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': 'EIKEV'
IMPORTANT DATES TO DIARIZE
EMET MINISTRIES’ PRETORIA SHABBAT SERVICE
The next Emet Ministries' Shabbat service takes place at Houtkruis Church, 346 Pretoria Street, Silverton, Pretoria on Friday night 4 September 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’ TEACHING SEMINAR
The next Emet Ministries' Saturday morning teaching:
Teaching date: 5 SEPTEMBER 2015
Venue: FOYER HALL, HATFIELD CHRISTIAN CHURCH, PRETORIA
Time: 10h00 - 12h00
Teaching title: 'PARSHA KI TAVO' - THE GLORY, MAJESTY AND HOLINESS OF ALMIGHTY G-D
Join us as we look at this fascinating 'parsha' which contains the "blessing and the curses" chapter and shows us why, if Israel has disobeyed G-d, they are still so blessed today. You don't want to miss it.
Invite your family and friends; invite Jewish people. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.
EMET MINISTRIES’ PRAYER MEETING
The next Emet Ministries' Prayer Meeting for the Jewish people and Israel takes place in the Foyer Hall at Hatfield Christian Church on Monday night 7 September at 7pm.
Join us as we fervently intercede for the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.
All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you.
EMET MINISTRIES’ JOHANNESBURG SHABBAT SERVICE
The next Emet Ministries' Shabbat service will take place on Friday night 11 September at JOURNEY CHURCH, 15 Twain Street, Bucchleuch, Johannesburg 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.
TO THE JEW FIRST
THE ULTIMATE HOPE
My wife and I will be in Israel for a month. We are looking so forward to seeing our family and our friends in Israel, and we are particularly looking forward to the time we will be spending in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), that most holy of cities; and, in my opinion, the best and most beautiful city in the world.
When one stands in Yerushalayim – particularly at the ‘Kotel’ (Western Wall), the most holy place for Jewish people, one cannot but experience the presence of Almighty G-d.
When we were at the ‘Kotel’ on our last visit to Israel, my wife and I had the privilege of watching the induction of the ‘Golani’ soldiers, who are crème de la crème of Israeli soldiers.
After the service, everyone stood at attention and sang the Israeli national anthem, ‘Hatikva’, which means “The Hope.”
When we Jews sing ‘Hatikva’ together, we are doing much more than just sing a nice melody; we are making a promise that we will never forget the undying Jewish hope for independence and that we will do all within our power to help the State of Israel prosper.
In the book of Ezekiel 37:11-12, we read that G-d promised to take a decimated people and restore their hope that they would one day be brought back to their promised land, the Land of Israel: “Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, O my people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.’ ” ”
In Deuteronomy 30:3-5, we read that G-d put hope in the hearts of the Jewish people: “…the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you. If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you. Then the Lord your God will bring you to the land which your father’s possessed, and you shall possess it.”
Without this hope, the Jewish people would probably not be around today. In fact, Jewish people died in the holocaust with the hope of ‘Eretz Yisrael’ in their heart.
You see, when Jews entered the extermination camps, there was no ‘Eretz Yisrael’; yet the hope of a Jewish Homeland, as promised by Almighty G-d, was enough to keep Jewish people going through the ‘Crusades’; the era of the Black Plague; the ‘Spanish Inquisition’; the ‘Pogroms’ in Russia and the Holocaust.
And, G-d faithfully fulfilled the hope of the Jewish people for a Jewish homeland when, on the 14th May 1948, the State of Israel was born and Jewish people finally had an independent homeland.
G-d then fulfilled the hope of the Jewish people to ‘return home’.
G-d prophesied through the prophet Isaiah that He would return the Jewish people to their homeland in Isaiah 11:11-12 which declares: “It shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people who are left. From Assyria and Egypt, from Pathros, and Cush, from Elam, and Shinar, from Hamath, and the islands of the sea. He will set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”
Since 1948, 3,500,000 Jews have immigrated to Israel from over 100 different countries, making up more than half the current Jewish population of Israel.
This shows G-d’s faithfulness to His promises and to His prophetic word.
G-d also promises you hope in Him.
In Jeremiah 29:11, we read: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you”, says the LORD, “thoughts of good, and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Although this scripture is specifically spoken by the prophet Jeremiah over the Jewish people, I do believe that this is G-d’s heart for mankind.
Some other words for ‘Hope’ are: Confidence; Expectation; Optimism; Anticipation; Courage; Hopefulness; Faith.
However, sometimes, due to situations outside our control, hope sometimes seems lost and, as despair sets in, this can cause us to become dejected and, sometimes, depressed.
However, through Yeshua, G-d has given us an incredible hope.
1 Peter 1:13 declares: “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ”
And what is our ultimate hope? Eternal life and Heaven!
This eternal hope can only come through the Jewish ‘Mashiach’ (Messiah), Yeshua.
1 Peter 1:3-5: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
In Romans 15:13: ‘Rav’ Shaul declares: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
So, do you have hope? Do you have confidence; expectation; optimism; anticipation; courage; hopefulness and faith?
If you don’t, you need not despair.
If you desire hope, focus on the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and on His Son…the King of Kings, the L-rd of L-rds, and the Jewish Messiah and Saviour of the world; His name is Yeshua.
FOUR EXPRESSIONS OF REDEMPTION
Exodus 6:6-8: ““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 save 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. And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the LORD.’”
In Exodus 6:2-4 G-d, speaking to Moses, says to him: “I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name LORD I was not known to them. I have also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, in which they were strangers.”
G-d reveals Himself to Moses as the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and confirms that He will fulfill His covenant with them. This evokes ‘four expressions of redemption’.
G-d promises in Exodus 6:6-7: “I will bring you out; I will save you; I will redeem you; I will take you”.
The ‘four expressions of redemption’ relate to the four aspects of the liberation of Israel from Egypt:
1) “I will bring out” - The physical removal of Israel from the geographical boundaries of Egypt.
2) “I will save” - The delivery of Israel from Egyptian supremacy (Egypt was a superpower that enslaved and oppressed many nations and peoples outside its borders).
3) “I will redeem” - The elimination of any future possibility of enslavement by the great judgments inflicted upon the Egyptians.
4) “I will take you as My people, and I will be your God” - The election of Israel as G-d’s chosen people at Mount Sinai, the purpose of the Exodus.
In Ezekiel 28:25-26, G-d takes this further: “Thus says the Lord GOD: “When I have gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles, then they will dwell in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob. And they will dwell safely there, build houses, and plant vineyards; yes, they will dwell securely, when I execute judgments on all those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the LORD their God.””
As we see G-d’s faithfulness to His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, we now see the ‘four expressions of redemption’ with different eyes:
1) “I will bring out” – the Jewish people from slavery to sin and death into freedom in Yeshua.
2) “I will save” – the Jewish people from sin and eternal death to the forgiveness of sin and eternal life.
3) “I will redeem” - the Jewish people back to Myself and reveal to them their ‘Mashiach’, Yeshua.
4) “I will take you as My people, and I will be your God” - Our election as G-d’s chosen people, the bearers of the covenants, and the people He will use to usher in the return of the Messiah, Yeshua.
Finally, G-d says in Ezekiel 28:25-26: “Thus says the Lord GOD: “When I have gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles, then they will dwell in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob. And they will dwell safely there, build houses, and plant vineyards; yes, they will dwell securely, when I execute judgments on all those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the LORD their God.””
And Almighty G-d has been faithful to His covenant and to His word in that He has gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they were scattered and has returned them to dwell in their own land, Israel, which He gave to His servant Jacob.
And the glorious day is coming when G-d’s chosen people, the Jews, will dwell safely in Israel, build houses, plant vineyards, and dwell securely when G-d executes judgments on all those nations around them who despise them.
But more than this, the glorious day is coming when G-d’s chosen people, the Jews, will, as a nation, come to salvation – “And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.” (Romans 11:26-27)
Even so, come Yeshua!