106:17) The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
and covered the company of Abiram.
106:18 A fire was kindled in their company.
The flame burned up the wicked.
106:19) They made a calf in Horev,
and worshipped the molten image.
106:20) Thus they exchanged their glory
For an image of a bull that eats grass.
106:21) They forgot `El, their Saviour,
Who had done great things in Mitzrayim,
106:22) Wondrous works in the land of Ham,
And awesome things by the Sea of Suf.
106:23) Therefore He said that He would destroy them,
Had Moshe, His chosen, not stood before Him in the breach,
To turn away His wrath, so that He would not destroy them.
106:24) Yes, they despised the pleasant land.
They did not believe His word,
106:25) But murmured in their tents,
And did not listen to Yehovah’s voice.
106:26) Therefore He swore to them
That He would overthrow them in the wilderness,
106:27) That He would overthrow their seed among the nations,
And scatter them in the lands.
106:28) They joined themselves also to Ba`al-Pe`or,
And ate the sacrifices of the dead.
106:29) Thus they provoked Him to anger with their deeds.
The plague broke in on them.
106:30) Then Pinechas stood up, and executed judgment,
So the plague was stopped.
106:31) That was credited to him for righteousness,
For all generations to come. Contd.)
The Bible is like a parachute: it is only of use when it is opened.
I have never really been afraid of heights and I have worked aloft on many occasions. I have had the unusual ‘pleasure’ of working on top of cranes and tanks or looking down into deep chambers before descending into the depths. However, as you get older, the knees have a will of their own and wobble at bit before succumbing to the brain’s command to move. I have used safety harnesses before but never a parachute.
It has been said that it is not the fall that kills, but the stopping.
“You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and these are they which testify about me.” (John 5:39). When the Jewish authorities questioned the Master, He retorted that although they studied Torah, they were not able to understand it. This was because when they studied, they were under the guidance of other men. These teaches of the Law retold the teachings of previous teachers and so on back into history. Therefore, when error crept in the same, the error was perpetuated on down the line. This error was that the Oral Law (along with tradition of the fathers and doctrine) was to be held as the same authority as the Written Law.
“How can you believe, who receive glory from one another, and you do not seek the glory that comes from the only `Elohiym? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you, even Moshe, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moshe, you would believe me; for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” (John 5:44-47). Beloved, have you noticed that the Master gave primacy to the written word over the oral teachings, even if the teachings came from the Word Himself. What the Master was asking was why were the religious leaders giving primacy to words uttered by men, not mentioned in Scripture, when they ignored the words spoken of Messiah who is the throughout Scripture.
On the Home page of this website and in the prologue of each study, ATC stress that primacy must not be given to anything other than the Written Word. Yes, it is good to use helps such as commentaries, sermons and lessons, but these are from men, not from Yehovah. There is much to learn from the early Jewish sages and rabbis or early Church Fathers. Nevertheless, too much authority is given to commentaries from men such as Calvin, Henry, Hertz etc. I do not consider myself as knowledgeable as these and likewise caution you to weigh up the messages on ATC and all commentaries with Scripture.
One of the main criticisms of the Bible is that it is hard to understand. This can be due to people opening the Bible and expect to understand everything that is written therein. I have been studying Scripture now for over twenty-five years and have only scratched the surface. Many think that each book of the Bible is a stand-alone entity. Although they were written by many different men in various styles over hundreds of years, they were all written under the direct influence of Yehovah’s Spirit. There are basic truths about which to learn: everyone is a sinner and is destined for eternal punishment; there is nothing that we can do about it, and our need of a Saviour to take the punishment upon Himself on our behalf; salvation is on the belief that Messiah Yehshuah, the Son of Yehovah, is that Saviour. The Bible describes this and He is the common thread that is woven throughout Scripture.
“But I know you, that you do not have Yehovah’s love in yourselves.” (John 5:42). This ‘love’ is the Spirit sent to be our Teacher. He alone can fully open up Scripture. “Every writing inspired by Yehovah is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction which is in righteousness, that the man of Yehovah may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16, 17). This Spirit is in every person and He reveals all that is necessary for salvation and for the work Yehovah has for each and every person.
A parachute is used when a person has fallen from a great height and is careering to their deaths. What a relief it must be when the ripcord is pulled and the parachute canopy opens up above you to prevent a catastrophe. Likewise, what a relief it is to open up the Bible and see how our need of a Saviour is met in the Person of Messiah Yehshuah. It may not feel like it but every unrepentant sinner is hurtling towards death and eternal punishment.
Open that Bible right now. See the Canopy of Father’s love spread out over us and believe that Messiah Yahshua has taken that eternal damnation upon Himself!
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 Yehshuah, 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 Yehshuah. Please forgive me of all my past sins as I accept that, Messiah Yehshuah 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 Yehshuah, 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.
“As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth,
So the hearts of kings are unsearchable.” (Prov. 25:3).
Our Saviour welcomes all His Family to join in this memorial. If you have accepted Messiah Yehshuah 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 Yehovah 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 Yehovah 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 Yehovah our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who gives us, in Yehshuah, all that we will ever need. In your lovingkindness and mercy, you rebuild broken lives. You bless us, in Yehshuah, with a perfect blessing. Ameyn.
5th. New Moon – 14/07/2018
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.