Loneliness and Friendship

Excerpt from a book that I am reading:

(Yah) created us as relational beings. He wants us to turn to other people for friendship, support and help. This truth is revealed early in scripture, in Genesis 2:18, when Yah created a companion for Adam.

And the Most High said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a companion (helper) who will help him.”

In Psalm 68:6, David praised Yah for the way He cares for lonely people.

Yah places the lonely in families. He sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But for rebels, there is only famine and distress.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 gives advice to the lonely—reach out to others for help. Look for friends who can comfort you and help you through your loneliness.

Two people  can accomplish more than twice as much as one. They get a better return for their labor. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble.

Even the best of friends sometimes fail us in our time of need but Yah never fails. Peter (Kepha) reminds us in 1 Kepha 5:12 that Yah will be with us and will help us” no matter what happens.

I have written this short letter to you with the help of Silas, whom I consider a faithful brother. My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that the grace of Yah is with you no matter what happens.

Do you ever feel forgotten, alone in a crowd, in the increasing pace of life, or even in the culture of the corporation? Feeling lonely and anonymous, you may wonder whether anybody knows or cares.

Yah does. He remembers your name and His promise to be with you, to guide you and to bring you home. Now it’s up to you to remember your Master and His love for you and then to rest secure and hope (trust) in him.

Further study:

Yah encouraged lonely Yliyah to make friends with Ylishua, 1 Kings 19:14-18

Yah does not crush the lonely, Isaiah 42:1-7

Yahoshua is always with you, Mattithyah 28:20

Help Me Yah

Excerpt from a book that I am reading:

Moses felt inadequate to be Yah’s spokesman to the pharoah of Egypt—he had no choice but to depend on Yah’s help. This allowed Yah to show his strength through Moshe’s weakness. Exodus 4:12-15 explains:

Yah said to Moshe: “Now go and do as I have told you. I will help you speak well and I will tell you what to say.” But Moses again pleaded, “Yah, please! Send someone else.” Then Yah became angry with Moses. “All, right,” He said. “What about your brother, Aharon the Levite? He is a good speaker. And Look! He is on his way to meet you now. And when he sees you, he will be very glad.  You will talk to him, giving him the words to say. I will help both of you to speak clearly and I will tell you what to do.”

After three days of wandering in the desert without water, the Israylites complained to Moses. Exodus 15:25 reveals that Moses knew who to turn to for help.

So Moses cried out to Yah for help and Yah showed him a branch. Moses took the branch and threw it into the water. This made the water good to drink.

David faced overwhelming obstacles and dangerous enemies many times in his life. He learned to ask Yah for help. In Psalm 145:18-19, David praised Yah for hearing his cries and helping him.

The Most High is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him sincerely. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him. He hears their cries for help and rescues them.

In comic strips and cartoons, masked superheros answer calls for help from those in distress. They rush quickly to the rescue at the sign of trouble. We know, of course, that such characters exist only in fiction and in our imaginations. But at times, we want the cartoons to be true, especially when facing complex issues, giant problems and difficult conflicts. We want someone to hear our frantic cries and run to our side.

These passages in Psalms declare that, in fact, someone is listening. Not an imaginary hero with superhuman powers, but a real person (being) with all power and authority is standing near, ready to save. And more than simply rescuing individuals from temporal plights, this person (being), Yah Almighty, saves for all eternity.  Yah knows your situation and your desires. He stands close and ready to help.

 

 

 

Praise Yah

Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me. Let them bring me to Your Set-apart hill and to Your tabernacle. HalleluYah. Psalm 43:3.

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Shabbat Shalom y’all. I bought a box of cards about a month ago to pass out to the local Hebrews that I meet. Click on the image to read the card. The image above is the front of the card. Do you like the card? Is there anything I should add or change?

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This is the back of the card. Click on the image to read it.  I was going to print up flyers but I notice that people quickly throw flyers away and are slow(er) to throw away cards (well speaking for myself). I tend to hold on to cards that are given to me. Also I’m probably going to get brochures made for the blessedwomanofyah site so that it is easier for first time readers to navigate. HalleluYAH. #marketing

 

Only YAH

Yesterday, a young lady on my job was telling me that she has been depressed about a break-up. We haven’t seen each other in about two weeks. We talked for a few minutes. I’m reminded of this scripture:

The psalm writer acknowledged in Psalm 42:1-2 that we are all made with an emptiness that only Yah can fill.  As the deer pants for streams of water, so I long for you, O Yah. I thirst for Yah, the living Yah. When can I come and stand before Him?

