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)

                                                     UNITY 1-10-2016

        UNITING BELIEVERS

Malachi 3:6 (CJB)
6  “But because I, Adonai, do not change,  you sons of Ya‘akov will not be destroyed.

“But – because I, – Adonai, -- do not change…” please keep that phrase in mind, it is the key part of this study. Adonai is speaking to Israel but is saying something about Himself that covers the whole Bible from beginning to end “…I, Adonai, do not change…”

For many Christians there is the belief that what Yeshua taught in the “New” Testament was just that – “New.” We accepted that because of His divine nature we believed Yeshua had the right to alter covenants, redefine scripture and over rule commandments. Because we focus on His Divinity, it’s hard for many of us to accept that Yeshua was a Torah believing Jew who lived His life according to the Law. After all, Yeshua nailed the Law (Torah) to the cross! Or did He?

In the rush of some Christians to extract Yeshua from His Jewish background and recreate Him into the westernized Jesus they are required to overlook a few Bible verses. Many of these very verses in the TANACH keep Jews from exploring “that man!” Yeshua. Ha Satan has twisted the Word to keep Christians from understanding their Jewish roots and Jews from recognizing their Mashiach (Messiah). As we explore this, keep in mind – God does not contradict Himself.

Deuteronomy 4:1-2 (CJB)
1  “Now, Isra’el, listen to the laws and rulings I am teaching you, in order to follow them, so that you will live; then you will go in and take possession of the land that Adonai, the God of your fathers, is giving you.
2  In order to obey the mitzvot of Adonai your God which I am giving you, do not add to what I am saying, and do not subtract from it.

 

Who is God speaking to when He declares Deuteronomy 4:1-2?  Obviously it’s “Israel,” the Hebrew people, the first verse says so. This means the Jews are caught in a Divine trap. If Yeshua adds to or subtracts from Torah, according to this verse, He cannot be Mashiach as Mashiach cannot break Torah and be Mashiach AND Jews are commanded not to follow such a person. So, if Yeshua did away with Torah, called “The Law” (but really means “Instruction”) that’s one BIG subtraction! And therefore Yeshua is not Mashiach!

Again, speaking to Israel, God repeated in Deuteronomy 12:32 (CJB)
32  “Everything I am commanding you, you are to take care to do. Do not add to it or subtract from it.’

 

The Christians are in a similar trap as the Jews.  Christians like to recite the expression: “The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.” Jews like to point out that the whole history of the world is written in Torah. The Torah is the foundation for the TANACH (the Hebrew Bible). TANACH is an acronym that stands for the 5 books of Torah (variously translated as “the Law”, “Teaching”, “Instruction”, as a group Torah is called “the Five Books of Moses” or simply “the Five.”), plus the books of  Nevi’im (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings).

 

If the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed, doesn’t that make the Old Testament the foundation of the New Testament? You can’t have the Jew book and the New book, it’s all one Book – the Bible! Take away Torah and you take away any reason for the rest of the Hebrew Bible. If you take away the Old Testament the New Testament has no beginning. Take away the Gospels and the Hebrew Bible has no end – standing alone neither complete!

 

Solomon wrote in Proverbs 30:5-6 (CJB)
5  Every word of God’s is pure;  he shields those taking refuge in him.
6  Don’t add anything to his words;  or he will rebuke you, and you be found a liar.

 

If we can ignore the warnings in the Hebrew Bible about adding and subtracting from the Word to excuse the “new” things we believe Yeshua taught how can we call sure what’s written in Revelation 22:18-19 (CJB)
18  I warn everyone hearing the words of the prophecy in this book that if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues written in this book.
19  And if anyone takes anything away from the words in the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the Tree of Life and the holy city, as described in this book.

 

If God changed His mind about the Hebrew Bible and edited it for something newer, how do we know He won’t cancel out the warning in Revelation 30?

The truth is He can’t and He won’t, just as He did not nullify Torah.

