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Is religion the truth? — October 26, 2017

Is religion the truth?

Is religion the truth?

I have been wondering as of late whether or not religion is actually the truth. I live with a family that is very devoted to their faith in the catholic church and now I wonder if religion in general is the truth. I have the slightest idea that the United States is founded on a religious background but now I don’t believe that most religions are the truth. Are they good? I don’t know that either. Coming up as a very devoted catholic individual, I really had quite a lot of thoughts and ideas on the figure, Jesus. Now I often find that I disagree with the logic of the Christianity in that it portrays a messiah that died but didn’t really accomplish much. From the knowledge that I have on the new testament, I only find that Jesus accomplished very little in setting up or keeping a Jewish temple and liberating the Jewish people in Israel and around the earth. When I think of the messiah figure I think more that the messiah’s purpose as God’s anointed is or was to liberate the Jewish people and also maintain the Jewish temple. However, the only reason that Christianity is really strong is the idea that Jesus defeated a figure known as Satan whom in Christianity was the adversary of God.

There are a lot of different religions out there so how are any of them leading to any truth? Christianity maintains that the old testament is true but with the spin that everything in the old testament leads to the death of Jesus. I know right, you just don’t get it – Everything from OT leads to Jesus dying but also rising from the dead. Judaism believes in the Holy Scriptures – starting from Genesis all the way to Ezekiel and Isaiah and Jeremiah to more but does not maintain the new testament. And there are other religions out there too that have figures just like Jesus and even ancient alien shows that portray gods as aliens. Right…like aliens really built the pyramids and great temples – I just found out that the ancients built quarries and streams and carried the limestone pyramid blocks through canals. In any form, I have been learning that much of what I read of the Holy Jewish Scriptures take a historical approach to the LORD giving prophecy through someone to let everyone know things are getting tough because of the many nations. Judaism takes spirituality and sets it apart but with a realistic way of looking at turmoil in ancient times. And I don’t know if you know, but Judaism is also awaiting the messiah – but the messiah could come in 1000s of years.

And then, again, there are a bunch of other religions. So where is the truth? Most religions believe in a spiritual god and probably some new ones believe in something else. I just have to say that I don’t really want to take part in following Jesus if I only I am only told that I have to believe because of this or that. Jesus was alright with me or is alright with me – however you want to phrase it, but I don’t want to put a belief out there that might not be realistic.

Hobby — October 8, 2017

Hobby

Now my hobby has been to read the Bible and then write about the different chapters that I read. For example, I recently wrote two paragraphs on Ezekiel chapters 1-23 where I go into more depth on Ezekiel chapter 8 in which there is a description of the different things that were going on at God’s temple in Jerusalem in ancient days. Now when I read the Bible I really don’t find that there is anywhere pointing to Jesus and I don’t want to believe that either. When I see a crucifix with Jesus hanging dead on the cross, I have thought before saying, wow, how can one man be the savior of everyone in the world – it doesn’t seem logical and it doesn’t seem realistic. But maybe that is how God planned things. According to scripture, however, there is more of a mutual punishment in which sword, famine, or disease was the culprit that destroyed people. Sword being the lands like the Babylonians that overtook Jerusalem way back in days of old and famine and disease from around cities and deserts. Although mass might be full of devotion and rituals, I don’t go. It seems like the Jewish Bible is more of works that lead to the disruption of wickedness in ancient times. It seems more like there is God who often times disrupted the flow of pagan practices and also disrupted the flow of abominations throughout the land rather than there being any word on Jesus. However, there are certain passages in the scriptures that do detail the terrible outcome of certain characters such as the messiah, King Cyrus, where Cyrus is crushed and looked terrible for a moment. God can punish but God also did release the Israelites from bondage out of Egypt.

When I read the Bible, I get so interested in each separate chapter of each book that I read. I haven’t really read the entire Bible [still would like to read Samuel] but I read noteworthy books such as Isaiah and Jeremiah and I am still working on finishing the book of Ezekiel. I find in these books the history of the Jewish homeland [Israel] and the outcomes of the Mid Eastern lands from their ancient days. I find punishments for adultery and idolatry – I imagine that there were far more abominable things going on at the temple from the works in Ezekiel where Ezekiel sees that the elders are burning incense to beasts and creeping things among others. I find that the ancient world was filled with pagan practices like sun worship and even dreadful acts. I never knew that during those ancient times of days of old, people would eat one another because of famine.

But, hopefully I find hope.

Ezekiel the first half of the book —

Ezekiel the first half of the book

The book of Ezekiel so far has been an outstanding read. Towards the beginning of Ezekiel there are a lot of figures that the prophet describes and also the description of fires and thunders and lightning etc. The juicy part comes from chapter 8 of the book of Ezekiel the chapters from 8 to 23.

In chapter 8, Ezekiel sees GOD and also has some visions and the sight of what was going on in those ancient days at God’s temple. First, Ezekiel is taken to the Penimith Gate and sees an image. Second, images of beasts and creeping things were around the court wall in addition to seventy elders that burned incense to the images. Third, women were bewailing another god. And finally, some were worshiping the sun and bowing to the east. It is in the next chapters that God describes the heartbreak, so to say, because of the abominations around the land in those ancient times of old.

The book of Ezekiel has been full of great imagery and it has been a really good read. I hope to finish the book in the coming week.

