Announcement 02 Apr 17

2 Apr

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 to Sunday, April 2, 2017

By: Kathryn Hauser

[19 pages]

Preface: Last night we had a circuit blow out while I was writing on the computer. It looked serious. I feared I’d lost everything. I almost didn’t get to share this piece. God was good and the work was miraculously saved. Thank You, God!

Breaking Israel News: Letters to God Are Cleared From Kotel Before Passover

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: The Zohar teaches that all of a person’s divine service should be performed in joy.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 12:09 pm             Journal: Parked by the freeway. I have the biggest grin on my face and I couldn’t wipe it off if I wanted to! Yippee! It’s been a LONG time since I’ve felt this kind of sustained joy. Something is new, though, about this exploding joy that I have never felt before. This joy is somehow about partnership.…

[Announcer: We interrupt our regularly scheduled program for this very important announcement.]

Monk: Say what?

Rabbi Shmuel Jablon: God again performs a miracle with human partnership and through using what already exists in nature. Thus, this miracle emanates from existing oil and continues only for as long as jugs are brought. [II Kings 4:3] David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, famously said that in Israel one must believe in miracles to be a realist. Indeed, there is no logical reason that the State of Israel exists at all, let alone as a strong and vibrant nation. It is only due to God’s miracles, which He attaches to the great efforts of many human beings, that Israel is here to bring blessing to all the world.

Anna Blake: When philosophers consider the nature of God and the metaphysics of the universe, surely they must consider the central position that horses hold. If they don’t, we know they’ve fallen short of the thing artists have known since the time of cave paintings; it was always about humans and horses.

Rabbi Shmuel Jablon: And they broke down the pillar of Baal, and broke down the house of Baal, and made it a draught-house, unto this day. ~ II Kings 10:27

Brat: Pastor Gary Dunahoo said something about being drunk in the Spirit.

Personal From Rabbi Tuly Weisz: My Visit to the UN

Brat (28 Mar 17): Today I prayed for two hours for the healing of the nations as I sat inside Jubilee Church. They have the flags of the nations hanging around the perimeter of the church inside the sanctuary. On Sunday I was anointed with oil to stand in the gap and pray for others.

Breaking Israel News: Rabbi Tuly Weisz Prays at UN Podium: World Leaders Should Recognize Truth of Bible

Rabbi Shmuel Jablon: While God requires of only the Jewish people to keep the Torah’s many commandments, He expects the entire world to follow the Noahide laws. Included in these laws are renouncing idolatry and serving the Lord exclusively. He has no tolerance for idolatry, which brings with it such sins as human sacrifice, especially in the Land of Israel. In fact, engaging in idol worship results in exile from the Land (see for example Deuteronomy 29:23-27). Furthermore, there is a commandment to destroy idol worship found in the Holy Land. God has made clear that there can be no tolerance for idolatry in the “Palace of the King,” particularly when it ensnares the hearts of the Children of Israel.

Kris Vallotton: Of course there are false prophets, false signs and wonders, demonic trances, demonic tongues, etc., but the devil only counterfeits things that are valuable! Nobody ever counterfeited a penny or a dollar bill; it’s just too much work for very little impact. But in their zeal to not be deceived, some Christians take anything that is counterfeited and assign it to the New Age movement; consequently, what’s left is a powerless church. Paul warned Timothy about these people when he said, “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come…people will “hold to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.” (2 Timothy 3:1, 5)

Pastor John Tolle: We continue yesterday’s episode of the disciples being out of sorts over the storm that they were experiencing while Jesus wasn’t worried about it at all.  He was confidently resting. It’s at this point we need to notice something very important in the text of scripture.  When they set out on their journey, Jesus made a definitive declaration, “Let us cross over to the other side.” [Mark 4:35]

Phyllis Ford: This Passover marks a major turning point for government, the Church, and our nations at large. Just as we see seeds firmly planted in the ground arise in the spring, we will see an uncovering of much that has been operating underneath the surface. This is a good thing, because that which is exposed and brought to light shall be removed.

Lee Strobel: Was Jesus’ Death on the Cross Faked?

Prophet Rene Picota: Normally, I charge $47 to do these calls.

Matthew 28:15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

Journal (26 Mar 17): … Pastor John Tolle got the message in what I posted on Facebook with Jennifer LeClaire’s outline in how to test apostles. [Rev 2:2]

Pastor John Tolle: Jesus spoke up and said to Simon, “I have something to say to you.” 

Rene Picota: This is for you only.

Jennifer LeClaire: I pray that the Lord would sharpen your discernment in these last days, to recognize these deceitful workers; to avoid labeling the false as true and the true as false; and to rightly divide the word of truth, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Brat: This false apostle that Ephesus ferreted out [Rev 2:2] is seemingly dead: “Er ist tot.”

Bible Gateway Verse of the Day (01 Apr 17): [ Psalm 14 ] [ For the director of music. Of David. ] The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. ~ Psalm 14:1 (NIV)

Karen Hardin (27 Mar 17): Abigail (her name means one who brings joy) saw her husband’s foolishness and recognized that her entire household was now in danger because Nabal had withheld the blessing. She responded immediately in wisdom and instructed the servants to load down the donkeys with the best of her provisions—a provision fit for a king. She was in fact, by this provision, prophetically declaring what was to come as she honored David with honor befitting a king. She saw into the future while her husband saw only his own kingdom and self.

Rabbi Shmuel Jablon:  Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life. (~ II Kings 7:7)

Monk: Did you said, “Tot”? As vaporous as whappy fumes? Do you smell something?

Johnny Enlow: Hoards of Hell have protected purveyors of high level darkness involved in all sorts of tawdry acts and deeds and it is now time for that cover to be blown. It will not make for a pretty sight but it is a needed step in the overall throngs of reformation that are now gripping our nation.

