1. 17th of Tammuz
Today is the 17th of Tammuz and it is a Jewish fast day.
The Prophet Zechariah spoke of this day along with the other major fast days.
[Zechariah 8:19] THUS SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS; THE FAST OF THE FOURTH
MONTH, AND THE FAST OF THE FIFTH, AND THE FAST OF THE SEVENTH, AND THE FAST
OF THE TENTH, SHALL BE TO THE HOUSE OF JUDAH JOY AND GLADNESS, AND CHEERFUL
FEASTS; THEREFORE LOVE THE TRUTH AND PEACE.
[Zechariah 8:19] THE FAST OF THE FOURTH
MONTH, - Tammuz.
AND THE FAST OF THE FIFTH, - Av
AND THE FAST OF THE SEVENTH, - Tishrei (Gedaliah)
AND THE FAST OF THE TENTH, - Tebeth (Tevet).
SHALL BE TO THE HOUSE OF JUDAH JOY AND GLADNESS, AND CHEERFUL FEASTS;
THEREFORE LOVE THE TRUTH AND PEACE.
At all events this day is connected with the events that lead to the
Destruction of the Temple and to Exile.
The literature concerning this day also speaks of the Exile of the Lost Ten
Even though the Tribes were exiled and lost their identity in order to
fulfill their God given task there was still an element of disaster in the
"Joseph" and "Judah" have a need for each other and the lack of unity
between us is adverse to both parties.
A primary step for reunification involves the very fact of establishing the
"IDENTITY" of Joseph.
You can do your part to rectify what needs rectification by living a better
life, learning the Bible, and by supporting Brit-Am.
Brit-Am is in need of support at this time.
2. Bible Learning
It sometimes happens that for all kinds of reasons a person falls down and
distances Himself (herself) from the Presence of God.
It is not always easy to pray or get back on the right track But Bible
learning always works.
I find that just reading the Bible (without necessarily understanding all
of it) can help a person through dark periods.
Just read it through, even in translation it has rhythm and charm of its
own. The message penetrates one's subconsciousness
and has an inspiring and healing effect.
It may take a bit of getting used to at first but it is not difficult.
Its better than reading other things and its better than TV, more
pleasurable and interesting.
"The Bible...he who has lost his God
can rediscover Him in this work.
He who has never known Him will inhale here the breath of God's word."
"It is impossible to mentally or socially
enslave a Bible-reading people.
The principles of the Bible are the ground work of human freedom."