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Weekly Shabbat Service (Worship and Torah)
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ברכות ,בשם ישו,המשיח!

Brachot, b’shem YESHUA ha Mashiach!
Blessings, in the name of Yeshua the Messiah!

New Members’ Classes:  A nine-week study from salvation to life in Messianic Judaism
using Dan Juster’s Book, Growing to Maturity.
All are welcome!  Every Shabbat from 9-9:45 AM.

Parashot

February 2018

Sh’vat — Adar 5778

February 3
Yitro (Jethro)
Exodus 18:1-20:23
Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6
Matthew 6:1-8:1; 5:17-32; 27:1-28:20; Hebrews 12:18-24
Reader(s) Gale
February 10
Mishpatim (Judgments)
Exodus 21:1-24:18
Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26
Matthew 5:38-42; Mark 1:1-2:28; Luke 7:1-8:3
Reader(s) Smith
February 17
T’ruma (Contribution)
Exodus 25:1-27:19
I Kings 5:26-6:13
Matthew 13:1-53; 5:33-37; Hebrews 9:10-17
Reader(s) Scott
February 24
Tetsaveh (You shall command)
Exodus 27:20-30:10
Ezekiel 43:10-27
Mark 4:35-5:43; Hebrews 13:10-17
Reader(s) Lewis

Monthly Reflection

EQUAL AND OPPOSITE REACTION

(Excerpt from Tikkun News Letter, January, 2018, by Asher Intrater)

We often experience resistance and spiritual opposition as we seek to serve the Lord…

Newton’s third law of physics is that to every “action” there is an EQUAL AND OPPOSITE “reaction.” It seems to me that the same is true in the spiritual realm. To the degree that we push away the forces of evil and darkness, there is an equal and opposite reaction against us. Spiritual advance is accomplished by spiritual opposition…

Let’s become aware that there will be spiritual resistance to whatever we do that is “good.” Let’s become “proactive” in a prayerful and prophetic way to help advance God’s kingdom of light and love in this world.

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Three Reasons Why Israel Missed the First Coming of the Messiah:

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First Century Judaism was preoccupied with concepts of Messiah as King-Deliverer. Roman occupation provided the “perfect storm” for which to see Messiah as only a Rescuer. Their “apocalyptic consciousness” caused them to be inundated with thoughts of deliverance and even how to inaugurate that deliverance, therefore, they missed the office of Messiah as Suffering servant and sin-bearer.

First Century Judaism found no place for the priestly office of Messiah. As rabbinic tradition teaches, it is completely within the power of each to wholly overcome sin and gain eternal life by study and good works. Original-Sin and the Total Depravity of the human nature are not in Jewish thought processes. Whatever happened in the garden, say the rabbis, was not bad enough to warrant the need for a “Second Adam” to come and undo what the first Adam could not. If our condition is not that bad, than “Savior” terminology makes no sense in Jewish thinking. Original sin and the sinfulness of our whole nature is a fundamental difference between rabbinic Judaism and Scripture.

The problem of rabbinic authority: the claim of the rabbis to establish their own authority by stating that the Oral Law goes back to Moses so that the Oral Law has more authority than the Written Law. Rabbinical authority supersedes the authority of the Word of God, so when the Spirit convicts or brings enlightenment to the original meaning of the text it is dismissed in favor of halachic ruling.

adapted from Nathaniel Puro, congregational leader Shoresh David