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God Omnipotent
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Never leave a person in the dark, always leave them searching for the light.

 

GOD OMNIPOTENT      
"Job said in reply to the LORD I know that YOU can do everything, that nothing YOU propose is impossible for YOU." [Job (Iyob) 42. 1 - 2 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

This was the testimony of Job at the end of his sufferings, as GOD revealed HIMSELF to him and Job acknowledged both the omnipotence and omniscience of his MAKER, WHOSE NAME is "EL SHADDAI (GOD ALMIGHTY)." [Genesis (Berepooh) 35. 11 Tanakh, Torah]  "Ah LORD GOD! YOU made heaven and earth by YOUR great might and outstretched arm. Nothing is too wondrous for YOU!" [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 32. 17 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  Furthermore, the MIGHTY CREATOR required neither time nor process to create, make, and complete the infinite cosmos in all its complexity.  "By the WORD OF THE LORD the heavens were made; by the BREATH of HIS mouth, all their host. For HE spoke, and it was; HE commanded, and it endured." [Psalms (Tehillym) 33. 6, 9 Tanakh, Kethuvim]   "Because of HIS great might and vast power, not one fails to appear." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 40. 26 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  

 

In light of this truth, all the schemes of man are superficial and trivial.  "The nations are but a drop in a bucket, reckoned as dust on a balance. The very coastlands the ALMIGHTY lifts like specks." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 40. 15 Tanakh, Nevi'im]   How foolish man is to boast of their doings! 

 

The HOLY OMNIPOTENT ONE and HIS WORD are trustworthy — and, "I am persuaded neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of GOD which is in CHRIST JESUS our LORD." [Romans 8. 38 - 39]    In all things we are more than conquerors through YESHUA ha'MASHIACH WHO loves us. Absolutely magnificent and great is HIS faithfulness!

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
 17 Tammuz 5777 (July 11th this year) is Tzom Tammuz — the Fast of Tammuz (begins at dawn), the traditional day that Moses broke the tablets [Exodus32.6-19]; the Temple service was disrupted [Jeremiah 52.6-7]; and the walls of Jerusalem were breached. Three weeks of mourning, "between the straits (bein hametzarim)" — begin on the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha b’Av — the historical days of misfortune and calamity for the Jewish people.  During this time, both the 1st and 2nd Temples were destroyed, among other tragedies.    
Tammuz, although a Babylonian name of an idol, is used for the month as sages comment that this name was deliberately chosen to remind the Jewish people of the judgment that comes from idolatry – beginning with the Golden Calf incident and later with the secret cult worship in “high places” that led to the destruction of the Temple.
 Seek the LORD while HE may be found, call upon HIM while HE is near. Diligently obey the HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL, incline your ear to the MASTER and you will live. O LORD GOD, send forth YOUR Light and YOUR Truth to those who grope in darkness, and the knowledge of YOU to those who follow after strange gods; and may YOUR House be called "THE HOUSE OF PRAYER" for all people. Grant that wherever a heart sighs in anguish under the burden of guilt, wherever a soul yearns to return to YOU, it may feel the effect of YOUR pardoning love and mercy, 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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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; [PSALMS]. 
 

Wisdom's Glory
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
A person's age can be measured by the degree of pain one feels as one comes in contact with a new idea.

 

WISDOM'S GLORY      
"For MY plans are not your plans, nor are MY ways and words yours declares the LORD. But as the heavens are high above the earth, so are MY ways, plans and words above yours." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 55. 8 - 9 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

Our human standards of value are vastly different from those of the ALMIGHTY OMNIPOTENT CREATOR GOD. The decisive factors that men use are far from being righteous or just. Thus, man's wisdom can only generate pride which is condemned: "Pride goes before ruin; arrogance, before failure." [Proverbs (Mishle) 16. 18 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  "When pride appears, disgrace follows; but wisdom is with those who are humble." [Proverbs (Mishle) 11. 2 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  

 

