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Established in 1994, the Messianic Studies Institute (MSI) is a unique institute for lifelong learning that empowers you to be transformed by the Jewish heritage and essence of the faith. MSI's dynamic curriculum unlocks the Biblical languages, Scripture in its continuity from Genesis to Revelation, and the Messianic Jewish worldview important to understanding and knowing Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. What does this transformation look like? 1. An integrated faith—living according to the pattern of Yeshua in daily life 2. An indebtedness to and relationship with the Jewish people now that positively impacts the so-called "Jewish-Christian" divide 3. An identity and living that "makes flesh" the words "Magnified and sanctified may God’s great Name be throughout the world which He has created according to His will. May He establish His kingdom in our lifetime, and during our days, and within the life of the entire house of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen." —Kaddish, traditional Jewish prayer

Monday's Messianic Taste of Hidden Manna #3
The Book of Numbers Inspires Us to Finish Well!

What's the Takeaway from Today's Post?

How about us? Have we learned the lesson from the Book of Numbers and the rest of the Scriptures NOT TO BE, ACT, & LIVE like the Wilderness Generation? Do we understand how to FINISH WELL? Do we TRUST GOD and HIS PROMISES in HIS TIMING in order to REACH our INTENDED DESTINATION of the New Jerusalem in the new earth? Are we truly walking in the Way of the LORD in the inaugurated Kingdom of God in Messiah on earth, even trusting God for our daily bread or sustenance? Please be further sobered by the fact that contrary to an easy breezy way of life, Yeshua Himself had this to say about this WAY of LIFE: "But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult or hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it" (Matt 7:14). Do we accept this fact about the difficulty and hardship of the Messianic way of life, or do we trust in the falsely perceived reliability of the security, provision, and promises of the nation in which we live—like the Wilderness Generation trusted in the falsely perceived reliability of the security, provision, and promises of Egypt? They were not allowed to enter God's rest!

Here's the Full Post:
Ever heard the saying "The numbers don't lie"? Unless the numbers are manipulated, that saying is quite true. Ever heard the exhortation "Finish well"? Unless we succumb to fear and the like, that exhortation is quite motivational. That said, have you ever considered the fact that the Biblical Book of Numbers doesn't lie and a central theme of that book is "Finish well"? A host of teachers and sermon deliverers hold this to be true, including our own Howard Silverman.

Among many other things, the Book of Numbers provides God's people with a permanent strong exhortation to TRUST GOD and HIS PROMISES in HIS TIMING in order to REACH their INTENDED DESTINATION (which in Numbers was the Promised Land)! This exhortation is a result of the permanent sobering lesson that the distrusting, grumbling, and contentious wilderness generation died in the wilderness. In fact even Miriam, Aaron, and Moses who were impatient with God's timing died in the wilderness. Only Caleb, Joshua, and the children under age 20 were granted entrance into the Promised Land (Num 14:29–31).

Note that the golden calf incident of Exodus 32 is considered one of the worst moments in the history of Israel. It occurred just 3 months after the wondrous rescue of the exodus from slavery in Egypt, and just 40 days after receiving the gift of the Torah on Mount Sinai. It was described in terms of the people of God getting "out of control" (Exo 32:25).The very striking result was the loss of about 3000 Israelites (Exo 32:28). Desiring a mediatory 'god' to replace Moses when the Israelites didn't know what became of him on Mount Sinai (Exo 32:23) was indeed a very serious sin in the sight of the LORD. However, the people of God who remained alive had a wondrous opportunity to get back under control when Moses interceded at the potential cost of his own life on their behalf (Exo 32:30–33:1).

If truth be known, the incident of the Wilderness Generation appears to be a worse moment in the history of Israel. As the Bible Project™ rightly notes, it was described in terms of the people of God rebelling against God seven times as the following concentric arrangement of passages shows.

