Monday, September 30, 2013

Creator - Tishri 26, 5774

"Thus says God the LORD,
Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread forth the earth
and that which comes from it,
Who gives breath to the people on it,
And spirit to those who walk on it:
'I, the LORD,
have called You in righteousness,
And will hold Your hand;
I will keep You and give You
as a covenant to the people,
As a light to the Gentiles,
To open blind eyes,
To bring out prisoners from the prison,
Those who sit in darkness
from the prison house.
I am the LORD,
that is My name;
And My glory I will not give to another,
Nor My praise to carved images.
Behold, the former things have come to pass,
And new things I declare;
Before they spring forth
I tell you of them.'"
Isaiah 42:5-9

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Consider the Lilies - Tishri 25, 5774

"Then He said to His disciples,
'Therefore I say to you,
do not worry about your life,
what you will eat;
nor about the body,
what you will put on.
Life is more than food,
and the body is more than clothing.
Consider the ravens,
for they neither sow nor reap,
which have neither storehouse nor barn;
and God feeds them.
Of how much more value are you than the birds?
And which of you by worrying
can add one cubit to his stature?
If you then are not able to do the least,
why are you anxious for the rest?
Consider the lilies,
how they grow:
they neither toil nor spin;
and yet I say to you,
even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
If then God so clothes the grass,
which today is in the field
and tomorrow is thrown into the oven,
how much more will He clothe you,
O you of little faith?"
Luke 12:22-28

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Blessings Abound - Tishri 24, 5774

"Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.  And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:

Blessed shall you be in the city, and
blessed shall you be in the country.

Blessed shall be the fruit of your body,
the produce of your ground and
the increase of your herds,
the increase of your cattle and
the offspring of your flocks.

Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.

Blessed shall you be when you come in, and 
blessed shall you be when you go out.

The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you
to be defeated before your face;
they shall come out against you one way and
flee before you seven ways.

The LORD will command the blessing on you 
in your storehouses and
in all to which you set your hand, and
He will bless you in the land
which the LORD your God is giving you.

The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself,
just as He has sworn to you,
if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and
walk in His ways.

Then all peoples of the earth
shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD,
and they shall be afraid of you.

And the LORD will grant you plenty of goods,
in the fruit of your body,
in the increase of your livestock, and
in the produce of your ground,
in the land of which the LORD 
swore to your fathers to give you.

The LORD will open to you His good treasure,
the heavens, 
to give the rain to your land in its season, and
to bless all the work of your hand.
You shall lend to many nations,
but you shall not borrow.

And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail;
you shall be above only, and not be beneath,
if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God,
which I command you today,
and are careful to observe them.

So you shall not turn aside
from any of the words which I command you this day,
to the right or the left, to go after
other gods to serve them."

Deuteronomy 28:1-14   


"Therefore thus says the LORD
concerning the king of Assyria:

'He shall not come into this city,
Nor shoot an arrow there,
Nor come before it with shield,
Nor build a siege mound against it.
By the way that he came,
By the same shall he return;
And he shall not come into this city,'
Says the LORD.
For I will defend this city, to save it
For My own sake and for My servant David's sake.'"
Isaiah 37:33-35

Friday, September 27, 2013

Revive Me - Tishri 23, 5774

"Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes,
and I shall keep it to the end.

Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law;
Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,
for I delight in it.

Incline my heart to Your testimonies,
and not to covetousness.

Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,
and revive me in Your way.

Establish Your word to Your servant,
who is devoted to fearing You.

Turn away my reproach which I dread,
for Your judgments are good.

Behold, I long for Your precepts;
revive me in Your righteousness."

Psalm 119:33-40 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Vinedressers - Tishri 22, 5774

"Hear another parable:
There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard
and set a hedge around it,
dug a winepress in it and
built a tower.
And he leased it to vinedressers and
went into a far country.
Now when vintage-time drew near,
he sent his servants to the vinedressers,
that they might receive its fruit.
And the vinedressers took his servants,
beat one, killed one, and
stoned another.
Again he sent other servants,
more than the first, and
they did likewise to them.
Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying,
'They will respect my son.'
But when the vinedressers saw the son,
they said among themselves,
'This is the heir.  Come, let us kill him
and seize his inheritance.'
So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.
Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes,
what will he do to those vinedressers?
They said to Him, 'He will destroy those wicked men
miserably, and lease his vineyard
to other vinedressers
who will render to him
the fruits in their seasons.'
Jesus said to them, 'Have you never read in the Scriptures:
'The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone.
This was the LORD'S doing,
And it is marvelous in our eyes'?
Therefore I say to you,
the kingdom of God will be taken from you and
given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.
And whoever falls on this stone will be broken;
but on whomever it falls,
it will grind him to powder."
Matthew 21:33-44

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

These Words - Tishri 21, 5774

"And these words which I command you today
shall be in your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children,
and shall talk of them when you sit in your house,
when you walk by the way,
when you lie down, and when you rise up.
You shall bind them as a sign on your hand,
and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
You shall write them on the doorposts of your house
and on your gates."
Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

He knows - Tishri 20, 5774

"Deliver those who are drawn toward death,
And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.
If you say, 'Surely we did not know this,'
Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it?
He who keeps your soul,
Does He not know it?
And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?"
Proverbs 24:11-12

Monday, September 23, 2013

An Offering for Sin - Tishri 19, 5774

"Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
And they made His grave with the wicked -
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant,
Shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors."
Psalm 53


"Now hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out
in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
For when we were still without strength,
in due time
Christ died for the ungodly.
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die;
yet perhaps for a good man
someone would even dare to die.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us,
in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.
Much more then, having now been
justified by His blood,
we shall be saved from wrath
through Him."
Romans 5:5-9

