Messiah in Yom HaBikkurim Chapter 87

Miracle #16. Calming the stormy sea.

  1. The Sixteenth Miracle of Messiah
  2. Opening-up questions and clues
  3. The Messiah’s rule over nature
  4. “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”
  5. “What kind of Man is this?”

The Sixteenth Miracle of Messiah:

Mattai 8:18-27

וַיְהִי כִּרְאוֹת יֵשׁוּעַ הֲמוֹן עַם רַב סְבִיבֹתָיו וַיְצַו לַעֲבֹר מִשָׁם אֶל־עֵבֶר הַיָּם׃ וַיִּגַּשׁ אֵלָיו אַחַד הַסּוֹפְרִים וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו רַבִּי אֵלְכָה אַחֲרֶיךָ אֶל כָּל־אֲשֶׁר תֵּלֵךְ׃ וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו יֵשׁוּעַ לַשׂוּעָלִים יֵשׁ־חוֹרִים וּלְעוֹף הַשָׁמַיִם קִנִּים וּבֶן־הָאָדָם אֵין לוֹ מָקוֹם לְהַנִּיחַ אֶת־רֹאשׁוֹ׃ וְאִישׁ אַחֵר מִן־הַתַּלְמִידִים אָמַר אֵלָיו אֲדֹנִי הַנִּיחָה־לִּי וְאֵלֵךְ בָּרִאשׁוֹנָה לִקְבֹּר אֶת־אָבִי׃ וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו יֵשׁוּעַ לֵךְ אַחֲרָי וְהַנַּח לַמֵּתִים לִקְבֹּר אֶת־מֵתֵיהֶם׃ וַיֵּרֶד אֶל־הָאֳנִיָּה וַיֵּרְדוּ אִתּוֹ תַּלְמִידָיו׃ וְהִנֵּה סַעַר גָּדוֹל הָיָה בַיָּם עַד־אֲשֶׁר כִּסּוּ הַגַּלִּים אֶת־הָאֳנִיָּה וְהוּא יָשֵׁן׃ וַיִּגְּשׁוּ אֵלָיו תַּלְמִידָיו וַיָּעִירוּ אוֹתוֹ לֵאמֹר הוֹשִׁיעֵנוּ אֲדֹנֵינוּ אָבָדְנוּ׃ וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵיהֶם קְטַנֵּי אֱמוּנָה מַה חֲרֵדִים אַתֶּם וַיָּקָם וַיִּגְעַר בָּרוּחוֹת וּבַיָּם וַתְּהִי דְּמָמָה רַבָּה׃ וַיִּתְמְהוּ הָאֲנָשִׁים וַיֹּאמְרוּ מִי אֵפוֹא הוּא אֲשֶׁר גַּם־הָרוּחוֹת וְהַיָּם אֵלָיו יִשְׁמָעוּן׃

כְּשֶׁרָאָה יֵשׁוּעַ הֲמוֹן עַם רַב מִסְּבִיבוֹ צִוָּה לַעֲבֹר אֶל עֵבֶר הַיָּם. נִגַּשׁ אֵלָיו אַחַד הַסּוֹפְרִים וְאָמַר לוֹ: “רַבִּי, אֵלֵךְ אַחֲרֶיךָ אֶל כָּל מָקוֹם שֶׁתֵּלֵךְ.” עָנָה לוֹ יֵשׁוּעַ: “לַשּׁוּעָלִים יֵשׁ מְאוּרוֹת וּלְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם קִנִּים, אַךְ בֶּן־הָאָדָם אֵין לוֹ מָקוֹם לְהַנִּיחַ אֶת רֹאשׁוֹ.” אִישׁ אַחֵר מִן הַתַּלְמִידִים אָמַר אֵלָיו: “אֲדוֹנִי, הַרְשֵׁה לִי תְּחִלָּה לָלֶכֶת לִקְבֹּר אֶת אָבִי.” אָמַר לוֹ יֵשׁוּעַ: “לֵךְ אַחֲרַי וְהַנַּח לַמֵּתִים לִקְבֹּר אֶת מֵתֵיהֶם.” הוּא נִכְנַס לַסִּירָה וְתַלְמִידָיו נִכְנְסוּ אַחֲרָיו. וְהִנֵּה סְעָרָה גְּדוֹלָה הִתְחוֹלְלָה בַּיָּם עַד אֲשֶׁר כִּסּוּ הַגַּלִּים אֶת הַסִּירָה, אַךְ הוּא הָיָה יָשֵׁן. נִגְּשׁוּ אֵלָיו וְהֵעִירוּ אוֹתוֹ בְּאָמְרָם: “אֲדוֹנֵנוּ, הַצֵּל אוֹתָנוּ, אֲנַחְנוּ טוֹבְעִים!” אָמַר לָהֶם: “לָמָה אַתֶּם פּוֹחֲדִים, קְטַנֵּי אֱמוּנָה?!” הוּא קָם וְגָעַר בָּרוּחוֹת וּבַיָּם וְנִשְׂתָּרְרָה דְּמָמָה עֲמֻקָּה. תָּמְהוּ הָאֲנָשִׁים וְאָמְרוּ: “מִי הוּא זֶה שֶׁגַּם הָרוּחוֹת וְהַיָּם נִשְׁמָעִים לוֹ?” פ

