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Betrothal, Angels & Prayer
 

Radio teaching notes from Rabbi Jeremy Storch


Monday

The Bible is a beautiful love story between God and his people from Genesis to Revelation. A lso, in the Bible (Genesis 24), there is an individual love story which has great application for us as believers in Yeshua; it's the story of Isaac and Rebecca. In this story, there are four main characters: Abraham (God the Father), Isaac (Yeshua), Eliezer (the Holy Spirit), and Rebecca (the Bride of Messiah)

In Genesis 24, we see that Abraham sends Eliezer to find a bride for Isaac. After finding Rebecca, he brings her directly to Isaac. Isaac then takes Rebecca to be his wife.

The application for us as believers is that God, the Father, has sent the Holy Spirit to find a bride for his son, Yeshua. It's the job of the Holy Spirit to bring the bride directly to Yeshua straight to our heavenly bridegroom and the wedding supper of the Lamb. To further understand this, we must look at the ancient Jewish wedding customs (fulfilled in Yeshua).

First of all, a bride-price had to be paid (in Hebrew “mohar”). Eliezer brought out jewelry and clothing for Rebecca and gave it to her family. Yeshua paid the highest possible price for us, his very life!

Then the bride had to give her consent. Rebecca said, “I will go with Eliezer to Isaac.” Believers today must give their consent by asking Yeshua into their heart. Saying “I do receive you as my savior and my heavenly bridegroom”.

The bride went into the “Mikveh” (water baptism) a ritual of cleansing and purification signifying that the bride was leaving a former way of life (parents' household) to a new way of life with her bridegroom. As Believers, we are baptized for the same reasons, leaving a former life of sin to a new way of life in the Messiah.

The bride and the groom shared a cup of wine as a n act of betrothal to each other. When Yeshua took the cup at the last supper (Passover) shortly before his death, He said “drink from this, all of you, this is the cup of the covenant.”

Betrothal was further sealed by the giving of a ring. Eliezer presented a gold “nose ring” to Rebecca, sealing her betrothal to Isaac. In Ephesians 4:30, it shows that we have been “sealed” by the Holy Spirit until Yeshua comes back for us.

After sharing a cup of wine, the groom then departed back to his father's house t o prepare the wedding chamber for his bride. Before he departed he said, “I go to prepare a place for you.”

The groom could not return until the father of the groom gave the final okay a fter all the preparations had been made. Yeshua said, “No one knows the time of my return, only my Father in heaven.”

The bridegroom would then come quickly and steal away his bride. The scriptures say, “Yeshua will come for us like a thief in the night,” and “in the twinkling of an eye, we shall all be changed.”

The groom would often return at midnight with a loud shout and the blast of the shofar. We see this in the parable of the 10 virgins (Matthew 25). It says “and at midnight a cry rang out “behold the bridegroom cometh!”. Also, in 1 st Thessalonians 4:16-17 (shout, blast, Yeshua coming on clouds to claim his bride!)

Then came the marriage supper itself; a ll the invited guests could come. A picture of the wedding supper of the Lamb, where only believers in Yeshua can attend; as the scripture says, “blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!”


Tuesday

Today, I'd like to talk to you about angels.

Angels, pronounced malacheem in Hebrew a re mentioned 340 times in the Bible; are heavenly beings created by God; and are immortal. They worship God, but they are not to be worshiped themselves. They have their own language, but can also speak the language of men. They can appear in human form and have emotions. According to Luke 15, angels “rejoice” when one sinner repents and in Isaiah 6:3, the angels “cry” holy.

There are three “named” angels in the Bible. Gabriel (Gavriel in Hebrew), meaning “God is my strength” is the announcing angel, who a nnounced the birth of John the Baptist and Yeshua (Luke 1) and will probably announce the 2 nd coming of Messiah (1 st Thessalonians 4:16)

Then there is Michael (pronounced Mee-kah-yaal in Hebrew), meaning “Who is like God”. This is the prince of the angels; the arch-angel closest to God; the chief divine messenger who carries out God's judgments. He is the one who came to help another angel who was answering Daniel's prayer (Daniel 10:12) and the one who protects God's people in the last days during the “time of Jacob's trouble” (Daniel 12). Michael is also the one who overpowered the dragon and his angels (Revelation 12:7)

Lucifer, HaSatan in Hebrew, means “The Accuser”. He is the fallen angel who was cast out of heaven with all of his angels. His heart was filled with pride and he refused to worship God. Lucifer was most probably the “worship leader” in heaven before his fall (Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28)

Angels are sent by God to protect God's people. In Exodus 14:19 an angel stood between the Israelites and Pharaoh's army at the Red Sea . According to 1 st Kings 19 an angel protected Elijah when he was fleeing from Jezebel. Daniel 6:22 says that God sent an angel to protect Daniel in the lion's den. “He will command His angels to guard you in all your ways.” as recorded in Psalm 91:11 and in Acts 12, God sent an angel to deliver Peter from prison.

Angels are sent to destroy God's enemies. Two angels destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19) and God sent an angel to destroy the Canaanite nations as the Israelites marched into the Promised Land (Exodus 23:23 and Joshua 24:12)

Angels are sent to minister to God's people. In Matthew 4, angels were sent to Yeshua when He was tempted by Satan in the wilderness and in the Garden of Gethsemane as recorded in Luke 22. An angel ministered to Paul as he was about to stand trial before Caesar (Acts 27). Hebrews 1:14 says “are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation (not only those already saved, but those whom God is going to save!)


