Chag Shavuot Sameach ROIC Mishpocheh! (Happy Festival of Shavuot Rock of Israel Congregation Family)

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As we approach the Festival of Shavuot in celebrating the Giving of Torah on Mt. Sinai and, the Pouring Out of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) on the 120 in the upper room; continuing to fill those who are thirsty still today, I hope this finds you closing the 49 days of Counting the Omer?

It is the time of introspection, of searching your heart; re-aligning your life, and bringing it into alignment with the Word of Adonai?

These 7 weeks we have been searching our heart to see if we Love Him, our family, our friends and brothers and sisters in Yeshua (Jesus) the way He demonstrated. We search to see if we are finding our strength in His Word, instead of our own strength? To see if we are allowing His love to be the foundation? It is a time to have the courage to ask Him to search our hearts and give us the courage to face the Truth of who we really are!

When we do this knowing that love covers a multitude of sins, it will give us the strength to make the changes needed to become “like Him”! Tearing down the barriers in our life, and then allowing the Ruach HaKodesh to re-build our house on the foundation of Love. When we do it this way, we can ask the Messiah for a strength exchange for our weakness. This will bring us into harmony and balance, allowing us to walk and live the life He intends us to live. It is only once we build upon this Love, Strength and balance, that we will be able to Endure and find Victory through the every day struggles we all face.

From years of ministry experience, I have learned to never completely trust a person who tells me they are followers of Messiah, that do not have battle scars. It is not a matter of liking them, but it is a matter of trust. It is just not possible to serve Him with your life, and not have come through a few battles! I love the following verses because they are what those of us have learned, having come through “battles” with the scars to prove it, know all Glory and Honor are due to the One who delivered us.

[Isa 57:15 KJV] 15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name [is] Holy; I dwell in theshavuot high and holy [place], with him also [that is] of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
[Isa 66:2 KJV] 2 For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the L-RD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

It is not that WE came through the battles because we are super spiritual, but it is because HE brought us through when we felt as if we could not go on. It is because we called out to the ONE who delivered us, forgave us and brought us past ourselves. In doing so, we learned that we are nothing and He is EVERYTHING! He revived our heart. He brought us through the hellish attacks of the enemy, and even worse, the things WE willingly did that caused us to cry out for the Mercy we did not deserve. Those of us who have figured out that His Love delivered us when nothing else could, know exactly what I mean.

This is what I mean by re-alignment. It puts the viewpoint back where it belongs, the love replaces pride, His deliverance replaces our arrogance along with our false sense of strength. That realization and remembrance of who Saved us, strips away the bravado to remind us of our weakness. That type of focus brings balance back, and gives us the extra push to endure another day, week, month or year. It reminds us that we belong to Him. It reminds us we are “bond servants” of the Most High. From this viewpoint, at the feet of the Messiah, we “Look up,” for our redemption in the splendor of Yeshua who suffered and died for our sins.

We must focus on that splendor! His splendor! This reminds us that any and all crowns we may have earned, are to be laid at the feet of Yeshua HaMashiach Ben Elohim! (Jesus The Messiah, The Son of G-D) It is then we see the reality that only He is Worthy! It is only Yeshua who is deserving of all Glory and Praise!

When we look upon Messiah who suffered and died for our sins, it causes us to remember that we were once strangers wandering through the desert, leaving Egypt to finally gather at the foot of the Mountain of G-D. It is for some our physical roots, but even more important for those of us who call Yeshua Messiah, our spiritual Roots! We are daughters and sons of the G-D of Creation!

When the father looks at your heart, It matters not, what tribe or tongue your were born into physically, but the one we are Born Again into Spriitually! Baruch Hashem Yeshua! (Praise the Name of Jesus) We are the One New Man Through Him! Every Tribe, Every Nation, Every Tongue, gathered around the Throne, joining with the Elders and angels crying Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh, Adonai Tseva’ot ! (Holy, Holy, Holy, is the L-RD of Hosts). A sea of worshipers, bowing down to Yeshua’s Kingship over all creation!

Yes, it is true, everyone who calls Yeshua Savior becomes nobility, Kings and Priests as daughters and sons of G-D…………but as He who set aside His glory, taking on the flesh of humanity, being tempted in all things, willingly laying down his life, taking our sins upon his shoulders, becoming sin, so that we might know eternity with Him and the Father; became the suffering servant!

Without Yeshua’s sacrifice we would never know G-D’s presence, never escape Death, Hell and the Grave……….We should be like him, remembering that though we are kings and priests, we deserve NONE of it!

