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October 3, 2017
Hello Fellow Jesus Lover!
Welcome to the very first issue of Chai Tea and Jesus!
I am very excited that you have decided to join me on this new adventure. What is Chai Tea and Jesus, you might ask? Chai Tea is a weekly newsletter where we will sit down (perhaps with a cup of Chai Tea?) and discuss all things Jesus.
We want to open ourselves up to hear from Him, and receive from Him.
There's nothing better than the presence of the Lord. Moses, I'm sure, can attest to this, as he spent a lot of time in God's presence being filled up by Him, being taught by Him, and just enjoying being in His presence. 
So much so that God's glory began to radiate upon Moses' face, and about him. When we spend quality time with God, His love, His joy, His wisdom, His glory begins to surround us, and fill us up with more of Him.
He's a wonderful God. It's an honor and a pleasure to know, and be known of Him!
All Praises Belong to Our God! Amen ... Hallelujah!

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King David
King David Playing Harp
David - A Man After God's Own Heart
One of the things that has always fascinated me about King David is that the Bible calls him "A man after God's own heart."
This left me curious and wanting to know more. What exactly did God see in David to think so favorably of him? 
Well, let's look at a few of David's qualities as highlighted in the Bible. 
First of all, we receive our first introduction to David when God sends Samuel to anoint Israel's new king - David. David was the youngest of his father's sons, and kept his father's sheep. 
The Bible also notes David's appearance: a healthy, reddish complexion, with beautiful eyes, and nice to look upon.
But some of David's other qualites, as noted in the Bible, gives us insight into what God honors in man.
  • David was anointed by God. When Samuel anointed him with oil the Spirit of the Lord came upon David, mightily, from that day forward.
  • David honored God's anointed (King Saul, even though God had rejected him from being king) even when Saul tried to kill David ... several times. Yet David would not lift his hand against Saul to harm him in any way, even though he had plenty of opportunity to do so. 
  • David was outraged when Goliath, the Philistine giant, dared to defy the armies of the living God. "Who is this uncirumcised Philistine that he would defy God?"
  • David was fearless, strong, a valiant man who took his duties seriously. Like, for example, when he killed the lion and the bear when they came to snatch away one of his father's sheep. Also when he killed Goliath with a slingshot and five carefully selected smooth stones.
  • David was loyal. A good friend. An honorable man. A man of his word. 
  • David was also a humble man. When he was chosen by the king to marry his daughter, his response was, "Who am I?" "What is my life or my father's family that I should be son-in-law to the king?"
  • David acted wisely in all his ways, and succeeded, and the Lord was with David.
  • Saul's daughter (Michal) and son (Jonathan) loved David. Both saved him from death at the hands of their father.
  • God protected David from Saul.
  • David inquired of the Lord and sought the Lord on every occassion, and in situation, always seeking God's guidance. "Lord, should I do this?" "Lord, will you be with me if I go up?" "Lord, will you deliver my enemies into my hand?"
  • David did not seek vengence against anyone unjustly. He did not abuse his power or might.
  • David did not take advantage of Nabal's servants when they were with him in the wilderness. He touched nothing of theirs.
  • David insisted everyone be treated fairly. For example, those men who stayed behind with the stuff (because they were too weak to go on) were each given an equal share of the spoil that was recovered from the Amalakites who had burned the city, carried away their wives and children, and looted from Philistine and Judah. This was made a statute and ordinance for Israel: Equal share for all.
  • David mourned for Saul and Jonathan when he heard the news of their death. He cried and fasted until the evening. David honored Saul (God's anointed) even though Saul had tried to kill him.
  • David lamented over Jonathan and Saul and penned this song: "How are the mighty fallen!"
  • David and all the house of Israel played all kinds of instruments before the Lord (as they were moving the ark). David danced before the Lord and sacrificed oxen and fatlings to the Lord. 
  • David desired to build a house for the Lord God to dwell in. Recognizing that David dwelt in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelt in a cloth tent.
  • David shows kindness to Jonathan's son, Mephibosheth, for Jonathan's sake. Mephibosheth ate at the king's table and David restored all the land of Saul to Mephibosheth.
  • David was a great psalmist and was known as "the sweet psalmist of Israel."
  • David reigned 40 years over Israel. 7 years in Hebron; 33 years in Jerusalem.
  • II Samuel 7 - "I have chosen you David from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, Israel. I destroyed your enemies and have made thee a great name. Your throne will be established forever. Your son (Solomon) will build me a house and I will establish his kingdom forever." David's response: "Who am I Lord God? And what is my house? Lord God, do as you have said concerning your servant and concerning his house."
This is David, man after God's own heart. The qualities God saw in David, although he wasn't a perfect man, caused God to pull David out from shepherding his father's sheep to shepherding God's people. 

Scripture Praise
"Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy;
at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."
Psalm 16:11 KJV

Learn the Hebrew Letters
Hebrew is the original language. It's the language Jesus spoke and wrote when He walked the earth. It's also the original lanuage and script of the Bible which was given by God to His holy prophets. And Hebrew is the writings the Scribes (known as the copiers, or transcriptionists of the law) made when they copied the Hebrew text on scrolls.
Hebrew is written and read from right to left.
What we commonly call our alphabet, in Hebrew, is called the Aleph-Bet. Which represents the first two letters of the Hebrew alphabet (or aleph-bet).
It's important to note that each letter of the Hebrew alphabet has a meaning. Both a literal meaning and a figurative meaning. And there is a number and a pictograph associated with each Hebrew letter.
Let's dive in and take a look at each letter of the Hebrew alphabet, one-by-one! 
The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet is called, "Aleph" (pronounced "ah-lef"). Aleph has no sound of its own, but usually has a vowel associated with it (silent letter). 
Ox, Bull 
Strength, Leader, First
1 - The number associated with aleph is the number 1 (and also 1,000). 
The basic gematria for Aleph is one, indicating the One and only God who is Master of the Universe.
Several divine names begin with the letter Aleph: El, Elohim, Eloha, Adonai, Adon Olam
Pictograph  for Aleph
represents strength, leader, first
The letter Aleph is the "father" of the Aleph-Bet, whose original pictograph represents an ox, strength, and leader. It's numerical value is one (and also 1,000) and it is a silent letter. Aleph therefore is preeminent in its order and alludes to the ineffable mysteries of the oneness of God.
This picture represents the evolution of Aleph, and how it was written from early Hebrew to latter Hebrew. Aleph was first representative of a picture symbol. And by the time Jesus stood up in the Temple to read from the Torah, Aleph had advanced to its book type print.
Next week:
In our next issue of Chai Tea and Jesus we will look at the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet: Bet.
Stay tuned!
Jeanita Jinnah
P.O. Box 80714
Lansing, MI 48908
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