The Little Things

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in All Posts, In the Garden & Round the House | 1 comment

The Little Things … yes, I’ve learned to appreciate the little things. Not saying that the BIG stuff isn’t important – you know – like the 50th wedding anniversary, or your best friend getting married, or even just buying a new house. But while those monumental timestamps definitely have a place in life’s journey, we have many more small moments, little things, much, much more often. Because of that we might tend to overlook them, disregard them or just simply ignore them.  After all, they are just simple, everyday happenings.

But it is the little moments that will carry you through the next crisis, lift you up on a cloudy and damp morning, and bring you a sense of peace during a chaotic day – or even just a bad news day! Tiny little moments like two hummingbirds hovering over you as they remind you the feeder is empty, or outwitting the nefarious squirrels by putting something as simple as a slinky on the pole, or gazing at the little goldfish in your pretend coy pond…all of these and so much more bring peace to a weary soul.

If you don’t believe me, and you’re always waiting for the next big thing…..go to the nearest wooded area, or sit on your back porch, or even take a walk in the cool of the evening. Now look around. Notice the small things. Pay attention to the exquisite and perfectly painted wildflowers and weeds blowing in the breeze as you walk a bit more slowly past them. Focus a bit more intently on the chorus of the feathered orchestra singing praises to their Creator. Allow yourself to deeply feel the breeze as it kisses your cheek. Slowly give way to the senses of awe and wonder as you soak in the small moments that the Creator of all has blessed you with – every moment of every day.

Those little moments, if you choose to allow them, will become the healing balm of life’s bumps and pitfalls. Yes, it is the little things that will dry your tears, heal your soul and bring you peace in times of trouble. They are all around you, every moment, every day – appreciate them!

Shabbat … ahhhhh…..good to know!

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in All Posts, Pams Ponderings, Sabbath Musings | 2 comments

Shabbat … ahhhhh…..good to know!

It’s been 30 years since I stumbled upon the wonderful world of Shabbat….30 years and counting. Not to say that in the beginning I just jumped all in and gave up my Sunday for Saturday – not at all. For me, it was like a very gradual process. But as I look back, I can now appreciate more of the little things. The little things like just thanking the Heavenly Father for even allowing me to know about His set apart day!

Who knew that He had never changed His mind!? Growing up Catholic, there was never any reason to question why we did what we did.  We just did it, convinced that Sunday was the ‘Lord’s Day’. Little did I know that it wasn’t what HE thought – it was just what had happened through the course of time and what happens when one gets separated from their roots. But sometimes something happens that does make you question the why’s and wherefore’s … and be careful when you do that! It may lead you into a whole different direction.

In this instance, I’m glad it did! Questioning such a simple thing as what does ‘forever‘ mean led our family to one question after another. At first it was a one-woman operation, as they say. Each day a new question or scripture would arise and each time I would tackle it and go searching for truth. And so it went. Day after day, week after week, month after month – year after year.

All that questioning AUTHORITY (hehe) led me to the greatest adventure ever….EVER! First came Shabbat, and then came the Feast Days of the LORD (yep, found out that they were ‘forever’ as well!). Understanding the meaning of these set-apart days in light of Messiah (Jesus) past and future became a turning point not only for myself, but eventually for my entire family.

While the story or our journey is quite interesting (well to me anyway), needless to say it has all been worth it – amidst all the opposition, the nay-sayers, the ups and downs, yes, it has all been worth it. Lies have been traded for truth…and not just any truth…but HIS truth, found in HIS word. Now, that is truth!

All that to say, here we find ourselves again, on the eve of Shabbat …. ahhhhh…… what a blessing to honor Him in the way He wants to be honored.

Shabbat Shalom!

Between the Feasts….

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in All Posts, Pams Ponderings | 1 comment

What’s the deal with the in-between days concerning Shavuot and Yom Teruah ~ Pentecost to Rosh HaShannah for those of you still skirting the Hebrew.

So what, you say? What’s the big deal of the days in-between? Well, from my own personal experience (and listening to so many others!) those days ‘in-between’ can sometimes be life-changing or chaos forming ~ depending on how you REACT. Yep…it comes down to how YOU react to situations, to circumstances……to people! So, basically, it’s all about you!

These days in-between Shavuot (the giving of the Instructions for Life) and Yom Teruah (the day of blowing the shofar to announce the coming of the Messiah) can literally change your perspective, your attitude and most importantly your life! If you use these days to evaluate who you are and how you react to various stimulants (both negative and positive) in your daily life, well, it will reveal a whole lot about YOU!