This is why Yeshua told his Talmidim (disciples) to tarry and wait for the “Comforter” to come. Though they had been with him physically, seeing His miracles, watching His selflessness, observing His demonstration of Love that the world can never emulate, He told them to wait, knowing they would be counting the Omer. Yeshua was fully aware they would remember His Love, and see the lack of theirs. They would remember the strength it took to be ridiculed, beat and executed for no sin; then carry all our sin, and in it, see the lie of how strong they thought they were! They would remember how they crumbled under the slightest pressure of association with Yeshua, denying Him, deserting Him to be crucified between two thieves. Yeshua knew they needed to count the Omer, to remember the characteristics Adonai had created in them, as they found themselves separated from HIM.

I can hear the disciples now can you? I will die for you Yeshua! I will stand with you Messiah! NO, you should not die on the execution stake! Messiah, which of us will sit on at throne at your right hand or left hand? I will never deny you! arrogance

Are we that much different? Messiah taught them and us, you cannot put new wine into old wine skins. That is the point of counting the Omer! That is the point of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) coming to Fill us to Overflowing! To give us what we need; to equip us to fight the good fight until He comes to take us home! To bring us into Echad (Oneness) with Yeshua and the Father!

He sends the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) to equip us with Gifts, balanced by a healthy meal of the Fruit of the Spirit, that will in turn, grow in us, and through us, to manifest in our lives the fruit of righteousness…….until He comes, or we go home!

Is this feast and option? Messiah commanded his Talmidim to observe it. He sent the Ruach HaKodesh on the day of it. He added back the 3000 Jewish people lost at Mt. Sinai on the day of it. He filled the 120 in the upper room who had been counting the Omer on the day of it. He Renewed the Covenant, writing it oPentecostImage-White-Versen our Hearts instead of stone on the day of it. He commanded us to keep the feasts FOREVER in Leviticus 23! I believe the reason HE COMMANDS us to keep it, is because we NEED Spiritual Renewal EVERY YEAR of our lives! We need to meet with Him together, to make HIM the Center of all we are! The Hub, not a spoke in the wheel of our life.

I hope you will take the next few days to cry out to G-D to fill you; let His Fire ignite you; burn away the dross, and let His Wind blow away the cobwebs in your heart. May He give you the gift(s) you need, our congregation needs and, feed you the Fruit that will properly fuel its use for His Glory! Come Seeking and Expecting to Experience the Presence of G-D!

By the way, just in case you have not noticed, I gave you a prayer guideline in what I wrote above, for each characteristic of each week of Counting the Omer.
If you did notice it, Great!

If not, please look at the calender and listed “Characteristics” below, then read it again:)

One last thing, This is a VERY Special service. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW ANYTHING TO KEEP YOU FROM ATTENDING!

ALSO, INVITE SOMEONE TO COME WITH YOU.

It is a time of Celebration and Expectancy! Come seeking the Ruach HaKodesh for more of His Glory; Power and, More of the Presence of the Ruach HaKodesh in us all!!

Isaiah 6:3
Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts:
the whole earth is full of his glory. (Isaiah 6:3 KJV).

You are VERY loved and prayed for Every Day!

B’Shem Hakkadosh,Yeshua HaMashiach, Ben Elohim, Barukh hu,
(In the Name of The Holy One, Jesus The Messiah, The Son of G-D, Blessed be He)

Rabbi Cliff

PS. Just a reminder, there will be no children’s service this week to allow those who serve the chance to participate.

Rebbetzin Kim and I Can’t wait to see you There!

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Rabbi Cliff Maynard
Senior Rabbi,
The Rock Of Israel Congregation
http://www.rockofisraelcongregation.org
Vice President,
The National Jewish Fellowship of the AG
http://www.njfag.org
Psalm 18:2

Day Five of counting the Omer…..All we need is Love! Uh, maybe not!

Don’t get me wrong, I love to love! I am a loving person by design, and I prefer to Demonstrate the Love of Messiah, Walk in the Love of Messiah and Live in the Love of Messiah. But is that all we really need? No, not in the World we live in. We need Balance. Yes, Love is part of that equation for balance, but within the Love from the Father there is more to this Chesed (LOVE) than meets the eye!

Yes we all want Love…..at least as long as we get it the way we want it, but that is the problem. G-D is all about balance. He made us to be balanced. He created us Spirit, Soul and Body. How is that balance you wonder? Well, think of it like a Teeter Totter, if we don’t have two people on each side of even weight, somebody is going to be stuck up in the air until the other jumps off. Now, it the person who weighs the most decides to jump off quick…You can come crashing down with a thud! In other words, being out of balance, is not really a good thing. Yes we all want love…..but love is Not all we need.  Love without boundaries is not a good thing. It reminds me of:

Proverbs chapter 19:2. Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way. When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin,his heart rages against the LORD.

