"To Seek out that which was Lost..."
A pieced together dialogue we had with some very dear folks..
As you have implied, your position on the Plant of Renown referenced in Ezekiel 34:29 carries some controversy.
This may be attributed to the problems of translation.
Today, the tremendous proliferation of translations (no two of which are alike) reflect, in some cases, greater clarification of the Text. A translation is simply a translation, and since Hebrew cannot be translated word-for-word, but more like idiom-for-idiom, we would suggest that you have available for your studies, other Versions of the Bible for comparison of Textual material.
Following are translations which reflect a greater degree of accuracy in Ezekiel 34:29 as it predicts the restoration of the House of Israel from their national graves.
From The Interlinear Hebrew-Aramaic Old Testaments Jay P. Green, Sr., Ed. and Trans., 1984, Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA-
"...And l will raise up for them a planting place of name; and they shall not any more be of those gathered by famine in the land; and they shall not any more bear the shame of the nations."
From the New King James Version in the KJV-NKJV Parallel Reference Bible, 1991, Thomas Nelson Pub., Nashville, TN.
And I will raise up for them a garden of renown. and they shall no longer be consumed with hunger in the land... "
From the Holy Bible New Revised Standard Version, 1989, Oxford University Press, New York, NY
"...I will provide for them a splendid vegetation so that they shall no more be consumed with hunger in the land... "
The word in question is the Hebrew matta' (planting, plantation), a derivative of the verb nata' (to plant, fasten, fix, establish) You will observe a more accurate translation of the word in Isaiah 60:21, "...the branch of My planting.. " As you can see, the correct wording is not plant, but planting place.
I have been led to check every translation that I could find. With the help and guidance of the Spirit of IaHUeH, I was shown that once you restore the Names.. they all still contain the important Truths concerning IaHUeH's Salvation plan. Sometimes the meaning was obscure and I had to bend my mind around words that almost didn't say the same thing but IaHUeH's Spirit showed me the Truth still there. Through this Spirit I have spent many hours checking words in Strong's Concordance, other Hebrew-English, Greek-English dictionaries, and quite a few English-English, and American-English dictionaries to find accurate meanings for words. We have the Oxford on CD...
I am fully aware of the problems of translating from a language of few words with many meanings into a language of many words with more specific meanings. What further complicates matters is that our language is in a state of flux. In a living language words mean what we agree that they mean. In a dead language the meanings are fixed. This is the reason doctors and lawyers use Latin. This is also why I prefer the archaic old English as found in "The Holy Names Bible".
This is Indeed a peculiar time in the history of the spoken and written word. As stated the modern English is changing, the reason we had so many words is so that we could say exactly what we mean. To be specific. The modem tendency is to accept words as synonyms, to take all of these different words that seem related and say that they mean the same thing (sort of). The result is of course a confusion of words. We speak the same language, but even though I am being very careful to be specific, it is obvious that you have not understood what I am trying to communicate! I give thanks to IaHUeH, in IaHUShUA's Name that this is at least an ongoing communication, it is my prayer that we ALL come to a complete understanding through this dialogue.
First of all you will note that I did not call this substance in question "The Herb of Renown". I simply asked the question. You have supplied a very good answer. This is the beauty of dialogue. I have also seen this translated as "bud of renown". This is a very popular quote among Hempsters everywhere.
From verse 11-15 IaHUeH specifies that He will gather Israel together into the land that He gave us. This is the "plantation", the specific place of planting. The mountains of Israel. This is the restoration of the House of Israel from their national grave Verse 29 clearly indicates a vegetative plant or garden of plants that will provide for the physical needs of His people Israel.
The Hemp plant "Marijuana" Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, the plant that I referred to as the green flowering herb, is certainly the number one candidate. Not only does it produce the best fiber for clothing, and rope and textiles. It is also best for paper (this letter is printed on it), and even building materials for housing. The seeds are an excellent source of oil, and provide very nourishing food for humans and livestock. Of course the most important point of the whole chapter is made in verse 30 "Thus shall they know that I IaHUeH their Elohim am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are My people, saith IaH-IaHUeH."
