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Ask What You Will
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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle! 

 

ASK WHAT YOU WILL       
"ELOHIYM appeared to Solomon and said to him: Ask, what shall I grant you?  Solomon answered YOU dealt most graciously with my father David, and now You have made me king in his stead. Now, LORD GOD, let YOUR promise to my father David be fulfilled; for YOU have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. Grant me then the wisdom and knowledge to lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of YOURS?" [2 Chronicles (Dibre Hayamin Bet) 1. 7 - 10 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

Solomon is the only man recorded in HOLY SCRIPTURE that OMNIPOTENT GOD gave the opportunity to choose or ask for his heart's desires.  The HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL knew Solomon's heart, that he would want wisdom, knowledge and understanding so he could reign over the Israelite peoples and influence them in a GOD-fearing supremacy. 

 

The LOVING CREATOR was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.  And ALMIGHTY GOD said to him, "Because you asked for this you did not ask for long life, you did not ask for riches, you did not ask for the life of your enemies, but you asked for discernment in dispensing justice I now do as you have spoken. I grant you a wise and discerning mind; there has never been anyone like you before, nor will anyone like you arise. And I also grant you what you did not ask for both riches and glory all your life the like of which no king has ever had. And I will further grant you long life, IF you will walk in My ways and observe MY Laws and commandments, as did your father David." [1 Kings (Melakhim Alef) 3. 10 - 14 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

Many people quote Scripture to test the HOLY GOD OF HEAVEN, and they are usually asking for their own self embellishment (exaggeration, elaboration, amplification).  However, when we allow the LORD OF GLORY to prepare our heart, HE hears our prayer and will gladly give us HIS HOLY SPIRIT.  "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire realized is a Tree of Life." [Proverbs (Mishle) 13. 12 Tanakh, Kethuvim]   When the desire of our heart is HIS command, our life is marvelous and indescribably joyous, even in adversities. We are confident that all comes from HIS precious hands, and HE is always with us. 

 

The LORD Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH taught, "in that day you will ask ME nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the FATHER in MY NAME HE will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in MY NAME. Ask! and you will receive, that your joy may be full." [John 16. 23 - 24]   If we ask according to the will of the GOD OF OUR SALVATION, we would be asking for the HOLY SPIRIT, for HIS wisdom, discernment, courage and protection.   "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly FATHER give the HOLY SPIRIT to those who ask HIM!" [Luke 11. 13] 

 

"Delight yourself in the favor of the LORD, and HE will grant you the desires of your heart. Leave all your way to the LORD; trust in HIM; and HE will do it." [Psalms (Tehillym) 37. 4 - 5 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  The desire of my heart is to be like my LORD & SAVIOR, MESSIAH Y’SHUA!  How about you?  We need the HOLY SPIRIT to accomplish this. 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Help us, O our GOD, to banish from our hearts all pride and vain-glory, all confidence in worldly possessions, all self-sufficient leaning upon our own reason.  Fill us with the spirit of meekness and the grace of modesty, that we may become wise in the fear of YOU. May we never forget that all we have and prize is but lent to us, a trust for which we must render account to YOU.  O HEAVENLY FATHER , put into our hearts the love and fear of YOU, that we may consecrate our lives to YOUR service and glorify YOUR NAME in the eyes of all men.  

 

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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Magnified Mercy
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
If you don't have words, share what you have, share the silence. 

 

MAGNIFIED MERCY      
"Oh no, my lord! Your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have increased your mercy which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot flee to the hills, lest the disaster overtake me and I die." [Genesis (Berepooh) 19. 19 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

This audacious and impudent plea of Lot, son of Haran (Abraham's brother), to the angels who had spared his life when they called down fire from heaven to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, contains the first reference in HOLY SCRIPTURE to the mercy (Hebrew: checed) of GOD ALMIGHTY.  Though Lot was a righteous man, he had a selfish, unregenerate attitude.  Nevertheless, the MOST HIGH GOD not only showed HIS grace in dealings with Lot, but even magnified HIS mercy, love and great kindness to him.  

