Category: Understanding Torah

Dr Hollisa Alewine – Footsteps of Messiah Part 65 (No Place for Chickens Part Two)

Prayer makes you think.

For instance, who was better prepared for what happened after midnight in the Garden of Gethsemane, Yeshua or his disciples? Why?

Apparently, Peter needed to go to bed with the chickens, and by the time the cock crowed three times the next morning, he’d denied Yeshua and run away. Just hours before, Peter didn’t imagine such a thing were possible.

An often-quoted proverb helps us to understand the inner process of prayer:

“As a man thinks within himself [b’nafsho], so is he…” (Pr 23:7)

“B’nafsho” is “in his soul.” The soul is defined as a bundle of appetites, emotions, desires, and intellect. The soul thinks. We don’t usually hear the beginning or the end of the proverb, though. The beginning of the proverb is:

“Do not eat the bread of a selfish man or desire his delicacies…”

The rest of the verse is:

 “…he says to you, ‘Eat and drink!’ But his heart [lev] is not with you.”

The heart is sometimes seen as the mind, interconnected with the soul. Even scientists understand there is a “heart brain” that communicates with the head brain. In context, the proverb warns us that in spite of the generous words he says, a selfish person’s silent soul and heart think the opposite and wish that you would not accept.

The connection between prayer and the proverb is that it is possible to pray one thing with the lips, yet not to really believe it or want it to come to pass. It is possible to pray one thing and think the opposite. Yeshua struggled in this like we do, yet he prayed the perfect solution in the Garden of Gethsemane:

“Nevertheless, not my will, but Yours be done.”

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Dr Hollisa Alewine – Footsteps of Messiah Part 64 (No Place for Chickens Part One)

Thanks to the availability of rabbinic reference books, most people now understand that the rooster crow in Jerusalem wasn’t likely on the Temple Mount. When Yeshua warns Peter that he will deny Yeshua by the third rooster crow, the meaning is likely referring to the official Temple trumpet blowers, who signaled the Temple’s daily activities from special posts on the Temple Mount. To this day, you can view the tumbled stone on which they stood, which was found lying in the rubble at the base of the Temple Mount in 1968.

It is forbidden to raise fowl in Jerusalem because of the “Holy Things”, [fowl may bring impurity in to sacrificial items] nor may priests raise them [anywhere] in the Land of Israel because of [the laws concerning] pure foods. (Mishnah Bava Kama 7)

On the other hand, the rooster was used to signal the trumpet blowers when it was daylight, which was especially important on feast days with so many to accommodate in the services. Where was this rooster? Perhaps just outside the city walls, in which case, he would be easily heard.

The Temple was no place for chickens.

Now that you are called into covenant of royal priesthood with the Holy One of Israel, a little Temple sent to the nations, there’s still no room for chickens. There’s no room for a people too afraid to obey the Word.

The appearance of Yeshua as the conqueror in Revelation is one of authority, and his feet are bronze, just like the bronze sea of the Temple. Seas in Scriptures often represent the peoples. The washing of water by the Word is what Yeshua sacrificed himself for on the altar. It is also what a royal priesthood is called to do. No chickens.

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