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Soli Deo Gloria is the writing and teaching ministry of Baruch Maoz in Israel. Baruch is engaged in writing original commentaries on the Bible, and theological and practical works in Hebrew. Some of his books are available in English. His Critique of the Messianic Movement, Come Let Us Reason Together: The Unity of Jews and Gentiles in the Church, has been published by P&R, and his Devotional Commentary, Malachi: A Prophet in Times of Distress by Founders Press. Both are available from Barnes and Noble and Amazon while Shepherd Press produced his Devotional Commentary Jonah: A Prophet on the Run.

Baruch has written  a series of commentaries in Hebrew on Hosea, Joel, Amos, Micah, Jonah, Nahum and Malachi, Matthew, Romans and Colossians. He has written an Introdution to the Life and Epistles of Paul, an Introduction to Systematic Theology, and edited a modern translation of the Old Testament into spoken Hebrew. He is presently translating the New Testament into Modern Hebrew and engaged in other writing projects. In the pipeline are books on church life and structure, How to Preach and Listen to Sermons, and Daily Christian disciplines. To date, Baruch is the only author writing Christian literature n Hebrew.

Baruch and Bracha are Israeli Jewish Christians who have served in Israel for 5 decades now. Between April 1974 and December 2006 Baruch served with Christian Witness to Israel, most of that time as Israel Field Leader. Betwen May 1975 and December 2008 he served as Pastor of Grace and Truth Christian Congregation in Rishon LeTsion, Israel. Our website reflects the experiences gained in the course of that time.

Our monthly newsletter, MaozNews, is available for the asking, with back-issues to be found on this website (Baruch's Writings/News From Israel). To subscribe, click address at bottom of this page. His faceBook and Linkedin pages serve as blogs and provide almost daily information on the scene in Israel. His postings are also avaialble via Twitter @BaruchMaoz

 

Following is a link to Baruch's summary to Paul's letter to the Romans (audio, 40 minutes)

http://www.kingschapelbaptist.org/sermons/?sermon_id=36 

Baruch's Musings

January 20 2017

Links to a 3-part seminar on church life (Hebrew)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbDEAkU4b_c&t=470s
 
 

 

January 5 2017

In view of discussions re Israel's right to the Land, see the following papers (under writings):

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; Some Moral Considerations for Chrisitans

Jerusalem and Justice

Whose Promised Land

 

February 20, 2017

Please pray

Please pray that God will use my books to edify, challenge, strengthen and purify the church in Israel, promoting godliness and.the fear of God, a relish for his word and a lively affection for his glory.
Please pray as I work on my next book, on church life and structure, that I will say what is necessary in a helpful manner and very much in tune with God’s word.
Please pray for my dear Bracha and myself as well commence a lengthy tour of the continental US from the end of March to the middle of August.
Please pray that I will draw closer to God and that my conduct in life would be true to the Gospel.

 

February 10, 2017

Describing events in Turkey ...

Describing events in Turkey, Ferhat Boratav, CNN Turk’s editor-in-chief said “We are going toward ‘pure democracy,’ where the government’s authority is derived only from the election results. Issues like civil rights and the rule of law become secondary in the political game,” he says. “Power is based on the will of the people, who elect a leader who believes he can win every election.” In a pure democracy, a critical media becomes a nuisance." 

This is a penetrating description of a process taking place, not only in Turkey. but in Israel, the USA and throughout the West. The results of fairly-conducted elections, the rule of law, fundamental principles, even the Constitution, no longer carry the moral weight attributed to them in the past. "The will of the people" is all that counts. Consequently, Houses of Legislature decry Supreme Court decisions, election results are contested on the streets rather than at the ballot box -- and churches consider being "seeker friendly" more important than adhering to the word of God. This is human arrogance gone mad.

 

February 02, 2017

Proclaiming the Gospel by Daring To Be Christian
August 16 2015

 

"When the Lord your God cuts off before you the nations which you are going in to dispossess and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, beware that you are not ensnared to follow them after they are destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations serve their gods, that I also may do likewise?’ 
"You shall not behave thus toward the Lord your God, for every abominable act which the Lord hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods; whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it" (Deuteronomy 12:29-32).

"When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, and you possess it and live in it, and you say, "I will set a king over me like all the nations who are around me," you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses, one from among your countrymen you shall set as king over yourselves; you may not put a foreigner over yourselves who is not your countryman. 
"Moreover, he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor shall he cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, since the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall never again return that way.’ He shall not multiply wives for himself, or else his heart will turn away; nor shall he greatly increase silver and gold for himself. 
"Now it shall come about when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. It shall be with him and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, by carefully observing all the words of this law and these statutes that his heart may not be lifted up above his countrymen and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, to the right or the left, so that he and his sons may continue long in his kingdom in the midst of Israel" (Deuteronomy 17:14-20).

