Wooden Shoes, Wooden Head, Wooden Listen

Joseph F. Dumond

Isa 6:9-12 And He said, Go, and tell this people, You hear indeed, but do not understand; and seeing you see, but do not know. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn back, and be healed. Then I said, Lord, how long? And He answered, Until the cities are wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land laid waste, a desolation, and until Jehovah has moved men far away, and the desolation in the midst of the land is great.
Published: Dec 26, 2008
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News Letter 5844-041
28th day of the Ninth month 5844 years after creation

December 27, 2008

Shabbat Shalom Brethren,
One of the items in the news this past week from,



Expert on Bible, Sabbath dies at 70

Samuele Bacchiocchi best known for explaining shift toward Sunday worship

Posted: December 21, 2008
12:49 pm Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi
Biblical scholar Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi, best known for his teachings on how Sabbath observance shifted toward Sunday worship in much of Christendom, died yesterday at his Michigan home at the age of 70 after a two-year battle with fourth-stage liver cancer.

Brethren there has been so much news in the past few weeks and months that I have not been able to keep up with it all. You can see it in the forum area of the web site. So much of the news seems disjointed and unrelated, what does it all mean? I relate it all to a group of soldiers in a bombed out crater looking for the enemy directly in front of them. Most of them have their eyes peeled looking at every nook and cranny in the distance for any thing that moves and analyzing every broken twig or dust cloud they spy out.

No one is looking at either of the flanks or the rear. Yet in their dispatches from head quarters they are warned the enemy will perform just such a circular offence.

Brethren this is exactly what most of the Christian and Messianic and Jewish faith are doing. They have their preconceived notions that the fight must come from the direction right in front of them. Yet off to their flanks there is a great deal of commotion, so much so that it is hard not to notice. Yet they are fixated on the things that they imagine are there in front of them and do not see those things that are there to the side lines and growing.

This week we will look at a subject that wraps up the past month of studies and also is a warning as we begin to once again look at what is already taking place out of the headline news and yet is going to have dramatic affect on it. That is going to be our focus after this week as we study the hardening of your heart this week.

Before we get into this weeks study take a few moments and look at the videos at http://thecrit.com/2008/03/17/tent-cities-popping-up-all-over-america/ and consider again those things I have been saying in the DVD about how the third curse was to come to the USA.

My Dad used to have a saying about my Uncle, which I never understood until I was older. Wooden Shoes, Wooden Head, Wooden Listen! My Uncle was Dutch and as stubborn as one could be. Later in life I would learn that Newfies, of which I am a half breed also hold this trait. My Mom is from Corner Brook NFLD.

Then once I began to study the bible and learned who Israel and Judah are, then again I could see that those who have descended from these 13 tribes also have this trait. Wooden head and wooden listen. It is a national identity of Israel. Hard headed and stiff necked people of which Yahweh has spoken of many times.

During this past ninth month of the Biblical calendar I have shared with you all some very tough messages. The first one was about the lighting of Shabbat candles, the second was again about the lighting of the Chanukiah candles and false traditions, the third was about the sacrificing of our children to Molech which traditionally was done on Dec 25th, and was accompanied by the lighting of fires or wax candles or Yule logs and bon fires, and lastly last week I shared with you what each symbol of the religious faiths actually represents when we trace them back in history to their actual beginnings. That was the Star of David or Solomon, the cross, the fish, and the crescent moon with the star.

After each News Letter was sent out, I would receive a number of emails from those who would try and convince me that the teaching was wrong. Some resorted to swearing and cursing. Others wrote and then removed themselves from the news letter not willing to discuss it or to reason one to another. These are pastors and rabbis and members of each of the faiths mentioned above. These are those who were growing and have now stopped or are curious as to what I am teaching here.

The same excuses used to keep Christmas were the exact same ones used to keep Chanukah. We do not keep the traditions of giving gifts and partying. We stick to the true story of, and you can insert your own holiday there. It makes no difference.

I do admit that some did try to reason with me on a civil level. I appreciate that. We still disagree, but at least we can talk. It is those who huff and puff and stomp their feet and then get mad and gather up all their toys and storm off home that I am concerned about in this News Letter. Forget our disagreement for the moment and now lets look at our attitudes.

Proverbs 6: 16 These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: 17 A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, 19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.

Notice the very first thing spoken of is pride. This is also the one thing that Yahweh mentions He will break in the second curse of Lev. 26:19 I will break the pride of your power; I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze.

Yahweh has a few other things to say about pride;
Job 35:12 There they cry out, but He does not answer, Because of the pride of evil men.

Ps 10:2 The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

Ps 36:11 Let not the foot of pride come against me, And let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.

Ps 59:12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips, Let them even be taken in their pride, And for the cursing and lying which they speak.

Ps 73:6 Therefore pride serves as their necklace; Violence covers them like a garment.
How many of you wear your symbols of your faith with pride upon your necks and how many are willing to fight for that symbol?

Pr 8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.

Pr 11:2 When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.

