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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Tolerance is the world's only virtue; Intolerance it's only vice. 

 

WISE MAN'S GLORY      
"Thus says the LORD — Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom; let not the strong man glory in his strength; let the rich man not glory in his riches.  But only in this should one glory: In his understanding and earnest devotion to ME.  For I the LORD act with lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness in the world.  For in these I delight— declares the LORD." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 9. 23 - 24 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

We naturally think we must do something to merit GOD'S favor, but GOD'S WRITTEN WORD plainly declares, "GOD demonstrates HIS OWN love toward us in that while we were still sinners, MESSIAH died for us." [Romans 5. 8]   Dear one, if you are wise, mighty, or rich and proud of these things, relying on your wisdom, might and riches, but you do not know the LORD JESUS, there is no hope for you, except you yield to HIM in perfect obedience.  Each one has to renounce all his pride, and appear at the JUDGMENT THRONE OF ALMIGHTY GOD as a miserable sinner, looking only for mercy and not for rewards. 

 

This sets aside everything we might do to merit salvation as worthless, "for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of GOD, not of works, lest anyone should boast." [Ephesians 2. 8 - 9]  This is the reason why GOD'S WAY of salvation will never be popular in this world; it is not flattering to the human race, it sets aside everything in which we can possibly pride ourselves, and makes everything of MESSIAH Y’SHUA and HIS finished work on Calvary's Cross.  The KING of all ages was rejected here, and now the question for you dear reader is, "Which side are you on?"  Have you taken sides with the LORD JESUS confessing HIM as your SAVIOR?  If not, let me tell you that you are on the world's side and will meet the world's condemnation, for this world is guilty of the blood of the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD, and judgment will surely overtake it.  If not already sheltered from the coming wrath, let me persuade you, YES!  even beg of you, to "escape from the wrath to come" side with MESSIAH Y’SHUA.  "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." [Acts 4. 12] 

 

Don't be deluded by false religion or careless indifferences, there is ONLY ONE SAVIOR.  Put your trust in the LORD JESUS CHRIST now before you meet HIM as the RIGHTEOUS JUDGE, for then it will be too late.  If you die without forgiveness, you will be lost forever.  "He who glories, let him glory in the LORD." [1 Corinthians 1. 31] 

 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
The Shehecheyan’u Chanukkah Candle-Lighting Ceremony
Before Lighting the Shamash Candle
  As one candle may kindle many others and yet loose none of it's own light, so Judaism has kindled the light of truth for many religions in many lands and still shines brightly through the ages."  This prayer gives thanks that our family and friends can be together to celebrate the holiday.  
After Lighting the Shamas Candle
  There are three blessings after lighting the Shamas Candle: "Blessed are YOU, O LORD our GOD, KING of the Universe, WHO has sanctified us by YOUR commandments and commanded us to kindle the Chanukkah lights."  Isaiah 49:7 gives a beautiful picture of the ONLY SERVANT OF GOD WHO was exalted after HE had given HIS LIGHT to HIS people, "The REDEEMER OF Israel, GOD’S HOLY ONE; HIM WHO is despised; HIM WHO is abhorred of nations; to a SERVANT of rulers, kings shall see and arise; princes shall prostrate themselves."  
  The Second Blessing gives thanks for the miracles which have saved the Jewish people even when others wanted to destroy them.  "Blessed are YOU, O LORD our GOD, KING of the universe, WHO has kept us in life, sustained us and brought us to this festive season."  The SHAMAS (Servant) came to light every man who comes to HIM, and all who come to HIM shall no longer walk in darkness but shall have the LIGHT OF LIFE!  "The people that walked in darkness have seen a GREAT, BRILLIANT LIGHT; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them LIGHT has dawned." [Isaiah 9:2 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  
  The Third Blessing gives thanks that our family and friends can be together to celebrate the holidays. "Blessed are YOU, O LORD our GOD, KING of the Universe, WHO performed wondrous deeds for our ancestors in days of old and has kept us in life, sustained us and brought us to this festive season."  Y’SHUA the MESSIAH is the HOLY ONE sent of GOD to bring us the LIGHT of Salvation.  Of MESSIAH it is written: "The LIGHT of Israel will be Fire, and the HOLY ONE a FLAME." [Isaiah 10:17 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  
  The blessing before lighting the Third Candle (using the Shamas Light)               
The Third Light is the LIGHT of Justice. No nation can endure who is unjust to the weak. "Justice, always justice shall you pursue!"
  The blessing after lighting the Third Candle
"Take heed that you judge in righteousness, for you do not judge for man but for the GOD Who is with you in judgment." 
  King David reminds us that Elohey Himself is the Source of our own individual LIGHT, "The Lord is my LIGHT and my SALVATION; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the Stronghold of my life; whom shall I dread?" [Psalm 27:1 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  
  The Maccabees stood apart from the majority of Jews at the time and sent the message that Judaism is vitally important and has significant value.  After more than 3,000 years, we are still here making an impact on the world today, just as true followers of MESSIAH do, if not more so.  May you know every happiness and fulfillment during this celebration of the Festival of Lights — Chanukkah — may the bright glow of the candles causes us to remember the wonders reflected upon the SERVANT WHO bent down to bring light to those whom HE served.  Happy Chanukkah! 

 

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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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .  
It is better to have feelings without words than words without feelings. 

THE RE-TOLD STORY OF CHANUKKAH  (Part 2 of 2)  
THE MARTYRS
Antiochus returned from Egypt enraged by Roman interference with his ambitions.  When he heard what had taken place in Jerusalem, he ordered his army to fall upon the Jews.  Thousands of Jews were killed. Antiochus then enacted a series of harsh decrees against the Jews.  Jewish worship was forbidden; the scrolls of the Law were confiscated and burned.  Sabbath rest, circumcision and the dietary laws were prohibited under penalty of death.  Even one of the respected elders of that generation, Rabbi Eliezer, a man of 90, was ordered by the servants of Antiochus to eat pork so that others would do the same.  When he refused they suggested to him that he pick up the meat to his lips to appear to be eating.  But Rabbi Eliezer refused to do even that and was put to death. 

There were thousands of others who likewise sacrificed their lives.  The famous story of Channah and her seven children happened at that time.
Antiochus’s men went from town to town and from village to village to force the inhabitants to worship pagan gods.  Only one refuge area remained and that was the hills of Judea with their caves.  But even there did the Syrians pursue the faithful Jews, and many a Jew died a martyr’s death. 

MATTITYAHU
One day the henchmen of Antiochus arrived in the village of Modin where Mattityahu, the old priest, lived.  The Syrian officer built an altar in the marketplace of the village and demanded that Mattityahu offer sacrifices to the Greek gods.  Mattityahu replied, "I, my sons and my brothers are determined to remain loyal to the covenant which our GOD made with our ancestors!" 

Thereupon, a Hellenistic Jew approached the altar to offer a sacrifice.  Mattityahu grabbed his sword and killed him, and his sons and friends fell upon the Syrian officers and men.  They killed many of them and chased the rest away.  They then destroyed the altar. 

Mattityahu knew that Antiochus would be enraged when he heard what had happened.  He would certainly send an expedition to punish him and his followers.  Mattityahu, therefore, left the village of Modin and fled together with his sons and friends to the hills of Judea. 
All loyal and courageous Jews joined them.  They formed legions and from time to time they left their hiding places to fall upon enemy detachments and outposts, and to destroy the pagan altars that were built by order of Antiochus. 

THE MACCABEES
Before his death, Mattityahu called his sons together and urged them to continue to fight in defense of GOD’S HOLY WORD, the Torah.  He asked them to follow the counsel of their brother Shimon the Wise.  In waging warfare, he said, their leader should be Yehuda the Strong.  Yehuda was called "Maccabee," (means: Hammer) a word composed of the initial letters of the four Hebrew words Mi Komocho Bo’eilim ha’Shem, "Who is like unto THEE, O GOD?" 

Antiochus sent his General Apolonius to wipe out Yehuda and his followers, the Maccabees.  Though greater in number and better equipment than their adversaries, the Syrians were defeated by the Maccabees.  Antiochus sent out another expedition which also was defeated.  He realized that only by sending a powerful army could he hope to defeat Yehuda and his brave fighting men. 

An army consisting of more than 40,000 men swept the land under the leadership of two commanders, Nicanor and Gorgiash.  When Yehuda and his brothers heard of that, they exclaimed: "Let us fight unto death in defense of our souls and our Temple!"  The people assembled in Mitzpah, where Samuel, the prophet of old, had offered prayers to the LORD GOD.  After a series of battles the war was won by the Maccabees. 

THE DEDICATION
Now the Maccabees returned to Jerusalem to liberate it.  They entered the Temple and cleared it of the idols placed there by the Syrian vandals.  Yehuda and his followers built a new altar, which he dedicated on the 25th of the month of Kislev, in the year 3622. 

Since the Golden Menorah had been stolen by the Syrians, the Maccabees now made one of cheaper metal.  When they wanted to light it, they found only a small cruse of pure olive oil bearing the seal of the High Priest Yochanan.  It was sufficient to light only for one day.  By a miracle of the OMNIPOTENT GOD, it continued to burn for eight days, till new oil was made available.  That miracle proved that the HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL had again taken HIS people under HIS protection. 

In memory of this, our sages appointed these eight days for annual thanksgiving and for lighting candles. 

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 Sabbath and wishing each of you a wonderful time of celebrating Chanukkah.
  The story of Chanukkah reminds us that we are not in charge of the world, the ALMIGHTY ONE is and has always been in control.  If a rag-tag band of yeshiva boys can defeat the Greek-Syrian army, surely, in our sophisticated age, we need not despair.  We need only recognize THE SOURCE of our help — Y’SHUA, the ROCK OF Ages our MIGHTY WARRIOR/REDEEMER.
  We trust that you will have an unforgettable and joyous Chanukkah - blessings to each of you. 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .  
A little light overcomes a lot of darkness. May love and light fill your heart and home.

THE RE-TOLD STORY OF CHANUKKAH  (Part 1 of 2)     

UNDER SYRIAN RULE 
More than 2000 years ago there was a time when the Land of Israel was part of the Syrian Empire, dominated by Syrian rulers of the dynasty of the Seleucids. 

In order to relate the story that led up to Chanukkah, we shall start with Antiochus III, the King of Syria, who reigned from the Jewish year, 3538 to 3574 (222-186 BCE).   He had waged war with King Ptolemy of Egypt over the possession of the Land of Israel.   Antiochus III was victorious and the Land of Israel was annexed to his empire.   At the beginning of his reign he was favorably disposed toward the Jews and accorded them some privileges.   Later on, however, when he was beaten by the Romans and compelled to pay heavy taxes, the burden fell upon the various peoples of his empire who were forced to furnish the heavy gold that was required of him by the Romans.   When Antiochus died, his son Seleucus IV took over, and further oppressed the Jews. 

Added to the troubles from the outside were the grave perils that threatened Judaism from within.   The influence of the Hellenists (people who accepted idol-worship and the Syrian way of life) was increasing.   Yochanan, the High Priest, fore-saw the danger to Judaism from the penetration of Syrian-Greek influence into the Holy Land.   For, in contrast to the ideal of outward beauty held by the Greeks and Syrians, Judaism emphasizes truth and moral purity, as commanded by ALMIGHTY GOD in the Holy Torah.   The Jewish people could never give up their faith in GOD and accept the idol-worship of the Syrians. 

Yochanan was therefore opposed to any attempt on the part of the Jewish Hellenists to introduce Greek and Syrian customs into the land.   The Hellenists hated him.   One of them told the King’s commissioner that in the treasury of the Temple there was a great deal of wealth. 

The wealth in the treasury consisted of the contributions of "half a shekel" made by all adult Jews annually.   That was given for the purpose of the sacrifices on the altar, as well as for fixing and improving the Temple building.   Another part of the treasury consisted of orphans’ funds which were deposited for them until they became of age.   Seleucus needed money in order to pay the Romans.   He sent his minister Helyodros to take the money from the treasury of the Temple.   In vain did Yochanan, the High Priest, beg him not to do it.   Helyodros did not listen and entered the gate of the Temple.   But suddenly, he became pale with fright.   The next moment he fainted and fell to the ground.   After Helyodros came to, he did not dare enter again. 

THE "MADMAN"
A short time later, Seleucus was killed and his brother Antiochus IV began to reign over Syria (in 3586 - 174 BCE).   He was a tyrant of a rash and impetuous nature, contemptuous of religion and of the feelings of others.   He was called "Epiphanes," meaning "the gods’ beloved."   Several of the Syrian rulers received similar titles.   But a historian of his time, Polebius, gave him the epithet Epimanes ("madman"), a title more suitable to the character of this harsh and cruel king. 

