Author: Eric Carlson

Courage in Adversity: The foundation of Revival

Courage in Adversity: The foundation of Revival

By Eric Carlson in 07_2024_3, newsletter-post on June 26, 2024

It can be hard at times to be committed to a Messianic Congregation and all of the inherent idiosyncrasies. We’re either to churchy, too Jewish, not Jewish enough, or there’s not enough New Testament, or there’s too much New Testament, too much liturgy, not enough liturgy, too much Torah, not Enough Torah, moving in the gifting of the Ruach is too Charismatic, not moving in the Ruach not charismatic enough etc, etc, etc…….Worldly leadership is based upon control, biblical leadership is based upon the desire to serve. Proper motive is everything. As Yeshua said in John 10 the hired hand serves with “self” in mind and runs when he sees the wolf coming! A biblical leader with a true shepherd’s heart lays down his life for the sheep.

Leaders must have the courage to do what is right regardless of other’s opinions or possible undesirable repercussions. This has never been as prevalent as it is today in the midst of the antisemitic, anti-Israel, anti-American protests we are experiencing. Then, when facts are presented or evidence that what we’re being told isn’t fact people go ballistic, saying disinformation is being spread! A decorated military hero once said: The difference between a coward and a hero is this: “A Coward and hero are both afraid, but the hero turns in the right direction”. Sha’ul often displayed courage, resolve, and obedience in many paralyzing situations he faced. In great transparency Sha’ul shared to the Messianic Congregation in Corinth words that speak directly to us today:

II Corinthians 11:20-28. You put up with it if someone makes slaves of you, exploits you, takes you in, puffs himself up, slaps you in the face. 21 To my shame, I must admit that we have been too “weak” to do such things! But if anyone dares to boast about something – I’m talking like a fool! – I am just as daring. 22 Are they Hebrew-speakers? So am I. Are they of the people of Isra’el? So am I. Are they descendants of Avraham? So am I. 23 Are they servants of the Messiah? (I’m talking like a madman!) I’m a better one! I’ve worked much harder, been imprisoned more often, suffered more beatings, been near death over and over. 24 Five times I received “forty lashes less one” from the Jews. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. I spent a night and a day in the open sea. 26 In my many travels I have been exposed to danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the desert, danger at sea, danger from false brothers. 27 I have toiled and endured hardship, often not had enough sleep, been hungry and thirsty, frequently gone without food, been cold and naked. 28 And besides these external matters, there is the daily pressure of my anxious concern for all the congregations.

Sha’ul faced overwhelming pushback, conflicts, challenges from the Sanhedrin, the Roman empire, His own Jewish People, from the Gentiles, from false brothers, shipwrecks, he was under constant pressure to stop doing what He was doing! His leadership was constantly challenged yet Sha’ul faced all these challenges with great courage and tenacity, never giving in to the demands of the mainstream! His words in verse 20 are chilling: “You put up with it if someone makes slaves of you, exploits you, takes you in, puffs himself up, slaps you in the face”. We have many today who are putting up with being exploited, being manipulated, succumbing to demonic doctrines and lying spirits, allowing fear and hysteria to make them slaves. Many are being taken in!

There seems to be lack of understanding that there are evil, wicked wolves among us who absolutely, positively do not have our best interests in mind! Overwhelming corruption, greed, and tyranny exists throughout the government across all levels. Hamas and Hezbollah have terrorists in this country brain washing our young people to hate Israel, to hate the Jewish people, to shout death to America and call for Jewish genocide. And now our government has turned its back on Israel, refusing to support her in her struggle for survival! We are told to seek justice:

Deuteronomy 16:20. Justice, only justice (Tzedek: Justice, rightness, righteousness, that which is right or just, righteousness in government, of judges, rulers, kings, and of the of law, righteousness in controversy, what is ethically right), you must pursue; so that you will live and inherit the land ADONAI your God is giving you.

It takes great boldness and courage to stand for truth and justice in the face of injustice and hatred. Adonai tell us to pursue, a verb, something that requires action on our part, we are to pursue justice, righteousness in Governments, from Prime Ministers, Presidents, Kings, from judges; to pursue justice and righteousness from all our leaders and rulers! The body of Messiah today desperately needs men and woman to pursue justice with great boldness and courage! It’s all too easy to hide behind a wall of religion, walls of fear and continue doing the familiar even if it’s known to be in wrong, in error, unscriptural, or unjust. Israel’s first King, Saul gave us a great, abject lesson in courage vs. cowardice.

I Samuel 15:24. Sha’ul said to Sh’mu’el, “I have sinned. I violated the order of ADONAI and your words too, because I was afraid of the people and listened to what they said.

The fundamental issue was Saul’s character flaw, he lacked the courage to overcome fear. He never won the inward character battle he struggled with that required courage. He succumbed to political correctness, a man pleasing spirit vice being a God pleaser. It’s the same struggle, same battle we face today both as a nation and as individuals on a day-to-day basis. We often make a comparison between King David vs King Saul and teach that Saul lost it all because he never repented but it’s far more complex than that. His failure centers around his lack courage.

Courage is the mental or moral strength to persevere and withstand adversity, danger, fear, and difficulty! Oz roo’akh in Hebrew which manes courage, valor, daring, and bravery. Courage is the state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, to face fear with confidence, resolution, and bravery. Courage is coupled with servanthood. We earn trust by doing the right thing!

Every one of you will, either now or in the very near future will face tough decisions that will challenge you regarding truth, justice, and righteousness in the midst of controversy! We have entered a season that requires great courage! We know scripturally that Adonai Himself tests us is in these areas! There are certain truths about courage we must seek in order to pursue justice, righteousness, and truth that will allow us to experience restoration and revival!

1. Courage begins by overcoming the inward battle of righteousness.

Courage isn’t based upon a lack of fear, courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. It’s facing your giant with five stones in your shepherds’ bag because you know Goliath has brothers.

Psalm 31:25. Be strong, and fill your hearts with courage, all of you who hope in ADONAI.

2. Courage is doing the right thing in times of controversy or injustice.

Romans 13 that talks about obeying the governing authority is often quoted when anyone challenges or takes a stand against injustice, hatred, antisemitism, racism, or the oppression of our constitutional rights and civil liberties! Rebellion is disobeying a lawful order-like speeding, stealing, or refusing to pull over for a police officer. There cannot be obedience and submission if an order or command is unbiblical, unconstitutional, unethical, or immoral! America has had many laws and legal decisions in our history that were unjust, immoral, unethical, and unbiblical! Praise God righteous men and woman stood and defied these unconstitutional edicts, even going to war over them (civil war):

The Landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision of Dred Scott v. Sandford, (1857) held that the Constitution of the United States was not meant to include American citizenship for black people, regardless of whether they were enslaved or free, and therefore the rights and privileges it confers upon American citizens could not apply to them!

Slavery in the United States was a legal institution that existed from the beginning of the nation until passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865. Under the law, an enslaved person was treated as property and could be bought, sold, or given away. The civil war, the bloodiest conflict in our history, was fought to end the “Peculiar Institution” of slavery and established the 13th amendment which abolished slavery. This was followed by “Jim Crow” laws and segregation in the former southern slave states. Black codes were strict local and state laws that detailed when, where, and how formerly enslaved people could work, and for how much compensation. The codes appeared throughout the South as a legal way to put black citizens into indentured servitude, to take voting rights away, to control where they lived and how they traveled and to seize children for labor purposes.

These were all legal codes and laws of this nation! Should the abolitionist have blindly obeyed the laws of the governing authority? The answer then like now is no!! The General rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law is in reality not a law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose!

Martin Luther King Jr. said: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

James 4:17. So then, anyone who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it is committing a sin.

Adonai is restoring righteous, messianic leadership back into the Greater body! Adonai is preparing Israel for a spiritual awakening, a massive revival of the land and the people! We are on the cusp of a third great awakening unlike ever witnessed or experienced in all human history precluding Yeshua’s return! With this also comes the great and terrible day of the Lord, the Anti-Messiah with much tribulation and injustice! The lord is testing us, to see who will stand for justice, truth, righteousness, holiness, and His Kingdom in the midst of strife, war, and calls for our genocide! Kefa and the other emissaries were arrested and told to not share Yeshua upon which they replied in Acts 5: “We must obey God, not men”. Our resolve and determination are being challenged and tested! Who will pass the test?

Will we have leaders, spiritual and governmental, who will stand for justice and truth in the face of terrorism, antisemitism, racism, oppression, evil, wickedness, and unconstitutional acts or laws and say NO, we will not comply! If microchipping becomes the law of the land will there be unthinking compliance among believers who will quote Romans 13 and take the chip? In the wake of October 7th, 2023, Hamas invasion of Israel, I have no doubt many will succumb, apostatize and take it! Ezekiel spoke to Israel a word that I believe He is conveying to us today:

Ezekiel 22:29-30. (TLV) “The people of the land have oppressively blackmailed, plundered in robbery, wronged the poor and needy and abused the outsider unjustly. 30 I searched for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand (amad {aw-mad’}: to stand, remain, endure, take a stand) in the breach before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it, but I found no one.

3. Courage in one believer inspires commitment from others.

Courage is contagious” says Billy Graham. “When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.” Courage inspires. When an altar call is made it’s always silent until the first courageous person comes forward, others immediately follow.

Revival won’t just fall out of the sky upon us! We must persevere, fight, and press into all of Adonai’s covenant promises!

II Corinthians 4:6-9. For it is the God who once said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has made his light shine in our hearts, the light of the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of the Messiah Yeshua. 7 But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it will be evident that such overwhelming power comes from God and not from us. 8 We have all kinds of troubles, but we are not crushed; we are perplexed, yet not in despair; 9 persecuted, yet not abandoned; knocked down, yet not destroyed.

We’re in war and Adonai is teaching us how to stand and fight! It’s easy to follow the crowd, it takes courage to stand alone!

4. Your spiritual life, your Kingdom life and power grows in proportion to your courage.

Romans Historian Tacitus said: “The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise” Courage opens doors in your life. Could Abraham have fulfilled his destiny without the courage to obey God and immediately leave Haran-everything he had ever known? Could Noach have built the Ark without courage? Could Esther have risked her own life by entering the Kings court without being summoned without courage? Could Yeshua have faced bearing humanities sin and death by tortuous crucifixion without courage?

I Thessalonians 2:2-4. On the contrary, although we had already suffered and been outraged in Philippi, as you know, we had the courage, united with our God, to tell you the Good News even under great pressure. 3 For the appeal we make does not flow from error or from impure motives, neither do we try to trick people. 4 Instead, since God has tested us and found us fit to be entrusted with Good News, this is how we speak: not to win favor with people but with God, who tests our hearts.

