Singapore Teaching

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Teaching at the college tonight in Singapore.

Baruch and I flew to Singapore late Saturday night and arrived there on Sunday morning around 5 am.  We went to dinner with three other couples and then the eight of us headed to the school for Baruch to teach.

Tonight Baruch began teaching the book of Daniel, a short course for an international Bible college.  The students were all very serious and we are very happy to be here.  We also met with some people who are coming on our Israel Tour next Spring as well.

Late Saturday night we completed the first part of our Asia trip.  I am unable to write about it here, due to the security needs of those whom we shared teaching with; but suffice to say that there is great need for the Word and we need to pray for people around the world who take risk in order to learn the Holy Scriptures and worship the    G-d of Israel and His only Son, Yeshua. The varying degrees of freedom to worship and study the Bible in many countries are quickly changing and in a very adverse way. These are signs of the time in which we are living.

 

 

 

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New Video from BIL

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Today I posted a new video on the Biblically Inspired Life.  It isn’t a Marriage Monday video, but rather it is a short discussion about Shabbat.  I hope you enjoy it.

My ultimate goal for “The Biblically Inspired Life” is to produce two videos each week and one quality written post each week.  Our wonderful web manager, Steven, is working on the website right now.  It will eventually also hold this blog, which will continue to be an [almost] daily blog for LoveIsrael.org.

Adding all of this to my schedule will take some time, but I do hope you’ll join me on this journey!

Just one note, the Bible also mentions not gathering sticks on Shabbat, which I failed to mention in the video.

 

Shabbat Shalom! Parashat Vayeitzei

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In this week’s Torah portion, Jacob receives revelation concerning redemption. The account of the ladder that reached into the heavens focuses on the work of the Messiah as Yeshua taught in John 1:51. It was immediately after the dream that one reads,

And Jacob lifted up his feet and went to the land of the sons of the east.”

Genesis 29:1

The expression, “And Jacob lifted up his feet” is unique. Rashi, the famed rabbinical commentator, relates this expression to receiving good news. He remarks that it was after hearing the glad tidings of the dream (Rashi actually uses the term “Gospel” in his commentary) that Jacob was encouraged and this journey became easy, for this is what the phrase, “to lift up one’s feet” means.

In the book of Isaiah, there is a well known verse,

How pleasant upon the mountains are the feet of the one who proclaims good news, who makes to be heard shalom; who proclaims goodness, and who makes to be heard salvation; who says to Zion, your G-d reigns.” Isaiah 52:7

In both of these passages (Genesis 29:1 and Isaiah 52:7), feet are mentioned in relation to the Gospel. It is clear from Isaiah that the focus is the Gospel. Isaiah clearly turns his attention to the Messiah, especially in the following chapter, Isaiah 53. The question which must be asked is “How is this the case in the passage from Genesis?” Although Jacob’s dream of the ladder relates to Yeshua and His primary work of making a “bridge” (ladder) between man and G-d, how does what follows in the remaining passages of this week’s Torah reading relate to the Gospel? Jacob is journeying for the specific purpose of marriage and having children. We learn in the Parashah of his 12 sons, i.e. the 12 tribes of Israel. One needs to understand that there is an inherent relationship between Israel and the Gospel— the message of salvation; for Yeshua Himself said, “Salvation is of the Jews” (See John 4:22).

Instead of embracing a theology which attempts to replace Israel, one must realize that HaShem’s plan of salvation focuses upon Israel, both the Land and the people. As we approach the last days, it is not surprising that there is an increased awareness of Israel throughout the world. This tiny country dominates the news. The conflict over the Land consumes the attention of the United Nations, the Arab League, the European Union, and the White House. There is no doubt that as Jewish people return to Israel (now more than 55% of all Jewish individuals live in Israel) G-d is setting the stage to fulfill the remaining prophecies. My hope is as Jacob’s feet were light to make his journey, that we would also be encouraged to journey through the writings of the Prophets and learn the truth about what is soon to take place so that we cannot only position ourselves where we ought to be, but we can be advocates for the truths of G-d and not speak against what He is up to, as so many Christian denominations are doing by recommending that people divest from anything that is related to Israel.

This week I received an email from a friend whose pastor spoke about the need to support their denomination’s decision to remove from their retirement portfolio all companies who do business with Israel. This friend attempted to meet with the pastor to discuss the merits (lack of) of this action from a Biblical standpoint. When the pastor learned that his member wanted to discuss the issue, he was glad to do so until he found out that the basis of the discussion was going to be the Scriptures. He simply knew that such a decision could not be supported Biblically and hence refused to meet. This incident gave my friend insight that so much of what the pastor and many denominations embrace are rooted in the intellect of man, rather than the truth of Scripture.

Perhaps it would be good for each of us to ask ourselves if our views are based in our intellect and rational minds or in the word of G-d.

We’ve Arrived

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We’ve made it to Asia.  

First, an update on Israel.  There is currently a ceasefire, which seems to be holding.  There haven’t been any rockets in over 10 hours, as of this writing on Thursday early morning.  In all, approximately 500 rockets were shot into Israel.

What is of news is that our Defense Minister, Avigdor Leiberman, has resigned.  This has sparked questions about the government coalition and whether there will be elections.  Leiberman is said to be frustrated with the response to the attacks by Hamas in Gaza.

Today we had the opportunity to learn about the country we are in and how the believing community functions.  Traditional methods are not very relevant here and it is interesting to hear of alternative methods of interacting with like-minded people.

Just a Reminder

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I receive emails from many people wanting to know about a certain teaching video.  A great place to look is on our YouTube channel!  There you will find various playlists which make it quite easy to find what you are looking for.

You can also subscribe to our channel to find out when new videos are added.  We hope that you and your family and friends will check out the many videos on the LoveIsrael.org channel!

On Our Way

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Waiting at Ben Gurion airport.

We are awaiting our flight to Asia at the moment.  We are hearing that there is a cease-fire.  We will see if that holds.  Typically, the Palestinians fire a few more after the cease-fires take effect.

We are excited for this trip.  To go to a new location, which I will share more about when we get home…it will be very interesting to see.

Thank you for your prayers.  We appreciate them very much.  Both for this trip and for the situation in Israel.  Thank you also to everyone who has sent encouraging words in regard to the LoveIsrael.org Conference in Orlando.  We appreciate them and we already are working on the 10th Annual conference!

We sent out a newsletter today via email, so if you have not received one, you may go to the LoveIsrael.org website, scroll down to the bottom of the page and subscribe.

 

Late night update

Photos:  AFP (Agence France-Presse)

On the left, rockets being shot at Israel; on the right, an Israeli bus which was hit by a rocket from Gaza.

The count is now up to over 400 rockets entering Southern Israel.  Schools in the region will be closed tomorrow and the Defense Minister has given the IDF the “Green Light” to defend the country.  Your prayers are appreciated!