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  • So many churches say little or nothing about God's Chosen people. Unfortunately, my church is among those. I would like to learn about my Jewish-Christian roots
    along with other believers in our Messiah. We have one church here - Shalom Baptist Church - which has a component called "Voice of Shalom". I plan to visit there soon. Are you familiar with Zola Leavitt Presents, Friends of Israel?

    I did read your article about the Torah. Thank you, it was very helpful.
  • This is Worthy Brief October 19, 2016. Please enjoy...

    Draw from the springs of Yeshua!

    Isaiah 12:2-3 Behold, God is my salvation (Yeshua in Hebrew), I will trust and not be afraid; 'For the LORD JEHOVAH, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation (Yeshua). Therefore with joy you will draw water from the springs of salvation (Yeshua).

    John 7:37-38 On the last day, the great day of the feast, Yeshua (Jesus) stood and cried out, saying, "If any man thirsts, let him come to Me, and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, "out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."

    During the Feast of Sukkot, the Jewish people took part in a water drawing ceremony on the last day of the feast. They would go down to the Pool of Siloam, draw water and bring it to the Temple Mount. Then they would pour out the water and recite Isaiah 12, "and with joy you shall draw water out of the wells (springs) of salvation." In Hebrew, the word salvation and Yeshua (Jesus, in Hebrew), are the same.

    Imagine the scene at the time of Yeshua's appearance. It is likely that in the midst of this ceremony, He stood up and proclaimed, "If anyone is thirsty, let Him come to Me and drink." He who believes in Me as the Scripture said, "from His innermost being shall flow rivers of living water."

    This promise is true for us today. Our Messiah is the same yesterday, today and forever. He did not promise a sprinkling or a tiny stream. He promised rivers of living water. Claim this promise today -- claim the fullness of life in Him. Draw from Him the peace that passes all understanding. Draw from Him pure love -- agape love. Draw from Him the joy that makes the trees clap. Draw all that you need, but in order to draw from Him -- you must go to Him. One cannot draw water from a spring unless one goes to the spring. Go to the spring that never runs dry -- go to your spring of Yeshua!

    Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

    George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
    Negev Desert, Israel
  • This is the Worthy News Brief 10/18/16. Please enjoy...

    Get your lamps lit!

    John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, "I am the Light of the world: he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life."

    Matthew 25:1-10 "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!' Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

    During the feast of Tabernacles in Yeshua's (Jesus') day, the temple priests would set up four great lampstands with golden lampholders, which they would light with the aid of enormous ladders in the Temple courtyard. The lighting of these lamps began the celebration of the "Great Hosannah" (Hoshannah Rabbah, in Hebrew). The celebration went on into the wee hours -- with music and dancing and rejoicing, while the beautiful lights lit up the night. Jerusalem was a breathtaking, illuminated city on a hill.

    The following morning the Jewish people would recite the prayer for the eighth day of the feast -- "Be thou praised, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who makest light and causes darkness, who makest peace and createst all: the light of the world as the treasure of life…" Yeshua said, "I am the Light of the world.".

    God is Light, He loves light, He creates light, He sheds light, He desires light. Lamps with oil produce light, both for those who carry them and for those who see the light bearers. "You are the light of the world", He said. So the Lord also expects light from His people. The light of God in our lives comes from His Holy Spirit, and oil has always been associated with the Spirit's ministry in the lives of believers. Burning oil produces light. If we are spiritual "virgins"because we are betrothed to one Heavenly Husband, we ought to bear His light in this dark world. Yet He has told us that some virgins will not have the wisdom to do it, so it is a warning to us; a warning not to quench the Spirit, but be filled with Him and be the light of the world.

    Some of us, though virgins, have been walking in darkness. This could change. The choice to light our lamps belongs to us. The gift of the Holy Spirit has been given to all true virgins. The wise among us will "buy oil" and maintain our lamps thoroughly filled. To "buy oil" means to "spend time" with the One who supplies it, asking Him to fill us up, and to clean out the impurities in our "lamps". You know what this means for you personally, and I know what it means for me. We ought to think about the joy of the wedding, and prepare our hearts with His light... illuminated beautifully for all the world to see, and to be ready! At midnight, when the Bridegroom suddenly appears, our joy will be unspeakable.

    Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

    George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
    Negev Desert, Israel
  • This is from the Worthy News Brief 10/17/16. Please enjoy...

    He's providing -- so rejoice!

    Deut 16:15 Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD shall choose: because the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice.

    Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) started last night throughout the world. The feast of Sukkot commemorates the time in which God led the Israelites through the wilderness for 40 years, providing them with every need on a daily basis – shelter, food, water and clothing. Interestingly, during Sukkot, the book of Ecclesiastes is read in the synagogues-- but Ecclesiastes speaks of the vanity of materialism.

    How can we find a balance between feasting in God’s provision and wallowing in worldly materialism? The answer is simple.

    If our focus lies on all of our abundance without acknowledging the Provider, then it is all vanity! But if our focus is on the Lord and His desire for our lives, then He provides us with all that is pure and holy.

    Feast in the Lord for all that He has provided and enter into the season of Sukkot!

    Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

    George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
    Negev Desert, Israel
  • This is a section of my paper on the Major Prophets. I thought you might find it interesting. We may use the Bible or other sources as long as we always cite our sources.

    Why would God be so hard on Israel? He expected more from Israel than anyone else. It’s because God gave them so much, and expected more from them. When God entrusts you with much, more is required. What were they entrusted with? God’s word and heart. Israel was God’s chosen people, and He loved them. Their responsibility was to prove God. They were like a flagship people.

    But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required. (Luke 12:48 NLT)

    They Listened to False Prophets
    Israel listened to the false prophets and not the true prophets. It’s easier to listen to a message if it’s what you want to hear. God asked the true prophets to deliver a message Israel didn’t want to hear, and Israel plotted against the true prophets. In Ezekiel 13:1-9, God Condemned the false prophets and said they follow their own spirit and have seen nothing, their visions are false and their divinations a lie. God had not spoken by them, but they expected Him to fulfill their words. God called them foolish, jackals, and He was against them.
    They said, “Come, let’s make plans against Jeremiah; for the teaching of the law by the priest will not cease, nor will counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophets. So come, let’s attack him with our tongues and pay no attention to anything he says.” (Jeremiah 18:18 NIV)
    So they took Jeremiah and put him into the cistern of Malkijah, the king's son, which was in the courtyard of the guard. They lowered Jeremiah by ropes into the cistern; it had no water in it, only mud, and Jeremiah sank down into the mud. (Jeremiah 38:6 NIV)
    According to Ezekiel 13:10-16, the false prophets lead God’s people astray. They said peace, but God said there was no peace. God said they whitewash the wall, and it would fall. The true prophets were giving warning of danger for God’s people. They called the people back to God and said to repent. God said He would tear down the whitewashed wall and level it to the ground. There would be rain in torrents, hailstones, and violent winds because of God’s destructive fury. When the wall fell, the false prophets would know that He is the Lord.
    They Did Not Observe the Seven-Year Sabbath

    God’s people had two Sabbaths. The weekly Sabbath goes from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday.

    Observing the weekly Sabbath is acknowledging that God created and then rested. After creating for six days, God ceased working. When we observe the Sabbath, we stop working, trying and doing. Israel was to cease from their own work. They let go, and let God. To not observe the Sabbath was an example of unbelief.
    In a way it's a different kind of work. The writer of the letter to the Hebrews puts it this way: "Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief." [Hebrews 4:11] So, this is a "work" of faith, where we are no longer working, but trusting God to accomplish the work He has begun and is perfectly able to complete. (Worthy News Brief)
    There was a second Sabbath every seven years called the year of release (Shemitah). The seven-year Sabbath let the land rest, and gave relief to the poor. According to Deuteronomy 15:1-3, at the end of every seventh year God’s people were to cancel debts. Every creditor was to cancel any loan they had made to an Israelite. All outstanding debts between Jewish debtors and creditors were waived. (Shemitah 101 and The Harbinger)

