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     GLAUCOMUL ( cresterea tensiunii intraoculare ) poate duce la orbire daca nu este tratat corespunzator, la timp. O firma israeliana a contribuit acum recent ( mai precis de acum 4 ani ) la simplificarea tratamentului prescris pentru aceasta boala.  

Majoritatea pacientilor care sufera de glaucom au varsta mai mare de 50 de ani, iar aceasta boala apare de regula in urma diabetului. Interventia chirurgicala necesara pentru tratare trebuie sa aiba loc la momentul oportun, deoarece daca se face prea tarziu pacientul poate orbi. In medicina moderna se folosesc mai multe procedee complicate de operatie, dar acestea au sanse mici de succes, mai ales in tarile cu o economie slaba si un nivel de trai precar, unde nu exista suficienti medici calificati in acest domeniu ( tarile din Africa, Asia, America de Sud ). In anul 2000 erau inregistrati aproximativ 67 milioane de pacienti , in intreaga lume, care sufereau de glaucom.      
Compania israeliana  IOPtima  a incercat sa rezolve aceasta problema printr-un nou procedeu de operatie cu laser. Astfel   OTI34  se bazeaza pe tehnologia laserului cu CO2 si functioneaza in mod asemanator cu cel utilizat in tratarea bolilor de piele. Prin acest procedeu firma israeliana sustine ca si un medic neexperimentat poate realiza cu succes o operatie de glaucom.
In medicina oculara afectiunile nu erau tratate cu laser. Joshua Degani, managerul  IOPtima a delarat ca ideea unei astfel de utilizari a laserului i-a apartinut prof. Ehud Assia , directorul Clinicii de  Oftalmologie a Spitalului Meir.
   Glaucomul apare in urma exercitarii unei presiuni interne puternice asupra ochiului. Secretia lacrimala, clara, nu mai functioneaza corect. Presiunea creste constant, astfel ca , in timp, nervul optic este afectat. Putini medici oftalmologi pot rezolva aceasta problema. Deoarece chiar si cea mai mica greseala survenita in timpul operatiei este suficienta pentru a agrava starea ochiului.  Datorita unei noi tehnologii cu laser pusa la punct de IOPtima  , astfel de riscuri sunt total excluse.
Procedeul a starnit un interes enorm in cercurile de specialitate. Primele serii de teste clinice au avut deja loc in Israel, SUA, Canada, si o parte din Europa. Exista certitudinea ca acest procedeu – foarte ieftin de altfel- a revolutionat si continua sa revolutioneze OFTALMOLOGIA. Riscul este diminuat considerabil si glaucomul va putea fi operat la scara larga, in special in tarile sarace ale lumii, pentru a putea feri de orbire milioane de oameni.
( Comentariu de Otniela – Daniela Onu ;  dupa informatiile furnizate de publicatia Ha ` Aretz  ,  Bucuresti , Ianuarie  – 2011 )

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  1. Elyiahu spune:

    I agree with this very inquisitive information , put down by Otniella. Prof. Assia is the best one in eyes therapy deseases.
    Shabat Shalom U mevorah !

  2. Rodica Alice Ibanescu spune:

    O informatie foarte valoroasa ! Multumim Otnielei pentru articol. Bravo dr. Ehud Assia !! Si frumos si destept. …, si evreu. Dumnezeu sa-l binecuvinteze si pe el si poporul din care face parte. Shalom.

  3. Rodica Alice Ibanescu spune:

    Am vrut sa spun ca Dumnezeu ii iubeste pe evrei pentru ca le-a lasat in spate binecuvantari care au ramas pana astazi. Nu sunt antisemita si nici nu vreau sa am de-a face cu acest microb. Nu ma intereseaza cum ii vad oamenii in general pe evrei ( eu am in bloc vecini care se considera crestini extraordinari , dar nu ii pot suferi pe evrei , tigani, unguri etc ). Ma intereseaza ce spune Biblia despre ei, de la Geneza la Apocalipsa. Shalom.

  4. Paul spune:

    Shalom. Ce informatie ” cool ” ! E tare tipul acesta Assia. Face o capodopera intr-o interventie chirurgicala… Mi-a placut articolul Otniela. Sarut mana.

