Jerusalem Prayer List June 23, 2016
By Joseph Shulam – from Thousand Oaks, California
This week the reading in all the Synagogues around the world including many of the “Messianic Synagogues” is Beshalach, from Numbers 13:1 – 15:41. The main story in this portion of the reading is the story of the Moses sending the twelve spies to spy out the land of Canaan.
The texts starts with a command by God to send אנשים – “people” – “man” – “persons.” This very simple of terms hides in it a great meaning. When the Word of God uses the word ״אנשים״ – [anashim] it does not mean just simple people. It means very important people, leaders, and honorable men. Verse 3 proves this to be the case here too: “So Moses sent them from the Wilderness of Paran according to the command of the LORD, all of them men who were heads of the children of Israel.” This “small” detail is a key to understand the seriousness of the report that came back after this mission. This event becomes a pivotal point in God’s plan for the settling of the children of Israel in the land of Canaan. According to the Word of God the report that the 10 leaders brought back after their mission was one of the causes why God kept them another 38 years in the wilderness.
Let us look at the facts:
- They were all honorable men, leaders among their tribes.
- They all stayed 40 days in the land of Canaan and spied the land. They had the same experiences in the land of Canaan. (Num 13:25, “And they returned from spying out the land after forty days.”)
- They all went and brought a report of the real situation with the same facts: “Then they told him, and said:
- “We went to the land where you sent us.
- It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.
- Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.
- The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” (Numbers 13:27-29)
They all told the truth, they gave the facts, and they drew their conclusion!
- Num. 13:31b “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.”
- “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.”
- “There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
The results of what these ten spies said is: And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying;
a) “If only we had died in the land of Egypt!
This is ungratefulness for all that God did for them in order to take them out of slavery into freedom and out of darkness into the light.
b) Or if only we had died in this wilderness! This is spitting in the eye of God. It is saying all the wonders and deeds that you have done for us were totally unworthy.
c) Why has the LORD brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims?
The saw the Egyptian army drown in the Read Sea and the victory over their enemy and quickly forgot it.
d) Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” This is a slap in the face of Moses and disrespect for the great act of salvation and the salvation of their first born.
e) So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.” (Num. 14:2-4)
This is rebellion against the anointed one of God and a desire to take things into their own hands away from God’s authority.
You see the bad report was true, but it was the reality that the eyes of faith ought to have seen. What Caleb said was God’s reality: “Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” (Num. 13:30)
You see my dear brothers the difference that faith in God makes in our lives. With the eyes of the flesh we see the limitations of the flesh. There is no doubt that the flesh is real and the facts that it experiences are real and human logic that calculates the physical capabilities of how many tanks and how many airplanes and how many soldiers we have is all true and real. However, we must know that we are more than a collection of cells that make our flesh and that our brain is basically a major supper computer that can calculate facts and numbers and put them together and invent new things. There is, however, other elements that are not seen and cannot be calculated. There is the divine spark that animates parts of our being that are not tangible, cannot be measured by a laboratory full of test tubes and electro spectrometers. We have that part that is divine. When this part is plugged in and connects to the source of all things in our universe it activates that God particle called the Holy Spirit. We receive when we entrust our lives to God and die with Yeshua in Baptism (Romans 6) and resurrect into the newness of life and receive that precious gift of the Holy Spirit (See Acts 2:38).
The God particle that for lack of better words we call “FAITH” and the ability to see beyond the reality of the flesh, beyond the logic of Aristotle or Archimedes’ formulation. The power of faith that looks not to the arm of flesh but to the ONE WHO MADE US and;
- He “is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.” (Matt 3:9b)
- He is the same one who said: “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matt. 10:28)
- )” (Rom. 11:23for God is able to graft them in again.He is the same ONE who said by the pen of the Apostle Paul about the broken branches of the natural olive tree that were broken off for the sake of the whole world: “And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in,
I want to encourage of my brothers and sisters in Israel, in the West, in the East, and in South America to realize that God is Able to do so much more than we by our limitations allow Him to do in our lives.
Faith is a power that activates THE GOD PARTICLE that each human being has but only Yeshua and the Holy Spirit can activate it and put it to work in the right direction that makes us servants of God Almighty. Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua son of Nun knew God and His power and knew what our first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion knew: “In Israel if you don’t believe in Miracles you are not a realist.” Our whole history is built on the Paradigm of David who killed Goliath. The weak becomes strong when he defends God’s interests. The few have victory when they stand on the side of righteousness and truth, those that love always in the end will have victory over those who hate. This very Paradigm is what gave the Israelites victory over the Canaanites in the day so Joshua and Caleb, and this is what gave victory over the great Greek Army of Antiochus Epiphanes in the days of Judah the Maccabee.
