Torah Portion SHELACH – Bamidbar (Numbers) 13:1-15:41
A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it. Proverbs 26:28a
Shabbat shalom dearly beloved!
A MYTH is a widely held but false belief or idea.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes it as follows:
An idea or story that is believed by many people but that is not true.
It is amazing how many people believe all kinds of myths and fables. These beliefs are destructive and they can dismantle relationships, they are based on FABLES and LEGENDS, on FALSE BELIEFS and FALSE IDEAS. It may be that all of us at one time or another have believed a false rumor or a false report that later on became a full fabled myth, destroying everything in its path.
No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father. John 10:18
Believing false stories based on narrow minded interpretations can block people from the path of salvation and it can even cause mass murder like in the case of Hitler’s extermination of Jews. Many Germans, Christians included believed that the Jews were to blame for the bad economy of Europe during the Second World War. They actually believed that the Jews were like a vermin that needed to be exterminated with rat poison. Most Christians at the time in every nation believed the fabled myth “The Jews killed Christ” so there is no forgiveness for them.
This myth was established by a well- known orator and Christian leader during the 4th Century who spread the destructive lie “All the Jewish People are guilty for killing Christ and for the sin of Deicide (killing God!) there is no expiation possible!” This myth propagated like wild fire and caused the humiliation, persecution, torment and extermination of millions of Jews!
For those who still believe it: 1. The Romans killed the Messiah under Roman orders, the Jews had no jurisdiction to execute the death penalty. 2. We all killed Him since He went to the Cross to pay for all our sins, both Jews and Gentiles. 3. No one killed Him as He Himself said that no one could kill Him and He laid down His life for us. (John 10:18)
HORNS AND A TAIL
I still remember a story my Mom told me when I was a kid. There was a young lady that came from the country -side of Chile to become our maid. When she met my Mom (who was about 1.45 m or less than 5 feet tall), she looked all around her on her backside and on top of her head. My Mom was quite puzzled to know what this young maiden was trying to find in her and asked her, “What are you doing?” The girl in turn said with consternation: “Where is your tail and where are your horns? The priest in the village told us that all you Jews are children of he devil and that you all have horns and a tail like the devil does”. It would be hilarious if it wouldn’t be so tragic and destructive!
For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. Romans 11:25
However also many Jews have believed fables about Yeshua the Messiah, thus blocking salvation for them. Stories like Him being “a bastard kid that led a revolution”, to Him being a nice Rabbi that “Gentiles made into a god”, have stopped up the ears of our people for nearly 2 Millennia! The good news is that no Christians were exterminated because of these fables but for sure many Jews have been blinded due to these lies from seeing the Truth about Yeshua born supernaturally of Miriam from the House of David who was a Virgin at the time of His Birth fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy.
Therefore YHVH Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
Thus they have not been able to SEE Yeshua the Messiah but rather a distorted image of Him as a historical figure!
Do not keep silent, O God! For behold, Your enemies make a tumult;And those who hate You have lifted up their head. Psalm 83:1-2
Today there are many myths and fables concocted by the Palestinian Authorities equating Israel to Nazi Germany and Israelis to Nazis. Millions all over the globe believe those lies that are as removed from reality as the East is from the West. The purpose of these lies is the annihilation of Israel.
They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” Psalm 83: 4
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. Matthew 5:44
Israel is most probably the only country in the world that takes care of her wounded enemies! Israel has assisted wounded Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese and treats in her hospitals many of our hostile neighbors!
The Arabs inside of Israel are the most prosperous Arabs in all of the Middle East; they live in the most favorable conditions than anywhere else in any Arab country that you could mention! In Judea and Samaria as it was in Gush Katif in Gaza, the Israelis that have settled in our Biblical Land give jobs to potential enemies and they can feed their families. Everywhere else in the Middle East most people are poor with a great rate of unemployment. The only reason why no more jobs are given is because it has become extremely dangerous to hire Muslim/Arab (“Palestinian”) workers as too many terror attacks have come from those living among us!
