Shalom from a divided land and people.

Election results from today’s voting for the next Israeli government are indicating that the large nationalist coalition has been significantly reduced. The current Prime Minister — and the probable next PM — will not have the large and commanding coalition as he had expected just  under three months ago when he and the other leading party at that time merged, and will need to form a coalition with others who challenge him personally, or else his political focus.  At that time, October 30, 2012, I posted here, :

“Netanyahu referred to rumors that Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman would succeed him, saying, ‘I heard talk of inheritances in recent days.  I have news for everyone: I plan to lead Israel for many more years, as will Likud’, he added.

Naturally speaking, this merger does not bode well for the Messianic community in Israel of believers in Yeshua/Jesus as Messiah; but, on the other hand, our God can use what may seem right in the sight of man to begin to open his eyes to spiritual realities.  Pride comes before a fall.

‘”Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit”, declares YHVH of Hosts!’  Israel’s hope is realized in the one to whom the kingdom belongs:  “‘A ruin, a ruin, I will make it.  This also will be no more until He comes whose right it is, and I will give it to Him!”  (Ezek 21:27 Eng; Gen 49:10; Ps 2)

The true heir of Israel’s leadership is Yeshua. (Mt 21:38; Mk  12:7; Lk 20:14)  ‘Even so, Come, Lord Jesus!'”


For those of you who have been on my (Donna Diorio) mailing list for a while, you know how we have followed the case of the religious Jewish terrorist who tried to murder a Messianic family in Ariel by setting a Purim basket loaded with a bomb.  David and Leah Ortiz’ then 15-year old youngest son was blown to pieces but through the grace of a miracle of God lived.  Jack Teitel has finally been convicted in Jerusalem District court. This case has been dragging on for years and all sorts of games have been played – including a prosecution deal that excluded the charges against Jack Teitel for setting the bomb that blew up in the hands of a 15-year old Messianic teenager. Also years of games about Teitel being mentally ill instead of this being the religious hate crime that it was. But Teitel now stands guilty as charged in two murders and two attempted murders and was found mentally sound. This is such powerful news!  Praise God for justice for Ami and the other victims of Teitel.  It has not looked like it would end in justice, and especially not justice for Messianic Ami, but God has had His way in this and all we can say is Thank You, thank You, thank You!

‘Jewish terrorist’ Jack Teitel convicted

Jerusalem District Court finds radical rightist guilty of two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder; rules he was sane at time of the murders

Aviel Magnezi,7340,L-4333417,00.html Yaakov “Jack” Teitel, nicknamed “The Jewish Terrorist,” was convicted Wednesday of the murder to two Palestinians and the      attempted murder of two others.

The conviction, rendered by the Jerusalem District Court, stated that Teitel was in full control of his faculties at the time of the murders, thus debunking the defense’s repeated claims that he was legally insane and therefore cannot be held responsible of his action.

Teitel was arrested in 2009 and was held without bail. The indictment against him consisted of 10 counts, including premeditated murder, attempted murder, the illegal possession of firearms, arms manufacturing and incitement.

In May 2012, after three years of consistent denials, Teitel confessed to his crimes.

During the trial it was also revealed that the police had information which directly pointed at Teitel as the prime suspect in a series of crimes, but he had somehow managed to slip through their fingers.

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BIZARRO WORLD – 5 Jan 2013

“Palestinian Authority President Abbas signed a presidential decree changing the name of the Palestinian Authority to the “State of Palestine,” following the Palestinians’ upgraded status at the United Nations as a non-member observer state.

According to the decree, reported by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa Thursday night, all stamps, signs, and official letterheads will be changed to bear the new name.” ( )

For those accustomed to the unreal virtual world reality in this post-modern world, the announcement by the President of the Palestinian Authority is dismissed as nothing more than a symbolic act.  The Palestinian Arab leadership is attempting to create a de facto country.  What is interesting is the twinning of their political actions with dates and terms significant to Israel.

The first was the date they chose to receive recognition by the UN for their upgrade was November 29.  This was the date in 1947 on which the United Nations voted to grant a two-state ‘solution’ for the Jewish people and for the Palestinian Arabs.  The Arabs rejected this majority decision, and war broke out in May 1948, immediately after the Jewish leadership proclaimed the new State of Israel.

The other corresponding bizarre twinning is that the Palestinian leadership, under its President Abbas, has chosen to call its virtual country the State of Palestine.  For about the last 1881 years now, it has been sufficient to speak of “Palestine” alone; but today, the perpetual murderous grudge — “if I/we can’t have it, neither will you” — against the sovereignty of the one true God in His choices based on grace and not merit again shows itself in self-grabbing ‘legitimacy’ for itself apart from any merit.  This is the inverse of what is real and ‘normal’:  it is a bizarro world.  (In the Bizarro world of “Htrae” (“Earth” spelled backwards), society is ruled by the Bizarro Code which states “Us do opposite of all Earthly things! Us hate beauty! Us love ugliness! Is big crime to make anything perfect on Bizarro World!” )

Let those who do believe in the abiding truth of God’s Word, and who look for that which is perfect to come, remember from whence we ourselves have once come, and pray that the Holy Spirit would act to open the eyes of the blind to see.  The fear of YHVH is the beginning of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.

