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Do not grow weary, do not lose heart

 

Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.

Today it seems the more we try to do good, the more the enemy is coming against us. The enemy does not want to see YHWH’S plan and purpose for our lives come forth. During these times, we have to hold tight to YHWH and to his word. As Paul says, we cannot grow tired of doing good. We have to stay the course and not give up. For when we hold on, in due season, not when we think, but when YHWH says, we will reap all the good that we have been doing. In other words, when we do good, it will come back to us and the enemy cannot stop the blessing. We have to do as the word says and not give up, we cannot lose heart. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Going about doing the fathers business.

II Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

Again, we cannot lose heart and give up on the good works that YHWH has called us to do. On the outside, we may be tired and run down, but YHWH will renew us daily to finish the task he has called us to do. We will find the strength to continue on, if we hold onto YHWH, if we don’t lose heart and don’t give up. Our hope is always found in the father. By his spirit, we will find the strength we need. When we are doing good works, sharing his word, we are sharing life, life in Yeshua. We cannot stop in these times. The enemy has taken hold of too many who have given up. We cannot let him win. We have to continue to share the word, and do the good works that YHWH has called us to do. We have come too far to stop now. Remember, we have been called for such a time as this. To be that light of life to a lost and dying world. To see those that have been bound up by chains of bondage set free by the life of YHWH’S word.

Blessing and Shalom,

Richard Quinn

 

What is Leaven?

What is leaven?

With Passover on the way it is yet time again to thank the Father for His provision and begin our quest of looking for leaven in all our dwellings.

I always love the time of Pesach (Passover). Pesach is a reminder to all of us that we have been redeemed. From time to time we need reminders that YHWH is in control of all things, including our lives. Pesach observed biblically achieves this goal.

Most know that Pesach is at the culmination of plagues and judgments that were meted out on Mitzraim (Egypt) for the purpose of bringing them out.

Genesis 15:13-14 -  And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; (14)  And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

Deuteronomy 26:8 - And the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders:

If you look into the entire Pesach story it is very prophetic of what the Father desires to for His children, even today. We know that Yeshua is our Pesach Lamb and as believers we should observe Pesach.

1 Corinthians 5:7-8 - Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: (8)  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

I don’t want to spend much time on that at this time. I believe that the Father is telling the Bride to get rid of the leaven in our lives. If we are to be a bride without spot or wrinkle, then we should start learning how to identify the spots and wrinkles in our lives, for the purpose of getting rid of them.

The feast of unleavened bread teaches us how to discern the leaven in our lives. It truly is amazing how much leaven you will find if you will truly look for it. I have learned to not take ANYTHING for granted and inspect EVERYTHING. This really does teach us a spiritual lesson in a spiritual way.

How many of us take our daily routines for granted, not looking at everything we encounter and inspecting what we allow to enter into our lives? We are told to beware of the leaven that could enter our lives. I am not saying that we should be fearful, I am saying that we should be wise. We need to keep our focus on the Father and keep out hearts and minds set on Him and His word.

Sometimes in our lives we may encounter things that would be considered “leaven.” Do we allow those things in our lives or do we get rid of it?

Leaven is defined as a thing that causes something to “puff up” or to ferment or to rise. What is interesting about this is when you look at this in a natural context. To make dough naturally you would mix flour, or some kind of grain, and water and let it just sit. Over time the mixture would collect yeasts or molds in the air and the mix would “sour”. If left too long, this mix would turn moldy and would not be able to be used. The interesting thing about this is that it brings out the fact that the leavening of dough is a process of fermentation or decay. Leaven leads to decay!

If left unchecked, the leaven in our lives will lead to spiritual decay. It is important that we continually are looking to the Word of YHWH as our guide and allowing the Word to be written on our hearts. If we would truly look at the leaven that we allow into our hearts, instead of making excuses for it, we would change.  

During this time of Pesach/ unleavened bread/ Firsfruits, let us examine ourselves to get the leaven out. Take nothing for granted, examine everything! Do not just assume that everything is o.k. examine EVERYTHING and if it’s not in the Word of YHWH may we get rid of it so that we can remain unleavened, just the way we were intended to be.

Until next time,

Shalom,

David

 

Prayer and the Amidah

 
 

 

Prayer

The Ultimate Weapon to help you STAND

Have you ever thought…

If I could just find the “key” to walking out a life pleasing to Yahweh

And overcome the trials of the world

The most powerful “tool” we have Is uninterrupted communication with YHWH

 

Prayer …

Strengthens our faith

Allows the grace of YHWH to flow through us

Keeps us in communion with the Father

Is supernatural, human nature tells us that something should be a certain way. Prayer can change that!

Keeps our focus on the Father so we don’t fall into the trap of “by my own hand” (Deut. 8:17)

 

Prayer and the Heart go together

We act and speak according to our hearts, not our brain

 

Deuteronomy 4:39-40

(39) know today, and establish it in your heart, that Adonai is God in heaven above and on earth below - there is no other. (40) Therefore, you are to keep his laws and mitzvot which I am giving you today, so that it will go well with you and with your children after you, and so that you will prolong your days in the land Adonai your God is giving you forever."

 

What keeps us from the Father?

Isaiah 59:1-2

(1) Adonai's arm is not too short to save, nor is his ear too dull to hear. (2) Rather, it is your own crimes that separate you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he doesn't hear.

 

Proverbs 28:9

 If a person will not listen to Torah, even his prayer is an abomination.

 

The fact is…

The Father WANTS to hear our prayer, He is waiting to hear us. He desires relationship and communion with us. If we feel that our prayer doesn’t make a difference, or if we believe that He doesn’t care to hear us…We have bought the lie.

 

     The first century believers would often pray three times a day. These times of prayer were synced with the offerings in the temple. While there were offerings (Korbanot) going on the altar, there were prayers ascending to the Father as well. Two of the prayers that would be said at least twice a day was “the Shema” and “the Amidah.”

 

The Shema is three passages of Scripture that are intended to remind us of the One we serve. These passages are;

 

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

"Sh'ma, Yisra'el! Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad [Hear, Isra'el! Adonai our God, Adonai is one]; (5) and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources. (6) These words, which I am ordering you today, are to be on your heart; (7) and you are to teach them carefully to your children. You are to talk about them when you sit at home, when you are traveling on the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (8) Tie them on your hand as a sign, put them at the front of a headband around your forehead, (9) and write them on the door-frames of your house and on your gates.

 

Deuteronomy 11:13-21

"So if you listen carefully to my mitzvot which I am giving you today, to love Adonai your God and serve him with all your heart and all your being; (14) then, [says Adonai,] 'I will give your land its rain at the right seasons, including the early fall rains and the late spring rains; so that you can gather in your wheat, new wine and olive oil; (15) and I will give your fields grass for your livestock; with the result that you will eat and be satisfied.' (16) But be careful not to let yourselves be seduced, so that you turn aside, serving other gods and worshipping them. (17) If you do, the anger of Adonai will blaze up against you. He will shut up the sky, so that there will be no rain. The ground will not yield its produce, and you will quickly pass away from the good land Adonai is giving you. (18) Therefore, you are to store up these words of mine in your heart and in all your being; tie them on your hand as a sign; put them at the front of a headband around your forehead; (19) teach them carefully to your children, talking about them when you sit at home, when you are traveling on the road, when you lie down and when you get up; (20) and write them on the door-frames of your house and on your gates - (21) so that you and your children will live long on the land Adonai swore to your ancestors that he would give them for as long as there is sky above the earth.

