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(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.”
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.
Abraham and Sarah April 14, 2013
(CJB) Genesis (B’resheet - Beginnings) 1: 1 _ In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 The earth was unformed and void, darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the surface of the water.
3 _ Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
In verse 3 we see that God begins to create order out of chaos with the command “Let there be light”. Light versus darkness is a significant theme throughout the Bible. In Genesis 12: 1 we see God begin to create order in the midst of sinful mankind with his first command to Avram followed immediately by the first promise of the Avrahamic Covenant.
- Now ADONAI said to Avram, “Get yourself out of your country, away from your kinsmen and away from your father's house, and go to the land that I will show you.
2 I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
Now Avram arrives in Kena’an at a place called Sh’khem and God adds to the Avrahamic Covenant.
Genesis 12:6 _ Avram passed through the land to the place called Sh'khem, to the oak of Moreh. The Kena‘ani were then in the land.
7 ADONAI appeared to Avram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to ADONAI, who had appeared to him.
After leaving Sh’khem, Avram and company arrived at a hill between Beit’El and Ai. He builds another altar there and calls upon the Lord, following this he goes to the Negav and, because of famine, into Egypt, which we discussed last month.
Returning from Egypt, Avram goes back to the place between Beit’El and Ai, but because he and Lot are so wealthy in herds and flocks, there’s not enough pasture to support them and Avram and Lot’s herdsmen are fighting with each other. To keep the peace between Avram and Lot, Avram suggests they separate and offers Lot the choice of where he will go. Lot chose to go toward the cities.
Now here we see the contrast between Avram and Lot. Avram was trusting in God, for a promise, and in the natural it would certainly seem an impossible promise, that Avram’s descendants would inherit this already occupied land, but Avram was looking through eyes of spirit.
Lot, on the other hand, was looking through the eyes of materialism as Scripture says: “Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Yarden (Jordan) was well watered everywhere, before ADONAI destroyed S'dom and ‘Amora, like the garden of ADONAI, like the land of Egypt in the direction of Tzo‘ar.” Genesis 13:10 (CJB)
So Lot and Avram went their separate ways and Genesis 13:12 tells us Lot set up his tent near Sodom. We learn more about Sodom in Genesis 13: 13 Now the men of S'dom were evil, committing great sins against ADONAI.
But for Avram it’s good news as God reaffirms His irrevocable covenant, his descendants will be the rightful owners of Canaan: Genesis 13: 14 ADONAI said to Avram, after Lot had moved away from him, “Look all around you from where you are, to the north, the south, the east and the west.
15 All the land you see I will give to you and your descendants forever,
16 and I will make your descendants as numerous as the specks of dust on the earth-- so that if a person can count the specks of dust on the earth, then your descendants can be counted.
17 Get up and walk through the length and breadth of the land, because I will give it to you.”
18 Avram moved his tent and came to live by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hevron. There he built an altar to ADONAI.
It’s always the case when God blesses believers, the fires of Hell roil up, the bigger the blessing the bigger the attack to cause believers to lose faith and think of God’s promise as a mirage. God’s promise of a land for His people must have caused an explosion in Hell bigger than any solar flare on the sun, because the enemy knew what this meant and from that time on believers have lived with Hell’s war on God’s chosen people.
HaSatan is lord of the air and when there’s war in the heavens, there’s war on earth, we’re told in B’resheet (Genesis) 14: 1 When Amrafel was king of Shin‘ar, Aryokh king of Elasar, K'dorla‘omer King of ‘Elam and Tid‘al king of Goyim;
2 they made war together against Bera king of S'dom and against Birsha king of ‘Amora, Shin'av king of Admah, Shem'ever king of Tzvoyim, and the king of Bela (which is the same as Tzo‘ar).
3 All the latter kings joined forces in the Siddim Valley, where the Dead Sea is.
4 They had served K'dorla‘omer twelve years, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled.
5 In the fourteenth year K'dorla‘omer and the kings with him came and defeated the Refa'im in ‘Asht'rot-Karnayim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Eimim in Shaveh- Kiryatayim
6 and the Hori at Se‘ir, their mountain, all the way to Eil-Pa'ran by the desert.
7 Next they turned back, came to ‘Ein-Mishpat (which is the same as Kadesh), and defeated all the country of the ‘Amaleki, and also the Emori, who lived in Hatzatzon-Tamar.
8 Then the kings of S'dom, ‘Amora, Admah, Tzvoyim and Bela (that is, Tzo‘ar) came out and arrayed themselves for battle in the Siddim Valley
9 against K'dorla‘omer king of ‘Elam, Tid‘al king of Goyim, Amrafel king of Admah and Aryokh king of Elasar, four kings against the five.
10 Now the Siddim Valley was full of clay pits; and when the kings of S'dom and ‘Amora fled, some fell into them; while the rest fled to the hills.
11 The victors took all the possessions of S'dom and ‘Amora and all their food supply; then they left.
12 But as they left, they took Lot, Avram's brother's son, and his possessions; since he was living in S'dom.
Now the name ‘Elam might be familiar to you at this point. Last month I brought up what might be the reason Terah left Ur for Kena’an (Canaan) was that a nation called Elam was subjugating the kings of Babylon. Now we read that King K’dorla’omer of Elam ruled over the Plain Cities where Lot lived. Those cities rebelled against K’dorla’omer and with his allies the king came to exact retribution and defeated the kings of the plain cities.
B’resheet (Genesis) 14: 13 _ Someone who had escaped came and told Avram the Hebrew, who was living by the oaks of Mamre the Emori, brother of Eshkol and brother of ‘Aner; all of them allies of Avram.
Now we’ll take a look at Liberty Bible Commentary Vol. 1, page 47 Genesis 14: 13 – 16 “Abram the Hebrew. This is the first use of ‘ibri, and it here serves to identify Abram. It is a noun form of the verb ’abar, which means to pass over or “through”; so it might reflect the early travels of Abram and his family (11:31), especially since he passed over the Euphrates* (the Flood). Peleg’s son, Eber, may have been the source of this word. The term is not applied to Israelites elsewhere in the Bible, except by outsiders (30:14) or for self-identification to foreigners (40:15, 43:32). However, this word should not be equated with the term Habiru. Geographically the Habiru** were more widespread; chronologically, they were earlier than the Israelites (Abram); and numerically, they far outnumbered them. It was in most cases a pejorative term and not an ethnic one, depicting quite often a low-class type of mercenary soldier or brigand. Trained servants is a hapax legomena*** found in the Egyptian Execration**** texts (nineteenth-eighteenth century B.C.). This term indicates the might of Abram, especially the size and strength of his entourage. The Ebla***** tablets refer to an Ebrum, which was a dynastic title a few centuries before Abram. Perhaps he had some rich and influential relative from his homeland near northern Ur. He is called a mighty prince in 23:6 and thus is recognized by the inhabitants of the land as an influential person, possibly a ruler of a section of the land.
*Euphrates - , Parat, meaning fruitful
**Habiru – also descendants of Eber but not the same as Hebrews. (Christian Answers.net, Bible Encyclopedia)
***hapax legomena – word used one time in a text.
**** ex·e·cra·tion (ks-krshn) n. 1. The act of cursing. 2. A curse. 3. Something that is cursed or loathed.
***** Ebla – ancient city on the main road to Aleppo in what is now Northern Syria
B’resheet (Genesis) 14: 14 When Avram heard that his nephew had been taken captive, he led out his trained men, who had been born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.
15 During the night he and his servants divided his forces against them, then attacked and pursued them all the way to Hovah, north of Dammesek.
16 He recovered all the goods and brought back his nephew Lot with his goods, together with the women and the other people.
17 _ After his return from slaughtering K'dorla‘omer and the kings with him, the king of S'dom went out to meet him in the Shaveh Valley, also known as the King's Valley.
18 Malki-Tzedek king of Shalem brought out bread and wine. He was cohen of El ‘Elyon, (God Most High)
19 so he blessed him with these words: “Blessed be Avram by El ‘Elyon, maker of heaven of earth.
20 and blessed be El ‘Elyon, who handed your enemies over to you.” Avram gave him a tenth of everything.
21 _ The king of S'dom said to Avram, “Give me the people, and keep the goods for yourself.”
22 But Avram answered the king of S'dom, “I have raised my hand in an oath to ADONAI, El ‘Elyon, maker of heaven and earth,
23 that I will not take so much as a thread or a sandal thong of anything that is yours; so that you won't be able to say, ‘I made Avram rich.'
24 I will take only what my troops have eaten and the share of the spoil belonging to the men who came with me-- ‘Aner, Eshkol and Mamre; let them have their share.”
Now I always imagined Avram and Sari’s lonely tent on the plains of Canaan, a flock or two of sheep with about a dozen accompanying herdsman. As many times as I read Avram summoned his “trained servants” it never occurred to me that Avram had a private army! Not just mercenaries, but men born in his own house. In a moment of enlightenment, Avram’s lonely tent exploded into a city of tents comparable, possibly larger than, many of the city states that Avram and Lot lived among.
The King of Sodom really had nothing to offer Avram, because by right of war, Avram owned it all! Avram could boldly answer the King because Avram had an army at his back that had just beaten the armies of the Elam Empire that had in turn just trounced the armies of the plains cities.
The fact that he could command an army and lead it to victory over the most powerful empire of his day further supports the concept that Avram may have been born into the nobility of the city of Ur. Just as Moshe (Moses) had been raised in the house of pharaoh and learned the art of war, so had Avram in the city of Ur been raised among the nobility. Some think “Avram” (exalted father) was more a title than a name.
Now there’s another name and this one raises debate – who was the mysterious Malki-Tzedek king of Shalem? I’ve heard several teachings that this was Yeshua stepping into the natural in a human body. Nothing is impossible with God so it could be, but I think the Bible gives us the definitive answer.
B’resheet Genesis 11: 10 Here is the genealogy of Shem. Shem was 100 years old when he fathered Arpakhshad two years after the flood. 11 After Arpakhshad was born, Shem lived another 500 years and had sons and daughters.
If you look at the time line, Shem outlived Avram; he would have known Isaac and possibly Jacob and Esau. To me, Shem is the most likely candidate for the name and title Malki-Tzedek king of Shalem and foreshadow of Yeshua as described in Hebrews.
Next week we’ll continue on as God reaffirms His covenant for a child with Avram.
WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON?
This has been quite a week, the Boston Marathon bombing, the ricin letters, the roller coaster of press alerts about arrests “now we’ve got him” only to be walked back “no we don’t”. Also, as I’m writing this (Thursday morning), there’s the horror of the Fertilizer plant in West, Texas exploding.
My intention was to continue with the story of Avram and Sarai, my teachings are usually ready to be edited and proof read by noon on Thursday. There was no intention on my part to be sitting here on Thursday morning trying to put together a teaching. But as the news kept unfolding it was harder and harder to focus on the job at hand and Avram and Sarai were receding to the back burner.
I believed in my spirit I knew the reason these events were happening, finally, Wednesday I conceded to the teaching that was nagging at me, immediately I was at peace and able to begin working on a different teaching for this week.
A WEEK OF JUDGEMENT?
It’s not difficult to search the web and find Christian listings of events over the last twenty plus years that point to God’s judgment falling on America in relationship to Israel. I don’t present them as absolutes, even my own thoughts, and each of you can decide for yourself.
Israel was declared a nation once more May 14, 1948 (5 Iyar 5708). Despite powerful opposition from his own cabinet, President Truman promptly recognized the “Jewish State” The nation had been born so quickly the leaders of this new state hadn’t officially named it yet and President Truman hand wrote on the typed statement of recognition “Jewish State.”
USA the new Romans.
It’s only my anecdotal perspective, but when I was growing up it seemed flag was respected; even the people in the media were respectful and seemed patriotic. Not only that, but the TV stations closed down with a religious “Thought for Today” or some other program led by a member of the clergy. America was the most powerful nation on earth and we emerged as the new Romans. Americans visiting overseas who got in trouble with the law would often protest “I’m an American” as if an American were above the local laws of other nations. And when pricing something in a foreign country, Americans also asked the endearing question: “How much is that in real money?”
During WWII the English had a line about American GIs: “Oversexed, overpaid and over here!” Not to be out done the GIs had a come-back - calling the Brits, "underpaid, undersexed and under Eisenhower.”
Detroit was indeed “motor city” and it was booming. I’m not going to pretend everything was just grand; as someone once said: “The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.” America had its problems and if not smoothly, America was trying to work on them. Federal troops escorted black youth into newly integrated schools; Federal courts began overturning Jim Crow laws and tearing down the barriers of segregation. There was a search for communists in government and the film industry which had the famous “black listing” of actors who seemed to lean left politically. Careers were destroyed and careers were made in both politics and entertainment. Early in his brother’s administration Attorney General Robert Kennedy went after mob controlled unions.
On February 27 – 28, 1963 the case against Bible reading and prayer in school was argued before the Supreme Court. On June 17, 1963 the court ruled against reading the Bible and reciting the Lord’s Prayer in America’s schools. Everyone knew the name “Madalyn Murray O'Hair.”
On November 22, 1963, the world turned upside down. Whether you agreed with him politically or not, when John Kennedy was assassinated the youth, vigor and optimism that was America seemed to die with him. Someone later said that on November 22, 1963 a curse fell on America. In 1968 there was a popular song called “Abraham, Martin and John” dedicated to those involved in the fight for civil rights.
On December 13, 1971 Roe v Wade was argued before the Supreme Court, on January 22, 1973 the court decided abortion was legal.
Rabbi Shaul of Tarsus wrote of people in his day something that can be applied to today.
(CJB) Romans 1: 22 Claiming to be wise, they have become fools!
23 In fact, they have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for mere images, like a mortal human being, or like birds, animals or reptiles!
24 This is why God has given them up to the vileness of their hearts' lusts, to the shameful misuse of each other's bodies.
25 They have exchanged the truth of God for falsehood, by worshipping and serving created things, rather than the Creator - praised be he forever. Amen.
26 This is why God has given them up to degrading passions; so that their women exchange natural sexual relations for unnatural;
27 and likewise the men, giving up natural relations with the opposite sex, burn with passion for one another, men committing shameful acts with other men and receiving in their own persons the penalty appropriate to their perversion.
28 In other words, since they have not considered God worth knowing, God has given them up to worthless ways of thinking; so that they do improper things.
29 They are filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and vice; stuffed with jealousy, murder, quarrelling, dishonesty and ill-will; they are gossips,
30 slanderers, haters of God; they are insolent, arrogant and boastful; they plan evil schemes; they disobey their parents;
31 they are brainless, faithless, heartless and ruthless.
32 They know well enough God's righteous decree that people who do such things deserve to die; yet not only do they keep doing them, but they applaud others who do the same.
In Psalms 81:12 we read:
Psalms 8:11 (81:12) “But my people did not listen to my voice; Isra'el would have none of me.
12 (81:13) So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to live by their own plans.
Look again at Romans 1: 25 “They have exchanged the truth of God for falsehood, by worshipping and serving created things, rather than the Creator - praised be he forever. Amen.”
That sure sounds like modern day environmentalism to me.
The following is a synopsis of events surrounding the Yom Kippur War, the sites of the sources for the fuller story are below the synopsis.
On March 1, 1973 Golda Meir visited the Nixon White House, she thanked the President for the support he had shown Israel. She made a request of the President that he would support Israel in encouraging the Soviet Union to allow their Jews to migrate to Israel. After the Israeli Prime Minister left, Kissinger is on the Nixon tapes saying: “The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy,” Mr. Kissinger said. “And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”
“I know,” Nixon responded. “We can’t blow up the world because of it.”
Kissinger is often described as a self-hating Jew and Nixon had his own racial biases. According to Jewish Virtual Library America knew as much as five months in advance that certain nations planned to attack Israel and Kissinger participated in a White House strategy that’s been called the “Kissinger Plot”. Under the guidance of Kissinger America had two goals for the forthcoming war: One, Israel would realize it was dependent on the U.S. for its survival, Two, draw Egypt into American orbit by using its influence on Israel to bring about peace. Kissinger’s seemingly offhand comment that the optimal outcome would be an Israeli victory seemed secondary to America’s influence in the Middle East.
October 6, 1973 was Yom Kippur in Israel, one of the most solemn and sacred of all Jewish Feasts. It was also the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when, allegedly, Muslim armies do not go to war. It might have been a lack of intelligence, or poor preparation, or even overconfidence in its might and arms, but Israel was caught completely off guard and was getting clobbered. Israel was losing men and equipment at a horrendous rate.
There are several stories about what Prime Minister Meir did next. Some say she flew to Washington to personally plea for help, others that she was minutes from using the “Samson Option”, still others say she bluffed and blackmailed Kissinger into believing Israel was about to go nuclear on its enemies. Whatever she did, it worked! From American carriers and bases in Europe fighter planes, equipment and ammunition poured into Israel and the tide of battle turned.
Plagued by the Watergate scandal, on the evening of August 8, 1974 Richard Nixon announced his resignation as President of the United States to take effect the next day. Gerald Ford, the congressman Nixon scorned as playing too much football without a helmet was sworn in as his successor.
So what in the world is happening to America? Depending on the source there have been at least ten events that have led to America’s current situation:
(Relating to Israel’s Covenant Land) 1. October 30,
1991: The Perfect Storm—As President George H. W. Bush
is opening the Madrid (Spain) Conference to consider
“land for peace” in Israel’s Middle East role, the
“perfect storm” develops in the North Atlantic,
creating the largest waves ever recorded in that
region. The storm travels 1000 miles from “east to
west” instead of the normal “west to east” pattern and
crashes into the New England Coast. Thirty-five foot
waves crash into the Kennebunkport home of President
2. August 23, 1992: Hurricane Andrew—When the Madrid
Conference moves to Washington DC and the peace talks
resume, Hurricane Andrew, the worst natural disaster
ever to hit America (at the time), comes ashore and produces an
estimated $30 billion in damage and leaving 180,000
homeless in Florida (some estimates are higher).
3. January 16, 1994: Northridge Earthquake—President
Bill Clinton meets with Syria's President Hafez
el-Assad in Geneva. They talk about a peace agreement
with Israel that includes giving up the Golan Heights.
Within 24 hours, a powerful 6.9 earthquake rocks
Southern California, This quake, centered in
Northridge, becomes the second most destructive
natural disaster to hit the United States, behind
4. January 21, 1998: Lewinsky Scandal—Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President
Clinton at the White House and is coldly received.
Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
refuse to have lunch with him. Shortly afterwards on
that day, the Monica Lewinsky scandal breaks into the
mass media and begins to occupy a major portion of
5. September 28, 1998: Hurricane George—As Secretary
of State Albright works on the final details of an
agreement in which Israel would give up 13 percent of
Yesha (Judah and Samaria), Hurricane George slams into
the United States Gulf Coast with 110 mph winds and
gusts up to 175 mph. The hurricane hits the coast and
stalled. On September 28, Clinton meets with Yasser
Arafat and Netanyahu at the White House to finalize
this land deal. Later, Arafat addresses the United
Nations about declaring an independent Palestinian
state by May 1999, as Hurricane George pounds the Gulf
Coast, causing $1 billion in damage. At the exact time
that Arafat departs the country, the storm begins to
6. October 15-22, 1998: Texas Flooded—On October 15,
1998, Arafat and Netanyahu meet at the Wye River
Plantation in Maryland. The talks are scheduled to
last five days with the focus on Israel giving up 13
percent of Yesha. The talks are extended and conclude
on October 23. On October 17, awesome rains and
tornadoes hit southern Texas. The San Antonio area is
deluged with rain. The rain and flooding in Texas
continue until October 22 and then subside. The floods
ravage 25 percent of Texas and leave over one billion
dollars in damage. On October 21, Clinton declares
this section of Texas a major disaster area.
7. November 30, 1998: Market Capitalization
Evaporates—Arafat comes to Washington again to meet
with President Clinton to raise money for a
Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital. A
total of 42 other nations were represented in
Washington. All the nations agreed to give Arafat $3
billion in aid. Clinton promised $400 million, and the
European nations $1.7 billion. On the same day, the
Dow Jones average drops 216 points, and on December 1,
the European Market had its third worst day in
history. Hundreds of billions of market capitalization
were wiped out in the U.S. and Europe.
