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THE SHOFAR Newsletter of Bet Yeshurun Messianic Assembly


Good News for the Assembly of Bet Yeshurun

No. 1405 / July 27, 2022

2022 Schedule of Gatherings

2022 Schedule of Gatherings
7/30        Praise & Worship Services                                                              1:30 pm
8/3          Praise & Worship Services                                                              3:00 pm
8/6          Praise & Worship Services                                                              1:30 pm
8/10        Praise & Worship Services                                                              3:00 pm
8/13        Praise & Worship Services                                                              1:30 pm
8/17        Praise & Worship Services                                                              3:00 pm
8/18        Pentecost (FirstFruits Offering of Oil) *                                      1:00 pm
8/20        Praise & Worship Services                                                              1:30 pm
8/24        Praise & Worship Services                                                              3:00 pm
8/27        Praise & Worship Services                                                              1:30 pm

* High Holy Day (Like Sabbaths, a day of no work)


2022 Schedule for Reading the Bible in One-Year

2022 Schedule for Reading the Bible in One-Year
Nevi’im; Amosh (Burden) Prophecy of Amos               Obadyah (Servant of Yah)
7/27 - Chapters 1 – 5              7/28 - Chapters 6 – 9             7/29 - Chapter 1
Yonah (Dove) Prophecy          Mikah (Who is like Yah) Nachum (Comfort) Prophecy           
7/30 - Chapters 1 – 4              7/31 - Chapters 1 – 7              8/1 - Chapters 1 – 3
Habaqquq (Embrace)              TsephanYah (Treasure of Yah) Chaggai (Festive) Prophet
8/2 - Chapters 1 – 3                 8/3 - Chapters 1 – 3               8/4 - Chapters 1 – 2    
ZekarYah (Remembered of Yah) Zechariah Prophecy    Mal’aki (My Messenger)
8/5 - Chapters 1 – 7                8/6 - Chapters 8 – 14              8/7 - Chapters 1 – 4
Ketuvim; Tehillim (Songs) Book of Psalms                                                                             
8/8 - Chapters 1 – 9                8/9 - Chapters 10 – 18            8/10 - Chapters 19 – 23
8/11 - Chapters 24 – 31           8/12 - Chapters 32 – 36          8/13 - Chapters 37 – 41
8/14 - Chapters 42 – 46          8/15 - Chapters 47 – 52          8/16 - Chapters 53 – 60
8/17 - Chapters 61 – 67          8/18 - Chapters 68 – 73          8/19 - Chapters 74 – 78
8/20 - Chapters 79 – 85          8/21 - Chapters 86 – 90          8/22 - Chapters 91 – 96
8/23 - Chapter 97 – 102          8/24 - Chapters 103 – 106      8/25 - Chapters 107 – 113
8/26 - Chapters 114 – 118       8/27 - Chapter 119                  8/28 - Chapters 120 – 126
8/29 - Chapters 127 – 134      8/30 - Chapters 135 – 143      8/31 - Chapters 144 – 150

 


Tabernacle Invitation

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Understand A Parable About Wheat and Tares

(Matthew 13:24-30) "Another parable He put forth to them saying: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?' He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you want us then to go and gather them up?' But he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, 'First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.'”

This article for Bet Yeshurun (BYA) continues a series on parables. In the one above, Yahushuah describes a form of warfare in the ancient eastern world. Hislisteningaudience was acquainted with that enemy tactic of sowing weeds (“tares”) in wheat fields to damage their crops.While He told that parable to a “multitude” (spiritually represents the world at large), only His disciples (students of the Word) later heard and understood that lesson illustrates how His Kingdom on earth has an adversary. Thanks to Matthew's Gospel, we also can understand His Wheat and Tares Parable about spiritual warfare. (Matthew 13:36-43) Then Yahushuah sent the multitude away and went into the house. His disciples came to Him, saying, "Explain to us the Parable of the Tares of the Field." He answered them: "He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the Kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His Kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father.”