That’s right – it’s all about you. What do I mean by that and how do you recognize that it’s all about you, when you think it’s all about them? That might be the most important part of the whole in-between experience – recognizing that it actually is all about you! Not as easy as you think since we are self-engineered survivalists and ego-driven machines. Yes…we….are….

We can be our own worst enemy if we don’t recognize that it is our choices that cause the consequences in our lives. Yep, when you look in the mirror every morning recognize that it is up to YOU to make the right choices ~ basically choose LIFE.

Make the right choices each and every moment of your life. And how do you know what the right choices are? Simple…they are written in the book. The Book of Life! How simple is that? You’ve got a guideline, a direction manual, a survival e-book! It’s called the BIBLE!

So, check the mirror and check out the BIBLE and start taking responsibility for who you are and what you do. It truly is, my dear, all about you!

Another milestone….

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in All Posts, Our Family | 1 comment

My second born grand daughter, MacKenzie Staley, graduated yesterday from highschool. How could that be? She is still just a little tow headed little toddler? And I bet I’m not the only one that feels that way – eh Jay & Nicci? Sigh…..time marches on.

‘Kenzie’ is a beautiful, sweet, gentle and loving young lady. She is way too grown up for her age of course, but she has come thru the trials of her short life in grand style. Her beauty comes from the inside … and we are so proud of her!

As we sit at your graduation, my dear, watching you ‘walk the walk’ … we pray earnestly that the Creator of all takes a moment and smiles down upon you and you feel His presence … and walk in His shalom!

CONGRATULATIONS!

 

Ahhhh….spring

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in All Posts, Herbs, In the Garden & Round the House | 1 comment

Ahhhh….spring

Yes…another winter behind us…another spring opening up before us. The essence of the breezes are lighter, full of scents that refresh the psyche and put a spring in the step. Several springs.

This is my 65th spring….that is mind blowing. But I relish every moment, taking the time to ‘see’ and ‘hear’ and sometimes I just sit on the deck and marvel at the beauty that the Holy One, the Creator of everything in the Universe has blessed His children with.

The garden is beginning to look alive…green is everywhere and salads have been gracing our table with fresh asparagus, kale, dandelions, violets, wild onions and redbud flowers. What a bounty He has blessed us with if you know where to look!

Today was an exceptional day – even though it was a bit cloudy. The stinging nettle has been transplanted into the herb garden, searching strawberry plants have been moved to some new spots, passion flower shoots bedded down into new homes, tomatoes, peppers, and squash out in their respective hills….and tonight we’ll be enjoying a soothing tea of stinging nettle, blackberry leaves and a bit of ginger.

Here’s to loving spring!

Dandelion, dandelions everywhere! Let’s make Jelly!

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in All Posts, Herbs, Recipes | 0 comments

 

This is an easy recipe and you’ll love the idea of sending out the kids to pick dandelion flowers! It will keep them busy for at least an hour (hehe). But, seriously – this is a good one!

Gather as many dandelion flowers as you want or until you get tired of bending over. This recipe fills six 8oz mason jars. You can revamp it to fill up what you would rather use.

DANDELION JELLY!

2 quarts water

1 package powdered pectin

2 tablespoons lemon juice

5 1/2 cups sugar

INSTRUCTIONS
The only part you want of the flower is the yellow – snip off any green, or as much as you can. this recipe calls for about 4 cups of the yellow petals. When using wild flowers, or anything you pick, always rinse them in a colander to remove any debris. You can also soak them in a sink full of water with a bit of vinegar in the water as well.
Get out your large pot (enough to hold 4 quarts if you can) and fill the pot with 1/2 that much water boiling the petals for 3-4 minutes. Then cool that water down till it is tepid (may take a couple hours!).  Doing this will give you the prettiest color possible. After it’s cool, then strain your tea being careful to not lose any of the precious ‘tea’.
Now, simply measure out about 3 cups of your dandelion ‘tea’ add your lemon juice and pectin and bring again to a boil. Make sure your pot is deep enough or it will boil over! When it’s at a rolling boil, add your sugar, stir and boil for about 3 minutes. Then just turn off the heat, skim any nasties from the surface and pour into your processed jars.
Let it sit….and then enjoy this delicious goldness!

