Saturday, September 2, 2017

Why People Die

Why People Die
Yehudah ben Shomeyr (Kris Shoemaker)

When a young person dies we say God is unfair.
When young or old suffers a lingering death due to illness we say God is unfair.
When a child dies we say God is unfair.
When someone dies under tragic circumstances we say God is unfair.
When a person dies in their sleep of old age we say God is good.
Why do people die at all ages under various circumstances?

·       The Fall of mankind through Adam and Eve:

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned. - Rom. 5:12

 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment. - Heb. 9:27

·       One’s time is simply up:

Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” – Gen. 6:3

Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people. – Gen. 25:8

Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. – Deut. 34:7

·       Stupidity:
 Next Abimelek went to Thebez and besieged it and captured it. Inside the city, however, was a strong tower, to which all the men and women—all the people of the city—had fled. They had locked themselves in and climbed up on the tower roof.  Abimelek went to the tower and attacked it. But as he approached the entrance to the tower to set it on fire, a woman dropped an upper millstone on his head and cracked his skull. Hurriedly he called to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and kill me,so that they can’t say, ‘A woman killed him.’” So his servant ran him through, and he died.  When the Israelites saw that Abimelek was dead, they went home. - Judges 9:50-54

·       Willingly and unrepentant evil:
Judah got a wife for Er, his firstborn, and her name was Tamar.  But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death. - Gen. 38:6-7

·       Sickness whose root is sin or not taking care of yourself:
Sometime later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”  “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”  At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.” But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ” So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?” The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”  The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well. – John 5:1-14

·       Ones task on earth is finished:
Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. – Gen.5:24
As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. – 2 Kings 2:11

·       Mercy to the old:
Joshiah the Good King: Therefore I will gather you to your ancestors, and you will be buried in peace. Your eyes will not see all the disaster I am going to bring on this place. – 2 Kings 22:20
Ahab the Evil King: “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.” – 1 Kings 21:29

·       So as to escape future evil:
The righteous perish,
    and no one takes it to heart;
the devout are taken away,
    and no one understands
that the righteous are taken away
    to be spared from evil. – Isa. 57:1

·       So as to escape future corruption:
Abijah (God is my Father) Jeroboams son: All Israel will mourn for him and bury him. He is the only one belonging to Jeroboam who will be buried, because he is the only one in the house of Jeroboam in whom the Lord, the God of Israel, has found anything good. – 1 Kings 14:13

·       Stillborn:
Or why was I not hidden away in the ground like a stillborn child,
    like an infant who never saw the light of day? – Job 3:16
 A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he. – Ecc. 6:3

When a person we think is unworthy of life lives instead of a good person we say God is unfair.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. - 2 Peter 3:9

When a godly person dies we question God’s rational:

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psa. 116:15

(Stephen’s martyrdom led Paul to conversion)
 “When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance  and saw the Lord speaking to me. ‘Quick!’ he said. ‘Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about me.’ “‘Lord,’ I replied, ‘these people know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you.  And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’ “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’ ” - Acts 22:17-21

Paul became one of the greatest missionaries of all times!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Torah Trails #15 Bo

Torah Trails
Rabbi Yehudah “Tochukwu” ben Shomeyr
Kristopher Shoemaker

#15 Bo
Exd. 10:1-13:16
Jer. 46:13-28
James 1:15, I Cor. 10:13
Memory Verses: Exd. 12:29, Jer. 46:28, Rom. 9:29

Exd. 13:1-2

Every physical thing has a mental and spiritual equivalent. Inspiration and ideas are the conception of the Spirit. The planning and mulling over the details of such is gestation and taking that through and bringing forth into reality is birth.  Think I`m taking things to far Well, sin has a similar process; “When lust has conceived it brings forth sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” (James 1:15). The process is identical. You have a lustful thought, you dwell on it, thinking of ways to bring it to pass, you do it and bring it into this reality. Just as a physical body has a womb, so too our hearts and minds have wombs.

Physically, our firstborn is to be given and dedicated to the LORD. The same goes with livestock and crops, so why wouldn’t what proceeds from the heart and mind be any different?

“Whether therefore you eat or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God.” I Cor. 10:31

Bottom line, God comes first. He gets the first and the best of our everything; offspring, livestock, crops, income and ideas and plans.

Jer. 46:27-28

When we love and obey God and give Him our first and best of everything we can be assured such obedience will be rewarded. Past ground and territory and authority lost to the enemy will be returned to us we will overcome, prosper, prevail and rule.

“Abba YHWH Elohim, our lives are not compartmentalized and separated into the secular and the sacred. All is sacred and You deserve to be put first in everything we say or do. Help us Father to fully submit to You and allow You to have first place and accept the sacrifice of all our “firsts” to You and be glorified. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen!”

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Torah Trails #14 Va'era

Torah Trails
Rabbi Yehudah “Tochukwu” ben Shomeyr
Kristopher Shoemaker

#14 Va’era
Exd. 6:2-9:35
Ezk. 28:25-29:21
II Cor. 6:14-7:1
Memory Verses: Exd. 6:2-3, Ezk. 29:21, Rev. 16:21

Exd. 8:1-7, Rev. 16:13-14

A constant musty, humid stench with a hint or urine, a constant deafening drone of croaks, whistles and chirps. So loud you had to shout to converse with your neighbor, so loud you couldn’t even think! Everywhere you look, FROGS! You try to step and you trip or slip on a frog. You can’t sit or lie down without squashing a frog. The ground looks like a moving, living greenish wave of hoping frogs. Frogs like living, dirty popcorn, randomly popping up from the ground. Everywhere you look or turn; FROGS! In your bedpan, in your baking bowls, EVERYWHERE! In your water jar, on your food! You can’t sleep or eat. They leap on your head and with their moist, sticky pads, they crawl all over your body. No peace or quiet, it was enough to drive anyone to the brink of insanity!

YWHW verses the Egyptian god Heket. YHWH brought a countless hoard of frogs from the rive like a tsunami, but Pharaoh wasn’t impressed, his sorcerers could do similar. They too called forth frogs.

Frogs are unclean, defecate anywhere indiscriminately. One can be annoying, a dozen a nuisance but thousands are definitely a plague!

Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.  But I will put hooks in thy jaws, and I will cause the fish of thy rivers to stick unto thy scales, and I will bring thee up out of the midst of thy rivers, and all the fish of thy rivers shall stick unto thy scales.  And I will leave thee thrown into the wilderness, thee and all the fish of thy rivers: thou shalt fall upon the open fields; thou shalt not be brought together, nor gathered: I have given thee for meat to the beasts of the field and to the fowls of the heaven. Ezk. 29:3-6

In the time of Moses and the plagues, Egypt the tyrant and taskmaster was worn down, decimated and defeated. In Ezekiel, Egypt is called a dragon and is pulled out of the river with fish stuck to its scales to flounder, thrash and die to become food for the scavengers. Dead and defeated.

Rev. 16:13-14

In Exodus, frogs are called unclean animals and a plague. In the Revelation there is mentioned 3 miraculous deceiving spirits described as unclean frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, the Beast and the False Prophet, the evil, satanic trinity. In Ezekiel, Egypt is called a dragon. Egypt and the dragon both symbolize an evil, anti-Messiah, pagan and godless reign.

The Frogs in the Exodus YHWH used eventually led to the death of the firstborn and the utter demise of Egypt that kicked off the Exodus of the children of Israel out of Egypt. In Ezekiel, Egypt was again defeated by YHWH by being yanked out of the river and ate by an army of scavengers. In the Revelation YHWH uses these deceiving “frogs” that will eventually lead to the defeat of the Dragon, the spiritual Egypt at the Battle of Armageddon.

Whoever thought something as humble and ridiculous as frogs could ever be used as a weapon of mass destruction? But our God YHWH can do and use ANYTHING!

“Abba YHWH Elohim, You never cease to amaze and astound us with your creative ways of warfare against the enemy on behalf of Your people. You, my God are indeed Great and Awesome and we praise You! In Yeshua’s Name, Amen!”

Friday, January 1, 2016

Torah Trails #13 Sh'mot

Torah Trails
Rabbi Yehudah “Tochukwu” ben Shomeyr
Kristopher Shoemaker

#13 Sh’mot
Exd. 1:1-6:1
Isa. 27:6-28:13, 29:22-23, Jer. 1:1-2:3
Hebrews 11:27
Memory Verses: Exd. 2:11, Isa. 29:23, I Cor. 14:25

Gen. 2:10, 14, 21, 3:11, 12, 4:2, 5:1, 6:1

  •   Moses’s life is the model of the life of a Believer. Like Moses, we are rescued, drawn out of a dangerous environment. Moses was in a river full of hippos and crocs, we were in and rescued from an environment full of sin, death, temptations, vices and snares.

  • Moses messed up big time! He killed a man. Most of us have never killed anyone but we all have in our lives; regrets where we screw up and it changed things for us forever.
  • Moses had to remove himself from his old stomping grounds and get away from his past, meet new people and work things out and thinking things through. We too, after a life changing event, we often change locations and stations in life as well as a new set of people surrounds us.

  • Then after time has passed, we have healed, changed, grown and matured, God often calls us back to our past for victory and closure, just as He did with Moses. But we don’t go empty handed and vulnerable, God, like Moses, equips us with a rod of authority. We go with intentions of setting others free and leading others out of the dangerous environment we once were in. In the end, after we see the impossible happen, though we were there and involved, it was by the work, might and empowerment of God all along.

Isa. 29:22-23

·       God did not send Moses back into the maul of the Egyptian crocodile to fail and be consumed, but to leave victorious and unharmed with a myriad of former captives trailing behind him. So too with us, God calls and equips us to succeed and be victorious.
·       You say, “I’m nothing, I’m a screw up!” Yeah! That’s the point, so the victory and success that is achieved can only be attributed to God. He reveals His power and might by using underdogs and rejects like us.

Heb. 11:27

When we realize it’s all God, we are just an instrument in His Hand, we fear no one or no thing, we allow Him to move through us. Does a clarinet worry if it will bellow out beautiful harmonious notes? No, that concern lies with the clarinet player.

“Abba YHWH Elohim, open a door for me this week to share my testimony with others; what You’ve done for, in and through me, so that You may be glorified, and others may be freed. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen!”