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Time - Tishri 18, 5774

"To everything there is a season,
a time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace."
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Refuge - Tishri 17, 5774

"There is no one like the God of Jeshurun,
who rides the heavens to help you,
and in His excellency on the clouds.
The eternal God is your refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting arms;
He will thrust out the enemy from before you,
and will say, 'Destroy!'
Then Israel shall dwell in safety,
The fountain of Jacob alone,
In a land of grain and new wine;
His heavens shall also drop dew.
Happy are you, O Israel!
Who is like you, a people
saved by the Lord,
the shield of your help
and the sword of your majesty!
Your enemies shall submit to you,
and you shall tread down their high places."
Deuteronomy 33:26-29

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fruitful Vine - Tishri 16, 5774

Psalm 128

"Blessed is every one who fears the LORD,
who walks in His ways.
When you eat the labor of your hands,
you shall be happy,
and it shall be well with you.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the very heart of your house,
your children like olive plants
all around your table.
Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you out of Zion,
and may you see the good of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
Yes, may you see your children's children.
Peace, be upon Israel!"

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Whatever Things - Tishri 15, 5774

"Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything
by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving,
let your requests be made known to God;
and the peace of God,
which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren,
whatever things are true,
whatever things are noble,
whatever things are just,
whatever things are pure,
whatever things are lovely,
whatever things are of good report,
if there is any virtue and
if there is anything praiseworthy -
meditate on these things."
Philippians 4:6-8

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

We Are Dust - Tishri 14, 5774

"For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is His mercy
toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children,
so the Lord pities whose who fear Him.
For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass;
as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
But the mercy of the LORD is
from everlasting to everlasting
on those who fear Him,
and His righteousness
to children's children,
to such as keep His covenant,
and to those who 
remember His commandments
to do them."
Psalm 103:11-18 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Will Not Fear - Tishri 13, 5774

"The LORD will guide you continually,
and satisfy your soul in drought,
and strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
and like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail."
Isaiah 58:11


"Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor stands in the path of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

But his delight is in the
law of the LORD,
and in His law
he meditates day and night.

He shall be like a tree
planted by the rivers of water,
that brings forth its fruit
in its season,
whose leaf also shall not wither;
and whatever he does shall prosper."
Psalm 1:1-3


"Blessed is the man who
trusts in the LORD,
and whose hope is the LORD.
For he shall be like a tree
planted by the waters,
which spreads out its roots by the river,
and will not fear when heat comes;
but its leaf will be green,
and will not be anxious
in the year of drought,
nor will cease from yielding fruit."
Jeremiah 17:7-8


"Make me understand
the way of Your precepts;
So shall I meditate
on Your wonderful works."
Psalm 119:27


"Behold, this day I am
going the way of all the earth.
And as you know in all your hearts
and in all your souls
that not one thing has failed
of all the good things
which the LORD your God spoke concerning you.
All have come to pass for you;
not one word of them has failed."
Joshua 23:14

Monday, September 16, 2013

Nest - Tishri 12, 5774

"I have heard a message from the LORD,
and an ambassador has been sent
to the nations:
'Gather together, come against her,
and rise up to battle!
For indeed, I will make you small among nations,
despised among men.
Your fierceness has deceived you,
the pride of your heart,
O you who dwell in the clefts of the rock,
who hold the height of the hill!
Though you make your nest as high as the eagle,
I will bring you down from there,'
says the LORD."
Jeremiah 49:14-16

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Do Not Worry - Tishri 11, 5774

"Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and
you shall glorify Me."
Psalm 50:15


"You will guide me with Your counsel,
and afterward receive me to glory.

Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth
that I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart fail;
but God is the strength of my heart and
my portion forever."
Psalm 73:24-26


"Whenever I am afraid,
I will trust in You.
In God (I will praise His word),
In God I have put my trust;
I will not fear.
What can flesh do to me?"
Psalm 56:3-4


"God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
even though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains
be carried into the midst of the sea;
though its waters roar and be troubled,
though the mountains shake with its swelling.  Selah
There is a river whose streams
shall make glad the city of God,
the holy place of the tabernacle
of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her,
she shall not be moved;
God shall help her,
just at the break of dawn."
Psalm 46:1-5


"'For the mountains shall depart
and the hills be removed,
but My kindness
shall not depart from you,
nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,'
says the LORD, who has mercy on you."
Isaiah 54:10


"Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving,
let your requests
be made known to God;
and the peace of God,
which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Resist him - Tishri 10, 5774

"Likewise you younger people,
submit yourselves to your elders.
Yes, all of you be submissive
to one another, and be clothed
with humility, for
'God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.'
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand
of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
casting all your care upon Him,
for He cares for you.
Be sober, be vigilant; because
your adversary the devil
walks about like a roaring lion,
seeking whom he may devour.
Resist him, steadfast in the faith,
knowing that the same sufferings
are experienced by your brotherhood
in the world."
I Peter 5:5-9
"And the Lord said,
'Simon, Simon!
Indeed, Satan has asked for you,
that he may sift you as wheat.
But I have prayed for you,
that your faith should not fail;
and when you have returned to Me,
strengthen your brethren.'"
Luke 22:31-32
"Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven,
'Now salvation, and strength,
and the kingdom of our God,
and the power of His Christ have come,
for the accuser of our brethren,
who accused them before our God
day and night,
has been cast down.
And they overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony,
and they did not love their lives
to the death.
Therefore rejoice, O heavens,
and you who dwell in them!
Woe to the inhabitants of the earth
and the sea!
For the devil has come down to you,
having great wrath,
because he knows
that he has a short time.'"
Revelation 12:10-12