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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!

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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…

The Word of God says

121 תְּהִלִּים /Tehillim / Psalm / Псалтирь 121

(0) A song of ascents:

(1) If I raise my eyes to the hills,
from where will my help come?
My help comes from Adonai,
the maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip —
your guardian is not asleep.
No, the guardian of Isra’el
never slumbers or sleeps.

Adonai is your guardian; at your right hand
Adonai provides you with shade —
the sun can’t strike you during the day
or even the moon at night.

Adonai will guard you against all harm;
he will guard your life.
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:

 

Appointed Times · This Shabbat

Counting the Omer and a prayer called Toda Lecha / תודה לך / Thank you

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

Amen

I hope you have a peaceful Shabbat!

This Shabbat

Yeshua told him: “Away with you, Satan!”

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!