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  • Why We Keep the Feasts12/5/2022 9:07:08 AM

    As Messianics, we often get asked why we're doing all this 'Jewish stuff.' This video discusses why the feasts of God are applicable to us today.

  • Keys to the Kingdom12/4/2022 5:55:18 PM

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    The Bible has a number of stories about servants left to manage the estate while the master is away. In order to manage the estate, the steward must be entrusted with access to the master's goods. Sometimes the absence is short sometimes extensive, but the master always expects an accounting of the servant's stewardship. So too with our Master who has been away for some 2000 years so far. He has left us the Holy Spirit as the key to His goods on this earth. He will expect an accounting of how we used that key when He returns.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Sermons"

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  • The Gospel for Our Times12/2/2022 9:18:29 AM

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    In the Western world, people are resistant to the traditional Gospel message of repentance, forgiveness and salvation. They have no awareness of sin and don't see resurrection as desirable. For them, the Gospel answers questions they are not asking. How then can we reach these people in an effective way?

  • While the Master is Away12/1/2022 9:10:52 AM

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    In Luke 12 there are two parables about an absent master. In the first, he is at a wedding feast and is coming home late and presumably happy. In the second he is away for a much longer period and has set a manager over his household. In both cases finding his house in order and his servants alert results in blessing. In the second parable if he finds the manager has misbehaved, things get much darker.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Luke Travel Narrative Parables"

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  • Mussar 03 Patience11/30/2022 9:02:30 AM

    Patience is a virtue that you don't need until you're ready to lose it. The alternative is generally anger which doesn't make things better at all.

  • Lamentations 4-5, The Gold has Grown Dim11/29/2022 2:28:02 PM

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    Jerusalem, the city of gold, is no more. Everything appears hopeless. The final plea of the book is that God restore His people to Himself.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Lamentations 2022"

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  • God Created a Moral Universe11/28/2022 10:29:47 AM

    The structure of reality favors moral behavior.

  • Gratitude11/27/2022 6:22:46 PM

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    God says that He preferred Jacob over Esau. While all of His reasons are not clear, one character trait of Esau's that stands out is his lack of gratitude. His behavior closely mirrors what Moses warns about in Dt 8. He seems to believe that it is his own skill and effort that have given him success and has not given thanks to God for his talents. In this we can see the prevalent attitude in the United States today.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Sermons"

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  • Living Water11/25/2022 10:12:22 AM

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    Biblically there are two sorts of water, natural water and living water. Natural water represents chaos out of which God brings order. He also uses natural water to destroy things. Living water represents the Spirit and order. It is significant that Y'shua twice tested his disciples on a sea of natural water.

  • Treasure in Heaven11/24/2022 7:58:26 AM

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    In Luke 12 there are two themes running through the commentary. The first is 'inside and outside.' There the contrast is between how things seem on the surface and how they are in reality. The second theme is 'possessions.' There the rebuke is that the Pharisees' focus is on wealth, status and possessions where it should be on the Kingdom.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Luke Travel Narrative Parables"

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  • Mussar 02 Gratitude11/23/2022 8:45:24 AM

    Just in time for Thanksgiving: Gratitude requires seeing the good in every situation. Because we are unable to see the future, this is not always obvious, but it is usually there.

  • Lamentations 3, Hope in Affliction11/22/2022 3:22:20 PM

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    This central chapter of the book provides a ray of hope in the sea of trouble. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases and He will not cast off Israel forever.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Lamentations 2022"

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  • Apostolic Miracles11/21/2022 9:10:54 AM

    What was the purpose of the miracles performed by the Apostles after the Crucifixion?

  • Decisions11/20/2022 2:14:19 PM

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    Making good decisions can lead to life and blessing; bad ones to calamity or death. What does the Bible have to say about how to make decisions and how to inquire of God in difficult circumstances?

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  • Resurrection - Why was Y'shua Special?11/18/2022 9:32:00 AM

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    Being raised from death is not unique to Y'shua; there are at least nine other resurrections in Scripture. Why then do we worship Him but not Lazarus or the Shunamite's son? What makes that resurrection different?

  • Woe to the Pharisees11/17/2022 8:36:50 AM

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    In Luke 11, Y'shua is invited to dine at a Pharisee's house. The series of conversations that follow are about the contrast between what is visible and what is hidden. On the surface everything is righteous and correct; underneath there is greed and corruption.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Luke Travel Narrative Parables"

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  • Mussar 01 Humility11/16/2022 9:12:31 AM

    Humility is the first subject because one's self esteem forms the filter through which all of the other personality traits are viewed.

