There is an "assembling together" commanded in Hebrews 10:25. It is a command, not a suggestion. "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another" (Hebrews 10:25). This passage was written at a time when some were on the verge of leaving the messianic shul and drifting back to the knesset deluded by Satan. God tells the backslider to go to the assembling place. God tells Jonah to go to Ninevah. Should we be like Jonah and disobey? God says "Go to point A." But the backslider says, "No, God, I'm not going to point A; I'm going to point B." God says to the the backslidden Jonah, "Get up and go to Nineveh (Point A)." But the backslider decides not to listen to the Voice of the Lord. Instead, the backslider gets up and runs away from the presence of the Lord and heads for point B (Tarshish). Jonah was like that. And so Hebrews 10:25 wouldn't have meant much to Jonah if he could have read it, in the same way that Hebrews 10:25 doesn't mean much to many believers today. Because he, like they, did his own thing. We are in such a spiritual state of lukewarmness that we can't even get to the House of the Lord two consecutive weekends in a row. And our conscience is so hardened that our congregational absenteeism doesn't even make us feel guilty. And O what sanctimonious excuses we have! Poor things! When our conscience "steeple" chimes the hour to get up and go to the House of the Lord, what bed-bound shut-in Seniors we are! What confined-to-the-bed homebound amputees we are! But when the inquiring minister who misses us at the service we just missed puts the phone down and looks out the window, amazingly, the bed-bound "shut-ins" are now seen running down the street to get to the shopping mall! There Jonah was, below the deck in the hold of the ship, in a deep, deep sleep, completely oblivious to the wrath of God that was pursuing him like a tornado, like a typhoon whirlpool in the ocean deep, like an angry boiling cauldron. And because Jonah was not where he was commanded to be, he was bringing trouble and evil on the hapless people onboard with him. When you stay home from the kehillah, then you weaken its kiruv efforts and bring trouble and evil on the kehillah's assigned parish because there is no encouragement or "strength in the hood" to throw out a rope of rescue to the perishing locals. So the captain of the near-sinking ship comes down below deck into the cargo hold to ascertain why Jonah the backslider has taken his ease and settled like wine on its dregs and is so irreligious as to sleep instead of attend to his ministry of intercession. Wake up, Jonah! Our world is perishing, Jonah! The captain wants to know, "At a time like this, WHY are you an absentee from prayer meeting, Jonah? (see Jonah 1:6)". Even the sailors wanted to know just exactly WHO was SO touchy and SO stubborn and SO angry and SO self-secure and SO independent and SO oblivious to the Wrath of God that no less than the Creator of the Sea and the Dry Land will have to prove Himself able to get stubborn Jonah from point A to point B! And you! If you keep staying out of God's House, God will not be mocked! If you give God no other alternative, He is more than able to send something to swallow you! And even the devil goes around looking for someone to swallow! So when you imperiously boycott the House of God, you are willfully disobeying your Heavenly Father. (Now when your children willfully disobey, you as a parent must discipline them. Are your children disrespectful of your authority and constantly testing you? Then they have to be disciplined!) Are you disrespectful of the authority of this Scripture: "Do not neglect the assembling of the kehillah" (Hebrew 10:25). When Jonah refused to go to point A (Ninevah), he didn't realize that point B was not Tarshish, but the belly of a whale. When you refuse to go to point A (the kehillah), you don't realize that point B is not what YOU think it is! And the people onboard with Jonah who are deluded by false religion and in peril of death and under the wrath of God and crying out in a deadly storm at sea---this is a picture of a Jonah like you derelict in your duty to God's Kehillah and the lost sailors and Ninevites He is not willing to see perish! So, friend, when the doors of the House of God are open, the "House of God" being the place where the Bible is faithfully believed and preached, and when those doors are open and its time to get up and go to the House of God, if you are at home resting on your lees, fooling around, putting God to the test ("I don't have to obey Hebrews 10:25...what is God going to do about it?") then you have to think again about the yawning throat of that whale of reprisal out there.The Aseres HaDibros are not Ten Suggestions; they are Ten Commandments. They carry covenant reprisals. These are called curses. Moshiach redeemed us from the curse of the Fourth Commandment, becoming a curse for us, but should we sin more that grace will abound and put the Lord to the test, saying nothing will swallow us if we disobey?

