Welcome to Beit Shamesh the House of the Servant
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This internet website is dedicated to the restoration of YHWH’s Torah in the lives of my brothers and sisters and is intended to be a resource and not a substitution for ministry. This website as part of the ministry of Beit Shamesh in general is maintained by Rob Lehr.
Beit Shamesh, What does this mean?
Beit Shamesh is a transliteration of the Hebrew words Beit Shamesh When ‘translating’ into English a written language that does not use the same characters as the English alphabet it is know as transliterating. While the Hebrew words Beit Shamesh have the meaning ‘House of the Servant’ they can written in the transliterated form many different ways. Beit ‘house’ could be transliterated into written English as Beth, Bet, Bayit and Beit and the pronunciations can vary as well, just as different regional dialects within the United States can bring differing pronunciations to English words. I prefer to use Beit and pronounce it as ‘bait’. Shamesh meaning servant and sometimes caretaker also has different transliterations and is most often found as either shamesh or shamash. It is most often recognized as the servant candle on the Hanukkah menorah that is used to light the other candles. I prefer to use shamesh and pronounce it as sha-mesh. The Hebrew word Shemesh has the meaning ‘sun’ and is transliterated into written English as shemesh not to be confused with shamesh or shamash. Bet Shemesh is a city in the Jerusalem district in Israel, the city fathers recognize Shemesh as the official transliterated spelling, and the meaning of the name is ‘the House of the Sun’.
Again let me welcome you to Beit Shamesh, the House of the Servant, and tell you about myself. My name is Rob Lehr, my address is in the United States in the state of Pennsylvania. I began to understand the salvation of YHWH in the fall of 1975 while working as a high school senior in a service station. My employer, Len Headley would entertain me daily with bits and pieces from Scripture and in a short time YHWH's word was as a hammer breaking the rock into pieces (Jeremiah 23:29), that rock of course was my heart. Over the years I have had good times and plenty of bad ones and thankfully all things work together for good (Romans 8:28) bringing me to the place in my life where I now stand. I worked at a summer camp for over 15 years and now I am just doing whatever kind of work comes my way. I live a simple life and I am blessed with the opportunity to travel and serve YHWH when and where He sends me. While I have had the opportunity to minister in many parts of the world a large amount of my time is spent in China, Hong Kong and the Philippines and most of my attention this past year was given to my brothers and sisters in the Philippines. Each fall for the past few years I would spend a few weeks in travels, ministering in churches, homes and hospitals. It is a joy to see the blessings of YHWH come into so many lives. In August of 2009, Beit Shamesh purchased a property in Payatas allowing us to have a place to call home for the ministry. (visit the photos page) This property has given us many opportunities to reach the people in the area with the strong love and strange peace of the Messiah. A current and growing project in the Philippines is a preschool for the young children and a monthly concert we call 'FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE' featuring brothers and sisters from area churches in the Payatas community of Quezon City in the Metro Manila area. I am confident YHWH will make more golden connections and bring the projects into their fulness in the very near future. This is not some great mission project left to a major denomination or relief organization, its just me and my wife. Its amazing what we can do when we follow YHWH’s instructions. I’m nothing special in the world’s eyes, I’m not the tallest, best looking, smoothest talking, I truly am just some guy that is not trying to be someone else or something else. When we know who we are then we can begin to fulfill our purpose and glorify our Messiah.
I want this website to be a place of encouragement by testimony of the great things YHWH is doing in the lives of those who are obedient to His instructions. As we understand our purpose and the almighty Elohim that we serve, we will see that nothing is impossible to those that believe He is and He is a rewarder of those that seek Him! Anybody can accomplish the things He calls us to do.
By the world’s view I truly am a simple man without any great skill or wealth, but in the Messiah as a servant of the Most High, there are no limits. I welcome anyone to join me in my travels and for the monthly scripture study at Beit Shamesh and experience the joy of ministry as the Messiah intended. Contact me for dates and itineraries and get ready for a life changing experience serving YHWH by touching lives with fresh bread, clean water, an unfailing oil and an unending love, face to face, heart to heart and life to life.
This internet website is not meant to be your one stop place for all of your spiritual answers. There are particular areas of study that are presented here. These studies are just guides and reference material to help you in your own personal study of Scripture. Don’t let anyone be your authority other than the Messiah himself. Within His word there is something for everyone, there are parts that He has shown me in great detail, while there are parts that He has shown you. When we come together and share these things, we grow. Instead of looking at the things we do not agree on lets look at the things we do agree on. In my ministry I spend a lot of time teaching on point of view and purpose, while others may teach about relationships and family. Lets be faithful to what we are called to as individuals and not judge one another out of a lack of understanding.
Within the website Beitshamesh.org there are pages for different subjects, Torah, salvation, discipleship, prayer, the set-apart spirit, Scripturally correct calendar, photos and others. The study on the Torah is ongoing and you should check back often for updates, this is an exciting study of YHWH’s word. It includes Maimonides outline of his interpretation and list of 613 commandments by category and also the 613 are presented chronologically with links to where you can read them in scriptural context in various translations and different languages. It is important to know that these are teachings from tradition and not from Scripture. They are here only for reference to understand rabbinical teaching and in no way am I suggesting that these be followed as Scriptural Truth. This is not a hidden attempt at Judaizing. Remember, there is no substitute for your own studies, read the Scripture, pray and ask YHWH to reveal His truth to you.
And of course if you have any questions or comments go to the contact page, I would like to hear from you.
Grace and peace,