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Atonement Prayer for the New Year

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Peace is not the absence of pain. Peace is not the absence of pressure. Peace is confidence that the ALMIGHTY CREATOR knows what HE is doing and allowing HIM to reign and guide your life. "Fear the LORD and the king. Do not join with the rebellious, for disaster and destruction comes sudden from those two that are given to change; who knows the doom and calamity they can bring?" [Proverbs/Mishle 24. 21 – 22] . . .the precise proverb for biased rulers, it comes with warning for those subject to change.  

 

ATONEMENT PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR     
 O LORD, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare YOUR praises. YOU are blessed, O LORD our GOD and GOD of our fathers, GOD of Abraham, GOD of Isaac, and GOD of Jacob, the great, mighty and revered GOD, the MOST HIGH GOD, WHO bestows lovingkindness, and possesses all things, who remembers the pious deeds of the patriarchs, and in love will bring the REDEEMER to their children’s children for YOUR REVERED NAME’S sake.

 

 Remember us unto life, O KING, WHO delights in life, and inscribe us in the BOOK OF LIFE, for YOUR OWN sake, O LIVING GOD.  O KING, HELPER, SAVIOR & SHIELD.  Blessed are YOU, O LORD, the SHIELD of Abraham.  YOU, O LORD, are mighty forever; YOU quicken the dead, YOU are mighty to save.

 

 LORD, YOU sustain the living with lovingkindness, quicken the dead with great mercy, support the falling, heal the sick, loose the bound, and keep YOUR faithfulness to them that sleep in the dust.  Who is like YOU, LORD of mighty acts, and who resembles YOU, O KING, WHO kills and quickens, and causes salvation to spring forth?

 

 Who is like YOU, FATHER OF MERCY, WHO in mercy remembers YOUR creatures unto life?  Yes! faithful are YOU to quicken the dead.  Blessed are YOU, O LORD, WHO quickens the dead.  YOU are holy and YOUR NAME is "HOLY" and holy beings praise YOU daily. Selah

 

 Now, therefore, O LORD GOD, CAPTAIN OF THE HOST OF THE LORD, impose YOUR awe upon all YOUR works, and YOUR dread upon all that YOU have created, that all works may fear YOU and all creatures prostrate themselves before YOU that they may all form a single band to do YOUR will with a perfect heart, even as we know, O LORD our GOD, that dominion is YOURS, strength is in YOUR hand, and might in YOUR right hand, and that YOUR NAME is to be feared above all that YOU have created.

 

 Give then glory, O LORD, unto YOUR people, praise to them that fear YOU, hope to them that seek YOU, and free speech to them that wait for YOU, joy to YOUR land, gladness to YOUR City, a flourishing horn to David YOUR servant, and a clear shining light to the SON of Jesse, YOUR ANOINTED, speedily and in our days.

 

 Then shall the just also see and be glad, and the upright shall exult, and the pious triumphantly rejoice, while iniquity shall close her mouth, and all wickedness shall be wholly consumed like smoke, when YOU, my EVERLASTING PRAISE, make the dominion of arrogance to pass away from the earth.

 

 And YOU, O LORD, shall reign, YOU alone over all YOUR works on Mount Zion, the dwelling place of YOUR wondrous splendor, and in Jerusalem, YOUR Holy City, as it is written in YOUR HOLY WORDS, "The LORD shall reign forever, your GOD, O Zion, unto all generations. HalleluYAH." [Psalms (Tehillym) 146. 10 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

 

 LORD GOD, YOU are holy, and dreaded is YOUR NAME, and there is no god beside YOU, as it is written — "And the LORD OF HOSTS is exalted by judgment, the HOLY GOD OF CREATION is sanctified in righteousness, proved holy by justice." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 5. 16 Tanakh, Nevi'im] Blessed are YOU, O LORD, the GLORIOUS HOLY KING.

 

 YOU have chosen us from all peoples, YOU have loved us and taken pleasure in us, and have exalted us above all tongues; YOU have sanctified us by YOUR commandments, and brought us near unto YOUR services, O our KING, and have called us by YOUR GREAT & HALLOWED NAME.  Blessed be the MAGNIFICENT NAME OF OUR LORD.  Amen

