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Our new home for Beit Echad, the House of Unity in North West of England
 April 2014 Newsletter  'Moving Forward'
Dear <<First Name>>
 
We are now settling down into what the Lord has called us to do and have realised that Chorley is the right place from which to live and minister. We know that this could only be from the Lord as we would not have looked for a home in this area if the Lord had not shown us. We are seeing the doors slowly being opened in this area and in the North West of England. We are very willing though to go to any church or fellowship to bring Hebraic understanding any where in the UK.

March has seen a growth in the small group vision which we have called Beit Echad, the House(s) of Unity
. We now have two small groups up and running with one in Chorley and a new one in Lancaster. Our group in Chorley is starting to squeeze into the room in which we meet with more people wanting to attend.  We use the weekly Messianic Parashah readings as the basis of our group Bible study. This involves studying the Torah (the Books of Moses) and HaTorah (Prophets) together with the Brit Chadeshah (New Testament) and looking for the consistent themes that run through the whole of the Scriptures.  In the past few weeks we have been working our way through the book of Leviticus which is the very first book any young orthodox Jewish boy is given to learn.  This has been an eye opener for many in the group especially relating to  the command to be holy as the Lord is Holy in Leviticus 11:44-47 and the food requirements contained therein.

The group in Lancaster has started off small with more people wanting to attend on Monday evenings. The Purim celebration on the 17 March was well attended. With Penny doing the catering everyone was especially blessed by the food, together with the fellowship and the fun of the reading the Megillah with the booing of Haman and cheering of Mordecai. This reinforces the fact that the Lord will not allow Israel or the Jewish people to be destroyed no matter what the enemy tries to do through evil people like Haman, Hamas, Hitler or the Anti-Christ who is the 'Lawless One' or the 'One without Torah'! 

We are also praying that we will be able to start up a Sabbath celebration soon on a Saturday afternoon for Torah readings and Messianic worship and dance. So please pray for the right venue and people to be part of this fellowship.

Through our contacts, emails and visits to various congregations in the area we have linked up with a number of church leaders who have shown an interest in the Hebraic understanding of scripture. We have lined up a number of Passover meals, presentations and teaching opportunities in this Passover period so please pray that much good seeds will be sown and bear much fruit.

On the 1st April we experienced a beautiful spring day.  Have you ever wondered why it became April Fool's Day?  It was a day when people who celebrated the beginning of the new year in spring were mocked and called fools especially after Pope Gregory made the 1st January the beginning of the year. Its roots go back even further than this as it carries great spiritual significance. We received some amazing teaching into this significance while in Florida from a Rabbi Jonathan Cahn author of the Harbinger (You can get this teaching on DVD called The Mystery of the Mikurah). In Exodus 40:2 & 17 it states that the Tabernacle was completed on the 1st Nissan (1st April this year) the beginning of the second year! When one realises it took the Israelites nine months to complete the Tabernacle you can start to realise maybe the deep significance this has and how the enemy mocks the people who believe that Yeshua could have been born in spring, and that the Tabernacle represents Yeshua in so many ways!
So read in Exodus 40 how spring and and the Tabernacle are related as shown in the photographs below? Was the Passover Lamb whom the Temple shepherds were called to worship in the manger born in spring ?
Please have a look below at the continuation of the discussion on the Torah where we look at the Sabbath, Its place in our lives.

Penny has been very busy unpacking the Book of Judges which will be going on her Blog. She has noticed how often the words in Hebrew are mistranslated in the English and so we miss the play on words or even what the writer is saying. She hopes that as she writes the Blog the Lord will give her the understanding and the way to write so that you will all be blessed and learn new things about our Mighty God. We are hoping that the website will soon have the links for the blog.

We have also attached an article on Passover and our prayer is that you would have a Passover experience. I have also attached a  Passover recipe. Passover food can be very tasty and exciting as you look for ways of cooking without chametz (leaven)
 
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Shalom in Yeshua
Ian & Penny McDonald


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The Passover 'Experience'

Have you had a Passover experience? The more I look at scripture and unpack Passover the more I begin to see that if we have not had a Passover experience we will not be able to fully understand what Yeshua did for each one of us at Passover.

