Thursday, 17 May 2012

Ten Days

Shalom:
From Luke 24: 45-53
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

From Acts 1: 1-10:
1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Yeshua began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
 6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “L-rd, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
 9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
The Ascension of Yeshua.
After Yeshua HaMessiah rose from the dead, He was seen by His followers to prove He was indeed alive. Yeshua remained with His followers for forty day after that. He opened the Torah and teaching of Moshe to His followers, showing how He had fulfilled the scriptures. Yes, I know that there are those who disagree with me on this point. That's fine and your right.
One day, all will be put right.
But back to my entry. I have always wondered what those days must have been like; forty days, walking and talking, being taught by the Master Himself. How I wish I could be there to hear, to learn.
And a few years ago while reading this passage, the thought came to me: I can know exactly what Yeshua taught.
I have the Torah! I have the Five Books of Moses! I have the writing of the prophets, right at my finger tips. All I have to do is open my bible and after blessing G-d for His Word, learn of Him.
So many times we ask and we ask and we ask. And sometimes the answer is right before our eyes.
If we wish to know what Yeshua taught His followers during that time. Read the Five Books of Moses.
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