STIRI intre stiri – ( 7 )


Desi  in mai multe tari ,  mai ales in SUA , a aparut o noua tendinta , si anume aceea de a te Globul stirilorconverti la o alta religie decat cea in care te-ai nascut,  evreii din intreaga lume sunt astazi  in continua scadere , exceptie face bineinteles statul Israel. 
Potrivit datelor oficiale oferite de Institutul pentru Planificarea Politicii Evreiesti , institutie afiliata la Jewish Agency , numarul evreilor din restul lumii a scazut in ultimii 27 de ani cu 2, 24 de milioane. In prezent , in afara statului Israel traiesc in total 7, 78 milioane de evrei. Totusi in 1980 cifra se ridica la aproximativ 10 milioane. Aceasta scadere este insa compensata de numarul in crestere a evreilor din Israel. Astazi, comparativ cu anul 1980 , in Israel traiesc aproape de doua ori mai multi evrei. Din 7,2 milioane de cetateni israelieni , 5, 4 sunt evrei. Prin urmare , astazi , in intreaga lume traiesc in total 13, 17 milioane de evrei , in timp ce in anul 1980 , pe intregul mapamond se aflau 12, 7 milioane de evrei.  Aceste calcule indica o crestere de numai 4% in 27 de ani. In schimb, rata cresterii populatiei palestiniene din regiunile autonome se ridica la 4 % anual !   
Exista mai multe explicatii pentru acest fenomen inregistrat in randul populatiei evreiesti. In primul rand este vorba despre emigrarea unui numar foarte mare de evrei in Israel dupa caderea Uniunii Sovietice, dar si de asimilarea puternica a acestora prin casatoriile mixte, interconfesionale.  Studiul indica faptul ca in SUA  traiesc aproximativ 5, 7 milioane de evrei , rata asimilarii acestora ridicandu-se insa la aproximativ 50 %. Cu alte cuvinte fiecare al doilea evreu renunta la practicarea credinteti sale ,pierzand astfel legatura cu mostenirea sa etnica. Acest fenomen este cauzat in primul rand de casatoriile cu neevrei. In Europa de Est procentajul asimilarii evreilor ajunge chiar si la 70% , in timp ce in Europa de Vest el este de aproape 45 %.
O alta cauza , care demonstreaza numarul tot mai mic al evreilor in lume,  o reprezinta scaderea natalitatii. In SUA o familie de evrei are in medie 1 sau 2 copii , iar in fostele state comuniste numai un copil. Demograful Sergio della Pergola de la Universitatea Ebraica din Ierusalim a comentat astfel aceasta statistica : ” Din cauza casatoriiilor mixte tot mai numeroase – si ma refer in special la casatoriile intre barbatii evrei si femeile nevreice – evreii care traiesc in intreaga lume sunt in numar tot mai mic. Cu alte cuvinte , dintre evreii aflati in afara granitelor statului lor, mai multi mor decat se nasc. Acest curent este intrerupt prin emigrarea in Israel , in principal datorita faptului ca aici procentul casatoriilor dintre evrei si nevrei este foarte scazut. Totusi evreii nu pot fi obligati sa emigreze in Israel doar pentru a pastra puritatea etnica , mai ales ca statul Israel beneficiaza foarte mult de pe urma intretinerii unei Diaspore evreiesti puternice.”

( Comentariu de Otniela ,   dupa un articol preluat din cotidianul Yediot Ahoronot  ;  Noiembrie   –  2012 )


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22 de răspunsuri la STIRI intre stiri – ( 7 )

  1. Viorel zice:

    Shalom .Pace. Nu cred ca Dumnezeu sa ingaduie sa piara Israel. E adevarat ca arabii sunt mai numerosi , dar multi musulmani au doua , trei …neveste. Si cred ca evreicele , ca mama lor Sara si alte femei ale Bibliei, nu prea fac multi copii. Nu stim de ce e asa. Poporul Israel s-a nascut dintr-un singur om, poate pentru a demostra ca puterea lui Dumnezeu nu tine de numar.

  2. Adina S. zice:

    In nici un caz ! Dumnezeu iubeste Israelul si il va proteja. Este poporul Lui si prin tot ce-a trecut si-a traversat in istoarie , Domnul l-a pazit si l-a pastrat cu viata.
    Traiasca Iacov si fii lui inaintea lui Dumnezeu ! Shalom.

