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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Two things are infinite: the OMNIPOTENT CREATOR GOD’S wisdom and human stupidity.

ANGER MANAGEMENT
"I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire." [Matthew 5. 22]

Taking this SCRIPTURE alone might indicate that for a follower of CHRIST, one was never to get angry. There are several other Texts that could be used that way, such as, "Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice." [Ephesians 4. 31] However, YESHUA is teaching that only the anger "without a cause" was wrong and would produce judgment.

If anger were never permitted for a believer, it would contradict even the occasional example of MESSIAH HIMSELF. "And when HE had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts." [Mark 3. 5] The RIGHTEOUS ONE was angered because of the hypocrites among the Pharisees who were plotting to destroy HIM for healing a disabled man on the Sabbath.

We are never justified in getting angry over some personal injury or insult, but should — for CHRIST’S sake — take it on the chin in order to try living in peace. "But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth." [Colossians 3. 8 ] "Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men." [Romans 12. 17 - 18]

Yet, if we do get angry in spite of ourselves, we are commanded: "Be angry, and do not sin — Do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil." [Ephesians 4. 26 - 28] "Be angry and sin no more. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and trust in the LORD." [Psalms/Tehillym 4. 4 - 5 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

Living in this world there will be situations that involve injury, rudeness, and insults to the precious name of our SAVIOR or HIS amazing works where anger is certainly "with cause." Nevertheless, even then, the HOLY LORD GOD counsels — "let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of GOD." [James 1. 19 - 20] And, "Do not let your spirit be quickly vexed, for anger abides in the bosom of fools." [Ecclesiastes/Kohelet 7. 9 Tanakh, Kethuvim] "Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is MINE, I will repay" — says the LORD." [Romans 12. 19] Truly, the LORD knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the DAY OF JUDGMENT and HIS ways are better then anything we could come up with.

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Believe on the LORD MESSIAH YESHUA and be saved. Know that some glorious day we will behold that BLESSED HOPE and we will spend eternity in HIS PRESENCE and rest in the many promises that are to come into fulfillment when we but step into HIS arms; in the MASTER’S mighty hands we are complete and whole. Because of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, we can face tomorrow and be comforted now knowing we have been changed for a reason, transformed not for a season, but transformed for Eternal Life. Amen
DAY 22 of REPENTANCE Sometimes when we are convinced there is no more wickedness in us, the fact is it is deeply rooted. KING of kings, CREATOR of the universe, we plead that YOU open our eyes and help us to change our perspectives from all reprehensible, sinful behaviors that we can see ourselves as YOU see us; cleanse and change us into YOUR likeness. "Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry." [Colossians 3:5] "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10]

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. . .
Anything worth saying is worth repeating 1,000 times.

RAHAB & THE TWO SPIES
"Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim saying — Go, view the land, especially Jericho. So they set out, and they came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there." [Joshua (Yehoshua) 2. 1 Tanakh, Nevi'im]

Before attacking the city of Jericho, Joshua the son of Nun sent two spies in to search out the land. Some assume that two were sent because when Moses had sent in twelve men to search out the land forty years earlier, only two were faithful. The result was the nation of Israelites were condemned to the wilderness wanderings. [Numbers/B'Midvar 13 - 14]

It seems, however, that the only accomplishment the two spies succeeded in was in the saving of Rahab and her household. "The city and everything in it are doomed by the LORD to destruction; only Rahab the harlot is to be spared, and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers we sent." [Joshua (Yehoshua) 6. 17 Tanakh, Nevi'im]

The two spies in the time of Joshua are similar form of evidence, guide, or illustration to the two witnesses that precede the tribulations of Revelation 11. "And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one-thousand-two-hundred-sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the GOD of the earth." [Revelation 11. 3 - 4]

By faith, Rahab the harlot acted on what she believed and was therefore justified by her works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way. "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." [James 2. 26] Likewise, those who are found faithful and are watching for the LORD'S return — will also go out of this earth another way. Be ready and watching, HIS return coming is near!

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Our GOD and GOD of our fathers, bless us with the three-fold blessings of YOUR Law written by the hand of Moses YOUR servant, which was spoken by Aaron and his sons, the priests, YOUR holy people, as it is said: "The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make HIS face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn HIS face to you and give you Shalom!"
DAY 10 of REPENTANCE The leaven of the world is tempting. It creates a certain kind of scrumptiousness; being embraced and recognized by the world can be intoxicating. But we are not of this world. We must avoid that leaven. "Therefore let us keep the Feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the Unleavened Bread of Sincerity and Truth." [1 Corinthians 5:8]
It only takes a little leaven to affect the whole lump of dough. When we find ourselves tempted by malice and wickedness, we must look to HIM WHO is the AUTHOR and FINISHER our faith. [Hebrews 12:2] "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10]

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. . .
A miracle cannot prove what is impossible, it is only to confirm what is possible. [ -Maimonides]

SOLOMON'S PRAYER – GOD'S ANSWER
Solomon's focus was on his posture (on his knees with his hands spread); his position (facing the Temple); and the structure he made. Discern his prayer at the Temple's Dedication:
"Then Solomon, standing before the Altar of the LORD in the presence of all the whole congregation of Israel, spreading forth his hands. Solomon had made a copper platform and set it in the midst of the Great Court; it was five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high. He stood on it; then kneeling down on his knees before the whole assembly of Israel, he spread forth his hands toward heaven and said: "O LORD GOD OF ISRAEL, there is no god like YOU in the heavens or on earth, YOU keep YOUR Covenant and mercy with YOUR servants who walk before YOU with all their hearts; YOU have kept the promises YOU made to YOUR servant, my father David; YOU have both spoken with YOUR mouth and fulfilled it with YOUR hand, as it is this day. And now, O LORD GOD OF ISRAEL, keep that promise YOU made YOUR servant, my father David saying — You shall not fail to have a man sit before ME on the throne of Israel if only your children take heed to their way, that they walk in MY Law as you have walked before ME. — Now, LORD GOD OF ISRAEL, let YOUR WORD that YOU made to YOUR servant, my father David, be confirmed."
"Does GOD indeed dwell with men on the earth? Even heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain YOU; how much less this Temple which I have built! Yet regard the prayer and supplication of YOUR servant, O LORD my GOD, and listen to the cry and the prayer which YOUR servant offers to YOU. May YOUR eyes be open toward this Temple day and night, toward the place where YOU said YOU would put YOUR NAME, that YOU may hear the prayer which YOUR servant offers toward this place. And may YOU hear the supplications of YOUR servant and of YOUR people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven YOUR Dwelling Abode, and when YOU hear, forgive."
"If anyone sins against his neighbor, and an oath is exacted from him, and comes and takes an oath before YOUR altar in this Temple, then hear from heaven, and act, and judge YOUR servants, bringing retribution on the wicked by bringing his way on his own head, and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness."
"Should YOUR people Israel be defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against YOU, and return and confess YOUR NAME, and offer prayer and make supplication before YOU in this Temple, then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of YOUR people Israel, and restore them back to the land which YOU gave to them and their fathers."
"When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against YOU, when they pray toward this place and confess YOUR NAME, and turn from their sin because YOU humbled them, then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of YOUR servants, YOUR people Israel, that YOU may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on YOUR land which YOU have given to YOUR people as their heritage. "So too, if there is a famine in the land, pestilence, blight, mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemies oppress them in any of their settlements of their land."
"In any plague or whatever sickness there is; whatever prayer or supplication is made by anyone, or by all YOUR people Israel — each one knows his own burden and his own grief — when he spreads out his hands to this House: may YOU hear from heaven YOUR dwelling place, and forgive. Give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart YOU know — for YOU alone know the hearts of the sons of men — that they may fear YOU, to walk in YOUR ways as long as they live in the land which YOU gave to our fathers."
"Moreover, if a foreigner who is not of YOUR people Israel, who comes from a far country for the sake of YOUR GREAT NAME, YOUR MIGHTY HAND, and YOUR OUTSTRETCHED ARM, when they come and pray toward this House; then hear from Heaven YOUR Dwelling Place, and grant whatever the foreigner appeals to YOU for. Thus all the peoples of the earth may know YOUR NAME and revere YOU as do YOUR people Israel; and that they may know that YOUR NAME is attached to this Temple that I have built."
"When YOUR people go out to battle against their enemies, wherever YOU send them, and when they pray to YOU toward this City which YOU have chosen and the House which I have built to YOUR NAME, then hear from heaven their prayer and their supplication, and uphold their cause."
"When they sin against YOU — for there is no one who does not sin — and YOU become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them captive to an enemy land, far or near; yet when they come to themselves in the land where they were carried captive, and repent, and make supplication to YOU in the land of their captivity, saying — We have sinned, we have done wrong, and have committed wickedness — and when they return to YOU with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, where they have been carried captive, and pray toward their land which YOU gave to their fathers, the City which YOU have chosen, and toward the Temple which I have built for YOUR NAME — may YOU hear their prayer and their supplications in YOUR Heavenly Dwelling, and maintain their cause, and forgive YOUR people who have sinned against YOU."
"Now my GOD, may YOUR eyes be open and let YOUR ears be attentive to the prayer from this place, and now, arise, O LORD GOD, to YOUR resting place, YOU and YOUR Mighty Ark of strength. Let YOUR priests, O LORD GOD, be clothed with salvation, YOUR saints rejoice in YOUR goodness. O LORD GOD, do not turn away the face of YOUR ANOINTED; remember the loyalty of YOUR servant David." [2 Chronicles (Dibre Hayamin Bet) 6. 12 - 42 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

GOD'S Answer:
"The LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: "I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for MYSELF as a House of Sacrifice. When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence against MY people, if MY people who are called by MY NAME will HUMBLE THEMSELVES, PRAY and SEEK MY FACE, and TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now MY eyes will be open and MY ears attentive to prayer made in this place. For now I have chosen and sanctified this House that MY NAME may be there forever; and MY eyes and MY heart will be there forever."
"As for you, if you walk before ME as your father David walked before ME, and do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep MY statutes and MY judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom, as I covenanted with David your father, saying — You shall never fail to have a man as ruler in Israel.
"But if you turn away from ME and forsake MY Laws and MY commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will uproot them (Israel) from MY land which I have given them; and this House which I have sanctified for MY NAME I will cast out of MY sight, and will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples.
"And as for this House, once so exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say — Why has the LORD done thus to this land and this House? — Then they will answer — It is because they forsook the LORD GOD of their fathers WHO brought them up out of the land of Egypt, and embraced other gods and worshiped them and served them; therefore HE has brought all this calamity on them." [2 Chronicles (Dibre Hayamin Bet) 7. 12 - 22 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

Solomon fell into sin and the kingdom was taken from his son. [1 Kings (Dibre Hayamin Alef) 11. 1-13 Tanakh, Nevi'im] The GLORIOUS ONE cast the House that Solomon had made out of HIS sight just as HE said HE would. [2 Chronicles/Dibre Hayamin Bet 36.17–19; Ezra 5.12; 2 Kings/Melakhim Bet 25.8-10] Years later, for the same reason, GOD scattered HIS people, Israel, throughout all the lands of the earth. Then in 70 AD, GOD again cast the elaborate Temple Herod made out of HIS sight. No Temple has been on the site for nearly 2,000 years.

The Tabernacle was only sanctified when the glory of YEHOWAH was present. [Exodus/Shemot 29. 43; Ezekiel/Yehezke-El 43. 5; Haggai/Chagai 2. 7, 9] Without the LORD'S PRESENCE, it was just an exquisite structure. GOD, the RIGHTEOUS & HOLY ONE does not care about position, posture, the direction people face, or even the edifice they are standing in when praying. GOD'S focus is on the heart of the king and of the people and their willingness to obey HIS commands. Only GODly repentance in sincerity and truth leads to salvation and to life through faith in the LORD YESHUA ha'MASHIACH.

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
May peace abundant descend from heaven with life for us and to all Israel, Amen
DAY 9 of REPENTANCE What is in our hearts? And what are we tolerating in our midst? "It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles — that a man has his father’s wife! And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you." [1 Corinthians 5:1-2]
The world wants us to be proud of tolerating sinful behavior. To them a call to repentance is bigoted and dogmatic. We are called to account for our own behavior and we are called to keep each other accountable for each other’s behavior. "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a unwavering spirit." [Psalm 51:10]

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. . .
Who is rich? The one who is satisfied with his lot. [Ben Zoma, Ethics of the Fathers, 4:1]

THE REAL PRODIGAL
"The son said to him — 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants — 'Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' — And they began to be merry." [Luke 15. 21 - 24]

This familiar parable is really about the "prodigal father" more then the "prodigal son." The word prodigal can have two different meanings: In the illustration of the father, prodigal means lavishly generous, exaggerated, excessive, over-elaborate, extravagant. In the incidence of the son, the meaning is opposite by some degree: wayward, rebellious, self-indulgent, immoral, depraved, wasteful. Since, the central theme of the story is not the return of a lost son, but rather the undying love of a forgiving father, emphasis should be on the one who loved, not the one who left.

The human father was intended by the LORD YESHUA to be a picture of our HEAVENLY FATHER, whose righteousness requires judgment on sin, but who is always ready to forgive and receive back into joyous fellowship the one who returns to HIM in repentant faith. Even to rebellious Israel, HE could say, "Yes, I conceived you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. Again I will build you firmly, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel! You shall again be adorned with your tambourines, and shall go forth to the rhythm of the dancers in rejoicing." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 31. 3 - 4 Tanakh, Nevi’im]

It was the memory of his father’s lovingkindness that ultimately gave the lost son courage to return home in repentance. And, when he returned there was no recriminations from his father, only the love and the prodigal outpouring of blessings along with the robe (covering), the ring (heritage), and the shoes (ability to walk confidently) all symbolizing his full restoration as the son of his father.

This is how it is with us, though utterly undeserving of such honor, we are made "heirs of GOD and joint-heirs with MESSIAH." [Romans 8. 17] "HE has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities...HE removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion for his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear HIM. For HE knows how we are formed; HE is mindful that we are dust." [Psalms (Tehillym) 103. 10 - 14 Tanakh, Kethuvim] "Come out from among them and be separate and I will receive you. I will be a FATHER to you, and you shall be MY sons and daughters — says the LORD ALMIGHTY." [1 Corinthians 6. 17 - 18]

Arise, and let us return to the LORD our MERCIFUL GOD WHO is ready to abundantly pardon. For the FATHER is "a forgiving GOD, gracious and mercifully compassionate, long suffering, slow to anger, abounding in faithfulness and abundant in kindness" [Nehemiah (Nechemah) 1. 8 Tanakh, Kethuvim], and HE will never forsake us.

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 at the Havdallah Ceremony, we use all of our senses: We taste the wine, smell the spices, see the shadow of candles, hear prayers and songs, touch family and friends as we wish them a Good Week.
DAY 5 of REPENTANCE Paul continues this theme further on in his Letter to the Romans, in the midst of an explanation of the significance of walking according to HOLY SCRIPTURE. "But to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the Truth, but obey unrighteousness, HE will pay back indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek; for there is no partiality with GOD." [Romans 2:8-11] Paul is reminding us that our rewards match our fruit. When we continue to be self-seeking and disobedient, we are bearing the fruit of an unrepentant heart, and our relationships with GOD and our brothers will be destroyed. "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10]

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. . .
The average person, when left alone with their thoughts, is tremendously lonely.

WITH YOU ALWAYS
"For the sake of HIS GREAT NAME, the LORD will never abandon HIS people, because it has pleased the LORD to make you HIS people." [1 Samuel (Shemuel Alef) 12. 22 Tanakh, Nevi'im]

This is the promise the GREAT GOD OF ISRAEL made to HIS chosen people, Israel. "Remember, I am with you: I will protect you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." [Genesis (Bereshith) 28. 15 Tanakh, Torah]

To Joshua, the promise was given — "No one shall be able to resist you as long as you live. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you nor forsake you." [Joshua (Yehoshua) 1. 5 Tanakh, Nevi'im] "Be strong and of good courage (Hebrew: chazaq v’amats) be not in fear or in dread of them; for the LORD ELOHEYK HIMSELF marches with you; HE will not fail you or forsake you." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 31. 6 Tanakh, Torah] In this verse, Moses is addressing the nation of Israel and he says, "Be strong and of good courage." Here, the Hebrew tense is the imperative plural tense thus the Hebrew says: "Hizku v'imtzu." Hazaq v'ematz is the singular imperative and this is the Hebrew when the ALMIGHTY speaks directly to Joshua and commands him to be strong and of good courage in Joshua 1:6.

