This Shabbat

Hanukkah 

Shabbat Shalom, Friends

Next week is Hanukkah (the Festival of Dedication or Lights). This is my second Hanukkah since I started blogging. If I think back to my first blog posts in mid August 2016, these were simply 3 youtube videos about Jewish believers in Yeshua. Now, it’s 80+ posts later. Thank you for reading my blogposts and visiting my blog. It’s much appreciated. 

There is a reference to Hanukkah found in the New Testament. In Yochanan / John 10:22 to 42, we read about Yeshua’s discussion with unbelievers who wanted to stone him. This occurred during Hanukkuh. What stands out for me are the 2 verses found in John 10: 37 and 38: 

22 Then came Hanukkah in Yerushalayim. It was winter, 
23 and Yeshua was walking around inside the Temple area, in Shlomo’s Colonnade. 
24 So the Judeans surrounded him and said to him, “How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us publicly!” 
25 Yeshua answered them, “I have already told you, and you don’t trust me. The works I do in my Father’s name testify on my behalf, 
26 but the reason you don’t trust is that you are not included among my sheep. 
27 My sheep listen to my voice, I recognize them, they follow me, 
28 and I give them eternal life. They will absolutely never be destroyed, and no one will snatch them from my hands. 
29 My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no one can snatch them from the Father’s hands. 
30 I and the Father are one.” 
31 Once again the Judeans picked up rocks in order to stone him. 
32 Yeshua answered them, “You have seen me do many good deeds that reflect the Father’s power; for which one of these deeds are you stoning me?” 
33 The Judeans replied, “We are not stoning you for any good deed, but for blasphemy — because you, who are only a man, are making yourself out to be God [Hebrew: Elohim].” 
34 Yeshua answered them, “Isn’t it written in your Torah, `I have said, “You people are Elohim’ “?h 
35 If he called `elohim’ the people to whom the word of Elohim was addressed (and the Tanakh cannot be broken), 
36then are you telling the one whom the Father set apart as holy and sent into the world, `You are committing blasphemy,’ just because I said, `I am a son of Elohim’? 
37 “If I am not doing deeds that reflect my Father’s power, don’t trust me. 
38 But if I am, then, even if you don’t trust me, trust the deeds; so that you may understand once and for all that the Father is united with me, and I am united with the Father.” 
39One more time they tried to arrest him, but he slipped out of their hands. 
40 He went off again beyond the Yarden, where Yochanan had been immersing at first, and stayed there. 
41 Many people came to him and said, “Yochanan performed no miracles, but everything Yochanan said about this man was true.” 
42 And many people there put their trust in him.

The Father and Yeshua are one. Yeshua has been given all authority from the Father. This resembles the Sh’ma [Hear] (D’varim / Deutoromony 6: 4 )

4 “Sh’ma, Yisra’el! ADONAI Eloheinu, ADONAI echad [Hear, Isra’el! ADONAI our God, ADONAI is one];

Furthermore, Hanukkah also makes me think of Mattityahu / Matthew 5:14 to 16:

14 “You are light for the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 
15 Likewise, when people light a lamp, they don’t cover it with a bowl but put it on a lampstand, so that it shines for everyone in the house. 
16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they may see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.

 May the Light of our Salvation shine through out his dark world. 

Have a blessed and peaceful Shabbat!

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This Shabbat

Raise your voice

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

I hope you had a good week.

For this Shabbat, I read Yesha’Yahu / Isaiah 52 but instead of continuing to Chapter 53, I turned back to Chapter 51. I was drawn to Chapter 52 6 to 8 and then also to the same verse numbers (verse 6 to 8) in Chapter 51.

Yesha’Yahu/ Isaiah 52:

Therefore my people will know my name;
therefore on that day they will know
that I, the one speaking — here I am!”

How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news,
proclaiming shalom, bringing good news
of good things, announcing salvation
and saying to Tziyon, “Your God is King!”
Listen! Your watchmen are raising their voices,
shouting for joy together.
For they will see, before their own eyes,
Adonai returning to Tziyon.

 

Yesha’Yahu/ Isaiah 51:

“Raise your eyes toward the skies,
look at the earth below.
The skies will vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like clothing.
Those living on it will die like flies;
but my salvation will be forever,
and my justice will never end.

“Listen to me, you who know justice,
you people who have my Torah in your heart:
don’t be afraid of people’s taunts,
don’t be upset by their insults.
For the moth will eat them up like clothing,
the worm will eat them like wool;
but my justice will be forever,
and my salvation for all generations.”