Dear brothers and sisters let us not lose the real power of that God Particle that is dwelling in us because Yeshua forgives our sins and purified us to become temples of God and carry the Holy Spirit in our bodies. The real power is to have faith and do what seems impossible in eyes of the World. The real power is to have people who seem a bit odd and not so capable turn up to be heroes and winners by the power of God dwelling in them. The real power of the Holy Spirit is not in the Hollywood productions that will attract a crowed until someone else comes up with more razzle-dazzle in his services and gives a bit more Dale Carnegie how to succeed in business sermon. The real power of the Spirit of God is captured in doing the Work of God against all wordily odds and human logic. This is what Caleb and Joshua realized and the other ten spies did not realize. They all had the same facts but these two interpreted the facts with the faith that the Holy Spirit gave them not with the eyes of the flesh but with the eyes of the Spirit of God in them. Every Disciples of the Messiah ought to have that God particle in him if he is baptized, after repentance, and confession of Yeshua as the Messiah Son of God, and if he receives the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is a gift because you cannot buy it, you cannot earn it, and you cannot get it with your college degree. Let us have the heart and the mind of Caleb and Joshua. As men who honor God let us not cause God to drag us for another 38 years or hundreds of years through the wilderness of history to teach us that He is able to keep that which we have committed unto Him until that Day.
I pray for my family and myself to revive that God particle that is in us. I pray that we put God first in our lives and to put all our trust and all our faith in Him who passes all understanding. He is able to heal us from our illnesses. He is able to provide us with all our needs, all-be-it not always all our wants. He is able to bless Israel and all those who bless Israel to be blessed by Him.
This teaching has become long. Here is a short list of prayer for the sick. I am adding some new names that I ask you to pray for them urgently.
Zvi L., is still in the hospital, very very sick and in ICU already near two months. He is 90 years old and a very strong person. I pray for God to heal Zvi L., and to heal and give Sara his wife strength and strong faith.
The Health of our members and families in Roeh Israel:
Gary continued health difficulties. Aharon (Don and Nancy’s Son) has a brain tumor and needs prayer. Yuri Marianenko with prostate cancer, we pray for the cancer to stop spreading and for complete healing. Ahuvah Ben Meir, David Stern, Marcia Shulam, Sarit, Miriam, Hannah, Danah Shulam, Barry Shulam, Ruby, Clara, Paulo, Tatiana, Ilana, Leah, Naomi, Tim Tucker, Anna who has again fallen ill with sever infection, Anne-Mirijami, Satu-Maria, Anna-Majia, Sinni Tuuli, Erki and Sirpa, and Evelina, and Liz in Georgia, and Horace and June Marcia’s parents.
In Brazil: Marcelo’s father and mother, Paulo, Clara, and the spiritually sick women and men who knew the truth and chose to believe lies.
We pray for the following dear brothers and sisters: Pastor Curita in Tokyo, Toru San, and the husband of Yumi, Sadako San, Shoko San, Takeo Sensei and Tomoko San all in Japan.
We have brothers and sisters who are not physically sick, but they need the hand of God’s blessing on their lives: Michael Knezevich in Portland, Raymond and his family and his company, Laurel S., and please add to this prayer all those people whom you know and ask the Mighty God of Israel and Yeshua our Messiah to show their mercy and grace on these fine disciples of Yeshua.
Joseph and Marcia will be traveling to tomorrow to Tennessee. Please keep them in your prayers for traveling grace. Terance and Angelina Ha will be gone to Canada until July 3rd. Leah K., and Ilana H., from our congregation are traveling in Finland. We ask safety and blessing on all our brothers and sisters who are traveling.
Our brothers in Japan have opened a welcome center in Kyoto, Japan. I pray and ask you to pray for this welcome center to be blessed by God and used by God to bring a blessing to Israeli travelers to this beautiful ancient city.
Continue to pray for the problems of Islamic terrorism around the world and continue to pray for Christians in Pakistan and the other Islamic countries. We have modern day martyrs almost daily in these Muslim world and we at least ought to cry out to God about the suffering of our brothers and sisters around the world.
God be with you and stand with you in all your challenges like we ask and cry out before him to stand with all our challenges as a nation as individuals and as ministers of His Word.
Thank you for standing with us and with Israel. Thank you for praying for us and for Israel. Thank you for supporting us and making us able to continue doing this important work in Israel and around the world.
Pray for our dear brothers in Vitoria, Brazil, and for the new congregation that was established. Pray for our brothers in Curitiba, and Belo-Horizonte, and Rio-de Janeiro, and other places in Brazil.
Pray for our soldiers who are in active duty and in harms way every day.
May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you and be favorable to you in all things and give you His peace!