Shalom Segula (Treasured Possssion)
Greetings in the name of Yeshua the Messiah and may Yah bless you with shalom, shalom from the Throne!! As we go through the Torah portions next week, there are some verses coming up that really “jump off the pages” whenever we read them. They were found in Exodus 33:13-14, 17; where it says, 13 “Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation is Your people.” 14 And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” 17 “YHVH said to Moses, “I will also do this thing of which you have spoken; for you have found favor in My sight and I have known you by name.” To know YHVH is in and of itself a beautiful thing…but another aspect to go along with that truth is the thought of being KNOWN by name by our great Elohim!! He truly desires for us to KNOW Him and to be KNOWN by Him!! He is pursuing us with a passion. Israel did nothing to deserve His redemption, but He, being the covenant keeping Elohim that He is, keeps His covenants to a thousand generations…meaning for ALL eternity. That is great news for those of us who join in covenant with Him. Because we are in covenant with Him, we have His presence, His peace, and His favor, whether we “feel” it or not. While our feelings can be fickle, His faithfulness is not!! Like the words He spoke to Moses, He will never leave us or forsake us…in our greatest hour of need or joy, He is ALWAYS there. HalleluYah!!!
We at River of Life Tabernacle will be celebrating the story of Purim found in the book of Esther, this Shabbat, February 27th beginning at 11:00 a.m. We look forward to worshipping with you as we tell this story in teaching and in worship through song, banners and dance.
At the end of March we will enter the season of Pesach/Passover where we examine ourselves in order to be sure that we are in right standing with YHVH and others. There is no better time of year than spring to remind us that the dead works of our lives can spring forth into newness of life. A fresh start if you will. That ties into what Paul was speaking about in 1 Corinthians 5:7, 8; “7 Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Messiah our Passover also has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” With sincere hearts toward Elohim, we are to allow His truth, which is Torah (His teachings and instructions), to be the way in which we celebrate the feast of Unleavened Bread. Each year as we step into the annual appointed times, we have a constant reminder in our congregation, and that is: “The way we start the feast cycle with Pesach/Passover, often determines how we end the feast cycle with Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles. We pray blessings for each of you as you prepare to enter into a new feast cycle this upcoming month.
Attached is the March Torah Calendar. As we often pray, “Father, open our eyes that we may behold wonderful things in Your Torah!!” (Psalm 119:18)
Adar ~ Nisan 5781
Praise His Name!!
We love you with our whole hearts!!
Shalom & Blessings,
Pastor Mark & Tammy McLendon