Like Israel, we do not have the privilege of being carried by the flow of the stream; we are to swim against the flow. Rather than flotsam, carried by the tide, we are called upon to stem the tide, hold back the flow; to turn society around by the power of the Gospel. This we are to do by the lives we lead and by the testimony of our lips -- in that order. We are to exemplify the Gospel and to lay the grounds for a Gospel proclamation by the lives we lead.
Do you think that the prophets would have been heard and their words preserved with such conscious care if their lives betrayed the message they preached? Was not an aspect of Jesus' authority derived form the fact that he could stand before a crowd of hostile Pharisees and challenge them: "Which of you can convict me of sin?!" Are we not to be, in Paul's word lights in the world (Phil.2:15). Not the word be. The testimony of God is, first and foremost, borne by what those who profess faith in him practice in being.
Why is the church not heeded today. It has become so much like the world that its verbal proclamations run contrary to the tenor of its' life. We are called upon to believe in God but collapse under the slightest provocation. We are called upon to sacrifice for God but lead lives that are almost altogether this-world-focused on obtaining an education, making a living, getting ahead and buying a new car. We speak of the love of God and yet are so poor in loving one another unless they dot our I's and cross our T's.
Fellow Christians, we are not free to embrace of the values of our culture: we are obliged to be premeditatedly Christian. We are called upon to glorify him by reflecting the Gospel in the course of our lives. We are called to exercise a prophetic ministry in our homes, churches and in society both as individual Christians and as the church. We must dare to be different even when doing so is not considered to be politically correct.
As those who are different, we dare must rage against the evil in our society. We must be willing to stand up and be counted, to pay the price of biblical faithfulness. We must dare to be Christian, viscerally so,promoting and striving for holiness, decrying sin, cultivating humility, honesty, a generous kindness and the kind of evangelical ecumenicity that will put our differences in proper perspective.
Israel was called upon to live in such a way that the peoples round about would be forced to exclaim: "What great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today" (Deuteronomy 4:8)? The nation's conduct was to be subversive of all other cultures and religions, and in this way serve as a light to the nations so that 
"It will come about that in the last days the mountain of the house of the Lord will be established as the chief of the mountains and will be raised above the hills; and all the nations will stream to it. And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob that He may teach us concerning his ways and that we may walk in His paths”(Isaiah 2:2-3).
Is there anything in our lives that will provoke such an attitude?
The New Testament requirement is no different. Our light is to "shine before men in such a way that they may see our good works, and glorify" our Father "who is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). What does that mean? read the Sermon on the Mount, from which this quote was taken, and you will find the answer:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you" (Matthew 5:4-12).

Do we believe that? Sure we do, sitting in our pews on Sunday. But do we believe it on Monday morning at work? Does our life evidence the faith we profess to have -- or does our life speak so loud no one is capable of hearing what we are saying? Has the salt of the earth lost its' savor? Read on in the Sermon and see that glorifying God all has to do with a life-style focuses in him his will, his word and his glory.
The message of the Gospel is so subversive that, at the beginning, the majority of the apostles did not recognize its implications. 
Ancient Middle Eastern culture was syncretistic: everyone respected each other's gods. All religions were legitimate, all modes of worship acceptable. One nation's morality was a valid as that of the other.
Israel was commanded to refuse these standards although such a refusal would endanger the nation's very existence by raising the ire of the nations round about. Yet that was the call. Israel was to learn from God, not from the nations.
How are we to be what Paul called lights in the world? Look at the context: "make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus ... 
"just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life" (Philippians 2:2-15).

We are to conduct lives that show sin to be what it is and that proclaim in an unequivocal voice that God hates sin with all the vigor of his eternal holiness; that he would have men and women, boys and girls turn from their sin to him, seek forgiveness from him and embrace their God-given and privileged duty to live for his name's sake. It is our duty to warn our society of the terrible punishment that is sure to fall an all who serve the creature rather than the creator and who indulge the flesh rather than cultivate holiness.
Our lives must be characterized by godly self discipline (there is no room for obesity in the church. Gluttony is a sin). Our lives must proclaim the truth: they must display a quiet confidence in the face of terror; a determination to do good in the face of evil; a hatred of all that is unclean, unnatural, contrary to the world as God has made it and as he has commanded it to be. We are to be uncompromisingly honest, respectful and considerate of others, pure in our relations, humble at all times -- all this and more because we fear God.
THAT is how we proclaim the Gospel. That is how we are to conduct ourselves in the world. Why is that important? Because that is our calling, our duty, our highest privilege: that is how we glorify God.

It is high time for the church -- for us -- to rise up and be the church, a city on a hill. It is high time that we regained the message of the Gospel and proclaim it, not in terms of the pursuit of happiness, comfort and security but in terms of holiness, the fear of God and sacrificial love to our fellow man regardless of any other considerations. We Christians need to learn to love not in word only but in deed and in truth. Society must hear God's thunderous voice through the church, calling our nations to repentance, a mending of their ways and an vigorously willing submission to God's will as expressed in his word.
That is true evangelism: a call to turn from our self-seeking, egoistical hunger for comfortable pleasure to him for whom the worlds were made.
Then, only then but surely then, we must speak out in conformity with the tenor of our lives, proclaim the Gospel and call the nation to believe.

