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Jericho's Enigma
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
The tragedy of life is not in the fact of death, but that so many die without ever having lived knowing the BELOVED SAVIOR, that they may have life more abundantly now, and life eternal after they die. 

 

JERICHO'S ENIGMA       
"Do this six days, with seven priests bearing seven rams' horns preceding the Ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the horns." [Joshua (Yehoshua) 6. 4 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

The battle plan to conquer Jericho violated every ordinance of the TORAH, for the Levites were to be exempt from military duties, yet they led the procession. [Leviticus/Vayikra 1. 2 - 3; 45 - 49]   "The priests took up the Ark of the LORD while seven priests bearing seven rams' horns marched in front of the Ark of the LORD, blowing the horns as they marched. And the armed men went in front of them, and the rear guard marched behind the Ark of the LORD, with the horns sounding all the time." [Joshua (Yehoshua) 6. 13 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  

 

This also looks as if they were also violating the Sabbath, for here at Jericho they marched seven times as much as on the other six days.  "On the seventh day (Sabbath), they rose at daybreak and marched around the city, in the same manner, seven times; that was the only day that they marched around the city seven times." [Joshua (Yehoshua) 6. 15 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

This instance is the forerunner as anticipated for the "seven trumpet judgments" in Revelation 8 & 9.   It is interesting to note that Joshua instructed them to "maintain silence" until the final series of seven on the seventh day.  "Do not shout do not let your voices be heard, and do not let a sound issue from your lips UNTIL the moment that I command you Shout!...then you shall shout." [Joshua (Yehoshua) 6. 10 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

In Revelation there is a strange period of silence prior to the seven trumpets.  "When HE opened the seventh seal, there was  silence in heaven for about half an hour." [Revelation 8. 1]   When our OMNIPOTENT HOLY GOD is present, what can man possibly utter; for GOD "will guard the steps of HIS faithful saints, but the wicked shall be silent in darkness and shall perish for not by strength shall man prevail." [1 Samuel (Shemuel Alef) 2. 9 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

And, when the RIGHTEOUS ALMIGHTY ONE is aroused from HIS Holy Habitation, man must be still:  "Let us be silent...for the LORD our GOD has put us to silence...because we sinned against the LORD." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 8. 14 Tanakh, Nevi'im] "The LORD is in HIS Holy Temple let all the earth be silent before HIM." [Habakkuk 2. 20] "Be silent all flesh, before the LORD! For HE is roused from HIS Holy Habitation." [Zechariah (Zecharyah) 2. 17 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

If we would but trust and obey, we would find HIS way to be perfect and proven; and, when we cannot see, we can clearly follow HIS VOICE. "The WAY OF GOD is perfect; the WORD OF THE LORD is proven pure; HE is a SHIELD to all who seek refuge and trust in HIM." [Psalms (Tehillym) 18. 30 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Open your mouth in holiness and purity, with song and psalm, and bless and praise, glorify and revere, sanctify and ascribe sovereignty to the NAME of the DIVINE KING, the GREAT, MIGHTY & AWESOME ONE, holy is HE. Take upon yourself the yoke of the Kingdom of Heaven and give sanction to one another to bless the CREATOR. In tranquil joy of spirit, with pure speech and holy melody exclaim: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD OF HOSTS, the whole earth is full of HIS glory."
DAY 28 of REPENTANCE  An unrepentant heart will cause us to be religious and legalistic, insisting that things be explained and understood according to our own interpretations. We must resist this tendency. "But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned." [Titus 3:9-11]   MIDRASH — the findings of a deeper meaning, a discussion — can be healthy and useful because we learn from each other. Be cautious, however, that these discussions do not become contentious. "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10]
L’Shanah Tova! Wishing all of you a good year (5778), not one just good for us, but a year where we do good to others. 

 

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; [Ecclesiastes]. 
 

Holy One of Israel
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Wise people talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something. 