Pr 13:10 By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom.

Pr 14:3 In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them.

Pr 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

Pr 21:24 A proud and haughty man–“Scoffer” is his name; He acts with arrogant pride.

Pr 29:23 A man’s pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor.

Ho 5:5 The pride of Israel testifies to his face; Therefore Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity; Judah also stumbles with them.

Ho 7:10 And the pride of Israel testifies to his face, But they do not return to the Lord their God, Nor seek Him for all this.

Am 6:8 The Lord God has sworn by Himself, The Lord God of hosts says: “I abhor the pride of Jacob, And hate his palaces; Therefore I will deliver up the city And all that is in it.”

Mark 7: 14 When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear Me, everyone, and understand: 15 There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. 16 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!” 17 When He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable. 18 So He said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, 19 because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?” 20 And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

Last Passover I gave the following as my message and I want to focus this message on just one point. It is about the Hardness of the heart. In our modern day we also call this pride, and stubbornness.

We can read in Ex 4:21 And the Lord said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do all those wonders before Pharaoh which I have put in your hand. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.

Again when we read Exodus 7 we can see how Pharaoh hardened his heart with each new demand by Moses. It will be like this when the two witnesses are demanding the freedom of the captured Israelites in the very near future.

We can read how Pharaoh’s heart was hardened in Exodus 8:19, 9:7, 9:35, and 14:4.

In each case it was Yahweh that hardened the heart of Pharaoh.

What is hardening of the Heart? What does this expression really mean to us today?

Strong’s Number: 4456
Original Word Word Origin
pwrovw apparently from poros (a kind of stone)
Transliterated Word Entry
Poroo 5:1025,816
Phonetic Spelling Parts of Speech
po-ro’-o Verb
to cover with a thick skin, to harden by covering with a callus
to make the heart dull
to grow hard, callous, become dull, lose the power of understanding

Strong’s Number: 4645
Original Word Word Origin
sklhruvnw from (4642)
Transliterated Word Entry
Skleruno 5:1030,816
Phonetic Spelling Parts of Speech
sklay-roo’-no Verb
to make hard, harden
to render obstinate, stubborn
to be hardened
to become obstinate or stubborn

Strong’s Number: 4642
Original Word Word Origin
sklhrov? from the base of (4628)
Transliterated Word Entry
Skleros 5:1028,816
Phonetic Spelling Parts of Speech
sklay-ros’ Adjective
hard, harsh, rough, stiff
of men: metaph. harsh, stern, hard
of things: violent, rough, offensive, intolerable

Did you notice the one definition; lose the power of understanding. I found this very powerful.

We have another example of Yahweh hardening the heart of Sihon

De 2:30 But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass through, for the Lord your God hardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, that He might deliver him into your hand, as it is this day.

Here we are told another meaning of the Hard heart. Obstinate. We can read in Isaiah 48: 1 “Hear this, O house of Jacob, Who are called by the name of Israel, And have come forth from the wellsprings of Judah; Who swear by the name of the Lord, And make mention of the God of Israel, But not in truth or in righteousness; 2 For they call themselves after the holy city, And lean on the God of Israel; The Lord of hosts is His name: 3 “I have declared the former things from the beginning; They went forth from My mouth, and I caused them to hear it. Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass. 4 Because I knew that you were obstinate, And your neck was an iron sinew, And your brow bronze,

When we look up stiff necked we get

Strong’s Number: 07186
Original Word Word Origin
hXq from (07185)
Transliterated Word Entry
Qasheh TWOT – 2085a
Phonetic Spelling Parts of Speech
kaw-sheh’ Adjective
hard, cruel, severe, obstinate
hard, difficult
fierce, intense, vehement
stubborn, stiff of neck, stiff-necked

rigorous (of battle)

Strong’s Number: 06203
Original Word Word Origin
@r[ from (06202)
Transliterated Word Entry
`oreph TWOT – 1700a
Phonetic Spelling Parts of Speech
o-ref’ Noun Masculine
neck, back of the neck, back
back of the neck
of fleeing foe
of apostasy (fig.)
stiff of neck, obstinate (fig.)

Ps 78:1 Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, 3 Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. 5 For He established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children; 6 That the generation to come might know them, The children who would be born, That they may arise and declare them to their children, 7 That they may set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments; 8And may not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not set its heart aright, And whose spirit was not faithful to God.

Read whole chapter. It gives our history and a warning to us today.

Strong’s Number: 05637
Original Word Word Origin
rro a primitive root
Transliterated Word Entry
Carar TWOT – 1549
Phonetic Spelling Parts of Speech
saw-rar’ Verb
to rebel, be stubborn, be rebellious, be refractory
to be stubborn
stubborn, rebel (subst)

Take special note here. Stubbornness is the same as rebelliousness, and we read in 1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.”

Stubbornness and rebellion is the same as witchcraft and idolatry.

In Job 41:24 When Yahweh asked Job about Leviathan , we are told that this monster has a heart of stone. Stubborn, rebellious, stiff necked, obstinate, difficult, apostolic, violent, rough, offensive, intolerable, cruel and hard. It is also a heart that has become dull, loosing the power of understanding.

This is indeed an extremely serious thing to become hard of heart, to become dull, and loosing the power of understanding. It is the heart of Satan, Leviathan, the serpent. Could this heart be in you?

When Yeshua says in Mathew 15: 7 Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: 8 ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 9 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”

The lighting of Shabbat candles, the lighting of chanukiahs and all the celebrations that take place at this pagan time of year and the wearing of symbols are all because men, either rabbis or priest have told us to do so. They have twisted the scriptures in order to get you to follow them. It does not come from Yahweh.

What is Yeshua talking about in Mathew 15? He is talking about the condition of the Heart, one that is unwilling to obey the commandments of Yahweh and would rather keep the traditions of those around them.

We are here to celebrate the 7 Feast of Yahweh as told to us in Lev 23. Sabbath, Passover, the Days of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, The Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, The Feast of Tabernacles and the Eighth Day Feast. In Lev 25 we are told of the Sabbatical and Jubilee years. These are all commanded by the Torah.

When we do this we learn so much about the entire plan of Yahweh and His schedule of when these things will occur. But the world does not want to keep these Holy times which can be easily found and checked in the pages of your bible. They fight it. Instead they keep other holidays steeped in paganism which can not be found in the scriptures of your bible. They have formed great and elaborate traditions around these un-sanctified holidays and mixed it with scriptures to justify their keeping of it. They have developed a hard heart.

Could we develop this hard heart? Could this hard heart be in us today? YES on both accounts!!!

Look at Mark 6 starting verse 30 this is immediately after the execution of John. Yeshua had gathered the disciples to teach them and a crowd had gathered.
In verse 34 Yeshua had compassion on the people as it says to do in De 15:7 “If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother,

He then took five loafs of bread and two fish and fed the five thousand. Right after this They saw Yeshua walking on the water and were afraid. Then in verse 52 it says For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.

What is this? The Apostles hearts were hardened. Why?

Again in Mark 8 we read that Yeshua again fed four thousand from just seven loafs and a few fish.

In verse 14 the disciple forgot to bring any food except for one loaf and when Messiah began to warn them of the leaven of the Pharisees, they did not understand.

In verse 17 Yeshua rebukes them Mr 8:17 But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened?

Do you not yet perceive nor understand?

To get the answer to this you need to read John 5 and John 6. This is another sermon on it’s own. Verse 63 of John 6 says 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

The Apostles saw the miracles of feeding the multitudes, not once but at least twice. They saw the sick being made well. The dead brought back to life and yet in all this they were not sure He was the Messiah. Their hearts were still hard. They lacked Faith! They did not believe.

Listen to the Rebuke of Stephen just before he was murdered.

Ac 7:51″You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. 52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers, 53 who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept it.”

These people resisted the Spirit having received the LAW and not kept it.

Ephesians 4: 17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling,( in other words whose hearts have been hardened) have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

What is to become of those with this hard heart?

Ro 2:5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart, you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

If you have a hard heart how do you make it not hard? You should know this. Are your hearts still hard that you do not yet understand what I am saying?

Mr 12:30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.
This is talking about the first four of the Ten Commandments.

1 John 2:3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
1 John 3: 4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.

1 Ti 1:5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, 6 from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm. 8 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, 9 knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.

To avoid sin we need to be keeping the law. The Ten Commandments. This will teach us how to have love from a pure heart. One that is not hard. The Law was made for those with a hard heart and not the righteous. Do you get this? Does it make sense to you?

Lu 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Joh7:38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
Rivers of living water is the same as rivers of the Holy Spirit.

In Luke 8 starting in verse 4 we read.

15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience

Our Heart is like a plot of garden soil. If it is worked up and planted it will yield a good crop. If it is not worked, that is if you do not read the bible and study various subjects, then the ground becomes hard, even stony and no crop will grow.

Hebrew 3: 7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness, 9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years. 10 Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways.’ 11 So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ” 12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, 15 while it is said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” 16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? 17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

Hebrew 4: 6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.” 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Brethren, before you write me to justify your keeping of what ever is not written in Torah read once again Hebrews as we just did above.

I leave you with this last word. 2 Pet 2: 1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber. 4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; 6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; 7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)– 9 then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, 11 whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord. 12 But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, 13 and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you, 14 having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children. 15 They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16 but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet. 17 These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.18 For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. 20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit”, and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

AS we go forward in our studies these next few months, keep this in mind. Many of you hold on to teachings that are clearly wrong. This is not helpful in understanding where we are in prophecy, as you look at the News that is happening every day which supports the prophecy that we are bringing to your attention.

The same as the soldiers looking straight ahead in spite of the dispatch warning them to look out for a flanking maneuver. Keep watching what you believe to be true. But consider the things we are going to look at as well.

Joseph F Dumond