A Numbers 11:1–3: Rebellion and fire in the camp
B Numbers 11:4–35: Manna and Moses’ complaint against God
C Numbers 12: Rebellion against Moses
D Numbers 13–14: Rebellion against the Exodus
C Numbers 16–17: Rebellion against Aaron
B Numbers 20:1–13: Water and Moses’ rebellion against God
A Numbers 21:4–9: Rebellion and fiery snakes in the camp

This seven-fold rebellion of the Wilderness Generation became one of the most illustrious examples in the rest of the Scriptures of HOW NOT TO BE, ACT, or LIVE! We see an echo of it in Philippians 2 when Paul exhorted this community of Messiah followers in a Roman colony to work out its communal health in part by doing all things without 'grumbling' (one of the very same words used to characterize the Wilderness Generation). We see a profound use of it as an example in the Book of Hebrews which repeatedly cites the warning of Psalm 95:7–11, "Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the wilderness; when your fathers tested Me, they tried Me, though they had seen My work. For forty years I loathed that generation, and said they are a people who err in their heart, and they do not know My ways. Therefore I swore in My anger, truly they shall not enter into My rest".

We see a most profound use of it as an example in 1 Corinthians 10, where Paul goes so far as to state that what happened to the Wilderness Generation happened as examples for us so that we would not crave wrong things, be idolaters, act immorally, try or test the patience of the LORD, or grumble against God or the called leaders God gave us (see especially 1 Cor 10:5–11).

How about us? Have we learned the lesson from the Book of Numbers and the rest of the Scriptures NOT TO BE, ACT, & LIVE like the Wilderness Generation? Do we understand how to FINISH WELL? Do we TRUST GOD and HIS PROMISES in HIS TIMING in order to REACH our INTENDED DESTINATION of the New Jerusalem in the new earth? Are we truly walking in the Way of the LORD in the inaugurated Kingdom of God in Messiah on earth, even trusting God for our daily bread or sustenance? Please be further sobered by the fact that contrary to an easy breezy way of life, Yeshua Himself had this to say about this WAY of LIFE: "But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult or hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it" (Matt 7:14). Do we accept this fact about the difficulty and hardship of the Messianic way of life, or do we trust in the falsely perceived reliability of the security, provision, and promises of the nation in which we live—like the Wilderness Generation trusted in the falsely perceived reliability of the security, provision, and promises of Egypt? They were not allowed to enter God's rest!

In your service always, Henri Louis Goulet

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Monday's Messianic Taste of Hidden Manna #2
Are We Longing for the Coming Fullness of the Kingdom of God When Reciting Kaddish or The Lord's Prayer (Tephillat HaAdon)?

Today's Post is Deeply Indebted to the Work of Craig S. Keener on Matthew

Have you ever thought deeply about Tephillat HaAdon (The Lord's Prayer) in Matthew 6:9–13? It may be rightly and wondrously called "The Kingdom Prayer". It is, indeed, thoroughly Jewish in its content, form, and language as Pinchas Lapide, scholar of blessed memory (d. 1997), observed. It mirrors the Kaddish prayer in its focus on sanctifying the Name of the LORD and intensely seeking for the Kingdom of God to be manifested or materialized ON EARTH! And the closing doxology that was later added to the prayer for use in daily recitation of Messianic prayers ("For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever) most likely came directly from 1 Chronicles 29:10–13, especially verse 11. You will surely want to pause and read this passage now.

While the coming future Kingdom of God was inaugurated when Yeshua ascended and sat down at the right hand of God (see, e.g., Matt 26:64; Mar 14:62; 16:19; Luk 22:69; Acts 2:33; Acts 7:55–56; Rom 8:34; Col 3:1; Heb 8:1; 10:12; 12:2), thereafter the Lord's Prayer is focused on seeking its fullness to come to earth forever! Thus, Keener rightly emphasizes the following: Neither the Kaddish nor Yeshua's prayer suits a complacent person satisfied with the treasures of this age. This is a prayer for the desperate, who recognize that this world is not as it should be and that only God can set things straight — the broken to whom Yeshua promises the blessings of the kingdom (5:3–12).

Are we longing for the coming fullness of the Kingdom of God when reciting Kaddish and/or The Lord's Prayer?

In your service always, Henri Louis Goulet

Come Tour Israel with Us in June 2020. It's the Opportunity of a Lifetime! A $200 Deposit is Due at the End of This Month (June 2019). Private Message Henri L. Goulet for Details on How to Register.

