Marty Shoub

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"There was no jealousy, there was no suspicion, there was no insecurity. Instead, there was love, kindness and mutual appreciation. This truly was One New Man collectively celebrating our unity and our multiethnic diversity in Yeshua."
 
 

Pastor Earl praying for Guy and Tali

Yuval, Ariel and Asher speaking at Yad HaShmona

Well over a year ago I received an email from a Pastor serving in Washington State. Here is an excerpt from his note: "As we were praying through the Asher Intrater word concerning Matthew 23:39 and the key of Israel's Cry, 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord' for the second coming of Yeshua, it came to me that perhaps this might be a vision for the next Intercessory Prayer Conference. I am very sorry to presume to even suggest this, but I think it might be of the Lord ... certainly ignore it as the Lord leads!"

This pastor is a dear brother whom we deeply respect, so we would never ignore his suggestion but we were still not quite ready to make a decision about the next conference. I thanked him and said we would consider this word at our next planning meeting. Two months went by and there I was with Leora and Eitan, seated in Eitan's office. My laptop was open to this brother's email - ready to put his suggestion forward. As is his custom, Eitan paused to pray and ask God for wisdom. He continued to pray prophetically and declared it was time for Jews and Gentiles to cry out, "Baruch Haba" in preparation for Yeshua's return. It was as if Eitan was reading the email open on my computer. After he finished, beaming with excitement, I read the email out loud. Together, Eitan, Leora and I experienced that uncanny wonder of seeing the Lord's unexpected, unforeseeable confirmation. The theme of our next conference became the easiest of decisions.

Heaven's guidance ensures a good start but it is the combination of God's continued grace and guidance, matched by the spiritual sensitivity of the participants that determines a successful conference. Throughout the nine days of our conference I could see how the hand of the Lord brought us together. This was our fifth conference. Every one has been special, but there was an added element to Baruch Haba. Sometimes, Messianic Jews have experienced the frustration of being misunderstood. Well meaning brothers and sisters have on occasion viewed us with suspicion and have doubted our call to pursue our discipleship as Jews within the larger Jewish community. For them, Jewish distinctiveness smacks suspiciously of separation and division. Our hearts have been saddened because people, who we love for who they are in their own unique and distinctive way, have not reciprocated in kind. On the other extreme, some have denied their own unique identity, as if Jewish identity was somehow intrinsically superior.

Baruch HaBa was a coming together of Jewish and Gentile believers from fifteen countries and every continent. There was no jealousy, there was no suspicion, there was no insecurity. Instead, there was love, kindness and mutual appreciation. This truly was One New Man collectively celebrating our unity and our multi-ethnic diversity in Yeshua. Together, we joined in common purpose to declare, "Baruch haba b'shem Adonai." Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Surely, our unity together as One New Man hastens His return - it is Yeshua's great request of His Father that we may be one, even as He and His Father are one. Unity in the Body of Messiah has been rife with division, in no small part to the failure of the Body to recognize the first breach in our unity, the unity of Jew and Gentile in Messiah. Baruch HaBa has been a sign to us that the breach is finally being repaired.

Eitan, Connie and some Korean friends Worshiping at Gethsemane

Hiking down the Mount of Beatitudes

Leon and Ephraim help Pastor Angela from Taiwan Moshe and Eitan

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21:08 04Apr12 Jeong Tahk -
It is wonderful summary of Baruch Haba 2012 International Conference. I have had a same experience and move of God in my spirit and heart. Thank you for all ministries of the Tikkun for helping this event. Thank you for great job, Marty. And also special thanks for putting picture of Korean ladies (They are my special friends of KIBI) with Eitan.

06:36 05Apr12 John Carter -
Baruch Haba --- we have begun praying for the unifying glory that Yeshua spoke of in John ch. 17 -- that we would be One ... here in our local Moravian Falls meetings as well. We are very thankful to HaShem to hear this word from Jerusalem.

08:03 05Apr12 Jill Robertson -
Brilliant, wonderful, how it should be, believers in unity, worhipping Yeshua as one, and not being hung up on differences. The photos are great. God is bringing His people together, Jew and Gentile, around the world. He searches for the hearts of His beloved that He has chosen, and He is preparing them for His return. Be blessed and encouraged.

  -- Marty Shoub replies: Thanks to Jill and everyone who has posted such encouraging words. I have just uploaded a whole gallery of pictures from the conference. Go to: www.tentsofmercy.org/photos/

16:54 05Apr12 Tom -
One day, four or five years ago ... maybe more ... I don't really recall, this prayer popped into my head, "Baruch ha Shem Adonai, and Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord." I recall thinking, "I remember that (the Hebrew part), that means, "Blessed be the Name of the Lord". I "KNEW" that I needed to say this prayer, and I have done so several times a day, everyday since then. It was just a "no brainer", I felt no need whatsoever to hesitate, question or analyze (and that is NOT usually the case with "me"!!!). Im inclined to take your experiences as a further confirmation of my own experience. May the Lord continue to bless you ALL!'

