Time of Preparation - In the Wilderness - 'B'midbar'
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We moved into our 'new' new home, a lovely semi-detached property on the other side of Chorley on the 20 April. Since moving in we have been very busy with renovations. This has involved knocking the wall down between the kitchen and dining room, to removing wallpaper in all the bedrooms and painting, to fitting in a downstairs cloakroom as well as removing part of the front  hedge and grass to allow for some off road parking. We have also started a vegetable garden. All of this has a spiritual aspect to it, as what happens in the physical  also takes place in the spiritual (Ephesians 3:14).
Below is the kitchen before, during and after becoming 'echad':-


As the kitchen is being revamped which will take time, our prayer is to bring people together over Shabbat meals. Also we desire to bring an understanding of Torah, so as to bring about  discipleship and an understanding of the 'One New Man' in Yeshua. We celebrated our very first Shabbat in our new home on the day we moved into it with those who came to help.

We praise the Lord for the way He has supplied all our needs even down to an overhead projector and desk plus outdoor furniture. We would like to give thanks to all who have supported us over the last 18 months and especially say thank you to our Lord and Messiah, Yeshua HaMashiach.

The question we had in our last newsletter in February was:-
What Now?
This is being revealed as we enter 'into a wilderness' time of hearing God's Word as we study the Book of Numbers in Hebrew  B'midbar . B'midbar means 'In the wilderness' but it's root meaning is davar which means 'word'. It is the place where the Ten Words (Aseret D'varim) or 10 Commandments were given on Mount Sinai. The number 10 implies completeness or representative of the whole. Hence the Ten Words represent the whole of Torah!  The Wilderness is often where we hear God's word the clearest.

Penny's Walking through the Wilderness
It has been a time of great blessing as well as a testing times over the last few months. I was in South Africa at the beginning of the year and I noticed a mark on my left leg. Finally I decided to go to the Doctor and within a couple of weeks I had seen a Dermatologist as well as a Plastic Consultant as the mole on my leg was a malignant melanoma. After two lots of surgery this was removed as well as having a Sentinel Node Biopsy. I have now received the results and the Doctor's are satisfied that they have removed all the skin cancer but  now have to go every three months for a full check up as melanomas have a habit of returning. With all of this going on I have spent time studying with a number of Messianic Rabbi's which has really blessed and challenged me.

One of the teachings which has impacted me starts off with the story of a Pastor who is going to head up a very large congregation but before he takes over he dresses up as a tramp and goes and sits at the entrance to the church. Only 7 people talk to him and offer him anything. He then goes and sits in the front of the church and is told that he needs to sit in the back. When the leadership of the church invites the new Pastor to come forward he gets up and walks to the front. The clapping gets less and less as the shock on the faces of the Congregation shows. The Pastor took the microphone and said to them. “ In as much as you did it to one of the least of these brothers of mine you did it to me.” As you can imagine the congregation was silent and he went on to say that today I see a gathering of people but not the Body of Messiah. The world has enough people but not enough disciples. He ended the service there and then and said to the Congregation, "I will see you next week."

His story you can read in full on the internet whether it is true or not does not matter as it has really got me thinking as it brings up a topic that many of us fall short in. The last part of the story is about being imitators of the Messiah. We need to demonstrate the same attributes that Messiah Yeshua demonstrated. Thinking about this I realised that we live in a world where it is all about ourselves. Survival of the fittest. We live in a world that is very materialistic and the more we own the better our chance of survival.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life.
Today there are more billionaires than ever before. Checking on the internet there are over 1700 billionaires. There are more wealthy people than poor people. It is not the lack of support from the wealthy for the poor but the lack of support for ones fellow man. But what about our survival in the world to come? In 1 John 3:17 – 18 “ But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of G-d abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”

We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
If one just talks and talks and has no actions then we are not abiding in G-d's presence. The above scripture 1 John 3:17 -18; is very similar to one found in Ezekiel 33:31 ; So then they come to you, as people do, sit in front of you as my people, and hear your words; but they don't act on them. For with their mouths they flatter you, but their hearts are set on their own self -interest. where we see people listening to the word of G-d but not doing it. When a believer does not back up his words with actions he is considered to be an empty vessel. Talk is cheap and there are a lot of people who are full of talk. We need to back up our talk with actions. In the Letter of Ya'akov (James) 2:14-18 who is writing to the 12 Tribes in the Diaspora . What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have deeds ? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, Depart in peace, be warmed and filled, but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have deeds , is dead. But someone will say, You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. In Judaism we learn that when we believe in something we have to follow through and walk the walk and follow the commands of what we believe. We get a wonderful response in 1John 3 :23 -24 of what will happen if we follow Messiah Yeshua and obey his commands." This is his command; that we are to have faith in the person and power of his Son Yeshua the Messiah and to keep loving one another just as he commanded us. Those who obey his commands remain united with him and he with them. Here is how we know that he remains united with us: by the Ruach (Spirit) whom he gave us.# In other words we all need to have faith and follow the commands of the Lord and in doing so we will know that we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. If we are doing this we will be able to support and strengthen other believers who might be going through a difficult time. In fact in Leviticus 25:35 we are told to help our brother in need. It is our responsibility to help our brother when faced with difficulties. Why is this command so important? In the spiritual world we need to deny ourselves to help our brother.

