Aromimeikha!

About half of our worship liturgy at Pesakh was a product of the Congregation… this is the latest, by Tamarah Yard….

It was fitting to open the Seder with this exaltation…..

We have enough ‘home-grown’ music for two albums! Just gotta get time and funds to produce!

Pardon the layout, just close your eyes and enjoy…

Trying to get other videos as well, will post here when/if I can….

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Why Do I Do His Instructions?

So many folks misunderstand why I do certain things in my life, and the things I do, they are so benign, so inoffensive, so harmless! In fact, they are positive, helpful to me in my walk, beneficial to those around me, and joyous! Further, they do not understand why I do not do certain things I used to do. Some of them get very belligerent, even hateful in their logic as to why I should not be being changed. Some allow Antisemitism to spew, simply because some of what I do looks “Jewish.” I am a Jew inwardly, more than I am “outwardly” by genetics. I am a Jew by “circumcision of the heart,” as commanded in the Torah: Deut 10:16, 30:6. The circumcised heart in Romans 2:29 is an echo of the past, not a new doctrine. What is a circumcised heart? One that no longer fights against the commandments of God. [see previous references]

First, I do not do what I do to appear more righteous than others. I do not do what I do because I think my “deeds” will save me. I do what I do simply because He said to do those things. The things I now refrain from, I refrain from because He said to, including all the Torah infractions listed in Galatians 5:19-21. I am delivered from the guilt of my sin by one thing alone, just as the Shlikhim [Apostles] declared when they told the world the “Good News”:

“This very Yeshua, Elohim has raised up, and we are all His witnesses.  It is He who is exalted by the right hand of Elohim, and has received from HaAv the promise of The Ru’akh HaKodesh, and has poured out this gift which you now see and hear.  For David did not ascend into the heavens, because he himself said, ‘ יהוה  said to My Adon, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your foes your footstool.’  Therefore let all Beit Yisra’el know assuredly that Elohim has made this very Yeshua, whom you have executed, both  יהוה  and Mashi’akh.”  When they heard these things, their hearts were sorrowful, and they said to Shimon and the rest of the Shlikhim, “Our brethren, what shall we do?”  Then Shimon said to them, “Repent and be immersed, every one of you, in the Name of  יהוה  Yeshua, for the remission of sins, so that you may receive the gift of The Ru’akh HaKodesh.  For the promise was made to you and to your children, and for all of those who are far off, even as many as the very Elohim shall call.”  And he testified to them with many other words and besought them, saying, “Save yourselves from this sinful generation.”

To “repent”, in the minds of these 3500 Jews of Yisra’el 2000 years ago, meant to turn back to the Torah, the “Instructions” of God. And that is exactly what they did.

Sin is defined in the Brit Khadasha [New Testament] as breaking Torah commandments:

“Everyone who sins breaks Torah; indeed, sin IS breaking Torah.” I John 3:4

Love for God is defined by Yeshua as keeping His Commandments. It is also defined by Yokhanan [John], my favorite Shaliakh [Apostle, “sent one”].

“For this is the love of God, that we keep HIS mitzvot [commandments, instructions of the Torah]: and His mitzvot are NOT grievous.” I John 5:3

So, I do NOT try to save myself by keeping commandments. I obey Him, because I love Him.

Ya’akov [Jacob, Yeshua’s brother, known as James] tells us that our keeping His Commandments proves that we belong to Him:

“Trust without righteous deeds is death. Show me your trust without righteous deeds, and I [Ya’akov] will show you my trust BY MY righteous deeds.”

So, the things I do that make me seem “strange” [ I Peter 4:4 ] I do out of sheer love for Messiah. No other reason. I wear tzit-tziyot [Num 15], I eat biblical food [Lev 11], I observe the 7th Day, HIS Sabbath, and Passover, First Omer, Bikkurim, Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot, [Lev 23] and not s-nday church, Easter [Pagan Ishtar], Halloween [night of the dead], Christmas [birth of 1/3 of the trinity “Mithras”]. I refrain from eating meats He said are not food. I refrain from all manner of sexual impurity. I refrain from mixing His ways with the ways of this world. And for that, I am “weird”. Count me in that number, I’m nuts for Mashi’akh!

