Bull Corn

I don’t believe her.
And to many, that says I lack compassion.
This could not be further from the truth. I married a woman who was formerly abused multiple times by her ex, and once when I was out of town, having to put the man in jail upon my return.
I know the emotions and symptoms of an abused woman.
I know the sorrows.
So, when I started listening, I gave her the benefit of the doubt.
But, I also know that she does NOT deserve immediate trust, simply because she is a woman who claims abuse, particularly in our current social environment drummed up by the left, a swath of society she identifies with.
This whole affair is too akin to the Salem witch trials, wreaking of malicious, political, petty, childish fit-throwing. This woman possibly mixed a GRAIN of truth in with what she accused Kavanaugh of, in order to make her story, her accusations against him, seem plausible. But there are so many holes in her story, and so many of HER witnesses who confound and contravene her account.
Why did she not bring up these accusations when he was being appointed to the bench upon which he NOW sits? Why wait, until now, to bring these accusations against him? And why go first in secrecy to a DEMOCRATIC POLITICIAN? If she wanted an FBI investigation so badly, why did SHE not go FIRST to the FBI? When my wife was abused, and she confided in me, the FIRST thing I did is go and file charges. As an alleged violated citizen, she had every right to do just that. Why not-so Feinstein? And if Feinstein was so concerned over this woman’s emotional state, why wait for as long as she did, and ‘leak’ the accusation just at the right time? When my wife reported her abuse to me, I acted immediately, FOR HER.
Her whole story wreaks of slander. To me, her whole testimony seemed contrived. Again, there MAY have been an experience from which she drew in order to make it plausible, but nothing she said even comes close to putting Kavanaugh in the room. This woman is a psychologist, and is probably very rehearsed in victim behaviors, and brought up the hippocampus one too many times for me.
I’m relatively certain the leftist syndicate that drummed this whole charade up did not count on Bret having such a detailed history of his own activities during that summer. His calendar/diary pretty much shores up everything he said about his innocence. His conviction and emotion seemed genuine, whereas hers was forced, and her crying at times so fake I had to turn the volume down out of disgust. Kavanaugh’s sincerity slam-dunked this accuser back to the oblivion and shadow of liars and false accusers. The leftists are notorious for accusing their opponents of their own crimes. That is what people who lie for their own purposes do, and so, it would NOT surprise me if SHE did not try to seduce some boy, was turned down, and now is projecting THAT episode on Kavanaugh for political purposes. Obama, Clinton(s), Comey, Stzrok, et al, have accused Trump and conservatives of THEIR crimes ad nauseum.
It is my great hope and desire that NO WOMAN is sexually assaulted. But, having watched someone I love dearly, a young man, falsely accused in the same manner, it is ALSO my hope that NO MAN is ever falsely accused of sexual assault, as was Joseph, for selfish and/or political purposes.
There are indeed six things that יהוה , the Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth, HATES, and ONE of them is this: “A false witness that breathes out LIES.” That is an abomination, a disgusting and loathsome thing, in His eyes. And it does NOT go unnoticed, nor unpunished.
While I disagree with Kavanaugh’s mode of worship, I believe him to be sincere in his faith, and Messiah will take vengeance on the people who did this to him. If not in our lives, then at the judgment. Like Kavanaugh’s daughter, I too pray for Mrs. Ford. If something dread did happen to her, I pray she recovers. But, if she tried to pin it on Kavanaugh wittingly, which I believe she did, I pray it is exposed, and that G-d has mercy on her. People today have NO IDEA how difficult the judgments of these offenses against our fellow humans will be. There is no fear of G-d in this country any more, and no respect for our fellow man. Our founders wisely wrote into our laws the notion of innocence UNTIL PROVEN guilty, and the leftists are trying to destroy that foundational principle, in order to enslave a people, half of whom seem to want to give themselves over to that enslavement. It is astonishing to watch. And sad.

Make sure you abandon the right law!

Don’t take the traditional phrases that cause you to ignore His Torah out of context, like, “He has set me free from the law”…..

He has INDEED set you free from a law, BUT, it is NOT HIS TORAH!  It is the LAW OF THE CORRUPTION OF YOUR FLESH: SIN!

