LAST WEEK IN JUDGES CHAPTER 2 YAHUSHA TOLD YISHARAL THAT AS A RESULT OF THEIR BLATANT IDOLATRY (THAT WAS BOTH A CAUSE AND AN EFFECT FROM THEIR REFUSAL TO OBEY YAHUSHA’S INSTRUCTIONS TO DRIVE OUT OR KILL ALL THE INHABITANTS OF CANAAN) HE WOULD ALLOW MANY OF THOSE PAGAN NATIONS TO STAY ROOTED IN THE LAND AND BE A THORN FOR YISHARAL. THIS WAS A PUNISHMENT THAT WAS ALSO A TRIAL FOR YISHARAL; AND THE TRIAL WAS NOT IN THE SENSE OF BEING A DIFFICULTY THAT THEY HAD TO ENDURE BUT RATHER IT WAS A JUDICIAL TRIAL THAT WOULD BE HELD IN YAHUSHA’S HIGHER-DIMENSIONAL COURTROOM. HE WOULD LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE (THEIR BEHAVIOUR) AND RELEASE OR CONVICT BASED ON WHETHER THEY FOLLOWED HIS INSTRUCTIONS WHILE STUCK IN THE SEVERE CONDITIONS THEY FOUND THEMSELVES IN. RELEASE MEANT PEACE AND REST AND SECURITY IN THE PROMISED LAND; CONVICTION MEANT REMOVAL FROM THE PROMISED LAND. BUT AS WE PREVIOUS SAW, IN NO WAYS WERE YISHARAL (PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE) EVER TO THINK THAT BECAUSE YAHUSHA SEVERELY PUNISHED HIS PEOPLE THAT THIS WAS TO BE INTERPRETED AS HIM REVOKING, ABOLISHING, CHANGING, REPLACING OR OTHERWISE BREAKING HIS BLOOD-COVENANT (OR DIVINE INSTRUCTIONS) WITH THEM.
WE’RE GOING TO FIND THAT THE BOOK OF JUDGES IS SIMPLY PACKED WITH POWERFUL EXPRESSIONS AND PRINCIPLES THAT WILL CAUSE US TO GO SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY THROUGH EACH VERSE, OTHERWISE WE’LL ZOOM RIGHT PAST AND MISS THE IMPACT, WHICH IS SO RELEVANT TO YAHUSHA’S BRIDE TODAY.
BECAUSE THERE IS HOPE IN JUDGES BUT IT’S AN IMPLIED HOPE; A HOPE FOR A BETTER FUTURE AFTER A LONG AND CATASTROPHIC TIME OF PEOPLE DOING WHAT IS RIGHT IN THEIR OWN EYES AND THEREFORE BY DEFINITION BEING OUTSIDE OF YAHUSHA’S WILL AND BLOOD-COVENANT BY THEIR OWN CHOICE. THE HOPE IS FOR RESTORATION AND REGENERATION; THE HOPE IS FOR YAHUSHA’S PEOPLE TO AWAKEN FROM THEIR SELF-IMPOSED DELUSIONS.
HERE IN JUDGES CHAPTER 3 WE WILL SEE THE FIRST 3 SHOFETIM (JUDGES) PRESENTED TO US. AND WE’LL SEE HOW THEY ARE CHARACTERISED AS IMPERFECT DELIVERERS, BUT STILL DELIVERERS NONETHELESS. WE’LL SEE THAT EVEN WHEN FOLLOWERS OF YAHUSHA GO FAR ASTRAY THAT YAHUSHA NOT ONLY LEAVES THE DOOR OPEN FOR THEIR RETURN AS DID THE FATHER OF THE PRODIGAL SON BUT THAT YAHUSHA PURSUES THEM AS THE FATHER OF THE PRODIGAL SON DID NOT. THAT YAHUSHA SO LOVES HIS PEOPLE THAT HE HAS PITY ON THEM EVEN WHEN THEY ARE IN THE MIDST OF ABOMINABLE WICKEDNESS AGAINST HIM, DEPRAVITY OFFERED UP AS SACRIFICES TO HIM, AND IS BEHAVING AS A PEOPLE WITHOUT SHAME REVELLING IN THEIR ADULTEROUS AFFAIRS WITH OTHER DEITIES. IF THE HOPE THAT YAHUSHA DELIVERS AND FORGIVES WHEN HIS PEOPLE REPENT ISN’T HOPE FOR YOU, FOR US ALL, THEN I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS.
