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!

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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.

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Come home!

Antisemitism across Europe has been increasing over the past couple of years. This week, a number of UK Labour Members of Parliament broke away from the UK Labour Party due to antisemitism within the party (and their Brexit policies).  In France, there have been numerous incidents including the murder of Jews. As a result of the most recent incidents this week, Israeli Immigration Minister Yoav Galant, called for French Jews to move to Israel. The message is clear: Come home! 

I’ve included a documentary from Vice news and the news reports about Yoav Galant and UK Labour MPs resigning below:

Is 2019 the new 1939?

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Cabinet minister to French Jews: ‘Come home’

Minister Galant says vandalism of French Jewish cemetery “reminiscent of dark days in the history of the Jewish people.”

 

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Yoav Galant

Minister and Cabinet member Yoav Galant on Tuesday condemned anti-Semitism in France in the wake of the vandalism discovered at a Jewish cemetery, calling on French Jews to “come home” to Israel.

Earlier on Tuesday, swastikas were found sprayed on some 80 graves in a Jewish cemetery in the village of Quatzenheim, close to the border with Germany in the Alsace region.

The vandalism was discovered ahead of planned rallies in Paris and other French cities to denounce a spate of anti-Semitic incidents in the country, culminating with the harassment of Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut at a “yellow vest” protest on Saturday.

Galant tweeted that the vandalism at the Jewish cemetery was “reminiscent of dark days in the history of the Jewish people.”

“Last week I visited the French Jewish community, which faces anti-Semitic attacks and a process of assimilation.

“The State of Israel is the protected national home for the Jews of the world. I strongly condemn the anti-Semitism in France and call on [its] Jews – come home, immigrate to Israel.”

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Seven MPs leave Labour Party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership

Media captionMPs resign from Labour over Brexit and anti-Semitism

Seven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to Brexit and anti-Semitism.

They are: Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey.

Ms Berger said Labour had become institutionally anti-Semitic and she was “embarrassed and ashamed” to stay.

Mr Corbyn said he was “disappointed” the MPs had felt unable to continue working for the policies that “inspired millions” at the 2017 election.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said the “honourable thing for them to do” would be to stand down as MPs and seek to return to Parliament in by-elections.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson, in a video message on Facebook, urged the “hard left” to stop celebrating the departure of the seven MPs, saying it was “a moment for regret and reflection not for a mood of anger or a tone of triumph”.

Media captionJohn McDonnell: Resigning MPs have ‘responsibility’ to call by-elections

“Betrayal narratives and shouting insults at the departed might make some feel better briefly but it does nothing to address the reasons that good colleagues might want to leave,” said Mr Watson.

He said Luciana Berger’s decision to quit was a “wake-up call for the Labour Party” over anti-Semitism, saying: “We were slow to acknowledge we had a problem and even slower to deal with it.”

Labour had to “broaden out” and become more tolerant, he said, adding: “I love this party. But sometimes I no longer recognise it, that is why I do not regard those who have resigned today as traitors.”

What is the new group trying to do?

The seven MPs, who all back a further EU referendum, are not launching a new political party – they will sit in Parliament as the Independent Group.

But Chuka Umunna said they had “taken the first step” and urged other Labour MPs – and members of other parties – to join them in “building a new politics”.

“It is time we dumped this country’s old-fashioned politics and created an alternative that does justice to who we are today and gives this country a politics fit for the here and now – the 21st Century,” he said at a launch event in central London.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-47278902

Prophetic · The Word of God says · This Shabbat

Daniel requested and pleaded 

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I haven’t written a blog post for a couple of months. Since the middle of last year, I started working for another company which takes up most of my time. What else has been happening? I developed an interest in flower photography (or let me rephrase this: I walk around with my mobile phone and take pictures of flowers) and I thought it was too soon, but my beard has decided to go grey in certain spots. This happened almost overnight [and that might be too much personal information]:-)