8. December 12, 1998: Clinton is impeached—as Clinton
enters in the Palestinian-controlled section of Israel
to discuss the “land for peace” process, the House of
Representatives votes four articles of impeachment
9. May 3, 1999: The Powerful Super Tornado—On the day
that Yasser Arafat is scheduled to declare a
Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital, the
most powerful tornado storm system ever to hit the
United States sweeps across Oklahoma and Kansas. The
winds are clocked at 316 mph the fastest wind speed
ever recorded. The declaration is postponed to
December 1999 at the request of President Clinton,
whose letter to Arafat encourages him in his
"aspirations for his own land." He also writes that
the Palestinians have a right to "determine their own
future on their own land" and that they deserve to
"live free, today, tomorrow and forever."
10. On September 11, 2001, a warning of judgment strikes America when terrorists bring down the Twin Towers in New York.
11. President Bush supported Sharon’s evacuation from Gaza: In April 2005 Bush and Sharon met in Crawford, Texas where Bush praised Sharon for his “strong visionary leadership” in initiating the Gaza withdrawal, known as the disengagement plan.
“I strongly support his courageous initiative to disengage from Gaza and part of the West Bank,” he said, referring to the withdrawal of more than 8,000 Jewish settlers from Gaza and four isolated West Bank settlements.
On August 2005, in a ten-day operation, all permanent Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip and four settlements in the northern West Bank are removed. The settlers are evacuated and the residential buildings demolished.
August 29, 2005: Exactly one week after Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon completed the forcible eviction of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip hurricane Katrina struck the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama with a destructive and catastrophic force.
80% of the entire city of New Orleans was left under water. Many weather experts called this the worse hurricane and natural disaster that has ever hit country.
12. Week of October 11, 2005: Hurricane, Earthquake and Dow
Collapse—As Jewish settlers in 15 West Bank (Israel)
settlements are evicted from the covenant land in
Israel, the Dow-Jones financial averages lose 5.7
percent in the worst week since October 1989 (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/economy/july-dec99/stocks_10-15.html). On
October 15 the Dow lost 266 points, and a hurricane
slams into North Carolina. On the next morning,
October 16, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocks the
southwest in the fifth most powerful earthquake in
20th Century. The earthquake was centered in the
California desert and did little damage but was felt
in three states.
Sharon has stroke December 18, 2005 he continues in a coma to this day, though recently there were some signs of brain activity.
On June 6, 2006 Former Chief of Staff Moshe (Boogie) Ya'alon says Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan was conceived out of political distress. He further claims that the pullout from Gaza failed and was planned by people lacking military and strategic expertise.
13. Prior to Passover (evening of March 25) on March 20, 2013 President Obama arrived in Israel (blocked traffic, interrupted holiday shopping). Sometime during the visit Obama leveraged Netanyahu to call Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan and apologize for Israel defending itself against blockade runners where 9 people died. (Netanyahu claims he only apologized for the loss of life.)
April 15, 2013 two bombs explode near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, 3 killed (including an eight year old boy), 180 injured. The next day ricin laced envelopes intended for the White House and Congress were intercepted. The following afternoon a fire started in a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, later there was an explosion killing an unknown number and almost two hundred injured.
We Christians who love Israel have been praying that America will not abandon God’s chosen people, but what if we had it backwards? What if we should be praying that Israel will not abandon America? What if they see in their Word that Israel is not to depend on foreign alliances but only on the God of Israel. Where would that leave us?
(CJB) Genesis 12:3 "And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
Abraham, Martin and John
Has anybody here seen my old friend Abraham?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good they die young.
You know, I just looked around and he's gone.
Anybody here seen my old friend John?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good they die young.
I just looked around and he's gone.
Anybody here seen my old friend Martin?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good they die young.
I just looked 'round and he's gone.
Didn't you love the things that they stood for?
Didn't they try to find some good for you and me?
And we'll be free
Someday soon, and it's a-gonna be one day ...
Anybody here seen my old friend Bobby?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
I thought I saw him walkin' up over the hill,
With Abraham, Martin and John.
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:
George Washington and the Jews
His famous letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport.
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:
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.
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).
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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
11. That night is coming when no man can work.