Tsivya Fox: The guide told Rabbi Weisz that an overwhelming number of UN employees are vehemently anti-Israel, but she and a small group of others meet each week to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 37:11 Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’

Rabbi Shmuel Jablon:  And all Yisrael shall make lamentation for him, and bury him; for he only of Yerovam shall come to the grave; because in him there is found some good thing toward the LORD, the God of Yisrael, in the house of Yerovam. ~ (1 Kings 14:13)

Pastor John Tolle: They really believed they were going to die.  But they’d forgotten his start-of-the-trip speech . . . “we’re going to the other side.”

Rabbi Shmuel Jablon:  The enemies of Israel miraculously flee, abandoning their entire camp. There have been times in State of Israel’s history where the enemy fled before engaging the Israeli Defense Forces. A famous example was during the Six Day War when IDF Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren and his driver single handedly captured the Holy City of Hebron. When they drove into Hebron, mistakenly thinking IDF soldiers were already there, they were greeted with a city full of white flags and empty of soldiers. God’s miracles are always in evidence among the soldiers of Israel.

Pastor John Tolle: Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. [John 15:13 (NKJV)]

Phyllis Ford: When a major shift takes place in our lives, we are presented with a new beginning. Where there is death of the flesh there is a wellspring of new life and resurrection. As we focus on the new life, the pain of death breaks off of us, allowing us the chance to embrace new joy in the resurrection.

Rabbi Shmuel Jablon: And Jehoiada the Kohen took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid of it, and set it beside the Mizbayach, on the right side as one cometh into the house of the LORD; and the kohanim that kept the threshold put therein all the money that was brought into the house of the LORD. ~ II Kings 12:10

Katie Barker: “I am breaking strongholds of the enemy and recompensing My people for what has been stolen. As My people align their hearts and will with Mine, surrender afresh and put their faith in Me I will bring healing and freedom. With this freedom will come a peace and hope they have not known before.

Pastor John Tolle: Father God, just as I have been loved, accepted, and forgiven, may my heart do the same to those who have failed.  In Jesus’ name!

Rabbi Shmuel Jablon: According to Jewish law, money that is designated to be used for the purposes of the Temple is endowed with a special status and must be used for its intended purpose. In the Holy Temple, it is necessary to make sure that funds that are donated are properly secured and then distributed for care of the Temple and communal offerings. Even without a Holy Temple, we are required to make sure that we are completely honest in our financial dealing, and that money is used for its intended purpose.

Tsivya Fox: Rabbi Weisz concluded his visit in the General Assembly Hall, where he proudly held high The Israel Bible at the very podium from which so much anti-Israel venom spews forth. “I offered a prayer that these so called world leaders would submit themselves to the one book that honors the God, the people and the Land of Israel, the Bible,” smiled Rabbi Weisz. “I pray that our efforts bring about the day when the leaders of the world gather, not to deny God, but to unite together and recognize the One, True God of Israel.”

Israel 365: What’s Your Hebrew Name? ✡ “He Counts the Number of Stars”

Revelation 7:4 Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.

Ezekiel 37:12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel.

Phyllis Ford: This also empowers us to do many things like reviving that which has been cheated out of life. There are those who have been in a death-like state and have been driven to give up on the promises of God, but the Lord said that they have been “cheated out of life.” Know that the Lord is going to empower the humble so that they might be restored.

Rabbi Shmuel Jablon:  God is not yet ready to destroy Judah, due to the promise that He had made to King David to give him an eternal kingdom. The Hebrew word used for kingdom in this verse is ‘nir,’ which can also mean a light or a lamp (from the word ‘ner,’ which means candle). The kingdom of David is intended to give eternal light to the entire Nation of Israel, and by extension the entire world. Even in the absence of a kingdom, the knowledge that God will eventually return the kingship to David through the Messiah is a source of light and hope to all.

Malachi 2: 11 Judah has been unfaithful. A detestable thing has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem: Judah has desecrated the sanctuary the Lord loves by marrying women who worship a foreign god. 12 As for the man who does this, whoever he may be, may the Lord remove him from the tents of Jacob—even though he brings an offering to the Lord Almighty.

Lance Wallnau: Dismantling the Spirit of Political Correctness

Katie Barker: These vines represented incorrect mindsets that were stopping the person from seeing God as He truly is and seeing themselves as God sees them. Jesus breathed over them and they were filled with life, peace, hope, joy and freedom. They were transformed by the touch of Jesus. I then saw them being given new garments by Jesus which represented new spiritual positions and new levels of spiritual authority.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: What’s plagiarism? A refusal to acknowledge your Source, the Original Contributor. Plagiarism is acting like you’re the author. Plagiarism is acting like you’re the authority. Denying your dependence, acting independent, refusing to acknowledge your gratitude. It’s illegal.

Anna Blake: Dishonesty, hidden agendas, and unknown resources all become creative license for a writer. We plot the word-to-action disconnect and get to weave in the questions we want to ponder along the way to the ending we choose. We’re all gods in our writing.

Brat: I suppose that stands to reason.

John 10: 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’? [Isa 41:23] 35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— 36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?

Brat: The Greeks wrote their stories of mythology, but St Paul set them straight on the One True God (not Zeus.)

Monk: I guess that holds for Dr Seuss, too.

Acts 17: 22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.

Isaiah 41: 21 “Present your case,” says the Lord.
“Set forth your arguments,” says Jacob’s King.
22 “Tell us, you idols,
what is going to happen.
Tell us what the former things were,
so that we may consider them
and know their final outcome.
Or declare to us the things to come,
23     tell us what the future holds,
so we may know that you are gods.
Do something, whether good or bad,
so that we will be dismayed and filled with fear.
24 But you are less than nothing
and your works are utterly worthless;
whoever chooses you is detestable.

