Generally, these activities have to do with extreme sin or occult involvement, but it may also be having an abortion. There is a generational sin and curse that then must be broken through some spiritual discipline of some sort. Some have gone to great extent, written whole books, on how to unwind this spiritual oppression coming from past generations.
They step you through all these little exercises. Does this sound familiar? Let me ask you a question. God is doing the visiting. So, if you have a technique to undo this activity, who are you fighting? What could be more obvious? And if you try to undo it, you are fighting God. So then what is going on? Well, we know that God is a jealous God. They are not to worship idols. He says then He will do something and this is very odd. We have a father. We have a child, first generation. We have a grandson, second generation. We have a great-grandson, third generation.
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So God is only visiting the iniquity on the son, the great-grandson, and the great-great grandson. That thousands doesn't seem to be thousands generations, that the third and fourth are. I wasn't sure that the thousands meant thousands of generations or if it just meant thousands. That could be a vagueness. But what is clear is there is a contrast between third and fourth generations, and thousands.
The written Hebrew Scriptures and the words of Yeshua were the foundation of the life and praxis. In these days, when the world is in turmoil and the foundations of many are being shaken in all sorts of directions, we need to know where our foundation is. Where is our base and upon what are be basing our lives? Where are our tablets of stone? He has spoken to save the world, He sent His Son — Yeshua — to redeem the world and He will return to rule the world.
This — rather than the text itself, important though that is — the rock on which we stand: our faith in the unchangeable nature, grace and favour of our G-d, poured out towards us in Yeshua. He is our rock and our fortress; scholarship, other texts, the words of teachers, are nothing if we do not have Him. As the refrain of a Victorian hymn says:. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand.
He is the foundation, our tablet of stone, our Torah and commandment, written by the finger of G-d that we may be instructed and instruct others. Application: Are your feet firm upon the rock, or do you waver in the breeze, blown about by every wind of scholarship or doctrine? Time to touch base with those stone tablets and know the certainty and permanence of G-d and His word. Jonathan and his wife, Belinda, lead Messianic Education Trust, which is an educational ministry based in England. It is a part of the Tikkun family of ministries, serving the Messianic Jewish community in Israel, Cyprus and the USA , as well as former republics of the Soviet block.
Moran Rosenblit Feb 23, Before you read this blog entry, I ask that you please stop for a moment and ask God to open your heart to what I have written, as I am well aware that this topic may be sensitive for many people. Our weekly Scripture portion opens with a very interesting verse, Exodus , which is usually interpreted in a negative way, because I believe we misunderstand the essence of what the Lord is saying to us in it:.
And we know that the Lord never uses a word without a specific purpose! Typically, statutes command or prohibit something, or declare policy. Statutes are rules made by legislative bodies; they are distinguished from case law or precedent, which is decided by courts, and regulations issued by government agencies.
Sadly, many view the statutes of the Lord negatively, as it conjures up the idea of a burdensome law. Instead, I believe we can view His statutes positively, understanding that He gave them to us to not only know what is right, just, and good, but also to have abundant life! Throughout the Scriptures, we see some very positive references to the statutes of the Lord.
But how do we know what constitutes sin? Absolutely not! My dear brothers and sisters, the statutes of the Lord are good ; we know that they ultimately point to Yeshua, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and that no one can come to the Father or enter the Kingdom but through Him. Yeshua Himself set an example in the way we are to walk with the Father; He clarified for us areas in which we needed better understanding.
Moses played a similar role for the Children of Israel as he set the example of what it was to walk with the Lord in line with His statutes. But this principle was not just for the Children of Israel. This concept of hearing and doing is also echoed in the New Covenant, by Yeshua and His other disciples. He gave them to Israel — and in turn to all who would be grafted in to the Tree of Israel — in order to help us to choose life. They are not a heavy burden, but are instead boundaries, which in turn, bring us freedom in Him. Freedom in Yeshua is not lawlessness!
If we love Him, we will obey Him and His statutes. And we will know true freedom. This article originally appeared on Hope for Israel , February 22, , and reposted with permission. Moran is the Founder and Executive Director of Hope for Israel, which is a service and resource-providing ministry that aims to bring the hope of the Messiah back to Israel. It is also a resource center for current and timely news updates concerning Israel that provides daily prayer alerts, Bible teachings, and weekly blogs in order to help believers across the world understand what God is doing in the Land, how to pray for Israel and filter everything through the Word of God.
Marcel Rebiai Feb 22, They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. We find the same topic in the Old Testament, e. On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth.
It touched me when I realized once again how much God wants to write on our hearts that a day will come when all tears will be wiped away — and HE himself will do it! This means of course that God is well aware of tears. Tears are an unavoidable reality, otherwise it would not be written that he will wipe away every tear. Not from those who weep, but from every face. Tears are a reality. But what does that mean? This is not what we expect. After all, who wants to get into situations which drive him to tears? This is not the life and future we are yearning for. We would prefer to be without tears now.
Everything the world undertakes is intended to eliminate tears as far as possible. The goal is fun, ease, recreation — no tension, no stress. But this is incompatible with tears. I hardly believe God wants to wipe away these tears. Sometimes we also shed tears when we yawn, but these are not relevant here, either. Before looking at a Psalm to take us deeper into this topic, it is important to realize that it is an unbelievable promise that the day will come when God will wipe away all tears. What a future, that God himself will wipe away the tears from each one of us! In other words, there will come a day of final and absolute comfort.
When our tears are wiped away we are comforted. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negev. Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seeds to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him. This Psalm shows us that there is a home-coming. The moment will come when we all return home. The Psalmist attempts to describe it.
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It is simply a dream, i. Suddenly everything inside us relaxes and breaks open when we are at home. We will no longer have to make an effort to worship God because our whole being will break out in praise. If sowing drives us to tears, that means it is strenuous, costs us a lot, takes energy out of us, and makes us sad. We weep from grief and helplessness because we are stretched to our limits.
And when we reach our limits and sense that there is no more we can do, tears come. Obviously God does not protect us from tears in this life. He does not protect us from being stretched to our limits, from mourning, from experiencing our helplessness, does not protect us from getting into situations where we can do nothing but weep. Otherwise we would not read about tears.
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When we are following and serving Jesus, we often have the feeling that he should prepare a nice level path for us and remove every pebble. We know where these tears come from; this is nothing theoretical.
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We are taxed to our own limits. The better we know ourselves, the more we realize how limited and narrow our heart is. The more we have the courage to see the extent of our need, the more we begin to suffer over ourselves. This can drive us to tears, to our extremities, to helplessness. There is a deep chasm between what is in my head and what is really in my heart. He suddenly saw what was really inside him and he lost every illusion about himself.
Paul weeps over himself because he has seen who he really is. But there is another kind of weeping, as well; namely, when we daily reach our perimeter in our relationships to one another, to say nothing of those to whom we bring the Gospel. We would like everything to be smooth and relaxed.
We are constantly looking for a method which would make this possible, where there are no sharp edges and no offenses. And then we realize that there is no such method. At this moment we reach our limitations. We reach our limits over and over again. If someone says he has never done so, I have my doubts as to whether he is really spreading the Gospel and has ever encountered sin in his own life and in others. We sow with the promise that there will be a joyful harvest. God does not want me to give up or shrink back.
What made the great men of the Bible into the models they are? For example, what made Abraham into the man he is? If anyone was ever driven to tears, then it was Abraham. He had to take his own son and walk three days to the place designated by God. There he was to sacrifice this son, the joy of his life; his own son, whom he had longed for all his life. Isaac had embodied his future and his experience of God. I can imagine that Abraham died a thousand deaths.
If anyone has been driven to tears, then he was! When we are in overwhelming situations we often experience the same thing. Everyone can see that something is not right. And now this difficult question. He will take care of it He will provide a lamb.