Shalom friends, I’ve been following this highly recommended channel on Youtube called “Sergio and Rhoda in Israel” for a number of years and I would like to share this channel with you. Due to corona virus restrictions in various parts of the world (including Israel), international travel is either restricted or unavailable. However, one could still “travel” by watching videos such a these produced by Sergio and Rhoda. They are believers in Yeshua living in Nazareth, Israel and they produce videos about places of interest in Israel with a biblical perspective. I’ve included 2 of their videos and visit the Youtube channel to view more.
In Matthew 12:43-45(CJB) we read about Yeshua’s teaching on the return of the unclean spirits. The verses are below. I found an interesting video explaining this teaching and how it relates to this current status of the world we live in.
43 “When an unclean spirit comes out of a person, it travels through dry country seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says to itself, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house standing empty, swept clean and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they come and live there — so that in the end, the person is worse off than he was before. This is how it will be for this wicked generation.”
I hope you have a blessed and wonderful new week – Shavua Tov!
Jerusalem, Capital of Israel.
Photo: My aunt in Israel last week
מן המיצר אלוקיי קראתי אליך
Min hamitsar elokai karati elecha
In distress my God I called to you
הגשר עודנו צר
Hagesher odenu tsar
The bridge is still narrow
איך אוכל בלעדיך
Aich ochal biladecha
How can I do it without you
To cross this divide
איך אוכל זאת לעשות
Aich ochal zot la’asot How can I do this
אני יודע שאוזניך קשובות
Ani yodea she’oznecha kashuvot
I know that your ears are attentive
עד יעבור זעם
Ad ya’avor zaam
Until the storm passes
היכן אוכל להסתתר
Heichan ochel lehistater
Where can I hide
וכמו בכל פעם אצטרך בך להיעזר
Uchmo bechol paam etstarech becha leheazer
And like every time I need your aid
כי בלעדיך כלום לא שווה
Ki biladecha klum lo shave Because besides you nothing is worthy
ואני יושב ומקווה V
eani yoshev umikave And I sit and hope
Sheyavo yom That day will come
Vetitgale And you’ll be revealed
אל יושב בסתר עליון
El yoshev baseter aliyon
God seated hidden on high
הלא שמעת נאקת בניך
Halo shamata neakat banecha Have you not heard the groaning of your sons?
על פי הטבע וההגיון
Al pee hateva vehahigayon
According to nature and logic
We would be lost long ago
If not for your mercy
אנא תן תחת כנפיך מחסה
Ana ten tachat knafecha machase
Please give under your wings shelter
ולמעננו נס תעשה
Ulemanenu nes taase
And for us do a miracle
Messianic Ethiopian Jewish congregation in Jerusalem (12 December 2017)
Shabbat Shalom, friends!
I hope you had a good week.
For this Shabbat, I read Yesha’Yahu / Isaiah 52 but instead of continuing to Chapter 53, I turned back to Chapter 51. I was drawn to Chapter 52 6 to 8 and then also to the same verse numbers (verse 6 to 8) in Chapter 51.
Yesha’Yahu/ Isaiah 52:
6 Therefore my people will know my name;
therefore on that day they will know
that I, the one speaking — here I am!”
7 How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news,
proclaiming shalom, bringing good news
of good things, announcing salvation
and saying to Tziyon, “Your God is King!”
8 Listen! Your watchmen are raising their voices,
shouting for joy together.
For they will see, before their own eyes,
Adonai returning to Tziyon.
Yesha’Yahu/ Isaiah 51:
6 “Raise your eyes toward the skies,
look at the earth below.
The skies will vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like clothing.
Those living on it will die like flies;
but my salvation will be forever,
and my justice will never end.
7 “Listen to me, you who know justice,
you people who have my Torah in your heart:
don’t be afraid of people’s taunts,
don’t be upset by their insults.
8 For the moth will eat them up like clothing,
the worm will eat them like wool;
but my justice will be forever,
and my salvation for all generations.”
I’ve highlighted the parts of the verses that stood out to me.
After I read from these two chapters, I thought to myself: what does it mean to believe in Yeshua ha Mashiach?
It means freedom. Freedom from man-made religion, freedom from rabbinical / theological interpretations (church dogma) as we receive the message directly from the source – the Word of God.
It is freedom to know what is right and wrong because the Torah (God of Israel’s Instructions) has been placed within us. We have the Word of God and the Ruach ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit / Spirit of ADONAI) to guide us and we don’t need to rely on our own limited human understanding.
Salvation is also free to anyone who believes in Yeshua and continues to trust and believe. The only way to the ADONAI (The Almighty Living God of Israel) is through Yeshua (Yochanan / John 14:6). We don’t need a Priest or Rabbi to pray on our behalf to receive salvation.
Furthermore, it also gives me a feeling that I could describe as a combination of joy, excitement and sense of achievement because through social media, I am able to raise my voice, together with my fellow bloggers, to share about our Messiah, Yeshua, the King of Israel to anyone who visits my blog. Through social media apps, I’m connecting with fellow believers in Yeshua in Israel, the Middle East and other parts of the world. Most important, I won’t stay quiet about Yeshua and I’m sure, you won’t stay quiet either.
Finally, I’d like to say that we are seeing ADONAI returning to Zion before our very eyes to those whose eyes have been opened and are being opened to the message of the Messiah. It’s not always easy to be a believer, but through fellowship, we are standing together and united!
I hope you have a blessed and peaceful Shabbat!
A family member who is visiting Israel sent these photos:
Lake Kinneret / the Sea of Galilee (29 November 2017)
Jerusalem, Friday evening, 1 December 2017
Jerusalem, Friday evening, 1 December 2017