Hebrew priest blowing the Shofar hornThe Shofar Newsletter

THE SHOFAR Newsletter of Bet Yeshurun Messianic Assembly

Good News for the Assembly of Bet Yeshurun

No. 1409 / November 23, 2022

2022 Schedule of Gatherings

11/23                 Praise & Worship Services                                                                                                           3:00 pm
11/26                 Praise & Worship Services                                                                                                           1:30 pm
11/30                 Praise & Worship Services                                                                                                           3:00 pm
12/3                  Praise & Worship Services                                                                                                           1:30 pm
12/7                  Praise & Worship Services                                                                                                           3:00 pm
12/10                Praise & Worship Services                                                                                                           1:30 pm
12/14                Praise & Worship Services                                                                                                           3:00 pm
12/17                Yom Peguim (Leap day services for the winter season)     1:30 pm
12/18                Chodesh (Celebrating the 10th month of the Divine Year) *  3:00 pm
12/21                Praise & Worship Services                                                                                                           3:00 pm
12/24                Praise & Worship Services                                                                                                           1:30 pm


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

2022 Schedule for Reading the Bible in One-Year

Apocrypha (Hidden Writings); Baruch; NAB    Letter of Jeremiah
11/28 - Chapter 1 – 5                                         11/29 – Ext. to Baruch (6:1-72; NAB)
Apocrypha (Hidden Writings); Prayer of Azariah    Susanna
11/30 - Extension to Daniel (3:24-90; NAB)            12/1 – Daniel (Chapter 13;NAB)
Apocrypha (Hidden Writings); Bel and the Dragon   Prayer of Mannaseh
12/1 - Book of Daniel (Chapter 14; NAB)                  12/1 – Ext. to 2 Chr. 33:11-13
Apocrypha (Hidden Writings); 1 Maccabees; NAB                                                                        
12/2 - Chapter 1 – 2                12/3 - Chapters 3 – 4              12/4 - Chapter 5 – 6
12/5 - Chapters 7 – 8               12/6 - Chapters 9 – 10            12/7 - Chapters 11 – 12
12/8 - Chapters 13 – 14           12/9 - Chapters 15 – 16
Apocrypha (Hidden Writings); 2 Maccabees; NAB                                                                        
12/10 - Chapter 1 – 3              12/11 - Chapters 4 – 5            12/12 - Chapter 6 – 8
12/13 - Chapters 9 – 11           12/14 - Chapters 12 – 13        12/15 - Chapters 14 – 15               
Brit Cha’Dasha; MattithYahu (Gift of Yah) Gospel of Matthew                                                     
12/16 - Chapters 1 – 4             12/17 - Chapters 5 – 6           12/18 - Chapters 7 – 8
12/19- Chapters 9 – 10            12/20 - Chapters 11 – 12        12/21 - Chapters 13 – 14
12/22 - Chapters 15 – 17         12/23 - Chapters 18 – 19       12/24 - Chapters 20 – 21
12/25 - Chapters 22 – 23         12/26 - Chapters 24 – 25       12/27 - Chapter 26

Tabernacle Invitation

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Keep Up The Good Work!

(Revelation 2:8-11) “To the angel of the church in Smyrna write; 'These things says the First and the Last, who was dead and came to life: I know your works, tribulation, poverty but you are rich; and the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews (Yahudim) and are not, but a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of Life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death."

In this article on the Way, Bet Yeshurun (BYA) continues a series about the messages to seven 1st century AD churches (ekklesia) from seven angels. Likened to stars or lights in the night, these angels reveal Light (Divine Wisdom) from the Messiah. The churches also represent light sources (“lamp stands”) of Yahushuah. (Revelation 1:20) “The mystery of the seven stars  which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lamp stands: The seven stars are angels of the seven churches and the seven lamp stands which you saw are the seven churches.”

Although written over 2 millennia ago, tho words of the Messiah are relevant to modern-day churches (assemblies) which are to remain spiritually lit with oil (Divine knowledge) in order to spread Yah's Light upon a world in darkness that is a symbol of ignorance about Elohim's Way of Life. (Luke 1:79) “To give light to them that sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the Way of peace.”

The opening letter went to a Church in “Smyrna.” Smith's Bible Dictionary says this Greek city's name means “myrrh and it was founded in Asia Minor along the Aegean Sea by Alexander the Great, ~40 miles north of Ephesus.” Thayer's Greek Lexicon explains that “myrrh is a bitter gum from trees or shrubs in Arabia and Ethiopia, collected by incisions in the bark to make perfume and incense.” (Sirach 24:15) “Like cinnamon, or fragrant balm, or precious myrrh, I give forth perfume.”

Myrrh is also an ingredient in YAH's holy anointing oil that consecrates priests (see Exodus 30:22-32) and a royal gift! (Matthew 2:10-11) When they saw the star they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. When they came in the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, fell down, and worshiped Him. When they opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense and myrrh.

With its pleasing fragrance, brides in ancient times also used myrrh to prepare for their wedding. (Esther 2:12; KJV) “When every maid's turn was come to go to king Ahasuerus ('I will be silent and poor'), after she had been twelve months according to the manner of the women for so were the days of their purification accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, six months with sweet odors, and with other things for purifying of women.” (Psalm 45:7-8) “You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore Elohim, your Elohim, anointed you with the oil of gladness more than your companions. All your garments are scented with myrrh, aloes and cassia, out of the ivory palaces by which they have made You glad.”

Another Scriptural use of myrrh was for burials. (John 19:38-40) Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Yahushuah, but secretly for fear of Yahudim, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Yahushuah and Pilate gave permission. So he came and took the body of Yahushuah. And Nicodemus, who at first came to Yahushuah by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. Then they took the body of Yahushuah and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Yahudim is to bury.

Yah-some symbolism! A materially poor,yetspiritually rich Church is in myrrh, anointed as priests, preparing to become Messiah's Bride and be buried! (James 2:5) “Listen my beloved brethren! Has Elohim not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the Kingdom, He promised to those who love Him?” (Proverb 13:8) “There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; and one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches. The ransom of a man's life is his riches, but the poor does not hear rebuke. The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.”

Being poor and rich sounds awkward in worldly terms, so let's examine that from a Scriptural perspective. The Bible reveals Disciples can be both via good works, forbearance and long suffering (traits that often lead to poverty). Once there, Elohim brings them the spiritual treasures of knowledge, wisdom and understanding. (Romans 2:4) “Do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance and long suffering, not knowing the goodness of Elohim leads you to repentance?” (Colossians 2:2-3) Hearts may be encouraged being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of Elohim, both of the Father and of Messiah, in whom are hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Matthew  6:19-21) “Do not lay up for yourself treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;but lay up for yourself treasure in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Modern-day Believers can learn from Smyrna's Church. Its duress came from slanderous Yahudim of Satan's “synagogue.” Pretending to follow Elohim, they really served Yah's adversary by faking their praise of YAH. Such mockers and blasphemers of Believers in the Messiah still exist today. We can see them among the unruly and vain deceivers that are profiting from their false doctrines, exploiting the saints, and scorning or ridiculing those who trust in the Word. The Disciples of Messiah can counter such negativity from so-called Christians by encouraging one another to walk in Faith. (Acts 14:22) “Strengthening the souls of the Disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, saying, 'We must through many tribulations enter the Kingdom of Elohim.'” (Romans 5:3-4) “We also glory in tribulations knowing tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Daniel 12:9-10) "Go Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, made white and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.”

The Smyrna Church was warned of 10-days of tribulation. That may sound discouraging, but symbolically it speaks of when Yah's anointed Believers will be revealing Elohim's Torah commandments and Plan of Salvation to a world utterly deceived by false doctrines. For their testimony in the Messiah and for their faith, these Disciples will suffer with persecution, imprisonment and death. (Matthew 24:11-13) “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” (Daniel 11:32-33) “Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their Elohim shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. And those of the people who understand shall instruct many; yet for many days they shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plundering.”

So, Messiah's message to Smyrna's Church is really for encouragement. Don't fear upcoming tribulations, or even death. The pain will be short, yet the spiritual reward is eternal. On the other hand, Yah will avenge His righteous ones by punishing sinners with total destruction. (Revelation 20:14-15) Death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death and whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 21:6-8) “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of Life freely to him who thirsts. 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.”

Can Smyrna's message be for modern Believers? Yes! Consider the Church's letter is from “the First and the Last, who was dead and came to life.” In other words, it's spoken by One with complete authority over His angels, His ekklesia, over Death and Life, indeed over all of His Creation. (Revelation 1:17-18) “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. but He laid His right hand on me saying, 'Do not be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore; Amen. I have the keys of Hades and of Death.'” (Isaiah 48:12-13) “Listen to Me, O Jacob and Israel, My called: I am He, I am the First, I am also the Last. Indeed My hand laid the foundation of the earth, and My right hand stretched out the heavens; When I call to them, they stand up together.”

So for an ekklesia preparing to be Yahushuah's Bride, may we be encouraged! Don't worry! If Elohim found no fault in Smyrna, He'll surely bless those testifying of Him and help us endure all fiery trials. Anointed even unto death with an oil of myrrh, we shall be endowed with His power which quickens the dead and frees those in the grave. Indeed, like the Church in Smyrna, we can be a picture of Believers that are presenting their bodies as a living sacrifice set apart for Yah. (Revelation 19:9) “Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!” (Romans 12:1-2) “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of Elohim, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to Elohim, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect Will of Elohim.” (Leviticus 1:9) “The priest shall burn all on the altar as a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to YAHUAH.”

With an understanding that Yahushuah knows our “works,” BYA can model its ways after the ways of the Smyrna Church. Indeed, let us follow Yah's Way of Life throughgood works.” (Titus 2:7-8) “In all things show yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19) “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living Elohim, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” (Ephesians 2:10) “For we are His workmanship, created in Messiah Yahushuah for good works which Elohim prepared before hand that we should walk in them.“

So, keep up the Good Work, BYA! (James 1:12) “Blessed the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the Crown of Life which the Adonai promised to those who love Him.” (Wisdom 3:5-8) “Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because Elohim tried them and found them worthy of himself.As gold in the furnace, He proves them. As sacrificial offerings, He took them to Himself.In the time of their judgmentthey shall shine and dart about as sparks through stubble.They shall judge nations and rule over people, and YAHUAH shall be their King forever.” (Revelation 7:13-15) Then one of the elders answered, saying to me,"Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?" And I said to him, "Sir, you know." So he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, they are before the Throne of Elohim, and serve Him day and night in His temple.

May our Heavenly Father, YAHUAH Elohim, accept BYA as we endeavor to model our Assembly after Yahushuah's Church of Smyrna. In doing so, may we become His betrothed Bride with the pleasing aroma of myrrh fit for our King. Shalom, Elder Curt


See Schedule above.

Thoughts for Meditation

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” Abraham Lincoln