The world is at a crossroads. The West is at a crossroads. Your society has made a round-about turn away from the basic principles that guided the formation of this nation and that made it so great for so long, the grudging envy of other nations. This is not to say the the Founders were Christians. The majority of them were not. But their thinking was to a large extent informed by Christian principles. Their humanism was mellowed by their generally unintended Christian understanding of man, society, government and economics. American is now turning away from that aspect of the Founders' thinking and embracing merely their humanism, the pursuit of happiness. If this process continues, America is doomed, as are freedoms in many parts of the world. Will you awake and call your nation to God? Will the American church in continue to seek acceptance instead or change? We will dare to be Christians?


You, O God, are the master of every human heart.
You are the master of our hearts.
Turn us, Lord, and we shall be turned.
Change us and we shall be changed.
Move us to proclaim the Gospel by our lives,
by the goals we establish, by the tenor of our lives, by our love for you and your ways.
Make us to be true salt and light in the world,
to love you ore than we loves our comforts
and others as we love ourselves.
Teach us to be Christian
and to be so with courage and true commitment
so that the world might know that you sent your Son to be the savior of the world
and you would have glory through us.
This we ask in Jesus' name,
amen.

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January 15, 2017

Social and Political Trends in Israel
The Orthodox


It is a slow but steady process: the number of Orthodox Jews breaking away from the restrictions imposed on them by their rabbis is increasing. Growing numbers are obtaining an education, engaging in gainful employment, enlisting in the military and undertaking voluntary social activities beyond the confines of their cloistered communities. 
As a result, little by little, the power the rabbis held over their adherents is being eroded. The Orthodox are discovering that there is a world outside the cultural ghetto. They are learning to think for themselves. Contrary to rabbinic impositions rabbis, they are increasingly using mobile phones., surfing the Internet and reading non-religious newspapers. Some are even joining non-religious political parties.

Settlers
At the same time, Israeli settlers in the West Bank, professedly driven by religious principles, are gaining political sway. All Israeli governments since the West Bank and Gaza came under Israeli control, have engaged in subterfuge, initiating and at the same time decrying the establishment of Israeli settlements in the Territories. 
Some have acted with a view to buttressing Israel security by way of establishing settlements in militarily strategic locations while firming claims to crucial historic sites. Others, more nationalistically-motivated and perhaps more far-sighted, acted to obviate the possibility of founding a Palestinian State. That goal was repeatedly affirmed.
The latter have by far outstripped the former, cynically utilizing the former’s resources. Now, with some 400,000 Jews living in 4 cities, 5 regional councils, 15 local councils, 129 official and scores of unofficial settlements in the West Bank, they have become a force to be reckoned with in all walks of Israeli life. 
They have their own political party, HaBayit Hayehudi, led by Minister of Education Naphthali Bennet, with extensive support in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beyteynu. They have longed pressed for the annexation of portions of the West Bank and are now calling for the annexation of it all, as well as the Golan Heights.
This step, if ever taken, will render it impossible for Israel to be either truly Jewish or truly democratic, and therefor constitutes a real threat to our country.

Prospects of Peace
Under present circumstances, there is little likelihood of finding a partner with whom to negotiate peace on the Syrian border, including the fate of the Heights. It is, however, possible that Russia’s newly-established preponderance in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, may force Syrian President Bashar El-Assad or his successor to the negotiating table. America left a vacuum Vladimir Putin is happy to fill. 
The West Bank and Gaza continue to be separated due to the conflict between Hamas in Gaza and Fatah in the West Bank, with the latter’s tenuous control of the West Bank being maintained largely by Israeli military and intelligence capabilities. President’s Mahmoud Abbas’ mandate has long run out. Who, then, is to represent the Palestinians? What is more, President Abbas has repeatedly turned down generous Israeli offers made in the past by Prime Ministers Barak and Olmert, to the chagrin of American Republican and Democrat go-betweens.
Nor does it appear that Prime Minister Netanyahu is willing to conduct meaningful negotiations. He seems to be talking out of both sides of his mouth, on the one hand professing to desire “Two States for Two Peoples” while supporting settlement initiatives that render the likelihood of a viable Palestinian State beyond reach. A majority of Israeli citizens would cede territory for a solidly sustainable peace agreement, but no such majority exists in Israel’s Government or Legislature.

