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Baruch atah Adonai

A beautiful poem by Kae Bucher!

Buckets on a Barefoot Beach


I am woman,

I am one

of these earthly scented things

a suckling being

who sucks sunshine from Eden

an hourglass holding moments

in a seashell

a sea-swell of trees and

flowers and scattered dandelions

and dust

I am a mint scented lioness

who walks through jaded forests

yet cries in the middle of the night

to be held

a wild wavy woman

who sometimes

flings about on frothing waves

but is gathered

to the bosom of Yah

like flowers

Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, who is good and causes good.

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This Shabbat

A woman reached out to Yeshua (Yeshua’s interaction with women)

Shabbat Shalom, friends.

We read that during Yeshua’s ministry in the Land of Israel, there are a number of accounts where He had interactions with both Jewish and Gentile women.  These are remarkable as Yeshua broke social stigma, valued women’s testimonies and effort; healed women, saved a woman for being stoned and encouraged women to study the Word of God.  In today’s terminology, He could be seen as promoting women’s rights.

Let’s read through these:

Divorce

Matthew (Mattityahu) 5:31-32

31 “It was said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife must give her a get.’[d]32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of fornication, makes her an adulteress; and that anyone who marries a divorcee commits adultery.

Healing

Matthew (Mattityahu)  9:20-21

20 A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years approached him from behind and touched the tzitzit on his robe. 21 For she said to herself, “If I can only touch his robe, I will be healed.” 22 Yeshua turned, saw her and said, “Courage, daughter! Your trust has healed you.” And she was instantly healed.

Matthew (Mattityahu) 9:18-19;23-26

 18 While he was talking, an official came in, kneeled down in front of him and said, “My daughter has just died. But if you come and lay your hand on her, she will live.” 19 Yeshua, with his talmidim, got up and followed him.

23 When Yeshua arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute-players, and the crowd in an uproar, 24 he said, “Everybody out! The girl isn’t dead, she’s only sleeping!” And they jeered at him. 25 But after the people had been put outside, he entered and took hold of the girl’s hand, and she got up. 26 News of this spread through all that region.

Effort & contribution

Mark 12:41-44

41 Then Yeshua sat down opposite the Temple treasury and watched the crowd as they put money into the offering-boxes. Many rich people put in large sums, 42 but a poor widow came and put in two small coins. 43 He called his talmidim to him and said to them, “Yes! I tell you, this poor widow has put more in the offering-box than all the others making donations. 44 For all of them, out of their wealth, have contributed money they can easily spare; but she, out of her poverty, has given everything she had to live on.”

Testimony of a gentile woman

John (Yochanan) 4:5-42

He came to a town in Shomron called Sh’khem, near the field Ya‘akov had given to his son Yosef. Ya‘akov’s Well was there; so Yeshua, exhausted from his travel, sat down by the well; it was about noon. A woman from Shomron came to draw some water; and Yeshua said to her, “Give me a drink of water.” (His talmidim had gone into town to buy food.) The woman from Shomron said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for water from me, a woman of Shomron?” (For Jews don’t associate with people from Shomron.) 10 Yeshua answered her, “If you knew God’s gift, that is, who it is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink of water,’ then you would have asked him; and he would have given you living water.”

11 She said to him, “Sir, you don’t have a bucket, and the well is deep; so where do you get this ‘living water’? 12 You aren’t greater than our father Ya‘akov, are you? He gave us this well and drank from it, and so did his sons and his cattle.” 13 Yeshua answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I will give him will never be thirsty again! On the contrary, the water I give him will become a spring of water inside him, welling up into eternal life!”

15 “Sir, give me this water,” the woman said to him, “so that I won’t have to be thirsty and keep coming here to draw water.” 16 He said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” 17 She answered, “I don’t have a husband.” Yeshua said to her, “You’re right, you don’t have a husband! 18 You’ve had five husbands in the past, and you’re not married to the man you’re living with now! You’ve spoken the truth!”

