109:1) For the Chief Musician.
A Psalm by David.
109:2) `Elohiym of my praise, do not remain silent,
109:3) For they have opened the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of deceit against me.
They have spoken to me with a lying tongue.
109:4) They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,
And fought against me without a cause.
109:5) In return for my love, they are my adversaries;
But I am in prayer.
109:6) They have rewarded me evil for good,
And hatred for my love.
109:7) Set a wicked man over him.
Let an adversary stand at his right hand.
109:8) When he is judged, let him come forth guilty.
Let his prayer be turned into sin.
109:9) Let his days be few
Let another take his office.
109:10) Let his children be fatherless,
And his wife a widow.
109:11) Let his children be wandering beggars.
Let them be sought from their ruins.
109:12) Let the creditor seize all that he has.
Let strangers plunder the fruit of his labour.
109:13) Let there be none to extend kindness to him,
Neither let there be any to have pity on his fatherless children.
109:14) Let his posterity be cut off.
In the generation following let their name be blotted out.
109:15) Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered by Yahweh.
Do not let the sin of his mother be blotted out. contd.)
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 ‘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 ‘help’ 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!
“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.” (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.
“Therefore, tell the children of Yisra`el, ‘I am Yahweh, 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.’” (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? “But Yahweh commends His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Messiah died for us.” (Rom. 5:8). The death of the lambs was just a fore-shadow of the atonement won by Messiah Yahshua, the spotless Lamb of Yahweh. 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?
“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 Yahweh and Mammon.” (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? “For Yahweh 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).” (John 3:16). Yahweh 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!
“I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem you out of the hand of the terrible.” (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 Yahweh 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.
“Yahshua said to him, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.’” (John 14:6). “You will know the Truth, and the Truth will make you free.” (John 8:32).
Right now, Yahweh is giving you a choice: a short physical life of slavery followed by eternal punishment or eternal peace and safety with Him.
“If it seem evil to you to serve Yahweh, 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 Yahweh.” (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.
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.
“Lying lips are an abomination to Yahweh,
But those who do the truth are His delight.” (Prov. 12:22).
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 matzah and wine as in doing so, it gives thanks for the broken body (matzah) and shed blood (wine) for and a witness of salvation.
On the night of the Master’s betrayal, He took the matzah, blessed it and broke it saying ‘This is my Body broken for you; take and eat it as a memorial to Me.
Bless the matzah saying: Blessed are you, O Yahweh our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who brings forth matzah from the earth.
Break and eat the matzah (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 Yahweh 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 Yahweh 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.
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Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.
“Y’varekh’kha Yahweh v’yishmerekha, (May Yahweh bless you and keep you) Ya’er Yahweh panav eleikha vichunekka, (May Yahweh make His face to shine upon you and show you favour) Yissa Yahweh panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha (May Yahweh lift up His face toward you and shalom v’yasem l’kha shalom.” give you peace.)