 

I’ve highlighted the parts of the verses that stood out to me.

After I read from these two chapters, I thought to myself:  what does it mean to believe in Yeshua ha Mashiach?

It means freedom.  Freedom from man-made religion, freedom from rabbinical / theological interpretations (church dogma) as we receive the message directly from the source – the Word of God.

It is freedom to know what is right and wrong because the Torah (God of Israel’s Instructions) has been placed within us. We have the Word of God and the Ruach ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit / Spirit of ADONAI) to guide us and we don’t need to rely on our own limited human understanding.

Salvation is also free to anyone who believes in Yeshua and continues to trust and believe.  The only way to the ADONAI (The Almighty Living God of Israel) is through Yeshua (Yochanan / John 14:6). We don’t need a Priest or Rabbi to pray on our behalf to receive salvation.

Furthermore, it also gives me a feeling that I could describe as a combination of joy, excitement and sense of achievement because through social media, I am able to raise my voice, together with my fellow bloggers, to share about our Messiah, Yeshua, the King of Israel to anyone who visits my blog. Through social media apps,  I’m connecting with fellow believers in Yeshua in Israel, the Middle East and other parts of the world. Most important, I won’t stay quiet about Yeshua and I’m sure, you won’t stay quiet either.

Finally, I’d like to say that we are seeing ADONAI returning to Zion before our very eyes to those whose eyes have been opened and are being opened to the message of the Messiah. It’s not always easy to be a believer, but through fellowship, we are standing together and united!

I hope you have a blessed and peaceful Shabbat!

 

A family member who is visiting Israel sent these photos:

Lake Kinneret / the Sea of Galilee (29 November 2017)jer3.JPG

Jerusalem, Friday evening, 1 December 2017

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Jerusalem / ירושלים

 

 

Tehillim / Psalm 122:6 

Pray for shalom in Yerushalayim; may those who love you prosper.

שַׁאֲלוּ, שְׁלוֹם יְרוּשָׁלִָם;    יִשְׁלָיוּ, אֹהֲבָיִךְ.

 

The song “Jerusalem” from the first album of Uzia Zadok ‘Shomer Israel’

Words: From the sources and Sharon Abilach
Music: Sharon Abilhak
Adaptation and musical production: Doron Elimelech

Words:

May peace be in your army, peace in your palaces,
Deep in your heart, your memory is engraved and the tears are flowing by themselves,
For the sake of my brother and my companion I shall speak peace to you,
We will always be with you, together forever.

Today our feet stand at your gates, Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
We have not stopped hoping, we want you, Jerusalem, Jerusalem.

Jerusalem raised mountains around her and the Lord around his people,
Wherever we go, we will continue to read on your behalf, and in the streets of the city to walk.

 

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This Shabbat

To all the mothers

Shabbat Shalom, friends!  

I was recently drawn to the Book of Ruth. If you haven’t read from this book in a while, it’s short (only 4 pages) and it will only take you a couple of minutes to read. However, don’t be fooled by the shortness of this book, as it’s shows the important relationship between Jew and Gentile. It also focuses on the women who “built up the house of Israel”. 

In short, Naomi, from the tribe of Judah, lived in a foreign land when tragedy struck: her husband and two sons passed away. Naomi wanted to return to the Land of Judah and she told her daughters in law to return to their people.  One of her daughters in law, Ruth was adamant that she wanted to return with Naomi and the other one returned to her home land and family.   

In the Land of Judah, Ruth found favour with Boaz: she was recognised for her deeds (wanting to look after Naomi who was grieving) and she was redeemed by Boaz, thereby incorporated into Israel. She became the great grandmother of King David.   

I particularly love this verse:  

“May Adonai make the woman who has come into your house like Rachel and like Le’ah,  who between them built up the house of Isra’el.”   

After reading from the Book of Ruth, I read from Luke .  I particularly, like these verses in Luke 2 : 48 to 51 (referring to Yeshua as a boy): 

“Son! Why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been terribly worried looking for you!”  

49 He said to them, “Why did you have to look for me? Didn’t you know that I had to be concerning myself with my Father’s affairs?”  

