In the beginning…

The first 5 books of the Bible are called the Torah. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and Numbers. The entire Old Testament is called the Tanakh and consists of the law(Torah), the prophets(Neviim), and the writings(Ketuvim). The Tanakh was the ONLY Scripture used by Jesus(Yeshua) and his disciples. By reading the Torah as relevant in our eyes today it gives a deeper understanding of Yeshua’s life and teachings, not to mention clearer understanding of Paul’s teachings. When you take the Torah to heart you start to understand that Yeshua and the apostles were always upholding the law. You understand that not a single Jew could have become a follower of Yeshua if he didn’t uphold the law. The law wouldn’t allow it(Deut 13:3). Yeshua knew the law, taught men to keep the intent of the law in addition to the letter of it. He was the master teacher of The Word of God. He restored all understanding that had been lost. The Word of God is perfect and does not contradict itself. So if we find a contradiction then we need to search out truth because it’s our understanding that is flawed and not the Word of God.

So when did the law start? Most people would say it started with Moses. God gave Moses the law and he wrote it down and gave it to the people. Many even argue that the law was only for the people of Moses and not relevant for us. But the Word of God would not agree with you. The Word of God was in the beginning. John 1:1 describes this and tells us that Yeshua is Logos. He is the word, he is the instrument for the execution of God’s will. Just like the law of “Moses”, which is the law of Adonai, is the instrument for the execution of God’s will and was established from the beginning of the world. So we are going to start in Genesis and see the evidence of the law according to the Word of God.

These 45 instances in Genesis are the ones that stood out to me as referring to a set of standards that have been established from the beginning of creation. I probably missed several as I read over Genesis but there is enough here to prove the point. These are all established in the Law of God and are proof of it’s existence prior to when it was given to Moses. Moses reestablished the law that already existed. A law from the beginning that will last until a new heaven and a new earth are created. Matt 5:18

1:28 On day six of creation man is given their first law, their first commandment.  Be fruitful and multiply.

1:28 Next we are told to rule over the fish, birds, and all animals.  And we are told that all seed bearing plants and all trees bearing seed bearing fruit are for our food. Lev 11

2:3 God blesses and sanctifies the seventh day. Ex 20:8

2:17 Adam was commanded not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge.

2:24 A man and wife become one.

3:4-7 Cain and Abel bring sacrifices before God.  Cain brought produce from his crops.  And Abel brought the firstlings of his flocks with their fat.  God speaks to Cain and explains that if he does the sacrifice wrong then it will lead to sin. Ex 20:24, Lev

4:11 After Cain killed Abel, God curses Cain.  We also see God warn that he will avenge x7 Cain’s death.  Ex 20:13

In Genesis 6:9 We see that Noah was righteous, blameless, and walked with God.  This also shows us that there were a set of expectations, laws, that the rest of humankind did not follow.  Only Noah was righteous enough to save.

In Genesis 7:2 we see that there is already a distinction between clean and unclean animals.  This distinction is made by the law of God.  So although Noah couldn’t eat of these animals yet, we can assume that sacrifice laws were kept correctly from the beginning of time. Lev 11

8:20 we see specifically Noah offering a burnt offering. Ex 20:24

9:3 Then God expands man’s food to include meat but commands that blood not be consumed. Lev 11, Lev 3:17

9:6 Then clearly in Scripture we see the commandment not to kill, not to shed human blood. Ex 20:13

At the end of chapter 9 we see Noah cursing Canaan because Ham uncovered his father’s nakedness.  And we see Shem and Japheth acting righteously and being praised.  So we again see an established rule alluded to. Lev 18:6, Duet 22:30

In 12:17 Adonai punishes Pharaoh for taking Abram’s wife. Clearly an indication of the sin of adultery. And Pharaoh says he wouldn’t have done it if he had known. Ex 20:14

In 14:20 we see Abram give the priest of God a tenth of everything he recovered.  Another section alluding to an established way of doing things consistent with the Law of God. Lev 27:32, Num 18:21 & 26

Then in 15:6 we see faith working.  Abram believes in the unseen and trusts God to keep his word.  Through faith and obedience to God we see Righteousness for the first time in Scripture.  Here we see a New Testament concept that was actually established in the Old Testament.  We see that faith was the key ingredient of Righteousness.  Obedience alone was not enough.  Both are required for Righteousness.  The people of God walk in faith of the Word of God AND obey the Word of God.  Just as today we walk in faith of the Word of God(Jesus) AND need to obey the Word of God(law/commandments/statutes).

In Chapter 17 we see God creating the terms of the covenant with the seed of Abraham.  Walk with God and be blameless.  Or in other words have faith, and don’t transgress his law.  God will choose them to be his people and they are to circumcise their flesh throughout their generations.  Including the slave or child of the foreigner that is among them.  All details that line up with the law latter given to Moses. Lev 12:3

In 17:21 God refers to the set time the following year.  Referring to one of his feast days and working his miracles on the set days on his calendar. Ex 12:14

In 18:19 Adonai talks about Abraham and his seed keeping the way of Adonai by doing righteousness and justice.  So again alluding to a set of standards that already was established.

In 19 we see that Lot is the only righteous man in Sodom. Again there is a set of standards established that results in blessings and destruction.

In 19:3 we see that Lot offers the angels unleavened bread.  We know that the angels literally just left Abraham, where he was told that in a year, at the appointed time to meet with God, Sarah would have a baby.  So now with this unleavened bread clue it narrows down our feast day possibilities. Ex 12:17

In 20 we again see adultery is against the law when the king takes Sarah but this time it doesn’t get as far. God himself intervenes to prevent the sin. Sin is the breaking of the law. So we see it firmly established that there is a law for adultery. Ex 20:14

In 22 God commands Abraham to sacrifice Isaac.  And because of his obedience God blesses Abrahams seed. Duet 13:4

In 24 we see the lengthens that Abraham goes to follow the law and get a wife for his son. According to the law he is not allowed to get a wife from the ungodly people so he sends his servant back to his own family to get a wife. Num 36:8

In 24:24 we see Rebekah take the traveler home to give him rest. Ex 22:21, 23:9

In 24:65 we see that as soon as Rebekah sees Isaac she took a veil and covered herself. As there is no law in Torah that directly refers to head coverings for women this is quite interesting. We also see head coverings mentioned in translation in the adultery law.

In 26:10 we again see that adultery will bring guilt. Ex 20:14

26:25 Isaac builds an altar Ex 20:24-26

28 We see that the son who is to be blessed by God, Jacob, is sent to find a wife among the family. When his brother sees this he tries to comply and takes a wife from a distant relative. Num 36:8

28:22 We see Jacob accepting God as his God and promising to give a 10th of everything. Lev 27:32, Num 18:21 & 26

31:54 Jacob offers a sacrifice Lev 11

33:20 another alter built Ex 20:24-26

34:7 We see a virgin daughter violated and the uproar from her brothers Deut 22

34:14 They say they can’t give a daughter of Israel to an uncircumcised man. Deut 7:3

35:1-2 We see God command Jacob to build an alter to him and Jacob tell all his men to cleanse and prepare themselves. Here for the first time we see similar instructions as those who entered into the Tabernacle later when the law is written for us. We see God change Jacob’s name and give him a blessing after Jacob takes him as him God officially. Num 8:6

37:22 Don’t shed blood Ex 20:13

38:8 Duty of a brother-in-law to marry brother’s widow Deut 25:5

38:9 Evil to spill seed and not procreate for brother’s posterity Deut 25:7

38:24 Prostitution not acceptable. Punishment is burning. Deut 22:21, 23:17

38:26 We see that passing on the seed supersedes the law of not sleeping with your daughter-in-law. Duet 25:5

39:9 Adultery is a sin against Adonai Ex 20:14

39:14 The women screams out against Joseph as in commanded a women in threat of rape. Duet 22:27

41:42 Pharaoh puts linen on Joseph and makes him over all egypt. Lev 16:32

44:4 Stealing is evil Ex 20:15

47:22 We see that the priest have land allotted to them and they receive a portion from Pharaoh. Lev 27:32, Num 18:21 & 26

Do and Don’t Do

Leviticus 18

King James: 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the LORD your God. 3 After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances. 4 Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God. 5 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

Tree of Life: 2 Speak to Bnei-Yisrael and say to them: I am Adonai your God. 3 You are not to act as they do in the land of Egypt, where you used to live. Nor are you to act as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you, nor are you to walk in their customs. 4 You are to obey My ordinances and keep My statutes and walk in them—I am Adonai your God. 5 So you are to keep My statutes and My ordinances. The one who does them will live by them. I am Adonai.

Deuteronomy 5

King James: And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them. 2 The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. 3 The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. 4 The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire, 5 (I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to shew you the word of the LORD: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying, 6 I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

Tree of Life: 1 Moses called to all Israel and said to them, “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances that I am speaking in your hearing today, learn them and make sure to do them. 2 Adonai our God cut a covenant with us in Horeb. 3 Not with our fathers has Adonai cut this covenant but with us—all of us alive here today. 4 Adonai spoke with you face to face on the mountain from the midst of the fire. 5 (I was standing between Adonai and you at that time, to tell you the word of Adonai, because you were afraid because of the fire and did not go up the mountain.) ‘He said: 6 ‘I am Adonai your God, who brought you out from the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

Thoughts

So to discuss God’s law we start at the beginning of his instructions.  The most basic foundation.  Adonai(The Lord) says don’t follow the rules, instructions, or customs of other systems, peoples, cultures.  Adonai instructs his people to follow his ordinances and statutes which are his laws and to keep the covenant between the people and Adonai.  So this covenant or agreement is quite simple.  Follow Adonai and his ways and you will be his people.  Walk out this way of life and you will live.  There are promises throughout the law that describe Adonai’s abundant blessings of health, prosperity, and safety.  Walk out your love for Adonai and he will manifest his love for you in blessings in your life.  These are not just coincident blessings.  These are blessings like eyesight and fertility, to blessing your career, or protecting the whole country from enemies.  We show Adonai the love we have for him by keeping his commandments(Deut 7:9).

As we continue this study we will be discussing how to keep his commandments and what they are.  After telling us to keep his statutes Adonai also tells us not to do what other cultures do.  So how do we apply this to 21st century United States?  Our cultural customs are intertwined into our lives on the most basic levels.  Things we don’t even realize.  So as I discuss some of the things that we have discovered were not God’s customs please realize that I probably have only discovered the tip of the iceberg.  By no means is this possibly close to a complete list.

The first things are quite obvious and also quite difficult not to participate with in today’s Christian society.  Christmas and Easter.  They are toted as Christian holidays and yet hold no foundation in the Scriptures.  At no point did Christ tell us to celebrate his birth.  His birthdate wasn’t even given to us and it’s commonly known that Christ wasn’t born in winter.  The story of his birth is important but it’s his death that changed everything.  Celebrating the births of deities and celebrating the winter solstice are both pagan customs.  Customs converts wanted to keep so they adapted them to Christianity.  So Easter should be alright because we are celebrating his death and resurrection then right?  The problem is that Easter is the counterfeit.  It’s origin is rooted in pagan customs which include eggs, fertility(rabbits), sacrifices, etc.

The important thing about God coming in the flesh as Christ is that he died on Passover and rose from the dead on First Fruits.  Passover and First Fruits are Biblical Feast days.  Feasts that God appointed.  God uses his calendar and his Feast Days when he fulfills prophecy. A few weeks later into the year is Pentecost when we received the Holy Spirit after Christ’s ascencion into Heaven.  So if we have specific instructions to celebrate these Biblical holidays For All Time, why do we choose to celebrate the counterfeit that is soaked in pagan customs?  It just doesn’t make sense when reading Scripture.  So if we celebrate Easter to remember Christ’s death and resurrection, even though it is past, we can easily do this on God’s appointed days.  And if we celebrate the past in remembrance of his sacrifice, how much more reasonable to celebrate the fall feast days representing his second coming.  Feast of Trumpets announcing his return, Day of Atonement our last chance for repentance, and Feast of Tabernacles the wedding celebration that starts off the 1000 year reign of our Messiah.  Also many believe that Christ was born during the Feast of Tabernacles, which would make a lot of sense, and that would be a more appropriate time to commemorate Christ’s birth.

Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and New Years are the next obvious cultural customs that come from pagan roots and hold no Biblical significance.  There are also many Jewish customs that are not Biblical as well.  Extra holidays, including Hanukkah and Purim, that our family has chosen not to celebrate at this time.  While it is mentioned that Christ was at the temple during the Feast of Dedication(Hanukkah) for example, God did not instruct us to celebrate it.  Purim is a Jewish cultural holiday that is in Scripture but again we are not commanded to observe it.  At this point in our journey we are still celebrating the 4th of July and Thanksgiving in our family but I don’t have clarity on them Biblically speaking. They are the customs of our country, not of pagan origin, but still the customs of other peoples. Something we are still working on understanding fully in our family.

Other pagan customs that have been brought to our attention are celebrating birthdays(Pharaoh and King Herod), candles, birthday candles, finger rings, wedding ceremonies, anniversaries, the modern calendar, latin language, pinatas, luaus, the cross, the star of David, Sunday sabbath, Catholic saints, the Hamsa, obelisks/steeples, and the list goes on.  We have not stopped wearing our wedding rings, which in our society may invite problems.  I did pack up our homeschool Latin for now.  I have not adopted the star of David into our lives as the Bible clearly is against it(Amos 5:26, Acts 7:43).  I now have a problem with crosses in the front of church sanctuaries and steeples on churches.  The Bible, especially Kings really emphasizes Adonai’s hate for the ashtaroth poles.  Now we have these obelisks/steeples/poles on every church.  Sunday sabbath is something that people debate pretty heavily as well.  The pagans worshipped their sun god on the first day of the week, the dawn of a new week.  They had sunrise services.  We have returned to Saturday Sabbath and treat Sunday as our weekend work day. We strive to worship everyday of the week, but we assemble with other believers for Shabbot.

Some of these topics Adonai becomes even more specific about in later laws like graven images, sabbath, etc.  Some things are mentioned in Scripture like the star of David(Amos 5:26, Acts 7:43), Christmas trees(Isa 14:8, Jer 10:4-5), and the calendar(Dan 7:25). And other things like candles, rings, and pinatas aren’t mentioned at all.  So what’s ok and what’s not?  That’s the journey we are on.  The best place to start is the whole Scriptures which gives clarity.  While reading we need to keep this in mind looking for specific instructions on this topic.  Do not act like or walk in the customs of other people and cultures.

Mark 7

King James7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

Tree of Life7 And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ 8 Having left behind the commandment of God, you hold on to the tradition of men.” 9 He was also telling them, “You set aside the commands of God, in order that you may validate your own tradition.

Is the Law for Me?

Before I start going through the law and how it applies to our lives I want to talk about who the law applies to.  In modern times there is a false belief that the Law of God applies only to the Hebrews.  Only to the Jews.  That it doesn’t apply to Christians.  If that were true than we can all give up on everything all together because there would be no hope for our futures.  The promises in the Scriptures from Christ and for the future only pertain to God’s people.  God’s people follow his laws.  So if Christian’s aren’t God’s people, then Jesus didn’t come for them. But wait Jesus came to save the whole world.  God’s people are not just the genetic descendants of Abraham.  They also include the stranger and foreigner that are grafted in, they are the same, both living the law of God.  Christ came to save God’s people from their sins.  Sin is defined as breaking God’s law. “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4

Duet 29:9 Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do. 10 Ye stand this day all of you before the LORD your God; your captains of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, with all the men of Israel, 11 Your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of thy water: 12 That thou shouldest enter into covenant with the LORD thy God, and into his oath, which the LORD thy God maketh with thee this day: 13 That he may establish thee to day for a people unto himself, and that he may be unto thee a God, as he hath said unto thee, and as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

We are to follow Christ’s example in obiedience to the law.  We are God’s people by our faith, and our obedience proves our faith.  It’s always been about faith, and the obedience that resulted, that made each person a part of God’s people.  Can you call yourself an author if you’ve never written anything?  Can you call yourself a teacher if you don’t teach?  Can you call yourself God’s people if you don’t follow him?  Can you call yourself a Christian if you don’t do what Christ instructed?  Christ followed the law of God.  If he didn’t he couldn’t have been the savior.  Christ told us to live as he lived.  So to be Christians, we live as Christ lived, following the law of God.  By following the law of God we are grafted in and are the people of God.  Following the law is the proof of our obedience as a result of our faith.  It’s the reaction to the cause.  It’s the result of what’s in our hearts.  You cannot have one without the other.

Here’s another thought to ponder. When Jesus came we know that he came for the sinner. Sin as defined by Christ and God is the transgression of the law as was already established in 1 John 3:4. He didn’t come to preach a new theology. He came to the sinner, to teach us how to keep the law fully(letter and intent), and to give us all grace for transgressing it. To bring us back from being lost. And in the end the lawless people/weeds will be gathered and destroyed, while the righteous will shine forth. “As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Matt 13:41-43

“And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?” Deut 4:8 “My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.” Psalms 119:172 “When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.” Eze 18:26-27

Awakening

My good friend once made a comment that when I start something new I really go for it.  I don’t just skim the surface I jump in the deep end.  And I don’t tend to share things with y’all until I’ve done a lot of research and feel a strong conviction about the subject.  Pyramid company products are a good example.  They help and they are useful but not so life changing that I need to be ANOTHER person on social media pushing you to buy my product.  In fact usually I don’t like to push you buying anything.  My goal is to seek out the truth, and when I find it, to share it with you.  If the universe is already saturated with the information than I won’t share it either.

So to get to the point.  I found The Truth.  It caught me totally off guard.  I wasn’t looking for it but I did ask for it.  Summer 2015 I was home in my bedroom depressed.  We had our dream home framed and being built, we had pre-approval for our mortgage, my husband was making a great income, my kids were healthy and old enough to be less stressful on me, my marriage was great, we had good vehicles, life had a bright future.  My health wasn’t the best but I was working on it and still not nearly as bad as a lot of people.  I really had no reason to be unhappy.  At all.  But I was.  I was very unhappy, miserable even.  Which didn’t make any sense to me.  Rewind four years earlier to 2011.  We were very poor, barely making it, both of our businesses scraping by, stressed out with finances and babies, working long hours, and the future was bleak.  Everything did cave in on us after that and we muddled through the mess and eventually ended up with everything ok by 2015.

I learned something about myself in 2011 and 2015.  That whether we are poor or financially stable I love God, I love my husband, and I love my kids.  And that neither being poor or stable made one bit of difference on how happy I was.  I even started to question if I was the type of person that just chose to be unhappy.  When I was poor I was very close to my husband and was scared if we were to make more money that might change.  It didn’t.  When we were making more money I realized that being able to buy what I wanted didn’t fulfill any part of me.  It never could.  I’ve been missing something.  When I was younger I thought it was a husband, then I thought it was a baby, then I thought it was a career, then I thought it was money, then I thought it was a nice house.  So when I had it all and I was still unhappy I was in despair.  How could I still feel like crud when I had everything that should make me happy?  I just didn’t understand.  So in my bedroom in 2015 I cried out to God and asked him to use me.  To use me in a tool for his work.  I was sick of myself and I wanted him to tell me what to do with my life.  I desperately wanted to have a purpose to exist.

I tell you this not because I want pity.  I tell you this so you know that in my desperation for purpose I reached out to my heavenly Father.  He didn’t answer me that day, or the next.  In fact it took several months.  But on September 23, 2015 something changed that turned my life upside down.  I watched a video that shared Scriptures which conflicted with what I had been taught growing up.  I got out my Bible and read the words of my savior in Matthew 5:17-18.  “17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.  18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”  This video pointed out that fulfill did not mean to end.  It did not mean it was to stop.  And verse 18 verified that thought.  Not one part of the law of God would be ended until there was a new heaven and a new earth.  Well… I believed I was still on the same planet that Adam and Eve were created on.  So if that were true than there was something majorly backward in my beliefs.  If the planet wasn’t new than the law was still suppose to be followed according to Jesus.  Jesus who I was baptized in the name of and who I had promised to follow.

I began studying like I had never studied the Word of God before.  I started to actually understand my Scriptures.  Everything started to make sense where before there were so many questions that were too hard to answer.  And God started to mould me.  He started refining me.  He sent us to our first Biblical Feast with a group of others within days of awakening us, he provided groups for us to study with immediately.  As I learned more and more about him, I started to recognize his voice.  I started listening and obeying him and then seeing the fruit in my life.  I read his law and understood how loving he is.  What an awesome provider he is.  I now understand Jesus and why he died on a whole new level than I could have ever before studying and believing his law. And I discovered what I want to be in life.  I want to be his bride.  I love him and I want to make God happy.  The best part?  He gave specific instructions on how to speak his love language. I couldn’t believe it.  How loving he is!  Sometimes it’s hard for us humans to know how to love our spouses in the most edifying way for them.  But God doesn’t make us guess.  He tells us flat out in his guide book.  He tells us exactly what pleases him.  He tells us what we need to do to be the bride.  And he keeps his promises.  Some things at first we didn’t understand the reasoning for but he’s revealed his purpose over the last couple months as we studied his word.  Even though we didn’t know why at first, we just reminded ourselves that it didn’t matter what we thought.  It only mattered what God thought.  So if wearing tassels/fringes made God feel loved then we would wear them.  We would wear them because we loved him so much.

Christianity had always been so ambiguous before.  Be good people, love your neighbor, love God.  People defined that differently depending on what denomination you went to.  They let men define what God wanted, instead of just listening to God’s words.  They defined scriptures in dictionaries instead of with scriptures.  They denied simple logic and scripture to instead accept the theology and confusing doctrine of men.  Which is what Jesus taught against, the doctrines of men(Matt 15).  Christ came and taught the spiritual meaning of the law(Matt 5:21-48).  The side that had been lost to legalism in the Jews.  He tore down the fences around the laws, upheld the laws, and taught men to keep the law in their hearts in addition to their actions.  Christian society has taught us that our hearts are the only part that’s important.  God’s Word says that our hearts are corrupt and cannot be trusted(Jer 17:9).  We need the physical law to help us keep our hearts in the right place, which is always focused on God.  In fact the physical actions are a manifestation of us keeping the laws in our hearts.

At the most basic level think about this.  Jesus saved us from sin.  Sin is defined as breaking God’s law(1 John 3:4).  Without God’s law we would not be sinning and would not need a savior.  Sin=lawlessness.  All of God’s laws fall under loving God, and loving our neighbor.  I plan to do a study here that shows what laws we can walk out in today’s modern world and how to apply them practically.  I believe in the whole book of the Bible and I believe in Christ’s words that say not one thing from the law will be done away with until the new earth.  So that means that there are more laws than the 10 commandments and there’s deeper meaning to the two greatest laws.  I hope you will join me on this journey.

Poor Man’s Sauna

bathtubI’m doing some health treatments right now and in the need of detox while doing the treatments.  One of the things I came across in my research is hydrotherapy or the concept of hyperthermia.  Essentially you force your body to have a fever which raises your body temperature to a level that kills bacteria and other nasties in your system.  Also it allows you to detox and extricate the gunk through your sweat glands and skin.  I don’t have easy access to a gym or spa with a sauna nor the funds to install one in my tiny city house.  I considered going to Hot Springs, Arkansas or even a health spa in California with natural hot spring water.  But as that’s not something I can do immediately nor on a weekly or daily basis that doesn’t really help me much.  Then I read about a technique of taking a hot bath, when it starts to cool empty some of the water and refill with hotter water, and repeat until you’ve been in the hot water for at least forty minutes.  Then when you get out of the tub wrap yourself in a sheet and then in a blanket.  Then sweat it out for a bit.

So I tried this technique today and it was great.  I watched 50 minutes of a movie while keeping my bath water hot, I drank a mug of hot tea, and I made sure to keep my hands and feet under the water.  I did not put my head under until the very end when I washed it.  After I drank the tea I was really struggling with the heat and I was drenched in sweat.  I was really ready to be done by the time I passed the forty minute mark.  I got out, did not dry off my body with a towel, but I wrapped my head up in a towel and immediately wrapped up in a sheet, and then cocooned myself into my blanket and finished my movie.  I sweated like crazy.  When I finally unrolled myself my sheet and blanket were drenched and it even went through to my bed.  My face was beat red like I worked out, which doesn’t surprise me because my heart rate was up for quite a bit of it.  I’m not sure why that is but I read that was normal too.  My skin is super soft and looks healthier.  Even my husband commented on it and my three-year-old kept rubbing the soft skin on my leg. I drank a tall glass of water when I got out and will keep drinking to help continue the detox.

Epson-SaltSo if you don’t have access or funds for a sauna or spa treatment and need to detox, try out the Poor Man’s Sauna.  All it takes is a tub, hot water, a sheet, and a blanket.  And I highly suggest a distraction from the heat.  I watched Hitch with Will Smith and was pretty entertained for the most part.  It wasn’t as relaxing as a warm bath normally is for me since the water temp was hotter than my comfort level but it worked great and my skin looks healthier.  I also put Epsom Salt in the water to help with the detox.

 

Nosodes More Effective than Vaccines

Excerpted from How Homeopathy Can Help by Ellen Hodgson Brown, J.D.

thumbnail.aspLike vaccination, homeopathy involves inoculation by challenge with a like toxin, inducing a mild reaction in the body by simulating the larger reaction constituting the disease. Homeopathic remedies consist of minute doses of natural substances — mineral, plant or animal — that if given to healthy people in larger doses would cause the symptoms the patient is experiencing. A nosode is a homeopathic remedy in which the “active” ingredient is diseased tissue or a disease-causing entity (virus, bacteria, parasite, etc.) that has been rendered sterile.

Where vaccination involves viral or bacterial macromolecules that can induce unwanted side effects, homeopathic remedies are without side effects because they are extremely dilute — at some strengths so dilute that no molecule of the original substance is likely to be left in solution. The remedies are repeatedly diluted and “succussed”, or shaken vigorously with each dilution, to increase their vibratory field. The remedies work by stimulating the body’s own healing energy, rather like a tuning fork that sets disharmonious chords back on track.

“Like cures like,” the principle on which homeopathy is based, actually originated long before vaccines. It was formulated by Paracelsus in the sixteenth century. Samuel Christian Hahnemann, M.D. (1755-1843), the German physician who founded homeopathy, reformulated the principle in 1795, a year before Jenner made his cowpox vaccine discovery premised on the same theory.

Dr. Hahnemann was the first practitioner to use remedies prophylactically. He found that a girl whom he had treated with homeopathic Belladonna for an unrelated problem did not develop scarlet fever when the rest of her family got it. Then he found that “provings” of homeopathic Belladonna fit the disease picture of that particular epidemic of scarlet fever, and that by administering Belladonna he could both prevent and cure the disease. Other homeopaths later found that the remedy Ailanthus could prevent scarlet fever. Lathyrus was found to work against polio,Mercurius Cyanthus against diphtheria, Baptisia against typhoid fever. Other remedies were found to be effective against measles, mumps, chicken pox, hepatitis, and so forth.1

Homeopathy became the rage in Europe after cholera swept the Continent early in the nineteenth century. Hahnemann advocated the use of homeopathic Camphor to prevent or treat that disease at a time when he had never seen it but had only heard descriptions of its symptoms. The treatment proved to be remarkably successful. According to Julian Winston, editor in chief of Homeopathy Today, the mortality rate for cholera under conventional treatment in the 1830s was reported at between 40 percent and 80 percent. The mortality rate in London’s ten homeopathic hospitals during that decade was reported at 9 percent; in Bavaria, at 7 percent; in Russia, at 10 percent; and in Austria, at 33 percent (compared to 66 percent under conventional care).2

Cholera also swept the U.S. at that time, along with yellow fever, typhoid, and scarlet fever. When homeopathic treatment proved to be far more successful than conventional medicine in treating those epidemics, homeopathy spread like wildfire across the American continent. In 1844, the American Institute of Homeopathy was founded as the first national American medical society, preceding the American Medical Association (AMA) by several years.

Meanwhile, evidence for the effectiveness of homeopathic nosodes kept accumulating. In the United States during the 1850s, there were several epidemics of yellow fever in the southern states. Mortality from yellow fever using conventional medicine was reported at between 15 and 85 percent. Holcome and Davis, homeopaths in Natchez, reported a mortality of 6.43 percent and 5.73 percent, respectively, in yellow fever victims under homeopathic care during that period. In 1878 the mortality from the same epidemic in New Orleans was 50 percent under allopathic care versus 5.6 percent in 1,945 cases under homeopathic care.3 In the 1860s, a diphtheria epidemic struck. In the records of Broome County, New York, from 1862 to 1864, an 83.6 percent mortality rate was reported among victims treated conventionally, compared to a 16.4 percent mortality rate among those treated homeopathically.4

It could be argued that the disparity in these figures was due more to the nature of nineteenth century conventional treatment, with its emphasis on bloodletting and mercury compounds, than to the virtues of homeopathy itself. But homeopathy continued to score successes in the twentieth century. Its remarkable performance during the influenza epidemic of 1918 was reported in detail in an article in the May 1921 Journal of the American Institute for Homeopathy. Dr. T. A. McCann, of Dayton, Ohio, reported that 24,000 cases of flu treated allopathically had a mortality rate of 28.2 percent, while 26,000 cases of flu treated homeopathically had a mortality rate of 1.05 percent. The latter figure was supported by Dean W.A. Pearson of Philadelphia, who recorded the results of 26,795 cases of flu treated homeopathically. In Connecticut, 30 physicians reported 6,602 cases treated homeopathically with 55 deaths, or less than 1 percent.5

Nosodes also performed well in a number of twentieth century polio epidemics. In a 1956-58 study, a researcher named Heisfelder gave Lathyrus to over 6,000 children, in whom no cases of polio and no side effects were reported. Grimmer, a homeopath in Chicago, gave it to 5,000 young children, none of whom developed polio. In a polio epidemic in Buenos Aires in 1975, Lathyrus was given to 40,000 people with the same 100 percent success rate.


  1. M. Zacharias, “Nosodes”, Natural Rearing Newsletter (January 1996).
  2. J. Winston, “Historical Perspective”, National Center for Homeopathy, www.homeopathic.org (2001), citing T. Bradford, M.D., The Logic of Figures (1900), F. Humphreys, Cholera and Its Homeopathic Treatment (1849), and many other books.
  3. J. Winston, op. cit., citing Holcome, Yellow Fever and Its Homeopathic Treatment (1856) and C. Neidhard, The Efficacy of Crotalus Horridus in Yellow Fever (1860).
  4. T. Bradford, op. cit.
  5. J. Winston, op. cit.

Multiplication Tricks

Getting back into the school year we have to review our multiplication facts.  Some are just harder to remember than others.  My oldest son has most of the hard ones memorized by tricks that he learned from his Math-U-See video instructor.  Things like: I ate(8) and I ate(8) and that’s what I got sick(6) for(4).  Or he’s memorized rhymes that I taught him: six times six is thirty-six.  But there are facts like 6×7 and 7×7 that didn’t have any tricks or rhymes until we discovered them today.  They are a little more complicated so we’ll see how he does with them in the long run.  Also mastering the x3 and x4 facts are key to success.  Below I listed our tips and tricks for getting the multiplication table mastered.  We also use xtramath.org for doing math drills with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and soon division too.

  • 1’s- anything times one, is itself
  • 2’s- doubles, skip count
  • Skip count by 3’s, once they have them memorized go faster
    • Then in order learn the x3 facts, once mastered go faster, then master them out of order
  • Skip count by 4’s, once they have them memorized go faster
    • Then in order learn the x4 facts, once mastered go faster, then master them out of order
  • 5’s- skip count by five
  • 6×6=36 Rhyme: six times six is thirty six
  • 6×7=42 or 7×6=42  Hand trick, see below
  • 7×7=49  Hand trick, see below
  • 6×8=48 or 8×6=48 Rhyme: six times eight is forty eight
  • 7×8=56 or 8×7=56  5,6,7,8 -> 56=7×8
  • 8×8=64 I ate(8) and I ate(8) and that’s what I got sick(6) for(4)
  • 9’s- lay down the finger you are multiplying by nine, see below
  • 10’s- anything times ten is itself and add a zero

 

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Orthotropics Phase 1

imageYesterday Jax and I took the two and a half hour drive down to Joplin, Missouri to start his Orthotropics treatment.  His feelings were relatively benign about the whole thing as we talked on the way down.  When we got there Dr. Detar showed Jax the expander that he would be wearing for the next 4-6 months.  The doctor inserted it and made the adjustments needed.  It was set to the side and next they prepared and installed Jax’s braces.  A couple brackets popped off his baby teeth and had to be glued back on.  Then they put the expander in for the full effect.  Jax panicked and started gagging so we quickly removed it.  After a break we tried again which didn’t go any better.  So we decided to hold off inserting the expander until Jax adjusted to the change of having braces.  He did really great but was a little overwhelmed.  Getting the wire put on the brackets was a little rough for him.  I was worried that he may be too young to handle all of this.

imageAfter we left Detar’s office we went in search of an ice cream place.  We found Andy’s and had some delicious custard.  It was a distraction and a perk for Jax.  Being a mother of four I don’t often get to spend one on one time with my children away from my other children.  So getting custard was a special treat.  During the ride to the ice cream place we tried inserting the expander several times.  Jax showed great effort and I was really proud of him for trying.  The child has had a super sensitive gag reflex since he was born.  We headed back home and Jax kept trying to keep the expander in for longer durations.  He told me that he was fine with the braces but didn’t want to have the expander.  That it was no fun and he didn’t like having to do any of this.

imageOver the course of the next two hours he was able to keep the extender in his mouth for longer periods of time.  He did best when he wasn’t focused on it and watching a movie.  By the time he got home he was pretty proud of himself for being able to keep it in for so long.  When he saw his siblings he was super excited to show them his mouth and all the goodies he got with his Orthotropics.  A water flosser, three sided tooth brush, and some wax are awesome to a seven year old.  As the evening progressed Jax flipped his perspective.  He was no longer having any issues with his expander and kept it in all evening and all night.  The pressure of the braces on the other hand made his gums hurt and he was in pain.  He told me he’d keep the expander but didn’t like the braces.  Poor kid.  He had mushroom soup for dinner while the rest of us ate pork chops and zucchini with rice.  I gave him Ibuprofen to help him with the pain earlier in the day.  At night I gave him some melatonin to help him fall asleep faster.

This morning he struggled at breakfast eating his oatmeal so I gave him some more Ibuprofen.  He’s doing much better more.  Less complaining about the pain and more goofing around instead of doing his math sheet.  So overall it was a rough start but it’s getting better.  He adapted pretty quickly in reality.  In a few days the pain won’t be so bad.  Tonight I will start enlarging the expander by one tiny adjustment.  We will continue that each night until his next appointment in 3 weeks.  The braces make him look older to me but he’s still my baby and I have to remind myself that this is best for him in the long run.  I think he’s young enough that any teasing will be milder than in middle school, and less traumatic than in high school.  We’re trying to encourage him to feel special about having them.  He goes to enrichment one day a week starting next week.  That’s the only interaction I’m worried about since I’m not there to help.  He also has co-op but I will be around and can help him explain how neat it is that he gets to have braces.  It’s all in perspective.  Being positive is key to a happy life.  This is going to benefit his character in the long run I think.

For more details on Orthotropics and why we choose this method please read my previous post.

Child Jaw Growth & Orthotropics

So usually in modern day medicine and healthcare there are a lot of treatments that target symptom relief.  Usually these treatments don’t treat the problem and often can cause more damage in the process.  I believe that for some people the practice of orthodontics does this.  There are plenty of people whose jaws grew in just fine but they had crooked teeth for one reason or another and they used conventional orthodontic braces to align their teeth.  These are not the people I’m referring to.  I’m referring to the people who have an issue with stunted jaw growth and improper tongue placement. When people snore, sleep with their mouth open, suck their thumbs, etc they are not sleeping with their tongue in the correct position.  The tongue correctly nestled at the roof of your mouth when you sleep counteracts the pressure placed on the upper teeth from the lips.  Without the tongue at the roof of your mouth the lips push the teeth out of alignment.  With the mouth open the jaw drops back and doesn’t grow properly.  This causes crowding and crooked teeth.  Conventional orthodontic treatment does not fix the jaw growth issue and instead they usually extract four teeth, to make room in your mouth.  Tooth extraction is dangerous for the body and often causes a myriad of other health issues. The alternative to OrthoDONtics that addresses the problem of a jaw with stunted growth, often before the teeth have the chance to become crooked, is OrthoTROpics(or-thuh-troh-fiks).  Orthotropics uses appliances to align the jaw correctly and encourages the mouth to close properly.  Treatment time is much shorter than traditional orthodontics, it’s in the range of 6-12 months.  It’s also at an age where children are more likely to corporate.  Children’s jaws are growing from the ages of 6-10.  This is the opportune time to make the bite alignment that encourages the jaw to grow appropriately.

imageTwo days ago I took my two boys to the closest Orthotropic doctor, who was a 3 hour drive south in Joplin, MO.  Dr. DeTar was amazing with my boys.  He had them completely relaxed, laughing, and having a good time.  Which was great because we were there for almost 3 hours.  Zavien, my almost 9-year-old was seen first.  He was within range for normal jaw growth and the doctor said he had room for his teeth to come in.  However, my 7-year-old, Jaxon, exhibited the facial profile, crowded teeth, and permanent grimace that are signs of a jawline that’s not growing correctly.  It may be from sucking his thumb as a toddler, but it’s also definitely from sleeping with his mouth open at night.  Below are the profiles of my boys.  Zavien is in yellow and with his pictures you can really compare to see how Jax’s lack of horizontal jaw growth, he’s in orange, makes Jax look like he has a recessed lower lip, pronounced cheeks, crowded teeth, and a gummy smile.  These brothers are 19 months apart in age.  The notes to the right of the images are to share the difference to look for in the boy’s profiles.

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In the pictures below the gap between my boy’s front teeth due to their muscle frenum is unassociated with the jaw growth issue.  I will be leaving Zavien’s for now as it’s a minor issue and Dr. DeTar thinks will correct on it’s own.  Jaxon’s is more prevalent so we will research and closely watch the issue as he grows.

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image imageimage image imageYour jaw is suppose to grow in at a 45 degree angle, give or take a little.  Jax has more vertical growth than horizontal growth.  Basically because he sleeps with his mouth open it causes his jaw to drop down and back.  Which means not only does his jaw not grow where it needs to in order to match his upper mouth, but it also means his tongue isn’t pushing his upper teeth into place.  So the pressure from his cheeks has made it so there is no room for his adult teeth to fit aligned in his mouth.  According to his x-ray when his canines come in they will probably come in through the side of his gums above the rest of his teeth, because there just won’t be any room.  draft_lens8553821module79854981photo_1263820482damon-case2My brother actually had this issue as a kid and his canines grew in like this guy pictured to the right. A chronic issue associated with a jaw that has not grown in appropriately, is joint pain and clicking.  Also by moving the jaw forward into the correct position it allows more room for the airways and helps prevent breathing issues like sleep apnea.  It also corrects the face shape, which has psychological benefits as well.  Below is a great quick video from Dr. DeTar that explains the risks of a misgrown jaw and the benefits of Orthotropics.

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This is all a learning experience for me.  I went with conventional orthodontic treatment at 18 and it made my smile smaller, my teeth crooked even after four years in braces.  And the reason it didn’t work for me?  I sleep with my mouth open and the pressure of my cheeks crowds my mouth.  I can use Orthotropics to help me as well.  It will retrain my mouth and jaw for proper positioning 24/7.  Essentially creating new habits.  My jaw is within normal range but sleeping with my mouth open is my down fall.  Someday I will probably get treatment, but for now our four children’s treatments are our focus.  In 3-4 years I will take my girls in to get evaluated.  Zavien will go back when all his adult teeth are grown in to see if there is any cosmetic straightening that would be beneficial.  I hope you’ve found this enlightening and thanks for reading!