Archive | June, 2018

Holy Friend 11 June 18

12 Jun

Working Dates: Monday, June 11, 2018 to Tuesday, June 12, 2018
[8 pages]
Rabbi Tuly Weisz: Dear Holy Friend,
Brat: Why do you call me ‘holy’?
Quinn G. Caldwell: Jesus got asked this same question once, in different words. “What is the greatest commandment?” they asked him, and you know he said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and mind, and strength, and your neighbor as yourself.” “Ok, but who’s my neighbor?” you might ask, as they did. And if the one you’ve been following answers anything other than, “Every-damn-body,” it just simply isn’t Jesus.
Mark 10:18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.
Journal (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): Now I was looking at this from Daniel’s eyes as he stood by the river and Gabriel showed up. Was it Gabriel? (Daniel 10) I need to go back and read it again. All his friends disappeared and he stood there alone by the river with the holy one.
Revelation 4:8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.”
Rabbi Tuly Weisz: Kathryn, “Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor”
Lance Wallnau: So often it’s just one key distinction, one insight, one adjustment from a pro that changes everything. A brilliant teacher named Jim Rohn once said: “Success in any area comes down to just half a dozen things.” That’s true. Success leaves clues. There are known keys for prosperity, emotional fulfilment, happy intimate marriages, deep friendships, vibrant health, attractive looks, stress-free finances, and a rich, profound spiritual life pregnant with God’s presence and power, walking in rhythm with His purpose.
Revelation 3: 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
Rabbi Tuly Weisz: In addition to serving God with all of our hearts, we should also be taking care of those less fortunate.
Mark 10:17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Marc Brisebois: Despite his age, his strength for war had not diminished. This is resurrection power quickening (making alive) a mortal body (Romans 8:11).
Lance Wallnau: You need an updated encounter with who God is as He engages nations and economic systems in this decade. They thought the Messiah would come as a lion and he came as a lamb. Today we are looking for the lamb and He is roaring like a lion!
Marc Brisebois: God evidently has more for us and is intent on giving us more. There are no limits! It is time for us to believe far beyond our capacity. The Spirit that raised Christ from the dead can enlarge our abilities beyond imagination. This is what is promised and this is what is coming. For those who have felt pushed into a corner and pruned beyond comprehension, there is more than a release coming. There is a Quantum Leap into inhuman capacity by the grace of God.
Luke 6:46 [ The Wise and Foolish Builders ] “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
Revelation 3: 19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.
Rabbi Tuly Weisz: Israel365 is this month partnering with two special organizations to help them raise funds to feed Jewish poor people.
Shira Schechter: Priests and Levites: Duties and Gifts
Brat (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): Fortified with that encouragement, I went into my inbox. There was lots of Arc Speak from the Funny Bunnies to my piece, but it was stale. Some of it made me angry, because they AGAIN went after the jugular vein in saying that everything was a test and we had to endure. The mom in me wanted to scream AGAIN that good parents are NOT constantly TESTING their children!! Good parents are not so arrogant as to think that everything they do is going to TEACH YOU A LESSON in some authoritarian prick version of life law. (Although in God’s justice we do get what we dish out, so I have no doubt they’ll get the lesson back to them in spades.)
Shira Schechter: Why do you think the Levites must also tithe the portions they receive? What can we learn from this law?
Lance Wallnau: The Prophet said: “My people perish for lack of knowledge.” Not lack of zeal, sincerity or even anointing. What’s the one factor that matters most? KNOWLEDGE! There’s a “knowledge of the glory of the Lord” that will cover the earth one day. Let’s step together into that “glory” in August right in the nation’s Capitol and ask for the key of knowledge that you need.
Brat (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): Now we are praying that for Imme, since she is all alone and running her business at the ranch. It is back-breaking work and she has no support. I am also praying for Pastor John with his church. I don’t know what that means for him. That’s why it’s part of the white light. The prayer must stay in purity, so that it’s not tainted by my intentions (good or bad). It must be set apart and holy unto God for the Holy Spirit to reveal. Shawn prayed again for words of knowledge for Pastor John. That’s what got him in trouble. I pray that he applies wisdom to the knowledge that he already has so that he may lead us!
Rabbi YY Jacobson: What Does It Mean to a Live a Holy Life?
Holiness is the Courage to Puncture the Superficial; Surrendering to the External is a Bottomless Pit
Israel 365: Feeling the Bible ✡ “May There Be Well-Being Within Your Ramparts”
Brat (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): What had also transpired in that evening conversation with God was a discussion on my feelings about what He’d said. I was grateful to God that He’d said I would be pleased. He’d never said that before in all these ten years of this assignment. I expressed my gratitude and then also had to confess that I was feeling something else. I didn’t want to show myself unfaithful or unhealed or disloyal. I was afraid to be honest with Him. He encouraged me to go on. I said that even though I’m grateful, I’m still “waiting for the other shoe to drop.” Experience has taught me that God’s good intentions don’t match up with man’s intentions. My educated mind knows that it will not always be where life is waiting to drop the next steel-toed Army boot on my head. Still, my HEART and my body and reflexes have been conditioned by experience to get the boot. Preaching on love does not equate to love.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Flax, the Window and the Rope: The Story of Rachav
All the World’s a Play of Three Scenes
Brat: Joshua remembered Rahab and went back to get her and her family before they burned down Jericho down to the ground. (Joshua 6)
Journal (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): Jesus, You changed (exchanged) water for wine, taking great care not to damage the flow but even to enhance it. Jo and I have been taking great care not to damage the “oil” [the anointing] and to honor the gifts that You have given us. I lay these on Your altar and ask You to exchange the pain for mercy, comfort, and a gracious and loving connection that You have in mind. There is an earthly kinsman redeemer whom I am convinced You have been grooming to redeem our testimony, so that it can move out and flow beyond the exile the Funny Bunnies have created by their manipulations and echoes across the marketplace. Children calling out to each other. (Luke 7:32) We played the pipe for you and you did not dance. We played a dirge for you and you did not mourn.
