Touching the Holy

Ki Tavo "When you go in"
 
Ever wonder why there has been such a surge of rebellion and putrid words and actions against law enforcement, institutions, authority in America in recent years?  The last two Torah portions may hold a key.  Last week it was Ki Tetzei, "When you go out."  It emphasized the importance of human relationships when one goes out into the world.  This week it is Ki Tavo, "When you go in."
 
"Love your neighbor as yourself" is the acknowledged twin to loving the Father.  However, the study of relating to other people is less exciting than debating finer points of the Scripture.  What if Torah, however, teaches that right relationship with others PRECEDES one's gifts to Adonai?
 
If an Israelite did not apply the multiple commandments of treating fellow Israelites with justice in Ki Tetzei, then how can he expect to be Ki Tavo into a Land that DEMANDS an attitude of joyful giving of tithes?  Cain and Abel are the prototype.  Cain brought of THE fruit of the ground, but Abel brought the CHOICEST.  These gifts to Elohim would be shared with one another in eating the holy tithe.  Kain was not cheating Elohim alone, but Abel, his brother, because he had no joy in his tithe.  He was keeping something back.  Ki Tavo holds a tithe liturgy in which the Israelite assures the priest that what is in the basket is the CHOICEST of the fruit of the ground, not the defective portion of Cain.    
 
In a sense, farming good relationships with all the people listed in Ki Tetzei is the preparation for giving a joyful tithe to Adonai in Ki Tavo, in the Holy Land.  The tithe can only be set at the feet of the priest with joy.  If not, how will the farmer honestly make the declaration that he has touched none of it while in an overly emotional state of grief? 
 
Striking out at authority and people who hold different opinions with violent words is a symptom of one who cannot "Ki Tavo."  Those souls are incapable of setting down a basket of tithes joyfully.  It would involve bowing before priestly authority.  Adonai sets people in authority over us to see how our hearts are truly set toward Him.  He already knows, but it allows us to find out what we don't know about our own Cain hearts.  We've held something back, and our countenance fell long before we brought the tithe. 
 
Striking out at legal and ethical authority is one symptom of a soul slave.  The soul is appetite, emotion, desire, and intellect.  The soul knows it is enslaved, but it does not discern its master is itself.  Because the soul is enslaved to its own desire and intellect, the spirit within the person also is chained down to the feelings of discontent and wrong thinking.  The person knows something is wrong, and the person is discontent.  To relieve the discomfort, a rebel is born.
 
The wilderness journey is a process of giving the holy spirit of the physically free person authority over the soul.  It is only there that a free man learns to free the soul from "I feel" or "I think" to "It is written..."  The first stop upon the exodus from Egypt was Sukkot.  Israelites were given a glimpse of the goal from the beginning of the journey. 
 
The wilderness was a place of experiencing deep emotions and the thoughts that flow from emotion, not the spirit of a man that connects to the Holy Spirit.  This slavish life resulted in many unnecessary physical deaths.  What kinds of emotions enslave thoughts of the heart?
 
Grief.  Sadness.  Anger.  The Torah portion Ki Tavo contrasts the preceding portion "When you go out" with "When you go in."  Ki Tavo's tithe is first mentioned in Genesis Three, where Kain "went out" with his fruit of the ground.  Ki Tavo cautions that something is different "when you come in" to the Land.  You must be able to bring FIRST fruits of the ground and freely make a declaration to the priest that you did not perform the commandment with mourning or grieving. 
 
Kain's face fell when his offering was found wanting, but the text indicates that compared to Abel, his face had fallen before, for only Abel "gam hu," which means he offered HIMSELF with his offering.  A whole heart.  The feast tithe declaration of Ki Tavo cannot be made in grief over what one has given up for God.  It must be the declaration of a fully free human being. 
 
Many times the Israelites felt that they did not receive what they deserved.  They were being unfairly punished and treated.  The deliverance promise was a betrayal of their expectations.  While their bodies were free of Egypt, they were still a soul-proud people.  The soul-pride framed everything they saw.  In order to reach Sukkot as a completely free and joyful people, they would have to surrender soul pride to the Spirit.  They would have to learn to follow the Angel of the Presence, not their own appetites and internal maps of thought. 
 
Emotional viruses spread through the nation.  In this state of perpetually rising and falling tides of emotion and sad thought, they were not fit to serve the Holy One in a Holy Land.  When they could master emotions, then the Israelites could Ki Tavo, which required service with joy. 
 
