Cents and sensibilities

“These racks are 80% off” says the man in the store. Who doesn’t love a bargain when shopping for a replacement of your favorite sweat shirt because the cold-crippled chicken named Dolly you heroically rescued from behind the A-frame decided at that moment to anoint you with her special herbs and seasonings. So much for prophetic anointing. I should have seen that one coming. It probably went with the wind.

Sadly, not even a tidal wave would wash that stain out of my camel hair tunic. At least it wasn’t as expensive as the goat-skinned poncho I got on sale two years ago.

My mother was called Dolly when she was a little child. When taking my then senior mother shopping one day, invariably her own special anointing for saying things that didn’t seem to make any sense to me appeared. Without warning she said:

“I only ever pay full price.”

She was trying to impress me at the time. It actually did, but probably not in the way that she imagined. The impression it left upon me was whether or not she had any idea how foolish she sounded. My response at the time was something like:

“When you do what…?”

I followed that question with another question:

“Are you nuts?”

I’ll pay full price only if I have to and only if I really like something. I’m of a smaller build, but even so it seems as if retail outlets are convinced that all women are fourteen years of age, five foot six and a “4 petite” in pants. In this row of the field, “fashion” and “sense” are two words that are rarely found in the same sentence, let alone department store aisle. Our local winter “fashion” is universal farm frockery complete with muck boots, Sherpa-lined hat and pitch fork.

Lately we’ve shopped at Farms ‘N Such where you can get a new outfit, brooder hens and replacement plugs for your Massey Ferguson, all in the same trip. (Actually you can get really good deals on muck boots, Sherpa-lined hats and pitchforks off-season. The plugs, maybe not so much.)

It’s an added bonus for me and for which I praise Yahuah if something simply

a.) fits (or)

b.) is marked at least a third of the way down

That third of the way down is a big deal for some of us today. I don’t really worry too much about clothing. After all, Messiah wore a fringed tunic, sandals and a few other linens, but he had much better weather than we do. Still, his wisdom teaches us not to be concerned over what we eat or wear or much of anything else. That’s because the Father knows all of our needs before we do. He’s the One who clothes the lilies of the field and provides for all of our needs according to his riches and glory. Father has a very large storehouse and a never ending pocketbook, which is good because people never seem to stop wanting things.

One of the most important Scriptures for us to “buy” today whether in or out of season, comes from Luke 12.

Luke 12:15 – And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

Although the Word is fairly clear on this, there is much debate about how followers of Messiah are supposed to live today in terms of wealth. Many people feel there is nothing wrong with being wealthy. Others argue that Yahusha pointed to a life of poverty when he spoke to a rich man. But there is another dimension to the parables that Yahusha teaches, and we need his anointed eyes, mind, and higher heart to see things the way he does. From Luke we can see that what is important for salvation and for our life here on Earth is not found in the possessions we have or try to acquire. It is something far more valuable.

The poverty that Yahusha speaks in terms of selling possessions is only one aspect, one dimension, one perspective of his truth that can be found in his rather heavily-laden Word. But therein lies the problem. We are only reading the Word with the eyes of flesh. We are looking at the Word from far away. We need to move in for a much closer view. We need to change our perspective. We need Messiah’s Spirit to interpret his Word for us. Let that impress you for a jot or a tittle of a moment.

You see, while scholars and Holy Spirit-led people run rings around the Torah tree collar, what should be plainly evident is that Messiah often spoke in parables and metaphors. But he also had a special anointing that comes only from the Father. That anointing played out in his spoken and demonstrated Word, and it carried through onto his written Word.

As with my Mother, what is plainly evident to her isn’t always plainly evident to others. You see, we have been blinded by our own thoughts and interpretations of what we think the Word is saying, when it is not necessarily all that is happening or meant to be understood. But man thinks he knows the Scripture and argues and banters for eons over who’s right and who’s wrong. No one is “right” without Messiah, because no one is in their right mind without his Spirit. And for that reason, those who adhere to the old ways of thinking and being and doing are going to be left behind.

The problem is that we read the Bible with the eyes of flesh. Our flesh like our minds, is divided by iniquity. We either see out of our left or right spiritual eye. We aren’t looking at the Word through the eyes of the Spirit of the One who wrote it, to allow him to give us his interpretations. Instead, we pray lofty prayers and take chief seats in the synagogues and write religious doctrines and wear long tzitzits and invent traditions based on what we think the Word is saying or what we want it to say, rather than what Messiah says we should be saying or doing to please our Elohim, our Father.