HOLY SCRIPTURE reminds us that there are "not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called...that no flesh should glory in HIS PRESENCE." [1 Corinthians 1. 26, 29]  For the "beginning of wisdom is fear of the LORD, and knowledge of the HOLY ONE is understanding." [Proverbs (Mishle) 9. 10 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  

 

We should strive for wisdom, might and riches…but not that of the worlds for they will perish.  Rather, in all things we should "commend ourselves as ministers of GOD: In much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the HOLY SPIRIT, by sincere love, by the WORD OF TRUTH, by the POWER OF GOD, by the ARMOR OF RIGHTEOUSNESS on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things." [2 Corinthians 6. 4 - 10]  Know that GOD'S strength is made perfect in our weakness, HIS grace is sufficient for us. [2 Corinthians 12. 9]  

 

Our true wisdom is manifest in loving-kindness, and justice is the measure of real power; and righteousness our measure of riches.  All these are found only in understanding and following our LORD MESSIAH YESHUA.  "But GOD forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, by WHOM the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." [Galatians 6. 14]  "Thus says the LORD Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom; let not the strong man glory in his strength; let not the rich man glory in his riches. But only in this should one glory: In his earnest devotion to ME. For I the LORD act with lovingkindness, justice, and righteous equity in the world; for in these I delight — declares the LORD." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 9. 23 - 24 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  If we glory in anything, it should be in the CHRIST of the cross and personally knowing our wonderful LORD & KING, YESHUA ha'MASHIACH.

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Blessed are YOU, our KING, HELPER, SAVIOR & SHIELD , WHO in YOUR glory gives life and light to the whole world; for YOUR great goodness and endless mercies, we give YOU thanks.
 May the LIVING ETERNAL GOD, blessed be HE, hold you close, may HE hold you ever so close in the palm of HIS mighty hand and watch over you. Have a great week honoring the HOLY ONE WHOM we celebrate and adore! 

 

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; [PSALMS]. 
 

Seek Meekness
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
When we know WHO (CREATOR GOD) holds the future, then whatever comes, even the worst is transformed into a blessing.  

 

SEEK MEEKNESS       
"Seek the LORD, all you meek of the land who have fulfilled his Law and judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness. Perhaps you will find shelter on the day of the LORD'S anger." [Zephaniah (Tsefanyah) 2. 3 Tanakh, Nevi’im]  

 

The phrase "the meek of the land (earth)" is a promise of salvation, promising justice and also a reassurance of deliverance from the fury of GOD ALMIGHTY'S wrath.  This is also seen in Isaiah and  the Psalms — "Thus hE shall judge the poor with righteousness equity, and reprove with justice for the lowly and meek of the land. hE shall strike the earth with the rod of hIS mouth and slay the wicked with the breath of hIS lips." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 11. 4 Tanakh, Nevi’im] "GOD arose to execute judgment, to deliver all the meek of the earth. Selah" [Psalms (Tehillym) 76. 9 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

The NEW COVENANT also has blessed promises for "the meek of the land."  MESSIAH YESHUA confirmed, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" [Matthew 5. 5] referring to the promise in the OLD COVENANT — "But the lowly (meek) will inherit the land and delight in abundant of peace." [Psalms (Tehillym) 37. 11 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  "For the LORD takes pleasure (delights) in hIS people:  hE adorns the meek (lowly) with victory and salvation." [Psalms (Tehillym) 149. 4 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  "hE guides the meek in the right path, and teaches them hIS way." [Psalms (Tehillym) 25. 9 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  Thus, we should put on the incorruptible beauty of "the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of GOD." [1 Peter 3. 4]  

 

Meekness (Hebrew: ‘anav) means gentle or humble not weakness (Hebrew: ‘aniy).  This is made clear by the first use of the word in HOLY SCRIPTURE, "Now Moses was a very humble (meek) man, more so than any other men on earth." [Numbers (B'Midvar) 12. 3 Tanakh, Torah]  Moses was courageous and strong, as well as being profoundly humble (meek) and unselfish; a man of prayer and  expectation totally trusting the Word of the Almighty implicitly without hesitation. The LORD YESHUA ha’MASHIACH portrayed meekness in HIS OWN HUMAN character, "Take MY yoke upon you and learn from ME, for I am gentle (meek) and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." [Matthew 11, 29] 