19 “Sir, I can see that you are a prophet,” the woman replied. 20 “Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you people say that the place where one has to worship is in Yerushalayim.” 21 Yeshua said, “Lady, believe me, the time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Yerushalayim. 22 You people don’t know what you are worshipping; we worship what we do know, because salvation comes from the Jews. 23 But the time is coming — indeed, it’s here now — when the true worshippers will worship the Father spiritually and truly, for these are the kind of people the Father wants worshipping him. 24 God is spirit; and worshippers must worship him spiritually and truly.

25 The woman replied, “I know that Mashiach is coming” (that is, “the one who has been anointed”). “When he comes, he will tell us everything.” 26 Yeshua said to her, “I, the person speaking to you, am he.”

27 Just then, his talmidim arrived. They were amazed that he was talking with a woman; but none of them said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” 28 So the woman left her water-jar, went back to the town and said to the people there, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I’ve ever done. Could it be that this is the Messiah?” 30 They left the town and began coming toward him.

31 Meanwhile, the talmidim were urging Yeshua, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32 But he answered, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.” 33 At this, the talmidim asked one another, “Could someone have brought him food?” 34 Yeshua said to them, “My food is to do what the one who sent me wants and to bring his work to completion. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘Four more months and then the harvest’? Well, what I say to you is: open your eyes and look at the fields! They’re already ripe for harvest! 36 The one who reaps receives his wages and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that the reaper and the sower may be glad together — 37 for in this matter, the proverb, ‘One sows and another reaps,’ holds true. 38 I sent you to reap what you haven’t worked for. Others have done the hard labor, and you have benefited from their work.”

39 Many people from that town in Shomron put their trust in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all the things I did.” 40 So when these people from Shomron came to him, they asked him to stay with them. He stayed two days, 41 and many more came to trust because of what he said. 42 They said to the woman, “We no longer trust because of what you said, because we have heard for ourselves. We know indeed that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

Stopped the stoning of a woman

John (Yochanan) 8:1-11

But Yeshua went to the Mount of Olives. At daybreak, he appeared again in the Temple Court, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The Torah-teachers and the P’rushim brought in a woman who had been caught committing adultery and made her stand in the center of the group. Then they said to him, “Rabbi, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in our Torah, Moshe commanded that such a woman be stoned to death. What do you say about it?” They said this to trap him, so that they might have ground for bringing charges against him; but Yeshua bent down and began writing in the dust with his finger. When they kept questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “The one of you who is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Then he bent down and wrote in the dust again. On hearing this, they began to leave, one by one, the older ones first, until he was left alone, with the woman still there. 10 Standing up, Yeshua said to her, “Where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, sir.” Yeshua said, “Neither do I condemn you. Now go, and don’t sin any more.”

Encouragement to study the Word of God

Luke 10:38-42

38 On their way Yeshua and his talmidim came to a village where a woman named Marta welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister called Miryam who also sat at the Lord’s feet and heard what he had to say. 40 But Marta was busy with all the work to be done; so, going up to him, she said, “Sir, don’t you care that my sister has been leaving me to do all the work by myself?” 41 However, the Lord answered her, “Marta, Marta, you are fretting and worrying about so many things! 42 But there is only one thing that is essential. Miryam has chosen the right thing, and it won’t be taken away from her.”

First appearance after resurrection

Matthew (Mattityahu) 28: 1-8

After Shabbat, as the next day was dawning, Miryam of Magdala and the other Miryam went to see the grave. Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, for an angel of Adonai came down from heaven, rolled away the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were as white as snow. The guards were so terrified at him that they trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know you are looking for Yeshua, who was executed on the stake. He is not here, because he has been raised — just as he said! Come and look at the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell the talmidim, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and now he is going to the Galil ahead of you. You will see him there.’ Now I have told you.”

So they left the tomb quickly, frightened yet filled with joy; and they ran to give the news to his talmidimSuddenly Yeshua met them and said, “Shalom!” They came up and took hold of his feet as they fell down in front of him. 10 Then Yeshua said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go and tell my brothers to go to the Galil, and they will see me there.”

 

To conclude: Women – reach out to Yeshua, throw all your anxieties upon him, because he cares about you (1 Peter (Kefa) 5:7). Remember that you are beautiful! Have a peaceful Shabbat.

