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A Time of Restoration
June 2017 eNews
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Spinage
Spring has come and we are moving into summer but the days are still cool and the rain has come. Our garden is in full bloom and the vegetables are growing well especially the spinach.  Shavuot/Pentecost has come and we have the fullness of the wheat harvest in our lives. The question is "What are we going to do with it in our lives? Are we going to 'Be holy as He is Holy?' and bear much fruit in the Great Harvest that is still to come!  

My family has heard me say we need to eat 'living' food not dead food. What is the difference? Food that has been heavily processed and all the enzymes and nutrients destroyed or removed from it is dead food. The best pharmacy we should go to is our vegetable patch which contains living food full of enzymes and nutrients our bodies need to function as God intended. Likewise we are to feed on the Living Word, Yeshua HaMashiach and His written word starting with His Torah. This will bring about 'Repairing the World', Tikkun Olam in Hebrew and prepare the way for the Return of Messiah as Judge and King of kings. We who have received Yeshua as Lord of our lives are commanded to 'Be holy as He is Holy' (1 Peter 1:13-16 Leviticus 11:44, 45; 19:2; 20:7). Interesting that Leviticus 11 ends with this commandment while the rest of the chapter covers the food commandments defining what food is clean and what is unclean or an abomination! I love to ask the question, What is the Only command that God gave to Mankind/Adam in Genesis 2:17?
"You are not to eat ...you will die."
So what we eat is important, as it can lead to Life or death! Cancer is becoming epidemic. I believe that this is because of the level of toxic chemicals in the processed foods we eat and their lack of good nutritous, living food. We need to get back to a Biblical diet and lifestyle to walk in healing.

So what do we do on Passover? We eat! 
On the 8th April we had a wonderful Sycamore gathering  in a hotel in Skipton. In the afternoon we did a teaching on Passover as per the photograph, followed  up with a full Passover Seder that everyondesertse thoroughly enjoyed and learnt a lot. We celebrated first night of Passover at home wiith good fellowship and some amazing desserts that Penny made for us. On the 15th we led a Passover Seder with a congregation in Manchester that we belief was a turning point for this congregation.

Penny has gone to South Africa for three weeks using a free ticket she received from her last trip there. She is spending time with our son and family together with our 2 1/2 year old grandson and family who are on holiday there from Ghana.

Ian was there in March to sort out a number of issues and spent time with family. He was especially blessed by our son who organised a long weekend in a Game Park for Ian's sister and two brothers and their wifes to come together for the first time in years. They saw more game while sitting at their lodge than driving through the game park.
. Elephants
The highlight was when a herd of young elephants came to eat the salt lick in front of the lodge. The most majestic of the antelopes is the male kudu. I think of them as a pair of Shofars on hooves! They warthoghave the ability of jumping over a 6 foot fence with ease. kuduA third animal is probably the most ugly animal as can be seen is the photograph of the warthog who was a frequent visitor together with his family. 
One can really appreciate the wonders of God's creation when one spends time out in nature and see the amazing variety of animals.

We have continued using the weekly Torah Parashat (portion) with our groups but have also start tudying a number of other books such as Ezra & Nehemiah as well as the Epistles to the Galatians, James (Jacob) and now 1 Peter. This weeks Parashat is Chukat covering Numbers 19:1 to 22:1 has a focus on water, mayim מים in the Hebrew.   After God gives the Torah command about the Red Heifer (Num 19) whose ashers are to be places into living water for the Water of Purification, Miryam (םרים) dies and there is no water (Num 20:1-2). Amazingly Miryam's name gives the reason why the water dried up! If the letter ר (rosh) which means head/source, is removed from her name we get water, mayim מים.  So Miryam (Mary) is a picture of Mashiach, and the source from which Yeshua came, who is the source of the Living Water which gives Eternal Life (John 4:14). We would encourage all our readers to study the Hebrew letter as given on the right and the Parashat to discover more about our Messiah and help to bring the Scriptures alive.

