"Be'Ezrat Hashem"

“Be’Ezrat Hashem”- literally means “With the help of The Name” (referring to the Holy name of God that Jewish people refrain from uttering and instead simply say “The Name”). It is a very common Israeli expression used when expressing the will to accomplish something but only if God wills it.

In a conversation it might sound like this: “Come visit us!” –> “Be’Ezrat Hashem”, or “Next week I will finish my project, Be’Ezrat Hashem”, or “Do you plan on having more children?”-> “Be’Ezrat Hashem…”. We remind ourselves in all situations that we alone do not determine the course of our life, there is One whose help we need to accomplish our plans or better yet, His plans!

Messiah’s brother, James spoke of this: “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. For you are just a vapor that appears for a little while, and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” (James 4:13-15).

 

The History of the people of Israel is inundated with stories of “His help” to accomplish His plans for our life. Plans of salvation even in the most unlikely of circumstances! Joseph was sold to slavery but “Be’Ezrat Hashem” he became ruler of Egypt and saved the people of all the earth and Israel from the famine. Moses was the son of slaves born to die according to the king’s edict but “Be’Ezrat Hashem” he was raised by Pharaoh’s own daughter and saved Israel from slavery. Esther was only an orphan but “Be’Ezrat Hashem” she became the Queen of Persia and saved the Jews from annihilation.

 

These stories are a prologue to the story of the ultimate savior, Messiah who was born into a poor family in Bethlehem and executed being falsely accused of treason against Caesar as the inscription of the charge against Him read: “The king of the Jews” but “Be’ezrat Hashem” He was raised from the dead and became “The King of the Gentiles” thus providing salvation to the people of all the earth and Israel. He died in our place to pay our penalty, for the penalty of sin is death (Ezekiel 18:20).

 

The resurrection is God’s plans for humanity ever since death came after the sin of Adam therefore “Be’Ezrat Hashem” “… Messiah has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man death came, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Messiah all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Messiah the first fruits, after that those who are Messiah’s at His coming, then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to our God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. (1 Corinthians 15:20-25)

 

"Od Avinu Chay"

“Od Avinu Chay” is a popular Jewish song comprised of only two sentences: “Our father still lives”, and “the people of Israel live” (Am Yisrael Chay). This song became the unofficial anthem of Jewish people worldwide, especially in times of crisis. It is inspired by Joseph’s words when he first reveals himself to his brothers: “I am Joseph, is my father still alive?” His brothers who are stunned stay silent and Joseph continues: “Please come closer to me”… “I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold to Egypt. Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me ahead of you to save lives.” (Genesis 45:4-5)

This part of the story always brings me to tears. Joseph, who reflects the image of Messiah in such a clear and perfect way is standing in front of his brothers and they do not recognize him. He looks like a foreigner, the ruler of the gentiles. When he finally speaks in Hebrew to them, they are amazed and are unable to respond. Like Messiah, Joseph, the beloved son of his father, went down to the pit (allegory for grave) when his own brothers rejected him and gave him over to the gentiles. Like Messiah, Joseph suffered at the hand of the gentiles although he was innocent, but eventually God raised him up from the pit and made him Lord over all the earth. It is at this point that his brothers come to ask for bread and when they show a sign of true repentance, he reveals himself to them, asking: Is my father still alive?

Messiah’s father, the faithful God of Israel is not dead, His hand is not too short to save, His ears are not dull that He can not hear our prayers. God always, always, always wants us to turn to Him, as Joseph’s very first words to his brothers convey: “Please come closer to me!” repent and be saved. Israel may experience times of trouble; in fact, the Bible predicts a time that is especially devastating to Israel and calls it “Jacob’s trouble”. Jacob is the name of Israel when Israel lacks faith and trust in God’s promises and sovereignty. But together with the proclamation of a great trouble that is coming there is also a comforting promise of great salvation: “Woe, for that day is great, there is none like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s distress, Yet he will be saved from it.” (Jeremiah 30:7)

Jacob our father is once again called Israel when he hears that his son Joseph is still alive: “… then the spirit of their father Jacob revived. Then Israel said, “It is enough; my son Joseph is still alive.” (Genesis 45:27b-28a).

