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News You May Not Have Heard About — 8/21/2012
News You May Not Have Heard About
(The information below is not meant to scare you but to inform you.)
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On Sunday August 19, 2012 the new moon was sighted from Israel. The moon was first sighted: *from Jerusalem by David Cachicas at 7:19pm followed shortly thereafter by Rick Busenbark and Aryeh Levy; *from Kefar Eldad by Yoel Halevi at 7:30pm; *from a second location in Jerusalem by Shiloh and Hinanit David at 7:26pm; *from a third location in Jerusalem by Deborah Boer at 7:50pm.
Rosh Chodesh / New Moon Update August 19th, 2012 5th /6th Hebrew Month
On August 19th, 2012 the new moon was seen by observers across Israel. The new moon was first seen by observers in Jerusalem at 7:37p. This confirms the Rosh Chodesh on your calendar and no changes or updates are needed at this time. The 20th day of this month will be the 1st day of the Hebrew month Elul.
The new moon report from Nehemia Gordon can be read by clicking the link below:
The Hebrew month of Elul is one of fasting and Tesuvah. May your 40 days of fasting and prayers lead you into a closer walk with YHWH Almighty. Please remember our ministry and those in prison with a donation when you give your tithes and offerings, brethren. We greatly appreciate your prayers and support. We could not do what we do without your support. May Abba bless you!
OneNation Sukkot at Canby Grove, October 1-9. Theme: the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom become ONE NATION! HalleluYAH!
Wrap up and close in prayer: Psalm 126
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1 Corinthians 11:25-29“25 In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the renewed covenant in My blood. As often as you drink it, do this in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Master until He comes. 27 So that whoever should eat this bread or drink this cup of the Master unworthily shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Master. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup. 29 For the one who is eating and drinking unworthily, eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Master.“
Verse 25 reads, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood.” It employs a figure of speech in which the word “cup” is a metonymy, meaning that the cup represents what it contains: literally wine. The wine symbolized His blood, thus, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood.”
A covenant is an agreement, a contract, between two parties. It is a device to bring people into a binding relationship to accomplish some undertaking. This particular covenant is unusual in that it is in His blood.
In his commentary on I Corinthians 11:23-34 (p. 104), William Barclay makes a very interesting comment on this. He changes a few words and provides proof that the change is grammatically legitimate. He paraphrases it in this manner: “This covenant cost Me My life.” This agreement, the New Covenant, is made at the cost of the most precious, the most valuable and dearest Life that has ever lived on the face of the earth, that of our sinless Creator. It did not come cheaply.
Barclay’s paraphrase is justifiable because the life of the flesh is in the blood (Leviticus 17:14). The giving of that specific Life by His shed blood made possible the establishment of a covenantal relationship with God. This relationship is the fruit of Christ’s sinless life and subsequent death. Passover portrays what makes salvation a reality for us because justification before God is its fruit. We can consider Christ’s making this relationship possible the most important accomplishment of all that He has done through His death.
Our relationship with God is our salvation. We could have no salvation unless the relationship existed because we would still be cut off from God. Once established, this relationship must be developed and to be developed, it must be continued! “If you continue, you will become free,” says Jesus. This begins the process of truly coming to know God, and to know God is eternal life (John 17:3).
Within the context of I Corinthians 11, a major point deals with people not properly discerning the sacred gravity of what the symbols represent. Some in Corinth were making a mockery of the Passover. The church members gathered for a meal, and some were getting drunk, others ate in a gluttonous manner, while a few received little food because others were hogging it all. What they did edified the body not at all! They experienced very little of the right kind of spiritual fellowship.
The apostle writes his epistle to correct a corrupt situation. His point is that, in doing what they did, they were not discerning the broken body and the shed blood of Jesus Christ. If they had truly understood their significance, they would not have acted in this manner. They were not properly interpreting and applying the meaning to their own lives. In treating Christ’s sacrifice in a frivolous manner, their application especially went awry. They went through the motions of taking the Passover but without appreciating the reality that the symbols represented.
The word “unworthy” in I Corinthians 11:27 means “lacking in merit or worth.” The Corinthians had no appreciation of the precious value of what the symbols represented to their personal salvation. They were missing the eternal character of what they were observing, caring little about who had died and grasping almost nothing of the love that went into His act. They were truly profaning the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ and putting Him to an open shame.
A major point of understanding about observing Passover is that our attitude toward Christ’s sacrifice affects our approach to life in general. Above all, it will affect our relationship with the Father, as well as with one another, because the strength of our obligation to submit to Jesus Christ will be diminished. We will not feel it all that important to submit in obedience.
If God wants us to understand anything by our observing the Passover, it is 1) the tremendous costs it took to free us and to maintain that freedom, and 2) how far Jesus Christ, our Example, was willing to be “pushed” without giving in to sin in even the smallest of matters. Let us take Passover soberly, with the serious significance of what it represents at the forefront of our minds.
I suppose I should begin by coveting your prayers that I am even able to address the original subject that I intended. The focus of the last few teachings is to address the popular doctrine that the Torah and/or the commandments of YHVH are divided up into moral, civil and ceremonial laws. This view goes on to conclude that we, the people of the Creator of the universe, are obligated to obey the moral laws, but not the civil or particularly the ceremonial laws. As you can probably guess from the ring of this teaching that it is in perfect harmony with Paul’s teaching in Ephesians that there is one body, one spirit, one hope of your calling et cetera et cetera et cetera. Hmmmm. Once again, our Father ends up splayed out on a table as the proverbial theological frog waiting to be sliced and diced. This kind of theology reminds me of a playground full of toddlers declaring ‘my dad is better than your dad’.
