WORSHIP WITH US

We welcome you to worship and learn with us at Bet Shalom Messianic Congregation.

We gather together weekly for Hebraic worship, Biblical teaching from the Hebrew perspective, Messianic Dance and caring fellowship.

We look forward to seeing you!
Rabbi Amnon & Lynette Shor

SATURDAY SHABBAT SERVICES

Messianic Lifestyle Class - 2 PM In the Oneg Hall
Shabbat Service - 4 PM
In the Sanctuary
Oneg after Shabbat Service
In the Oneg Hall

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MT OLIVE BAPTIST CHURCH
101 W Clinton Avenue
Fresno CA 93705

between Palm and Fruit Avenues
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Bet Shalom Messianic Congregation
5132 N Palm Avenue PMB 101
Fresno, CA 93704

PHONE:
559-288-0330
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betshalom@betshalomfresno.org

REJOICE IN THE DANCE

There was a quote seen in an email … “The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music.” – Agnes DeMille.

The first time we see a reference to dance in Scripture is in Sh’mot (Exodus) 15:20-21:

“Also, Miryam the prophet, sister of Aharon, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines, dancing, as Miryam sang to them: “Sing to Adonai, for He is highly exalted! The horse and its rider He threw in the sea!”

We can see references to dance in celebration at times of thanksgiving for good harvest in Shoftim (Judges) 21:20-21:

They ordered the men of Binyamin, “Go, hide in the vineyards, and keep watch. If the girls of Shiloh come out to do their dances, then come out of the vineyards, and each of you catch for himself a wife from the Shiloh girls, and go on to the land of Binyamin.”

Another example is when Yiftach’s daughter danced for joy at his return is found in Shoftim (Judges) 11:34:

“As Yiftach was returning to his house in Mitzpah, his daughter came dancing out to meet him with tambourines…”

These next verses, Sh’mu’el Bet (2 Samuel) 6:14-15, describe how King David led the Ark of the Covenant into Yerushalayim:

“Then David danced and spun around with abandon before Adonai, wearing a linen ritual vest. So David and all the house of Isra’el brought up the ark of Adonai with shouting and the sound of the Shofar.”

In Sh’mu’el Alef (1Samuel) 21:11, we read about the children of Israel singing and dancing in tribute to the heroic feats of their King:

“The servants of Akhish said to him, “Isn’t this David, king of the land? Weren’t they dancing and singing to each other, ‘Sha’ul has killed his thousands, but David his tens of thousands’?”

We see in Yermiyahu (Jeremiah) 31:13 that God’s redemption causes His people to dance with joy and gratitude:

“Then the virgin will dance for joy, young men and old men together; for I will turn their mourning into joy, comfort and gladden them after their sorrow.”

In the Scriptures of Tehillim (Psalms), we find generous praise:

149:3: “Let them praise his name with dancing, make melody to him with tambourine and lyre…”

150:4: “Praise him with tambourines and dancing! Praise him with flutes and strings!”

Historians have also discovered that dancing was a significant part of life in the time of the Second Temple and that within The Court of the Women, all Jews, male and female, were permitted. In this, the largest of the temple courts, there could be seen constant dancing, singing and music.

Dance is clearly a form of praise, a demonstration of gratitude, and evidence of God’s people being united and gathered in His honor. It was spoken of by the prophets, and is a joyful element in the restoration signs they spoke of preceding Messiah’s return! The dance was, and continues to be, a beautiful expression of worship, thanksgiving, and joy. So …

LET US REJOICE AND DANCE!