Enjoy Penny's Korech article below as it is very topical to what is happening all around us. The UK is under attack as never before and in particular Theresa May with her standing with Israel. Similarly Donald Trump is in the middle of a civil war between his Administration and the Liberals made up of the Democrates, Media and the Obama appointees in the government. I believe Trump is 'God's wrecking ball for political correctness', which is acting against the plans of the prince of this world! So keep praying and looking up for our Redemption is near and He is coming for a holy people.
 
Please look at the prayers given on the right, as we need to be in persistant prayer for the coming days of change.
 
Shalom in Yeshua Our Messiah
Ian & Penny (Giborah) McDonald

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Korach
 

In this weeks Parashat we read in Bamidbar (Numbers) 16:1-22:
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Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben took men: 2. and they rose up in face of Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty men; they were princes of the congregation, the elect men of the assembly, men of renown; 3. and they assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them: ‘Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them; wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?’ And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face. 5And he spoke unto Korah and unto all his company, saying: ‘In the morning the LORD will show who are His, and who is holy, and will cause him to come near unto Him; even him whom He may choose will He cause to come near unto Him. 6 This do: take you censors, Korah, and all his company; 7 and put fire therein, and put incense upon them before the LORD to-morrow; and it shall be that the man whom the LORD doth choose, he shall be holy; ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.’ 8And Moses said unto Korah: ‘Hear now, ye sons of Levi: 9 is it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them; 10and that He hath brought thee near, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee? and will ye seek the priesthood also? 11Therefore thou and all thy company that are gathered together against the LORD—; and as to Aaron, what is he that ye murmur against him?’ 12 And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; and they said: ‘We will not come up; 13 is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, but thou must needs make thyself also a prince over us? 14 Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor given us inheritance of fields and vineyards; wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up.’ 15 And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the LORD: ‘Respect not thou their offering; I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them.’ 16 And Moses said unto Korah: ‘Be thou and all thy congregation before the LORD, thou, and they, and Aaron, to-morrow; 17 and take ye every man his fire-pan, and put incense upon them, and bring ye before the LORD every man his fire-pan, two hundred and fifty fire-pans; thou also, and Aaron, each his fire-pan.’ 18 And they took every man his fire-pan, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood at the door of the tent of meeting with Moses and Aaron. 19 And Korah assembled all the congregation against them unto the door of the tent of meeting; and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the congregation.
20 And the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying: 21‘Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.’ 22 And they fell upon their faces, and said: ‘O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt Thou be wroth with all the congregation?’
 
It is very interesting that these men are leaders, in fact princes, and right in Moshe’s face they challenge him and Aaron. My understanding of a leader is that they should be leading their people in holiness, justice, righteousness and the ways of Adonai. These princes and leaders led by Korath attack Moshe, Aaron and The G-d of Israel with words causing a rebellion. It is rather interesting that Koreth says:
Ye take too much upon you,”
and Moshe uses the same words in his reply in verse 7. What Korath says is correct
“That all the community is Holy (Exodus 19:6).
The people have forgotten that Adonai had chosen Moshe to lead, and Aaron to be the High Priest. The people had agreed to follow what Moshe and Aaron had to say. Had jealousy crept in? This group of leaders/princes decided that they wanted to take action and take the priesthood for their own and in doing this go against the commands of Adonai. They claim that Moshe and Aaron take to much upon themselves. Moshe and Aaron in their eyes were lording over the people in their own authority and power. This is what they wanted. Moshe replies that the G-d of Israel had called out and separated the Levites as holy. They were to see to things concerning the Tabernacle and now they wanted the priesthood as well. Moshe informs them that this is rebellion against Hashem.

We see that Korach then attacks Moshe and Aaron personally. This is not directly lashon hara, the evil tongue as it is done in the face of Moshe as the scripture says.in Bamidbar 16:2 לפני משה Lashon hara לשון הרע derogatory speech, negative talk about a person and is behind the persons back to cause harm.

