Day: February 1, 2024

February Rabbi and Rebbetzin corner 2024

February Rabbi and Rebbetzin corner 2024

By Eric Carlson in 02_2024-2 on February 1, 2024

Shalom Mishpocha,

It’s hard to believe how fast January went by! February comes from the Latin word februa, which means “to cleanse.” The month was named after the Roman Februalia, which was a month-long festival of purification and atonement that took place this time of year. The old Roman calendar had only ten months, starting in March and ending with December (Latin for “the tenth month”). When the two winter months January and February were added, February became the last month of the year and was given 28 days to fit into the calendar. To keep up with the seasons, the Romans introduced a leap month they called “Intercalaris”. The extra month was added every couple of years after February, which was shortened to 23 or 24 days to make room for the thirteenth month.

In the year 46 BCE, Julius Caesar introduced a new calendar system—the Julian calendar. He abolished the “Intercalaris” and instead introduced what would become the leap year, where every fourth year, February had 29 days instead of 28. This was the beginning of the modern leap year.

February is Black History month. Black History Month is an annual celebration recognizing the achievements of African Americans. It marks a time to pause and recognize the rich cultural heritage, triumphs, adversities, achievements, and the critical role of African Americans in U.S. history. Black History Month grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans founded in 1926. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. The NAACP was founded on February 12, 1909, the centennial anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the great emancipator who fought to free the slaves and end slavery in America. Plus, it also coincides with the birthday of Frederick Douglass, a former slave who was a prominent, vocal leader in the abolitionist movement, who also fought to end slavery alongside President Lincoln! Both Lincoln and Douglass were born in the second week of February (Douglass’ exact birthdate isn’t known but he celebrated it on February 14th), so it became a traditional time for African Americans to host celebrations in honor of their emancipation.

It’s important for us as a nation to not only commemorate the past but look to the future. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it! Black History Month is very important to commemorate past achievements so that we may understand, reflect, and learn about the struggles and difficulties historically faced by black people! We can’t move forward in peace and unity until we reconcile and heal from our past! History is being made every day! Our lives and decisions shape and impact future generations’ culture, understandings, and values. As Dr Raleigh Washington stated in his recent book; “The Cure for Hurt, Hatred, & Hostility-”One Word”, you can change the world with one word, relationship!

Intentionality in relationships! Sacrifice! Any meaningful relationship requires mutual give and take. We must consider the other person as more important than ourselves. It’s a choice to relinquish our position and adopt an attitude of humility. The result can be healing, mended relationships, and redemption. Sacrifice is the willingness to relinquish an established status or position to genuinely adopt a lesser position in order to facilitate a harmonious relationship. We consider others as more important than ourselves. This requires the utmost in humility. We have powerful examples, areas of light in America’s history between our people. I’ve heard Sid Roth say on numerous occasions: “God has a secret weapon in America for the One New Humanity, the African American Believer”. United together as the One New Humanity, we will shift history for justice and righteousness! We do so through dialogue, by relationship with great intentionality we work through conflict to build trust with each other which requires great humility, empathy, and mutual love! Then we may truly Love Adonai with all of our heart, mind, and soul and love our neighbor (regardless of race) as ourselves!

Love and Shalom,
Rabbi and Rebbetzin Carlson

Rebuilding

Rebuilding

By Eric Carlson in 02_2021-1, 02_2024-1 on February 1, 2024

We’re experiencing the profound presence of our mighty God yet we are not necessarily moving into new areas as much as the Lord is teaching us to rebuild that which has fallen; or in many cases has been rejected by religion including both Judaism and Christianity! It’s interesting that both streams, Judaism and Christianity have spirit led branches, the Lubavitcher’s and the Pentecostals or Charismatics. Both move in the Spirit, one rejects Yeshua the other half the bible! Neither walk in the fullness of what God desires and requires rebuilding the ancient foundations and repair the breeches.