Revival requires the courage to speak the truth and stand for justice and righteousness at all times, even under great pressure and adversity. The courage to speak Kingdom, biblical truth and not stay silent, to not fear governments, peer pressure, social media backlash, or those who hate us, reject us (just like Yeshua), and call for our genocide. Of course, there will be conflicting views. And of course, conflict is unpleasant. But silence is worse, it’s a sin! The courage to stand up for what we know to be ethical, moral, and truth comes from Adonai! The courage to stand against anything that is unbiblical, unconstitutional, unethical, or immoral! It will take courage to resist tyrants, Anti-Messiahs, terrorists, and HaSatan’s schemes and temptations! Every Epistle, every letter of Sha’ul reflect great pressure, persecution, adversity, and tribulation while at the same time recording a worldwide sovereign move of God! But we must have courage in the face of adversity and stand!

Blessings,

Rabbi Eric S Carlson

Attention to Detail

Attention to Detail

By Eric Carlson in 07_2024_1, newsletter-post on June 26, 2024

Numbers 20:1-8. The people of Isra’el, the whole community, entered the Tzin Desert in the first month, and they stayed in Kadesh. There Miryam died, and there she was buried. 2 Because the community had no water, they assembled themselves against Moshe and Aharon. 3 The people quarreled (Vayarev: to strive, contend, debate, make complaint, to quarrel) with Moshe and said, “We wish we had died when our brothers died before ADONAI. 4 Why did you bring ADONAI’s community into this desert? To die there, we and our livestock? 5 Why did you make us leave Egypt? To bring us to this terrible place without seed, figs, grapevines, pomegranates or even water to drink?” 6 Moshe and Aharon left the assembly, went to the entrance of the tent of meeting and fell on their faces; and the glory of ADONAI appeared to them. 7 ADONAI said to Moshe, 8 “Take the staff, assemble the community, you and Aharon your brother; and before their eyes, tell the (vedibartem: to speak, declare, converse, command, sing) rock to produce its water. You will bring them water out of the rock and thus enable the community and their livestock to drink.”

This is Israel’s second encounter with a water crisis.

Exodus 17:2-7. The people quarreled (Vayarev: to strive, contend, debate, make complaint, to quarrel) with Moshe, demanding, “Give us water to drink!” But Moshe replied, “Why pick a fight with me? Why are you testing ADONAI?” 3 However, the people were thirsty for water there and grumbled against Moshe, “For what did you bring us up from Egypt? To kill us, our children and our livestock with thirst?” 4 Moshe cried out to ADONAI, “What am I to do with these people? They’re ready to stone me!” 5 ADONAI answered Moshe, “Go on ahead of the people, and bring with you the leaders of Isra’el. Take your staff in your hand, the one you used to strike the river; and go. 6 I will stand in front of you there on the rock in Horev. You are to strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so the people can drink.” Moshe did this in the sight of the leaders of Isra’el. 7 The place was named Massah [testing] and M’rivah [quarreling] because of the quarreling of the people of Isra’el and because they tested ADONAI by asking, “Is ADONAI with us or not?”

Dissatisfaction, when unchecked, becomes an intense desire, resulting in lust that leads to Sin. Not just sexual-it can be lusting after Egypt, after material things, idolatry, anointings, attention, and even relationships! The Golden Calf incident at Mt Sinai was the result of dissatisfaction in waiting 40 days for Moshe to return- get the picture? When we lose sight of the many things for which we should be thankful for, we become murmurers and complainers darkened by unholy thoughts.

James 5:9. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers, so that you won’t come under condemnation – look! the Judge is standing at the door!

Even Yeshua’s disciples were infected with murmuring. It’s hard to comprehend the event that occurs right after a day of the supernatural. In John Chapter 6 we see that Yeshua took “five loaves of barley bread and two fish” and multiplied it to feed 5000 men. In traditional Hebrew culture, only the men are counted so if you take into account their wives and children who were there it was probably more like 10-15,000 people that were fed yet the Talmidim find fault.

John 6:41-43. At this the Judeans began grumbling about him because he said, “I am the bread which has come down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Isn’t this Yeshua Ben-Yosef? We know his father and mother! How can he now say, `I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Yeshua answered them, “Stop grumbling to each other!

Despite Yeshua’s correction they persisted and continued to Grumble. Let’s place this in perspective-these were not the unsaved. These were disciples who believed, and they were grumbling about what Yeshua had just said! They could receive the food and rejoice in the miracle but grumbled at the teaching that was coming from the master Himself,

This persistent Grumbling spread like cancer and many talmidim turned their back on Him! There’s also some rebellion here, even then, 2,000 years ago there was an unwillingness to follow God’s mitzvah’s and commands. It led to offense which caused them to be separated from God! Grumbling and murmuring kills! Let’s look at another example. In Numbers 13 the 12 spies are sent into the Promise Land to reconnoiter. Ten came back with a slanderous negative report. Grumbling and murmuring are always negative, it’s never a positive report.

If a person has engaged in grumbling, they must recognize it for what it is and take reasonability for their actions or they will become angry and bitter, making the situation worse. The moment we open ourselves to grumbling we immediately become open to destruction. The world is wicked, unjust, unfair, evil, and dying-plenty of reasons to grumble but we are not to focus on those things. When it comes to God’s word, one can say it’s all about the details. Scripture didn’t earn its power and reputation by skirting around the specifics. Instead, its deep calling unto deep, providing a thorough examination of human nature, morality, and spirituality. Each verse is packed with intricate details that paint a vivid picture of life’s complexities.

Scripture holds details in high regard!

Proverbs 27:23. Take care to know the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds.

This verse isn’t just about taking care of livestock; it’s an analogy for paying attention to every to every detail, to pay attention to every aspect of our lives so that all that we do and say reconciles to the word of God! As Yeshua said in Matthew 11:15: “If you have ears, then hear”. We have a profound revelation in the smallest of details. King David and the High Priest Tzadok placed the priests into 26 periods of service, or as veterans know it a watch section in I Chronicles 24. Section 8 was Aviyah’s section:

I Chronicles 24:10. the seventh for Hakotz, the eighth for Aviyah,

We see this same section mentioned in:

Luke 1:5. In the days of Herod, King of Y’hudah, there was a cohen named Z’kharyah who belonged to the Aviyah division. His wife was a descendant of Aharon, and her name was Elisheva.

Attention to details, Adonai reveals the supernatural in the small details! The Aviyah division is the division that Z’kharyah was in, the father of Yochanan (John) the Immerser! We know when the Aviyah division was ministering in the Temple! This reveals to us when Yeshua was born! Jonathan Cahn did the research which is recorded in his message “Mystery of the Mikurah”! Mikurah is the Hebrew word for Origins/Birth/Nativity/Source. Mikurot Meshiach- the Birth of Messiah! We have two references of when the Aviyah division was ministering in the temple, one before Yeshua was born and another after He was born which pinpoints exactly when Z’kharyah was ministering in the Temple, pinpointing when Yeshua was born!! The 1st of Nisan! Religion says there’s no possible way to know when Yeshua was born, so they can keep their manmade traditions when the details of truth are in the Word of God! Lord in Yeshua’s name I thank You for revelation and truth in the details! Adonias attention to detail is nothing short of Supernatural!

Blessings,

Rabbi Eric S Carlson

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Corner July 2024

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Corner July 2024

By Eric Carlson in 07_2024_2, newsletter-post on June 26, 2024

Shalom Mishpocah,

Summer is here! Warm temperatures, cook outs, and sunny days at the beach! July is the seventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. Its length is 31 days. It was named by the Roman Senate in honor of Roman general Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., being the month of his birth. Before then it was called Quintilis, being the fifth month of the calendar that started with March. July on average is the warmest month in most of the Northern Hemisphere, where it is the second month of summer! It’s time to start your hurricane preparedness as the season is in full swing!

The Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (M.J.A.A) annual “Messiah Conference” begins Sunday June 30th through Saturday, July 6th, 2024, at Messiah College in Grantham PA. Thursday, July 4th, 2024, Congregation Zion’s Sake offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day!

The 4th of July Independence Day holiday has become a time of fireworks, picnics, and long weekends while few know what this day is truly about. The Continental Congress comprised of 56 representatives from the 13 Colonies met under duress to discuss their current moral and ethical situation in the Americas. They were suffering grievances, injustice, and wickedness from their own Government. Those 56 representatives were Godly, righteous, upright men who knew the Holy Scriptures very well, most of them had intimate relationships with God.

The 4th of July holiday commemorates the initiative, the drive, the boldness, and the character of those founding fathers. Suffering grave infringements upon their liberty, freedom, happiness, and prosperity these righteous men composed and wrote a letter of grievances to the King of England explaining their heart and what their issues were because the very foundation of their beliefs and livelihood were being revoked and attacked.

Psalms 11:3. If the foundations (shathah {shaw-thaw’}: foundations, supports, stays) are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

What do the righteous do? They take action! Here is what they wrote 248 years ago and singed in unity on the 4th of July 1776:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

America is not a perfect nation, in fact we are rife with issues, but our founding documents remain as truthful, powerful, and liberating today as they were then! As you celebrate the 4th of July this year let us remember what this day truly represents!

Abba Father, I lift up our Republic to You. You have blessed us and established us since our beginning. You have been our shield, our rock, and our covering of protection. You have made us a great nation on this earth.

Our forefathers honored You in our historical documents, solemn oaths and in courtrooms. May Your precepts and mitzvahs be restored to the very foundation this nation was built on. You have been our might, our justice, our freedom, and our victory. We bow our knees and hearts in prayer, praise, and thanksgiving to You for preserving us. We come before you with contrite hearts to give You the praise, glory, and honor You deserve. Have mercy on us, most merciful Father! May America once again serve You in Spirit and Truth!

Blessings and Shalom,

Rabbi & Rebbetzin Carlson

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Corner June 2024

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Corner June 2024

By Eric Carlson in 06_2024, 06_2024_2 on June 1, 2024

Shalom Mishpocah,

June, the sixth month of the year (we are halfway through the year) and the first month of summer is here! June has 30 days and is named after Juno, the Roman goddess of youth and protection. Her name (Latin Iūnō) comes from the root word for “young” (Iuuen) and goes back to the idea of vital energy and fertility. The Summer solstice, the longest day of the year, occurs on Thursday, June 20th, 2024, at 4:50 pm EDT.

Monday, June 10th, 2024, is Flag Day! Flag Day is a celebration of the adoption of the American flag by Continental Congress in the First Flag Resolution of June 14, 1777. Although the 200-year anniversary of this date was celebrated by flying flags on public buildings and holding remembrances in several cities, Flag Day wasn’t officially recognized until President Harry Truman signed it into law in 1949. To observe Flag Day, fly your American flag! Sunday June 16th, 2024 is both Shavuot and Fathers Day! What a glorious day to honor our Abba Father, the giving of the Torah, and the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit)!

