The highest value of Western civilization in these years of the 21st century is freedom! Freedom of everything that puts a demand on you! This is one reason that today couples move to live together long before marriage. They want to have a life of marriage without making the commitment of marriage.

This “Now Generation” wants to live free from obligation, free from commitments, and to enjoy the privilege of marriage and not have the obligation and limitations of marriage! Many want to enjoy the privilege of being disciples of Yeshua and sometimes go to church, but they are perpetual visitors in the church and not willing to make commitments and follow.

The end of the Book of Exodus is God’s instruction to Israel to follow His guides through the wilderness. Do you need a guide to guide you through the desert of modern life realities?

I can honestly say that I need a guide daily, and I want a guide through life. I want to have a map of where and when I need to be each day, and what I need to do each day. I feel much less secure when I have to make big choices without guidance from God.

You might ask today, Joseph, where do you get the guidance by day and by night? Do you see a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night? No, dear brothers, I wish I did have a physical cloud by day and the fire by night. I don’t have these physical reminders today, but maybe I have something better.

I have the book of instruction and a map of where the pitfalls and the dangers are, and where God wants me to be every day. And if there is a change in the curriculum, there is the Holy Spirit that is there for me and for you.

You have to ask for guidance and you will get it and receive it from the Word of God and from the Spirit of the Lord that is in you! You need to read and study and pray for this revelation and guidance – it is there waiting for you, but you have to take it and work it out for yourself.

Let me review the last three parashot (weekly portions) of the Torah: Terumah, Tetzaveh, Vayakhel. These are sections of the Torah that deal with the collection of things (gold, silver, wood, and leather) for the building of the Tabernacle in the desert. Much of it is about inventory and technical issues – the collection of the half shekel and the census, the counting of the people of Israel in the wilderness, etc.

The Book of Exodus ends with the instruction of how to travel in the wilderness, and to follow the Lord as a guide through the harsh land of Sinai that will lead them to the Promised Land, the land of Canaan that God had promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their seed forever.

When I was a young believer in the USA, away from my family, long before there were messianic Jewish congregations in the world, one of the worship songs they sang often in the churches was, “Where He Leads Me I Will Follow”:

I can hear my Savior calling,

“Take thy cross and follow, follow me.”

Where he leads me I will follow,

I’ll go with him, with him all the way.

I’ll go with him thro’ the garden,

I’ll go with him, with him all the way.

Where he leads me I will follow,

I’ll go with him thro’ the judgment,

Where he leads me I will follow,

He will give me grace and glory,

Where he leads me I will follow,

Where he leads me I will follow.

This spirit of a disciple that will follow his teacher all the way is just about lost in the teaching of the evangelical Protestant churches. Today the message is ofen very different. The idea that I have to give my freedom, my personal desires and habits, in order to follow the Lord is rare and missing.

Just put yourself in the place of these stiff-necked Israelites that were just liberated from slavery a few months earlier. During slavery, they had to do what their Egyptian masters demanded from them. Now they are free, and yet the Lord commands them, “you need to follow where I will lead you, by day and by night. Don’t wander off and go where you want, stay with Me children of Israel, stay with Me if you know what is wise and good for you, your safety, and your wellbeing.”

The result of their following the Lord is the following:

  1. The Lord fought their wars and gave them victory over enemies that were much better trained, bigger, and stronger.
  2. The Lord provided them with daily food from heaven, manna by day and quail for dinner.
  3. Their shoes did not wear out and their garments did not get worn down.
  4. They have divine judgment, arbitration, and intervention for their good – all the way to the changing of the Torah for the sake of individuals and families. In other words, the Lord heard their desires and requests and answered their capricious demands.

What more could anyone want from a leader?

What do we have today to guide us and give us the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night?

What a great privilege would it be for me, and I hope for you, for the presence of the Lord to be always with me, by day and night. For me it would be wonderful to know that God is so very close to me that He sees and hears and guides me day after day.

I would love to know that I have the Lord so near that His presence is visible and guiding me every day. I would know where the Creator of the universe wants me to be, where he wants me to go, and when I should stop and rest in one place.

This is what the Lord says to Jeremiah:

“Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem, saying, “Thus says the Lord: ‘I remember you, The kindness of your youth, The love of your betrothal, When you went after Me in the wilderness, In a land not sown.’ Israel was holiness to the Lord, The firstfruits of His increase. All that devour him will offend; Disaster will come upon them,” says the Lord.’” – Jeremiah 2:1–4 [NKJV]


“‘At the same time,’ says the Lord, ‘I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.’ Thus says the Lord: ‘The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness— Israel, when I went to give him rest.’” – Jeremiah 31:1,2 [NKJV]

Being close to the Lord and the Lord close to us, guiding us, instructing us, protecting us, being dependent on Him is what I want for myself and for my family. I know that God can take care of me and my family much better than I can take care of myself.

What do you think? What would you like for yourself and your family to have God guiding you daily?Why don’t you make your choice today!

The specific prayer requests have not changed much.

Marcia and I will be traveling a long way in the end of this weekend. We will be flying from Curitiba Brazil to São Paulo, and from São Paulo to Tel-Aviv, Israel, in a very long direct flight. We need you to pray for us and our health and safety, and safe arrival home in Israel. Especially pray for Marcia and her health.