50 But they didn’t understand what he meant.  

51 So he went with them to Natzeret and was obedient to them. But his mother stored up all these things in her heart.  

  

Then, a fortnight ago, I blogged about that expression “Oh my (I dare not say the next word)”. When I initially read this blog post from Elihu’s Corner, my first thoughts were about my mother‘s reaction to this expression.  My mother passed away in 2014. She was in her early 70’s and she passed as a strong believer in Yeshua. She was absolutely the best mother! She hated it when someone used this expression. She was quite vocal about it and she would say something along the lines of “There is another one using that. I hate it when they use that. Show some respect [to HaShem]”. All I’m thinking is, Ben Shapiro stand aside! Here comes my mom. 😀

My mother was completely dedicated to my upbringing as an only son and child, and our household. I appreciated it tremendously now as an adult. If I think back, I didn’t appreciated it growing up as the default standard was exceptionally high. Thus, I’d wanted to say to all the mothers who build up their households.  I salute you for your hard work and dedication. You are all beautiful!

Have a peaceful Shabbat! 

The Challah making process:

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Source: Instagram

 

 

This Shabbat

Stay united with Yeshua

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As we cry towards the Wall, our tears are prayers too

However, remember the rejected rock that has become the Cornerstone

Yeshua ha Mashiach, is this Cornerstone!

When you’ve found Yeshua, stay united with Him

Don’t turn away!

Remember Yeshua’s words:  “If you keep my commands, you will stay in my love — just as I have kept my Father’s commands and stay in his love.”

Remain united with Yeshua, the King of Israel!

and

One day we will welcome Yeshua’s return by shouting Baruch Haba B’shem ADONAI / בָּרוּךְ הַבָּא, בְּשֵׁם יְהוָה / Blessed is he who comes in the name of ADONAI

שבת שלום לכולם /  Shabbat Shalom to everyone☺

 

References:

Tehillim / Psalm 118

Tehillim / Psalm 56:8

Yochanan / John 15

 

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This Shabbat

Oh my…(I dare not say the next word)

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

I’ve recently read a blog post from Elihu’s Corner and I’d wanted to share it with you. I think it’s thought provoking and we should talk about it. You can access it here.

It deals with a very common expression that we hear on a daily basis. It is OM”G” which is the abbreviated version of “Oh my G**”. This expression “Oh my G**” isn’t new, it’s been used for decades by people and in the media (movies, TV shows etc). It is now just in an abbreviated form. This expression is so commonly used, it is probably used more than the expression “okay”. We get emojis, songs about it, even merchandise such as badges with this term imprinted on it. Young children are using it. We get variations of the original expression such as where the “Oh my” is dropped when it is used and the more “respectful” version of “Oh my gosh”. The worst part is that people don’t realise the enormous impact of this simple little expression. We have been so conditioned by deception.

Using this expression is a violation of Torah (God’s Instructions). Sh’mot / Exodus 20:7 clearly states that:

“You are not to use lightly the name of ADONAI your God, because ADONAI will not leave unpunished someone who uses his name lightly. “

When Yeshua haMashiach taught us how to pray in Mattityahu /  Matthew 6: 9-13, He expressly mentioned that we should pray: “Our Father in heaven! May your Name be kept holy.

Using both of these expressions are the opposite of keeping ADONAI’s name holy.  Please read the blogpost from Elihu’s Corner as I think it’s awesome.

I refrain from using this expression myself and an interesting question is whether we should tell others what the true meaning behind these expressions are and that it’s taking ADONAI’s name in vain? Thus, sharing the truth. What do you think?

In conclusion, there is so much deception in this world. Let’s hold on to Biblical Truth and stand up for what we believe in.

I hope you and your family have a peaceful Shabbat!

 

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They fell face down before the throne and worshipped God, saying,

“Amen!

“Praise and glory, wisdom and thanks, honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever!

“Amen!” 

Revelation 7:11-12

 

Prophetic

Yeled / יֶלֶד / Child

An Israeli child
reaches out with his hands,
in resounding victory
towards the blue and white sky –
towards the bright Morning Star in the heavens
that shines to show the way to Truth and Life
For darkness has been defeated and only Light remains

The people of Israel are back in the Land of Israel
It’s not just a miracle, it is bible prophecy confirmed!

Am Israel Chai / עם ישראל חי

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This Shabbat

Anger

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

We never get angry, right? Yes? No? Well, that is for you to answer.  I reckon that we do get angry, at times, as it’s a challenging and difficult life in this world. It is not sunshine, roses, smiley faces and social media likes all the time; and life will get more challenging due to the actions of others who do not follow Torah (ADONAI’s instructions). Bible prophesy also confirms this (see for example 2 Timothy 3).