It seems, from most of what I have read, that the words ordinances and statutes are what scare these people. Clearly they can see the need for the Ten Commandments, except for the equally scary SABBATH! However, ordinances and statutes, although English words, seem to sound really Jewish. Sounds like something Jews should do. The TEN COMMANDMENTS! Sounds like something we should do. Of course one of the best ways to shuffle these ordinances and precepts off into the corner is to spiritualize them. Yeah, that’s the ticket, for us they mean something other than what they say. Like separating wool and linen means not to marry a Hindu or a Jehovah’s Witness. Keeping the feasts means that because Jesus kept them I do not have to. Deep down inside I think that many of us believe that spiritualized things have no rules. Only the natural has rules, so turn it into a spirit thing. Okay I digress.
The question, based upon an obedient heart, should be “What are the differences between a commandment, an ordinance, a statute and a precept?” We discussed the details of a commandment in our first part. Most of the time in scripture, the English word ordinance and statute are actually the same Hebrew word. The Hebrew background of these words is generally chuqqah. This word comes from the root choq. The ancient pictographic meaning is of a wall and the sun rising. It draws a picture of something that is separated and then brought back together, being revealed or illuminated by light. The two qofs in chuqqah indicate a repetition or pattern. This is why it is also translated as to engrave, as to make a mark to distinguish i.e., a distinguishing mark that illuminates. It is translated into the English as imitate, custom, statute, ordinance, decree, appoint and lawgiver. One of its closest cognates is chuqar, which means to search out. The idea is that there are certain commandments that are hard to be understood until further information shines a light on it. It seems to me that someone once said that Paul’s words were hard to be understood.
Let’s talk about this word. These ordinances and statutes that allegedly are only for the Jews actually began long before there was any such thing as Judah, Israel or the Ten Commandments. The very first occurrence in English is in Shemot (Exodus) 12:14:
“And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to YHVH throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance[chuqqah] forever.”
Obviously, according to modern exegesis, we keep it as an ordinance forever, or until the Christ comes, whichever comes first. The first occurrence in Hebrew is in Bere’shiyt (Genesis) 26:5:
“Because that Abraham obeyed my voide, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes[chuqqah] and my laws.
Hmmmmm. Commandments and the Torah five hundreds years or more before Charleton Heston even comes on the scene. There are two primary Greek words behind this word that we will take into our New Testament. The first word is dikaiomata, which means an ordained judgment or righteous decree. Here is how this word is used in our New Testament. Wait a minute, New Testament? I thought this was a Jewish thing.
Luke 1:6 “And they were both righteous before ’Elohiym, walking in all the commandments and ordinances[dikaiomata] of YHVH, blameless.”
Romans 1:32 “Who, knowing the judgment [dikaiomata] of ’Elohiym, that they who commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but have pleasure in them that do them.”
Now that is just a little scary. You mean there are people who, knowing HE has ordinances, not only do the things worthy of death but have pleasure doing them?
Romans 2:26 “Therefore, if the uncircumcision, keep the righteousness[dikaiomata] of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?”
Romans 5:18 “Therefore, as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation, even so by the righteousness [dikaiomata] of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”
So the one who chose not to obey the commandments of ’Elohiym brought judgment and the one who did chose to obey His Father, and told us to take up our tree and follow Him, brought life. Let’s check out a couple more.
Romans 8:4 “That the righteousness [dikaiomata] of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
Is it possible that walking after the flesh is doing what I want and walking after the Spirit is doing what HE wants? This is not rocket science.
Hitgalut (Revelation) 15:4 “Who shall not fear you, O YHVH, and glorify your name? For you only are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before you; for your judgments[dikaiomata] are made manifest.”
So, we have His ordinances and statutes in the beginning, in the middle, in the New Testament, and in the end. You see, built within the faithful keeping of His ordinances are the blessings, and built within the thumbing of noses at His ordinances are the curses. Now, historically speaking, how does man thumb his nose at the commandments of YHVH? You see no civilization lives without ordinances and statutes. Every culture has it’s customs, traditions and even decrees that are hard to be understood. What is prophesied that man will habitually do is to replace our Master’s ordinances and statutes with his own.
Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 10:1 “Woe, unto them who decree [chaqaq] unrighteous decrees [chaqaq], and who write grievousness which they have prescribed,”
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 10:2-3 “Thus saith YHVH, Learn not the way of the nations, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the nations are dismayed at them. For the customs [chuqqiym] of the peoples are vain; for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.”
Malakhi 3:6-7 “For I am YHVH, I change not; therefore ye sons of Ya’aqov are not consumed. Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances[chuqqiym], and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith YHVH of hosts. But ye said, In what way shall we return?”
This statement is followed by one of the most oft quoted verses by ‘church’ leaders in all the Tanakh. “If you sow a hundred dollars in my ministry, God will return unto your bosom …” As if the Master already knows what religious men will do to His ways, He concludes with this:
Malakhi 4:4-6 “Remember the Torah of Moses, my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes [choq] and ordinances. Behold, I will send you Elijah, the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of YHVH; And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”
And what do you think Elijah’s ministry was according to Yeshua‘ Himself….YES! to restore all things. If you are reading this teaching then I am pleading with you that the Father, right now, as we speak, is turning the heart of the fathers to the children. There is a remnant that is hearing and turning their heart back to the fathers of old. More on the ordinances and statutes next time.
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