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Be Content
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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Kindle not the coal of a sinner lest you be burned with the flame of his fire.

 

BE CONTENT     
"And HE (MESSIAH YESHUA) said to them, take heed, and beware of covetousness; for a man's life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses." [Luke 12. 15]

 

The sin of covetousness has been the most troubling sin of the human race since Eve, and the ALMIGHTY CREATOR made a law concerning it — "You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female slave, or his ox or his ass, or anything that is your neighbour’s." [Exodus (Shemot) 20. 17 Tanakh, Torah]

 

The Apostle Paul even made the statement, "The love of money is the root of all evil." [1 Timothy 6. 10]  "For no covetous man, who is an idolater has any inheritance in the Kingdom of JESUS and of GOD." [Ephesians 5. 5]

 

In consideration of such warnings, the CHRIST-like one should extremely and extra cautiously beware of covetousness.  One of the distressing characteristics predicted for the "last days" is a great increase of covetousness, even among professing CHRISTians.  "In the last days men will be lovers of themselves, covetous having a form of godliness, but denying its power." [2 Timothy 3. 1 - 2, 5]

 

It is grievous and disturbing to see so many modern Christian Movements promoting and marketing a prosperity cult teaching that gain is godliness.  They give emphasis to positive mental attitude, self-help, creative visualization, and various other supposed spiritual psychotherapies.  These present-day false teachers and their prosperous life-styles have deceived multitudes of their coveting followers into thinking they have the divine right to material prosperity. And these false, rebellious teachings are fatally leading many to serve the god of mammon.  "For rebellion is like the sin of witchcraft; defiance and stubbornness like the sin of idolatry" [1 Samuel/Shemuel Alef 15. 23], and the NEW COVENANT tells us that "covetousness...is idolatry." [Colossians 3. 5]   "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve GOD and mammon." [Matthew 6. 24]

 

Selfish greed or covetousness is the accurate picture that characterizes men of the last days.  The Apostle Paul warns: "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of GOD, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!" [2 Timothy 3. 1 - 5]

 

The genuine and accurate CHRISTian measure is: "Let your conduct be without covetousness; BE CONTENT WITH SUCH THINGS AS YOU HAVE, for MESSIAH HIMSELF has promised I will never leave you nor forsake you." [Hebrews 13. 5]   
HE is the ALL-SUFFICIENT ONE, what else do we need?

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Please LORD, give us the kindness to hear with compassion, to offer support, loving comfort, and care. Give us the courage to do what is needed, the wisdom to choose what is right and most fair. Give us the vision to see what is possible. Give us the faith that will help pave the way for a present that’s hopeful, a future that is peaceful — give us the heart to bring joy to others each day.  Thank YOU for your faithfulness in supplying all our needs, and so much more. 

 

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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Listen & Learn
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
The limits of your language are the limits of your world. [Ludwig Wittenstein]

 

LISTEN & LEARN      
"My children, listen to the instructions of your father, give attention and learn discernment, for I give you good doctrine; Do not forsake my law." [Proverbs (Mishle) 4. 1 - 2 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

 

The Book of Proverbs is a great source for human wisdom as well as GODLY understanding.  In it we learn, "wisdom and discipline; and understanding words of discernment; acquiring discipline for success, righteousness, justice and equity; and for endowing the simple with shrewdness, the young with knowledge and foresight." [Proverbs (Mishle) 1. 2 - 4 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  Many of the Proverbs, written by Solomon, were teachings from his father, David.

 

Wisdom teaches the urgent importance for children to listen and obey the counsel of their GODLY parents.  This command is most important today, as it is one of the prevalent characteristics of the "last days."  It is foretold that children will be "disobedient to parents." [2 Timothy 3. 1 - 2]   It would be much better for children today to obey GODLY instruction, "Children, obey your parents in the LORD, for this is rightHonor your father and mother which is the first commandment with promise." [Ephesians 6. 1 - 2]  

 

How zealously significant that each lesson stresses the urgent importance of young people to obey the WORD of ALMIGHTY GOD, which is to be taught to them by their parents.  Wise counsel, learning,  discretion,  instruction,  knowledge,  understanding  and wisdom are promised repeatedly to those who know, love and obey GOD'S HOLY WORD. 

 

"My son, if you accept my words and treasure up my commandments; if you make your ear attentive to wisdom, and your mind open to discernment; if you call to understanding and cry aloud to knowledge, if you seek her (wisdom) as you do silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and attain knowledge of GOD." [Proverbs (Mishle) 2. 1 - 5 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

Parents must teach their children so they will have an understanding of GOD and HIS holiness.  Children must listen, comply and conform — then, all the treasures of heaven are within reach.  "The fear of the LORD is the beginning (and the best part) of knowledge and wisdom." [Proverbs (Mishle) 1. 7 Tanakh, Kethuvim]   Make every effort, the best awaits you and is available for the taking!

