69:13) Those who sit in the gate talk about me.
I am the song of the drunkards.
69:14) But as for me, my prayer is to you, Yahua, in an acceptable time.
`Elohiym, in the abundance of your lovingkindness, answer me in the truth of your salvation.
69:15) Deliver me out of the mire, and do not let me sink.
Let me be delivered from those who hate me, and out of the deep waters.
69:16) Do not let the flood waters overwhelm me,
Neither let the deep swallow me up.
Do not let the pit shut its mouth on me.
69:17) Answer me, Yahua, for your lovingkindness is good.
According to the multitude of your tender mercies, turn to me.
69:18) Do not hide your face from your servant,
For I am in distress.
Answer me speedily!
69:19) Draw near to my soul, and redeem it.
Ransom me because of my enemies.
69:20) You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonour.
My adversaries are all before you.
69:21) Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness.
I looked for some to take pity, but there was none;
For comforters, but I found none.
69:22) They also gave me gall for my food.
In my thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink.
69:23) Let their table before them become a snare.
May it become a retribution and a trap.
69:24) Let their eyes be darkened, so that they can not see.
Let their backs be continually bent.
69:25) Pour out your indignation on them.
Let the fierceness of your anger overtake them.
69:26) Let their habitation be desolate.
Let no one dwell in their tents.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?? contd.)
Manners Maketh The Man
When I was growing up, both my mother and father went out to work. As infants and toddlers, my sister and I grew up with and were left in the charge of my motherai??i??s mother whom we called Nan. It was from my Nan that I learnt manners. From simply please and thank you to standing up for women and older people, to when walking with a woman having to position myself between her and the road. Nowadays I do not think that many people throw out their night-soil from upper windows, but I still walk that way with my wife.
Now, my motherai??i??s brother, Uncle Tom, was raised by the same woman, so it is not surprising that we had similar outlook to manners. He passed away recently, but I was blessed with having to spend his last sixteen months talking with him. Many a time we would laugh at how my Nan (his Mam) would always repeat an instruction twice, but woe-be-tide you if you did not obey; she never said it a third time! My wife and I have instilled good manners into our children and it has been passed on to our grandchildren.
It takes nothing to be polite and good mannered. In fact, the response for me is automatic. If I am sitting down on a crowded train and a woman boards, I do not have to think about standing up; I just do it.
How many Believers in their prayer time offer up prayers and never realise that it is important to say ai???Pleaseai??i?? and ai???Thank youai??i??? Would we forget these when we ask our earthly father for anything? My Nan would never let us get away without saying ai???Pleaseai??i?? and ai???Thank youai??i??.
Some years ago, I heard the saying that ai???Christians stop becoming Christians when they get behind the wheel of a carai??i??. Beloved, does this apply to you? ai???Be imitators of me, even as I also am of Messiah.ai??? (1Cor. 11:1). Rav Sha`ul lived his life as closely to Messiah Yahshuaai??i??s life as humanly possible. The Masterai??i??s life was in complete obedience to Yahuaai??i??s Word as He was without sin. Sha`ul had studied Scripture and was filled with the Ruach haKodesh and knew fully the life to lead. Sha`ul also knew full well the difficulties in following such a life. ai???For the good which I desire, I do not do; but the evil which I do not desire, that I practice.ai??? (Rom. 7:19). Yet, it did not stop him from setting such a high standard and trying to attain it.
What does Scripture tell us about the Master? ai???Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart: and you will find rest for your souls.ai??? (Matt. 11:29). Some translations say meek and humble. It is not a sign of weakness being meek and humble, but a sign of strength. How would you say the Master would be behind the steering wheel? ai???…to speak evil of no one, not to be contentious, to be gentle, showing all humility toward all men.ai??? (Titus 3:2). I could not see Him shouting, cursing or calling others names, nor would I expect Him to shake a fist if He was ever cut-off in traffic. So why do some Believers act this way? Are bad manners a sign of a lack of good teaching as a child or was all this teaching no longer relevant as an adult? We could say exactly the same about our faith to those who forget or ignore the teachings of Scripture.
Are bad manners a sign of pride? Or is it that some Believers think that they are better than other men or look down upon non-Believers? Take care for the Master has a stern rebuke for such people, ai???But many who will be first will be last; and the last first.ai??? (Mark. 10:31).
Beloved, what must we do; how are we to live our lives? ai???He has shown you, O man, what is good. What does Yahua require of you, but to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your `Elohiym.ai??? (Micah 6:8). ai???Seek Yahua, all you humble of the land, who have kept His ordinances. Seek righteousness. Seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of Yahuaai??i??s anger.ai??? (Zeph. 2:3). ai???Humble yourselves in the sight of Yahua, and He will exalt you.ai??? (James 4:10).
There are obvious benefits from being genuinely humble!
For all those who have not yet accepted Yahuaai??i??s offer of salvation through His Son, Messiah Yahshua, there is one great lesson in the love of Yahua Father. This love gave Man something that all the rest of Creation does not have: free will. ai???For Yahua so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.ai??? (John 3:16). Yahua Father did not spare anything in His desire for all to be saved, to accept His offer of salvation through His Son. He is omnipotent, all-powerful, nevertheless, He would never force salvation upon anyone. In this, He reveals the utmost in good manners in that He acts humbly towards His creature. This would simultaneously contradict His gift of free will and of His character.
Is it bad manners to refuse or ignore a gift that has been offered by someone who loves you? Of course it is! Then, if you have not yet accepted Fatherai??i??s gift, do not ignore it. Look at what is being offered. It is the chance to turn back to Father, admit your wrong-doings, and accept that Messiah Yahshua has taken, upon Himself, your eternal punishment.
And remember your manners and say ai???Pleaseai??i?? and ai???Thank youai??i??.
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??
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.
ai???Surely he mocks the mockers,
But he gives grace to the humble.ai??? (Prov. 3:34).
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.