Jacob and Joseph represent the Living God of Israel!  The song answers the question with a victorious resounding Yes! “Our father (Israel) is still alive, and the people of Israel are still alive” despite the enemy of our soul that seeks to destroy us!

 

"Sh'ma Yisrael"

“Sh’ma Yisrael” is the title of a central Jewish call of faith from Deuteronomy 6:4. “Hear Oh Israel the Lord our God the Lord is one.” This verse is recited during the morning and evening prayer services while placing the hand over the bridge of the nose and forehead.

The title alone “Sh’ma Yisrael” is commonly said in reaction to scary situations. On October 7th “Sh’ma Yisrael” were final words for many of the victims.

This echoes the very first commandment: “I am the LORD your God… You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:2-3)

God warned us: “If you forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish.” (Deuteronomy 8:19).

Israel suffered as a collective, persecution by the sword, exile from the land twice and almost complete annihilation during the holocaust. You could say that the Jewish nation is traumatized by the repercussions of Idol worship and have made this an inviolable offence. Many Jews died reciting the “Shema” at the hand of Muslims and Christians who sought to forcefully convert them.

The principal of “Mida Keneged Mida” (measure for measure) is again found in God’s approach to Israel’s idolatry: “They have made Me jealous with what is not God; They have provoked Me to anger with their idols. So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation (Deuteronomy 32:21)

God declares, the nation of Israel provoked me to jealousy with foolish foreign non-gods, I will provoke them to jealousy with a foreign non-nation that lacks understanding.

God’s plan is to use the Gentiles to provoke Israel to Jealousy, Paul explains it this way:
“I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall?
God forbid, but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles,
to provoke them to jealousy. (Romans 11:11)

God wants you to provoke Israel to jealousy! Make them jealous with how much you love their God and with how well you know their Bible. Make them jealous of your intimate relationship with their husband!

How tragic is it that the Messiah, the one who came to redeem Israel, is viewed by most Jews as an idol, why?

When the religious leaders of the Jews asked Yeshua if he is the Messiah he replied:
“I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me… I and the Father are one.” (John 10:24b,30)

At this response they picked up stones to stone him, but why?

“Yeshua replied to them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” The Jews [referring to the religious leadership] answered Him, “We are not stoning You for a good work, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.” (John 10:32-33)

There is something else happening here in the subtext if you read the contexts carefully, but Yeshua answers only the objection which is verbalized by quoting Psalm 82:6:
“I said, “You are gods, and all of you are sons of the Most High.”

By answering them this way He is pointing out that the holy scriptures call them (the religious leadership) gods and sons of the Most High. Why then would they…”say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?” (John 10:36).

But it seems they are triggered by his claim to be ONE with the father which brings to mind the Sh’ma call: “Hear oh Israel the Lord our God the Lord is ONE”.

If Yeshua is just a man making himself out to be God, it is certainly blasphemy which could put the entire nation in danger of punishment and harsh consequences. But if he is the Messiah, the Son of God whom God sanctified and send to the world then all authority belongs to him. The subtext tells of a battle for authority over ruling in matters of the law. Yeshua showed his authority by the works and miracles he did in the name of the Father which the leadership rejected.

Unfortunately, until today Jews think that following Yeshua is idolatry in which gentiles error BUT GOD has a purpose even in this and will use you if you allow Him to provoke Israel to jealousy!

"Besorot Tovot"

“Besorot Tovot” is a common way to end a conversation in Israel. People wish each other “good news”.
This wish grows louder these days as every morning in Israel starts with two very different words “Hutar LePirsum” (cleared for publication) which always precedes the announcing of soldiers that died in battle the pervious day. Young soldiers in the prime of their life, young fathers, our best men, our neighbors, our brothers.
 
