104:1) Bless Yahuah, my soul. Yahuah, my `Elohiym, you are very great.
You are clothed with honour and majesty.
104:2) He covers Himself with light as with a garment.
He stretches out the heavens like a curtain.
104:3) He lays the beams of His chambers in the waters.
He makes the clouds His chariot.
He walks on the wings of the wind.
104:4) He makes His messengers winds;
His servants flames of fire.
104:5) He laid the foundations of the earth,
That it should not be moved forever.
104:6) You covered it with the deep as with a cloak.
The waters stood above the mountains.
104:7) At your rebuke they fled.
At the voice of your thunder they hurried away.
104:8) The mountains rose,
The valleys sank down,
To the place which you had assigned to them.
104:9) You have set a boundary that they may not pass over;
That they do not turn again to cover the earth.
104:10) He sends forth springs into the valleys.
They run among the mountains.
104:11) They give drink to every animal of the field.
The wild donkeys quench their thirst.
104:12) The birds of the sky nest by them.
They sing among the branches.
104:13) He waters the mountains from His chambers.
The earth is filled with the fruit of your works.
104:14) He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And plants for man to cultivate,
That He may bring forth food out of the earth:
104:15) Wine that makes glad the heart of man,
Oil to make his face to shine,
And bread that strengthens man’s heart.
104:16) Yahuah’s trees are well watered,
The cedars of Levanon, which He has planted;
104:17) Where the birds make their nests.
The stork makes its home in the fir trees.
To err is human; to forgive is divine
We are continually called to be more Messiah-like. Why do you think this is so? Is it because He led the perfect life? Is it because He came to reveal Father to us? The answers to these questions are: yes and yes. However, why is it that we need to more like Him? It is my belief that throughout His life, the Master showed us how to overcome our natural passions. What is our ‘second nature’ must be replaced by a conscious effort to be our ‘first nature’ and be like Him.
For example, if a person is asked what love is most answers will come back with an emotion that is sentimental sometimes bordering upon the soft fluffy pinkness associated with (the pagan festival of) St. Valentine’s Day. However, the Biblical view of love is never like this, but is always about putting others before ones-self, of service, of sacrifice. It is love that took Messiah to the execution stake at Golgotha. “He said, ‘Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Please remove this cup from me. However, not what I desire but what you desire.’” (Mark. 14:36). Nowhere is this more noticeable than the Master’s prayer shortly before His arrest. His natural inclination was not to endure the coming hours culminating with His excruciating death on the stake. Nevertheless, He endured this because He put every man, woman and child ever to be born before Himself; because He came to serve and not to be served; because He offered up Himself as an atoning Sacrifice on our behalf. Does this sound all fluffy and sentimental to you? Or was it the ultimate act of will over passion?
Forgiveness is very much like love. It is an act of will over instinct or feelings.
Ask anyone what they think forgiveness is and they will answer that it is when someone has done wrong, say that they are sorry and the apology is accepted. However, the more someone does wrong, the harder it is to forgive. This was the dilemma facing Shim`on Kefa when he asked, “…Master, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?” (Matt. 18:21). Imagine his surprise when the Master replied, “…I do not tell you until seven times, but until seventy times.” (Matt. 18:22). The answer was not intended to be a definitive number but as means of changing our attitude towards forgiveness.
“Be careful. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times returns, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.” (Luke 17:3, 4). You may feel that the apology is not genuine, but leave this to Father. “Do not judge and you will not be judged. Do not condemn and you will not be condemned. Set free and you will be set free.” (Luke 6:37). We are called not to judge as this is the privilege of Father.
“Yahshua said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing…’” (Luke 23:34a). Can you see any apology coming from the wrong-doers? Our natural instinct is to wait for the apology and if none is forthcoming then there can be no forgiveness. This only causes the hurt to fester and it is the person who is unwilling to forgive that suffers the most. Many lives are ruined by unforgiveness and it is usually out of all proportion to the original hurt. In forgiving we will be set free.
“Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.” (Matt. 6:12). In teaching us how to pray, the Master called us first to forgive others before we can expect forgiveness from Father. “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” (Matt. 6:14). In forgiving others, we can expect to be forgiven. This is not a ‘tit-for-tat’ exchange. The sins that we have committed against Yahuah cannot be counted. Nevertheless, all these are forgiven if we forgive the relatively trivial wrongs done to us by others.
If you have not accepted Messiah Yahshua as Saviour, then for ALL and EVERY sin you will be held accountable.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.” (1 John 1:9, 10). Eternal forgiveness starts with the awareness that we are sinners; wrong-doers against both Yahua and Man. “…Who can forgive sins but Yahuah alone?” (Mark 2:7b). “For you, Yahuah, are good, and ready to forgive; Abundant in mercy to all those who call on you.” (Psa. 86:5). Not only is Yahuah Father ready and willing to forgive, He is desperate to do so. Otherwise He would not have had His only Son suffer the execution stake for our sins.
“and they shall teach no more every an his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know Yahuah; for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,’ says Yahuah: for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I remember no more.” (Jer. 31:34). Although this is a picture of future events when people will not have to learn who Yahuah is because He will be amongst us, the inference is that right now people need to be taught who Yahuah is and what He is capable of doing. Not only is He ready and willing and desperate to forgive, but He will remember those sins no more. He does not forget them but chooses not to constantly bring these to mind. In this, if you take anything from this Word, take this: that by choosing not to remember those who sin against us, forgiveness will be a Messiah-like act.
“to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He freely bestowed favour on us in the Beloved, in whom we have our redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace,” (Eph. 1:6, 7). Yahuah requires of all sinners a price for His forgiveness of us. That price was paid in full by His Son, Messiah Yahshua when He shed His precious blood on our behalf.
Are you as ready, as willing, as desperate to ask for forgiveness of your sins as Father is to forgive you?
“Ask, and it will be given to you…” (Matt. 7:7a).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“He who heeds the Word finds prosperity.
Whoever trusts in Yahuah is blessed.” (Prov. 16:20)
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.
4th. New Moon – 15/06/2018
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.