  3. Dan Konner zice:

    Schabat Schalom Otniela. N-ai grije nu piere jidovul asa usor. Ne tine HaShem. Sa ai ai un Shabbat de bucurie in Adonay Melekh ha Israel. Ubrachot ! Dan si Sacha.

  4. Dana zice:

    Shabbat Shalom !
    Welcome to Vayishlach (He Sent), this week’s Parsha (Torah Portion). Please read along with us this portion of Scripture that will be read in synagogues around the world during this week’s Shabbat (Saturday) service. We know you will be blessed!

    VAYISHLACH (He Sent)
    Genesis 32:3–36:43; Obadiah 1:1–21; Hebrews 11:11–20

    “Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom.” (Genesis 32:3)

    Parsha Vayeitzei (And He Left), Yaacov (Jacob) left Beersheba to journey to Haran. On the way to Haran, he stopped to sleep and saw angels ascending and descending on a ladder to and from Heaven. God promised him that the land on which he lay would be given to his descendants.
    In this week’s Parsha, Yaacov decides to return to the Holy Land with his family and possessions after a 20-year stay in Haran. Returning is an act of faith, trust and hope since Yaacov desires to reconcile with his brother Esau, who is most likely still resentful that his brother stole his birthright.
    When Yaacov learns that his brother is on the warpath with 400 armed men, he divides his family into two groups and sends them ahead across the ford of the Jabbok River and remains behind for the night (Genesis 32:22).
    It is here, on the other side of the Jabbok, that Yaacov must confront his personal conflicts and fears alone. And it is here that encounters a mysterious man (eesh) with whom he wrestles until daybreak.
    “So Jacob was left alone, and a man [eesh] wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, ‘Let me go, for it is daybreak.’” (Genesis 32:24-26)

    Jabbok River: One of the most famous events of Bible history, the
    renaming of Jacob as Israel, occurred near the ford of the Jabbok River.
    Some believe that Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptist) may have
    immersed at or near the ford of the Jabbok.
    When the sun begins to come up, this ‘man’ touches the hollow of Jacob’s thigh so that it is dislocated and asks Jacob to let him go. Jacob, nevertheless, responds saying, “I will not let you go until you bless me.” (Genesis 32:27)
    In response to Yaacov’s struggle, the „man’ changes Yaacov’s name to Yisrael (Israel) explaining that he had “struggled with God and with men and have overcome” (Genesis 32:28).
    A study of this passage in the original Hebrew reveals more meaning than what is apparent in English translations.

    At birth, Yaacov was given a name derived from the Hebrew word for heel (ekev), because he grasped the heel of his twin brother Esau. It seems like he was behind from the beginning, grasping for the blessing and the inheritance.

    But after Jacob’s encounter with this ‘man,’ his entire character is changed as evidenced by his new name—Yisrael (Israel). He was called Yisrael because this Hebrew word shares the same root (s-r) as the word for strive, struggle or wrestle.

    The destiny of Yisrael is to struggle with God and with men, but also ultimately, to prevail.

    Wrestling in our own Lives
    “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. You need to endure, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.” (Hebrews 10:35–36)

    How often do we wrestle for the blessings of God in our lives?

    This Parsha (portion of Scripture) speaks to us of the perseverance and endurance required of the people of God.

    It’s tempting, after struggling and wrestling for what seems to be too long a time, to feel like ‘enough is enough’ and to let go of the confidence that God’s promises for our lives will come to pass.

    But we must be like Jacob who refused to let go until he received his blessing.

    Does wrestling for the blessing mean constantly fretting about situations in our lives? On the contrary, this spiritual wrestling constitutes the struggle to remain at rest and peace, trusting in God—confident in the fulfillment of His promises.

    “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence you shall have strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)

    Just like Yisrael (Israel), it’s also our destiny to walk in triumph—whether we are born descendants of Abraham or grafted in to the family of God through Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah)

    Face to Face with God
    „So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God [Elohim] face to face, and yet my life was spared.” (Genesis 32:30)
    Jacob (now called Israel) realizes that he had not engaged in a wrestling match with an ordinary man, but that this man was divine; therefore, he calls the place Peniel (my face to God) because he saw God ‘panim el panim’ (face to face).
    We understand that this man that Jacob wrestled with was Yeshua (Jesus), who, according to Yochanan (John) 1:1, was “in the beginning.”
    Today, Jacob (Israel) still struggles with this Divine Man who is Yeshua the Messiah.
    The Jewish people (Israel) do not believe that the Messiah is part of the Oneness of God, and because of that, they struggle with the belief that God could appear as the Messiah.