When Yeshua saw the large crowd of people around Him, He gave the instruction to cross from there to the other side of the sea. One of the scholars approached Him and said, “Rabbi, let me follow you wherever you go.” Yeshua said to him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man does not have a place to rest His head.” A different man from among the disciples said to Him, “Master, permit Me, and I will go first to bury my father.” Yeshua said to him, “Follow Me, and leave the dead to bury the dead.” He went down to the boat, and His disciples went down with Him. There was a great storm on the sea, to the point where the waves would cover the boat, but He was sleeping. His disciples approached Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, our master. We are perishing!” He said to them, “Small ones in faith, why are you afraid?” He got up, reprimanded the winds and the sea, and there was great silence. The men were amazed and said, “Who is this that even the winds and the sea obey (hear) Him?”

Markos 4:35-41

וַיְהִי בַּיוֹם הַהוּא לִפְנוֹת עָרֶב וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵיהֶם נַעְבְּרָה אֶל־עֵבֶר הַיָּם׃ וַיַּנִּיחוּ אֶת־הֲמוֹן הָעָם וַיִּקְחוּ אֹתוֹ בָּאֳנִיָּה אֲשֶׁר הָיָה בָּהּ וָאֳנִיּוֹת אֲחֵרוֹת הָלְכוּ אַחֲרָיו׃ וַתָּקָם רוּחַ־סְעָרָה גְדוֹלָה וַיִּשְּׁטְפוּ הַגַּלִּים אֶל־תּוֹך הָאֳנִיָּה עַד אֲשֶׁר־כִּמְעַט מָלֵאָה׃ וְהוּא יָשֵׁן עַל־הַכֶּסֶת בַּאֲחֹרֵי הָאֳנִיָּה וַיָּעִירוּ אוֹתוֹ וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֵלָיו רַבִּי הֲלֹא תִדְאַג לָנוּ וַאֲנַחְנוּ אֹבְדִים׃ וַיֵּעוֹר וַיִּגְעַר בָּרוּחַ וַיּאֹמֶר אֶל־הַיָּם הַס וָדֹם וַתָּשָׁךְ הָרוּחַ וַתְּהִי דְמָמָה רַבָּה׃ וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵיהֶם לָמָּה חֲרֵדִים אַתֶּם אֵיךְ חֲסַרְתֶּם אֱמוּנָה׃ וַיִּירְאוּ יִרְאָה גְדוֹלָה וַיֹּאמְרוּ אִישׁ אֶל־רֵעֵהוּ מִי אֵפוֹא הוּא אֲשֶׁר גַּם הָרוּחַ וְגַם הַיָּם שֹׁמְעִים לוֹ׃

