“A Faithful Wife” by Ariel E…………….
Yayakhel: And He Assembled
Haftarah 1 Kings 7:13-26
Priesthood Writings:1 Corinthians 1-10
“Diary of a Faithful Wife Proverbs 31:10-31
“Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
11The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
12She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
14She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
15She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
16She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
17She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
18She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
19She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
20She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
21She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
22She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
25Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
26She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
27She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
29″Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
30Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
31Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.”
1. Will the Lord find in us a Faithful Wife?
A. A TRUE Marriage is not based on feelings—but on steadfast acts of the will. Jesus never said—IF YOU LOVE ME—make sure I have warm and fuzzy feelings! Quite to the contrary. Jesus taught consistently that IF we LOVED God—that we would OBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS—so thus HATE must be the opposite of loving OBEDIENCE to Torah. Further we are commanded to love our Neighbor as ourselves—this means loving our neighbor—AS THE TORAH. 1 John 4:20 says, “If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? Yet we have become professional—world class—HATERS—of the Church—other Messianic groups etc!
B. A Faithful Wife always prefers the other—so why is it we spend so much time killing the other? The Scripture in John 10:12 says that “But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.” Will you prefer the people in your life who do not know the Torah yet—as you do—or will you run away so that they are scattered by the Wolves?
C. A Faithful Wife seeks no reputation—Why is everyone in this movement jockeying for Titles and positions? Philippians 2:5-8 says that the KING OF KINGS—MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE, “5Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” If our brother succeeds—then why do we get jealous—and covet their success and prospering?
D. A Faithful wife is a hard worker—So–why then do we focus on being expert talkers? We gossip and slander our neighbors—our old Churches—our family members. James 4:11 says “Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the Torah and judges the Torah. But if you judge the Torah, you are not a doer of the Torah but a judge. 12There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?” Yet we do it every day—and cannot understand why we are not raising the dead??
2. Living the Dead Mans Life—The Key to being a Faithful Wife for Messiah.
A. Colossians 3:3 says, “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God”
B. Dead People do not get offended-Luke 7:23 says, “And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” And John 16:1 goes on to say, “These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.” A Bride who is crucified with Messiah to her own selfish desires—cannot be offended—only the living can be offended!
C. Dead people do not nag and complain—James 5:9 says, “Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.” When we complain and murmur against things in our life—we are agreeing with the realm of darkness. We become guilty of sowing seeds to our own destruction. What you say WILL come near you—and what you hear—you will repeat—this is a never ending cycle of death in your life—that ALL starts with a complaint—which is nothing more than seeking your own rights. In John 8:50—Yeshua—who had EVERY RIGHT TO SEEK GLORY say this, “I am not seeking glory for myself. But there is One who brings glory to me. He is the judge” And John tells us explicitly in 1 John 4:20 “Anyone who says he loves God but in fact hates his brother or sister is a liar. He doesn’t love his brother or sister, whom he has seen. So he can’t love God, whom he has not seen.” If you are hating the Church—or harboring bitter roots judgments against Christianity or Christians—you ARE NOT walking in the faith—you are being fooled by a religious spirit!
D. A Dead person will not answer back a word—because they are dead to themselves and live to Messiah’s deepest truths and that the weightiest matters of Torah are not having the perfect Haggadah—but the perfected love walk!
3. Are you willing to be a faithful wife: 11 steps to being a Torah bride:
1- Be Of Noble Character (a good name…) If I went back to your last Church—what would they tell me about You? Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.” Is your name interchangeable on people’s lips—with that of Yeshua’s?
2. Brings good and not harm—Love does your neighbor no harm—this is a Royal Commandment with a promise. But if you are slandering the Church then how can you justify the Scripture that reads: “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My Prophets no harm.” God is working out their salvation—they are His responsibility to change—and you cannot change them anyway—ONLY YHWH can give someone a new heart!
3. Are you willing for Gods work—When was the Last time you led someone into a personal relationship with Yeshua Messiah—followed up with them in discipleship and got them plugged in a good body? Matthew 28:19-20 says “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” We obviously have accomplished our mission—since we have tons of time to attack others? YHWH is looking for people willing to follow wherever HE may lead—are you?
4. Will you provide food for the Family? James 2:15-17 says, “If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?” Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. It is not enough to identify the need—we need to be doing something to meet it! Great Torah teachers feed the poor—clothe the naked and visit those sick and in Prison—they don’t become big on the conference network!
5. Will you work vigorously? Hebrews 3:13 says, “13But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” A vigorous worker is one that will not quit—will not slow until the job is done. Will Messiah find you working in the field or will He return to find your feet up?
6. Profit in what you do? Are you becoming profitable in all you do? The Scripture says in Isaiah 48:17 “Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go” Perhaps you have forgotten the good things YHWH had given you—he will not send you forward until you are faithful where you are!
7. Gives to the poor and the needy—When was the last time you fed the homeless—clothed the naked—gave somebody on a street corner? It is our obligation to protect the poor—the widow and the orphan. Zechariah 7:9-10 says, “9″Thus has the LORD of hosts said, ‘Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother; 10and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.’
8. Provides covering and shelter—When was the last time you mentored another leader—or someone with a calling on His or Her life? Mentoring—or covering is a critical thing we are missing in the Messianic movement. We are full of John Wayne wannabee’s—and hi ho silver away—lone Rangers. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:20-21 “But now there are many members, but one body. 21And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” So how can we so easily walk away from our former relationships and sever the peoples hope of ever turning to Torah—as they attribute the loss of you as a friend with the Torah—though it had nothing to do that!
9. She speaks nothing BUT TORAH! Proverbs 31:6 says, “She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” And Psalm 37:30 says “30The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice.” Righteousness comes only through the Living Torah—Yeshua HaMoshiach Isaiah 54:17—“No weapon formed against you—every tongue that rises against you—you will condemn—this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord—and their RIGHTEOUSNESS IS FROM ME SAYS THE (Lord) YHWH!” Is your life crying out Yeshua righteousness and Torah—or your own?
10. Never Lazy (unprofitable servant)—in Matthew 25:24-29 Yeshua teaches “24″And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 25’And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ 26″But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. 27’Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. 28′ Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’ 29″For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.
11. Fear the YHWH—from a Hebrew mind—means intimacy with YHWH. We are to have a relationship with YHWH –that is reflected in the lives of other men and women—this relationship MUST expose that we are “Penei” with YHWH!
A. It is only when we are flowing in these traits that YHWH will call US a FAITHFUL WIFE! Let us strive to be the virtuous women for YHWH. Eph 5:25-27 says that Messiah Yeshua, “25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.
In this portion the Lord instructs Moses to build the Tabernacle—the moving mobile temple that the Israelites would use in the wilderness. The Lord predicated that the people give “as those who are moved in their heart” were led. Those whose heart lead them to serve—to give—to love are those who are demonstrating the faithful heart of the wife of YHWH.
This week as you pass by the homeless, if you are moved to help them, then by all means do what your heart is telling you to do. If you are not led to help in a situation—then do not. YHWH knows your heart and what the intents of it are and the motivations and purposes behind all that you do. There is no way that we can fool the Lord God of Israel—but we can surely fool ourselves. A faithful Bride is one that is never complacent about being a Bride. Every life matters, and every life is important; you never know—the person you are serving may in fact be an Angel you are attending………unaware. Let us all make an attempt to be better Brides this week –so we can never be compared to a bridesmaid. Shabbat Shalom, and Shavuatov; remember to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the peace of all Israel everywhere this week!
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