This Shabbat

I called to ADONAI in my distress, and he answered me

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Psalm 120:
1 A song of ascents:
I called to ADONAI in my distress, and he answered me. 
2 Rescue me, ADONAI, from lips that tell lies, from a tongue full of deceit. 
3 What has he in store for you, deceitful tongue? What more will he do to you? 
4 A warrior’s sharp arrows, with red-hot coals from a broom tree. 
5 How wretched I am, that I’m an alien in Meshekh, that I must live among the tents of Keidar! 
6 I have had to live far too long with those who hate peace. 
7 I am all for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.
I hope you will have a blessed and peaceful Shabbat!
This Shabbat

Psalm 18 – I love you, ADONAI, my strength! 

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

It’s a busy time of the year for me and I’d just wanted to write a quick post to say that I hope you and your family have a blessed and peaceful Shabbat!

We read in Psalm 18 1 to 3 these words by King David:

1 For the leader. By David the servant of ADONAI, who addressed the words of this song to ADONAI on the day when ADONAI delivered him from the power of all his enemies, including from the power of Sha’ul. He said: “I love you, ADONAI, my strength! 
2 “ADONAI is my Rock, my fortress and deliverer, my God, my Rock, in whom I find shelter, my shield, the power that saves me, my stronghold. 
3 I call on ADONAI, who is worthy of praise; and I am saved from my enemies
We always hear and read that ADONAI / Yeshua / Jesus loves us, but here we read King David expressing his love towards ADONAI. I wish we could see, read and hear more of this in the world.
This is me…caught in the act of taking a photo on a beach 😊

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This Shabbat

Raise your voice

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

I hope you had a good week.

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

Yesha’Yahu/ Isaiah 52:

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

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

 

Yesha’Yahu/ Isaiah 51:

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you have a blessed and peaceful Shabbat!

 

A family member who is visiting Israel sent these photos:

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

Jerusalem, Friday evening, 1 December 2017

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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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