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THE SHOFAR Newsletter of Bet Yeshurun Messianic Assembly


Good News for the Assembly of Bet Yeshurun

No. 1407 / September 23, 2022

2022 Schedule of Gatherings
9/24                  Praise & Worship Services                                                                                                           1:30 pm
9/27                  Yom Kippur * (Day of Atonement) **                                                               3:00 pm
9/28                  Praise & Worship Services                                                                                                           3:00 pm
10/1                  Praise & Worship Services **                                                                             1:30 pm
10/2                  Chag Sukkoth * (Day 1 of the Festival of Tabernacles) **    1:30 pm
10/3                  Chag Sukkoth (Day 2 of the Festival of Tabernacles) **                                1:30 pm
10/4                  Chag Sukkoth (Day 3 of the Festival of Tabernacles) **                                1:30 pm
10/5                  Chag Sukkoth (Day 4 of the Festival of Tabernacles) **                                1:30 pm
10/6                  Chag Sukkoth (Day 5 of the Festival of Tabernacles) **                                1:30 pm
10/7                  Chag Sukkoth (Day 6 of the Festival of Tabernacles) **                                1:30 pm
10/8                  Chag Sukkoth (Day 7 of the Festival of Tabernacles) **                                1:30 pm
10/9                  Shemeni Atzaret * (The Last Great Day Feast) **                                           1:30 pm
10/12                Praise & Worship Services                                                                                                           3:00 pm
10/15                Praise & Worship Services                                                                                                           1:30 pm
10/18                Chodesh (Celebrating the 8th month of the Divine Year) *    1:00 pm
10/19                Praise & Worship Services                                                                                                           3:00 pm

*   High Holy Days (Like Sabbaths, a day of no work)
** See the Announcements for more information on these gatherings


2022 Schedule for Reading the Bible in One-Year

Ketuvim; Qoheleth (Convener) Ecclesiastes                                                                    
9/24 - Chapters 1 – 4               9/25 - Chapters 5 – 8              9/26 - Chapters 9 – 12                   
Ketuvim; Hadassah (Myrtle Tree) Teachings of Esther
9/27 - Chapters 1 – 5              9/28 - Chapters 6 – 10
Ketuvim; Ezra (Help) Writings of Ezra                                                                  
9/29 - Chapters 1 – 3              9/30 - Chapters 4 – 7              10/1 - Chapters 8 – 10
Ketuvim; Nechemiah (Consolation of Yah) Writings of Nehemiah                                                 
10/2 - Chapters 1 – 4               10/3 - Chapters 5 – 8             10/4 – Chapters 9 – 11
10/5 – Chapters 12 – 13         
Ketuvim; Divrey ha’Yamim 1 (The Annals of Time) First Book of Chronicles                                
10/6 - Chapters 1 – 3               10/7 - Chapters 4 – 6              10/8 - Chapters 7 – 10
10/9 - Chapters 11 – 14           10/10 - Chapters 15 – 18        10/11 - Chapters 19 – 22
10/12 - Chapters 23 – 26         10/13 - Chapters 27 – 29
Ketuvim; Divrey ha’Yamim 2 (The Annals of Time) Second Book of Chronicles                           
10/14 - Chapter 1 – 4              10/15 - Chapters 5 – 8            10/16 - Chapters 9 – 12
10/17 - Chapters 13 – 16         10/18 - Chapters 17 – 20        10/19 - Chapters 21 – 24

10/20 - Chapters 25 – 28           10/21 - Chapters 29 – 32           10/22 - Chapters 33 – 36

Tabernacle Invitation

Interested in joining Bet Yeshurun Assembly? Please contact Pastor ObadiYah by email, telephone, mail, or in person at a gathering of Yahushuah’s Body.


Eucharist - What Does Scripture Say?

