This upcoming Shabbat the reading in the Synagogue will be Parashat Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1 – 24:18, the Haftara (reading from the prophets) Jeremiah 34:8 – 22, 33:25-26, reading from the New Testament Matt 26:20 – 30.

This text from the book of Exodus is of key importance nowadays. The Word of God is under attack, not by Muslims, and not by Jews, but by Christian pastors and professors in some Christian institutions. With the authority and integrity of the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation being questioned and destroyed the very base of our knowledge of God and faith in Yeshua as the Messiah.

Our faith in God and in Yeshua is not a faith in lawlessness! Law and order are the basis of any cultured society. There has to be law and order because the LORD God is not a God of confusion and a society has to have regulations on every issue from property laws, to regulations on trade and finances, and every marriage includes promises and vows from each of the partners in the marriage to the other. There cannot be a rental of an apartment without a contract that regulates the period of the rental and the price of the rent.

Parashat Mishpatim starts in Exodus 21:1 with the issue of slavery, Hebrew slaves have different laws and rules than a non-Hebrew slave. For us in the 21st Century this sounds wrong, but in fact the Torah is super just and righteous to all, including to the local people the Hebrews and the stranger that is either passing through or staying for a season in the camp of Israel. First, even the Apostle Paul says:

“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Gal. 6:10

Humanism of the 21st Century, based on the French Revolution cry for equality has taken this very important and valuable social order to the absurd. The value of equality has been out of proportions and from a very positive and important social principle for correcting unrighteousness and prejudice it has become an excuse for unrighteous destruction of the very human nature. Men and women are equal before the Almighty Creator of all who will judge all mankind equality, but they are not equal in their physiology. They deserve the same pay for the same work, but men cannot give birth and suffer in the process of giving birth. Same sex Marriages can’t reproduce and replenish the earth. In order to have children they have to hire a surrogate mother in India or Nepal or somewhere else in the world. In most countries Children are equal to their parents but they cannot be sent to work and bring money home before they are at least 16 years old. There has to be law to run any organization, corporation, business, family or country. The new teaching that is actually an old teaching from the second half of the second century after Christ is that teaching that the church / the Christians don’t need anything from the so called, “Old Testament.” Please read the laws in Exodus 21:1 – 24:18 and see the great wisdom and importance, and grace in what God gave to the Hebrews from Mt. Sinai, and how important it is for today’s church to take the principles from there and apply them to our lives and synagogues and churches. Here are a few examples from Parashat Mishpatim:

Ex. 21:18, “When men quarrel and one strikes the other with a stone or with his fist and the man does not die but takes to his bed, 19 then if the man rises again and walks outdoors with his staff, he who struck him shall be clear; only he shall pay for the loss of his time, and shall have him thoroughly healed.”

Ex. 21:33, “When a man opens a pit, or when a man digs a pit and does not cover it, and an ox or a donkey falls into it, 34 the owner of the pit shall make restoration. He shall give money to its owner, and the dead beast shall be his.”

Ex. 22:6, “If fire breaks out and catches in thorns so that the stacked grain or the standing grain or the field is consumed, he who started the fire shall make full restitution.”

Ex. 22:16-17, “If a man seduces a virgin5 who is not betrothed and lies with her, he shall give the bride-price6 for her and make her his wife. If her father utterly refuses to give her to him, he shall pay money equal to the bride-price for virgins.”

Ex. 22:25-27, “If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a moneylender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him. If ever you take your neighbor’s cloak in pledge, you shall return it to him before the sun goes down, for that is his only covering, and it is his cloak for his body; in what else shall he sleep? And if he cries to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.”

Ex. 23:1-3, “You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness. You shall not fall in with the many to do evil, nor shall you bear witness in a lawsuit, siding with the many, so as to pervert justice, nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his lawsuit.”

