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: #191


(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!


Repentance and Humility

Psalm 25:9 He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way.

Is there a link between repentance and humility? There are Scriptures that indicate this to be true.

For example David’s prayer:

In Psalm 25 the psalmist humbly presents his request

Ps 25:1 NAS A Psalm of David . To Thee, O LORD, I lift up my soul. (YHVH [LORD] is the only help)

Ps 25:4 Make me know Thy ways, O LORD; Teach me Thy paths. 5 Lead me in Thy truth and teach me, For Thou art the God of my salvation; For Thee I wait all the day. (acknowledges his need for instruction)

Ps 25:7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; According to Thy lovingkindness remember Thou me, For Thy goodness' sake, O LORD. 8 Good and upright is the LORD; Therefore He instructs sinners in the way. (ask for forgiveness according to YHVH’s love and his need for guidance)

Ps 25:9 He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way. 10 All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies. (the only path)

Ps 25:11 For Thy name's sake, O LORD, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great. (knows need for forgiveness)

Ps 25:12 Who is the man who fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way he should choose. 13 His soul will abide in prosperity, And his descendants will inherit the land. 14 The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, And He will make them know His covenant. 15 My eyes are continually toward the LORD, For He will pluck my feet out of the net. (blessings for those that fear YHVH)

Ps 25:16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, For I am lonely and afflicted. 17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged; Bring me out of my distresses. 18 Look upon my affliction and my trouble, And forgive all my sins. (seeking the grace and presence of YHVH and relief of distress; again, seeking forgiveness)

Ps 25:20 Guard my soul and deliver me; Do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in Thee. 21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for Thee. (realizes the source of peace is thru obedience)

Ps 25:22 Redeem Israel, O God, Out of all his troubles.

Now Job - in the first two chapters of Job we are given an inside view of a heavenly council, of which Job is not aware. Job is declared righteous, as confirmed by God. The debate of why he is suffering is not understood by Job or his friends. In the last few chapters of Job (38-42) God answers Job and the conclusion is…

Job 42:1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said, 2 "I know that Thou canst do all things, And that no purpose of Thine can be thwarted. 3 'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?' "Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know." 4 'Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask Thee, and do Thou instruct me.' 5 "I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees Thee; 6 Therefore I retract, And I repent in dust and ashes." (Job humbles himself before the Almighty and repents - this is the conclusion of Job’s anguish, sorrows and great loss - YHVH restores Job double for all his losses and gives him children again. What is the message we can carry away for Job’s testing? The need for humility thru repentance and trusting the loving-kindness of the Almighty.)

The prophets

Jer 9:23 Thus says the LORD, "Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; 24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things," declares the LORD.

Micah 6:8 KJV He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (justice = right judging; mercy = forgiveness, kindness; to walk humbly with thy God = having a proper perspective of our human condition and repenting - then seeking the grace to overcome thru His Spirit)

Yeshua gives us an indication of the need for repentance (by humbling oneself):

Luke 13:1 NAS Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And He answered and said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered this fate? 3 I tell you, no, but unless you repent G3340, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish."

G3340 Repent (Strong)

- Definition:

1. to change one's mind, i.e. to repent

2. to change one's mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one's past sins

Matt 11:29 "Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble G5011(not proud) in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.

G5011 (Strong) Humble

- Definition:

1. not rising far from the ground

2. metaph.

a. as a condition, lowly, of low degree

b. brought low with grief, depressed

c. lowly in spirit, humble


Quotes from Andrew Murray’s book on Humility:

"What will be the chief distinction in the heavenly kingdom? The glory of heaven, the mind of heaven is humility. ‘He who is least among you all-he is the greatest’ (see Luke 9:48)."

"’Whoever wants to be first must be your slave-just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve’ (Matthew 20:27-28). Humility, as it is the mark of Christ, will be the one standard or glory in heaven the lowliest is the nearest to God."

"’For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted’ (Luke 14:1-11). The demand is inexorable, there is no other way. Self-abasement alone will be exalted."

"After the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican, Christ spoke again. ‘For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted’ (Luke 18:14). In the temple and presence and worship of God everything is worthless that is not pervaded by deep, true humility toward God and humankind."

Luke 18:13 "But the tax-gatherer, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, the sinner!' 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, but he who humbles himself shall be exalted."

