Shalom, Izzy here. My wife Genevieve and I are homeschooling our five year old daughter, Tirzah. Every morning they spend some time on Hebrew and English reading and writing skills.
Lately Genevieve has begun to include a 10 to 15 minute section from the recording of Elihana Elia's live modern Hebrew class she teaches Monday evenings. They're perfect, because Elihana starts out on such a basic level and explains things in simple and memorable ways. Tirzah loves it - I've heard her using words and expressions throughout the day that she learned that morning. I think Elihana has become one of her heroes.
Anyway, if you are a parent and would like to see your child grow in their understanding of Hebrew - whether you homeschool or not - I invite you to join Genevieve and Tirzah learning from Elihana! You can watch the first couple lessons for free on our YouTube channel here, watch the live lesson on Monday nights here, and watch the recordings of previous lessons here. I hope you and your children have as much fun with it as we have!
Modern Hebrew with Elihana Elia this Monday at 9EST/6PST, watch here!
Biblical Hebrew with Rabbi Derek Leman this Thursday at 8EST/5PST, watch here!
David is following Yeshua in the Hebrew way! Here's his story.
My name is David Michael, and my Dad was an evangelist, teacher, and missionary who ministered on four continents for 64 years of ministry; leading many thousands of people to salvation, and ministering to people groups ranging from Native Americans to Australian Aboriginal groups, people in Africa, Central America, Europe, and beyond. In my childhood, we traveled with Dad, living in a very small travel trailer, holding meetings in churches all throughout the USA and western Canada, and I received my schooling during many of these years by means of correspondence course. Our home was marked both by glorious supernatural events, and by hours of studious reading and memorization in the Word. I learned the Greek alphabet at age twelve (at Dad's insistence) and then when I was fifteen, he began teaching us the Hebrew alphabet. (Years later, I got my degree in Biblical Literature from Azusa Pacific University; I had hoped to have a Hebrew major or minor, but they only offered Hebrew as a part of a major in Biblical Literature).
Speaking personally about the way in which matters concerning Israel came about: The call to intercede for Israel, pray for Israel, teach on the necessity of RIGHTLY being aligned with Israel, and even more importantly, the necessity to rightly align with the HEART of GOD and with His Purposes concerning Israel, came when I was 19 years old, and in my freshman year at a University in the Midwest, and I was contemplating participating in a study program that was coming up in the summer between my freshman and sophomore years in that school.
So there I was at age 19, planning to go to Israel for this semester's worth of study, and it seemed only right to have a time of prayer for my upcoming journey. The interesting backdrop to this miraculous story is how insulated I was in a certain sense --- protected from any knowledge of anti-Jewish teaching on one hand, and yet on the other hand, fully exposed to a whole variety of things in the church world. You could say that, if anything, I was overexposed -- not underexposed --to the things that exist in what is called Christianity. And so I went to the little prayer chapel that had benches or seats for a maximum of 12 people, a little dark room where one could pray in private, and began to pray for my upcoming trip to Israel, which I felt was the proper and necessary thing to do... you know.... just pray a general prayer for safety and guidance and blessing on my first trip overseas. I didn't have a specific idea of what to pray or how to pray, and imagined that a 20 minute prayer or a half hour prayer would cover everything. So in I went to that little room, about to experience a real life-changer!
I began to pray for the trip, to make sure I was in the will of the Lord and all systems would be "go," and the next thing I knew, I started praying for Israel as a nation, as a people. A dambreak of groanings, weeping, sobbing, crying, erupted like a torrent out of me, from deep within. I sobbed and prayed and prayed and sobbed, and cried like people do at the funeral of a loved one, with GUTWRENCHING cries that wouldn't turn off, so it just kept exploding out of my inner being. I was praying in tongues for most of it, interrupted with gasps and sobs; and I don't recall what if anything I said in English, except "O God! Save Israel! Save Your people! Save Your nation! Help them! HELP THEM!!" It was a Holy-Spirit-birthed groaning and yearning and concern, and fierce defensive intercession and pleading, IMPLORING---- and I felt drenched in a love for the people of Israel that was flowing out with the full force like when a fire hydrant gets knocked over by a big truck, and the water spurts out with a force that no one can contain or stop.