Wednesday June 19th celebrates Juneteenth! Juneteenth commemorates the dates June 18 and 19, 1865. June 18 is the day Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take possession of the Confederate state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves. On June 19, 1865, while standing on the balcony of Galveston’s Ashton Villa, Granger read the contents of “General Order No. 3”:

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”

This day has since become known as Juneteenth, a name coming from a portmanteau of the words June and teenth like nineteenth and other numbers ending with –teenth. The North’s victory brought an end to both the Civil war and the scourge of slavery. This national conflict resulted in three addendums to the Freedom document, the Bill of Rights. The 13th Amendment abolished slavery, the 14th Amendment gave equal citizenship to every human being born in this country regardless of race, granting the full rights and protection of the U.S. Constitution, and the 15th Amendment guaranteed the right to vote for all citizens regardless of race or previous condition of servitude. Unfortunately, these amendments weren’t kept or honored for over 100 years causing great oppression, pain, and suffering!

Legalized slavery stopped in 1865 with the defeat to the Confederacy, but the end of slavery still hasn’t effectively come to pass even though the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, 99 years later. At the end of the Civil War there was no closure, the enemy wasn’t defeated, the threat of a return to slavery was real and prevalent. President Lincoln, a man of God, had a plan to give 40 acres of land and a mule to every former slave family, but he was assassinated before his plan could be implemented!

Instead, Jim Crow laws were instituted in the 1880’s as the reconstruction period ended in 1879. In 1890 Separate but Equal legislation was passed by all southern state legislatures. In the 1870’s the former slave owners gradually regained power in the Southern legislatures, having used insurgent paramilitary groups, such as the KKK, the White League and Red Shirts, to disrupt black political organizing, run officeholders out of town, and intimidate blacks to suppress their voting.

In just 20 years after the issue of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln, all blacks were effectively returned to slavery. Slavery had new names: “Share-Croppers” “Segregation” “Separate but Equal” “Jim Crow” but the effects were identical. Slavery in America has yet to have a closure, a transition or transformation into freedom and liberty. It’s the “Pink Elephant” sitting in the middle of our Republic that no one desires to discuss or talk about! The modern welfare institution is still a form of slavery and suppression as is the Bureau of Indians Affairs and the reservation system for our Native, Indigenous brothers and sisters! As Messianic Jews we must not only be involved, but we must also lead! The Messianic Movement must lead, and the Church must break its silence on this! We are commanded to be a voice for the voiceless. We are surrounded by the oppressed, the persecuted, and voiceless. We are commanded to be an advocate; The greater body of Messiah’s silence on this is deafening, Silence is a sin! Silence equates to complicity!

The only way we will conquer, and defeat racism, prejudice, and Anti-Semitism is through focused intentionality, active dialogue, relationship, fellowship, and the Blood of Yeshua coupled with the Holy Spirit! Racism and prejudice are taught, not inherited! It won’t just go away! That which was taught can be untaught! In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that.”

May we pause this June 19th to consider what this day represents and what we can do to move forward! Let us strive to have relationship with intentionality! Solidarity requires relationship, let us strive to be echad, one!

Shalom and Blessings,
Rabbi and Rebbetzin Carlson

Shavuot

Shavuot

By Eric Carlson in 06_2024_1 on June 1, 2024

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 ADONAI. You 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.

Leviticus 23:21-22. On the same day, you are to call a holy convocation; do not do any kind of ordinary work; this is a permanent regulation through all your generations, no matter where you live. 22 “‘When you harvest the ripe crops produced in your land, don’t harvest all the way to the corners of your field, and don’t gather the ears of grain left by the harvesters; leave them for the poor and the foreigner; I am ADONAI your God.'”

Shavuot, at its most fundamental and elemental understanding, is the commemoration of the divine revelation of God’s oracles given at Mt. Sinai which is the fulfillment of the Passover Experience. Passover’s Freedom isn’t experienced until Mt Sinai and the revelation of Adonai and His word, it is the culmination of the redemptive process, accepting God. It was at Mt. Sinai that Israel entered into a free will covenantal agreement with Adonai. In submission and obedience unto Him. Shavuot is also the First Fruits offering of the harvest that is brought to the Temple!

We celebrate the Feast Days to teach the children, the next generation. L’dor V’Dor, the timelines and covenants of God so that they may make their own free-will choice to serve Adonai. This is one of our most daunting and challenging tasks we face as parents, as Messianic Believers, and as a Congregation leader!

Teaching our children, families, and congregates God’s message is the antithesis of American and western culture’s Hellenistic philosophy of “Do what seems right according to your own eye (Judges 21:25)” and “Self reliance”. God teaches obedience and dependence while the world teaches non-obedience and independence. Without obedience to God and His word there is no obligation to freedom, there is no covenant relationship. Knowing God’s desire in your heart is not enough, God requires the application of His mitzvahs and commands in your life! It’s tradition that everyone either reads or hears the Ten Commandments read on Shavuot.

Within this freewill supplication of service and ministry unto God the ongoing miracle of Shavuot is revealed in another outpouring on the same day 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem which was the “First Fruits” of a Worldwide spiritual harvest:

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.

The giving of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) is the empowerment for us to effectively spread the Good News! Just before Ascending to Heaven, Yeshua in Acts 1 told His Talmidim “you will receive power when the Ruach HaKodesh comes upon you; you will be my witnesses both in Yerushalayim and in all Y’hudah and Shomron, indeed to the ends of the earth!” We tend to focus upon revival itself with the accompanying signs and wonders while real revival or awakenings are the spread of the Good News! The Shavuot experience is on-going, it’s a continuously occurring event, the Lord speaking into our lives and intervening on our behalf so that we may be His witness. God’s physical word brought to life through the Holy Spirit is continually renewed in our lives, daily! Our task is to hear and obey just as it was over 3,000 years ago! That multitude of voices from on top Mt Sinai, and that roaring wind from the upper room still beckons to us today!

Shavuot begins with the Decalogue or Ten Commandments which are the first fruits of the 613 commandments given by God to us in Torah. The Ten Commandments reveals God’s principles relating to morals, ethics, and worship of Him. The commandments include instructions to worship only God, to honor one’s parents, to keep Shabbat, as well as prohibitions against idolatry, blasphemy, murder, adultery, theft, dishonesty, and coveting. We refer to Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 as the Ten Commandments yet neither of these two passages reference themselves as the Ten Commandments. Though these passages contain commands from God the only reference to Ten Words or anything close to Ten Commandments is found in:

Exodus 34:27-28. ADONAI said to Moshe, “Write these words down, because they are the terms of the covenant I have made with you and with Isra’el.” 28 Moshe was there with ADONAI forty days and forty nights, during which time he neither ate food nor drank water. [ADONAI] wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Words.

What occurred between Exodus 20 and the Commands spoken by God then repeated by Moshe to the people of Israel and the Ten Words found in Exodus 24? The Golden Calf incident of Exodus 32. Though God had given the first 10 of 613 instructions, the verbal command and instructions alone wouldn’t be enough. Israel needed to walk this out, to have it become a part of their life, to live out who they were to become. We have the same requirement as well! We struggle with the same issues today just as Israel did 3,700 years ago.

The Children of Israel had enslaved in Egypt for several hundred years. They had become immersed, imbued, overwhelmed, subjected too, and infused with Egyptian culture. They had conformed to Egyptian fashions, they lived in mixed neighborhoods with the Egyptians. They ate Egypt’s food, the kept Egypt’s calendar, they participated in Egyptian worship and their multitudes of gods (that’s where the golden calf came from to begin with). We see the Children of Israel in Diaspora in Egypt with no biblical culture, no vision, and no hope; There was absolutely nothing Biblical or what would become known as being Jewish about them!!

When God spoke to Israel from atop Mt Sinai on Shavuot this is who He is speaking too. God’s words were powerful at that specific moment upon Mt Sinai, but as soon as Moshe went up the mountain the second time into the presence of God the people returned to what they knew, familiar spirits! The familiar took over! What did they know? Egyptian culture, lifestyle, and worship hence the golden calf. They went back to what they knew! This has pervaded our nation and culture throughout our history. There isn’t a more powerful example of this than the history recorded in the book of Judges:

Judges 21:25. At that time there was no king in Isra’el; a man simply did whatever he thought was right (ya’shar {yaw-shawr’}: straight, upright, correct, right, correct, just, proper, righteous).

This brings us back to where I started, Gods commands, His Oracles, His instructions, His mitzvahs all given on Shavuot. In our society, today, we mimic the same behavior that Israel displayed during this time period. There’s no moral or social boundaries. Whatever a person believes to be right, righteous, or correct is what they do. People forge their own truths based upon their emotions and experiences vice absolute truth! Here’s the critical issue with this! We don’t judge ourselves in the Kingdom of God. Adonai is our Judge. He judges according to His word, not what every individual feels or thinks is right or righteous in their own eyes.

Psalms 103:17-19. But the mercy of ADONAI on those who fear him is from eternity past to eternity future, and his righteousness extends to his children’s children, 18 provided they keep his covenant and remember to follow his precepts. 19 ADONAI has established his throne in heaven; his kingly power rules everything.

Submitting to and obeying God is hard! His instructions aren’t difficult, in fact they are quite simple and easily understood. What’s hard is denying the flesh, overcoming ourselves, our motives, our agenda’s, and our human tendency to do whatever our flesh desires. Self-control is hard, it’s difficult. As Messianic Believers who keep the entire word to the best of our ability, we experience this firsthand! This is where the struggle comes into play for every individual. Doing whatever one thinks is right is easy because there’s no internal struggle, no accountability, no personal transformation. It’s how we end up with a Golden Calf! Remember how that came to be?

Exodus 32:22-24. Aharon replied, “My lord shouldn’t be so angry. You know what these people are like, that they are determined to do evil. 23 So they said to me, ‘Make us gods to go ahead of us; because this Moshe, the man that brought us up from the land of Egypt – we don’t know what has become of him.’ 24 I answered them, ‘Anyone with gold, strip it off!’ So, they gave it to me. I threw it in the fire, and out came this calf!”

“Out came the calf”. No struggle, no difficulties! It just popped out of the fire! In verse 24 they proclaim: “Isra’el! Here is your god, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!” Adonai knew that words and commands alone weren’t enough. His Kingdom is one of Spirit, Truth, and Power.

