I Stand With Israel

I stand with Israel and flag

It is important that we first understand one truth.

“For I am the LORD, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.”

– Malachi 3:6 NKJV

G-d does not change, at all. Therefore, I stand with Israel.

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Where is Our Focus?

Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. “Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. “The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. “There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

— Numbers 13:27-33 NKJV

G-d or the Circumstances?

Ten of the twelve men that Moses sent to spy on the land of Canaan were defeated before there was even a battle.

NOTE: While Caleb is the only one that spoke up, Joshua is mentioned twice along with Caleb in chapter 14 as one who will enter in the promised land and one who would not suffer the plague as the other men who brought the bad report. Therefore, while he did not speak, he was obviously in agreement with Caleb.

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Filling the Needs of the Sanctuary

So Moses gave a commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, “Let neither man nor woman do any more work for the offering of the sanctuary.” And the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done—indeed too much.

— ‭Exodus‬ ‭36‬:‭6-7‬ NKJV

There was a need and the people responded. They continued until Moses proclaimed that enough was provided. By the time the proclamation was made, they actually had well over enough material to do what G-d had called them to do.

Where is our heart in service to the L-RD? When the L-RD reveals a need, or when a pastor declares a need within the Church body, how do we respond? Do we, as a Church body, respond to the need until we are told the need has been fulfilled or do we put it off because we say to ourselves, “it will be handled by someone else“?

This offering that Moses was receiving from the people for the sanctuary was a freewill offering. This was not something that was required. The people’s hearts were stirred to give. When a need is declared, does our heart get stirred to do something about it?

In 2 Corinthians 13:5 Paul is writing to the church in Corinth and telling them to examine themselves to check whether or not they are in the faith. He adds, “Test yourselves.

This is not an issue of salvation, but of obedience. Obedience is a by product of faith. Responding to a need is a by product of faith. In James 1:22, James wrote to the Jewish believers “be doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” In chapter 2 verse 26 he wrote “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

If we are not stirred to respond to a need that either the L-RD or a pastor reveals, then we need to examine our heart to see what is wrong? Why is it that we are not responding to the needs set before us? James wrote in chapter 2 verse 18 “…I will show you my faith by my works.” He is stating that faith is demonstrated by our actions.

Christian artist Tobymac has a song called Faith is a Verb It means that faith is not just what you believe, but rather what you do. It causes us to do. It causes action. What are we doing for the L-RD? As a Church body, are we collectively giving and and continuing to give until the L-RD says there is enough? Personally, as an individual, are we asking the L-RD, am I doing enough? Do I need to do more? Has the need been fulfilled?

If the need is still there, as a believer in the Most High G-d, as His child, as one who has been redeemed though our Savior Jesus Christ, it is our responsibility to respond.

What we do is telling of where our faith lies. What is the L-RD revealing to you today as a need that must be met? What are you doing about it? Let us all move forward and respond to the needs of the L-RD until He tells us no more because the need has been met. Let us be found faithful in this as the Israelites were found to be faithful here with providing for the needs of the sanctuary.

Scriptural Healing

Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

— ‭Mark‬ ‭1‬:‭40-44‬ NKJV

These verses show the balance of scriptural healing. First, the attitude is “If You are willing L-RD.” The leper had no doubt in his mind, no lack of faith, in the ability of Jesus’ power. However, he did understand the sovereignty of G-d.

Second, when the healing comes, you are to say nothing to anyone and get it confirmed. In that day and culture a healing was confirmed by a priest. Today, we get ailments and see doctors. A healing of those ailments are to be confirmed by the doctor. This act is scriptural, as it allows for G-d to be glorified through the testimony of His work. The confirmation by the doctor, as done by the priest in those days, is a validation of the power of G-d. It is not a lack of faith as some teach, but rather an opportunity for G-d to be glorified through that official confirmation that a healing has definitely taken place.

The Omission of Vowels in the Name of G-d

I have been asked a couple of times, “Why do you omit the letter “o” out of G-d and L-RD?

For the short answer, G-d is Holy. The omission of the letter “o” is to continue to reverence G-d as Holy, even down to His Name.

Before I explain further, I want to be clear about my faith.

