jay dockins’ june 2014 rock of israel newsletter

Shalom Haverim! (Hello Friends!)

Jay Dockins

Jay Dockins

Well, as you may have noticed, it has been a few months since I have published a new edition of this newsletter! Why have I taken this hiatus from publication? There are several reasons why, but I am not here to make excuse! I am here to share a lesson that I learned during this time of not publishing!

Let me start by telling you that it was my intention when I began this newsletter back on July 8, 2012, to publish it every month. I had done pretty well until recently, but my recent lack of publication has been due to a busy schedule, projects which I have been considering and beginning, continued recovery from surgery last December and numerous other things. I think that you could chalk it up to weariness, among other things! Therein is the lesson which I am in the process of learning! I need to press on, even when I am weary!

Rav Sha’ul (the Apostle Paul) twice commands believers to “be not weary in well doing” (KJV)! I like the way that the Complete Jewish Bible translates that phrase in 2 Thessalonians 3:13! “And you brothers who are doing what is good, don’t slack off!” He admonishes those who believe, including you and I, to not slack off in the work which we are doing for the Lord! Whatever it is, be diligent about getting it done! It is so easy to get overloaded and take on too much! It is also easy to surrender to weariness and “slack off” on what we have committed to do for Him! But we must not do so! We must keep on and not slack off!

So I am back, still learning this lesson, but determined to keep up with the commitments which are mine and to fulfill them, even when I get weary! Will you join me? The Lord’s coming is near and I can think of no better time to renew with determination and not slack off! Let’s finish strong for Him!

Passover Seders

Joy at the Passover Table!

Joy at the Passover Table!

The most requested service during the Spring of each year is the Messianic Passover Seder. So many people ask about these services that I often wonder if people think that is all that we do! It isn’t (we also teach, preach and share about our ministry) but so many are interested in these services. One of these services was recorded this Spring and is available for you to view on Youtube if you would like to see what they are all about. You can view the whole service by going clicking on this link: http://youtu.be/jACZSUFmvEY

I am privileged to work with some great people through Rock of Israel Ministries! One of these is my fellow Staff Member, Doug Carmel. Doug publishes a newsletter every month and I occasionally borrow something from him to add to this page. This month is one such occasion! Here is a portion of what Doug put in his newsletter this month about Pentecost!

“It is probably very true that most Christians around the world have no idea that the “Christian” Feast they call “Pentecost” actually comes from the Torah and is one of the seven Feasts from Leviticus chapter 23. (Leviticus 23: 15-17)… It is Jewish tradition that 50 days after the Israelites left Egypt, God gave them the law (The 10 commandments) on Mt. Sinai… 50 days after Messiah died and rose again, God gave the Holy Spirit in abundance to the Jewish Apostles in Jerusalem.  And it is through that same Holy Spirit that we are given power to follow those laws and live a holy life.”

“Many Christians fail to realize how painstakingly accurate your “Old Testament” was copied for hundreds and hundreds of years to make sure you could hold an accurate copy of God’s Word in your hands today.
Some facts about copying the Torah…

* The Torah scroll is the holiest object in the entire Jewish world.
* It is copied by hand by a trained scribe called a “Sofer.”
* It will take a “Sofer” (a scribe) about one year to make an exact copy.
* There are 304,805 letters in a Torah Scroll.
* The entire Torah is written by hand; each letter is inscribed and individually formed with a quill and specially prepared ink.
* There are many sheets of parchment that are all sewn together to make a scroll.
* The parchment is made from a kosher animal (cow, goat, or deer.)
* The skin is first soaked in lime water for just over a week to remove hairs.
* The skin is then stretched over a wooden frame to dry.
* The skin is then cut into rectangles.
* It takes about 80 of these “rectangle” parchments to be sewn together to make an entire scroll to hold the entire 5 Books of Moses.
* The scribe will make 42 faint horizontal lines on each rectangle parchment.  This becomes like the “lined paper” that we used in school to learn how to write the alphabet on as children.
* There must be a margin of three inches on the top, four inches at the bottom, and two inches between columns on each “rectangle” parchment.
* The Quill (feather) used for writing will come from a kosher bird.  (Usually the goose or turkey.)  Several quills may be needed to finish the entire scroll.
* A different Quill (a special one) is used to write God’s Name only.
* Ink is prepared by hand combining a blend of powdered gall nuts, copper sulfate crystals, gum arabic, and water.  Black is the only color ever used.
* The “Sofer” will visit the mikvah (ritual bath) before he starts the project.
* The “Sofer” will sing each word, each letter, out loud.
* No letter can touch another letter.
* There are 22 letters and 5 final letters used in Hebrew.
* If a wrong letter is written, it can be scraped off with a knife while still wet.
* If a wrong letter is written in God’s Name – it cannot be scraped off and that entire “rectangle” parchment is now buried.
*If even one letter is missing from the Torah – the entire scroll is no good!
* When all the parchments are complete, the “Sofer” (scribe) will sew them together using special thread.  It is made from the leg sinews of a kosher animal.  Usually the cow, ox or sheep.
* When all is stitched up – the scroll is rolled onto wooden rollers.
* When completed – the Scroll weighs about 20 – 25 pounds.
* The Scroll is then “dressed up” with an ornate covering.
* No one ever touches the Scroll when it is read.  A metal pointer named a ‘yad’ is used.
Now, are you convinced that you have an exact copy of God’s word in your hand today? It is no wonder that Yeshua (Jesus) said, “For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” Matthew 5:18”

This information is what I call “good stuff” that reminds us that God has carefully guarded the transmission of His Word throughout history and that what we have is a faithful copy of what God has said! Remember, at the first Pentecost, God gave His people the Torah (teaching)! At the Pentecost of Acts 2, He gave His people the fullness of His Spirit so that we can live according to how His Word teaches us how to live!

Jewish Vocabulary
Sofer- a scribe who painstakingly makes an exact copy of the Torah, often taking a year or more to make a perfect copy!

Personal Update
As many of you know, Kim and I both had gastric bypass surgery in December of last year to improve our health! I am glad to report that the Lord has blessed us and that we are doing well! Kim has lost over 70 pounds so far and is looking absolutely marvelous! I have lost right at 90 pounds (men tend to lose faster) and am feeling much better than I have in years! God has been so good and we have been cooperating with He and the doctors in this process (eating correctly, taking our vitamins, exercising and ingesting lots of protein)! We thank God for all that He has done for us and in us!

Jay and Kim THEN...

Jay and Kim THEN…

Jay and Kim NOW... Hallelujah!

Jay and Kim NOW…

If you would like to hear more about the ministry of Rock of Israel, I would be honored to come and share about Jewish evangelism, culture and the Jewish Messiah with your congregation! I share a little about the ministry and then share a message from God’s Word! I look forward to hearing from you! Shalom!

To learn more about our ministry go to http://jdockinsrockofisrael.wordpress.com/

You can reach me:

-by phone @ 479-453-0203 or 800-722-ROCK (7625), ext. 106!

-on Facebook  Jay Dockins

-on Twitter @JayDockins

-or by email @ jdockins@rockofisrael.org

See you in July!


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