78:14) He split the sea, and caused them to pass through;
He made the waters stand as a heap.
78:15) In the daytime he also led them with a cloud,
And all night with a light of fire.
78:16) He split rocks in the wilderness,
And gave them drink abundantly as out of the depths.
78:17) He brought streams also out of the rock,
And caused waters to run down like rivers.
78:18) Yet they still went on to sin against him,
To rebel against Ha`Elyon in the desert.
78:19) They tempted `El in their heart,
By asking food according to their desire.
78:20) Yes, they spoke against `Elohiym.
They said, “Can `El prepare a table in the wilderness?
78:21) Behold, he struck the rock, so that waters gushed out,
Can he give bread also?
Will he provide flesh for his people?”
78:22) Therefore Yahua heard, and was angry.
A fire was kindled against Ya`akov,
Anger also went up against Yisra’el,
78:23) Because they did not believe in `Elohiym,
And did not trust in his yeshu`ah.
78:24) Yet he commanded the skies above,
And opened the doors of heaven.
78:25) He rained down manna on them to eat,
And gave them food from the sky.
78:26) Man ate the bread of angels.
He sent them food to the full.
78:27) He caused the east wind to blow in the sky.
By His power He guided the south wind.
78:28) He rained also flesh on them as the dust;
Winged birds as the sand of the seas.
78:29) He let them fall in the midst of their camp,
Around their habitations.
78:30) So they ate, and were well filled.
He gave them their own desire.
78:31) They did not turn from their cravings.
Their food was yet in their mouths, Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai??Ai??(contd.
Brand HaSatan: Publications Relations Coup (Part 4)
The following is an imaginary story taking place very early in the history of mankind. It is the fourth meeting between haSatan and a public relations demon.
In a previous ai???meetingai??i?? HaSatan wanted simple Man to believe that it was, as Yahua `Elohiym, all-knowing. Although in previous episodes it has been recorded that HaSatan and it demon have knowledge of future events, this has only been done for the sake of the story. It is the belief at ATC that demons, including the chief of demons, HaSatan, do not have any prophetic ability. They are certainly capable of reading Scripture and drawing knowledge from Yahuaai??i??s prophets, but of themselves have no such ability. In fact, the least mature Believer has a greater ability to understand Scripture as they have the Ruach HaKodesh leading them.
Demon: How goes it, boss? All that we have discussed has been put into motion. We now need to start it all off by going public with your image. I am not sure how you want simple Man to know you.
HaSatan: Almighty is both loved and feared. That is how I want to be.
Demon: There is, of course, a third way. What if we can discredit Almighty?
HaSatan: That is never going to be possible as simple Man will always believe Scripture!
Demon: Well, if we can discredit Scripture, then we discredit Him.
HaSatan: If we are going to do that, then the best way is to attack the account of Creation. Simple Man was not around, so we will have demons set up experts in sciences that will contradict Scripture. We will drip feed simple Man a creditable alternative to Creation and have the experts ai???mis-interpretai??i?? their research results.
Demon: Yes, that would work. We could also discredit you.
HaSatan: I am not having that! I want simple Man to know me.
Demon: Wait, let me explain. If we can make out that Almighty is a myth made up to frighten people to believe Him, why not do the same for you? Almighty is feared by simple Man who will struggle to understand why he is frightened of something that he cannot not see. We can make you frightening but ridiculed at the same time. Let us create a persona that is horrific for simple Man to behold. You will be all red in colour; simple Man hates that colour as it represents shed blood. You must have sharp fang-like teeth; simple Man relates this to wild animals that will savage and devour them. Instead of a nice crown on your head, let us have you with horns. The more ridiculous you seem, the less likely simple Man will take you seriously. Simple Man will look upon the one who leads people astray as this ridiculous character. Almighty will have a difficult time to warn simple Man that you even exist. This will undermine Almightyai??i??s strategy of a tempter and sin that He shows in Scripture. We will give you a serpent-like tail as Almighty has put the fear of snakes into simple Mansai??i?? consciousness.
HaSatan: A sort of double blow. I must have some form of kingly sceptre though, a sign of my authority.
Demon: How about a trident? It is a fearsome weapon.
HaSatan: I like the idea already!
Demon: Almighty is loved; then let us create a persona for you that Simple Man will love. What about a character that the children will love but adults know does not exist? It will be a man that can have supernatural powers to be everywhere at once, knows all a childai??i??s secrets, and gives gifts to those that have behaved themselves, just like Almighty. He will be have no past but just appears. We can even have the man appear at the same time as when simple Man celebrates Yahua `Elohiym appearing to simple Man. If we create such a character for children then make him out as being a lie, then maybe we can do the same with simple Manai??i??s idea of Almighty.
HaSatan: I will need a name, a proper name not just some title. Almighty has a name, and I want a name!
Demon: What about Santa!
Are you one that celebrates ai???Christmasai??i?? when Santa Claus brings presents? How is it possible that on one day ai???heai??i?? can be everywhere at once so that ai???heai??i?? give ai???hisai??i?? presents? How strong is ai???heai??i?? to be able to the weight of all those presents? ai???Heai??i?? surely knows when each and every child has been good or bad, doesnai??i??t ai???heai??i???
Beloved, we are coming into the time when HaSatan is celebrated by the general public: halloweai??i??en. Do not make the mistake of ridiculing the chief of demons in its character as the devil: red, fang-toothed, horned, forked-tailed, trident-wielding. It is real and most dangerous. It knows that its time is rapidly running out. Until its final incarceration, it aims to drag as many souls down to Hellas it can; and will use any and every trick to do so. Remember this waning when you tell your children of Santa, the easter bunny, the tooth fairy and of Yahshua. When they grow up and realise there is no such thing as Santa, the easter bunny and the tooth fairy, what will they think of Yahshua?
Are you one that will be carving out a pumpkin? Why is it that thousands of tons of food (pumpkin) can be wasted? What you are actually doing is offering up pumpkin ai???fleshai??i?? to the demon that you have just carved. Another harmless tradition? At best, it is a disgrace, at worst, it is another satanic rite entering into everyday life.
There is only one way to repel the attacks of HaSatan (or more correctly its demons) and that is to have the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) to come to dwell in you. This is one of the results of true salvation in that by choosing to believe in all the promises of Yahua `Elohiym you are choosing to ignore the lies of HaSatan. There is only one way of salvation and that is to accept the freely-given of Yahua in His Son, Messiah Yahshua.
If you want to acceptAi??Fatherai??i??s offer of salvation through Messiah Yahshua, you need to ask Him in prayer along these lines. Use your own words but they must be genuine asAi??FatherAi??knows our very hearts and nothing is hidden from Him.
ai???Father, I am a sinner who needs forgiveness through your Son, Messiah Yahshua. Please forgive me of all my past sins as I accept that, Messiah Yahshua my Saviour, has taken upon Himself my punishment. By your Spirit, help me to live a life worthy of His sacrifice. Thank you,Ai??Father, for making this way back to you.ai???Ai??
ai???Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil,
But joy comes to the promoters of shalom.
No mischief shall happen to the righteous,
But the wicked shall be filled with evil.
Lying lips are an abomination to Yahua,
But those who do the truth are His delight.ai??? (Prov. 12:20-22).
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.