Monthly Newsletter from Pastor Nick Plummer
Dear Mishpacha (Family),
As I am writing this newsletter, we are preparing to celebrate the Feast of Shavuot on June 3rd. The Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) is the celebration of the giving of the Torah (Exodus 19) and the giving of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2). We are currently in our eighteenth Torah Cycle at Beit Tehila and it has truly made life better for those that are in it. The Torah means teachings and instructions. Yeshua, Jesus, was the Word (Torah) made flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). The Torah doesn’t save us but instructs us on how to live and what sin is (Romans 7:7; 1 John 3:4). The word Torah (#8451) comes from the Hebrew word ‘yarah’ (#3384) and it means the following: to flow as water, to lay or throw (shooting arrows), to point out as if by aiming the finger, to teach, direct, inform and instruct. In Matthew 5:19 Yeshua stated, “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”.
Why would Yeshua give an incentive in regard to the commandments (Torah/Law) if it has been done away with? It is very clear that at this time, God is writing His Torah (law) on minds and hearts all over the world (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 8:8-11). “We don’t have to but we get to.” We are living in times of lawlessness and because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold (Matthew 24:12). “On the Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost), the promise of the Holy Spirit from Yeshua was fulfilled. In Acts 2:1-2 it says, “and when the day of Pentecost (Shavuot) was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place, and suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the house where they were sitting.” The Holy Spirit was promised by Yeshua to do three things. In John 16:8 Yeshua stated, “and when He is come, He will reprove (convince) the world of sin, because they believe not on Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and ye shall see Me no more; of judgment because the prince of this world has been judged.” The Holy Spirit is also our Comforter which means one called alongside to help (John 14:16, 26’ 25:28; 16:7).
The Bible clearly tells us that we should not quench or grieve the Holy spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:30) because that would be to our demise. There are thousands of spirits out there but there is only one Holy Spirit, so let’s be filled with the right spirit (Holy Spirit). When attending our services, we should be entering His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. My prayer is just like King David’s and that is to “renew a right spirit within me (Psalms 51:10).” Many blessings to the whole house of Israel and may He give you the desires of your heart,
As we finish up celebrating the spring feasts (Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, and Pentecost), we will soon be going into the summer months (June 21- September 21) and this will be an important season. In the agricultural calendar of Israel this is a time where the grapes and figs begin to ripen. This is also the time when Moses sent the twelve spies to scout out the land. In Numbers 13:20 it says, “And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein or not, and be ye of good courage, and bring the fruit of the land. Now, the time was the time of the first ripe grapes.”
We really need to go into the summer months with a good report, just like Joshua and Caleb did. Ten of then spies came back with a bad report and influenced thousands of Israelites that they could not take the land. Those ten spies died by a plague of the Lord (Numbers 14:37) and a whole generation had to wander in the wilderness for forty years. Let us all believe together with a good report that we can take the land that our Heavenly Father has for us.
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