I’m currently reading from the Book of Daniel and I find Daniel a fascinating character. He was of Jewish nobility, lived in a foreign land but held a high ranking government position in this country’s government, he had the ability to interpret dreams, vision and messianic revelations, he was saved from a certain death and he was “much loved” [Daniel 9: 23].  Even with all these amazing blessings and that he was “much loved”, there are 2 verses [Daniel 6: 10 & 11] that just captures my attention. He didn’t take this for granted. He gave thanks to Adonai, made requests and pleaded (and sometimes even with sackcloth and ashes). It is mentioned that he prayed 3 times a day.  When I read these verses, this reminds me of what Yeshua said in Matthew 7: 7 & 8: 

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”

And in everything gives thanks to Adonai,  for He is good, for His grace continues forever -[Psalm 107:1 1 Thessalonians 5:18] 

Keep the communication going – that is pray and continue to do so! When everything in your life is going well, during the challenging times, when you need guidance on decisions you have to make….pray anytime and about anything. 

I’m also reading the Book of Daniel because of the prophecy about the abomination that causes desolation that was revealed to Daniel. You could read more about this in Daniel 11:29-32 & Daniel 12:11.  Yeshua also makes reference to this in Matthew 24. There are some that speculate for this to happen, there needs to be a “third temple” building or similar structure.  There has been talk for a couple of years now that a particular Member of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) is seriously advocating to build a third temple. Some of the orthodox rabbis also regard the war in Syria as prophetic, as the current events taking place in the Middle East could lead to the abomination that causes desolation [ You could read more about this for example 2 Thessalonians 2]. There are all kinds of rumors and opinions that the Anti Messiah will be someone representing Iran, or a European Muslim convert or even an Israeli military leader. I’m not an expert on this, it’s just some food for thought and you can’t (and shouldn’t) believe everything you hear. With all these rumours,  just remember Yeshua‘s words in Matthew 24: 

23 “At that time, if someone says to you, `Look! Here’s the Messiah!’ or, `There he is!’ don’t believe him.  

24 For there will appear false Messiahs and false prophets performing great miracles — amazing things! — so as to fool even the chosen, if pos sible.  

25 There! I have told you in advance!  

26 So if people say to you, `Listen! He’s out in the desert!’ don’t go; or, `Look! He’s hidden away in a secret room!’ don’t believe it. 

27 For when the Son of Man does come, it will be like lightning that flashes out of the east and fills the sky to the western horizon.  

Let’s continue to hold on to Yeshua’s words by reading the Bible. 

I’ve included some of my photos in the post. 

Have a good week!

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Random · This Shabbat

Psalm 23 in Hebrew

Psalm 23 is probably one of the most famous psalms. Written by King David, this psalm has inspired painters and even composers such as Johnn Sebastian bach to compose music to the words. But have you heard the words in Hebrew?

Israeli Band, Miqedem has recently released a new album called “Vol II” and
Psalm 23 is one of the featured songs. Enjoy!  The other songs from Vol II are also amazing!

Halleluyah!

 

This Shabbat

Gain invaluable wisdom instantly

hands.JPGShabbat Shalom, friends!

I hope that you have been well!

Over the past couple of weeks, I read various random verses from the Word, and I kept returning to the same topic which is the fear of ADONAI (the Lord). One particular verse that stands out, is the first section of Psalm 111:10 “the first and foremost point of wisdom is the fear of ADONAI“. In the Hebrew text, it is even shorter, only 4 words (רֵאשִׁית חָכְמָה, יִרְאַת יְהוָה). In my opinion, it’s very clear what the starting point of wisdom is. We could spend hours and hours studying the dietary requirements given in the Torah, bible prophecies,  bible history etc, but if we don’t fear the Lord (that is, obey), it’s a bit of a waste of time. It only takes a second to read Psalm 111:10 and gain invaluable wisdom instantly.

Stay focused on Yeshua the Messiah!

I hope you have a peaceful weekend and Shabbat!

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This Shabbat

SEVENTY

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Shabbat Shalom, friends!

The State of Israel celebrated 70 years of Independence on 19 April. This isn’t a coincidence, but bible prophecy.

We read about this in various verses in the Bible and I particularly like Ezekiel 39:28  [t]hen they will know that I am ADONAI their God, since it was I who caused them to go into exile among the nations, and it was I who regathered them to their own land. I will leave none of them there any more”

Happy Independence Day Israel!

 

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“Yeshu”

Shalom, friends!