Brat: I keep writing and sharing when and where God tells me. My audience is the Church. I’m blessed if I get one or two “hits” a month (according to the stats.) Anyone else would have given up on this assignment years ago. But I’m called. God called me. I didn’t call myself.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: But G-d is also calling to the person who sees themselves as lacking in accomplishments, the one who is not a fighter. For this person the call is like stretching out a helping hand. Don’t ever give up! No matter how desperate the situation might seem, it is always in your strength to pull yourself up and out of from darkness to light. (Farbrengens of 1982, vol. 2, p. 1107)

Binyomin Adilman: The Midrash, however, interprets the verse to give us a deeply challenging insight. “Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them, when a person from you will offer up a sacrifice to G‑d….” G‑d wants us, not just our sacrifices. Every sacrifice had to be accompanied by genuine repentance before it was accepted…

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: The thing that gets God most angry, the root of all godlessness and wickedness of men, the Bible says, is ingratitude. That’s in Romans 1:21. Ingratitude is the root of everything bad. It’s the heart of things. It’s the number one killer. You don’t think so? Look-even at the human level. When you write a paper, and you use a lot of scholarship and sources, and you don’t cite your sources, you get into trouble. What’s it called? Plagiarism.

Brat: How can it be plagiarism when you guys speak your own words?

Malachi 2: 15 Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.

Brat: Look! Jesus sent His angel to the Churches. (Rev 22:16) Even angels cite their sources. Both good and bad angels know their scriptures and The Source! The Bible is a living Source, because God is the Living Word.

James 2: 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

Brat: I have my writings, which reveal my faith. Writing, praying, and sharing are deeds putting faith in action. I lift up Jesus.

Pastor John Tolle: It’s easy to ignore or forget this truth as evidenced by a group of religious leaders who paraded a sinful woman in front of their gathered group demanding that Jesus agree that she needed to be stoned. Pointed fingers of accusation revealed their hardened hearts and minds.  And so intent on bringing justice to this adulterer and society, they failed to take into account their own sinfulness.  They really couldn’t handle Jesus.

Rabbi Shmuel Jablon: The Hebrew word ‘mashiach’ means “anointed one.” In Judaism, kings and high priests are to be anointed with oil, which symbolizes their designation for their holy positions. In Hebrew, the Messiah is referred to as the ‘Mashiach,’ as he will be a king who is anointed for this holiest of roles. He will lead the Jewish People and bring peace and justice to the entire world. We pray for, and eagerly await his coming each and every day.

Pastor John Tolle: Before you think Jesus was soft on crime, the eternal type, keep in mind that He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. [1 Peter 2:24]

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: Daat is in the middle channel of the tree of the sefirot and is able to “unite” the right and left sides – mercy and judgment – respectively.

Brat: An’ daat’s duh Truth!

Katie Barker: Matthew 3:11 tells us Jesus baptizes us with the Holy Spirit and with fire. When we receive Jesus’ baptism we receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit that sets us apart to minister with His gifts in power. The anointing does not point to us, but to God who empowers us. We are anointed to transform our area of influence for the advancement of the Kingdom and to bring glory to God. God anoints us to fulfill the plans and calling He has for us.

Anna Blake: My breath is deep. I was born to sit right here. I feel his ribs expand as he breathes with me and some jagged pieces mend. One more breath and my busy mind settles deep into my heart with a sigh. He’s taught me that oneness means the parts of the rider become united. Horses are that way already.

Bible Gateway Verse of the Day (31 Mar 17): But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. ~ Isaiah 53:5-6

Anna Blake: Perhaps younger riders look at me like I’m a crazy old nag. I smile and wave, stubborn as a pony, working to show them the patience that my first horse had for me back when I fell short of my horse’s withers and wisdom.

Pastor John Tolle: Laying down one’s life for his friends also comes into greater clarity when we discover that Jesus set aside his life for us . . . his 2017 friends.  A few verses after the passage of scripture listed above Jesus says; You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you, we see how laying down our lives has real application to daily living.

Binyomin Adilman: G-d wants us, not just our sacrifices

Monk: Say what?

Pastor John Tolle: So, what was Jesus trying to say?  Here’s a jammed–packed paragraph of what I think he’s saying.  Do you have something to add to it?

Rene Picota: Whatever you do, don’t share this with anyone. I don’t want to overbook myself with these calls and can only handle so many people.

Pastor John Tolle: Jesus appears to have come into the world for people who really needed him the most and not for the righteous – known as self-righteous.  He seemed not to judge these sinners or the unclean . . . and to the rejected and despised he offered them his love.  He respected and even accepted them.  He even called some of “these types” to be his disciples.  He didn’t approve of their wrong doings but instead gave them hope for lives free from toxic pasts.  His plan was to draw these wayward people back to the Father who had sent him.  He presented himself as the only way to God which was in sharp contrast to all of the spiritual regulations and traditions that the religious people heaped upon them. Then Jesus took a journey to the cross to pay for all sin – theirs, mine, and yours . . . because we could never right all the wrongs of our own lives.

Phyllis Ford: I received an understanding in prayer concerning the Lion and the Lamb. In this hour, we are receiving the understanding that the emphasis of the Lamb is coming into full view – understanding that humility comes as a result of a life laid down (see 1 John 3:16 and John 3:16). In order to walk in the resurrection power of the Lion we must understand the humility of the Lamb. Our humility and service of compassion to others releases the power to walk in a consistent flow of resurrection life, giving us the authority to tread over that which is keeping God’s people from walking forth in the manifestation of signs and wonders and into the glory of God.

Rabbi Shmuel Jablon: Elijah is such a central prophet in Jewish history that the Sages teach that he will be the one to usher in the righteous Messiah when God so decrees (based on Malachi 2:23-24). Yet, God instructs Elijah that he must anoint Elisha to replace him as prophet. Though his strengths no longer fit the needs of his generation, we await the day when he will once again rise up to herald the coming of the Messiah.

