Shabbat Shalom! Counting of the Omer ai??i?? Day 36
18:1) For the Chief Musician. By David the servant of Yahua, who spoke to Yahua the words of this song in the day that Yahua delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Shaai??i??ul.
18:2) He said, ai???I love you, Yahua, my strength!
18:3) Yahua is my rock, my fortress, and my Deliverer; my `El, my rock, in whom I take refuge:
My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.
18:4) I call on Yahua, who is worthy to be praised;
And I am saved from my enemies.
18:5) The cords of death surround me.
The floods of B`liy`al made me afraid.
18:6) The cords of She`ol were wrapped around me;
The snares of death came on me.
18:7) In my distress I called upon Yahua and cried to my `Elohiym.
He heard my voice out of His temple,
My cry before Him came into His ears.
18:8) Then the earth shook and trembled.
The foundations also of the mountains quaked and were shaken
Because He was angry.
18:9) Smoke went up to His nostrils;
Consuming fire came out of His mouth;
Coals were kindled by it.
18:10) He bowed the heavens also and came down.
Thick darkness was under His feet.
18:11) He rode on a Keruv and flew.
Yes, He soared on the wings of the wind.
He made darkness His hiding-place,
His pavilion around Him, darkness of water, thick clouds of the skies.
18:12) At the brightness before Him His thick clouds passed,
Hailstones and coals of fire.
18:13) Yahua also thundered in the sky,
Ha`Elyon uttered His voice:
Hailstones and coals of fire.
18:14) He sent out His arrows and scattered then;
Yes, great lightning bolts and routed them.
18:15) Then the chanels of waters appeared,
The foundations of the world were laid bare at your rebuke, Yahua,
At the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
18:16) He sent from on high. He took me.
He drew me out of many waters.
18:17) He delivered me from my strong enemy,
From those who hated me;
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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 ai???second natureai??i?? must be replaced by a conscious effort to 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. Valentineai??i??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. ai???He said, ai???Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Please remove this cup from me. However, not what I desire but what you desire.ai??i??ai??? (Mark. 14:36). Nowhere is this more noticeable than the Masterai??i??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.Ai?? 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.
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, ai???…Master, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?ai??? (Matt. 18:21). Imagine his surprise when the Master replied, ai???…I do not tell you until seven times, but until seventy times.ai??? (Matt. 18:22). The answer was not intended to be a definitive number but as means of changing our attitude towards forgiveness.
ai???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, ai???I repent,ai??i?? you shall forgive him.ai??? (Luke 17:3, 4). You may feel that the apology is not genuine, but leave this to Father. ai???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.ai??? (Luke 6:37). We are called not to judge as this is the privilege of Father.
Ai??ai???Yahshua said, ai???Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing…ai??i??ai??? (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.
ai???Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.ai??? (Matt. 6:12). In teaching us how to pray, the Master called us first to forgive others before we can expect forgiveness from Father. ai???For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.ai??? (Matt. 6:14). In forgiving others, we can expect to be forgiven. This is not a ai???tit-for-tatai??i?? exchange. The sins that we have committed against Yahua 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.
ai???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.ai??? (1 John 1:9, 10). Eternal forgiveness starts with the awareness that we are sinners; wrong-doers against both Yahua and Man. ai???…Who can forgive sins but Yahua alone?ai??? (Mark 2:7b). ai???For you, Yahua, are good, and ready to forgive; Abundant in mercy to all those who call on you.ai??? (Psa. 86:5). Not only is Yahua 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.
ai???and they shall teach no more every an his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, ai???Know Yahua; for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,ai??i?? says Yahua: for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I remember no more.ai??? (Jer. 31:34). Although this is a picture of future events when people will not have to learn who Yahua is because He will be amongst us, the inference is that right now people need to be taught who Yahua 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.
ai???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,ai??? (Eph. 1:6, 7). Yahua 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?
ai???Ask, and it will be given to you…ai??? (Matt. 7:7a).
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??
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.
The Feast of Shavuot begins at sunset 11/06/2016. This will also be a Shabbat.
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.