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The Pit Before the Palace – Part 1

⁃ And they said one to another, See, here comes this dreamer and master of dreams. So come on now, let us kill him and throw his body into some pit; then we will say [to our father], Some wild and ferocious animal has devoured him; and we shall see what will become of his dreams (Gen 37:19)

Hey Neighbor!!

I was reading this morning about Joseph, the ‘master’ of dreams, as he was ‘so called’ and viciously mocked by his ‘green-eyed’ older brothers, who had grown to hate him.

Yes! I did say that Joseph’s brother’s hated him.

Why??

Well here is some family background first, which should help us understand why:

Joseph was the 11th son of 12 boys born into a household filled with jealousy and envy. Their father, Jacob, had 4 different wives… and 2 of those wives (Leah and Rachel) were sisters, who were constantly in strife, competing for their husband’s love, time, and attention, even though Rachel was openly recognized as Jacob’s favorite wife.

Now Jacob still had two 2 more wives, Bilhah and Zilpah- they originally served as handmaids to each of the sisters, but were now given, (in the spirit of competition) to Jacob, as concubines (secondary wives.)

Can you imagine the ongoing arguments inside of their tents??

Drama! Drama!! Drama!!!

Well…it didn’t make things any better after Jacob unashamedly proclaimed Joseph (Rachel’s boy) as his ‘favorite’ son and openly bestowed upon him a coat of many colors!

Now this is when we first learn (from Scripture) that Joseph’s brothers’ jealousy had been building and fermenting in their hearts and had matured into full grown hate! – Scripture tells us that they hated him so much that they would not speak to him- not even so much as to say Good Morning to him- Nor Good Night!!

I would imagine that each time they looked at Joseph wearing this beautiful, colorful coat…feelings of covetousness overcame them and thus they became even more enraged.

Now we know that Joseph did not hide this coat away in some secret drawer, as to calm and/or pacify his brothers’ rage.

And why would he??

Joseph both loved and honored his father, therefore he felt blessed to receive this precious gift and he was happy that his father had chosen to honor him with it – above all of his sons.

I’m sure that Joseph diligently cared for his coat, as this young shepherd had also cared for his fathers’ flock. I’m sure he was dutiful to keep it fresh, and crisp, and spot free. I’m sure that Joseph and his colorful coat were inseparable. In fact, We know that he was wearing his coat on the very day that his hate-filled brothers conspired to take his life.

-When Joseph had come to his brothers, they stripped him of his [distinctive] long garment which he was wearing; Then they took him and cast him into the [well-like] pit which was empty; there was no water in it (Gen 37:23)

Well you may say- what kind of dream did this boy have that would tick his brothers off to such an extreme that they would conspire against him and throw him into a pit??

Well….Here is Joseph’s 1st dream:

-We [brothers] were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright, and behold, your sheaves stood round about my sheaf and bowed down! His brothers said to him, Shall you indeed reign over us? Or are you going to have us as your subjects and dominate us? And they hated him all the more for his dreams and for what he said (Gen 37:7)

At this point, these wicked brothers were burning with anger and hatred. They were just about fed up with Joseph and these dreams, perceiving that Joseph viewed himself as superior to them. They feared this 1st dream was a prediction that Joseph would have dominion over them, and thus they feared that they would eventually become servants to Joseph.

Perhaps they were even more concerned that their much loved little brother, might usurp them chronologically and be given the birthright by Jacob- that is the double portion of their father’s blessing – which is traditionally given to the eldest son- that would be Reuben.

How could the youngest brother reign over the oldest?

How could this one son- reign over the many?

Well God explains why this thing would come to pass in 1Samuel 2:30 in regards to Eli’s two wicked sons- when He says:

-I will honor those who honor Me and I will lightly esteem those who despise Me.

Although the brothers were much offended by Joseph, his coat, and his dreams, God was using all of these these things for stumbling blocks to them, because they had despised their brother and their F(f)ather(s).

God had lightly esteemed Joseph’s older brothers because He knew their hearts to be wicked and He had witnessed their deceitful behavior. They had repeatedly dishonored their earthly father, Jacob and had therefore dishonored their Father in Heaven.

