45:1) For the Chief Musician, set to ai???The Lilliesai??i??. A maskill by the sons of Korach, a wedding song.
45:2) My heart overflows with a noble theme.
I recite my verses for the king.
My tongue is like the pen of a skilful writer.
45:3) You are the most excellent of the sons of men.
Grace has anointed your lips,
Therefore `Elohiym has blessed you forever.
45:4) Gird your sword on your thigh, mighty one:
Your slender and your majesty.
45:5) In your majesty, ride on victoriously on behalf of truth, humility and righteousness.
Let your right and display awesome deeds.
45:6) Your arrows are sharp.
The nations fall under you with arrows in the heart of the kingai??i??s enemies.
45:7) Your throne, `Elohiym, is forever and ever.
A sceptre of equity is the sceptre of your kingdom.
45:8) You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.
Therefore `Elohiym, your `Elohiym, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
45:9) All your garments smell like myrrh, aloes and cassia.
Out of ivory palaces, stringed instruments have made you glad.
45:10) Kingai??i??s daughters are among your honourable women.
At your right hand, the queen stands in gold of Offir.
45:11) Listen, daughter, consider and turn your ear.
Forget your own people and also your fatherai??i??s house.
45:12) So the king will desire your beauty,
Honour him, for he is your master.
45:13) The daughter of Tzor comes with a gift.
The rich among the people entreat your favour.
45:14) The princess inside is all glorious.
Her clothing is interwoven with gold.
45:15) She shall be led to the king in embroidered work.
The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to you.
45:16) With gladness and rejoicing they shall be led.
They shall enter into the kingai??i??s palace.
45:17) Your sons will take the place of your fathers.
You shall make them princes in all the earth.
45:18) I will make your name to be remembered in all generations.
Therefore the peoples shall give you thanks forever and ever.
Ask not for a lighter load but for a broader back.
The old shepherd woke up, stood up, stretched and yawned. Dawn had not yet broken but was not long in coming. Where he lay, was across the gateway to the sheep fold. It was time to lead the sheep to pasture. Over in the distance he saw what looked like a fire. As he took his flock towards the flames, he noticed that it was not dying down. Mosheai??i??s life was soon to be turned upside down for a second time.
It was at the burning bush that Moshe finally learnt of his mission (ministry) in life but he had to wait until he was eighty years old. Although this was when Moshe received his call, it was not whenAi??YahuaAi??decided to use him.
ai???For we are his workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.ai??? (Eph. 2:10).
When was this work prepared for Moshe?
ai???Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;ai??? (Matt. 25:34).
All those that Father call have a job to do. It may be that one is called to fill stadia with evangelical meetings; or to be a good friend or parent; or to host a house group. This work was assigned at the moment Father calls a person and this is at the foundation of the world.
However, in order to carry out his calling, Moshe had to lay down his occupation as a shepherd.
ai???Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.Ai??Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls.Ai??For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.ai??? (Matt. 11:28).
Messiah calls Believers to His side in order to carry out Fatherai??i??s work. A person may be burdened down with the cares of living; family, finances, health. Although everyone needs to be employed in order to pay the bills, all the cares and woes of life can leave no room for any ministry. It is these troubles that Messiah can alleviate if only Believers go to Him for rest. However, Messiah does not lift these burdens of Believers so that an easy time can be had. He does so that Believers can be released to carry out His work. He wants Believers to exchange one load that weighs down for another load that builds up.
It has been said that the Master was a carpenter who specialised in making yokes. Although the Aramaic description of the Master is of a craftsman in general, Messiahai??i??s yoke is indeed easy.
There is one load that is totally unbearable; one that so weighs a person down that the day to day cares pale into insignificance. This is the burden of sin. No amount of trying or effort on a personai??i??s part can do anything about it. Cares about the family can be worked through; about finances more hours can be worked or loans taken out to spread out the repayment time; most health problems can be seen to by doctors and medicine. At the worst, breakdown of family leaves broken hearts; too great a debt can lead to bankruptcy; even in health a person may die.
With the burden of sin, this leads to an eternity withoutAi??Father, an eternity in condemnation and punishment. It is no wonder that as a person gets older, they become more aware of their mortality. This is part of theAi??Fatherai??i??sAi??grace in warning of impending and imminent doom. Another part of His grace is the provision of a Saviour. Indeed, Messiah Yahshua, through theAi??Fatherai??i??sAi??Spirit calls all sinners to Him. His perfect sinless life and selfless death has made it possible for a person to unship their load. Messiah Yahshua, and He alone, is both able and willing to take up this burden on our behalf.
The only effort of a sinner is to seek Messiah Yahshua, ask forgiveness of all sins committed (laying down the burden) and ask Him into their life (taking up our burden). By His resurrection, this has been assured. This is what is known as the Good News or Gospel and the result is being ai???savedai??i?? or ai???born againai??i??.
ai???For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.ai??? (John 3:16).
ai???I said therefore to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24).
ai???and saying, ai???The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand! Repent, and believe in the Good News.ai??i??” (Mark 1:15).
If you want to acceptAi??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 asAi??FatherAi??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,Ai??Father, for making this way back to you.ai???Ai??
Father,Ai??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. Ameyn.
ai???A wise man has great strength;
And a knowledgeable man increases strength.ai??? (Prov. 24:5).
Father willing, we will meet again next Shabbat.