So these are the enemy nations that Yahusha left in the land, to test Yisharal and to teach the younger generations (who hadn’t experienced the battles) about warfare; the Philistines (those living under the five Philistine rulers), all the Canaanites, Sidonians, and the Hivites living in the mountains of Lebanon. These people were left to try Yisharal, to see whether they would obey the Instructions that Yahusha had given to their ancestors through Moses. So Yisharal lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, and they intermarried with them. Yisharalite sons married their daughters, and Yisharalite daughters were given in marriage to their sons. And the Yisharalites also served their false deities.
EXPERIENTIALLY SPEAKING THE CURRENT GENERATION OF THE 12 TRIBES DID NOT KNOW THE SET-APART WAR FOUGHT BY THEIR FATHERS AND GRANDFATHERS IN ORDER TO SETTLE THIS LAND OF CANAAN, THUS THEY POSSESSED AN INDIFFERENT AND NAÏVE ATTITUDE ABOUT HOW THEY ARRIVED AT THEIR CURRENT RELATIVELY PEACEFUL AND EASY SITUATION.
SO WHILE WE CAN CERTAINLY SEE THAT THIS NEW GENERATION OF HEBREWS IN CANAAN (WHO WERE THE BENEFICIARIES OF THEIR PARENTS’ SACRIFICES AND COURAGE) OUGHT TO HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THE HARD LESSONS OF HISTORY, THEY DID WHAT ALMOST ALL NEW GENERATIONS DO: FEEL THAT THE THINGS OF THE PAST HAVE NO RELEVANCE TO THEM. THEREFORE YAHUSHA WAS GOING TO FORCE THEM TO EXPERIENCE WAR IN ORDER TO LEARN HOW SET-APART WAR WAS TO BE FOUGHT. AND LESSON NUMBER ONE WAS THAT YAHUSHA ONLY ASSISTS YISHARAL WHEN THEY ARE OBEDIENT AND DEVOTED TO HIM.
SET-APART WAR IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER KIND OF WAR. TRUE SET-APART WAR IS NOT DECLARED BY MEN, IT IS ESTABLISHED BY YAHUSHA. THERE HAS BEEN, AND WILL ALWAYS BE, ONLY ONE SET-APART WAR AND THE FIRST ARROW SHOT IN ANGER TO SIGNAL ITS BEGINNING WAS IN JOSHUA’S ERA. SET-APART WAR IS A YAHUSHA-INITIATED, YAHUSHA-LED BATTLE THAT HAS NOT ONLY DIVINE PURPOSE BUT MUST BE FOUGHT ACCORDING TO WELL-DEFINED DIVINE RULES AND PRINCIPLES. AND THE REASON FOR THIS IS BECAUSE THE OUTCOME IS NOT THE ISSUE, BECAUSE IT’S AREADY BEEN DECIDED SINCE ETERNITY PAST. RATHER IT IS THE PROCESS THAT IS EVERYTHING; IT IS THE EXPERIENCE THAT WE GAIN AS YAHUSHA’S SET-APART WARRIORS WHEREBY WE LEARN WHO YAHUSHA IS THAT MATTERS.
THE SET-APART WAR RULES OF ENGAGEMENT ARE PRIMARILY STATED IN THE LAW OF HEREM, THE LAW OF THE BAN. SET-APART WAR DOESN’T INVOLVE PEACE TREATIES, OR PRISONER SWAPS, OR ATTEMPTING TO MINIMISE DAMAGE TO ENEMY CITIES. RATHER IT INVOLVES THE POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION OF EVIL AND THEN ITS TOTAL ERADICATION OF THOSE WHO EMBRACE IT; NOT THROUGH DIPLOMACY AND RE-EDUCATION BUT THROUGH DESTRUCTION. SET-APART WAR DOES NOT END AT A TREATY TABLE; IT ENDS WHEN YAHUSHA’S PEOPLE JOIN HIM IN TOTAL OBEDIENCE AND EVIL EXISTS NO MORE.