You see, your mistake is that you think becoming born twice and sanctified is a low-priority or no-priority decision. Your mistake is that you don't know what this means: "I was GLAD when they said unto me, 'Let us go to the House of the Lord.'" Even if I'm only the door keeper there, that is where I want to be more than in worldly venues. Why? Because to not be in Nineveh is to be in the belly of the Great Fish or be in the hold of a ship tossed by a Great Storm.

Stop! In order for you to understand the rest of what is written here, you must understand the akedah. Akedah. Now let's continue. A horticulturalist can give you several reasons for pruning or trimming the unwanted growth of a branch: to train the branch to grow the right way, to maintain the health of the tree, to improve the quality or quantity of fruit, etc. The true vine is Moshiach, and apart from Moshiach we can do nothing. The vineyard proprietor is Hashem and whatever is not planted by him is uprooted. A branch like Judas Iscariot is cut off and cast away. A branch like Shimon Kefa is pruned. We see him pruned in the Kohen Gadol's courtyard and again in Antioch, when it was necessary for him to take a rebuke of correction. You say, Isn't there a third option besides being cast off or being pruned? No, according to the text, there is no third option. This is why we need morim (teachers) and zekenim and achim b'Moshiach and the x-ray eye of the ministry of prophecy (1Co 14:24-25). Very often a Jewish believer knows who the true Moshiach is but for a number of reasons resists regular attendance or membership commitment and accountability in Moshiach's Shul.

We will speak of the testing of Yosef with his brothers in regard to shul membership momentarily but first we need to make a blunt statement about the dangers of an independent spirit. Remember the horrors of the Babylonian Exile chronicled in 2 Kings and elsewhere in the Bible. How did that all come about? We read about a king named Hezekiah who could have checked with Isaiah before he made the momentous decison to throw his pearls before swine and actually allow the Babylonian ambassadors to get an appetizing glance at all his treasures. When they came back to collect them the Jewish people would be dragged off to Babylon for a virtual life sentence of 70 years. If only Hezekiah had known about the dangers of an independent spirit. If only he had gone to prayer meeting with Isaiah and prayed with the prophet before he made that decision. If only Jewish people in a born again congregation would seek the Scriptually based wisdom of many born-again counsellors in the good fight of faith! Now we must speak of Yosef ben Yaakov.

If you study the story of Yosef in the Torah, you will see that his prophetic ministry was groomed in the humbling circumstance of rejection and abuse, of jealous brethren, of purity tested by temptation, of years of obscurity requiring unfeigned waiting on G-d, and of grappling with the struggle to forgive and of growing in a forgiving spirit. All these things are afforded in the long haul of a believer's membership in a body of accountability. So resisting regular attendance or membership commitment is a way to stunt one's growth in the school of prophets.

It is at just this point that we need to take another look at the book of Galatians and grapple with the essence of the Besuras HaGeulah.