 
Our hearts cringe and we weep with the families. For the funerals our graveyards are filled with civilians who come to show their respects to the fallen. In many cases they have never met before, but their sacrificial death means much to our people.
Our country is in mourning, the entire country… and we so much wish for them to receive “Besorot Tovot”, to receive the very best news:
God LOVES you Israel, He loves you so much that He would die for you, He would send His beloved Son to die in battle for you; the fiercest battle there ever was, the battle over your soul. And He did!
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13)
Please pray with us for the salvation of Israel, pray that in the midst of this devastating war they will recognize their Messiah and be saved.

"HaGomel"

HaGomel, is the name of a Hebrew blessing which is recited in thanksgiving when a person is saved from a life and death situation. You might hear this word in Israel if you almost get run over by a reckless driver for example, the people who come to see if you are ok might tell you, you have to say “HaGomel” and they mean to say that you are so fortunate to be alive!
HaGomel literally means “the rewarder” but in this context it means “the Merciful one”. He who rewards us with good things which we do not deserve.
 
Hostages who were released from captivity by Hamas came to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, following their release, in order to give thanks to God by reciting this prayer in the hearing of family and friends. It was an emotional ceremony as they stood there hugging, with tears of joy in their eyes and with a trembling voice they said:
“Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, the rewarder of good things to those who are undeserving, who rewarded me with good.” The assembly at the Western Wall answered ‘Amen’!
Then they sang songs and read psalms of praise and thanksgiving!
“I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart…
You who lift me up from the gates of death,
So that I may tell of all Your praises,
That in the gates of the daughter of Zion
I may rejoice in Your salvation….
(Psalm 9)
May all our soldiers return in peace and give thanks to you Lord, God of Israel, who hears prayer!

"HaTikvah"

“I hope in the LORD, my soul hopes, and I wait for the fulfilment of His promises.” Psalms 130:5

Hope is essential, it is life giving. Without hope everything seems pointless and we can quickly despair. But hope can also disappoint if it is misplaced. The Jewish Anthem is called “The Hope”. We are a people identified with hope. Our hope is in the God of Israel and in His unfailing love and promises and this hope can never disappoint.

Whenever the Lord wanted to discipline us He took us out of the promised land of Israel.

(Definition of discipline – training people to obey, using punishment). When God promised the land to Abraham and his descendants He also informed Abraham that the children of Israel first will be slaves in Egypt, but then He will bring them out (Genesis 15:13). As the Lord promised He did!

The Lord brought us out of slavery in Egypt and guided us through the desert to possess the land of Israel. When He gave us the law of Moses before entering the promised land He also gave us a warning: “…if you do not obey Me… I will scatter you among the nations…”(Leviticus 26:14,33). As the Lord promised He did!

We did not obey and were scattered among the nations for 70 years following the destruction of the first Temple. The Lord Promised He would gather us back to the land: “For this is what the Lord says: ‘When 70 years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place [the promised land]. For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for prosperity and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will let Myself be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’” (Jeremiah 29:10-14) (How many of you knew the actual context to this verse?). As the Lord promised He did!

In 515 BC we were once again in Jerusalem and the second temple was rebuilt. When Messiah came He prophesied: “…and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” (Luke 21:24) As the Lord promised He did!

Once again the people of Israel were out of the land and this time for nearly 2000 years. Did the Lord forget about us? Would He remain angry forever? By the atrocities we experience at the hands of the Gentiles during this exile one might be tempted to answer YES! We were nearly exterminated by Hitler who murdered 6 million Jews. It seemed very hopeless for the Jewish People but our heart cry echoed David’s words as we pray daily facing towards Jerusalem where the Temple once stood:

“Restore us again, God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us.
Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your unfailing love, LORD, and grant us your salvation.” Psalms 85:5

We needed to be revived, a people at the verge of extinction, looking once again to His word: “Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the entire house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and >>our hope has perished<<. We are completely cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘This is what the Lord God says: “Behold, I am going to open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. (Ezekiel 37:11-13). Once again as the Lord promised He did!