The kinsman redeemer recognizes the gift at his feet and acts on it the same day. Holy Spirit, please help Bill (or someone!) to recognize the gift and take action today!
Anna Blake (11 June 18): A Smoky Memory
A dusky pink summer dawn, stepping
out the porch door, halt. Dread at
the smell of unnatural heat. How close?
Check the wind, look for a plume.
Scan the paddocks, the horses will know.
No reprieve from fires last winter, the
relentless sun dries new grass to a pale
tan before it can mature to green, noxious
weeds shrivel. Throwing morning hay,
the sun rises from the dull horizon,
casting an unholy shadow. I’ve seen a
grass fire snap and pop across the prairie,
a wide, flat explosion, too quick to evade,
black exhaust smoldering behind. The
less fuel, the faster fire runs, smoke thick
enough to kill what flames can’t reach. Safe
for now, it’s only a smoky fog, a dirge blown
in from the west. The smell of burnt lives;
the taste of ash, both wild and tame. Head
shaking with guilty thanks, horrified at
the expense others have paid for my relief.
Ezekiel 17:24 All the trees of the field shall know that I am the LORD. I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree; I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I the LORD have spoken; I will accomplish it.
Lance Wallnau: God wants you to update, RE-CALIBRATE and SYNC your personal vision with what is happening NOW! Re-calibrating means making small, specific yet powerful adjustments that put you in alignment with a signal or someone or some reality you cannot afford to miss. Fail to do this and you disconnect—like a spaceship that misses its window in orbit! It’s TIME FOR YOU TO MAKE THOSE KEY ADJUSTMENTS and orbit into the next level of God’s plan.
Brat (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): He [Rabbi YY Jacobson] goes on to say that their [the spies’] mistake was not that they shared the truth of their observations, but that they introduced paralysis. They only shared the obstacles and did not take the next step of saying, “…so now we need to devise an effective strategy of how to go about our challenging mission…”
Quinn G. Caldwell: Prayer
God, give me power to find your will and your longing in every situation. Then when the time comes, let me take my stand, and let it be a stand for love. Amen.
Brat (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): Once again He repeated His phrase as the first thing I heard upon being awakened the next morning by the cooing of a mourning dove outside my bedroom window: “You’ll be pleased.”
I eagerly checked my inbox.
Quinn G. Caldwell: “When the thousand years [of Christ’s reign] are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations…” – Revelation 20:7-8a
Shira Schechter: This portion [Numbers 16:1-18:32] deals primarily with the rebellion of the eponymous Korah and his followers against the authority of Moses and Aaron. A cousin to the leading brothers, Korah protests Moses’s concentration of power in the family, insisting the entire nation is holy. Only God’s intervention succeeds in putting down the insurrection and restoring unity to the camp. The portion ends with a reiteration of Aaron’s priestly duties in the service of God, as well as specific gifts to be apportioned to the priests and Levites.
Lance Wallnau: You need a 2018 update. There is something DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS HOUR! It’s a global thing. MOST believers are still running on the prophetic calendar from 3 years ago. Something huge has shifted in the earth, and many shakings are attached to this new thing.
Quinn G. Caldwell: History has passed a righteous judgement on Wallace. But if you can’t wait for history to decide, how do you figure out how to act? When change is roiling the nation, when mores and morals and standards and norms shift, when we seem to be split right down the middle, when ugly truths about ourselves are getting harder and harder to deny, how do you decide where God wants you to make your stand? Even if you call yourself a follower of Jesus, how do you really know if you’ve been listening to the Deceiver or the Savior?
Journal (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): Last night when I got home from Jo’s I’d taken the book “Eli” [by Bill Myers] into the house with me from the car along with the coded message. I shared the story and the unfolding drama with Dad. He seemed encouraged, too. He thought it was great divine irony that seemed as if God was directing my steps outside the Church to a new arena, and yet it was not so new, because my artistic style is one of using their own words to show the evolving conversation. Our combined enthusiasm made the living room where we were talking glow with holy excitement.
Lance Wallnau: Find and refine your Unique Methodology. Your Slingshot Strategy. You do something nobody else does just like you. Let’s identify it or partner you up with the person who completes your puzzle.
Journal (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): Ascent of Safed was a “Boaz” to me by sending me the coded message. After Ruth spent the night at his feet, Boaz sent her home with food (six measures of barley (Ruth 3:15)) and Naomi told her to wait for his instructions. (v 18)
I just realized that there is a heavy ARC to “Butcher” (p 9):
Revelation 6:6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil [!] and the wine!”
I never noticed that connection before between the six measures of barley that Boaz gave Ruth and the six pounds of barley from a voice among the Four Living Creatures.
Psalm 20:6 Now I know that the LORD will help his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand.
Brat: Now this morning the holy glow had receded back to Heaven as I stared at the Facebook page and its silence.
God was right. I had been pleased. And I was also right when I’d confessed to Dad (and to God) that my worst fear was that I’d receive more silence.