Possibly Rav Sha'ul's earliest epistle is the one written to the Galatians (48 C.E.). Since the Jerusalem Council (48-49 C.E.) appears not to have taken place yet, this would explain why Rav Sha'ul does not use its decisions to buttress his argument in this letter that non-Jews may not be pointed in a legal justification direction as the Derech Hashem. To teach them to do so would mean that Moshiach died for nothing. Compare Gal 1:18 to Act 9:26-30 and also compare Gal 2:1 to Acts 11:27-30. Rav Shaul refused to set Titus on a merit-seeking legal search for justification and forgiveness (this had been a dead-end street for Rav Shaul), since this would undermine what only Moshiach Tzidkeinu had wrought and what only faith can receive (Gen 15:6). This does not mean that circumcision or Torah observance were outlawed for Jewish believers. What was outlawed in this epistle is the notion that any supposed Jewish merit through Torah observance could substitute for Moshiach Tzidkeinu's salvation wrought for us through faith. What is being hammered out here is the essence of the Besuras HaGeulah as it came to Avraham Avinu, namely justification by faith (Gen 15:6 and see also Chabakuk 2:4). We in this epistle are not in Jerusalem dealing with Torah observant Jews but on the shlichus field of the non-Jewish world, and Moshiach's followers who were Torah observant Jewish manhigim in Jerusalem were found to be in basic agreement with Rav Shaul on the truth of the Besuras HaGeulah as it applies to all people, whether they are non-Jews living in the Diaspora or Jewish people living in the Torah observant ways of Jerusalem. Avraham Avinu received the promise of life and blessing for the whole world, the promise coming by unmerited Chen v'Chesed through faith in Avraham's Zera, the Moshiach. So also everyone who believes, everyone who is justified and forgiven and given life through the Ruach Hakodesh shares in Avraham's promise and becomes a son of the promise born of the promise. This is not something achieved by merit through efforts in the rudiments of religion. The victory is not ours but Moshiach's and we bring nothing to it. Trusting G-d is not meritorious. On the contrary, without faith it is impossible to please G-d. Distrusting G-d impunes His holy character, inferring G-d is not trustworthy. By faith we achieve no righteousness of our own. Isaiah 54:17 says our righteousness is from Hashem, and Hashem shows us mercy for the sake of Moshiach Tzidkeinu. So we cast away all notions of virtues and merits and rest in Moshiach Tzidkeinu who is our righteousness, for Hashem imputes His righteousness to us and for Moshiach's sake Hashem does account us His Tzaddikim. This is not our own righteousness but it is a Torah or Biblical righteousness accredited to our faith as it was accounted to Abraham's faith. For Moshiach's sake, Hashem does not remember our sins, nor our corrupt nature, against which we have a Romans chapter 7 struggle all our life long. We stand in Hashem's chesed with the righteousness of Moshiach imputed to us so that we may call out to G-d and never be condemned before Hashem's tribunal (Ro 14:10; 2 Cor 5:10; Dan 7:13-14). Whoever believes and is zikh getoyvl't in der mikveh shall be saved. We are talking about G-d's righteousness credited to us on the basis of our Righteous Substitute. Moshiach Tzidkeinu is our temurah substitute and Geuleinu and our only righteousness and kedushah and chochmah and chattat sin offering and kaporah. The innocent victim is our stand-in and his sacrifice is credited to our account for satisfaction and reconciliation and a change of status. There is an exchange: the innocent victim becomes the offering for our sin and our guilt is imputed to him; whereas we become G-d's restored children because the [see Isa 54:17 and Gen 15:6] righteousness of G-d is imputed to us. See Phil 3:2-9. When the curse, the ALEF RESH VAV RESH curse, the Gehinnom curse, of the Torah (Deut 27:26) on a Torah curse-doomed sinner in a Torah curse-doomed world is lifted (Gal 3:13) and a heart is renewed in the new life of saving faith, this is a miracle of salvation wrought by our Goel Redeemer Moshiach Ben Dovid, the Bar Enosh, through the Atik Yomin, even Hashem, in the convicting, life-giving power of the Ruach Hakodesh. Romans chp 5 is a midrash developing the teaching found in Gal 3:12-13. Likewise also Romans chap 7 is a midrash developing Galatians 5:16-17.


The Biblical pattern for a body of believers such as ours is that we be an expression of Moshiach, representing him locally among our people in the Jewish community. G-d has designed that each believer be personally committed to a particular Shul of Moshiach (Ya. 2:2). This is because we have a team responsibility to help one another grow in spiritual maturity and in usefulness for the Avodas Kodesh service of Hashem, without which we cannot render adequate worship.


In the first place, commitment to one local Shul of Moshiach is the Biblical pattern. As we open the Bible and read Acts and the epistles it is evident that believers are in submission to one specific local community. The Jewish believers who set the world on fire for G-d 2000 years ago were not running around from meeting hall to meeting hall. They were committed to one meeting place and were putting their full strength in one Shul, rather than scattering and diluting their energies in several directions. Because they obeyed G-d and combined their talents and skills and financial and spiritual resources in localized team efforts, these Jewish believers had an impact in every city where they lived. (Study the Book of Ruth. Ruth remained faithful where G-d placed her. She remained in Boaz's field. Boaz said, "Stay with my workers until they finish harvesting all my grain.") There Ruth experienced her "covering."