Intuitively, you KNOW this, O reader!  But, you’ve been told NOT to keep PARTS of His Torah!

You love the “Ten Commandments”, yet are taught to reject the fourth one, so there are really only 9!

You love ‘holidays’, but REJECT those days Elohim said you are to CELEBRATE.

The world is the victim of double-speak and deceit.  The TWISTING of Sha’ul’s words, JUST as Kefa said 2,000 years ago!

“Pavlos also, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his letters he speaks concerning these matters, in which there are certain things so hard to be understood that those who are ignorant and unstable twist their meaning, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction. You therefore, my beloved, seeing that you know these things beforehand, beware, lest you follow the error of those without Torah, and fall from your own steadfastness.”  (read your greek, it reads the same)

This chapter is one of the most MISREAD chapters in all of scripture. I’ve emphasized phrases that escape from most people’s preconceptions, due to DOCTRINE.

Just consider it.

And then consider whether breaking the Sabbath is still sin.  It is HIS FOURTH commandment.  And “Sabbath” means SEVENTH DAY, NOT sunday.  We inherited lies [Daniel 9].

Rom 7:

“Do you not know, my brethren, I speak to them who know the Torah, that the Torah has authority over a person as long as he lives? Just as a woman is bound by law to her husband as long as he lives; but if her husband should die, she is freed from the law regarding her husband. Thus, if, while her husband is alive, she should be attached to another man, she becomes an adulteress; but if her husband is dead, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress, though she becomes another man’s wife. Therefore, my brethren, you also are become dead to the Torah by the body of Mashi’akh, that you might become another’s, even to Him who arose from the dead, so that you may bring forth fruit to Elohim. For when we were in the flesh , the pains of sin, which were by the Torah, worked in our members to bring forth fruits to death.  But now we are absolved from the Torah, being dead to that which had hold upon us (sin); and we should henceforth serve in newness of spirit and not in the oldness of the letter. What shall we say then? Is the Torah sin? What profanity! I would not have known the meaning of sin except by means of the Torah; for I would never have known the meaning of covetousness unless the Torah said “you shall not covet.”  So by means of this mitzvah, sin found an occasion and provoked in me every kind of desire. For without the Torah, sin was dead.  Formerly I lived without the Torah; but when the mitzvah came, sin came to life and I died. And the mitzvah, which was ordained to life I found to be for death. For sin, finding occasion by the mitzvah, misled me and by it (SIN) killed me. Therefore the Torah is Kadosh, and the mitzvah is Kadosh, and just, and good. Has then that which is good become death to me? What profanity! But sin that is exposed as sin, and works death in me for that which is good, will be the more condemned by means of the Torah!  For we know that the Torah is [of the] Ru’akh; but I am of the flesh, enslaved to sin. For I do not know what I do; and I do not do the thing which I want, but I do the thing which I hate. That is exactly what I do. So then if I do that which I do not wish to do, I can testify concerning the Torah, that it is good. Now then it is not I who do it, but sin which dominates me. Yet I know that it does not fully dominate me (that is, in my flesh); but as far as good is concerned, the choice is easy for me to make, but to do it is difficult for me. For it is not the good [Torah!] that I wish to do that I do; but it is the evil that I do not wish to do [SIN] that I do. Now if I do that which I do not wish, then it is not I who do it, but the sin which dominates me. I find therefore that the Torah agrees with my conscience when I wish to do good, but evil is always near, distracting me. For I delight in the Torah of Elohim after the inward man; but I see another ‘law’ in my members, warring against the Torah in my mind, and it makes me a captive to the impetus of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this mortal body? I thank Elohim for deliverance through Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashi’akh. Now therefore with my mind I am a servant of the Torah of Elohim; but with my flesh I am a servant of the law of sin.

It is utterly clear in this chapter that Shaul is exposing SIN as the evil, and NOT the “Torah”, or the “instructions” for life. We learn that sin (whose agent is HaSatan) USED the Torah against us. THAT is the “instruction/law/impetus” from which we are freed; NOT the very WORDS of Elohim!