Everyday Life
The cost of living continues to rise. The price of housing has doubled in less than a decade and no end is in sight. The economy is doing well, but the average citizen is suffering. The middle class is being diminished while the rich are becoming richer. A hedonistic tsunami has engulfed society: nightclubs are crowded with drunken, scantily-dressed young people, rollicking to the beat of loudspeakers in crowded, dimly-lit halls, where the police have distributed free kits to enable girls to check if their drinks have been laced with a rape-drug.
Scientific research, courageous and generous outreach to the Syrian civilian population and a still-vibrant democratic society are happily also evident. The above-described trends are undermining the more positive aspects of Israeli society, but have not become the most dominant features. In fact, it is a source of wonder to witness the positive attitude of most Israelis have to life in the teeth of these realities. It is clear evident of Common Grace to note Israeli friendliness in its attitude to the everyday Palestinian, over 100,000 of whom work in Israel daily.

The Church
These are days of tremendous opportunity, if we would but rise to the occasion. It seems like we are more taken up with finding acceptance than with challenging our society. Wonderful efforts are being made in an effort to address social issues. Strenuous efforts are invested in evangelizing individuals. But the major issues continue to be ignored and our society remains without a prophetic voice. It is wonderful to know that God is the Lord, and that he is at work – at his own pace. The kingdoms of this world will become – visibly -- the kingdom of God and of his Christ, and they shall reign forever and ever. Hallelujah!

Your prayers are needed.

 

January 15, 2017

“Let’s begin with the media’s attitude toward money, appearances and notoriety..."

“Let’s begin with the media’s attitude toward money, appearances and notoriety. The media conveys the view that these are the most important values and educate us all toward false models of success. It magnifies extreme personalities and hides individuals of content and essence. The media is destroying the innocence of a whole generation of children because it poisons them with shouting matches, inordinate desires, advertisements and reality shows that are unsuited to their age and it is doubtful if they are suited to any age.

“What more? The tabloid, shallow, exhibitionistic coverage: writers or singers must wed, divorce or adopt a child in the sight of the nation if they produce a book or a disk. To ensure success, it is to be preferred that they own up to an addiction of some kind, and be photographed with the minimum of clothing. That is the way to promote anything. We all know this to be the case, say nothing and cooperate.”

 

January 13, 2017

"'This instinct to humiliate when it's modeled by someone powerful on a public platform, it filters down into everyone's life because it seemingly grants permission for other people to do the same thing…when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose."

Was Meryl Steep talking about how the Press and certain politicians are speaking about President-elect Trump, or was there something else on her mind?

 

January 11, 2017 

From my commentary on Colossians (Col. 4:15-18)

To be published 2017 by Founders Press

Paul had not met the brethren in Laodicea (Col. 2:1). But he heard of them and they of him, so he wrote, “Greet the brothers in Laodicea, and Nympha and those of the church in her house.” Nympha is mentioned only here in the New Testament. She must have been a woman of means if she was able to host a church in her home, although we have no idea of the size of the church in the city. Regular-sized houses in the Roman period could have been able to host no more than a handful. By the time John penned the book of Revelation, the church there would have been quite large.

It is also possible that Paul is referring, not to Nympha (a female) but to Nymphas (a male). However, the feminine is more likely because, in Greek mythology, Nymphe was one of the twelve Horae, the Greek goddesses of the seasons, sometimes a goddess of a lower degree who dwelt in rocks and springs or forests and were beneficent to mankind. A marriageable young woman was also said to be a nymph. Women played a larger role in the early church than some translators and commentators are willing to acknowledge.

In conclusion Paul writes, “And whenever this letter is read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans, so that you also read the letter to those in Laodicea.” The churches in the valley naturally maintained a close relationship due not only to their geographical proximity but also to the fact that they seem to have been founded by Epaphras. The letter to the Laodiceans mentioned here cannot be identified with certainty. There are reasons to believe the letter known to us as the letter to the Ephesians was actually a circular letter sent to the three churches, and that the copy to Ephesus was the only copy preserved. Any good introduction to that letter will provide the reader with the argument.

He then adds, “And tell Archippus, ‘take care of the service which you have received from the Lord, so you carry it out.’” Like others in this list, Archippus is mentioned only here and in the letter to Philemon, where Paul called him his fellow-soldier. We know next to nothing of the man and nothing about the nature of the commission to which Paul makes reference. The principle, however, is clear: duties are to be fulfilled, not shirked or neglected. Archippus seems to have belonged in some way to Philemon’s household and, since he is mentioned after Philemon and Apphia, is thought to have been Philemon’s wife; it is probable that Archippus was their son (Philem. v. 2).

Archippus apparently began well. It was now his duty to end well. Good endings are far less common than good beginnings. Is that true of you? Of me? Are we short-winded, impatient, incapable of persevering? Or do we have the reputation of those who, having put their hand to the plough, refuse to look back?

