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Be Strong
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Learn from the mistakes of others. . . you won't live long enough to make them all yourself. 

 

BE STRONG       
"Let not this BOOK OF TEACHING cease from your lips, but meditate and recite it day and night, so that you may observe faithfully all that is written in it. Only then you will prosper in your undertakings and only then will you be successful." [Joshua (Yehoshua) 1. 8 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

Joshua received direct commands from the ALMIGHTY LORD GOD — "Moses MY servant is dead. Prepare to cross the Jordan, together with all this people, into the land that I am giving to the Israelites. Every spot on which your foot treads I give to you, as I promised Moses." [Joshua (Yehoshua) 1. 2 - 3 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

Joshua's tasks would be impossible without the guidance of THE MASTER COMFORTER, the SPIRIT OF GOD.  Thus, the OMNIPOTENT ONE spoke words of bold encouragement to him, "BE STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE, for you shall apportion to this people the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. But you must be strong and very courageous to observe faithfully all the TEACHING that MY servant Moses enjoined upon you. Do not deviate from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. I charge you Be strong and of good courage; do not be terrified or dismayed, for the LORD your GOD is with you wherever you go." [Joshua (Yehoshua) 1. 6 - 7, 9 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

The LORD GOD ETERNAL encouraged Joshua further in saying to "not be afraid, nor be dismayed" and to "observe to do all the Law." Complete obedience to the Law of GOD is imperative (required, crucial, essential, must)!  One must obey for a prosperous result.  The Apostle Paul understood this also and encouraged his brethren — "BE STRONG in the LORD and in the power of HIS might. Put on the whole armor of GOD, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." [Ephesians 6. 10 - 11]  "In all things we commend ourselves as ministers of GOD: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the HOLY SPIRIT, by sincere love, by the WORD OF TRUTH, by the power of GOD, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left." [2 Corinthians 6. 4 - 7] 

 

The steadfast PERSONAL PRESENCE of the KING OF GLORY is the greatest of all riches and HE promised, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." [Hebrews 13. 5]   How very rich we are and greatly blessed with all the spiritual blessings in heavenly places in MESSIAH Y’SHUA!  May the LORD your GOD be ever with you! 

 

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 Sabbath, our prayer is that GOD, WHO'S PRESENCE dwells within us, bless you abundantly and guard you, our dear ones in the coming week. May some of the sweetness of Sabbath be present throughout each day so they are filled with love and unselfishness — that happiness and contentment may abide in our homes. May the hallowed inspirations of this day give us strength to do YOUR perfect will, O GOD, with a steadfast, submissive and loving spirit and with a heart of wisdom. Amen
 We are praying for you and desire that yours is a Tov Shavua — A Good Week!  The grace of our LORD Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH be with you 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. 

 

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Customs - The Synagogue
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
If at first you don't succeed, re-define success. 

 

CUSTOMS THE SYNAGOGUE      
The origin of the Jewish Synagogue is probably to be assigned to the time of the Babylonian exile.  Having no Temple, the Jews assembled on the Sabbath to hear the Law read, and the practice continued in various buildings after the return.  "They (the enemies of GOD) resolved, 'Let us destroy them altogether!' They burned all GOD'S Tabernacles in the land." [Psalms (Tehillym) 74. 8 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

Synagogue is a Greek word for "an assembly (gathering together for religious purposes)" and was coined about the middle of the third century BC in Alexandria, where the Jews first came in contact with Grecian culture and adopted Greek as their daily speech.  As the term implies, the Synagogue is the House of Worship for the Jews and is considered the means for the preservation of the Jewish religion.  Stress is placed upon the congregation to respect the synagogue and therefore, laughing and loud talking is forbidden within its walls. 