Strange verse isn’t it?Alas, those washing machine providers who ignore complaints will also ...  That was a trick question:)  It is not strange at all if you understand what it is saying, so lets take a look at it.  First, I have had the honor of training up many today who are in ministry around the world.  This verse never applied to all of my students, only the ones who had strong, slightly aggressive personalities, you know the “I can do it, rush in before looking types.”  Not that they were bad students, on the contrary, they have passion and drive, but not much patience.  It also applied to some of my former “sheep.” who were filled with love for everyone, and wanted everyone to fill the love, and when they reach that point, feel they have all the vast Biblical knowledge they need, so they reach out and try to develop followers of their own.  When I have those who fit this criteria, I do my best to bring them down to earth gently, before they start a free fall that usually ends with them, and those they encounter crashing to the earth!

On one such occasion, there was a young lady, who felt she needed to teach others the ‘depths of her understanding”, she had gained in a couple of years, I shared Proverbs 19:2&3 with her but she ignored my warning.  So she proceeded to start a bible study at her work….without making me aware.  It is at this point that some out there should take a few notes…..if you fit in either one of those categories mentioned above that is.  Well it wasn’t long before the the bible study started to take off, and during one meeting, while praying for the ladies in attendance, she felt the unction of what she thought was the Holy Spirit and proceeded to tell one of the ladies there who was with child, that G-D was telling her that she was going to have a beautiful baby girl, who G-D was going to use to lead worship, and that this child would do Great and Mighty things for Him.   So, everything went fine for awhile, I even got word of this Bible study and tried to counsel her into stopping it .  I explained to her that she was not ready, did not have enough knowledge or wisdom yet, in her own walk to be able to teach others.  I told her that if she would take my counsel, If she had a true desire to teach, I would help her learn and prepare, then give her opportunity to do so slowly, allowing her to mature in her walk, gain some experience.  Then, when I saw that she was ready, I would help her move into ministry in the right way.   Of course, she would have nothing of it, I just did not understand, this was something G-d had “told” her to do!   My spirit was quenched, I tried to explain that spiritual authority, is not about keeping someone from ministry, but put in place by Adonai to help train, watch over, protect, encourage, and yes, the most ignored, unreceived part of the equipping of the body of Messiah….”Correct!”

A couple of weeks went by before I got the call.  The phone rings, I hear crying on the line, seeing who it was by caller ID, I asked her to calm down and tell me the problem…..”you were right, you were right! I should have listened to you!  What happened I asked, amidst tears and sniffles, she began to share about the “thus says the L-RD” I told you about above….. It was there she began to really weep as she shared with me how that pregnant mother, had lost the baby.  How she had just been confronted by her, and how this mother had told her in no uncertain words that “she was a liar, that there was NO G-D! She would Never believe in G-D again and for her to stay away from her!”   I still don’t know if that poor mother, who had been given a “word” about how G-D was going to give her a beautiful daughter, and use her for His glory, ever believed in G-D again.  I hope so.  How sad, the “teacher” fulfilled vs. 1,  the mother as a result of the folly of the “teacher” fulfilled vs. 2.

All we need is Love……I don’t think so.  Yes we need Love, balanced in wisdom, with encouragement, and at times……”Correction.”   He is a G-D of Love, but He is also a G-D of “Correction.” The Word is FULL of examples of this…….

They say love is blind, I agree, sometimes it is……but Love should never blind us to the Truth of His Word.

All we need is HIS Love, and everything it contains for us to live according to His ways, so we can be pleasing in His sight.  

Today is Day Five of counting the Omer….
Count the Omer: Recite the following on day Five.
Say, This is the first week and the fifth day of counting the Omer:
The following shows the counting for day fiver. Do the same for the following 44 days inserting the number of that day.
Each evening, beginning with the day after the Sabbath after Passover, while standing, one first recites the blessing for the mitzvah of counting, and then declares the number of days and weeks of the Omer count:

Recite the blessing:
Traditional:
Baruch atah adonay eloheynu melech ha’olam asher kidshanu
bemitzvotav vetzivanu al sefirat ha’omer

Blessed are you O L-rd our G-d,
King of the Universe who has sanctified us by your commandments
and commanded us to count the Omer.

Messianic Blessing:
Blessed are You O L-rd our G-D, King of the Universe
Who cleansed us through Yeshua our Messiah and by His Commandments
and has commanded us to count the Omer.

Today O Mighty, Loving G-D, I thank you for loving me; sending Yeshua to fill my life with your love. I place my Trust in Yeshua the Only begotten Son of the Most High G-D as my Savior and Love you for loving me so very much. Wash me of all my sins for trying to live life my way. Teach me your Ways O Mighty G-D, that I might learn them and do them, as are written in your Holy Word.

