This Shabbat

EL SHADDAI – The heavens proclaim Your glory and the sky Your works

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Photo: the Shin ש Cloud 

 

EL SHADDAI (אֵל שַׁדַּי)

The God Almighty of Israel!

Our God!

The Shema (שְׁמַע) [Hear Israel – prayer] shows Your greatness – You are One 

The One and Only God

You are Almighty and Living 

No other gods are like You  [selah]

 

Your Word is alive and active 

Even in the beginning Your Word existed 

and Your Word was with You and is You

 

Your Esh (אֵשׁ) [Fire] shows Your power and gives light 

Your light shines bright in the darkness that tries to overpower the globe and 

the darkness has not and cannot suppressed Your light! 

You are Adonai Shamah (שָֽׁמָּה) [Adonai is there]; present – now, here and everywhere 

Before You, nothing created is hidden, but all things are naked and open to Your eyes by which we must render an account on the day of Judgement

 

You gave us Your only Son as atoning sacrifice  / kapparah for our sins

Your Son who has been given all authority [selah] 

Yeshua ha Mashiach (Yeshua / Jesus The Messiah), our King of Israel 

All Glory to Yeshua! 

 I, thank and praise You! 

In the name of Yeshua ha Mashiach

Amen 

 

Have a peaceful Shabbat and weekend! 

 

Tell me, which Bible verses are you reading this Shabbat (or this weekend)? 

 

Sources: 

John 1
Ezekiel 48 35
Hebrews 4 13
Proverbs 15:3
Psalm 2:7
Psalm 19
Matthew 28: 18
1 John 2:2
Deuteronomy 6:4
Malachi 2:10
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This Shabbat

Pray with me

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

It’s another week closer to Yom Teruah (Rosh Hashanah) / The day of blowing the Shofar (Trumpets). The Shofar blowers are practicing and getting ready.

Have you been watched the main stream media lately? Well, you haven’t missed anything.  It’s still about wars, terror related incidents, hate, rumours of wars in various parts of the world; huge storms and earthquakes causing destruction and disrupting people’s lives. We also see and experience an increasing apostasy from faith and people distancing themselves from Torah (God’s instructions). It’s nothing new and we’ve probably becoming so conditioned to these that we don’t even think about it anymore. It’s just part of the normal anxiety we experience in our already busy lives. However, it seems that these are intensifying: more intense storms, more devastating earthquakes, wars (and rumours of wars likely to) starting in other regions of the world that have been peaceful for decades.  Luckily, we remember Yeshua’s words in Matthew / Mattityahu 24 where Yeshua said that all these things are just the “birth-pains”. You can read this chapter here.

Thus, we don’t need to be anxious as these things must happen and will intensify even more.

If you do feel anxious (and we all do – sometimes more than normal), we can find assurance in these words from the Prophets Isaiah and 2 Chronicles:

Isaiah / Yesha’yahu 43:

1 But now this is what ADONAI says, he who created you, Ya’akov, he who formed you, Isra’el: “Don’t be afraid, for I have redeemed you; I am calling you by your name; you are mine.  

2 When you pass through water, I will be with you; when you pass through rivers, they will not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire, you will not be scorched – the flame will not burn you.  

3 For I am ADONAI, your God, the Holy One of Isra’el, your Savior – I have given Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and S’va for you.

4 Because I regard you as valued and honored, and because I love you. For you I will give people, nations in exchange for your life.

5 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. I will bring your descendants from the east, and I will gather you from the west;

6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Don’t hold them back! Bring my sons from far away, and my daughters from the ends of the earth,

7 everyone who bears my name, whom I created for my glory – I formed him, yes, I made him.'”

8 Bring forward the people who are blind but have eyes, also the deaf who have ears.

9 All the nations are gathered together, and the peoples are assembled. Who among them can proclaim this and reveal what happened in the past? Let them bring their witnesses to justify themselves, so that others, on hearing, can say, “That’s true.”

10 “You are my witnesses,” says ADONAI, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you can know and trust me and understand that I am he no god was produced before me, nor will any be after me.

