Shabbat Message on Genesis 12.10-20

Earlier, the Lord had commanded Abram to get out of his Country which was Ur of the Chaldees, and Ur of the Chaldees would be in southern Iraq today. And the Lord said to Abraham, leave the Land where you were born, and leave your father’s house and go to the Land that I will show you. Now the word show as in, The Land that I will show you, comes from the Hebrew word rah ah which also means, provide and give. Thus the Lord God had said to Abram, Go to the Land that I will show you, provide for you and give to you. The Land today is Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel. In Abram’s day, it was the Land of Canaan. Which brings us to Genesis 12.7.

Genesis 12.7
The Lord Yehhovah is Yeshua the Messiah Who appeared to Abram.
It is Yeshua the Messiah Who is also God Almighty Who gave the Land of Israel to the Jewish People forever.

Genesis 12.8
Abram prayed to the Lord, and called on Him, no doubt asking Him for guidance and other things pertaining to life.

Genesis 12.9
The word Journeyed comes from the Hebrew word Nah sas meaning, To pull up the tent stakes and start a journey.

Genesis 12.10
The word Famine comes from the Hebrew word Rah ahv meaning, Hunger, and it can be an extreme scarcity of food.

So it seems that when Abram and those with him entered Canaan, there was a severe famine in the Land, and Abram made the decision to leave Canaan and go down to Egypt where he felt life would be better.

And this was a real test of obedience that the Lord God had presented to Abram. So Abram and all those with him went down to Egypt to sojourn there. That is, to live there.

However, Egypt was not the Land that God told Abram to go to. It was Canaan. God never told Abram to go to Egypt. So Abram and all with him went down to Egypt and he got himself in all kinds of trouble there. The Egyptians took Abram’s wife Sarai and brought her to Pharaoh’s house. Yes, we know Abram told her to say she was his sister. Well she was also his sister. Genesis 20.12 says, Sarah was the daughter of Abraham’s father, but not the daughter of his mother. But that’s not the point here. The Lord had to plague Pharaoh and all his family to get creepy and greedy Pharaoh to send Sari back to her husband Abram.

Here’s the point. The essence of this event. God put Abram to the test. God sent Abram to Canaan, a Land He provided for him. But there was a famine there, a severe famine and the test was this. Would Abram obey God and stay in Canaan, or would he disobey God and go down to Egypt because life in Canaan would be too tough with there being a famine there. Maybe Abram thought, we’ll starve to death here in Canaan. Maybe God won’t provide for us and feed us. Egypt looks better. So Abram disobeyed God. He failed the test, just like so many of us fail various tests when the Lord examines us. He failed to do what God told him to do. Go to Canaan, not Egypt.
He disobeyed God.

So I have a question. When it comes to making decisions in our life, and we have many, How do we know the Lord has told us to do it? Or has the Lord told us not to do it? That is, Are we doing what God would have us to do?

Of course we should always pray to the Lord and ask Him for guidance, which I do often, but perhaps not enough. But God doesn’t always answer me in a voice. Lord, I asked, Should we move to Las Vegas and start a Messianic Congregation there? I was hoping He would say, Sure, go and I will provide you with a Congregation of 20,000. Well, we’re not even close. But we moved here anyway, and it was the right move.

2 Samuel 21.1
We should always seek the Lord for everything. Especially when making important decisions in our life.

Genesis 26.1-2, 3-4
God told Isaac not to go to Egypt but to stay in Canaan. Isaac obeyed God and God blessed him greatly. God performed all the blessings to Isaac that He promised him, because he obeyed the Lord His God. Thus, when we obey God, He blesses us.

Ruth 1.16
Often times events in life force us to act and make crucial decisions. But are we doing the right thing? Are we doing what the Lord would have us to do? Ruth a non Jewish woman made a major commitment in her life. To remain with her mother in law Naomi and go to Israel with her. And Ruth was blessed for that decision. She married Boaz, a relative of Naomi her mother in law’s husband. And Ruth became the Great Grand Mother of David, and an ancestor in the lineage of Messiah Yeshua.

What about David’s decision to battle the giant Goliath. David was a man after God’s own heart. He loved God and obeyed Him.

2 Chronicles 19.1-3
Jehoshaphat, King of Judah decided to go to war with Ahab, King of the northern Kingdom of Israel against Syria. Ahab was an evil guy who rejected God and His Law. God would call Ahab “Ungodly.” And that was a mistake on Jehoshaphat’s part. Ahab got killed and Jehoshaphat was scolded by a Prophet of God. But God saw the good in Jehoshaphat.

Genesis 2.15-17 and Genesis 3.1-5
And the great and wrong decision of Adam and Eve. They failed badly. They flat out disobeyed God as most people do. And, we should all learn from this failure but most won’t and don’t.