Wednesday

Yesterday I began speaking to you about the subject of angels. Angels are mentioned 340 times in the Bible. They are “heavenly beings” created by God. They are immortal; they worship God but are not to be worshipped themselves. Angels have their own language but they can speak the language of men. Angels can appear in human form and they have emotions. They “rejoice” when one sinner repents and they “cry” holy. (Luke 15 and Isaiah 6)

Additionally, we saw that angels are sent by God to protect and minister to God's people and to destroy God's enemies.

We also saw that in the Bible, there are three named angels. Gabriel (Gavriel in Hebrew, “God is my strength”), who is the announcing angel. Michael ( Mee-kah-yaal in Hebrew, “Who is like God”), who is the strongest of all the angels. And then there is Lucifer (in Hebrew HaSatan, “The Accuser”), the fallen angel.

Today, I'd like to talk to you about “the angel of the Lord” (Malach Adonai, in Hebrew). He is different than all the other angels in the Bible. He is the One who appeared to Hagar in the wilderness when she was fleeing from Sarai, Abraham's wife. (Genesis 16) He is the One who called out to Abraham from heaven (Genesis 22) and told Abraham not to kill Isaac. He is the One who appeared to Moses from the burning bush (Exodus 3). He is the One who makes covenant with the children of Israel (Judges 2:l). This angel has God's name in Him and even forgives sins (Exodus 23:20 ). The “angel of the Lord” is also synonymous with the “man” who Jacob wrestled with in Genesis 32 and with the “man” who appeared to Joshua (Joshua 5) as “Commander in Chief” of the armies of God.

In some mysterious way, the Angel of the Lord, the “Man” whom Jacob wrestled with, the Commander in Chief of the armies of heaven and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are all one and the same. They are all a “divine appearance” of the 2 nd person of the Triune nature of God – Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah), who is also known as “Melech Ha Kavod” (King of Glory) and “Adonai Tz'vaot” (the Lord of Hosts).

Other scriptures that identify Yeshua as the “Lord of Hosts” and “The King of Glory” are Psalm 24, “lift up your heads O ye gates and the King of glory shall come in” Psalm 68:33 & 34 says that “He rides above the ancient skies and that His power and majesty is over Israel:. Revelation 19:11-16 sees Him as a “rider” called “faithful and true”, riding on a white horse leading the armies of heaven and coming back in victory as King of kings and Lord of lords!

When He does come back, He is going to judge the nations and rule them with an iron scepter! He's going to feed the flesh of kings and generals to the birds of the air! He's going to capture the “beast” and the “false prophet” and throw them into a “lake of fire”! He's going to bind up Satan and throw him into an abyss for 1,000 years and eventually into the “lake of fire” with the beast and the false prophet, where they will be tormented day and night forever and ever! (Revelations 19:17-21)

ll I can say is one thing – I'm glad that Yeshua, the “Angel of the Lord” is on our side!


Thursday

Today I'd like to talk to you about persistence in prayer and being determined to get the blessing of God. Throughout the scriptures, we see that God honors persistence in prayer and that it does result in His blessing.

Here are some examples: In Genesis 32:24-30, we see that Jacob wrestled with God all night long and would not let go of Him until God gave Jacob His blessing, which He did in the end. Exodus 32:11-14 tells that Moses pleaded with God, who was going to destroy the Israelites altogether for worshipping a golden calf. The intercession of Moses was so powerful, that God actually repented and changed His mind. In 1 st Samuel 1, Hannah, who was old and barren, desperately cried out to God year after year for God to give her a son, which He did, the great prophet, Samuel. Then in 2 nd Kings 20:1-6, King Hezekiah wept bitterly before the Lord after the prophet Isaiah told him that he was going to die. The Lord heard the cry of Hezekiah and added 15 more years to his life.

In the B'rit Hadashah (New Covenant), we see other examples. Matthew 15:21-28 tells about a Canaanite woman, a Gentile, who came to Yeshua and begged Him to heal her daughter who was demon possessed. Yeshua's reply to her was that He “was only sent to the lost sheep of the House of Israel” and that He “could not take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs” but the woman did not give up and said “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their Master's table”. Yeshua commended her for her great faith and her daughter was instantly healed.

In Mark 10:46-52, blind Bartimaeus cried out to Yeshua, “Son of David, have mercy on me”. Even Yeshua's disciples rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he kept crying out “Son of David, have mercy on me.” Yeshua then sent for Bartimaeus and said to him, “What do you want from me?” Bartimaeus replied, “Lord I want to see.” Yeshua commended him for his faith and immediately restored his sight.

Luke 8:43-48 tells of a woman who had an “issue of blood” for 12 years, who “pressed through the crowds” determined to touch the hem of Yeshua's garment and she was instantly healed. She laid hold of the fringes (called tzitzit in Hebrew) of Yeshua's tallit, the Jewish prayer shawl. Mark 14:36 tells us that many who touched the “tzitzit” of Yeshua's tallit were also instantly healed. (Perhaps many of us who have a desperate need today need to reach up and touch the hem of Yeshua's garment and not let go until He grants what we're asking for.)

And finally, in Luke 11:5-10, Yeshua tells a parable about a man who has a friend who comes to his house at midnight asking for three loaves for another friend who has come from a long journey. The man within the house yells to the friend to stop bothering him for the hour is late, that his children are in bed with him and that he cannot give him what he wants. Yeshua, who is telling the parable, goes on to say that even though the man in the house will not rise and give the friend what he needs, yet because of the friend's persistence, he will rise and give him whatever he needs. Yeshua then adds: “So I say to you: ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.”

My friends, persistence in prayer gets the blessing of God.


Friday

At The Tabernacle, we are always lifting up the name of Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Messiah, the Holy One of Yisrael. Listen to the words of this song, “Yeshua HaMashiach”, which glorifies the name of the Lord. You can purchase the CD “On Mount Zion” here.


 

 

 

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