4th May 2020
We are rapidly moving towards the holiday of Shavuot (Feast of Weeks),
hence, the Sfirat Ha'Omer (literally, "the counting of the Sheaves")
is coming to an end.
A few words about Sfirat Ha'Omer
Sfirat Ha'Omer is a hint on the willingness of our souls to receive
the Torah and God's spirit. "Omer" - from Hebrew - barley. Barley is a very
adaptable and well-growing plant in any nature or surrounding, very healthy
at the same time.
We can look from two angles on this.
First, Omer (the barley) those are we, who, by the Grace of God, can be
placed anywhere, in any country or land or nation to walk before Him.
Second, Omer is a good fruit of our life, no matter from which background
we come, rich or poor, strong or weak, educated or less educated - everyone
can do something unique that pleases the Creator.
Shavuot or the day of Giving of the Torah (not the law, not
the covenant, not the principles, but the Torah - a word that is not
easy to translate, but which means for the creation of God the same as
blood for the human body) connects us with THE Operator Of This World
himself and with all his creation, encouraging and teaching us to do the
deeds of God for others and ourselves.
Shavuot is also the day of Giving of God's Spirit. Not just a "power
cartridge for miracles," but similar to "God's Hand" introducing us to the
Father's chamber and making us participants in his processes. Almost the
same as the Giving of the Torah, but in this case, extending the
number of participants (recognizing eligible people from all nations, not
Therefore, using this opportunity - congratulations on the Feast of
I would like to express my gratitude for your prayers and financial
assistance and thus partaking in the life of our ministry. For us, this is
a great blessing and a real opportunity to serve, knowing that YOU ARE
UPHOLDING OUR HANDS.
A peace from the Scriptures for today - hopefully, this will be useful for
reflection and application:
These days, chapters 1 to 4 from the book of Bemidbar (Numbers), are being
studied. This is the so-called "weekly reading portion" in the Jewish
annual study cycle of scripture.
We read two interconnected texts from Numbers 1 and Numbers 2:
...and they assembled all the congregation together on the first day of
the second month; and they recited their ancestry by families, by their
fathers' houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old
and above, each one individually. (Numbers 1:18)
It says here that after recounting all the sons of Israel (20 years old and
more, qualified for war) there were 603,000+ men. Approximately the same
number as those who left Egypt (then they were 600,000 men qualified for
war). Meaning, years later we see a small but positive dynamic..
The following text is read from Numbers 2:
Everyone of the children of Israel shall camp by his own standard,
beside the emblems of his father's house; they shall camp some distance
from the tabernacle of meeting. On the east side, toward the rising of the
sun, those of the standard of the forces with Judah shall camp according to
their armies; and Nahshon the son of Amminadab shall be the leader of the
children of Judah. (Numbers 2: 2,3)
These and the following verses speak of the construction of the camp of
Israel ... the Levites were in the center surrounded by four groups of
three. One group under the leadership of Judah (+Zvulon and Issachar), the
other is Reuben (+Shimon and Gad), Ephraim (+Benjamin and Menashe) and Dan
(+Naftali and Asher).
A few thoughts from these texts ...
Everyone trusts that God "counts the hair on our head" - there is no doubt
about that. But each of us understands that we are not perfect, and we sin
a lot. It could be some real sins or problems with our thoughts or motives.
Like the sons of Israel in the desert, they were directed upon God and God
was in their midst, but periodically sin or grumbling or some other
problems arose. Therefore, we have a reference point - Heaven / Heavenly
Father / redemption in the Messiah - and can be absolutely sure that God,
leading everyone through the circumstances of life, will leave us in
CREDIT. And I am not talking now about money or condition, on the contrary
- I am talking about the fruits of our lives. The Psalm persuades us to
trust God: "to dwell in the shelter of the Most High."
A word on the location of the tribes
Not only Levi, standing in the middle the camp, served God. But the
combination of all the tribes and their connection with one another built
the structure of the true worship before God.
It is interesting to investigate the arrangement of groups made of three
tribes. The arrangement of the tribes, or preferably a combination of their
characteristics. By the heavenly wisdom, one complemented the other - for
example Reuben, "overflowing with the desire for life, but not always
stable" was joined with a "bold" Shimon and with the reflective Gad, a
worshiper before God. This combination of their personalities/gifts made
them able to go under the leadership of Reuben.
Similar, Zvulon, trading in the latitudes of Mount Carmel and Issachar,
absorbed by the Torah were under the leadership of Judah, who in his
turn was provided with the "Voice of the Lord." As they moved forward, they
were creating an unusual alliance of gifts that give them both natural and
supernatural power, thus complemented the rest of the tribes and all
together they could exalt the presence of the Almighty among the peoples on
earth. The same applies to Ephraim and Dan ...
An important lesson for us. God emphasizes the diverse nature of unity -
when each one develops his gift, his understanding, and is respecting
(even if he does not fully understand) the gifts of the other, trusting God
that each of us is member of the Body of the Lord, and together we form a
force. Paul later speaks of this in Romans 12:5.
The unity that was shaken so much among believers in the
Still, unity is so significant that it can attract God's power and make
each of us a light and an instrument in the hands of our Heavenly Father.
In conclusion, a few prayer requests:
Israel is exiting quarantine and we continue to renew our projects that
were in "sleep mode." We ask for prayers and support for:
- Music and Art school - for children from new immigrant families.
- Humanitarian ministry and aid for the needy.
- Online Oasis-Media Studio (on the basis of it we stream all our
broadcasts and share the word of God).