So many people tell us why we should disobey God because the Law is dead. They tell us by obeying God’s Law of Moses we’ve become a legalist or a judaizer or we’re going to lose our salvation for obeying God. Hey, that’s scary stuff and should scare you pretty good. Well, these people who find fault in us, whose work are they doing anyway? It sure isn’t the work of the Lord God, and they sure didn’t learn that from the God of Israel. They learn that stuff from somewhere else.

So, why does God test us? Why does He examine us and put us through trials that at times are tough to handle? The answer. To see if we will obey Him or not.

Deuteronomy 8.1-3

Obedience to God is the single most important teaching in the Bible. Believing in Yeshua is obedience to God, Jeremiah 31.31-34, etc. And obeying God’s Law, the Law of Moses, is obedience to God and critical in our life, whether we are Jewish or not. 

Deuteronomy 30. 15-16 and 19-20

The Lord teaches us throughout Scripture that He will bless us and give us good success if we obey Him.

Joshua 1.8-9, 

Matthew 28. 19-20
Yeshua did not teach His Disciples Sunday Sabbath or that the Law was dead. He did not teach them about Christmas or Christmas trees, or Easter or Easter bunnies. He taught them about Himself and the Law of Moses. He in fact never taught them that His name was Jesus or His Title was Christ. Where did that come from? He taught them that His name is Yeshua, meaning salvation, and His title was Messiah or Anointed One. He taught them the truth. Those telling us the Law is dead, don’t know the truth of God’s Word, and that’s sad.

Luke 16.27-31
Those who will enter into Heaven must on this earth obey the Law of God, the Law of Moses. That is what our Messiah teaches.

Genesis 15.6 and Genesis 26.5
Our example to follow, is Abraham.  After all, if we obey as Abraham obeyed, we are the children of Abraham. This is precisely what Paul teaches in Galatians 3.7.

So, you might say, Hey, I’m a Believer in Yeshua. What does obedience to Torah, the Law of Moses have to do with me making decisions in my life? I’ll tell you why. Because God will always work your decisions together for your good, whether they were right or wrong, because you obeyed the Lord your God, you obeyed His Law of Moses.

Romans 8.28 
All things work together means; All those decisions you make, even all things that happen in your life, will provide and accomplish good. Good for you and good for God according to His purpose. To those who love God and are called. So what does it mean to love God and to be called? Because that is God’s requirement for having all things work together for good in your life.
 
Deuteronomy 7.9,  John 14.15-16 and verse 24
What does it mean to love God? Loving God means Obeying Him, His Torah, His Law, His Law of Moses.
And notice in John 14.16. The Lord God will give you the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, IF you Obey Him.

And in Verse 24, Those who do not love Yeshua, do not keep His sayings, that is His Doctrine and Word.
Yeshua is Yehhovah, El Shady, the God of Israel.
Yeshua is not part of the Trinity. He is The Trinity. He is the Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.

And how do we know we are The Called?
We know we are Called by God if we Obey Him, If we Obey His Torah, the Law of Moses. It’s that simple.
1 Peter 2.21-22

I must say at this point, we don’t have that very large Congregation, but we did learn the truth from the work of our Congregation. And the truth is this. Yeshua is the Messiah and God we know it is a requirement of God to Obey His Law of Moses. God said in Luke 4.4, It is written (In the Law, in Deuteronomy 8.3), that man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word of God. 

So the question is this. How do we know what the Lord has commanded us to do or not do?

#1 
Everything we do in life should always be according to Torah, The Law of Moses. 
That is, if what we are going to do is in line with God’s Law of Moses, It is okay to do it. It may succeed.
If what you will do Breaks God’s Law of Moses, Don’t do it.

#2
In a lot of our decisions, not all things we do turn to success, even when we’re obedient to Torah. In fact, many of our decisions may turn to failure. But remember what Paul writes in Romans 8.28. And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to God’s purpose.

Loving God is obeying God. Obeying His Law of Moses. And the called of God also obey God, His Law of Moses. Listen! Then you can be sure that all things you do whether they succeed or not, will work in your life for good, as it did for Abraham, because you love God and Messiah and you obey His Law of Moses.

Shalom.   Ira Weinstein

 

Shabbat Message on Genesis 12.6-9

The Lord God had said to Abram, Leave your country, which was in Ur of the Chaldees, today’s Iraq in the south, and leave your family, and go to a Land that I will show you. That Land was Canaan, today’s Israel. So Abram took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot and his servants and all their possessions, and left for Canaan.

Genesis 12.6
Sheh khem would be in central Israel, perhaps in the West Bank near the Jordan River.

The Plain of Moreh or an oak tree in Moreh not far from Shekhem.

Genesis 12.7
And the Lord appeared to Abram. In Hebrew, Vah yay rah  Yeh ho vah  ehl  Ahv rahm

Yeshua is the Lord Yehovah Who appeared to Abram.

Genesis 17.1
Yeshua is Yehovah and He is El Shady Almighty God.

