What a beautiful day for a mikvah. Awesome day gathering with the brothers and sisters of the faith to do what we are called to do. Thank you to everyone who came. We had a great time together reading the Torah portion, reasoning together, and the food was great too. I feel so blessed to be a part of this group. Shalom.
Hanukkah Teaching by Chaim Goldman [Repairing the Breach]
1 Maccabees 1:41-49
41 Then the king wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one people, 42 and that all should give up their particular customs. 43 All the Gentiles accepted the command of the king. Many even from Israel gladly adopted his religion; they sacrificed to idols and profaned the Sabbath. 44 And the king sent letters by messengers to Jerusalem and the towns of Judah; he directed them to follow customs strange to the land, 45 to forbid burnt offerings and sacrifices and drink offerings in the sanctuary, to profane Sabbaths and festivals, 46 to defile the sanctuary and the priests, 47 to build altars and sacred precincts and shrines for idols, to sacrifice swine and other unclean animals, 48 and to leave their sons uncircumcised. They were to make themselves abominable by everything unclean and profane, 49 so that they would forget the law and change all the ordinances. 50 He added, “And whoever does not obey the command of the king shall die.”
We can see from the above passage what was targeted to erase the faith of Yah:
1) Forbid sacrifices to Yah
2) Profane Sabbaths and festivals
3) Defile the sanctuary and priests
4) Build idols
5) Sacrifice swine & unclean animals
6) Leave their sons uncircumcised
7) Eat unclean animals
8) Forget the Torah
Little did Antiochus Epiphanes know that hundreds of years later the Catholic church would accomplish all the above. If you look at this list you can see that this is basically the main doctrine of that church and her daughters. In main line Christianity the Sabbath and the festivals are all but forgotten, Catholic "priests" are taken from just anyone out of the land instead of the sons of Aaron, idol building is rampant, swine and unclean animals are the center of religious holiday feasts, circumcision is ignored, and the Torah is ridiculed if it is even acknowledged at all.
We know that the Father blesses us for obedience (Deuteronomy 28). We must continue on the path of life that the Father has laid out for us, but it is so easy to want to slip back into conformity with Satan's world, to take the easy way out, to compromise our integrity. When we feel the pressure to abandon the ways of the most high, be it from our work or our family or our friends. Do we have the resolve within ourselves to say "no", to tell this world that we will not be like it, we are going to follow our Master. What a great example of faith we have from the Maccabees. May all of us who follow the commandments of Elohim and the testimony of Yeshua have such faith and determination.
Shalom everyone, we had a great time at our first monthly San Diego Shabbat Meeting last Shabbat. It was a joy to visit with everyone. During this meeting I gave a teaching about Love and Unity in the Body and I wanted to post it here for anyone who might have missed it or wanted a copy. It covers how our pride and emotions can get in the way of the unity in the body of Messiah and the scriptures that deal with this issue. We all need to step back from time to time and realize that this walk isn't about us and our egos it is about Yah and his kingdom. May this teaching bless you in your walk.
10:30am-12:00pm Potluck lunch in back room and patio
12:00pm-1:00pm Torah Portion
1:30pm-2:15pm North County Speaker
2:30pm-3:15pm South County Speaker
3:30pm-4:15pm East County Speaker
4:30pm-5:00pm Blessing of the Bread and Wine*
5:00pm Coffee, Fellowship, Discussions, Dinner, Etc.
*Wine will be grape juice only so as not to have alcohol at the program center located on the same property.
We had a great time celebrating the day of shouting with our brothers and sisters at the Christian Fellowship of El Cajon.
Shalom friends, this last Shabbat we attended the "Kingdom First" presentation by Chaim Goldman and family as part of their cross country tour at the Christian Fellowship of El Cajon. I had a great time meeting with all the brothers and sisters, what an uplifting sight to see tzitzit everywhere. The presentation was amazing and had the main focus of telling us to spread the good news of the kingdom. Here is a link to Chaim Goldman's sight Repairing the Breach. Check it out and watch some of his videos on there.