 

A meek and quiet spirit enables a true CHRIST-like-one to maintain composure in the face of conflict, trials and hardship without complaining; accomplishment without arrogance; failure without resentment.  It  produces a peace which no trouble can disturb, "the peace of GOD, which surpasses all understanding." [Philippians 4. 7]  Therefore, seek meekness! 

 

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, may the ALMIGHTY ONE, WHO separates the holy from the secular, forgive our sins!  Today was Yizkor Pesah, the last day of Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread — be reminded of your commitment to obey GOD in holiness and integrity of life. We are overwhelmingly grateful for ALMIGHTY GOD’S goodness and grace to us, truly HIS mercies endure forever. Now, go forth and proclaim the GOOD NEWS as the BELOVED ONE commissioned while it is still day.
 In YOUR mercy, O LORD, remember us and all YOUR children as we enter a new week. O FATHER & REDEEMER, mindful of YOUR Covenant, we pray that YOUR love may never forsake us. Even as the rainbow recalls this covenant, so may each new day bring to all men the thought of YOUR gracious promise. Hasten the time when YOUR Law will be written in very heart, from the smallest to the greatest. Then shall mankind do YOUR will and the reward of righteous service shall be peace. 

 

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; [PSALMS]. 
 

Sabbath Rest
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
"More than Israel has kept the Sabbath, it is the Sabbath that has kept Israel." [Ahad Ha'Am - A Hebrew Essayist]  

 

SABBATH REST      
"The heavens and the earth were finished and all their array. On the seventh day ELOHIYM finished HIS work that HE had been doing; and HE ceased (rested) on the seventh day from all HIS work that HE had done. And ELOHIYM blessed the seventh day and declared it holy; because on it GOD rested and ceased from all HIS work of creation that HE had done." [Genesis (Berepooh) 2. 1 - 3 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

There are three words for GOD'S Holy Sabbath:  The first is shabbat meaning to rest, to cease, to repose, to complete.  CREATOR GOD "sabbathed (rested)" from HIS work of creation.  HE could sabbath because the (first) creation was completed

 

The second word is nuach meaning rested, to be comforted, consoled, to settle down.  OMNIPOTENT GOD could Sabbath because HE was content and satisfied with the work HE had done.  

 

The third word is shabbat-naphash translated means rested, refreshed, re-spirited, restored.  The ALMIGHTY AUTHOR & FINISHER of all creation could Sabbath because HE was refreshed in the perfect work of HIS creation! 

 

For man, Sabbath was always a special day set apart by the HOLY ONE; and it was given to Israel as a commandment at Mount Sinai, "Tomorrow is a day of rest, a Holy Sabbath of the LORD...Six days you shall gather it (manna); on the seventh day, Sabbath there will be none. Mark that the LORD has given you the Sabbath. So the people Sabbathed on the seventh day." [Exodus (Shemot) 16. 23 - 30 Tanakh, Torah]  Realize, it is the people of GOD who rested — they had been delivered from bondage of sin and death and could now rest! 

 

"The seventh day is a Sabbath of the LORD your GOD; you shall not do any work you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your ox or your ass, or any of your cattle, or the stranger in your settlements, so that your male and female slave may REST as you do. Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt and the LORD your GOD freed you and brought you out from there with HIS MIGHTY HAND and OUTSTRETCHED ARM; therefore the LORD your GOD has commanded you to observe the Sabbath Day." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 5. 14 - 15 Tanakh, Torah]  

 

Sabbath is a shadow of things to come. . ."Come to ME, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you Sabbath (rest). Take MY yoke upon you and learn from ME, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find Rest (Sabbath) for your souls." [Matthew 11. 28 - 29]   "There remains therefore a rest for the people of GOD. For he who has entered his rest has himself also ceased from his works as GOD did from HIS." [Hebrews 4. 9 - 10]  

 

The Sabbath is a reminder of the two worlds — this one and the world to come.  And Sabbath is an example of both worlds; for the Sabbath is joy, holiness, and rest.  Joy is part of this world; Holiness and Rest are something of the world to come. 

