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Numbering Our Days
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you’re aboard, there’s nothing you can do. [Golda Meir] 

 

NUMBERING OUR DAYS       
"So teach us to number our days rightly, that we may obtain a heart of wisdom." [Psalm (Tehillym) 90. 12 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

This prayer of counsel is written as a psalm, a great word of advise written by Moses as he was about to finish his long life of service to the SUPREME Lord.  He had lived 120 years, although the normal life span is only seventy or eighty.  Moses’ first forty years were spent serving the Egyptians; his next forty years were tending sheep for his father-in-law, Jethro in Midian; and then his service to GOD was forty years delivering Israel from Egyptian bondage and shepherding them in the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land. 

 

Thus, Moses stressed the vital importance of "numbering our days" so that we may determine to wisely use whatever time we have individually.  In Deuteronomy Moses also wrote: "Oh, that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!" [Deuteronomy/Devarim 32. 29] 

 

The SOVEREIGN ONE counsels throughout HOLY SCRIPTURE to number our days while "redeeming the time." [Colossians 4. 5]  We know not when the LORD will return or death will overtake us.  "Walk circumspectly (carefully), not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil." [Ephesians 5. 15 - 16]   "Do not boast of tomorrow, for you do not know what a day will bring forth." [Proverbs (Mishle) 27. 1 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  "You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away." [James 4. 14] 

 

Whatever this New Year may bring into your life, be it chaos, prosperity or death, no matter what evil comes on this earth — the days will still afford opportunity to serve the LOVING ETERNAL GOD, our MIGHTY LORD OF HOSTS.  "Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us but to YOUR NAME bring glory, because of YOUR love, YOUR faithfulness, and YOUR mercy." [Psalms (Tehillym) 115. 1 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  Beloved, "build yourselves up on your most holy faith keep yourselves in the love of GOD, looking for the mercy of our LORD JESUS CHRIST unto eternal life." [Jude 20 - 21]  Whatever time we have, let us make our days count exclusively for the MASTER. 

 

Sha'alu (Prayfor the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
 Thank you for being a part of our life! As we enter another year, we prayerfully urge each of you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD in the bond of peace. What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. But, in the hand of the MASTER, our life's work can be truly beautiful.  May the grace of our precious LORD Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH be with your spirit every moment of each new day. Y’SHUA does not bring peace on earth, HE is PEACE; even in the midst of trials and sorrows, we find, live in, and share HIS Heavenly peace.  Confidently assured that the LORD ETERNAL will lead us through our valleys whatever they be and secure in HIS grace, mercy, forgiveness and love. 
 Our prayerful desire for you:  Comfort on difficult days; Smiles when sadness intrudes; Rainbows to follow the clouds; Laughter to kiss your lips; Sunsets to warm your heart; Gentle hugs when spirits sag; Friendships to brighten your being; Beauty for your eyes to see; Confidence for when you doubt; Faith to believe; Courage to be bold; Patience to accept the truth, and tender Love that is eternal. 

 We asked GOD to bless you when we prayed for you today, to guide you and protect you on your way — HIS love is always with you, HIS promises are sure. No matter what tribulation comes, HE is faithful to see us through. So when the road you're traveling seems difficult at best, give your problems to the LORD, and our MIGHTY & AWESOME GOD will do the rest.
We wish you and your family a happy, healthy year – may you have a year filled with meaning and purpose and happiness that will surely follow.
Love, in MESSIAH’S service — Rabbi Del & Rifkah  

 

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).
 

No Other Foundation
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Light travels faster then sound; that is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.  

 

NO OTHER FOUNDATION       
"For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is JESUS CHRIST." [1 Corinthians 3. 11] 

 

The LORD Y’SHUA ha’MASHIACH is the only sure and lasting foundation.  This is a true fact either for the CHRISTian organization or for the individual follower of the GIVER OF LIFE.  There is no other foundation that will or can endure in the days ahead when "each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire." [1 Corinthians 3. 13 - 15] 

 

Therefore it is vital to build on the FOUNDATION that Y’SHUA HIMSELF has laid. This is laid in three lessons, each of which is essential for its stability. 
First:  It is crucially imperative that we acknowledge and confess that "of old YOU laid the foundation of the earth; the heavens are the work of YOUR hands...They will perish, but YOU remain; and they will all wear out like a garment; like a cloak YOU change them, and they will be changed. But YOU are the same, and YOUR years never end." [Psalms (Tehillym) 102. 25 Tanakh, Kethuvim; Hebrews 1. 10 - 12]  GOD is the MASTER CREATOR of all things, and LORD over all.  EL is YEHOWAH! 

