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Tribes of Israel (part 1 of 5)
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Forgiveness is the only way to live with the past without being held prisoner by it. 

 

TRIBES of ISRAEL (Part 1 of 5)     
"Jacob called his sons and said Come together that I may tell you what is to befall you in days to come: Assemble and hearken, O sons of Jacob; hearken to Israel your father." [Genesis (Berepooh) 49. 1 – 2 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

"Reuben, you are my first-born, my might and the first fruit of my strength, exceeding in rank (dignity) and the exceeding in honor. Unstable as water, you shall excel no longer; for when you mounted your father's bed, you defiled it and brought disgrace my couch he mounted!" [Genesis (Bereshith) 49. 3 – 4 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

Israel was saying, "Reuben, you have forfeited your natural right of the firstborn. Through being the first-born, you had dignity and opportunity, but you did not have strength of character."  Reuben appeared to be a man who began good actions, but he did not complete them.  He planned to save Joseph and he actually prevented the murder of Joseph. [Genesis/Bereshith 37. 21]  Nevertheless, Joseph was sold in spite of Reuben. 

 

In Jewish history, Reuben’s descendants remained true to their ancestral type, unstable as water.  When Deborah unfurled the banner of Israel’s independence in the days of the judges, all the other tribes rallied around her.   But in the camp of Reuben, there was great intention, a mighty searching of the heart, but no real action.  Instead, they appointed half a dozen committees to study whether they should take action. [Judges/Shofetym 5. 15]  Subsequently, the tribe of Reuben is very rarely mentioned in Israel’s history.  They begin, but they never finish.  They open their mouth, but they never move any further than that. 

 

"You are my might." As the firstborn, Reuben was endowed with a super-abundant vitality, the cause of both his preeminence and his undoing.  He did not know how to use what he had wisely with the wisdom of the ALMIGHTY LORD GOD.  And Jacob said, "you have had the excellency of dignity" which in the Hebrew means: "You have been superior in dignity. You have had this given to you, because it belongs to the firstborn. Reuben, it was provided for you to receive three portions above your brothers."  The three portions are the right of the firstborn, the priesthood, and the kingdom.  Reuben, you should have had all three, but now you are not going to get anything. 

 

The right of the firstborn was given to Joseph, the priesthood was given to Levi, the kingly power and headship were given to Judah.  Judah would be the king of Israel. Through Judah's loins would come the LION OF JUDAH, the KING of the Universe, Y’SHUA ha’MASHIACH. 

 

Israel further said to Reuben, "you are unstable as water." My son, any breeze can ruffle your surface.  You bubble over like water in an uncontrolled vehemence of passion.  You are a very emotional person with weakness of will, lack of self-control and hardness of purpose.  You have also had a spirit of lust within you that you never overcame.  You had the excellency, but now you will relinquish all your privileges of the firstborn. 

 

The HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD was speaking through Jacob because none of the descendants of Reuben ever became judges, prophets or leaders in Israel.  SCRIPTURE very clearly stresses that moral character is more essential than hereditary right.  The LORD GOD, the RIGHTEOUS ONE, wants us to be moral and to be ethical one with another.  We are to "love your fellow man as yourself." [Leviticus (Vayikra) 19. 18 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

. . . to be continued! 

 

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 Shabbat, we are praying for you our dear friends. May you have a heart to know YEHOWAH, that HE is the LORD of your life. O, return to HIM now, and HE will abundantly pardon. May each of you be delivered from trouble and harm, or strengthened and purified through it. Heal us O LORD, make us righteous in YOUR sight. May the message of GOD’S WORD and the love of Y’SHUA ha’MASHIACH, the BELOVED SAVIOR bless you and fill your life with overflowing joy. 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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Fear No Evil
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
I have learned that you ought always to be more or less specific. 

