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The Prophet Daniel

Daniel said, "Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, For wisdom and power belong to Him."It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding. "It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness

Daniel 2:20-22

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בית כנסת אור ישוע OHR YESHUA SYNAGOGUE MRav. Gary Beresford, Congregational Leader April 15th, 2017 ~ 19th Nisan, 5777 CHOL HAMOED PESACH (INTERMEDIATE DAYS OF PASSOVER) SHEMOT (EXODUS) 33: 12-34 & BAMIDBAR (NUMBERS) 28: 19-25 HAFTARAH YECHEZK’EL (EZEKIEL) 37: 1-14 ---------------------------------0--------------------------------- Tehillim (Psalm) 3 Mishlei (Proverbs) 14:1-2 Yochanan (John) 21 ---------------------------------0--------------------------------- ANNOUNCEMENTS The last day of Pesach is on Tuesday April 18, we will hold services @10am. Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) begins at sundown, Sunday April 23. We will screen an appropriate film on Sunday @ 4pm. Kiddush levanah for rosh chodesh Iyyar will be on Thursday April 27 @ 6:30pm at Bob & Charlene’s home. HEADSHIP AND COVERING The issue of headship and covering is greatly misunderstood in Messianic Judaism and Christianity today. Some congregations claim that because man is the “head” over woman, he has total authority over her, and that a woman must always have a man’s “covering.” If she is married, her husband provides this covering. If she is not married, another male must provide this covering. This erroneous concept is dispelled by understanding the Biblical context and covering. HaShem created Adam, representative of humankind, and placed him in a position of authority (headship) over creation. This does not mean that man is to exploit creation for his own selfish purposes, but he is to be a good steward over all the resources of creation, which are necessary for his own survival. HaShem also ordained the marital relationship to be the most intimate and holy of all human relationships, and to be a symbol of the relationship between Messiah Yeshua and His Wife (Israel, and by adoption and engrafting, all those in covenant with Him). Let us examine some of the key Scriptures that deal with this subject and try to put it into its correct context. “To the woman he said, ‘I will greatly increase your pain in childbirth. You will bring forth children in pain. Your desire will be toward your husband, but he will rule over you’” (Genesis 3:16 CJB). In a previous bulletin we discussed the husband as the provider and protector, the above verse has been misinterpreted to support the idea that the woman (wife) is to be totally subservient to the man (husband). The Biblical picture shows that the husband is to be the physical provider and protector of the wife. His responsibilities also include appropriate leadership, provision, and protection of his family. His role model is Messiah. With Messiah as his role model, the man is to earn the respect of his wife and family, and to be self-sacrificing in his love for them. Just as Yeshua is not a tyrant ruling the believer, the man is not to lord over his wife and children. As the husband carries out his duties and responsibilities in the proper way, the wife is likewise to give proper respect to her husband. The man and woman are coequals, each to be in right relationship with HaShem and act in obedience to His will. We should apply this understanding to Ephesians 5: “Wives should submit to their husbands as they do to the Lord; because the husband is head of the wife, just as the Messiah, as head of the Messianic Community, is himself the one who keeps the body safe. Just as the Messianic Community submits to the Messiah, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything” (Ephesians 5:22-24 CJB). Husbands are also instructed in this relationship: “As for husbands, love your wives, just as the Messiah loved the Messianic Community, indeed, gave himself up on its behalf,… This is how husbands ought to love their wives – like their own bodies; for the man who loves his wife is loving himself. Why, no one ever hated his own flesh! On the contrary, he feeds it well and takes care of it, just as the Messiah does the Messianic Community” (Ephesians 5:25, 28-30 CJB). T.b.c. CHAG PESACH SAMEACH!