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Wickedness of Unbelief
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Failure will hurt us, but it cannot hinder us…Disillusion will give us pain, but not dishearten us…Sorrows will shake, but not break us. 

 

WICKEDNESS OF UNBELIEF       
"Stone him to death (whoever may entice you to worship other gods), 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 wickedness will not be done again in your midst." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 13. 10 - 11 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

Enticing persuasion and beguiling influence causing others to reject the LORD GOD is the "wickedness" this passage of HOLY SCRIPTURE is talking about.  It addresses how the ALMIGHTY ONE judges and deals with the sin of unbelief — especially the one who endeavors to persuade others to disbelieve the infinite love and sacrifice of MESSIAH YESHUA WHO suffered and died for their sins.  YEHOWAH warned those who turned away from HIM — "Lo, I have it (GOD'S vengeances) all put away, sealed up in MY storehouses, to be MY vengeance and recompense, at the time that their foot falters. For the day of their calamity is near, and the things to come hasten upon them." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 32. 34 - 35 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

Matthew's Gospel tells us, "Whoever speaks against the HOLY SPIRIT, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come." [Matthew 12. 32]  Significantly Mark likewise warns, "he who blasphemes against the HOLY SPIRIT never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation." [Mark 3. 29]   However, unbelief in MESSIAH YESHUA is another sin which GOD cannot and will not forgive.  CHRIST died for all our sins, thus providing the blood atonement for forgiveness to all who will accept HIS Gift of Salvation.  JESUS' own words were, "He who believes in HIM is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten SON OF GOD. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." [John 3. 18 - 19] 

 

These words are spoken by the LORD JESUS, the TRUE & FAITHFUL WITNESS, speaking of those who have spurned HIS sacrificial love.  "Anyone who has rejected Moses' Law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the SON OF GOD underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the SPIRIT OF GRACE? For we know HIM WHO said Vengeance is MINE; I will repay says the LORD. And again The LORD will judge HIS people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the LIVING GOD." [Hebrews 10. 28 - 31] 

 

One of the last warnings in LIFE-GIVING WORD is in regards to "the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." [Revelation 21. 8]   It is an unforgivable and wicked thing to reject or simply ignore the only REDEEMER & LORD GOD ALMIGHTY!  "Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the LIVING GOD." [Hebrews 3. 12]   Let not any of you  be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin and "do not be deceived, GOD is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap." [Galatians 6. 7]   The RIGHTEOUS JUDGE of all flesh never sleeps nor slumbers. . . take heed and receive a good reward. 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel! 
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
DEAR BLESSED SAVIOR, I dare not start the day without first communing in prayer with YOU. Thanking YOU for this new day of promise to do some good deed for others. Strengthen me to lend a hand where needed; to teach others how to be brave and forgiving; forbid that I should ever judge another or hold a grudge or prove myself shallow or vain, or through some thoughtless act, cause pain or shame YOUR HOLY NAME. Keep me humble, kind and sincere; drive from my heart all doubt and fear. And, should joy or sorrow come, grant me wisdom, LORD, to see and understand that it is from YOUR hand and that YOUR great love abides still lest I forget to seek YOUR face. Remind me often that I am weak, walk close beside me all the way. This is my prayer, my petition today and forever, Amen!
DAY 15 of REPENTANCE  The LORD YESHUA makes it very clear that what is coming from our hearts is what ruins us. We need a new heart; one that has GOD’S HOLY WORD written on it by the hand of the ALMIGHTY OMNIPOTENT ONE. If we trust our flesh, we will be wretched creatures and die in our sin. "What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.  All these evil things come from within and defile a man." [Mark 7:20-23]  When we see these things trying to ensnare us, we must call for the HOLY SPIRIT to strengthen us in GOD’S LIFE-GIVING WORD; also we must fellowship with one another and spend quality time in prayer. "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a loyal spirit." [Psalm 51:10] 

 

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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Dying To Live
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Pressures in life will either draw us closer to GOD or push us further away from HIM. 