You shall call His Name “Yeshua,” for He shall save His people from their SIN!

“Everyone who sins breaks the Torah, for indeed, sin IS breaking the Torah.”  [I Jo 3:4]

“Do not expect that I have come to weaken the Torah or the Nevi’im; I have not come to weaken it, but to expound it. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one yod, nor a stroke shall pass away from the Torah until everything comes to pass. Whoever therefore tries to loosen even one of these smallest mitzvot, and teaches men so, he shall be regarded as small in Malkhut HaShamayim; but anyone who observes and teaches them, he shall be regarded as great in Malkhut HaShamayim.”

Kill The Fatted Calf!

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That sounds like a good idea!  But today, many who are sanctimonious think eating meat is bad, and say that anyone who does it is ‘weak’, or worse, ‘inhumane.’

To the first accusation: it is actually the vegetarian/vegan that scriptures call ‘weak.’

Would Yeshua use the epithet above, “Kill the fatted calf,” in order to express one of the greatest testaments to faith, if eating meat was a weakness?  Was the Father ‘weak’ to celebrate his son’s homecoming by slaughtering a bull, to eat with his guests?  Are we so arrogant to presume this was not the culture of the day, when every parable Yeshua told related to that culture?

“Assist him who is weak in HaEmunah. And do not waver in your reasoning. For one believes that he may eat all things; another who is weak eats [only] vegetables.”

This portion of scripture was written to former pagans.  Most people today do not realize that vegetarianism is a byproduct of paganism.  Many early gentile believers were former pagans, who had certain days they would only eat certain foods.  They worshipped the creation rather than the creator, who made animals FOR FOOD.  This is NOT an issue of salvation, NOR is it an issue of tzedaka, because we are NOT made righteous or unrighteous by what we eat.  However, to raise the status of the animal to that of human, OR to lower the status of human to that of animal, is an affront to the creator.  Much of vegan/vegetarian thinking does exactly that.

It is ELOHIM that created the animal to die as innocent for the sake of mankind.  That is NOT a weakness of man, that is an act of G-d.  Mankind was indeed vegetarian in the garden, and for 1,100 years thereafter, until the flood.  G-d HIMSELF killed an animal on day ten of human history, in order to atone for man’s new nakedness, his fallen estate.  An innocent creature died for the sake of man.

G-d Himself is the one who told No’akh to eat meat, after the flood, putting enmity between man and beast FOR THAT VERY PURPOSE.  We certainly would not call Avraham or the Malakh יהוה weak, even though we see the father of FAITH, who even in the weakest estate of his old body TRUSTED, eating meat together with the Malakh יהוה .  And this was BEFORE the written Torah and the covenant between G-d and Yisra’el through Moshe.  EACH TIME Elohim made the covenant promises to Avraham, animals were slain and eaten by Avraham.  When Avraham offered Yitz’khak on the altar, but Elohim provided a RAM to take his place, the animal died for the sake of the man.  This is a GODLY principle.  This is not a show of weakness.

When the Kohanim were set apart to serve Yisra’el, the whole nation of Yisra’el was to set apart one third of ALL THE CATTLE IN YISRA’EL, so that the Levi’im could EAT.  The tithe was FOOD for the Levites.  Further, EVERY SINGLE TIME any ONE Jew brought an offering to the temple that was a calf, a goat, or a bull, or a ram, the animal’s best part was given to Elohim, and the REST of it given to the Kohen who performed the rite, AND TO HIS FAMILY, who was with him in the Temple!  It was their DAILY FOOD.  They had to eat, and the DIVINE MENU was meat, along with grains, wine, and other produce.  That is not a sign of weakness, and neither is it inhumane.  It is the provision of the Almighty, under HIS DIRECTION.

To say that it is inhumane to kill an animal and eat it is so akin to worshipping the creation that it is disconcerting to hear believers support the notion.  To accuse believers who eat meat of being inhumane is a violation of the principles of scripture, most notably of Romim 14, where this very issue is settled, and where the vegetarian is called the weak one.  And, meat eaters are instructed there to STAY FIRM IN THEIR REASONING.  Even during the Millennium, while the Strong One, Messiah Yeshua, is ruling in Yerushalayim, we will be bringing BULLS up to the Kadosh City in order to offer them up, AND EAT THEM.  The killing of and eating of meat is NOT isolated to Pesakh, but was and will be a DAILY RITE in the Temple, including throughout the Millennium.

