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Rosh Hashana is today; The Feast of Trumpets…

Yes, ’tis that time of year again, the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana is at hand. Leviticus 23:23 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. 25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

The shofar (the “trumpet” in the Feast of Trumpets) is sounded, this one showcases the traditional blasts:

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And of course many of us Christians that believe in the Rapture, that Christ will come with the sound of a trumpet think it may sound something like this?  This one is more “free form.”

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Jehovah-Shammah; The LORD is There…

“The LORD is There” is actually a name of God, like Jehovah-nissi, Jehovah-rapha, Jehovah-tsidkenu, and Jehovah-Rohi.  I had not planned to cover another name of God so soon, but felt drawn to it today.  This is a message for everyone; believer and non-believer alike.

This name, or title of God is like all the rest; it is given so that we might come to know God better.  He reveals certain key aspects of His character to us through the use of names.  This one comes from Ezekiel 48:35 It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there. This is the only “literal” occurrence of this name in scripture, though the concept is throughout various verses.

While this application was to be given to a city, God is teaching us all the time that He is with us no matter what.  God is omnipresent.  It is one of those concepts that people tend to “hurry past” without really absorbing what is being taught.  He is everywhere at once.

One of my favorite Psalms shows us that David reflected on this fact, and felt awe at it, and comfort, as we should: Psalm 139:1 O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. 5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

No mater what we are going through, The LORD is There with us.  Are we going through hard times? The LORD is there.  Is there a storm raging outside?  The LORD is there.  Are we scared and alone? The LORD is There.  Are we going through good times? The LORD is There.  Are we facing a mountain that seems impossible for us to climb?  We are never alone in the endeavour; The LORD is There.  Are we surrounded by people that do not care for us, or for people abusing us in some manner, either physically, emotionally, or mentally?  The LORD is There…

Not only should it bring us great comfort, but also great peace.  The LORD is with us all the time, and so sees and knows every action and every human heart.  We also know that the LORD is a LORD of justice, and of mercy.

Now, for the non-believer, especially atheists.  I just want you to know that the LORD is with you regardless of your belief in Him, or your lack thereof.  If you are scared, or lonely, or hurting, He is present with you, you are not alone.  Talk to Him and He hears you.  It is the truth.  If you ever find yourself afraid, despairing, in need…talk to Him about it.  Also know that He offers each human being a chance at even greater connection with Him, a one-on-one relationship with Him through Jesus Christ His Son.  That is the relationship that saves, that is the relationship that ultimately leads to the complete fulfillment of this name of God, as those who put their trust in Jesus will come to dwell with God in a very direct way after death, and at the end of things as we know them.

Everyone, keep reminding yourself even in everyday situations that The LORD is with you, the more you remind yourself of that, the more you’ll take it to heart, the more you’ll let that fact bring you more understanding of God, and bring you into a closer walk with Him.  He’s not just with us in the rough times, He is not just with us on Sunday at church, He is with us no matter the circumstance.

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Jewish Misunderstandings…

I’ve just read an opinion piece printed at the Jerusalem Post, and I felt compelled to comment on it, as it is full of straw man fallacies, and misinformation.  Here is the article:  How to reply when the doorbell rings… First, the author twists the idea of a Triune God into polytheism…which is very odd because Christians proclaim “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one” Deut. 6:4  And, we are careful to note the use of the plural noun Elohim for “God” and the use of echad for “one.”  This is important because, unlike the word “yachid” in Hebrew, which denotes a completely single unit; echad can be used when there is a unity of things comprising a single unit.  The word yachid is never used in connection with God.  There is indeed only one God, not three; He is triune in Nature, but there are not three Gods, there is only One!

Also, the idea was presented that Christians try to claim that Judaism and Christianity are exactly the same; this is not true, I’ve never heard a Messianic believer, or a Christian make that claim.  Christianity has its roots in Judaism, and Jesus is the awaited Messiah of Judaism.  Jesus was Jewish as were His earliest disciples.  To have a true understanding of Christianity, one must study and come to understand that Christianity is basically pointing to the fact that the Jewish Messiah has indeed come, and through Him, there is a new covenant, a new way to righteousness buy the fulfillment of the old law by Jesus (Yeshua, which was His Hebrew name), and His sacrificial death, His role as the Kinsman redeemer, and our Passover, etc…

As for there not being a Son or mother of God; I agree with the “mother” part, as Mary was the mother of Jesus, she carried God in her womb and gave birth to Him; but God has no beginning.  Also, the language used is a nod to humanity’s limited understanding.  The Lord has to reveal Himself in a way that our minds can comprehend, and also take into account the fact that we are stuck in a limited “dimensional” understanding.  Proverbs 30:4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell? Psalms 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. There is little doubt that Jesus is indeed the Son of God, and the idea of being begotten is to help underline the fact of His divinity.  John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. And that leads to the point that Jesus is indeed God’s word made flesh, or the wisdom of God; Jesus:God’s Wisdom is a good write up that connects this aspect of Christ back to Old Testament, Jewish understanding, in support of the Trinity.

There was also a claim that Messianic Jews are not persecuted; this is a deliberate falsehood as far as I can see.  There have been many interviews, and even documentaries done on the treatment of Messianic Jews living in Israel; they are often persecuted for Jesus’ sake.  For one example, see this Time article: Israel’s Messianic Jews Under Attack… Also, those coming to a belief in Jesus as Messiah often get labeled “Traitor” by their own people, and many are disowned from their own families.  You can read it in the author’s tone that he does not believe that one can come to a faith in Jesus, and still be Jewish…that has to be a slap in the face to our Messianic Jewish brethren.

In the comments section, there are even more misunderstandings; Christians realize that Jesus was born a Jew, lived a Jew, and died a Jew…He also resurrected as a Jew, albeit He is also the Light of the Gentiles, and He would have had a glorified body.  Also, there is the false idea that the gospel, and the evidence for Christ only comes in the New Testament.  This is patently not so; the gospel message, and the prophecies pointing to the Messiah are also found in the Old Testament.  In fact, this is made plain in New Testament scriptures that point out that the OT was what was available as evidence for Jesus fulfilling the prophecies, and also by conversion stories shared by modern Jewish believers; many come to faith in the Messiah Jesus precisely because the OT scripture points straight to Him.

You can’t read the article and not sense the underlying anger in the words…and while not excusable, is understandable given the persecution the Jewish people have faced, some of that persecution was carried out by those labelling themselves Christian.  It is a very sad thing that many Jewish individuals don’t examine the claims of Christ through logic and OT scripture, with an open heart and eyes, but rather through (understandable) emotion; it is sad for He is their awaited Messiah.   What prophecies He did not fulfill during the time He walked the earth, He will indeed fulfill at His second coming.  The Jewish people still hold a special place in God’s heart, according to scripture, and He will fulfill His promises to them.

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