Monday, February 6, 2017

Y'shua is the Creator: Morning Devotions

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And now in these final days, (He) YHVH has spoken to us through His Son. YHVH promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son He created the universe. The Son radiates YHVH's own Glory and expresses the very character of YHVH and He sustains everything by the mighty power of His command. When He had cleansed us from our sins, He sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic YHVH in Heaven. Hebrews 1:2-3

Are Mondays really bad when they glisten with fresh snow? I do not have to be anywhere today. Ray and I got the few groceries that we wanted yesterday. If the power does not go out I might make a batch of biscotti to help warm the house with their twice baked goodness. Other then that there is not much I need to do beyond the daily work from my Distance Learners. There is time today... time to plant the parsley and the artichokes I meant to plant two weeks ago. Time to start broccoli and cauliflower, maybe a few peas (all in the greenhouse, not in the snow!) Time to meditate on the balance that is the creator and the redeemer.

Americans love Y'shua-Jesus as their Redeemer. Praise The LORD! We who violate Torah (we don't like that) and could not pay the impossible price to make us right and whole for our violations against the Almighty's will (no getting around it, His will is spelled out in Torah) appreciate that Y'shua is Bruised... for our transgressions, our violations. Because of his deep, painful bruises, we can come boldly to the Throne for the Grace we need in this world. And coming to that throne, who do we see? The Bruised One. I have to pause here for a moment to breathe in that Holy thought.

Y'shua is the Creator. As amazing as the thought of Y'shua being Bruised for me is, being the Creator is the greater name. To deny Him as Creator brings specific judgement. The Torah teacher, Paul, lays it out for us in his letter to the Romans, chapter 1. He was bruised because Americans idolize random chance and luck. Random chance created everything we see? That is what we pay taxes for, to teach children that they are an accident with  no destiny but Mammon, the good or bad luck that is money. But because Y'shua is bruised, we can live the life of purpose and power. Nothing is random. Giving Him praise is to be like Able, who brought fruit from the ground. Our good ground is our hearts (Mark 4:7-8, Hebrews 13:15)

Acknowledge Y'shua as the Bruised One, then come to the throne of grace with your offering. Abide in Him (John 15:4) and glorify his bruises with more good fruit. Honor the latest of His creation before he comes to receive you to himself and take you to the place he is creating for you.

What is His latest creation? A clean heart in you. (Psalm 51:10)
Mrs. Hagerty, February 6, 2017

At the Name of Jesus, by Sarah Hornsby was the spark for today's flame.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Y'shua is the Babe: Morning Devotions

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Did you see the snow last night (Everett, WA)? If you didnot have to get up and let your dogs out you might have missed it. Morning is supposed to be all about winter rain and pellets? Whoa!
I miss one day of school work and I am swamped! During the late fall, early winter holidays my students traditionally slow down then, about March, they start picking up the pace again. This group! It is only February and they are working like it is already spring. My day flies by. Then comes the night shift students who start working after supper. They all bring me joy!
Today my "go to" prayer verse is Luke 2:16 They (the shepherds) hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.
Y'shua is the Babe*
The Almighty, the Creator of the universe... who set all of his identity aside to be born to a young mother who would personally suffer; not just for the loss of her reputation (her marriage nearly ended before it began), and for the rest of her life lies would be spread about her. Snide remarks would be made about who the Father of her first born really was. Joseph would also suffer with his wife. People knew what they saw with their eyes. But there were some who heard the Spirit of the Almighty with the ears of their heart and in faith, rushed to see the babe. Elizabeth and Zechariah knew, they heard with their heart. Anna and Simeon knew. But most did not. Mary and Joseph's own children, the earthly brothers of Y'shua were skeptical.
When you gave up everything that defines you to be born on high, born again, the surprise was the people who reject Y'shua (Jesus) rejected you. But those who hear with their redeemed heart will encourage you on The Way. Will you trust what you see or, by faith, trust what you hear in your redeemed heart?
Run to see this great thing that YHVH has done, run to the babe.
Mrs. Hagerty, February 3, 2017

* At the Name of Jesus by Sarah Hornsby c1960 (1975 edition)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

When I do not understand my life.

