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New Year’s Resolutions

SHABBAT MUSINGS
for the Weekend of Tevet 11 & 12, 5775
By Rev. Dirk J. Van Dalen, Ph.D.
(January 2 & 3, 2015)
Dr.vandalen@gmail.com


Here’s Some New Year’s Resolutions You May Want to Consider Making:
Don’t Imitate, Investigate!

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to Elohim, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
-- 2 Timothy 2: 15 –
 
You have all heard of the “monkey see, monkey do” adage. But, did you know that it takes very little intelligence to imitate and make what you hear, see, believe, and ultimately propagate, look like the real thing while it is not? One negative aspect of imitation is that it leads to perpetuation by those who regurgitate what they heard from inadequate sources (radio, TV, etc.). Considering our favorite subject; the Word of God, Torah, the Bible, time has come to get more serious about the study of that subject especially in light of prophetically expected occurrences connected to the imminent return of Messiah. The year 2014 has given us a plethora of end-time signs and messages seemingly indicating that the year 2015 will be a banner year in the history of the world. All prophecies pertaining to the removal of the Church from the earth have been fulfilled except for the removal itself. The only event in history we are waiting for is the reaching of the final numbers of Gentiles and Jewish people to be successfully introduced to Yeshua the Messiah. Those final figures only HaShem knows and the moment they are reached it’s, “up you go.”

Yeshua Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the Shofar of HaShem. And the dead in Messiah will rise first.”1 Thess. 4: 16 

Unfortunately, some fifty percent of those assuming to be part of the Church are not really part of the Body or Bride of Messiah (they’re not even good bride’s maids).

“Five of them were wise, and five foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps but no oil while the wise took their lamps with oil plus extra oil.”                                                                              -- Matthew 25: 2- 4 –


Another resolution to be considered has to do with the second part of the opening line: Investigate! by investigating we will get to the bottom of things and share in the excitement of making new discoveries. It is like biblical excavation, the treasures we are bound to find usually do not lie near the surface, we must dig for them. This does not mean that we second-guess God, we must never do that but, we certainly may -- and should – second-guess our teachers as long as we do so with a Bible in hand. Even what you read here, you must not take for granted but check it out for yourself. Too many individuals are merely pew warmers during the teaching sessions in our houses of worship. Consider that less than ten percent of the spoken word is retained by the hearer if all he/she does is listen with the physical ears. Retention is improved when the hearing is augmented by taking notes which may be referred to later, and discussed. Just as food for the physical body needs to be masticated and digested, so spiritual food needs to be processed after we receive it. As legitimate Believers in Messiah Yeshua, you may want to consider the return to your spiritual roots. Return to where Yeshua planned you to be and observe the day that was appointed by Elohim Himself. “Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Shabbat of solemn rest, a holy convocation…It is the Shabbat of the LORD in all your dwellings.” (Lev.23: 3) You see, it is not a Jewish thing, it is the LORD’s Day. When Yeshua came to earth as Messiah He said that He was the Lord of the Shabbat (Luke 6: 5). Come and meet me sometime at Beit Meshiach, the Messianic Congregation I now attend. There is proper Torah observation and solid Bible teaching. With all indications pointing at 2015 as being a year of extreme significance it may be prudent to make this a year of intensified Bible study.  We must become biblically literate through the application of Biblical Logic & Critical Thinking. It’s an attribute that has been missing from many institutions, even from those that are supposedly dedicated to the study and teaching of Scripture.

                                  Think About It.   
                 Be Blessed, and Shabbat Shalom!

 




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