 

Numbers 15:37-41

Adonai said to Moshe, (38) "Speak to the people of Isra'el, instructing them to make, through all their generations, tzitziyot on the corners of their garments, and to put with the tzitzit on each corner a blue thread. (39) It is to be a tzitzit for you to look at and thereby remember all of Adonai's mitzvot and obey them, so that you won't go around wherever your own heart and eyes lead you to prostitute yourselves; (40) but it will help you remember and obey all my mitzvot and be holy for your God. (41) I am Adonai your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt in order to be your God. I am Adonai your God."

 

The next is the Amidah. The Hebrew word Amidah is from the word “Amad” which means stand. This originally was a series of eighteen different prayers. One more was added to make a total of nineteen. These are called the prayer of standing because as they are offered it is believed that we come into the presence of YHWH i.e. petition Him or stand before Him.

 

I can’t help but think that Paul said when we’ve done all we can do, STAND. I believe that he was referencing these prayers. When you’ve done all you can do from your own hands or strength, PRAY. Prayer should be our first thought when things happen, not a last resort. We should realize that when we are done working in the strength of our own hands, it is time to do what we should’ve done from the beginning, turn our hearts to the Father.

 

Below is a version of the Amidah that you can pray.

 

First Blessing- THE GOD OF HISTORY

Blessed are You, O Yahweh our Elohim and Elohim of our fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac and the Elohim of Jacob, the great, mighty and revered Elohim, the Most High Elohim who bestows loving kindnesses, the creator of all things, who remembers the good deeds of the patriarchs and in love will bring a redeemer to their children's children for his name's sake. O king, helper, savior and shield. Blessed are You, O Yahweh, the shield of Abraham

 

Second Blessing- THE GOD OF NATURE

You, O Yahweh, are mighty forever, You revive the dead, You have the power to save. You sustain the living with loving kindnesses, You revive the dead with great mercy, You support the falling, heal the sick, set free the bound and keep faith with those who sleep in the dust. Who is like You, O doer of mighty acts? Who resembles You, a king who puts to death and restores to life, and causes salvation to flourish? And You are certain to revive the dead. Blessed are You, O Yahweh, who revives the dead.

 

Third Blessing- SANCTIFICATION OF GOD

We will sanctify Your name in this world just as it is sanctified in the highest heavens, as it is written by Your prophet: "And they call out to one another and say:

 'Holy, holy, holy is Yahweh of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.' 

Those facing them praise Elohim saying:

 "Blessed be the Presence of Yahweh in his place."

And in Your Holy Words it is written, saying,

 "Yahweh reigns forever, Your Elohim, O Zion, throughout all generations. Hallelujah."

Throughout all generations we will declare Your greatness, and to all eternity we will proclaim your holiness. Your praise, O our Elohim, shall never depart from our mouth, for You are a great and holy Elohim and King. Blessed are You, O Yahweh, the holy Elohim. You are holy, and Your name is holy, and holy beings praise You daily. (Selah.) Blessed are You, O Yahweh, the holy Elohim.

 

Fourth Blessing- PRAYER FOR UNDERSTANDING

You favor men with knowledge, and teach mortals understanding. O favor us with the knowledge, the understanding and the insight that come from You. Blessed are You, O Yahweh, the gracious giver of knowledge.

 

Fifth Blessing- FOR REPENTANCE

Bring us back, O our father, to Your Instruction; draw us near, O our King, to Your service; and cause us to return to You in perfect repentance. Blessed are You, O Yahweh, who delights in repentance.

 

Sixth Blessing- FOR FORGIVENESS

Forgive us, O our Father, for we have sinned; pardon us, O our King, for we have transgressed; for You pardon and forgive. Blessed are You, O Yahweh, who is merciful and always ready to forgive.

 

Seventh Blessing- FOR DELIVERANCE FROM AFFLICTION

Look upon our affliction and plead our cause, and redeem us speedily for Your name’s sake, for You are a mighty redeemer. Blessed are You, O Yahweh, the redeemer of Israel.

 

Eighth Blessing- FOR HEALING

Heal us, O Yahweh, and we will be healed; save us and we will be saved, for You are our praise. O grant a perfect healing to all our ailments, may it be Your will, Yahweh my Elohim, and the Elohim of my forefathers, that You quickly send a complete recovery from heaven, spiritual healing and physical healing to all our loved ones who are in need of healing from You today, for You, almighty King, are a faithful and merciful healer. Blessed are You, O Yahweh, the healer of the sick of his people Israel.

 

Ninth Blessing- FOR DELIVERANCE FROM WANT

Bless this year for us, O Yahweh our Elohim, together with all the varieties of its produce, for our welfare. Bestow a blessing upon the face of the earth. O satisfy us with Your goodness, and bless our year like the best of years. Blessed are You, O Yahweh, who blesses the years.

 

Tenth Blessing- FOR GATHERING OF EXILES

Sound the great shofar for our freedom, raise the ensign to gather our exiles, and gather us from the four corners of the earth. Blessed are You, O Yahweh, who gathers the dispersed of his people Israel.

 

Eleventh Blessing- FOR THE RIGHTEOUS REIGN OF GOD

Restore our judges as in former times, and our counselors as at the beginning; and remove from us sorrow and sighing. Reign over us, You alone, O Yahweh, with loving kindness and compassion, and clear us in judgment. Blessed are You, O Yahweh, the King who loves righteousness and justice.

 

Twelfth Blessing- FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF APOSTATES AND THE ENEMIES OF GOD

Let there be no hope for slanderers, and let all wickedness perish in an instant. May all Your enemies quickly be cut down, and may You soon in our day uproot, crush, cast down and humble the dominion of arrogance. Blessed are You, O Yahweh, who smashes enemies and humbles the arrogant.

 

Thirteenth Blessing- FOR THE RIGHTEOUS AND PROSELYTES

May Your compassion be stirred, O Yahweh our Elohim, towards the righteous, the pious, the elders of Your people the house of Israel, the remnant of their scholars, towards proselytes, and towards us also. Grant a good reward to all who truly trust in Your name. Set our lot with them forever so that we may never be put to shame, for we have put our trust in You. Blessed are You, O Yahweh, the support and stay of the righteous.

 

Fourteenth Blessing- FOR THE REBUILDING OF JERUSALEM

Return in mercy to Jerusalem Your city (Your people), and dwell in it as You have promised. Rebuild it soon in our day as an eternal structure, and quickly set up in it the throne of David. Blessed are You, O Yahweh, who rebuilds Jerusalem.

 

Fifteenth Blessing- FOR THE MESSIANIC KING

Speedily cause the offspring of Your servant David to flourish, and let him be exalted by Your saving power, for we wait all day long for Your salvation. Blessed are You, O Yahweh, who causes salvation to flourish.

 

Sixteenth Blessing- FOR THE ANSWERING OF PRAYER

Hear our voice, O Yahweh our Elohim; spare us and have pity on us. Accept our prayer in mercy and with favor, for You are a Elohim who hears prayers and supplications. O our King, do not turn us away from Your presence empty-handed, for You hear the prayers of Your people Israel with compassion. Blessed are You, O Yahweh, who hears prayer.

 

Seventeenth Blessing- FOR RESTORATION OF TEMPLE SERVICE

Be pleased, O Yahweh our Elohim, with Your people Israel and with their prayers. Restore the service to the inner sanctuary of Your Temple, and receive in love and with favor both the fire-offerings of Israel and their prayers. May the worship of Your people Israel always be acceptable to You. And let our eyes behold Your return in mercy to Zion. Blessed are You, O Yahweh, who restores his divine presence to Zion.

