PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM
Norma & Martin Sarvis
Setting Limits on the Patience of God Avner Boskey
HEBRAIC VS. GREEK THINKING Brenda Parshotam-Farrelly
ZION ECHO NEWSLETTER First Issue
PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM
Norma & Martin Sarvis What is it really instructing us to do?
8-9 SETTING LIMITS ON THE PATIENCE OF GOD
Avner Boskey The foundation stone of Replacement Theology is a belief that God has rejected the Jewish people. Is this so?
10-11 HEBRAIC VS GREEK THINKING
Brenda Parshotam-Farrelly Mental assent or active obedience?
16–17 25 YEARS OF RESEARCH CONCLUDES JERUSALEM BELONGS TO THE JEWS
Jacques Gauthler What the media will never tell you!
IMAGE: ENGEDI DAVID’S POOL
â€œA missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle of my understanding and experience came into placeâ€?
Welcome... On a calm morning in Jerusalem, May 2010, I rose early for my “quiet time”. I had come to Israel on a journey to connect into something deeper that I knew existed but had not yet experienced in all my years of being a Christian. As I was looking out to Mt Zion, taking in the beauty and stillness of the morning, I had a tangible experience of the presence of God and something in me shifted. In the days that followed I was able to see His people, His land and my connection to it in a greater way. This started me on a journey of discovery and two more visits to Israel within the year. A missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle of my understanding and experience came into place. During a time of prayer with the people I was staying with on my first visit to Israel I remembered the scriptures in Isaiah 2:3 and Micah 4:2 “... the law (Torah) shall go forth from Zion and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem”. The words “Zion Echo” repeated in my head. I thought of the concept of echoing from the ends of the earth what is being said in Zion. During this
particular visit I went on a prayer journey with my Israeli friends, during which time we came to the Israeli/Lebanese border. A story in itself. As we were standing on a hill overlooking houses and buildings of both Israel and Lebanon, at the wired fence separating these two countries, I looked down the Israeli valley and there, in large red letters on the side of a building, were the words ECHO! What further confirmation did I need? That day I said YES. The result is this magazine, ZION ECHO. May it serve to echo the Word of the Lord coming forth from Jerusalem to inform the Body, to enable people to make the choice to stand with Israel as God’s covenant land and people, not done away with or replaced and to whom we are grafted in. Israel is a dividing line and I believe will be even more so in the years that lie ahead. May we all stand on the right side.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” WHAT IS IT REALLY INSTRUCTING US TO DO?
A look in the back of Young’s Analytical Concordance will reveal that in the Old Testament the Hebrew verb sha’al is 87 times translated “ask” and 22 times “enquire”. Yet out of over 155 usages only once did the translators of the King James Bible choose to translate sha’al “pray”. That is in Psalm 122:6 “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem may they prosper who love you.” We are in total agreement that it is important to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and a simple prayer such as “Lord, please release your peace over Jerusalem” has effect. However, it is important to realize that what is being instructed in Psalm 122:6 actually goes much deeper than that. Rather than simply telling us “to pray”, this verse instructs us to “Ask” or “Inquire after” the shalom of Jerusalem. Then we will be able to pray intelligently and with precision God’s priority for His city right now! This inquiry is made many times a day of each other by most Hebrew-speaking Israelis. When we greet each other on the street we ask, “Ma sh’lomkha?” (to a male), or “Ma sh’lomeakh?” (to a female). An English equivalent might be, “How are you?” In Hebrew it literally means, “How is your shalom?” The word shalom or “peace” is itself derived from the root shalem, which means “wholeness”. So in Israel when we enquire of each other’s welfare, we are really asking after the “wholeness” of the other person. In Jeremiah 15:5, Jerusalem is no longer whole. Having left her God of Life, she has chosen another way - now death, the sword, famine, and captivity yawn before her. And there is no one left to care, no one to ask, “Ma sh’lomeakh?” - “How are you?” to Jerusalem. Or “Ma sh’loma?” - “How is she?” to God on her behalf: “Indeed, who will have pity on you, O Jerusalem, or who will mourn for you, or who will turn aside to ask after your shalom?” “Ask after Shalom”- these are the same words which God, in Psalm 122.6, instructs all of us (the command is in the plural) to do.