Matthew 15:1-2 (CJB)
1  Then some P’rushim and Torah-teachers from Yerushalayim came to Yeshua and asked him,
2  “Why is it that your talmidim break the Tradition of the Elders? They don’t do n’tilat-yadayim before they eat!”

 

Or as the New King James reads:

 

1     Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying,2 "Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread."

 

I defy anyone to go through the five books of Torah and find God’s command on hand washing – it’s not there. However, I’ve heard it taught in other Churches and religious schools that not requiring His talmidim (disciples) to wash their hands, or observe other man made rules was an example of Yeshua nullifying Torah. The opposite is true. In defending Torah Yeshua was quick to respond with Matthew 15:3

 

Matthew 15:3 (CJB)
3  He answered, “Indeed, why do you break the command of God by your tradition?”

 

Notice that Yeshua  contrasts “the command of God” against the Parushim (Pharisees) “traditions.” Yeshua was not nullifying Torah, He was defending it. Yeshua was not adding to or taking from Torah, the Parushim were in violation of Torah for violating God’s command not to add to or take away.

 

When the Jews returned from captivity in Babylon they were united in their belief in God and Torah. They realized that falling away from Torah and into idol worship was the reason for all of Israel’s disasters over the years. So there began a drive to teach Torah to all the Jews.

 

Then Alexander the Great marched through the Middle East conquering the Persian Empire. Upon his death, Alexander’s empire was divided among his four top generals. Jerusalem was first under the Greek rulers of Egypt, then Egypt was defeated by Syria under their Greek rulers. Under the Greeks the goal was to Hellenize the whole world.

 

Due to the Greek politics and social influence the unity of the Jews was broken; there were the Torah observant in one group who eventually became the Pharisees. The second group was the “modern,” “get with the times” people (who were mainly priests and elites of position) these supported the Hellenized culture and they became the Sadducees. Because of their acceptance of Hellenization, the Greeks saw fit to give the Sadducees authority over the Temple.

 

The Parushim continued teaching in the synagogues and streets, but they lacked political influence with either the Greeks or, later, the Romans. At first they were the good guys, teaching Torah to the common man and bolstering obedience to the God of Israel. But, like a bureaucracy where the first rule is “grow the bureaucracy” in power and influence the Parushim began to add to the Torah by inventing rules, rituals and customs unheard of by Moshe (Moses), David and Solomon. Aside from Temple sacrifice the ancient prophets would not have recognized the Jewish religion of Yeshua’s day. And today? There is no Temple. These “additions and subtraction s” from Torah became the “traditions of the fathers,” later called the “Oral Law” that was still later written down as the Talmud which today is studied more than the TANACH and considered on an equal level with the Torah.

 

Today’s non-believing Jewish Rabbis are the heirs of the Parushim and their teachings.

 

It was the inventions or rules of Parushim that Yeshua, His talmidim and Rabbi Shaul of Tarsus fought against because it substituted the opinions of men for the Word of God. Where does that leave Christians? Since Yeshua defended Torah should we run out and buy kippahs, prayer shawls and have the men grow side curls? Should we sell our Christmas decorations at yard sales and on e-Bay?  Not at all, and we’ll find out next week how we are Torah observant without the requirement of converting to Judaism.

 

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/

©2004 Jim McGuiggan. All materials are free to be copied and used as long as money is not being made. http://www.jimmcguiggan.com/reflections3.asp?status=Matthew&id=493

 

                                                      UNITY 1-17-2016

        UNITING BELIEVERS

Some wag of a preacher once asked: “Has it ever occurred to you that nothing occurs to God?”

Last week we began with the words of Malachi 3:6 (CJB)
6  “But because I, Adonai, do not change,  you sons of Ya‘akov will not be destroyed.”

The emphasis of last week’s teaching was on the fact that God does not change, He does not and cannot break His Word, oaths, or covenants. When God swears an oath or pledge He swears by Himself for there is none greater for Him to swear by. Whether promised to happen now or promised thousands of years in the future, when God speaks it is counted as done – a finished work just as He kept His word to Israel. With the spoken Word of God all of creation came into existence. But with His own hands God formed all of humanity in Adam, the root program for the DNA that would eventually produce you thousands of years later was activated when God breathed life into Adam. God already knew you from before creation, before anything existed; He looked past the beginning of creation and saw you at the end of time standing in His throne room praising Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In His Word, the Bible, all that is past, present and future is laid out and will be fulfilled in a reality more real than creation itself. The fulfillment of creation, scripture, and the spiritual realm is all brought together in Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah).

Ha Satan has been studying man since the time God began to form Adam. He knows our weaknesses. He recognized man’s desire to be like God and as always Ha Satan offered a shortcut. Taking a short cut offered by the Enemy is like taking a Smart car off roading, the results are not going to be good. By pointing out the fruit of the tree of knowledge and selling it to our parents as “you shall be as gods” Ha Satan was able to introduce physical and spiritual death into humanity. It also brought about the need for a redeemer, not just any redeemer, but a kinsman redeemer.

Now let’s fast forward from the fall of man in the Garden to Moshe (Moses) author of the first five books of the Bible known as Torah more commonly called the “Law”. I have to laugh when I remember hearing televangelists in one show solemnly pronounce: “Jesus freed us from the Law when He nailed it to the cross!” and then in another show declare: “The ten commandments aren’t the ten suggestions!”

Which is it? Did Yeshua nail the Torah to the cross thereby nullifying it including the part about the Ten Commandments? Or are the Ten Commandments still in force, just not all that other stuff?  As always the Word has the answer.

Yeshua told us in Matthew 5:17-20 (CJB)
17  “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete.
18  Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened.
19  So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
20  For I tell you that unless your righteousness is far greater than that of the Torah-teachers and P’rushim, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven!

Who was Yeshua talking to when He said this? The Jews, of course, remember He was sent only to the House of Israel (Matthew 15:24). The “righteousness” of the Parushim (Pharisees) and Torah teachers might be better understood in today’s terms as “self righteousness,” they used Scripture and their added rules and rituals to elevate themselves in power and control (and public admiration) above the average Jew - not to glorify God. We see this time and again when they ignore the miracles Yeshua performed and focus on the man-made rules He ignored.

Let’s get it straight. What Yeshua ended on the cross was the “Law of sacrifice” when He Himself became the ultimate sacrifice ending animal blood offerings for sin thus opening the Heavenly Holy of Holies to those saved by Yeshua. The Talmud itself unwittingly reports and confirms this as David H. Stern points out in the “Jewish New Testament Commentary” says regarding Matthew 27:

51The parokhet in the Temple. Exodus 26: 31– 35 describes this curtain as it existed in the desert Tabernacle. It separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies. Only the cohen hagadol was allowed to pass through it into the Holy of Holies; and that he could do only once a year, on Yom-Kippur, to make an atonement sacrifice for his sins and for the sins of the Jewish people. When it was ripped in two from top to bottom it symbolized the fact that God was giving everyone access to the most holy place of all in heaven, as taught explicitly at MJ 9: 3– 9, 10: 19– 22. The Talmud bears an amazing witness to the work of Yeshua in altering the system of atonement. The background is that on Yom-Kippur, when the cohen hagadol sacrificed a goat (Leviticus 16), a piece of scarlet cloth was tied between its horns. If it later turned white, it meant that God had forgiven Israel’s sin in accordance with Isaiah 1: 18, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they will be white as snow.” “Our Rabbis taught that throughout the forty years that Shim’on the Tzaddik served,… the scarlet cloth would become white. From then on it would sometimes become white and sometimes not…. Throughout the last forty years before the Temple was destroyed… the scarlet cloth never turned white.” (Yoma 39a– 39b) Thus in the days of Shim‘on HaTzaddik the sacrificial system established by God in the Tanakh was observed, and it was effective. But afterwards Israel’s spirituality declined, so that the sacrificial system was effective only sometimes. Finally, after Yeshua’s death, forty years before the destruction of the Temple, it was never effective. The Talmud does not say it, but what had become effective for forgiving Israel’s sin was the sacrificial death of Yeshua the Messiah. --- Stern, David H. (1992-10-01). Jewish New Testament Commentary (Kindle Locations 2773-2787). Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc. Kindle Edition.

(Note: “MJ” stands for the book of “Messianic Jews” or more commonly “Hebrews”.)

So what role does Torah play in today’s world? The same role it has always played it points to sin and the need for a redeemer. Rabbi Shaul of Tarsus (Paul of Tarsus) asks the question in Galatians 3:19-22 (CJB)
19  So then, why the legal part of the Torah? It was added in order to create transgressions, until the coming of the seed about whom the promise had been made. Moreover, it was handed down through angels and a mediator.
20  Now a mediator implies more than one, but God is one.
21  Does this mean that the legal part of the Torah stands in opposition to God’s promises? Heaven forbid! For if the legal part of the Torah which God gave had had in itself the power to give life, then righteousness really would have come by legalistically following such a Torah.
22  But instead, the Tanakh shuts up everything under sin; so that what had been promised might be given, on the basis of Yeshua the Messiah’s trusting faithfulness, to those who continue to be trustingly faithful.

Keep in mind that the whole history of mankind’s salvation is divided into two parts. Those who looked forward to the cross, trusting God to send a redeemer and those who look back to the cross trusting that Yeshua is that redeemer. It’s always been about faith, our works cannot redeem us.

Rabbi Shaul also talks about Torah in Romans 7:7-12 (CJB)
7  Therefore, what are we to say? That the Torah is sinful? Heaven forbid! Rather, the function of the Torah was that without it, I would not have known what sin is. For example, I would not have become conscious of what greed is if the Torah had not said, “Thou shalt not covet.”
8  But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, worked in me all kinds of evil desires — for apart from Torah, sin is dead.
9  I was once alive outside the framework of Torah. But when the commandment really encountered me, sin sprang to life,
10  and I died. The commandment that was intended to bring me life was found to be bringing me death!
11  For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me; and through the commandment, sin killed me.
12  So the Torah is holy; that is, the commandment is holy, just and good.

Again we see a main function of Torah was to point up sin in the lives of mankind. When I worked as a counselor it was understood that an addicted person wouldn’t seek recovery until the pain of their addiction became greater than the pain they were trying to escape through drugs and alcohol. At that point they would begin to seek help. Torah functions something like that, by pointing up our sin life, pricking at our conscience and our spiritual awareness, making us see the person we’ve become in relationship to God –the pain of our sin life becomes greater than the emptiness we try to cover up with sin. When that happens we turn to God because only He has the answer, the remedy for our misery.

Without Torah pointing out our sins we would remain in our sin life.

Speaking of Avraham (Abraham) we are told in Genesis 15:6 (CJB)
6  He believed in Adonai, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Through faith, Avraham was counted as righteous before Moshe received the revelation of Torah. Through this once again we can say: “Faith trumps works!”

One of the first crises in the early Messianic community arose as the number of gentiles began joining the body. After much discussion in the Jerusalem Council it was unanimously agreed to send out the following letter to the various congregations:

Acts 15:23-29 (CJB)
23a From: The emissaries and the elders, your brothers  To: The brothers from among the Gentiles throughout Antioch, Syria and Cilicia:  Greetings!
24  We have heard that some people went out from among us without our authorization, and that they have upset you with their talk, unsettling your minds.
25  So we have decided unanimously to select men and send them to you with our dear friends Bar-Nabba and Sha’ul,
26  who have dedicated their lives to upholding the name of our Lord, Yeshua the Messiah.
27  So we have sent Y’hudah and Sila, and they will confirm in person what we are writing.
28  For it seemed good to the Ruach HaKodesh and to us not to lay any heavier burden on you than the following requirements:
29  to abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from fornication. If you keep yourselves from these, you will be doing the right thing.  Shalom!

