HEARTS FOR ISRAEL

HEARTS FOR ISRAEL

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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

1 Peter 1:3-4 (CJB)
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.

Study of Mattityahu (Matthew) 2

Mattityahu (Mattathias or Matthew) 2:1 --3 (CJB)

There’s an expression: “What’s in a name?” A name can make or break you. It all depends on what its associated with, for instance a very popular name in Germany up until the end of WWII all but disappeared when German parents stopped naming their sons “Adolf” (also a very neatly groomed mustache and a certain comb over went out of style about the same time).

Last month we learned about an angel who told Yosef in a dream that the child conceived in Miryam was to be named “Yeshua” (“Adonai saves”). That is the name the son of Yosef and Miryam was known by when He walked the earth: Yeshua Ben Yosef. But there might have been a minor variation.

Do you remember during Yeshua’s trial when Kefa (Peter) was sitting in the court yard, and the servant girls and others questioned Kefa if he was with Yeshua? Kefa denied it until we read in Matthew 26:73 (CJB) ‘After a little while, the bystanders approached Kefa and said, “You must be one of them — your accent gives you away.”’

It’s believed that Galileans of the first century spoke with a slightly different accent from what you might hear from residents of Yerusalem (Jerusalem). The thinking is that Galileans dropped the Hebrew letter “ayin” from words which meant they pronounced Yeshua’s name as “Yeshu”.

Last month I pointed out to you the unbelieving Jews will refer to Yeshua as “that man” to avoid saying His name because they are taught Yeshua is a traitor to His people and that He is the inventor of Christianity which has persecuted the Jews for two-thousand years. Another way unbelieving Jews mock Yeshua’s name is to use the Galilean pronunciation “Yeshu” which was kept alive when some Jewish wag realized the Hebrew letters for the name ‘Yeshu” formed the acronym for the Jewish curse: “Yimach sh’mo v’zikhro” which represents the words: “May his name and memory be blotted out.” Be blotted out of what? The Book of Life! This curse is regularly cited at the mention of the name of Haman when the Book of Ester (Esther) is read aloud during Purim. The curse is also used against others who have shown themselves to be enemies of the Jews, such as Hitler and other persecutors, political and religious. We find the source of the curse in Psalm 109:13 May his posterity be cut off; may his name be erased within a generation. (CJB)

There are two other reasons for non-believing Jews to use the name Yeshu, one is Scriptural and found in Exodus 23:13 “Pay attention to everything I have said to you; do not invoke the names of other gods or even let them be heard crossing your lips.” (CJB) Because in Judaism Yeshua is seen as a god invented by Gentiles they will not use His correct name. It’s also an insider’s joke to mock evangelists whom they call “missionaries” by deliberately using the name Yeshu. The name Yeshu is so common as a substitute for Yeshua that many Jews, it’s reported, actually think that is the Hebrew name of Jesus.

The important thing to take from all this is that if you pray in the name of Yeshua, your prayers do not move ahead of the line above those praying in the name of Jesus. God looks on the heart, not the external appearance we put on for others. Also consider that many of the nations of the world have their own languages which have their own variation or interpretation of Yeshua’s name.

Like Christianity, Messianic Judaism is not a monolith, Messianic congregations, leaders and teachers are not all of one mind. Like Christianity, among Messianic believers various fads, trends and methods develop that are not found in scripture. For instance, there is a trend among some Messianic believers to take or create a biblical name that contains the name “El” in it, El is the name of God. The thought is that there is enhanced power in those names when spoken and that they bring one closer to Abba. They do not.

It is our faith in the faithfulness of Yeshua to His Father, and under the power of His blood that we are as close to God the Father as we will ever be in this world. New inventions and names, not of scripture, are the works of man and scripture tells us about the works of man in Isaiah 64:6 All of us are like someone unclean,  all our righteous deeds like menstrual rags;  we wither, all of us, like leaves;  and our misdeeds blow us away like the wind. (CJB)

Regarding inventions not found in Scripture Yeshua told the Parushim in Mark 7:13 “Thus, with your tradition which you had handed down to you, you nullify the Word of God! And you do other things like this.” (CJB) When you hear a new idea or a new teaching, be like the Bereans of Acts 17:11 and search things out in Scripture so you will not be deceived.

Names do not have more or less power depending on how they are pronounced, Abba knows the heart and that’s what He listens for.

You can find out about the various names of God containing “El” at: http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Names_of_G-d/El/el.html

For more information on the Sacred Name Movement and its scriptural errors check out:  http://www.messianicassociation.org/ezine02koziar.htm

 

Matthew 2:1-3 (CJB)
1  After Yeshua was born in Beit-Lechem in the land of Y’hudah during the time when Herod was king, Magi from the east came to Yerushalayim
2  and asked, “Where is the newborn King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

1 and 2 are two very important verses, first of all it specifies that Yeshua was born in Beit-Lechem (Bethlehem) in Y’hudah (Judah). This information is very important, detractors of the Bible will cite there were two Beit-Lechems in the time of Yeshua, one was out by Nazareth, and detractors try to cloud the issue by saying that could be the Beit-Lechem spoken of in the B’rit Hadashah (New Testament), but no, Mattityahu clearly states that Yeshua was born in Beit-Lechem in Y’hudah. The Jews of that day knew very well that the Mashiach was to be born in Beit-Lechem, the birth place of King David, that the Mashiach was to be of the Tribe of Y’hudah (like David), that He was to be a descendant of the David so once again Mattityahu asserts Yeshua’s credentials as the anticipated Mashiach and King.

Herod, of course, was “Herod the Great” known for his massive building projects, particularly the refurbishing of the Temple in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), and also for his cruel and murderous nature. Whoever first said “uneasy lies the head who wears the crown” might have had Herod the Great in mind, for he was paranoid and trusted no one including his own sons whom he executed. The running joke in Rome about “Herod, King of the Jews” was that it was safer to be a pig in Herod’s palace than to be one of his sons.

The Magi (from whom we get the word “magic”) were not just three court tricksters who rode their camels to see this rumored Jewish King. The Magi would not have made this trip if they were not confident in the source of their information. They were a highly respected class of the best educated people who survived the Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian empires because of their skills and intellect. That they were searching for a prophesied King of the Jews indicates the influence of Daniel who, among his many roles in two empires (Bayblon and Persia), was promoted by the Persian King Darius to Rab-mag, (Chief of the Magi) which generated much of the jealousy against him.

The star the Magi were seeking might have been the fulfillment of Balaam’s prophecy found in Numbers 24:17 (CJB)
17  “I see him, but not now;  I behold him, but not soon —  a star will step forth from Ya‘akov,  a scepter will arise from Isra’el,  to crush the corners of Mo’av  and destroy all descendants of Shet.” (Shet means Seth)

3  When King Herod heard of this he became very agitated, and so did everyone else in Yerushalayim.

Verse 3 is further evidence that the arrival of the Magi was more than three men on camels. After all, the Holy Land was a major land bridge and trade route linking East and West; it would not be unusual to see foreigners traversing the Land. However, since its entrance into the Middle East with legions under Pompey, Rome and the Persian (Parthian) Empire had fought seesaw wars regarding the Holy Land, one battle occurred in 55BC which it ended with Rome losing 30,000 troops including the commander. Judea was a Roman buffer state bordering the Persian Empire, there was a very uneasy truce between the empires and Herod had to tread carefully not to trigger an international incident.

With the history of those wars in mind, it’s not surprising that when the Magi arrived with their cohort of Persian troops and attendants agitation stirred the whole city. Furthermore, to add to the consternation, they were looking for the “new born” King of the Jews. The request of the Magi in seeking this new King was no slip of the tongue – it was a direct insult to Herod whom Rome had declared “King of the Jews.” So while they may have maintained a veneer of diplomatic courtesy, the Magi demonstrated contempt for Herod and his Roman backers. It’s very possible they sought out this new King to entice him into a further alliance with Persia against Rome.

Every day remember: “Sha'alu Shalom Yerusalam! Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!”

Study of Mattityahu (Matthew) 2

Mattityahu (Mattathias or Matthew) 2:4 - 23 (CJB)

The last time we learned that to the consternation of Herod and the people of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) the Magi and their cohort arrived seeking the “newborn King of the Jews.” This was certainly a shock to the people of Yerushalayim because they didn’t know they were done with the old “King of the Jews” yet. To add to the consternation, there was intense rivalry and mistrust between the empires of Rome and Persia, they had already fought wars in the past and Herod’s Kingdom was a buffer state caught between the two imperial armies.

Had the Magi really come to seek a newborn babe or was their intention to trigger an international incident leading to yet another war? It has also been suggested that the Magi had come seeking the newborn King to win his favor and swing his allegiance from Rome to Persia. You can imagine Herod wanted to deal swiftly with this situation.

We read in Mattityahu 2:4  He called together all the head cohanim and Torah-teachers of the people and asked them, “Where will the Messiah be born?”
5  “In Beit-Lechem of Y’hudah,” they replied, “because the prophet wrote,
6  ‘And you, Beit-Lechem in the land of Y’hudah,  are by no means the least among the rulers of Y’hudah;  for from you will come a Ruler  who will shepherd my people Isra’el.’”

While the L’vi’im (Levites) were of the priest tribe of Levi; the cohanim, as descendants of Moshe’s brother Aaron, were a special class of priests who offered the sacrifices on the altar and from whom the Cohen HaGadol (the High Priest) was chosen. The cohanim were Tz’dukim (Sadducees), which meant politically they were Hellenists they favored the “modern” ways of Greeks when Greeks ruled the Holy Land and in turn supported the Romans when they took over. In return for Tz’dukim support, the Western powers gave the Tz’dukim control of the Temple, though Rome controlled the appointment of the Cohen HaGadol.

With the overthrow of the Temple in 70AD, as a result of rebellion against Rome, the once dominant cohanim became superfluous without a place of sacrifice. Judaism had to be reinvented after the Temple was destroyed and the P’rushim (Pharisees) became the dominant force in Judaism, the strict orthodox sects of Judaism today are direct descendants of the P’rushim.

Unbelieving Judaism today is unable to follow the Law of Moshe which requires them to only sacrifice in the place God told them to sacrifice – the Temple Mount in Yerushalayim. Because they are unable to sacrifice in the Temple, and they are commanded by Torah not to appear before God empty handed, unbelieving Judaism today is operating under a man designed system of good deeds, prayer and rituals. Messianic Judaism recognizes Yeshua as their Mashiach (Messiah) and declares that He is the final sacrifice once for all. By His death on the cross, Yeshua opened the Holy of Holies in Heaven to those who believe in Him and whether a believing Jew or Gentile enters into prayer, they do not arrive empty handed, because their sacrifice is sitting at the right hand of Abba (Father).

The sofer (Torah teachers) were what is translated in English as “scribes.” Though to Western ears the word “scribes” reminds us of secretarial duties the sofer were very learned men regarding the teaching of Torah. The sofer were usually P’rushim and, as teachers of Torah to the people, were fulfilling the role that the sect of the P’rushim was established to perform. Unlike the rabbis, the sofer lacked ordination and therefore were not permitted to render judgments or present new interpretations of Torah. When the sofer taught they had to refer to their rabbinical source or writing. This is why the people were amazed that Yeshua taught like a man of authority rather than as a sofer.

Now the Tz’dukim and the P’rushim rarely agreed on anything, but in response to Herod’s question, both sides agreed, quoting Mikhah (Micah) 5:1 (2), the promised Mashiach would be born in Beit-Lechem (Bethlehem), Y’hudah. Be aware that in Judaism, the recitation of a portion of a verse of Scripture stands for the whole verse as here when the Jewish leaders stated only a portion of Mikhah 5:1 (2).

When you look at the history of the Jewish people, you will see they followed many individuals who claimed to be the Mashiach, but none of them fulfilled Mikhah’s prophecy by being born in Beit-Lechem. But this was told to them by Yeshua when He responded to His talmidim (disciples) about the signs of His coming in Matthew 24:4-5 (CJB) 4 Yeshua replied: “Watch out! Don’t let anyone fool you! 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah!’ and they will lead many astray.” (Also see Mark 13:5-6 and Luke 21:8)

David H. Stern, in Jewish New Testament Commentary, relates this regarding the prophecy of Yeshua’s birth place: “There are even rabbinic sources which directly identify Beit-Lechem as the birthplace of the Messiah, for example, the Midrash Rabbah to Lamentations, Section 51 (on Lamentations 1: 16):

“A man was plowing when one of his oxen lowed. An Arab passed by and asked, ‘What are you?’ He replied, ‘I am a Jew.’ The Arab said to him, ‘Unharness your ox and untie your plow [as a sign of mourning].’ ‘Why?’‘Because the Temple of the Jews is destroyed.’ The Jew asked, ‘How do you know this?’ ‘ From the lowing of your ox.’ While they were talking the ox lowed again. The Arab said , ‘Harness your ox and tie up your plow, because the deliverer of the Jews is born.’ ‘What is his name?’ ‘His name is Menachem [Comforter].’ ‘What is his father’s name?’ ‘Chizkiyahu [ King Hezekiah is identified in Jewish literature with the Messiah].’ ‘Where do they live?’ He answered, ‘In Birat-’ Arba, in Beit-Lechem of Judea.’”

"The same aggadah (story) appears in the Jerusalem Talmud at B’rakhot 5a; there the last line is, “In the royal capital of Beit-Lechem.” Moreover, although it does not identify the Messiah as Yeshua, it implies that the Messiah has come already, around the time of the Temple’s destruction.”

Stern, David H. (1992-10-01). Jewish New Testament Commentary (Kindle Locations 732-745). Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc. Kindle Edition.

7  Herod summoned the Magi to meet with him privately and asked them exactly when the star had appeared.
8  Then he sent them to Beit-Lechem with these instructions: “Search carefully for the child; and when you find him, let me know, so that I too may go and worship him.”

We know from Mattityahu 2:16 – 18 that it wasn’t worship in Herod’s heart, but murder.

9  After they had listened to the king, they went away; and the star which they had seen in the east went in front of them until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
10  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
11  Upon entering the house, they saw the child with his mother Miryam; and they prostrated themselves and worshipped him. Then they opened their bags and presented him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
12  But they had been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, so they took another route back to their own country.

Whatever the purpose of the Magi, or Chaldeans, visit, when the Gospel began to spread the Chaldean Church was the earliest, or one of the earliest bodies to accept Yeshua as Lord and Savior in the Middle East.

13 After they had gone, an angel of Adonai appeared to Yosef in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and escape to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you to leave. For Herod is going to look for the child in order to kill him.”
14  So he got up, took the child and his mother, and left during the night for Egypt,
15  where he stayed until Herod died. This happened in order to fulfill what Adonai had said through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

Among believers Yosef seems to be such a background figure, yet in the eyes of God he must have been a mighty man of faith not unlike his ancestor Avraham. In Abba’s economy, obedience is valued above all and in Yosef we have example of immediate obedience. It reminds me of John Mark’s gospel which emphasizes Yeshua as the servant where the word “immediately” is used to describe the actions of our Mashiach the “Suffering Servant.” When you read through scripture regarding God’s desire for obedience it’s no wonder Yosef was so highly honored by Abba to raise and care for His only Son.

Verse 15 is an example of the Jewish style of writing. We don’t have time to go into it here, but I would highly recommend you check out “Jewish New Testament Commentary” by David H. Stern and read Mattityahu 15 for Stern’s informative remarks there. Suffice it to understand that Biblical prophecy often has multiple fulfillments and that while Hosea 11:1 is pointing to Israel’s Exodus from Egypt, the words in Mattityahu “what Adonai had said” imply that Hosea might have had no idea that God had planted a hidden meaning or foreshadow of Yeshua in the prophet’s writing. The important thing to keep in mind, and we often miss in our Western thinking, Yeshua is strongly identified with Israel as He is of Israel and is it’s King. That oneness helps explain why some verses in the TANACH can be interpreted as referring to the nation of Israel and also be a reference to Yeshua.

In addition, following the council of Yavneh, where Judaism was reinvented following the fall of the 2nd Temple, many of the verses known to be Messianic until that time were reinterpreted to mean only Israel in order to deny Yeshua’s claim to be the Mashiach.

16  Meanwhile, when Herod realized that the Magi had tricked him, he was furious and gave orders to kill all the boys in and around Beit-Lechem who were two years old or less, calculating from the time the Magi had told him.
17  In this way were fulfilled the words spoken through the prophet Yirmeyahu,
18  “A voice was heard in Ramah,  sobbing and lamenting loudly.  It was Rachel sobbing for her children  and refusing to be comforted,  because they are no longer alive.”

Again and again we see Mattityahu validating through the TANACH (Hebrew Bible) Yeshua’s right to claim the title of Israel’s Mashiach and demonstrating how Yeshua’s life fulfilled that role.

19  After Herod’s death, an angel of Adonai appeared in a dream to Yosef in Egypt
20  and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to Eretz-Yisra’el, for those who wanted to kill the child are dead.”
21  So he got up, took the child and his mother, and went back to Eretz-Yisra’el.
22  However, when he heard that Archelaus had succeeded his father Herod as king of Y’hudah, he was afraid to go there. Warned in a dream, he withdrew to the Galil
23  and settled in a town called Natzeret, so that what had been spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he will be called a Natzrati.

You might remember last week before we closed I teased you with the challenge to find where in the TANACH (Old Testament) the prophecy mentioned in verse 23 was located. I was pretty confident, without outside help, you wouldn’t find it in your Bibles. The important thing to note is that the Bible is true, both old and new Testaments are one, and that it is all about Yeshua our Mashiach. This is an example of why it’s important to study the Jewish perspective of the Bible. Yeshua was not called a Natzrati (or Nazarene) because He was raised in Nazareth. Nor is there any record that He ever took the vow of a nazir (nazirite). Why Yeshua was called a “Natzrati” is found in Isaiah Isaiah 11:1 (CJB) 1 “But a branch will emerge from the trunk of Yishai, a shoot will grow from his roots.” Yishai (Jesse) is the father of King David. In the time of Yeshua, the dynasty of David appeared dead in the sense that Yeshua and His father were carpenters, hardly the employment of royalty; they were what would be called in England “commoners,” far removed from wearing the crown of Israel’s kings.

When an olive tree is cut down to the ground and a sprout comes from what looks like dead wood, the name for that sprout or branch in Hebrew is netzer. It is from netzer that we get the English word “Nazareth.” In the birth of Yeshua the prophecy of Isaiah 11:1 was fulfilled, the sprout, or the netzer, emerged from the stump of Yeishai.

We read in Jeremiah 33:14-15 (CJB) 14  “Here, the days are coming,” says Adonai, “when I will fulfill this good promise which I have proclaimed for the house of Isra’el and the house of Y’hudah. 15  When those days come, at that time,  I will cause to spring up for David  a Branch of Righteousness.  He will do what is just and right in the land.”

And then there’s Zechariah 3:8 (CJB) 8  Listen, cohen gadol Y’hoshua, both you and your colleagues seated here before you, because these men are a sign that I am going to bring my servant Tzemach [Sprout].

These are the prophesies and more that Mattityahu was referring to in 2:23 when he referred to Yeshua being called a Natzrati.

In Isaiah 53 the prophet refers to Mashiach ben Yosef, the suffering Messiah, (that Yosef being the son of Ya’akov—Jacob) as a root out of dry ground, as being cut off from the land of the living, and promises He will see His offspring.

Yeshua, referring to us, had something to say about branches:

John 15:1-11 (CJB)
1  “I am the real vine, and my Father is the gardener.
2  Every branch which is part of me but fails to bear fruit, he cuts off; and every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes, so that it may bear more fruit.
3  Right now, because of the word which I have spoken to you, you are pruned.
4  Stay united with me, as I will with you — for just as the branch can’t put forth fruit by itself apart from the vine, so you can’t bear fruit apart from me.
5  “I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who stay united with me, and I with them, are the ones who bear much fruit; because apart from me you can’t do a thing.
6  Unless a person remains united with me, he is thrown away like a branch and dries up. Such branches are gathered and thrown into the fire, where they are burned up.
7  “If you remain united with me, and my words with you, then ask whatever you want, and it will happen for you.
8  This is how my Father is glorified — in your bearing much fruit; this is how you will prove to be my talmidim.
9  “Just as my Father has loved me, I too have loved you; so stay in my love.
10  If you keep my commands, you will stay in my love — just as I have kept my Father’s commands and stay in his love.
11  I have said this to you so that my joy may be in you, and your joy be complete.

 

Next month we will start Mattityahu (Matthew) 3.

Everyday remember: “Sha'alu Shalom Yerusalam! 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 Ministtries;

The Ryrie Study Bible (KJV) – Moody Press;

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

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

Chuck Messler - http://ldolphin.org/magi.html

 

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.