Salvation Is His Name

ELUL 2, Salvation Is Your Name:

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:10-11

Listen to Joshua Aaron singing Salvation is His Name in Israel:

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Thirteen Attributes of Mercy

ELUL Day 1

There are Thirteen Attributes of Mercy found in Exodus 34:6-7. For the next 40 days we are to blow the Shofar and read Psalms 27 while rehearsing these 13 Attributes.

“The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering,

and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands,

forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children,

unto the third and to the fourth generation.” Exodus 34:6-7

According to various traditional interpretations, these thirteen attributes of God’s Name may be understood as follows:

1. Adonai (יהוה) – I, the LORD, am the Compassionate Source of all of life and Ground of all being; I am the breath of life for all of creation. I am the God of all possible worlds and Master of the universe. Everything that exists is an expression of my loving will and kindness: עוֹלָם חֶסֶד יִבָּנֶה / olam chesed yibaneh: “The world is built with chesed” (Psalm 89:3[h]). Since the relative difference between existence and non-existence is infinite, God’s creation represents infinite kindness, and since you exist, you likewise are expression of God’s kindness and love. You do not exist because God needs you but soley because your life is willed by God as an expression of His love.

2. Adonai (יהוה) – Though the LORD created the universe “very good” (טוֹב מְאד), He remained the Compassionate Source of life even after mankind sinned, and therefore the Name is repeated to refer to His loving relationship with alienated, fallen creation. I, the LORD, am also compassionate to one who has sinned and repented (i.e., the Creator gives us free will and the good gift of teshuvah). God created mankind for the sake of teshuvah – that is, our return to Him. God desires atonement with mankind even after sin and therefore continues to give existence to the world. “He makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matt. 5:45). Moreover, as the Savior and Redeemer of the world through Yeshua, the LORD reveals kindness even to the evil, and even partakes of its presence by means of His sacrificial love on the cross. Since teshuvah can only exist after the advent of sin, Yeshua is called the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8; Eph. 1:4; 1 Pet. 1:20

3. El (אֵל) – I, the LORD, am God the Almighty and Omnipotent;

4. Rachum (רַחוּם) – I, the LORD, am merciful (rachamim (רַחֲמִים) means “mercy” and rechem (רֶחֶם) means “womb”);

5. Chanun (חַנּוּן) – I, the LORD, am gracious; I pour out my favor freely to all of creation. (Chen (חֵן) is the word for “grace”);

6. Erekh Apayim (אֶרֶךְ אַפַּיִם) – I, the LORD, am slow to anger and patient (the word erekh means “long” and af (אַף) means “nose.” The idiom erekh apayim means “long suffering, patient”);

7. Rav Chesed (רַב־חֶסֶד) – I, the LORD, am abundant in love (חֶסֶד) to both the righteous and the wicked;

8. Rav Emet (רַב־אֱמֶת) – I, the LORD, am truthful and faithful in carrying out promises;

9. Notzer Chesed La’alafim (נצֵר חֶסֶד לָאֲלָפִים) – I, the LORD, retain chesed (love) for thousands of generations, taking into account the merit of our worthy ancestors (called zechut avot);

10. Nosei Avon (נשֵׂא עָוֹן) – I, the LORD, forgive iniquity (avon), defined in the tradition as wrongful deeds committed with perverse premeditation; I “carry iniquity away” (nasa) for the penitent;

11. Nosei Pesha (נשֵׂא פֶשַׁע) – I, the LORD, forgive transgression (pesha), defined as wrongful deeds committed in a rebellious spirit;

12. Nosei Chata’ah (נשֵׂא חַטָּאָה) – I, the LORD, forgive sin (chet), defined as those wrongful deeds that were inadvertently committed;

13. Nakkeh (נַקֶּה) – I, the LORD, will not cancel punishment, but I will clear the guilt for those who genuinely return to Me in teshuvah.

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Elul Begins

Today, August 31, 2019, we are entering the month of Elul, the sixth month on the Hebrew spiritual calendar. This begins the traditional period of “Teshuvah”, a 40-day period of repenting and returning to God. It concludes with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the holiest day on the Hebrew calendar.

Elul 1 is the day that rain began to pour upon Noah’s Ark for 40 days, to cleanse the earth from man’s corruption.

Elul 1 is the day that Moses went up to Mount Sinai for 40 days, to meet God and atone for the sin of the Golden Calf. (Notice the 40 days.)

Elul 1 is the day that Jonah went to the city of Ninevah, warning them that they had 40 days to repent, and turn to God, or else their city would be destroyed. (Again, 40 days.) Just before Jonah’s warning, Ninevah experienced a total solar eclipse that passed over them as a warning (in 753 BCE).

Elul 1 is when the prophet Haggai commanded that the rebuilding of the second temple be continued, after the project had been halted.