SO UNDERNEATH ALL OF THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THIS TEXT ABOVE STATES SO SUCCINCTLY AND IT APPLIES TO ALL WHO CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE YAHUSHA: HE WILL SEE TO IT THAT WE, HIS DEVOTED FOLLOWERS, HIS EARTHLY ARMY, ARE FORCED TO LEARN THE ART OF WAR, A VERY SPIRITUAL YET PRACTICAL WAR; IT BEGINS WITH COMMUNICATION, THE HEARING AND DOING AND THEN FLOWS INTO PHYSICAL ACTS, WILFUL DECISIONS, HARD AND PERHAPS DANGEROUS WORK, AND AT TIMES GREAT PERSONAL SACRIFICE.
YES THE CONTEXT OF OUR LIVES IS ACTUALLY PLAYED OUT IN THE HIGHER DIMENSION (ALL THE INTER-DIMENSIONAL HOSTS ARE WATCHING US TRANSFORM AND ENGAGE IN THE WARFARE) AND EVEN THOUGH IT’S LARGELY INVISIBLE TO US; IT MANIFESTS THROUGH THE PHYSICAL EARTHLY STRUGGLE. EVERY SINGLE ONE WHO MAKES THE CHOICE TO FOLLOW YAHUSHA WILL BE DRAFTED INTO HIS ARMY. YOU WILL FACE BATTLE; YOU WILL EXPERIENCE WAR. NO EXCEPTIONS. EACH SOLDIER IS DESTINED FOR THE FRONT. THERE ARE NO COOKS AND ORDERLIES TO WHOM YAHUSHA ASSIGNS CUSHY JOBS THAT KEEP THEM FAR AWAY FROM THE CONFLICT AND SAFE; THERE’S ONLY THOSE WHO ACCEPT THAT THEY ARE IN A STATE OF WAR, AS YAHUSHA’S SET-APART WARRIORS, PUTTING ON THE FULL ARMOUR OF YAHUSHA AND ENGAGING THE ENEMY . . . AND THOSE WHO DON’T DENYING IT AND SHRINKING AWAY IN CONSTANT FEAR OR DEFEAT.
Yes the Yisharalites did evil in Yahusha’s sight, forgetting about Yahusha their Alahim, and they served the images of Baal and the Asherah poles, and Yahusha burned with anger against them, turning them over to King Cushan of Aram-Naharaim (CUSH = CUSHITES . . . VERY VERY BLACK SKIN).
And the Yisharalites served King Cushan for eight years. But when the people of Yisharal cried out to Yahusha for help, Yahusha raised up a deliverer to rescue them, by the name of Othniel (the son of Caleb’s younger brother, Kenaz). And the Spirit of Yahusha came upon him, and he became Yisharal’s judge. He went to war against King Cushan and Yahusha gave Othniel victory over him. And there was peace in the land for forty years. Then Othniel son of Kenaz died.
What’s the difference between the Set-Apart Spirit being upon someone VS being around someone VS dwelling in someone ?
YAHUSHA IS THE SPIRITUAL ESSENCE OR SPIRITUAL MECHANISM THAT CREATES OR INTRODUCES LIFE BOTH INTO THE WORLD OF NATURE AND INTO THE HUMAN BEING. FOR HUMANS THERE ARE TWO MAIN ASPECTS TO THE WORK OF THE SPIRIT:
FIRST IS THIS KIND OF LIFE-SPARK THAT IS GIVEN TO CAUSE GENERAL PHYSICAL HUMAN LIFE BY MEANS OF THE NORMAL BIRTH PROCESS AND THEN OUR CONTINUING EXISTENCE AND OPERATION IN THE PHYSICAL REALM.
SECOND IS THAT IT PROVIDES A WAY OF ETERNAL LIFE FOR OUR SPIRITUAL BEINGS IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM AND IT OCCURS ONLY BY DIVINE DECLARATION. ONE COULD MAKE THE CASE THAT FOR MANKIND THE SPIRIT OF YAHUSHA FIRST ENABLES GENERATION OF LIFE (PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH) AND THEN ENABLES RE-GENERATION OF A HIGHER (INTER-DIMENSIONAL) LIFE FOR A SELECT GROUP.