בְּאוֹתוֹ הַיּוֹם, לְעֵת עֶרֶב, אָמַר לָהֶם: “בּוֹאוּ נַעֲבֹר לַצַּד הַשֵּׁנִי. הֵם עָזְבוּ אֶת הֶהָמוֹן וְלָקְחוּ אֶת יֵשׁוּעַ בַּסִּירָה אֲשֶׁר יָשַׁב בָּהּ. גַּם סִירוֹת אֲחֵרוֹת הָיוּ אִתּוֹ. וְהִנֵּה הִתְחוֹלְלָה רוּחַ־סְעָרָה גְּדוֹלָה וְהַגַּלִּים שָׁטְפוּ אֶת הַסִּירָה עַד שֶׁנִּתְמַלְּאָה. אוֹתָהּ שָׁעָה הָיָה יֵשׁוּעַ יָשֵׁן עַל כַּר בְּיַרְכְּתֵי הַסִּירָה. הֵעִירוּ אוֹתוֹ וְאָמְרוּ לוֹ: “רַבִּי, הַאִם לֹא אִכְפַּת לְךָ שֶׁאֲנַחְנוּ טוֹבְעִים?” הוּא הִתְעוֹרֵר, גָּעַר בָּרוּחַ וְאָמַר אֶל הַיָּם: “דֹּם! הֵרָגַע!” אָז פָּסְקָה הָרוּחַ וְנִשְׂתָּרְרָה דְּמָמָה עֲמֻקָּה. אָמַר לָהֶם: “מַדּוּעַ אַתֶּם פּוֹחֲדִים כָּל כָּךְ? אֵיךְ זֶה שֶׁאֵין לָכֶם אֱמוּנָה?” הֵם יָרְאוּ יִרְאָה גְּדוֹלָה וְאָמְרוּ זֶה אֶל זֶה: “אִם כֵּן מִי הוּא זֶה שֶׁגַּם הָרוּחַ וְהַיָּם נִשְׁמָעִים לוֹ?” פ

On that day at the turning of the evening He (the Messiah) said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the sea.” They left the crowd of people and took Him in the boat that He was in, but other boats followed Him. A great, stormy wind arose, and the waves were flooding inside the boat to the point where it was almost full. He was asleep on the cushion in the stern of the boat, so they woke Him up and said to Him, “Rabbi are you not worried about us? We are perishing!” He woke up and reprimanded the wind, and He said to the sea, “Hush and be silent!” The wind calmed down, and there was a great silence. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Why are you lacking faith?” They feared with a great fear and said to each other, “Who is He, then, that both the wind and the sea listen to Him?”

Lukas 8:22-25

וַיְהִי הַיּוֹם וַיֵּרֶד אֶל־אֳנִיָּה הוּא וְתַלְמִידָיו וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵיהֶם נַעְבְּרָה אֶל־עֵבֶר הַיָּם וַיָּשׁוּטוּ הַיָּמָּה׃ וַיְהִי בְּלֶכְתָּם בָּאֳנִיָּה וַיִּשְׁכַּב וַיִּישָׁן וְרוּחַ סְעָרָה יָרְדָה עַל־הַיָּם וַיִּשְׁטְפוּ עֲלֵיהֶם הַמַּיִם וַיִּהְיוּ בְסַכָּנָה׃ וַיִּגְּשׁוּ וַיָּעִירוּ אוֹתוֹ וַיֹּאמְרוּ מוֹרֶה מוֹרֶה אָבָדְנוּ וַיֵּעוֹר וַיִּגְעַר בָּרוּחַ וּבְמִשְׁבְּרֵי־יָם וַיִּשְׁתְּקוּ וַתְּהִי דְמָמָה׃ וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵיהֶם אַיֵּה אֱמוּנַתְכֶם וַיִּירְאוּ וַיִּתְמְהוּ וַיֹּאמְרוּ אִישׁ אֶל־רֵעֵהוּ מִי אֵפוֹא הוּא הַמְצַוֶּה גַּם־אֶת־הָרוּחוֹת וְאֶת־הַמַּיִם וְשָׁמְעוּ לוֹ׃

בְּאַחַד הַיָּמִים יָרַד לְסִירָה יַחַד עִם תַּלְמִידָיו. אָמַר לָהֶם: “בּוֹאוּ נַעֲבֹר לְצִדּוֹ הַשֵּׁנִי שֶׁל הָאֲגָם.” אָז הִפְלִיגוּ מִשָּׁם. כַּאֲשֶׁר שָׁטוּ הוּא נִרְדַּם, וְהִנֵּה רוּחַ סְעָרָה יָרְדָה עַל הָאֲגָם וְהַסִּירָה נִתְמַלְּאָה מַיִם עַד כְּדֵי כָּךְ שֶׁהָיוּ בְּסַכָּנָה. הֵם נִגְּשׁוּ אֵלָיו וְהֵעִירוּהוּ בְּאָמְרָם, “אֲדוֹנֵנוּ, אֲדוֹנֵנוּ, אֲנַחְנוּ טוֹבְעִים!” הוּא הִתְעוֹרֵר וְגָעַר בָּרוּחַ וּבַגַּלִּים הַזּוֹעֲפִים. הַלָּלוּ שָׁכְכוּ וְנִשְׂתָּרְרָה דְּמָמָה. שָׁאַל אוֹתָם: “אֵיפֹה אֱמוּנַתְכֶם?” בִּהְיוֹתָם אֲחוּזֵי יִרְאָה וּפְלִיאָה אָמְרוּ זֶה לָזֶה: “וּבְכֵן מִי הוּא זֶה אֲשֶׁר מְצַוֶּה עַל הָרוּחַ וְעַל הַמַּיִם וְהֵם נִשְׁמָעִים לוֹ!” פ

