Weekly Bible Reading for October 25-31 2020: Lech L’Cha (Get Yourself)

This coming week, October 25-31 (7-13 Cheshvan), the Bible reading plan covers the following portions.

Lech L’Cha (Get Yourself)

25 Oct Genesis 12:1-13 Joshua 21:1-45 Matthew 10:24-42 Proverbs 2:10-22
26 Oct Genesis 12:14-13:4 Joshua 22:1-23:16 Matthew 11:1-19 Psalm 11:1-7
27 Oct Genesis 13:5-18 Joshua 24:1-33 Matthew 11:20-12:8 Psalm 12:1-8
28 Oct Genesis 14:1-20 Judges 1:1-2:23 Matthew 12:9-37 Psalm 13:1-6
29 Oct Genesis 14:21-15:6 Judges 3:31-4:24 Matthew 12:38-13:9 Psalm 14:1-7
30 Oct Genesis 15:7-17:6 Judges 5:1-31 Matthew 13:10-35 Psalm 15:1-5
31 Oct Genesis 17:7-27 Isaiah 40:27-41:16 Matthew 13:36-58 Proverbs 3:1-8

 

Where Is Ephraim? And Where Is He Going?, by Angus and Batya Wootten

via Where Is Ephraim? And Where Is He Going? – B’ney Yosef North America 

[Editor’s note: What greater purpose in life could there be than laboring to see the Kingdom of Heaven fully manifested on earth? This is in accordance with our Messiah’s instructions in His model prayer for us:

Our Father in heaven, sanctified be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:9-10 TLV)

This is the goal and hope of God’s people, but few think about how the Kingdom will come about, or what it will look like when it is here. One thing that is clear according to Scripture is that there is only one Kingdom, and it is called Israel. This is the foundational understanding of everything Angus and Batya wrote. In this article, first published in 1995, they briefly outline what Scripture says about the structure of the Kingdom, and what we can do to see its prophesied restoration come to pass.]


Where Is Ephraim? And Where Is He Going?

By Angus and Batya Wootten – July 1995

Jacob, when on his deathbed, blessed Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. In that blessing, the Patriarch prophesied that Ephraim’s descendants would become a “melo ha goyim,” or, “fullness of the Gentiles” (Genesis 48:19). Many centuries later, when Jacob’s sons had become the Twelve Tribes of Israel, the nation divided into two houses: Ephraim and Judah, Israel’s Northern and Southern Kingdoms. Both kingdoms disobeyed Yahveh, but Ephraim even went so far as to become nearly indistinguishable from the surrounding nations (“gentiles”). The disobedience of both houses brought on Yahveh’s sentence of judgment: exile into the nations.

Before scattering the “gentilized” Ephraimites, Yahveh sent the prophet Hosea to them, through whom He declared that the Ten Tribes would be scattered among all the nations (Jezreel), and thus lose their identity as Israelites (Lo-Ammi). However, He also said that one day they would “respond to Jezreel,” meaning their scattering. Like seed, they would experience a second birth that would make them once again the people of Israel. Even as the prophets prophesied, countless numbers of these scattered sheep have been found by the “Shepherd,” and so have “become sons of the Living God” (Amos 9:9; Hosea 1-2; Ezekiel 34:6-23; Romans 9:26).

Further, Yahveh has a plan for “reborn” Ephraim. It is a three-fold plan that will reunite the two houses of Israel: Ephraim and Judah. He will use this reunited people to fulfill His ultimate goal: that of bringing heaven to earth. To accomplish this task, Yahveh Elohim will –

    • Identify Ephraim
    • Reunite Ephraim and Judah
    • Restore the Kingdom to a reunited Israel, and usher in Messiah’s return (John 17; Romans 11:25-26, Jeremiah 31:18-19. Isaiah 8:14; 11:11-14; Ezekiel 37:15-28).

Who will Yahveh use to execute this plan? Scripture and history are clear. Yahveh uses and works with man in fulfilling Biblical prophecy. In the matter of reuniting His nation, He has placed the responsibility of reconciliation on Ephraim, who is the wild olive branch (Jeremiah 2:18, 21; 11:10, 16, Isaiah 11:13; Romans 11:11, 15:25-26).

Therefore, Yahveh is issuing a call to the Ephraimites: He is “whistling” for Ephraim. He is strengthening those who answer His call by removing the blindness regarding their identity – that they may again be like mighty men. Yahveh is giving these Ephraimites a “knowing” deep within their being that they are Israelites. This “knowing” is like the “knowing” they have regarding their personal relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And, this “knowing” is changing their lives. It is causing them to see the need to walk in righteousness as Israelites, and it is giving them an even deeper love for their brother, Judah (Zechariah 10:7-12, Hosea 11:10; Romans 11:25; Isaiah 27:9).

In the forefront of this regathering are those who realize the Father would use them to accomplish His Divine Mandate for Ephraim. Thus, they seek to instruct others whom the Father is awakening about their identity and about their responsibility – as “watchmen” for the whole house of Israel (Hosea 9:8; Ezekiel 3:17; Habakkuk 2:1).