I’ve found this interesting article and I’d wanted to share it.

In the final paragraph the writer notes the following:

“And I can tell you as an eye-witness here that the ayin is returning to Israel and the Jewish people as never before. Through visions dreams, study of the prophets and testimonies, many Jewish people are joyously discovering the Messiah, King of the Jews. That final letter is now being grafted back onto Yeshu and becoming Yeshua, the Hebrew word for salvation, and eyes are opening to see Him who is our very Jewish brother and King.”

All I could say is that I’m also an example of someone who was secular and found Yeshua  Mashiach (or actually Yeshua Mashiach found me!) 16 years ago. When I became a believer, I only knew 1 other Jewish believer in Yeshua, but during the last year or so, I’ve “met” many believers over social media. In my opinion, there is a great messianic awakening happening!

“Yeshu”

I was speaking in Hebrew to a friendly middle-aged Israeli woman about Yeshua and was very surprised that she agreed with everything I said. Finally I felt there was something not quite right, so I asked her if she understood about whom I was speaking. She said yes, Yehoshua ben-Nun. So I clarified and said, “Yeshu.” Then and there she screamed at me and said, get away from me, missionary! and she left in a huff.

“Yeshu” is the abbreviation of the name Yeshua as found in the rabbinic writings. It is the removal of the last letter of the name, which is the letter ayin, or ein. Ayin is also the word for eye, but is also the word for a spring of water, as in Ein Gedi- the Goat Spring. The use of the same word for eye and spring define the spiritual nature of the eye, which is like a spring of water. A good eye, or spring, puts out much good water, and a bad spring, or eye, is one who is not generous, which is the biblical and common expression, ayin rah – evil eye – meaning stingy, as opposed to generous – ayin tova – good eye (see Deuteronomy 15:9, Matthew 6:21-24).

By removing the ayin from the name Yeshua, one removes the eye, causing blindness. The Hebrew for blind is eiver, also beginning with the letter ayin. As Paul writes in Romans 11:25, ‘For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in‘, and Isaiah wrote, “Who is blind but my servant…” (Isaiah 42:19). Some even construe the name Yeshu to be a curse, which indeed it is.

As there are no numbers in Hebrew, the letters define numbers- the first letter alef being one, beit, two, etc. The letter ayin is the number seventy. According to biblical exegesis, seventy is the number of the nations, the Gentiles, the goyim, based on the scripture, “When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when He separated the sons of man, he set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the sons of

Israel” (Deuteronomy 32:8), which is seventy Hebrews that went down to Egypt with Jacob (Genesis 46:27). That ayin, or eye, which is given for vision, and the spring of living waters, has gone out to give that vision to the nations, and that yeshuah, which is the Hebrew word for salvation, has gone out from Israel to the world, now for nearly two millennia, to either be accepted or rejected by the Gentiles.

Now, in these latter days, Israel has been re-gathered back to the Promised Land of Israel, a phenomenon unprecedented in history, and seen before the eyes of all the nations. Both Yeshua and Paul inform us that Israel shall be set apart until the time and fullness of the nations be come in (Luke 21:24; Romans 11:25-32), and then all Israel will be saved.

And I can tell you as an eye-witness here that the ayin is returning to Israel and the Jewish people as never before. Through visions dreams, study of the prophets and testimonies, many Jewish people are joyously discovering the Messiah, King of the Jews. That final letter is now being grafted back onto Yeshu and becoming Yeshua, the Hebrew word for salvation, and eyes are opening to see Him who is our very Jewish brother and King.

Source: http://kehilanews.com/2018/04/01/yeshu/

 

 

Appointed Times

Happy Passover / חג שמח

Shalom friends!

I hope that you and your family will have a peaceful Passover and festival of matzah. Remember, it doesn’t matter whether you are a Jew or a Gentile as these “appointed times” are “[t]he designated times of ADONAI which you [Moses] are to proclaim as holy convocations are my designated times” [Leviticus 23:2 CJB] and we (i.e everyone) should keep these.

I’ve included four interesting videos related to Passover below:

!חג פסח שמח

 

 

 

 

Please note that I don’t necessarily endorse any comments made in these videos. I’m posting these out of interest.

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

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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