Archive for the ‘Faith’ Category

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We are betrothed to God

February 16, 2013

Hosea 2:19-20 NASB

“I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, In lovingkindness and in compassion, And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the Lord .

Sometimes I wish I wrote here more often. Other times I’m happy my online public signature is more low-profile. Nevertheless, today I just wantes to share some thoughts on this passage. I love how this is giving us the essence of the gospel in such a direct way, hundreds of years before Yeshua came.

Just take a moment and think of it. How could he betroth us in righteousness and justice? We could never live up to the standards of His righteousness and justice. In lovingkindness and compassion he could. Just forgive our sins and justify us, even if we are wicked. Many religions, and even some Christians, believe that. That he “could have been just with us but chose to be compassionate”. No, I’m sorry, but that’s heresy.

Proverbs 17:15 NASB

He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.

So unless you think of God as someone who would be an abomination to himself, you need to rethink this. The passage in Hosea says clearly thay he will be BOTH – both righteous and just and also lovingkind and compassionate. How is that possible?

God gives us the answer in how the Messiah will solve this in Jeremiah 31, Isaiah 53, and various other passages. But right here he explains how this will come about – in faith. Faith and faithfulness is the same word in Biblical Hebrew. The translator always nees to make a judgement. Right here I think it should rather be FAITH.

God tells us that he will betroth us in both righteousness and justice and lovingkindness and compassion. Impossible. How will this happen? Through faith! And that is how we will know the Lord. This is exactly what he says will happen in Jeremiah 31, once the New covenant has been established.

Jeremiah 31:31-34 NASB

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the L ord , “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the L ord . “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the L ord , “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the L ord ,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the L ord , “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

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Happy Hanukka!

December 9, 2012

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Calming down

November 17, 2012

No, the situation or the war is not calming down. But we are. It was a bit scary and nervous yesterday, since it’s the first time we experienced it, but today we are a bit calmer. Tomorrow I go back to work.

The kids are sleeping in their regular beds tonight, and so will we. Yesterday I stayed up until around 7 in the morning, and after the kids had gotten their breakfast, and my wife got up, I went to sleep for 2 hours.

We will keep going with our regular life here, but being a bit more on the alert. (Ok, not really regular – I’m off the university studies for a while, since my teacher was drafted).

The way I see it, and explained it to the kids (and to myself): If you are in the street, and there’s a siren, and you do nothing – you are still more likely to be hit by a car than by a rocket. We run downstairs two floors, just in case. Not because we think there will be a rocket. Just as you put on seatbelts without thinking there will be a car crash.

Thanks for all the positive answers and feedbacks we’ve been receiving. We appreciate it. As you might have noticed I have stopped twittering (it’s not on the right side anymore), and will instead keep my small updates on Facebook, for a limited number of friends who know me personally.

And that’s all I have to say right now. Our life will go on as usual right now. Just a bit more on the alert. Shorter showers, just in case. Change clothes one part of the body at a time. Make sure we always know where to go if something happens.

God is with us.

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Attacks against Jerusalem…?

November 16, 2012

I used to think. “They can’t reach that far”. But now they’re reaching Tel Aviv, so apparently they can. I used to think “They won’y bomb their own holy city, with all our Arab inhabitants”. But now they have spread a (false!) rumour that they hit the Knesset in Jerusalem. So apparently they do have the motivation to hit us.

I can’t let fear overcome me. I must be strong and lead if anything happens, for the sake of my kids. But it’s very unpleasant knowing that an alarm could go off anytime.

And I’m still spoiled with living in one of the safest places in Israel right now. I can’t imagine what life must be like for those in Sderot or Beer Sheva.

But I can comfort myself with the fact that we have the most awesome army and the most awesome God in the world. We have an army that will care and protect us as much as they can. I can’t imagine what life must be like for the civilians in Gaza, who are totally neglected by Hamas, and purposely used as human shields.

We’ll get through this. We’ve done it before. Psalm 83 and 91!

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Psalm 83!

November 15, 2012

Psalm 83:1-18 NASB

O God, do not remain quiet;
Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still. For behold, Your enemies make an uproar,
And those who hate You have exalted themselves. They make shrewd plans against Your people,
And conspire together against Your treasured ones. They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation,
That the name of Israel be remembered no more.” For they have conspired together with one mind;
Against You they make a covenant: The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites; Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria also has joined with them;
They have become a help to the children of Lot. Selah. Deal with them as with Midian,
As with Sisera  and  Jabin at the torrent of Kishon, Who were destroyed at En-dor,
Who became as dung for the ground. Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb
And all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, Who said, “Let us possess for ourselves
The pastures of God.” O my God, make them like the whirling dust,
Like chaff before the wind. Like fire that burns the forest
And like a flame that sets the mountains on fire, So pursue them with Your tempest
And terrify them with Your storm. Fill their faces with dishonor,
That they may seek Your name, O LORD . Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever,
And let them be humiliated and perish, That they may know that You alone, whose name is the LORD ,
Are the Most High over all the earth.

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Jerusalem homeschooling week

May 10, 2012

Just came back home after an amazing homeschooling week in Jerusalem. Took a week off work and spent a week with the family in Jerusalem, teaching the kids about Jerusalem’s history, geography, etc. Some biology and physics at the zoo and the science museum, etc.

Will write more about this later today, or tomorrow.

In addition, I still went to look at apartments during the evenings, and we finally found one! From this summer we are officially Jerusalemites.

Backside: I won’t be able to call myself a “settler on the West Bank” anymore. Too bad… that sounded so cool… 😉

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Labor Day

May 1, 2012

Happy Labor Day everyone! May we reach a day in Israel where we will be able to divide the economic cake as fair as possible among those who deserve it, while protecting and helping the weaker ones in society. May we do this, and also find a sustainable alternative to Economic growth, while still maintaining competition, openness, personal freedom and good responsible public fiscal and monetary finances.

This can only happen if the Economic machine is driven by "the wish to make the world a better place" instead of personal greed. And that has to start on the inside of millions of people in order for society to change.

Let it start with you.

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