Congregation Beth Messiah
Friday, April 18, 2014
Proclaiming Yeshua is the Messiah!
1 When Avram was 99 years old AD-NAI appeared to Avram and said to him, "I am El Shaddai [G-d Almighty]. Walk in my presence and be pure-hearted. 2 I will make my covenant between Me and you, and I will increase your numbers greatly." 3 Avram fell on his face, and G-d continued speaking with him: 4 "As for Me, this is My covenant with you: you will be the father of many nations. 5 Your name will no longer be Avram [exalted father], but your name will be Avraham [father of many], because I have made you the father of many nations. 6 I will cause you to be very fruitful. I will make nations of you, kings will descend from you. 7 "I am establishing My covenant between Me and you, along with your descendants after you, generation after generation, as an everlasting covenant, to be G-d for you and for your descendants after you. 8 I will give you and your descendants after you the land in which you are now foreigners, all the land of Kena'an, as a permanent possession; and I will be their God." 9 G-d said to Avraham, "As for you, you are to keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you, generation after generation. 10 Here is My covenant, which you are to keep, between Me and you, along with your descendants after you: every male among you is to be circumcised. 11 You are to be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin; this will be the sign of the covenant between Me and you. 12 Generation after generation, every male among you who is eight days old is to be circumcised" (Bereshit/Genesis 17)
21 On the eighth day, when it was time for [Yeshua's} b'rit-milah, he was given the name Yeshua, which is what the angel had called him before his conception. 22 When the time came for their purification according to the Torah of Moshe, they took him up to Yerushalayim to present him to ADONAI 23 (as it is written in the Torah of ADONAI, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to ADONAI") 24 and also to offer a sacrifice of a pair of doves or two young pigeons,h as required by the Torah of ADONAI. 25 There was in Yerushalayim a man named Shim`on. This man was a tzaddik, he was devout, he waited eagerly for God to comfort Isra'el, and the Ruach HaKodesh was upon him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Ruach HaKodesh that he would not die before he had seen the Messiah of ADONAI. 27 Prompted by the Spirit, he went into the Temple courts; and when the parents brought in the child Yeshua to do for him what the Torah required, 28 Shim`on took him in his arms, made a b'rakhah to God, and said, 29 "Now, ADONAI, according to Your word, Your servant is at peace as You let him go; 30 for I have seen with my own eyes Your yeshu`ah, 31 which You prepared in the presence of all peoples -- 32 a light that will bring revelation to the Goyim and glory to Your people Isra'el." (Luke 2)