But God also knew Joseph’s heart. And… in Contrast, He had seen Joseph’s faithfulness- in that he was dutiful to his ‘dear old dad’ and all that Jacob possessed- Therefore, God chose to honor Joseph above all of his brothers, by causing Jacob to make this ‘son of his old age,’ a beautiful coat, which represented his future ‘prince-hood.’

Yes! Joseph’s dreams were indeed confirmation of things that were certain to come to pass.

And God had blessed Joseph ‘the dreamer’ with a prophetic peak into the Palace.

Yes! Joseph, the younger would indeed reign over the oldest- in fact, He would receive the birthright instead of Reuben.

Yes! Each of Jacob’s 11 (eleven) sons would indeed bow before the more righteous, (1) one- and they would once again call him ‘master’- in all his splendor!!

After all, God says the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous. And very soon, Joseph will find himself in the Palace – Prince over great abundance, in a wicked land called Egypt.

We will continue this lesson next time and learn about Joseph’s 2nd dream and we will also learn why he would first find himself in the pit.

Along the way, we will gather some more history/background about the nature and character of Jacob’s brothers, who would continue to dishonor their F(f)athers.

Thanks For Stopping By, Neighbor!

Until Next a Time, Remember…

God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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God Will Provide the Ram!!

 -Then Abraham looked up and glanced around, and behold, behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering and an ascending sacrifice instead of his son-

(Genesis 22:13)

 

Hey Neighbor,

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God Is So Awesome!!

Look at how He bestows mercy upon Us when We decide to Just believe God and Go-On with Him…

We’ve been reading 1 Samuel Chapter 30 and in verse 11, David’s men ran into a young man, lying in the fields…deathly ill.

Who was he??… Just some Egyptian fellow of no importance…probably just a slave, but David’s men decided to take the young man to David, who instructed them to feed and care for him. Now after this young Man had eaten and had regained his strength, David, concerned about the young man’s welfare inquired about his master.

The young man began to tell David the story of how his master, who was an Amalakite, had abandoned him after he fell sick three days before. He went on to add that his master and his troop had recently attacked and raided several of the Israelite and Philistine camps, including Ziklag, which they had burned.

So Look! This young man was a member of the very same troop that David and his men were seeking out to avenge their families!! I can imagine that at this point…both of David’s ears were tingling…this young man was one of the raiders who had invaded his home and snatched away his wives and children…and now… here David was feeding this wretched fellow and restoring life to his spirit!!

Wow!!

Now, if You know anything about King David, You will know that when an individual comes to David bearing bad news and acknowledging that he had participated in such evil acts against God’s people, David was quick to have one of his men to fall upon that man with the sword…but here we see David practicing restraint…spiritual restraint from the Holy Spirit that was upon him…and he chose to spare this Young man’s life.

David realized that God had strategically placed this young man in the field and he was David’s ram in the thicket. God had provided David with an inside scoop, someone to help him navigate his way to uncover the raiders secret location and to find his family. God had used this young man’s illness and thus his abandonment by his master, to create an enmity between the slave and his Amalakite master, but to also establish an affection for David and his men, who had fed him when he was at death’s doorstep. In his appreciation, the young Egyptian agreed to disclose the location of the raider’s camp to David and lead him directly to the troop.

Now…The Bible tells Us that David was a ‘man after God’s own heart!’ Although David was still distraught over his family, he chose to look past his own pain…and took the time to serve a starving slave…Not realizing that The Lord had miraculously planted this young man in the field to fulfill His promise to David…That he would Recover ALL!!

When David and his men reached the Amalekite camp…there they were…the wicked raiders partying and celebrating because of all the spoil that they had taken. David and his mighty man defeated the Amalekites and regained and reclaimed all that their enemies had stolen . The Lord had given the Amalekites into their hands, just as He had promised and David and his men walked out with ALL that had been stolen…not missing a woman…and not missing a child!!

Look at that…David sowed mercy…by feeding this sick slave…and sparing the life of his young enemy and setting him free from his captivity and therefore…David reaped mercy…God had spared his loved ones lives, freeing them from their captivity, and reuniting his family.

God is Pretty Awesome!!