After maybe two hours of this, I felt silly---- like "Why am I doing this? There's no need to cry like THIS! Israel isn't in any danger of anything at the moment, and this deep grief and supplication isn't necessary. I don't even know why I'm doing what I'm doing." So I figured that by now I must have "prayed through" (to use that old Pentecostal jargon) and I should be free to go; maybe get a bite to eat or socialize with other students, or whatever. So I got up in a vain attempt to get to the door of that little dark room, and I don't know if I even got so far as to where I could get my hand on the handle to open the door, when I collapsed, falling back down on my knees on the floor, in a pain like someone had shot me with an arrow through the gut, and I began to sob and wail louder and more intensely, and cried and wept harder, and basically crawled back up to the front where there was kind of a very small altar or bench, and I continued to sob my life out. It was perhaps 4 or 5 hours that I was in there, in that condition, and --- mercifully--- not one other person came in, so I had my private INFUSION of the BURDEN OF THE LORD, my private HEART TRANSPLANT, where a bit of His heart got transplanted into mine....... and then when the weeping and intercession lifted, and I knew I was free to go, I got up, stunned and amazed, and not really sure what had happened, but I can absolutely swear to you that it did NOT come
A. out of my intellect.
B. out of my having gone to Israel, and experiencing some radical transformation in the Land (as others have) since I hadn't gone yet. I was about to go, and while there, I did have radical further transformation, reading all the prophets and most of the Bible in ten weeks while there, with a voracious appetite for the Word.
C. out of my knowledge of history; because up till this time, history was a VERY disliked subject, since I had horrible history teachers. Awful. So bad, they would GUARANTEE that their students would hate history and have an aversion to it all their lives long!
D. out of my religious upbringing or doctrinal knowledge. I grew up mostly in the Foursquare Gospel Church, and we had a very favourable view of Israel and the Jewish people, and I never even KNEW that there was such a thing a 'christian anti-semitism', because I was poor in history as I mentioned, and plus, I never encountered even ONE Christian in my upbringing who had negative things to say about Israel. No, not even one. So this point is important----- bear with me, and I will elaborate about point D, which is vital:
While being "electrocuted" in that little prayer chapel, and trying once or twice to end the prayer session and leave, but finding my knees wouldn't cooperate, and I had no strength to walk out, and was being flooded with grief and concern and burden to pray that was IRRRRRRRRRRRESISTABLE......... my mind balked a couple of times or more, as if to say:
"There is no REASON to be carrying on like this. Israel is going to be saved. The Bible says so. Israel's Messiah, the Lord Jesus, is going to return, rescue the whole nation from their adversaries, and He will sit on the Throne of David and rule over Israel and all the nations of the world FOREVER----- so it is all going to be well. Israel will be OK. God has said so. He has promised their future destiny and glory, and nothing can change it, since "SCRIPTURE CANNOT BE BROKEN", and so there is no reasonable cause for me to get all wrought up like this! If everything is going to be OK in the end, why is this agonizing prayer even needed?"
You see? I was merely repeating the sum of the 'doctrine' about Israel that we had absorbed in my Pentecostal background, in this case Foursquare...... and it is a good, benign, doctrine concerning the Jewish people .... no problem there ----- it is Israel-affirming and Biblically-sound. All well and good. But that's not the point! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The point is that the heart of the Father was pierced over the ages with what has been done by satanic forces using human vehicles (and in some case, using PROFESSED Christians whom Yeshua the King and Messiah of Israel had given His life to redeem!!!!) and it is these crimes of history that I only had a small knowledge of; so I believe that the Holy Spirit was implanting IN MY HEART SOME OF HIS OWN PASSIONATE YEARNINGS... this intense meltdown and weeping and so forth, which did NOT come through rational channels, human channels, natural knowledge, etc, was a God-birthed burden and calling. It was therefore in that sense much more "rational" than any other kind of professed rationality; because it totally makes sense in light of the wounding of God's heart, and the way the Holy Spirit has been grieved, and the way that ADONI-YESHUA our great High Priest has experienced such sorrows at having to watch the murderous hordes who have opposed God's plan for the world, by bloodying up the house of Jacob, century after century. No wonder HE was called the "man of sorrows" who is "acquainted with grief". One is tempted to personalize the grief of Jerusalem as recorded in Lamentations, and apply it solely to the Rejected King, as if it were HE who asked the haunting, piercing, heart-stabbing question:
"Is it NOTHING to you, all you who pass by? Behold and see if there be ANY SORROW LIKE UNTO MY SORROW!!!!!!!!!!!"