 

Second:  We must recognize and admit that we have been redeemed "with the precious blood of CHRIST" and that "HE indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world!" [1 Peter 1. 19 - 20]  "When the fullness of the time had come, GOD sent forth HIS SON, born of a woman, born under the Law, to redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons." [Galatians 4. 4 - 5]  

 

Third:  There is the WORD OF GOD, which is foundational to everything beyond creation and redemption. "Be doers of the WORD, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." [James 1. 22]  "Whoever comes to ME, and hears MY sayings and DOES them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was FOUNDED ON THE ROCK." [Luke 5. 47 - 48]  

 

The LORD Y’SHUA is the TRUE FOUNDATION, for HE HIMSELF laid every SURE FOUNDATION.  HE created all things, HIS precious shed blood is the price to redeem all things, and HIS HOLY LIFE-GIVING WORD, by HIS HOLY SPIRIT, reveals all things needed to build a beautiful, fruitful CHRIST-like life of ministry. "Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF being the CHIEF CORNERSTONE, in WHOM the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a Holy Temple in the LORD." [Ephesians 2. 20 - 21]  

 

There is no other foundation that can or will last, and "if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" [Psalms (Tehillym) 11. 3 Tanakh, Kethuvim] "O HOPE of Israel! O LORD! All who forsake YOU shall be put to shame, Those in the land who turn from YOU shall be doomed men, inscribed in the earth, for they have forsaken the LORD, the FOUNTAIN of Living Waters." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 17. 13 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

Even now, put your trust in the LORD JESUS, HE is the "EXCLUSIVE HOPE" of Israel and the nations. 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
We bid farewell to Sabbath by singing the song in the Havdallah ritual that states, “the Prophet Elijah, the Tishbite from Gilead, may he come to us soon with the SON OF DAVID, the MESSIAH — the GREATEST ONE that we fix our gaze on.  We also pray that GOD, WHO separates the holy from the secular, forgive our sins, guide our life and open our mouth to declare HIS praises continually.  Unto YOU alone, O LORD GOD do we turn; for YOU alone abide deep in the solitude of our hearts. May we ever trust in YOU, HEAVENLY FATHER, and be unafraid in the face of the inscrutable (unfathomable, immeasurable, unknowable, unimaginable) years ahead, and see that everything happens for the best. Because of YOU LORD, there is perfect peace in our hearts at the nearness of YOU.
Have a joyous week!  

 

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. 

 

Email:  delrifkah@gmail.com

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End-time Events: http://delrifkah.com/Facepage.html

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).
 

Whatever He Pleases
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Being in the hands of ALMIGHTY GOD is the best way to ensure blessings from Above by being guided by the wisdom of the TORAH. 

 

WHATEVER HE PLEASES       
"Our GOD is in Heaven; and all that HE wills HE accomplishes." [Psalms (Tehillym) 115. 3 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

Often, we question the CREATOR’S actions, but HE is never obligated to explain to us HIS reasons.  It is enough to know that it pleases HIM, for whatever HE does is right and for our best and HIS glory. If one were to ask why GOD created the universe, we simply and correctly answer that it was for HIS "pleasure they were and are created!" [Revelation 4. 11]  "Whatever the LORD desires HE does in heaven and in earth, in the seas and all depths." [Psalms (Tehillym) 135. 6 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  We also were created for HIS pleasure, therefore HE does not have to give account to us for HIS actions; and assuredly, HE does all things well. 

 

You may ask, why HE allowed HIS ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON to suffer and die on the cross.  The answer is found in HOLY SCRIPTURE, for although "HE had done no violence, nor was any deceit in HIS mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise HIM" and "to make HIS soul an offering for sin" knowing that ultimately "the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in HIS hand." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 53. 9 - 10 Tanakh, Nevi’im] 

 

We may never be able to understand why LORD GOD, the ALL-POWERFUL SOVEREIGN CREATOR did this, especially for sinners such as you and I, but we don’t have to understand.  "It pleased GOD through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe." [1 Corinthians 1. 21] Take note, the Text clearly established that it is for those who BELIEVE, not to them that understand. 

