While we often focus on the specific lives of individuals, today we want you to encounter the life of a woman in the Bible. What was she doing every day? What was she involved with? How much freedom of movement did she have, did she have a choice in how she spent her time? Was she as subservient and “poor” as some like to call her? Or was she a woman who could own, trade, make, create, decide and steward well when and if she wanted to? What was daily life like for women in Ancient Israel? In this teaching, Aliyah answers these questions with thrilling insights and scholarly depth.
Who were the Biblical Hittites?
In this teaching, Aliyah continues to explore the lives and complexities of discovering people groups mentioned in the Bible. In this particular teaching, she takes viewers into the city, experiences and lifestyle of the Hittite people, and where they are found in the Bible.
Queen Shelamzion the Maccabee
When Alexander the Great died, his vast empire was split between the Seleucids and the Ptolemies. The Seleucids set about radically imposing their values and Greek ideas on to the Jewish people. Some fell to the influence of Hellenism, while others resisted. Mattathias and his sons rebelled against Greek ways and stood against the Seleucid army. This family became known as the Maccabees, but their brave fight to ward off Greek ideas seeping into Jewish life, was short-lived.
Their ancestors soon slipped steadily into Hellenism and lusted for power. Civil war broke out, and the Jewish people felt only animosity towards these rulers. A Maccabean descendant, Shelamzion married her cousin Alexander the king, and her destiny would begin to unfold during a time of war, terror, murder, and injustice. This is her story, a story worth reflecting on during the feast of Chanukah.
Mary & The Alabaster Jar
In this teaching, Aliyah takes us through the crowd as it parts, to where the followers and enemies of Yeshua recline around the table, at Mary and Martha's home in Bethany. Mary makes her way through the crowd to where her Rabbi sits and loosens her hair. The smell of spikenard fills the air and Mary anoints the Saviour for His death.
Reflecting on Mary's act of love, Aliyah uncovers the meaning of our own alabaster jars, the cost of love, the nearness of the Saviour, and the presence of women during Yeshua's ministry on earth. This message is one for the heart in need of a space to rest and to be refreshed again.
Noadiah – The Prophetess
A number of prophets are mentioned throughout the Bible, along with a number of prophetesses. In the following teaching Aliyah examines the prophetess Noadiah and her connection to the land of Israel and Nehemiah. Although many righteous men and women prophesied boldly in the name of Yahweh, some prophesied presumptuously and unrighteously. Noadiah belonged to the latter group of prophets; and it is worthwhile to examine her life and the impact she made on the people around her. Her heart was moved by compassion and the plight of suffering, so much so that it led her towards wrong motives and wrong prophecy. Her life is a lesson for our own.
Holiness – Without it you will not see God
Join Yosef as he takes a look at Hebrews 12:14 and the importance of living a holy set apart life. You have been called to a life of maturity a life of reflecting Yeshua, yet many fail to move from the outer court into the holy of holies. Yeshua is looking for a man or woman wo understands the importance of coming out from the world and being set apart unto Him. Are you willing to die to self and live an uncompromised life? Are you desiring the face of YHWH not just His hands? Then this teaching is just for you.
Our Story of Purpose
This week on the Restoration Hour, Yosef and Aliyah are vulnerably speaking about their journeys with purpose. Through hearing God’s voice, and acting in obedience, to facing fears that defined destiny, or reaching rock bottom to rise into the new, together they share lessons learnt about a purpose – full life. This week was described as a “blessing!” Touching to the heart and stirring to the spirit, join us for this week’s broadcast.
Do you struggle to identify your own unique calling? If you were asked how does God see you? What would your response be and could you move away from general statements to more specific ones, uniquely fashioned for your very own life? This week on the Restoration Hour, Aliyah and Yosef powerfully unpack identity, how to discover how God sees you and how to live in that identity. David was known as a great king but Yahweh created him to be shepherd, warrior, poet, as well as king. These identities led his life, so much so that everything he did seemed to be incredibly blessed. But David's blessings lay in the fact that he walked in his identity, not just as a child of God, but as so much more. Join us as we discover identity, and how the enemy targets us in our identity. Once we discover who we are in Yeshua, we also step into a place of peace, worship, and closeness with God.
The Comforting Father
This week we entered a new biblical month, and with this newness we entered a time period leading us towards the historical destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. While this time period mirrors the challenges, trials and often destructive circumstances life brings us, this new month is called “Av,” or Father. In this week’s Restoration Hour, Aliyah and Yosef discuss the trials of life and the seeming absence of God while in those trials. Yosef also digs deep in to the need for holiness as we seek to walk with our Father and how this looks when we are in the trenches of life. Included in this week’s talk, is a brief update on what the ministry has been up to. Described as a blessing, we pray this broadcast will minister to your heart and spirit.
Zelophehad’s Daughters – Women of Inheritance
In the book of Numbers, five women, daughters of the tribe of Manasseh, stepped forward with conviction. "Give us land, a property inheritance in borders of the Promised Land. Our father had no sons, only daughters so why should our father's name disappear from among Israel?" In making this request, these daughters petitioned for a change in the Law. In this teaching, Aliyah unpacks their request and how their words impacted generations upon generations of Israelite women. Also, finding biblical women and their names in historical or archaeological documents is often extremely difficult. Yet, the daughters of Zelophehad appear elsewhere, proving their existence and their impact. This exciting truth reveals their legacy! Join Aliyah for this rich, profound teaching on these women of inheritance, Machlah, Noa, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah.