Sabbath Greetings for August 1999

Sabbath Greetings for 8-7-99   Prayers of Yahshua
 
Dear Friends in Yahshua,

Several prayers of Yahshua are recorded for us.
Let’s see what we can learn from them.
We’ll look at them in chronological order. . . . .

Luke 3:21  When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that
Yahshua also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened.
22  And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him,
and a voice came from heaven which said,
"You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased."

I had never noticed this before.
Perhaps we should tell those who are being baptized that they may
have a time for prayer immediately after their immersion.
I would think it could be silent or spoken.
Yahshua’s immersion prayer was immediately answered in a most dramatic way!

Mark 1:35  Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight,
He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.
36  And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him.
37  When they found Him, they said to Him, "Everyone is looking for You."
38  But He said to them, "Let us go into the next towns,
that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth."

I believe this sense of clear purpose was related to his having prayed for ‘a long while.’
He knew exactly what they had to do next.

Luke 6:12  Now it came to pass in those days
that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to Elohim.
13  And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them
He chose twelve whom He also named apostles:

Once again, when Yahshua had a serious decision to make,
he prayed all night and then was ready to appoint the twelve apostles.

Luke 9:28  Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings,
that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray.
29  As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered,
and His robe became white and glistening.
30  And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah,
31  who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease
which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.

Once again, when Yahshua prayed, things happened!  Notice that he
made special preparations for this time of prayer, going up onto a mountain.

Luke 22:31  And the Master said, "Simon, Simon!
Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.
32  But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail;
and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren."

Yahshua knew about Simon’s faith.
He remembered him walking on water
and he had just told him he would deny him three times.
These problems were subject for Yahshua’s prayer.
We too can and should pray for the faithful to stay strong.

John 17:1  Yahshua spoke these words,
lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come.
Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You.. . . .”

We’ll just leave all of John 17 for another time.

Just before he was betrayed,
Yahshua went with Peter, James, and John to a quiet place to pray:
Luke 22:41  And He was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw,
and He knelt down and prayed,  42  saying,
"Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me.
Nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done."
43  Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.
44  And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly.
Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Yahshua poured out his heart in this prayer!
It was a time of great stress for him
and he immediately went to where he could find Yahweh’s shalom (peace)-- on his knees.
He went to the tree with full confidence that it was the right thing to do.

Yahshua still prayed when he was being nailed to the tree.
Even then, his prayer was for others:
“Father forgive them because they don’t understand what they’re doing.” Luke 23:34.

After hanging on the tree for a time Yahshua again prayed:
Matthew 27:46  And about the ninth hour Yahshua cried out with a loud voice, saying,
"Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My El, my El, why have You forsaken Me?"
This prayer was the first line of Psalm 22.
When he said that first line, it stood for the entire Psalm.
The whole Psalm is a prophecy about Yahweh’s salvation.  Read it this Sabbath.

At the very end, Yahshua prayed again,
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit!” Luke 23:46.
Still full of faith and still close to the Father.

Friends, may Yahweh bless you on this Sabbath Day as our Savior,
Yahshua the Messiah, continues to teach us to pray.

This weekend we are going to Eaton Rapids, Michigan for the Yahwehist Unity Meeting.
Please keep us (everyone there) in your prayers.

Shabbat Shalom from Tom and Cathy Schattke


Sabbath Greetings for 8-14-99
Dear Friends in Yahshua,

One of our readers mentioned a few things her mother did that made her a special parent.
I asked the daughter to relate some of those things for you all.
Here is the report I received a few weeks ago.

CHILD REARING

In the wake of the tragedy at Columbine High school, perhaps some comments
about how my Mom both kept us on track and lived her faith would be in order.

You could always expect honesty and openness from Mom.
For starters, family devotions and quality time were extremely
important during my growing-up years.
She made devotions fun, though there were often times of more
serious discussion, particularly about prophecy and world events.

There was always free discussion in our home (the men in our lives, first my dad,
then my step-dad, didn't like this.  They just didn’t understand it.
But then, they weren't there for our discussions.)

We were free to disagree on political issues and ask complex Bible questions.

In my opinion, open communication, coupled with the fact that she
wanted to know who we were with and what we were doing, helped keep our lives
from degenerating into the anger and self-destructive behavior we're seeing
so much of in teens today.

We always knew that if there was a problem, we could feel free to come to her and talk.
Whether it was a bad day in school, a falling-out with a friend, exposure to some new or
un-Biblical idea, etc., Mom was there.

One very important thing she did was to say "I'm sorry" if she made a mistake.
At first glance, that might seem like undermining parental authority, but
in retrospect, it taught us a valuable lesson.  We learned how to apologize
when we wronged someone or made a mistake that needed correction.

In light of all the missed or ignored warning signs exhibited by teens who
engage in school shootings, we might do well to take a sobering look
at our communication with our own kids.

Do we talk of Yahweh's laws, when we rise up and when we lie down?
And do we model the behavior of our Messiah, who is,
"a friend that sticks closer than a brother?"
Can our children, through our example, approach Yahweh in their time of trouble?
Are they learning to both love and be accountable to Yahweh and to their parents?

Can it be that we have forgotten these most elementary things?
This Sabbath, and during the week as we face the pressures of
our daily existence, we would do well to remember them.

Joyce Patterson

Friends, may Yahweh bless you on this Sabbath Day as you follow
our loving example, Yahshua the Messiah.

Shabbat Shalom from Tom and Cathy Schattke
Sabbath Greetings for  8- 21 - 99 Yahshua’s Prayer in John 17
 
Dear Friends in Yahshua,

This Sabbath we’re going to begin to look at Yahshua’s prayer
to his Father in John 17 when he was with his disciples.