    It’s the Jewish nature to struggle and fight. We have always had to fight for our very existence, and today in Israel, we struggle to fend off our hostile Muslim Arab neighbors who would love to destroy this nation.

    With its narrow streets and cramped quarters, daily life in Israel can be
    somewhat of a struggle.

    Daily life here in Israel seems to be a struggle, as well. This is a small country with narrow streets and too many cars, where two try to squeeze into one parking space, and cars park on the sidewalks.
    There’s a lot of pressure and tension here—it’s a way of life. People are loud, and they seem to argue and debate about everything. That, however, is people wrestling with people.

    Wrestling with God is different and it also comes at a cost. The man touched Jacob’s hip and it was strained. Thereafter, Jacob walked with a limp. He now needed to lean on a walking stick.

    In our struggles with God, we also come forth forever changed, with a noticeable ‘limp’ in our walk, forever after needing to lean on God, and never again trusting only in our own understanding.

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:3-5)

    So often, when we are going through trials, we crave fellowship and the comfort and wisdom of other Believers. But there are times when we need to be alone with God.
    During Jacob’s trial, he sent his wives and children to the other side of the stream out of fear of an encounter with Esau. He was completely alone when he met God.
    Likewise, when we are struggling, it’s often just Him and us—one on one, face to face.

    Wrestling with Whom?

    “After He had dismissed the multitudes, He went up into the hills by Himself to pray. When it was evening, He was still there alone.” (Matthew 14:23)

    Yeshua (Jesus) spent much time alone with God. On one extended occasion when He was seeking God alone, he went into the Judean Desert for 40 days and nights. It was there that He was tempted.

    Scripture tells us that our wrestling matches are not with flesh and blood, but with principalities and powers of darkness.

    “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the rulers of the darkness, and against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

    This is one reason why our struggling can become so painful: we are sometimes not quite sure what (or whom) we are wrestling with!

    This was Job’s dilemma—Satan was causing his trouble, but did so with God’s permission. And his pain was compounded by the insistence of his friends that he must have sinned for God to be punishing him so terribly. They told him that if he would only confess his hidden sin, everything would be okay.

    Although Job was a righteous and blameless man, even in God’s sight, He wrestled on several fronts—with God, with man, and with Satan—and even his wife!

    If ever anyone was justified in giving up, it would have been Job. Even his contentious, unbelieving wife, speaking for the enemy, advised him to give up and die.

    “His wife said to him, ‘Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!’” (Job 2:9)

    Often, the enemy will use those closest to us to bring discouragement. Still, Job continued—even through his grief, confusion, and pain—to remain steadfastly confident in his God.

    “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God.” (Job 19:25-27)

    Getting Back on our Feet after we are Wrestled to the Ground

    “For the enemy has persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground.” (Psalm 143:3)

    How do we know in a wrestling match when one of the opponents has lost?
    Is it not when one of the wrestlers is pinned to the ground and cannot get up again? Likewise, we have not lost if we become weary or discouraged, or even feel like giving up, but only if we fail to rise up again.

    There are times when the enemy has us pinned to the mat.

    We cannot be faulted for struggling with God, man, or Satan. And it doesn’t matter that we have fallen. We have not lost until we simply refuse to get up again.
    “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.” (Proverbs 24:16)

    God can and will raise us up, dust us off, and set our feet back on solid rock.

    “The Lord upholds all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down.” (Psalm 146:14)

    It’s by His grace that we continue to press onward with the battle cry, “Kadima!” (Go forth!)

    Why must we wrestle with God for the blessing? There is a redemptive purpose in the struggle.

    Surely, in Jacob’s case, the mysterious, divine man could have overpowered Jacob in a split second. But in the struggle, Jacob’s nature was changed to inherit the promises of God. He was not fit before the struggle. So too, we must be trained in endurance in order to finish the race set out before us.

    “…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Yeshua, the author and finisher of our faith….” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

    Putting Struggle into Perspective
    “Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children. But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.’” (Genesis 32:11-12)

    Jacob struggled his entire life.

