You Must Be Healed Sexually: Part 3

Oyez, Oyez, Oyez Daughters!

In part one of this post, I describe a dream in which I heard the words “You must be healed sexually.” Immediately following those words appeared the face of well-known, female Rhythm & Blues singer, Avery Sunshine. At first, I thought this was a rather odd dream. However, through prayer, I endeavored to know what was being revealed. In part two of the post, I covered what was revealed about the second half of the pseudonym Avery Sunshine. Initially, I thought this would only be a two-part post. However,  I continued to hear additional insights into the words of this dream. Daughters, here’s what I received to share with you.

As previously noted in my exposition of the movies The Color Purple and Harlem Nights, sex still remains one of the most effective distraction tactics against opponents at war. I hear King David’s words echo in my head.

“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”

Psalm 51:7 King James Version

In this verse, King David is lamenting over the realization of his sins. David had a man name Uriah killed. Uriah worked as a soldier in David’s army. Uriah had a wife named Bathsheba. David ordered Uriah killed because David impregnated her but wanted Uriah to return from battle to have sex with his wife so it would appear the child was conceived during Uriah’s visit home. Uriah was very loyal to David, so he declined David’s offer and stayed on the battlefield. After Uriah’s death, David experienced regret and shame for his actions. Also, the child David and Bathsheba conceived died. In his grief, David poured out his emotions in this Psalm, a sacred song. 

“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. For I was born a sinner— yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there. [Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow]. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me— now let me rejoice. Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you. Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness. Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you. You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. Look with favor on Zion and help her; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit— with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings. Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.”

Psalm 51:1-19 New Living Translation

The words “Psalms 51"  appeared in a dream. These words appeared soon after I asked God to reveal how I arrived at a place of disappointment, desperation, and divorce. I asked God to forgive me for my sins and to help others forgive me for the sins I committed against them. This was the beginning of my washing and training process on how to hear God's voice. This Psalm became a tool used to reveal God's truth; not the world’s version of the truth. His knowledge, wisdom, and insight have increased exponentially ever since. 

Verse 7 captured me. “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean. Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” I heard a call to explore in more detail why David requested God purge him with Hyssop. Hyssop was being used as a metaphor and allusion expressing the effectiveness of Hyssop's cleansing ability.  At the root of David’s sin was lust, which is generally recognized as a pathway to sexual sin. However, lust is more broad reaching. But, I’ll come back to that point shortly. Webster’s Dictionary defines purge as to cleanse or purify by separating and carrying off whatever is impure, heterogeneous, foreign or superfluous; as to purge the body by evacuation; to purge the Augean stable (requiring so much effort it almost seems impossible). David requested God divide and do away with whatever did not belong in his life, in all of its varied forms. He asked God to divide and do away with whatever was unnecessary. David’s prayer to God was essentially inviting God to uproot his life. Initially, I'm sure he didn't realize the magnitude of his request. This was a request for God to do a major overhaul in every area of David’s life. There would be no detail overlooked. I believe this is why David and Bathsheba’s child did not survive. The child they conceived together was unlawful. The woman with whom he conceived the child was not his lawful wife. Therefore every action henceforth nullified their relationship. The world will say, “But it was a child. Why would God allow an innocent child to die? That seems harsh.” Yes, it does to those who do not understand the enormity and seriousness of God’s commands. Please know I am not making light of a child dying, nor am I making a case to say that every child that dies is a result of some kind of sin. Consequently, this text shows God enacting a sentence or judgment in the court of his kingdom based upon His established legislation. This is very hard to digest. I know. But I speak to you as a messenger who has experienced the depth of his insight, and the rod of his correction. Knowledge and insight can save your life. God's words have saving power. He confirms this fact in the book of Hosea which states:

“My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. 

[My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge I will also reject thee] 

Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. 

[That thou shalt be no priest to me]

Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children.

[Seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children]

Hosea 4:6 New Living Translation/King James Version

This verse is major! First, it confirms that God did, in fact, hear David’s prayer. His prayer was not ignored. His lamentation reached God’s heart although he had broken His heart by killing Uriah and stealing Uriah’s wife. I think it’s worth letting this realization sink in for a moment. This revelation is heavy.

David asked God to divide and do away with whatever did not belong inside of him and did not belong in his life in all of its varied forms, and he asked God to divide and do away with whatever was unnecessary.