Please check out this testimony of a woman saved by Yeshua during a vision. Remarkable!

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The Aaronic Blessing: Numbers (B’midbar) 6: 22-27

22 Adonai said to Moshe, 23 “Speak to Aharon and his sons, and tell them that this is how you are to bless the people of Isra’el: you are to say to them,

24 Y’varekh’kha Adonai v’yishmerekha.
[May Adonai bless you and keep you.]
25 Ya’er Adonai panav eleikha vichunekka.
[May Adonai make his face shine on you and show you his favor.]
26 Yissa Adonai panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom.
[May Adonai lift up his face toward you and give you peace.]’

27 “In this way they are to put my name on the people of Isra’el, so that I will bless them.”

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Yeshua discussed the destruction of the Temple: 17th of Tammuz / Shiv’ah Asar b’Tammuz / שבעה עשר בתמוז‎‎

In Matthew 24: 1 and 2 (CJB), we read that “[a]s Yeshua left the Temple and was going away, his talmidim came and called his attention to its buildings.  But he answered them, “You see all these? Yes! I tell you, they will be totally destroyed — not a single stone will be left standing!”.

Earlier this week, it was the 17th of Tammuz known as Shivah Asar B’Tammuz, is the start of a three-week mourning period for the destruction of Jerusalem and the two Holy Temples. The walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans, in the year 69, after a lengthy siege. (Three weeks later, after the Jews put up a valiant struggle, the Romans destroyed the second Holy Temple on the 9th of Av.) An historical account of the bloody conflict could be found in Josephus (Wars V, VI). The Temple was destroyed on the 10th day of the 5th month, according to Jewish tradition — ironically, the same day of the year upon which Nebuchadnezzar had burned down the first temple, some 656 years earlier!

Although, this period isn’t part of the biblical feasts or appointed times, what is important to note that Yeshua prophesied about this event approximately 40 years before the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Yeshua prophesied about near future and far future events (these far future events are possibly applicable to our times – if you read further in Matthew 24 and Mark 13). I will blog about these at a later date.

Whereas the 17th of Tammuz and the three week period are a day and period of sorrow and mourning; for us believers in Yeshua, it should be a period of joy as Yeshua rebuilt the Temple (i.e his body) within 3 days (John 2:19).

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Re-blogged: Why Yeshua’s Wanderer — Yeshua’s Wanderer

The name of “Jesus” that we often use to refer to the main character of the Bible, is actually a translation of a translation. In the original Hebrew, the name was Yeshua. The long form of this name was “Yehoshua,” meaning Joshua. In today’s culture, especially in America, and especially where I live, the name […]

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The Word of God says

118 תְּהִלִּים /Tehillim / Psalm / Псалтирь 118

 

 

Psalm 118: 5, 21, 17, 22, 28

Min hameitzar karati Yah
Anani vamerchav Yah

Odecha ki anitani
Vatehi li liy’shu’a
Vatehi li liy’shu’a

Lo amut ki echye
Va’asaper ma’asei Yah

Even ma’asu habonim
Hayta lerosh pina

Eli ata ve’odecha
Elohai aromemecha
מילים: תהילים קי”ח 5, 21, 17, 22, 28

‎מִן-הַמֵּצַר, קָרָאתִי יָּהּ;    עָנָנִי בַמֶּרְחָב יָהּ.
‎אוֹדְךָ, כִּי עֲנִיתָנִי;    וַתְּהִי-לִי, לִישׁוּעָה.
‎לֹא-אָמוּת כִּי-אֶחְיֶה;    וַאֲסַפֵּר, מַעֲשֵׂי יָהּ.
‎אֶבֶן, מָאֲסוּ הַבּוֹנִים–    הָיְתָה, לְרֹאשׁ פִּנָּה.
‎אֵלִי אַתָּה וְאוֹדֶךָּ;    אֱלֹהַי, אֲרוֹמְמֶךָּ

This Shabbat

Yeshua taught us how to pray

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

In order to tap into the Almighty Living God of Israel’s power, we should praise, pray and prophesy (that is, study bible prophesy and try to make sense of these). The Word of God and the Ruach ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) will guide us to accomplish this.

