The Shofar Newsletter
THE SHOFAR Newsletter of Bet Yeshurun Messianic Assembly
Good News for the Assembly of Bet Yeshurun
No. 1201 / March 31, 2020
Schedule of Gatherings
2020 Holy Day Schedule (BYA Gatherings to resume later)
3/31 Yahushuah’s Brit (Last Supper Memorial)
4/1 Pesach (Passover Memorial)
4/2 Chag Matstsoth (Festival of Unleavened Bread – Day 1) *
4/3 Chag Matstsoth (Festival of Unleavened Bread – Day 2)
4/4 Chag Matstsoth (Festival of Unleavened Bread – Day 3)
4/5 Chag Matstsoth (Festival of Unleavened Bread – Day 4)
4/6 Chag Matstsoth (Festival of Unleavened Bread – Day 5)
4/7 Chag Matstsoth (Festival of Unleavened Bread – Day 6)
4/8 Chag Matstsoth (Festival of Unleavened Bread – Day 7) *
4/18 Chodesh (Feast for the 2nd month of the Divine Year) *
* High Holy Day (Like Sabbaths, No Work)
2020 Schedule for Reading the Bible in One-Year
Torah; Bereshith (In the Beginning); Book of Genesis
3/19 - Chapters 1 – 4 3/20 - Chapters 5– 8 3/21 - Chapters 9 – 12
3/22 - Chapters 13 – 16 3/23 - Chapters 17 – 20 3/24 - Chapters 21 – 24
3/25 - Chapters 25 – 28 3/26 - Chapters 29 – 32 3/27 - Chapters 33 – 36
3/28 - Chapters 37 – 40 3/29 - Chapters 41 – 44 3/30 - Chapters 45 – 48
3/31 - Chapters 49 – 50
Torah; Shemoth (Names); Book of Exodus
4/1 - Chapters 1 – 4 4/2 - Chapters 5 – 8 4/3 - Chapters 9 – 12
4/4 - Chapters 13 – 16 4/5 - Chapters 17 – 20 4/6 - Chapters 21 – 24
4/7 - Chapters 25– 28 4/8 - Chapters 29 – 32 4/9 - Chapters 33 – 36
4/10 - Chapters 37 – 40
Torah; WayyiQra (And He Called); Book of Leviticus
4/11 - Chapters 1 – 4 4/12 - Chapters 5 – 8 4/13 - Chapters 9 – 12
4/14 - Chapters 13 – 16 4/15 - Chapters 17 – 20 4/16 - Chapters 21 – 24
4/17 - Chapters 25 – 27
Torah; Bemithbar (In the Wilderness); Book of Numbers
4/18 - Chapters 1 – 4 4/19 - Chapters 5 – 8 4/20 - Chapters 9 – 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.
(Mark 11:22-24) "Have faith in Elohim. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
This article for Bet Yeshurun Assembly (BYA) continues a Bible study series on the commandments of our Redeemer and King Yahushuah. In the above passage, He instructs us to have faith in Elohim. As the world’s leaders battle an “invisible enemy” called coronavirus, it’s important that we remember Elohim hears and grants the prayers of His faithful ones. The Heavenly Father, YAHUAH exemplifies the meaning of faithfulness: (Deuteronomy 7:9) "Therefore know that YAHUAH your Elohim, He is Elohim, the faithful Elohim who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.”
Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon explains “faithful” in that above verse is translated from “aman.” In Hebrew, that means “to support with the arm, carry, and care for a child.” Strong’s Concordance similarly defines “aman: to uphold, support, and nourish, like a foster-parent.” That beautiful picture of an intimate relationship means Elohim’s children can confidently rely on their Heavenly Father for answers to prayers, like this one: (Psalm 119:86-88) “All Your commandments are faithful (aman). They persecute me wrongfully. Help me! They almost made an end of me on earth, but I did not forsake Your precepts. Revive me according to Your loving kindness, so that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.”
As in a marital relationship, faithfulness isn’t optional. For the spousal bond to thrive, both parties need to respond faithfully to each other. That last passage reveals a dedicated Believer, who faithfully obeys YAHUAH’s commands and teachings (Torah). Those having faith to do His Will with all their heart are those upon whom His Way is established, and upon whom His Blessing rests: (Proverb 28:20) “A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.”
In that verse, “faithful” is translated from “emunah” (its primitive root word is “aman”). In Scripture, Bible translators chose a variety of words to describe “emunah: faithfulness-18x; truth-13x; faithfully & office-5x; faithful-3x; faith, stability, steady, truly & verily, 1 time each.” (Strong’s) Elohim is always faithful and always Elohim of Truth: (Deuteronomy 32:3-4) “For I proclaim the Name of YAHUAH. Ascribe greatness to our Elohim, the Rock. His work is perfect. For all His ways are justice. An Elohim of Truth (emunah) and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.”
Also consider how those who “have faith in Elohim” will speak and act in ways which reflect their special favored status: (Proverb 12:17) “He who speaks Truth (emunah) declares righteousness, but a false witness, deceit.” (Proverb 12:22) “Lying lips are an abomination to YAHUAH, but those who deal truthfully (emunah) are His delight.” (Psalm 119:30-33) “I have chosen the Way of Truth (emunah). Your judgments I have laid before me. I cling to Your testimonies; O YAHUAH, do not put me to shame! I will run the course of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart. Teach me, O YAHUAH, the Way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end.”
The New Testament affirms that "faith" is more than just a feeling. It's an action word. We can see this in its Greek meanings: “pistis” = “persuasion; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God, or a religious teacher), esp. reliance on Christ for salvation — assurance, belief, faith, fidelity” and “peitho” = “to convince; to assent; to rely — agree, believe, be confident, obey, persuade, trust, yield.” (Strong’s Concordance)
Thus, having faith is more than just strong beliefs. In the Bible, it also means to be persuaded/convinced that Elohim, as the Creator and Ruler of all, provides for humanity's needs and eternal salvation through the Messiah. When Believers trust and obey Elohim’s Word, they rely confidently upon Yah and yield to His Power: (1 Corinthians 2:4-5) “My speech and preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith (pistis) should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of Elohim.”
In faithfully praying in the name of Yahushuah, BYA declares His Name aloud, and we testify of His righteous character, His omnipotent authority and His faithful assurance to answer: (John 16:23-25) "Most assuredly (faithfully), I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My Name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 14:12-14) "Most assuredly (faithfully), I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it."
This acronym helps to remind us on how to come to our Heavenly Father in prayer: (ASK) Ask! Seek! Knock! (Matthew 7:7-8) "Ask, and it will be given to you; Seek, and you will find; Knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." (John 11:22) "But even now I know that whatever You ask of Elohim, Elohim will give You."
Yet, who among us hasn't felt our prayers go unanswered at times? The Apostle Paul suggests this might be due to a lack of conviction (100% belief) on our part: (Heb. 11:6) "Without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to Elohim must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."
Its imperative we trust Elohim can do the "impossible," like Abraham: (Genesis 18:14) "Is anything too hard for YAHUAH? At the appointed time I will return to you according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son."
Our prayers to Elohim also go unanswered if we ask for what isn’t in accord with Yah's Way and Will: (James 4:3) “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
The apostles learned that asking for an increase in faith wasn't really necessary. Like a tiny mustard seed grows into a great fruit-bearing plant, even small faith can work great miracles. (Luke 17:5-6) The apostles said to Adonai, "Increase our faith!" So Adonai said, "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you."
Unforgiving spirits can also hinder answers to prayers. Meditate upon this teaching that speaks of releasing all grudges (forgive totally): (Mark 11:24-26) "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses."
At other times, we may also need a fast to go along with our prayer. For example, this Gospel account shows the benefit of seeking Yah's attention and support through fasting to cast out sickness: (Matthew 17:18-21) Yahushuah rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Yahushuah privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" So Yahushuah said, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."
Scripture also has many examples of those who humbly appealed to Yah's righteous representatives for intercessory prayers. For example, consider these testimonies of those who sought help from these servants of Yah: (1) Abraham for Abimelech's plague (Genesis 20); (2) Moses and Aaron for the rebellion of Israel (Numbers 16); and (3) Peter and John for the man born lame (Acts 3). Recognize there are times when we to seek Yah's servants to pray on our behalf. Indeed, to have faith means we take Elohim at His Word: (2 Corinthians 5:7) "For we walk by faith, not by sight."
Heavenly Father, YAHUAH Elohim, I close with gratitude for showing how to have faith in You and for Your Son, Yahushuah, who strengthens that faith. Please be patient as BYA learns to be further persuaded in who You are and to trust in what you stand for. And may Elohim's mercy and grace be upon us all. Shalom, Elder Curt
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Men's Meetings are postponed for now.
Thoughts for Meditation
“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” Abraham Lincoln
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success until they gave up.” Thomas Edison