Sunday, July 16, 2017

Messiah Yeshua's application of the "pikuach nefesh" principle

People who didn't grow up into Jewish culture often fail to understand the Gospels in their true context. If you want to study the Bible properly, it is mandatory to learn the culture and the language, in order to avoid huge misunderstandings.
Christianity often stated that "Yeshua abolished the Law, the Torah", which is completely wrong ( see Matthew 5:17).
Moreover Yeshua is often presented a "Shabbat breaker/basher", which is totally untrue again.
This may be a shocker to some people, but Yeshua didn't come to start a new doctrine called "Christianity".

Rabbi Yeshua applied Torah, because He is Jewish!


After reading this article, you will understand that rabbi Yeshua's application of the Torah is orthodox. A Jewish orthodox rabbi who is Torah-savvy would do the same in our contemporary world.





Yeshua opposes to the Pharisees whose rigid practice often excludes compassion. When Yeshua seemingly breaks a rule, especially during Shabbat, it is NOT to profane Shabbat, but rather to apply a specific halachic rule called " pikuach nefesh""פיקוח נפש".

What exactly is "pikuach nefesh"? How does one apply it?


Torah references: Leviticus 18:5 " You shall therefore keep my statutes...which if a man do, he shall live by them"
Talmudic reference from the Babylonian Talmud: " That he shall live by them, and not that he shall die by them." ( Yoma 85b)

When facing a matter of life and death or each time life should be preserved, Shabbat laws are to be adjourned.

The reason why I am adding a talmudic reference is that I am convinced that not only did Yeshua know Torah perfectly, but He was also very much aware of the application of oral laws back in the first century. The Talmud only has bad press among the people who don't understand its purpose and who misinterpret some of its words. It is often stated that the Talmud contains bad words about a "Yeshu" who was condamned for sorcery and who is said to have had 4 disciples. This is not Yeshua of Nazareth. Yeshua of Nazareth was known to have 12 disciples and the motives of his condemnation was blasphemy because He quoted Daniel 7:13 and 14 and stated that He was Ben Elohim.




Rabbi Yeshua and "pikuach nefesh"





There are many examples of rabbi Yeshua's application of "pikuach nefesh" on Shabbat.
One must be very careful in interpreting the Gospel text. Somebody who is not familiar with the Hebrew context may think that Yeshua "broke" or "profaned" Shabbat, which is totally untrue.
Because of His perfect knowledge of Torah in the detail, Yeshua can oppose the Pharisee's rigid practice, that so often lacks compassion.
Back in the 1st century, Yeshua is very likely to have objected to the Pharisees: "ze pikuach nefesh", this is pikuach nefesh ( and I am entitled to do it!)

Yeshua favors life and doing good on the holy day of Shabbat. He restores what is sick and broken.

By checking the following resource, you will understand that Yeshua exactly did what was commanded ( the rule of pikuach nefesh) in cases of illness or life threatening conditions during Shabbat.



"He passed on from there to their synagogue. A man was there whose hand had withered. In order to find wrongful words to hold against Him, they asked him: "Is it permitted to heal on Shabbat?"
He said to them:


"Is there a person among you with a sheep, that if it were to dall into a cistern on Shabbat, you would not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more precious is a man than a sheep! Therefore, it is permitted to do good on Shabbat."

He said to the man, " Stretch out your hand". He stretched it out, and it was healed and returned to being like his other hand.

Then the Prushim ( Pharisees) left and deliberated about how to destroy Him.

( Matthew 12: 9-14)


John Chapter 9, verses 1 to 38 depict the healing of a man born blind on Shabbat, which of course, provokes a lot of animosity among the Pharisees, who describe Yeshua as a person who desacrates Shabbat. But then again, some others declare that nobody can do such otioth ( signs) if he is not sent from Above. 

Please note: not all the Pharisees step up against Yeshua. They are actually divided about Him.

I won't expand on this chapter, as it is quite complex, but I suggest that you read the story from the Orthodox Jewish Bible and from the English Standard Version (ESV).