In 1948 the state of Israel was reborn and “The Hope” was chosen to be our anthem, the course of this song answers Ezekiel 37:11 with the words: Our hope has not yet perished, our hope is 2000 years old – to be a free nation in our land, the land of Zion and Jerusalem!

“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

The love of the Lord is everlasting it is as fierce as death, the greatest love story ever told – give Him your heart today.

"Baruch Hashem"

One of the most common Jewish expressions, “Baruch Hashem”, means “Blessed is the name” (referring to the holy name of the God of Israel).

“How are you?” – “Baruch Hashem”, this is a very common response in Israel. We thank Him for all things by remembering to bless Him in every circumstance whether good or bad. Our circumstances may change but He is the blessed one forever and ever, Amen!

Jewish people refrain from saying the actual name of God or even the word God and often just say “The name (Hashem)” or “the Holy one blessed be He (Hakadosh Baruch Hu)”.

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"Ani Ma'amin"

“Ani Ma’amin” (I believe) are the opening words to 13 principals of the Jewish faith. Principal number 12 is: “I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah, and although he may tarry, I wait every day for his coming.”

The expectation of the Messiah is embedded in Jewish culture. Many songs were written about it, one of the most famous is titled: “Ani Ma’amin” yet another popular Israeli pop song says: “Messiah isn’t coming, he isn’t even calling.” Another example of what you might hear Israelis say is: “What are you waiting for? the Messiah?” (teasing someone for waiting too long for something).

So in Israel we might joke about it, and complain about it but nevertheless we believe in the coming of the Messiah, but who is the Messiah? This remains a question that many don’t know the answer to. Our heart’s desire is to show Israelis who Yeshua really is, most don’t know much about him. What did he say? What did he do? What miracles did he perform? Why was he rejected?

Jacob shares what he discovered about Yeshua in his book “Why me?” Would you consider sharing it with your Jewish friend?

We have seen many miracles while waiting for the Messiah and >I believe< more miracles are yet to be witnessed by the nation of Israel. David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, said: “In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles”. We believe.

"Chazak Ve'Ematz"

“Chazak Ve’Ematz” (Be strong and courageous) is originally taken from the book of Joshua 1:9 and is used today to encourage a person not to shy away from difficulties. This was Jacob’s favorite thing to say, always accompanied with a strong hand on his heart.

When Joshua had to step into Moses’s ginormous shoes and lead the people into Israel, God commanded him to be strong and courageous and not to be afraid! Press on through the difficulties to the Promised Land because the Lord is with you.

May we remember not to shy away from difficulties and stare our giants in the eye as David did when he aimed his sling to hit Goliath with a pebble right between the eyes, bringing the giant down as David’s loud shout echoes in the air: “I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel…”

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"HaMotzi"

“HaMotzi” (The one who brings out) is the title of the Jewish blessing over the bread.

“Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.”
“Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu melech ha’olam hamotzi lechem min ha’aretz.”
Jewish people have different blessings for different foods. The blessings all start the same but after the words “…creator of…” it changes to the description of the food which is about to be eaten…”the fruit of the earth”, or “of the tree”, or “the different species” etc. This is different when it comes to bead. The bread blessing blesses God not for creating but for bringing forth from the earth.

This blessing is traditionally associated with the Sabbath day because of the Jewish custom of coming together around the table for a special meal which begins with blessing God for the wine and the bread. On a Sabbath table rest two loaves of bread covered with cloth and a special cup for the wine. At the beginning of the meal the father raises the cup and blesses God for creating the fruit of the vine. Then he uncovers the bread, lifts up the two loaves and blesses God for bringing bread out from the earth. After the blessing the cup is passed around the table for all to drink from and the bread is broken and passed to everyone at the table to eat from.

The wine and bread, for believers in Yeshua, are symbols of the death and resurrection of Messiah. Messiah spoke of Himself as the “Bread of Life”. He even talked about the Manna bread that sustained the nation of Israel 40 years in the desert, as a foreshadow of Himself, who is the true bread which came down from heaven. We are thankful that God brought Yeshua, the “Bread of Life”, forth from the earth.