Elohim Himself consumed animal sacrifices, in fire.  Does that make the Creator inhumane?  Does that make Him weak?

We are instructed to eat meat in the Torah:  Gen 9 tells No’akh that every living thing that moves on the earth is now food for mankind.  But, at the same time, He tells us that there was already a classification of clean meat and unclean meat.  If Elohim did NOT want us eating meat at all, would HE not have classified it all as NOT FOOD?  He classified clean meat as FOOD, and tells us, IT WILL BE FOOD FOR YOU in VaYikra 11, and in D’varim 14.  Does a command from Elohim necessarily mean that He is feeding a weakness of man?  Again, mankind was weak BEFORE THE FLOOD, and He did not command us to eat meat until after.

It is not bad logic, but strong reasoning, to infer that man NEEDED meat after the flood.  When we consider that before the flood there was no rain, and that the flood was caused by the water that was between the firmaments falling to earth, we can see that that water probably served as a radiation barrier, protecting mankind from the harmful rays of the sun, and thus causing mankind to live up to 1100 years+.  After the flood, the lifespan of man quickly diminishes, and scriptures now say that a man is considered blessed just to live 80 years.  Rarely does one make it to 100+ any more.  This is certainly more sound reasoning than the notion that anyone who eats meat is weak in faith, especially since scripture plainly states that it is the vegetarians who are weak.

It is absurd to think that now, after 6,000 years, it is suddenly wrong to eat meat.  The Nation of Yisra’el is shown throughout history to be consumers of LOTS of meat, not only religiously, but in their daily lives.  It is the spirit of paganism consuming believers and dividing the Body of Messiah over the pettiest of doctrines, where vegans/vegetarians start hurling accusations of unrighteousness at meat eaters.  I have always said, choose not to eat meat for your own reasons.  But, do not try to foist the reason for it on other believers, especially since SO MANY ANIMALS died for the sake of mankind in scripture, as a DIVINE PRINCIPLE.   And also, since Sha’ul addressed this very issue clearly in scripture, telling both groups NOT to judge the other.  The difference today is that now, it is NOT FORMER pagans who are vegetarians, struggling with the notion of eating meat, but it is believers who grew up confidently eating meat, who now adopt the pagan idea that this is inhumane.  They seem to be turning, if ever so slightly, to worshipping the creation rather than the Creator, who gave us meat, FOR FOOD.

Sukka, Sukka Now!

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Sukkot is on its way: The Messiah was born on the first day of Sukkot, and the evidence is in the scriptures!

The shepherds were ‘abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night’.  No one keeps sheep out in the field in late Dec feeding them dirt, freezing them in the snow!  And yes, it does snow in Bethlehem in the twelfth month!  That’s Bethlehem in dec in the picture!

The ‘angel’ said “I am here to announce good tidings of Great Joy, which will be for all people”.  The Season of Sukkot is known as the “Season of Our Joy!”  Of Great Rejoicing.  It occurs in the early fall, as it is the fall harvest of the fruits of Israel.

They gave the shepherds a ‘sign’: “swaddling cloth” wrapped around the baby that would be born.  These are torn cloths used to make torches; in the temple, the priests’ robes were torn into strips that were used to make torches to light four HUGE torch lights in the Temple Court in Jerusalem, ONLY during Sukkot, starting on the first day of the seven days of Sukkot.  These lights were visible to the shepherds.  The four torches were called, “The Light of the World”, and they were lit ONLY during Sukkot!

The second part of the sign was that He would be found in a sukka; In the Aramaic Peshitta text, the word that is usually translated as ‘stall’ or ‘manger’ is אוֹריָא , an Aramaic word that has been used to represent the ‘sukka’ in other ancient, Aramaic Jewish writings, ‘the stall built during the festive week’ of Sukkot.

