Counting the Omer Day 27

Day Twenty-seven – הַיּוֹם שִׁבְעָה וְעֶשְׂרִים לָעֹמֶר

But on Mount Zion there will be those who escape, and it will be holy. And the house of Jacob will possess their possessions. Obadiah 17

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“Climb every mountain...”

The Psalmist declares, “Come let us go up...” There is a mountain on this earth were the Creator placed His name. He revealed not only His character in so doing but established Himself in time and place. He is a God who is there and is not silent (Francis Schaefer). When God chose to reveal Himself he picked the time and place.

• How do I recognize the presence of the Lord in real time? How does creation proclaim Him without words?

• Have a conversation about mountains, trees, or clouds with someone today. How do these reveal things about God?

• Define special and general revelation. Discuss as a group how each are part of God’s plan to reveal Himself to us. [Reference Ps 19 and Romans 1:18-25]

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Counting the Omer Day 26

Day Twenty-six – הַיּוֹם שִׁשָּׁה וְעֶשְׂרִים לָעֹמֵר

In that day I will raise up the fallen booth of David, and wall up its breaches; I will also raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old; that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by My name, declares the LORD who does this.

Amos 9:11–12

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“Unless the Lord builds the house...”

God gave His people promises regarding the Land. In His time He will rebuild and restore His Land to His people. In what generation will He do this? No one knows for sure. We can put our hope in the Lord before He completes His work. He is faithful to complete the His work. He will leave nothing undone that He has started. God is a master builder who counts the cost and completes all His work projects on time.

• What building projects seem incomplete in my life? How do you see the Lord’s hand in shaping and molding you?

• How do we compare the building of a house to how God builds us together?

• Yeshua taught His disciples about building on good foundations. Have a group discussion about foundations of sand and stone. How can we evaluate our plans in real time and discern how secure they are? What building code standards apply? Who is really the master builder behind all this?

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Shabbat April 28th

Parashah 129
Chazzan – Dan DeVelde
Torah – Jeremy McGinnis (Deut 4:1-49)
Haftarah – Catherine Taylor (Jer 31:20-30)
Apostolic – Miriam Gonzales (Rom11:25-29)
Hagbah – Dwight Snowden
Guest and member care – Al Authorlee/Jesse Gonzales

Counting the Omer Day 25

Day Twenty-five – הַיּוֹם חֲמִשָּׁה וְעֶשְׂרִים לָעֹמֶר

And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered. Joel 2:32

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“Don’t cry over spilled milk”

Some things in life don’t justify tears. Some things are easily fixed. A mother can discern what is wrong with her child just by listening to the way they cry. How much more for God! Our need for deliverance is great! It is an amazing thing that God cares, hears, and delivers. He knows our cries. The God who hears cries and saves is also able to bring us to full maturity in the Messiah.

• How important is it to answer someones text? How soon should I responded to an email I receive? How important are your day to day, face to face conversations? Have one today with a friend and explore this topic.

• Consider today’s verse and also the verse below. What truths do we need to remember when we call out to the Lord? Discuss the place of prayer in our lives. Consider how Yeshua prayed and taught others to pray.

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Counting the Omer Day 24

Day Twenty-four – הַיּוֹם אַרְבָּעָה וְעֶשְׂרִים לָעֹמֶר

I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, in lovingkindness and in compassion, and I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the LORD. Hosea 2:19–20

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“...Man and Wife”

   Our God views His people as a bride. He desires to join with them in an intimate relationship. The “vows” He makes contain matters of justice, righteousness, lovingkindness, and compassion. His marriage doesn’t have a prenuptial agreement or a divorce clause. His heart is to unite in faithfulness with His people in a true, everlasting relationship with them.

What God has joined together let no man separate.

• How are you bound to me, Lord? How are we as your people bound to You? How do I see You working to keep us and complete Your covenant in and through us?

• How important are wedding vows? How do we show His faithfulness in our relationships? Talk to a friend about the importance of friendship.

• Continue your discussion in Rom 12:1,2 from yesterday. How does today’s key verse communicate God’s desire for intimacy and how does this give us a bigger picture of His will for us?

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Counting the Omer Day 23

Day Twenty-Three – הַיּוֹם שְׁלֹשָׁה וְעֶשְׂרִים לָעֹמֶר

For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, but He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth; and no one can ward off His hand or say to Him, “What have You done?” Daniel 4:34–35

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“What right do you have to....”

People can get upset if someone tries to overpower their rights. This is often seen when someone suggests that the way they live is wrong. “What right do you have to tell me I’m wrong!’ Their objection might be correct if the one delivering the rebuke is self-righteous or proud. But what about God? Does He have the right to hold people accountable? How can we respect His rights in our own lives and the lives of our families?

