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Teachings from Rabbi David Levine and Beth Israel Messianic Synagogue in Jacksonville, Florida.

December 29, 2007

Who do you say that I am?

Parsha Sh'mot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

Haftorah: Isaiah 27:6-28:13, 29:22-23

Additional references to Luke 2:25-35, Mark 8:27-29

Rabbi David Levine

Yom Shabbat, Saturday, December 29, 2007

The way we see another person determines our attitudes and our behavior towards him. A new Pharaoh forgot Joseph's service to Egypt, and viewed the children of Israel as enemies. He hated them and enslaved them, and ordered a pogrom to kill their newborn sons. That's when Moses was born, and both his mother and Pharaoh's daughter saw that he was special to God so they protected him. These two women saw Moses through God's eyes. Decades later, God used Moses to rescue the Jewish people from Egyptian slavery.

Two thousand years ago another Jewish baby boy, Yeshua, was born, and he was brought to the Jerusalem temple for Pidyon HaBen, the redemption of the first born son. An elderly Jewish man saw this baby through God's eyes, and recognized he was the Messiah. Since that time, Jewish people have had many opinions about the identity of Messiah. Rabbi David Levine says the most important question each of us will ever answer is the one Yeshua asked, "Who do you say that I am?" This message will provoke you to consider carefully how you see other people, and help you see them through God's eyes.

December 28, 2007

Eyes that See, Ears that Hear, Hearts that Understand

Parsha Shemot: Exodus 1:1-6:1

Haftorah: Isaiah 27:6-28:13, 29:22-23

Additional references to Luke 2:25-35, Mark 8:27-29 and Isaiah 6:10

Rabbi David Levine

Erev Shabbat, Friday, December 28, 2007

In this special message for families, Rabbi David speaks about the importance of paying attention to what God wants us to see and hear. He talks about how Moses and Yeshua were special, even when they were newborn babies, and how others noticed them. This practical message for all ages concludes with the celebration of Seudat HaMashiach, the Meal of Messiah.

December 21, 2007

Joseph’s heart and the heart of God’s Shepherds

Parsha Vayechi: Genesis 47:28-50:26

Erev Shabbat, Friday, December 21, 2007

Rabbi David Levine

Joseph sees God’s hand at work through all the suffering caused by his brothers. What was it about Joseph that allowed him to see God’s purposes at work?  It started with Joseph’s loyalty to God, but Rabbi David Levine notices that it goes far deeper.

Listen to this message to learn how your heart can become more like Joseph’s, one of God’s true shepherds.

December 15, 2007

You don’t know how God works

Parsha VaYigash (He came near)

Genesis 44:18-47:27 with references to Matthew 16:21-26

Saturday, Yom Shabbat, December 15, 2007

Rabbi David Levine

Haftorah: Ezekiel 37:15-28  Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, and forgives their sin and all the suffering they caused him. When he is reunited with his father, Jacob, it is like life from the dead.  Rabbi David says, “When you understand the depth of Joseph’s love for his brothers, you will better understand Yeshua’s love for the Jewish people.” 







December 14, 2007

Life from the Dead

Rabbi David Levine

Friday, December 14, 2007

Parsha VaYigash (He came near) Genesis 44:18-47:27 with references to Matthew 16:21-26 and Luke 2:25-35

Haftorah: Ezekiel 37:15-28

"I am Joseph, who you sold to Egypt. I am Joseph, your brother." With these words, Joseph reveals himself to his brothers. One of the most emotion-filled stories in the Bible comes to life as Rabbi David Levine tells how God saved the Jewish people through the suffering of Joseph. Rabbi David weaves together the story of Joseph with the Jewish tradition of Messiah son of Joseph, the suffering servant. This fascinating presentation will touch your heart and may bring you to tears. Discover how God brings people out of suffering and into the fulfillment of a God-centered life. It's like life from the dead.

December 8, 2007

His brothers did not recognize him

Parsha: Miketz - Genesis 41:1-44:17 with John 10:22-25

Rabbi David Levine

The Torah reading at Hanukkah is always about Joseph. So it always tells the story of a Jewish man rejected by his brothers, misunderstood and  mistreated by them, how that man is forgotten by his Jewish family, and how the very ones who reject him are most depending on his mercy, and don’t even know it.

Rabbi David Levine compares the treatment of Joseph with the treatment Yeshua received at Hanukkah in Jerusalem when he spoke about being the Messiah.

December 7, 2007

God of the Forgotten and Forsaken

Rabbi David Levine

Friday, December 7, 2007

Parsha Mikeitz (Genesis 41:1 - 44:17) with Hanukkah references to John 10:22-25

Haftorah 1 Kings 3:15-41

The story of Joseph is always read during Hanukkah. Rabbi David Levine connects the life of Joseph with the story of Yeshua at Hanukkah. This message will encourage anyone who has faced rejection, betrayal, and family conflict. Rabbi David's timely message opens up the identity of Messiah, the Suffering Servant, who is traditionally identified as the Son of Joseph.

December 1, 2007

God of the Heart-broken

Rabbi David Levine

Parsha: VaYeshev - Genesis 37-40 with additional references to Isaiah 61

The life of Joseph is troubled with family rejection and slavery. But Joseph lives for God in the midst of heart-breaking circumstances. Yeshua's proclamation of the good news of the Kingdom centered first on Isaiah 61, where the prophet says the anointed of God has good news for the broken hearted and those in prison (and others too). Rabbi David shows how Joseph's life of faith connects to the good news proclaimed by Isaiah and demonstrated by Yeshua.