David asked God to divide and do away with whatever did not belong inside of him and did not belong in his life in all of its varied forms, and he asked God to divide and do away with whatever was unnecessary.

David asked God to divide and do away with whatever did not belong inside of him and did not belong in his life in all of its varied forms, and he asked God to divide and do away with whatever was unnecessary.

As I reflect on this passage, I see everything that has been removed from my life. I see every unnecessary institution, ideology, belief, thing, place, person, image, desire, character, motive, and relationship fleshed out as a result of my purification process. David asked God six things before he arrived at verse 7. Let’s briefly review them.

  1. Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love.

  2. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins because I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night.

  3. Wash me clean from my guilt.

  4. Purify me from my sin because against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight.

  5. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just because I was born a sinner— yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.

  6. But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.

We see that David asked for mercy and forgiveness, combined with a deep awareness and acknowledgment of how much he’d blown it. He confessed his failure without any excuses, flowery language or justification. It was black and white. David realized he had made a mess of his life with these choices. Period.  He acknowledged that God is serious about real honesty and transparency. He’s showing us that not telling the truth started at the time of his conception. Although the Bible does not provide specific details about David’s mother, I would consider that David discovered information about his origins at some point in his adult life. I would consider maybe his mother violated God’s command by his conception, just as he violated God’s command with conceiving a child in adultery with Bathsheba. He acknowledged that God wants the truth to be told from the place where life is created - the womb. The womb must be honest. It must be pure. Bathsheba’s womb was not honest. It was not pure. A womb is honest and pure when it is carrying the life of a child that was conceived in honesty; not deception or lust. I believe this was the merciful justice of God in David’s life. God knew the details of David’s birth. He knew the womb in which he was carried. Because God requires honesty from the beginning of where life is created and nurtured, He knew if that place was not honest and pure that everything else that followed would be a product of the beginning. We are the fruit of our beginning, and everything else that follows is exponentially multiplied.

“Now be fruitful and multiply, and repopulate the earth.”

Genesis 9:7 New Living Translation

We are the fruit of our beginning, and everything else that follows is exponentially multiplied.

We are the fruit of our beginning, and everything else that follows is exponentially multiplied.

We are the fruit of our beginning, and everything else that follows is exponentially multiplied.

Returning to the concept of lust, let’s see what God says about it.

Job 31:1 (New Living Translation/NLT)

“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman.”

Job 31:11 (NLT)

“For lust is a shameful sin, a crime that should be punished.”

Proverbs 6:25 (NLT)

“Don’t lust for her beauty. Don’t let her coy glances seduce you.”
Ephesians 4:22 (NLT)

“Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.”

Hosea 7:4 (NLT)

“They are all adulterers, always aflame with lust. They are like an oven that is kept hot while the baker is kneading the dough.”

Matthew 5:28 (NLT)

“But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

1 Corinthians 7:9 (NLT)

“But if they can’t control themselves, they should go ahead and marry. It’s better to marry than to burn with lust.”

2 Timothy 2:22 (NLT)

“Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.”

Colossians 3:5 (NLT)

“So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.”

Jeremiah 2:24 (NLT)

“You are like a wild donkey, sniffing the wind at mating time. Who can restrain her lust? Those who desire her don’t need to search, for she goes running to them!”

Jeremiah 13:27 (NLT)

“I have seen your adultery and lust, and your disgusting idol worship out in the fields and on the hills. What sorrow awaits you, Jerusalem! How long before you are pure?”

Ezekiel 23:11 (NLT)

“Yet even though Oholibah saw what had happened to Oholah, her sister, she followed right in her footsteps. And she was even more depraved, abandoning herself to her lust and prostitution.”

Ezekiel 23:18 (NLT)

“In the same way, I became disgusted with Oholibah and rejected her, just as I had rejected her sister, because she flaunted herself before them and gave herself to satisfy their lusts.”

Romans 1:27 (NLT)

“And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.”

Titus 3:3 (NLT)

“Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other.”

1 Peter 4:3 (NLT)

“You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols.”

Exodus 34:15 (NLT)

“You must not make a treaty of any kind with the people living in the land. They lust after their gods, offering sacrifices to them. They will invite you to join them in their sacrificial meals, and you will go with them.”