 Where can they find understanding? If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.  But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Job 28:12, James 1:5-6

 Trust in YHVH with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. 
All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen. Prov 3:5-6, 1Tim 1:17

 “O Sovereign YHVH,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”  YHVH replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you.  And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, YHVH, have spoken!” Jer 1:6-8

At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name. You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.” John 16:23-24, Matt 21:22
Sunday Morning 12/4 Daily Light nlt

Friday, December 2, 2016

1 John 1:3

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See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. 1 John 1:3 nlt

Not to worry, here is a link to the Christmas Story and the Battle of Ai. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sabbath rest vs religion

OK, I'll admit it. Sometimes my morning devotional time is more duty then devotion. I arose this morning asking the Almighty, "What have you got for me today LORD?" But even that was a question based on duty more then dedication to The Way.

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After scanning my Amy Carmichael book, Edges of His Ways" usually a sure jump start to my mornings, nothing. So I picked up my Mark Study, really not expecting much before moving on to Urban Farm plans and projects.

One Sabbath Day, as Jesus was walking through some grain-fields, his disciples began breaking off heads of grain to eat. But the Pharisees said to Jesus, "Look, why are they breaking the Law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath?

Jesus said to them, "Haven't you ever read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry?He went into the house of God (During the days when Abiather was High Priest) and broke the Law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests are allowed to eat. He also gave some to his companions."

Then Jesus said to them, "The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people and not people to meet the requirements of Sabbath So the Son of Man is Lord even over the Sabbath.     Mark 2:23-28 nlt

I was not expecting much. Honestly my understanding of Sabbath tends to come down to the Church rejecting it because the Pope said we should (or because it is too Jewish and we are free) and all the physical religious limitations practiced by the few synagogues (even Messianic synagogues) that I have attended. I'll save you the tedium of seeing that there is a difference between following Y'shua/Jesus and practicing religion. I came to verse 28, So the Son of Man is Lord even over the Sabbath. Mostly just glancing at my Greek Interlinear Bible which says (in Greek, I'm just giving you the English) Therefore (the) Lord is the Son of Man also of the Sabbath. Wait, What?

Sabbath was made to meet the needs of People. YHVH became one of us, Ben Adam (son of Adam) But why did he do that?

In a nutshell we were created to be what Peter calls Priests and Kings, or a royal priesthood. (1 Peter 2:9, Revelation 1:6, 5:10) All of creation was put into our care (Genesis 1:26-28) but we gave it away for a pretty little bite of the forbidden. The result was the first death in all of Creation to cover sin, Grace (Genesis 3:21) For the very first time, relationship with our beloved Creator was replaced by slavery to our overlord. (Ephesians 2:2). From that time on, most of humanity could have religion or freedom from religion, but not a relationship with the Almighty... not until Y'shua came as the Son of Man.

Men have a desire to be part of something big. Religion is all about being part of something big and relevant. Pious people will generally submit to the rules of religion because we believe in God. But we only have men and their understanding of the Scripture as a guide to living. Wanting to serve the Almighty, we submit ourselves to religion. Freedom comes from submitting ourselves to relationship with Y'shua ben Adam, Jesus the Son of Man. Following him, religion became irrelevant to the disciples. When they were hungry they were fed, even on Sabbath. The religious were shocked and vocalized their shock. "Why are they breaking the law by harvesting on Sabbath?"  (vs 24)

Sabbath is a beautiful picture of rest. It is religion that makes it hard to "do right" We do not want to be bound up in the regulations for rest. Religion has made Sabbath so bad that the church has said that God eliminated this "top ten" commandment. I do not agree with that. But I do think that a born again, follower of Y'shua in The Way has a freedom that the church and Synagogue cannot understand in their pious attempts to please our God. Y'shua is the Son of Man, Lord of Sabbath! He is the creator (John 1:1-4) and never sinned. He sets us free to walk in His joy, freedom from slavery to the prince of the power of the air and our own march toward death (the natural man).

The Almighty gave you a gift. It is Sabbath, it is to be guarded. Some say that "In Jesus, every day is the Sabbath to me." If so then I do not understand most of what they do, usually it is not about resting in their Jesus. Stop a while and rest, Shabbat Shalom! He is Lord, give him his crown and he will give you peace.

Mrs. Hagerty November 22, 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016

New Wine: Mark 2:20-22

...a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness Isaiah 63:3

But the days will come when the Bridegroom is taken away from them and then they will fast in that day. No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; otherwise the patch pulls away from from the new from the old, and a worse tear results. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wine will burst the skins and the wine is lost, the skins (as well) but (one puts) new wine into fresh wineskins. Mark 2:20-22
The mystery of new wineskins has stumped me for years. How many of you know that prayer is powerful? I know that, I've prayed over this passage, crying out for understanding. (Proverbs 2:3)... nothing. At least that is what I thought. But it was another example of everything being done in YHVH's time.

