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Infinitely God
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Much experience is the crown of the old men and the fear of GOD ALMIGHTY is their glory. 

 

INFINITELY GOD      
"And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying Blessing and honour and glory and power be to HIM WHO sits on the Throne, and to the LAMB, forever and ever! Amen" [Revelation 5. 13] 

 

The BELOVED LAMB is one with, and yet distinct from "HIM that sat on the throne." [Revelation 4. 10; 5. 1, 6 - 7]   The Four Beasts or Living Creatures, and the 24-Elders "fell down before the LAMB" to worship HIM.  If, as cultists maintain, the ANOINTED LAMB OF GOD is less than the OMNIPOTENT CREATOR, how would violating of the first commandment, "You shall have no other gods before ME" [Exodus/Shemot 20. 3] be tolerated in ALMIGHTY GOD'S OMNIPOTENT PRESENCE?  The answer: Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH is the INVINCIBLE, SUPREME GOD OF HEAVEN — WHO is ONE with HIM (GOD THE FATHER) WHO sat on the Throne! 

 

Worship is given to GOD THE FATHER: "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our GOD forever and ever. Amen" [Revelation 7. 12] 

 

Worship is given to GOD THE SON: MESSIAH Y’SHUA receives the same praise given to GOD THE FATHER — "Worthy is the LAMB WHO was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory and blessing!" [Revelation 5. 12] 

 

"I am YEHOWAH (the LORD), that is MY NAME; and I will not yield MY glory to another." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 42. 8 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  "For MY sake, MY own sake, do I act lest MY NAME be dishonored! I will not give MY glory to another." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 48. 11 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  In view of the fact that the LORD JESUS shares in GOD'S glory; HE cannot be another GOD.  The LORD Y’SHUA is, as HE said — "ONE (Hebrew: echad — a compound unity) with the FATHER." [John 10. 30] 

 

This does not, in any way, diminish the praise and honor due the FATHER.  HE is to be worshipped and praised for loving us so very much that HE commissioned the SON (MESSIAH Y’SHUA) to save sinners. The SON (JESUS) said — "all men should honor the SON, even as they honor the FATHER." [John 5. 23]  The SON is to be exalted above angels — "For to which of the angels did HE ever say: "You are MY SON, today I have begotten you"? And again: "I will be to HIM a FATHER, And He shall be to ME a SON"? But when HE again brings the firstborn into the world, HE says: "Let all the angels of GOD worship HIM." [Hebrews 1. 5 - 6] 

 

The human personality is difficult to understand, much less the complex intricacy of GOD ALMIGHTY being infinitely more so.  The TRI-UNITY OF GOD is so revealed throughout HOLY SCRIPTURES as the EVER-LIVING ONE proclaims HIMSELF as GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE SON and GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT — Perfect TRINITY.

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!  
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Six Strategies for Spiritual Growth  1- Give others the benefit of a doubt and don’t judge them for their weakness. Practice kindness even if you don’t feel like it. 2- Every day has a purpose whether you’re working or on vacation. Keep your goal and make each day count. 3 - Pray at least three times a day. You start your day saying “thanks”. You stop in the middle to recognize the Source of your blessings, and you think about all your gifts before going to bed.  4 - King Solomon said: “A righteous person falls seven times and gets up.” Don’t let the fear of failure get in the way. Keep trying, the effort itself is more than significant.  5 - Thru practice, you channel the material things for a higher purpose. Such as blessings over food transforms eating into a spiritual act.  6 - Honoring the Sabbath gives our soul the chance to strengthen and grow by granting us this precious recovery time each week.
 It has been shown that all might know that the LORD, HE is GOD, there is none other. HE alone does wonders, for HIS mercy endures forever. The glory of the LORD is eternal, the LORD rejoices in HIS works. Blessed be the NAME OF THE LORD from this time forth and forever; for out of Zion goes forth the Law and the WORD OF GOD from Jerusalem.  

 

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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Prophecy Speaks
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Knowledge is what you remember after you forgot everything you learned.  

 

PROPHECY SPEAKS      
"I will raise up for them a PROPHET for them from among their own people, like yourself; I will put MY words in HIS mouth and HE will speak to them all that I command HIM." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 18. 18 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

There are two types of prophecy which must be distinguished.  When a prophet foretells (predicts), he represents the future in light of the present.  When the prophet tells-forth, the message is for rebuking, reproving, counseling, or admonishing.  One tells the present in light of the future, while the fore-telling is for a time to come. 