  • Lamentations 1-2 The Roads to Zion Mourn11/15/2022 9:27:02 AM

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    Jerusalem lies in ruins and the joyful throngs who went up for the feasts are no more. God has driven Judah into exile for her transgressions of the Covenant.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Lamentations 2022"

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  • Biblical Generosity11/14/2022 1:30:22 PM

    In God's economy, generosity is the only policy that makes sense.

  • Righteousness Bends Justice11/13/2022 11:18:22 AM

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    In Genesis 18 Abraham negotiates with God over the destruction of Sodom. His argument is that it would be unjust for God to destroy the city if there were as many as ten righteous in the place. God agreed. It turns out that there is a deep connection between that negotiation and Sarah's unbelieving laugh when God announces she will have a son. Inspired by Rabbi Fohrman at AlephBeta.org

    This recording is a part of the series: "Sermons"

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  • Spiritual Warfare11/11/2022 10:26:49 AM

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    The people of God and the Adversary are in a constant spiritual and physical contest. When one retreats, the other advances to fill the vacated space. In the West today the church is in retreat and darkness is advancing. How can we prevail in these times?

  • Signs of His Coming11/10/2022 8:40:00 AM

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    Teaching His disciples about His future return, Y'shua warns that there will be many false messiahs. He tells them not to be fooled. His actual return will not be subtle and everyone on earth will learn of it directly from Heaven.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Luke Travel Narrative Parables"

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  • Introduction to Mussar11/9/2022 1:54:19 PM

    Mussar is a systematic program to help you adjust your character so that it is more in line with God's desire. This first video describes the problem mussar was developed to solve. It explores why we fall short of our expectations as well as God's plan for our lives.

  • Jeremiah 51 The Lord's Vengeance11/8/2022 1:16:11 PM

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    Continuing from chapter 51 the prophet declares God's vengeance on Babylon. This because she used her economic power to lead the nations away from God. Since much of this chapter is echoed in Revelation 18, it is not always clear when Jeremiah is speaking of the conquest by the Medes or of the eventual destruction at the end.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Jeremiah 2022"

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  • Vessels of Wrath?11/7/2022 7:25:18 AM

    In Romans Paul discusses the potter's authority over the clay. Some take this to mean that some people are created solely to be objects of God's wrath. That is not so. Everyone has base instincts. Those are built in; what we do about those instincts is a matter of choice.

  • Counted for Righteousness11/6/2022 3:42:27 PM

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    In Genesis 15 God makes promises to Abram. Abram believes those promises which is counted to him for righteousness. In Romans 1-4 Paul builds an argument for human responsibility on that passage. He also demonstrates that God's law is a gift of grace and was never intended to save. Only faith will do that.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Sermons"

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  • Passover - The Compassion of God11/4/2022 9:45:11 AM

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    Life in this world is difficult and often painful. It is tempting to feel alone and afraid. In the Passover, God shows that He understands the trials we suffer and that He is with us in affliction. That compassion is there whether we suffer under Egyptian slavery, a Roman cross or anything else. This is the message we must pass on to our children. The idea of compassion suggested by Rabbi David Fohrman at AlephBeta.org

  • The Lord's Prayer11/3/2022 8:21:56 AM

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    This is an extremely Jewish prayer reflecting a difference in focus between the synagogue and the church. The focus of both the synagogue and the early church was bringing Heaven down to earth or repairing the creation. About 300 years ago the church shifted focus to getting people into heaven and began neglecting earthly governance.

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  • Parable of the Wicked Tenants11/2/2022 9:30:50 AM

    In Matthew 21 Y'shua gives a parable about wicked tenants who conspire to steal a vineyard. When correlated with other parts of Scripture, it apparent that Satan leads the tenants and that the vineyard is the whole of Earth.

  • Jeremiah 50, Lost Sheep11/1/2022 9:02:20 AM

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    Beginning a two chapter prophecy about the end of Babylon, Jeremiah lays the blame for Israel's exile on her shepherds. Those leaders who were supposed to keep the nation on course but instead exploited the flock. The prophecies extend to the end times and are repeated in Revelation.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Jeremiah 2022"

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  • Three Voices10/31/2022 8:08:13 AM

    In Scripture there are three distinct voices: the priest, the prophet and the king. Throughout history each voice has many individuals and sometimes a single individual uses two of them. Knowing which voice is speaking is a great aid in understanding Scripture.