“But the fact is, Messiah has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man death came, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Messiah all will be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15:2-22

"Kal Vachomer"

“Kal Vachomer” literally means “easy and strict”. It is derived from a Jewish Bible interpretation principle of logical argument. The logic goes like this: if something is true in easy or small situations it will certainly apply to more difficult ones. Today it has become a saying in Israel that means “of course” or: “all the more so.”

Take this example from the Bible:
“But Moses appealed to the LORD, saying, “The Israelites would not listen to me; how then should Pharaoh heed me, a man of impeded speech!” Exodus 6:12

Moses is saying: if my own people, slaves in Egypt, didn’t listen, why would the king of Egypt listen?

The Messiah used this principle when teaching: “If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first.” John 15:18. Messiah was speaking about His rejection by the world which He came to save.

This principle of “all the more so” can be seen in the story of Joseph. Joseph being the righteous and beloved son of his father Jacob (also named Israel), was rejected by his own brothers because of hatred without just cause. If the children of Israel rejected their own brother, “all the more so” the people of Israel would reject the Messiah, the righteous Son of their Father in heaven. If Joseph became highly exalted among the Gentiles, “all the more so” the Messiah would become highly exalted among the Gentiles. If Joseph saved many souls from death during the famine “all the more so” Messiah would save many souls from spiritual death.

Could Yeshua be the Messiah? “Kal Vachomer”

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"Keheref Ayin"

God’s salvation comes like the twinkling of an eye, “Yeshuat Adonai KeHeref Ayin”. This is a common expression in Israel that means, God saves with great speed.

But it seems especially the Jewish people have been waiting for God’s salvation for a very long time.

Recently I had a conversation with an Israeli about the coming of the Messiah and she retorted: “What kind of Messiah would come in the year 2023?” She meant that this idea of a Messiah belongs in ancient times not in the the year 2023.

I reminded her that Israel, the country, was also (not so long ago) just an old biblical idea and all of the sudden it was reborn and showed up on the modern world’s map 2000 years later. After 2000 years of exile suddenly, “KeHeref Ayin,” the nation of Israel was reborn.
Jewish people started returning to the land just like God said:

“When I bring you from the peoples and gather you from the lands to which you have been scattered, I will accept you as a pleasing aroma. And I will show My holiness through you in the sight of the nations. Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I bring you into the land of Israel, the land that I swore to give your fathers.” Ezekiel 20:41-42

“The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

When the time comes it will be like the twinkling of an eye.

“Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.” …
“Death is swallowed up in victory.” … “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.”
1 Corinthians 15

"Kapara Alecha"

“Kapara Alecha” is a very common Israeli expression which literally means “atonement on you” but is used to express affection and appreciation. “Kaparah” is something someone calls you when they really like you.

The Hebrew word for atonement, kaphar, simply means “to cover.” The word Kapara has the same root as the word Kippur from “Yom Kippur” (the Day of Atonement).

When the temple stood in Jerusalem the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies only once a year on the “Day of Atonement” (“Yom Kippur”) in order to make atonement for the people of Israel.

So what is the connection between atonement and a covering? At the very beginning, when Adam and Eve sinned, God made them garments from skin (Genesis 3:21). An animal had to die so that this “covering” can be made. There is a saying in English “I got you covered” which means I’ll take care of that for you. God took care of our sin!

Jewish people understand well the principal of substitutionary death as God’s way to cover us. In the Bible the sacrifice required for “Yom Kippur” was a goat. Most Jews today don’t sacrifice anything on “Yom Kippur” but those who do, use a chicken and recite this prayer:
“This is my exchange, this is my substitute, this is my atonement. This rooster will go to its death, while I will enter and proceed to a good long life and to peace.”

