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Adar 13 Insatiable

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they shall be filled.”(Mat 5:6 ISR)

Noah Webster defines “insatiable” as “incapable of being satisfied or appeased; very greedy; as an insatiable appetite or desire; insatiable thirst”[1].Someone who is addicted to a drug (ANY drug) will have an insatiable appetite for that drug he/she is addicted to.This individual will do whatever is necessary to satisfy the craving for this drug, legal or illegal.And that is the nature of an addiction; it is a bondage that is difficult to break free from.
And yet, how hungry and greedy are we for the things of our Elohim, for His presence, for His Word, for His shalom, for the righteousness that only comes through obedience to Him? This type of hunger is a blessing from our Creator, and one that He longs to satisfy, for He is the only One that can.
“And יהושע said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall not get hungry at all, and he who believes in …

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Adar 12

"Happy are the meek, for they will inherit the land." (Mat 5:5 HRV)

The concept of being “meek”in a world that is totally concentrated on individual human and civil rights is everything contradictory.  Most people associate meeknesswith weakness, and the statement that this is the class of believers that will inherit the earth seems ludicrous. Yet true Biblical meekness is everything but weak, as our Messiah Yeshua showed us in the example of His own life.  He illustrated incredible strength and boldness when He drove the money changers out of the Temple area, while overturning their tables (see Mark 11:15-19).  However, on the flip side of this coin, when Yeshua raised the only son of a widow from the dead, He showed great compassion, gentle mercy and the grace of our ABBA Father (see Luke 7:11-15).
Meekness is power and strength under the perfect control of the Spirit of Elohim.Considered a fruit of the Ruach (Gal 5:22, 23), meekness will patiently stand unde…

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Adar 11 Those Who Mourn

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”(Mat 5:4 NKJV)

Most of us are familiar with the story of King David and Bathsheba, a story of adultery and murder (see 2Sam 11–12:23).Nathan was the prophet chosen by YHWH (2Sam 12:1) to confront and expose the depth of these sins to David; upon doing so, the king’s comment to Nathan was: “I have sinned against יהוה.”(2Sam 12:13).Much of the heart-wrenching teshuva – repentance - that David went through is written for us to bear witness to in Ps 51.
How many of us can say we have truly “mourned” over the sin we have committed in our lives, sin that has brought sorrow to our ABBA Father, sin that has grieved Him, disappointed Him?Have we reached such a place of casualness concerning sin, of expecting and assuming forgiveness, of taking it for granted, of treating it lightly?Noah Webster’s definition of “repentance” includes “real penitence; sorrow or deep contrition for sin, as an offense and dishonor to God…

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Adar 10 Poor of Spirit

“Happy are the poor of spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”(Mat 5:3 HRVS)

It is, perhaps, difficult to associate blessings with being poor; such, however, is the “banking system” in the finances of our Father’s Kingdom.“Poor of spirit” has absolutely nothing to do with our external circumstances or conditions; it is the attitude and condition of our heart.It is how we see ourselves when we look in the mirror of the Word of our Elohim, His TORAH, His divine instructions for righteous and moral living.What kind of opinion do we have of ourselves?If we were to realistically strip away everything that our Elohim is, and does, in and through us, just how proud of ourselves would we be?
“For by favor you have been saved, through belief, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of Elohim, it is not by works, so that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Messiah יהושע unto good works, which Elohim prepared beforehand that we should walk in t…

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Adar 9 Slinging Mud

Who is the man who desires life, Who loves many days, in order to see good? Keep your TONGUE FROM EVIL, And your LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT. Turn away from evil and do good; Seek peace, and pursue it.” (Ps 34:12-14 ISR, emphasis mine)

Jewish Wisdom prohibits all calumny (a false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something[1]), backbiting and slander; in the Hebrew language, this is referred to as LaShon Hara, and literally means “evil speech”.To the Torah-observant Jew, this is one of the worst sins that can be committed, for it brings death and destruction to relationships.Jews believe that LaShon Hara commits a three-fold murder and desecration:It ruins the slanderer, the listener, and the one being maligned.[2]
A “moral leprosy” is one description I found of this evil; the basis of this definition coming from Num 12:1-15, which is the account of the slander done to Moses by his siblings, Aaron and Miriam.For the part she played …

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Adar 8 Worthless

But the way of the wrong comes to naught. (Ps 1:6 ISR)

This section of verse is, to me, not only very sad, but equally terrifying.We learned that “the way” is the manner of life we live.We also understand that the “wrong” are those who are wicked, ungodly and criminal.But stop and think: these people were originally created in the image of Elohim, just as we are.They have had the same opportunities to serve our Creator as we have had.Yet they ultimately choose a path that will lead to their extermination.Sad, and a terrifying reminder of what could have been us, had we made the same wrong choices.
The Hebrew word that has been translated as “naught” (some versions read perish) is the word 'âbad (Strong’s H6), and means to perish, be destroyed or exterminated.Jeff Benner defines this word as “To be separated from the whole, life or functionality.”[1]It appears to be a very final and serious word.Mr. Webster defines “naught” as “nothing, worthless, of no value or acc…

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Adar 7 THE Way

For יהוה knows the way of the righteous …” (Ps 1:6 ISR)

The word derek (Strong’s #H1870) is the Hebrew word that has been translated as “way”, and means, literally, a road, path, or a way.Also included in the meaning of derek is a journey, a manner, or the course of life.It would appear that this word, a noun, implies an action – such as walking or traveling on the road or path.And in truth, we are all embarked on this journey we call life, some one way, some another.
However, our focus is on the road, or path, that the righteous one is on.If we allow the Word of our Elohim to define this word derek, we find the “way of the righteous” will primarily be focused on Torah.We have learned that the one who is righteous is the one who does what is right, observing the “right-rulings” of Torah (see Deu 4:8).The “way of the righteous” must therefore be the path of following Torah.

“And you shall enlighten them concerning the laws and the Torot, and show them the way in which they s…

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Adar 6 Relationship

For יהוהKNOWS …” (Ps 1:6 ISR, emphasis mine)

Yâda (Strong’s H3045) is the Hebrew word that has been translated as “know”, and means so much more than just being acquainted with someone.I like Jeff Benner’s definition the best:“To have an intimate and personal understanding; to have an intimate relationship with another person.”[1]The idea that my Creator is so closely concerned with me is beyond my comprehension.
However, it takes two people to have any kind of an intimate relationship, and it can never be intimate without each party giving that 150%.Any good relationship takes work – giving that 150% - to make it successful and strong.And without the commitment to making it work, any association will be just that: a casual acquaintance.
As it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual: we can all relate stories of relationships that were once close, yet fizzled away and died, mostly because one (or both) individuals just no longer cared.With that in mind, the ques…

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Adar 5 Congregation of the Righteous

“…Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. (Ps 1:5 ISR)

I believe it would be safe to say that the opposite of “sinner” is one who is “righteous”.We have already discussed what a sinner is in this series; however, let us look again at the definition given to us by Mr. Webster, to refresh our memory:“One that has voluntarily violated the divine law; a moral agent who has voluntarily disobeyed any divine precept, or neglected any known duty(emphasis mine).”[1]This is the group of people that will have no part in the Kingdom of our Elohim.
What does it mean to be righteous?According to a leading Torah-teacher, righteousness is something we do, it is an action.[2]We often speak of “walking” Torah – is this not something we are doing?Therefore, when we make the willing and conscious decision to live a lifestyle of doing what we know to be right, we are righteous.This is not to be confused with the righteousness we receive through Messiah Yeshua (s…