Archive | Yom Kippur/Atonement RSS for this section

A Yom Kippur Repentance From a Devout Non-Jew and My Jewish Response – Israel News

The Reconciliation Statute, St. Michael's Cathedral, Coventry, England.

The Reconciliation Statute, St. Michael’s Cathedral, Coventry, England.

Many people realized the significance of Ken Rank’s letter to the Jewish people when he published it last week.  We have only begun to see the impact of it.  Within a few short days it appeared as a guest blog piece in The Times of Israel, and today Breaking Israel News published it along with a deeply moving response by Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.

In years to come, when our God has completed His work of bringing together the fragmented parts of His people, these two letters by Ken and Eliyahu will be counted as major milestones in the process of breaking down the wall between those of us from the Christian side and our brethren from the Jewish side.

Source: A Yom Kippur Repentance From a Devout Non-Jew and My Jewish Response – Israel News


A Yom Kippur Repentance From a Devout Non-Jews and My Jewish Response

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz
October 11, 2016 
Originally published on Breaking Israel News

I received this letter from Ken Rank last week.  Rank founded United 2 Restore in order to bring Jews and Christians, or as he prefers to describe it, Judah and Ephraim closer together, in order to “re-build bridges of communication which have been previously burned”.  He sent me this letter as part of his personal teshuvah (repentance) for Yom Kippur.  My response to him was sincere, and I intend for it to be a part of my Yom Kippur prayers.

Please click here to continue reading

Advertisements

A Letter to the Jewish People (on teshuvah) by Ken Rank

 

Saint Paul James Tissot

Saint Paul
James Tissot

One would suppose that the Apostle Paul died without regrets, knowing that he had done all he could to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of YHVH and bring multitudes into it.  Then again, Paul was a fallible human being, just like the rest of us.  That is why he wrote things like this:

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.  (I Timothy 1:15 NKJV)

Perhaps Paul’s chief regret was knowing that his actions had kept people out of the Kingdom.  Not intentionally, mind you; Paul was zealous for God, just as he testified of his Jewish brethren (Romans 10:1-4).  Yet his zeal in persecuting those who believed Yeshua of Nazareth to be Messiah most likely hardened the resistance of many to the message of redemption through that same Yeshua.  Afterward, having embraced that message and taken it to the Gentiles, he did his best to help people understand the full truth:  that salvation by grace through faith actually makes it possible to live by God’s established standard of righteousness given in Torah.

Tragically, the division that began in Paul’s day is still with us.  Judaism and Christianity have taken on completely different identities.  There are voices on both sides who realize that the two are not separate religions, or at least YHVH did not intend it to be so.  Those voices are now calling for understanding and dialogue.  It shouldn’t be that hard since Christians, Jews, and Messianic/Hebrew Roots believers all claim allegiance to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; all revere the same Scriptures; all hope for the same promises.  Why, then, can’t we all get along?

Ken Rank provides one very important answer to that question.  The beginning of the journey toward mutual respect and acceptance begins with humility and repentance (in Hebrew, teshuvah).  All of us have more to repent for than we think, and certainly more than we care to admit.  But what if our lack of willingness even to consider this question of repentance causes someone to miss coming into the Kingdom?  Meditate on that as you read Ken’s letter to our Jewish brethren.


A Letter to the Jewish People (on teshuvah)

Ken Rank  
October 7, 2016 
Originally published on United 2 Restore

United2Restore 01Over the last decade or so, my family has been keeping the Sabbath and biblical Holy Days.  We’re not Jewish, but we feel drawn to these days for our own reasons.  In the process of observance and celebration, we consider ourselves blessed in many ways.  As we annually cycle through the Appointed Times, we build upon those things we learned during the previous years.  And, as each cycle comes around, I find my focus narrowing on reconciliation and restoration between and for all of the B’ney Yisrael.

Please click here to continue reading

Remembering ALL Our Roots

This is a season of reflection at The Barking Fox.  Part of the reason is getting settled at last in our new home in North Carolina.  There is no hiding the fact that I am a Southern boy, with roots growing to a depth of 200 years in Alabama and nearly three centuries in the Carolinas.  Hopefully I will have opportunity to explore those roots and share any findings that would be of interest to others.

bfb160918-keith-greenWhat has reminded me of a central part of my roots has been the opportunity to listen to worship music that has ministered to my soul for as long as I have been on this earth. Recently I shared one of those songs by the late Keith Green.  Now I share another:  an old hymn made new again as I pondered its meaning.  