At just this point, some unbeliever in your family will say, "O stay away from those Messianic believers. It is just a cult." The devil comes and tells us to ignore the love evident among believers and listen to our scoffing unbelieving relatives, even if what they say contradicts the Holy Word of Almighty G-d. Then the devil tells our flesh that we can dispense with all this "tree-pruning" and take our Bible and go sit under a tree. (Do you really believe that the ORTHODOX JEWISH BIBLE could have been translated without teachers and fellowship and accountability in a local body of believers? Do you really believe it could have been done by merely spending 30 years sitting under a tree? It is the same for you and what you are called to do for the L-rd's glory.)

Many people do not know that Rav Sha'ul was a Torah-observant Jew (whose halakhah [Ro 8:4] was in the Derech HaChayyim according to the Ruach Hakodesh). On Shabbos, according to Luke's eye-witnessed account in the Book of Acts, Rav Sha'ul was in shul, not travelling to the local market for shopping or working overtime at the tent-maker's shop. His preaching of the Besuras HaGeulah from the Torah on Shabbos in shul rested squarely on the Inerrant Hebrew Tanakh. Anyone who quotes Gal. 4:8-10, Col. 2:16-17, or Romans 14:5-6 to prove that the Jewish festivals are forbidden to Jewish believers in Moshiach is reading the Bible entirely out of context. When Sha'ul is dealing with legal justification and the abuse of the festivals to promote that heresy among non-Jews, his words cannot be taken out of context to criticize Jewish believers who are celebrating these days in the name of Moshiach and for kiruv outreach to fellow Jews. In the book of Acts we see Rav Sha'ul himself planning his travels so he can be in Jerusalem during these feasts. No way did Rav Sha'ul believe that he had departed from Judaism. Speaking of Judaism, many people do not know that First Century Judaism used to be a world-outreach "kiruv" religion. The Talmud says that the teaching of Judaism "were freely meant for all mankind" (see Shab 146a where Devarim 29:13-14[14-15]is quoted as referring to proselytes). Although we are under grace, the hard center of our religion is orthodox Judaism, loyal to the Sinai Covenant and its mitzvot, the root supporting the branches and not vice-versa, the Shlichus to the world not having priority over the Shlichus to those of the Bris Milah. Therefore, any one with questions about THE ORTHODOX JEWISH BIBLE can be shown that this English translation is grounded in a reality actually found in the original language and is not a mere fabrication using spurious euphemisms. The Derech Hashem, which is also the Derech Hakodesh and the Derech Yeshuat Elokeinu, is the faith once for all delivered and transmitted to the Kadoshim. Its pristine authenticity and divine provenance are given to us by the Zekenim of the Edat Bnei Yisroel and handed over to us as Massorah HaZekenim. Also, remember there is a terrible price to pay for preferring oral law to the Tanakh, as has been shown here. What are we saying? That your soul's salvation is hanging on the inerrancy of the Hebrew Bible and that means these particular words of the Ruach Hakodesh [in the Hebrew Bible] are the authority that bows to no other in matters of faith. One of the goals of our congregation is for believers to encourage Jewish people and all peoples to read the Hebrew Bible.

So when we talk about the believers we are talking about the kehunnat kodesh. We offer up zivchei ruach acceptable to Hashem through Moshiach. We are an Am Nivchar, a Mamlechet Kohanim, an Am Segullah. I am talking about the Messianic Chavurah where guile and lashon hora and fits of anger have no place, but where brethren are growing in the likeness of the Mashgiach of their nefashot. For if we suffer yissurim with Moshiach, we will also reign in kavod with Moshiach. And since judgment begins at the Beis Hashem, we must with chesbon nefesh judge ourselves so we will not be judged. See here and here and here and here and here and here.

The devil may tell your flesh that you can dispense with all this "tree-pruning" and take your Bible and go sit under a tree. But the Scriptures do not agree with our flesh. It is here that one needs to study the original language of the text of 1K 5:1 and 1K 5:8-9. In the verse about opposing the devil, the pronouns and the verbs are in the plural. The text is saying that I do not oppose or resist the devil by merely sitting under a tree. No, it is as I am a member in good standing under the warey and spiritually and prophetically alert eye of Zekenim who are filled with the Ruach Hakodesh and with chasidus that I resist and oppose the devil, according to this text. "But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin" (MJ 3:13). This passage infers that our hearts are deceitful and need strong medicine, strong teaching and exhortation and loving fellowship and prayer. Remember that the early believers, many of whom had to endure martyrdom for their faith, did not dispense with but continued STEADFASTLY in the torah of the Shluchim of Moshiach and all the rest, see Ac 2:42.