In the season of Sukkot, Jews build “booths” outside their houses to commemorate their time in the wilderness in booths, and to contemplate the temporal nature of life.  Since this was a ‘pilgrim’ feast, with people travelling from all over Israel to come to Jerusalem, people in Jerusalem and all the outlying towns, including Bethlehem, could be the ‘ushpizin’, the ‘honored guest’ that dwells in their Sukka.  It was a form of hospitality during this most joyous time in Israel.

Yeshua was circumcised on the 8th day of his life, as all Jewish boys are.  This is called “Shemini Atzeret”, the Eighth Day of the Meeting, after the seven days of Sukkot.  It is also called the Day of Rejoicing in the Torah.  When Yeshua was brought into the Temple for circumcision, they REJOICED over Him, the LIVING TORAH, since the Torah is the only thing that was considered the “Word of G-d” to the Jewish mind in His day.  The gospel of Luke clearly shows that this was done so that Mary and Yosef would keep Torah.  This is also the day His Name, Yeshua, was officially assigned to Him before witnesses.  It was truly a great day of Rejoicing in the Torah!

Yokhanan HaMatbil [John the Immerser] was born six months before Yeshua.  Pesakh [Passover] is precisely six months before Sukkot.  Yeshua said Yokhanan WAS Eliyahu, and Eliyahu was expected to arrive during Pesakh.  But more, ZekharYah, his father, was a priest, in the priestly order of AviYah!  According to David in Chronicles this is the 8th order.  This priestly order served in the Beit HaMikdash twice a year.  Once in the late spring/early summer, exactly nine months before Pesakh.  Yes, it also served in the dead of winter, but, if we back up from Yeshua being born on Sukkot, then Yeshua’s conception is in the dead of winter, DURING KHANNUKAH! Which means that six months before that, Yokhanan’s conception had to occur.  We know the two babies are six months apart, because Luke tells us so, when Elizabeth and Miriam met before Yokhanan was born, immediately after Yeshua was conceived.

So, Yokhanan was born on Pesakh, and Yeshua was born on Sukkot 1, and circumcised on the 8th Day, Simkhat Torah, the day of REJOICING in the Torah!

Celebrating Sukkot is affectively celebrating the birth of Messiah Yeshua.  And we get to enjoy it for EIGHT DAYS!  When we rejoice in the Torah on the Eighth Day, it is the only time the Torah is ever completely visible, as it is rolled all the way out, spindle to spindle, so we can look at EVERY WORD OF GOD.  “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY WORD OF GOD.”  It’s like looking at a portrait of Yeshua.

Since we have more time, and Yeshua has not returned as yet, we must make this known!  The WHOLE WORLD WILL keep Sukkot when Messiah returns; if you don’t keep it then, you are punished.  If you don’t keep it NOW, will you be there then?? [Ze 14]

THIS is my memorial!

Zeh Zikhri: [Ex 3] my remembrance by declaring:

Some people wonder why I write His Name as יהוה and not as “Lord” or as “Adonai” or as Hashem, or anything else.

I went for years not knowing that the Creator has a NAME.  It is not wrong to call Him Adonai/Lord.  I don’t think it makes any literary sense, however, to call Him “The Name”, which is what Hashem means.  But, I do refer to ‘ha shem’, The Name, when I’m speaking Hebrew.  My issue is with REPLACING His Name with any one of those titles when quoting scripture or declaring the truth of who He is, and who His Son is.  He is indeed Adonai, but that is a role and a title, and not a name.

The Creator spoke very clearly to Avraham, Yitz’khak and Ya’akov, and to Moshe, and told them His Name is  יהוה , and that THIS was how we were to call upon Him.  The prophet Yo’el said that anyone who calls upon the Name of  יהוה  will be saved, and Kefa echoed that sentiment when He told us that Yeshua is in fact  יהוה .

Yeshua said His Father’s Name, the name that was given to Him as the Name Above all Names [Phil 2:10-11, Acts 2:36].  The mandate by Jews NOT to say His name came much later.  All the Shlikhim, Kefa, Sha’ul, Yokhanan, et al, declared His Name.  The Aramaic scriptures make it abundantly clear, using the Aramaic form of the Name, which most scholars agree is indeed a direct equivalent to the Name, used for no other purpose in ancient, holy writ, that the Name is important to the B’sorah.  It is placed surgically in key verses in the Brit Khadashah [NT] texts.

