Counting of the Omer – 15
99:1) Yahuah reigns! Let the peoples tremble.
He sits enthroned among the Keruvim.
Let the earth be moved.
99:2) Yahuah is great in Tziyon.
He is high above all the peoples.
99:3) Let them praise your great and awesome name.
He is Holy!
99:4) The King’s strength also loves justice.
You do establish equity.
You execute justice and righteousness in Ya`akov.
99:5) Exalt Yahuah our `Elohiym.
Worship at His footstool.
He is Holy!
99:6) Moshe and Aharon were among His Kohanim,
Shemu’el among those who call on His name;
They called on Yahuah, and He answered them.
99:7) He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud.
They kept His testimonies,
The statute that He gave them.
99:8) You answered them, Yahuah our `Elohiym.
You are an `El who forgave them,
Although you took vengeance for their doings.
99:9) Exalt Yahuah, our `Elohiym.
Worship at His holy hill,
For Yahuah, our `Elohiym, is holy!
Do not hold as gold all that shines as gold.
A few days ago, I had a grapefruit after porridge for my breakfast. As usual, I held the two ai???polesai??i?? between my fingers and cut across the ai???equatorai??i??. This ensures that the grapefruit flesh can easily be cut out and eaten. After the two halves opened out, I prepared to dig out any pips. To my surprise, there was not one in the whole fruit. The yellow skin looked the same as usual; the pinky flesh tasted the same as usual but where had all the pips gone to? After a little thought, it was obvious that the grapefruit had been genetically modified so as not to have any pips.
ai???Yahua `Elohiym said, ai???Let the earth put forth grass, herbs yielding seed, and fruit trees after their kind with its seed in it on the earth.ai??i?? And it was so. The earth brought forth grass, herbs yielding their Yahua seed after their kind, and fruit trees bearing fruit with its seed in it after their kind; and `Elohiym saw that it was good.ai??? (Gen. 1: 11, 12). Am I being too picky? After all, it was only a grapefruit. My wife, who does all the shopping, also suggested seedless grapes. What about ai???easy-peelai??i?? oranges or straight cucumbers? It seems that the list is virtually endless where Man has tinckered with Creation. The fruit looks exactly as Yahua had intended. Nevertheless, the fruit is incapable of producing ai???trees after their kindai??i??. It is sterile; not clean sterile but non-productive. Yahua has revealed to Man great advances in genetic engineering. You only have to look at the new drought-resistant or the herbicide-resistant crops. However, even these can cause new problems. In the UK, herbicide-resistant rape seed plants can be seen flourishing in the paths and by-ways. By definition, these weeds are difficult to eradicate because of the resistance to the herbicides in common use.
ai???Even so, every good tree produces good fruit; but the corrupt tree produces evil fruit.ai??? (John 7:17). The cycle of events that Yahua has commanded is: Tree produces fruit (seed); fruit produces tree. ai???But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, shalom, patience, goodness, gentleness and self-control.ai??? (Gal. 5:22, 23). Beloved, how is your ai???treeai??i??? Is it displaying good fruit? With the Spirit the fruit is clearly manifested and those with the Spirit in them will likewise produce good fruit. This fruit will not be sterile but will bring forth new trees in due season.
ai???By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles? What Believers must be aware of is those amongst the assemblies that look like good fruit, but where is the evidence? False teachers, preachers and pastors teach what people want to hear and this finds acceptance in the assemblies. ai???For the time will come when they will not listen to the sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, will heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts.ai??? (2 Tim. 4:3). This fruit is corrupt and can only produce corrupt fruit. ai???Even now the axe lies at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.ai??? (Matt. 3:10). Inside my grapefruit there was no new life.
ai???I AM the Vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.ai??? (John 15:5). Beloved, do not let your fruit be sterile but let Messiah reign in your lives and produce fruit worthy of the Vine.
I was thinking over this message the other day when I was pruning some hydrangea bushes. The old flowers were still intact but when I cut them, there was no substance in them and they crumbled as dust. ai???For all flesh is like grass, and Manai??i??s glory like the flower of the grass. The grass withers and its flower falls.ai??? (1 Peter 1:24). Hydrangeas have a relatively long flowering period. Nevertheless, even this is but a short season. Once the flower has served its purpose, the plant absorbs the substance or goodness back into itself leaving a dry shadow of its former glory.
So it is with Man. Even the man with a long and successful life having wealth and fame has but a short season before the dust reclaims him (Gen. 3:19). The wealth vanishes and even when the fame lingers on it is but a poor shadow of his former glory.
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 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??
If you have honestly said such a prayer as these, and truely renounced the sin in your life and accepted Fatherai??i??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.
ai???How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! Yes, to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.ai??? (Prov. 16:16).
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 Masterai??i??s betrayal, He took the bread, blessed it and broke it saying ai???This is my Body broken for you; take and eat it as a memorial to Me.ai??i??
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 ai???This is my Blood poured out for you for the remission of sins; take and drink it as a memorial to me.ai??i??
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.Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai?? Ai??Ai??
Chag Matzah ai??i?? 02/04/2018 to 08/04/2018
Counting of the Omer ai??i?? 08/04/2018 to 27/05/2018
3rd. New Moon ai??i?? 17/05/2018
Shavuot ai??i?? 27/05/2018
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.