 

Yehowah, the SELF-EXISTING ONE WHO has perfect reasons for everything HE does, and we shall understand it all in eternity. "We know that when HE is revealed, we shall be like HIM, for we shall see HIM as HE is." [1 John 3. 2] 

 

Meanwhile, along with Paul the Apostle, we are to always be thankful that "it pleased GOD, WHO separated me from my mother's womb and called me through HIS grace, to reveal HIS SON in me." [Galatians 1. 15 - 16]  In the same way, HE has, beyond my comprehension, "predestined us to adoption as sons by JESUS CHRIST to HIMSELF, according to the good pleasure of HIS will, to the praise of the glory of HIS grace, by which HE made us accepted in the BELOVED." [Ephesians 1. 5 – 6] 

 

So for the time being, it is enough for us, HIS people, to be like our TEACHER — and as HIS servant, to be like our MASTER [Matthew 10. 25], confidently standing fast in HIS perfect plan. 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!  
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Welcome Sabbath! May yours be a Yom She’kulo Shabbat (a day which is all Sabbath). Sabbath of VayiechiAnd HE Lived [Reading: Genesis 47:28-50:26; 1 Kings 2:1-12; John 13:1-19]
Praise to ALMIGHTY CREATOR GOD!  We praise and bless you O GOD for lovingly and graciously giving YOUR Holy Shabbat, the imagery of beauty and radiance testifying to the tremendous affection that the Sabbath is enjoyed among YOUR people in YOUR presence.  

 

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. 

 

Email:  delrifkah@gmail.com

Web Page:  www.delrifkah.com 

Thoughts Archived: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/delrifkah/

End-time Events: http://delrifkah.com/Facepage.html

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).
 

For Sure
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
ALMIGHTY GOD’S attributes of mercy is manifest in two different ways: From HIS open hand HE constantly pours out blessings. HIS closed hand indicates that the MERCIFUL ONE holds back HIS severe judgment. 

 

FOR SURE!      
"But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the LORD; and be sure your sin will find you out." [Numbers (B'Midvar) 32. 23 Tanakh, Nevi’im] 

 

The Hebrew word yada’ takes in many aspects of certainty sure, aware, comprehend, consider, take knowledge, know, assure, discover, teach, tell, understand and the eternal consideration should be made for the soul of each individual.  From the very beginning, the ALMIGHTY CREATOR had warned of the consequences of disobedience, death and damnation.  Adam was forewarned — "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." [Genesis (Berepooh) 2. 16 - 17 Tanakh, Torah]  All our sins will be exposed and judgment follows accordingly. "Nevertheless the solid foundation of GOD stands sure, having this seal The LORD knows those who are HIS andLet everyone who names the Name of CHRIST depart from iniquity." [2 Timothy 2. 19] 

 

OMNIPOTENT GOD'S great mercy and enduring faithfulness is also yada’ for HIS HOLY WRITTEN WORD and the HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE, "WHO is the GUARANTEE of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of HIS glory." [Ephesians 1. 14; 2 Corinthians 1. 22; 5. 5] "And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place." [2 Peter 1. 19]  We are also sure of GOD'S promised salvation, "This HOPE we have as an ANCHOR of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the PRESENCE behind the veil." [Hebrews 6. 19] 

 

Thus, through faith and patience we can inherit the promises as we show "the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of HIS glory." [Hebrews 6. 11] 

 

Of a certainty, the WORD OF GOD is sure, if HE has said it, it is settled if you believe it or not.  We can be sure that our sins must be judged, and we can be just as certain that if we come to the ONE WHO is the CLEANSING FOUNTAIN, we will have forgiveness, if we believe HIS sure promises and receive HIS sure salvation.  Y’SHUA ha’MASHIACH promised to return and complete HIS work of redemption and reconciliation graciously stating, "Surely I am coming quickly." [Revelation 22. 20] 

 

First, each of us must individually make sure that we believe the SURE WORD OF TRUTH and have acquired this absolute hope. "Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the Everlasting Kingdom of our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST." [2 Peter 1. 10 - 11] 

 

We can be sure that our sins will be judged, but, blessed assurance we can be eternally sure and secure when we know the amazing gift of forgiveness from our BLESSED REDEEMER and believe HIS sure promises and saving grace of salvation.  Even so, come LORD JESUS! 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
We thank YOU, Great & MIGHTY GOD for YOUR grace, unto YOU do we turn continually, for YOU alone abide deep in the solitude of our hearts. May we ever trust in YOU, HEAVENLY FATHER, and be unafraid in the face of the inscrutable (unfathomable, immeasurable, unknowable, unimaginable) years, and see that everything happens for the best. Because of YOU LORD, there is perfect peace in our hearts at the nearness of YOU. Keep us ever grateful and grant us YOUR perfect rest, Amen.
 Open your hearts in song as the sunset swells into a rhythm of changing colors. O taste and see that the LORD is good to those who trust in HIM and wait for HIM; to the one who seeks HIM with all their heart, HE will be found by them. Enjoy the PRESENCE of ALMIGHTY LORD this lovely day!  