Amos 9:11. “When that day comes, I will raise (Ya’kum: arise, stand, rise up, stand up, confirm, establish, fixed, ratified) up the fallen (Naphal: to fall, fallen, overthrown, divided) sukkah of David. I will close up its gaps (perets {peh’-rets} breach, gap,broken walls) raise up its ruins and rebuild it as it used to be,

The term “Fallen Tabernacle, Sukkah, or Tabernacle of David” reveals a complex restoration and rebuild of what God desires for His Kehillat, His bride, the Ecclesia! The Sukkah, Tabernacle, or Mishkan was the dwelling place of God’s presence in Temple Days. The root word of both is Shakan; Where God’s Shekinah (divine Glory/Presence) resides. A place where God is sought out for His presence, His wisdom, His power, His strength, His majesty! The world will seek Him out. Adonai says I will raise up this fallen place, this place will be restored in the time and seasons to come, today.

The same root word is also found in mishpocha, family, the family of David. The sages view Amos 9:11 as a Messianic Reference concerning Messiah! What’s being raised up by Adonai, what’s being restored? It’s the line, the family of David so we know it’s both Jewish and Messianic! No glorious Church or Synagogue being raised up, but a Messianic Jewish Family, a Kehillat, Ecclesia! A family, a group of people that move, operate, worship, and pray as one despite their cultural and racial differences, Jew and Gentile will be family! This family repairs the breach, the gap, the division between Jew and Gentile. It brings the children of God together as one family, Echad Mishpocha!

The second is the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, the Sukkah, which is a place of meeting Adonai, a place of worship! True Davidic worship, remember David is a man after God’s own heart! David was first and foremost recognized for His worship ability with the harp! It calmed Saul! David, the mighty warrior, the future King of Israel, and a person who spoke with Adonai was renowned for His worship of Him! His heart of worship, trust, and walk with God is what garnered Gods attention to begin with!

Third, when David became King of a unified nation of Israel, of all twelve tribes, his heart’s desire, his first act was to fulfill God’s desire. Restoring the presence of God back into the center, into the midst of Israel! David yearned for God’s presence! Israel is surrounded by enemies and rebel states; her national security is at a high risk, but David is focused on God!

I Chronicles 13:1-3. David consulted with the commanders of thousands and of hundreds – with every leader. 2 Then David said to the entire assembly of Isra’el, “If it seems good to you, and if it is the will of ADONAI our God, let’s send messengers to the rest of our kinsmen in the land of Isra’el, and also to the cohanim and L’vi’im in their cities with surrounding open land, asking them to join us; 3 and let’s bring back the ark of our God to ourselves, since we didn’t go after it when Sha’ul was king.”

The Ark contained a jar of Manna and the stone ruble of the Ten Commandments. The lid of the Ark, called the mercy seat with two angels on it is where God’s presence dwelled! The Ark represented all that God is, His Majesty, His power, His Strength, His authority, His Holiness, His Glory, His righteous character was with the Ark which they wanted in their midst. The Glory of God descended when Moshe erected and completed the Mishkan!

Exodus 40:33-35. Finally, he erected the courtyard around the tabernacle and the altar and set up the screen for the entrance to the courtyard. 34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of ADONAI filled the tabernacle. 35 Moshe was unable to enter the tent of meeting, because the cloud remained on it, and the glory of ADONAI filled the tabernacle.

The fullness of God’s glory was revealed in the Ark. And this Ark was merely a replica of God’s actual Throne in Heaven. The details of the pattern were critical as God warned:

Hebrews 8:5. But what they are serving is only a copy and shadow of the heavenly original; for when Moshe was about to erect the Tent, God warned him, “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern you were shown on the mountain.”

The original in Heaven is where the ” Seraphim of the Glory” covered the throne, they constantly call out to one another “Holy, holy, holy is ADONAI-Tzva’ot; the whole earth is filled with His glory”!