 

GOD OMNIPOTENT calls HIS House (Synagogue, Shul, Temple, Church, Assembly) "THE HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL NATIONS."  It is the meeting place for believers whom ALMIGHTY GOD seeks to worship HIM in spirit and in truth.  The assembly of the righteous gather together not only to meet with the MOST HIGH, but to encourage one another in the LORD and to preserve their faith in HIM.  They are exhorted to gather together "even more so" as they see the day approaching when the "church age" will end because of the return of the LORD MESSIAH Y’SHUA. 

 

Maimonides, a famous Jewish Rabbi, wrote of the synagogue: "In every place where there are ten Jews it is incumbent upon them to establish an institution where men may enter to pray on every occasion for prayer and such an institution is called "Beit Ha'Kneseth." And the Jews in the community compel one another to build for themselves a Synagogue and to acquire a TORAH. And when a Synagogue is built it should be built on a high place in the city and it should be taller than all the buildings in the community."  [Maimonides] 

 

The majority of Jewish Synagogues are built in such a position that when the people of the congregation stand to pray before the platform where the "Aaron ha'Kodesh (Holy Ark)" — they are praying toward the City of Jerusalem.  This opportunity for the worshipers is given because of the SCRIPTURAL injunction, "...pray to You in the direction of their land which YOU gave to their fathers, the City which YOU have chosen." [1 Kings (Melakhim Alef) 8. 48 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

There is a total absence of all images, portraits and statues in the Jewish House of Worship honoring the second commandment, "You shall have no other gods besides ME. You shall not make for yourself a sculptured image, or any likeness of what is in the heavens above, or on the earth below, or in the waters under the earth." [Exodus (Shemot) 20. 3 - 4 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

This commandment is so ingrained in the heart of some Jews that even to him who receives his MESSIAH, there is still an aversion, not only in the church, but also in the home and other places, to portraits, etc., which attempt to show a likeness to the LORD GOD!   However, inscribed on the walls, are some SCRIPTURAL passages glorifying ALMIGHTY GOD and HIS House in one way or another to keep the interior from being too plain.  In some instances the decorations are costly. 

 

Services in the Jewish House of Worship are conducted twice daily — in the morning a little after sunrise, and in the evening shortly before sunset.  On Sabbath and holidays, services are conducted on the eve of the day, the morning, the afternoon, and the evening.  In some synagogues, we find no musical instruments.  This is to preserve the thought of mourning for the destruction of the Temple. 

 

In Orthodox (means: thinking straight or devout) Synagogues, the hands are washed before entering and for this purpose a pitcher of water is placed in the anteroom which corresponds to the laver before the Tabernacle and Temple of old.  Burial from the Synagogue in most localities, is forbidden because of the defilement of the holy place by the corpse. 

 

While in the Synagogue, worshipers keep their heads covered (a practice observed also by many persons when reading any and every HEBREW TEXT), because literature written in the so-called "holy tongue" is considered especially sacred and its study is regarded a religious act.  Some Jews consider it a sacrilege to go at any time with their head uncovered, as the high priest wore a head covering when officiating in the Sanctuary, so should every Jew when praying. 

 

During religious services or functions, Jewish men wear what is called Yarmulkuh.   The word Yarmulkuh (skull cap) is derived from the Slavic-Tartarian language.  It is made in the shape of a Kipah — the dome of heaven. 

 

Another word for this covering is the German kappel or small cap.  A Jew, who follows religious tradition covers his head at all times, even when sleeping!   Moses Maimonides wrote that "great men among our sages would not uncover their heads because they believed that GOD'S glory was around and over them."  A devout Jew will not pronounce GOD'S REVEALED NAME, recite the Sh'ma, or read from the BOOK OF THE LAW without this or a similar covering. [also called a Mitre (bonnet) in Exodus/Shemot 28. 39 & Leviticus/Vayikra 16. 4] 

 

Jewish Orthodox women always wore (and still do) a head covering (called the Shmata – which shows they are bold and proud to be a Jew) in the synagogue.  It was the custom among them to shave their hair off their heads so that it would not be seen by man and to substitute a wig or false hair called sheital or peruk.  According to the TALMUD — "A woman's hair is considered nudity" — therefore a woman's hair should be covered.  According to an ancient Jewish belief, evil spirits gained power over a woman who went with her head bare! 

