You have crowned the year with Your bounty, and Your paths drip with fatness. Psalms 65:11
Shabbat shalom dearly beloved:
Have you ever seen a chicken without a head? It runs around itself in circles until it dies. The Head is the most important part of the body. A headless body can still live a bit longer as long as there is blood and the heart keeps beating but once its cut off the body quite quickly loses all its blood and dies. So it is that every time that we are missing the HEAD of things, we are quite lost running around like a “chicken without a head”. Yeshua is the Head of the Body, if we are cut off from Him and from His guidance, we will be walking around in vicious circles, even if your heart is still beating. Hearts are very important but without heads even hearts can’t survive! In Hebrew the word for HEAD is ROSH which means the Head, the Principal thing, the beginning of everything. The First Book of the Bible is called BERESHIT (Genesis) which means “at the head, the principal thing, and the most important occurrences”. In Bereshit the Creator Elohim created the sun, moon and stars to rule seasons and timings!
Then Elohim-God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years. Genesis 1:14 NASB
These luminaries (sun, moon and stars) were supposed to govern or to RULE TIME, so they are rulers, they are “time keepers” and as all good rulers they establish ORDER and ORDER is GOOD, Elohim is a God of Order. He is not “rigid or religious” but He is ORDERLY! Everything that He created, He created in ORDER, BEAUTY and in HARMONY!
Elohim-God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. Elohim-God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and Elohim-God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:17, 18 NASB
It is very comforting to know that the Creator is a God of order and harmony! That means that He never acts without a plan. He always takes all things and all of us into consideration. Contrary to what many people believe, He does not work in “mysterious ways”; He works in planned ways, in Divinely Appointed ways. In fact when you get to be a friend of the Creator, you get to understand His ways better and better and you get to see how exquisitely planned they are! The only way to become His friend is to obey Him!
You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. John 15:14-15
STAY FOCUSED AND NEVER QUIT!
His ways are not predictable but they are planned by His infinitely wise and ever creative mind and we have access to His exquisitely planned and creative Mind by the Holy Spirit IF we obey Him! IF we obey Him, we will not be like a “chicken without a head” running aimlessly but we will be running a passionate yet orderly course. And even when things come against us from all directions we will not get off course for a moment for we know the path and we know the race! The reason why so many people quit before time when in hardship is because they have lost sight of the overall plan. Somewhere inside of them unbelief sets in and with it a state of confusion. When we are in confusion it means that we are cut off from the Head, our mind is disconnected from the anointed Mind of Messiah and we get exhausted (because of the confusion) and then quit! Instead we must call our thoughts back into ORDER!
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Messiah. 2 Corinthians 10:4, 5
When we go through hardship we must FOCUS on the VISION that He has given us, we must focus on the plan and on the goal. We must remember the HEAD, the Principal Thing and keep our eyes on Him and keep running the race as if our life depends on it, because it does! And not only “our life” but the life of many others also depends on our perseverance through trials no matter what the cost! YAH (God) has a plan, a Master Plan and as long as we do not quit, we are part of that plan. Our perseverance makes a difference, not only to ourselves but to the whole world!
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:7-9
When we keep our focus on the Principal thing, on the Head, we will be able to run and not be weary, walk and not faint. We must remember Him and what He told us. What did He command us to do? We must remember that He does not change His mind.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Yaakov (James) 1:17 KJV
He does not command us to run a race and then when things get tough all of a sudden then He tells us to quit. We have to shut our ears to the voices that say, “Quit, you are too tired, your prayers are not answered, this is too hard, etc…” We have to keep our eyes on our Head! We need to REMEMBER what He said and keep doing what we need to do UNTIL it is accomplished!
He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS. Revelation 2:26 NASB
Faithful people are people of faith and faith does not depend on circumstances, people of faith walk only by the Word that Yah (God) spoke to their spirits. Circumstances and even very hard circumstances may come and go but His Word is unmovable and as long as our eyes are on it and not on the circumstances, the circumstances will pass and His Word will remain, we will remain and enjoy FULFILLMENT!
