Psalms 42 and Jerusalem News
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TO THE CHIEK MUSICIAN, MASCHIL, FOR THE SONS OF kORAH
"THE SONS OF KORAH" were a clan amongst the Levites. Korah had rebelled against Moses and had been dramatically punished but his children had repented before the punishment. Samuel the Prophet belonged to this family.
Even if our ancestors were not as good as they should have been we can still save ourselves and our families and become great Israelites.
[Psalms 42:1] AS THE HART PANTHETH AFTER THE WATER BROOKS, SO PANTETH MY SOUL AFTER THEE, O MY GOD.
[Psalms 42:2] MY SOUL THIRSTETH FOR GOD, FOR THE LIVING GOD: WHEN SHALL I COME AND APPEAR BEFORE GOD?
[Psalms 42:3] MY TEARS HAVE BEEN MY MEAT DAY AND NIGHT, WHILE THEY CONTINUALLY SAY UNTO ME, WHERE IS THY GOD?
David suffered apparently from sickness, from family disruption, and from numerous trouble in his kingdom all of which he took personally. His enemies despised and hated him and regarded his troubles as signs that God had abandoned him due to hids shortcomings.
[Psalms 42:4] WHEN I REMEMBER THESE THINGS, I POUR OUT MY SOUL IN ME: FOR I HAD GONE WITH THE MULTITUDE, I WENT WITH THEM TO THE HOUSE OF GOD, WITH THE VOICE OF JOY AND PRAISE, WITH A MULTITUDE THAT KEPT HOLYDAY.
The Temple and the Restoration of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel should be the aim of every God-fearing person especially of those who belong to "Joseph".
Very many (probably nearly all) of those non-Jews who do support the Jewish people do belong to "Joseph". Exceptions however also exist. The present events if anything emphasize the NEED for Joseph and Judah to draw together and recognize their mutual brotherhood. This urge however should not be made contingent on recognition by the other party: "Joseph knew his brothers and they knew him not".
"AND JOSEPH KNEW HIS BRETHREN, BUT THEY KNEW NOT HIM" [Genesis 42:8].
From: Israel Resource News Agency <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Israeli gov't admits: US Pressures Determine Retreat Policy
Israeli gov't admits: US Pressures Determine Retreat Policy
David Bedein, Bureau Chief, Israel Resource News Agency, Beit Agron Int'l Press Center, Jerusaem. Tel. 02 5300125
"The U.S. Department has made it clear to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon: It wants the Jews out of the Katif district of Gaza by August 15th, [actually beginning on August 15 through 17] with no excuses.
The Chief Rabbi of Haifa, Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen, came to Jerusalem and pleaded with Sharon to reconsider his plan to retreat from Katif, which involves Israel's obliteration of the 21 Jewish communities there, including 325 thriving Jewish farms and 86 synagogues and Jewish study centers
Sharon's answer to Rabbi Cohen: "This is what the U.S. State Department is demanding that I do, and I must do it".
It does not matter that half of the 9000 Jews who live in Katif have no where to go, with their relocation plans still left up in the air.
It does not seem to matter that the experts in Israel's security establishment are warning that the result of Israel's hasty retreat will be the creation of a new Islamic terror base.
Sharon is now making it clear that he is under pressure from the U.S. government, and that its that.
Yet one of the common assumptions over the past two years is that The Sharon government's plan to expel Jews from Gaza and the Northern Samaria and unilaterally hand the area over to an independent Palestinian entity had been an entirely autonomous Israeli decision.
Yet it can now be determined that the US government was behind it all along
In meetings with concerned American citizens, Danny Ayalon, Israeli ambassador to the U.S, clearly states that Sharon's disengagement plan is part of an overall Israeli-American agreement.
In the final interview given by Netanyahu to the Jerusalem Post on August 5th, 2005, two days before his resignation, he indicated that the current policy pursued by the government of Israel should be perceived as a threat to the security interests of the U.S. and of all western countries, since it creates a terror base in Gaza, since the Palestinian Authority has incorporated the Hamas and other Palestinian terror organizations instead of dismantling them..
Yet the position of the U.S. State Department remains undaunted: Prime Minister Ariel Sharon must dismantle and withdraw any and all Israeli presence from every Jewish community in the Katif district of Gaza by mid-August.
The ball lies with the citizens and the Congress of the United States of America."
Brit-Am Comment and Personal Involvement of Family Members:
The forces of Joseph should be strenthening the Jewish State of Israel yet in this case we see that they are pressuring it to dismantle itself.
The Jewish settlers are almost under siege.
No-one is now allowed into the area.
Amongst those in the area who are refusing to leave are Yehonatan Davidiy, the son of Yair Davidiy, along with his wife and children (my grandchildren). If there is trouble my daughter in law with my grandchildren children intends to leave while my son says he will stay until the end which he still believes will not happen. Yehonatan served with distinction in the IDF and at present works as a cousellor in a Rabbinical College and is studying to become a Rabbi. He has three children.