  5. Teodora spune:

    Fie binecuvantat Israelul ! Dumnezeu sa -l binecuvinteze pe medicul Assia …sa-i reuseasca toate operatiile. Shalom Israelului !

  6. Kate Allender spune:

    Shalom Otniella. What a blessed news ! May Israel live before God. May everything was said in the Bible goes to a wonderful accomplish these days of special grace. Our God is faithful !!!!
    Be blessed daughter of Zion !

  7. Laura Lauden spune:

    HASHEM fie cu Ehud Assia. Omul acesta a facut foarte mult bine in lumea aceasta. Laudabil din partea ta Otniela ca l-ai postat. Shalom tie …

    • Dragi Prieteni ,
      Va multumesc pentru frumoasa Dvs participare la acest topic dedicat Israelului , si oamenilor care ii fac cinste acestui popor. Intr-adevar Dumnezeu este Acela care da intelepciune inteleptului, facandu-i munca folositoare semenilor. Toate darurile lui Dumnezeu se organizeaza in jurul ideilor de BUNATATE si ALTRUISM. Dumnezeu ne da ca sa putem face bine altora. Cand Dumnezeu l-a binecuvantat pe Yakov , l-a binecuvantat pentru intreaga lume.
      Ma bucur ca v-a placut articolul. Rugati-va pentru Israel. Sa fiti binecuvantati din Sion cu mult Shalom !

      • Dear Friends , Elyiahu and Kate,
        thanks for coming and visiting my site. Welcome any time you want. I `m very glad you like this article , dedicated to Israel and prof. Assia. May ADONAI bless Him and his work.
        I wish both of you much Peace and Joy in your lives and families. The Almighty God of Israel pour unto you His beautiful blessings.

  8. Dana spune:

    Shabat Shalom,
    Astazi in toate sinagogile din lume se citeste pericopa saptamanii.
    Va invit sa cititi pericopa mesianica intitulata Behaalotcha
    http://www.about-torah.org/Teachings/Portions/htmlportions/Behaalotcha.html
    Shaleeakh

    Beha’alot’cha „When you set up”

    Bamidbar (Numbers) 8:1- 12:16

    When HaShem delivered, the Children of Yisrael from Egyptian bondage the Children of Yisrael were not prepared to enter the Promised Land. To enter the Promised Land, Yisrael needed to learn to walk by faith. Walking by faith would require them to trust HaShem for all their provisions. To teach the Children of Yisrael to trust Him, HaShem gradually brought them to the spiritual level needed to possess the Promised Land as Devarim 7:22 states „The LORD your God will put out those nations before you little by little: you may not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon you.” The slow and gradual process allowed the Children of Yisrael to learn how to overcome small spiritual struggles, before they encountered spiritual struggles that overwhelmed them. For this training process HaShem led the Children of Yisrael into the wilderness of Sinai. In the wilderness of Sinai HaShem taught two of the most important aspects of faith. He taught the Children of Yisrael to remember His deeds and be content with what He provided.

    Remembering that HaShem is always faithful is crucial to having a strong faith. To remind us, HaShem established times for remembering past miracles. When we remember HaShem’s past miracles we are taught that we can trust Him in the future. Therefore, remembering the past encourages us to believe in the future. Encouraging the Children of Yisrael to believe in the future, is one reason HaShem commanded them to celebrate the Passover in the wilderness of Sinai. Bamidbar 9:1-3 states „the LORD spoke unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, Let the children of Yisrael also keep the Passover at his appointed season. In the fourteenth day of this month, at even, ye shall keep it in his appointed season: according to all the rites of it, and according to all the ceremonies thereof, shall ye keep it.” Keeping the Passover in the second year of freedom demonstrated to the Children of Yisrael that in the future HaShem was going to lead them to the Promised Land.

    Remembering past miracles, makes us aware that HaShem is constantly providing for us and preparing us. Rav Shaul understood the importance of remembering the past miracles of HaShem as a way to strengthen faith. 1 Corinthians 11:24-25 states „when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.” Remembrance is one of the most effective tools HaShem uses to strengthen our faith. HaShem prepared the Children of Yisrael to inherit the Promised Land by requiring them to observe Passover before leaving the wilderness of Sinai and resuming their journey. HaShem prepares us in a similar way. HaShem reminds us that He delivered our forefathers. Therefore, our faith is strengthened, and we know HaShem will deliver us in the future.

