The Word of God says

Who may go up to the mountain of Adonai?

Photo taken by myself in December 2019, Jerusalem,
Capital of Israel
A powerful message about not forgetting that we are standing on holy ground!

Psalm 24 (0) By David. A psalm:

(1) The earth is Adonai’s, with all that is in it,
the world and those who live there;
for he set its foundations on the seas
and established it on the rivers.

Who may go up to the mountain of Adonai?
Who can stand in his holy place?
Those with clean hands and pure hearts,
who don’t make vanities the purpose of their lives
or swear oaths just to deceive.

They will receive a blessing from Adonai
and justice from God, who saves them.
Such is the character of those who seek him,
of Ya‘akov, who seeks your face. (Selah)

Lift up your heads, you gates!
Lift them up, everlasting doors,
so that the glorious king can enter!
Who is he, this glorious king?
Adonai, strong and mighty,
Adonai, mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, you gates!
Lift them up, everlasting doors,
so that the glorious king can enter!
10 Who is he, this glorious king?
Adonai-Tzva’ot —
he is the glorious king. (Selah)

This Shabbat

A thorn in the flesh

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, we read about “the thorn” (a messenger from the Adversary) in Sha’ul’s flesh:

 Therefore, to keep me from becoming overly proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from the Adversary to pound away at me, so that I wouldn’t grow conceited. 
8 Three times I begged the Lord to take this thing away from me; 
9but he told me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is brought to perfection in weakness.” Therefore, I am very happy to boast about my weaknesses, in order that the Messiah’s power will rest upon me. 
10 Yes, I am well pleased with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties endured on behalf of the Messiah; for it is when I am weak that I am strong. 

In verse 10, we read about Sha’ul being “well pleased” enduring his hardships and difficulties. I have been reflecting on this particular verse for a while as I’m have been experiencing issues in my life and I must admit it’s hasn’t been pleasant. I think to myself that, what I’d like to call : the “Entitled Me” is overly upset and this “Entitled Me” is really trying to dominate. The “Entitled me” wants me to ask whether it is really wrong to feel upset about the situation? Is it or isn’t it?

To ward off this “Entitled Me”, I was drawn to Psalm 19:12 -13:

12 Who can discern unintentional sins? Cleanse me from hidden faults. 
13 Also keep your servant from presumptuous sins, so that they won’t control me. Then I will be blameless and free of great offense. 

After “meditating” on these two verses for a while, I turned to Psalm 20:1 and these words: May ADONAI answer you in times of distress, may the name of the God of Ya’akov protect you”.

Thus, I pray:

ABBA (אבא), The Almighty Living God of Israel, in the name of Yeshua ha Mashiach (Yeshua the Messiah), please hear my prayer. Thank you, ABBA (אבא) for everything You do in my life – all Your grace You have given to me. May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be acceptable in Your presence. I have sinned. Please cleanse me. Please forgive my sins. Please protect me. I ask this in the name of Yeshua ha Mashiach (Yeshua the Messiah).

Amen!

 

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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.

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All glory to Yeshua ha Mashiach!

 

Hoshia na (Save, please)

 

 

 

 

 

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.”

The Word of God says

Repent! Turn from your evil ways!

Say to them, ‘As I live,’ swears Adonai ELOHIM, ‘I take no pleasure in having the wicked person die, but in having the wicked person turn from his way and live. So repent! Turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, house of Isra’el?’

יא  אֱמֹר אֲלֵיהֶם חַי-אָנִי נְאֻם אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה, אִם-אֶחְפֹּץ בְּמוֹת הָרָשָׁע, כִּי אִם-בְּשׁוּב רָשָׁע מִדַּרְכּוֹ, וְחָיָה:  שׁוּבוּ שׁוּבוּ מִדַּרְכֵיכֶם הָרָעִים, וְלָמָּה תָמוּתוּ–בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל.  {פ}

 

Ezekiel 33:11