 

This first mentioning of mercy therefore lays the foundation for the ruling theme of the doctrine of CREATOR GOD'S checed throughout the WRITTEN WORD.  The mercy of our LOVING GOD can only be properly described as being exceptionally excellent, and this fact is repeatedly confirmed throughout HOLY SCRIPTURE. 

 

David said — "The LORD'S steadfast checed (mercy) is from everlasting to everlasting, for all eternity toward those who fear HIM, and HIS beneficence (Hebrew: tsedaqah – righteous, justice, charity) is for the children's children of those who keep HIS covenant and remember to observe HIS precepts." [Psalms (Tehillym) 103. 17 - 18 Tanakh, Kethuvim]    "For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is HIS mercy toward those who fear Him." [Psalms (Tehillym) 103. 11 Tanakh, Kethuvim]   The mercy of our LOVING LORD GOD is unlimited, measureless, eternal and infinite; and HIS compassion never fails.  Nothing could ever be more marvelously magnificent than this! 

 

The Apostle Paul said of the HOLY ONE, HE is "rich in mercy, because of HIS great love with which HE loved us." [Ephesians 2. 4]   Peter even spoke of "His abundant mercy has begotten us again into a lively hope through the resurrection of MESSIAH Y’SHUA from the dead." [1 Peter 1. 3] 

 

It is only "according to HIS great mercy HE saved us not by works of righteousness which we have done." [Titus 3. 5]   We can say as King David did, "Only goodness, mercy and steadfast love will pursue me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the HOUSE OF THE LORD forever." [Psalms (Tehillym) 23. 6 Tanakh, Kethuvim]    How very grateful we should be to the ETERNAL, GREAT &  MIGHTY GOD for HIS everlasting mercy! 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
 HEAVENLY FATHER, guide us into a finer way of living; may YOUR mercy lead us to express joy, YOUR strength to be more determined to do YOUR will, YOUR grace to be kind, tender and affectionate one to another, and YOUR perseverance to believe.
 May we encourage one another all the more, as you see the day of MESSIAH'S return drawing near. Grace be with you all. 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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Three Tabernacles
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
"If you don't know what you're living for, you haven't yet lived." [–Rabbi Noah Weinberg]    Life is the most precious thing we have. Everyone wants to live a meaningful life, but we are so occupied with living that we don't have a moment to really think about living. Ask the important consequential questions about life and start focusing on living a life of real purpose that will be eternally blessed. 

 

THREE TABERNACLES        
"Exactly as I show you the pattern of the Tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings so shall you make it." [Exodus (Shemot) 25. 9 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

This is the first mention of the Tabernacle wherein the religious life of Israel was centered during their time of wandering in the desert. All the details of its design, construction, and service occupy thirteen chapters in Exodus/Shemot — more times then any other item in HOLY WRIT.  These details provide a wealth of typological intimations of the person and work of the LORD Y’SHUA ha’MASHIACH. 

 

However, this Tabernacle was based on the pattern of "the TRUE TABERNACLE which the LORD erected, and not man." [Hebrews 8. 2] "But MESSIAH came as HIGH PRIEST...the greater and more perfect TABERNACLE...entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption." [Hebrews 9. 11 - 12]  There is a Heavenly Tabernacle where the ALL-TOGETHER LOVELY ONE now dwells, and the furnishings and service of the earthly tabernacle where mere "copies of the things in the heavens." [Hebrews 9. 23]  "Y’SHUA has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the True, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of GOD for us." [Hebrews 9. 24 - 25] 

 

Even as promised in the OLD COVENANT, "I will set MY TABERNACLE among you...I will walk among you and be your GOD, and you shall be MY people." [Leviticus/Vayikra 26. 11 - 12] The REDEEMER OF ISRAEL also came to earth, entering as the third TABERNACLE. "And the WORD became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld HIS glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the FATHER, full of grace and truth." [John 1. 14]  In the Greek, the word skeenoo translated “dwelt” it actually means "tabernacle, to tent, encamp, occupy, reside (symbolic of protection and communion)" — thus the human body that Y’SHUA had became GOD’S TABERNACLE, and HE will dwell there forever. Although that body died, it was raised incorruptible, immortal, eternal...yet still it is a physical body, merely one that will never die again. 

