Bit & Bridle

I sit this morning., watching laborers in coveralls working feverishly to repair this old building a day following a winter’s blizzard, where they have to first cut through ice and melt snow to do what they look like they wish to…place new gutters on an old building…It has been an hilarious project to watch…but is grievously sad and frightening at the same moment…First the roofs were replaced, a team worked day and night, hammering away for a week or two…they were unable to finish, so…they are back now, doing little by little when they may.
Why they chose today??? Is beyond me but made sense for G-d knows why…
Why wait for Spring? G-d created winter only to sell stuff and encourage road accidents…

At the same time they started working on the concrete walkways…and window replacements, unable to finish either and leaving a mess which mostly I tried to clean up for them…and it goes on…but why care?

That a bankrupt housing authority which has been robbing tenants and the state for years, and now is given a grant to do work in the middle of winter, to no one’s profit, but the evil one…

The apartments themselves remain unclean dwellings, plagued with ages of uncleanness that redoing the façade of the structure may only sarcophagus-ize…Was that the enemy’s intent all along??

Jer 6:7 As a well keeps its waters fresh, So she keeps fresh her wickedness.

I feel badly for the laborers, the work of their hands is a testimony against them but I am sure they have little or no choice in the matter.

Psa 32:11 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the L-RD, mercy shall compass him about.
Be glad in the L-RD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

You get what you give from whom you gave what you got and had to give?

Mal 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the L-RD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Ridiculously, tragically comedic nation/country the USA is! Government so deep in debt to dead presidents who were in debt when they founded her to dead kings, demanding labor and taxes, rents and mortgages from people without a snowball’s chance in hell of achieving one of the most far fetched dreams in the universe…an actor ruins the presidential office, leaves it to a schmuck who leaves it to a horse leach, who relinquishes command to an abomination for abominations by abominations…another actor destroys Californian government, washes his hands of it, and goes on to his next acting job and all across the nation leaders follow suit, now they wont even wait for the Chief of staff to get to the meeting before they veto his health plan revamp, and get on with their own “hidden” agenda…new Christian movement born this month says last May day is this May and we’re all going down…Bob Barker not surprised…

But when their job is to push buttons, enact whims, pound gavels, argue and manipulate, sit around and pass wind, scratch themselves in dark places, and basically perpetuate their frat house and sorority antics and dreams throughout their adult life, letting anyone who agrees to work to this end; work and be paid for as long as he or she may be able or will, what have they to lose of personal integrity which they may have never possessed in this life in the first place, leaving them no better and bereft in the last?

Pro 19:10-11 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

I open my AOL browser this morning to see Mr. Obama hugging what looked like some random skinhead who looks suspiciously like the Az. shooter from behind, but who happens to be the husband of the tragic victim of a shooting in Az. Almost as if he means to boast that he ordered the hit, but is claiming to be grief stricken, and wishes to offer “words that heal…” I wonder if these words would come from Islam’s Quran?

Adm. Mike Mullen is all for beefing up “the partnership between the two nations..” USA and Afghanistan??? Evidentially, if you can’t beat them or never meant to, join them and convert to Islam?

I know it may sound crazy to claim that both Obama and this woman’s husband and the murderer are all one and the same, but why not? That is our enemy, the enemy of the USA, the enemy of G-d. That is how perverse and sick the heart of the evil one is.

And what I mean to give the reader of this, is a new way of reading the news, so that you may be able to get some useful information out of it…The devil loves to boast! And kindness and commiseration are his most frequently used weapons of deception. Leaving you utterly defenseless when he strikes! And it is best when there is no evidence of his having struck at all. A sick, marred vessel is the devil’s triumphant trophy, and the world is littered with trophy cases. I was glad to hear, if it is true, that the victim forgave therefore. But I don’t know how much truth there is to that either.


Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the L-RD G-d had made.

2Cr 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Isa 14:21 Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.

Jer 32:30 For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only done evil before me from their youth: for the children of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the work of their hands, saith the L-RD.

Luke 23:31 For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?