PARTICULARLY IN THE OLDER TEXTS THE SPIRIT OF YAHUSHA IS A SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING, OF COUNSEL AND STRENGTH, AND OF THE PROPER FEAR AND AWE AND KNOWLEDGE OF YAHUSHA. IN JUDGES THE SPIRIT OF YAHUSHA IS USUALLY AN ENABLING POWER; A POWER GIVEN OR LOANED TO A HUMAN TO CARRY OUT A SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT OF HIGHER-DIMENSIONAL PURPOSE AND BY MEANS OF HIGHER-DIMENSIONAL DIRECTION THAT OTHERWISE COULD NOT BE DONE OR AT LEAST IT WOULD NOT PRODUCE AN OUTCOME THAT IS IN HARMONY WITH THE WILL OF YAHUSHA IF IT WERE MERELY A HUMANLY DIRECTED ENDEAVOUR.
THE EXPRESSION, “THE SPIRIT OF YAHUSHA CAME UPON (OR BEFELL) HIM” INDICATES A SUPERNATURAL AND EXTRAORDINARY INFLUENCE OF YAHUSHA’S SPIRIT UPON THE HUMAN SPIRIT. IT IS SOMETHING THAT ONLY A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE IN ANCIENT SCRIPTURE TIMES (BEFORE YAHUSHA CAME IN THE FLESH) WOULD EVER EXPERIENCE. HOWEVER THIS ISN’T ALL THAT NICE AND NEAT FOR THERE IS YET ANOTHER EXPRESSION OF THE WORK OF THE SET-APART SPIRIT UPON MEN THAT WE’LL FIND IN JUDGES CHAPTER 6. IN JUDGES 6:34 WE FIND THAT: “THE SPIRIT OF YAHUSHA COVERED GIDEON”.
AND INDEED THERE IS AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT HEBREW WORD USED IN JUDGES 3:10 THAN IN JUDGES 6:34 TO HOW IT IS THAT THE SPIRIT OF YAHUSHA COMMUNICATED OR INTERACTED OR INFLUENCED A HUMAN. IN JUDGES 3:10 THE WORD USED IS HAYYAH. HAYYAH IS A RATHER GENERAL TERM THAT, DEPENDING ON ITS FORM AND CONTEXT CAN MEAN, “BECAME”, OR “COME TO PASS”, OR EVEN “BEFALL”. ON THE OTHER HAND IN JUDGES 6:34 WHERE WE’RE TOLD THAT THE SET-APART SPIRIT COVERED GIDEON, THE WORD IS LABESH AND IT USUALLY MEANS TO WEAR SOMETHING LIKE A GARMENT, OR SOMETHING THAT IS PUT ON LIKE AN ARTICLE OF CLOTHING OR A BLANKET. AND IT IS HARD NOT TO SEE THAT AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT WORD-PICTURE IS DRAWN FOR US BETWEEN THE IDEA OF THE SET-APART SPIRIT BEFALLING OR COMING UPON A MAN, AND YAHUSHA CLOTHING A MAN OR COVERING HIM IN THE SET-APART SPIRIT LIKE A FULL LENGTH ROBE.
WHEN WE PEEL THAT ONION BACK ANOTHER LAYER WE SEE EVIDENCE THAT WHEN THE SET-APART SPIRIT HAYYAH (COMES UPON) A MAN IT OPERATES IN A MANNER TO OVERCOME THE RESISTANCE OF THE MAN’S OWN NATURAL FREE WILL SUCH THAT IT IS YAHUSHA’S WILL THAT REPLACES IT; WHILE THE SECOND (AND PROBABLY DIFFERENT) CONCEPT OF THE SET-APART SPIRIT COVERING OR CLOTHING (LABESH) A HUMAN SO FULLY ENVELOPES THAT PERSON THAT THE PERSON BECOMES ENDOWED WITH THE ABILITY TO PERFORM MIRACULOUS DEEDS INCLUDING THE ABILITY TO PROPHESY, OR TO PERFORM WORKS THAT FAR SURPASS THE HUMAN NATURE FROM BOTH A COURAGE OR PHYSICAL STRENGTH STANDPOINT. IT WAS ESPECIALLY THIS ABILITY TO PERFORM BRAVELY IN THE FACE OF HUMANLY IMPOSSIBLE ODDS AGAINST HIM, OR SHOWING EQUALLY IMPOSSIBLE STRENGTH AND BATTLEFIELD SKILL THAT MOST OF THE SHOPHETIM DISPLAYED.