Ezekiel 16:36-38 (NLT)

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because you have poured out your lust and exposed yourself in prostitution to all your lovers, and because you have worshiped detestable idols, and because you have slaughtered your children as sacrifices to your gods, this is what I am going to do. I will gather together all your allies—the lovers with whom you have sinned, both those you loved and those you hated—and I will strip you naked in front of them so they can stare at you. I will punish you for your murder and adultery. I will cover you with blood in my jealous fury.”

Matthew 5:29 (NLT)

“So if your eye—even your good eye—causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”

Jeremiah 5:8 (NLT)

“They are well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for his neighbor’s wife.”

1 Thessalonians 4:5 (NLT)

“Not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways.”

Ezekiel 16:26 (NLT)

“Then you added lustful Egypt to your lovers, provoking my anger with your increasing promiscuity.”

Ezekiel 23:5 (NLT)

“Then Oholah lusted after other lovers instead of me, and she gave her love to the Assyrian officers.”

Ezekiel 23:20 (NLT)

“She lusted after lovers with genitals as large as a donkey’s and emissions like those of a horse.”

Galatians 5:19-21 (NLT)

“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”

Ephesians 4:19 (NLT)

“They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.”

Numbers 11:34 (King James Verison/KJV)

“And he called the name of that place Kibroth–hattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted.”

Easton’s Bible Dictionary  defines lust as a sinful longing; the inward sin which leads to the falling away from God. Webster’s Dictionary defines lust as an eagerness to possess or enjoy, or the lust of gain. There are several words in both the Hebrew and Greek languages for the word lust. Strongs Concordance  references the Hebrew word shrîyrûwth as twisted, as in a twisted imagination, stubbornness or inflexibility. It’s root word shârar, means to be hostile, or to be an enemy. The Hebrew word châmad means to desire or desire greatly, to delight or take pleasure in.  Brown Driver Biggs  defines the Hebrew word nephesh as the breathing substance or being, soul, the inner being of [a person], activity of the mind, the seat of emotions and passions, activity of the will, activity of the character and activity of the mind. Its root word nâphash means to refresh oneself. The Hebrew word taʼăvâh means a desire, wish, the longing of one’s heart, appetite, covetousness in the bad sense, a thing desired, or an object of desire. The Greek form of the word lust is epithumeō meaning to turn upon a thing and those who seek forbidden things and to set the heart upon a thing rightfully or otherwise. Its root word derives from two words epi, meaning towards or upon and thumos including its root word thuō meaning fierce indignation; passion as in breathing hard, wrath, boiling anger, heat, and rush to kill or sacrifice. Epithumia means a longing, craving or desire for what is forbidden. Additionally, the Greek word orexis meaning excitement of the mind that is longing after, an eager desire, appetite used in both a good and bad sense, even lawful and proper cravings or appetite for food, and also corrupt and lawful desires. The word is derived from oregomai which means to stretch one's self out in order to touch or to grasp something, to reach after or desire something, to reach out after, or to give oneself up for the love of money. The root word oros means to rise or to lift above the plain, as in lifting above a hill or mountain. Lastly, pathos, this is probably where we get the English word pathology, derives from the word paschō, pathō or penthō meaning to experience a painful sensation or impression, an affliction of the mind, emotion, a vile passion, a feeling which the mind suffers, to suffer, or to vex.

Having established clarity on lust, we have a good foundation to begin uncovering the significance of David’s request to be purged using Hyssop. Hebrew word for Hyssop is êzôwb which means a plant used for medicinal and religious purposes. The Greek form of the word Hyssop is hussōpos and means a plant used by the Hebrews in their ritual sprinklings. In the book of 1 Kings chapter 4 verse 33, Hyssop is referenced as a plant "springing out of the wall.” The plant was used for sprinkling blood on the posts of the doors of Israelite people being delivered from Pharoah's Egyptian bondage in what came to be known as Passover. This act served as a sign the Israelites would be protected from the death plague as it passed over their homes.

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will strike Pharaoh and the land of Egypt with one more blow. After that, Pharaoh will let you leave this country. In fact, he will be so eager to get rid of you that he will force you all to leave. Moses had announced to Pharaoh, “This is what the Lord says: At midnight tonight I will pass through the heart of Egypt. All the firstborn sons will die in every family in Egypt, from the oldest son of Pharaoh, who sits on his throne, to the oldest son of his lowliest servant girl who grinds the flour. Even the firstborn of all the livestock will die. Then a loud wail will rise throughout the land of Egypt, a wail like no one has heard before or will ever hear again. But among the Israelites it will be so peaceful that not even a dog will bark. Then you will know that the Lord makes a distinction between the Egyptians and the Israelites.”

