Tabernacle Prayer 2

Tabernacle Prayer 2


Last weekend we attended a “Prayer Conference” at Guiding Light Church, in Birmingham, Al, USA. Pastor Jim Lowe hosted one of the most powerful and spirit-filled prayer conference that I have had the privilege to participate in a long time.
The worship grew louder and louder as the crowd praised the Glory of the Lord and ascribed greatness to His name. Everyone could sense the powerful presence of God’s Holy Spirit.
Each speaker taught about prayer and critical aspects surrounding specific functions of the prophets’ position in the Bible.

After the Conference, someone asked me regarding a statement I made concerning the corners of the prayer shawl or tassels known as tzitzits. The person inquiring noticed my calling the tassel by the Hebrew word, “kanaph” meaning corner. Listen to the following Bible story centered around the Prayer Shawl and the tzitzit.

There was a very courageous, but also very ill woman who lived by the sea of Tiberias, below the Mediterranean Sea. She lived in a lovely and fertile region on the Sea of Galilee, a lake 12 by 7 miles (20 by 11 km) and 700 feet (210 m).
One day, this champion of faith heard about a man whom many believed to be the promised Jew’s Messiah. Because of her apparent studies of the manuscript of the writings of Malachi, this woman demonstrated a complete awareness of the Messiah’s apparel.

Laws-of-Tzitzit                                                                                                              Our sages say that one who fulfills this mitzvah properly merits to have a wife and children.3 He is also protected from sin,4 and in that merit he is assured that he will see the face of the Shechinah (Divine Presence)”.
As more Jews became secular, or materialistic, we have lost much of the Jewish culture except for those who remained faithful to the Torah. One of the main reasons Adonai placed Israel where it is located today is because this sacred land sits between two continents separated by the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. No one could travel from Asia to Africa unless they passed Israel’s borders. The Jews’ observance of Torah was designed to point man to God.

Notice that the tiny nation of Israel is located at the top of this map.


  1. Lebanon in the north, the Golan Heights and Syria in the northeast, the West Bank and Jordan in the east, the Gaza Strip and Egypt in the southwest.

If the Jews dressed in an ordinary fashion, no one would ask them, “Why do you dress that way?” It was the regulations of Torah that became their identity. The most important form of “faith'” is the substance that leads humankind to the Glory of God.

Complete Jewish Bible                                                                                   Matthew 9:20 A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years approached him from behind and touched the tzitzit on his robe. (Mat 9:20 CJB)
It was only after the multitude saw the miracle of the tzitzit when they ran and brought their sick and diseased to Jesus. Again, this miracle of the tzitzit occurred.

35 When the people of the place recognized him, they sent word throughout the neighborhood and brought him everyone who was ill.
36 They begged him that the sick people might only touch the tzitzit on his robe, and all who touched it were completely healed.

Complete Jewish Bible                                                                                  Matthew 15:1 Then some P’rushim and Torah-teachers from Yerushalayim came to Yeshua and asked him,
2 “Why is it that your talmidim break the tradition of the Elders? They don’t do n’tilat-yadayim before they eat!”
3 He answered, “Indeed, why do you break the command of God by your tradition?” (Mat 14:35-15:3 CJB)

The Messiah’s garments tell the story of God’s covenant with the Hebrews. Thus, because she had a knowledge of the writings of Exodus, Numbers, Isaiah, and Ezekiel, it is no wonder that she saw the Jew’s Messiah, the Savior of the World in a light that some religious leaders totally missed. Her actions indicated her expectation of a literal manifestation would take place when she touched the tzitzit at the corner of the prayer shawl. Jesus was not surprised that the miracle happened. He was impressed that this woman understood, then acted on what she believed the prophecy of Malachi 4:2 meant:

2 “But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. (Mal 4:2 NLT)

On the day that this believing, sickly woman met Yeshua (Jesus Christ of Nazareth), she was armed and equipped with knowledge of the Jewish culture and Hebrew heritage.

What is amazing to me is that this anemic, tired, and weak woman of faith endured the pushing and shoving of the crowd and pushed forward! When she got to the Messiah, she reached for the tzitzit and released a prophetic conversation between God and the prophet Malachi.
To the woman, the Tillit was the Tabernacle, and the Sun of Righteousness was in His Holy Place under the Tallit.



8 “Have the people of Israel build me a holy sanctuary so I can live among them.
9 You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you.

Tzitzit (ציצית) translates from the Hebrew as “fringes” or “tassels.” The tzitzit are closely related to the tallit (טָלֵית), which translates from the Hebrew as “cloak.”