Also in 2 Chronicles / Divrei-Hayamim Bet 20: 20 we read this message:

“Trust in ADONAI your God, and you will be safe.  

Trust in his prophets, and you will succeed.” 

To conclude this shabbat blog post, I want to encourage you to pray with me:

ABA / FATHER, The Almighty Living God of Israel,

In the name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach (the Messiah) we say:

Thank you for YOUR grace and everything to provide to us every day.

Thank you for keeping us safe.

We know that YOU are always in control. YOU are able to do anything because nothing is impossible for YOU.

Thank you for your Shabbat and that we have a dedicated day to spend in YOUR presence.

We come before you today on this Shabbat. We’re vessels in YOUR hands.

 ABA, FATHER, the Almighty Living God of Israel

In the name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach (the Messiah) we ask:

Please show us how to pray effectively and with meaning.

Please forgive us our sins and if our sins way us down, we repent before YOU.

Break down the walls of division and false doctrine. Let YOUR people find Biblical Truth by reading YOUR Word.

Please give the people of Israel a heart of “flesh” (soften their hearts) that they will seek YOU.

Please give our political leaders wisdom that they will make the right decisions.

Please protect us, our families and our countries; the people living in the Land of Israel, the messianic believers in the Land of Israel and all around the world, and Christians against the attacks of satan, sickness, the forces of nature, false doctrine and increased hatred.

All of this, we pray in the name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach, / B’Shem Yeshua Ha Mashiach, King of Israel and Son of the Almighty Living God of Israel.

Amen

 

I hope you and your family have a peaceful Shabbat.

Please make sure to read my upcoming blogposts for Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot over the next couple of weeks.

Please watch ” God protected us in battle”:

 

This Shabbat

It is what being a human is all about 

Shabbat Shalom, friends! 

This week’s Shabbat blog post is short, sweet and to the point, but don’t be fooled by the wisdom behind it. We don’t need to write books about it, we just understand it, it’s a feeling, it’s a knowledge that guides us. It’s an infallible truth. It leads us to happiness, to a joy that you can’t express into words, it gives us new strength, it protects us from the dangers out there in the world. It keeps us holy. It allows us to communicate with ADONAI, in the name of Yeshua ha Mashiach (The Messiah). Because of it, we keep holding on until Yeshua, the Messiah of Jews and Gentiles returns. 

Without it, we are in darkness, lost, blind and will faint like the sinners who don’t want to believe it. Nations will be anxious and in bewilderment because they don’t have it. We’ll all be judged one-day by ADONAI, but because of it, we will be set free; the judgement against us removed. 

It allows us to walk with ADONAI. 

It is what being a human is all about.   

What is it?  

Fear the Almighty Living God of Israel and keep HIS mitzvot (Instructions). 

Proverbs(Mishlei9:10  Ecclesiastes (Kohelet12:13 

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, because if Jerusalem is at peace, the world is at peace!

Have a peaceful Shabbat. 

This Shabbat

Lets examine our ways: do you choose the narrow gate or wide gate? (Lamentations 3:40-41)

 

lamentations shabbat.JPGShabbat Shalom, friends!

The season of Teshuvah (repentance) is now truly underway after it was announced by a solar eclipse.

Let us examine our ways, return to ADONAI and go through the narrow gate as Yeshua mentioned in Matthew 7: 13- 14.

13 “Go in through the narrow gate; for the gate that leads to destruction is wide and the road broad, and many travel it; 14 but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Remember: you don’t have to wait until a specific appointed time to return. If there is some obstacle or barrier placed by satan affecting your relationship with ADONAI. Make a stand! Improve your relationship with ADONAI today and let’s continue to walk with ADONAI YHVH by lifting up our hands in prayer everyday.

Let’s listen to the beautiful words from the Book of Lamentations. The writer of this book isn’t mentioned in the Bible, but traditionally, it is believed that the Prophet Jeremiah wrote it.

40 Let us examine and test our ways and return to ADONAI. 41 Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven

 

 

Have a peaceful Shabbat and a good week!( Shavua Tov!) As always – thank you for visiting. It’s much appreciated! I enjoy taking this journey of (re)discovering Biblical Truth with you.

