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Stepping out in Faith

Study theme for this Sabbath – Exo. 13:17-17:16; Judges 4:4-5:31; Matt 14:22-33

‘Yeshua in The Torah’ and ‘Getting Back to Basics’

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

Lost Sheep? Perhaps not whom you think . . .

3 He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

 4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.

 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The  chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isa 53:3-6)

They shall ask the way to Zion, With their faces toward it, `Come and let us join ourselves to the LORD,  a perpetual covenant not to be forgotten.’ 6My people have become lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; They have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; They have forgotten their resting place. (Jer 50:5-6)

These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. 6 “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. (Mat 10:5-6)

And behold, a Canaanite woman (not of the 12 tribes) came out from that region, and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.”

 23 But He did NOT answer HER a word. And His disciples came to and kept asking Him, saying, “Send her away, for she is shouting out after us.”

 24 But He answered and said (TO HIS DISCIPLES) , “I was not sent but for the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Mat 15:22-24)

So, according to Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Yeshua, the lost sheep of the House of Israel are comprised of not only those of the nations, and not only Ephraim, but Judah as well. All who have not placed themselves under the Shepherd Yeshua are ‘lost sheep’. For Yeshua came to seek and to save that which was lost  – which is everyone that has not accepted Him for Who He Is. .

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

BELIEVE & CHURCH

Believe and Church

We want to take a moment and examine two words, two concepts about which there seems to be some confusion in the Body today. We also always want to keep in mind that the purpose of all Scripture is to point us to The Messiah Who in turn makes the way for us to be restored to our Heavenly Father.

The Scriptures repeat over and over again the importance and necessity and preeminence of ‘believing’ in The One Who is Worthy to be believed.

“For in the volume of the Book it is written of Me.” Hebrews 10:7

“And beginning with Moses and the prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” Luke 24:27

“Yeshua said – “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; No one comes to the Father except through Me.”” John 14:6

Now, let’s begin . . .

The English word ‘believe’ appears over 170 times in the Scripture (we’re using the NKJV)  –  with at least 25 of those occurrences in the Tanakh or Old Testament. Without exception, each of those occurrences is a translation of the Hebrew word ‘aman’ (Strong’s #0539 and the source of the English word ‘amen’) which means ‘to support, confirm, be faithful to, to rely upon, to entrust.’

In the remaining 145+ appearances of ‘believe’ in the Apostolic Writings/New Testament, some are in the positive – believing – and some are in the negative or ‘not believing’. But all forms of the word stem from the same root – Strong’s #2982 – which, when simply put, means ‘persuaded’.

“For this reason I (Paul) also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have BELIEVED and am PERSUADED that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that Day.” (2Tim 1:12)

Belief – in both ends of The Bible – means simply what it says – ‘to be persuaded, to be faithful to, to entrust to, to rely upon’. Belief in Messiah Yeshua is the only separation between difference heaven and hell.

Now, let’s talk about the ‘church’, or ‘circus’ as some might phrase it. And yes, sometimes the congregation can look like a circus with folks singing and dancing, praising and praying, especially when The Holy Spirit chooses to move on and among the people!

But again, let’s look at the word ‘church’. There are at least two primary schools of thought as to the etymology of the word ‘church’. One trail leads backward from the old English ‘cirice’ through the German ‘kirika’ to the Greek ‘kuriake’ which means ‘of or pertaining to the Lord’ and is related to the Greek word ‘kurios’ (translated most often in the NT as Lord) and refers to ‘Master’ or ‘Him to Whom it belongs.

The other school of thought on this matter states that the word ‘church’ has it’s roots in the Anglo-Saxon ‘kirke’ which hails from the latin ‘circus’, a Romanized version of the Greek word ‘kirkos’ which simply means ‘ ring or circle’. There is evidence to support the fact that early assemblies would at times gather in a circle, much like what we see today in groups both large and small.

Both schools of thought on this matter (whether they realize it or not) seem to wind up at the same place – a circle or ring of believers that trust in The One To Whom It All Belongs.

There ARE so-called ‘congregations’ that push the limits of behavior beyond what would be considered Scripturally acceptable, but let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

So whether it’s ecclesia or congregation or assembly or kahal or edah or sode or church or, even at times perhaps a circus, it’s all about Him. Shabbat Shalom

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

UPCOMING FEAST DATES 2022

Projected Feast/Holy Day dates for 2022 will posted here no later than January 15th. This information will be available on the static page in this site entitled

‘UPCOMING FEAST DATES 2022’

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

These two questions we should always ponder

“and having begun from Moses, and from all the prophets, He was expounding to them in all the Writings the things about Himself.”As we read and study Scripture, we should always ask two questions – “where is Messiah Yeshua in this” and “how can I apply this to make me more like Him”.

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Consider supporting this Ministry Work

As we continue to do the work the Creator has called us to – to prepare people and for people in regards to the days in which we live and the days to come – we ask that you would consider supporting us in that work as you contemplate your end-of-year giving. Thank You.

halom U’Vrachot B’Shem Yeshua – Wholeness & Blessings in Jesus’ Name

S

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Refusal of Yeshua is sin . . .

And (The Comforter), when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment; 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;” (John 16:8-9)

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 “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. 17 “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (Joh 3:14-18)

Then (Yeshua) said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. (Joh 20:27-31)

 “knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Messiah Yeshua/Jesus the Christ, and we too have believed in Messiah Yeshua/Jesus the Christ, that we might be justified by faith in Messiah and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. (Gal 2:16)

 “In those days and in that time,” says the LORD, “The children of Israel shall come, They and the children of Judah together; With continual weeping they shall come, And seek the LORD their God. 5 They shall ask the way to Zion, With their faces toward it, saying,`Come and let us join ourselves to the LORD In a perpetual covenant That will not be forgotten.’ 6 “For My people (Israel and Judah) have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; They have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; They have forgotten their resting place. (Jer 50:4-6)

All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)

“Again he said to them: “I am going away; you will look for me and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come. “” (John 8:21)

 “I have told you already: You will die in your sins. Yes, if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”  (John 8:24)

 “It is written in the prophets,`And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. (John 6:45)

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

The Word – Yeshua/Jesus in the Old Testament

The Word  – Yeshua/Jesus  in the Old Testament

Yeshua/Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58)

“And in the beginning was The Word . . . and The Word become flesh and dwelt among us and we behold His Glory, the Glory  as of the only begotten of The Father, full of grace and Truth.” (John 1)

“And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:27)

“Moreover the Word of the LORD came to me, saying,” (Jeremiah 1:11)

“And the Word of the LORD came to me the second time, saying,” (Jer 1:13)

“Jeremiah said, “The Word of the LORD came to me, saying,”” (Jer 32:6)

“And the Word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying,” (Jer 33:19)

“And the Word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying,” (Jer 33:23)

“Then the Word of the LORD came to Jeremiah after the king had burned the scroll and the words which Baruch had written at the dictation of Jeremiah, saying,”  (Jer 36:27)

“And the Word of the LORD came to me saying,” (Eze 6:1)

“And the Word of the LORD came to me saying,” (Eze 14:2)   

“And the Word of the LORD came to me saying,” (Eze 20:2)

“And the Word of the LORD came to me saying,” (Eze 21:1)

“And the Word of the LORD came to me saying,” (Eze 21:18)

“And the Word of the LORD came to me saying,” (Eze 22:17)

 “And the Word of the LORD came to me in the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth of the month, saying,”  (Eze 24:1)

“And the Word of the LORD came to me saying,”  (Eze 25:1)

“And the Word of the LORD came to me saying,”  (Eze 28:20)

“And the Word of the LORD came to me saying,” (Eze 33:1)

“And the Word of the LORD came to me saying,”  (Eze 38:1)

“The Word of the LORD which came to Hosea the son of Beeri, during the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.” (Hos 1:1)