I think of the Church and even Messianic Synagogues today and the way there is rebellion against the word of G-d and His ways. Here we see a group of leaders turning from Adonai and Moshe and Aaron. What is sad is that this has happened just after they are told that they will not enter the Promised Land due to lack of faith and trust in G-d. I feel that their lack of faith and trust, and allow fear and envy to come in  causing them to blame Moshe and Aaron. We see them saying that Moses brought them from a land of milk and honey, Egypt. The land where they were slaves was now a land of milk and honey in their eyes!  Moses has not brought them into the promised land of milk and honey and their inheritance of fields and vineyards. They are unable to see that it is their own sin and rebellion that has caused them not to enter the Land. Is that often not the case with each of us as our carnal nature rises up to blind us from the truth?

The following day when Korath and and his followers, except for Datan and Aviram who have gone even further away from G-d and refused to come, stand before the entrance of the tent of meeting. Hashem tells Moshe and Aaron to move away from from this congregation and immediately Moshe and Aaron fall on their faces and ask Adonai
“Will You be angry with the entire congregation when one man sins.”
Who was the Adonai talking about when he said that He would consume them instantly. Was it just this group of people or was it the entire nation of Israel? We now see something happen that only happens this one time in Scripture as far as I have read. The people were told to move away from the tents and everything owned by Korath, Dathan and Abiram. The earth swallowed them and their wives and families alive with their possesions into the ground below. Scripture states “They went down alive into Sheol with all that belonged to them, the earth closed over them and they vanished....”

The 250 men who were going to offer incense were consumed by fire. Interesting that the fire pans were not consumed as they had been used for an offering to the Lord and were now sacred.

The Sages have the following to say on Parashat Korech
Rashi on Bamidbar 16:7 “It is a great (an important) thing that I have told you, ye sons of Levi”. But were they not fools in that although he so sternly warned them they nevertheless undertook to offer! They, however, sinned against their own souls (i.e., they were regardless of their lives) as it is said, (17:3) “the censers of these sinners against their souls”. — But Korah who certainly was a clever (lit. open-eyed) man, what reason had he to commit this folly? His mind’s eye misled him. He saw by prophetic vision a line of great men (more lit., a great chain) descending from him, amongst them the prophet Samuel who was equal in importance to Moses and Aaron together (cf. Psalms 99:6: משה ואהרן בכהניו ושמואל בקראי שמו), and he said to himself, “On his account I shall escape the punishment”. And he further saw twenty-four Mishmars (shifts of Levites who formed the Temple Choir) arising among his grand-children, all of them prophesying by the Holy Spirit, — as it is said, (I Chronicles 25:5) “All these (prominent musicians) were sons of Heiman” (Heiman was a descendant of Korah; cf. I Chronicles 6:18—23). — He said, “Is it possible that all this dignity is to arise from me and I shall remain silent (be myself of no importance)?” On this account he joined the others in order to attain to that prerogative, because he had indeed heard from the mouth of Moses that all else of them would perish and one would escape:
"He whom the Lord will choose will be holy".
He mistakenly applied this to himself. But he had not seen correctly, for his sons repented of their rebellious attitude and therefore did not die at that time (cf. Numbers 26:11). It was from them that Samuel and the Levitical singers were descended. Moses, however, foresaw this. (Midrash Tanchuma, Korach 5).

Korach started off using what is called a machloket מחלוקת a dispute, an argument, conflict, a rabbinic argument with Moshe which in Judaism is absolutely acceptable. Its a way to work out things between people but it is what happened next that was unacceptable to Adonai. Moshe and Aaron were doing what Adonai had asked them to do in leading the people to the land of Milk and Honey.
 