We need Messiah’s Spirit to interpret Messiah’s flesh, his Word in all of its forms. We’re simply no good without him. It’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. Let’s examine the three instances in Scripture where this idea emerges. You will see that what your eyes behold is not always what you think you are seeing. Like my beloved Mom, what you see (or say) won’t necessarily make sense to others without the proper interpretation, without the proper anointing, without your full faculties and the sensibilities and wisdom of Messiah. Even when the prophet stood before the religious leaders, the prophet wasn’t seen. They “killed” the prophet. They killed the messenger, but they couldn’t kill the message, because it is anointed!

In the first example of the camel and the needle, what Messiah reveals is that it is easier for the body of the camel to go through the eye of the needle, than for the body of the rich man to enter Heaven. The fleshly camel if dead, can certainly be forced through the tiny opening of the needle eye if every part of him is dried and pulverized. It would take time, but it could be done. But no matter what form the rich man’s body takes after death, he can never enter Heaven because what is flesh is flesh and what is Spirit is Spirit. A transformation needs to take place to turn flesh into Spirit. That transformation comes from the anointing of Messiah’s Spirit upon the flesh. 

Matthew 19:24 – And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

That word “needle” here in the Hebrew language is [G4476] “rhaphis.”  (That’s the Strong’s Concordance number for this Word, which is translated from Greek.) It means to sow, to puncture. The word “camel” here is [G2574] “kamēlos. It means a literal camel the animal or metaphorically something that is nearly impossible. Without a puncture wound, a transformation can’t take place. But with one, the vessel of the heart can be emptied and then refilled with the blood of Messiah and restitched together with the needle that heals all sorrows, all wounds. It is healed by the stripes (stitches) and nail marks in his hands (needles).

The next camel and needle we see has the same definitions carried through the verse that we just looked at. This indicates that the individuals who represent camels as a metaphor can’t go through the eye of a needle very easily, and neither can a rich man enter the Kingdom of Heaven in a fleshly state. These camels are the pious religious leaders of the different priesthood seasons (Levitical and Melchizedek). They are just as guilty of sin as the people who refuse to give tithes and offerings (including the leaders) and who refuse to take care of the poor, the downtrodden, the strangers and the widows. That’s because they have no idea how to property tithe. Yeshua is bringing forth that anointed gospel in this season as well.

Matthew 23:24 – Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

The religious leaders are being compared to animals, beasts of burden. That’s because they work so hard at keeping the Laws that to them are highly important. They write their own Laws but they also add to and take away from the Torah,  which they are commanded never to do. They forget the smaller matters, the jots and tittles of the Torah while thundering around making a big show of the Laws they do keep. Those things they forget or disregard are the “least” things but they are “greatest” in value to YeHoVaH.

Matthew 23:25 – Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

They are thieves, robbers, liars, and swindlers in both money and in souls. They are deceived and they don’t even know they are deceived. They need our help to repent and to find the love of Messiah. They are blind men who need to be healed so they can see.

Matthew 23:23 – Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

They take such care to keep certain Laws of their own liking, but they completely lack what is so important to Messiah: Judgment, mercy and faith. These things balance out the scales of Justice. They walk around puffed up as if they have these things, but they don’t. They have an unloving heart. They cast people aside without a glance or even a conversation. They don’t search out the Scriptures. They don’t search out their own hearts and they don’t search out the hearts of their congregants. As a result, the flocks they tend to are hurting and wounded. They leave because the shepherd over time becomes a hireling.

When there is Law without mercy, there is only partial judgment and the victim, even with faith, is without hope.

And you can have mercy but no judgment because of indecision, because of unbelief, because of a lack of faith.

You can also have faith and mercy, but without Law, there is only partial judgment. We need to be able to see with both eyes of Messiah, who is the author and finisher of our faith. He is the writer of the Word and the interpreter of the Word, and he will write and interpret it in every season of mankind, if we allow him to do so.

If we don’t, we’re no better off than the Pharisees or the Sadducees, because although we may cast away our money and lack cents, we still lack the proper sensibilities of our anointed Messiah.

The rich man needs something to change him from flesh into Spirit. It doesn’t matter which priesthood he is in. Until the rich man has something transformed inside of his body, he can’t enter the kingdom of God. What is he lacking?

Mark 10:25 – It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

In this next Scripture we see the same concept rearranged a bit differently.

Luke 18:25 – For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

The Word here for needle is the same, but now we see the Word for “eye,” which in the Greek is [H8168] “trymalia.” It means a hole, or eye of the needle. You see, the men of the Law, the religious leaders of the Yeshua’s day, the earlier season and even in today’s times, are turning a blind eye to some aspects of the Word. They are looking at the Law out of one eye, the eye of the flesh.

