Looking down at my notes, entirely in Hebrew for the first time, was as helpful as looking at Morse code… I knew I had made a mistake… but God is good, and He really blessed us on Shabbat. Let me explain…
First, thank you so much, to everyone who prayed for me regarding teaching this weekend in Hebrew. My Hebrew messages are never perfect pictures of dik-duk (grammar) and I made a small mistake in that I typed out my entire message in Hebrew. You might think—wow, you wrote it in Hebrew, amazing—(if you are thinking that…I love you!) but it threw me off a bit… well, more than a bit.
Having looked at Latin letters most of my life, my brain goes into spastic mode when it encounters a page full of black Hebrew letters without vowels! (No vowels in Modern Hebrew!) For instance, here is just the title of my message:
Now, imagine looking at nine pages of that! And what made things even worse was that when I reprinted my message at the congregation, it printed without my carefully created, color-coordinated outline that I painstakingly prepared… Come to think of it, Morse code would have been easier!
Normally my notes are in English and I only write out in Hebrew unfamiliar words that are in my message. I think that is the way most Messianic immigrants teach. That way, I don’t end up reading a message in Hebrew, causing me to over-concentrate and look at paper, instead of people—the Lord’s precious Israelis that have returned to Him!
Even still…by God’s grace, He seemed to touch many people, as about half the congregation came forward at the end to L’hitchazek b’Elohim! (see the very end of 1 Samuel 30:6 to figure that out…or just CLICK HERE). There was a wonderful presence of the Lord hovering over us, as Ari’el, one of our anointed worship leaders, led us in song.
[I am going to write out the message this week (in English!) for my blog because I think it will bless you. Preparing, certainly strengthened me.]
Salvation and other Great Testimonies
Like most of us, it feels good when someone encourages you, especially after you do something in which you are insecure. A young lady that I had not seen before came up to me after the message and said…and I’ll paraphrase:
“I have had a friend for five years, but did not have the courage to tell them that I was a believer. Finally I knew I had to, and brought them this morning to the congregation. I was so happy that they were able to hear a relevant message in Hebrew! They really enjoyed it!”
I was so happy (and slightly stunned) that an unbeliever felt my message in Hebrew was relevant!
She said some other encouraging things, but that was all I needed to leave the congregation super-blessed. Let’s pray for her friend, whom I was able to briefly m