Paul signs off with a signature from his own hand, a final brief request and a salutation: “Greetings in my handwriting, from Paul. Remember my captivity. Grace be with you.” It is common but mistaken to think of Paul bent over a papyrus or a writing tablet, carefully devising his letters, erasing and rewriting as he sought the right phrase to express what the Spirit of God was leading him to say. Not so. Paul engaged an amanuensis, a trained professional, something close to a modern secretary, who had the skills and was acquainted with the conventions of the day (a scribe copied, an amanuensis composed). Only the final signature was Paul’s (compare Gal. 6:11; 1 Cor. 16:21). In the letter to the Romans, the amanuensis actually introduces himself (“I Tertius, who wrote this letter, greets you in the Lord” [Rom. 16:22]).

In the Roman era, most letters were written on papyrus by means of a reed pen whose point was shaped much like that of a modern fountain pen but requiring skilled, constant sharpening. The ink was generally made of soot mixed with resin to provide permanence and diluted with water to render the ink useable. Writing on papyrus was no easy matter, and the materials for doing so were not in common usage. What is more, the average home (or prison) did not normally hold a stock for letter writing.

Paul would provide the amanuensis with the tone and gist of what he wanted to say. The amanuensis would then compose the letter and submit it to Paul for his approval or correction. If necessary, alterations would be introduced until the apostle was satisfied that the letter expressed what he wanted it to say in the way he wanted to say it. The Spirit of God controlled the whole of this process.
Paul’s last two sentences express his own sense of need and summarize the message of his letter: grace is all that counts. Human effort is vacuous and achieves nothing of true spiritual value. Everything a Christian has is by grace, and grace is to be found in Christ alone.
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Here ends the series on Colossians. In a few weeks' time, we shall commence another series. Thank you, all, for your interest and for the many encouraging comments received. May God ever have glory in all that we do.

Baruch

 

January 07, 2017

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says he will not enter negotiations with Israel until there is a settlement freeze. His given reason is that continued Israeli settlement in the West Bank increasingly renders the viability of an independent Palestinian State further from reach. The flaw in this logic is obvious: the best way to ensure the continuance of this encroaching process is to delay negotiations. The best way to bring an end to it is by engaging in negotiations. C'mon, Mr. Abbas, dare us to negotiate, dare to negotiate yourself. That is the best way forward.

 

January 05, 2017

" I would like to offer the following proposition..." 

“I would like to offer the following proposition: that as a result of the historical experience of the twentieth century, man has lost faith in himself, as well as lost the guidelines he was once sure of, and that this loss is primarily responsible for our current distress …

As long as man though himself the son of God, containing the divine spark and created by the finger of God as in that wonderful gesture painted by Michelangelo on the Sistine ceiling, he had respect and even a little awe for himself; he could feel there was a purpose in his being here and even a concealed purpose in the evil that befell him of in the evil that he wrought; that, come what may, he was a part of the divine plan. Without wishing to offend individual beliefs, I would say that, as an historical factor, this view no longer holds. We are on our own now, ‘a poor bare forked animal,’ in King Lear’s words, and it is very uncomfortable.”

(Barbara Tuchman in “Historical Clues to Present Discontents,” PRACTICING HISTORY, SELECTED ESSAYS, Alfred & Knopf, first edition, 1981. Delovered as an Adress and Pomona College, 1969)

 

January 03, 2017

MaozViews - A Bi-monthly Overview 
January 2017

Social and Political Trends in Israel
The Orthodox
It is a slow but steady process: the number of Orthodox Jews breaking away from the restrictions imposed on them by their rabbis is increasing. Growing numbers are obtaining an education, engaging in gainful employment, enlisting in the military and undertaking voluntary social activities beyond the confines of their cloistered communities. 
As a result, little by little, the power the rabbis held over their adherents is being eroded. The Orthodox are discovering that there is a world outside the cultural ghetto. They are learning to think for themselves. Contrary to rabbinic impositions rabbis, they are increasingly using mobile phones., surfing the Internet and reading non-religious newspapers. Some are even joining non-religious political parties.

Settlers
At the same time, Israeli settlers in the West Bank, professedly driven by religious principles, are gaining political sway. All Israeli governments since the West Bank and Gaza came under Israeli control, have engaged in subterfuge, initiating and at the same time decrying the establishment of Israeli settlements in the Territories. 
Some have acted with a view to buttressing Israel security by way of establishing settlements in militarily strategic locations while firming claims to crucial historic sites. Others, more nationalistically-motivated and perhaps more far-sighted, acted to obviate the possibility of founding a Palestinian State. That goal was repeatedly affirmed.
The latter have by far outstripped the former, cynically utilizing the former’s resources. Now, with some 400,000 Jews living in 4 cities, 5 regional councils, 15 local councils, 129 official and scores of unofficial settlements in the West Bank, they have become a force to be reckoned with in all walks of Israeli life. 
They have their own political party, HaBayit Hayehudi, led by Minister of Education Naphthali Bennet, with extensive support in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beyteynu. They have longed pressed for the annexation of portions of the West Bank and are now calling for the annexation of it all, as well as the Golan Heights.
This step, if ever taken, will render it impossible for Israel to be either truly Jewish or truly democratic, and therefor constitutes a real threat to our country.