03671 @n”K’ kanaph {kaw-nawf’}
Meaning: 1) wing, extremity, edge, winged, border, corner, shirt 1a) wing 1b) extremity 1b1) skirt, corner (of garment)

Can you imagine the humility of Christ as He wears the Tallit, which represents a time when He was with His six-winged creatures – the protectors of His Holiness and Glory? With incredible compassion, Christ turned and looked into her weak and dim eyes. Then, He complimented her on her faith. While trembling in fear, this feeble servant had unlocked the doors of a Kingdom that was waiting for someone with the right key. It was as though she entered into the Tabernacle and said to the King, “I recognized you by Your tzitzit.”

Tabernacle Prayer

Tabernacle Prayer

“I will meet with you there and talk to you.”

While every believer prays to God and offers Him thanksgiving, praise, and worship; most Christians pray out of habit – at morning time and then again at bedtime. However, there are some Christians who pray “just because” prayers that erupt from having an intimate relationship with God. They do not wait to talk to Him when they have a particular need or when there is trouble in the camp. These worshipers have discovered the meaning of the term “creating a dwelling place for the presence of the Holy Spirit.” For new Christians, this may seem a bit excessive, but mature Christians know the importance of taking time out to develop a divine residence with the Holy One.

The dwelling place

According to the Hebrew Bible, the Tabernacle (Hebrew: מִשְׁכַּן‎‎,520px-stiftshuette_modell_timnapark Mishkan, “residence” or “dwelling place”), was the portable earthly dwelling place for the Shekhinah from the time of the Israelites’ exodus out of Egypt to their conquest of the land of Canaan.

One of the most prominent reasons why God’s servants come to the dwelling of the Lord is to hear God’s voice. Some new Christians use their time in prayer to talk to God. Mature Christians come to the dwelling place to hear from God. A word from the Lord could come in the form of an audible voice, or it could be a quiet “knowing” in one’s spirit.

Holy of Holies, Ark of the Covenant,

Fotolia_17391512_XS-(1)Exodus 25:20-22: The cherubim will face each other and look down on the atonement cover. With their wings spread above it, they will protect it.
21 Place inside the Ark the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, which I will give to you. Then put the atonement cover on top of the Ark.
22 I will meet with you there and talk to you from above the atonement cover between the gold cherubim that hover over the Ark of the Covenant. From there I will give you my commands for the people of Israel. (NLT)

God would speak to His prophets at a prepared place where there was a reverent fear of the Lord and for the terms of His Covenant.
While some people view obedience to the Word of God as hard work, there are others who take joy in showing God that His Word is the best path for their lives.

A Psalms 119 worshipper:

4 You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully.
5 Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees!
6 Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands.
7 As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should!
(Psa 119:4-7 NLT)
1Jo 5:3 Loving God means keeping His commandments. His commandments are not burdensome.

Designating a room in your home can be your meeting place with God. The solitude of being alone while driving to and from work or school can be the place you have set aside to have a worshipful moment. What is more important is that God knows when you have designated such a time and place, You create it and He will bless your “dwelling place.”

The structure referred to in Scripture as the tabernacle was the center of the worship of Yahweh by the people of Israel from shortly after the Exodus until later replaced by Solomon’s Temple around 960 b.c.

The term “tabernacle” is sometimes used to refer to one part of a larger complex: the tent-like structure that stood within a court enclosed by linen curtains.

Just as the Temple was dedicated as a place to experience God’s presence, the presence fell wherever God was pleased. However, God told Saul to go to a particular location; and when he got there, God would give him a different spirit. It seems that God prefers appropriate places for Himself to dwell.

The Lord will meet with you in prayer

5 “When you arrive at Gibeah of God, where the garrison of the Philistines is located, you will meet a band of prophets coming down from the place of worship. They will be playing a harp, a tambourine, a flute, and a lyre, and they will be prophesying.
6 At that time the Spirit of the LORD will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them. You will be changed into a different person.
7 After these signs take place, do what must be done, for God is with you.
8 Then go down to Gilgal ahead of me. I will join you there to sacrifice burnt offerings and peace offerings. You must wait for seven days until I arrive and give you further instructions.”
9 As Saul turned and started to leave, God gave him a new heart, and all Samuel’s signs were fulfilled that day.
10 When Saul and his servant arrived at Gibeah, they saw a group of prophets coming toward them. Then the Spirit of God came powerfully upon Saul, and he, too, began to prophesy. (1Sa 10:5-10 NLT)

Just like the Lord indicated times and places when and where He would move, there were also conditions of the covenant as to when and where He would move. For example, the situation for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The Garden was the “where” and the “tree of life and death” was the condition of Adonia’s covenant. If Adam and Eve had not violated God’s rule about touching the tree of good and evil, they would still have had God as their frequent visitor.
Understanding what the conditions of the covenant are:
In the new Testament Book of Jude, God warns us about teachers who do not have God’s Spirit in them.

