Sunday, January 26, 2014

Our Newborn Lamb!

Shalom brothers and sisters in Messiah! We pray that all is going well 
with you and that YHVH is using you for His glory!
This blogpost is very exciting so let´s get started!

Isaiah 40:10-11
See, the Master YHVH comes with a strong hand, and His arm rules for Him. 
See, His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him.
11 He feeds His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs with His arm,
 and carries them in His bosom, gently leading those who are with young.

We have a newborn lamb! It is amazing to see the blessings that YHVH gives,
 but this is something we honestly didn´t know if we would be able to see,
with all the immigration paperwork that we´ve had to go through, 
and all the twists and turns that have to go with it,
so it´s even more amazing to be able to witness it knowing just how big of a miracle it really was.

What is also so amazing is just how the whole experience was and how it underlines with Scriptures. It was night outside, and were we are it is very dark at night unless the full moon is out.
We had been waiting for ¨Mama Sheep¨ to give birth for a while now, so we 
had to be very careful and pay close attention to her. 

However, sometimes the sheep like to go where it´s difficult to impossible to see them, 
so Brother Jesús had to go down the pasture with a flashlight to look for them.
And how would you know, they were ALL the way at the BOTTOM of the pasture, and guess what? Mama Sheep decided that down there was a good place to give birth to a lamb.

 So Brother Jesús came back up to ask for help since the sheep didn´t want 
to come back up the hill. So Sister Tammy and another Brother whose family had been 
staying with us for a week went down to help him get the sheep back up the hill.

Luke 15:4-7
 “What man among you, having a hundred sheep, and having lost one of them, 
does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
5 “And having found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 “And having come home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them,
 ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!ʼ
7 “I say to you that in the same way there shall be more joy in the heaven over one sinner repenting, than over ninety-nine righteous ones who need no repentance.

Now, you may think that sheep are these sweet, docile creatures that go wherever 
you lead them and get completely lost without someone taking care of them at all times.
However, that´s only ½ the truth, Remember, sheep have brains too, 
and when they decide that you are trying to take them isn´t where they want to go, well… 
let´s just say they are a pain to handle! Anyway, the reason we say that is because 
when we tried to bring them back up, 2 things happened...
One was that Mama Sheep didn´t want to come up at all, and started going in all different directions trying to get away, while at the same time trying to find her
 lamb(whose name is Milo, by the way) which Sister Tammy was holding. 
The second thing that happened was that Zacchaeus(our dominant male sheep)
started attacking Mama Sheep to point where Brother Jesús had to
 start fighting with him to keep him away from Mama Sheep.

Now, another difficulty was the actual walk up the hill. In the daytime you can see
 all the rocks and holes, but at night it´s much harder, even with a flashlight.
So you add that difficulty into it and you can see just how hard it truly is to get the
 lost sheep to come back home. It would have been very difficult 
if not impossible for Brother Jesús to bring them back up by himself, 
and even with the help of two other people it was still very difficult to bring them back home.

John 10:14-16
 “I am the good shepherd. And I know Mine, and Mine know Me,
15 even as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. And I lay down My life for the sheep.
16 “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold – I have to bring them as well,
 and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one flock, one shepherd.

However, the joy in being able to see this newborn lamb is absolutely amazing. 
Milo, not even a day old, could go wherever his Mama went and could 
run nearly as fast as her too.
For all the blessings that YHVH has given us, this may be the most special, 
because this one was truly ‘un milagro’(a miracle, hence where Milo comes from),
and one that we can see, hear, touch, and smell every day. It truly is amazing to see YHVH at work!

Psalms 100
Raise a shout for YHVH, All the earth!
2 Serve YHVH with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that YHVH, He is Elohim; He has made us, and we are His – 
His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. 
Give thanks to Him; bless His Name.
5 For YHVH is good; His kindness is everlasting, And His truth, to all generations.

And while this may be off topic, we want to say HALLELUYAH to our King because we have been told that we no longer have to leave Costa Rica every 3 months!
We are not completely through yet, but the hardest part has been 
completed so rejoice with us and please keep praying that we can
 finish quickly that way we can be able to better share the 
Good News with the people here in Costa Rica.

Until next time…

The Montañez Family
Servants and Emissaries of Yahshua, Children of YHVH