For this shabbat, I’m reading Yeshua’s instructions how to pray. I’ve divided the bible verses into 4 main sections: prayer basics, trust, lifting of hands and praying in the name of Yeshua. Let’s have a look at these verses and let the Word of God guide us.

Firstly, let’s read about the basics:

In Matthew 6: 4-13, Yeshua said” 4 Then your tzedakah will be in secret; and your Father, who sees what you do in secret, will reward you.5 “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites, who love to pray standing in the synagogues and on street corners, so that people can see them. Yes! I tell you, they have their reward already!6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.7 “And when you pray, don’t babble on and on like the pagans, who think God will hear them better if they talk a lot.8 Don’t be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask him.9 You, therefore, pray like this: `Our Father in heaven! May your Name be kept holy.10 May your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.11 Give us the food we need today.12 Forgive us what we have done wrong, as we too have forgiven those who have wronged us.13 And do not lead us into hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One. For kingship, power and glory are yours forever. Amen.'”

Further in Matthew 7, Yeshua also explained “ 7 “Keep asking, and it will be given to you; keep seeking, and you will find; keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who keeps asking receives; he who keeps seeking finds; and to him who keeps knocking, the door will be opened. 9Is there anyone here who, if his son asks him for a loaf of bread, will give him a stone? 10 or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 So if you, even though you are bad, know how to give your children gifts that are good, how much more will your Father in heaven keep giving good things to those who keep asking him!”

Sha’ul also added thatas you pray at all times, with all kinds of prayers and requests, in the Spirit, vigilantly and persistently, for all God’s people.”(Ephesians 6:18) and further in James 5: 13 -18  “13 Is someone among you in trouble? He should pray. Is someone feeling good? He should sing songs of praise. 14 Is someone among you ill? He should call for the elders of the congregation. They will pray for him and rub olive oil on him in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer offered with trust will heal the one who is ill – the Lord will restore his health; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, openly acknowledge your sins to one another, and pray for each other, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. 17Eliyahu was only a human being like us; yet he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and no rain fell on the Land for three years and six months. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the Land produced its crops.”

Secondly, we should have trust when you pray

In Matthew 21: 19 – 22, Yeshua “19 [s]potting a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. So he said to it, “May you never again bear fruit!” and immediately the fig tree dried up. 20 The talmidim saw this and were amazed. “How did the fig tree dry up so quickly?” they asked. 21 Yeshua answered them, “Yes! I tell you, if you have trust and don’t doubt, you will not only do what was done to this fig tree; but even if you say to this mountain, `Go and throw yourself into the sea!’ it will be done. 22 In other words, you will receive everything you ask for in prayer, no matter what it is, provided you have trust.”

Also in Mark 11: 20 – 26 “ 20 In the morning, as the talmidim passed by, they saw the fig tree withered all the way to its roots. 21 Kefa remembered and said to Yeshua, “Rabbi! Look! The fig tree that you cursed has dried up!” 22 He responded, “Have the kind of trust that comes from God! 23 Yes! I tell you that whoever does not doubt in his heart but trusts that what he says will happen can say to this mountain, ‘Go and throw yourself into the sea!’ and it will be done for him. 24 Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, trust that you are receiving it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive your offenses.” 26”

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Prayer by members of the Kiev Jewish Messianic Congregation, Ukraine, 2017.

Thirdly, lift your hands when you pray.

The concept of lifting one’s hands when communicating with ADONAI appears throughout the Tanakh and Brit Chadasha (from the Torah to Revelations). Yeshua also raised his hands in prayer in Luke 24:50 when He “led them out toward Beit-Anyah; then, raising his hands, he said a b’rakhah over them;”. We also read in 1 Timothy 2:8[t]herefore, it is my wish that when the men pray, no matter where, they should lift up hands that are holy – they should not become angry or get into arguments.