18 They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires.
19 These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God’s Spirit in them.
20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,
21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love. (Jud 1:18-21 NLT)

Before Jude’s prophecy, Jesus Christ told Peter about “keys of the Kingdom.” Keys of the Kingdom are not metal keys from Home Depot. These keys are Kingdom principles. Kingdom principles that are so on point that they are the center of God’s Will.
I am talking about principles that are so close to God’s heart that He gets involved in human affairs even when the people may have stopped hearing from Heaven.
That is what happened with Israel’s defeat in the book of Judges. Israel was about to be wiped out. Nothing they tried could persuade God to get involved on their behalf. It was when Barack remembered that Deborah knew the “key” to true worship that God got involved in the war. And, when she sang, God answered with a resounding victory, This was all because of Deborah’s worship.
Again, there was a time when Heaven would not move for Israel in the book of Joshua. Another “key” to worship was when Joshua fell on his face and worshiped the God of the Hebrews. The angels went before Joshua and subdued Jericho.

NLT Matthew 16:19 And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.” (Mat 16:19 NLT)

Hand holding the treasure key, isolated on white background, 3D rendering.
Keys of the Kingdom

2807   {klice}
Meaning: 1) a key 1a) since the keeper of the keys has the power to open and to shut 1b) metaph. in the NT to denote power and authority of various kinds
13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son,
14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
16 for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see– such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
(Col 1:13-20 NLT)

Key Number One


3875 para,klhtoj parakletos {par-ak’-lay-tos}
Meaning: 1) summoned, called to one’s side, esp. called to one’s aid 1a) one who pleads another’s cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant, an advocate 1b) one who pleads another’s cause with one, an intercessor 1b1) of Christ in his exaltation at God’s right hand, pleading with God the Father for the pardon of our sins 1c) in the widest sense, a helper, succourer, aider, assistant 1c1) of the Holy Spirit destined to take the place of Christ with the apostles (after his ascension to the Father), to lead them to a deeper knowledge of the gospel truth, and give them divine strength needed to enable them to undergo trials and persecutions on behalf of the divine kingdom

Key Number Two

5485 ca,rij charis {khar’-ece}
Meaning: 1) grace 1a) that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech 2) good will, loving-kindness, favour 2a) of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues 3) what is due to grace 3a) the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine grace 3b) the token or proof of grace, benefit 3b1) a gift of grace 3b2) benefit, bounty 4) thanks, (for benefits, services, favours), recompense, reward

Key Number Three


17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Rom 1:17 KJV)
4102 pi,stij pistis {pis’-tis}
Meaning: 1) conviction of the truth of anything, belief; in the NT of a conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervour born of faith and joined with it 1a) relating to God 1a1) the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ 1b) relating to Christ 1b1) a strong and welcome conviction or belief that Jesus is the Messiah, through whom we obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom of God 1c) the religious beliefs of Christians 1d) belief with the predominate idea of trust (or confidence) whether in God or in Christ, springing from faith in the same 2) fidelity, faithfulness 2a) the character of one who can be relied on

Children’s Changing World


The slippery slope of legalizing marijuana

Every nation has its culture, and a country’s culture can be the result of its arts,  education, and religion. The course of a country’s culture changes with exposure to other outside influences.  Also, the momentum of change depends on a nation’s capacity to preserve its historical dignity. The strength and longevity of a nation’s culture depend on their abilities to transfer the essential virtues of that country into its youth.

For example, the United States has three states California, Colorado, and New York that legalized medical marijuana use for students during school hours.

The existing danger is that our young people are very impressionable and what may start out as a medical purpose could shift into something that becomes “fashionable”.  Few people may realize that marijuana is known as the “gateway drug”. This is because marijuana is accepted among the entertainment industry, in some business settings and after-hour recreational activities. 

Unfortunately,  many heavy drug users started out with recreational marijuana before experimenting with stronger drugs. The progression goes from casual use of pot to a more potent type of weed, then onto helper (addictive) drugs that increase the effect of marijuana.