These tree-pruning activities are called "the means of grace." They are not dispensable, not even for leaders, who are not unaccountable religious freelancers. Leaders have to be called, trained, approved, accountable, and themselves under pastoral care, lest they hurt themselves or others. Wolves in sheep's clothing do not listen to anyone but themselves. Not so the early messianic leaders. Look at Sha'ul and Barnabas and their commitment to and also their accountability to a local body (Ac 13) and look at how their commitment and accountability had an impact on the whole world in Acts 13:1-3). Notice that these men are not congregation-hopping in an immature way around the city of Antioch. Read what they were doing and imagine yourself also becoming responsible and mature, putting away childish notions, in a local body. Have you ever tried to work in two or three places of employment at one time? If you have, you know that by spreading yourself thin you don't do your best at any job. If you want to succeed in the business world you have to have one place where you focus all your concentration with one team of people. Moonlighting here and there is just going to wear you out and you're not really going to do anybody any good. It's the same working for the Kingdom of G-d. You can't punch the clock in three different congregations and get anything done for Moshiach. And if you spread your tithe around instead of focusing it in one assembly as Hashem commands (Malachi 3:8-10), your disobedience dissipates the purchasing strength of your own financial resources. The Biblical mandate is that we submit ourselves (MJ 13:17), our tithes, and our time to one body. My Bible tells me that you need to settle down in one place and receive a mighty tevilah of Ro.5:5 love and Lk 24:49; Mk 16:16-18 power.


Secondly, the Bible teaches that some day the Mashgiach Ruchani (Spiritual Overseer) of each flock is going to have to give an accounting for each believer for whom he has been responsible. As undershepherds of the Great Shepherd Moshiach, these ministers will stand before our Moshiach and render an account (MJ 13:17). Now this should make us realize that every believer must have a Mashgiach Ruchani moreh and darshan who does not go beyond what is written. Once a believer, sounding very much like a lamb, said the following with awe about her Pastor: "He is accountable for us!" This congregant was referring to the fact that there is actually someone in the congregation who is being observed by the Master Shepherd of the Sheep, Moshiach Adoneinu, who Himself will personally hold the Pastor directly responsible for protecting her and the other members of the flock from wolves in sheep's clothing. This congregant was also referring to what Simon was commanded to do at the end of the Besuras Hageulah of Yochanan: feed My lambs. So the pulpit ministry and the discipling and counselling ministry of a pastor vis-a-vis the flock is a grave responsibility, requiring all the training and care one can imagine. For there is a quality-control Inspector listening to the sermons and looking over the flock. Someday we who preach and pastor will have to stand and give an accounting. Now if it is a frightening thing to have, G-d forbid, "cooked the books" and yet know that you have to appear before an Internal Revenue Agent and given an accounting of how every little penny was spent, think how much more sobering it is to know that someday, with the fires of gehinnom blazing in the distance, you as a pastor, will have to stand before Moshiach's Bet Din and get an accounting for those congregants sitting there, an awesome personal accounting for what you taught and how you treated every one of those little lambs for whom the Master Shepherd died. Who is sufficient for these things? There is a verse of Scripture that cannot be read too often. It is MJ 13:17.

Some pastors have "moral failures." Very often these are people who considered themselves too anointed and too intelligent to need to study Greek. Read just the following from and you will see how programed for failure such a person is in the ministry, not knowing as he or she ought to know.

The following is an exerpt from the Greek Course on the perils of the ministry. Please read it.

Before we talk about noun case endings, let's motivate you to put out the effort to learn. In the very first verse of Yehuda (Jude), the noun case endings will tell us that we have Elohim HaAv (noun case ending = dative of agent) loving us and we have

a "Rebbe HaMelech HaMoshiach" and we are being kept or preserved for him (noun case ending dative of advantage).