Desiring to unify his kingdom through the medium of a common religion and culture, Antiochus tried to root out the individualism of the Jews by suppressing all the Jewish Laws.   He removed the righteous High Priest, Yochanan, from the Temple in Jerusalem, and in his place installed Yochanan’s brother Joshua, who loved to call himself by the Greek name of Jason.   For he was a member of the Hellenist party, and he used his high office to spread more and more of the Greek customs among the priesthood. 

Joshua or Jason was later replaced by another man, Menelaus, who had promised the king that he would bring in more money than Jason did.   When Yochanan, the former High Priest, protested against the spread of the Hellenists’ influence in the Holy Temple, the ruling High Priest hired murderers to assassinate him. 

Antiochus was at that time engaged in a successful war against Egypt.   But messengers from Rome arrived and commanded him to stop the war, and he had to yield.   Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, a rumor spread that a serious accident, had befallen Antiochus.   Thinking that he was dead, the people rebelled against Menelaus.   The treacherous High Priest fled together with his friends. 


   . . . to be continued 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
  Welcoming Shabbat — Queen of the week and the Festival of Dedication! 
Sabbath of Vayeshev - “And He Dwelt” [Reading: Genesis 37:1 - 40:23; Amos 2:6 – 3:8; Matthew 1:18-25]  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   May the ALMIGHTY ONE shine out of each of our lives as we continue in HIS service! 

  Happy Chanukkah Everyone! The Feast of Dedication begins Sunday at sundown. Walk boldly in the light and warmth of GOD'S compelling love.  And, may the HOLY ONE fill you with HIS perfect peace, wonderful joy and indescribable happiness.  Trusting that you are having an unforgettable and joyous Chanukkah - blessings to each of you. 

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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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Fill your attitude, not so much with knowing, but with caring. 

IMMUTABLE-UNCHANGING-ETERNAL     
"JESUS CHRIST is the same yesterday, today and forever." [Hebrews 13. 8] 

When the LORD Y’SHUA arose from the dead, then later ascended into heaven, HIS body was immortal, no longer subject to death — yet it was HIS "Physical Body" that was capable of being seen and heard and touched, even capable of eating with HIS disciples.  Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH was clearly recognizable, yet could quickly ascend from earth to heaven and could pass through a solid wall.  As MESSIAH ascended, two angelic messengers said, "This same JESUS which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen HIM go into heaven." [Acts 1. 11]   Peter could also proclaim "that GOD has made that same JESUS WHOM you crucified, both LORD and CHRIST." [Acts 2. 36] 

Even when Y’SHUA, the HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL returns and assumes the eternal throne of the universe, HE will still be the same.   "But to the SON (Y’SHUA) HE (GOD THE FATHER) said — YOUR Throne, O GOD, is forever and ever, a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of YOUR Kingdom...they will be changed; but YOU are the same, and YOUR years will not fail." [Hebrews 13. 8, 12] 

This was the same JESUS WHOM John the Baptist had identified at the beginning of his earthly ministry.   "HE WHO sent me to baptize with water said to me — Upon WHOM you see the SPIRIT descending, and remaining on HIM, it is HE WHO baptizes with the HOLY SPIRIT." [John 1. 33] 

From the beginning, Y’SHUA, the HOLY ANOINTED ONE was and is the same.   "In the beginning was the WORD...and the WORD was made FLESH...the same was in the beginning with GOD." [John 1. 1, 3]   "I am the LORD, I do not change." [Malachi (Malakhi) 3. 6 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  This same JESUS , the SON OF MAN lived among men, identified by John as the LAMB OF GOD, and WHO died on the cross is the ETERNAL WORD OF TRUTH by WHOM all things were made.  Y’SHUA, the RESURRECTED SAVIOR & SOON-COMING KING, the UNCHANGING ONE WHO is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.  The ENDLESS ONE is from everlasting-to-everlasting, HE is the ALL-POWERFUL, BELOVED ALMIGHTY GOD EVERLASTING! 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!  
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
  MERCIFUL KING awaken our soul to grateful acknowledgement of YOUR grace which has bestowed upon us the gift of life, and make our pathway come in safety to the coveted goal — YOUR LOVING PRESENCES.  LORD, YOUR loving-kindness is mighty over us, and we are ever thankful to YOU.  Blessed be YOUR HOLY NAME.
  Praying that each of you have an ecstatically wonderful Chanukkah-CHRISTmas Season and always.  As you encourage each other and celebrate the Feast of Dedication and rejoice because of the birth of JESUS, may you experience extraordinary and prosperous days in our WONDERFUL SAVIOR, and know HIS eternal light.  Shalom! 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Prayer is a path where there is none. 

ROCK OF JUDGMENT & PROVISION     
"The LORD spoke to Moses saying — You and your brother Aaron take the rod and assemble the community, and before their very eyes speak to the rock (Hebrew: cela — rock of provision) to yield its water.  Thus you shall produce water for them from the rock and provide drink for the congregation and their beasts." [Numbers (B'Midvar) 20. 7 - 8 Tanakh, Torah] 

Once before under similar circumstances, OMNIPOTENT GOD had Moses strike the rock (Hebrew: t'sur — rock of judgment) in Horeb to produce its waters for the thirsty Israelites. [Exodus/Shemot 17. 6]   Both times a spring of water erupted which had then supplied their needs.   When the Israelites started taking the supply for granted instead of being grateful for their blessings, then the HOLY ONE dried up the miraculous waters.  The LORD, the FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATERS desired for them to come to HIM, their "SOURCE" of blessings, and ask once again.  Instead, they grumbled and forgot all ALMIGHTY GOD'S previous gifts. 

Therefore, YEHOWAH told Moses to do the asking for them, as they watched.   Moses was to take the Rod of GOD, by which all the miracles were performed.  Thus showing the peoples that Moses and Aaron were still their leaders, and the GREAT GOD OF HOSTS was still able to supply their needs.   In his anger, however, Moses first rebuked the doubting Israelites, then struck the rock. 

The ROCK OF JUDGMENT and the ROCK OF PROVISION both picture the LORD Y’ESHUA ha'MASHIACH; HE was STRUCK in judgment for us, once and for all; and ever after we are to SPEAK to HIM.   For their disobedience and neglect to bless the TRUE & LIVING GOD in the eyes of the children of Israel, neither Moses nor Aaron were allowed to enter Canaan, the Promised Land. 

The EL ELYON (GOD MOST HIGH) alone is "THE ONE" WHO is due all trust, confidence, honor, glory and praise.  The MASTER CREATOR desires that we come to HIM in faith believing, and with thankful hearts for HIS abundant provisions and loving care.  Oh that we would respect and obey HIS WORD and find life abundantly blessed, that is HIS perfect will for each of our lives…Obedience! 


Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
  Compassion should never be compromised because of your authority.  An integral part of dignity is compassion.  Tiferet ― harmony ― is critical for successful leadership.  "Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous." Psalms/Tehillym 112:4  "Have compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous ― not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling; but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing." 1 Peter 3:8-9 

 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Where can GOD be found?  In the place where HE is given entry. [Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk] 

STAND-WAIT-WITNESS     
"It is not for you to fight this battle; STAND, WAIT, and WITNESS your deliverance by the LORD, O Judah and Jerusalem; do not fear or be dismayed.  Go forth to meet them tomorrow and the LORD will be with you." [2 Chronicles (Dibre Hayamin Bet) 20. 17 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

The Moabites, Ammonites and Edomites had organized a great army to come against Judah.  However, King Jehoshaphat and the inhabitants of Judah came together to seek the LORD in prayer for deliverance, and GOD ALMIGHTY answered in the Jewish people's favor.  The SPIRIT OF THE LORD spoke through Jahaziel ben-Zechariah declaring to them — "Do not be afraid or be dismayed by this great multitude, for the battle is GOD'S, not yours." [2 Chronicles (Dibre Hayamin Bet) 20. 15 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

"Stand Still" were the instructions, and see the salvation of the LORD.  All their enemies were constrained by the HOLY REDEEMER WHO caused them to fight and annihilate each other.  Through prayer, the enemy was defeated without the Israelites having to raise a hand.  In the same way after leaving Egypt, when the whole thing looked hopeless at the Red Sea "Moses said to the people — Do not be afraid!  Stand and witness the deliverance which the LORD will bring you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you will never see again.  The LORD will fight for you; you hold your peace!"  [Exodus (Shemot) 14. 13 - 14 Tanakh, Torah]  The people obeyed and saw the sea divided, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and their left; and Pharaoh, all of his army, chariots and horsemen were overwhelmingly defeated, drowned in the midst of the deep for the LORD OF HOSTS fought for Israel against the Egyptians. 

When Israel was tempted to call on pagan Egypt for help against godless Assyria during Isaiah's day, the HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL said concerning Israel's armies, "Rahab-Hem-Shebeth (their strength is to sit still)." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 30. 7 Tanakh, Torah]  During a severe storm at sea, the Apostle Paul warned the terrified centurion and soldiers who were about to abandon the battered ship — "unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved" [Acts 27. 31] — in other words, HALT!   Because they obeyed and stayed onboard, GOD MOST HIGH spared every man. 

There are times for action, of course, but the rule is when we have done all we can, stand still and trust the ALPHA & OMEGA to work out the problem in HIS OWN good will and way.  "Be still, and know that I am ELOHIYM (GOD); I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" [Psalms/Tehillym 46. 10]  Remember, the MAGNIFICENT CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE specializes in things thought impossible and is able to do what no other power can.  Be still and know that our GOD is INCOMPARABLY SUPREME.  HE is totally committed to being GOD, and those who know this rejoice through faith! 

 
Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
  Faith celebrates even before the victory is seen!  Continue, O LORD GOD in YOUR lovingkindness to them that know YOU; and YOUR righteousness to the upright in heart!  We desire to see the glory of the LORD, the excellence of our GOD. 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Taking away restrictions and limits does not produce liberty — it produces anarchy. 

DARK WATERS, THICK CLOUDS      
"HE bent the sky and came down, thick cloud beneath HIS feet.  HE mounted a cherub and did fly; HE was seen gliding on the wings of the wind.  HE made pavilions of darkness about HIM, thick dripping clouds, huge thunderheads of dark waters." [2 Samuel (Shemuel Bet) 22. 10 - 12 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

In this mysterious passage, David writes the words of this song to the LORD after the MIGHTY ETERNAL ONE saved him from the hands of his enemies. [Psalms/Tehillym 18]  "HE (YEHOWAH) reached down from on high, HE took me; HE drew me out of the mighty waters; HE saved me from my fierce enemy, from foes too strong for me." [Psalms (Tehillym) 18. 16 - 17 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  This song is much more then an eloquently well-spoken poetry.  David saw the LORD in a vision and was enabled to write, "the SPIRIT OF THE LORD has spoken through me, HIS message is on my tongue." [2 Samuel (Shemuel Bet) 23. 2 Tanakh, Nevi'im]   David was speaking of the LORD GOD MOST HIGH unleashing the great powers of mighty waters in judgment on a corrupt world yet delivering Noah at the time of the Great Flood.  When David wrote Psalms/Tehillym 29, he also spoke plainly of the Noahic Flood (Hebrew: mabbuwl). 

The Hebrew word "ruwach" means "wind or spirit" so this phrase could refer to "the WINDS OF THE SPIRIT."  In the first reference to "the SPIRIT OF GOD" [Genesis/Bereshith 1. 2], HE is seen as "moving" in the presence of the original ancient waters, the word being the same as that for the beating movement of the wings of a great bird.  This vibrating motion suggests the generating of mighty waves of energy flowing out from the SPIRIT to energize the newly created order of Genesis/Bereshith 1.   Correspondingly, the DIVINE ENERGY flows out again from the SPIRIT at the time of the Great Flood, this time in Destruction rather than CREATIVE POWER. 

The references to waters and darkness may refer to the condensation and precipitation of the extensive vapor canopy implied by "the water which was above the expanse." [Genesis/Bereshith 1. 7]   When great torrents of rain suddenly poured through "the gateways of heaven and the deep" — continuing at utmost severity for forty days until the "thick clouds" were emptied and the waters covered the whole earth — fifteen cubits higher then the highest mountain.  Then the waters subsided for one hundred and fifty days; at that time the Noah's Ark came to rest on the Mounts of Ararat.  The Great Flood continued to subside until the first day of the tenth month when the tops of the mountains were visible.

The waters covered the earth until all air-breathing life perished except for Noah and his family who were rescued in the Ark.  ALMIGHTY GOD is able to save HIS OWN in times of HIS wrath, great distress and through the coming tribulation. 