There are so many other examples of Yeshua applying the rule of "pikuach nefesh". John, Chapter 5 describes the miraculous healing of a sick man who had been plagued for 38 years at the pool of Beit-Chasda. 

Verse 18 in the Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels posed me a problem, because it states that Yeshua " profaned" the Shabbat, but then I realized that John placed the reader in the perspective of the Pharisees. It is essential that you remember this point, because a misinterpretation of  Gospel verses led a lot of people ( including horrible nazi propaganda minister Goebbels) into antisemitic thought.
Yeshua cannot go against His own kinsmen and let me tell you that Yeshua was there when people eliminated them. Yeshua has been to the depth of horrors and suffering Himself and He would never discard His own people.


Points to remember:


  • Rebbe Melech Moschiach Yeshua is addressed as " rabbi", because this is what He is. Yeshua has been raised as a practicing Jew. His words have to be understood into context, otherwise you will miss the point.
  • Yeshua does not break Shabbat! He applies the rule of "pikuach nefesh" to bring relief to the sick and to save lives, as it is prescribed in Torah. When He appears to be breaking Torah, the Gospel writer exposes this from the Pharisees' angle.
  • Yeshua's followers are Jewish, most of the people backing Him are Jewish. Most of His opponents come from the religious establishment in Jerusalem. The crowds, especially in Galilee, love Him!
  • Yeshua did not create a new "doctrine", but always showed people how to apply Torah perfectly with much compassion. From a Christian point of view, Yeshua discards Torah with a very relaxed approach-this point of view is very misleading about our Messiah's intent! While Yeshua is very compassionate and forgiving, He always asks people to comply with what Moshe said and also, to stay away from sin.






© 2017 by Isabelle Esling

Monday, July 10, 2017

Contemporary lessons to be learnt from Parashat Balak Bemidbar Chapter 22


 מַה-טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ, יַעֲקֹב; מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ, יִשְׂרָאֵל




In the Book of Numbers, the Torah tells us the story of a King of Moab, called Balak, who contemplated the accomplishment of the people of Israel and who became very much afraid. The Moabites are the descendants of Lot, born from an incestuous relationship between Lot ( as he was drunk) and one of his daughters.
So Balak went to see Balaam, the son of Beor, who had a solid reputation as a prophet.

Interestingly, Balaam ( transcribed Bilaam in Hebrew), apparently a Midianite, seems to have a lot of common points with Tsipporah ( Moshe's wife)'s father, Ytro, priest of Midian, as the following, detailed article points it out. More astonishingly, Balak's father is named Tsippor ( the masculine form for Tsipporah).


Balak expects to receive some consistent help from Balaam to curse the Hebrews.

"Come with us Balaam to curse these Hebrew. We all know that whomever you bless Balaam is blessed and whomever you curse is cursed."

From the Book of Numbers, it is quite hard to know who Balaam-pronounced Bilaam- actually was. We know from the accounts of Torah that he was probably a Midianite. He was not an Israelite, but he seemed to abide the God of Israel and to prophesy in His Name. Because he acted in HaShem's Name, his reputation probably grew very fast in Midian and the surrounding regions. This seems to explain why Balak came to him in order to get his enemies ( the Hebrews) cursed. However the prophet seemed to have a syncretist/ or idolatric practice that he will give up while pronouncing the last blessing.



The donkey's eyes perceive who Balaam is unable to see: the angel of the Lord placed in front of Balaam's path.

It has been scientifically proven that animals do perceive a lot of things that are invisible ( ultraviolet light, for instance) or inaudible to humans ( like ultrasounds).
In front of Balaam's stubbornness and also because He wants to rescue the poor donkey from physical abuse, HaShem puts some speech into the animal's mouth that will unlock Balaam's sight, who will admit his sin.

I admit that there are many mysteries that I don't understand about this episode and that it left me perplexed, because the Almighty is telling him to go, but to only obey what He would say.
Some rabbis would argue that HaShem told him to go, because Balaam had his free will-but then why would the Lord add " do as I say". I humbly admit that I have no answer, but the disapprobation of HaShem about Balak's prior intent.

