50:1) A Psalm of Asaf
50:2) The mighty One, Yahua `Elohiym, speaks,
And calls the earth from sunrise to sunset.
50:3) Out of Tziyon, the perfection of beauty, `Elohiym shines forth.
50:4) Our `Elohiym comes, and does not keep silent.
A fire devours before Him.
It is very tempestuous around Him.
50:5) He calls to the heavens above,
To the earth, that He may judge His people:
50:6) ai???Gather my set apart ones together to me,
Those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.ai???
50:7) The heavens shall declare His righteousness,
For `Elohiym Himself is judge.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?? Selah
50:8) ai???Hear, my people, and I will speak;
Yisra`el, and I will testify against you.
I am `Elohiym, your `Elohiym.
50:9) I do not rebike you for your sacrifices.
Your burnt offerings are continually before me.
50:10) I have no need for a bull from your stall,
Nor male goats from your pens.
50:11) For every animal of the forest is mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills.
50:12) I know all the birds of the mountains.
The wild animals of the field are mine.
50:13) If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
For the world is mine, and all that is in it.
50:14) Will I eat the flesh of bulls,
Or drink the blood of goats?
50:15) Offer to `Elohiym the sacrifice of thanksgiving.
Pay your vows to the Ha `Elyon.
50:16) Call on me in the day of trouble.
I will deliver you, and you will honour me.ai???
50:17) But to the wicked `Elohiym says,
ai???What right do you have to declare my statutes,
That you have taken my covenant on your lips.
50:18) Seeing you hate instruction,
And throw my words behind you?
50:19) When you saw a thief, you consented with him,
And have participated with adulterers.
50:20) ai???You give your mouth to evil.
You harness your tongue for deceit.
50:21) You sit and speak against your brother.
You slander your own motherai??i??s son.
50:22) When you do such things, should I stay silent?
You may have thought I was just like you,
But I will rebuke you and indict you to your face.
50:23) ai???Now consider this, you who forget `Eloha,
Lest I tear you into pieces and there be none to deliver.
50:24) Whoever offers the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifies me,
And prepares his way so that I will show `Elohiymai??i??s salvation to him.ai???
He Who Lies With Dogs Rises With Fleas
At the beginning of November 1605, an assassination plot was discovered that was to blow up the English Houses of Parliament, King James I (who, incidentally caused the Authorised Bible to be translated, to be known as the King James Version) and his family. The terrorist plot was conducted by a close circle of Roman Catholics. Unfortunately, after the plot was discovered and the main perpetrators caught, there were many people falsely arrested. These were fellow Roman Catholic family members, staff and priests. They were arrested because of their association with the plotters, many tortured, tried and falsely executed. After the plot was discovered, celebration fires were lit and it is that which is now remembered on November 5th. the Gunpowder, Gunpowder Treason or Jesuit Plot. Although Robert Catesby was the leader, it is Guido (Guy) Fawkesai??i?? effigy that is normally put on the bonfires.
It may seem harsh that so many people were persecuted, but from King Jamesai??i?? point of view, all dissidents had to be eradicated to ensure his, his family and Parliamentai??i??s safety.
ai???Blessed is the man who doesnai??i??t walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the way of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers;ai??? (Psa. 1:1). On 16th. January the first AT THE CROSS Shabbat Service was delivered. The Psalm was Psalm 1. The above verse is the very first verse in the Book of Psalms. Such a prominent verse needs to be specially heeded. A blessing is made upon the person who does not seek or take advice from the wicked.
The second part of the verse seems to say that a blessing is made upon the person who does not stop, hinder or interfere with the work of the wicked. However, this is not what is meant. On the contrary, Believers are called to warn sinners that their lifestyle can only lead to destruction. What it is really saying is that a person must not act or have a lifestyle as that of sinners.