 

FEAR NO EVIL      
"In the days of evil and times of trouble, why should I fear when the iniquity at my heels compass me about?" [Psalms (Tehillym) 49. 5 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

This enigmatic question should be of real great concern to all unbelievers.  The "day of evil" seems to refer to those of old age while the young are encouraged, "So remember, appreciate your CREATOR in the days of your youth, before those days of sorrow come and those years arrive of which you will say I have no pleasure in them." [Ecclesiastes (Kohelet) 12. 1 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

However, those who have not "remembered their CREATOR" while young may one day come to realize that the iniquities which had been accumulating against their record day by day through a long lifetime had actually involved the venom of that old serpent, ha’Satan, which the LOVING MASTER of the Universe long ago warned would bruise the heels of the children of Eve. [Genesis/Berepooh 3. 15]  Their sins, which will eventually become so numerous as to "compass" them about, might even destroy them in this present life and for eternity.  Satan, that old snake, will have "the power of death" [Hebrews 2. 14] until the day when the TRUE SEED of the woman, the LORD MESSIAH Y’SHUA will "crush the head" of that wicked one forever.  Even though the sins of the whole world were placed upon JESUS, the SON OF MAN, it was only HIS "heel" that was cruelly and viciously "bruised" by the Devil. 

 

Because of MESSIAH Y’SHUA’S great victory over Satan — when the LORD OF GLORY died for our sins and then defeated death by HIS resurrection, we no longer need to fear death, even when the evil days draw near. 

 

To accept ALMIGHTY GOD'S precious Gift of Salvation from sin and death when one is young is best.  However, it is never too late, as long as we live and have breath in our bodies.  So, why should we worry when "we have known and believed the love that GOD has for us. GOD is love, and he who abides in love abides in GOD, and GOD in him. Love has been perfected among us in this: That we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment; because as HE is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear." [1 John 4. 16 - 18]   For your greatest joy, delight and pleasure now and for all eternity, acknowledge JESUS as your ROCK OF DELIVERANCE, the MOST HIGH GOD as your REDEEMER & LORD. 

 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Welcome Sabbath, the Bride of the week. Shabbos of SHELACHSend Thou [Reading: Numbers 13:1 - 15:41; Joshua 2:1–24; Matthew 10:1-14]
O INFINITE & MERCIFUL CREATOR, firm in the faith we are emboldened to seek YOUR PRESENCE, and we are assured that we shall find YOU if, with sincere hearts, we seek YOU. As the flowers of the field drink of the dew of heaven and of the radiance of the sun, so would we, lifting our spirits unto YOU, drink of the pure fountains of holiness.  Loving YOU is its own reward, our souls rejoice in YOUR PRESENCE, for YOU are our PRAISE and our SONG. Amen
Enjoy a blessed day with the LORD! 

 

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).
 

Redeemed From Enemy's Hand
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Egotisms is nothing more than the antiseptic that dulls the pain of stupidity. 

 

REDEEMED FROM ENEMY’S HAND      
"Give thanks and praise to the LORD, for HE is good, HIS mercy is eternal! Thus, let the redeemed of the LORD say so, those HE redeemed from the hand of the enemy." [Psalms (Tehillym) 107. 1 - 2 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

There are four examples of GOD’S deliverance from particular problems that this hymn of praise surrounds. 

    First are the lost travelers who are out of provisions and far from a city:  "Some lost their way and wandered in the wilderness in the wasteland; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them." [Psalms (Tehillym) 107. 4 - 5 Tanakh, Nevi'im]
    Second, there are the prisoners bound by their own rebelliousness: "Some lived in deepest darkness and in the shadow of death, captive in affliction and irons — because they rebelled against the WORD OF GOD, despising the counsel of the MOST HIGH. Therefore HE humbled their heart through suffering; they stumbled with no one to help." [Psalms (Tehillym) 107. 10 - 12 Tanakh, Nevi'im]
    Third, due to their own sins, are in physical illness: "There were fools who suffered for their sinful way, and for their iniquities they were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all manner of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. In their trouble they cried to the LORD, and HE saved them out of their troubles. HE sent HIS WORD and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions." [Psalms (Tehillym) 107. 17 - 20 Tanakh, Nevi'im]
     Forth, are the sailors who face shipwreck on stormy seas:  "Others go down to the sea in ships, who ply their business on mighty waters; they have seen the works of the LORD and HIS wonders in the deep. By HIS Word HE raised a stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea. They mount up to the heavens and plunge down again to the depths, their soul melts from their troubles. They reeled and staggered like a drunken man, all their skill to no avail. In their adversity they cried to the LORD and HE saved them out of their troubles. HE calmed the storm so that its waves are stilled. Then they rejoiced when all was quiet, and HE guided them to their desired haven." [Psalms (Tehillym) 107. 23 - 30 Tanakh, Nevi'im]]   

