Sunday, 30 December 2012

Pillars of the Mosaic Covenant

Greetings and One love,

I just want to remind everyone that you have 3 more days to get anything I make on sale.

My princess also selabrated her 5th earthstrong today at home for sabbath, we had a quiet blessed day. I'm so proud to see how much she has grown and how beautiful and amazing she is! Motherhood truly is a blessed gift!

Continuing with the Mosaic Covenant and Isra'el, here's an overview and list of the Laws or Code of Conduct as detailed in the Penteteuch: 

The Pillars  of  the Mosaic  Covenant 

Overstanding  the “You Shall Not”  Principle

The following ensamples of the Law carry an overall theme of being told “no,” “don't,” “you shall not” and are therefore very restrictive or curbing of the carnal or egotistical appetite. Because of the authoritative “obey or die” attitude that comes with Law of any kind (like Hebrew, Caesarean Ethiopian or Egyptian), many of RasTafari shy away from acknowledging submission to a Law or Code of Conduct. Instead they may concentrate more on the physical manifestation of RasTafari like the pan-Afrikan socio-political, musical, aesthetic and humanitarian aspects of the Rastafari Identity. The concept of Livity somehow for many avoids a strict law – but in reality that couldn’t be farther from the truth as our Livity is our Law of Living Right.
            I and I must consider that if we turn to the spiritual side of our Faith, and ask ourselves why we call ourselves Rastafari, and why I and I Hail and Praise His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, we would find that the Law is the basic foundation of RasTafari Morality. Furthermore in any Scripture used considers deeply the Law and ethics: such as the 81- Book Ethiopian Bible, The Gospel of the Nazarenes, or the Books of Enoch, Jubilees and Jasher;[1] or the Kebra Nagast and Feta Nagast which detail Ethiopia's Israelite Covenant. These Ethiopian Hebrew texts all deal with the “you shall not” principles in defining the correct Way for Isra'el to live.
             The Hebrew laws for spiritual and social cleanliness are a compilation of denials, philosophical principles, and basic reprimands on inhumanity. In the context of the Hebrew clan, they highlight and rebuke common mistakes that the Israelites in exile and at home in the East made and were berated for directly.
            Though it may seem hard to imagine the Biblical time and era as compared to mainstream history knowledge, diligent study of every text of the Hebrew-Israelite and Gentile Chronicles reveals that both contain a pattern of emotional, cultural, carnal and social needs and follow basic patterns that are testaments of human nature.  Solomon often said that there was “nothing new under the sun,” but we are too vain and filled with self-righteousness to see our true lack of power when it comes to the Word of God and the creational laws the world was made by.
            In order to know what is Right and Godly, or to be a spiritually grounded, intelligent and mature, formed by the inspiration and loving kindness of the King of Kings of Ethiopia and His Blessed Wife; Rastafari must have an overall idea and feel of the atmosphere and the relationship that existed between the tribes and their Prophet, Priest and God-King which spoke on behalf of the Living God and dealt justice and goodness. We need to know what we shall not do.
            Our job is not to repeat the mistakes that men and women have been making for generations in being violent, hateful, fickle, self-involved, selfish, and perverse. Babylon is not just a concept or a country of old - it is an abominable, greedy Western mentality, one whose darkness is so powerful that it blocks out all the Light shining Truth, and Wisdom in the God-Self that rises in the East.  We are so ingrained in exile that few of us are able to know the wrong or care to avoid it.

The Ten Tenets of Jahovah  given  by Moses

And JAH spoke all these Words saying:

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make for yourself a carved image: any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
 Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbour’s.”
(Exodus 20:3-17).

 You Shall Not

            Some of the ancient laws Moses had to add to the Ten Commandments in order to give Isra’el a chance to right themselves; are listed here for reference and familiarity sake. You shall not:

1)      Make any graven image, worship or serve them
2)      Take the Name of JAH in vain
3)      Do any work during the Sabbath/ defile it (Exodus 31:14-15, 35:2)
4)      *Kill (or smite, Exodus 21:12, 15, Leviticus 24:17, 21)
5)      *Commit adultery
6)      *Steal
7)      Bear false witness against your neighbour's
8)      Covet your neighbour's wife or possessions - Exodus 20:4-17
9)      Vex or oppress a stranger (anyone)  - Exodus 22:21, 23:9
10)  Afflict any widow or fatherless child – Exodus 22:22
11)    Be a moneylender and charge interest to the poor you lend to – Exodus 22:25
12)   Revile the gods or curse the ruler of your people – Exodus 22:28, Acts 23:5
13)   Delay to offer first fruits, and first-born sons to JAH (Nazirite) – Exodus 22:29
14)   Raise a false report or be an unrighteous witness
15)   Follow a multitude to do evil
16)   Show partiality to a poor man in his dispute
17)  Take any bribe – Exodus 23:1-8
18)   Worship the enemy's gods or do after their works – Exodus 23:24
19)   Make any Covenant with the enemy or their gods – Exodus 23:32
20)   Kindle any fire in your house on the Sabbath – Exodus 35:3
21)   Eat any manner of fat – Leviticus 7:23
22)   Eat any manner of blood – Leviticus 7:26, 17:14, 19:26
23)    *Uncover the nakedness of your kin or lay with your kin (Leviticus 20:11-12)
24)   Uncover the nakedness of a woman's kin
25)  Uncover the nakedness of an unfree (menstruating) woman
26)   Lie carnally with your neighbour's wife
27)   *Commit human/child sacrifice to gods
28)   *Lie with mankind as with womankind
29)   *Lie with beasts or animals – Leviticus 18: 6-23
30)   Steal, deal falsely or lie to one another
31)   *Swear by JAH's name falsely or profane it
32)   Defraud or rob your neighbour
33)   Curse the deaf, but a stumbling block before the    blind
34)   Do any unrighteous judgement
35)   Be a talebearer or stand against the life of your neighbour
36)   Hate your brother in your heart
37)  Avenge or bear grudges against your fellow man
38)   Let your livestock breed with another kind. You shall not sow your field with mixed seed. Nor shall a garment of mixed linen and wool come upon you.
39)  Eat anything with the blood, nor shall you practice divination or soothsaying.
40)  Round the corners of your heads, mark the corners of your beard.
41)  Many any cuttings in flesh or print marks in flesh in grieving or in memory of the dead
42)  Prostitute your daughter – Leviticus 19: 11-29
43)  Wear that pertaining to the opposite sex – Deuteronomy 22:5
44)  *Listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul – Deuteronomy 13:3
45)  Add or diminish words of the law in order to keep God's commandments – Deuteronomy 4:2.
46)  *Rebel against Commandments – Joshua 1:18
47)  *Plead for Baal – Judges 6:31
48)   *Fail to seek the Lord of Israel – 2 Chronicles 15:13
49)  *Curse your parents – Exodus 21:17, Leviticus 20:9, Matthew 16: 28, Mark 9:1
50) Spill your seed outside the womb - Genesis 38:9

            * Are acts said to be worthy of death. Because we all do some or many of these sins and behave unjustly towards one another, it should not be surprising that our world has a very high mortality rate. We cause one another to die, and we by our unclean, Anti-Christ hearts, kill ourselves. The need of the Law or some form or Code of Conduct to prevent our deaths and wickedness can therefore never be down-played or overlooked. Our honourable standing in the courts of Zion is an important and daily meditation every Rastafari soul must consider and embrace.

[1] The internet can be used to find these texts.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Just an Iditation leaving 2012

Blessed Day and Livity to the I,

Today is a busy day for me - I have Ila Designs to ship out from the sale, I have to finalize my own princess' earthstrong presents and activities and finish up two new AfroCrochet tote bags.
But regardless of all I have to do I find myself Iditating on the Babylon new year a lot recently. When December 31st rolls around, I am not one that escapes that feeling of contemplation and reflection on what has passed. Was I successful? Happy? Did I achieve what I wanted for this year gone? Where did the time go?  What were the highlights, the lows? What don't I want to repeat? What must I yet again improve upon? What does JAH think of me right now? How has the year been for my daughter? And then there's the planning her schooling to re-start in January which is a task of its own.

In spite of  all that though, 2013 is another year of hopes and dreams for me and my family.It is another year that I start with optimism, knowing that good things will come. It is another year to proudly and diligently Live RasTafari and praise the Almighty JAH in righteousness.  I know, with JAH's grace and blessings, I will be promoting and expanding the business and hoping to see it finally take solid root to provide a steady income. I will branch out my JAH-given talents into other avenues and work on solidifying my charitable causes. I will be growing in the many functions of life I have to commit to daily. I will be learning and writing and teaching, even expanding the family and embracing motherhood once again, JAH willing.
One day at a time however. No rushing, no anxiety, no straying from the goal and destination. All hopes and wishes are truly at the mercy of JAH and I am just grateful for life, health and strength to dare to even dream and work and achieve.

I wish that all Sistren and Brethren have a measure of selflessness, contentment, courage, faith and a just cause to step into another calendar year out here inna Babylon (who knows what the future holds given that Babylon must fall). This is your freedom, your redemption from death and slavery.

Blessed Love

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

The Working Powers of the Law

Greetings One and All Idren,

I hope that this season has not caught you being obligated to pay homage to the Xmas season against your own wise-mind and will. I was truly tempted to reason on Xmas and what it truly means to remind ones of why RasTafari bunn out these seasons of Babylon - but the chance never came up. I don't know if I will reason on it immediately - should I?
So instead I am offering a continuation on the reasoning about the Law and Isra'el. the following is a recap but in point form:

The Working Powerof  the Law (A recap)