Can you imagine what was going through the minds of the Israelites as they chose a lamb and killed it and then did what they had been asked by Moses to do. If your house was not marked with the blood of a year old lamb, death would enter in and kill the 1st born son of the family. In some cases that could be the father as well as his first born child and even their pets or domestic animals. The Israelites were told to choose a year old lamb on the 10th Nissan and keep it in their homes till the 14 Nissan when they were to then sacrifice the lamb. Imagine the children, had they given the lamb a name, had it become like a pet. How hard it must have been to then kill that year old lamb. This is a small picture of what our Father in Heaven felt when Yeshua hung on the tree knowing that he was sinless and was willing to take All of our sin, the sin of the world on himself so that we can be reconciled to our Father, on condition that we allow the blood of Yeshua to be our covering. We also need to accept that Yeshua Is the only way.

I want to look at a verse in Chapter 12 from the book of Exodus as we miss so much with the English. We are not all Hebrew and Greek scholars but can I challenge you to look up the Hebrew or Greek meaning of words and scripture will come alive as you do this. I am going to use the literal translation as this will help us understand . Exodus12:30 “And Pharaoh arose in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians and there is a great cry in Egypt, for there is not a house where there is not (one) dead.”

In the verse we see the English word cry. There was a great cry in Egypt. Now the Hebrew word used here is צְעָקָ֥ה transliterated tzeaqah cry ,cry out , out cry (Strongs 6818). The same word is used when the Hebrews cried out to God under the weight of their bondage in Egypt.
It is also used and describes Esau's response to the loss of his blessing in Genesis 27:34. In the context used here a strong out cry frequently indicates that righteousness is absent or judgement is being executed. The Hebrews cried under the weight of their bondage in Egypt Exodus 3:7. The Lord heard their cry and came to deliver them through the mighty acts in Exodus. God promises to hear the cry of the afflicted, the alien the orphan and the widow (Exodus 22:22 Psalm 9:12). God however returns punishment to the wicked in kind. In response to the outcry of the Hebrews, the Egyptians uttered a great cry because of their sorrow over the death of their first-born. This is not a cry of what have we done to deserve this killing of our first-born this was a cry about having lost somebody. It was not a cry of deep deep grief.


There is another Hebrew wordזְעָקָ֥ה zeaqah cry out, cry (Strongs 2201) This is similar to the word used above but is a cry from the heart, a very painful cry, a deep cry to God for help, a cry of what should we do so that the distress will depart This word is used when Mordechai cries out when he hears what Haman has planned for the Jewish nation.

The next verses go on to say that Pharaoh calls for Moses and Aaron, and tells them to take all the people, their flocks and herds of animals and go. He then says bless me. Amazing Pharaoh has seen all the plagues that God had brought against the Egyptians and they had not affected the Israelites but he is unwilling to repent for his behaviour. The great I Am has revealed himself to Pharaoh and the Egyptians but their gods are still far more important. They are not prepared to change. What can we learn? Are we a people who cry out to God with the wrong motives. Can we cry out like Mordechai and look past what has happened and ask the Lord to show us why these things have happened. Are we then willing to change to come to that place of repentance and weep like Yeshua wept over Jerusalem asking the Lord to come into our lives? Are we willing to put the blood of Yeshua on the doorposts of our heart so that Yeshua will Passover and even hover so that he can protects us from the evil one haSatan? Do we obey God's instructions even if we do not understand why we need to do certain things.



Slow Braised Shoulder of Lamb

(Preparation time: 30 minutes; Cooking time: 4: 1/2 Hours) or in a slow cooker until cooked.

Ingredients
1 de- boned shoulder of spring lamb, about 3 1/2 pounds or1.59 kg, rolled and tied
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup finely chopped leeks
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup dry white wine, kosher for Passover
2 tbl lemon juice
3 sprigs fresh tarragon, or 1 tsp dried
2 spring onions, finely chopped
2 tbl chopped parsley
Sprigs of parsley for garnish

Instructions :
  1. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Preheat the oven to 120 degrees C.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan large enough to hold the lamb.
  3. Brown the lamb on all sides over medium heat.
  4. Remove the lamb from the pan and set aside.
  5. Add the onions and leeks to the pan and sauté over medium-low heat until they are tender and just turning golden.
  6. Stir in the garlic. Add the stock, wine, lemon juice, tarragon and spring onions.
  7. Bring to a simmer, and pour over lamb which has been put in casserole dish or slow cooker cover and place in the oven.
  8. Bake the lamb until cooked
  9. Remove the lamb from the casserole.
  10. Strain the sauce into a saucepan.
  11. Skim off as much fat as possible.
  12. Place the solids in a blender or food processor along with 1 tbl of the chopped parsley.
  13. Purée, adding a little of the sauce if necessary.
  14. Add this purée to the sauce, reheat and check seasonings.
  15. Remove the strings from the lamb.
  16. Slice the lamb and place on platter. Garnish with parsley and serve with sauc