The promises of the ALMIGHTY ONE, our SHIELD OF TRUTH, are certain and sure — infallible to all who trust in HIM. There are many faithful assurances in HOLY SCRIPTURES, one that especially reveals GOD'S heart declares: "The poor and needy seek water on the homeward march through the desert and there is none, their tongue is parched with thirst. I, YEHOWAH, will hear them. I, ELOHEY OF ISRAEL, will not forsake them." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 41. 17 Tanakh, Nevi'im]

The most precious to the believers now says — "I will never leave you nor forsake you." [Hebrews 13. 5] Paul also was most convinced of this and expounded — "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of GOD which is in CHRIST JESUS our LORD." [Romans 8. 38 - 39]

The last words our LORD MESSIAH YESHUA promised were — "I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen" [Matthew 28. 20] Moreover, the MOST HOLY & TRUE ONE always keeps HIS promises, HE never fails.

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Zey ha’yom asaw ADONAI, nagilah ve-neesmechah voh...This is the day the LORD has made, we will rejoice and we will be glad in it!
Blessings to all who love Zion! We were greatly blessed when the HOLY ONE has brought us out of slavery from Egypt and took HIS people directly to Mount Sinai. There HE gave us the Law to keep us free from slavery (to sin). Then, HE gave us HIS ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON, YESHUA the MESSIAH to keep us free and give us true peace and eternal rest in HIM. HalleluYAH! What a wonderful SAVIOUR, let us worship and adore HIM!

DAY 6 of REPENTANCE In his Letter to the Romans, Paul also instructs us to walk according to the WRITTEN WORD — in love, humility, generosity; in light and according to the HOLY SPIRIT. He also makes some comparisons that show us more of the products of an unrepentant heart. "Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy." [Romans 13:13]
These types of behavior are clearly a product of the lack of repentance. Again, these are clear-cut examples even if one does not considers himself to be guilty of these things. Nevertheless, we must be careful and willing to hear and see the truth. "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10]

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. . .
Eat onions and sit in the shade of contentment! In other words — Satisfy yourself with little and live quietly.

GATE — DOOR — VEIL
"You shall make an enclosure for the Tabernacle on the south side." [Exodus (Shemot) 27. 9 - 16 Tanakh, Torah]

In the three entrances of the Tabernacle we see MESSIAH YESHUA, THE GATE (THE WAY), THE DOOR (THE TRUTH) and THE VEIL (THE LIFE). The number "three" represents the GODhead, the TRINITY. OMNIPOTENT GOD'S fullness is summed up in MESSIAH as shown in these three doorways. "For in HIM dwells all the fullness of the GODhead bodily." [Colossians 2. 9] We approach the fullness of spiritual life only through GOD'S SON, our cherished, BELOVED REDEEMER.

THE GATE was 20 cubits x 5 cubits equaling 100. There is 100% salvation which the LORD GOD purchased for all who will come to HIM. It was low and wide, extending its arms (so to speak) to "whosoever will." This Gate was supported by 4 Pillars. Those 4 Pillars show the Way to Holiness that are found in the NEW COVENANT Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

THE DOOR was 10 cubits x 10 cubits equaling 100 also. The ALMIGHTY ONE has one-hundred percent fellowship for HIS own. This curtain was, however, higher and narrower than the Gate. "Height" means greater and a more enlarged spiritual experience. There is a narrower walk with ETERNAL GOD, an enlarged and higher plane of living. It is through the sanctifying of the SPIRIT OF GOD for fellowship and service with HIM.

Some followers of CHRIST stop after entering the GATE OF SALVATION; they live selfishly, keeping silent concerning their salvation, and becoming stagnant by not allowing the RIVERS OF LIVING WATER to flow through them to others. They have entered the Court and have failed to explore further into the heights of DIVINE GRACE.

After entering the Holy Place through THE DOOR, the priests would minister to the LORD OF GLORY at the Golden Lampstand, the Table of Showbread and the Altar of Incense. They would partake of and participate in these illustrative objects showing their close relationship with their GOD for the people. Those who enter into the Holy Place with GOD receive more light, food and worship. Here the CHRISTian grows in the knowledge of MESSIAH for HE is "THE LIGHT (Golden Lampstand) OF THE WORLD." The LORD JESUS is "THE BREAD which came down from heaven (Table of Showbread)." And, HE is the "GREAT INTERCESSOR (Altar of Incense — taking the prayers of the saints to GOD ALMIGHTY)." Here one can partake of the very life of the HOLY ONE and continue to grow in the fullness of MESSIAH YESHUA, which is the will of GOD concerning all who are HIS.

There were Five Pillars that held up the DOOR. The Pillars represent ministries: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers. [Ephesians 4. 11]

Now we come to THE VEIL which was the entrance to the Holy of Holies. It is also 10 cubits x 10 cubits, as was the Door, but it was even more beautiful. There was added to it the design of the cherubim, the guardians of GOD'S holiness. The Veil was made of cunning work — the design and colours woven through the material so that it was seen on both sides. Again, the ten-by-ten equals one hundred. . . GOD offers 100% of HIS glorious, holy presence to those who desire it for HE has purchased it for them with HIS OWN precious blood! There is a more beautiful walk with the HOLY ONE, it is the Way of Holiness; and without holiness, no man shall see, understand, or know the ALMIGHTY ONE. The Four Pillars holding the Veil that leads into the Holiest is characteristics of YESHUA ha'MASHIACH: Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification (Holiness) and Redemption. [1 Corinthians 1. 30] It is here that we find the other two ministries: Priest and King. [Hebrews 6. 19 thru 7. 2]

Under the OLD COVENANT, the Israelites were restricted concerning the Temple, for they were allowed only through THE GATE into the Court. They were shut off from the Holy Place by the curtain called the Door. Only the priests, the sons of Aaron, were allowed through this entrance. But even the priests were shut off from the Holiest Place by the Veil. Besides Moses, only one man, the high priest, was allowed through the Veil into the Holy of Holies and that, only once a year and at that time, he could not enter without blood! But, these restrictions were changed — done away in MESSIAH YESHUA WHO fulfilled the OLD COVENANT to establish the NEW. "JESUS, when HE had cried again with a loud voice, and yielded up HIS SPIRIT. And behold, THE VEIL of the Temple was torn in two from top to the bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split." [Matthew 27. 50 - 51]

Have you entered into the Gate? the Door? through the Veil? How intimately do you want to walk with the KING OF GLORY? The choice is yours, the LORD YESHUA ha'MASHIACH calls us to a higher and closer walk with HIM.

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
All have fallen short of the Glory of our MASTER. Quit hiding from your faults, Teshuvah — Repent! Set your mind, by GOD’S grace and with HIS help, to do your very best to bring honor to the NAME OF GOD. HIS ways are right and just and HIS mercy is abundant. Remember, faith celebrates even before the victory is seen!

DAY 8 of REPENTANCE Carnality is an overwhelmingly powerful result of an unrepentant heart. The wish to look and act like all the "Babylonian Meat" around us. That is a play on "carnal" which is literally "fleshly or meaty." And we are in exile, so — the "meat" around us is Babylonian, speaking figuratively. We are called to walk according to the SPIRIT, not according to the flesh. Repentance can deliver us from the tendency to chase after the flesh.
"I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in CHRIST. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?" [1 Corinthians 3:1-3] If you truly want the ALMIGHTY LORD GOD to reign supreme in your life, you must grow up, and put aside envy, strife, and divisions. "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10]

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. . .
Never fail to trust in the slow work of GOD — HE is always on time..

PROSPERITY OF THE UNGODLY
"Righteous are YOU, O LORD, when I plead with YOU; yet let me present questions to YOU about YOUR judgments. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are the workers of treachery at ease? YOU have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow, yes, they even bear fruit. YOU are near in their mouths, but far from their thoughts." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 12. 1 - 2 Tanakh, Nevi’im]

One of the persistent problems in errant teaching is that of the apparent prosperity of the ungodly along with the suffering of the righteous. Just why would the MAJESTIC CREATOR sanction such a technique?
Job essentially asked this same question as did the prophet Jeremiah several hundreds of years before the MESSIAH came to earth. So, "Why do the wicked live and become old, yes, become mighty and grow wealthy? ...They do not feel the rod of GOD...They spend their days in happiness, and in a moment go down to the grave. Yet they say to GOD — Leave us alone, we do not want to learn YOUR ways. Who is SHADDAI that we should serve HIM? What will we gain by praying to HIM?" [Job (Iyob) 21. 7, 9b, 13 - 15 Tanakh, Kethuvim] Asaph, the psalmist, also opposed — "As for me, my feet almost strayed, my steps were nearly led off course, for I envied of the wanton (shameful, wicked) boastful (arrogant), when I saw the prosperity of the wicked...Until I entered GOD’S sanctuary; then I understood their end (fate)." [Psalms (Tehillym) 73. 3, 17 Tanakh, Kethuvim] And King David noted, "Do not fret (be upset, worry) because of evil men, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity; for they shall soon be cut down and wither like the grass, and fade away as the green herb...Be patient and rest in the LORD, and wait enduringly for HIM; do not be vexed (troubled, exasperated) by the prospering man who brings wicked schemes to pass." [Psalms (Tehillym) 37. 1 - 2, 7 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

The solution to this paradox is not in this present world, but in the world to come, where hell awaits the ungodly, and heaven awaits those whom the LORD GOD has redeemed through faith in MESSIAH YESHUA. The fact that a man may prosper materially in this life is not necessarily a measure of GOD’S approval of his life. The opulence (wealth) of men most usually causes them to be indifferent or even hostile to the MASTER OF MERCY & TRUTH, but their wealth is merely transitory. Another psalm of David states, "I saw a wicked man in great power, well-rooted like a native green tree. Suddenly he vanished, and behold he was no more; I sought him, but he was not to be found." [Psalms (Tehillym) 37. 35 - 36 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

If the EVERLASTING ONE does give a few believers material wealth, it is so they may use it for the LORD and for others, not to indulge for themselves. "Thus says the LORD — Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his strength, let not the rich man glory in his riches; but only in this should one glory...that he understands and knows ME, that I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight — declares the LORD." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 9. 22 - 24 Tanakh, Nevi’im] "Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the LIVING GOD, WHO gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life." [1 Timothy 6. 17 - 19]

Whatever our state, as we rest in the LORD GOD OF ISRAEL, it will be worth it all, when we see HIM.

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor, and power and might be to the LORD our GOD forever and ever, Amen & Amen!
DAY 7 of Repentance Paul had much to say to the believers in Corinth about the troubles they were experiencing. We can clearly see ourselves in some of the things he illustrates to them. Are we participating in such things? Initiating them? Approving of them? Disapproving but doing nothing to change anything? What Paul talks about here is something we see all too often in our midst. Where do you stand?
"Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, that you all speak the same thing, that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you." [1 Corinthians 1:10-11]
When division and contention arise among us, are we ready and willing to confront them and stand firm in love and unity? "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10]

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. . .
Never fail to trust in the slow work of GOD — HE is always on time..

PROSPERITY OF THE UNGODLY
"Righteous are YOU, O LORD, when I plead with YOU; yet let me present questions to YOU about YOUR judgments. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are the workers of treachery at ease? YOU have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow, yes, they even bear fruit. YOU are near in their mouths, but far from their thoughts." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 12. 1 - 2 Tanakh, Nevi’im]

One of the persistent problems in errant teaching is that of the apparent prosperity of the ungodly along with the suffering of the righteous. Just why would the MAJESTIC CREATOR sanction such a technique?
Job essentially asked this same question as did the prophet Jeremiah several hundreds of years before the MESSIAH came to earth. So, "Why do the wicked live and become old, yes, become mighty and grow wealthy? ...They do not feel the rod of GOD...They spend their days in happiness, and in a moment go down to the grave. Yet they say to GOD — Leave us alone, we do not want to learn YOUR ways. Who is SHADDAI that we should serve HIM? What will we gain by praying to HIM?" [Job (Iyob) 21. 7, 9b, 13 - 15 Tanakh, Kethuvim] Asaph, the psalmist, also opposed — "As for me, my feet almost strayed, my steps were nearly led off course, for I envied of the wanton (shameful, wicked) boastful (arrogant), when I saw the prosperity of the wicked...Until I entered GOD’S sanctuary; then I understood their end (fate)." [Psalms (Tehillym) 73. 3, 17 Tanakh, Kethuvim] And King David noted, "Do not fret (be upset, worry) because of evil men, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity; for they shall soon be cut down and wither like the grass, and fade away as the green herb...Be patient and rest in the LORD, and wait enduringly for HIM; do not be vexed (troubled, exasperated) by the prospering man who brings wicked schemes to pass." [Psalms (Tehillym) 37. 1 - 2, 7 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

The solution to this paradox is not in this present world, but in the world to come, where hell awaits the ungodly, and heaven awaits those whom the LORD GOD has redeemed through faith in MESSIAH YESHUA. The fact that a man may prosper materially in this life is not necessarily a measure of GOD’S approval of his life. The opulence (wealth) of men most usually causes them to be indifferent or even hostile to the MASTER OF MERCY & TRUTH, but their wealth is merely transitory. Another psalm of David states, "I saw a wicked man in great power, well-rooted like a native green tree. Suddenly he vanished, and behold he was no more; I sought him, but he was not to be found." [Psalms (Tehillym) 37. 35 - 36 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

If the EVERLASTING ONE does give a few believers material wealth, it is so they may use it for the LORD and for others, not to indulge for themselves. "Thus says the LORD — Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his strength, let not the rich man glory in his riches; but only in this should one glory...that he understands and knows ME, that I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight — declares the LORD." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 9. 22 - 24 Tanakh, Nevi’im] "Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the LIVING GOD, WHO gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life." [1 Timothy 6. 17 - 19]

Whatever our state, as we rest in the LORD GOD OF ISRAEL, it will be worth it all, when we see HIM.

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor, and power and might be to the LORD our GOD forever and ever, Amen & Amen!
DAY 7 of Repentance Paul had much to say to the believers in Corinth about the troubles they were experiencing. We can clearly see ourselves in some of the things he illustrates to them. Are we participating in such things? Initiating them? Approving of them? Disapproving but doing nothing to change anything? What Paul talks about here is something we see all too often in our midst. Where do you stand?
"Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, that you all speak the same thing, that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you." [1 Corinthians 1:10-11]
When division and contention arise among us, are we ready and willing to confront them and stand firm in love and unity? "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10]

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. . .
"Get um!". . . is not making intercession for your enemy.

CUSTOMS — RITUALISTIC SLAUGHTERING
"Only be sure that you do not eat the blood, for the blood is the life; you may not eat the life with the meat." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 12. 23 Tanakh, Torah]

Orthodox Jews are very careful in their method of killing animals for food. The trachea and esophagus are severed by means of a sharp knife, entirely devoid of notches, so that the blood may flow easily out of the body through the slit made.

Slaughtering, according to the Jewish method, causes instantaneous unconsciousness, and permits the greatest effusion of blood. The knife must be of a described size for each kind of animal, and of the maximum keenness, to prevent the slightest unnecessary suffering. It provides for as complete a draining as possible. In addition to this draining, the meat is soaked in water for half an hour, kept in salt for a full hour, and then thoroughly rinsed. Some meat is broiled, however, without this special treatment. Eggs, which have blood spots, are forbidden by Jewish law.

A qualified Shochet (butcher) carefully examines the animal, which after being declared "fit for food" or "kosher" is slaughtered. If he finds the animal sound, he seals the parts with the mark "kosher" in contradistinction to "terefah" meaning "unfit" and originally signifying something torn by a wild animal. "You shall not eat meat torn by beasts in the field; you shall throw it to the dogs." [Exodus (Shemot) 22. 31 Tanakh, Torah; Genesis/Bereshith 31. 39; Leviticus/Vayikra 7. 24; 22. 8]

The blood of YESHUA, the SPOTLESS, SINLESS SACRIFICE , was drained from HIM for the life of the world; HE was torn by "wild beasts" or "strong bulls of Bashan" according to the prophecy — "Many bulls have surrounded ME; strong bulls of Bashan have encircled ME." [Psalms/Tehillym 22. 12]

YESHUA ha'MASHIACH was made terefah — unfit — therefore the Jewish people, as a nation, did not partake of HIM. In prophecy they declared: "...when we saw HIM, there is no beauty that we should desire HIM. HE is despised and rejected by men, a MAN of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from HIM; HE was despised, and we did not esteem HIM." [Isaiah/Yeshayah 53. 2 - 3]

But, the LORD JESUS was cursed for the sake of the sinner! HE was made "unfit" that the sinner might be accepted in HIM. YESHUA, the GLORIOUS ANOINTED ONE , was made sin that all believing on HIM might be made righteous (kosher)! This was to fulfill the PRECIOUS WORD OF GOD concerning the MESSIAH OF ISRAEL WHO is the SAVIOR of the world!