  • The Misuse of Emotion10/30/2022 8:58:22 AM

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    The United States today is awash in emotion. Every bad idea or nefarious cause comes packaged with a strong emotional appeal. The Bible describes the untrained heart, the seat of emotion, as 'desperately wicked' and unreliable as a guide to life. Recognizing our tendencies, the Bible also provides a program of training the heart so that we are not manipulated by the wicked.

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  • Searching for God, The Holy Spirit10/28/2022 8:33:58 AM

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    In earlier parts of the Bible, God is seeking people and He initiates the conversation. Later in the Bible, this reverses with many passages showing men crying out to God. In many cases the petitioner feels alone and helpless in the face of heavenly silence. How do we interpret this in today's spiritual regime and how does the Holy Spirit react to our seeking?

  • Signs of the Kingdom10/27/2022 8:58:09 AM

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    Being accused of casting out demons by Beelzebul was a watershed in Y'shua's ministry. Before that He spoke plainly; afterwards in parables. He used the occasion to teach on the divided nature of Satan's kingdom and on the dangers of division within the Kingdom of God.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Luke Travel Narrative Parables"

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  • Traveling in a Tent10/26/2022 8:26:43 AM

    A tent is a temporary dwelling. The Tabernacle in the Wilderness allowed God to travel with His people until a permanent dwelling could be made. We also are to regard our bodies as temporary dwellings as we travel through this world on our way to the next.

  • Jeremiah 44-50 Judgment on the Nations10/25/2022 3:03:04 PM

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    Beginning with Egypt the prophet describes what God will do to the surrounding nations. In the case of Egypt, part of the problem is the flight of the remnant after the assassination of Gedeliah. In the case of the other nations it is because of their treatment of Israel when God was chastising her.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Jeremiah 2022"

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  • The Rape of Dinah10/24/2022 8:52:19 AM

    When Jacob's daughter, Dinah was abducted and raped by the son of the local king, his sons, Simeon and Levi slaughtered the men of the city. It is important that both Dinah and her brothers were children of Leah, the unloved wife. Thus, this story sets up the next story - the sale of Joseph into Egypt.

  • Beginnings10/23/2022 1:15:42 PM

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    In the first four chapters of Genesis we are told of our purpose, our nature and God's nature. We learn that we can have a relationship with our creator. We also learn that He gives us free will and does not interfere with its exercise. We learn that choices have consequences. We learn that the related sins of covetousness and envy lead to death. Finally we learn that God allows us to choose between life and death and that He desires that we choose life.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Sermons"

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  • Precision in Prayer10/21/2022 8:25:27 AM

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    When praying, there are two, possibly three parties involved: God, yourself and anyone else who is listening. Knowing who is involved and what you want to accomplish are the two basics of effective prayer. In this talk, we explore how prayer has changed over time and how to tailor your prayers so they achieve your purpose.

  • The Unjust Judge10/20/2022 8:04:14 AM

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    Continuing the theme of prayer, Y'shua tells of a corrupt judge who is persuaded to give a widow justice because of her chutzpah. The points are that God is not unjust but that He appreciates boldness in prayer.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Luke Travel Narrative Parables"

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  • From the Bloody Door to the Promised Land10/19/2022 9:45:09 AM

    The beginning of Joshua marks the end of the Wilderness. Israel entered the Wilderness through a bloody door and through water. It left the Wilderness crossing water on dry ground and Rahab reenacted the Passover with a crimson thread.

  • Jeremiah 41-44 Death of Gedaliah10/18/2022 12:06:32 PM

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    Gedaliah was left as governor of Judah by the Babylonians. He was murdered by Ishmael at the instigation of the Ammonites. This caused the rest of Judah to panic and flee to Egypt against the wishes of God. In Egypt Jeremiah called them to cease making offerings to the Queen of Heaven. This advice was angrily rejected.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Jeremiah 2022"

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  • Character 10110/17/2022 8:22:48 AM

    One of the purposes of creation is to develop character in human beings.

  • This is not Our Home10/15/2022 11:01:22 PM

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    God's appointed times throughout the year help to keep us mindful that He has a plan and that we have a part to play in that plan. Succot reminds us that this world is not our ultimate home and that we look for another while we sojourn here. Looking around, it appears that history is at an inflection point similar to that which spawned the Reformation. The established order has lost control of the social narrative and competing voices are gaining traction.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Sermons"

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  • Joseph's Sanity10/14/2022 8:20:12 AM

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    Joseph finally had the power to avenge himself on the brothers who had sold him into Egyptian slavery; yet he was able freely to forgive them. How did he maintain this sanity and mental stability during 13 years of slavery? What can we learn from his story to help us thrive in an increasingly insane world?

  • The Friend at Midnight10/13/2022 3:21:54 PM

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    In this first parable about prayer, a man goes to a neighbor in the middle of the night to borrow bread to entertain an unexpected guest. The point of the parable is that, just as a friend would not refuse such a request, God would also bestir Himself to help those who need it.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Luke Travel Narrative Parables"

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  • Rivers of Living Water10/12/2022 9:37:35 AM

    In John, Y'shua says that those who believe in Him will have rivers of living water flow from their bellies. This image completes the promise implied at Jacob's well both in Genesis and earlier in John.

  • Jeremiah 37-40 Knee Deep in Mud10/11/2022 9:34:25 AM

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    Jeremiah warns the king and other government officials that Jerusalem is about to be destroyed and gets thrown into a muddy cistern for his efforts. His prophecy is fulfilled and the Babylonians take the city completely eliminating the leadership of Judah and giving the cities and fields to the poor. The Babylonians have been given instructions to treat Jeremiah well in all of this. (Note that my reading of the Chaldean names at the beginning of chapter 39 was more confused than my editrix could repair. Please refer to the biblical text there.)

    This recording is a part of the series: "Jeremiah 2022"

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  • Liberty in the Kingdom of God10/10/2022 8:53:13 AM

    The Torah prescribes hundreds of laws, yet it is the premier source of human liberty. Why is this so, and what does that have to do with climate change?

  • The Song10/9/2022 9:37:33 AM

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    Moses' final instruction to his people is a song which tells of Israel's history past and future. It is intended to provide them with hope and a way back after the long series of calamity and exiles that they would suffer if they forgot God. What does that song tell us today? How is it relevant to our current situation?

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  • The Lord's Prayer10/6/2022 8:40:08 AM

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    The Lord's Prayer, or as some call it, the model prayer sets up the parables of the friend at midnight and the unjust judge. In this, it is a straight-forward compilation of the content of prayer. The prayer also highlights a difference between Hebrew thought and contemporary Christian thought on the purpose of prayer.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Luke Travel Narrative Parables"

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  • The Bread of Life - How Do We Get There?10/5/2022 8:48:11 AM

    In John 6 Y'shua describes Himself as the bread of life. In this, He loses most of the disciples who had been following Him. Relying solely on the Torah, why should they have understood Him?

  • Who is Israel?10/4/2022 2:57:41 PM

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    Within Christianity there is often confusion about who is who within God's economy. This leads to such things as dispensationalism, replacement theology, etc. This talk explores the Biblical covenants and discusses which ones apply to whom and what the conditions are for each.

  • Devarim- The Covenant10/3/2022 8:37:46 AM

    Devarim follows the form of an ancient suzerainty treaty. It is unique in that God is the suzerain and the people of Israel are the vassals.

  • Days of Awe10/2/2022 1:59:48 PM

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    During the time between Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur it is good to focus on your purpose and on where you have fallen short during the past year. It is also a time for repairing damaged relationships if possible. There is a process for doing this.

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  • The Confidence of Knowing9/30/2022 1:16:10 PM

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    While every generation is tested in its faith, the tests are different depending on time and circumstance. The Bible records that even the generations to whom God spoke directly and audibly lost confidence in critical situations. How then are we to act with confidence in today's world?

  • The Rich Young Ruler9/29/2022 8:27:17 AM

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    Continuing the answer to the question, "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Y'shua speaks with a young man of substantial means. His answer begins with instruction to follow Moses. When the young man says that he already does that, Y'shua sees through to the real impediment; the young man is too bound up with wealth and the world.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Luke Travel Narrative Parables"

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  • Jeremiah 34-36 Burning the Scroll9/27/2022 8:29:10 AM

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    Jeremiah gave a very dire prophecy about Jehoiakim and had it written down on a scroll. When the king's ministers heard it, they had it read before the king. As each page was read, the king cut it from the scroll and threw it into the fire. This attempt to 'destroy the prophecy' did not work.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Jeremiah 2022"

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  • Parables and Prophecy9/26/2022 1:21:51 PM

    During his ministry, Y'shua spoke both plainly and in parables. What caused Him to change His delivery?