 

This is just like the restless pattern during the time of the judges when "everyone did what was right in his own eyes, doing as they pleased." [Judges (Shofetim) 21. 25 Tanakh, Nevi’im]  As a result of their rebellious treachery, the SOVEREIGN ONE brought the people of Israel into captivity just as HE warned would happen to them. "If you or your descendants turn away from following ME and do not keep MY commandments and MY Laws which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods to worship them, then I will cut Israel off the land which I gave them; I will reject the House which I have consecrated to MY NAME and Israel shall become a proverb and a byword among all peoples." [1 Kings (Melakhim Alef) 9. 6 – 7 Tanakh, Nevi’im] 

 

Solomon’s prayer of dedication for the Temple, has this same pattern [1 Kings 8. 22 – 61], for he knew that man’s tendency to rebel and forget the LORD’S provision when things go well, thus they inflict GOD’S righteous judgment.  But the ALL-KNOWING CREATOR has always used times of trouble to bring mankind back to HIMSELF.  HE truly is a GOD of grace, mercy, and love, desiring to forgive and restore those who repent and call on HIM for deliverance. 

 

This truth applies today, we still tend to rebel and the BELOVED SAVIOR remains long-suffering, willing to forgive and restore when one repents.  "The genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of MESSIAH Y’SHUA." [1 Peter 1. 7]  After HE tests us, may we come forth more than conquerors for HIS glory. 

 

 

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 at the Havdallah Ceremony, we use all of our senses: We taste the wine, smell the spices, see the shadow of candles, hear prayers and songs, touch family and friends as we wish them a Good Week.
 May the sweetness of Sabbath be felt all through your 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

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).
 

Discerning False Prophets
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Man's way leads to a hopeless end — GOD'S way leads to an endless hope. 

 

DISCERNING FALSE PROPHETS      
"And should you ask yourselves How can we know that the word was not spoken by the LORD? — IF the prophet speaks in the NAME of the LORD and the oracle does not come true, that oracle was not spoken by the LORD; the prophet has uttered it presumptuously; do not stand in dread (be afraid) of him." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 18. 21 - 22 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

The test a true prophet of the LIVING LORD is to consider what they say.   Do they call everyone to repent of their evil ways and doings and turn wholeheartedly back to ALMIGHTY GOD?  The MOST HOLY ONE said, "IF they had stood in MY counsel, let them announce MY words to MY people, then they would have turned them from their evil ways and from the wicked acts they are doing." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 23. 22 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

Because they seek to entice you away from the LORD your GOD, the penalty for a false prophet was death.  "Do not assent or give heed to him. Show him no pity or compassion, and do not shield him; but take his life. Let your hand be the first against him to put him to death, and the hand of the rest of the people thereafter. Stone him to death, for he sought to make you stray from the LORD your GOD, WHO brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thus all Israel will hear and be afraid, and such evil things will not be done again in your midst." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 13. 9 - 12 Tanakh, Nevi'im]   To our shame and ultimate ruin, we have accepted and honored the false teachers instead of following the ALMIGHTY'S commands to destroy evil from among us.  This is bringing GOD'S just wrath upon the whole world. 