_ You indicated your distaste for alcoholic substances; however, we do understand that sobriety is not limited to abstinence from alcohol, but from all substances that would create a high.
In my publication I pointed out the major difference between being drunk and the state produced by this "green flowering herb". The definition of sober in the Concise Oxford dictionary is: Not drunk, temperate in regard to drink, moderate, well balanced, sane, tranquil, self controlled, sedate, Not vehement or passionate or excited or wayward or fanciful or exaggerated.
It is interesting to note that the "high" from marijuana" can very well be defined as sober. This state of heightened awareness is also different than "narcosis", in that one can remain awake and alert.
..While we recognize your rationale for using a focusing tool in your worship and ritual, keep in mind that Israel's Priests were warned to abstain from such substances when they were before Yahweh. The seductive worship ceremonies of the Canaanites resorted to these methods, and Yahweh made it clear that Israel was not to adopt their practices. The incident in Leviticus 10:1-11 describing the sudden deaths of two priests, Nadab and Abihu regarding their use of strange fire is suggested by some scholars to allude to the use of intoxicants in the Tabernacle.
We understand the principle of your right to choose and that you are convinced of Yahweh's approval that this plant of renown is acceptable before Him; however, the words of Biblical wisdom do caution us that, "...there is a way which seemeth right unto a man... " (Proverbs 16:25)
The Temple service of the Levitical Priesthood was very specific. The Instructions were given to Mosheh by IaHUeH and were to be followed to the letter. The deaths of Abihu and Nadab most certainly occurred, but the reason is not so certain. We are told that it was because that they each took their censer, laid fire and burned incense. We are told that it was a strange fire not a strange incense.
In exodus chapter 30 Mosheh is given the instructions to make an altar to burn incense upon. This was no ordinary censer and it belonged to IaHUeH not the priest. The altar was to be placed before the vail, by the Ark, before the mercy seat.
It was Aharon that was to burn the incense morning and evening. He is told not to offer strange incense on it (verse 9).
It was afterwards in Leviticus 10:9-10 that IaHUeH spoke to Aharon saying "Do not drink wine or strong drink you nor your sons when you go into the Sanctuary lest ye die." This was the first mention so it seems unlikely that they were consumed for being intoxicated.
In Leviticus 16:12 Aharon is given further instruction concerning the Day of Atonement, the time once a year that he enters the Most SetApart Place. He is told to take fire from the altar to put in a censer and to fill his hands with incense, bring within the vail, put the incense on the fire before IaHUeH; that the cloud of smoke cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony that he die not. This also occurs after Nadab and Abihu.. possibly ruling out that the cause was that the fire hadn't come from the altar as I at first suspected was the cause since it had mentioned "strange fire" rather than "strange incense".
It seems as if Abihu and Nadab were not paying attention to the specific instructions concerning the service to the Sanctuary. (which may not have been handed down to us in chronological sequence) IaHUeH did not instruct them to burn incense on this occasion.
There is also a very big question as to exactly what was in the Incense.
While they did burn incense to idols. The "seductive" worship ceremonies of the Canaanites involved drunkenness, animal and human sacrifice, ritualistic orgies, and other perversities that I would rather not even think of let alone name. Needless to say I do not find any of these practices seductive. The point is that just because idolaters eat, drink, breathe, and burn incense to their idols doesn't mean that I should stop eating, drinking breathing and burning incense (the adversary uses Scripture).
I will be adding at least a chapter of this excellent book which deals with this particular issue.. very soon.
6 Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense,
23 Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels,
29 And he made the SetApart anointing oil, and the pure incense of sweet spices, according to the work of the apothecary.
The word translated as "sweet calamus" is "QaNeH-BoSheN"
Which more appropriately translates "Cannabis"...
