Or should I say that I’m morphing my Fast today? Thursday I effectively broke my fast with popcorn at night. Then I followed my planned break Friday night. So you could say Friday was a real intermittent fast, just really low calories.
Then I spent the weekend intermittent fasting. Saturday was vegan, while Sunday was Smoked BBQ Lamb.
So here it is Monday and I am back to my Liquid and supplements only fast. I don’t know how many days I will be pushing this, but the results I got from last week, I want to keep going. I don’t have a fixed cut date for this fast, but I believe I will end it Friday.
Last week’s benefit:
- Focus: I was able to stay on target to get a critical bit of work done by Friday. So starting tomorrow, my team won’t have roadblocks.
- Addiction: I am starting to see my FB impulses fading.
- Socializing: I spent time talking to people rather than staring at my phone.
- Dedication: I’m finding that I am writing near daily. Something that I have been wanting to do, but had no energy.
- Energy: It is fun to experience that Fasting can generate energy. Note that it feels like the nervous energy that one gets with flight for fight instincts, or feasting instincts, but I am refocusing them to something productive. I don’t need this food, so why waste that energy getting food. I don’t need to run or hunt, why waste that energy responding to that instinct. So I’m directing my energy to productiveness.
- Clear thinking: I was getting burried in fear and incomplete work. I am now starting to see things through so that I can get work done. Incomplete work is a burden. Unused things are a burden.
- Weight loss: Friday I was down 20 lbs, but I gained 4 of those back over the weekend. But that is still a net 16 lbs. If I do that again this week, I’m not going to complain. If it is only 5 lbs, I’m still not going to complain.
- Most importantly, I have been focusing on restoring justice: That is in how I deal with other people, and restore what I owe. As such, I am clearing my books, and making sure that what I have said happens. No more accidental lies, or incidental falsehoods. I had declared I would restore funds from debts, assisst in paying debts, and restore equipment, so I am doing this. From over $30,000, I am down to $10,000 left. I cannot waiting until Wednesday, when I can transfer the remainder to pay off the last of one of these debts, and focus on the other two.
I know most people would fall into two categories on this last one as being “oh no”, or “hurray”, but I am in the position of good. I am restoring people back to being whole, even if I didn’t cause the debt. You read that right. I’m not paying just my debts, but I am providing justice for people who are not getting justice any other way, and I am paying my debts too.
When you promise to help another with their debt, you are taking on their debt for them. That is what I am doing with much of this.
I believe that this is the last great justice that I will be doing this way in a while. After this, I will be walking according to Adonai’s (My Lord’s) justice, and living accordingly. Yeshua HaMessiac (Jesus, the Messiah) provided justice between Man and God by re-establishing God as our God, that we may “repent, for the kingdom of the Lord is at hand.” However, we have now begun the Messianic Age, we are now to walk according to the salvation that He provided for us at the cross. Yeshua is that lamb who was sacrificed at the cross.
Everything below this is a teaching that came to me as I was writing this letter. It winds a long path.
The following is how the Apostle Paul fit is counted as an Apostle, and this is a long route for your entertaining reading.
Yeshua chose His Apostles at Pentecost, highlighted by tongues of fire upon them as they manifested Ruak HaKodesh (Pneuma Hagion; Holy Spirit), However, one of the 12 was missing that Yeshua had picked. And the other 11 threw lots to pick the new 12th, under some really good conditions, but Yeshua did not pick him. Yeshua Appeared before Paul, providing the core requirement for Paul to be an Apostle, and appointed him.
For this to make sense you must understand what an apostle is in each of its use.
- A lamp at the front of a ship. It provides illumination to show the safe passage.
- The lamp before a large movement of people. It provides the light that others can see to follow in the dark. It also illuminates the path that the light bearer can see the pather that they are to follow.
- A legal term for a person who represents their lord. Why does a lamp work well in the front of a ship or an army? Well in the dark, it is difficult to follow a banner as it is hard to see. However, it is easy to see a lamp at night. This is the same for the legal expression. When the Lord is away, it is a time of darkness. However, if He leaves Apostles to work as his appointed represantatives (Power of Attourney), then they provide the light that is missing from the absense of their Lord.
Now that you see these aspects, you can see that the Apostles were not there to say or do things that were not according to the Torah, but were to make clear the Torah as revealed by the life of Yeshua.
The Christians claim that the Torah is no longer relevant because Yeshua fulfilled the Law. For that to be true, Yeshua would have had a Period, so that he could fulfill the woman’s part of the Law. He would have become a Gentile so that he could fulfill the Gentile laws. He would have had to become a Sanhedrin so that he could have fulfilled the Sanhedrin laws.
Paul was the minister to the Gentiles. The VAST majority of the Torah laws were for Benai Isra’el (Sons of Israel, the 12 tribes of Israel, The Hebrew Nation, [Of what the Romans called] the Jews). So what part of the Torah was for the Gentiles. Well, if we look at the first 10 words (What we call the 10 commandments), those are not laws as so much as they include written punishments as other Laws do, but it is a Suzerainty Treaty between God and His chosen people. If you read this in Hebrew, then the first ten commandments are:
- א “I am Adonai your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the abode of slavery.
- ב “You are to have no other gods before me. You are not to make for yourselves a carved image or any kind of representation of anything in heaven above, on the earth beneath or in the water below the shoreline. You are not to bow down to them or serve them; for I, Adonai your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but displaying grace to the thousandth generation of those who love me and obey my mitzvot.
- ג “You are not to use lightly the name of Adonai your God, because Adonai will not leave unpunished someone who uses his name lightly.
