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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Procrastination:  Something you do when you don't.

 

CUSTOMS T'FILLIN - PHYLACTERIES       
"You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 6. 8 Tanakh, Torah]  "It shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the LORD'S Law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand the LORD has brought you out of Egypt." [Exodus (Shemot) 13. 9 Tanakh, Torah]  

 

"T'fillin" is a Hebrew word taken from the singular — t'filla, meaning prayer.  The use of the T'fillin by Orthodox Jews today is based on an interpretation of SCRIPTURES:  "Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 11. 18 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

These (T'fillin) phylacteries (Greek meaning "to keep safely") consist of two square boxes of black leather stitched over the box holding the parchment with 12 stitches representing the 12 tribes of Israel.  One is worn on the left arm towards the heart, and the other worn on the forehead where the hair growth starts.  The head box contains four compartments which hold parchments inscribed with BIBLICAL passages (Exodus/Shemot 13. 1-10; 13.11-16; Deuteronomy/Devarim 6. 4-9; 11. 13-21).  The box for the arm has only one compartment to hold one sheet on which all the four passages are written.  These are fastened at the brow (seat of thought) and left arm (instrument of action) near the heart (seat of feeling) by long leather straps attached to them.  This signifies desire for obedience to the First Commandment — "You shall love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 6. 5 Tanakh, Torah]   So it teaches that all thoughts, feelings, and actions are to conform to the will of ALMIGHTY GOD.  The devout Jew believes that by binding one of these phylacteries on the arm and placing the other on his forehead each morning, he is truly fulfilling the Mosaic requirement! 

 

The usual phylacteries (T'fillin) are quite small, but the very devout Jew makes "broad his phylacteries" by using larger ones.  T'fillin is reverenced as highly as the SCRIPTURES for it contains the SACRED NAME OF THE LORD (YEHOWAH) not less than 23 times.  One of the prayers every devout Jew repeats daily while wearing T'fillin is — "I believe with a perfect faith that MESSIAH, blessed be HIS NAME, will come speedily and though HE tarry, I shall continue to wait for HIM." 

 

In putting the T'fillin on the body, the arm is taken first since this is the order in Deuteronomy 6:8 — the box is fixed firmly on the naked left arm, upon the biceps muscle (denoting strength), above the elbow, and when this is done, the worshiper recites the benediction, "Praised are YOU O LORD, KING OF THE UNIVERSE, WHO has sanctified us with HIS commandments and enjoined upon us the commandment of the T'fillin." 

 

Formed in the leather strap of the hand phylactery is the Hebrew letter yod — in the phylactery for the head, the Hebrew letter daleth — and embossed on the box the Hebrew letter sheen.  These three letters spell "SHADDAI", the ALL-SUFFICIENT, ALMIGHTY ONE.  Jews feel that by applying the phylacteries they are placing the very NAME of GOD upon themselves. 

 

The hand phylactery is wound about the arm seven times and in succession three times about the middle finger (showing the three-pronged letter of the sheen), once about the fourth, once above the middle, and finally around the whole hand.  While this is done the following words are recited —  "I betroth you to me forever; I betroth you to me in righteousness, in judgment, in kindness and in mercy. I betroth you to me in faithfulness and you shall know the LORD."  

 

The tefillah shel rosh (phylactery for the head) is put on next.  The box is placed on the forehead above the nose and the strap is fixed at the back of the neck exactly above the middle of the neck.  The end of the straps hang down over the shoulders to the front of the body.  These Tefillin are removed in reverse order from that in which they are put on. 

 

While wearing the phylacteries, the worshiper petitions the HOLY ONE to consider the performances of the commandment regarding the T'fillin as though all six hundred and thirteen commandments, of which he feels the Law of Moses consists, had been faithfully executed. 

 

In the days of the LORD MESSIAH YESHUA, the T'fillin (phylacteries) were more in use than today.  The spiritual leaders who desired their religiosity to be noticed, would make their phylacteries larger than was customary.  These Pharisees, Sadducees and Hebrew Scribes claimed attention so as to elevate themselves to a higher position in the eyes of the people.  They made a show of their supposed devotion to the LORD GOD in order that they, in turn, would receive some of that same devotion from Israel!   JESUS rebuked them for this: "But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make broad their phylacteries." [Matthew 23. 5] 

 