Pretty little Violets

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Essential Oils & Herbs, Herbs, Recipes | 0 comments

 

Ever admire those pretty little purple flowers popping up all over in the springtime? Well, here’s an easy and sweetly tasting recipe for some Violet Jelly! Try it out and let us know what you think! Well, here’s an inspiration that I tried from a FB post – try it – easy peasy and you’ll love it!

 

VIOLET JELLY

1 pint violet flowers

2 tablespoons lemon juice

4 cups sugar

3 oz. liquid pectin

Directions:

Gather lots and lots of little violet flowers and gently press them down into your very clean mason jar. After you are sure you can’t get anymore into that jar (I used an 8oz jar for this recipe, but you can do whatever size jar you desire just adjust ingredient measurements), pour boiling water into your jar until it’s full. Stir or push down the violets with a wooden spoon to release any air bubbles.

Now, just put the lid on your jar, and set aside out of the sunlight for at least 24-36 hours. The beautiful violet color will fade to a gorgeous blue but don’t give up yet. After the jar has set for at least 24 hours, strain the violet tea thru a small mesh or colander to remove the small particles. For this recipe, you can add a bit more water to the mix so that you have 2 cups.

Now, the final magic – in a deep pot so that it doesn’t boil over (ask me how I know this!) add the lemon juice and bring it to a boil. After about a minute, add the sugar and pectin and boil again for about a minute. Then, just turn off the heat, skimp the top  and pour into your processed jars! The color will turn back into that beautiful purple color and you will have a wonderful, sweetly scented Violet Jelly! Enjoy!

 

Click here to try Dandelion Jelly!

Esther…and Concealment – Part 2

Posted by on Mar 11, 2017 in All Posts, Purim | 0 comments

Esther…and Concealment – Part 2

(miss part 1? Click here!)

Part 2

So, here we are – it seems that Esther & Mordechai have saved the day! But not quite. Even though Haman (who by the way was a descendant of Agag the Amalakite – sworn lifetime enemy of Israel) was out of the picture, the decree that he finagled to kill the Jews was not! Now comes the crux of the story. Would the Queen who has been concealed all this time in the pages of history reveal herself and be able to save her people? Let’s review.

Esther has just revealed that she has a ‘people’ other than her Persian subjects! Her perfect anonymity was shattered and she would have to face the consequences and the past! She had just shown King Achashveirosh that she is not just Mother Persia! There is more to her than meets the eye. She has a past, a present and a future. However, the King seems to have accepted this side of her as well and has rewarded both her and Mordechai with more honor and many splendid gifts – what more could they want he must have thought! But the story isn’t over here.

Let’s go back to what Esther said to the King at the 2nd banquet:

“If I have found favor in the king’s eyes, and if it pleases the king – then give me my life as my request, and [the life of] my people as my petition. For me and my people have been sold – to be destroyed, killed, and annihilated…” (Esther 7:3-4)

Sold? That wasn’t in the decree was it? Where do these sentiments come from? Where have we heard them before? Search your memory … do you remember? Continue on to Chapter 8 of Esther so we can tie this together. She goes again into the King’s chambers and begs for mercy:

For how can I bear to see the evil that will overcome my people? How can I endure seeing the extermination of my kinsmen?” Esther8:6

Look at these words carefully in Hebrew:

ki eichecha uchal v’raiti baraah asher yimtza et ami

“ the evil that will befall my people.

Where have we heard that in another story played out before? Somewhere, somewhere – yes! In Genesis, in the story of Judah and Benjamin! Judah said the exact same words to Pharaoh as he stood before him begging to save the life of his little brother! Exact same words with the exception of only one syllable! Instead of AMI he replaced it with AVI – my father! You find those words in Genesis 44! Judah says:

“eich ereh bara asher yimtza et avi”,

how can I possibly bear to see the evil that will befall my father?”

Coincidence? Ok – maybe. But look closer – she said that her people were sold! Could she be referring back to when the sons of Leah sold her ancestor Joseph as a slave? Could she be pointing back to that time in history when the sibling rivalry became entrenched? Coincidence? Well, then consider that she just might have started with that, but then Mordechai reminds her that they are still one family! And her memories go to the part where Judah begs Pharaoh for the life of Benjamin – the son whom his father loves more than all the other sons! In fact, let’s read what Judah said to Pharaoh:

He repeated what his father said: ‘You know that my wife bore me two sons: the one went out from me, and I said, “Surely he has been torn to pieces,” and I haven’t seen him since. Now if you take this one away from me too, and something happens to him, you will bring my gray hair down to Sh’ol with grief.’