We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the Street to meet a new neighbour.
Sometimes we can be trying to work through our own difficulties and somebody will come to us needing help. How do we respond? Chase them away! Turn away and ignore. A number of years back we had an elderly man who used to visit us every Sunday afternoon and he did not like to leave to go home. One Sunday I had said to Ian please if John (not his real name) phones please say we are busy. Well the phone went and I picked it up. John was on the phone asking if he could come over. I was about to say that we were busy when I felt that I needed to say that it was okay to come over. He was soon with us and spent the afternoon and evening with us. It was a number of weeks later that he told me that when he had telephoned to ask if he could come and visit he had had a cocked gun in his hand and if I had said no he would have killed himself as he was in a deep depression. Sometimes when we help somebody even if we need a break we do not know what is going on with the other person. Why have I brought this up. I feel very strongly that we all seem to be so busy in making sure that we have everything that we want and that we are keeping up with the next door neighbour and that our children have a 100 fold more than we had as children that we forget about our brother and those in need. In Romans 15:27 we find the following verse which is to Gentile Believers in Yeshua “It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister in material things.” Derek Prince says in 'Who Owns the Land' “How much spiritual inheritance would any of the rest of the nations have without Israel? Exactly nothing! We are all debtors to the Jewish people. G-d says there are ways we will have to pay back the debt. I believe that G-d expects us to support the Jewish people in many ways. Not only in prayer but as scripture says in material ways." Many of the people who make Aliyah have nothing. Could we not help as we are commanded to, to help our brother who is in need. As I close I wonder if Yeshua came to your door or my door dressed up as a tramp would we recognise him. Would we want to help him or would we turn him away. 
Matthew 25:45 Then he will answer them, saying, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.'

Shalom in Messiah Yeshua
 Ian, Penny and Megan McDonald

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Yeshua in Numbers - B'midbar (In The Wilderness)

Yeshua is Yehovah Our Salvation
In Numbers - B'midbar (Parasha Chukkat)

We have been studying the fourth Book of Moses called B'midbar (Numbers) since May. It covers the time the Israelites wandered in the Wilderness for forty years. This could make us think of Yeshua in the wildernsess for 40 days (Matthew 4:1-11). We have reached the Parasha (portion) that covers the Red Heifer, Moses striking the rock and the snake on the pole in chapters 19 to 21 respectively.

These chapters are fascinating to unpack and to find that they all point to Yeshua in such a deep way. Yeshua is hidden in the Torah waiting to be revealed to those who are seeking Him so He can bring us not only to salvation and healing, but into holiness through sanctification. In this article we shall only consider the significance of the ceremony of the Red (adumah) Heifer in Numbers 19 but I would encourage you to study the rest of this portion in which more of Yeshua is revealed.

The Gospel According to the Red Heifer
The ceremony of the red (adumah) heifer in Numbers 19 is most significant in the creation-fall-redemption model. It points to the blood (dam) shed by God to cover Adam's nakedness with the skin of an animal. Adam was cast out of the paradise garden of Eden. At the end of his life he was consigned to the ground (adamah) from which he came.  The Messiah, the second Adam, who is the Torah, the Word of God, came under the curse of Torah to redeem man:-