One day, He (the Messiah) and His disciples went down into a boat. He said to them, “Let us cross to the other side of the sea.” So they rowed out into the sea. As they went along in the boat, He lay down and slept. Then a storm wind descended upon the sea and the water flooded over them, and they were in danger. They approached and woke Him and said, “Teacher, teacher! We are perishing” He awoke and admonished the wind and the crashing waves of the sea. They were silent and they became calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were afraid and amazed and said to one another, “Who is He, then, who commands even the winds and the water and they hear Him?”

Opening-up questions and clues:

The following opening-up questions and clues are provided as an introduction to this study on the 16th Miracle of Messiah:

Look at the symbolism of the above miracle narrative: At what location does the miracle occur? Read Psalms 89:8-9; 104:5-9; 106:8-9; 107:23-32. Who alone is able to exercise control over the forces of nature? What is the cushion a symbol of that the Messiah rested His Head on in the boat? Why was the sleep of the Messiah in the storm sweet and peaceful? Clue: Psalm 4:8; Proverbs 3:24:

בְּשָׁלֹום יַחְדָּו אֶשְׁכְּבָה וְאִישָׁן כִּֽי־אַתָּה יְהוָה לְבָדָד לָבֶטַח תֹּושִׁיבֵֽנִי׃

In shalom I will both (i.e. “at the same time”) lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O Adonai, make me to dwell in safety.

אִם־תִּשְׁכַּב לֹֽא־תִפְחָד וְשָׁכַבְתָּ וְֽעָרְבָה שְׁנָתֶֽךָ׃

When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

If the Messiah was able to rescue His disciples from the storm is He not able to rescue us from the storms of our everyday lives? Marital conflict? Difficulties at work? Financial problems? Illness? Loss of a loved one? What kind of storm are you in right now? Are you trusting Adonai that He will get you through the storm? Are you resting on the Shalom of Abba Avinu that makes us to dwell (תֹּושִׁיבֵֽנִי-Hophal, to make to dwell, to sit) in security and  safety? With a confidant mind (בֶּטַח)?

The Messiah’s rule over nature:

Another realm over which the Messiah exercised complete authority was nature. This was clearly demonstrated when Rabbi Yeshua and His disciples encountered a sudden and fierce storm while transiting across the Sea of Galilee. The sea to this day has a reputation for sudden storms that sweep across it. The high hills and narrow valleys that surround the lake act as wind tunnels. Exhausted from a full day of teaching, toward the evening, the Messiah Yeshua was fast asleep on a cushion in the stern of the boat. While the Master slept suddenly a violent, furious squall came over the lake. When the disciples became convinced that their boat was about to sink, for the waves were spilling over into the boat and the boat was taking on water, they awakened the Lord; reproaching Him for His seeming indifference to their plight.

“You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”

In response the Master rebuked His panic-stricken disciples. “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then He rebuked (commanded) the wind and said to the waves, “Be silent and remain so!” Immediately there was an absolute calm. His disciples who were professional fisherman were amazed. They had experienced storms that had suddenly ceased. Yet, this was different. When a storm ceased naturally, the wind would pass first and then the waves would continue to chop for awhile. In this case when the winds ceased, immediately the waves became an absolute calm.

“What kind of Man is this?”

The followers of the Messiah were amazed and they wondered what “kind of Man” was this that even the wind and the waves obeyed Him. They were amazed at the supernatural character of the One whose rebuke could bring nature into a perfect state of shalom (peace). The Messiah rebuked His chosen disciples for being afraid in a crisis. Despite their continuous and privileged exposure to the teaching and miracles of the Messiah these men were not yet aware that the Presence, power and authority of the Holy One was Present in Him. This lack of perception and belief is what the Rabbi of rabbis was referring to when He said, “Do you still have no faith?” In supernaturally stilling the storm the Messiah was claiming the authority that is exercised only by Adonai (cf. Psalms 89:8-9; 104:5-9; 106:8-9; 107:23-32):

יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי צְבָאֹות מִֽי־כָֽמֹוךָ חֲסִין יָהּ וֶאֱמֽוּנָתְךָ סְבִיבֹותֶֽיךָ׃ אַתָּה מֹושֵׁל בְּגֵאוּת הַיָּם בְּשֹׂוא גַלָּיו אַתָּה תְשַׁבְּחֵֽם׃

O Adonai Elohei Tzevaot, who is like You, O mighty Adonai?
Your faithfulness also surrounds You.
You rule the swelling of the sea;
When its waves rise, You still them.

יָֽסַד־אֶרֶץ עַל־מְכֹונֶיהָ בַּל־תִּמֹּוט עֹולָם וָעֶֽד׃ תְּהֹום כַּלְּבוּשׁ כִּסִּיתֹו עַל־הָרִים יַֽעַמְדוּ־מָֽיִם׃ מִן־גַּעֲרָתְךָ יְנוּסוּן מִן־קֹול רַֽעַמְךָ יֵחָפֵזֽוּן׃ יַעֲלוּ הָרִים יֵרְדוּ בְקָעֹות אֶל־מְקֹום זֶה יָסַדְתָּ לָהֶֽם׃ גְּֽבוּל־שַׂמְתָּ בַּל־יַֽעֲבֹרוּן בַּל־יְשׁוּבוּן לְכַסֹּות הָאָֽרֶץ׃

He established the earth upon its foundations,
So that it will not move out of place forever and ever.
You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters were standing above the mountains.
At Your rebuke (גְּעָרָה) they fled,
At the sound of Your thunder they hurried away.
The mountains rose; the valleys sank down
To the place which You established for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass over,
So that they will not return to cover the earth.

וַֽיֹּושִׁיעֵם לְמַעַן שְׁמֹו לְהֹודִיעַ אֶת־גְּבוּרָתֹֽו׃ וַיִּגְעַר בְּיַם־סוּף וַֽיֶּחֱרָב וַיֹּולִיכֵם בַּתְּהֹמֹות כַּמִּדְבָּֽר׃

Nevertheless He saved them for the sake of His name,
That He might make His power known.
Thus He rebuked (גָּעַר) the Sea of Reeds and it dried up,
And He led them through the deeps, as through the wilderness.

יֹורְדֵי הַיָּם בָּאֳנִיֹּות עֹשֵׂי מְלָאכָה בְּמַיִם רַבִּֽים׃ הֵמָּה רָאוּ מַעֲשֵׂי יְהוָה וְנִפְלְאֹותָיו בִּמְצוּלָֽה׃ וַיֹּאמֶר וַֽיַּעֲמֵד רוּחַ סְעָרָה וַתְּרֹומֵם גַּלָּֽיו׃ יַעֲלוּ שָׁמַיִם יֵרְדוּ תְהֹומֹות נַפְשָׁם בְּרָעָה תִתְמֹוגָֽג׃ יָחֹוגּוּ וְיָנוּעוּ כַּשִּׁכֹּור וְכָל־חָכְמָתָם תִּתְבַּלָּֽע׃ וַיִּצְעֲקוּ אֶל־יְהוָה בַּצַּר לָהֶם וּֽמִמְּצֽוּקֹתֵיהֶם יֹוצִיאֵֽם׃ יָקֵם סְעָרָה לִדְמָמָה וַיֶּחֱשׁוּ גַּלֵּיהֶֽם׃ וַיִּשְׂמְחוּ כִֽי־יִשְׁתֹּקוּ וַיַּנְחֵם אֶל־מְחֹוז חֶפְצָֽם׃ יֹודוּ לַיהוָה חַסְדֹּו וְנִפְלְאֹותָיו לִבְנֵי אָדָֽם׃ וִֽירֹמְמוּהוּ בִּקְהַל־עָם וּבְמֹושַׁב זְקֵנִים יְהַלְלֽוּהוּ׃

For He spoke and raised up a stormy wind,
Which lifted up the waves of the sea.
They rose up to the heavens, they went down to the depths;
Their soul melted away in their misery.
They reeled and staggered like a drunken man,
And were at their wits’ end.
Then they cried to Adonai in their trouble,
And He brought them out of their distresses.
He caused the storm to be still (דְּמָמָה),
So that the waves of the sea were hushed (חָשָׁה).
Then they were glad because they were quiet (שָׁתַק),
So He guided them to their desired haven.
Let them give thanks to Adonai for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
Let them extol Him also in the congregation of the people,
And praise Him at the seat of the elders.
Those who go down to the sea in ships,
Who do business on great waters;
They have seen the works of Adonai,
And His wonders in the deep.