Prospects of Peace
Under present circumstances, there is little likelihood of finding a partner with whom to negotiate peace on the Syrian border, including the fate of the Heights. It is, however, possible that Russia’s newly-established preponderance in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, may force Syrian President Bashar El-Assad or his successor to the negotiating table. America left a vacuum Vladimir Putin is happy to fill. 
The West Bank and Gaza continue to be separated due to the conflict between Hamas in Gaza and Fatah in the West Bank, with the latter’s tenuous control of the West Bank being maintained largely by Israeli military and intelligence capabilities. President’s Mahmoud Abbas’ mandate has long run out. Who, then, is to represent the Palestinians? What is more, President Abbas has repeatedly turned down generous Israeli offers made in the past by Prime Ministers Barak and Olmert, to the chagrin of American Republican and Democrat go-betweens.
Nor does it appear that Prime Minister Netanyahu is willing to conduct meaningful negotiations. He seems to be talking out of both sides of his mouth, on the one hand professing to desire “Two States for Two Peoples” while supporting settlement initiatives that render the likelihood of a viable Palestinian State beyond reach. A majority of Israeli citizens would cede territory for a solidly sustainable peace agreement, but no such majority exists in Israel’s Government or Legislature.

Everyday Life
The cost of living continues to rise. The price of housing has doubled in less than a decade and no end is in sight. The economy is doing well, but the average citizen is suffering. The middle class is being diminished while the rich are becoming richer. A hedonistic tsunami has engulfed society: nightclubs are crowded with drunken, scantily-dressed young people, rollicking to the beat of loudspeakers in crowded, dimly-lit halls, where the police have distribute free kits to enable girls to check if their drinks have been laced with a rape-drug.
Scientific research, courageous and generous outreach to the Syrian civilian population and a still-vibrant democratic society are happily also evident. The above-described trends are undermining the more positive aspects of Israeli society, but have not become the most dominant features. In fact, it is a source of wonder to witness the positive attitude of most Israelis have to life in the teeth of these realities. It is clear evident of Common Grace to note Israeli friendliness in its attitude to the everyday Palestinian, over 100,000 of whom work in Israel daily.

The Church
These are days of tremendous opportunity, if we would but rise to the occasion. It seems like we are more taken up with finding acceptance than with challenging our society. Wonderful efforts are being made in an effort to address social issues. Strenuous efforts are invested in evangelizing individuals. But the major issues continue to be ignored and our society remains without a prophetic voice. It is wonderful to know that God is the Lord, and that he is at work – at his own pace. The kingdoms of this world will become – visibly --m the kingdom of God and of his Christ, and they shall reign forever and ever. Hallelujah!

Your prayers are needed.

 

January 03, 2017

From my commentary on Colossians (Col. 4:12-14)

To be published 2017 by Founders Press

Justus is followed by Epaphras. As noted when we looked at Colossians 1:7, although Epaphras is an abbreviated form of Epaphroditus, this Epaphras is not the Epaphroditus mentioned in Paul’s letter to the Philippians. The latter was a resident of the city of Philippi and associated with the church there (Phil. 2:26; 3:18). The Colossian Epaphras was the one through whom the Colossians had first heard the Gospel, and who harbored a spiritual interest in the three churches in the Lycean Valley.

As Paul puts it, “I testify concerning him that he is very concerned for you and those in Laodicea and those in Hierapolis.” We do not know why such a testimony was needed, but apparently it was. The early church was not free of the human weaknesses that dog every community. We expect too much of the church when we demand that it be perfect in the here and now. How could it be so long as we, and others like us, belong? What should characterize the church on earth is not the absence of human failings but the way these are dealt with and the corporate striving to forgive each other and to overcome those failings for God’s sake.

Epaphras is Paul’s “a slave of Christ Jesus,” also described in 1:7 as “a faithful servant of Christ.” Epaphras’ interest in the churches of Colossae, Hierapolis, and Laodicea motivated him to engage in earnest prayer. Epaphras is said to be “always struggling for you in his prayers so that you might stand complete and having been assured in all the will of God.” That is how we should pray: struggling. Always. That is what we should be struggling for: “that you might stand complete and having been assured in all the will of God.”

The will of God spoken of here is not an abstraction. Neither is it God’s hidden, personal will for each one of us as individuals. It is, rather, the will of God as expressed, defended, and insisted upon in this letter and to which Paul referred in 1:9 as a humble awareness of our incapacities and of Christ’s glorious sufficiency; a leaning on his achievements rather than anything we might do; a recognition that none of us will ever better another in Christ—that we are all equal and that we must live as equals rather than striving to prove ourselves on a higher level; a love that bears and forbears because it recognizes that we were called to serve God in one body; a love that unites all who are in Christ in the bond of peace, refuses to submit to human traditions, and accords Christ the sufficiency that is rightly his.