Isaiah 6:1-4. It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. 2 Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3 They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” 4 Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke.

What the Ark provided was communion, fellowship, and communication with Adonai! It revealed His majesty, glory, strength, and power to ALL! It was the place to worship Him, to exalt, to praise Him! It was where you could see God’s presence! The cloud like pillar during the day and the fire like column at night! It was a hiding place, a place of security and comfort, a place of victory, a revelation of His Glory and when carried into battle by Israel a warrior! This was David’s Tabernacle, David’s Sukkah. We must understand and comprehend all this to know what the Ark meant to both Israel and David! We begin to understand David’s great, heartfelt drive and desire to bring God’s presence back among his people. But it wasn’t easy. At first their methods were wrong! God warned them back in Exodus to follow the plan!

II Samuel 6:2-9. Then David, taking along the entire force he had with him then, set out for Ba’alei-Y’hudah to bring up from there the ark of God, which bears the Name, the name of ADONAI Tzva’ot enthroned above the k’ruvim. 3 They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of the house of Avinadav on the hill, with ‘Uzah and Achyo, the sons of Avinadav, driving the new cart. 4 They led it from the house of Avinadav on the hill, with the ark of God; Achyo walked in front of the ark. 5 David and the whole house of Isra’el celebrated in the presence of ADONAI with all kinds of musical instruments made of cypress-wood, including lyres, lutes, tambourines, rattles and cymbals. 6 When they arrived at Nakhon’s threshing-floor, the oxen stumbled; and ‘Uzah put out his hand to steady the ark of God. 7 But ADONAI’s anger blazed up against ‘Uzah, and God struck him down on the spot for his offense, so that he died there by the ark of God. 8 It upset David that ADONAI had broken out against ‘Uzah; that place has been called Peretz-‘Uzah [breaking-out of ‘Uzah] ever since. 9 David was frightened of ADONAI that day; he asked, “How can the ark of ADONAI come to me?”

David’s first attempt to bring back the Ark failed, miserably! Even though he consulted both the Levites and priests he chose to follow the same method as the Philistines when they sent it back to Israel by putting the Ark on an Ox cart. When Uzah reaches out and touches the Ark to steady it when the oxen stumble, God became angry and struck him down dead, right on the spot. Remember, good intentions aren’t acceptable in approaching God. The mundane and Holy cannot intermix. David leaves the Ark at the house of Obed-Edom where it remained for three months, bringing great blessings to all his entire household.

Another lesson: David doesn’t keep attempting to return the Ark on an Ox Cart! We have a majority today in the body of Messiah that continue to do the same thing over and over and over again and expect different results! David pauses, seek God’s council and goes for a second attempt to bring God’s presence back to the people, the right way! Upon conferring with Adonai, David finds out the right way to bring the Ark, the presence of God back to Israel, the priests carry it!! Each one of these truths applies to us today!

The Presence of God will never be ushered or carried by a cart or any other vehicle or mundane mode of transport. The Ark, the presence of God must be carried on the shoulders of a consecrated priesthood who worships God’s glorious majesty:

I Chronicles 15:14-16. So the cohanim and L’vi’im consecrated themselves to bring up the ark of ADONAI the God of Isra’el; 15 and the L’vi’im carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles on it, as Moshe had ordered, according to what ADONAI had said. 16 David spoke to the chief of the L’vi’im to appoint their kinsmen to be singers making use of musical instruments – lutes, lyres and cymbals – to play loudly and raise sounds of joy.