Thank YOU, my LIVING HOPE for taking my penalty of sin upon YOURSELF and dying in my place! Then rising victoriously over the grave paying in-full for transgressions that was my due.

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! Shabbat Shoftim (“Judges” – Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9; Isaiah 51:12-52:12; Matthew 26:36-27:10) May it be YOUR will, O LORD our GOD, that this day of rest bring us a life of peace, a life of goodness, a life of blessing, a life of health, and a life of prosperity, as we trust and worship YOU.
Be pleased, LORD GOD, to revive and strengthen us by YOUR commandments, and especially by the commandment of the Seventh Day, this Sabbath Kodesh (Holy Sabbath) before YOU, that we may rest and repose thereon in love in accordance with the precept of YOUR will. In YOUR favor, O LORD, grant us such tranquility that there be no trouble, grief or lamenting on the day of our rest. Thank YOU for being our LORD of salvation and of comfort. Amen
May yours be a Yom She’kulo Shabbat — a day which is all Sabbath!

DAY 4 of REPENTANCE Many times the Apostle Paul mentioned what the fruit of an unrepentant heart was. He shares an extraordinary list in the Book of Romans: "Even as they did not like to retain GOD in their knowledge, GOD gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of GOD, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of GOD, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them." [Romans 1:28-32]

It is easy for us to read through a list like this and feel confident that we are not committing such egregious misbehaviors. Remember what the LORD YESHUA said about the power of our thoughts in HIS Sermon on the Mount. [Matthew 5-7] HE makes the point that harboring anger toward your brother is comparable to murder. So look at this list and examine ourselves, we must look at our external behavior, but more importantly, at our insides – our inmost being. [Matthew 5:21-22] "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10]

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Depravity leads to permissiveness, when righteousness is ignored. Permissiveness leads to rationalization, when holiness is ignored. Rationalization encourages rebellion, when repentance is ignored. Rebellion is viewed the same as witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. [see 1 Samuel/Shemuel Alef 15. 23]

POWER OF THE ARK
"The Philistines took the ARK OF GOD and brought it into the temple of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon (a Philistine idol-god of fertility; represented with the face and hands of a man and the tail of a fish). Early in the next day, the Ashdodites found Dagon lying face down on the ground before the ARK OF THE LORD. They picked Dagon up and put him back in his place; but early the next morning, Dagon was again lying prone on the ground in front of the ARK OF THE LORD. The head and both hands of Dagon were cut off, lying on the threshold; only Dagon's trunk was left intact." [1 Samuel (Shemuel Alef) 5. 2 - 4 Tanakh, Nevi'im]

The Philistines had captured the ARK OF THE COVENANT where the GREAT & ALMIGHTY ONE met with HIS people, Israel, and set it up in the temple of their stone god, Dagon. The first night, the worthless image fell down before the Ark; the second night, he fell down again and broke in pieces. On the third day, a great plague fell on the people of Ashdod. Then, they immediately sent the ARK away!

Just as Dagon fell before the ARK OF GOD, so the priests and soldiers who came to take YESHUA, the MAN OF SORROWS away — "drew back and fell to the ground" [John 18. 6] in the LORD'S PRESENCE. And, as the temple of the stone god could not hold the Ark more then three days, the whale could hold GOD'S Prophet Jonah for only three days, so the grave could not hold the LORD YESHUA ha'MASHIACH for more then that amount of time.

The ARK OF THE COVENANT exhibited HOLY GOD'S great power both to bless and to curse. It brought death to the Philistines who desecrated it as well as to the Israelites when "the LORD stuck the men of Beth-Shemesh because they looked into the ARK OF THE LORD." [1 Samuel (Shemuel Alef) 6. 19 Tanakh, Nevi'im] However, blessing accompanied the Ark to the house Abinadab the Levite, and later to the house of Obed-Edom: "Then the men of Kirjath-Jearim came and took up the ARK OF THE LORD and brought it into the house of Abinadab on the hill; and they consecrated his son Eleazar to have charge of the ARK OF THE LORD. A long time elapsed from the day that the Ark was housed in Kirjath-jearim, twenty years in all." [1 Samuel (Shemuel Alef) 7. 1 - 2 Tanakh, Nevi'im] "The ARK OF THE LORD remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months, and the LORD blessed Obed-Edom and his whole household." [2 Samuel (Shemuel Bet) 6. 11 Tanakh, Nevi'im]

The same is true of the LORD YESHUA and all who are "in HIM WHO is the head of all principality and power." [Colossians 2. 10] As the GALILEAN walked here on earth, HIS actual presence was a blessing to many, but others "asked HIM to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear." [Luke 8. 37]

"For we are to GOD the fragrance of CHRIST among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life." [2 Corinthians 2. 15 - 16] To all who love HIM, the BELOVED LORD YESHUA is as the SPIKENARD'S FRAGRANCE, the BUNDLE OF MYRRH, and the CLUSTER OF HENNA [Song of Solomon/Shir ha'Shirim 1. 12 - 14] blooming in the Vineyards of En-Gedi.

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 and honor YOUR PRECIOUS NAME.
DAY 2 of REPENTANCE Are you ready to let the MASTER DESIGNER have HIS way in your life? Repentance literally means to turn around; flee from the things you have chosen to revere and look to ALMIGHTY GOD. The WORD OF THE LORD came to the prophet Yeshayah (Isaiah): "These people have removed their hearts far from ME…woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel far from the LORD. You definitely have things turned around! Shall the potter be honored as the clay; for shall the thing made say of him who made it — He did not make me? Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it — He has no understanding?" [Isaiah 29:13-16] We have things turned around, therefore, we must willingly turn back to HIM, get closer to HIM, and bring our hearts to HIM for cleansing.
Pray: "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10]

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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Man should bless the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY in times of trouble, even as he blesses GOD in times of the good.

HEAVENLY WISDOM
"As it is written — Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which GOD has prepared for those who love HIM. BUT GOD HAS REVEALED THEM TO US THROUGH HIS SPIRIT. For the SPIRIT searches all things, yes, the deep (Hebrew: 'amoq — mysterious, unsearchable) things of GOD." [1 Corinthians 2. 9 - 10]

The first part of this text is often quoted. . . then people go on to say that "the wonders of GOD cannot be known, fathomed or imagined." However, if they would only continue reading, the very next verse states that HOLY GOD does reveal it to those who know HIM, as it is HIS wish that we know and understand.

"It is the glory of GOD to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to explore a matter." [Proverbs (Mishle) 25. 2 Tanakh, Kethuvim] "Concealed secret acts concern the LORD our GOD; but obvious things which are revealed is for us and our children ever to apply all the provisions of this TEACHING." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 29. 29 Tanakh, Torah] "Such things had never been heard or noted; no eye has seen then, O GOD, but YOU WHO acts for those who trust in HIM." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 64. 4 Tanakh, Nevi'im] "For behold! I am creating a new heaven and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered, they shall never come to mind." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 65. 17 Tanakh, Nevi'im]

Our SOVEREIGN LOVING ALMIGHTY GOD doesn't do anything unless it is first revealed to the prophets. "But now the righteousness of GOD apart from the Law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets [Romans 3. 21], which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the SPIRIT to HIS holy apostles and prophets." [Ephesians 3. 5]

"For in it (the power of the GOSPEL) the righteousness of GOD is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written — The just shall live by faith." [Romans 1. 17] "The LORD has manifested HIS salvation; has displayed HIS righteousness and triumph in the sight of the nations." [Psalms (Tehillym) 98. 2 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

"The PRESENCE of the glory of the LORD shall appear, and all flesh, as one, shall behold — for the LORD HIMSELF has spoken." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 40. 5 Tanakh, Nevi'im] "JESUS said — I thank YOU, FATHER, LORD OF HEAVEN & EARTH, that YOU have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes." [Matthew 11. 25; Luke 11. 25; 10. 21] "The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to HIS saints." [Colossians 1. 26]

By HIS mighty hand and outstretched arm, the PRINCE OF PEACE delivered you that you might know the HOLY & TRUE ONE personally; there is none other besides HIM. HE desires that we hear HIS voice, that HE might instruct us. Truly the hearts cry of the MASTER OF MERCY to HIS people is, "O that they might know ME."

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Shout unto the LoRd all the earth; worship the LoRD in gladness; come before HIS presence with songs of joy. Acknowledge that the LORD is GOD; it is HE that made us and we are HIS people, the flock of HIS pasture. Enter into HIS gates with thanksgiving, and into HIS courts with praise. Praise HIM! Bless HIS NAME! For the LORD is good; HIS mercy endures forever, HIS love is eternal, and HIS faithfulness is for all generations. [Psalms/Tehillym 100]
DAY 3 of REPENTANCE MESSIAH YESHUA (the LORD JESUS), when answering HIS disciples’ questions about "the end times" said this: "At that time many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many." [Matthew 24:10-12]
How are we doing? Are we occupied in betrayal and treachery? Are you listening to false prophets? Have we become distant from GOD’S HOLY WORD? Open your eyes — "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10]

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
You are not born a winner nor a looser, but you are born a chooser. Choose this day WHOM you will serve, that is the determining factor.

LIFE IS TERMINAL
"Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with CHRIST in GOD. When MESSIAH, WHO is our life appears, then you also will appear with HIM in glory." [Colossians 3. 2 - 4]

Looking forward to the time when we shall "always be with the LORD" [1 Thessalonians 4. 17], the Apostle Paul wrote — "For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with CHRIST, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you." [Philippians 1. 23 - 24]

The fact, however, is that we can be "with CHRIST" even while still abiding in the flesh, as Paul emphasized. This is the great principle called positional truth. Positionally, we are already with YESHUA, for that is where GOD sees us and how HE relates to us. HE has "raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in CHRIST JESUS, that in the ages to come HE might show the exceeding riches of HIS grace." [Ephesians 2. 6 - 7]

Life is terminal, to live is ultimately to die. Many people have never figured this out, praising their bodies with exercise — dressing well — but never preparing for real life which is a spiritual future and without a spiritual future — life really makes no sense. Though some say that an after-life does not make any sense, the fact is that without an on-going life, this life does not make sense! If you remove GOD and the fear of HIM, what do you have? You not only have stress, but you are totally ignorant of just how valued you are...for you were created in the image of GOD. [Genesis/Bereshith 1. 27]

People say there are many ways to GOD, in an ironic way, they are right. . . but the destination the RIGHTEOUS JUDGE makes is determined by HIM; for we shall all stand before the AWESOME GOD OF HEAVEN and give an account for our life and HE will either say "Well done good and faithful servant" [Matthew 25. 21] or "Depart from ME, you cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels." [Matthew 25. 41] YESHUA also addresses the unworthy — "Not everyone who says to ME, 'LORD, 'LORD' shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of MY FATHER in Heaven. Many will say to ME in that Day, 'LORD, 'LORD — have we not prophesied in YOUR NAME, cast out demons in YOUR NAME, and done many wonders in YOUR NAME?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from ME, you who practice lawlessness!" [Matthew 7. 21 - 23]

There is only one SAVIOR, the LORD YESHUA ha’MASHIACH…the LORD JESUS CHRIST! And, GOD’S laws and physics are exact. . . 2 + 2 = 4 every time. If some try to make it equal what they want, they will certainly not pass any exam. So you see, GOD’S physical laws are so clear, why not HIS spiritual laws?

GOD WHO created the world, loves us, gives us what is best for us, has a covenant with us which obligates us to fulfill HIS commandments, deals with us with both justice and mercy. We are finite; GOD is infinite. We do not presume to know the whole picture. We do know based upon our understanding of both the OLD & NEW TESTAMENT and history that GOD has a plan for history and a track record of fulfilling HIS promises — be they for reward or punishment. We understand that the ALMIGHTY ONE acts in this world with purpose, meaning and good.

Prayer gives us hope. Prayer is a means of integrating into ourselves that life has meaning and that we are not alone. Prayer focuses us on what we want out of life and helps us clarify what is good for us.

Before we can be raised up with MESSIAH, however, we first must die with HIM. "I have been crucified with CHRIST; it is no longer I who live, but CHRIST lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the SON OF GOD, who loved me and gave HIMSELF for me." [Galatians 2. 20] The ETERNAL ONE saw us as buried with MESSIAH when HE was buried, and this is the great truth symbolized in our baptism, "We were buried with HIM through baptism into death, that just as CHRIST was raised from the dead by the glory of the FATHER, even so we also should walk in newness of life." [Romans 6. 4]

"Now if we died with CHRIST, we believe that we shall also live with HIM, knowing that HE, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over HIM." [Romans 6. 8 - 9] YESHUA died for us so our deserved death became HIS substitutionary death, and HIS victorious resurrection becomes our own unmerited deliverance from death in eternal resurrection life. This is our position now, and our assured everlasting possession then, for we are with the BELOVED MESSIAH, WHO dies no more.

This is the wonderful doctrine (doctrine means: what you believe and hold to be true), but as we see in HOLY SCRIPTURE, it is the focus for our thoughts, and the most valid incentive for GODly living.

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our GOD, the LORD is ONE. Praised be HIS NAME WHOSE glorious Kingdom is forever and ever. Eternal truth it is that HE alone is GOD, and there is none else. YOUR love has watched over us in the night of oppression; YOUR mercy has sustained us in the hour of trial. May YOUR Law rule the life of all YOUR children and YOUR truth unite our hearts in fellowship. Praise to YOU, O LORD, our BLESSED REDEEMER, Amen.

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
The reason for religion is not reason. . . it is an amazingly marvelous personal relationship with the MIGHTY CREATOR.

OMNISCIENT HOLY ONE
"Great is our LORD, and full of power. HIS wisdom and understanding is infinite, beyond reckoning." [Psalms (Tehillym) 147. 5 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

Paul asked the great eloquent question — "For who has known the mind of the LORD? or who has been HIS counselor?" [Romans 11. 34] Even the most learned scholars of every age are mere newborn infants in knowledge compared to the ALMIGHTY ONE, "HIS wisdom cannot be fathomed." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 40. 28 Tanakh, Nevi'im]


Everyone who believes in the ONLY TRUE & LIVING GOD acknowledges that HE is omniscient by definition. HE created all things and upholds all things, and understands all things. HE knows the future, for HE is the HIGH & LOFTY ONE WHO inhabits eternity forever dwelling in holiness, "the ONE WHO inhabits eternity" [Isaiah/Yeshayah 57. 15] and created time itself.

To acknowledge this is one thing, to live as if you believe it, is another. Most of the time we live, speak, and choose just as though the ETERNAL ALMIGHTY LORD neither knows nor cares what we do. But, HE really does know and cares! "When I sit down or stand up YOU know it; YOU discern my thoughts from afar. YOU observe my walking and reclining, and are familiar with all my ways. There is not one word on my tongue, but that YOU, O LORD, know it well." [Psalms (Tehillym) 139. 2 - 4 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

The blessed MASTER OF MERCY & TRUTH is both omniscient and omnipotent. HE is great in power and has created all things. Just look at the sky and the host of stars, even they HE calls by name, and "because of HIS great might and vast power, not one fails to appear." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 40. 26 Tanakh, Nevi'im]

Just as the MASTER DESIGNER made HIS creation "very good" [Genesis/Bereshith 1. 31], so we also, as believers saved by HIS marvelous grace, are "HIS workmanship." [Ephesians 2. 10] The MOST HIGH ONE, blessed be HE, knows us individually and is concerned about our needs. Therefore, HE works with us in all our ways. . . HIS wonders to perform. It is such a privilege to serve our GREAT GOD , HE is THE GREATEST SOURCE of overwhelming joy!

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
May you know the joy and happiness that only comes from the righteousness of our LORD MESSIAH YESHUA.
The MOST HOLY ONE be with you this day and always and may your days be lived in peace 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. . .
Your belief needs to be based on reality — so develop an eye for noticing sparks of potential in others…be enthusiastic in telling others about the WONDERFUL GOD OF CREATION and HIS saving grace.