So how do we do it? We might begin by asking God what is on His heart regarding Jerusalem. What would he have us to pray about today? He may have someone else focusing on something entirely different! Perhaps He will answer us directly with a word into our spirit. Or He may quicken a particular aspect of a news report or other source we might investigate. We must be careful not to place too narrow boundaries on how He will answer us. For example, yes, He is certainly concerned about the possibility of nations attempting to “divide” the city but that is by no means the only issue having to do with her wholeness, nor may it be related at all to the priority He has for you or your group to address today. Into which area of Jerusalem or Israel might His Spirit desire today to bring wholeness? Ask Him how best to pray “Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven?”
Martin and Norma Sarvis Jerusalem
Setting Limits on the Patience of God The foundation stone of Replacement Theology is a belief that God has rejected the Jewish people. Replacement Theology says that something traumatic happened which caused God to alter or change His “business as usual” relationship with Israel. According to this perspective Israel’s rejection of Yeshua’s Messiahship was the straw that broke the camel’s back, the perfidious act that exhausted God’s patience with the Jewish people. As a result, they say, God transferred or expanded the title “Israel” so that Gentiles could now be called “Israel”. But has God lost patience with the Jewish people? Have Israel’s sins disqualified her from reaping the final blessing of her own covenants? Has the priority of Israel been altered to a priority of the predominantly Gentile church? History helps answer this question. In the days of the Babylonian scourge the people of Israel were surrounded by scoffing and evil hearted enemies like the Edomites of Trans Jordan. These anti-Jewish neighbours crowed with delight to see Israel and Judah bite the dust. In derision they shouted out that God had abandoned His people and would dispense with the Jewish people’s priority national status. The Lord’s answer to these mockers came through the mouth of Jeremiah. Have you not noticed that these people are saying, “The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: They say the Lord has rejected the two kingdoms He chose. So they despise My people and no longer regard them as a nation. This is what the Lord Says: “If I have not established My covenant with day and night and the fixed laws of heaven and earth, then I will reject the descendants of Jacob and David My servant and will not choose one of his sons to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and have compassion on them.” 8
God takes exception to Gentile nations who proclaim that He has rejected the Jewish people. In the above context to “not regard Israel as a nation” is to say that Israel has lost its status as the chosen ethnic nation of God. God wants the world to know that Israel in exile will never be rejected but rather will be restored to full favour. As the Apostle Paul said, “I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected His people, whom He foreknew.” But haven’t Israel’s great sins exhausted the patience of God? Hasn’t their rejection of Yeshua radically changed the rules of the game? Jeremiah prophesies the heart of God in answer to this question. This is what the Lord says, He who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar the Lord Almighty is His name: Only if these decrees vanish from My sight, declares the Lord, will the descendants of Israel ever cease to be a nation before Me. This is what the Lord says, Only if the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth below be searched out will I reject all the descendants of Israel because of all they have done, declares the Lord. God does not appreciate statements that He no longer cares for the Jewish people. The Lord gets upset by those who claim that Israel has been cast away by her God. “For I will restore you to health and I will heal your wounds, declares the Lord, because they have called you an outcast, saying ‘It is Zion; no one cares for her.’” The more that unfriendly nations challenge the continuing nature of the Jewish people’s priority status, the more God is committed to restoring Israel to her privileged position.
Avner Boskey Beersheva, Israel FOOTNOTES: 3 Jer. 31:35-37 (emphases mine, ed.) 4 Jer. 30:17 NASB
Hebraic vs. Greek Thinking LIKE WATER TO A THIRSTY SOUL
I have been following Jesus since I was a child but many times in my Christian walk and experience I have felt like I was trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Something just didn’t compute!
found in correct thought processes. In understanding with my mind what life’s real problems and solutions are all about and believing this would get me on the right side of God’s equation of life and salvation. In other words, intellectual analysis in the pursuit of freedom.
However after the Lord introduced me to His people and Land I wanted some answers and embarked on a path of learning about the differences between Hebraic and Greek thinking. A whole new world opened up to me and I discovered that many things that I had been taught over the years were from a Greek understanding of the Bible and not from the true Hebraic paradigm.
But the Hebrew worldview takes a completely different approach. It is about correction ACTION. I don’t know something unless I act on it. I don’t have faith unless I act on my faith. Faith is not an intellectual assent to something it is an action based on what I believe to be true. Dependence on thinking alone is dangerous, the Bible cautions us not to lean on our own understanding. Truth is not discovered by thought, it is appropriated by action, and that action must be in accordance to what God says is true.