How like these Jewish religious leaders have been ALL classes of people over the face of the earth!  For in the heart of the natural man there is a noisy outcry for attention, for adoration.  "Please notice me" "See what I have done" "Am I not devout?" are thoughts in the minds of many who claim to be followers of the lowly NAZARENE WHO made HIMSELF of no reputation and received not honor among men!  They are "broadening their phylacteries" to be seen, to be heard, to be praised even as the Pharisees of old!   More accurately, we must love the Lord in spirit and in truth, and avoid ostentatious (pretentious, hollow, vain) form that exalts man and self. 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Welcome Shabbat Mattot/Massei (“Tribes/Journeys”)! — [Numbers 30:1-32, 6:13;Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4;Matthew 23:1-25:46] Come, let us go out to meet the Sabbath Queen, Sabbath presence, let us welcome.  O FATHER in Heaven, in YOUR great love YOU appointed for us a day of rest, that in YOUR PRESENCE we may regain that freedom of the soul which comes through obedience to YOUR commandments. Quickened by YOUR SPIRIT, may we learn how to ennoble the things of earth by sanctifying them to YOUR service. We honour & praise the LORD YESHUA, the BLESSED ONE, WHO separates the sacred from the mundane and gives true Sabbath peace & rest; where there is wonderful joy in living in "Kedushat Shevi'it . . . Sabbath Holiness!" 

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  

 

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Delight In God's Will
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
The only motive some people have for listening to reason is to gain time for rebuttal. 

 

DELIGHT IN GOD'S WILL      
"To do what pleases YOU, my GOD, is my desire (Hebrew: chaphets — delight, take pleasure in); YOUR Law is in my inmost parts." [Psalms (Tehillym) 40. 8 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

This expression by King David was also a manifestation of prophecy that was completely fulfilled by MESSIAH YESHUA WHO said, "MY food is to do the will of HIM that sent ME, and to finish HIS work." [John 4. 34]    "I came down from heaven, not to do MY OWN will, but the will of HIM WHO sent ME." [John 6. 38]  "The works that I do in MY FATHER'S NAME, they bear witness of ME." [John 10. 25]    "Therefore when HE comes into the world, HE said Behold, I come, in the volume of the BOOK it is written of ME to do YOUR will, O GOD." [Hebrews 10. 5, 7]  

 

The heart of the LORD YESHUA was perfectly harmonized with the will of the HEAVENLY FATHER because GOD'S Law was written thereon "not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart." [2 Corinthians 3. 3]  Even in the most trying and difficult circumstances to which any man could ever be subjected, JESUS, the ROCK of our salvation could pray, "Nevertheless, not MY will, but YOURS, be done." [Luke 22. 42]  

 

By the INDWELLING SPIRIT OF ALMIGHTY GOD, we also must seek to make the will of the HOLY ONE our greatest delight.  We are saved exclusive and completely by grace alone.  But, this is not to deliver us from the discipline of GOD'S RIGHTEOUS & PERFECT LAW for the Law is a schoolmaster making us "free from the law of sin and death." [Romans 8. 2]  

 

The HOLY SPIRIT OF TRUTH exposes GOD'S Perfect Law to us continuously as we are obedient to HIS commands which enables us to love HIM more in response.   "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD; I will put MY Laws into their hearts, and in their minds and I will write them." [Hebrews 10. 16]   Just as the MASTER OF MERCY instructed for the kings of Israel, we likewise should follow the same advise regarding the Law, "And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his GOD and be careful to observe all the words of this Law and these statutes." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 17. 19 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

Like the psalmist David, we learn not to resist the will of the ALMIGHTY ONE, but to love HIS commands and to delight in HIS Law.  "O how I love YOUR Law! In it I study and meditate all day long...YOUR decrees are my eternal heritage; they are my heart's rejoicing and delight...I have longed for YOUR salvation and deliverance, O LORD; YOUR Law is my delight." [Psalms (Tehillym) 119. 97, 111, 174 Tanakh, Kethuvim]   There is nothing sweeter or more precious then GOD'S WORD; read it and find engaging treasures for all eternity.

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Evening, morning and noon, YOU, O LORD are all-good, YOUR mercies fail not; YOUR loving kindnesses never cease, all our hope is in YOU. For all these things, YOUR NAME, O our KING, shall be continually blessed and exalted for ever and ever.
Barukh atah ADONAI ELOHEINU MELEKH ha-olam, ozier Yisrael bigvurah. — Blessed are YOU, LORD our GOD, KING of the Universe, WHO girds Israel with might.
 Examine the discipline of your endurance. Endurance must be directed toward productive goals and expressed in a constructive manner.  Endurance and determination focused to help cultivate good habits and break bad ones. Endurance come from strength out of deep conviction and determination; so don’t let your tenaciousness lack fortitude. 