The GREAT & LOVING GOD does hear our voices in HIS Holy Temple and answers when our cry reaches HIS ears.  "In my distress I called on the LORD, I cried out to my GOD; in HIS Temple HE heard my voice; my cry to HIM reached HIS ears." [Psalms (Tehillym) 18. 6 Tanakh, Kethuvim]   MESSIAH Y’SHUA, our HORN OF RESCUE is mighty to save.  "For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and HIS ears are open to their prayers; but, the face of the LORD is against those who do evil." [1 Peter 3. 12]  Therefore, let us be righteous that the HIGH & EXALTED ALMIGHTY GOD OF CREATION will listen to our prayers. 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
  It is only in the deliverance of MESSIAH that there is freedom; but it is under HIS LORD-ship that HIS freedom is offered — freedom only according to the principles of GOD’S WORD…not freedom to do whatever one wishes.  
  Enjoy perfect fellowship with the MIGHTY GOD of all grace; may HE complete, establish, strengthen and settle you.  Then and only then will you have joy in the LORD JESUS the SOON-COMING KING, WHO came to give us life most abundantly. 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Deciding "not to choose" is still making a choice. 

SEARCH!  GET UNDERSTANDING     
"They (the Levites) read from the Scroll of the TEACHING OF GOD, translating it and giving the sense; so they (the people) understood the reading." [Nehemiah (Nechemah) 8. 8 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

When Ezra read the BOOK OF THE LAW OF MOSES, the Levites would explain the teaching to the people [Nehemiah/Nechemah 8. 7], so they could understand it literally.  "Then the people answered — Amen! Amen! — with hands upraised. Then they bowed their heads and prostrated themselves before YEHOWAH with their faces to the ground." [Nehemiah (Nechemah) 8. 6 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

If people, especially true followers of MESSIAH Y’SHUA, would spend more time reading GOD'S WORD, they too would perceive and understand the many treasures in it.  The congregation of Israel in Ezra's time found the WORD both vital and interesting as "the people were weeping as they listened to the words of the TEACHING." [Nehemiah (Nechemah) 8. 9 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  Then, "standing in their places, they read from the scroll of the TEACHING OF YEHOWAH their GOD for one-fourth of the day, and for another fourth they confessed and prostrated themselves before the LORD their GOD." [Nehemiah (Nechemah) 9. 3 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

Today we have the entire WORD OF GOD written down and easily obtainable for the reading.  Therefore, CHRIST-like-ones should be even more concerned and we should have a better understanding.  The narratives of the OLD COVENANT are understood in the wonderful light of the NEW COVENANT.  You will find love, humbleness, peace, pearls, roses diffusing their scent, blessedness, resurrection and heavenly treasures.  Also, you will find that the MOST HIGH GOD is leading us into and victoriously through the battles in this wilderness. 

One simply needs to read the HOLY SCRIPTURES and believe it literally, and accept it.  Keep in mind that the understanding of the WORD OF THE LORD comes by careful study of the LIFE-GIVING WORD OF THE LIVING GOD because, "precept (rule, guideline) must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little." [Isaiah/Yeshayah 28. 10] 

In reality, SACRED SCRIPTURES are not hard to understand, just hard to believe and obey.  The BIBLE was written with the important objective of being understood and well-established into our being.  The HOLY SPIRIT, it's WRITER, lives within the true believer.  "The HELPER, the HOLY SPIRIT, WHOM the FATHER will send in MY NAME, HE will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you." [John 14. 26]  It is our responsibility, however, to put HIS WORD into our minds by READING THE WORD!!! 

May the mind-set of your heart ever be like that of King David who said — "Oh, how I love YOUR TEACHING!  It is my meditation all the day...to do what pleases YOU, ELOHEY, is my desire; YOUR TEACHING is in my inmost parts." [Psalms (Tehillym) 119. 97; 40. 8 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  Seek the LORD, the MIGHTY GOD OF ISRAEL while HE may be found and live. 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
  Welcome Sabbath – Queen of the week!  Sabbath of Vayishlach – “And He Sent” [Reading: Genesis 32:3 - 36:43; Obadiah 1:1–21; Matthew 2:13-23]  
  Praised are YOU, O LORD GOD, for great is YOUR love for us and YOUR compassion boundless.  Be gracious to us that we may understand and fulfill the teachings of YOUR REVERED WORD.  Enlighten our eyes in YOUR Law that we may cling to YOUR commandments.  Thank YOU for YOUR saving power, for from YOU comes our help.  Draw us nearer to YOU to serve YOU in faithfulness.  Joyfully, we lift our voices and proclaim YOUR PRECIOUS NAME.  
  Enjoy the sweet refreshing savor of the presence of the BELOVED MASTER throughout this blessed Sabbath Day. 


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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Whoever profanes the NAME OF THE GREAT GOD OF HEAVEN & EARTH in secret will suffer the penalty for it in public; and this, whether the HEAVENLY NAME be profaned in ignorance or in willfulness. 

KING OF PEACE & RIGHTEOUSNESS      
"King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; HE was the priest of GOD MOST HIGH (EL 'ELYON)." [Genesis (Bereshith) 14. 18 Tanakh, Torah] 

If this mysterious KING MELCHIZEDEK was not the actual pre-incarnate appearance of the LORD Y’SHUA ha’MASHIACH, HE was at least a type.  Thus, it is appropriate that HE is called the "KING OF SALEM" or "KING OF PEACE (SHALOM)." MELCHIZEDEK is also called "KING OF RIGHTEOUSNESS" [Hebrews 7. 2] as that name is a combination of two Hebrew words carrying this meaning (malkiy — king/tsedeq — pious, righteous).  Therefore, Melchizedek (in principle), MESSIAH Y’SHUA, is KING OF PEACE & RIGHTEOUSNESS.  In truth, neither can exist without the other.  True peace can be founded only on true righteousness, for "there is no peace — said the LORD — for the wicked." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 48. 22 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

In like manner, ALMIGHTY GOD had promised, "If only you would heed MY commands!  Then your peace (prosperity) would be like a river, your righteousness (triumph) like the waves of the sea." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 48. 18 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

Peace and Righteousness go together.  Nothing else will ever be permanent unless it is established on righteousness; and, this will never be until the LORD JESUS returns, for HE alone is both the "PRINCE OF PEACE" and "THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD." [Isaiah/Yeshayah 9. 6; 2 Corinthians 5. 21]   The nations of the world have been at war with Omnipotent GOD — and therefore with each other — ever since sin entered the world.  When the MESSIAH returns, there will finally be permanent peace and eternal righteousness.  "In HIS days Judah shall be delivered and Israel shall dwell secure.  And this is THE NAME by which HE shall be called — YEHOWAH T'ZIDKENU (the LORD our RIGHTEOUSNESS)." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 23. 6 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

Certain and everlasting peace can only be attained through the KING OF PEACE, Y’SHUA ha’MASHIACH.  Hallelu'YAH! The LORD JESUS is my PEACE and my PRAISE.  Is HE yours?  HE can be, just for the asking…and then our life will change amazingly, for HE will always be with us, even closer then a brother! 

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 influences 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! 


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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
"I am your GUARDIAN — said CREATOR GOD — so why do you not pay ME MY appropriate due by keeping MY commandments?" 

MESSIAH'S DEATH      
"CHRIST gave HIMSELF for us, that HE might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for HIMSELF HIS OWN special peculiar people, zealous of good works." [Titus 2. 14] 

While it is true that the LORD Y’SHUA died to save us from our sins, according to SCRIPTURE [1 Corinthians 15. 3], it was also to "purify for HIMSELF a peculiar people, zealous of good works."  Paul said, "For to this end CHRIST both died, and arose, and lived again; that HE might be LORD of both the dead and the living." [Romans 14. 9]   Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH desires to have people who will serve HIM as LORD of their lives.  "CHRIST also loved the church and gave HIMSELF for it...that HE might present it to HIMSELF a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." [Ephesians 5. 25 - 27]  In and because of HIM , the SAVIOR sees us: "Every part of you is fair, my beloved, in you there is no spot or blemish." [Song of Songs (Shir ha'Shirim) 4. 7 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 


Of Y’SHUA, the FAITHFUL & TRUE HOPE of all flesh it is recorded, "HE died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for HIM WHO died for them and rose again." [2 Corinthians 5. 15]  "How much more shall the blood of CHRIST purge your conscience from dead works to serve the LIVING GOD?" [Hebrews 9. 14]   Finally, the Apostle Peter reminds us that the TRUE VINE "bore our sins in HIS OWN BODY on the tree; that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness [1 Peter 2. 24], that we should no longer be slaves of sin." [Romans 6. 6] 

What do those wounds mean in HIS hands?  They mean that you and I will be presented someday without spot and without blemish because MESSIAH bore the penalty of our sin on the cross.  We who have been saved by the redeeming death and resurrection of Y’SHUA, SOVEREIGN KING OF THE UNIVERSE, from our sins through HIS precious shed blood should thank HIM continually for WHO HE is, and for what HE has done for us.  Moreover, we should praise HIM for what HE has done in us.  Then, seek always to live pure lives that HIS holy purpose is accomplished in us,  and that the sweet-smelling aroma of HIS love flows from our being.  May we truly be HIS people and HE, our GOD.  This is our reasonable service and our holy calling. 


Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
  Infinite as YOUR power, even so is YOUR love, O LORD OF HOSTS.  YOU led us into the way of righteousness and brought us to the light of truth.  Therefore, at our lying down and our rising up, we meditate on YOUR TEACHINGS and at all times rejoice in YOUR Laws.  In them are true life and length of days.  O that YOUR love may never depart from our hearts.  Praised are YOU, O LORD, WHO has made us YOUR people.  
  We greet you and wish you many abundant blessings this Thanksgiving, Chanukkah, and Christmas Season; and enjoy the sweetness of the daily presence of our WONDERFUL GOD! 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
The best disciple is one who broadens the knowledge of his MASTER. 

KNOWING GOD'S WILL      
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge HIM, and HE will make your paths smooth." [Proverbs (Mishle) 3. 5 - 6 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

The key to knowing the will of ALMIGHTY GOD is the willingness and determination to follow it, before knowing it.  "If any man will do HIS will, he shall know concerning the doctrine." [John 7. 17]   The best indicator as to whether one is really willing to follow the HOLY ONE'S command is whether or not he is now pursuing and abiding in the revealed WRITTEN WORD.  This requires knowing and believing what it says, then deliberately obeying all that the LORD GOD commands. 

"YOUR WORD is a lamp to my feet, a light for my path." [Psalms (Tehillym) 119. 105 Tanakh, Kethuvim]   If one indeed is following the revealed will of CREATOR GOD, we can "ask anything according to HIS will, HE hears us.  And if we know that HE hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of HIM." [1 John 5. 14 - 15] 

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of GOD, WHO gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind." [James 1. 5 - 6]   "For the LORD grants wisdom; knowledge and discernment are by HIS decree." [Proverbs (Mishle) 2. 6 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

The GREAT & MIGHTY ONE OF ISRAEL desires the ultimate best for each of us.   In view of this fact, "men always ought to pray, and not lose heart." [Luke 18. 1]   "For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought; but the SPIRIT...makes intercession for the saints according to the will of GOD.  And we know that all things work together for good to those that love GOD." [Romans 8. 26 - 28]   The MASTER DESIGNER is faithful and unwavering, HE desires that we know HIM as LORD, and HE is faithful to direct our paths. 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
  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.  Remind us that YOU are the CENTER of our joy; thank YOU again for YOUR great love and kindness to us. Amen! 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
When a follower of MESSIAH Y’SHUA is pressed in the millstones of life, only our best should emerge! 

UNSEARCHABLE RICHES     
"The LORD created and possessed me at the beginning of HIS course, as the first of HIS works of old.  I was fashioned and established from everlasting, at the beginning, before the origin of earth." [Proverbs (Mishle) 8. 22 - 23 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

Proverbs continually praises the virtues of true wisdom, founded on the fear of the LORD.   Beginning with Proverbs 8:22 the theme changes going back in time to the creation week itself and before.  The LORD'S ways were prior to HIS works; and HE fashioned and possessed wisdom from everlasting. 

The INCARNATE WORD of John 1:1-14 possesses all the "DIVINE WISDOM" of Proverbs 8:22-31.  The attributes and integrity of MESSIAH Y’SHUA fits all the statements in this particular section of Proverbs perfectly, which then gives marvelous new insight into the events of creation and the DIVINE fellowship in the GODhead before the creation. 

