Sunday, May 29, 2011

Step By Step - Michael W Smith

Hi and shalom!
In my corner of the world it has felt much like fall this past week with temperatures between 40-60 and we have had plenty of preciptation.. April flowers here have brought May showers.
I wanted to share a recent bit of wisdom with you from a weekly called
Bereans On Line.
This will help you with your journey today or any day.
Kevud Yehoveh, His presence be with us today!
The resource from which the following is quoted, is a part of the Talmud which also contains a quote we use for this blog in the intro/welcome.

Ben Azzai would say, “Run to pursue a minor mitzvah, and flee from a transgression. For a mitzvah brings another mitzvah, and a transgression brings another transgression. For the reward of a mitzvah is a mitzvah, and the reward of transgression is transgression.”

m.Pirkei Avot 4:2

I am often asked how we can motivate ourselves to obedience when we don’t quite feel like it. Ben Azzai gives us the secret: take one step at a time. Each commandment that we obey, will bring more obedience. Thus, even the smallest steps are positive steps toward a life of repentance.

Mellow Roc and Bereans On Line

Friday, May 27, 2011

Amidah Blessings 15-17

Hi and shalom!
Today is Friday May 27, and for those living in the US may I express regards to you for a blessed Memorial Day weekend. We have been considering the Daily Amidah the last several posts for the most part, and blessings 10-15 are concerned with prayers for National Israel. We as believers are responsible to pray not only for the peace of Israel but our country as well and the world at large.
These are shared from the site
Blessing Fifteen David's Kingdom
In this blessing, appeal is made for the "branch of David" to arise and bring about Israel's salvation (Yeshua).
We believe that Yeshua of Nazareth is indeed the promised and only legitimate Jewish Messiah.

May the seed of David, Your servant, flourish speedily, and may You exalt in your salvation. For in Your salvation do we hope all the day.
Blessed are You O Lord, who brings forth the horn of Your salvation.

Blessing Sixteen Acceptance of Prayer Kabbalat Tefillah

Hear our voice O Lord our God, and have pity and mercy upon us and accept in mercy our prayer, for You are a God who hears prayers and supplications.
Do not turn us away from before you, empty, for in mercy you hear the prayer of your people Israel.
Blessed are You O Lord, who hears prayer.

Blessing Seventeen Worship Avodah

According to the Rabbis of the Talmud, the Avodah prayer was said by the priests in the Temple after they had offered the sacrifices.

Mishnah Tamid 5:1)

Accept your people O Lord our God, and receive their prayer.
Restore the most holy service of Your house and accept in love the offerings and prayers of Israel.

May it please You always to want to accept the service of your people Israel. May our eyes see You return to Zion in mercy.
Blessed are you O Lord who restores His presence to Zion.

Kevud Yehoveh, his presence be with us..
Your hellos and comments are appreciated.

Mellow Roc

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Daily Amidah

Hi and shalom!
Today is Monday May 9 and we today will feature blessings nine and ten from the Daily Amidah. See previous posts for previous blessings and such.
Blessing Nine Birkat HaShanim - blessing for prosperity
This is an appeal for a prosperous year and perhaps for us timely in llieu of the flooding ravaging home land in the southern USA.
Bless for us Adonai our God, this year and its crops. Grant us a blessing on the earth. Satisfy us from Thy bounty and our year like other good years.

Blessing Ten Kibbutz galuyot Ingathering of the exiles
Appeal is made to the Lord to return the Jews from the afflictions of Galut.
Sound the great shofar for our freedom and raise a banner to gather our exiles and unite us together from the four corners of the earth.
Blessed are You O Lord who gathers the scattered of His people Ysrael.

Misapplied Terminology
The main line church this time of year ignores the 50-day passage of time from Passover to Pentecost as a time from moving from slavery to revelation. It instead prefers to use the adjective "Easter people" to describe believers who profess faith in the Messiah and His accomplished rescue mission for all of us. This is a rather blatent error on the part of the main line liberal replacement theologists to deny its Jewish roots and fosters to a degree a subtle anti-semitism.
I never want to be identified as an Easter people, Easter believer, but rather a Resurrection people or child of the first fruits which are more befitting to the time and season. Easter is a transliterated form of the Roman sun Goddess and is a term that would best be served as banned and deleted from the annals of church record, worship, and hymnedy.
Kevud Yehoveh, His Presence accompany us today.

Mellow Roc