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His Banner Over Us is LOVE, PART 4 – Teaching Notes From Tuesday, September 1, 2020

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Prelude to Rosh Hashanah, Part by Rev. Y Malveaux

The Placement of the Standards of the Camps PART 3 – Teaching Notes From Tuesday, September 1, 2020

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Prelude to Rosh Hashanah, Part by Rev. Y Malveaux

Companion Recording will be added to this Post no later than September 7, 2020

ELUL, ON THE 11TH DAY

WHO SHALL BECOME THE GENERATION OF THE UPRIGHT?

August 30th: TODAY WE ARE READING & PRAYING PSALMS 112-118

Ref: ELUL, OUR 29 DAY BANQUET OF PRAYER… TO HONOR THE KING OF GLORY!

The Hebrew word that means “generation” is dor (dore).

We understand the word, generation in English to represent, “a body of living beings constituting a single step in the line of descent from an ancestor, or the average span of time between the birth of parents and that of their offspring.” (Webster’s Dictionary)

In Hebrew thought, ‘dor’ means something more than a biological line of ancestry, or a linear span of time. It is more than the continuity of a bloodline or DNA ancestry.

In Psalm 112:2, the scripture reads, “the generation of the upright shall be blessed”, the scripture is referring to continuity that is not limited to successive generations; grandparent, parent, child. This is about spiritual continuity, that might have to skip a few generations until another arises with the same spirit.

OUR WESTERN MINDSET TENDS TO TAKE OVER… and we can’t hear the scripture from the Hebrew at all. The meaning of ‘generation’ in English, is completely different than the meaning of ‘generation (dor)’ in Hebrew.

In a recent blog I wrote called, Connecting the Dots, we reviewed the genealogy of Shem (Genesis 11). In following the line of descent from Shem to Abraham, what we saw is the anointing transfer from Shem to Eber to Abram. The anointing did not pass “in single steps from ancestors to ancestor.”

The anointing may have to skip a few generations. The anointing has to be caught. If the next generation doesn’t want it, they don’t have to have it.

Not everybody wants it and it’s not for everybody.

Some prefer a life of idolatry, sin, etc., like Ham, Canaan, Terah… and some of their sons.

The dor (generation) of the upright shall be blessed, that’s singular not plural. The blessing might not pass from dor to dor, the way we are accustomed to process the meaning in our minds. However, it will pass to the one in the generation who chooses to carry on the continuity of the blessing. Who will seek the anointing of GOD?

GOD will wait for a ‘dor’ to open, and the King of Glory shall come in!

Psalm 112

Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in His commandments.

Your seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

Wealth and riches shall be in your house: and your righteousness endureth for ever.

Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: because you are gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

A good person sheweth favour, and lendeth: they will guide their affairs with discretion.

Surely you shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.

You shall not be afraid of evil tidings: your heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.

Your heart is established, You shall not be afraid, until you see your desire upon your enemies.

You have dispersed, You have given to the poor; your righteousness endureth for ever; your horn shall be exalted with honour.

The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; they shall gnash with their teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

AMEN

Additional Insights into the Dor…

I’m sure I have not said it enough yet, but words in Hebrew have far more depth than in any other language. Hebrew words have spiritual meaning, numerical meaning, symbolic meaning (pictographically), even the shape of each letter is significant. This means that we basically cheat ourselves out of the richness and depth of meaning, by viewing the Hebrew letters and words in such a common way as we do in English. It’s too linear, too narrow.

For instance, ‘dor’ is spelled with 3 letters, dalet (d) vav (o) reish (r) in Hebrew.

Spelled backward we have the opposite of dor, reishvavdalet (rey’d)

rey’d in Hebrew means to Decline.

Dor means to move forward in continuity vs rey’d which means to go backward and decline. If the generation is not moving forward spiritually, all that remains open to them is spiritual decline. Grow or stay stuck and decline.

Your seed shall be mighty upon earth: is a promise made to those that choose to follow GOD, it’s not a promise to the world at large. They have to choose Him.

Not everyone in Shem’s line chose GOD.

The generation of the upright shall be blessed.

The generation of the upright, nurtures and grows spiritually, accepts the WORD, pursues it, and honors GOD. They continue the bloodline of the righteous.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Cor 15:58

Amen.

ELUL, I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine..

Just for a moment, let’s take a closer look at the Hebrew Word, ELUL.

Below is an excerpt from Biblehub.com; the Interlinear translation of Psalms 6:3.


In Song of Solomon 6:3, we have the beautiful verse, ah’knee luh-doe’dee vuh’doe’dee lee

meaning: I am of My Beloved and My Beloved is Mine

This Month on the Biblical Calendar is called ELUL…

ELUL, is written with four Hebrew Letters, aleph (A) – lamed (L)- vav (U)- lamed (L) (The Aleph carries an E sound). Ref: see the snapshot of Song 6:3 above, the first letter starting form the right is the Hebrew letter aleph).

Much like using an Internet acronym or text abbreviation, ELUL is a type of Hebrew acronym for the words: Ah’nee Luh-doe’dee Vuh’doe’dee Lee

The 1st letters in each Hebrew word in that phrase spell the name of the Biblical Month we are in right now… The Month of Elul

This offers us a beautiful picture with prophetic symbolism. In this we can see the connection to GOD in prayer that resides in this Month, devoting time in prayer and study, to the lover of our soul. An personal time of relationship and fellowship with GOD.

