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. 1402 / May 13, 2022

2022 Schedule of Gatherings

5/14        Praise & Worship Services                                                              1:30 pm
5/18        Praise & Worship Services                                                              3:00 pm
5/19        Chodesh (Celebrating the 3rd month of the Divine Year) *      1:00 pm
5/21        Praise & Worship Services                                                              1:30 pm
5/25        Praise & Worship Services                                                              3:00 pm
5/28        Praise & Worship Services                                                              1:30 pm
6/1          Praise & Worship Services                                                              3:00 pm
6/4          Praise & Worship Services                                                              1:30 pm
6//8         Praise & Worship Services                                                              3:00 pm
6/11        Praise & Worship Services                                                              1:30 pm

 

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


2022 Schedule for Reading the Bible in One-Year

Nevi’im; Yahoshuah (Yah is Salvation); Book of Joshua
5/9 - Chapters 13 – 16             5/10 - Chapters 17 – 20          5/11 - Chapters 21 – 24          
Nevi’im; Shophetim (Judges) Book of Judges
5/12 - Chapters 1 – 4               5/13 - Chapters 5 – 8             5/14 - Chapters 9 – 12
5/15 - Chapters 13 – 16           5/16 - Chapters 17– 21
Nevi’im; Shemu’El 1 (Heard of El) First Book of Samuel
5/17 - Chapters 1 – 4              5/18 - Chapters 5 – 8              5/19 - Chapters 9 – 12
5/20 - Chapters 13 – 16          5/21 - Chapters 17 – 20          5/22 - Chapters 21 – 24
5/23 - Chapters 25 – 28          5/24 - Chapters 29 – 31         
Nevi’im; Shemu’El 2 (Heard of El) Second Book of Samuel
5/25 - Chapters 1 – 4               5/26 - Chapters 5 – 8             5/27 - Chapters 9 – 12
5/28 - Chapters 13 – 16           5/29 - Chapters 17 – 20         5/30 - Chapters 21 – 24          
Nevi’im; Melakim 1 (Sovereigns) First Book of Kings
5/31 - Chapter 1– 4                 6/1 - Chapters 5 – 8               6/2 - Chapters 9– 12
6/3 - Chapter 13 – 16              6/4 - Chapters 17 – 20           6/5 - Chapters 21 – 22            
Nevi’im; Melakim 2 (Sovereigns) Second Book of Kings
6/6 - Chapters 1 – 4                 6/7 - Chapters 5 – 8                6/8 - Chapters 9 – 12
6/9 - Chapters 13 – 16             6/10 - Chapters 17 – 20          6/11 - Chapters 21 – 25



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.


How To Stay In Love

(John 15:9-10; KJV) “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.”

The last Shofar article for Bet Yeshurun (BYA) studied the Parable of the Vine and Branches. (John 15:1-17) That figurative portrayal of a garden scene teaches disciples (students of the Word) to abide in the Messiah by obeying His commandments, words, and sayings. Not only is keeping His commands important to the vitality of our life, Yahushuah adds that to stay in LOVE requires that we obey His Father's commandments. Moses also taught of this connection between obedience and love: (Deuteronomy 11:1) "Therefore, you shall love YAHUAH your Elohim, and keep His charge, His statutes, His judgments and His commandments always.

Ancient Israel was repeatedly reminded about their Covenant promises with YAHUAH. Likewise, first century AD Believers were also taught that to love Elohim meant keeping His commandments: (1 John 5:1-3) “Whoever believes that Yahushuah is the Messiah is born of Elohim, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim and keep His commandments. For this is the love of Elohim, that we keep His commandments and His commandments are not burdensome.”

Many modern-day religions claim the ancient commands of the Father were temporary ceremonial laws and ended after His Son died as a sacrifice for the world's sins. Was YAHUAH's Way of Life buried in a grave? Are New Testament Christian teachings correct in saying Torah was nailed to the Messiah's stake? Are the Old Testament Holy Feast Days of YAHUAH been replaced by human holidays and traditions? The Word says NO! (Matthew 5:17-19) "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 the law (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."

If disciples hope to stay in love with the Father and His Son, it's critical to know Elohim's commandments and understand how to obey them. While many prefer to follow religious doctrines that often pick and choose among Elohim's commandments, Yahushuah confirms that the very first of all commandments is about loving the Father, and it requires being 100% devoted to HIM. In other words, 'All in!' (Mark 12:29-30) “The first of all the commandments is: 'Hear, O Israel, YAHUAH our Elohim,YAHUAH is one. You shall love YAHUAH your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.'”

