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Important Announcement About The Week’s Torah Parasha

There will be no Torah Parasha for this week. Since we are in the celebration week of the feast of HaMatzot/Unleavened Bread, a special selection of Scriptures are read at this time. This Shabbat is known as Shabbat Chol HaMoed Pesach/Intermediate Sabbath of the Feast of Pesach/Passover. The Torah Parasha Kedoshim will be sent out for next Shabbat. The Scripture reading for this Shabbat is Shemot/Exodus 33:12-34:26 and Bamidbar/Numbers 28:19-25. The HafTarah reading is Yechezk’el/Ezekiel 37:1-14. You may also read the book of Shir Shirim/Song of Songs or portions thereof. At our Shabbat Service at Gates To Zion we will be considering Yahushua/Joshua 5:2-6:1; M’lechim Bet/II Kings 23:1-27. We will also read Yochanon/John 20 from the Besorot/Gospels of the Messianic Scriptures. May your Shabbat be blessed with Abba’s presence. Shabbat Shalom from Gates To Zion Ministries.

The Counting Of The Omer

The Counting of the Omer

The counting of the Omer has always been an integral part of YHWH’s will in the destiny of His covenant nation of Yisrael. When Yisrael left Mitzrayim/Egypt in the exodus with Moshe, they were setting out for a meeting with YHWH at Mt. Sinai. It was there that they were to receive the Torah, YHWH’s loving Instructions, that would teach His people how to live and walk in His ways. In its essence the Torah was a ketubah or wedding contract. It was YHWH’s offer to Yisrael to become united with Him in marriage. However, before Yisrael would be ready for such a wonderful destiny something would have to happen to transform them for such a holy destiny.

The rabbis tell us that during Yisrael’s enslavement in Mitzrayim/Egypt, they had fallen into a terrible state of  moral/spiritual declension. In fact, if they had fallen any further spiritually, then they would have lost any hope of redemption. YHWH in His great mercy sent Yisrael a deliverer in Moshe Rabbeinu (Our Teacher). Under Moshe’s leadership Yisrael was led out of Mitzrayim/Egypt by YHWH’s outstretched arm of power and provision. YHWH’s people were about to experience a great transformation.

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Omer Counting Prayer For The Whole House Of Yis

Omer Counting Prayer For The Whole House Of Yisrael

downloadAs we go through these next weeks approaching Shavuot, it should be a time of heartfelt prayer and intercession for each of us. This includes the entire Body of Mashiach and YHWH’s desire to regather the Whole House of Yisrael. The following is a prayer that would be a good addition to the prayers we are praying during this time along with our daily counting of the Omer. The daily count is not just about counting. It is about transformation.

 

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Count 1 – Omer

Count 4 – Omer  (Omer Count Calendar)

Begin by saying the following prayer each evening of the count:

BA-RUCH A-TAH YHWH E-LO-HE-NU ME-LECH HA-OLAM ASHER KID-E-SHA-NU BE-MITZ-VO-TAV VETZI-VA-NU AL SEFI-RAT HA-OMER

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us concerning the counting of the Omer.

Ha-yom arba-a yamim la-omer

Today is four days of the Omer

 

Parasha 12: Vayechi ( And He Lived) B’resheet/Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)