23:1) A Psalm by David:
Yahua is my Shepherd; I shall lack nothing.
23:2) He makes me lie down in grassy pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
23:3) He restores my soul.
He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His nameai??i??s sake.
23:4) Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
Your rod and staff comfort me.
23:5) You prepare a table before me,
In the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil.
My cup runs over.
23:6) Surely goodness and lovingkindness shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in Yahuaai??i??s house forever.
There is nothing so pleasant as coming home
My wife and I have just moved house; not for the first time and probably not the last. It is said that moving house is one of the most stressful events in life.
There is usually a reason; moving to a larger house to accommodate a growing family or down-sizing when the family have left. It may be a new job or new schools for the children. Sometimes it is our decision but many times it is out of necessity. Whatever the reason, there needs to be a lot of research done. It starts with a wish list then budget, different areas, schools, amenities, size of house, transport etc. all have to be checked out. Eventually a short list of properties is drawn up and a final choice made. It inevitably results in a compromise being made in one or several areas.
Then comes the big day. All packed up and loaded onto vans. The excitement of opening the front door and putting everything in its place. We have always told our children (now all grown up) that so long as the kettle and television are working and the bed is made up, the rest of the unpacking can wait. We are currently unpacking one box per day. Once we have settled, then comes the re-decorating and maybe some renovation or re-modelling work to overcome some of the compromises that had to be made.
ai???In my Fatherai??i??s house are many mansions. If it was not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you.ai??? (John 14:2). There is one final move to which my wife and I are looking forward. When the Master was talking to His Disciples, He was soon to be leaving them. He was going back to His Father and in doing so, He promised to make ready a place for each and every Believer.
As I mentioned before, sometimes the decision to move is out of necessity, not of our making. Readers/Listeners, there will come a time in all our lives when we have to move; it is called death. It is not out of our choice, but it will happen (if Messiah does not come back first).
Like any move, you should always do your homework. We do not carry out research after we move, but before. The ai???textbookai??i?? that is needed to do this ai???homeworkai??i?? is called the Bible. It is not within this Word to discuss the accuracy or truthfulness of the Bible. Suffice it to say that the Bible has never and will never be proven false.
There are only two areas to consider; heaven and hell.
The Bible clearly states that after death there will come Judgement, condemnation and punishment based upon the decision made in our lifetime. All will be judged; all will be condemned. Those who, in life have accepted the salvation offered by Yahua through belief in His Son, Yahshua will have their punishment taken from them and put upon our Saviour, Messiah Yahshua.
It is this belief that saves!
Nevertheless, there are those who, in their lifetime, have spurned Yahuaai??i??s grace and offer of salvation will have their punishment taken upon themselves.
Their punishment? Eternity in the house of the damned, Hell to suffer torment forever.
Do the ai???homework’ and make up your mind soon as the move may come sooner than you expect!
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???Yahuaai??i??s curse is on the house of the wicked,
But He blesses the habitation of the righteous.ai??? (Prov. 3:33).
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.