New Biblically Inspired Life Video

A couple of days ago I uploaded a new video on the “Biblically Inspired Life” YouTube channel.  I hope you will get a chance to watch it and subscribe to my channel :). I made this video in response to some emails I received.

Today Baruch and I worked on preparations for upcoming conferences.  Once a few more things are finalized, I will post our schedule for the next several months on the “events” section of our website.  Our next conferences are in the Netherlands.  We have a one-evening conference in Zwolle on Thursday, January 17, and our Amsterdam conference on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 18, 19 and 20.  For those who speak Dutch, there is information on our Dutch website:  love-israel.nl.

Next week, Baruch will tape the next set of television shows.  We are also preparing to teach a marriage seminar in Israel in February.  There are many questions circulating concerning marriage to a non-believer, remarriage, etc.  I then plan to break up some of this information into Marriage Monday videos.  I really appreciate the encouragement I have received in regard to the Biblically Inspired Life videos.

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Update

IMG_0371Saturday night, our “Midnight From Jerusalem” Livestream successfully showed on YouTube.  We appreciate our Tech Manager, Steven, and all of his hard work to troubleshoot the problem.  It was nice to be able to communicate with those of you who log in to the Live Chat.  The edited Acts 16 Part 2 has been uploaded already.

I want to remind you about Baruch’s extra video on False Teachings.  You can find it on YouTube and the archive (Vimeo) on our website.  It is important to address some of these issues which make their way around the believing community.

We’ve also added a link to our Northern Europe website: loveisrael.eu  You might want to check it out!  There is also a button for the English version of it.  We really appreciate our teams.  They are all volunteers and are accomplishing so much.  They have created websites, submitted paperwork to create Foundations for us (non-profit status) in the various countries, and are promoting Love Israel.  In the future, I will be featuring each of the teams.

 

Shabbat Shalom! Check Out This Video Link!

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The wind and rain have arrived in Israel.  Photo taken today.

This week, Baruch taped an impromptu Livestream entitled  False Teachers: The Blood Moons.  You don’t want to miss this very important video.  Here is the link:

We think we have the YouTube situation corrected for our Livestream.  We hope you will join us tomorrow night (afternoon in the U.S.).  If it doesn’t work on YouTube, please know that it works on our website, on our Facebook page and on Biblestudycompany.com.

Below is a short commentary by Baruch on the Parasha

In this week’s Torah portion, Moses marries a Midianite woman. Usually when an Israelite marries a gentile it is understood as the wrong thing to do. Even today, although interfaith marriages are looked upon with great disfavor by Jewish leaders, approximately 50 percent of Jewish individuals will marry a non-Jew. Therefore it is most interesting that the rabbinical commentaries, for the most part, do not make an issue of Moses marrying Tzipporah. How did this marriage come about? The Torah states,

And Moses wanted to dwell with the man, and he gave Tzipporah, his daughter to Moses.” Exodus 2:21

The verse states that Moses “wanted” ויואל to dwell with Yitro (Jethro). It is obvious that Moses did not want to return to Egypt where he thought he would be killed. He apparently viewed Yitro’s home as a good place to live and work. So why does the Torah link together Moses’ desire to remain with Yitro and his marriage to Tzipporah? The answer is that it would have been inappropriate for Moses to reside in the same home with Yitro and his daughter if he was not married to Tzipporah. Moses and Tzipporah would have been together frequently and perhaps alone with one another. This would give rise to the community questioning their relationship. Although it is not correct for people to assume that something improper was taking place, the Scripture instructs G-d’s people not to give an evil appearance to others (See I Thessalonians 5:22).

More and more I am meeting people who profess to be followers of Yeshua, i.e. believers in the Bible and they seem to have a low regard for the covenant of marriage. Recently I was in the States and met a couple who said they were getting married, but no date had been set nor was there any formal engagement. Even though they had their separate apartments, it became quite clear that frequently one would stay over at the other’s. In addition to this, they had taken numerous vacations together. (Even if they were engaged, it would not have changed the inappropriateness of the situation).

The Torah does not imply that Moses was even friendly with Tzipporah, but in order for him to stay at the home of Yitro, he would have to marry her. What about the issue of Tzipporah not being Jewish? Yes, Tzipporah was not Jewish, but she apparently had faith in the G-d of Israel, for at the end of Chapter 4 it was this gentile woman who saved Moses’ life by following Torah truth (The Torah of course had not yet been given) and circumcised their son. This passage concerning Tzipporah circumcising their son is full of great significance. However, for our purpose, what is significant is that it shows her faith. In other words, the real issue is not the ethnicity of your spouse, but does the one you are considering to marry have faith in the revelation of Scripture and in Yeshua as the Son of G-d?

Looking Forward

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Today I was looking at old pictures with two of our children.  It was fun to look back at when the kids were little.  It reminded me of how quickly time goes by and that we need to use our time wisely.

Of course we all have regrets for things we did or did not do.  We need to repent of those sins which we’ve committed.  Or, forgive those things done against us.  But we cannot continue to live in the past.  Nothing can be changed. As Paul wisely said,

Philippians 3:12-14 NKJV

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

When we cannot move on from the past, we paralyze ourselves and keep ourselves from achieving and receiving all that the L-rd has for us.

This is a great time to consider what past events, behaviors, etc., we are holding onto which keep us from reaching forward to those things which are ahead.  We may need to ask forgiveness of someone, or make restitution if possible, but in the end, we must also not let past sins (of ours or others) weigh us down to where we are not useful for the Kingdom!

