Light in Times of Darkness

 

August 2022 / Av 5782

Shalom, Salaam, Aloha, Howdy!

So begins our podcast, “To Life! / The Hope Behind the Headlines”.  It is a joy to produce these messages and your prayers and support help us to make it happen.

If you are in the SF Bay Area, please join us at 7pm this Friday August 5, 2022 at tfh.org/beitabba. We will worship in song, dance, and hear the Word of God.

In this newsletter, I want to briefly teach about Tisha B’ Av (the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av). It is a time to commemorate the corrections of the Lord and the severity of the nations in dealing with Israel and the Jewish people.

Along these lines, click here to check out a podcast on “Back to Jerusalem” with Dr. Eugene Bach. It is entitled, “Major Denomination Labels Israel Racist”. 

This weekend marks the historical Temple destruction and various calamities that have come upon the Jewish people and Israel over the centuries. In Jewish thought it is tied to the UNBELIEF of the 10 spies. Remember, Moses sent Joshua and Caleb into the Land with 10 others.

Will we believe the Report of the Lord?  (Isaiah53) – OR…

Numbers 13:32-33
They spread among Bnei-Yisrael a bad report about the land they had explored, saying, “The land through which we passed to explore devours its residents. All the people we saw there are men of great size! We also saw there the Nephilim. (The sons of Anak are from the Nephilim.) We seemed like grasshoppers in our eyes as well as theirs!”

The sin of unbelief exists to this day… it’s the root of our turnings away from God and Messiah.

The destruction of the Temple in 586 B.C. occurred on the 9th of Av!

Other tragedies associated with this date:

Yeshua said, “BE OF GOOD CHEER. I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD!” (John 16:33)

The Rabbis say, Tisha B’Av may be the most sorrowful day in the year, but in the ‘olam haba’ [the world to come] it will be the most joyous day!

God has, is, and will overcome!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
This month we are supporting the Israeli Ethiopians in their receiving the Gospel, making Aliyah to Israel and being established in Israeli society. Your donations make this possible.

As always,
Thank you for loving what God loves… the best is yet to come!

With gratitude,

Myles and Katharine

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