- ד “Remember the day, Shabbat, to set it apart for God. You have six days to labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Shabbat for Adonai your God. On it, you are not to do any kind of work—not you, your son or your daughter, not your male or female slave, not your livestock, and not the foreigner staying with you inside the gates to your property. For in six days, Adonai made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. This is why Adonai blessed the day, Shabbat, and separated it for himself.
- ה “Honor your father and mother, so that you may live long in the land which Adonai your God is giving you.
- ו “Do not murder.
- ז “Do not commit adultery.
- ח “Do not steal.
- ט “Do not give false evidence against your neighbor.
- י “Do not covet your neighbor’s house; do not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male or female slave, his ox, his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
Who is this written to? Everyone? Look at the first commandment. Were you in Egypt? Are you a part of the Tribes of Isra’el? Are you a Jew? Then this is directly for you. Are you excluded as a gentile? Is it wrong to do good? No. You, who are a gentile are to see these as highly critical commandments, but note that the first line is important for you to realize that this is REQUIRED for the jew, and the laws that follow after these make punishment harsh to those who disobey. But that first line is what makes this a Suzerainty Treaty.
God introduced Himself. Established his authority, then explained what he expected from His people. Note that these expectations fall into three categories: Don’t be a jerk to God, Don’t be a jerk to yourself, Don’t be a jerk to each other. The first three are don’t be a jerk to God. Then as we discover from Yeshua, Man was not made for the Shabbat, but the Shabbat was made for man. So the 4th entry is for us to not be a jerk to ourselves and God.
What does one do on a Shabbat? If you are a priest, you have priestly duties. If your life is to preserve or assist in preserving life, then you are to continue preserving life. However, the rest of us are to rest. Adonai is our rest, and the words of our Lord is rest, and Yeshua is called our rest. But we are also told to dwell in the Lord. So we are to dwell in our rest, that is physically rest. Study and reflect on the words of Adonai, and of Yeshua. Don’t derail yourself into doing those things that do not promote resting in the Lord.
Then when you look at the rest of the commandments, notice that those are directions for serving one another. Do not be a jerk to one another. The rest of the laws are in direct reflection of these.
If you look back at what Yeshua wrote, He stated that the first and second commandments were to worship God and no other, then love your neighbor. He wasn’t reflecting on Leviticus, he was reflecting on Deuteronomy. And his first words were “Hear me O’Isra’el”, which is Shema. That is, “hear and obey.” Then he goes into those commandments. If you note, the Deuteronomy version doesn’t match the Exodus version. The reason is simple. Exodus was the notes from Moshe’ about the process of exiting from Egypt and their idolatry into the Mosaic age when Adonai was to be followed as their King, and His laws were to rule the lands and people. So each book is named after its focus: Genesis, the beginning; Exodus, the exit; Leviticus, the book of laws and rulings; Numbers, the book of census or numbers; Deuteronomy, the book of words, where Moshe put his summaries, and ended the book with the song of Moshe, right before he passed on.
The more you understand these small bits, the better you see that they fit together. Seeing this, you can also see that when Gentiles who survived the raid on Jericho, they were not put under the rules of the Jews but were given the simple laws that are all directly related to the first three verses of the Hebrew ten commandments. Don’t deal with food that is related to or committed to idols and false gods. There you go. That is the cornerstone of the Torah as it applies to the Gentiles. Even note that the elders came to the same conclusion when dealing with the Gentiles, who had accepted Yeshua as their Lord, that followed Paul into Jerusalem. It was only the people who took the blood oath, getting circumcised, that committed themselves to the Torah law as applied to the B’nai Isra’el (Another spelling of Benai Isra’el, aka Children of Israel).
Also note, the Gentiles were ALWAYS in God’s plan, as proven by the neighboring nations that God’s people had good and proper agreements with. Like the wood for the first and second Temples. We can also see it from the stones from the first and second temples. Sure, Israel has used Gentile forced labor, but the US does too right now. If you have a job, the first four months of your job is for paying taxes for the rest of the 8 months, even though they don’t take it all at once, you are still enslaved for 1/3rd of your working life. King David did the same to his Gentile citizens, who also complained. However, this has to be realized that David’s injustices, which he had many, were not God’s. They were his. But if we focus on the benefit, we see that the Gentiles got to benefit from the temple too. They couldn’t participate, but they could receive blessings, and contribute to the service.
Even in Yeshua’s time, there was a courtyard for the Gentiles at the temple. This really focuses on the fact that there are those who served the chosen purpose of the bloodline of Isra’el and those who served the heart of God. Note that the wood and stones came from those who served the heart of God. However, without the chosen bloodline of Abraham, and the promise given to him, we wouldn’t have the scriptures that we have now. Adonai would be unknown to us. Paul, who studied the scripture deeply, so the point where he was considered a Pharisee of Pharisees, wouldn’t know the Torah to be able to understand God’s word enough to write the books of Romans, and Ephesians. Paul would have seen and known about Yeshua by seeing the Pharisees challenging him. He may have even been one to participate in those challenges. This means he would have always known that the Gentiles had a plan in Adonai’s plan.
Paul was picked by Yeshua because he had all of the qualifications to be a disciple and just needed his eyes opened to the fullness of the writings of the Torah, as they also apply to the Gentiles, without binding the Gentiles to the Laws for the Jews.
Paul would have understood that it isn’t what goes into one’s mouth that makes one a sinner, but what comes out. He would have known the laws that applied to the Jews and Gentiles alike, that allows for protecting life and serving life, over the adherence of the Shabbat, as being completely Jewish in nature. He would have known that what Adonai calls clean, he had no right to call unclean.
Paul is not some GREAT one but is the smallest of them, who stood firm so that Adonai recognized and glorified him and his writings, as they represented Adonai’s heart the best.