“…And I will dwell (rest) in the house of the Lord for length of days.” Part 2

I devoted my last blog entry to those who have yet to put their faith in the Lord; today, I am writing to those who are walking with the Lord, and have placed their trust in Him. Not long after I became a believer in and disciple of the Lord, I was driving with another believer. During the course of the drive, we talked about walking in our faith.  At one point in our conversation, he made a … [Read more...]

Parashat Metzora (Leprosy) Leviticus 14:1-15:33

בס"ד Parashat Metzora (Leprosy) Leviticus 14:1-15:33 Haftarah: 2 Kings 7:3-20 Once again the disease of leprosy plays the major role in this week's Torah reading. In last week's parashah, it is recorded that the Kohanim were to inspect the skin of the one infected in order to see if the outbreak was in fact leprosy, or if it was some other ailment. Likewise, when one saw that the leprosy had … [Read more...]

Prayer Points for Israel

Palestinians Reject Talk Extension – the Palestinians have rejected an Israeli proposal to extend the current “peace” talks beyond the original April 29th deadline.  They claim it is tantamount to “blackmail”.  The Palestinians will most likely seek recognition through the UN, as this is what they have been threatening will happen if these talks fail.  Please intercede for Israel in … [Read more...]

walk as beloved sons – התהלכו כבנים אהובים

התהלכו כבנים אהובים אל האפסים ד' 25- ה' 5  25 על כן הסירו את השקר ודברו אמת איש לרעהו, כי איברים אנחנו איש לרעהו. 26 רגזו ואל-תחטאו; אל תשקע השמש על כעסכם, 27 ואל תתנו מקום לשטן. 28 הגונב אל יוסיף לגנב, כי אם יעמל ובידיו יעשה את הטוב … [Read more...]

Parashat Tazria (She conceives) Leviticus 12:1-13:58

בס"ד Parashat Tazria (She conceives) Leviticus 12:1-13:58 Shabbat HaChodesh Maftir: Exodus 12:1-20 Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16-46:18 This Shabbat is called Shabbat HaChodesh because it is the Sabbath before the very special month of Nissan, the month of redemption (the month in which Passover occurred). Although this week's parashah opens with matters related to the birth of a son or a … [Read more...]

“…And I will dwell (rest) in the house of the Lord for length of days. “ Psalm 23:6b

As I was studying for this series on Psalm 23, I was touched again and again by the depth of God’s Word, and the way that every word has such a deep and powerful meaning. The last part of the final verse in our Psalm 23 series starts with such a word. In this last series of blog entries from Psalm 23, I would like to focus on this one special word: “וְשַׁבְתִּ֥י” (VeShavti). … [Read more...]

Prayer Points for Israel

Four IDF Soldiers Wounded in Golan:  Hezbollah claimed responsibility for an attack along the Israel/Syria border earlier in the week, in which four IDF soldiers were seriously wounded.  Hezbollah claimed it was retaliation for Israel’s attack on a weapons transport earlier in March, in which Syria was secretly delivering weapons to Hezbollah.  The attack on an IDF jeep patrolling the border … [Read more...]

A Heavenly Sign: (Part 1)

By: Graham Keelan “And a great sign appeared in heaven” (Rev 12:1) Jerusalem has always been portrayed as the woman-in-waiting; clothed with the sun, crowned with the stars, the virgin bride of God. The time of her marriage and coronation, the time of the consummation, the time to take her place in the vaulted heavens, the wreath of refulgent stars resting victoriously on her head, never … [Read more...]

Parashat Shemini (Eighth) Leviticus 9:1-11:47

בס"ד Parashat Shemini (Eighth) Leviticus 9:1-11:47 Shabbat Parah Maftir: Numbers 19:1-22 Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16-38 Once again, this week there is a special Shabbat— Shabbat Parah (Cow). This is of course in regard to the Red Heifer, which was used for the purpose of purification. There is also a connection between this week's Torah reading and the concept of purification or the … [Read more...]

“Surely goodness and grace pursue me all the days of my life” Psalm 23:6a – Part 2

No doubt David experienced hardship and challenges throughout his life.  As a young boy, he faced rejection from his brothers; after his great victory in the famous battle against Goliath, not only was he rejected by King Saul, but he also had to flee for his life.  Those are just two examples amongst many of David’s challenges.  However, in spite of it all, David acknowledged that only … [Read more...]