Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
(John 4:14)

ISSUE: #143


(Messianic Email Message)
Psalms 119:97 - 104
Seeking The Truth
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And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
(Rev 22:1)

For His Glory!


And YHVH spoke to Joshua

"I will be with you"

We read a lot about Moses, even outside of the Torah (first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures). Now we seldom mention much about Joshua; many children’s Bible stories tell about Joshua and the walls of Jericho but that is about the extent of their knowledge concerning him. Joshua played a very important role in the history of Israel. So what did YHVH (The LORD) say to Joshua? And can we apply what was said to our lives?

Moses request for the next leader - a shepherd for Israel

Numbers 27:16 (NAS unless indicated) "May the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation, 17 who will go out and come in before them, and who will lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the LORD may not be like sheep which have no shepherd."

YHVH Appoints Joshua to Lead Israel

Numbers 27:18 So the LORD said to Moses, "Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him; 19 and have him stand before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation; and commission him in their sight. 20 And you shall put some of your authority on him, in order that all the congregation of the sons of Israel may obey him. 21 Moreover, he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the judgment of the Urim before the LORD. At his command they shall go out and at his command they shall come in, both he and the sons of Israel with him, even all the congregation."

YHVH tells Moses to lay out the mission for Joshua and encourage him

Deuteronomy 3:28 'But charge Joshua and encourage him and strengthen him; for he shall go across at the head of this people, and he shall give them as an inheritance the land which you will see.' (See Deuteronomy 31:7)

Moses dies and YHVH speaks to Joshua

Josh 1:1 Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' servant, saying, 2 "Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. 3 Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun, will be your territory.

Now that was a tall commission with a powerful promise

Josh 1:5 "No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.

Be strong and courageous

Josh 1:6 "Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.

And the Key to success

Josh 1:8 "This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."


Often when God calls people to a particular task, part of the call is the promise of God’s presence with them. God had promised His presence in his call of Moses (Exodus 3:12), Gideon (Judges 6:16), and Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:8). And all of His people as in the rebuilding of the temple according to Haggai:

Hag 1:13 Then Haggai, the messenger of the LORD, spoke by the commission of the LORD to the people saying, "'I am with you,' declares the LORD."

David admonishes Solomon to be strong and courageous

1Chr 22:11 "Now, my son, the LORD be with you that you may be successful, and build the house of the LORD your God just as He has spoken concerning you. 12 Only the LORD give you discretion and understanding, and give you charge over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the LORD your God. 13 Then you shall prosper, if you are careful to observe the statutes and the ordinances which the LORD commanded Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and courageous, do not fear nor be dismayed.

1Chr 22:16 "… Arise and work, and may the LORD be with you."

YHVH’s Promise

Isa 43:2 "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.

To be with us - His promise if we commit to keeping His covenant.

John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

John 14:15 "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

John 14:18 "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him.

With the promises of our Messiah - let us follow His instruction

Matt 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Thy Kingdom come… Amen

(* editing is done to shorten length - you are encouraged to read the full commentary where applicable)


Proverbs 28:7 He who keeps the law is a discerning son…

Proverbs 28:9 He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.

Again and again we read the importance of obedience to the Law of God - Some prefer to substitute Torah for the word "Law" because it better describes the intent of the word as teaching or instruction.

Josh 1:8 "This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

Ps 119:1 How blessed are those whose way is blameless, Who walk in the law of the LORD.


YHVH Those who love Thy law have great peace, And nothing causes them to stumble. Ps 119:165


"Clear your mind of can’t." Samuel Johnson

Sometimes the simplest of statements are profound. We often look at God’s instruction as a negative when we should see it as an opportunity to grow in His grace and knowledge.

Ps 119:163 I hate and despise falsehood, But I love Thy law.


Eternal One, may we see the good in Your instruction - in Your self-revelation.

