Tuesday, July 21, 2009


The other day something very interesting occured. My husband and I were at Costco together when an older gentlemen came up behind my husband, laid his hand firmly on his shoulder and said "Will you pray for us?" My husband quite taken by surprise, quickly regained his composure and asked "What is your name?" The man replied "Frank, but you will forget that the minute I turn around." My husband very confidently responded, "I will not forget you Frank." Frank laughed a laughter of relief and joy and mumbled something about Lee being strong. Lee asked if there was something in specific. He appeared to not want to answer but said "My wife and I were just married..." I responded "Then blessings" He laughed "Yes wow Yes!" Lee said, "Baruch Hashem". The man seemed amazed and overjoyed and walked away. We continued our shopping in amazement ourselves and wonderment. Now this would seem very peculiar indeed if this happened say a year ago with Lee out in his cargo shorts and a Larryboy t-shirt. However, my husband sports a substantial beard, a kippah, and tzitziot. He appears by all means, Jewish and that is because he is- Jewish- as he most recently found out and confirmed. The Jews, that is the religious ones, have such a deep devotion to Adonai that surpasses many, mine most definitely. Others look down on them for their "rituals" and how they hold tightly to their "traditions". I, however, commend them and wish to imitate them. They have something that I can only pray for- discipline, commitment, devotion- they show their love and obedience to the Creator by every action they are doing. In every blessing and prayer they repeat, everytime they put on their tzitzit and tefillin, wash their hands, touch the mezuzah, break the challah, light the candles, they show an upmost reverence and devotion to Adonai. Why wouldn't I want my family, my children, even myself to want every moment to be a blessing to Him, for every hour to bring my focus back to Him, to have reminders of the one true Lord all around me. I do not know if Frank was aware of this himself and that is why he approached a Jew to pray for him, or perhaps it was just because they are "G-d's chosen people" so they must have an IN with HIM. I don't know but it made me realize once again that He has changed my heart and my life -our lives- so much. We are blessed that we are part of this and have chosen to live like such, but even more so we have Yeshua HaMashiach first and foremost in our lives. Everything we are doing would be for not- we are doubly blessed beyond measure. Now was this man led to approach my husband by some misguided concept that he could not pray to Adonai himself? Perhaps. We weren't there to question him- or Adonai. We were asked to just pray. And pray we have been doing. Maybe we should have stopped there and then and laid hands on him and prayed. We would love to have sat down with him and spoke with him more and shared with him the grace and mercy of Hashem that is available to all through His Son Yeshua, that we can go to Him ourselves and speak to Him and ask anything in His name. But it wasn't to be- Frank disappeared into the crowd at Costco and we continued on our way. Did we understand what Frank wanted, do we understand the mind of Adonai, no we do not but we do know that Hashem has sustained and brought us to this very moment and we need to make the most of what He has given us- to reach the lost and hurting. To be a light.

1 comment:

Anders Branderud said...

You wrote: “shared with him the grace and mercy of Hashem that is available to all through His Son Yeshua”

I want to comment about this statement.

How to live in order to enable the Creator in His loving kindness to provide His foregivness is outlined in Tan’’kh ( the Jewish Bible) ; and was also taught by the first century historical Ribi Yehoshua from Nazareth (the Mashiakh; the Messiah) (His teachings are found here: www.netzarim.co.il)

(Ribi Yehoshua was born in Betlehem by Yoseiph and Miriam 7 BCE. He had twelve talmidim (apprentice students). He was killed by the Romans year 30 CE. His original teachings were in accordance with Torah, Netzarim Hebrew Matityahu. The redacted teachings, which are anti-Torah, are found in “the gospel of Matthew”.)

Tan’’kh – for example Yekhëzqeil (de-Judaized to Ezekiel) 18 – promises forgiveness to those who do their sincerest to keep the mitzwot (etymological translation: directives or military-style orders) in Torah (“the books of Moses”). The Creator cannot lie and He does not change (Malakhi 3:6)! According to Tehilim (de-Judaized to “Psalms”) 103 the Creator gives His foregivness to those who do their sincerest to keep His berit (pact) (this includes doing ones utmost to keep the mitzwot in Torah (“the books of Moses”) non-selectively).

There is a provision for the mistakes people make in doing their utmost to keep Torah non-selectively. The man Ribi Yehoshua ha-Mashiakh (the Messiah) lived and did his utmost to keep Torah non-selectively, was killed by the Romans although he hadn’t done any crime and became a sacrifice. Because of this the Creator can give His foregiveness for the mistakes of everyone doing his/her sincerest to keep His instructions found in Torah, and to everyone turning away from their breaches of directives of Torah to instead starting to do their sincerest to keep the instructions in Torah.

Living in the above described way until one dies implies that the Creator will continue to give His forgiveness during one’s whole life, which will keep ones nephesh (psyche) in a connection with the Creator, which will lead to ha-olam haba (which Christians would call “heaven”). While not living in the above described way, according to Yekhezeqeil 18, won’t lead to ha-olam haba.

"John 3:16" contradicts what is written above and is anti-Torah. On the contrary, the historical first century Ribi Yehoshua ha-Mashiakhs (Messiahs) teachings are in perfect accordance with what is written above.

According to Tan’’kh and the Netzarim, the Mashiakh is not divine. He is a human. Read more in this post: http://bloganders.blogspot.com/2010/07/should-messiah-in-hebrew-mashiakh-be.html

Anders Branderud