The Shofar Newsletter
THE SHOFAR Newsletter of Bet Yeshurun Messianic Assembly
Good News for the Assembly of Bet Yeshurun
No. 1013 / January 17, 2019
Schedule of Gatherings
1/19/19 Sabbath (consecutive) 1:30 pm
1/21/19 Sabbath (lunar) 1:00 pm
1/26/19 Sabbath (consecutive) 1:30 pm
1/28/19 Sabbath (lunar) 1:00 pm
2/2/19 Sabbath (consecutive) 1:30 pm
2/4/19 Sabbath (lunar) 1:00 pm
2/5/19 Chodesh (12th New Moon celebration of the year) 1:00 pm
2/9/19 Sabbath (consecutive) 1:30 pm
2/12/19 Sabbath (lunar) 1:00 pm
2019 Schedule for Reading the Bible in One-Year
Brit Cha’Dasha; Yochanan (Yah has Favoured) Gospel of John
1/18 - Chapters 1 – 2 1/19 - Chapters 3 – 4 1/20 - Chapters 5 – 6
1/21 - Chapters 7 – 8 1/22 - Chapters 9 – 10 1/23 - Chapters 11 – 12
1/24 - Chapters 13 – 15 1/25 - Chapters 16 – 18 1/26 - Chapters 19 – 21
Brit Cha’Dasha; Ma’Asheh (Actions) Acts of Apostles
1/27 - Chapters 1 – 3 1/28 - Chapters 4 – 6 1/29 - Chapters 7 – 8
1/30 - Chapters 9 – 10 1/31 - Chapters 11 – 13 2/1 - Chapters 14 – 15
2/2 - Chapters 16 – 17 2/3 - Chapters 18 – 20 2/4 - Chapters 21 – 23
2/5 - Chapters 24 – 26 2/6 - Chapters 27 – 28
Brit Cha’Dasha; Galatiyim (Of the Gauls) Paul’s Letter to Galatians
2/7 - Chapters 1 – 3 2/8 - Chapters 4 – 6
Brit Cha’Dasha; Tas’Loniqim 1 (Victory of Falsity) Paul’s 1st Letter to Thessalonians
2/9 - Chapters 1 – 5
Brit Cha’Dasha; Tas’Loniqim 2 (Victory of Falsity) Paul’s 2nd Letter to Thessalonians
2/10 - Chapters 1 – 3
Brit Cha’Dasha; Qorin’tiyim 1 (Satiated) Paul’s First Letter to Corinthians
2/11 - Chapters 1 – 4 2/12 - Chapters 5 – 8 2/13 - Chapters 9 – 11
2/14 - Chapters 12 – 14 2/15 - Chapters 15 – 16
Brit Cha’Dasha; Qorin’tiyim 2 (Satiated) Paul’s Second Letter to Corinthians
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 Bible and Your Health
A personal testimony to Bet Yeshurun Assembly (BYA) on how Scripture speaks to our physical well-being.
Today, many claim that the Bible's ancient dietary code does not apply to our society as modern-day food industry practices are much improved. Some Christian churches even use Scripture to teach that the Heavenly Father's commandments were abolished by His Son. For example, in misconstruing our Messiah's response to a question from scribes and pharisees about His disciples eating with dirty hands (read Mark 7:1-23), they claim people can now eat pork, lobster, crab, oysters and other unclean foods Elohim forbids (in Deuteronomy 14:2-21). On the contrary, His answer doesn't permit the eating of foods that Elohim finds abominable, but rather He chastens hypocritical religious leaders, who live filthy spiritual lives as they institute elaborate rituals that aren't found in Scripture (such as cleaning dinner utensils and hands).
Likewise, many today misinterpret the apostle Peter's vision (in Acts 10:10:13-15). In misunderstanding his message about speaking with others outside of his faith community (evangelizing), some church leaders are teaching that humans can now eat anything as food. That grave error opposes Elohim's teachings which never change: (Malachi 3:5-7) “I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against false swearers, and against those who oppress the hireling in wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and who turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, says YAHUAH of hosts. For I am YAHUAH! I change not! Therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed. Even from the days of your fathers you go away from my ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you,” says YAHUAH of hosts.”
Far too many Christians have the mistaken view that the Bible relates only to “pie in the sky when we die,” and is of little benefit to our daily lives while we are yet alive. I suppose that I had also thought that way at one time, until a chain of events occurred which proved to me otherwise.