Genesis 18.1
This is Yeshua the Messiah Who is Yehovah, Who again appeared to Abraham.

John 8.56-59
Yeshua told the Jewish folk, Abraham rejoiced when he saw Me, telling them He is I Am.

It’s important, yes, of great importance to know that Yeshua is God. Why? Because God never changes and He never changes His Word. We are told too often by Christians and Jewish people who say they believe in Messiah Yeshua, that God has changed His Word. They say, Saturday is no longer Sabbath, Sunday is. The food laws of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 have gone the way of the dinosaurs to extinction. The Festivals of God such as Passover and The Day of Atonement and all the Feasts of Leviticus 23 are dead and gone. Let me tell you something. That doctrine is not of God but from the enemy who robs, kills and destroys. And I’m talking about your Salvation. Look at the following Scriptures telling us God Never Changes.

Isaiah 40.8
The word Stand in Hebrew is; Koom meaning, Continues, Decree, that is, God’s Word is Law. Stand means, Endures, Remains, His Word is Established and His Word Succeeds. God’s Word Stands and remains forever.
 
Matthew 5.18
The smallest letter and the smallest stroke in the Law will never disappear until all is fulfilled. That is, not one word will be added or subtracted or removed from the Law of Moses as long as we live and breathe on this earth and into eternity. The Law of Moses, which is God’s Word, never changes. It stands forever.

Hebrew 13.8
God’s Word is the same yesterday, today and forever. The word Same means, Never changes. God’s Word never changes. Remember that when someone tells you it’s okay for you Not to obey the Law of Moses or eat a ham sandwich, they have no knowledge of God. God’s Law is for you and all the World and if you are a Believer in Jesus the Messiah Who is also God, you should serve Him Correctly as the Bible teaches, not as man teaches.

Genesis 17.8
The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish People forever.

Last week we studied the dimensions or the size of Israel from Genesis 15.18-21, and we learned that the boundary lines for Israel are a lot larger then they are today. The Land that God gave Israel includes all of today’s Israel, including Gaza, the West Bank, all of Jerusalem, plus the Land of Egypt up to the Nile River, including the Sinai Peninsula; also Lebanon, Jordan, much of Syria and Iraq up to the Euphrates River, and possibly a small portion of Saudi Arabia.

I may be a little too generous with these dimensions, but God’s final borders for Israel will be fully realized when the Lord returns to set up His Messianic Kingdom in Israel and establish His Throne in Jerusalem.

Now we all know that the 1,000 year Millennium or the Millennial Age will be in Israel. And we all know that the Lord and Messiah Yeshua will reign in Israel’s Capital Jerusalem. What most of us don’t know is the size of the Messianic Kingdom, future Israel. Meaning, How big will it be? Will it be large enough to house the Church of all Christians throughout the Church Age, or about 1,700 years of Christianity, plus Jewish Believers and Others?

Church Doctrine teaches that all Christian Saints who believe in Jesus Christ will be resurrected or raptured and at some point in time will live in the Kingdom, the future Millennium in Israel for 1,000 Years after Christ has destroyed His enemies and Satan.

Let’s look at some Scriptures that confirm the Millennium will be in Israel.

Zechariah 14.1-11
Verse 5 All His Saints.  In Hebrew; Kal  Kah do sheem. Saints or Kah do sheem are Holy Beings. Those who are Sacred and Holy, and also God’s Angels are Kah do sheem. All who have faith in Messiah Yeshua and obey the Laws of God, The Law of Moses are Saints, Kahdosheem..
Verse 9 Messiah will reign physically and visually on earth and will rule the entire earth. 

Isaiah 2.2-4,  Luke 1.30-33

Now the question is this. Will the Land of Israel in the future Millennium be large enough to house the Church?

Doing a rough calculation of the size of Israel in the future Millennium, and let me say it’s not exactly accurate; taking the dimensions of Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and portions of Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Israel will be about 360,000 square miles. Today, Israel is 7,876 square miles or Israel will be about 45 times larger then it is today.

For comparisons, The United States is 3,536,278 square miles or about 10 times larger then the future Millennial Israel.  Mexico is twice the size of the future Millennial Israel. Nevada and Texas together are about the size of the future Millennial Israel.

Now Christianity teaches, if you believe in Jesus Christ you are saved and will enter into the Millennium and then after 1,000 years, you will happily enter into Heaven forever. Don’t worry about the Law of Moses, they say. It’s dead. It’s no longer in use. It doesn’t affect you, Jesus nailed it to the Cross when He was Crucified. Brilliant teaching, but it’s a lie. The Law is for everybody and believers in Christ should know that.

