Sermons 2024

  • 2024-02-17 God's Mercy - The Tabernacle

    Media File
    The design of the Tabernacle speaks of God's mercy and forgiveness. It also speaks of His hopes for each of us. This is contrasted to the current religion of 'Woke' with its purification rituals - the destruction of the past. The gods of that religion have no concept of mercy or forgiveness.
  • 2024-02-10 Human Power Relationships

    Media File
    After the Ten Commandments, Exodus goes into a long list of laws. Philosophically, laws represent someone's vision of what a good society should look like. What do these laws say about God's expectation about Israel? It is significant that He leads with laws about slavery. In this He is speaking more broadly about human power relationships.
  • 2024-02-03 Sinai - The Birth of Liberty

    Media File
    God desires a freely chosen relationship between himself and people. The codification of that concept occurred at Sinai when He first asked Israel if they wanted to enter into a special relationship with Him. Israel answered in the affirmative and so began a relationship that has lasted for thousands of years.
  • 2024-01-27 The Terrible Beast

    Media File
    Daniel had a vision of four beasts, the fourth being different from the other three. That beast is exceedingly terrible. What does that beast represent and what makes it different from the other three? What does the answer to those questions mean for believers today?
  • 2024-01-20 Language Drift

    Media File
    In the Sermon on the Mount, why does Y'shua find it necessary to assure a crowd of Jews that He will not change the Torah or the Prophets. The answer to that is in two parts, one concerns with language drift over time and the other concerns Pharisaic expectations.
  • 2024-01-13 The Beatitudes in Matthew 5

    Media File
    In His first major speech in Matthew, Y'shua lays out His ministry. The first section, the Beatitudes, are a restatement of Torah principles of good character updated for a first century audience. With the drift of the English language over time, some of the terms need to be updated again so that modern readers can appreciate what He said.
  • 2024-01-06 Gratitude

    Media File
    The world is a difficult and dangerous place. In going through difficulties and trials, it is easy to lose track of the fact that God is with us and wants very much to have us overcome and thrive. In this realization, we should have a sense of gratitude for all that He has done for us - both the pleasant and the difficult. This attitude serves as a counter to envy, self-pity, malice and covetousness.

Sermons given at Restoration Messianic Fellowship during 2024