The NEW COVENANT also makes it plain that Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH indeed possessed INCARNATE WISDOM of ALMIGHTY GOD.  HE is "THE WORD" by WHOM all things were made. [John 1. 1 - 3]  The LORD JESUS is "The TRUTH" [John 14. 6] and "The LIGHT" [John 8. 12] through WHOM alone men must come to GOD THE FATHER and follow the ANOINTED ONE explicitly.  CHRIST JESUS, the HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL, perfectly demonstrates "the power and wisdom of GOD." [1 Corinthians 1. 24; Luke 11. 49] 

Paul acknowledged the wisdom in the LORD Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH: "I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of MESSIAH, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in GOD WHO created all things through JESUS CHRIST; to the intent that now the MANIFOLD WISDOM of GOD might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which HE accomplished in Christ JESUS our LORD, in WHOM we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in HIM." [Ephesians 3. 8 - 12] 

All the so-called "knowledge" of the world is empty and futile apart from the LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO is the LIVING, POWERFUL WORD OF GOD.  In HIM alone are found "ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" [Colossians 2. 3], "for in HIM dwells all the fullness of the GODhead BODILY." [Colossians 2. 9] 

The LORD MESSIAH Y’SHUA, the MANIFEST WORD does great things. . . Yes!  wonders without number.  How unsearchable are HIS judgments and HIS ways past finding out! 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!  
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
  Take delight in approaching GOD and the glory of the LORD will be your reward.  HE will protect and guide you continually, satisfying your soul like a well-watered garden, who's water fails not. 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
You should live, if only to satisfy your curiosity. 

 

A SECOND REMNANT      
"In that day, my LORD will apply HIS hand again the second time to redeem the remnant of HIS people, the ones outside the Holy Land, from Assyria and Egypt; from Pathros [Upper Egypt/Nubia] and Cush [Ethiopia], from Elam [Iran] and Shinar [Iraq], from Hamath [Syria] and the islands of the sea." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 11. 11 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

The renowned Prophet Isaiah lived during the time when the Ten Tribes of Israel were being carried into captivity by the Assyrians, and about 150 years before his own nation of Judah would be carried into exile by the Babylonians.  Yet in one of the most remarkable prophecies of HOLY SCRIPT [see Isaiah/Yeshayah 44:28 – 45:6], Isaiah promised that his people would, someday return and rebuild Jerusalem and its Temple.  He even named the future emperor of Persia, the nation which would succeed Assyria and Babylonia as the dominant world power.  This emperor was named Cyrus, and this great king fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy about 175 years after it was given. 

"Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the WORD OF THE LORD spoken by Jeremiah was fulfilled, the LORD roused the spirit of King Cyrus of Persia to issue a proclamation throughout all his kingdom by word of mouth and in writing as follows: Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The LORD GOD of heaven has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and HE has charged me to build HIM a House in Jerusalem which is in Judah.  Who is among you of all HIS people — may his GOD be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem that is in Judah and build the House of the LORD GOD of Israel, the GOD that is in Jerusalem.  And whoever stays behind, wherever he may be living, let the people of his place assist him with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, besides the freewill offerings for the House of GOD which is in Jerusalem." [Ezra 1. 1 - 4 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

Isaiah prophesied the first return from exile, then he foresaw that ha'KADOSH baruku HU (the HOLY ONE, blessed be HE) would also set HIS hand again the second time to recover the remnant of HIS people in the distant future. . . the glorious future time of Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH'S reign over all the earth.  "In all of MY Sacred Mount nothing evil or vile shall be done; for the Land shall be filled with devotion to the LORD as water covers the sea.  In that day the ROOT of Jesse will stand as a STANDARD to the peoples — Nations shall seek HIS counsel and HIS place of rest will be glorious and honored." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 11. 9 - 10 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  The outcasts of Israel and Judah will return home "from the four corners of the earth." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 11. 12 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

Isaiah, along with another prophet, Zechariah, predicted an even greater exile and worldwide home-coming long beyond that of the Babylonian captivity.  "I will strengthen and give victory to the House of Judah, and triumph to the House of Joseph.  I will restore them, because I have mercy on them and have pardoned them.  They shall be as though I had never disowned or cast them aside; for I the LORD am their GOD. . . "For though I sowed them among the nations, in the distant places they remembered ME; they shall escape and live with their children and they shall return.  I will also bring them back from the land of Egypt, and gather them from Assyria. I will bring them into the lands of Gilead and Lebanon, and even they shall not suffice room enough for them." [Zechariah (Zecharyah) 10. 6, 9 – 10 Tanakh, Nevi’im]  This precisely accurate information could only have come from the ALMIGHTY OMNISCIENT POWERFUL GOD OF HEAVEN HIMSELF. 

How very comforting it is to realize that the ONE WHO knows the end from the beginning, not only in times and events past, but in our daily lives, we can put all our confidence in the ALL-KNOWING ONE for HE is faithful in details small as well as the great.  O, HOLY LORD, how great YOU are!  Behold, GOD is our SALVATION, we can always trust in HIM and never be afraid. Truly, our GREAT GOD reigns. 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel! 
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
  O GOD, keep my tongue from evil and my lips from speaking guile.  Be my support when grief silences my voice, and my comfort when woe bends my spirit.  Plant humility in my soul, and strengthen my heart with perfect faith in YOU.  Help me to be strong in trial and temptation and to be patient and forgiving when others wrong me.  Guide me by the Light of YOUR counsel, that I may ever find strength in YOU, my ROCK and my REDEEMER.  Thank YOU! Amen 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
GOD promises forgiveness for repentance, but HE does not promise a tomorrow for procrastination. Now is the acceptable time. 

DARKNESS OVER ALL     
"Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour." [Luke 23. 44] 

Y’SHUA, the SUFFERING MAN OF SORROWS, was nailed to the cross on the third hour and HE died at the ninth hour.  On the sixth hour a sudden and complete, supernatural darkness caused the sun's light to fail.  This darkness settled down on the earth and remained for three hours and then lifted and departed as abruptly.  The sun was veiled as with sackcloth  for those three hours while the AUTHOR of all light, physically and spiritually, was hanging on the cross until HE died on the ninth hour. 

In Egypt, the ETERNAL ONE kept HIS OWN people in light while Egypt experienced the plague of darkness.  But when they crucified the LORD JESUS, GOD'S PRECIOUS SON, that supernatural darkness which they had escaped in Egypt came upon them in their own land.  It is, however, a greater miracle to produce darkness in the presence of light than light in the presence of darkness.  Light overcomes darkness, but darkness is the negation of light. 

The Explanation of This Darkness:  In the light of the sun, men had put forth every effort to humiliate the LORD YESHUA and make HIM suffer.  The Roman soldiers, hardened by such experiences, were just performing another day's task.  For the first three hours, the Jewish rulers and the mob mocked, despitefully jeered, rebuked and reproached the LORD OF GLORY.  Then, on the sixth hour, man's energies ceased.  There was darkness and no man could work; the hearts of men were held by a gripping terror.  The soldiers stood aside in fear; the ruthless sneers of the rulers' tongues were silenced.  Stillness enveloped the scene.  Unspeakable horror hung over the cross while the mighty process of nature rolled on; but, its MAKER had stepped in and intervened in HIS creation.  HE veiled the sun in sackcloth and spread the mantle of night over the cross when the AUTHOR OF LIGHT was dying for our sins. 

The first three hours were man's moment; but the last three hours were ALMIGHTY GOD'S.  With HIS intervention, the cruel cross became an altar.  The substitutionary death of GOD'S PERFECT LAMB is the FOUNDATION of all GOD'S dealings with man — above all HIS actions to us — revealing GOD'S best for us.  MESSIAH Y’SHUA'S only compulsion was that of love for those who were nailing HIM to the cross.   Pilate wrote a title above the cross: "THE KING OF THE JEWS" ...but the HEAVENLY FATHER veiled that inscription for the time being that John's words might echo from the hilltops, "Behold! THE LAMB OF GOD WHO takes away the sin of the world!" [John 1. 29] 

In that period of darkness MESSIAH, our KINSMAN REDEEMER "was made sin for us" and thereby HE fulfilled the prophecy of the SLAIN LAMB in Isaiah 53.   Y’SHUA is the LAMB OF GOD, WHO willingly died upon GOD'S appointed altar, working in beautiful harmony with the FATHER for the sins of the world.  That darkness speaks of the inscrutable, unfathomable and unspeakable sufferings of CHRIST JESUS when HE became sin for us.  GOD slew HIS ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON upon the altar — as it is written, "smitten and afflicted by GOD" [Isaiah/Yeshayah 53. 4]; but HIS suffering is unrecorded, for it is veiled in the darkness of Calvary.  As the darkness ceased about the ninth hour, there came the piercing and anguished cry from the DYING LAMB, "ELI, ELI, lama sabachthani?" — that is, "MY GOD, MY GOD, why have YOU forsaken ME?" [Matthew 27. 46] 

In those last three hours, the LORD Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH endured all the sufferings of hell.  HE plumbed the depths of pain, and HE bore the full penalty of sin; GOD did not spare HIS ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON but gave HIM freely.  When CHRIST bore our sin, substitution for sinful man was perfectly accomplished and completed in the severe darkness of that hour. 

Looking back on Y’SHUA'S deepest hour of anguish, we cannot plumb the depths of darkness to discern the dire distress of HIS soul; we can only be eternally grateful that "The LORD was pleased to crush HIM; HE has put HIM to grief.  When HE made HIMSELF an offering for sin-guilt, that HE might see HIS seed and arm of vindication, and have long life; and that through HIM the LORD'S purpose might prosper." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 53. 10 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  The LORD JESUS CHRIST loved me and gave HIMSELF for me meeting the demands of a HOLY & JUST GOD. 
The ALL-WISE ONE buried the sword of justice in the heart of MESSIAH Y’SHUA.  Now, the sword of justice is sheathed in HIS heart and ALMIGHTY GOD is free to accept sinners who do no more than receive JESUS, HIS BELOVED SON.  The Cross of CHRIST was an Altar of Eternal Sacrifice where GOD displayed HIS love by paying the penalty of sin HIMSELF which HIS holiness demanded, for GOD was in MESSIAH Y’SHUA reconciling the world to HIMSELF.  
Such amazingly incredible love! 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!!  
  We bid farewell to Sabbath by sing the song in the Havdallah ritual that states, “the Prophet Elijah, the Tishbite from Gilead, may he come to us soon with the SON OF DAVID, the MESSIAH” — the GREATER ONE that we fix our eyes on.  
  O LORD our GOD, help us to see ourselves as YOU see us.  Make us conscious of our sins and failings done openly or in secret; cause us to turn from our evil ways.  Give us strength to make amends for our wrongdoings, and grant us pardon from our transgressions.  Guide us by the LIGHT of YOUR council.  May we ever find strength in YOU, our SHIELD and EXCEEDINGLY GREAT JOY.  Praised are YOU, GIVER of peace.  We also pray that GOD, WHO separates the holy from the secular, forgive our sins, guide our life and open our mouth to declare HIS praises continually.  
  Be reminded of your commitment to obey GOD in holiness and integrity of life.  We are overwhelmingly grateful for ALMIGHTY GOD’S goodness and grace to us, truly HIS mercies endure forever.  Now, go forth and proclaim the GOOD NEWS as the BELOVED ONE commissioned while it is still day.  
  May the ALL-PRESENT ONE fill our upcoming week with HIS DIVINE PRESENCE that HE may be glorified; and may some of the sweetness of Sabbath be present throughout your week days. 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
GOD promises forgiveness for repentance, but HE does not promise a tomorrow for procrastination. Now is the acceptable time. 

DARKNESS OVER ALL     
"Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour." [Luke 23. 44] 

Y’SHUA, the SUFFERING MAN OF SORROWS, was nailed to the cross on the third hour and HE died at the ninth hour.  On the sixth hour a sudden and complete, supernatural darkness caused the sun's light to fail.  This darkness settled down on the earth and remained for three hours and then lifted and departed as abruptly.  The sun was veiled as with sackcloth  for those three hours while the AUTHOR of all light, physically and spiritually, was hanging on the cross until HE died on the ninth hour. 

In Egypt, the ETERNAL ONE kept HIS OWN people in light while Egypt experienced the plague of darkness.  But when they crucified the LORD JESUS, GOD'S PRECIOUS SON, that supernatural darkness which they had escaped in Egypt came upon them in their own land.  It is, however, a greater miracle to produce darkness in the presence of light than light in the presence of darkness.  Light overcomes darkness, but darkness is the negation of light. 

The Explanation of This Darkness:  In the light of the sun, men had put forth every effort to humiliate the LORD YESHUA and make HIM suffer.  The Roman soldiers, hardened by such experiences, were just performing another day's task.  For the first three hours, the Jewish rulers and the mob mocked, despitefully jeered, rebuked and reproached the LORD OF GLORY.  Then, on the sixth hour, man's energies ceased.  There was darkness and no man could work; the hearts of men were held by a gripping terror.  The soldiers stood aside in fear; the ruthless sneers of the rulers' tongues were silenced.  Stillness enveloped the scene.  Unspeakable horror hung over the cross while the mighty process of nature rolled on; but, its MAKER had stepped in and intervened in HIS creation.  HE veiled the sun in sackcloth and spread the mantle of night over the cross when the AUTHOR OF LIGHT was dying for our sins. 

