091814 Yom Kippur

The Day of Atonement – Leviticus 23:26-32

26 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 27 “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. 28 And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God. 29 For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people. 30 And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. 31 You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.”

Yom Kippur, which is also known as The Day Of Atonement, and is the highest of the Jewish holy days will begin this coming Friday at sunset, and last until Saturday at sunset. Because this High Holy Day falls during a Sabbath day, the Sabbath is a High Sabbath. Ever since the beginning of Rosh Hashanah (which occurred from last Wednesday at sunset, until last Friday at sunset), Jews around the world have been preparing themselves for Yom Kippur. During this ten-day period of time, Jews have been involved in a practice that is known as Teshuvah, which involves repentance. Such repentance involves personal relationships, and relationships with God. Tashlich is also a matter of practice, which relates to the teaching of Micah 7:19, “He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Jews will say prayers and cast bread, or other items of food, upon a body of water. I think that all of us have heard of the saying, “cast you bread upon the waters.” During these “Ten Days Of Awe,” also known as “Ten Days Of Repentance,” Jews are trusting that they will be found worthy of having their names written in a “heavenly book of life,” whereby they will have one more year of life. A cordial greeting that Jews have for other Jews is, Leshanah tovah tikateiv veteichateim: (lit: “may you be inscribed and sealed for a good year”); this is a traditional greeting on the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah).

The following article that discusses the Jewish Feast of Yom Kippur, is provided by ReformJudaism.org. This ministry is a Jewish ministry, as opposed to being a Messianic Jewish ministry.

Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement” and refers to the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer and repentance. Part of the High Holidays, which also includes Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. In three separate passages in the Torah, the Jewish people are told, “the tenth day of the seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be a sacred occasion for you: You shall practice self-denial.”(Leviticus 23:27). Fasting is seen as fulfilling this biblical commandment. The Yom Kippur fast also enables us to put aside our physical desires to concentrate on our spiritual needs through prayer, repentance and self-improvement.

Yom Kippur is the moment in Jewish time when we dedicate our mind, body, and soul to reconciliation with God, our fellow human beings, and ourselves. We are commanded to turn to those whom we have wronged first, acknowledging our sins and the pain we might have caused. At the same time, we must be willing to forgive and to let go of certain offenses and the feelings of resentment they provoked in us. On this journey we are both seekers and givers of pardon. Only then can we turn to God and ask for forgiveness: “And for all these, God of forgiveness, forgive us, pardon us, and grant us atonement.”

Comments by this writer:

The Day Of Atonement was fulfilled in Jesus, through His substitutionary death, per 2 Corinthians 5:21, as follows:

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

From The Reformation Study Bible, Edited by Dr. R.C. Sproul, ”

5:21 An important summary of the gospel message. The verse explains how God imputed our sin to Christ. God as judge assigned the responsibility of our sin to Christ, making it possible for Him to be punished justly for that sin (Is. 53:6; 1 Pet. 2:24). The verse shows that Christ was our substitute, accepting the penalty of sin in our place. See “The Sinlessness of Jesus” at Heb. 4:15.

5:21 We might become the righteousness of God. Not only did God impute our sin to Christ, He also imputed Christ’s perfect righteousness to us (that is, He counted it as belonging to us). This imputation is the basis for the progressive realization of God’s righteousness in our moral character. Our thoughts and deeds are sanctified in increasing measure until we receive perfect righteousness in heaven.

Let us consider the name of God, Adonai, which is pronounced “a-doh-NIGH.” The meaning of Adonai is “I AM.” Scriptures that relate to Adonai are Exodus 3:14 and John 8:58. (This information on Adonai was obtained from “Hebrew Names For God.”)

The name of God, Adonai, means Lord and Master. If God is Adonai to you, He is the one to whom you submit or bow down; He is the Boss of your life. Adonai is the ultimate authority figure in your life and the One to whom you owe your complete allegiance. (Obtained from CBN article, written by Leah Adams)

Exodus 3:14, “And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

3:14 From The Reformation Study Bible, Edited by Dr. R. C. Sproul, “I am who I am. The Lord is not defined or determined by any other than Himself. As the self-existent One, His promise is sure; He will reveal Himself in His saving deeds.