As we seek guidance from the Word of God, we find various verses on this topic throughout the Bible, however I was drawn to the message from Tehillim / Psalm 4 and 37 and Mishlei / Proverbs 16:32. (You could read these below.)

King David and later, his son Shlomo (Solomon), recorded these words thousands of years ago and when I read these verses, it is almost like a 4 step process to reduce anger:

Step 1: calm down.

Step 2: don’t be upset by evildoers.

Step 3: stop being angry; and.

Step 4: put your trust in ADONAI.

 If you apply these steps, you will be better than a war hero!

I hope you and your family have a peaceful Shabbat!  The Aaronic Blessing for you and your family:

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✡Yeshua haMashiach is the King of Israel ✡ the Bright Morning Star✡

 

Tehillim 4 

1 For the leader. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David: O God, my vindicator! Answer me when I call! When I was distressed, you set me free; now have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

2 Men of rank, how long will you shame my honor, love what is vain, chase after lies? (Selah)

3 Understand that ADONAI sets apart the godly person for himself; ADONAI will hear when I call to him.

4 You can be angry, but do not sin! Think about this as you lie in bed, and calm down. (Selah)

5 Offer sacrifices rightly, and put your trust in ADONAI.

6 Many ask, “Who can show us some good?” ADONAI, lift the light of your face over us!

7 You have filled my heart with more joy than all their grain and new wine.

8 I will lie down and sleep in peace; for, ADONAI, you alone make me live securely.

 

 

Tehillim 37 1- 8 

1 By David: Don’t be upset by evildoers or envious of those who do wrong,

2 for soon they will wither like grass and fade like the green in the fields.

3 Trust in ADONAI, and do good; settle in the land, and feed on faithfulness.

4 Then you will delight yourself in ADONAI, and he will give you your heart’s desire.

5 Commit your way to ADONAI; trust in him, and he will act.

6 He will make your vindication shine forth like light, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

7 Be still before ADONAI; wait patiently till he comes. Don’t be upset by those whose way succeeds because of their wicked plans.  

8 Stop being angry, put aside rage, and don’t be upset – it leads to evil.  

9 For evildoers will be cut off, but those hoping in ADONAI will inherit the land.

10 Soon the wicked will be no more; you will look for his place, and he won’t be there.

 Mishlei 16:32: 

32 He who controls his temper is better than a war hero, he who rules his spirit better than he who captures a city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Word of God says

King of Kings / Melech malchei Hamelachim / מלך מלכי המלכים

 

 

Shalom Friends,

I hope you are having a good week so far!

In Revelation 19:11-16 we read about this vision given to Yochanan (John):

11 Next I saw heaven opened, and there before me was a white horse. Sitting on it was the one called Faithful and True, and it is in righteousness that he passes judgment and goes to battle. 
12 His eyes were like a fiery flame, and on his head were many royal crowns. And he had a name written which no one knew but himself. 
13 He was wearing a robe that had been soaked in blood, and the name by which he is called is, “THE WORD OF GOD.” 
14 The armies of heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 
15 And out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down nations – “He will rule them with a staff of iron.”c It is he who treads the winepress from which flows the wine of the furious rage of ADONAI, God of heaven’s armies. 
16 And on his robe and on his thigh he has a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

 

What a spectacular vision that was given to Yochanan.

Although Yochanan recorded this vision in words, words can’t truly describe this glorious sight of the King of Kings. When we read this, just picture it in your own mind: Yeshua, the King of Kings in action with the Armies of Heaven!

The vision also shows the various names of Yeshua: Faithful and True, a name written which no one knew but himself ( thus, a special name reserved only for the King of Kings), THE WORD OF GOD; and the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. By reading this, we get better insight into who Yeshua really is. We are learning His names, His purpose, features and characteristics.

In John 14:7 Yeshua also told us that if we know Him, we also know the Father and we’ve seen Him.  We don’t get a better view of Yeshua than this vision in Revelation 19:11-16.

As we get to know Him more by reading the Word of God together, we should remember to always give thanks for His grace continues forever (Psalm 136:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:18).

We should give thanks not only for our life, the good but also the bad, the tears, the laughter and the hard times.

Now, let’s listen to the song Melech malchei Hamelachim  /  מלך מלכי המלכים / King of all Kings

As a final thought, I’d wanted to re-blog these blog posts that are definitively worthwhile reading:

 https://unashamedofjesus.org/2017/10/15/king-of-kings-6/

https://crosseseverywhere.com/2017/10/10/the-words-of-men-or-the-word-of-god/

All glory to Yeshua, the King of Kings!