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  

 

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Unseen Things
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Being in GOD’S will is always the perfect, peaceful place to be. 

 

UNSEEN THINGS      
"By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith." [Hebrews 11. 7] 

 

The phrase "things not seen" is used three times in the NEW COVENANT.  Interestingly enough, these all refer to the past, present, and future works of ALMIGHTY CREATOR GOD with respect to the things that are seen. 

 

Hebrews 11 is known as the "faith chapter" and it begins with the incredible words, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen...By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the WORD OF GOD, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible." [Hebrews 11. 1, 3]  That is to say, the material things of this present world were not made of pre-existing materials; they were supernaturally created by the WORD, the MASTER DESIGNER!  These things which are now seen provide evidence, or even better confident of the things not seen — that is, of GOD’S creative power completed in the past. 

 

The processes that are now seen, distinct from the materials, date from the time of the Great Flood especially.  Before the flood there was a different atmosphere, Noah had not yet seen the diverse seasonal changes, and various other present-day incidences such as rain itself. Previously "a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground." [Genesis/Berepooh 2. 6]  Great changes occurred during and after the flood that were instituted in the days of Noah when "the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water." [2 Peter 3. 6; also see Psalms 104] 

 

Finally, "we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." [2 Corinthians 4. 18]   Just as surely as the materials and processes of the present world once were unseen, but are now easily seen, so the future eternal world will soon be clearly seen when the LORD MESSIAH YESHUA returns. 

 

"It is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which GOD has prepared for those who love HIM...But GOD has revealed them to us through HIS SPIRIT that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by GOD." [2 Corinthians 2. 9b, 12b]  The LORD indeed has done wondrous things in heaven and earth, and even now HIS awesome handiwork continues. 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
MOST HOLY ONE, YOU are blessed beyond all hymns, praises and consolations that may be uttered in this world. My soul desires YOU in the night. Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek YOU early; for when YOUR judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. Therefore, in the shadow of YOUR wings I will rejoice. HalleluYAH! Amen! 

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  

 

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Lessons Learned
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Worry does not empty tomorrows struggles — it empties your strength for today.

 

LESSONS LEARNED      
"But go and learn what this means — I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." [Matthew 9. 13] 

 

The LORD YESHUA ha’MASHIACH "came into the world to save sinners" [1 Timothy 1. 15], and continues to call all who would be HIS disciples to "learn from [and of] ME" [Matthew 11. 29]; and the text contains the first use of "learn" in the NEW COVENANT, thus signifying a basic item we must learn when we become true followers of the SAVIOR. 

 

MESSIAH stressed that the ALMIGHTY ONE cared nothing about the ritualistic offering of animal sacrifices, as such, but rather desired understanding of the meaning of those sacrifices, accompanied by the motivating love and faith of a repentant heart.  HE referred them back to their own SCRIPTURES: "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice; obedience to GOD, rather than burnt offerings." [Hoses (Hoshea) 6. 6 Tanakh, Nevi’im]  This is generally difficult, but it is the most crucial fundamental lesson to learn by one seeking forgiveness and salvation. 

 

There are continually many lessons to learn afterwards — most will be difficult even for sincere, believing CHRISTians.  The Apostle Paul comments about one of them he had learned the hard way,  "Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content." [Philippians 4. 11]  Another intricate but very essential lesson has to do with the CHRISTian humility in leadership, understanding the WRITTEN WORD — "that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other." [1 Corinthians 4. 6]  Because, "all SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of GOD, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of GOD may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." [2 Timothy 3. 16 - 17] 

 

Even in HIS perfect humanity, the LORD YESHUA had lessons to learn — "though HE was a SON, yet HE learned obedience by the things which HE suffered." [Hebrews 5. 8] 

 

Ultimately, having learned these and many other such lessons, we must not forget them.  Paul, in his final letter, so reminds us to — "continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from WHOM you have learned them,  and that from childhood you have known the HOLY SCRIPTURES, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in CHRIST JESUS." [2 Timothy 3. 14 - 15]  May we learn and be able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
 When things around you appear dark and terrifying, hold on to the promises of LORD GOD. HE is in complete control. "The ROCK! HIS deeds are perfect; Yes! all HIS ways are just; a FAITHFUL GOD, never false, true and just is HE." [Deuteronomy/Devarim 32. 4]  Great and mighty is our MERCIFUL & LOVING GOD.  Believe on YESHUA, the LOVING SAVIOR, for because of HIM we can face tomorrow and be comforted now knowing we have been changed for a reason, transformed, not for a season, but transformed for Eternal Life. 