    Contentment with what HaShem has already provided is also critical for a strong faith. The reason that contentment is important is because contentment frees us from the bondage of strife that comes with our desire to change things around us. In other words contentment allows us to surrender every circumstance to HaShem. Bamidbar 11:4-6 which states „the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.” The Yisraelites became discontent with the manna that HaShem had provided. As a result, they were ready to give up their deliverance from Egypt. Their desire to return to the bondage of Egypt undermined their faith. How could HaShem lead the Children of Yisrael into the Promised Land when they wanted to return to Egypt? Discontentment weakened Yisrael’s faith. As a result, the Children of Yisrael became ineffective and were not able to trust fully. Contentment teaches individuals to accept the situation and serve HaShem despite the problems that we encounter.

    Walking by faith requires us to build our faith on a foundation of remembrance and contentment. Remembrance of what HaShem has accomplished in the past reaffirms our faith and connects us to miracles HaShem has provided for His people through out History. By remembering what HaShem has accomplished in the past we are prepared to trust Him for future provisions. Being contented is also required for our walk of faith. When we become discontent we become ineffective and unable to serve HaShem, because we are constantly struggling with our circumstances. As a result, we become fearful and want to turn from the mission HaShem has set before us. Philippians 4:11 states it this way „Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Remembering HaShem’s provisions of the past and being contented in our present situation teaches us to remain faithful regardless of the circumstances we experience.

    By Rabbi Yaakov benYosef ­ ABOUT-Torah.org

    Fiti binecuvantati de Yeshua Ha Masiah!

  9. Dana spune:

    Torah portion : Naso (Lift up)

    http://www.messianicbible.com

    Numbers 4:21–7:89; Judges 13:2–25; Acts 23:20–24
    “Take [naso] a census also of the Gershonites by their families and clans.”
    (Numbers 4: 22)

    Last week, Parsha Bamidbar (In the Desert) was read just before the Biblical
    holiday of Shavuot, which is regarded as the day when the Torah was given
    on Mount Sinai and as the wedding of Israel to God. In that Torah portion,
    God commands that a census be taken of Israel.
    This week’s Torah study continues with the numbering of the Levitical families,
    detailing their duties. Each man was to be named for a specific task.
    “At the Lord’s command through Moses, each was assigned his work and told
    what to carry.” (Numbers 4: 49)
    This ensured an equitable distribution of the work.

    A Model for Community Living
    “Count the Merarites by their clans and families. Count all the men from
    thirty to fifty years of age who come to serve in the work at the tent of
    meeting.” (Numbers 4: 29–30)
    This Parsha models community living, especially in regard to serving
    the Lord.
    When we live and work together in community, and everyone has their own
    assigned tasks so that each carries part of the load, the burden does not fall
    too heavily on a few key individuals.
    This is the ideal behind the communal lifestyle of the Israeli kibbutz
    movement. It’s also the lifestyle of the early kehillah – the early community
    of Believers.
    “Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold
    their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.”
    (Acts 2: 44–45)

    We are called to fulfill the Torah of loving one another by helping bear
    one other’s burdens. We may accomplish this in practical ways for those
    overloaded with responsibilities, but also through the act of encouraging and
    comforting those who are carrying heavy emotional burdens.
    But the Lord did not leave us relying totally on one another. Yeshua (Jesus)
    gives us rest when we are tired and burdened.”Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you
    rest.” (Matthew 11: 28)
    But to experience that rest, we must be willing to go to Him, laying aside our
    self-sufficiency, and trust Him with our worries, cares and anxieties down.
    “Cast all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

    “…if feelings of jealousy come over her husband and he suspects his wife and
    she is impure—or if he is jealous and suspects her even though she is not
    impure—then he is to take his wife to the priest.” (Numbers 5: 14–15)
    This Parsha also deals with the law of jealousy. God gave Israel a way to
    manage jealousy and suspicion in marriage. Interestingly enough, the Hebrew
    word for marriage is nissuin, which is plural for naso (lift up), the name of
    this week’s Parsha.
    God’s intention for marriage is to lift us up.
    Sometimes, however, the green-eyed monster of jealousy drags a relationship
    down. According to this Parsha, if a husband became jealous and suspected his
    spouse of unfaithfulness, his suspicions might be valid or invalid.
    Thus, to resolve this issue of trust, which is necessary for the success of any
    relationship, the Cohen (priest) would bring the woman in question before
    the Lord and administer a test to determine her guilt or innocence.