ELUL is the month on the Biblical Calendar dedicated to the search we conduct within our own soul to cleanse out all the clutter and evaluate our own actions so that we can come before GOD in earnest and rededicate ourselves to Him.

So, every time you hear yourself pronounce the word, ELUL (which I have plastered all over this BLOG, you are engaging in sweet prophetic shorthand saying, “I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine!

That’s an AMEN.

ELUL, THE MONTH OF PROPHETIC DREAMS…

BECAUSE THIS IS A MONTH SO SATURATED BY PRAYER, REPENTANCE AND DRAWING CLOSER TO GOD… THIS MAY BE YOUR DREAMIEST MONTH OF THE YEAR!

Expect MORE Dreams!

Capture those Dreams and Pray them through During this Season!

If your dreams are vivid and a tad bit alarming…write them down as well and ask for deeper revelation. You could have been given a warning dream which is awesome!

Remember what Moses, Abraham, Jacob, Hannah, Hezekiah, Abigail, Deborah, the Zelopehad Daughters, Jochebed, Miriam, Aaron, Esther, and many more… did when they were confronted with situations that they were not so pleased about?

They stepped in and had a conversation with GOD. They didn’t let problems, complications, situations, even edicts from GOD, just stand unchallenged. They negotiated a better outcome for the people!

Should any dream alarm you… Never Fear…it’s time to open up negotiations with GOD!

The dreams we love the most are wrapped in sugar and spice, right? Definitely pray those dreams through!

Attached is a journal page from the workbook. Use it to write down your dreams and take them to prayer (in your hand) with you during your consecrated prayer time.

Make Note of The Time of the Watch in Which Your Dream Occurred

Jot down the date and time of your dreams whenever possible… Write the visions and run with them! (Hab 2:2).

Hebrew Root Word Study: ratz = run, to carry speedily, to escort speedily to a destination

ya’rutz = future imperfect; meaning Your actions (whether you will or will not) determine the outcome. In Hebrew the imperfect tense leaves room for what you are prepared to do with the information or situation, VISION OR DREAM!

This is one of the things I love most about the Word…GOD left room for our choices on the pages of scripture and in the declaration of His Will…

GOD has invited You to take part… the tense is imperfect… because He is waiting for Your decision….The Choice is Yours.

May all our prayers saturate you with prophetic insight, and visions and dreams… May this be the richest Season of Dreams and visions and insight for you EVER! May you see the crooked places made straight… May you see the abundance of rain coming in the distance.. May you walk each day in divine outcomes and decisions because you have stepped into the ALL The Provisions that GOD has made for you in His Word! You Shall Dream.

Enjoy! AMEN.

RELATED MESSAGES:

PRAYER JOURNAL PAGES FOR ELUL —THE NEXT LEVEL IN PRAYER

ELUL, A DAVID KIND OF PRAYER…

Elul… May GOD Find You Praying, like David Prayed…

PART 3 The Spirit of Witchcraft —One of the Works of the Flesh

continued from Part 2

Why Consult with the Witch at Endor?

King Saul did this in order to pacify his fear, in order to justify his suspicion, in order to pacify his own rebellion, against God. 

He resorts to consulting the witch at Endor a familiar spirit. Consulting by means outside of God. Saul only needed to humble himself and repent to open the door that would usher him back into the presence of God. He was still operating in self. Stuck in rebellion and stubbornness. 

We see this in 1 Samuel 28:6 

6And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

In other words, God was giving him a message by not speaking to him. His glorious presence had departed from him and God allowed it to instigate repentance. 

WAS SAUL SEEING HIMSELF FOR WHO HE REALLY WAS???

Was Saul oblivious to the fact that he was in disobedience?

It’s very possible to be so stuck that we deceive our own selves.

Saul was in total denial that God had departed from him and was insistent on getting a word from the Lord.

So, Saul is going to create his own message.

So often this is what happens when the body of Christ becomes susceptible and tempted with witchcraft in the competition of fellow servants of Christ. 

It begins with denial toward the truth.

And wanting to imagine God is saying something he did not say and is not saying. And that is exactly what happened to Saul in this instance. 

2 Samuel 1:1-27

FIRST there is a concept to take note of here…

When GOD gives you an assignment, AND you know what it is AND you are not confused about the instructions. You perfectly understand…  

Know this:  The assignments that you fail to accomplish when it comes to the enemies of God, have a way of resurfacing.  

In other words, you can send yourself back around the mountain, because you failed to accomplish the task the last time!

Except this time you are contending with spirits that are stronger (because you have made them stronger by your rebellion and disobedience).  They’re objective was always to remove you from your place…now even more so!

Obedience is Better than Sacrifice.

The Amalekite King that Saul did not destroy in one of his moments of disobedience, believing he knew what was best on his own accord, instead of following the orders he was given by God.

HE THOUGHT HE HAD A BETTER PLAN THAN THE PLAN GIVEN TO HIM BY GOD

His actions caused the Amalekite’s to resurface in the book of Esther. It was also an Amalekite that finished him off after he fell on his own sword. What sword? The very disobedience he walked in took his own life. 

Remember that Prophet Samuel asked King Saul, “Did you do the Lord’s commandment?”, and King Saul replied that he had done the Lord’s commandment. 

Saul had not completed the assignment the way he was commanded to do. Saul did it his way and opened the door to a spirit that every generation continues fight. 

Every child with siblings has learned the hard way, that their disobedience/rebellion has the potential of causing the same behavior in their siblings.   Every rebellious friends goal is to get you to participate in their wicked behavior.  Point being: this type of behavior leaves another to have to pick up the bondage and fight the same battle again.

Someone has to slay the dragon!  If it’s your assignment, and you refuse to do it or you only do the part you want to do, then you leave another to finish the job.  You may even subject them to more spiritual dangers and stronger enemies because you chose not to finish your spiritual assignment.

The spirit of Amalek.

2 Samuel 1:1-27. The consequences of cooling off in one’s service to God.

Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag;

1 Samuel 30:1-31 Ziklag had been attacked by the Amalekites. David pursues them across the Negev Desert and defeats them –and rovers all, including his two wives.

Meanwhile, King Saul fights the phillistines in Mt Gilboa 1 Samuel 31:1-3

It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance.

And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped.

A prisoner of Israel – from the battle with the Amalekites.

Consult your bible maps. note the position of Jezreel vs Mt Gilboa

And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.

And David said unto the young man that told him, how knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead?

And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him.

The spirit of Amalek always insist everything happens by chance… there is no design, destiny or providence of GOD.

Note: King Saul was fighting the Phillistines on Mt Gilboa 1 Sam 28:4, David was fighting the Amalekites at that time.

And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered, here am I.

The Amalekites were generational enemies of Israel. This Amalekite wants King David to believe he “just happened to be passing through a battle with Israel and the Phillistines?” Is he just waiting in the cut to see how the battle will turn out?

And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite.

And I am proud to declare and will not hide the fact that “I am Amalekite”. (Grandson of Esau, ever present enemy to Israel, known for their audacity) Ex 17:14 GOD will blot out the name of Amalek, Deut 25:17 Amalek did not fear GOD;

He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me: for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me.

…”and Saul asked me to kill him

Amalek’s primary tactic is to sneak up from behind, to attack the weak, the lame, the young, the aged, the infirm, when they are too weak to lift up their own hands in defense… Deut 25:17, Ex 17:8-16

10 So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord.

… so when Saul is weak, you can stand up..

so I did as he asked, and then I took his crown and bracelet. (If I meant to do you and Israel honor, wouldn’t I have brought back his body for burial?

Note: This Amalekite who was being held by the Israelites is somehow at Mt Gilboa with King Saul on the battlefield, just passing through?

Was he escaped from the camp of the defeated Israelites at Mt Gilboa and heard about the defeat of the Amalekites before David?

Was he an Amalekite who just happened to be passing by the battlefield of King Saul & the Phillistines?

Was he an Amalekite who heard about the defeat of his people before David and went to the battlefield of King Saul and the Phillistines in order to cut off the weak and injured? Collecting the spoils of war?

Why is an Amalekite on the battlefield with the Phillistines?

11 Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him:

(So, here you are David…a gift for the next King of Israel that we will destroy)

12 And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the Lord, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.

13 And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite.

I am ger… one who will sojourn in your land..inhabit the land, dwell here, abide (with hostile intent?), bring fear, remain in the land… ger (guwr) someone without original rights; Amalek had a lot to lose when Israel came out of captivity. They were occupying Israels land during their 400 years in captivity. They were not interested in seeing Israel set free.

an Amalekite – stated for the 2nd time Scripture repeats itself twice when we are supposed to be paying attention. (there is a bit of pride in this declaration)

14 And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?

GOD was internationally known for anointing his people, especially His Kings, Priests and Prophets…. there is no way a person in the bloodline of Esau would not know that Saul was anointed by GOD). Amalek did not fear GOD.

15 And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died.

David was not deceived. He saw, heard, perceived what was going on. The Amalekite was mocking GOD, the Children of Israel, the Kingdom and everything they stood for… David recognized the enemies of GOD and Israel. Would you know when the enemy is mocking GOD in your life?

Do you know when someones story does not add up?

16 And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the Lord’s anointed.

17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son:

18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)

19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!

20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.

21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil.

22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty.

23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.

24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.

25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places.

26 I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.

27 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!

YOUR PRAYER LIFE IS… YOUR STRONGEST SPIRITUAL ASSET

While here on earth, Amalek sought to destroy the Israelites with a vengeance. His baseless hatred for Israel was shrouded in fear of Israel. Amalek never attempted to confront Israel face to face. That would have meant, taking on the tribe of Judah head-on (Ex 17). Why take on a lion when you can sneak up from behind and challenge the a cub… The Tribe of Dan…(whom they thought was a weak link).

The Tribe of Dan was the rearguard. Their job was to protect Israels treasures; the old, the young, the weak. 11 Tribes mounted the frontal defense and protected the flanks. Dan was the rearguard.

Note: When the children of Israel left Egypt, they were no way in the path of the territory of Amalek. Amalek pursued them when they had already passed by… a completely different path to Mt Sinai. And when did they attack? Right before the children of Israel were about to get their Word from GOD… Right before they were scheduled to receive their Word about their destiny.