    As a twin, he was born alongside a violent and conniving twin brother, Esau, who contended with him for the blessing and birthright. For his own safety, he ran away from his brother who threatened to kill him for winning the battle.

    Later, his father-in-law, Laban, tricked Jacob into marrying the firstborn daughter and coerced him into seven extra years of hard work for his wife Rachel.
    Furthermore, Laban tried to cheat Jacob out of his wages several times.

    As a father, Jacob suffered the heartbreak of his only daughter Dinah being raped. And then to his dismay, in revenge, his sons Simon and Levi tricked the entire male population of Shechem into being circumcised and slaughtered them all while they were recovering!

    Jacob’s (Israel’s) beloved wife Rachel died giving birth to Benjamin, just prior to the death of his father Isaac.

    As if this were not enough, his 10 elder sons kidnapped Joseph and led Jacob to believe that his favorite son had been killed by a wild animal.

    Yet, through the entire struggle of Jacob’s life, he never abdicated his destiny in God.

    Jerusalem, Israel

    Wrestling with Real-World Issues
    “They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.” (John 17:16)

    Abraham and Isaac led separated, set-apart lives. While Abraham did pray for Sodom and Gomorrah, he would not live among them. His son Isaac walked away from the Philistines and would not mix with the inhabitants of the land.

    But it was Jacob (Israel) and his children, engaged and struggling with the real issues of community life, who were entrusted with establishing the Jewish nation. Jacob brought God into the world of commerce, politics and everyday life.

    So, too, we are called to be in the world, but not of the world. We walk a fine line and take cues from Yeshua (Jesus).
    Yeshua did not separate himself from the common people, but was known as a friend of sinners.

    Although we struggle and wrestle throughout our lives, we too can have an impact by bringing God into the real world in which we live.

    „Repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:47)

  5. David J. Stoenescu zice:

    Shalom. Noi aici in USA iubim evreii si ne rugam pentru toti fiii si fiicele lui Israel. Cei care nu-L cunosc pe Mesia sa-L gaseasca iar cei care L-au aflat sa fie rasplatiti cu har. Sunt sigur ca Israel nu va pieri niciodata. Fiti binecuvantata pentru toata slujirea dvs Otniela !

  6. Nela cea eliberata zice:

    Nu doarme nici nu dormiteaza Cel ce il pazeste pe Israel . Chiar de s-ar clatina muntii ! Psalmii 121 si 46. Cu drag. Shalom.

  7. Bogdan zice:

    Cum sa piara Israelul ? Daca Cel Sfant n-a permis asa ceva in timpul holocaustului va permite asa ceva acum , inainte de venirea lui Mesia ? De neconceput ! Si eu cred ca nu numarul conteaza ci calitatea ocrotirii.
    Sarut mana.

  8. Sebastian R. zice:

    Sarut mainile Otniela .Sunt dezolat sa aud ca poporul lui Dumnezeu creste asa de greu. Stiu insa ca asupra lui vegheaza un Ochi ” care nu dormiteaza.” Pana la urma nu in numar sta taria ci in Spiritul lui Dumnezeu. Si prin EL , Israel isi va vedea pacea restaurata la hotare. Nu Organizatia Natiunilor decide asupra destinului acestui popor, nu musulmanii , nu Coranul , nu Allah etc. Dumnezeul lui Avram , Isaac si Iacov se va proslavi ca Dumnezeu.
    Binecuvantat fie poporul Israel !
    Eu si sotia va multumim pentru cartea de poezii. Superbe ! Dumnezeu sa va binecuvinteze darul. Ei ii place Asteptare implinita , mie imi place aceea aceea cu Einstein.

  9. Valentina Radu zice:

    Si eu ma alatur corului de voci. Israel nu va pieri niciodata pentru ca Dumnezeu a incheiat un legamant cu parintii lor. Fiti binecuvantata ! Ne rugam pentru Israel si pentru mantuirea evreilor pe care Domnul Dumnezeu ii iubeste. Salom !