 -So Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide – (Genesis 22:14)

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God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam
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God Pointed 👉 Us To His Healing Herbs!! – Part 2

-And Jesus went with him; and a great crowd kept following Him and pressed Him from all sides [so as almost to suffocate Him]. And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, And who had endured much suffering under [the hands of] many physicians and had spent all that she had, and was no better but instead grew worse.-
(Mark 5:26)

Hey Neighbor,

Here’s Part 2 of Allie’s Healing Journey with God’s Healing Herbs!!

I remember then, that one of my longstanding tenants, who knew what Allie had looked like as a baby, whispered to me, one day, as she asked if Allie had been in a fire!! Allie had turned about 5 shades darker than normal and her skin was so terribly damaged, from all of the scratching.

I had grown so accustomed to seeing her that way…that I didn’t realize how she appeared to others…She was still my baby!!

So we bought plenty of Shea butter, cocoa butter, powders to control the itching…so many types of remedies for her to soak in…but We were still only trying to control the symptoms…instead of destroying the root!!

You see, every time we fed her…within the hour, she would begin to itch and scratch, uncontrollably. We were being very careful about avoiding milk, juices, cookies, cake, ice cream, etc..You know…all the stuff that toddlers love. But Even after We fed her a ‘healthy’ meal…like spinach and turkey..or even chicken and green beans…We still got the same severe reaction.

So We went on that way until finally, a friend of mine lead me to a chiropractor…who she had been seeing for Allergies!!

From there…this Chiropractor referred Us to a Naturopathic Doctor…so She contacted him for Us…We made the appointment and We went to our First visit with Dr. Sultan.

I can remember the first thing He said to Dewitt and myself, after he looked Allie over…

He chastised Us!! He said, ‘Do not Put any more ‘Petro-chemicals’ on her skin!!

Her was referring to the Petro-leum jelly that we were oiling Allie down with…5-6 times/day because her skin was so hard and dry. We thought it was soothing the dryness, but it was only adding to her bodies toxic overload.

He explained to Us that her little body had been poisoned, from all the antibiotics (for ear infections), prescription steroids and other chemical steroids, (in our meat, chicken and turkey), hormones (from dairy), pesticides and herbicides (sprayed on our fruits and vegetables), and also, from the food preservatives and additives (added to everything in a can, box, or bag).

He went on to explain that We had to get her Cleaned-Out!!

Initially We thought…We will Just go ‘organic!’ But He explained that Simply…eating healthy- whether organic Or not- would not remove the toxic overload from her body!!

This was truly an enlightening moment for Us, as it all began to add-up and make sense. Allie had not been having bowel moments, with any regularity…for years!! Her bowels had only been moving about every 3 days or so.

So all of those dead, rotten, molded foods…and the medicines and chemicals…were still inside of her…putrefying and recycling throughout her bloodstream… 24 hours a day!!

Dr. Sultan went on to explain that until We cleaned her body out…even the herbs would not be able to work…because her body would not be able to properly absorb them!!

So We had to Give Allie an Enema!!

Yes…I had to convince my sickly, 4 year old child…to lie down on the bathroom floor…close to the toilet…and let me give her a ‘Fleet’ Enema!!

WOW!!

She had been plugged up..like a bear in Hibernation!!

Before a bear goes into Hibernation, he eats dirt and hair and whatever else He can get into his system…to create a ‘butt-plug’ so that he can sleep throughout the winter with no ‘accidents!’

Eeew!!

Dr. Sultan also introduced Us to some non-toxic oil alternatives that soothed her inflamed skin. These oils had come from Nature. They were oils from the fish and other animals that Our God created for our food…as well as for other purposes…on that Fifth Day of Creation!!

Dr. Sultan introduced Us to ‘Emu-oil.’

Yes…from the Emu!!…and believe it or not…after cleaning her out…it was every bit as effective as the (chemical) steroid creams..that had worked..temporarily.

Only…This Emu oil did not add toxic burden to Allie’s, already, struggling little organs!!

So You’ve gotta to Be asking…Where are the Healing Herbs??

Well…Allie still Had to eat!!

And The Herbs Were Allie’s Food…as God had intended!!

So…there will be more about The Healing Herbs on Tomorrow…in addition to the ‘Elimination Diet,’ which futher cleansed Allie’s body!!