Idolatry — September 16, 2017

Idolatry

Countless times, there is an issue that is brought up throughout the Tenakh. The issue is idolatry to include bowing to wood and stone. There is the strife in which people in the Tenakh bow to wood and stone and also create the idols of wood and stone which again, is called idolatry. The issue comes in the form of desiring to serve a different god instead of God which is forbidden accordingly. So what is the peoblem with that? For one, it causes issues of people serving gods that were not known and also the controversy of not serving the actual true God. Idolatry leads to other known defying of the commandnents in that while taking away service to the true God you are serving idols such as wood and stone or gods that might be adversarial and create problems for you or others leading to other controversies…
Work in progress

Adultery of Isaiah 51-54+ — September 13, 2017

Adultery of Isaiah 51-54+

Isaiah 52 ends with the writings about a servant of God that was “beyond human semblance” and “marred was his appearance.” It goes on with the writing that the servant shall be exalted and will prosper upon the return from exile. An interesting part of the quote about the servant is that Kings and nations would hear what they did not know and be startled at the knowledge that the servant of God should give. The next chapter begins somewhat with the revealing of the arm of the LORD.

In Isaiah 53, the righteous servant was not pleasing to people and had no charm that people should like him but that the man grew like “a tree crown.” The chapter goes on to say that “he was despised” and that he was not held in account. He was afflicted and smitten but he also took on the sickness and affliction that the people should have had – he was afflicted and smitten. The people were saying that it was because he was wounded and crushed and bore chastisement and bruises…it was that that made all the people whole – because he was afflicted by being beaten, the people were made complete. He was also maltreated.

Isaiah 54 opens with writings about a woman or lady that “did not travail” but that will be blessed by God. God, it was written, would take the wife back. But then later in Isaiah 57, it has writings about how a lot of the people are adulterers and are sons of a harlot.

In my opinion, much of the verses in Isaiah 50’s is about the wronged from adultery. It is nice that the Lord of Hosts, the Holy One would redeem the woman or lady and God would take her back, but it still leaves the room for the part that the servant of God was so afflicted. If the chapters from Isaiah 52 to 54 were to go one after another in concession and go together, then it is my opinion, again, that much of the strife in those chapters had to do with adultery. Isaiah seemed mad in which there are writings that the people were adulterers and sons of harlots and sorcerer’s. In Isaiah 51, the writings are about the divorce of the woman or lady in ages past which furthermore puts emphasis on the parts of the suffering that the man and woman or lady dealt with because of adultery and the suffering also because of the sins of the people too.

At first I was assuming that the servant that was maltreated was the messiah, King Cyrus, but now I am assuming that it was a bad affair that happened and now the servant was maltreated. Again, in my opinion, Isaiah 51 to 54 and more is all about the pain of adultery amongst the sins of many people.

 

Here is what God says about how to fast in order to be an ally to those in need:

No, this is the fast I desire: To unlock fetters of wickedness, And untie the cords of the yoke To let the oppressed go free; To break off every yoke.

הֲל֨וֹא פָרֹ֤ס לָֽרָעֵב֙ לַחְמֶ֔ךָ וַעֲנִיִּ֥ים מְרוּדִ֖ים תָּ֣בִיא בָ֑יִת כִּֽי־תִרְאֶ֤ה עָרֹם֙ וְכִסִּית֔וֹ וּמִבְּשָׂרְךָ֖ לֹ֥א תִתְעַלָּֽם׃

It is to share your bread with the hungry, And to take the wretched poor into your home; When you see the naked, to clothe him, And not to ignore your own kin.

אָ֣ז יִבָּקַ֤ע כַּשַּׁ֙חַר֙ אוֹרֶ֔ךָ וַאֲרֻכָתְךָ֖ מְהֵרָ֣ה תִצְמָ֑ח וְהָלַ֤ךְ לְפָנֶ֙יךָ֙ צִדְקֶ֔ךָ כְּב֥וֹד יְהוָ֖ה יַאַסְפֶֽךָ׃

Then shall your light burst through like the dawn And your healing spring up quickly; Your Vindicator shall march before you, The Presence of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

אָ֤ז תִּקְרָא֙ וַיהוָ֣ה יַעֲנֶ֔ה תְּשַׁוַּ֖ע וְיֹאמַ֣ר הִנֵּ֑נִי אִם־תָּסִ֤יר מִתּֽוֹכְךָ֙ מוֹטָ֔ה שְׁלַ֥ח אֶצְבַּ֖ע וְדַבֶּר־אָֽוֶן׃

Then, when you call, the LORD will answer; When you cry, He will say: Here I am. If you banish the yoke from your midst, The menacing hand, and evil speech,

וְתָפֵ֤ק לָֽרָעֵב֙ נַפְשֶׁ֔ךָ וְנֶ֥פֶשׁ נַעֲנָ֖ה תַּשְׂבִּ֑יעַ וְזָרַ֤ח בַּחֹ֙שֶׁךְ֙ אוֹרֶ֔ךָ וַאֲפֵלָתְךָ֖ כַּֽצָּהֳרָֽיִם׃

And you offer your compassion to the hungry And satisfy the famished creature— Then shall your light shine in darkness, And your gloom shall be like noonday.

וּבָנ֤וּ מִמְּךָ֙ חָרְב֣וֹת עוֹלָ֔ם מוֹסְדֵ֥י דוֹר־וָד֖וֹר תְּקוֹמֵ֑ם וְקֹרָ֤א לְךָ֙ גֹּדֵ֣ר פֶּ֔רֶץ מְשֹׁבֵ֥ב נְתִיב֖וֹת לָשָֽׁבֶת׃

Men from your midst shall rebuild ancient ruins, You shall restore foundations laid long ago. And you shall be called “Repairer of fallen walls, Restorer of lanes for habitation.”

