Jerusalem Prayer List July 6, 2017

Jerusalem Prayer List
July 6, 2017
Joseph Shulam

This week’s portion of the Torah is Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9).  Balak was king of Moab.  Moab was born by Lot’s daughter who after the fall of Sodom raped her father together with her sister under the false believe that the whole world was destroyed and humanity will disappear if there is no one to continue it.  Lot’s two daughters acted under the impression that they and their father are the last human beings left on earth.  The offspring of Lot and his daughters became Israel’s most bitter enemies and that enmity continued all the way to the time of “Herod the Great” who ruled in the time that Yeshua was born. The history of Israel has been and is now like a wheel within a wheel, and a cycle within a cycle.  Over four hundred years have passed and Moab is not a powerful nation.  Israel is an emerging nation coming out of the Sinai desert after hundreds of years of slavery.  It would seem right that this relative of Abraham’s family would welcome is distant cousins and allow them to pass through the land of Moab on the east side of the Jordan River and reach Canaan the Promised Land.  No, Balak invites the secret weapon – Balaam the most famous of magicians and false prophets in the world to come and curse Israel even before they enter the land of promise.

Why would a powerful, rich, king like Balak invite Balaam to curse Israel?  Israel was a distant relative of Moab, and we read that even years later during the period of the judges had problems with Moab. In Judges chapter 3 we are told that Moab actually conquered Israel and enslaved them for 18 years during the reign of Eglon king of Moab for eighteen years. (See Judges chapter 3)  God allowed Eglon king of Moab to conquer Israel because of Israel’s sins.

From this story in the book of Judges we learn that Israel’s security is in the hands of God and not only in the hands of our wonderful soldiers and military might.

Back to Balak and his idea that if Balak would put a course on Israel the “VooDoo” would work and God will do something to stop Israel from passing through Moab and entering the land promised by God to Abraham and his seed forever.

Balak is a witch doctor/prophet and to some degree a politician of international acclaim. But, Balak knows to hear from God and actually wants to appear to be obedient to God’s instructions. In numbers 22 – we find out that God is talking to Balaam, and Balaam responds to God: Num. 22:9, “Then God came to Balaam and said, “Who are these men with you?” 10 So Balaam said to God, “Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent to me, saying. . .  12 And God said to Balaam, “You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.” 13 “So Balaam rose in the morning and said to the princes of Balak,” “Go back to your land, for the LORD has refused to give me permission to go with you.”

This conversation between the LORD and Balaam is one that interests me.  At first sight it seems like Balaam hears from God and is interested in being obedient.  He tells Balak’s men that he is not coming to Moab because God refused to give him permission to go and curse the children of Israel.  He sends Balak’s messengers back empty handed.  It is not easy to discern if at first if Balaam was sincerely wanting to do God’s will, but in the continuation of the story we learn that in his heart Balaam wanted to go and get all the gain that Balak promised him for cursing Israel.  This phenomena is common among religious leaders in the history of all religious.  At times the relationship with the divine is not strong enough to curb the passion for wealth and power and “faith”/”Religion” becomes an instrument for gain rather than a expression of devotion and sincerity in the service of the God.  On the one hand the person wants to hear from God and wants to have the power of God/Holy Spirit in his service, but on the other hand he also wants the wealth and the power to work in his personal favor.  Balaam becomes the quintessential protagonist enemy of God’s people and all the way to the end of the Bible.  In the book or Revelation we still find out that Balaam has disciples who are deceived by him and his false charm and continue to beset the brothers and sisters in Asia Minor (Turkey of today).  In three places in the New Testament Balaam is mentioned:

2Pet. 2:15, “They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness. . .”   Jude 11,  “Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.”  Rev. 2:14, “But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.”

In all of these three places we learn the same things:

1.    Balaam’s disciples have forsaken the right way.  This implies that at one time they like Balaam their master did know the right way.  You can’t forsake something that you don’t have.  So, Peter implies that the disciples of Balaam at one time did have a relationship with the Lord, like the one who they followed.

2.    The sin of Balaam according to Peter was the wages of unrighteousness, that the letter of June calls “greed” and “profit.

3.    The book of Revelation describes that the doctrine of Balaam also included the use of immorality and putting a stumbling block before the innocent in order to pervert them to idolatry and immorality.

What we see in Balaam is actually the unholy trinity of money, power, and sex.  In the case of Balaam and his desire for wealth from Balak the king of Moab there was a periodic success.  Balaam got his wealth from Balak.  Israel did fall into sexual sin, and Balak enhanced his power.  However, the success of unrighteousness continues only until some person like Phinehas  raises and takes action while the older leaders as great as they are stand helpless not knowing what to do and how to handle the complicated diplomatic situation.

The issue of integrity enters into this picture.  A person can be a world renown for his religion like Balaam.  He can have the reputation of a Holy Man, but when greed takes over, even if he heard from God directly and even if his Donkey talks to him with a revelation from God, the minute that he allows that greed to capture his heart – he has become a disciple of Balaam.  This same heresy with minor modifications was what brought Ananias and Sapphira his wife to lose their lives at the hand of the Lord.

There are many more important lessons that can be learned from this Parasha of Balak, but I chose to share this one because the heresy that beset the seven churches of Revelation is not some virus that with time will disappear, it is an endemic problem that Balaam is the prime example of it.