I am a Christian, who believes in Jesus as the Messiah, the One Sacrifice that paid the debt we could never pay. I also believe that Jesus is G-d in the flesh, because by no one else could we be redeemed since we are contaminated with sin and G-d is the only One without sin. For sin to be forgiven, a perfect sacrifice was to be made, one without blemish. Therefore He came in person not only to die on our behalf to be the propitiation for our sins, but to also give us approximately 30 – 33 years of an example of how to live on this earth. What better example than a perfect one? If the Messiah were a man to give us examples and teachings on how to live, then the examples would not be perfect, for all men fall short of the Glory of G-d (Romans 3:23). There are none righteous (Psalm 14:1-3; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:13), for our righteousness is as filthy rags [i.e., stained and saturated with blood] (Isaiah 64:6).

I also want to give you some background before I fully answer the question.

In my studies I found that this practice stems from the name of G-d as it is recorded in the Tanakh (Old Testament to Christians). There, the transliteration for thee Name of G-d is YHVH, which is also known as the Tetragrammaton. The practice of the scribes was to leave out the vowels in the name of G-d to keep it Holy, for G-d is Holy. This leaves the pronunciation difficult to know. The Jewish people will actually take this a step further. When referencing G-d to each other, they will not even say G-d in most cases, but rather HaShem. This means, “The Name” which is referring to thee Name of G-d, YHVH. So where do we know this Name by? In Exodus, G-d is talking with Moses at the burning bush. Moses asks G-d, “Who do I say sent me?” and G-d replied “I AM WHO I AM.” The Name YHVH is a derivative of this Name that G-d proclaims here. To expound on this a little further, I heard a pastor preach one morning on this with such insight. He stated that if G-d was to reply with anything other than, “I AM WHO I AM”, He would be limiting Himself to one definition, or one attribute of Himself, as we see many of the patriarchs in the Bible do. They gave G-d a Name that applied to what G-d did at that moment. Since G-d is limitless, that is the only Name that is actually appropriate for Him. He is Who He is. He is the Existing One. Praise the L-RD!

Now to the question of “Why do I, as a Christian, omit the “o” from G-d and L-RD?

As I stated before, G-d is Holy. We do need to reverence Him as such. To not, would be sin. I have learned of this practice in my studies and by asking questions and getting answers from my Jewish friends along with studies from Jewish websites.

So, does this mean that we all need to omit the “o” from G-d and L-RD?
No.

There is nothing in the Bible that tells us to practice this. This is a personal conviction that the Jewish nation had and continue to have to this day. In understanding this conviction, I do not want to be a stumbling block to those that read my “articles” who are of either Jewish decent or of Jewish faith.

Is this deception?” No.

There was a time when I was questioning things about Jesus. In my quest for Truth, G-d brought me back to a fuller understanding that Jesus is the Messiah and that Jesus is in fact, G-d in the flesh. With this assurance that G-d has provided me, as I stated before, I state clearly that I am a Christian. However, I do desire that all come to the saving knowledge of Jesus our Savior. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9

“For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.”

– 1 Corinthians 9:19–23 NKJV
(Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982).

He was basically saying that he became all things to all people, yet without sin for the sole purpose that some might be saved. What he was talking about is to be who you are, but don’t be a stumbling block to those that may not know Jesus personally. As you respect them as people, and as you love them as G-d loves them, they may come to know the fullness of Him and His Redeeming Love because you got to know them as well and take time to understand and respect their culture, yet without sinning. We must share the Truth of G-d, regardless of how painful the Truth may be, yet we are still to respect the people, their culture and way of life, so long as it does not contradict the Word of G-d.

Why didn’t you remove the “o” when quoting that set of verses?

By copyright Law I am not permitted to omit nor add anything to or from the New King James Version of the Bible. I just recently learned this regarding the New King James Version.

Am I free to reference G-d by using the “o”?” Yes.

As I stated before, this practice was and is a personal conviction of the Jewish people, but not something that Scripture tells us to do. When G-d gives us a specific conviction, it is sin to not respond appropriately to that. It may not be something that G-d convicts someone else with and that is fine because there is no Scripture that defines those parameters. We have to understand that G-d desires a personal relationship with us and in that personal relationship, He lets us know of things that He would like for us to do or not do that may be on top of what the Bible says. However, the key thing to remember is that these additional convictions will NEVER contradict G-d’s Word. Remember, the Bible says that He does not change in Malachi 3. Also it states that Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever in Hebrews 13. That is why Jesus stated that He did not come to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). Paul wrote in Romans 3:31 that the Law is not void through faith, but rather established.

G-d does not change, AMEN! He is the Constant in our lives within this ever changing world.