B”Shem Yeshua (In the Name of Jesus),

Rabbi Cliff

Day 4 of Counting The Omer What’s Love Got To Do With It?

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Here we are at Day four of counting the Omer, in the First week of 7 weeks, culminating in the Festival of Shavuot.

I have titled today’s count after the song title who’s tag line says so much of what the world sadly believes… “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” That title poses a question that deserves an answer……………………….Answer: EVERYTHING, if the world will ever reach it’s purpose, and potential. Everything, if you and I want to live a life that has meaning. Everything, if you want to be a person of value. Everything if you plan on finding true Shalom. Everything if you claim to serve The Most High G-d. Everything, if you are the G-D who created Everything! It is the Foundation for Everything in the Bible.

For those of you who have read the Brit Chadashah (Re-Newed Covenant), This is what Rabbi Sha’ul (Apostle Paul) is trying to convey to us in First Corinthians Chapter 13. Read it, devour it, make it a priority to live it! Chesed (charity) is the purpose of the Whole Bible from beginning to end, yet the demonstration of it in the lives of the people who are the recipients of it……well, lets just say we fall short daily.

Chesed, is a “Way” of Life. Out of it flows the way to G-D, the Truth of G-D and the Life of G-D. You can’t get to G-D without it. You can’t make it to Shamayim (Heaven) except by Love….. but not just any love, it must be perfect love. This kind of love is ALWAYS Giving as described in 1st Corinthians chapter 13, but it has a precursor, a owners manual of type. First in Yochanan chapter 3:16 ” For G-d so LOVED the world that He GAVE His ONLY begotten Son that whosoever believed in Him, should have everlasting life.

Then Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah) tells us plainly in [Jhn 14:6 NKJV] 6 Yeshua said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

After we choose to follow Yeshua as the “Way, Truth and Life, we have become His Talmidim (disciples). Now that is where the rubber meets the road…… that has led us to Day 4 of Counting the Omer.

Yeshua asks us a profound question that I believe is meant for counting the Omer. Counting the Omer is meant to get us back to “center,” back to what is really important, to recognizing the characteristics that G-D breathed into us, Adam, on the day he was Born. If that is the case, then we must pay close attention to the ONE who exemplified LOVE!

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Sharing the Love of Yeshua In Africa

 

Before you read the question, be ready to answer it honestly, because your spiritual walk depends on it. Ok, here is the question Yeshua asks. It is found in Luke Chapter 6:46…“But why do you call Me ‘L-rd, L-rd,’ and not do the things which I say?

What is your answer? Mine is lack of Chesed (love). Now you know why the Apostle Paul wrote 1st Corinthians chapter 13. it is to remind us of why we are called the Talmidim of Yeshua (Disciples of Jesus). We are to BE LIKE HIM if we are truly His followers.

One of the things I love about the Word is it’s flow and movement, it;’s constantly reminding us of whose are supposed to be. It defines us and our purpose. It washes us, instructs us, encourages us and corrects us. Still, even in correction His love shines through, shouting out to us “you can make it! Get you eyes back on ME, turn your heart back to Me….I love you. Why don’t we do that right now. Take a moment and ask Messiah Yeshua to wash you, cleanse you, get you back on the track of Chesed (Love). Take time today, tomorrow, this week and the rest of the 45 days of counting the Omer to “Do” acts of kindness and love. Let’s the world Yeshua in what we do, not just what we say. Let’s return to our first love and obey His commands. Feed the poor, visit the sick and preach the Gospel by giving Love:)

Proverbs 19:17 teaches….He who has pity on the poor lends to the L-RD, And He will pay back what he has given.

If you do not have a way of “Going” and “Doing” yourself, please consider making a Donation to The Rock Of Israel Congregation by Clicking on the provided  link at:    www.rockofisraelcongregation.org    Look for the “Donate” page on the left in the menu. By doing so, you empower us to help others through your Love in action. You will have done a mitzvah (kept the commandment) of Chesed by help us to help others. May Adonai send B’rachot (Blessings) down from Shamayim (Heaven) to you!

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New Shoes and full bellies equal happy children:)

 

Today is Day four of counting the Omer….
Count the Omer: Recite the following on day Four.
Say, This is the first week and the fourth day of counting the Omer:
The following shows the counting for day four. Do the same for the following 45 days inserting the number of that day.
Each evening, beginning with the day after the Sabbath after Passover, while standing, one first recites the blessing for the mitzvah of counting, and then declares the number of days and weeks of the Omer count:

Recite the blessing:
Traditional:
Baruch atah adonay eloheynu melech ha’olam asher kidshanu
bemitzvotav vetzivanu al sefirat ha’omer

Blessed are you O L-rd our G-d,
King of the Universe who has sanctified us by your commandments
and commanded us to count the Omer.