“When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry, and have children of harlotry; for the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the LORD.” (Hos 1:2)

“Now the Word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,”  (Jonah 1:1)

“Now the Word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying,”  (Jonah 3:1)

“Moreover the Word of the LORD came to me, saying:” (Zec 4:8)

“Then the Word of the LORD came to me, saying:”  (Zec 6:9)

“Then the Word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying,”  (Zec 7:4)

“Then the Word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying,”  (Zec 7:8)

“Again the Word of the LORD of hosts came, saying,”  (Zec 8:1)

“Then the Word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying,”  (Zec 8:18)

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

4 Become 3 that can be the 2 that are made One in His Hand – Four Flocks before there were any Flocks

 4 become 3 that can be the 2 that are made One in His Hand

. . . One in My Hand . . .

The Creator speaks through the Prophet Isaiah, saying “Remember the former things,those things of long ago;for I am God (El), and there is none other; I am Elohim, and there is none like Me. 10 I make known the end out of the beginning,and from ancient times, that which is still to come.I say: My purpose is established,and I will do as I see fit.” (Isa 46:9-10)

No place do we see a greater testimony to this truth than in the leading verses of the 29th chapter of Genesis. In those verses, we see the prophetic format for the ‘restoration of the two sticks of the house of Israel’ by Messiah Yeshua, even before a ‘House of Israel’ had even come into being.

Let’s recap briefly a previous teaching that is connected to the passage in Genesis 29. The encounter of Yeshua with ‘The Woman at Well’ in John chapter 4, details an event that marks the beginning of the promised restoration of ‘The Two Sticks’, beginning with the ‘stick of Ephraim’, in the place where it was said you are not my people, there you will be called sons of the Living God. (https://prodigalmin.com/the-woman-at-the-well-2/)

And even though Judah’s final exile for her treachery would begin at a later date, the foundation for her restoration is laid in Yeshua’s earthly ministry, an example of which is portrayed in the ‘Woman Caught in Adultery’ as well as Yeshua’s presentation at the sixth hour to Judah by Pilate as ‘The King of the Jews.’(it is interesting both events occurred at the ‘6th hour – John 19:14). Peter’s vision of the gentiles coming in also happened at the 6th hour. We see another example of the beginning of this restoration process in the ‘Two Donkeys’  brought into town by Yeshua at His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. (https://prodigalmin.com/johns-wayward-women-whats-the-word-say-03-31-16/ )  (https://prodigalmin.com/johns-wayard-women/)

So how does that recap tie into the Scripture portion beginning in Genesis 29? Should it give insight into the prophetic picture of the opening scenes of Genesis 29? The answer is a resounding ‘yes’.  

We see three flocks waiting on the arrival of the fourth so that the ‘stone can be rolled away’ from The Well and all the flocks partake of the much needed Water. We know that eventually Jacob (whose name would become Israel) would father twelve tribes by four women, or four flocks, if you will.

So let’s go back to that first scene in which there are three flocks in waiting. We submit this is a picture of all those faithful in the past, diligently and expectantly looking forward to the time of the coming of Messiah when the stone is rolled away from The Well. The 4th flock is the flock of Rachel – Joseph and Benjamin, also known as The Northern Kingdom. Yeshua began the process of bringing that 4th flock back in with the strategic meeting at Jacob’s Well and now all the flocks are ‘now on site’ and ready to receive the Living Water, once the stone is rolled away.