Can a society live righteously without laws like these? In the earliest codes of law of humanity some the same or very similar laws like these were already legislated. See last week’s Jerusalem Prayer List – January 25, 2019. There is a short version of the Ur-Nammu and the Code of Hammurabi and you can see that long before the giving of the Torah in Mt. Sinai. People in Mesopotamia and north of the Euphrates River in the 3rd Millennium Before Christ already realized that such laws are necessary for having a just and orderly society.

The Torah is actually the greatest demonstration of God’s grace for humanity and a true revelation of His nature. Remember that whey Yeshua returns, He is coming to judge the world and many many people mercilessly will be sent to hell for ever and ever. God’s grace is there from the beginning and the Torah and relationship of the LORD to Israel is the most forgiving and the most gracious and loving revelation of God’s character, full of Grace and truth, loving kindness and merciful. Just read Exodus 34:5-6 and see the very revelation of God’s nature and relationship to humanity.

The Hamotzi food distribution program of Netivyah has kicked into a new year with new zeal and excitement for the good and the blessing that we, together with you who pray and contribute, can be to the poor citizens of Jerusalem, both Jews and Arabs, old timers and new immigrants. Please keep praying for Netivyah and don’t forget to substantiate your prayers with good deeds.

Please pray for Israel. Next week we are entering into a campaign for a new election and the primary elections of a few of the big political parties are starting on February 5th. Please pray that the Lord God of Israel will build a great team of leaders who will lead this country and this nation in paths of righteousness and justice. Also, please pray that the new government that will be elected on April 9th, 2019, will be a government that will give freedom to all religious groups and minorities, and honor the laws of Israel and the basic human rights of all people in this country.

Pray that the right people and leaders are elected, men and women who fear God and want the best for this country and this nation and all it’s citizens and the stranger that is in the camp of Israel.

Pray for the international conference for the restoration of the Anussim/Marrano Jews in Central and South America, Portugal and Spain. This conference is for a new reminder and encouragement for Israel to accept these lost and hidden Jews and restore them to the fold of Judaism and to the land of Israel. Please make an effort to participate and come to Portugal to the city of Castelo de Vide, from May 17-19, and if possible, participate in a four days prayer tour in cities where Jews were tried by the court of the Catholic church and many were executed and burned by the church. The inquisition lasted from 1472 – 1821. Many tens of thousands were tried for such things like lighting a candle on Friday afternoon, or celebrating the Passover, or not eating pork, or going to synagogue on the day of atonement.

If you are interested to attend this conference please contact the following e-mails and send your request to all of the e-mail addresses below:
Ana Mendes
Incoming Department, Avenida Marquês de Tomar, 35 A 1050-153 LISBOA | PORTUGAL
Phone: (+351) 21 132 79 61| Fax: (+351) 21 318 26 69
E-mail / Skype:

Also send copies of all your correspondence to Mr. Carolino Tapadejo:
And also to the secretaries of the mayor: Angela Maximiano: and to

I believe that soon there will be information of this conference on the web page of Castelo de Vide.

We also have the 40th Anniversary of Netivyah Bible Instruction Ministry happening in November 2019. This also will be a wonderful and very enjoyable and educational celebration of this important and unique ministry in Israel and around the world. The program will include teaching, by the Netivyah staff, and Jewish leaders and hopefully Israeli and international political figures, and spiritual leaders of the Messianic movement and church leaders and professors.

The staff has prepared a link that you can click and find out more about this 40th anniversary Netivyah tour. Please pay attention that you need to register for this very special tour celebration of 40th anniversary of Netivyah.

The registration for this trip is still open, but soon in the middle of February we will have to put down the deposit to reserve the hotels and the tour.

Please don’t forget to pray for the purchase of the new van for Netivyah. It is an indispensable tool for our Hamotzi food program and for the old people of our congregation and for the youth ministry and for much more. We have about 50%of the cost of the van. We need the other half before we can buy this van. The old one is already 15 years old and it has been heavily used and used up.

Please remember our dear brother Jacob Damkani in your prayers. He is still no back to himself, but he is well enough to go home from the hospital and that makes him much happier.