 

At Yahoshua’s Feet

Do you remember reading that Kepha’s shadow healed the sick? I remember after finding out the truth, this fact blew me away. Did you know that Yahoshua’s feet healed the sick?!! Read Matthew 15:30. They laid at His feet and were healed. Do you remember Ruth laid at the feet of Boaz? Redemption. Yahoshua and Boaz were redeemers.

Homemade

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This is a medium sized pizza I made a few moments ago. I cooked it in a cast iron pan.

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I made the pizza dough from scratch and let it sit to rise, last night until this afternoon.

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The only mistake I made was that I forgot to spray the top with olive oil, like Pizza Hut does. I made this cheese pizza for my niece and nephew.

Deuteronomy Chapter 33 and Chapter 34

Chapter 33: Moshe Blesses the Tribes of  Ysrayl For the Final Time

1 Now this is the blessing with which Moshe the man of Yah blessed the children of Ysrayl before his death. 2 And he said: “Yah came from Sinai and dawned on them from Seir. He shone forth from Mount Paran and He came with ten thousands of saints. From His right hand came a fiery law for them. 3 Yes, He loves the people. All His saints are in Your hand (Compare to Isaiah 49:16). They sit down at Your feet. Everyone receives Your words. 4 Moshe commanded a law for us, a heritage of the congregation of Yahqob. 5 And He was King of Yeshurun when the leaders of the people were gathered, all the tribes of Ysrayl together. 6 Let Reuben live and not die nor let his men be few. 7 And he said to Yahudah: Hear Yah, the voice of Yahudah and bring him to his people. Let his hands be sufficient for him and may You be a help against his enemies. 8 And of Levi he said: Let your Thummim and Your Urim be with Your qodesh one whom You tested at Massah and with whom You contended at the waters of Meribah. 9 Who says of his father and mother, ‘I have not seen them’. Nor did he acknowledge his brothers or know his own children. For they have observed Your word and kept Your covenant. 10 They shall teach Yahqob your judgments and Ysrayl Your law. They shall put incense before You and a whole burnt sacrifice on Your altar. 11 Bless his substance Yah and accept the work of his hands. Strike the loins of those who rise against him and of those who hate him, that they rise not again. 12 Of Benyamin he said: The beloved of Yah shall dwell in safety by Him who shelters him all the day long. And he shall dwell between His shoulders. 13 And of Yoseph he said: Blessed of the Most High is his land with the precious things of heaven, with the dew and the deep lying beneath”.

14 “With the precious fruits of the sun, with the precious produce of the months–15 With the best things of the ancient mountains, with the precious things of the everlasting hills –16 With the precious things of the earth and its fullness and the favor of Him who dwelt in the bush. Let the blessing come on the head of Yoseph and on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers (Genesis 49:26). 17 His esteem is like a firstborn bull and his horns like the horns of the wild ox. Together with them He shall push the peoples to the ends of the earth. They are the ten thousands of Ephraim and they are the thousands of Manasseh. 18 And of Zebulon he said: Rejoice, Zebulon in your going out and Issachar in your tents! 19 They shall call the peoples to the mountain. There they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness. For they shall partake of the abundance of the seas and of treasures hidden in the sand”.

20 And of Gad he said: “Blessed is he who enlarges Gad. He dwells as a lion and tears the arm and the crown of his head. 21 He provided the first part for himself because a lawgiver’s portion was reserved there. He came with the heads of the people. He administered the justice of Yah and His judgment with Ysrayl. 22 And of Dan said: Dan is a lion’s welp. He shall leap from Bashan. 23 And of Naphtali he said: O Naphtali satisfied with favor and full of the blessing of Yah, possess the west and the south. 24 And of Asher he said: Asher is most blessed of sons. Let him be favored by his brothers and let him dip his foot in oil. 25 Your sandals shall be iron and bronze as your days, so shall your strength be”.