    The Cohen (priest) would utter an oath that, if she were innocent, would
    protect her from the curse; however, if she were guilty, she would come under
    the curses that were written on a scroll and dissolved into bitter waters.
    The woman would commit to this oath by responding, ”Amen. Amen.”
    (Numbers 5: 22)
    Although the word amen is traditionally considered an acronym for “Eli
    Melech, Ne’eman“ (God, Faithful King), the Hebrew word amen comes from
    the root that means believe, confirm, and support. Amen is also related to the
    Hebrew word emunah (faith), which is derived from the same root.
    When people respond “amen” to a vow or oath, they are coming into
    agreement with it, and it’s as if they swear the oath themselves.
    The woman would then drink the waters of bitterness that the priest had
    prepared. It would either bring her guilt to light or clear her as innocent.

    It’s evident from Numbers 5:30 that a spirit of jealousy (ruach kinah) can
    come upon a person.
    “…when the spirit [ruach] of jealousy [kinah] comes upon a man.”
    (Numbers 5: 30)
    Jealousy, when it is suspicious, overbearing, possessive and demanding, is
    ugly and sinful.
    Jealousy, however, can also be virtuous, and it’s not necessarily a negative
    thing in an intimate relationship. It’s appropriate to be passionate and to
    desire undivided loyalty, devotion and faithfulness. No moral spouse wants
    to share a partner with someone else.
    “Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as
    strong as death, its jealousy [kinah] unyielding as the grave. It burns like
    blazing fire, like a mighty flame.” (Song of Songs 8: 6)
    In fact, the Hebrew word for jealousy (kinah) is also often translated zeal,
    as in the following Messianic prophecy:
    “Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will
    reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal [kinah]
    of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9: 7)

    Can a Holy God be Jealous?
    It’s supremely evident in Scripture that God regards Israel as His
    special treasure, even as a wife (Hosea 2: 19). He protects Israel because
    she is precious to him.
    Indeed, in Exodus 34: 14, we see that one of the names for God is El Kanah
    (Jealous God). Since God is holy, we can know that there is an expression
    of jealousy that is not rooted in selfishness, but in love and holiness.
    This theme carries over into the Brit Chadashah (New Covenant), where we
    read that our God is passionately devoted to us, and therefore jealous of our
    affections.
    “Are we trying to arouse the Lord’s jealousy? Are we stronger than he?”
    (1 Corinthians 10: 22)

    The Aaronic Benediction
    “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you
    peace.” (Numbers 6: 24–26)
    This week’s study ends with one of the most famous passages in the Book
    of Numbers: The Aaronic Benediction (Numbers 6: 24–27).
    Since this blessing was pronounced over the people by the priest, we
    understand from this passage, that words are important and powerful.
    In fact, Scripture says that the power of life and death is in the tongue
    (Proverbs 18: 21).
    Let’s examine this meaningful passage that so beautifully states God’s will
    for our lives.
    The Lord bless [y’varech’cha] you: The first element of the
    benediction is blessing. The Hebrew word bless is barak. This word
    shares the same root as knee (berech). In fact, the word barak means
    to bless and to kneel. It takes real humility to get down on our knees
    and receive the blessing of God.
    and keep you: The word keep is shomer which means to guard,
    watch over and protect from all evil, sickness, poverty and calamity.
    The Lord make his face to shine on you: In this benediction, the Hebrew
    word panav (His face) is repeated twice, which indicates that we can
    enjoy an intimate, face-to-face relationship with God. God’s face
    shining on us indicates His attention, favor, light and friendship.
    and be gracious unto you: When we seek the face of God, instead of
    just His hands – what He can give us, He will cause His favor and grace
    to be poured out upon us.
    “It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them
    victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face [panim],
    for you loved them.” (Psalms 44: 3)
    The Lord lift up [naso] His face [panav] upon you: Here toward the
    end of this week’s Parsha, we once again see the name of the Torah
    reading: naso, which means lift up or elevate. We also see the second
    usage of the term panav (His face) in this meaningful benediction.
    and give you peace [shalom]: The pinnacle of this blessing is shalom
    (peace). We can experience this shalom (peace) even in the midst of a
    storm. Peace is the inheritance of the children of God, as Yeshua said,
    “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. (John 14: 27)”

