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Worthy, O Lord
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
The reward of virtue is virtue. 

 

WORTHY, O LORD       
"Blessed are YOU, LORD, GOD OF ISRAEL our FATHER, from eternity to eternity. YOURS, LORD, are greatness, might, power, glory, splendor, triumph, victory, honor and majesty Yes, all that is in heaven and on earth; to YOU, LORD, belong kingship and preeminence above all." [1 Chronicles (Dibre Hayamin Alef) 29. 10 - 11 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

This is a part of King David's prayer at the time of Solomon's coronation as his successor.  Although David and Solomon were the greatest kings of Israel, and in the world, David rightly acknowledged that the LORD GOD HIMSELF was the TRUE KING ETERNAL, not only of Israel, but of all heaven and earth.  HE is the RENOWNED, SUPREME RULER — OMNIPOTENT, OMNIPRESENT LORD over all.  

 

Even the cherubim will again repeat David's great prayer: "Give unto the LORD the glory due HIS NAME; bow down and worship the LORD, majestic in holiness." [Psalms (Tehillym) 29. 2 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  "Worthy is the LAMB WHO was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!" [Revelation 5. 12]  "YOU are worthy, O LORD, to receive glory and honor and power; for YOU created all things, and for YOUR pleasure they exist and were created." [Revelation 4. 11]  "For by HIM all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through HIM and for HIM." [Colossians 1. 16] 

 

Then soon after that, "the twenty-four elders" utter their prayer:  "We give YOU thanks, O LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, the ONE WHO is and WHO was and WHO is to come, because YOU have taken to YOURSELF YOUR great power and have reined." [Revelation 11. 17] Alleluia! the LORD GOD OMNIPOTENT reigns!  

 

Someday, every knee will bow and every tongue shall confess that MESSIAH YESHUA is KING of kings and LORD of lords.  "I have established MY KING on Zion, MY holy mountain! So now, O kings, be prudent; accept instruction and discipline, you rulers of the earth! Kiss the SON, pay homage, reverence and honour to HIM in good faith, lest HE be angered, and your way be doomed in the mere flash of HIS anger. Blessed are all who take refuge and put their trust in HIM." [Psalms (Tehillym) 2. 6, 10, 12 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  This gives added meaning with the proverb that teaches:  "He who gives a straightforward answer is like giving a kiss." [Proverbs (Mishle) 24. 26 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  

 

In that day, "there shall be no more curse; but the Throne of GOD and of the LAMB shall be in it; and HIS servants shall serve HIM." [Revelation 22. 3]   Hallelu'YAH!  Blessed are those who put their trust in the MASTER. 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
O INFINITE & MERCIFUL CREATOR , firm in the faith we are emboldened to seek YOUR PRESENCE, and we are assured that we shall find YOU if, with sincere hearts, we seek YOU. As the flowers of the field drink of the dew of heaven and of the radiance of the sun, so would we, lifting our spirits unto YOU, drink of the pure fountains of holiness. In YOU alone our souls rejoice, for YOU are our life, our joy, and our song. 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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Still He Walked
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
When the ALMIGHTY ONE punishes the wicked, HIS NAME is made great and holy. [Mechilta, Kiddush ha'Shem] 
Yigdal sh'mo umalkhuto — May HIS NAME and Kingdom grow.

 

STILL HE WALKED     
HE could hear the multitude screaming

 "Crucify!  Crucify!"

— HE could hear the hatred in their voices,

 these were HIS Chosen People.

 

HE loved them and they were going to crucify HIM.

HE was beaten, bleeding and weakened —

 HIS heart was broken,

 but still HE walked.

 

HE surveyed the crowd as HE came from the palace.

HE knew each of the faces so well, HE had created them.

HE knew every smile, their laughter, and each tear shed,

 but now they were contorted with rage and anger —

 HIS heart was broken,

 but still HE walked.

 

Was HE afraid?

You and I would have been so.

HIS humanness would have mandated that HE was.
Instead, HE knew what HE came to do!
HE knowingly did all for humanity.

HIS disciples had left, denied, and even betrayed HIM.

HE searched the crowd for a loving face, but saw few.

Then HE turned HIS eyes to the ONLY ONE that mattered

 and HE was assured that this was HIS FATHER'S will.

HE looked back at the crowd,

 at the people who were spitting on HIM,

 throwing rocks and mocking HIM,

 and HE knew it was for them that HE came.

So for them, HE walked.

 

Deafening sounds of the hammer striking the spikes

 echoed  triumphantly through the crowd.

However, HIS cries were even more prominent

 then the cheers of the crowd.