“He that says he abides in Him ought himself also so to walk His Halakha [walk as He walked.].” I John 2:6

Yeshua is Jewish, and so I do the same things He did, and that He still does! And this does make me look a bit Jewish.  But, I am simply emulating Him, the King of the Jews. “Halakha” is a Jewish term that Yokhanan used in that verse to tell us that Yeshua is our Rabbi, the one who teaches us how to keep the Torah properly. Halakha means “how one interprets Torah”, literally, how one ‘walks’ out the Torah.  There were teachers in the 1st century who all had different “halakha”, and the Brit Khadasha mentions some of them, and alludes to others: Hillel, Shammai, and Gamliel. Each of these men is quoted in the 2nd century document called “Mishnah”, and their “halakha” is taught in that book. Yeshua’s “halakha” is revealed in the gospels, and taught through correction and ‘halakhic commentary’ in Romans-Jude. And it does not violate the Torah of His Father. [Matt 5:17-19]

I understand it is strange in this western society so long overshadowed by papacy and religion. But, I also know that HIS instructions are eternal and sure, and beneficial to my life on every level. To find a way around them is being “stiffnecked”, EVEN IF one thinks they are relying on grace! Circumcision of the heart is agreement with His Word. Without adding to it, OR taking away from it. [Deut 4:2, Rev 22:19, speaking of the same books!]

It is the enemy of God that wants to deter His people from keeping His Commandments, NOT GOD:

“And the dragon [the adversary] was wroth with the woman [Yisra’el, the Kahal/Congregation], and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, AND  have the testimony of Yeshua HaMashiakh.” Rev 6 !!

Trust/faith without righteous deeds is death. I have found LIFE in trusting Him, and OBEYING Him. Call me weird. Deride my character. Say I’m in bondage. Those who do could not be further from the truth! Neither have they ever known the JOY of simple obedience!  They do not know the Word of our Master, but follow deceieved men.

Men-Orah you wrong?

It’s the MOST IMPORTANT HISTORICAL EVENT EVER!!

We need to check ourselves, and our teachers, as did the Bereans.

Yeshua hung on the tree.

But don’t take MY word for it: take G-d’s Word for it!

Acts 5:30, 10:39, 13:29,

1 Peter 2:24

Also see Gal 3:13, quoting D’varim [Deut].

There is NO SUCH WORD as ‘cross’ in the Greek NT texts, and certainly not in Aramaic.

But, The ‘Tree of Life‘ is mentioned first in Genesis.

The Tree of Life is an allusion to Messiah Yeshua as our source of LIFE.

LIFE in Hebrew is “Khai”.  The letter Khet is the first letter in “Khai.”  A “khet” looks like this: ח

Just like the blood in this image of a door at Pesakh.

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Yeshua is the “Door of Life” and is also known as the TREE of Life.

Now, since Yeshua was executed on a tree, and this is established as a hard, historical FACT by four witnesses in the NT scriptures [above], let’s look at something together:

The catholic idea is that it was three roman ‘crosses’ on a hill, but again, remember, the word cross in Greek, being ‘tau’, is NOT in scripture.

The catholic idea of the ‘way of the cross’ is that he carried a full cross up a hill.  This gives Yeshua, a man, superhuman strength, a man who was literally torn open and lost tons of blood BEFORE beginning the ascent; even though He yet is known to have received help, nonetheless, it is beyond reason to think that he could have managed more than double the weight of what The Word actually says he carried.  The FACT of the matter is that both Greek and Aramaic say that he carried a ‘stake’ or a ‘beam’;  a straight implement of execution.  In greek the word is ‘stauros,’ and in Aramaic it is ‘zakif’, the equivalent Hebrew word being ‘ztelav’.  He was nailed to that stake, which was fastened to a tree over a hook.  And then his feet were nailed to the tree.

WHAT if the catholic notion is wrong?  What if the chai-rho of Constantine really was a pagan symbol? [He was still a pagan when he had his famous ‘vision.’]

Think about this.  The passage in Yokhanan [John] that describes the centurions breaking the legs of the two thieves hanged with Yeshua has the soldiers passing up Yeshua, who supposedly was in the MIDDLE of two thieves.  Understand this: Yokhanan’s account is an EYE-WITNESS account, whereas the other three gospels had to hear it told to them by either Yokhanan and/or the few women who were actually there.  His eye-witness account gives us the most detail of what actually happened at the base of the tree [19:31]:

“So they besought Pilatos to have the legs of those who were executed broken, and to have the bodies lowered down.  So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other [thief] who was executed with Him.  But [easily also ‘then’] when they came to Yeshua, they saw that He was dead already, so they did not break His legs.  But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who saw it testified [Yokhanan/John], and his testimony is true; and he knows well that what he said is true, that you also may believe.”

