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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

 

READ THIS WEEK'S 'PARSHA' ON THE 'THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK' PAGE

THIS WEEK'S 'PARSHA': 'KORACH'

 

READ THE ARTICLE TOWARDS THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE: 'SIMPLICITY EVOKES SALVATION'

 

VIEW THE 2016 / 2017 (5776 / 5777) CALENDAR DATES FOR JEWISH HOLIDAYS AND EVENTS UNDER THE "EVENTS" HEADING ON THE TOP OF THIS PAGE


IMPORTANT DATES TO DIARIZE

 

EMET MINISTRIES PRAYER MEETING

The next Emet Ministries Prayer Meeting for the Jewish people and Israel will take place in the Lion Hall at Hatfield Christian Church, Pretoria on Monday night 26 June 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 PRETORIA SHABBAT SERVICE

The next Emet Ministries Shabbat service will take place in the Minor Auditorium at Hatfield Christian Church on Friday night 7 July at 7pm.


Join us after the service for tea, coffee, snacks 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:    8 JULY

Venue:                 FOYER HALL, HATFIELD CHRISTIAN CHURCH, PRETORIA

Time:                   10h00 - 12h00

Teaching title:     'PARSHA' OF THE WEEK

 

Invite family and friends as well as Jewish people you know. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you.

 

 

EMET MINISTRIES’ ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING


Date:    MONDAY 10 JULY 2017

Venue: FUNCTION HALL, HATFIELD CHRISTIAN CHURCH, PRETORIA

Time:   19h30

We invite you to attend the Emet Ministries AGM and in so doing, be part of this ministries' future endeavours.

 

 

EMET MINISTRIES JOHANNESBURG EVENTS

 

EMET MINISTRIES SATURDAY TEACHING


Teaching date: 16 SEPTEMBER

Venue:              VICTORY SANDTON (JOURNEY CHURCH), 15 TWAIN STREET, BUCCHLEUCH, JOHANNESBURG

Time:                14h00

Teaching title: TO BE ANNOUNCED

Invite your family and friends; invite Jewish people. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

TO THE JEW FIRST

ROMANS 1:16: “FOR I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, FOR IT IS THE POWER OF GOD TO SALVATION FOR EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES, FOR THE JEW FIRST AND ALSO FOR THE GREEK.”


PROVOKE THE JEWISH PEOPLE TO SALVATION

ROMANS 11:11: "I SAY THEN, HAVE THEY (THE JEWISH PEOPLE) STUMBLED THAT THEY SHOULD FALL? CERTAINLY NOT! BUT THROUGH THEIR FALL, TO PROVOKE THEM TO JEALOUSY (SO THAT THEY MAY BE SAVED), SALVATION HAS COME TO THE GENTILES"


JEWISH PEOPLE ARE NOT JUST 'ANOTHER PEOPLE GROUP'; THEY ARE THE MOST STRATEGIC PEOPLE GROUP


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SIMPLICITY EVOKES SALVATION

G-d never intended for a personal relationship with Him to be difficult and He never intended our walk with Him to be hard, tough, testing or trying.
G-d did, however intend our walk with Him to be a test; a test of our love, commitment, obedience and faith.
And G-d intended our walk with Him as well as our personal relationship with Him to be simple.

2 Kings 5 gives an account of Naaman, a general in the powerful Aramite army who contracted leprosy. A young captive Israelite maid advised him to seek the assistance of Elisha the prophet. Acting on this suggestion, Naaman sought out Elisha the prophet to be cured of his leprosy.
Elisha sent a messenger to advise Naaman to immerse himself in the Jordan River seven times. Despite his initial anger and reluctance to do so, Naaman carried out the prophet's orders, and was immediately healed.

The result is that Naaman promised Elisha that he would no longer serve any deity other than the one true G-d of Israel: 2 Kings 5:15: “And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel””

From the account of Naaman, we learn a number of lessons.  

The first lesson is that G-d uses us no matter our circumstances.

2 Kings 5:1-4: “Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honourable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valour, but a leper. And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman's wife. Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.””

Even though the young girl from Israel was a captive, she did not look at her circumstances. She could have been bitter and thought “I’m a slave, Naaman is my captor, I’m glad he has leprosy”. Instead she immediately sought to help Naaman by telling his wife about Elisha the prophet.
She had no doubt that the G-d of Israel through Elisha would heal Naaman of his leprosy.

Even in the most trying and difficult of circumstances, we must love G-d and be totally committed to Him - even if it means helping the very person who has spitefully used us and hurt us.

The second lesson is that it’s not a matter of greatness, it’s a matter of simplicity.