Today our children sit in a public classroom 8 hours a day or more and are immersed in human secularism, wokeism, and gender dysphoria. The teachers are forbidden to correct the children, chaos and anarchy reign resulting in the current antisemitic protests we are currently experiencing! They’re taught that sexual immorality and sin are normal behaviors and to tolerate religions of the world! This is exactly where Israel was at spiritually when the Golden Calf popped out! The kingdom of Heaven, Gods instructions and precepts are something that you perform, you live them out. Teaching and talking about them aren’t enough. God’s word is to be alive in your life, not just talked about. The author of Hebrews gives us a profound statement regarding covenant living and judgment to the new Messianic Jewish Believers in Yeshua:

Hebrews 4:9-13. So there remains a Shabbat-keeping for God’s people. (The KJV uses the term rest vice Shabbat; the Greek word used here is Sabbatismos: Shabbat) 10 For the one who has entered God’s rest has also rested from his own works, as God did from his. 11 Therefore, let us do our best to enter that rest; so that no one will fall short because of the same kind of disobedience. 12 See, the Word of God is alive! It is at work and is sharper than any double-edged sword – it cuts right through to where soul meets spirit and joints meet marrow, and it is quick to judge the inner reflections and attitudes of the heart. 13 Before God, nothing created is hidden, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account.

There are no secrets from God. He knows your walk, He knows all about your golden calves, He knows if you are living a covenant, word-based life or not! His word is alive and when you consume it, when you immerse yourself into it, the word will do its work in you! The word of Adonai does not come back null or void. When your heart is circumcised, there’s repentance followed by healing and righteous living. Removing the word and replacing it with something else results in today’s immoral society and Israel’s society 3,700 years ago that popped out a golden calf. Moshe went up the mountain a second time and received the ten words! But this time they are slightly different. Why? To establish a covenant based upon relationship through action, words, behaviors, and the supernatural.

Exodus 34:10. He said, “Here, I am making a covenant; in front of all your people I will do wonders such as have not been created anywhere on earth or in any nation. All the people around you will see the work of ADONAI. What I am going to do through you will be awesome!

God promises that in covenant with Him the world, nations, people around you will clearly see something different. Doing wonders that have not been created anywhere on earth! You will walk in the supernatural. This is the Exodus story of Physical redemption from slavery in Egypt and the Exodus story of salvation from Sin through Yeshua’s blood who was crucified at Pesach as the Lamb of God. Moshe received even more profound oracles from God the second time. Exodus 20 established Gods initial covenant.

  1. I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
  2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
  3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
  4. Remember Shabbat, to keep it holy.
  5. Honor thy father and thy mother so that you may live long in the land which ADONAI your God is giving you.
  6. Thou shalt not murder.
  7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  8. Thou shalt not steal.
  9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
  10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, wife, animals, or anything else.

The words of Adonai stand true. These commands establish the relational and inter-relational covenant between God and the individual, and between us as His children. Heaven isn’t about religion or rituals, it’s about love and relationships! The “Ten Commandments” are the first fruits of the 613 total instructions given at Mt Sinai. This is the covenant; this is the way! The Ten Words found in Exodus 34 are the terms of the covenant:

Exodus 34:27-28. DONAI said to Moshe, “Write these words down, because they are the terms of the covenant I have made with you and with Isra’el.” 28 Moshe was there with ADONAI forty days and forty nights, during which time he neither ate food nor drank water. [ADONAI] wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Words.

Adonai is establishing the terms or tenor of the covenant. He’s telling Moshe detailed specifics of the commands, how He wants this covenant carried out, the tenor or feel of how it’s to be done. Remember the first two commands in Exodus 20:

  1. I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
  2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.

This is how we fulfill, how we perform these two Mitzvah’s, these two commands:

Exodus 34:11-17. Observe what I am ordering you to do today. Here! I am driving out ahead of you the Emori, Kena’ani, Hitti, P’rizi, Hivi and Y’vusi. 12 Be careful not to make a covenant with the people living in the land where you are going, so that they won’t become a snare within your own borders. 13 Rather, you are to demolish their altars, smash their standing-stones and cut down their sacred poles; 14 because you are not to bow down to any other god; since ADONAI -whose very name is Jealous -is a jealous God. 15 Do not make a covenant with the people living in the land. It will cause you to go astray after their gods and sacrifice to their gods. Then they will invite you to join them in eating their sacrifices, 16 and you will take their daughters as wives for your sons. Their daughters will prostitute themselves to their own gods and make your sons do the same! 17 “Do not cast metal gods for yourselves.

Adonai is clarifying in detail His commands from Exodus 20. Don’t make covenant with false Gods and those who serve them. Demolish their idols and pagan religious articles. Don’t construct or make idols. Don’t bow down to their gods because Adonai is extremely jealous, His name is jealous; ganna in Hebrew describes the character of Adonai who is jealous and will not tolerate worship of other gods. It describes Adonai’s attitude toward the worship of false gods which arouses His jealousy, anger, and judgment against those who do so!! Don’t even intermarry with their sons and daughters.

In Exodus 34 Adonai teaches us how to walk out, live, obey, and how to observe, to guard His commands! How to raise our children in the way that they should go so they will mature into Godly men and woman, not secular humanists! Then a few verses later we see Adonai’s will regarding this very Feast Day, Shavuot as one of the Pilgrimage feasts:

Exodus 34:22-23. “Observe the festival of Shavu’ot with the first-gathered produce of the wheat harvest, and the festival of ingathering at the turn of the year. 23 Three times a year all your men are to appear before the Lord, ADONAI, the God of Isra’el.

The Moedim, the Feast celebrations are the foundation of the Kingdom of God, it’s how you live your life biblically according to Gods word and calendar! The observance and keeping of the Moedim, the feast days are one of the most critical components of the word! It’s the foundational knowledge and understanding of the Kingdom of God so that when He sent His Son 1,700 years later everyone understood Adonai’s foundation of redemption and salvation, infusing us with the Ruch HaKodesh on the same day He breathed into His word life, Power, so that we may be obedient and share the Good News.

God also provisioned in His oracles given at Mt Sinai covenant promises for the Gentile, the nations in the original promise to the Jewish people, the One New Humanity has been His plan all along. The story of Ruth, a gentile Moabite woman is a Shavuot Story. Why?

Leviticus 23:22. “‘When you harvest the ripe crops produced in your land, don’t harvest all the way to the corners of your field, and don’t gather the ears of grain left by the harvesters; leave them for the poor and the foreigner; I am ADONAI your God.'”

The edges of the fields are not harvested. The blessings are left for the poor and Foreigner, the Gehr! The non-Jew who is following the God of Israel. When Ruth’s Jewish husband died Naomi her mother-in-law told her to go home to her own Moabite people, three times, but Ruth knew better, she replied:

Ruth 1:16-17. But Rut said, “Don’t press me to leave you and stop following you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God will be my God. 17 Where you die, I will die; and there I will be buried. May ADONAI bring terrible curses on me, and worse ones as well, if anything but death separates you and me.”

Ruth powerfully and graphically reveals several things here. First her profound words to Naomi define and establish the Gentile (Church’s) call and relationship to Israel! Second, Ruth’s story isn’t just about supporting, standing with, and loving Israel! Ruth submits and obeys the word of God! She lives a biblical lifestyle. The result of Ruth’s covenant promise is a wedding which results in a birth! Oved, who begot Ishi, who begot King David who was the man after Adonai’s own heart! Adonai established King David’s throne and rule forever, preparing for the coming Messiah who would be of the lineage of David and the tribe of Judah-establishing David’s throne forever!

Ruth’s story speaks of the unification of the only two people groups, Jew and Gentile, through trust and faithfulness to the God of Israel. From this union came the Promised Messiah, Yeshua, who unites Jew and Gentile in a new covenant with Himself at the center. God promised Abraham that his ‘seed’ would be a blessing to all nations. And we see that it is through the Good News of Yeshua that people from every nation have, tribe, and tongue come to receive Yeshua and trust in Adonai!

God is commissioning us all this Shavuot to proclaim the Good News in spirit and in truth, to shout it from every mountain top, at the top of your voice to Jew and Gentile alike! Don’t be timid, share the Good News! He comes in power, spirit and truth! He is Yeshua Ha Torah, the living word! Chag Shavuot Sameach!

Love and Blessings,
Rabbi Eric S Carlson

Father’s Day

Father’s Day

By Eric Carlson in 06_2024_3 on June 1, 2024

Father’s Day is a day set apart to honor and celebrate our Father and fatherhood in general. We recognize and honor the influence of fathers in our homes and society, and in blended family paternal bonds. It is also celebrated to honor and commemorate our fathers and forefathers. Fathers-Day is celebrated in the U.S. on the third Sunday of June. Tradition has it that Father’s Day was first observed on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington, through the efforts of Sonora Smart Dodd, a Christian woman and the daughter of American Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart. Sonora’s mother died when she was age 16, and she wanted a day that would commemorate and honor fathers like her own, who had raised her and five other children.

Once she began pressing the idea of an official Father’s Day, she met opposition and even derision, but she persevered. A bill was introduced in Congress in 1913, and in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson spoke at a Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington, wanting to make it an official holiday, but Congress still resisted. In 1924, Calvin Coolidge became involved, and in 1930 a national committee was formed by various trade groups in an effort to legitimize the holiday. The battle continued, and in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson made a proclamation for the third Sunday of June to be Father’s Day. Finally, it was made an official national holiday when President Nixon signed a similar proclamation in 1972.

Scripture doesn’t record any specific day being set aside to honor fathers, but the word does recognize a special place of honor for men who were leaders or examples of excellence in certain skills, such as Yaval, who was “the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock” and his brother Yuval, who was “the father of all who play the harp and flute”

Genesis 4:20-21. ‘Adah gave birth to Yaval; he was the ancestor of those who live in tents and have cattle. 21 His brother’s name was Yuval; and he was the ancestor of all who play lyre and flute.

Also, when Avram’s name was changed to Avraham, Adonai told him:

Genesis 17:5. Your name will no longer be Avram [exalted father], but your name will be Avraham [father of many], because I have made you the father of many nations.

In the eyes of Adonai fatherhood as a place of exalted honor. This name change here given by Adonai revolves around the root word abba; father! Avraham is the founding father of the unique, intimate relationship between the Jewish and Adonai; he is the spiritual patriarch of all believers! The name change signifies a change in Avraham’s divine destiny! His obedient relationship with Adonai was credited to him as righteousness. Abraham was declared righteous because of his trust, he kept on reaching out to Adonai again and again. It wasn’t that he was a perfect man, he misled others regarding Sarah and tried to bring Adonai’s plan about himself through Hagar! But Avraham was consistent in his desire for Adonai, he was faithful in his relationship with Adonai. He showed trust in God by moving to a new land and was chosen by God to be the father of God’s chosen people. Avraham kept coming back and Adonai credited it to him as righteousness and will do the same for us if we seek Adonai! The entire story of Avraham revolves around fatherhood revealing how important this position is to Adonai who recognizes the critical importance of fathers, giving them special honor throughout history.