AND ONE THING THAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT THE OUTCOME OF YAHUSHA’S BRIDE BEING INDWELLED BY THE SET-APART SPIRIT (SINCE THE DAY OF PENTECOST FOLLOWING YAHUSHA’S DEATH AND RESURRECTION) IS THAT THE NATURE OF OUR BEINGS AND SPIRIT CHANGES IN SUCH A WAY THAT WE QUALIFY TO LIVE ETERNALLY IN THE PRESENCE OF A SET-APART YAHUSHA (AND THIS WAS DEFINITELY NOT THE CASE WITH THE JUDGES OR PROPHETS).
SO OTHNIEL, WITH THE SPIRIT OF YAHUSHA UPON HIM, WENT TO WAR WITH KING KUSHAN OF EDOM TO TRY AND EJECT HIM AND HIS ARMY FROM THE AREAS OF JUDAH AND SOUTHERN-MOST EPHRAIM; OTHNIEL (MEANING LION OF YAHUSHA) PREVAILED AND THE AREA OF THE PROMISED LAND UNDER HIS JURISDICTION HAD REST FROM OPPRESSION FOR 40 YEARS. THAT PERIOD OF REST ENDED UPON THE DEATH OF OTHNIEL. AND TYPICALLY THAT IS ALSO PART OF THE PATTERN THAT A JUDGE WILL BE RAISED UP AND BE A JUDGE UNTIL HIS DEATH; AND THAT ALL DURING HIS LIFE AS A SHOPHET HE WILL BE VICTORIOUS AGAINST THE ENEMY NATIONS.
And once again the Yisharalites did evil in Yahusha’s sight, so He gave King Eglon of Moab control over Yisharal because of their evil. Eglon enlisted the Ammonites and Amalekites as allies, and then went out and defeated Yisharal, taking possession of Jericho, the city of palms. And the Yisharalites served Eglon of Moab for eighteen years.
SUFFICIENT TIME PASSES THAT AT LEAST ONE (OR TWO) GENERATIONS ARE PRODUCED AFTER THE PRIMARY VICTORY OF A JUDGE. AND IT IS THE NEW GENERATION WHO, AFTER THE DEATH OF THAT JUDGE, DID NOT EXPERIENCE WAR OR PARTICIPATE IN THE BATTLE AND SO FALLS AWAY AND CAUSES THE NEXT CYCLE OF WOCKEDNESS, OPPRESSION, PUNISHMENT, RAISING UP A NEW JUDGE, AND DELIVERANCE TO BEGIN.
But when the people of Yisharal cried out to Yahusha for help, He again raised up a deliverer to rescue them, by the name of Ehud (son of Gera, a left-handed man of the tribe of Benjamin).LEFT-HANDEDNESS WAS APPARENTLY A TRAIT RATHER COMMON AMONG THE TRIBAL MEMBERS OF BENJAMIN BUT NOT OFTEN PRESENT IN THE OTHER 11 TRIBES.THE ORIGINAL TEXT DOESN’T SAY HE WAS LEFT-HANDED, RATHER IT SAYS THAT HE WAS “BOUND UP ON THE RIGHT”. IN THE SCRIPTURE ERA THE RIGHT SIDE OF ANYTHING WAS SEEN AS THE “CORRECT” SIDE, THE STRONG SIDE, AND THE BEST SIDE. THE RIGHT HAND WAS USED FOR BLESSING. THE ROYAL SCEPTRE WAS ALWAYS HELD IN THE RIGHT HAND BECAUSE IT DENOTED POWER AND AUTHORITY.