Doug Addison: “A Personal Prophetic Word for You”
Lance Wallnau: Kathryn, hear me when I say… I’ve been prophesying about God intervening in America’s unravelling and predicted Donald Trump. I cannot yet tell how long this moment will last. Is it a window or a door? What I do know is the word for you is NOW! You need to know what fruit is yours—IN THIS SEASON. It’s time for a “New WORD” for your “NOW Season!” AND WE HAVE NEVER SEEN A SEASON LIKE THIS!
Doug Addison: “No eye has seen, no ear had heard, no human mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” — Corinthians 2:9
Rabbi Tuly Weisz: “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles” (Psalm 34:6).
Brat (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): Jesus, establish Your LORDSHIP!!
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (8 June 18): Rabbi Leiter [from Ascent] will be in Toronto and NY for the next two weeks. He can be contacted by email at
Journal (9 June 18): Lord, give Rabbi Leiter safe travels. Connect him with Rabbi YY in Brooklyn, New York, and give them wise counsel.
Marc Brisebois, Spruce Grove, AB Canada (11 June 18): “A Critical Transition is Here: There Are No Limits!”
1 Samuel 16:2 Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the LORD said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’
Brat (11 June 18): For the public record, I only emailed “Be Pleased” to Rabbi YY Jacobson. It was a private email and I sent it last night. It was the Elijah List’s idea to post a word out of Canada the morning after I emailed Rabbi YY. Lord Jesus, safeguard Rabbi YY’s reputation! He is an upright man. The Funny Bunnies talk about no limits, but it’s wrong to go down a rabbit trail without permission. Funny Bunnies! You had no right and no permission to spy, and you will NOT harm my Bagel Boys! They are precious in my sight and have already been sealed as servants of our God. (Please see Revelation 7.)
Rabbi Tuly Weisz: And we learn in Daniel 4:27: “Break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed [poor], that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your prosperity.”
1 Samuel 16:3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.”
Marc Brisebois: Paul somehow out-labored all the others. How? He discovered a key that provided him with a rare level of energy which carried him through impossible circumstances and inhuman levels of service. He tapped into something others had not.
Brat (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): The Funny Bunnies keep blocking the energy with their incessant TEACHING. Here again, no one can “teach” another compassion! And yet they are re-teaching Ask, Seek, Knock when their readers are trying to faithfully apply the lesson, but they are so far off (or maybe waaaay too close?) to be able to come back to keep the flow moving by sharing the testimony. If they share the testimony, then it could get too personal and reveal that they knew and did nothing.
Kim Potter: The Enemy Knows God’s Truth
Ezekiel 17:22 Thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain.
Kim Potter: This has been a concern I have spoken with her about many times in our private conversations. When receiving a prophecy, be wise and ask God for the timing of it. Often times, we set our eyes on it happening right away. If it doesn’t, we become discouraged and we take our eyes off God. Time passes—if we don’t see the promise in that allotted time frame, we may become weary and give up.
Ezekiel 17:23 On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it, in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar. Under it every kind of bird will live; in the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures of every kind.
Journal (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): Last night in group I asked for prayer for a fresh connection. We cannot do this journey alone. I need someone who appreciates, understands, and acknowledges my writings, so that they can move in the divine Flow. We’d talked about all those things during the discussion period. Wendy prayed for me and asked God for a connection. Then she said it would be all in God’s timing. My ears perked up with suspicion. What are they waiting for? What more information do they need to do the right thing?!
Kelita (11 June 18): “That is the spirit of anti-Christ wearing down the saints; trying to change the times and seasons. He’s spent years getting us focused on the time of something instead of keeping our eyes on God. Then when it doesn’t happen in the TIME we think, we get CALLOUSES in our hearts, and when the timing of the Lord actually comes, we are hard! We MUST keep our focus on Him to where timing doesn’t matter; then when HE says ‘it’s time,’ ANTICIPATION is birthed!”
Marc Brisebois: The difference is that Paul was plugged into a never ending flow, like a tool plugged into a wall socket, as opposed to a cordless version. A cordless tool is battery powered which, while convenient, has limited capacity. The cordless tool constantly needs recharging. In the same way, we have been living out of the power of recharged souls. Even with amazing capacity, those energy stores will run dry.
Steve Shultz (11 June 18): This is such an important word right now…for this “time”. I know many of you have had powerful prophetic words spoken over you in your life…in your callings. Often when things don’t happen right away, we become discouraged and we let that prophetic word fade away.
1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
Journal (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): What the group said confirmed that I’d been listening correctly when God told me to play hooky. I’d felt like a mom stepping back into the shadows to give the kids space to test their own wings and build their own self-confidence.
It’s also a lot like when the kids are grounded in time-out, the mom is also grounded.
Marc Brisebois: The issue is the reaping of eternal life. Do not underestimate the meaning of this by thinking in terms of your experience after death. “Reaping eternal life” is a real experience we must grow into now…in this life. Eternal life is not a period of time following death, it is the knowledge of Christ (John 17:3). It is now! A whole swath of people who have been pruned by God are about to surge into a powerful level of grace they never thought possible.
Brat: I’m sorry, I thought you said the “raping” of eternal life, not the reaping of it. My bad.
Marc Brisebois: He said we would never thirst, which suggests the idea of unrelenting flow. This is the promise of eternal life – a supply that is everlasting. How else do we explain the anomaly expressed by Joshua when he said:
“As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.” (Joshua 14:11)
1 Samuel 16:4 Samuel did what the LORD commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?”
Shlomo Chaim Kesselman (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): The Talmud compares Moses and Joshua to the sun and moon, respectively. [Bava Batra 75a.] Moses was like the sun, the source of light, because he delivered the Jewish People the Torah and brought the light of G dliness into the world. He represents a top-to-bottom approach to serving G d. Joshua, on the other hand, is compared to the moon, which has no light of its own and merely reflects the sun’s light. This represents a bottom-up approach to G dly service; the idea of transforming and elevating the physical world into a “moon”, a vessel for G dly light. And although both approaches are necessary and complement each other, Joshua’s mode has the unique advantage in that he achieved that the world itself should become G dly, not just that it had G dliness imposed onto it.