My wife and I used to love to watch boxing. We even used to set the alarm clock to wake us up in the middle of the night to watch boxing matches from America. However, one day the Spirit convicted my wife that it was not right for Believers to be watching two men trying to knock the other manai??i??s head off. It is not a sin to watch boxing as such, but once Father has told us not to watch, to disobey would be a sin. We have never watched another fight since.
ai???But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit.ai??? (2 Cor. 3:18). There are many other such warnings that the Spirit has issued to us so that we do not walk in the way of the world. Not warning to turn away from sin, but to encourage us to walk closer to the Master. What Father allows Believers to do today may not be acceptable tomorrow. Believers are called constantly to look at their lifestyle and see how this may be amended to be more Messiah-like.
I was given a vision many years ago of an anchor chain and how it shows what a Believer has to do. A large ship is not held fast by the anchor gripping the sea bed but rather by the weight of the chain. The ship was the Believer; the chain was the different areas of our lifestyle as contrasted to Torah; the anchor was Messiah and the sea bed Fatherai??i??s Kingdom. The chain was attached to the ship (known as the bitter end) and this was Fatherai??i??s Spirit. The chain was only as strong as the weakest link. As Believers amend their lifestyle, part of the weakness of one link is made stronger so that the whole chain is made stronger but is now as weak as the next weakest link and so and so forth. That is why it is imperative that Believers do not stand still in their faith. The connection between man and Torah is the Spirit of Father and the end of Torah and our connection to Fatherai??i??s Kingdom is Messiah.
What I am not saying is that all lifeai??i??s pleasures should be done away with in one fell swoop. There is nothing wrong with having a drink in a pub. What is wrong is being involved in drunken activity, riotous behaviour and foul language as one of ai???the boysai??i??. This is the meaning of the third part of Psa. 1:1. The Master was criticised on many occasions for being associated with sinners. In fact, in order to reach sinners, Believers must, of necessity, be associated with them.
ai???To the weak I became as weak, that I might gain the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some.ai??? (1 Cor. 9:22). Rav Shaai??i??ul (Paul) is not saying that he resorted to any means to save people, even if it meant being involved in bad behaviour. He was saying that there was no legitimate means he would not follow in order to reach the lost.
Now if this fine tuning of lifestyle is imperative to Believers, how much more so is the non-Believer to look at their way of living. ai???I tell you, keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep seeking, and you will find. Keep knocking, and it will be opened to you.ai??? (Luke 11:9). In Lukeai??i??s Good News account, the Master welcomes all men to Him. Non-Believers are called to look at their lifestyle and see how it measures up to Fatherai??i??s standard for us all. By continually asking themselves how they can change and by asking Father to help them by His Spirit, nothing is impossible. By asking Messiah Yahshua into their lives and accepting Him as their personal Saviour, permanent change will happen, the first of many. Messiah calls men to Him as they are in their sinful state. He does not wait for people to be good before He calls them as no-one can be good in Fatherai??i??s eyes. That is why He is calling sinners; it is His job to make them good. Messiah Yahshua died in order that every one of us, in our sinful state, could come before Father, the Creator of us all, and be made good.
In seeking a better way to live and ultimately in seeking eternal life, the Master tells us in Luke that all will find it. The final depository of sinners, Hell, was never made for any person but for the Satan and its demons. However, if a person does not accept Messiah Yahshua as their personal Saviour and that His death paid for the punishment due to us all, then a just Father has no other choice but to condemn sinners to eternal punishment.
I urge all who have not yet accepted Messiah Yahshua as their Saviour to knock upon the Door that is Messiah and He will open His heart and accept you. The knocking is to know that as sinners we are all bound for Hell and we cannot do anything for ourselves. The knocking is to cry out to Father, repent and turn away from the sinful lifestyle. The knocking is to know what Messiah Yahshua has done for us and know that only His death can take away the condemnation. Then will the door to eternal life in Heaven be opened and the ex-sinner allowed entry.
How does your lifestyle measure up to Fatherai??i??s standard? Do you even know what that standard is? Open up any Bible, talk to any Believer and find out. By seeking you will find. How will you rise up? Will it be with the fleas of sin or will you rise up cleansed by the Blood of Messiah Yahshua? Scripture clearly warns that at the end of time all will rise up; some to eternal peace with Father in Heaven; some to eternal punishment in Hell.
Which will it be for you?
If you want to accept 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 as Father 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, Father, for making this way back to you.ai???Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??
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.
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.