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Good Sabbath! Come my dear friend, to meet the Bride, the Sabbath presence, let us welcome. We honor and praise the LORD YESHUA, the ONE WHO gives true Sabbath peace and rest and separates the sacred from the ordinary.  Refresh yourself and others in the wisdom & discernment, love & kindness of the ALMIGHTY ONE — that you continue to experience some of the sweetness of Sabbath daily. 
 Our prayer: "FATHER, we ask YOU to bless our friends and family as we enter another year of service to YOU, the CHAMPION DEFENDER of our faith.  We humbly ask YOU to minister to their spirit. Where there is pain, give them YOUR peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubting, release a renewed confidence in YOUR ability to work through them. Those who are tired and exhausted, we ask YOU to give them understanding, patience and strength as they learn submission to YOUR leading.  Where there is spiritual stagnation, we ask YOU, LORD GOD to reveal YOUR nearness, drawing them into a greater intimacy with YOU. Where there is fear, reveal YOUR love and release to them YOUR boldness and courage. Where there is a sin blocking that intimate relationship with YOU, reveal it and break its hold over our loved one's life. Bless their finances, give them greater vision and raise up leaders and more friends to support and encourage them.  Give each of our cherished ones discernment to recognize the evil forces around them and reveal to them the mighty power they have in YOU to defeat the foes. This we ask of YOU in the precious name of YESHUA, the MESSIAH & KING."
May the LORD JESUS dwell in your heart and keep you rooted and grounded in love and fill you with all the glorious blessings from GOD MOST HIGH. 
 "Now to HIM WHO is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the PRESENCE OF HIS GLORY with exceeding joy, to GOD our SAVIOR WHO alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever, Amen!" [Jude 25]
 

 

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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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; [NEHEMIAH].
 

Two Babes In A Manger

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
A thousand candles light the earth announcing the SAVIOR'S birth. A thousand universes sing, the coming of our MESSIAH, LORD & KING.

TWO BABES IN A MANGER            
  In 1994, two Americans answered an invitation from the Russian Department of Education to teach morals and ethics (based on BIBLICAL principles) in the public schools. They were invited to teach at prisons, businesses, the fire and police departments and a large orphanage. About 100 boys and girls, who had been abandoned, abused, and left in the care of a government-run program were in the orphanage.

They relate the following story in their own words:  It was nearing the holiday season, time for our orphans to hear, for the first time, the traditional Story of CHRISTmas. We told them about Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem. Finding no room in the inn, the couple went to a stable, where the BABY JESUS, Immanu’El, was born and placed in a manger.

  Throughout the story, the children and orphanage staff sat in amazement as they listened. Some sat on the edges of their stools, trying to grasp every word.  Completing the story, we gave the children three small pieces of cardboard to make a crude manger. Each child was given a small paper square, cut from yellow napkins I had brought with me. No colored paper was available in the city. Following instructions, the children tore the paper and carefully laid strips in the manger for straw. Small squares of flannel (cut from a worn-out nightgown an American lady was throwing away as she left Russia), were used for the baby's blanket.

  A doll-like baby was cut from tan felt we had brought from the United States. The orphans were busy assembling their manger as I walked among them to see if they needed any help. All went well until I got to one table where little Misha sat. He looked to be about 6-years-old and had finished his project. As I looked at the little boy's manger, was startled to see not one, but two babies in the manger. Quickly, I called for the translator to ask the lad why there were two babies in the manger.

  Crossing his arms in front of him and looking at this completed manger scene, the child began to repeat the story very seriously. For such a young boy, who had only heard the CHRISTmas Story once, he related the happenings accurately — until he came to the part where Mary put the BABY JESUS in the manger. Then Misha started to ad-lib, he made up his own ending to the story as he said:  "And when Mary laid the BABY in the manger, JESUS looked at me and asked me if I had a place to stay.  I told HIM— "I have no Mamma and I have no Papa, so I don't have any place to stay."  Then JESUS told me I could stay with HIM. But I told HIM I couldn't because I didn't have a gift to give HIM like everybody else did. But I wanted to stay with JESUS so much, so I thought about what I had that maybe I could use for a gift.  I thought maybe if I kept HIM warm, that would be a good gift. So I asked JESUS, "If I keep YOU warm, will that be a good enough gift?" And JESUS told me— "If you keep ME warm, that will be the best gift anybody ever gave ME."

  So I got into the manger, and then JESUS looked at me and HE told me I could stay with HIM — for always.

As little Misha finished his story, his eyes brimmed full of tears that splashed down his little cheeks. Putting his hand over his face, his head dropped to the table and his shoulders shook as he sobbed and sobbed. The little orphan had found someONE WHO would never abandon nor abuse him, someONE WHO would stay with him — for always!