 

The testing of a prophet should never be based entirely on his ability to perform signs and wonders; but on the message he speaks.  "If there appears among you a prophet or a dream-diviner and he gives you a sign or a wonder, saying Let us follow and worship another god — whom you have not experienced even if the sign or wonder that he named to you comes true, you shall not heed or listen to the words of that prophet or that dream-diviner. For the LORD your GOD is testing you to see whether you really love the LORD your GOD with all your heart and with all your soul." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 13. 2 - 4 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

Absolute harmony of the prophet's message and deeds with the revealed WORD OF GOD, and the wholehearted commitment to the HOLY ONE HIMSELF, is an immediate test of a true prophet.  His inward attitude will be expressed and he will walk after the LORD in fear and reverence, keep HIS commandments, and obey HIM — serving the LORD and clinging to HIS promises.  "Follow none but the LORD your GOD, and revere none but HIM; observe HIS commandments alone, and heed only HIS orders; worship none but HIM, and hold fast to HIM." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 13. 5 Tanakh, Torah]   Then, it will be well with our souls. 

 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
O EVER-FAITHFUL GOD, keep my tongue from evil and my lips from speaking guile. Be my SUPPORT when grief silences my voice, and my COMFORT when woe bends my spirit. Plant humility in my soul, and strengthen my heart with perfect faith in YOU. Help me to be strong in trials and temptations and to be humble always before YOU, my STRONG-TOWER. Guide me by the LIGHT of YOUR counsel, and let me ever find rest in YOU — my ROCK and my REDEEMER. Praised be the LORD GOD to WHOM all praise is due for ever and ever. 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).
 

quickening Spirit
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
As a house implies a builder, a dress a weaver, a door a carpenter, so the world proclaims GOD, it’s CREATOR. 

 

QUICKENING SPIRIT      
"There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written The first man Adam became a living being. — The LAST ADAM became a LIFE-GIVING SPIRIT." [1 Corinthians 15. 44b - 45] 

 

Paul makes it perfectly clear in this glorious resurrection chapter of Corinthians, that man became a living soul.  Here he is quoting Genesis — "The LORD GOD formed man (Hebrew: ‘adam) of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being." [Genesis/Berepooh 2. 7]  Opposing the opinion of many liberal theologians, Adam was not merely a generic term for humanity in general, but this specifically indicates that Adam was "the first man." It also proves false the teaching of a human population on earth (pre-Adamic men) — despite the claims of all those who would compromise with the evolutionists. 

 

Just as there was a first Adam, so MESSIAH Y’SHUA was the LAST ADAM.  HE was not the last man to be born, HE was the second and last man whose body would be directly formed by GOD, as emphasized in the Genesis account.  "That HOLY ONE WHO is to be born" [Luke 1. 35] which Miryam (Mary) received in her womb, was conceived altogether miraculously.  "Therefore, when HE came into the world, HE said a body YOU have prepared for ME." [Hebrews 10. 5] "The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the SECOND MAN is the LORD from heaven." [1 Corinthians 15. 47] "HE WHO comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. HE WHO comes from heaven is above all." [John 3. 31] "The BREAD OF GOD is HE WHO comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." [John 6. 33] 

 

Thus, having no inherited or generic sin in HIS perfect human body, this LAST ADAM could become "the LAMB OF GOD" WHO’S body was perfect and "without blemish and without spot" able to redeem lost men with HIS "precious blood" that alone can take "away the sin of the world." [John 1. 29; 1 Peter 1. 19] 

 

Moreover, the LORD MESSIAH Y’SHUA was also "made a QUICKENING SPIRIT" by raising from the deadHE was "put to death in the flesh but made alive (quickened) by the SPIRIT" [1 Peter 3. 18], and now gives eternal life to all who receive HIS life.  "For as the FATHER raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the SON gives life to whom HE will." [John 5. 21] Without a doubt, the LORD JESUS is the RESURRECTION and the LIFE, whoever believes in HIM though he may die, will live.  HalleluYAH! what a SAVIOR. 

 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Forever we plead with YOU, O GUARDIAN OF ISRAEL, help us, take notice of our tears; for continually we cry aloud, “Hear O Israel” – take notice, GUARDIAN of the Nations; show all the peoples that YOU are our MERCIFUL KING.  Indeed, we have none other, YOU alone, whose NAME is ONE! Blessed are YOU, WHO in YOUR glory gives life and light to the whole world. For YOUR great goodness and endless mercies, we give thanks, praise, honor and glory. 

 

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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