 

HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL     
"I will make MY HOLY NAME known among MY people Israel, and never again will I let MY HOLY NAME be profaned. And the nations shall know that I AM the LORD, the HOLY ONE in Israel." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 39. 7 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

This WONDERFUL NAME OF GOD, "QADOWSH ha'SHEM (HOLY, THE NAME)" was often used during the days of the later kings of Judah.  The strong emphasis on this particular name during the later period of Judah's kingdom probably was because of the prevalent un-holiness of the nation during those years, finally culminating in the captivity of Judah itself.  CREATOR GOD stressed again and again that HE was the "HOLY ONE" and that "you shall sanctify yourselves and be holy, for I am holy." [Leviticus (Vayikra) 11. 44 Tanakh, Torah]  {In Hebrew, the word for holy can be either "qadowsh/qadosh" — translates sacred, set apart.} 

 

This theme is prominent in most of the 33 passages where this MAJESTIC NAME is used; but it is especially emphasized in its final incident.  The context of this latter passage is the prophesied invasion of Israel by "Gog of the land of Magog" who will "advance upon MY people of Israel like a cloud covering the earth...in the latter days." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 38. 2, 16 Tanakh, Nevi'im]   At that time, says the LORD, "a terrible earthquake shall befall the land of Israel; and I will manifest MY greatness and MY holiness, and make MYSELF known in the sight of many nations. And they shall know that I am the LORD." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 38. 19, 23 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

Then at last, HIS people will never pollute HIS HOLY NAME any more and "from that time on, the House of Israel shall know that I the LORD am their GOD when they dwell in their land secure and untroubled, when I have brought them back from among the peoples and gathered them out of the lands of their enemies and have manifested MY holiness through them in the sight of many nations. They shall know that I the LORD am their GOD when, having exiled them among the nations, I will gather them back into their land and leave none of them behind. I will never again hide MY face from them, for I will pour out MY SPIRIT upon the House of Israel declares the LORD GOD." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 39. 22, 29 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

Beyond doubt, this will fully come about when our wonderful LORD MESSIAH YESHUA returns and sets up HIS Kingdom.  Are you looking for HIS return?   It is sure to happen soon, HIS coming for HIS Church is so very near! 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Eternal is YOUR power, O LORD, YOU are mighty to save. In lovingkindness YOU sustain the living; in the multitude of YOUR mercies, YOU preserve all; YOU uphold the falling, heal the sick; bring freedom to the captives and keep faith with YOUR children in death as in life. Who is like unto YOU, ALMIGHTY GOD, AUTHOR of life and death, SOURCE of salvation? Praised are YOU, O LORD, WHO has implanted within us immortal life. How can we help but worship, adore and praise YOU our HOPE, our SALVATION! Know in WHOM you believe: "I know WHOM I have believed and am persuaded that HE is able to keep what I have committed to HIM until that Day." 2 Timothy 1:12 
DAY 27 of REPENTANCE  Writing to Titus, the young pastor, Paul again compares how we once were to how we are now. We can rejoice in our new life, but we must continue to be aware of the dangers of returning to our human nature. "Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another." [Titus 3:1-3] "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10] 

 

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).

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; [Ecclesiastes]. 
 

Slichot - Think & Pray
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
A clean conscience makes a soft pillow. 

 

SLICHOT THINK & PRAY       
On the closing of this Sabbath of Repentance, O our GOD, open our hearts to its solemn call to turn from the vanities of life and consider our destiny in the light of YOUR ETERNAL TRUTH. Help us to see whether we have indeed hearkened to YOUR VOICE and have done justly, loved mercy and walked humbly before YOU, our MAKER. Or, whether we have been negligent in the fulfillment of our duties and have strayed from the path of moral strength and integrity. 

 

O RIGHTEOUS JUDGE OF THE WORLD, as we survey our life, we are filled with shame that we have fallen short of the purpose for which YOU did send us, and we have failed to use aright the numerous gifts which YOU have given us.  Humbly we confess that our intentions and our deeds accuse us before the tribunal of our conscience and convict us in YOUR sight. 

 

O GREAT GOD OF HOLINESS, YOU know that we are but dust and in our weakness we often yield to selfish indulgences.  Create in us a pure heart and renew a steadfast spirit within us.  Strengthen us in our resolve to mend our ways.  Let our struggle with error and sin lead us to a clearer realization of the Truth of YOUR HOLY WORD and to a firmer adherence to YOUR LAW OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Help us to remove every misunderstanding between ourselves and our fellowmen. 

 

YOU, LORD GOD OF HOSTS alone know when the day shall dawn in which the light of YOUR truth, brighter than that of the visible sun, shall encircle the whole earth.  But, surely that great day so fervently prayed for shall come, as surely as none of YOUR LIFE-GIVING WORDS return empty, but shall accomplish that for which YOU did send them.  O GOD, YOU are plenteous in mercy and forgiveness, please establish peace and harmony in our souls that we may be truly at one with YOU. 

 

Then joy shall thrill all hearts and from one end of the earth to the other and the gladsome cry shall echo: "Hear, O Israel, hear all mankind, the ETERNAL our GOD, the ETERNAL is ONE." Then myriads will make pilgrimage to YOUR HOUSE which shall be called the "HOUSE OF PRAYER" and from their lips shall sound in spiritual joy:  "LORD, open for us the gates of YOUR TRUTH. Selah  Lift up your heads, O gates, O you gates! Be lifted up, you everlasting doors! So the KING OF GLORY may come in! WHO is the KING OF GLORY? the LORD OF HOSTS, mighty and valiant, the LORD, valiant in battle. O gates, lift up your heads! Lift them up, you everlasting doors, so the KING OF GLORY may come in! WHO is the KING OF GLORY? the LORD OF HOSTS, HE is the KING OF GLORY! Selah" [Psalms (Tehillym) 24. 7 - 10 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

May we ever thank YOU, our MAJESTIC LORD GOD, for sending YESHUA ha'MASHIACH to be our only LOVING REDEEMER. And,  may we ever revere, glorify and honour YOUR HOLY EXALTED NAME with praise.  We humbly bow to CHRIST JESUS OF NAZARETH, our WONDERFUL LORD, SAVIOR & REDEEMER. 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
 As we close this Sabbath Day, we rejoice in the new day and continue praising ALMIGHTY GOD for HIS FEASTS! Our prayers for you and your family is that your life be filled with health, happiness, and prosperity in knowing our EXTRAORDINARY LOVING SAVIOR personally. Praised are YOU, YEHOWAH, our GOD, SOVEREIGN of the Universe. 
 Slichot begins tonight, the Saturday night before Rosh ha’Shana.  This is a special series of prayers that invoke GOD’S mercy.   After the sin of the Golden Calf, Moses asked GOD to explain HIS system for relating with the world. GOD’S answer, known as the 13 Attributes of Mercy forms the essence of the Slichot prayers. The 13 Attributes speak of GOD’S patience, the same God Who created us with a clean slate and a world of opportunity, gives us another opportunity if we’ve misused the first one.
 Slichot should be said with a minyan (the quorum of 10 Jewish male adults) — however, if this is not possible, then it should still be said alone, omitting the parts in Aramaic and the 13 Attributes of Mercy.
 The most important feature of Elul (the preparation month) is to make a plan for your life because the day will come when each of us will stand before the ALMIGHTY to ask for another year to serve HIM, and we will want to know what it is we are asking for.
L'Shanah Tova U'Metukah — We wish you and your families a happy and healthy year — May your name be inscribed in the BOOK OF LIFE!
 O LORD, pardon the sins, transgressions and iniquities which we have committed before YOU. Purify us of all our errors and iniquities so that our life may be worthy of the name we bear and our home become a sanctuary consecrated to YOUR PRESENCE and dedicated to righteousness. Humbled by the sense of our weakness and our guilt, we ask YOU, O GOD of our fathers, to help us to serve YOU in sincerity and in truth; and in serving YOU, may our example help to lead many to YOU.
 Have a joyous week!
DAY 26 of REPENTANCE  We could have vigorous discussions about translations, interpretations, applications, and so forth, without descending into the sins mentioned in the following verses. We must be very careful to watch ourselves, lest we transgress. "And those who have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brethren, but rather serve them because those who are benefited are believers and beloved. Teach and exhort these things. If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wrangling (disputes, quarrels) of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself." [1 Timothy 6:2-5]  One of the biggest stumbling blocks for us is the conviction that we are right. We may very well be correct; but our interaction with each other still must not descend into useless disputes, bickering and such  "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10] 

 

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).