Avraham’s name change is a kingdom promotion for his character, integrity, loyalty, and trust! He transitions from Exalted Father to Father of Multitudes, Father of Israel via Adonai’s elective covenant, Father of Nations including royal dynasties, a Father of Kings! The “Father” theme of relationship is found throughout scripture, even referring to Adonai Himself! Yeshua, the Son of Adonai told us to pray like this:

Matthew 6:9. You, therefore, pray like this: `Our Father in heaven! May your Name be kept holy.

We have many scriptural instances that speak of Yeshua, the Son, honoring His Father and honoring the will of His Father

John 17:1,5. After Yeshua had said these things, he looked up toward heaven and said, “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, so that the Son may glorify you —

5 Now, Father, glorify me alongside yourself. Give me the same glory I had with you before the world existed.

The kingdom of Adonai is modeled upon one of a Child-Father relationship! By receiving the blood of Yeshua, we become children of the Most-High God, and He is our Abba, Father”

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, 13 not because of bloodline, physical impulse or human intention, but because of God.

Our relationship with Adonai through Yeshua gives us a clear definition of what a Father is! Sha’ul taught that to honor one’s earthly father is not only a commandment but the first commandment that, when obeyed, has a promise of things going well and living long on the earth. Quoting from Exodus 20:12:

Ephesians 6:1-3. Children, what you should do in union with the Lord is obey your parents, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” – this is the first commandment that embodies a promise – 3 “so that it may go well with you, and you may live long in the Land.

Considering these verses, and many others, it would seem to honor Adonai to celebrate a day in which fathers, the God-given spiritual head of the family, could and should be honored. Ultimately, whether to celebrate a specific day or holiday is a matter of personal preference. We have the freedom to celebrate and the freedom not to celebrate if we so choose.

Father = Identity

Our earthly fathers are an important source of our genetic makeup. Adonai is the ultimate source of our lives and identity, we area descended from one DNA strand, the seed of Adam.

Genesis 4:25. Adam again had sexual relations with his wife, and she gave birth to a son whom she named Shet [granted], “For God has granted me another seed in place of Hevel, since Kayin killed him.”

We are made in the image of our creator. God spoke the Aleph-Bet, our seed, and we were created. That seed is DNA, Chromosomes. When children are conceived, the child receives one strand of helix from each parent. The language, the program of the two parents come together to form a new helix from the individual strands of the parents. If two XX strands come together the child is a girl, if one x and one y comes together it’s a boy. The only source of Y chromosomes is the male. Now get this, All other chromosomes pairs exchange genetic material, a shuffling of DNA information except for the Y chromosome. There are over approximately 2.1 million code instructions in human DNA and between us all there all identical except for several thousand. In other words, DNA confirms that there is no basis for biological race differences. The genetic variance affecting skin color, facial futures, eye and hair color are essentially meaningless. Since the Y Chromosome isn’t affected by this genetic shuffling during conception, the Y Chromosome passed down from father to son is basically the same as it was thousands of years ago.

Father = Provision

Fathers find joy in giving to their children. That’s because a chief role of fatherhood is to provide. Yeshua used this example reality to explain the goodness of God when He said,

Matthew 7:11. So if you, even though you are bad, know how to give your children gifts that are good, how much more will your Father in heaven keep giving good things to those who keep asking him!

Father = Instruction & Correction

We are blessed to have Proverbs, compiled by a father, whose heart burned to impart wisdom from above into the heart of his son:

Proverbs 1:3-9. for gaining an intelligently disciplined life, doing what is right, just and fair; 4 for endowing with caution those who don’t think and the young person with knowledge and discretion. 5 Someone who is already wise will hear and learn still more; someone who already understands will gain the ability to counsel well; 6 he will understand proverbs, obscure expressions, the sayings and riddles of the wise. 7 The fear of ADONAI is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. 8 My son, heed the discipline of your father, and do not abandon the teaching of your mother; 9 they will be a garland to grace your head, a medal of honor for your neck.

The problem is children don’t like to receive discipline, yet it fosters security knowing Mom and Dad love them enough to correct wayward behavior. Good parents mimic the kingdom fatherhood of Adonai when they correct and discipline to shape a child’s long-term character and behavior. As the word states:

Hebrews 12:5-6. Also, you have forgotten the counsel which speaks with you as sons: “My son, don’t despise the discipline of ADONAI or become despondent when he corrects you.6 For ADONAI disciplines those he loves and whips everyone he accepts as a son.”

In the famous proverb:

Proverbs 13:24. (TLV) He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent with discipline.

Father = love

As a parent, you experience a small taste of how Adonai feels as “our Father in heaven.” When parents look into the face of their newborn baby, they know absolute true unconditional love, instantly. That’s exactly how Adonai feels about us. Even when we stray, sin, are disobedient, Adonai like us, is disappointed yet still loves us! Hate the sin but love the person!

Abba Father is the source of our existence. He provides for us, corrects us, and loves us unconditionally.

I John 3:1. See what love the Father has lavished on us in letting us be called God’s children! For that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it has not known him.

May we honor our earthly fathers as we honor heavenly father on Father’s Day as it also the feast of Shavuot (Pentecost). Heavenly Father, you entrusted your Son Yeshua, the child of Miriam, to the care of Yosef, an earthly father. We ask you to bless all Your earthly fathers as they care for their families. Give them strength, wisdom, humbleness, and patience. We ask You to support them in that they do. Give them divine guidance and heavenly strategies for their families! Let them look to you for love and salvation, in Yeshua ‘s mighty name we pray, Amen!

Blessings and Happy Father’s Day.
Rabbi Eric S Carlson

Rivers

Rivers

By Eric Carlson in 05_2024_1, newsletter-post on May 1, 2024

I recently noticed a supernatural connection between the Kingdom of God and rivers. A river watered the Garden of Eden then divided into four rivers. Moshe was placed into a wicker basket and floated down the river. The first two plaques against Egypt involved the Nile River. Moshe struck the River turning it into blood making it undrinkable and all the fish in the River died. The river was struck again by Moshe and the plaques of frogs came up out of the river. River first appears in Genesis 2:10

Genesis 2:10. A river (Nahar; “river; stream; canal; current, natural water courses, canals, ocean currents, underground streams, and is connected to divine blessings. Also refers to trouble and difficulty and is prophetic reference to future rivers of living water. Nahar appears about 120 times in biblical Hebrew) went out of ‘Eden to water the garden, and from there it divided into four streams.

What is this mythical Garden of Eden that for millennium man has searched the world over to find? It will never be found on the earth as it is not a physical entity. The river that flows into Eden has no name. That river divides into four river heads which in Hebrew are named Pishon, Gihon, Hiddekel, and Euphrates. The Gematria gives some revelation to these scriptures and more. Gematria is the study of numbers and Hebrew letters, their meanings and how they apply to our lives. Within the original Hebrew language every letter, word and phrase equates to a number.

Dr. Duane Christensen and David Cook suggests that the river that flows out of Eden to water the garden is the Hebrew Aleph-Bet, these rivers names in the Gematria equate to the word of God! Adam was placed in the center of perfection, in God’s presence, and His word! He was commanded to Shamar, to guard, observe, protect, and obey it! He didn’t, the only dietary law they were given Adam and Eve broke which resulted in their being removed from the garden, from the presence of God! The river divides into four river heads which refers to the four categories of the aleph-bet as used in Gematria. The center of perfection, garden of Eden is the center of God’s word. This understanding and connection begins to be revealed in:

Isaiah 48:17-18. Thus says ADONAI, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Isra’el: “I am ADONAI, your God, who teaches you for your own good, who guides you on the path you should take. 18 If only you would heed my mitzvot! Then your peace (Shalom) would flow on like a river (Nahar), and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

We begin to see a prophetic connection in our relationship with Adonai and Rivers! As He commanded Adam in the Garden, He teaches us for our own good, He guides us on the path we should take and if choose to obey His commands and Mitzvahs, his word, our Shalom will flow on like a “Nahar”, like a river. Shalom as we know is a complex word meaning lack of conflict, to be complete, whole, like a brick wall missing no bricks and having no cracks or holes. Shalom conveys something complex, many pieces that are form a one whole thing, like a brick wall without cracks or missing bricks. The one new man from Ephesians 2:15 reveals that by making Jew and Gentile one, One New Man is Yeshua the result is Shalom!

Shalom is a statement of our wellbeing. Our own lives are complex, we have many relationships, many paths, many situations throughout our lives and when they are out of order, we lack shalom. To bring healing and restoration into our lives is to bring it back into Shalom. Healing broken relationships is placing them back into shalom. What allows our life to return to Shalom? Obedience and submission to Adonai and His word in Yeshua. Shalom in the verb usage is to bring wholeness and restoration into our life. When we are restored in Shalom it flows on from us like a river as Isaiah 48 stated! This is exactly what Yeshua said when He interrupted the “Nisukh ha-Mayim” (Water Libation) service during Sukkot.

John 7:37-38. Now on the last day of the festival, Hoshana Rabbah, Yeshua stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him keep coming to me and drinking! 38 Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers (potamos {pot-am-os’}: stream, a river, a torrent, floods) of living water will flow from his inmost being!”

Yeshua is making a direct connection to Isaiah 48:18. When we drink/partake of Yeshua, when we immerse ourselves in Him, when Yeshua is manifest within us (Messianic Anointing) through submission and obedience to Adonai our Shalom will flow on and out of us like a river. Yeshua is the Shar Shalom, the Prince of Peace (Isa 9:5) and He gave that Shalom to us:

John 14:27. “What I am leaving with you is shalom — I am giving you my shalom. I don’t give the way the world gives. Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened.

Yeshua is our covenant shalom, by His blood He restores our broken, cracked, disheveled lives making us whole, giving us Shalom! Not a temporary shalom like the world, but a never ending shalom that brings us serenity, calmness in the midst of the storm, reconciling us back to Adonai’s Shalom:

Romans 5:1. So, since we have come to be considered righteous by God because of our trust, let us continue to have shalom with God through our Lord, Yeshua the Messiah.

Our trust in Yeshua allows us to have continual shalom with Adonai! This same trust, this Shalom that Yeshua gave us allows rivers to flow upward and out of us as Rivers (potamos-nahar) of Mayim Chaim, living water as stated in John 7. Remember, Yeshua’s interruption is occurring on the eighth day of Sukkot! It is Sukkot that will be celebrated by all the Nations in Zechariah during the millennial reign and this symbolic healing service of “Nisukh ha-Mayim”, the drawing of the water becomes actual, rivers of living waters that flow out of the Temple Mount:

Ezekiel 47:2-5. Next he led me out through the north gate and took me around outside to the outer gate, by way of the east gate, where I saw water trickling from the south side. 3 With a line in his hand the man went out toward the east and measured a thousand cubits [one-third of a mile] and had me wade across the stream; the water came up to my ankles. 4 He measured another thousand and had me wade through the water, which reached my knees. He measured another thousand and had me wade through water up to my waist. 5 Finally he measured a thousand, and it was a river I couldn’t cross on foot, because the water was so deep one would have to swim across; it was a river that could not be waded through.