 

DYING TO LIVE      
"For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for MY sake and the Gospel's will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?" [Mark 8. 35 – 36a] 

 

The principle law expressed in this verse is of utmost importance, for it is frequently found in various ways probably more often than any other single principle in the NEW COVENANT. A few of the confirming facts referring to this statement are specific messages from the LORD YESHUA ha’MASHIACH are so stated —
 "Whoever does not take his cross and follow after ME is not worthy of ME. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for MY sake will find it." [Matthew 10. 38 – 39]  
 "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for MY sake will find it…Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" [Matthew 16. 25 – 26,b]  
 "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for MY sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?" [Luke 9. 24 – 25]   
 "Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it." [Luke 17. 33]   
  "He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life… If anyone serves ME, him MY FATHER will honor." [John 12. 25 – 26c] 

 

This extraordinary divine contradiction in terms — "that to die means to live" — is expressed in numerous and diverse ways throughout the epistles.  Paul, in some of his greatest works lovingly and affectionately urges fellow believers by teaching them, "I have been crucified with CHRIST; it is no longer I who live, but CHRIST lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the SON OF GOD, WHO loved me and gave HIMSELF for me." [Galatians 2. 20]
  "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of GOD, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to GOD, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of GOD." [Romans 12. 1 - 2]
 "For the love of CHRIST compels us, because we judge thus: that if ONE died for all, then all died; and HE died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for HIM WHO died for them and rose again." [2 Corinthians 5. 14 - 15]   Paul added that he and other workers commended themselves as ministers of GOD — "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. 9 - 10]
  "For to me, to live is CHRIST, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with CHRIST, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you." [Philippians 1. 21 - 24]
  "This is a faithful saying: For if we died with HIM, we shall also live with HIM. If we endure, we shall also reign with HIM. If we deny HIM, HE also will deny us. If we are faithless, HE remains faithful; HE cannot deny HIMSELF." [2 Timothy 2. 11 - 13] 

 

The LORD MESSIAH YESHUA did not say to lose one’s life for a certain experience, but for "MY sake and the Gospel’s!"  The BELOVED wants us to live in simple obedience to HIS perfect will as recorded in HIS GREATLY-VALUED HOLY WRITTEN WORD, proclaiming in all we say and do that HE is CREATOR, SAVIOR, MASTER DESIGNER, the LOVER of our soul, and the soon-coming, longed for KING.  When you have found this GLORIOUS REDEEMER, you have found THE ONE WHO is worth, both living for and dying for. Blessed be HE!

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Remember your commitment to obey GOD in holiness and integrity of life. We are overwhelmingly grateful for the goodness and grace of GOD 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 every heart, from the smallest to the greatest. Then shall mankind do YOUR will and the reward of righteous service shall be peace. 
DAY 14 of REPENTANCE  As Paul continues to minister to the believers in Corinth, he expresses concern that they continue to suffer because of their lack of repentance. This is not just Paul’s personal peculiarity; he knows that unrepentance brings consequences. . . unrepentance reaps very bitter fruit.

"For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and  I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, turmoils; lest, when I come again, my GOD will humble me among you, and I shall mourn for many who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, fornication, and lewdness which they have practiced." [2 Corinthians 12:20-21]

 We must always be on guard against weaknesses of the flesh. Our human nature may want to indulge these sinful behaviors, and our culture tells us it is normal and there is no need to repent...if it feels good, do it!  As for me however, "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a faithful spirit." [Psalm 51:10] 

 

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).

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; [Ecclesiastes]. 
 

Customs - Burial & Mourning (part 3 of 3)
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
You can't make ten when there isn't one to start with. 

 

CUSTOMS BURIAL & MOURNING  (Conclusion)       
The prophets of the OLD COVENANT (TANAKH) SCRIPTURES knew that ultimately there would be an end to the grave and that there would be a bodily resurrection of the dead.  They looked forward to the coming of the MESSIAH WHO would, by HIS vicarious death, provide the means of redemption from sin and death for those who will believe.  Those who accept GOD'S FREE GIFT, are freed from eternal death and will participate with resurrection bodies in the glorious MESSIANIC REIGN which will yet be seen on this earth.  This era will be inaugurated at MESSIAH'S second coming in power and glory.   OMNIPOTENT GOD'S ultimate purpose of a world of perfect beings in fellowship with HIMSELF forever, will then be fulfilled! 

 

How may we receive the gift of eternal life with GOD?  We read: "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." [John 3. 16]  "He who believes in HIM is not condemned." [John 3. 18] "And this is the will of HIM who sent ME, that everyone who sees the SON and believes in HIM may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day." [John 6. 40] 

 

Daniel, the Jewish prophet, spoke of this resurrection day "Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth WILl awake, some to eternal life, others to shame and reproach, to everlasting contempt and abhorrence. Those who are wise will be radiant like the brightness of the firmament, and those who lead the many to righteousness will be like the stars forever and ever." [Daniel (Danyel) 12. 2 – 3 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

How important it is that we experience the resurrection to everlasting life, and that we not be among those awakening to shame and everlasting contempt.  Those who refuse MOST HOLY GOD'S FREE GIFT of eternal life with HIM, made possible in YESHUA ha'MASHIACH, have nothing to look forward to but the ultimate resurrection to eternal separation from ALMIGHTY GOD, which is also called hell.   Why anyone would choose this, is difficult to understand. 