Please understand the fault in the prevailing “opinion”.  The passage says that they go to one thief first, and then go directly TO THE NEXT THIEF~!  WHY?

WHY, dear reader, would the centurions go PAST Yeshua first, to get to the SECOND thief and break his legs next, if Yeshua were directly between two ‘crosses’ in the traditional configuration?      

The soldiers had to be IN FRONT of the three ‘crosses’ to break the first guy’s legs…. would they really have went BEHIND Yeshua, weaving in and out of the three ‘crosses’ [that are not in the bible]?  Likely not.  And HOW did they not see Yeshua was already dead when they WALKED IN FRONT OF HIM to get to the NEXT thief?

The answer is, HE WAS HANGING ON A TREE…. THEY ALL WERE…. ON THE SAME OLIVE TREE.

The texts are very plain, and the actual layout makes more sense.  The centurions went AROUND THE TREE to the next guy.  We cannot assume Yeshua was the focal point of the centurions; that is us imposing our view in our minds on the scene.  That’s called ‘eisegesis’, or writing our opinion into the Bible. They were just doing a job. Their direction may have been simply due to one being right or left handed!  But, on a tree configuration, where all three were hanging on the same tree, they would have simply walked around the TREE.  And then it would make sense as to why they came to Yeshua LAST, which the text CLEARLY says they did.

So, consider this.

An Olive tree is a short, very thick tree.  Having been to Yisra’el and seen these trees, one could easily see three men hanging on one.  In fact, on our last trip, I kinda demonstrated it in Gat Shmini, and everyone easily ‘saw’.  This also explains how Yeshua could speak to people, while suffocating, and have them hear Him.  Whereas, if hanging on a tall ‘cross’, it would have been less likely.

More importantly, the Olive Tree is the source of oil in ancient Israel, and hence, “light.”  As such, it has long been biblically associated with the Menorah.  The Menorah is indeed the ‘Tree of life’ in the Temple.  It is the only Biblical symbol of belief in the Messiah.

Consider further; if three men were hanging on it, there would be six ‘arms’ on the tree. The trunk itself would represent the seventh light.

The Menorah is symbolic of the Ru’akh HaKodesh [The consecrated Breath/Spirit of G-d].  As such, it is the ‘sevenfold spirit’ of Revelation 3-5, burning as a lamp before the Throne of G-d.  The sevenfold spirit is seen in Yesha-Yahu [Isaiah] 11:2, as seven distinct manifestations of power.  Those seven manifestations are:

Ru’akh of  יהוה

Ru’akh  of Wisdom

Ru’akh of Understanding

Ru’akh of Counsel

Ru’akh of Knowledge

Ru’akh of Might

Rua’kh of the Fear of  יהוה

Khayim

This is a Menorah!

And in the middle, which would be the STAND/TREE of the Menorah, is “Counsel”

עֵצָה

Above is the Hebrew word, “Etzah”, for “Counsel”, which is the power and source of all prophecy and biblical interpretation.  The root of that word is עֵץ ‘ETZ’, and it means TREE!!

The MIDDLE LETTER of the word is a RIGHTEOUS MAN… and this word “Etz” is the MIDDLE of or the stand, the ‘tree’ of the Menorah, in regard to the powers listed in Is 11:2.  That is not a coincidence.

So, Yeshua was hanging on the TREE… with a REDEEMED thief on his right hand, and an unredeemed thief on His left hand.  On the right, the thief feared יהוה , and the other did not.  There were hence six arms/branches coming off of the TREE.   This was the Menorah, the TREE OF LIFE predicted in B’reshit.

I wish I had time to draw an image of this.  I wish a good artist would take to represent this in a painting.  I have zero doubt that this is the GREATEST SYMBOL OF LIFE, and that the most LEGITIMATE symbol of any true congregation of Messiah is the MENORAH.  After all, when Yeshua addressed SEVEN very personal letters to congregations, He told Yokhanan that He was the one who walks among the MENORAHS, NOT crosses, and warned them that He would take their Menorah from them if they did not REPENT and OBEY Him.  He did take their Menorah, and each of those cities is now a Muslim city, and has been for over 1,000 years.  It’s interesting to me that it is in those cities that all the bad doctrine of western Christianity was formed. [homoousios, theotokos, etc.]