How do myths and fables develop? Hitler said it and did it. These are his infamous words:
Tell a BIG LIE enough times and EVERYONE will believe it!
Lies about others are infringing on the Commandment:
You shall not bear FALSE WITNESS against your neighbor! Deuteronomy 5:20
Lies about others that become myths and fables are DESTRUCTIVE
A CONTROVERSIAL HAT
These last few weeks since I have been elevated to the position of Archbishop by Trans Atlantic and Pacific Alliance of Churches, I have “enjoyed” the written remarks of some judgmental people. One of them stands out especially. It is those that have judged me for wearing the Archbishop’s miter in the ceremony of Inauguration in Jerusalem. The said remarks mentioned that I “have submitted myself to “the fish god, Dagon since this hat represents Dagon, so I am under that demonic and pagan principality by wearing this hat and this attire”.
My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. Yaakov (James) 3:1
I have no doubts that MANY believe this. But you see: It is not based on truth but rather INTERPRETATIONS. There is NO PROOF that the miter was patterned after the fish deity-dagon though it can resemble the fish head from ancient paintings. Also some of the crowns of ancient kings looked like the miter.
MAYBE IT IS OR MAYBE IT ISN’T!
When there is no SUBSTANTIAL PROOF all is a matter of INTERPRETATION. There is no palpable evidence that dagon is the source of the design of the hat. There are no historical writings that connect the pagan dagon with the design of the Bishops hat. It would be the same if we interpreted that every woman that wears a head cover is a Muslim and they have submitted themselves to Islam and to Sharia Law. Of course that would be an INTERPRETATION and an ASSUMPTION based on the fact that head covers look similar when worn by Christian, Hindu, Jewish or Muslim Women, especially the more modern ones.
BEWARE OF EMPHASIS ON EXTERNALS!
Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Messiah’s, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Messiah’s, even so we are Messiah’s. 2 Corinthians 10:7
It would be the same if we judged Queen Esther for wearing a pagan Persian Costume to meet with the pagan King. We could say that she was under deception and that she submitted herself to their pagan treatment. I am sure that she wore a Persian Crown when she became Queen! However history amply proves that SHE WAS ON A MISSION. And she fulfilled her Mission as the whole nation of Israel was saved because of her OBEDIENCE!
You can rest assured that I have not submitted myself to any Dagon or Fish god principality but narrow –minded, self-righteous and immature believers tend to miss what YHVH is doing when they put too much emphasis on EXTERNALS!
TONGUES OF FIRE
Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them Acts 2:3
The truth is that the two tongues of this miter represent the Old (Tanach) and the New Testaments that Bishops are to teach from. To the Bishops I know it represents the TONGUES OF HOLY FIRE that rested on the heads of the Jewish Believers in Messiah when the Holy Spirit fell on them in Shavuot (Pentecost). There are many Bishops and Archbishops of different Christian Denominations that wear this hat without being baptized in the Holy Spirit, as it has become a tradition. In my case it is not a tradition, though the attire is traditional but rather a reality, I have been fully immersed, visited and filled with the Precious Holy Spirit, Ruach HaKodesh and He is the source of my strength, anointing and authority.
Some others could say that Bishops dressed in this traditional attire have killed Jews in past years. I am fully aware of that being a Jew myself but the attire had nothing to do with this, neither did the miter. In fact people in soldier’s uniforms, doctor’s gowns, police uniforms and even no uniform murdered many Jews. Then we should judge and excommunicate anyone wearing these garments, shouldn’t we?
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:1-3
THE STAR OF DAVID
Many people have judged the MAGEN DAVID or STAR OF DAVID as a demonic sign because it is found as “Solomon’s Seal” among the Free Masons. Free Masonry is a deceptive, Lucifer worshipping secret brotherhood that in the lowest degrees does “good works” and in its highest degrees worships Lucifer (name of satan before his rebellion against YHVH). Therefore since the Free Masons use the Star of David, it surely is of demonic origin. There are other assumptions about it but the point is that we need to be careful not to start a rumor that can be destructive and based on INTERPRETATION.
THE SIGNATURE OF MESSIAH?
“I, Yeshua, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” Revelation 22:16
The MAGEN DAVID is made of two superimposed triangles representing the SHIELD OF DAVID and possibly the signature of King David according to Paleo-Hebrew (Ancient Hebrew). It has also been interpreted as the Signature of Messiah Yeshua as one triangle points down (God came down and became flesh) and one points up (He ascended to Heaven after His resurrection). Since a triangle is THREE SIDED it could represent Elohim as a Tri-Une Being (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and Adam (Man) as a Tri-Une being (Spirit, soul and body). So All Elohim (God) and All Adam (Man) is who Messiah Yeshua is.
Ultimately every symbol and design may have been used by former generations that were pagan for one thing or another. These would include the Cross, the Star of David, The Moon and the Stars, different flowers, plants etc. Primarily satan is an imitator and he uses what The Almighty created and perverts it by giving it a twisted meaning. While we need to be careful not to wear or use something that is undoubtedly proven as a symbol of sin and death like the SWASTICA for example and other recognized occult and New Age symbols; we should refrain from taking things out of context and from starting a crusade against someone because of assumptions that may have distorted interpretations.
THE INFAMOUS BDS
The covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, And confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the allotment of your inheritance. Psalm 105: 9-11
The BDS crusade boycotting Israeli products from Judea and Samaria is born out of the fables and the myths that have been believed in the nations about the Land of Israel belonging to the Palestinians and not to the Jews as established in numerous Scriptures! As I said before; believing and acting upon them can be dangerous, destroy relationships and even lead to mass murder. We will do well in obeying YHVH’s Commandments:
DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST YOUR NEIGHBOR!
And before we express our judgment over another, check your sources and research it thoroughly as there are many myths and fables going around and the tongue can cause a devastating FIRE!
See how great a forest a little fire kindles! Yaakov (James) 3:5b
In any case we would do well in heeding to the warning words of Yeshua:
JUDGE NOT THAT YOU MAY NOT BE JUDGED!
AN IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER
Though we are not to judge by externals, it is very important to make sure that the way we dress gives glory to YHVH. Each one may have our own styles but we need to be very careful not to get dressed with worldly designs that expose our bodies in an unbecoming way (there are some parts that are to be reserved only for our husband or wife! HaleluYah!) And that goes for men and for women.
Many people also use T- shirts advertising metal rock bands or other deathly things. Those should be burnt as they glorify the devil! We should not be a banner advertising satan’s agendas! A true change of heart will also manifest in the way we dress! However this is not to say that we all need to be dressed in uniform. Each one of us have different personalities and the Creator created us different.
Some well meaning people insist that women should not wear pants as this is a man’s garment. That is actually not true for in different cultures men have had skirts (Scotland) and dresses (all over the Middle East). And women have had pants or sharwals all over the middle east as well, India and other places. In our modern society pants are not relegated to men. So we need to be careful not to fall into a religious and dogmatic spirit but need to dress in modesty with COMMON SENSE according to the society where we live so no one will malign us unnecessarily and in all things we give glory to Yah and do not cause a stumbling block before others with seductive garments.
A rule of thumb is to pray and ask The Holy Spirit to help you dress and to ask another more mature believer to assist you with a constructively critical eye.
The same goes concerning cuttings or tattoos. The Word expressly says NOT TO DO IT!
You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am YHVH. Leviticus 19:28
If you have already done it, go ahead and REPENT and never do it again. (1 John 1:9) Nowadays it is very easy with laser to also REMOVE THEM. Let us be marked by Adonai ONLY and not by any tattoos, not even “good ones”. Our bodies are Kadosh/HOLY and they are the Temple of the Holy Spirit.
Blessings from your Israeli Mentors and Friends,
Archbishop Dominiquae and Rabbi Baruch Bierman
“For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent” Isaiah 62:1