 

Finally, we have MESSIAH’S glorious assurance in the last book of the NEW COVENANT, that in this TABERNACLE, HE will dwell among us eternally. "Behold, the TABERNACLE OF GOD is with men, and HE will dwell with them, and they shall be HIS people. GOD HIMSELF will be with them and be their GOD." [Revelation 21. 3 - 4]  It just keeps getting better and better for the saints of all ages!  HalleluYAH! 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
 We bid farewell to Shabbat with the Havdallah Service. Havdallah (separation) is the ceremony that marks the symbolic end of the holy day of Shabbat and ushers in a new week. The ceremony, consisting of lighting the special candle, blessing the wine, and smelling the spices, is intended to require a person to use all five senses taste the wine, smell the spices, see the flames of the candle and feel its warmth, and hear the blessings.  After the ceremony, it is customary to say together: Thus we celebrate the LORD GOD OF ISRAEL WHO separates the sacred from the mundane and forgives our sins. May it be YOUR will, O LORD, that our home becomes a sanctuary worthy of YOUR PRESENCE, wherein YOUR HOLY NAME is hallowed, that YOU come and grant YOUR blessings on us! Amen”
 Praised is YOUR HOLY NAME, O LORD GOD.  YOU have made YOUR eternal law our portion, and gave us a goodly heritage. YOU appointed us to proclaim YOUR truth to the nations and to win them for YOUR Law of Righteousness. Sanctify us for the service to which YOU called us, O HEAVENLY FATHER, that YOUR NAME may be hallowed through us in all the world. Gather all YOUR children around YOUR banner of truth that YOUR praise may resound from one end of the earth to the other, and that the entire human family may be blessed with truth and peace!
Shavuah Tov — have a good 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. 

 

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Customs - Bar Mitzvah
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Endure the truth, though it be bitter. 

 

CUSTOMS BAR MITZVAH       
The Jewish boy looks forward to his thirteenth birthday as one of the most important events in his life.  It symbolizes the beginning of maturity for him.  When the boy reaches Bar Mitzvah (Son of Commandment) age, he is not only old enough to enjoy the ceremony but also to appreciate its importance to himself, to his family and friends, and to his people. 

 

It is believed by Jews that up to the thirteenth year, the father bears the sins of his son.  After that the boy must account for his good or evil actions.  The father therefore, recites the following benediction at the Bar Mitzvah ceremony: "Blessed are YOU, our GOD, KING OF THE UNIVERSE, WHO has relieved me from punishment for this one (the son)." 

 

Many months before this great occasion, the son is taught at the synagogue how to wear the phylacteries and prayer shawl.  He is taught his various prayers in Hebrew, his religious duties, the HAFTORAH (a term applied to the passages from the Books of the Prophets — NEVI'IM), after the reading from the TORAH — Books of Moses) and blessings, and how to write and memorize a speech in Hebrew.  The young man is now accepted as one of ten necessary for a Minyan  (ten adult men—without whom services cannot be conducted in the synagogue).  He is also entitled to be called on to read the TORAH in the public services. 

 

This Bar Mitzvah ceremony is celebrated in the synagogue and in the home.  Relatives and friends come to the synagogue to hear the boy chant the HAFTORAH and deliver the oration.  The Rabbi talks to him and blesses him.  After the service, the whole congregation is invited by the family to the vestry rooms for refreshments.  The boy receives gifts and congratulations from everyone.  He is now considered a man who is responsible for his own sins. 

