(0) A song of ascents:
(1) If I raise my eyes to the hills,
from where will my help come?
2 My help comes from Adonai,
the maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip —
your guardian is not asleep.
4 No, the guardian of Isra’el
never slumbers or sleeps.
5 Adonai is your guardian; at your right hand
Adonai provides you with shade —
6 the sun can’t strike you during the day
or even the moon at night.
7 Adonai will guard you against all harm;
he will guard your life.
8 Adonai will guard your coming and going
from now on and forever.
אשִׁיר לַמַּעֲלוֹת אֶשָּׂא עֵינַי אֶל הֶהָרִים מֵאַיִן יָבֹא עֶזְרִי
בעֶזְרִי מֵעִם יְהֹוָה עֹשֵׂה שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ:
גאַל יִתֵּן לַמּוֹט רַגְלֶךָ אַל יָנוּם שֹׁמְרֶךָ:
דהִנֵּה לֹא יָנוּם וְלֹא יִישָׁן שׁוֹמֵר יִשְׂרָאֵל
היְהֹוָה שֹׁמְרֶךָ יְהֹוָה צִלְּךָ עַל יַד יְמִינֶךָ
ויוֹמָם הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ לֹא יַכֶּכָּה וְיָרֵחַ בַּלָּיְלָה
זיְהֹוָה יִשְׁמָרְךָ מִכָּל רָע יִשְׁמֹר אֶת נַפְשֶׁךָ
חיְהֹוָה יִשְׁמָר צֵאתְךָ וּבוֹאֶךָ מֵעַתָּה וְעַד עוֹלָם:
Shabbat Shalom, friends!
Between Pesach and Shavu’ot, we are commanded in Vayikra / Leviticus 23:15 to 16 “[f]rom the day after the day of rest -that is, from the day you bring the sheaf for waving -you are to count seven full weeks, until the day after the seventh week; you are to count fifty days; and then you are to present a new grain offering to ADONAI.” Counting of the Omer points to 50 days after ADONAI freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and giving of the Torah (ADONAI’S instructions) on Mount Sinai. It also points to the believers who received the Ruach HaKodesh (Acts 2 CJB) 50 days after Yeshua freed us from our sins. Tomorrow is day 33 of counting of the Omer.
As we’ve recently had Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), commemorating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem following the 1967 Six-Day War and 69 years since the establishment of the State of Israel, I wanted to say a prayer called Toda Lecha / תודה לך / Thank you to ADONAI. The establishment of the State of Israel is bible prophecy confirmed!
Our Father in Heaven, I want to say Toda Lecha / תודה לך / Thank you:
Thank you for your salvation;
Thank you for filling me with your Ruach;
Thank you placing Your Torah within us and on our hearts;
Thank you for opening my eyes to your salvation;
Thank you for returning us to the Land and restoring your nation;
Thank you for your grace;
Thank you giving us hope;
Thank you for our King and Messiah;
Thank you that we can walk with You and that we don’t have to follow man-made religious rules.
In the name of Yeshua haMashiach
I hope you have a peaceful Shabbat!
Shabbat Shalom, friends!
In Mattiyahu / Matthew 4:1 to 10 (CJB), we read how Yeshua refered to the Torah (D’varim / Deuteronomy 6 and 8) and the K’tuvim (Writings) (Tehillim / Psalm 91) to defeat temptation from satan in the wilderness. When I read Matthew 4, two aspects stand out. Firstly, Yeshua fasted for forty days and nights. He must have been really hungry and quite weak. It is in these moments of perceived weakness that the power of ADONAI is brought to perfection (2 Corinthians 12:9). Sha’ul also summed this up by saying: “I am well pleased with weaknesses…for it when I am weak that I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).
Secondly, satan knows the Word of God (The Bible) or at least some of the passages. I wonder if he knows the conclusion(?): he will try to make war with the “holy ones” (Dani’el 7), however the Messiah will return to defeat him! HALLELUYAH!
If you feel attacked by the adversary; if you feel weak; it’s not a pleasant experience, but remember the following: “See, the Word of God is alive! It is at work and is sharper than any double-edged sword” (Messianic Jews / Hebrews 4-12) and “[n]o temptation has seized you beyond what people normally experience, and God can be trusted not to allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear” ( 1 Corinthians 10:13).
Thus, hazak, hazak, v’nit’chazek! (be strong, be strong, and let us be strengthened!) and follow Yeshua’s example by chasing the adversary away!
Have a good and peaceful Shabbat!
Shabbat Shalom, friends!