Elul 1 is the day that John the Baptist called people to repentance, and Yeshua was baptized by him. Following that, Yeshua spent the 40 days of “Teshuvah” in the wilderness, tempted by HaSatan. (There’s that 40 days again.)

Elul 1 is the day, in 2016, that a total solar eclipse passed over the United States. Immediately following that, a hurricane headed over Corpus Christi, Texas, and devastated Houston. (Corpus Christi means “body of Christ.” Hmmm…. judgment begins in the house of the Lord!)

Elul 1, today, Florida is being threatened by a deadly hurricane. Are we being warned to repent and turn to God?

The Jewish tradition during this season of “Teshuvah” is to recite Psalm 27 daily, and to blow the shofar each morning (except on Shabbats). It is a time of personal reflection, to right the wrongs in our lives, and heal broken relationships. It is the time to prepare for the coming High Holy Days — Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot.

Elul 1 is the day of the New Moon. Ezekiel 46:1 tells us that God open the gates to his inner court to us on New Moon days and on Sabbaths. Today is BOTH! Enter in! Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Donna Beccia Carick

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Piano Lesson

Piano Lesson:

At the prodding of my friends I am writing this story. My name is Mildred Honor. I am a former elementary school music teacher from Des Moines, Iowa.

I have always supplemented my income by teaching piano lessons… something I have done for over 30 years. During those years, I found that children have many levels of musical ability, and even though I have never had the prodigy, I have taught some very talented students. However, I have also had my share of what I call ‘Musically Challenged Pupils’.

One such pupil being Robby. Robby was 11 years old when his mother (a single mom) dropped him off for his first piano lesson.

I prefer that students (especially boys) begin at an earlier age, which I explained to Robby. But Robby said that it had always been his mother’s dream to hear him play the piano, so I took him as a student.

At the end of each weekly lesson he would always say ‘My mom’s going to hear me play someday.’ But to me, it seemed hopeless, he just did not have any inborn ability. I only knew his mother from a distance as she dropped Robby off or waited in her aged car to pick him up. She always waved and smiled, but never dropped in.

Then one day Robby stopped coming for his lessons. I thought about calling him, but assumed that because of his lack of ability he had decided to pursue something else. I was also glad that he had stopped coming. He was a bad advertisement for my teaching!

Several weeks later I mailed a flyer recital to the students’ homes. To my surprise, Robby (who had received a flyer) asked if he could be in the recital. I told him that the recital was for current pupils and that because he had dropped out, he really did not qualify.

He told me that his Mother had been sick and unable to take him to his piano lessons, but that he had been practicing. ‘Please Miss Honor, I’ve just got to play,’ he insisted. I don’t know what led me to allow him to play in the recital – perhaps it was his insistence or maybe something inside of me saying that it would be all right.

The night of the recital came and the high school gymnasium was packed with parents, relatives and friends. I put Robby last in the program, just before I was to come up and thank all the students and play a finishing piece. I thought that any damage he might do would come at the end of the program and I could always salvage his poor performance through my ‘Curtain Closer’.

Well, the recital went off without a hitch; the students had been practicing and it showed. Then Robby came up on the stage. His clothes were wrinkled and his hair looked as though he had run an egg beater through it. ‘Why wasn’t he dressed up like the other students?’ I thought. ‘Why didn’t his Mother at least make him comb his hair for this special night?’

Robby pulled out the piano bench, and I was surprised when he announced that he had chosen to play Mozart’s Concerto No.21 in C Major. I was not prepared for what I heard next. His fingers were light on the keys, they even danced nimbly on the ivories. He went from pianissimo to fortissimo, from allegro to virtuoso; his suspended chords that Mozart demands were magnificent! Never had I heard Mozart played so well by anyone his age.

After six and a half minutes, he ended in a grand crescendo, and everyone was on their feet in wild applause!!! Overcome and in tears, I ran up on stage and put my arms around Robby in joy.

I have never heard you play like that Robby, how did you do it? Through the microphone Robby explained: ‘Well, Miss Honor, remember I told you that my mom was sick? Well, she actually had cancer and passed away this morning. And well… she was born deaf, so tonight was the first time she had ever heard me play, and I wanted to make it special.’

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house that evening. As people from Social Services led Robby from the stage to be placed in to foster care, I noticed that even their eyes were red and puffy. I thought to myself then how much richer my life had been for taking Robby as my pupil.

No, I have never had a prodigy, but that night I became a prodigy … of Robby. He was the teacher and I was the pupil, for he had taught me the meaning of perseverance and love and believing in yourself.

Robby was killed years later in the senseless bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April, 1995.

If God didn’t have a purpose for us, we wouldn’t be here!

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Leave the rest to God.

