Genesis 12.1-3


We are continuing our study in Genesis 12.1-3 when the Lord God called Abraham out of the Nations. And the Lord called Abraham for a reason. To be the father and ancestor of Judaism, a people who would become God’s Chosen People and His Witnesses. 

And sometimes it’s not an easy assignment to be a witness for the Living God, the God of Israel. Sometimes it’s just plain tough, whether we are Jewish or not Jewish telling others the truth about God; everything we know about the Lord and everything we have been taught about God from the Bible.

Here is the truth from the Written Word of God in the Tnakh (OLd Testament) and New Testament. Yeshua is the Messiah. He is the God of Creation and He is the Holy Spirit. And God’s Law is the truth and His Commandments are righteous and are to be observed and obeyed by all mankind. And too often the truth is not received, and it sometimes hurts.

Yeshua said in Matthew 4.4, Man shall not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Paul wrote in Romans 1.25 of men who changed the truth of God into a lie. Daniel wrote in Daniel 7.25 about a man who will attempt to change God’s Times and Laws. The change has been fatally made. Most people have changed God’s Laws and Times but Psalm 2.4 reads. He that sits in the Heavens shall laugh at them and rebuke them. While Proverbs 28.4 reads, They that forsake the Law praise the wicked, but such as keep the Law contend with them.

Telling the truth about God, even living a Godly life can be met with much opposition at times. It can be difficult and painful. Even divisive with family and friends and others because the lies have been taught and lived for some 1800 years and are accepted today as truth. It’s sad.

This morning’s teaching, I hope, will be a teaching of understanding and hopefully, a teaching of encouragement for all of us who believe in Messiah and live our lives according to God’s Commandments and Laws. So let’s get started.

There are times we are tested by God to see if we will obey His Commandments
or not. And those tests may be tough.

Deuteronomy 8.1-3

Other times we are rejected outright because of our belief in Messiah Yeshua and because we tell the truth about God.

John 7.7,  Romans 8.17,  2Timothy 3.12

Abraham had his own problems as well.

But first, let’s look at the foundation of belief.

Genesis 15.6  
Believing in the Lord God and Messiah Yeshua.
Believed comes from the Hebrew word Ah mar; Meaning,
Faithful, loyal, true to God, dedicated to God, devoted,
committed, trusting, dependable, reliable, established and
right. And that’s counted as righteousness.

Righteousness – Tseh dah kah; Means Right with God.

Genesis 26.5
Abraham obeyed God. He obeyed God’s instructions, His
Commandments, His Statutes and His Laws.

That is the bedrock of belief in Messiah Yeshua.
Belief in Messiah and obedience to God’s Laws.
John 14.15-16,  1John 2.3, 1John 3.4, 1John 5.3.

Back to Abraham’s tsuris or troubles for being a man of God.

Genesis 12.14-17
Abraham’s wife Sarah was taken by Pharaoh until the Lord
intervened.

And later on, God tested Abraham with a mighty test.
Genesis 22.1-2, 10-12

Keep this in mind. God never changes. He never changes
His Word or Laws or Covenants or anything He speaks.

Malachi 3.6

Hear the words of Peter and Shaul, Paul.

1Peter 4.12-14,   1Corinthians 10.13

Jacob was hated by his brother Easu who wanted to kill him.
And Jacob was a man of God. The Lord says that he was
perfect and gentle and upright meaning he obeyed God.

Genesis 25.27
Plain – the Hebrew word is Tahm, Meaning perfect, gentle
and upright.

Genesis 27.41,  Romans 9.13,  Psalm 1.1-6

Joseph, Jacob’s eleventh son, a great man of God, had
his troubles as well.

Genesis 37.3-4,  Genesis 39.20,  Genesis 50.15-21

The Disciples and Apostles of Messiah loved Him and they
obeyed the Commandments and Laws of God. And they too
experienced troubles from time to time. It’s part of the walk,
so don’t be surprised.

John 17.6,  Acts 5.17-20, 27-29, 32-42,  Luke 6.26,

Matthew 10.34, 

Those who truly love God in word and deed obey Him.

The Prophets were not exempt from opposition.

1Kings 22.5-8, 26-27,  Jeremiah 38.6,  

Numbers 16.1-4,  Isaiah 53.3 

Yes, there can be pain and sorrow in our walk with the Lord.
It’s to be expected because we must share in the sufferings
of Messiah, even as the Prophets, the Disciples and the
Apostles experienced grief. But the rewards are abundant
with blessings and eternal life.

Romans 8.18,  Matthew 24.11-13,  James 1.25, 

Zechariah 14.5

So in conclusion:

At times our walk with the Lord is difficult. We will have
troubles and tribulations in our lives because of our
belief in Messiah and our obedience to God’s
Commandments. But the rewards are Blessings and Salvation.
We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Messiah in Heaven.

Many of our tribulations are trials from the Lord to see if we
will obey Him or not. And the Lord will never give us more then
we can handle. He will end it.

Other problems will come because you are not obeying God
and His Laws, and perhaps He will not end the grief until you 
begin to obey Him.

But it’s important to know, the Blessings and Eternal Rewards
are to those who Love God and Messiah and delight in the
Law of the Lord.

Shalom.  Ira Weinstein

Genesis 12.1-3


From Genesis 11.10 through verse 32, the Bible reveals the descendants of Shem, the oldest of Noah’s three sons. And one of Shem’s descendants was Abram whom the Lord later called Abraham.

Genesis 11.10 and 26
God changed Abram’s name to Abraham when Abram was
99 years old.

Genesis 17.1-5

Abram in Hebrew is Ahvram meaning High father or father of elevation.

Abraham in Hebrew is Ahv rah ham meaning Father of many nations.

Nations in Hebrew is Goy eem meaning People, nations, including Israel.