If you find out who you are in GOD.. the enemy has a big problem. If Israel figured out that all of this territory that Amalek illegally inhabited really belonged to the children of Israel AND if they (the Children of Israel) ever got their fight back and remembered who they are/were…

Judah was already leading them to their promise… and Judah was not to be trifled with.

What they did not know is that Dan, was a Lion’s whelp… and if you have ever seen a lion’s cub play you would recognize that they are severely underestimated, have no idea that they are the smallest, love to wrestle and are always ready for the battle. Dan was quick like a viper and strong like a lion. Add prayer to the fight and they were unbeatable!

The spirit of Amalek continues their attempts to take out GOD’s Anointed. They are relentless. If they can get you so frustrated that you come out of prayer, curse, get angry, hold grudges, act out in rage, jealousy, nurse wounds, throw your hands down ( they have sufficiently weakened your hands in prayer).

If they can just poke at your heels, drag you down to a level where you are spiritually and emotionally broken, despondent, hopeless, feeling entitled and justified in your own behaviors… If Amalek can get you to operate in greed, pride, envy, strife, etc.

If they can get you to pick up the worlds weapons and put down the weapons of your warfare, then they have you in a headlock. Your hands become weak, you have no prayer life and you are subject to the enemy’s devices.

Prayer makes your hands strong… and in GOD’s Kingdom we need strong hands to war with in prayer! Hands Raised + Praise + Humility + GODs weapons= Power in Prayer ; means you win the battle!

Hands locked down and immobilized + use of the enemies weapons+ pride, lies, deceit etc.= no strength in prayer – You lose.

Rephidim ( Ex 17) means weakening of the hands. The children of Israel propelled themselves into a spiritual condition of Rephidim through all of their complaining, moaning, chiding- the sapped up their own anointing with their own mouths.

There was no water = there was no anointing. Why do we expect the anointing to flow in our lives, on our prayers, on our vision and dreams, when all we did all day was whine, moan and complain? Why do we expect the anointing to flow when all we did all day was point the finger, ridicule, blame, lash out, criticize our leaders, friends, brothers and sisters?

THE WORD OF GOD IS CLEAR ABOUT THIS POINT:

Negativity does not release the anointing. Frustration, complaining, etc does not release the anointing. Pointing the finger, blame, ridicule, etc does not release the anointing.

The Prayer of Faith releases the anointing.

You can’t be on both sides of the equation. You can not do both and expect your prayers to break through. There is no middle ground here. You can’t be double minded and expect power in prayer.

When I began this teaching I made a statement…the Spirit of Witchcraft- One of the Works of the Flesh. What I am saying is that, we can easily fall into the trap of thinking that witchcraft is happening somewhere from outside, being performed by someone else, directed at us through someone else.

I am showing you another side to the coin. The witchcraft of words can come from us… from within us, from our own actions, our own flesh.

We deceive ourselves in double mindedness, when we operate in disobedience, rebellion or in any of the activities described. We allow the spirit of Amalek to operate in our lives and only we can shut it down.

Saul wanted to operate in the things of GOD and the things of the world, as it suited him. It doesn’t work like that, and it cost him everything.

Reading Assignment: Read it all in context Starting at 1 Samuel 9 – 1 Samuel 15

Adam’s Prayer Life…Lost in Translation

Removing the Tradition of Mythology from Our Translations in the Book of Genesis… Part 2 of Adam was not in Agriculture…

In the last post, we saw that every indication of Adam having a relationship with GOD in prayer was translated out of the scriptures. Whether accidentally or intentionally, we may never know. However, the fact remains we just won’t see it with a literal reading of the text of scripture.

The message that I hope came across in these past teachings the most Is, that as a student of scripture we can not afford to trust /assume that we have all the information that we need in front of us via a literal meaning of the text. We have to dig out the details.

Another hurdle (i.e., habit) I hope that I am helping my students and readers to overcome, is one of taking the literal translations provided in our English Bible and Concordances completely at face value. We need to investigate further.

These are our necessary starting places, but they alone are not where we finish.

Virtually all bibles are based on the English version of the bible, so technically, we are all in the same boat.

Hopefully, I have demonstrated to each of you through the previous 30 teachings, that this type of blanket acceptance can be, not only superficial and misleading, it impairs our spiritual understanding and stunts our spiritual growth.

Consider and Evaluate the Specific Word Choices Being Made in Scripture:

Biblehub.com is a good internet source that is available to all 17 nations that view this blog to date.

As you can see from previous teachings and the attached link, translators have provided a myriad of words that are used to translate the Hebrew. The list of translations for the Hebrew word ‘ah-vode’ in Genesis 2:5, is reprinted below as an example, for your review.

become slaves (1), been slaves (1), bondage (2), burdened (2), cultivate (7), cultivated (2), cultivates (1), do (6), do the work (1), enslaved (3), given (1), holding in bondage (1), imposed (1), keep (2), labor (3), laborers* (2), make servant (1), make slaves (2), manufacturers (1), observe (1), perform (9), performed (2), plowed (1), rendered (1), serve (141), served (52), serves (2), serving (5), slave (1), slaves (1), subject (1), till (1), tiller (1), tiller* (1), tills (2), use as slaves (1), used (1), uses services (1), work (7), worked (2), workers (2), working (1), worship (7), worshipers (6).