 

What an overflowing-abundance of wealth there is in Sabbath (Day of Rest) for those who have entered into the NEW COVENANT and found their freedom, their delight, their rest in the LORD MESSIAH YESHUA — "LORD OF THE SABBATH" . . . those who are now leaning upon the everlasting arms of JESUS their BELOVED REDEEMER and are kept by the DOVE OF HEAVEN, the HOLY SPIRIT WHO dwells in them .

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Welcome Sabbath Balak [Numbers 22:2-25:9; Micah 5:6-6:8; Mark 11:12-26]! Come, my dear friend, let us go out to meet the Sabbath, the Queen! Come, O Bride, the Sabbath presence is eagerly awaited, and joyously welcomed!
 Be pleased, O LORD our GOD, to fortify us by YOUR commandments, and especially by the commandment of the seventh day, this great and holy Sabbath, given for our rest and repose in love in accordance with the teaching of YOUR will.  In YOUR favor, O LORD our GOD, grant us such repose that there be no trouble, grief or lamenting on the day of our rest. Let us, O LORD, behold the consolation of Zion and the rebuilding of Jerusalem, YOUR Holy City, for YOU are the GOD of our salvation and consolation in WHOM we find great joy and pleasure. 

 

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; [PSALMS]. 
 

Benefits in Suffering
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Redeem us, O GOD, from the serfdom of ignorance and irreverence! Read and study GOD'S WORD to have more than a mole's-stunted amount of intellect capable of discerning right and wrong.

 

BENEFITS IN SUFFERING      
"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." [Romans 8. 18]

 

This is how the Apostle Paul approached suffering, in a positive way.   So did James, "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials." [James 1. 2]   Peter said, "rejoice inasmuch as you partake of CHRIST'S sufferings, that when HIS glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy." [1 Peter 4. 13]   And John stated, "you are of GOD, little children, and have overcome them, because HE WHO is in you is greater than he who is in the world." [1 John 4. 4]

 

Paul reveals three positive benefits with suffering:
Suffering leads to heavenly glory.  "If we suffer with HIM, that we may also be glorified together...the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us." [Romans 8. 17 - 18]

 

Suffering increases our dependence on the COMFORTER, the HOLY SPIRIT for answered prayer.  "Likewise, the SPIRIT helps our infirmities, for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the SPIRIT makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." [Romans 8. 26]  This allows the perfect will of  the ETERNAL MASTER to be accomplished in our life.

 

Suffering is far outweighed by the permanence of our HOLY GOD'S love.  "Who shall separate us from the love of CHRIST? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? No! in all these things we are more than conquerors through HIM WHO loved us." [Romans 8. 35, 37]  

 

Instead of dwelling on the suffering, help your neighbor with his load, and yours will not feel so heavy.   And this will come about as we focus our attentions on the everlasting and measureless love of ALMIGHTY GOD.  The INCOMPARABLE & PERFECT HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL is good, loving and exceedingly merciful!

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Who is like YOU, O KING, HELPER, SAVIOR & SHIELD? Blessed are YOU, LORD GOD WHO sustains the living with loving-kindness, quickens the dead with great mercy, supports the falling; heals the sick, loosens the bound, and keeps YOUR faith to them that sleep in the dust. YOU are the LORD of mighty acts, WHO judges, WHO kills and quickens, and causes salvation to spring forth. YOU alone are faithful, YOU are holy, and YOUR NAME is holy, and we adore and praise you daily. Selah! 

 

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; [PSALMS]. 
 

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