Pharaoh, Caesar, Herod, etc., they are capitalistic, build crazy son’s of guns, who don’t know why the L-RD ever built a Temple and much less what it is for. They just saw something built and as Nimrod, wanted to compete, build something better, finer, to prove what they could do….

But that is why it was called Solomon’s Temple. Solomon couldn’t build a house of cards! Never mind a palace of masonry…Nevertheless, he was chosen to amen this or that, and only the L-RD could and did tell him when he was no longer fit to say “Amen.”

This is just one grand delusion trying to replace the many built before it…

2Th 2:11 And for this cause G-d shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

And G-d does not want anyone building anything at this point…We are unfit. Shame upon Israel and America for claiming otherwise…at the behest of some sand rats who want nothing but for us all to join them in the desert wilderness…

And so we must, as citizens of a higher and nobler mindset, be willing to forgive all this nonsense, but not to perpetuate it, or continue paralyzed by a politically correct monster run amok…

It is our duty as citizens of a great and free nation to uphold those standards and resolutions which made her great and free.

What of chivalry? When men could open doors for women and one another…Now with automatic doors, the Internet, etc. we need not even notice one another as we pass in the aisles of convenience.

What of honesty, integrity, nobility, due process, worth, esteem, prestige. What of whatsoever?

I despise the modern age with its amenities and niceties which are all cloak and no coat…

But it is always nice when someone helps another in earnest; rarer still to see justice done.

Why must airs be judged airs and not intentions true, or acts virtuous brought into question while things and acts unclean or abominable judged for what they may be or indeed are, are considered crimes against humanity?

Where is the humanity born of our relationship with G-d in these “judgments” which profit only those interested parties with whom G-d is most angry?

Jhn 16:8-11 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

Rom 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever [is] not of faith is sin.

Phl 4:8-9 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the G-d of peace shall be with you.

There is a great amount of reward in treating people with noble affectation. On the other hand, there is a great amount of crime committed in defrauding a nation with feigned words and masked intentions.

What we lose of everyday life and reality is unforgivable.

Pro 26:25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.

What a grievous disservice we do ourselves and one another heeding whatever voice or power grants us the so-called freedom to do as we please.

Rom 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of G-d: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

Psa 12:3-8 The L-RD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:
Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?
For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the L-RD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.
The words of the L-RD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Thou shalt keep them, O L-RD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

Isa 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

2Cr 8:15 As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.

Isa 58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

Psa 2:6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

The L-RD rebuke you, America.

Let His people be! Let New Izrael be born!

Exd 3:18-19 And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him,
The L-RD G-d of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the L-RD our G-d.

Jos 18:3 And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, How long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the L-RD G-d of your fathers hath given you?

The Pride of humanity will be its undoing.

The past is the past, tomorrow begins with embracing today. You can’t get anywhere from nowhere. We have to start somewhere.

Relinquished Required Residential Regulatory Recognition of Rights for the Redeemed:

The L-RD’s Sense-Us & Keep It Simple:

-Tribe of Origin (if known) or desired tribal affiliation

-Sex: M or F?

-Sexual Orientation

-Profession, talent or experience

-Desired position/work/labor

-Marital status

-Children, pets, livestock

-Ethnicity

-Preferred Living Arrangement

-Past/Current substance abuse/use

-If not Judaism, religion practiced or professed desiring to merge with Zionism

-Conservative or Liberal promptings (if understood)

-Baptized/Penitent/Desire to atone

-Sexually active, abstinent, virginal

-Social/Antisocial/ Introvert/Extrovert

-Very briefly, please describe past or present political activity and current political bent.

-Vegetarian, Vegan, Omnivore, etc.

-PS2 or PS3, XBox or Wii

This is just an idea of what we could establish in New Izrael/Zion, in order to free up the time and space, equity and satisfaction vulgar man has come to expect of his country and G-d, and devote all our strength and free time to building the Third Temple for those who may work at and for the redemption of all mankind.

