It was so refreshing to declare that my help comes from You. God is right here pulling me through, carrying me on His shoulders. Brandon brought forth Behar and Bechukotai, On The Mountain and In My Statues, from Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34. A connection was made to the kindness and severity of God, from Romans 11:22, which proves that the blessings and curses of Leviticus 26:3-14 never ended. We need to continue studying the Word, listening to the precepts, and following them (i.e. tithing) lest God walk contrary to us. Praise report were free wine dinners, and we prayed for healing, after with Rabbi Jonathan delivered a passionate Mother’s Day sermon. Despite feminism asserting women can rule men, let us embrace the viewpoint of our creator, while honoring mothers, motherhood, maternal influence, and mother’s influences in society, biblically. The slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/12-May-2018-Slides.pdf
On Cinco De Mayo, our Shabbat Service was especially fun and celebratory, but not because the Mexican Army defeated France in 1862. Watchman Alexander summarized Emor, Say, Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23, which spoke about what it means to be holy. Next, we covered the Appointed Times or Feasts of the Lord, and we encouraged all generations to observe them. Praise reports included favor at work, and we prayed for our online audience, before Rabbi Jonathan asked if we are fallen, walking, running, or soaring. The bible says even young men will grow weary and fall, so it is important to be honest about how we are doing. If you are fallen, don’t turn to others to save you; that’s God’s job. If you are walking, be content. If you are running, run your heart out and if you are soaring, don’t look down on people. Help people. And the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/05-May-2018-Slides.pdf
As Rabbi Jonathan cycled with veterans in the Northeast, and a few technical difficulties arose during services, this recording came out a bit faint, but the insights will speak loudly into your life. Pastor Harry covered Emor, Say, Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23. Despite our desire as ministers to be relatable and relevant, we must remain Holy, because God is Holy. Also, and especially in this modern world, do we spend the same energy on secular holidays, as we do God’s Holy Days? Hmm. After praise reports of vehicles, and prayers for surgeries, we were blessed to hear from our guest, Reverend Kurt Hein. The exegesis was from John 15:1-8, where we read about the Vine and the branches. Right before being betrayed, Yeshua invited us to abide with Him, and be fruitful. God wants to give life; do not run from Him. Abide, and pray.
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.
Are you ready to no longer be a slave to fear? If you claim to be a Child of God, the arms of the Father will free you, liberate you, and surround you. And if you claim your sonship rights, every chain by which the world holds you, will be broken. There is power in the name of Yeshua (Jesus). After praise and worship that brought everyone to tears, Rabbi Jonathan summarized Tzav, Command, Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36. How is this parsha profitable for doctrine, reproof, and correction? Return things better than you received them, seize the day, and exercise patience! In the praise reports, Mark was miraculously healed of stage four cancer (yes really!), and we prayed against curses, after which Brother Adam gave a testimony that defines hate, but also highlighted the power of love and forgiveness. The slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/24-Mar-2018-Slides.pdf . See you for Passover!
Oh how sweet is the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I was once lost but now am found; I was blind but now I see, so clearly! Hallelujah for the grace that falls down like rain on those who believe. And despite what occurs in life, trial or tribulation, may we remember there is no fear in love. Brother Chris opened Vayikra, And He Called, Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26. The Burnt, Grain, Peace, Sin, and Guilt Offerings satisfied the payment required in the Korban Principle (Sin, Confession, Sacrifice, Redemption), and Yeshua (Jesus) satisfies it now. After praise reports and prayer requests, Rabbi Jonathan spoke about his bike ride (his videos are here), then presented three ways society can love and reform potential murderers. Bring God back into our schools, be kind, and be honest. The referenced editorial is linked, the parsha slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/17-May-2018-P-Slides.pdf, and main message slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/17-Mar-2018-T-Slides.pdf.
Yeshua El Yakar. Seh tamim, v’atuf hadar. Peh Echad, korim lecha Immanu’el Baruch Haba. Yeshua, with one voice we cry out to You, and bid You a speedy return. After praise and worship, Rebbetzin Melinda talked to the children about Parsha Ki Tisa, when you take. In Exodus 30:11 – 34:35, we see the Israelites become fearful of Moses being delayed on Mount Sinai, but is fear ever an excuse to make our own gods? Thankfully Moses was able to successfully plead for mercy, which was granted to the Israelites. Praise reports included a sizeable donation, and we prayed for places to live, after which Rabbi Jonathan spoke about our second statement of faith, belief in Jesus Christ. As Jesus was the Son of God, there is a deity aspect to Him, but Jesus was also the son of Joseph, a man. Lastly, Jesus (Yeshua) was raised Jewish. And the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/03-Mar-2018-Slides.pdf.