So words #14 and #15 Ihsou Cristw are important to notice because Cristw


is in the dative case.  This is called dative of advantage.  We are being kept or preserved


for the advantage or benefit of Moshiach, this is what dative of advantage means.  So remember


what Yeshua said in Yochanan 6:37, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me.”


Let’s illustrate this.  In America there are girls who are Pakistani Americans.  Their parents often


go back to Pakistan and arrange who their husband will be.  Then in America when they go to high


school they are not allowed to date American boys because they are being kept for their Pakistani


husband-to-be in Pakistan.  What this little OMEGA w with subscript i  on the end of


Cristw is telling us is that this word is a dative of advantage, meaning we are kept FOR Moshiach,


like a Pakistani-American girl is kept FOR her Pakistani husband, for his advantage, for his benefit.


So do you see all the meaning that can be packed into one little letter at the end of a word,


in this instance, a dative case ending, showing us that Cristw


is in the dative case and that it is to be construed as dative of advantage, meaning


that we can say of ourselves that “having been loved in G-d the Father and having been


kept for Yeshua HaMoshiach (dative of advantage).   This makes our calling, our divine summons, very

exciting indeed. Notice the intensive way we can read the Brit

Chadasha now, in slow motion, clinging to the letters in prayer

(devekut beotiot). It makes one want to start praying in

the Spirit.  It also puts a certain fear in us, in that

OMEGA w with subscript i  on the end of


Cristw for I know a true story where a Pakistani American girl was flirting with an


American high school boy and the Father became very angry because his daughter


was being kept for a boy in Pakistan who had been arranged by the Father to be


her husband.  Now think for a minute:  this letter written by the half brother of the Messiah


was written because certain false teachers were engaging in sexual immorality with certain


congregants.  Now if G-d the Father had set his love upon these congregants and they were


being kept for Yeshua the Moshiach and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, can you imagine


the wrath that would be poured out on the false teachers?   The American high school boy


mentioned above had better stay away from a Pakistani American girl whose Father has


arranged for her to be given in marriage to a boy in Pakistan, and teachers had better stay


away from congregants that have been kept for Yeshua HaMoshiach.  Now look how the Greek noun case endings would be added to the

same sentence.  Remember we said that -ou and -oV. are called case



And also even pastors need pastors. If mature combat veterans on the battlefield need medics, then pastors need pastors. Even the most mature man of G-d or woman of G-d will sooner or later need Biblical counselling or help. No matter how strong you may imagine yourself to be in the L-rd, who will you turn to when you are in the hospital, or when you need pre-marital counselling, or when your family has a death and a funeral is needed? Or what if one of your family members becomes shut-in and needs a minister's visit? If you don't know a minister or don't have a commitment to a ministering body of believers, what will you do when you are caught in a crisis? Won't it be a little late then to call up some strangers and ask them to come to your house? No, you need to come in out of the cold of this world and find a warm, loving body of Moshiach's people, and you need to think about this now. The Jewish Scriptures teach, "I will give you shepherds according to my will, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding" (Jeremiah 3:15). If you do not have a mashgiach ruchani (spiritural overseer) who is responsible to Moshiach to pray for you, then how are you yourself going to stand before G-d guiltless? There are those that run from meeting hall to meeting hall on the supposition that they are in submission as talmidim. However, in reality these people are in submission to nobody but themselves and are willfully disobedient to G-d's Word, which commands them to meet regularly together in one body (MJ 10:25) and to celebrate the Seudas Moshiach regularly. It was because of the ministry to her in her kehillah, that a mother was able over 27 years of her preaching, to win her son to the L-rd, who in turn won many thousands. If she had not been built up through her faithful attendance in that kehillah, how could she have seen the fruit that came from the grace of G-d blessing that very faithfulness?

Therefore, as a believer you have the responsibility to adhere to a chavurah and to throw your strength into that flock. Then, when you need help, the flock will be strong and will be able to come to your aid in the L-rd. In the same way, you will have the blessing of blessing others in that same flock by means of your own spiritual gifts. Did you ever hear of a sheep belonging to three or four different flocks? What a traumatic and confusing experience for any lamb! How could such a freakish sheep be sure of his steps or avoid getting lost? Such wandering sheep would be smart to stop listening to themselves and start listening to what the Great Shepherd has to say in his Word.