 

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 Shabbas, our prayer is that GOD, WHO separates the holy from the secular, forgive our sins, guide our life, fill our upcoming week with HIS DIVINE PRESENCE. May the GOD OF HOPE fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in HIM, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT.
Have a wonderful week expecting great blessings from our Wonderful LORD GOD.  Be sure to brighten others with encouragement and a joyful smile! Enjoy some of the sweetness of Sabbath throughout your week days!
 Go with GOD.
 Discipline, like love, must enhance personal dignity. Discipline that breaks a person will backfire. Healthy discipline should bolster self-esteem and help draw out the best in a person; cultivating his control. When disciplining your child or student, foster his self-respect. 

 

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; [PSALMS]. 
 

Customs - The Tithe
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
All to often, men make the grave mistake of believing that one of the spiritual gifts is being able to out-think GOD.

 

CUSTOMS THE TITHE       
"The generous person enjoys prosperity; he who satisfies others shall himself be sated." [Proverbs (Mishle) 11. 25 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  

 

The "tithe" and offerings given cheerfully to express the liberal soul which shall be made fat (prosperous).  All true giving is free-will giving.  When the Temple of Solomon was built, the people brought freewill offerings to the LORD GOD.   Whenever the people of Israel were true to Moses' system, they gave one-third of their time and the tenth of their substances to GOD OMNIPOTENT and HIS cause! 

 

In studying the history of the Jewish people, one clearly notices that both their piety and their prosperity could always be measured by their observance of the maaser or tithe.   When they neglected this duty it was because of their spiritual, physical and financial back-sliding, and every repentance was marked by its renewal.  Their purses measured their religion! 

 

The words "tithe, tithes, tithing" occur in the HOLY SCRIPTURE 36 times.  The "tenth" occurs 67 times.  In 36 of these it has reference to the proportion in "offerings."  In every instance where rewards are mentioned they are temporal, financial. 

 

To summarize OLD COVENANT teaching on giving:  First, a poll tax or Temple tax of half a shekel for the festival services of the Sanctuary which everyone paid whenever the numbering of the adult males took place.  Second, the tithes:  The Levitical, or tenth of all produce of the ground, flocks and herds of each tribe which went to the support of the Levites; and out of which they themselves gave a tenth for the support of those higher in office, the Priests.  Every third year, for those who lived a great distance from Jerusalem, who year-by-year stored up their tithe in their own city until the third year in which they took the accumulated tithe to Jerusalem for a celebration of rejoicing before the Lord.  It was used for the support of the poor, the helpless, the widows, and the Levites.  Third, the first-fruits.  Forth, freewill offerings.  Taxes tithes and first-fruits were obligatory; the others were voluntary.  This makes it evident that the faithful Jew never gave less than a tenth of his income, and some years he gave a great deal more.

 

Under the Law, Levi, paid tithes to Melchizedek through Abraham. [Hebrews 7. 9]  The people, brothers of Levi, paid tithes through Levi and Abraham to Melchizedek.  So all paid the tithe.  In MESSIAH YESHUA, the Mosaic order was abolished and the order of Melchizedek re-established!  This order also is supported by the tithe. 

 

The DIVINELY-inspired apostle Paul described the superiority of the NEW COVENANT.  If the LORD JESUS does not receive the tithe, HE is not only inferior to Melchizedek but also to Levi.  If YESHUA, Who came in the order of Melchizedek, does not receive the tithe, then the figure is broken and incomplete.  The conclusion is that as Abraham paid the tithe, so those who believe, CHRIST-like-ones, the anti-type, should honor the greater KING OF RIGHTEOUSNESS!

 

YESHUA ha'MASHIACH rebuked the religious leaders of HIS day:  "Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the Law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, and not to leaving the others  (tithe) undone." [Matthew 23. 23]

 

Even the ANOINTED ONE paid the Temple tax, lest they offend those who collect it:  "Those who received the temple tax (half-shekel) came to Peter and said Does your TEACHER not pay the Temple tax? he said Yes!" [Matthew 17. 24 - 27]   Notice, Peter did not say, "I think so." This was an annual tax imposed by the Law of Moses on every male Jew over 20 years of age.   "This is what everyone who is entered in the records shall pay: a half shekel by the sanctuary weight - twenty gerahs to the shekel as an offering to the LORD. Everyone who is entered in the records, from the age of twenty years up, shall give the LORD'S offering." [Exodus (Shemot) 30. 13 - 14 Tanakh, Torah]

 

When GOD'S people appreciate HIS grace revealed in the YESHUA, and have become partakers of HIS DIVINE NATURE, they possess a spirit of unselfishness and liberality. [Acts 2. 45; 4. 34 - 35]

 

The offerings of ancient Israel brought them prosperity. [see Malachi/Malakhi 3. 8 - 12]  Just so, prosperity is closely connected with the prompt and cheerful payment of debts to ALMIGHTY GOD and man by the sons of the NEW COVENANT.  The words of MESSIAH YESHUA remind us to: "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to GOD the things that are GOD'S." [Luke 20. 25]  

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Welcome Shabbat Korach- [Numbers 16:1-18:32; Isaiah 66:1-24; Luke 18:35-19:28]  Exalt the LORD YESHUA ha’MASHIACH, the KING OF GLORY, WHO gives true Sabbath peace & rest.
Bless our country that it may ever be a stronghold of peace — may contentment reign within its boarders, health in its homes, and firm knowledge of YOU, LORD GOD.  Plant virtue in every soul, and may the love of YOUR NAME sanctify every home and every heart.  Praised are YOU, O LORD, GIVER of peace.
Have a blessed Shabbos with your family or friends and delight in the LORD GOD together.  Rosh Chodesh begins at evening. 