    The Lord is longing to be gracious to us and to bless us. He wants us to
    receive His blessing, divine protection, favor, the light of His face, and also
    peace, wholeness, and completion – in Him!
    The Aaronic Benediction ends with these words: “So they will put My name
    on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” (Numbers 6: 27)
    It’s the name of God upon us that blesses us, establishes us and makes us
    successful, even gaining for us the victory in all our battles.
    “Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our
    foes.” (Psalm 44: 5)
    As the Cohanim (priests) blessed the people of Israel, they were to remember
    that it’s ultimately God who blesses. Likewise, as people bless us, let us be
    mindful that God is the ultimate source of all blessing.

    Our ministry team speaks this blessing over you today:
    May the Lord bless you and keep you.
    May He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
    The Lord lift up His face upon you, and give you peace.
    For all of you who have consecrated yourselves to the Lord, who have
    dedicated yourselves to be a blessing to Israel and the Jewish People, may
    these prophetic words be of comfort to you:
    “’Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing
    love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says
    the Lord, who has compassion on you.” (Isaiah 54: 10)
    Shabbat Shalom!
    . .

  10. Dana spune:

    Sabat Salom,

    Pentru ca astazi este Sabat avem pericopa.

    Welcome to this week’s study of the Torah portion called Korach (Mutiny),
    which will be ready in synagogues all over the world this Shabbat (Saturday).

    KORACH (Mutiny)
    Numbers 16:1–18:32; 1 Samuel 11:14–12:22; Acts 5:1–11

    “Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites
    —Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth—became insolent
    and rose up against Moses.” (Numbers 16: 1–2)

    In last week’s Torah study, after the 12 “spies” returned from their fact-
    finding mission in Canaan, the Israelites threatened mutiny. They chose to
    believe the evil report and panicked at the first sign of hardship, saying,
    “We should choose a leader [other than Moses] and go back to Egypt.
    (Numbers 14:4)”

    In this week’s Parsha, we see that the seeds of revolt that had already been
    planted were just waiting to break out into full blown rebellion.

    Basically, three groups expressed discontentment with the leadership of
    Moses and Aaron: Korach (a Levite), Dathan and Abiram (from the tribe of
    Reuven), and 250 Israelite leaders who were appointed members of the council.

    In the end, God vindicated Moses & Aaron and severely punished those who
    joined the rebellion by swallowing them up into the earth. It was as if God
    had created a small earthquake to end strife in the community.

    “They went down alive into the grave, with everything they owned; the earth
    closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community.”
    (Numbers 16: 33)

    Lessons to be Learned from Korach

    Today’s Parsha presents many valuable lessons about prayer, attitude,
    conduct, relationships, and the proper response to God and His
    appointed leadership.

    Here are twelve lessons from Parsha Korach:

    1) No one is immune to the influence of bad company.

    “Do not be misled. Bad company corrupts good character.”
    (1 Corinthians 15:33, see also Proverbs 22: 24-25)

    In the desert, the tribes of Reuven and Levi marched side by side, according to
    rabbinic commentary, and this is how they came to plot their joint conspiracy.

    We must thoughtfully choose the people with whom we closely associate!

    2) We need to be aware of what is motivating us to action.

    “All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.”
    (Proverbs 16: 2)

    We can look at the origin of the mutiny to see the rebels’ personal motives
    in rising up against the leadership of Israel.

    Dathan and Abiram, who were of the tribe of Reuven, seemed to still carry the
    sting of having lost the ‘birthright’ of Israel (Genesis 49:3–4) and, perhaps,
    were striving for recovery of that primary position.

    Korach, a Levite, was envious of Moses and Aaron’s leadership position.
    This envy combined with selfish ambition resulting in strife and rebellion.

    What causes fights and quarrels? Envy, selfish ambitions and wrong motives.

    “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every
    evil practice.” (James 3:16)

    We can contrast the motives of these leaders to David’s motives when
    he fought Goliath.