Here is some additional information about Abraham:
-Abraham was born 292 years after the flood.
-Noah was 893 years old when Abraham was born.
-Abraham was 57 years old when Noah died at the age of 950
 (Genesis 9.29).
-Thus Abraham knew his great, great, great, etc. grandfather for 57 years.
-Abraham was 75 years old when the Lord God called him to establish the
 Jewish People, the beginning of the People of Israel.
-Thus making Judaism about 4,035 years old today.
-Abraham was born around 2100 BCE (BC) or some 4,110 years ago.
– I beleive when the Lord God changed his name to Abraham, his new
  name represented a change of importance in his life to a man obedient
  to God’s Commands.
-Some 367 years after the flood, he was called by God.
-And he is also the father of many royal dynasties.
-Yeshua the Messiah is known as The Son of Abraham, Matthew 1.1.

Genesis 11.26
Terah was Abraham’s father.

Joshua 24.2

Genesis 11.27
Terah in Hebrew is Teh rakh, His name has no meaning

Nahor – Nah khor  Abraham’s brother and named after his Grandfather,
  Terah’s father. His name means Snoring, or Breathing hard.

Haran – Hah ran,  Abraham’s other brother, means Mountainaire.

Lot – Lote,  Abraham’s nephew. Lot means veil or covering.

Genesis 11.28
The Land of His Nativity – His birthplace in Ur of the Chaldees.

So I assume the thre brothers, Abram, Nahor and Haran were born in
   Ur of the Chaldees.

Ur of the Chaldees was in today’s southern Iraq near the entrance of the
   Persian Gulf. Perhaps called Basra today.

From the earliest times, Iraq was known as Mesopotamia. In World War 1,
   Britain occupied most of Mesopotamia and renamed it Iraq in 1922.

Genesis 11.29
Sarai, in Hebrew is Sah rye meaning My Princess.

God changed her name to Sarah also meaning Princess.

Genesis 17.15-16

-Sarah was the mother of the promised son to Abraham who was Isaac.
-And Sarah was indispensable to all the promises God made to her
 husband Abraham and their fulfillment.
-The Rabbis have this true saying about Sarah. The natural impossibility
  of her giving birth at 90, not to mention her life long infertility, only
  highlights the supernatural character of Isaac and the Nation and People
  Israel that descends from him. Supernatural, I say, because we, the Jews
  are still here against the multitude of onslaughts throughout our 4,000 
  year history to destroy us.
-And Sarah also is the mother of many royal dynasties.
-And since Yeshua is known as the Son of Abraham, He is also the Son of
 Sarah.

Back to Genesis 11.29
Nahor, Abraham’s brother whose wife was Milcah, meaning Queen, married
   his brother Haran’s daughter.

Iscar was Lot’s sister.

Rebekah was Milcah’s Grand daughter.

Genesis 22.20-23

And a beautiful story is told about Rebekah in the Bible.

Genesis 24

Genesis 11.30
Sarah gave birth to Isaac at the age of 90.

Genesis 11.31
Terah, Abram’s father took the whole mishpahkha, the family.

Haran, the city, was also in Mesopotamia between the
   Euphrates and Tigris Rivers, in todays Syria well north of Damascus.

Genesis 11.32
All this information was given to Moses when God spoke to him Face
   to face over the 40 year period in the wilderness

That’s why Judaism calls the first five books of the Bible, the five books
   of Moses.

Deuteronomy 34.10

Genesis 12.1
The Lord had said: Possibly these Words were spoken by God to Abraham
   in Ur of the Chaldees and not Haran.

Acts 7.1-3

Back to Genesis 12.1
Your kindred – Your native land where you were born.

I will show you or Provide for you.

Ur of the Chaldees to Canaan would be about a 1500 mile trip, on
   camel, horseback, wagon and walking.

Abraham is the father of Judaism and God established and created
   the Jewish People for a number of reasons. Here are just a few:

Deuteronomy 6.4-7  
To teach the Jewish People and all the world about the One and 
   Only God.

Deuteronomy 7.6-9
To be a Holy People requires Trust, Faith and Obedience to God’s
   Commandments.

Romans 3.1-2 

Romans 11.16-17
For the Non Jewish Person to be grafted in to the olive tree, which
   is Israel and the Jewish People, especially the Jewish Believers, 
   you must come believing in Messiah Yeshua and bringing the 
   Torah. That is you must be obedient to the Laws of God which is 
   the Law of Moses, God’s Laws and Commandments.  

Thus God chose His Jewish People to be His witnesses to the world.
   To inform all mankind about the One God of Creation. We have
   done that through the Bible, the Tnakh and New Testament which
   teaches the world about the Lord God. And Jewish People wrote it,
   all of it.

So to conclude:
Prior to Abraham, we know of only two people who walked with God.
Walking with God is having faith in Him, believing in Him, and obeying
Him. Perhaps there were others. We don’t know.

Enoch was raptured. And Noah was a just man and perfect and He
walked with God. And Noah and his family were saved from the disastrous
flood.

Some 367 years after the flood, God chose the man Abraham and his
descendants, the People of Israel, the Jewish People, and delegated
them with the responsibility of the very Words of God which include God’s
Covenants, His Laws and His Commandments to give to all mankind to
hear and obey and to do.

And of course, God has given the world His Jewish Messiah Yeshua to
forgive all our sins so we can start anew by obeying the Lord God and
pleasing Him. God is the Creator. We are His creatures.

This morning’s teaching was not on salvation. But God’s Words committed
to the Jewish People that give salvation and eternal life is this. Believe in
Messiah Yeshua and keep the Commandments of God. This is the way
to salvation and eternal life from God’s Oracles written in both the Tnakh
and New Testament.

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

 

 

 

Genesis 10.21-25

Genesis chapter ten is known as The Table of Nations. All the nations of the world and all the peoples of the nations descend from Noah’s three sons, Japheth, Ham and Shem.

