Saturday, April 18, 2009

Ruminant(e)s for today

Do not seethe a kid it its mother's milk.........Exodus 23:19, Exodus 34:26 and Deut. 14:21........
What does it really mean? What is the spiritual significance? Hmmmm.
Since we do not believe it means the complicated scenario of ending up not eating any meat with any dairy and having lots of sinks and stoves and dishes, etc......where did that leave us?
We have goats, eleven of them to be precise. They were a kind of biblical object lesson when it started out, in addition to a home school project and responsibility builder. We wanted to know why the goat got the short end of the staff so to speak, in the Bible. Now we know.... Basically, they are always trying to get out of the pen....always "jumping out of the Torah fences" so to speak. Always trying to get away from the "protected place" we made for them. Anyway, back to the verse.
Kid in Strong's is 5795: A she goat, goats hair, she goat, kid.
Seethe is 1310: To boil up, be done, to ripen
Milk is 2461: to be fat - milk- the richest or choice part of kine (kine means the plural of cow from a long time ago)
Mother's is 517: As the bond of the family, dam, mother, X parting (which means it is from a Hebrew idiom, only trouble is, we don't know what the idiom is.....)

So, that didn't do much for the verse but make it look weird: In essence that reduced it to something resembling "Do not ripen a she goat in the bond of the family's cow's richest part"....... lol.... So, we looked at context instead. The verse was always right in the middle of the dietary instructions and the Feast instructions.
With a little more research we found this quote:

From the Ugaritic literature, it is now known that a Cannanite ritual included just such a thing, i.e., boiling a kid in milk. From the tablet entitled “The gods pleasant and beautiful,” line 1 4 reads: “boil a kid in milk, a lamb in butter.” Cassuto also notes (Exodus Commentary) that this is still the practice among Bedouins to this day.

So, since we read in Deut. 14:21: Do not eat whatever dies of itself. Give it to the stranger who is within your gates, to eat it, or sell it to a foreigner. For you are a set-apart people to Yahweh your Elohim. Do not cook a young goat in its mother's milk.
This would indicate to us that the reason for not cooking a goat in its mother's milk is to keep us separated from pagan practices. There should be no disregard for life and inhumane practices connected with the worship of Yahweh.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Happy High Day and Sabbath

For those keeping the Feast of Unleavened Bread, have a great High Day tomorrow and a wonderfully restful Sabbath. Don't forget to keep counting the Omer!
Shalom,
The Laverty Family

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Sabbatical Year Preparation Would Have Come In Handy...

A friend of ours emailed this list to us today. It made us think of the Sabbatical Year, and The Feast of Tabernacles. Actually, we have our tents set up right this minute for the Feast of Unleavened Bread...If one prepares for the Sabbatical year, it seems it may just come in handy someday;we believe by Yahweh's design. Of course, we think ALL His instructions are valuable! What a gift, what a blessing they are! If you keep the Feast of Tabernacles, chances are you already have most of the things on this list! And you rehearse with them at least once a year. I remember the time we rehearsed this way of life for 4 years up in Alaska....but that is another story! If you don't yet keep the Feast of Tabernacles and/or The Sabbatical Year, well, "Try it, you'll like it!" Just email us if you want to know more about how to do those things.

100 Items to Disappear 1st + Sarajevo survivor
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 12:28:40 -0400Survivalist necessities. drafted by a Sarajevo survivor http://www.thepowerhour.com/news/items_disappearfirst.htm