The first three hours were man's moment; but the last three hours were ALMIGHTY GOD'S.  With HIS intervention, the cruel cross became an altar.  The substitutionary death of GOD'S PERFECT LAMB is the FOUNDATION of all GOD'S dealings with man — above all HIS actions to us — revealing GOD'S best for us.  MESSIAH Y’SHUA'S only compulsion was that of love for those who were nailing HIM to the cross.   Pilate wrote a title above the cross: "THE KING OF THE JEWS" ...but the HEAVENLY FATHER veiled that inscription for the time being that John's words might echo from the hilltops, "Behold! THE LAMB OF GOD WHO takes away the sin of the world!" [John 1. 29] 

In that period of darkness MESSIAH, our KINSMAN REDEEMER "was made sin for us" and thereby HE fulfilled the prophecy of the SLAIN LAMB in Isaiah 53.   Y’SHUA is the LAMB OF GOD, WHO willingly died upon GOD'S appointed altar, working in beautiful harmony with the FATHER for the sins of the world.  That darkness speaks of the inscrutable, unfathomable and unspeakable sufferings of CHRIST JESUS when HE became sin for us.  GOD slew HIS ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON upon the altar — as it is written, "smitten and afflicted by GOD" [Isaiah/Yeshayah 53. 4]; but HIS suffering is unrecorded, for it is veiled in the darkness of Calvary.  As the darkness ceased about the ninth hour, there came the piercing and anguished cry from the DYING LAMB, "ELI, ELI, lama sabachthani?" — that is, "MY GOD, MY GOD, why have YOU forsaken ME?" [Matthew 27. 46] 

In those last three hours, the LORD Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH endured all the sufferings of hell.  HE plumbed the depths of pain, and HE bore the full penalty of sin; GOD did not spare HIS ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON but gave HIM freely.  When CHRIST bore our sin, substitution for sinful man was perfectly accomplished and completed in the severe darkness of that hour. 

Looking back on Y’SHUA'S deepest hour of anguish, we cannot plumb the depths of darkness to discern the dire distress of HIS soul; we can only be eternally grateful that "The LORD was pleased to crush HIM; HE has put HIM to grief.  When HE made HIMSELF an offering for sin-guilt, that HE might see HIS seed and arm of vindication, and have long life; and that through HIM the LORD'S purpose might prosper." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 53. 10 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  The LORD JESUS CHRIST loved me and gave HIMSELF for me meeting the demands of a HOLY & JUST GOD. 

The ALL-WISE ONE buried the sword of justice in the heart of MESSIAH Y’SHUA.  Now, the sword of justice is sheathed in HIS heart and ALMIGHTY GOD is free to accept sinners who do no more than receive JESUS, HIS BELOVED SON.  The Cross of CHRIST was an Altar of Eternal Sacrifice where GOD displayed HIS love by paying the penalty of sin HIMSELF which HIS holiness demanded, for GOD was in MESSIAH Y’SHUA reconciling the world to HIMSELF.  
Such amazingly incredible love! 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!!  
  We bid farewell to Sabbath by sing the song in the Havdallah ritual that states, “the Prophet Elijah, the Tishbite from Gilead, may he come to us soon with the SON OF DAVID, the MESSIAH” — the GREATER ONE that we fix our eyes on.  
  O LORD our GOD, help us to see ourselves as YOU see us.  Make us conscious of our sins and failings done openly or in secret; cause us to turn from our evil ways.  Give us strength to make amends for our wrongdoings, and grant us pardon from our transgressions.  Guide us by the LIGHT of YOUR council.  May we ever find strength in YOU, our SHIELD and EXCEEDINGLY GREAT JOY.  Praised are YOU, GIVER of peace.  We also pray that GOD, WHO separates the holy from the secular, forgive our sins, guide our life and open our mouth to declare HIS praises continually.  
  Be reminded of your commitment to obey GOD in holiness and integrity of life.  We are overwhelmingly grateful for ALMIGHTY GOD’S goodness and grace to us, truly HIS mercies endure forever.  Now, go forth and proclaim the GOOD NEWS as the BELOVED ONE commissioned while it is still day.  
  May the ALL-PRESENT ONE fill our upcoming week with HIS DIVINE PRESENCE that HE may be glorified; and may some of the sweetness of Sabbath be present throughout your week days. 

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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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
When a man leaves the synagogue, he should not march with hasty steps; but when he goes to the synagogue, it is right to run. [Talmud] 
ENGRAVED IN THE ROCK     
"O that my words were written down; would they were inscribed in a book!  That they were incised (engraved, carved, chiseled, cut into) on a rock forever with iron stylus and lead!" [Job (Iyowb) 19. 23 - 24 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

In the midst of terrible calamities and sufferings, righteous Job expressed a heartfelt longing to write down his experiences and meditations so others coming along later might know and understand.  No doubt, this longing led him to do just that, after the LORD GOD finally restored him to health and prosperity, gave him seven more sons and three beautiful daughters, blessing Job’s latter years of life more than the former.  Afterward, he lived one hundred and forty years to see four generations of sons and grandsons, and died old and contented. 

Job evidently wrote his book.  As the Text mentions, it apparently was not written on some perishable material but, on tablets of stone with a pen of iron so that his testimony might be permanently available to all future generations.  Indeed, GOD in HIS providence has ordained exactly that, by incorporating it in the HOLY SCRIPTURES.  Beyond doubt, Job’s "tongue is the pen of an expert scribe." [Psalms (Tehillym) 45. 1 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

The essence of Job’s testimony is certainly one of the most wonderful statements of faith ever captured and penned, made all the more remarkable in view of his circumstances when he uttered it, and in light of limited knowledge of GOD’S plan of redemption obtainable in Job’s time. 

With all confidence, Job professed — "I know that my REDEEMER lives; in the end He will stand at last on the earth — This, after my skin is destroyed.  Yet I know that in my flesh I shall see GOD, WHOM I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.  How my heart yearns within me!" [Job (Iyowb) 19. 25 - 27 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  Long before Moses days, Job knew that the ALMIGHTY ONE HIMSELF would become, not just as the world’s REDEEMER from its bondage under the Great Curse, but to be his own personal SAVIOR!  Job even sensed the necessity of GOD’S bodily incarnation, for he said HE would stand on the earth in the latter days.  Job knew that he himself would someday be resurrected from the dead and given a new body, and most important, actually see GOD. 

Other men of GOD came to this same reality.  Isaiah versed this song of salvation, "Your dead shall live; together with my dead body they shall arise!  Awake and shout for joy, you who dwell in the dust — For your dew is like the dew on fresh herbs; and the land shall cast out the dead (come to life)." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 26. 19 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  Daniel was given this prophecy of the End Times: "At that time your people shall be delivered, all who is found inscribed in the Book.  Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to eternal life, others to shame, to everlasting contempt.  Those who are wise will be radiant like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness will be like the stars forever and ever." [Daniel (Danyel) 12. 1b - 3 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 


From Job’s time throughout the centuries, massive amounts of people have seen what was conscientiously written in Job, Isaiah and Daniel’s testimony for they were written forever in THE BOOK of books, that you may know that there is no one like the LORD our GOD, that you may believe HIM, and trust completely in the LIVING, LOVING REDEEMER. 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
  Welcome Sabbath – Queen of the week!  Sabbath of Vayietze – “And He Went Out” [Reading: Genesis 28:10 - 32:2; Hosea 12:12 – 14:9; John 1:41-51]  
  Praised are YOU, YEHOWAH, our GOD, SOVEREIGN of the Universe, WHO makes us holy with YOUR mitzvoth and favours us with the Holy Shabbat, lovingly and graciously given to us.  Remember, HE WHO keeps Israel neither slumbers or sleeps!  
 May a Sabbath of sweetness be yours with family and friends. 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Guard well your thoughts, because they control you. 

SWEET SMELL OF KNOWLEDGE     
"Now thanks be to GOD WHO always leads us in triumph in CHRIST, and through us diffuses the fragrance of HIS knowledge in every place." [2 Corinthians 2. 14] 

There is a special sweet fragrance that is dispersed and spreads throughout the world, which comes from  redeemed ones living a CHRIST-filled life.  "For we are to GOD the aroma of CHRIST among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.  To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.  And who is equal to such a task?  Unlike so many, we do not peddle the WORD OF GOD for profit. On the contrary, in CHRIST we speak before GOD with sincerity, like men sent from GOD." [2 Corinthians 2. 15 - 17] 

In an acrostic poem, the delightful psalmist encouragingly persuades us to, "Taste and see how good the LORD is...blessed is the man who takes refuge in HIM!  Fear the LORD, you his consecrated ones, for those who fear HIM lack nothing; those who seek the LORD lack no good thing." [Psalms (Tehillym) 34. 9 – 10 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  From Solomon's Song of Songs, the sweet ROSE OF SHARON, the LILY OF THE VALLEYS — "my perfume gave forth its fragrance.  My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts.  My beloved to me is a spray of henna blooms from the vineyards of En-Gedi." [Song of Songs (Shir ha'Shirim) 1. 12 – 14 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

Like an offering before the LORD, we are to be an offering of pleasing odor to the LORD our GOD.  "When I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the lands in which you are scattered, I will accept you as a sweet and pleasing aroma and I will be sanctified in you before the Gentiles.  Then, when I have brought you into the land of Israel, to the country for which I lifted MY hand in an oath to give to your fathers, you shall know that I am the LORD.  There you shall remember your ways and all the acts by which you defiled yourselves; and you shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for all the evils that you have committed.  Then, O House of Israel, you shall know that I am the LORD, when I deal with you for MY NAME'S sake — not in accordance with your wicked ways and your corrupt acts — declares the LORD GOD." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 20. 41 – 44 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

"Therefore be followers of GOD as dear children.  And walk in love, as CHRIST also has loved us and given HIMSELF for us, an offering and a sacrifice to GOD for a sweet-smelling aroma." [Ephesians 5. 1 - 2] 

Know that your gifts are fruits to your account, "a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to GOD."  Assuredly, "my GOD shall supply all your need according to HIS riches in glory by MESSIAH Y’SHUA.  Now to our GOD and FATHER be glory forever and ever, Amen" [Philippians 4. 19 - 20]  Daily offer sacrifices of sweet aroma to the precious GOD OF HEAVEN, for HE is praiseworthy. 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!  
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
  All glory and praise to GOD ALMIGHTY for HE is our SURE HOPE in the days of evil.  HE will not let us be put to shame not allow us to be dismayed.  Beyond doubt, our SAVIOR is worthy of praise and glory without end!  
May the days ahead be filled with worship and praises to our WONDERFUL SAVIOR. 

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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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . . 
Fools burn bridges before they come to them. 

PERSECUTED FOR GODLINESS      
"If you race with the foot-runners and they exhaust and wearied you, how then can you compete with horses?  If you are not secure in a tranquil land, how will you fare in the flooding of the Jordan?" [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 12. 5 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

To rephrase the allegory of this SCRIPTURE verse, one might say, "If a little pain overcomes you, how can you endure the cross?"  The OLD & NEW COVENANTS tell of persecution that would come on those who choose to live for GOD MOST HIGH.  "For even your kinsmen and your father's house, even they are treacherous toward you.  They cry after you as a mob.  Do not believe them when they speak cordially to you." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 12. 6 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

"Yes, and all who desire to live godly in CHRIST JESUS will suffer persecution." [2 Timothy 3. 12]  This prophecy should severely impact and awaken us to know that "perilous times will come in the last days" and "men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despises of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of GOD, having a form of godliness but denying its power.  And from such people turn away!  Evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." [2 Timothy 3. 1 - 5, 13]   All who are determined to live a GODLY life in the LORD MESSIAH Y’SHUA are going to be persecuted! 

Because of HIS great love for us, our BLESSED REDEEMER had already prepared us with the warning or caution, "A servant is not greater than his master.  If they persecuted ME, they will also persecute you.  If they kept MY WORD, they will keep yours also." [John 15. 20]   "For to you it has been granted on behalf of CHRIST, not only to believe in HIM, but also TO SUFFER FOR HIS SAKE." [Philippians 1. 29] 

"Whoever does not bear his cross and come after ME cannot be MY disciple."  We must "FIRST count the cost."  [Luke 14. 27 – 28]  Are we willing to be persecuted to the point of physical suffering, imprisonment, or death?  Most often it appears in a creative, incisively shrewd form — rejection and ridicule, job and social discrimination, slander, family and peer pressures, legal restrictions, and other means of being pressured in order to stop our witnessing. 