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; [Ecclesiastes]. 
 

Customs - Pidyon Ha'Ben
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Honor is measured by him who gives it, not by him who receives it. 

 

CUSTOMS PIDYON HA'BEN        
Either phrase, Pidyon ha'Ben (Redemption of the son) or Pidyon ha'Bechor (Redemption of the first-born male) is correct.  The child has been considered by Jews, even since olden times, as the greatest of human treasures.  To produce and raise children is a religious commandment and is the cause for rejoicing in the home.  However, when a son is born, there is special joy, for the parents trust that he will carry on the family name with honour.  Jewish women consider it a great blessing from the GREAT & ALMIGHTY GOD to bear a son.  It is natural that the first child should be received with special attention by the new parents.  The oldest son has always taken first rank in the Jewish family.  In case of the father's death, he usually becomes the head, to whom the younger brothers and sisters look for advice and help.  He inherits a larger share of the family's possessions than any of the other children. 

 

Ever since the first promise of redemption, Jewish women (who are very devout) have hoped to be the mother of the REDEEMER.  Deeply imbedded in the Jewish soul there is the hope of the coming MESSIAH YESHUA and, "who knows" — perhaps their little boy will grow up to be the DELIVERER OF ISRAEL!   Eve, when she gave birth to Cain, believed it was HE for whom she waited to save her from her sins.  She exclaimed: "I have acquired a MAN, the LORD." [Genesis/Berepooh 4. 1 Hebrew Translation]   In English, it is translated as "I have gotten a man-child from the LORD."  The word translated as from is simply the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet, Aleph-Tau, which represents HIM WHO is the FIRST and the LAST, the BEGINNING and the ENDING, WHO is, WHO was, and WHO ever shall be!  What a disappointment to her that Cain turned out to be, not the PROMISED DELIVERER, but the first murderer; not the LIFE-GIVER, but the life-taker! 

 

One glorious day in the City of David, an event took place of which Isaiah wrote:  "For a CHILD has been born to us, a SON has been given to us. And authority has settled on HIS shoulders. HE will be called WONDERFUL (Pele), COUNSELOR (Yavats), THE MIGHTY GOD (Gibowr El), ETERNAL FATHER (Ad Aby), RULER (Prince) OF PEACE (Sar Shalowm)." [Isaiah/Yeshayah  9. 6]   This was a CHILD like no other child before HIM or after, who was the GREATEST OF HEAVEN'S TREASURES; HE is the SON WHO far surpasses all the sons of earth; HIS was a birth at which all the hosts of heaven rejoiced; Miryam (Mary), who gave birth to this SON, truly could declare in reality:  "I have acquired a MAN-CHILD, the LORD!" for JESUS THE CHRIST had come! 

 

The birth of the SAVIOR in the City of David caused all heaven "and the morning stars to sing together" — but one writer has expressed a significant fact: "Though MESSIAH a thousand times in Bethlehem be born, and not within thy heart, thy soul will be forlorn."  When HE, the MESSIAH, the unique SON OF THE LIVING GOD, is born in the heart, what rejoicing in heaven!  By faith we who are sons of men, become sons of GOD through the new birth.  Because YESHUA came into our humanity, we can become partakers of HIS divinity.  JESUS, WHO was born the SON of Abraham, the SON of David, brings us into the family of GOD; and we also are sons of David, sons of Abraham, of the heavenly family by faith.  "HE came to HIS OWN, and HIS OWN did not receive HIM. BUT AS MANY AS RECEIVED HIM, to them HE gave the right to become the sons of GOD." [John 1. 11 - 12]  

 

