Part of the set for LoveIsrael.org’s television show.
Here is a short commentary by Baruch on this week’s Torah portion. Shabbat Shalom!
Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Nisan (the new month of Nisan).
This Shabbat begins not only the reading of the book of Leviticus, but also the new month of Nissan or Aviv. When Nissan arrives, it is time to start the preparation for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. In the Gospels there is a significant phrase that appears in the book of Luke concerning Yeshua,
“And when the days were fulfilled for His being received up, He turned His face to go to Jerusalem.” Luke 9:51
This verse speaks to the fact that Yeshua knew Passover was near and that it would be during this time that He would complete His calling, i.e. the Cross, and then ascend back into the heavens. In this passage, Yeshua went into Samaria but we are told that they would not receive Him because they knew His intent to go to Jerusalem. The Samaritans had contempt for Jerusalem and the Jewish people. The Samaritans had totally rejected the plan of G-d to establish His Kingdom. Why had they done so? The answer is because of their utter disdain for anything and everything having to do with the term Israel. Their theology had no place for a Kingdom that would be established from Jerusalem or would involve the descendants of Jacob. This is odd since the Samaritans themselves were partly descendants of Jacob.
I think of the many Christians today who are in fact spiritually connected to Israel through faith in Messiah Yeshua, but who have utter contempt for the theological perspective which states that the plan for HaShem’s Kingdom is rooted in the Land and people of Israel. I am like James and John who would like to see fire come down from heaven and consume such individuals. However, such a desire is not from G-d. For this is what Yeshua informed them when He rebuked them. Some manuscripts also includes the phrase,
“…you do not know what kind of spirit you are. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save.” Luke 9:56
The point is that judgment is reserved for G-d alone. One does have the right and the responsibility to point out that such theological views which reject what the Scriptures clearly reveal are incorrect and will bring about G-d’s judgment; but to want to see these individuals die is not in keeping with the dispensation of grace in which we now reside. Let us turn such ill feelings into a commitment to educate such brothers in exactly what the Scriptures reveal. Many of those who embrace a replacement theology and hold positions against Israel do so only because they have heard such things from others. By taking the time to open up the word of G-d with them you might be surprised how many will end up seeing things from the Biblical perspective.
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A view in Eilat, Israel.
Just thought I’d pass along a bit of news from the Jerusalem Marathon which took place recently. The fastest Israeli woman in the marathon this year was Beatie Deutsch, who is a religious immigrant from the U.S. She is the mother of 5 young children and works full time for a non-profit. Her time of 3:09:50 is excellent.
For those of us who “don’t have time” to accomplish a particular goal or task, we can learn from Mrs. Deutsch. You make time for what is important to you! Obviously, her marriage and children, work, and training for marathons are important to her. I’ll bet that she doesn’t waste very much time on social media, television (most religious families don’t own a television anyway) and things like that.
While we do need time to relax and rejuvenate, if we would waste less time and focus on what is important, we could accomplish so much more than if we didn’t live our lives intentionally and with purpose. We know that G-d has a plan for each of us and we must be in the right place to hear from Him and follow that plan.
The flowering trees near our home.
Saturday night, we studied Isaiah 22 at our weekly Bible Study. There was a very good turnout. The attendance is growing each week. People are inviting new people and there is an energy to the group.
Afterward, we prepared for the Live Stream and I am happy to say that it worked fine. If you are not watching it live with us, consider making it part of your schedule. There are a few of us who chat on the You Tube “Live Chat” and some even take the opportunity to ask for prayer. There are also our regulars who watch it on our LoveIsrael.org Facebook page. It is also available on our website and also streamed Live via BibleStudyCompany.com. We invite you to join us. After the Live Stream, you are invited to go to the LoveIsrael.org group to join discussion about the teaching. Ric Joyner, from BSC is there to moderate. It is after 1:00 am for us, so we are not on the discussion.
Yesterday, Baruch had taping to do to and I had some scheduled travel within Israel. We will be leaving on Friday to make our way to Romania, where Baruch will be teaching a 3 day conference. The theme is: Preparation for Messiah’s Passover. This will be a great study ushering us into the Passover season. He will also be taping the next set of shows in the book of Hebrews.
Once we get home, we will have our Saturday night study, “Midnight in Jerusalem” Live Stream, the believers’ study in Beersheva and cleaning for Pesach before the seder on Friday evening, March 30!
How are your Pesach preparations coming along? I am getting a slow start this year. I will post again this year some of our preparation as well as my menu and food plans.
Photo from my walk today.
This week we read 2 Torah portions: Vayakhel and Pekudei. The reason for this is that it is not a leap year this year. There are a total of 54 Torah Portions and on non-leap years, a couple of times the parashiot are doubled up. Below is a commentary written by Baruch for the second Torah portion, Pekudei.
The focus of this week’s parasha is the priestly garments and the setting up the Tabernacle for its service. These garments were very different from the clothes that one would wear on a regular basis. The reason for this is to make a clear separation between that which outside the Tabernacle and those things that pertain to it. The priests would wear a special head covering while serving HaShem in the Tabernacle. It is also taught that the priest would cover their heads at all times. This is derived from Leviticus 10:6 where Moses instructed Aaron and two of his sons not to “uncover” their heads for mourning of the two other sons of Aaron, Nadav and Avihu.
The point is that it seems that priests would always cover their heads whether while serving in the Tabernacle or outside the holy place, however with different coverings. Some will immediately point to I Corinthians 11 and what Paul says about head coverings in regard to men and women. It appears that in that chapter Paul is speaking in regard to hair rather than an actual covering. On this issue I am not going to enter into a debate. The purpose of dealing with the head covering issue is to simply give one explanation for why those men who follow Orthodox Judaism cover their head.
Many of you are familiar with the Hebrew word “kippah” or the Yiddish word “yarmulke” as referring to the small round head covering in Judaism. So many times people ask me from where this tradition came. There are many traditions, but my favorite is the following.
In Exodus 19:6 one reads about the day when Israel will be a holy nation and a kingdom of priests. Because the Kohanim always covered their heads, so did others who were looking forward to the fulfillment of this promise. In other words it was a way of testifying to others that the Kingdom was coming and to anticipate it with the same commitment that the Kohanim displayed while serving HaShem in the Tabernacle or later on as in the Temple.
Here is the important thing for every man to remember:
“…that the head of every man is Messiah…” I Cor. 11:3
If we live in this reality, then everything else will fall into obedience to our Heavenly Father.
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We arrived to tea in our room in Hong Kong!
No, this post isn’t about money! I want to encourage each of you who is married to invest in your marriage and in your spouse. It is vital. During our last trip, we were in Asia, where tea is very important. You see above what was waiting in our room when we arrived at our hotel. We took the opportunity to plan a tea time together each day to go over personal and work topics. Since arriving home, we’ve continued to meet daily over tea to have a little time together. We love it.
In a couple of months, Baruch and I will be married 31 years. During almost our entire dating/engagement, we lived in different states. This was before internet, cellphones, Skype, etc. I would get rolls of quarters from the bank and feed quarters into a pay phone during my breaks at school to talk to him and he would arrange times with me to be able to reach me at home. Because of this type of beginning in our relationship, we built a very firm foundation on communication.
Over the years, with the births of children and job demands, many couples begin to lose touch with each other. Without intentionally setting aside time to connect, it is so easy to get caught up in the cares of the day. So, in these days of busyness and being torn in every direction, let’s all try to show our marriage and our mate that he/she is top priority in our life, after the L-rd!