There are about 2 billion Christians in the world today. Let’s say the Church Age is 1,700 years, from 300AD to today. So if we included all Christians living and dead who will enter the Millennium by resurrection or rapture, and let’s say a generation of Christians is 80 years. 1,700 years divided by 80 generations of Christians equal 21.25 generations of 2 billion Christians or a grand total of 42 billion 500 million Christians squeezing into Millennial Israel, the Messianic Kingdom. Not including Jewish Believers and others. It doesn’t appear so comfortable. Sort of like being on a huge over crowded elevator.

Today’s world population is 6 billion people. God would have to make about 7 more worlds to accommodate all these people. But He won’t.

Let’s get real. God Who is Yeshua or Jesus and is not part of the Trinity but is the Trinity, has very strict written requirements that He teaches throughout His Word, The Bible, telling us what He requires from all of us whether we are Jewish or not Jewish, to enter into the Millennium. And He tells us often, It’s a Remnant, a small number of people who will enter. Why? because most people disregard, reject and cast off God’s Teachings and Laws.

So let’s see what God the Messiah Yeshua says about The Remnant.

Matthew 22.14
The word few in Greek is Oligos; meaning Puny and Small.

Matthew 7.13-14
Strait – Stenos – Narrow from obstacles standing close about. The obstacles? As a Jew I hear from other Jewish people that Yeshua is not Messiah. And I’m a traitor, a Christian and have left the faith, etc. 
For Christians, The law doesn’t apply to you. If it applies to anyone, it’s for the Jews, Only. You will lose your salvation trying to obey the Law. That’s works. Your a Legalist ,a Judaizer, you’re crazy, etc.

Luke 13.23-24
Oh really, we don’t have to work to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? Work is involved and that work is obeying God and not the Church Fathers who invented their own doctrine contradictory to God’s doctrine.

Strive in Greek is Agonizomai meaning; To struggle, to contend with an adversary (those who tell you the Law is dead), fight, labor, strive.
It takes an effort and obeying God takes an effort in this world. Don’t buy that nonsense we don’t have to work to get in the Kingdom. It takes Agonizomai.

Why then will so few find the Gate that leads to Life?

Matthew 7.21-23
Iniquity in Greek as in, Depart from Me you that work iniquity, is Anomia. Anomia means Violation of the Law of Moses or transgressing the Law of Moses. Simply said, Not obeying the Law of Moses.

Matthew 5.17
Messiah did not come to destroy the Law or the Prophets.
He came to complete it. The New Testament or New Covenant is part of the Law and the Law was not complete until Messiah came.

Some added verses for all especially those who claim faith in Yeshua the Messiah. Remember Yeshua or Jesus is God, Yehhovah, El Shadai, God Almighty

Exodus 19.3-6 ,  Exodus 20.6,  Deuteronomy 26.16-18,  Deuteronomy 28.9,  Deuteronomy 30.1-10 

The only people who will find the gate that leads to life are those Believers in Messiah Yeshua, Jesus who obey the Laws of God which are written in the Book of the Law which we know as the Law of Moses.

These are God’s Laws or Yeshua’s Laws we are to follow, all of us, Jew or Gentile. There are some other Laws.

The Sabbath   Exodus 20.8-11,  Exodus 35.3

The Food Laws   Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14

The Festivals of the Lord. They are not Jewish Holidays, they are God’s Festivals. Leviticus 23. See verse 2.

No Magic, no magic books, no magic films, no magic of any kind or anything concerning magic. 
Deuteronomy 18.9-14

Learn the Law and do it.   Acts 15.21

Thus the Millennium in Israel will be massive because all who enter will be Kahdosheem, Saints, Holy, Sacred, Holy Beings, obedient to God, serving God and worshipping Him.

And we will be a blessing.  
A blessing to God, to other nations or Gentiles and to ourselves.
Genesis12.2

Revelation 7.1-4, 9-16
The 144,000 Jews will lead many to salvation during the great tribulation by teaching the Truth. The truth is this. Yeshua is the Messiah and God. And all must obey God’s Torah, His Law of Moses.

Revelation 21.1-4, 16
And as a point of information, New Jerusalem or the city that will come down from Heaven after the !,000 year Millennium ends, will be a lot larger then the future Israel. One reason, I think, is because we will be involved in many coming to salvation in Messiah outside of the Kingdom.

New Jerusalem;  Revelation 21.16: 1,500 square miles times 1,500 square miles equals 2,250,000 square miles.
The United States without Alaska is 2,900,000 square miles.

So, only those who believe in Yeshua the Messiah and obey the Laws of God will enter the Millennium and Heaven.

He or she that has ears to hear, let them hear. Then you will be a blessing to the Lord Your God, the God of Israel Who is Yeshua the Messiah. And you will be a blessing to others, to yourself, and your name will be great, because your name is written in Heaven.

Shalom,  Ira Weinstein


Passover Message

                                                                        
The Lord’s Passover goes back some 3,380 years in the days when the Children of Israel were slaves in Egypt for 400 years, bringing that era of Egyptian slavery to an end.