John 8:58, “Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

8:58 From The Reformation Study Bible, Edited by Dr. R.C. Sproul, “before Abraham was, I am. This is a clear reference to Jesus’ eternal preexistence. Since this is an attribute of God alone, this text is a forceful statement of Jesus’ deity. The present tense of the verb suggests the eternal present of God’s eternity. “I am” is also reminiscent of God’s name in Ex. 3:14 (vv. 24, 28 note). See “Jesus Christ, God and Man” at John 1:14.

Now, let us go into worship and praise, as we are led by Paul Wilbur, in the song, “Adonai.”

Adonai

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091714 Our Job, “Equip The Saints!”

Without a doubt, a large segment of those, who call themselves Christians, are unable to explain, why they believe that they will go to Heaven when they die. They have no clear understanding of why it is important for them to have a good working knowledge of scriptures that are contained in the Old Testament. Neither, can they draw a correlation between the teachings of the Old and New Testaments. They don’t know what is required of them since they had become Christians. These same people are unsure if they can lose their salvation, or not. Communion is better understood by them as being a matter of confusion. They are flustered when the subject of Revelation is mentioned.

Every church should be very intentional in its requirement to “equip the saints for works of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12). The body of Christ has been given clear instructions in God’s Holy Word to:

“Go, teach, baptize, and teach,” Matthew 28:18-20. (The Great Commission)
“Minister to the less fortunate,” Matthew 25:35-40. (Benevolence)
“Teach others to teach others,” Ephesians 4:12. (Equipping The Saints)

We should be serious about preparing all of our people, both men and women, to share the gospel, to minister to the less fortunate, and to teach others to do the same things. We should place a lot of emphasis on Old Testament scriptures, for the purpose of pointing those scriptures to their fulfillment in Jesus and the new covenant. We should find great value in teaching the feasts of the Jews, as being fulfilled in Christ. We should find great satisfaction in teaching believers, to teach other believers, that once we have been born again, that we can not be “unborn again.” We should find great fulfillment in the teaching of the end times. Great satisfaction should be found in teaching others about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. This should be very successful through our fellowship meals, during which time a remembrance is made of the sacrifice that Jesus made for all who know Him as their Lord and Savior. We should encourage others to consider having such fellowship meals frequently, and also to make it a point of emphasis during times of home Bible studies and other cell group meetings.

In summary, churches should stress the following:

Teach others the things that Jesus taught His disciples. Minister to the less fortunate. Equip saints, “men and women,” to equip other saints. Focus on Old Testament teachings and their New Testament fulfillment. Ensure that saints are aware of their eternal security in Christ. Create a good understanding of the end times. Teach scriptural intimacy that is present in the “Passover/Last Supper/Breaking Bread/Communion Of The Saints.”

Churches and ministries should have teaching that reaches saints who reside around the world. We know that without the shed blood of Jesus, all of our works of ministry would be in vain. Let us consider the words of the following song of worship and praise that tell us about that precious blood of Christ. The song is sung by Elizabeth Ford, and accompanied by the orchestra and choir of the First Baptist Church Of Panama City (Southern Baptist Convention) in Panama City, Florida.

This Blood

091614 Hospice

Psalm 116:15 King James Version (KJV)

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.

Consider Hospice. The following statement was taken from The Hospice Foundation Of America’s web description of Hospice.

Hospice offers medical care toward a different goal: maintaining or improving quality of life for someone whose illness, disease or condition is unlikely to be cured. Each patient’s individualized care plan is updated as needed to address the physical, emotional and spiritual pain that often accompanies terminal illness. Hospice care also offers practical support for the caregiver(s) during the illness and grief support after the death. Hospice is something more that is available to the patient and the entire family when curative measures have been exhausted and life prognosis is six months or less.

About nineteen years ago, I had a neighbor who was an over the road truck driver. The man’s tractor trailer rig had a beautiful bright red Freightliner tractor. It was always washed and polished each time that the man was home from a trip. The family consisted of the man that I mentioned, his wife, their adult children, and grandchildren. It was a frequent occurrence to see the family as they would share an evening meal around a table that could be seen through a side wall bay window. It was Thanksgiving of that year that I noticed the family sharing that meal. Early the next morning, the man left for an out of town trip. All seemed to be well with the family. It was when the man’s Freightliner wasn’t seen back in his yard that concern began to set in. Because of the questions that were clouding my mind, I decided to check on the man and his family. I walked across the street and knocked on the front door of the house. The man’s wife opened the door and invited me into the living room. What I encountered next was something that has stayed with me. The man was lying in a hospital bed, and he was dying; he man was suffering from cancer, and his time on earth was uncertain, but death was imminent. Hospice had been called into the situation and was providing outpatient support services. I spoke with the man, but he was very weak. I prayed with the family and returned home. A few days later, at about four o’clock in the morning, I received a telephone call from the man’s wife. She said to me, “Jimmy’s gone.” Suddenly, I felt like I had swallowed a brick. But, I was very blessed to have been called by the family, at such an early hour. I was called back a little while later and was asked to come over to visit the family. The family had spent their quiet and personal time with the husband, father, and grandfather. I prayed with everyone and returned home, with the knowledge that God had used me in a very special way to bring comfort into the life of a very special family.