It is interesting to note that on Yom Kippur, unlike other Biblical Feasts, a personal animal sacrifice was not required. Only one Animal was sacrificed on the alter for the entire nation. This atonement was national, and people had to rely solely on the work of the High Priest.

As believers in Yeshua, we fully rely on His work as our High Priest who’s sacrifice was made once for all:
“But now Messiah has come as the high priest… and he entered once for all into the Most Holy Place not by the blood of goats and calves but by his own blood, and so he himself secured eternal redemption.” Hebrews 9:11-12

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"Hai"

“Hai” (or “Chai”) means “alive” in Hebrew. This two-letter word has come to mean so much to the Jewish people.
“After all, the history of the Jewish people is inundated with atrocities. Every one of our national and religious feasts revives the memories of our enemies, who, in every generation, rose up against us to destroy us, but the Holy One, blessed be He, delivered us from their hands.

We remember the Syrians on Hanukkah, the Persians on Purim, the Egyptians on Passover, the Nazis on Holocausts Day, and the Arabs on Independence Day.

Since the war broke out, countless shrieking sirens sounded in Israel, echoing the wailing of the bereaved mothers 

lamenting over their dead children. How long will we continue to walk down this valley of the shadow of death that takes such a high, bloody toll?” Still the people of Israel find the inner strength to stand up and sing “Am Israel Hai” “The people of Israel live”. “Hai” it is a tiny word that means so much, it hangs as a pendant on the necks of many Jews knowing that we should have been dead by now, but the Lord keeps us alive.

The existence of the Jewish nation testifies to the existence of God, the creator of heaven and earth:
“Thus says the Lord, who gives the sun for light by day
and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night,
who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar the Lord of hosts is his name: “If this fixed order departs from before me, declares the Lord, then shall the offspring of Israel cease from being a nation before me forever.”
Jeremiah 31:35-36

Thank you, Lord!

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"HaAretz"

“HaAretz” literally means “The Land”. This is a common way to refer to the land of Israel in Hebrew, simply the land, no further explanation is needed.

See, Israel is not just any another land, it is “The Land”. The Land which God promised Abraham and his descendant, the land which He led the Israelites to after 400 years of slavery in Egypt, the land which He commanded Joshua to fight for, the land where His Temple stood and His glory dwelt in. The land in which Yeshua (Jesus) walked in, and the land to which He will be returning very soon.

It is not just any land, and the enemy of our souls knows that. This is where the final battle will take place and where the Lord will defeat all of Israel’s enemies, of which Satan is the instigator.

The land and the people of Israel are connected. It is God who took us out of the land and it was God who also brought us back. He brought us back to the Land in order to set the stage for the rest of end time prophecies to be fulfilled. His return is very near, are you ready?

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Verses of promises about the land:
Promised to Abraham: Genesis 12:1-3
Promised to his descendants when it was still occupied: Genesis 12:6-7
Promised forever: Genesis 13:14-16.
Promised to possess the land: Genesis 15:7
Promised from the river of Egypt as far as the great river of Euphrates: Genesis 15:18
Promised as an everlasting possession: Genesis 17:8
Promised to the seed of Isaac: Genesis 17:18-20; Genesis 21:11
Promise of land reiterated to Isaac: Genesis 26:3
Promise of land reiterated to Jacob: Genesis 28:13
Promise to regather Israel from the nations back to Israel: Ezekiel 11:17; 28:25; 36:24; 37:21; 39:28 Jeremiah 29:14; Isaiah 11:11-12
Promise that the time of regathering back to the land will be the time of sanctification: Ezekiel 39:27
Promise of God’s protection over Israel: Jeremiah 31:10, Zechariah 2:8, Isaiah 46:4b; Psalm 121:4-5; 7

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"Mida Keneged Mida"

“Measure for Measure” is a Jewish moral principal which teaches that God behaves and rewards people in the same manner in which they behave, in direct proportion to their actions and in accordance with the way they behaved towards others.

Yeshua taught of this principle in the famous sermon on the mount when He said: “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you (Mat’ 7:1-2). 

