Haderekh Messianic Devotional

THE OLIVE TREE

'But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of Yehovah.' Psalm 52:8 (NIV) David the psalmist describes his own heavenly wealth in terms of growth. When an olive tree flourishes, it starts to flower and blossom, and then to produce fruit. As birds and insects feed from the blossoms, and fly on to another place, so they pollinate more trees which produce more fruit. As people started to gather round David and learn from him, so they went on to pass it on to others, and continue the reproduction of fruit. To flourish in the house of Yehovah, you must be strong, both as an individual...

WEALTH

'So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom' 2 Chronicles 9:22 (NKJV) When you read about King Solomon's life, kingdom and temple, it is easy to wonder at the abundance of his wealth and splendor. However, Solomon prospered because of his obedience to Yehovah. This doesn't mean that if you are poor, you have done something wrong, or that everyone who is rich has been obedient to Yehovah. In fact, many times quite the opposite is true! In this case however, Solomon's riches were used to display Yehovah's glory. People came from all over the world, and added to...

COUNTING THE COST

'Lord, let me first go and bury my father.' But Yeshua said to him, 'Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.' Matthew 8:21-22 (NKJV) This is a hard teaching! Yeshua is saying that following Him should take priority even over burying your own father! Commitment and dedication are the issues at stake here; in fact, these principles are two of the key priorities for any believer. It is easy to say, 'I believe in Yeshua', but are you prepared to pay the cost of following Him? Sadly, often the real answer is 'no'. Changing a sinful lifestyle for a righteous one is a challenge in itself,...