Exodus 11:1,4-7 New Living Translation

“They are to take some of the blood and smear it on the sides and top of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the animal [unblemished sacrificial lamb].

On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn son and firstborn male animal in the land of Egypt. I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt, for I am the Lord ! But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.”

Exodus 12:17,2-13 New Living Translation

“Then Moses called all the elders of Israel together and said to them, “Go, pick out a lamb or young goat for each of your families, and slaughter the Passover animal. Drain the blood into a basin. Then take a bundle of hyssop branches and dip it into the blood. Brush the hyssop across the top and sides of the doorframes of your houses. And no one may go out through the door until morning. For the Lord will pass through the land to strike down the Egyptians. But when he sees the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe, the Lord will pass over your home. He will not permit his death angel to enter your house and strike you down. “Remember, these instructions are a permanent law that you and your descendants must observe forever. When you enter the land the Lord has promised to give you, you will continue to observe this ceremony. Then your children will ask, ‘What does this ceremony mean?’ And you will reply, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord , for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt. And though he struck the Egyptians, he spared our families.’” When Moses had finished speaking, all the people bowed down to the ground and worshiped. So the people of Israel did just as the Lord had commanded through Moses and Aaron. And that night at midnight, the Lord struck down all the firstborn sons in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sat on his throne, to the firstborn son of the prisoner in the dungeon. Even the firstborn of their livestock were killed. Pharaoh and all his officials and all the people of Egypt woke up during the night, and loud wailing was heard throughout the land of Egypt. There was not a single house where someone had not died.”

Exodus 12:21-30

It is paramount to note the Hyssop plant was used by the Roman soldier to give Jesus a bitter drink as he hung on the cross.

“Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty. A jar of sour wine [vinegar] was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out.”

John 19:28-30,34 New Living Translation

The sour wine the soldier handed to Jesus using the Hyssop branch was vinegar mixed with gall. The vinegar was a light wine that turned acidic. The vinegar or wine was made bitter by mixing it with some other bitter substance such as myrrh, wormwood or poppy that would anesthetize the pain. Gall has several meanings all of which may have been used interchangeably in describing a type of bitterness. New Oxford American Dictionary defines gall as a substance secreted by the gallbladder, an organ beneath the liver. It is also defined as a sore made on the skin by annoyance or impatience because of a restriction or inconvenience. And, lastly, gall is defined as an abnormal growth formed on plants and trees, especially oaks, in response to the presence of insect larvae, mites, or fungi. I see this is as the origin or formation of diseases; abnormal growths or tumors, skin diseases, sexually transmitted diseases and the like because of the annoyance,  impatience, restriction, and the inconvenience of adhering to God’s commands.

“The Lord saw this and drew back, provoked to anger by his own sons and daughters. He said, ‘I will abandon them; then see what becomes of them. For they are a twisted generation, children without integrity. I will weaken them with famine, burning fever, and deadly disease. I will send the fangs of wild beasts and poisonous snakes that glide in the dust. Outside, the sword will bring death, and inside, terror will strike both young men and young women, both infants and the aged. Their vine grows from the vine of Sodom, from the vineyards of Gomorrah. Their grapes are poison, and their clusters are bitter. Their wine is the venom of serpents, the deadly poison of cobras. Look now; I myself am he! There is no other god but me! I am the one who kills and gives life; I am the one who wounds and heals; no one can be rescued from my powerful hand!”

Deuteronomy 32:19-20,24-25,32-33,39

They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.”

Matthew 27:34 King James Version

And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.”