Isaiah 60 — September 8, 2017

Isaiah 60

Isaiah 60:1-22

There is a lot of restoration in Isaiah chapter 60. Isaiah 60 has writings that deem Jerusalem as the center for restoration and a return to a kingdom where dromedaries will pass through and kings will serve the Jewish people. Wiki states that during the prophet Isaiah’s era, the book was most likely written during the Babylonian exile in which the mashiach, King Cyrus, was going to liberate the exiles, get them back to the land, and help rebuild the temple. In this chapter, it is stated that the presence of God will most likely always be with Zion and all of the Israelites. It is a chapter that states about the return of exiles most likely but moreover, the time forever where all nations shall walk by the light of Jerusalem and all people shall serve Zion. Ships and camels shall go there from afar and bring maneuvers of trade while the nations and peoples shall bow to Zion in order to follow and walk by the light of God where the presence of God is felt – Zion. It only seems logical then to want to serve the Jewish people and walk by the light of God.

Isaiah 51-52 — August 23, 2017

Isaiah 51-52

Isaiah 51:12 – 52:12

Well, Isaiah 51 through chapter 52 is a great part of the Tenakh. It is a writing about the return of God to Zion and the hopeful redeeming of the unhappy one. There seems to be one mistreatment, however, in that the arm of the LORD might have been so beyond semblance from God’s wrath that it could be considered mistreatment. However, G-d makes the statement that while His people were in Egypt and taken freed from slavery, Assyria gave nothing in return and was an oppressor. God was quick to be at hand, however, in that the statements consist of God returning to Zion to free the unhappy one without money. The problem with that is the unhappy one was most likely Zion in those ages past, but let’s for our sake say the unhappy one is a person – maybe a lady or great woman – instead of a nation.

God states that “Herewith I take from your hand the cup of reeling, the bowl, the cup of my wrath; you shall never drink it again” [Isaiah 51:22]. This is comforting because in the work, the statements are made about the oppressors but that will never oppress again because God will return to Zion and not make the oppressed drink “the cup of wrath” or the oppression. Instead, God will make the oppressors become the oppressed and the tormentors to drink the wrath.

G-d makes the statement that even though His people went to Egypt to sojourn, Assyria was an oppressor and gave them nothing in return. It would be nice to have G-d be favorable upon Zion but also on the oppressed and to become an ally of G-d and help out the cause. So God makes some statements and it is best to learn the name of God and to proclaim that God is King! And finally the work has statements about the return of the LORD to Zion with eyes beholding their King.

The dislike of the work only comes in the part where it states about the nations. Like how significant is a person to the nations. Most of the work is about nation to nation and not people to people. However, the prophet states that everyone will see the victory of God through the arm of the LORD. Hopefully nowadays it will only be good things that happen and since the work states that the cup of wrath will never be given to you and hopefully me again, then I am hopeful that great things will happen and great things will work out – for you And for me. Finally, God leads the way in order for the people to return to Zion.

Another sad part of Isaiah 51 is verse 12. Verse 12 states “I, I am he who comforts you! What ails you that you fear Man who must die, Mortals that fare like grass?” This is a sad part of Isaiah 51 because it is probably alright to be friends with Man. The whole notion that the servant of God is made to be so mistreated only for the glory of God is somewhat alarming.

Now let us pray for the oppressed and hope that only great things will come for the oppressed and the Servant of G-d. Oh yes!

Messiah and three predominant Religions — August 20, 2017

Messiah and three predominant Religions

Religion is an interesting phenomenon. Two religions out of the Middle East have different ways of going about their business. These religions are Judaism and Islam. Judaism is founded on the Torah [the first five books of the Bible] and their entire work is called the Tenakh. Islam believes in a man named Muhammad who was a prophet and their book is called the Qur’an. The next main religion with over a billion people is Christianity and is based out of Rome but stems from Judaism. Christianity has the book called the New Testament. Finally, a branch of Judaism called messianic Judaism is basically a run off of Christianity but instead is mostly practiced by some Jewish people rather than non-Jew. All three religions believe that there will be a messiah that will be around one day.

The interesting thing about Christianity and Judaism is the unequal ideas about a messiah or anointed person. Christianity believes that Jesus was The messiah and will come to Israel again. Judaism believes in a messiah figure that, in my opinion, will usher in an age of peace and get all Jewish people back to the land of Israel. King Cyrus of ancient Babylon was considered God’s anointed and he brought Jewish people back to the land of Israel and also helped usher in the age of a temple kingdom in Jerusalem. So I have learned that a messiah is anyone anointed by an established group and who rules as a king or assists the Jewish people. King David was also anointed and was King of Judah in ancient times.

The word messiah means to pour and if you do a search on Google then you will find that messiah is the deliverer of the Jewish nation. If you search pour then the word pour can mean 1. To prepare and serve 2. Flow rapidly in a steady stream and 3. To flow from a vessel by holding the vessel at an angle. So in my opinion, the messiah will be there to prepare and serve the Jewish people even if the messiah is a non-Jew and to establish the Kingdom of God.

Isaiah and the Car show [Concourse de’elegance] — August 16, 2017

Isaiah and the Car show [Concourse de’elegance]

Isaiah 54:11 – 55:5

Isaiah 54:11 – 55:5 is a comfort for to the one that is loved. It entails the return to God and also the decking out with jewels of the barren one. If anything, this part of Isaiah has written about one that Isaiah talks about to return to him. Isaiah loved even the barren one and it was stated that even the barren one would have sons and daughters and that the barren one would be built up with all different sorts of jewels with a foundation of sapphires. This means that it is time to have a foundation with the people that are around you – to be a part of the community and have a foundation of sapphires and precious gems – and to establish what you do in righteousness. It means that the lady or woman spoken about will have some sort of dominion or will be established through righteousness. She has or will have people [sons and daughters] that will be like her children and her foundation and company will be like sapphires.

