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Before The Wound – The Cure

Brighton

Before the infliction of the wound, the Holy One, Blessed is He provides the remedy” Megillah 13b

“The Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world” Revelation 13:8

Today is a big day. It’s April 1st – The Fool’s Day. Today my wife and I celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary. This day fit our personalities (maybe mine a bit more she’ll say) as the perfect date for us to marry on. As the old song goes I guess we “fooled around and fell in love”. For her and to God I’m thankful and happy. We have a wonderful family, great friends, a beautiful home and good jobs. We have been living a blessed life and on most days we actually stop down for a few minutes to acknowledge our blessings as a family. For us this usually happens once the day is starting to wind down around 9pm or so and we gather in our living room or one of the kids rooms and we thank God for All Things, the good, the bad, the crazy, the funny, but mostly just for letting us fulfill another one of our days that are numbered without us knowing according to His grace. Today is a big day.

Now I will fill you in on the details of why this is such an important day beyond the fact of my Wedding Anniversary or the epic jokes and tricks that I look so-forward to playing on people every April 1st. I will begin this story on New Year’s Eve 2014 which also happens to be my daughter Braylee’s birthday. As such, we were busy prepping to have a slumber party for her and some adult friends over for games that night. At some point during the day, I took a few minutes to reflect on 2014 and the milestones that had happened. We had finished building our first home by the end of Spring, found out that we were pregnant with our 4th child by the end of Summer and Elizabeth starting home-schooling our kids at the beginning of Fall. A thought and a silent prayer came to me during this moment and I said to myself “Lord, please use me for your will and purposes in 2015 and may I be obedient to that calling. Amen.”. Within 5 minutes I was caught back up in the busyness that is our days and this life.

A few days later, it was January 5th. We had rung in the New Year, like all others with a renewed hope and great expectations for what could be in store for us in 2015. We had been referred to a fetal cardiologist at Baylor in Dallas and were told not to worry and that this would probably just be a routine extra check-up as we were in a very low risk pregnancy category. Within the first few minutes of the visit, we were stunned with the news we received. Our baby boy (we didn’t have a name picked out yet) had only developed half a heart. Our worst fears were confirmed when we were told that his condition which is Hypo-plastic Left Heart Syndrome or HLHS for short was one of, if not the very worst Congenial Heart conditions that a baby could have. We were told frankly that his life expectancy would not be long and quality of what time he did have could be in question in comparison to our other “normal” children. There is no medical “fix” for HLHS and ultimately he will need to have a heart transplant at some future date in life, sooner or later. In the mean time, the only medical option we have is a series of 3 open-heart surgeries that re-wire the heart in a way that these kids can function up to a certain level for an uncertain time. Only God knows! This was a punch to the gut. It hurt and everything became a little blurry while sitting in the doctor’s office. My brain was flooded with so many thoughts at once that for a brief moment I couldn’t think about anything at all. Thankfully in short order the first Scripture verse that came to my mind was Romans 8:28 Now we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”. I was still in shock and didn’t understand how or why this could happen, but I was confident in this fact; somehow, someway, God has meant this for good and we will find out someday in this world or the world to come.

“Good theology helps God’s people grieve the unthinkable with grace and confidence. #perplexednotcrushed” Matt Chandler

We finally fell asleep once we got home that night and on the next day we determined that it was time this baby had a name. We knew that we wanted a strong “B” name and had been consulting many options and meanings and we ended up settling on Brighton. Brighton in Hebrew means “the one who is loved”. Beyond Appropriate! We had been suggested Abraham as a middle name and liked it since Abraham is known as the “father of faith” and was heavily tested by God through his son Isaac. In my family, we have 2 middle names so we went with a family name that also has a special meaning; Immanuel “God is with us”. So the day after we received the news and had confirmed a name, we felt there was a reason that we couldn’t decide on one before we got his diagnosis. It was just meant to be. Brighton Abraham Immanuel Bond. His name will forever be a testimony.

Do you believe in Miracles? We do! Whether large or small is a matter of subjection, but we objectively have faith in the miracles of the Bible and those that have occurred personally in our lives. Both Christianity and Judaism are faith traditions built upon the very foundations of historical miracles. We immediately begin petitioning God and asking that it be His will to provide a miraculous healing for Brighton’s heart. But, most importantly we asked God to grant us strength to be obedient to his will for us and Brighton. For the past 2 months we have been on countless appointments and visited multiple hospitals seeking knowledge and answers about Brighton’s condition. We have met some amazing people through this journey, people who undoubtedly we were supposed to meet and form relationships. We have had the privilege of hearing amazing stories and testimonies that have greatly strengthened us and provided comfort to our situation. A light in the darkness. God is faithful and true to provide a miracle, it just might look different from what we have in mind.

“Miracles are not in contradiction to nature. They are only in contradiction with what we know of nature.” St. Augustine

Brighton decided to break forth into this world on Friday, March 27th at 3:20 in the morning taking deep breaths and crying out with strong lungs. He weighed 7.8 lbs and was 21.3 inches long. It was a very fast and relatively easy delivery (easy that is for me to say). Brighton was born with HLHS. Since he came into this world, he has been doing great and has been in very stable condition at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas awaiting his first surgery. Today is a big today. Brighton has his first major open-heart surgery today called the Norwood procedure. Update as of 7:30 pm: Brighton’s surgery was successful and he is now in recovery! Praise God!!! This is nowhere near the end though. There are many other things that have happened over the past 3 months that I would like to share, but my time is short for today. Our lives will forever be changed and this is only the beginning of a very long journey. We are both grateful and thankful that God is faithful to walk with us on this journey. This or something like it is the very reason for our faith and how it is made true. As the quotes at the beginning of this post speak to, before the fall when the whole universe was fractured and sick due to sin, God had already provided the cure through Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. Before Brighton or any other child in this hospital got sick, God provided the cure. He is the answer! He is risen! Our hope is in Him through His Resurrection! Come Quickly!!!