The Menorah is the symbol of the TREE of LIFE.  Yeshua died on a tree, and GAVE US LIFE.  Sha’ul did not glory in the roman symbol, he gloried in the EXECUTION of Messiah, the voluntary death of Yeshua for all mankind.  Life does not come from a symbol; but, if we want a symbol, lets’ use the best one, the one G-d gave in Gan Eden, and the symbol Yeshua gave to the congregations….

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“And I came that you might have KHAYIM, and have it abundantly”.  “For I did not come to call the Tzadikim, but for sinners.”

Hallel, Jew yeah!

Shalom!

This past Shabbat was great, for many reasons.  The whole weekend was.  But, one of the highlights was doing a ‘Bedikat Khametz’ of sorts on our music.  The ‘Bedikat Khametz’ is the ‘search for what is leavened’ leading up to Pesakh.  Even the nominal Bible reader understands that leaven represents sin.  So, what do I mean?  Sin is ‘missing the mark,’ not quite meeting the perfection of the Torah; so, leavening is imperfections, and the Bedikat Khametz is searching for and finding the imperfections.  We Messianic Peshitta Jews tend to ‘see’ the application of the principal in many areas of our lives during this season.  For those of us who have been working on the translation of HaDavar, The Word, we have found even the tiniest imperfections, just before going to press.  My great desire is that no one finds even ONE small mistake, one tiny stroke of the ‘pen’ out of place, and we have combed the document for six months now in that effort.  Similarly, we want our music to be “spot on” during the Pesakh Seder.  So that it ministers to the Body as we worship the Son of G-d, and declare His death the way He instructed us to in His Word.

As we were rehearsing, the music kept getting better and better.  But, let me give you some background.  We write a lot of our own music.  Myself, Sha’ul, Tamarah, and Levi have all written songs for the congregation.  And they are some of the most moving, powerful, melodious, and inspirational versions of the ‘psalms’ and other verses we’ve ever enjoyed.  I say that because I am SO HUMBLED that Abba has gathered together such a team of musicians in the MOST UNLIKELY of ways.

We are such a diverse field of misfits!  We hail from all over the country, the world for that matter.  We are of every race.  We hail from diverse backgrounds of faith.  We are male and female. Our ages cross quite a wide spectrum.  We represent multiple native languages and cultures.  Some of us are very formally trained musicians and vocalists, and some are bootstrapped, self-taught musicians and vocalists. But we come together each Shabbat and for each Khag to lead an even more diverse group into the throne room of the Creator.  And we do so in UNISON.  Not just musical harmony, but spiritual harmony.  We do so of our own volition, and not because we are paid.  We do so joyfully.

And we all take our task very seriously, and worship as best we can, desiring to pour out our hearts to our Messiah, in the hope that the congregation will follow suit.  And we do so in our rehearsals as well, and not just during the service.  And, we do not ‘perform’, and not one of us desires ‘star’ status, or to outperform the other.

And for ALL of this, I praise G-d in my private time.  It is a blessed gift that few congregations have.  And we have LAYERS of skill, and others standing at the ready to fill in on a moment’s notice.  I remember when it was just me on the keyboard, and my wife and I on vocals, singing a very limited repertoire of Hebrew music that I could actually play.  I specifically remember praying that Abba send musicians and vocalists who love HIM more than they love their skills.  We had people blow through who wanted to be paid to play and sing.  We had people blow through who wanted the platform.  But Abba removed them in His timing, and has put together a ‘unit’ of worshippers, the likes of which I have never seen.  As much as we love some of the music coming out of Yisra’el, I love more what Abba is doing in this congregations ‘tribe of Yehudah’.

We are adding two new songs to our Pesakh order of worship this year, written by congregants.  Both of them are very ‘Hebrew’ in flavor and tone, and both are from the liturgy of biblical worship [Psalms].  Tamarah wrote one that is phenomenal, which our congregation has yet to hear, and which we feel will ‘set the tone’ for the Seder.  It is a portion of a psalm that is read/sung frequently in the Synagogues on Shabbat [some do it every week], and is in the Daily Prayers of Judaism, and has been for millennia.  I have added a verse to one that I put together originally out of two ‘Tehillim’/Psalms, 135 and 115, with the latest verse coming out of 118.  Our most ‘senior’ vocalist kept saying ‘we need to keep going’ every time we ended rehearsing/singing this song, and Abba apparently agreed.  I was reading 118 last week, and the very similar verse structure I found one Shabbat morning during prayers in 115 and 135 ‘leaped’ off the pages at me, and a new verse was born for this very uplifting melody of exhortation.  This one song’s three verses are from the “Hallel,” [Praise] which is a series of Psalms starting in 113 that are traditionally sung during Pesakh, since antiquity, and Yeshua followed this custom.  Most believers do not realize it, because their translations are weak, and they hence do not see that they ‘sung the Hallel’ when they left the Seder to go the garden.  Imagine that: Yeshua was SINGING as He began to prepare for His execution.  He quoted some of these verses even while hanging on the tree.