 

Eighteenth Blessing- THANKSGIVING FOR GOD'S UNFAILING MERCIES

We give thanks to You that You are Yahweh our Elohim and the Elohim of our fathers forever and ever. Through every generation You have been the rock of our lives, the shield of our salvation. We will give You thanks and declare Your praise for our lives that are committed into Your hands, for our souls that are entrusted to You, for Your miracles that are daily with us, and for Your wonders and Your benefits that are with us at all times, evening, morning and noon. O beneficent one, Your mercies never fail; O merciful one, Your loving-kindnesses never cease. We have always put our hope in You. For all these acts may Your name be blessed and exalted continually, O our King, forever and ever. Let every living thing give thanks to You and praise Your name in truth, O Elohim, our salvation and our help. (Selah.) Blessed are You, O Yahweh, whose Name is the Beneficent One, and to whom it is fitting to give thanks.

 

Nineteenth Blessing -FOR PEACE

My Elohim, guard my tongue from evil and my lips from speaking deceitfully. To those who curse me, let my soul be silent; and let my soul be like dust to everyone. Open my heart to Your Torah, then my soul will pursue Your commandments. As for all those who design evil against me, speedily nullify their counsel and disrupt their design. Act for Your Name's sake; act for Your right hand's sake; act for Your sanctity's sake; act for Your Torah's sake. That Your beloved ones may be given rest; let Your right hand save, and respond to me. May they be acceptable the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart, before You Yeshua, my rock and my redeemer. He Who makes peace in His heights may He make peace among us and upon all Israel. Grant peace, welfare, blessing, grace, lovingkindness and mercy to us and to all Israel your people. Bless us, O our Father, one and all, with the light of your countenance; for by the light of your countenance you have given us, O Lord our God, a Torah of life, lovingkindness and salvation, blessing, mercy, life and peace.

May it please you to bless your people Israel at all times and in every hour with your peace.

Blessed are you, O Lord, who blesses his people Israel with peace. Amein

 

Until next time,

Shalom

David

 

 

Dr. David will be teaching on prayer and the Amidah on Sunday February 12th 2012 at the next SOUND THE SHOFAR! 2pm

at the SouthShore Regional Library

15816 Beth Shields Way

Ruskin, FL 33573-4903

 

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What's in a name?

What's in a name?

 

What’s in a name?

An age old question with many answers. We will look at one aspect of the question.

Proverbs 22:1

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

 

Ecclesiastes 7:1

A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.

 

It’s easy to see that a name is not just what we call a person for the sake of identification. A persons’ name is also reflective of their character. If we were to say that someone had a good name, we are intending that to mean that they are of a good reputation. A persons’ name is in regard to the character of the person we are addressing.

We could say many things regarding the personality of a person, or maybe some of the attributes that they exhibit. All of these may in part reveal some aspects of the persons’ life. However, none of these would be the persons actual name.

This week around the globe many are studying, or preparing to study, the book of Exodus. In Hebrew the name of the book is “Sh’mot.” I ask that we look at something as we prepare to study this book of Scripture. What we call something, or someone, will greatly influence how we look at them and how we receive them. One example of this is, if we were speeding in our car and another car pulls along side of us and someone in that car is trying to tell us to move off of the road, what would you do? How would you respond? Now follow the same scenario with an unmarked police car that has lights flashing and someone inside in a police uniform. In the first scenario we didn’t respond appropriately because we didn’t recognize the authority of the police officer, so we did not view them as a police officer, nor did we call them a police officer. In the second scenario, we did recognize them as an officer and responded accordingly.

What does all that have to do with what a book is called in Hebrew? When we say “exodus” in reference to Scripture, that is exactly what we think of. If that is our focus then that is all we will get out of the book of Exodus. Now, while that is a great thing not to be taken lightly, it is not the emphasis of the book.   

Sh’mot is the Hebrew word for “names.” The book starts out “ Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob.” So, is the book just about the names of the children of Israel? No. Remember, name means character. Sh’mot reveals the character of the children of Israel, their struggles, their bondage and yes, their redemption.

More importantly, it reveals the character of YHWH! The LORD our God! Our Father told Moses at the burning bush that He would reveal Himself to His people and that He would deliver them and redeem them. Moses then asks a very interesting question. “Who do I say sent me?” The people had been in bondage and in slavery long enough to forget the Name and Character of the One they were supposed to be serving and worshipping.

What was the reply? We often hear “I am that I am” in Hebrew this says EHYEH ASHER EHYEH. What does that mean? Ehyeh is a form of the word “Hayah” which means to exist or to be (a short definition). To say it simply YHWH says to tell those who are in bondage that when it comes time, I will BE in all their situations and I will Be all that they will need! What an awesome declaration! Because of this Scripture many have called upon YHWH as “I am”. While this would not be wrong, however, the conversation doesn’t stop there.

Examine the Scripture in the context it is given in Exodus 3. Moses asks “Who shall I say sent me?” The Father answers tell the people that I will be with them and that I have sent you to them. That is the beginning of the answer but at this point the question isn’t really answered. Moses was given a fact concerning the Father. This is much like saying that He will never leave you or forsake you. That is true, it is a promise, He will do what He said, it is comforting to us, but that’s not His name. It is one part of a promise to His children.

Let’s look at it, I will break the verse down in parts for emphasis.

Exodus 3:14-15

·         (14)  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM (Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh):

·         and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

·         (15)  And God said moreover unto Moses,

·         Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel,

·         The LORD (יהוה)

·         God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you:

·         this is my name

·         for ever,

·         and this is my memorial

·         unto all generations.

 

Moses is told in verse 15 of the above text that YHWH (Yud-Hey-Vav- Hey), which is the God of your fathers has sent me to you. Then He answers the question that Moses asked. THIS is my name, and a memorial for ALL Generations! The Father may reveal many things regarding His Character or what He will do for us, but when asked directly HE said MY NAME IS YHWH. We see many things in Scripture that He is called upon by, and none of them are wrong. But what is HIS name, and His character.

This reiterated later in Exodus chapter 6.

Exodus 6:2-3

(2)  And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD:

(3)  And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.

We see in Exodus 6:2 that the Father says “I am the LORD”. Here is something to understand if you have a KJV Bible. Whenever you see “LORD” all in CAPS it is the 4 letter name “יהוה”.

Because it is translated differently in two subsequent verses we don’t think about it. In verse 2 it is translated as LORD and in verse 3 it is translated as Jehovah we look at it differently. In fact both times it is stated here it is in fact “יהוה”.

             We see many names for our heavenly Father, but when asked what He wanted us to call Him, what did HE say? Even in other Scriptures we see this used in conjunction with another aspect of who He is or what He is going to do. It would be like saying “YHWH that____” or “YHWH who is ________” or even “YHWH of ______”. One example of this is “Adonai Tz’vaot” which is translated as “Lord of Hosts”. It is actually written as YHWH of Hosts.

If you look at the meanings of the Paleo-Hebrew letters you will that the first letter of the Name is a Yod. A yod stands for “Hand” meaning the hand itself and all of the actions that it does. The second is a Hey. Hey means to behold a great thing and is reminiscent of the breath of life. It looks like a man with his arms raised in worship. The third letter is a Vav (or Waw). It looks like a spike or a tent peg. The meaning of the letter is “to add to”. And lastly the Hey is repeated.

If you were to take the meanings of these it would say something like “the hand that beholds a great sight (the breath of life) and adds to behold a great sight (the breath of life)”. Whether you agree with me or not on that, I do think that we can all agree that in Exodus all of the world saw the hand of God move and bring His people to a mtn. for the purpose of them beholding Him. Even as Yeshua our Messiah had spikes driven through His hands so that He could draw us near to Him, so that we would behold Him, we see the prophetic implications of the Name.

            This is in no way a complete study of this subject. It is something that I hope will set you on a path of study for yourself though. Whenever you look at, study or read from the book of Exodus, I hope you will look at it differently. I hope that you will look at “Sh’mot” and everywhere you read in it, you will see the nature and Character of a loving Father whos desire is to reveal Himself to His children as He redeems them and draws them out of the bondage, slavery and the ways of the world. Do you find it any coincidence that it is in the book “Sh’mot” that the Father gives His instructions to His children on how to live a life that is pleasing to Him (loving Him) and that shows love for our brothers as well?  