One way possible to avoid persecution is to stop giving a clear witness.  It is those who insist on living a holy life and giving a GODly witness who will suffer persecution.  But, like Peter, such compromises deny the ALMIGHTY OMNISCIENT GOD.  Instead, we should follow Moses, "choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of GOD than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of CHRIST greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward." [Hebrews 11. 25 - 26]  

We maintain spiritual stability when the hard times come by knowing that we will finish up in glory having traveled a path of suffering.  There was no resurrection of MESSIAH without a cross — in the same way, there is no eternal glory without some degree of earthly suffering.  The call of the LIVING GOD involves earthly suffering because through it we magnify HIS power to keep us and demonstrate HIS grace in our weakness. 

The Apostle Paul finished his course in martyrdom, thus qualified for the treasures in MESSIAH Y’SHUA, for he kept the faith to the end.  "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Finally, there is laid up for me the Crown of Righteousness, which CHRIST THE LORD, the RIGHTEOUS JUDGE, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved HIS appearing." [2 Timothy 4. 7 - 8]  Then Paul added, "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.  For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." [2 Corinthians 4. 17 - 18] 

"Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the Crown of Life which the LORD has promised to those who love HIM." [James 1. 12]  As we are truly faithful and obedient, we labor to enter rest, for only in the LORD Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH there is great reward and perfect rest.  Never lose sight of the crown of glory reserved for those who remain faithful to the end.  It will be worth it all, when we see JESUS, our GRACIOUS SHEPHERD. 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
  Faith celebrates even before the victory is seen! 
Infinite as YOUR power, even so is YOUR love, O LORD OF HOSTS.  YOU led us into the way of righteousness and brought us to the light of truth.  Therefore, at our lying down and our rising up, we meditate on YOUR TEACHINGS and at all times rejoice in YOUR Laws.  In them are true life and length of days.  O that YOUR love may never depart from our hearts.  Praised are YOU, O LORD, WHO loves YOUR people. 

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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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . . 
Love is a river that must be bordered on each side by the banks of truth and discernment. 

HOLY PERFUME      
"And the LORD said to Moses — Take the herbs stacte, onycha, and galbanum — these herbs together with pure frankincense; let there be an equal part of each." [Exodus (Shemot) 30. 34 Tanakh, Torah] 

STACTE is supposed to be the gum of the storax tree found in the East.  It is a "dew drop" like gum that can only be gathered in the morning (almost certainly this is myrrh).   "Dew" always refers to inspiration.  Stacte is mentioned first — inspiration is needed at the beginning. 

ONYCHA comes from a sweet smelling shell found on the shores of the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.  It is said to increase the fragrance of other perfumes, and to be the basis of perfumes made in the East Indies (when burning it emitted an odor resembling musk...very costly).  There are two places where it can be obtained:
*  From an aromic mussel from the sea. . .the shell is removed by a concussion of sound.
*  The nail is removed from certain animals and the cartilage underneath is lifted off.  These are ground up and oil is squeezed out to become a fragrant perfume.  This oil comes only after there has been a death.  There is an aspect in worship that comes only after the death of the flesh.  There are things in us that must die...rendered powerless.  Prophecy works, at times, as a concussion of sound.  It has a message that breaks the hardness without damaging the spirit. Prophecy can release worship from within us. 

GALBANUM is the juice of a shrub growing in Arabia, Persia, India and Africa.  The shrub is slit at night, as you would slit a rubber tree.  It has a pungent, disagreeable odor and was mixed with the other ingredients to increase and retain its fragrance longer.  The gum that oozes out is used for perfume.  This speaks of woundingS and brokenness in us.  Brokenness is essential in true worship.  Brokenness is a process of the SPRIT OF GOD and it comes from deep within us.  Often, we are too hard in our spirit and there is a need to be broken. 

PURE FRANKINCENSE  {Frankincense means "to be white"} is the most important of the aromatic gums and is regarded by itself as a precious perfume.  It comes from a tree that grows abundantly in India.  The whitish juice hardens in forms of tears or irregular lumps.  The word pure used here refers to the free flowing and liberal giving forth of its odors.  It is useful as a medicine and an antidote to poison.  Very striking indeed is the prominence of the number five in this spice.  {Five is the number showing GOD'S GRACE, which reflects HIS GLORY in this world.} 

The frankincense flower has five petals and stamens.  The fruit is five-sided, and there are five species of the plant.  It is a preservative; this in the realm of the spiritual is GOD'S part, the preserving. . . HE HIMSELF is the life that preserves.  HIS life in us is part of true worship. 

All three spices were for the holy perfume of the Incense Altar; all were obtained from a form of life of some kind which gave of itself.  The stacte oozed forth spontaneously from a growing tree; the onycha came from a crab in the depths of the Red Sea which gave up its life; the galbanum spice came from crushed leaves; the frankincense came from a tree which was pierced.  How like the HOLY SPIRIT'S work through the GREAT HIGH PRIEST and our EXAMPLE in serving GOD MOST HIGH.  For Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH was the STACTE, spontaneous in worship; HE is the ONYCHA, sincere in the depths of HIS heart; as the GALBANUM, broken and contrite; as the FRANKINCENSE, the ONE WHO was pierced!  All worship must be through HIM WHO gave up HIS life that we might come into the Holiest Place with the GREAT GOD OF ISRAEL! 

All the ingredients were of equal weight and measure (perfect balance).  The work of the HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD is equally given, all of it is important.  HE does not do one kind of work above another. 

"When you make this incense, you must not make any in the same proportions for yourselves; it shall be held by you sacred to the LORD." [Exodus (Shemot) 30. 37 Tanakh, Torah]   This perfume was not to be made by man for himself or for gratification of the flesh to use extravagantly.  But, it was holy...therefore, ONLY for the worship of our HOLY LORD GOD OF HOSTS. 

It is by the GREAT COMFORTER, the "COMPOSITION MOST HOLY" that is made for the LORD by which we come into HIS ABIDING PRESENCE.  We do not enter GOD'S PRESENCE through carnal means or use methods concocted by man; neither do we worship GOD in a manner that pleases the flesh, for GOD is SPIRIT and seeks those to worship HIM in SPIRIT & TRUTH.  There is only one way of worship; it is GOD'S WAY.  Man's efforts are ineffective and vain for "It is not by might, nor by power, but by MY SPIRIT — says the LORD OF HOSTS." [Zechariah (Zecharyah) 4. 6 Tanakh, Nevi'im]   How very perfect is our INCREDIBLY WONDERFUL GOD, such amazing love. 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel! 
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
  HOLY LORD GOD be gracious to us that we may understand and fulfill the Teachings of YOUR WORD.  Enlighten our eyes in YOUR law that we may cling to YOUR commandments, for freedom of the soul reigns when we observe YOUR commandments.  Unite our hearts to love and revere YOU.  Praised are YOU, O GOD, WHO in YOUR love has called YOUR people to serve YOU in sincerity and truth. 

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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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Every obstacle is an experience waiting for a person whose faith will bridge his doubts. 

LIVING SAVIOR      
"If you confess with your mouth the LORD JESUS and believe in your heart that GOD has raised HIM from the dead, you shall be saved." [Romans 10. 9] 

It is not a mystery that Y’SHUA ha’MASHIACH, the BREAD OF LIFE, came that we might have life and that more abundantly.  We are saved because of the objective fact that the HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL died for our sins and then rose bodily from the tomb, triumphant over sin, death, the curse, and the Devil; alive in HIS glorified body forevermore.  It is this which we must believe in our hearts and confess with our lips.  For the LORD Y’SHUA to rise bodily from the grave proves that HE is nothing less than GOD, the ETERNAL CREATOR. 

It is only because of WHO HE is that MESSIAH Y’SHUA could do what HE did, and this is what we must believe in our hearts and affirm HIM with our lips.  "I will speak of YOUR Testimonies and will not be ashamed in the presence of kings.  I will delight myself in YOUR commandments, which I love." [Psalms (Tehillym) 119. 46 – 47 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

The GOSPEL of our salvation does not rest on our feelings nor on someone's teachings, but on the objective, proven and certain essential facts of history.  The LORD JESUS CHRIST is alive, whether anyone feels HIM living in their hearts or not; and HE is, at this moment, bodily in heaven seated at the right hand of GOD THE FATHER.  "CHRIST — WHO died, and furthermore is also risen, WHO is even at the right hand of GOD, WHO also makes intercession for us." [Romans 8. 34]  We know that the LORD Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH is the LIVING SAVIOR because HE "showed HIMSELF alive after HIS passion by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of GOD." [Acts 1. 3]  "HE (Y’SHUA ha’MASHIACH) appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country.  And they went and told it to the rest [of the disciples], but they did not believe them either.  Later HE appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and HE rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen HIM after HE had risen." [Mark 16. 12 - 14]  

"Therefore, HE is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to GOD through HIM, since HE ever lives to make intercession for them." [Hebrews 7. 25]  The LION OF JUDAH, KING Y’SHUA entered heaven itself on our behalf.  "For CHRIST has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the Presence of GOD for us." [Hebrews 9. 24]  Our BLESSED LOVING REDEEMER, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, always goes beyond our ability and does so much greater, doing all things well! 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
   May GOD'S PRECIOUS WRITTEN WORD be the center of your life.  In it, you will find sweet honey in the ROCK.  Have a blessed day as you saturate yourself in the sweetness of the MIGHTY LORD, the SOURCE OF LIFE.  
   A special “thank you” to all veterans for your service, may your lives be greatly blessed and the ALMIGHTY LORD GOD’S amazing mercies and grace be found by you. 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Love blinds the eyes to faults and hatred blinds them to virtues. [Moses ben-Ezra] 

DAYSPRING FROM DARK SHADOW    11/11/18  
"May darkness and deep gloom reclaim it (the day of Job's birth); may a gloom-darkened cloud lie over it; may what blackens the day terrify it." [Job (Iyowb) 3. 5 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

After sitting for months in awful misery, Job uttered this doleful, dismal damnation.  Total misery was the principal ingredient of the sad wailing of the confused patriarch as he finally let go and cursed the day he was born. [Job/Iyowb 3. 3]  Job had been living a long while in the grim "shadow of death" — but could not die.  This cry of Job contains the first of several reference to "the shadow of death" in HOLY SCRIPTURE.  In the OLD COVENANT there are eighteen such references, of which ten are in the Book of Job. 

The HOLY ONE HIMSELF asked, "Have the gates of death been disclosed to you?  Have you seen the gates of deep darkness or the shadow of death?" [Job (Iyowb) 38. 17 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  These are well-spoken expressive questions, for no one in Job's day had ever returned from death. 

No one has personal knowledge of what really lies beyond those terrifyingly depressing doors.  No one, that is, except the Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH.   HE said, "I am HE that lives and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen!  And I have the keys of Hades and of Death." [Revelation 1. 18]   When the LORD JESUS conquered death, HE destroyed its sting (not its sorrow).   In confident assurance as was King David, we can say — "Though I walk through a valley of deepest darkness in the shadow of death, I fear no harm, for YOU are with me; YOUR rod and YOUR staff — they comfort me." [Psalms (Tehillym) 23. 4 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 


The last reference in the OLD COVENANT to the dark shadow of death is. . . "Seek the LORD, WHO turns the deep darkness and the shadow of death into dawn; and darkens day into night." [Amos (Amus) 5. 8 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  The last reference in the HOLY SCRIPTURES is when Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, thanked GOD OMNIPOTENT that "the DAYSPRING from on high has visited us; to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." [Luke 1. 78 - 79]  When we have a personal relationship with the LORD MESSIAH YESHUA, the sting of death is gone. . . and beyond the Veil of Death is seen — the Dawn. 


Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
  Praised are YOU, O LORD our GOD, RULER of the world, by whose law the shadows of evening fall and the gates of the morning are opened.  Infinite as is YOUR power, so is YOUR love.  By YOUR laws and commandments, by statutes and ordinances YOU have led us in the way of righteousness and brought us to the light of truth.  Therefore at our lying down and our rising up, let us meditate on YOUR teachings and find in YOUR laws true life and length of days.  O that YOUR love may never depart from our hearts.  Praised are YOU, O LORD, WHO has revealed YOUR love through MESSIAH Y’SHUA. 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
The way to learn is to begin. 

KING OF THE JEWS      
"Then ELOHIYM said — Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness.  They shall rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the cattle, the whole earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on earth." [Genesis (Bereshith) 1. 26 Tanakh, Torah] 

The whole history of mankind since the Garden of Eden is a struggle to gain dominion — that dominion which was lost when our first parents sinned and brought a curse upon themselves, their posterity, and upon the very earth itself.  Man has been seeking that dominion.  However, apart from and independent of ALMIGHTY GOD — through science, commerce, industry and in politics — it ends in failure.   Great Empires are built in blood. . . they rise gloriously, but they weaken and tumble rapidly. 