 

The Jewish law states that although the head is to be kept covered, the hands are to be kept uncovered; therefore gloves must be removed during devotion.  This custom is based on the synonymous use of praying with the BIBLICAL phrase:  "spreading forth the hands." 

 

The TALMUD states that the priests in ancient times, elevated their hands up to the shoulders in the giving of the benediction.  When they were in the Temple they raised their hands up to the forehead.  This position, they felt, was in order to follow the expression "the lifting up of the hands." In his writings the Apostle Paul spoke of the worshipers as "men pray everywhere lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting." [1 Timothy 2. 8]   According to the present practice of the Rabbis, the fingers of the two hands are so joined together and separated as to form five interstices (openings close to another). 

 

Rabbis today, with their hands in the foregoing described position, pronounce the priestly prayer, "The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make HIS face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up HIS countenance upon you, and give you peace." [Numbers (B'Midvar) 6. 24 - 26 Tanakh, Torah]  This benediction is never used to dismiss the congregation! 

 

Also called the "Aaronic Benediction" — so called because Aaron was the first man whom the ALMIGHTY commissioned to use it.   In form, it is symmetrical as a cut diamond.  Three times "The LORD" appears, and three times the word "and" serves as a silver link between two golden lines.  Each line brings in a new thought.  It was spoken to the "children of Israel"  yet it is meant for the congregation.  But the congregation consists of individuals, hence ultimately it is meant for each individual member thereof.  The Benediction is a GOD-inspired poem, full of grace and truth.  It is a miniature symphony whose opening movement breathes DIVINE goodness, whose design is the grace of GOD, and whole culmination is peace.  It is really an intercessory prayer, dictated by the ETERNAL MIGHTY ONE HIMSELF.  Its words are like many angels sent forth from the THRONE OF GOD to guard and guide worshippers on their way. 

 

In synagogues, suspended immediately in front of the Aaron ha'Kodesh (Holy Ark) is the perpetual lamp.   It is constantly kept burning, as the name indicates.  The lamp is made either of gold, silver, copper or burnished brass.  This lamp is in obedience to the command of GOD:   "You shall further instruct the Israelites to bring you pure oil of beaten olives for lighting, for kindling lamps to burn continually. Aaron and his sons shall set them up in the Tabernacle of Meeting, outside the veil which is over the Ark of Testimony, to burn from evening to morning before the LORD. It shall be a due from the children of Israel throughout the ages." [Exodus (Shemot) 27. 20 - 21 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

An orthodox congregation separates the women from the men in their worship.  The women meet in the court for women and the men in the court for men.  This dates back to the times of the Temple when the women were not permitted to enter the premises of the sanctuary for fear of distracting the men in their devotions. 

 

Isn’t it wonderful how the LORD Y’SHUA enlightens us with HIS WORD that elevates women to a honored and distinguished position worthy of praise and nobility; a valued creature to be cherished and protected! 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Joyously Welcoming Sabbath! [Sabbath of Lech Lecha “Go Out” – Reading: Genesis 12:1-17:27; Isaiah 40:27-41:16; John 8:51-58] Praised are YOU, LORD our GOD, SOVEREIGN of the Universe, WHO makes us holy with YOUR mitzvoth and favors us with the Holy Shabbat, lovingly and graciously given to us.  Assuredly, HE WHO keeps Israel neither slumbers or sleeps! HalleluYAH!
 May we return to the LORD GOD with all our hearts, mind and souls — seeking HIM while HE may be found and calling upon HIS HOLY 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. 