Those today who believe emotion or intellect is the basis for existence are troubled.  The spirit that Adonai put within them is in conflict with their social and intellectual doctrines.  Those doctrines are not founded on "It is written," but "I think" and "I feel."  The increasing unrest is within, but to find relief, they attack those outside of themselves, not understanding that forcing and tormenting others into their own soul feelings and thoughts can never bring peace, neither within themselves or in the world.
 
As Zechariah prophesied, it is only the spirit of Sukkot, a spirit of joyful rendering of the whole heart tithe to established authority in its established holy place that will bring peace and Divine acceptance. 
 
So let's bring this unrest closer to home.  Do those walking in Torah today also conduct themselves in anger, grief, depression, and, as Cain did, in doing violence to brothers who find joy in the commandments?  An Israelite could not touch holy things in a state of grief, for it was rejected.  Even Aaron could not eat the holy after his sons died.  We cannot pretend to find joy in the holy Torah if our soul is sad because we're keeping back part of our whole heart tithe. 
 
The never-ending confusing spiral of strange doctrines will become worse and worse.  If intellect is the soul master of a person's spirit, then that will produce anger against anything or anyone that Scripture assigns authority.  It often hides in the costume of correctness or holy prophetic gift, and that person's inner anger, resentment, and grief is concealed.  How can we identify these souls among us?  We don't have to.  They identify themselves with their angry words and angry faces.  Even words of holy Torah are the vehicle for that inner grief.  Their countenances fell long before they kept the commandment. 
 
Even if you don't FEEL joy when you deal with some aspects of the Torah, especially giving of your produce or income, make a decision that you ARE joyful whether you feel the emotion or not.  Simply decide, and someday emotion will follow.  As you continue to fight the war for joy inside, your Ki Tetzei relationships will improve, for you will quit blaming people who don't yet accept Torah and those who don't follow Torah like you do.
 
It's time to quit being newspaper scholars, facebook scholars, or chem-trail scholars.  Overuse leads to fear and over-intellectualizing.  It's time to become Torah scholars so that when the war inside begins, the Holy Spirit within us will prevail with "It is written..."   When we can do that, we can repent and Ki Tavo.  No fear.  No grief.  No anger.  This is how we touch holy things.


Starting NEW CLASSES After Sukkot!

The Weekly Torah portion and CG Workbook Two: The Wicked Lamp and the Seven Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls

Our teachings on HRN and YouTube are free, but some folks know that growth occurs with a lesson plan and systematic study. Looking for a more individual approach and the fellowship of other students?

In the past I've limited online students to 24 per class due to the cost of the plan. We will be switching to a less expensive plan on Zoom after Sukkot, which will permit up to 99 students per class (don't go looking for that lost sheep...it's me).
 
We hope to start enrolling new students within a couple of weeks, so stay tuned to Creation Gospel e-mails, and we will also add an enrollment info page to our website:   www.thecreationgospel.com

For those ready to enroll in the free Creation Gospel seminar, we will post that separately soon, so don't give up. We need to test and learn this new Zoom platform so that I'm ready for you! Because the preferences were split evenly between two Sunday classes and four two-hour weekday classes, I'll offer both options. Stay tuned!

Description of the Weekly Online Torah Class:

Live classes are held online each Monday night 9:00 - 10:00 pm EST or Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 - 2:30 pm EST. New classes start in October 2017, and you can join live on Zoom for the one hour teaching and after-class discussion. Each class teaching is recorded, and students receive a link to download the recording to both classes, not just their own.  

Cost is $20 per month for the live class, which may be paid through Paypal or by check to:

Hollisa Alewine
PO Box 846
East Bernstadt, KY 40729

The $20 cost is per student email login. For students who happen to be away from their computers, it is possible to log in in to the class with an iPad or iPhone. For fellowships or Bible studies who want to join as a group, contact us for special pricing.
  
To enroll, click on the Contact button on our website and supply the following information:

Name
Email address for class login
Class preference (Monday night or Tuesday afternoon)

If your schedule is not a good fit, you may sign up to receive only the recordings for $10 per month. Just indicate this in your email.
  
For the year 2017-2018, we will be studying the Torah portions along with the material from Creation Gospel Workbook Two: The Wicked Lamp and the Seven Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls. The workbook is under revision, so students will be an active part of the rewriting process.The older version is available on our website as a 3-ring binder-ready packet.


