Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Rockin Babies Movie

Rockin Babies Movie: Secure in the Father's Love

Mom and Dad are raising these girls to be full of confidence and joy-- you can see it in their faces.  They are secure and happy, knowing they are safe and well-cared for.

In the same way (but much much more), G-d wants us to return to His house and care,  rest in His love.  and receive from Him.

John 1

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
In the beginning was the Word,
    and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
    He was with God in the beginning.
All things came to be through him,
    and without him nothing made had being.
In him was life,
    and the life was the light of mankind.
The light shines in the darkness,
    and the darkness has not suppressed it.
There was a man sent from God whose name was Yochanan.  He came to be a testimony, to bear witness concerning the light; so that through him, everyone might put his trust in God and be faithful to him. He himself was not that light; no, he came to bear witness concerning the light.
This was the true light,
    which gives light to everyone entering the world.
10 He was in the world — the world came to be through him —
    yet the world did not know him.
11 He came to his own homeland,
    yet his own people did not receive him.
12 But to as many as did receive him, to those who put their trust in his person and power, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 not because of bloodline, physical impulse or human intention, but because of God.
14 The Word became a human being and lived with us,
    and we saw his Sh’khinah,
the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son,
    full of grace and truth.
15 Yochanan witnessed concerning him when he cried out, “This is the man I was talking about when I said, ‘The one coming after me has come to rank ahead of me, because he existed before me.’”
16 We have all received from his fullness,
    yes, grace upon grace.
17 For the Torah was given through Moshe;
    grace and truth came through Yeshua the Messiah.
18 No one has ever seen God; but the only and unique Son, who is identical with God and is at the Father’s side — he has made him known.

Today, let's live as "Rockin' Babies" --secure in the Father's love. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Yeshua in the "bosom of the Father"

κόλπος (bosom)
Today -- the last day of Sukkot-- I was struck with a phrase... 
KJV John 1:18 No man hath seen G-d at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom [chest] of the Father, he hath declared him.

1.  "b'no yichido"  the only begotten Son

ד  מִי עָלָה-שָׁמַיִם    וַיֵּרַד,
מִי אָסַף-רוּחַ בְּחָפְנָיו    מִי צָרַר-מַיִם בַּשִּׂמְלָה--
מִי,    הֵקִים כָּל-אַפְסֵי-אָרֶץ:
וֹ וּמַה-שֶּׁם-בְּנוֹ,    כִּי תֵדָע.
4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, and descended? 
Who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath bound the waters in his garment?
Who hath established all the ends of the earth? 
What is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou knowest? (Proverbs 30:4)

Yochanan 1: 18 CJB No one has ever seen G-d; but the only and unique Son, who is identical with G-d and is at the Father’s side — he has made him known.

2.  Yochanon says Yeshua (Jesus) is "in the bosom of the Father..."

What does that mean?  

1:18  θεὸν οὐδεὶς ἑώρακεν πώποτε μονογενὴς θεὸς ὁ ὢν εἰς τὸν κόλπον τοῦ πατρὸς ἐκεῖνος ἐξηγήσατο
(bosom of the Father) 

The Greek word Yochanan used is kolpos-- bosom [Strong's # G2859]. It has three main meanings, and each of them is instructive. 