25-44 variations of ‘ah-vode’ are presented in most concordances. So, the information you see above, is not unusual. Even if we were to accept all of these “definitions” for ah-vode at face value, without an understanding of the original Hebrew meaning behind the word, we would continue to miss the essence of the message.

Another example from scripture appears in the use of the word, ‘ah-vode’ that is translated as ‘dress’, meaning to cultivate or till’ . Deut. 28:38-41 is a good example to use because the word ‘dress’ is selected once more as a translation for the Hebrew, ‘ah-vode’.

  • 38 Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.
  • 39 Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.
  • 40 Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.
  • 41 Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.

Deut. 28:1-14 outlines the blessings to be received for obedience to the commandments of GOD. Beginning with Deut 28:15, all of the curses are enumerated for disobedience to the commandments.

Abeying for now, any disputes of whether believers are under any curses since Jesus, our objective is to stay focused on the use of the word avode and its translation.

The overall context is found in the penalty for disobedience. Deut. 28:38-41 is conveying to us that none of the work that we put our hands to will prosper, when operating in disobedience.

There is no such thing as heart felt devotion without obedience.

39 Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them

The use of avode (dress) in this context reveals that while we may delude ourselves into thinking we are walking with the spirit of GOD and service to our utmost for His Highest, the Spirit has departed from us.

The flesh wants to continue, “business as usual” confessing our love of GOD, yet the entire time we are knee deep in disobedience. GOD is not amused.

We can continue with the pretense, but the blessing will not be attached to our labors.

Genesis 28:39 is telling us that we will cultivate the vineyards to no avail.

Disobedience Frustrates the Power of Prayer

In Genesis 4:12, when GOD pronounced punishment on Adam for his disobedience, the KJV reads, “When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength…”

i.e., When you pray, the ground shall not add its strength to yours…

Once again in Gen 4:12, ah-vode is translated as “till”. And once again, GOD could have chosen another word to convey, ‘working in the field’. Instead He uses avode.

In Genesis 2:5, man’s prayer and worship will complete creation, bring down the rain, the trees and plants and herbs will spring forth and the earth will come alive and bear fruit.

In Genesis 4:12, because of disobedience, the earth will no longer add (yasaph) her strength and abilities (koach) to mankind.

The earth has new instructions.

The harmony between mankind and earth is now strained.

Disobedience has blocked the blessing and in prayer and worship, man must now contend with resistance.

Disobedience frustrates the Power of Prayer. Everybody in the Church has dealt with this truth firsthand.

As you just observed the terminology, ‘dress’, although flowery and poetic, does not fully communicate the truth and essence of the kind of work that the Word of GOD is talking about.

  • Adam had a prayer life. We need one too.
  • Before Adam (man) was created, GOD had the purpose of prayer in mind.
  • Before Adam (man) was created, GOD had the purpose of partnership in mind.
  • Before GOD’s creative plan could be considered complete, man had to o be present in prayer, praise and worship.
  • Rain was prevented from falling to the ground, as GOD awaited hearing mans voice call back to Him in prayer.
  • Prayer is our methodology given to partnership with GOD in creation.
  • Disobedience blocks are Blessings.
  • Effective with Genesis 4:12, Prayer and worship must combat and contend with resistance due to the sin of disobedience.
  • Consider This: If we would at the very least, treat prayer as a tithe, we would commit to prayer 16.8 hours per week.

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May GOD send new instructions into the earth, into the atmosphere, and into the heavens to add their strength in response to your prayers!

This teaching is dedicated to my students. May your spiritual power in prayer multiply ten fold as your prayer life multiplies and grows. May GOD select you for every prayer request of Heaven, every burden of His Heart. May you always awake with prayer on your lips, whenever you ask God to allow your spirit to pray unceasingly while your body rest. May all your prayers be in sync with the Spirit of GOD. Amen.

Posts Included in This Series on Prayer:

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NEW Disclosure Added: I am of the belief that any and all teachings on scripture, especially those on prayer should receive prayer before passing them along to others. For this reason, I encourage everyone who reviews these teachings to saturate each one in prayer before sharing, distributing or reproducing them in any fashion.

Anything that we hope to learn and accomplish through the Word of GOD must be born out of a spirit of prayer. Prayer is the root of all our spiritual training. Study without prayer is futile. Without prayer, we learn nothing and we accomplish nothing.

Prayerlessness makes a pretense of piety.

May GOD always send you a confirming word.

GOD Bless You,

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Adam was not in Agriculture…

Removing the Tradition of Mythology from Our Translations in the Book of Genesis…

The Book of Genesis sets the tone for understanding all of scripture.

Answers exists in scripture that provide deeper understanding to our questions and resolve unanswered ambiguities that have existed for generations.

Understanding the Book of Genesis, the beginning of GODs sacred text, can promote biblical accuracy, restore spiritual insight and eliminate confusion as we study each and every book of scripture.

Case in Point: Adam was NOT a Farmer.

Despite the fact that this has been taught for generations, because of poor translations at our disposal, should we continue to misunderstand the original message? Is it possible that a blessing exists in the accuracy of a translation?

