Posts Tagged ‘sheep and goats’

Social Media vs. Fellowship

“Do not yoke yourselves together in a team with unbelievers. For how can righteousness and lawlessness be partners? What fellowship does light have with darkness? What harmony can there be between the Messiah and B’liya‘al? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement can there be between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16).

The church youth group that I took part in as a teenager was named FLIP standing for: Fellowship Lives In People. For one local parade we made a float that looked like a boat and called it the FellowSHIP. We all wore sailor hats!

Fellowship is very different from being social. Fellowship has within its context the binding of souls that are united in faith – faith in the God of Isra’el, faith in Yeshua the Messiah. Without unity in the Spirit of God, being social is fun, but will never fulfill the desires of the soul.

When I became aware of how controlling the Artificial Intelligence of social media has become, I knew it was time to consider its purpose in my life. After all having a virtual social life is not the same as fellowship and can border on idolatry. I have a heart for sharing Yeshua and discipling believers through Scripture. After all that is what Yeshua commanded each of us to do.

“Yeshua came and talked with them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make people from all nations into talmidim, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the Son and the Ruach HaKodesh, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember! I will be with you always, yes, even until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).

It has been fun over the past ten years with Facebook I became reacquainted with former childhood and high school friends. I also made several new friends. These have become uniquely special even though we have never actually met. They are part of the Kingdom of God and even apart, we have fellowship.

True fellowship along with using my gifts of discernment and teaching isn’t really a social media platform. Though Facebook tends to reach more people, the limitations around this platform continue to grow. Those whose hearts I could touch with Messiah Yeshua now just close their ears and eyes because of a distaste for ‘religion.’ Unfollowing is easy and their prerogative. There have been some who have sought the Truth through seeds planted and we have had inspiring conversations via private message. A few even had a heart change for Yeshua and began to walk in the ways that He walked. In spite of the blessings, the time has come to separate the sheep and goats, wheat and tares in my social media life. The time has come to separate from the darkness that permeates Facebook and walk in the light, not being tempted to sin in judgment or lashon hara [evil tongue], but to be purified from sin.

“But if we are walking in the light, as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of his Son Yeshua purifies us from all sin” (1 John 6:7).

I will continue to study Scripture and post on this site. I haven’t had much time to continue my study in Revelation and now I will take that time. Many world events have prophetic leanings from all of the Biblical prophets especially since we live in the times of a restored Israel, an Israeli-controlled Jerusalem, and the city of our God becoming the capital.

I thank everyone for your support over the years. Support goes a long way in this world of cynicism and twisting of the truth. I hope you will find ways to comment or encourage me as we continue to ‘work out our salvation with fear and trembling’ and prepare the Way for the return of Yeshua.

Baruch haba b’shem Adonai!

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Sheep or Goat?

Sheep or Goat?
Sheep or Goat?

“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. ‘All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left…” (Matthew 25:32).

Have you ever thought about why there needs to be a separation of sheep and goats?  I remember the first time I heard that sheep and goats look alike, especially Middle Eastern goats and sheep.     I found a fun article about how sheep and goats are similar and how they are different.

Sheep are grazers while  goats are browsers and tend to be loaners and wander in the mountains. Sheep are bold and confident once they get over their initial fears. They are survivors and have the ability to  evade predators by following dominant ‘lead sheep’.  Sheep are hard workers (carry salt in Mongolia) while goats tend to be lazy and ‘lay down.’  Sheep are more robust than goats and tend to get fewer diseases.

There are 63 references to goats in Scripture most of which are about sacrifice while a few are about Rebecca using goatskin on Jacob’s skin to deceive Isaac, and Jacob using genetics to create a goat flock for himself.

There are 230 references to sheep.  Many again are regarding sacrifice, but throughout the prophets, sheep are symbolic of God’s people, those who follow Him.   In Isaiah 53:6 we are ‘all like sheep who have wandered away’ and need a Shepherd.  In Jeremiah 23 ‘false shepherds destroyed the sheep by leading them into the mountains’ making them wanderers (browsers) which is contrary to their following nature. In Ezekiel 34:20, God will rescue his sheep ‘from the world’ and then judge between the fat sheep, thin sheep, rams, and billy-goats.

“He is like a shepherd feeding his flock, gathering his lambs with his arm, carrying them against his chest, gently leading the mother sheep” (Isaiah 40:11). 

God gave Yeshua, the Good Shepherd to His people and Yeshua, in his teachings, continued to utilize sheep as a symbol for God’s people. There are those who follow him and those who follow deceiving shepherds or ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing’ (Matthew 7:15). There are ‘the lost sheep of the House of Israel’ who are ‘without a shepherd’ (Matthew 15:24).     There is the ‘one lost sheep’ that needs saving because ‘the value of man’s life is greater than a sheep’ (Matthew 18:12-14).  There are ‘sheep in other pens that need to be brought into the fold’ (separating the sheep from the goats that are wandering in the mountains) (John 10:16).  He sends his disciples out like ‘sheep among wolves’ (Matthew 10:16).  He tells Peter to ‘feed my sheep’ (John 21:17). And ultimately Yeshua, the Good Shepherd ‘lays down his life’ for his sheep (John 10:11-18).

One woman knew the correct animal in the above picture said: “It’s  all in the ‘ears'”.

“Yeshua answered them, “I have already told you, and you don’t trust me. The works I do in my Father’s name testify on my behalf, but the reason you don’t trust is that you are not included among my sheep.  My sheep listen to my voice, I recognize them, they follow me” (John 10:25-27).

In these ‘last days,’ ‘end times,’ what kind of ears do you have?

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