THE GONIF

February 19, 2017

 

THE GONIF

My grandparents escaped Bolshevik Russia, by floating down the Volga River on a log. They arrived here in the United States and settled in Kansas City. They had to learn English after arriving here, and I remember that my Bubbie (grandmom in Yiddish) never could speak English well. So she and my dad would converse in Yiddish. When there were subjects that they especially did not want us four kids to know of, they spoke Yiddish, and it is amazing what words a small child can learn!

One of the words they used was gonif, the Yiddish word for thief. The Hebrew word for thief is ganav (gah-nahv). We read in John 10:10a:
the thief comes only to steal, and to kill and to destroy.

The events that have shaken our country and our world on and since September 11,  2001, were caused by our adversary, the thief who came to steal, to kill and to destroy. Our enemy, ha-satan, satan, also slanders, accuses and tries to get us to deny God. Satan is not an evil principle, a disease, an abstract power, or a being with a tail, hooves and horns. Satan is real, he knows God and converses with God (Job 1). Satan is described in Isaiah 14:12-14 - "I will make myself like El Elyon - the Most High. He was perfect in beauty (Ezekiel 28:12) he was in Eden, he was an anointed cherub of God, he was blameless in his ways. His heart was lifted up because of his beauty. God cast him from heaven (Ezekiel 28:13-19) satan opposes God, and anyone who takes a stand for God. He has demons who do some of his work, he desires to destroy, he seeks to destroy families, and any relationship, he wants us to curse God and deny Him, satan brings forth disease and sickness (Acts 10:38, I Corn 5:5, Luke 10:9,17) Satan has many names - lucifer, devil, beelzebub, belial, adversary, dragon, serpent, god of this world, prince of the power of the air, enemy, tempter, wicked one. satan has a kingdom (Mark 3:24) he controls principalities and powers in the heavenlies (Eph 6:10-12).

satan deceives, he had control over death until Yeshua Jesus conquered death, hell and the grave. satan tempts us, provokes us to sin, he hinders the gospel, he can even work miracles (2 Thess 2:9), he causes our attention to be diverted as we pray, he causes weakness, he causes compromise.

However,
we are not powerless! We have Adonai Ts-va-ot - The LORD of armies, the LORD of Hosts on our side. God has come through for His people, the Children of Israel in times past. The list includes just from Genesis through I Samuel:

Babylonians - twice
Egyptians - twice
Philistines - nine times
Syrians
Edomites - twice
Canaanites - five times
Amelekites - five times
Amorites
Bashanites
Midianites - three times
Jericho
Ai
Gibeon's armies
31 Canaanite kings
Jebusites
Bethel
Mesopotamia
Moabites - twice
Zidomites
Maonites
Amonites - twice
Zobah
Geshurites
Gezerites

Adonai Ts'va-ot - the LORD of armies, the LORD of hosts is going to give us the victory, Have no doubt, have no fear. Have faith. God is calling us to seek Him, to pray, to focus our attention solely on Him. Turn off the talking-head newscasters, delete the talking-head prophets who scare you. READ YOUR BIBLE.

Read about the past victories that Your God gained for the Children of Israel. Get in a quiet place and look back on your own life and recount what He has done for you. Yeshua HaMashiach is the same - YESTERDAY TODAY AND FOREVER. We are called to carry His light, we are His lights in this world of darkness, if not us, who will tell them Yeshua Jesus is the Only Hope? We sing a contemporary song - He's done it before, and He'll do it again. Thank You, Father, for Your ways are higher than ours, Your thoughts are higher than any of our thoughts, THANK YOU. Father, in this world of darkness, Yeshua Jesus is still the Light of the World, Or HaOlam, help us to be about Your business, sharing this truth. Oh, give us divine appointments.

Hast not Thou Thyself, O God, rejected us? (of course, not!)
And wilt Thou not go forth with our armies, O God? (if that is the case, of course He will)

O give us help against the adversary, for deliverance by man is in vain.
THROUGH GOD, we shall do valiantly,
and it is HE WHO WILL tread down our adversaries. (Ps.108:11-13)

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BBarri Cae Seif (formerly Mallin)  is an instructor, author, and theologian. Her experience has led her through opportunities in corporate sales, Sunday school education, travel, Bible college instruction, authoring, conference speaking and twice annual trips to Israel as President of a humanitarian organization. 

In addition, Barri maintains her status as online faculty at several universities, teaching the Graduate level Business classes and undergraduate Bible and Business classes. She also serves as a content chair for several doctoral students. She also is President of Maasay Yahdav, a charity that brings humanitarian aid to Israel twice yearly.

Barri holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Trinity Theological Seminary. Her focus was the Exegetical study of Romans 10:4. She earned an MBA from Amberton University with concentration in General Management. She earned a BA in Psychology at Stephens College.

Her published works include three devotionals, 
Intimate Moments with the Hebrew Names of God, Bridge-Logos Publishers, 1999.
The Name – HaShem Daily Devotional Worship, CreateSpace Publishers, 2010.
There’s Just Something about That Name, Bridge-Logos Publishers, 2011.

Her response to the love of Jesus is what guides her. She currently resides in Ovilla, Texas, with her husband, Dr. Jeffrey L Seif.

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