The reason I go into this in depth is that when replacement theology proponents, or anti-Jewish quacks, or anti-Israel lunatics try to tell me that I am deceived, or that I am influenced by some man's teaching, and that's why I am so "imbalanced" or off-base concerning the Jewish nation, I don't pay them one millionth of a second of my attention. THEY WEREN'T THERE in that chapel when the Lord had it out with me. I am a man who at age nineteen experienced what could nearly be termed a Near-Death-Encounter, which I survived, and have lived to tell of. I lived alright... and I lived CHANGED.
So then going to Israel for 2 and 1/2 months, of a summer semester's credit, and having all the things added to me that happened there (we were at the very tail end of Israeli archaeologist Benyamin Mazar's final excavations in the Jewish Quarter, which not until the Six Day War was an area that Israel was able to excavate and examine) I came back to the US and began to minister in churches the following illustration:
All my life I was in church, and in the Word, and had the gifts of the Holy Spirit active in my life since adolescence. I was knowledgeable. I could take anyone, and say, "Come and go with me to my Father's house". Then we would go in the door, and always turn ONE direction only... it doesn't matter if we say left or right, that's not important, but let's say we always turned left. The House was like a huge ranch style house.... vast in length. Had many rooms. Beautiful rooms, beautiful dining areas, places to relax; books, much beauty, and many lovely things that would make one feel delightfully "at home". But then, one day........
......... one day, as I went in through the door, it was as if the Father said, "Have you seen the rest of the house?" and pulled a curtain and I looked and saw that this long ranch-style house went AS FAR and as full and lengthy to the right as it did to the left. I had only been familiar with the part of the house that I knew... and was shocked at all the treasures and delights and blessings and wonders that were on the other side, in that other direction........ and wondered how on earth I could have thought I knew my Father's house well, when I had never even BEEN in the other half of it!!!!! It was a brain-jarring revelation. Well, you figured it out---- the life-changing event in the little prayer chapel is when the Lord began to pull the curtain back.... and the months that followed would be the time that I began to discover the matters concerning Israel and the Judaic heritage and destiny; and I began to explore what is rightfully HIS, and is rightfully OURS, because it is a part of our "family heritage", and thus I came to understand that there is no reason to not visit that part of His home...... since equal riches He has designed into both directions of His dwelling. It is not two houses; it is one home, and it has two directions or two components.
So, over the years since that time, I have taught in Bible schools and churches in England, Canada, Armenia, Scotland, Australia, and all over the USA, ministering often on Intercession for Israel, demolishing replacement theology and calling it what it is (a crime against God and against the truth of His Word). I also minister on a local Native Reservation which is --- beautifully --- aligned with the Messianic fellowships in our area; plus minister in churches as a guest speaker. With all my heart I endeavor to demonstrate to needy people the understanding and compassion that our Master instructs us to exemplify, and to give them nurturing and an unconditional love, warmth, affection, care, understanding, and powerful PRAYER for their situations, relying on the Lord to the best of my ability. I wish that I'd had the right people there in my own life when I was struggling.... but in the church, we often are FRIGHTENINGLY and shockingly like that poor woman who nearly bled to death, going to doctor after doctor for twelve long hemorrhaging years, and though they only made her worse, and couldn't cure her, they DID keep her money you can be sure of that, Izzy! No reluctance there! My point is that we can take our dilemmas to 'doctors' of the law, or doctors of the church, or doctors of the prevailing church culture and philosophy, and can grow worse, and feel like we're bleeding our lives away------ and until God's ministers model after Yeshua in whom ALL THE KNOWLEDGE OF SCRIPTURE was manifest, and in whom ALL THE POWER OF THE ALMIGHTY SPIRIT OF GOD was manifest, and in whom ALL THE LOVE OF THE AGES was embodied and revealed and manifest, those who are bleeding are only going to bleed worse. Those who are sick are only going to grow more sickly. This whole dilemma isn't going to improve unless we look to Yeshua, the inspiration for all ministry. Love God (1st commandment) Love people (2nd commandment) and we can't go wrong with that.... even if our knowledge is admittedly spotty. Knowledge puffs up, but Love builds up. Not hard to make a choice THERE, eh? Choosing the latter is the only sane choice; get the love in place, and then build up the knowledge on top of it.