New York has some of the strictest guidelines for medical marijuana. According to the office of Dr. George Moskowitz, New York  eligibility at present  include:

1)    Pain with documentation of Neuropathy and/or Radiculopathy 

2) •  Cancer
•  HIV infection or AIDS
•  Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS)
•  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
•  Parkinson’s disease
•  Multiple Sclerosis
•  Spinal Cord Injury with spasticity
•  Epilepsy
•  Huntington’s disease.

As of now, the Drug Enforcement Agency lists marijuana as a schedule 1 drug. The Drug Enforcement Agency groups pot alongside heroin, LSD, and ecstasy.

But this November, up to 20 states will vote on legalizing medical marijuana for uses during school in America’s once most controversial vice.  And, the momentum is only going in one direction.

Right now, 61% of the American public believes weed should be legalized. 81% are for allowing it for strictly medical use.

So, the chances are very “high” that a large number of those 20 states will legalize or expand their existing marijuana laws.

And once they give legal weed the “green” light…

It’s set up to make a whole lot of people…a whole lot of money.

Dr. George Moskowitz, New York charges $250.00 a treatment. This year, marijuana is expected to create $6.7 billion of new wealth.

Legal marijuana during school hours

Legalizing Medical Marijuana uses during school hours

Medical marijuana
PUBLISHED: August 22, 2016, at 4:20 pm | UPDATED: August 24, 2016, at 3:43 pm
Colorado school districts this year are wrestling with a new law that allows students with a valid prescription to get medical marijuana treatments on school property with or without help from a school nurse.

By John Ingold |

PUBLISHED: April 11, 2016, at 1:11 pm | UPDATED: June 9, 2016, at 1:31 pm Schools in Colorado would be required to allow parents to provide medical marijuana treatment to their children on school grounds under a bill that won approval in a state legislative committee Monday.

Sadly as history repeats itself, whenever a nation loses its innocence and no longer serves the God of the Bible, that nation also loses its prosperity and Godly inheritance.

3 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.
4 Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you.
5 But remember that they will have to face God, who will judge everyone, both the living and the dead. (1Pe 4:3-5 NLT)

An amazing insight is revealed in Galatians 5:19, where the word for “witchcraft” is the Greek word for

5331 Farmakei,a Pharmacia {far-mak-i’-ah}
Meaning: 1) the use or the administering of drugs                                        2) poisoning                                                                                                          3) sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it                                                                                                          4) metaph. The deceptions and seductions of idolatry 

Origin Usage: AV – sorcery 2, witchcraft 1; 3

Pharmakeia: a mind-altering substance or producing one’s altering state of being.

While alcoholic drinks dull of relaxing the scenes

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
(Gal 5:19-21 KJV)

AZ HB2061
Medical marijuana; pregnancy; signage
A Republican-sponsored bill that would make three or more convictions for simple possession or casual exchange of marijuana a misdemeanor rather than a felony passed a key hurdle on Tuesday.

20 state will vote to legalize Marijuana Nov.  2016

With a unanimous 9-0 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would make changes to the prosecution of those found guilty of possessing marijuana and other controlled substances three or more times.

The move is expected to decrease the state’s incarceration costs by as much as $2 million, according to the bill’s fiscal note.
The change comes as part of a package deal. The heart of the bill was centered on enhancing the state’s DUIs laws.


Digital Heroin

Digital Heroin

Digital Heroin (Smart device over-stimulation)

Most parents fight to keep their children away from areas where drugs are used. But, to the surprise of nearly every parent around the world, one of the worst places to leave your child is in front of a digital screen such as their smart devices.

Nicholas Kadaras Ph. D., author of  “Glow Kids.” compares the effect of screen digital time to the use of the drug heroin. He stated that too much screen time is responsible for the hospitalization of teens who displayed psychosis symptoms, after playing too many video games.  Children become a part of the game and have problems detaching themselves away from their game character.  

Fotolia_118737952_XSResearchers out of China described screen addiction as addictive as the drug heroin.  Dr. Andrew from the United States Pentagon and professors from UCLA used brain imaging of a child’s brain who suffered from video psychosis resulting in neurological damage.  Studies showed that screen addiction impacts a child the same way as a narcotic drug does. Brain imaging research over the last three years has revealed the shrinking of the frontal cortex. The frontal cortex is the area where the brain decides how to respond in certain situations. It is also part of an individual’s personality and the functional executive part of the brain that controls our impulsivity.

