This Shabbat

Avoid this about Torah

yourway.JPGThis week I’m reading from the books of Titus and Colossians. In Titus 3:9 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) we read about the following:

“But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, quarrels and fights about the Torah; because they are worthless and futile.” Also in Colossians 2 16 CJB, it is written that

“So don’t let anyone pass judgment on you in connection with eating and drinking, or in regard to a Jewish festival or Rosh-Hodesh or Shabbat.”

I suppose I’m lucky in a sense. I grew up secular and as a young guy, my “religion” was a combination of girls, computers /science /math and soccer; and when Yeshua Mashiach found me, it was perhaps easier to believe in Yeshua than someone from a religious family. Before accepting Yeshua, I had no knowledge of the Bible (the TaNaKh – “Old Testament”) however, I had an experience which lead me to meet an Israeli (a fellow student at university) who was a believer in Yeshua. Through this person’s testimony, I found out about and accepted Yeshua. I truly started a new life with limited “religious baggage” if you understand what I mean. Generally, it is difficult when you start believing in Yeshua because of the opposition you get from your family, your friends, society etc, but I just know that if you grew up in a religious family, it’s even more so difficult.

Over the years, I’ve heard various opinions from other messianic believers that I’ve met about ways you should keep the appointed times, interesting interpretation about Torah etc. A couple of months ago, someone [in Israel] told me that I had to do this and that as it was “a requirement” and believing in Yeshua wasn’t enough (and even though I’ve been a believer for more than 15 years). I won’t go into the details and this person probably had the best intentions as she wanted to share about Yeshua to everyone she met. However, what she was telling me wasn’t Bible based but tradition. I don’t know if you’ve ever had an experience like this, but let’s always refer back to the principles given in the Bible. As Shaul [Paul] wrote, lets avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, quarrels and fights about the Torah. We are one community, all believing in Yeshua whether you are Jew or Gentile. These disagreements are all worthless and futile and leads to division within the community.

May you have a good week!

Random

Biblical Judaism vs Rabbinical Judaism

If you are interested in finding out more about the origins of Rabbinical Judaism and why [some*] Jews don’t believe in Yeshua. [I had to write the word “some” as I’m a Jewish believer in Yeshua, I was born Jewish and I didn’t believe in Yeshua growing up, but later accepted Him as my  Jewish Messiah and I’m still and always will be Jewish]. The discussion on Rabbinical Judaism starts around 16’50.

This Shabbat

Observe the month of Aviv 

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

The new Biblical year is upon us again, this weekend. I wrote a very brief post with this interesting picture last year:

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In the Torah, the first month of the Biblical Year is called Aviv (הָֽאָבִ֔יב) and in the Writings section of the TaNakH (Old Testament), the name was changed to Nisan ( נִיסָן).

We find a couple of references to the month of Aviv in the Torah and I’ve listed these below:

Exodus 12: 

1 ADONAI spoke to Moshe and Aharon in the land of Egypt; he said,

2 “You are to begin your calendar with this month; it will be the first month of the year for you.

Exodus 13:

1 ADONAI said to Moshe,

2 “Set aside for me all the firstborn. Whatever is first from the womb among the people of Isra’el, both of humans and of animals, belongs to me.”

3 Moshe said to the people, “Remember this day, on which you left Egypt, the abode of slavery; because ADONAI, by the strength of his hand, has brought you out of this place. Do not eat hametz.

4 You are leaving today, in the month of Aviv.

Exodus 23:15:

15 Keep the festival of matzah: for seven days, as I ordered you, you are to eat matzah at the time determined in the month of Aviv; for it was in that month that you left Egypt. No one is to appear before me empty-handed.

Exodus 34:18: 

18 “Keep the festival of matzah by eating matzah, as I ordered you, for seven days during the month of Aviv; for it was in the month of Aviv that you came out from Egypt.