 

So, it is the predictive type of prophecy that provides such a strong argument for faith based on reason.  Neither human intuition about the future nor limited Satanic control of the future can account for the hundreds of specific BIBLICAL prophecies that have been literally and specifically fulfilled.  These could only come by DIVINE revelation from the HOLY ONE WHO knows and controls the future. 

 

Predictive prophecy provides an infallible defense, as it not only proves the DIVINE origin, inspiration, and authority of SCRIPTURE, but since over half of the prophecies converge on the PERSON and work of the LORD Y’SHUA ha’MASHIACH, it endorses and supports both HIS deity and LORD-ship. One cannot honestly and truthfully read Psalms 22 and Isaiah 52:13, 52:12 without recognizing that these are prophetic portraits of MESSIAH on the cross.  Numerous other texts specifically deal with various aspects of YESHUA’S life, characteristics, segments and phases of HIS perfect life and ministry. 

 

The coming Kingdom that MESSIAH will set up is detailed in other prophecies, in which we as believers will have a part.  With so many prophecies accurately fulfilled already, we can have complete confidence that all the other promises will also come to pass, and that very soon.  How very amazingly wonderful to know that "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. And everyone who has this hope in HIM purifies himself, just as HE is pure." [1 John 3. 2 - 3] 

 

These things were written "to you who believe in the NAME of the SON OF GOD, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the NAME of the SON OF GOD." [1 John 5. 13]  You have to believe it to receive it! 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
The rest of love freely given — a rest of truth and sincerity — a rest in peace and tranquility, in quiet and safety — a perfect rest in which you find favor. We bow the head and bend the knee and magnify the KING of kings, the HOLY ONE, praised be HE.  MOST HOLY ONE, YOU are blessed beyond all hymns, praises and consolations that may be uttered in this world. Amen! For compassion to be fully realized, it needs bonding. It requires creating a channel between giver and receiver; a mutuality that extends beyond the moment of need. A bond that continues to live on. That is the most gratifying result of true compassion. Befriend the one you have compassion for, ensure that something eternal is built as a result of your compassion. When things around you appear dark and terrifying, hold on to the promises of the 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
 Have a peaceful, enriching day with the deliberate intention of blessing someone else.  

 

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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Hyssop
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
A person who aims at nothing has a target he cannot miss. 

 

HYSSOP      
"Purge me with hyssop till I am pure; wash me till I am whiter than snow." [Psalms (Tehillym) 51. 7 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

Hyssop is the plant that penicillin was first found in.  HOLY SCRIPTURE speaks of this plant in both the OLD &  NEW COVENANTS.  The man healed of leprosy was to go the priest "then the priest shall command to take for him who is to be cleansed two living and clean birds, cedar wood, scarlet, and hyssop." [Leviticus (Vayikra) 14. 4 Tanakh, Torah]  The priest would kill one bird in a vessel over running water.  The living bird, the cedar wood, the scarlet and the hyssop and dip them in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water.  Then, the priest would sprinkle the blood on the leprous man seven times, pronounce him clean, then let the living bird loose in an open field. [Leviticus/Vayikra 14. 1 - 7] 

 

The "Two Clean Birds" depict the LORD YESHUA ha'MASHIACH, WHO is the GOD-MAN.  "Cedar" depicts imperishable existence; "Scarlet" — the emblem of life; and "Hyssop" represents purification from defilement. The cedar and hyssop also symbolize types of all nature, from the highest to the lowest.  All these symbols picture the death and resurrection of our REDEEMING SAVIOR for "whosoever will" come to HIM. 

 

David's prayer was that the ETERNAL ONE would cleanse him of his sin of murder (of Uriah the Hittite) and adultery (with Uriah's wife, Bathsheba).  "Have mercy upon me, O GOD, as befits YOUR loving-kindness and faithfulness in keeping with YOUR abundant compassion, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly of my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Hide YOUR face from my sins, blot out all my iniquities. Fashion a clean, pure heart for me, O GOD, and renew within me a steadfast spirit." [Psalms (Tehillym) 51. 1 – 2. 9 - 10 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

On Golgotha's Cross, the LORD JESUS, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the SCRIPTURE might be fulfilled, said —"I thirst!"  HE was then given a sour wine on hyssop.  When it was put to HIS mouth, all prophecy to the point of HIS death was fulfilled.  When Y’SHUA the SACRIFICIAL LAMB OF GOD received the sour wine, HE said — "It is finished!"  Then bowing HIS head, Y’SHUA gave up HIS spirit. [John 19. 28 - 30] 

 