Israel will be blessed three times through Bilaam ( Balaam) 's mouth. Note that the Torah states that when Bilaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel ( the Hebrew text specifies that it was good in HaShem's eyes to bless Israel-see text in red), he gave up his idolatric practices ( enchantments) and he set his face toward the wilderness:

וַיַּרְא בִּלְעָם, כִּי טוֹב בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה לְבָרֵךְ אֶת-יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְלֹא-הָלַךְ כְּפַעַם-בְּפַעַם, לִקְרַאת נְחָשִׁים; וַיָּשֶׁת אֶל-הַמִּדְבָּר, פָּנָיו.


"And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at the other times, to meet with enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness."





Lessons for our contemporary world:




  • more than ever before, Israel is surrounded with numerous enemies...Unesco's twisted policy and lies to deny Israel's Jewish history on its own soil has brought many nations to turn against Israel. A lot of nations are openly stepping against Israel. Actually Israel has very few allies besides the USA ( since Donald Trump's election), India, Burkina Faso and the Philippines. This clearly means that the rest of the world believes Unesco's blatant LIES and is ready to curse the Hebrews publicly. HaShem's warning in verse 13: " you shall not curse the people for they are blessed" is VALID in our times, yet very few pay attention to it.
  • a certain category of " believers" who support replacement theology and who usually slate Israel and hate the Jews in general would like to obtain, though, the blessings from the God of Israel. Paradox? Yes. Jealousy and fear? 100% certain. Approved by HaShem? No way, unless these people repent from their hatred and start blessing the chosen ones of the Living God of Israel!
  • HaShem can speak through the most humble of His creatures. HaShem chose the mouth of a donkey to open Balaam's sight. 
  • The donkey is also a symbol of the first Coming of the Messiah and His humbleness. Yeshua, the King of the Kings, the Tzadik, entered Jerusalem sitting on a donkey, fulfilling Zechariah 9:9
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!Behold, your king is coming to you;righteous and having salvation is he,humble and mounted on a donkey,on a colt, the foal of a donkey." 

"גִּילִי מְאֹד בַּת-צִיּוֹן, הָרִיעִי בַּת יְרוּשָׁלִַם, הִנֵּה מַלְכֵּךְ יָבוֹא לָךְ, צַדִּיק וְנוֹשָׁע הוּא; עָנִי וְרֹכֵב עַל-חֲמוֹר, וְעַל-עַיִר בֶּן-אֲתֹנוֹת"

Man is called to walk in humbleness and one should bear in mind not to despise the tiniest creature that HaShem made. HaShem can use the tiniest and the weakest to get powerful messages through.
The verse of Zechariah 9:9 insists twice about our Messiah riding a donkey first using the word hamor "חֲמוֹר", then ayir  "עַיִר" to speak about the animal.

And...in conclusion, there is more to the word hamor "חֲמוֹר" , donkey, than you may actually think!

Did you know?

"חֲמוֹר" donkey is linked with the color red...now this is a very Middle Eastern thing! You wouldn't think of the color red while picturing a donkey...these animals' robe is usually grey or brown. Well, in ancient Israel and well as in Arabic countries, the color red is associated with tranquility and settlement.



To learn more about the amazing etymology of the word "hamor", please check this rich ressource.



Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Thursday, July 6, 2017

"The finger of Elohim"-Connections with the plagues of Egypt in Yeshua's speech

"ואם באצבּע אלֹהים מגרשׁ אני את השׂדים הנה הגיע אליכם מלכוּת האלֹהים"


"But if by the finger of God I drive out the demons, then the Kingdom of God has arrived to you."
Luke 11:20

While reading Luke, Chapter 11, we do realize how much skeptic the religious establishment, that was essentially composed of Pharisees, was about Yeshua's good deeds and numerous miracles.
Yeshua is wrongly accused to chase demons with the help of Baal Zevuv ( also known as the " master of the flies" in Hebrew or Beelzebuth).



