Shabat before Yom Kippur is just coming in and there is so much to reflect on from this week. Greetings in The Name of Yeshua h’Meshiach, Jesus Christ. May The Lord be glorified and blessed and may you be blessed!
My heart is bursting with wonder at just the small part of The Lord that I know…can you imagine what it will be like in heaven, when our capacity is enlarged to know and understand and see and the shadows and limits flee away!
I had a wonderful experience this week at the shuk. Before aliyah I was a rather bold witness. I don’t think that I often went through a day without speaking to someone about The Lord. It was different after aliyah. First, there were threats and real danger of being deported and loosing our citizenship…and that brought fear. Secondly, people here don’t respond to the type of sharing that I was used to…and with limited language skills, I felt such a lack of anointing to share effectively. Since no one shared with me (I met Him Face to face) I could see how I would scoff at a witness the way it was given in the West, and I did not want to be the cause of someone, God forbid, hardening their heart and rejecting Him…so … slowly I became pretty quiet.
I have told you in past years about Yom Kippur and how, without the temple sacrifice, there really IS no scriptural way to provide atonement for our sins…UNLESS we know HIM Who freely paid the price. Over the centuries since the destruction of the temple, our rabbis have come up with ‘prescribed ways’ to ‘be redeemed’. One (which I have shared about in much detail) is the sacrifice of the chicken at the ‘shuk h’kaporah’ (the ‘sacrifice market’). Another is through sacrificial giving of money (could that be considered ‘buying your soul’? I often wonder). All this past week, orthodox men sat offering redemption through the collection of money. So many people sit with them…fill out the form…are prayed for…enclose a large gift for the poor…it breaks my heart!
On Tuesday I was at the shuk, wending my way past the ‘soul savers’, when a Haradi (ultraorthodox man with side locks in black and white) man of about 50 pleaded with me to take my soul seriously and ‘buy redemption’. I looked at him and, unexpectedly the words began to pour out of me; ‘Thank you for caring about my soul, but I already know that I HAVE redemption and I have been redeemed for free by The Blood of Yeshua h’Meshiach!’ He stared at me, his face really quite tender and open. ‘How do you know this?’ he asked me. ‘I have opened my heart to Him, Yeshua the Messiah, and asked Him to live in me and He has washed me and I am free!’ I answered. He looked longingly at me; ‘I do not understand. Are you a Jewish woman’? I answered ‘Yes’. He looked intense ‘Then how can this happen to you?’ His eyes were so hungry. ‘Yes I am a Jewish woman, but it is US whom He came for FIRST.’ I was not able to share much more, but the boldness with which I shared shocked me…I believe it really WAS HIS SPIRIT sharing with this man, who’s eyes remained so soft and hungry. As I left he blessed me and smiled and I prayed that the very small seed planted would take root and grow and produce fruit 100 fold for the kingdom of God.
To know that we have been redeemed and that our salvation is sealed and that we are acceptable and even pleasing to the Lord through the Blood of the pure Lamb is such a gift! My brothers and sisters seek to be pure in His sight by keeping the law and yet lack assurance…because they have NOTHING clean enough to offer for their soul! May many hungry hearts find Him this Yom Kippur, Lord! (Please see IFI notes below)
My husband and I have entered a new period in our lives, or so we thought. Suddenly it was just he and I…for the first time in 37 years! No calls from our girls, no bulging of our happy noisy dinner table…we came to this moment with some trepidation, but I, for one, had a determination to cross this bridge ‘well’, and to that end I have been praying. Over the past 10 days, since the last of them left, I have been making special dinners and making real TIME to listen and to just ‘be there’. We even went to the beach together early one morning and plan to walk to the Old City tomorrow. We spoke about facing the potential upcoming w_r (remember…I leave the tell tale ‘a’ out of that word to beat the computer system!) together and what it would mean…what preparations we should be making. I have also been encouraged by the meals that we have been sharing with others from the body, as my husband has been out of fellowship for so long.
So far so good, right?
But our ‘genetic makeup’ seems to contain a ‘crisis’ gene! I finally heard from our younger daughter. Generally with this daughter, silence does NOT signal ‘all is well’! You might recall that she had a cornea transplant several years back. Actually, the first one rejected but the second one has done well…until now. About a month ago she apparently contracted a nasty infection in the eye. She and her husband are young and are in the America (Canoga Park California these days) without health insurance. She tried treating it herself and finally had to go to a clinic where she received antibiotics. They didn’t work. She has been in a great deal of pain, not working, home alone…getting depressed. We spoke at 4am this morning (our time) and are sending her a ticket home to come and see her eye doctor. She is to arrive at 1pm on Sun and the eye clinic closes at 3. Please pray for favor and that the transplant does NOT reject. She is very unhappy about leaving her husband behind and he is quite tearful about her leaving (he is working. They ended up with a ‘start up’ business so are not even clearing their rent yet), but the eye doctor told us that if this transplant rejects she could be permanently blind in that eye. Please pray for wisdom all around…for grace (for my husband in particular), for an inexpensive ticket, for safety but most of all for HIS Salvation to come to both her and her husband. Thank you for praying for our family!
Our nation awoke to a surprise call up of both the northern and central command and other armed forces for a war drill on our Northern border during Rosh h’shana. Today one of our soldiers was killed on our southern border with Egypt in a well planned terror attack. The 20 year old young man, Natanel Yahalomi (Natanel meaning ‘given to God’ or ‘given by God’- and Yahalomi meaning ‘from diamond’), was from an ultra orthodox religious family. He had joined a special top notch unit that studies Torah and serves the nation according to the call in the book of Nehemiah. He was killed among soldiers who went to give water to African migrants stopped at the border fence.
There are many wonderful ‘blogs’ out there…some excellent writers, strong discerning believers, wise, knowledgeable people and I have often thought about recommending one or another…but today I do want to recommend a very special site written by a friend called
The Two Spies (bringing a good report from Israel). http://the2spies.blogspot.co.il/ We are friends from IFI Friday morning prayer meeting and I am so edified by this blog…it is accurate, discerning, gives an accurate, un-embellished picture of life here as believers, and I think that you would also be edified by it. The articles are short and easy to read, and include many photos. Enjoy!
I must close and see to some necessary matters here. PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING WITH OUR PEOPLE AS THEY FAST – SEEKING REPENTANCE AND REMISSION OF SINS. PLEASE PRAY FOR THE LORD TO BE REVEALED TO MANY MANY AT THIS TIME. Again I apologize for such a fragmented letter. May The Lord, Who has our days in His hands and even our hairs numbered, be blessed and glorified. I miss you my friends, my family! Lovingly, your sis