So, we rehearsed this past Shabbat.  We worked through the tricky spots in Tamarah’s BEAUTIFUL song.  We worked through the tricky syntax and phrasing in my new verse.  After having done each for several turns, the music just kept getting better and better, and ALL of us could ‘feel’ it, giving each other glances of appreciation while singing/playing.  Our videos simply do not do justice for our sound, if you’ve never heard us live.  I boast in Messiah Yeshua, again, for having brought us together.  NO OTHER REASON but LOVE FOR MESSIAH brought us together! But I cannot begin to tell you how DEEP the ‘skill’ goes; and I’m not just speaking of instrumental/vocal or composition skill.  [Incidentally, we already have on the roster Sha’ul’s notorious “I Will Sing” rendering of Shemot [Exodus] 15, which is the ‘song at the sea’ like no one has ever heard it!].  So, Tamarah had another new song that the team wanted to work on once we were done preparing for Pesakh.  I had left the platform to help to add words to our overhead, and they started singing it.  I had never heard it before, so I sat down with a copy of the words, and ‘listened.’  It overwhelmed me.  Not just the song, but all that I’ve already communicated.  When it ended, I came out of the ‘zone’, and Sha’ul was standing at the piano somehow.  He had been overwhelmed too.  With tears in his eyes, he said, ‘This is a product of Bat-Tzion, and I saw Daniel sitting there, and I realized that we are doing this because of Bat-Tzion, because of what Abba is doing here…”  Both of us realized that there is a greater, ETERNAL purpose for our coming together.  Gratitude of heart swallowed us both.

I wish people had taken advantage of the opportunity to come to our Seder.  To hear the music, such that they could be escorted into His Presence.  Because I KNOW it will happen.  But, I further wish, but also trust that Abba is bringing the ONE whom HE wants to ‘touch’, because I know that the Messiah Yeshua, the Son of G-d, will be more clearly ‘communicated’ this year, and I trust HE is truly going to REDEEM someone.  LIFE will occur, because of the declaration of His Death.  Our congregants WILL further and more clearly understand the GREAT redemption they already have, and appreciate it more and more.  And the worshipful, beautiful music will certainly play its part.  I have said over and over that one of the main features of Pesakh, the Seder, is that it teaches our children, and us, by employing ALL the senses…. not five, but TEN.  Because we are able to reach into the Nefesh, and Neshamah, because of Yeshua and the blood that He shed for us.  As my Dad used to say when one of us didn’t show up in time for dinner: “Let those who don’t want any have the regret of not getting any.”  I regret that not everyone I love could be there….again, I wish ALL could ‘see’ the details of what Pesakh does for us, on EVERY level.  A very meaningful verse for our congregation, which will be over our doors if we ever build our own building, is fitting for this sentiment:

“That I may tell of all Your praise in the gates of the Bat Tzion, that I may rejoice in Your Salvation [Yeshua].” Tehillah 9:15

The New Heart

“And I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean; from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Ru’akh within you, and [I WILL] cause you  to walk in My statutes, and you shall keep My ordinances, and do them.  And you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and you shall be My people, and I will be your Elohim.”

The New Heart passage is often quoted by many believers.   But few really take it in context, and fewer still understand what it really means to have a new heart, in which the very Breath and Presence of G-d can dwell, through Yeshua HaMashi’akh.

I’m trying to be brief.

Yekhezkel is speaking to Yisra’el concerning the LAST of the last days, when Messiah will gather the Jewish people, known as Yisra’el, into the land.  Many think that is what is happening now, even though most Jews still live outside the land of Yisra’el.  No.  It will happen when Yeshua returns.  He is speaking to the Jewish people, all twelve tribes gathered together under Melekh Yehudah.  This has not happened yet.

Sha’ul foretells this day also, saying that “One day, ALL of Yisra’el will be ‘saved’.  That is what Yekhezkel is defining in the passage above: Salvation.  [Ez 36:25-28]  Salvation begins with repentance, which is biblically defined as TURNING away from sin.  Sin is defined as not meeting the righteousness of the Torah.  To turn to Yeshua and have Him impart His Torah-perfection to us is SALVATION, and He DOES CAUSE us then to follow His Mitzvot!  By HIS power!  And that is ALL of His Mitzvot.