Whoever touches death (result of sin) or was unclean must now come to the LORD JESUS for cleansing, HE is ever our CONTINUAL OFFERING"For GOD so loved the world that HE gave HIS only begotten SON, that whoever believes in HIM should not perish but have everlasting life. He who believes in the SON has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the SON shall not see life, but the wrath of GOD abides on him." [John 3. 15 - 16, 36] 

 

Although penicillin can help alleviate  or actually eliminate some diseases, it cannot treat or cure us from sin.  However, the precious cleansing blood of the LORD Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH is the ONLY SOURCE — the PERFECT REMEDY — that will never lose it's cleansing, saving power. 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
 As we bid farewell to Sabbath, our prayer is that GOD, WHO'S PRESENCE dwells within us, bless you abundantly and guard you, our dear ones in the coming week. May some of the sweetness of Sabbath be present throughout each day so they are filled with love and unselfishness — that happiness and contentment may abide in our homes.  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!"
 Have a good week and allow the love of the MASTER to shine forth from your lives, into the dark and dying world.  

 

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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Customs - The Talmud
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
If we do not regard the work of the MESSIAH above our very lives, it isn't because we can't — it is because we don't want to! 

 

CUSTOMS THE TALMUD        
The Talmud (from the Hebrew word: lomad meaning to teach, instruction) is a code of laws as well as a record of rabbinical discussions and decisions pertaining to theology, exegesis, philosophy, natural science, medical learning, ethics, political and domestic economy, etc. as these were understood during a period of one thousand years after the Jews returned from the Babylonian exile.  It is an encyclopedic work consisting of 36 volumes composed by over one thousand Rabbis, several of the ancient rabbis including some of those who traced their ancestry to Gentiles who had been converted to Judaism. 

 

It is claimed that Moses received two types of directive on Mt. Sinai, one was the WRITTEN LAW, the TORAH; the other was the Oral Law which was repeated by word of mouth from Moses to Joshua, from Joshua to the elders, from the elders to the prophets, and so on as is stated in the TALMUD itself (Pirke Aboth 1. 1 "Ethics of the Fathers").  It is said that the prophets handed it down orally to the men of the Great Synagogue (perhaps the origin of the name is traced from the assembly in Nehemiah/Nechemah 8 - 10) and so on till Ezra, when it became the possession of the spiritual leaders of that time. 

 

Rabbi Hillel, who lived from 70 BC/BCE until 10 AD/CE, began to compile the Oral Law so that it could be written.  Hillel was the grandfather of Gamaliel, the teacher of the Apostle Paul.  He was president of the Sanhedrin — the president was the 71st member of the Sanhedrin (70) and was always the High Priest.  Rabbi Hillel laid down six or seven rules for the interpretation of the SCRIPTURES which became the foundation of rabbinical hermeneutics and which, no doubt, was used by the Pharisees in the days of MESSIAH Y’SHUA.  The LORD Y’SHUA referred to this Oral Law as "the traditions of the elders." [Matthew 15. 1 - 9; Mark 7. 1 - 13] 

 

Since the Temple with its order of priesthood had been destroyed, there needed to be some source of authority to continue the practice of Judaism among the scattered Jewish people.  Therefore, a group of 148 Jewish scholars who were called "Tannaim" (repeaters, teachers — scholars from the Mishnaic Period up to 200 AD/CE) gathered in the ancient city of Yabne (located near the present city of Lydda, Israel) and by their discussions, debates and decisions wrote down that which had been orally handed down over almost six centuries.  This writing was published about 200 AD/CE under the leadership of Rabbi Judah the Prince (Judah ha'Nasi).  The written form is called the Mishneh (repetition, duplicate) — the Second Law.  It was the Oral Law of the Pharisees and almost universally accepted as the authoritative legal code of Judaism. 

 

However, since the Mishneh (or Mishna) was not understood and there was a need for adapting it to the times and to the changing circumstances of life, a group of several hundred rabbis, called Amoraim (expounders) — scholars from the Talmudic Period, 200 - 500 CE/AD — developed the Gemara (completion) which is a commentary on the Mishnah.  These two parts of the Talmud are not two divisions or separate books, but the Gemara is included under the Mishna.  The Oral law written down is called the Mishna and it is started first, the commentary and application or the Gemara is then stated below it. 

 

This combination, Mishneh - Gemara, composed the Talmud which was completed in Babylon about 400 AD/CE  There is a Jerusalem Talmud (Yerushalmi) written in Jerusalem and a Babylonian Talmud (Babli) written in Babylon. 

 

Along with their work on the Mishna and Gemara the Tannaim and Amoraim developed a running commentary on the actual text of the OLD COVENANT.  This is called the Midrash, the name coming from the Hebrew word meaning "to study" or "to investigate." 