26 “There is no one like the Master of Yeshurun who rides the heavens to help you and in His excellency on the clouds. 27 The eternal Yah is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will thrust out the enemy from before you and will say, ‘Destroy’! 28 Then Ysrayl shall dwell in safety. The fountain of Yahqob alone, in a land of grain and new wine. His heavens shall also drop dew. 29 Happy are you, O Ysrayl! Who is like you, a people saved by Yah, the shield of your help and the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you and you shall tread down their high places”.

Moshe Dies on Mount Nebo

1 Then Moshe went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah which is across from Yericho. And Yah showed him all the land of Gilead as far as Dan–2 All Naphtali and the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Yahudah as far as the Western Sea (That is, the Mediterranean)–3 The south and the plain of the Valley of Yericho, the city of palm trees as far as Zoar. 4 Then Yah said to him, ‘This is the land of which I swore to give Abraham, Yitzshaq and Yahqob saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’. I have caused you to see it with your eyes but you shall not cross over there”.

5 “So Moshe the servant of Yah died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of Yah. 6 And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor but no one knows his grave to this day (See Jude 1:9). 7 Moshe was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished. 8 And the children of Ysrayl wept for Moshe in the plains of Moab thirty days. So the days of weeping and mourning for Moshe ended”.

9 “Now Yahoshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moshe had laid his hands on him (anointed). So the children of Ysrayl heeded him and did as Yah had commanded Moshe. 10 But since then there has not risen in Ysrayl a prophet like Moshe, whom Yah knew face to face. 11 In all the signs and wonders which Yah sent him to do in the land of Egypt, before Pharaoh, before all his servants and in all his land–12 And by all that mighty power and all the great terror which Moshe performed in the sight of all Ysrayl”.

*Yeshurun (Jeshurun) or Yesharim is from the Hebrew root word meaning upright or straight. Yeshurun refers to the people of Ysrayl. See Deuteronomy 32:15, Deuteronomy 33:4-5, Deuteronomy 33:26 and Isaiah 44:2.

 

Genesis Chapter 27 and Chapter 28

Chapter 27: Yitzshaq Blesses Yahqob

1 Now it came to pass, when Yitzshaq was old and his eyes were so dim that he could not see that he called Esau his older son and said to him, “My son”. And he answered him, “Here I am”. 2 Then he said, “Behold now, I am old. I do not know the day of my death”. 3 “Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow and go out to the field and hunt game for me”. 4 “And make me savory food such as I love and bring it to me that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die”. 5 Now Ribqahyah was listening when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt game and to bring it. 6 So Ribqahyah spoke to Yahqob her son, saying “Indeed I heard your father speak to Esau your brother saying 7 “Bring me game and make savory food for me that I may eat it and bless you in the presence of Yah before my death”. 8 “Now therefore, my son obey my voice according to what I command you”. 9 “Go now to the flock and bring me from there two choice kids of the goats and I will make savory food from them for your father, such as he loves”. 10 “Then you shall take it to your father that he may eat it and that he may bless you before his death”. 11 And Yahqob said to Ribqahyah his mother, “Look, Esau my brother is a hairy man and I am a smooth-skinned man”. 12 “Perhaps my father will feel me and I shall seem to be a deceiver to him and I shall bring a curse on myself and not a blessing”. 13 But his mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son. Only obey my voice and go, get them for me”. 14 And he went and got them and brought them to his mother and his mother made savory food such as his father loved. 15 Then Ribqahyah took the choice clothes of her elder son Esau which were with her in the house and put them on Yahqob her younger son. 16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. 17 Then she gave the savory food and the bread which she had prepared into the hand of her son Yahqob. 18 So he went to his father and said, “My father”. And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son”? 19 Yahqob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done just as you told me. Please arise, sit and eat of my game that your soul may bless me”. 20 But Yitzshaq said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son”? And he said, “Because Yah your Power brought it to me”. 21 Then Yitzshaq said to Yahqob, “Please come near that I may feel you, my son whether you are really my son Esau or not”. 22 So Yahqob went near to Yitzshaq his father and he felt him and said, “The voice is Yahqob’s voice but the hands are the hands of Esau”. 23 And he did not recognize him because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands. So he blessed him. 24 Then he said, ” Are you really my son Esau”? He said, “I am”. 25 He said, “Bring it near to me and I will eat of my son’s game so that my soul may bless you”. So he brought it near to him and he ate and he brought him wine and he drank. 26 Then his father Yitzshaq said to him, “Come near now and kiss me, my son”. 27 And he came near and kissed him and he smelled the smell of his clothing and blessed him and said: “Surely the smell of my son is like the smell of a field which Yah has blessed”. 28 “Therefore may Yah give you of the dew of heaven, of the fatness of the earth. And plenty of grain and wine”. 29 “Let peoples serve you and nations bow down to you. Be master over your brothers and let your mother’s sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you and blessed be those who bless you”!