The forced evacuation is slated to take place just after the fast of the Ninth of Av (August 14) which is the Date of Destruction of the Temple.
On this day the King and Queen of Roman Catholic Spain expelled all the Jews of that country and the first "shipment" of Jews left for Auschwitz and numerous other calamities took place. Why the Powers That Be chose this period I cannot imagine.
It is almost as if they wished to emphasize the evil behind their intentions.
[Psalms 42:5] WHY ART THOU CAST DOWN, O MY SOUL? AND WHY ART THOU DISQUIETED IN ME? HOPE THOU IN GOD: FOR I SHALL YET PRAISE HIM FOR THE HELP OF HIS COUNTENANCE.
[Psalms 42:6] O MY GOD, MY SOUL IS CAST DOWN WITHIN ME: THEREFORE WILL I REMEMBER THEE FROM THE LAND OF JORDAN, AND OF THE HERMONITES, FROM THE HILL MIZAR.
Jordan is east of the Jordan River and according to the Bible belongs to Israel and one day (despite everything will do so).
"OF THE HERMONITES. These days Mount Hermon is a mountain on the northern Israeli-Syrian border. Bar-Droma shows that the expression " Hermonim" applies to the series of mountain ranges that begins in Lebanon and extends through Syria into Turkey. This also is ours and one day will be.
HILL MIZAR: "Mizar" is spelt "Mi-ST-AE-R (with an ayin) and may denote "the farthest mountain".
Alternately it may be an alterenate expression for "MATZOR" which is spelt differently but sounds similar.
"MATZOR" appears in the Book of Micah (translated in the KJ as "fortress") and is one of the areas to which the Lost Ten tribes will first come before their return.
It is in the far North aand ppears to be in what is now North-East Turkey and Northern Iraq, it too belongs to Israel. It is interesting that this is approximately the region of Kurdistan over which the British and Americans spread their protection well before the actual invasion of Iraq and demotion of Sadam. This area served as a base for the allies and still does so.
In the Brit-Am Commentary to Micah we remarked:
"IN THAT DAY ALSO HE SHALL COME EVEN TO THEE FROM ASSYRIA, AND FROM THE FORTIFIED CITIES, AND FROM THE FORTRESS EVEN TO THE RIVER, AND FROM SEA TO SEA, AND FROM MOUNTAIN TO MOUNTAIN. [Micah 7:12]
<<AND FROM THE FORTIFIED CITIES, AND FROM THE FORTRESS": The Hebrew translated as "THE FORTIFIED CITIES" is "ari Matzor" and the word translated as FORTRESS is "Matzor". This word "Matzor" can indeed mean fortress or when used as an adjective "fortifed" but it can also refer to an area in the northwest of present-day Iraq, i.e. Eastern Azerbaijan and Kurdistan.
"EVEN TO THEE FROM ASSYRIA": The Commentaries seem divided on this.
ALL AGREE however that FROM ASSYRIA means the return of those exiled to Assyria, i.e. the Lost Ten Tribes.
"FEED THY PEOPLE WITH THY ROD, THE FLOCK OF THINE HERITAGE, WHICH DWELL SOLITARILY IN THE WOOD, IN THE MIDST OF CARMEL: LET THEM FEED IN BASHAN AND GILEAD, AS IN THE DAYS OF OLD" [Micah 7:14].
"BASHAN AND GILEAD": Mean the present-day regions of Syria and Jordan. Zechariah 10;10 says that Ephraim will possess Lebanon and Gilead meaning Lebanon and Syria! These areas actually also include parts of Turkey and Iraq.
[Psalms 42:7] DEEP CALLETH UNTO DEEP AT THE NOISE OF THY WATERSPOUTS: ALL THY WAVES AND THY BILLOWS ARE GONE OVER ME.
The forces of nature and of circumstance are overcoming me, Nevertheless through prayer I will overcome even these adversaries as shown in the next verse.
[Psalms 42:8] YET THE LORD WILL COMMAND HIS LOVINGKINDNESS IN THE DAY TIME, AND IN THE NIGHT HIS SONG SHALL BE WITH ME, AND MY PRAYER UNTO THE GOD OF MY LIFE.
[Psalms 42:9] I WILL SAY UNTO GOD MY ROCK, WHY HAST THOU FORGOTTEN ME? WHY GO I MOURNING BECAUSE OF THE OPPRESSION OF THE ENEMY?
[Psalms 42:10] AS WITH A SWORD IN MY BONES, MINE ENEMIES REPROACH ME; WHILE THEY SAY DAILY UNTO ME, WHERE IS THY GOD?
It is as if they have stuck a knife in me and keep twisting it with their taunting.
[Psalms 42:11] WHY ART THOU CAST DOWN, O MY SOUL? AND WHY ART THOU DISQUIETED WITHIN ME? HOPE THOU IN GOD: FOR I SHALL YET PRAISE HIM, WHO IS THE HEALTH OF MY COUNTENANCE, AND MY GOD.
God will be with us.