A WARNING TO DOCTORS - AND THE PUBLIC. Several years ago I took a job in the purchasing department at Oakwood Hospital, a large regional hospital located in Dearborn, Michigan. My duties included delivering medical supplies to each department throughout the building. One afternoon a large-sized new medical book arrived for the hospital library, containing the latest studies by the government health authorities. Out of curiosity I thumbed through it while on a break. It stated that a government study revealed that 40% of pork carcasses that were tested for trichinae were found to be infested, but were still approved for sale to the public after the removal of only visible “cysts,” or eggs. Trichinae worms and eggs which were inside the carcass and not visible from the outside were therefore passed by government inspectors for human consumption. The government’s position was that it is the responsibility of the public to cook the meat thoroughly to kill any such worms or eggs, although apparently little effort is made to warn the public of the danger. But the high percentage of pork found to be infested with trichinae bothered me, and I lost my appetite for pork products from that time on.
AN AUTOPSY I WILL NEVER FORGET. A few weeks later while delivering supplies to the morgue in the basement of the hospital, I was greeted by a doctor who performed autopsies. I told him about the book that I delivered to the hospital library which confirmed that pork was infested with trichinae. I asked him if he ever found worms when doing autopsies on the deceased. “Of course!” he replied. He then elaborated that he just finished an autopsy of a woman who, he found, had her head full of worms. “Did you write that down on the death certificate?” I asked. He smiled at my suggestion and said, “Of course not! Would you want to be told that your dearly departed had her head full of worms?” He told me that he listed the cause of death as “myocardial infarction” (heart attack). That was true as well since the trichinae had also infested her heart muscle. Heart problems, in fact, are listed as the cause of a large number of deaths in America each year. That led me to wonder: how many of those deaths are actually the result of trichinae worms which lodge in the heart and other muscles?
BIBLE PRINCIPLES. That medical book I found warns us of the danger present within pork, which is the meat taken from pigs (swine) that people eat. Torah, which is our teachings and instructions about life from YAH, also warns us of the danger in eating pork. (Leviticus 11:7-8) “And the swine … is unclean to you. Of their flesh you shall not eat and their carcass you shall not touch. They [are] unclean to you.”
In light of this, can anyone say that our Heavenly Father did not know, or neglected to tell us, of the dangers of eating pork? Modern theologians ridicule the thought of Bible health laws, insisting that these were just religious rituals of little importance, and which have now been abolished by Messiah at Calvary. Yet Yahushuah Himself said that, (Matthew 5:18-19) “For verily I say unto you, until heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, until all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of heaven.” Since heaven and earth have not yet passed away, “the law”, which is the Torah, must still be in effect!
Everything that Elohim creates has a purpose, even if we don't fully understand what that purpose is. A front-page article in the Wall Street Journal a few years ago contained an interesting observation. The author said that scientists identified a purpose for every plant, animal and insect within the food chain, except for one: the mosquito which doesn't appear to be a significant food source for any other creature. But scientists will no doubt one day discover that the lowly mosquito also has its purpose in the Divine plan! The swine also has a purpose as a scavenger. They are constructed to be almost immune to poisons like rattle-snake bites and can be used to clean up infested areas. Shrimp and snails (“escargot”) serve a similar purpose in cleaning up waste and filth in the seas. These poisons accumulate in their bodies -- as well as yours if you eat them. Not everything with “meat on the bone” is food for the stomach!
A BIBLICAL WORLD-VIEW. At Bet Yeshurun Assembly (BYA), we believe that the truth contained within the Bible relates to all of life today, for men and women as individuals, and for society as a whole. I refer to this as a “Biblical world-view.” In other words, everything in life can be viewed in terms of Scriptural principles that Elohim intends for us to live by. These principles in YAH’s law are moral principles that apply in any time or place. The Bible isn't just filled, as many think, with pointless, silly rituals only for the Hebrews to follow as a test of their obedience! This is clear when Elohim says, (Leviticus 20:25-26) “You shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean. You shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creeps on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean. You shall be holy unto me: for I YAHUAH am holy, and have severed you from other people that you should be mine.”
Our Heavenly Father, YAHUAH Elohim, cares about the physical well-being of His children! Consider how that previous scripture passage is translated in “The Holy Bible In Modern English" by Ferrar Fenton: "You shall not pollute your lives with animal or bird, or any reptile of the field, which I have pointed out to you as unclean; but you shall be healthy before me."
The rest of this article provides a summary of the basics on YAH's Biblical food laws. It outlines a Divine Diet, which complies with the Divine Laws, that concern the foods that are fit for human consumption as well as those foods to be avoided at all cost.