We see, in Genesis 29, a picture of the conception of the House of Israel, a picture of their eventual regathering after their exile due to sin, an exile we see take place for The Northern Kingdom in 2 Kings 17 ( as prophesied in Hosea) and Judah’s eventual expulsion from The Land in 70 AD due to her sin and treachery. (Jer 3:10-11)

And, along with the regathering of the ‘Two Sticks’ will also come the harvest from the nations. Isaiah 56:7-8 –  ” these I will bring to my holy mountainand give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrificeswill be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations 8 The Sovereign LORD declares– he who gathers the exiles of Israel: “I will gatherstill others to them besides those already gathered.”” (Isa 56:7-8) We see it again in John 10:16 –  ” I have other sheepthat are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock  and one shepherd.” (Joh 10:16) “Ephraim mixes with the nations” Hos.7:8 and “they will return to Egypt” Hos.8:13 & 9:3

And although all this was prophesied and portrayed well in advance, it could only begin at the ‘consummation of the ages’ ( Hebrews 9:26),  with the advent of Messiah in the earth, the One Who would bring the reconciliation and atonement. Genesis 29 is a prequel to all that was prophesied, both judgment and restoration, the restoration promised from of old and begun by Messiah Yeshua in His earthly ministry.  

Now let’s look at some other interesting numbers in the Genesis passages. We have 4 flocks, 14 years for two sisters/two daughters, 20 years in a foreign house, 6 years for one flock and 10 changes in wages.

But what can these numbers and images mean in light of Biblical prophecy?  The number 20 carries the concept of expectation – looking forward to that which is to come. Jacob spent 20 years in a foreign house and now – expectancy – he is going home – the 21st year. 20 = 4 x 5.  ‘5’ represents mercy and grace and it is the redemption price, according to Scripture. Here we see the hope – tikvah – the expectancy of the provision for redemption for all 4 flocks, for they/we ALL need a Redeemer.

The number 14 is 2 x 7, seven years for each of the two sisters. Seven, in Hebrew, is sheva and comes from the word ‘shava’ which means ‘oath’. By this prophetic and symbolic ‘7’ for each sister, The Creator is sealing His promise to bring them back in and back home. ‘14’ is also the same number of lambs slain each day during the seven days of Sukkot, until there is only one set of seven lambs slain on the 8th day, symbolizing the completed unification of the two sticks into One Stick in His Hand.

After working for the two sisters, ‘two sticks of his house’, Jacob worked 6 years for ‘the flock’. It has been 6 days or 6,000 years since the fall of man. During those ‘six days’ our Heavenly Father has been working to bring about the return of ‘His Flock’. Yeshua stated that, in addition to ‘the two sisters’, there are other sheep that still remain to be brought in.

Finally, we have the number 10. ‘10’ signifies, among other things, ‘divine order’. That does NOT mean every incident along the way is ‘divine’. It does remind us however of our Creator’s divine presence in the order of events and, even though we muddle around and muddy the waters, our Creator’s divine order and sovereign plan will come to pass. ‘For He makes known the end out of the beginning,and from ancient times, that which is still to come, and says: My purpose is established,and I will do as I see fit.” (Isa 46:9-10)

” . . . My wordthat goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty,but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purposefor which I sent it.” (Isa 55:11)

So our Father YHVH did all this, and not only for His good pleasure and the sake of His reputation and kingdom, but He did it for ‘all the lost sheep of the House of Israel.’ Of course, that statement begs the question, who ARE the lost sheep of the House of Israel’? There are many who believe the lost sheep are comprised of only the northern kingdom (Ephraim). There are those that believe the ‘lost sheep’ are just those of out of the nations. Although produced by Catholic Press, an interesting footnote in The Complete Jewish Bible says the lost sheep are ‘the Jews’. So who ARE the ‘lost sheep’? Are they the Ephraimites, are they the nations or are they the Jews?

According to The Word of Our Father – it is all three.