Deuteronomy 16: 

1 “Observe the month of Aviv, and keep Pesach to ADONAI your God; for in the month of Aviv, ADONAI your God brought you out of Egypt at night.

2 You are to sacrifice the Pesach offering from flock and herd to ADONAI your God in the place where ADONAI will choose to have his name live.

 

As mentioned above, just before the New Covenant / New Testament era, the name of the first month was changed to “Nisan” which is still in use today.

Esther 3:7: 

7 In the first month, the month of Nisan, in the twelfth year of Achashverosh, they began throwing pur (that is, they cast lots) before Haman every day and every month until the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar.

Nehemiah 2:1:

1 In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of Artach’shashta the king, it happened that I took the wine and brought it to the king. Prior to then I had never appeared sad in his presence.

I must admit that while I was reading up about the month of Aviv in the Torah, I was surprised to read the first section of Deuteronomy 16:1 “Observe the month of Aviv” (emphasis added). I don’t recall focusing on the word “observe” before. As we are required to observe the month of Aviv and this being the 1st month of the Biblical year, the idea of “Rosh Hashanah” (רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה) being the new year in the 7th month is then biblically incorrect as the Torah is very clear in Exodus 12:2. Also, the first day of the 7th Month (called “Etanim”( הָאֵתָנִים) in 1 Kings 8:2) is Yom Teruah ( The day of blowing of the Shofar / Trumpets as instructed in Leviticus 23:24: דַּבֵּר אֶל-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, לֵאמֹר:  בַּחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִי בְּאֶחָד לַחֹדֶשׁ, יִהְיֶה לָכֶם שַׁבָּתוֹן–זִכְרוֹן תְּרוּעָה, מִקְרָא-קֹדֶשׁ.).

Furthermore, Aviv / Nisan is obviously also a special month because of the next part of Deuteronomy 16:1 which commands us to keep Pesach / Passover.

When I read up about Biblical Truth and compare it to all of the misinformation being taught (in some cases for centuries and millennia such as Rosh Hashanah), it makes me think of these 2 verses:

Proverbs 30:5:

Every word of God’s is pure; he shields those taking refuge in him

Psalm 119:151:

You are close by, ADONAI; and all your mitzvot are truth.

I hope that you will observe the month of Aviv and Pesach/Passover as we have been instructed by ADONAI, The Almighty Living God of Israel to keep these. On a personal note, I always look forward to Pesach as it always reminds me of when my mother and I attended our first messianic Seder together hosted by the Jews for Jesus organisation many years ago. (Please note: I’m not affiliated with this organisation nor any other organisation).

I hope you and your family will have a blessed and peaceful Shabbat!

The Aaronic Blessing:

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

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

 

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. 

Prophetic · Random

Science vs Biblical Truth: Flat Earth or Circle?

Apparently, there is a growing movement of people who believe that the earth is flat. Yes, this isn’t fake news and you can access the article here. In another article, the history behind the possible discovery that the earth is a sphere is given and that Pythagoras (Greek philosopher & mathematician) “provides the earliest arguments for why the Earth is round” in 500 BC.

What does the Word of God say? Well, ADONAI, the Almighty Living God of Israel, revealed to the Prophet Isaiah, between 742 and 689 BC that the earth is a sphere. In Isaiah 40:22 :

22 He who sits above the circle of the earth – for whom its inhabitants appear like grasshoppers – stretches out the heavens like a curtain, spreads them out like a tent to live in.

Biblical truth is beautiful, pure and correct!

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Have a good week!

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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!

 

The Word of God says

The Word of God is…

One of the names of God (Revelation 19:13)

Lasts forever and the Good News proclaimed to us (1 Peter 1:25, Isaiah 40:8)

Is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12)

Is a lamp for my foot and a light (Psalm 119:105)

Is part of the armor of God (a Sword) (Ephesians 6:17)

 

I thank you Almighty Living God of Israel, in the name of Yeshua for your Word!

Amen.

 

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