Raising lambs 101 (Navel ill)

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This post may touch close to home for us as we have lost a few lambs to a common
disease called Navel ill. After seeing it happen in one of our calves we learned about
it more. Cows and sheep need caretakers. The first 48 hours are crucial. The main importance in the first few minutes is bonding with the mother and drinking colostrum.
Any of these missing will be against us and the lambs. In the first minutes after birth
there is another issue called navel ill. It can weaken the lamb and cause swollen joints.
They lose the desire to nurse and get “cold in the umbilical cord”. The best way to
prevent this is using Iodine. The stronger the better since Iodine usually comes in 2%,
but it can be bought at a higher 7%. There are other antiseptics that can be used but
they will not work as well. Within the first few minutes using a small shallow cap or
vase the umbilical cord must be submerged. It works much better if you warm up
the iodine before application.

It is hard for us as well as others that have learned the hard way after losing
lambs you expect to reproduce for the future. Some suggest that they can survive
as wild animals, but domestication has taken much from farm animals. If a ewe
gets away from the just born lamb, it can be fatal. Some lambs are born in slopes,
tall grass, or creeks. Sometimes dogs or other predators can come seeking for the
placenta and scare the ewe in the minutes of bonding. A few minutes later the lamb
will get weak and without colostrum it will have little chances of surviving.

In the spiritual realm we see ourselves as living sacrifices to Elohim/God. In our sincere
effort we may find ourselves under attack by bacteria and disease. It is through the
navel that when in the womb we are fed directly into our inner beings and gives our
entrails pure food. When we are born again although we physically cannot enter the
womb we must be born again. We were also dead in our trespasses and Messiah can cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.

When the sacrifices were offered after the animal taking our place physically the Priests/Kohenim had instructions to wash the legs and insides of the offering.

1 John 2:6
The one who says he stays in Him ought himself also to walk, even as He walked.
Also as “washing the inside” we must confess our sins We also must “wash our legs”
in a sign of repentance leaving our ways to walk in His Way.

Leviticus 26:40-42
‘But if they confess their crookedness and the crookedness of their fathers,
with their trespass in which they trespassed against Me, and that they also have
walked contrary to Me, and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought
them into the land of their enemies – if their uncircumcised heart is then humbled,
and they accept the punishment of their crookedness, then I shall remember My
covenant with Yaʽaqoḇ, and also My covenant with Yitsḥaq, and also remember
My covenant with Aḇraham, and remember the land.

Also in: 1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is trustworthy and righteous to forgive us the sins and
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

It is important to walk right to Messiah with the correct repentance of our sins(1 John 3:4). This is one of the first’s steps of conversion/Repentance(in Hebrew the word is Teshuvah). We must confess we walked contrary to His ways, not only ours but our fathers. That may
be spiritual or physical. Through confessing, our immersions can become a way for us to
do in the physical what the spiritual asks us to do through the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit.

The spiritual application of drawing near to Abba is in obedience to Him to come to
Him with a contrite and humble hearts washing our inside clean (Our flesh and minds).

James 4:8
Draw near to Elohim and He shall draw near to you. Cleanse hands, sinners.
And cleanse the hearts, you double-minded!

Romans 12:1-2
I call upon you, therefore, brothers, through the compassion of Elohim, to present
your bodies a living offering – set-apart, well-pleasing to Elohim – your reasonable
worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you prove what is that good and well-pleasing and perfect desire of Elohim.



The Montañez Family
L’chaim Pura Vida!

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