SO FOR PEOPLE OF THAT ERA, A PERSON WHO WAS LEFT-HANDED WAS CONSIDERED AS HAVING A DEFECTIVE RIGHT HAND. NOT BEING STRONG AND COORDINATED IN ONE’S RIGHT HAND MEANT THAT PERSON HAD A DISABILITY. SO IN THAT ERA FOR A LEFT-HANDED PERSON TO BE USED BY YAHUSHA WAS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF YAHUSHA USING THE PERSON WITH THE LEAST HUMAN ABILITY TO DO HIS DIVINE WILL, WHICH IS WHY IT WAS EVEN MENTIONED THAT EHUD WAS A LEFTY.
IT IS REALLY RATHER IRONIC THAT BENJAMIN APPARENTLY HAD SO MANY GENETICALLY DISPOSED TO LEFT-HANDEDNESS, BECAUSE THE NAME BENYAMIN MEANS, “SON OF MY RIGHT HAND”. THIS SO-CALLED DISABILITY WOULD PROVE TO BE QUITE HELPFUL FOR EHUD.
So the Yisharalites sent Ehud to deliver their tribute to King Eglon of Moab ANYTHING FROM ANIMALS, TO PRODUCE, TO PRECIOUS METALS. And Ehud made a double-edged dagger that was about a foot long, and he strapped it to his right thigh, keeping it hidden under his clothing. A HYBRID BETWEEN A DAGGER AND A SWORD; IT HAD NO CROSS PIECE AT THE TOP AND THUS IT COULD LAY FLAT AGAINST EHUD’S THIGH.
Then he brought the tribute to King Eglon, who was very fat. And after delivering it, Ehud started home with those who had helped carry the tribute. But when Ehud reached the stone idols near Gilgal, he turned back. He came to Eglon and said, “I have a secret message for you.” So the King commanded his servants, “BE QUIET!” and he sent them all out of the room.
And after Ehud was gone, the King’s servants returned and found the doors to the upstairs room locked. They thought he simply wanted privacy in the room, so they waited. But when the King didn’t come out after a long time, they became concerned and got a key. And when they opened the doors, they found their master dead on the floor.IN THE ORIGINAL HEBREW IT SAYS THAT THE SERVANTS WAITED OUTSIDE THE DOOR BECAUSE THE KING WAS “COVERING HIS FEET” WHICH IS A HEBREW EUPHEMISM THAT MEANS HE WAS USING THE TOILET.
While the servants were waiting, Ehud escaped, passing the stone idols on his way to Seirah (IMAGINE EHUD'S SATISFACTION LOOKING UP AT THE FALSE IDOLS KNOWING THEY WERE USELESS IN SAVING THE KING), and when he arrived in the hill country of Ephraim, Ehud sounded a call to arms. Then he led a band of Yisharalites down from the hills saying, “Follow me for Yahuah has given you victory over Moab your enemy.”
So they followed him, and the Yisharalites took control of the shallow crossings of the Jordan River across from Moab, preventing anyone from crossing.
And Ehud walked over to King Eglon, who was sitting alone in a cool upstairs room. And Ehud said, “I have a message from Alahim for you!” And as King Eglon rose from his seat, Ehud reached with his left hand, pulled out the dagger strapped to his right thigh, and plunged it into the king’s belly. And the dagger went so deep that the handle disappeared beneath the king’s fat. So Ehud did not pull out the dagger, and it poked out the back of him. Then Ehud closed and locked the doors of the room and escaped. VERY FEW PEOPLE WERE LEFT HANDED, SO THE KING WOULDN'T HAVE SUSPECTED A COMING ATTACK AS EHUD REACHED UNDER HIS GARMENT TO GRASP HIS SWORD.
And they attacked the Moabites and killed about 10,000 of their strongest warriors and not one of them escaped. So Moab was conquered by Yisharal that day, and there was peace in the land for eighty years.
After Ehud, Shamgar (son of Anath) delivered Yisharal and he once killed 600 Philistines with an ox goad !
WE’RE TOLD THAT HE MUST HAVE BEEN QUITE A WARRIOR BECAUSE HE PERSONALLY KILLED 600 PHILISTINE SOLDIERS, AND HIS WEAPON OF CHOICE WAS AN OX GOAD (AN 8 OR 9 FOOT-LONG WOODEN POLE WITH A SHARP METAL POINT, MUCH LIKE A SPEAR, ON ONE END AND A SHARPENED CHISEL-LIKE END ON THE OTHER FOR SCRAPPING DIRT OFF OF THE PLOW).