The good part of eating a nice meal is the satisfaction of people having conversation and of course the delicious meal. But why do people buy jewels and deck people out with all different arrays of trinkets and accessories? Why do we buy material items? The purpose of building someone up to be like a mother to myself is part of what this chapter of Isaiah is about. It is time to build the foundation for the woman or lady in Monterey and establish her through righteousness.

It is also time now in Monterey for the Concourse de’elegance – a car auction throughout Monterey County. So all different sorts of different cars that sometimes get auctioned for large amounts of money are displayed throughout the cities. There should food – but there is not. So why do we like expensive things – such as cars that are more for display rather than actually driving around? Maybe you will get some satisfaction with a million dollar car, but hopefully there is the satisfaction of building someone up and also enjoying the days of car week.

So it is the week of the car show and it is the time to get out there and enjoy interests and a festival of cars that will be displayed and some that will be auctioned. It is time for thos car enthusiasts to display expensive cars. It is also a time for satisfaction – to get a great meal in Monterey.

For me, hopefully it is the days where I build the foundation for the woman or lady and have everything established through righteousness.

Genealogy — August 12, 2017

Genealogy

Three women and the genealogy of Adam and God

In the genealogies’ of Cain and Adam, it is interesting that only three women are mentioned in the lineage and genealogies’ of the people. The three women are mentioned as two wives and one sister of the men that are mentioned. The two wives are Adah and Zillah whom were married to Lamech from the lineage of Cain. Naamah is mentioned as the sister of Tubal-Cain.

The most compelling part of the genealogies’ is that they are from two different fathers. The first genealogy mentioned is that of the LORD’s of whom Eve mothered Cain’s descendants. The second genealogy is of Adam’s lineage. Adam knew his wife again is what Genesis states to which in place of Abel, God had given her a male son of whom they called Seth.

This leads to the difference between Adam and God. Adam was called Man while God is called the LORD. If you can just think about this for a second, then if there was the serpent in the garden and the LORD God said that the man has become like one of us now, then you can either make the assumption that the man is the Serpent or the man is Adam of which the LORD God was speaking about. Most likely, the LORD God was speaking with the Serpent when LORD God said that the man has become like one of us – knowing good and bad. Hence, the knowledge that the Serpent had when he asked if God really said not to eat from the tree of good and bad. So then the LORD God must be a mix between Man and Serpent – Lol, are you with me. Hence, the LORD [serpent] God [Adam] who has a mixture between Man and Serpent. Finally, when Adam knew his wife again, it was stated that she conceived a male son with the help of God.

This brings me to Isaiah chapters 49:14 – 51:3. In those chapters, it was stated to look back to the rock that you were hewn from and to ponder upon the patriarch and matriarch, Abraham and Sarah, the father of many nations. So part of that topic would include finding out about where you originate from – from what land did your first forefather come from. Since there are misunderstandings to where Cain met his wife and where the wives came from in the genealogies’ of Adam and Cain, it might be safe to assume that there were people other than Adam that were in the world to include one that many religions don’t consider a man – the Serpent [Holy One]. Adam was taken to the garden of God in Genesis and the Serpent was also created but there is room for imagination about where the Serpent originated and whether or not the Serpent was already in the world and in other places besides the garden. So one might say to find the place that one originated in ancient times. There are differences between the two characters – Adam and Serpent.

 

לֹ֣א אִ֥ישׁ אֵל֙ וִֽיכַזֵּ֔ב וּבֶן־אָדָ֖ם וְיִתְנֶחָ֑ם הַה֤וּא אָמַר֙ וְלֹ֣א יַעֲשֶׂ֔ה וְדִבֶּ֖ר וְלֹ֥א יְקִימֶֽנָּה׃ God is not man to be capricious, Or mortal to change His mind. Would He speak and not act, Promise and not fulfill? [Numbers 23:19]

וְהָ֣אָדָ֔ם יָדַ֖ע אֶת־חַוָּ֣ה אִשְׁתּ֑וֹ וַתַּ֙הַר֙ וַתֵּ֣לֶד אֶת־קַ֔יִן וַתֹּ֕אמֶר קָנִ֥יתִי אִ֖ישׁ אֶת־יְהוָֽה׃ Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gained a male child with the help of the LORD.” [Genesis 4:1]

וַיֵּ֨דַע אָדָ֥ם עוֹד֙ אֶת־אִשְׁתּ֔וֹ וַתֵּ֣לֶד בֵּ֔ן וַתִּקְרָ֥א אֶת־שְׁמ֖וֹ שֵׁ֑ת כִּ֣י שָֽׁת־לִ֤י אֱלֹהִים֙ זֶ֣רַע אַחֵ֔ר תַּ֣חַת הֶ֔בֶל כִּ֥י הֲרָג֖וֹ קָֽיִן׃ Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, meaning, “God has provided me with another offspring in place of Abel,” for Cain had killed him. [Genesis 4:25]

Finally, Adam and the Woman were like Gods – knowing good and bad.

The Unknown Force – Is G-d out there or far from there? —

The Unknown Force – Is G-d out there or far from there?

The Unknown Force – Is G-d out there or far from there?

So I overheard a conversation the other day between some people. Well, it was as if it were right out of a science fiction or fantasy book or movie. The conversation had to do with “us” being vulnerable to an unknown force. My automatic process had me informed about an unknown force that was dominant and might be contrary to them. Really, it was like it was right out of a fantasy movie or book. Since I don’t remember the exact words that were spoken, it went something like, “We have to be aware of what is out there,” “I know, what do we do about the ‘unknown force,’” and “It is a risk.”