They can’t see the full gospel of Yahusha because they are missing his Spirit and his interpretation of his Word. They search the Scriptures and think they have eternal life. But they can’t see the gate of the city for the camel that is standing in front of it, let alone is too big to pass through when fully laden with treasures and goods.

Yahusha then gives his listeners some directions about the commandments, of which are to honor our father and mother and to love our neighbor as ourselves. (Matthew 19:19-20). And a young man answers:

Matthew 19:20 – The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

The young man who is not old enough to have wisdom in the Word has no concept of the difficulties he is facing as a rich man or as a young man. That man may honor his father and mother in life, but the father and mother Yahusha is speaking about aren’t just in the physical. They are also spiritual in nature.

You see, The Law is the Father. It’s Yahuah’s strength. Mercy is the mother, it is the feminine wisdom and heart of Yahuah in his Word, in Messiah.

We need to have both in order to properly interpret the Word. And we need both in order to love our neighbor as ourself. Why? Because then we’ll understand the love of the Father for us, the love of Messiah for us, and we’ll have his unconditional love for one another, and ability to forgive no matter what.

But men’s hearts are made of stone! Messiah’s heart is loving. We are to be lively stones, not hardhearted stones of impenetrable rock. We don’t make our hearts the heart of a fortress under the Law. We need Messiah’s Spirit to change us, to transform our hearts into a heart of flesh. We need a Spiritual heart transplant!

Ezekiel 11:19 & 26:36 – And I will give them one, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:

Here is how we do it. We detach from the world. We do this by casting off what we have and sell it and give it as alms to the poor. We follow the true Everlasting Gospel of Messiah that is coming forth in the latter days. It is the Land Tithe Gospel of Yahusha, the Gospel of the Food of the Seven Years. You haven’t heard about it yet because that is something that is only coming forth today. And yet it has always been in the Word. We just couldn’t see it.

And we do the same with the Word that we have received. We repent and ask Messiah to come into our heart. Then we give what he gives us as freely as it has been freely given. We take that Spirit and that love for one another and we feed the poor in Spirit and begin to keep his Laws, his commandments. And we forgive and we walk in the anointed Gospel of Yahusha, as he wants us to walk, not as we used to walk.

Mat 19:21 – Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

Yeshua calls being poor in physical and spiritual matters and humble in heart and relying fully upon the Father in all things, being perfect. None of us can achieve that perfectly, so we have Yahusha and his Spirit to help us as we walk in the Earth. Did you know that in this latter season, he is preparing to pour out his Spirit upon all flesh so that we can interact directly with him in his Word and have the fullness of the understanding of the Word? We will no longer need any man to teach us his Word! Yes, that is what the Word says. He will reveal the secret things, the hidden things to those who love and serve him.

Matthew 19:22 – But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

Unfortunately the young man in this Scripture didn’t comply with what Yahusha instructed him to do. He couldn’t detach from the physical world. And that is the very same thing that happens to the religious leaders of our day, even those who keep the Laws to the best of their ability. Why is that? Because the flesh loves money. The flesh loves the “choice fruits”, the ability to freely choose how to have their life, their ministry, their way. The flesh loves power. The flesh wants to continue in the old ways of doing things even when those ways are “out of season” and a new season and a new priesthood has entered the picture. And the flesh, based on its interpretations will reject anything it doesn’t understand as Messiah, because it doesn’t understand the hidden things in the Word – at least not yet! That’s why we need a spiritual heart transplant. We need Messiah’s Spirit of wisdom and revelation of the latter days upon us!

We are in the beginning of the priesthood of the high priest of Messiah! And his Spirit in this season will pour out his anointing upon those who will receive him in a double portion blessing. But he won’t be anointing those who want to continue in their own priesthood. They will be no better than the Pharisees of old, the false prophets and the false teachers. The people who remain in their care will be falling into the pit with them. We are being called out of the pulpits and bleachers to do the footwork in the field to prepare the believers for the great harvest soon to come. We have very little time.

Beware! Those who remain in the old ways will be overtaken by an unloving religious Spirit. Father sends foul Spirits upon those who decide to serve him their way and not his. Our model is King Saul, who wouldn’t wait for Samuel’s anointing and service at the altar. Instead, Saul made a sacrifice the way he thought it should be done. This kindled the wrath of Yahuah and Saul lost his ministry.