“MY WIFE”? What happened to Leah? 2 sons? Weren’t there 10 more? For Judah to be able to come to himself, repent fully of what he had done and vow not to repeat history by offering his own life to take the place of Benjamin is the epitome of self-sacrifice. Joseph knew, then and there that he had changed, that he had turned around and completely repented of his past actions. Judah was  able to realize that his father loved Rachael more than his own mother, Leah. He came to grips with the fact that Jacob loved Joseph and Benjamin more than the other ten sons. He became, then and there, the Lion that saved the tribe of Benjamin! He colored his canvas with the good memories.

This Megillah (scroll) is about the heroism of a young Jewish girl, originally named Hadassah, but now called by her Persian name Esther and as you can see, has everything to do with memories. The past meeting the present which will determine the future!  This book is actually called Parshat Zachor, the Parsha of Remembrance.  And it certainly is! As we have seen, both Mordechai and Esther remember what has happened in the past; the good, the bad and the ugly. But they rise to the occasion and remember the good and in doing so, help in healing a family.

The Holy One has blessed us with memory – even when we sometimes wish to forget! But memory is not just about the past – it’s something that we carry with us every moment of our lives. This little thing called memory affects every part of our lives. Not only does it change our present actions – it changes our future in many ways, some that we are not yet aware of. It colors our perception of circumstances! We can’t help it – it just does.

But the story of Esther, with all its twists and turns and ups and downs and intrigue and romance, well, it gives us a wonderful example of how to deal with our memory! Our memories consist of two sides – comforting events that happened and horrible, never-want-to-go-there-again memories. Two sides of the same coin.  We have a choice of how that coin lands.

It is our choice on how we paint that canvas that counts in the end.  Put yourself in Judah’s shoes. He faced the hurtful memory of his father’s unconditional love for Rachael and her children over the children of Leah. What pain and devastation must have overcome him as he finally realized the fact, in its fullest extent, that his father’s most favored and loved sons were Rachael’s.  Benjamin’s life was now fully in his hands.  He stood before the Pharaoh, weighing the choice of walking away and saving himself or redeeming his father’s favored son, Benjamin. The decision must have been monumental. But it was also life-changing – for him, for his brothers and for all of Israel! It changed the course of history!

Now we arrive at another pivotal point in history, where King Achashveirosh of Persia has conquered 127 provinces and has much at stake in keeping that control. He depends on his image of strength and wealth and that of his Queen to cement the image of power. Vashti failed him in his third year of reign. Esther, chosen in the 7th year, was to be the perfect image of Mother Persia and the embodiment of all that was grace and beauty. The story unfolds with so many ‘coincidences‘ woven throughout this story.  But we know, in hindsight, they are not coincidences. It is simply our own King working behind the scenes as the players are presented choices. Just as we are presented with choices. One choice that is given to us is our choice to ‘remember‘. Our memories can color our story. As they colored this one.

Esther is forced to look at the memories. She is called to remember and to decide which way to color her story. How does she deal with the painful memories of her ancestors when they sold Joseph? How does she paint in her mind the years that Joseph spent in prison while his father languished in years of heartache at his beloved son’s fate? And then, how does she weigh the memories of what happened when Judah finally spoke up and saved the family that she emerged from? She deals with them only as a Queen of the Most High God would – she colors those memories good. She does not turn her back on the bad memories, the painful times that she must have wanted to forget.  She can’t … neither can we. We can try, but it doesn’t work that way. She weighed the force of those memories, and her canvas highlighted the good.

Memory, however, is a choice. Your choice. You are the one telling your story and it is up to you what you will do and how you will color your story. Stop here and ask yourself, do you allow the bad memories to lead and simply throw in a ‘good’ word here and there? Is that your story? Or do you choose to do what Esther chose to do? She made a choice on how to color her story. Yes, the bad memories of the sibling rivalry rose up to try to be the lead in that story but then she also brought forth the memories of the tremendous good that came about! And she colored her story with good, with redemption, with sacrifice, and with power. She knew that the author of the story was none other than the Creator of the Universe – and his color is always good!