 

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]. 
 

Spiritual Wardrobe
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
The fruit of a lie is rotten before it is ripe.

 

SPIRITUAL WARDROBE     
"Therefore, as the elect of GOD, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as CHRIST forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of GOD rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and, be thankful." [Colossians 3. 12 - 15]

 

The command to put on  (Hebrew: labash) means to wrap around, to clothe entirely — is an urgent demand or request, for a thing which must begin immediately.  We know that kindness, humility of mind, meekness, and long-suffering are fruits of the HOLY SPIRIT'S work in our lives.  But this phrasing — "put on" strongly suggests that an act of the will is involved.  We are to choose to be kind, merciful, humble, meek, patient, forgiving, to love, and maintain the peace of GOD OMNIPOTENT in our hearts and lives.  When we go to HIM for forgiveness, HE is willing to forgive AS WE ASK HIM.  Repentance is necessary; forgiveness is never granted as a blanket free-for-all forgiveness.  This is the example the LORD JESUS set and we are to follow HIS example.

 

Our LORD & KING, YESHUA ha'MASHIACH reminded the first century Jews and CHRIST-like-ones that these choices are more important than our physical clothing, "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?" [Matthew 6. 25]

 

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to GOD; and the peace of GOD, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through CHRIST JESUS. Finally, brethren, whatever things are TRUE, whatever things are NOBLE, whatever things are JUST, whatever things are PURE, whatever things are LOVELY, whatever things are of GOOD REPORT, if there is any VIRTUE and if there is anything PRAISE WORTHY meditate on these things." [Philippians 4. 6 - 8]

 

We should be more kind, loving, humble, meek, patient and forgiving so our lives will manifest the peace of GOD ALMIGHTY and the great love of MESSIAH YESHUA, the LORD will shine even brighter in this sin-darkened world.

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel! 
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
YOURS, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is YOURS; YOURS is the Kingdom, O LORD, and YOU are exalted as head above all. All praise and honour are do YOU forever. 
Blessings to all who love Zion! 

 

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]. 
 

Water & Wine
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Pray for a good harvest, but continue to hoe.

 

WATER & WINE       
"When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine…the master of the feast called the bridegroom and he said to him Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!" [John 2. 9 - 10] 

 

The first sign/miracle that YESHUA ha'MASHIACH carried out was turning the water into wine.  It was at a wedding in Cana of Galilee where HE first manifested HIS glory; and HIS disciples believed in HIM.  

 

Wine most often represents "blood" in HOLY SCRIPTURE. "You drank wine, foaming grape-blood was your drink." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 32. 14 Tanakh, Torah] "They shall be drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 49. 26 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  And the miracles the LORD YESHUA did were evidence of WHO HE was, or foreshadowed things to come "that you may continue to believe in the nAME of the SON OF GOD." [1 John 5. 13] 

 

As at the wedding feast, the MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE, saved the best for last.  When the LORD YESHUA died for our sins on Calvary, "one of the soldiers pierced HIS side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out." [John 19. 34]   MESSIAH'S precious life's-blood (WINE OF LIFE) freely flowed out along with the water (WATER OF LIFE) giving the sweetest, most important sacrificial offering.  Thus confirming what YESHUA had taught earlier to HIS disciples:  "Unless you eat the flesh of the SON OF MAN and drink HIS blood, you have no life in you. 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." [John 6. 53 - 56]

 

The LORD JESUS made the connection at the last Passover Seder HE was celebrating with HIS disciples when "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. 27 - 28]  

 

MESSIAH YESHUA is the ANOINTED ONE WHO came "by water and blood, not only by water, but by water and blood...And there are three that bear witness on earth: the SPIRIT, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as ONE. It is the SPIRIT WHO bears witness, because the SPIRIT is TRUTH." [1 John 5. 8] 

 

"Oh, taste and see how good the LORD is; blessed is the man who takes refuge in HIM!" [Psalms (Tehillym) 34. 8 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  Most assuredly, JESUS OF NAZARETH saved the sweetest for last, and HE did it for you —  HE did it for me. 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Truly there is light & joy, gladness & honor for all of GOD'S people as we celebrate our wonderful LORD & SAVIOR.  May you know the contentment and pleasure of being in the center of the LORD OF GLORY'S precious hands. 

 

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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