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Worship and Study Program for this week:

Parsha 1: B’resheet (In the Beginning)   

Shabbat Shalom Everyone.  Welcome to our very first week of Messianic Fellowship Online. Today our study centers on the first Parsha in Genesis 1, called B’resheet, which means in the beginning. What a great place to start   Each week we will study the Torah portions and their connected readings covering all 54 portions over 12 months.  How exciting is this going to be today? We start out reading how God created the Universe, then the world, the Sun, the Moon and the stars. Animals and other creatures are also created and finally God centers his attention on creating Humankind in His image through Adam and Chavah, which we pronounce as Eve. 

We are also going to take a closer look at the very first human being born of a human mother.  She named him Cain. Then came Abel.  Specific topics that are covered in the readings today include our free will, which has got us into a lot of trouble, beginning with eating from God’s tree of Knowledge and facing the consequences. Cain learnt the hard way when he chose poorly and killed his brother. He would be the first of many in biblical history who would be banished from God’s presence.  We also read about all the generations leading up to Noah and flood.

Our program would not be the same if we didn’t include some inspiring worship songs to set the pace for our study today. We start off every week with the song Shabbat Shalom by Jonathan Settel. You might be surprised to know that this song is also being sung today ”by millions of God’s people worldwide.

1. Shabbat Songs for Praise and Worship. Enjoy!   

(1.1)  Shabbat Shalom – Jonathan Settel

(1.2)  Hinei Ma Tov Umanaim – Paul Wilbur

(1.3)  Shalom Aleichem / Peace to You – Barry & Batya Segal

(1.4)  349 Shout For Joy – Paul Wilbur

(1.5)  El Shaddai – Amy Grant

2. MFO Prayers in Hebrew and English

These prayers are traditionally spoken out loud. Practice learning and saying these yourself.

The SHEMA,  The AVINU prayer,  The Blessing Over the Children

Take time out now to honour Yeshua HaMashiach and our Father in Heaven with your prayers.

3.  Prayers for Israel

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

   They shall prosper who love You Father and your holy city. As You say in Your Word, “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake, I will not hold My peace, until her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.

    Oh, God, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We pray for the coming of the Prince of Peace – that You break down the walls and the barriers of hatred and of sin that separates brother from brother, and those who call upon Your name, that You would establish Your throne in this city – that You will come and take up Your place, the one that belongs to You alone – that You will establish Your righteousness and Your rule – that the Kingdom of God will cover the Earth, even as the waters cover the seas – and that the Name of the Holy One of Israel, Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Messiah, will be a banner and a shade and a comfort to all peoples who call upon Your Name in holiness. Maranatha, speed the day, even so, Yeshua come, take up Your throne and bring peace to this city and to this world.

(Inspired from Lyrics by Paul Wilbur)

Prayer Points for Israel and Jerusalem

 

  1. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, it is YHVH’s city. (Psalm 122:6, 1 Kings 11:32, 2 Chr. 3:1; Rev. 21:2)
  2. Pray for the quick return of the lost 10 tribes of Israel, as well as the return of all Jewish persons, so Yeshua can return to Jerusalem as their King. (Jeremiah 50: 19-20)
  3. Pray blessings over God’s people in Israel, as they are our brothers and sisters of the same Olive Tree, upon which the Gentiles are grafted in. (Romans 11:17-24)
  4. Pray for world-wide support for Israel and the Jewish people in these difficult times, along with prayers to repel the adversary and all his efforts to destroy righteousness. (Ephesians 6:12)
  5. Pray that all Christians rebuke any who teach Replacement Theology, the notion that the Church has replaced Israel, and transferred the Abrahamic promises to the Church alone. (Genesis 15:18-21)
  6. Pray for the protection of the Land of Israel because it is the Promised Land given to Abraham and his descendants. (Joshua 1:2-6, Joshua 21:43)
  7. Pray for righteous leadership in Israel, that they submit to YHVH as an example for the people. (Proverbs 29:2, 2 Timothy 2:15, Hebrews 13:17)
  8. Pray that all of Israel become Torah observant in preparation for the return of Yeshua. (Jeremiah 31: 31-34, Matthew 5:17-20)
  9. Pray for the future messianic reign of Yeshua and the redemption of all mankind during that time. (Obadiah 1:17-21, Isa. 66:5, Rev 16:16)
  10. Pray for ministries in Israel and abroad, which teach about the Father and His Son, Yeshua the Messiah. (Gen 12:3, Romans 10:10-17, Romans 16:1)

4. Opening Prayers for this weeks Parsha: B’resheet (In the Beginning)  

Opening TORAH Prayer:  Blessed are You, Y’HoVaH our Elohim, King of all existence, who chose us from among all nations and who gave us your Torah. Blessed are You, Y’HoVaH who gives us the Torah. AMEN

(Jeremiah 31:31-34) “Behold, the days are coming,” says Y’HoVaH, “when I will make a Renewed Covenant with the house of Isra’el and with the house of Y’hudah (Judah), 32“not like the covenant I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” says Y’HoVaH. 33 “But this is the Covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” says Y’HoVaH, “I will put My Torah within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, [do you] ‘know Adonai’?; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; because I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more.” 

(Isaiah 12:2-3) “See! Yah is my salvation; I am confident and unafraid; for Yah Y’HoVaH is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation!” Then you will joyfully draw water from the springs of salvation. 

(Psalm 3:8) Salvation belongs to Y’HoVaH; Your blessing be upon Your people.”

(Psalm 46:7) Y’HoVaH Almighty is with us; the Elohim of Jacob is our refuge.”

5. Study Resources

(5.1)  Parsha in 60 seconds presents B’resheet

(5.2)  Overview: Genesis Chapter 1-11) -The Bible Project

 

7. QUESTION For This Week : Parsha 1: B’resheet (In the Beginning)

8. Extra Study Resources 

(8.1)  B’resheet – The Parsha Experiment  – Aleph Beta

(8.2)  Genesis Commentary – The Refiner’s Fire

https://www.therefinersfire.org/parashah_1.htm

9. MFO STUDY – CLOSING PRAYER: (Read out aloud): 

“Blessed are You Adonai [YHVH], our  Elohim, king of all existence Who has given us the Torah of the truth and everlasting life within us. Blessed are You Adonai [YHVH], Who give us the Torah. Amen.”

10.  Inspirational Videos

(10.1)  Israeli Jew makes the most amazing discovery (the Messiah)!

[This video clip has been chosen for study purposes and does not necessarily support the views of Messianic Fellowship Online]

11. Inspirational Songs and Music

(11.1)  Chayah Praise “Awake”  – Ted Pearce

[This video clip has been chosen for study purposes and does not necessarily support the views of Messianic Fellowship Online]

We trust that you have enjoyed this program for Shabbat and remember, if it’s too much for one or two sittings, please try to complete all the links at another time or day, before next Shabbat.

Shalom Aleichem: Peace be upon you on this Shabbat.

Natan and Hannah

Rosemarie (Host)

Ian (Guest)

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