This shabbat, I’m reading about Sha’ul’s calling: In Acts chapter 9 and 26 we read Sha’ul’s account of his calling on the way to Dammesek (Damascus) and the words Yeshua spoke to him directly. In Acts 26:14 (CJB) Sha’ul indicated that “[w]e all fell to the ground; and then I heard a voice saying to me, in Hebrew, ‘Sha’ul! Sha’ul! Why do you keep persecuting me? It’s hard on you to be kicking against the ox-goads!’”. What is interesting is that Yeshua spoke to Sha’ul in Hebrew. This is significant as the common language spoken by the Jews at the time was Aramaic. As Sha’ul was a Parush, a student of Torah and the Tanakh, he would have been well versed in Hebrew. By Sha’ul’s own account, he was an excellent student and that he was sent to Jerusalem to further this studies. Thus, the fact that Yeshua spoke in Hebrew would have caught his attention. If the voice from the light spoke in any other language than Hebrew, Sha’ul could have thought that he was hallucinating and possibly, he would not have believed that Yeshua spoke to him as he was fundamentally opposed to the believers in Yeshua by his own account. However, Yeshua did speak to Sha’ul! Furthermore, Yeshua also called him by his Hebrew name “Sha’ul” and not “Paul” as he was known as Sha’ul within the Jewish community.
In conclusion, these little “gems” in the Bible highlight the Jewishness of the Brit Hadasha (New Testament).
May the light of Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah be revealed to all Israel and the world.
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Enjoy your weekend!
Shalom friends! With the Festival of Matzah drawing to a close, as a final thought I wanted to share about the significance of the hyssop plant (אזוב / Ezob). Hyssop leaves were used as the instrument to smear the blood of the Pesach lamb on the door frames of the Hebrews in Egypt . In Exodus 12:20-22 (CJB) “Moshe called for all the leaders of Isra’el and said, “Select and take lambs for your families, and slaughter the Pesach lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop leaves and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and smear it on the two sides and top of the door-frame. Then, none of you is to go out the door of his house until morning.” This is one of the first references to the use of hyssop leaves for some sort of activity in the Tanakh. What is interesting is that hyssop is also used as a cleansing tool later in the Torah. For example, in Bemidbar / Numbers 19:17-20 (CJB), hyssop leaves are used for purification purposes to sprinkle water on “the tent, on all the containers, on the people who were there, and on the person who touched the bone or the person killed or the one who died naturally or the grave”. Also in Vayikra / Leviticus 14 (CJB), the cohen was commanded to use hyssop leaves along with cedar-wood and scarlet yarn to purify a person afflicted with skin diseases.
King David also referred to hyssop as an instrument to be spiritually cleansed in Tehillim / Psalm 51 (CJB) after confessing his sins and asking for forgiveness from the God of Israel (the God of his salvation). In Tehillim / Psalm 51:7 David asked: “Sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”
In the Brit Hadasha, during the final moments of Yeshua on the cross, a Roman soldier offered a drink of wine (vinegar), soaked in a sponge and held this up to Yeshua using a hyssop branch (John 19: 28-30 (KJV/NIV). These acts were done to fulfill messianic prophecies in Psalm 22:16(15) and Psalm 69:22(21) whereby He was offered vinegar to quench his thirst.
To conclude, one could argue that just as hyssop leaves were used as an instrument that guaranteed protection in Egypt and for purification purposes to those defiled and diseased; in the Brit Hadasha hyssop is the form of a branch is again used as an instrument to allow for messianic prophesies to be fulfilled, to symbolize that Yeshua’s blood cleanses us from sin as well as (almost) resemble an act to fulfill a mitzvot in the Torah.
May Yeshua bless you and your family!
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Wishing everyone chag Pesach sameach!
It’s a time for celebrating our freedom from sin as our Mashiach died for our sins and was resurrected. I hope that this Passover will be a special one for you and your family! May Yeshua, the King of Israel bless you and your family!
(Just imagine mobile phones were available during the Exodus…😊)
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Tonight, the biblical new year starts. In Exodus 12 1 & 2, ADONAI spoke to Moshe and Aharon in the land of Egypt; he said, “You are to begin your calendar with this month; it will be the first month of the year for you.” This is also the start of the countdown to Pesach (Passover) which is on the 14th day of Nisan. It is a month of celebration, freedom and salvation as the children of Israel gained freedom from slavery in Egypt thousands of years ago and we were also set free from sin through the blood of Yeshua Mashiach.
The countdown is on…
One could say that the current political climate in many parts of the world, resembles the time Hadassah (Ester) lived in: Peoples (from various “factions”, who would otherwise despise each other, uniting) to destroy Israel and believers. However, Purim is a good reminder that God is in control. It’s a time of faith, a time of recognising that God is at work behind the scene protecting us and it’s a time of celebration!
Or one could say: “they tried to kill us, they failed because God delivered us…let’s eat”- type of day.
May the light of Yeshua Mashiach be revealed to all Israel and all nations.
Yeshua is the King of Israel, our Mashiach and the Son of the Almighty Living God of Israel! Jews and Gentiles together worshiping the God of Israel through the Messiah. We are Israel!
Shalom to everyone.