© 8 April 2016 Revive Israel Ministries
What Can't I Hear?
By Asher Intrater
Recently I felt a dramatic decrease in my hearing. I went to an ear specialist. The woman doctor was about my age and had a rather serious demeanor. She looked in my ear. Then she pulled out a primitive instrument, something like a letter opener, and said, "This might hurt a bit."
She dug the pointed object into my right ear and moved it around in a circular motion while I squirmed and gritted my teeth. She did the same with my left ear. Then she said, "This is getting a little tough, but I want to get it all out." She scraped and I screamed. After about a minute on each ear she held out two small, nut-sized plugs of dirt and wax that had been in each ear. I sat there shaking and wiping my eyes, recovering from the experience.
But then I noticed something. All my hearing had returned – Instantly! It was wonderful, beautiful I felt like dancing! I went over to my “Dr. Serious” and gave her a big hug and kiss. Finally she grinned. I walked out and have never had a problem since.
Yeshua said, "I have many more things to tell you, but you are not able to bear them now" – John 16:12.
What a shocking statement! We ask God to speak to us. But the problem is not with His speaking but with our willingness or ability to hear what He wants to say. The problem is not with God's mouth but with our ears--or more properly, with our hearts.
Why can we not bear to hear what God wants to tell us? What does He want to tell you that you are unwilling to hear? Are there areas in which we really don't want to know the truth about ourselves? Yeshua said there are "many more things" like that.
For this reason God gives us the Holy Spirit on the inside, so that He can lead us into all the truth that we didn't want to hear (John 16:13). He tells it to us gently and lovingly on the inside, circumventing our tendency to want to “kill” the messenger who brings bad news. Let's pray, "Lord, help me to listen to the Holy Spirit on the inside. Help me to hear and bear up under the things you are trying to tell me. Amen."
Yad Hashmona Building Update
The building project of the 36 new homes at Yad Hashmona (Messianic Kibbutz outside of Jerusalem, where our ministry center is located) for Messianic families is finally moving forward nicely. Six families from our team will hopefully be moving in this summer when the homes are finished. This project has gone through many challenges: two lead contractors left the project, filed for bankruptcy and caused many families to lose money. We are asking for your prayers over the coming months for everything to be completed by the summer and for grace for all the families who will be moving in.
To watch an important video update from Youval Yanay about the progress of the building project, click HERE!
MERCY – רחמים
By Eitan Shishkoff
In 1989 I received a vision of an oasis in the desert. I heard the words “tents of mercy.” Only years later, as a new immigrant, seeking God for the meaning of those words, did I receive Jeremiah 30:18: “…I will restore the tents of Jacob and have mercy on his dwelling places.” It was the part about mercy that captured my heart. First, I realized that the return of our people to the land of Israel would be an act of God’s sovereign mercy. Second, I realized that my human mercy/compassion would not be sufficient to adequately represent His heart.
When Yeshua healed the sick and set free the demon-oppressed, we read that He was “moved with compassion” (Matthew 14:14; Mark 1:41). This is the heart of God—lifting the downtrodden, healing lepers, liberating those enslaved. Each of us is in extreme need of Yeshua’s hand of mercy, reaching out to pluck us from the darkness of our self-made prison. Yet He also wants to give us a heart of compassion to extend to others the shocking power of Divine Love.
In a way that no earthly source can, His loving mercy grants dignity to the rejected, the unwanted. This is the very nature of God (Psalm 86:15; 145:8-9). Our calling is to communicate Yeshua’s great message to humanity, one person at a time: “I WANT YOU.”
Mandated to Bear Fruit
In this message Cody Archer speaks about God's first command to mankind: "Be Fruitful!" Does this mean we are to have large families? How does the bible define fruitfulness? To watch in English, click HERE!
The Mystery of Suffering
In this message Asher Intrater speaks on the mysterious connection between glory and suffering. To listen in English with French translation, click HERE!