Once again, it’s time to hear from our sister in Jerusalem about what she is witnessing there as a believer in Yeshua. Put your prayer shawls on and pray for Israel and Sister J. Now here she is …
Our computers went out while I was at work today, meaning that neither Molly (her name is actually ‘Mali’ – short for ‘Malcha’ or ‘queen’) nor I could bury our faces in news or email during our quieter moments. Some of you grabbed ahold of ‘Mali’ when I wrote about her and have prayed for her. She is one of the two young secretaries that I work with from time to time. She has been very depressed since her father died suddenly.
“I started taking an antidepressant drug 2 weeks ago.” She said, with a still-depressed expression. “Do you think that would hinder my job opportunities?”
The conversation turned several corners and I shared a bit more about my past with her and how Yeshua flooded me with His Joy. I didn’t expect what came next (be instant in season and out of season).
“So Who exactly IS this ‘Yeshu’ anyway?” she asked.
“I don’t know who ‘Yeshu’ is (that means “false messiah” and is how He is called by not-yet-believers here) but I can tell you Who YESHUA is.” I said.
To my surprise she began asking me how to pronounce His Name – and then… she said “Who was He? Where was He born? Why did He come?”
Where was He born?? Didn’t she know? I asked her what she had heard about Him and she said “I know NOTHING about Him at all. I have never heard about Him.”
I prayed. Mali does NOT speak English and I was going to have to share with her in Hebrew. I prayed for anointing from Him alone and that my poor language ability would not hinder her or stand in the way. “Why, Mali, He was born right here. He is a sabra and He was circumcised in Jerusalem in our Temple before the second destruction.”
She was so surprised! “What? He was Israeli? What happened?”
I told her that He had never left Israel but spent His full life here – how He preached the way to Life and how He rebuked the rabbis for teaching what was NOT written in the Tenach, but the traditions of men. Then I asked “Mali…do you believe that there is a Moshiach (Messiah or Christ)?”
She answered “Yes, but it ISN’T ‘Yeshu’ because the rabbis say it isn’t.”
I grabbed my small Bible and said “But Mali, the SCRIPTURES describe Moshiach perfectly.”
As I told her about Isaiah 53 she wanted to know if it was “our” prophet or “theirs.” I told her that all of the prophecies about Messiah are ours, just as Messiah is ours and that what the Christians read in the Old Testament is our scriptures. Then He opened the door for me to share my testimony with her. She was glued to every (poorly spoken but I trust anointed) word.
When I met Him, He showed me, also someone who knew nothing of Him, why He came. I told her – “Mali, read it yourself. Take the Tenach, and read, but do this: pray first and ask God IF HE SENT HIS MESSIAH AND IF WE KNOW HIS NAME. Pray that every time you read. DON’T read the commentaries, the Mishna and the like, but read the SCRIPTURES. It is NOT hard to understand and you do NOT need a rabbi to lead you. Ask God’s Spirit to lead you. Don’t take my word for it.”
I told her how when I met Him I really thought that I was the only Jew to believe, but now I know so many, and I told her of the many, many sabras (born here) who believe.
Our time of sharing was almost undisturbed and long enough. I was surprised and blessed by this opportunity and have no doubt that He is answering prayer because He Is The I Am.
My time with you to write is so short and I have only a million or two things that I wanted to share. I began writing what is below 9 days ago and left it to finish, but that has not happened, so I will share it and see if I can add on to it:
I greet you dear brothers and sisters on this first of August. May The Lord be blessed and glorified in all of us and may you be blessed.
Sizzling summer is here and so is our Little GRANDDAUGHTER, so thank you for all of your prayers. (I will share about her more at the bottom) She is scheduled to be with us through the 22nd of Aug, so this will be a quick update as so much is happening here, but at the same time I have really so many observations that may have to wait until after our visit.
I am sure that you all know that we have, once again, been pressed into the compromising position that is opposed to God’s Word: to give up the land that He promised and He restored, in exchange for peace. A friend of mine here, the wife of a pastor, shared a Word that she had received from The Lord (this is NOT a sister who says that much) and it bore such witness to my soul that I asked her to write it out and I would like to share it with you:
“As I shared with you on the phone today how I was troubled by the wording of these negotiations being called “The Final Peace Agreement” and that it does not fit the Jewish people. The Lord spoke to me early this morning and said, “The Jewish people are not the people of ‘THE FINAL’ – THE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE THE PEOPLE OF ‘THE ETERNAL!'” Isn’t that amazing
I looked up in the Webster dictionary for the word “Final” as (an adjective), and look what it says,
1. Not to be altered or undone
2. Relating to a conclusion
3. Being the last in a series, process or progress
4. Relating to the ultimate purpose or result of a process
5. Relating to or occurring at the end or conclusion
The word “Final” as (a noun) is as follows:
1. Something that is final
2. A deciding match, game, heat or trial
3. The last examination in a course.
Then of course, I looked up the Webster dictionary’s definition of “The Eternal”, (as an adjective) and look what it says:
1. Having Infinite duration – Everlasting
2. Relating to Eternity
3. Characterized by abiding Fellowship with God
4. Continued without intermission – Perpetual, seemingly endless
5. Valid or existing at all times; timeless
The word “Eternal” (as a noun) is as follows:
Thank you for allowing me to share all this with you today.
While we spoke on the phone she had shared with me that the word ‘’final’’ brought to mind the nazi ‘’final solution’’ and she had begun to pray, “Lord, this word ‘final’ – it makes my blood chill. What is this ‘final?’ You have the ‘final Word’ so please tell me how to pray. What you see above was spoken into her heart to her great surprise. (This is where I stopped writing)
By now we understand that our Prime Minister took what he believed to be the best of 3 evils that the international community was forcing upon us: we are scheduled to release 104 terrorists. NOT the ‘usual terrorists’ but terrorists with blood on their hands, in other words, they have been directly involved in the murder of non military civilians. We have not done this before. It would be as if we told America they had a choice: agree to give up Texas and California before negotiating with the Mexicans, or agree to stop ALL building, or release the Boston Marathon bombers. (Proportion wise? Thousands of them.)
I am afraid that we are not being led by God, but that once again we are bowing to the pressure of the world instead of bowing low before our God and casting ourselves upon Him. God open our eyes.
It is time for me to prepare dinner but I want to tell you that our younger pregnant daughter is responding to the home care that she is receiving and is stable on anti- nausea drugs which she administers by I.V. herself, checked every 3 days by a home visit nurse. Oh thank you for your prayers for them. And also for our Granddaughter Ana. I ask you to continue both. Ana is just 7 and is finally settling in after the ‘l..o..n..g’ trip with El Al’s unaccompanied minor program. We are having quite an intensive little Bible camp, she and I, and I am praying for her to truly come to Know Him and claim Him as her own to love and to follow, and to have fullness of His Joy. She has battled the same deep sadness that I had from infancy, and our family has known, but HE IS THE VICTOR. Thank you.
I am sorry for this truncated letter. I look forward to a portion of time to really write. It does come with much love. His WORD has been so alive and I long to share.
your sis J