The expression "אצבּע אלֹהים", the finger of Elohim  is intimately linked with a well known episode of the Book of Exodus, Chapter 8 verses 14 and 15 ( Shemot),  in Parashat "Vaera" that describes the plague of the frogs, the magicians incapacity and Pharaoh's hardening of heart. Even the magicians recognize the "finger of the Almighty" in the punishment that strikes Egypt.



Exodus 8:14-15


וַיַּעֲשׂוּ־כֵ֨ן הַחַרְטֻמִּ֧ים בְּלָטֵיהֶ֛ם לְהוֹצִ֥יא אֶת־הַכִּנִּ֖ים וְלֹ֣א יָכֹ֑לוּ וַתְּהִי֙ הַכִּנָּ֔ם בָּאָדָ֖ם וּבַבְּהֵמָֽה׃The magicians did the like with their spells to produce lice, but they could not. The vermin remained upon man and beast;וַיֹּאמְר֤וּ הַֽחַרְטֻמִּים֙ אֶל־פַּרְעֹ֔ה אֶצְבַּ֥ע אֱלֹהִ֖ים הִ֑וא וַיֶּחֱזַ֤ק לֵב־פַּרְעֹה֙ וְלֹֽא־שָׁמַ֣ע אֲלֵהֶ֔ם כַּאֲשֶׁ֖ר דִּבֶּ֥ר יְהוָֽה׃ (ס)and the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God!” But Pharaoh’s heart stiffened and he would not heed them, as the LORD had spoken.Note that the divine might is not at its maximum strength, like during the passing of the Red Sea where it is said that HaShem brought Israel out of the land of Mitzraim ( Egypt) with the "strong hand" (ביד חזקה) alongside with the outstreched arm(וּבזרע וטוּה) -beyad hazaka uvezroa vetuya:

"ביד חזקה וּבזרע וטוּה"

There is an amazing parallel between Yeshua's confrontation with the Pharisees and the Book of Exodus, Chapter 8:


  • There is big disbelief before an obvious sign of divine intervention: both Pharaoh, and the Pharisees show a hardening of heart before the signs that are visible in front of their very eyes.
  • The magicians are also the agents of Baal Zevuv and Yeshua is mistaken as one of them by the Pharisees, who refuse to give glory to the Almighty.
  • Yeshua's use of "etsba Elohim", אֶצְבַּ֥ע אֱלֹהִ֖ים, is not accidental.
One of the obvious sign of the Coming of Melech Maschiach ( the King Messiah) was His capacity of chasing the demons and curing illnesses. If you also go through Marc, Chapter one, you will notice that Yeshua drives out demons with much authority. This kind of authority can only be given from Above.


As far as archeology is concerned, Yeshua's miracle pictured above has been confirmed.



It is also important to note that rabbinic tradition is telling us that the  true Messiah had to be able to fulfill 4 specific miracles:

- heal a metzora ( leper)
- heal a mute person
- heal a man born blind
- raise a person from the dead after three days

Question: Did Yeshua fulfill these requirements?
Answer: Absolutely!

One must also understand that, when Yeshua healed the metsora (leper) in Matthew 8 ( 1-14), He is asking the man to obey Torah by showing himself to the priest and by giving the offerings that Moshe prescribed.
The impressing story of Yeshua healing the deaf and mute man is available in Mark Chapter 7, verses 31 to 37.
The Gospel of John, Chapter 9 and 11, report very accurately the healing of a born-blind person and the resurrection of El Azar (Lazarus).

Because most of them had hardened hearts, many Pharisees failed to recognize the Messiah in Yeshua, in the same way Pharaoh refused to obey HaShem.

It is pointless to put the blame on the Pharisees of the 1st Century, because the hardening of their hearts and the rejection of Yeshua was in HaShem's plan. Even ancient rabbinic traditions out of the Tanach report that Maschiach ben Yosef had to suffer and to be cut off from His people.
It is hard to accept that Yeshua had to die, especially in this horrible way of Suffering, but you cannot go against the Almighty's plan. 
Rejection from the Jewish establishment allowed the Gentiles access to the Messiah.




Now I would also like to point out, for all the people who are expecting Yeshua's Second Coming, be very careful to recognize the signs of His Coming. Make sure that your heart will not harden at the sight of Yeshua and that your eyes will really be open on that glorious day.

Expect to meet a Jew, a Hassid, for Yeshua of Netzeret, Nazareth is a true Hassid. He's the King of the Jews, as many people tend to forget so easily.

In conclusion, I would like to quote Christopher Frederickson, a Messianic rabbi, in his "rabbinic gospel of Mark", page 26:

"HaShem works mighty miracles in our lives every moment of every day. Though, even the smallest things we take for granted. Having oxygen in your lungs, coming down from the rain clouds that feed the lants we eat and so that the animals we eat can be nourished through the water and the plants.
Hassidic Judaism is focused on gratitude ( Hakarat hatov) so the Creator of the universe may be exalted. And the talmidim of Yeshua were the world's first Hasidic Jews. As I say often Notzri Judaism is the original Hasidic Judaism") ( Ref Mark 1, page 26, the rabbinic Gospel of Mark).


Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The halachic rabbi they don't expect: a few reflections about Yeshua's Second Coming



As well as Yeshua our Messiah surprised people at His first Coming in the 1st century, His Second Coming will leave quite a few people in astonishment and some others in total disbelief.

Contemporary rabbis' usual objections against Yeshua as a potential candidate to Messianship is that Yeshua did not restore peace in Israel in the time of His Coming. 
A second objection is that ( in their eyes), Yeshua did not bring people back to Torah.

This orthodox Jew, much closer to Yeshua than most people think


Yeshua ben Yosef, the Suffering Messiah and contemporary rabbinic objections

Messiah ben Yosef: the Suffering Messiah


  • The first rabbinic objection mentioned above is due to a misunderstanding of Yeshua's prior mission in the 1st Century as the Suffering Messiah.  Although the Suffering Messiah, Messiah ben Yosef is part of Jewish tradition, although the character of the " man of pains" is announced in the Scroll of Isaiah, Chapter 53, confirmed by other Dead Sea Scroll and talmudic sources, many rabbis nowadays will discard the idea of a Suffering Messiah, because the image of Messiah ben David seems to be prevalent to them. Of course, after centuries of bondage, so many people are wishing for Israel's complete liberation from terror and oppression. Messiah ben David will liberate His people and reign- in conformity with biblical prophecies. Because the figure of Messiah ben David is so much important, the character of Messiah ben Yosef is occulted. So many persons fail to see that Messiah ben Yosef and Messiah ben David are the same person.
source: http://tikvathashani.blogspot.fr/p/yeshua-tallit.html
                                           
  • The second rabbinic objection is often generated by the lack of knowledge of the Gospels that are described as " greek documents".  If rabbis started reading the excellent Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels, they would probably envision that Yeshua's words are the words of a Torah-observant rabbi. All stories happen in Eretz Israel. One cannot deny that the parables are a typically Jewish literary genre-which dismisses the argument that the Gospels are "greek". The Gospels are documents written by Jewish minds that have been translated into Greek. I am convinced that archeology will permit to exhume the Hebrew originals from the earth someday.

The halachic rabbi Christianity fails to see

The kotz of the yod



"The Torah and the Prophets were given until Yochanan.From that time on, the good news of the Kingdom was given.Everyone will enter with a strong hand.But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one thorn ( "kotz" in Hebrew is a small stroke, part of a Hebrew letter-yod being the smallest Hebrew letter) to fall away from the Torah." Luke Chapter 16, verses 16 and 17 Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels.

People have been claiming about Yeshua's Second Coming for 2000 years. Many individuals are even so much used to this statement that they don't really expect Him to come back, failing to spot prophecies in the process of fulfilling in our contemporary world.


Arrogance and blindness in Christianity




Unfortunately, centuries of estrangement from Judaism and the Hebraic heritage of the Gospels have created a monster made of distorted, mistranslated verses and added pagan traditions ( Christmas, Santa Claus, Saint Valentine, Easter, Halloween, just to name a few).


Many orthodox Jews consider papacy and roman catholic church as "Yeshua's official representatives". Most of them think of Yeshua as of a pagan divinity in the same way they would perceive other baals and ishtars. The link between Yeshua and the true Messiah of Israel has been lost with the pagan image Christianity displays of Yeshua. Therefore, a belief Yeshua gets automatically discarded as " pagan" or "goy".

On the other hand, some misled and stubborn adepts of Christianity would automatically do away with Yeshua's obvious connection with the people and the soil of Eretz Israel. Many people, and even the ones who claim "to love Jewish people", view the Jews as " fallen" and "cursed". I've heard very shocking statements from people who claim to "have mad love for Jewish folks" that "Yeshua shed His blood, "even" for the Jews".


Now, my dear friends, if you think like that you will probably need a Torah/ Tanach/ Gospel reality check that will bring you back to more modesty:



  • the Jews are HaShem's elect, the apple of His eye...even if they have been judged for their disobedience, the God of Israel will never remove His love from them.
  • Yeshua our dear Messiah is one of their kinsmen, who came for " the lost sheep of Israel" AT FIRST.
  • Yeshua does not discard preexisting concepts in Torah and Tanach, he digs deeper into them to show you more perfection in applying them.
  • Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel AT FIRST, then the Messiah of the nations. If He hadn't faced rejection in the first century, I don't think that Gentiles would had it easy to even access Salvation. 

In conclusion: arrogant boasting will lead you nowhere. Be grateful to even be into HaShem's alliance- which can only happen if you follow the true Messiah of Israel, not His greek counterpart.

When Yeshua encountered my path, three years ago, I asked Him to show me the real Him and He revealed Him to me as the Jewish Messiah. He clearly showed me that He is a teacher of Torah and He brought me into Torah study. Over months of discipleship, Yeshua got me rooted into Hebraic thought and also into the Promised Land, His soil.

I would like to warn the skeptics: back in 2015 our Lord clearly showed me that some people would deny Him openly when they would become aware of His Jewish ID. Here is the link to the article I posted on this blog on June 2015.


A few examples of Yeshua's halachic teachings:

  • netilat yadayim ( ritual washing of hands, falsely interpreted as "Yeshua declaring all foods pure) in Mark 7 (verses 1-3)
  • discussions about Shabbat are very common in rabbinic debates...Yeshua showed that mercy should always prevail. Shabbat was made for man to delight in it and Yeshua reminded people of it. Also life always prevail, especially on the 7th Day.
  • the parable of the mustard seed is a complex rabbinic teaching that implies prior knowledge of some precise rabbinic laws.
  • When He debated with the Pharisees, Yeshua always argued according to Torah and Tanach, privileging kindness of heart.

Yeshua also showed that He was in agreement with orthodox Judaism by making the following statements:

- the Pharisees are seated on the seat of Moshe
-  Yeshua invited people to do as they say, but with FULL KINDNESS OF HEART, discarding hypocrisy.


A clearer vision of who Yeshua is among Jewish people

Two important elements seem to indicate that more Jewish people are ready to welcome their Messiah:

-Ariel Cohen Colloro's project of second trial for Yeshua
- The existence of Sanhedrin haderech, the Sanhedrin of the Way, that is mainly composed of orthodox rabbis and Hassidim. These people ( who are not Messianic Jews) follow the Halacha and believe that Yeshua of Nazareth is the true Messiah of Israel.


One of mankind's drama is the lack of perception of the true Messiah of Israel.
Yeshua is not the founder of a new doctrine called "Christianity". Yeshua is one of His kinsmen, a true Israeli, who always used Torah treasures to teach His talmidim in depth and showed them how to apply it perfectly.