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  

 

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Please visit our web page for teachings on Bible texts and subjects.

Also notice the section showing the disparity between the Holy Bible and the Muslim Koran (Quran).

The newest section is our thought by thought study through the Bible.  Having completed the Torah (books of Moses), and the New Testament, we are now going through the book of; [PROVERBS]. 
 

Almost All
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
We are only as strong as what we struggle with. 

 

ALMOST ALL      
"According to the Law, ALMOST ALL things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission." [Hebrews 9. 22] 

 

In the OLD COVENANT sin is dealt with by a sacrifice of blood for a covering.  "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you for making expiation for your lives upon the altar; it is the blood, as life, that effects atonement." [Leviticus (Vayikra) 17. 11 Tanakh, Torah]  The Hebrew word "kaphar" means atone, cleans, cover-over, forgive, pardon, purge, propitiate, or reconcile

 

Chapter 4 of Leviticus lists the sacrifices required for sins done unintentionally by a common person, a ruler, or the whole congregation.   However, they were only for unintentional sins, not for premeditated willful sins.  There was no covering for any sins done deliberately.   The person who emphatically sins was to be cut off because of their wickedness. 

 

The Almighty ONE tells us that there are those we are not even to pray for.  "As for you, do not pray for this people, do not raise a cry or pray for them, do not make intercession to Me; for I will not listen to you...they vex and provoke Me to anger to their own disgrace." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 7. 16, 19 Tanakh, Nevi'im]   "This is the nation that would not obey the LORD their GOD, nor accept correction. Truth and faithfulness has perished vanished from their mouths." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 7. 28 Tanakh, Nevi'im]   "Do not pray for the benefit of this people." [Leviticus (Vayikra) 14. 11 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

In the New Covenant also, the only covering for unintentional sin is blood — the most precious blood of the SUPREME SACRIFICE, MESSIAH YESHUA, GOD'S ONLY–BEGOTTEN SON.   "GOD demonstrates HIS OWN love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, CHRIST died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by HIS blood, we shall be saved from wrath through HIM." [Romans 5. 8 - 9]   And you have been "washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the NAME of the LORD JESUS and by the SPIRIT of our GOD." [1 Corinthians 6. 11] 

 

However, if one willfully sins "after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins." [Hebrews 10. 26]   Those who have such contempt, despise and totally reject MESSIAH YESHUA, WHO is GOD'S MAGNIFICENT METHOD of dealing with sin will receive a much worse punishment for they have "trampled the SON of GOD underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the SPIRIT OF GRACE?" [Hebrews 10. 29]   When the LORD ETERNAL judges HIS people, assuredly it will be, "a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the LIVING GOD." [Hebrews 10. 30 - 31] 

 

Though we were enemies of the HOLY GOD, through the death of HiS SON we can be justified by the blood of the LAMB, and saved from the wrath of GOD through YesHUA ha’MASHIACH, the only ONE through Whom we can receive reconciliation.  The GIVER OF THE LAW calls even now: "BEHOLD! NOW IS THE ACCEPTED TIME; BEHOLD, NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION." [2 Corinthians 6. 2]  The power of the LORD GOD ETERNAL, the MASTER OF MERCY & TRUTH, is mighty to save; don't turn HIM away! 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
CREATOR of the Universe we extol YOUR greatness and goodness. We rejoice at YOUR guiding hand and seek YOUR inspiration and purify our spirits that in our daily tasks we may be conscious of YOUR PRESENCE.  Help us to see that no work prospers unless it brings blessings to other lives, and no gain truly enriches if it adds not to the happiness of others. Help us so to live that when we have gathered our final harvest, many shall rise up and call us blessed, because we pointed them to YOU.  Teach us to seek YOU ever more within the sanctuary of our souls, within YOUR tabernacle, and in the congregation of YOUR worshipers, Amen. 

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  

 

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Also notice the section showing the disparity between the Holy Bible and the Muslim Koran (Quran).

The newest section is our thought by thought study through the Bible.  Having completed the Torah (books of Moses), and the New Testament, we are now going through the book of; [PROVERBS]. 
 

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