Luk 6:38Give 1325 , and 2532 it shall be given 1325 unto you 5213; good 2570measure 3358, pressed down 4085 , and 2532 shaken together 4531 , and 2532 running over 5240 , shall men give 1325 into 1519 your 5216bosom2859. For 1063 with the same 846 measure 3358 that 3739 ye mete withal 3354 it shall be measured 488 0 to you 5213 again 488 .
Luk 16:22And 1161 it came to pass 1096 , that the beggar 4434 died 599 , and2532 was carried 667 by 5259 the angels 32 into 1519 Abraham's 11bosom2859: the rich man 4145 also 1161 2532 died 599 , and 2532 was buried 2290 ;
Jhn 1:18No man 3762 hath seen 3708 God 2316 at any time 4455; the only begotten 3439 Son 5207, which 3588 is 5607 in 1519 the bosom2859 of the Father 3962, he 1565 hath declared 1834 [him].
Jhn 13:23Now 1161 there was 2258 leaning 345 on 1722 Yeshua's 2424' bosom2859one 1520 of his 846 disciples 3101, whom 3739 Yeshua 2424 loved 25 .
Act 27:39And 1161 when 3753 it was 1096 day 2250, they knew 1921 not 3756 the land 1093: but 1161 they discovered 2657 a certain 5100 creek2859 with2192 a shore 123, into 1519 the which 3739 they were minded 1011 , if1487 it were possible 1410 , to thrust in 1856 the ship 4143.

Bosom means "the front of the body between the arms"

The son in the bosom of the father:

The concept in pictures: 

 United States Forces -Iraq. Father and Son Reunite. 2011. Photograph. Iraq. Flickr. Web. October 7, 2012 <http://www.flickr.com/photos/mnfiraq/6066149349/>.
David Sullivan (left), the brigade safety officer for the 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, and his son, 1st Lt. Christopher Sullivan, a platoon leader assigned to Company K, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, share an emotional hug Aug. 6. David just deployed to Iraq and Christopher is nearing redeployment.  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

To be "in the bosom of the Father"  means

to  be at rest and safe

to trust each other 

to be in unity 

to love each other in an appropriate pure way

to be one in heart, vision, joy, and sacrifice 

Rudd, Jeff and Wendy. FatherSonHug. Photograph. Accessed October 7, 2012. http://www.jgator.com/WedMoon/FatherSonHug.jpg

In the "bosom of the Father" is a place of mutual respect and trust and affection. 

Kolpos also means "the bosom of a garment, i.e. the hollow formed by the upper forepart of a rather loose garment bound by a girdle or sash, used for keeping and carrying things (the fold or pocket)"  

To have someone "in your pocket" means that you and that person work together-- that person is submitted to you.  

Finally, kolpos means "a bay of the sea." 

 (Greek: κόλποις κόλπον κόλπῳ, a gulf, bay or creek)

From Wikipedia "The word found in the Greek text for "bosom" is kolpos, meaning "lap" or  "bay". This relates to the Second Temple period practice of reclining and eating meals in proximity to other guests, the closest of whom physically was said to lie on the bosom (chest) of the host. (See John 13:23 )"

Yeshua was "in the bosom of the Father"  like a bay is part of an ocean or a sea....

Isla San Francisco Bay in the Sea of Cortez,  Photograph.  About.com.  Accessed Oct. 7, 2012. http://cruises.about.com/od/mexicoseaofcortez/ig/Isla-San-Francisco--Mexico/Isla-San-Francisco-Bay.htm   

A bay is an extension of an ocean.  

It is hard to tell where one starts and the other stops. 

They are made of the same thing.  

They work together, taste the same, smell the same, have the same characteristics.  

As Zab says, "Perhaps this phrase is also referring to the constant fellowship [Yeshua] had with His Father, that is, His proximity to, personal union with, and enjoyment of the Father's love.

"According to Maldonatus(1583), whose theory has since been accepted by many scholars, the metaphor "to be in Abraham's Bosom" is derived from the custom of reclining on couches at table which prevailed among the [Jewish people] during and before the time of [Messiah]. As at a feast each guest leaned on his left elbow so as to leave his right arm at liberty, and as two or more lay on the same couch, the head of one man was near the [chest] of the man who lay behind, and he was therefore said "to lie in the bosom" of the other.
It was also considered by the Jews of old a mark of special honour and favour for one to be allowed to lie in the bosom of the master of the feast (cf.John 13:23), and it is by this illustration that they pictured the next world." 
Who is Yeshua?  He is the one and only Son who lived and lives in constant fellowship with Avinu Hashamayim-- our Father in Heaven.  He continually lived in the enjoyment of the Father's love and in personal union with Him-- except for one evening and one day for our benefit.  

