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Yeshua and the Sabbath

Jesus and the SABBATH A sermon delivered at Beit El Echad Messianic Congregation Kansas City, Missouri Friday 9 May 2014 By Bob Mendelsohn

Introduction Thank you Gavriel for welcoming me to the pulpit tonight, to share the message from this week’s parasha, about Yeshua and the Sabbath. We read Leviticus 25 tonight, the portion nicknamed Behar, which as happens in so many portions, derives from one of the first words in the text, verse 1, “The LORD then spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai”, or in Hebrew, Behar Sinai, on Mt Sinai.
Now if I were giving this message in a church on a Sunday, which by the way will be happening soon enough, once a Jewish man wearing a kippah is introduced as the preacher, some in the church will get nervous, especially if they hear the phrase ‘Mt Sinai’ in his introductory comments. The immediate suspicion among many would be “Oh no, this guy didn’t read Galatians and wants to get us ‘under the Law.’ Or “Oh no, another sermon trying to get me to live in a rule-book reli…

When final means final

Malcolm Glazer died at 85 years old this week and his teams at Tampa Bay and at Manchester will no doubt send their farewells in significant and appropriate means. (Debt aside)

#1 Serena Williams and #2 Li Na are both out of the women's draw at the French Open in the 2nd round and said their farewells quickly and with sadness.

The Australian Defense Force said the drone search for Malaysian air #870 is terminated for at least two months. They are looking for someone else to take up the charge.

American author and poet Maya Angelou, an eloquent commentator on race and gender best known for her groundbreaking autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, died at age 86 in North Carolina.

Things end...and other things begin.

Life includes death and reality is that we need to embrace that, and live with the reality/ consequences of that. Final means final.

Oh, wait, except there really is something beyond the grave. What shall we say of that?

The problem: Speaking the truth

Sometimes speaking out is costly. It might cost you or those who happen to know something. Do you remember the movie, “Man of the Year” (2006)? Lewis Black’s character is talking to the Robin Williams character who was just elected president of the US (but not really-- it was computer error). They are facing the conundrum of being honest and admitting the election had errors so that Williams’ Tom Dobbs won. If they tell the truth, Dobbs has to decline the apparent victory. If they don’t tell the truth, they have to live through the presidency with the guilt of their non-disclosure. I won't spoil the ending to tell you what William's Dobbs does or doesn't do. (By the way, see the bottom of this blog for a bit on Wikipedia)

Sounds like Victor Hugo in “Les Miserables” when he says through the main character Jean Valjean who is met with a similar conundrum, “If I speak, I am condemned. If I stay silent, I am damned!” Does he tell the policeman who gives his life to find Valj…

Life changes and photography

I was tagging some photos from the past on my Flickr page and saw this shot I took of my neighbors as they celebrated their success in the chamber of commerce voting in Bondi Junction. It was only two years ago when the voting took place and they were elected a very successful operation in the area. The ladies gathered in front of the sign, like a red carpet gala, and I shot the picture. All good.

The hair salon continues now in a new location about 100 metres from the old one, and is even bigger and has continual clientele. Only what struck me was the staff is-- with one exception-- completely new. Only the owner/ operator continues (she's in the middle) and the others have moved on. Now I understand that society is more mobile than when I was a child, but 80% turnover in 24 months?  Is that normal and if so, what are the implications?

The Murray (River) Pioneer in March this year published a fairly dull editorial which however included this sentiment, "Take Zombie movies, …

Who is the messiah? Jesus in the Older Testament

This is usually delivered as a public address
Introduction: Comments from text May you understand more about our Redeemer and Messiah Yeshua. May you have more confidence in His Holy Word, the Bible. And may you care about witnessing to the Jewish people, my people, even more than you do now. 
"And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. While they were talking and discussing, Yeshua Himself approached and began traveling with them. (verse 16) But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad.
One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, “Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?” And He said to them, “What things?”…