Easter Among The Brothers

Let me tell you this: I used to slaughter and BBQ a live rabbit every Easter just to drive the point home to my baby girl that there was no bunny in Easter.  I served him on a platter with a small apple in its mouth.  Furious at what human beings had done to mock the conquest of death by Yahusha.

Appropriately, and coincidentally, I am listening to the soundtrack of Fury Road as I write.

Today I dressed in a suit I have not worn for 23 years.  In fact, I forgot that I owned this particular suit for a couple of decades, and rediscovered it when packing some things a couple of months ago.  Nice suit, and still fit.  A wee bit tight in the waist but still comfortable.

I NEVER wear a suit, although I have several really nice silk Italian suits from a past life.  I usually wear blue jeans to church, but when its hot I will wear shorts.  Sometimes I wear my Springfield Armory XD-M 9mm Compact on my hip under my shirt or in a shoulder pack.  I sit on the front row, far right seat, directly in front of my Pastor.  If anyone wants to harm him, they must first get past me.

Getting past me is no easy thing. For His own purpose, Yahuah built me for battle. From the core of my soul, I am a fighter. It makes me different, and although I love peace , my ability do discern the wicked is astonishing. Yahuah has given me a gift that is quite uncomfortable to possess, as there is much wickedness in the world.

I am sure that many of you possess this same ability.  We “just know” who is gentle and who is hostile.  Its like an energy field that either puts us at ease or puts us on guard.  Trust that, for sure.  Respond to it.  When you have the urgent desire to move away from a person or a place, react.  If you sense that a person is wicked, be on guard.

Guard the sheep.

So today, I was in a suit, as was my Pastor.  He always wears a suit.  Looking around the church, I noted that every other person I saw was in blue jeans 🙂

“Easter”, which is essentially a Catholic pagan construct, is still very important to the Christians.  They have genuinely made this so-called holy day into an actual holy day.  “Holy” means “set apart”, and it is.  They celebrate the rising of Jesus from that stone slab and walking out of His stone tomb.  His conquest of death for all of us.  That’s a pretty good reason to commemorate the day, don’t you think?

Of course it is.

Torah is certainly valid.  Absolutely we are expected to abide by Torah, but we will stumble through it all the days of our lives.  Paul called the Instructions a “curse” because failing to abide by any part of the Instructions meant failure of the entire body of Instructions.  Its like a piece of glass which, when we break any part of it, the entire sheet of glass shatters into a thousand pieces.

Failure in any part of it means failure in all of it.  That was the basis of Paul’s statement.

I have a friend that I met in a Messianic Jewish congregation 23 years ago.    He is hard into Torah and has been for a long time.  But as I have watched him progress in his education, I also observe that he has left me as a friend.  He has become too good for a person like me, because I do not condemn the Christians.  I see their weakness, but I do not turn my back on them.  He considers me as lost, if you can believe that.

He has become Pharisee – judging people because they do not believe as he does.  Condemning people because they are not bound by the curse.

I used to attend the gatherings of my friends in our little Torah band, but they argued too much.  They argued and were nasty about various differences.  It is shameful, and not at all like our Messiah.  My friend got into an argument with another very kind brother in Torah that escalated to the point that my friend considered shooting our brother.  How’s that for wicked?  Merciless.  Evil.  Torah Observant.  Letter of The Law.

The point is that we are called to be the salt of the earth.  We who follow Torah are correct to do so, but we are also commanded to obey the Words of Yahusha.  We are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.  Our neighbors are Muslim, Christian, Atheist and everyone on earth.  If we do not love, we are worthless and the love of Yahusha is not in us.  If we have not love, we are just running our mouths, braying like jackasses into the wind.

If a Christian responds to you with the words “Jesus Christ is Lord”., will you rebuke him?  And what does Yahusha say about this?  That if those who praise Yahusha are not against him, then they are for him.

So be counted among those who call Yahusha their Lord.  Their understanding might be shallow, but just imagine the good you can do when you patiently teach them what “Righteousness” actually is.

You do know, right?