It was somewhat interesting that the conversation kept saying we have to or we need to. Although there was nothing spoken by me, it was interesting because you might say that G-d allowed a banding together of men and women to discuss something.

Now I once heard a Rabbi tell a story about a man who was taken to a garden. There was also a statue of a righteous man in the middle of the garden. As the man ventured away from the statue he was struck with fear and thought that he was being chased by demons. Every time that the man would come back and get closer to the statue, the Rabbi said, the man would become at ease again and not feel that he was being chased and not feel like there was an unknown presence that was near him.

I don’t know if that related to the conversation that I heard but it did make me think of that story that the Rabbi told. In real-time reality, now the United States is worrying about North Korea having and using nuclear weapons. If North Korean citizens had infiltrated the United States, what would the people do? The country makes their people go to prison labor camps, the people have starved before, and now there is the back and forth threats between President Trump and dictator Kim Jong Un about making fire and also the disarmament of nuclear weapons.

There has got to be one out there that really rules over the heavens and the earth. Based on the conversation that I heard while walking in Monterey, Ca, if there was a war between DPRK and the United States then hopefully it will turn out to be where DPRK citizens and United States citizens can assimilate and all conflicts be reasonably resolved along with the adaptation of peoples to places. Who knows? Maybe there is an unknown force that DPRK and the United States have to worry about instead of the back and forth rhetoric of disarmament and possible escalating controversies. Maybe G-d is out there.

Isaiah 49:14 – 51:3 — August 11, 2017

Isaiah 49:14 – 51:3

Isaiah 49:14 – 51:3

In Isaiah chapters 49 through the beginning of chapter 51, the prophet makes statements in which it is stated that the prophet and God can triumph when GOD is his vindicator. The statement is made that when you seek the LORD and you have GOD with you to be there to help you with your issues, then there is comfort in all that you do. God comforts Zion, Zion that was rejected and was said to be forsaken. God also shows up in the land in order to rebuild. God remembered Zion and in that state, God comforted Zion.

It was stated that Zion was all forgotten and forsaken. Additionally, that Zion said God has forsaken Zion and the master has forgotten Zion. God even states some Torah in which all the people that are assembled come to you and also that you will deck yourself with those people like a bride and don them like jewels. It was stated that Isaiah was asking for G-d’s assistance and in that instance, GOD backed the prophet by saying that queens and kings would serve and also the people would be brought back to Zion. God also states the following which is a delicious part of the triumph of God. God stated, “I the LORD am your Savior, the Mighty One of Jacob, your Redeemer” (Isaiah 49:26).

In any case, it is stated in the chapters that you should look back to your roots and to the land that you were made from. It even stated to look back to the patriarch and matriarch Abraham and Sarah – the father and mother of many nations.

So it is the time to look to man and G-d in order to make some triumph and joy out of living. While people might have made spittle or tore out your actual hair, it is the time to make friends with the community and ask what G-d can do for you. It should be a time of music and joy and to think about the land you come from [where you live and also where people inhabited in ancient days]. Additionally, if you come from Abraham then remember Abraham, the patriarch of the many nations, and ponder about these ancient people and lands that you came from – in other words, “Look to the rock you were hewn from” (Isaiah 51:1).

Isaiah 51:3 states “Gladness and joy shall abide there, thanksgiving and the sound of music.” These days should be like days of the Garden of God. Hopefully you all can make it joyous and bring gladness.

 

Have a good one!

Isaiah Chapter 40 Explanation — July 31, 2017

Isaiah Chapter 40 Explanation

Isaiah 40:1-26

 

In the beginning of Isaiah chapter 40, it is proclaimed from the prophet Isaiah that the land has received double for their sins and their punishment is over. It is a word from the prophet telling the inhabitants that the hand of LORD had made the land receive double and that the land’s service was now over. There is exclamation of the end process of beholding G-d through all the works that were finished. The most interesting part of Isaiah chapter 40 is the verse that proclaims to behold G-d. Isaiah 40 verse 10 states הִנֵּ֨ה אֲדֹנָ֤י יְהוִה֙ בְּחָזָ֣ק יָב֔וֹא וּזְרֹע֖וֹ מֹ֣שְׁלָה ל֑וֹ הִנֵּ֤ה שְׂכָרוֹ֙ אִתּ֔וֹ וּפְעֻלָּת֖וֹ לְפָנָֽיו׃ Behold, the Lord GOD comes in might, And His arm wins triumph for Him; See, His reward is with Him, His recompense before Him. According to that verse, God finally showed up in the land and all the reward and amends was most likely about or by being with the LORD and partaking in the fruit of the land. Finally, G-d had again established the new world. Accordingly, the triumph of G-d was for the LORD most likely. A few questions are posed from the prophet Isaiah. The questions had to do with how did G-d do it – how did he gain knowledge and find the path of wisdom. G-d was knowledgeable in the LORD. Isaiah states about the teaching of G-d. Then Isaiah states in the chapter that the idol that will not topple is the gift to portray that G-d was G-d from the beginning of creation. G-d established the heavens and the earth. Potentates and rulers are made to be as little because of G-d is what Isaiah states, and because of G-d, people might bear off like straw by the storm of G-d. Then the Holy One asks וְאֶל־מִ֥י תְדַמְּי֖וּנִי וְאֶשְׁוֶ֑ה יֹאמַ֖ר קָדֽוֹשׁ׃ To whom, then, can you liken Me, To whom can I be compared? —says the Holy One (Isaiah 40:25).