Messianic Blessing:
Blessed are You O L-rd our G-D, King of the Universe
Who cleansed us through Yeshua our Messiah and by His Commandments
and has commanded us to count the Omer.

Today O Mighty, Loving G-D, I thank you for loving me; sending Yeshua to fill my life with your love. I place my Trust in Yeshua the Only begotten Son of the Most High G-D as my Savior and Love you for loving me so very much. Wash me of all my sins for trying to live life my way. Teach me your Ways O Mighty G-D, that I might learn them and do them, as are written in your Holy Word.

B”Shem Yeshua (In the Name of Jesus),

Rabbi Cliff

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Day Three In Counting The Omer – “Love Continued”

When I think of counting the Omer, the first week is my favorite…..”Love” It is what everyone that has it, a some point in time takes it for granted and abuse it. For others it somehow seems to elude their grasp.  It is those that I am thinking of today. For a young man, who served in his fathers shop, creating Idols to be sold to those who were looking for a miracle, they became an object of desire. The very idea of the idol worship signifies someone in need of help. Help to heal a loved one. Help to obtain something that they cannot get on their own, either for someone else, or themselves, regardless, they are in need.

Yes, I know, I know, there are some of them who worship, and offer sacrifice to the Idol for their own selfish gain, still it is a red flag that cries Help me, I lack love! Everything that happens good or bad in the world is connected to “Love”. Without it we are just empty beings trying to belong, to fit in, to please someone, or something to find it….That is what Abraham discovered, working in his fathers shop.

Abraham watched, day by day, week to week, month to month, year to year, until he had enough! Not being able to take it anymore, he had to know the truth! Being left alone to mind the shop one day, he smashed all the idols except one large one. In the hand of that one large idol he placed the stick, that Abraham had used to crush and destroy all but it, and he waited, waited for his father to return.

Why did Abraham do this? Because he was driven for the Truth, the Truth of who it was that had created all the stars in the Heavens, the oceans, the birds of the air, the ants on the ground the cattle and sheep of the pastures. There had to be a purpose, a reason for this world, and if there was a G-D, a real one, one who cared enough to equip the world with all the beauty, then that G-D loved His creation, and Abraham’s life and all those he knew had a purpose. If so, then the G-D who created it must…..Love us. So, he dad to know!

Abraham waited for his father to return to see what his reaction would be…….Finally when his father returned, seeing Abraham, siting there, he cried “Abraham what happened! I left you here to watch the shop, and I return to find all the idols destroyed, crushed and broken! What happened? Abraham, said not a word, he just raised his arm and pointed to that Idol, the one he had put the stick into its hand, and he waited to see what his father would say. Abraham knew his father would do one of two things, either fall down and worship the Idol or reveal that the idols were not G-d’s but man made objects and nothing at all……Abraham waited, watching his fathers every move…..”Abraham there is no way that Idol did this… You know we make those in the back room!
They have no life or strength or mind! Abraham finally had his answer……and so do we. The things of this world are all created from something already in existence.

We try and make idols to fill the hole in our hearts. The hole that can only be filled with the “Love of the ONE TRUE G-D who loved us so very much that He created this world, so He could have relationship with us, filling the Void we humans feel and try to fill with stuff, or people. The only problem is, they are just “gods”, fallible idols we create to appease our need for Love GIVEN Freely from the G-D who created Adam, and breathed into us Him own breath..His Name, His Love.

Only Adam and Eve gave it away, when the choose to exchange it for something that satisfied their flesh…..and humans have been trying to get back to the garden ever since…trying it their way, but that won’t work. Only the G-D who crated us can Give that Love back.

First he tried it on Mt. Sinai, but my people couldn’t wait for Moses to come back down the mountain, and thinking Moses had died, and knowing that they would die as well if they tried to go up the mountain to “find G-D” they would die too! So instead of waiting, crying out to G-D to help them, to allow them to go up on the Mountain to be in His presence, they did what any good idol worshiper did and still does today, the made and Idol and tried to fit “god” into it, to get what they thought they needed to feed their flesh, instead of filling the void with the One True G-D’s LOVE to satisfy their soul….The problem is, G-D doesn’t work like that, He never has! We must obey His Word…period!

We must Trust that He will keep His Word, and in trusting we are obeying, and in obeying we are trusting, and when we do that….He can be found, with His hand reaching out, like it always has been. G-D is reaching out to YOU right now…in this article…spiritually…..He tells us in His word that He loves us So Very Much! That is why he went to all that trouble in the garden, then with Abraham, then With Moses and the Hebrew children, and finally ALL the World, by giving His Only Begotten Son, Yeshua. That Name, Yeshua, it says it all…..It literally means…Salvation from G-D!