So who WAS Yeshua referring to when He spoke on two separate occasions concerning “ the lost sheep of the House of Israel”?  In Matthew 10:5, Yeshua specifically instructs the disciples to not go into the cities of the Samaritans, or to the gentiles, but to the lost sheep of the House if Israel. The cities of the Samaritans would be the territory of the northern kingdom. So, if they were not to go the samaritans, nor to the gentiles, that basically only left them with the territory of the southern kingdom (Judah) and it’s inhabitants which would be, for all intents and purposes, the Jews. In Matthew 15:22-28, Yeshua uses that same ‘lost sheep’ phrase again when confronted by the Canaanite woman in the territory of Ephraim. Did you know, through the Prophet Jeremiah, the Creator refers to both Judah and Ephraim as ‘lost sheep’? (Jeremiah 50:4-6)

The Prophet Isaiah declares “All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)

“And Yeshua, the One on Whom the iniquity was laid, said to them then and to us today – “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, but by Me.”” John 14:6

Therefore remember that you, formerly gentiles in the flesh– who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands– 12  were at that time without Messiah, being aliens from the citizenship of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus/Messiah Yeshua, you who formerly were far off, have been brought near by the blood of Messiah . . . 19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and aliens, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ/Messiah Yeshua Himself being the chief corner, 21 in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. (Eph 2:11-13,19-22)

So, who are the lost sheep of the house of Israel? It is every soul down through the ages in need of a Savior, a Redeemer, in need of the miraculous work brought about through the death, burial, resurrection and first ascension of the Promised Messiah of Israel – Yeshua/Jesus of Nazareth that came in the flesh . . . and He’s coming again to finish what was started. Will we be found faithful and ready?  Will we be found doing His work in the earth?

 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. (Rom 1:16)

And (Yeshua) said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)

Feed the hungry, quench the thirsty, clothe the needy, visit the captive . . . “And the King will answer and say to them,`Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” (Mat 25:40)

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters (the kavod) of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. (Mat 23:23)

“And as you go, preach, saying,`The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. (Mat 10:7-8)

“ . . . and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Mat 28:20)

And through the work of Messiah Yeshua, the four flocks become the two loaves, the two donkeys, the two sticks, the two fish (John 6:9).  And the two become one in My Hand, says YHVH. (Eze 37:19) And Who is the Hand of YHVH? Messiah Yeshua/Jesus of Nazareth that came in the flesh.

And no one comes to the Father, but by Him. Shalom

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

He Who Sees and Provides

And Abraham called the name of the place, YHVH YIREH; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of YHVH it shall be provided.” (Gen 22:14)

Yahweh yireh – YHVH Provides

Yireh – yod resh aleph hay – ‘to provide’ – comes from the Hebrew root word ra’ah which means ‘to see’.

In most occurrences in Scripture this word ‘yireh’ is translated in the context of something being seen or observed or perceived. So why here is it translated as ‘to provide’?

The first step in ‘providing’ is to recognize that provision is needed. Before we can ‘provide’ or meet a need, we first must recognize that there is a need that needs to be met.

Scripture states that our Creator and Father ‘knows what we have need of before we ask’. (Matt 6:8)

Our Father recognizes our need. But do we recognize Him as ‘The Provider’ and the source of everything we need?

In these days as well as the days to come, we must not only recognize our Father and Creator as the Ultimate Provider but learn to lean on Him for direction, for He is dependable. We also must ‘see’ that not all provision is physical or merely giving us the things that we ask for. As good earthly parents, sometimes we recognize that what our children ‘want’ is NOT what they need, and that which they ‘need’ is NOT necessarily what they ‘want’. 

Yod – His (right) Hand protects and directs and instructs

Resh – He is head and The One that we should follow as He ‘goes before us’.

Aleph – The Father, Son and Ruach are One. Our Elohim is our strong tower into which we can run. (Psalm 61)

Hey – Behold the One who sees and knows what we have need of before we ask and has made the Ultimate Provision.

Our Father sees our need and is ready and willing to provide. As we go about our daily lives today and the days to come, may He give us ‘eyes to see’ the needs –both physical and spiritual – around us that require provision, and pray our Father direct us (yod) as we follow His example (resh) recognizing Him as the source of all strength and true provision (aleph) and point others to our Father through Messiah Yeshua/Jesus the Christ and His work on the cross (hey) – ‘BEHOLD the Lamb of God’.  Shalom 

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2021 in Uncategorized

 
 
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