Many of us expect G-d to require something ‘great’ of us in order to satisfy His will. However the insight of Naaman’s servants was that G-d usually calls ordinary people to relatively ‘simple’ obedience.
Naaman balked at washing in the Jordan River and his servants, seeing the anger of Naaman said to him: ““My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”” (2 Kings 5:13)

In the same way, many believers today balk at seemingly insignificant actions such as: prayer; reading the Bible; showing kindness to a needy person; keeping one’s word; forgiving one who has hurt you; and other uncelebrated behaviours that demonstrate compliance with G-d’s will.

Likewise, many unbelievers scorn G-d’s simple requirement of confessing one’s sinfulness and placing faith in Yeshua’s work on the cross for salvation.

G-d is not impressed by greatness. He looks for faithful obedience to what He has asked.

What does it say, then, if we minimize G-d’s relatively easy demands as too ‘small’ or too ‘lowly’?
Did not G-d humble Himself to come to earth as a man: Philippians 2:5-8: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

The final lesson is that simplicity evokes salvation.

All it took for Naaman to come to the saving knowledge of the only true G-d, the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was a simple suggestion by a Hebrew slave girl, a simple instruction by Elisha, and simple obedience by Naaman.

And it is the same today.

All it takes for Jewish (and all) people to come to the saving knowledge of Yeshua is simplicity - a simple application of John 3:16-17: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

Just simply telling people about the Father’s love and making sure that we simply show the Father’s love to people is what will draw them to Yeshua. It’s so simple.

And it’s this simplicity that evokes salvation!



WHY IS ISRAEL STILL AROUND?

We have recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem and the ‘Kotel’ (Western Wall).
Have you ever wondered how it is that after more than two thousand years of exile – having been scattered to the four corners of the earth, persecution, and the attempted annihilation of the Jewish people throughout the ages that they are still around?
Have you ever wondered how it is that the State of Israel exists after numerous wars by seemingly far more powerful enemies that surround her on every side? Here’s the reason:

It is G-d’s will for the Jewish people to be around, and it is according to His covenantal promise given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
We also know that it is the fulfilment of prophecy – Isaiah 11:11-12: “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.”

However, it goes further than that.

We read in Genesis 17:7-8: “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 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.”

Some people believe that the existence of the State of Israel has nothing to do with G-d and biblical prophecy. They believe that the existence of Israel is nothing more than a political decision.
These people believe that the fact that nearly six million Jewish people populate Israel is irrelevant and, again, has nothing to do with G-d and biblical prophecy.

These views are totally misguided, anti-Semitic, and makes G-d out to be a liar. How sad it is that this is also the viewpoint of a certain churches and church leaders.

In fact, the existence of the State of Israel as well as the fact that almost six million Jews live and thrive in Israel has nothing to do with a political decision; neither is it irrelevant.
Israel and the Jewish people exist because G-d has faithfully kept his covenant with the Jewish people and Israel.

In Genesis 12:2-3, G-d, in making a covenant with the first Patriarch of the Jewish people, Abram, told him: “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

This is reinforced in the biblical account of Balaam. As much as the sorcerer and prophet, Balaam, tried to curse the Jewish people, he couldn’t.
In fact, in Numbers 24:9, Balaam declares: ““Blessed is he who blesses you, and cursed is he who curses you.””, thus reiterating G-d’s promise to bless those who bless the Jewish people and Israel and to curse those who curse the Jewish people and Israel.

To this day, G-d has kept the Jewish people and the Land of Israel in the palm of His hand.

Despite numerous attempts by Israel’s enemies to annihilate the Jewish people and destroy the Land of Israel, they have not succeeded.
And, just as G-d turned the curses that Balaam wanted to speak over Israel into blessings, He has constantly thwarted the plans of Satan to destroy the Jewish people and the Land of Israel; thus reinforcing G-d’s will to bless and protect the Jewish people and Israel. 

Psalm 33:8-12 shows us that, no matter what plan man has for the Jewish people and Israel, G-d’s will, will come about: “Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation (Israel) whose God is the Lord; and the people (the Jewish people) whom he has chosen for His own inheritance.”

Just as G-d would not allow Balaam to curse the Jewish people, so G-d will bring the plans of Israel’s enemies to nothing; He will make their plans of no effect.
Try as they might, Israel’s enemies will never destroy the Jewish people and Israel. Only G-d’s will for the Jewish people and Israel will come about, and His will is that Israel will stand forever. We see this in Amos 9:14-15: “I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, And no longer shall they be pulled up From the land I have given them,” Says the LORD your God.”

And this is why Israel is still around.

What a comfort to know that Almighty G-d, the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is not a covenant breaking G-d. Instead, He is a covenant keeping G-d whose hand is on the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.

Praise You L-rd G-d for Your faithfulness.






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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