Until next time,

            Shalom,

                        David

Got Dedication?

 

Romans 12:1-2

(1)  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

(2)  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

It takes a certain level of dedication to be a “living sacrifice.” Can you envision someone climbing on an altar, lying down and then when the flames come jumping off of the altar? In most cases that is exactly what we do.

We tell the Father that we want to be just like the image of His Son, Yeshua. However, when the fire comes to burn away the things that keep us from becoming like Him, we jump off the altar and pick up our old life (lifestyles, ideas, customs). All of this reflects the intent of the heart. We say we want to be more like Him, but are unwilling to listen to Him to become that way. In essence we are saying “I want to worship YHWH, but I want to do it my way. I’m not willing to listen to how He said to worship Him.” We are repeating to the Father the words of the crooner “I did it my way.”

In this season that we have entered into, the month of Kislev, we have seen many examples through history of the importance of being dedicated. Even through testing and fire, will we remain dedicated to the truth and not an idea of “truthisms”? through Scripture we can see the difference of people who were dedicated to YHWH no matter what, and those who followed only while God lined up with their ideas of how things should be.

I suppose the question is “Are we dedicated to God, (Adonai Tz’vaot, YHWH, the God of Abraham & Isaac & Jacob) or are we dedicated to “my god?”” When we lay our lives on the altar to be consumed by His presence, at what point do we pick it back up? When we say we are dedicated completely, at what point do we look at the word and dismiss what it says because we want to do something else?

Are we dedicated enough to YHWH that when He says He wants us to be clean and undefiled by the things of the world, we take Him seriously? Does God care about how we live our lives? Does He care about how we worship (undefiled)? It is my opinion that we live a life of worship, not just something we do occasionally. The act of putting something on the altar in Scripture was a mode of worship. It was an outward act of an inward desire to be in the presence of YHWH.

What we have learned about the altar teaches us much. We can’t get into too much here but to say that once something gets placed on the altar, it went up in smoke into the presence of the Father. If there was no fire, smoke could not ascend. All that this scenario would produce would be a lifeless animal on an altar of stone. But, if the fire was added the animal would be consumed by the flames and the smoke would ascend.

It is important to note that even in the altar mode of worship it is life that the Father desires, not death. We are told in Scripture that the life is in the blood. It was the life of the worshipper that was desired. So, there had to be a way for a worshipper to draw near to YHWH, even if by proxy. It truly does show the need for Messiah Yeshua to be a mediator for us to come to the Father. Yeshua brought His own blood (a.k.a. LIFE) into the Holy of Holies so that we could come into the presence of a most holy God.

Why all this talk about an altar? Hanukkah is around the corner. A careful reading of the story tells us that the temple was defiled. The altar was also defiled by the sacrifice of a pig on the altar to another god. When the temple and altar was reclaimed it was to be either cleansed or torn down and rebuilt. Then there was the process of being consecrated (dedicated) anew. If you read in the Torah you will find that the timeframe to dedicate the altar, as well as the priesthood, was eight days.

The people were faced with choices in this time. Would they become defiled or would they stand for what was right, even when their mode of worship had become defiled? In the time that came, pure worship was restored and the people dedicated a new altar.

Does any of the Hanukkah story have relevance to us as believers today? YES! It goes beyond a history lesson. The word “Hanukkah” means “dedication.” It is a reminder to all of us to be wholly dedicated to YHWH and to be undefiled in our hearts, and our ways. Many believers today don’t know that Hanukkah was mentioned in the Brit Hadasha (New Testament). If you read John chapter ten verse 22 says “And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.” The feast of dedication IS Hanukkah.

In this time and season that we are in, may we examine our hearts and the intent of it. May we be fully dedicated to YHWH so that we will lay down our own ideas and let those things that are not of Him be consumed as wood, hay and stubble. Finally, may we come at the end of the process a pure, glorious  and spotless bride who is adorned like a precious stone for the bridegroom.

Come quickly Yeshua, Amen.

Until next time, Shalom

Dr. David E. Jones

Sound the alarm!


 
Yom Teruah – Sound the Alarm!
Have we been complacent in our lives? Have we seemed to have lost purpose and/or vision? Are we really walking in the life that we were called into? It’s time for the alarm to sound! It’s time for the saints of YHWH to rise up and be what they have been called to be! ONE NEW MAN in Yeshua the Messiah! Let’s consider the following passage;
Matthew 25:1-13
(1)  "The Kingdom of Heaven at that time will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom.
(2)  Five of them were foolish and five were sensible.
(3)  The foolish ones took lamps with them but no oil,
(4)  whereas the others took flasks of oil with their lamps.
(5)  Now the bridegroom was late, so they all went to sleep.
(6)  It was the middle of the night when the cry rang out, 'The bridegroom is here! Go out to meet him!'
(7)  The girls all woke up and prepared their lamps for lighting.
(8)  The foolish ones said to the sensible ones, 'Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.'
(9)  'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both you and us. Go to the oil dealers and buy some for yourselves.'
(10)  But as they were going off to buy, the bridegroom came. Those who were ready went with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut.
(11)  Later, the other bridesmaids came. 'Sir! Sir!' they cried, 'Let us in!'
(12)  But he answered, 'Indeed! I tell you, I don't know you!'
(13)  So stay alert, because you know neither the day nor the hour.

Upon reading these Scriptures we often focus on the part of having or not having the oil for our lamps. I want to draw attention to the fact that ALL of them were asleep when the bridegroom came!  This analogy is much like the time frame between the Spring and Fall festivals. Are we in a slow and complacent time of “summer”?


Looking at Leviticus 23 you have the Spring Feasts, then the Summer. The time of Summer is not mentioned in Leviticus 23 but there is a lot that can be learned by looking at it. During the Summer it’s HOT! We think it’s a good time for some R&R, Vacations, Rest, Relax some, Take summer naps, Summer makes us…

•    Lethargic, Slow and Lazy it’s now time to WAKE UP!
YHWH is calling His people to WAKE UP and hear the sound of the shofar TODAY!

Enter the festival of “Yom Teruah”

Leviticus 23:1-4
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, (2) Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. (3) Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings. (4) These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

Concerning the feasts of the LORD, they are called Moedim. The singular of the word is Moed. The Strong’s concordance lists the word Moed as H4150 מועד - mô‛êd

an appointment, a fixed time or season; an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); a signal (as appointed beforehand): appointed sign or time, appointed season, set time

Leviticus 23:4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

Holy convocations is defined as H4744 מקרא miqrâ' - something called out, a public meeting; also a rehearsal: assembly, calling, convocation, reading.

Leviticus 23:4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

To proclaim is the Hebrew word Kara, H7121 קרא qârâ' - to call out to ( properly address by name):call for or upon), cry unto, mention or give name, preach, make proclamation, pronounce, publish, read, renowned, say.

Leviticus 23:4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

(notice not in our convenience)

To quickly recap, The festivals are the appointed times of YHWH. They were appointed for certain times and seasons. These times were a calling out and public gatherings that were to be proclaimed in their proper seasons.


Now we go down to verse 23,

Leviticus 23:23-25
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, (24)Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. (25) Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

On the first day of the seventh month there is to be a memorial. One of the things involved in this memorial is the blowing of the trumpets. The Hebrew word for memorial (H2146 זכרון zikrôn) is from the word Zakar which means to to mark (so as to be recognized), to remember; to mention; be mindful, recount, record, remember, make to be remembered, bring (call, come, keep, put) to (in) remembrance, still think on.


As we remember, we are to be marked. So, what about the trumpets?

Leviticus 23:23-25
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,(24)Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. (25) Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

The blowing of the trumpet is the word H8643 תּרוּעה teru‛̂âh From H7321; acclamation of joy or a battle cry; an alarm, blowing of the trumpets, joy, jubile, loud noise, rejoicing, shouting, (high, joyful) sound.


Which is from the word H7321 רוּע rûa‛ which means to mar (especially by breaking to split the ears with sound, shout (for alarm or joy: blow an alarm, cry aloud, make a joyful noise, shout for joy, sound an alarm, triumph.


We need to be waiting, watching & Listening. One problem is, there are many voices out there we must be sure that we are listening to the right voice.


1 Corinthians 14:8 - For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?


The call or sound that a shofar makes is called a “voice.” While in the wilderness, the children of Israel were to listen for the sound of the trumpets. Certain sounds or voices were to tell the people what direction or action they were to take. Certain calls were calls to battle, others were for worship, some were to call the people to assemble. In order for the people to know what to do, they had to discern the voice that they were hearing.  


What are the main traditional shofar sounds?

• Tekiah: The "blast". One long blast with a clear tone. Signifies Rejoicing and Hope
• Shevarim: A "broken" sound of 3 short calls. Like the sighing. It is a reminder that we need to be broken before a coming King who will judge the earth.
• Teruach: An "alarm". A rapid series of 9 or more staccatoo notes. Like crying. It is a reminder to plead for mercy before the King who has come to judge the living and the dead
• Tekiah Gedolah: A single unbroken blast held as long as possible. A reminder that at the sound of the last great trumpet sound, the King will be back with power and glory to rule forever.

Numbers 10:1-2 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: (2) 'Make thee two trumpets of silver; of beaten work shalt thou make them; and they shall be unto thee for the calling of the congregation, and for causing the camps to set forward.


Numbers 10:9-10 And when ye go to war in your land against the adversary that oppresseth you, then ye shall sound an alarm (ruah) with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered (zakar) before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies. (10) Also in the day of your gladness, and in your appointed seasons (moedim), and in your new moons, ye shall blow (taka) with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace-offerings; and they shall be to you

for a memorial(zikron) before your God: I am the LORD your God.'

As we sound the trumpets, we will be remembered before YHWH our God.

In the “Teruah”
 We are given teruah as a joyous sound of victory!
 We are reminded that in the battle it is YHWH that goes before us to fight
 We must remember YHWH has called out his people into a life of repentance that leads to victory
 It is YHWH calling us out
 and leading us to repentance
 Giving us the overcoming life in the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit)

Another remembrance for Yom Teruah is, it is time to repent – Yom Kippur is coming!

The King is coming and He is going to judge, have you been atoned for?
Yom Teruah gives us an alarm to repent – the kingdom of YHWH is at hand! The day of covering is coming – has come for those in Messiah but there is still the gathering on the last day and the great judgment. This alarm is an alarm to wake out of our slumber, open our eyes and repent
It’s time to awake as Matthew 25 tells us to.
Isaiah 51:9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?

Isaiah 51:17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the LORD the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out.


Isaiah 52:1 Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.


Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.


AN ANCIENT SAGE, MAIMONIDES EXPLAINED THE SOUND OF THE SHOFAR AS FOLLOWS

Awake, ye sleepers from your slumber and rouse you from your lethargy. Scrutinize your deeds and return in repentance. Remember your Creator, ye who forget eternal truth is the trifles of the hour, who go astray all your years after vain illusions which can neither profit nor deliver. Look well into your souls and mend your ways and your actions; let each one of you forsake his evil path and his unworthy purpose and return to God so that He may have mercy upon you.

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.


Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.


There is a time coming when YHWH Himself will sound the shofar over His people!

Zechariah 9:11-16
(11) As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.
(12) Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;
(13) When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.
(14) And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord GOD shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.
(15) The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.
(16) And the LORD their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.

The shofar is used to gather the people, as well as a call to war.

Nehemiah 4:19-20
(19) And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another. (20) In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us.
Psalms 98:6
With trumpets and sound of the ram's horn, make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD.

Joel 2:1

Blow the shofar in Tziyon, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD comes, for it is close at hand:

Psalms 89:15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound (TERUAH): they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.


The shofar reminds us that our God reigns and He is the King on high!

The shofar was sounded at the anointing of King Solomon (1 Kings 1:34)

Messiah Yeshua will be revealed when He returns by the shout of the Trumpet!

Isaiah 18:3 All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.

Isaiah 27:13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.


Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.


1 Corinthians 15:51-52 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.


Psalms 98:1-9  is a good theme for Yom Teruah.

O sing unto the LORD a new song; for He hath done marvellous things; His right hand, and His holy arm, hath wrought salvation for Him.
(2) The LORD hath made known His salvation; His righteousness hath He revealed in the sight of the nations.
(3) He hath remembered His mercy and His faithfulness toward the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
(4) Shout unto the LORD, all the earth; break forth and sing for joy, yea, sing praises.
(5) Sing praises unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp and the voice of melody.
(6 – yom Teruah) With (THE SILVER) trumpets
 and sound of the horn (SHOFAR)
 shout ( RUAH) ye before the King, the LORD.
(7) Let the sea roar, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein;
(8) Let the floods clap their hands; let the mountains sing for joy together;
•    Before the LORD,
•    for He is come to judge the earth (yom Kippur); He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.

Rosh Chodesh, the original "New Moon"

  • WHAT IS ROSH CHODESH?
  • WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ROSH CHODESH?
  • SHOULD I OBSERVE IT?
  • WHEN DID IT START?

 

With many people today discovering the Hebraic roots of the faith, it is very understandable that there would be many questions. One question that normally takes a month or two to get around to asking is: “What is a Rosh Chodesh?” There are many articles on this subject that you may be able to find on the web. Actually the abundance of articles is why I haven’t written about it before. This article will hopefully explain some of the basic concepts of Rosh Chodesh to you and let you examine the Scriptures to find deeper relevance to your walk.

Let’s start with a little background. With any society it is important that we be able to communicate with one another. One aspect of communication is being able to meet with one another. We all use a calendar date and a time when we are expecting to meet with someone. This is no different in Biblical times. In the 4th century C.E., Hillel II established a calendar that all could use for the purpose of reckoning days and time. Prior to this the calendar (month) was established by what we know as Rosh Chodesh.

Where does the name Rosh Chodesh come from? Let us look at Numbers 10:10 KJV

     

    Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God.

 

The Hebrew word that is used for “beginning” is “Rosh”. In the Strongs concordance it is word #H7218ראשׁ          rô'sh – meaning head or beginning. The second word is Chodesh, it is the Strongs concordance word #H2320     חדשׁ      chôdesh         kho'-desh- meaning: the new moon; a month: - month (-ly), new moon.

 

When Scripture normally speaks of Rosh Chodesh it normally just says  Chodesh. Chodesh is from the word Chadash which means “new”. So the phrase “Rosh Chodesh” means a new head. This was the terminology used in speaking of a new month.

 

The Calendar that was used in ancient Biblical times is a Lunar Calendar. This means that the calendar is based on the phases of the moon. In Biblical times, the evening of the day came before the day. In other words, evening comes first.  When we were in school and we were taught how to reckon the days, we were taught to count the days from midnight to midnight. Biblically speaking, that is not correct. In the Scriptures the evening comes first. We see in the creating account in Genesis (B’resheit) that during the creating there was evening THEN there was morning, and that is what constituted a day.

 

Genesis 1:5 KJV -  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

 

To help us keep track of the days, the lights were put up in the sky on the fourth day. It was then said they would be used to determine the day and night, signs and seasons, and for days and years.

Genesis 1:14-19 KJVR  And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:  (15) And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.  (16)  And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.  (17)  And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,  (18)  And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.  (19)  And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

 

At the beginning of the new month, the “new moon” (YHWH had it first people) would be spotted in the sky from the temple mount. The people would be looking for the very first visible sliver of the moon. Once it was spotted, the trumpets were blown and offerings were given to Yah in thankfulness that another month is here and He is leading us through another time. In the middle of the month would be a full moon.

The moon moves in phases or “cycles” much like the world in which we live does. Have you ever noticed that the sun and moon rise and set every day? That after one week comes another week? That after a few weeks comes a month? That a month comes after another month? That a succession of months makes a year? And so on.

We are given many reminders of the goodness of Yah all around us. A new month is a reminder of a new month, a new cycle, a new time, a reminder that though time marches on, Yah is the one who is leading us through it!

 

Lamentations 3:22-24

(22)  It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

(23)  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

(24)The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

 

If we look at this just up to this point it would be easy to say “so what’s the big deal?” “I already know the days of the week and I already know the months. How is that related with my daily walk?”

We also see in Psalms 104:19 KJV - 

He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.

This Scripture tells us that the moon was appointed for seasons. The word seasons here does not mean Summer or Winter, it is the Hebrew word “mo’ed”. This word moed is the word that is used for the appointed times of the LORD from Leviticus 23. The short definition of a moed would be a set apart time that was celebrated as a festival or a Holy convocation to YHWH.

            Included in these times are Shabbat, Pesach (Passover),Chag HaMatzah (feast of unleavened bread), Bikkurim (FirstFruits), Shavuot (Pentecost), Yom Teruah (feast of trumpets), Yom Kippur

(day of atonement) and Sukkot (tabernacles). Think about this for a minute. If we didn’t know the parameters of a day, how would we know when Shabbat was? If we don’t know how to determine a month, how will we know when the appointed festivals are upon us?

            We see in Exodus chapter 12 that Moses and Aaron were told that Pesach would be counted in the first month.

Exodus 12:1-2 KJVR  And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,  (2)  This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

Each year Pesach is celebrated in the same month, Aviv which means Springtime.

 

If we look at the Scriptures, we will see that Rosh Chodesh was not only mentioned but observed. Which brings up a question of should we observe it?

Ecclesiastes 3:15 KJV -  That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

 

If we see where Yah was honored in something in the Scripture, by His say, should we still honor Him in it? Do we see where this will be honored in times to come? The answer is yes! In the scripture below, look at the time that it is set in.

 

Isaiah 66:21-24 KJVR  And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD.  (22)  For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.  (23) And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.  (24)  And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

 

Did you notice that this is in a time yet to be? Did you also notice that in v.23 it says that “from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.” If all of this is yet to happen and we see that it is the desire of the Father to see it happen, Should we be observing it?

 

Below I will list some scriptures that speak of Rosh Chodesh. This , of course, is not an exhaustive list. I encourage you to look deeper into the word of YHWH.

 

Scriptures that are pertinent to Rosh Chodesh

 

Exodus 40:17  And it came to pass in the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was reared up.  (the first day of the new month)

 

 

1Samuel 20:5  And David said unto Jonathan, Behold, to morrow is the new moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king at meat: but let me go, that I may hide myself in the field unto the third day at even.

 

1Samuel 20:18  Then Jonathan said to David, To morrow is the new moon: and thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty.

 

1Samuel 20:24  So David hid himself in the field: and when the new moon was come, the king sat him down to eat meat.

 

1 Chronicles 23:31 And to offer all burnt sacrifices unto the LORD in the sabbaths, in the new moons, and on the set feasts, by number, according to the order commanded unto them, continually before the LORD:

 

2 Chronicles 2:4  - Behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel.

 

2 Chronicles 8:13  Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles.

 

2Chronicles 31:3  He appointed also the king's portion of his substance for the burnt offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new moons, and for the set feasts, as it is written in the law of the LORD.

 

Ezra 3:5  And afterward offered the continual burnt offering, both of the new moons, and of all the set feasts of the LORD that were consecrated, and of every one that willingly offered a freewill offering unto the LORD.

 

Nehemiah 10:33  For the shewbread, and for the continual meat offering, and for the continual burnt offering, of the sabbaths, of the new moons, for the set feasts, and for the holy things, and for the sin offerings to make an atonement for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our God.

 

Psalm 81:3  Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.

 

 Isaiah 66:23  And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

 

Ezekiel 45:17  And it shall be the prince's part to give burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel.

 

Ezekiel 46:1  Thus saith the Lord GOD; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened.

 

Ezekiel 46:3  Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the door of this gate before the LORD in the sabbaths and in the new moons.

 

Ezekiel 46:6  And in the day of the new moon it shall be a young bullock without blemish, and six lambs, and a ram: they shall be without blemish.

 

Amos 8:5  Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?

 

Colossians 2:16  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: ( in your observance of them, not your non-observance of them.)

 

Isaiah 65:17  For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

Isaiah 66:21-24 KJVR  And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD.  (22) For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.  (23) And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.  (24)  And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

 

Until next time,

Shalom

Dr. David E. Jones

 

Walking in Faith or Wishing Upon a Star

 
 

 

Walking in faith or wishing upon a star?

 

 

When we say we are walking in Faith, what do we mean? It’s easy to say we have faith but the real question is faith in what? Too often we are standing on our own desires that are contrary to what the Father has for us and we are standing in faith the whole time. Faith was given to us for a reason. It is to bring us into a closer trusting relationship with the Father. However, many often view the Father as some great genie in the sky who grants us our every wish and whim and we call that “faith”.

 

To walk in faith we must walk according to the word of the Father that we have been given. We have been told that anything we ask in His name we have been given. The problem is we forget what James tells us.

 

 

James 1:5-8

 

(5)  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

 

(6)  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

 

(7)  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

 

(8)  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

 

 

And also,

 

James 4:1-3

 

(1)  From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

 

(2)  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

 

(3)  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

 

 

            So the question still stands what is our faith really in? It should be set in our Father and in His word. It’s not just saying something that makes it true. When we come into agreement with the Word of the Lord and we stand on that, that is faith in action. We are not moved by our circumstances but we are firm in the word that we have been given to walk in.

 

 

            We see an example of this in the story of the Exodus from Egypt. Yah had brought His people out from Egypt and He led them in the direction that they should go. They now stand at the edge of the sea and they stop. Coming after them is Pharaoh and his army. They cannot go back, they will be attacked by the ones who had enslaved them. In their mind they couldn’t go forward because they would drown. They were now defeated, according to the natural mind.

 

            In these times we see where our faith is and what it is in. Did Yah tell the children of Israel to stop when they got to the sea? They were going in the right direction, why did they stop? In the “logical” order of things they had done all they could do and now they would die. Let’s take a quick look at what happened on the shore in Exodus 14.

 

 

Exodus 14:13-15

 

(13)  And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

 

(14)  The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

 

(15)  And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

 

 

            The first thing that was told to the people was to fear not, in other words, have faith. They were told that the Lord would fight for them if they held their peace. Such a lesson we all could learn from. When we are in situations where our faith is tested because it doesn’t look like we think it should, what are the words that come out of our mouths? Is it someone else’s fault that we are there? Is it our spouses fault? Our boss? The leaders in our assemblies? Are we quick to speak negative and pin blame on people or are we going to have faith and watch our mouths?

 

            Notice what was said above in verse fifteen “And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward”. The people were to keep walking in the last direction that they received from the Father.

 

Do we feel like our back is against the wall? Are we speaking negative things or are we walking in faith. We even stand and say that we wish our circumstances were different. Remember, Yah led the children of Israel to where they were. If He led you to where you are now, He will lead you through it! What happened when Israel stepped out in Faith?

 

 

Exodus 14:22-23

 

(22) And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

 

(23) And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.