Last week we taught on the lineage of Japheth and Ham. This morning our teaching will be on the descendants of Shem. Some say Japheth was the elder of the three sons while others claim Shem was the oldest brother. However the Bible says that Shem was the first born. This we also know. Shem was one hundred years old when his third son was born. So let’s get started.

Genesis 10.21
Shem in Hebrew means Name.

Shem is the ancestor of the Jewish People. Read 1 Chronicles 1.24-28.
Many Arabs from Islam descend from Ishmael, Abraham’s son.

Shem and a number of his descendants are in the Messianic lineage of Yeshua.
But the first ancestor of Messiah’s lineage is of course Adam, meaning all peoples
from all different backgrounds can be blessed in Messiah. After all, He is the One
who made us all.   John 1.3,  Luke 3.23,34-38

The word “supposed” in Luke 3.23 means considered or thought of. Certainly, Yeshua
is the Son of God.

Eber, the son of Shem.

Eber in Hebrew is Ay vehr who also is an ancestor of the Jewish People.

The word “Hebrew” in Hebrew is Eev ree and comes from Eber or Ay vehr.

Genesis14.13
Abram is called a Hebrew.

Genesis 32. 22-30 focusing on verse 28
God later called the Hebrews Israel.

Exodus 9.1
God called Himself the Lord God of the Hebrews.
In Hebrew; Yehovah Ehlohay Hah Eev reem.

Esther 2.5
The term Jew or Jewish is first used in the Bible in the Book of Esther.
Jew does not refer to a member of the tribe of Judah because Mordecai was
from the tribe of Benjamin.

But the word Jew or Jewish infact means Praiser of God.
The Hebrew for Jew is Yeh hoo dee, which comes from Yeh hoo dah or
Judah, meaning praise or celebrate. And Yeh hoo dah comes from Yah dah
meaning, to hold out the hand to worship, praise, confess and give thanks
(To God). Amen?

So Shem is the elder. See Genesis 5.32, Genesis 6.10, Genesis 9.18.
But that’s not important. David was the youngest. 1 Samuel.16.11.

Genesis 10.22
Elam – Became a people and a region of Persia, today’s Iran. 
See Daniel 8.1-2

Asshur – Means Assyria and no doubt the founder of Assyria and the
ancestor of the Assyrian people.

The Assyrian Empire at the height of its power consisted of Syria, Babylon,
todays Iraq, part of Persia, Israel, Jordan, Egypt and part of Turkey.

Assyria invaded and captured northern Israel in 722 BCE and sent the Jews
into captivity throughout Assyria, and replaced them with their own people.
2 Kings 17.6-24

On the other hand, the Babylonians, descendants of Ham, captured Judah, the
southern Kingdom of Israel in 586 BCE and killed a million Jews, and destroyed
the Temple and Jerusalem.
2 Chronicles 36.11-21

Arphaxad – Was the founder of a region in Assyria.

Lud – An ancestor of a people in Asia Minor. Asia Minor is Greece and Turkey.

Aram – Is Syria and the people of Syria. Syria is also known as Aramea or the
Aramaens. And is also Mesopotamia which in Greek means, Between the rivers.
The rivers being the Tigris and Euphrates. So Aram would include Syria and Iraq.

Genesis 10.23
Uz 
According to Ezekiel 14.12-14, Uz was in Israel.

Job lived in Uz and he was Jewish and lived his life according to God’s Laws,
the Torah.
Job.1.1,  Job 22.22

Back to Genesis 10.23
Hul, Gether,and Mash were ancestors of peoples in Syria.

Genesis 10.24
Salah – We know nothing about Salah except that he is an ancestor of Judaism
because he is the father of Eber an ancestor of Abraham.

Eber – We’ve talked about.

Genesis 10.25
Peleg – Peleg in Hebrew is earthquake. He was the son of Eber and in his days
the earth was divided. Meaning perhaps the splitting up of the world’s population
at that time, into various geographic groups or into different regions of the world. 

Joktan – Peleg’s brother. I understand that many of the tribes of southern Arabia
refer to their origin as being from Joktan.

Arabia today includes Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, The United Arab Emirates,
Qatar, Bahrein and Kuwait.

So peoples from Yemen and Oman on the very southern part of Saudi Arabia
descend from Joktan.

Genesis 10. 26-27
Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmavet, meaning village of death, Jerah and Hadoram
are peoples who settled in Arabia.

Uzal – Is an ancestor of a people in Yemen in southern Arabia.

Diklah – Also is an ancestor of a people in Arabia.

Genesis 10.28
Obal – Also an ancestor of a people in Arabia.

Abimael – Is perhaps the ancestor of a people in Mecca. Mecca is in southwest
Saudi Arabia near the Red Sea. Muhammad was born in Mecca in 570 AD and
died in 632 AD at the age of 62. He founded Islam in Mecca which today is the
second largest religion in the world.

   Christianity has 1.9 billion people or 32% of the world’s population.
   Islam has 1.2 billion people or 20% of the world’s population.
   Judaism has 14 million people or less then 1/4 of 1% of the world’s population.

Sheba – In Genesis 10.7, Sheba is a grandson of Cush, from Ham, an Ethiopian
and a Sabean.

Here in verse 28, this Sheba is a son of Joktan and there were two Arabian tribes
with the name Sheba. One in southern Arabia, the other in Syria.

Genesis 10.29
Ophir – Is the ancestor of a people either in Arabia or India.

Havilah – In Hebrew means circular.

1/ Havilah is first mentioned in Genesis 2.11. Read Genesis 2.10-15.
    So Havilah is a land associated with the Garden of Eden, with beautiful gems and gold.

I think the Garden of Eden was in God’s boundries of Israel that David and Solomon reigned
over and the future Messianic Kingdom.
Genesis 15.18-21 and Ezekiel 20.6

2/ This Havilah (one was the son of Cush) was from Shem, a son of Joktan and perhaps
    the ancestor of a people in Arabia and parts of India.

Jobab – An ancestor of a people in Arabia.