Our culture, education and systems are all Greek based, but Scripture is Hebraic in its culture, form and style. The New Testament is a very Jewish book and carried on from the previous writing. As I progressed in my journey of discovery Romans 12:2 took on a different meaning. My Greek mind had been trying to process Hebraic and spiritual matters of the heart and it needed to be transformed, not conformed and confined to this world’s Greek way of thinking. I realised I had moved away from God’s original blueprint. I saw how I had missed much of the true nature and intent of Scripture by not understanding it according to how “the people of the day” understood the meaning of the messages the authors were conveying to their audiences.
Hebrew is a language that is rooted in active obedience not mental assent. Greek and the Greek-based culture we live in focus on rational and mental control of the world. We are taught to understand the “facts” and draw rational conclusions for the basis of decision-making. We believe we can think our way out of a problem. But not so in Hebraic thinking. The Hebraic mind in submission to God looks first to action and obedience to His will not to rational, natural explanation and understanding before action is taken. Often the understanding follows the action but ultimately it is not “either/or”, but “and/and”. No wonder it is hard to follow the words of the Lord when we have been taught to rationalise and understand first before we commit to anything that requires something from us. God desires obedience regardless of natural understanding.
The Greek and Hebraic worldviews are very different. Fundamentally, the Greek view is that man is the central player on the world’s stage. Man’s goals, creations, abilities and decisions are the most important elements in this world. The Hebraic and Scriptural view is that God is the principal player in this universe. Everything revolves around Him, His purposes, His will and His control. The Greek worldview gives great importance to the place of reason and conduct. For the Greeks, reason was the supreme path to salvation. The Greeks believed that correct thinking was the solution to life’s problems and would bring salvation. Today that equates to truth being
Trying to live on both sides of the chasm caused by the great differences in understanding between Greek and Hebraic understanding is very difficult. This difficulty shows up in stress in Christian living, incorrect Biblical interpretation and broken fellowship with God. It affects how we think about ourselves, how we treat others and how we worship God. Jesus is thoroughly Hebrew. He was the greatest Rabbi who ever lived and he taught in the fashion of the Rabbis from an Hebraic perspective. Unfortunately centuries of segregation between Jewish thought and Christian/Greek thought has created a huge divide. Connecting back into what was really said, in its context and how it would have been understood by the hearers of the day opens up a depth of truth. A journey of discovery awaits us and that discovery will lead to correct action today! Brenda Parshotam-Farrelly
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25 YEARS OF RESEARCH CONCLUDES JERUSALEM
BELONGS TO THE JEWS “The Jewish people are in Jerusalem, not as settlers or invaders, but as of right. These rights are clearly spelt out in International Law and should be respected by the international community.” These are the conclusions of Dr Jacques Gauthier, an international human rights lawyer from Toronto, who has spent 25 years conducting research into the conflicting claims to Jerusalem under international law. “For anyone who is interested in justice, these are issues which we have to study carefully. The rights vested in the Jewish people stand on very solid legal ground and are valid to this day.” Gauthier makes a distinction between Jerusalem and the so-called disputed territories. “Jerusalem is not a settlement but the historical capital of Israel. If Jerusalem were to be divided along the armistice demarcation lines of 1967, it would place the Old City under Palestinian rule. This would contradict the legal commitments made to the Jewish people in the San Remo Resolution of 1920, the Mandate for Palestine in 1922, as well as Article 80 in the United Nations Charter.”
Based on these legal commitments, he also defends the right for Jewish settlements to exist in any area covered by the original Mandate for Palestine, including a possible future Palestinian state. The current leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, in contrast, has stated that “no Jews would be permitted to live in a Palestinian state.” We are called to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. This means praying and working for a just and lasting peace. Dividing Jerusalem will not lead to peace but will only further fuel the conflict. A lasting peace needs to be based on historical facts and international law and not on unilateral declarations or international pressure. History seems to prove that only Jewish sovereignty over Jerusalem can guarantee such freedom for people, irrespective of religious affiliations. There is solid legal argument for keeping Jerusalem united under Jewish sovereignty, but open to people of all faiths to pray at their holy sites.