In the Baptist Hymnal on my bookshelf its is called There Is a Fountain.  The lyrics come not only from Scripture (Zechariah 13:1), but from the life experience of William Cowper, an Englishman who penned these words in the same era that my Scottish-American ancestors began their contribution to the history of this continent. 

There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Emmanuel’s veins
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains
Lose all their guilty stains
Lose all their guilty stains
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains

The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day
And there may I, though vile as he
Wash all my sins away
Wash all my sins away
Wash all my sins away
And there may I, though vile as he
Wash all my sins away

Ever since, by faith, I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply
Redeeming love has been my theme
And shall be till I die
And shall be till I die
And shall be till I die
Redeeming love has been my theme
And shall be till I die

Please click here to continue reading

Keith Green – Nearly 35 Years Gone and Still Ministering

As The Barking Fox and others have noted in recent days, this is the season of repentance.  Why?  Because of all the Appointed Times of the Almighty (also called the Feasts of the Lord), the most holy day is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.  The 40 days prior to that day are the best time for YHVH’s people to examine themselves and make every effort to remove any hindrances to their relationship with their God and with one another.

There are many excellent resources to help those who are taking this seriously.  One is the B’ney Yosef North America 40 Days of Repentance daily meditations.  Here is another:  a voice stilled long before it should have been, but never silenced.

Keith Green ministered to me and to multitudes of young people in the ’70s and ’80s.  He was the voice of those in our generation who longed for a deeper, genuine walk with Yeshua (Jesus), the Messiah who promised to introduce us to the Father of all life (John 14:6-7).  The seeds planted through Keith’s ministry in music are still bearing fruit.  Listen now to this offering from his works – the sound of a heart yearning for repentance.

 

 

 


© Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog, 2013-2016.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Barking Fox Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

40 Days of Repentance: “Fruit of an Unrepentant Heart” – B’ney Yosef North America

What does it mean to repent?  How much repentance is necessary?  Perhaps it means far more than we think, and perhaps there is much more need to repent than we may understand.  This is not a casual thing – especially in this increasingly chaotic time.

It is no coincidence that the first major initiative of B’ney Yosef North America is a call to YHVH’s people to examine themselves thoroughly in a humble, repentant attitude at this season moving into the High Holy Days (Rosh Hashana/Feast of Trumpets, Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement, Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles).  In this, as in many other areas, we are grateful for the understanding we have gained of repentance from both Christian and Jewish sources.  The details of repentance, or teshuva, is something our Jewish brethren understand very well; our Christian brethren understand that repentance is made complete by the atoning work of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ).  

These two perspectives are two halves of a picture that is only now beginning to come into focus.  These short daily meditations are one means of acquiring that focus.  As of this posting, we are already one week into the 40 Days, but it is a simple matter to jump in at any point.  Whatever you do, take time in this season to ask the Almighty for revelation on how to make things better in your relationships with Him and with others.


40 Days of Repentance:

“Fruit of an Unrepentant Heart”

B’ney Yosef North America

Mikveh in Galilee. Photo by Yocheved.

Mikveh in Galilee. Photo by Yocheved.

As we proceed through these forty days of repentance, through the month of Elul and into Tishri through Yom Kippur on 10 Tishri, we are going to look at what happens to our hearts when we are unrepentant. In other words, what we are introducing into our lives and our relationships when we do NOT repent.  [please click on the link below to continue reading]

Source: 40 Days of Repentance: “Fruit of an Unrepentant Heart” – B’ney Yosef North America


© Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog, 2013-2016.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Barking Fox Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Pursuing Repentance, Reconciliation, and Restoration

Here’s what is coming up on The Remnant Road on Hebrew Nation Radio for Monday, July 25:

160725 Mark Webb and Ed Boring - RRRWhat would happen if YHVH’s people began to view one another as members of the same family rather than as competing faith groups? Would that make a difference in the way the world perceives us? Could it possibly restore the power of the Living God to our daily lives? Might it even make the congregation / church / synagogue / fellowship relevant in today’s wounded world? Maybe even a place of refuge and strength for hurting people?
These are dangerous questions, but those who are serious about loving God and loving other people must ask them. We will ask them of Mark Webb and Ed Boring, two of the Elders from B’ney Yosef North America as they share with us an exciting vision for promoting healing among God’s people.
The 40 days of preparation before Yom Kippur are traditionally a time for repentance, reconciliation, and restoration among YHVH’s people as they get ready to meet their Creator. This year those days begin on September 3 and end on October 12. Mark and Ed will talk about the desire of BYNA to be an instrument in this process, and the steps the leadership and affiliated fellowships and congregations will take in that direction. Is the Holy Spirit moving you in this direction as well? Join us to hear encouragement and exhortation to obey our King in this cry from His heart!

Remnant Road 01The Remnant Road, with co-hosts Al McCarn and Daniel Holdings, is the Monday edition of the Hebrew Nation Morning Show.  You can listen live at 11:00–1:00 EST, 8:00-10:00 PST at http://hebrewnationonline.com/, and on podcast at any time.


© Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog, 2016.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Barking Fox Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

An Invitation to Pray for Israel During the Days of Awe

BFB150902 10 Days Israel PrayerLet’s be honest:  how much do we really pray for the peace of Jerusalem?  Jews, Christians, and Messianic & Hebrew Roots believers around the world have proclaimed this exhortation as a priority, but how many of us actually pray for Jerusalem and for the land and people of Israel on a regular basis?  Is it really that important?  Well, yes, it is.  Take a look at Psalm 122, the passage where we find that commandment about prayer for the peace of Jerusalem:

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”  Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that is built as a city that is compact together; to which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord—an ordinance for Israel—to give thanks to the name of the Lord.  For there thrones were set for judgment, the thrones of the house of David.  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:  “May they prosper who love you.  May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces.”  For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, “May peace be within you.”  For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.  (Psalm 122:1-9 NASB, emphasis added)

Notice that this command to pray for the peace of Jerusalem comes with a model prayer:  “May they prosper who love you.  May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces.” 

Notice also that there is an explanation why we pray for Jerusalem:  “For the sake of my brothers and my friends”, and “for the sake of the house of the Lord our God”. 

It would seem that as we pray for Jerusalem, we pray as well for ourselves, for the entire world, and for the Kingdom of our God.  That calls to mind another prayer elsewhere in Scripture:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come.  Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.  For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.  (Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV)

With this in mind, consider joining others around the world in interceding for the peace of Jerusalem, the redemption of Israel, and for the Jewish people throughout the world during the Ten Days of Awe from Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) to Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), September 14-23, 2015.

The 10 Days Israel Prayer is an initiative sponsored by Prayer Surge NOW, with participation by ministries, congregations, and intercessors from many streams.  This is a call to united prayer and fasting for the nation of Israel to hasten the vision of Jerusalem being fully established as a praise in the earth, to bring Glory to YHVH, and to seek the fulfillment of Israel’s destiny by establishing her as a source of blessing to all the families of the earth.  Each day will feature a one-hour conference call hosted by Messianic and Christian servant-leaders who will lead intercession on topics including the One New Man, national security of Israel, outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Children of Israel, Aliyah, the Abrahamic Covenant, and more.  The prayer calls take place at 9-10am EST / 8-9am CST / 7-8am MST / 6-7am PST.  To join the call, dial in at 712-432-0075, and at the prompt enter the access code 6149782#.

Visit National Highway of Prayer (http://nationalhighwayofprayer.com/) to learn more about the 10 Days Israel Prayer initiative.  John Moore, author of the 10 Days Israel Prayer Guide, was a recent guest on the Hebrew Nation Morning Show.  In this interview he explained how the 10 Days Israel Prayer began, and relates his vision regarding prayer for Israel and the Jewish people.  Please click here to listen to the interview.

Two versions of the 10 DAYS ISRAEL PRAYER GUIDE are available for download here.  The longer version contains the complete background and day-by-day prayer points.  The short version is a condensed summary.


© Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog, 2014-2015.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Barking Fox Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
%d bloggers like this: