Month 5:21, Week 3:6 (Sheshi/Kippur), Year:Day 5936:139 AM|
Gregorian Calendar: Wednesday 8 August 2012
Revelation for the Diaspora
Home-Grown Food & Prophetic Dreams
Today's passage is sound counsel for all believers living in captivity or in exile in foreign nations. Who, today, are these believers? All of us - every single person who acknowledges Yah'shua (Jesus) as Messiah and who seeks to obey His mitzvot (commandments). The theocratic nation of Israel has not existed since its destruction by the Romans and will not exist until Yah'shua (Jesus) returns - we have all been raised in the captivity of other nations, we are all in diaspora or dispersion, we are all exiles. Accordingly, the instruction given by Yahweh here is most pertinent to us.
"Thus says Yahweh of hosts, the Elohim (God) of Israel, to all who were carried away captive, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon: 'Build houses and dwell in them; plant gardens and eat their fruit. Take wives and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, so that they may bear sons and daughters -- that you may be increased there, and not diminished. And seek the shalom (peace) of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to Yahweh for it; for in its shalom (peace) you will have shalom (peace).' For thus says Yahweh of hosts, the Elohim (God) of Israel: 'Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them,' says Yahweh" (Jer.29:4-9, NKJV).
We are first of all instructed to build houses, grow our own food, marry, and raise families to Yahweh. But this is not all - we are also instructed to seek the welfare of the cities in which we live (be they pagan or not), that they may have the same shalom (peace) that we desire. Finally, we are to be most strict in exposing false prophets and diviners (those involved in the occult) in our midst and to avoid the 'market of the suppliers of dreams' which was prevalent in Babylon. Matthew Henry explains:
Two things particularly stick out for me in today's passage:
"He means either the dreams or fancies which the people pleased themselves with, and with which they filled their own heads (by thinking and speaking of nothing else but a speedy enlargement when they were awake they caused themselves to dream of it when they were asleep, and then took that for a good omen, and with it strengthened themselves in their vain expectations), or the dreams which the prophets dreamed and grounded their prophecies upon. God tells the people, They are your dreams, because they pleased them, were the dreams that they desired and wished for. They caused them to be dreamed; for they hearkened to them, and encouraged the prophets to put such deceits upon them, desiring them to prophesy nothing but smooth things, Isa 30:10. They were dreams of their own bespeaking" (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)
- The first is that Yahweh expects us to grow our own food wherever possible and not simply in a crisis such as the one developing in the West right now. There are, of course, sound reasons for this especially today where corporately-produced food is so badly poisoned that it's destroying our health but also because Yahweh wants us to get back to the soil, work together as families to become as self-sucffient as possible, and to build those special bonds of ahavah (love) that come from this cooperative effort.
- The second is to be especially careful how we use dreams in our attempts to discern the will of Elohim (God). Quite specifically Yahweh warns us of the danger of 'feeding' our own dreams in a kind of endless 'wish-cycle' and then mistaking self for Him. We can make a 'cult of dream interpretation' if we are not very careful indeed, something the founders of modern psychology discovered, namely, that clients of Freud tended to have Freudian-type dreams, clients of Jung had Jungian-type dreams, and so on. In other words, like all revelations, visions and dreams we should not try to 'force' or 'expect' answers to questions because it can so easily degenerate into a kind of divination - it's a bit like listening to your own echo and deceiving yourself into thinking it is Elohim (God) talking to you. And as one wise student of dreams once remarked to me, the fact that we may dream that Elohim (God) is talking to us doesn't necessarily mean that Elohim (God) is actually talking to us - it simply means we may sometimes dream that Elohim (God) is talking to us.
This second point is, I think, particularly important in this generation so steeped in the occult and the pursuit of 'self-esteem'. Don't misunderstand me, I absolutely do believe in revelations, dreams and visions inspired by the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) which are literally Yahweh speaking to us but at the same time I do believe that much of what we think is Yahweh talking to us is simply our own recycled thoughts and feelings. How can we know the difference? Time and experience linked to genuine, consistent self-surrender and a deepening connection to the Davar (Word) of Yahweh.
There is definitely a wordwide awareness by seeking people of the need to start growing our own food. Though this has been largely forced on us by necessity it's good to know that this is what Yahweh had in mind all along. But we need more than just physical food - we also need the spiritual. As Yah'shua (Jesus) Himself said:
I pray that that is our desire too. Amen.
"My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work" (John 4:34, NKJV).