    His motives came under scrutiny when his brother accused him of being
    conceited and wicked (1 Samuel 17: 28). But David’s motives were pure;
    he sought to bring glory to the God of Israel.

    David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear
    and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty,
    the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the
    Lord will hand you over to me … and the whole world will know that
    there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not
    by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s,
    and he will give all of you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17: 45–47)

    David battled Goliath to reveal God’s greatness, not his own. We can
    compare his motivation to Elijah’s when he showed up to prophets of Baal
    to demonstrate God’s power, not his own.

    “The god who answers by fire–He is God.” (1 Kings 18: 24)

    We should always ask ourselves, “What are my motives? Am I seeking
    to bring glory to God?”

    Only those things we do with pure motives for eternal purposes will stand the
    test of fire (1 Corinthians 3: 12–23).

    3) Unity is precious and powerful.

    “Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind
    to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of
    the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 30:12)

    There is an anointing and blessing in a life that is characterized by unity.
    Moses and Aaron remained united in the face of the challenge, and did not allow
    it to come between their relationship with each other or with God.

    “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is
    like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down
    on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon
    were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life
    forevermore. (Psalm 133:1-3)”

    We should seek to live a life led by the Spirit of God, rather than our own flesh.

    The fruit of the Spirit – love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness,
    faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control – should be evident in our daily
    lives (Galatians 5: 13–23). Of course, only the Spirit of God can do this
    work in us, as this is a work of God’s grace.

    4) Nothing good comes of strife.

    “Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute
    breaks out.” (Proverbs 17:14)

    If our life is characterized by strife, we can be sure that something is wrong
    in our walk with God, since the Bible says that God hates the person who
    stirs up strife among brothers.

    “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him:
    haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that
    devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness
    who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.”
    (Proverbs 6: 16-19)

    Strife destroys the unity that brings blessing, anointing, power, and
    prosperity to a home, family, business, or ministry.

    Raised voices and arguments do not invite the presence of the Ruach (Holy
    Spirit); instead, they repel the Spirit.

    When we get off into strife, however, we can pray like David did when he fell
    into sin:

    “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast
    spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your
    Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and
    grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” (Psalm 51: 10-12)

    5) We should seek out and listen to wise counsel.

    In the first verse of this Parsha, a man named On is mentioned as one
    of the rebels but is never mentioned again. What happened to On?

    He may have heeded the counsel of Moses and Aaron, and turned back from
    his rebellion against God.

    Rabbinic legend has it, however, that it was On’s wife who rebuked him for
    taking part in a rebellion, and thus saved him from destruction. A Godly
    spouse can often save us from going down the wrong path, if we are open to
    their wise counsel.

    The Bible says that a good wife is extremely valuable and should be treasured
    more than precious gems (Proverbs 18:22, 19:14, 31:10).

    We also read in the Brit Chadasha (The New Testament) portion that Ananais’
    wife, Sapphira, stood with him in sin and was destroyed. Although a husband
    and a wife are to mutually submit themselves one to another (Ephesians 5:21),
    they are not to submit to sin.

    6) Anyone can become deceived.

    “With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had
    been appointed members of the council.” (Numbers 16:2)

    Who joined the rebellion? Not the riffraff of society, but the princes, the
    elect – 250 men of renown and status (Numbers 16:2-3). These were the
    men who were swallowed up into the earth.

    Even the elect of society can be misled. The rebels appealed to the pride
    of men saying in effect, “You are just as holy as Moses and isn’t God with each
    one of you too?”

    The men who rebelled against God and His appointed leadership were leaders
    themselves. They were not immune to rebellion and were angry that Moses
    granted Aaron the priesthood (kehunah).

    “You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and
    the Lord is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the Lord’s
    assembly?” (Numbers 16:3)

    They saw themselves as being worthy of the priesthood and consequently
    offered incense (ketoret) to the Lord, perishing in the process.

    Sadly, even leaders can sometimes overstep the boundaries of their calling,
    leading their followers into error.

    7) Vengeance should be left for God.

    Moses did not try to vindicate himself, rather he let God defend him.

    Just like in last week’s Parsha, when Moses’ sister rebelled against him, his
    reaction to Korach’s rebellion was one of humility.