Thirdly, we need to realize that G-d has given to each believer certain spiritual gifts. However, in many cases these gifts are latent in an individual without his being aware of them, because he has never been committed to any one body long enough to exercise them. But the L-rd expects each one of us to use the gifts that he has invested in us. We have the responsibility to locate in an atmosphere where we can systematically grow and mature and our gifts can come to their full expression. Do you know what your gifts are and are you using them in one body now where they will serve the Kingdom of G-d and reach our Jewish people? Every believer, including you, has the opportunity and the responsibility to use his gifts for the glory of G-d. Do you not realize that we all we have to stand before Moshiach's Bet Din and give an account?


Fourthly, the Bible teaches that just as a body cannot accomplish anything without its various members functioning in coordination, so too is the Body of Moshiach. Without hands, fingers can't feed a mouth. Both Moshiach's Shul and the lost sheep of the House of Israel at large are suffering the loss of your hands. We need, and the L-rd commands, that we have the undiluted spiritual and financial strength of all those who would join with us. Are you dead-serious about reaching our Jewish people for Moshiach? Ask yourself the question: "Am I giving my maximum time and finances and talents for reaching our people? Or do I run around a lot and give only a little bit here and a little bit there?" Also, the Bible says, "A little child shall lead them." Most healthy growing congregations have plenty of children and young people. But who will be their chaperons, teachers, counsellors, and friends? And what about your own children? "Bad company destroys good morals." Their peer group may be leading them down the wrong path, but how will they have a peer group in the House of the L-rd unless you make it your business to get them to Moshiach's Shul and to get involved yourself? Are you dead-serious about this statement, "As for me and my house, I will serve the L-rd!" This is a matter that will be a very relevant one day when we all stand before the judgment seat of Moshiach and give an accounting of our time and money and obedience to MJ 13:17 and Malachi 3:8-10. There is a price to pay for disobedience, even for believers. We either obey the L-rd and do our best to serve him, giving him quality time and service as we build for him with the highest standards of which we are capable, or we pay later. "If anyone builds on the foundation (of Moshiach) with gold, silver, and fine stone, or with wood, hay and straw, the work that each man does will at last he brought to light; the day of judgment will expose it. For that day dawns in fire, and the fire will test the worth of each man's work. If a man's building stands, he will be rewarded; if it burns he will have to bear the loss; and yet he will escape with his life as one might run from a fire" (I Corinthians 3:12-15). Therefore, the question is not if you will tie into a body but where you will tie in, because there really is no option in this matter. We defy G-d at our own risk. Judaism has never been a philosophy, though some have tried to see it in the pagan light of Greece. Biblical Judaism, the Derech Hashem, is a revealed religion which does not ask for philosophic opinion, but rather demands faith and obedience from all men to G-d and to his Moshiach. The L-rd says, "Obey your leaders" (MJ 13:17) and this doesn't mean tipping your hat respectfully from shepherd to shepherd as you wander from flock to flock. This means joining one flock and getting trained and discipled.

There is a little bit of Pontius Pilate in all of us. Think about it! Here Pontius Pilate was, standing before the Kohen L'Olam al divrati Melki-Tzedek, the one before whom he could have made vidduy of his averos, the one who could have given him assurance of selichah. Instead of humbling himself and turning from his rebellious arrogance, he actually threatened Moshiach's life (Yn 19:10)! Imagine! The one who was going to walk out of the grave in three days, the one who would have the power to throw Pontius Pilate in hell! Certainly NOT the one it would be at all wise to threaten! Where was his fear of the L-rd? His wife had it, apparently (see Mt 27:19.) This is one Yehoshua/Yeshua it would be wise for every "Achan" in this world to fear, including you and me. Remember Achan. Achan. Achan. Like Pilate, Achan also did not have sufficient fear of the Yehoshua/Yeshua with whom he had to do, with whom he must render an account. Achan, do not think that you can hide some uncleanness in your heart, some forbidden obsession, and also delude yourself that this sin won't find you out! Do you think that you can thus mock G-d? Do you actually think you can hide your heart from G-d? The first thing you need is the fear of Moshiach HaShofet Kol HaAretz! The Judge is at the door!

Some people in somewhat the same way are also arrogant toward Moshiach's undershepherds (1K 5:1-6). This is called anti-clericalism. The anti-clerical modern is a rebel. He rebels against the "father" figure like some rebellious son on the basketball court rebels against his coach. If you have ever played basketball and were fooling around acting stupid on the basketball court, and this behavior of yours was having a negative infectious effect on the whole team (see 1C 5:6), you know what I'm talking about. The coach looks you over and then decides to "quarantine" you and send you to the bench to sit out part of the game. If you want to develop as a player, you have to humble yourself and listen to your coach. Then he'll put you back in the game when this attitude problem, like a blemish on your face, has cleared up (1K 5:6). In the same way in the Torah, if there was some corrupting "nega" growing in your life, you had to allow the kohen to look you over and even "quarantine" you from the other "players" until the corruption was abated, lest it spread and affect others. When Moshiach's undershepherd doesn't call on you to participate in leading the service because you need to first apologize to the messianic cantor for speaking disrespectfully and wickedly, you have to listen to your coach. In this way we grow in the L-rd, unless we are too rebellious to HAVE a coach! The undershepherd of Moshiach who lovingly prays for us to be healed and counsels us with the Word of G-d and prays for us to be forgiven when we make vidduy of our aveiros is not the one we should resent or run away from! Is this in our own best interests? Was it in Pilate's own best interests to threaten the Shofet Kol HaAretz? We should see Moshiach's undershepherd like the cohen in Leviticus chapter 13 and we should try to humbly submit to this loving observation and gentle correction and discipline, because to cause these leaders grief will not be profitable to us. And they are accountable for us! And what if we DO have a house-infecting idol? Chas v'shalom (G-d forbid) that we should also cause Moshiach grief and wind up like Pontius Pilate. G-d forbid that we should grieve the Ruach Hakodesh. Ruth, go find your Boaz covering and be faithful in the House of the L-rd where G-d placed you for your own good! Then when Pesach comes each year you will have a congregation where you can go and have your annual "Spring Housecleaning of the Soul" (1C 5:7) and will not be like a lost sheep who has gone her own way (Isa 53:6) and doesn't have a doctrinally sound messianic flock where she can go for Pesach. Obey your Mashgiach Ruachani like Naaman obeyed Elishah (2KGS 5) and then you will be healed of your spiritual metzorah. This is also where pre-tevilah and post-tevilah counseling and teaching prepare you to resist the taivel. When you have made zikh ge'toyvl't in der mikveh trusting in the Name of Hashem and Moshiach Tzidkeinu and the Ruach Hakodesh--Adonoi echad-- and then the taivel comes with his accusations, his condemnations, his strictures of false guilt, his Satanic temptations, his zchus deceptions and doctrines of demons and all of his occult lies, then is the time for you to drive back the adversary of your nashamah, by reminding the devil about the grace in which you stand and about the blood of Moshiach's temurah and kapparah and geulah wherein you died and were buried with Moshiach and accounted a tzaddik in Moshiach Tzidkeinu and about the tevilah kever (immersion grave) and THEN daven in the Ruach Hakodesh leshonot chadashot and do a tzom until Satan sees that he is in fact defeated in all his lying attempts to corrupt your mind and your heart and your conscience and your family relationships and your doctrine and your memories and your imagination and your eidus tovah testimony. Then put on the whole armor of Hashem and meditate on these words in this Sefer Kodesh until you get the victory.

But remember this! Joining a fellowship where the Bible is faithfully believed and taught does not mean joining a choir of angels. However, the longer we put up with one another and try to love one another in spite of our faults, the more we grow to love with the agape love with which Moshiach loves and the more we become like him. Therefore, don't run out the door the first time someone's behavior disappoints you. Instead, stay and ask Moshiach to help you love growing and struggling believers' unloveliness and you'll then also grow in your ability to be compassionate and loving. Thus, locking arms together with you in the marvelous love of Moshiach Ben Dovid and the supernatural life of the Ruach Hakodesh, our Shul will be able to reach out to the world and to the lost sheep of the House of Israel before it's too late. For this is the Biblical pattern, that you be committed to one Body and with your full resources focused in one place for the maximum glory of G-d to shine in a lost world. 


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