All glory to Yeshua ha Mashiach (the Messiah)!

Aaronic Blessing for you and your family:

 

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.”

This Shabbat

A call to return to the God of our Salvation (Teshuvah / תשובה)

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

Tis the season to repent; to return to ADONAI (interestingly, the season will open with a solar eclipse – the total solar eclipse over America). In a couple of days, it will be 40 days until the appointed time of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement – Leviticus 23:27) and also a month before Yom Teruah (the Day of blowing the Shofar / Trumpets – Leviticus 23:24).  The appointed times are found in Leviticus 23.

If you aren’t already observing these appointed times, should you keep these? Well, let’s consider this: Yeshua (Jesus) said in Matthew 5:17 to 18:

17 “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete.

18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened.

The King James version actually uses the word “destroy”.

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

These appointed times aren’t just Jewish high holidays nor Israel’s holiday. These are “the designated times of ADONAI which you are to proclaim as holy convocations are my designated times”(Leviticus 23:2). It is for you to decide whether you want to observe these appointed times. Just consider this: ADONAI gave us his instructions (Torah) and HIS designated times to observe. Throughout Yeshua’s ministry, He discussed, referred to and fulfilled the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings (Psalms and Proverbs). Perhaps, it’s worthwhile looking into these appointed times for yourself?

Returning to the number “40”. The number “40” is one of those special numbers found in the Bible. The number “40” appears numerous times in the Word of God for example, the rains (in Noah’s day) fell for 40 days and nights (Genesis 7:4); Moshe / Moses was with God in the mount, 40 days and nights (Exodus 24:18); Goliath presented himself to Israel for 40 days (1 Samuel 17:16) ; ADONAI gave Nineveh 40 days to repent (Jonah 3:4); Yeshua fasted 40 days and nights (Matthew 4:2) to name a few of these verses.

While I was planning this blog post, I was drawn to the Book of Hosea. (Please note: every name in the Bible has a meaning and Hoshea also means “salvation”. Interestingly, Moshe / Moses renamed Hoshea, son of Nun to Y’hoshua (Joshua) in Numbers 13:16 and the name Y’hoshua was later changed to Yeshua right before the New Covenant  / Testament period. You can read my blog post on this in “Revealed: the name of the Jewish messiah“).

If we read from the Book of Hosea, the Prophet Hosea, discussed the sins committed by Israel and Judah. In particular, he pointed out their murderous behaviour and sexual sin.

Hosea 6: 7 – 10:

7″But they, just like men, have broken the covenant, they have been faithless in dealing with me.

8 Gil’ad is a city of criminals, covered with bloody footprints;

9just as bands of robbers wait to ambush someone, so does a gang of cohanim. They commit murder on the road to Sh’khem! Their conduct is an outrage!

10 In the house of Isra’el I have seen a horrible thing; whoring is found there in Efrayim, Isra’el is defiled.

Yeshua, as the Messiah and Son of ADONAI also discussed and qualified these in Matthew 5 21 to 22 and 27 to 29:

21 “You have heard that our fathers were told, `Do not murder,’l and that anyone who commits murder will be subject to judgment.

22 But I tell you that anyone who nurses anger against his brother will be subject to judgment; that whoever calls his brother, `You good-for-nothing!’ will be brought before the Sanhedrin; that whoever says, `Fool!’ incurs the penalty of burning in the fire of Gei-Hinnom!

27 “You have heard that our fathers were told, `Do not commit adultery.’m

28 But I tell you that a man who even looks at a woman with the purpose of lusting after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

29 If your right eye makes you sin, gouge it out and throw it away! Better that you should lose one part of you than have your whole body thrown into Gei-Hinnom.

Does this sounds like the world today? Not what the world wants to hear. This is the kingdom of satan, attempting to direct us away from ADONAI, even to destroy us. The kingdom of satan is founded on murder, hate, the spirit of whoring, sexual sin, lies and deceit. Make a stand against satan!