The below is a brief exposition on its use in both sides of the book, and is the ‘beginning’ of the support for not blotting out His Name, or calling Him ‘lord’ instead.

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Had a Blast!

A post from a couple of years ago, but very applicable to the season.

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Yom Teruah was a real blast!
[Ps 89:16]
We have now entered into HaYamim HaNora’im….
The ‘terrible days,’ which symbolize “The Time of Ya’akov’s Trouble,” what most know as the ‘tribulation,’ but do not fully understand the details of that.
We have seven days between Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur to contemplate our offenses against Elohim [G-d]. We have spent 30 days [+ Yom Teruah’s 48 hrs.] reflecting on our offenses with our brothers.
The way the WHOLE TORAH is ‘broken down’ is summarized in the Ten D’varim [Mitzvot, Commandments].
The first four summarize the commands that govern our relationship with Him.
‘I am יהוה your G-d; you shall put no other gods ‘before my face…’
‘You shall not make for yourself any graven image’
‘You shall not lift up the name of יהוה your G-d in vanity.’
‘Remember the Sabbath Day, to set it apart. Six days you will do your own work, but the SEVENTH DAY is a Shabbat unto יהוה your G-d….for in SIX DAYS יהוה made the heavens and the earth, and He rested on the SEVENTH DAY, so HE BLESSED the SEVENTH DAY, and set it apart.’
The commands that summarize our understanding and teach us about how to treat people are:
‘Honor your father and your mother, so you may live a long life.’
‘You shall not murder.’
‘You shall not commit adultery.’
‘You shall not steal.’
‘You shall not bear false witness.’
‘You shall not covet.’
These are a summary.
But, those who may tend to the last six, but do not tend to the first four, are yet ‘falling short.’ Even though they are ‘good people’ and ‘believe in God,’ and may even believe in His Son. They ignore how HE said to interact with Him. They will endure the Yamim Nora’im in the wrong place! Because they did not receive the CREATOR as the only G-d, and were dismissive over His Name, HIS Sabbath, and Idolatry, overt or subtle, all of which are dismissive attitudes that run rampant in most people’s lives today, unbeknownst to themselves.
We continue to pray Daniel’s prayer from 9:4-19. It is so applicable today to modern believers, who have erred against His will, but do not ‘see’ it. But, some are waking up. That is answering our prayers. For that, we are grateful. And we need to be ever more vigilant over our own souls, that we might save some, by our life’s witness.
So, ‘teshuvah’ during these next days up to Yom Kippur is also laced with thanksgiving, for me, that we have more time to reach people with HIS truth. Consider, Sha’ul [Paul] said this to BELIEVERS:
“Awaken your hearts to tzedaka [good works, ‘righteousness’], and sin not [1 John 3:4, sin is breaking Torah]; for some have not the knowledge of Elohim. I say this to your shame.” I Cor 15:34.

What have you gone and done?

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….Mom, sitting in front of what appears to be a Tallit

Some people from my past, when they see me wearing a Kippah and Tzit-tziyot, ask me, “When did you convert?”

The question used to take me aback, because I never saw myself as having ‘converted,’ as in the worldly understanding of it.

My de-facto answer these days is “Forty-one years ago, when I came to trust in Messiah Yeshua in a tiny, country, Baptist church!”

It’s funny, because Jews never ask me the question!  They see me as Jewish, and then, when they learn I am Messianic, most of them [the non-religious] do not question my Jewishness; they’re just bewildered by my belief in Yeshua as the Messiah, because they see HIM as the world does, a ‘former Jew’, or not Jewish at all.