ANIMALS (Leviticus 11:3) “Whatsoever parts the hoof, and is cloven-footed, and chews the cud, among the beasts, that you shall eat.” This includes the ox, sheep, goat, stag (venison), elk, moose, chamois, antelope, bison, cattle. Not included: pig (pork, swine) and the common meals made with it - spareribs, much lunch-meat, pork hot dogs, etc.; rabbit, ape, camel, kangaroo; all carnivores, such as wolf, bear, seal, walrus; lizard species; reptiles; vermin, such as worms (often found in fruit), frogs, toads, mole, mouse, snakes, and turtle. (Leviticus 11:29-30)
BIRDS Scripture lists many fowl as examples of unclean food. These are often classified as predators or scavengers, and include the eagle, osprey, hawk, vulture, raven, ostrich, sea gull, buzzard, pelican, owl, stork, heron, bat, kite, cormorant, swan and plover (lap wing species). (Leviticus 11:13-20) Domesticated fowl such as chickens, turkey, ducks, geese, Cornish hens (drum-stick birds) are edible. (Leviticus 11:21)
FISH (Leviticus 11:9) “These you shall eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever has fins and scales in the waters, in the seas and in the rivers, them you shall eat.” This includes most fish: cod, haddock, herring, halibut, smelt, whiting, salmon, trout, skate, tuna, perch. This doesn't include scavenger crustaceans like shrimp, crayfish, lobster, and crab; nor mollusks, clams, oysters, mussels, snails (escargot), squids, octopus; nor scale-less fish, such as whale, shark, and dolphin.
INSECTS Generally forbidden, except for the locust, grasshopper, and beetle (cockchafer) species. (Leviticus 11:22)
INTERNAL ORGANS These are specifically prohibited, such as kidney, liver, etc. (Leviticus 3:15) Like your steak rare? Sorry, blood isn't good for you! (Leviticus 17:13-14) ”And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, who hunts and catches any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust. For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof. Therefore I said to the children of Israel, 'You shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh. For the life of all flesh is the blood thereof.' Whosoever eats it shall be cut off.” Also avoid fat, and the lard and suet made from it . (Leviticus 7:23)
PLANTS Most fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts that are edible are good for food; specifically, every herb-bearing seed, and fruit of a tree yielding seed. (Genesis 1:29) And Elohim said, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat (food).”
BENEFITS OF BIBLICAL FOOD LAWS - WE ARE WHAT WE EAT Scripture says we pay a high cost for disobeying divine law, like those governing food. Moses warned the Israelites and his words warn us as well today: (Deuteronomy 28:15.22.27-28) “But it shall come to pass, if you will not hearken unto (listen to and obey) the voice of YAHUAH your Elohim, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command you this day; that all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you ... YAHUAH shall smite (strike) you with a consumption, a fever, an inflammation, an extreme burning ... with the botch of Egypt, with the emerods, with the scab, and with the itch, whereof you can not be healed.” We are what we eat. If we eat unhealthy food, we can expect to become unhealthy!
HEALTHIER IN BODY AND MIND Compare today's life-spans with those in the days when divine food laws were kept. The average lifetime has fallen from 120 years to 75 to 80 years today. (Genesis 6:3) YAHUAH said, “My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh. Yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.” A proven application of Bible food laws is described with Daniel and his friends, who refused the King's rations that weren't scripturally sound. The result was that, after maintaining a correct Biblical diet, that they were healthier in body and mind than those children who ate forbidden foods. (Daniel 1:8-20)
NATURAL LAW AND AN INSTITUTION FOREVER! This was no accident, but was based upon natural laws given us by Elohim. (Leviticus 3:17) "It is an institution forever, for your descendants, in all your dwelling places..."
Saturday Sabbath worship is highlighted by an important new series on the Book of Genesis. Join us!
2019 – 2020 Schedule of Gatherings A copy of the gathering schedule for the upcoming Divine Calendar at BYA is available on the back table. The dates of these appointed times (moedim) for assembling on weekly Sabbaths, monthly New Moon Feasts, and annual Festivals are based on heavenly signs as revealed from the sun, the moon and stars: (Genesis 1:14) Elohim said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, for seasons (moedim), and for days and years."
Lunar eclipse; Heads-up! Speaking of heavenaly signs, this weekend we are blessed with a unique astronomical event. Set your clocks for Sun. Jan. 20, 2019 to watch for a total lunar eclipse starting at 9:39 pm. This "Blood Moon," so named for its color, is the only one expected in our area during 2019. Selah!
Thoughts for Meditation
"Those who take refuge in TRUTH will be tossed about in a tempest of ignorance, but will one day find themselves shipwrecked upon an island of SALVATION for all eternity." ObadiYah Elohim
“It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work; and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.” Wendell Berry
“There will be a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” Louis L’Amour