EMET MINISTRIES’ VISION STATEMENT
Ministering the truth of the gospel to the Jewish people and the truth of the Jewish people and Israel to the church
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THIS WEEK'S 'PARSHA': 'VAYIKRA'
IMPORTANT DATES TO DIARIZE
EMET MINISTRIES’ PRETORIA PESACH (PASSOVER) / SHABBAT SERVICE
Emet Ministries is having a Pesach / Shabbat service at Houtkruis Church,346 Pretoria Street, Silverton, Pretoria on Friday night 10 April at 7pm.
Join us after the service for tea, coffee and great fellowship.
Invite family and friends as well as Jewish people you know.
All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you.
EMET MINISTRIES’ PRAYER MEETING FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND ISRAEL
The next Emet Ministries' Prayer Meeting for the Jewish people and Israel will take place on Monday night 13 April in the FOYER HALL at Hatfield Christian Church, Pretoria at 7pm.
Please join us as we fervently intercede for the Jewish people and Israel.
All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.
EMET MINISTRIES’ JOHANNESBURG SHABBAT SERVICE
The next Emet Ministries' Shabbat service will take place on Friday night 17 April at TURNING POINT MINISTRIES, 1st Floor M F Auto Centre, Corner North Rand Road and Herman Pieters Road, Boksburg at 7pm.
Join us after the service for tea, coffee and great fellowship.
Invite your family and friends; Invite Jewish people.
All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.
EMET MINISTRIES’ TEACHING SEMINAR
The next Emet Ministries' Saturday morning teaching:
Teaching date: 25 APRIL 2015
Venue: FOYER HALL, HATFIELD CHRISTIAN CHURCH, PRETORIA
Time: 10h00 - 12h00
Teaching title: 'PARSHA' OF THE WEEK
Invite your family and friends; invite Jewish people. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.
TO THE JEW FIRST
PESACH / PASSOVER
On the evening of the 3rd April, Jewish people all over the world will begin celebrating ‘Pesach’ (Passover) to remember the miraculous events of G-d taking the Children of Israel from slavery in Egypt into freedom.
‘Pesach’ is a joyous festival and it is usually celebrated by the entire family (uncles, aunts, cousins etc).
The word ‘Pesach’ comes from the Hebrew root ‘Pei-Samekh-Cheit’ meaning to pass through, to pass over, to exempt or to spare. It refers to the fact that G-d “passed over” the houses of the Children of Israel when he was slaying the firstborn of Egypt.
‘Pesach’ is also the name of the sacrificial offering (a lamb) that was made in the temple on this holiday. The holiday is also referred to as ‘Chag he-Aviv’ (the Spring Festival), ‘Chag ha-Matzot’ (the Festival of ‘Matzoth’) and ‘Z'man Cheiruteinu’ (the Time of Our Freedom).
‘Pesach’ is a feast celebrated by Jewish people to remember the biblical events which took place in Exodus 12:1-27 when the Angel of Death passed over the houses of the Children of Israel and smote all the firstborn of the Egyptians.
‘Pesach’ is observed by Jewish people according to the commandment found in Leviticus 23:4-8: ““These are the feasts of the Lord, holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at their appointed, times. On the fourteenth day of the first month (‘Nissan’) at twilight is the Lord’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it. But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.””
This commandment is also found in Numbers 9:1-5 and Deuteronomy 16:1-4.
On the eve of ‘Pesach’ (two nights in the Diaspora) a ‘Pesach’ dinner is held, called a ‘Seder’, in which the story of the exodus of the Children of Israel from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land is related.
In Exodus 12:26-27 and Deuteronomy 6:20-25 G-d commanded fathers to relate the story of Passover to their children from generation to generation.
During ‘Pesach’, no bread or yeast is eaten by Jewish people; instead, ‘matzah’ is eaten. ‘Matzah’ is unleavened bread made simply from flour and water and cooked very quickly. This is the ‘bread’ that the Jews made for their flight from Egypt.
MUCH IN PASSOVER IS PROPHETIC OF YESHUA
• The shank bone is prophetic of the slaughtered lamb which symbolises Yeshua (The Lamb of G-d) and the crucifixion.
• The lamb without spot or blemish, which was slaughtered and eaten, is symbolic of the perfect Lamb of G-d, Yeshua, who became our sacrifice – “Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.” (1 Corinthians 5:7).
• The blood on the doorposts and lintels is symbolic of Cross and the shed Blood of the Yeshua.
• The egg on the Seder plate which represents both mourning and new life is symbolic of the death and resurrection of Yeshua.
• The ‘matzo’ (stripes and holes) is symbolic of the affliction of Yeshua (the stripes that He took on our behalf as well as His nail pierced hands and feet)
• The three ‘matzoth’ is symbolic of The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
• The broken middle ‘matzo’ (‘Afikoman’) is symbolic of the broken body of Yeshua.
• The removal and replacement of the ‘Afikoman’ is symbolic of the death and resurrection of Yeshua.
• The linen bag into which the ‘Afikoman’ is placed is symbolic of the linen shroud in which Yeshua’s body was wrapped before it was placed in the tomb.
• Eating of the ‘Matzo’ and drinking of the cup of wine is symbolic of the Last Supper where the first communion was instituted by Yeshua.