Luke is next. Lukas in Greek is an abbreviation of Lukanos. He was the composer of the gospel of Luke and the book of Acts, and a physician by trade. From the fact that Paul said that only Aristarchus, Justus and Mark among those with him were Jewish, we conclude that Luke was not. Since certain sections of Acts were written in the first person plural (we), we conclude that Luke was a witness to many of the events narrated in that book. Like John, who refrains from mentioning himself in his Gospel, Luke did not name himself in the book of Acts. His humility is exemplary.

On the other hand, Luke excluded himself from the circle of “those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word” (Luke 1:2), and “who delivered a narrative of those events to us” (Luke 1:1–2). He was not a witness to the events described in his Gospel. Rather, he examined “all things closely for some time past” (Luke 1:3) and then chose to write.

Luke’s introduction to the Gospel that bears his name is a more formal classical Greek than any other portion of the New Testament. The fact that he chose to write the rest of his Gospel in a Greek that reflected the spoken language of Galilee and Judea is evidence of his excellent education and his literary skill.

Following the indications supplied by the use of “we” in Acts we see that Luke first associated with Paul in Troas, immediately following Paul’s vision of a Macedonian calling the apostle to cross the straits: “Immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding God had called us to preach the gospel to them” (Acts 16:10). Some have surmised Luke was a Macedonian who met Paul, heard the Gospel from him, and pleaded with him to preach the Gospel in his homeland, Macedonia. Following that conversation or prior to it, Paul saw Luke in a dream and heard his plea.

Paul crossed the straits accompanied by Luke and others and, upon preaching the Gospel in Philippi, left Luke there (where the “we” passage ends; see “they” in Acts 16:40). Some years later, in the course of the apostle’s third missionary endeavor, Paul and Luke met again in Macedonia, presumably in Philippi (Acts 20:3–5), and Luke rejoined the apostle in his travels (the “we” passages resume), remaining with him all the way to Rome (Acts 28:16). Surprisingly, he is not mentioned in Paul’s letter to the Philippians, written toward the end of Paul’s first detention in Rome. It is probable Luke was away on some mission. We find him alongside Paul again during the apostle’s second Roman detention (2 Tim. 4:11). Obviously Paul was indebted to Luke and had great affection for him, which is why he refers to him as “the beloved physician.”

Demas is mentioned along with Luke as conveying greetings to the Colossians. Once again we may assume the church in Colossae either had met or had heard about these two men. “The beloved physician greets you, and Demas.” Demas is mentioned only thrice in the New Testament. In Philemon v. 24, he is described, with Luke, as Paul’s fellow-worker. However, something happened, and during Paul’s second detention in Rome, the apostle wrote, “Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica” (2 Tim. 4:10). The circumstances of this desertion are unknown.


January 01, 2017

On Galatians 5:14-18

When Moses sought to summarize the law, that we might remember what is teaches and reveals, he said that God would have us love him… For his sake we must forget father and mother, wife, children and everything else in this world. Yet, to love God and to love our neighbors are not mutually exclusive things… If we are given over to selfish interests, it is a sure sign that we do not know what it is to bear the yoke of God…

The person his neighbor demonstrates that he is not looking after his own interests; he is not selfish. This, therefore, is a sure and certain mark of the fact that we are seeking to obey God and to regulate our lives according to his word.

However little men may deserve to be regarded as neighbors, yet by showing them love, we demonstrate that God has helped us to overcome all malice toward them…

True love has as its’ goal God and the sense of community that should exists among us … Therefore, by seeking to do good even to those who are unworthy of it, we are truly proving that we desire to show love for God…

If people were less devoted to themselves, there would be great love and harmony amongst us all. But we are disposed to love ourselves too much, and this excessive love blinds us and robs us of all reason, good judgement and fairness. That is why God tells us that we must love our neighbors as we love ourselves…

So, he says, “it is not enough to love one another, you must love your neighbor as yourselves.” This make us aware of how far short we fall form the perfect standards of the law, and demonstrates that we must struggle against our own natures in order to obey God. How, therefore, should Christians really be exercising themselves? By acknowledging that they have behaved so baldly towards God and by trembling because of their many infirmities and sins. Next, they must strive and labor daily to overcome their shortcomings, aiming to be no longer controlled by their fleshly appetites. God ought to have the dominion, then, instead of loving ourselves, we will set out to fulfill that to which he has called us.

(John Calvin, Sermons on Galatians)


December 29, 2016

Truth be told, leaders of both sides to the Middle East conflict aren't willing to come to true negotiations


December 23, 2016

A blessed Hanukah and/or Christmas

To our many friends -- a blessed Hanukah and/or Christmas. We have such to celebrate and whom to thank beyond measure. All glory to him!

