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. 1601 / March 30, 2024

2024 Schedule of Gatherings:

2024 Gatherings  (doors open at time shown; services start at 3:00 pm)
4/1          Messiah’s Brit (The Messiah's Covenant Memorial)                   6:00 pm
4/2          Pesach (Memorial for YAHUAH's Passover)                 6:00 pm
4/3          Chag Matstsoth (Day 1, Festival of Unleavened Bread) *       2:30 pm
4/4          Chag Matstsoth (Day 2, Festival of Unleavened Bread)           1:00 pm
4/5          Chag Matstsoth (Day 3, Festival of Unleavened Bread)           1:00 pm
4/6          Chag Matstsoth (Day 4, Festival of Unleavened Bread) *       1:30 pm
4/7          Chag Matstsoth (Day 5, Festival of Unleavened Bread)           2:30 pm
4/8           Chag Matstsoth (Day 6, Festival of Unleavened Bread)           1:00 pm
4/9           Chag Matstsoth (Day 7, Festival of Unleavened Bread) *       1:00 pm
4/13         Praise & Worship Sabbath Services                                                   1:30 pm
4/14         Yom Bikkurim (First Fruits Offering of Barley)                           2:30 pm
4/20         Praise & Worship Sabbath Services                                                   1:30 pm
4/27         Praise & Worship Sabbath Services                                                   1:30 pm
5/4           Praise & Worship Sabbath Services                                                   1:30 pm

*   A Holy Day, like Sabbaths (a day of no work)

 

2024 Schedule for Reading the Bible in One-Year

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
4/21 - Chapter 13 – 16            4/22 - Chapters 17 – 20          4/23 - Chapters 21 – 24
4/24 - Chapters 25 – 28          4/25 - Chapters 29 – 32          4/26 - Chapters 33 – 36          
Torah; Devarim (Words); Book of Deuteronomy                                                                   
4/27 - Chapters 1 – 4               4/28 - Chapters 5 – 8              4/29 - Chapters 9 – 12
4/30 - Chapters 13 – 16           5/1 - Chapters 17 – 20            5/2 - Chapters 21 – 24

5/3 - Chapters 25 – 27            5/4 - Chapters 28 – 30            5/5 - Chapters 31 – 34


Tabernacle Invitation

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The Ten Commandments

(Exodus 20:1-17) Elohim spoke all these words saying, "I am YAHUAH your Elohim who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other elohims before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image -- any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, YAHUAH your Elohim, am a jealous Elohim, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. You shall not take the name of YAHUAH your Elohim in vain, for YAHUAH will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of YAHUAH your Elohim. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days YAHUAH made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore YAHUAH blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which YAHUAH your Elohim is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor ox, nor donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's."

Many refer to those words as the "Ten Commandments." This article looks at the ten collectively and begins a series of studies for Bet Yeshurun (BYA) on each one. The opening passage speaks of "commandments" once, but notice how that word was spoken earlier to Isaac: (Genesis 26:4-5) "I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws."

The KJV translates "commandments" from the Hebrew wordmiṣvâ (mits-vaw' H4687). It appears 181 times in the Hebrew Scriptures (OT Bible) and for Students of the Word (Disciples) that's a sign of an important Biblical concept with several opportunities to learn a few lessons from YAHUAH. Strong's Concordance says 'miṣvâ” is "a command, whether human or Divine (collectively the Law)." In addition to being translated "as Law (or laws) that noun is also found throughout the Bible as "ordinance or precept." This passage offers a good explanation of why we're to hear (obey) YAHUAH's commandments. Selah! (Exod. 15:25-26) There He made a statute and an ordinance for them and there He tested them saying, "If you heed diligently the voice of YAHUAH your Elohim and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I brought on the Egyptians. For I am YAHUAH who heals you."  

The verb form of 'miṣvâ” is from a primitive Hebrew wordṣāvâ (tsaw-vaw' H6680). Found in the OT Bible 494 times, it can mean"command, enjoin, give a charge, appoint, and set in order." (Strong's) That frequent use again presents an important word for BYA to understand. As we know, Adam didn't fully get it! (Gen. 2:16-17) YAHUAH Elohim commanded (ṣāvâ) the man saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."