The Sabbath - Its Place in Our Lives

And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.  So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. (Gen 2:2-3)

If God Himself rested on the seventh day and we are created in His image and likeness, then surely we need to do likewise? God then declares this Sabbath day as holy, set apart from the other six days. So this day is all about being set apart to be a holy people. It is not surprising then that this seventh day has been and is such a major stumbling stone to people in the mainline Christian denominations who have taken on the lie that the Torah is done away with and has been replaced by Grace. The enemy, the Anti-Christ supports those who are anti-Torah as he is the Lawless One, the 'Torahless' One! We who are call  Christians, the followers of Messiah are meant to be 'called out', ecclesia from the world. Set apart to be holy and righteous under a Holy God who hates sin but loves the sinner.

Our Heavenly Father cannot love us any more than He already does. The closeness of our relationship with Him is how much we love Him and by how much we love others. Yeshua said in John 14:15 "If you love Me, keep My commandments". So a measure of how much we love Yeshua is how much do we desire to be obedient to His Word (Logos), the Living Torah as quoted in verse 24 "He who does not love Me does not keep My Words, and the Word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me."

The 10 Words otherwise known as the Ten Commandments contain the moral commandments that most Christians try to obey except for one, the fourth commandments! (I call this 'blink' theology) This commandment is the most detailed commandment in both Exodus 20:8-11 given below:
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labour, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God; on it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, or your male servant, or your female servant, or your cattle, or the resident foreigner who is in your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth and the sea and all that is in them, and he rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.”
and Deuteronomy 5:12-15:
"Be careful to observe the Sabbath day just as the LORD your God has commanded you. You are to work and do all your tasks in six days, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. On that day you must not do any work, you, your son, your daughter, your male slave, your female slave, your ox, your donkey, any other animal, or the foreigner who lives with you, so that your male and female slaves, like yourself, may have rest. Recall that you were slaves in the land of Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there by strength and power. That is why the LORD your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day."

The Exodus passage relates directly with our Genesis passage as it refers to creation as the foundational text. God rested and enjoyed all He had created especially mankind who He had made in His likeness.  However, the Deuteronomy passage refers to the redemption from slavery. It is a day to remember that we were once slaves to sin and are now free through the blood of Yeshua HaMashiach, our Paschal Lamb to enter into His Rest/Shabbat. Both text clearly stated that foreigner/non-Jews 'ger' in Hebrew who are in covenant relationship with the God of Israel are to keep the Sabbath. Hence Sabbath is the time for joy to rise up in our spirit as we give thanks to our Creator for all He has created especially mankind and the joy of redemption from slavery into freedom from sin so we can regain what the first Adam lost.

There is only one covenant people Jew and Gentile who are obedient to Yehovah through Messiah. Jew and Gentile believers are called to become One New Man in Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Christ who is the Lord of the Sabbath (Mtt12:8, Luke 6:5). So surely if He is our Lord we need to be under His covering as Lord of the Sabbath. Yeshua was fully Sabbath observant as the Torah requires but not as the Pharisees observed it. Paul was also fully Sabbath observant as a study of his epistles and Book of Acts points out in Acts 17:2; 18:4; 22:3 Phil 3:5. How far has Christianity fallen away from Yeshua and Paul His Apostle in Sabbath observance. By replacing the Sabbath by Sunday we have followed in Emperor Constantine's foot steps of Sun worship when on March 7, 321AD he decreed:
''The day sacred to the sun, to which the ancients very properly gave the name of Sunday'' and “Let all judges and townspeople and occupations of all trades rest on the vulnerable day of the Sun (Sunday)” (Refer: The Code of Justinian)

Consequently a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God. For the one who enters God’s rest has also rested from his works, just as God did from his own works. Thus we must make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by following the same pattern of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart. And no creature is hidden from God, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account.” Hebrews 4:9-13

I pray that this article may get you to search out the complete word of God so it may judge the desires and thoughts of our hearts in this matter. So we may be prepared for the Millennium when Yeshua will rule with a iron sceptre. 
 

Prayer needs:

* We give thanks for the doors opened for us to teach on Passover in a number of local congregations and pray that there will be much good fruit forth-coming.
* We give thanks for the good contacts we have made with local church leaders in this area and pray that these relationships will grow into being able to work together. 
* Pray for Beit Echad and for the groups to grow both in numbers and in Messiah, and especially for a Sabbath group to form.
 
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