Jeremiah 8:13-9:23 — July 30, 2017

Jeremiah 8:13-9:23

Jeremiah 8:13 – 9:23

 

Jeremiah 8:13 – 9:23 consists of anguish from the prophet Jeremiah and the people of the land. The anguish consists in a sense of a wailing about the destruction from the surroundings. G-d gives the reply in which the prophet Jeremiah conveys the message that the end of the inhabitants was at hand during that era and further that serpents were coming to destroy the land. Long ago, that time was a time of distress for the inhabitants because of the foreign Kings that were set on the destruction of that place and determined on conquering. The prophet explains that “The whole land quaked” from the chariots and peoples that went to destroy the land during that era (Jeremiah 8:16). A quote stated that the people were in anguish because of the idols that were around even amongst G-d, the King. Another quote stated that even among the people, G-d said that he would “smelt and assay them” because of the people (Jeremiah 9:6).  Part of the issue is that during that era, many idols were being made and there was no stopping with the making of idols. Instead of worshipping G-d, every man and his neighbor were bent on smelting and assaying tons of idols. So G-d questioned whether or not there should have been punishment – because of the deception and creation of many idols. If it goes that an array of idols are being created then it leaves no room for service to G-d. In addition, because of the unfaithfulness to G-d, the land was made desolate with barely anything living in it whilst some people were exiled and some stayed in a desolation of what I would call a zero zone – a zone for a brief time where people might pass but other creatures don’t go. G-d responded in all of that, that because of the baalim and attempts to create arrays of idols, the service to G-d was not all there, moreover, I say that since there was the creation of a slew of idols and everybody serving the slew of idols that everyone was making, the service to G-d was not there.

Jeremiah description of first half of book — July 25, 2017

Jeremiah description of first half of book

The Book of Jeremiah -1-28

 

So far the book of Jeremiah has been terrible. In that sense, it seems like a book of the nations that seems to have only imaginings of chaos, violence, and the likes. If you imagine that during that era of the prophet Jeremiah that there was probably a problem with factions of nations coming against the land of Israel. If there isn’t historical knowledge of what occurred during that era then you have to go off what the book states. The issue goes from, in my opinion, a playfulness of “oh my gosh,” people are baking cakes and eating meat, to one that is stirred with jesters that have one side in mind at the downfall of victims of the nations.

Toward the beginning of the book the prophet seems to be struggling with some issue. The playfulness is that it was stated in the book that the people were building fires and also baking cakes. The cakes were being baked by everyone in order to acknowledge the Queen of Heaven and whilst the entirety of the land was building fires and baking the LORD seems to have an intolerance for wickedness in the land – a wickedness that prophet Jeremiah was complaining about. The Lord GOD states in chapter 7 that all it is is wrath while the LORD of Hosts says to eat meat! This chapter was particularly entertaining in that the whole inhabitants were building the fires and making cakes.

Toward chapter 10 you might feel that your soul feels heavy based on what was written in the book of Jeremiah. It might be about a people that endured or were going to endure exile and the hardships that came with the factions of nations that came against the inhabitants during that era. The prophet speaks of wickedness and an ancient nation that would put the inhabitants into exile. The interesting thing in this chapter is that it was written to not be afraid of them that do no harm but can do no good. And it goes on past chapter 10 to descriptions of people going against Judah and also more about inhabitants being exiled at the downfall of the people that drink in order to get drunk and eventually have a downfall. You might start to imagine that an ancient group of people were coming to destroy the inhabitants and then some inhabitants are exiled and some die regardless of the history of the matter or not. It starts past these chapters to where you could imagine that large swells of people are yelling with violence and even one might be going at each other with swords. Oh, and then it is terrible. If that were or weren’t the case then all different branches are saying that if the sword doesn’t get you then pestilence might. The prophet seems too attached to destroying the land, or it might be that the people in highest ranks are factually wanting to destroy.

The sad thing is that toward the chapter 20-28 – at least in one of those chapters – the Lord states that pestilence, sword, and famine are going to be there for the remnants in Egypt and Judah. How terrible! But even more so, if you could save that one Lord then the Lord might live and live comfortably. If it was a case of one guy dying at the hands of the Kings in that era and the prophet telling how things were going to be it is just a complete and utter humanity case of woe! Even more so, when one of the prophets states that the remnant is going to be restored, prophet Jeremiah stepped in in order to place more control over the opposition. Toward those chapters, it was all about serving the King of Babylon.

I will end there for now. Hopefully I will get the chance to keep writing about the next chapters of the book of Jeremiah. To end, here is a quote of what was written, כִּדְנָה֙ תֵּאמְר֣וּן לְה֔וֹם אֱלָ֣הַיָּ֔א דִּֽי־שְׁמַיָּ֥א וְאַרְקָ֖א לָ֣א עֲבַ֑דוּ יֵאבַ֧דוּ מֵֽאַרְעָ֛א וּמִן־תְּח֥וֹת שְׁמַיָּ֖א אֵֽלֶּה׃ (ס)Thus shall you say to them: Let the gods, who did not make heaven and earth, perish from the earth and from under these heavens.” 