 

December 21, 2016

From my commentary on Colossians (Col. 4:10-11)

To by published 2017 by Founders Press

After Mark comes “Jesus, who has been named Justus.” Nothing is known of Justus apart from what is written here. He, Mark, and Aristarchus were Jewish Christians (“those of the circumcision” Col. 4:11) whom Paul described as his “only fellow-workers in the kingdom of God from among the circumcised who became a comfort to me.” The note of sadness in the apostle’s voice is evident. He was human. He longed like all of us for understanding, recognition, appreciation, and friendship.

Paul felt very much alone because of his commitment to the evangelization of the Gentiles and the unity of the church. Still, he was willing to pay the price as long as he could continue in the work to which Christ had called him through the Holy Spirit, “to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel” (Acts 9:15). What is more, he was shown in advance “how much he must suffer for the sake of my name” (Acts 9:16), yet he took on the task committed to him. Recalling that Paul wrote to the Colossian Christians while in detention in Rome, the fact that only these three stood by Paul and shared his labors at the time speaks poorly for the brethren who made up the church in Rome. Their proximity only served to enhance Paul’s sense of loneliness. God forbid that we be like them.

The servants of God are called to tread a painful path. Loneliness is but one aspect of the pain they must endure. Such men are often considered, much as we tend to consider Paul, to be above the emotional wear and tear normal humans experience. They are thought of as never afraid, never offended, never in need of a sympathetic hand of understanding and comfort. Not a few collapse under the burden of such a calling, especially if they were taught to expect the opposite or if they do not know how to derive strength from the Lord. Paul sensed the hurt. But he persisted because he lived and breathed, preached and suffered for the Son of God, who loved him and gave himself for him. Paul was dead to the world, not in the sense that it had no appeal to him, but in the sense that he loved Christ more.

We should not think those who serve us are beyond human feelings. Leadership is a lonely calling, requiring tremendous emotional sacrifice. Let’s be sensitive to those who serve us and support them as best we can. Let’s seek to be their comfort and encouragement rather than add to their burdens. When they stumble, let’s be quick to help them back onto their feet. Above all, let’s pray much for them.

 

December 14, 2016

Looking deeply at the idea of democracy

Professor Ruth Gabison, addressing issues relative to Israel, has words that we all might well heed: 
"Looking deeply at the idea of democracy is a very serious and urgent challenge. In many other countries, there is a reluctance to accept that democracy has implications for the political culture. And the most serious implication of democracy for political culture is that your political adversaries can never be the representatives of evil. You form a democracy with people with whom you have solidarity as fellow members of the demos. They are all citizens of your country. They have equal stakes in its success. So, if the country has free and equal elections and civil and political rights, democracy requires that the parties that have lost this time let the winners govern.

Democracy means that you have enough basic trust and respect for your adversaries that you campaign in order to persuade the demos to choose you. But, if you lose, you re-organise yourself for the next campaign. You don’t then start to delegitimise the ones who were elected. Because, if you do that, then it means that you don’t really accept the solidarity of the demos.

If you are the kind of political actor who thinks that if your country goes in a direction that you don’t think is the right, good or necessary one, then it means that this is not a legitimate government – this is a problem for democracy. This is a real problem because democracy does yield bad

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MaozNews No. 108, February 2017

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In This Issue:

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Baruch Maoz has been a minister of the gospel, author, publisher, and voice for believers in the land of Israel for four decades. I have seen firsthand the fruit of his ministry and I cannot recommend it too highly. Baruch’s preaching, teaching, and writing ministry should be supported by all who care about the gospel and its impact in Israel and beyond! Pastor Jerry Marcellino, Audubon Drive Bible Church, Federation of reformed Evangelicals – Laurel, Mississippi

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Knowing and embracing our Lord’s clear directive to bring the Gospel to the “Jew first” I, along with BPC have been extraordinarily blessed to work in partnership with the effective biblical and faithful ministry of Baruch Maoz. His ministry of evangelism, discipleship, along with his strategic and insightful writing/translation projects, only enhance my opportunity to recommend him and his ministry. Rev. Harry Reeder, Senior Pastor, Briarwood Presbyterian Church (PCA), Birmingham AL

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Tom Ascol of the Founders Movement writes: "Baruch and Bracha Maoz serve in the kingdom of Jesus Christ. Baruch has served as a pastor, publisher, author and church reformer in his homeland of Israel. He has ministered several times with our Grace Baptist Church family in Cape Coral and our people have come to love Bracha and him dearly. I highly recommend his and his ministry to any church that values expositional preaching and the gospel of God's grace." Dr. Thomas Ascol, Grace Baptist Church (SBC), Founders Movement, Cape Coral FL

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It has been encouraging to receive responses to our monthly issues of MaozNews. Many readers distribute copies of these to friends and fellow-church members. We will continue to offer special comment and urgent bulletins whenever events in our region justify such. Our bulletins are separate issues, unrelated to the monthly newsletter.

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