Why do you need a Savior? WE need a Savior from ourselves! From the Evil one who perverted everything on that day that he tempted and succeeded in his plan to mess up the whole world, ALL of What G-D had just created, for who he Loved so much and wanted only Love in return, fellowship, even more, Relationship. But the love in return had to be out of a desire for the G-D of the Universe, not the “god” of the world and it’s fleshly gratification of self.

It took four thousand years to do it, but it is done! As we count the Omer on day three (it is 12:27 AM, so I missed getting this out by day two), lets set our hearts on the G-D of the Universe, who created ALL things. The one who put the whole Tanakh and Brti Chadashah (Old Covenant & Re-Newed Covenant) into place and arranged everyone of those days and happenings to point toward that Ultimate day of reckoning, when He would fix the mistake the First Adam made, who sinned and fell. It was because of that sin, we had to be driven out of the Presence of a Holy G-D, not because He hated us, but because He loved us…..knowing that because He is Holy and sin cannot remain in His presence without being destroyed….He finally fixed the problem, by sending His Only Begotten Son….Yeshua HaMashiach Ben Elohim! (Jesus the messiah, the Son of G=D),homepage_2 the “Second Adam”…..except this time, NO SIN and that is why Yeshua said…I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man come to the Father except by Me.

Yesterday I spoke about Hope, that Yeshua is Alive and returning. Today, I continue to tell you about Hope, founded on Chessed, Love…Kindness, acts of Charity….for their is No greater Chessed, Love, Kindness or Charity than this…”For G-D so Loved the World, that He GAVE His ONLY begotten Son, so that whoever would believe on Him would have…..the thing that Eve & Adam so wrongly tried to obtain their way…..just like most still try today….when it would have been and, is Right Now easily obtained by Trust In the One who gave His life, that we Might have Relationship through His Perfect sacrifice of a life lived seeking only to please His father. Yeshua demonstrated His LOVE by Giving His life in OUR place on the Execution stake. Reach out, take it! It’s is Free! Ask Yeshua to be your L-RD, GIVE YOUR HEART, YOUR LOVE to HIM, He already has done that for YOU! Ask Him now, tell Him You Love Him; ask Him to teach you His ways, so you can do what please the ONE who will fill the void created only to be filled with LOVE from the Father.

Today is Day Three of counting the Omer….

  • Count the Omer:   Recite the following on day three.
  • Say, This is the first week and the third day of counting the Omer:
  • The following shows the counting for day three.  Do the same for the following 46 days inserting the number of that day.

Each evening, beginning with the day after the Sabbath after Passover, while standing, one first recites the blessing for the mitzvah of counting, and then declares the number of days and weeks of the Omer count:

  1. Recite the blessing:

Traditional:

   Baruch atah adonay eloheynu melech ha’olam asher kidshanu
bemitzvotav vetzivanu al sefirat ha’omer

Blessed are you O L-rd our G-d,
King of the Universe who has sanctified us by your commandments
and commanded us to count the Omer.

Messianic Blessing:
Blessed are You O L-rd our Gd-, King of the Universe
Who cleansed us through Yeshua our Messiah and by His Commandments
and has commanded us to count the Omer.

Today O Mighty, Loving G-D, I thank you for loving me; sending Yeshua to fill my life with your love.  I place my Trust in Yeshua  the Only begotten Son of the Most High G-D as my Savior and Love you for loving me so very much.  Wash me of all my sins for trying to live life my way.  Teach me your Ways O Mighty G-D, that I might learn them and do them, as are written in your Holy Word.

B”Shem Yeshua (In the Name of Jesus),

Rabbi Cliff

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Day Two In counting the OMER ” We are NOT alone! G-D Has Not, nor will He Ever forsake you!

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For everyone who has been looking for “Day Two” of counting the Omer….Here it is!

We are NOT Alone…even if it looks, and feels like it sometimes…..Pick your head UP! Turn off the voice in your head that is lying to you, telling you it is hopeless, you are worthless, that G-d is not real, or that He does not love you……Help is on the way!

The first week of counting the Omer, we look deep inside ourselves with great detail, trying to get our life back into perspective. Why? G-d made us, He breathed His breath into us, His Name into us (you heard me correctly. Stay with me to find out), the part of His essence that gives life to the blood, and makes a living, breathing Spirit, Soul, and body. No, I did not say it backwards, you have been taught it backwards! It is that part of Him that makes us a Human being.