It was about a year ago that a Hospice representative visited our congregation and gave a wonderful description of the services that are provided by Hospice. I would like to share a few thoughts about the things that were discussed with our church. I trust that my thoughts will be worthy of being shared about such a noble and worthwhile organization.

Our church learned that Hospice is an organization that financially works on a razor thin margin. Of its patients, who are inpatient or outpatient, their lives normally end while they are under Hospice care. Hospice facilities have very professional and caring employees and volunteers. Each facility Chapel is available for the use of its patients and families of patients. It is while a family is spending its last days, hours, or minutes with a loved one who is a Hospice patient, that there is the opportunity for someone to say, “I’m sorry.” It may be a time for someone to say, “I forgive you.” It may also be a time for someone to say, I love you.”

I have learned the need for churches to become involved in supporting Hospice facilities with donations of food and money. Whenever someone has been called to be by the bedside of a dying friend or family member, that grieving person may not want to be searching for a place where they can eat, especially when they know that the next time that they leave the room of their special friend or relative, that it might be the last time that they will see them alive. Food items are needed for such times as these.

When you walk into a Hospice facility, you will find very well-kept buildings that are neatly furnished, decorated, and maintained. The employees and volunteers are always very nice to visitors. Lighting is appropriate, and sometimes subdued. From the patient rooms you can hear conversation and the sound of television programs. Those are things that are obvious to a person’s senses. An unspoken, unseen sense, though, is that whenever you are walking down those beautiful hallways, you are in the midst of imminent death, to the left of you, to the right of you, maybe ahead of you, and maybe behind you. But, wherever you turn around and look, you will be sensing the presence of imminent death.

There was one occasion when I saw an emergency services vehicle pulling up to the rear door of our local Hospice facility. That sighting really affected me and stays with me. We don’t normally think about such a vehicle being used for that purpose. Ambulances are supposed to take people to a medical facility where they are supposed to be treated and returned to their home; but that is not the situation that happens with these types of ambulance rides. A friend of mine, who was also my deacon, is an EMT Supervisor. He told me that it is a different type of ride when he takes someone to Hospice. He said that you can’t say, “I hope you get better.” So, what do those angels of mercy say to their ambulatory patients? I don’t know the answer. I don’t think that anyone has that one figured out. Once, I knew a family whose husband and father was found to have a terminal cancer. It came upon him over a slow moving time of almost a year. The man was a former U.S. Marine, a deacon in his church, and a Sunday School teacher. He was one of the best men that I have ever known. He always took good care of his family, especially his wife. On the day that he became an inpatient at Hospice, he drove himself, with his wife by his side. The man never stopped being the protector of his family.

Now, it’s time for my sales pitch. Let me challenge churches, Sunday School classes, civic organizations, places of employment, and other organizations and individuals to provide assistance to a Hospice facility. If none is close to you, one can be found on the internet. You can send money to Hospice. Any amount of money that you send, will be an amount that they would not have previously had. You can also take a wicker basket to a Hospice facility, with your organization’s name affixed to it, and leave food items such as bananas, apples, cookies, cheese, or anything else that you think might be good snack items for visiting families and friends. You can also take juices and soft drinks. As what was said about the financial contributions, whatever food you take to Hospice is something that they would not have had, if you had not given it to them. It’s important to continue to contribute money and food items to Hospice. Please, let me tell you about the blessing that you will receive from your gifts to Hospice. Whenever you take food items to a Hospice worker, they will put the food in a snack area. None of the people who actually consume the food will know who it was that provided the food for them, with the exception of the name that you may have put on the food basket. I think that such an identifier is important. It could lead someone to your church, or to you personally.