1 Samuel 16:5 He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
Marc Brisebois: An Unrelenting Flow
Brat: Back in the early days Steve Shultz had said, “Act as if…” He had encouraged me to “fake it ‘til you make it.” Even though I felt like an imposter, I went forward anyway. Now all these years later it doesn’t matter that I feel like a stooge. What matters is to protect the honor of the rabbis. They don’t deserve to have someone spying on their mail and then having the behavior justified because Moses sent the spies into Canaan to scope out the Promised Land. Even then then only spied for forty days. This has been going on for years! But what could I say? There’s a conspiracy in the camp? That wouldn’t make me a credible witness. He didn’t just do it to me, he did it to them!
1 Samuel 8:8 Just as they have done to Me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, forsaking Me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to you.
Kim Potter: I love the gift of prophecy, as it is vitally important in Body of Christ. However, when receiving prophecy, be sure to keep your eyes on God. If it is truly a word from God, it will come to pass. If you keep your eyes on God, the timing of it won’t matter. If you are fully persuaded in your faith, time will have no relevance.
Brat: So, are you saying that it’s okay to spy indefinitely and not follow Joshua’s order to go back and get Rahab and her family? I guess promises mean nothing when you keep the faith and time has no relevance.
So I did as the Lord instructed.
1 Samuel 8:7 and the LORD said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.
Marc Brisebois: The quantum leap coming is a shift away from the soul to a more direct connection to resurrection life. While the renewing and restoring power of the Holy Spirit does overflow to our soul, the soul is a recipient and not a source. Yet, we are in the habit of drawing from our souls after it is renewed. What if we could bypass the soul and draw directly from the endless source of Life? This is the promise!

Butcher 03 June 18

4 Jun

Working Dates: Sunday, June 3, 2018 to Monday, June 4, 2018
[11 pages]
Elijah List (in “Lord of My Sabbath” 30 May 18): What is Happening in the Spiritual Realm?
Brat: In the morning I’d felt a whappy shimmer in The Force, as if Heaven had taken a subtle hit, but I could feel Her scrambling to restabilize. By the time I got to work things seemed okay, but a bit spiritually foggy, like a boxer shaking his head from his opponent’s blow, but is still standing.
Then at around 5 pm I felt the breech. I guess it’s human nature, but I immediately asked God, “Was it something I did?”
God sighed, “No.”
I grieved the breech with God the rest of the night and through this morning. The Funny Bunnies were up to something.
Couldn’t they just leave well enough alone?
Sure enough, the spiritual storm revealed itself in my inbox this morning. I didn’t react, but I did notice.
In the midst of that “storm” I drove home blessing the Holy Trinity. I felt like God needed the encouragement more than I did.
Verse of the Day (3 June 18): A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. ~ Proverbs 15:1 NIV
Brat: What answer? Eli remains silent! The Cloud still just sits far off and watches…and does nothing. The Church and the prophets are supposed to work together! There is no accountability! There’s no closure.
Jennifer LeClaire (17 May 18): The Plumb Line: 7 More Signs Your Pastor is Absolutely Toxic
Jennifer Brownell: “Thank you, Jennifer,” she said when she was done speaking, “You have a beautiful spirit and it’s wonderful to pray with you.” Then we went to sleep.
Larry Sparks: You are not a building people come to; you are a people who nations come to. You are not a place where people simply come on Sunday; you are a thin place, connecting the disconnected people, places and even spheres of influence with the presence of God.
Jennifer Brownell: Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.'” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” – 1 Samuel 3:9-10
Journal (in “Augie” 01 June 18): Lord, You said the earth would help the woman by opening its mouth. (Rev 12:16) Augie represents the earth. He is Golden Retriever mischief and innocence and beauty. Heaven is the woman who has taken a hit. You swore to the house of Eli that their iniquity would not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever. (1 Sam 3:14) The Church (and Eli) are ensconced in a mindset of sacrifice, as if You could be appeased like any god with enough Sacrifice. Jesus, You did it all ALREADY!! They bully and we just have to keep taking it? No! They bully and we just keep sharing and offering more, because they’re too chicken shit to do the right thing and step out from behind the curtain of their manipulation? No! It was Toto the dog [!] who ran to the Great and Powerful Oz and pulled the curtain away. Oz says to just ignore the man behind the curtain? No! Jesus, when You died on the cross, God ripped the veil in two from top to bottom. That meant there are no more divisions. No more dualities. No more hypocrisy. Not Jews and Christians. Not Haves and Have-nots. Not winners and losers. Not knowledge and secrets. In the Holy City that comes down from heaven all things are made right. Making things right starts with You keeping Your promise that You swore to Eli to hold his sons accountable!
Anna Blake: The Middle Path: Lighten Up, It’s All Your Fault
1 Samuel 3:14 Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: The sacrifices mentioned here reflect the two basic stages in how we approach G d. (“Drawing close” to G d is the literal meaning of the Hebrew word for “sacrifice”–korban.)
Brat (in “Augie” 01 June 18): The religious leaders say to pray for them. I do and have been. I pray for [Eli], too. Only You can set things right. I cannot fight a sports mentality that wants to knock Heaven on Her ass in a perpetual endurance test. You said the iniquity shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever. Someone needs to step up to the plate and do the right thing.
