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PRAYER REGARDING 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.”

 

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.

 

                          YESHUA THE SABBATH BREAKER

 

                                          RETURNING TORAH TO THE CHURCH

                                                                                         Lesson 4 Part 6

                               The Seven Shabbat Miracles

 

According to the Gospels Yeshua performed, at least, seven miracles on Shabbat.

 

  1. Mark 1:21-28 -- Yeshua Drives Out an Evil Spirit taught Feb Lesson 4-4
  2. Mark 1:29-31 -- Yeshua Heals Peter’s Mother-in-law Feb Lesson 4-5
  3. Mark 3:1-6 -- Yeshua Heals a Man with a Deformed Hand  Feb Lesson 4-5
  4. Luke 13:10-17 -- Yeshua Heals a Crippled Woman Mar Lesson 4-6
  5. Luke 14:1-6 -- Yeshua Heals a Man with Dropsy Mar Lesson 4-6
  6. John 5:1-18 -- Yeshua Heals a Lame Man by the Pool of Bethesda
  7. John 9:1-16 -- Yeshua Heals a Man Born Blind

 

 

This week we’ll start with Luke 13: 10 ¶ Yeshua was teaching in one of the synagogues on Shabbat.

11 A woman came up who had a spirit which had crippled her for eighteen years; she was bent double and unable to stand erect at all.

12 On seeing her, Yeshua called her and said to her, “Lady, you have been set free from your weakness!”

13 He put his hands on her, and at once she stood upright and began to glorify God.

14 But the president of the synagogue, indignant that Yeshua had healed on Shabbat, spoke up and said to the congregation, “There are six days in the week for working; so come during those days to be healed, not on Shabbat!”

15 However, the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Each one of you on Shabbat —don’t you unloose your ox or your donkey from the stall and lead him off to drink?

16 “This woman is a daughter of Avraham, and the Adversary kept her tied up for eighteen years! Shouldn’t she be freed from this bondage on Shabbat?”

17 By these words, Yeshua put to shame the people who opposed Him; but the rest of the crowd were happy about all the wonderful things that were taking place through Him.

 

Opening in Luke 13: 10 and we find Yeshua, as usual on Shabbat, in a Synagogue teaching. In verse 11 The Word says she “came up” which indicates to me it was like the people who “come up” to prayer warriors and pastors after service.

 

In researching this verse I was reminded of an incident from when I was in my early twenties. I was standing in the lobby of a hospital by the front desk when around the corner of the corridor came a man bent straight over at the waist like the number 7. God forgive me, I thought the man was trying to sneak out to avoid paying his bill. It turned out the man had a pinched nerve in his back and he was well acquainted with the people on the desk. I imagine the woman was in this same position as the man I remembered.

 

Now verse 11 tells us this woman had a spirit that crippled her, she was under demonic attack and had been under this attack for quite some time. So far, this is all pretty straight forward; you don’t need me to tell you what’s going on. But then something happens that those of us raised in the Western culture might skim right over: In verse 12 Yeshua sees her and calls out to her telling her she’s set free. Next, in verse 13, He puts his hands on her!

 

Orthodox Jewish men do not touch a woman they are not married to, the physical contact, even a handshake, with a member of the opposite sex could be stimulating.

 

While researching for this teaching I came across an article, one of those answer your question type columns. A gentile woman complained that, after closing on a house, her Jewish realtor wouldn’t shake hands with her. She asked the realtor why and he explained that as an orthodox Jew he couldn’t have physical contact with her or any woman he was not married to or outside his family, not even a handshake. The woman’s inquiry to the author of the article seemed to imply she felt entitled to a handshake in spite of her realtor’s religious conviction. She implied it was sexist because the realtor would shake hands with a man. The answer man told her she should be more selective regarding her business dealings, the realtor should have shaken her hand, and she was right to be angry. Ahh, the age of political correctness where women are as equal to any man, except when they are offended, then they are the weaker sex deserving redress and apology. No doubt what the woman and the answer man missed entirely while she majored in minors, a realtor devout to Torah probably worked harder and was more honest and fair than someone who was in real estate just for the money.

 

I point this modern example up, because many of the current traditions in Judaism today were evolving back in the time of Yeshua’s earthly ministry. The teachings of the Parushim (Pharisees) were the educational ancestors of today’s Orthodox Jewish traditions.