Priority first and foremost being shown to Zion’s lambs in a way and fashion olde that makes them equal with and in the new; not given to stray, fight, or brawl amongst themselves or against their L-RD, nation, and the brethren what fight to secure their homeland. Joseph may still and yet be the only son worthy of a many coloured coat, but Benjamin has his Zim rights, and each of the tribe’s their claim to fame/recognition.

As an upshot of having a House for Our G-d in our land, in the place that He chose generations ago, our dwellings, all across the land would become less of land cumbering eyesores, and more of a sign and testimony of resigned poverty and humility of self, sacrificing the same for the good of our Nation, the love of Our G-d, and the preservation of our bountiful, beautiful homeland.

“In 1974, E.F. Schumacher wrote a book about “people-first” economics called “Small Is Beautiful.” One of his ideas — innovative at the time, less controversial some 25 years later — was that we often use big solutions to solve big problems. We build the Hoover Dam when a chain of small hydroelectrics would do the job — and threaten the environment.
Jews also tend to apply a bigger-is-better approach to our struggles with problems arising in a sinful world. We try everything to succeed in ever-escalating gambits for success. But Judaism offers a better way. Like a growing tree, the kingdom advances in small increments. Think of saying no today, not vowing to never be unmindful or sinful again, but just saying no now. Or call an accountability partner once a week, not swearing to phone every day for six weeks. Just planning ahead by treating today as what it should be, an opportunity to be all that you may be.
Big changes — kingdom changes — start small. And small is beautiful.

First we must free ourselves from the shackles of slavery imposed on ourselves by our agreement with a government that should not be, or must be reformed to do us no harm and our L-RD all good.

“The Israelites still have a slave mentality despite having experienced G-d’s redemptive power. No matter how much G-d has done for them, they still lack confidence in G-d’s saving power.” Etz Hayim Commentary

Mormon 9

http://lds.org/scriptures/bofm/morm/9?lang=eng

This Third Temple would not become like the old, something that had to be destroyed because it was used in vain…

But instead, this would be something all of the world could be proud of, in that they would be abandoning all self conceit and trade waywardness for unique and applicable every day concern for a Higher Purpose realized in small ways by small decision. Whether Jew, Hebrew, Gentile, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim or what have you for labels, this would make all One in the same G-d and House for G-d which is for the prayers of all peoples.

I do not say that the L-RD requires an House built for Him to dwell in but that in order to fulfill His word and our covenant renewed, it must needs be that we unite to do this work, to bring the Glory of G-d to earth as in David and Solomon’s time, or even as at Mt Sinai unto Moses.

To redeem generations of children who have gone astray and used the L-RD to their own ends and to fulfill their own desires two-fold damnable yet seven-fold understandable in the confusion of idolatry that is the wide-spread result of worshipping Jesus Christ and wanting nothing to do with the G-d of Jesus Christ.

Indeed, if we could fulfill our purpose in our daily walk in any one place, or worldwide, there would be no need of a tabernacle/temple, but because we are scattered, and there is no real unity of purpose that has its origins in G-d and not fallen man, there remains a need for a Temple and temple works/sacrifice.

“If B’nei Yisoel would observe the Shabbos properly afilu yom echod (even one day), Moshiach would come.”

“A united people merits G-d’s intervention.

Often in life we think we can escape our problems by running away, only to find our problems running after us.

There is a long way which is short and a short way which is long.

Although G-d rejoiced over the Israelites who were redeemed from Egypt, G-d was not comforted for those who died without seeing the deliverance.

Although Jews may be divided in their beliefs and opinions, with no authority to compel their belief, they should be united in action (Jeremiah 24:7; Ezekiel 11:19; Ezekiel 36:26; Kehillah in Rome 8:23)..

The prophet repeatedly exhorts the Israelites to overcome fear and loss through assurances that the L-rd will deliver them from their land of captivity. They will receive judgment in proper measure, without unilateral doom. One senses here a consolation for the dismayed. The promise of calm and quiet is not yet a reality.
[Recall that] innocent Egyptians had to suffer because of their rulers stubbornness
In short, all of us eventually pay for what we have done wrong.”