And the Lord God had said to His People Israel just prior to their deliverance from Egypt, “The Feast of Passover shall be to you a memorial, that is you shall keep it in memory throughout your generations. You shall keep it a Feast by an ordinance forever,” He said.

And out of Egyptian bondage, the Lord delivered some three million of His Jewish People including a mixed multitude of Non Jewish People who joined in with them. The Lord God had commanded the Jewish People to sacrifice a lamb without blemish, a Passover Lamb for every Jewish household. For the Lord said, “On the fourteenth day of this month (tonight is the evening of the fourteenth day of the Passover month), the whole assembly of the Congregation of Israel shall kill the Passover Lamb in the evening, and when I see the blood of the Lamb on the door posts of your houses, the plague shall not be upon you when I strike the land of Egypt.

It was the blood of the sacrificed Passover Lamb that freed the People from bondage and delivered them from slavery.

Now the Lord our God had a wonderful plan for His Jewish People Israel and for all the world. To bring His People out of Egypt into their own Land, the Land of Israel, which was then Canaan. And by His grace, He chose the Children of Israel to be His witnesses to all mankind, to tell them all we know, and have seen, and have heard, and have been taught by the Lord God of Israel, and to reveal His Messiah Yeshua to all mankind. We have accomplished that perfectly through the Bible, the Old and New Testaments. And yes, the Lord wants all mankind to know about His Festival of Passover and all His Festivals, and observe them. They are found in Leviticus Chapter 23.

Some 1,370 years after the Passover in Egypt, the Lord our God gave His People and all mankind another Passover Lamb, and that Passover Lamb is Yeshua the Messiah Who Himself is not only the Jewish Messiah, but the God of Creation, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Who loves us so much that as a man, He gave His life on the Passover some 2,000 years ago as an atoning sacrifice to forgive us our sins, to remember them no more, and to free us from the bondage of sin, and to give us the courage, yes the courage to lead a new life  to serve the living God, and to spend eternity with Him in Heaven forever.

So with that said, let’s take a peek into Messiah’s Passover Seder that took place in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago.

Matthew 26.17-19
The first day of the Feast of unleavened bread (Matzah) the disciples came to
Yeshua saying to Him, Where will you that we prepare for you to eat the Passover
Lamb?

And He said, Go into the City to such a man and say to him, the Master says,
My time is near; I will keep the Passover Seder at your house with my disciples. 

And the disciples did as Yeshua had appointed them, and they prepared the
Passover Seder.

Verse 26
And as they were eating, Yeshua took the matazh and blessed it and broke it,
and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

The broken matzah represents Messiah’s atoning death for you and me and
all mankind whereby God forgives us our sins.

Isaiah 53.9-10 are words prophesied by the Prophet Isaiah about Messiah in
Tnakh (Old Testament) some 700 years before Messiah Yeshua. 

And He made His grave with the wicked and with the rich in His death; because
He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him, He has put Him to grief; when you shall
make His Soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His
days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.

That is, It pleased the Lord to bruise Him, to humble Him and destroy Him.
Messiah’s soul or Nehphesh, His Life was an offering for our sins. God
prolonged Messiah’s life after His death. He lived, He was resurrected, He
was raised from the dead. And it was God’s will and pleasure for His
Messiah even, Himself to die as atonement for all our sins.

Matthew 26.27-28
And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them,saying, Drink
all of it.

For this is My blood of the New Teatament, the New Covenant which is
shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Messiah reveals two very important teachings here:

1/ His shed blood is the atonement for our sins.

Leviticus 17.11 reads (and God’s Word never changes):

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the
altar to make an atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes
atonement for your souls.

The shed blood of a sacrifice is required for forgiveness of sins. And it is
Yeshua’s shed blood that forgives us our sins.

Animal sacrifices can no longer be made as the Commandment of God
only allows animal sacrifices to take place at the Temple. And of course
there is no Temple today. Leviticus 17.8-9. 

2/ Most all the Covenants of God and His Laws which include the New
Covenant or New Teatament, were established and made Law for
everybody by the shed blood of a perfect sacrifice. Exodus 24.4-8.

Listen: Yeshua’s shed blood established the New Covenant or the New
Testament and made it Law for everybody, Jewish and Non Jewish people.

Hebrews 9.14
How much more shall the blood of Messiah, Who through the Eternal Spirit
(God) offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead
works to serve the living God.

Purge means to cleanse and purify.
Our conscience; of knowing right from wrong.
Dead Works is sin, transgressing God’s Law, 1John 3.4

God wants us to live a new life. That new life is believing in the Jewish Messiah
Yesua and serve the Living God by obeying His Law, which the world knows
as the Law of Moses.

Hebrews 9.18-20
Therefore neither the First Covenant (that is God’s Covenants and Laws) was
dedicated (Sanctified and made Holy) without blood.

For when Moses had spoken every precept (Commandment) to all
the People accordong to the Law, he took the blood of calves and
of goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both
the book and all the people.

Thus all God’s Precepts, commandments and Laws required shed
blood to establish them as Law.

Saying, this is the blood of the New Testament (New Covenant) which
God has enjoined to you (God commands everone Jewish or Non
Jewish to obey His Laws and Covenants.) 

Simply said, Messiah’s shed blood also established the New Covenant
or the New Testament as Law. His shed blood established the New
Covenant as fully part of the Torah. It is Law.

And finally, just a piece of important information. God prophesied and
gave the New Covenant to the Jewish People 600 years before Yeshua,
before it was enacted and put into Law by His shed blood.

As witnesses for the Lord, we have revealed this Good News to the world
through the New Testament Scriptures.

Please read Jeremiah 31.31-34.

So how do we know Yeshua is the Messiah, even God Himself Who
forgives our sins, remembers them no more and gives us the very courage
to lead a new life serving the Living God by obeying Him, His Laws and
Commandments, which lead to eternal life with Him in Heaven?

We know because the Tnakh, the Old Testament prophesies about the
Messiah throughout the Holy Scriptures, and the New Testament fulfills it.
Yeshua is the Messiah, He is God, Elohim, and He is the way and the only
way to Heaven. Amen?

Shalom, Ira Weinstein

 

 

 

WHY ARE THE JEWISH PEOPLE GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE?

Beth Elohenu Messianic Congregation

P.O. Box 335761

N. Las Vegas, NV. 89033

In 1964 when the Shah was King of Iran, I was working for an International Investment conglomerate in Teheran, Iran. My  responsibility included Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Ceylon, today’s Sri Lanka, Nepal and East Pakistan. Money was flowing generously. Terrorisim was an unknown entity. Tanks were in the streets at times because of assassination attempts on the Shah. Americans were loved. Jewish people were treated with respect. Life was good.

In that same year, a question came to mind. Why are the Jewish People God’s Chosen People? Although I am Jewish and come from an Orthodox family, this was never a question of serious study. Yes, some would express their views. “Let Him choose someone else. Who needs the grief.” In that year, the wife of a famous Reform Rabbi came to Teheran to visit us. Surely she would have the answer to why the Jewish People are God’s Chosen People. So I asked her, “Pearle, why are we God’s Chosen People? ” She answered, ” We are chosen to survive.” Yes, that’s true I thought, but I felt there was more to it than that.

Well, many years later, seventeen to be exact, circumstances changed. The Shah was overthrown, exiled by the Ayatollahs. America was the enemy. Jews were fleeing Iran, and the International Investment giant had collapsed. Money wasn’t flowing so generously. In fact, it wasn’t flowing at all. Consequently, I moved to Florida hoping to make life good again. And again that question entered my mind. Why are the Jewish People chosen by God? So I decided to purchase an Old Testament Bible at a Synagogue. Perhaps the answer would be there. And I immediately started my search. Little did I know that I would fall in love with the Word of God. Frankly, I was overwhelmed with awe reading His Word.

What quickly caught my eye while reading the Scriptures was that God appeared to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses and others in the form of a man. How can this be, I thought? God is Spirit only. Then later in my learning, I read Isaiah 53, which describes a Man Who is despised and rejected, Who was killed for the sins of His Jewish People, yet there was no sin in Him. His death was an offering for sin, an atonement. Yet the Lord prolonged His days after His death. God resurrected Him back to life. This is a description of Jesus in the Old Testament, I thought. And after constant urging by a friend to read the New Testament, I read in Matthew chapter one that Jesus was the Son of God. I believed that without any doubt. Then I learned that Jesus is the Messiah (see Daniel 9.25-26) and also the One God of creation, the God of Israel, (Isaiah 9.5 (6) *). Then I realized the One Who appeared to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses, was Jesus Whose Hebrew name is Yeshua. And I also learned that His love for His Jewish People is beyond knowledge, it is so wonderful. My search had in fact brought me to my Messiah, the One Who forgives us all our sins, Jeremiah 31.31-34 and gives us eternal life with Him in Heaven forever, Daniel 12.1-2.

In time, I found the answer to my question, Why are the Jewish People God’s Chosen People? I recognize today the great importance of knowing why God chose the Jewish People. Deuteronomy 7.6-8a gives us the answer in part. Because He loves us and that is plenty. The Scriptures read; “For you are a Holy People unto the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be His own treasure out of all peoples that are upon the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love upon you because you were more in number than any, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the Lord loved you.”

Reading further, the Lord God tells His Chosen People that we have a task. To be His witnesses. Hear His Words in Isaiah 43,10; “You are my witnesses saith the Lord and my servant whom I have chosen; that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He; Before Me there was no God formed, neither shall any be after Me.” So besides loving us, we are given the responsibility of being His witnesses. The word witnesses comes from the Hebrew word, Ayd, meaning, one who testifies or declares what he or she has seen, heard or knows. Thus the Jewish People are to be God’s witnesses to all mankind, and the message is about God. All we have seen, heard or know about God from the Bible. And yes, we have done that well. The Bible, from Genesis through Revelation is written entirely by Jewish People although some might say that Luke was not Jewish. Well, he’s a doctor, Colossians 4.14, so we claim him also.

As a witness for the Lord God, what do we testify to the world? We declare that there is only one God and He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We are appointed to make known to the world, His Word,  His Law which is the Law of Moses which He gave to Moses to give to Israel and to all mankind, His Statutes, His Doctrine and of course His Messiah Who is from the Jewish People declared in the Law  and in the Prophets and in the Writings. And that He is Yeshua Ha Mashiakh, Jesus the Messiah, Who is the God of Abraham, and Who was also 100% man, Isaiah 9.5 (6)*, Isaiah 40.10, Micah 5.1 (2)*, etc. That is why the Lord God chose the Jewish People. Because He loves us and to be His witnesses to the world. Making known that the Lord is God. There is none else beside Him. To declare His Messiah Yeshua, and reveal His Word and His Law He gave to Moses for all mankind to obey.

Although some claim they have replaced the Jewish People as God’s Chosen People, that is not possible. No religion or people can replace the Jewish People as God’s Chosen People because Scripture clearly states, “For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable,” Romans 11.29. And the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His Mind; for He is not a man that He should change His Mind,” 1 Samuel 15.29, etc. Yes, we Jewish People have our problems in obedience to Our God, and many have rejected His Messiah Yeshua, but God never changes. He is the same yesterday, and today, and forever, Hebrews 13.8. By the way, many claim that the Law of Moses is dead. That is nowhere to be found in the Bible, The Old Testament (Tnakh) or the New Testament, but only in man’s writings. See Daniel 7.25, Isaiah 24.5-6, Hebrews 13.8, etc.

Shaul (Paul) teaches the subject of God’s Chosen People well in Ephesians 2.11-22. Non Jewish Believers before turning to Messiah Yeshua, were without Messiah, aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world. But now, Shaul explains, non Jewish Believers who have received Messiah Yeshua and submit to God’s Law of Moses, (Ephesians 2.20) are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints (the Jewish People) and of the household of God. Non Jewish Believers have now joined in with God’s Chosen People and have become fully God’s Chosen People with the Jewish People. And those ordinances which were against the Gentiles found in Ephesians 2.12; being without Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world, are now (that is the ordinances, are) nailed to His cross, Colossians 2.14, because you are now joined with God’s Chosen People through Messiah.

So now, what must we do knowing we have been chosen by God? We obey the Lord our God, that is His Law of Moses, and love Him, Deuteronomy 6.4-5. We keep the Sabbath on Saturday, the seventh day of the week, Exodus 20.8-11. We obey His dietery laws, Leviticus 11. Observe His festivals, Leviticus 23, rid yourselves of christmas trees, Jeremiah 10.1-4, and turn away from all vain things, 1 Samuel 12.20-21. And to encourage you, For the Lord your God has chosen you to be His own treasure out of all the peoples that are upon the face of the earth, hear the Words of Yeshua the Messiah in Luke 11.28; ” Blessed are they that hear the Word of God, and keep it.”

*The Christian version Bible verses are given in parenthesis.

Shalom.  Ira Weinstein, Congregational Leader

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WHY ARE THE JEWISH PEOPLE GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE?

In 1964 when the Shah was King of Iran, I was working for an International Investment conglomerate in Teheran, Iran. My responsibility included Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Ceylon, today’s Sri Lanka, Nepal and East Pakistan. Money was flowing generously. Terrorism was an unknown entity. Tanks were in the streets at times because of assasination attempts on the Shah. Americans were loved. Jewish People were treated with respect. Life was good.

In that same year, a question came to mind. Why are the Jewish People God’s Chosen People? Although I am Jewish and come from an Orthodox family, this was never a question of serious study. Yes, some would express their views. “Let Him choose someone else. Who needs the grief.” In that year, the wife of a famous Reform Rabbi came to Teheran to visit us. Surely she would have the answer to why the Jewish People are God’s Chosen People. So I asked her,
“Pearle, why are we God’s Chosen People?” She answered, “We are chosen to survive.” Yes, that’s true, I thought, but I felt there was more to it than that.

Well, many years later, seventeen to be exact, circumstances changed. The Shah was overthrown, exiled by the Ayatollahs. America was the enemy. Jews were fleeing Iran, and the International Investment giant had collapsed. Money wasn’t flowing so generously. In fact, it wasn’t flowing at all. Consequently, I moved to Florida hoping to make life good again. And again that question entered my mind. Why are the Jewish People chosen by God? So I decided to purchase an Old Testament Bible at a Synagogue. Perhaps the answer would be there. And I immediately started my search. Little did I know that I would fall in love with The Word of God. Frankly, I was overwhelmed with awe reading His Word.