In the Tanakh (Old Testament), we read in the Torah that “Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them, and he stepped down after making the sin offering and the burnt offering and the peace offerings”( Leviticus 9:22). In 1 Kings 8:22 “[t]hen Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven.” In the Writings / K’tuvim, “[s]o I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name” (Psalm 63:4). In Lamentations 3:41 “[w]e lift up our heart and hands toward God in heaven” and in Ezra 9:5 “[b]ut at the evening offering I arose from my humiliation, even with my garment and my robe torn, and I fell on my knees and stretched out my hands to the LORD my God;”

Finally, pray in the name of Yeshua Mashiach / Yeshua the Messiah / Jesus the Messiah

In Matthew 28:18 we read that Yeshua came and talked with them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

Thus, to conclude: whenever you pray – let’s use the basics taught about Yeshua, let’s lift our hands, pray like Eliyahu (Elijah) with trust and in the name of Yeshua. Always give thanks to ADONAI; for He is good, for His grace continues forever (Psalm 118:1) and remember that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

As a final thought, I’d like to think that the time Eliyahu lived in before he called fire from heaven i.e showed ADONAI’S power, is sort of a prophetic vision of our time: The priests / clergy / rabbis (however you want to refer to them), as in that time, aren’t following ADONAI, but are following other gods (corruption and following other own agenda of power and control), some governments (like King Ahab) are supposedly following ADONAI but in reality, these institutions always want to play it safe and support all kinds of idolatry and religions; and the people aren’t following ADONAI due to the false priests and are partying, not like it’s 1999, but as in the days of Noah. However, there is a remnant serving, praising, and praying; and walking with ADONAI. Then, ADONAI’S power was revealed to everyone. In 2017, we Jews and Gentiles, together who follow Yeshua are this remnant. We’re rebuilding the Altar of ADONAI.

Please pray for the protection of European Jews, Christians in the Middle East and that Muslims will find truth and salvation in Yeshua.

Have a peaceful Shabbat and a good week!

 

The Word of God says

Exodus 15-6: “Your right hand, ADONAI, is sublimely powerful;”

Let’s praise ADONAI, our SALVATION!

Exodus 15: “Then Moshe and the people of Isra’el sang this song to Adonai:

“I will sing to Adonai, for he is highly exalted:
the horse and its rider he threw in the sea.

Yah is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.
This is my God: I will glorify him;
my father’s God: I will exalt him.
Adonai is a warrior;
Adonai is his name.

 

 

Pharaoh’s chariots and his army
he hurled into the sea.
His elite commanders
were drowned in the Sea of Suf.
The deep waters covered them;
they sank to the depths like a stone.

Your right hand, Adonai, is sublimely powerful;
your right hand, Adonai, shatters the foe.
By your great majesty you bring down your enemies;
you send out your wrath to consume them like stubble.”

 

Praise ADONAI! Your Right Hand is Powerful! Praise Yeshua, our King, our Salvation!

HALLELUYAH! HALLELUYAH!

Our King is returning soon!

 

This Shabbat

Yeshua said “let the children come to me”

Shabbat Shalom, friends.

For this Shabbat, I’m reading in Matthew 19: 13 to 15, “[t]hen children were brought to him so that he might lay his hands on them and pray for them, but the talmidim rebuked the people bringing them. However, Yeshua said, “Let the children come to me, don’t stop them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” Then, after laying his hands on them, he went on his way.”

Let’s pray for the protection of our children and let’s trust in ADONAI, like children, without any hesitation. We have the best protector, the Guardian of Israel! Our help comes from ADONAI, the maker of heaven and earth. The Guardian of Israel never slumbers or sleeps (Psalm 121 2,4).

I hope you and your family have a peaceful Shabbat!

Look at these 😊

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Hear the call: Sh’ma (Hear Israel)

 

Hear the call, Israel!

Hear, my words, Israel, you beautiful olive tree consisting of Jew and Gentile believers.

Hear, Israel: we, the remnant come in the spirit and power of Eliyahu, the prophet of old! We praise, pray and prophesy before the return of our King, our Jewish Messiah, our Salvation, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Branch of King David – Yeshua ha Mashiach.

Hear Israel, what do you say to confess your faith when coming face to face with the adversary?

