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I am the Lord your God – YeHoVaH

by Kenny Russell

Welcome to our new video blogs from Israel where we will be producing a short video each week for Shabbat.

Today I am sharing from Numbers 15

What a blessing it is to know I don’t have to pack a suitcase tomorrow but my family can just relax and seek first his kingdom for what the Father is saying here from Israel.

Siting on the ridge over looking the galilee and the Golan Heights with the sheep – goats and the Shepard, a site that would have been the norm even in the days of Yeshua. Pinching myself and blessed to be back home in the land after four months of traveling.

I just want to take time today to lift up the name of YaHoVaH and give thanks for all the many blessings we have received especially the fruit we witnessed on the BulldozerFaith™ tour.

The scripture I would like to share with you today is found in Numbers 15 to encourage you:

Tassels on Garments

37 Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 38 “Speak to the children of Israel: Tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners. 39 And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined, 40 and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy for your God. 41 am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.” NIV

As I have been reading this scripture this week one of the things that stood out to me was that Moses instructed the Israelites to make these tassels on the corners of your garments. Well, I have been wearing these tassels on my garments fo 6 months now since I caught the revelation of what it truly means to wear tassels. For this 6 months I was given tassels or purchased them but as I was reading this week I realized that it says we are to “make them ourselves”!

How difficult can it be especially for someone like me who is not very good when it comes to “do it your self” challenges. If you car breaks down, your table has a broken leg or you need something repaired – don’t call me I am not your man Lol!

But coming back to today’s scripture, I am ready and up for this challenge.

I headed out to purchase the cords from a local store and not knowing enough Hebrew proved to be a challenging journey, but one thing that was great about this adventure was talking to Jews in the community about “Tzitzit” (the Hebrew name for Tassels), they examined the set I was waring and confirmed that they were made correctly and it was great seeing the smile on there face that I was seeking to follow the Torah. They were very friendly and I was surprised at there positive feedback when some warned me that the religious Jews could get agressive toward me for wearing them. But in reality it was the oposite response!

So I get home and look up websites on how to make tassels and found 101 different ways to make them, yes ask 2 Jews how to do something you will get 3 opinions!

I start to cut the strings and “disaster” all the 32 strings I cut to size are all wrong – Haha, so back to find a youtube demonstration so I can see someone making a set and wella – we are in business!

Should I make 50 sets to give away to others?

Getting back to the first set and 30 mins later I was very happy to announce to my family the first set is made. They where very happy for me and I could see in Hayley’s eyes after 20 years of marriage, “just maybe this could be the start of a practical skilled husband bringing craftsmanship to our home”  Maybe NOT!

So getting back to the message and after making about 15 sets of Tzitzit’s whilst meditation on the scripture. It is powerful keeping the commands before our lives and wearing Tzitzit’s has made an impact in my life. What does it say in verse

39 And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them

This really works and I personally notice a huge difference in wearing them and it really does work in bringing to your remembrance the commands and not just remembering but to know we represent YeHaVoH when we are in public.

The scripture goes on to say “we are not to prostitute ourselves”

and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined

We are a new creation and we follow Yeshua who is the way and truth and life but in this scripture it referes to the “way” don’t follow the ways of the flesh in Romans 8 it says:

5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Many people today are just looking for ways on “how they can live a better life”, looking to find ways to apply scripture for our own self gratification, seeing Jesus as just another guru like we see in the new age movement. This is not the approach we need. The Bible is not the ultimate “self-help” book for developing programs to make the better me and help you live a better life but I want to encourage you that it is not about you it’s not about your life, we don’t want to prostitute ourselves to this world. Romans 12 v 2 says

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 

The Father has a plan for our lives.

What is the plan He has for your life?

The benchmark for living out our life is to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and find out His heart.

What is the Father (Abba) heart for you?

So with this little message I want to encourage you, don’t look at your gifts to identify your path and your plan on how YeHoVaH can use you, thinking of the many ways he could use you talents for Him.

Many times the call of YeHoVaH requires you to lay down what you know in your eyes and do what you cannot do in the natural. You are born of the Spirit and we have to live life in the Spirit not falling back into our natural mindsets of the flesh.

I know for some this is a new message as the majority of messages out there is seeking to produce fruit in amplifying your earthly gifts and mentoring your skill-sets to stop using them for the world and now use them for Yeshua. I want to warn you that this might not be the path the Father has for you but that when you lay your life down you will discover a transformed new creation coming back into alignment with the will of YeHoVaH for your lives.

Live life in the Holy Spirit keeping His commands before you and learn from Yeshua on who you truly are. Are you busy using your talents today but you feel like you are failing Elohim?

Stop and seek first his kingdom make your own Tzitzit’s and ask the Father how you can avoid the pitfalls of the human heart and venture out to walk the narrow way.

Would love to hear your feedback

Shabbat Shalom

Kenny

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