This is America, not Japan. What a monstrosity would arise overnight, if every man were to be put to forced labor, or urged to be employed or else counted worthless otherwise.

I think it is wisdom in our Government to be generous/charitable toward those who cannot or do not work. Yet to require nothing of them in return is not wisdom.

And I have found that it is often women and minorities employed by and for Social Security and the “Guvment” who use the system to defraud the system and particularly to hurt any white males they may in anyway they may by using loopholes and glitches or supposed errors to mess up a man’s life, as they did to me, or tried to. To grant just anyone that sort of power is societal suicide and apocalypse everday, though at a rate and speed seemingly incremental and inconsequential, wait and see (Yirmeyah 5:31; Nahum 1:9).

It’s like some sort of twisted revenge and they frequently end up hurting themselves, the innocent, and the disabled or otherwise poor and needy and afflicted souls who mean them no harm nor do i believe they mean harm, but that is the consequence of so misusing any system meant to meet the citizenry’s needs many by a shared Commonwealth inexhaustable when governed rightly and fairly (Deuteronomy 15:10-15). When they are not so themselves, just poorly employed. That is why Social Security fell apart in the USA, not because the system or country went broke but because the system was sabotaged from within to the gain of the unworthy and thus we now have a negro (I mean zero offence, just marking a difference as we ought.) president and many other atrocities and abominations that should not be running the country and world into the grave…It’s all about people without power empowering themselves anyway they can. Not noble nor even civil of them but that is why they sought “civil rights.” And who may really blame them? The Head Negro in Charge let things happen and remains behind the scenes and undetected and free from blame. His integrity is solid and his game is well-played because he knows for Whom he plays or Whom he serves and thereby removes problems as quickly as they arrise and improves woe-doms as soon as he may or ought to, and is never caught off guard or laboring out of season as if he had no head, nor sense, nor reason and works no Treason.

Nevertheless, there are many unemployable people cared for in America and many to care for, and there are not as many jobs as could go around, because to do so would be to extinguish the meaning of freedom, and impose slavery.

Our government was willing to be charitable to a point with even the sons of G-d in order that it may remain a free nation (Mosiah 2).

Liberty would be best but would require of us, as a nation, to keep Torah law and commandments as the most desirable lifestyle choice unto the miraculous being commonplace and the attributed treasure accrued without interesy or usury Commonwealth.

So, for the notion of freedom of religion to flourish we must and do find another way by the Grace of G-d.

Not that G-d is a respecter of persons or other religions, but that we are constrained to tolerate them for the sake of Freedom and Peace.

Gal 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that G-d would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

Rom 4:1-5 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before G-d.
For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed G-d, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of G-d:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Pride goeth before the fall.

What the USA is built upon is generations of man’s blood and sacrifice, which in itself is perversely devilish and not godly at all.

Disabled people are like saviours, who lay down their lives so people may boast incorrectly and in vain of undeserved rewards from the merits of humanity so-called.

To provide for me was/is not the government’s intention in making difficult my circumstance that it might rob me blind; I and other disabled people. Manipulation is not a wise investment of talents and time,but a panicked bid to do what it may with any oportunity remaining. However, the real opportunities were born of my reaction to being so  ill-used or manipulated for to save and make evident the integrity latent in the system wanting nothing more than to benefit itself and mankind when employed by men and  women in their right mind. The blame or the glory is lain at We The People’s feet or dropped in our laps, what we make of that is up to We The People who can’t blame the system or leaders, presidents or anyone other than ourselves for its failure or success.

It is G-d’s Will working behind the scenes to right wrongs done by this nation to the children of G-d for many generations now that makes for a revelation and testimony worth tell and tale, ink and quill, oil and horn, bit and bridle, etc.

We are a far distance of from fulfilling our purpose as a nation and it is because we have abandoned G-d and His Law/Torah.

Might does not make right, Right makes might right.

We need to realize of Whose cup we may drink, and from Whose Table we may eat. Otherwise we will become the enemy of G-d (1 Corinthians 10:20-24).

