Letter from Pastor Nick Plummer
Dear Mishpacha (Family)
I would like to open up this newsletter with a big thank you to all those that served during our “Feast of Shavuot” service. What a amazing time we had in counting the Omer for seven Sabbaths and finally arriving at day fifty which is also called the Feast of Pentecost. I want to personally thank Libby Davis for her teachings and counting of the Omer each week. The six steps in the process of wheat also represent the human process that God takes us through personally.
The six steps to processing wheat are 1. Harvesting, 2. Threshing, 3. Winnowing, 4. Parching. 5. Milling, and 6. Sifting. In Matthew 3:12 John, the Baptist, makes reference to Yeshua by saying, “Whose fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His flour, and gather His wheat into the garner (barn); but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Are you in the process of being gathered into the barn by the Messiah or behind the barn? The barley and the wheat are planted at the same time in the late fall season. The barley represents the Jews, and the wheat represents the Gentiles.
In the spring, it is the barley that comes up first, and then the wheat harvest comes in late spring. It is customary to read the Book of Ruth on the day of “The Feast of Shavuot” (Weeks) and it takes place during the grain harvest. The Season of Summer begins on June 21st, and I share about this in the Inside Story. An event that took place nearly 3,500 years ago was the Golden Calf Incident (Exodus 32) on Tammuz 17 which falls on June 30th in the Gregorian calendar. We need to reflect on this historic event because it Is relevant for us today. Because of the Golden Calf Incident, we have the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) as one of our feast days. The Apostle Paul makes mention of this event in 1 Corinthians 10:7 when he wrote in his letter, “Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” What a way to close out the month of June because we need to be sober and vigilant.
On a more happy note, I will be teaching a series on the Gospel of Mark in June, and I am excited about this opportunity. The Gospel of Mark brings out that the Son of God, Yeshua, is a servant and it is a book of action. The word “immediately” is found throughout this book and that is relevant for today. A lot of times we drag our feet or procrastinate in the things of God, and we need to work on our quick obedience. There are many examples of Abraham in the Bible portraying himself as not only a servant but one with prompt obedience.
As we move forward in the vision of Beit Tehila, I would like to let the community know that we really need help in our childcare ministry (Nursery 0-3, ages 4-7, 8-12). We want to raise up the next generation and to do that we are going to need adults as mentors. The demographics in regards to our children and youth is around one-third of the community. I think this is a good problem to have because we have birthed a congregation. The Bible clearly states that we would return along with our children in the last days (Deuteronomy 39:1-3). Danielle and I would like to thank everyone that serves at Beit Tehila because that is what a community should do.
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The Gospel of Mark is one of the four canonical gospels and one of the three synoptic gospels. It tells of the ministry of Jesus from his baptism by John the Baptist to his death and burial and the discovery of the empty tomb.
The theme though out the whole book is that Yeshua is a servant. Pastor Nick will sharing on how it is a gospel of deeds and works, rather than words.
A characteristic term which occurs with great frequency in marks gospel is the greek word “ethers”, which is variously translated “straight away! immediately” etc.
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As we close out the Spring Season and move into summer on June 21st, we must reflect on this.
- The wheat harvest along with grapes, figs and olives will ripen.
- The twelve spies explore the land of promise (Numbers 13:17-20)
- Ruth gleans in the field of Boaz during the wheat harvest (Ruth 2:23)
- John the Baptist stated that Yeshua would gather His wheat in the barn (Matthew 3:11-12)
- The parable of the wheat and tares (Matthew 13:24-30)
- The parable of the fig tree (Matthew 24:32-35)
- Ants prepare their meat in the summer (Proverbs 6:6-11; 30:25)
- Both temples were destroyed in Jerusalem on the ninth of Av which always falls in the summer.
- The Supreme Court of the United States of America passed the same-sex marriage law on June 25th, 2015
The Summer season is the time between the Spring Feasts and the Fall Feasts. Prophetically, we are in the Feast of Shavuot today and need the Holy Spirit more than ever.
06/2/2018 | SIVAN 19
Beha’alotcha | “In Your Going Up”
I Corinthians 10:6–13
06/09/2018 | SIVAN 26
Shelach L’cha | “Send For Yourself”
06/16/2018 | TAMUZ 3
Korach | “Korah”
I Samuel 11:14–12:22
06/23/2018 | TAMUZ 10
Chukat | “Ordinance Of”
06/30/2018 | TAMUZ 17
Balak | “Balak”
Romans 11:25–32 & I Corinthians 1:20–31
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