“25 April 2018”

Todays Walk

Psalm 116:9 I will walk before the Lord In the land of the living.

Just a kind of quickie today as this thought came to me as I was on the way home after a one hour walk today. The beginning and middle of this walk was quite pleasant and not really very far from where we live in North Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel. It looked like it might rain so I decided that today, I would not stray far. When I came to the end of this delightful journey, there were quite a few steps that I had to go up, in fact there were 110 steps and I had to carry 215 pounds up all those stairs but I made it and arrived home safely. I sat down with a cup of coffee and promptly fell asleep. After the short nap, ten minutes, I decided to share today’s experience.
(The 215 pound load I had to carry up those steps was me, thus the reason for the walking.)

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“Please Forgive Us”

prayer-forgive

2 Chronicles 6:20-21(MSG) Listen to my prayers, energetic and devout, that I’m setting before you right now. Keep your eyes open to this Temple area day and night, this place you promised to dignify with your Name. And listen to the prayers that I pray in this place. And listen to your people Israel when they pray at this place. Listen from your home in heaven and when you hear, forgive.

In just a couple of hours here in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, it will be the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. It is the day of Yom Kippur when Jewish tradition asks the God of Creation to forgive their transgressions. For the Jewish people, life and God are the most important ideals in their lives. I have lived among the Jewish people now for just less than thirty years and I see their heart cry that to save a life is to save the world. This is one of the reasons when you see a natural disaster anywhere in the world, Israel is one of the first countries to rally to be of assistance, especially with medical teams and disaster relief. The biased media will hardly mention it because of their hatred and we ask forgiveness for them from our Heavenly Father as they do not know what they do to themselves when that final day comes. I honestly feel so sorry for the people of the world that are against this God of Creation, as I spoke yesterday, they do not realize where they are headed in the final judgment.

We may not be able to see into this other dimension of God but it is very real and I am convinced that this Father of Lights desires everyone on this planet to come to Him for everlasting “Life” in His Kingdom. He is well aware that just as in the days of Noah, this will not happen but He is delaying that final day in order to bring as many as will understand and be plucked from the fire, as it were, to come to Him. Thus, Lord, we plead for forgiveness as the world does not know what they do. We thank you, Father for hearing us, Amen.

 

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Lost and Found

Sheep of Israel

Matthew 14:24 “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

It has come to me quite unexpectedly as I was pondering the magnitude of diversity and the glory that this awesome God puts in flowers, that the Messiah was born as a Jew and came expressly to minister to the Jewish nation of Israel. The Father God has chosen the people of Israel to show the world His love, kindness, justice and attributes through. It all started with this one man called Abram way back in Chapter 12 of Genesis. Genesis 12:1-4 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.  I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.  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.”  So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. And God made covenants (promises that could not be broken) with Abram that still hold true to this day. We are talking about four thousand years ago as we count time. The old testament of the bible is a written testimony of His dealings with this people. Then, in what is called the new testament of the bible, He sent His Son Yeshua (Jesus, was or is the Gentile version of His Jewish name) to testify about the goodness of His Father God to the people He had chosen. And why did the people flock to Him, because He did give testimony of the goodness of His Father.

Now, as the Holy Spirit showed me this morning, He testified about the Christian church that wanted to take the Glory for themselves. Matthew 21:33-41 Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit.  And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another.  Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’  But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’  So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.  “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?” 41 They said to Him, “He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.”  Now I ask, why is there so much anti-Semitism in the Christian church and community? As I see it, the Christian church has bought into the lie that it has replaced Israel; they have taken the vineyard away from God’s chosen people and said effectively, ‘How dare He choose the Jewish people.’ Romans Chapter eleven needs to be fully understood by the church as a whole today. Fortunately there are a few who have grasped this understanding and support Israel and its people. 

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