 

 

Exodus 14:27-28

 

(27) And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.

 

(28) And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.

 

 

Israel walked through the water on dry land

 

Why did the Egyptians not make it across?

 

Obviously, because they were pursuing Israel

 

Why else?

 

Their hearts were hardened

 

They had no faith in the God of Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’akov

 

They were following Israel, walking in the same steps, with cold hearts and evil intentions

 

 

To say another way, their hearts were hard even though they saw the same miracle of Yah and they walked the exact same way that Israel did. The difference was their heart and intentions while they were walking. Their heart of offense toward Yah and His people caused their hearts to grow cold and to not receive the word of Yah.

 

 

Matthew 24:10-13

 

(10)  And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

 

(11)  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

 

(12)  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

 

(13)  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

 

 

            When we walk in faith we are doing more than wishing on a star for our circumstances to be different. To walk in Faith is, again, walking in the word that we have been given knowing full well that Yah is there with us no matter what circumstance is around us.

 

 

God performed the deliverance but Israel had a part to play in it, this shows that…

 

Relationship

 

Covenant

 

Faith

 

Obedience

 

Attitude

 

Action

 

All played a part in the red sea crossing

 

 

Exodus 14:17

 

And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

 

 

Hebrews 3:15

 

Now where it says, "Today, if you hear God's voice, don't harden your hearts, as you did in the Bitter Quarrel,"

 

 

Psalms 95:7-8

 

(7) For He is our God;

 

and we are the people of His pasture,

 

and the sheep of His hand.

 

Today,

 

if you will hear His voice,

 

(8) do not harden your heart as in the day of strife, as in the day of testing in the wilderness.

 

 

Do not be affected by what you see, but walk in what you KNOW

 

The book of Hebrews tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. We miss something in this verse. We need to see that faith IS SUBSTANCE! We need to see that faith IS EVIDENCE!

 

 

Hebrews 11:1

 

Now faith is the substance

 

of things hoped for,

 

the evidence

 

of things not seen.

 

 

2 Corinthians 5:7

 

For we walk by faith, not by sight

 

 

Are we walking in the Kingdom of YHWH

 

Matthew 12:25

 

And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

 

 

If we truly are walking in the Kingdom of YHWH, we cannot be a kingdom divided by people continually speaking evil of one another! To walk in the kingdom, we need to help build it. We do so by helping one another to walk in the faith of YHWH and to keep moving forward.

 

 

Luke 17:20-21

 

(20) And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

 

(21) Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

 

 

John 3:3-5

 

(3) Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

 

(4) Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

 

(5) Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

 

 

1 John 5:1-8

 

(1) Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

 

(2) By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

 

(3) For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

 

(4) For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

 

(5) Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

 

(6) This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

 

(7) For there are three that bear record in heaven,

 

the Father,

 

the Word,

 

and the Holy Ghost:

 

and these three are one.

 

(8) And there are three that bear witness in earth,

 

the Spirit,

 

and the water,

 

and the blood:

 

and these three agree in one.

 

 

Revelation 22:12-17

 

(12) And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

 

(13) I am Alpha and Omega, (Aleph-Tav) the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

 

(14) Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

 

(15) For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

 

(16) I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

 

(17) And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

 

 

Revelation 12:10-11

 

(10) And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

 

(11) And they overcame him by

 

the blood of the Lamb,

 

and by the word of their testimony;

 

and they loved not their lives unto the death.

 

 

May we all walk together for the common purpose of revealing the Kingdom of YHWH on the earth as it is in Heaven and not be a kingdom divided against itself. That truly is a walk of faith.

 

 

Until next time,

 

David

 

Can you hear it?

 
Can You Hear It?
 

Exodus 19:13b

 

' When the shofar sounds, they may go up on the mountain."

 

 

Shhh, listen, can you hear it? There’s a sound in the distance. It seems to be getting louder. Yes! It’s distinct! It’s certain and sure! It’s the sound of the trumpets! The time has come! Listen to the call! It is the call to come and gather. The King and Good Shepherd is gathering His people.

 

 

The call of the trumpets/shofar, was given for specific times and purposes. In the above scripture in Exodus 19, the people were told that the One who redeemed them will be coming and meeting with them. They were to spend time preparing themselves for the coming King. The people knew that it would be three days when He would come to meet them. However, they did not know which hour of the day that would be. Nonetheless, they were to be ready for His coming.

 

 

When the time came, the great trumpet/shofar was blown to signal all of the people that the time had come! “The long blast of the shofar, it’s getting louder! It truly shakes the Earth with its’ great sound. THE TIME IS NOW TO GO AND MEET THE COMING KING FACE TO FACE!” Can you hear the excitement/fear in the voices of all who were present? They were to meet the one who betrothed them face to face. However, fear kept them back.

 

 

That sound is still in the Earth. The same call for all to come to the mountain and meet the coming King. The One who betrothed His bride wants to have intimacy with her. The shofar is calling to announce that the King is here and the Kingdom is at hand.

 

 

Through scripture, the sound that a trumpet makes is called a voice. Think about it, whose voice would be coming from the trumpet? Would it be the one blowing it? When you blow a shofar, there must be breath flowing through it. If all you do is put it up to your lips, no sound will come out. You must place the trumpet to your mouth, prepare yourself and blow. Your breath gives voice to the trumpet.

 

 

Do you think it any coincidence that the word for breath is Ruach/Spirit. The trumpet is to be sounded and given a voice by the Spirit of the Holy One!

 

 

If a trumpet is to symbolize a voice, what would it say? After all, there are a lot of voices out there. How do you distinguish which voice to listen to listen to? Further, how do know which call is the correct call for this time?

 

1 Corinthians 14:7-8

 

(7)  And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

 

(8)  For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

 

 

            Starting with Exodus 19, the call of the trumpet was to gather the people and come into the presence of the King. There was also a call for battle. Didn’t He say that He would go before us and fight for us? Doesn’t that all start with being in His presence?

 

Numbers 10:9-10

 

(9)  And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.

 

(10)  Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God.

 

 

Psalms 47:5

 

God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.

 

 

Zechariah 9:12-17

 

(12)  Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;

 

(13)  When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.

 

(14)  And Yahweh shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Sovereign Yahweh shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.

 

(15)  Yahweh of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.

 

(16)  And Yahweh their Elohim shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: forthey shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.

 

(17)  For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.

 

    

 

          The thing is, YHWH will go before and fight for us, we however have mistaken that to mean that we have no responsibilities. James said in so many places, ok you’re born again that’s great! Now live like it. We should walk as our Messiah did, upright, with a heart pleasing to the Father.

 

 

          You will not find many who will argue that we are to be walking in the Kingdom of YHWH in our lives today. We have been told the parable of the ten virgins and how we are to be prepared. What we don’t realize though, is that before the Bridegroom comes ALL of the ten virgins were asleep. They were roused by a cry (hmm, trumpet?) announcing the Bridegroom is here! Go and meet Him!

 

 

    

 

Matthew 25:1-13

 

(1)  Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

 

(2)  And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

 

(3)  They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

 

(4)  But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

 

(5)  While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

 

(6)  And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

 

(7)  Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

 

(8)  And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

 

(9)  But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

 

(10)  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

 

(11)  Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Master, Master, open to us.

 

(12)  But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

 

(13)  Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

 

 

          Today, in one way or another, we are asleep or slumbering. The time is now for the trumpet call to wake up the body of Messiah and start gathering the Kingdom!

 

 

Isaiah 52:1-3

 

(1)  Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.

 

(2)  Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.

 

(3)  For thus saith Yahweh, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.

 

 

Romans 13:11

 

 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

 

 

1 Corinthians 15:34a

 

 Awake to righteousness, and sin not;

 

 

Ephesians 5:14

 

 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and the Messiah shall give thee light.

