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As I continue to study ancient practices speared on by my friend, Rico Cortes so much of the scriptures start making sense. Largely due to the fact that I am able to see why the Disciples asked various questions of Jesus (Yeshua) or what was protocol in how kingdoms existed with one another. Rico is opening up doors to a greater understanding for me. Of course, I then go and do research that supports what Rico is advancing and also line up the facts with biblical integrity.
I was watching an archived session of Rico's Live Streaming from December 25, 2012 when he said something that I had never considered: Paraphrasing, Yeshua walked on water in order to kick to the curb the notion that the god of thunder or Baal was in charge of the storm!
Ezekiel 20:8 But they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto me; they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.
For proper context I Googled looking for relative information and found the following site which is copyrighted. The information is supportive with good historical data.
Mark 4:39 And he arose and rebuked the wind and he said to the sea, “Stop! Shut up!”, and the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.
Luke 8:24-25 And they came and they awakened him and they were saying to him, “Our Master, our Master, we are being destroyed!” But he arose and rebuked the wind and the waves of the seas, and they ceased and there was calm. And he said to them, “Where is your faith?” But they, being in awe, were marveling, and they were saying one to another, “Who is this, truly, who commands even the wind, the waves and the sea, and they obey him?”
Yeshua asks the question "Where is your faith?" I suggest to you that he used the word faith as if to say..is it in with Baal or the one whom the Father has sent? [Of note, the Father sent him from the beginning not just when Mary or Miriam gave birth]
We tend to discuss the Disciples as if they were somehow disconnected to the idol worship that was rampant in Israel. We also think these guys are a bunch of wide eyed Jews learning how to be Christians. They were Jews. They would have known their history well. There would have been all types of worship of other gods. When the Messiah was there in flesh the time was very lawless, corrupt. The consequence of their unbelief was ROME! Nevertheless, they were all made to study TORAH (No New Testament existed at the time) Jewish kids had to study from a very young age and memorize Torah (See Bet Safar, or House of the Book) Questioning the Messiah's legitimacy was due largely to all of the gods that were being worshiped and or due to the corrupt teaching that was also "mixed" into what Moses was taught as well as Abraham......
John 6:46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God. He has seen the Father.
So who taught Abraham and who taught Moses face to face?
Yeshua walked on the water hence he was not limited by any god, anywhere. His students realized immediately that he was kicking Baal to the curb!