Our last eNews in May we called "The Miracle of Spring". We are now in Octob
er so, where did summer go? I do not know but we did enjoyed the long days and the warmer weather and easily slipped into a routine as one day flowed into the next. Note that there are no Moedim
of God to celebrate in summer between April with Shavuot (Pentecost)
until October with Rosh Hashanah (Day of Blowing the Shofar)
. Only the weekly Sabbath
marked the passing of time with the Parashah
readings (if one follows the Biblical year).
We have been continuing studying these Torah readings with our Wednesday group and our monthly group in Northallerton as these are foundational to the understanding of the rest of the Bible. Our other two groups who have been going for longer and have gone through the Torah at least twice, decided that they would like to look at two Brit Hadashah
(New Testament) books. Firstly, Galatians as this Epistle of Sha'ul
(Paul) is his most misunderstood and preached on letter, especially on how it relates to the Torah (Books of Moses). We have written a short article given below, 'Galatians & Torah'
highlighting where we believe most people in the broader church have not understood Sha'ul
and his Hebraic mindset. We then went through Ya'akov's
Epistle commonly referred to as James in English translations of the Bible. As the brother of Yeshua and leader of the early Messianic Movement (Eccessia
) in Jerusalem, he supported Sha'ul
in Acts 15. He teaches on how to apply the Torah in one's life in very practical way.
In April Penny and Megan went off to look at puppies as Megan was very keen to g
et a dog. This was triggered by Ian mentioning a TV program he'd watched that showed that dogs were very good in ministry, as they tended to have a calming effect on people. Needless to say they saw a pup which Megan immediately decided to have but had to wait until it was six weeks old before it could come to its new home. Gemma is a Scottie/Westie mix and called a wottie! As you can see above, the white of the Westie is breaking through the black of the Scottie. She is now part of the ministry and effecively fulls the space left by Megan who is now working in Cumbria as a social worker.
We are very proud of our daughter obtaining her BA(Hon) in Social Work from UCLAN in July and can only give thanks to the Lord for how she has persevered and achieved her goal.
As we both looked back over the last few months we saw how the plants we had planted from seeds developed and grew into fruit and vegetables we were able to pick and eat. Each is uniquely made and develop at different rates as well as producing its fruit at different times. Some take longer to ripen than others and have a magnificent scent, taste and beauty while other are not as beautiful but their taste and flavour is outstanding. As we grew our fruit and vegetables we had to water and give extra feed to our tomato plants. We also needed to weed the garden beds and make sure that no snails or worms managed to eat the plants.
Is this not how we are, some of us take longer to mature than others and need extra nourishment. All of us need to have the weeds, snails and worms that try to stop us from growing and maturing removed from our lives. While some of us have different gifts and talents, do we use them to the best of our ability to glorify His name and to make unbelievers in Yeshua
, jealous. So as the autumn turns to winter here in the United Kingdom maybe it is the time for us to look at ourselves and ask the L-rd to show us what weeds need to be removed in our lives so that we can use the gifts He has blessed us with to make others jealous of our love of the L-rd.
Having just celebrated Sukkot, Feast of Tabernacles
(photo) the above reference to fruit makes me think of the Four Species called the Luluv that is waved in all directions over the seven days of the Feast. The Fours Species are the Etrog (like a lemon), date palm, myrtle and the willow which the rabbis equate to the four types of people (Jews) found in the world. The Etrog which is good to eat and has a good fragrance is like a person who has a good knowledge of Torah (tastes good) and produces good works (good fragrance) and is like Messiah. The date palm is like a person who knows Torah (dates good to eat) but has no good deeds (mitzvot
) while the myrtle is like a person with no knowledge of Torah but produces a fragrance of good deeds. A willow then is a person with neither knowledge of Torah nor good deeds like most people in the world.
So we are called to have the fragrance of Messiah which makes others jealous of what we have in Yeshua.
A member of one of our groups has been taking us each week through understanding the Hebrew Aleph Beit
. In our last newsletter we looked at the Gimel
and we now include the next letter Dalet
in this newsletter. We are discovering such a richness hidden in each Hebrew letter.
Shalom in Yeshua Our Messiah
Ian & Penny McDonald
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