Jeremiah 2 – The inhabitants forsake the LORD — July 17, 2017

Jeremiah 2 – The inhabitants forsake the LORD

Jeremiah 2 – The inhabitants forsake the LORD

 

The LORD strikes at the inhabitants of the land with a sound of appall. In Jeremiah 2, the LORD vents that the inhabitants of the land are forsaking the LORD and abandoning the LORD. The LORD spoke that the inhabitants were deluded and went after delusion. It is always good to seek out the LORD while the LORD might be found. Instead of the inhabitants of the land seeking to enjoy the fruits that the LORD might provide, the LORD makes the claim that the land is full of loathing and is abhorrent. G-d states to the people of the land that they go after Baalim even whilst the LORD says that there is a wickedness and that they follow what can do no good. The LORD there spoke forth that the inhabitants turned away from the LORD and the LORD was probably appalled and possibly angered by that. In essence, they “followed what can do no good” [Jeremiah 2 verse 8]. The statements put forth are statements of upsetting conditions in which the LORD makes claim and in which the LORD also places a grasp on the inhabitants. Finally, G-d makes the claim that by forsaking the LORD, the inhabitants had to handle affliction.

The LORD in Jeremiah chapter 2 is letting the inhabitants know that they have abandoned the LORD and went after delusion. Additionally, the LORD makes the statement that nobody is asking about the LORD who brought the Israelites out of Egypt. The LORD also makes the claim that the inhabitants are making the LORD’s possession abhorrent or repugnant. Finally the people were prophecying by Baal and followed “what can do no good.” G-d finally makes the claim that misfortune and affliction is from forsaking the LORD and that since there is no awe of the G-d. G-d also makes the claim that the guilt of going after the baalim is ingrained in the inhabitants but G-d also makes the claim that “none grow weary who seek her out – in her season, they’ll find her.” Oh gosh, the inhabitants are going after the baalim and G-d says so. So where is G-d when any inhabitant needs saving. The LORD speaks that even whilst inhabitants go after the baalim, when things get hectic, the inhabitants cry save please and the LORD made claim.

Genesis Chapter 13 – Abram and Lot – The issue between herdsmen — July 14, 2017

Genesis Chapter 13 – Abram and Lot – The issue between herdsmen

Genesis Chapter 13 – Abram and Lot – The issue between herdsmen

In Genesis chapter 13, Abram and Lot had to decide how they were going to part ways. Abram decides to have the land of Canaan while Lot parted to the lands east of Canaan in the Plain. Abram and Lot seemed to have issues with how they were going to decide on which lands to part to since they both had large groups of cattle. This was all due to the quarreling among the herdsmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdsmen of Lot’s cattle. Chapter 13 states that וַֽיְהִי־רִ֗יב בֵּ֚ין רֹעֵ֣י מִקְנֵֽה־אַבְרָ֔ם וּבֵ֖ין רֹעֵ֣י מִקְנֵה־ל֑וֹט וְהַֽכְּנַעֲנִי֙ וְהַפְּרִזִּ֔י אָ֖ז יֹשֵׁ֥ב בָּאָֽרֶץ׃—The Canaanites and Perizzites were then dwelling in the land.— Thus, Abram makes the proposal to go separate ways in that he says to Lot that since there is an issue between the herdsmen, let them depart and go to wherever they decide to go…and Lot agreed. Additionally, Abram makes an altar for the LORD in that chapter.

What an interesting story from Genesis this one is. Obviously, day to day work seems to be stirred with many different peoples ideas of what is best for everyone else. In addition the LORD speaks up to Abram and says words that hopefully are good but based upon what your interpretation of the verse as good would mean. So if a calf spoke then hopefully the calf would say that the calf is grazing and eating much grasses. In the case of Abram, Abram was blessed with so much possessions that one could either say it was all luck or that Abram really worked for so many possessions. Take for instance the people with billionaire money. Was it luck to produce something that got them billions or was it pure work? In the case of Abram, all you know is that Abram was either a guy or man who had a lot of silver and possessions and who was inundated with cattle. Obviously the LORD was on the side of Abram when he spoke of the decree to make Abram’s descendants numerous.

In that chapter of Genesis, the LORD spoke up to Abram in order to let him know that Abram would hopefully have numerous descendants. Since Abram possessed so much  cattle and silver, is it any wonder what the LORD was saying to Abram? If the LORD had controversy with the splitting of ways between Abram and Lot then it might have been told to Abram. For instance, LORD knowingly could have said band together with Lot and become one people. Instead, the scenario was that since herdsmen of cattle had controversy, Lot took his possessions to the Plain while Abram possessed Canaan. An idea in chapter 13 is that it portrayed Abram as a very blessed guy who had numerous possessions. It was by the LORD who spoke up to let him be aware that the LORD had in mind to fulfill a promise to make Abram’s descendants numerous. Chapter 13 also provides you with an overarching portrayal of controversies between groups.

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Covenant between God and all that is living —

Covenant between God and all that is living

Genesis – God and Noah

Genesis 6 begins with the statement that the divine ones took wives from among the daughters that pleased them. In this chapter, you also have the reference to H’Nfilim [Nephilim] who appeared on earth during that time and later – they appeared on earth when the divine ones were cohabiting with those daughters of men. The Nephilim were considered heroes.

During that time, Noah found favor with God and is told to stay in the ark while the floodgates open and the creatures on earth “perish” due to the rain and flood. Noah had three sons [Shem, Ham, and Japheth] that were given the task to also stay in the ark during the flood. Noah is also given the task from God to shut all the beasts of the earth inside the ark – the creatures ranged from birds, cattle, and two of every kind that had the breath of life within them and were clean.

If you are ever in the situation where a storm comes, you are not alone. During Noah’s flood that Noah stayed in the ark for…it is stated that the rain and floodgates opened for 40 days and 40 nights. The Holy One then makes the statement that never again will the creatures of earth be destroyed through a flood nor will mankind and creatures of God be completely destroyed. God makes the covenant with Noah and all living creatures that never again will there be a flood to destroy all flesh and that God’s bow is set in the clouds as a sign to remember the covenant between God and all flesh.

