15
Feb
13

jay dockins’ february 2013 rock of israel newsletter

Shalom Yedeedeem! (Hello Beloved Ones!),

It is February and everyone’s mind is on love! Unspeakable amounts of money are spent to express love to those near and dear or to those one might wish were near and dear! Some even choose to get married on Valentine’s Day because, to them, it is a very romantic thing to do! Whatever the expression of love might be, the wonderful thing which we should realize is that the love of God is free to us! Not that it wasn’t costly, for it cost the death of God’s Son, Jesus, the Messiah! But God was willing to sacrifice His own Son so that we might know and live in His love!
1 John 4:10 “Here is what love is: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the kapparah (vicarious sacrifice) for our sins.” (CJB)

Probably nowhere else in Scripture is the atoning sacrifice for sin more obviously, vividly and beautifully described than in Isaiah 53! The suffering of the Messiah is plainly described along with the responsibility for the sacrifice being placed squarely where it belongs, upon us. Isaiah plainly states that, “We all, like sheep, went astray; we turned, each one, to his own way; yet ADONAI laid on him the guilt of all of us.” V. 6 (CJB) Also in this chapter is the beautiful assurance that His sacrifice is sufficient for the removal and forgiveness of our sin! “After this ordeal, he will see satisfaction. By his knowing [pain and sacrifice], my righteous servant makes many righteous; it is for their sins that he suffers. 12 Therefore I will assign him a share with the great, he will divide the spoil with the mighty, for having exposed himself to death and being counted among the sinners, while actually bearing the sin of many and interceding for the offenders.” vv. 11, 12 (CJB)

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(ROI volunteers Juan and Francesca Mercado share with a lady at the booth in West Palm Beach)

It was this truth that I was able to share with a Jewish man who I met during ministry at the South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach, Florida. This dear gentleman, probably in his mid-60’s, approached our booth and began to explain to me (without my asking) why he did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah and why He could never accept the concept of a man dying for sin. He spoke for several minutes as I patiently listened to what he had to say. After he had said all that he had to say and started to leave, I politely asked him if I could share with him why I believe what I believe. He politely agreed.

As I opened my mouth, not quite knowing what I was going to say, the Holy Spirit brought Isaiah 53 to my mind. As I began to quote relevant portions of the passage, the man’s mouth dropped open and he said, “Jay, how do you know all of that?” (He had admittedly never even read Isaiah 53.) I explained to him that I had studied and memorized much of the chapter because it told of Jesus and what He had done by dying on the cross for our sin! As I continued to share the Scripture with him he grew more and more nervous and abruptly said, “Excuse me, I need to go and catch up with my wife” and walked away. He was not able to deal with the fact that God loved him so much that He was willing to sacrifice His Son, who came in the flesh, so that his sin could be forgiven! I did not catch the man’s name, but God knows who he is. Please pray that he will come to know the Lord and accept God’s great love!

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(ROI volunteers Richard and Hannah Greenfield with me at the ROI booth in West Palm Beach!)

In January, I was privileged to have some services and to be a part of the ministry of Rock of Israel’s booth at the South Florida Fair. I ministered in churches in Arkansas, including an “A Night To Honor Israel” service at Oak Grove Assembly of God in Monticello, Arkansas. It was an energizing and exciting night of recognition and showing of support for Israel and the Jewish people. Pastor Bobby Spencer and his staff had put together an excellent program and a fabulous message was preached by Pastor Sam Austin. It was wonderful to be a part of this wonderful evening. Our first service of the year was with a Pentecostal Church of God congregation in Conway, Arkansas. Pastor Joann Cross and her congregation were wonderful hosts as we shared about the ministry of Rock of Israel and preached about why we must reach out to the Jewish people with the Good News! Despite a couple of other ministry opportunities which had to be rescheduled due to scheduling conflicts, our year got off to a good start!

The ministry of Rock of Israel at the South Florida Fair is an annual part of my schedule. We are blessed with local volunteers who help us to have the booth. These faithful believers give many hours of their own time voluntarily so that the Good News can be shared! We could not do it without them!

If you or someone from your congregation would like to be a part of our efforts at this fair or any other outreach which we have throughout the year, please let me or our office know! The cost is reasonable and there are worse things than spending part January and February in South Florida! If interested, you can reach me at 1-800-207-7780 or the Rock of Israel office at 1-800-722-ROCK (7625).

Jewish Vocabulary

This month’s Jewish vocabulary word is kapparah. It means “vicarious or atoning sacrifice.” Jesus was our vicarious, atoning sacrifice for sin. He bore our sin, atoned (covered) for our sin and gave us the gift of eternal life! Because He bore our sin, we have life in Him!

(By the way, last month’s vocabulary word, Jew-jitsu, was a feeble attempt at humor! Hope no one was offended!)

My schedule is beginning to get pretty full. In fact, most pre-Passover dates are booked! We try to do Seders before Passover, but can do them after. If you would like information about hosting a Seder after Passover, please let me know! I also teach and preach on MANY OTHER SUBJECTS and would love to share with your congregation! (The Feasts of the Lord, The Prayer Shawl, Proofs of the Resurrection, etc.)

1-800-207-7780 or 1-800-544-0829

jdockins@rockofisrael.org

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