Let’s close our conversation with a song that was sung by Bill Gather, along with the old Cathedrals. Of the Cathedrals, George Younce and Glen Payne have since “gone home” to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus. May the song be a blessing to you.

2 Corinthians 5:8King James Version (KJV)

8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

Going Home

091514 Happy New Year !!!

Jewish Calendar, Month Of Tishri Day 1, Year 5775

Rosh HaShanah Begins This Wednesday Evening At Sunset, And Continues Through Sunset On Friday.

Rosh HaShanah (literally, “Head of the Year”) is the Jewish New Year, which marks the beginning of a 10-day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance. This period, known as the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe or High Holy Days), is widely observed by Jews throughout the world, many with prayer and reflection in a synagogue. There also are several holiday rituals observed at home.

Rosh HaShanah is celebrated on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which—because of differences in the solar and lunar calendar—corresponds to September or October on the secular calendar. Customs associated with the holiday include sounding the shofar, eating a round challah, and tasting apples and honey to represent a sweet New Year. (From Reform Judaism.Org)

Consider The Keys Of Rosh HaShanah, Which Are”The Jews, Yeshua Yamashiach, And The Shofar.”

The Jews – God’s Chosen People

Deuteronomy 7:6

“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.”

Yeshua Hamashiach – Jesus

(ham-mah-SHEE-akh) The Annointed. The Messiah (John 1:41). Occurs over 500 times in the Brit Chadashah. “The Christ” (Χριστοῦ) in Koine Greek.(From Hebrews For Christians)

At Beth Yeshua, we as Messianic Jews believe Yeshua (Jesus in Hebrew) is the Messiah. (From Beth Yeshua Messianic Synagogue)

John 4:22, “You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.”

John 14:6. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

The Mighty One Of Israel
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The Shofar, The Trumpet – Sound The Alarm

Blow The Trumpet In Zion
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Joel 2:1

1 Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the Lord is coming, For it is at hand:

2:1–17 Joel urges “all the inhabitants of the land” (v. 1) to prepare for an imminent assault by the army of the Lord. A contrite heart among the people may bring God’s compassion and blessing (v. 14).

2:1 a trumpet. The ram’s horn (Hebrew shophar) was used in warfare and to signal danger. All trembled at the trumpet blast signaling the coming of the day of the Lord (Amos 3:6; Zeph. 1:14–16).
Zion . . . my holy mountain. Jerusalem.

Joel 2:15-16

15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly; 16 Gather the people, Sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and ursing babes; Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, And the bride from her dressing room.

2:15, 16 Further instructions for returning to the Lord include a fast and an assembly (v. 15), a gathering and consecration of all the people, including the elders, children, nursing infants, and even those about to marry (v. 16). The staccato quality of the Hebrew poetry in these verses emphasizes the urgency of the situation.

1Thessalonians 4:16

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

4:16 the dead in Christ will rise first. For Paul, those “in Christ” constitute a subcategory of those “in Adam” (the whole human race), and comprise all who participate in the salvation of Christ (1 Cor. 15:22, 23), whether they lived before or after Christ. Therefore, this rising of the “dead in Christ” is a resurrection of all the righteous dead, and not merely of New Testament believers.

091414 Rosh Hashanah, The Feast Of Trumpets

The following article is provided by Chabad.Org, which is a Jewish ministry, as opposed to a Messianic Jewish ministry. Following the article will be information that non-Jews should understand so that they can be more effective in discussions with Jews. Such discussions should be with love, and very respectful toward “God’s chosen people.” Images will not be shown on my blog. If blog recipients would like to have this colorful product, along with its images, please let me know in your reply to my blog post. Your email address will be protected.

Psalm 122:6 (NKJV), “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, May they prosper who love You.”

Rosh Hashanah/Feast Of Trumpets/Head of the Year

Rosh Hashanah this year is Wednesday evening, September 24, 2014 – Friday, September 26, 2014, followed by Shabbat.

The festival of Rosh Hashanah–the name means “Head of the Year”–is observed for two days beginning on Tishrei 1, the first day of the Jewish year. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of mankind’s role in G-d’s world.

Rosh Hashanah thus emphasizes the special relationship between G-d and humanity: our dependence upon G-d as our creator and sustainer, and G-d’s dependence upon us as the ones who make His presence known and felt in His world. Each year on Rosh Hashanah, “all inhabitants of the world pass before G-d like a flock of sheep,” and it is decreed in the heavenly court, “who shall live, and who shall die… who shall be impoverished, and who shall be enriched; who shall fall and who shall rise.” But this is also the day we proclaim G-d King of the Universe. The Kabbalists teach that the continued existence of the universe is dependent upon the renewal of the divine desire for a world when we accept G-d’s kingship each year on Rosh Hashanah.