Why am I looking at this?
The reason being that it is a great, strong warning to us that we can have disputes and arguments about what is right or wrong and this I saw with the general election that has just taken place in the UK but it went from having a machloket to being personal to pulling people down, to lying, to believing everything is owed to us because we live in the UK. We don’t have to do anything, the government must give. If not we will pull you down. This has happened in the USA as well and seems very common in the western world. What are we teaching our children and young adults. We saw Miriam being disciplined with Tzarat (leprousy), the ten scouts who brought an evil report in Bamidbar 14:37 died of plague. Yes, Yeshua has come, but we will bare the consequences of lashon hara (gossip) and lying and turning from Adonai’s ways. This is not only happening in Government it is rife in the work place as well as in the Church, Christian Organisations and Messianic Synagogues. I believe it it time we build people up, have correct machlokets (arguments) in love and start to show the love of Yeshua in us so that we can bring the Kingdom of Heaven down to earth. In this way our children will not reap the consequences of our sin.

This is a big warning to us so that we do not speak evil behind a persons back or in their face. Adonai help me to not use lashonda hara or speak evil in a persons face. ask for forgiveness if have done this.
 

ו Vav

Thinailss sixth letter of the Hebrew AlephBet Vav ו with the Gematria of 6 is a very significant letter as it is the letter of Conjunction and Continuity. This is portrayed by its shape which looks like a nail, hook or peg that connects things together. In fact, when placed at the beginning of a word as prefix, it translates as 'and' that connects ideas, concepts etc. The absence of a vav ו at the beginning of a new chapter in the Torah indicates the beginning of a new era or subject while a vav ו indicates a continuation.

The letter aleph א is formed by a diagonal vav ו with a upper and lower yod י the upper denoting the celestial and the lower one the mundane. The vav ו represents the ladder in Jacobs dream by which the angels ascend and descend in Genesis 28:12 linking heaven to the earth as in the Lord's Prayer.

When the word is a verb however, it changes the tense from past to future or vice versa! Thus it connects time together bringing man nearer to an understanding of timelessness of the Divine. As given in Psalm 90:4 For a thousand years in Your sight are like a day just passing by, or like a watch in the night. So the six days of Creation are like the 6000 years since Adam and Eve. Likewise at the Giving of the Torah at Sinai, the census of the Israelites was 600 000 that corresponds to the 600 000 letters in the Torah. Why 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust (burnt offering)?

This just gives a hint at the significant role the vav ו plays in the Hebrew language and especially the Torah. There is so much more that could be discovered when one studies this letter in the Scriptures. Also understanding the significance of numbers in Scripture is so important, but sadly so lacking in Christian teaching on the Bible.

(For the previous five letters go to click here)

 

Our Prayers

     שבשמים אבינו
Avenu She’Bashamayim
שבשמים אבינו
(our father in Heaven)

א. We pray for the peace of Yerushalayim. We
pray for more believers to Gerim (crossover) and cry
out in supplication for the City of the Great King.

ב. We pray for Yisrael (the pupil of God’s eye) We
pray for the land, God’s people and for reconciliation
between Jews and Christians

ג. We pray for the middle East, especially for the
protection of Israel's borders. We pray for His will to be
done—for His kingdom to come.

ד. We pray for revelation in the church of the need
to stand with Yisrael. We pray or those in authority to
repent of our past transgressions and to uphold the
people of God.

ה. We pray for Britain that God would restore the
honour of His Name. Through Revelation, Repentance
and Restoration. We pray for the honouring of the
Balfour Declaration in 2017 We pray for a return to
Holiness and true proclamation of the Gospel.

ו. We pray for the weekly and monthly groups
who gather together to study Torah. Praying for
Chorley, Lancaster, Northallerton and Preston that the
groups may meet in peace and safety, drawing those
who are being saved to join them. We pray for The
Lord’s guidance and protection for those leading and
attending.

ז. We pray for one another, that our light may
shine… may we be welcoming, accepting of one
another and encouraging each other as the day draws
closer… we pray for spouses, children and family
members. We pray especially for those who are alone,
hurting and in need of true friendship.May we be
available... as well as salt and light in our walk with
Yeshua.
 
In the Name of the Holy One of Yisrael,
Yeshua Hamashiach
Amen


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