The Books of Samuel, covering 120 years of Hebrew history, recounts how our Jewish people desired a king to rule over them; they wanted to be like the surrounding nations:  "And the LORD replied to Samuel — Heed the demand of the people in everything they say to you.  For it is not you they have rejected; it is ME they have rejected as their KING." [1 Samuel (Shemuel Alef) 8. 7 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 


The ALMIGHTY LORD GOD OF HOSTS granted our forefathers their request to prove to them the weakness of humanity and to reveal to them their sin in rejection of their TRUE KING.  Saul was chosen as the first king of the Jews and was publicly introduced by the "SPIRIT OF PROPHECY" coming upon him.  But Saul disobeyed the SOVEREIGN LORD GOD and so was rejected.  Then David was anointed king — he was not only a great ruler, but was a warrior, singer and poet.  He was a humble man, aware of his human weaknesses.  However, David committed adultery and murder, proving again man's failure and limitations. 

The HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL, however, promised to David a RIGHTEOUS KING.  This BLAMELESS ONE would not fall!  HE would be beyond human weaknesses and sin.  HE would be an ETERNAL KING WHO would be called "The SON OF David" — WHO would be sinless, WHO would rule in righteousness, WHO would conquer all HIS enemies.  HIS Kingdom would be an Everlasting Kingdom which would culminate in a PERSON WHO lives forever! 

The ALMIGHTY LORD OF GLORY said:  "I have sworn by MY holiness; I will not lie to David.  His line shall continue forever, his throne as the sun before ME, as the moon, established forever, an enduring, faithful witness in the sky. Selah" [Psalms (Tehillym) 89. 35 - 37 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

In Matthew's Gospel, in the very beginning of the book, in the very first verse, the genealogy of this COMING KING is listed:  HE is described as the SON OF DAVID, the SON OF ABRAHAM, the SON OF GOD.  In Luke's GOSPEL, we read the announcement concerning this PROMISED KING to the virgin Miryam (Mary):  "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a SON, and shall call HIS NAME JESUS.  HE will be great, and will be called the SON OF THE HIGHEST and the LORD GOD will give HIM the throne of HIS father David.  And HE will reign over the House of Jacob forever, and of HIS Kingdom there will be no end." [Luke 1. 31 - 33] 

When the wise men of the East came to Jerusalem following the STAR mentioned in Balaam's prophesy (Numbers/B'Midvar 24. 15-19); they inquired of Herod, who asked the priests and scribes, "Where is HE that is born KING of the Jews?" [Matthew 2. 2]   They spoke of the BABE as "KING of the Jews" for by this title (RULER in Israel) was HE called in the prophecy of Micah, the Jewish prophet and quoted in Matthew 2:6 — "And you, O Bethlehem (House of Bread) of Ephrathah (fruitfulness [as in wine]), least among the clans of Judah, from you ONE shall come forth to be RULER (or KING) of Israel for ME — ONE WHOSE origin is from of old, from everlasting." [Micah (Michah) 5. 2 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  

It was the custom for a man, ever since the first king of Israel, when he would be publicly acclaimed as king, to ride into the City of Jerusalem on a donkey.   Zechariah, another Jewish prophet foretold:  "Rejoice greatly, Fair Zion! Shout, Fair Jerusalem! Behold, your KING is coming to you; HE is victorious, triumphant and just and having salvation, yet humble, riding on an ass, on a donkey foaled by a she-ass." [Zechariah (Zecharyah) 9. 9 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  

O, my dear Jewish people, there was a GREAT ONE WHO rode into the City of Jerusalem on the exact day prophesied by Daniel, on this lowly animal and was hailed by our Jewish forefathers "Ho'Sannah to THE SON of David!"   This HOLY ONE later was rejected, crucified, and the inscription upon the cross declared HE was KING of the Jews, and also the KING of kings.  But our people who had demanded a king (as a nation) rejected their TRUE KING when HE came, saying:  "We will not have this MAN rule over us."  This KING'S diadem was a crown of thorns.  HIS throne, a blood-splotched cross.  HIS robe was a crimson flow of blood coming from HIS thorn-crowned brow, HIS beaten face and bleeding back.  HIS coronation companions were two thieves on either side of HIM.  HIS inaugural speech was a lonely cry — "MY GOD, MY GOD, why have YOU forsaken ME?" 


This KING of the Jews is the LORD Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH, the SON OF THE LIVING GOD!  There is coming a day when every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess HE is LORD of lords and KING of kings!  Instead of the crown-of-thorns, HE will wear a crown of gold and precious jewels.  In place of an old rugged cross, HE will sit upon a glorious throne, the Throne of David.   The LORD Y’SHUA will wear the garments of royalty, replacing the robe of blood.  HIS coronation companions will be, instead of the thieves on either side, the redeemed and overcomers of all the ages who will sit with HIM on HIS throne and rule and reign with HIM forever!  That time is soon-coming when this will be literally experienced, are you ready? 


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.  There is none like YOU among the mighty, O LORD, and there are no works like YOURS.  YOUR Kingdom is an Everlasting Kingdom and YOUR dominion endures throughout all generations.  YOU are KING ETERNAL; YOU have reigned and shall reign for evermore.  The LORD will give strength to HIS people; the LORD will bless HIS people with shalom.  Y’SHUA ha'MASHIACH is the ONE WHO gives true peace and rest; WHOSE Law keeps us holy.  
 Shalom U'Vrakah (Peace & Blessings). The Lord be with you this day and always!  May some of the sweetness of Sabbath be present throughout the week. 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
If you're offered an inch — take it. 

OUR HIDING PLACE      
"For in the time of trouble HE will shelter me in HIS pavilion; in the protection of HIS tabernacle shall HE hide me; HE shall raise me high upon a ROCK." [Psalms (Tehillym) 27. 5 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

There come times in the life of each believer when the trials become overwhelming and the whole world seems to be falling apart.  Without the LORD GOD ETERNAL, it is impossible to escape, but with the LOVING MASTER there is safety and restoration, for HE alone is our "BELOVED HIDING PLACE." 

There are many tender promises in HIS LIFE-GIVING WORD to explicitly verify this declaration.  The "pavilion" is best understood as the well-protected Tent of the COMMANDING OFFICER.   "How abundant is the good that YOU have in store for those who fear YOU, that YOU do in the full view of men for those who take refuge in YOU.  YOU grant them the protection of YOUR PRESENCE from prideful scheming man; YOU shelter them secretly in YOUR pavilion from contentious tongues." [Psalms (Tehillym) 31. 19 - 20 Tanakh, Kethuvim]   Here is a wonderful MESSIANIC PROMISE:  "A KING (MESSIAH Y’SHUA) shall be as a HIDING PLACE from the wind, and a SHELTER from the rainstorms; as BROOKS OF WATER in a desert, as the SHADE OF A MASSIVE ROCK in a weary land." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 32. 2 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  

There, sheltered from the storm, our GRACIOUS FAITHFUL LORD gives comfort and sweet counsel, until we are able to face the violent storm victoriously.   "O you who dwell in the SECRET PLACE (SHELTER) OF THE MOST HIGH and abide in the shadowed protection of SHADDAI — I say of the LORD, my REFUGE and STRONGHOLD, my GOD in WHOM I trust." [Psalms (Tehillym) 91. 1 - 2 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

One of the most beautiful of these promises introduces David's great "Song of Redemption" — "O LORD, my ROCK, my FORTRESS, my DELIVERER! O GOD, the ROCK wherein I take shelter; my SHIELD, my MIGHTY CHAMPION, my HORN OF RESCUE, my STRONGHOLD and my REFUGE! My SAVIOR, YOU WHO rescues me from violence." [2 Samuel (Shemuel Bet) 22. 2 - 3 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

Our hope is for that wonderful day when "GOD will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." [Revelation 21. 4]  How magnificently glorious that will be 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!
  Come, my dear friend, let us go out to meet the Sabbath, the Queen!  Come, O Bride, the Sabbath presence is eagerly awaited, and joyously welcome the Sabbath of Toldot – “Generations” [Reading: Genesis 25:19 - 28:9; Malachi 1:1 – 2:7; Matthew 10:21-38]  
  With great love YOU have loved us, O LORD our GOD, and with exceeding compassion YOU have borne with us.  Our fathers believed and trusted in YOU; therefore you taught them the laws of life, and showed them the ways of wisdom.  We implore YOU, O MERCIFUL FATHER, to grant us discernment, that we may understand and fulfill all the TEACHINGS of YOUR WORD.  Make us gladly obedient to YOUR commandments and fill our hearts with love and reverence for YOU.  In YOU we put our trust; we rejoice and delight in YOUR help, for with YOU alone is salvation, and peace in the soul of man.  YOU have called us as teachers of YOUR Law; YOU have chosen us for a holy mission to mankind; therefore do we joyfully lift up our voices and proclaim YOUR magnificence.  Praised are YOU, O GOD, WHO has chosen us in love.  We give praise to YOUR HOLY NAME and thank YOU for Y’SHUA, our REDEEMER. 
  May your life be a witness and sacrosanct (holy, sacred, revered) witness of the care, love and presence of GOD MOST HIGH.  Assuredly, HIS grace is greater then all our needs!  We are secure knowing that we are wrapped in GOD’S loving embrace.  May the HOLY ONE OF HEAVEN, blessed be HE, ever be praised.  Sweet blessings to you this day and always! 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . . 
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there! 

LACKING KNOWLEDGE 
"MY people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, destroyed because of your disobedience! Because you have rejected knowledge and spurned the Law (teachings) of your GOD, I reject you as MY priest. I, in turn, will spurn your children." [Hosea (Hoshea) 4. 6 Tanakh, Nevi’im] 

This grievous bewailing lament applies to all nations nowadays. Though they once knew the MAGNIFICENT GOD OF ISRAEL, apostasy and humanism has taken over and has hardened the hearts of the masses. Therefore, the supporting principle of reaping what one sows is well-founded and appropriate. Parents and grandparents in today's world are seeing the awful scourge of moral debauchery (wickedness, dishonesty, betrayal) among their children and the young people. And, the shackles of wickedness are tightening because "you have forgotten the Law of your GOD." 

GODly knowledge is rejected throughout the human race, therefore people are being "destroyed for lack of knowledge" and their willful disobedience. This ignorance exists despite an abundance of supposed actual knowledge (science) in our educational institutions, for the ALMIGHTY CREATOR has been outlawed. The intellectuals (?) of the day have forgotten that "the fear of the LORD is the beginning (best part) of knowledge, they are fools who despise wisdom and instruction." [Proverbs (Mishle) 1. 7 Tanakh, Kethuvim] "The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the LORD, and knowledge of QADOSHYM (the HOLY ONE) is understanding." [Proverbs (Mishle) 9. 10 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

Even in the churches, to our mortifying and embarrassing shame, there is very little emphasis on knowledge. Instead, the enthusiasm that is endorsed and promoted is for an experience and/or entertainment. True CHRIST-following faith is not a feeling, it is a committed desire to be of one mind and purpose with GOD SUPREME. To have an intellectual understanding of the PERSON and work of the LORD MESSIAH Y’SHUA, the BREAD OF DELIVERANCE, one must first have a reverential fear of the LORD, that is the beginning of knowledge. [Proverbs/Mishle 1. 7] HE taught imperatively — "unless you repent you will all likewise perish." [Luke 13. 5] 

To believe right, one must first think right, and this requires finding GODly knowledge, discretion and discernment. "All who separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to follow the Law of GOD, everyone who had knowledge to understand, joined with their noble brothers, and took an oath with sanctions to follow GOD'S Law, given through Moses the servant of GOD, and to observe carefully all the commandments of the LORD our LORD, HIS rules (ordinances) and laws (statutes)." [Nehemiah (Nechemah) 10. 28 - 29 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

"Hear the WORD OF THE LORD, O people of Israel! For the LORD has a case against the inhabitants of this land, because there is no truth or mercy, no knowledge or obedience to GOD in the land." [Hosea (Hoshea) 4. 1 Tanakh, Nevi'im] "They sow wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind." [Hosea (Hoshea) 8. 7 Tanakh, Nevi'im] The people and the land are bewildered, entirely consumed; like an unwanted vessel in which there is no pleasure. 

"You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. To HIM be the glory both now and forever, Amen" [2 Peter 3.. 17 - 18] All who know HIM will serve and obey the MASTER — they are truly rich for the ALL-KNOWING ONE lives within; how very blessed they are. 


Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel! 
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles! 
Renew my strength and draw me nearer to YOU, GLORIOUS GOD OF TRUTH — allow me to serve YOU and be YOUR friend, be my GOD and I will not be afraid; I will sing with a contented heart and be joyously blessed with salvation. 
We remember and celebrate the HOLY ONE WHO is the GREATEST GIFT to the world, the TRUE LIGHT that was given to all who will receive HIM. Such a great blessing the day MESSIAH Y’SHUA came into this dark world, though the world did not understand; those who do, rejoice in HIS PRESENCE still. 