    Likewise, we too, should entrust ourselves to the God who sees and hears. He
    says to leave vengeance to Him (Deuteronomy 32: 35; Romans 12:9), and
    warns us to not take revenge against those who injure or malign us.

    Yeshua (Jesus) modeled this kind of love and forgiveness, when He said,
    “Father, forgive them…,” even as He died at the hands of His accusers
    (Luke 23:34).

    If we are tempted to think, yes, but He is the Messiah, we can also
    remember the example of Stephen who cried out as he was stoned to death,
    “Lord, do not hold this sin against them. (Acts 7:60)”

    Rather than lash out at those who speak against us or hurt us, we should
    pray for them (Matthew 5:44).

    8) Contentment is an asset.

    “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6)

    In Numbers 16, Moses essentially said to Korach, “See how much you
    already have as a Levite. You are consecrated and set apart to serve God.
    Don’t covet the priesthood as well!” (Numbers 16: 8-10)

    Are we content with our lot in life? Do we appreciate how much we have
    been given? Or do we desire and covet the position, possessions, and
    relationships of others?

    As followers of the Master, our lives should be characterized by a
    generosity of spirit that comes with being grateful and content.

    “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” (Philippians 4:11)

    9) God-appointed leadership should be respected.

    The rebels overlooked the fact that Moses and Aaron did not appoint themselves.

    God called and appointed them to serve Him for a specific purpose.

    Many people who were used by God have only reluctantly submitted to their
    calling after struggle, for example Gideon and Jeremiah.

    10) Intercession touches the heart of God.

    “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16)

    God was going to destroy the entire congregation for the second time, but when
    Moses interceded for them, God gave them a way to be saved, provided they
    listen to the advice of Moses (Numbers 16:22).

    It’s so important that we are a people who pray for others and that others are
    praying and interceding on our behalf. Thank God for Yeshua (Jesus) who sits
    at the right hand of God and continually makes intercession for us (Romans 8:34)!

    11) Don’t get swept up in a rebellion.

    “Move back from the tents of these wicked men! Do not touch anything
    belonging to them, or you will be swept away because of all their sins.”
    (Numbers 16:26)

    After Moses interceded on behalf of the Israelites, they had to make a
    choice – join with the rebels or to get out of the way and fast!

    Today, God seems to be warning Believers to separate themselves from any
    kind of idolatry and paganism, since these things are not of Him.

    The first commandment is to have no other gods. We, the covenant people
    of God, cannot keep one foot in His ways, and one foot in paganism and
    idolatry. This is a dangerous mixture.

    We must determine to keep ourselves apart, no matter how high the cost to
    leave that place of rebellion.

    “Depart, depart, go out from there! Touch no unclean thing! Come out
    from it and be pure, you who carry the vessels of the Lord.” (Isaiah 52:11)

    12) God will judge His enemies.

    “And fire came out from the Lord and consumed the 250 men who were
    offering the incense.” (Numbers 16:35)

    In this Parsha, fire devoured the 250 men who presumptuously offered incense
    (Numbers 16:35).

    End-time prophecy tells us that the enemies of Israel who march against her
    in the final battle of God and Magog will all be devoured by fire that comes
    down from heaven (Ezekiel 39:6, see also Revelation 20: 7-9).

    In the Garden of Eden, the seeds of rebellion were planted in all of humanity
    through the venom of the serpent. Thankfully, our names can be written in
    the Book of Life, and we may be saved from judgment through Yeshua (Jesus).

    The same cannot be said of those who refuse God’s gift of salvation
    through Yeshua.

    “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he will be
    thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15)

    Revelation 21 describes the New Jerusalem. We cannot imagine how wonderful
    it will be there.

    Still, the Bible makes it clear that we will be happy there.

    “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be
    His people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe
    every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying
    or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4)

    How do we know that our name will be written in the book of life?

    Yochanan (John) tells us, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness,
    so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have
    eternal life in Him. For God so loved the world that He gave his one and
    only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
    (John 3: 14-16)

    Even if we have made mistakes, walked out of the perfect will of God, we can
    still turn back to God and serve Him with all our heart, trusting in the
    goodness and mercy of God to restore and redeem.
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    Shabbat Shalom !

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