"To how many of us has it been a new joy in the Christian life to know that we may yield ourselves a servant, as slaves to God, and to find that His service is our highest liberty - freedom form sin and self?"

2Chr 7:14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

By meekly repenting of all sin and disobedience and trusting Him, this humility, - will honor YHVH.


Pride (Sin = reproach)

Repentance (Humility = honor)

Proverbs 14:34 ​​​​​​​​Righteousness exalts a nation, ​​​​​​​but sin is a reproach to any people. ​​​

Proverbs 20:9 ​​​​​​​​Who can say, "I have made my heart pure; ​​​​​​​I am clean from my sin"? ​​​

Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor.


"If you desire to know or learn anything to your advantage, then take delight in being unknown and un-regarded. A true understanding and humble estimate of oneself is the highest and most valuable of all lessons. To take no account of oneself, but always to think well and highly of others is the highest wisdom and perfection." ― Thomas ΰ Kempis, The Inner Life

What is Going to Happen?
Dear Brethren

1Chr 12:32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.

One of the constant preoccupations of mankind in general is to obtain a vision of their future. It is human nature to want to know what is going to happen, when it is going to happen, and what we can do to best prepare for any eventuality that the future might hold. To this end, the would gathers groups of scientists to gather asking them to come up with worst case scenarios, to predict storm cycles and the severity of subsequent storms using scientific methods, in the hope that we might somehow get a glimpse, a peak, into what the future holds.

In order to truly peer into the future however, barring divine revelation, one must not only understand the present, but be well acquainted with the past as well. The times may have changed, technology may have advanced, civilization may have reached its zenith, but human nature has remained, throughout the ages, unchanging and oddly predictable.

During the reign of King David, the children of Issachar had understanding of the times, and as such they knew what Israel ought to do. One of the ways in which we too can be as the children of Issachar were is to analyze the past, observe what happened, and why it happened.

There is one universal truth that remains constant, namely that actions have consequences, and if we can discern the consequences of the actions of those who came before us, we can get a glimpse into our own future if we are determined to take the same actions. If we do as those of past generations have done we will suffer the same consequences they suffered, because God is not a respecter of persons, nor does He play favorites. Although we might think ourselves to as someone once said, a new species of humanity which for the first time in history has no fear of consequence, who believes that everything is permissible from blasphemy, to idolatry, to the murder of innocents, to daily denial of God, the day of reckoning is quickly approaching, a day in which the fallacy of what we thought will be utterly crushed under the weight of reality. Due to the knowledge that we serve an unchanging God, a God who remains the same yesterday, today and forever, we can be certain that the consequences of our actions will mirror the consequences of those who were and are no more.

So what can we learn from those that came before us? What lessons can they teach us? Even going as far back as the Garden of Eden, and analyzing the first man and woman, we can learn what not to do, what to avoid, and what our end result will be if we choose to follow the same path they did.

We all know of the paradise God created for Adam and Eve, we all know of the fellowship of which they partook with the heavenly Father, and we also know that due to their doubting and disregarding the word of God, and command of God, they were evicted form Eden, stripped of their immortality, the woman made to bring forth children in pain, the man made to eat his bread in the sweat of his face until he returned to the ground.

Fast forward to the flood, or to the tower of Babel, and once more we see mankind distancing itself from God, all the while doing all that it can to be like God, blinded by their arrogance, until God intervened and in His righteousness judged justly. Lest we forget, there is also Sodom and Gomorrah two cities surrounded by lush, beautiful and fertile lands, but filled with a citizenry given over to perversion and sin. They were allowed to prosper for a season, they were allowed to flourish until the day God had enough, and with a swift finality consumed these two cities with the burning fire of His wrath.

Although there are many more examples to be had, I want to settle on the nation of Israel for a while, and then reveal the purpose this stroll through ancient history. It is an undisputed biblical fact that Israel is a nation born of God, for Him, and for His plans. Even with all the benefits that Israel had, even with all the guidance, revelation and instruction God provided, they still chose to turn their backs on the one true God and follow after idols. As direct consequence of their departure from the ways of God, Israel suffered two wars, which led to the disintegration of the nation, the repercussions of which are still clearly visible after thousands of years. Long after the Assyrians had invaded, long after the king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Ava and other nations and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel, we are once more witness to Israel’s rejection, this time of the Son of God Himself. Christ came, preached the truth, and was rejected by the people of His time, and once again we see the consequences of their rejection in the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in 70A.D.

