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THE SHOFAR Newsletter of Bet Yeshurun Messianic Assembly


Good News for the Assembly of Bet Yeshurun

No. 1403 / June 11, 2022

2022 Schedule of Gatherings

6/11        Praise & Worship Services                                                              1:30 pm
6/15        Praise & Worship Services                                                              3:00 pm
6/18        Yom Peguim (A leap day offering for the summer season)         1:30 pm
6/19        Chodesh (Celebrating the 4th month of the Divine Year) *       3:00 pm
6/22        Praise & Worship Services                                                              3:00 pm
6/25        Praise & Worship Services                                                              1:30 pm
6/29        Praise & Worship Services                                                              3:00 pm
6/30        Pentecost (FirstFruits Offering of New Wine) *                         1:00 pm
7/2          Praise & Worship Services                                                              1:30 pm
7/6          Praise & Worship Services                                                              3:00 pm
7/9          Praise & Worship Services                                                              1:30 pm
7/13        Praise & Worship Services                                                              3:00 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.


For Hearing Ears

(Mark 7:14-16) When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, "Hear Me, everyone and understand: There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!” 

This article for Bet Yeshurun (BYA) examines a time when Yahushuah calls a “multitude” into His presence. Spiritually, that scene depicts an invite to believe His words which are for all of humanity, esp. those with “ears to hear.” The KJV New Testament (NT) has the Messiah speaking that phrase several times. Check out when He said those words while talking about John the Baptist. (Matthew 11:7-19) Also reflect upon how He used that phrase within these testimonies: (Mark 7 and Luke 14)

A modern version of His words might be “Listen to Me!” I recall hearing that phrase as a youngster with a hint of frustration from my parents. I knew then they were serious and what they said needed my full attention. Moses also told the children of YAHUAH that they weren't listening to the words of their Father: (Deuteronomy 29:1-4) These are the words of the Covenant that YAHUAH commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the Covenant which He made with them in Horeb. Now Moses called all Israel and said: "You have seen all that YAHUAH did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land – the great trials which your eyes have seen, the signs and those great wonders. Yet YAHUAH has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day.”

Unlike ancient Israel, today's Believers can “hear” Elohim teach via the written Word. Indeed, our Messiah's life was devoted to blessing disciples with hearing ears to understand Divine mysteries. (Matthew 13:16-17) "But blessed are your eyes for they see and your ears for they hear; assuredly, I say to you many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see and did not see it, and to hear what you hear and did not hear it.”

Let's look at some more spiritual aspects in His saying, “If anyone has ears (ous) to hear, let him hear!” Strong's Concordance says that Greek word “ous” can describe an “ear, physically or mentally.” Thayer's Greek Lexicon confirms an ear has mental abilities: “Metaphorically, the faculty of perceiving with the mind; the faculty of understanding and knowing.” Sincethe audience had ears, the Messiah knew they physically heard His words, but did the multitude spiritually hear Him with attentive ears? 

Keep those definitions in mind, while reading Paul's lesson on hearing to Believers in Rome (America?) and non-believers: (Acts 28:25-27; KJV) Some believed the things which were spoken and some believed not. When they agreed not among themselves, they departed after that Paul spoken one word, “Well spake Ruach ha'Qodesh by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers saying, 'Go to this people and say, 'Hearing ye shall hear (akouō) and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see and not perceive: For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing (akouō), and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and akouō with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.'”

That Greek word “akouō” means more than using an ear to audibly hear. It also implies using the mind to understand and to obey Elohim's instructions that bring about conversion and healing. From Strong's, the comparable Hebrew word is “shema.” It also means to “hear intelligently (implies attention, obedience); give ear; hear(-ken); discern; perceive; understand.” (Deut. 5:1) Moses called all Israel and said: "Shema, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your hearing today, that you may learn them and be careful to observe them.”

Yahushuah, like Moses and the prophets, calls everyone to hear, to understand and to obey His teachings. Those having ears to hear, will comprehend in their heart (mind) and repent of their earthly ways to follow Yah's Way of Life. (Mark 8:34) When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his stake (cross) and follow Me.”

Carrying a stake means His walk isn't a stroll in the park. Yah's Way can be hard to understand, and even harder to accept over the world's ways. A huge step toward having “ears to hear” is reading our Bible. Consider the great love shown to those who hear Yahushuah and feel His sadness toward those that don't: (Matthew 13:9-15) “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" The disciples came to Him and said, "Why do You speak in parables?" He answers, "Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given and he will have abundance. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak in parables because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. In them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: 'Hearing you will hear and shall not understand and seeing you will see and not perceive.' For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.”

Shema, O' modern-day children of YAHUAH: (Exodus 15:26; KJV) “If thou wilt diligently hearken (shema) to the Voice of YAHUAH thy Elohim, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I brought upon the Egyptians: for I am YAHUAH that healeth thee.” (Psalm 78:1-8) “Give ear, O' My people, to My Torah. Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of YAHUAH, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed Torah in Israel, which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; that the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in Elohim and not forget the works of Elohim, but keep His commandments; and may not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not set its heart aright, and whose spirit was not faithful to Elohim.”

Did the Good Teacher clarify that opening parable for disciples of old? Indeed! The Word also does so for modern-day disciples.  (Matthew 15:15-19) Then Peter answered and said to Him, "Explain this parable to us." So Yahushuah said, "Are you also still without understanding? Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated, but the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.”

Many still misunderstand His parable about a biological process that removes pollutants which may get into food from dirty hands. This Gospel witness explains that His spiritual response answered a question of eating meals with unwashed hands: (Mark 7:5-7) Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, "Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?" He answered and said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: 'This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'  

Thus, the opening parable of Yahushuah isn't about unclean foods. It's about understanding the spiritual defilement that comes from within. To eat with unwashed hands doesn't defile the flesh with dirt put into our bodies. That's our superficial side. On the other hand, our spirit resides in us, and works closely with our hearts to keep us clean, or defile us. In other words, spiritual influences can cause wicked behavior. It's not about the physical dirt we may accidentally eat. (Matthew 15:20) "These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”

Sadly, some also use the Messiah's parable to say He now permits us to eat whatever food we wish. They claim the Son ended His Father's rules about clean and unclean foods. (Deuteronomy 14:1-20) They err gravely in doing so. For His entire life, Yahushuah obeyed all His Dad's dietary rules. Likewise, today's disciples are to hear, understand, and obey His Word by following His healthy and Holy lifestyle. This prophet has a Word for those that won't hear by choosing to disobey Elohim. Rebellion! (Ezekiel 12:1-2) “Now the Word of YAHUAH came to me, 'Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house that has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house.'”

It's essential BYA understand the things (spirits, thoughts and actions) that can cause freshly cleaned hearts to become defiled. Our Messiah died to clean us up, and He teaches us to stay clean. (John 6:45) "It is written in the prophets, 'They shall all be taught by Elohim.' Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.”

Abba Father, YAHUAH Elohim, thank you for sending Yahushuah, Your Son, to reveal Your Way to Your children. May we put a smile on Your face as we seek to understand and to obey Your Will for our Life. And if we fail to hear your Word, may Elohim be merciful and gracious. 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)