God is just in condemning sinners. Do we really believe that?

• Lord help me to see Your rulership over me today. What specific rights do I ascribe to You and affirm Your due respect?

• Many have said that people who reject God do so more on moral grounds than on proofs of His existence. How has sin replaced His true place in lives of those who reject Him?

• As we continue to grow in Kingdom living, our lives are transformed. Read Rom 12:1, 2 and discuss what it means to “prove the will of God.” How does this relate to His rightful position as King? How does this relate to our multi-generational discipleship mission?

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Counting the Omer Day 22

Day Twenty-Two – הַיּוֹם שְׁנַיִם וְעֶשְׂרִים לָעֹמֶר

I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. Ezekiel 36:27

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“Created for Good Works (Eph 2:8, 9)”

God’s work of salvation has a goal in mind. We become new creations in the Messiah and are a treasured possession. He intends to be glorified in us as we bear much fruit. Doing the will of God (what He desires) is an ongoing process of sanctification that is in accord with God’s revealed words. Yeshua lived as one who did what His Father desired. We are to be children like Him. The Spirit of God fills us with purpose: to glorify God by obeying Him and living lives that show others the value of being citizens in His kingdom.

• In what ways, Lord, does Your word become flesh in me? How am I being led by Your Spirit through your word? How are you speaking to me today in your Torah?

• As religious beings we want to believe and worship something. How would you explain salvation by grace which leads to good works as God’s goal in us to a new believer?

• Read Eph 2:8, 9 and discuss how we know what the good works are that are mentioned by Paul. Also read and discuss Titus 2:11-14.What are those thing that we as believers should be zealous for “in this present age”?

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Counting the Omer Day 21

Day Twenty-one, 3 Weeks – הַיּוֹם אֶחָד וְעֶשְׂרִים לָעֹמֵר

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22–23

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“Your Lovingkindness is better than life...”

When Jeremiah penned the verse above he was experiencing great anguish due to God’s judgments and the sins of the nation. In chapter 3 he speaks of being torn, walled in, having flesh and skin waste away, and bones broken. He further describes his condition as being filled with bitterness and having teeth broken by gravel. His whole body felt the weight and seriousness of the sinful condition. Yet, he recalled to mind something that gave him hope. Even in the midst of hard times we can find our hope in the Lord.

• Is there a relationship or condition concerning which you have lost hope? Write it down and continue to pray to the Lord who will be faithful.

• How might you encourage someone who is going through a hard time, that they can hope in the Lord?

• God does not always remove the consequences of our sin. He does forgive but sometimes relationships are not restored. Share together how we can encourage one another even after major failures in relationships. How can we stand more firmly in faithful ways?

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Counting the Omer Day 20

Day Twenty – הַיּוֹם עֶשְׂרִים יוֹם לָעֹמֶר

Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, “The Lord our righteousness.”

Jeremiah 23:5–6

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“Long live the King!”

God has created every human being with the need to have Him rule and reign in their life. Sin has separated man from His creator. Yeshua and the message of the gospel brings about a re-alignment of loyalties. We become new creations with a membership in a new Kingdom. We live for the King. It may be hard for us (if we live in America especially) to understand loyalty to a monarch. But in relationship to God, this is what we were designed for and created to be.

God is the one who appointed Yeshua as King of Kings.

• In day one we asked about allegiance to a king. Over the last three weeks have you continued to “say your pledge?” How so?

• What kind of things might a righteous King change in your daily life if He visited you today? What would you like Him to change (something out of your control)?

• Read together Isaiah 61:1-7 and list all the things the servant of the Lord will do and did. How did Yeshua begin this kingdom work? How does He continue it through us?

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Counting the Omer Day 19

Day Nineteen – הַיּוֹם תִּשְׁעָה עָשָׂר לָעֹמֵר

I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I will also hold you by the hand and watch over you, and I will appoint you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations… Isaiah 42:6

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“And He walks with me, and He talks with me...”

Ultimately the verse from Isaiah speaks of Yeshua. How is it that we share in His work of being lights to the nations? In what ways does He hold us by our hand? In Eph 5 Paul teaches that we are “light in the Lord” and “children of light.” As a family and a community this is our family heritage. Our families become lights of Yeshua in this darkened world.
•    How do you see your part in Yeshua’s family vision? How are you a reflection of His brilliance? How does He shine in your life to chase away the darkness in you?
•    Share your light with someone today. Find a dark place and ask someone to shine a light for you. Talk to someone about this today.
Who might I pray for today?
•    Read over the following verses and discuss the different aspects of light in them; Is 49.6; 51.4–5; 60.1–3; Luke 2.32; John 8.12; Acts 13.47; 26.23; 1 Pet 2.9.

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