Bible Quiz
  1. Where did John the Baptist baptize Jesus (Yeshua)?
  2. Which book records the sons of God marrying the daughters of men?
  3. In Psalm 23, the LORD makes the author lie down where?
  4. The Corinthians, being infants in Christ, were also what?
  5. How many men of fighting age were in the group when the Israelites left Egypt?
  6. Name the only two men who left Egypt and later entered Canaan?
  7. Who said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest"?


In our pursuit of humility:

(Lessons from humility and happiness)

"Nothing but the presence of God can reveal and expel self. …the presence of Jesus banishes every desire to seek anything in ourselves. It will make us delight in every humiliation that prepares us for His fuller manifestation." Andrew Murray


Self is not adequate

2Cor 3:5 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God…

We must constantly yield-that Yeshua may be manifested in us

2Cor 4:11 For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

2Cor 3:18 …are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.


Thank You for being set free from sin and self … where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2Cor 3:17).


Understanding the precepts of prayer.

When we seek Elohim (God) and His righteousness we will have the confidence to pray with the Psalmist…

Ps 119:129 Thy testimonies are wonderful; Therefore my soul observes them.

130 The unfolding of Thy words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.

131 I opened my mouth wide and panted, For I longed for Thy commandments.

132 Turn to me and be gracious to me, After Thy manner with those who love Thy name.

133 Establish my footsteps in Thy word, And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.

134 Redeem me from the oppression of man, That I may keep Thy precepts.


YHVH, help us to see the beauty of Your word, Your statutes, Your testimonies - teach us - be gracious to us.

Heart of God

How does God feel about issues we face today?

Love of God

Do you love God? Do you love to do His will and obey His commandments? What believer would say no to the first question? Yet would you expect less enthusiastic responses to the second question? Many people, even among those who affirm the faith, have a vague notion of love as a positive feeling. Yet it would be wrong to draw a distinction between the first two questions given above, for one implies the other. God’s will is inherent in His being and inseparable from it. So His word tells you that by this you know that you love Him, when you keep His commandments. He who loves God will also love those He loves, including his brother. (Adopted from a blog post by Dale Cresap)

If you love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15)

If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. (John 15:10)

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. (1John 5:2)

Material in this section is based on various prayer diaries.

Did you know?

Where Does the Carbon Dioxide Really Come From? 
Professor Ian Plimer (edited; see web for more info)

(Note: the MEM encourages being frugal in caring for His creation)

Okay, here's the bombshell. The volcanic eruption in Iceland. Since its first spewing of volcanic ash has, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet - all of you.

Of course, you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to suppress - it's that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans and all animal life. I know it's very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up till midnight to finish your kids "The Green Revolution" science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home instead of abroad. Nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your 50 cent light bulbs with $10.00 light bulbs.

Well, all of those things you have done have gone down the tubes in just four days. The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth's atmosphere in just four days - yes, FOUR DAYS - by that volcano in Iceland has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast, CARBON. And there are around 200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud at any one time - EVERY DAY.

I don't really want to rain on your parade too much, but I should mention that when the volcano Mt Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race had emitted in all its years on earth. Yes, folks, Mt Pinatubo was active for over One year - think about it.

Of course, I shouldn't spoil this 'touchy-feely tree-hugging' moment and mention the effect of solar and cosmic activity and the well-recognized 800-year global heating and cooling cycle, which keeps happening despite our completely insignificant efforts to affect climate change. And I do wish I had a silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud, but the fact of the matter is that the brush fire season across the western USA and Australia this year alone will negate your efforts to reduce carbon in our world for the next two to three years. And it happens every year.

Hey, isn't it interesting how they don't mention 'Global Warming' anymore, but just 'Climate Change'- you know why?

It's because the planet has COOLED by 0.7 degrees in the past century … And [they] won't stop any volcanoes from erupting, that's for sure.

But, hey, relax and have a nice day anyway.

