by Christopher (From Brutal Planet)
A few days ago I realized I did not have the shalom I needed and the shalom a believer in Yeshua is supposed to have. I felt hurt, pain, negativity and the complete opposite of shalom festering within me. This had been a problem for some time and I felt as thought I was supposed to feel this stress and this unrest in my life. Look at Paul, he was beaten, arrested shipwrecked etc, his grievousness are a mile long on Corinthians, yet we tend to forget he however had shalom in his trials.
Brethren, I was awoken in the middle of the night with this overwhelming feeling to write here to you today what our Adon told me as I was resting my head. We have a problem. Sickness is spreading throughout the body. I see cancer, I see mental disorders, addiction issues, divorce, double lives, sexual immorality and my first inclination is to ask, "Why is this happening within the body?!" There is a reason for this and it is something that can be reversed.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." (Proverbs 15:1)
Kind words are like honey- sweet to the soul and healing to the body" (Proverbs 16:24)
Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees." (Job 4:4)
Let no hateful language come from your mouth, but that which is beautiful and useful for edification that is may convey grace to those who hear" (Ephesians 4:29)
Therefore comfort one another and support one another....." (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
It is not what enters the mouth, but what proceeds from the mouth that defiles a man" (Matthew 15:11)
Condemnation is very much the name of the game in religiosity, whether it be in Christiandom or in Netzari Judaism. Our words have a spiritual manifestation, which are just as powerful as our actions and thoughts. Notice Proverbs 16 says that kindness has healing attributes.
Scientists have even proven that the mental state of an individual is directly relevant to being able to fight off disease and sickness. A happy and positive person is able to live a healthier life and able to fight off sickness and disease much better than a person who has a weakened self-esteem.
Feelings of worry, depression, anxiety, lack of worth, and so on manifest in the physical. And this is the reason we have so much sickness right now in the Netzari faith.
Notice that the love of our Creator is not taught in the Hebrew Roots, instead there is a feeling of condemnation for falling short, and a sense of worry as to if we are keeping the mitzviot correctly. People tend to get so worried if they have everything positioned right on their table during the feasts cause this type of anxiety is being spread through the congregations because the main element of the Torah is not being taught.
Our Rabbis taught: A certain heathen once came before Shammai and asked him, 'How many Toroth have you?' 'Two,' he replied: 'the Written Torah and the Oral Torah.' 'I believe you with respect to the Written, but not with respect to the Oral Torah; make me a proselyte on condition that you teach me the Written Torah [only]. [But] he scolded and repulsed him in anger. When he went before Hillel, he accepted him as a proselyte. On the first day, he taught him, Alef, beth, gimmel, daleth; the following day he reversed [them] to him. 'But yesterday you did not teach them to me thus,' he protested. 'Must you then not rely upon me? Then rely upon me with respect to the Oral [Torah] too.'
Notice as well our Messiah Yeshua said the same thing.
And one of the scribes drew near and heard them disputing and saw that he answered them the matter well. And he asked, “What is the first Commandment of all of them?”. And Y’shua said to him, “The first of all the Commandments is ‘Hear O Israel. Master YHWH our Elohim is one. And you should love Master YHWH your Elohim with all of your heart, and with all of your soul, and with all of your mind, and with all of your strength.’ This is the first Commandment. And the second that is like it is that, ‘you should love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other Commandment greater than these.” That scribe said to him, “Well said Rabbi! You have spoken in truth that he is one and there are no others apart from him. And that a man should love him with all the heart and all the mind and with all the soul and with all the strength, and that he should love his neighbor like himself. This is greater than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And Y’shua saw that he answered the matter wisely. He answered and said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of Elohim.” And no man again dared to question him!" (Mark 12:28-34)
The words we bring forth must be that of edification and that of love for one another. This is the basis of all the Torah. Yet we have an Achilles heel.
And if you are of the world, the world would love its own. But you are not of the world for I have chosen you from the world. Because of this, the world hates you. (John 15:19)
Therefore being that of the remnant, we have a bit of a Napoleonic Complex at times where we feel that we must be validated for our own self assurance that the road less traveled is indeed the right road. So we tend to want to get into theological debate complete with name calling, and exaggerations being verbalized, in in some instances believed, about the spiritual condition of the person we are having the altercation with. This then leads us into anger, which then leads us into sin. The feeling of anger then may stay with us for an hour, a few hours or maybe even a couple of days. Our own words defile us. Our own words cause us to not uphold the basis of all the Torah which Rebbe Hillel and Messiah Yeshua both spoke of as being the most important commandment.