Genesis 10.30
Mesha – Was a region of Arabia.
Sephar – A mountain in Arabia. 

Genesis 31-32  See Acts 17. 24-26.
Verse 26 
One blood is Adam.
Determined means God appointed in advance, even decreed.
Times- History. All the events of history before they happen, such as wars, elections,
earthquakes, the end of times, Messiah’s return, etc.
Bounds – The boundries of all nations.

Genesis 11.1-9
Let’s quickly look at the events concerning the Tower of Babel, why God confused
their language and scattered the people throughout the earth.

Genesis 11.1
One language. I believe that language was Hebrew.

Genesis 11.2
From the East. Since the Ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat which are in
parts of Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Armenia,
the people started to migrate and settle in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and
Russia and then throughout the world.

Plain – A wide valley between mountains, like Las Vegas.

Shinar – In Babylon or todays Iraq.

Genesis 11.3
Slime – A kind of cement.

Genesis 11.4-6  Nothing will be out of their reach.

Genesis 11.7-9
Babel – In Hebrew is Bah vel meaning Babylon.

So why did God scatter the people throughout the world? To populate the earth.

And the Lord wants us to depend on Him and not others. See Proverbs 3.5-6
Verse 5  Lean not – Don’t rely
             Your own understanding – Don’t depend on yourself or others.
Verse 6  Acknowledge Him – That is, know Him, live your life according to His
ways.
             1John 2.3
              Your paths – God will guide your life for the good.

So to summarize:

So far in the first eleven chapters of the Bible, we learn two very important teachings from the Lord God.

1/ God wants us to obey Him, His Teachings, His Laws and His Commandments.

    For obeying God, we are blessed as Noah was blessed.

    For disobeying God and rejecting His Teachings, His Laws and Commandments, troubles come. Let’s say,
    as Sodom and Gomorrah found trouble for not obeying God’s Teachings, Laws and Commandments.

2/ And God wants us to trust Him. Every Word He Speaks. And for trusting Him, God will guide our lives for
    good, and give us so much more.

And the Lord has given us Yeshua the Messiah to help us please Him and obey Him, and trust Him. That’s all
the Lord seeks from us. Obedience to Him, our trust in Him and our love for Him and others.

Shalom, Ira Weinstein




Genesis 10.1-5

So Noah and his wife had three sons, and each son was married and had children after the flood. And from these three children of Noah, all the peoples of the world have descended from them. Some call Genesis chapter 10 the Table of Nations.

This morning our teaching will be on the descendants of Japheth and Ham. And next week we will teach on the descendants of Shem.

Genesis 10.1
Generations – The Hebrew word is To leh dote meaning; Descent or ancestry, That is the
families and races that descended from Noah’s three sons.

Genesis 10.2
The Sons of Japheth:
Japheth was the father of some fourteen nations, and over time, many more then fourteen.
His sons established civilizations in Iran, Greece, countries throughout Europe and Russia.

Gomer
Was the ancestor and founder of a northern people including Armenia which is north of Iran,
and Turkey. 

Magog
Was the ancestor and founder of Russia.  See Ezekiel 38.1-9.

Madai
Was the ancestor of Media or Iran.

Javan
The founder of Greece and the Greek people.

Tubal
It is believed that Tubal’s descendants peopled the regions south of the Black Sea which is
north of Turkey. And then went further south to todays Turkey, Syria, Iraq and  north to
northern Russia.

Meshech
An ancestor of Russia.

Tiras
An ancestor of the people of Greece and Turkey occupying  the coast lands of the Aegean Sea.
The Aegean Sea is part of the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Turkey.

Genesis 10.3
The Sons of Gomer:

Ashkenaz
The ancestor of a people north of the Black Sea which is north of Turkey, including Rumania,
Yugoslavia, Poland, Germany and Russia.

Jewish people today refer to Ashkenaz as the Jewish Communities of central and north
eastern Europe know as Askkenazim. Sephardim are Jewish people from Spain and
Portugal.

Riphath and Togarmah
Were ancestors of the peoples of Asia Minor. Asia Minor is on the northern Mediterranean
Sea on the south, and the Aegean Sea. So Asia Minor is Greece, Turkey, perhaps Bulgaria
and parts of Russia.

Genesis 10.4
The sons of Javan, the ancestor of Greece:

Elishah
The founder of a region situated on the Mediterranean Sea. Perhaps people from southern
Italy and Cyprus.

Tarshish
The ancestor of a region in Spain. See Jonah 1.1-3.

Kittim
An ancestor of Cyprus in the Aegean Sea.

Dodanim
Another ancestor of the Greeks.

Genesis 10.5
The Isles of the Gentiles. The translation in Hebrew is; Ee yay Hah Goy im.
Isles – Ee yay; means,  Islands and countries.
Divided means separated.

The Lord God made and populated all the Nations of the World from Shem, Ham and
Japheth.

Deuteronomy 32.8

Inheritance – The land they inherited which was given to them by God.
Separated – Scattered and dispersed.
Bounds – Boundaries and boarders.

Genesis 10.6
The Sons of Ham:
Ham’s descendants traveled to Africa and later spread west along the Mediterranean
Coast of north Africa and into Egypt, Canaan, Babylon, and other countries.

Cush
Cush is Ethiopia and the ancestor of Ethiopia.

Mizraim
Means Egypt in Hebrew and is the ancestor and founder of Egypt and the Egyptians.

Phut
Ancestor of Libia, an African nation.

Canaan
The ancestor of the people who lived in todays Israel,  the Israel where Yeshua, Jesus
lived. 1,158 years  after the Flood, the Lord God gave the Children of Israel the land of
Canaan for an everlasting possession when Joshua brought them into the Land.
  
Genesis 12.1-7,   Genesis 17.8

Genesis 10.7
The Sons of Cush;

Seba
Seba was the ancestor of a region of Ethiopia.

