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EMET MINISTRIES’ VISION STATEMENT

Ministering the truth of the gospel to the Jewish people and the truth of the Jewish people and Israel to the church

 

 

 

READ THIS WEEK'S 'TORAH' PORTION ON THE 'THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK' PAGE

THIS WEEK'S 'TORAH' PORTION: 'PARSHA VAYAKHEL-PEKUDEI'

 


 

READ THE ARTICLE TOWARDS THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE: 'HAVING A HEART THAT IS WILLING'

 

 

 

VIEW THE 2015 / 2016 (5776 / 5777) CALENDAR DATES FOR JEWISH HOLIDAYS AND EVENTS UNDER THE "EVENTS" HEADING ON THE TOP OF THIS PAGE


 

 

IMPORTANT DATES TO DIARIZE

 

EMET MINISTRIES’ TEACHING SEMINAR

 

The next Emet Ministries' Saturday morning teaching:

Teaching date:    1 APRIL 2017

Venue:                 FOYER HALL, HATFIELD CHRISTIAN CHURCH, PRETORIA

Time:                   10h00 - 12h00

Teaching title:     ‘PARSHA VAYIKRA’ - LIFE BEFITTING A PRIESTLY NATION


As we follow and serve Almighty G-d, do we know who we are in Him or do we have spiritual amnesia?

Join us as delve into the word of G-d and look at the example of the Children of Israel, and as we look at life befitting a priestly nation and a holy people.

 

Invite family and friends as well as Jewish people you know. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you.

 

 

 

EMET MINISTRIES’ PRAYER MEETING

 

The next Emet Ministries' Prayer Meeting for the Jewish people and Israel will take place in the Lion Hall at Hatfield Christian Church, Pretoria on Monday night 3 April 2017 at 7pm.

Join us as we fervently intercede for the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.

All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you.


 

 

EMET MINISTRIES’ PRETORIA SHABBAT SERVICE

 

The next Emet Ministries' Shabbat service will take place at Houtkruis Church, 346 Pretoria Street, Silverton on Friday night 7 April at 7pm.


Join us after the service for tea, coffee, snacks and great fellowship.


Invite family and friends as well as Jewish people you know. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you.

 

 

 

EMET MINISTRIES 'PESACH' SERVICE

 

Date:    FRIDAY, 21 APRIL 2017

Venue: MINOR AUDITORIUM, HATFIELD CHRISTIAN CHURCH, PRETORIA

Time:  19h00

Join us as we celebrate the Passover, relive the story of the exodus, discover the meaning of the 'Haggadah', look at the ‘Seder’ that Yeshua had with His disciples, and see the Messiah's ultimate plan for the redemption of His people.

There is no charge, and a love offering will be taken up for the work of Emet Ministries.

Join us after the service for tea, coffee, snacks and great fellowship.

Invite family, friends and Jewish people you know. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you.

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EMET MINISTRIES’ JOHANNESBURG EVENTS

 

EMET MINISTRIES’ SATURDAY TEACHING


Teaching date: 10 JUNE 2017

Venue:              JOURNEY CHURCH, 15 TWAIN STREET, BUCCHLEUCH, JOHANNESBURG

Time:                14h00

Teaching title: TO BE ANNOUNCED


Invite your family and friends; invite Jewish people. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

 

TO THE JEW FIRST

ROMANS 1:16: “FOR I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, FOR IT IS THE POWER OF GOD TO SALVATION FOR EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES, FOR THE JEW FIRST AND ALSO FOR THE GREEK.”

 

 


PROVOKE THE JEWISH PEOPLE TO SALVATION

ROMANS 11:11: "I SAY THEN, HAVE THEY (THE JEWISH PEOPLE) STUMBLED THAT THEY SHOULD FALL? CERTAINLY NOT! BUT THROUGH THEIR FALL, TO PROVOKE THEM TO JEALOUSY (SO THAT THEY MAY BE SAVED), SALVATION HAS COME TO THE GENTILES"

 

 

 

JEWISH PEOPLE ARE NOT JUST 'ANOTHER PEOPLE GROUP'; THEY ARE THE MOST STRATEGIC PEOPLE GROUP

 

 

 

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‘PARSHA VAYAKHEL’

HAVING A  HEART THAT IS WILLING

Exodus 36:2-3: “Then Moses called Bezalel and Aholiab, and every gifted artisan in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom, everyone whose heart was stirred, to come and do the work. And they received from Moses all the offering which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of making the sanctuary. So they continued bringing to him freewill offerings every morning.”

The ‘parsha’ (‘Torah’ portion) this week is a double ‘parsha’, ‘Parsha Vayakhel – Pekudei’.
‘Parsha Pekudei’ is found on the ‘Thought for the Week’ page of this website.

‘Parsha Vayakhel’ (and they made) is found in Exodus 35:1 – 38:20 and makes up the twenty second weekly ‘Torah’ portion in the annual Jewish cycle of ‘Torah’ reading; the corresponding ‘haftorah’ (reading of the prophets) is found in 1 Kings 7:13-50.