He is NOT going to make the Jewish people “walk in His statutes,” and  “keep His ordinances, and do them,”  when He returns, to have Gentiles flout them for 2,000 years.  No, only those who truly have His Ru’akh and obey HIS Word [NOT the Rabbis, Popes, Pastors, etc] who actually do what G-d says are going to rule with Him.

Yesha-Yahu similarly writes: [Is 2:1-4]

HaDavar [The Word] that Yesha-Yahu Ben Amotz saw concerning Yehudah and Yerushalayim. “And it shall come to pass in the Akharit HaYamim [Last Days], that the mountain of Beit יהוה shall be established as the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many peoples shall go and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to Har [Mount of] יהוה , to Beit Elohei Ya’akov; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths.” For out of Tzion shall go forth the Torah, and the D’var יהוה from Yerushalayim. And He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

Clearly, O believer, this passage is about Messiah Yeshua.

Clearly, O believer, this passage has yet to happen.

Clearly, O believer, this shows that ALL PEOPLE will learn HIS TORAH! His Ways. His Paths.  His ordinances.  His statutes.

And by this SHALOM will be established, and there will be no more fighting among humans.

The reason there are so many denominations and such hostility between even those who say they believe, is because MOST of those who say they believe REFUSE to follow HIM, and HIS WORD, even though they think they do, and say they do, with vim and vigor!

Again, these passages are concerning LAST DAYS, the establishment of the Kingdom of Yeshua ON EARTH.  And in BOTH passages, HIS TORAH, HIS MITZVOT, the guiding principles of His Kingdom, WILL BE THE LAW OF THE EARTH!

Those who NOW follow HIS WORD can HEAR HIS Ru’akh speaking to them to DO what HE SAYS to do.

This is true repentance.  Returning to the ANCIENT PATHS.  Yisra’el refused, and was cut off.  If gentiles refuse, they too will be ‘cut off,’ AFTER having been grafted in! “Be not high-minded, but fear! For if Elohim did not spare the natural branches, beware, or He will not spare you! Consider therefore the goodness and severity of Elohim: on those who fell, severity; but on you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness; otherwise you also will be cut off!” [Rom 11]

His goodness is walking His Torah by His Power.  That is the very definition of what it means to have His Ru’akh HaKodesh [holy spirit] given to us.

And I will put My Ru’akh within you, and [I WILL] cause you  to walk in My statutes, and you shall keep My ordinances, and do them.”

Join us at Pesakh and gain that power, through humble submission to His Word!

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Pesakh is coming!

I am truly anticipating this year’s Pesakh.  My hunger for it increases every year as we begin the Bedikat Khametz.  While I LOVE ALL of the biblical customs, Pesakh is my most treasured of the Mo’edim [Appointed Times ofיהוה   [ .

It is sad to me that so many believers miss out on the Pesakh Seder of Yeshua, in order to cling to a watered down feast riddled with pagan rituals and meaning.  And more sad that so many true believers [versus papal loyalists blind to His Word] yet tolerate things Yeshua said we should NOT tolerate [Rev 2-3, 18:4].

Our Jewish people, even with as much error as they have buried themselves in, cannot but help to point to our Messiah.  That is the goal of the Torah, [Rom 10:4] and that is the duty/role/purpose of the Jewish people [Rom 3:2], as custodians of Yeshua, The WORD of Elohim, until such time as He manifested in a body.  [Rom 10:4 in the best translations, greek also being a translation, is very good: “Messiah is the goal at which the Torah aims”, NOT the way it reads in many/most English texts;  Rom 3:2 shows us that our Jewish People were ENTRUSTED with HaD’varim, another word for Torah, another word for Messiah Yeshua].  The Pesakh Seder was indeed inherited from our Jewish people.  While the Rabbis CLAIM to have custody of all the traditions, they do not.  Yeshua showed up IN THE FULNESS OF TIME:

“but when the fullness of the time was come, Elohim sent forth His Son, who, born of a woman, became subject to the Torah, to

redeem them who were under the Torah, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

                [‘under the Torah’ is NOT the ‘righteous’, but those who BREAK TORAH; NOT the Jewish people alone, per se, otherwise his next verse would not make sense: “and because YOU [galtians/gentiles] ARE sons”; so, he was speaking of EVERYONE who was breaking the Torah, Jews AND gentiles!  Being under the Torah means BREAKING it, just like being ‘under the law’ in any society is because society’s laws were broken].

