Have an Ever-Blooming Shana Tova (good year)!

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{a centerpiece featured at a Rosh Hashanah dinner}

 

Rosh Hashanah means head of the year. In Jewish tradition, it is the start of a new year. According to Leviticus 23:23-25 and Numbers 29:1-6, this holy holiday prescribed by the LORD is known as ‘Yom Teruah’ in Hebrew or ‘Feast of Trumpets’ in English. It is one of seven feasts those in covenant with Abba Father practice. Last night, I attended and participated in a Rosh Hashanah service, which included a feast, dancing, singing, and of course, many blasts of the shofar, a ram’s horn used as a trumpet in ancient Israel and today. There are many layers, depths, and prophetic implications to this ongoing, ever-blooming Feast of the LORD! To see a brief video capturing some of this special event as well as my thoughts from a Messianic perspective, click on the YouTube video below. Shana Tova!

Torah Portion: Nasso

In Messianic Judaism, Hebrew roots congregations, as well as various forms of Judaism, there is a weekly Bible reading plan that the whole world (of those groups) studies in unity. This week’s Torah portion is called “Nasso”, which means in Hebrew “Take Up”. Can you find a theme or connection between these various passages?

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[Note: Torah is the first five books of the Bible, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, also known as the Law. Haftarah is “partings” or portions of the prophets. The Gospels are the written recordings about the life of Yeshua / Jesus, the Messiah, found in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Messianic Judaism, as well as those in various Hebrew roots congregations, believe Yeshua or Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah and includes the Gospels as well as the rest of the New Testament in their studies whereas Judaism does not.]

 

Torah Portion: Behar

This week’s Torah portion is/was Behar, which means “On The Mountain”. While on Mount Sinai, Abba (Father) shared with Moses the need to let the land rest every 7 years and the consequences for the failure to do so manifested many years later. The concept of resting every 7 days and every 7 years is prophetic of the future Messianic era when Yeshua reigns…It also reveals to us that we can rest knowing Abba will provide for us on the 7th day and in the 7th year. #torahportion #shemitah #sabbath

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Happy Biblical New Year

Although the date on our Gregorian calendar will be different each year, at sunset on Friday, April 5th, 2019, also known as Nisan 1 or Abib 1 in the Hebrew calendar, the New Year has officially sprung! According to the Bible, the Biblical New Year begins in Spring. Makes sense considering all the new life blossoming in Spring.

Exodus 12:2 “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.” (NKJV)

Scripture then goes on to describe the events of Passover and the Hebrews/Israelites miraculous exodus from Egypt by crossing the Red Sea (see Exodus 12-14).

Deuteronomy 16:1 “Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover to the LORD your God, for in the month of Abib  the LORD your God brought you out of Egypt by night.” (NKJV) See Exodus 13:3-4 also.

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Think About Such Things

If you’ve ever been stressed out, worried about something (i.e. bills, family, friends, health issues, work, etc), or fearful of something or fearful of the future, think about “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Perhaps by focusing on the loveliness or purity of a roses’ petals, you can let go of the thorns dwelling within such a peculiar, but lovely plant.

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‘Purity’, a climbing rose

Gifts Are Meant To Be Given Away

il_570xN.984043134_oq9mTonight, an opportunity manifested allowing me to prophetically sing over a woman. The woman/new friend just outright asked me to sing to her. Other times, God “highlights” people I am supposed to speak to/sing to. For those of you who haven’t seen this/experienced this, sometimes the Spirit provides the setting and invites me to sing over people needing healing, comfort, or to be set free from something, etc. My part is just be willing to shut off me (my will/my time/my thoughts) to simply allow the Father to use my voice to sing something personal to them (Zephaniah 3:14-17).It’s like a lullaby of love…even correction sometimes wrapped in a loving, soothing song. Or as if God unexpectedly shows up to personally deliver to you a bouquet of His fragrant love. Meanwhile, the woman was crying and later shared with me how the phrases/words in the spontaneous song were the exact verbage God uses when He talks with her. I had no idea. I just met this person a few days ago. After the song is done, I typically have no recollection of the song’s specific wording just maybe one or two words or a theme. It is interesting, but moreover, a blessing to me to be able to help others in that capacity. It’s not all the time, but often enough that I trust Him when He beckons. Ironically, in doing what He invites us to do, we too are healed, set free, delivered from our own issues. That’s why faith with obedience is so important. Just be who God created and wills you to be. Gifts are meant to be given away.  #everbloomingroses #obedience #trust #psalmist #prophetic #Godisreal #song

Dormancy

happysabbathTo learn more about the Sabbath, a day of rest given by God, study these passages.Genesis 1:5,13-14 ; Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11; Exodus 31:12-17; Isaiah 58:13-14; Isaiah 66:22-23; Nehemiah 13:19; Ezekiel 44:23-24; Mark 2:27-27 (a gift for man from the Lord); Luke 4:16; Acts 17:2; Acts 18:4; Hebrews 4