HEARTS FOR ISRAEL

HEARTS FOR ISRAEL

NOTICE:  "HEARTS FOR ISRAEL" MEETS IN THE YOUTH BUILDING THE 2ND AND 3RD SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 11:30AM FOLLOWING 2ND SERVICE. COFFEE AND SNACKS ARE PERMITTED.
 

CCJV HEARTS FOR ISRAEL WHO WE ARE

CCJV Hearts for Israel is a Bible Study ministry of Calvary Chapel Jurupa Valley (http://www.pastorjim.com/). Our goal is to understand Yeshua as a Jew and His strong identity with the nation of Israel as their Anointed One, also to understand Scripture from the Messianic Jewish perspective of the 1st century followers of Yeshua and to understand the coming together of Jew and Gentile in Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah). Galatians 3:26-29 (CJB) 26 For in union with the Messiah, you are all children of God through this trusting faithfulness; 27 because as many of you as were immersed into the Messiah have clothed yourselves with the Messiah, in whom 28 there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor freeman, neither male nor female; for in union with the Messiah Yeshua, you are all one. 29 Also, if you belong to the Messiah, you are seed of Avraham and heirs according to the promise.

PRAYER REGARDING SHOFAR

Blessed are You, oh Lord our God, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with Your commandments in the blood of Y'shua the Messiah, and has commanded us to hear the sound of the shofar.

(CJB) Numbers 10: 9  “When you go to war in your land against an adversary who is oppressing you, you are to sound an alarm with the trumpets; then you will be remembered before ADONAI your God, and you will be saved from your enemies.

10  “Also on your days of rejoicing, at your designated times and on Rosh- Hodesh, you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; these will be your reminder before your God. I am ADONAI your God.”

Sound Shofar

Shema from Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (CJB)

Leader: (PLEASE STAND)  Sh’ma, Yisra’el! Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad -- Hear, Isra’el!

Group: Adonai our God, Adonai is one;
and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources.

Leader: And Yeshua commanded us to:

Group: ‘You are to love your neighbor as yourself.’ From Matthew 22:39b (CJB)  

Leader: 3  Praised be God, Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who, in keeping with his great mercy, has caused us, through the resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah from the dead, to be born again to a living hope,
4  to an inheritance that cannot decay, spoil or fade, kept safe for you in heaven.1 Peter 1:3-4 (CJB)

Study of Mattityahu (Matthew) 4

Mattityahu (Mattathias or Matthew) 4:1 - 11(CJB)

Before we start, let’s do a quick review of what we read in Mattityahu so far. The purpose of Mattityahu’s Gospel is to demonstrate the strong identity of Yeshua with Israel as King, as Mashiach and as a fellow Jew. Many of the Messianic verses in the TANACH can relate to both Yeshua the person and Israel the nation demonstrating His oneness with the children of Avraham and Sarah. We know the suffering of the Jewish people over the several millennia of their existence. When Yeshua arrives to become ruler over Israel, He will be no pampered “white knight” rushing onstage at the last minute to rescue the fair maiden Israel. He will bear the scars and wounds showing Israel that as they suffered, He suffered (Z’kharyah or Zechariah 12).

 

In Chapter One of Mattiyahu the emissary writes of the genealogy of Yeshua, showing Yeshua is a descendant of Avraham; we also see that He is of the royal line of David, and that His ancestors endured the Babylonian exile. Beginning in verse 18 we learn about the virgin conception and birth of Yeshua, we are also introduced to the humble and obedient godly man Yosef (Joseph) chosen by God to be an earthly father to His Son.

 

In Chapter Two it’s the mysterious arrival of a Chaldean cohort out of Persia that sets all Jerusalem abuzz. We are reminded that the prophet Daniel was once made chief over the Chaldeans and probably through him they learned of the signs of the coming “King of the Jews” whom they came seeking. Also we saw the prophecies fulfilled of Rachel weeping for her children when King Herod ordered the slaughter of all male children under the age of two in Beit-Lechem (Bethlehem, “House of Bread” although the Moslems in Arabic call it “House of Meat). Yosef being warned in a dream causes Yeshua’s parents flee to Egypt so Hosea 11:1 might be fulfilled: “Out of Egypt I called my son.” At the conclusion of Chapter Two we saw that the family moved to Natzeret (Nazareth) so He would be called a Natzrati (or Netzer) which means branch or sprout (Isaiah 11:1 (CJB) 1  But a branch will emerge from the trunk of Yishai,  a shoot will grow from his roots.). We looked at the concept if Yeshua is the vine and we are the branches, we are the netzers of Yeshua.

In Chapter Three we met Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptist) and learned about his ministry to the Jews regarding turning from sin (repentance) and the coming Kingdom of Heaven (or God). We saw Yochanan acknowledge the superiority of Yeshua and Yeshua demonstrates His oneness with Israel by being immersed as the others were. Also it’s in this chapter that Yeshua’s role and ministry to Israel is confirmed by Abba (Father) who proclaimed Yeshua His Son whom Abba loved and was pleased with, and Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) who came upon Yeshua in the form of a dove.

In Chapter Four Yeshua shows us how to confront the temptations of the enemy and we are reminded that Yeshua was tempted in all ways as we are (Hebrews 4:15).

 Matthew 4:1 Then the Spirit led Yeshua up into the wilderness to be tempted by the Adversary.

 

Of course the Adversary is HaSatan (the rebel in opposition to God, a created being who believes himself worthy to sit on a throne as God).The first mention of HaSatan is in Genesis 3 when he is introduced to us as a serpent and tempter of Eve. When we looked at Genesis you might remember Pastor Chuck’s commentary from “The Word for Today Bible” where he tells us that the word translated “serpent” in the Hebrew means the “shining one.” We are further reminded that Satan can transform himself into an “angel of light” (2Cor 11:14). This section also demonstrates the arrogance of HaSatan in that he thinks nothing of tempting the Son of God. Though he tried HaSatan certainly would not deceive Yeshua who was equipped with the Word and under the influence of Ruach Ha Kodesh.

 

In our western thinking we often presume that prophecy has only one fulfillment, however, in the Jewish perspective, a prophecy can have multiple fulfillments in that it can have immediate fulfillment and then foresee future events even to the end times. An example of this is Isaiah 14:1-27 (CJB). The immediate fulfillment of these verses refer to the King of Babylon but they can be related to those who in later years wronged the Jews, these verses not only refer to earthly kings of the past, but to rulers of modern times and they have been applied to the final judgment of HaSatan: Isaiah 14:1 For Adonai will have compassion on Ya‘akov— he will once again choose Isra’el and resettle them in their own land, where foreigners will join them, attaching themselves to the house of Ya‘akov.
2  Peoples will take and escort them to their homeland, and the house of Isra’el will possess them in the land of Adonai as male and female slaves. They will take their captors captive and rule over their oppressors.
3  Then, when Adonai gives you rest from your suffering and trouble and from the hard service imposed on you,
4  you will take up this taunt-song against the king of Bavel:  “At last the oppressor is stilled,  his arrogance is ended!
5  Adonai has broken the staff of the wicked,  the scepter of the rulers,
6  which furiously struck down peoples  with unceasing blows,  angrily beating down nations  with relentless persecution.
7 The whole earth is at rest and quiet.  They break into song.
8 The cypresses rejoice over you, with the cedars of the L’vanon — ‘Now that you are laid low, no one comes to cut us down.’
9 “Sh’ol below is stirred up to meet you when you come. It awakens for you the ghosts of the dead who were leaders on earth; it makes all the kings of the nations arise from their thrones.
10 They all greet you with these words: ‘Now you are as weak as we are, you have become like us!
11 Your pride has been brought down to Sh’ol with the music of your lyres, under you a mattress of maggots, over you a blanket of worms.’
12 “How did you come to fall from the heavens, morning star, son of the dawn? How did you come to be cut to the ground, conqueror of nations?
13 You thought to yourself, ‘I will scale the heavens; I will raise my throne above God’s stars. I will sit on the Mount of Assembly far away in the north.
14 I will rise past the tops of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High.’
15 “Instead you are brought down to Sh’ol, to the uttermost depths of the pit.
16 Those who see you will stare at you, reflecting on what has become of you: ‘Is this the man who shook the earth, who made kingdoms tremble,
17 who made the world a desert, who destroyed its cities, who would not set his prisoners free?’
18 “All other kings of the nations, all of them, lie in glory, each in his tomb.
19 But you are discarded, unburied, like a loathed branch, clothed like the slain who were pierced by the sword, then fall to the stones inside a pit, like a corpse to be trampled underfoot.
20 You will not be joined with those kings in the grave, because you destroyed your own land, you have brought death to your own people. The descendants of evildoers will be utterly forgotten.
21 Get ready to slaughter his sons for the iniquity of their fathers; so they won’t arise, take over the earth and cover the world with their cities.”
22 “I will arise against them,” says Adonai-Tzva’ot. “I will cut off from Bavel name and remnant, offshoot and offspring,” says Adonai.
23 “I will make it a haunt for hedgehogs, it will become a swampy waste, I will sweep it with the broom of destruction,” says Adonai-Tzva’ot.
24 Adonai-Tzva’ot has sworn, “Just as I thought it, it will occur; just as I planned it, so it will be.
25 I will break Ashur in my land; I will trample him down on my mountains. Then his yoke will fall off them, his burden be removed from their shoulders.”
26 This is the program planned for all the earth, this is the hand stretched out over all the nations.
27 Adonai-Tzva’ot has made his decision. Who is there that can stop him? He has stretched out his hand. Who can turn it back?

(Adonai-Tzva’ot means “Lord God of Hosts” or “Lord God of Heavenly Hosts.”)

This appears to be a prophecy of judgment upon world leaders who out of greed and lust for power rejected the ways of God and followed HaSatan. As we know from Daniel; HaSatan has set demonic angels over the nations and though over the years empires and kingdoms have arisen only to fall, these demonic spirits still tend to their assignment in these areas, this is what we see taking place in the Middle East as evil is on the rise and spreads to effect the world. Also, Isaiah seems to be prophesying the judgment that will fall on HaSatan at the very end, following the Millennial Kingdom and just prior to the White Throne judgment (Revelation 20:10 – 11). I’ve heard it taught that when we all see HaSatan stripped of his power, we will be shocked at what a tiny, insignificant being he really is behind his mask. It will be hard for us to grasp that so many in the world followed after him.

 

We don’t know why God has not judged HaSatan but allows Him to continue to plague the nations. The Jews tell us the whole history of the world is written in Torah and in there might be a clue. We can’t be sure, but perhaps when Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil they chose a path where HaSatan would be their guide and he gladly began teaching the results of sin. Had they eaten from the Tree of Life, God, in the person of Yeshua would have been their guide and HaSatan might have been cast off the earth and into the Lake of Fire back then. That’s only speculation on my part, but we can be confident HaSatan will meet his end. (For further scripture regarding HaSatan see Genesis 3, Job 1-2, Ezekiel 28:1-19, Revelation 12:9, 20:10). If you think today everything would be perfect if HaSatan was removed, remember in the Millennial Reign he will be sealed in the pit for a thousand years (Revelation 20:3), yet we have been foretold of some of the penalties that will be pronounced on those people who fail to serve Yeshua though they are not tempted by HaSatan and his demons. Apparently humanity doesn’t need HaSatan and his minions to sin, the demons just point out the opportunity and goad us into acting – in the end the decision to sin or not to sin is ours.

 

2 After Yeshua had fasted forty days and nights, he was hungry.

 

Yeshua had emptied Himself of His divine nature (Philippians 2:5 – 11), His spiritual strength came from faith in Abba and Ruach HaKodesh, all that Yeshua spoke and acted upon came through reliance on them. Those who know about such things say that fasting is something a person must build up to, beginning with fasts of a day or half a day and then gradually expanding the time in future fasts. Of course, one should be in good health to fast: seniors, pregnant and nursing women as well as children are discouraged from fasting. To go 40 days and 40 nights probably means that Yeshua had fasted many times over the years drawing close to Abba and Ruach during that time.

 

I see it as important that it’s specified Yeshua fasted “forty days and forty nights. Islam’s Ramadan lasts 30 days, during that period the Moslem fast begins at sunrise and ends immediately at sunset each day followed by an evening meal. Over the 30 days of Ramadan the Moslems recite the entire Quran (Koran). Since Yeshua is fully human and living in the wilderness during this period it’s reasonable to assume His fast was probably a food fast during which He did drink water to remain hydrated, but Scripture is silent on this.

3 The Tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, order these stones to become bread.”

In other words: “If you’re really who you say you are perform a miracle to help yourself.” This is similar to the mocking of Yeshua as He hung on the execution stake that if He was the Mashiach He should save Himself (Mattiyahu 27:40 – 44, Mark 15:29 -32, Luke 23:35 – 37, )

So to whom can the term “Son of God” be applied? (Adapted from “Jewish New Testament Commentary” by David H. Stern more detail is available there.)

  1. A godly person merely human.
  2. The special one sent by God.
  3. The Son of God, a member of the Trinity in the flesh.
  4. A human who is the result of a creative act of God, example Adam and Yeshua.
  5. Yeshua who knew God as His personal Father (Abba).
  6. The second person of the Trinity, the divine and eternal “Word,” equal to Abba and willingly submitted to Abba.

HaSatan’s use of the term “Son of God” probably includes all six references.

( See Stern, David H. (1992-10-01). Jewish New Testament Commentary (Kindle Locations 1036-1046). Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc. Kindle Edition.)

4 But he answered, “The Tanakh says, ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of Adonai’”

TANAKH refers to the Hebrew Bible and is an acronym standing for:

  1. Torah (translated the Law, Instruction or Teaching) referring to the first five books of the Bible written by Moshe.
  2. N’vi’im (Prophets) the books by the major and minor prophets. (Note: the classification of major and minor prophets has nothing to do with their importance, or the scriptural status of their works. It refers to the length of their books, it’s been said Zachariah, a minor prophet, contains more prophecy than Isaiah.)
  3. K’tuvim (Writings) That would include such books as Psalms, Proverbs, Esther, Ruth, etc. Daniel is included in Writings rather than Prophets because he did not prophecy in Jerusalem. Some believe this exclusion (or demotion) of Daniel has to do with his accurate dating of the arrival of Yeshua. When the Temple was destroyed in 70AD there was no legal place for Jews to offer sacrifices and Judaism had to be reinvented. It was at the Council of Yavneh, begun in 70AD, when certain prophecies regarding the Mashiach (the Messiah) were changed to mean only Israel in order to counter the growing numbers of believers in Yeshua. Also at Yavneh a curse was added to Jewish liturgy against believers in Yeshua.

Regarding the three division of the Hebrew Bible if you put the first few letters of these three categories together and they spell TANAKH (or TANACH) representing the name of the Hebrew Bible.

5 Then the Adversary took him to the holy city and set him on the highest point of the Temple.

Resources suggest this was either the highest location on the Temple structure itself, or at the southeast corner of the Temple colonnade overlooking the 100 foot drop into the Kidron Valley. Others suggest this was a balcony or platform where a priest would blow a shofar alerting people in the city area to prayer times and sunsets beginning Shabbat and Feasts.

6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “jump! For the Tanakh says, ‘He will order his angels to be responsible for you.... They will support you with their hands, so that you will not hurt your feet on the stones.’”

Taking scripture out of context HaSatan quotes Psalm 91: Psalm 91:11-12 (CJB)
11  for he will order his angels to care for you  and guard you wherever you go.
12  They will carry you in their hands,  so that you won’t trip on a stone.

Surely HaSatan was at the Yarden (Jordan) when Yeshua was immersed, he was no doubt aware of Abba and Ruach HaKodesh confirming Yeshua’s status. Also, having served as a covering angel and praise leader before God, HaSatan certainly knew the Trinity and Yeshua’s part in it. Knowing that Yeshua was fully God and fully man, but having put aside His divine nature, it seems that HaSatan was enticing Yeshua’s human nature by using the word “If.” Appealing to human ego (a “double dog dare you”) was a tactic that had worked since Adam and Eve in Eden

7 Yeshua replied to him, “But it also says, ‘Do not put Adonai your God to the test.’”

As some Christians might say, remembering Israel’s judge Gideon, don’t lay a fleece before the Lord. If God says something, it will line up with the Word, He will not contradict Himself. Some will tell you if God said it in the Bible, you don’t need to pray about it. Don’t question God. However, if you’re not sure if you heard from God or from your own imagination it is right to ask for a sign and wait on the Lord. If someone approaches you and says the Lord told them you should do something you’ve never considered you might rightly ask: “Why didn’t God tell me? Why is He talking to you about me?” On the other hand if you’re wrestling over something others don’t know about and someone approaches you saying the Lord put in their heart to tell you something that relates to it you might take that as confirmation although you might still want to pray about it and ask others whom you know to be godly people for guidance.

Unlike the first Adam who responded with human desire and emotion, in spite of being equipped first hand with God’s teaching, Yeshua responds with the Word and sets an example for us to know how we too can avoid temptation.

8 Once more, the Adversary took him up to the summit of a very high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in all their glory,

9 and said to him, “All this I will give you if you will bow down and worship me.”

Now I’m sure you’ve all heard this verse taught before and usually it will be pointed out that Yeshua does not raise a challenge that the kingdoms of the world belonged to HaSatan as Adam and Eve surrendered the world to HaSatan when they rebelled believing they would be as gods. In the next verse we realize humanity does not belong to the enemy.

10 “Away with you, Satan!” Yeshua told him, “For the Tanakh says, ‘Worship Adonai your God, and serve only him.’”

Notice using the Word under the inspiration of Ruach HaKodesh, Yeshua, as a man commands HaSatan to leave.  It reminds me of Ya’akov (Jacob, aka James) 4:7 (CJB) 7  “Therefore, submit to God. Moreover, take a stand against the Adversary, and he will flee from you.”

It’s important to realize we must first be submitted to God and then using His Word will drive away temptation. But we do not take on Satan alone, as Bro Bob often reminded us: “When Satan knocks on your door, let Jesus answer.” Time and again in Scripture we are told in many ways “choose today who you will serve.” (Y’hoshua (Joshua) 24:15). There’s no “the devil made me do it” when we stand before Yahweh. We have the gift of choice and if we choose to go to judgment by following HaSatan, we will be standing alone before God; Satan won’t be standing there with us, because our conduct is our decision alone. But if we decide for life, following the way of Yeshua HaMashiach, it won’t be Christmas morning, it will be Chanukah evening and on Chanukah the gifts keep coming for eight days.

11 Then the Adversary let him alone, and angels came and took care of him.

Every day remember: Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalayim – Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!

 

References:

Complete Jewish Bible –David H. Stern;

 Jewish New Testament Commentary – David H. Stern;

The Word for Today Bible (NKJV) – Pastor Chuck Smith;

Institute of Jewish Christian Studies – Zola Levitt Ministries;

The Ryrie Study Bible (KJV) – Moody Press;

http://www.gotquestions.org/14-generations.html

Hebrew for Christians: http://www.hebrew4christians.com/index.html

Jewish Encyclopedia 1906: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/

Liberty Bible Commentary – Volume II

My Jewish Learning: http://www.myjewishlearning.com/

Study of Mattityahu (Matthew) 4

In our last session we read that Yeshua was led by Ruach HaKodesh into the wilderness where He fasted forty days and forty nights. There He was tempted by the enemy and offered great rewards of this world if Yeshua would just worship HaSatan (the Accuser). Because of His position in the Trinity, had Yeshua forsaken the cross and worshipped HaSatan, Yeshua would have elevated HaSatan to the status of a god. But Yeshua, demonstrating His authority, rebuked and defeated HaSatan with the Word and the enemy fled from Him. Following this, angels came and ministered to Yeshua.

Mattityahu (Mattathias or Matthew) 4:12 - 25(CJB)

12 When Yeshua heard that Yochanan had been put in prison, he returned to the Galil;

This was Yochanan the Immerser, as a prophet of the true God, he could not remain silent in the face of sin even if that sinner was a king. Herod Antipas supposedly married Herodias, his brother Phillip’s wife. The marriage was against Torah (the Law) and in the Jewish New Testament Commentary, David H. Stern refers to Herodias as Herod Antipas’ “mistress.”

13 but he left Natzeret and came to live in K’far-Nachum, a lake shore town near the boundary between Z’vulun and Naftali.

Verse 13 is referring to Yeshua leaving Nazareth (Natzeret) and arriving in Capernaum (K’far-Nachum is translated “village of Nahum.”) It’s also believed to be where Kefa (Peter) lived; there are some ruins of a home there that are thought to be Kefa’s home which might have become a first century Messianic Synagogue.

14 This happened in order to fulfill what Yesha‘yahu the prophet had said,
15 “Land of Z’vulun and land of Naftali,  toward the lake, beyond the Yarden, Galil-of-the-Goyim —
16 the people living in darkness  have seen a great light;  upon those living in the region, in the shadow of death,  light has dawned.”

Here we should remember that quoting a single verse of scripture may refer to the full passage (reference David H. Stern JNT Commentary, Luke 1:79) and there we read:

Isaiah 9:1-2 (CJB)
1 But there will be no more gloom for those who are now in anguish. In the past the land of Z’vulun and the land of Naftali were regarded lightly; but in the future he will honor the way to the lake, beyond the Yarden, Galil-of-the-Goyim.

2 The people living in darkness have seen a great light; upon those living in the land that lies in the shadow of death, light has dawned.

Stern points out that Yeshua ‘yahu (Isaiah 8:23-9:1 (9:1-2) directs us to the important Messianic passage Yesha ‘yahu 9:5-6 (6-7).

Isaiah 9:6-7 (CJB)
6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; dominion will rest on his shoulders, and he will be given the name Pele-Yo‘etz El Gibbor  Avi-‘Ad Sar-Shalom [Wonder of a Counselor, Mighty God,  Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace],
7 in order to extend the dominion and perpetuate the peace of the throne and kingdom of David, to secure it and sustain it through justice and righteousness henceforth and forever. The zeal of Adonai-Tzva’ot will accomplish this.

Keep in mind ancient Hebrew had no vowels or punctuation. There is no certainty as to when it began but the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia* reports that by the mid 8th or 9th century vowel points and punctuation became standardized.

(http://jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/12441-punctuation )

If you remember when we discussed the Council of Yavne where certain verses of the TANACH were reinterpreted so they could not be applied to Yeshua, this is one of those instances. Stern points out translations of the name Pele-Yo‘etz El Gibbor Avi-‘Ad Sar-Shalom possess no comma or separation so it appears to be all one name. Often translated by Jews as a sentence this is an attempt to make this appear to be the name of God and not a list of titles for Mashiach. In order to do this they made the name appear out of context to the surrounding passage. (See Jewish New Testament Commentary, David H. Stern, Luke 1:79 for a full explanation.)

With no punctuation the name in verse 6 could be a name, or title, or a run on sentence depending on who is doing the interpreting. Without vowels in English, a word spelled “rd” could stand for “red” “reed” “road” or “rude” to name a few and interpretation would depend upon context. Interpretation would be left to scholars to debate and decide, even then there would always be dissenting opinions. This may give you a rough idea of how the Council of Yavne was able to reinterpret certain verses of the TANACH, which for centuries prior were interpreted as messianic, to instead apply to Israel and not one person, the Mashiach.

17 From that time on, Yeshua began proclaiming, “Turn from your sins to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near!”

Now Yeshua is preaching the same message as Yochanan the Immerser, a call to repentance and a warning the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Over time some people hearing this message will begin to believe that Yeshua is the Anointed One of that Kingdom.

18 As Yeshua walked by Lake Kinneret, he saw two brothers who were fishermen — Shim‘on, known as Kefa, and his brother Andrew — throwing their net into the lake.

The Lake Kinneret is better known as The Sea of Galilee, it’s also called The Lake of Gennesaret, or Lake Tiberias. Because of its shape like the musical instrument, Jews of Yeshua’s time referred to this body of water as “Kinneret” from the word “Kinnor” meaning “harp.” If you look up “harp” in Strong’s Concordance you will discover: “#3659 kinnowr , kin-nore’; from an unused root mean. to twang; a harp: --harp.”

Kefa means “rock” and, of course, is Simon Peter who was nicknamed “Rock” by Yeshua.

19 Yeshua said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers for men!”
20 At once they left their nets and went with him.

21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers — Ya’akov Ben-Zavdai and Yochanan his brother — in the boat with their father Zavdai, repairing their nets; and he called them.
22 At once they left the boat and their father and went with Yeshua.

If you’re reading the B’rit Hadashah (New Testament) for the first time it might seem strange that the two brothers left their work and immediately followed after Yeshua. However, resources suggest this was not the first time the four men met with Yeshua (some speculate they might even have been related to Him).

If we go to Yochanan (John) 1 we see at an earlier time Yochanan the Immerser pointing out to two of his own followers who Yeshua is: John 1:35-51 (CJB)
35 The next day, Yochanan was again standing with two of his talmidim.
36 On seeing Yeshua walking by, he said, “Look! God’s lamb!”
37 His two talmidim heard him speaking, and they followed Yeshua.
38 Yeshua turned and saw them following him, and he asked them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi!” (which means “Teacher!”) “Where are you staying?”
39 He said to them, “Come and see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and remained with him the rest of the day—it was about four o’clock in the afternoon.
40 One of the two who had heard Yochanan and had followed Yeshua was Andrew the brother of Shim‘on Kefa.
41 The first thing he did was to find his brother Shim‘on and tell him, “We’ve found the Mashiach!” (The word means “one who has been anointed.”)
42 He took him to Yeshua. Looking at him, Yeshua said, “You are Shim‘on Bar-Yochanan; you will be known as Kefa.” (The name means “rock.”)
43 The next day, having decided to leave for the Galil, Yeshua found Philip and said, “Follow me!”
44 Philip was from Beit-Tzaidah, the town where Andrew and Kefa lived.
45 Philip found Natan’el and told him, “We’ve found the one that Moshe wrote about in the Torah, also the Prophets — it’s Yeshua Ben-Yosef from Natzeret!”
46 Natan’el answered him, “Natzeret? Can anything good come from there?” “Come and see,” Philip said to him.
47 Yeshua saw Natan’el coming toward him and remarked about him, “Here’s a true son of Isra’el — nothing false in him!”
48 Natan’el said to him, “How do you know me?” Yeshua answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
49 Natan’el said, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Isra’el!”
50 Yeshua answered him, “you believe all this just because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than that!”
51 Then he said to him, “Yes indeed! I tell you that you will see heaven opened and the angels of God going up and coming down on the Son of Man!”

I want to point something out in verse 45, the words spoken by Phillip to his brother: “…it’s Yeshua Ben-Yosef from Natzeret!” The ancient Jews had a problem when it came to the Mashiach. On the one hand He would be a suffering servant destined to die. On the other hand, He was the warrior King destined to restore the throne and glory days of King David. Not having full understanding of God’s plan of redemption and resurrection it was determined by many of the sages that there would be two Mashiach, the suffering servant, Mashiach ben Joseph (after Joseph of Genesis who suffered at the hands of his brothers) and Mashiach ben David, the warrior who would conquer Israel’s enemies once and for all. Since God is in control of everything, I doubt it was a coincidence that Yeshua’s earthly father was named Yosef, so it appears to me that when Phillip spoke he pronounced, perhaps unwittingly, the title of the Mashiach in His first coming: “Yeshua Ben-Yosef” and since He came from Natzeret, Yeshua was a Natzrati (Nazarene), we know that Natzrati comes from Netzer meaning “branch” or “shoot,” as in Isaiah 11:1 (CJB) 1 “But a branch will emerge from the trunk of Yishai, a shoot will grow from his roots.” Yishai means Jesse, the father of King David, so if we connect the dots we see Phillip proclaimed the first coming of Yeshua as the suffering servant, the branch of Yishai (Jesse). Modern rabbis who are willing to concede Yeshua “might” have been a Mashiach are quick to claim He was a “failed Mashiach.”

23 Yeshua went all over the Galil teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing people from every kind of disease and sickness.
24 Word of him spread throughout all Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill, suffering from various diseases and pains, and those held in the power of demons, and epileptics and paralytics; and he healed them.
25 Huge crowds followed him from the Galil, the Ten Towns, Yerushalayim, Y’hudah, and ‘Ever-HaYarden.

Verses 23 through 25 bring to mind an important issue. Often the truth of the B’rit Hadashah (New Covenant or New Testament) is challenged as hyperbole, the miracles are questioned and diminished, modern authors seek to introduce Yeshua (Jesus) “the man” putting aside His divinity and miraculous powers. Often in modern times Yeshua is portrayed as a mere man who Himself is simply a pawn who does not understand to what He is called. So, is the B’rit Hadashah of God or the invention of men?

I like the saying: “A man will die for a truth he knows is the truth. A man will die for a lie he thinks is the truth. No man will die for a lie he knows is a lie.” Judas hung himself, of the remaining eleven all faced severe persecution, only one of the eleven died what could be called a natural death, they could have easily escaped all this if only they would have renounced Yeshua. In addition to the emissaries there were those who followed Yeshua, heard His teaching, witnessed the miracles and even saw Him after His resurrection. These, too, faced persecution and death, they, too, could have easily escaped by renouncing Yeshua.

There is a consistency in the person of Yeshua that a group of writers could not have maintained if they were creating four works of fiction. In the B’rit Hadashah prominent people were named, though in the past critics raised the issue if some of those people even existed, modern archeology is proving that these people did indeed live and did participate in the events described. There are no records of these people or those around them denying their participation.

The Torah requires a minimum of two witnesses for testimony to be considered true. The B’rit Hadashah reports on hundreds and thousands of people witnessing the powers of Yeshua, His death and resurrection. For many years after the crucifixion these people could be produced as witnesses.

Now here’s an important thing. For the first years, until around 70AD when the Temple was overthrown, the central authority of the sect of the Messianic believers was located in Jerusalem of Judea, ground zero for all the final events of Yeshua’s life and the Acts of the Emissaries. The followers of Yeshua were surrounded by the very people who could have easily contradicted and disproved the B’rit Hadashah. But the Messianic community grew and thrived in Jerusalem even in the face of persecution until rebellion against Rome broke out and ultimately, obedient to the words of Yeshua, the Messianics fled the city and began to spread out in the world. This is just a minimal proof of the truth of the B’rit Hadashah, there is much more out there for people willing to research it out.

The B’rit Hadashah has gone around the world. Today, Messianic Jews and Christians are restoring the B’rit Hadashah to the Land where it was birthed, the Land of Israel. Keep them in prayer as they participate in the fulfillment of the words of Yeshua: Matthew 24:14 (CJB) 14 “And this Good News about the Kingdom will be announced throughout the whole world as a witness to all the Goyim. It is then that the end will come.”

Every day remember: Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalayim – Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!

References:

Complete Jewish Bible –David H. Stern;

 Jewish New Testament Commentary – David H. Stern;

The Word for Today Bible (NKJV) – Pastor Chuck Smith;

Institute of Jewish Christian Studies – Zola Levitt Ministries;

The Ryrie Study Bible (KJV) – Moody Press;

http://www.gotquestions.org/14-generations.html

Hebrew for Christians: http://www.hebrew4christians.com/index.html

Jewish Encyclopedia 1906: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/

Liberty Bible Commentary – Volume I and II

My Jewish Learning: http://www.myjewishlearning.com/

Study of Mattityahu (Matthew) 5

Mattityahu (Mattathias or Matthew) 5:1 – 4(CJB)

In our last teaching we saw that Yeshua had begun assembling His talmidim, these are students who sit at the feet of a rabbi and literally study his every word and move. We see this in the Good News when followers are questioned by certain other Jews asking: “Why does your teacher do this?” One of the modern criticisms of Yeshua is that He never wrote anything Himself, that is not what a rabbi did, as part of their education it was the job of the talmidim to write down the sayings of their teacher. This is a picture of the Israel’s kings writing out their own copy of Torah and keeping it with them. The role and choice of talmidim was very important, trust between talmidim and rabbi was essential, for the rabbi was responsible for the actions of his talmidim and the talmidim were to become like their rabbi. Are you starting to see a picture here? Yeshua took responsibility for the sins of His talmidim and His talmidim study to show themselves approved by becoming like their teacher. We see this in the questioning of Yeshua by certain Parushim (Pharisees) regarding Yeshua allowing His talmidim to pick heads of grain, a forbidden work of harvest, at the start of Shabbat. One other thing that we have accepted in the west is that all the Pharisees were evil and opposed to Yeshua. Not so! True there were Parushim sent to spy and report back to Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) on Yeshua but also there were Pharisees among Yeshua’s talmidim and the questions they asked were not to entrap Yeshua but were in the form of a student asking questions of a teacher, which was their role in order to understand the lesson. Some of these talmidim will be closer to Yeshua than all the others; these will become His emissaries (aka apostles).

The relationship between Yeshua and His talmidim isn’t something left behind with the first century followers. As believers we are Yeshua’s talmidim in the world today and, like the talmidim that followed Yeshua around Judea, we are to learn from Him and be like Him in the matters of knowledge, wisdom and ethics and in return, Yeshua has taken our sins upon Himself and we are absolved before Abba (Father). To be Yeshua’s faithful Talmidim is what it means to represent Him on this earth. The modern day link between Yeshua and today’s talmidim is the same as in the 1st century – it is “trust” better known as “faith”.

Matthew 5:1-4 (CJB)
1 Seeing the crowds, Yeshua walked up the hill. After he sat down, his talmidim came to him,
2 and he began to speak. This is what he taught them:
3 “How blessed are the poor in spirit! for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

Now stay with me, I’m going somewhere with this. In the west we translate the word “shalom” as simply meaning “peace” which to us generally means the absence of strife or conflict. It means so much more in Hebrew. Yes, it does mean “peace” but it comes from the root word “shaleim” which means “complete” (you cannot have completion without peace). Shalom also means restore. The Complete Jewish Bible glossary tells us shalom means: peace, tranquility, safety, well-being, welfare, health, contentment, success, comfort, wholeness and integrity. We know that Yeshua often greeted His talmidim, especially after his resurrection, with the word “shalom.” So we can see from the word “shalom” that the word translated “peace” in the west means so much more than just the absence of strife. Because of language limitations in the translation (and also the economics involved in publishing a book such as the Bible) the translator often chooses a best guess of the definition to represent the full meaning of a Hebrew or Greek word. Having said all that we move on to the word “blessed.” (Told you I was going somewhere with this.)

The word translated simply “blessed” in western translations comes from the Greek “makarios” which corresponds to the Hebrew word “asher” meaning “blessed,” “happy,” “fortunate” all wrapped up in the same word at the same time. So with one word translated “blessed” in English, Yeshua is actually saying in verse 3: “How blessed, happy, fortunate are the poor in spirit...”

So who are the “poor in spirit”? Is Yeshua talking about the downtrodden, the depressed, people overwhelmed by the stress of life? What “poor in spirit” relates to is not mental health or poverty of spiritual things, but a person who, whether wealth y and secure, coming from a prominent position, or an average person, they possess a spirit of humility respecting others knowing all are made in the image of God.

4 “How blessed are those who mourn!  for they will be comforted.

When we see the word “mourn” we immediately think of someone grieving for the loss of a loved one. Verse 4 would certainly include that as believers we will be reunited either when we cross over in death or at the rapture. But I heard a teaching one time that suggested that beyond the usual understanding it can also include those who see the way the world is going, turning its back on God and the things of God. In addition there’s mourning for those who refuse to receive Yeshua as their savior. We are called to pray and to share our faith, from there we must trust that Abba will make all things right for His children.

Its only my opinion, but I truly believe when we are observers to the White Throne judgment, those people who we so loved in this world, but who rejected Yeshua we will see with spiritual eyes as God sees them, and we will know there is no way they could ever be happy in heaven, that they would be a rebellious disruption because they don’t belong, and we will know that God is just and as the Cohanim was commanded not to grieve, at that time we will not grieve, not out of command or hardness of heart, but out of understanding for those who rejected our greatest Love, Yeshua Ha Mashiach, Abba and Ruach HaKodesh having ultimately made their own choice.

Every day remember: Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalayim – Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!

References:

Complete Jewish Bible –David H. Stern;

Jewish New Testament Commentary – David H. Stern;

The Word for Today Bible (NKJV) – Pastor Chuck Smith;

Institute of Jewish Christian Studies – Zola Levitt Ministries;

The Ryrie Study Bible (KJV) – Moody Press;

http://www.gotquestions.org/14-generations.html

Hebrew for Christians: http://www.hebrew4christians.com/index.html

Jewish Encyclopedia 1906: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/

Liberty Bible Commentary – Volume I and II

My Jewish Learning: http://www.myjewishlearning.com/

Study of Mattityahu (Matthew) 5

Repeating myself from our last teaching we learned: “The word translated simply “blessed” in western translations comes from the Greek “makarios” which corresponds to the Hebrew word “asher” meaning “blessed,” “happy,” “fortunate” all wrapped up in the same word at the same time. So with one word translated “blessed” in English, Yeshua is actually saying in verse 3: “How blessed, happy, fortunate are the poor in spirit...”

Called the “Beatitudes,” (verses 5:3 – 12) David H. Stern tells us this word is from Jerome’s Latin Vulgate, where Jerome used the word “beatus” to translate “makarios” (see David H. Stern’s “Jewish New Testament Commentary” page 23,

                             Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:5).

Make no mistake, Yeshua, the emissaries including Rabbi Shaul of Tarsus, and the Gospels are teaching from Torah. It is here in the “Sermon on the Mount” that Yeshua demonstrates the contrast between following the Law out of obligation, and observing the Law out of Love for God. The difference is where obligation observance deadens the soul; observance out of love brings life. It is impossible to fulfill Yeshua’s call from the Mount without God’s help, specifically through Ruach Ha Kodesh (the Holy Spirit). Where once we struggled to satisfy God with repetitive prayers, rituals, and commitments through the requirements of religion, we now, at the urging of Ruach HaKodesh, find ourselves eager to do things because it pleases our God whom we love, just as a suitor or a spouse wishes to do things that please their beloved just because it makes their beloved happy and pleased. The acts we perform for love of God are not done out of fear of punishment if we don’t act, but are done with joy and no concern for reward as the joy of being in God’s will is reward enough. So we continue with the Sermon on the Mount, keeping in mind without Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) it is impossible for us to accomplish these things.

Mattityahu (Mattathias or Matthew) 5:5 – 12(CJB)

5 “How blessed are the meek! for they will inherit the Land!

First of all note the capital “L” in the word Land, this is not referring to a farm or an estate somewhere in the world. The capital “L” indicates we are talking about Eretz Israel (the Land of Israel).

I remember during the Cold War when the USSR seemed to be permanently established and expanding while 2nd world nations were playing the US and the USSR off each other as we faced crisis after crisis. There was war in the Middle East and, of course, the Viet Nam war raged. In the midst of all this saber rattling some wag came out with a bumper sticker (the pre-computer age Face Book) that read: “Wouldn’t this be a terrible time for the Meek to inherit the earth?”

Well who are the “meek”?

I didn’t realize what a beehive I was kicking when I asked that question. Really it seemed simple to check into Strong’s Concordance or check out one of the commentaries, even look into a secular dictionary. I mean, we all know what the word “meek” means, right? This was another example of me not knowing what I think I know. Here’s what the online Merriam Webster Dictionary says about this word: meek, adjective: having or showing a quiet and gentle nature: not wanting to fight or argue with other people. Full Definition of MEEK 1: enduring injury with patience and without resentment: mild, 2: deficient in spirit and courage: submissive, 3: not violent or strong: moderate.

Well, that definition is pretty much what people today think, but, as usual, the Bible becomes a stumbling block to what people think when they are not in the Word. Look at the above dictionary definition again, is this the kind of person Yeshua was referring to when He said “How blessed are the meek…”? That person sounds kind of wishy washy. So what are we to think when the King James Version mentions meek (NKJV translates it as gentleness).

Martin G. Collins in Forerunner, "Bible Study," September-October 1998 wrote: “Meekness is an elusive virtue that few can accurately define. Most definitions are vague on its meaning, and many people equate it to weakness. God praises Moses for being the meekest man of his time (Numbers 12:3, KJV). Though one of the greatest leaders in human history, he thought of himself as a servant in relationship to God, so he quietly and gently submitted to God's will. He refused to elevate his own importance over that of God, exercising his authority in humility.”

We’re very much aware of Moshe going before Pharaoh and eventually leading the Hebrews out of Egypt. We often overlook that according to Josephus (Antiquities of the Jews, Book II, Chapter 10) Egypt was facing certain defeat at the hands of the Ethiopians when Pharaoh was led to call upon Moshe to command his army and that Moshe strategized and led the Egyptian army on a forced march through difficult terrain forcing the Ethiopians to retreat from Egypt and back to the Ethiopian capital. It was following this war and after leading Egypt to victory that Moshe took an Ethiopian princess as his bride. That was the Moshe that God referred to in Numbers 12:3  (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) (KJV)

Later in that same study Martin G. Collins writes: “The drawback to this is that in modern English "meekness" carries the stigma of weakness and cowardliness. In contrast, the meekness manifested by God and given to the saints is the fruit of power. It is enduring injury with patience and without resentment.”(for the complete article by Collins go to   http://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Library.sr/CT/BS/k/249/Meekness.htm )

When we look at meekness as described by Collins we see the Biblical point of view that meekness is strength of character. Scripture describes the Mashiach as: Isaiah 53:7 (CJB) 7 “Though mistreated, he was submissive— he did not open his mouth.  Like a lamb led to be slaughtered, like a sheep silent before its shearers,  he did not open his mouth.” When Yeshua went before Herod, in spite of the taunts and accusations being thrown at Him, He did not speak (Luke 23:8 – 11). Had Yeshua asked, Abba would have sent Him 12 Legions of angels (Mattiyahu 26:53), but instead Yeshua, meekly submitted to Abba, courageously faced horrendous persecution and death rather than give up and abrogate Abba’s plan.

6 “How blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness!  for they will be filled.

Who are those who “hunger and thirst of righteousness”? These are the “saved” those who already, through Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit), have the Kingdom of God in their hearts. They see the corrupt and fallen state of the world and look forward to the day when Yeshua will return and establish His physical kingdom on this earth. Though they may be viewed by Abba (Father) as filled with righteousness when they receive Yeshua and Ruach HaKodesh, their hunger and thirst will not be sated until they follow Yeshua down from the Mount of Olives to His coronation as King of Kings and He is seated on the throne of David in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). Only the saved are capable of hungering and thirsting for righteousness, those living in sin have no desire for it.

7 “How blessed are those who show mercy!  For they will be shown mercy.

As we are forgiven we should forgive others. There’s an expression that goes: “God might forgive him (or her) but I can’t.” When we take an attitude like that we, like the enemy, are setting ourselves up to be like God by taking on the role of God. For God says in Deuteronomy 32:35 (CJB) 35 ‘Vengeance and payback are mine for the time when their foot slips; for the day of their calamity is coming soon, their doom is rushing upon them.’  Even if you just hold that anger towards someone in your heart, it’s no different than a lustful desire being equal to the sin of adultery.

8 “How blessed are the pure in heart! for they will see God

Those who have turned in true repentance and have received Yeshua as their Mashiach will see God (Abba, Yeshua and Ruach Ha Kodesh). That will be the ultimate conformation to the world of our salvation when, though we have not been without sin, through the blood of Yeshua we are able to stand in the presence of God. Those who are not repentant, who have rejected Yeshua, will not be able to abide in the presence of God’s holiness.

9 “How blessed are those who make peace! for they will be called sons of God.

We’re used to the expression “blessed are the peacemakers” from the King James Bible. Again, it’s easy to make an assumption about who are the peacemakers. When we think about peacemakers we think about diplomats in times of war negotiating a treaty. We might think about those people in the family who try to cool down and reconcile disputes. There are those in the work place or the neighborhood who try to help get past the arguments and strife so people can work and live in serenity. Many of those are people living in the world and they are not always children of God.

The real peacemakers are people who are reconciled to Abba, through Yeshua, and are living for God. The real peacemakers are those not caught up in the world, but who try to live each day as if they were the only example of a believer’s life their family, neighbors and coworkers might see. These are the people who are the children of God. These are the people spreading the Good News telling people how they can have a peace, or shalom, that the world cannot understand.

10 “How blessed are those who are persecuted because they pursue righteousness! for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

11 “How blessed you are when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of vicious lies about you because you follow me!

12 Rejoice, be glad, because your reward in heaven is great — they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way.

Today persecution of believers is growing as pictures of beheadings and slaughter fill the web pages. Daily there are multiple prayer requests for the persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Yeshua knew that His followers would face persecution in every age. For some it might be harsh words and snide comments, some may find problems in the work place and others may not be able to find work at all. As mentioned, too many will pay with their lives. During these times we must remember, our hope is not in this world, Yeshua clearly tells us our future is in the Kingdom of Heaven where we will be with Him forever.

Every day remember: Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalayim – Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!

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References:

Complete Jewish Bible –David H. Stern;

 Jewish New Testament Commentary – David H. Stern;

The Word for Today Bible (NKJV) – Pastor Chuck Smith;

Institute of Jewish Christian Studies – Zola Levitt Ministries;

The Ryrie Study Bible (KJV) – Moody Press;

http://www.gotquestions.org/14-generations.html

Hebrew for Christians: http://www.hebrew4christians.com/index.html

Jewish Encyclopedia 1906: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/

Liberty Bible Commentary – Volume I and II

My Jewish Learning: http://www.myjewishlearning.com/

Bible Tools - http://www.bibletools.org/

 

 

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:

George Washington and the Jews

His famous letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport.

By George Washington

This letter, written by George Washington in 1790, is a response to Moses Seixas, warden of the Touro Synagogue in Newport. In it, Washington addresses the tolerance and freedom of religion in the newly established nation:

Gentlemen.

While I receive, with much satisfaction, your Address replete with expressions of affection and esteem, I rejoice in the opportunity of assuring you, that I shall always retain a grateful remembrance of the cordial welcome I experienced in my visit to Newport, from all classes of Citizens.

The reflection on the days of difficulty and danger which are past is rendered the more sweet, from a consciousness that they are succeeded by days of uncommon prosperity and security. If we have wisdom to make the best use of the advantages with which we are now favored, we cannot fail, under the just administration of a good Government, to become a great and a happy people.

The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess a like liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.

It would be inconsistent with the frankness of my character not to avow that I am pleased with your favorable opinion of my administration, and fervent wishes for my felicity. May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while everyone shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. May the father of all mercies scatter light and not darkness in our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in his own due time and way everlastingly happy.

G. Washington

George Washington (1732-1799) led the Continental Army to victory over the Kingdom of Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War (1775?1783) and served as the first President of the United States of America (1789?1797).

 Reprinted From Jewniverse MyJewishLearning.com

 

HEADLINES FROM ISRAEL

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Proverbs 25:25 Like cold water to a person faint from thirst is good news from a distant land.(CJB)

  • Eph 6:13 So take up every piece of war equipment God provides; so that when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist; and when the battle is won, you will still be standing. 14 Therefore, stand! Have the belt of truth buckled around your waist, put on righteousness for a breastplate,15 and wear on your feet the readiness that comes from the Good News of shalom.(CJB)

 

What did Yeshua say when He blessed the bread and the wine?

It was similar to the traditional prayers below.


Blessings Over Bread and Juice of the Grape


Hamotzi (Blessing over bread)

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

Phonetic Hebrew transliteration: Baruch atah Adonai eloheinu melech ha-alom ha-motzi lechem min ha-aretz.


Kiddush (Blessing over the juice of the grape)

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, creator of the fruit of the vine.

Phonetic Hebrew transliteration: Baruch atah Adonai eloheinu melech ha-alom bor-ay peri ha-gafen.


HEARTS FOR ISRAEL – WHAT WE BELIEVE

 

  1. Salvation is only from acceptance and believing that Yeshua (Jesus) is our Lord and Savior through His Perfect Sacrifice on the cross. There is no other way of salvation.

 

  1. The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) is the New Testament Concealed, the New Testament is the Hebrew Bible revealed.

 

  1. That we are privileged to have Messianic Planners in Calvary Chapel Jurupa Valley, that we agree with and are subject to Calvary Chapel Distinctives and the Pastoral Staff of CCJV.

 

  1. That Yeshua Mashiach (Jesus Messiah) was a Jew who kept and fulfilled the Law of Moses. He never started a “new” religion. He never rejected His people, the Jews. A Jew who comes to Yeshua is not “converted” but fulfilled – it’s not a sin to be a Jew.

 

  1. That the Bible (Hebrew Bible and New Testament) is the inspired, living, Word of God, given to Jewish writers and contains a distinctive Jewish perspective that explains the actions of Yeshua and His Apostles. Without understanding the Jewish Perspective, you cannot understand the Jewishness of Yeshua, His Apostles and Scripture.

 

  1. That the Hebrew Bible by itself is like a mystery novel missing the last chapter. There are unfulfilled prophecies, unexplained ceremonies, and unknown purposes.

 

  1. That the New Testament by itself lacks a foundation for its authority and teachings. The Law Convicts, without the Law there is no rational need for a Savior.

 

  1. That the use of names such as “Yeshua” (Jesus), “Ha Shem” (The Name), “Adonai” (Lord), Abba (Father), etc. and euphemisms such as “Hebrew Bible”, “Tanach” (Hebrew Bible), “Torah” (Law, the first 5 books of the Bible written by Moses), with definitions are intended to help gentile CCJV members understand their Jewish contacts, and open doors to respectful witness and also, to bring a sense of welcome and understanding to Jews who may come seeking information from CCJV.

 

  1. That we assist CCJV in fulfilling Romans 1:16 “…to the Jew first…” by creating a welcoming, understanding and secure place to minister to Jews seeking to understand Yeshua through our honoring the Feast Days (Honored by Yeshua) and teaching from the Jewish Perspective regarding scripture.

 

  1. That the rise of Messianic teaching is a move of God as the Messianic movement is growing and spreading around the world, especially in Israel. Messianic teaching is a tool to be used to bring Salvation to as many Jews as possible as the day of Rapture draws near.

 11.    That night is coming when no man can work.