EVOLUTION OF THE TERM “PALESTINE” From the first century when Rome renamed the Jewish state “Palestine”, until the mid20th century, “Palestine” was associated with Jews and the Jewish homeland. Jews in the area used the name Palestine for their symphonies, newspapers and other enterprises. There was the Palestine Post (later the Jerusalem Post), the Palestine Symphony Orchestra, the Palestine Electric Company, the Palestine Potash Company and others. Arabs and Jews who lived in the Palestine Mandate all had Palestine Mandate passports, but Arab residents were generally referred to as Arabs, not Palestinians. “Palestine is a term the Zionists invented! Our country for centuries was part of Syria” said local Arab leader Auni Bey AbdulHadi, to the Peel Commission in 1937. Before and after World War II, anti-Semites in Europe and the U.S. told Jews to get out and “go back home to Palestine.” After 1948 when the reborn Jewish State took the name Israel, the term “Palestine” went out of usage to refer to Israel. In 1964, the term was revived when Egypt helped organize the PLO, the Palestine Liberation Organization and by the 1970’s, the term came to be associated with Arabs, not Jews.
“Breakfast Club” is the community outreach arm of Zion Ministries in New Zealand. It commenced in July 2010 at Randwick Park Primary School in South Auckland with an average of eight children attending each day for the first week. 2013 has seen an average attendance of 40-50 children each day, Monday through Friday.
Provide Sta:onary & Uniforms
Documented evidence has shown that as a result of Breakfast Club at Randwick Park, truancy is down, sickness is down and violence is down. As a follow on, Glen Innes Primary School Breakfast Club commenced Monday 10 June 2013 with 40 children, in a school where the role is currently 185 students. The following day, in excess of 50 children attended. “Breakfast Club” does more than simply provide breakfast to hungry children. With the help of many individuals, groups, churches and various organisations, we facilitate assistance to families in the schools and wider community by providing resources of food, clothing, furniture and appliances and provide additional support wherever needed. The best way to facilitate any ministry is with an open hand, realising you are a steward rather than owner of the things of God. That is why Zion Ministries’ Breakfast Club is so successful for it has many others regarding it as their own, with great buy-in. The chart below shows how Breakfast Club has expanded from its beginnings in July 2010 to its current activities for 2013.
Holiday Programme Food
Garden to Table
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Food for Families
Projects undertaken in 2013
1. Food for Families. With the support of a number of people we have created a small food bank where we are able to supply very quickly food to a family in need until they are able to obtain other assistance. 2. Clothing for Families. We are offered from time to time, considerable amounts of second hand clothing. We have, with the assistance of a local solo mother, opened up an Op Shop next door to the school. 3. Outings with the Children. We attempt twice a year to take out a dozen girls to a ‘pamper day’ in Botany where the girls are treated to a movie, lunch and cosmetics. The boys we take to Eden Park to watch a Blues Game. Clothing for Families Op Shop
Band Tuition. We are helping the school ‘pop band’ with professional assistance and recording.
Ou:ngs with Children
5. Homes of Hope. Due to the level of domestic violence and abused children we are opening up homes in Randwick Park where mothers and children can go and feel safe. We resource these homes with food and educational support.
Quantum Sport (CrackerJack Kids)
6. Quantum Sport. In 2013 we are starting CrackerJack Kids sporting programme at Randwick Park. This is being funded by various sponsors. This programme is approved by the Education Department.
7. Budgeting. In 2013 we are initiating a Budgeting Service for families.
9. Christmas Hampers. Every December we receive in excess of 100 Christmas Hampers for distribution. 10. Parenting Conference. In 2012 we ran a Parenting with Pio evening where 300 parents turned up. Since this evening there has been weekly parenting meetings in the area. 11. Garden to Table. In 2012 we started a this initiative where children are taught how to plant, grow and harvest vegetables. This was sponsored by the Lions Club of Bucklands Beach. 12. Sporting Academy. In 2013 we are starting this Academy with 30 children, sponsored by St Kentigern College and Epsom Rotary. 13. Commercial Kitchen. In 2013 we are hoping to find funding to create a commercial kitchen at Randwick Park School where the children who are growing the vegetables can be taught how to cook them and eventually supply cooked lunches to the school. 14. Holiday Programme Food. We have always help support this initiative by supplying food for one or two days of this event. 15. Provide Lunches. We provide up to ten lunches each day for children that have genuine need. 16. Stationary and Uniforms. Each year we help two or three families with stationary and Uniforms. In 2013 St Kentigern College will be supporting this as well.
8. Leadership Conference. This is an event where Year 8 children have one day where they have well known New Zealand sportsmen and women talk to them about life skills and the Power of the Dream. 19