Our Messiah is returning and he will establish the kingdom of heaven on the earth. The governments of man will be eliminated and and everlasting kingdom will take their place. That was the Messiah's message: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 3:2) we need to get ready for Yah's coming kingdom and spread that message.
Hello friends! If you have not been introduced to Jeff Benner then you are in for a treat. Here is a very interesting video explaining the origins of our alphabet (Aleph Bet) and how it came from Hebrew. This video is part 7 of a series and if you like this one then do yourself a favor and watch the whole series. Jeff has lots of other great videos and I encourage anyone who is interested in this type of research to drive right in. Once you realize it is an upside down ox head, you will never look at the letter "A" the same again.
Shalom brothers and sisters, our beloved brother Paul shared with us a video explaining the discrepancy in our Bibles over the length of time the Israelites were in Egypt. This is a very well done presentation as well as short and to the point. Enjoy.
This last Shabbat we read an article from eliyah.com titled "Galatians proves that we should observe the Torah" check it out here. This is an important letter of Paul to understand correctly since it is used by many Christians to "prove" that we do not need to follow the Torah and are free to break Yah's commandments. I have heard a couple explanations for Galatians but this one seems to be one of the best. Check it out and leave a comment on what you think.
Shalom Brothers and Sisters, this last Shabbat we read an article by 119 Ministries called "The Great Commission - What Does It Really Mean?" which can be found here. There is lots of good information about what our calling really entails. The best part of this article were the wealth of scriptures listed that really spell out the foundation of why us as Torah Observant / Hebrew Roots / Messianic types believe in the great benefits and joy that is found in following Yah's Torah.
Below is an excerpt from the article listing many important scriptures for us to have on hand so that we can "always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect" (1 Peter 3:15b)
If you would like to know what you are bringing them when you instruct all nations to be obedient to God’s law, then consider studying the following Scripture:
This week we talked about love and explored a short article on the Life-Changing Hebrew Roots of love along with 100 Bible verses about love.
Love is typically defined as an intense emotion that we have towards others we care about. In the scripture we can see that "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV) These words are definitely truth, but do they tell us what love is? They tell us about how love works and give us insight into its correct application, but not so much what is consists of. Is it an emotion? A feeling inside? What does scripture tell us?
"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome." (1 John 5:3 ESV) Here we find the definition of what love is. Our Father's commandments are the definition of love, the specifics of love. The commandments of the Most High are given out of love for the purpose of love. They tell us how to love. If you truly love someone you will not kill them, steal from them, testify falsely against them, or covet their belongings. If you truly love Yah you will not hold up other gods in his face, worship idols, use his name in a worthless way, or forget his Sabbath day to dishonor it. His commandments teach us what love is and how to love.
These commandments are not put in place to be a burden to us as some falsely teach. "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16 ESV) They are put in place for our benefit and are profitable in all aspects of our lives. When one lives by them and loves them they can easily see that our Father had our best interest at heart when he gave us the law, it is truly born out of love for love.
This week we read a short article on the origin and use of the word Amen in the Scriptures called: The Last Word, “Amen” —Its origin, use, and meaning. Sometimes we can take a word for granted in its use and fail to fully understand its meaning. Please take a minute to read this short article on the subject.
Shalom brothers and sisters,
I thought I would put up an example of what we do on a weekly basis as part of our Sabbath service to give you an idea of what to expect if you happen to be in our area and want to fellowship. Also, I though it would be beneficial for someone who is unable to attend and would either like to follow along or start a fellowship in their area. We follow the Parashah reading schedule and the companion scriptures and always end up with great conversations doing so. You can find a link to the schedule here. I believe that Yah is raising up his people in this time and is bringing them back to small home fellowships where everyone can discuss Torah together and grow together, instead of sitting silent is a building being told what to think.