THE MEANING OF THE FOUR CUPS OF WINE DRUNK DURING THE ‘SEDER’
Four cups of wine are drunk and with each cup G-d’s words in Exodus 6:6-7 are remembered.
“Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm, and with great judgments. I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.’”
1. Cup of SANCTIFICATION: “I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians”.
2. Cup of DELIVERANCE: “I will free you from being slaves to them”.
3. Cup of REDEMPTION: “I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgement”.
4. Cup of PRAISE: We praise G-d for his promise “I will take you as my own people”.
THE EXTRA CUP
At every ‘Seder’ table, there is an extra cup of wine. According to Jewish tradition, this cup is for Elijah the Prophet who the Bible tells us is the forerunner of the coming ‘Mashiach’ (Messiah), Yeshua.
It is in fact this cup that Yeshua used to institute communion.
THE TWO EMPTY CHAIRS
In some Jewish homes, two empty chairs are placed at the ‘Seder’ table; the one chair is for any stranger who does not have a ‘Seder’ to go to and who would like to join the ‘Seder’ - no one is turned away.
The other chair is a ‘chair of honour’ for Elijah the prophet. However, as Believers, we see the other chair as a ‘chair of honour’ for Yeshua.
At every ‘Pesach Seder’ Jewish people look forward to the coming of the ‘Mashiach’ through the cry: ‘L’SHANAH HABA’AH BI’YERUSHALAYIM’ – ‘NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM’
Finally let us remember that, as G-d brought the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land, He has brought all who believe that Yeshua is the Promised Redeemer from being enslaved to sin and eternal death, to freedom from sin and into eternal life.
We, at Emet Ministries, would like to wish Jewish people all over the world ‘Chag Sameach’
STOP MEDDLING WITH G-D’S LAND
"For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.” (Joel 3:1-2)
The latest attempt to delegitimize Israel is that governments are now saying that they will recognise a Palestinian state regardless of a peace agreement with Israel. They also say that they will recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of this Palestinian state.
In fact in the face of the upcoming elections in Israel on the 17th March, the Obama administration sent a campaign team to Israel to help sway the Israeli electorate to not vote for Binyamin Netanyahu.
Israel is a tiny strip of land; no larger than New Jersey in America, no larger than the Kruger National Park in South Africa. However so many peoples and nations try to tell the Israeli people what to do with Israel.
The Arabs lay claim to Israel; the British divided Israel (then Palestine); the Americans and the nations say: ‘divide it some more’; the nations say ‘stop building settlements’; others say ‘break down the security wall between Israel and the West Bank’ and still others say ‘give half of your ancient capital to your enemies’.
What these nations don’t realize is that by trying to tell Israel what to do, they are trying to tell G-d what to do.
You see Israel belongs to G-d; He calls Israel ‘My land’ - Joel 3:1-2: "For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.”
In fact, the whole earth belongs to G-d.
Exodus 9:29: “So Moses said to him, "As soon as I have gone out of the city, I will spread out my hands to the Lord; the thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail, that you may know that the earth is the Lord’s.”
1 Corinthians 10:26: “For the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”
G-d owns the earth, every land, and every city – including Israel and Jerusalem; and He can give Israel and Jerusalem to whoever He wants – and He doesn’t have to ask anyone’s permission!
So if Israel is G-d’s land, who has He given it to? Let’s have a look at scripture: In Genesis 17:7, G-D speaking to Abraham, declares: “And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and Your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you, and to your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”
We see clearly from Genesis 17:7-8 that G-d gave “ALL the land of Canaan” to the Jewish people as an “EVERLASTING POSSESSION”.
He did not give it to the Arab nations, to the Palestinians, to Hamas or to Hezbollah. He gave it to the Jewish people.
This is confirmed in Psalm 105:8-11 which declares: “He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded for a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and his oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan, as the allotment of your inheritance””.
And for anyone who says that the promise of the land goes through the line of Ishmael, let me show you one other scripture:
Genesis 35:9-12: “Then God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Padan Aram, and blessed him. And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be your name.” So He called his name Israel. Also God said to him: “I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body. The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac I give to you; and to your descendants after you I give this land.”
And the father of the Jewish people (Israel) is Israel (whose name was once Jacob).
Israel is G-d’s land! So stop telling Israel what to do with their land, By taking on Israel, you are taking on G-d Himself.
To the nations of the world I say: ‘Hands off Israel’, it belongs to G-d. He gave it to the Jewish people and He didn’t need your permission to do so.
You have nothing to do with Israel. In fact Psalm 33:10 declares that “the Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect”.
Israel will stand forever until that glorious day when the Messiah, Yeshua will return to Jerusalem, stand with His feet on the Mount of Olives, fight against the nations who come against Israel and Jerusalem and destroy them.
Then Yeshua will set up His Kingdom in Jerusalem, His city; in Israel, His land – And He won’t consult the USA, the EU, the UN or any of the Arab and Muslim states.
A final thought.
Anyone who is trying to delegitimize Israel by trying to sway the Israeli electorate to not vote for Binyamin Netanyahu, allow me to show you a final scripture: Romans 13:1: “Every person should obey the government in power. No government would exist if it hadn't been established by God. The governments which exist have been put in place by God.” (GW)
Whoever the next Israeli Prime Minister will be, it is G-d who will put him or her there.
My advice, STOP MEDDLING WITH G-D’S LAND.
If you do meddle with His land, be prepared to face the consequences.