What quickly caught my eye while reading the Scriptures was that God appeared to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses and others in the form of a man. How can this be, I thought? God is Spirit only. Then later in my learning, I read Isaiah 53 which describes a Man Who is despised and rejected, Who was killed for the sins of His Jewish People, yet there was no sin in Him. His death was an offering for sin, an atonement. Yet The Lord prolonged His days after His death. God resurrected Him back to life. This is a description of Jesus in the Old Testament, I thought. And after constant urging by a friend to read the New Testament, I read in Matthew Chapter One that Jesus is The Son of God. I believed that without any doubt. Then I learned that Jesus is The Messiah (see Daniel 9.25-26) and also The One God of creation, The God of Israel, (Isaiah 9.5 (6)). Then I realized The One Who appeared to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses, was Jesus Whose Hebrew Name is Yeshua, meaning Salvation. And I also learned that His love for His Jewish People is beyond knowledge, it is so wonderful. My search had in fact brought me to my Messiah, The One Who forgives us all our sins, Jeremiah 31.31-34 and gives us eternal life with Him in Heaven forever, Daniel 12.1-2.

In time, I found the answer to my question, Why are the Jewish People God’s chosen People? I recognize today the great importance of knowing why God chose the Jewish People. Deuteronomy 7.6-8a gives us the answer in part. Because He loves us and that is plenty. The Scriptures read; “For you are a Holy People unto The Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be His own treasure out of all peoples that are upon the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love upon you nor choose you because you were more in number than any, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because The Lord loved you.”.

Reading further, The Lord God tells His Chosen People that we have a task. To be His witnesses. Hear His words in Isaiah 43.10; “You are My witnesses saith The Lord and my servant whom I have chosen; that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He; Before Me there was no God formed, neither shall any be after Me.” So, besides loving us, we are given the responsibility of being His witnesses. The word witnesses comes from the Hebrew word Ayd, meaning one who testifies or declares what he or she has seen, heard or knows. Thus the Jewish People are God’s witnesses to all mankind, and the message is about God. All we have seen, heard or know about God from The Bible and what He has revealed to us. And yes, we have done that well. The Bible, from Genesis through Revelation is written entirely by Jewish People although some might say that Luke was not Jewish. Well, he was a doctor, Colossians 4.14, so we claim him also.

As witnesses for The Lord God, what do we testify to the world? We declare that there is only one God and He is The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We are appointed to make known to the world His Word, His Law, His Statutes, His Doctrine and of course His Messiah Who is from His Jewish People declared in The Law and The Prophets. And that He is Yeshua Ha Mashiakh, Jesus The Messiah Who is The God of Abraham and was also 100% man, Isaiah 9.5(6), Isaiah 40.10, Micah 5.1(2), etc. That is why The Lord God chose the Jewish People. Because He loves us and to be His witnesses to the world. Making known that The Lord is God. There is none else beside Him. To declare His Messiah Yeshua, and reveal His Word and Law for all to obey.

Although some claim they have replaced the Jewish People as God’s Chosen People, that is not possible. No religion or people can replace the Jewish People as God’s Chosen People because Scripture clearly states, “For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable,” Romans 11.29. And, “The Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind,” 1 Samuel 15.29, etc. Yes, we Jewish People have our problems in obedience to Our God, and many have rejected His Messiah Yeshua, but Our God never changes. He is the same yesterday, and today, and forever, Hebrews 13.8.

Shaul (Paul) teaches the subject of God’s Chosen People well, especially in Ephesians 2.11-22. Non-Jewish people before turning to Messiah Yeshua, were without Messiah, aliens from the Commonwealth of Israel, strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world. But now, Shaul explains, Non-Jewish Believers who have received Messiah are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints (the Jewish People) and of the household of God. Non-Jewish Believers have now joined in with God’s Chosen People and have become fully God’s Chosen People with the Jewish People. And those ordinances which were against the Non- Jewish folk in Ephesians 2.12; being without Messiah, being aliens from the Commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world, are now nailed to His cross, Colossians 2.14, because you are now joined with God’s Chosen People through Messiah.

So now, what must we do knowing we have been chosen by God? We obey The Lord our God and love Him, Deuteronomy 6.4-5. We keep His Sabbath on Saturday, Exodus 20.8-11, obey His dietary laws, Leviticus 11, observe His festivals, Leviticus 23, rid yourselves of christmas trees, Jeremiah 10.1-4 and turn away from all vain things, 1 Samuel 12.20-21. And to encourage you, For The Lord your God has chosen you to be His own treasure out of all the peoples that are upon the face of the earth, hear the words of Yeshua in Luke 11.28; “Blessed are they that hear The Word of God, and keep it.”

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My name is Ira Weinstein and I’m the Congregational Leader.