We say…we sing as loud as we can: “Sh’ma, Yisra’el! ADONAI Eloheinu, ADONAI echad [Hear, Isra’el! ADONAI our God, ADONAI is one]; and then we pray, like we’ve never prayed before, like Eliyahu, the prophet, we pray as if we want to bring fire from Heaven,  we sing songs and dance like King David and we blow the Shofar! We are prayer warriors!

Halleluyah!

 May Yeshua Mashiach bless you and your family

Sh’ma by yossi azulay
Deuteronomy 6 4-9:
4 “Sh’ma, Yisra’el! ADONAI Eloheinu, ADONAI echad [Hear, Isra’el! ADONAI our God, ADONAI is one];
5 and you are to love ADONAI your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources.
6 These words, which I am ordering you today, are to be on your heart;
7 and you are to teach them carefully to your children. You are to talk about them when you sit at home, when you are traveling on the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
8 Tie them on your hand as a sign, put them at the front of a headband around your forehead,
9and write them on the door-frames of your house and on your gates.
This Shabbat

Revealed: The Name of the Jewish Messiah

Shabbat Shalom, Friends!

In the Tanakh, every name has a meaning and the meaning relates to a specific action or event that happened to this person, for example Moshe was given this name as he was pulled out of the river (Exodus 2:10). At certain times, a person’s given name was either changed to reflect their current status or purpose in life for example Avram was changed to Avraham (Genesis 17:5) or the given Hebrew name was changed to a foreign name based on their place of residency, but later their original Hebrew name was revealed again for example Yosef, son of Israel sold into slavery by Judah and his brothers. During this time, Yosef as a slave suffered and was even imprisoned, but later, he oversaw the affairs of Egypt. Later Yosef revealed his real name to his brother Judah, and all his brothers again (Genesis, 41:45 & Genesis 45).

The same trend applies to ADONAI, when in ancient times, ADONAI gave His Name as EL SHADDAI (אֵל שַׁדָּי) to Avraham, Yitzhak and Yaakov/ Israel. However, in Exodus 6:3 ADONAI revealed His Name to Moshe as YUD HEY VAV HEY (YHVH /יְהוָ֔ה).

So, what does this have to do with the Messiah’s name and identity? Well, throughout the Tanakh, starting with Moshe, the Prophets and King David, they all sang songs and prophesied about the word “ Yeshuah”/ ישׁוּעָה, the hebrew word for salvation:

  • In Exodus 15:2: Moshe sang that “God is my Salvation”

 ב  עָזִּי וְזִמְרָת יָהּ, וַיְהִי-לִי  {ר}  לִישׁוּעָה;

  • In Isaiah 12:2, this prophet prophesied “for see! God is my salvation” הִנֵּה אֵל יְשׁוּעָתִי אֶבְטַח
  • In Psalm 62:2 King David sangs “ADONAI is my light and salvation He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken”.

 ב  אַךְ אֶל-אֱלֹהִים, דּוּמִיָּה נַפְשִׁי;    מִמֶּנּוּ, יְשׁוּעָתִי.

  • In Psalm 118:21 “I am thanking you because you answered me; you
    became my salvation”  אוֹדְךָ, כִּי עֲנִיתָנִי;    וַתְּהִי-לִי, לִישׁוּעָה.

Can you see the name Yeshua / ישׁוּעָ contained these verses? You could say this is all coincidence, however we know that the Messiah, the anointed one will bring about ADONAIS salvation / ישׁוּעָה and read in context with the Branch as explained below, the picture will be clearer that Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah:

Connected to this word Salvation /  ישׁוּעָה, thousands of years ago, Moshe prophesied that a Prophet will raise up just like him and we should place our trust in Him.(Deuteronomy 18:18). The Prophets made a connection ,as revealed by ADONAI, between this coming Prophet and a Branch that “will emerge from the trunk of Yishai”(the root of Yishai), father of King David (Isaiah 11 and Jeremiah 33:15: ADONAI  will cause to spring up for David, a branch of righteousness.) In Zechariah 6:11-12 the Branch / Sprout (Tzemach / צֶמַח) would sprout up and rebuild the temple. This “Branch” will be the future King of Israel, a descendant of David, the Prophet as referred to my Moshe and Messiah of Israel.