The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar, the ram’s horn, which also represents the trumpet blast of a people’s coronation of their king. The cry of the shofar is also a call to repentance; for Rosh Hashanah is also the anniversary of man’s first sin and his repentance thereof, and serves as the first of the “Ten Days of Repentance” which culminate in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Another significance of the shofar is to recall the Binding of Isaac which also occurred on Rosh Hashanah, in which a ram took Isaac’s place as an offering to G-d; we evoke Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son and plead that the merit of his deed should stand by us as we pray for a year of life, health and prosperity. Altogether, we listen to 100 shofar blasts over the course of the Rosh Hashanah service.

Additional Rosh Hashanah observances include: a) Eating a piece of apple dipped in honey to symbolize our desire for a sweet year, and other special foods symbolic of the new year’s blessings. b) Blessing one another with the words Leshanah tovah tikateiv veteichateim, “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.” c) Tashlich, a special prayer said near a body of water (an ocean, river, pond, etc.) in evocation of the verse, “And You shall cast their sins into the depths of the sea.” And as with every major Jewish holiday, after candlelighting and prayers we recite Kiddush and make a blessing on the Challah.

For more about Rosh Hashanah, visit The Jewish New Year megasite where you’ll find everything from a simple, straight-forward how-to guide to Rosh Hashanah observances, to profound insights into the significance of the festival from the wells of Chassidic wisdom. Also – join a Rosh Hashanah service at a Chabad Center near you!

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Overview

The Jewish feast of Rosh Hashanah begins this Wednesday (Sep 24) at sunset, and continues through Friday (Sep 26) at sunset. The feast is also known as the Feast of Trumpets. The fulfillment of the feast can be found in Matthew 24:31, and can be related to Israeli’s regathering by Jesus. This new year that is beginning is 5775. Consider New Years Eve and New Years Day (Dec 31-Jan 1) that are celebrated by non-Jews. Such celebrations are joyous, as is the “Feast Of Trumpets.” But, consider the depression that sets in, in the minds of non-Jews on their days of end of year and beginning of new year. Such despair of mind is not the norm with Jews when they celebrate their New Year. The first two days of the month of Tishri, which are the days of the Feast of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah, begin at sunset on Wednesday evening, September 24.

Scriptures that relate to Rosh Hashanah/Feast of Trumpets can be found in Numbers 29:1 and Leviticus 23:23-25. For ten days Jews will be preparing themselves for the Day of Atonement/ Yom Kippur, which will begin at sunset on Friday (Oct 3) and will end at sunset on Saturday (Oct 4). Notice the word “trumpet.” It is a “shofar,” which is a ram’s horn. It relates to 1 Thessalonians 4:16 and 1 Corinthians 15:52, and refers to the trumpet call that will take place when the saints of God are “caught up” (raptured), to meet Jesus in the air (not the Second Coming, Matthew 24:27-31), to be with God forever (beginning with the Judgment Seat Of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10).

The Regathering

Matthew 24:31 (NKJV)
“And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

The Feast Of Trumpets

Numbers 29:1 (NKJV)
29 ‘And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. For you it is a day of blowing the trumpets.

Leviticus 23:23-25 (NKJV)
23 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. 25 You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.’”

Jewish Holidays:

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah (literally, “Head of the Year”) is the Jewish New Year, which marks the beginning of a 10-day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance. This year it begins at sunset on September 24th.

The Jewish Calendar

Jews often say: “The holidays are late this year” or “The holidays are early this year.” In fact, the holidays never are early or late; they are always on time, according to the Jewish calendar. Unlike the Gregorian (civil) calendar, which is based on the sun (solar), the Jewish calendar is based primarily on the moon (lunar), with periodic adjustments made to account for the differences between the solar and lunar cycles. Therefore, the Jewish calendar might be described as both solar and lunar. The moon takes an average of 29.5 days to complete its cycle; 12 lunar months equal 354 days. A solar year is 365 1/4 days. There is a difference of 11 days per year. To ensure that the Jewish holidays always fall in the proper season, an extra month is added to the Hebrew calendar seven times out of every 19 years. If this were not done, the fall harvest festival of Sukkot, for instance, would sometimes be celebrated in the summer, or the spring holiday of Passover would sometimes occur in the winter.

