My take on the writings of the Sefer Ba’al Shem Tov, Kedoshim 23
It’s so good to be back! I received a few notes from readers who have been wondering why I have not posted in so long. First, Thank You All for Your Messages and YES! Even though I haven’t been posting, the site is still active! I will make it up to you, I promise.
As some of you know, the one book turned into two, and now we’re at five+ **Praise The LORD*** In addition, I have been dedicated to several projects which required attention these last few months, along with fasting and prayer on a major scale for 2023!
So much needs to be covered in 2023 for so many, that I am sure you all see that too! On that note, I am going to invite you each to fast with us this January— 23 days this month for 2023. I want each one of you to walk upon the high places of this earth, in safety, peace, security, grace, protection and abundance. I want doors to open that are planning to be shut, and doors shut that are nothing but invitations to slippery places.
I am fasting and praying for every viewer, student, family and friend of my teachings to be strong and very courageous this year! To walk without compromise, to stick closer than ever to GOD, to regain territories and to experience unprecedented splendor during the next 365 days (Psalms 71). Amen.
The Books are nearly done. I am so please that several of you are looking forward to them. But what would be more important to me than the books, would be receiving your questions and feedback on the posts.
I really would like to hear from you and open up discussions. GOD Bless you all. I pray that the sounds of music and joy increase around you and that you each increase in Songs of Praise this year…
Among Your Many Anticipated Rewards This Year, let the Remnant be Rewarded with their Own Song! Halleluyah.
All the land that GOD apportioned to the children of Israel came to be described as the Holy Land, only because Abraham resided in it.
The land was not holy in and of itself.
The Land became Holy because of the Faith of One Man.
Because Abraham was Holy, the land GOD gave him was Holy. Abraham was the 1st person to pursue GOD by faith, and by the faith of one man who followed GOD, into the land that GOD showed him…, the land became holy as well.
Holiness permeates and saturates every place that the sole of your feet shall tread…
It’s because of your faith. It’s because of who you are to GOD.
Just like it was for Abraham, the land was not called holy until he occupied it.
Even if you are the only one in the land, the only one in the room with faith in GOD, the only one in place believing in GOD, even if you are the only in the workplace praying and believing in GOD, even if you are the only one in the neighborhood, who stands with GOD… Wherever you are…
You are the one that makes that place Holy Unto the LORD.
Stand the watch, be faithful and vigilant, pray unceasingly. Call for the abundance of rain in your land at all times. Protect the anointing on your life and over those that GOD has given you. Saturate them in prayer and thanksgiving. Hold the territory for the Kingdom of Heaven.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. John 14:12
You are the key ingredient that remains in the earth to do the works of the LORD. Wherever you are, you bring holiness into the earth.
And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. Luke 19:13
Here’s what I believe… When the son of man cometh, He will find faith in the earth, (Luke 18:8), because You will be here holding territory for GOD.
Here’s to You and all of Your Greater Works…
Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy. (Lev 19:2)
Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the Lord your God. And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the Lord which sanctify you. (Lev 20:7-8)
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1Peter 1:15-16)
Abraham, the father of Israel, the first person to follow GOD and teach others in the belief of one God. God commanded Abraham to leave his birthplace; his kindred, his country and his father’s house and go … to the land that I will show you. (Gen 12:1)
The promise of the land that GOD assigned to Abraham and Isaac , GOD said, “I assign to you (Jacob) and to your offspring to come.” (Gen. 35:12)
I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you for a possession. (Ex. 6:6-8)
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Yeshua, Christ Jesus. If you belong to Yeshua (Christ), then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal 3:28-29)
“It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.” (Rom 4:13)
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7
Man is a Speaking Spirit
Gen 2:7 reads, “and man became a living soul.” There is an interpretation that is more precise… A more accurate interpretation. The verse actually says, “and man became a speaking spirit.”
ha’adam l’nef’fish kai’yah – adam (120) nephesh (5315) chai-yah (2416); The present English translation is not wrong, it’s incomplete and lacks the essence of the message.
ha’adam = the man, l’nephesh = to a soul, a being (6x) kai-yah = living, alive
“The man became a living being” is literally accurate.
Then Why am I presenting an alternate translation?
Because scripture is meant to be understood by us. It is written for us. Scripture is not just some bible story, meant to entertain or amuse. Scripture contains vital information, written for the purpose of supporting our spiritual life and purpose.
Literal interpretations are the beginning of knowledge. What else could GOD have packed into this verse, desiring us to understand?
The Power of Speech Was Not Given to Man for His Own Amusement.
Adam; Mankind/Human Beings became speaking spirits. Every living being, is created, with the purpose and potential of speaking in the spirit to the Spirit of GOD.
Let me repeat that…. Speaking in the spirit, to the Spirit of GOD
Literal interpretations never bring this fact to the forefront. They remain flat and incomprehensible to our spirit. As a consequence, we generally read, teach and hear the bible as a lovely fairy tale, rather than as a sacred text, given for the purpose of conveying spiritual matters.