100 Items to Disappear First - 1st to be Hoarded
1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy...target of thieves; maintenance etc.)
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 - 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice - Beans - Wheat
11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY - note - food grade if for drinking.
14. Mini Heater head (Propane) (Without this item, propane won't heat aroom.)
15. Grain Grinder (Non-electric)
16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.
17. Survival Guide Book.
18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
22. Vitamins
23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many).
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
31. Milk - Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
33. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
34. Coleman's Pump Repair Kit
35. Tuna Fish (in oil)
36. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
37. First aid kits
38. Batteries (all sizes...buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
41. Flour, yeast & salt
42. Matches. {"Strike Anywhere" preferred.) Boxed, wooden matcheswill go first
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
45. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, "No. 76 Dietz" Lanterns
47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting - if with wheels)
49. Men's Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
51. Fishing supplies/tools
52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
53. Duct Tape
54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
55. Candles
56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
58. Garden tools & supplies
59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
64. Bicycles...Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
67. Board Games, Cards, Dice
68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
75. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase
76. Reading glasses
77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
78. "Survival-in-a-Can"
79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
85. Lumber (all types)
86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
87. Cots & Inflatable mattress's
88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
89. Lantern Hangers
90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
91. Teas
92. Coffee
93. Cigarettes
94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
95. Paraffin wax
96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
97. Chewing gum/candies
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
100. Goats/chickens
From a Sarajevo War Survivor:Experiencing horrible things that can happen in a war - death of parents andfriends, hunger and malnutrition, endless freezing cold, fear, sniper attacks.
1. Stockpiling helps. but you never no how long trouble will last, so locate near renewable food sources.
2. Living near a well with a manual pump is like being in Eden.
3. After awhile, even gold can lose its luster. But there is no luxury in war quite like toilet paper. Its surplus value is greater than gold's.
4. If you had to go without one utility, lose electricity - it's theeasiest to do without (unless you're in a very nice climate with no need forheat.)
5. Canned foods are awesome, especially if their contents are tasty without heating. One of the best things to stockpile is canned gravy - it makes a lot of the dry unappetizing things you find to eat in war somewhat edible. Only needs enough heat to "warm", not to cook. It's cheap too,especially if you buy it in bulk.
6. Bring some books - escapist ones like romance or mysteries become more valuable as the war continues. Sure, it's great to have a lot ofsurvival guides, but you'll figure most of that out on your own anyway - trust me, you'll have a lot of time on your hands.
7. The feeling that you're human can fade pretty fast. I can't tell you how many people I knew who would have traded a much needed meal for just a little bit of toothpaste, rouge, soap or cologne. Not much point in fighting if you have to lose your humanity. These things are morale-builders like nothing else.
8. Slow burning candles and matches, matches, matches

Monday, April 13, 2009

Malchus' Ear

Did you see the Mel Gibson movie The Passion? We will focus on just one part we found scripturally deviant for right now. During the “ear removal” scene, they did not do justice to the text and they lost an opportunity to “get it right”…..In the movie, Yahshua told Peter two or three times to “drop the knife”…..we know Yahshua really told him (in John 18:11) to “return it to his sheath“ (it being a sword, not a knife)….So, why does this make a difference? Because you can’t tell the Bible what you want it to say, or to change it, to say what you “think” it is saying. When Mr. Gibson allowed this, we believe his intention was good, and we believe he was trying to show Yahshua wanted “peace, not war” so to speak….but we believe there was significantly more to it than that. The man’s ear that Peter cut off was the High Priest’s servant. (His “representative” so to speak), when Peter cut his ear off, we think it represented that the High Priest had “No ear to hear”. (Luke 22:51)Yahshua then restored it to the man. We think that He did that because he was not the High Priest, only his representative, and of course, they couldn’t waltz into the Temple and shed the High Priests’ blood inside like that, so this act and restoration fit the bill. Then Yahshua told Peter to put the sword back in its sheath, not, “to drop it”. This particular wording can be traced back to Chapter 21 in Ezekiel.
The servant’s name was Malchus and in Hebrew the name means- King, to reign, ascend the throne, to induct into royalty to take counsel begin to make to reign, rule surely. We think that this means that there in the garden, the stage was being set to physically show the transfer of the authority of the earthly High Priest at the time, to Yahshua, the Real High Priest. When Yahshua said to Peter then, “put your sword back in its sheath, shall I not drink from this cup?” He was in effect saying, yes, you know that is what it says in Ezekiel, but now, some things will be changed by my death. Yahshua did not come at that time to conquer and reign on earth. Peter was “jumping the gun” so to speak. Yahshua was there to be the “suffering servant” at that time.
We were disappointed Mr. Gibson did not stick to the text in certain places. Yes, we realize he was taking artistic license most of the time, but when dealing with the words of the Bible, we believe one can not be too careful. This study is by no means exhaustive, obviously, and we have a lot more to study about it, especially the book of Ezekiel where the “return the sword to its sheath” verse originates. But, we wanted to post it as food for thought! See what you learn when you re read that verse, you may notice something else that we haven’t yet!
So much to study, so little time!
Shalom,
The Laverty family