Priests Are Burden-Carriers of God’s Glory: Merciful

As we begin a new year it is good to consider what we are looking forward to.  In Messiah all believers are priests, and we are called to carry God’s burden for His people and for His holy name’s sake.  These two elements are inseparable:  the glory of the holy name of YHVH is connected with the life and character of His people worked out in love for Him and for one another.

Ex 34:6-7  Moses asked God to show him His glory.  God answers by saying that He is “YHVH, YHVH God, merciful and gracious, slow to anger (long-suffering), and abounding in lovingkindness (grace) and truth, keeping lovingkindness for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but by no means clearing the guilty. . . ”

The glory of God is seen in His mercy. . . . God did not show Moses then a dazzling light or perform some amazing miracle.  Rather, He described His Name, His attributes!  He is merciful, gracious, slow to anger, full of good things, especially to those who love Him.  He will not acquit those who choose not to repent of their unbelief and rebellion against Him who is Good.  But when He does judge, it is only after many opportunities He has already given to any person or nation to fear and to honor Him, the Creator and Redeemer. 

Our salvation is dependent upon God’s mercy (Rom 11:30-32).  As much as we speak of being saved by grace through faith, it is nonetheless true that we are saved in mercy.  We do not deserve it.  Mercy is for now; we will not be in need of mercy in the New Heavens and New Earth.  There, grace/lovingkindness will abound for all eternity. 

We are God’s witnesses; we are Yeshua’s witnesses.  It is important that we can explain who He is to others in truth.  The Muslims call their God the Merciful One.  It is clear that the definition of mercy which they are using is not the same as that which describes our great God and Savior.  People often speak of love as most important in our relationships with each other and towards others.  That is true, but what definition of love is being understood and lived?  Love in the Bible is described like this:  Jesus Christ laid down His life for us, sent from the Father to be the propitiation for our sins. (1Jn 3:16; 4:10-11)

What is mercy?    That benevolence, mildness or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves; the disposition that tempers justice, and induces an injured person to forgive trespasses and injuries, and to forbear punishment, or inflict less than law or justice demands. (Webster’s Dictionary, 1828)

Ex 28:9-12,15,21,29-30,36-38  The High Priest bore the names of their brothers and tribes on their shoulders and over their heart when wearing the holy breastplate (ephod). 

Lev 4:3; 16:6,11,15,16  Priests were to offer sacrifices first for themselves and their own sins; that is, they were to judge themselves first, and thank God for His righteous mercy, and paying the substitutionary price He required for their sin and sins.  Then, they were prepared to be merciful and encouraging to their brothers who were coming to them with their own need to offer to YHVH God the sacrifices for their sins in appreciation of His mercy and grace towards them.  Priests under the Law of Moses were to intercede with mercy by the Spirit of God for their brethren.

Mt 5:7  Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercyThe merciful will be supplied with more mercy to continue to be merciful! 

God will judge even believers if we do not have compassion and show mercy to those who need it from us.  (It may not be a salvation issue, but it will surely negatively affect our relationship with the Lord, with others, and will reflect very poorly the name of the Lord which we carry upon us in our lives.) (Mt 6:14-15; Ja 2:13

Mt 18:32b-34  “‘You wicked servant!  I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.  Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?!’  And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.”

Lk 18:9-14  Some of us think more highly of ourselves than we ought.  The truth is usually otherwise.  And when we do think we are of a higher spiritual ‘level’ than others, we will surely show no mercy towards them, but will simply dismiss them as ‘not as spiritual’ or ‘not as devoted to God or religion or good works’ as we are.  But the eyes of our all-knowing God sees and judges according to a different law:  the one who justifies himself is guilty; he who admits he is a sinner is justified.

Lk 10:25-37  While the respected lawyer sought to minimize his sphere of influence and responsiblity towards his fellowman, the disrespected Samaritan proved to be the ‘good neighbor’ to the one who needed help and care:  he showed mercy on him.

Lk 23:27-47 (Is 52:13 – 53:12)  The glory of God is fully seen in the suffering and the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Truly He displayed what can only be described as that by which YHVH describes what He is like:  merciful, gracious, slow to anger (long-suffering), and abounding in lovingkindness (grace) and truth, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but by no means clearing the guilty.  The words of warning He spoke to the women lamenting what was being done to Him; His kind words to one of  the criminals being crucified with Him; His gracious words to His disciple and to His mother; His asking the Father to forgive those who did not know what they were doing in crucifying the Lord of Glory.

This year, let us give a priority to the Holy Spirit to conform us to the image of the Son of God in this quality of His compassion and mercy.  As we learn to appreciate how much it is that we have been forgiven by God, and what price, we will be enabled to love God and others more.

2Cor 1:3-5  “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  For as the sufferings of Messiah abound in us, so our consolations also abound through Messiah.”