He also taught: “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (Matthew 6:14-15).

This principle can be found throughout the Bible:
As Abraham loved God and did not withhold His only beloved son from Him, so also God loved Abraham with an everlasting  

love and did not withhold His only beloved son but gave Him over to death as an atonement for Abraham’s descendants, those who would believe, trust and follow God in the same manner.

As Jacob (guided by his mother) deceived His father, taking advantage of his blindness, in order to steal his brother’s blessing. So also Jacob was deceived by Leah (guided by her father) who took advantage of Jacob’s “blindness” (because of the darkness of the night), in order to steal her sister’s “blessing” (the man who loves her).

As Judah brought his brother’s identifiable item (ie, the robe his father made for Joseph) to his father in order to cover up the truth, so Judah’s daughter in-law brought his identifiable items (ie, his signet ring and staff) to Judah in order to expose the truth.

As Haman, the enemy of the Jews, sought to end their blood line and prepared polls to hang the Jews on, so God brought Haman and his blood line to utter destruction and hung him and his sons, on the very same polls he prepared.

The Holy One, blessed be He, teaches us this principal of measure for measure, but He also teaches the measure of mercy and grace. This is His measure since His love is everlasting and He is abounding with mercy and grace, He therefore delights to show mercy. He says: “Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Yeshua the Messiah.”
Turn to Him today.

"Amech Ami"

“Amech Ami” means “your people are my people” these famous words were spoken by Ruth the Moabites, the same Ruth who is mentioned in the genealogy of the One who is born to redeem the nation of Israel, as one of the mothers of the King Messiah. The contrast between her past stigma and future legacy captured my heart. Her initiative, motives and strength of character moved the heart of God.

The Nation of Moab is the offspring of the incestuous relationship between Lot and his daughter. Ruth was a Moabites and her nation was ostracized by Israel (Deuteronomy 23:4). Knowing this she still chose to cling to Naomi in her time of great pain, and by doing so she gained a new reputation “…for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence.” (Ruth 3:11).
Boaz’ words to Ruth draw a parallel to the iconic father of our faith….“All that you have done for your mother-in-law after the death of your husband has been fully reported to me, and how you left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people that you did not previously know.” (Ruth 2:11). Was it not Abraham who began his walk of faith following the Lord with a very similar call? “Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you” (Genesis 12:1).
Abraham obeyed the direct command of the Lord but Ruth obeyed her own conscience even though she was repeatedly asked by Naomi to do just the opposite (Ruth 1:8,11,15).
Ruth was unwilling to leave Naomi in her grief without any help and no one to care for her. She was, however, willing to remain a widow and even be looked down on as a foreigner in order to care for Naomi. It is this selfless and sacrificial act which commends her in the sight of the Lord.
Ruth’s reply to Naomi became so famous that people wear it on t-shirts in the years 2023, and it is inspirational to “foreigners” world-wide who love and support Israel since they chose to follow her God.
I am talking about Christians who were grafted in to the household of Israel by following Yeshua. Unfortunately the Christian-Jewish history is full of blood shed and persecutions. This gave Christians a certain stigma in the eyes of many Israelis, and even worse, it gave a bad reputation to Yeshua. I believe this stigma will be broken off when the people of Israel see the same admirable conviction that Ruth had, coming from followers of Yeshua who love and support Israel.
Boaz whose mother Rahab was a foreigner who attached herself to the people of the God of Israel encourages Ruth with these words: “May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.” (Ruth 2:12)
Ruth cared for Naomi and the Lord cared for Ruth evidenced by the fact she did not remain a widow, on the contrary she gave birth to the very seed of Messiah, the Redeemer of Israel.
It is indeed as the women in the story declare to Naomi:
“Blessed is the Lord who has not left you without a redeemer today, and may his name become famous in Israel.” (Ruth 4:14)
The Lord has shown grace and mercy to us all, Israelites and foreigners alike, since He indeed did not leave us without a redeemer. May His name, the name of Yeshua become famous in Israel again!