HIS hands and feet were nailed to the rugged cross

 as pain intensified with each blow.

Loudest of all was the still small voice inside HIS heart

 that whispered, "I am with YOU, MY SON!"
 
— and GOD'S heart broke —

 HE had let HIS ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON walk.

 

YESHUA, the MESSIAH could have asked GOD to end HIS suffering,

 but instead, HE asked GOD to "Forgive!"

Not to forgive HIM,

 but to forgive the ones who were persecuting HIM.

As HE hung on that cross dying an unimaginable death,

 HE looked out and saw, not only the faces in the mob,

 but HE could see the face of every person HE was dying for,

 and HIS heart filled with love.

 

Although HIS body was dying,

 HIS heart was alive —
 — ALIVE with immeasurable,

 unconditional love HE has for each of us.

That is why HE walked.

 

When I forget how much my GOD loves me,

 I remember HIS walk.

When I wonder if I can, without doubt, truly be forgiven,

 I remember HIS walk.

When I need reminded of how to live like MESSIAH YESHUA did,

 I think of HIS walk.

So, to express how much I love HIM,

 when I wake each morning, I turn my eyes to HIM,

 — and I walk.

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!  
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Our beloved friends our prayer is that GOD ETERNAL will hear our prayer and give us a renewed spiritual awakening, increase our love and brotherhood among us by HIS PRECIOUS SON'S atoning blood.

We wish to express our love to each of you...giving thanks to the HOLY ONE WHO gives good things to HIS children. 

 

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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Amazing, Astonishing Teaching
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
To keep yourself in good shape, practice random acts of intelligent thinking and senseless acts of self-control.

 

AMAZING, ASTONISHING TEACHING      
"And when the multitudes heard this, they were astonished at HIS Teaching." [Matthew 22. 33]

 

Time and again the multitudes were astonished at the amazing teaching of the LORD JESUS.  This occurrence was after the Sadducees questioned the MASTER about the resurrection and HE made it clear that they knew neither the power GOD nor the SCRIPTURES. 

 

The first use teaching, doctrine by the MESSIAH was just after HIS sermon on the Mount, where the people again were astonished at what HE was saying because HIS Word was with such power. [Matthew 7. 28]  When JESUS taught in the synagogue at Capernaum — again they were astonished at HIS Teaching, for HE taught them "as one having authority, and not as the scribes." [Mark 1. 21 – 22; also Luke 4. 31 – 34]  Even the "scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy HIM; for they feared HIM, because all the people were astonished at HIS teaching." [Mark 11. 18 – 19]  And the preaching of the LORD from Paul’s mouth astonished many of the proconsul and they believed when they heard what was being taught and saw what had been done. [see Acts 13. 4 - 12] 

 

MESSIAH YESHUA spoke with authority, not as the scribes for HE held the credentials to declare, "MY doctrine is not MINE, but HIS WHO sent ME. If anyone wills to do HIS will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from GOD or whether I speak on MY OWN authority. Whoever speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but HE who seeks the glory of the ONE who sent HIM is true, and no unrighteousness is in HIM." [John 7. 16 – 19] 

 

Paul taught this astonishing doctrine too being very careful to teach only the WORD OF GOD.  This too is our due, to teach only the context of the inerrant, doctrinal authority of GOD’S WRITTEN WORD.  Teaching and doctrine are the same, so true instruction is indoctrination "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you" [Matthew 28. 20]  — the central theme of MESSIAH’S Great Commission.  It is imperative that we, like Paul, "declare to you the whole counsel of GOD" [Acts 20. 27]; for "whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of CHRIST does not have GOD. He who abides in the doctrine of CHRIST has both the FATHER and the SON. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds." [2 John 9 - 11] 

 

Truly, we serve an amazingly astonishing wonderful HOLY MASTER. 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
 Bidding farewell to Shabbat! May it be YOUR will that the coming week brings us a life of peace, a life of goodness, a life of blessing, a life of health, and a life of prosperity.
 We thank YOU, Great & MIGHTY GOD for by YOUR mercies and grace we were taught the sanctity of the weekly day of rest, Sabbath is the sign of the tie that binds us to YOU. Keep us ever grateful and grant us YOUR perfect rest. Amen
 "Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established." Proverbs/Mishle 16:3 "Those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah/Yeshayah 40:31
Have a wonderful week serving the MASTER in all that you do and say. 

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  

 

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Please visit our web page for teachings on Bible texts and subjects.

Also notice the section showing the disparity between the Holy Bible and the Muslim Koran (Quran).