EXTREMELY WELL DONE
"Descendants shall serve HIM; the LORD’S righteousness shall be proclaimed to the generations to come; they shall tell of HIS beneficence to people yet to be born, for HE has finished (fulfilled) this." [Psalms (Tehillym) 22. 31 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

Psalm 22 is called the Psalm of the Cross and this is the last verse that marvelously prophecies, and so graphically describes the sufferings of MESSIAH on the cross. This prophesy was written a thousand years before it was literally fulfilled. Also the promise was that this great event would be proclaimed in every generation and "they shall bend the knee before HIM." [Psalms (Tehillym) 22. 30 Tanakh, Kethuvim] Father’s would tell their children from one generation to another declaring the righteousness of the HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL. "Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; HIS greatness cannot be comprehended. One generation shall praise YOUR works to another and declare YOUR mighty acts." [Psalms (Tehillym) 145. 3 – 4 Tanakh, Kethuvim] It has been wondrously, incredibly, completely fulfilled for almost 2,000 years now and each generation of followers of the BELOVED LORD YESHUA have been faithful to teach their children the extraordinarily incredible story of "the sufferings of MESSIAH and the glories that would follow" [1 Peter 1. 11], both the sufferings and the glories are portrayed in the 22nd Psalm.

The final verse stresses the fact that the work has been completed. The most marvelous aspect of the Gospel Message (Good News) is that the LORD MESSIAH YESHUA has accomplished all that was needed to assure eternal salvation to everyone who would "seek the LORD and praise HIM." [Psalms (Tehillym) 22. 27 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

As HE was dying on the cross, the PIERCED ONE cried out — "It is finished!" [John 19. 30], the last illustrious prophecy was fulfilled. Comparable to when, in the beginning, HE expressed that "the heavens and the earth, and the host of them, were finished" [Genesis/Bereshith 2. 1], completing HIS wonderful work of creation. The LORD YESHUA finished HIS work on the cross, satisfying the penalty for our sins and providing the even greater work of redemption. Nothing remains to be done, indeed, that payment was made-in-full, and it is finished; CHRIST completed for us what we could not do for ourselves.

All we must do now is receive, in thanksgiving, what our LOVING SAVIOR has done for us. May we be faithful to THE MASTER, and like Paul, be able to say, "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 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] All to HIM we owe, and I for one, am tremendously grateful and eternally thankful.

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
The world will soon be witness to one of the most spectacular events in the universe. It's a moment that reminds us of GOD’S awesome power and goodness. A sign asks us to take note. It has a message. Fail to heed it and suffer the consequences reserved for those who take GOD’S gifts which make life possible for granted. It is not hard to believe that the CREATOR of the universe built signposts predicated on natural law as ongoing reminders for mankind. At the very beginning of the TORAH there is a direct mention to the phenomenon of an eclipse: “And GOD said — Let there be luminaries in the expanse of the heavens …and they shall be for signs and for appointed seasons and for days and years." [Genesis 1:14]
When you perform the will of the HOLY ONE, blessed be HE, you need not fear retribution. Jeremiah teaches: "As it is said — And from the signs of the heaven be not dismayed." [Jeremiah 10:2] The awesome message of an eclipse, mankind has the ability to directly affect their destiny by virtue of their self-chosen actions...FAITH. As the High Holy Day formula puts it, "Repentance, prayer, and charity override the evil decree." The eclipse reminds us of a universe so much vaster than our ability to fully comprehend. Don't fear it, rather welcome it as a sign, as the Psalmist King David reminded us, that "The heavens declare the glory of GOD, and the sky above proclaims HIS handiwork." [Psalms 19:1] Contemplate on GOD’S uniqueness and greatness, HIS splendor is beyond the capacity of our vision; to think we truly see HIS essence with the limited perspective of our eyes is to be blind to the reality of His infinite magnificence.
LORD our GOD, great, eternal, wonderful in glory, WHO keeps covenant and promises for those that love YOU with their whole heart, WHO is the LIFE of all, the HELP of those that flee to YOU, the HOPE of those who cry to YOU, cleanse us from our sins, secret and open, and from every thought displeasing to YOUR goodness — cleanse our bodies and souls, our hearts and consciences, that with a pure heart, and a clear soul, with perfect love and calm hope, we may venture confidently and fearlessly to pray to YOU. And, we thank YOU in the MAGNIFICENT NAME of YESHUA, Amen!

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
If you don't have wrinkles, you have not laughed enough.

CUSTOMS — GOD IS ECHAD
"Hear, O Israel! The LORD our GOD, the LORD is ONE!" [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 6. 4 Tanakh, Torah]

The Hebrew word used here for one is "echad" meaning united one. HEBREW SCRIPTURES teach the concept of plurality in GOD; that is to say, that the ONE GOD manifests HIMSELF in THREE PERSONS: The HEAVENLY FATHER — THE SOURCE of all things. As the ANGEL OF THE LORD, the WORD OF GOD, the MESSIAH, the ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD, the VISIBLE REVELATION & EXPRESSION; and, the HOLY SPIRIT— THE COMFORTER & TEACHER.

These THREE constitute a UNITY (echad). To have a unity in the connotation of "echad" there must be a plurality — for instance: when CREATOR GOD made Adam and Eve, HE stated that they shall be "echad" (one) — a unity composed of two persons. At the Tower of Babel, YEHOWAH said, "All the people are echad (one) and the language echad (one) to all of them." [Genesis/Bereshith) 11. 6]


OLD COVENANT SCRIPTURES describe the GODHEAD as composed of three co-eternal and co-equal PERSONS WHO are the same in subsistence, but distinct in substance. There are three names for GOD which include these THREE PERSONS: ELOHIYM, YEHOWAH, and EL SHADDAI.

The tri-unity of GOD is implied in Aaron's priestly benediction: "YEHOWAH bless you and keep you (the FATHER). YEHOWAH make HIS face to shine upon you and be gracious to you (the SON). YEHOWAH lift up HIS countenance upon you and give you peace (the HOLY SPIRIT)." [Numbers (B'Midvar) 6. 24 - 26 Tanakh, Torah]

All three PERSONS of the GODHEAD are seen in the following texts: "Come near to ME, hear this — I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, I was there. And now the LORD GOD and HIS SPIRIT have sent ME (MESSIAH YESHUA)." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 48. 15 Tanakh, Nevi'im]

"For HE said — Surely they are MY people, children who will not lie. — So HE became their SAVIOR. In all their affliction HE was afflicted, and the ANGEL OF HIS PRESENCE saved them; in HIS love and in HIS pity HE redeemed them; and HE bore them and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled and grieved HIS HOLY SPIRIT; so HE turned HIMSELF against them as an enemy, and HE fought against them." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 63. 8 - 10 Tanakh, Nevi'im]

It is thrilling to note that the Hebrew letter "sheen" — the initial letter of the name for GOD (SHADDAI, means all sufficient) was formerly taken by the Jews to represent the manner of DIVINE existence: It is composed of three perpendicular strokes, with one to unite them (Sheen: \\\ )!


In pronouncing the priestly or Aaronic Benediction the Rabbis today lift their hands in blessing over the people. The hands are held with the fingers of each hand depicting three strokes joined together, as in the letter sheen, which in turn represents the NAME OF GOD. As stated, the letter sheen is composed of three perpendicular strokes with one to unite them. How vividly the hand symbolizes the NAME OF GOD (represented by the letter Sheen) and also the trinity: THREE-in-ONE, ONE-in-THREE!

It is claimed that in BIBLE times when a king issued a decree, it was always given in the plural form, indicating the will of the kingdom in issuing this decree. This idea (the plural of majesty) is quite prevalent among many religious teachers. To this idea there seems to be some serious objections.

A Hebrew teacher was asked what the Jewish scholars did with the expression "ELOHIYM" — found many times in the first chapter of the book of Genesis/Bereshith. He answered that it was the custom in the BIBLICAL times to speak of the king and of the kingdom, and of the things done in the kingdom in a plural form. All documents, the teacher replied, were issued in this manner.

Attention was then called to the experiences found in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. It is stated in these books that Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes each issued a decree. These three men were the kings of the Medes and Persians. In none of these decrees issued, do the kings speak of themselves in the plural form. It is always, "I, Cyrus" or "I, Darius" or "I, Artaxerxes." [2 Chronicles/Dibre Hayamin Bet 36. 22 - 23; Ezra 6. 1 - 8; 7. 11 - 13; 6. 14]

HOLY OMNISCIENT, OMNIPOTENT, OMNIPRESENT GOD, the ALPHA & OMEGA is TRINITY. HE is both ONE and THREE. However, HE is not both ONE and THREE in the same respect. GOD is ONE as to HIS essence of being, but THREE as to hypostases, persons, and modes of life and functioning. The human mind has a triune constitution — it is made up of the intellect, the sensibility, and the will — three minds, but of one mind.

Many times GOD called HIMSELF the GOD OF ABRAHAM, the GOD OF ISAAC and the GOD OF JACOB. HE seemed to love to reveal HIMSELF through this name, this is the revelation of the FATHER, SON and HOLY SPIRIT — for Abram means the exalted father who became Abraham, the father of a multitude. Isaac means laughter. He was the promised son, the JOY of the father. Jacob is known as the heel grabber or supplanter — the one who became "Israel" or a prince with GOD — and this speaks of the work of the HOLY SPIRIT.

Three is the numerical "signature" of the DIVINE BEING. GOD has stamped HIS signature on the universe HE created (Time: past, present, future; Kingdoms: animal, vegetable, mineral; Views: earth, sea, sky; Forms Matter Assumes: solid, liquid, gas; Colours to One Ray of Light: blue, red, yellow; etc.)

Also, there is the three-fold constitution of man proclaims the TRI-PERSONAL GOD WHO created him in HIS OWN IMAGE. The Sh'ma, expressing the TRI-UNITY of the GODHEAD, leads the command calling upon man's threefold nature: Spirit (hearts sensitivity to the SPIRIT OF GOD), Soul (eternal human characterization, disposition, essence) and Might (body, flesh) to love his TRIUNE CREATOR GOD!

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
We use all of our senses to bid farewell to Shabbat with the Havdalah (“difference”) Service; we taste the wine, smell the spices, see the shadows of candles, hear prayers & songs, and touch family and friends as we wish them Tov Shavua — Have a good week!
Go with GOD!

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
In the beginning GOD wished to render justice, but when HE observed that the world could not rest on justice, HE rendered mercy. [TALMUD, Rosh ha'Shanah 17]

GOSPEL PREACHED TO THE WORLD
"He who endures to the end shall be saved. And the GOSPEL of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come." [Matthew 24. 12 - 14]

The MOST HIGH GOD OF HEAVEN is faithful in all things. "There is no other god besides ME, a JUST GOD and a SAVIOR; no god exists besides ME. Turn to ME, and be saved, all ends of the earth! For I am GOD, and there is none else." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 45. 21 – 22 Tanakh, Nevi'im]

The SOVEREIGN ETERNAL ONE desires that none be lost, and all come to the knowledge of the truth in saving faith. [1 Timothy 2. 4] "So HE became their SAVIOR. In all their troubles HE was afflicted, HIS OWN PRESENCE delivered them; in HIS love and in HIS pity HE redeemed them; and HE bore them and carried them all the days of old." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 63. 8 – 9 Tanakh, Nevi'im] "The STONE that the builders rejected has become the CHIEF CORNERSTONE. This was the LORD'S doing; it is marvelous in our sight." [Psalms (Tehillym) 118. 22 - 23 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

Men were given the privilege of sharing the WONDROUS LIFE-GIVING MESSAGE that whoever believed would be saved. This GOOD NEWS had gone out from Judea, Samaria, then into the uttermost parts of the world, and continues today. The HOLY LORD has always had devoted followers with hearts willing to complete the great commission, which is still to "go into all the world and preach the GOSPEL to every creature!" [Mark 16. 15]

The prophets, apostles, disciples, missionaries and modern-day world evangelism thought the WORD had been spread completely by their teaching on radio, internet and television. However, the ALMIGHTY let it be known that it still is not complete. As you read the Book of Revelation, you find that GOD HIMSELF will be the ONE to assure the task is complete, for HE shows the way it will be accomplished HIS perfect and complete way.

Two Witnesses: The FAITHFUL & TRUE, the AUTHOR & FINISHER of our faith affirms: "And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands standing before the God of the earth." [Revelation 11. 3 - 4] When they finish their testimony, the beast from the bottomless pit will make war on them and kill them, but after three days, the BREATH OF LIFE from GOD will enter them and they will ascend into heaven in a cloud. [Revelation 11. 7 - 14]

144,000 Jewish Witnesses: The SAVIOR OF OLD has 144,000 un-defiled, virgin Jewish men "who follow the LAMB wherever HE goes. These were redeemed by MESSIAH from among men being first-fruits to GOD and to the LAMB. And in their mouth was found no guile, for they are without fault before the Throne of GOD." [Revelation 14. 4 – 5; 7. 1 - 8]

Remnant of the Woman's Seed: Again in Revelation we see that those who are left behind, will overcome Satan, the Accuser, by "the blood of the LAMB and by the word of their testimony" for they did not love their lives to the death. [Revelation 12. 11]

Three Angels' Announcement: "Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the EVERLASTING GOSPEL to preach to those who dwell on the earth — to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people saying with a loud voice — Fear GOD and give glory to HIM, for the hour of HIS judgment has come; and worship HIM WHO made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water." [Revelation 14. 6 - 7]
"And another angel followed, saying — Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication."
"Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice — If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of GOD, which is poured out full strength into the cup of HIS indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the LAMB." [Revelation 14. 8 - 10]

May each of us be found faithful doing our HEAVENLY FATHER'S business when HE comes...for the crowns we will win, is the souls of men: "Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the LORD, beloved." [Philippians 4. 1] "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our LORD JESUS CHRIST at HIS coming? For you are our glory and joy." [1 Thessalonians 2. 19 - 20]

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
May you have a heart to know YEHOWAH, that HE is the LORD of your life. Oh, return to HIM with your whole heart. May each of you be delivered from trouble and harm, or strengthened through it. Heal us O LORD, make us righteous in YOUR sight. May the message of GOD'S PRECIOUS WORD and the love of YESHUA ha’MASHIACH the SAVIOR bless you and bubble-up in your heart to overflowing. Amen
Beloved brethren, we encourage you to stand firm and confident in the LORD YESHUA. May you be filled with HIS wisdom, knowledge, righteous discernment, and boldness especially as we go forth in the battle against the enemies of our saving faith.

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our MAKER.

EZEKIEL'S VISION (Part 6 - Conclusion)
RESURRECTION & ASCENSION:
"Above the expanse over their heads was the semblance of a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and on top, upon this semblance of a throne, there was the semblance of a HUMAN (Man) form. From what appeared as HIS loins up, I saw a gleam as of amber — what looked like a fire encased in a frame; and from what appeared as HIS loins down, I saw what looked like fire. There was a radiance all about HIM." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 26 - 27 Tanakh, Nevi'im]

Suddenly Ezekiel was transported above the firmament where he saw a throne, and sitting on that throne was a MAN. From the scene of death in verse 25, Ezekiel was ushered into an exalted setting. His vision had clearly taken him through the resurrection of the LORD JESUS and HIS ascension into Heaven, for Ezekiel now saw KING YESHUA sitting on a throne. JESUS, the LORD ETERNAL, today is "seated at the right hand of power far above all principality and power and might and dominion" [Ephesians 1. 20 - 21] waiting to return to this earth as the VICTORIOUS KING OF GLORY. The RIGHTEOUS MESSIAH’S present ministry is that of INTERCESSOR (ADVOCATE) with the FATHER on behalf of the Saints. [1 John 2. 1]

In verses 26 and 27, YESHUA ha'MASHIACH is described in all of HIS glory being the exalted KING and MAJESTIC RULER OF HEAVEN & EARTH. The brilliance of HIS HOLINESS is pictured here in Ezekiel just as it is in Revelation 1:13-16 where YESHUA is shown as having the same glory as the HEAVENLY FATHER seated on the throne. Revelation shows the scene of THE THRONE and the ONE seated on the throne surrounded by an emerald rainbow (depicting Eternal Life), "Immediately I was in the SPIRIT; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and ONE sat on the Throne. And HE WHO sat there was like a jasper and a sardis stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the Throne, in appearance like an emerald." [Revelation 4. 2 - 3] YESHUA is the PERFECT BLAMELESS LAMB WHO takes the scroll from the hand of the ONE seated on the Throne. [Revelation 5. 5 - 7]

"Like the appearance of the bow which shines in the clouds on a day of rain, such was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. That was the appearance of the semblance of the PRESENCE OF THE LORD. When I beheld it, I flung myself down on my face and I heard the VOICE of ONE speaking." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 28 Tanakh, Nevi'im]

"The appearance of the bow which shines in the clouds on a day of rain" would be the Rainbow round about the Throne. The rainbow was a pledge of ELOHIYM’S faithfulness to HIS COVENANTS. "I have set MY bow in the clouds, and it shall serve as a sign of the Covenant between ME and the earth." [Genesis (Bereshith) 9. 13 Tanakh, Torah] The ALMIGHTY BLESSED ONE sits upon the Throne. . . splendid, dazzling, and terrible; but encompassed about by the Covenant of Grace.

