1:30 p.m. Saturday November 26, 2022. 47F/8C.
Voice. All voices of the forest quiet while the jet planes roar overhead. Once they move on, the squawking and cawing and laughter continues. A few leaves and a few nuts cling to the treetops. The shiny white bloom of the sweet everlasting weed remains at the top of a stiff brown stem. It is cool. The dirt is cool. The sand is cool. Cold rises through the soles of flip flops, which are worn year round. “Caow-eecaow,” the crows holler at some unseen pest on the ground. It’s all just the sounds of the forest where voices can always be heard.
The Gospel of Matthew, chapter three
Abba Father, I dutifully request revelation on the meanings of the teachings of John the baptizer. May your will be done. In the name of Yeshua, our savior, I pray. Amen.
In chapter three, Matthew introduced one of the more unusual and very powerful characters of the New Testament. John the baptizer preached in the wilderness of Judaea, not far from Jerusalem.
And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
John, in Hebrew yoh-haw-NAWN, was the shortened form of Yehochanan, meaning “Jehovah gives grace”. The shortened form means “Graced by Jehovah”. John did receive grace and a calling from God.
John took on an appearance that made him stand out from other men. He wore a robe of camel’s hair, a warm but itchy fabric, a wide belt with a pocket, made of animal hide, and he ate what he could scavenge from the land around him, which was mostly locusts and honey.
He had a fierce personality. Like Yeshua, he went through his life totally dedicated to living for God.
Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
The Jordan river runs the length of Israel, but does not run through Jerusalem. The people walked for a day or two to get out to the place where John was baptising in the Jordan river. It was a family excursion, and interesting place to visit. They confessed their sins while they gawked at John.
But what were they really there for? It depended upon their hearts. All was good until the Pharisees and Sadducees showed up.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
Did John ask everyone for fruits of repentance? Did he demand, “Prove you have repented. Prove that you mean it”? No. He was graced by God with discernment of the heart of man.
When John challenged these legalists, their first remark had been to say, “Nothing can touch me. I am of Abraham’s seed,” just as they said to Yeshua. They were no more than a lump of soil to John, because God made John to be that way. John only cared for those who were willing to choose God over man and man’s ways.
What the people were doing for entertainment, changed their lives.
Life in the hollow, Saturday
A modern prophet told a story of Yeshua, Holy Spirit and our heavenly Father that I found difficult to concieve. So, when I have questions about such things, I no longer send emails out and ask for answers, I just pray over it.
An image of Yeshua walked through my wall, the wall next to the cabin door. I’m not sure why he does not walk through the door, but it is possible that the wall is closer and he’s always on a task that he completes in as short a time as possible.
“Do you want to see that?” the image asked.
My spirit answered faster than my mind could discern what was asked. “YES!”
A big, round, cloudy, misty place opened in the ceiling of the cabin, and within that place, I saw a man-like shape seated on a large, solid-looking sofa. It was to the north-northwest of the cabin and upwards, as if the ceiling of the cabin was the floor of another realm. The man-like being stood up from his seat. Like a man, he had two arms, two legs, trunk of his body, and a head. His head was all glowing and I could make out no features of his face. The whole scene was obscurred in something like a mist. Standing, facing south-southeast, he held his arms outward, a little ways from his sides. Yeshua ran upwards, as if running up a ramp or up steps that I could not see. Yeshua assumed the same posture of the man-like being, standing a little ways in front of him. Then the man-like being and Yeshua began to absorb into each other’s bodies.
And they became one.
I heard a voice say, “We are one.” The man-like being still had a glowing face, but he was Yeshua and our heavenly Father.
Then the man-like being spoke something, what he said is gone from my memory, and at the moment of his speaking, Yeshua was standing next to me. There was no lightning to see, no great boom to hear. I wanted to see words come out of our heavenly Father’s mouth and become Yeshua, but it did not happen like that. Yeshua simply was not there and then he was there.
May this witness of our heavenly Father, change lives.