 

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Tender Mercies & Lovingkindness
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Beloved are sufferings, as they are a sign of GOD’S mercy. [TALMUD] 

 

TENDER MERCIES & LOVINGKINDNESS      
"O LORD, be mindful of YOUR tender mercies and YOUR lovingkindnesses, they are as old as time." [Psalms (Tehillym) 25. 6 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

The Hebrew word translated "lovingkindness" is chesed — it connotes faithful, unfailing, absolutely steadfast love.  In the OLD COVENANT — communion, deliverance, enablement, enlightenment, guidance, forgiveness, hope, praise, and preservation are all based on GOD’S chesed

 

These eloquently descriptive words, "tender mercies" and "lovingkindness" in the acrostic Psalms are so very picturesque of our BELOVED.  No matter how obsolete or outdated the language, the attributes they represent come from "times of old" — yet they are comforting for us today.  They emphatically reflect the characteristics, the distinctiveness of our wonderful LORD GOD 

 

These are some of the richly magnificent SCRIPTURAL testimonies associated with those precious, though archaic, terms that were unfortunately dropped from most newer translations of the BIBLE — to our disadvantage for it has impoverished our speech and perhaps even our souls. 

 

This theme occurs a number of times in HOLY SCRIPTURE: "Do not withhold YOUR tender mercies from me, O LORD; let YOUR lovingkindness and YOUR TRUTH continually preserve me." [Psalms (Tehillym) 40. 11 Tanakh, Kethuvim] "Have mercy upon me, O ELOHIYM, as befits YOUR lovingkindness; according to the abundance of YOUR tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly of my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin." [Psalms (Tehillym) 51. 1 - 2 Tanakh, Kethuvim] "Hear me, O LORD, for YOUR lovingkindness is great; in accordance with YOUR abundant and tender mercies turn to me." [Psalms (Tehillym) 69. 16 Tanakh, Kethuvim] "It is HE (the LORD) WHO redeems your life from the Pit, surrounds you with lovingkindness and tender mercies. HE satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's." [Psalms (Tehillym) 103. 4 - 5 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

All the occurrences of these two expressions, either separate or together, are applied only to the LORD GOD OF HEAVEN except one found in the Proverbs ("the tender mercies of the wicked is cruelty." Proverbs/Tehillym 12. 10-b).  When the term applies to men, other terminology is used (compassion, kindness, forgiveness, gentleness, etc.).  How appropriate, for our AWESOME & GRACIOUS HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL is uniquely the GOD of love and mercy.  Although it is true that none of us deserve HIS lovingkindness or tender mercy — "The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and abounding in mercy. The LORD is good to all, and HIS tender mercies are over all HIS works. All YOUR works shall praise YOU, O LORD, and YOUR faithful ones shall bless YOU." [Psalms (Tehillym) 145. 8 - 10 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  — How can we help but praise and adore HIM. 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!  
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
May your life be a witness and beneficiary of GOD MOST HIGH'S care, love and presence. HIS grace is greater then all our needs!
 O GOD, do not keep silent; do not hold aloof; do not be quiet, O EL! For YOUR enemies rage, Your foes assert themselves, they plot craftily against YOUR people, take counsel against YOUR treasured ones. They say, “Let us wipe them out as a nation; Israel’s name will be mentioned no more.”  Deal with them, O my GOD, make them like thistledown, like chaff driven by the wind, as a fire burns a forest, as flames scorch the hills, pursue them with YOUR tempest, terrify them with YOUR storm. Cover their faces with shame so that they seek YOUR NAME, O YEHOWAH. May they be frustrated and terrified, disgraced and doomed forever. May they know that YOUR NAME, YOURS alone is YEHOWAH, the MOST HIGH over all the earth. [see Psalms/Tehillym 83]  

 

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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Readiness, A Command
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Staying alive is not the same thing as living with a purpose. 