Further, what is interesting is that in Zechariah 3:8 the cohen gadol named Y’hoshua (יְהוֹשֻׁעַ) and his colleagues were seen as being the Branch: “these men are a sign that I am going to bring my servant Sprout / Tzemach/ צֶמַח.” Later the name “Y,hoshua” was changed to “Yeshua” יֵשׁ֨וּעַ in Ezra- Nehemiah period (Ezra 3:8). The New Testament period started a couple of hundred years later. This means that the name Y’hoshua / Yeshua is linked to being the Branch / Sprout / Tzemach/ צֶמַח from the tribe of Judah, King of Israel and furthermore, will bring about ADONAI’s Salvation / Yeshuah /  ישׁוּעָה, thus ADONAI is Yeshua – all revealed in the Tanakh.

Now, some thoughts on the translation of the name Yeshua into greek:

We know that the Jewish Messiah was born with the Hebrew name Yeshua /  ישׁוּעָ , in the area of the Tribe of Judah, in the Land of Israel little over 2000 years ago. As the Brit Chadasha was mainly written in Greek, Yeshua was changed to “Jesus”. However, His original Hebrew name is again being revealed to Israel and the nations now. (In the State of Israel, ordinary Israelis don’t necessarily know or use the name “Yeshua”. The reason being that His name appears as a cursed name in the Talmud and the Rabbis have been using this cursed name for last 1500 years to stop Jews from believing in Yeshua as Messiah of Israel).

This change and revelation of the Messiah’s name as Yeshua is similar to that of the story of Yosef (which contains a messianic message even in Orthodox Judaism).

Whether, you want to refer to the Messiah’s name as Yeshua or Jesus is your choice, however consider the following: Firstly, the name “Jesus” also apparently appears in the religion of Islam and in the quran (or at least in theory). In this man-made religion, this “Jesus” character is seen as an islamic prophet and they give all kinds of misquotes from the Brit Chadasha why this islamic prophet isn’t the Son of God. The problem is that groups and congregations, who only believe in “Jesus” but follow replacement doctrines ( i.e rejection of Torah, Shabbat,  the importance of the Land of Israel, the Jews etc) might fall for the deception and lies that this man-made religion of Islam is spreading. These groups and congregations will continue to believe in a “Jesus” figure but now subject to the quran and sharia laws. (Apologies, this isn’t politically correct, it’s just truth.)

Secondly, in 2017, do we refer to Yosef, Son of Israel by his Hebrew name or by his foreign name Tzafnat-Pa’neach? Probably, 99.8% of people use his Hebrew name and the other 0.2% are probably researching the name Tzafnat-Pa’neach, which is why they use this name. So, shouldn’t the same principle apply to Yeshua? Should we use His real name?

Finally, the Name “Yeshua” means salvation and is found thought out the Tanakh and the Brit Chadasha ( if you read the “Complete Jewish Bible” version of the Bible). This Name has prophetic meaning and is full of history as seen in the above-mentioned paragraphs; and the Name connects Jews and Gentiles to the Jewishness of our faith.

IMPORTANT: if you want to refer to the Messiah’s name as Yeshua or Jesus is your choice. However, if interested, next time you pray, why not end your prayer “in the Name of Yeshua the Messiah / Yeshua Mashiach. In Hebrew, you would say “b’ Shem Yeshua Mashiach”.

I hope you have a peaceful Shabbat. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, protection of believers and Israel!

 

 

 

 

 

This Shabbat

Yeshua addressed tradition

Shabbat Shalom,friends,

In Matthew / Mattiyahu 15 and Mark 7, Yeshua discussed man-made religious rules  (“Tradition of the Elders”) after a question was asked by the P’rushim and Torah-teachers. Yeshua referred to the Prophets (Nevi’im) who prophesied about these false teachers (Isaiah / Yeshayahu 29:13). This prophecy is still applicable today even after 2000 years. Yeshua pointed out that “…with your tradition which you had handed down to you, you nullify the Word of God!” (Mark 7:13). This is such a powerful statement. Yeshua could have said that at least they were trying to praise ADONAI with their traditions, but no; He was quite direct in addressing their practices and denouncing it. These man-made rules go completely against the Word of God. In fact, if you think about it, these man-made rules are about power and control, greed and deceit.