That breath, in Hebrew, “Ruach” (spirit, breath, wind) that makes us a Human being, fashioned in His image. Still, there is much more to it! That “more” is what came from that first breath. It is what was contained in that first breath that makes us different than all other life in this UNIVERSE! Stay with me on this 49 day, 7 week journey of counting the Omer, to find out what that is, but first we have to go back to the beginning, before the Universe or anything was created. In it we will find the answer to the who, what, when, where and, why of it all of this life we struggle to maintain balance in. That is the reason we count the Omer, to get us “Back To The Future.”   No, I am not talking about the movie. I am talking about Adam & Eve’s Pre-Tree existence in the garden, when life really was, “Perfect,” that took us to the giving of Torah on Mt. Sinai, that takes us to the execution stake of Messiah, that takes us to the time in the history of the world where we are right now.

Right now, in this very moment people are being born, facing life’s Joys, facing life’s struggles, and dying.  To even write about the everyday stuff we are facing in America, even to reference the homeless, prejudice, job loss, the economy, or the political state of our nation is almost embarrassing, especially in light of “Believers” beheaded for Messiah by ISIS.  The world seems as if it has just about reached the pinnacle of evil.  To even mention, let alone pray for any of our needs in light of that seems so self centered and un-Yeshua like!  Still, G-D cares.  He cares about EVERYTHING we as His children, called by His name are going through at this moment.  Yes, even the smallest of problems in comparison, gets His attention when we cry out to our Poppa.  It is why in Judaism we reference the title “Avinu Malkenu” (Our Father our King).  He can handle it ALL at once!  From the Martyrdom in the Middle east to the scrape on a ten year old’s knee as tears of pain roll down their her cheeks, and her mother prays for her.   That is what Fathers who are Kings do.  The take care of their Mishpocheh (Family), all the while they are Ruling the Kingdom, setting the stage for the Final cure to all that ails them both.

It is because of His love for us that He did not stay out of the picture after Adam and Eve disobeyed Him.  It was because of His Love for us that He pursued Abraham, and made him the promise to be the father of the Jewish Nation and the adopted father of the people who did not come from his loins.  It is why we count the Omer; in doing so we remember his promise to redeem His Chosen people from slavery in Egypt.  He did just that.  By the time the Hebrew children had reached Mt. Sinai, seven weeks after their Exodus, they have seen many Miraculous events! G-D has demonstrated His power to them in many ways.  It is on this Mountain of G-D, in the middle of the desert that we witness the most amazing occurrence in the History of the World!  The Revelation of G-D to the Hebrew people.  The Hebrew Name for G-d in this section of scripture is quite revealing as well.  This name is the same name that I mentioned earlier, remember, the one G-d breathed into Adam’s nostrils, that caused the clay man G-D had formed with His hands to come to life! Both are amazing in themselves, but if we look at them as Echad (One), much will be revealed!

But you will have to come back tomorrow as we count day 4 (remember, I wrote Day Three our of order) of the Omer to find out the rest!

 

Today is Day two of counting the Omer….

  • Count the Omer:   Recite the following on day three.
  • Say, This is the first week and the second day of counting the Omer:
  • The following shows the counting for day two.  Do the same for the following 47 days inserting the number of that day.

Each evening, beginning with the day after the Sabbath after Passover, while standing, one first recites the blessing for the mitzvah of counting, and then declares the number of days and weeks of the Omer count:

  1. Recite the blessing:

Traditional:

   Baruch atah adonay eloheynu melech ha’olam asher kidshanu
bemitzvotav vetzivanu al sefirat ha’omer

Blessed are you O L-rd our G-d,
King of the Universe who has sanctified us by your commandments
and commanded us to count the Omer.

Messianic Blessing:
Blessed are You O L-rd our Gd-, King of the Universe
Who cleansed us through Yeshua our Messiah and by His Commandments
and has commanded us to count the Omer.

Today O Mighty, Loving G-D, I thank you for loving me; sending Yeshua to fill my life with your love.  I place my Trust in Yeshua  the Only begotten Son of the Most High G-D as my Savior and Love you for loving me so very much.  Wash me of all my sins for trying to live life my way.  Teach me your Ways O Mighty G-D, that I might learn them and do them, as are written in your Holy Word.

B”Shem Yeshua (In the Name of Jesus),

Rabbi Cliff

Day One in Counting The Omer… A time of Introspection and Balance in our Relationship with G-D

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Counting The Omer

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  • What is an Omer?
  • Why Count the Omer?
  • How do we Count the Omer?
  • What is the Spiritual Significance?
  • What will Counting the Omer do for me?