Havilah
Was the ancestor of a people on the southern part of the Red Sea. The Red Sea is
between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, the Sea the Lord God opened for His People to
cross on dry ground. Havilah is probably the ancestor of today’s Yemen and parts
of Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia.

Sabtah
Is the ancestor of a people on the shore of the Arabian Sea. The Arabian Sea is huge.
It is south of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan and India. Thus Sabtah is the ancestor of
many of these people.

Raamah and Sabtecha and the Sons of Raamah; Sheba
Are ancestors of peoples in the regions of Ethiopia.

Dedan
Is an ancestor of the people of Cush on the shore of the Persian Gulf. The Persian Gulf
is between Saudi Arabia and Iran. So Dedan is the ancestor of people in the southern
parts of todays Saudi Arabia and perhaps people in southern Iran.

Genesis 10.8
Nimrod was born of Cush. He, Nimrod was one of the first rulers in the world. He governed
the Land of Shinar which is todays Iraq. And he ruled Assyria (Syria) and perhaps rebuilt
Ninevah.

Genesis 10.9-10
The cities of Babel, Erech, Accad and Calneh were in Babylon, todays Iraq.

Daniel 1.1-2

Genesis 10.11
Asshur means Assyria and is no doubt the founder of Assyria. He was a son of Shem.
See verse 22.

He built Ninevah, Rehoboth and Caleh, cities or regions in Assyria.

Genesis 10.12
And Asshur built Resen which was a great city.

Genesis 10.13
Mizraim, the founder of Egypt had sons born of him.
Ludim, an African people belonging to Ethiopia of Egyptian origin

Anamim, Lehabim and Naphtuhim
Are ancestors of Egyptian peoples.

Genesis 10.14
Parthrusim, Casluhim, Philistim (Philistines) and Caphtorim
Are of Egyptian origin from Ham. And they are ancestors of these Egyptian people.

The Philistines traveled on to Crete, an island of Greece, and then went on to Canaan,
todays Israel.

Genesis 10.15
Canaan had a son Sidon. Sidon is the ancestor of Sidon, the capital city of the
Phoenicians or todays Lebanon.

Heth
Was a Canaanite who is the ancestor of the Hittite people in Canaan and lived in Hebron.

Genesis 23.1-16

Genesis 10.16
The Jebusites are from Ham and Canaan of Egyptian origin. The Hebrew for Jebusite is
Yeh voos or Jebus, the ancient name for Jerusalem.

1 Chronicles 11.4-5

The Amorite
A nation of Canaan. Possibly the Amorites are sometimes classified in the Bible as all Canaan.

The Girgasite
Were a Canaanite people.

Genesis 15.13-16,   Deuteronomy 1. 20,   Ezekiel 20.6

Genesis 10.17-18
The Hivites were a Canaanite people.

The Arkites, Sinites and Arvadites
Were a people of Lebanon.

The Zemarites
Were a people of Canaan.

The Hamathite
Is the city of Hamath in todays Syria, called Hama today. And is north of Damascus.
The boundries of Israel given to the Children of Isreal include all of todays Israel, the
West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, Lebanon, part  of Jordan, Syria and Iraq up to the
Euphrates River and perhaps that part of Egypt to the Nile.

Genesis 15.18-21,   Exodus 3.8,   Exodus 23.22-25,   Numbers 34.7-8

And afterward were the families of the Canaanites dispersed and scattered.

Genesis 10.19
Border – Border or territory of the Canaanites.
Sidon – Lebonon
Gerar – In todays Israel
Gaza – In todays Israel   Joshua 15.1, 47
Sodom and Gomorrah – By the south end of the Dead Sea along the Jordan River.
Admah – A city near the dead Sea, was destroyed with Sodom and Gomorrah.
Zeboim – Destroyed with Sodom
Lasha – A town east of the Dead Sea in todays Jordan.

So Canaan included Lebanon.

Deuteronomy 1. 6-7

So to wrap up this morning’s message:

I think it’s important to note that there were no Jewish people or Children of Israel who are one and the same, when the Lord God made the distribution of the Nations in Genesis Chapter 10 to establish the ancient world.

But some
 367 years after the Flood, God chose the man Abraham and years later, the Children of Israel out of the Nations to be His witnesses to all the world. Isaiah 43.10.

And to gather to Him in one, a people from all the Nations to be a special people for Himself, according to the Covenant He made with the Children of Israel, which reads, “Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, which keeps Covenant and Mercy with them that love Him and keep His Commandments, to a thousand generations.” I Believe a thousand generations mean forever. And that Covenant is found in Deuteronomy 7.9.  

That is why Yeshua Who is God, the God of Israel says, “If you love Me, keep My Commandments.” That is how we become God’s special people. Loving Yeshua and keeping the Commandments of God. That never changes.

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

www.bethelohenu.org

bethelohenu@gmail.com

A Letter from the Congregational Leader to A Friend of his about The Messiah


 

Beth Elohenu Messianic Congregation
P.O. Box. 335761
N. Las Vegas, NV. 89033
Ira Weinstein sent this letter to a friend who invited him and others to join a group of former business associates to Geneva, Switzerland, saying “who knows how many more gatherings there will be as people move and leave no forwarding address…and others relocate to places where there are no forwarding addresses (at least one that is reachable by mortal means, right, Ira?)

Dear Irv:

With regard to your statement about “places where there are no forwarding addresses”, let’s put it this way: When you go to Geneva, leaving from New York to land in Geneva, you must take a plane that lands in Geneva. A plane that lands in Munich and returns to NYC, won’t get you to Geneva. Neither will a plane that lands in Kabul and then returns to New York, won’t get you to good old Geneva, Switzerland.