 

The following prayer is in use in English Sephardic Congregations on the occasion of a lad reaching the age of thirteen — his religious majority:  "O my GOD, and GOD of my fathers, on this solemn and sacred day, which marks my passage from boyhood to manhood, I humbly raise my eyes to YOU and declare with sincerity and truth that henceforth I will observe YOUR commandments, and undertake to bear the responsibility of all my actions towards YOU. In my earliest infancy I was brought within YOUR SACRED COVENANT with Israel, and today I again enter as an active responsible member, the pale of YOUR elect congregation, in the midst of which I will never cease to glorify YOUR HOLY NAME in the face of all nations.
  Do, O H
EAVENLY FATHER, hear this my humble prayer and bestow upon me YOUR gracious blessings, so that my earthly life may be sustained and made happy by YOUR ineffable mercies. Teach me the way of YOUR statutes, that I may obey them and faithfully carry out YOUR ordinances. Dispose my heart to love YOU and to fear YOUR HOLY NAME, and grant me YOUR support and the strength necessary to avoid the worldly dangers which beset the path lying before me. Save me from temptation, so that I may observe YOUR HOLY LAW and those precepts on which human happiness and eternal life depend. Thus I will every day of my life trustfully and gladly proclaim: Hear, O Israel, the LORD is our GOD, the LORD is ONE!" 

 

The Jewish Prophet Isaiah, speaks of ONE upon whose shoulder is the government, the LAW (TORAH), the blessing, whose NAME is called WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR, THE MIGHTY GOD, THE EVERLASTING FATHER, THE PRINCE OF PEACE. [Isaiah/Yeshayah 9. 6]   We find HIM in the Temple at the age of maturity at that time (12) astounding the doctors of the Law with HIS perfect knowledge, HIS wisdom, HIS authority in the SCRIPTURES. [see Luke 2. 45 - 48]   Y’SHUA didn't need a ceremony nor a ritual nor a celebration.  HE fulfilled not only the Law, but the tradition of the Jews as well.  HE had no sins for which Joseph was responsible before HE was twelve, but it was for our iniquities HE was bruised, for our transgression HE was wounded. [Isaiah/Yeshayah 53. 5]  Truly, THIS SON did not suffer for HIMSELF as HE hung on that Altar on Golgotha; HE did not bear the punishment of HIS OWN sins, but surely, surely HE bore our diseases and carried our pains!  The chastisement for our peace was upon HIM and through HIS bruises was healing granted to us!  Blessed be HIS WONDERFUL NAME forever! 

 

It is interesting to note that Jews use two words for "son" (and so it is in the SCRIPTURES — see Proverbs/Mishle 30. 4; 31. 2).  The one word is "ben" which is a general term applied to each male child in a Jewish family.  The other is "bar" which has a greater meaning, the term used of a son who has reached maturity, a greater son; one who has attained to the age of religious duty and responsibility.  In other words, he is a qualified, full-fledged, mature Jew! 

 

In the Second Psalm, considered the MESSIANIC PSALM, the COMFORTER, the HOLY SPIRIT, declares to the people of Israel (and all nations) that the ONE WHO is ANOINTED (the MESSIAH) — the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD.  In verse seven, Y’SHUA is called by the term "BEN."  Then in verse twelve,  Israel is admonished to do homage to HIM ("Kiss the SON") and they are "blessed who put their trust in HIM."  In this instance the term "BAR" is used for the EXCELLENT SON.  JESUS, the ANOINTED ONE is the SON (BAR) OF GOD and from the beginning of time, HE is BAR MITZVAH, the SON OF THE LAW as well! 

