The Shofar Newsletter
THE SHOFAR Newsletter of Bet Yeshurun Messianic Assembly
Good News for the Assembly of Bet Yeshurun
No. 908 / October 27, 2017
Schedule of Gatherings
Schedule of Gatherings
10/28/17 Sabbath(consecutive) 1:30 pm
11/3/16 Sabbath(lunar) 1:00 pm
11/4/17 Sabbath(consecutive) 1:30 pm
11/10/17 Sabbath(lunar) 1:00 pm
11/11/17 Sabbath(consecutive) 1:30 pm
11/17/17 Sabbath(lunar) 1:00 pm
11/18/17 Sabbath(consecutive) 1:30 pm
11/19/17 Chodesh (9th New Moon celebration of the year) 5:00 pm
11/25/17 Sabbath(consecutive) 1:30 pm
11/26/17 Sabbath(lunar) 5:00 pm
2017 Schedule for Reading the Bible in One-Year
Ketuvim; Iyov (Hated) Teachings of Job
10/24 - Chapters 1 – 4 10/25 - Chapters 5 – 7 10/26 - Chapters 8 – 10
10/27 - Chapters 11 – 13 10/28 - Chapters 14 – 16 10/29 - Chapters 17 – 20
10/30 - Chapters 21 – 23 10/31 - Chapters 24 – 28 11/1 - Chapters 29 – 31
11/2 - Chapters 32 – 34 11/3 - Chapters 35 – 37 11/4 - Chapters 38 – 39
11/5 - Chapters 40 – 42
Ketuvim; Shir ha’Shirim (The Song of Songs) Songs of Solomon
11/6 - Chapters 1 – 8
Ketuvim; Ruth (Friend) Teachings of Ruth
11/7 - Chapters 1 – 4
Ketuvim; Eykah (How) Lamentations
11/8 - Chapters 1 – 2 11/9 - Chapters 3 – 5
Ketuvim; Qoheleth (Convener) Ecclesiastes
11/10 - Chapters 1 – 4 11/11 - Chapters 5 – 8 11/12 - Chapters 9 – 12
Ketuvim; Hadassah (Myrtle Tree) Teachings of Esther
11/13 - Chapters 1 – 5 11/14 - Chapters 6 – 10
Ketuvim; Ezra (Help) Writings of Ezra
11/15 - Chapters 1 – 3 11/16 - Chapters 4 – 7 11/17 - Chapters 8 – 10
Ketuvim; Nechemiah (Consolation of Yah) Writings of Nehemiah
11/18 - Chapters 1 – 3 11/19 - Chapters 4 – 6 11/20 - Chapter 7
11/21 - Chapters 8 – 9 11/22 - Chapters 10 – 11 11/23 - Chapters 12
Interested in joining Bet Yeshurun Assembly? Please contact Pastor ObadiYah by email, telephone, mail, or in person at a gathering of Yahushuah’s Body.
The Faces Of Elohim
(Numbers 6:22-27) YAHUAH spoke to Moses saying, “Speak to Aaron and to his sons saying on this wise you shall bless the children of Israel, saying to them, 'YAHUAH bless you and keep you. YAHUAH make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. YAHUAH lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.' And they shall put My Name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.”
That beautiful blessing for YAH's people is often given at the close of services at Bet Yeshurun Assembly (BYA). Its anthropomorphic phrase, “make His face shine” pictures a smiling Elohim as He blesses His children of Israel with peace. These words also invoke YAHUAH to bestow a sign of favor and deal kindly toward BYA for the sake of our current well-being until that future time when we will see His face: (Revelation 22:1-4) He showed me a pure river of Water of Life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of Elohim and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the Tree of Life, which bore twelve manner of] fruits, and yielded her fruit every month. The leaves of the Tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse but the Throne of Elohim and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads.
In Hebrew, “face” is “panim” (H6440). The “im” indicates plurality (the singular form “pana” means “to turn”). Thus, in Scripture to see face(s) can mean observing a number of features, or can speak to the sentiments and attitudes of more than one person. Blessed indeed is the mortal being who sees Elohim's faces: (Genesis 32:28-30) He said, "Your name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel. For as a prince you have power with Elohim and with men, and have prevailed." Jacob asked Him, "Tell me, I pray, your name." He said, "Wherefore is it that you do ask after my name?" And He blessed him there. Jacob called the name of the place: "Peniel for I saw Elohim face to face (panim, panim), and my life is preserved."
Scripture also teaches us to seek Elohim's face for health and healing when we get into trouble like this leader of old did: (1 Kings 13:5-7) The king (Jeroboam) answered and said to the man of Elohim, “Intreat now the face of YAHUAH your Elohim. Pray for me that my hand may be restored me again.” The man of Elohim besought YAHUAH, and the king's hand was restored again as before.
In ancient times, to see Elohim's face was considered a frightening prospect, and many even thought it meant their imminent death. That perhaps explains why Moses couldn't face Elohim. Yet who among us wouldn't be overwhelmed with hearing a voice come from a flaming bush: (Exodus 3:4-6) Elohim called to him out of the midst of the bush and said, “Moses! Moses!” And he said, “Here am I.” And He said, “Draw not nigh here! Put off your shoes from your feet, for the place whereon you stand is holy ground.” Moreover He said, “I am the Elohim of your father, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon Elohim.