We are pretty fast and loose with the times on this agenda, but it helps to have some sort of structure to keep things moving and a motivation to move on (there are a lot of rabbits on them trails). Everything is pretty static on this agenda. Songs are based on whatever we are in the mood for, psalms we are just progressing by one each week, and we read the Shema each week and somehow always have a good conversation about it. The Torah portion changes each week according to the schedule. The weekly discussion topics are based on conversations we had the previous week that we wanted to get more information on or based on upcoming feast days or anything I am particularly interested in that week. A lot of the time it is just a printed article that has some good information. We close with the reading of the priests' blessing, another song, and a closing prayer.
When we are done I feel like we have accomplished something, it feels like a complete three course meal. You might be wondering at the length of time our meeting takes, at three and a half hours it is a lot of fellowship. I put in an intermission for food and discussion which helps break it up; but after you have been doing the Sabbath for some time, really, what else do you have to do on this day? Things that fill up my Shabbat are a blessing, especially when you have great people to fellowship with.
I hope this information blesses you and helps you with your walk.
Hello friends, here is a quick run down on how to keep the Shabbat holy. What are the requirements that our creator made for us? Thou shalt eat challah bread? Well, there are traditions associated with this weekly holy day that run very deep. Traditions have a place and they definitely make the day more special, but it is important for us to realize that these are just traditions and not requirements. It is when we elevate tradition to the level of commandment that we can be in err.
Here are the hard and fast, low down, carved in stone, nitty gritty, bare bones, meat and potatoes, nuts and bolts, absolute bare minimum requirements for keeping Yah's Shabbat holy in your home for your consideration.
1) Don’t Work
Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to יהוה your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days יהוה made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore יהוה blessed the Sabbath day and consecrated it. (Exodus 20:8-11)
Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy Sabbath of solemn rest to יהוה; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. (Exodus 35:2)
2) Don’t Buy, Sell, or Trade
If the peoples of the land brought wares or any grain to sell on the Sabbath day, we would not buy it from them on the Sabbath, or on a holy day; and we would forego the seventh year’s produce and the exacting of every debt. (Nehemiah 10:31)
In those days I saw in Judah people treading wine presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in heaps of grain and loading them on donkeys; and also wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day; and I warned them at that time against selling food. Tyrians also, who lived in the city, brought in fish and all kinds of merchandise and sold them on the Sabbath to the people of Judah, and in Jerusalem. Then I remonstrated with the nobles of Judah and said to them, “What is this evil thing that you are doing, profaning the Sabbath day? Did not your ancestors act in this way, and did not our God bring all this disaster on us and on this city? Yet you bring more wrath on Israel by profaning the Sabbath.” When it began to be dark at the gates of Jerusalem before the Sabbath, I commanded that the doors should be shut and gave orders that they should not be opened until after the Sabbath. And I set some of my servants over the gates, to prevent any burden from being brought in on the Sabbath day. Then the merchants and sellers of all kinds of merchandise spent the night outside Jerusalem once or twice. But I warned them and said to them, “Why do you spend the night in front of the wall? If you do so again, I will lay hands on you.” From that time on they did not come on the Sabbath. (Nehemiah 13:15-21)
3) Don’t Cook
He said to them, “This is what יהוה has commanded: ‘Tomorrow is a day of solemn rest, a holy Sabbath to יהוה; bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil, and all that is left over put aside to be kept until morning.’” (Exodus 16:23)
You shall kindle no fire in all your dwellings on the Sabbath day. (Exodus 35:3)
4) Assemble Together
Six days shall work be done; but the seventh day is a Sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation; you shall do no work: it is a Sabbath to יהוה throughout your settlements. (Leviticus 23:3)
Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25)
5) Don’t do your own pleasure
If you refrain from trampling the Sabbath, from pursuing your own interests on my holy day; if you call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of יהוה honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs; then you shall take delight in יהוה, and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob, for the mouth of יהוה has spoken. (Isaiah 58:13-14)