Brat: None of the chapters in Malachi in my Bible go up past verse 18. Are we using the same Bible or was that a type-O?

Pastor John Tolle: As Simon the Pharisee saw what was happening he said to himself, “If this Jesus was the prophet I thought him to be, he would know who this notorious sinner is that is touching him.”

Donna Schaper: A friend told me the story of how she was jinxed in the seventh grade by a certain project she had to do. It was to build a birdbath, out of any materials she could find. I don’t know why that assignment interrupted her. But I do know that another kid in her class built it for her, permitting her to advance. Accident? Angel mischief? Coincidence? Who knows? What is clear is that we get by with the help of our friends.

Ringo Starr (1969): With a Little Help From My Friends [http://mpo.fm/828613]

The Beatles: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Rabbi Shmuel Jablon: In Biblical Hebrew, the word ‘malach’ means messenger. There are two kinds of messengers. One is a human messenger, the other is an angel, who is a messenger of God. According to Jewish belief, angels do not have independent free will. Rather, they are God’s messengers who are only able to fulfill the specific mission He gives them. When human beings use their free will to do the Lord’s bidding, they have the ability to become even greater than angels as they are choosing on their own to obey God. And when they show their loyalty to God by doing His bidding and improving His world, they become His messengers to the rest of the world.

Randy Walter: Doves are a symbol for love, peace, harmony and the Holy Spirit. A group of doves is called a “flight,” “dule” or “dole” (also defined as one’s allotted share, portion or destiny). We need eagle eyes to see far and into God’s prophetic. We need owl eyes to find wisdom. And we need dove eyes to only have eyes for Him.

James Bond (1981): For Your Eyes Only [https://youtu.be/e0iF8TCk4Fw]

Spirit Fuel: For your eyes ONLY… (Please DON’T SHARE)

Israel365: And I will rejoice in Yerushalayim, and joy in My people; and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. ~ Isaiah 65:19 (The Israel Bible™)

Kris Vallotton: I have a Spirit Guide; His name is Holy and he guides me into all truth! “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth…” (John 16:13)

Revelation 19: 11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war.

Anna Blake: We have a secret that others don’t know. While other women dream of romance-book lovers or foreign shores, we dream of a horse who comes to us with an invitation. Personally, I think it’s a white horse –like my Grandfather Horse. He was perfectly ordinary. We all had one just like him. The one that we knew before we were born. The one who never leaves us.

Kris Vallotton: Peter said, “…just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies…” (2 Peter 2:1)

Malachi 2: 13 Another thing you do: You flood the Lord’s altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer looks with favor on your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands. 14 You ask, “Why?” It is because the Lord is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.

Emily C. Heath: In my 20’s I had a mentor who provoked me. She provoked me to do the right thing, to live a life of gratitude, and to serve God first. She provoked me to want to be a better person. How? By simply being herself, a good and kind and decent person who encouraged others and expected the best of them.

Anna Blake: We were hooked and it was written all over us. The first weird looks passed between our parents. We were too young to know anyone else. It didn’t matter if there were horses close by; some of us were in the country but just as many of us were in city apartments. We squealed at horsies! from car windows or stared at pictures in books we were too little to read. We cantered in the house when horses only lived inside our TV.

Shabbat Inspiration: Isaiah’s vision of the redemption is a natural one. As the next verse states, there will be death, and people will still sin. However, the people will dwell safely in their Land. They will live for an entire lifespan (Isaiah 65:20), build houses and plant fields and vineyards (verse 21), and live without fear of invasion and exile. For this alone, God rejoices with Jerusalem and the people of Israel. This summer, Israel will have another incredible reason to praise God: On May 24th, Jerusalem will be celebrating the 50 year anniversary since the Holy City’s reunification at the hands of the IDF, an incredible occurrence that has been hailed as a miracle that changed the very fabric of Israeli history. To honor this momentous occasion, HaYovel, an organization dedicated to developing the agriculture in the Land of Israel under the supervision of Jewish farmers, and Israel365 invite you for a 2 week experience to celebrate the miraculous liberation of Israel’s heartland. This unique and very affordable educational journey will introduce you to the Land and the People of Israel on the once in a lifetime occasion of Jerusalem’s Jubilee.

Pastor John Tolle: As people we want the love and benefits of Jesus, but do we want everything else he came to offer?  Do we want the whole package?  Can we handle who the real Jesus was . . . and is?  So many can only deal with a Jesus that looks and does life to their liking.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: In the Beit Midrash Hall of the Gur chassidim, everyone pushes to get closer to the Rebbe and his table. Young and old, connected or from the periphery, you are not supposed to be bashful about pushing. Once in the crowd there was a wealthy person, who was also an accomplished scholar. The problem was he was very aware of these qualities almost to the point of arrogance. When the pushing became too much for him, he complained loud enough for those around him to hear, “Derech Eretz! Where are your manners!” In all the tumult, the Rebbe also heard and said to the chassidim, “Don’t push him.”

Phyllis Ford: In the midst of the battle that is being waged in the realm of the spirit, there is about to be a downpour of rain. We will see many small victories water a harvest of coming manifestations. This is an hour to stay watchful while advancing and praying, and while progressing. This is a “marching forth” as there will be times of much needed vigilance that will keep us alert and prepared (see 1 Peter 5:8-9). Knowing that while we are progressing, plans of retaliation are simultaneously being set in play. This is stirring up and shaking the heavens, causing His glory to come down and push back the attacks of the enemy.

Pastor Marcus Ellington: Ever found yourself in a disagreement with a friend? How about a church leader? How about a political leader? Chances are, the answers are likely “yes, yes and definitely yes.”