Now, just like Yochanan, the disciple whose identity became "the one Yeshua loved,"  we are invited to rest in Messiah's "bosom" and to enjoy the fellowship He has with His Father.  
Yochanan 13:23 "One of his talmidim, the one Yeshua particularly loved, was reclining close beside him."  
We are invited into that place of intimacy and rest.  

Today is Hoshanna Rabbah-- the last day of Sukkot. 
Fleicher, Yishai.  Hoshana Raba. United With Israel.  Photograph.  Accessed Oct. 7, 2012.  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=473572502675730&set=a.170450662987917.35451.150799104953073&type=1&theater  No copyright infringement intended.  

 Today in history: Yeshua went to the Temple and taught. "37 Now on the last day of the festival, Hoshana Rabbah, Yeshua stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him keep coming to me and drinking! 38 Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!” 39 (Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who trusted in him were to receive later — the Spirit had not yet been given, because Yeshua had not yet been glorified.)

40 On hearing his words, some people in the crowd said, “Surely this man is ‘the prophet’”; 41 others said, “This is the Messiah.” But others said, “How can the Messiah come from the Galil? 42 Doesn’t theTanakh say that the Messiah is from the seed of David[a] and comes from Beit-Lechem,[b] the village where David lived?” 43 So the people were divided because of him. 44 Some wanted to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him."

Just as then, people are still divided in their assessment of Yeshua.  For those of us who see in Him the fulfillment of the words of the prophets, He is precious.  

He said on this day,  “If anyone is thirsty, let him keep coming to me and drinking!  Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!” 

The reason Yeshua could say this is because He is connected-- heart to heart-- with the G-d of Israel-- the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  

Georgy.  Sacred Jordan River.  Photograph.  Accessed October 7, 2012.  http://www.turnbacktogod.com/sacred-jordan-river/

"Living water" in Hebrew (mayim chaim) means waters that are flowing, moving in the same direction, waters that are "living"-- carrying life through that water to other places... 

Today I will:  
Actively choose to rest in the bosom of the Father through union with Messiah Yeshua.  I will let His living water flow into and out through me.  I will live in shalom and in submission to our Father in heaven.  I will experience His love and life moment by moment as I walk through this day.  

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Tears in My Eyes for the Blood-Stained Torah and the Jewish People of Wegrow, Poland

Today I am reading Psalm 48, and I was curious when I read
Psa 48:2"Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, [is] mount Zion, [on] the sides of the north, the city of the great King."  
Those are amazing words--- and not hyperbole.  The "sides of the north" means "  Mount Zion is an area on the south-west side of the old city, and a place of several churches, the traditional David Tomb, and Christian cemeteries" (including the grave of Oskar Schindler).
Here is a  view of the road going up the Mount Zion 
Mount Zion is across from the Zion Gate-- and it is also the traditional place of Yeshua's Passover meal with the talmidim.  

  "Sometime after the construction of King Solomon's Temple, Mount Zion referred to the Temple Mount. It is mentioned in the Book of Isaiah (60:14), the Book of Psalms, and the first book of the Maccabees (c. 2nd century BC).[7] Just before the Roman conquest of Jerusalem and the destruction of theSecond TempleJosephus described Mount Zion as a hill across the valley to the west.[7] Thus, the western hill extending south of the Old City came to be known as Mount Zion, and this has been the case ever since.[7]     Between 1948 and 1967, when the Old City was under Jordanian occupation, Israelis were forbidden access to the Jewish holy places. Mount Zion was a designated no-man's land between Israel and Jordan. Mount Zion was the closest accessible site to the ancient Jewish Temple. Until East Jerusalem was captured by Israel in the Six-Day War, Israelis would climb to the rooftop of David's Tomb to pray." 

