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chaos


April 8 2021 52 HEBREW words Dave Adamson

Whenever you visit Galilee in the north of Israel, the first thing you notice is the stunning beauty of the Sea of Galilee.And if you're visiting from anywhere from anywhere in the Western World, it doesn't take long to notice that while the sea has  stunning vistas in every direction, there are very few hotels along the shoreline. The same view in the United States or Europe would be littered with hotels and million-dollar homes. Perhaps part of the reason for the lack of shore-front property is that since biblical times,the sea has had a negative connotation for Jews.In fact, the Hebrew word for water ---mayim ---comes from the root word mem, meaning "chaos."This makes sense when you consider that generations of Jews have grown up hearing that a flood wiped out everyone on earth except those on the ark. So why then did Jesus insist His disciples croos the Sea of Galilee during a storm?In Mark 6:45,the writer describes how Jesus "made his disciples get into the boat."He literally sent them into the chaos!But then, He came to help them by walking on top of the water---on top of the chaos.Jesus was letting His followers know that He was in total control of their chaos---of ALL chaos. Are you facing turmoil today? Remember that Jesus is in control and He's calling you ton get bon top of the chaos with Him.

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SHEMA

HeaR and OBEY

April 1, 2021

Do you ever wake up in a fog of stress in and anxiety,  unable to focus because  you're being pulled in multiple directions? The stress of work, unresolved issues at the home, unanswered emails, sickness, tiredness, financial pressures, and so many other things in the modern world can leave many of us feeling  flat  and able to focus in the morning. But while stress may seem like a modern issue, perhaps there's an agent solution.  For thousands of years, Jewish believers have spoken a prayer the moment they wake up that focuses their attention on God rather than on the things of this world. The prayer is called the Shema,  which is a Hebrew word that means' " hear and   obey."  The prayer comes from directly from Deuteronomy 6, which reads, " hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, When  you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses in on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:  4 - 9)  The word shema implies action. It's the word Jesus used when He said  "He who has  ears, let him hear, which was his way of telling his followers to listen to his words and obey.  As my friend rabbi Evan Moffic says, " When God says shema, it is an invitation for us to listen,  to respond, do appreciate, to understand, to act."  As a Jew, Jesus would have prayed shema every morning as a way of committing himself to loving God and obeying, His word that day. I wonder how our attitude would change if the first thing we did when we woke up every morning was to commit ourselves to loving God and obeying his word.

taken from 52 Hebrew words by Dave Adamson

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