Ezekiel's response to what he saw is instructive for us today. Ezekiel saw the glory of his EL SHADDAI, how impressive his OMNIPOTENT GOD is, and he could respond in only one way. . . he fell on his face. In submission and humility, Ezekiel prostrated himself before the AWESOME LORD GOD, CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE. Down through the centuries, this has been the only possible response for all men and women who have plain and genuinely seen the glory of YEHOWAH in the risen LORD MESSIAH JESUS.

Throughout the pages of HOLY SCRIPTURE, we are shown the impressiveness of The HOLY ANOINTED ONE . In Ezekiel 1, we are given an overview of HIS entire life and ministry. The BELOVED YESHUA ha’MASHIACH came from Heaven to earth. HE is the GOD/MAN. HE walked a perfect walk in obedience to the FATHER. The LORD JESUS is the blessed forever REDEEMER — SAVIOR — KING WHO will return as the LORD OF GLORY. The ANOINTED ONE died for our sins, but arose jubilantly victorious over death and is now seated at the right hand of the OMNIPOTENT FATHER GOD. Anyone who sees the LOVING MESSIAH, the LORD JESUS CHRIST OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES cannot help but willingly fall in submission before HIM.

Ultimately, Ezekiel "heard the VOICE OF ONE that spoke." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 28 Tanakh, Nevi'im] There is a natural progression: Ezekiel saw — fell — heard. It is crucial that when a person fully sees and comprehends the incomparable greatness of JESUS OF NAZARETH, he will fall before the LORD and respond to MESSIAH'S leading. Ezekiel was asked to do some strange things during his life [Ezekiel/Yehezke-El 4. 1-6], but he never questioned his HEAVENLY FATHER, the ALMIGHTY OMNIPRESENT GOD. . . Ezekiel was obedient!

When you see the LORD YESHUA ha'MASHIACH of the HOLY SCRIPTURES, you will also experience how great and impressive HE assuredly is. Now, you will want to do whatever HE asks of you! First, the LORD YESHUA requires you to accept HIM personally as your only SAVIOR, REDEEMER & LORD. . . then to follow HIM in obedience to HIS teachings as it is written in HIS HOLY WRITTEN WORD. Then, when you understand how absolutely, thoroughly, unconditionally remarkably great the LORD JESUS is, it won't be difficult to accept and follow the GLORIOUS MASTER implicitly. Amen! What a WONDERFUL SAVIOR HE is! Hallelu'YAH! 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!
Welcome Sabbath! Come, let us welcome the Bride of the Week...may its radiance illumine our hearts as we kindle the candles of Sabbath!
[Ekev - “Because” is the reading for this Sabbath Day: Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25; Isaiah 49:14-51:3; John 13:31-14:31]
Light is the symbol of the DIVINE, the LORD is my LIGHT and my SALVATION.
Light is the symbol of the DIVINE in man; the spirit of man is the light of the LORD.
Light is the symbol of the DIVINE Law, for the commandment is a Lamp and the Law is a Light.
Light is the symbol of Israel's mission. I, the LORD, have set you for a covenant of the people, for a light to the nations.
As you celebrate the day, remember to continually give thanks in all things and share Sabbath’s sweetness with those around you.

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
We make our future by the best use of the present.

EZEKIEL'S VISION (Part 5 of 6)
LED BY THE SPIRIT: "And when the Creatures moved forward, the wheels moved at their sides; and when the Creatures were borne above the earth, the wheels were borne too. Wherever the SPIRIT impelled them to go, they went — wherever the SPIRIT impelled them — and the wheels were borne alongside them; for the SPIRIT OF THE CREATURES was in the wheels. When those moved, these moved; when those stood still, these stood still; and when those were borne above the earth, the wheels were borne alongside them - for the SPIRIT of the Creatures was in the wheels." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 19 - 21 Tanakh, Nevi'im]

The ministry of the LORD JESUS displayed the truth of these verses. As MESSIAH YESHUA walked on this earth, HE was led in all things by the SPIRIT OF GOD. This reality in HIS life is shown from the very beginning of HIS ministry: "Then JESUS was led up by the SPIRIT into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil." [Matthew 4. 1]

DEATH OF MESSIAH (Foreshadowed):
"Above the heads of the CREATURES was a form, an expanse, with an awe-inspiring gleam as of crystal was spread out above their heads. Under the expanse, each had one pair of wings extended toward those of the others; and each had another pair covering its body. When they moved, I could hear the sound of their wings like the sound of mighty waters, like the sound of SHADDAI (THE ALMIGHTY ONE) a tumult like the sound of an army. When they stood still, they would let their wings droop. From above the expanse over their heads came a sound. When they stood still, they would let their wings droop." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 22 - 25 Tanakh, Nevi'im]

When ELOHIYM created the universe, HE said there was to be "a firmament, an expanse, in the midst of the water, that it may separate water from water." [Genesis (Bereshith) 1. 6 Tanakh, Torah] After the creation of the firmament, CREATOR GOD "called the expanse, Sky (Heaven)." [Genesis (Bereshith) 1. 8 Tanakh, Torah] Over the LIVING CREATURES was a firmament or expanse. The LORD JESUS performed HIS ministry under Heaven…on the earth. HE walked and talked as no man had ever done. After YESHUA had calmed the wind and the waves, the disciples marveled, saying, "WHO can this be? that even the winds and the sea obey HIM?" [Matthew 8. 27] It was said of JESUS — "No man ever spoke like this MAN." [John 7. 46] The uniqueness of the LORD MESSIAH is captured when the sound of the CREATURES' wings is said to be "like the sound of mighty waters of SHADDAI, the ALMIGHTY — a tumult like the din of an army." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 24 Tanakh, Nevi'im] The LORD YESHUA ha'MASHIACH was unique because HE IS GOD IN HUMAN FLESH.

A climactic point is reached at this place in the chapter. Wings have pictured the protection of the ALMIGHTY ONE but the next two verses state, "when they stood still, they would let their wings droop (let down their wings)." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 24 - 25 Tanakh, Nevi'im]

The LORD YESHUA, the HOLY ANOINTED ONE promised, "If I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all peoples to MYSELF." [John 12. 32] The LIVING CREATURES STOOD STILL . . .JESUS went to the cross. It was at that time, and at that time only in the life of YESHUA that the wings of GOD'S protection were let down. The depravity and filth of sin of all mankind were placed on HIM at Golgotha’s Calvary. In fulfillment of the prophecy, "MY GOD, MY GOD, why have YOU abandoned ME? Why so far from delivering ME and from MY anguished roaring?" [Psalms (Tehillym) 22. 1 Tanakh, Kethuvim] JESUS, the CHRIST OF CALVARY cried out at that time — "ELI, ELI, lama sabachthani , that is — MY GOD, MY GOD, why have YOU forsaken ME?" [Matthew 27. 46] The crowning moment of HIS ministry was coming, but first HE had to endure the crucifixion. YESHUA had to suffer, abandoned by GOD THE FATHER. However, the LORD YESHUA ha'MASHIACH would soon rise as SOVEREIGN GOD OF THE UNIVERSE.

...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!
May our Heavenly Father hear our prayers, that our long-awaited Messiah YesHUA, 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.
Our WONDERFUL SAVIOR is coming very soon, signs are all around us, lift up your eyes and behold our MAGNIFICENT REDEEMER.

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . . 
"Zeal without knowledge is like fire without light." [Thomas Fuller] In other words — The greater you are, the more you must humble yourself. 


THE WICKED PROSPER 
"Why do the wicked live on, yes, prosper and grow wealthy?" [Job (Iyob) 21. 7 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 


This often asked question has puzzled the thoughts of men in every age. Persecuted Job had prospered both materially and spiritually, yet he lost all his worldly possessions, as well as family and friends. The ungodly scorners of the region where he had lived were now humiliating and mocking him, yet they continued to prosper. But why is this? 


The same troublesome question occurs again and again in the HOLY BIBLE. Asaph, a psalmist, confessed — "I envied the wanton and boastful; I saw the wicked prosper and were at ease. Death has no pangs for them; their body is healthy and strong, they have no part in the travail of men; they are not afflicted like the rest of mankind." [Psalms (Tehillym) 73. 3 - 5 Tanakh, Kethuvim] Jeremiah, the weeping prophet also complained: "Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are the workers of treachery at ease?" [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 12. 1 Tanakh, Nevi'im] Asaph and Jeremiah were both perplexed at the prosperity and comfort of the wicked until they entered GOD'S Sanctuary and reflected on their fate. [Psalms/Tehillym 73. 17] 


And today, there are very few genuine believers who have great wealth or are powerful that are walking humble and righteous before the LORD GOD. There is serious spiritual danger inherent in riches and power, unless these privileges are dedicated deliberately and sincerely to the work of the ALL-WISE MASTER DESIGNER. Even the church at Laodicea, was scornfully rebuked by the GLORIFIED LORD YESHUA, "Because you say — I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing — and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked." [Revelation 3. 17] They were cunning, deceitful and loved to oppress. Thinking to themselves that they had become rich in finding wealth for themselves by all their labors and thought that no one, even GOD, the ALMIGHTY ONE, could find iniquity in them. Truly, their minds were dulled, darkened, duped, deluded, deceived and deadened. 


GOD OMNIPOTENT has promised to supply all our need if we are faithful to HIM. [Matthew 6. 33; Philippians 4. 19] We need to weigh all our standards of prosperity on the balances of eternity. "I saw the wicked, powerful, and well-rooted like a healthy native tree. Suddenly he vanished and was gone; I sought him, but he was not to be found. Mark the blameless, note the upright; for there is a future for the man of integrity. But transgressors shall be utterly destroyed, the future of the wicked shall be cut off. The deliverance of the righteous comes from the LORD; their stronghold in time of trouble. The LORD helps them and rescues them; delivers them from the wicked and saves them, for they seek refuge in HIM and trust in HIM." [Psalms (Tehillym) 37. 35 - 40 Tanakh, Kethuvim] Our greatest need is a closer fellowship with the MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE. JESUS is earnestly calling and anxiously waiting for you! 


Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel! 
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles! 
Toward YOU alone, SOVEREIGN LORD GOD, is my desire, and all my thoughts are turned to YOU. My mind and my heart cling to YOU and thank and praise YOU for YOUR many gifts of grace. Therefore, with trembling reverence I place my body and soul, my spiritual life on the flaming altar of devotion, as an offering to YOU, the ONLY ONE WHO’S supreme greatness no mind can conceive or be sufficiently grateful. There is peace, rest and unending happiness in the wonderful light of YOUR PRESENCE. Thank YOU, for being my REFUGE. Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to the LORD our GOD forever and ever, Amen & Amen! 


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


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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . . 
Peace, more than any other vessel, holds blessedness. 


GOD'S GREAT FAITHFULNESS 
"The kindness of the LORD has not ended, HIS mercies are not spent. They are renewed every morning — Great and exceedingly abundant is YOUR grace! The LORD is my portion! — I say with full heart; therefore will I hope in HIM." [Lamentations (Ekhah) 3. 22 - 24 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 


Lamentations is full of mournful laments, wailing, damnation, and the scent of devastated Jerusalem after it collapsed from the plunderings by the Babylonian armies. Yet, from such a time as this comes this beautiful passage. 


Done in Hebrew acrostic (Alef – Tav, the Hebrew alphabet), the entire Funeral Song is a remarkably structured hymn of grief. The first two and the last two chapters consist of 22 verses, each using all the Hebrew alphabets. The central chapter has 66 verses, with the letters of the alphabet applied every third verse. 


It is in this central chapter, these three verses stand out like an "Island of Hope" in a "Sea of Despair" — as a sign that there is yet redemption in all the destruction. And throughout the ages, these SCRIPTURES have been a great comfort and blessing to all believers in times of testing. 


We are most blessed for having been given these sustaining promises. Every new day brings some new token of our LOVING HOLY GOD'S gracious provision to meet the need of that day. We cannot count all our blessings, they are far too numerous. King David said, "O LORD my GOD, many are the wonders YOU have devised for us. I would rehearse the tale of them, if I would declare and speak of them, but they are more than can be numbered." [Psalms (Tehillym) 40. 5 Tanakh, Kethuvim] "GOD performs great deeds which cannot be fathomed, wondrous things without number." [Job (Iyob) 5. 9; 9. 10 Tanakh, Kethuvim] "Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; HIS greatness is unsearchable, it cannot be fathomed." [Psalms (Tehillym) 145. 3 Tanakh, Kethuvim] Every new day reminds us again that HIS faithfulness is exceedingly great! 


The MISHNAH tells us that: "No days were as festive for Israel as the 15th of Av and Yom Kippur." [Tractate Ta'anit] What is Tu B'Av, the 15th of the Hebrew month of Av? In which way is it equivalent to Yom Kippur? Our Sages explain: Yom Kippur symbolizes GOD'S forgiving Israel for the sin of the Golden Calf in the desert, for it was on that day that YEHOWAH finally accepted Moses' plea for forgiveness of the nation, and on that same day Moses came down from the mountain with the new set of tablets. 


Just as Yom Kippur symbolizes the atonement for the sin of the Golden Calf, Tu B'Av signifies the atonement for the sin of the Spies, where ten came bearing such negative reports which reduced the entire nation to panic. As a result of that sin, it was decreed by the ALMIGHTY that the nation would remain in the desert for 40 years, and that no person 20 or older would be allowed to enter Israel. On each Tisha B'Av of those 40 years, those who had reached the age of 60 that year died — 15,000 each Tisha B'Av. This plague finally ended on Tu B'Av. 


No matter what the days ahead may hold and regardless how hopeless, prevailing, frightening or horrendously terrible they may be, the battle is the LORD'S and HIS compassion and mercy will not fail! HalleluYAH! 


The LORD MESSIAH YESHUA eagerly awaits to renew HIS mercies each morning and make HIS faithfulness known. . . if we have all of our faith, hope and trust in HIM. There is none greater! 


Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel! 
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles! 
Today is the bitter fast day known as Tisha B'Av, the day on which we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. 
Also, we read the Biblical Book of Lamentations/Ekhah. Jeremiah is known as the prophet of destruction as his duty was to warn the people to change their ways and return to GOD, lest the Temple be destroyed. Today's verse contains Jeremiah's first vision that he shares with the Jewish Nation. Interestingly, his first vision is not of rebuke, rather, Jeremiah's first prophetic vision is of GOD'S longing for HIS people, and HIS memories of how they were to HIM as a bride and followed HIM blindly into the desert. This serves as a reminder that whatever punishment may be meted out, GOD loves HIS people and desires a relationship with them. 


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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
May the memory of the past impress us with the duty to remain faithful to our heritage and to be mindful of our obligations.

TISHA B'AV       
"By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat, sat and wept, as we thought of Zion. There on the poplars we hung up our lyres, for our captors asked us there for songs of joy, our tormentors, for amusement, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion." How can we sing a song of the LORD on foreign soil?" [Psalms (Tehillym) 137. 1 - 4 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  

One of the major fast days in Jewish tradition, and a day of historic mourning in Jewish life is the Ninth of Av.  Tisha B'Av is more like a death than a destruction, because on that day the world changed irrevocably.  The world without the Holy Temple is not the same world minus one magnificent structure. The world without the Holy Temple is a totally different world. The Holy Temple was the place ALMIGHTY GOD chose to meet with HIS people. There the DIVINE PRESENCE manifested HIMSELF.  When the Temple was destroyed, the fragrance of the HOLY ONE was removed, thus it was a loss as real and as searing as death. 
 
This is a fast day second in importance to the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) in the Jewish year.  It is the day of mourning for the destruction of both Temples.   And, it once was kept in remembrance of the day in the year 558 BCE (Before Common Era/BCE — Before CHRIST/BC) when the mighty forces of the Babylonian armies under Nebuchadnezzar laid waste Jerusalem and slaughtered many of its inhabitants enslaving and exiling the survivors.  Also, according to tradition [Taan 4. 4 Jewish Encyclopedia] the decree concerning Israel's forty years of wandering in the wilderness was made on the Ninth of Av. 

