25:1) By David.
To you, Yahua, do U lift up my soul,
25:2) My `Elohiym, I have trusted in you,
Do not let me be shamed.
Do not let my enemies triumph over me.
25:3) Yes, no one who waits for you shall be shamed.
They shall shamed who deal treacherously without cause.
25:4) Show me your ways, Yahua.
Teach me your paths.
25:5) Guide me in your truth and teach me,
For you are the `Elohiym of my salvation,
I wait for you all day long.
25:6) Yahua, remember your tender mercies and your lovingkindness.
For they are from old times.
25:7) Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions.
Remember me according to your lovingkindness,
For the sake of your goodness, Yahua.
25:8) Good and upright is Yahua.
Therefore He will instruct sinners in the way.
25:9) He will guide the humble in justice.
He will teach the humble His way.
25:10) All the paths of Yahua are lovingkindness and truth.
To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.
25:11) For your nameai??i??s sake, Yahua,
Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
25:12) What man is He who fears Yahua?
He shall instruct him in the way He shall choose.
25:13) His soul shall dwell at ease.
His seed shall inherit the land.
25:14) The friendship of Yahua is with those who fear Him.
He will show them His covenant.
25:15) My eyes are ever on Yahua,
For He will pluck my feet out of the net.
25:16) Turn to me and have mercy on me,
For I am desolate and afflicted.
25:17) The troubles of my heart are expanding.
Oh bring me out of my distress.
25:18) Consider my affliction and my suffering.
Forgive all my sins.
25:19) Consider my enemies, for they are many.
They hate me with cruel hatred.
25:20) Oh keep my soul and deliver me.
Let me not be disappointed, for I take refuge in you.
25:21) Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
For I wait for you.
25:22) Redeem Yisra`el, Yahua,
Out of all his troubles.
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Evil people are dreaded by other people but not by heaven; good people may be cheated by people but not by heaven.
It is not easy to be a Believer, is it? In a world of back-stabbing, dog-eat-dog, I am alright Jack attitudes, it takes a supernatural effort to be good. It seems that the worse a person is, the more likely they are to succeed. ai???That which has been is that which shall be; and that which has been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.ai??? (Ecc. 1:9). When King Shlomo (Solomon) wrote Kohelet (Ecclestastes) he was aware that what motivated people would be common throughout all generations.
ai???How long will the wicked, Yahua, how long will the wicked triumph?ai??? (Psa. 94:3). Throughout all generations this has been the cry of many. There is the perception that evil people prosper. However, this will depend upon your viewpoint. If all you consider is world/life, then, yes wicked people do seem to lead a life of prosperity and ease. Nevertheless, even the Chinese proverb that is the title of this message, tells otherwise. Yahua sees all things and the righteous do not lose out. The wicked prosper for a season only then it is destruction. The righteous may suffer but it is only for a season then it is eternal peace.
One of the problems the general public have is in the concept of evil. All know that there is evil (adjective, small ai???eai??i??) describing a person or act. On the other hand very few acknowledge the idea of Evil (noun, capital ai???Eai??i??). In the past few weeks, notwithstanding the continual wars and human depravity, there have been a series of attacks in America, France, Japan and Germany. Some of these attacks have been ascribed to terrorism whilst others have been blamed upon mental illness. One comment upon a recent attack stated that it is unclear as to what was the motive. Never has it ever been suggested that Evil was the cause. Many describe the act as evil, but very really is the person so described. Even when Man descended to the lowest depths of depravity such as in the Holocaust, Russian Pogroms, Spanish Inquisition or ethnic cleansing, Evil is never considered. Sure, these were evil acts perpetrated by evil men, but Evil being the cause?
Evil is not a concept, philosophy or imagination of Man. It is real, and it has a name; haSatan.
From the beginning of time (Gen. 3:1-24), haSatan has been envious of Manai??i??s relationship to his `Elohiym and of `Elohiymai??i??s relationship to Man. Man was not created by `Elohiymai??i??s speech like the rest of creation, including the angels (haSatan being one of them) but rather by His hands. This envy, in one particular case, has turned to abject hatred. This is in the relationship of Yahua `Elohiym with the people of Yisra`el. Throughout history, it has attacked `Elohiymai??i??s people disguising it as the Crusades, the Holocaust, Yom Kippur War etc. There has been physical, economical and political attacks, all of which were designed to eliminate the people of Yisra`el.
Since the dawn of time, the strategy of haSatan is to lead Man away from his Creator. The easiest way was to entice Man into disobedience, commonly called sin. ai???For we were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living lives full of evil and hatred, hating one another.ai??? (Titus 3:3). Sin is attractive to Man in that it appeals to Manai??i??s basic nature. Man tends to mirror his father, whether physical or spiritual. Sinful Man can be seen to take after HaSatan that it wants to be the centre of Manai??i??s worship, replacing `Elohiym. This can be seen most clearly in the lies of ai???Christianityai??i?? stating that the ai???New Testament Churchai??i?? has replaced the people of Yisra`el in `Elohiymai??i??s favour. In fact, just the opposite has taken place. A Gentile can become grafted into the Commonwealth of Yisra`el (Rom. 1:1-36) and be partakers in the promises of `Elohiym.
The Evil One knows full well that Man may worship it for a short time but after that Man is destined for Hell. There haSatan and Man will be under eternal punishment as Hell was made for it and its demons, never for Man.
What type of father do you take after?
Is it the Evil One? Then you are destined to follow it down into eternal damnation. If you have not turned back to our Heavenly Father, through the belief in Messiah Yahshua, then the Evil One will drag you down into the Pit. That is its most evil act.
On the other hand, if you do not want this to happen to you then there are a couple of things that you must do. ai???Abstain from every form of evil.ai??? (1 Thess. 5:21). ai???Put to death, therefore, your members which are on the earth: sexual immorality, uncleanness, depraved passion, evil desire and covetousness, which is idolatry.ai??? (Col. 3:5). This is an impossible situation for Man to accomplish for himself. The Evil One will not easily let you go; it wants you to worship it. Nevertheless, there is One who has already accomplished all that is necessary for Man to escape its clutches. By His death and resurrection, Messiah Yahshua has taken the eternal punishment upon Himself; if only you can believe that this is so.
Seek Yahua Fatherai??i??s forgiveness of your sins through the Atonement of His Son. ai???However Yahuaai??i??s firm foundation stands, having this seal, ai???Yahua knows who are His,ai??i?? and ai???Let everyone who names the name of Yahua depart from unrighteousness.ai??i??ai??? (2 Tim. 2:19). He alone can rescue you from the Evil One. ai???But Yahua is faithful, who will establish you, and guard you from the Evil One.ai??? (2 Thess. 3:3). People in this world may let you down, cheat and deceive you but, ai???For however many are the promises of Yahua, in Him is the ai???Yesai??i??. Therefore also through Him is the ai???Ameynai??i??, to the glory of Yahua through us.ai??? (2 Cor. 1:20).Ai??
Should you accept Fatherai??i??s gift of salvation through His Son, Messiah Yahshua, then you can declare along with all Believers, ai???And Yahua will deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me for His heavenly kingdom; to whom be the glory forever and ever. Ameyn.ai??? (2 Tim. 4:18).
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??
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???The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare him.
The cords of his sins hold him firmly.ai??? (Prov. 5:22)
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.