That spirit of remaining in the old ways, which were useful to train us up in the way we should go for a season, truly isn’t the Spirit of Messiah or the fullness of the message he desires to bring to us today. But the flesh doesn’t want to follow what the Word plainly says because it is searching the Scriptures with fleshly eyes and interpreting it with one eye closed and a heart that is hardening against Messiah and his neighbor. That is a place that none of us needs or wants to be. Those who refuse to see the writing on the wall must Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. And that means literally at the works of the hands, these tiny hands and this higher heart.

Matthew 19:23 – Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Those who continue to hold to the old ways, to the old kingdom, to the wealth of the land, to the choice fruits, will be unable to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, no matter how well they keep the Laws. That’s because they have not the love of Messiah in them. They don’t have his anointing to see the rest of the interpretations. They may not lack cents, but they certainly lack sensibilities. And although we are already a third of the way down here on Earth, when we join together with Messiah, we become the three-fold chord that is not easily broken. And we need to cast that chord, that rope, that vibration of love that new song that we sing, the Everlasting Land Tithe Gospel of Old toward everyone we meet so they may rightly choose him before it’s too late.

Getting back to shopping with my Mother, I honored her by respecting that she was different than me, and so was her priesthood, but it took me a long time to do so, because there were material things and emotional issues we both refused to let go of for many years. But Messiah helped bring about reconciliation at the end of her days and we had a few short years together that are treasured and were beautiful.

I was unaware that some of my mother’s peculiarities were actually part of her particularly difficult anointing – an anointing of which became part of my inheritance and which shaped the walk I have today in the Father. And mom’s love of paying for everything full price was a hidden desire of hers to treat herself like the Queen that she is entitled to be. That’s because she loved “the Lord” and “Jesus” with all her heart, mind, soul and strength in the way she understood him to be, divided into three parts.

She knew him through her religion, with all of its pagan practices and manmade traditions that don’t honor the Father. And even at the very last few days of her life, Father was still giving Words to be delivered to her that told her of his name and permission to be healed. If she had faith, she would be alive today. But that is what encumbered her, the ways of men which gave her only part of the message and thus part of life we are intended to live and to have beyond the grave.

So thank Heaven for Messiah, who also paid the ultimate full price for all of our sins, and who will be our judge on the very last day.

None of us have the right to judge the hearts of men or women because we aren’t Messiah. His plan looks different for each individual. Their anointing looks different. Their path of growth looks different. We are to minister in LOVE of the Law and its mercy and wisdom through Messiah, not Law over love and mercy in our own wisdom.

Although we may be perfect in the Law, if we aren’t perfect in Messiah, we’ll be missing the pieces of the puzzle to have the full anointing and interpretation of Messiah upon us. We’ll shut out and cast off good people who are loving and kind and gentle and maybe a bit odd but they are walking fully in their particular anointing. Sometimes what they are saying is exactly what needs to be said in that moment to wake us up either now or later. We just don’t know! We can’t just cast off people who disagree with us because we don’t know what’s going on, just because we give ourselves permission to have a false sense of security in Messiah. All men know in part. It is Father’s pleasure to give the fullness of the gospel message to those he deems worthy.

We just can’t see the anointed ones if we don’t allow ourselves to see the mysterious ways that Father’s Spirit moves. We want to tenaciously hold onto our idea of what things should look like or how the Messiah “will come” in these latter days. Beware. He comes like a thief in the night. Indeed, his Spirit is already here and the anointing is begun! But that’s the good news!

He’s the One who will decide who truly love him, who truly tithe of the heart, who truly serve him. I want to be in that wash cycle. Then he’ll clean us in the Tide of his Word like a flood, and hand us a brand new T-shirt that is pure as snow. It will have cost us everything in the flesh and in the Spirit, just as it has cost him everything.

But that cost can’t be counted. It’s priceless.

Get some sensitivity and sensibility of the Messiah. Repent. Forgive. Become like little children. Extend an olive branch to the One you have kicked to the curb, or threw under the bus. Then go out in the world and tell people to repent, to love the Messiah, to keep the commandments of Yahuah, and love one another as he has loved us.

And oh yeah, can you please do me a favor?

Tell ’em Dolly sent ya’. Let the acts of righteousness that we do today be counted unto all our forefathers and mothers who walked before us as their righteousness, because without them, we couldn’t do what we are able to do today. Now that’s the love of Yahusha.

HalleluYAH!

One thought on “Cents and sensibilities

  1. THIS IS GOOD! In my reading through the WORD in its entirety I just happen to be in Matthew. Many of the things you discussed here I just recently read and wondered what does that really mean. This teaching really helped me to understand better. Powerful!

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