Kol Simcha, voices of Joy! Though His presence hovers over the Ark He resides in the Praises of His people! The Messianic movement, the One New Man is the priesthood of all believers. The glory of the Lord will return in its fullness to a consecrated people, holy vessels who will once again carry it to the people:

I Peter 2:4-9. As you come to him, the living stone, rejected by people but chosen by God and precious to him, 5 you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house (oikos {oy’-kos}: inhabited home, the house or abode of God, the tabernacle, God’s dwelling place, family) to be cohanim (hierateuma {hee-er-at’-yoo-mah}: Priests, Priesthood) set apart for God to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to him through Yeshua the Messiah. 6 This is why the Tanakh says, “Look! I am laying in Tziyon a stone, a chosen and precious cornerstone; and whoever rests his trust on it will certainly not be humiliated.” 7 Now to you who keep trusting, he is precious. But to those who are not trusting, “The very stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone”; 8 also he is a stone that will make people stumble, a rock over which they will trip. They are stumbling at the Word, disobeying it (because the word wasn’t followed when Uzziah reached out to stable the ark he lost his life, they stumbled over the word that contained the pattern of how to move the ark-today the same plan is rejected or thrown away)– as had been planned. 9 But you are a chosen people, the King’s cohanim, a holy nation, a people for God to possess! Why? In order for you to declare the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Did you catch that? What God is restoring, what He is rebuilding is the Family of David, Davidic worship, the Tabernacle of David. God’s presence carried by you, a holy vessel, priests to declare His praises! Worshipping God’s Majesty, strength, power, and holiness in Trembling fear! You are the vessel to return the presence of God unto His people! We have yet another sign of the restoration and rebuilding that’s taking place that has many people flummoxed: Dance!!

II Samuel 6:14. Then David danced and spun around with abandon before ADONAI, wearing a linen ritual vest.

We, the One New Man, in complete unity with singlemindedness seek the return of God’s presence. We must be sanctified, set apart, holy vessels, we can only approach His presence with clean hands and a pure heart. We must be humble yet bold, repentance is the first step to acknowledge our past failures and hear God’s voice! Then God’s instructions, His pattern must be EXACTLY FOLLWED! Anything less results in death, no presence of God!

His holiness, majesty and splendor cannot be mixed with the mundane and unholy! Then, in trembling fear we become the abode, the Tabernacle of His presence! He is enthroned upon the praises of us, His people as we carry His presence while worshipping, dancing with abandon before Him, without restraint. Uninhibited by what people think or what you think people will think of you. It only matters what God thinks! And where is the Ark, the presence going?

I Chronicles 15:1. David erected buildings for himself in the City of David, prepared a place for the ark of God, and set up a tent for it.

The Ark, God’s presence required a new tent, a new mountain, a new wineskin for the new wine! God is preparing You, His people to be His dwelling place where He reveals His glory, but to carry His presence back to Israel (especially with the war against Hamas) and the nations! And what’s the price? Sacrifice, the fire, the Glory always falls on the sacrifice!

II Samuel 6:13. When those bearing the ark of ADONAI had gone only six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fattened sheep.

The foundation of everything we do centers on sacrifice, the sacrifice of Yeshua, sacrifices of praise, the sacrifices we must make in order to come into the presence of Adonai and His holiness! The fire always falls upon the sacrifice! One more piece of the restoration of the Tabernacle of David is that all Israel, the King, the Army, the Levites, the Cohanim, the people were in complete unity, one accord, they all shared the same vision to bring back the Ark, the presence of God back among them! They did so in trembling fear of the Lord with great, joyous rejoicing and celebration.

What is the result? The presence of God restored among them, and it was open to all. The way into His presence has been opened by the blood of Yeshua! 24/7 Davidic praise and worship ensued, complete with many instruments, worship, songs of the spirit, music from heaven being released with such spontaneity that a special ministry of “recorder” was necessary to record them for us. Many of the psalms that you know of today were written there with complete, undivided unity, all Israel was Echad, the new tent, the new wine skin to receive the fresh fire, the new wine from heaven! God is rebuilding, restoring right now the Family, the worship the Tabernacle of David to reveal His Glory to those that have lost it and to those who never had it!