Halleluyah!

 

Words to the song:

סלח לי אבי כי חטאתי לך

Slach li avi ki khatati lekha

Forgive me Father for I have sinned against you

מחול לי על כל פשעי

Machol li al kol peshai You have forgiven me of my guilt

גם בימים ששכחתי אותך

Gam b’yamim shshkachti otcha

Also in the days that I forgot you

היית תמיד בחיי

Hayita tamid bechayay

You were always in my life

בכל הדרכים שהלכתי בעצם

Bechol haderachim shehalakti beetsem

In each and every path I took

היית לי נר לרגליי

Hayita li ner leraglai

You were a light to my feet

הייתי עיוור לא ראיתי מעבר

Hayiti iver lo rayiti meever

I was blind and I could not see beyond

למה שהביטו עיניי

Lemah shehibitu aynai

What my eyes beheld

מלך מלכי המלכים תודה על חיים

Melech malchei Hamelachim todah al hayim

King of all Kings thank-you for life

על אושר על בכי על צחוק

Al osher al bechi al tschok

For happiness for tears and for laughter

גם שקשה לפעמים גם אז אלוקים

Gam kshekashe lilamim gam az elokim

Also when it’s hard at times even then Lord

אתה לעולם לא רחוק

Ata leolam lo rachok

You are never far away

 

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VEHI SHE’AMDA / THIS IS THAT PROMISE

Song performed by Yossi Azulay

וְהִיא שֶׁעָמְדָה לַאֲבוֹתֵיֽנוּ וְלָנֽוּ. שֶׁלֹא אֶחָד בִּלְבָד, עָמַד עָלֵיֽנוּ לְכַלּוֹתֵנֽוּ. אֶלָּא שֶׁבְּכָל דּוֹר וָדוֹר, עוֹמְדִים עָלֵיֽנוּ לְכַלּוֹתֵנֽוּ. וְהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא מַצִּילֵנוּ מִיָּדָם

Vehi She’amda, La’avotainu Velanu Shelo Echad Bilvad, Amad Aleinu Lechaloteinu Ela Sheb’chol Dor VaDor Omdim Aleinu Lechaloteinu V’HaKadosh Baruch Hu Matzilenu Miyadam.

And this (ADONAI’s blessings and the Torah) is what kept our fathers and what keeps us surviving. For, not only one arose and tried to destroy us, rather in every generation they try to destroy us, and ADONAI saves us from their hands.

 

 

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For Tziyon’s sake I will not be silent (Isaiah 62)

 

Isaiah 62 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

62

 For Tziyon’s sake I will not be silent,
for Yerushalayim’s sake I will not rest,
until her vindication shines out brightly
and her salvation like a blazing torch.
The nations will see your vindication
and all kings your glory.
Then you will be called by a new name
which Adonai himself will pronounce.
You will be a glorious crown in the hand of Adonai,
a royal diadem held by your God.
You will no longer be spoken of as ‘Azuvah [Abandoned]
or your land be spoken of as ‘Sh’mamah [Desolate];
rather, you will be called Heftzi-Vah [My-Delight-Is-In-Her]
and your land Be‘ulah [Married].
For Adonai delights in you,
and your land will be married —
as a young man marries a young woman,
your sons will marry you;
as a bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
your God will rejoice over you.

I have posted watchmen
on your walls, Yerushalayim;
they will never fall silent,
neither by day nor by night.
You who call on Adonai,
give yourselves no rest;
and give him no rest till he restores Yerushalayim
and makes it a praise on earth.
Adonai has sworn by his right hand
and by his mighty arm:
“Never again will I give your grain
to your enemies as food;
nor will strangers drink your wine,
for which you worked so hard;
but those who harvest the grain will eat it
with praises to Adonai;
those who gathered the wine will drink it
in the courtyards of my sanctuary.”

10 Go on through, go on through the gates,
clear the way for the people!
Build up a highway, build it up!
Clear away the stones!
Raise a banner for the peoples!
11 Adonai has proclaimed to the end of the earth,
“Say to the daughter of Tziyon,
‘Here, your Salvation is coming!
Here, his reward is with him,
and his recompense is before him.’”
12 They will call them The Holy People,
The Redeemed of Adonai.
You will be called D’rushah [Sought-After],
‘Ir Lo Ne‘ezvah [City-No-Longer-Abandoned].