To get to that place, let’s call that place Heaven, to get to Heaven, we need to have the proper way of getting there. That’s what The Scriptures teach us. Torah tells of the time that Moses was up in Mount Sinai with God face to Face. But the children of Israel lost patience with Moses and built the molten calf and the People started to sport with one another. So, God seeing what was happening with His People, loses patience with them and tells Moses, leave me alone because I am going to consume them all and make of you a great nation. But Moses pleaded with The Lord to forgive their sin, and if You don’t, blot me out of Your Book, Moses said to God, (you know the book, Irv, the Book of Life). And The Lord told Moses, “Whosoever has sinned against Me, him will I blot out of My Book.” And, of course, God did forgive His People that sin. This is all in Exodus 32. The Scriptures again teach that all have sinned against God. You, me, everybody. Psalm 14, 1-3, Ecclesiastes 7.20. However, God told Jeremiah (circa 700 BCE) that He will give His Jewish People a New Covenant in which He will forgive our sins and remember them no more, Jeremiah 31.31-34. So, by receiving God’s New Covenant, our sins are forgiven by Him and He doesn’t remember them anymore; thus our name remains in God’s Book of Life. And that is the one and only non-stop, direct flight to Heaven. Receiving God’s New Covenant. His Name is Yeshua (Jesus) and He is our atonement for sin. In fact, He is The Jewish Messiah we Jewish People have been waiting for for so long.

Since God is The Creator of Heaven and earth, He has the right to make the rules. And that’s His rule to get to Heaven. Believing on The Messiah. It’s not exclusive to me Irv, you have the same opportunity. Do you have a T’nakh (Holy Scriptures)? Read Zechariah 12 verse 10. It’s interesting reading.

Enjoy yourself in Geneva, and remember, take the proper flight.

Ira

Ira Weinstein, Congregational Leader

www.bethelohenu.org

bethelohenu@gmail.com

TELL ME…. ARE YOU STILL JEWISH?

Beth Elohenu Messianic Congregation

P.O. Box 335761

N. Las Vegas, NV. 89033

“Tell me,” the Rabbi asked my son, “is your father still Jewish?” My niece asked me, “Unc, are you still Jewish?” The Jewish religious leadership in Israel is considering a bill that if passed could send Jewish Believers in Jesus to prison for one year for worshipping the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus). Another Rabbi told me, “I hate you guys.”
Many Jewish people say that we Jews who believe in Yeshua have defected from Judaism and are traitors to our people. We are no longer Jewish, they say. Let me tell you something, This is no easy pill to swallow for any Jewish person who believes in The Messiah Yeshua. It hurts, it saddens us and in some cases separates us from loved ones in our family. But what does the Lord God say about believing in Yeshua? What does the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob say in His Word, the Holy Scriptures? After all, isn’t that what’s key and essential? Thus saith the Lord is more important then thus saith the Rabbi or our son or our friend or the Israeli religious leadership. So let’s see what the Lord our God, the Creator of Heaven and earth says about believing in Yeshua the Messiah.

(1)”Behold, the days come, saith The Lord, that I will make a New Covenant with the House of Israel and with the House of Judah.” And with this New Covenant, The Lord tells His Jewish People through the Jewish Prophet Jeremiah, (2)”I will forgive their iniquity and their sin will I remember no more.” These are awesome words because the Lord says in Torah (The Law) (3)”Cursed is the one who does not keep the Law to do them.” Nobody, Jew or Gentile wants to be cursed by God yet the Lord says we are all cursed if we do not obey His Law. Have you ever broken one of God’s Laws? The great King of Israel, King David, said, (4)”There is none that does good, no not one.” King Solomon said, (5)”For there is not a just man upon earth that does good and sins not.” Have you sinned? Have you broken God’s Law? I can say, yes, you have because The Word of God says you have. So, who wants to be cursed? No one does. Thus the Lord God established a New Covenant with His people that says, “I will forgive your sins and remember them no more.” So, you ask, What is that New Covenant? Or you may say, that New Covenant hasn’t come yet. I say to you, It has come. He came some two thousand years ago. He is Yeshua, Jesus The Messiah. Yet the Lord tells us in His Word that Jewish people would (6)reject Him and despise Him. Yeshua, even today, is despised and rejected by many of His own Jewish people, yet no one loved His Jewish people and Israel so intently, even to death, as Jesus of Nazareth.

It is fact that Jewish people had their sins forgiven by The Lord God by the offering of a sacrifice, an animal that was perfect and without blemish. The Jewish High Priest, the Cohane, would kill an innocent animal and shed its blood. Torah says, (7)”It is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.” And since (8)God never changes, we Jewish people and all peoples need a sacrifice and the shedding of blood for forgiveness of sins. But history notes that the sacrificial system and the Jewish Levitical Priesthood vanished when in 70 C.E. (A.D.) the Roman armies destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple killing upwards of one million Jews. And as a result, the Lord dispersed the Jewish people to the four corners of the earth, not to return until after the end of World War 2. The Prophet Isaiah writes (9)He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was He stricken,” and (10)His Soul is made an Offering for sin.” Yes, the One who is despised and rejected by His people is indeed the New Covenant Jeremiah wrote about. “I will forgive their iniquity and remember their sin no more.” So then you ask, When will this Messiah come? The Jewish Prophet Daniel tells us. (11)Four hundred eighty three years from the time the Jewish people are granted permisssion to return and restore and build Jerusalem. While in Babylonian captivity, (12)Nehemiah’s request was given by the Persian King Artaxerxes and four hundred and eighty three years later (13) Yeshua entered Jerusalem on a young donkey and the Jewish people greeted Him with shouts of joy, (14)”Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord.”

The Prophet Daniel explains Messiah’s coming even clearer by telling us (15)Messiah would first come to Israel, then He would be killed and then the Temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed. (16)Yeshua was born in Bethlehem, (17)Of a virgin, and during His ministry in the Land of Israel, He performed great humane miracles for His people,(18) such as giving sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, paralyzed people walked and those not able to talk, spoke. Yes, He loved His people so intently, He gave His life for them, and because of God’s plan to forgive our sins and remember them no more (19)the perfect Jewish Sacrifice was made, and yes, it pleased the Lord to crush Him; He was (20)executed on a stake made for execution, (21) and on the third day God raised Him from the dead. And some thirty plus years later, the Romans ransacked Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple exactly according to God’s prophecies.