Anna Blake: We’re the sort who never quite settle the struggle to find our balance, drunk with horses and gasping with rude want. We’ve been loud, crying or pouting if we can’t ride. There is nothing polite about passion. Other times, while making the tough choices, we felt as old as sticks and dirt with the bitter maturity of our decisions. Still horses never change for us.

Pastor John Tolle: Yet when we read about Jesus’ life, we notice that he did not keep his distance from lepers.  He was unafraid to approach them and touch them.  These humiliated lepers craved human affection and they were never disappointed by Jesus.  They could feel His love and kindness.  In fact, he even healed them.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: It may surprise you that healing is not necessarily a sign of the movement of the Spirit of God every time but music is. Now first of all, when it says, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs,” you have to remember the context. The context is drunkenness. Paul says, “Don’t go out and get drunk. Be filled with the Spirit, and this is how you’ll spend time together.” The context is what you usually do when you get drunk. Unless you’re really, really depressed, you don’t get drunk by yourself, do you? When you get drunk, you get drunk with other people, and this is the way it’s been for years. Why? It’s happened in every culture. It happens in every society. You go out, and everybody gets lit by the alcohol you’re drinking. You get happier. You begin to get less inhibited, more vulnerable. You can become more courageous. Your inhibitions go down. When joy is up, inhibitions are down, vulnerability is there, and courage is there, and you’re willing to step out and try new things. People sing when they shouldn’t. People tell stories that they shouldn’t. What he is talking about is if you are filled with the Spirit, the sociability, the singing, the music, and the creativity should put the old stuff to shame. There is a sociability in which Christians are speaking to one another about what God is doing in our lives. Paul is saying if you’re filled with the Spirit, you’ll be getting together and you’ll be speaking to each other in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. It’s a simple fact that there has never been a great awakening, there has never been a movement of the Spirit, there has never been a seismic movement of the Spirit, except a whole new era of Christian music has come from it. You look at the hymns and you will see they were not really written uniformly throughout history. They come in clusters. They come when the Spirit’s moving. They come out of great movements of the Spirit. This text is saying music is the creative impulse of a real movement of the Holy Spirit. Go back in the Old Testament, and you will see when the tabernacle was being built, craftsmen, the artists, were brought together. They were gifted by the Holy Spirit to do beautiful things. If you look carefully, you’ll see we are supposed to be expressing ourselves continually in the most beautiful and creative ways possible.

Kris Vallotton: In this beautiful time that the church is in I’ve noticed that sometimes even we can succumb to expecting immediacy when it comes to praying for healing and asking God for miracles. I think it’s a beautiful problem to have—the fact that we’ve learned to pray, believe God for a healing, and see Him do it right there in front of our very eyes—but have we learned to manage ourselves in the midst of favor, a culture of revival, and seeing miracles increase when we don’t see a prayer immediately answered? The truth is that we don’t always get what we want exactly when we want it.

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Simcha-Shmuel Treister: Rabbi Yehuda opened his discourse with the verse: “Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing”(Psalms 100:2). We have learned that all service of G‑d that a person does, should be performed with joyfulness and heartfelt desire in order that the worship should be complete. How can it be said then, that a person who brought a sacrifice [in repentance] could be happy? Such a person has transgressed the commandments of his Master and the commandments of the Torah. What sort of face should he show in standing before his Master? Certainly it should be with a broken and saddened spirit. Where is the joy and where is the singing that he needs to bring together with his sacrifice?

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Pastor John Tolle: Like leprosy, sin needs the touch of Jesus.  It is why he came.  When he touched the lepers, they were cleansed and healed.  And when he touches us, we are cleansed from our sin, forgiven, and given a new life.  Jesus’ touch removes the most stubborn sin-stain.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: This closeness could not be adequately expressed in a service that highlights the Jew’s unique spiritual capacities, for this essential bond with G-d is not contingent on the Jew’s efforts and experience; it is purely the result of G-d’s existential choice of His beloved nation, the Jews. Therefore this bond is best expressed through a Jew offering a korban, the spiritual value of which is not obvious, save for the fact that G-d has deemed it desirable for a Jew to offer a sacrifice to Him.

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: However we have learned elsewhere that a person who has sinned before his Master and transgressed His commandments and comes to bring a sin offering to rectify himself, needs to feel broken and remorseful in spirit. If he weeps while bringing his sacrifice, that is better than anything else he might do – and so we see that neither joy nor singing were present. So how were these [two aspects] present [at the bringing of the sacrifice]?

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Caleb Hyers: Will you take this day and dedicate it to the Lover of your soul? Will you partake of the new covenant by way of union with Christ? Will you be the intimate, fruit-bearing Bride? The harvest is on its way, will you be a vessel for its delivery? Let it be so, in Jesus name! Amen.

Anna Blake: There’s just one problem. If you don’t actually sit down in the chair, technically speaking, then you never get to create the character who saves the world. Apparently, deceiving yourself isn’t the same as tricking a reader. Good intentions and reasonable excuses don’t get words on the paper.

Elijah List: “I think this is the time when God is going to do something that is going to create a space for a reformational surge of Christian activity in America that’s going to retake institutional high places and occupy places that we virtually surrendered to secular culture,” [Lance]Wallnau tells CBN News.

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: They were actualized through the Priest [Cohen] and the Levi who were also present at the offering of the sacrifice. They fulfilled the joy and singing on his behalf.

Brat: Jesus did say that we would drink from His cup.

(In “Rawhide” 23 Mar 17) Luke 22: 17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you.

Brat: We have been doing that and have divided it amongst ourselves.

