Last week Chris and I announced our shiny new Hebrew Quest study group. This is your last chance to join before the group moves on to Lesson 2 and you get left behind!
If you tried working through Hebrew Quest and got lonely, or if you started strong but somehow never finished, this is what you need. Here's why:
One lesson a week. Strengthening that good habit and keeping up the momentum.
Learning with other students. Knowing you're not alone, and feeling that accountability and support.
Joining the group discussions. Hearing fresh thoughts and reinforcing the lesson takeaways.
Finishing together. Getting five certificates over the course of the year, and graduating with a special diploma, a gift mailed to your front door from us, and lots of cheering!
If you're already in the Tribe group on Facebook, participate in Chris' first study group post here. If not, let us know and we'll get you in. You can also learn more about the study group on our website here.
I hope you enjoy the rest of this digest, and I CAN'T WAIT for you to read Kari's story further down the email! And how about you, how was your Sukkot? We'd love to share your Sukkah story too if you want to send it in.
Some of the things we touched on:
~What was the leaven of the Pharisees? Was all their doctrine bad?
~What does Mashiach mean, literally and figuratively?
~The connection between the province of Galilee, rolling away the stone, and revelation
~What's the verb behind the Hebrew word for "church"?
~What was "binding and loosing" in first-century Judaism?
Jonathan released his newest "fun emoji Hebrew Scripture" video, reading through Genesis 2:7.
In case you missed it, Holy Language Institute just hosted an amazing online Sukkot conference in conjunction with Assemble Together and a handful of inspiring and gifted teachers, ministers, rabbis and musicians. If you did miss it, don't despair! It was all recorded and you can go relive the wonder. :-)
During the conference, Holy Language's own Sashya Clark shared a vision she had with the Tribe group on Facebook. She described an amazingly detailed scene, but the part that stuck out to me the most was when she heard that Yeshua would be visiting all of us in our Sukkahs this year. What happened a few nights later just outside my sukkah is something I will never forget! Here's how I shared it with the group on Facebook:
This vision really struck me. On Friday evening, my husband got home with only a few minutes before candle lighting, but I asked him to put up our sukkah. You see, this year, we don't have our big, beautiful sukkah. We moved to an apartment, and we don't have a place for our big one. Some dear friends offered to let us borrow their Pop-Up Sukkah, which is great because it's all-contained, but isn't something we could leave up. I had been feeling sad about that, and after Sashya shared her vision, I felt even a bit sadder because I wanted to linger in our sukkah and really soak in the presence of our Abba and our Messiah. I shared with Sashya that just as we put up our sukkah on Friday evening, our neighbor kids came over and asked if they could join us for kiddush and hamotzi in the sukkah. I heard "Let the little children come unto Me," and felt that welcoming them was welcoming Him. I was comforted by that, but still sad that we had to take the sukkah back down that evening. I shared that story with Sashya on Shabbat afternoon, and she prayed that Yeshua would visit our sukkah again, because I felt I had missed Him and I really wanted to linger with Him.
I had my husband set it up again so we could say blessings over our third meal and keep it up for havdalah. (He's a good sport, amiright? Lol) After we ate our third meal and as we awaited the three stars in the sky to signal havdalah, I decided to stand next to the sukkah and sing some worship songs. I snapped this pic and sent it to Sashya. She mentioned how it looked like fingers stretching across the sky, which was a reference to the Shabbat Sukkot Torah reading we had explored together wherein we discovered that the word used for when G-d covered Moshe with His hand as He passed by the cleft in the rock is the word "sakoti," which is the same root as "s'chach," which is the covering over the sukkah. We soaked in that image of HaShem's hand being a picture of the s'chach - a covering that leaves cracks so the light can still get in. And here in the sky there was what looked like fingers. You can see in the bottom of the picture that there is a mist on the ground out in the field.
As I was standing, singing praises, I began with Psalm 51: Create in me a clean heart. Then I moved to Psalm 121: I lift my eyes up to the mountains. The version I sang says: Oh how I need You, Lord. When I got to that line, I heard "I Am Here." And I felt His presence so palpably that it took my breath away and I could not sing. I dropped to my knees, with tears streaming down my face, and I saw in my mind's eye that He stooped and placed His hand on my shoulder. I opened my eyes to look around, and there was a fine mist that had come right up to where I was kneeling. A moment later, my 5-year-old, who had been playing in the sukkah next to me, came out and said "Look, mommy! There are three stars out now!" I got up and went to gather the havdalah set. We assembled in the sukkah and made havdalah. When we were done, my husband took the sukkah down again, and one whole side of it was dripping with water. Big droplets. The mist that had come up suddenly while I knelt praying was gone.
That moment was the beginning of Hoshana Rabbah, the very day when they would have been doing the water drawing ceremony in the Temple. The very ceremony that was happening when Yeshua stood up and declared "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the Scriptures have said 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'" John 7:38
I told my husband that the water left on our sukkah was no ordinary water.
All I can say is that Yeshua honored Sashya's prayer, and her vision was a reality, dear ones! Be encouraged, for He is in our midst! (And mist - Ha!)
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