We also read in James 4: 7 to 10:

7 Therefore, submit to God. Moreover, take a stand against the Adversary, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and he will come close to you. Clean your hands, sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded people! 9 Wail, mourn, sob! Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into gloom! 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

ADONAI has a plan for us to make this stand and to receive salvation. ADONAI gave these prophetic words to the Prophet Hosea to record thousands of years ago. The message here is very clear: no matter your sins, return to ADONAI. Confess your sins and sin no more. Our God, the Almighty Living God of Israel, will save us, heal us, give us grace and show us his ways. ADONAI, is the God of our Salvation! (In Hebrew: EL Yeshuati Isaiah 12: 2-3):

Hosea 6 1-3:

1 Come, let us return to ADONAI; for he has torn, and he will heal us; he has struck, and he will bind our wounds.

2 After two days, he will revive us; on the third day, he will raise us up; and we will live in his presence.

3 Let us know, let us strive to know ADONAI. That he will come is as certain as morning; he will come to us like the rain, like the spring rains that water the earth.

Hosea 12 6(5):

5 Adonai ELOHEI-Tzva’ot; ADONAI is his name!

6 So you, return to your God; hold fast to grace and justice; and always put your hope in your God.

Hosea 14 2(1):

Return, Isra’el, to ADONAI your God, for your guilt has made you stumble.

2 Take words with you, and return to ADONAI; say to him, “Forgive all guilt, and accept what is good; we will pay instead of bulls [the offerings of] our lips.

Hosea 14: 9:

9 Let the wise understand these things, and let the discerning know them. For the ways of ADONAI are straight, And the righteous walk in them, but in them sinners stumble.

Hosea 3: 4- 5:

4 For the people of Isra’el are going to be in seclusion for a long time without a king, prince, sacrifice, standing-stone, ritual vest or household gods.

5 Afterwards, the people of Isra’el will repent and seek ADONAI their God and David their king; they will come trembling to ADONAI and his goodness in the acharit-hayamim.

Also in Micah 7:18:

18 Who is a God like you, pardoning the sin and overlooking the crimes of the remnant of his heritage? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in grace.

Thus, not matter your sin – seek ADONAI. Cry out to HIM, with tears in your eyes, if you have to. Repent and return. Try to observe ADONAI’S appointed times, if you can – it’s your decision. Our father, ADONAI wants you to be in HIS presence on these days. He wants to reveal HIS power, signs / wonders in the skies, HIS plan and character to you on a personal level. It’s an open invitation every year. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from. Perhaps you’ll meet ADONAI for the first time or you’ll rediscover HIM or take your belief to the next level by discovering something new in the Word of God that you haven’t read before. Remember: ADONAI wants you to be part of His olive tree. Jew and Gentile together.

Sync up with ADONAI’s calendar! Discover 100% pure ADONAI and no man made religion involved. Salvation and the Word of God are free. (Nothing sold seperately).

All glory to Yeshua ha Mashiach!

 

Hoshia na (Save, please)

 

 

 

 

 

This Shabbat

Much less of me

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

This week, I needed some encouragement. It’s just work…you know how it is sometimes…the ups and the downs. I felt a bit like this:

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I was paging through the Word of God and I saw the verses from the prophet Habakkuk 3:17-19:

For even if the fig tree doesn’t blossom,
and no fruit is on the vines,
even if the olive tree fails to produce,
and the fields yield no food at all,
even if the sheep vanish from the sheep pen,
and there are no cows in the stalls;
18 still, I will rejoice in Adonai,
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
19 Elohim Adonai is my strength!
He makes me swift and sure-footed as a deer
and enables me to stride over my high places.

Biblical truth is beautiful. Our Protector is always there to give us new strength!

After reading these, I started to read chapter 2 of Habakkuk: Some of the verses stood out: “Look at the proud…Woe to him who amasses other people’s wealth…. Woe to him who seeks unjust gain for his household… Woe to him who builds a city with blood… Woe to him who has his neighbor drink, adds his own poison and makes him drunk…What good is an idol… (You can read the full chapter below and here)

It made me think of how people will act (or are acting now, to be more precise) in the acharit – hayamim  (the last days). In 2 Timothy 3: 1-5 we read:

Moreover, understand this: in the acharit-hayamim will come trying times. People will be self-loving, money-loving, proud, arrogant, insulting, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, uncontrolled, brutal, hateful of good, traitorous, headstrong, swollen with conceit, loving pleasure rather than God, as they retain the outer form of religion but deny its power. Stay away from these people!