Some would think it natural that our country is covered with cities and sports arenas and it is their right to disregard their neighbor because they are better than he. But it is not.

I need nothing the government may provide for me, the government needs people like me to bit and bridle it.

This is how we learn Torah and our relationship to G-d (Iyov 12).

Not by assuming we are right but by hoping for His blessing and being obedient to His revealed word.

The reason we encouraged freedom of religion in the first place was to bring people’s of all faiths to G-d, through His Chosen people the Jews. Lest we forget that we drove out the heathen and placed them on reservations, to make Way for Him.

“Oi lahem laberiyos mei’elbona shel Torah”. (“Woe is humankind because of the insulting way with which they treat the Torah”.)

Jhn 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

The USA has been using employment to rape, rob, and murder its own long enough…

Obviously, employment is not the problem. Wolves, dogs, and other unmentionables help themselves everyday to that which they do not deserve through gainful employment that does not profit our nation.

Will being part of the problem beget the solution? I trow not!

Any dumb animal can pull a cart or do a job, and the problem is too many dumb animals are willing to already for all the wrong reasons and rewards.

Rather be on the dole and useful to G-d than hateful to G-d and employed by the Beast or Government of men (who are mostly trained animals on the leashes of women).

Deu 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the L-RD doth man live.

Isa 60:11-12 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.
For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

Mat 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve G-d and mammon.

I will add, that before being disabled, I worked and enjoyed laboring with my fellow Americans for many years and it felt good and right for many reasons I now miss but even then I was no solution bearer. I had no idea why I was working beyond my own need or want for money. How may I now or at any time blame anyone else for doing the same and enjoying it as though it were right and due.

Being employed, I found myself more often than not of little use to my fellows and of less unto my G-d.

And nowadays, I work harder than I ever had then, because now I do work for my fellows and my G-d and the labor is difficult in places opposed to this same kind of zealous ardor.

I would forsake all my works if they were to cause a single man to stumble before G-d, or the result be that one lamb of His be offended and lost.

Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Catholics in particular have been robbing G-d to their own hurt for many generations and that’s a lot of blood to be guilty of shedding.

The very least they could do is welcome His Chosen and learn His Torah (Hebrews 11:40; Doctrine and Covenants 128:18). But He is beneath their feet, they trod upon Him, and so rather than welcome Jews and fulfill Scripture in some whit (1 Nephi 19:7;Helaman 6:31; Alma 5:53; Alma 60:33; Helaman 12:2) They are welcoming Muslims and destroying Muslim’s ability to be of use to G-d and part of the House of Israel as well. They have duped just about all peoples and walks of life to this day. Why not Muslims as well. It is not like Catholics care in the least about anyone, Christ or religion, but just in hiding and preserving satan’s seat (Revelation 2:13) and the whore’s crib (Revelation 17:5).

And Mormons are really no better and learn only in pretense.

It is theft dressed in pomp, with high handed and under handed intent.

Our government has been bankrupt since or before it were ever
Established and that is of course the genius of it and miracle of its success hidden in Christ.

It has had its generations of building up and tearing down. But to be ignorant of the fact is to retard One’s ability to do anything better or different with it, i.e., CHANGE.

That is all part of biblical fulfillment, in a kingdom without end or beginning. There is no bankrupting G-d nor point in trying but that is precisely what the Mother of Abominations is willing to do through no will of her own for she has none. She uses flattery and bribery to achieve wonderful things, but none of it to her or our merit or exaltation.

The only reason it ever fails or succeeds is because it bets against itself and wills its own failure. In not keeping Torah law, years of jubilation, release and conscription of willing servants, etc. They now more than ever before depend upon illusion and confusion to snare, snap, and sap citizens and foreigners alike (Isaiah 8:15; 28:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12).

There are cases of legitimate fortunes being made in good will and charitable regard, and an eye single unto G-d’s and Zion’s glory always succeeds, but they are few and far between and as hard to protect and invest in as our countrymen make it so for what reasons they may not know or show.