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 - T'FILLIN - PHYLACTERIES
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Procrastination:  Something you do when you don't.

 

CUSTOMS T'FILLIN - PHYLACTERIES       
"You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 6. 8 Tanakh, Torah]  "It shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the LORD'S Law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand the LORD has brought you out of Egypt." [Exodus (Shemot) 13. 9 Tanakh, Torah]  

 

"T'fillin" is a Hebrew word taken from the singular — t'filla, meaning prayer.  The use of the T'fillin by Orthodox Jews today is based on an interpretation of SCRIPTURES:  "Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 11. 18 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

These (T'fillin) phylacteries (Greek meaning "to keep safely") consist of two square boxes of black leather stitched over the box holding the parchment with 12 stitches representing the 12 tribes of Israel.  One is worn on the left arm towards the heart, and the other worn on the forehead where the hair growth starts.  The head box contains four compartments which hold parchments inscribed with BIBLICAL passages (Exodus/Shemot 13. 1-10; 13.11-16; Deuteronomy/Devarim 6. 4-9; 11. 13-21).  The box for the arm has only one compartment to hold one sheet on which all the four passages are written.  These are fastened at the brow (seat of thought) and left arm (instrument of action) near the heart (seat of feeling) by long leather straps attached to them.  This signifies desire for obedience to the First Commandment — "You shall love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 6. 5 Tanakh, Torah]   So it teaches that all thoughts, feelings, and actions are to conform to the will of ALMIGHTY GOD.  The devout Jew believes that by binding one of these phylacteries on the arm and placing the other on his forehead each morning, he is truly fulfilling the Mosaic requirement! 

 

The usual phylacteries (T'fillin) are quite small, but the very devout Jew makes "broad his phylacteries" by using larger ones.  T'fillin is reverenced as highly as the SCRIPTURES for it contains the SACRED NAME OF THE LORD (YEHOWAH) not less than 23 times.  One of the prayers every devout Jew repeats daily while wearing T'fillin is — "I believe with a perfect faith that MESSIAH, blessed be HIS NAME, will come speedily and though HE tarry, I shall continue to wait for HIM." 

 

In putting the T'fillin on the body, the arm is taken first since this is the order in Deuteronomy 6:8 — the box is fixed firmly on the naked left arm, upon the biceps muscle (denoting strength), above the elbow, and when this is done, the worshiper recites the benediction, "Praised are YOU O LORD, KING OF THE UNIVERSE, WHO has sanctified us with HIS commandments and enjoined upon us the commandment of the T'fillin." 

 

Formed in the leather strap of the hand phylactery is the Hebrew letter yod — in the phylactery for the head, the Hebrew letter daleth — and embossed on the box the Hebrew letter sheen.  These three letters spell "SHADDAI", the ALL-SUFFICIENT, ALMIGHTY ONE.  Jews feel that by applying the phylacteries they are placing the very NAME of GOD upon themselves. 

 

The hand phylactery is wound about the arm seven times and in succession three times about the middle finger (showing the three-pronged letter of the sheen), once about the fourth, once above the middle, and finally around the whole hand.  While this is done the following words are recited —  "I betroth you to me forever; I betroth you to me in righteousness, in judgment, in kindness and in mercy. I betroth you to me in faithfulness and you shall know the LORD."  

 

The tefillah shel rosh (phylactery for the head) is put on next.  The box is placed on the forehead above the nose and the strap is fixed at the back of the neck exactly above the middle of the neck.  The end of the straps hang down over the shoulders to the front of the body.  These Tefillin are removed in reverse order from that in which they are put on. 

 

While wearing the phylacteries, the worshiper petitions the HOLY ONE to consider the performances of the commandment regarding the T'fillin as though all six hundred and thirteen commandments, of which he feels the Law of Moses consists, had been faithfully executed. 

 

In the days of the LORD MESSIAH YESHUA, the T'fillin (phylacteries) were more in use than today.  The spiritual leaders who desired their religiosity to be noticed, would make their phylacteries larger than was customary.  These Pharisees, Sadducees and Hebrew Scribes claimed attention so as to elevate themselves to a higher position in the eyes of the people.  They made a show of their supposed devotion to the LORD GOD in order that they, in turn, would receive some of that same devotion from Israel!   JESUS rebuked them for this: "But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make broad their phylacteries." [Matthew 23. 5] 

 