Each and everyone of us are in an Esther time right now. No matter what circumstances you are going through, no matter how dark and black your story looks, know that the God of Israel, the King of Kings, is working behind the scenes – always! He has not forgotten any of us – whether our family ties come from Rachael … or Leah … or wherever. He is working behind the scenes to restore the whole House. His House….the House of Israel – as He promised. And we will run into many ‘coincidences’ along the way. Choose your crayons wisely.

So let us leave this story here (even though there is so much more to uncover!) and go forward this day, remembering the good and the bad and …

let us CHOOSE to color our story with the GOOD and realize that the ‘bad stuff‘ simply leads us to that climatic good ending! Go forth and be filled with COLOR!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Esther…and Concealment

Posted by on Mar 11, 2017 in Ezer Kenegdo, Purim | 0 comments

We all know the story – have read it a hundred times – is there anything new in there? Let’s see if we can look back in time and dig a little deeper shall we?

Setting aside all the nuances of Esther and Haman and Mordechai and the King, let’s look at a layer that is right there before us, but glanced over for what we deem to be mystical and spiritual. Now I have everyone’s attention – yes? What don’t we know about this Queen?

Well, first of all – this short excerpt will barely scratch the surface but we will scratch anyway. It will then be up to you to pursue the road less traveled and discover the nuggets that are hidden in plain sight in the book of Esther, the concealed Queen where Yahuah (God) is never mentioned even once!

First of all, remember that in the beginning of the story the narrator makes sure that we know that both Esther and Mordechai hail from the tribe of BENJAMIN. First clue! Then if we slow down even further and actually examine the words that Esther and Mordechai actually speak (to each other and to the King) – oh my! It will blow your mind and have you retracing your steps all the way back to Genesis! Are you scratching your head at this point and asking what is she talking about?

Well, let’s take a look at what Mordechai says to Esther after finding out about the decree that Haman was able to finagle out of the King to annihilate a whole group of people! His words echo a story … see if you can discover what he is referring to. Mordechai says to Esther:

If you keep silent at this time, salvation will come to the Jews from somewhere else, and you and your father’s house will be destroyed. And who knows if it was for this moment that you became queen? Esther 4:14

Think about that ….he offers her a way out of doing this (because she knows she may be killed on the spot for entering the King’s presence without permission), but then he says that her and her father’s house will be destroyed anyway! What? What is he really saying here? There must be more to this then meets the eye! And there is. First of all, when do cowards deserve death? Even in Deuteronomy it tells us the Kohen would ask the soldiers going out to war if they were afraid to go home. They didn’t wipe out the cowards…why is Mordechai offering her an opt out card but saying she will be annihilated anyway?

Well, again, we must remember that her father’s house was the House of Benjamin. She was not from the tribe of Judah, even though this ‘nation‘ fell under the banner of being called ‘Jews’. When Persia conquered Babylon, many of the exiles of Judah (and a bit of Benjamin and a few other tribal stragglers) were then carted off to Persia. But, let’s leave that for a minute and see what else is said and tie it together a bit more.

Purim is a time of ‘remembering’ it is called the Parshat Zachor – or the Parsha of Remembrance. And Mordechai is hinting to her to ‘remember’ the family. Esther does remember, she remembers all the way back to when ‘the family’ the brothers of her ancestor Joseph sold him to a bunch of traveling Ishmalites and wiped their hands of his destiny. They were going to kill him, but then Judah spoke up and encouraged them to just ‘sell him’ so that there would not be any blood on their hands. Interesting you say, but where are we going with this? Please hold on – we’ll get there.

So she approaches the King and finds his favor to come near and her words ring out – “Please save my people” … uhh…no… that’s not what she actually said – she said “COME TO DINNER“! Again – we say WHAT? She invites him to a dinner – and to top it off she also invites Haman? What nonsense is this you might ask! I certainly did and I’m sure the King was asking the same question in his own heart.

So let’s move on – the dinner goes exceptionally well, despite the fact that the King must have scratched his head once or twice wondering why she wanted to entertain Haman. But Haman left in an altered state – he was head over heels believing he was so important and proceeded to go home to tell his wife and friends how blessed he was. Unfortunately he met Mordechai along the way who did not bow to him and it set his rage afire. His wife suggested building a gallows for Mordechai and beseeching the King to let him kill the Jew.

