104:18) The high mountains are for the wild goats.
The rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.
104:19) He appointed the moon for seasons.
The sun knows when to set.
104:20) You make darkness, and it is night,
In which all the animals of the forest prowl.
104:21) The young lions roar after their prey,
And seek their food from `El.
104:22) The sun rises, and they steal away,
And lay down in their dens.
104:23) Man goes forth to his work,
To his labour until the evening.
104:24) Yahuah, how many are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all.
The earth is full of your riches.
104:25) There is the sea, great and wide,
In which are innumerable living things,
Both small and large animals.
104:26) There the ships go,
And livyatan, whom you formed to play there.
104:27) These all wait for you,
That you may give them their food in due season.
104:28) You give to them; they gather.
You open your hand; they are satisfied with good.
104:29) You hide your face: they are troubled;
You take away their breath: they die, and return to the dust.
104:30) You send forth your Spirit: they are created.
You renew the face of the ground.
104:31) Let the glory of Yahuah endure forever.
Let Yahuah rejoice in His works.
104:32) He looks at the earth, and it trembles.
He touches the mountains, and they smoke.
104:33) I will sing to Yahuah as long as I live.
I will sing praise to my `Elohiym while I have any being.
104:34) Let your meditation be sweet to Him.
I will rejoice in Yahuah.
104:35) Let sinners be consumed out of the earth.
Let the wicked be no more.
Bless Yahuah, my soul.
Prepare for the worst but hope for the best.
Hope is one of those words that have changed its meaning over the years (similar to love and forgiveness). Ask any child what they would like for their birthday and they would reply, “I hope to get a….(book, doll, games console, tablet). This parenthesis is also a sign of the times. No longer content with a small present, people want expensive gifts. Anyway, the point being is that modern usage makes it difficult to understand English translations of the Bible. The word ‘hope’ has the idea of a wish list; something that is desired but there is no certainty that it would happen. However, the biblical meaning of ‘hope’ is to wait with certain expectation that what has been promised will definitely come about.
Beloved, what is your hope? If you have said, “Messiah in you, the hope of glory.” you have said well. Nevertheless, have you considered what this means?
“the mystery which has been hidden been hidden for ages and generations. However, now it has been revealed to His set apart ones, to whom Yahuah was pleased to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Messiah in you, the hope of glory.” (Col. 1:26, 27). Although this word, glory, has several meanings, Strong defines it as ‘the glorious condition of blessedness into which is appointed and promised that true Christians shall enter after their Saviour’s return from heaven.’ This glory is what will become of all Believers and where it will take place i.e. to be as He is, where He is. This is not some sentimental wish; this is a promise from Father Himself.
Yet, what is the mystery, twice mentioned in this passage?
“having heard of your faith in Messiah Yahshua…because of the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, whereof you heard before in the word of truth of the Good News…giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the set apart ones in light; who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of His Son of His love in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of sins…yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you set apart and without blemish and blameless before the Father.” (Col. 1:4-14).
The mystery, that which was hidden in full view of the Scriptures, is the Good News. There is absolutely nothing in this, or any other passage, that salvation is in anyway a result of what we have done, in full or in part!
The Lamb without blemish or blameless comes before Father to offer up those who have put their trusting faith in Him so that we can come before Father without blemish or blameless!
Beloved, I do believe Strong’s definition falls short of the fullness of glory. We have it here and now! Did not the Saviour offer us up when we were saved? Does not our Saviour intercede even now on our behalf? Can we not now enter into Father’s presence, boldly? We are called to be like Him, right now! We can have a small piece of glory here on earth as we mature and grow more and more like Messiah Yahshua.
What if you have not yet put your trust in the completed work of Messiah and the full promises of Yahuah? What do you hope will happen to you after you have passed away? Do you believe that when you finally close your eyes, that is it? Or is it your hope that there is no God? That way there are no consequences or repercussions for the life you have led. The Bible has no significance to you even if you take a small time reading it. You are probably aware of, if not a subscriber to the saying ‘Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.’
Unfortunately for you, this is a compilation of a couple of Bible verses:
“Then I commend mirth, because a man has no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink and to be merry; for what will accompany him in his labour all the days of his life which has given him under the sun.” (Ecc. 8:15).
“and behold, joy and gladness, killing oxen and killing sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine: let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we shall die.” (Isa. 22:13).
Now that is a good starting point. At least you know of and agree with a Bible verse. So what about all the other verses; are they relevant? Is it really your hope, your certain expectation, that there is no God and upon death just….nothing? Are you absolutely sure or is there just a little niggling doubt? Or is it just your ‘wish list’? It is not a case of hedging your bets. “Do not be deceived. Yahuah is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap.” (Gal. 6:7). Yahuah knows the inner most secrets of our hearts and knows when a person is truly sorry for their sins, and relies on the promises of Yahuah through Messiah Yahshua. Nevertheless, it is Father’s desire that you share eternity with Him.
If you would only dare to hope!
Father, we thank you for the power of your Word and that Word was made flesh in Messiah Yahshua so that in believing in His Life, Death and Resurrection we may have eternal life with you.
If you want to accept Father’s offer of salvation through Messiah Yahshua, you need to ask Him in prayer along these lines. Use your own words but they must be genuine as Father knows our very hearts and nothing is hidden from Him.
“Father, I am a sinner who needs forgiveness through your Son, Messiah Yahshua. Please forgive me of all my past sins as I accept that, Messiah Yahshua my Saviour, has taken upon Himself my punishment. By your Spirit, help me to live a life worthy of His sacrifice. Thank you, Father, for making this way back to you.”
If you have honestly said such a prayer as these, and truely renounced the sin in your life and accepted Father’s salvation through Messiah Yahshua, then please drop us an e-mail at ATC to let us know. This not only builds up our faith, it offers an opportunity to prayfully support you. Even if you have Believing friends or family, we at ATC would be privileged to pray for you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Prov. 26:12).
Our Saviour welcomes all His Family to join in this memorial. If you have accepted Messiah Yahshua as your Master and Saviour please take the next few moments to seek Father and to ensure that all is right between Him and you and between you and your Brothers and Sisters. If not, please put this right before continuing.
If you have not yet accepted Him into your life, then we encourage you to seek Him while it is still possible, as time is running out. When He returns or if you pass away then it will be too late. Please do not partake of the bread and wine as in doing so, it gives thanks for the broken body (bread) and shed blood (wine) for and a witness of salvation.
On the night of the Master’s betrayal, He took the bread, blessed it and broke it saying ‘This is my Body broken for you; take and eat it as a memorial to Me.’
Bless the bread saying: Blessed are you, O Yahuah our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.
Break and eat the bread (sharing it if within a group setting):
After the meal He took the Cup of Blessing, blessed it saying ‘This is my Blood poured out for you for the remission of sins; take and drink it as a memorial to me.’
Bless the wine saying: Blessed are you, O Yahuah our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.
Drink the wine (sharing it if within a group setting):
Thanksgiving prayer: Blessed are you, O Yahuah our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who gives us, in Yahshua, all that we will ever need. In your lovingkindness and mercy, you rebuild broken lives. You bless us, in Yahshua, with a perfect blessing. Ameyn.
4th. New Moon – 15/06/2018
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.