Features Included:
• Yosher / Sar-El Tours
• Round Trip Air Columbus, OH / TLV / Columbus, OH
• Breakfast and dinner daily at hotels
• Meeting & assistance at the airport in Israel upon arrival
• Transfer between airports and hotels
• English-speaking guide throughout whole trip
• Baggage handling, hotel taxes & service charges
• Tips to driver, guide, hotels
• Opportunities to connect with Messiah followers in Israel
• Farewell dinner

Not included:
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• Travel insurance – highly recommended – available at www.yoshertours.com. Click on travel tips.
• Phone – Unlimited calls to USA, Canada and within Israel for pre-arranged cost of $5/day (contact [email protected]).
• Gifts/Personal Expenses

Day 1 Sunday, May 31
Depart for Israel at the Columbus Airport. Enjoy the unforgettable group flight to the Land.

Day 2 Monday, June 1
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. We will be greeted by our guide & bus driver and taken to Herods Hotel Tel Aviv.

Day 3 Tuesday, June 2
Palmach Museum, Ayalon Institute, Independence Hall, & Jaffa. Herods Hotel

Day 4 Wednesday, June 3
Temple Mount, Western Wall and Rabbi's Tunnels, City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel and Pool of Shiloach (Siloam), Southern Steps. A very full day with lots of walking! Prima Kings Hotel Jerusalem

Day 5 Thursday, June 4
Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Mount Zion. Prima Kings

Day 6 Friday, June 5
A special day at Yad Vashem (with headphones) and the Herzl Museum. Prima Kings

Day 7 Saturday, June 6
Shabbat Services at Roeh Israel Messianic Congregation. No touring. Free Day. Prima Kings

Day 8 Sunday, June 7
Gerizim/Samaritan Village and Shiloh Tel and perhaps Settlement. Overlook, National Park, Samaritan Museum in the Village where a Samaritan person will speak to us and perhaps show us the Samaritan Synagogue. We may visit a winery at Gerizim (e.g., Har Bracha). Prima Kings

Day 9 Monday, June 8
Tel Beersheva, Ben Gurion Grave, and Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev. Prima Kings

Day 10 Tuesday, June 9
Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran, and Dead Sea swim. Ma'agan Kibbutz Holiday Village in Galilee

Day 11 Wednesday, June 10
Mount Arbel, Migdal Synagogue, Sea of Galilee boat ride, Capernaum, Caesarea Philippi. Ma'agan

Day 12 Thursday, June 11
Jezreel Valley & Megiddo, Mount Carmel, Caesarea Maritima. Return to Prima Kings in Jerusalem

Day 13 Friday, June 12
Israel Museum, Model of Jerusalem, & Shrine of the Book, Knesset Menorah, Machaneh Yehuda Market. Prima Kings

Day 14 Saturday, June 13
Shabbat. No Touring. Free Day. Prima Kings

Day 15 Sunday, June 14
No Touring. Free Day. Check out of the hotel in the evening and travel to Tel Aviv Airport.
Arrive in the U.S. On Monday, June 15

Monday's Messianic Taste of Hidden Manna #1
From Blues and Jazz to a Foretaste of Life Lived in the Kingdom of God in Messiah

Our new Monday mini teaching is being boldly but humbly compared to a taste of 'hidden manna'. Note that the term 'manna' comes from the Hebrew "what is it?" in Exo 16:15. Sometimes 'manna' is portrayed as 'bread' from heaven (see, e.g., Neh 9:15; Psa 105:40; Yochanan/John 6:31–33, 50–51). Moreover, as Aune noted citing Volz, "One of the eschatological expectations of early Judaism was that the future time of salvation would correspond to the period of wilderness wandering in which God would again supply manna miraculously". This is made clear in the Jewish Apocalyptic writing known as the 2nd Apocalypse of Baruch 29:8 as translated by Charlesworth: "And it will happen at that time that the treasury of manna will come down again from on high, and they will eat of it in those years because these are they who have arrived at the consummation of time". In Rev 2:17, the Messiah followers at Pergamum are promised some of the 'hidden manna' if they overcome what they are exhorted to overcome! Borrowing from such thinking, in providing this weekly Monday mini teaching, we are seeking to truly nourish those who are living in the foretaste of the Kingdom of God in Messiah now—even as we pray its full taste or fullness to earth as in Matt 6:10!