The living water, Mayim Chaim flowing out from the Temple brings Shalom, a river of Shalom that brings healing and restoration! This is what was being rehearsed on the last day of Sukkot at the Temple, a very special water healing service that is now within us through Yeshua! This understanding is profound, deep, and complex! There is a river for both for the city of Jerusalem and the Land:

Psalm 46:4. There is a river whose streams gladden the city of God, the holy habitation of ‘Elyon

A river of Joy that gladden Jerusalem (the Joy of the Lord is our strength) and a river of Shalom that brings blessings, wealth and riches of the nations upon Israel like a flood, like an overflowing stream.

Isaiah 66:12-13. For ADONAI says, “I will spread shalom over her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream; you will nurse and be carried in her arm and cuddled in her lap. 13 Like someone comforted by his mother, I will comfort you; in Yerushalayim you will be comforted.”

And a river of life that takes us into His presence as individuals:

Isaiah 33:21. But there in his splendor ADONAI will be with us, in a place of rivers and broad streams. But no boat with oars will go there, no majestic ship will pass by.

In Yeshua we can enter into the River, through Yeshua rivers of living water will flow from us. Here is the reality, over millennia, this understanding as eroded away from the body. One person will be healed so we ask the person praying what they did, it becomes a book, a DVD series and everyone says: Ah ha, this is how it’s done!” Yet it’s ineffective and doesn’t work. Then the next miracle comes along and another Ah ha moment and now the next book, the next DVD set and another round of Televangelist interviews and still, its ineffective.

Religion has relegated the Kingdom to various works and methods. Such as: “Its about humility, prayer and repentance” (true) but that should be our daily walk in Yeshua, a culture of prayer and fasting! Not a magic formula! Or it must be fivefold ministry, or it must be seeker sensitive, or it must be signs and wonders, on and on and one! Again, these principles are all scriptural, Ephesian’s outlines the fivefold ministries, Paul said he was all things to all people, and the word says signs and wonders will follow them that believe!

When the 120 in the upper room gathered in prayer and fasting, they weren’t praying methods, rituals, religion, or strategies into being! They were praying and fasting for the presence of Adonai! This is what the river connection is, its wading, diving into the river of living water! The kingdom of God is fluid, always flowing with currents and eddies. It ebbs and flows, the tides of change come in and go out! It’s incumbent upon us to move with these heavenly currents or be left behind. Sha’ul directly spoke to this:

Philippians 3:13-16. Brothers, I, for my part, do not think of myself as having yet gotten hold of it; but one thing I do: forgetting what is behind me and straining forward toward what lies ahead, 14 I keep pursuing the goal in order to win the prize offered by God’s upward calling in the Messiah Yeshua. 15 Therefore, as many of us as are mature, let us keep paying attention to this; and if you are differently minded about anything, God will also reveal this to you. 16 Only let our conduct fit the level we have already reached.

Again, the Kingdom is like a river, always flowing, always moving. Sha’ul, Paul says he doesn’t look back to where he’s been, to what’s behind him, in fact he said he forgot what’s back there. Instead, he’s looking forward to where he is going, straining forward! He said let our conduct fit the level we are in! Yes, we are at different levels in the Kingdom, different levels of intimacy, maturity, and depth with Him! Adonai doesn’t want you to stay at your current level! You should not be at the same place or level you were a year ago or two years ago, drinking milk instead of receiving the meat of the word! He doesn’t want you staying at the foot of the stake, Yeshua isn’t there anyway! He wants you and I to seek the deeper, weightier aspects of the Kingdom, deep calls unto deep, drawing deeper into His presence.

Adonai wants you fluidly moving with him, following the currents of heaven. This can only be done by getting in the river, which is His presence, in covenant relationship with Him, in unity and Shalom with Him, to be whole, whole hearted with Him. Not perfect but trying your best. Walking, living in His presences is not legalism, not a tradition, not rituals, not a religion-based walk. So many distractions plaque the body today, denominationalism, orthodox, nonorthodox, oral traditions, legalism, suppersecessionism, replacement theology, dominionism, predestination, pietism, kenoticism, dispensationalism, Talmud, Kabbala, and on and on and on! One can be obedient to and follow every applicable command and mitzvah and NOT be in covenant Shalom with Adonai! It’s about Yeshua, just focus on Yeshua! Though He is specific in His word regarding how we approach him it’s centered more on a matter of intimacy and Shalom vice works.

Isaiah 29:13-14. Then Adonai said: “Because these people approach me with empty words, and the honor they bestow on me is mere lip-service; while in fact they have distanced their hearts from me, and their ‘fear of me’ is just a mitzvah of human origin 14 therefore, I will have to keep shocking these people with astounding and amazing things, until the ‘wisdom’ of their ‘wise ones’ vanishes, and the ‘discernment’ of their ‘discerning ones’ is hidden away.”

The people in Isaiah’s day had become hypocritical, worshipping the rituals vice Adonai. The act of worship itself often becomes an idol! Sha’ul, in Romans 10:21 quoted Isaiah 65 when he said: “All day long I held out my hands to a people who kept disobeying and contradicting.” This is why walking in His presence can be such a struggle. It’s easy to get off track, to get distracted onto religious rabbit trails vice staying focused upon Yeshua. Here’s the entire key to the rivers, to be flowing with Him is to be immersed in His presence! In His presence is everything you need! Every healing, every provision, every prophetic word, every command of God is there in His presence! When you are in His presence your heart beats as one with His! You become focused upon what He is focused on, you cry over what He cries about!

As I read the gospels, I don’t see Yeshua praying for money, for His bills to be paid, for a cold or flu He is suffering! Yeshua dwelled, lived, and ministered in Adonai’s presence! Every need was immediately met, Yeshua heard Fathers voice and only did what He heard, and only performed what He saw His father in heaven do. This is racial, it’s revolutionary! Everything one needs, love, healing, restoration, is found in Adonai’s presence. It removes the needs for any more books, teaching CD’s, or DVD’s. Everything you need to know is contained the 39 books of the Tanach and the 27 books of the Brit Chadesha-all 66 books. Here is where “Rivers” prophetically get interesting:

Isaiah 2:2-3. In the acharit-hayamim the mountain of ADONAI’s house will be established as the most important mountain. It will be regarded more highly than the other hills, and all the Goyim will stream (Nahar) there. 3 Many peoples will go and say, “Come, let’s go up to the mountain of ADONAI, to the house of the God of Ya’akov! He will teach us about his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For out of Tziyon will go forth Torah, the word of ADONAI from Yerushalayim.

The Gentiles, the nations, many peoples will flow like streams and rivers to the mountain of God! This is what we are starting to experience! It’s the prophetic future coming to pass:

Revelation 22:1-3. Next the angel showed me the river of the water of life, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 Between the main street and the river was the Tree of Life producing twelve kinds of fruit, a different kind every month; and the leaves of the tree were for healing the nations – 3 no longer will there be any curses. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will worship him;

The river is the center focus of the “New Jerusalem” and the “New Temple” that descends from heaven in the Millennial reign! The “Water of Life” coming from His presence provides healing, restoration, and life! Creation began with the Mayim and HaSha’Mayin, the upper waters and the lower waters, heaven and earth! What connects these water sources? The river of life which flows freely when heaven and earth become one once again! The Kingdom of God!

Luke 17:20-21. The P’rushim asked Yeshua when the Kingdom of God would come. “The Kingdom of God,” he answered, “does not come with visible signs; 21 nor will people be able to say, ‘Look! Here it is!’ or, ‘Over there!’ Because, you see, the Kingdom of God is among (Entos: inside you, within you, in the midst of) you.”

Yeshua gave us a profound understanding! You and I, with the kingdom in us, are the connectors between HaSha Mayim (heaven) and Mayim (earth). The river flows from within us through Yeshua! The Kingdom is in me, in you, it’s amongst us! This is why it’s so important to come together as a congregation! By myself the Kingdom within me, I’m a single drop of living water, but was we come together, the drops become streams, streams become rivers, rivers pour into oceans with limitless boundaries! Oh, what we can do together in unity, a Kingdom united, fluid, flowing in service and worship of Adonai! As an ocean of believers, we are a roaring, surging sea and nothing can stop us! The mighty pounding surf and raging sea tears down mountains, turns boulders into sand, creates grand canyons, and smooths the edges off sharp stones! When God pours out HIS glory the sea (us) will surge be like a Tsunami! Time to get in!

Blessings,

Rabbi Eric Carlson

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Corner May 2024

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Corner May 2024

By Eric Carlson in 05_2024_2, newsletter-post on May 1, 2024

Shalom Mishpocha,

May has arrived! Our gardens and flowers are growing, and the temperatures continue to warm! May is likely named after the Roman goddess Maia in Latin, who oversaw the growth of plants. May is a busy month as we prepare for summer and school is finishing up! May 5th is Cinco de Mayo “The Fifth of May” in Spanish. This day celebrates the victory of the Mexican army over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862.

Sunday, May 12th is Mother’s Day, mark your calendar, don’t forget! Mothers are the most honored women in the Bible. Great emphasis is laid upon the influence of mothers. The word “mother” or “mothers” appears in the Bible almost 300 times. The word “mother-in-law” appears 11 times and is always in reference to Naomi, mother-in-law of Ruth. The 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 Biblical women. The 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 “Nemesha” (soul in Hebrew) is divinely placed within the baby inside the mother’s 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 home. A godly mother’s home is maintained, immersed, and kept according to Adonai’s commands, mitzvahs, and directives as outlined in the whole book! This establishes holiness and purity within the home making it an abode for Adonai’s Presence, a home of Godliness!

Monday, May 27th is Memorial Day, a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.

Memorial Day is the start of summer for some, time to picnic for others, a three-day weekend for all (remember to pray for no traffic fatalities in the Commonwealth of Virginia) but most importantly it is a day to remember those who have fallen for freedom, those who have given their lives, who have spilled their blood upon the roots of the of the Patriot Tree to defend and preserve this Republic and liberate oppressed people around the world! The “Patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree” penned by Revolutionary War era poet Thomas Campbell pays tribute to the soldiers who fought in the American Revolutionary War with these words that serve as reminders for us today that we would not have the freedoms we hold dear were it not for the sacrifice of our country’s patriots.

What we remember—and honor—on Memorial Day is heroic sacrifice. We acknowledge those who nobly gave of themselves, even unto death, for a purpose they believed in was greater than themselves. Since the days following the end of the Civil War, Americans have gathered in late May to honor those who died in military service to their country. We remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” –President Ronald Reagan in an address to the annual meeting of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, (30 March 1961).

