There are some things in life, when experienced, which quickly apprehend our attention and cause us to ponder and reflect upon the awesome works of our GOD.
A spectacular rainbow of color etched into the dissipating clouds of a spring storm or a bright shooting star viewed on a crisp winter night might certainly apprehend our fancies in a deep way if we would so permit. When gazing upon a rainbow or a shooting star we may stop and take a precious moment or two to reflect upon and consider the majestic display of GOD's handiwork. The Psalmist apparently did.
The Psalmist concludes Psalm 8 in the same way that he began it, exclaiming the glories of GOD.
In a parallel way, the congregational season we are entering, the time of the Biblical high holy days, should grab our attention and stir us to reflection.
"We should take notice
of the tremendous spiritual significance
of the fall feasts of Israel."
We should take notice of the tremendous spiritual significance of the fall feasts of Israel. As this issue of Ha Shofar expresses, we can learn much concerning the ways of GOD and His plan for Israel and the nations as we experience the Biblical feasts and open our hearts to the depth of their prophetic and Messianic significance. As we reflect individually, we should also realize that we potentially gain much through reflection on a family level and on a congregational and community level.
Let us consider for a moment what GOD is doing among us congregationally.
Rosh Pinah Congregation (KRP) is entering the High Holy Days of 5761 (the year 2000) with an air of expectancy and a burgeoning sense of vision and direction. We are increasingly excited about the good things that the Holy Spirit is graciously doing among us on every level of congregational life. The elders of KRP are sensing a deepening commitment to the LORD among many of our members. Some are becoming servants among us in new ways and in new areas of congregational life, choosing to follow in the footsteps of Yeshua (Jesus) our Messiah who lived and taught that "even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve." (Mark 10:45) There is also a renewed desire among us to see the furtherance of Messiah' s kingdom and for His purposes to be accomplished in and through the KRP community. In response to that desire, we are linking arm in arm with other Messianic believers who are bringing the Good News of Yeshua to other nations. This month (September) we are beginning to designate funds on a regular basis to help in the establishing of a Messianic sister congregation of Rosh Pinah in Poland. This congregation is being spearheaded by Ray and Magda Keitz and their children. Ray, incidentally, is from the Oklahoma City area and his wife Magda is from Poland. They will be using the things they learned among us during their visit this summer to help form a congregation and an outreach to friends of Israel and the Jewish people of Poland.
Besides the new Messianic work in Poland, our congregation is also joining with other congregations to help fund the exciting new Messianic work beginning under the direction of Richard and Carolyn Hyde in Munich, Germany. Many of us were touched by their ministry among us in late August.
We are also in the process of establishing direct links with our Messianic brethren in Jerusalem with the goal of helping the poor and needy in the Jerusalem Messianic community. You might read Romans 15:25-27 and see how this same goal was accomplished by the Apostles of our LORD in the First Century.
As we increase our vision outward as Yeshua commanded (Matthew 28:18-2, Acts 1:8) we will also be trusting in GOD to lead us and provide for us on the local level. We know how faithful the LORD is and that for us to fulfill His plans as a congregation we must look forward and follow Him by faith.
As Rosh Hashana 5761 approaches, we have an opportunity to reflect on the awesome power and provision of our GOD, made available through the vicarious atonement of His Son in behalf of all mankind. We also have an opportunity to sow to the Spirit and to believe our Heavenly Father for a great spiritual reaping unto eternal life (Galatians 6:8) in the Oklahoma City area and beyond. I would encourage each of us to take some precious moments to reflect upon all the good things that the LORD has been doing in our lives and to pray with increased fervor for the salvation of the Jewish people through Yeshua the Messiah, for, as Acts 4:12 states "there is salvation in no one else, there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." At this special time of reflection during this season of holy days, we affirm more assuredly that Yeshua the Risen Messiah is the rosh pinah (cornerstone) of our congregation. We look to Him for the guidance and the provision we will need to fulfill His call upon us.