On the Ninth of Av in the year 70 CE (Common Era — After Death/AD) the Romans swooped down on Jerusalem and destroyed the Second Temple and almost annihilated the nation of Israel.  Tisha b'Av today commemorates the destruction of the Second Temple rather than that of the First, recognizing the fact that the second destruction was the greater catastrophe for the Jewish people.   It is marked as "A Day of National Gloom."  In the synagogues the Book of Lamentations is recited to a sad and mournful melody.  The book was written by the Prophet Jeremiah, who warned the Jews to repent to prevent the fall of Jerusalem, which he prophesized.  His advice not only was ignored, but he also was imprisoned for stating views that threatened the king's power.  The TORAH Sages also teach that the MESSIAH will be born on Tisha B'Av as a sign that there is yet redemption in all the destruction.  

At midnight there is a lamentation for the destruction of the Temple.  Then, people usually visit the cemetery after the morning service. On the Ninth of Av in Jerusalem, devout Jews meet at the Kotel (Western Wall) or visit the Tomb of David, voicing their grief and pain over the fall of Jerusalem. One of the songs or chants is a mournful hymn known as "The Wailing Song" which is said to date from the time of Ezra: 
 "HE is great, HE is good: HE will build HIS Temple speedily: 
  In great haste, in great haste; in our own day speedily.
  LORD, build; LORD, build, build YOUR Temple speedily.
  HE will save, HE will save; HE will save HIS Israel speedily;
  At this time now, Oh, LORD, in our own day speedily
  LORD, SAVE! LORD, SAVE! Save YOUR people, Israel speedily." 

One can almost hear the children of Israel praying at the end of the Feast of Tabernacles on the day of the Great HoSanna: "Save now, I beseech YOU, LORD!" and see HIM WHO is "THE ANSWER" to their prayer standing in their midst.  The LORD MESSIAH YESHUA is THE TEMPLE REBUILT — for HE was seemingly destroyed, but on the third day ALMIGHTY GOD raised HIM from the dead! 

The Jew, whose eyes are opened to behold the ANOINTED ONE of whom Moses and the prophets wrote, has no need to mourn, to have Tisha b'Av day in his life!  Whomever has accepted YESHUA (the LORD JESUS) into their heart as MESSIAH, LORD & KING can declare with David:  "YOU have turned my lament into dancing, YOU put off my sackcloth and girded me with joy and gladness, that my whole being might sing hymns to YOU endlessly; O LORD my GOD, I will praise YOU forever." [Psalms (Tehillym) 30. 11 Tanakh, Kethuvim]   May our HEAVENLY FATHER hear our prayers that our long-awaited MESSIAH YESHUA, the SON OF GOD, the SON OF DAVID, the KING of kings, come quickly.  May HIS Holy Temple be rebuilt speedily, even in our day. 

Special Note:  Tisha b'Av (9th of Av) started at sunset and continues until sunset this evening (evening-to-evening).  When Tisha B'Av falls on Shabbat, the fast is postponed until Sunday, as is true this year.  Tisha b'Av should hold significance, not just for the Jewish people, but for everyone. The threat of terrorism is worldwide, though most acutely felt and experienced in Israel.   Let us take this day to join hearts with our Israeli and Jewish brethren around the world and offer united and fervent prayer to our HEAVENLY FATHER, the GREAT GOD OF ISRAEL, the LORD OF HOSTS.  

Before the destruction of the 2nd Temple (70 BCE/BC) by the Romans on the 9th of Av, the Romans had laid siege around Jerusalem, but sufficient grain had been stored by the inhabitants of the City to sustain them for 21 years. The leading TORAH sage at the time was Rabbi Yochanan ben-Zakai who was in favor of pursuing a peace treaty with the Romans hoping to ward off a war and save the Temple from destruction.  However a group of zealots called the Biryonim had other plans wanting to force all Jews to take up arms and decided to wreck the economy by burning down all the granaries, which created a quick and severe famine in the City. The Romans took advantage of the devastation the zealots caused and broke through the City walls and eventually destroyed the Temple. 
 
The actual intent of such practices are in preparation for coming to grips with Israel's sin (sinat chinam — unfounded hatred) which led to the loss of the Temple, not just once, but twice.  When the spies returned from the land, there was weeping when there should have been rejoicing.  So, throughout history, GOD has given Israel reason to mourn on this day, Tisha b'Av, the 9th day of the month of Av.  Also, it is suggested as the day the Wondering Hebrews sided against Joshua and Caleb's report that the Promised Land could be conquered, thus sinning with the unfaithful spies. [Numbers/B'Midvar 13. 30 - 31]     

We invite everyone to join in solidarity with our Jewish friends and family to pray for Israel.  We encourage everyone to light a candle in their homes this evening in memory of the Israelis who have died in this present daily war with the Palestinians; and read Psalm 83 aloud. I encourage parents to gather their children and do this as a family prayer time.  Let us take this day to join hearts with our Israeli and Jewish brethren around the world and offer united and fervent prayer to our OMNIPOTENT LORD GOD for HIS mercy through judgment; pray for the coming of KING MESSIAH speedily even in our day. 

Traditional Jews observe this as a day of mourning with a fast and the reading of the BIBLICAL BOOK of Lamentations. The Sabbath preceding Tisha b’Av is called Shabbat Chazon, the Sabbath of prophecy. The hafTORAH is Isaiah’s foretelling of the destruction of the Temple. The Shabbat following Tisha b’Av is Shabbat Nachamu, the Sabbath of Comfort, when Isaiah’s message of consolation is read. 

No matter what the days ahead may hold and regardless how hopeless, prevailing, frightening or horrendously terrible they may be, the battle is the LORD'S and HIS compassion and mercy will not fail!  HalleluYAH!  

The LORD MESSIAH YESHUA eagerly awaits to renew HIS mercies each morning and make HIS faithfulness known. . . if we have all of our faith, hope and trust in HIM. There is none greater! 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel! 
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
 Because Israel honors life, they built the Iron Dome to protect their people from rocket attacks. Hamas, however, has spent millions of dollars, most of which came from the UN or European countries, and from America and allies like Qatar or Dubai, to dig tunnels into Israel for terror attacks. 
 We praise YOU, MOST HOLY GOD and ask that YOUR PRESENCE be manifest to us in all YOUR works, so that reverence for YOU may fill the hearts of YOUR creatures. May all the children of men bow before YOU in humility and unite to do YOUR will with one heart, that all may acknowledge that YOURS alone is the power, dominion and majesty; and that YOUR NAME is exalted above all.
 In earlier times, it was the custom already from Tu B'Av to use as one's greeting "May your inscription and seal be for good (ketiva vahatima tova)!" — the same blessing that we use on Rosh ha’Shana. 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . . 
Only those who repent of their sin will be forgiven. 

THE FIELD, THE WORLD 
"And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem as that field is called in their own language, Akel-dama, meaning Field of Blood." [Acts 1. 19] 

This field was fittingly called "akel-dama" so named as it was purchased with blood money. Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of MESSIAH, purchased it (through the chief priests, following Judas' suicide) as they stated — "It is not lawful to put them (the pieces of silver) into the treasury, because they are the price of blood." [Matthew 27. 6] Certainly, the blood Judas sold was "INNOCENT BLOOD." 

The loathsomely detestable "thirty shekels of silver" finalized this transaction. However, this slave was none other than CREATOR GOD in the flesh, so the thirty pieces of silver, the amount set by the religious leaders, was the price for the sale of the MOST HIGH ONE. 

The Prophet Zechariah had acted out a prophecy of these strange events some 500 years before. "So they weighed out for my wages, thirty shekels of silver — the noble sum that I was worthy in their estimation." [Zechariah (Zecharyah) 11. 12 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

According to prophecy and its fulfillment, Judas threw this "blood money" down in the Temple and went out and hanged himself. The money was used to buy the Potter's Field to bury strangers in. [Matthew 27. 5 - 10] "Throw it to the potter — that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the HOUSE OF THE LORD for the potter." [Zechariah (Zecharyah) 11. 13 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

These and many other details in these accounts constitute a remarkable type and fulfillment of prophecy, a testimony of divine inspiration and divine foreordination. It is also a striking picture of the price of our salvation: For the "Field of Blood" typifies that great field, the world. The field is the world [Matthew 13. 38], and YESHUA ha'MASHIACH is the GOD/MAN WHO searched for the "treasure hidden in a field...and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." [Matthew 13. 44] All that the LORD YESHUA had, HIS life's-blood, was willingly shed that we, dead in our sins and hidden in the world of filth, might be "purchased with HIS own blood." [Acts 20. 28] How very thankful I am that this MAN OF SORROWS, the ROCK OF OUR SALVATION cared enough to pay such a price to buy back such a worthless worm like me! 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel! 
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles! 
May the LIGHT of the HOLY ONE, blessed be HE, fill you with a yearning desire to submit to HIS inscrutable will and give you strength for your daily task as you share the knowledge and wisdom of the LOVING MASTER with others. 
O LORD GOD OF JACOB, YOU are my GOD...in the night how my soul desires and yearns for YOU. I long for YOUR irreproachable judgments in the earth, for the world to learn of YOUR integrity, YOUR majesty and YOUR righteousness. Amen 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . . 
Egotisms is nothing more than the antiseptic that dulls the pain of stupidity. 

REDEEMED FROM ENEMY’S HAND 
"Give thanks and praise to the LORD, for HE is good, HIS mercy is eternal! Thus, let the redeemed of the LORD say so, those HE redeemed from the hand of the enemy." [Psalms (Tehillym) 107. 1 - 2 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

There are four examples of GOD’S deliverance from particular problems that this hymn of praise surrounds. 
The first are the lost travelers who are out of provisions and far from a city: "Some lost their way and wandered in the wilderness in the wasteland; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them." [Psalms (Tehillym) 107. 4 - 5 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 
Second, there are the prisoners bound by their own rebelliousness: "Some lived in deepest darkness and in the shadow of death, captive in affliction and irons — because they rebelled against the WORD OF GOD, despising the counsel of the MOST HIGH. Therefore HE humbled their heart through suffering; they stumbled with no one to help." [Psalms (Tehillym) 107. 10 - 12 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 
The third, due to their own sins, are in physical illness: "There were fools who suffered for their sinful way, and for their iniquities they were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all manner of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. In their trouble they cried to the LORD, and HE saved them out of their troubles. HE sent HIS WORD and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions." [Psalms (Tehillym) 107. 17 - 20 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 
Forth, are the sailors who face shipwreck on stormy seas: "Others go down to the sea in ships, who ply their business on mighty waters; they have seen the works of the LORD and HIS wonders in the deep. By HIS Word HE raised a stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea. They mount up to the heavens and plunge down again to the depths, their soul melts from their troubles. They reeled and staggered like a drunken man, all their skill to no avail. In their adversity they cried to the LORD and HE saved them out of their troubles. HE calmed the storm so that its waves are stilled. Then they rejoiced when all was quiet, and HE guided them to their desired haven." [Psalms (Tehillym) 107. 23 - 30 Tanakh, Nevi'im]] 

This is just like the restless pattern during the time of the judges when "everyone did what was right in his own eyes, doing as they pleased." [Judges (Shofetim) 21. 25 Tanakh, Nevi’im] As a result of their rebellious treachery, the SOVEREIGN ONE brought the people of Israel into captivity just as HE warned would happen to them. "If you or your descendants turn away from following ME and do not keep MY commandments and MY laws which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods to worship them, then I will cut Israel off the land which I gave them; I will reject the House which I have consecrated to MY NAME And Israel shall become a proverb and a byword among all peoples." [1 Kings (Melakhim Alef) 9. 6 – 7 Tanakh, Nevi’im] 

Solomon’s prayer of dedication for the Temple, has this same pattern [1 Kings 8. 22 – 61], for he knew that man’s tendency to rebel and forget the LORD’S provision when things go well, thus they inflict GOD’S righteous judgment. But the ALL-KNOWING CREATOR has always used times of trouble to bring mankind back to HIMSELF. HE truly is a GOD of grace, mercy, and love, desiring to forgive and restore those who repent and call on HIM for deliverance. 

This truth applies today, we still tend to rebel and the BELOVED SAVIOR remains long-suffering, willing to forgive and restore when one repents. "The genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of MESSIAH YESHUA." [1 Peter 1. 7] After HE tests us, may we come forth more than conquerors for HIS glory. 

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 at the Havdallah Ceremony, we use all of our senses: We taste the wine, smell the spices, see the shadow of candles, hear prayers and songs, touch family and friends as we wish them a Good Week. 
May the sweetness of Sabbath be felt all through your week! 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . . 
Faith is not believing that the ALMIGHTY can, it's knowing that HE will. 

CUSTOMS — MIZRACH      
"The many peoples and the multitudes of the nations shall come to seek the LORD OF HOSTS in Jerusalem and to pray before the LORD." [Zechariah (Zecharyah) 8. 22 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

The "Mizrach" (rising of the sun — The East) is a Jewish custom to turn toward Jerusalem during the time of prayer.  "When YOUR people go out to battle against their enemy, by wherever way YOU send them, and they pray to the LORD in the direction of the City which YOU have chosen, and of the House which I have built to YOUR NAME, O hear in heaven their prayer and supplication and uphold their cause." [1 King (Melakhim Alef) 8. 44 - 45 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

In BIBLE days, worshipers in the Temple in Jerusalem faced the Holy of Holies; those in the City itself turned toward the Temple Court; those in Israel faced in the direction of Jerusalem; those outside Israel turned toward the Land of Israel. GOD’S Dwelling Places (Wilderness Tabernacle & Temple) always faced the East as the LORD comes to HIS Temple from the East.  It is noticed that when Daniel prayed three times a day to the LORD GOD, he opened his windows toward Jerusalem. [Daniel/Danyel 6. 10] 

Jerusalem is the spiritual center on the earth.  The love for Jerusalem is admonished in the words of the Psalmist:  "If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill! If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth — if I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy." [Psalms (Tehillym) 137. 5 - 6 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

The ALMIGHTY ONE commands prayer for this CITY OF THE GREAT KING — "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces." [Psalms (Tehillym) 122. 6 - 9 Tanakh, Kethuvim]   "Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen, who shall never be silent by day or by night. O you, LORD'S watchmen, do not keep silent, take no rest and give no rest to HIM, until HE establishes Jerusalem makes her renowned on earth." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 62. 6 - 7 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

When the PRINCE OF PEACE comes to earth again, prayers for the peace of Jerusalem will be answered.  Prayers for peace to come to the heart of the Jew will be realized when he recognizes YESHUA ha'MASHIACH, his PRINCE OF PEACE, and accepts JESUS OF NAZARETH as the long-awaited MESSIAH OF ISRAEL and the SAVIOR-REDEEMER of mankind! 