New Biblically Inspired Life Video! Marriage Monday

Baruch and I really enjoy making these videos!  You should see the outtakes!  My hope with these videos is not to give a comprehensive message on an issue, but to cause us to being to think about various aspects of our marriages and what we can do to improve them.

I realize that many marriages are in need of major repair.  These may need professional assistance to help with those issues.  I am hoping that everyone who watches the videos can glean some nugget which may encourage or assist them in some aspect of their marriage.  Blessings!

New BIL Video and a Very Important Prayer Request

I just uploaded a brief video about the relationship between Love Israel and the Biblically Inspired Life.

I also just taped another video which I should be able to post tomorrow AND Baruch and I are planning to tape a Marriage Mondays tomorrow.

Last night we had a great study at our study center from the book of Isaiah.  This in-depth study is very interesting and garnering interest in our group.  People try very hard not to miss it.

VERY IMPORTANT PRAYER REQUEST:

I would ask for your special prayers for a woman in Tel Aviv.  Here is her story:

I am referring to her as A not only to respect her privacy but that of her family our are still in Eritrea and could face violent repercussions by the dictatorship there. 
When A was a girl, before the age of 12 her family was living in a small village and were Protestant Christians, an illegal  religion in Eritrea. While at Church, military police came and arrested everyone in the underground church and held them without trial. 
After what A believes was about 2 years, one of the guards sold her and another young woman to a muslim man who took them to a city in Sudan. There she was trafficked again into sex slavery for many years. 
One day she and two other women were able to escape and fled into the desert but there were again kidnapped by Beduin traffickers and taken to the Sinai in Egypt where A was held for almost 5 years. She suffered from beatings, rapes, starvation and more before someone was able to pay her ransom. A, along with about 100 other Eritreans, was taken to the Israeli border and taken to jail by the IDF.  Six weeks later, she was dropped off at the central bus station in Tel Aviv. Without any money or place to go, she lived on the streets until an Eritrean family took her in. As a result of her time in the Sinai, she found herself physically unable to hold down cleaning jobs as the demand on her body caused her untreated injuries to act up. 
Through her Church here, she got married and had 3 beautiful children. Life was very hard for A and her family, however they were managing to get by until recently. A’s husband, himself a victim of trafficking suffered from a mental breakdown and has left the family since May and has yet to be seen since. A’s eldest son (5) suffers from autism leaving him unable to communicate, he also has some other health issues that still remain undiagnosed due to their lack of access to healthcare service. Her other two children ( G,3 and G, 6months) are healthy.
Under all laws (even Israel’s) A and her children should be eligible for refugee status and basic human rights.  However, due to the Israeli government’s lack of enforcing their legal and moral obligation, A is stuck in a no man’s land. 
Love Israel has helped her, but her situation needs a long-term solution.  Please agree to pray with me for her and her children.  We have someone very close to the situation and will be able to receive updates.

Shabbat Shalom!

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The shuk in Jerusalem.

The Torah reading this week is Parashat Vayechi (and he lived) Genesis 47:28-50:26.  The Haftarah reading is I Kings 2:1-12.  This is a Shabbat Chazak, which means it ends the reading of one of the books of the Torah, in this case the book of Genesis.

The connection between the Torah reading and the reading from the prophets is obvious–both Jacob and King David are nearing death. Both men end their lives by blessing their son(s). This brief article will focus on what David told Solomon at the beginning of his counsel to him. David says,

I am going in (the) way of all the earth, be strong and be a man.” I Kings 2:2

Notice that there is no sorrow in David’s words for he realizes that what is going to happen to him happens to everyone. Even though David was an important individual he knew that his important position did not make him any different than any other human being—death comes to all. How one handles death says a great deal about one’s spirituality. David did not struggle to accept the fact that his time to die had come, on the contrary he accepted it and thought about what he could do to assist his son Solomon who would rule after him.

The important thing to see here is that his death revealed why G-d had chosen him to be king in the first place. David had the ability to see that he was not the main thing, but that there was something of greater importance. What was that? It is the work of HaShem. One needs to understand that he or she exists not for oneself, but to serve in HaShem’s program for the world. The attitude that one should possess is found in one of David’s Psalms,

What is man that you remember him, the son of man that you visit him?” Psalm 8:5 (verse 4 in English)

David understood what man is and what should be the focus of one’s life, for he says to Solomon “be strong and be a man“. From the context of this section (see I Kings 2:3-4) it is most clear that obeying the word of G-d is how an individual should utilize his time upon earth. One should not think in terms of the amount of time, but did one manage the time faithfully. This is what David is admonishing Solomon to do. In other words, do not ask, did I have a good life? Rather ask was I obedient to the tasks that HaShem placed before me?

Although Solomon did not always respond appropriately to HaShem’s will, he did learn the lesson towards the end of his life when he wrote,

The final matter of everything is heard; fear G-d, keep His commandments, for this is the essence of man.  For everything G-d will bring to judgment even that which is hidden, whether it be good or evil.“    Ecclesiastes/Kohelet 12:13-14

Today one hears sayings such as, “It is all about you” or “you are special”. These sayings place the emphasis upon a person rather than upon G-d. It is not so much that I am unique, but I have been given a unique call by G-d. People will often respond and say, but does not the Scripture say that I am wonderfully made? Yes in Psalm 139, but the point of the verse is to honor the Creator and not the creation. If the focus becomes how wonderful I am because of how I was made, then you have erred. Remember the verse says,

I will thank You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…”  Psalm 139:14