Well, as you know, the story proceeds that the King & Haman are not able to sleep that nite and just by coincidence they meet up.  The King reads where he has not rewarded Mordechai for his loyalty and asks Haman what he would do if he wanted to honor a man of the kingdom. Haman thinks the King is talking about  him and suggests his own fantasy!  Haman is certainly put in his place when he has to lead Mordechai all around the kingdom in the King’s clothes, seated on the King’s horse and wearing the King’s crown! How humiliating for him! Then of course comes the next banquet that Esther sets for the two of them. Haman’s bubble has been burst and must be wondering what is going on and we can only imagine what the King is thinking at this point.

Imagine that second banquet spread out before the two of them. The table is set, the wine is flowing and the King again asks Esther – ‘tell me your request – up to half my kingdom is yours‘!  What does she reply? Listen carefully:

“If I have found favor in the king’s eyes, and if it pleases the king – then give me my life as my request, and [the life of] my people as my petition. For me and my people have been sold – to be destroyed, killed, and annihilated…” (Esther 7:3-4)

The king says WHO is going to kill MY Queen? And there you have it – its all out in the open –she has stealthily let the King know that she DOES have a people, that she is  a member of another nation and that her people are to be killed! The King jumps on the first part – someone is about to kill HIS QUEEN! Does he even hear the rest of what she says? He storms out of the banquet and when he returns, the eunich that brought Haman to the party just happens to slip and tell the King that Haman had built a gallows in his yard to hang Mordechai on! Well, perfect answer – the King demands that Haman be hanged on his own gallows! So be it.

Continue on to Part 2 if you are up to it 🙂

 

Going and Coming

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in All Posts, All Things Biblical, Ezer Kenegdo | 0 comments

Going and Coming

A great message by Skip Moen – if you enjoy his teachings, please make sure to join us in August where he will be speaking in Kansas City, MO!

 

Going and Coming
by Skip Moen, D. Phil.

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another helper who will be with you forever. John 14:16 NASB

Another helper – We all know this Greek word, Paraklete, “the Helper.” Growing up in the Western Church, we were told that this is a circumlocution for the Holy Spirit. This verse in John is typically used to establish the person of the Holy Spirit, the “other” helper who will come after Yeshua leaves. Sure enough, the Greek text reads allos parakleton, an accusative, singular, masculine noun. This construction indicates that the

Paraklete is the direct object of the Father’s action. “He will give another helper.”

Now let’s put this into Jewish/Hebraic thought. The “spirit” is the personal power of the presence of YHVH or His Messiah. There is no person called the Holy Spirit. In fact, until about 380 CE, there wasn’t even any official doctrine about the “Spirit” in Christianity. In Jewish thinking, the “spirit” is the expression of God’s action among men, whether it is found in Genesis 1:2, at Sinai, in the words of the prophets or in the life of the Messiah. It is God personally displayed.[1]

Given this Jewish idea, I want to point out an interesting connection. Yeshua tells us that the role of this personal presence of YHVH is to “convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8), to provide encouragement (John 14:18)[2] and to testify of the Messiah (John 15:26). We might summarize these functions as offering truthful criticism and conviction, providing nourishing support and witnessing to God’s great gift in the Messiah. Here’s the interesting connection. This is essentially the role of the ‘ezer kenegdo, the woman of Genesis 2. She is to offer truthful criticism to her husband in order that he maintains a life of righteousness. She is to judge his intentions and actions in light of God’s goodness. She is to provide nourishment, encouragement and support when he is in alignment with God’s purposes. And she is to be the embodiment of God’s offer of forgiveness. Maimonides points out that the unusual preposition kenegdo entails the action of both coming and going. It means to draw toward when the husband is following YHVH, and to pull away when he is not. Could it be that Yeshua’s departure is also one side of the mystery of the ‘ezer kenegdo while the Paraklete is the other? “Going and coming” seem to be a pattern in God’s interactions with men. Maybe one of these patterns is the going to the Messiah because of the evil of this age and the coming of God’s presence to bring about the ‘olam ha’ba.

Of course, this is probably a stretch. It’s probably more than the text will support. But we do know that YHVH deliberately designed the ‘ezer kenegdo after His own character and we know what she is supposed to do. Why wouldn’t the Messiah’s role also include these intentions?

Topical Index: Paraklete, ‘ezer kenegdo, John 14:16

[1] For the Christian position concerning the “person” of the Spirit in this verse, you might look at http://irr.org/part-three-holy-spirit-paraclete-in-john

[2] Notice that it is YHVH who is the author of comfort according to Paul (2 Corinthians 1:4)