I did not know, though, that the first Holocaust Memorial site established by  the Israeli government in 1948 is on Mount Zion   The Chamber of the Holocaust.  
Chamber of the Holocaust (Hebrewמרתף השואה‎, Martef HaShoa, lit. "Cellar of the Holocaust") is a small Holocaust museum located on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. It was Israel's first Holocaust museum. 
"The site was founded in 1948 by the Ministry of Religion and its Director-General, Rabbi Dr. Samuel Zanvil Kahane, whose responsibilities included Mount Zion.[2] That same year, Kahane oversaw the on-site burial of ashes of victims from theOranienburg concentration camp[3] together with desecrated Torah scrolls recovered from Nazi Europe.[4] In contrast toYad Vashem, the government's official Holocaust memorial museum established in 1953 on Mount Herzl – a new site symbolizing rebirth after destruction – the Chief Rabbinate chose Mount Zion as the site for the Chamber of the Holocaust because of its proximity to David's Tomb, which symbolically connotes ancient Jewish history and the promise of messianic redemption (through the Messiah, son of David)."

This is the paragraph that moved me to tears, however:  " Many of the museum's exhibits display religious artifacts such as a bloodstained Torah scroll from Węgrów, Poland

and a handwritten prayer book from the Buchenwald concentration camp. Other exhibits include "purses, shoe soles, drums and wallets made from the parchments of Torah scrolls",[2] a coat sewn from Torah parchments which was worn by a Nazi officer, a prisoner uniform from the Auschwitz concentration camp,[2] and a recreation of the gas oven used in the cremetoria of concentration camps.[13] The museum also includes urns with the ashes of Holocaust victims from 36 Nazi death camps[14] and "RIF" soap allegedly manufactured by the Nazis from human fat.[13]

"Throughout most of its history, the town had a thriving Jewish community, present at least since the 16th century. The community was exterminated during the Holocaust by the Nazis."  According to Wikipedia, the blood-spattered Torah scroll is from Wegrow, Poland-- a community of 6,000 souls before 1939.

 I thought about that Torah scroll from Wegrow, Poland,
View Larger Map  and how it was blood-stained.  Who was holding it?   Whose blood spattered on the Torah scroll as he protected it with his life?  

Psa 119:55I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept thy law.

69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, 
    I keep your precepts with all my heart.
70 Their hearts are callous and unfeeling,
    but I delight in your law.

כ Kaph

81 My soul faints with longing for your salvation, 
    but I have put my hope in your word.

82 My eyes fail, looking for your promise; 
    I say, “When will you comfort me?”
83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke,
    I do not forget your decrees.

84 How long must your servant wait?
    When will you punish my persecutors? 
85 The arrogant dig pits to trap me,
    contrary to your law.

86 All your commands are trustworthy; 
    help me, for I am being persecuted without cause. 
87 They almost wiped me from the earth,
    but I have not forsaken your precepts.
88 In your unfailing love preserve my life, 
    that I may obey the statutes of your mouth.

108 Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth, 
    and teach me your laws. 
109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands, 
    I will not forget your law.

110 The wicked have set a snare for me,
    but I have not strayed from your precepts.
111 Your statutes are my heritage forever;
    they are the joy of my heart. 
112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees
    to the very end.[d

  May his memory be for a blessing. 

I thought about the 6,000 murdered by the Nazis-- and the Jewish cemetery in Wegrow with the simple words "Do not kill"  (murder) at the entrance.  (translation courtesy of Google Translate) 
"The Jewish cemetery is located in Węgrów within the current Heroes streets of Warsaw, ul. Industrial and st. Joselewicz. Until the establishment of the Jewish cemetery in Warsaw Brodno, Węgrowska cemetery served as the burial place for Jews from the capital.

Archival photos published in the "Book of Remembrance Wegrow" suggests that it was a large cemetery, with various forms of tombstones. It featured a simple, rough stones and boulders of sandstone gravestones, with typical Jewish sepulchral art symbols in finials with relief. Many stelae had murals. Ohel protect the tomb of a local rabbi.