Yeshua also said in Luke 14:11 :

11 Because everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but everyone who humbles himself will be exalted.”

We also read in Galatians 2:20:

20 When the Messiah was executed on the stake as a criminal, I was too; so that my proud ego no longer lives. But the Messiah lives in me, and the life I now live in my body I live by the same trusting faithfulness that the Son of God had, who loved me and gave himself up for me.

In this “me” generation, I say to myself:

Less of my hopelessness and more of ADONAI

Less of my negative thoughts / words and more of ADONAI

Less of my pride and more of ADONAI

Less of my lust and more of ADONAI

Less of my self-centeredness and more of ADONAI

Much less of me and much more of ADONAI and the Word of God!

 

All glory to Yeshua, King of Israel! I hope you have a peaceful shabbat!

 

 

Habakkuk 2 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

I will stand at my watchpost;
I will station myself on the rampart.
I will look to see what [God] will say through me
and what I will answer when I am reproved.

 

Then Adonai answered me; he said,

“Write down the vision clearly on tablets,
so that even a runner can read it.

For the vision is meant for its appointed time;
it speaks of the end, and it does not lie.
It may take a while, but wait for it;
it will surely come, it will not delay.

 

“Look at the proud: he is inwardly not upright;
but the righteous will attain life through trusting faithfulness.
Truly, wine is treacherous;
the arrogant will not live at peace
but keeps expanding his desires like Sh’ol;
like death, he can never be satisfied;
he keeps collecting all the nations for himself,
rallying to himself all the peoples.
Won’t all these take up taunting him
and say about him, in mocking riddles,
‘Woe to him who amasses other people’s wealth! —
how long must it go on? —
and to him who adds to himself the weight
of goods taken in pledge!
Won’t your own creditors suddenly stand,
won’t those who make you tremble wake up?
You will become their spoil.
Because you plundered many nations,
all the rest of the peoples will plunder you;
because of the bloodshed and violence done
to the land, the city and all who live there.

“‘Woe to him who seeks unjust gain for his household,
putting his nest on the heights,
in order to be safe from the reach of harm.
10 By scheming to destroy many peoples,
you have brought shame to your house
and forfeited your life.
11 For the very stones will cry out from the wall,
and a beam in the framework will answer them.

12 “‘Woe to him who builds a city with blood
and founds a town on injustice,
13 so that people toil for what will be burned up,
and nations exhaust themselves to no purpose.
Isn’t all this from AdonaiTzva’ot?
14 For the earth will be as full
of the knowledge of Adonai’s glory
as water covering the sea.

15 “‘Woe to him who has his neighbor drink,
adds his own poison and makes him drunk,
in order to see him naked.
16 You are filled with shame, not glory.
You, drink too, and stagger!
The cup of Adonai’s right hand
will be turned against you;
your shame will exceed your glory.
17 For the violence done to the L’vanon
will overwhelm you,
and the destruction of the wild animals
will terrify you;
because of the bloodshed and violence done
to the land, the city and all who live there.’”

18 What good is an idol, once its maker has shaped it,
a cast metal image and a teacher of lies,
that its maker puts his trust in it,
and goes on making non-gods, unable to talk?
19 Woe to him who tells a piece of wood, “Wake up!”
or a speechless stone, “Rouse yourself!”
Can this thing teach? Why, it’s covered with gold and silver,
without the slightest breath in it!
20 But Adonai is in his holy temple;
let all the earth be silent before him.

This Shabbat

Let Yeshua calm the storm in your life

Shabbat Shalom, my Jewish and Gentile Friends!