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Counting the Omer - סְפִירַת הָעֹמֶר

This excerpt is from the Kararite Korner web site, with Nehemia Gordon (site link to the right, and at the end of this excerpt. Happy Counting!

Sunday April 12, 2009 is יוֹם הֲנָפַת הָעֹמֶר Yom Hanafat Ha'omer (Day of the Waving of the Sheaf). When the Temple stood, this day marked the official commencement of the grain harvest (Dt 16:7) and sheaves of barley were cut and brought to the Temple as a wave-offering (Lev 23:9-14). This day also marks the beginning of the 50-day count to חַג הַשָּׁבֻעוֹת‏ Shavuot (Pentecost; Feast of Weeks). Yom Hanafat Ha'omer is counted as Day 1 and Shavuot as Day 50.

Go to this link for a list of the counting for each day: http://www.karaite-korner.org/omer.shtml

Friday, April 10, 2009

Did a "cock" really "crow"?

In the kitchen again.......This "short" (below) is from Joe Dumond's web site (link to your right) ~ He apparently got it from here: [In my conversations with Professor W.A. Liebenberg I was impressed with his teachings on Hebraic Roots. I hope to convey those truths which will help further the Jubilee Message. One of the little tidbits that I saw on His web site was the following little story.EXAMPLE OF MESSIANIC STUDIES] and we found it interesting. If you haven't been to Joe's site yet, you might want to check it out!
We will post a study we did, ourselves, on "the cutting of the ear" next.
Shalom and a Blessed Passover to you all!

