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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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Broken Bread
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
I can be totally flexible as long as everything goes exactly the way I want it. 

 

BROKEN BREAD      
"As they were eating, JESUS took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is MY body."Then HE took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. For this is MY blood of the NEW COVENANT, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." [Matthew 26. 26 - 28] 

 

There are twelve specific references that use the term for breaking bread, this is the first in the NEW COVENANT and each remind the participants of MESSIAH’S sacrificial death.  Even though Paul had not been present at this Passover Seder that was Y’SHUA’S Last Supper with HIS disciples, he evidently received a special personal revelation pertaining to it. "For I received from the LORD that which I also delivered to you: that the LORD JESUS on the same night in which HE was betrayed took bread; and when HE had given thanks, HE broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is MY body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of ME." In the same manner HE also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the NEW COVENANT in MY blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of ME." [1 Corinthians 11. 23 - 25] 

 

The drinking of the cup was similarly recalled as being the shed blood of MESSIAH.  Performing and participating in this act helped them to remember and appreciate the great reality of eternal life imparted through Y’SHUA’S death. The PROMISED ONE OF GOD, the BELOVED REDEEMER had said to them,  "Whoever eats MY flesh and drinks MY blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For MY flesh is food indeed, and MY blood is drink indeed. He who eats MY flesh and drinks MY blood abides in ME, and I in him. As the LIVING FATHER sent ME, and I live because of the FATHER, so he who feeds on ME will live because of ME. This is the BREAD which came down from heaven not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this BREAD will live forever." [John 6. 54 - 58] 

 

For a while after Y’SHUA’S resurrection and the empowering of the disciples by the HOLY SPIRIT, they continued " Acts 2:46-47 daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people." [Acts 2. 46 - 47]  It look as if the disciples combined eating their own evening meals with the remembrance of the LORD’S Supper. Sometime later, for whatever reason, they changed it to the first day of the week when they came together. [see Acts 20. 7] 

 

There is no specific instruction in SCRIPTURE as to how often this breaking of bread should be observed, but when it is the implied actions of "discerning the LORDS body" is always critically essential and giving thanks to HIM for HIS sacrifice for us, as well as judging ourselves.  "For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the LORDS body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the LORD, that we may not be condemned with the world." [1 Corinthians 11. 29 - 32] This is much more compulsory than the physical act of eating the broken bread and drinking the cup.  But whenever we do, "Remember HIM!

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
If we are to prevail, we must unite under the banner of the Jewish MESSIAH — celebrating our unique heritage, our unique message, and our unique ability to bring inspiration to the world.  Let us rejoice in ALMIGHTY GOD’S plan in which the threats and schemes of the wicked will ultimately be done away with and the GLORIOUS KINGDOM OF GOD will bring eternal good.
 Quickened by YOUR SPIRIT, may we learn how to ennoble the things of earth by sanctifying them to YOUR service. We honour & praise the LORD Y’SHUA, the BLESSED REDEEMER.  

 

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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Alone in the Gardens
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.  Let your policy be quality! 

 

ALONE IN THE GARDENS      
"The LORD GOD planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there HE put the man whom HE had formed." [Genesis (Berepooh) 2. 8 Tanakh, Torah]  "Then the LORD GOD took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it." [Genesis (Bereshith) 2. 15 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

Adam was the first gardener,  tending the most beautiful garden that the SOVEREIGN LORD GOD HIMSELF planted.  Every tree was pleasant to the sight; there was a lovely river to water it, and ALMIGHTY PRESENCE was there. 

 

One day when the OMNIPRESENT CREATOR was "walking in the garden" — HE found Adam and Eve hiding from HIS PRESENCE because sin had entered, thus Adam and his wife had to be cast out of the garden leaving THE VOICE (Hebrew: qowl"SOUND" OF THE LORD GOD) alone. 

 

Many years later GOD, the CREATOR, entered another garden with HIS loved ones.  The MESSIAH went out "with HIS disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which HE and HIS disciples entered." [John 18. 1]  There in the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples fell asleep, and once again Y’SHUA was left alone.  "And HE was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw, and HE knelt down and prayed." [Luke 22. 41]  There the LORD Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH "offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears" [Hebrews 5. 7] as HE faced the death that HE pronounced on HIS first loved ones long before in the first garden. 

 

There was still another garden where ALMIGHTY MERCIFUL ONE was left alone again — "in the place where HE was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. There they laid JESUS." [John 19. 41 - 42] 

 

In that same garden, after raising from the dead, MESSIAH Y’SHUA, the SECOND ADAM, was thought to be a GARDENER, "JESUS said to her Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?She, supposing HIM to be the gardener, said to HIM SIR, if YOU have carried HIM away, tell me where YOU have laid HIM, and I will take HIM away." [John 20. 15] 

 

The LORD MESSIAH Y’SHUA, the INCARNATE LIVING WORD OF GOD, walked alone in the first garden where HE was seeking HIS OWN.  The SON OF MAN knelt alone in the second garden, praying for HIS Own.  HE was buried alone in the third garden, dying for HIS OWN.  Therefore, in the new "Paradise of GOD" where the Pure River of Life flows and the Tree of Life grows eternally, HIS servants shall serve HIM and reign with HIM "forever and ever" never to be alone again.  That will be such a magnificently glorious time! 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles! 

GOD has put HIS NAME in Jerusalem: "In this House, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put MY NAME forever." [2 Kings/Melakhim Bet 21:7b]  As it goes for Jerusalem, so it will go for the rest of the world...do not be deceived into thinking anything less. Through the LORD MESSIAH Y’SHUA, Israel will be renowned, joyous, famous and glorious above all the nations on earth. [Jeremiah/Yirmeyah 33.9]  

 

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).
 

Arrogant Pride
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
One who pursues greatness, greatness will flee from him; one who flees from greatness, greatness will pursue him. [Talmud Eiruvin 13b] 

 

ARROGANT PRIDE      
" I constantly spread out MY hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in the way that is not good, following their own thoughts; a people who provoke ME to anger, who continually to MY face, sacrifice in gardens and burn incense on altars of brick...Who say, 'Keep your distance! Do not come near me, for I am holier than you!’" [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 65. 2 - 3, 5 Tanakh, Nevi’im] 

 

People have not changed over the centuries, societies are filled with those who proclaim they are better, superior, and holier then others, their attitude clearly marks them.  Similar to the high priests and Levites in MESSIAH’S story of the Good Samaritan, they prefer to walk by the needy rather than stoop to help them.  Even in many churches, such arrogance can be found, and it continues to be a problem.  James warns, "For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, "You sit here in a good place" and say to the poor man "You stand there" or "Sit here at my footstool" have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?" [James 2. 2 - 4] 

 

There is a list of things the ALMIGHTY LORD GOD hates recorded in the Book of Proverbs:  "Six things the LORD hates; seven are an abomination to HIM: A haughty (proud) look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart (mind) that devises evil plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who incites (sows) discord (arguments, conflicts, disputes) among brethren." [Proverbs (Mishle) 6. 17 - 19 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  Notice, the primary detestable act is "A proud look."  Whenever we are tempted to think we are superior in any way, we need to take our eyes off others and fasten them on our EXALTED SAVIOR, but "we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend (praise) themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise." [2 Corinthians 10. 12] 

 

In his pride, Satan (Lucifer) proclaimed "I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne higher then the stars of GOD; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the summit of Zaphon (the City of the GREAT KING – see Psalms 48.3); I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the MOST HIGH."   However, the MOST HOLY LORD GOD will see that he is "brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 14. 13 - 15 Tanakh, Nevi’im] The RIGHTEOUS JUDGE will punish the proud because, "Every haughty (proud) person in heart is an abomination to the LORD; assuredly, he will not go unpunished." [Proverbs (Mishle) 16. 5 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

The LOVING CREATOR GOD gave us the spirit of humility, which is the beginning of true holiness.  "Thus says the HIGH & LOFTY ONE WHO inhabits eternity, WHOSE NAME is HOLY: "I dwell on high in holiness, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, reviving the hearts of the contrite one." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 57. 15 Tanakh, Nevi’im]  "On this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at MY WORD." [Isaiah/Yeshayah) 66. 2] The HOLY ONE is still changing lives today, seek HIM while HE may be found, call upon HIM while HE is near for HE will abundantly pardon.  Follow the LORD Y’SHUA, for the love experience of a lifetime, and then beyond throughout all eternity. 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
CREATOR of the Universe, we come before YOU to praise and extol YOUR greatness and goodness. YOU, LORD GOD, are the FOUNTAIN from which all blessings flow. In all the experiences of life, we recognize that YOUR guiding hand establishes our work and that YOUR love lifts our lives to nobler effort. May the inspiration of this day strengthen our faith in YOU. Purify our spirits that in our daily tasks we may be conscious of YOUR PRESENCE. Continue to bestow YOUR benediction on us and teach us to seek YOU ever more . Help us to live that when we have gathered our final harvest, many shall rise up with us to magnify and bless YOUR PRECIOUS NAME.  

 

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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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).
 

Learning & Obeying
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Whatever is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor, that is the whole Law (TORAH) — all the rest is commentary. [Hillel] 

 

LEARNING & OBEYING       
"Moses summoned all Israel and said to them Hear, O Israel, the Laws and rules that I proclaim in your ears this day! Study them...Observe them...Keep them...and Do them faithfully!" [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 5. 1 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

First, we must study and learn the WORD OF GOD; then obey it once we have learned it.  "For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the SCRIPTURES might have hope." [Romans 15. 4] 

 

Obedience to what we learn in HOLY SCRIPTURE means learning many other things from what is WRITTEN.  Learning is crucially important!  "Learn to do good" [Isaiah/Yeshayah 1. 17], and "learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful." [Titus 3. 14]  These do not come naturally, so we must study to become skilled in knowledge. 

 

Perhaps even more difficult, but still especially important, is the lesson Paul had to learn, "I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content." [Philippians 4. 11]   Even the LORD MESSIAH Y’SHUA, the INCARNATE CREATOR, had lessons that could only be experientially learned by becoming a MAN.  "Though HE was "THE SON OF GOD" yet HE learned obedience by the things which HE suffered." [Hebrews 5. 8] 

 

We must, in turn, learn from our Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH, "Take MY yoke upon you (HIS is the yoke of Service & Obedience) and learn from ME, and you will find rest for your souls. For MY yoke is easy and MY burden is light." [Matthew 11. 29 - 30] 

 

"Gather the people to ME that I may let them hear MY WORDS, in order that they may learn to fear and revere ME as long as they live on the earth, and may they so teach their children, says the LORD GOD." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 4. 10 Tanakh, Torah]  Those who believe have that blessed hope! 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel! 
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Obedience will be righteousness for those who are careful to observe all the commandments of the LORD our GOD.  May you witness the care, love and presence of the MOST HOLY ONE this day and always.  

 

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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