71:1) In you, Yahua, I take refuge. Never let me be disappointed.
71:2) Deliver me in your righteousness, and rescue me.
Turn your ear to me, and save me.
71:3) Be to me a rock of refuge to which I may always go.
Give the command to save me,
For you are my rock and my fortress.
71:4) Rescue me, my `Elohiym, from the hand of the wicked,
From the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
71:5) For you are my hope, Yahua `Elohiym;
My confidence from my youth.
71:6) I have relied on you from the womb.
You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb.
I will always praise you.
71:7) I am a marvel to many,
But you are my strong refuge.
71:8) My mouth shall be filled with your praise,
With your honour all the day.
71:9) Do not reject me in my old age.
Do not forsake me when my strength fails.
71:10) For my enemies talk about me.
Those who watch for my soul conspire together,
71:11) Saying, “`Elohiym has forsaken him.
Pursue and take him, for no one will rescue him.”
71:12) `Elohiym, do not be far from me.
My `Elohiym, hurry to help me.Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? contd.
Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? The Word
He who is a slave of truth is a free man
If you ask people what they considered to be the scourge of the twenty first century, many would say that it is people trafficking. Although this has gone on through the ages, nevertheless with the advent of twenty-four hour news, social media and camera ai???phones, it has never been so public. War, famine, economic depression, political and religious persecution (are these not sure signs of the End Times?) are cited as the cause of mass migrations of people flocking into more affluent parts of Europe, Asia and the U.S.A.
In order to ai???helpai??i?? these people, trafficking gangs have been set up to prey on their vulnerability, extorting money with promises of safe passage, employment, housing and benefits. Tragically this is so often never the case. Instead of safe passage, many end up on grossly over-crowded boats, over-turning and drowning. Instead of legal employment many end up in prostitution. Instead of housing and benefits, they are illegally smuggled into countries to live in squalor unable to claim assistance and working illegally, more like slaves, to pay back the trafficking gangs. Not only are adults trapped this way, but increasingly, children are involved. Recent reports estimate that 10,000 children have gone missing since the latest migrations from Syria, Eritrea and Sub-Sahara Africa. Whether this is from traffickers, drowning, starvation, injury or illnesses cannot be determined; but they are still gone!
ai???For, uttering great swelling words of emptiness, they entice in the lusts of the flesh, by licentiousness, those who are indeed escaping from those who live in error; promising them liberty, while they themselves are slaves of corruption, for by whom a man is overcome, by the same is he also brought into bondage.ai??? (2Pt. 2:18, 19). Quite often, those who have been tricked into a life of slavery become ones who lead others astray so as to pay off their own debts. This is most clearly seen in drug addicts turning dealers to fund their own habit.
Beloved, if you knew of people in such a state as this, would you not do everything possible to get them out of this modern-day slavery? Yet, we tend to shy away from witnessing to those around us who are still under the slavery of haSatan. It may be illness, demonic attack, addiction or immoral living, but all are symptomatic of its slavery.
ai???Therefore, tell the children of Yisra`el, ai???I am Yahua, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Mitzrim, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm, and with great judgements.ai??i??ai??? (Exod. 6:6). Most biblical commentators ascribe the slavery of the Yisra`elites in Mitzrayim (Egypt) as a type of sin. It took the death of lambs without blemish, their blood daubed on the door posts and the subsequent death of the Mitzrim first-born to break the yoke of slavery and the release of the Yisra`elites.
How does this fit in with the twenty-first century? ai???But Yahua commends His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Messiah died for us.ai??? (Rom. 5:8). The death of the lambs was just a fore-shadow of the atonement won by Messiah Yahshua, the spotless Lamb of Yahua. His death made it possible for everyone to escape the yoke of slavery. Many think that they can control their cravings and can easily stop at any time; most never do showing how deep into slavery they have fallen.
Is this you?
ai???No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both Yahua and Mammon.ai??? (Matt. 6:24). Who do you think loves you the most; Messiah Yahshua, haSatan or yourself. You know that that addiction is killing you or your relationship with others, so how much do you love yourself? HaSatan is the one that controls you through your cravings, so how much does it love you? ai???For Yahua so loved the world (that includes you), that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever (including you) believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life (free from slavery).ai??? (John 3:16). Yahua gave that which was most precious to Him, His Son Messiah Yahshua, so that you can be free. That is how much He loves you!
ai???I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem you out of the hand of the terrible.ai??? (Jer. 15:21). The word redeem has its basis in the slave market, where a slave is bought and set free or the debt is paid off. This is what Yahua has done for you. The price of your sin is your eternal condemnation and punishment. The shed blood of Messiah Yahshua has paid that price for you.
ai???Yahshua said to him, ai???I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.ai??i??ai??? (John 14:6). ai???You will know the Truth, and the Truth will make you free.ai??? (John 8:32).
Right now, Yahua is giving you a choice: a short physical life of slavery followed by eternal punishment or eternal peace and safety with Him.
ai???If it seem evil to you to serve Yahua, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were beyond the River or the gods of the Amori (haSatan) in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve Yahua.ai??? (Josh. 24:15).
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.
ai???The fear of man proves to be a snare,
But whoever puts his trust in Yahua is kept safe.
Many seek the ruler’s favour,
But a man’s justice comes from Yahua.ai??? (Prov. 29:25, 26).
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.