Then Tuesday, May 28th is Armed Forces Day, a day which honors those who serve in all branches of the United States military. Let us honor those on active duty!

Abba Father, Creator of heaven and earth, we give You all the praise, glory, and honor You are worthy of! We thank you for the blessing of the new month of May. We pray that you would experience Adonai’s joy, love, and shalom in abundance this month. May Adonai draw nearer to you as you draw nearer to Adonai in Yeshua’s name I pray!
Amen!

Blessings and Shalom,

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Carlson

Injustice

Injustice

By Eric Carlson in 05_2024_3, newsletter-post on May 1, 2024

Jeremiah 22:13. “Woe to him who builds his palace unfairly (Lo Tzadak: Unrighteousness), its upper rooms by injustice (Lo Mishpat; injustice, no ordinances, no Torah, wrongfully) who makes his neighbor work for free and will not give him his wages;

Jeremiah is rebuking King Jehoiakim for failing rule with justice, to act justly on behalf of his subjects. Jehoiakim’s Father was King Josiah who served the Lord whole heatedly, restored covenant worship of God to Judah and upheld the rights of the people. Neco II, king of Egypt attacked Judah and killed King Josiah in 608 BC. Jehoiakim’s younger brother Jehoahaz became King of Judah but was removed after three months by Neco II who took him to Egypt where he died. Jehoiakim was a sympathizer with Egypt and ruled as a vassal of Egypt.

Contemporary historians (Jewish Encyclopedia) of this time period describe Jehoiakim as a godless tyrant who committed atrocious sins and crimes. He is reported to have had incestuous relations with his mother, daughter-in-law, and stepmother (which was common practice in Egypt). He was reported to have murdered men whose wives he would sexually violate then seize the murdered man’s property. It’s also recorded that he had tattooed most of his body.

Leviticus 19:28. Don’t cut gashes in your flesh when someone dies or tattoo (uchtovet ka’aka; uchtovet: imprint, engrave, inscription, mark. ka’aka: tattoo the flesh, mark the body through colored incisions) I am ADONAI.

I know tattooing has become wildly popular among younger people and Christians but so has homosexuality, same sex marriage, and a various host of others wickedness and sin. Jeremiah reveals that we cannot build our home, our household, our family upon unrighteousness and injustice (without Torah). Our legal system ironically is based upon justice. Justice is defined as the administration of law; especially the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity, the principle of just dealing or right action, conformity to the principle or ideal of righteousness.

I’ve said this before and I’m going to say it again. Adonai never promised to be fair. The world isn’t fair, life isn’t fair, work isn’t fair, school isn’t fair, the government isn’t fair so the sooner we teach our children this kingdom principle the stronger they will become. God doesn’t promise to be fair, He promises to be just, to act and judge according to His own word, to deal justly, according to our righteousness!

Deuteronomy 16:20. Justice, only justice, you must pursue; so that you will live and inherit the land ADONAI your God is giving you.

This is where many believers error, where they become deceived by counterfeit grace. So many have been taught (for a long time now) that they can do whatever they desire, that they can fulfill the desires of their flesh because they are saved by grace thereby, they can act and do whatever they desire. That is a lie straight from the pits of hell. You’re not saved by grace; you’re saved by the blood of Yeshua’s sacrifice.

Luke 22:20. He did the same with the cup after the meal, saying, “This cup is the New Covenant, ratified by my blood, which is being poured out for you.

It was Grace, an unmerited award, that Yeshua shed His blood for you and died while you were yet in sin. It was grace that Yeshua did this when you didn’t deserve it. Sha’ul said this is the message:

I Corinthians 1:18. For the message about the execution-stake is nonsense to those in the process of being destroyed, but to us in the process of being saved it is the power of God.

Salvation is a process, not a onetime prayer! That process is walking out our conformity and submission to God’s ordnances, rulings, mitzvah’s, teachings, and commands. Sha’ul said in:

Romans 1:5. Through him we received grace and were given the work of being an emissary on his behalf promoting trust-grounded obedience among all the Gentiles,

Jeremiah said Woe to those who would build their house, their family upon unrighteousness, without Torah, unjustly. Injustices cannot be covered up! Injustices must be dealt with! But injustice must be dealt with according to God’s righteousness. King David gives two profound examples of dealing with and not dealing with injustice.

David was one of the greatest kings of Israel. He was a great warrior, poet, psalmist, and worshipper. A man after God’s own heart, David’s first weapon was the harp! The story of David’s affair with Bath-Sheba is probably his most well-known story after the story of Goliath. (One ah man ruins a thousand atta boys). When confronted with his wickedness, with his sin he quickly took it before the Lord and repented but was still punished for his sin, the sword would never leave his house! Repenting is what made him different from his predecessor King Saul who failed to do so!

We then see Y’hoshua errored and made covenant with the Gibeonite’s who had deceived Israel in thinking that they had travelled a great distance seeking Asylum. Joshua didn’t consult God, he acted upon circumstantial evidence which isn’t always the truth.

Joshua 9:14-15. The men sampled some of their food but didn’t seek the advice of ADONAI, 15 so Y’hoshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them to spare their lives, and the leading officials of the community swore to them.

When Israel discovered they had been tricked, they agreed not to destroy the Gibeonite’s because they had made a covenant. Instead, the Gibeonite’s would be Israel slaves forever. Centuries later King Saul broke that convent causing an outbreak of famine in King David’s time:

II Samuel 21:1-6. In David’s time there was a famine that lasted three years, and David consulted ADONAI. ADONAI said, “It is because of Sha’ul and his bloodstained house, because he put to death the people of Giv’on.” 2 The king summoned the Giv’onim and said to them – these Giv’onim were not part of the people of Isra’el but from the remnant of the Emori; and the people of Isra’el had sworn to them; but Sha’ul, in his zeal for the people of Isra’el and Y’hudah, had sought to exterminate them – 3 David said to the Giv’onim, “What should I do for you? With what should I make atonement, so that you will be able to bless ADONAI’s heritage?” 4 The Giv’onim said to him, “Our dispute with Sha’ul can’t be resolved with silver or gold; and we don’t have the right to put anyone in Isra’el to death.” He said, “So, what do you say that I should do for you?” 5 They answered the king, “The man who ruined us, who schemed against us so that we would cease to exist anywhere in Isra’el’s territory – 6 have seven of his male descendants handed over to us, and we will put them to death by hanging before ADONAI in Giv’ah of Sha’ul, whom ADONAI chose.” The king said, “I will hand them over.”

This ended the curse. America has its own Gibeonites, The First Nations people or American Indians. Every treaty, every covenant agreement ever made with them has been broken. Every one! Over 35 tribes were forcibly removed from their ancestral tribal grounds or reservation lands after making peace with the American government and placed onto the Oklahoma territory. Have you noticed the last few years that Oklahoma is constantly in the news, from record sized tornados, to earthquakes, to record prairie fires to flooding-famine! Like the Gibeonites, we must resolve this broken covenant, or the south-central plains will become unlivable!

David gives another example of an injustice that was handled incorrectly causing significantly more problems for his kingdom than his affair with Bath-Sheba. It almost resulted in the loss of his kingdom and throne, forever! Amnon was David’s eldest son and first in line for the throne. Amnon incestuously fell in love with his sister Tamar with bad results:

II Samuel 13:2-15. Amnon became so obsessed with his sister Tamar that he became ill, for she was a virgin, and Amnon thought it would be impossible to approach her. 3 But Amnon had a friend named Yonadav the son of Shim’ah David’s brother; and Yonadav was a very shrewd (chakam {khaw-kawm’}: wise, shrewd, crafty, cunning, wily) fellow. 4 He asked him, “Why, son of the king, are you growing thinner every day? Won’t you tell me?”Amnon answered him, “I’m in love with Tamar, my brother Avshalom’s sister.” 5 Yonadav said to him, “Lie down on your bed, and pretend you’re sick. When your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘Please let my sister Tamar come and give me food to eat, and have her prepare the food where I can watch. I’ll eat what she serves me.” 6 So Amnon lay down and pretended he was sick. When the king came to see him, Amnon said to the king, “Please let my sister Tamar come and make me a couple of cakes here where I can watch, and I’ll eat what she serves me.” 7 David sent this instruction home to Tamar: “Go now to your brother Amnon’s house, and prepare him some food.” 8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon’s house; he was lying down. She took dough, kneaded it, made cakes while he watched, and baked the cakes. 9 Then she took the pan and turned them out in front of him, but he refused to eat. Amnon said, “Have everyone leave me”; and everyone left him. 10 Amnon said to Tamar, “Bring the food into the room, so that I can have you serve me. Tamar took the cakes she had made and brought them into the room to Amnon her brother. 11 But when she brought them near, so that he could eat, he grabbed her and said to her, “Come to bed (shikh’viy: to lay with sexually, sexual connection) with me, my sister.” 12 “No, my brother,” she answered him, “don’t force me! Things like this aren’t done in Isra’el; don’t behave so disgracefully! 13 Where could I go with such shame? And as for you, you will be regarded as one of Isra’el’s vulgar brutes. Now therefore, please! Speak to the king, because he won’t keep me from you.” 14 However, he wouldn’t listen to her; and since he was stronger than she, he overpowered her and raped her. 15 But then he was filled with utter revulsion for her – his hatred of her was even greater than the love he had had for her before. Amnon said to her, “Get up, and get out of here!”

Amnon acted unjustly, wickedly, he was unrighteous before Adonai. As soon as he fulfilled his lustful desire his sin confronts him, his revulsion is a two-edged sword, both of himself and the sin he has committed! To act unrighteous before the Lord is to disobey Him. That’s what Amnon did, he directly disobeyed God:

Leviticus 18:9-11. You are not to have sexual relations with your sister, the daughter of your father or the daughter of your mother, whether born at home or elsewhere. Do not have sexual relations with them. 10 You are not to have sexual relations with your son’s daughter or with your daughter’s daughter. Do not have sexual relations with them, because their sexual disgrace will be your own. 11 You are not to have sexual relations with your father’s wife’s daughter, born to your father, because she is your sister; do not have sexual relations with her.

Remember, to act unjustly is to act without Torah. No term Stepsister used in scripture! No stepfamily recorded in Scripture, Tamar was his sister! When King David heard about this and “he was very angry”

II Samuel 13:21. When King David heard about all these things, he became very angry.