Realize this Parable is about today's Kingdom of Yahushuah. Elohim rules our world and His Salvation Plan for humanity is on-going. Thus, the parable speaks of modern days as well as a time in the future. Even as Yah plants and grows people to inhabit Elohim's Kingdom, “the devil” plants wicked children on earth and in Yah's Kingdom. The KJV translates “devil” from “diabolos.” In Greek, that means: “to traduce, to cause humiliation; disgrace by making malicious and false statements.” (Strong's Concordance) So, Elohim's spiritual enemies are the seeds of Satan that speak malicious lies. (John 8:44) “You are of your father 'diabolos', and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”

Strong's further notes “children of the wicked” (“poneros”)are “hurtful.” That's the polar opposite of the Children of the Kingdom. Selah! (Matthew 10:16) "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves.” (Philippians 2:14-15) “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, Children of Elohim without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”

A closer look into the Wheat and Tares Parable reveals even more spiritual aspects about Elohim's earthly garden. In the KJV, “tares” is translated from  “zizanion, which in Greek describes: “darnel or a false grain” (Strong's); “a kind of darnel, bastard wheat, resembling wheat, except that the grains are black.” (Thayer's Greek Lexicon) Thus, until darnel produces its black fruit, there's no visible way to differentiate it from the wheat until such time as it produces white fruit. Similarly, Yahushuah teaches us to look for differences between true and false prophets by recognizing their different fruits. In other words, picture black as the works of the flesh vs. white as the fruits of the Spirit: (Galatians 5:19-21) “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of Elohim.” (Galatians 5:22-24) “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.”

Bible translations that chose “weeds/darnel” instead of “tares” help see the parable's message. Weeds weakened vegetables by competing for nutrients, space, water, and light. The crop become prone to insects and disease from the unhealthy living conditions and imbalances in their environment. Reflect on how spiritual weeds (the devil's seeds) hurt wheat (the Kingdom's seeds) by taking away the Light (Truth) and Water (Elohim's Counsel). Indeed, the wicked harm the Believers that Yahushuah sows as disciples by starving them of the Divine teachings that lead to understanding and obedience: (2 Peter 2:1-3) “But there were also false prophets among people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Adonai who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. Many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the Way of Truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words.”

Until wheat seeds bear fruit, its immature plants look and act like the seeds of tares. Likewise at the end of this age, angels will await spiritual fruit before separating the evil and righteous. An example of such infestations can be seen in modern-dayChurches. False priests can pretend to be faithful, even obey a few Elohim's commandments, yet they'll keep human traditions instead of YAH's Holy Festivals. Be on guard for those that seek their own benefit and praise of others: (Matthew 7:15-16) "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.”(Matthew 23:14) "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers.” (2 Timothy 3:6-7) For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Therefore, children of the Kingdom must learn to recognize and resist the  children of Satan.  A critical step in spiritual growth, development and protection is to be born again of the Father from above: (John 3:3) "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of Elohim."

Children spiritually born of the Heavenly Father will seek to please their Abba by obeying His Will and Way as taught in His instructions of Life (Torah). Profound are Elohim's blessings for doing so. Selah! (Deuteronomy 11:13-15) “It shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love YAHUAH your Elohim and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.”

On the other hand,the children of the wicked choose to follow an earthly way of life which leads them to a destiny of binding and burning. The KJV translates “bind” from “deho.” In Greek that means: “in the sense of petitioning or begging for necessities. Thus, the wicked won't have the very things they need most. The KJV also translates “burn” from “katakaio” which means “burn down to the ground, fully consume.” Strive to be the children of Elohim and be not envious of the children of Satan: (Revelation 21:7-8) “He who overcomes shall inherit all things and I will be his Elohim and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."

Also for those interested in end time prophecy, don't overlook that angels will first separate the wicked from the righteous by gathering all those who are offensive to Elohim's Way of Life. That's evidence showing the Rapture Doctrine preached by many today is false as can be found throughout Scripture for those with eyes to discern and with ears to listen: (1 Kings 8:32) "Hear in heaven and act. Judge Your servants, condemning the wicked, bringing his way on his head, and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.” (Joel 3:12-13; KJV) “Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5) “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, proud, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of Elohim, having a form of godliness but denying its power. From such people turn away!” 

While the end-time harvest spiritually represents Elohim's judgment understand that's not just reserved for the end of this age. Indeed, all of us are appointed a time to die. Since, our end may arrive sooner than we anticipate, perhaps now is a good time to learn from the Fig Tree Parable:(Matthew 24:29-33) "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 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. Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near--at the doors!”

Indeed, let's get prepared and not be like the foolish ones that squander their time before meeting with the Messiah. Tomorrow is promised to no one! Are you ready for the return of Yahushuah even today? (Matthew 25:7-9) “The bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him! Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise answered, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.'

Heavenly Father, YAHUAH Elohim, we're grateful for this Parable of Wheat and Tares. We're also thankful for its Divine explanation from Yahushuah. May we take His message to heart and follow His path into Heaven's Kingdom. Shalom, Elder Curt

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Thoughts for Meditation

He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.” Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)