Amos 9:12-14. so that Isra’el can possess what is left of Edom and of all the nations bearing my name,” says ADONAI, who is doing this. 13 “The days will come,” says ADONAI, “when the plowman will overtake the reaper and the one treading grapes the one sowing seed. Sweet wine will drip down the mountains, and all the hills will flow with it. 14 I will restore the fortunes of my people Isra’el; they will rebuild and inhabit the ruined cities; they will plant vineyards and drink their wine, cultivate gardens and eat their fruit.

This is the rebuilding and establishment of the Messianic Era, the Messianic Kingdom! This results in this very powerful, very prophetic, and supernatural event:

Zechariah 8:23. (NIV) This is what the LORD Almighty says: “In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’”

The ten people do so because God is with us, His presence is with us! I pray you rebuild and prepare to be the vessel of His presence and glory that we may prepare for Yeshua’s imminent return! May this be the year!!

Blessings,

Rabbi Eric S Carlson

Mishpocha (Family)

Mishpocha (Family)

By Eric Carlson in 02_2024-3 on February 1, 2024

The Kingdom of God is based upon two relationship models. The first model is between every individual and God, the second is between upon every individual and the people around you. Your immediate family, your friends, and neighbors, those whom you work with, those with whom you either have business or social interactions, then people in general. The basis of family or Mishpocha is based upon the original covenant established by God with and through Avram in:

Genesis 12:1-3. Now ADONAI said to Avram, “Get yourself out of your country, away from your kinsmen and away from your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families (mishpachah {mish-paw-khaw’}: Family, tribe, clan, guild, nation) of the earth will be blessed (“Va’avarechah” whose root word for “bless” is “barak”, an action on God’s part to bestow a blessing, and act of adoration upon His own, places individuals or nations in and under God’s favor, under His protection, with provision, power, and sustenance).”

The most dramatic and substantive changes that occur in your life come from God, not anyone or anywhere else. Throughout Scripture we see God using ordinary people who were given divine assignments who then, in turn, did extraordinary feats of the supernatural. Adonai took an ordinary person by surprise. Avram wasn’t necessarily looking, searching, or shopping for a divine mission from God. God knew his heart, character, and integrity and knew that he was trustworthy. The life of righteousness that he was living garnered God’s attention. God invaded Avram’s life to begin building a nation of people unto Himself, solely dedicated to His plans and purposes-family. Through this Family, Mishpocha of God would come the Messiah, a savior, the Mashiach who would redeem the world and by which all the families of the earth would be blessed!

What God is saying in Gen 12:3 is that those who positively interact with Avram and his descendants (us), those who become part of the Mishpocha, part of the family of God will be blessed, placed in God’s favor, protection, provision, power, sustenance. All that God has is at your disposal when you live in a covenant relationship with Him!! As a reminder, a curse is essentially a lack of the blessing, you are not living in God’s favor, protection, provision, power, and sustenance. Any person or individual who blesses Israel will also receive the same benefits but, even more importantly, become part of the Mishpocha, the Family! The Family unit is God’s initial and foundational level of worship. Family is how it started in the beginning, all of God’s creation:

Genesis 8:19. every animal, every creeping thing and every bird, whatever moves on the earth, according to their families (mishpachah {mish-paw-khaw’}: Family, tribe, clan, guild, nation), went out of the ark.

All of God’s creation, all species, all animals, all humans are bound together by Families. The family unit is God’s basic order in His creation. After the flood the Lord divided the lands according to their families:

Genesis 10:5. From these the islands of the nations were divided into their lands, each according to its language, according to their families, in their nations.

God rewards obedience to Him through families:

Exodus 1:21. Indeed, because the midwives feared God, he made them founders of families

Exodus 12:3-4. Speak to all the assembly of Isra’el and say, ‘On the tenth day of this month, each man is to take a lamb or kid for his family, one per household – 4 except that if the household is too small for a whole lamb or kid, then he and his next-door neighbor should share one, dividing it in proportion to the number of people eating it.