Scriptural Information For Non-Jews About Rosh Hashanah/Feast Of Trumpets

It is important for Christians to know as much as possible about Jewish beliefs if a serious debate with Jews about the deity of Jesus is to be effective. Notice that there is a Jewish belief that a heavenly court will determine who will, or will not, have life for the next year. Jews refer to “the book of life” as to whom may have their name removed from that book. They don’t understand that The Lamb’s Book Of Life contains the names of believers in Christ who are written in it for all of eternity, and that no one can have their name removed from it.

Jews are God’s chosen people, in that they were chosen to bring the Messiah (Jesus) into the world. The Patriarchs, including Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, were the blood line that led to the birth of Jesus. Consider the following scriptures that show the importance that God has placed in the Jews. The following verses of scripture show the chosen blood line that leads through the Jews to the Messiah, Jesus.

Genesis 12:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Now the Lord had said to Abram:“Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Genesis 17:1-9, 19 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. 2 And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” 3 Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: 4 “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. 5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. 8 Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” 9 And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations..19 Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.

Genesis 26:17, 23-25, New King James Version (NKJV)
17 Then Isaac departed from there and pitched his tent in the Valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.
23 Then he went up from there to Beersheba. 24 And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.” 25 So he built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.

Genesis 28:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him: “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan. 2 Arise, go to Padan Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father; and take yourself a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother.3 “May God Almighty bless you, And make you fruitful and multiply you, That you may be an assembly of peoples; 4 And give you the blessing of Abraham, To you and your descendants with you, That you may inherit the land In which you are a stranger, Which God gave to Abraham.”

Genesis 35: 9-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 Then God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Padan Aram, and blessed him. 10 And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be your name.” So He called his name Israel. 11 Also God said to him: “I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body. 12 The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac I give to you; and to your descendants after you I give this land.”

Deuteronomy 7:1-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

A Chosen People

1 When the Lord your God brings you into the land which you go to possess, and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you, 2 and when the Lord your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them. 3 Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son. 4 For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the Lord will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly. 5 But thus you shall deal with them: you shall destroy their altars, and break down their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images, and burn their carved images with fire. 6 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. 7 The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; 8 but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

The reason that God chose the Jews to have the blood line to bring about the Savior is very simple; it was His choice. God loved the whole world (John 3:16), but he chose the blood line of Shem (ancestor of Abraham) to bring the Savior, Jesus, into the world. God loved the descendants of Ham and Japheth, but He chose Shem’s descendants for the important task of providing “the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

John 4:22 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

Jesus spoke to a Samaritan woman and told her a great truth that goes back to the choice of God to bring the Savior (Jesus) to the world through the blood line of the Jews

The Book Of Life And The Lamb’s Book of Life

It is a polite statement to make to a Jew that you wish for their name to be written in the book of life. Scriptures that relate to the two books of life are listed below.

The Book of Life

Exodus 32:32, “Yet now, if You will forgive their sin—but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.”

The Lamb’s Book Of Life

Phil 4:3, “And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.”
Rev 3:5, “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”
Rev 13:8, “All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
Rev 17:8, “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”
Rev 20:12, “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.”
Rev 20:15, “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Rev 21:27, “But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

Rosh Hashanah/Feast Of Trumpets Video And Discussion

The following video provides information on Rosh Hashanah. It shows current day information on the special challenges that Israel, and Jews around the world, face from hostile forces.

Rosh Hashanah
Paul Wilbur

091314 Worship, Study, Fellowship

Our church will begin a series of studies that will place great emphasis on the events that began with the last Passover meal of Jesus and His disciples, and continued through the events of the meal at Emmaus. We have been blessed by the past times of study that we have had on this particular time frame. We have brought to surface many jewels of God’s Holy Word in past studies; we will dig even deeper this time…We meet each Friday at 7:00 PM. At the end of our study, we have a fellowship meal that follows the model of the last Passover meal, that is recorded in Matthew 26:17-30. During the meal, we have a time of remembrance of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. For those of you who may have considered having a fellowship at home, or at any other meeting place, this model is one that any believer in Christ can use, and can be done on any day, evening, or night of any week.

In the Name of Jesus, let us worship in spirit and truth (John 4:24).

For Your Name Is Holy
Paul Wilbur