As older residents say, back in the sixties were in the cemetery tombstones. A little later the cemetery was erected buildings Machine and the National Centre of Vocational Schools team. Even then, the local social workers postulated protect survivors tombstones. These plans could be carried out only in 1981, when acting on the initiative of the Social Protection Węgrów the construction of lapidary Cemetery, designed by architect engineer. Wieslaw Ratajski and hands made ​​of stone master Casimir Pleban. The central part of the lapidary is a monument in the shape of a double gravestones. Placed on the inscriptions in Polish and Hebrew that reads: "In memory of węgrowskich Jews murdered by the Nazis in the years 1939-1944". The pedestal inscription in large letters: "Do not kill." Set around a few hundred surviving tombstones in a Jewish cemetery. The oldest of gravestones węgrowskich from 1789."

List of surviving tombstones can be found at http://cemetery.jewish.org.pl/list/

A Nazi officer wearing a coat sewn  from Torah parchments?    Purses and wallets meant to hold money more important than G-d's word?  Putting the Torah under foot in the shoe sole...  Making the Torah into a drum to beat...  
Torah Scroll of Tunisian Jews
This scroll from Gerba, North Africa is stained with blood of its martyrs.

Psa 119:53Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.
Jacket of Desecration -- a Nazi official ordered this jacket sewn from Torah parchments to wear to a ball.  A Jewish tailor was forced to sew this.  He chose Leviticus 26 as his "cloth"-- a section describing all the possible curses G-d would send  upon the ungodly.  
Artifacts Salvaged from the DestructionGlass windows display the artifacts salvaged by lsraei's former Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Herzog.
On display are the following pieces:
1. Yellow arm patches
2. Jacket sewn from Torah Parchments, which a Nazi officer wore to a ball in order to infuriate the Jews. Revenge was taken by the Jewish tailor forced to desecrate the holy scrolls. He chose Leviticus XXVI as his "cloth," a chapter enumerating all the curses possible of being brought into the world.
3. Shoe soles, bags, envelopes and drums made from Torah scrolls
4. Siddur of Beryle-the "prayer-book" of a boy who, knowing only the "Aleph-Bet" prayed that G-d would join his letters into meaningful prayers.

Jer 9:1Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!
Lam 1:16For these [things] I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water
The hatred of G-d and His word by the adversary (hasatan) expressed through the Nazis towards the Jewish people and those who love them and the G-d of Israel knew no bounds.

Yet even in this time, G-d raised up some who reached out in compassion.  The Wasowski  family, even though it could have meant their deaths, fostered/adopted an eight year old Jewish orphaned girl named Noemi Grabska from Wegrow.    She survived the war due to the mercy that the Wasowski family showed her, married another Polish Jewish child who had survived, and moved to Israel and raised a family.  

Thank you for reading and reflecting on this (long) blog posting.  What can we do to honor those who gave their lives in  Santification of the Name? (in Hebrew kiddush HaShem (Hebrewקידוש השם‎ “sanctification of the name [of God]”) 

Let's combat indifference with passion for G-d's Word,
studying each day, meditating, listening, doing-- 
with passion to be obedient and filled with faith
with passion to be a blessing to Israel and the Jewish people everywhere.  

May we be willing to lay down our lives as well for His Name's Sake  if the L-rd puts that decision in front of us.  

I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night [in the darkness of the culture around us], and have kept thy law.

May we live today in reverence of His Holy Word and His Holy Name, valuing life, and valuing the  words of His lips-- words of life, and life more abundant, words full of treasure-- spoken by the One True G-d.  

The Holocaust Memorial listed above is close to David's tomb.  We are waiting for Your full redemption, promised to Your Jewish people, Yeshua,  Messiah ben Yosef and ben David.  

Psalm 48: 10 According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.
11 Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.
12 Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.
13 Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.

Mount Zion from the West  

For this God [is] our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide [even] unto death.

 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.