Furthermore, in Mark 7:18 to 23 [Yeshua] replied to them, “So you too are without understanding? Don’t you see that nothing going into a person from outside can make him unclean? For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and it passes out into the latrine.” (Thus he declared all foods ritually clean.)  “It is what comes out of a person,” he went on, “that makes him unclean. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come forth wicked thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, indecency, envy, slander, arrogance, foolishness….  All these wicked things come from within, and they make a person unclean.”

Yeshua teaches that all the above mentioned negative traits make a person unclean and you can’t enforce your own tradition onto ADONAI and think this makes yourself clean and holy. The only way to achieve salvation is to read the Word of God (Tanakh & Brit Chadasha) and let the Ruach HaKodesh assist you to walk in ADONAI’S ways.

I hope you have a peaceful Shabbat!

 

Appointed Times

Shavu’ot / חג השבועות‎ – Ignite the “fire” within you

Shalom everyone,

We’ve counted the Omer and now it’s Shavu’ot!

Shavu’ot commemorates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai and the Ruach Ha Kodesh (The Holy Spirit). It’s also about fire: Our God, the Almighty Living God of Israel, is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24 Hebrews 12:19 ).

We read in the Torah, Exodus 18 to 19 that “Moshe brought the people out of the camp to meet God; they stood near the base of the mountain. Mount Sinai was enveloped in smoke, because ADONAI descended onto it in fire — its smoke went up like the smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain shook violently.  As the sound of the shofar grew louder and louder, Moshe spoke; and God answered him with a voice.”

Further in Deuteronomy 33:2 we read that “[t]his is the blessing that Moshe, the man of God, spoke over the people of Isra’el before his death:  “ADONAI came from Sinai; from Se’ir he dawned on his people, shone forth from Mount Pa’ran; and with him were myriads of holy ones; at his right hand was a fiery law for them.

From Exodus 20, the Ten commandments were given and the rest of God’s guidelines and instruction in the later verses. In Deuteronomy 16 we read about the appointed times (moedim (מועדים)) and in Deuteronomy 16:9 to 12 about counting of the Omer and observing the festival of Shavu’ot.

In the Nevi’im, we read how ADONAI revealed to Jeremiah in Chapter 31:31 to 33 that ” [h]ere, the days are coming,” says ADONAI, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Isra’el and with the house of Y’hudah.   It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, violated my covenant, even though I, for my part, was a husband to them,” says ADONAI.  “For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,” says ADONAI: “I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people. “

In the Brit Chadasha, Yochanan explained in Matthew 4:11 that [i]t’s true that I am immersing you in water so that you might turn from sin to God; but the one coming after me is more powerful than I — I’m not worthy even to carry his sandals — and he will immerse you in the Ruach HaKodesh and in fire”.

In Acts 2, this prophesy was fulfilled when “The festival of Shavu’ot arrived, and the believers all gathered together in one place. Suddenly there came a sound from the sky like the roar of a violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire, which separated and came to rest on each one of them.  They were all filled with the Ruach HaKodesh and began to talk in different languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.”

If we reflect on the above-mentioned sections of Torah, the Nevi’im and the Brit Chadasha there is this continuing reference to fire. In the above-mentioned verses, we see ADONAI’S power, ADONAI’S persona: that is His love for His people and ADONAI’S plan for guidance for believers. ADONAI wants to us to know how to walk in His ways and to get closer to Him on a daily basis. This is achieved by reading the Word of God as well as having his guidance within us. We could say that this is imprinted within us (our minds and on our hearts). This will enable us to be a light for Him. We are His people and He is our God.

My conclusion is this: I hope from this Shavu’ot onwards that you will be on “fire” for ADONAI. Be more than a luke warm believer. It’s time to shine…