Knowing the Law is one thing, but seeing the benefits, purposes and prophetical consequences of living within JAH's Way is another. The joy in Natural Right discipline is knowing what it can do, what great works it can accomplish for the benefit of personal wellness and of course, Rastafari Redemption. I and I should consider the general working of the law or in other words, how it is of use to us and the effects it has upon us.
The Law, though it is a very strong disciplinary force that battles daily against the desires of the ego, is a great gift for I and I as children of the Promise, and is party to the fulfilment of the Covenant of Abraham which is truthfully a conditional Order and Blessing. By becoming familiar with the Law of Isra'el, I and I are able to unify ourselves within the Rastafari Identity establishing an order to our Name and Way of Life which aids in separating ourselves from Babylon while in exile, in coming together for repatriation and finally and most importantly plants a foundation for our new life in Shashemene, or in whatever Afrikan territory I and I rest.
As Rastafari, adapting a lifestyle that is rooted in the Principles of Godliness is very important, and is an honour to the lives and Ensamples laid out before us by Ras Tafari Makonnen and Woyzero Menen Asfaw as Ithiopians and as Rulers of Judah (Jerusalem and Sheba-Addis Abeba) and Protectors of Levi - the stronghold of all Israel's  and Rastafari's power.
Didn't Yesus ask the Nazirenes to follow Him and to fish more souls for His New Testament to the Old Faith, Covenant and Church? Didn't our King of Kings bid us to do the same, giving us Orthodox churches in the West, reminding all Ithiopians of key points of the Livity and Covenant along the way, such as repatriation, nation building, Sabbath, dressing in gender appropriate attire,  fidelity and raspect for one another and property? Aligning our Livity better with that of Ithiopia, while maintaining our unique Identity as the Dreaded Nazirites, Nazirenes, Restored Beta Israelites or whatever identity one chooses, is for the greater good of Rastafari.
There are many identifiable working powers of the Ithiopian, Mosaic and Nazirene Laws of righteousness, purity and love which sanctify Rastafari everywhere I and I stand firm and bless JAH Rastafari, Who is the Holiest , God-Sent Prophet Priest and King to walk the earth in over two thousand years. Not only did He walk as Melchizedek, but He was given the ultimate prophetical work of restoration. Honouring JAH’s hola way is therefore a tribute to this Work of JAH in our lifetime.
            The most important working function of the Law is to make us hola as JAH is hola. This requirement is the first and greatest Commandment muttered alongside “be fruitful and multiply (in righteousness not procreation by unfeeling, fleeting fornication).” It is what JAH requires most above all things. We can look at being hola or holy as “Whole-ly” in the sense of being set aright again, right side up, back to the First Creation Adam who was initially created a pure soul and flesh.  Holiness is well-being, rationality, goodwill and all positive things which make us truly happy, inspired and ever-living.
The Law establishes balance between man and nature, and among all races of humanity.
The Law is the guideline for the flesh, that ones might be separated and bound to the God-Self. Furthermore, it isn’t for one to make the Law a reminder of sin, it is for one to use the Law as a reminder of holiness.
The Law is the blueprint to morality to help us be good to others and not cause pain through adultery, murder, theft, abuse, neglect, and so on. They are the basic guidelines to living a good life which is recognized as the righteousness of mankind and the Law of JAH's Creation, which from the first seven days, was made “Good.”
It establishes goodwill which is the first step toward love joy and peace.
It establishes raspect and order in the family, keeps us in check and humble and also weary of authority in the home which extends to JAH, church, school, work.
The Law creates temples of righteousness, which are the dwelling places of JAH. The holy ordinances of Isra'el and Ethiopia teach wisdom and truth because they are based on the basic laws of Creation that determine how life should perpetuate. Because we can create and change doesn't always mean that we are Right or justified. Wise-Mind makes sure that I and I remain true to ourselves, which in return is what makes us thrive.
The Law is there to save us from vanity and lust which are strong emotions that cause us to abandon right and goodness to satisfy our bodies and self-esteemed. The Law curbs hunger for selfishness, self-righteousness, narcissism and harsh upon others - feelings which cause one to do anything without serious regard.
The Law sets us back on the Right path when we are misguided, overcome by addiction, hate or depression, and have been leading a life filled with pain, wickedness, ill will and selfishness.
The Law shows us the error, corrects us when we are big enough to take heed.  It makes I and I aware of the presence of JAH by means of the Conscience. Once we are aware of our wrongs, we cannot truly act upon them without some measure of inner turmoil. This is what JAH wants from every one of us – for I and I to be aware of our actions, words and intentions. - to consider HIM and the Right in all things for our own well-being.
In reference to the two sets of foundational Commandments given to Isra'el, first by Moses and much later by Yesus Kristos, both served to isolate a group of related Black and mingled families and cleanse them from the ways of the modern, colonial world which ruled by the oppressive rod of the Anti-Christ. How figures like Moses, Isaiah, Ezra, or Yesus Kristos approached their confused, enslaved people, was no different to how Emperor Haile Selassie I approached the members of the Afrikan continent. Rastafari represent those who heard of His appearance as King of the Throne of David and Judah, and ran to His side ready for restoration and Black Self governance.  The power of the law is magnified by the interconnectivity and common goal between the Old and New Testaments: to renew and recreate the hola nation Isra'el, with all wholly redeemed peoples of the world, especially ruled by Ethiopian New Jerusalem where the queens, kings and priests are separated to the Lord.
The Law makes us less carnal, and more of God, of JAH. It empties the toxic mentalities in our flesh so that the Kristos of Ever-living life can blossom and flourish.