A question has been posed. Why doesn't Y'shua require his own disciples to fast when the disciples of John the baptizer and the Pharisees practice religious fasting?

According to Michael Rood in his brilliant work, The Chronological Gospels, this passage takes place at the feast Matthew has prepared during Rosh Khodesh (or Chodesh), the celebration of the New Moon. He has invited Y'shua and "assorted tax collectors and sinners" to his home in celebration of his own salvation. The religious were shocked! (Mark 2:18) Even more shocking, Y'shua tells them to their face that those who have the bridegroom (the Messiah) cannot fast while they cling to him instead of religion.

In today's passage, Y'shua then tells the religious that days are coming when believers cannot cling to him, the bridegroom. At that time they will fast, but not like the religious did at that time. They will live by faith. Old religion cannot be patched up with believing faith. The shadow of things to come will not be clothed in Glory. The living word is clothed in glory, but not the man-made rituals. The divide between believers and the religious will be worse then ever if we attempt to walk by faith in dead mans skin. Life will simply not be contained by rotting flesh. You must be born again! It is that simple.

In other words, the blood of animals will no longer do for us what the blood of Messiah has done. 
We have a new high priest of the order of Melchizedek, not of Aaron.
We have a new lamb of sacrifice, but he is not an animal.
We have a new temple, but it is not built by men's hands.
We still have Torah, but it is written on hearts instead of stone.
We are still circumcised, but not in the flesh by men.

The old way will no longer suffice. This new life can no longer be contained in the rags of religion. It does not matter if the old way was Orthodox or Paganism. The fast of Rosh Chodesh has no more meaning then the Christmas Tree of paganism. You must be born again (John chapter 3). It does no good to patch up your old way. We must each fully commit to the new. The old guard in not like the new man. The new man will burst out of the old way on the journey of life, clinging to Y'shua.

So, what do we cling to while the bridegroom is taken from us, while he prepares a place for us?
As you receive Messiah, so walk in Him
Colossians 2:6
Did you receive him by Believing Faith or by a ceremony preformed by religious people? By Faith. That is how we are to walk in Him, Believing Faith. It is like nothing you ever experienced before!

Mrs. Hagerty, November 13, 2016 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Mark 2:19 and Beauty for Ashes

Jesus replied, "Do wedding guests fast while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. They can't fast while the groom is with them."

Mark 2:19 nlt

The question has been asked, Is fasting required to be a disciple? (Mark 2:18) It is a good question. All the people that are admired for their religious piety, the Pharisees and the disciples of John, fast for Yom Kippor, But Y'shua's disciples stand out because they do not fast.

Isn't that what religious people do? Y'shua answered them, "They absolutely can not fast (something done when your mourn) when they cling to Himself. Mark 2:19.... in deb world.

A little bit of Greek word study. This verse contains multiple words that are either left out or translated differently then I would like to see... a presumptuous statement from a woman who does not speak Greek, so take it with the grain of salt of your own study.

G3361 MEE is a negative adverb connected to the verb translated "can" The kj says, ...can ___ the children of the bridechamber fast,... In English we put the subject before the verb. "the children of the bridechamber cannot fast..."

G2192 ECHO a verb meaning to hold, to have (continual possession) It is the idea behind our marriage vows when we say, "To have and to hold from this day forth." It indicates a continual possession. The ability to recognize something for what it truly is.
Y'shua said, 'No way can the son of the bridal bed possibly fast when he clings to Myself'
There is a time to recognize the hopelessness of your sinful state. It is right to fast and mourn about the sin you deeply regret and the wall it puts between you and life you long to live. Life with your loved ones whom you have crushed, life with your family that you have not developed a relationship with, eternal-life with the One (ECHAD) who loves you unconditionally and whom you would love to spend your eternity with. But the God who created you cannot be in the presence of sin. You have been spoiled and are good only for the flames of a different eternity.

But Jesus... The Son of God, is the only just One (ECHAD) in all the world and history Who is willing to be your justifier (Romans 3:26)... He alone can pay the penalty for the sin that separates you (2 Corinthians 5:21) from eternity with the Almighty and those who love Him. Y'shua-Jesus died your death so that you can live His life! (2 Corinthians 5:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:10; 2 Peter 2:24) That kind of love was described by Isaiah.
To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty (a garland) for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness they will be like great oaks that YHVH has planted for his own glory.    Isaiah 63:3
The despair becomes the power of Joy. We need not practice religious mourning when we have Y'shua, the Son of God, to cling to!

Mrs. Hagerty November 7, 2016