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Jesus and the Mummy !!!!!!

Even though it has been a couple of weeks since we celebrated Passover and Resurrection Sunday, I wanted to share something that came across in my reading today. It’s not new information but maybe something that we need to be reminded of.

Every person that Jesus raised from the dead eventually died again. There is a big difference between a resurrection and a resuscitation.

Jesus called down into the darkness of the tomb with a loud cry, “Lazarus! Come out!” Jesus’ shout into the darkness reminds me of His earlier words: “I say to you, that an hour will come and is now here in which the dead will hear the voice of the son of God, and those who hear will surely live” (John 5:25).

Lazarus stepped out of the grave still bound in his tachrichin, the linen wrappings in which the Jewish people bury the dead to prepare them for the resurrection. In Jewish burial practice, the simple linen garments are tied around the dead with special ceremonial knots. A covering veils the face of the dead.

In those days, they placed a strip of linen on the body, wide and long enough to completely envelope it. The feet were placed at one end of the cloth and then they drew the cloth over the head to the feet. They bound the cloth at the angles, and they fastened the arms to the body with linen strips.

The Gospel’s description of Lazarus’ burial garments is consistent with Jewish burial garments to this very day. The Gospel of John later describes the tachrichin of Jesus in identical language, but in His case, Jesus left His burial garments behind, lying alone in the tomb.

So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. (John 19:40)

And so Simon Peter also came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he saw the linen wrappings lying there. (John 20:6)

The grave clothes illustrate the difference between the resurrection of Lazarus (resuscitation) and the resurrection of Jesus (transformation). Although Lazarus returned from the dead, he remained clothed with a mortal body. He was certainly to die again. Jesus, however, left mortality behind in the tomb, much as He left behind His burial garments.

Jesus instructed the onlookers to release the revived Lazarus from his burial garments and let him go. Jesus also releases us from our mortal bodies and offers us a transformation. “Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus the Messiah our Master!” (Romans 7:24-25). An hour is coming when the dead will hear His voice and rise. We will at that time be unshackled and free indeed.

 

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

 

Levi

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2015 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Ticket To the Kingdom!!!!!!

Every true disciple of Yeshua should expect to experience persecution in one form or another, sooner or later, but there is an upside to it: Entrance to the kingdom.

Yeshua taught His disciples to expect persecution. He said, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10). By saying “theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” Yeshua indicated that those who endure persecution for His sake will find entrance into the kingdom.

To be persecuted for the sake of righteousness means to suffer for the sake of faithfulness to God despite various types of insults and ridicule and attempts to force a person into compromise and apostasy.

The Jewish people have had a long history of enduring suffering and persecution for their allegiance to God, and most of it done to them in the name of Jesus. In the days before the Hasmonean revolt, the wicked Syrians and Greeks persecuted and even martyred Jewish people who remained faithful to the commandments of circumcision, Sabbath observance, and dietary laws. The same torture awaited the faithful Jews of the apostolic and post-apostolic age as the Roman world attempted to thwart the practice of Judaism.

Yeshua warned His disciples that they would be insulted, persecuted, and falsely accused specifically because of their affiliation with Him. He said, “Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man” (Luke 6:22). Some New Testament scholars suggest that the original Hebrew of Matthew 5:10 reads, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of The Righteousness One (HaTzaddik), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Yeshua is the Tzaddik, the “Righteous One.”

Yeshua reminded His disciples that the prophets of old suffered similar persecution from their countrymen. He said, “Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets” (Luke 6:23). In fact, Yeshua’s disciples should be concerned if they do not experience some measure of persecution for the sake of the Master: “Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way” (Luke 6:26). The reward of the persecuted is laid up in heaven, that is to say, it remains with the Father to be paid out at the coming of the kingdom of heaven: “They came to life and reigned with Messiah for a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4).

Something to think about on this almost Spring day,

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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A Personal Note

Hello, dear readers of my blog. I have taken an extended time off from writing. I have been traveling a lot, and to be honest, I’ve need a break. It has been a time of rest, reflection, work, and worship. I will only write something sporadically for the rest of the year. I will continue to post my daily Spurgeon and the John Newton poems on Saturday. I have much to do while I have a few more days here in Tulsa before I return to New York in December.

This next year is starting to take shape. I am working on joining The Jewish Federation of Tulsa where I can be more involved with the local Jewish community. We have a small community of only around 3,000 so this will be a great way to build relationships with more of them. I will also be in Paris for the month of June with Jews For Jesus in the outreach there. The month of July will be spent in New York for their summer outreach. I have been invited by the Washington DC branch leader to come and work with him when I have available time. I will probably wait until Spring and go on to DC from New York. And of course, I will continue to make my monthly trips to New York. That’s more than a third of next year away.

I will tell you all that there is nothing more that I would rather be doing. Sharing the Good News of Yeshua with my Jewish people, has been, and continues to be the burden of my heart. My prayer is that the church would once again catch the passion of Paul in Romans 10:1 and be burdened for them as well. ” Brothers, my heart’s deepest desire and my prayer to God for Israel is for their salvation”.  Many churches are apathetic to Jewish missions, and a vast amount are anti-Semetic. Both are totally unbiblical.

Please continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

 

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

 

Levi

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Jewish Missions, Religion

 

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The Vibrancy of the City !!!!!!

My first day in New York this month was a good one. I read a post yesterday from someone I often read and she explained about a visit over the weekend to Long Island. She said that when she looked over the bridge toward Manhattan she could feel the vibrancy running through her. I fully understand where she is coming from. I feel the same way as soon as I land at LaGuardia. No matter how many times I come here I always anticipate it. As a rule, as soon as I’m settled into my room I take off Uptown. Jews For Jesus is located at 31st and Park Ave. so it is a very nice walk. Here is a photo of the Empire State Building last night. It is only about 3 blocks away.

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Today, after the staff meeting and lunch, I headed to Herald Square and stood on the corner of 35Th and 6th Ave passing out tracks and speaking with those that wished to. Herald Square is a great place to be a herald of the forgiveness of sins that can be had only in Jesus the Messiah. I handed out 400 Jews For Jesus tracks and was able to have 4 conversations, 3 of them being Jewish men. That may not sound like a lot, but what we don’t know is how God will work in the hearts of all that received and read the tract. In the staff meeting this morning a mention came out of a gentleman responding after 1 1/2 years. We have a promise that if we proclaim the message of the Gospel that God will take those words and do His perfect work.

“So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
    it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
    and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it”. Isaiah 55:11

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Herald Square

Pray that God will use me in some small way in helping to reach some of this cities people to the Truth.

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

Levi

 

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Posted by on November 10, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Posted by on November 7, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Posted by on November 6, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Messianic Judaism, Religion

 

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