Yeshua showed and is still showing His disciples the way of compassion and forgiveness. But He also wants committment from His disciples. To be able to apply His sayings, one must delve deep into Hebraic thought: actually this is not an option, it is an obligation.

Be prepared, don't fail to recognize Israel's true Messiah!

He'll be coming in the clouds with might and glory. Do not let this day take you by surprise.


Copyright© by Isabelle Esling




Prayer for the homeless during the current heatwave




Dear brothers and sisters,

We are currently experiencing a heatwave in Paris. Today, even at 8 pm, we have 37 C°. There is no air and it is quite unbearable, outside and inside ( worse outside, of course).
Please have heart to include the homeless in your prayers as they are much more exposed and fragile in front of the heat.

Thank you,


Isabelle

Please share this prayer with your friends:

"Dear Yeshua, thank you because you are our rescuer at all times. Please protect the people who are more fragile during this heatwave in Paris ( and elsewhere in the world) like the elderly and the homeless. Please feed the hungry and provide them with a shelter. In you we trust, Amen."

Sunday, June 18, 2017

To the Creator, our lives matter




To our Creator, each of us is a unique masterpiece. We are loved and known intimately. We are important and HaShem desires a relationship with us.

When we realize about the greatness of our Lord, we envision how little and miserable we are as human beings. The little ants we are in the universe are nevertheless of very great value to our Maker.


Gideon said to the Lord: "Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh and I am the least in my father's house".  (Judges 6: 15)
Prophet Yirmiyahu ( Jeremiah) spoke of himself as of an infant. Especially the ones who were supposed to be HaShem's voice had a belittleling vision of themselves.
I am convinced that HaShem chooses the complexed and the hurt persons to fulfill His plan.


Our eye is sometimes very critical towards our own person. This is often due to the fact that we have been hurt in our early childhood and adult life, sometimes by the individuals who were supposed to be our most intimate relatives or friends.
Even when we do have a strong relationship with Him, it is hard to imagine how much precious we are to our Lord.

Yesterday I stumbled upon the following piece of Scripture from Isaiah , Chapter 43...it also happens to be an exerpt of the Haftara from Sefer Bereshit ( Book of Genesis).

א  וְעַתָּה כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה, בֹּרַאֲךָ יַעֲקֹב, וְיֹצֶרְךָ, יִשְׂרָאֵל:  אַל-תִּירָא כִּי גְאַלְתִּיךָ, קָרָאתִי בְשִׁמְךָ לִי-אָתָּה.

ב  כִּי-תַעֲבֹר בַּמַּיִם אִתְּךָ-אָנִי, וּבַנְּהָרוֹת לֹא יִשְׁטְפוּךָ:  כִּי-תֵלֵךְ בְּמוֹ-אֵשׁ לֹא תִכָּוֶה, וְלֶהָבָה לֹא תִבְעַר-בָּךְ.


A love that is unconditional

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Our existences DO matter to our Creator. If you doubted it, I invite you to read this specific portion of Scripture and to meditate on it.

During Shabbat, I reflected on Daniel's exile in Babylon. It was very hard for practicing Jewish children to be deported to Babylon. Even if Daniel and his fellow friends were well treated, they were also robbed from their Jewish I.D s and given pagan names.
Yet, they refused to conform to the customs of Babel regarding food and idolatry. Daniel and his friends' lives were put at risk on many occurences for being faithful to HaShem. 
Even when the children were thrown into the fire, people could witness there was a fourth person walking with them. Daniel and his fellows met their Messiah in the furnace and the fire did not burn them.

The most difficult part for all of us, children of men, is to totally trust our Lord. When difficulties arise and in times of danger, we tend to forget that He is with us!

Remember the Torah verse from Deuteronomy, Chapter 46, verse 4:

" אָנֹכִי, אֵרֵד עִמְּךָ"

I myself will descend with you.



These are our Lord's words. No water, no fire will ever harm us, if we just accept to trust Him.
Our help comes from Him and to Him ALL the glory!

Amen

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