Yet Scripture notes Moses' later intimate relationship with Elohim: (Exodus 33:11) YAHUAH spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.
That begs a question; which face of Elohim did Moses see? It wasn't YAHUAH Elohim as His face is yet unseen by mortals: (John 1:18) “No man has seen Elohim at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” (John 6:45-46) “It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall be all taught of Elohim.' Every man therefore who has heard, and has learned of the Father, comes to me. Not that any man has seen the Father, save He, who is of Elohim, He has seen the Father.”
The answer to that question is found within this Biblical account of Moses' vision: (Exodus 33:19-23) He said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you. I will proclaim the name of YAHUAH before you; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.” He said, “You cannot see my face! For there shall no man see me and live.” YAHUAH said, “Behold, there is a place by me, and you shall stand upon a rock. It shall come to pass, while my glory passes by, that I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and will cover you with my hand while I pass by. I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back parts. But my face shall not be seen.”
So when YAHUAH passes, we read of Moses standing on the Rock, which symbolizes His Son, and our Messiah Yahushuah Elohim, whose face many have testified as seen in Scripture: (1 John 4:12-16) “No man has seen Elohim (YAHUAH) at any time. If we love one another, Elohim dwells in us, and His love is perfected in us. Hereby we know that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Yahushuah is the Son of Elohim, Elohim dwells in him, and he in Elohim. And we have known and believed the love that Elohim has to us. Elohim is love; and he who dwells in love dwells in Elohim, and Elohim in him.”
Nonetheless, YAHUAH commands His children, including us at BYA, to come before His face, into His sanctuary. The primitive Hebrew verb “ra'-a” (H7200) means “to see, look at, inspect.” Thus, we appear before our Heavenly Father during His set-apart, appointed times: (Deuteronomy 31:10-13) Moses commanded them saying, “At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the Feast of Tabernacles, when all Israel is come to appear (ra-ah) before (panim) YAHUAH your Elohim in the place which He shall choose, you shall read this law (Torah) before all Israel in their hearing.
While we can't see the spiritual face of YAHUAH, BYA can certainly sing about Him seeing our physical faces: (Psalm 132:7-12) “We will go into His tabernacles. We will worship at His footstool. Arise, O YAHUAH, into your rest; you and the ark of your strength. Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; and let your saints shout for joy. For your servant David's sake turn not away the face of your anointed.YAHUAH has sworn truth unto David; He will not turn from it; Of the fruit of your body I will set on your throne. If your children keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon your throne for evermore.”
That begs another question, will Elohim appear to anyone who seeks His face? Scripture says no. His face is hidden from those physically and spiritually unprepared for Him. Consider the situation of the newly liberated slaves from Egypt (a picture of the oppressive world): (Exodus 19:21-24) YAHUAH said to Moses, “Go down! Charge the people, lest they break through unto YAHUAH to gaze, and many of them perish. And let the priests also, who come near to YAHUAH, sanctify themselves, lest YAHUAH break forth upon them.” And Moses said to YAHUAH, “The people cannot come up to mount Sinai for you charged us, saying, 'Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it.'”
Indeed, YAHUAH hides His face from those in the world who are unworthy to see His glory. Such a thought was unbearable for King David (Psalm 13:1-6) “How long will you forget me, O YAHUAH? Forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and hear me, O YAHUAH my Elohim. Lighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; lest my enemy say, 'I prevailed against him' Those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved. But I have trusted in your mercy. My heart shall rejoice in your Salvation. I will sing to YAHUAH, because He dealt bountifully with me.”
In truth, YAHUAH desires fellowship with those who seek to follow His Will and Way of Life. While many are very good at going through the motions of doing so, they fool only others, not YAH, who turns His face away in disgust: (Isaiah 1:12-17) “When you come to appear before me, who has required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the New Moons and Sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with. It is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your New Moons and your Appointed Feasts my soul hates. They are a trouble unto me. I am weary to bear them. When you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you. Yea, when you make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Wash! make yourself clean! Put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes. Cease to do evil! Learn to do well. Seek judgment. Relieve the oppressed. Judge the fatherless. Plead for the widow.”
That YAHUAH Elohim desires to have BYA see His face is evident in the work of His Son, Yahushuah. The willing sacrifice of His life for our salvation opened the door to seeing our Heavenly Father. If we continue to strive at living Yah's Way, instead of our human ways, we will come to appear before the faces of our Elohim: (Psalm 42:1-2) “As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after you, O Elohim. My soul thirsts for Elohim, for the living Elohim. When shall I come and appear before Elohim?”
In summary, the faces of Elohim represent His presence, Spirit, and dwelling with those who are living in union with Him. Shalom!
Saturday Sabbath worship is highlighted by an important new series on the Book of 2 Samuel. Join us!
Praise and Worship Gathering for Women:ALL women (young and old) are invited to come before our Heavenly Father, YAHUAH Elohim and His Beloved Son Yahushuah on 11/5/17 (Sun. from 5:00 to 7:00 pm). If you have any questions, contact sister Asaph at (248) 245-2825, or email@example.com.
Hebrew 101 An introductory course on the Hebrew language will be held after the next three lunar Sabbath services on Fri. evenings (5:00 to 6:00 pm).
Thought for Meditation
“Do all you can to preach the gospel always and if necessary use words.” Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone (Francis of Assisi)