So what is the point of looking at these moments in time? The point is a simple one. Doubt, unbelief, evil, pride, immorality, idolatry and rejection of Christ have always been followed by the most severe of divine judgments known to man. In His righteous judgment "God punished and judged cities and nations for these individual sins, yet we are living in an age when all these sins have converged and are being committed at the same time. If those in Eden doubted the word of God, if those of Sodom were perverted, if the Jews of old were idolaters, and they were judged for their sin, what makes this present generation to think that we will not be judged when we are combining, and committing all the sins of those that came before us and worse?

The hour approaches when God’s righteous judgment will be made manifest throughout the world, and if we are wise, and have understanding of the times, this understanding will inevitably draw us to our knees in humble worship to and omnipotent God. In Him is life, in Him is hope, in Him is peace, in Him is comfort, in Him is safety, and in Him is refuge.

Rev 22:14 (KJV) Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

With love in Christ,

Michael Boldea Jr. 


In John 15:5 Yeshua (Jesus) said:

"…without Me you can do nothing …"

Got it?

2Chr 7:14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Did you know?

What does God Require?

A father who had been laid off from his job had been watching expenses closely for months. But he’d made a promise to his two sons - twins - that he’d take them to a nearby amusement park. When they reached the front gate, he saw a sign:

"General admission: (ages 10 and up) $10"

"Children under 10: $5"

If he’d come a day earlier, the father realized, he could have saved 10 dollars-five for each of his twin sons. But with a sigh he led the boys up to the ticket window and said, "Three general admission tickets, please."

The woman in the booth looked them over and smiled. "How old are you boys?"

"I’m 10 years old today," said one son.

"So am I," said the other. "We’re twins!"

The woman leaned forward. "You know," she whispered, "you could have asked for two ‘Under 10’ tickets, and I never would have known."

"Yes," said the father, "but they would have."

Micah 6:8 KJV He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Not all items verified

Lighter Side?

How many of these do you remember?

Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles

Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes

Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum


Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers

Newsreels before the movie 

P.F. Fliers 

Telephone numbers with a word prefix... (Raymond 4-601). Party lines  


Howdy Dowdy


78 RPM records!

Green Stamps 

Metal ice cubes trays with levers 

Mimeograph paper 

Roller-skate keys 

Cork pop guns 

Drive ins


Washtub wringers 

The Fuller Brush Man 

Reel-To-Reel tape recorders 

Tinker toys

Erector Sets 

Lincoln Logs

15 cent McDonald hamburgers

Penny candy 

25 cent a gallon gasoline

A time when... Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe"? 

"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest? 

Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?

It wasn't odd to have two or three "Best Friends"? 

The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "cooties"?

Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?

Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle? 

Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived!!!!!!! 

Life in Messiah


Do you understand that humility is an important Christian concept? … One who boasts of his own achievements is a braggart, and one who boasts having no achievements is a fool. Are you willing to acknowledge Christ in all your ways, and give Him the glory due Him? If you have this attitude of humility then you are in a position for God to pour out His power through you, for then He can trust you to handle the response properly.

The Psalmist asked God to create in him a clean heart, and to renew a right spirit within him. These are adjacent in sequence, but they are different things. The clean heart refers to the forgiveness of sins, but even after that is done, it is still important to renew a right spirit. For your behavior is a product of your assumptions and patterns of thinking. If your eyes are open to spiritual truth, then you will know the righteousness of God’s law and the joy of following it. You will know His goodness and how it leads you to repentance. You will take your thoughts captive in obedience to Him, and know the truth, and be free.

As you examine yourself for any type of sin be sure that you remain a common humble seeker who receives my word gladly.

For the humble know that they are not totally self-sufficient. God wants us to understand this, and be as willing to seek from others what you need from them as you are to give to others what they need from you.

(Adopted from a blog post by Dale Cresap)


Humbly Repent

Psalm 32:3 When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah. 5 I acknowledged my sin to Thee, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"; And Thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin. Selah.

Psalm 10:17 O LORD, Thou hast heard the desire of the humble; Thou wilt strengthen their heart, Thou wilt incline Thine ear 18 To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, That man who is of the earth may cause terror no more.

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