In Israel, on my first trip there, I had so many Israeli Jews come up to me and call me brother; and they meant it in the most literal sense of the word.  At that time I only wore the Kippah and tzit-tziyot during religious rites, so they had no reason to assume, other than my looks and locale.  On my first day in Israel, I was standing at the Kotel, [The “Wailing Wall”, an outdoor synagogue] preparing to pray the Shema, an instinctive urge I had, not knowing it was customary, and I had my eyes closed, standing inches from those ancient stones.  I felt an arm go around my shoulder, and a voice spoke softly into my left ear, “Welcome home…”  This Rabbi knew it was my first time, I guess.  And saw my reluctance, perhaps.  He asked, “Have you prayed the Shema yet?”  To which I said no, and he gave me some space.  A few minutes later, we talked, and found out we had a common friend in Houston, a Rabbi, and that he also knew the family of one of my other Jewish friends in Houston!  He never once asked when I had converted, or questioned my pedigree.  The Rabbi friend we had in common here in Houston, when I met him, I volunteered my ‘goy’ status, and he corrected me!  We met at work.  Our companies shared the same building complex, and he and I both would go to a connecting hotel lobby at noon for prayer.  One day, he was reading Torah as I walked by, having completed my prayers.  I saw him with books, and I asked, “Are you reading Torah?”  He smiled real big, “You know Torah?”  And he handed it to me when I smiled and nodded.  I read a few verses aloud out of his Hebrew-only Tanakh, and he was shocked.  “You’re Jewish?”  “Well, my grandmother was, and one of my dad’s grandfathers was.”  “Well then, YOU’RE Jewish.”  He added that my observance of Shabbat affirms it as well.  And for the eight years that I worked there, we were buddies and brothers.

But, my ‘conversion,’ as I said, was not the same as others who do convert to Judaism.  Mine was an ‘organic’ process.

What do I mean?

First, in regard to ‘genetics’, I am Jewish, and have been all my life.  My mother and father both had Jewish parents or grandparents.  My mother didn’t know this until late in her life, after I asked my grandmother if she was Jewish.  I’ll never forget how matter-of-fact she was, and the big leather tome of her Jewish history she dug out to show me our heritage.  My dad did not believe it, thinking my grandmother was delusional. [he wasn’t there in Georgia, but was at home in Texas]  And he was not aware of his Jewish great-grandfather who was on the registry of Jewish Civil War Soldiers for the confederacy, along with my grandmother’s grandfather!  That was my own discovery while I was getting a Master’s in [Jewish Military] history.  So, I do have a bit of a genetic, Jewish pedigree.  But, while our blood runs thick with our Jewish forebears, we did not have the Torah nor the customs, but a watered-down version of them we inherited through Christianity.  Our Sabbath had been moved, and the feasts perverted.  But both sides of my family LOVED the Word of G-d nonetheless.  So, at 11 years old, when I stood in a Baptist church and heard of the Son of G-d, knowing already He was Jewish, and I heard that he died to take the penalty of my sin into His own flesh so that I would not have to, I trusted that good word.  And I changed.  And I became more Jewish than all my Jewish grandparents.  Because the organic, life-giving event that transformed me was the beginning of the process of circumcision of the heart, [Rom 2:29, 11:13-20], and according to the inspired Word of G-d, on both sides of the book, THAT is what makes one a Yehudi: A True Jew!

So, I converted nearly forty-two years ago, and am still being converted.  I am being transformed, and conformed into the image of the Son of G-d.  That ‘image’ is ONLY clearly expressed in The Word of G-d.  Every testimony outside of the Word MUST be measured against The Word ONLY.  In the Tanakh [OT], it [the image of Yeshua] is a mystery.  In the Brit Khadashah, it is a manifestation. [Heb 1:1-4] Yeshua lived His life as a Jew, died as a Jew, and for Jews.  But, He died not only for our [Jews] sins, but for the sins of the whole world.

I love my Jewish heritage.  I was honored to find out I had the blood of the tribe of Messiah in my veins.  But I put NO STOCK in that, nor in my Torah walk, to save me or give me righteousness.  I obey the Torah and follow His Customs to ‘show’ the mystery of Messiah to others, because I love G-d, and want to do it HIS WAY.  I wish everyone would, and that all could see how simple, and pure, and easy this walk truly is.  And how glorious doing what HE says is, making the wise simple, and the simple, wise.