  10. Dragos Balthasar zice:

    Stimata Doamna Otniela
    Sarut mainile cu respect si consideratie pentru acest blog atat de informativ , bine lucrat si gandit. Nici nu ma pot gandi ce pierdere ar fi pentru intreaga lume sa dispara evreii. Stiti , m-am prezentat pe acest blog la un alt articol de-al D-voastra , ca fiind nepotul poetului Camil Balthazar. Bunicul meu deseori obisnuia sa spuna ca ” noi evreii suntem pasari singuratice si triste, care zburam desi aripile ne-au fost smulse . ” M-am tot intrebat de-a lungul anilor daca nu cumva bunicul avea dreptate.

  11. Ethan Goetz zice:

    schalom Otniela ! Very good informative post . keep your work up. Baruch habbah Melekh Moshiach!!!!!

  12. Laura Lauden zice:

    Shalom Alechem , sora mesiamica. Mda …, femeile evreice nu prea fac copii , acest lucru e invederat. Cu alte cuvinte nu sunt asa de bune ( sa ma scuzi de expresie , tu si vizitatorii tai ) de prasila. Majoritatea prietenelor mele nu au copii sau au doar unul…Suntem insa si noi bune de ceva. Deviza noastra este : putin , da foarte bun ! Cred ca pe acest lucru putem conta.
    HaSHEM sa fie cu tine !

  13. Violeta zice:

    N-am sa cred niciodata ca Israel are sanse sa dispara. Eu sunt sigura ca DUMNEZEU il va sustine si il va ajuta sa ramana in viata in mijlocul atator musulmani rai care fac declaratii pline de ura. Otniela , va salut pe d-voastra si pe toti evreii care viziteaza acest blog cu psalmul 91. Fiti tari si increzatori in Dumnezeu ! Ne rugam pentru poporul Lui. Shalom.

  14. un ucenic zice:

    cum sa moara Israel ?? niciodata ! nicidecum ! este poporul lui Iehova Domnul Ostirilor, poporul Lui de legamant. shalom pentru toti evreii mai ales cei mesianici care cred si Il urmeaza pe Domnul Iesua.

  15. Teodora zice:

    Shalom Otniela. Trebuie sa ne rugam pentru Israel. Acest lucru ni s-a spus si duminica la biserica. Dumnezeu are un plan deosebit cu acest popor si nu-l va lasa sa piara. Fie Israelul binecuvantat si pazit de toti dusmanii lui . Fiti binecuvantata !!

  16. Jonathan Cohen zice:

    Otniella daughter of Zion, keep doing your beautiful work for Hashem. Be blessed from Zion !!!!
    Schalom U vracha !

  17. Dana zice:

    Shabbat Shalom !

    Peicopa saptamanala este in ton cu topicul prezent pe blogul Otnielei.
    Dumnezeu este credincios si vegheaza sa I se implineasca Cuvantul Sau., Amin!

    Welcome to Vayeshev (and he lived), this week’s Parsha (Torah Portion). We know that you will be blessed as you go through this Scripture that will be read in synagogues around the world during this week’s Shabbat (Saturday) service. Enjoy!

    VAYESHEV (And He Lived)
    Genesis 37:1–40:23; Amos 2:6–3:8; Matthew 1:1–6, 16–25

    “Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.” (Genesis 37:1)

    Last week, in Parsha Vayishlach (And He Sent), Jacob left Haran and returned to the Holy Land after being away for 20 years. Before Jacob crossed the Jabbok River and reconciled with his brother Esau, he wrestled with a „man” until daybreak. This man then changed Jacob’s name to Israel saying that he had wrestled with God and man and had overcome.
    “Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a varicolored tunic.” (Genesis 37:3)
    This week, Parsha Vayeshev (And He Lived) reveals that Jacob showed favoritism to Joseph by giving him a coat of many colors, which resulted in his brothers hating him and plotting to kill him.
    Joseph, however, had a special destiny to rule and reign, as foretold in his prophetic dreams. His father must have had some knowledge of this also, since in the patriarchal age, Semitic chiefs wore coats of many colors as an insignia of rulership.
    Jacob, in giving Joseph a coat of many colors, marked him for the chieftainship of the tribes at his father’s death.
    Joseph, however, probably did not use wisdom in ‘boasting’ about it to his brothers.
    It seems that Joseph, in his youthful pride and zeal, needed some preparation in order to occupy that position of leadership. He needed a few more spins on the potter’s wheel to rub off some of those rough edges.