22:04 05Apr12 Lisa -
These articles hit my spirit deeper than words can express right now. I feel as though I am in the oil press for a season. I continuously pray for Israel. I pray for oneness. I have parts of John 17 taped on my wall. I was planning to join the intercessory pray walk in March. But even though I could not be there physically, my spirit joined with all of you on the journey. I have dreams of the soon coming of our Lord. My heart longs for this. I just wanted to join in agreement with other hearts who are sensing the same thing.

19:38 08Apr12 Lynne -
Please forgive and correct me if I am wrong about this particular subject. I have read both your and Eitan's articles which mention the phrase "Barukh haba b'Shem Adonai," and I am questioning whether those are the exact words that Yeshua used which are also in Psalm 118. It seems to me that it would be more correct to use the phrase "Barukh haba b'Shem YHVH," as I believe that Yeshua used the correct name for his Father and his G-d. For not only have the Pharisees/Rabbis hidden the Fathers' name but the Gentile "Church" is also guilty of doing the same. John chapter 17 states twice in verse 6 and verse 26 that Yeshua made the Father's name known to his talmidim. So why is this name still being hidden from us? Surely, someone, somewhere must know the true pronunciation of His Name in the Hebrew and not in the Anglicised version. There are many other instances in the whole Bible where YHVH's name was obviously used. It saddens and annoys me that once again like the Romans we are actually praying to a nameless G-d which in effect is causing His name to be blasphemed among the nations because we are not doing what the Bible instructs us to do, and that is to - call upon His Name (that is, the Father's name). I truly believe that Father YHVH is calling us back to as it was in the beginning. Back to our roots and back to the Truth of His word/Torah.

  -- Marty Shoub replies: I am not an expert on this subject but I will do my +best to answer your question with the understanding that I have. You are correct that "Adonai", the generic word "lord" in Hebrew, is used as a substitute for the Tetragrammaton, yod-hay-vav-hay. There are many thoughts regarding the correct pronunciation of the Hebrew, but unfortunately there is not someone "who must know" how to pronounce the name. For reasons too detailed to get into here, I do not believe the proper pronunciation is Yahweh.

One can look through the Hebrew Bible and find parts of the Tetragrammaton in other names; for instance, Elijah has three out of the four letters of the Tetragrammaton, yod-hay-vav (pronounced, Eli-yah-who, God is YHWH) but this does not tell us the proper pronunciation. Hebrew pronunciation often changes depending on the specific form of the word. English does this too but not as frequently nor as dramatically, i.e., wild, "Why-uhld"; wilderness, "Will-dur-ness", not "Why-uhld-ur-ness".

There is some debate about when exactly the knowledge of the correct pronunciation was lost. The traditional understanding is that after the Babylonian exile, only the High Priest pronounced the name during his ministration in the Temple on Yom Kippur. Some time after the temple was destroyed (70 ACE) the knowledge of the correct pronunciation was lost. As a 1st century Jew, Yeshua, conducted Himself according to the Jewish customs of His day. I think it is very likely that when speaking to the Jewish leaders as recorded in Matthew 23 He did not pronounce the Tetragrammaton but used the understood substitute, Adonai. You raise an interesting point regarding John 17:6,26. It is possible to understand these sentences in a slightly different way, conveying the sense of revelation of God's person to them (see Jn 14:9) but you may be exactly right on that score. If Yeshua did reveal the proper pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton to the disciples, that knowledge was not passed down to the next generation. The Masoretic text of the Hebrew scriptures do have the vowel points under the consonants to pronounce the name as "Y'ho-vah", using the same vowels as in Adonai but these vowel points were adopted in the 8th century ACE, so it is very speculative to suggest this is the correct pronunciation - most scholars believe they used these vowel points so as to remind readers to say Adonai.

So we are left without a clear knowledge of how to pronounce the Tetragrammaton but we are not left without a way to call upon the Lord:

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, 'Abba! Father!' (Romans 8:15)

01:34 20Apr12 Hsueh-shu Hsieh -
It's such a joy to review again for what God has done in and through this precious conference. I truly believe and hope that in the future, the unigue calling for both Jews & Gentile in Yeshua will come into the fullness and richly manifest in unity -- to become true witness to the world. Appreciate so much for what the team have done to make this conference possible for all of us, gentile churches, to be able to move one step further toward Abba's heart.


Also in this issue of the newsletter:
Daniel Juster: Covenant Love and Covenant Commitments
Eitan Shishkoff: Baruch HaBa The Messiah Approaches
Asher Intrater: Servanthood
Asher Intrater: Oil and Oil Press