This peace which the SUPREME GOD desires for both Jew and Gentile was purchased at tremendous cost, even the precious life-blood of the LORD JESUS.  Isaiah, the Jewish prophet, describes this —  "But HE (MESSIAH) was wounded because of our transgressions, HE was bruised because of our iniquities. HE bore the chastisement for our peace, and by HIS stripes we were healed." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 53. 5 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  The MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE has much to say concerning the Land of Israel (Eretz Yisroel) of which Jerusalem is the center.  The REVERED BIBLE prophetically describes its boundaries and also foretells its destruction and restoration.  When restored, Israel shall cover an area of 300,000 square miles. The Land boundaries are from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates and from Hethlon to Kadesh. [Genesis/Bereshith 15. 18; Numbers/Vayikra 34. 2 - 15; Ezekiel/Yehezke-El  48. 1 - 35; Jeremiah/Yirmeyah 31. 38 - 40] 

This Land was never to be sold to any other people —  "The land must not be sold beyond reclaim, for the land is MINE; you are but strangers resident with ME." [Leviticus (Vayikra) 25. 23 Tanakh, Torah]  Thus, the Land belongs to the OMNIPOTENT CREATOR and HE gave it to the JEWS.  They are the heirs to the Land of Israel.  Speaking to the people of the land, the Jews, ALMIGHTY GOD foretells through the Prophet Moses —  "I will take you to be MY people, and I will be your GOD. And you shall know that I, the LORD, am your GOD WHO freed you from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I WILL BRING YOU INTO THE LAND which I raised MY hand (swore) to give to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; and I will give it to you for a possession, I the LORD." [Exodus (Shemot) 6. 7 - 8 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

Zion comes from a root which means a dry, barren place or arid wilderness.  In this, its original condition, it is a type of the land and the people of Israel.  But owing to the great power and skill of the GREAT HUSBANDMAN, the MESSIAH YESHUA, this dry ground will be transformed into a fruitful garden and the spiritually barren people brought to full bloom! [Ezekiel/Yehezke-El  36. 6 - 12, 15, 30, 34 - 35] 

It has been said that the TRUE & LIVING GOD was through with the Jewish people and that they would never return to the Promised Land.  However, they are wrong!  Moses wrote GOD'S WORD concerning the scattering of Israel; and the desolation of the land. [Deuteronomy/Devarim 28. 64 - 65 with Leviticus/Vayikra  26. 32 - 33]  

Even as every one of the prophecies concerning the Dispersion of natural Israel were literally and are being literally fulfilled, just so the Re-gathering and Restoration of natural Israel must literally come to pass.  As it was prophesied that a literal; people were literally scattered among literal nations and suffered literal persecution and this was all literally fulfilled, just so these same prophets foretold that Israel would just as literally be preserved from extinction or assimilation, and would in the End Time, just before the return of their MESSIAH YESHUA, be brought back again as a nation into their own land! [Leviticus/Vayikra 26. 44 - 45] 

The HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL is gathering the Jews from the four corners of the earth even as HE said HE would!  Israel is back in the Land!  GOD INVINCIBLE has kept HIS WORD literally! [Jeremiah/Yirmeyah 30. 10 - 11] 

The Land of Israel has been passed from nation to nation.  When it was in the hands of the Gentiles it remained undeveloped, untouched.  Why?  Because it is not Gentile property; because the TRUE GOD decreed that under HIM the Jews would do the restoring and renewing —  "I WILL restore of My people Israel. They shall build ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine; they shall till gardens and eat their fruits. And I WILL plant them upon their soil, nevermore to be uprooted from the soil I have given them, and they shall know ME — said the LORD your GOD." [Amos 9. 14 - 15 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

The prophecy of Isaiah 18. 3 contains an important notice to all the people of the world in the last days — "All you who live in the world and inhabit the earth, when a banner is raised in the hills, take note! When a ram's horn is blown, give heed!" [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 18. 3 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  In other words, when the flag (banner) is lifted up in the mountains of Jerusalem and the ram's horn blown, let all the nations take notice.  In 1920, the Flag of Judah was flown from the Tower of David and the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem blew the Ram's Horn which sounded out over the land! 

The LORD SUPREME is gathering the Jews back to Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel — the Land of Promise) for a specific purpose, not only to cultivate it, to cause "the desert to bloom as the rose" not only to have a homeland, but GOD is bringing this dispersed and wandering people back in readiness for the return of their MESSIAH!  "For the LORD shall build up Zion; HE has appeared in all HIS glory." [Psalms (Tehillym) 102. 16 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

There is an amazing prophecy concerning Jerusalem given by YESHUA ha'MASHIACH HIMSELF which will be fulfilled — "Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled." [Luke 21. 24]   It was during first week in June 1967 — that the Old City of Jerusalem came into the hands of the Jews who are an independent nation, Israel.  This is the first time Jerusalem has been in the hands of an Independent Israel since 597 BC.   Yet, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount will continue to be trampled by the Gentiles until the end of the Great Tribulation and the start of the 1,000-Year Reign of MESSIAH, the Kingdom Age.  We can continue to stand on the WORD OF THE LORD for it is truth and life.  

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
 Welcoming Shabbat Chazon (Sabbath of Prophecy)!  Devarim (“words” – Deuteronomy 1-3:22’ Isaiah 1:1-27; Mark 14:1-16) — Come, let us go out to greet the Sabbath Queen; Sabbath presence, let us welcome.  
This is the Sabbath preceding Tisha b’Av is called Shabbat Chazon, the Sabbath of prophecy. The hafTORAH is Isaiah’s foretelling of the destruction of the Temple.
We honor & praise the LORD YESHUA, the BLESSED ONE, WHO gives true Sabbath peace & rest; and separates the sacred from the ordinary. 
 The children of Israel are to keep Sabbath, to observe it throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between ME and the children of Israel forever.  It is our heritage. May it bring rest and joy, peace and comfort to your dwellings, our beloved family; and through it may the HOLY NAME OF THE LORD GOD be praised WHO sanctifies the Sabbath.  Enjoy the delight of the Kedushat Shevi'it — Sabbath Holiness! 

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . . 
GOD is not mocked: if you seek HIM — inquire of HIM and for HIM as your first and vital necessity — you will find HIM; but if you forsake HIM, HE will cast you off forever. 

REMEMBER BALAAM 
"O MY people, REMEMBER what Balak king of Moab plotted against you, and how Balaam son of Beor responded to him. Recall your passage from Shittim to Gilgal — the crossing of the Jordan — and you will recognize the gracious and righteous acts of the LORD." [Micah (Michah) 6. 5 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

The NEW COVENANT writers have left us serious reflective warnings in regards to Balaam. Peter warned against the Way of Balaam; the book of Jude, against the Error of Balaam; and John, against the Doctrine of Balaam. CREATOR GOD evidently considers these warnings necessary and appropriate for CHRISTians today as well. 

Balaam was a foreigner from Mesopotamia who used sorcery to receive his predictions for which he was famous. [Numbers/B'Midvar 22. 7, 12; 24. 1; Deuteronomy/Devarim 23. 4] ALMIGHTY GOD used him to bless Israel when Balak had hired him to curse Israel. He even received direct revelation from GOD MOST HIGH. Balaam was rebuked by the ALL-KNOWING ONE OF ISRAEL for his iniquity; GOD used a dumb donkey speaking with a man's voice to restrain the madness of the prophet. [2 Peter 2. 16] 

The Way of Balaam was a readiness to prostitute one's high spiritual gifts and privileges, for they "loved the wages of unrighteousness." [2 Peter 2. 15] Many are willing to preach contrary to GOD'S HOLY INERRANT WORD for personal gain. 

The Error of Balaam was evidently his willingness to compromise his own standards of morality and truth in order run greedily to accommodate those of his pagan patrons "for profit." [Jude 1. 11] 

The Doctrine of Balaam was already penetrating in the church in John's day, teachers used their own teaching authority to persuade GOD'S people that it was all right for them to compromise their standards, even "to commit fornication" with their idol-worshipping enemies. "But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality." [Revelation 2. 14] 

We are faced with similar influences that are shamefully exploiting true CHRISTian ministry today. Those clear warnings against Balaam-ism are still compelling and urgently essential. That is why the faithful prophet Micah, urged GOD'S people to "REMEMBER Balaam" and his fatally disastrous end — the children of Israel killed him with a sword. 

Will you heed OMNIPOTENT GOD'S loving warning, or will you go along with the crowd by discarding the eternal for the temporal? There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end is eternal destruction! ALMIGHTY GOD knows what we can handle, and HE gives us all the things we need to achieve our potential in life. Balaam’s downfall teaches us to appreciate what we have, and not to hope for things that may be out of our league. Because if we do, we might just wind up being rebuked by a donkey. 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel! 
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles! 
Let us renew our commitment to walk in loving obedience to the LOVING MASTER all the days of our lives. May the HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL bless you abundantly. Magnified and sanctified be the GLORIOUS NAME of the LORD GOD in the world which HE created according to HIS will. May HE establish HIS Kingdom during our life and during our days, and during the life of all the House of Israel, even speedily and at a near time, Amen. 

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

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . . 
Challenges can be stepping stones or stumbling blocks. Its just a matter of how you view them. 

FATHER'S INSTRUCTIONS 
"My son, heed the discipline of your father, and do not forsake the instruction of your mother." [Proverbs (Mishle) 1. 8 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

Proverbs is the best book "for learning wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of discernment; for acquiring the discipline for success, righteousness, justice, and equity for endowing the simple with shrewdness, the young with knowledge and foresight." [Proverbs (Mishle) 1. 2 - 4 Tanakh, Kethuvim] Then there are the Proverbs that are laid out in the form of lessons. David, in all probability, compiled these lessons for each of them begins with the loving words "my son" or "sons." [Proverbs/Mishle 1. 8; 2. 1; 3. 1, 11, 21; 4. 1, 10, 20; 5. 1, 7; 6. 20; 7. 1, 24; 8. 32] 

The first one urges the importance of children being willing to heed the counsel of their parents. One of the main characteristics of the "last days" is predicted to be the fact that children will be "disobedient to parents." [2 Timothy 3. 1 - 2] "Children, obey your parents in the LORD; for this is right. Honor your father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise." [Ephesians 6. 1 - 2] This applies especially to children with GOD-fearing parents as we teach obedience to all the commands of our LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER through the LORD JESUS, the BLESSED MESSIAH REDEEMER. 

It is extremely important that each lesson emphasizes the immediate significance for young people to obey the WORD OF GOD as taught them by their parents. Wise counsel, learning, discretion, instruction, knowledge, understanding and wisdom are promised over and over to those who know, love and obey GOD'S HOLY WRITTEN WORD. 

"MY son, IF you accept MY WORDS and treasure up MY commandments; IF you make your ear attentive to wisdom and your mind open to discernment; IF you call to understanding and cry aloud to discernment, IF you seek her as you do silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; THEN you will understand the fear of the LORD and attain knowledge of GOD." [Proverbs (Mishle) 2. 1 - 5 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel! 
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles! 
LORD our GOD, great, eternal, wonderful in glory, WHO keeps covenant and promises for those that love YOU with their whole heart, WHO is the LIFE of all, the HELP of those that flee to YOU, the HOPE of those who cry to YOU, cleanse us from our sins, secret and open, and from every thought displeasing to YOUR goodness — cleanse our bodies and souls, our hearts and consciences, that with a pure heart, and a clear soul, with perfect love and calm hope, we may venture confidently and fearlessly to pray to YOU. We thank YOU and in the MAGNIFICENT NAME of YESHUA we pray, Amen! 

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

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
GOD is not mocked: if you seek HIM — inquire of HIM and for HIM as your first and vital necessity — you will find HIM; but if you forsake HIM, HE will cast you off forever.

REMEMBER BALAAM      
"O MY people, REMEMBER what Balak king of Moab plotted against you, and how Balaam son of Beor responded to him. Recall your passage from Shittim to Gilgal — the crossing of the Jordan — and you will recognize the gracious and righteous acts of the LORD." [Micah (Michah) 6. 5 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  

The NEW COVENANT writers have left us serious reflective warnings in regards to Balaam.  Peter warned against the Way of Balaam; the book of Jude, against the Error of Balaam; and John, against the Doctrine of Balaam.  CREATOR GOD evidently considers these warnings necessary and appropriate for CHRISTians today as well.  

Balaam was a foreigner from Mesopotamia who used sorcery to receive his predictions for which he was famous. [Numbers/B'Midvar 22. 7, 12; 24. 1; Deuteronomy/Devarim 23. 4]   ALMIGHTY GOD used him to bless Israel when Balak had hired him to curse Israel.  He even received direct revelation from GOD MOST HIGH.   Balaam was rebuked by the ALL-KNOWING ONE OF ISRAEL for his iniquity; GOD used a dumb donkey speaking with a man's voice to restrain the madness of the prophet. [2 Peter 2. 16]  

The Way of Balaam was a readiness to prostitute one's high spiritual gifts and privileges, for they "loved the wages of unrighteousness." [2 Peter 2. 15]   Many are willing to preach contrary to GOD'S HOLY INERRANT WORD for personal gain.  
 
The Error of Balaam was evidently his willingness to compromise his own standards of morality and truth in order run greedily to accommodate those of his pagan patrons "for profit." [Jude 1. 11]  

The Doctrine of Balaam was already penetrating in the church in John's day, teachers used their own teaching authority to persuade GOD'S people that it was all right for them to compromise their standards, even "to commit fornication" with their idol-worshipping enemies. "But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality." [Revelation 2. 14]  

We are faced with similar influences that are shamefully exploiting true CHRISTian ministry today.  Those clear warnings against Balaam-ism are still compelling and urgently essential. That is why the faithful prophet Micah, urged GOD'S people to "REMEMBER Balaam" and his fatally disastrous end — the children of Israel killed him with a sword.  

Will you heed OMNIPOTENT GOD'S loving warning, or will you go along with the crowd by discarding the eternal for the temporal? There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end is eternal destruction!  ALMIGHTY GOD knows what we can handle, and HE gives us all the things we need to achieve our potential in life. Balaam’s downfall teaches us to appreciate what we have, and not to hope for things that may be out of our league. Because if we do, we might just wind up being rebuked by a donkey.  
 
Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Let us renew our commitment to walk in loving obedience to the LOVING MASTER all the days of our lives.  May the HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL bless you abundantly.  Magnified and sanctified be the GLORIOUS NAME of the LORD GOD in the world which HE created according to HIS will.  May HE establish HIS Kingdom during our life and during our days, and during the life of all the House of Israel, even speedily and at a near time, Amen. 

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

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

STILL HE WALKED     
HE could hear the multitude screaming
 "Crucify!  Crucify!"
— HE could hear the hatred in their voices,
 these were HIS Chosen People.
 
HE loved them and they were going to crucify HIM.
HE was beaten, bleeding and weakened —
 HIS heart was broken,
 but still HE walked.
 
HE surveyed the crowd as HE came from the palace.
HE knew each of the faces so well, HE had created them.
HE knew every smile, their laughter, and each tear shed,
 but now they were contorted with rage and anger —
 HIS heart was broken,
 but still HE walked.
 
Was HE afraid?
You and I would have been so.
HIS humanness would have mandated that HE was.
Instead, HE knew what HE came to do!
HE knowingly did all for humanity.
HIS disciples had left, denied, and even betrayed HIM.
HE searched the crowd for a loving face, but saw few.
Then HE turned HIS eyes to the ONLY ONE that mattered
 and HE was assured that this was HIS FATHER'S will.
HE looked back at the crowd,
 at the people who were spitting on HIM,
 throwing rocks and mocking HIM,
 and HE knew it was for them that HE came.
So for them, HE walked.
 
Deafening sounds of the hammer striking the spikes
 echoed  triumphantly through the crowd.
However, HIS cries were even more prominent
 then the cheers of the crowd.
HIS hands and feet were nailed to the rugged cross
 as pain intensified with each blow.
Loudest of all was the still small voice inside HIS heart
 that whispered, "I am with YOU, MY SON!"
 — and GOD'S heart broke —
 HE had let HIS ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON walk.
 
YESHUA, the MESSIAH could have asked GOD to end HIS suffering,
 but instead, HE asked GOD to "Forgive!"
Not to forgive HIM,
 but to forgive the ones who were persecuting HIM.
As HE hung on that cross dying an unimaginable death,
 HE looked out and saw, not only the faces in the mob,
 but HE could see the face of every person HE was dying for,
 and HIS heart filled with love.
 
Although HIS body was dying,
 HIS heart was alive —
 — ALIVE with immeasurable,
 unconditional love HE has for each of us.
That is why HE walked.

When I forget how much my GOD loves me,
 I remember HIS walk.
When I wonder if I can, without doubt, truly be forgiven,
 I remember HIS walk.
When I need reminded of how to live like MESSIAH YESHUA did,
 I think of HIS walk.
So, to express how much I love HIM,
 when I wake each morning, I turn my eyes to HIM,
 — and I walk.

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!  
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Our beloved friends our prayer is that GOD ETERNAL will hear our prayer and give us a renewed spiritual awakening, increase our love and brotherhood among us by HIS PRECIOUS SON'S atoning blood.
We wish to express our love to each of you...giving thanks to the HOLY ONE WHO gives good things to HIS children. 
 
Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  
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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
The reward of virtue is virtue. 

WORTHY, O LORD       
"Blessed are YOU, LORD, GOD OF ISRAEL our FATHER, from eternity to eternity. YOURS, LORD, are greatness, might, power, glory, splendor, triumph, victory, honor and majesty — Yes, all that is in heaven and on earth; to YOU, LORD, belong kingship and preeminence above all." [1 Chronicles (Dibre Hayamin Alef) 29. 10 - 11 Tanakh, Kethuvim
 
This is a part of King David's prayer at the time of Solomon's coronation as his successor.  Although David and Solomon were the greatest kings of Israel, and in the world, David rightly acknowledged that the LORD GOD HIMSELF was the TRUE KING ETERNAL, not only of Israel, but of all heaven and earth.  HE is the RENOWNED, SUPREME RULER — OMNIPOTENT, OMNIPRESENT LORD over all.  