These “forerunners” realize this most important of jobs will be accomplished one Ephraimite at a time. They also know their seemingly unimportant accomplishments will ultimately result in the reunification of the two houses of Israel. These “forerunners” realize this integral reunion will only be accomplished by a people who are being led by the Spirit of Yahveh, and that a people truly walking in accord with His Spirit will result in Messiah’s return and the restoration of the kingdom to Israel.

We are on a journey toward the Kingdom of our Heavenly Father. That journey begins with a single step – but there are many more after that. Are you willing to keep taking one step after another until we reach our destination?

It only takes one little step. Perhaps that of asking the Father how this message should change your personal walk. Perhaps sharing with a friend. It just takes little steps. But, they will prove to be steps that will result in the return of our King!

Where will these steps ultimately take us?

Back to our Land.

We will return to our Land because He who scattered Israel also has promised:

“I will give her . . . the valley of Achor [from the root word for “trouble”] as a door of hope. And she will sing there as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt. ‘And it will come about in that day,’ declares Yahveh, ‘That you will call me Ishi [Husband] and will no longer call Me Baali [Lord]. For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, so that they will be mentioned by their names no more. In that day I will also make a covenant for them . . . and I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war form the land, and will make them lie down in safety. And I will betroth you to me forever; Yes I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, in loving kindness and in compassion, and I will betroth you to me in faithfulness.’ Then you will know Yahveh. ‘And it will come about in that day that I will respond,’ declares Yahveh. . . ‘And they will respond to Jezreel. And I will sow her for Myself in the land. I will also have compassion on her who had not obtained compassion, and I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ And they will say, ‘Thou are my God!’” (Hosea 2:16-23; also see Romans 9:15-26).

Yes! We will yet return to the Land of our forefathers! But to do so, we must take our first step. . . .

Reunion Roadmap 10/17/2020 – with Special Guest Bryan Barnes

Did you ever think of the Bible as an agricultural book? It may seem obvious since all the Biblical writers lived in ancient agrarian societies, but as Bryan Barnes can tell you, it’s one of those obvious truths that we seldom think about. In our advanced technological civilization, we are far removed from the direction connection with nature that defined the lives of our ancestors. Bryan discovered (or rediscovered) this when he and his family returned to farming in their home state of California. To his surprise, he realized that much of the Torah is understandable only in an agricultural context! That’s why the Barnes family launched Growing in Torah, a ministry that brings young people to their farm to teach them how to cultivate the land as our Creator intended, and in the process make a deeper connection with Him and with His living Word. Bryan tells us his story over the next three podcasts – and in the process shares some resources to help people of all ages in their walk with Messiah Yeshua.

Barry Phillips and David Jones return to share their observations on how the people of God should connect with one another. That’s the subject of their midrash, “A Camp of Unity.” Mason Clover and Lenny and Varda round out our show with music to uplift and encourage!

To learn more about Bryan’s ministries, visit:

Click here to listen to the podcast: Reunion Roadmap 10/17/2020 – B’ney Yosef North America

A Born Again Creation

Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer (The Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog), Caspar David Friedrich, c 1817, Kunsthalle Hamburg via Wikimedia Commons.

Transcending our present imperfect reality is a universal longing. The Bible tells us about that transcendence in the context of new birth and resurrection. It is the work of God, but do the people of God have some work to do as well?

Genesis 1:26-27, 2:7, 5:1-3; Isaiah 42:1-9, John 3:1-6; Luke 4:14-21, 7:20-23; Romans 8:18-23

Click here to listen to the podcast:

https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-9y96b-ef40c5

Music: Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24, performed by Herbert Von Karajan and the Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert Von Karajan Conducts, Ameritz Music Ltd. 2014.

Weekly Bible Reading for October 18-24 2020: Noah (Rest)

This coming week, October 18-24 (30 Tishrei-6 Cheshvan), the Bible reading plan covers the following portions.

Noach (Rest)

18 Oct Genesis 6:9-22 Joshua 11:1-12:24 Matthew 6:19-34 Proverbs 1:20-33
19 Oct Genesis 7:1-16 Joshua 13:1-14:15 Matthew 7:1-29 Psalm 6:1-10
20 Oct Genesis 7:17-8:14 Joshua 15:1-63 Matthew 8:1-17 Psalm 7:1-17
21 Oct Genesis 8:15-9:7 Joshua 16:1-18:10 Matthew 8:18-34 Psalm 8:1-9
22 Oct Genesis 9:8-17 Joshua 18:11-19:23 Matthew 9:1-17 Psalm 9:1-20
23 Oct Genesis 9:18-10:32 Joshua 19:24-20:9 Matthew 9:18-38 Psalm 10:1-18
24 Oct Genesis 11:1-32 Isaiah 54:1-55:5 Matthew 10:1-23 Proverbs 2:1-9