, “The Jewish War Veterans,” which is still active today. The British hired German mercenaries to fight against the Americans. Salomon realized that the motivation of these Germans was money, so he offered them more money than what the British paid, and won many of these German mercenaries over to the American side.

Meanwhile, some French soldiers volunteered to fight on the American side. They were captured by the British. Since Salomon spoke French fluently, he passed himself off as a French diplomat, and freed these French men. 

In addition to Salomon’s financial and organizational contributions to the American Revolution, he also made literary and philosophical contributions to the Revolution. The first draft of the United States Constitution was written by Salomon. His statement of “one nation under one God” was too monotheistic for Trinitarians, so it was modified to “one nation under God.” Salomon’s statement of “freedom and justice for all” took almost a century to be realized for African-Americans, but they nonetheless owe a debt of gratitude to Salomon for at least bringing forth the concept. 

Salomon also designed “The Great Seal,” seen on the back of every American dollar bill. Although it says, “Annuit Coeptis Novus Ordo Seclorum,” (“Announcing the Birth of a New Secular Order”-Latin), the original Hebrew inscription would have been translated, “to the new order of the master confederacy of the Gentile world.” 

Salomon believed that the United States would become a great and powerful nation someday. His vision for the United States proved true with the ascendancy of this country in the Twentieth Century. The pyramid on the seal could be considered a Jewish symbol. It is half of the Star of David. Also, according to the great historian Josephus, the pyramids of Egypt were built by Jewish slaves.  

On the right-hand side of the dollar bill, we see the eagle, holding 13 arrows in one claw with 13 leaves in the other claw, and a ribbon in its beak with the inscription, “E Pluribus Unum” (“From many, one”). Above the head of the eagle, we see 13 stars arranged forming a Star of David. This was also designed by Haym Salomon. He felt that the United States would become the nation represented by the eagle in the prophetic vision of Daniel 7:4

At the conclusion of the war, many in the Continental Congress were desperately poor. Among those who borrowed money from Salomon, but never paid him back, were James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, and even George Washington. In the latter’s case, however, Salomon didn’t want to be repaid. Instead, he requested that the American flag have the 13 stars in the form of the Star of David, which Washington promised to do. However, anti-Semites refused to allow the Star of David on the American flag, so the original flag had the 13 stars in the form of a circle.

Salomon died in 1785, completely bankrupt, leaving his wife and children penniless. However, that year, the Sons of the American Revolution erected a plaque honoring him. As we celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month let us recall Dr Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” Speech in which he spoke to the intentionality of relationship which is the key in all this. He said: Black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands”. Dr King is speaking to Racial reconciliation, Jew and Gentile reconciliation, and reconciliation of the division within the greater body of Messiah! The One New Humanity of Ephesians 2:15 speaks directly to these divisions! Yeshua died that we may ALL be one! May we remember the sacrifice of all, Jew, Gentile, Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, and Indigenous People who made America one of the most blessed nations on earth! 

Blessings!   

Rabbi Eric S Carlson