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: In our daily lives, the dynamic of the ascent-offering is expressed in our morning prayers, the basis for the rest of the day. In prayer, we surrender our sense of self and cling devotedly to G d. The dynamic of the peace-offering is expressed as we pursue our personal affairs throughout the day, always bearing in mind that all we do must be done for the sake of heaven and in order to enhance our Divine consciousness.
Revelation 14:3 And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.
Anna Blake [via Edgar Rice Burro, donkey extraordinaire]: Sure, there are bad humans; when they’re around, we pull ourselves deep inside. We volunteer for you soft ones. We know humans think too much; we worry about your worry. And we like your confident smiles as much as you like our ears. (Well, those of us who have ears worthy of praise.) Sometimes, it’s hard to breathe when humans are sad. We’re pragmatic; we think you should get over it. Your time is better spent scratching our backsides.
Brat (in “Augie” 01 June 18): Eli knew better and did not restrain his sons. (1 Sam 3:13) He knew and did nothing!
Binyomin Adilman: In contrast, the righteous amongst the Jewish People found their manna according to their deeds. Just as their Torah and mitzvot were always at hand, so was their manna found right at the entrance to their tents. Others, lacking their understanding “went for a stroll” (“shatu”) – meaning they behaved foolishly. They invested an inordinate amount of time chasing after a living.
Brat: Among them were today’s Promised Land spies. It was all sport to them, just as it is with Eli. I’m not condemning or blaming Eli. I’m just asking You, Lord, to intervene on Augie’s behalf. He’s the innocent one here.
Wasn’t it Herod who killed the innocents?
Bing: Did the same Herod who killed the male children during Christ’s infancy kill John the Baptist? No, he wasn’t. It was his son who ordered the death of the John the Baptist.
Anna Blake: No. We never miss the “bad” old days; when we look back we wish we had done better. Even the past isn’t innocent. We still feel guilty for bouncing the reins like a cowboy when we were five. We feel guilt for what wasn’t diagnosable. And not invented. Guilt for training in that way we were all trained to train. Guilt for all the things we innocently perpetrated when we didn’t know better. We blame ourselves and we blame each other.
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: But we see here that we must blow the trumpets not only while in the thick of battle, but also when we have overcome the enemy, and even on joyous festivals. Blowing the trumpets on these occasions reminds us that our victory over the evil inclination is never final and we should never let our success get the better of us.1 The evil inclination is always devising new ways to ensnare us, and we must be constantly on guard, constantly enlisting God’s help and mercy.
Mark 3:6 The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: The war we are constantly fighting is the allegorical war against our evil inclination. This fight is particularly intense during prayer, when the evil inclination tries to distract us from concentrating on G d and deepening our relationship with Him.
Emily C. Heath: When Eli was told that his two sons had died, Scripture tells us that he fell off his chair, broke his neck, and died. And maybe it happened just like that. A tragic accident in the wake of bad news.
Jennifer Brownell: I hadn’t prayed at all. I thought that made me a faker and probably a bad person. I hadn’t yet learned what Sister Rosemary knew, that none of us are all one thing and that inside of that awkward, anxious teenager on her couch was also a beautiful soul, someone with whom it was a joy to pray.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: All of us can be Miriams each day of our life. We meet or hear of children or teen-agers who are in pain, starving for nourishment, love, validation, confidence, and meaning. We may say: They will grow up and learn how to manage. Or we may tend to them, be there for them, embrace them, and shorten the span of their agony.
John 11:33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.
Rabbi YY Jacobson (in “Ringlets”): The plot thickens: G-d hears their conversation, and decides to clarify, unequivocally for Aaron and Miriam who their younger brother is. He says to them: “Please listen to My words. If there are prophets among you, I make myself known to them only in a vision or a dream. Not so is My servant Moses; he is faithful throughout My house. With him, I speak mouth to mouth… he beholds the image of the Lord. So how were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?”
Rabbi Chaim (ben Moshe) ibn Attar: When G-d speaks about appearing to prophets “in a dream,” this does not mean that they actually dream. Rather, it describes the impact of G-d’s communications to such prophets as being similar to that of people who experience a dream while asleep, even though G-d always communicated with His prophets while the latter were awake.
Brat: Always? My relationship with God is quite flexible. He communicates with me in many different ways, just as in any husband/wife relationship.
Pastor John Tolle: Ephesians 6: 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Brat: Oh.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: So what does she actually achieve by standing guard (besides finding out what happens to him)? She achieves one thing. We may see it as a small achievement, but in the biblical perspective it is grand.
Rick Joyner: “Another voice from heaven” declaring “Come out of her My people”
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Why are the people who hate the Jews also considered G d-hating and why is it important to me? This is because the Jews are known as G d’s people, “the chosen of the nations” (Ex. 19:5). For this reason anyone who hurts the Jews is making G d his or her enemy.
Luke 14: 31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Stop!” his wife pleaded. “Have you forgotten our youngest son? Didn’t you notice that he is not here? The duke seized him years ago as security on our loan. All of my weeping and begging were to no avail. But we have been blessed with a good child. Each night he comes to me, and I teach him a little bit—some Torah, some blessings. Very little, but he knows he is a Jew.”
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Picture the scene: The king of the country, the most powerful man on the planet, the leader of the most important civilization at the time, had decreed that all Jewish newborn boys must be drowned. Miriam’s baby brother is one of those slated for death. Their mother had just sent the infant to his divinely ordained fate by letting him sail into the Nile, which happens to be the longest river in the world, This desperate act was carried out in the hope that perhaps an Egyptian would, against odds, be aroused to compassion and save the innocent Jewish boy.