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name


Darkness before the Dawn II

This is part II of my sermon notes and reflection from the message given by Rabbi Marty Waldman at Baruch HaShem Messianic Synagogue this past weekend. I had wanted to post Part II yesterday, on Resurrection Day, but the day was filled with my wife and I prepping for our Meal of Messiah dinner that evening, which we hosted for some family and friends. Read Part I here.

Picking up where I left off in the previous post, Yeshua’s closest disciples and inner circle were reeling from the devastation of his death and initially couldn’t believe in his resurrection.

She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11 But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.  Mark 16:10-11

As most anyone can relate, dealing with pain of various kinds can cloud one’s thoughts and leave conclusions and hope unclear. This was a pain in the greatest magnitude and they had resigned in their hearts and minds to not hear any “nonsense” in light of their grim reality. The disciples are not alone in this category whether it be in a general human condition sense or in Biblical history. Read these words below by some of Israel’s greatest Prophets and men of God when they had become so distressed in their condition, even to the point of requesting God for death. They had reached the limits of their despair and judgment was severely impaired:

If you will treat me like this, kill me at once, if I find favor in your sight, that I may not see my wretchedness.” Numbers 11:15  (Moses)

But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.”  1 Kings 19:4  (Elijah)

Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda.  Proverbs 25:20

Also, as the Proverb above could be applied, joyful or good news to someone who’s heart is crushed might not be impactful in the positive way it’s intended and could even add to the sting of the wound. So as you can see, there is good evidence from a Biblical point of view of why the resurrection accounts we’re initially rejected and not believed. It is a very natural and human expression when dealing with a calamity and struggling to come to terms with it. Fortunately, it doesn’t take long in the story of the eyewitness accounts of the resurrection for Yeshua’s promise of being raised to life to be revealed in truth by the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 1:20)

25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. Luke 24:1-43

As you can see in the eyewitness accounts, there was something about Yeshua’s resurrected body that made it hard for those who knew him best to recognize who he was, something was different about him, he had changed in a way that his appearance after the resurrection wasn’t immediately recognizable to those who knew him so well. It is also interesting, that it is emphasized that he was recognized in the act of breaking bread. This should not be lost on us each time we participate in the Passover, communion or break bread in fellowship that it is Yeshua who should be recognized through us.

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  1 Corinthians 15:20

Rabbi Marty pointed out that Paul states as a fact, not just a belief that Messiah has been resurrected and fittingly Paul uses Torah terminology a la Leviticus 23:10 and the firstfruits offering that happened during Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread to parallel Messiah being the firstfruits among the dead to be resurrected.

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. Hebrews 12:3

Thanks to the Messiah’s obedience to the Father’s will, his suffering, his bloody sacrificial death, burial and resurrection, we are not without hope in the world. We are admonished to consider him in our own times of suffering that by the power of the Spirit and Messiah in us, we will not grow weary or fainthearted in our trust and obedience to him.

May grace and shalom be multiplied upon you in the name of Yeshua the Messiah!


Sermon Sessions: Moshe’s Resurrection Revelation

This sermon was given on Shabbat April 3, 2010 by Rabbi Marty Waldman at Baruch HaShem Messianic Synagogue. Listen at www.baruchhashem.com

The Resurrection is a central truth and foundation of our faith!

1st Corinthians 15:1-19

15:1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed. 12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

Did Moshe receive a Resurrection revelation?

Can we simply interpret Torah to make our own determination?

How did Yeshua interpret Moshe?

Primary Text: Mark 12:26-27

26And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living.

Is Resurrection just a Christian idea?

In the passage above Yeshua interprets Moshe’s revelation as pertaining to the Resurrection.

Yeshua also said “Salvation is from the Jew’sJohn 4:22

Hebrews 11:17-19 interprets Genesis 22 as pertaining to the Resurrection of Issac which was a foreshadowing of Yeshua.

The Second blessing of the Amidah “Gevurot” which probably originated during the 2nd Temple period before Yeshua’s time, praises God as the One who Resurrects the dead.

The 13th Principle of Jewish Faith by Maimonides “Rambam” states a belief in the Resurrection of the dead.

What is the Jewish Concept of Resurrection? First Fruits – The Barley Sheaf and the Resurrection. Messiah is called the “First fruits from the dead” 1 Corinthians 15:20 and “Messiah the First fruits” 1 Corinthians 15:23

What is the difference between resuscitation and Resurrection? One is to raise from the dead only to die again, the other is the live forever!

See the following Biblical examples: Luke 16:29-31, 1 Kings 17:17-24, 2 Kings 4:8-37, 2 Kings 13:21

Is Moshe Alive?

Matthew 17:1-4 records Yeshua’s transfiguration with Moshe and Elijah appearing with him on the mount. Moshe and Elijah represents the Torah and Prophets that testify of Yeshua. From this passage we also know that Moshe did in fact get to enter the promised land!

Happy First Fruits/Resurrection Day!