Furthermore, there's an incredible bonus for those who abide in the love of Elohim: (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.”


A 1000-generations! That's a never-ending promise of mercy for all those that keep the charge, statutes, judgments, and commandments of Elohim. So, what caused ancient Israel to forsake that kind of promise? (Deuteronomy 8:11-18) "Beware that you do not forget YAHUAH your Elohim by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest — when you have eaten and are full, have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up, and you forget YAHUAH your Elohim who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage . . . then you say in your heart, 'My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.' And you shall remember the YAHUAH your Elohim, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His Covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”

Consider that lesson. Those children of Elohim forgot how to keep their Father's Covenant commands because they grew accustomed to complacent living in a material world. Sadly, today many neglect to keep the Way of Torah, even though the teachings, sayings, and commands of the Son expound upon obeying the Father's commandments. That obedience never wavered. Nor should ours! (Hebrew 13:8-9) “Messiah Yahushuah is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines.”

Today's Believers are blessed to have Bibles abundantly available. Whether on home book shelves or night stands, or at the fingertips of a smart-phone, the Scriptures are speaking in all languages and all the time. The world can read about the Messiah and His instructions to follow Him. Indeed, the Bible contains many examples so that we might avoid errors experienced by others: (2 Timothy 3:16-17) “All Scripture is given by inspiration of Elohim, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of Elohim may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Rather than seeking reasons to disregard Torah, disciples can ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the commandments of YAHUAH. His Son says to focus on such spiritual matters instead of physical ones. That's the opposite of that “Prosperity Message” preached in many churches: (Matthew 6:33-34) “But seek first the kingdom of Elohim and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

While praying for enlightenment on the commandments of Elohim from a physical and a spiritual perspective, disciples can also pray to acquire an understanding of how to keep these commands: (Psalm 119:33-34) “Teach me, O YAHUAH, the Way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your Torah; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments for I delight in it. Incline my heart to Your testimonies and not to covetousness. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things and revive me in Your Way. Establish Your Word to Your servant, who is devoted to fearing You.”

Furthermore, staying in LOVE requires avoiding what is described in Scripture as a hardened heart. That was a big problem in ancient times (and today). Moses warned those that held calloused views, or skeptical attitudes toward Elohim's Torah: (Deuteronomy 5:29-31) 'Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever! Go and say to them, "Return to your tents." But as for you, stand here by Me, and I will speak to you all the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments which you shall teach them, that they may observe them in the land which I am giving them to possess. Therefore you shall be careful to do as YAHUAH your Elohim has commanded you.”

The Father's patience is amazing! He sent out the patriarchs, Moses, kings, prophets, apostles, even His own Son to teach of His Will and His Way. Those lessons are as relevant for today's Believers as they were for the hearers of these words: (Joshua 22:5) “But take careful heed to do the commandment and the law (Torah) which Moses the servant of YAHUAH commanded you, to love YAHUAH your Elohim, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul." (1 Kings 2:3) “And keep the charge of YAHUAH your Elohim: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn.” (Romans 3:31) Do we then make void Torah through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish Torah.” 

For diligent students of the Word over 100 Divine Commands can be found in the New Testament. Those eye-opening truths expound upon the Father's commandments. Scripture clearly dispels the popular claim that Believers are under grace and mercy, and thus free to obey Elohim in their own way. (Proverb 3:3-6) “Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem In the sight of Elohim and man. Trust in YAHUAH with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

This article's opening passage spoke of the Son's great love for His Father. That's “agape” love in the Greek. It describes a depth of devotion even unto death. That's the LOVE the Messiah had: (John 15:13) "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.”

Can BYA stay in LOVE with Yahushuah? Being totally obedient to Him will mean the death of our worldly way of life in exchange for Yah's spiritual Way Of Life. Will we choose wisely? (1 John 2:15) “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

Heavenly Father, YAHUAH, thank you for giving us an opportunity to love you and your Son, as you love us. May our love of Elohim lead us to obediently live according to your Will. And may Your mercy be upon us whenever we fall short of Your Way of Life. Shalom, Elder Curt

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Announcements

Praise and Worship/Prayer Session and Men's Meetings are postponed for now.


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)