    At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts. This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel any loan they have made to a fellow Israelite. They shall not require payment from anyone among their own people, because the Lord’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed. You may require payment from a foreigner, but you must cancel any debt your fellow Israelite owes you. (Deuteronomy 15:1-3 NIV)

    The seventh year was considered holy, and the people of Israel completely stopped plowing, planting, pruning and harvesting their fields. They surrendered ownership of their land. Gates were unlocked. Whatever grew voluntarily was communal property and free for anyone to take. The poor could gather food from it and animals could eat the leftovers. It was a release of the land. The idea was that God’s people would collectively pause and focus on higher, more spiritual pursuits. (Shemitah 101)

    “For six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops, but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what is left. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove. (Exodus 23:10,11 NIV)

    The year of release meant that together as a people they were to trust in God who gave them the land. They were to focus on more spiritual matters and less on the material. (Shemitah 101)

    In Ezekiel 22:23-29 God said Israel was a land that was not cleansed or rained on in the day of wrath. He said there was a conspiracy of the princes and compared them to roaring lions tearing prey, devouring people, taking treasure, making many widows. The priests did violence to God’s law and profaned God’s holy things. They did not distinguish between the holy and common. They taught that there was no difference between the unclean and clean. They shut their eyes to the keeping of God’s Sabbaths so that God was profaned among them. Their officials were like wolves tearing prey, shedding blood and killing people to make unjust gain. The prophets whitewashed the official’s deeds by false visions and lying divinations. They said this is what the Lord says, when the Lord had not spoken. The people of the land practiced extortion, committed robbery, oppressed the poor and needy and mistreated for foreigner denying them justice.

    Israel failed to honor 70 Shemitah Sabbaths and because of this, they were in captivity for 70 years.

    In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes (a Mede by descent), who was made ruler over the Babylonian kingdom -- in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. (Daniel 9:1-2 NIV)

    The Solution

    Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. (Daniel 9:3-6 ESV)

    God wanted their love and admiration. Forgiveness and mercy were available. God was waiting for a change of heart and spirit. Daniel did the right thing. He turned His face to God, sought Him and asked for mercy. He confessed Israel’s sins and how they had turned aside from God’s commandments and rules. And finally, he said we have not listened to Your servants the prophets who spoke in Your name.

    God's love,
    Mary
    • Mary, your article is well written and very thought provoking.
  • I

    would like to discuss the Jewish holidays... we have the last big one coming up this week.  I love my Jewish friends, and I like to study and participate in their holidays. As a Jew, Jesus celebrated them all. I have heard different things about whether we should or shouldn't celebrate them, and while I realize the New Covenant is covered by the blood of Jesus Christ, in enjoy participating. I notice when I post things in my blogs that there is very little interest... does anybody have any input on this? 

    Shavout, which celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai is coming up May 15th. What a celebration for us! Because our Bible is rooted in this very thing. It is the foundation of all we believe, so how can we not mark our calendars and celebrate this event?

    It was suggested we plant a tree, or plant to celebrate the planting of the Word in our hearts.  That's a nice touch!  Or how about planting the Word of the Lord by giving something to charity in honor of this great gift He has given to us.  Just some thoughts...

  • I have on my wish list The Complete Jewish Bible. Can anyone give me some input about this?  My interest is in delving deeper into the meanings (original) of words and terms used by the authors of the Bible. Thanks for you feedback.

    • Pastor Rowe, I have read portions of the Complete Jewish Bible. It does help see the connection between the Jewish customs and the teachings of Yeshua (Jesus). You might also be interested in the HalleluYah Scriptures. Here is the website to look at it. The site gives these Scriptures to those who ask for them because they do not believe in selling God's Word. http://www.halleluyahscriptures.com/
  • I haven't written for a while, just been busy with a number of other things, I will get on that soon as I like to write these things and copy them to my computer so next time it won't be so much work.

    I hope all of you are doing well and have a Great Holiday season!

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