Where Can I Run - A Yom Kippur Story (With Full Worship Moment)

Jonah Chapter 1

1Now the word of Adonai came to Jonah, son of Amittai, saying: 2“Rise, go to the great city Nineveh and call out to her, for their evil has risen before me.” 3But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish, from the presence of Adonai. He went down to Jaffa and found a ship going to Tarshish, paid the fee and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish—away from the presence of Adonai. 4Then Adonai hurled a forceful wind into the sea and there was such a mighty storm on the sea that the ship was about to shatter. 5So the sailors were afraid and cried out, each man to his own god. Then they cast the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest part of the ship, to lay down and fell fast asleep. 6So the chief sailor came near to him and said to him, “What, are you sleeping? Get up! Call out to your god. Perhaps the gods will consider us, so we will not perish!” 7Then each man said to his companion, “Come, let’s cast lots—so we may know because of whom this evil is happening to us.” So they cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. 8Then they said to him, “Tell us, now! On whose account is this evil happening to us? What is your profession and where did you come from? What is your land and from what nation are you?” 9He said to them, “I am a Hebrew and I fear Adonai God of the heavens, who made the sea and the dry land.” 10Then the men became afraid with an overwhelming fear and they said to him, “What have you done?” For the men knew that he had fled from the presence of Adonai, because he had told them. 11So they said to him, “What should we do to you so the sea will become calm for us?”—for the storm was raging on. 12“Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he said to them, “then the sea will become calm for you. For I know it is because of me that this great storm is upon you.” 13Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to the land, but they could not, because the sea kept raging against them. 14So they cried to Adonai and said, “Please, Adonai, don’t let us perish on account of the soul of this man and don’t put innocent blood on us. For you, Adonai, have done as you pleased.” 15So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea—and the sea stilled from its raging. 16Then the men became afraid with an overwhelming fear of Adonai, and they offered a sacrifice to Adonai and made vows.

Jonah Chapter 2

1Now Adonai prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. 2Then Jonah prayed to Adonai his God from the belly of the fish, 3saying: “From my distress I cried to Adonai and He answered me. From the belly of Sheol I cried for help and you heard my voice. 4For you hurled me from the deep into the heart of the seas, and currents swirled around me. All your waves and your breakers swept over me.” 5And I said, “I have been banished from before your eyes. Yet I will continue to look toward your holy Temple.” 6Waters surrounded me up to my soul. The deep sea engulfed me— reeds clung to my head. 7To the bottoms of the mountains I went down. The earth with her bars was around me, forever! Yet You brought my life up from the Pit, Adonai my God. 8As my soul was fading from me, I remembered Adonai and my prayer came to You, toward Your holy Temple. 9Those who watch worthless empty things forsake their mercy. 10But I, with a voice of thanks will sacrifice to you. What I vowed, I will pay. Salvation is from Adonai.” 11Then Adonai spoke to the fish and it vomited Jonah onto the dry land.

Shabbat Shuvah - A Look Inside

Shabbat Shuvah - A Look Inside

Hosea 14:2-10 -  2 Return O Israel, to Adonai your God, for you have stumbled in your iniquity. 3 Take words with you and return to Adonai. Say to Him: “Take away all iniquity, and accept what is good, so we may repay with offerings of our lips: 4 ‘Assyria will not save us. We will not ride on horses, and we will never again say, “Our god,” to the work of our hands, for with You, orphans find mercy.’” 5 “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, for My anger will turn away from him. 6 I will be like dew for Israel. He will blossom like a lily, and thrust out his roots like Lebanon. 7 His tender shoots will spread out. His beauty will be like an olive tree and his fragrance will be like Lebanon. 8 Those dwelling in his shadow will return. They will grow grain and bud like a vine. His renown will be like the wine of Lebanon. 9 Ephraim: “What more are idols to me? I have responded and observed Him. I will be like a luxuriant cypress tree. From me will be found Your fruit.”10 Who is wise? Let him discern these things. Who is intelligent? Let him know them. For the ways of Adonai are straight, and the just walk in them, but the wicked stumble in them.

Isaiah 53:4-6 -  4 He has borne our griefs and carried our pains. Yet we esteemed Him stricken, struck by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities. The chastisement for our shalom was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.6 We all like sheep have gone astray. Each of us turned to his own way. So Adonai has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Look Inside, Where Has My Heart Gone?

  • Do I Need To Return To The Lord?

The King of Glory - Rosh Hashanah Morning

The King of Glory

Leviticus 23:23-25 - 23Adonai spoke to Moses saying: 24“Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, saying: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you are to have a Shabbat rest, a memorial of blowing (shofarot), a holy convocation. 25You are to do no regular work, and you are to present an offering made by fire to Adonai.”