According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, “Eucharist comes from the Greek, word eucharistiawhich means thanksgiving. In Christianity, it's also called Holy Communion,or the Lord’s Supper, a ritual that commemorates Christ's Last Supper with disciples.” This topic recently arose during visits with three friends. It also was discussed in a Bet Yeshurun (BYA) teaching (see a You-Tube archived video from 7/31/22; “The Experiment”). Coincidences? I thought not! So, in this article I'll share some of my findings from a deeper look into the subject of Eucharist.

Strong's Concordance notes 'eucharistia'is derived from 'eucharistos,'a  Greek word that means 'gratitude; grateful language to Elohim, an act of worship; giving of thanks, thankfulness.' (1 Timothy 2:1-4) “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks (eucharistia), be made for all men; For kings and all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this [is] good and acceptable in the sight of Elohim our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the Truth.” (Philippians 4:6-7) “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving (eucharistia) let your requests be made known unto Elohim. And the peace of Elohim, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Messiah Yahushuah.”

The related Greek verb, 'eucharisteō,' is a word of action. In this passage Yahushuah exemplifies that act of faith at His Last Supper with Disciples: (Matthew 26:26-28) As they were eating, Yahushuah took bread, and blessed, and brake, and gave to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup and gave thanks (eucharisteō), and gave to them saying, “Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

Note He gives 'thanks' for the wine that disciples drink to signify their accepting of His “new testament” (Renewed Covenant). In lifting the wine as a spiritual symbol of His blood, He renews the Mosaic Covenant with YAH’s people. In this passage, Paul encourages Believers to recall how the Messiah also thanks His Father for the bread. (1 Corinthians 11:23–25) “For I received of Adonai that which also I delivered unto you, that Adonai Yahushuah the night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks (eucharisteō), he brake and said, 'Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.' After the same manner also the cup, when he had supped saying, 'This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink, in remembrance of me.'

Today's Believers can similarly eat bread and drink wine to commemorate the Messiah's sacrifice and to signify their acceptance of Yah's Covenant. While some may refer to the bread and wine as Eucharist, it's more important to understand the partaking of it is a serious act of faith that recalls the Covenant terms and our relationship with Elohim. Do not take this lightly! Doing so unworthily can lead to critical consequences as Paul reveals to ancient Believers in 'Corinth.' That City's name means 'satiated or comfortable.' While those rich Corinthians (& complacent Christians?) kept that practice, they had forgotten its meaning. Consequently, they were becoming physically weak, spiritually sick, and “many sleep” (Paul's figure of speech for dead). Selah! (1 Corinthians 11:26–30) “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew Adonai's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink cup of Adonai, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of Adonai. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of bread and drink of cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning Adonai's body. For this cause many [are] weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.”

Since Christians also speak of 'Eucharist' as 'Communion', let's look at that term as well. InGreek,that's 'koinōnia,' which means 'a partnership; literally, participation; social intercourse; communication; distribution.' (Strong's) From Thayer's Greek Lexicon, it also refers to 'a fellowship, association, community; or the right hand as a sign or pledge of fellowship; a jointly contributed gift; a collection; or a contribution which exhibits and embodies a proof of fellowship.' Here's some verses for reflection: (1 Corinthians 10:16-17) “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion (koinōnia) of the blood of Messiah? The bread which we break, is it not the communion (koinōnia) of the body of Messiah? For we [being] many are one bread, one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.” (2 Corinthians 6:14) “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion (koinōnia) hath light with darkness?”

Notice Paul writes Light cannot exist (commune) in Darkness. Spiritually speaking, that means Good (Believers) are not to fellowship with Bad (Wicked), or in other words, join (be in communion) with Unbelievers. This ancient wisdom speaks of those partaking of “unholy” communion: (Proverb 4:17-19) “For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just [is] as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked [is] as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.”

So, there's a huge gulf between unholy and holy communion. Thus we need to know the difference. In Hebrew, 'holy' is 'qōḏeš'and means 'a sacred place or a thing; consecrated; hallowed; dedicated.” (Strong's) In this passage, the Father declares that He and His Family are holy! (Leviticus 20:7-8) “Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy (qōḏeš): for I am YAHUAH your Elohim. And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am YAHUAH which sanctify you.”

In Hebraic thought, to be 'holy' means 'set-apart for Elohim.' It can also speak of a consecrated or sanctified person, place or thing. Furthermore, if Yah 'sanctifies' someone, He is designating them for His purpose: (Deuteronomy 14:2-3) “For thou art an holy (qōḏeš) people unto YAHUAH thy Elohim, and YAHUAH hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth. Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.”

That last passage declares the Father's children are a treasure (“a peculiar people”). As members of His Family, we show our love of Him by following His Way of Life (Torah). That includes not eating “any abominable thing” to stay holy (physically clean). The Greek word 'hágios' conveys the same Hebraic meaning, but in more abstract terms: 'sacred; physically pure; ceremonially consecrated; morally blameless.' (Strong's) Thus, within the Greek NT we often can read of holiness as clean thoughts; clean actions; clean words; clean lifestyles; clean habits; clean motives; clean conversations; clean relationships. (1 Peter 1:15-17) “But as He who hath called you is holy (hágios), so be ye holy (hágios) in all manner of conversation (behavior); Because it is written, Be ye holy (hágios); for I am holy (hágios).” (1 Peter 2:9-10) “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy (hágios) nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past [were] not a people, but [are] now the people of Elohim: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”

At BYA, we follow in the footsteps of Yahushuah’s disciples by having a special evening of fellowship each year during YAH's spring Holy Days. On the night before the Passover memorial, we commemorate the Last Supper of Yahushuah in reading His passion story from the Gospels. Afterwards, we renew our Covenant with the Messiah, which is symbloized by the blessing and breaking of bread, and by the blessing and sharing of fruit from the vine. By dedicating our self as individuals to Elohim, and as a community, we express our desire to do whatever Yah ask of us, both in Spirit (Ruach ha'Qodesh), and in Truth (the Word). Indeed, we recall His sacrifice for our sins: (Luke 22:17–20)He took the cup, gave thanks (eucharisteō) and said, “Take this and divide among yourselves: For I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the Kingdom of Elohim shall come.” He took bread and gave thanks (eucharisteō), and brake, and gave to them saying, “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” Likewise also the cup after supper saying, “This cup [is] the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”

Paul encourages communitites of Believers to likewise remember the Messiah and imitate him as he was taught of Yah. (1 Corinthians 11:1-2) Be followers of me even as I also am of Messiah. Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the ordinances as I delivered them to you."(Colossians 3:15) “Let the peace of Elohim rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful (eucharistos).

I'll close in prayer: YAHUAH Elohim, thank you for sending us Yahushuah. May Your Word enlighten us to better serve thine Heavenly Kingdom. Shalom, Elder Curt

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Announcements

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Celebrate Yom Kippur 2022 as we refrain from water and food starting 9/26 (at sunset) and ending 9/27 after services. If unable to fast, please spiritually join us in humble obedience to Elohim: (Jeremiah 36:6-7) “Therefore, you go and read in the roll, which you have written from my mouth, the words of YAHUAH in the ears of the people in YAHUAH’s House on the fasting day. Also, you shall read them in the ears of all Judah who come out of their cities. It may be they will present their supplication before YAHUAH and will return every one from his evil way.”

Chag Sukkoth (Festival of Tabernacles) Celebrate Tabernacles 2022 starting on 10/1 as we live in tents as a community. For directions to our camp, please call 248.850.3480. This annual family reunion of YAHUAH ends on 10/9. During our Festival, we'll sound the shofars, hear lessons on Yah's Word, pray, sing P&W, and fellowship around a campfire as Elohim's presence dwells among us. You can also participate on the Zoom platform at (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5387958437). (Leviticus 23:34-35) “The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days unto YAHUAH. On the first day shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no servile work therein.”


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)