‘Parsha Vayakhel’ records the actual implementation of G-d’s instructions on how to build the ‘Mishkan’ (Tabernacle), recounted in ‘Parsha Terumah’.
Much of ‘Vayakhel’ is almost an exact repeat of ‘Terumah’, the only difference being that the details which in ‘Terumah’ are prefaced with the words: “And they shall make...” are here prefaced with the words: “And they made...”

Moses assembled the people of Israel and reiterated to them the commandment to observe the Shabbat; he then conveyed G-d’s instructions regarding the making of the ‘Mishkan’.

Moses told the people that those who had a willing heart should donate the necessary materials for the making of the ‘Mishkan’, and the people donated the required materials in abundance, bringing gold, silver, copper, blue, purple and red-dyed wool. They also brought goat hair, spun linen, animal skins, wood, olive oil, herbs and precious stones.
Eventually, the material given was too much, and Moses had to tell the people to stop giving.

A team of “wise-hearted” artisans, headed by Bezalel from the tribe of Judah and Aholiab from the tribe of Dan, set about the task of fashioning the materials into a dwelling for G-d, and they made the Tabernacle and its furnishings. Bezalel made the ark and its cover, the table for the showbread, the ‘menorah’ with its specially prepared oil, the golden altar for the incense, the outdoor altar for the burnt offerings, the laver, and the enclosure for the Tabernacle.

An accounting was made of the gold, silver and copper donated by the people for the making of the ‘Mishkan’. Betzalel, Aholiab and their assistants made the eight priestly garments - the ephod, breastplate, cloak, crown, turban, tunic, sash and breeches, according to the specifications communicated to Moses in ‘Parsha Tetzaveh’.

The ‘Mishkan’ was completed and all its components were brought to Moses, who erected it and anointed it with the holy anointing oil. Moses then initiated Aaron and his four sons into the priesthood.

Our ‘parsha’ ends by telling us that a cloud appeared over the ‘Mishkan’, signifying the Divine Presence that had come to dwell within it.

‘Haftorah Vayakhel’ describes the construction of several components of the Holy Temple by the wise craftsman, Huram of Tyre, paralleling the ‘Torah’ portion which describes the construction of the Tabernacle by the wise Bezalel and his crew of craftspeople.
King Solomon called for Huram, an expert coppersmith, to create copper columns to flank the largest doorway of the Holy Temple. The columns were eighteen cubits (approximately 30 feet) high and were topped by two capitals which were intricately carved with pomegranates and palm leaves. The right column was named Jachin, and the left one was called Boaz. Huram also built a copper basin (or “Sea”).

It’s interesting to note that the phrase “whose hearts were willing” and “who had a willing heart” is used four times in ‘Parsha Vayakhel’. The phrase “whose hearts were stirred” is used twice, and “freewill offering” is used twice.
So we see that the concept of ‘a willing heart’ is mentioned eight times in our ‘parsha’.

And this is what G-d wants from us - a heart that is willing.
A heart that is willing to obey His direction; a heart that is willing to sacrifice for Him; a heart that is willing to give your all to Him; and a heart that is willing to love Him.

In Psalm 63:1, David writes: “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.”

My question to you is are you willing? Are you willing to obey G-d’s direction? Are you willing to sacrifice for Him? Are you willing to give your all to Him? Are you willing to love Him with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Do you seek the L-rd? Does your soul thirst for Him? Does your flesh long for Him?

This is all He asks of you. And in return, G-d gives you His everlasting, unconditional love. A love so great, that we cannot comprehend it.

There is one more area where G-d fervently desires you to have a willing heart; a heart that is willing to accept and follow His Son, the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua.

John 3:16-17 declares: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

G-d’s love for mankind – both Jews and Gentiles – is so great, that He sacrificed His Son, Yeshua, so that those who believe and follow Him should have the forgiveness of sin and everlasting life in heaven.
And G-d weeps for every Jew and every Gentile who dies without Yeshua. Sadly, without Yeshua, your sins cannot be forgiven and your eternal future is bleak.

So, do you have a willing heart?
Are you willing to commit your life to Yeshua, who lovingly and faithfully endured the cross for you and for me, accepting Him as your Messiah, your Saviour? This is the only way to salvation, as only through Yeshua can one’s sins be forgiven and one’s soul be atoned for – or saved.

To accept G-d’s gift of the forgiveness of sin, salvation and everlasting life in heaven, all you need to do is confess your sins, repent of them and ask Yeshua to come into your life as your L-rd and Saviour.
And you can do this by praying the Prayer of Salvation at the end of this article.

We love you.

Shalom.

Scripture of the week: Psalm 63:1-4: “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.”

SALVATION PRAYER

Thank you Yeshua for Your love for me.
Thank you for giving up Your life on the cross for me and for taking my sins upon Yourself.
I confess that I have sinned.
I repent of my sins and I turn from everything I know to be wrong.
I invite You to come into my life as my Messiah, my Saviour.
By Your grace I will serve You all the remaining years of my life.