    Is God in Control?
    “So Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge.” (Genesis 39:4)
    The story of Joseph reminds all of us that God is sovereign and governs the affairs of man, even during those times in life when we are tempted to doubt that God is really in control.
    When we are engulfed in confusion and chaos, we may be totally in the dark about why strange and fiery trials are happening to us; however, through this story, we can find reassurance that God is guiding our footsteps.
    Joseph must have been confused by the trials he faced. Imagine being thrown into a pit by your very own brothers and sold into slavery in Egypt!
    He went from the heights of privilege, as the favored son of Jacob, to the depths of humiliation in the blink of an eye.
    “Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. Thus they brought Joseph into Egypt.” (Genesis 37:28)

    Nevertheless, God was with him, and Potipher favored him even though he was only a slave and appointed him overseer of his house (Genesis 39:4).

    Despite Joseph’s exalted position in Potipher’s house as an overseer, he was still a slave and not a free man.

    And just when he probably thought that his circumstances couldn’t worsen, he resisted the advances of Potipher’s wife.

    Was he rewarded for doing the right thing and for honoring God? Was he better off? Quite the opposite! He was thrown into prison for a crime he didn’t commit and left there to rot year after dismal year. Oy vey!

    “So Joseph’s master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined; and he was there in the jail.” (Genesis 39:20)

    It is tempting to question whether God was really at the helm at this point in Joseph’s life, but the end of the story shows that God was most definitely in control.

    Prophets in Training
    “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver.” (Malachi 3:3)

    Joseph was a ‘Prophet in Training’ during his time in the PIT.
    He needed to undergo the fires of purification in order to be refined into a vessel God could use.

    We see this in the lives of many of the great Bible characters. David, Moses, and Yeshua (Jesus) all spent time in what we call the wilderness being prepared for the great task God had for them, before fulfilling their destiny.

    This can be true in our own lives as well. We may have a unique calling from God and a special destiny that requires a time of preparation.

    A silversmith melts silver in a small crucible.
    Some of us may wonder, “What am I doing stuck in this PIT?”

    How could the people so close to us–those whom we trusted–hurt and betray us?

    The answer is simple. We are being prepared, purified, refined, and made ready to rule and reign with Yeshua as kings (melachim) and priests (cohanim) in His Kingdom.

    The Word of God says that Yeshua baptizes us with the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) and with fire, so why should we be confounded by the purification and preparation it takes to fulfill our destiny?

    “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) and fire.” (Matthew 3:11)

    The Fires of Purification
    “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine… When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, the flame will not set you ablaze.” (Isaiah 43:1-2)

    If we submit to the fires of purification and trust that with God by our side, we will not be burned, then God will exalt us in His perfect way and perfect time to fulfill our destiny.

    Although the process of purification can be uncomfortable and perhaps even painful, it can be the very thing that sets us free.

    “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Messiah Yeshua is revealed.” (1 Peter 1:6-7)

    Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego also experienced fiery trials. They were thrown bound into the fiery furnace because they refused to bow down to the golden image.
    But God was faithful and a fourth man was seen walking in the fire with them.
    When they emerged from the furnace, they were free: the bonds that tied them had been loosed. Not only were they not burned, they didn’t even smell like smoke! (Daniel 3)

    When we walk through fiery trials with God and Yeshua by our side, we’re going to come out of it better off than before, and if we will stay faithful, we’re not even going to smell like smoke!

    People won’t even be able to tell that we’ve gone through anything.

    We’re not going to look all beat up and worn out. People are going to say, “Wow! You’re looking great! What have you been doing lately?” And we can answer, “Oh, just spending time with God and Yeshua.” Hallelujah!
    “He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” (Daniel 3:25)

    A Comparison of Yoseph and Yeshua

    Another beautiful aspect of the story of Joseph is its clear prophetic message that points to the Messiah. In fact, the similarities between Yoseph (Joseph) and Yeshua (Jesus) are striking.
    The following are some of those similarities:
    They were both shepherds of their father’s sheep: “I am the good shepherd.” (John 10:11)
    They were both their father’s beloved sons: “This is my beloved son in Him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)
    They were both sent by their father to their brothers: “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” (Matthew 15:24)
    They were both hated by their brothers, rejected, and treated unjustly.
    Others plotted to harm them.
    They were tempted.
    They were taken to Egypt.

