Brother Chris did an excellent job with his double torah portion, After The Death and Holy Ones, Leviticus 16:1-20:27. There are many parallels in this section with the New Testament. One goat was sacrificed while another carried away our sins into the wilderness; Yeshua (Jesus) justifies us with His blood, and then takes away our sins. Further, we are called to be holy, and must be careful to avoid such things as lying or perverting justice, which defile our bodies. Praise reports included new jobs and fellowship, after which we prayed for medical healings. In the sermon, Rabbi Jonathan connected his 400 mile bicycle journey to the meaning of being a “Christian” or “Messianic Jew”. Do we do greater works that Jesus? Have you openly shared (confessed )your sins? Will you discard the past, and embrace life’s mistakes, as you go into the future. Lots to learn; Shabbat Shalom. And the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/21-Apr-2018-Slides.pdf
It was refreshing to sing about our Savior who is seated above, enthroned in the Father’s love. It was also good being reminded that we will overcome, by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of our testimony. Brother Brandon did an amazing job with his inaugural torah portion at Messiah Echad, Tazria and Metzora, from Leviticus 12:1 – 15:33. When, not if, a woman conceives, there is a purification process mother and child undergo to bring about holiness. And some illnesses, such as leprosy, are the physical counterparts to the spiritual problem of sin. Praise reports included tuition being covered, and we prayed for healing, after which Rabbi asked if our world (modern society) teaches us to follow the commandments of God. When it comes to design and function, not so much. Ownership and responsibility is not better. How about issues and feedback? The slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/14-Apr-2018-Slides.pdf
Because He lives, I am alive. I can face tomorrow, and every fear is gone. Amen. Amen. Let us shout Amen! In the torah portion, Brother Chris covered Parsha Shemini, Eighth Day, Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47. We discussed many of the offerings, then continued on with celebrations, after which Nadab and Abihu made profane fire to Adonai (The Lord). Even with good intentions, if you do things your way, not Yah’s (God’s), things might not end well. Praise reports included surprise $1200 checks, and medical miracles, after which we prayed for emotional healing. Lastly, Rabbi Jonathan talked about the holy spirit ceasing to live inside man (Genesis), then being revived (Acts), yet people do not follow the holy spirit’s guidance (God’s Laws). Meditate on the Word. Embrace accountable. Keep your mind sober. And the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/07-Apr-2018-Slides.pdf
With visitors who drove more than five hours to attend, and members that have been in the faith over five decades, Messiah Echad was blessed to enter our fifth year observing God’s Feasts and Festivals. Our order of service began by mentioning the unblemished lamb from Exodus 12:5, which became Yeshua (Jesus) later in the Bible. The second Passover theme is removal of leaven from our homes but also pride, puffiness, or sin from our lives. The third theme is when a non-Jewish visitor or stranger wants observe the Passover, God commands us to permit them. Peradventure, maybe even encourage. Passover is a witness, a testimony to the community, and proof that God answers prayer. Lastly, we observed communion with bread and wine, then anticipated Elijah’s coming. Chag Semach, Happy Passover, and may your Feast of Unleavened Bread be easy.