The angst then becomes a comfort to our ego, it then starts to effect the psychological elements of thoughts and actions that start within the "id" then the "ego" and "super ego". To please the id we feel that validation is in order. The ego then says you have two options, edify or attack and attack ferociously. Then the super-ego our actions carry it out. When we become like Pavlov's dog and we tend to salivate when we see bad theology (or just theology we do not agree with) and we turn into an attack dog, we are then the product of what we have done for so long and that is what we have been used to for so long so we even then find validation in not keeping the most important of commandments.
You have heard that it has been said that you should not commit adultery. But I say to you that all who that looks at a woman as lustfully at once has committed adultery in his heart. And if your right eye stumbles you, pluck it out and cast it from you, for it is better for you that one of your members should perish and not all of your body be thrown into Gehenna. And if your right hand stumbles you, cut it off and cast it from you for it is better for you that one of your members should perish and not all of your body be thrown into Gehenna. (Matthew 5:27-30)
Yeshua understood this, he was there since the beginning of creation so he was able to figure out what psychologists did not figure out until 1800 years later.
If we want to see healing happen withing the body of Messiah, then we must learn to work together and to keep the most important of the mitzviot. I guarantee we will see more healing, we will see happier marriages, happier people, and less mental and physical ailments. It is important to realize that when we do the opposite of what is commanded, and obviously edification is one of the biggest of commandments, we allow the negativism to fester like a soup until it makes the nastiest brewing stuff ever smelled or tasted on the planet. We then dump it down the sink and it gets into our water supply and it effects others whom do not even know us.
This is why it is important to release the anger from our lives, our doubts, our fears, our feelings of needing validation and we must start dancing with YHWH our Elohim. I messaged Tamara the other day, when I finally released all the things that were holding me back and I started to allow every word that came out of my mouth to be that of edification, and if I was attacked well then I spoke nothing at all and did not focus on what was being said. I decided not to allow the fuel of anger to be put into my gas tank which I was so accustomed to doing before. And I felt like I was dancing with our Creator YHWH. It is a feeling of gliding as opposed to fearing that I will fall. It is a feeling of being led this way and that way and feeling fully submitted and each time of being gently glided in one direction there is a blessing that is picked up. It is being able to feel His presence and being assured in the moves He wishes for you to make. It is a feeling of assurance in His promises. It is utterly incredible. When we reach this point is when we truly die to ourselves so that we might live or Messiah.
In my prayers for Tamara and for the children as well as for myself, I have felt an electricity that has pulsated through me like a live wire because of that submission and to allow myself to surrender it all and to dance with the Father. I found myself grabbing my tzitzit a little tighter in prayer, I feel an assurance that I am being heard.
This is a tough thing to have to learn especially after the need to feel validated has been carried for 32 years but let me say brethren this is the most effective way to eradicate all the things that YHWH does not want in our presence, the things that oppress us, that harm us, that make us sick and that cause us to question him is used through the negative elements and it is time we stop spreading the negativity through the body of Messiah and learn how to lead through the servitude that Yeshua, David, Moses, etc all had. We are able to serve YHWH through edification by being that encouragement to the world. Being that helping hand, being the person who roots on someone who need encouragement by giving of ourselves. The way that we treat our family and the way we treat people in our communities, whether it be friends, neighbors, co-workers, classmates or some random person walking down the street we are being a representative of our El through our actions. This is why the Chassidics often talk about the mirror, Rebbe Nachman, and Rabbi Arush both talk about the mirror in great detail, cause our spiritual condition and our relationship with our Father is reflective through our daily dealings, public and hidden.
But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only; and do not deceive yourselves. For if any man will be a hearer of the Word and not a doer of it, he will be like one who sees his face in a mirror: for he sees himself and passes on and forgets what a man he was."
Love is patient, and is kind; love is not envious; love does not shout loudly; and is not boastful; And does nothing that causes shame; and seeks not her own; is not passionate; and thinks no evil; (It) does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; (It) bears all things, believes all things, hopes for all, and endures all. Love will never cease. But prophesying will end; and tongues will be stopped; and knowledge will disappear.
Finally, my Brothers, what things are true, and what things are honest, and what things are
The fruits then of the Spirit are these: Love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faith, Meekness, self-control. Against these there is no instruction put in place. And those who are of Mashiyach have put to death their flesh with all its passions and lusts. Let us therefore live by the Spirit and surrender to the Spirit. And let us not be of vacant glories that cause us to ridicule one another and envy one another. (Galatians 5:22-26)
Shalom Aleichem, brethren.
Theological Insights from Rabbi Eved Banah the North American Rebbe of Ani Judaism