May 20, 2017
The Book of Numbers sermon 21

We decorate our bookshelves with books and we keep them in place with bookends. Look at the bookends which describe Israel. The beginning of her wanderings was marked by idolatry and lack of trust. Moses was receiving the Ten Commandments while Israel below made a golden calf. And now at the end of the journey she does the same. While God is securing blessings for Israel even through the enemy Balaam, Israel below is heading toward idolatry again; this time with Moabitess women.  Bookends are used to support books from toppling over. As we consider the bookends of our own lives, what will keep us firmly supported in our walk? As we move the books around on the shelf, even one book improperly placed can topple all the others over. We need stability to hold us up on each end. I like to think of my bookends as trust and faith. Some of you might make your bookends righteousness and peace. Whatever it is, let us always lean on the bookends that keep our lives secure in the Lord with shalom in our hearts.
Blessings as you listen in to this week's message with Messianic leader, Jacques Isaac Gabizon in the Book of Numbers, chapters 25 to 27. Shalom.
The Book of Numbers sermon 21
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  • May 20, 2017The Book of Numbers sermon 21
    May 20, 2017
    The Book of Numbers sermon 21

    We decorate our bookshelves with books and we keep them in place with bookends. Look at the bookends which describe Israel. The beginning of her wanderings was marked by idolatry and lack of trust. Moses was receiving the Ten Commandments while Israel below made a golden calf. And now at the end of the journey she does the same. While God is securing blessings for Israel even through the enemy Balaam, Israel below is heading toward idolatry again; this time with Moabitess women.  Bookends are used to support books from toppling over. As we consider the bookends of our own lives, what will keep us firmly supported in our walk? As we move the books around on the shelf, even one book improperly placed can topple all the others over. We need stability to hold us up on each end. I like to think of my bookends as trust and faith. Some of you might make your bookends righteousness and peace. Whatever it is, let us always lean on the bookends that keep our lives secure in the Lord with shalom in our hearts.
    Blessings as you listen in to this week's message with Messianic leader, Jacques Isaac Gabizon in the Book of Numbers, chapters 25 to 27. Shalom.
    The Book of Numbers sermon 21
  • May 13, 2017The Book of Numbers sermon 20
    May 13, 2017
    The Book of Numbers sermon 20

    When armies go out to battle, they think it is solely a combat of flesh and blood, but we would be short sighted if we did not realize that war is also a battle of principalities and powers. While Israel was below and totally unaware, there was a spiritual battle going on between Balaam and God. We do not realize all the works going on in the angelic realm, whether it be our guardian angel or othe
    r angels, under the commission of God to protect that which God blesses. We are not aware of the incredible protection we have against the enemy. We’ve heard of robbers and thieves trying to get in through the back door, but with God, His protection is sovereign… Balak and Balaam tried three times to get a foot in the door but once again we hear the promise from God… I will bless those who bless you and I will curse him who curses you. When God gives a promise He will surely close the door on any one who will claim to count the stars in the heavens that He alone has created and ordained.
    Blessings as you listen in to this week's message with Messianic leader, Jacques Isaac Gabizon in the Book of Numbers, chapter 22 to 24, shalom.
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  • May 6, 2017The Book of Numbers sermon 19
    May 6, 2017
    The Book of Numbers sermon 19

    This will be the last time we will hear about the Israelites grumbling…from now right up until the entrance into the Promised Land. Is it actually wrong to complain? Who among us has not gone through personal difficulties and trials? We, like the psalmist often come to God with our complaints. But is it sin to complain? No, if the condition of our heart is not rebellious but reliant on God in spite of the circumstance.
    It’s not wrong to complain to God, but it is wrong to complain about God. It is one thing to be faithless in our complaints, thinking that God is not sufficiently good or faithful or able. Let our complaints be based on faith in Him. David poured out his complaints to God, but at the same time he pleaded for mercy. God does want to hear the heaviness of our hearts and the best way to make those complaints would be through prayer and supplication, just like David did. I didn’t feel so bad about how much I complained when I read that about 1/3 of David’s psalms are laments. O Lord teach us to guard our hearts and lament like David, for You have shown us, through his trials how to complain. If we complain let it be about who we are, and our sins and not about You O Lord, as we hear the great words of Yeshua, “Take heart, for I have over come the world.” O blessed is the Lord, baruch Adonai who has turning our mourning into joy.
    Blessings as you listen in to this week's message with Messianic leader, Jacques Isaac Gabizon in the Book of Numbers, chapter 21 to 24, shalom.
    The Book of Numbers sermon 19
  • Apr 29, 2017The Book of Numbers sermon 18
    Apr 29, 2017
    The Book of Numbers sermon 18

    Sometimes we look back in life and ask ourselves, where did all the years go? Likewise, what happened in those 38 years from the time the children of Israel reached Kadesh Barnea and remained there, until they could finally walk into the Promised Land. So close to the border yet they needed to wait because of sin. There was someone else who waited 38 years before he had his wish fulfilled, a wish
    to be able to even walk at all. The paralytic man was so close to the border of the pool of Beth Saida but he just couldn’t get in, not until Yeshua healed him, not until God’s unmerited favor, God’s undeserved goodness came to heal him. Likewise the water gushed from the rock at Horeb and Kadesh because of that same grace poured out on Israel when she was thirsty, even though she was still grumbling. God was unmatched for He covers our grumbling by His grace.
    So while we wait, let us not waste years. Let’s thirst for more because we are already at the border, ready to enter into the full and glorious grace of God. How good is Your grace Lord, over us?
    Blessings as you listen in to this week's message with Messianic leader, Jacques Isaac Gabizon in the Book of Numbers, chapter 20, shalom.
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  • Apr 8, 2017The Book of Numbers sermon 17
    Apr 8, 2017
    The Book of Numbers sermon 17
    The Book of Numbers sermon 17
  • Apr 1, 2017The Book of Numbers sermon 16
    Apr 1, 2017
    The Book of Numbers sermon 16