Luke 22: 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

Brat: Jesus has fulfilled His promise when He said that we would drink from His cup. (Mt 20:23) Which one of us has not been betrayed and “crucified” with Christ? (Gal 2:20)

Quinn G. Caldwell: The only real solution is time spent in safety, where you can learn to trust again. (Well, that and maybe some therapy.)  Here’s where God comes in for the Psalmist. In a world that feels like it could turn on you at any second (because it already has), God becomes a mighty fortress against the hordes, real or imagined, who want to eat your brains. God is the one, the only one guaranteed never to turn on you. Dwell there long enough, says the psalmist, and you can learn to see goodness in the land of the living again.

Jubilee Church: God’s Chosen Fast gives us the opportunity to return to His provision for all things—Jesus Christ. We can let go of all debts, both real and imagined. We return to softened hearts that can love again and believe again. We are redeemed out of our captivity and known once more as the Forgiven.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Art doesn’t exist for its own sake. Art is there to show the underlying reality, to show the nobility of humanity, the glory of creation, the greatness of God, and also the challenge of the human condition. People who are filled with the Spirit are people with a creative, artistic impulse because those people who find the most to praise in God find the most to praise in the world.

Luke 4: 24 “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25 I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”

Monk: Say what?

Brat: I remember Naaman. He, too, had a little help from his friends.

Monk: Lord God, it would really help to have a safe place (a hermitage in community) in which to spend time with You!

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: The joy was represented by the Priest who is always far from strict judgement [because he is rooted in kindness ( chesed) the opposite of din]. A Priest should always show himself with a shining face – happier than all the rest of the people – because his crown [literally “ keter“, of priesthood] enables him to.

Binyomin Adilman: The concept of sacrifices is one that is very foreign to the “modern” mind. We should realize, though, that every sacrifice had to be accompanied by genuine repentance before it was accepted. Only when one gives up something of himself does he make a sacrifice that is pleasing to G-d.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Every Jew has to know that from heaven G-d is always calling him. G-d is always demanding that a person elevate themselves, grow spiritually, and never be stagnant! There are always two sides to such a call. For the active person, who is already pushing ahead, who is to some extent a master of himself, the call is a challenge. You are not allowed to be satisfied with what you have already accomplished until now. Rather, you have to reach even higher.

Pastor John Tolle: Then, while looking at the woman, he spoke to his host. “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I arrived at your home you didn’t offer me the customary courtesy given to guests. There was no water to wash the dust from my feet, but this woman wet my feet with her tears and wiped them clean with her hair. You did not welcome me with the normal kiss of greeting, but she has kissed my feet time and time again since I arrived.  You didn’t provide me the ordinary lotion to freshen up with, but she rubbed my feet with rare and costly perfume.  So, I say to you, though her sins are many, they are forgiven, for she has gratefully loved much!  But the one who is forgiven little, expresses little love.”

Rabbi Shmuel Jablon: And he cried against the Mizbayach by the word of the LORD, and said: ‘O Mizbayach, Mizbayach, thus saith the LORD: Behold, a son shall be born unto the house of David, Yoshiahu by name; and upon thee shall he sacrifice the kohanim of the high places that offer upon thee, and men’s bones shall they burn upon thee.’ (1 Kings 13:2)

Pastor John Tolle: Their repeated questioning of him elicited a masterful response.  Bending down to write in the dirt, he spoke some soul-searching words: Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. [John 8:7]  They’d been caught in their own trap. One by one they walked away leaving the woman alone with Jesus.

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Simcha-Shmuel Treister: The elated song was performed by the Levi, and this is appropriate because the Levites would sing, as we have learned.

Pastor John Tolle: The others at the meal began to say among themselves, “Who does he think he is that he can forgive a person’s sins?”

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Brat: (Translation: Nuts!)

Quinn G. Caldwell: Prayer
God, I trust you even more than I trust Rick Grimes. When the world goes nuts, be my might, my light, my salvation, and my fortress.

Rabbi Shmuel Jablon: In miraculous fashion, God accepts Elijah the Prophet’s offerings. This may be surprising as Elijah did not offer them in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, the only place Israelite sacrifice is allowed to be offered, as his battle with the Baalists and offerings to God take place on Mount Carmel (in northern Israel, near the Mediterranean coast and the modern city of Haifa). The Rabbis teach that this was an extraordinary case where, because of the danger of the People of Israel being lost to idolatry, Elijah the Prophet is permitted to sacrifice outside of the Temple. As the offering is accepted and the Israelites accept God’s rule, it becomes clear to see that he was right. Sometimes prophets demonstrate that extraordinary circumstances require extraordinary actions.

Phyllis Ford: I heard the Lord say that during this emerging month of Nisan, that which has remained hidden must come to light so that there can be an uprooting of the hindrances that have been germinating in the darkness. The power of the glory will expose it, consume it, and remove it out of its place of prominence. That which has thrived in darkness will be uprooted and removed by the power of resurrection life.

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Simcha-Shmuel Treister: In Hebrew the word for “song” is “shir” or “zemer“, both of which mean to “cut”. The idea is that a song cuts the harsh judgement at its source. In English the word din means a loud, confused noise. Singing rectifies this annoying commotion and the resulting sweet tones uplift the spirit. In English as well as in Hebrew, singing cuts away din!

Donna Schaper: Prayer
Permit us to understand interruptions as sacraments, as ways that the Holy enters our home. Let there be wholeness to my life and let me see interruptions as commandments.

Brat: I take this to mean that God is raising ‘dem bones’ of the Church and the Jews are unwrapping the burial shroud around Lazarus.

Monk: Church, if a miracle occurred tonight while you were sleeping and tomorrow you began to live the life you preferred, what changes would you notice?

Kris Vallotton: The devil has a great strategy to disarm the church – convince her that the weapons of warfare are of the devil.

Binyomin Adilman: Is it possible that the Torah would have us believe that the stench of burning animal flesh, bones and feathers is a pleasant fragrance? Yet when the offering is brought with the appropriate intentions of humility and teshuva, then, to G‑d the smell is indeed fragrant. What seems offensive to us may indeed be a pleasing fragrance for G‑d.