Keep a dear sister in the Lord named Courtney from Dallas in your prayers. I am adding two very important prayer requests: Amir the son of Amira – is a young man a father and a husband and a nephew of some of our very close Arab/Palestinian friends. A dear family that needs healing is in Sweden, Tertu and Tapio Luca.

We have a dear brother who is a leader in a congregation in Jerusalem who needs our urgent prayer. His name is Samuel and I have known him from early childhood. He is a fine man of God with serious illness that needs healing and restoration of good health and return to his work and ministry.

Please continue praying for baby Lion from the Huch family in DFW. Little Lion is doing better.

Please continue to pray for our Jewish brother Hillel from Helsinki. Pray for Patty, Andrea and Tineke are all in Netherlands and need healing from God. Continue to Pray for Julia and Victor our dear sister and brother in Jerusalem. Both need healing and God’s help. Please add a dear sister that is suffering from prejudice in Switzerland. Her name is Paula and she needs divine breakthrough.

Please keep praying for a dear sister named Zhou WenriIan living in China. There is a dear Pastor Isaac in Chenai, India, who has a deep love for the Lord and for Israel. He is sick with kidney problems and needs a dialysis treatment several times per week.

I am also asking you to pray for a dear sister in China that is doing so much for the Kingdom of God – her name is Ema! She has a big burden for a big school that needs the Lord to bless it and open up all the venues of blessing and enable success both in the physical and spiritual realm.

Margareta, keep her in your prayers she is a dear woman who is going through some real hardship and anguish for her faith.

Pray for Um Abu-Eid is a dear old Arab/Palestinian sister. Keep the following brothers who are improving with their health, but still need God’s merciful hand to touch them with healing, George, Gary, Melanie, and Aharon Nancy and Don son. Please pray for the Marianenko family as they morn their father and husband and grandfather. These brothers and sister you’re your prayer and your intercession for them and their health conditions: Sarit, Ahuva, Leah, Ilana, Miraim, Yehuda H., David Stern, Paulo, Noami, Tim Tucker, Anne-Mirjami, Satu-Maria and Anna-Majia, Sinni Tuuli, Erki and Sirpa, Keijo and Salme, Evelina, Eva H., Horace and June Marcia’s father and mother, Marcelo’s parents. Curita Sensei, the Abe family, Toru, Takeo Sensei, Daisuke Sensei, Tomoko San, Sadako San, Yumi, her husband has just died last week, and keep praying for her father, Pastor Oharah in Okinawa.

In the last few weeks I have somehow missed mentioning our dear sister Ruby L., who is in Oklahoma City. Ruby is alone and she is dealing with a very bad cancer situation. Ruby’s situation is very difficult and she needs the mercy of the Lord for healing and the help of brothers and sisters for daily basic needs. I am praying daily for Ruby, and I ask you all to sincerely call upon the Lord and intercede for Ruby in front of God’s mercy seat for healing and for human help and wisdom for the doctors that are dealing with our dear sister Ruby. Ruby gave several of her prime years to the Lord in Israel and serve Netivyah and our community in Jerusalem with all her heart and talent.

Please pray Ritva Huhtala and for sister Oksanen they need prayer for illness. Please pray for Louisa and Tony in Hong Kong. I have special concern for our dear brother Goh and his family, and for Sister Christy, Sister Laurel, and for Brother Michael Knezevich. These are all people for whom you are praying, but I want you to know that these are also people who pray for Israel and for Netivyah and stand and support both Israel and Netivyah. I want to add a brother from Brazil who is living in Portugal now and is having some serious family problems. His name is: Ismael Alves.

If you would pray for those whom you know that need this prayer – the Lord will surely cover those for whom you pray and those for whom I pray. It is hard enough to live in this world and work and business-related issues make it harder and as much as we pray for the spiritual issues and health issues.

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and believe in God’s promises!

Joseph Shulam