King David though angry, did not punish or even rebuke his son for defiling his sister, committing rape and incest. Instead, a cover up ensues:

II Samuel 13:19-20. Tamar put ashes on her head, tore her long-sleeved robe that she was wearing, laid her hand on her head and went off, crying aloud as she went. 20 Avshalom her brother said to her, “Has Amnon your brother been with you? But now, my sister, keep quiet; because he’s your brother. Don’t take the matter to heart.” But Tamar remained desolate (shamem {shaw-mame’}: desolate, in shame, ravaged, in horror, appalled) in her brother Avshalom’s house.

Absalom, Tamar’s brother, was furious at what Amnon had done and for his father’s lack of punishment, justice wasn’t served. Absalom festered and dwelled upon the injustice for two years. Day by day he grew angrier and angrier, waiting, plotting, seeking vengeance which is yet another sin. Sin begets sin which begets sin:

II Samuel 13:22-23. As for Avshalom, he refused to say a word to Amnon, either good or bad; for Avshalom hated Amnon for having raped his sister Tamar. 23 Two years later, when Avshalom had sheep-shearers in Ba’al-Hatzor, near Efrayim, Avshalom invited all the king’s sons.

Avshalom pressed King David who refused to go to this sheep shearing gathering but gave his blessing for his sons except for Amnon but:

II Samuel 13:27-29. But Avshalom kept pressing him, so he let Amnon and all the king’s sons go with him. 28 Avshalom ordered his servants, “Pay close attention: when Amnon is in high spirits from drinking wine, and I say to you, ‘Kill Amnon,’ then strike him down. Don’t be afraid – I’m the one ordering you to do it – but take courage, and be bold.” 29 Avshalom’s servants did to Amnon as Avshalom had ordered. At this, all the king’s sons jumped up, mounted their mules and fled.

Avshalom only killed Amnon the rapist, not all the Kings sons as was initially reported to King David. The King wept and mourned the loss of Amnon. Meanwhile Avshalom, now a murderer fled to his grandfather in Geshur. He stayed there for three years. And incredibly, in all this time King David did nothing, five years have passed since Tamar’s rape. Instead, David pined for Avshalom:

II Samuel 13:39. But as King David became reconciled (nacham {naw-kham’}: console oneself, comforted, ease oneself) to the death of his son Amnon, he was increasingly filled with longing to see Avshalom.

What’s happening here? David became comfortable with this injustice, he accepted it, he became reconciled to the murder of his son and the rape of His daughter! Absalom became so disenchanted, so disgusted with his father’s inaction and refusal to render Justice that he began dispensing justice himself:

II Samuel 15:2-6. He would get up early and stand by the road leading to the city gate; and if someone had a case that was to come before the king for judgment, Avshalom would call to him and ask, “What city are you from?” and he would answer, “Your servant is from the such-and-such tribe in Isra’el.” 3 Avshalom would say to him, “Look, your cause is good and just; but the king hasn’t deputized anyone to hear your case.” 4 Then Avshalom would continue, “Now if I were made judge in the land, anyone with a suit or other cause could come to me, and I would see that he gets justice!” 5 Moreover, whenever any man came close to prostrate himself before him, he would put out his hand, take hold of him and kiss him. 6 This is how Avshalom behaved toward anyone in Isra’el who came to the king for judgment, and in this way Avshalom stole the hearts of the people of Isra’el.

What is Avshalom offering? Verse 4 says justice! When injustice prevails, injustice prevails! Avshalom hated and resented his father David, even refusing to come before the Kings throne to be reconciled to his father when ordered. This stewing hatred results in Avshalom rebelling against David, forcing his father from the throne and into exile. Then, in a great irony which is how generational curses work, Avshalom does to David’s wives and what Amnon did to Tamar and what David did to Bath Sheba via more poor advice:

II Samuel 16:20-22. Avshalom said to Achitofel, “Give your advice as to what we should do.” 21 Achitofel answered Avshalom, “Go in, and sleep with your father’s concubines, the ones he left to take care of the palace. All Isra’el will hear that your father utterly despises you, and this will strengthen the position of all those who are on your side.” 22 So they set up a tent for Avshalom on the roof of the palace; and Avshalom went in to sleep with his father’s concubines in the sight of all Isra’el.

Injustice turned into generational curses. David ultimately defeated Absalom, but at a great cost in human lives, 20,000 Israelites would perish. This horrid story reveals what happens when injustices are covered up rather than dealt with honestly. Had David dealt with the injustice in a righteous manner and punished Amnon for what he did to Tamar, Absalom might not have felt the need to take vengeance. He most likely he would not have lost respect for his father and raped his father’s concubines.

Injustice cannot and must not be ignored in your own life, the lives of those around us, and in our world. Stand up for those suffering injustice. If you’ve suffered injustice don’t sin in your anger. You must give up your right to be wronged.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – Dr. M.L. King

Israel has been suffering injustice since the horrific attack on October 7th 2023. We must stand up for Israel, stand against hatred, racism, anti-Semitism! Isaiah 42 contains a messianic prophecy that is recorded in Matthew 12 regarding Yeshua and Justice:

Matthew 12:18-20. “Here is my servant, whom I have chosen, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will announce justice to the Gentiles. 19 He will not fight or shout, no one will hear his voice in the streets; 20 he will not snap off a broken reed or snuff out a smoldering wick until he has brought justice through to victory.

It’s hard to imagine but many people don’t want justice, they don’t want to hear the truth. Life changed in Israel on October 7th, 2023. The unprecedented, unexpected, and overwhelming assault by at least 1,500 Hamas fighters, pouring into Israel by land, sea and even paragliders, raping, torturing, killing over 1,200 men, women, children, and infants. More than 250 people were taken hostage and moved to Hamas’ Gaza stronghold.

Much has happened in the six months since. The massacres at a music festival in the desert and kibbutz communities prompted Israel to declare war on Hamas, leading to air and ground attacks that have devastated Gaza and the lives of the more than two million people for whom it is home. Yet the world condemns Israel, a sovereign democratic government (The only one in the Middle East), for defending herself and her citizens! God is sovereign, justice for Israel will prevail! Israel is the apple of God’s eye! Am Yisrael Chai עַם יִשְׂרָאֵל חַי!

Blessings and Shalom,

Rabbi Eric S Carlson

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Corner April 2024

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Corner April 2024

By Eric Carlson in 04_2024_2, newsletter-post on April 1, 2024

Shalom Mishpocha,

April has arrived, spring has finally sprung, and we’re enjoying some of the best weather and temperatures of the year! The month of April gets its name from the Latin word “aperio”, meaning “to open [bud],” because plants are really beginning to grow and bud now. April 1 is “April Fools’ Day”. The Julien Calendar marked the New Year April 1st. When Pope Gregory shifted to the Gregorian calendar in 1582 he moved the New Year to January 1st. Many continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1st and thus were referred to as “April Fools” because they weren’t celebrating the New Year on January 1st.

The New Year is also upon us (5784)! We look forward to restarting both the Biblical Calendar and the Annual Moedim (Feast Day) Cycle! The biblical New Year begins Monday, April 8th, 2024 at Sunset after the Solar Eclipse starting at 1:50 PM. The path of that eclipse will cross over seven U.S. locations named “Ninevah”:

-Nineveh, Texas, -Nineveh, Missouri, -Nineveh, Indiana, -Nineveh, Ohio, -Nineveh, Pennsylvania, -Nineveh, Virginia, -Nineveh, New York, The eclipse will also cross over a location named “Ninevah” in the province of Nova Scotia in Canada and Jonah Tx.

It’s believed that a solar eclipse happened at the same time Jonah was in Ninevah warning the population that the city would be destroyed. Clearly, we must take note and seek Adonai like never before in Prayer, Fasting, and Repentance, HE is speaking to us!

The redemption of Israel from slavery in Egypt occurred this month, Sunday, April 21st, 2024 at sunset (14th of Nisan). The world was delivered from the slavery of Sin in the same month through the Messiah who was born on the 1st of Nisan. Happy Birthday Yeshua!!! Yeshua was also crucified on the 14th of Nisan during Pesach.

In preparation for celebrating Pesach (Passover) its time for spring cleaning to get rid of the Leaven. Leavening in Hebrew is Hametz. Leavening or Hametz is yeast. Contrary to Orthodox Judaism, Baking Soda and Baking Powder are not leavening agents! Yeast is alive, a fungi that is found in nature from spores and pollen. The Egyptians fermented beer and we fermented wine in biblical times by pouring either the brew or pressed wine in outside vats where these spores, pollen, would fall or be blown into the liquid forming yeast. The cells (at the right temperature) begin to split leaving alcohol and carbon as a byproduct hence the tiny bubbles found in bread, and the fermentation and alcohol process in wine and beer. This is also how chesses (Swiss, Blue Cheese, etc…) are made. By fermentation through Hametz or leavening! One yeast cell is about the size of a human blood cell. Just a few thousand yeast cells, barely visible with the naked eye, will completely consume one pound of bread dough in about 2-3 hours. The process is absolutely miraculous but remember, once the dough has been exposed you cannot contain the yeast or hametz to a limited piece of the dough, the entire mixture is exposed and will be leavened-quickly and again, completely destroyed if the dough isn’t baked. For Pesach (Passover) we are commanded to eat Matzah and not have hametz (yeast) in our homes for seven days.

Exodus 12:17-20. You are to observe the festival of matzah, for on this very day I brought your divisions out of the land of Egypt. Therefore, you are to observe this day from generation to generation by a perpetual regulation. 18 From the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month until the evening of the twenty-first day, you are to eat matzah. 19 During those seven days, no leaven is to be found in your houses. Whoever eats food with hametz in it is to be cut off from the community of Isra’el – it doesn’t matter whether he is a foreigner or a citizen of the land. 20 Eat nothing with hametz in it. Wherever you live, eat matzah.'”

This is a powerful teaching tool as sin is referenced to hametz! As we search our home to remove the hametz we are to search ourselves to remove all sin, so we won’t be destroyed. False teachings are also referred to as leaven.

I Corinthians 5:6-8. Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know the saying, “It takes only a little hametz to leaven a whole batch of dough?” 7 Get rid of the old hametz, so that you can be a new batch of dough, because in reality you are unleavened. For our Pesach lamb, the Messiah, has been sacrificed. 8 So let us celebrate the Seder not with leftover hametz, the hametz of wickedness and evil, but with the matzah of purity and truth.

The need to Shamar, to observe, to guard the biblical new year and associated feasts and cycles is crystal clear. The cycle is repetitive yet not identical from year to year, it’s helical! We repeat the cycle, but it’s an upward spiral drawing us closer to Adonai! We stream towards the return of Messiah and the establishment of God’s Kingdom and timeline upon the earth, upon all humanity! The seed of redemption and salvation has already been sown, we need only study and review the year to see the supernatural within it!

May you have a blessed, prosperous, and supernatural New Year! May His presence be with you as you celebrated Pesach (Passover).

Cha Sameach and Blessings,

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Carlson