Pastor John Tolle: Jesus’ search and rescue mission on planet earth has salvaged countless trapped souls – the ignorantly lost, the sinfully filthy, the morally bankrupt, the spiritually blind, the arrogantly self-righteous . . . and you and me!  Can you handle that?  Can you handle HIM?

Phyllis Ford: When God releases His wisdom and we apply it, we see things being worked out in their proper timing. We will see strategies released by apostolic and prophetic intercessors as well as watchmen who will move out according to Jeremiah 1:10. Also a sweeping of deliverance will move forth to uproot darkness within the Body of Christ, and these sweeps will release a glory that will fall heavy upon the people of God who desire freedom in this time. We must pray in this hour with hearts of compassion.

Donna Schaper: Another friend tells of not knowing what to do in high school so she enrolled as a shop major, becoming the first woman so to do. She has a rewarding career as a carpenter. Not knowing what to do next is often the best platform for finding the unusual. Why not you?

Pastor John Tolle: Jesus seems to attract people like the woman in this story – despised tax collectors, the woman caught in adultery, lepers, a bleeding woman and sinners of every type.  These are the ones that the religious people would not allow to enter the places of worship.  In other words, they didn’t have the right to approach God.  Yet these are the people Jesus finds himself with.

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: So both the Priest and the Levi [were present performing their roles of joy and singing when the penitent brought his sacrifice with a broken heart and] completed the person’s proper worship of G‑d. The Priest would conduct the ceremony in happiness and with heartfelt desire in order to unify the Holy Name as is fitting, and the Levi would sing. This is what is meant by [the continuation of the verse above]: “Know [in Hebrew, “De’u“, from the word “ daat“] that the Lord is G‑d.” (Psalms 100:3)

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Phyllis Ford: I believe it prophetically makes a statement to us as the people of God, that this new beginning carries the theme of redemption to another level. The Lord God, Almighty, is forever having compassion upon His people to forgive and redeem them back to Him. We see the heart of the Messiah in the face of this Passover Feast and His love for His redeemed. However, we are in the season to change now. That redemption has run deep and if we can lay hold of it, it will release upon us restoration going back into original intent. Look for a mighty resurgence and resurrection of His glory taking us and saturating us in all we can be in Him as we cry out. Passing over into new possibilities will break off the weariness of the winter seasons that were once upon us.

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Simcha-Shmuel Treister: The sacrificial ceremony [from the Hebrew, “korban“] caused mercy to draw in [in Hebrew, “lekarev“, the root of the word “korban“] the judgment so both were in equilibrium [under daat].

Kris Vallotton: For if you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words of those who are arrogant but their power. For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power. (1 Corinthians 4:15, 19-20)

Pastor John Tolle: 1 Cor 4: 14 I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children. 15 Even if you had ten thousand guardians [those who wanna make theology] in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.

Katie Barker: I heard the Lord say, “I am pruning and refining at this time to prepare My people for the time ahead. I am readjusting, repositioning and realigning. Those that embrace this process will be prepared for My purposes ahead and will be used powerfully by Me. They will walk in abundant life.”

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Kris Vallotton: Many of the heresy teachers have become the very thing that they are warning everybody about. As Job said, the thing they feared came upon them. (See Job 3:25)

Katie Barker: I heard the Lord say, “I am transforming the hearts and minds of My people so they will be more effective for Me in the days ahead. I am burning off the dross in their lives. I have called My people to walk in freedom and life. Many are carrying what they do not need to carry. Many are weighed down by worries and obstacles as they have not released them to Me. Many are hindered by incorrect mindsets and roots of fear, bitterness and unbelief.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: On a more spiritual level, we can understand this in the reverse way as well. This is the merit our generation and why our efforts now, at the end of this long and dark exile are so important. This generation is called by the Rabbis as the “heels of Moshiach” because compared to all of the spiritual geniuses of the past, our righteous and holy forebears (…skilled artisans…), we are like the heel of the foot without those really special skills and attributes.  Nevertheless, we do have one very, very special quality. Be’H, it will be our generation that will complete the work that will bring the final redemption. And therefore on our generation will be ascribed the coming of Moshiach and all the revelations, success and merit it will bring.

Ella Onakoya: Friends, there is no higher calling or aspiration than to walk in manifest oneness with our King Jesus as we live lives surrendered to Him. The beauty of His person, His love, humility, glory, and power is what the world longs to see and experience. What an honor that Heaven has bestowed on us to become one with the Master…this is a holy invitation that we must all do and heed!

Jubilee Church: God’s Chosen Fast disengages frustration, impatience, and control, bringing in its place, peace, love, and trust. We all start in faith because we hear promise and we begin in the Spirit being carried by grace. But, over time we can move into works of the law, striving with our flesh and others. No longer are we In grace, but debt. Debt with ourselves, debt toward God, others in debt to us, inside there striving self-righteousness that leaves us miserable.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: He begged and pleaded to be admitted to the rebbe’s presence for an audience, but the rebbe had left orders that this was not to be. Seeing him weep day and night, one chassid advised him to stand outside the rebbe’s window, where the tzaddik would be able to hear his anguish for himself.

Anna Blake: Snap out of it. Get over yourself and your artistic tantrums. Like any other skill, practice is the key to fluency. Criticism is the key to self-loathing. What if you let it be as simple as a choice?

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Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Please let us know if you will be in Israel for the holiday. Ascent wants to offer you a program good for the individual, the couple or the family. Safed is magical. Let us be your guide.

Monk: And the kohen? The priests? I’m not alone in this rodeo.