    God desires that we be holy, as He is holy. Just as the censors by themselves were not holy, just as the fringes and tassels could not make anyone holy, we learn that holiness comes by choice to follow God. Yes, Korah was a rebel, but could it be that his sons chose to be holy, chose to follow the Lord and not partner with their father. We learn that in the time of King David many of these Korahites were responsible for more than 25 beautiful Psalms in our Scriptures. Yes,

    they came from an ancestry whose leader was in rebellion, swallowed by an earthquake, but each one of us must arise from our own fallen state to claim a new path, to claim a new redemption, to claim the Lord’s holiness, and then we can praise from our hearts, along with the sons of Korah from Psalm 48:1 which says, “Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! …” So let us give Him the highest praise.Blessings as you listen in to this week's message with Messianic leader, Jacques Isaac Gabizon in the Book of Numbers, chapter 16, shalom.

    The Book of Numbers sermon 16
  • Mar 25, 2017The Book of Numbers sermon 15
    Mar 25, 2017
    The Book of Numbers sermon 15

    In Psalm 3 David cries out, and prays to the Lord. He prays that the Lord would arise and save him from the enemy. How is our prayer life?  Moses’ prayer saved a nation. What might have happened had he failed to pray?  We have been commissioned not to carry through with sins of omission and praying is something we must not neglect.  The prophet Samuel says it so well, “As for me, far be it from me that I sin against God by failing to pray for you”(1 Samuel 12:23).
    Consider for just a minute where we would be if God forgot to extend His salvation or mercy toward us. Rise up O Lord and teach us to pray, that we might fight pride and declare publicly how much we need to depend on You.
    Blessings as you listen in to this week's message with Messianic leader, Jacques Isaac Gabizon in the Book of Numbers, chapter 15, shalom.
    The Book of Numbers sermon 15
  • Mar 18, 2017The Book of Numbers sermon 14
    Mar 18, 2017
    The Book of Numbers sermon 14

    In this week’s message we are going to hear about the connection between the ten rebellious acts of the Israelites and the ten I AM’s of Yeshua. This will help us see how patient and just God is. The number ten reminds us the plagues in Egypt, each one demonstrating God’s superiority over the Egyptian gods, each one emphasizing the trust the Israelites should have developed for such a sovereign God. But was that trust truly seeded? No. Imagine when every blessing you bestow on your son or daughter is received without the thankfulness it deserves.

    Thank You Lord for how perfect Your punishments always are. They fit the crime just as an ‘eye for an eye’ does. Yes, the 40 year wanderings in the desert was a punishment perfectly suited and applied because Lord, You are just and merciful in all Your ways. Help us, Lord, in our own rebellion that we may enter Your sanctuary of grace, hungry and thirsty during our own wanderings, but all the while accepting from You the fairness that only a perfect Judge can enforce. Blessings as you listen in to the message with Messianic leader, Jacques Isaac Gabizon in the Book of Numbers, chapter 14, shalom.
    The Book of Numbers sermon 14
  • Mar 4, 2017The Book of Numbers sermon 13
    Mar 4, 2017
    The Book of Numbers sermon 13

    In this week’s message, we will hear from Moses, how he prayed to protect the nation of Israel and how he prayed that they would be forgiven. We will learn that the word salach (?????), means forgive and is used only of God because truly, He is the only one who can forgive; after all, all sin is against God. So we must be very careful when we sin against our brother or our sister, because as we do unto others so we do unto the Lord. When we sin, God is really the offended One.
     

    It is quite amazing to discover that another Hebrew word used for God’s forgiveness (in Numbers 14:18) has the meaning of “carrying and bearing”. It is the Hebrew word nasah (??????). This brings us to Isaiah 53:4, where the same Hebrew word is used for Yeshua, in His having borne our griefs, which is all part of God’s forgiveness.

    And just as the sinner needed to lean on and transfer their sins to the animal, we too must lean on Yeshua and confess our sins, transferring the weight of the sin onto Him. He alone carries and bears our iniquities.

    For You Lord are just and faithful to forgive: Your blood was shed for us and for our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Psalm 85:10 reads: “When God forgives, steadfast love and truth meet, righteousness and peace kiss each other.” What a beautiful outcome that holy kiss brings for us. Hear us o Lord and forgive us (salach lanu).

    Blessings as you listen to the message with Messianic leader, Jacques Isaac Gabizon in the Book of Numbers, chapter 14. Shalom.

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  • Feb 25, 2017The Book of Numbers sermon 12
    Feb 25, 2017
    The Book of Numbers sermon 12

    Moses told the spies to be of good courage. What does it mean to be of good courage? Courage springs from strong faith. Courage is required when our fears surface and we want to run in the opposite direction. Courage was shown when Esther walked into the kings court unannounced or when the spies would now need to go into the Land, unannounced. Moses asked them to be of good courage so that their faith could help them see, so that they could come back and then be an encouragement to the rest of the people waiting. Moses asked that they bring back evidence that the land was plentiful. But they were not of good courage for they did not walk by faith. What this event clearly shows us is that we cannot depend on sight alone. Even those magnificent grapes did not convince the Israelites. Only faith will plant seeds of courage which help us walk in the Lord’s direction. Lord, give us the faith to walk out of our comfort zones and into territories unannounced and unchartered, knowing that You will make our presence known so that we may become ministers of the reconciliation and make Your glory a great encouragement to others.
    Be blessed as you listen in to the latest message with Messianic leader, Jacques Isaac Gabizon in the Book of Numbers, chapters 13-15, shalom.
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