Our logical, rational mind can easily hold a conversation with the literal. However, our spirit man needs to engage the Spirit of GOD in every message presented in the text of scripture.
The first language of mankind, was intended to be the language of the spirit. Whatever our individual native languages are, they are secondary to the spiritual language of GOD.
The Breath of GOD was breathed into Adam. An impartation of the Spirit of GOD. By this means, adam is created a speaking spirit, in the image and likeness of the Speaking Spirit of GOD.
Romans 8:16 says, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit.” In order for this to happen, our spirit needs to be able to speak!
Above, I presented Gen 2:7, with the 2 Key-Words in Hebrew that I want you to keep an eye on. We are going to compare them to the same words in Gen 1:24.
“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.” 1 Cor 15:45
Contrast and Compare Genesis 2:7 and Gen 1:24
Information you will never see until you look at the Interlinear…
Gen 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Let’s take a look into the Strong’s Concordance:
- Gen 2:7 ha’adam l’nephesh chai’yah
- adam (120) nephesh / soul (5315) chai-yah / living (2416);
- In the case of man, we translate the words ‘nephesh chaiyah‘ as ‘living soul’.
Gen 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
- Gen 1:24 ha’ air-retz (776) nephesh (5315) chai-yah (2416);
- In the case of the animals, we translate the words nephesh chaiyah as ‘living creature’.
As you can see, two of the exact same words are used in both verses. In Gen 1:24, nephesh chaiyah is translated, ‘living creature’. In Gen 2:7, nephesh chaiyah is translated ‘living soul’.
The question we want to ask ourselves now is, Why are the English translations so dissimilar, when the Hebrew words are exactly the same?
That’s a good question and your instincts are right. They can both be translated either as living soul or living creature.
What is the distinguishing factor between them?
First, you need to know that it was through the insight of the Onkelos, that we arrive at the understanding of the alternate interpretation of the verse, “and man became a speaking spirit”.
Adam was created with words. Adam came to life as GOD spoke the words…”and man became a living soul.” GOD created man, with such reasoning skills and understanding of words, that he responded with life, as GOD spoke to him.
Man’s soul responded to the Speech of GOD.
GOD’s speech initiated our spiritual life. Man, like every other creature and created thing in the earth became, from the spoken Word of GOD. But man, is the only part of the creative work that responded in words.
Rabbi Kleinman and I agree. “Man connects to GOD through speech”. The act of speech is expressed through prayer, torah study, praise and worship. Torah study, rises above them all, as the highest form of praise by virtue of study, care and the preservation of GOD’s Word within our spirit.
On Day 18 in Praying with Fire by Rabbi Heshy Kleinman, he adds that “One who does not pray, then, is effectively muzzling his “speaking soul”, [a.k.a., his speaking spirit].
Man and creatures alike, became living souls. But man, as the crowning achievement of GOD, became even more. Man was given the ability to transcend his animalistic instinct and nature, to become a speaking spirit in the image and likeness of GOD. If he or she so desires.
The Breath of GOD… an impartation that imbued man’s spirit with the power to speak.
Man’s spirit was created to speak.
But the choice is still ours. We can deny our spiritual life. We can choose to disconnect from the spirit and allow our soul to slip away and descend to it’s lowest possible depth, even to the level of the beast. Which some chose to do with their lives.
How Do You Care For YOUR Spirit?
Man can cultivate his spirit with prayer, torah study, praise and worship. Man can activate every gift of the spirit and thrive, and arise into the character and nature of GOD…. into the full measure and stature of Christ Jesus. If we choose to do so.
So the new question becomes, what are we prepared to do with this spirit?
Prayer only knows,
Reference: PRAYER JOURNAL PAGES
Reference: The Language of Prayer
Definitions and Terminology:
Who is Onkelos?
Targum Onkelos (or Onqelos), תרגום אונקלוס, is the official eastern (Babylonian) targum (Aramaic translation) to the Torah. However, its early origins may have been western, in Israel. Its authorship is attributed to Onkelos, a famous convert to Judaism in Tannaic times (c. 35–120 CE). (Excerpt from Wikipedia). The Targum is the spoken version or translations of the Jewish Scriptures, a.k.a., the Tanakh.
Onkelos is said to have been the nephew of the Roman Emperor Titus or Hadrian. (Through a sister of Hadrian’s). (Of course, there’s always a historical dispute). Nevertheless, the story goes that, “the Emperor asked Onkelos to go out and find something that wasn’t worth much today but that would be invaluable in the future. Onkelos found Judaism.”
1 Corinthians 12:9-16
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
God Bless You,
This teaching is dedicated to Yvette “My ‘Secret Weapon’ in Prayer”… Someone I can trust to be automatically in sync with me in prayer in the spirit, one heart, one mind,, instant in prayer, in and out of season! “No Briefings Required!” You are a GOD Send from the Most High!
Posts Included in This Series on Prayer:
Coming Soon to Complete this Series: to be released prior to June 22, 2019
- Adam Was Not in Agriculture.
- The Second Sight in Speech
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