Numbers 29:1-6 - 1“On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a sacred assembly. You are to do no laborious work. It is for you a day for sounding the shofar. 2You are to prepare a burnt offering as a pleasing aroma to Adonai: one young bull from the herd, one ram, and seven male lambs a year old, without flaw, 3with their grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil, three tenths of an ephah with the bull, two tenths with the ram 4and one tenth with each of the seven lambs 5as well as one male goat as a sin offering to make atonement for yourselves. 6Also offer the burnt offering for the month with its grain offering, the regular burnt offering with its grain offering, and their appropriate drink offerings as a pleasing aroma to Adonai, as an offering by fire.

Isaiah 55:6-7 - 6Seek Adonai while He may be found, call on Him while He is near. 7Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous one his thoughts, let him return to Adonai, so He may have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 - 16For the Lord Himself shall come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the blast of God’s shofar, and the dead in Messiah shall rise first. 17Then we who are alive, who are left behind, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air—and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Caught In A thicket - Erev Rosh Hashanah

Caught In a Thicket

Leviticus 23:23-25 - 23Adonai spoke to Moses saying 24“Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, saying: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you are to have a Shabbat rest, a memorial of blowing (shofarot), a holy convocation. 25You are to do no regular work, and you are to present an offering made by fire to Adonai.”

Genesis 22:1-3 - 1Now it was after these things that God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham.” “Hineni,” he said. 2Then He said, “Take your son, your only son whom you love —Isaac—and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains about which I will tell you.” 3So Abraham got up early in the morning, saddled his donkey and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son. He split wood for the burnt offering, and got up and went to the place about which God had told him.

Genesis 22:3 (excerpts) - 3So Abraham got up early in the morning,…took two of his young men, and Isaac his son… got up and went to the place about which God had told him.

Genesis 22:8 - Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself a lamb for a burnt offering, my son.”

Genesis 22:13-14 - 13Then Abraham lifted up his eyes and behold, there was a ram, just caught in the thick bushes by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14Abraham named that place, Adonai Yireh,—as it is said today, “On the mountain, Adonai will provide.”

Standing

Standing

Romans 10:5-15 - 5For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on Torah, “The man who does these things shall live by them.” 6But the righteousness based on faith speaks in this way: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will go up into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Messiah down), 7or, ‘Who will go down into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Messiah up from the dead).” 8But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” —that is, the word of faith that we are proclaiming: 9For if you confess with your mouth that Yeshua is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart it is believed for righteousness, and with the mouth it is confessed for salvation. 11For the Scripture says, “Whoever trusts in Him will not be put to shame.” 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all—richly generous to all who call on Him. 13For “Everyone who calls upon the name of Adonai shall be saved.” 14How then shall they call on the One in whom they have not trusted? And how shall they trust in the One they have not heard of? And how shall they hear without someone proclaiming? 15And how shall they proclaim unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who proclaim good news of good things!”

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Will you stand as a faithful witness today?

  • Who are you inviting to hear the Good News?

Full Bellies and Empty Baskets

Full Bellies and Empty Baskets

Parsha Ki Tavo - “When you Enter”

Deuteronomy 26:1-4 - 1“Now when you enter the land that Adonai your God is giving you as an inheritance, and you possess it and dwell in it, 2you are to take some of the first of all the produce of the soil, which you gather from your land that Adonai your God is giving you, put it in a basket and go to the place Adonai your God chooses to make His Name dwell. 3You are to go to the kohen in charge in those days and say to him, ‘I declare today to Adonai your God, that I have entered into the land Adonai swore to our fathers to give us.’ 4The kohen is to take the basket from your hand and set it down before the altar of Adonai your God.

Hard Questions

  • Am I a Tither? 
  • Am I a Tipper?
  • Am I an Avoider?
  • Am I a Faker?

Deuteronomy 26:10-11 - 10So now, look! I have brought the first of the fruits of the soil that You have given me, Adonai.’ Then you are to set it down before Adonai your God and worship before Adonai your God. 11You will rejoice in all the good that Adonai your God has given to you and to your house—you, the Levite, and the outsider in your midst.

Deuteronomy 26:12-15 - 12“When you finish tithing the full tenth of your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, you are to give it to the Levite, to the outsider, to the orphan and to the widow, so that they may eat within your town gates and be satisfied. 13Then you are to say before Adonai your God, ‘I have removed the holy tithe from my house and also have given it to the Levite and to the outsider, to the orphan and to the widow, according to all Your mitzvah that You have commanded me. I have not transgressed or forgotten any of Your mitzvot. 14I have not eaten from the tithe in my mourning, or removed any of it while unclean, or given any of it to the dead. I have obeyed the voice of Adonai my God; I have done all just as You commanded me. 15Look down from Your holy dwelling place, from the heavens and bless Your people Israel and the soil You have given us, as You swore to our fathers—a land flowing with milk and honey.’

Matthew 6:19-21 - 19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in or steal. 21For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

  • How is your Belly?

  • How is your Basket?