In view of your free choice, we would simply admonish you to consider all things carefully. The freedom to choose exists in part because we are held accountable for our choices. While you have called this plant of renown relatively harmless, it should be noted that you have not named this substance. To sanction an unidentified substance as an accessory to worship could be construed as irresponsible and might present to weaker souls a stumbling block or deadly guessing game.
There are, IaHU-NaTaN, idols of the heart (Ezekiel 14:3)--the kind that have no physical substance, but which rely upon our values to give them life. The subtle and repeated incorporation of a plant into the acts of worship becomes an act of worship in itself. Your statement that it enhances as a focusing tool could be construed to mean that your worship of the Most High cannot be fully satisfying without it. Perhaps you should apply the test.
That my use of this green flowering herb is acceptable to IaHUeH is a thing that I KNOW. I would not put my neck on this chopping block if I wasn't certain. I give thanks to IaHUeH for what he provides.
IaHUeH has given me encouragement through the gift of His Spirit, which I could not receive if I practiced transgression, iniquity, or wickedness (sin). I live my life in the name of IaHUShUA, which is not a thing that I take lightly. I have been shown what this means. I am His. I am IaHUeH's willing servant. I am not of this world, but was sent into the world, an example of His Love.
I am held totally accountable to IaHUeH, who sees, hears and knows all. Neither is it possible that I would undertake this work on my own. My work is to do the will of IaHUeH.
Perhaps if you reread the document you will see that it was worded quite deliberately, so as to not cause confusion but rather to bring clarity. This document "what is truth?" is an introduction to future works which will hopefully bring more understanding.
As for "causing my weaker brother to stumble"... The whole world has stumbled turning their backs on IaHUeH and is falling headlong into the pit. IaHUeH sends me to call His children to return and to walk in the Light of His Perfect Law of LOVE. IaHUeH's Kingdom is at Hand. It's time to wake up!
My prayer to IaHUeH is constant with every breath. I pray that His will be done in every situation. It is impossible that this my prayer and obedience to IaHUeH's will would be totally dependent on burning this herb. There are times that this would be inappropriate.
The Day of Yahweh is graphically described in the Book of the Revelation, and clear definition is given concerning those who will be excluded from the Kingdom,
"...and they did not repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality, nor of their thefts... " Revelation 9:21
Translators use the word sorceries to explain the Greek word pharmakon which are spell-giving potions, drugs, or hallucinogens.
It is doubtful to me that IaHUChaNaN (John) wrote the book of Revelation in Greek. I am interested to know what the Hebrew or Aramaic word was. I have in my life encountered "spells and potions" and investigated sorcery and the occult. IaHUShUA saved me from that life years ago. If a person were to adhere to the line of reasoning that you present, they would not buy or use Pharmaceutical drugs from the Pharmacist. I personally would recommend against their use... I do not think they are good for you.
The Apostle Saul told the Corinthian believers that they were Yahweh's Temple, and that they were not to be deceived by the wisdom of that day, for it was foolishness to Yahweh. He emphasized this by declaring, "For you are bought with a price; therefore glorify Yahweh in your body, and in your spirit, which are His. " (I Cor. 3:16-19; 6:20)
Of course we should take care of our bodies which means eating good wholesome foods, breathing clean fresh air, drinking pure living water (unpolluted) and living healthy lives in harmony with all our relations (all life) especially the earth from which we were formed. The world of man has effectively destroyed the earth and thereby destroyed the chances of our childrens survival. We cannot destroy our body and not suffer the consequences. In first Corinthians chapter 6 which you partially quoted Saul was explaining that when you have a sexual union with someone you become one flesh one body the sins of the other become yours. Sex outside of IaHUeH's Sacred Matrimony is adultery and fornication which should be avoided and not allowed.
We hope you will stay in touch with us and share your thoughts.
I was hoping for a response to the weightier matters covered in the booklet. I am sorry you stumbled on what I consider to be such a simple thing. I hope this letter helps clear things up.
We Actually Really Tried to stay in touch but got no response...
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