Some of the Names, Titles, and Characteristics of the Son of God
That you may know you know

Compiled By Herbert Lockyer

Scriptures form the KJV

18. Who was FAITHFUL to him that appointed him. (Heb 3:2).

The Truth John 14:6

The Faithful and True Rev 19:11

A Covenant of the People Isaiah 42:6

The Testator or Covenantor Heb 9:16,17

The Faithful Witness Rev 1:5

The Faithful and True Witness Rev 3:14

A Witness to the People Isa 55:4

The Amen Rev 3:14

19. He that is HOLY, he that is TRUE. (Rev 3:7).

The Just 1 Pet 3:18

The Just One Acts 7:52

Thine Holy One Acts 2:27

The Holy One, and the Just Acts 3:14

The Holy One of Israel Isa 49:7

The Holy One of God Mark 1:24

Holy, Holy, Holy Isa 6:3

John 12:41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.

20. That in All Things He might have the PREEMINENCE. (Colossians 1:18).

The Beginning of the Creation of God Rev 3:14

My Firstborn Ps 89:27

The Firstborn from the Dead Col 1:18

The First Begotten of the Dead Rev 1:5

The Firstborn Among Many Brethren Rom 8:29

The Firstfruits of Them That Slept 1 Cor 15:20

The Last Adam 1 Cor 15:45

The Resurrection John 11:25

A Quickening Spirit 1 Cor 15:45

The Head (Even Christ) Eph 4:15

The Head of the Body, the Church Col 1:18

The Head Over All Things to the Church Eph 1:22

The Head of Every Man 1 Cor 11:3

The Head of All Principality and Power Col 2:10

18 - 20 of 24 (1-6 in MEM 138 more in subsequent issues)

Lighter Side

The world is not yet perfect

"I have two wonderful children". Audience applauds…

Slight pause…

"Then there is another one…"


You might be a redneck if… By Jeff Foxworthy

  1. You think the stock market has a fence around it.
  2. Your boat has not left the drive-way in 15 years.
  3. You own a homemade fur coat.
  4. Chiggers are included on your list of top 5 hygiene concerns.
  5. You burn your yard rather than mow it.


Have a good day!

Cause and Effect


Michael Boldea Jr. (edited)


1Pet 1:13 Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy."

To those who subscribe to extra biblical teachings on the topic of holiness, whether or not it can be attained, or whether or not we ought to pursue it, the entire thing can be a real head scratcher. Because men would rather believe the words of other men than the Word of God, there are entire passages of Scripture individuals conveniently avoid, or refuse to read because to do so would mean to be confronted with the reality that what they believe is contrary to what the Bible says.

I have no great expectations of the world. Those in darkness will live as those in darkness, but I do have some expectation of those calling themselves redeemed and sanctified, and one of the expectations I have is that they be diligent when it comes to the Word of God and God’s expectations of them as His bondservants.

We can’t play it fast and loose when it comes to the Word of God, because there are eternal consequences and ramifications to deal with. We cannot embrace a certain doctrine or teaching just because it pleases the flesh, because there will be a day of reckoning for every lie we embrace as truth, and every truth we rejected as a lie.

The church today has a real problem with holiness. Mention it and you’re quickly branded an extremist, someone to be avoided and rejected at all cost, because to insist upon holiness is to turn our back on progress and the new libertine gospel we’ve all come to love and embrace.

Would God be so petty as to tell us to pursue something He knew we could never acquire? Would God be so small as to make us seek after something we had no hope of ever attaining? Did He just include certain passages in Scripture because He likes to watch us fail, and chase our tails endlessly?

First - gird your minds for action - What this expression means is to be ready, to prepare oneself, to be focused and be equipped. One who is uncertain as to what they believe, and why they believe it, one who jumps from denomination to denomination as though they were playing religious hot potato, does not have the loins of their mind girded up. They are not settled, they are not focused, and they are not prepared. When I have done as instructed the enemy will never again catch me off balance or on the wrong footing.

