Shabbat Shalom! – Parashat Chukat

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The beach in Eilat, with Jordan in the background.

This week’s parasha is Parashat Chukat.  Here is a brief commentary by Baruch.

In this week’s Parashah, we learn a very important quality of G-d, namely He will fight on behalf of His people. In the book of Exodus, when speaking about the crossing of the Red Sea (Sea of Reeds), HaShem is called a Man of War (See Exodus 15:3). Why do I want to emphasize this fact? Today, many people are teaching a hyper-grace, whereby all the attributes of G-d relating to Him as a judge Who will display His wrath, have been emptied from their understanding of HaShem. For them, G-d’s grace, love, and forgiveness overshadow all His other attributes relating to judgment. Such a view of G-d is distorted and it is in conflict with a wealth of Scriptures; especially what the Bible reveals about the last days.

There is a verse in this week’s Torah reading, which states,

Therefore it is said in the book of war of HaShem…” Numbers 21:14

This book records how G-d has fought for His people throughout Israel’s history. This book is not finished. When one studies the prophets, he will find that in the end times, G-d will fight in a mighty way to deliver Israel from her enemies, which will be numerous. If a person pays close attention to such passages, he will learn that prior to the establishment of the Kingdom of G-d, it will actually be Messiah Yeshua Who pours out G-d’s wrath. In fact, the book of Revelation calls this judgment the wrath of the Lamb (See Revelation 6:16).

One needs to realize that the wrath of G-d is inherently related to His holiness and the promises that He has made in His word. Man can carry out horrendous acts. In fact, we are hearing of unspeakable acts of terror that are being done in great numbers today in Syria and Iraq. Although the Second World War ended 70 years ago, may we never forget the atrocities that were committed. Such sins will be judged by G-d. The Lake, which burns with fire and brimstone, testifies to this. Yes there is forgiveness, but such forgiveness is only available in Messiah Yeshua and for those who truly repent. Sadly, the Bible reveals that most will reject this grace and find Yeshua’s wrath.

At the Second Coming, Yeshua brings the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty G-d. It is most interesting that in Revelation chapter 19, within the context of His return and the pouring out of this wrath, one reads that Yeshua has a name, which no man knew (See Revelation 19:12). This verse points to the discrepancies between man’s understanding of Yeshua’s identity and the reality of Who He is.

Why is the reader provided with this information? The answer is to teach us that most only understand the Cross as a means to grace, which it is; but they forget that the Cross also manifests the extent of G-d’s wrath and His commitment to holiness.

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Halfway Point

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Sunset tonight in Eilat, Israel.

I’d like to begin by writing a clarification.  Our LoveIsrael.org Israel Study Tour information is not quite ready to be posted on our website.  It is in the final stages and then we will need to add the link for the registration, etc.  We are hoping to have that accomplished by sometime next week.

I WILL POST HERE AND ON FACEBOOK WHEN EVERYTHING IS UP AND READY CONCERNING THE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION FOR THE TOUR.

Here is the list of states Baruch and I will be in on our upcoming trip to the U.S.: Minnesota, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Virginia.  If you are in any of these States, you may want to check out the “events” section of our website, to see if we will be near you!

I was looking over the first six months of 2017 to see what we’ve accomplished and what goals we need to set and reach for the second half of the year.  There are personal goals and milestones and there are work ones.  This is a great time for evaluation and to make conscious decisions on how to live the rest of the year.

On a personal level, the highlight for the year for us has been our 30th wedding anniversary.  It was a very special time for us and we are so thankful for all the L-rd has given to us, beginning with the gift of our relationship and also our wonderful children.

I also took this opportunity to sign up for a set of Bible studies to complete through to the end of the year.

This year has been a huge growth period for LoveIsrael.org.  We have deepened our relationship with some leaders here in Israel and they are committed to studying with us and using Baruch’s Discipleship Manual.  These inroads are really an encouragement to us.

We also have some major goals to work on the remainder of this year.  We are working on adding a Spanish playlist to our Youtube channel, for example.  I will write more about this soon.  Please pray that we will be able to accomplish this through volunteers.

 

Big News!

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LOVEISRAEL.ORG ISRAEL TOUR 2018

Here is an opportunity to study in the Land of Israel.  Baruch and I would like to invite you to join us as we learn together about some of the most important events of history in the actual place where they occurred.

Baruch will be teaching at every site we visit. This tour has been designed for both the first time visitor to Israel as well as those who have visited numerous times before. We are committed to do our very best to see that this will be a memorable and significant spiritual experience in your life.

Next week we should have the details up on our website.  THE DATES OF THE TOUR ARE MAY 7-16, 2018. Please pray about being part of this Study Tour of Israel.

The space will be VERY LIMITED and on a first to sign up basis.  Therefore, please sign up as soon as possible.  Keep watch for details.  I will post here and on Facebook when the details are up on our website.