The ‘fulness’ of time was what, then?  It was at the PERFECT time that Yeshua showed up:  BEFORE TALMUD!  BEFORE our Jewish people went into complete hardness of heart against Messiah Yeshua!  And the Pesakh Seder was already WELL established, with its four cups, and 15 rites, and all the imagery of the testing of Yeshua as the Pesakh Lamb for FOUR DAYS, the TRIAL [final inspection], His execution, death, burial and resurrection, ALL DEPICTED in the JEWISH Pesakh Seder.  Our Jewish people have largely preserved this ‘tradition’.  They’ve added a couple of elements to the plate, in later times, SOME of which we as Messianic Peshitta Jews reject: [the egg].  But, they also added the Kharoset and Afikomen and ‘unity’ bag, and these cannot help but point to Yeshua!  The unity bag is one which is one of the most compelling images of Messiah Yeshua coming OUT Of His Father, being, BROKEN, being hidden in the earth, and being given as a sweet gift and deposit, and as a promise of a greater gift, being sought by ALL CHILDREN!

But, the imagery of the LAMB, connected with the first Pesakh AND Yeshua’s Pesakh Seder [it was His last ‘supper,’ but His last meal was a PESAKH SEDER MEAL, lamb, herbs, and Matzah!] is the most compelling of all; we ‘see, hear, smell, touch and taste’ the execution and death of our Messiah.  It is Tehillah 34 [Psalm] that compels us, “O TASTE, and SEE that יהוה is GOOD!”

So, yes, our Jewish people have erred, and have received hard hearts, FROM THE FATHER! For HIS purposes!  And they’ve gone way beyond the Torah in their ‘reasoning,’ and have trusted in their own righteousness to save them.  But, let’s not just pick on them!  Pesakh is about JEWS AND GENTILES!  It is about the REDEMPTION OF ALL PEOPLE, who will HEAR the WORD of G-d as declared in the B’sorah of Yeshua HaMashi’akh [ GOOD NEWS/BODY of Yeshua the Messiah] And our gentile believers are instructed NOT to cast off our Jewish people nor our Jewish customs!

Walk with me through these following verses, and see all my thoughts above spelled out in these difficult words, that most believers seem to ignore:

Rom 11:17-32

“And if some [NOT all] of the branches [Jews] were cut off, and you [gentiles], who are a branch of a wild olive tree, have been grafted in their [some Jews’] place, and you have become a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree [People of Yisra’el], do not boast over the branches [Jews]. For if you boast, it is not you who sustains the root [Jews], but the root [Jews] sustains you. Perhaps you may say “the branches [some Jews] were cut off that I might be grafted in their place.” Well, they were cut off because of their lack of absolute trust, but you exist by absolute trust. Be not high-minded, BUT FEAR! For if Elohim did not spare the natural branches [some Jews], beware, or He will not spare you [if you do not beware of boasting over them]! Consider therefore the goodness and severity of Elohim: on those who fell [Jews who rejected Yeshua, not all], severity; but on you [believing gentiles], goodness, if you continue in His goodness; otherwise you also will be cut off! And even they, if they do not remain in their lack of absolute trust, will be grafted in [to their own olive tree of Jewish BELIEVERS]; for Elohim is able to graft them in again. For if you who have been cut from the wild olive tree, which is natural to you, and grafted contrary to your nature into a good olive tree [Of Isra’el/Jews], how much more fruitful would they be, if they were grafted into their own natural olive tree? I am desirous, my brethren, that you should know this sod [biblical mystery], so that you may not be wise in your own conceits; for ignorance in heart has to some degree befallen Yisra’el, until the fullness of the Goyim shall come. And then all Yisra’el shall be saved; as it is written, “A Go’el [Redeemer] shall come out of Tzion [Jerusalem/Israel], and He shall turn away iniquity from Ya’akov [natural Israel/Jews], and then they shall have the same Brit from me, when I have forgiven their sins.” [He forgives ANYONE when they turn to Messiah; they will all turn to Messiah in ONE DAY, very soon] Now according to HaB’sorah, they are enemies for your sake. But according to election, they are beloved for the patriarchs’ sakes. For Elohim does not withdraw His gift and His call. Just as you were formerly disobedient to Elohim and have now obtained mercy because of their disobedience, likewise, they are also disobedient now to the mercy which is upon you, that there may be mercy upon them also. For Elohim has included all men in disobedience [ie, UNDER TORAH, as stated above], that He might have mercy on every man.”