The folFotolia_73625549_XS (2)lowing story demonstrates the personality changes that can take place when the frontal cortex is damaged.  A man who worked for the Railroad for many years and was well liked by his co-workers suffered a major head injury.  After the accident, fellow employees noticed that a rude person using the worst foul language had replaced the usually gentle, quiet, friendly, and lovable co-worker.

A child’s personality is very easy to form at an early age. Therefore, the decisions that the child is forced to make will eventually become his or her personality. For instance, when a parent helps a child to make right choices, that information is stored in the frontal cortex. The brain takes shortcuts when making impulsive decisions by recognizing the scenario and referring back to what they did the last time. Likewise, the Word of God renews our mind and becomes our new parent.

Fotolia_99270912_XS (2)At the end of the day, personality is forged by the decisions that a person has made over a period of time. Gaming and impressionable websites do not allow an individual to make appropriate decisions that are relatable to everyday activities, thus the frontal cortex (which begins to shrink) is not activated. When the computer becomes an artificial source of influence, it makes the person’s reality distorted and unrealistic.

Sadly, a teen’s frontal lobe regresses or shrinks with screen addiction and then the brain begins to rewire itself.  The child with video psychosis may experience a similar loss of temperament and oneself.  His or her personality drastically changes.

Researchers are warning parents about digital heroin and about the ways children are getting addicted.  Devices can be intoxicating to the point that the child no longer thinks on his or her own.  Parents have the ability to limit the amount of time and usage so that their children will be skilled in critical thinking and Godly reasoning.

Good parenting skills are crucial for the upbringing of children, especially in these last days where there is an absence of Godly and moral values. In addition to being “good Christians”, parents must be aware that we are in spiritual warfare.

The Bible is clear about the enemy’s plan to corrupt our children. The Bible also points to the responsibility of parents maintaining a worshipful relationship with God in the home.

1Cor 7:14 For the Christian wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the Christian husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy. (NLT)

We can see from this Scripture that God has His divine plans in place to protect the holy callings and purposes of our next generation.  We also see that a door is opened for the enemy to set up a demonic stronghold against our children when the parents are not holy before God.  He is seeking a Godly seed (Malachi2:15), in this next generation who will become His awesome weapons for warfare.

Fotolia_117362446_XSThe devil not only knows this as Biblical truth, but he is terrified that the children will grow up knowing their purpose for creation. Therefore, it is imperative that parents give their children as much positive reinforcement as possible.  This includes affirmations of love and family activities.  Psychologically, children respond to praise more readily than to put-down and rejection.  The embrace of love is a strong power against the kingdom of darkness. More importantly, when children have the revelation of a loving Savior whose faithfulness places a secure perimeter around that family, the children will realize they are endowed with value in God’s eyes.  True and authentic love transforms lives.

Secondly, children learn how to build relationships and to trust God by the behavior they see from their parents. Their ability to feel safe and secure is based on the atmosphere in the home.  God’s hedge of protection is created through their parent’s devotion to holy living. The Complete Jewish Bible teaches us how God gets authority to enter the Christian’s home. Jesus Christ, with all His jurisdiction in the universe, needs the parent’s consent to sanctify or pull their children over into His kingdom and protecting them from demonic attacks. The Lord arbitrates between His Holy Father and the heads of the household.

1 Corinthians 7:14 For the unbelieving husband has been set aside for God by the wife, and the unbelieving wife has been set aside for God by the husband, otherwise your children would be “unclean,” but as it is, they are set aside for God. (CJB)

 Mal 2:15 Didn’t the Lord make you one with your wife? In body and spirit, you are his. And what does He want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth.

The bottom line is that parents have a tremendous responsibility to bring their households under the protection of our loving Savior Yeshua, (Jesus Christ of Nazareth).

Although Jesus will knock at the door, He will wait for the parents of that house to let Him in. 

Unfortunately, when a nation loses its innocence and no longer serves the God of the Bible, it loses its prosperity and Godly inheritance.

 Ps 33:12-15. What joy for the nation whose God is the LORD, whose people he has chosen as his inheritance.

13 The LORD looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. 14 From his throne he observes all who live on the earth. 15 He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do. (NLT)

 Psalm 83:4-5 Yes, this was their unanimous decision. They signed a treaty as allies against you–(NLT)

 Isaiah 1:4 Oh, what a sinful nation they are– loaded down with a burden of guilt. They are evil people, corrupt children who have rejected the Lord. They have despised the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him. (NLT)