 

The LORD YESHUA ha'MASHIACH took death and neutralized it, made it devoid of its power so that now it is unable to hurt those who believe in HIM.  HIS death on the Altar of Calvary was the death of Death!   YESHUA, the ANOINTED REDEEMER died that we might live; because HE died, we will never die!  The LORD JESUS said at the tomb of Lazarus:  "I am the RESURRECTION and the LIFE. Whoever believes in ME, though he may die (before HIS return), he shall live. And whoever lives (at the time of HIS return) and believes in Me shall never die." [John 11. 25 - 26]  "Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the SON OF GOD; and those who hear will live. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear HIS voice and come forth those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation." [John 5. 25, 28 - 29]  Even the death of the saints is precious to the LORD OF GLORY; and because HE lives, death is swallowed up in victory! 

 

Sha'alu (Prayfor the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!  
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
O LORD, YOU are my GOD; I exalt and praise YOU, I will praise YOUR NAME, for YOU planned graciousness of old, counsels of steadfast faithfulness and truth. I will bless and praise YOU evermore.
DAY 13 of REPENTANCE  In the process of describing us as being the Body of MESSIAH, Paul goes to great extents to emphasize, not only the diverse parts and functions, but also the unity of the Body. For a body to function properly, it needs to be strong and healthy, and must all be together and of one mind. "There should be no schism (rifts, divisions) in the body, but the members should have the same care for one another." [1 Corinthians 12:25]
 When we have some beliefs and understandings that differ from our brethren, but we cannot allow these things to separate us. We must go to the LORD to see what HE says on these matters. "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a steadfast spirit." [Psalm 51:10] 

 

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; [Ecclesiastes]. 
 

Customs - Burial & Mourning (part 2 of 3)
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Acquaint yourself with proverbs, for in them you will learn instruction. 

 

CUSTOMS BURIAL & MOURNING  (Part 2 of 3)     
David testifies to the fact that all men die:  "Remember how short my time is; for what futility have You created all the children of men? What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his life from the power of the grave? Selah." [Psalms (Tehillym) 89. 47 - 48 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived, also testifies to this truth:   "No man has authority over the life breath - to hold back the life breath, and no one has power in the day of death. There is no release from that, war and riches are powerless to save its owner." [Ecclesiastes (Kohelet) 8. 8 Tanakh, Kethuvim]   "For in respect of the fate of man and the fate of beast, they have one and the same fate; as the one dies so dies the other, and both have the same life breath; man has no superiority over beast, for all is vanity." [Ecclesiastes (Kohelet) 3. 19 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

Death came as a tyrant because of sin and disobedience [Romans 5. 12] and is an inescapable appointment. [Hebrews 9. 27]  The moment Adam sinned he spiritually died and the seeds of physical death were sown in his body.  The Hebrew translation of Genesis/Berepooh 2:17, the last phrase: "you shall surely die" — is literally — "dying (spiritually) you shall (eventually) die (physically)."  Adam lost the life of GOD and died spiritually (separated from the ETERNAL CREATOR).  From that moment he became mortal — that is, he continued in a dying state until he eventually died physically.  From that time onward mankind was doomed to live in a land of the dead and dying.   The whole earth groans because of this enemy which strikes quickly and without warning.  Death is no respecter of persons but touches every home — all must surrender to its power! 

 

Many believe death is the end — that when a man dies, his body rots in the grave — that there is no life thereafter — that man lives a few span years and then it is all over.  According to GOD'S INCORRUPTIBLE & TRUSTWORTHY WORD, we are not so cut off for after this life there is another life! 

 

The appearance of Moses and Elijah on the transfiguration mount shows clearly that the souls of the departed are conscious. [Luke 9. 30]   Moses had been dead for 1,500 years, and there he was back again on earth talking to the MESSIAH YESHUA, the ANOINTED ONE! 

 

Would the ALMIGHTY ETERNAL ONE fashion the wonders of creation: earth, sun, moon and stars;  make provision for the benefit of mankind, and prepare all of these things for man if man is only to live a few years and then be no more forever?  True, the earth is at present under a curse for man's sake, and man has been weakened and defiled by sin, but this is no reason for thinking that OMNIPOTENT, OMNISCIENT LORD will permit present conditions to continue indefinitely!   Rather  it is a reason for thinking that the HOLY EVERLASTING ONE has some eternal purpose for man, and that the time will come when HE will have a new creation (physical & spiritual) where there will be no more evidences of sin and death. 

 

If man was created in the image of GOD and is HIS workmanship, then there must be a continuance of life or else GOD'S work is eternally ruined.  Creation is a failure if this present life is all there is for man.  All is vanity and GREAT & MIGHTY MASTER OF THE  UNIVERSE made a mistake in ever making anything if nothing attains perfection here and now.  But GOD'S INFALLIBLE WORD declares that man has an eternal existence whether he is a believer in YESHUA ha'MASHIACH or not.  The wicked exist forever in torment, their reward for wickedness and rejection of salvation which is only through the RISEN SAVIOR. 

 

All nature speaks loudly of resurrection life.  In the fall, we witness the withering grass, the fading flower and the falling leaf; and soon the earth is in the grip of ice and snow.  Death apparently is master.  But, as soon as spring comes, new life appears; the grass becomes green again, the barren trees put forth new buds, and the song birds are heard once more.  All nature rejoices!  That which was seemingly dead is alive again. 

 

The TANAKH (HEBREW SCRIPTURES) declare life after death and the resurrection.  Quoting Rebbe R. Eleazar in the TALMUD:  "The dead outside the Land will not be resurrected; for it is said in SCRIPTURE I will set glory in the land of the living [implying] the dead of the land in which I have my desire will be resurrected."  [Kethuboth, Illa]  

 

We read that Isaac "was gathered to his people" as was Jacob. [Genesis/Bereshith 25. 8; 49. 33]  To these patriarchs it meant that they were going to the region of Sheol, the place of departed spirits.  Jacob contemplates joining his supposedly dead son, Joseph, in that region. [Genesis/Bereshith 37. 35; 42. 38] 

 

Job exclaimed:  "But I know that my VINDICATOR (Hebrew: ga'al — REDEEMER) lives; in the end HE will testify on earth this, after my skin is destroyed. But in my flesh I shall behold ELOWAH, I myself, not another, would behold HIM; would see with my own eyes: my heart yearns within me." [Job (Iyob) 19. 25 - 27] 

 

When one of his sons died, David exclaimed: "I shall go to him, but he will never come back to me." [2 Samuel (Shemuel Bet) 12. 23 Tanakh, Nevi'im]   And speaking to the Lord, he said:  "I, justified, will behold YOUR face; I shall be satisfied when I awake in YOUR likeness." [Psalms/Tehillym 17. 15 - the Hebrew word for awake is "koom" meaning-to get up, to lift up, to raise, to incite, to stir up, to make stand]   David knew that he would be like the LORD at the resurrection.  He, as a Jew, believed in the resurrection from the dead even as another fellow Jew after him believed and wrote:  "For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the SAVIOR, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to HIS GLORIOUS BODY, according to the working by which HE is able even to subdue all things to HIMSELF." [Philippians 3. 20 - 21] 

 

When ETERNAL GOD appeared to Moses in the burning bush, HE declared: "I am the GOD of your father, the GOD of Abraham, the GOD of Isaac, and the GOD of Jacob" [Exodus (Shemot) 3. 6 Tanakh, Torah] by which, the HOLY ONE meant that HE was still their LIVING GOD, even though they no longer roamed the earth; they continued to be living personalities.  The LORD JESUS used this revelation to declare, "GOD is not the GOD of the dead, but of the living." [Matthew 22. 32] 

 

. . . to be continued

 

Sha'alu (Prayfor the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!  
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Be blessed as we bid farewell to Shabbat!  May the ALMIGHTY ONE, WHO separates the holy from the secular, forgive our sins, guide our life, fill our upcoming week with HIS DIVINE PRESENCE. Refresh yourself and others through HIS wisdom & discernment, love & kindness- that some of the sweetness of Sabbath be experienced daily. 
Go with GOD!   Tov Shavua — Have a good week.
DAY 12 of REPENTANCE  There are unwavering truths for which we must be ready to take a stand; to defend or even die for. Although there are many things that divide us; none of them are worth surrendering the unity of HIS body. "For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it." [1 Corinthians 11:18]
 When we see the slightest hint of divisions arising, we must immediately seek the LORD and examine ourselves. We are called to love each other. "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a steadfast spirit." [Psalm 51:10] 

 

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; [PROVERBS]. 
 

Customs - Burial & Mourning (part 1 of 3)
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Ignorance can become quite lethal. 

 

CUSTOMS BURIAL & MOURNING  (Part 1 of 3)      
"They (Job’s friends) broke into loud weeping; each one tore his robe and threw dust into the air onto his head." [Job (Iyob) 2. 12 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

Immediately after death, close relatives of the deceased perform the Keriah custom by making a slight tear in their clothing as a sign of mourning.  This act describes the severance of the living from the dead and is performed in moments of deepest grief.  It is the mark of a broken or torn heart on the clothing. 

 

Pious Jews direct that a little sack of Holy Land soil be placed in their coffin.  It is written in the Jew's oral law (Talmud): "He that lives in the Holy Land is as though he were without sin. He that inhabits the City one hour and dies there is sure of the world to come."  Having been denied the opportunity to live and die in Erez Yisroel (Land of Israel), they yearn to be buried with a bit of the soil of the Promised Holy Land.  This also explains the custom of placing the body with the head to the east,  Zion-ward.  The burial shroud is made of white linen cloth and covers the undergarments.  A prominent person may be buried with his Tallit (Prayer Shawl) but the fringes are removed or cut. 

 

The grave is filled in, the first spadefuls by family and friends, and the rest by members of the burial society — the hevra kadisha.  At the conclusion of the burial ceremony, the Kaddish is recited by the sons of the deceased or by a close relative.  The Kaddish (means: sanctification) is a famous Jewish prayer which speaks of the greatness of ALMIGHTY GOD, of redemption from exile, and of everlasting peace in MESSIANIC times. 

 

Upon returning home, a hard-boiled egg and a little ashes are placed before the mourners. The egg, being a symbol of life, reminds them that while death is inescapable, the living must face the future with faith and hope.  The ashes, as a sign of mourning, date back to ancient times when ashes and earth were strewn on the head in times of misfortune.  With this simple rite begins the period of Shivah (seven), the seven days of mourning.  This custom is based on the fact that Joseph mourned for his father Jacob seven days. [Genesis/Berepooh 50. 10]   Relatives and friends come to visit the mourners and to console them.  The bereaved usually sit on low stools during this time.  Throughout the seven days, the memorial lamp is kept lighted in memory of the dead.    Mourners abstain from entertainment and pleasures for thirty days.  In some families, this custom is continued for twelve months.  As another expressions of grief, mirrors and other decorative objects in the house are usually covered up or put away.  A large candle is lighted, which is renewed and kept burning for thirty days (except on Sabbath) in reverence for the dead. 

 

A year after the death, the relatives and friends come to pay their respects to the deceased.  The Kaddish is recited and one of the prayers is the famous Psalm/Tehillym 23, "The LORD is my SHEPHERD."  Every year the death anniversary is observed at home and in the synagogue.  At home a memorial lamp or candle in a glass is lit at sunset and allowed to burn until the next sunset.  This ceremony is called Yahrzeit"The light of the candle flickers and waves in harmony with the light of TORAH." [Proverbs (Mishle) 20. 27 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

From the SCRIPTURAL account, man was created to live forever and not to die.  CREATOR GOD'S ultimate purpose is to have a world of perfect beings having eternal fellowship with HIMSELF.  And this eventually will come to pass even as the LORD GOD OF HOSTS intended.  But, in the meantime along with our first parents in the Garden of Eden, the entrance of sin brought death, both physical and spiritual.

 

. . . 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!
Welcome ShabbatQueen of the Week. . . last in creation, first in thought.  [Sabbath reading: Ki Tetze ‘When you go” – Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19; Isaiah 54:1-10; Luke 23:1-5]
Exalt the LORD YESHUA ha’MASHIACH, the KING OF GLORY, WHO gives True Sabbath Peace & Rest.
DAY 11 of REPENTANCE  How often have you evaluated someone and come to the conclusion that you are better? Be honest — raising your eyebrows; negative speech or comment; a little shaking of the head; or rolling of the eyes; normal human behavior. How often do we excuse ourselves by saying, “everybody does it." However, the LIFE-GIVING SCRIPTURES plainly teaches "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself." [Philippians 2:3] "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10] 

 

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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