If you’re single or your family is too small your neighbor’s band together with you to become part of the family. Here is the critical kingdom of God, heavenly, biblical understanding: Family is not always birthright. Family is association, clan, neighbors, it’s not always by birth. Israel (mixed crowd) worshiped in the wilderness by family.

Exodus 33:8-10. Whenever Moshe went out to the tent, all the people would get up and stand, each man at his tent door, and look at Moshe until he had gone into the tent. 9 Whenever Moshe entered the tent, the column of cloud would descend and station itself at the entrance to the tent; and ADONAI would speak with Moshe. 10 When all the people saw the column of cloud stationed at the entrance to the tent, they would get up and prostrate themselves, each man at his tent door.

The Mishkan, the Tent of Meeting, and the Tabernacle were actually very small. Only Moshe could enter in while Joshua would stand at the entrance. As Moshe was before God each man would be at his tent, his family would worship God in their family structure as Moshe spoke with God in the Tabernacle. This family structure of worship will be the same in the end:

Zechariah 14:17. If any of the families of the earth does not go up to Yerushalayim to worship the king, ADONAI-Tzva’ot, no rain will fall on them.

The family structure is the key. The book of Numbers contains mind numbing chapters of Genealogies, list after list categorized by the Families of a mixed crowd that departed from Egypt. Joshua distributed land to the same mixed crowd that departed from Egypt in the Promise Land by families. There is no biblical word or situation that describes or mentions step, step-brother, or step-daughter.

Esther 2:15. When the turn came for Ester the daughter of Avichayil, whom Mordekhai had adopted as his own daughter (bath {bath}: daughter, girl, adopted daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, granddaughters, female child), to appear before the king, she didn’t ask for anything other than what Hegai the king’s officer in charge of the harem advised. Yet Ester was admired by all who saw her.

Esther became Mordechai’s daughter. No Step-daughter terminology is used by Mordekhai, Esther is His daughter. This is the same terminology used in the Brit Chadesha regarding Gentiles coming into the Kingdom of God:

Ephesians 1:5. He determined in advance that through Yeshua the Messiah we would be his sons (huiothesia {hwee-oth-es-ee’-ah}: adoption, adoption as sons, that relationship which God was pleased to establish between himself and the Israelites in preference to all other nations ) – in keeping with his pleasure and purpose –

Even Avraham and our people who would become known as Israel was established in a relationship with God founded upon adoption. Father Abraham was the first Hebrew or Jew, but this occurred because God adopted Him, brought Him into Covenant. And the terminology, Children?

Genesis 46:8. These are the names of Isra’el’s children (B’ney Yis’real: Children of Israel) who came into Egypt, Ya’akov and his sons: Re’uven Ya’akov’s firstborn;

This is the same way God brought the Gentiles in! It’s interesting that modern translations entertain divisions where there are none. In the sad story of Avimelech, the son of Gideon through a concubine who killed his seventy brothers:

Judges 9:5. He went back to his father’s house in ‘Ofrah and killed his brothers the sons (Ben: a son as a builder of the family name, male child, child, grandson) of Yeruba’al, all seventy of them, on a single rock, except for Yotam Yeruba’al’s youngest son, who stayed alive because he hid himself.

Now let’s read the same verse in “New Living Translation” translation:

Judges 9:5. (NLT) He went to his father’s home at Ophrah, and there, on one stone, they killed all seventy of his half brothers, the sons of Gideon. But the youngest brother, Jotham, escaped and hid.

The actual Hebrew text never states Half Brother. This highlights the danger of modern translations based upon modern culture. When modern euphemisms are used the meaning is changed! God is a God of unity, HaSatan is the author of division and divisiveness. Many divisions have sprouted over the centuries. The family has been attacked, corrupted, and destroyed.

Amos 9:11. “When that day comes, I will raise up the fallen sukkah (Shakan: root word of Mishkahn, Sukkah, and Mishpocha) of David. I will close up its gaps, raise up its ruins and rebuild it as it used to be,

The family unit, the Mishpocha of David will be restored. Jew and Gentile, one in Messiah. Yeshua Himself came and died to restore the family unit.