Please keep praying for me and my family.  Especially for Marcia’s health, and Danah, Barry, Beth, Joey, and Noaam.  Marcia is with her family in East Tennessee and of course she needs God’s constant care for her.  Barry is over his problems with the stomach and the surgery but he still has some issues with the rate of his heart beats.

I am in Dallas, Texas, this week end and will be speaking in New Beginnings Church on Friday evening and on Sunday morning in both services.  On Monday next week, July 10th, the Lord willing I shall fly back home to Jerusalem.

Nancy Hook our dear sister and worker in Netivyah is actually going to have a very major surgery this next week.  It is a very complicated surgery and she definitely needs everyone to knock on Heaven’s door and ask the LORD to guard and protect and lead the doctors to do the right thing and have a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.  We are all praying and interceding for Nancy and Don and the family asking the heavenly powers to restore Nancy to her health quickly. Please join us in this special prayer for our dear sister Nancy Hook.

Please keep praying for Salme our dear sister, pray also for Keijo her husband who is one of the pillars of the Lord’s Body in Finland.

Don’t forget to pray for Miriam Sh., who is still in the hospital suffering from cancer that is not operable right now.  Pray for a miracle for Miriam Sh., to be healed and stand as a witness of God’s mercy and grace.

Please don’t forget to pray specially pray for Ynon –the baby and his family.

In Finland, we have these dear souls who need God’s healing and strength: Anne-Mirjami, Anna-Majia, Satu-Maria and her daughters, Tim Tucker, Erki and Sirpa, and Kari A.

Our own dear Finnish sisters in the Roeh Israel Congregation in Jerusalem, Leah K., Ahuva B., Ilana H.  Other members of our congregation who need God’s healing and grace: David S., Sarit, Miriam, Hannah, Greg, Yuri M.  Please don’t forget Daniel P., who is also in the hospital for rehabilitation after a serious motorcycle accident.

Pray for brothers and sisters in the USA that need your prayers for healing: Emmet who is now in a more serious health situation, Bobby, Ruby is now especially in need of healing and encouragement from the Lord, John M. Aaron H., John M., Liz Johnson.

In Holland, we ask for a special prayer for Tineke who is fighting cancer and needs our sincere and intense prayer for healing.

Brothers and sisters in Brazil that need healing: Paulo, Naomi, Clara, Evelyn and Marcelo’s father and especially his mother.  I ask for a special prayer for our sister congregation in Curitiba who is also in need of healing among the leaders and inspiration for the leaders to continue leading with hands of grace, patience, and humility to keep things going peacefully and growing.

In Japan, we have the following brothers and sisters that need your prayers for healing: Pra. Curita, Toru, Tomoko San, Sadako San, Takeo Sensei, and Daisuke Sensei, and Sister Yumi’s husband.

The list of brothers and sisters who need strength and blessing in their homes and in their business, is also important to pray for: The Goh family, and especially Raymond are doing much better now and Raymond especially need divine wisdom and help from heaven to do what the Lord has given him to do for his family for his company and above all for the Kingdom of God.

Pray for Sister Christy, Sister Laurel, and for Brother Michael Kenzevic, and Daniel L., all need success and prosperity in their life and work.  Pray for a dear brother in Finland by the name of David.  Pray that the Lord will provide for David H., an excellent job that will honor his gifting and his family.

Pray for Roger W., and his family.  They are traveling and need God’s protection and blessing.

Pray for our travels:  Marcia is traveling with her brother tomorrow to East Tennessee to visit her father and mother, and brothers’ family.

I confess that I forgot the name of a dear sister connected to North Boulevard in Murfreesboro who is in need of the LORD’s Healing hand to touch her and heal her from very serious cancer that has spread through her body. I ask forgiveness for forgetting the name, but I know that the LORD knows you and I and God willing many of the readers of this Jerusalem Prayer List around the world will pray for you our dear sister.

The Netivyah USA board had a long and important meeting last week and I ask special prayer for all the board members.  We have doubled the number of board members and we have major challenges before us.  They are all good challenges that will take us forward and make us more successful in the Word of the Lord in the USA in the World and in Israel.

There is a comment that I would like to make to encourage all those in the USA who need tax deductions for your contributions to make your contributions on the web page of www. Netivyah.org.  Please chose the Netivyah USA button for PayPal and give your names and your addresses so that in the end of the year you will receive all the necessary paper work to process your tax deductions.

God bless you all and bless all that you do, especially what you do for the Kingdom of God and specifically for Netivyah, and Israel.

I ask for a special prayer for the North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  They are praying for Netivyah in Israel and have stood with us for more than 40 years. We wish them a special blessing for blessing the seed of Abrah

In the end of July, the Lord willing, I shall be traveling again to the Far East.  The main event will be in Taipei, Taiwan, but before Taipei, I will be in Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan.  From Japan to Hong Kong to teach in the 611 Church, and only after that Daniel S., will join me in Taipei for a youth camp and the Asia Messianic Forum 2017.  All this travel really needs God’s blessings and protection over Daniel and me, and over our health, and luggage, and safe return home in the end of August.

There are no words that can express the wonderful feeling of being a part of the body of the Messiah and have so many wonderful brothers and sisters around he world who love God and love Yeshua, and love us enough to support Netivyah in prayer and with their finances.  May the Good LORD bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you and give you His peace.

Joseph Shulam

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