Is there something more important than ‘farming’ that I could learn and spiritually benefit from, that would cause me to advance spiritually in prayer, understanding, and my calling?

How much can one point of scripture make?

Let’s investigate Genesis 2:4-5

“These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.”

REFRESHER From Previous Teachings:

At the outset of our journey together one of the most important concepts I communicated, is that Biblical Hebrew is a very meticulous language.

SECOND: The knowledge that GOD placed His Word above His Own Name is paramount in all your study of scripture. Psalm 138:2, Jeremiah 1:12, Mark 16:20, Rev 19:13.

Character is Key. Do we place our word above our own name? Can a person trust our word?

David taught us just how important it was to GOD that His people be able to trust His Word when he said… “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness (chessed) and for thy truth (emet): for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

GOD’s Word is His Bond.

  • Studying the Word is more important than Reading the Word.
    • The study of scripture is a sacred duty of everyone who loves the LORD.
    • Each student of scripture must possess and practice patience in order to study scripture.
    • We don’t treat scripture like a fairy tale, a bible story, an ordinary book, or a common piece of literature.
    • We (servants of GOD) honor scripture with our time, our presence, our interest, our patience, our dedication.
    • By placing the study of scripture above our own time, and interest, etc., We are placing His Word above our own name, i.e., above our own selfinterest.
  • GOD is careful and deliberate in the selection and use of each Word He uses to communicate with us.
  • Biblical Hebrew is a Rich and Meticulous Language. Levels of meaning exist.
  • In English, words also have levels of meaning. Each level of meaning in a word is revealed in context to the overall message or statement.
  • In Hebrew, context is consistent with and compliments the Word choice.
    • In Hebrew, Key Words in the verse have to be researched and studied.
    • Don’t take for granted that the given English translation of the word accurately conveys the original message of GOD in all cases.
  • The English meanings of words have transitioned through time. In most cases, the meanings that we apply today, have no connection to the original meaning of the word.
    • We will continue to revisit this point as often as it applies.

ADAM the Agrarian?

“… and there was not a man to till the ground.” Till is from a Hebrew word usually translated, “to work or service”.

  • Remember, GOD has more than one way to say anything. His Word choices are meticulous.
  • In the Language of GOD, there are 14+ ways to say, work or service.
  • This means, GOD is not limited in forms of expression, He can be very specific, very precise in communicating what He wants to say to us.
  • In English, it is common to lump our terms together. In the Biblical Language of Hebrew, GOD does not lump terms together.

GOD uses a specific word to express “occupational” forms of work (melakah, H4399), deeds of work (mah-a-say, H4639), providential work (4652, miph-la-ah), beam work (meh-qa-rey H4746), cunning or ingeniuos work (khe-shev, H2805), or work that produces an item or thing (mih-fal, H4659) etc, etc.

None of the above were chosen to express the type of Work GOD was looking for to take place in the earth. None of the above are connected with rain.

GOD is quite capable of producing rain in the earth. He does not need man in order to make it rain. The production of rain in the earth is a gift, a part of the creation process that man is given by GOD to participate in partnership.

Man’s partnership with GOD in the creation process, requires a form of ‘work or service’ that is expressed completely different than any of the above examples. Which leads us to two additional words we need to look at.

These two Hebrew words also appear in Genesis 2:5, teh-rem (before, H2962) and yitz-mah (grew, H6779) so that we can increase our understanding of the message.

teh-rem means, not yet, or before. yitz-mah means to sprout or spring up.

And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.”

i.e., the plants and shrubs and herbs had not yet sprouted in the earth.

Scripture already told us that GOD had spoken the plants, herbs, seeds, etc. into existence (Genesis 1:11-13), but they had not yet sprouted in the earth (Gen 2:5). Let’s go back and review Genesis 1:11-13 again…

  • 11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
  • 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
  • 13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

Gen 1:12 teaches us that herb yielding seed and the tree yielding fruit after its kind is present in the earth, and Genesis 2:5 further instructs us, that neither had sprouted, or grown up out of the ground quite yet, because… there was not a man to ’till’ the ground.

Everything is prepared, in place, but man has not yet tilled’ the ground.

The command has been spoken into the earth, and the earth is awaiting the presence of man.

Now, here is the customary place where we get into our traditional mode of thinking as we were taught about scripture because we have learned that man needed to ‘cultivate’ the land.

We were not taught that man needed to till the land in order for it to rain. We are taught that man needed to till the ground in order to produce food.

But why would man need to produce his own food? Genesis 2:8-9 GOD planted a garden (eden) and He gave man what he needed for food.

and there was not a man to till the ground.”

Why does man need to till/cultivate the ground?

lah’ ah-vode (to till, cultivate) et ha’ah’dah’mah (the ground)

Our translation, “to till or cultivate” is taken from the Hebrew word, avod (ah-vode, H5647).

avod appears 289 times in the torah.

Our leading definition in the Strong’s Concordance and the one we traditionally follow is a translation of; to work, to serve.

avod is also translated; to be slaves, held in bondage, to become slaves, laborers, or servants, to keep in bondage or compel.

It is not until we come to the end of our alphabetized list of potential translations, that we find the words; to worship (used 7x), or worshippers (used 6x).

Only 13 of 289 times, has it ever been translated meaning to worship, or be worshippers.

Exodus 10:26, the 3rd time la’ah-vode appears in scripture, the children of Israel are concerned that they take all necessary preparations, including the cattle, to serve the Lord. .

The 4th time we see the word la’avod in scripture, Numbers 3:7 it is when GOD tells Moses to bring the tribe of Levi before the tabernacle of the congregation ‘to do the service’ of the tabernacle.

and we have 27 more…Many Infallible Proofs – that ah’vode means worship.

This pattern continues in Numbers 3:8, 4:23, 4:24, 4:30, 4:47, 7:5, 8:11, 8:15, 8:19, 8:22, 16:9, 18:6, etc. etc. etc. (a total of 27 times conjugated la’avode).

In every case except the 1st two times we see la’avode in scripture (Gen 2:5, 3:23) we have taught and translated it in such a way, as to communicate to the world over, that ‘adam’ (man) was needed in order to till the ground, as if he was created to be a farmer of some sort.

That is not what this means…

aleph (A) veit (V) dalet (D) is the root of the Hebrew word, avodah (ahv-vode-dah, H5656) which appears 145 times in scripture. avodah means worship, service of the heart.

Our Strong’s translation says, avodah means labor, or service. This is marginally correct. It’s just not completely accurate.

Avodah is service of the heart, our labor of love toward GOD. To serve GOD with avodah is a spiritual labor of love. Service of the heart has nothing to do with manual labor. in a field. To translate these words in such a way is to make the meaning of our service and labor to GOD common. Plus, we miss the point.

Worse of all, we have taught the known world to read Genesis 2:5 to mean that man’s purpose was to work the land, plow the fields, harvest the crops. Noble secular work indeed. However, GOD had and has something more in mind for mankind.

Avodah is the ‘work’ of clinging to GOD through prayer and worship. Avodah is the hard work we do in service to GOD.

Our Work IS to Worship and to Pray…

Again, the narrow translation of both ‘avode and avodah’ misses the mark, which skews our understanding far too much from the actual truth.

Actually, if prayer was not such ‘work’, perhaps it would be far easier for us to comply. But the fact is, spiritual work is takes as much or more effort than physical work.

In fact, Genesis 2:15 “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” KJV.

To dress is translated from the Hebrew Word, avodah (5647). To keep, is from the Hebrew Word shamar (8104) meaning to guard and protect.

Adam (man) was charged with the responsibility to worship, pray and protect (guard) the anointing, not cultivate a field.

Man’s First Work is to Pray

The need for prayer, praise and worship did not just mysteriously appear in the “New Testament.”

GOD established the need for prayer and worship in the beginning, as early as Genesis 2:5. But we did not see it or recognize because of our translations…

Living Bible Translation: “…or the Lord God hadn’t sent any rain; nor was there anyone to farm the soil.”

Good News Translation: “…because he had not sent any rain, and there was no one to cultivate the land.”

The Voice: “…because the Eternal God had not sent the rains to nourish the soil or anyone to tend it.”

Common English Bible: “…before any wild plants appeared on the earth, and before any field crops grew, because the Lord God hadn’t yet sent rain on the earth and there was still no human being to farm the fertile land.”

The Amplified Bible: “…no shrub or plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground,”

The only way to compensate for a poor translation is study of the original Hebrew Wording.

Scripture was given to strengthen us spiritually.

We always talk about GOD desiring relationship, yet we teach that the first man was put here with farming in mind.

The 1st two times avode appears in scripture, we translate it as ‘cultivate/till’ and the next 25 times we translate it in context to what GOD is actually communicating about prayer and worship, the service of the heart.

If cultivating the land, was the primary objective, don’t you think that scripture would say more about our role as farmers, cultivators, tillers?

Instead, the entire work of scripture has always been and is, to build us up spiritually.

Instead, the entire work of scripture has always been and is, to build us up spiritually. Not to teach us how to “till” the literal soil.

Because of our neglectful translation, the majority of the world has the wrong concept embedded in their minds.

Rather than provide us with a spiritually mature teaching and translation, we have a prelude to a “bible story” which set us up for ‘lack of knowledge’.

Avode is not a common/secular form of work.

Our Work, Our Service is about Prayer and Worship. It was always about our spiritual work.

“…there was no man to worship in the earth.”

“…there was no one here to serve in prayer”

The translator’s forgot GOD was talking about the rain…

for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.”

Adam did not just decree and declare the name of all the animals, identifying the essence of each creature by name. Adam understood the essence of his own nature and his role to partner with GOD in creation, fulfilling his call to nourish the earth through prayer.

“But if it seems wrong in your opinion to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Choose the gods whom your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live. But my family and I will serve the Lord.” –Joshua 24:15

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and tell him: This is what the Lord says: Let my people go so that they can worship me.” –Exodus 8:1

Our work is prayer.

Although it will take some time to untangle this in the minds of the world, because we learned it wrong to begin with. But the rewards are well worth it.

My concern today is to untangle it for my students in this supplement to your teaching.

There are 13+ ways to say, ‘work’ in the Greek.

There are 17+ ways to say, ‘work’ in the Hebrew. They all do not mean, Worship”

The 1st Man (adam) understood his assignment to pray.

In like manner, prayer is our first responsibility. GOD spoke 10 utterances into the earth, created man in His image and likeness and waited for man to speak back to Him.

We are His only creation with the gift of speech and prayer is our instrument of communication with GOD.

Aren’t there some cases when avode (work/service) can be understood as just plain work or service?

NO. The type of “work/service” conveyed in the Hebrew word ‘avode’ is spiritual work. Ah-vode is prayer.

13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: 14 and they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour. –Exodus 1:13-14

Rigour in Hebrew is from the word perek. Which is telling us the the Egyptians were intentionally applying pressures onto the children of Israel in an attempt to break them into pieces. A diabolical form of breaking,

13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: –Exodus 1:13

The world wants you to serve them like you are supposed to serve GOD. Although we are faithful to do all as unto the LORD… we know the difference.

Adam’s first prayer was for rain…

You can make it rain through the power of your prayers too!

At first the world is dark and empty of GOD’s light, but every believer occupies their share of the world right now, which they have to improve and illuminate.

The way to brighten your share of the world is through learning from GOD’s example “and G‑d said” — speaking into the earth, fulfilling the word of GOD by studying torah and keeping His Commandments. By doing this, we each accomplish our purpose in and bring light into the world— the world becomes illuminated with the light of GOD’s Word.

The entrance of thy Word bringeth light!

  • How Can This Teaching HELP Your Understanding?
    • Through the power of prayer, adam became a partner in the creation process.
    • The Earth and all that is in it, was created to respond to prayer.
    • The earth had to loose its seed, fruit, plants and hidden riches, when adam (man) prayed and called forth rain.
  • Adam did more than name the animals and give Eve her name, Adam his true essence as a man of GOD. He understood that his first assignment was prayer.
  • Adam returned the spoken Word back to GOD.
  • You now know the first prayer of Adam.
  • You now know that initially, rain was a product of prayer and still can be a product of prayer (depending upon what you believe possible in prayer).
  • Man must assist the world in it’s survival through the power of prayer.

Worship Released the Rain…

for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.”

There was not a man to worship in the earth… GOD awaits our partnership. Prayer, praise and worship releases the rain over all our situations, be it droughts in marriage, relationships, our communities, etc.

Rain is the sign of blessing.

The scriptures are replete with signs of blessing when the prophets called for rain.

Oftentimes we rebuke the rain. But, rain is the sign of blessing. Why rebuke the sign of blessing?

We often don’t see it, because it’s not taught, but rain was the initial sign of partnership between GOD and main. GOD gave adam (man) power over the elements, to cause it to rain.

GOD prepared the entire earth to receive the prayers of man and to respond with a living sign… to bring forth life, to grow, sprout and flourish. Don’t we want this?

I believe that we can still pray for rain, cause the earth to sprout, to grow and to flourish. I believe that we can still speak an end to drought and famine, in everything that concerns us, our bodies, our minds, our loved ones, our enemies…

Who can you nourish in the earth through prayer?

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I hope you pray for rain,

This teaching is dedicated to Everyone facing a famine or drought in their lives. To everyone who needs the earth to bring forth blessings, to everyone that has seed buried in the earth and needs it to come forth and bear fruit, every promise near the surface that has not yet materialized, may the LORD GOD of Heaven come for my words in prayer and send you rain… Amen.

Posts Included in This Series on Prayer:

From Modern English to Biblical Hebrew: The Transition Phase

Keep All of the information/study techniques above in mind as you study and validate the information presented in this lesson (including past teachings).

GOD’s Biblical Language utilizes specific Word choices that differentiate the terms in such a precise manner as to be in agreement with the overall context of the verse. We do not need to infer meaning, because His Word choice is dynamic and specific and clear.

When information is translated into English we automatically apply our definitions. Which of course is a natural reaction. Without a concerted effort, we can get locked into a form of comfort and familiarity, a single-mindedness in our terms, because in this case, English is our first language.

The problem is, terms do not translate well in all cases, in any language. In Biblical Hebrew, we have to cross time, distance, grammatical, lexical and cultural, historical and social barriers between modern English and Biblical languages. Always keep this in mind.

Our challenge today and every day is to overcome these obstacles when applying ourselves to the study of scripture.

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Copyright 2019, Rev. S. Madison, torahisteaching.blog All Rights Reserved.

NEW Disclosure Added: I am of the belief that any and all teachings on scripture, especially those on prayer should receive prayer before passing them along to others. For this reason, I encourage everyone who reviews these teachings to saturate each one in prayer before sharing, distributing or reproducing them in any fashion.

Anything that we hope to learn and accomplish through the Word of GOD must be born out of a spirit of prayer. Prayer is the root of all our spiritual training. Study without prayer is futile. Without prayer, we learn nothing and we accomplish nothing.

May GOD always send you a confirming word.

GOD Bless You,

Students/Subscribers have permission to print and share this information provided you do not use any of the teachings for profit or monetary gain of any kind. Please do not alter the material in any way. These conditions are subject to the additional term of giving full credit to torahisteaching.blog or Rev. S. Madison. Just send me an email to advise of your use of this material: torahbythesea@gmail.com Thank You.