John 1:12-13. But to as many as did receive him, to those who put their trust in his person and power, he gave the right to become children of God, not because of bloodline, physical impulse or human intention, but because of God.

Yeshua gave us the right, the access, the ability to be children of God, all, regardless of race, culture, or background become part of God’s family! Yeshua died for it!

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 (oikeios {oy-ki’-os} belonging to a family, domestic, intimate, belonging to one’s household, related by blood, kindred, belonging to the family of God.)

Related by blood, this is so powerful, by the blood of Yeshua that binds us all together! When you receive Yeshua you become part of the family, God’s Family. This plays out in the congregation level. When you join Congregation Zion’s Sake or identify with us or make Congregation Zion’s Sake your home. The common thing we hear among believers is that you submit to the Rabbi or Pastor as a congregate. This is true in a chain of command, authority structure sense. But when you join here you are joining a family, Mishpocha, we are blood relatives. With our family you become a citizen of Israel and a member of God’s family. The family includes the wisdom of the elders, teaching and structure for the children, Feast Day group gatherings, fellowship, protection, and support. Family lifts you up when you’re down, they celebrate with you when you win the victory! Family speaks truth to you even when you don’t want to hear it! Families disagree, sometimes argue but always remain family. We walk out, we practice our relationship with God every day in our interactions with each other, our family in love! We see this powerfully revealed in two references:

I John 3:10. Here is how one can distinguish clearly between God’s children and those of the Adversary: everyone who does not continue doing what is right is not from God. Likewise, anyone who fails to keep loving his brother is not from God.

I John 4:20-21. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar. For if a person does not love his brother, whom he has seen, then he cannot love God, whom he has not seen. Yes, this is the command we have from him: whoever loves God must love his brother too

You know the importance of family because of how HaSatan strives to keep you from it. From divorce to child abuse, sex outside of marriage to pregnancy outside of marriage, from abortion to woman abuse, from rejection to shame, HaSatan has been working overtime to destroy the foundational fabric of God’s family, of the communal structure of worship and fellowship. HaSatan seeks to divide the family! Just as you die without a relationship with God you also whither without other human contact! WE NEED EACH OTHER! You cannot do it alone!

Often individuals and Families come here and cannot assimilate to the family. There is something wrong. So many possess what’s been termed the “Orphan Spirit”. They come from broken homes or congregations and bring their brokenness and dysfunction to a Congregational family where they cannot assimilate because of their brokenness and dysfunction. To every wondering individual and family please stop wandering, stop going from family to family.

The only way to overcome and heal is to commit to a family and work through the brokenness and dysfunctions when things get difficult. To heal we must give to God the dysfunctional understanding of what families are and receive deliverance from manmade stigmatisms and titles we’ve received such as step or half brother or sister, and stepmother or stepfather. Join the family, stop bouncing around congregation to congregation and never being part of the family!

It’s the one thing we actually miss from my military service. We enjoyed in the Submarine service something we don’t have yet within the body! The following is list (though not inclusive) of behaviors and conditions that generate family division, keeping God distant.

Raised by a single parent or a child of divorce.
Divorce.
Single Pregnancy.
Abused as a child physically, spiritually, or mentally.
Abused as a girl/woman physically, spiritually, or mentally.
Abused as a boy/man physically, spiritually, or mentally.
Had an abortion.
Struggling with pornography (Man or Woman).
Struggling with any addiction.

I pray the blood of Yeshua over all these behaviors and more for divine, supernatural healing and deliverance. I pray for all family divisions, schisms, and separations be torn down and removed that we may live in unity, as one in Messiah!

The family is an integral unit of society, a bastion of love and support, and a vehicle for spiritual growth. It’s love and respect that keep our personal and congregational families united!

Blessings and Love,
Rabbi Eric S Carlson