Esau’s Lost Hope

30 Now it happened, as soon as Yitzshaq had finished blessing Yahqob and Yahqob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Yitzshaq that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31 He also had made savory food and brought it to his father and said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game that your soul may bless me”. 32 And his father Isaac said to him, “Who are you”? So he said, “I am your son, your firstborn Esau”. 33 Then Isaac trembled exceedingly and said, “Who? Where is the one who hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it before you came and I have blessed him and indeed he shall be blessed”. 34 When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me–me also, O my father”! 35 But he said, “Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing”. 36 And Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Yahqob”? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright and now look he has taken away my blessing”! And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me”? 37 Then Isaac answered and said to Esau, “Indeed I have made him your master and all his brethren, I have given to him as servants with grain and wine I have sustained him. What shall I do now for you, my son”? 38 And Esau said to his father, “Have you only one blessing, my father”? Bless me–me also O my father”! And Esau lifted up his voice and wept. 39 Then Yitshaq his father answered and said to him: “Behold your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth and of the dew of heaven from above. 40 By your sword you shall live and you shall serve your brother. And it shall come to pass, when you become restless that you shall break his yoke from your neck”.

Yahqob Escapes from Esau

41 So Esau hated Yahqob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him and Esau said in his heart, “The days of mourning for my father are at hand. Then I will kill my brother Yahqob”. 42 And the words of Esau her older son were told to Ribqahyah. So she sent and called Yahqob her younger son and said to him, “Surely your brother Esau comforts himself concerning you by intending to kill you”. 43 “Now therefore, my son obey my voice. Arise, flee to my brother Laban in Haran. 44 “And stay with him a few days until your brother’s fury turns away. 45 “Until your brother’s anger turns away from you and he forgets what you have done to him. Then I will send and bring you from there. Why should I be bereaved also of you both in one day”? 46 And Ribqahyah said Yitzshaq, “I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth. If Yahqob takes a wife of the daughters of Heth like these who are the daughters of the land, what good will life be to me”?

Chapter 28

1 Then Isaac called Yahqob and blessed him and charged him and said to him: “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan”. 2 “Arise, go to Padan Aram to the house of Bethuyl your mother’s father and take yourself a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother. 3 “May Yah Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you. That you may be an assembly of peoples. 4 And give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and your descendants with you. That you may inherit the land in which you are a stranger, which Yah gave to Abraham”. 5 So Isaac sent Yahqob away and he went to Paran Aram, to Laban the son of Bethuyl the Syrian, the brother of Ribqahyah, the mother of Yahqob and Esau.

Esau Marries Mahalath

6 Esau saw that Yitzshaq had blessed Yahqob and sent him away to Padan Aram to take himself a wife from there and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge saying, “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan”. 7 And that Yahqob had obeyed his father and his mother and had gone to Paran Aram. 8 Also Esau saw that the daughters of Canaan did not please his father Yitzshaq. 9 So Esau went to Ishmayl and took Mahalath, the daughter of Ishmayl, Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebayoth to be his wife in addition to the wives he had.

Yahqob’s Vow at Bethyl

10 Now Yahqob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head and he lay down in that place to sleep. 12 Then he dreamed and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth and its top reached to heaven. And there the angels of Yah were ascending and descending on it. 13 And behold, Yah stood above it and said: “I am the Almighty Yah of Abraham your father and the Power of Yitzshaq. The land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants’. 14 “Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth. You shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed”. 15 “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you”. 16 Then Yahqob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely Yah is in this place and I did not know it”. 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the House of Yah and this is the gate of heaven”! 18 Then Yahqob rose early in the morning and took the stone that he had put at this head, set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. 19 And he called he name of that place Bethyl (literally House of Yah) but the name of that city had been Luz previously. 20 Then Yahqob made a vow saying, “If Yah will be with me and keep me in this way that I am going and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on 21 So that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then Yah shall be my Power. 22 “And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be Yah’s House and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You”.