  And the Americans? They had learned the lesson they had come there to teach — that it is not what you have in your life, but WHO you have in your life that really counts. We all should give thanks for the people that "keep us warm" in life; and for all of GOD'S many blessings to us: Freedom from want, love, life eternal, togetherness, and the enduring love of JESUS CHRIST, the ONE PERSON WHO keeps us warm and safe always. [Author Unknown]

"I, the LORD, in MY grace, have called you in righteousness, and I have held you by the hand. I created you and appointed you a covenant people, for a light of the nations." [Isaiah/Yeshayah 42. 6 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  Walk joyously in the light and warmth of ALMIGHTY GOD'S love. And may the HOLY ONE fill you with peace and happiness this CHRISTmas Season.


Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
As we bid farewell to Sabbath, our prayer is that GOD, WHO'S PRESENCE dwells within us, bless you abundantly.
 Help us, O our GOD, to banish from our hearts all pride and vain-glory, all confidence in worldly possessions, all self-sufficient leaning upon our own reason.  Fill us with the spirit of meekness and the grace of modesty, that we may become wise in the fear of YOU. May we never forget that all we have and prize is but lent to us, a trust for which we must render account to YOU.   O HEAVENLY FATHER , put into our hearts the love and fear of YOU, that we my consecrate our lives to YOUR service and glorify YOUR NAME in the eyes of all men. 
 May some of the sweetness of Sabbath be present throughout the week.  Have a joyous & peace-filled CHRISTmas! Remember always the HOLY ONE WHOM we celebrate and adore this special SeaSON!


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.kralman@comcast.net

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; [Ezekiel].
 

Sent from Israel
Shalom, !

Dr. Eli from Israel is here again with the next insight from Biblical Hebrew and Jewish History. Are you ready? I trust you are.

We all have heard of Bethlehem. Both King David and Jesus Christ were born there. However, what does the word “Bethlehem” mean in Hebrew and Aramaic? Why is what happened there in history? The famed city lies south of Jerusalem. It was often called Bethlehem of Judea, because there was also Bethlehem of Galilee. Rachel, one of Israel’s matriarchs, was laid to rest there. Ruth the Moabite (David’s grandmother) made her famous declaration about joining Israel there as well (Ruth 4:13, 22). Samuel, the prophet who anointed David to rule over Israel, was from Bethlehem (1 Sam.1). The water that three soldiers brought to David’s cave which sustained his life was also from Bethlehem (2 Sam.23:13-17). The prophet Micah declared that the ultimate King of Israel would also be born in this town (Micah 5:2). So clearly, this town was of enormous spiritual significance in Israelite history.

Ok, so that’s the history, but is there something in the original language that we cannot see in translation? There answer is a resounding YES!

The word Bethlehem is actually made up of two Hebrew words: Beit (House) and Lechem (Bread). The meaning emerges clearly. Bethlehem is nothing short of - that’s right - the House of Bread! It is interesting that in Aramaic (a parallel to Hebrew Semitic tongue) the word “Lechem” does not mean bread, but rather meat. This tells us that the idea behind the House of Bread is an idea of food, nourishment and life sustenance!

Isn’t it fascinating?! Please, pass this email to your friends! Let Jewish History and Biblical Hebrew continue to enlighten our study of these Ancient Scriptures.

Until next time,



Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg,
Research Professor of Jewish and Christian Studies
Email: Eli.Lizorkin@eteachergroup.com

P.S. I invite you to enroll in one of our Biblical Hebrew classes. It is easy, affordable, excellent and flexible. Click here for more info www.eteacherbiblical.com/Dr.Eli

P.S.S. If this fits your spiritual orientation, you can read more about the importance of Jewish Studies for New Testament interpretation on my blog, “Jewish Studies for Christians”. Click here – JewishStudies.eteacherbiblical.com
Prayer for my Nephew William Cruthirds

My dearest family in Christ,

please add my nephew William Cruthirds to your prayers.  New years night during the pyrotechnics display (fireworks) one of the devices exploded in his hand - destroying his hand so badly it had to be removed.  Is is only 25, just coming into his manhood.  The boy has also faced cancer and now this.  Today the doctor had to perform surgery again because of damage they missed at first. 

This may be the wrong place to post this, but I wanted to get the word out as quickly as possible.

A Need to Read (This may be heart wrenching for some)

 

A Need to Read

 

Will Schwalbe’s recently published book, The End of Your Life Book Club, describes the author’s two-year book club with his mother, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Both avid readers, the mother and son decide to read the same books and use them as a vehicle for communicating with each other through the stress of chemo treatments, through the pain and loneliness of dying, and through the helplessness of watching a beloved parent fading away. It so closely mirrored the experience I had with my own mother. Like so many, I am no stranger to the broad and sweeping effects of losing someone to cancer.