If she did not need me I would gladly leave her, but I love my country and have no other purpose but to be of use and goodwill to her and you and all the L-RD’as creatures great and small.

1Cr 3:9-11 For we are labourers together with G-d: ye are G-d’s husbandry, ye are G-d’s building.
According to the grace of G-d which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.
But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

Trillions of dollars in debt is bankrupt, and in deep denial of circumstance.
It is nice yet frightening that we keep playing the game, printing and shelling out money so people may remain in it, but as I say, it is mostly illusion, and to be condemned ultimately. For it is idolatry. And it tendeth toward poverty of spirit (Mishle 11:24-26).

Isa 2:20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;

The government strings people along until they are as defunct as that which they are dependent upon. That is not G-d’s will but Caesar’s.

And so I say, let what you render unto your country be wisely invested or as if not inveted at all.

And Yosef imposed a twenty percent tax on the land of Egypt, which is still prevailing today… (Bereshith 47:26)

Yosef displayed both wisdom and sensitivity in the way he levied this tax. Before he declared it to be law, he explained to the residents of Egypt the uprightness of establishing such an obligation. In doing so he won the confidence of the people, and insured that they would not feel that their money was being taken unjustly. Only then did it become part of the country’s legislation.[1]

As unpleasant as it may be to give over large percentages of one’s earnings, the halachah gives the ruling powers, both on the municipal and national levels, the right to collect taxes. Since they have jurisdiction over the land, they have the right to ask for a reasonable compensation from the residents of the land. If the inhabitants do not pay, the government can force them to leave their land. Therefore, anyone who does not pay taxes has violated the Torah prohibition against theft.[2]

The above halachah is only applicable if the ruling power makes a set tax which has equal standards for every resident of that area. If they single out a certain individual and unfairly tax him disproportionately to the other inhabitants of the land, they are considered thieves, and according to Torah law one is not required to pay such taxes.[3] Likewise, if those who presently have control of the state are not recognized by the residents of the land as the ruling authorities, they do not have a right to collect taxes from the inhabitants, and if they do so they are considered thieves.[4]

Nonetheless, whatever the circumstances may be, there is absolutely no room to sanction taking money from the government which is not rightfully yours.[5] This could cause a desecration of G-d’s name, one of the most serious transgressions. In addition, it may cause taxes to be raised, which would classify those who caused it as gozel eth harabim (having stolen from the public).[6] This in effect means that they have stolen from every person in that area, an act for which it is nearly impossible to repent properly.

1. Seforno on Bereshith 47:26.

2. Bava Kama 113a; Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat 369:6. See also Ran, Nedarim 28a.

3. Rambam, Yad HaChazaka, Gezel 5:14.

4. Ibid. 5:18; Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat 369:2.

5. Responsa Shevet HaLevi 5:172.

6. Pithchei HaShulchan 1:4 (end).

Jonah 2:8; Romans 8:20

Rest Is a Gift

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

We who are saved find rest in Y’shua. Those who are not saved will receive rest if they come to Him, for here He promises to “give” it. Nothing can be freer than a gift; let us gladly accept what He gladly gives. You are not to buy it, nor to borrow it, but to receive it as a gift. You labor under the lash of ambition, covetousness, lust, or anxiety: He will set you free from this iron bondage and give you rest. You are “laden,” yes, “heavy laden” with sin, fear, care, remorse, fear of death; but if you come to Him He will unload you. He carried the crushing mass of our sin that we might no longer carry it. He made Himself the great Burden-bearer, that every laden one might cease from bowing down under the enormous pressure.Y’shua gives rest. It is so. Will you believe it? Will you put it to the test? Will you do so at once? Come to Y’shua by quitting every other hope, by thinking of Him, believing G-d’s testimony about Him, and trusting everything with Him. If you thus come to Him the rest which He wilt give you will be deep, safe, holy, and everlasting. He gives a rest which develops into heaven, and He gives it this day to all who come to Him.

About barzdovg666

I'm a revelationist/prophestylist, and lover and servant of HaShem of Hosts.
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