Obviously, there are consequences for seeking "forbidden knowledge!" Reflect upon the difference between Adam's and Abraham's obedience. Which patriarch did this Believer act like? (Gen. 7:5) Noah did according to all that YAHUAH commanded (ṣāvâ) him.

Interestingly, these patriarchs knew of YAHUAH's miṣvâ before the Law from Elohim was codifed at the start of Israel's wilderness journey. Later, prior to Israel's arrival at the Promised Land, Moses reminds Israel (and BYA) in this second witness. Selah! (Deut. 5:6-21) "I am YAHUAH your Elohim who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other elohims before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image – any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, YAHUAH your Elohim, am a jealous Elohim, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. You shall not take the name of YAHUAH your Elohim in vain, for YAHUAH will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as YAHUAH your Elohim commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of YAHUAH your Elohim. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and YAHUAH your Elohim brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore YAHUAH your Elohim commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. Honor your father and your mother, as YAHUAH your Elohim has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which YAHUAH your Elohim is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor's house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.”

Often described as the "Decalogue" (10 words), some claim that number of words is irrelevant in modern-times because according to their doctrine those commandments no longer apply. Those who say, "The ten were nailed to the cross," greatly err! It's not so, as the Heavenly Father still expects His Children to obey the Law today! (Malachi 3:6) “For I am YAHUAH! I change not!” 

Was the Law applicable in the times of the prophets? Yes! Many prophets like this one spoke of obeying YAHUAH instead of the traditions of men. (Isaiah 29:13) Wherefore the Lord said, "Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour Me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the precept of men."

Was the Law applicable in the time of the Messiah? Yes! Elohim even sent His prophet like unto Moses to deliver this stern warning. (Matt. 5:17-20) “Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say to you, until heaven and earth shall pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from Torah, until all be fulfilled. Whoever 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 whoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Dare anyone claim the Law isn't for modern-day Believers? No! Unless they also reject the faith of Messiah who obeyed all His Father's commandments! (Heb. 13:8) "Messiah Yahushuah, the same yesterday, today and forever."

Was the Law applicable in the time of first century AD Believers? Yes! Elohim even sent Paul to testify! (Acts 24:14) “But this I confess to you that after The Way which they call heresy, so I worship the Elohim of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law (Torah) and in the prophets (Nevi'im).”

Let's not err! In Scripture, sin is defined as the transgression of Law! (1 John 3:4-11)Whosoever commits sin, transgresses also the Law for sin is the transgression of Law (Torah). And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins and in Him is no sin. Whosoever abides in Him sins not. Whosoever sins has not seen Him, nor known Him. Little children, let no man deceive you for he doing righteousness is righteous even as He is righteous. He that commits sin is of the devil for the devil sins from the beginning."

Can BYA love the Heavenly Father and Son? Yes! If we keep their commands, by obeying YAH's Law. (John 14:15) "If you love Me, keep My commandments.”(John 15:10) "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love."

There's a reward for obedience; a physical life filled with many peaceful days. Consider this promise with its wise recipe! (Prov. 3:1-2) "My son, forget not my Law (Torah); but let thine heart keep my commandments (miṣvâ) for length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.”

Scripture also explains why human life spans are notably decreasing in the world. Many perish at a young age because of their ignorance about  Elohim's Way of Life. May that not be so among BYA's family, friends, or neighbors. (Hosea 4:6) “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

Those saying, "It can't be done!" just means they won't even try. For the Word affirms we can! (Deut. 30:10-14) "If you obey the voice of YAHUAH your Elohim to keep His commandments (miṣvâ) and statutes which are written in this Book of the Law (Torah), and if you turn to YAHUAH your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul. For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?' Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, 'Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?' But the Word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it."

In summary, the Son's teachings and commands, didn't make null and void the Father's Ten Commandments. Indeed, these aren't old-fashioned or out-of-date. By obeying those Life Instructions (Torah), the Son of Man has shown us the Way to physically and spiritually fulfill YAH's Will and how to reconcile with the Father onto eternal life. As Messiah's works and testimonies continue to expose the modern-day false teachings which rebel against His Father's Way of Life, may we at BYA accept the Ten Commandments as Elohim's gift of Wisdom and Plan of Salvation for humanity. -Elder Curt


 

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