  •   Red Heifer was to be blameless (tamym) without blemish just as Yeshua came from God as the sinless sacrifice 2 Cor 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
  • Not under a yoke. Yeshua never came under the under yoke of man or man's dogma  or traditions (Mark 7).
  • The ceremony was conducted outside the camp just as Yeshua was sacrificed out side of Jerusalem.
  • The offering of the red heifer was not only for the Israelite, but also for the stranger (ger) or gentile among them (Num 19:10). Yeshua died for all of mankind both Jew and Gentile.
  • From Moses to the Second Temple there were only Nine Red Heifers (Mishna): The very first red heifer was processed by Moses himself - as the verse states, "... have them bring you a red heifer." The second was done by the prophet Ezra in the days of the First Temple, and during the entire era of the Second Temple only seven more heifers were used for ashes. This was enough to provide for the nation's needs for purification throughout all those years. In recounting this historical record in his commentary to the Mishna, the great Maimonides ends with the enigmatic statement: "... and the tenth red heifer will be accomplished by the king, the Messiah; may he be revealed speedily, Amen, May it be God's will."
  • The blood of the Heifer was sprinkled seven times towards the face of the tabernacle by Eleazar (v4). Yeshua shed His blood 7 times as our sacrificed heifer:- i) sweated blood, ii) bruised, iii) crown of thorns, iv) whipped, v) nails in hands, vi) nails in feet and vii) side pierced and out came blood and water! Each of these set us free from i) our wilful sin, ii) emotional damage, iii) curse on nature, iv) generational iniquity, v) sickness and disease, iv) dominion of prince of the world,-Lucifer, and vii) broken-heartedness into joy of the Lord.
  • In addition to the obvious spiritual significance of the law of the sacrifice of the Red Heifer we now understand that the water of purification described in Number 19 actually had the ability to destroy germs and infection as indicated by the three items added to it:-
  • The resulting water of purification solution contained ashes from the Red Heifer sacrifice combined with cedar tree, hyssop and scarlet thread:-
    1. Cedar (erez) tree covers with a sweet fragrance the sacrifices. It is the wood used on the altar making the sacrifice acceptable both to God and to man. Also  the cedar tree is considered a strong secure place in the Lord. Psalm 80:10 'cedars of God'.
    2. Hyssop is used to place the blood on the lintels of doorway. Most importantly, the hyssop tree is associated with mint, possibly marjoram, this would produce hyssop oil. This hyssop oil is actually a very effective antiseptic and antibacterial agent.
    3. The Scarlet 'shany' in Hebrew is the scarlet dye from insect 'coccus ilicis' which firmly attaches itself to a tree and gives off a scarlet dye. The young are protected and as they  feed off their mother for nourishment once they hatch the mother gives off this scarlet liquid. Nature itself graphically demonstrates the sacrificial death of our Yeshua.
  • Fresh/living water used with the ashes. Yeshua is the Living Water who brings life and cleansing from ALL SIN. Thus the blood and the water that came out of the side of Yeshua is given significance through the Red Heifer. 
In Hebrews 9:13-15 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

The Water of Purification was used to ritually cleanse any one who had come into contact with a dead body. They were to be sprinkled with this water into which had been added the ashes of the Red Heifer on the 3rd and 7th day and then they were declared clean on that evening.  Until then they were to be keep outside the camp.  Here is something very significant indeed.

What happens when one comes into contact with a dead body that causes defilement? Death in itself is part of the original sin where the first Adam brought in death. Secondly, we can be contaminated through transference of anything that the person who died was carrying such as demonic entities! The demonic loves to take up residence in the living so if they have any rights to transfer across to another living person they will. That person can then take on the ungodly attributes of that person without even being aware of it. Hence, Yeshua was resurrected on 3rd day overcoming death and 7th day is the Sabbath that sanctifies us. So just as the unique Red Heifer was sacrificed and his blood sprinkled on the tabernacle seven times, Yeshua shed His blood seven times for our redemption. He is the Living  Water of Purification by which the Holy Spirit removed all that defiles us. In the Name of Yeshua we can be cleansed and delivered from the evil one. Praise the Lord, Hallelujah!

Here we have the full Gospel hidden in the Torah

Note: The Temple Institue in Israel is looking intently for the Red Heifer even using the latest technology to raise one that would match the biblical requirements. The significance of this is that the 3rd temple the Anti-Christ will defile cannot be built until there is a Red Heifer for preparing the Waters of Purification for cleansing everything used in the temple. So the appearance of a Red Heifer will be a clear sign that we are at the End Times!

Upcoming Events

  • Prayer and fast day on Saturday 18 July
  • Sabbath celebration on the 25 July with a difference (BBQ)
  • Weekly Torah Studies in Lancaster, Preston and Chorley at 7:30pm
  • Shabbat meal and Torah Study on 31 July and 1 August
  • Discipleship and Healing on Sabbath 8 August at 10:30am
  • Prayer and Fasting on 15 August from 10:30am
  • Sabbath Celebration 22 August at 2:30pm
  • Rosh Hashanah celebration 13 September
  • Prayer and Fasting on Yom Kippur 23 September from 10:30am
  • David Silver visit on 14 October at 7:30pm at Emmaus Christian Fellowship Chorley

Prayer needs:

* We praise the Lord for our new home and place of ministy in Chorley. We are amazed how He works and only wants the best for us.
* Please continue to pray for Penny as her left leg is still very swollen and as she has her 3 monthly check ups for any melonomas.
* Also lift her up as she goes to South Africa to visit family and to celebrate our grandson's first birthday who is such a joy to both of us.

* Pray for Beit Echad and for the groups that are coming together in different locations especially our Northallerton group.
* We continue to give thanks to the Lord for supplying all our needs through the generous giving of those among you. Thank you!
* Pray for Megan as she is in Israel for the next 6 weeks

* Pray for Israel and the Jewish people especially for Bibi Netenhyu as Iran becomes even a greater threat to peace in the Middle East and the world.
* Also pray that in the coming days of upheaval as we come to the end of the Sabbatical year and enter into the Jubilee year that peoples eyes would be opened to Yeshua as He is the only safe place to be in in the coming days. . 
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