Ruby from Oklahoma City is suffering from the cancer and from the chemotherapy, and now she has to have eyes surgery in both of her eyes. Please lift Ruby up before the the Lord’s throne of grace for strength and healing and relief of the pain, and the aftermath of the chemotherapeutic treatments.

The time to make the reservations for the conference in Portugal is running out. If you are interested to participate in this important conference for the Restoration of the Anussim/Marrano Jews to their proper Jewish identity and to the land of Israel, you need to make your reservation for hotels in Castelo de Vide, Portugal.

The same goes if you want to join the prayer tour in four cities in Portugal that have burned and killed Jewish converts to Christianity. We will be going to four of these cities, visiting the sights, and especially praying for restoration and for remembering and for restitution of these Jews back to the flock of God’s people in the land of Israel.

You can register for the conference here – registration is free. Hotels cost money, but they are not expensive in that region of Portugal.

If you need flight tickets and if you want to join the tour for the four days you need to urgently contact Ana Mendes here.

There is still room left for the 40th Anniversary Tour of Netivyah in November.

Israel needs your prayers. Israel is going towards a national and general election. This is a time of division, manipulation, and polarization of the Israeli population. It seems like the politicians in Israel, from all ends of the political spectrum, are dividing the population and thinking mainly of themselves.

Israel as a country is in search for a vision, in search of hope for a better future, in search for a clear faith in the future and place of this nation in the space of this land of Israel.

The Prime Minister Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu is being threatened with a serious indictment by the Attorney General of Israel. I suppose that we should be praying for our Prime Minister because whatever happens will affect all of Israel for some period.

Please pray for Israel as a nation going through this election. This election is not only for the Prime Minister and for the political establishment, it is for the very platform on which the nation and the region will be redeemed.

Pray for our Brazilian brothers, especially Marcelo Guimaraes and his family, and the leadership of the Har Zion Congregation, the Teaching from Zion Ministry, and the leadership of Hesed VeEmet (Grace and Truth) congregation, and the Sar El congregation.

Our plan is to participate and teach all these three congregations and ministries. Bless them and bless their leadership. Pray for the congress that will start this week-end. We expect for this congress to be a success and to bring the Good News and the Restoration of the Body of the Messiah forward, and make disciples for the King of the Jews, Yeshua.
We need a new van for the ministry, for the “Hamotzi” food distribution program, for the youth group, and for dozens of other uses and ministry needs. Some of you our brothers and sisters have been giving generously for this van, but we are only halfway through to fill this need. I am asking those of you who want to give and haven’t done so yet, to make an effort and give soon.

Please remember our dear brother Jacob Damkani in your prayers. He is still not back to himself, but he is well enough to go home from the hospital, and that makes him much happier.

Dr. M. Song, from Korea, and his whole family have been some of the most faithful prayer warriors for Aliyah and for Israel, and for Netivyah. I ask you all to mobilize yourself, your time, your family, and your friends, and lift Dr. M. Song and his family in your prayer. Pray for healing that will come from the  Lord, and pray for strength in Dr. Song’s spirit and in his family.

Keep a dear sister in the  Lord named Courtney in your prayers.

I am adding two very important prayer requests: Amir the son of Amira – he is a young man, a father and a husband, and a nephew of some of our very close Arab/Palestinian friends. Also pray for the grandmother of Amir, Um Abu-Eid – she is a dear old Arab/Palestinian.

The other family that needs healing is in Sweden – Tertu and Tapio Luca. They are true prayer warriors for Israel and for Netivyah, and they too need healing from serious health issues.

Please continue praying for baby Lion from the Huch family in DFW. Little Lion is doing better, but still far from being out of the woods.

Please keep praying for Eli, my nephew, who is dealing with a very serious stage 4 cancer, and undergoing chemotherapy. Eli is finished with this round of chemotherapy but will have to continue some therapy.

Please continue to pray for our Jewish brother Hillel from Helsinki.

Pray for Patty, Andrea, and Tineke – all are in the 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 a 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. Please pray for a medical miracle for Pastor Isaac and pray for his ministry in the Kingdom of God.

I am also asking you to pray for a dear sister in China who 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 avenues of blessing, and enable success both in the physical and spiritual realm.

Margareta is a dear woman who is Orthodox Jewish, please keep her in your prayers.

George, Gary, Melanie, and Aharon (Nancy and Don’s son), Sarit, David S., Gabriela, Ahuva, Leah, Ilana, Yehuda H., Hannah, Gabriela the young, Zvi D. and his dear wife, and Nancy.

These are all related to our congregation in Jerusalem and need healing and strength.

These brothers and sisters from around the world who need your prayer and your intercession and healing. Paulo, Noami, Tim Tucker, Anne-Mirjami, Satu-Maria and Anna-Majia, Sinni Tuuli, Erki and Sirpa, Keijo and Salme, Evelina, Eva H., Marcelo’s parents, Curita Sensei, the Abe family, Toru, Takeo Sensei, Daisuke Sensei, Tomoko San, Yumi, and her father and family.

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.

I wish all of you, who stand with Israel and who pray for Jerusalem, the best of the Lord’s blessings and the fulfillment of all of His promises to His faithful children. For the  Lord is gracious and longsuffering and good to all, but especially to those who have faith and hear His word and do it.

Those who hear God and do His will are the ones who are called wise! Those who only hear His word and don’t do it are called foolish! Let us all strive to be wise and never foolish!

Thank you all and know that we in Jerusalem love and appreciate you!

Joseph Shulam
Curitiba, Brazil