It’s been quite a while since I sat down with the intent to create a blog post. Carpal tunnel syndrome threatened, a sure sign that I needed a break. I forsook Facebook and focused on prayer and the Scripture. What compelled me to open this page and begin to write was THE LIST that I received about a week before the 9th of Av, which in 2018 fell on July 21. Continue reading We and our fathers have sinned.
All four gospels quote Isaiah’s message to “prepare the way of the LORD.” The term is ambiguous to most modern readers. It’s first usage concerns Father Abraham, who was willing to leave everything behind and head toward a place of blessing, not knowing where he would end up. The Hebrew word translated as “way” is derek. While it can mean a literal road or a path, our subject today is assuredly a manner of walking, or, in other words, a lifestyle.
New Testament: (suggested) Matthew chapters 5-7
Many Christians, upon beginning to examine the Hebrew roots of their faith, are surprised to learn that devout Jewish people understand themselves to be betrothed to God. Our appetizer this week from Ray Gardner’s notes for this torah portion, includes fascinating insight into the 12 steps of a Hebrew wedding taken from Eddie Chumney’s Seven Festivals of Messiah, pages 125-135.
“Measure for measure: Just as the Egyptians had drowned the Israelites babies, so they were drowned in the Red Sea. The drowning of the Egyptian army occurred eighty years after the sons of Israel were drowned in the Nile river. This means that the generation of the Egyptians that were killed in the sea would have been the children of the ones who commanded the death of the children of Israel.” –Ray Gardner
Shabbat shalom, saints! As a reminder, ALL of Ray Gardner’s study notes for the complete yearly torah cycle are available on this page, truly a well of living water. This week’s parsha, Bo, is especially good. Watch for the number three! Can you count them? [Hint: you have to look at the Hebrew.] Curl up on the sofa and prepare to feast!
To understand what the Bible teaches on any subject, it must be carefully examined from Genesis to Revelation. This is made easy by bible software such as E-Sword which this blogger uses extensively. “The SUM of your word is truth.” wrote the psalmist (119:160 emphasis added) “and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.” As we examine this list, it becomes very clear that the author of Scripture prepared the reader from the beginning, long before it happened, that Judah would not only be separated from the remaining tribes of Israel, but remains to this day. For a free PDF of this document, send an email to email@example.com
The following is an exhaustive list of verses containing the word “commandments” obtained by my use of E-Sword, a free Bible software program available on the Internet, and The Blue Letter Bible Online, a web site that provides extensive Bible study materials at no charge. My comments are posted at the end. Programs like these are invaluable for examining the whole counsel of God in regard to specific subjects. When I began to examine “the sum of Thy word,” which, according to the psalmist, “is truth,” (Psalm 119:160) by these means, my perspective of the Scriptures, and what is expected of followers of Jesus/Yeshua, drastically changed and has, over the years, radically affected my walk with the LORD. It is my prayer that this article will prompt much prayerful thought, consideration, and searching in the Body of Christ that we might all say, as did Peter and the apostles, “We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts. 5:29)