On this past Shabbat, I had the privilege of once again being the Teen's teacher. In that this weekend was the Creekside Gahanna Blues & Jazz Festival, we opened with a discussion of the history and meaning of blues and jazz. We learned that blues is a sorrowful expression of the dejection of oppression. We came to understand 'dejection' as the act, state, or condition of being lowered in status, estate, or circumstances that may include lowness of spirits (e.g., depression). We further noted that African-Americans created the genre in response to oppression by those who reduced people to a color and made 'white' superior (i.e., "white supremacists") and 'black' inferior. How WRONG and un-Messianic! Of course, we then made it very clear that no one should be reduced to a color—highlighting the fact that 'race' was a negative social construct invented by white supremacists (see https://www.encyclopedia.com/…/anthropology-terms-and-…/race). 'Ethnicity' is the correct positive term, and all ethnicities are a gift of God's wondrous variegated creation! Moreover, we then emphasized that God's people have a special obligation to care for the disenfranchised of the world, especially the poor and the oppressed.

We then learned that jazz is a joyful expression of proleptic freedom from oppression. We came to understand 'proleptic' as "of or pertaining to the representation or assumption of a future act or development as being presently existing or accomplished". It is acting and living as if something guaranteed in the future is already in existence or accomplished now in the present! So jazz is a foretaste of freedom from oppression before it can actually be had! This was expressed in the most blissful way on Friday night by one of the opening jazz bands at the Gahanna Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival. It was the Whirlybirds, whose Dixieland songs sometimes featured every instrument crescendoing at the same time. Such moments of sheer ecstatic improvisational freedom lifted people right out of their chairs to applaud and shout sounds of affirmation. Such moments are like a musical Emancipation Proclamation! I then challenged our teens with this question: Are our lives like live jazz—providing people with a foretaste of the profound freedom from slavery or oppression of any kind only found in Messiah Yeshua? I used Gahanna Middle School West student Josh Grieco's blue trumpet painting entitled 'Immersion' in the photo to make my point.

This understanding of these musical genres is why Messiah followers respond positively to blues and jazz. It is because they are either the creators of the music themselves, the relatives of the creators who are preserving these genres, or those in solidarity with the ones who are the creators and preservers of these genres. Thus, it was easy for me to make the following connection for our teens between jazz in particular and the Messianic worldview and way of life.

When we read the Book of Revelation, we discover that chapters 14–22 are guided by a metaphorical contrast between two women or two cities. The one woman is labeled a whore and the other a bride. The one city is labeled Babylon and the other New Jerusalem. The contrast is intended to provide us with a choice between two ways of life, and is modeled after the contrast between life and death, good and evil, and blessing and cursing in Deut 30:15 &19. If after hearing the entire message of the Book of Revelation we find that our way of living and behaving is improperly aligned with Babylon, we are told "Come out of her My people"!

Of specific interest to our learning today is the statement in Rev 14:8 and 18:2, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great"! The word 'fallen' (which we notice is said twice) is in a form known as a proleptic aorist. Remember that 'proleptic' has to do with a present representation or accomplishment of something future. And, the 'aorist' is used to show that something has already happened. This means that while the fall of Babylon had not yet occurred, it was so sure to fall that John spoke about it as if it had already fallen! This way of thinking allows us to say that New Jerusalem is so sure to come in the future that, to some extent, we can live and behave as if it is already here today! While just a foretaste, it is a very real and profound representation of the fullness that is coming! In fact, we are SUPPOSED to provide the world with this foretaste of what is coming!

All of this said, note well that if John’s hearers were going to "come out" of Babylon, they would first require an apocalyptic adjustment in their perspective in order to see her for the whore that she was. They would then need a new alternative city to which they may go. Thus, the spectacle of God’s New Jerusalem in Revelation is portrayed as coming down out of heaven! It was at once and the same time a heavenly metaphorical city and an earthly alternative reality! As Harry O. Maier rightly emphasizes, John’s apocalypse did not envision a New Jerusalem in a utopia that was nowhere or in the sweet hereafter.

Acknowledging the thoroughly contextualized nature of John’s Apocalypse (the Book of Revelation), Maier contends that it was in the imperial present that New Jerusalem was established, the city to which the nations come for healing and all are welcome without price. Having departed Babylon, John’s hearers would then live the rest of their lives in the city that allowed for a tangible manifestation of a God- and Messiah-centered perspective. In place of conspicuous consumption, for example, would be conspicuous generosity. Every citizen of New Jerusalem would express the lavish self-giving of God in the most routine features of everyday life and ethical decision-making, even if (especially if!) that brought them into direct conflict with the Pax Romana (the false Peace of Rome)!

Is this us as a community? God's Ruach (Spirit) has made it a foretaste reality now in Messiah!

In your service always, Henri Louis Goulet

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