 

READINESS, A COMMAND       
"Sanctify the LORD GOD in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Y’SHUA, the PRINCE may be ashamed." [1 Peter 3. 15 - 16] 

 

Peter is urgently advising the pilgrims in the world of the importance of being prepared with answers for the increasingly growing hostility toward the only True Faith in MESSIAH. Opposition to the followers of Y’SHUA requires an ability to defend the faith and conduct. Peter is encouraging believers to be ready to do so in an intelligent and gracious way. [1 Peter 3. 13 - 16] Three times the Apostle Peter reminds us that we will suffer, but it should be for righteousness sake and not as a result of sinful behavior. [1 Peter 3. 17; 2. 20; 4. 15-16] 

 

The Apostle Paul’s testimony was of his confidence that, "HE who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of JESUS CHRIST; just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the GOSPEL, you all are partakers with me of grace." [Philippians 1. 6 - 7]  Continuing by saying, "knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the GOSPEL" [Philippians 1. 17] stressing the vital importance of defending the GLORIOUS GOSPEL, affirming his determination to defend the GOSPEL, and reminding his fellow CHRISTian brothers that they also are participants in its defense. 

 

These facts are sufficient to show that the GOOD NEWS does need defending by those who embrace it.  Defense or apologetics refers to a formal, carefully structured defense, speaking of a careful, scientific presentation of arguments defending the GOSPEL from its enemies. 

 

The SAVING GOSPEL of the LORD Y’SHUA ha’MASHIACH encompasses HIS great works of creation, incarnation, atoning death, triumphant resurrection, and soon-coming Kingdom was under attack in Paul’s days, just as it is today.  We urgently need to be prepared to give an effective defense wherever and whenever needed. 

 

Several passages in the OLD COVENANT encourage the believer to be standing up for righteousness:  "The fear of the LORD is the beginning (best part) of knowledge." [Proverbs (Mishle) 1. 7 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  "The heart of the righteous studies (Hebrew: hagah — rehears, ponder, meditate, mourn, mutter) to answer." [Proverbs (Mishle) 15. 28 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  "The preparations of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD." [Proverbs (Mishle) 16. 1 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

The SUPREME ONE does not want idle faith.  We can never be close enough, HE wants us to draw nearer and totally trust and believe in HIM.  As we do, our faith becomes stronger and our lives take on new purpose.  We no longer only read about HIS wondrous deeds in HIS marvelous life and Word, but we experience them in our own as we continue to walk in Him. 

 

Readiness is a command, not an option.  CHRIST-like-ones will suffer, but our faith should not waver counting it a privilege to share the knowledge and the suffering of our LORD and helping others to overcome their bitter and disquieted attitude, replacing it with dependency on and confidence in GOD MOST HIGH.  When the MESSIAH, Y’SHUA THE CHIEF SHEPHERD & OVERSEER of believers appears, those who know HIM will be glorified. Thus, it behooves us to study diligently and be authentic in our witnessing. 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
We thank YOU, O GOD, for YOUR providence which keeps the spirit of truth, justice and peace alive in the hearts of men. We pray for YOU to instill us with holy zeal to work in the cause for which it was established. May we live in freedom everywhere and unite us to sing a new song of salvation and deliverance. Impart YOUR blessing, O GOD on our homes that they be a refuge for weary souls; and grant the blessing of liberty, justice and peace to all YOUR children now and in the hard and dark days to come.  In YOU alone is found strength in trouble, light in darkness, and hope in adversity. 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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Cursed For Dividing My Land
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
If you don't know where you are going, you should at least know how to get there. 

 

CURSED FOR DIVIDING MY LAND       
"For lo! in those days and in that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will contend with them over MY very own people, Israel, which they scattered among the nations. For they divided MY Land among themselves and cast lots for MY people." [Joel (Yoel) 3. 1 - 3 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

How can there be any question as to WHOM the land of Israel belongs, or who is to be in possession of it?  It was given to the Israelites as an "everlasting inheritance" from the ALMIGHTY CREATOR, the KING & RIGHTEOUS JUDGE.  There are numerous SCRIPTURES confirming that the lands of all the earth belong to GOD MOST HIGH.  On the day the LORD GOD "cut the covenant" with Avram (Abraham) the HOLY ONE said — "To your offspring I assign this Land, from the River of Egypt (Nile) to the great river, the River Euphrates." [Genesis (Berepooh) 15. 18 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