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

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

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


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

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

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  
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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
"If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither; let my tongue stick to my palate if I cease to think of you, if I do not keep Jerusalem in memory even at my happiest hour." [Psalms (Tehillym) 137. 5 – 6 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

THE NINE DAYS       
  "When you have begotten children and children's children and are long established in the land, should you act wickedly and make for yourselves a sculptured image in any likeness, causing the LORD your GOD displeasure and vexation, I call heaven and earth this day to witness against you, that you shall soon utterly perish from the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess; you shall not long endure in it, but shall be utterly destroyed. The LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and only a scant few of you will be left among the nations to which the LORD will drive you. There you will serve man-made gods of wood and stone, that cannot see or hear or eat or smell.
  But if you search there for the LORD your GOD, you will find HIM, if only you seek HIM with all your heart and soul — when you are in distress because all these things have befallen you and, in the end, return to the LORD your GOD and obey HIM. For the LORD your GOD is a MERCIFUL GOD, HE will not forsake you nor will HE let you perish; HE will not forget the covenant which HE made on oath with your fathers.
  You have but to ask about bygone ages that came before you, ever since GOD created man on the earth, from one end of heaven to the other, has anything as grand as this ever happened, or has its like ever been known? Has any people ever heard the VOICE OF GOD speaking out of a fire, as you have heard, and live? Or has any god ventured to go and take for himself one nation from the midst of another by prodigious acts, by signs, by wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and awesome power, as the LORD your GOD did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?
  You have been shown to know that the LORD alone is GOD; there is none beside HIM. Out of heaven HE let you hear HIS VOICE, that HE might instruct you; on earth HE let you see HIS great fire, and from amidst that fire you heard HIS WORDS. And because HE loved your fathers, HE chose their descendants after them; HE HIMSELF brought you out of Egypt with HIS PRESENCE, in HIS great might, to drive from your path nations greater and mightier than you, to take you into their land and assign it to you as a heritage, as it is this day.
  Know therefore this day and consider it in your heart that the LORD alone is GOD in heaven above and on earth below; there is no other. You shall therefore keep HIS statutes and HIS commandments which I enjoin upon you this day, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may long remain in the land that the LORD your GOD is giving you for all time." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 4. 25 - 40 Tanakh, Torah] 

Yesterday, began the period known as "The Nine Days" — the days from Rosh Chodesh (head of the month), the month of Av to the fast of the ninth of Av (Tisha b'Av).  In Jewish communities worldwide, prohibitions intended to decrease joy are implemented. All these reach a climax on the Fast of the Ninth of Av, a fast similar to Yom Kippur.  During this time, we increase our solemn attitudes toward the Temple and of its loss.  We are especially careful to keep our thoughts upon the destruction of the Holy Place and of the lifestyle that was lost with its destruction.  There are no celebrations, no weddings, and no haircuts!  Among the Orthodox, even bathing is kept to a minimum and freshly laundered clothes are not worn. These prohibitions are not intended to be overwhelming, but to turn our minds toward the seriousness of sin and its consequences. 

Yet, even in destruction there is consolation. After Jeremiah prophesied judgment, he delivered a message of deliverance to the nation of Judah. "For I am with you to deliver you — declares the LORD. I will make an end of all the nations among which I have dispersed you; but I will not make an end of you! I will not leave you unpunished, but will chastise you in measure." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 30. 11 Tanakh, Nevi'im; see also 46. 28] 

The discipline of GOD OMNIPOTENT is a means to an end; that is, a restored relationship through repentance. "Let us search and examine our ways, and turn back to the LORD. Let us lift up our heart rather than our  hands to GOD in heaven...I have called on YOUR NAME, O LORD, from the depths of the Pit. Hear my plea — Do not shut your ear to my groan, to my cry! — YOU have ever drawn nigh when I called YOU; YOU said — Do not fear! — YOU championed my cause, O LORD, YOU have redeemed my life." [Lamentations (Ekhah) 3. 40 – 41, 55 – 58 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

Through judgment, we are reminded of our need for GOD’S mercy. The month of Av reminds us that we are sustained by the mercy of the MOST HIGH GOD. When properly grasped, this consolation of Av naturally leads us to the next step…the repentance of the month, Elul.  

We encourage everyone to light a candle in their homes this evening in memory of the Israelis who have died in past and present wars and read Psalm 83 aloud.  I encourage parents to gather their children and do this as a family prayer time.  Let us take this day to join hearts with our Israeli and Jewish brethren around the world and offer united and fervent prayer to our HEAVENLY FATHER. 

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 YESHUA, THE SON OF DAVID, KING of kings comes quickly. And LORD, may YOUR Holy Temple be rebuilt speedily, even in our day.  Amen & Amen! 

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

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

"T'fillin" is a Hebrew word taken from the singular — t'filla, meaning prayer. The use of the T'fillin by Orthodox Jews today is based on an interpretation of SCRIPTURES: "Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 11. 18 Tanakh, Torah] 
These (T'fillin) phylacteries (Greek meaning "to keep safely") consist of two square boxes of black leather stitched over the box holding the parchment with 12 stitches representing the 12 tribes of Israel. One is worn on the left arm towards the heart, and the other worn on the forehead where the hair growth starts. The head box contains four compartments which hold parchments inscribed with BIBLICAL passages (Exodus/Shemot 13. 1-10; 13.11-16; Deuteronomy/Devarim 6. 4-9; 11. 13-21). The box for the arm has only one compartment to hold one sheet on which all the four passages are written. These are fastened at the brow (seat of thought) and left arm (instrument of action) near the heart (seat of feeling) by long leather straps attached to them. This signifies desire for obedience to the First Commandment — "You shall love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 6. 5 Tanakh, Torah] So it teaches that all thoughts, feelings, and actions are to conform to the will of ALMIGHTY GOD. The devout Jew believes that by binding one of these phylacteries on the arm and placing the other on his forehead each morning, he is truly fulfilling the Mosaic requirement! 
The usual phylacteries (T'fillin) are quite small, but the very devout Jew makes "broad his phylacteries" by using larger ones. T'fillin is reverenced as highly as the SCRIPTURES for it contains the SACRED NAME OF THE LORD (YEHOWAH) not less than 23 times. One of the prayers every devout Jew repeats daily while wearing T'fillin is — "I believe with a perfect faith that MESSIAH, blessed be HIS NAME, will come speedily and though HE tarry, I shall continue to wait for HIM." 
In putting the T'fillin on the body, the arm is taken first since this is the order in Deuteronomy 6:8 — the box is fixed firmly on the naked left arm, upon the biceps muscle (denoting strength), above the elbow, and when this is done, the worshiper recites the benediction, "Praised are YOU O LORD, KING OF THE UNIVERSE, WHO has sanctified us with HIS commandments and enjoined upon us the commandment of the T'fillin." 
Formed in the leather strap of the hand phylactery is the Hebrew letter yod — in the phylactery for the head, the Hebrew letter daleth — and embossed on the box the Hebrew letter sheen. These three letters spell "SHADDAI", the ALL-SUFFICIENT, ALMIGHTY ONE. Jews feel that by applying the phylacteries they are placing the very NAME of GOD upon themselves. 
The hand phylactery is wound about the arm seven times and in succession three times about the middle finger (showing the three-pronged letter of the sheen), once about the fourth, once above the middle, and finally around the whole hand. While this is done the following words are recited — "I betroth you to me forever; I betroth you to me in righteousness, in judgment, in kindness and in mercy. I betroth you to me in faithfulness and you shall know the LORD." 
The tefillah shel rosh (phylactery for the head) is put on next. The box is placed on the forehead above the nose and the strap is fixed at the back of the neck exactly above the middle of the neck. The end of the straps hang down over the shoulders to the front of the body. These Tefillin are removed in reverse order from that in which they are put on. 
While wearing the phylacteries, the worshiper petitions the HOLY ONE to consider the performances of the commandment regarding the T'fillin as though all six hundred and thirteen commandments, of which he feels the Law of Moses consists, had been faithfully executed. 
In the days of the LORD MESSIAH YESHUA, the T'fillin (phylacteries) were more in use than today. The spiritual leaders who desired their religiosity to be noticed, would make their phylacteries larger than was customary. These Pharisees, Sadducees and Hebrew Scribes claimed attention so as to elevate themselves to a higher position in the eyes of the people. They made a show of their supposed devotion to the LORD GOD in order that they, in turn, would receive some of that same devotion from Israel! JESUS rebuked them for this: "But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make broad their phylacteries." [Matthew 23. 5] 
How like these Jewish religious leaders have been ALL classes of people over the face of the earth! For in the heart of the natural man there is a noisy outcry for attention, for adoration. "Please notice me" — "See what I have done" — "Am I not devout?" are thoughts in the minds of many who claim to be followers of the lowly NAZARENE WHO made HIMSELF of no reputation and received not honor among men! They are "broadening their phylacteries" to be seen, to be heard, to be praised even as the Pharisees of old! More accurately, we must love the Lord in spirit and in truth, and avoid ostentatious (pretentious, hollow, vain) form that exalts man and self. 
Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel! 
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles! 
Welcome Shabbat Mattot/Massei (“Tribes/Journeys”)! — [Numbers 30:1-32, 6:13;Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4;Matthew 23:1-25:46] Come, let us go out to meet the Sabbath Queen, Sabbath presence, let us welcome. O FATHER in Heaven, in YOUR great love YOU appointed for us a day of rest, that in YOUR PRESENCE we may regain that freedom of the soul which comes through obedience to YOUR commandments. Quickened by YOUR SPIRIT, may we learn how to ennoble the things of earth by sanctifying them to YOUR service. We honour & praise the LORD YESHUA, the BLESSED ONE, WHO separates the sacred from the mundane and gives true Sabbath peace & rest; where there is wonderful joy in living in "Kedushat Shevi'it . . . Sabbath Holiness!" 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes. Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness. 
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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
To keep yourself in good shape, practice random acts of intelligent thinking and senseless acts of self-control.

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

 Time and again the multitudes were astonished at the amazing teaching of the LORD JESUS.  This occurrence was after the Sadducees questioned the MASTER about the resurrection and HE made it clear that they knew neither the power GOD nor the SCRIPTURES. 
The first use teaching, doctrine by the MESSIAH was just after HIS sermon on the Mount, where the people again were astonished at what HE was saying because HIS Word was with such power. [Matthew 7. 28]  When JESUS taught in the synagogue at Capernaum — again they were astonished at HIS Teaching, for HE taught them "as one having authority, and not as the scribes." [Mark 1. 21 – 22; also Luke 4. 31 – 34]  Even the "scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy HIM; for they feared HIM, because all the people were astonished at HIS teaching." [Mark 11. 18 – 19]  And the preaching of the LORD from Paul’s mouth astonished many of the proconsul and they believed when they heard what was being taught and saw what had been done. [see Acts 13. 4 - 12] 
MESSIAH YESHUA spoke with authority, not as the scribes for HE held the credentials to declare, "MY doctrine is not MINE, but HIS WHO sent ME. If anyone wills to do HIS will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from GOD or whether I speak on MY OWN authority. Whoever speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but HE who seeks the glory of the ONE who sent HIM is true, and no unrighteousness is in HIM." [John 7. 16 – 19] 
Paul taught this astonishing doctrine too being very careful to teach only the WORD OF GOD.  This too is our due, to teach only the context of the inerrant, doctrinal authority of GOD’S WRITTEN WORD.  Teaching and doctrine are the same, so true instruction is indoctrination "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you" [Matthew 28. 20]  — the central theme of MESSIAH’S Great Commission.  It is imperative that we, like Paul, "declare to you the whole counsel of GOD" [Acts 20. 27]; for "whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of CHRIST does not have GOD. He who abides in the doctrine of CHRIST has both the FATHER and the SON. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds." [2 John 9 - 11] 
Truly, we serve an amazingly astonishing wonderful HOLY MASTER. 
 
Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
 Bidding farewell to Shabbat! May it be YOUR will that the coming week brings us a life of peace, a life of goodness, a life of blessing, a life of health, and a life of prosperity.
 We thank YOU, GREAT & MIGHTY GOD for by YOUR mercies and grace we were taught the sanctity of the weekly day of rest, Sabbath is the sign of the tie that binds us to YOU. Keep us ever grateful and grant us YOUR perfect rest. Amen 
 "Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established." Proverbs/Mishle 16:3 "Those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah/Yeshayah 40:31
Have a wonderful week serving the MASTER in all that you do and say. 
 
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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
The only motive some people have for listening to reason is to gain time for rebuttal. 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UNSEEN THINGS      
"By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith." [Hebrews 11. 7] 

The phrase "things not seen" is used three times in the NEW COVENANT.  Interestingly enough, these all refer to the past, present, and future works of ALMIGHTY CREATOR GOD with respect to the things that are seen. 

Hebrews 11 is known as the "faith chapter" and it begins with the incredible words, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen...By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the WORD OF GOD, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible." [Hebrews 11. 1, 3]  That is to say, the material things of this present world were not made of pre-existing materials; they were supernaturally created by the WORD, the MASTER DESIGNER!  These things which are now seen provide evidence, or even better confident of the things not seen — that is, of GOD’S creative power completed in the past. 

The processes that are now seen, distinct from the materials, date from the time of the Great Flood especially.  Before the flood there was a different atmosphere, Noah had not yet seen the diverse seasonal changes, and various other present-day incidences such as rain itself. Previously "a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground." [Genesis/Bereshith 2. 6]  Great changes occurred during and after the flood that were instituted in the days of Noah when "the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water." [2 Peter 3. 6; also see Psalms 104] 

Finally, "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. 18]   Just as surely as the materials and processes of the present world once were unseen, but are now easily seen, so the future eternal world will soon be clearly seen when the LORD MESSIAH YESHUA returns. 

"It is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which GOD has prepared for those who love HIM...But GOD has revealed them to us through HIS SPIRIT that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by GOD." [2 Corinthians 2. 9b, 12b]  The LORD indeed has done wondrous things in heaven and earth, and even now HIS awesome handiwork continues. 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
MOST HOLY ONE, YOU are blessed beyond all hymns, praises and consolations that may be uttered in this world. My soul desires YOU in the night. Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek YOU early; for when YOUR judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. Therefore, in the shadow of YOUR wings I will rejoice. HalleluYAH! Amen! 
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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . . 
Worry does not empty tomorrows struggles — it empties your strength for today. 

LESSONS LEARNED 
"But go and learn what this means — I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." [Matthew 9. 13] 

The LORD YESHUA ha’MASHIACH "came into the world to save sinners" [1 Timothy 1. 15], and continues to call all who would be HIS disciples to "learn from [and of] ME" [Matthew 11. 29]; and the text contains the first use of "learn" in the NEW COVENANT, thus signifying a basic item we must learn when we become true followers of the SAVIOR. 

MESSIAH stressed that the ALMIGHTY ONE cared nothing about the ritualistic offering of animal sacrifices, as such, but rather desired understanding of the meaning of those sacrifices, accompanied by the motivating love and faith of a repentant heart. HE referred them back to their own SCRIPTURES: "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice; obedience to GOD, rather than burnt offerings." [Hoses (Hoshea) 6. 6 Tanakh, Nevi’im] This is generally difficult, but it is the most crucial fundamental lesson to learn by one seeking forgiveness and salvation. 

There are continually many lessons to learn afterwards — most will be difficult even for sincere, believing CHRISTians. The Apostle Paul comments about one of them he had learned the hard way, "Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content." [Philippians 4. 11] Another intricate but very essential lesson has to do with the CHRISTian humility in leadership, understanding the WRITTEN WORD — "that you may learn in us 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] Because, "all SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of GOD, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of GOD may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." [2 Timothy 3. 16 - 17] 

Even in HIS perfect humanity, the LORD YESHUA had lessons to learn — "though HE was a SON, yet HE learned obedience by the things which HE suffered." [Hebrews 5. 8] 

Ultimately, having learned these and many other such lessons, we must not forget them. Paul, in his final letter, so reminds us to — "continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from WHOM you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the HOLY SCRIPTURES, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in CHRIST JESUS." [2 Timothy 3. 14 - 15] May we learn and be able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel! 
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles! 
When things around you appear dark and terrifying, hold on to the promises of LORD GOD. HE is in complete control. "The ROCK! — HIS deeds are perfect; Yes! all HIS ways are just; a FAITHFUL GOD, never false, true and just is HE." [Deuteronomy/Devarim 32. 4] Great and mighty is our MERCIFUL & LOVING GOD. Believe on YESHUA, the LOVING SAVIOR, for because of HIM we can face tomorrow and be comforted now knowing we have been changed for a reason, transformed, not for a season, but transformed for Eternal Life. 

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