And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would pray to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today would be such as I am—except for these chains!” Acts 26:29
The American pop artist Andy Warhol wrote in 1968, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” From that statement came the now famous reference to “15 minutes of fame” – a moment when someone finds himself in the spotlight. What would we do or say if we suddenly found ourselves with a captive audience?
That is, if you had one thing you could tell the world, what would it be? Spotlights can cause some people to lose their nerve and freeze, but not so with Paul. On several occasions he found himself standing before authorities with a captive audience, he never failed to declare the good news of the Messiah Yeshua and encouraging those listening to believe in Him.
“When they had brought them, they placed them before the Sanhedrin. The kohen gadol (high priest) questioned them, saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name—and look, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring on us the blood of this Man!” Peter and the emissaries replied, “We must obey God rather than men”. Acts 5:27 – 29
God has given us a calling to share the truth of Messiah in the world that is desperate for the Truth. Beth Messiah has a special anointing to take the Good News of the Messiah out to the world.
Regardless of the size and place of the opportunities God gives you, be prepared to speak of the hope that lies within you.
“Sanctify Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you”. 1 Peter 3:15
You are a witness whether you want to be or not.
There are no events or Hanukiah lights this year at the Synagogue.
In January, after 2 years of preparation, careful thought, prayer, dialogue and strategic planning, January is going to be the month we are fully trusting God to rekindle the fire He first began here two years ago. It will be the spiritual counterpart of Chanukah or Dedication as we receive the oil for the Menorah in the Temple and in the New Covenant Temple, WE ARE THAT TEMPLE! The Menorah in the Temple in Jerusalem was lit eternally and so it is with us. Yeshua told us, “You are the Light of the World’. January is launch month and a month of basic training. It will be a month of receiving the Lord’s power, passion and wisdom to lead many to righteousness and make them disciples who also will lead many to righteousness and make disciples who will also lead many to righteousness and make disciples who will also lead many to righteousness and make disciples and so on and so on for the rest of our lives! This IS THE RACE WE ARE CALLED TO RUN! It’s when we will re-sharpen our swords and engage in spiritual boot camp. But we are trusting the Lord will work through us in a sustainable dimension so that we will grow in our commitment to be salt and light as a way of life going forward. Beginning January, we will go out into the harvest BUT CONTINUE sowing and reaping in February, March, April, May… until the end of the age.
We corporately are setting sail like our Messianic Jewish fathers before us, as a fishing boat. Our goal? To take Sarasota for the Lord, the Jewish people first. This is what January is all about.
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Leviticus 23:33-36 Adonai spoke to Moses saying: “Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, and say, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the Feast of Sukkot, for seven days to Adonai. On the first day there is to be a holy convocation—you are to do no laborious work. For seven days you are to bring an offering by fire to Adonai. The eighth day will be a holy convocation to you, and you are to bring an offering by fire to Adonai. It is a solemn assembly—you shall do no laborious work.
Leviticus 23:39-43 “So on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruits of the land, you are to keep the Feast of Adonai for seven days. The first day is to be a Shabbat rest, and the eighth day will also be a Shabbat rest. On the first day you are to take choice fruit of trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and rejoice before Adonai your God for seven days. You are to celebrate it as a festival to Adonai for seven days in the year. It is a statute forever throughout your generations—you are to celebrate it in the seventh month. You are to live in sukkot for seven days. All the native-born in Israel are to live in sukkot, so that your generations may know that I had Bnei-Yisrael to dwell in sukkot when I brought them out of the land of Egypt. I am Adonai your God.”
Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, is the culmination of the High Holy Days. It is the most Messianic of all of the Fall Feasts. It is also the most significant for the non-Jewish people of the world.
We are instructed to celebrate in the sukkah for seven days. And God added an eighth day for us to continue celebrating with Him.
During this festival, if you don’t have a sukkah in your backyard, there will be one at the Synagogue for you to use. Take the opportunity to “dwell in a Sukkah” during this time.
This is my favorite time of year. It is a great opportunity to draw closer to God. It will not add to your salvation or cause God to love you more. I hope you find, as I do, celebrating the Feast of Sukkot will draw you closer in intimacy with God.
It is all about God and all about our Messiah.
He is the All!