In this sixteenth miracle the Messiah Rabbi Yeshua demonstrated His superiority over the elements of nature. He therefore proved He can calm all of the physical and spiritual storms of our lives with just two Hebrew words:

דֺּם! הֵרָגַע!”   פ

“Hush! Be Still!”

It was only after the disciples witnessed the forces of nature obeying Rabbi Yeshua that they began to exercise a reverential awe toward Him. It was when the Messiah calmed the stormy sea that they began to ask the question, “Who is this?” Earnestly, in fear and awe, these men realized that they had yet to fully comprehend the depths of who Rabbi Yeshua really was. “Who is He?” The answer is:

וְהוּא צֶלֶם שֶׁל הָאֱלֹהִים הַבִּלְתִּי נִרְאֶה, בְּכוֹר כָּל בְּרִיאָה; כִּי בּוֹ נִבְרָא כָּל אֲשֶׁר בַּשָּׁמַיִם וַאֲשֶׁר בָּאָרֶץ, מַה שֶּׁנִרְאֶה וּמַה שֶּׁבִּלְתִּי נִרְאֶה, גַּם כִּסְאוֹת וְרָשֻׁיּוֹת וְגַם מֶמְשָׁלוֹת וְשִׁלְטוֹנוֹת. הַכֹּל נִבְרָא בְּאֶמְצָעוּתוֹ וּלְמַעֲנוֹ, וְהוּא קוֹדֵם לַכֹּל וְהַכֹּל קַיָּם בּוֹ. הוּא הָרֹאשׁ שֶׁל הַגּוּף, כְּלוֹמַר, שֶׁל הַקְּהִלָּה. הוּא הָרֵאשִׁית, בְּכוֹר מִבֵּין הַמֵּתִים, לְמַעַן יִהְיֶה רִאשׁוֹן בַּכֹּל, כִּי כֵן הָיָה רָצוֹן לְשַׁכֵּן בּוֹ אֶת כָּל הַמְּלוֹא וּבְאֶמְצָעוּתוֹ לְרַצּוֹת אֶל עַצְמוֹ אֶת הַכֹּל. הֵן מַה שֶּׁבַּשָּׁמַיִם וְהֵן מַה שֶּׁבָּאָרֶץ, בְּאֶמְצָעוּתוֹ, בַּעֲשִׂיַּת שָׁלוֹם בְּדָמוֹ עַל הַצְּלָב.פ

“He (the Messiah) is the image of the invisible Almighty One, the firstborn (chief: hence, the first in place, time, order, and rank) of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things endure (hold together). He is also head of the body, the assembly; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness (of HaShem) to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made shalom by means of the blood of Him [the Messiah sacrificed on the accursed tree], I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven (literally the heavens).” The Messiah is above all and over all. “He is before all things, and in Him are all things held together.” He is supreme over all of creation. He is the Head of all things (Rosh l’khol-ha’edah) and the Head of the Assembly (Rosh Ha’edah). He deserves to be first place over everything in our lives. Only when we give the Messiah first place in all of the areas of our lives (especially our fears) does the truth of His Shalom truly become visible to those around us. Have you given the Messiah first place in your life? If you have, what has the Messiah promised you on behalf of our heavenly Father? Answer: He has promised you that He will be with you in the storm. Do you understand that He will never leave you alone in the midst of your troubles? He assures you that with perseverance you/we shall overcome! (Deuteronomy 31:8; Ya’akov 1:12).

וַֽיהוָה הוּא הַהֹלֵךְ לְפָנֶיךָ הוּא יִהְיֶה עִמָּךְ לֹא יַרְפְּךָ וְלֹא יַֽעַזְבֶךָּ לֹא תִירָא וְלֹא תֵחָֽת׃

Adonai is the One who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

אַשְׁרֵי הָאִישׁ הַמַּחֲזִיק מַעֲמָד בְּנִסָּיוֹן, כִּי לְאַחַר עָמְדוֹ בַּנִּסָּיוֹן יְקַבֵּל אֶת עֲטֶרֶת הַחַיִּים אֲשֶׁר הִבְטִיחַ הָאָדוֹן לְאוֹהֲבָיו.פ

Blessed (אַשְׁרֵי-ashrei) is the man (הָאִישׁ-ha-ish) who perseveres under trial; for once he has passed the test (been approved), he will receive the crown of life (עֲטֶרֶת הַחַיִּים) which Adonai (הָאָדוֹן-Ha-Adon, the Lord) has promised to those who love Him.

TO BE CONTINUED WINTER 2018…

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