102:16) So the nations will fear the name of Yahuah;
All the kings of the earth your glory,
102:17) For Yahuah has built up Tziyon.
He has appeared in His glory.
102:18) He has responded to the prayer of the destitute,
And has not despised their prayer.
102:19) This will be written for the generation to come.
A people which will be created will praise Yahuah.
102:20) For He has looked down from the height of his sanctuary.
From heaven, Yahuah saw the earth;
102:21) To hear the groans of the prisoner;
To free those who are condemned to death;
102:22) That men may declare the name of Yahuah in Tziyon,
And His praise in Yerushalayim;
102:23) When the peoples are gathered together,
The kingdoms, to serve Yahuah.
102:24) He weakened my strength along the course.
He shortened my days.
102:25) I said, “My `El, do not take me away in the midst of my days.
Your years are throughout all generations.
102:26) Of old, you laid the foundation of the earth.
The heavens are the work of your hands.
102:27) They will perish, but you will endure.
Yes, all of them will wear out like a garment.
You will change them like a cloak, and they will be changed.
102:28) But you are the same.
Your years will have no end.
102:29) The children of your servants will continue.
Their seed will be established before you.”
So free we seem; so fettered are we.
When I first went to sea as an apprentice, every Wednesday morning was the Captain’s Rounds. These rounds were inspections of everyone’s cabins and galley and sometimes the engineroom and deck stores. The Captain was accompanied on these rounds by the Chief Engineer (representing the engineroom staff), the Chief Officer (representing the deck staff) and the Chief Steward (representing the catering staff). On one occasion, I was called to make the rounds with them as part of my training. Each of the senior officers were dressed in their uniforms with white gloves. If any dirt was found in a cabin, the Captain would wipe his gloved finger and point it at the Chief who represent the cabin occupant. Nothing was ever said, but the accusatory finger shouted ‘Get this cleaned!’ After lunch, there was a fire and boat drill. Once this was completed, the Captain and Chief Engineer went to the bar to drink pink gins.
It was the formality of the inspection that I remember so well; and the white gloves. I was determined that I was going to be Chief Engineer one day, wearing the white gloves. It was the impression that the Chief Engineer did very little physical work, some paperwork around lunch time and an afternoon drinking pink gin and having a nap. Unfortunately, at each subsequent promotion, the harder I worked; and I never worked so hard as when I was Chief Engineer. I must admit that I could have had it easier, but I enjoyed engineering and was only too happy to work. Although I was the Chief Engineer (second in command only after the Captain), I was not there to take things easy. Life at sea must be a team effort and no vessel could function well with some of the crew not pulling their weight. I cannot, even now, sit around when I know others are working.
“Have this in mind, which was also in Messiah Yahshua, who existing in the form of `Elohiym, did not consider it robbery to be equal with Yahuah, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the execution stake. Therefore Yahuah also highly exalted Him and gave Him the Name above every name.” (Phil. 2:5-9).
It must be considered a great honour to be able to serve Father in anything He asks us to do. In fact, the root meaning of the word ‘minister’ is to serve. A person who wants to serve can only really do so by serving his fellow mankind.
“But Yahshua summoned them and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles rule over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.’” (Matt. 20:25, 26). This must have been a difficult concept for the early Believers to come to terms with. Throughout their whole experience, people sought positions of power and influence so that they can have others working for them. All secular and religious authority is in the form of an hierarchical structure. Then along comes the Master and literally turns this up-side-down.
Unfortunately, the term servant is looked down upon as a menial worker; one who is of little worth. This is far from the Biblical viewpoint. Here is a list of some Biblical characters who have made it onto Yahuah’s list of servants:
Jer. 33:36 – David
Jer. 46:22 – Ya’akov (Jacob/Yisra’el)
Dan. 6:20 – Daniy’el
Dan. 9:11 – Moshe (Moses)
Hag. 2:23 – Zerubbabel
Rom. 1:1 – Sha’ul (Paul)
Jude 1:1 – Yahuda (Jude)
Jam. 1:1 – Ya’akov (James)
Rev. 1:1 – Yochanan (John)
This is a powerful list of people the Father calls His servants. So it is not a bad list to join. However, there is One who tops all these:
Zec. 3:8 – Branch/Messiah
“Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And serve justice to the poor and needy” (Prov. 31:9)
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 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.
“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.”
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 Yahshua, 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 email@example.com.
“A false witness shall not be unpunished.
He who pours out lies shall not go free.” (Prov. 19:5)
Our Saviour welcomes all His Family to join in this memorial. If you have accepted Messiah Yahshua 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 bread and wine as in doing so, it gives thanks for the broken body (bread) and shed blood (wine) for and a witness of salvation.
On the night of the Master’s betrayal, He took the bread, blessed it and broke it saying ‘This is my Body broken for you; take and eat it as a memorial to Me.’
Bless the bread saying: Blessed are you, O Yahuah our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.
Break and eat the bread (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 Yahuah 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 Yahuah our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who gives us, in Yahshua, all that we will ever need. In your lovingkindness and mercy, you rebuild broken lives. You bless us, in Yahshua, with a perfect blessing. Ameyn.
Counting of the Omer – 08/04/2018 to 27/05/2018
Shavuot – 27/05/2018
4th. New Moon – 15/06/2018
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.