"But every firstlingbutt you shall redeem with a sheep; and if you will not redeem it, you must break its neck. AND YOU MUST REDEEM EVERY FIRSTBORN MALE AMONG YOUR CHILDREN." [Exodus (Shemot) 13. 13 Tanakh, Torah]   According to the teachings of Rashi: "The law of redemption is applicable to the ass only of the unclean animals, because the first-born of the Egyptians are in the BIBLE compared to the ass." [see Ezekiel/Yehezke-El 23. 20]   "As the ass is an unclean animal, it has to be redeemed with a lamb."  [Abraham Ibn Ezra] 

 

Pidyon Ha'Ben, the "redemption of the first born son," takes place n the thirty-first day after the baby’s birth, and involves "buying him back from a Kohen." [see Numbers 18. 15]  A home gathering is arranged to which relatives and friends are invited.  Among the guests is a Kohen (priest) who is thought to be a descendant of Aaron.  The ceremony consists of giving the Kohen the sum of five shekalim (about $2.50), or the more popular sum of five silver dollars, and reciting appropriate prayers.  The boy is then pronounced redeemed or freed from the service commanded for all first-born males.  {Unless the Kohen is very poor, he returns the money to the parents who give it to a worthy Jewish cause.}  This practice is almost not practiced today, but among the very orthodox Jews, the first-born is always redeemed, not with a lamb as in the BIBLICAL commandment, but as stated, with five silver dollars.  This custom is kept in remembrance of the salvation of the first-born in Egypt when the ALMIGHTY AWESOME ONE commanded the Israelites to substitute a lamb for their deliverance from death.  The redemption ceremony is followed by a party as an expression of thanksgiving for this privilege. 

 

It is written concerning the firstborn SON of Miryam (Mary):  "Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought HIM to Jerusalem to present HIM to the LORD (as it is written in the Law of the LORD Every male who opens the womb shall be called HOLY TO THE LORD)." [Luke 2. 22 - 23] 

 

"And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the CONSOLATION OF ISRAEL, and the HOLY SPIRIT was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the HOLY SPIRIT that he would not see death before he had seen the LORD'S MESSIAH. So he came by the SPIRIT into the Temple. And when the parents brought in the CHILD YESHUA (JESUS), to do for HIM ACCORDING TO THE CUSTOM OF THE LAW, he took HIM up in his arms and blessed GOD and said LORD, now YOU are letting YOUR servant depart in peace, according to YOUR WORD; for my eyes have seen YOUR SALVATION which YOU have prepared before the face of all peoples, the LIGHT to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the gLORY of YOUR people Israel." [Luke 2. 25 - 32] 

 

Simeon, who perhaps had held many boy babies in his arms in the Temple at the Redemption Ceremony, was led of the SPIRIT OF GOD on this special occasion to see and recognize the PROMISED MESSIAH.  This SON needed not to be redeemed for HE came to redeem all those who put their trust in HIM.  Everyone has the same privilege as Simeon to see and recognize in YESHUA, THE REDEEMER, the SAVIOR of the world!  HE has redeemed us, not with corruptible things but with HIS OWN blood!  JESUS is the SUBSTITUTE — the ANTI-TYPE of the lamb which redeemed the first-born of Israel.  Comparable to the words of Simeon the devout when he took the CHILD YESHUA in his arms and blessed GOD, we who know our DELIVERER can also exclaim,  "LORD, we have seen YOUR SALVATION which YOU prepared before the face of all peoples!"  KING JESUS, the LIGHT that brings revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of YOUR people, Israel. 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Welcome Sabbath
Queen of the week! [Sabbath Reading: Nitzavim/VayelechYou are standing”/“And he went” – Deuteronomy 29:10-31:30; Isaiah 61:10-63:9; John 12:41-50; Matthew 21:9-17]   Praised are YOU, YEHOWAH, our GOD, SOVEREIGN of the Universe, WHO makes us holy with YOUR mitzvoth and favors us with the Holy Shabbat, lovingly and graciously given to us. Assuredly, the KEEPER of Israel gives good gifts to those who love and obey HIM!
 We wish you and your family a very happy and healthy year – Shanah Tova uMetukah!  With GOD, it is crucial to remember that no matter how we feel about HIM, HIS love for us is unwavering. The call of the Shofar reminds us that the ALMIGHTY KING OF THE UNIVERSE loves us, is thinking about us, and cares about our lives. HE is judging us because HE loves us.  What will you do with that love?  It will make the difference of where you spend eternity.
DAY 25 of REPENTANCE  Paul, wrote to Timothy, his son in the faith, about a specific category of people when he says — "And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not." [1 Timothy 5:13]  The ruling directive at work here applies to all of us. It is so easy to allow gossip to show up in our interactions. We may even declare that we are expressing a request for prayer, when the basic effect is still gossip. "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10]  

