Counting of the Omer – 29
101:1) A Psalm by David.
101:2) I will sing of lovingkindness and justice.
To you, Yahuah, I will sing praises.
101:3) I will be careful to live a blameless life.
When will you come to me?
I will walk within my house with a blameless heart.
101:4) I will set no vile thing before my eyes.
I hate the deeds of faithless men.
They will not cling to me.
101:5) A perverse heart will be far from me.
I will have nothing to do with evil.
101:6) I will silence whoever secretly slanders his neighbour.
I will not tolerate one who is haughty and conceited.
101:7) My eyes will be on the faithful of the land,
That they may dwell with me.
He who walks in a perfect way,
He will serve me.
101:8) He who practices deceit will not dwell within my house.
He who speaks falsehood will not be established before my eyes.
101:9) Morning by morning, I will destroy all the wicked of the land;
To cut off all the workers of iniquity from Yahuah’s city.
Do right not through fear of the Law but in service to Messiah.
When I came back from Canada (where both my wife and I found Salvation through Messiah Yahshua), I immediately got a job as a Marine Superintendent in a local shipping company. A major part of the work was travelling to various ports around the country visiting vessels as they arrived at their berths. This meant that a lot of the time, I was fighting against tight deadlines. In rushing around, I was conscious that I was speeding. My foot was hard down on the accelerator pedal with the car going slower up hills and faster going down.
I was reminded of the Scripture, ai???Therefore subject yourselves to every ordinance of man for Yahuaai??i??s sake: whether to the king, as supreme:ai??? (1 Peter 2:13). The Spirit convicted me and so I applied this to my driving. So long as the law did not contravene Scripture, it is required of Believers to obey the law. I no longer intentionally speed, not because I am worried about the penalty, but in obedience to the Spirit.
In a much deeper sense, about eight years ago the Ruach told me to ai???…by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh, and may save some of them.ai??? (Rom. 11:14). After asking how I was to accomplish this, the Ruach told me that I must keep all relevant Laws. This was not to earn my salvation; my salvation was already assured through my faith in the work of Messiah Yahshua. These Laws are the Written Law (Bible, Scripture) and not the Oral Law (man-made opinions, traditions).
Rav Sha`ul (Paul) fulfilled the above passage and was encouraging Gentiles to witness to the Jews in order to ai???provoke to jealousyai??i??. This means to incite the non-Believing Jews to emulate the Gentiles that were capable of fulfilling the applicable Torah. The two matters that the Jewish non-Believers lacked that Believers (both Jewish and Gentile) have in order to comply with Torah was the knowledge of the Risen Messiah and the indwelling Set Apart Ruach.
Not all Laws were applicable to all people, at all times in all places so it needs individual study to find those personally relevant. This is one of the reasons that this Service is published on the Shabbat, to remember and keep it set apart. It is vitally important to let the Spirit teach this and not rely on man-made commentaries. As with next week, Pesach/Passover begins on Friday sunset, there are many traditions (Pesach Seder) that, in themselves are not wrong but are not Biblically mandated. Nevertheless there are mandatory regulations that must be observed (remove all leaven, not to eat leavened bread). Pesach is also an observed Shabbat irrespective of the day of the week it falls. It is just a coincidence that Pesach this year also falls on the weekly Shabbat.
I have had trouble in ai???Churchesai??i?? that I have attended in the past because people thought that I was leading them back into legalism/Judaism. Their preconceived prejudices would not listen to the rationale behind my decision; that was to emulate my Master and please Father. He kept the Law without breaking any, unlike me that fails often. However, because of what He did for me, I have a way back when I repent and seek Fatherai??i??s forgiveness in the Name of Messiah Yahshua.
ai???Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.ai??? (Matt. 5:16). The Masterai??i??s ai???good worksai??i?? (Torah observance) were not to ensure His salvation, but to glorify His Father. Messiah Yahshua came to reveal the Father and He did this by showing how all Scripture points to Messiah, and through Him, reveals Father. He did not keep the Law to avoid the ultimate penalty. Ironically, it was He that faithfully obeyed all Torah that was crucified (sacrificed) paying the ultimate price for all Mankind.
Even non-Believers are partially Torah observant. Many honour their fathers and mothers, not bearing false witness, not committing adultery and certainly not doing murder. Although not knowing it, this is part of the work of the Ruach. Who, when doing wrong, has not had a moment of ai???conscienceai??i??? This is the Ruach convicting a person of the sin in the act. What then of the ai???voiceai??i?? that reminds us of our mortality and questions whether there is something after this life? This voice may be ignored but will not go away. What about each coffin that passes us in the streets? Or what about things on a grander scale; is there a Creator or is all just an accident of science? Why are we all here or is all just a random gathering of molecules?
ai???You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and these are they which testify about me.ai??? (John 5:39). Scripture answers all these questions. Let the Ruach guide you through the Bible and you will surely find the answers to these questions and every other that Father through His Ruach causes to come to mind.
ai???and saying, ai???The time is fulfilled and the Kingdom of Father Yahuah is at hand! Repent and believe in the Good News.ai??? (Mark 1:15). Your time has been fulfilled. Now is the time to repent and believe what Messiah Yahshua, our Saviour, has done for us.
ai???For the Law [repent and believe] of the Spirit of life in Messiah Yahshua made me free from the law of sin and death.ai??? (Rom.8:2). This same Ruach will draw you to Messiah. All that is required is that you acknowledge Messiah Yahshua, confess your wrong-doing and turn back to Father, believe that Messiah has paid the penalty for your transgressions and give thanks and praise for your eternal salvation.
Do what is right, right now!
Do not let Messiahai??i??s death be wasted in your life.
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 Fatherai??i??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.
ai???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.ai???Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??
If you have honestly said such a prayer as these, and truely renounced the sin in your life and accepted Fatherai??i??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.
ai???Open your mouth for the mute,
In the cause of all who are left desolate.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And serve justice to the poor and needy.ai??? (Prov. 31:8, 9).
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 Masterai??i??s betrayal, He took the bread, blessed it and broke it saying ai???This is my Body broken for you; take and eat it as a memorial to Me.ai??i??
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 ai???This is my Blood poured out for you for the remission of sins; take and drink it as a memorial to me.ai??i??
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.
Counting of the Omer ai??i?? 08/04/2018 to 27/05/2018
3rd. New Moon ai??i?? 17/05/2018
Shavuot ai??i?? 27/05/2018
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.