 

[Special Note: 1961 was Bar Mitzvah Day in Israel for it was the 13th Independence Day celebration.  This was because of the number thirteen.  It is at age 13 the boy is called Bar Mitzvah or Son of the Law.  According to Jewish authorities, the reason for 13 is because that is the number of ALMIGHTY GOD'S attributes. {Personally, I find HIS attributes to be beyond measure!}] 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Welcome Sabbath! Sabbath of Vayera“And HE Appeared” [Reading: Genesis 18:1-22:24; 2 Kings 4:1-37; Luke 17:28-37]
 Praise to Almighty CREATOR God!  We praise and bless you O GOD for lovingly and graciously giving YOUR Holy Shabbat — the Bride, the Queen...the imagery of beauty & radiance, testifying to the tremendous affection that the Sabbath is enjoyed among YOUR people in YOUR HOLY PRESENCE. 
 May yours be a Yom She’Kulo Shabbat — a day which is all-Sabbath!
May the flame of Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH burn brightly in your heart as you share HIS light with 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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Also notice the section showing the disparity between the Holy Bible and the Muslim Koran (Quran).
 

Ark of Testimony
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Build bridges, not walls. 

 

ARK OF TESTIMONY       
"Place the Mercy Seat on top of the Ark, after depositing inside the Ark the Testimony that I will give you. There I will meet with you, and I will impart to youfrom above the Mercy Seat, from between the two cherubim that are on top of the Ark of the Testimonyall that I will command you concerning the Israelite people." [Exodus (Shemot) 25. 21 - 22 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

GOD ALMIGHTY told Moses that He will commune with him from above the Mercy Seat at HIS appointment.  It was a privilege, honor and blessing to Moses that he could enter into the Holy of Holies to the very PRESENCE OF GOD!  The High Priest could only enter once a year on the Day of Atonement, but Moses could enter any time OMNIPOTENT GOD called him.   Moses is a type of MESSIAH.  The redeemed of the LORD are represented in HIM.  They stand before the FATHER, in the BELOVED and are recognized as sons-in-the-SON.   It is the privilege, honor and the blessing that CREATOR GOD has given those who have been redeemed by the precious blood of the LAMB, to come into the Throne Room into the Holiest Place where we can commune with GOD at the Mercy Seat. 

 

What a wonderful appointment!  At all times we have our HOLY GOD'S blessing and HIS fellowship through the LORD Y’SHUA.  No longer is it a Judgment Throne; but to us, it is a Place of Mercy. [Romans 3. 25]  We can come boldly to the Throne of Grace [Hebrews 4. 15-16; 10. 19, 22] because we are washed by way of the SPOTLESS, BLAMELESS, INNOCENT LAMB'S sacrifice.  Always and forever, the cherubim are looking toward the place where the blood of atonement is sprinkled.  Let us continually look toward the Mercy Seat where that precious blood speaks for the remission of our sins. 

 

Between the two cherubs dwells the GLORIOUS SHEKINAH, the actual PRESENCE OF GOD. [1 Samuel/Shemuel Alef 4. 4; 2 Samuel/Shemuel Bet 6. 2; 1 Kings/Melakhim Alef 22. 19; 2 Kings/Melakhim Bet 19. 15; Isaiah/Yeshayah 37. 16; Psalms/Tehillym 80. 1; 99. 1; 1 Chronicles/Dibre Hayamin Alef 13. 6]  The cherubim represent the believers who are one with CHRIST.  How MESSIAH Y’SHUA longs to commune in the Holy of Holies within the inner sanctuary of every one of HIS children today.   Y’SHUA desires to dwell in the center of our lives.   This is the PROMISE OF THE FATHER [Luke 24. 49] — HIS coming was to dwell in, "to tabernacle" in the believer.  HE had been with them, but now would be withIN them by the in-filling of the HOLY SPIRIT. [John 14. 17]   The SHEKINAH would dwell between the cherubim on the blood-sprinkled Mercy Seat of the believer's heart. 

 

The Mercy Seat is to be the place of GOD'S DWELLING PRESENCE; to cover over the articles of judgment inside the Ark of the Covenant; and to hold the blood of atonement.  The HOLY ONE has provided wonderfully for ALL our needs!

 

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 loving-kindness 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 YOU, ALMIGHTY GOD, AUTHOR of life and death, SOURCE of salvation?  Praised are YOU, MOST HOLY ONE, WHO has implanted within us immortal life.  

 

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).
 

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