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  • Writer's pictureD'Vorah Meijer

For who has despised the day of small beginnings?

Today Another Shabbat Thoughts Column.

Last Shabbat the three of us sat together.

First reading the Torah portion and sharing what G-d wanted me to share, then in prayer.

Twice already we have experienced a whirling wind, in our room and even outside came a whirlwind in front of the house.

But that little whirlwind also delivered some snow.***

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As many of you know, I didn't discover my Jewishness, until adulthood. But my whole life is filled with wonders and signs.

Everything is guided by HIM whom I love dearly.

And whom I trust with all my heart and soul.

Over the past few weeks, my thoughts often returned to the Machananyim home, which Abba gave me to be able to serve the people.

And the certainty that I actually already got in the SEVENTH WEEK after we moved in it, HE WOULD ALSO LEAD US OUT OF IT AGAIN, IN HIS TIME.

But there was no one who believed me (I was thought to have no faith) and so I became silent, and went with the wind of .... ....

Yet it came to the point that we unexpectedly where throwing out on the street, on May 4th last year, with the loss of many belongings.

What no one knew, secretly a Synagogue had also been built in the same Machananyim house. The immense attic was a perfect place.

When Abba called me the "Rabba"( I consider myself more as a kind of spiritual mother, )

it was confirmed by a religious sister (Christian side) Esther Kluge who suddenly addressed me as Rabba, on LinkedIn.

Less than an hour after I had asked Abba if I had understood correctly... When I asked her why she called me so, she simply said:

"Because the LORD asked me to do so."

And now it was just the three of us, this past Shabbes, sitting in the bedroom where we still live.

Jaap and Hanneke are part of the team, but in recent months we all knew, without talking about it, that they should go into halftime, and not attend at the Shabbes meetings.

In my mind the silent wonder is born, how HIS work takes place in silence, and how different from what you sometimes think.

But no matter how small the group is now, HIS presence is so tangible. A soft sweet smell, the wind in the room, and how HE speaks.

I just spread a message testifying that I was 8 years young when I received my first prophetic words.

But I also remember a word, I received in puberty. which I see come to pass, through time, so "vivid" right before my very eyes that I stand in awe of HIM!

IN HIS tangible Spirit I lead this small group who, like me, are on fire for HIM!

With the same holy fire, what HE gives me, whether it be that I serve for 1000 people or for 1.

Don't despise the small beginning.

While the rest of the items are in storage, and the two immense pillars which we were given by G-d, but which we were forced to leave behind, and now probably also destroyed, (burnt) the most beautiful things happen in silence, in this small room.

We just have to trust and stand aside, while our G-d unfold HIS plan, step by step, to honor HIS Name!

Job 38:22 ***

21 Surely you know, for you were already born! And the number of your days is great! 22Have you entered the storehouses of snow or observed the storehouses of hail,

23 which I hold in reserve for times of trouble, for the day of war and battle?…

Zechariah 4:10 The Vision of the Lampstand and Olive Trees

…9“The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house, and his hands will complete it. Then you will know that the LORD of Hosts has sent me to you.

10 For who has despised the day of small things? But these seven eyes of the LORD, which scan the whole earth, will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.” 11 Then I asked the angel, “What are the two olive trees on the right and left of the lampstand?”…


In Hebrew, beit means home, and tzed means both hunting and fishing. The resulting name means either "house of the fisherman" or "house of the hunter". The Hebrew Beit-tzaida, adapted to Greek phonetics (the New Testament was written in Greek) and transcribed into Latin, yields Bethsaida.


BETH-ZATHA bĕth zā 'thə (Βηθζαθα - Aram? בֵּת זֵיתָא, house of the olive). A pool in Jerusalem, by the Sheep Gate, with five colonnades and named in Heb. tongue "Bethesda" or "Bethzetha."

This site appears only once in the Bible: the Gospel of John (5:2). The location of the pool was near the "sheep (gate)" with the word gate. The KJV reads "sheep (market)", the RSV "Sheep gate" and others such as Theodore of Mopsuestia, Ammonius Nonnus and H. A. W. Meyer read "sheep pool". Sheep Gate is usually where sheep were sold for sacrifice in the Temple (Neh 3:32; 12:39). It was located on the NE side of town, near the temple. All three variants above are located near the temple due to the association of sheep, offerings and temple.

In 1888, K. Schick excavated a site not far from the Church of St. Anne and found two pools, one fifty-five feet long and the other sixty-five feet long. The first was vaulted by five arches with five corresponding porticoes. The Crusaders considered this to be the site of the passage of John 5, for they built a church over this pool with a crypt imitating the five porticoes and an opening in the floor to get to the water.

The true reading of the name seems to be Bethzetha, which is prob. means "house of the Olive." Most tr. the name as "house of loving-kindness or mercy" or even "house of pillars" (Delitzsch), but both the original name and meaning remain uncertain.

None of the Jewish writers, including Josephus, refer to this pool. Eusebius wanted the healing power to be contained in red-colored water, which he supposed came from the blood of the Temple sacrifices, but all this is rendered superfluous by the context (John 5:4). Origen and Cyril of Jerusalem also testify to the presence of a spring that flowed intermittently with a reddish color and a troubled n is not known.Bibliography K. Schick, "Pool of Bethesda", PEQ (188) 115, 134;(1890) 19;W.R. Nicoll, Expositor's Greek Testament (1967), 736;EW Hengstenberg, Gospel of John (1865), 256-259;EWG Masterman, "The Pool of Bethesda," PEQ (1921), 91-100.

GUT SHABBES BELOVEDS, ♦🐝D'Vorah Pnina🐝♦ (דבורה) Meijer


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