A common problem that exists in our English Bibles is mistranslation of the original text. Sometimes this seems to be the direct result of translators who were attempting to remove all hint of ‘Jewishness’ from the New Covenant (Testament) in order to support their particular theology. Other times it appears to be caused by ignorance of the Hebrew idioms or expressions. A classic example of the latter can be found in the story concerning Peter’s denial of Y’shua on the night of the Covenant Meal (Last Supper):“And the Lord said, ‘Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren’. But he said to Him, ‘Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death’. Then He said, ‘I tell you, Peter, the rooster (’cock’ in KJV) will not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me’”. (Luke 22:31-34)
Later that night the Temple Guards arrested Y’shua and took Him to the house of the High Priest. There Simon Peter was allowed admission to the courtyard in view of where they were questioning Y’shua:
“And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, ‘This man was also with Him’. But he denied Him, saying, ‘Woman, I do not know Him’. And after a little while another saw him and said, ‘You also are of them’. But Peter said, ‘Man, I am not!’ Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed saying, ‘Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean’. But Peter said, ‘Man, I do not know what you are saying!’ And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster (cock) crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, ‘Before the rooster (cock) crows, you will deny Me three times. Then Peter went out and wept bitterly”. (Luke 22:56-62)
This is one of the more famous stories in the Gospel accounts; repeated in both Matthew and Mark as well. However, there is one problem with the translation; chickens were not allowed in Jerusalem during Temple times. The reason for this prohibition was because chickens are very dirty birds and they have the obnoxious habit of finding their way into places where they do not belong. Therefore, to assure that chickens could not gain access to the Temple and desecrate the Holy Place or, worse yet, the Holy of Holies, the Priests simply forbids everyone in Jerusalem from having chickens.
So, what about this famous passage of Scripture? It clearly says in the New King James Version, just quoted, that a ‘rooster’ crowed and it was heard in the courtyard of the palace of the High Priest.
The proper translation is really quite evident when the practices of that time are understood. The ‘rooster’ or ‘cock’ that Peter and Y’shua heard was not a bird at all, but a man. That man was a priest at the Temple. He was the one who had the responsibility of unlocking the Temple doors each and every morning before dawn. Every night this priest would lock the doors to the Temple and place the key in an opening in the floor of one of the Temple side rooms. Then he would place a flat stone over the opening and place his sleeping mat over the stone. He would literally sleep over the key to the Temple. In the morning this priest would arise at first light and retrieve the key. He would then proceed to unlock the doors to the Temple and cry out three statements in a loud voice: “All the cohanim (priests) prepare to sacrifice”. “All the Leviim (Levites) to their stations”. “All the Israelites come to worship”. Then he would repeat these statements two more times.
The priest in question was known as the Temple Crier, and he was called ‘alektor’ in Greek, which can either be a ‘cock’ or ‘man’ (cock is Gever in Hebrew). ‘Alektor’ here was incorrectly assumed to be the ‘cock’ or ‘rooster’ instead of the Priestly Temple Crier. It was his obligation to rouse all the Priests, Levites, and worshippers and call them to begin their preparations for the morning sacrifice service. In the stillness of the early morning, sound carries well and since the palace of the High Priest was within a very short walk from the Temple, it was the Temple Crier’s cry that was heard in the courtyard where Y’shua was being questioned and not the cock/rooster. Josephus, the historian, confirms this by stating that no chickens were allowed inside Jerusalem’s walls at all as they flew into the Temple and defiled the Temple.
While this example does not change the meaning of the event (that Peter would deny Y’shua despite his bravado earlier in the evening), it does serve to illustrate how English reading Bible students as well as other languages have been shortchanged in their understanding of some of the events as they actually took place. Also, by knowing the true facts about the Gever one’s attention becomes focused on the fact that Y’shua, the Son of God, was being questioned while standing within earshot of His Father’s House (the Temple).

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Chocolate Caramel Matzo ~ Yum

Since we are in the kitchen cooking, here is a short recipe for today. We will be taking the Memorial Emblems tonight and doing the Footwashing. Yahweh Bless!

Chocolate Caramel Matzo
4 to 5 pieces of matzo
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate, or semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use milk chocolate)
Toppings (pistachios, a little rock salt, etc.)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
Place the matzo in one layer on the baking sheet. Set aside.
In a large sauce pan, melt the butter and brown sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once the mixture reaches a boil, continue to cook for an additional three minutes, still stirring, until thickened and just starting to pull away from the sides of the pan. Remove from heat and pour over the matzo, spreading an even layer with a heat-proof spatula.
Put the pan in the oven, and turn the heat down to 350 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes, watching to make sure it doesn't burn. If it looks like it is starting to burn, turn heat down to 325.
After 15 minutes, the toffee should have bubbled up and turned a rich golden brown. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle the chocolate over the pan. Let sit for five minutes, then spread the now-melted chocolate evenly with a spatula.
At this point you can add toppings while the chocolate is still melted.
Let cool completely, then break into smaller pieces and store in an airtight container.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Examining the Sheep

This morning, at our house, we gave each of our youngest children the opportunity to "choose a lamb" and to take care of it until the 14th day of Yahweh's month. Every year on the 10th day of Yahweh's 1st month, we let the children pick from some stuffed lambs. They find a box to keep them in and "give them food and water" in their rooms. We read Exodus 12:3 and I Peter 1:19 and discuss how important it is to choose the right lamb and to examine it for "blemishes."
Now, on the 14th day of Yahweh's month, at about 3pm, we will take back their lambs and put them up until next year, when we will rehearse this again, and again, until the Messiah returns.
We hope you will join us in picking Yahshua as your lamb.
Shalom