Be The Example
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
It is better to be ashamed of yourself than for others to be ashamed of you. 

 

BE THE EXAMPLE       
"Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity...give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Do not neglect the gift that is in you." [1 Timothy 4. 12 - 14] 

 

After receiving LORD MESSIAH YESHUA as our SAVIOR and DELIVERER from sin's bondage, HE gives us a work to do — not for our salvation — HE alone can save us, but we are to do HIS will to show our love for HIM to those around us as well as to principalities and powers in high places.  And, we are to continue being faithful witnesses of HIM.  "When I say of the righteous He shall surely liveand relying on his righteousness, he commits iniquity, none of his righteous deeds shall be remembered; but for the iniquity that he has committed HE SHALL DIE." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 33. 13 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

Therefore, as faithful believers who love our LORD JESUS, we should continue in:
Word: "For the WORD OF GOD is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." [Hebrews 4. 12]  "Is not MY WORD like a fire?says the LORD And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?" [Jeremiah/Yirmeyah 23. 29] 

 

Conduct: "Abstain from all appearance (every form) of evil." [1 Thessalonians 5. 22] 

 

Love: "This is MY commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." [John 15. 12] 

 

Spirit: "By this we know that we abide in HIM, and HE in us, because HE has given us of HIS SPIRIT." [1 John 4. 13] 

 

Faith: "Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." [James 2. 17] 

 

Purity: "Draw near to GOD and HE will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded." [James 4. 8]  "Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before MY eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice." [Isaiah/Yeshayah) 1. 16 - 17a] 

 

Interpretation: "Be diligent to present yourself approved to GOD, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the WORD OF TRUTH." [2 Timothy 2. 15] 

 

Exhortation: "Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the LIVING GOD; but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today" lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." [Hebrews 3. 12 - 13] 

 

Doctrine: "Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you." [1 Timothy 4. 16]  "Stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle." [2 Thessalonians 2. 15] 

 

Know for certain that "we are HIS workmanship, created in CHRIST JESUS for good works, which GOD prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." [Ephesians 2. 10]   "We are HIS witnesses to these things, and so also is the HOLY SPIRIT WHOM GOD has given to those who obey HIM." [Acts 5. 32]   It is such a privilege and honor to serve such a WONDERFUL MASTER, there is no greater love. 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
 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.
 O LORD, pardon the sins, transgressions and iniquities which we have committed before YOU. Purify us of all our errors and iniquities so that our life may be worthy of the name we bear and our home become a sanctuary consecrated to YOUR PRESENCE and dedicated to righteousness. Humbled by the sense of our weakness and our guilt, we ask YOU, O GOD of our fathers, to help us to serve YOU in sincerity and in truth; and in serving YOU, may our example help to lead many to YOU.
DAY 24 of REPENTANCE Our goal is sanctification and purity, to be able to stand before GOD’S Throne of Grace blameless. We know that the blood of MESSIAH YESHUA has purchased us; and we do not seek to cheapen HIS sacrifice. We know that HE has set us free. Nevertheless, we must not allow sin to entangle us and interrupt our communion with HIM. "For this is the will of GOD, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the pagans who do not know GOD; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the LORD is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For GOD did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness." [1 Thessalonians 4:3-7]  Our eyes need to be on HIM, on HIS WORD. Let us chase after holiness. "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a trustworthy spirit." [Psalm 51:10] 

 

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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