Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Map and Compass Course with a Biblical Perspective

We thought we would post this course we created for last Feast of Tabernacles. Feel free to use it if you like.

Map & Compass
Or
Finding “The Way”
Just as the Torah is our road map for life, and Yahshua and the Holy Spirit are our compass with needle for our spiritual journey, we have a man made map and compass that help us navigate through Yahweh’s physical earth. Hopefully this map and compass course will teach you the practical skill of finding your physical way on Yahweh’s earth. A quote from a map and compass book reads:
Being in the right place at the prescribed time is necessary to successfully accomplish military missions. Direction plays an important role in a soldier's everyday life. It can be expressed as right, left, straight ahead, and so forth; but then the question arises, "To the right of what?" Obviously, for those of us here, our destination is to do Yahweh’s Will and be on the New Earth! We may already be headed in the correct direction, but have we been as diligent as we could be in teaching our friends, relatives and community at large and by extension, the people of the whole earth, in what direction they should go?
Hopefully this map and compass course will also give you the spiritual encouragement you need to either continue or to start out on that journey. Zech. 8:23: Thus saith Yahweh of hosts, “In those days ten men from all languages of the nations take hold, yea they shall take hold of the edge of the garment of a man, a Yehudite (if you take this word the whole way back to its origin, it means to bow down, or, by extension, those who bow down to Yahweh), saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that Elohim is with you” ’ ”…….“Let us go with you“…..Where? To Yahweh/Yahshua (The Way). (No one comes to the Father but by me) We will need to show them the Way….it must be a road we know and have traveled well, so that we can “show them The Way.” It MUST be the correct Way! We can not lead them down paths that do not lead to True North (Christianity and Judaism). It is our responsibility to know the RIGHT WAY.
What can we learn about following Yahweh from Orienteering? Let’s look at some definitions first.
Master Map: A map on which the controls of an Orienteering event are marked from which each orienteer marks his or her own map at the start. Our master map for finding Yahweh and knowing His mind, is obviously the Torah. We should be marking our journey toward communion with Yahweh from the instructions in the Torah.
Compass: Instrument for determining directions with the help of a strip of magnetized steel swinging on a pivot.
Orienteering: The skill or process of finding your way with map and compass. This could be compared to Yahshua and the Holy Spirit. Yahweh sent His son down here to be our guide to the Torah….to tell us how to rightly divide the Word. He then gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit to be with us daily, after His Son ascended into heaven. He did not leave us without a help.
Orientation: The process of determining one’s location in the field with the help of landscape features, map or compass or with all three combined. As we live our life each day, do we make sure we use the tools the Father gave us determine our location in relation to where He wants us to be on our spiritual walk?
Bearing: Originally the nautical term for the direction of an object from the ship. During our busy daily lives, we should always take time out to get our bearings, to make sure we are headed in the right spiritual direction.
Contouring: The method of traveling around an obstacle, by keeping at the same elevation. When, during the course of our daily lives, we come to an obstacle to our spiritual journey, we should strive to stay at the same elevation we have achieved so far, not backsliding or getting bogged down in the obstacle. We need to travel around the obstacle using the advice of the Torah, the example of Yahshua- for He did face His own obstacles, especially in the wilderness, as a witness to us that we can overcome them, and the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
Declination: the angle between the direction of the compass needle points and the true-north line; the difference in degrees between magnetic north direction and true north direction in any given locality.
Direction: The relative location of one landscape feature to another. If we should find ourselves still generally moving the direction of Yahweh, but getting caught up in something that is Takanot (tradition that is harmful to our spiritual walk, not tradition that there is no law against) or pagan practices that we become aware of as not being pleasing to Yahweh, then we need to adjust our heading with a correction to get us back on the track of True North, or Yahweh’s true intentions for the issue we are facing. This will of necessity consist of rechecking the tools Yahweh gave us to help us find our way to Him…The Torah, Yahshua and The Holy Spirit.
Base Lines: Grid North, Magnetic North, True North.
We could use the example of Yahweh being True North, Christianity being Magnetic North needing a negative declination and Judaism being Magnetic North needing a positive declination. Each system needs to take a “correction” to either the right or the left to line up with Yahweh’s True North. Does each man made system sort of face North? Yes, but the directions in both cases are off the mark. If you walk in the direction of Yahweh using the wrong system, you will not have the correct heading to hit the mark….you will miss the mark and can end up miles away from your final destination. When you reach where you think you need to be, you will find that Yahweh isn’t there. You need to get back on the straight and narrow, Grid North, to find True North. You must re-plot your course and move over to where Yahweh Really is…..not go your own way, without correction. Just as with map and compass reading, you need to periodically check your data to see if you are still heading in the correct direction, so too we must constantly compare ourselves to the Torah to make sure we are still heading toward Yahweh. If we find we have veered off the Torah path, we must make a correction, find the new (or re-newed) heading once again and get back on the correct path.
Magnetic North: The direction to which the compass needle points. This could be likened to the magnetic qualities of man made direction to Yahweh. It may lead “Toward” Yahweh, but not directly to Him. We need to be sure that we make corrections to our spiritual path toward Yahweh based on the tools He gave us, not the ones man designates.
True North: Where North really is. Spiritually speaking, this is the direction Yahweh is really in.
Landmark: A Feature in the landscape which can be readily recognized- anything from a prominent tree, or rock to a “church” or a lake. Our landmark is the Rock….or Yahshua. He is the terrain feature we would most like to be associated with.
Azimuth: is the angle from a reference vector in a reference plane to a second vector in the same plane, pointing toward, (but not necessarily meeting), something of interest. For example, with the sea as your reference plane, the azimuth of the Sun might be the angle between due North and the point on the horizon the Sun is currently over. An imaginary line drawn along the surface of the sea might point in the direction of the Sun, but would obviously never meet it.
Azimuth is usually measured in degrees (°). The concept is used in many practical applications including navigation astronomy, mapping, mining and artillery. The word azimuth is derived from the Arabic word السمت ('as-simt'), which means direction, referring to the ways or directions a person faces.
This is self explanatory…..the “Point of Interest” we would like to reach is Yahweh. Unlike the example cited,of the “sun”, we can reach Yahweh if we follow His Torah and His Son and the Holy Spirit.
INTERSECTION: Intersection is the location of an unknown point by successively occupying at least two (preferably three) known positions on the ground and then map sighting on the unknown location. It is used to locate distant or inaccessible points or objects such as enemy targets and danger areas. There are two methods of intersection: the map and compass method and the straightedge method
How intersection could relate to our walk toward Yahweh: When two people marry and become one, they are still two distinct people, or points, walking toward Yahweh. What will ideally happen, will be that the two people will both shoot an azimuth toward Yahweh and compare their data and head off in that direction using their combined data, as it relates to the Torah instructions and the guiding of Yahshua’s example, Yahshua and the Holy Spirit. Both people in the marriage must set their sites, compare them with the heading they get to Yahweh’s true north and then, the ideal is for their individual readings to be used to propel them both toward Yahweh on a Grid North path. In that way, their union will stay harmonious as they both strive to reach the same destination, together, using the Torah and the Holy spirit as their map and compass. The third point is introduced when the two that became one, have a “replication” or child. You need to incorporate the points you add to your family, in on the directional finding task. Fathers need to constantly check, not only their own headings or bearings but that of their wives and children, to make sure the family as a whole is heading in an accurate direction!
Resection: Locate your own position. Fathers, (and future fathers) this is a primary duty to Yahweh and your family. You should know your own position and how it relates to where Yahweh directs that we should be. You can do this by using the tools He gave you of the Torah, Yahshua and the Holy Spirit.
Polar Coordinates: plot an unknown position from a known point. We know where we are, do we KNOW where Yahweh is? Again, we must constantly check our guide tools.
Back Azimuth: A back azimuth is the opposite direction of an azimuth. It is comparable to doing "about face." To obtain a back azimuth from an azimuth, add 180 degrees if the azimuth is 180 degrees or less, or subtract 180 degrees if the azimuth is 180 degrees or more. The back azimuth of 180 degrees may be stated as 0 degrees or 360 degrees.
WARNING
When converting azimuths into back azimuths, extreme care should be exercised when adding or subtracting the 180 degrees. A simple mathematical mistake could cause disastrous consequences.
Deut 4:2: Do not add to the word which I command you and do not take away from it, so as to guard the commands of Yahweh your Elohim which I am commanding you.
WARNING
When measuring azimuths on a map, remember that you are measuring from a starting point to an ending point. If a mistake is made and the reading is taken from the ending point, the grid azimuth will be opposite, thus causing the user to go in the wrong direction.
2Timothy 2:15” …..rightly dividing the Word of Truth…..
This situation could be allegorically compared to “Back sliding.” When we lose the ground we have gained, when we back slide so to speak, we need to go back to where we lost the trail. In doing a back azimuth, as in redirecting our path, we must be careful not to over compensate or under compensate for our mistake(s). We must get back to where we need to be precisely.
What does it mean when we say that someone has done a “180”? It means that they have quite literally turned their life around. Not a full circle,360 degrees, back to where they started to go wrong, but a half circle,180 degrees or, an “about face” so that they now are facing, once again, in the direction they need to be going in.
Off Set: A deliberate offset is a planned magnetic deviation to the right or left of an azimuth to an objective. Use it when the objective is located along or in the vicinity of a linear feature such as a road or stream. Because of errors in the compass or in map reading, the linear feature may be reached without knowing whether the objective lies to the right or left. A deliberate offset by a known number of degrees in a known direction compensates for possible errors and ensures that upon reaching the linear feature, the user knows whether to go right or left to reach the objective. Ten degrees is an adequate offset for most tactical uses. Each degree offset moves the course about 18 meters to the right or left for each 1,000 meters traveled. For example, if the number of degrees offset is 10 and if the distance traveled to "x" in 1,000 meters, then "x" is located about 180 meters to the right of the objective. As a spiritual analogy, we can use the aid of the Holy Spirit when an issue we are facing has no direct answer in the Torah. We can “make an adjustment” to our course if we are flexible and willing to be still and listen. Then we may get an answer of whether to go to the right or to the left to reach our objective.
Be Expert with Map and Compass
In closing, one of the best ways to learn and become proficient in any subject is to find a way to make it enjoyable and relevant. That's exactly what orienteering does! Orienteering began to develop almost 100 years ago in the Scandinavian countries as an enjoyable- (delightful) and effective method for military training in land navigation.
The Bible tells us the Torah is a delight, defined as something you take great pleasure and joy in.
Psalm 40:8: I delight to do thy will…
Isaiah 58:13: Call the Sabbath a delight…
Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law (Torah) of Elohim according to the inward man…
So, on that note, as we strive to make map and compass reading enjoyable for not only the children, but ourselves as well, let us also make the general following of Yahweh a delight for our children, our wives- our families, the world and ourselves. Let’s go forth and find our Way!

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