105:1) Give thanks to Yahuah!
Call on His name!
Make His doings known among the peoples.
105:2) Sing to Him, sing praises to Him!
Tell of all His marvelous works.
105:3) Glory in His set apart name.
Let the heart of those who seek Yahuah rejoice.
105:4) Seek Yahuah and His strength.
Seek His face forever more.
105:5) Remember His marvelous works that He has done;
His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,
105:6) You seed of Avraham, His servant,
You children of Ya`akov, His chosen ones.
105:7) He is Yahuah, our `Elohiym.
His judgments are in all the earth.
105:8) He has remembered His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,
105:9) The covenant which He made with Avraham,
His oath to Yitzchak,
105:10) And confirmed the same to Ya`akov for a statute;
To Yisra’el for an everlasting covenant,
105:11) Saying, “To you I will give the land of Kana`an,
The lot of your inheritance;”
105:12) When they were but a few men in number,
Yes, very few, and foreigners in it.
105:13) They went about from nation to nation,
From one kingdom to another people.
105:14) He allowed no one to do them wrong.
Yes, He reproved kings for their sakes,
105:15) “Don’t touch my anointed ones!
Do my prophets no harm!” contd.)
An intelligent woman who reads the wedding contract, and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences.
Have you ever signed a contract only later to fall foul of the ‘fine print’? I have, on several occasions. Usually there are pages of waffle with the relevant clauses tucked neatly away. People rarely have time to read and absorb all the information, trusting in the other side. You only have to look at the compensation awarded due to the miss-selling of Payment Protection Insurance.
It always pays to read, absorb and understand all the terms of the agreement.
“Now, therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice, and keep my covenant, then you shall be my own possession from among all peoples; for all the earth is mine: and you shall be to me a kingdom of Priests and a Set Apart Nation. These are the words you shall speak to the children of Yisra’el. Moshe came and called for the Elders of the people, and set before them all these words which Yahua commanded him. ‘All that Yahuah has spoken we will do.’ Moshe reported the words of the people to Yahuah.” (Exod. 19:5-8). At Mount Sinai, the Israelites were desperate to be a nation, and quickly entered into an agreement with Yahua without realising the ‘fine print’ of the Covenant.
However, Yahuah, in His mercy, waited until the Law had been given before the Covenant was ratified. “Moshe took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. He took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people and they said, ‘All that Yahuah has spoken we will do and be obedient.’ Moshe took the blood and sprinkled it on the people and said, ‘Look, this is the blood of the Covenant, which Yahua has made with you concerning all these words.’” (Exod. 24:6-8). It was by the shedding and application of the blood that ratified the Covenant.
The giving of the Law by Yahuah, the acceptance by the people, and the ratification by the blood, is traditionally considered to be the Betrothal between Yahuah and His Bride, Isra’el. This is considered to have happened on and is celebrated on Shavu`ot. This Covenant, “which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the iron furnace saying, ‘Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you; so shall you be my people, and I will be your `Elohiym.’” (Jer. 11:14).
Beloved, can you remember the moment that you remember the moment when you called upon Abba Father to be your `Elohiym? In doing so, you were adopted into the family of Isra’el and became part of His Bride.
Do you obey His voice, followed His commandments?
If you think that the commandments no longer are relevant then there is another important event that took place on Shavu`ot to consider.
“Now when the day of Shavu`ot had come, they were all with one accord in one place. Suddenly there came from the sky a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all of the house where they were sitting. Tongues like fire appeared and were distributed to them, and one sat on each of them. They were filled with the Set Apart Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak.” (Acts 2:1-4). This is the account of the giving of the Set Apart Spirit commonly referred to as ‘Pentecost’ being the fiftieth day after Pesach.
It is the giving of the Written Law and of the Spirit that we are celebrating in this Shabbat Service. The Written Law known as Torah (Teaching) and the Spirit (Teacher) were given on the same day of the year – Shavu`ot!
“I will give them one heart, and I will put a new Spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh; that they may walk in my statutes and keep my ordinances and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their `Elohiym.” (Eze. 11:19, 20). It is absolutely impossible to carry out any of Yahuah’s commandments (in letter and in attitude) without the Set Apart Spirit guiding us in all truth.
Just as at Mt. Sinai when the Isra’elites rushed into accepting Yahuah as their `Elohiym without fully being aware of the ‘fine print’ many Believers came to faith without fully realising the demands and consequences of their action. The Isra’elites had to be constantly reminded of the ‘fine print’ through the Temple sacrifices but Believers today have the Spirit to constantly remind us – of the same ‘fine print’.
There was another tradition that occurred during Shavu`ot. “for an angel of Yahua went down at certain times into the pool [of Beit-Zata] and stirred the water. Whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was made whole of whatever disease he had. A certain man was there, who had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Yahshua saw him lying there and He knew that he had been sick for a long time, He asked him, ‘Do you want to be made whole?’” (John 5:4-6).
On the day of Shavu`ot many sick people waited around the pool anxiously awaiting the water to be stirred. They believed that the first one in would be healed. Now for this to be true, there must have been healings in the past. So they waited. Now this sick man obviously had a mobility problem so would never be able to beat more able-bodied people into the pool. The Master asked a rhetorical question about his health. Of course the man wanted to be made whole, otherwise why would he be waiting at the pool? The man must have thought that the young able-bodied man talking to him would take pity upon him and help him down into the pool. What a surprise he must have had when the Master told him to pick up his bed! Healing was in those words of the Master coupled with the obedience of the man in taking up his pallet.
This no longer takes place, but if it did, why wait for the one chance to be made well? Messiah Yahshua has come so that healing may take place at any time and in any place. Medical science and technology are rapidly making in-roads into most medical and psychological conditions. However, there is one ailment that cannot and will never be treated: the deterioration of the human spirit of sinners. If only this proved terminal, then upon death, everything would be destroyed. Unfortunately, upon death, those who have died in unrepented sin will have an eternity of punishment.
Like the man at the pool, Messiah Yahshua has come to make everyone whole, physically, mentally, emotionally and psychologically. Moreover, He came that the deterioration of the spirit was to be reversed. Now, instead of eternal punishment, eternal peace is available to all who die having repented of their sins and accepted that Messiah Yahshua has taken upon Himself this punishment on our behalf.
Are you able to obey Messiah Yahshua and believe what the Bible tells us ourselves? It says that all have sinned and are impotent to do anything about it (just like the man at the pool). Along comes a Saviour that commands us to be whole (like the man at the pool). Are you able to obey and walk away whole (just like the man at the pool)?
Or are you willing to ignore Messiah Yahshua and sit there waiting for someone (equally impotent) to come along to help you (unlike the man at the pool)?
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 email@example.com.
A worthy woman is the crown of her husband,
But a disgraceful wife is as rottenness in his bones.” (Prov. 12:4)
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.