That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:12
RESTORING THE FORGOTTEN NEW YEAR
This past Shabbat we celebrated the most forgotten Feast of the Biblical Calendar, the true Biblical New Year! It is the Rosh Chodesh (Head of the months or “New Moon”) of all the Chodashim (months).
And YHVH spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying, this month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Exodus 12:1, 2 KJV
The word CHODESH in Hebrew means MONTH and it comes from the root CHADASH which means NEW. The New Moon or the Head of the Months celebrations are times for renewal and rededication. That is why the Shofar is blown at that time. To call His people to repentance and true repentance leads to RENEWAL!
Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day. For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob. He established it for a testimony in Joseph. Psalms 81:3-5a NASB
It is because of that all mankind will bow before the King of Kings, Messiah Yeshua during the Millennial reign in Jerusalem from Shabbat to Shabbat and from Rosh Chodesh (New Moon, Head of the Month) to Rosh Chodesh.
And it shall be from new moon to new moon and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all mankind will come to bow down before Me,” says YHVH . Isaiah 66:23 NASB
The Mishkan (Tabernacle) in the Wilderness was dedicated on Rosh Chodesh of the First Month or on the Biblical New Year and the Glory Cloud filled it!
Now in the first month of the second year, on the first day of the month, the tabernacle was erected. Moses erected the tabernacle and laid its sockets, and set up its boards, and inserted its bars and erected its pillars. Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of YHVH filled the tabernacle. Exodus 40:17.18, 34
The FIRST of all the months of the year is a very important season as it calls for REPENTANCE that leads to RENEWAL and to NEW BEGINNINGS, to make room for His Glory to fill us afresh! When we honor His Divinely Appointed seasons and timings, we enjoy the fulfillment of His marvelous promises. In this case, He crowns and blesses the true Biblical New Year:
THE PROMISE FOR THIS NEW YEAR
You have crowned the year with Your bounty, and Your paths drip with fatness. Psalms 65:11
Notice that the emphasis is in ABUNDANCE, PROPERITY and ANOINTING (FATNESS). He says that He crowns the year and the First Month of the Year is the Crown of the year. Then He proceeds to state that ALL His paths drip fatness, oil, prosperity and anointing! In other words IF we choose to walk with Him, in His paths, connected with the Head through faith and obedience-then we will experience the Blessing of Anointing (that breaks the yoke!)And of abundant prosperity.
Now it shall be, if you diligently obey YHVH your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, YHVH your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey YHVH your God. Deuteronomy 28:1, 2
This is also the time of NEW SOWING, starting with the First Fruits. Maybe last year you sowed sparingly and reaped sparingly? This New Year you have the opportunity of sowing abundantly in order to reap abundantly!
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
FORGETTING WHAT IS BEHIND!
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of Elohim-God in Messiah Yeshua. Philippians 3:12-14 KJV
It is time to forget what is behind whether victories or defeats and to press ON. If you were tempted to quit DON’T! This is not the time for quitting but for advancing and for expanding. Satan is simply getting nervous as his time is short!
For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time. Revelation 12:12 KJV
Keep the Head on you! Keep your FOCUS and enjoy this New Year as you celebrate many VICTORIES and VICTORIES happen only when you fight many BATTLES. NO battle no victory!
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Romans 8:37 KJV
He gives us the Oil of Joy for Mourning, go ahead and LAUGH by faith, take this new year like a soldier and not like a wimp. YHVH is on our side and though the battle be fierce it is already won, HaleluYah!!!
To grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of YHVH , that He may be glorified. Isaiah 61:3
May you have a year full of abundant prosperity in the midst of recession, of overflowing anointing in the midst of dryness, of abundant sowing and reaping and exuberant joy in the midst of grievous circumstances and storms. He is faithful to His Promise and you stay faithful to His Anointed Paths! Nothing is impossible for those who believe! Don’t ever quit! His plan is PERFECT!
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet, until her righteousness goes forth like brightness, and her salvation like a torch that is burning. Isaiah 62:1
Your friends and mentors in Israel
Bishop Dominiquae and Rabbi Baruch Bierman