Was Yeshua the Messiah a mere man? Yes, and much more. He is God, the One God of Israel. Because the Prophet Isaiah speaks of a (22)special Son that the Jewish people would receive: a special and unique Son Whose Name is Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Yes, Yeshua is more then a mere man (23)He is God, God the Messiah, (24)The God of Abraham Who made Himself a man so He could taste death for the people He loves so much, you and me.

So, yes, Rabbis can find fault with me; even hate me. Family can question and reject my belief. The Israeli religious leadership may be pleased to toss me in prison for worshipping the Messiah of Israel but the Lord God says in over three hundred prophecies in our Holy Scriptures that Yeshua is the Messiah. And according to God’s Word, believing in Yeshua The Messiah is the only way to have our sins forgiven. So you ask, What’s so important about having our sins forgiven? I’ll tell you why. If they are not forgiven, you are cursed according to Torah. When God forgives us our sins, (25)when we believe Him, and (26)obey Him and (27)love Him, we are no longer cursed, but blessed and our names are written in (28)God’s Book of Life and (29)we will spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Now that’s a pretty good deal if you ask me.

So yes, Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah. How do we know? God tells us in His Word, The Torah, The Prophets and the Writings. Am I still Jewish? You bet I am. More Jewish now then ever. You see, Jewish people and Yeshua are a perfect match. Just as the God of Israel planned it.

 

(References)

1. Jeremiah 31.31
2. Jeremiah 31.34
3. Deuteronomy 27.26
4. Psalm 14.3
5. Ecclesiastes 7.20
6. Isaiah 53.3
Psalm 118.22
7. Leviticus 17.11
8. Malachi 3.6
9 Isaiah 53.8
10. Isaiah 53.10
11. Daniel 9.25
12 Nehemiah 2.8
13. Zechariah 9.9
14. Psalm 118.26
15. Daniel 9.25-26
16. Micah 5.1 (2)*
17. Isaih 7.14
18. Isaiah 35.5-6
19. Isaiah 53.10
20. Psalm 22.17 (16)
Zechariah 12.10
21. Jonah 2.1 (1.17)
Isaih 53.10
Psalm 16.10
22. Isaih 9.5 (6)
23. Genesis 1.26
24. Micah 5.1 (2)
25. Genesis 15.6
26. Deuteronomy 6.4
27. Deuteronomy 6.5
28. Exodus 32.33
Daniel 12.1
29. Daniel 12.2
Psalm 17.15
Psalm 49.16 (15)
Psalm 71.20

*Where the Christian version Bibles have a different chapter and/or verse, these are given in parenthesis.

Ira Weinstein, Congregational Leader

www.bethelohenu.org

bethelohenu@gmail.com

 

 

CHOOSE LIFE

Beth Elohenu Messianic Congregation

P.O. Box 335761

N. Las Vegas, NV. 89033

The story of the serpent and Eve found in Genesis chapter 3 is perhaps one of the most widely known stories ever recorded. The phenomenom of the serpent counselling the first couple about God’s Commandment is an event of immense importance that applies to everybody today.

Let’s recap briefly. In Genesis 2.16-17, The Lord God Commanded the man Adam that he was free to eat from every tree in the Garden of Eden, but not from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. For in the day that you eat of that tree, the Lord said, you will surely die.

And of course it is well known what happened shortly after that. The serpent, whom Revelation 12.9 describes as satan, deceived Adam’s wife Eve by saying to her, Really, has God said you shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And Eve replied, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden, but of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, we must not eat of it nor touch it, lest we die. Satan’s answer! You shall not surely die. Well, Adam and Eve did eat from the tree of which God Commanded them not to eat. And because they embraced the words of satan and disobeyed the Commandment of the Lord their God, they forfeited God’s gift to live forever in the Garden of Eden and were expelled, and in time, they died. Genesis 3.22-24;5.5

So you may ask, what’s so important about this cute little story? Why is it so crucial? Because Genesis 3.1 describes the serpent as subtle, dishonest and deceitful. He succeeded in leading Adam and Eve away from God’s Truth. And satan’s lie never changes. Today his lie is bolder and more crafty. God’s Law is no longer in force, we are taught. His Law has ended, we are taught. However Yeshua warns us; satan was a murderer and a liar from the beginning, John 8.44. Because it was satan who ushered the couple to their death by his lie. Tricking them into believing it was not necessary to obey God’s Commandment and causing them to lose their Eternal Life, Genesis 3.22-23. We are taught by so many people today that God’s Law is dead. And that false teaching is from satan. And it is 100% wrong.

You will say correctly, Yeshua is my Redeemer. He died that I may have my sins forgiven. He is my atonement and the only atonement I will ever need. Correct on all points. But where in the Scriptures are we taught that we are free from God’s Law and not required to obey it? No where. That doctrine can not be found any where in the Scriptures from Genesis through Revelation.

Thus Yeshua calls on everybody to Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand, Matthew 4.17. Repentance is taught extensively throughout the Bible. Ezekiel 18.30 explains repentance well. The Prophet writes; Repent and turn yourselves from all your trangressions, so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Repentance means turning from our sins. Sin is explained in 1John 3.4 as breaking God’s Torah or Law. We must stop violating God’s Law and that can be accomplished only by obeying it. The same repentance is taught in the New Testament. Hear Paul’s teaching on the subject; Testifying both to the Jews and Greeks (non Jewish people) repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, Acts 20.21. Sin is the same in the New Testament as in Tnakh, the Old Testament, breaking the Law of Moses. And there is no difference between the Jewish Person and the non Jewish Person, Romans 10.12. We both must submit to God’s Torah, Romans 8.6-8.