Second - keep sober - to be sober minded or fully aware and alert. One who is sober is able to evaluate and assess things correctly. One who is sober is not easily swayed by phony arguments or half-truths, because he is alert and can deduce the truth from the lie. We are each, individually, called upon to gird up the loins of our minds, and be sober. The do-nothing Christian is not being instructed to do or live by the Word of God.

Nest - fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ - No we are not to rest our hope in our own abilities, or in our pastors, our denominations, or in out evangelists, but rather upon the grace that we receive at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

How can you hope to have God’s favor, how can you hope to rest fully in the grace of Christ, if you did not do what you were instructed to do by the Word of God in the first place?

How can we possibly be expected not to conform ourselves to our former lust when preachers today don’t have the wherewithal to call even the most vile of practices sin anymore?

Be holy? So can holiness be like a part time job? Can we be holy half the time, and then do what the flesh wants the rest of the time? Can we be holy only when we’re around other Christians, or when we’re in church but then let our hair down when no one’s around?

You choose - but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy.

With love in Christ

Michael Boldea Jr.


Be not haughty to the humble nor humble to the haughty

You can’t be brave if you’ve had only wonderful things happen to you

Never try to make anyone like yourself; you know and God knows that one of you is enough

The easiest way to stay awake during an after-dinner speech is to deliver it

The best way to break a bad habit is to drop it


There Is Reason to Fear God

Moses said to the people, "Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin." (Exodus 20:20; ESV)

In this section of Scripture, which includes the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai, we read how the people were warned not to get too close to God lest they perish. Not following God's directive would result in death. Stepping out of bounds regarding God is perilous. Understanding the balance of not being afraid with the need to fear God includes gaining a real grasp on the magnitude of God's power.
This is in contrast to how God is often depicted today. Somehow the master of the universe and judge of the whole world has become the sugar daddy of the religion of extreme tolerance. To say "God loves you" has come to mean that God accepts you regardless of your behavior - a very different thing from the one who commanded strict lifestyle standards through Moses.
There are people who claim to believe the Bible, who say that God has changed since Mt. Sinai. Those were his angry days, but not now. Under the New Covenant they say, he has calmed down. Now he is a kinder, gentler, an accepting god. Strange though that Yeshua said some things that sound very similar to what Moses said:

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 10:28-33; ESV)

"Don't fear, but fear" - just like Moses. The fact is that God is very scary. He is the greatest power in the universe. Yet we tend to treat him so lightly. That we can call God, "Father" should overwhelm us. The Creator of the Universe is not to be trifled with. Rather, as he demonstrated through Moses, he is to be obeyed, and obeyed on his terms alone.
The real difference between the Old and New Covenants is that God has provided the way to be fully restored to right relationship with him. Through faith in the Messiah's sacrifice we are made fit to draw near to this awesome God. We should not be afraid to approach him, but never on our terms. Just like at Sinai, God still requires that we approach him on his terms alone. To neglect that is to put ourselves at risk of eternal consequences. As both the Old and New Covenant writings attest, "our God is a consuming fire" (Hebrews 12:29; ESV, compare Deuteronomy 4:24).

By Alan Gilman
TorahBytes Communications

*(This document may be edited for length)

Psalm Promise

Ps 121:5-8

The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night. The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in From this time forth and forever.

What a wonderful Creator. All He ask of us is to love Him and obey His commandments and to treat others as we would treat ourselves. Then we can rest assured of His promise to be with us.


Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)

Essence of the Message

1John 2:5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

1John 2:27 And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.

Quiz Answers

1. The Jordan River - Matthew 3:13

2. Genesis - Genesis 6:2

3. In green pastures - Psalm 23:2

4. Worldly - 1 Corinthians 3:1

5. 600,000 - Exodus 12:37

6. Joshua and Caleb - Numbers 26:65

7. Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah) - Matthew 11:25, 28