 


 

BEING STEADFAST THE KINGDOM

I want to look at the lives of four extraordinary men who were steadfast for G-d and never compromised - Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego.

Daniel and his friends lived exemplary steadfast lives for Almighty G-d, and we read in Daniel 1:8 that Daniel and his friends would not compromise G-d by defiling themselves with “the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which they drank” even though they were commanded to eat the “king’s delicacies.”

This would be like a junior clerk, despite the consequences, refusing to do what the CEO of the company tells him or her to do because it is against G-d’s word and Biblical principles.
However the situation was far worse for Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego as they were captives and they could have been put to death.

In Daniel 3 we read the account of when King Nebuchadnezzar erected a golden image and declared that whoever would not fall down and worship the golden image would immediately be cast into a fiery furnace.
We read that Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego would not compromise their G-d and they would not worship the golden image.

In Daniel 3:13-15 we read that King Nebuchadnezzar commanded that they be thrown into the fiery furnace, and in verses 16-18, we read that they answered and said to the king: “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

We then read that they were thrown into the fiery furnace which was heated up to such an extent that it killed those who were preparing to throw them into the furnace.
However, the fire did not touch Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego and they emerged from the fiery furnace unscathed.

By Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego being steadfast and uncompromising, a king was ‘saved’, as this incident completely changed king Nebuchadnezzar’s heart - Daniel 3:28-29: “Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God! Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this.””

Daniel, too, was steadfast and uncompromising, and in Daniel 6 we read that king Darius, persuaded by the governors and satraps who were jealous of Daniel, signed an idolatrous decree that whoever petitioned any god or man, except king Darius, for thirty days would be thrown into the lion’s den.

Daniel 6:9-10 tells us: “Therefore King Darius signed the written decree. Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.”

Even though Daniel knew he faced certain death, he would not compromise, but continued to serve, pray and worship G-d.

King Darius took note of Daniel’s faithfulness - Daniel 6:16: “So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.””
Already King Darius was being influenced by Daniel’s unwavering faithfulness to his G-d.

We then read that the lions did not touch Daniel as G-d kept him safe, and that King Darius then wrote in Daniel 6:25-27: “To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, And His dominion shall endure to the end. He delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders In heaven and on earth, Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.”

Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego’s faithfulness and steadfastness as well as the fact that they would not compromise by worshipping any god except their true G-d, knowing that the penalty for defying King Nebuchadnezzer was death, changed the King’s heart and he recognised the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as the only true G-d.

Daniel’s faithfulness and the fact that he uncompromisingly served G-d, despite persecution by the governors and satraps; despite the fact that he knew that he was defying King Darius - and the penalty for that was death, changed King Darius’ heart as he, too, recognised the G-d of Daniel.

Three Babylonian kings, Nebuchadnezzar, Darius and Cyrus were ‘saved’ because of the uncompromising steadfastness of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego.

As believers in Yeshua, we are closely watched by the unsaved, especially unsaved family, friends and people in our spheres of influence.
If we are to reach the lost, Jews and Gentiles, we must live steadfast, exemplary lives that bring honour to G-d.
And as believers, we have to be steadfast and uncompromising for Yeshua.
We cannot allow people to blaspheme the name of G-d and say nothing. We must never agree when those of the world speak negatively and gossip; we must never remain silent when racism rears its ugly head, and we must never remain silent when anti-Semitism rears its ugly head.
We must never remain silent when anti-Israel remarks are made, and we must take every opportunity to share the gospel with people, both Jews and Gentiles.

And even if you face being ‘thrown into the Lion’s den’ or ‘into the fire’, you have to be faithful to G-d, have faith in G-d, live steadfastly for G-d, and never, ever compromise your stand for Yeshua.

You see, integrity may incite some people to jealousy, but hypocrisy incites them to scorn and unbelief.

Yeshua gave mankind a final command before He ascended into Heaven known as the ‘Great Commission’, a command to take the gospel to all nations beginning with the Jewish people.
Are you fulfilling the ‘Great Commission’? And as opportunities present themselves, are you steadfastly taking the gospel to the Jewish people and Gentiles or do you compromise fulfilling the ‘Great Commission’ for fear of rejection or retaliation?

Kingdom effectiveness comes by living steadfast, uncompromising lives for Almighty G-d, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

So let us be effective for the Kingdom by always living steadfast, uncompromising lives for Almighty G-d and like Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego who changed the hearts of three kings, let us, through our lifestyle, draw people to the only true G-d, the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

And as believers in Yeshua, let us be effective for the Kingdom by always living steadfast, uncompromising lives for Yeshua and like Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego who changed the eternal destinies of three kings, let us through our lifestyle, change the eternal destinies of people by drawing them to the Jewish Messiah and Saviour of mankind, Yeshua.


 

 



 

 

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