  
*Due to travel for speaking engagements or classes falling on a feast day, classes occasionally are rescheduled on a different day. Students also have priority signup for special free seminars.








Looking for a great study guide for the Torah portions in Deuteronomy? Creation Gospel Workbook Five: Devarim: Volume V is now available on Amazon.
  
Devarim of Creation Gospel Workbook Five continues to pull the threads from the Rivers of Eden through the Torah portions. It has illustrative stories, wordplay, and thematic explorations of the text and symbols.
The Torah text is traced to its apocalyptic outcomes in some portions, and the literal text is compared and contrast ed with the figurative language often used in Scripture.

The hermeneutic device of consecutive numbers is explained, and the challenge of ritual and tradition is addressed. The Song of Moses is keyed thematically to the Book of Revelation, and the final Mosaic blessing on the sons of Israel is keyed to the Valorous Woman of Proverbs 31, revealing a secret in blessings, a blessing on the daughters.

Each portion has review questions, bonus discovery questions, and assignments suitable for both individuals and study groups.

Table of Contents:
  • Devarim - The City Mouse and the Country Mouse
  • Vaetchanan - I Got Tefillin
  • Ekev - Hot Rocks and Cold Stones
  • Re'eh - When Figs Fly
  • Shoftim - Humpty Dumpty Reads War and Trees
  • Ki Teitzei - All the Pretty Flowers
  • Ki Tavo - Pillar Talk
  • Nitzavim* - Blowing Smoke
  • Vayelekh - How do You Cut a Steak?
  • Ha'azinu - Song-Riders
  • Vezot Haberakhah - Fat Man and Little Girl
The most important objective of the workbook, to encourage individual spiritual transformation from the Word, is included in each Torah portion.



 
 
Join us at Women of Valor as we encourage and strengthen one another on the road to Zion. With the seasonal themes of Hanukkah in mind, we will focus on gratitude, compassion, spiritual warfare through worship & prayer, persevering faith, overcoming obstacles, trusting in Adonai's Right Hand, and the rededication of the Temple. This year's speakers and mentors include:

Hollisa Alewine, Ph.D., The Creation Gospel
Jimmilea Berryhill, Ph.D., President of Jubilee Christian College
Jane Diffenderfer, President of Women of Valor
Kisha Gallagher of Grace in Torah and Renewed Radio Program
Robin Gould, DRE of New Covenant Path
Valerie Moody of Covenant Footsteps Ministries
Lisa Rubel of Dancing With Jordi
Deborah Wiley, PhD of Oasis Life Center 
 
 
Time: Arrival on Friday to the venue is at 4:00 PM
Venue: Barren River Lake State Resort Park, 1149 State Park Rd, Lucas, KY 42156
Donation: $89.00 Early-bird Discount
$109.00 after Sept. 4th (Labor Day weekend)
$119.00 after Oct. 15th


Our annual conference venue is a beautiful, restful place to gather as we celebrate the New Moon of Kislev in preparation for Hanukkah. The meeting space can accommodate up to 175 women. Sleeping options include 2BD/2Ba cottages at $171/night w/4 full-sized beds and kitchens. The cottages are limited, so book early. The hotel rooms, $81/night (Double Occupancy) in the Louie B. Nunn Lodge, have 2 queen-sized beds, that can sleep four. There is a full-service restaurant in the conference center for those who wish to dine there. Registration fees include a Shabbat dinner, all main sessions, breakouts, and worship events.
 

LaMalah Children's Centre
 
Orphanage Update


  Special thanks to our regular donors and our new donors. The history of LaMalah Children's Centre is now located on our website www.thecreationgospel.com. 
 
If you have children's clothes or children's books (in English) to send, you can mail them to:   
 
Peter W Ndungu
P.O.Box 724
Limuru 00217
Kenya
East Africa

If you can help toward this goal, as always, we welcome your assistance.  For those of you who send monthly support to the orphanage, we can't thank you enough for fulfilling Messiah's commission.


Another way to help...

Want to help The Creation Gospel every time you purchase something on Amazon? Our ministry is part of our local congregation, The Olive Branch, in East Bernstadt, Kentucky. If you reset your amazon home page to  https://smile.amazon.com  and select The Olive Branch Messianic Congregation Inc. as your charity, Amazon donates a small percentage of each sale. Every penny helps, and our congregation is a great help in meeting special needs at the orphanage and other outreaches.