Covenant between God and all that is living —

Covenant between God and all that is living

Genesis – God and Noah

Genesis 6 begins with the statement that the divine ones took wives from among the daughters that pleased them. In this chapter, you also have the reference to H’Nfilim [Nephilim] who appeared on earth during that time and later – they appeared on earth when the divine ones were cohabitating with those daughters of men. The Nephilim were considered heroes.

During that time, Noah found favor with God and is told to stay in the ark while the floodgates open and the creatures on earth “perish” due to the rain and flood. Noah had three sons [Shem, Ham, and Japheth] that were given the task to also stay in the ark during the flood. Noah is also given the task from God to shut all the beasts of the earth inside the ark – the creatures ranged from birds, cattle, and two of every kind that had the breath of life within them and were clean.

If you are ever in the situation where a storm comes, you are not alone. During Noah’s flood that Noah stayed in the ark for…it is stated that the rain and floodgates opened for 40 days and 40 nights. The Holy One then makes the statement that never again will the creatures of earth be destroyed through a flood nor will mankind and creatures of God be completely destroyed. God makes the covenant with Noah and all living creatures that never again will there be a flood to destroy all flesh and that God’s bow is set in the clouds as a sign to remember the covenant between God and all flesh.

Curses from the garden —

Curses from the garden

The curses from the garden

As a part of the creation story in Genesis, the LORD God lets mankind know what the issues are that probably most of you go through. Each individual in Genesis chapter 3 is given a curse that each distinct individual has to handle throughout their lifetime. Three main characters are present in the garden story and then there is the LORD God who charges the individual mankind with separate criteria. It is important to note in Genesis 3 that one individual is the serpent – in other words the man that talks to the woman about the tree in the garden. The other two individuals are the woman, as noted above, and Adam.

In this part of the creation story [Genesis chapter 3], the serpent was considered a wild beast. In that part, the serpent asked the woman whether or not God really said not to eat from the tree in the middle of the garden. The woman’s reply is that she was told she would die if she ate from or even touched the tree in the middle of the garden. The woman partook in the fruit from the tree because of the wisdom that the tree provided. The woman also gave some of the fruit to her husband. Then the curses are set forth by the LORD God.

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God in Creation [Genesis 1-3] — July 10, 2017

God in Creation [Genesis 1-3]

As a part of creation it is probably right to notice that there is an expanse between people. In Genesis, it is written that waters are separated from waters. Do any of you wonder if there is a separation between living creatures or is everything wild? God created every living creature that moves here. So it all seems to be about man even though the creatures such as cattle, creeping things, and even wild beasts are considered in the opening chapter of Genesis. Once man is created and with the blessing of God, man is given the task of ruling over the living creatures and is given the entire earth and today there is even the separation of people within geographic boundaries. Genesis 1:28 states וַיְבָ֣רֶךְ אֹתָם֮ אֱלֹהִים֒ וַיֹּ֨אמֶר לָהֶ֜ם אֱלֹהִ֗ים פְּר֥וּ וּרְב֛וּ וּמִלְא֥וּ אֶת־הָאָ֖רֶץ וְכִבְשֻׁ֑הָ וּרְד֞וּ בִּדְגַ֤ת הַיָּם֙ וּבְע֣וֹף הַשָּׁמַ֔יִם וּבְכָל־חַיָּ֖ה הָֽרֹמֶ֥שֶׂת עַל־הָאָֽרֶץ׃ God blessed them and God said to them, “Be fertile and increase, fill the earth and master it; and rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and all the living things that creep on earth.”

The next part of the creation story opens with LORD God who made the earth and heaven. So here you have God as a master over man and all the living creatures of the earth. However, If there was ever one to know what the troubles of mankind are then it is God. Of course God is such that God is master over heaven and earth. So in that part of Genesis, God is given a title of LORD God. This might be the confusing part for whether or LORD God is God who began to create and then finished the earth and heaven and all its array. So if you take LORD God as a title of God in that part of the creation story, then that is the best way to start getting knowledgeable about LORD God who is in center in opening Genesis. In this part of creation, men have been created but there is the problem of the desire or moreover the will of men to good or bad. LORD God gives the command to man to eat but not everything.

And finally in the third chapter of Genesis, the narrative turns to man partaking in the desirable fruit from the middle of the garden. So in that section the eyes of the man and woman are opened and they hide from the LORD God who was walking in the garden during the DAYTIME!

Parsha Numbers 1:48 51 — May 28, 2017
Prophecy in Genesis — May 21, 2017
Genesis 1:1-5 — May 20, 2017

Genesis 1:1-5

I am going over a couple of translations from scripture. I am starting with the sefaria.org Hebrew English transliteration version of Genesis 1, and I am working on several translations from Strong’s King James Version, Institute for Scripture Research, Orthodox Jewish Version, and Jubilee 2000 version possibly among others. It is probably good to find the closest to the original version as possible and the sefaria.org Genesis is probably closest to the origins of the ancient writings. Below, I post some scripture and write about the key topics and anything that ignites the flame of creativity when it comes to the godly book of the near east. I might also use commentary from Rashi to usher in more ideas.

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Genesis 2:4-7 —
Home — May 16, 2017

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Work in progress.

Nicholas Jakubowski’s blog. I am going over Torah and Tanach, or in other words, the Bible. Let us explore the Bible here. I will start by posting from Genesis and work my way through interesting points and key points in the Bible. Here you might find scripture and the ancient, or maybe just old, form of the creation of G-d through the Bible.