Again Paul writes; They (Jewish and non Jewish People) should repent and turn to God and do works worthy of repentance, Acts 26.20. James explains works of repentance as obeying God’s Torah. He wrote in James 1.25; But whoso looks into the Perfect Law of Liberty, and continues in it, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, that man shall be blessed in his deed. The perfect Law of Liberty is the Torah. It frees us from sin and its control over us, when we obey it. And for obeying Torah, James writes, we are blessed in our deed. It’s interesting to note that this word Deed comes from the Greek word Poiesis, meaning, Performance of the Law. We will be blessed, James writes, for performing the Law.

Yes, often we are quoted Galatians 5.1; Stand Fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Messiah has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Incredibly we are told, the yoke of bondage is the Law. Where does God and Jesus and the Prophets and the Law or the New Testament ever say that the Torah is bondage? No where. The yoke of bondage is sin and sin causes death, physical and spiritual. Yes, Yeshua has redeemed us from our sins by His loving grace and atoning sacrifice. But together with our faith in Messiah, we are expected to lead our lives in obedience to Moses, Luke 16.29. And when we choose to obey, we become “mispahkhah” family with Yeshua having eternal life with Him in the Kingdom of Heaven, Matthew 12.50.

The One we serve, Yeshua the Messiah, is the Redeemer, the King of Israel, The Lord of Hosts, the First and the Last. He is the One that formed us from the womb; He is the Lord that makes all things, that stretched forth the heavens alone and spread out the earth by Himself. He is the Holy One of Israel, Isaiah 44.6,24; 47.4. And He is the One who gave the Commandment to Adam. He also never changes, Malachi 3.6, Hebrews 13.8. And from His creation of the first two human beings, the Lord has always taught obedience to His Word and Law accompanied with wonderful and great blessings, Deuteronomy 28.

If A Person Loves Me, Yeshua says, He Will Keep My Words: And My Father Will Love Him And WE Will Come Into Him And Make Our Home With Him, John 14.23. After faith in Messiah and obedience to His Words and Law, we are then given the Holy Spirit, Acts 5.32. And believing in Yeshua is obeying Torah, Deuteronomy 18.18-19, etc. and John 1.45. So satan will continue his lie until he is tossed into the lake of fire forever, Revelation 20.10. Therefore, Choose Life. Do not be misled as the first couple was. For it is faith in Yeshua and obedience to God’s Law that lead to Eternal Life. It is God’s Commandment, Matthew 13.41-43.

Shalom, Ira Weinstein, Congregational Leader

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THE LORD YOUR GOD HAS CHOSEN YOU TO BE HIS OWN TREASURE

Beth Elohenu Messianic Congregation

P.O. Box 335761

N. Las Vegas, NV. 89033

Why did Ruth, a Gentile, so tenderly yearn to be with her Mother-in-Law Naomi? Because she knew that the Jewish people were special, the apple of God’s eye. For The LORD GOD says in Zechariah 2:8: “Surely, he that touches you touches the apple of GOD’s eye.” The Torah in Deuteronomy 7:6: “For thou art a holy people unto the LORD thy GOD: THE LORD thy GOD hath chosen thee to be His own treasure out of all peoples that are upon the face of the earth.” The Jewish people are a special people that The LORD GOD created for Himself to tell all the world of His “Tehillaw” (His praise) and His glory. The prophet says in Isaiah 43:21: “The people which I formed for Myself that they might tell of My praise.”

Ruth and Naomi were experiencing great grief. Naomi had lost her husband and two sons, one of whom was Ruth’s husband, Mahlon. Naomi even said, “Call me not Naomi. Call me ‘Marah’, ‘bitter’ for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full and The LORD has brought me home again empty.” Naomi knew she had nothing to offer Ruth and encouraged her as well as her other daughter-in-law, Orpah to return to their people, the Moabites, and their gods. But Ruth could not depart from her Mother-in-law, and cleaved to her saying: “Whither thou goest I will go and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: Thy people shall be my people, and thy GOD my GOD.”; Ruth 1:16. So, GOD’s Jewish people did as The LORD commanded them in Torah; “The stranger that sojourneth with you shall be unto you as the homeborn among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your GOD.” Leviticus 19:34

There was a near kinsman to Naomi, a man named Boaz who saw the love Ruth had for her Mother-in-law. Ruth had favor in his eyes and when she asked him why, he said: “It has been fully reported to me all that you have done for your Mother-in-law since the death of her husband, and how you left your father and your mother and the land of your birth and have come to a people whom you did not know before.” (Ruth 2:11) He then blessed her: “The LORD repay your work, and a full reward be given you by The LORD GOD of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.” (Ruth 2:12)

And Ruth was blessed by The LORD when she became part of GOD’s Chosen People. She married Boaz who loved her and was a wonderful and devoted husband. They had a son named Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

Just as The LORD GOD loved the Gentile woman Ruth, He loves you, too. So much so that He wants you to be with Him forever. But are we pleasing The LORD. Are we showing forth His praise and glory? Does he “kvell” (rejoice)? Is He happy with us?

The Prophet Malachi says in Malachi 3:7; 16 & 17: “Even from the days of your father ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But you said, Wherein shall we return? Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him, for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, said the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.”

WHO IS THE LORD MESSIAH AND HOW CAN WE RECOGNIZE HIM?

Micah 5:2: “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, Though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”

Isaiah 9:6: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 11:1 “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.”

And, Who fulfills these and hundreds of other prophecies?

Messiah Jesus (Yeshua is His Hebrew Name) was born in Bethlehem Ephratah.

What child is born to us (the Jewish people) Who is called “The mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace?

Messiah Jesus is the One; He is in the lineage of Ruth, Jesse and King David.

Search The Holy Scriptures and see for yourself. Isaiah 53; Psalm 22.

All He requires of us is to believe in Him and keep His commandments. Won’t you let Him treasure you?

Janice Weinstein

www.bethelohenu.org

bethelohenu@gmail.com