Mark 15:23 King James Version

In a similar fashion, like the Hebrew and Greek words for lust, there are several Hebrew and Greek for the word gall. The Hebrew word for gall is mrêrâh  and mrôrâh which means bile from bitterness, poison or venom of a serpent. It derives from the word mârar  meaning to make or cause to be bitter. The prefix mar means bitterness, bitter oneself, be enraged, to be strong, bitter water or food, cry, pain, end of wickedness, of harlot’s end; to cause to trickle, a drop, flowing down, in the sense of distillation, the process of purifying a liquid by heating and cooling, or the process of extracting the essential meaning or most important aspects of something. The Hebrew word rôʼsh means a poisonous plant probably the poppy plant from its conspicuous head or generally poison including the poison of serpents. Additionally, the Hebrew word min mrôrâh means a part of bitterness, or from bitterness or out of bitterness. The origin of the preposition min comes from the Hebrew word mên meaning apart; hence a musical chord, as parted or separated into strings. The Greek word for gall is cholē and is associated with a Christian female from Corinth. I I Corinthians 1:11  notes members of Chloe’s household were divided and quarreling. The name Chloe means green or greenish hue. However, the word cholē means a poison, bile, bitter things, or an anodyne (Greek word anōdunos) meaning without pain which is not likely to provoke dissent or offense; inoffensive, often deliberately or a pain-killing drug. 

Hyssop was the tool David requested to be cleansed. Hyssop was the tool used to extend Yeshua [Jesus] a drink to quench his thirst. David accepted the tool that was used to offer him bitterness. Yeshua declined the tool that was offered to quench his thirst. Bitterness was the tool used to purge everything that didn’t belong in David’s heart, mind, body, soul, life, and home.  This purging process also affected Bathsheba, David's wife. She lost a child. Bitterness was the venom left by a serpent. The sting of a serpent is deadly. The serpent hisses or whispers things in your ear that are contrary to God’s commands. The serpent was doing this beguiling dance with Adam and Eve in the garden. The man and the woman’s only task was to tend and protect the garden. However, if you want to remove a soldier or guard from his or her post how would you do that? You would distract the guard while you complete your mission of stealing, killing, and destroying. The serpent thoroughly surveyed and studied the landscape. He was very observant. He was strategic. He established the best location and time to attack and chose the guard with the least amount of strength. He saw that he could take down the weaker vessel - the woman. The serpent disarmed the woman through a seemingly harmless interaction - a conversation. Having a conversation is not sex, but for a woman, it is surely a doorway to sex. The serpent knew the man was not engaged. This is how the serpent was able to succeed in his plot to remove the garden keepers. The serpent’s tactics began with surface conversation which led to a more intimate conversation which caused the woman to spend more time with the serpent. The more time she spent with the serpent the easier it became for the serpent to twist her thoughts and her words. Now that the serpent had effectively destabilized the woman’s thought process and morals, he could effectively whisper a suggestion. The suggestion figuratively mixed a concoction like gall, the drink consumed by strong soldiers and the drink offered to those who were going to be put to death. The serpent successfully extended this bitter concoction to a suffering woman as a means alleviating her pain. What was Eve’s pain? We don’t know specifically. But we can surmise that she was learning how to tend the garden with Adam. She was learning how to navigate living with a man. The man and woman were given clear instructions. No further choice was necessary. But the serpent found a way to engage the woman in a dialogue that made her question the original instruction. The serpent knew her bewilderment was made possible by her ignorance of The Creator; the Chief musician that placed her in the garden with the man from whom she was shaped. The serpent was cunning. He was skilled in this area. The woman was naive.  She was green and inexperienced in the cunning nature of a serpent. Adam was still very new at protecting the woman and the garden. He was still learning as well. Although Adam was still learning the ropes, he was the strongest of the two in understanding the nature of navigating the garden. He was the first human The Creator placed in the garden. Naturally,  Adam was more experienced than Eve. Removing Adam and Eve from the garden is proof the woman’s innate structure was not designed to navigate the garden without Adam. The woman believed, she alone, could handle the conversation with the serpent. But the serpent was too crafty. Eve needed Adam’s experience. Adam needed to intervene so the serpent could see Eve was protected and could not manipulate her naivety. The woman needed Adam to show up and kick the serpent out of the garden! 

The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.”

Genesis 3:1-6 New living Translation

There was and still remains only One being more powerful than both the man and the woman who can take-down the serpent.

There was and still remains only One being more powerful than both the man and the woman who can take-down the serpent.

There was and still remains only One being more powerful than both the man and the woman who can take-down the serpent.

