78:1) A maskil by Asaf.
78:2) Hear my law, my people.
Turn your ears to the words of my mouth.
78:3) I will open my mouth in a parable.
I will utter dark sayings of old,
78:4) Which we have heard and known,
And our fathers have told us.
78:5) We will not hide them from their children,
Telling to the generation to come the praises of Yahua,
His strength, and His wondrous works that He has done.
78:6) For He established a testimony in Ya`akov,
And appointed a law in Yisra’el,
Which He commanded our fathers,
That they should make them known to their children;
78:7) That the generation to come might know, even the children who should be born;
Who should arise and tell their children,
78:8) That they might set their hope in `Elohiym,
And not forget the works of `El,
But keep His commandments,
78:9) And might not be as their fathers,
A stubborn and rebellious generation,
A generation that did not make their hearts loyal,
Whose spirit was not steadfast with `El.
78:10) The children of Efrayim, being armed and carrying bows,
Turned back in the day of battle.
78:11) They did not keep `Elohiym’s covenant,
And refused to walk in His law.
78:12) They forgot his doings,
His wondrous works that He had shown them.
78:13) He did marvelous things in the sight of their fathers,
In the land of Mitzrayim, in the field of Tzo`an. 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?? (contd.
Brand HaSatan: A Public Relations Coup (Part 3)
The following is an imaginary story taking place very early in the history of mankind. It is the third meeting between haSatan and a public relations demon.
Demon: Please come in and sit down. We still need to finalise your image. You have mentioned that you want to be as Almighty. One of His attributes is that He is omipresent, that He is everywhere at every time. What we need is a campaign to convince simple Man that you are.
HaSatan: What do you suggest?
Demon: Leave this one with me. I will contact your propaganda department after this meeting. If we can arrange that every time one of your demons creates trouble, they whisper that it is you, simple Man will assume that you are everywhere.
HaSatan: If you can get the demons to whisper ai???The devil made me do it,ai??i?? or ai???I am always under attack from the devil,ai??i?? enough times, simple Man will start to repeat it and if he repeats it often enough, he is going to believe it is me all the time. I like it.
Demon: The second of the attributes of Almighty is that He is all-powerful. This is going to be a bit more of a problem. As I see it, we are going to have to lay down a more long term strategy. Do you remember the first meeting we had?
HaSatan: The one where we discussed developing multiple religions?
Demon: Yes, that is the one. How about it if we have many of them fighting one another, say two sides: one representing darkness and the other light? We may even have some of the polytheistic ones having two factions of equal strength constantly battling it out with no outright winner?
HaSatan: The poly…whatsit?
Demon: I can see that the third attribute of Almighty, His omniscience, His all-knowing, will be eve a greater challenge. A polytheistic religion is where there is more than one god. I have an idea. What if we have three major races of simple Man over many centuries having a pantheon similar to each other but we will give the gods names that are recognisable with their race.
HaSatan: I cannot see how this is going to help me with my lack of power?
Demon: It is not meant to give you more power, and nothing can diminish the power of Almighty. What it will do, it will plant in the minds of simple Man that there is a battle between two high deities that have similar powers. Simple Man will become used to thinking that you are as powerful as Almighty.
HaSatan: I get it now! It is not the truth that matters, so much as what simple Man thinks is the truth.
Demon: Now to that third attribute of all-knowing. What we may have to do is set up a system by where you have messenger-demons bringing you information. Over time, with the plans for the other two attributes bearing fruit, it will appear as though you know it all.
Do this scenario ring any bells in your conscience? If it does, then you may also have been brought up with the lies Almighty Yahua does not care what happens to His children. Nothing can be further from the truth. Yahua gave His one and only begotten Son as a substitute, to take the eternal punishment upon Himself, so that all people may be reconciled with Him. Does this sound like He does not care?
If you want to acceptAi??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 asAi??FatherAi??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,Ai??Father, for making this way back to you.ai???Ai??
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.