Anna Blake: At times like this, Edgar Rice Burro usually has a few words. Being a donkey, he’s blessed with a clarity that often escapes me. And no, he doesn’t dictate into an app or steal my computer to type, while Arthur, the goat, does the spell check. That would be silly. (Edgar Rice Burro uses mind control over my hands, sometimes for typing and sometimes for scratching his backside. I become robotic under his influence. But it’s probably still my fault.)
Jennifer Brownell: It was years before I knew this, and many more years before I really understood it. In the story of Samuel and Eli, Samuel is led to clarity about God’s voice immediately – perhaps that same night. It is not so for me. Seeds that were planted decades ago are only just now blossoming. Whether fast or slow, the story of Sister Rosemary reminds me that eventually, no matter how long it takes, the voice of God will catch up with me.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Yet, as this Miriam episode teaches us, real history is not created in office buildings. It is created in the arms of mothers and fathers nurturing the souls G-d granted them to create our collective tomorrow. On a single day, a little boy was spared, for a short time, hunger-pangs. Eight decades later, millions of people and G-d himself, interrupted their journey to pay homage to that individual gesture.
Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 5:34 am Journal: It’s already daylight. I looked out the study window and I noticed too much space. Then I realized Dad cut down (completely, not just cut back) the azalea bush outside my window. What is wrong with him? What is going on inside of him that he is butchering the avocado trees and now chopped down the azalea to a stump? My soul feels defeated. God creates beauty and everywhere I turn it is taken away. I cannot bear anymore! It’s just mindless destruction. It’s not like they have a design in mind to tear down the old and put up the new. It’s just destruction for destruction’s sake. The same thing is going on at my solitude spots. They chop down the trees so there is no shade to park under, but don’t replace them, so there is no hope of ever having shade, even for future generations. The Campbell’s next door have demolished their front and back yards, but at least you can tell they are following some design in their heads. They have a plan. The people in my orbit never counted the cost before they set out to do their supposed “plan”. The only plan Eli and Sons had was, “What’s in it for me?”
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Tending to a Hungry Infant
Rick Joyner: The Lord will bless many things He will not inhabit. God will bless just about any movement or anything we try to do for Him, but that does not mean He will inhabit them. We must distinguish between what He will bless and what He will inhabit. We must ask if we are really building His temple—His dwelling place—or just franchises.
Luke 6:47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
Rabbi YY Jacobson: It can become stressful to tend continuously to the needs of our little ones. Babies certainly know how to let themselves be heard and we caretakers can often become overwhelmed and drained in the process. The serene corridors of office buildings seem so much more promising and interesting.
Anna Blake: Does it ever feel to you like no matter how hard you try with your horse, you never quite get it right? I feel that way. Take boarding; I’m not thrilled with my horse’s turn out. And I own the barn.
Luke 14: 28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “But day followed day while the opportunity I sought never presented itself. My friend was struggling to arrange terms with his creditors, who always seemed to be around, pursuing him, and I knew I couldn’t return the money at such a time without everyone labeling me a thief.
Revelation 14:2 And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Miriam goes to the river. “His sister stood from afar, to know what would happen to him (Exodus 2:4).” She gazes at her brother from a distance to see how things would play themselves out. Miriam was a seven-year-old girl at the time. If he is captured by Pharoah’s soldiers, she knows she cannot save him; she is also probably too far away to help if the basket capsizes, nor will she be able to do much if an Egyptian takes the baby to his own home.
Brat: Can you hear the tension in the harps as the drama climbs?
Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 7:30 am Journal: When Dad got up I asked him about cutting down the azalea. He said that many branches were dead. The tree/bush was over fifty years old. It was already here when we bought the house. Now it was dying. It was producing very few flowers.
Matthew 3:10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
Emily C. Heath: But part of me wonders whether Eli didn’t just die of a broken heart.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Moses made it a non-negotiable issue. How well the Jews do or do not perform in their divine service becomes irrelevant. Taking care of the Jews and the sanctity of G d’s Name becomes predominant. In a similar way, let us pray to G d, asking when the exile will end. Enough is enough. Ignore our performance rating – bring Mashiach right now!
Ben Lim: “But now in Messiah Yeshua, you who once were far off have been brought near by the Blood of the Messiah.” (Ephesians 2:13 TLV)
John-Paul & Annie Deddens: Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Anna Blake: If you don’t believe me, see yourself through your dog’s eyes. What they lack in long-ear wisdom, they make up for with spit and wag. Rest assured; we’re smart, we read your intentions. Every time you march out before breakfast to throw our hay, we know you. You’re perfect.”
Brat (in “Augie” 01 June 18): Augie is innocent in his love and these aggressive maneuvers are painful and create fear, when Augie deserves to know only love. Love is Augie’s reference point. He gives love. Family should be a safe place to be, to love, and to play – not a place where your very breath is cut off, so that the human can be king of the hill at your expense.
Emily C. Heath: Prayer
O God, help us to sit with the brokenhearted, and to share their grief. And help our hearts to heal when they feel like they just can’t beat anymore. Amen.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: This connection between G d and the Jewish people is also for our benefit and defense. The fact that the Nations may hate us is a reflection of our declining spiritual status. If we would each work on our divine service, every Jew according to his or her level, this would directly protect us from danger.
Brat: [Cough.] Can you hear me now?