John 13:1 & 3 tells us what was in his mind that night:

John 13:1  Now before the feast of the Passover, when Yahshua
KNEW THAT HIS HOUR HAD COME that He should
depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own
who were in the world, HE LOVED THEM TO THE END. . . .
3  Yahshua, KNEW THAT THE FATHER HAD GIVEN
ALL THINGS INTO HIS HANDS, and that He had come
from Yahweh and WAS GOING TO YAHWEH.

Later, when he prayed, Yahshua had an air of authority about him.
HE KNEW WHERE HE WAS GOING!

John 17:1   Yahshua . . . looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.”

This was not presumptuous of Yahshua.
He was not telling his Father what to do.
These were things he had discussed with the Father in great detail.
It was all worked out ahead of time.  Yahshua is just mentioning,
for the sake of his disciples, listening nearby, that everything is ready
for the long-planned grand finale of his human life.
Throughout this evening Yahshua has been very concerned about
these young men and how they will feel and act when he is executed.

Yahshua continues:
2 “For you granted him authority over all people that he
might give eternal life to all those you have given him.”

Later he would tell Pilate that he was indeed a king;
That had been the very purpose of his birth.

3 “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you,
the only true Elohim, and Yahshua the Messiah, whom you have sent.”

I believe that those who will become Yahweh’s children will
come to know Him very closely.
They may be surprised at the personal attention they get from their Father.

 4 “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.”

Ah, if we could only say that!  Often it seems we do not even
know what work we have been given.
Some may know what to do but lack the motivation to do it.
Others may begin on the right path but turn aside for many reasons.

Our prayer is often the cry for forgiveness, strength and guidance.
Not so for Yahshua.
He knew he would finish the hardest part of his work successfully.
He was looking forward to the next phase of Yahweh’s plan.

5 “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with
the glory I had with you before the world began.”

Yahshua then comes back to thoughts of his beloved disciples.

John 17:6  "I have manifested [presented clearly] Your name
to the men whom You have given Me out of the world.
They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.
7  "Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You.
8  "For I have given to them the words which You have given Me;
and they have received them, and have known surely that
I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.

There seems to be an element of encouragement here for us.
Yahshua says we have the words of Yahweh to guide us in all situations.
Yahshua has given them to us.
We need to keep studying the words and principles of Yahshua our teacher.
He brings so much more than any human teacher before or since.
We need to seek the words of life he has for us and be open to understanding them.

Friends, may Yahweh bless you on this Sabbath Day as you look up
toward heaven and pray with our loving master, Yahshua the Messiah.

Shabbat Shalom from Tom and Cathy Schattke


Sabbath Greetings for  8- 28 - 99  Yahshua’s Prayer in John 17

Dear Friends in Yahshua,

We continue looking at Yahshua’s prayer with his disciples the night he was betrayed.

This next section is mostly Yahshua asking the Father to
care for his disciples after he himself is gone:

John 17:9  “I pray for them.
I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me,
for they are Yours.”

Yahshua is acknowledging the important difference between
the children of Yahweh and other people.
This was expressed earlier in the new commandment: John 13:34
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another;
as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

The commandment is really new.
It is NOT a repetition of Leviticus 19:18
'. . . You shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am Yahweh.’
which Yahshua quoted in Matthew 5:43.  The new commandment
makes the application much narrower and the commitment much deeper.

It is only our brethren whom we must love in this way.
To them we are to dedicate our lives -- all of our time.

So Yahshua made some special requests for the disciples,
his friends, his brothers:

John 17:10 “And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine,
and I am glorified in them.
11  Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world,
and I come to You.
Holy Father, keep THROUGH YOUR NAME those whom
You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.”

Again we find Yahweh’s name being invoked.
Yahshua asks that we should be kept in unity
through the father’s name, ‘Yahweh’.

Yahshua had used that name before to protect these men.

Proverbs 18:10  The name of Yahweh is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe.

John 17:12 “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name.
Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost
except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.”

Yahshua protected them carefully and perhaps would even have
secured Judas if it had not been absolutely necessary that one be lost.

John 17:13 “But now I come to You, and these things I speak while in the world,
so that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.”

Yahshua said these things to encourage us -- to help us to have his joy.
Praise Yahweh!

John 17:14 “I have given them Your word;
and the world has hated them because they are not of the world,
just as I am not of the world.
15  I do not pray that You should take them out of the world,
but that You should keep them from the evil one.
16  "They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”

The world hates the children of Yahweh.
Not so much that they are often murdered, as Yahshua was,
but enough so that they cannot be really accepted.
Again, this is a good subject for another message.

John 17:17  "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

To sanctify means to set apart for Yahweh’s purposes.
Yahshua says we can be set apart by the word.
In this passage Yahshua was quoting a prophetic passage
from Psalm 119, which is all about Yahweh’s law.

Psalms 119:159  Consider how I love Your precepts;
Revive me, O Yahweh, according to Your loving-kindness.
160  The entirety of YOUR WORD IS TRUTH,
And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.
161  Princes persecute me without a cause,
But my heart stands in awe of Your word.
162  I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure.
163  I hate and abhor lying, But I love Your law.

John 17:18  "As You sent Me into the world,
I also have sent them into the world.

Yahshua’s disciples are to go into the world in a way similar to
the way Yahshua himself went.
I believe that means we are to be setting an example
of obedience, service, dedication, and love.

John 17:19  "And for their sakes I sanctify Myself,
that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

Yahshua set himself apart for his Father’s work so that we could
understand Yahweh’s  truth and be set apart by it.

Friends, may Yahweh bless you on this Sabbath Day as
you yourself are set apart to walk in Yahweh’s true ways.

Shabbat Shalom from Tom and Cathy Schattke


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