Our gentile believers were originally taught to keep the JEWISH CUSTOMS!

Shabbat – [Acts 13-15]

Havdalah – [Acts 21 17]

Pesakh – [ 1 Cor 5, 11]

ALL BIBLICAL, JEWISH customs [ 1 Cor 11:2, 2 Thess 2:15, 3:6]

Easter, Ishtar, the pagan feast of the vernal equinox that celebrates sex and ritual fertility given under the base of evergreen trees by a trinity of gods, whose babies are born on/about 12/25 are offered as a blood sacrifice, and their blood stained eggs for Ishtar in the spring, at which time they hoped to conceive, is ONLY in the scriptures as CONDEMNED by G-d!  “Ashtaroth” is this deity, the “Queen of Heaven” is this deity.  This is the great harlot: MIXING the rites of the world with the truth of G-d; watering it down and being content to worship in it in spite of knowing truth; this is the very reason G-d punished Israel; and in spite of warning our Gentile believers in the book of Romans AND Revelation, so many gentile and Jewish believers in Messiah are comfortable mixing His Truth with these HORRIBLE lies; and then they wonder why abortion runs amuck in a ‘christian’ nation.  Why fornication and adultery run amuck in the ‘church’.

Sometimes I wish Abba had not asked me to bear this message to his people.  It truly does cause people to turn on me, as they did the prophets of old, and as they did to Yokhanan HaMatbil [John the immerser], and Yeshua Himself, and all the Shlikhim [apostles].  It truly would be nice to keep every friend I’ve ever made, whether personally or digitally.  But, I have indeed not only lost friends who did not like this message, but have also been ‘persecuted’ by many of those who rejected it.  It’s not like I’ve ever had a great lot of ‘popularity’ to lose, either; I’ve been a believer since I was 10 years old.  But, I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that G-d is yearning for ALL those who SAY they follow Him genuinely to DO SO, to leave behind the error of false religious teachings, and come into TRUTH… that of His Son, Yeshua, the Messiah, who RENEWED the covenant with Yisra’el through His blood, and then welcomed gentiles into that covenant.

Pesakh is the CELEBRATION, the REMEMBRANCE by DECLARATION of His death, UNTIL HE COMES BACK.  It is a teaching tool for all, specifically given for children [Ex 13:14], but compelling for all, and uses all five senses in order to convey the Message of the Good News of Messiah Yeshua calling to the whole world in GREAT compassion, saying, ‘“This is my body, which is given for your sake; this do [partake of Pesakh’s Matzah] in remembrance of me.” And likewise also He took the cup, after they had eaten supper [the third blessed cup of the Pesakh Seder, the “Cup of Redemption” in Jewish tradition], and He said, “This is the cup of the Brit Khadashah [Renewed Covenant] in my blood, which is shed for you.”  And Sha’ul tells us that THIS is how we ‘Declare His death until He comes [back]”.  1 Cor 11:26

So, I invite, and I even DARE you to come and ‘Taste’ and ‘See’ the Pesakh with us.  It has been our great delight that several have come to a trusting faith in Yeshua for Salvation simply by partaking of this meal.  Others have come to understand the purity and truth of Biblical, Messianic “Judaism,” of the actuality of being grafted into the Yisra’el of G-d, Jews AND Gentiles who trust in the Messiah OF ISRAEL, and obey G-d out of LOVE for Him, by doing HIS WORD.

Please join us at our Seder, from WHEREVER you are!  There is still room, but probably not for much longer!  We will finally affix the date tomorrow, 04/06, and you can make your preparations.  It’s on a weekend, so travel should not be an issue!  I would LOVE to see you all, old friends and new!

“For our Pesakh is Mashi’akh, who was sacrificed for our sake.  Therefore LET US CELEBRATE THE KHAG!!![joyous feast]”  [I Cor 5:7-8]

Congregation Bat-Tzion Pesakh Seder Reservations – Congregation Bat-Tzion

[PS: I will be writing less and less on my blog, trying to do twice a week; each post takes longer to write in my spare time, and to find time to post, as I am now writing my next novel again!]

Shalom in Messiah Yeshua!

Daniel

“Who has established all the ends of the earth?  What is His Name, and what is His Son’s Name?  For you will know it…”

מִי הֵקִים כָּל-אַפְסֵי אָרֶץ; מַה שְּׁמוֹ וּמַה שֶּׁם בְּנוֹ, כִּי תֵדָע

Mishley 30:4