Adele: Hello? []
Ben Lim: I am prophesying over you now: many of you are about to come into the greatest harvest of your life. I am prophesying over you now that many of you are going to find your Boaz and many of you will find your Ruth! And I am not just talking about marriage and intimate romantic relationships, though you can take that as well in Jesus’ name. But I am talking about fresh new partnerships of destiny and harvest.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Friend of G-d, Friend of Mine
Brat (in “Augie” 01 June 18): For two days God has been whispering in my ear, “You are My prophet.” He’s also been purging through a lot of stale memories. I recognize the process He’s leading us through, but it doesn’t make it any easier. We always go through a purging process after a breech.
Revelation 11:18 The nations were angry,
and your wrath has come.
The time has come for judging the dead,
and for rewarding your servants the prophets
and your people who revere your name,
both great and small—
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”
Ben Lim: Be on the lookout for divine synergy and partnerships amongst those who live in Israel and the Jewish people. We are seeing this prosperity and favor emerge even within America as she has covenanted herself again to the nation of Israel. There is prosperity for those who partner with the heart of God and with the people of His Word.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Rebbe?” reacted the man, appearing quite surprised. “I’m neither a Rebbe nor the son of a Rebbe.”
Amos 7:14Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: How Important Is Family in Choosing a Spouse? The Rabbi Who Insulted a Convert
Brat: If the shoe fits, Cinderella. I forgive you.
Ben Lim: It was only when Boaz met his Ruth that he entered into a greater harvest. Both Ruth needed Boaz and Boaz needed Ruth. They needed one another to go into the next dimension of their harvest!
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Why are the people who hate the Jews also considered G d-hating and why is it important to me? This is because the Jews are known as G d’s people, “the chosen of the nations” (Ex. 19:5). For this reason anyone who hurts the Jews is making G d his or her enemy.
Anna Blake: Maybe a better question is what is it about horses that hook us so deeply? I’m not being rhetorical; since the beginning of time, when horses first started trying to domesticate us, we’ve painted them on cave walls, burst into tears watching them run, and for some of us, took the blame when we fell short.
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: The allegorical “trumpet” we sound in order to enlist God’s help against the evil inclination is our heart-broken cry, the silent tears we shed over being so spiritually weak that we are vulnerable to the evil inclination’s strategies. When we beseech G d to have mercy on us, He comes to our aid and rescues us from our enemy.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Unbeknownst to the nations, it is only our faults which make us vulnerable. Therefore, in his prayer Moses (skirted the issue and) chose to emphasize that Israel’s haters are G d haters, inferring that the haters are not reacting to the Jew’s spiritual standing, but rather responding to their hate of G d. Moses says, “Arise, G d” – “Know that these nations are not interested in the Jews’ spiritual perfection; they know that the Jews are Your people, and that is the reason they wish to antagonize us. If they succeed, it will be a desecration of Your Name!”
Revelation 14:1 Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Each time the ark is opened to take out a Torah scroll, we chant: “And when the Ark [of the Covenant] would travel, Moses would say, ‘Arise, G d, and disperse Your enemies, and may Your haters run away from before You'” (Num.10:35). Moses’ prayer was that, as the Jews traveled in the desert, their enemies would not harm them. If so, then why did Moses say “Your [G d’s] enemies” and “Your haters” – as opposed to “our”? Rashi explains, “Anyone who hates the people of Israel, hates the One Who spoke and the world came into being.” In other words, someone who hates the Jews hates G d.
Luke 14: 25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters–yes, even their own life–such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
Bill Myers: Don’t sprain your eyebrows arching them.
Mark 2:25 And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food?
Rick Joyner: King David had a noble desire to bring the glory of God to Jerusalem, but he had limited understanding of the Lord’s holiness to think His glory could be carried on an ox cart, even a new one. Oxen represent natural strength, and the new cart represents the way we often think our new revelation, or our new way of doing things, will bring His glory in—but it is really based more on human effort. David learned the hard way how carefully we must treat the Ark of God’s presence. Have we?
Mark 2:26 He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.”
Brat: Now THAT’s manna! It is meant to be shared! Are you feeling warm? And speaking of oxen, …
Revelation 4:7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle.
Friday, June 1, 2018 at 11:58 am Journal (in “Augie” 01 June 18): While I was filing my paperwork, Jo was sending me updates on Augie. I kept trying to respond and at one point my text didn’t get through at all because I had no reception. I even walked to the corner of the property out by the Haas avocado tree (that Dad also butchered, just as he’d butchered the avocado outside the kitchen window.) I got one bar signal. Not enough. I had to wait a few minutes to get two bars and then a third and then it finally went through. Usually the house doesn’t have difficulty with phone reception.
These challenges with communication are also prophetically representative of the Church’s situation. We are in a well. The prophets talk about us being in a season of favor with God, but just like with the satellites being out of sync, we’re in a well of no reception. I see this as meaning the prophets are not connecting with the pastors. [“Face like a man…”] What’s in it for them? The prophets are not supposed to hoard the blessing. The ox connects to the man, who connects to the flying eagle, who gets the word out.
Brat and Monk: Flap. Flap. Glide…
Jennifer Brownell: Rosemary prayed and I sat there feeling self-conscious.