 

Yeshua also told us in Matthew 24:35 (CJB) 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

 

Here’s the way it works in order for man to fulfill his destiny to fellowship with God: 1) man needed to become aware of sin, 2) he needed to be aware the penalty for sin is death, 3) Torah pointed out the sin life of man and made man aware there is a God who judges in mercy, 4) Torah showed man a price had to be paid for his sin and how he could insufficiently cover his sin under the blood of an animal but that he needed a redeemer, 5) a member of the Godhead became a man to appease the judgment on man for sin past and future. Yeshua, who became our sacrifice once and for all fulfilled Torah, but did not do away with it. GET THIS STRAIGHT – NO ONE CAN BE SAVED BY OBSERVING TORAH. When the Jews offered animal sacrifice they believed by faith God covered their sin by the blood of an animal. Jews who are Torah observant cannot be saved without Yeshua. Jews who believe in Yeshua as their Mashiach are saved but their job is to preserve Torah, not for salvation but because its purpose continues to be to point out sin in mankind.

Jews did not invent their unique culture it came down from Heaven. The purpose of their unique culture is to draw the attention of the unbelieving nations to God. Sin will continue even in the Millennial Kingdom. The Christians’ job is to point out to the nations that there is a redeemer and who He is. Where Messianic and Christian overlap is in the Feast Days, the Appointed Days of God, which in all ways point to Yeshua our Mashiach. Because there will be sin in the millennial Kingdom Torah (to instruct man on sin), the Jews and the Temple will continue to exist. Gentile believers will be grafted into Israel when they accept Yeshua and some believe gentiles will also serve in the Temple alongside the Cohanim (Priests) and the Levites and that Gentile believers will be counted as another Tribe of the nation of Israel.

At the end of the thousand years Ha Satan will again be released to test the hearts of men and then comes the judgment. Ha Satan and his followers will be cast into the lake of fire. Yeshua will then cleanse the earth and the heavens above (presently occupied by the “lord of the air”) by fire. Sin and death will be done away with and we will enter into the eternal Kingdom of God forever. With no sin and the earth cleansed and renewed, Torah will cease.

In today’s world Messianics and Christians can no longer afford the luxury of focusing on what divides us. We must begin to seek unity, not assimilation, we are meant to be two parts of the same body, but we need to function together in order to face the challenges – yes, the persecution – of these last days. The current move of God in the world is to encourage Jews to start seeking out who this man Yeshua is and for Christians to seek the Jewish roots of their faith. The purpose of this movement is the answer to Yeshua’s prayer:

John 17:20-26 (CJB)
20  “I pray not only for these, but also for those who will trust in me because of their word,
21  that they may all be one. Just as you, Father, are united with me and I with you, I pray that they may be united with us, so that the world may believe that you sent me.
22  The glory which you have given to me, I have given to them; so that they may be one, just as we are one —
23  I united with them and you with me, so that they may be completely one, and the world thus realize that you sent me, and that you have loved them just as you have loved me.
24  “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am; so that they may see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
25  Righteous Father, the world has not known you, but I have known you, and these people have known that you sent me.
26  I made your name known to them, and I will continue to make it known; so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I myself may be united with them.”

 

This is why it’s important to reach out to other congregations – Messianic and Gentile – not to pull them out of other bodies to join here, but to learn here and take it back to their home congregations. It’s no longer sufficient to sit in our Bible studies and talk among ourselves but to share, from the Messianic Jewish perspective, the meaning of the Feast Days and many of the teachings of the greatest Jew of all, Yeshua Ha Mashiach!

Next month we continue on in our study of the “Sermon on the Mount”

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/

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

©2004 Jim McGuiggan. All materials are free to be copied and used as long as money is not being made. http://www.jimmcguiggan.com/reflections3.asp?status=Matthew&id=493

 

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.