Which brings me to my passion (and to a quick look at the Messianic Movement) My passion is to see the Glory of the God of Israel (the God and Father of our Lord and Messiah Yeshua) set before the nations, in an earth shaking, nation-reaping, final ingathering, and in a world-affecting way. It is about the sovereign purposes of GOD for the world, and the soon-coming ESTABLISHMENT of His Son (Psalm 2) THE KING (Psalm 2) HIS MESSIAH (Psalm 2) installed as the ruler of Israel and all nations (Psalm 2), seated and set upon His holy hill of Zion (Psalm 2) by Divine DECREE (Psalm 2). That is what burns in my heart.
So, to use a phrase I've heard Izzy say, I am IN the Messianic movement, and have been for years, and yet am not OF it -- and haven't been for years. Let me explain. I see the Messianic movement to be a part of (BUT NOT EVEN REMOTELY THE TOTALITY OF) the purposes of God for the world, the Church, and the nations. It is a vital part. Especially for Christians, they MUST let the curtain (should I say "VEIL"?) be torn back, and explore the length of the God's Household in that specific direction. It is vital, It is necessary. But it cannot stand on its own. More important to God's purposes, I think, than even the vital springing up of congregations of Hebrew-oriented Christians, which is a work of the Holy Spirit, and is timely, and is NEEDED, and I affirm and embrace this end-of-the age gift heartily------ but even more important a detail is going to be the TOTAL destruction of the Constantinian defilement...... and the Lord will accomplish this in a manner more dramatic than the break-up of the Soviet Union; more spectacular than the tearing down of the Berlin Wall; more dramatic than Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves, followed by the backlash and fight against it known as the Civil War; and it will be a historical intervention of Almighty God as drastic as the establishment of Israel May 14th, 1948, BY THE HAND OF GOD! The fall of all this Defilement which was brought about by "the mystery of Iniquity" is well-foretold in the Word, for God had a plan for the final Redemption well in place before the foundation of the world, we can be sure of it. It is our joy to be living at this time, when we can have a part in the great end-time harvest. Our children as well have a vital role in the work. God has abundantly blessed me with four children. Today, all four of my children: Shoshana, Rachel, Judah Israel, and Joel are serving the Lord in a whole variety of ministries and callings, and I am the richest father, that I have ever known.
Final thought on the Messianic movement: As you must know, the movement is rife with problems, beset with divisions, disagreements, and in some cases, assailed by very unscriptural, very unanointed, utterly unhelpful, very counterproductive trends and assertions and detours and the likes. Because of this (REPROACH) many people who would otherwise gravitate towards Hebrew roots and Messianic fellowships, stay a safe distance away...... because it's just too risky to get embroiled in the worst of the nuttiness that has popped up in some circles. To these dear, sensitive souls, I always say:
Yes, there's some crazy trends out there, alright. And there is an abundance of IMBALANCE and controversies. That's true, sure enough. But there's also imbalance to the MAX in the Gentile Church. Church splits, heresies, angers, jealousies, fraud, monetary greed, manipulation, error, divisions, paganistic beliefs, crazy trends of every kind .... and thus it has been for centuries. The Messianic movement is young and adolescing; give them time to grow and BALANCE OUT...... their contribution is vital, and you NEED it. It's the traditional church (whose ghastly imbalances you can somehow stomach, though GOD certainly cannot) whose "deplorable behavior" you'd have a hard time justifying. Shall we throw in the Inquisition? Tolerating and supporting slavery? Refusing to send out missionaries, due to our own self-preoccupation with ourselves and our comforts? Centuries of anti-Jewish teaching? Blood crimes? Sectarian wars? Papacy? Religious Supremism? Manifest Destiny? British-Israelism? Shall I stop now, or do y'all feel that judging the Messianic movement on their cases of quackery and error and imbalance is SMALL POTATOES compared to your OWN history?
So my hope and my strong belief is that the LORD, the Captain of the Host, the Almighty Sovereign God, will bring all things together in a mighty way, so that the End-Time Harvesters, the ELEVENTH HOUR LABOURERS IN HIS VINEYARD shall come to fruition in a way, by His hand, by His doing, in a manner so that the beautiful, glorious King in His beauty, the KING and REDEEMER of Zion, the Redeemer Who shall soon-and-very-soon come to Zion, shall be glorified. "He shall see of the travail of His soul.... and SHALL BE SATISFIED."
Much love and grace and blessing abound to you and to your lovely family! Shalom, your loyal brother and friend David.
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