 

Since it was difficult to understand, Rabbi Joseph B. E. Caro devoted years of his life to summarizing, abridging, and codifying the Talmud for the common man.  In 1564 he published his work which he called Shulchan Arukh (Prepared Table).  However, there are many laws contained in the Shulchan Arukh which have been added to the laws found in the Talmud — for example:  There are fourteen laws regulating the lighting of the Sabbath candles, twenty-one relating to the fringes on the Tallith and twenty-six relating to the prayer shawl.  There are laws covering every conceivable thing in daily life, even as to the manner of walking, etc.  Directions for the practice of present-day Judaism in the rituals and ceremonies for the High Holy Days, Sabbaths, the Passover Seder (order of ceremony), weddings, etc. are all found in the Shulchan Arukh. 

No wonder Y’SHUA, the ANOINTED ONE called the Pharisees "Hypocrites!" those who draw near to HIM with their mouth, and honor HIM with their lips, but their heart is far from HIM, and their fear toward the LORD Y’SHUA is taught by men, making the commandment of ETERNAL GOD ineffective by their tradition, just as Isaiah prophesied. [Isaiah/Yeshayah 29. 13; Matthew 15. 7 - 9] 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Welcome Sabbath Beloved Bride of the week!  Sabbath of Chayei SarahLife of Sarah [Reading: Genesis 23:1-25:18; 1 Kings 1:1-31; John 4:3-14]
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, HE WHO keeps Israel neither slumbers or sleeps! Sabbath blessings to each of you  

 

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

Choose Wisely
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
The best sermons are lived, not preached. 

 

CHOOSE WISELY      
"But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." [Luke 10. 42] 

 

Both Miryam (Mary) and Martha (Marta), the sisters of Lazarus,  loved the LORD Y’SHUA and wanted to please HIM.  Y’SHUA also loved them, and was a frequent guest at their home in Bethany.  Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made, busying herself in activity and service to be pleasing to the LORD.  Mary, on the other hand, was content to sit "at Jesus' feet and heard HIS WORD." [Luke 10. 39]  So, Martha approached HIM and said, "LORD, do YOU not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.  And JESUS answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things, but one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." [Luke 10. 40 - 41]  Clearly, Mary had chosen what was better.  And, would it not be just like our WONDERFUL MASTER to have gotten up and helped both women with the meal preparation, after teaching them! 

 

Hundreds of years prior to this setting, the patriarch Job, whom ALMIGHTY GOD had said was "a blameless and upright man who fears GOD and shuns evil…there is no one like him on earth" [Job/Iyob 1. 8], Job had also chosen that good part.  "I have not departed from what HIS lips commanded; I have treasured HIS WORDS more than my daily bread." [Job (Iyob) 23. 12 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

The only way we can sit at Y’SHUA'S feet and hear HIS WORD today is by reading and meditating on the LIFE-GIVING INSTRUCTIONS.  We should make priority time available for this "good part" along with our other daily obligations and responsibilities.  Hearing and obeying HIS PRECIOUS COMMAND is vital for our very existence, for "faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the WORD OF GOD." [Romans 10. 17] 

 

Miryam (Mary) had a heart like David: "One thing I ask of YEHOWAH, only that do I seek…to live in the HOUSE OF THE LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty (delightfulness) of YEHOWAH, to frequent HIS Temple." [Psalms (Tehillym) 27. 4 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  The psalmist wrote of this truth he had learned: "Oh, how I love YOUR TEACHING! It is my study all day long...How sweet is YOUR WORD to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through YOUR precepts I get understanding." [Psalms (Tehillym) 119. 97, 103 - 104 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

We have an even greater, sweeter privilege than Job, or the psalmist, or Miryam (Mary) because we have all the HOLY Scriptures.  So, if you truly desire "the best part" the LORD Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH will provide the understanding through HIS refreshing precepts.  And,  "How much better to acquire wisdom than gold; to acquire understanding is preferable to silver." [Proverbs (Mishle) 16. 16 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  Listen, learn and receive the greatest riches on earth. 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!!
HE WHO keeps Israel neither slumbers or sleeps! Who is like YOU, O LORD GOD? Who is like YOU, glorious in holiness, revered in worship, wondrous in works? There is none! Infinite is YOUR power, so is YOUR love. The LORD'S  promise to HIS Jewish people: "As you behold, you will glow; your heart will throb and thrill for the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you and the riches of nations shall flow to you. Whereas you have been forsaken, rejected and hated, with none passing through, I will make you a pride everlasting, a joy for age after age." [Isaiah/Yeshayah 60. 5, 15 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  

 

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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