How like these Jewish religious leaders have been ALL classes of people over the face of the earth!  For in the heart of the natural man there is a noisy outcry for attention, for adoration.  "Please notice me" "See what I have done" "Am I not devout?" are thoughts in the minds of many who claim to be followers of the lowly NAZARENE WHO made HIMSELF of no reputation and received not honor among men!  They are "broadening their phylacteries" to be seen, to be heard, to be praised even as the Pharisees of old!   More accurately, we must love the Lord in spirit and in truth, and avoid ostentatious (pretentious, hollow, vain) form that exalts man and self. 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Welcome Shabbat Mattot/Massei (“Tribes/Journeys”)! — [Numbers 30:1-32, 6:13;Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4;Matthew 23:1-25:46] Come, let us go out to meet the Sabbath Queen, Sabbath presence, let us welcome.  O FATHER in Heaven, in YOUR great love YOU appointed for us a day of rest, that in YOUR PRESENCE we may regain that freedom of the soul which comes through obedience to YOUR commandments. Quickened by YOUR SPIRIT, may we learn how to ennoble the things of earth by sanctifying them to YOUR service. We honour & praise the LORD YESHUA, the BLESSED ONE, WHO separates the sacred from the mundane and gives true Sabbath peace & rest; where there is wonderful joy in living in "Kedushat Shevi'it . . . Sabbath Holiness!" 

 

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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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]. 
 

Delight In God's Will
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
The only motive some people have for listening to reason is to gain time for rebuttal. 

 

DELIGHT IN GOD'S WILL      
"To do what pleases YOU, my GOD, is my desire (Hebrew: chaphets — delight, take pleasure in); YOUR Law is in my inmost parts." [Psalms (Tehillym) 40. 8 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

This expression by King David was also a manifestation of prophecy that was completely fulfilled by MESSIAH YESHUA WHO said, "MY food is to do the will of HIM that sent ME, and to finish HIS work." [John 4. 34]    "I came down from heaven, not to do MY OWN will, but the will of HIM WHO sent ME." [John 6. 38]  "The works that I do in MY FATHER'S NAME, they bear witness of ME." [John 10. 25]    "Therefore when HE comes into the world, HE said Behold, I come, in the volume of the BOOK it is written of ME to do YOUR will, O GOD." [Hebrews 10. 5, 7]  

 

The heart of the LORD YESHUA was perfectly harmonized with the will of the HEAVENLY FATHER because GOD'S Law was written thereon "not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart." [2 Corinthians 3. 3]  Even in the most trying and difficult circumstances to which any man could ever be subjected, JESUS, the ROCK of our salvation could pray, "Nevertheless, not MY will, but YOURS, be done." [Luke 22. 42]  

 

By the INDWELLING SPIRIT OF ALMIGHTY GOD, we also must seek to make the will of the HOLY ONE our greatest delight.  We are saved exclusive and completely by grace alone.  But, this is not to deliver us from the discipline of GOD'S RIGHTEOUS & PERFECT LAW for the Law is a schoolmaster making us "free from the law of sin and death." [Romans 8. 2]  

 

The HOLY SPIRIT OF TRUTH exposes GOD'S Perfect Law to us continuously as we are obedient to HIS commands which enables us to love HIM more in response.   "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD; I will put MY Laws into their hearts, and in their minds and I will write them." [Hebrews 10. 16]   Just as the MASTER OF MERCY instructed for the kings of Israel, we likewise should follow the same advise regarding the Law, "And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his GOD and be careful to observe all the words of this Law and these statutes." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 17. 19 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

Like the psalmist David, we learn not to resist the will of the ALMIGHTY ONE, but to love HIS commands and to delight in HIS Law.  "O how I love YOUR Law! In it I study and meditate all day long...YOUR decrees are my eternal heritage; they are my heart's rejoicing and delight...I have longed for YOUR salvation and deliverance, O LORD; YOUR Law is my delight." [Psalms (Tehillym) 119. 97, 111, 174 Tanakh, Kethuvim]   There is nothing sweeter or more precious then GOD'S WORD; read it and find engaging treasures for all eternity.

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Evening, morning and noon, YOU, O LORD are all-good, YOUR mercies fail not; YOUR loving kindnesses never cease, all our hope is in YOU. For all these things, YOUR NAME, O our KING, shall be continually blessed and exalted for ever and ever.
Barukh atah ADONAI ELOHEINU MELEKH ha-olam, ozier Yisrael bigvurah. — Blessed are YOU, LORD our GOD, KING of the Universe, WHO girds Israel with might.
 Examine the discipline of your endurance. Endurance must be directed toward productive goals and expressed in a constructive manner.  Endurance and determination focused to help cultivate good habits and break bad ones. Endurance come from strength out of deep conviction and determination; so don’t let your tenaciousness lack fortitude. 

 

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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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]. 
 

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