 

I can imagine that in the first century, Yeshua must have seemed to the Legalist rabbis and Parushim of His day as the hippie pastors coming out of Chuck Smith’s Calvary Chapel appeared to the establishment pastors of the 60s.

 

In verse 14 we hear from the indignant synagogue president who, though he directs his comments to the congregation, is indirectly reprimanding Yeshua. Yeshua speaks up and once again we see Yeshua following the same pattern regarding critics of His healing on Shabbat. He calls His critics hypocrites and asks who among them would not untie their animals and lead the animal to water on Shabbat?

 

If you recall, the 39 Laws for observing Shabbat were based upon creating the Tent of Meeting and the 1st and 2nd Temples. All work ceased on Shabbat during construction so it was determined that any work forbidden in building the Temple was equally forbidden to every Jew on Shabbat. The law which forbade tying and untying came under the rule regarding making curtains. Because making curtains required tying and untying a knot, untying an animal’s restraint or lead violated the Oral Law (the fence built up around Torah by the Parushim) for observing Shabbat.

 

In verse 16 Yeshua points up the woman’s precedence over animals as a daughter of Avraham. Yeshua also makes it clear the woman has been held in bondage by HaSatan for eighteen years. Finally Yeshua puts the onus on His adversaries; He asks them if the woman should not be freed on Shabbat. Verse seventeen tells us Yeshua shamed His opponents, but brought joy to the rest of the people who were seeing God work in their midst.

 

Again we see the same pattern in Luke 14:1 through 6:

 

(Luke 14 CJB) 1 ¶ One Shabbat Yeshua went to eat in the home of one of the leading P’rushim, and they were watching him closely.

2 In front of him was a man whose body was swollen with fluid.

3 Yeshua spoke up and asked the Torah experts and P’rushim, “Does the torah allow healing on Shabbat or not?”

4 But they said nothing. So, taking hold of him, he healed him and sent him away.

5 To them he said, “Which of you, if a son or an ox falls into a well, will hesitate to haul him out on Shabbat?”

6 and to these things they could give no answer.

 

Luke 14:1 – 6 seems pretty straight forward. Yeshua is invited to a home of a leading Parush (Pharasee) for Sabbath dinner. There are many people present and Yeshua is the focus of attention. Whether by coincidence or design by the host a man with dropsy is placed in front of Yeshua. Yeshua asks if it’s legal to heal on Shabbat and the question is met with silence. With no answer forthcoming, Yeshua heals the man and sends him off. Again Yeshua raises the issue of rescuing an animal, this time adding the possibility of a son who has fallen into a well. The Word tells us those present could not reply.

 

Pretty ordinary stuff at this point, but there are somethings we Westerners might miss. Because of our bias towards Yeshua we see Him as the top Rabbi in the room, the only one whose opinion counts. It’s easy to skim over the question in verse 3 – “Does the torah allow healing on Shabbat or not?” We forget that by Jewish standards, Yeshua was a young Rabbi though He was around thirty. A priest in the Temple did not begin his ministry until the age of thirty. So older Rabbis and teachers, opposed to Yeshua, might have thought of Him as a young upstart who at the very least needed a comeuppance had He presumed to answer a question on the Law..

 

Yeshua was in the presence of His prominent host and no doubt other rabbis and sages who were present at the dinner and socially senior to Him. That the others might have corrected Him for arrogance was a strong possibility. Only when His question is met with silence does Yeshua proceed to heal the man and deliver a halachic (Jewish legal) justification for His action.

 

Time and again through these healings we see the hardness of the hearts of the Religious or legalist Jews. By contrast we see the Love of God our Father at work through Yeshua presented in accordance with Torah. The argument for the Sabbath restrictions is that God rested on the seventh day following creation. But God only rested from creation, not the necessary works that maintained His creation. The wind blows, the rain and snow fall, the rivers flow, the plants grow, the earth turns, we see sunrise and sunset just to name a few. Like God’s work of maintaining the universe, the Temple work went forward, Yeshua made clear the importance of mankind in the scheme of all things by healing people on Shabbat. This will be made even more clear next week when we look at the healing by the Pool of Beit-Zata (Bethesda).

 

Now in today’s teaching things are pretty repetitious, different people and needs, but Yeshua pretty much followed the same pattern. Next week things will get a little more heated when Yeshua doesn’t just rely on a command or a touch, but challenges the Oral Law, the fence built by the Parushim around Torah, by doing actual physical work.

 

Keep in mind; it’s the legalist fence the Parushim built what most people mistake for Torah.

 

Resources:

 

www.Answers.com
Zola Levitt Ministries - www.levitt.com

Jewish Encyclopedia - www.jewishencyclopedia.com

Jewish Virtual Library - www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org

Complete Jewish Bible – David H. Stern, Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc.

Jewish New Testament Commentary – David H. Stern, Jewish New Testament Publications

The Sabbath Breaker – D. Thomas Lancaster, First Fruits of Zion

 

 

 

 

                          YESHUA THE SABBATH BREAKER

 

                                       RETURNING TORAH TO THE CHURCH

                              Lesson 4 Part 7

                               The Seven Shabbat Miracles

 

According to the Gospels Yeshua performed, at least, seven miracles on Shabbat.

 

  1. Mark 1:21-28 -- Yeshua Drives Out an Evil Spirit taught Feb Lesson 4-4
  2. Mark 1:29-31 -- Yeshua Heals Peter’s Mother-in-law Feb Lesson 4-5
  3. Mark 3:1-6 -- Yeshua Heals a Man with a Deformed Hand  Feb Lesson 4-5
  4. Luke 13:10-17 -- Yeshua Heals a Crippled Woman Mar Lesson 4-6
  5. Luke 14:1-6 -- Yeshua Heals a Man with Dropsy Mar Lesson 4-6
  6. John 5:1-18 -- Yeshua Heals a Lame Man by the Pool of Bethesda Mar 4-7
  7. John 9:1-16 -- Yeshua Heals a Man Born Blind Mar 4 -7

 

In our previous studies on the seven miracles on Shabbat, Yeshua uses a verbal command or a touch to heal the afflicted. Today, instead of pushing against the fence the Parushim built around Torah, Yeshua pushes through, challenging the traditions of the legalists by direct acts of work forbidden by the 39 Laws for observing Shabbat.

John 5: 1 ¶ After this, there was a Judean festival; and Yeshua went up to Yerushalayim.

2 In Yerushalayim, by the Sheep Gate, is a pool called in Aramaic, Beit-Zata,

3 In which lay a crowd of invalids—blind, lame, crippled.

4 *

5 One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.

6 Yeshua, seeing this man and knowing that he had been there a long time, said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”

7 The sick man answered, “I have no one to put me in the pool when the water is disturbed; and while I’m trying to get there, someone goes in ahead of me.”

8 Yeshua said to him, “Get up, pick up your mat and walk!”

9 Immediately the man was healed, and he picked up his mat and walked. Now that day was Shabbat,

10 so the Judeans said to the man who had been healed, “It’s Shabbat! It’s against Torah for you to carry your mat!”

11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me—he’s the one who told me, ‘pick up your mat and walk.’ ”

12 They asked him, “Who is the man who told you to pick it up and walk?”

13 But the man who had been healed didn’t know who it was, because Yeshua had slipped away into the crowd.

14 Afterwards Yeshua found him in the temple court and said to him, “See, you are well! Now stop sinning or something worse may happen to you!”

15 The man went off and told the Judeans it was Yeshua who had healed him;

16 And on account of this, the Judeans began harassing Yeshua because he did these things on Shabbat.

 

*Some manuscripts have verses 3b-4:…, waiting for the water to move, (4) for at certain times an angel of Adonai went down into the pool and disturbed the water, and whoever stepped into the water first after it was disturbed was healed of whatever disease he had. David H. Stern author Complete Jewish Bible

 

In verse 5:1 Yeshua goes up to Jerusalem for a “Judean Festival” which is not named. David H. Stern, author of the Complete Jewish Bible, uses the term “Judean Festival” instead of “Jewish Festival” to differentiate between the Jewish Feasts in general and the three Torah Feasts which required all Jewish men to appear at Jerusalem, in Judea. The author also uses the term “Judeans” in lieu of “Jews” to differentiate between the Jews who supported Yeshua and the Jews (Judeans) who opposed Him. He makes this difference because the translations going back to the King James Version used the generic term “Jews” instead of Parushim, Sadducees, etc. as a pejorative as if all Jews opposed Yeshua (not true) which in turn fed anti-Semitism among gentiles. In addition, most of Yeshua’s opposition came out of Jerusalem.

 

Suffice it to say, Yeshua was in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) for one of the Torah required Feasts.

 

In verse 2 we learn there is a pool by the Sheep Gate called Beit-Zata in Aramaic or Bethesda in English. Archeology is constantly proving the Bible, in 1888 this pool was dug out, it had five porches. Also there was a fresco, faded over the years, of an angel stirring the waters.

 

From verse 3 we can imagine the sick and invalid with their attendants on those porches, looking for a miracle.

 

In verse 5 we are introduced to a man who has been ill for 38 years, he had been sick longer than Yeshua walked on the earth, it’s possible that this man was by the pool of Beit-Zata when at the age of 12 Yeshua came up to Yerushalayim with His family and remained behind.

 

In verse 6 we discover that Yeshua knows this man’s history and that he had been by the pool for “a long time.” Yeshua asks the man if he wants to be healed and, in verse 7, the man explains he has no attendant to carry him to the pool when the water is stirred.

 

So far this is pretty much standard Yeshua operating procedure. When Yeshua asks the man if he wants to be healed, we don’t expect him to reply: “No, I’d rather not, I’m comfortable here, and my friends are all around me, passersby give me food and money.” No! We know he wants to be healed and, after 38 years he can be forgiven if he feels a little sorry for himself that he has no one to help him.

 

To this point, no harm, no foul, then Yeshua does something different. In verse 8 Yeshua said to him, “Get up, pick up your mat and walk!” Now I’m sure you all stifled a gasp when you heard this, because you should know by now, under the 39 Laws for observing Shabbat, its forbidden to carry anything on the Sabbath, and here is this Orthodox Rabbi, not just saying get up and walk, He’s saying “Pick up your mat and walk.”

 

For someone to be recognized as Mashiach (Messiah) that person must keep Torah perfectly, telling someone to break Torah by carrying their mat violates the Sabbath. So did Yeshua nullify His right to be Mashiach by ordering a man to carry his mat?

 

If the so called experts can’t agree on Yeshua’s intent, I certainly can’t give a definitive answer to this, but this is the theory I’m most inclined to agree with. Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath, the man afflicted for 38 years possibly was reduced to one possession, his mat. It would be a cruel joke if the man, freed from his bondage and commanded to walk, left his sole possession behind only to return and find another miracle seeker on his mat or worse, the mat gone. Yeshua always took the position that the needs of man superseded the Sabbath laws. On what would the man sleep that night? Remember D’varim (Deuteronomy) 24:12-13 warns against keeping a debtor’s cloak over night lest he have nothing to keep him warm while he sleeps. The Father is concerned about the needs of His people.

 

In verse 9 we see the man was immediately healed. Can you imagine the joy that man must felt when he walked with that mat under his arm, can’t you see him rejoicing in the Lord, and don’t you know when you are blessed by Adonai, HaSatan is there to steal your joy. Verse 9 also reminds us that day was Shabbat.

 

In verse 10 the joy robbers show up in the form of legalist Judeans, forget the mighty miracle the Lord had performed, forget that the God of Israel through Yeshua had freed a captive, the Joy in Lord Robbers will have none of that happiness, peace and restoration here! Quit smiling! Today is Shabbat! There’ll be no smiling, just holy, self righteous frowns please.

 

The Joy Robbers demand to know who told the man to carry his mat. Notice they don’t even care about the man being healed after thirty-two years, they don’t ask how he got healed, they don’t rejoice with him. They are oblivious to the work of God before them and are fixed on an infraction of the Law. When they said “it’s against Torah” they meant it was against the Parushim interpretation of Torah.

 

When the man explains in verse 11 that the man who healed him – obviously a man with the power to heal is a man of authority –told him to pick up his mat and walk, in verse 12 they demand to know who ordered this infraction – not who healed a man suffering for 32 years – who ordered this infraction of the Law.

 

When I read Yeshua said: “No man takes my life I lay it down” I’m always reminded of this special talent Yeshua had – He could just slip away into the surrounding crowd even when they were a raging mob bent on killing Him.. In verse 13 slip away is exactly what Yeshua did. The man didn’t know who healed him.

 

In verse 14 Yeshua finds the man in the Temple, Yeshua reminds the man he is healed then adds this warning: “Now stop sinning or something worse may happen to you!” The 32 years of bondage was the result of the man’s sin life, that he believed Yeshua, stood up and walked was the result of his faith. What worse could happen to the man after 32 years of bondage? It may mean Yeshua was referring to the second death of eternal damnation. The man believed Yeshua could heal him, but there’s no indication, like Judas, that the man accepted Yeshua as Lord.

 

Like a foreshadow of Judas, in verse 15 the man went off to the Judeans and told them about Yeshua, and in verse 16 the Judeans began attacking Yeshua, not concerned with praising God for the healings, but with the violation of traditions for observing Shabbat.

 

Now we go toYochanan (John) 9: 1 ¶ As Yeshua passed along, He saw a man blind from birth.

2 His talmidim asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned—this man or his parents—to cause him to be born blind?”

3 Yeshua answered, “His blindness is due neither to his sin nor to that of his parents; it happened so that God’s power might be seen at work in him.

4 As long as it is day, we must keep doing the work of the one who sent me; the night is coming, when no one can work.

5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

6 Having said this, He spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, put the mud on the man’s eyes,

7 and said to him, “go, wash off in the pool of Shiloach!” (The name means “sent.”) So he went and washed and came away seeing.

8 ¶ His neighbors and those who previously had seen him begging said, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?”

9 Some said, “Yes, he’s the one”; while others said, “no, but he looks like him.” However, he himself said, “I’m the one.”

10 How were your eyes opened?” they asked him.

11 He answered, “The man called Yeshua made mud, put it on my eyes, and told me, ‘Go to Shiloach and wash!’ so I went; and as soon as I had washed, I could see.”

12 They said to him, “Where is he?” and he replied, “I don’t know.”

13 They took the man who had been blind to the P’rushim.

14 Now the day on which Yeshua had made the mud and opened his eyes was Shabbat.

15 So the P’rushim asked him again how he had become able to see; and he told them, “He put mud on my eyes, then I washed, and now I can see.”

16 At this, some of the P’rushim said, “This man is not from God, because he doesn’t keep Shabbat.” but others said, “How could a man who is a sinner do miracles like these?” and there was a split among them.

 

In verse 2 the talmidim (disciples) question Yeshua about the cause of the man’s blindness, it was a common belief back then that illness, disability and accidents came about because of sin in someone’s life, in this case possibly the man or the man’s parents.

 

In verse 3 Yeshua corrects this assumption and explains the man is to be used to demonstrate the power of God. In verse 4 we are reminded, even to this time, that we are to keep working while it’s still day to glorify God for the time is coming when no one will be able to publically lift up the Name of God. In verse 5 Yeshua tells His talmidim that He is the light of the world, while He is in it. But we are told in Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:14 – 16 that we followers of Yeshua are the light of the world and we must let our light shine. Like Yeshua, we must work until night comes.

 

In verse 6 Yeshua spits on the ground and mixes it into mud. This violates the Sabbath law of production, specifically, kneading. In Yeshua’s time it was believed that the spittle of an oldest son contained healing properties. We know Yeshua could have healed the man with a word, but He chose to confront the “traditions of the fathers” by compounding a type of salve from the dirt and spit. Also by kneading the dirt and spit, Yeshua was making clay, a building material. So from the Prushim point of view Yeshua violated both building and kneading. In verse 7 Yeshua sends the man off to Shiloach (Siloam) to wash his eyes.

 

Why the big production in the healing of the blind man and also the man on the mat? It seems Yeshua was confronting the legalism of the Prushim who put works above mercy. The legalism of the Prushim opposed any healthcare on Shabbat whether it be setting broken bones or mixing medicine, helping anyone whose injury or illness was not life threatening, according to the Prushim, was against Torah. The sick and injured where to wait until sundown, when Shabbat was over, to receive care.

 

In verses 8 through 12 the formerly blind man is confronted by his neighbors who want to know what happened, how did he get healed, and where was this Yeshua?

The man tells his story and admits he doesn’t know where Yeshua is.

 

In verses 13 through 15 we see the neighbors take the man to the Parushim and the Parushim question him. Again the man tells his story and this causes division among the Parushim, on the one hand some of them say Yeshua is not from God because He doesn’t keep the Sabbath, but on the other hand some of them ask, how can a sinner perform miracles? It doesn’t occur to them that their legalistic point of view might be in error – oh, no – it all centers on the character of this man, Yeshua.

 

Often times man’s good intentions go awry, especially when they leave God out of the plan. If you recall when the Jews returned from Babylon early in the 400 years of silence, they understood the failure to keep Torah, particularly in the area of idol worship caused God to remove them from the Land. They formed The Great Synagogue to interpret the Law and teachers, who would eventually become the Prushim, went out and began teaching Torah to the people. They all started out as the good guys, serving God, but as they got into explaining the Law they realized the people needed answers regarding what to do. In order to keep the Jewish population from inadvertently violating Torah, the leadership began to build a fence around Torah with rules and boundaries, such as the 40 less 1 Laws for keeping Shabbat.

 

In time it became less about a faith relationship with God and became more a religious works relationship of self effort. It wasn’t about communing with God, it became about “If I do thus and so,” or “If I observe the feasts, make the proper offerings I’m good with God.”

 

Yeshua came to restore the balance in the relationship between God, man and Torah.

 

The reason God doesn’t accept our works as adding to our salvation is because works are a source of pride. We risk becoming our own god when we believe our works will earn us salvation. Why then would we need Yeshua. Or we might believe our works put God in debt to us. How many times do people pray for wealth thinking that if they had money they would feel secure – they’ve got it all wrong – security comes from knowing Yeshua is our God and our Savior, and accepting the free gift of Salvation and having accepted that gift, believing, trusting, having faith, that God will meet all our needs. That’s why the Word tells us again and again to just have Faith (Trust), it doesn’t have to be big faith, faith the size of a mustard seed will move mountains. Our works should be the result of our faith, not our faith the result of our works.

 

Resources:

Archaeological Study Bible (NIV) Zondervan

www.Answers.com
Zola Levitt Ministries - www.levitt.com

Jewish Encyclopedia - www.jewishencyclopedia.com

Jewish Virtual Library - www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org

Complete Jewish Bible – David H. Stern, Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc.

Jewish New Testament Commentary – David H. Stern, Jewish New Testament Publications

 

Lesson 4 part 7 – Attachment

These are some of the verses of Scripture that may have been the foundations used to justify the Fence created by Jewish leadership to observe Shabbat.

Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 17:19 ¶ Then ADONAI said this to me: “Go, and stand at the people’s gate, where the kings of Y’hudah go in and out, and at all the gates of Yerushalayim;

20 And say to them: ‘Kings of Y’hudah, all Y’hudah and all living in Yerushalayim who enter through these gates, hear the word of ADONAI!

21 Here is what ADONAI says: “If you value your lives, don’t carry anything on Shabbat or bring it in through the gates of Yerushalayim;

22 Don’t carry anything out of your houses on Shabbat; and don’t do any work. Instead, make Shabbat a holy day. I ordered your ancestors to do this,

23 But they neither listened nor paid attention; rather, they stiffened their necks, so that they wouldn’t have to hear or receive instruction.

24 However, if you will pay careful heed to me,” says ADONAI“ and carry nothing through the gates of this city on Shabbat, but instead make Shabbat a day which is holy and not for doing work;

25 then kings and princes occupying the throne of David will enter through the gates of this city, riding in chariots and on horses. They, their princes, the people of Y’hudah and the inhabitants of Yerushalayim will enter; and this city will be inhabited forever.

Vayikra (Leviticus) 23: 1 ADONAI said to Moshe,

2 “Tell the people of Isra’el: ‘the designated times of ADONAI which you are to proclaim as holy convocations are my designated times.

3 “Work is to be done on six days; but the seventh day is a Shabbat of complete rest, a holy convocation; you are not to do any kind of work; it is a Shabbat for ADONAI, even in your homes.

Sh’mot (Exodus) 20: 8 “Remember the day, Shabbat, to set it apart for God.

9 You have six days to labor and do all your work,

10 but the seventh day is a Shabbat for ADONAI your God. On it, you are not to do any kind of work— not you, your son or your daughter, not your male or female slave, not your livestock, and not the foreigner staying with you inside the gates to your property.

11 For in six days, ADONAI made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them; but on the seventh day He rested. This is why ADONAI blessed the day, Shabbat, and separated it for Himself.

Nechemyah (Nehemiah) 13: 15 ¶ During this time I saw in Y’hudah some people who were treading winepresses on Shabbat, also bringing in heaps of grain and loading donkeys with it, likewise wine, grapes, figs and all kinds of loads; and they were bringing them into Yerushalayim on the day of Shabbat. On the day when they were planning to sell the food, I warned them not to.

16 There were also living there people from Tzor who brought in fish and all kinds of goods, and sold them on Shabbat to the people in Y’hudah and even in Yerushalayim.

17 I disputed with the nobles of Y’hudah, demanding of them, “What is this terrible thing you are doing, profaning the day of Shabbat?

18 Didn’t your ancestors do this, and didn’t our God bring all this disaster on us and on this city? Yet you are bringing still more fury against Isra’el by profaning Shabbat!”

19 So when the gates of Yerushalayim began to grow dark before Shabbat, I ordered that the doors be shut; and I ordered that they not be reopened until after Shabbat. I put some of my servants in charge of the gates, to see to it that no loads be brought in on Shabbat.

20 The merchants and sellers of all kinds of goods spent the night outside Yerushalayim once or twice,

21 until I warned them, “Why are you spending the night by the wall? Do it again, and I’ll use force against you!” From then on they stopped coming on Shabbat.

22 Then I ordered the L’vi’im to purify themselves and come and guard the gates, in order to keep the day of Shabbat holy. my God, remember this too for me, and have mercy on me in keeping with the greatness of your grace!

Nechemyah (Nehemiah) 10: 31 (10:32) “If the peoples of the lands bring merchandise or food to sell on Shabbat, we will not buy from them on Shabbat or on a holy day. “We will forego (planting and harvesting our fields) during the seventh year and collecting debts then.

B’midbar (Numbers) 15: 28 The Cohen will make atonement before ADONAI for the person who makes a mistake by sinning inadvertently; he will make atonement for him, and he will be forgiven—

29 no matter whether he is a citizen of Isra’el or a foreigner living with them. You are to have one law for whoever it is that does something wrong by mistake.

30 ¶ “‘but an individual who does something wrong intentionally, whether a citizen or a foreigner, is blaspheming ADONAI. That person will be cut off from his people.

31 Because he has had contempt for the word of ADONAI and has disobeyed His command, that person will be cut off completely; his offense will remain with him.’”

32 While the people of Isra’el were in the desert, they found a man gathering wood on Shabbat.

33 Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moshe, Aharon and the whole congregation.

34 They kept him in custody, because it had not yet been decided what to do to him.

35 Then ADONAI said to Moshe, “this man must be put to death; the entire community is to stone him to death outside the camp.”

36 So the whole community brought him outside the camp and threw stones at him until he died, as ADONAI had ordered Moshe.

Sh’mot (Exodus) 16: 22 ¶ On the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two ‘omer s per person; and all the community leaders came and reported to Moshe.

23 He told them, "This is what ADONAI has said: ‘Tomorrow is a holy Shabbat for ADONAI. Bake what you want to bake; boil what you want to boil; and whatever is left over, set aside and keep for the morning.’

24 They set it aside till morning, as Moshe had ordered; and it didn’t rot or have worms.

25 Moshe said, "Today, eat that; because today is a Shabbat for ADONAI— today you won’t find it in the field.

26 Gather it six days, but the seventh day is the Shabbat—on that day there won’t be any.

27 However, on the seventh day, some of the people went out to gather and found none.

28 ADONAI said to Moshe, "How long will you refuse to observe my mitzvot (commandments) and teachings?

29 Look, ADONAI has given you the Shabbat. This is why He is providing bread for two days on the sixth day. Each of you, stay where you are; no one is to leave his place on the seventh day.

30 So the people rested on the seventh day.

         

                                                                  

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.