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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No man sins except for his own advantage; but on the other hand, the advantage is in this life only. 

WAIT ON THE LORD      
"Those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not grow weary, they shall march and not grow faint." [Isaiah/Yeshayah) 40. 31]  Bless the LORD…Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s." [Psalms (Tehillym) 103. 1, 5 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

To say this another way, "The ALMIGHTY satisfies you with good things in the prime of life, so that your youth is renewed like the eagles."  This is such a lovely promise from GOD'S HOLY WORD, as it is easy to grow weary and faint in our mortal bodies, even when doing the work of the GREAT & MIGHTY LORD GOD.  The answer: Wait upon the LORD! 

The Hebrew word "kavah" means wait for or look for.  It is translated "waited for" the second time it is used in the HOLY BIBLE when the dying patriarch, Jacob cried out: "I waited for YOUR deliverance (salvation), O LORD." [Genesis (Bereshith) 49. 18 Tanakh, Torah] 

The first time it is used, amazingly, is in connection with the Third Day of Creation when the OMNIPOTENT CREATOR said — "Let the water below the sky be gathered into one area, that the dry land may appear." [Genesis (Bereshith) 1. 9 Tanakh, Torah]  That is, the all-encompassing waters of the original creation, divided on the Second Day of Creation, now are told to wait patiently, perhaps stated, until GOD formed the various heavens (atmosphere, outer-space) before dealing again with the waters. 

In Psalm 40, we can get a clearer insight as to the meaning of "kavah" where it is used to picture the foreshadowed MESSIAH YESHUA, "I waited patiently for (put my hope in) YEHOWAH; and HE inclined toward (listened to) me and heeded my cry." [Psalms (Tehillym) 40. 1 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

"The ETERNAL GOD OF HEAVEN, the HIGH & LOFTY LORD, the CREATOR of the earth from end to end, HE never grows faint or weary, HIS wisdom cannot be fathomed." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 40. 28 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  HIS gracious promise is that we can "renew our strength" (rather to exchange our weakness for HIS strength) by "waiting on HIM."  We wait patiently for the LORD Y’SHUA, draw nearer to HIM, look for HIM, cry to HIM and trust HIM with remarkable confidence.  In turn, our WONDERFUL LORD renews our strength!  HalleluYAH! 

The ultimate renewal of our strength will be when we receive our new bodies and we rise "like the eagles" when the ALMIGHTY ONE catches away those who are found worthy.  "For the LORD HIMSELF will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an arch-angel, and with the trumpet of GOD.  And the dead in CHRIST will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air.  And thus we shall always be with the LORD." [1 Thessalonians 4. 16 - 17] 

"Behold, I tell you a mystery — We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written — Death is swallowed up in victory." [1 Corinthians 15. 51 - 54]  This will happen at our SOVEREIGN LORD'S appointed time.  Meanwhile, wait on the LORD for it will surely come, and HE is definitely worth waiting for.  HalleluYAH, what blessed hope! 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
  Firm confidence in GOD’S eternal commitment does much to banish all fears to such an extent that it is extremely difficult to imagine how a believer who believes the HOLY SCRIPTURES can be easily moved.  
  Welcoming the 1st day of Rosh Chodesh – the month of Kislev. May the days ahead be filled with worship and praises the our WONDERFUL SAVIOR. 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
There are free men with the spirit of a slave; and slaves whose spirit is full of freedom.  Whoever trusts in the MOST HIGH GOD are free indeed; while those who trust in themselves alone are slaves. 

GO FORTH & LEARN      
"Gather the people to ME that I may let them hear MY words, in order that they may learn to revere ME as long as they live on earth, and may so teach their children." [Deuteronomy (Bereshith) 4. 10 Tanakh, Torah] 

The LORD GOD spoke these words to Moses on Mount Horeb.  GOD intends for HIS people to learn (Hebrew: lamad — diligently teach, expert, instruct, skilful) to both hear HIS voice and to obey HIS instructions.  "But take utmost care and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things you saw with your own eyes, lest they depart from your mind as long as you live.  And make them known to your children and your children’s children." [Deuteronomy (Bereshith) 4. 9 Tanakh, Torah]  

The most important thing we can learn in every society is to learn (receive instructions) and understand the WORD OF GOD, and then obey what is written.  "For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope...that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the GOD and FATHER of our LORD JESUS CHRIST." [Romans 15. 4, 6]  Obedience to what we learn in SCRIPTURE is a incredible method of learning many other things from the HOLY TEXT. 

Don’t be like the world, "always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" [2 Timothy 3. 7], but come out from among them and be separate unto the MOST HOLY ONE.  "Learn to fear the LORD your GOD." [Deuteronomy/Devarim 31. 13]  "Learn to do good." [Isaiah/Yeshayah 1. 17]  "Learn doctrine (what you believe and hold to be true)." [Isaiah/Yeshayah 29. 24]  "Learn carefully the ways of MY people, to swear by MY NAME." [Jeremiah/Yirmeyah 12. 16] 

Learn "not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other." [1 Corinthians 4. 6]  "Learn not to blaspheme." [1 Timothy 1. 20]  "Learn to show piety (faithfulness, goodness, holiness) at home and to repay their parents" [1 Timothy 5. 4] also "Learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful." [Titus 3. 14]  These things do not come naturally, they are learned. 

Paul learned and taught us another essentially important lesson: "I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound.  Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through CHRIST WHO strengthens me." [Philippines 4. 11 - 13] 

MESSIAH Y’SHUA, the GREAT CREATOR, could only learn some things by becoming a MAN, "HE learned obedience by the things which HE suffered. And having been perfected, HE became the AUTHOR of eternal salvation to all who obey HIM." [Hebrews 5. 8 - 10]  Thus, we in turn must learn from HIM.  "Take MY yoke upon you and learn from ME, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." [Matthew 11. 29]  "For this is the love of GOD, that we keep HIS commandments. And HIS commandments are not burdensome." [1 John 5. 3] 


Learning to serve the MASTER of the Universe and obey HIS commands will lead us to a better understanding, a marvelous life in MESSIAH, and into the presence of the glory and grace of our BELOVED where we, with a glorious element of surprise and adoration, will see HIS wonderful, all-together lovely face.  Such treasures the CHRIST-like-ones have, for we are incorrigibly (eternally, insuppressibly, inherently) confident in the ONE we adore. 


Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
  Consider your latter end; fear GOD THE HOLY CREATOR, take heed to HIS counsel, seek to understand.  
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’s peaceful — give us the heart to bring joy to each day.   
  We need to love…adore, worship, and follow the HOLY GOD of Heaven with our entire being.  We need to seek HIM, not upon the setting sun but from the first glimmer of dawn.  And we need to know that if we seek HIM with all our heart, we will find HIM. [Jeremiah 29:13]  Don’t miss the RISING SON. 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Great men are not always wise. 

WISDOM'S HOUSE OF SEVEN PILLARS     
"Wisdom (Hebrew: hokhmah) has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars." [Proverbs (Mishle) 9. 1 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

These Seven Pillars are:
Purity — "To the pure, all things are pure." [Titus 1. 15] 
Peace — "Fruits of righteousness are sown in peace by those who make peace." [James 4. 18]
Gentleness — "Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with gentleness and long-suffering, bearing with one another in love." [Ephesians 4. 1 - 2]
Reasonable — "Come, let us reason together and reach an understanding, says the LORD." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 1. 18 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 
Helpful — "Behold, GOD is my HELPER; the LORD is my SUPPORT." [Psalms (Tehillym) 54. 4 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 
Humility — "Humble yourselves in the sight of the LORD, and HE will lift you up." [James 4. 10]
Sincerity — "Let love be without hypocrisy." [Romans 12. 9] 

"The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy." [James 3. 17]   "For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is JESUS CHRIST." [1 Corinthians 3. 11] 

"Happy (blessed) is the man who finds wisdom, the man who attains understanding.  Her value in trade is better than silver; her yield, greater than gold.  She is more precious than rubies; all of your goods cannot equal or compare with her.  In her right hand is length of days, in her left, riches and honour.  Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths, peaceful.  She is a TREE OF LIFE to those who grasp her, and whoever holds on to her is happy." [Proverbs (Mishle) 3. 13 - 18 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning and best part of knowledge; fools despise wisdom, instructions, and discipline." [Proverbs (Mishle) 1. 7 Tanakh, Kethuvim]   EL SHADDAI said to man, "See! To fear the LORD is wisdom; to shun evil is understanding." [Job (Iyob) 28. 28 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

The individual who allows the ALMIGHTY HOLY ONE to build the "House of Wisdom" in his life will know the greatest of all joys, even here on this earth! 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!  
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
  Praised are YOU, O LORD GOD, for great is YOUR love for us and YOUR compassion boundless.  Be gracious to us that we may understand and fulfill the teachings of YOUR REVERED WORD.  Enlighten our eyes in YOUR Law that we may cling to YOUR commandments.  Thank YOU for YOUR saving power, for from YOU comes our help.  Draw us nearer to YOU to serve YOU in faithfulness.  Joyfully, we lift our voices and proclaim YOUR PRECIOUS NAME. 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Belief cannot be commanded, but unbelief will be dealt with. 

FIRST ADAM — LAST ADAM     
"The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the SECOND MAN is the LORD from heaven.  As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the HEAVENLY MAN, so also are those who are heavenly." [1 Corinthians 15. 47 - 48] 

Death reigned because of the transgression of the first Adam and sin was passed down through mankind.  The LAST ADAM, WHO would conquer death, was sinless.  "Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of HIM (MESSIAH Y’SHUA) WHO was to come." [Romans 5. 14] 

Adam named the creatures.  "The LORD GOD formed out of the earth all wild beasts and all birds of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that would be its name." [Genesis (Bereshith) 2. 19 Tanakh, Torah] 

The LAST ADAM created all things.  "GOD created the great sea monsters and all the living creatures of every kind...according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind...all living creatures according to its kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth.  Then ELOHIYM said — Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness. — And GOD created man in HIS IMAGE; in the image of ELOHIYM HE created him; male and female HE created them." [Genesis (Bereshith) 1. 21 - 27 Tanakh, Torah] 

Adam was put to sleep.  "And from his side, the LORD GOD took a rib and created woman."  Then the MASTER CREATOR brought her to the man and he (Adam) said:  "This time it is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh." [Genesis (Bereshith) 2. 21 - 23] This time a "help-meet" was "out of him" — a part of him, closer and dearer than any other living creature in Eden's Garden. 

Y’SHUA'S side was pierced.  "But when they came to JESUS and saw that HE was already dead, they did not break HIS legs.  But one of the soldiers pierced HIS side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out." [John 19. 33 - 34]  The LAST ADAM gave of HIMSELF that the Church may be redeemed through the blood and water that flows out of HIM.  ALMIGHTY GOD, in HIS mercy performed a miraculous operation upon the LAST ADAM — for there came forth from HIS side- the precious blood, HIS life, which made it possible for one to be born-anew, born of GOD.  This time a very vital, warm, living part of HIM!  Now we who are believers in MESSIAH Y’SHUA can be closer and dearer to HIM than when we were mere creatures of the dust alone. 

Adam was a gardener. "The CREATOR took the man and placed him in the Garden of Eden to till it and tend it." [Genesis (Bereshith) 2. 15 Tanakh, Torah] 

The LAST ADAM was mistaken for a gardener.  "Miryam (Mary) stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb.  And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Y’SHUA had lain."  When asked why she was weeping, she replied that her LORD had been taken away and she didn't know where they laid HIM.  Then, "JESUS said to her — Woman, why are you weeping?  Whom are you seeking? — She, supposing HIM to be the gardener, said to HIM — SIR, if you have carried HIM away, tell me where you have laid HIM, and I will take HIM away." [John 20. 11 - 15] 

"The first man, Adam, became a living being; the LAST ADAM became a LIFE-GIVING SPIRIT.  However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.  And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the HEAVENLY MAN." [1 Corinthians 15. 42 - 46, 49] 

John said, regarding the image of the HEAVENLY MAN:  "Beloved, now we are children of GOD; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when HE is revealed, we shall be like HIM, for we shall see HIM as HE is." [1 John 3. 2] 

Paul confirmed the same concept by saying, "Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." [1 Corinthians 15. 51 - 53]  This is the change we look forward to at the coming of the LORD JESUS for HIS OWN. HalleluYAH! 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
  May our HEAVENLY FATHER hear our prayers, that our long-awaited MESSIAH Y’SHUA, the SON OF DAVID, KING of kings comes quickly.  And, may HIS Holy Temple be rebuilt speedily, even in our day, Amen!  May you be blessed with love, hope, health, wisdom and GOD’S incredibly amazing grace as you seek HIM. 

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