Anna Blake: Edgar Rice Burro says:
“Oh, my. Leave it to a human to use their brain against themselves rather than looking for ways to open the gate into the spring pasture. That “self-aware” part of your mind gets you in way more trouble than a good sense of smell and a prehensile nose ever will. You’re too hard on yourself. It’s like Maya Angelou says, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
Binyomin Adilman: The Rashbam, (on Num. 11:7) noting the two variant descriptions of the manna, writes that the real taste of the manna [as described in parashat Beshalach] was like honey doughnuts, but after grinding and preparing it [as described here in parashat Beha’alotcha], its taste became oily, similar to nuts which are sweet when ripe and turn oily after grinding, as is written, “…Its taste became like an oily wafer.” (on Num. 11:7) The taste changed from its original sweet honey doughnut taste, as it is written, “…it tasted like a honey doughnut.” [as described in parashat Beshalach (Ex. 16:31)]
Revelation 6:6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil [!] and the wine!”
Brat: There’s a mindless, swirling hatred in this energy of seemingly random violence and this violence against Heaven. It’s blind to its own pain. It lashes out in power because that is all it has. It is a blind serpent flickering its tongue to smell where it should go next.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “In that day Hashem will punish, With His great, cruel, mighty sword Leviathan the Elusive Serpent— Leviathan the Twisting Serpent; He will slay the Dragon of the sea.”
(Isaiah 27:1)
Binyomin Adilman: They didn’t appreciate the original taste, and that was the reason for G d’s anger. They tried to change or even improve it, but the more they tried, the less tasty it became, and they desired a new type of food. Displaying a lack of understanding of G d’s kindness, they worked hard to improve something which was already perfect. Like one’s livelihood, which is allocated to each individual in the perfect measure, excessive exertion and pursuit lead one further from the desired intended goal.
Brat [Echo]: Couldn’t they just leave well enough alone?
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The Lubavitcher Rebbe differentiates between the “enemies” and “haters”. An “enemy” is one who fights against others and sees them as his or her opponent; however, many times this animosity is a reaction to suspicions felt or perhaps a desire to protect oneself. The second category, “haters”, is much worse. Hatred is something that flows from the core of a person. Not only does this type of person fight his or her opponents, he or she constantly seeks to annoy and hurt them. We see this clearly from another verse where these two types are again mentioned as a punishment for the Jews: “your enemies will defeat you, and your haters will tyrannize you” (Num. 26:17). Tyranny is worse than defeat.
Brat: Oh, yes!! Tyranny is much worse than defeat!
Ben Lim: Your Boaz encounter will change everything. Ruth went from gleaning the leftover grain as a stranger of Israel to coming into a promotion of being personally related to the ruler over a region.
Anna Blake: Because one day we found out, from a vet or a trainer or from reading too many books, that somehow our horse is our fault.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: How many times a night do you wake up to your crying infant who yearns to be fed or just held? Mothers often awake every few hours (if they even get that amount of rest) to cradle and nurture their little wailing angels. Some husbands do not even take note; they sleep through the night and then wonder why their wives are exhausted the next day…
Rick Joyner: The first thing is timing. Revelation states that Babylon will be destroyed, and this will be followed by “…another angel (messenger) coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!” (Revelation 18:1-2) If the premise is correct that “Babylon the Great” is the institutional church(s) built by man and not God—which became a harlot by marrying the powers of this age instead of waiting for Christ—it has not yet been destroyed, and neither has this angel appeared. If this is the case, than it is still not time to tell God’s people to “come out of her.” So what does that mean for us now?
Brat: Were you listening?
Christy Johnston: Call them home!
Garris Elkins: Marginalia originally described the intentional designs in the margins of medieval illuminated manuscripts. The margins of these manuscripts were filled with beautiful patterns and images in gold and silver that helped illuminate the text. The text would not be complete without the framework of the marginalia.
Brat: Ahhhh…, a framework like the four living creatures?
Garris Elkins: We can attempt to deliver a prophetic word prematurely and toss it out without the framework of the Spirit preparing its delivery. This framework was described by Paul when he defined the fruit of the Spirit to the Galatians.
Luke 14: 34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.
“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
Ben Lim: “Then Boaz said to Ruth, ‘You will listen, my daughter, will you not? Do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here, but stay close by my young women.
Anna Blake: A call out to my fellow equine professionals. We’re livin’ the dream. We chose a career stomping around in people’s passion for horses. It’s dangerous ground but there we are, telling people it’s all their fault while trying to be as charming and positive as possible when delivering the news. All this, and a retirement plan that involves horse manure. With some donkey mixed in, if we’re lucky.
Emily C. Heath: It’s our job as the church to help bind up those bodies, and support them as they recover. The work of the church in supporting others in their grief is not done with the funeral luncheon. It continues in the weeks, and months, and years to come. When a heart is broken by loss, it needs that space, and it needs other hearts to draw closer, and help it keep beating.
Anna Blake: The trick is to feel compassion without an over-abundance of sentimentality. For horses and for ourselves, it’s about balance; trading guilt for forgiveness and positive confidence, despite our imperfections. The other word for that is humility. And did that donkey just quote Maya Angelou?
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Things, however, worked out much differently than I expected. When my friend returned home and discovered to his shock that all the money he had worked so hard to amass was gone, he erupted in bitter screams. His wife broke down in tears, crying as if her heart would break. The whole family turned the house upside-down in a frantic search, but, of course, to no avail. All the friends and neighbors who were streaming in to welcome my friend were caught up in the whirlwind of excitement.
Luke 14: 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: The first stage is the ascent-offering, whose meat and fat is totally consumed on the altar. First, we must submit ourselves totally to G d. The second stage is the peace-offering, part of whose meat is eaten by those who offer it. After we have established the basis of total submission to G d, we can (and should) enhance our relationship with Him by understanding as much about Him and His will as we can, igniting our enthusiasm for the Torah and its commandments.
Brat: We Christians could learn so much from you!
Luke 14: 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be My disciples.