    While Joseph was sold into slavery and taken into
    Egypt, Yeshua was taken into Egypt by his father,
    who was warned by an angel to go there to save
    Yeshua’s life.
    They both had robes taken from them.
    They were both sold for the price of a slave.
    They were both bound in chains.
    They were both falsely accused.
    They were both placed with two other prisoners, one who was saved and the other lost.
    They were both 30 years old at the beginning of their public recognition.
    They were both exalted after suffering.
    They both brought salvation to their nation Israel.

    They both brought bread to the people: “I am the living bread” (John 6:51)

    They both forgave those who wronged them: “Father forgive them.” (Luke 23:34)

    The Jewish People pray at the Kotel (Western Wall) because it is a remnant
    of the Holy Temple that once stood on the Temple Mount, the spot that
    God has chosen for His dwelling place.
    What men did to them God turned to good – even the salvation of many people.
    They were both considered dead, but later discovered to be alive.
    Their brethren vowed never to bow down to them, but eventually did.
    Their brothers at first didn’t recognize them, but later came to understand who they were.
    These last two points, especially, can be considered in a prophetic light.
    They give us such hope of what will take place between Yeshua and His brethren – the Jewish People. Just as Joseph’s brothers mocked him and vowed they would never bow down to him, so do Yeshua’s Jewish brethren also refuse to bow to Yeshua.

    The idea that Yeshua could actually be the promised Messiah is, to most Jewish people, still a preposterous notion. They laugh at and mock our faith; however, one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Yeshua is Lord.

    “…at the name of Yeshua, every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.” (Philippians 2:10)

    And just as Joseph’s brothers eventually came to recognize his true identity, when he declared, “Ani Yoseph” (I am Joseph), so will the Jewish People, Yeshua’s brethren, in the fullness of time see Him as the true Messiah of Israel and savior of the world.

    One day, a great reconciliation will take place, and He will say to His Jewish brothers, “Ani Yeshua Hamashiach” (I am Yeshua the Messiah). In that day, the Jewish People will see Him for who He truly is.

    Joseph’s brothers did not recognize him as an Egyptian. He looked like an Egyptian and he spoke like a foreigner. Similarly, Yeshua has been taken out of the Jewish context and presented over the centuries as a foreign, Gentile god, making it nearly impossible for the Jewish People to recognize Him; however, the day will come when His true identity will be made known.

    Just as Joseph’s brothers wept in sorrow and fear, so will the Jewish People mourn for Him as an only son.

    “…they will look on me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:10)

    “For out of Zion shall go forth the Torah and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 2:3)
    ​Shabbat Shalom from all of us – the Israeli ministry staff
    here in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Netanya, Rehovot, Herzliya, Haifa, Tiberias, Sefat, Beer Sheva, Ashkelon, Bet Shemesh – the Holy Land.

  18. Daniel Alexandru Galeriu zice:

    Ma indoiesc ca acest lucru se va intampla vreodata ! ( pieirea Israelului ) Dumnezeu ii iubeste pe Iacov si pe fiii lui si nu-i va lasa sa se piarda , chiar daca acest popor este inconjurat de dusmani. Shalom. Sarut mainile !

    • Ibanescu Rodica Alice zice:

      Nici eu nu cred asa ceva . Cum sa piara poporul lui Dumnezeu de legamant ? Este in joc promisiunea facuta lui Avram, Isac si Iacov. ” Sa ascund Eu lui Avram ? ” sau ” Sa mint EU lui Iacov ? ” – afirma Dumnezeu de multe ori.

    • Anca Gore zice:

      Shalom Otniela ! Cum sa piara poporul lui Dumnezeu cand El ii promite lui Avraam ” voi binecuvanta pe cei ce te vor binecuvanta si voi blestema pe cei ce te vor blestema ” ?
      Dumnezeu este sfant , drept si neschimbat ! El isi va implini fata de Israel toate fagaduintele Lui mari si scumpe. Slava Creatorului !

  19. Shabat Shalom , Hag Sameah ! Dragi Prieteni , multumiri pentru participarea la acest topic ! Multumiri pentru rugaciuni si incurajari , Poporul lui Dumnezeu are nevoie de ele. Fiti binecuvantati din Sion !
    Shabat Shalom, Hag Sameah ! Dear Friends , many thanks for your coming and sharing this topic ! Thanks very much, also, for your prayers and ecouragements, People of God needs all of them. May you be blessed from Zion !

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