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A SHABBAT BLESSING

This week while studying the Torah Reading I was reminded of God’s Covenant Promises. Deuteronomy 5-6. Moses reiterates the Mt Horeb experience of God meeting with Israel in Fire and Shekinah Glory. In Deuteronomy 5:32-33 & 6:10-12 God promises these Blessings to those who are obedient to his Covenant, the Ten Commandments.

1. Your Days Will be Well and Prolonged: “Therefore you shall be careful to do as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. You shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.”

2. God will give you Cities you did not Build: “So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build,

Deuteronomy 6:10

3. God will give Houses filled with Good Things: houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant— when you have eaten and are full—

Deuteronomy 6:11

4. God will give Wells you did not dig: houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, Deuteronomy 6:11

5. God will give you Vineyards and Olive Trees you did not plant. Deuteronomy 6:11

6. God gives a warning while experiencing His Blessings: then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

Deuteronomy 6:12

Our Pastor, Larry Huch spoke a powerful message last Sunday, “According to your Faith, may it be unto you.” Or according to your obedience my it be So.

Here is a Shabbat Blessing I Pray over you and your family today.

Shabbat Blessing:

May The LORD make His face shine upon you,

and be gracious to you;

May The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,

and give you peace.”

May you reach the purpose for which you were created. May you have courage above your peers.

May you have more passion for the things of God

than others think is necessary.

May you dream more than others think is practical, and may you expect more than others think is possible.

May you choose wisely, without earthly bias.

May You have people to influence that you have not yet met.

MayYou have lives to change that are waiting for your arrival.

May You be strategically placed wherever God takes you by His grand design, just so you can become all He made you to be.

That place is the place you can best grow, the place you can be most fruitful, the place where the future is changed because of your presence.

May you see vistas that others do not even know exist.

May you see God in every petal of every flower and in every blade of grass for each of them are designed by His hand.

May you bless your children and may they become giants in the faith under the mighty hand of God.You will not fail, you were made by God to be here—for such a time as this.

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YOU COULD BE GETTING AN UPGRADE

Tonight at Sundown is a very important day in Judaism & Jewish Roots of Christianity. It is

Tisha B’Av (Hebrew: תשעה באב or ט׳ באב, “the Ninth of Av,”) is an annual fast day in Judaism, named for the ninth day (Tisha) of the month of Av in the Hebrew calendar. The fast commemorates the destruction of both the First Temple and Second Temple in Jerusalem, which occurred about 655 years apart, but on the same Hebrew calendar date. Tisha B’Av is never observed on Shabbat. If the 9th of Av falls on a Saturday, the fast is postponed until the 10th of Av. Tish’a B’Av begins at sundown on Sat, 10 August 2019.

The month of Av is also the month when the Ten spies gave a negative report and all of Israel walked in disbelief ( Deuteronomy 1). God equates unbelief to disobedience. Hebrew sages believe that this brought a curse on Israel because on the 9th day of Av historically has been a day when Jews have been murdered, exiled, scattered, and great sorrow through out history. But as we look to the Grace, Mercy, and Redemption, God is working to always restore. One sign of the last days prophecies is the Jewish people returning to the promise land.

You don’t have to fast starting tonight at Sundown through tomorrow evening at sundown, but if you choose to do so, like Debbie and I do pso with a heart of rejoicing.

1. Rejoice that Yeshua death and resurrection has raised up the Temple not made with human hands. Satan has come to destroy the Temple, that is you and me. But praise be to God Yeshua’s has overcome

2. The curse of disobedience and unbelief is broken by the Blood of Yeshua.

3. If the enemy is trying to intimidate you with accusations, cursing, and unbelief read the story of David in 2 Samuel 16:11. David is running from his Son Absolom when a man from the house of Saul begins to curse him and throw rocks at him. Abishai one of David’s mighty men ask David if he can go and cut his head off. Notice David’s response in verse 12, “It may be that the Lord will look on my affliction, and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing this day.”

So Rejoice beacause God is setting you up for good to be ahead of you.

4. Finally, when your going through trouble and trial, Rejoice your getting an Upgrade!

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Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart

This has been the Biblical month of Tammuz to be sure and be thankful. So in doing Debbie and I have made a pack to wake every morning Thanking G-d for 100 things daily. Like I went to have my car worked on, when finished the mechanic told me I didn’t have to pay him. I said, “really!” He said, “he felt like he wanted to seed into our ministry.” So, what I would of paid him, I gave to ministry we support.

My challenge is to be Thankful. Rabbi Yosef Schneerson has said, “ the words and feelings of gratitude that we express to G-d for the blessings we already have in our lives actually become the vessels and vehicles for new blessings and abundance to flow into our lives.”

I challenge you to wake up every morning and start out with, “I am thankful for:”

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