Anna Blake: Now that I’m older, there are some rides I make myself refuse. There are days that it breaks my heart to cautious, but I have a herd that depends on me. It’s lead mare logic; I wasn’t born knowing it. I do all that I can and then remember the kindness that good horses past their prime deserve. I practice that kindness on myself but notice it’s easier with horses.

Phyllis Ford: Everything is coming into full view. There is a crying of repentance and that which is coming out of the fiery place of His presence. Things that seemed small will become very big overnight. This re-ordering is part of the balance of unjust weights which is the order of the day. The fact that we will see an uprooting and a springing forth will be evidence of the change.

Ezekiel 37:14 I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act,” says the LORD.

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: In these days, [when the Temple is destroyed, and] we can’t bring sacrifices, one who has sinned and wishes to return to his Master, certainly should have a bitter soul, and be full of remorse and weeping and have a broken spirit. But if this so – how can he fulfill the requirement to serve G‑d with joy and with song, especially since he doesn’t feel it?

Pastor John Tolle: Once awake Jesus spoke creator-type words, “Peace, be still!”  The ensuing calm was beyond comprehension.

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: The answer is as we have learned. When a person prays and praises his Master and rejoices in his learning Torah and sings his learning out loud in a melodious way, that is the gladness and singing referred to in our text.

Pastor John Tolle: You would think the disciples would have begun hugging Jesus, or one-another, or shouting “hallelujah.”  But “no,” while their greatest fear had been laid to rest, they instead began to question who this Jesus was. Amazing!

Quinn G. Caldwell: “Does anybody remember why we bury our alleluias during Lent?”

“Zombies?”

Rabbi Shmuel Jablon: In one of the Bible’s most powerful images, Elijah the Prophet leaves this world and ascends to the heavens in a fiery chariot. The Rabbis teach that Elijah left this world alive. Because he remains alive, he maintains contact with the world below. He is thus able to understand the needs of every generation. This constant connection is part of what makes him one of history’s most beloved prophets. Tradition teaches that when God decides it is time to reveal the Messiah, Elijah will return to proclaim his arrival to the world. According to the prophet Malachi, after he returns “he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers” (II Kings 3:24).  Elijah will bring peace to the world, creating the right environment for the arrival of the Messiah.

Brat: I believe that the Holy Spirit has been revealing the Messiah through the work of the Holy Spirit and Elijah has been working overtime to turn the hearts of the fathers and children. The priests have been involved in this. There is one Mediator. The mediator doesn’t take the witness stand, does he? Isn’t it the job of the elders to enforce the peace? Pastor John Tolle said that God will enforce everything that Jesus did upon the cross. God works through us as He uses our hands and feet, bodies, minds, and spirits to do it.

Pastor John Tolle: Father God, through your son Jesus, everything was created.  Your amazing power has no limit.  So often I desire for all the external things (storms) to change to accommodate me.  But your desire is to change me to accommodate your will.  I confess my love for you as Savior and recognize my need to surrender to you as Lord.  Help me to place my whole life under your supreme authority. In Jesus’ name, amen!

Bible Gateway Verse of the Day (28 Mar 17): For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. ~ 1 Timothy 2:5-6 (NIV)

Brat: I believe the Funny Bunnies are saying they have witnessed this for themselves, so I take this as a “yes.”

Phyllis Ford: Proverbs 24:6-12, “For by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory. Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he does not open his mouth. Whoever plans to do evil will be called a schemer. The devising of folly is sin, and the scoffer is an abomination to mankind. If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Behold, we did not know this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?”

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: And when he arrives at the place of viddui / confession in prayer he should then pray with a broken and contrite heart.

Rick Joyner: Returning to the scene John witnessed before the throne of God, the seven seals released the unfolding events. As John also witnessed, Jesus alone is worthy to open this book and release the seals because He purchased the earth by His sacrifice on the cross.

Pastor John Tolle: What a Jesus!

Johnny Enlow: In the name of Jesus: I decree that the protected darkness will now lose its cover. Mighty angels fight on with new intensity and new ferocity. Kingdom come!

Pastor John Tolle: These disciples feared while in the storm and feared after the storm in the ensuing calm.  They’d never seen such powerful authority. 

Donna Schaper: Jesus is an interrupter, not just a disrupter. There is a difference. Disrupters tear down; interrupters build up. They let you enter the unknown feast.

Pastor John Tolle: Many are the works of God!  Jesus powerful miracle should have had a major life-altering effect upon those men.  I’ll leave it up to you to figure out what change, what “peace” transformed those men’s “inner” souls.  What fears do we need quieted today?

Rabbi Shmuel Jablon: The Hebrew word used for insignia in the verse is ‘aydut.’ This term, ususally translated as testimony, is often used to refer to the tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written and the ark that contained them (see Exodus 32:15 and 26:33). As the Ten Commandments are representative of the entire Law, Rashi explains that in this verse, the term ‘aydut’ hints to the fact that the new king is not only given a crown, but a Torah scroll as well. This is in line with the command for a king to write a Torah scroll and have it in his presence at all times (Deuteronomy 17:19). The king must always remember that he is subservient to God, who is the King of Kings, and is expected to follow His Torah. The Torah is the testimony and insignia of the People of Israel. When they observe its laws properly they are then deserving of God’s promise to possess the Land of Israel.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Afterwards, the Rebbe said to this person in a tone of apology, “This is the way of chassidim, that they push around a person who is kosher.” (The inference is that a kosher person (a compliment) gets pushed around, meaning he is forced to reevaluate his view of himself when he is among chassidim). With something like false humility, the wealthy person responded, “I am a kosher Jew!” And the Rebbe answered, “Therefore I told them to stop pushing you…” The first thing to decide when you realize G-d is calling you is whether you are on the top of the ladder or at the bottom.

Brat: Now, really, with all that up and down traffic, who’s writing down the story?!

Anna Blake: Hold tight. They always circle back.

John 11:45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

 

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