Dancing The Didache: 1. Giving and Receiving

There are only two paths in life:  There is the Path of Death and there is the Path of Life. You are either dancing in darkness . . . or you’re dancing in the light—the invisible, immeasurable light.  Welcome to the Didache!

INTRODUCTION

The Didache (Teachings) is the oldest surviving Hebrew non-canonical literature. The complete text of the Didache in its earliest form was said to have circulated around the 50’s C.E.  (It was discovered in the Codex Hierosolymitanus.) And, it was surely modified (tainted) in the third century when Rome took over the church.  Not out-rightly rejected by “the Church,” more like, excluded, as so many books were, it was artfully pushed to the side, swept under the rug. Composed in Greek, the Hebrew copy was most likely burned by the State Church (Rome-325 C.E.) as they did not deem it of literary value.

Undeniably, like the Torah and the Brit Chadasha, the mindset of this spiritual document is fully Hebrew.  The Hellenization (i.e., Greek influence/paganism, blotting-out, smearing of truth, changing the names . . . timings, stripping away, hiding identities, tainting history—inserting words like “the Church” which was NOT a part of any ancient divine texts, ext.—(breathe) . . . is real.  Between the heresy of Hellenizers, Colonizers, and the Synagogues of Satan, truth has taken a beating and yes, as I have stated many times before, the whole world has been deceived.

Today, the Didache can aid all of us in connecting/re-connecting with the Most High and renewing our minds with a proper Hebraic mindset.  I will be dancing through some of the lessons and the liturgy and sharing, as it is an instruction book for new Believers (great for the Kavanah, the Awakening!) and all who wish to abide and come into truth.  The teachings are directly from HaMashiach and believed to have been written by the apostles. 

“Know what is within your sight, and what is hidden from you will become clear to you.  For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed.”

SAYING 5, CODEX II, PAGES 32-33, THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS, NAG HAMMADI

THE GIVING

I’ve always heard it said, It is better to give than to receive.  Never questioned the statement; but I never gave it much thought, either.  Sounds catchy and easy enough:  One person has and another lacks.  The one who has help’s the one who has not.  Right? No problem. My sentiments: Give and never look for anything in return.  I thought that was pretty solid and lined up with truth, well enough.  As I discovered, after studying the Didache (hopefully you will, too) the statement, It is better to give than to receive, deserves a closer look.

Our outer appearances . . . our lives . . . can be deceptive. Thankfully, the Most High sees something we don’t see. He sees past all of our fronts.  He sees the person.  He sees our hearts.  (And, we must learn to do the same.)  When it comes to giving and receiving, it is important not to get caught-up in appearances.  Sometimes a giver can look like they’re struggling and don’t have a darn thing to give, while a person in need might look “decked-out,” as if they have it all goin’ on.  (How’s that for a little twist of pride and prejudice?)  If anything, it will teach us the importance of not being a respecter of persons.

When giving, regardless of a person’s failures and reputation, we must learn to look and focus on the heart of a person and how we can affect them, how we can make a difference.  There is always a work to be done. There must be a desire to be changed, on both ends, the giver and the receiver.

Anyone can give and anyone can receive, and physical needs can be met, but if there is no connection to the spiritual . . . it’s a dead work, especially if we’re giving for the wrong reasons.  I might add, few things are more pitiful (and uglier) than being on the receiving end of a prideful giver and on the giving end of an unappreciative receiver.  There is growth for us all.

To every man that asketh of thee give, and ask not back; for the Father desireth that gifts be given to all from His own bounties.  Blessed is he that giveth according to the commandment; for he is guiltless.

THE DIDACHE, CHAPTER 1:14-16

We must take care when reading scripture to not immediately run with it.  HaMashiach calls us out in the Nag Hammadi, saying that man has no problem studying the face of the sky and the earth, but he fails to come to know the Holy One, that which is before him.  We must learn to study the scriptures and to study the moment.

Blessed is he that giveth according to the commandment; for he is guiltless.  Give . . . according to commandment?  Yes, there are principles to giving.  In, Torah, in the Brit Chadasha, in the Nag Hammadi (and many other sacred Hebraic texts) we are given commands on how we should give, and they are all in agreement.

For example, In the Nag Hammadi, HaMashiach tells us (Saying 91) “Do not give what is holy to dogs, for they may drop it on a manure pile.  Do not throw pearls to swine, for they may make them worthless.  And (Saying 93) if you have money, do not lend it at interest.  Rather give it to someone who will not return it.”  (For, what good is it to give to someone because you know they can and will pay you back?  Where is the stretch of your faith and character in that?)