THERE IS NO MENTION OF YAHUSHA RAISING HIM UP OR PUTTING THE SET-APART SPIRIT UPON HIM; THERE IS NO MENTION OF HOW LONG HE RULED, AND IN FACT HE IS NEVER CALLED A JUDGE, BUT HE IS REFERRED TO AS A DELIVERER OF YISHARAL.
SHAMGAR WAS A HEBREW, YET HIS NAME IS OF HURRIAN ORIGIN. THE FAMILY NAME IS ANATH, SO WE SEE THE TERRIBLE INFLUENCE OF THE CANAANITE PAGAN SOCIETY ON THE TRIBE OF YISHARAL. ANATH IS THE CANAANITE GODDESS OF SEX AND WAR. SO HERE IS A HEBREW MAN, GIVEN A PAGAN NAME, AND HIS FATHER’S FAMILY NAME WAS MADE IN HONOR OF A PAGAN DEITY. NONETHELESS YAHUSHA PICKED THIS MAN TO DELIVER YISHARAL FROM A PERIOD OF OPPRESSION FROM THE PHILISTINES.
HEBREW UNDERSTANDING: a burden (as causing to faint), i.e. a tax in the form of forced labor:--discomfited, levy, task-master, tribute. What does being forced mean?
1 : compelled by force or necessity : involuntary (a forced landing).
2 : done or produced with effort, exertion, or pressure (a forced laugh).
"Why do you fight and argue with each other? Isn’t it because you are full of selfish desires that fight to control your body? You want something you don’t have, and you'll do anything you can to get it. You will even kill to quench that insatiable thirst for pleasure! But you still can't get what you want, and you definately won’t get it by fighting and arguing. You should ask Yahusha, yet even when you do, your requests are not heard because you ask for selfish reasons. You people aren’t trsutworthy to Yahusha! Don’t you know that if you love the world, you are Yahusha’s enemies? Even if you decide to be a friend of the world, you still make yourself an enemy of Yahusha. Do you doubt the Scriptures that say, “Yahusha truly cares about the Spirit He's put in us”? In fact, Yahusha treats us with even greater kindness, just as the Scriptures say, “Yahusha opposes everyone who is proud, but he is kind to everyone who is humble.” So surrender to Him! Resist the devil, and he will run from you. Come near to Yahusha, and He will come near to you. Clean up your lives, you unclean people. Purify your hearts, all you people who can’t make up your mind. Be sad and sorry and weep. Stop laughing and start crying. Be gloomy instead of glad. Be humble in Yahusha's presence, and he will honor you". JAMES 4 BRS
"Finally, let the mighty strength of Yahusha make you strong. Put on all the armor that Yahusha gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil’s schemes and trickery. For we are not fighting against flesh and blood humans, but against demonic forces, authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world. So put on all the armor that Yahusha provides, so that when that evil day comes, you'll be able to defend yourself. And when the battle is over, you'll still be standing firm. Yes Be ready! Let the truth be like a belt around your waist, and let Yahusha's purity and justice protect you like a breastplate. Your desire to be a witness of Yahusha's good news of peace should be like shoes on your feet, and let your belief be like a shield, allowing you to stop all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Let Yahusha's transforming power of deliverance be your helmet, and for a sword use His Word, which is empowered by His Spirit. And never stop communicating with Yahusha through the portal of His Spirit, staying awake, alert and keeping watch over the Body by bringing them all before Him in your `inner chats'". EPHESIANS 6 BRS
FORCED: Satan is always trying to force his mindset upon us and he never lets up. His mindset is called the MAZZAROTH / ZODIAC SYSTEM, which has been infiltrated through every religion and organisation on earth, and if we as humans reject his system, we are automatically rejected by family and friends. This is a forced mindset upon the men and women of the globe.
Yahusha is the opposite to this behaviour and gives us a choice whether to follow His way or not. He wants us to choose His way because we can see that His truth works. The Instruction of Scripture gives us understanding of our choices and their consequences, plus, He gives us the knowledge of how to defeat this constant enemy. It is with His precious blood that cleansed us, and gives us victory over Satan just as He did.