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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
March 11, 2016
In the particular read-through-the-Bible-in-a year-assignment which I happen to be following this year (recommended by Al McCarn), it so happened that the final chapters of the book of Job coincided with the readings for parshas Vayakhel and Pekudai, as well as the close of the Bney Yosef Summit in Tampa (March 4-6 2016).
The final verses of the book captured my attention when I noticed that Job’s three daughters are named in the text–but his seven sons are not. As the number three always reminds me of the resurrection of Messiah Yeshua, I was provoked to start digging into the meanings of the names. To my great surprise, a clear picture of returning Ephraim emerged. Come, please, examine what I have found.