 

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. 

 

Email:  delrifkah@gmail.com

Web Page:  www.delrifkah.com 

Thoughts Archived: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/delrifkah/

End-time Events: http://delrifkah.com/Facepage.html

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).
 

Even Now
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
There is no reason to try predicting the future, the BIBLE has already done that. . . and with greater certainty. 

 

EVEN NOW      
"You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, HIS OWN special people, that you may proclaim the praises of HIM WHO called you out of darkness into HIS marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of GOD, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy." [1 Peter 2. 9 - 10] 

 

There are so very many marvelous and wondrous things that await us IF we have trusted the LORD Messiah Y’SHUA for our salvation — specifically, His mercies: "The LORD is longsuffering, slow to anger, abundant in mercy and abounding in kindness; forgiving iniquity and transgression." [Numbers (B'Midvar) 14. 18 Tanakh, Torah]  "One thing GOD has spoken; two things have I heard That Might belongs to ADONEY, and Faithfulness is YOURS, O LORD, to reward each man according to his deeds." [Psalms (Tehillym) 62. 11 - 12 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

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." [1 Corinthians 2. 9]   However, do not miss the next line. . . "But GOD has revealed them to us through HIS SPIRIT. For the SPIRIT searches all things, yes, the deep things of GOD." [1 Corinthians 2. 10]   "The concealed (secret) things belong to the LORD GOD, but the overt acts (those things which are clearly revealed), it is for us and to our children ever to apply all the words and provisions of this TEACHING (Law)." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 29. 29 Tanakh, Torah]   This means that we are free from any condemnation at the Judgment.   "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in CHRIST JESUS, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the SPIRIT. For the Law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS has made me free from the law of sin and death." [Romans 8. 1 - 2] 

 

We have been justified already, declared righteous with the righteousness of MESSIAH Y’SHUA HIMSELF.  "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. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to GOD through the death of HIS SON, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by HIS life." [Romans 5. 8 - 10]  "But now the righteousness of GOD apart from the Law is revealed even the righteousness of GOD, through faith in CHRIST JESUS, to all and on all who believe." [Romans 3. 21 – 22]   We are now the people of the RIGHTEOUS, LOVING, HOLY GOD who have obtained mercy. 

 

In the magnificent passage, the precious Apostle John confirms the glorious truth, "Beloved, now we are children of GOD; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when HE is revealed, we shall be like HIM, for we shall see HIM as HE is." [1 John 3. 2] 

 

As CHRIST-like-ones, we have the wonderful assurance that our blessed LORD Y’SHUA is praying for us, even now for Messiah, the perfect REFUGE, is entered into Heaven itself.  "For MESSIAH has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of GOD for us" [Hebrews 9. 24] since "HE always lives to make intercession for them." [Hebrews 7. 25] 

 

"Now to Him Who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to GOD our SAVIOR, WHO alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever, Amen!" [Jude 24 - 25]  What a MIGHTY GOD we serve!

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
 Judgment is coming, troubles are coming, and we must live disciplined, enduring CHRIST-filled lives.  Lives disciplined by the WORD OF GOD and empowered by HIS HOLY SPIRIT to give us strength and courage to fight evil and to triumph over it.  May the WONDROUS LORD GOD grant you the privilege to witness and experience the marvelous miracle of being delivered from the yoke of slavery to sin.  All glory and praise to the ALMIGHTY LORD GOD, KING OF CREATION forever!
 Our prayer is that this new year marks a new beginning for you. . . through a year blessed with goodness and promise through MESSIAH Y’SHUA the KING OF Glory. May your home be filled with love and may the year ahead be filled with sweetness. May happiness, love, and the joy of Messiah reign in your lives daily. 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. 

 

Email:  delrifkah@gmail.com

Web Page:  www.delrifkah.com 

Thoughts Archived: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/delrifkah/

End-time Events: http://delrifkah.com/Facepage.html

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).
 

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