Speaking to Moses, the ALMIGHTY ONE said — "if you will obey ME faithfully and keep MY covenant, you shall be MY treasured possession among all the peoples. Indeed, all the earth is MINE." [Exodus (Shemot) 19. 5 Tanakh, Torah]   "The Land must not be sold beyond reclaim, for the Land is MINE; you are but strangers resident with ME." [Leviticus (Vayikra) 25. 23 Tanakh, Torah]  Moses was even instructed as to the division of the Land among the tribes, "These are the names of the men through whom THE LAND shall be apportioned (divided) as an INHERITANCE FOR YOU: Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun. And you shall take a leader of each tribe through whom the Land shall be apportioned (divided) for the inheritance." [Numbers (B'Midvar) 34. 16 - 18 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

The ALMIGHTY ONE gives the land to whoever HE chooses: Speaking to Joshua, the LORD GOD said, "As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide, as an inheritance, the Land which I swore to their fathers to assign to them. But you must be very strong and resolute to observe faithfully all the Teachings that MY servant Moses enjoined upon you. Do not deviate from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Let not this BOOK OF THE LAW cease from your lips, but recite it day and night, so that you may observe faithfully all that is written in it. Only then will you prosper in your undertakings and only then will you be successful." [Joshua (Yehoshua) 1. 5 - 8 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

"Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them When you cross the Jordan into the Land of Canaan, you shall DISPOSSESS (drive out) all the inhabitants of the Land; destroy all their engraved objects; you shall destroy all their molded images; and you shall demolish all their cult places. And you shall take possession of the Land and settle in it, for I have assigned the Land to you to possess. You shall divide the Land among yourselves by lot, clan by clan, as an inheritance...you shall inherit your portion according to your ancestral tribes." [Numbers (B'Midvar) 33. 51 - 54 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

Although the children of Israel disobeyed the LORD GOD, in HIS mercy, HE will bring them back and give them their inheritance as HE promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  "I give to you and your offspring to come, all the Land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their GOD." [Genesis (Bereshith) 17. 8 Tanakh, Torah]  "As the LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel out of the northland and out of all the lands to which HE had banished them. For I will bring them back to their Land which I gave to their fathers." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 16. 15 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  "For the days are coming declares the LORD when I will restore the fortunes of MY people Israel and Judah said the LORD; and I will bring them back to the Land that I gave their fathers, and they shall possess it." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 30. 3 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

"Assuredly, thus says the LORD GOD I will now restore the fortunes of Jacob and take the whole House of Israel back in love; and I will be zealous for MY HOLY NAME. They will forget their shame and all their trespasses that they committed in being unfaithful to ME, when they dwelt in their own land secure and untroubled. When I have brought them back from among the peoples and gathered them out of the lands of their enemies and have manifested MY holiness through them in the sight of many nations, they shall know that I the LORD am their GOD when, having exiled them among the nations, I gather them back into their land and leave none of them behind. I will never again hide MY face from them; for I will pour out MY SPIRIT upon the House of Israel declares the LORD GOD." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 39. 25 - 29 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

Remember, there is a curse on everyone who curses Israel:  "Cursed be they who curse you (Israel), Blessed be they who bless you (Israel)!" [Genesis (Bereshith) 27. 29 Tanakh, Torah]  A wise and understanding heart makes the best judgment. 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
The sword comes into the world because of justice being delayed, because of justice being perverted, and because of those who render wrong decisions.
May the MASTER of mercy, show HIS mercy and compassion to all of you, our beloved.
”HEAVENLY FATHER, teach us to emulate YOUR oWN grace and mercy. Cause YOUR Truth to fall upon our hearts like seed upon fertile ground. And, may we learn to love YOUR Law ever more deeply and to find in it the beauty of holiness.  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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