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Beyond mortal minds

Puffball mushroom! These are so tasty!

2 p.m. Thursday August 11, 2022. 83F/29C.

A reversal. The hollow is warm, but not uncomfortable. A small white egg is seen in the driveway. Upon closer inspection, it looks less like an egg. Poking a finger at it reveals that it has a soft outer skin. An attempt is made to roll it over. No. It is too warm to be a stone, and it is firmly attached to the ground. Puffball mushroom! It is immediately picked, but it has a hole in the outer surface. It has a tiny “mouth” for releasing spores onto the landscape, making it too mature for eating. Then another is seen. And another. Some are tiny. Some are slightly larger than a chicken egg. Mushroom season has begun! With a great sense of relief, the sweet air under the gum tree is sought for deep breathing exercises. Something like an oil goes into the air under the big tree. It serves to heal the lungs. The big woodpecker has been drilling. The crows have been cawing and bickering. The curse that the forest has been under for two years, seems to be reversing.

I’m looking for more mushrooms.

The book of Ezekiel, chapter forty seven

Abba Father, I found the mushrooms. They are little ones, but I’m okay with that! I will be frying some up soon! Please reveal your meanings in your word, the Bible. In the name of Yeshua Jesus, I pray. Amen.

God instructed Ezekiel and described his intended borders of Israel.

And this shall be the border of the land toward the north side, from the great sea, the way of Hethlon, as men go to Zedad;

Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim, which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath; Hazar-hatticon, which is by the coast of Hauran.

And the border from the sea shall be Hazarenan, the border of Damascus, and the north northward, and the border of Hamath. And this is the north side.

Is God saying that the border will pass through those places? Or is that another puzzle? Consider this old riddle that my Grandfather used to ask me:

On my way to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Seven wives had seven sacks. Seven sacks had seven cats. Seven cats had seven kits. Seven kits had seven mits. Kits, cats, sacks, wives, how many were going to St. Ives?

Of course the answer is one. I was going to St. Ives. Period. The other people are just those whom I met along the way. Their inclusion makes nothing more than a good rhyming riddle. Also, to “meet” someone on a road, in my grandpa’s day, meant to face them. The one being met had to be going the opposite direction.

With that background, let me suggest that the location names may be given for an alternate reason.

The western border of Israel would be the Mediterranean Sea. That much is clear. The other names are simply put. But why?

Location names for the “twisted cord” marking the borders of IsraelWhere is it?What does the word mean?
HethlonProbably on the sea coast in central Lebanon, near BeirutA hiding place, or something wrapped up
ZedadProbably north of Mount Hermon, modern day LebanonMountain side
HamathProbably north of Damascus, modern day SyriaFortress, a citadel, anger, heat, or a wall
BerothahLost, probably modern day SyriaCypress Grove
SibraimLost, probably modern day SyriaDouble hope
DamascusSouthern Syria, not far from Lebanon or Mount HermonSilent is the sackcloth weaver, a sack full of blood, or the similitude of burning
HamathMentioned three times by God, probably north of Damascus, modern day SyriaFortress, a citadel, anger, heat, or a wall
Hazar-hatticonLostA village in the middle, or in the courtyard of an enclosure
HauronA region east of the Jordan valleyCaverns
HazarenanProbably Syria, north of DamascusFountains, springs
HamathMentioned three times by God, probably north of Damascus, modern day SyriaFortress, a citadel, anger, heat, or a wall

Hethlon, the first location, means a hiding place, or wrapped up. Which is kind of interesting because the word for border, geh-BOOL, has as its root meaning “a twisted cord”. It means a cord, a border, or a landmark. So, they would wrap an end of a cord around a stone to hold it in place, and begin pulling out the cord, measuring a distance.

My vote is to tie the measuring cord to a stone on the coastline near Beirut, Lebanon, and draw the border along the passes through steep mountains. Moving east, more or less, until reaching the Euphrates river.

This is the northern border.

But after that, the locations seem to weave an untold story of something wrapped up and stored away, in a place that sounds a lot like a cave near Jerusalem. Three times, city walls were built around Jerusalem. God burned the city twice in a double hope that she would repent. And he hid something, in a cave with a spring. Time weaves around the silence in the cave.

It’s a puzzle for another day. Let today’s study end with this observation: God’s intended northern border of Israel is farther north than it is today.

And I have seeds stuck all over me. They’re from a plant I call “beggar lice”.

Life in the hollow, Thursday

There has been much happening in the spiritual realm around my cabin. I should, for new readers, explain that Spirit Bears are two heavenly beings sent to me by God during a tough time in my life. After I lost two well-loved cats, they became a part of my life that I don’t know how to explain. I’ve given up on explaining it.

Spirit Bear is once again concerned that we proclaim and fight demons that stand against Trump.

“Trump has future in Yeshua word,” he says.

I think that means Trump has a God-given destiny, for Yeshua Jesus, that he has not yet fulfilled. And Spirit Bear told me three times that he will fight demons for Trump. Spirit Bear is concerned that someone is planning to end Trump’s life, and he intends to stop that demon and stand in the way.

I’ve never seen him this concerned about current events. But I will pray and declare as needed.

All I know for sure is that God has more for ALL mankind than we could ever imagine.

6:30. I should go pick mushrooms and nettle before they’re gone.

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