This Week

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Yesterday I took the bus to Eilat.  In the picture above, you can see the tank on a flatbed truck we were following.  Actually, fairly common to see in Israel!  Today it is 108 degrees Fahrenheit.

Saturday night we had our Bible study at the study center.  We studied Isaiah 3:1-15.  We are all enjoying this study very much.  There are now 2 people taping the study to share with others.  We are very happy to get the teaching out!

This week, Baruch is taping 2 Hebrew television programs, speaking to a group in Jerusalem, and working on some translation of his Hebrew writing.

We will be leaving in the middle of the night on July 12 to head for the United States. Please check out the “events” tab on our website, where Baruch’s speaking schedule is listed.  I will be joining him on this trip and we look forward to seeing many of you!

Finally, I want to share a link with you.  This is an interview Baruch did with Dr. David Reagan in Dallas back in February.

http://christinprophecy.org/?sermons=interview-with-rabbi-baruch-korman

 

Parashat Korach

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We made it back safely to Israel and Baruch is preparing to teach tonight at one of the Messianic congregations here in town.  He will be speaking on Matthew 15:21-28.

This week’s Parasha is Korach.  Here is a brief commentary from Baruch.  Shabbat Shalom!

In this week’s Torah portion, we find an answer to the common question that many people encounter when they tell a Jewish person that Yeshua is the Messiah. I have heard so many times this response, “You mean tell me that all of our Rabbis throughout the ages have rejected Yeshua as the Messiah and you think you are right in asserting that He is?” It does seem like a difficult thing to accept. How indeed could Israel reject Yeshua, if indeed He is G-d’s choice to redeem His people?

Once, in last’s week’s Torah portion (Numbers 14:1-10), and twice, in this week’s reading (Numbers 16:1-4 and 17:6-8), Moses was challenged in his leadership position. If one reads carefully in Numbers 17:6, he will find that ALL the congregation of Israel complained against him. Not only did they want to appoint a new leader, it is clearly stated in Numbers 14:10 that the people intended to stone both Moses and Aaron to death, had not the glory of HaShem appeared.

The Bible reveals a connection between Moses and the Messiah. In Judaism, Moses is called the first redeemer and the Messiah the final redeemer. Here is the primary verse that speaks of this relationship between Moses and the Messiah.

A Prophet from your midst, from your brethren, like me (Moses) HaShem your G-d will raise up for you, unto Him you all are to listen / obey.” Deuteronomy 18:15

To those who assert that it is impossible to accept that Yeshua is the Messiah, when the vast majority of Jewish people and all the great Rabbis over the centuries have rejected Him, I simply point out the following.

The Torah reveals that all of Israel rejected Moses, the man who was called by G-d to lead the Children of Israel. Not only was Moses rejected, had the people had their will, he would have been killed by the people. This was not some isolated occurrence, but it happened several times, despite the numerous miracles G-d did through Moses. In a similar manner, Joseph was rejected; the very one who became not only the leader of Israel, but the one who saved (physically) the world.

Neither Jew nor Gentile has a very good record in recognizing the ones called by G-d. The prophets were rejected and just think how Rome put to death Yeshua, James and many other followers of Yeshua. The fact of the matter is this: it is only when one utilizes the Scriptures to lead him to truth, will this one find HaShem’s provision for His people. If we follow after the majority, whether one is Jewish or Gentile, he will always find himself in opposition to G-d.

Looking Back and Looking Forward

Today on the side steps of the synagogue (L) and scenes from a ghetto (R) in Cluj, Romania.

Today we took leaders of another ministry to the ghetto and synagogue in Cluj.  I have written here about them before.  We thought it was important for them to understand the history of the Jewish people in the area.

Monday night, Tuesday night and this afternoon we took them to meet with people we know in both the Messianic community and the church community.  We discussed with all of them the future of Jewish communities leading up to the end times.  We talked about the return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel.

We are so glad to tape and broadcast our television show in Romania.  There is an interest and love for Israel amongst the believing community in Romania and we would like to see it grow.

Tomorrow morning we return to Israel, where Baruch will tape an episode of the Hebrew television show, teaching at a Messianic synagogue Friday night, and teaching at our study center Saturday night.

Making Connections in Romania

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Monday and Tuesday we had the opportunity to connect a ministry on a fact-finding mission with some locals here in Romania.  This group has a like-minded heart for the Jewish people and we wanted to be able to encourage them in their efforts.  The meetings went well.  We have another one today.

Monday Baruch taped the next set of television shows.  I want to explain that the date shown as the loading of the videos is not the same as when the videos become available to the public.  Therefore, you may see that the last video was loaded up a month ago or more, but that does not mean it is not a new video.  We are now coordinating when new videos are made public to coincide with the broadcast on television.  There will be one new video teaching each week.

Tomorrow morning we return to Israel and Friday evening Baruch will be preaching at a Messianic congregation in our city.