Because the man did not protect the naive woman from the serpent, he was removed from the garden along with his wife. The man failed to teach the instructions the Creator gave him to his wife. The man knew how to identify each creature in the garden; he named them! This means he had the skills set to identify the traits of each creature. A name represents the character. Adam knew the character of each living creature in the garden. The garden illustrates that we are all connected to all living organisms on the earth. Adam’s sin was he did not follow the initial instruction. He was instructed to tend the garden, including Eve. Eve’s sin was that she did not know the character of the one who gave the instruction, and she did not stop the conversation with the serpent to allow Adam to handle the serpent. Eve’s independent spirit, a blessing in context, was a curse out of context. Eve not fully knowing the instructions or the instruction giver caused both her and Adam to fail. Daughters, if a serpent begins a conversation with you, run, don’t walk. Go and get your husband! If you are not married, run to your Heavenly Father. This triple braided chord is your protection. Never ever untie it. Never. Ironically, when The Creator put a foundation in place, there was no vegetation on the earth. From experience, we know that plants and vegetation need assistance. Some plants grow wild, but many need to be cultivated. At this realization, Adam and Eve became a team in cultivating the earth.

“This is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth. When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For the Lord God had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil. Instead, springs came up from the ground and watered all the land. Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” So the Lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’” This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”

Genesis 2:4-9, 15-24 New Living Translation

As I reflect on the magnitude of Psalms 51, I had no clue God was going to take me on an amazing journey to experience to discover treasures in His word. Amazing! I remember saying to God "I need you to break it down to me like I'm a three." I needed God to make His words plain because I couldn't build on fairy dust. I asked God to explain to me the concept of His kingdom and the concept of faith. I believe He has delivered a million times over. The Creator’s wisdom is beyond extraordinary. Daughters, I am proof. The Creator revealed to me the sordid details of my sins and how they came to be. Now, He’s called me to share with you the gift of His knowledge, wisdom, and discernment. He’s called me to share the gift of His salvation through these expositions. Through David’s song, I see I was very naive. I was green in the matters of life, men, sexuality, and the schemes of the adversarial spirit; the serpent. Tasting forbidden fruit is very bitter. It leaves a taste in your mouth that you never want to taste again. It’s an experience you don’t want anyone else to have as well, not even your worst enemy. Jesus refused the drink. He knew just how bitter it could be. The soldiers used Hyssop branches to serve Jesus poison to quench his thirst, anguish, and grief. There is absolutely nothing about this drink that quenches anyone’s thirst or relieves suffering. Jesus [Yeshua] knew this and refused to be anesthetized with poison. He chose to endure the pain of the salvation process. Psalm 51 opening with David’s salutation, “To the Chief Musician, A Psalm of David," is a beautiful reminder that The Creator is deeply involved in the process of creating every sacred song; even the bitter ones.

A Prayer of Awareness of The Creator’s Order

And may [Yahweh, Jehovah Elohim, The Creator, I AM, Redeemer, Source of All Truth, Father of Lights, Heavenly Father, Deliver, and Shepherd]

May you continue to provide all that I need.

May you continue to let me rest in green meadows.

May you continue to lead me beside peaceful streams. 

May you continue to renew my strength. 

May you continue to guide me along right paths, bringing honor to your name.

 Even [in the midst of the darkest valley, May you continue to help me not be afraid, please stay very close beside me. 

May your rod and your staff continue to protect and comfort me. 

May you continue to prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. 

May you continue to honor me by anointing my head with oil. 

May you continue to allow my cup to overflow with blessings. 

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will continuously pursue me all the days of my life, and May I continue to live your house, the house of Yahweh forever.

Psalms 23:1-6 New Living Translation

And so shall it be.

About Temika Moore: Shining A Light With Pen And Mic

Temika Moore is an inspirational speaker, educator, singer, songwriter, cultural impact consultant, and arts advocate. For over 20 years Temika Moore has been performing live and writing music with inspiring and empowering messages. She has extended her inspirational songwriting ability into a new blog entitled "Temika Moore: Shining A Light With Pen And Mic." Temika Moore is a re-imagined 21st-century town crier posting notices on behalf of the court of truth as commissioned by I AM, The King, The Creator, The Source, The Redeemer, and The Father to every woman asking, seeking, and knocking to know The Truth. The town crier tradition dates back to the 18th century and is described as one who makes public pronouncements in the streets on behalf of the courts. Before making public announcements, a town crier would ring a handbell and shout the words “Oyez, Oyez, Oyez." Oyez means “hear ye” which is a call for silence and attention. 

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