I’d like to say thank you for following my blog and the likes. It’s all very much appreciated! 😊

For this Shabbat, we read in Matthew / Mattityahu  8: 23-27; (with the same account in Mark 4: 35-41 and Luke 8 22-25 ) that

[Yeshua]  boarded the boat, and his talmidim followed. 24 Then, without warning, a furious storm arose on the lake, so that waves were sweeping over the boat. But yeshua was sleeping. 25 So they came and roused him, saying, “Sir! Help! We’re about to die!” 26 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? So little trust you have!” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and there was a dead calm. 27 The men were astounded. They asked, “What kind of man is this, that even the winds and sea obey him?”

I’m sure you’ve read this account many times before. Have you noticed that Yeshua was sleeping, the people thought that they were about to be killed and then Yeshua responded? Also, have you read this in conjunction with the verses below?

If we read Dani’el 7: 21 -22:

 I watched, and that horn made war with the holy ones and was winning, 22 until the Ancient One came, judgment was given in favor of the holy ones of the Most High, and the time came for the holy ones to take over the kingdom.

The same with Zechariah 14: 1- 5, the nations will fight against Yerushalayim ( or Israel) and it will appear that these enemy armies will be winning and then ADONAI will strike back.

Look, a day is coming for Adonai

when your plunder, [Yerushalayim], will be divided

right there within you.

2 “For I will gather all the nations

against Yerushalayim for war.

The city will be taken,

the houses will be rifled,

the women will be raped,

and half the city will go into exile;

but the rest of the people

will not be cut off from the city.”

3 Then Adonai will go out

and fight against those nations,

fighting as on a day of battle.

4 On that day his feet will stand

on the Mount of Olives,

which lies to the east of Yerushalayim;

and the Mount of Olives will be split in half

from east to west, to make a huge valley.

Half of the mountain will move toward the north,

and half of it toward the south.

5 You will flee to the valley in the mountains,

for the valley in the mountains will reach to Atzel.

You will flee, just as you fled before the earthquake

in the days of ‘Uziyah king of Y’hudah.

Then Adonai my God will come

to you with all the holy ones.

Also in the Book of Revelation where there will be suffering of the believers, (the Great Persecution / Tribulation),  but then ADONAI’s will be victorious in the end. Let’s read Revelation 13 1- 10:

“ and I saw a beast come up out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads. On its horns were ten royal crowns and on its heads blasphemous names. 2 The beast which I saw was like a leopard, but with feet like those of a bear and a mouth like the mouth of a lion. To it the dragon gave its power, its throne and great authority. 3 One of the heads of the beast appeared to have received a fatal wound, but its fatal wound was healed, and the whole earth followed after the beast in amazement. 4 They worshipped the dragon, because he had given his authority to the beast; and they worshipped the beast, saying,

“Who is like the beast?

Who can fight against it?”

5 It was given a mouth speaking arrogant blasphemies; and it was given authority to act for forty-two months. 6 So it opened its mouth in blasphemies against God to insult his name and his Sh’khinah, and those living in heaven; 7 it was allowed to make war on God’s holy people and to defeat them; and it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 Everyone living on earth will worship it except those whose names are written in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb slaughtered before the world was founded. 9 Those who have ears, let them hear!

10 “If anyone is meant for captivity,

into captivity he goes!

If anyone is to be killed with the sword,

with the sword he is to be killed!”[a]

This is when God’s holy people must persevere and trust!

If we look at the above-mentioned verses from the Prophets and the Brit Chadasha (New Testament), there is a definite pattern here: there is an attack or war on believers and it looks like the adversary (ha satan) will win, but then ADONAI acts.

These verses also refer to an attack (or a war) on the the believers as a collective group, but sometimes, a much smaller version of this attack or war from the adversary happens in our lives.   If you are experiencing something in your life now, remember Yeshua’s words in Matthew / Mattityahu 8 verse 26 “[Yeshua] said to them, “Why are you afraid? So little trust you have!”. We should hold on to this truth that has been revealed to us by Yeshua, The King of Israel. The same applies to the coming “storm”, if you know what I mean.  Keep awake and trust in Yeshua!

Remember the formula: praise + pray + prophesy = walking with ELOHIM (ADONAI, Yeshua & Ruach ha Kodesh / Holy Spirit).

I hope you have a peaceful Shabbat and good week!

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.”

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!

 

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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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!