You shall count for yourselves seven weeks, from when the sickle is first put to the standing crop shall you begin counting seven weeks.Then you will observe the Festival of Shavuot for the L-RD, your G- d-Deuteronomy 16:9-10

Counting the Omer is a time of introspection as we meditate on the attributes of G-d and also measure their display in our lives.  The discipline of counting each of the days of the Omer reminds us too that all of our days are numbered, and it is our responsibility to make each day count.

  • Count the Omer:   Recite the following on day one.
    The following shows the counting for day one.  Do the same for the following 49 days inserting the number of that day.

Each evening, beginning with the day after the Sabbath after Passover, while standing, one first recites the blessing for the mitzvah of counting, and then declares the number of days and weeks of the Omer count:

  1. Recite the blessing:

Traditional:

 Baruch atah adonay eloheynu melech ha’olam asher kidshanu
bemitzvotav vetzivanu al sefirat ha’omer

Blessed are you O Lord our God,
King of the Universe who has sanctified us by your commandments
and commanded us to count the Omer.

Messianic Blessing:
Blessed are You O Lord our God, King of the Universe
Who cleansed us through Yeshua our Messiah and by His Commandments
and has commanded us to count the Omer.

Torah Teaches: “You shall count for yourselves seven weeks, from when the sickle is first put to the standing crop shall you begin counting seven weeks. Then you will observe the Festival of Shavuot for the L-RD, your G-d-Deuteronomy 16:9-10

According to the Torah (Lev. 23:15), we are obligated to count the days from Passover to Shavuot. This period is known as the Counting of the Omer. An omer is a unit of measure. On the second day of Passover, in the days of the Temple, an omer of barley was cut down and brought to the Temple as an offering. This grain offering was referred to as the Omer.

The Hebrew Word …..o·mer…ˈōmər,ˈōmer/ noun: omer; plural noun: omers; noun: Omer
1. 
an ancient Hebrew dry measure, the tenth part of an ephah.
2. 
Judaism
a sheaf of corn or omer of grain presented as an offering on the second day of Passover.
the period of 49 days between the second day of Passover and Shavuot (Pentecost).

THE OMER IS A PICTURE OF:
Picture of Spiritual Growth:
Seed to: Matt. 13:19-38; John 12:20-33
Tender shoot: Isa 53:2
Plant Psa. 80:8
Full grown to: The pressing of the Oil, or harvest of the wheat, and barley
Shavuot: The harvest – RENEWD COVENANT JER. 31:33

The First Week of counting the Omer we focus on Chesed (Love in our relationship to G-d and Man).  In the Brit Chadashah we find Peter after he has denied Messiah Yeshua, he sees Yeshua on the shore and seizes his opportunity to have some alone time with him to get things right again.  Peter jumps into the water and swims to shore where Jesus is cooking a fish, a meal.  In Judaism we are all about community, food is an expression of that.  If you are invited in to eat, you are part of the community, a way of saying “we are family”.  If a meal is being prepared and you are not invited, as in Josephs brothers eating a meal on the edge of the pit, after they threw Joseph in it, you being told you are Not a part of the family.  So, we see this invitation of forgiveness and inclusion here with Peter and Yeshua.  Yeshua, being the Moshiach Ben Elohim (Jesus the Son of G-d), knew very well what the first week of introspection in counting the Omer was all about.  He had told His talmidim (disciples) to “wait” for the Comforter that He would send them.  To wait in Jerusalem for Shavuot, knowing while they were waiting, they were counting the Omer and would be reflecting on Chesed.  This is reflected in the questions He asked Peter…do you love me?

Read John chapter 21 as we reflect on our “love for G-d and our fellow man……in Counting the Omer this week.

More to come tomorrow!

B’rachot, B’Shem Yeshua, (blessings In The Name of Jesus)

Rabbi Cliff

There is Hope! The Feast of Shavuot is PROOF that Yeshua is Alive!

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THERE IS HOPE!! Yeshua is ALIVE! There is proof of his being raised from the dead, and that He has ascended to the Father! The proof is in the Festival of Shavuot (Pentecost). He promised He would send the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) as proof, and History Records it!
John 15:26 (HNV)
“When the Counselor has come, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will testify about me.In Acts chapter Two, when the Ruach filled the 120 in the Upper Room on that day of Shavuot, two thousand years ago!

1 Now when the day of Shavu`ot had come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 Suddenly there came from the sky a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 Tongues like fire appeared and were distributed to them, and one sat on each of them.
4 They were all filled with the Ruach HaKodesh, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak.

Want more proof? Over 500 million believers In the world are filled with G-D The Holy Spirit today, and He continues to fill believers who desire More! Living Proof that Yeshua (Jesus) is Alive!!! He ALWAYS keeps His Word! He will soon return, ARE You Ready?

There is MORE….. So do you want more?
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