Mamma never wavered in her conviction that the books of the Bible are the most powerful tool in the human arsenal. She taught me that you can make a difference in the world and that the gleanings from those books really do matter: They’re how we know what we need to do in life, and how we tell others. Through her example and over the course of two years and dozens of books and hundreds of hours in hospitals, reading the Bible together was a way to share and to get closer to each other and stay close. It was like reading the directions together of a project we were zealous to complete, one that defined much in both our lives and cemented the experience forever in my heart.  It was a powerful and humbling experience as well as one of the most rewarding of my life.  It was the pinnacle of the things she taught me about reading in general and about the love of reading God’s word.

I loved books even before I could read them. I loved how they looked, how they felt in my arms, like piles full of wisdom just for me. I remember in school on my first library visit the librarian told me that I could take out as many books as I wanted, I was so excited. Very soon (as I grew older) I would lose myself in its quiet, cozy aisles. I would leave with as many books as I could carry, and I would set them up on my dresser. Long into the night, starting from the day I learned to read, I would read and imagine finding both excitement and solace. One of my all time favorite places is still a library or a bookstore. I don’t always have to purchase anything, sometimes I just look upon the adventures and possibilities that each book may offer.  Many times I will strike up conversations with folks and inevitably end up asking: “What are you reading?”

That is also the question that I happened to ask a Jewish woman (a DOD school teacher) sitting next to me on flight from Okinawa to the US several years ago. We were reading and scribbling in our notebooks, when I spotted the familiar-looking book title. It turned out we were in the middle of reading the same Old Testament book.

After a wonderful conversation about all of the deep, intriguing ideas that were in the book we decided that we would read a certain number of pages a night, and then e‑mail each other our thoughts. When we finished that book, we went on to another one. It was uncanny that even after our return to Okinawa we prepared for holidays and family celebrations together, and encouraged each other through life’s many hurdles.

 I remembered this amazing experience and sometimes at night and sometimes at dawn, depending on where I was in the world, Mamma and I pored over words of wisdom we read in the Bible and held them up for each other like jewels in our palms. The struggles we encountered with many ideas (released as we read scripture) became a channel for us to understand ourselves and the meaning of the events that had befallen us. It became (and still remains to this day) a means to both rise above and contend with the ups and downs of an ordinary day, a day otherwise extraordinary as children of God.

I was unable to share this type of sharing with Daddy. I was young when he died and by the time these experiences with Mamma began all of my Grandparents and many other family members were no longer with us.

I found myself reading the scriptures to engage with life, instead of trying to escape its difficulties.  Because of our own two-person Bible study  that has no name and no place and no set time, I have begun to see reading in a different light than I have since I first peered into the word of God. Reading used to be a way for me to escape the world. It was a way to travel to other lands without moving. It was a way to vicariously live someone a different life without risking changing my own. But reading with a study partner turned the Bible and other books into a life-altering force for me. When we read about someone else’s life in the Bible, I began to wonder if and how it could and should change my own. 

I came to realize also that secular books can block us sometimes spiritually, especially when the story itself takes God out of the picture. We are drawn into the characters’ lives, and we begin to see life through their eyes: the carnal desires and emptiness of this world. It may just be a story, but each story leaves an imprint on our minds. It changes how we see ourselves and how we see the world. It also serves to convolute our belief system and even cast doubt where none existed before.

A two-person Bible study has shown me three ways to grow as a Christian:

1. Ask yourself what you have learned as you read the Bible or other books

I used to read without really thinking critically about what I was absorbing. Now, after each paragraph, I ask myself: What have I learned from this? Sometimes the ideas are simple and familiar. Sometimes it seems at first glance like a simple idea, but then I see that I have just begun to the scratch the surface of the meanings in scripture. It opens my eyes to how multi-tiered and deep wisdom contained in the Bible can be.

2. Teach What You Have Learned

When I have to actually put into words what I have learned, and give it over to another person, it takes my reading to a whole other level. The Bible has a way of doing that doesn’t it? And once I share an idea with one person, I am able to share it with others in my life as well. Reading used to be a way for me to only receive knowledge and experience. It became a way for me to give and share with others.

3. Apply what you read

The words connect us. They inspire us. They make us want to learn more.  They touch that part of us, our spirit, and awaken our faith. When I learn about a character trait of Christ or others that I admire, I try to emulate it that day. If I read about an amazing time in church history, I think about how we can bring some of those strengths into our lives today. I try to use the ideas to make me a better man, a better father, a better person.

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