 

 

The time has come for us to lift up our voice as one in the wilderness to prepare the way! Let us start with ourselves, prepare ourselves to be a habitation for the presence of YHWH to dwell!

 

 

Isaiah 58:1

 

(1)  Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

 

 

Isaiah 40:1-8

 

(1)  Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your Elohim.

 

(2)  Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of Yahweh's hand double for all her sins.

 

(3)  The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of Yahweh, make straight in the desert a highway for our Elohim.

 

(4)  Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

 

(5)  And the honour of Yahweh shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of Yahweh hath spoken it.

 

(6)  The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

 

(7)  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of Yahweh bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

 

(8)  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our Elohim shall stand for ever.

 

 

John 1:23

 

 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of Yahweh, as said the prophet Isaiah.

 

 

As we prepare the way, we will hear the voice of the trumpet of YHWH!

 

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16

 

For the Master himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of Yahweh: and the dead in the Messiah shall rise first:

 

 

Until next time,

 

Shalom,

 

            David

 

 
 
 
 

Are You Ready For the Test?

Are You Ready For the Test?

 

That statement provokes a lot of emotion. What do we think of when we hear the word “test”?  We all know and have heard the scripture in James that says,

 

James 1:2-4

 

(2)  Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations,

 

(3)  knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

 

(4)  Let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

 

 

At different times in our lives, we will have to face some tests. We know when some are coming and we study for them. Some tests, we have no idea they are about to happen. When tests happen quickly, we need to have already prepared for them.

 

          I have three Children. All of them are home-schooled. We have just recently gone through this concept with them. At the end of every school year they all have to have their testing for the year. A final exam per se. The lady who administered these tests has done so for every year of my children’s school career.

 

          Last year we were informed that the testing for this year will be a little different. Their Administrator was moving out of state last summer and we would need to contact someone else to arrange testing for this year. There was a catch. She would be able to come back to test my younger two children, but the test that my oldest required would have to be given by someone else.

 

          We arranged testing for the younger two and obtained contact information for the new Administrator. As the end of the school year approached, we started trying to contact this new person. This was easier said than done. We engaged in a riveting game of phone tag, always missing each other. This “game” of catch me if you can started in March. As we approached June we knew the time was coming but had no idea where or when the test would have to be.

 

          Last Sunday evening the family returned home, about 9:30pm, from some meetings we had to find a new “tag” on the answering machine.  The message was informing us that the testing for our daughter was scheduled for Monday morning at 9am on the south side of downtown. Well, I think it would be quite an understatement to say that what my daughter was feeling right now could only be described as “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA”.

 

          My wife and I now had to try to bring a hysterical teenage girl to a state somewhere the state of “calm” and “focus”. Think about it, you think you have about three weeks to study and review.  Then, you are called on to recall the information you have studied for the entire year. She is not tested by semester but by year.

 

          As we talked, she did calm down. The only thing her mother and I could say to her was, “You have studied all year for this very thing! You have spent hours in preparation throughout the entire year knowing that at some point the test will come!” The morning came and the test came with it. The test was given and she faced it with confidence that yes, she had prepared and was confident in what she was trained in. She had been faithful to use the tools that she had been given so that she knew the material that she would be tested on.

 

          We thought that would be the end of the test, apparently not. Enter Thursday. About 10:30am Thursday morning another phone call came. It was their old teacher. She was in town as scheduled and was going to administer the tests for the other two children. However, she had a family emergency and would have to go back out of state. Which meant if they were to be tested, we would have to get there at 12 noon!  Wow, overnight was stressful enough. Now the test is here!

 

          We scooped the kids up off the floor and once we had revived them, put them in the car and we headed off to the test like a valiant warrior off to battle on his mighty, uh Chihuahua? All we could think of to tell the kids as were trying to get where we needed to be on time while waiting in line at the bank in order to get the money to pay for this test was, “You have studied all year for this very thing! You have spent hours in preparation throughout the entire year knowing that at some point the test will come!”

 

          The test was given and they tested well. They were nervous but when the actual test came, they faced it head on knowing that they had indeed prepared themselves for this. As such, they shall face it, not run from it and they shall conquer it!

 

          All of these reminded me of the tests we go through. Have we been faithful to use the tools we have been given? We have been given everything we need to equip us to walk victorious in this life. We shall overcome, not might overcome! Have we done what David testified of in the Psalms?

 

119:9-11

 

(9)  How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.

 

(10)  With my whole heart, I have sought you. Don't let me wander from your mitzvot.

 

(11)  I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

 

 

Tests WILL come! It is part of our life, walk and experience with the Father.

 

Deuteronomy 8:1-3

 

(1)  All the mitzvah which I command you this day shall you observe to do, that you may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to your fathers.

 

(2)  You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, to prove you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his mitzvot, or not.

 

(3)  He humbled you, and allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you didn't know, neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD does man live.

 

 

In the above scripture we see that Yahweh gave us His mitvot, commands, His word, to show us how to walk in the land, this life, the promise! As we go through the tests we are reminded not to forget the words we have been given. Do not forget the training you have had. Do not forget the life that you have gained. Do not forsake the brothers that have been given to you to help you overcome.

 

          Sometimes we need to see where we really stand. Peter said he would never deny Yeshua and we all know what happened there! We can say we will always be faithful and will always stand in the face of adversity but when the time comes our true heart is revealed. Sometimes we think we have unshakable faith only to discover that it is in fact a little shaky at times. When the test comes whether it be a literal test, a physical test, a test of gossip, a test of evil speaking, a test of rebellion, or a test of submitting to the Word, where will we really stand.

 

          We will never really know what we will do until we are in that situation! If you ask a soldier, or paramedic, or firefighter how they deal with the stressful situations they encounter you will most likely hear a similar response. You will probably hear something like “I wasn’t thinking, I was relying on my training and let the training take over.”  

 

 

John 14:26

 

 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you.

 

 

Luke 12:11-12

 

(11)  When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, don't be anxious how or what you will answer, or what you will say;

 

(12)  for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that same hour what you must say."

 

 

          So, when the tests come, how will you respond? Will you listen for the voice of the Word of Yahweh, or listen to the voice of our old carnal nature? Remember Yahweh will never speak against the word He gave. We should examine ourselves and prepare ourselves diligently so that when the tests come we will respond in ways that give glory and honor to Yahweh! Having our lives full of faith in the Father and recognizing that even in the wilderness, He leads us!

 

          I am not saying that our Heavenly Father takes delight in testing you.

 

James 1:12-17

 

(12)  Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

 

(13)  Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

 

(14)  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

 

(15)  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

 

(16)  Do not err, my beloved brethren.

 

(17)  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

 

 

The Father will allow you to be tested to reveal your heart. He will not tempt you to fall into sin! He has equipped you with everything you need to overcome this world. The first step is to repent and truly submit yourself to His word. As you do that you will truly see what it means to love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul and might and love your neighbor as yourself.

 

 

James 4:6-12

 

(6)  But the grace he gives is greater, which is why it says, "God opposes the arrogant, but to the humble he gives grace."

 

(7)  Therefore, submit to God. Moreover, take a stand against the Adversary, and he will flee from you.

 

(8)  Come close to God, and he will come close to you. Clean your hands, sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded people!

 

(9)  Wail, mourn, sob! Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into gloom!

 

(10)  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

 

(11)  Brothers, stop speaking against each other! Whoever speaks against a brother or judges a brother is speaking against Torah and judging Torah. And if you judge Torah, you are not a doer of what Torah says, but a judge.

 

(12)  There is but one Giver of Torah; he is also the Judge, with the power to deliver and to destroy. Who do you think you are, judging your fellow human being?

 

 

Until next time,

 

Shalom,

 

 David

 

 
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