That will be On – Part 3!!

Until Then…

God Loves You and Do Do I!!

-Tam

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God 👉Pointed Us to His Healing Herbs!!

-And God said, Let the earth put forth [tender] vegetation: plants yielding seed and fruit trees yielding fruit whose seed is in itself, each according to its kind, upon the earth. And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed according to their own kinds and trees bearing fruit in which was their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good (suitable, admirable) and He approved it-
(Genesis 1:11-12)

Hey Neighbor,

The Hubby and I are taking an Herbal Healing Class!! Yes, we are taking yet, another class together…We are still working on our Ph.D’s in Theology and very soon We will become Certified Herbalists…and We are excited!!

Why Herbal Healing??

Here’s that Answer w/Allie’s Story – Part 1

Well…Our youngest daughter, Allie, who is now a healthy and energetic, 13 year old, was terribly ill as a toddler. Dewitt and I didn’t know why her health was deteriorating and We had taken her to every medical doctor and/or specialist that we could find…but like the Woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5:26, Allie only continued to suffer and she grew much worse!!

WOW!!

It all started with a little eczema on her arms…that spread to her knees…then to her hands. She had scratched herself so terribly until the rashes would bleed and ooze. So of course We were referred to the allergy specialists…who gave us steroid cream – after steroid cream…which gave Us great results, initially…but only for a short period of time.

Unfortunately, the doctors had neglected to tell Us that Allie’s skin would eventually become immune to the steroid creams, rendering them ineffective…which would require us to request stronger and stronger prescriptions…and my baby was only 2 years old.

Then there were also the issues with Allie’s scalp, which was itchy and flakey and it would turn completely white, every morning…even though I had washed it with medicated shampoo and had thoroughly oiled it the night before. Every morning she would awake, white-headed with her sheets covered with the dead skin that she had spent the night scratching off of her little body!!

So, of course the doctors recommended that We oil Allie’s scalp with the steroid creams to treat her scalp. The creams were very effective…temporarily soothing the itching and flaking, but the steroids had weakened the hair follicles, causing her hair to fall out in blotches. So then the doctors gave Us another cream to treat Allie’s newest condition, Alopecia (spots of hair loss).

This went on and on until finally, Our pediatrician gave Our 3 yr old the powerful steroid drug…Prednisone. I remember how very honestly, he spoke to me, as he handed me the prescription. He said that the prescription was only for a 10 day dose of the steroid…and that it would clear everything up…within the next couple of weeks, but when Allie was done with the 10 day regimen…he could not write another steroid prescription for such a small child. He told me that the severe itching, and oozing would return and that the condition would be much more aggressive than before.

Of Course, Dewitt and I had been praying over Our little child…day and night, believing that God would show Us another way. We were reading and studying anything about alternative treatments that we could get Our hands on. Although Allie’s doctors had given up on her, We just could not!!

So…When Our child’s suffering resumed, Dewitt and I took shifts…day in and day out…rubbing Allie’s skin, attempting to soothe her and to keep her comfortable.

I had even placed socks over her hands, but I still found myself wrestling with her little arms throughout the night…trying to keep her from ‘scratching for blood.’

Our oldest daughter, Daen was only 13 at that time, and she was great help. She also took on an afternoon shift…to ‘rub’ Allie, so I could cook and take care of my personal hygiene.

And so We endured… just like that for about another year. Allie was about 4 years old then, and even as Dewitt an I continued to ‘rub,’ pray and cry…and cry, pray and ‘rub’…We Still Believed that GOD was watching and listening…And indeed He Was…He had heard Our Prayers.

GOD was Faithful to US!!

HE Showed Us another way…HE 👉Pointed Us to His Healing Herbs!!

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That’s Part 1 of Allie’s Story…

Come back Tomorrow, and I will take You further, ‘UP’ the road, showing You God’s Awesome Healing Power…Manifested through His Herbs!!

Until Then,

God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam

-God said, See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the land and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to all the animals on the earth and to every bird of the air and to everything that creeps on the ground–to everything in which there is the breath of life–I have given every green plant for food. And it was so.-
(Genesis 1:29-30)

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