Many of us are already familiar with the scriptures that tell us to be a cheerful giver and not to let our left hand know what our right hand is doing, to give in secret and to not call attention to ourselves; but the Didache adds an extra kick:  “Yea, as touching this also it is said:  Let thine alms sweat into thine hands, until thou shalt have learnt to whom to give.  Chapter 1:22-23.  (Powerful!)

In giving, we must learn to discern . . . we must learn WHO to give to.  Only when we have studied the moment and know (he has set in our heart) without doubt, to give, only then must we give and not hesitate.  (Neither shall we murmur about it.)

“Give to Caesars what is Caesars.  Give God what is God’s, and give me what is mine.”

SAYING 98, Codex II, PAGES 50-52, GOSPEL OF THOMAS, NAG HAMMADI

Do you know what is His?  (We will come back to this later.)

THE RECEIVING

So, is it really better to give than to receive?  Scratching at the surface and from a carnal point of view—well yeah, one might say it is hard to live with lack and always be on the receiving end of things because you are in need.  To be able to give and help change someone’s life for the better is a wonderful thing.  It is an act of tikkun olam, repairing the world, and that’s a good thing.

But, more importantly, coming from a position of truth and covenant, it is better to give than to receive.  Now, this has more to do with accountability than the aforementioned.  Just as we must learn to give responsibly and according to commandment; we must learn to receive and be accountable for all we have taken.  In the Didache, HaMashiach breaks it down for us.

Woe to him that receiveth, for, if a man who receiveth having need, he is guiltless; but he that hath no need shall give satisfaction why and wherefore he received . . .

DIDACHE, CHAPTER 1:18 – 20

In a society run amok with monopoly and greed, welfare and gouging, where there’s a giver there is rarely a shortage on takers, no matter what is being offered up.  People in general are eager to receive gifts, hand-outs, and all sorts of free stuff, just because.  With the hypocrisy of Christiandom (and other religions) truth is for sale, notwithstanding the command of apostles and prophets—Do not to give to any man speaking in the spirit who asks for silver, money, or anything else (he is a  false prophet); but if he tells you to give on behalf of others that are in want, let no man judge him.

These days it’s fashionable to give, makes us look good (right?); giving publicly makes a status statement.  Givers are crafty at giving (and taking) and receivers are foolish at taking and being taken (another form of giving).  And, if you hold to (in thought) the model elite mentality, He who dies with the most toys wins . . . and the model welfare mentality, ‘You’ owe me, so I’m going to take what I can get—well you get the picture, it’s a mess out there.  So much ill giving . . . so much ill receiving, while the world tumultuously sinks into ill repair.

In the Didache, there is a grave weight attached to one who receives.  HaMashiach says, “But he that has no need shall give satisfaction why and wherefore he received; and being put in confinement he shall be examined concerning the deeds that he hath done, and he shall not come out thence until he has given back the last farthing.”

Here’s another twist of truth.  If you’re always holding out an empty hand to receive, trying to get over from being under, you will always be deprived. (Saying 41) “Whoever has something in hand will be given more, and whoever has nothing will be deprived of even that tiny bit that person has.” To better understand this, you will need to dig a little deeper inside of yourself.

. . . Be not thou found holding out thy hands to receive, but drawing them in as to giving.  Like the poor widow of (Mark) 12:41-44, we must have the heart to give out of our poverty . . . not just out of our wealth.

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you have will save you.  If you do not have that within you, what you do not have within you will kill you.”

Saying 71, CODEX II, PAGES 45-46, THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS, NAG HAMMADI

GIVE ME WHAT IS MINE

So . . . what is His?  I will give you a hint.  Think in your moment of giving, why you are giving?  Think in the moment of receiving, why are you receiving?  What is truly in your heart?  What is your motivation?  For know, YAH will judge your heart.

And everything that is mine is yours, and yours is mine and I am glorified in them.

YOCHANON (JOHN) 17:10

The Children of Y’shural (Israel) and all those in a covenant relationship with the Most High, we are HaMashiach’s inheritance and his possession to the ends of the earth. He is heir to all things. Therefore, we must, in all things, learn to manifest and GIVE HIM THE GLORY, for it is the glory that comes to HaMashiach . . . through our lives . . . through our giving . . . through our receivingTHE GLORY BELONGS TO HIM.

Even just in the time of writing this post, I was witness to the beauty impressed upon the heart of my friend, Yah-oni.  She had called to share a most touching story . . . a story of a gift she received from a daughter who is not her own, but her daughter still, and it made all the difference in the world.  They both were missing their mothers . . . and in the giving and receiving, both their hearts were stilled . . . quieted.  Given peace. 

Few things are more beautiful than seeing the spirit at work in our lives . . . in the giving . . . in the receiving. . . Glory.

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