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"Therefore leaving the elementary principles of CHRIST, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward GOD, of the doctrine of baptismS." [Hebrews 6. 1 - 2] 


There are three baptisms mentioned in HOLY SCRIPTURE and each is vitally important for the believer's growth, for knowledge, and perfection.  Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH is our "PERFECT EXAMPLE" of these: 


WATER BAPTISM:  The LORD Y’SHUA was baptized by John at the River Jordan.  When John saw HIM, his reply was — "I need to be baptized by YOU, and are YOU coming to me? JESUS replied Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. Then John allowed HIM." [Matthew 3. 13 - 15] 


Likewise, we who are in MESSIAH are "buried with HIM in baptism, in which you also were raised with HIM through faith in the working of GOD, who raised HIM from the dead." [Colossians 2. 12] 


BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT"Then JESUS, when HE had been baptized, came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to HIM, and HE saw the SPIRIT OF GOD descending like a dove and alighting upon HIM." [Matthew 3. 16]   Thus fulfilling Isaiah 11:2— "I have put MY SPIRIT upon HIM." [Isaiah/Yeshayah 42. 1]  "JESUS then was led up by the SPIRIT into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil." [Matthew 4. 1] 


In like manner, the HOLY SPIRIT in us becomes our STRENGTHENING ENABLER.  "You shall be baptized with the HOLY shall receive "power" when the HOLY SPIRIT has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to ME." [Acts 1. 5, 8]   And, we can be MESSIAH'S witness to all men with a clear conscience, that we have obeyed HIS commands.  We are enabled to do so, because...since the baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT. . . we have the ENABLER working in us. 


BAPTISM OF SUFFERING:  MESSIAH Y’SHUA was talking with two of HIS disciples about their positions in HIS glory.  Y’SHUA replied, "You do not know what you ask. Can you drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" [Mark 10. 38]   The LORD Y’SHUA had previously been talking about HIS coming crucifixion. {MESSIAH’S Baptism of Suffering; see Mark 10. 32 – 44}   The LORD JESUS assured them, "you will indeed drink MY cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with." [Matthew 20. 23]   Then Y’SHUA warns of the costs of discipleship, "I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished!" [Luke 12. 49 - 50]  Also, HE cautioned them, "you will indeed drink the cup (of suffering) that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized.!" [Mark 10. 39]   "There will not be peace on earth, but division." [Luke 12. 51]  "Brother will deliver up brother to death, a father his child; children rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. A man's foes will be those of his own household." [Matthew 10. 21, 36]   These are only a few examples of the believer's baptism of fire


"Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, fear HIM, WHO is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." [Matthew 10. 28]  Be Wise!  — understand what the will of the LORD is — "Only to do justice, and to love mercy, to walk humbly with and serve the LORD your GOD." [Micah (Michah) 6. 8 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  It will be worth it all when we see CHRIST, the KING WHO served to save. 



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 Shabbat, our prayer is that GOD, WHO'S PRESENCE dwells within us, bless you abundantly. Our prayers, be’esrat ha’Shemwith the help of GOD — is that ALMIGHTY LORD GOD will cause the whole House of Israel, and the whole House of Judah to cling to HIM that they may become a people of GOD, for praise and for glory that all should fear and tremble at HIS PRESENCE and know that HE alone is the LOVING SOVEREIGN GOD.  Open your mouth in holiness and purity, with song and psalm, and bless and praise, glorify and revere, sanctify and ascribe sovereignty to the NAME of the DIVINE KING, the GREAT, MIGHTY & AWESOME ONE...holy is HE.
 May some of the sweetness of Sabbath be present throughout the week, We have an AWESOME GOD and HE is on the Throne ruling over the affairs of men; HE is worthy of all our praises and worship — go forth throughout your week with such a spirit; and have a blessed and joyous CHRIST-filled day!
L'Chayim ["To Life"]
Rabbi Del 'n Rifkah 


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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