  • Creation and Meaning9/25/2022 3:46:14 PM

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    Secular science is being dragged to the realization that everything was created by God. While that is not news to believers, it does have some very interesting ramifications which have bearing on the Holy Days coming up. A creator outside of the universe means that He has a purpose in view and we have meaning within that purpose. Further it means that standards of conduct are given by Him and not invented ad hoc. Finally, since we are made in His image, we have the ability to control our various appetites just as He set limits on the creation. These realizations have bearing on preparation for the Holy Days.

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  • Truth and Simplicity of Soul9/23/2022 7:57:13 AM

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    A child starts out as the uncorrupted image of God. The world tries over a lifetime to move him away from that image. How are people of faith to maintain their initial simplicity over their lives?

  • The Good Samaritan9/22/2022 9:31:42 AM

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    In the travel narrative, Y'shua is twice asked, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" In both cases the answer begins with, "Follow Moses." In this case, there is a follow on question, "Who is my neighbor?" In setting up the parable, Y'shua sets up the robbery victim as a generic human being. He is unconscious and so has no accent. He is naked and is not wearing distinctive clothing. In setting up the hero of the story as a Samaritan, He makes the parable applicable to all people, not just the Jews.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Luke Travel Narrative Parables"

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  • The End of Moses' Mission9/21/2022 9:14:17 AM

    No one is quite sure why God denied Moses and Aaron entry into the Land. Perhaps he struck the rock while grieving the death of his sister. Perhaps a change in leadership was needed because the people had changed. Perhaps a different theological model was needed.

  • Jeremiah 32-33 Real Estate9/20/2022 8:53:07 AM

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    In another bit of 'performance prophecy' Jeremiah is instructed to purchase a field in Anathoth because he is the redeemer. Since Judah and Jerusalem are about to be destroyed, Jeremiah himself will not possess the field. The act then is a statement by God that He will restore Israel and Judah and that the original property rights will also be restored. In this continuation of His description of the New Covenant, God assures Jeremiah that He will neither forget His people nor the land he promised to them.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Jeremiah 2022"

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  • Zealotry9/19/2022 8:44:21 AM

    There are only two cases of zealotry in the Tanakh: Elijah and Pinchas. In both cases God makes it very clear that their zealotry is a one time event, not a lifestyle.

  • Rejoice9/18/2022 1:10:34 PM

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    Deuteronomy is Moses' final set of instructions to the people he has led for 40 years. In Ki Tavo he winds up the list of curses by saying that they will come about because of a lack of joy in their relationship with God. In John 14-17 Y'shua prepares his disciples for his crucifixion. There also the overwhelming message is one of joy. What is this joy and how does it differ from mere happiness?

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  • How Does the Truth Set Us Free?9/16/2022 8:55:27 AM

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    In John 8 Y'shua declares that His disciples will obtain freedom through knowing the truth. What are the consequences of believing a lie either nationally or individually? How does one discern that he has bought a lie? What should he do about it?

  • Luke Parables Introduction9/15/2022 10:17:04 AM

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    As Y'shua traveled to Jerusalem for the last time, He told a series of parables which lay out his mission and what will happen at the end of the age. The parables form a chiasm. This file is a general introduction and the first part of the chiasm, whch is "Follow Me". The outline is taken from the book, "Poet and Peasant" by Kenneth Bailey.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Luke Travel Narrative Parables"

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  • A Role Model for Bugs Bunny9/14/2022 8:41:15 AM

    In the Book of Numbers, Moab was terrified that Israel will defeat him - he needn't have been. Like Bugs Bunny, Israel is never the aggressor outside of their land.

  • Jeremiah 30-31 The New Covenant9/13/2022 12:30:59 PM

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    As Jerusalem is about to be destroyed by Babylon, God sends a message of hope to the people who are about to go into exile. He promises a future restoration and a new covenant with a reunited Israel. The only difference between the New Covenant and the old one is the medium upon which it is written. Moses wrote on tablets of stone symbolizing Israel's hard heart. God will write the same words but upon hearts of flesh. The terms of the covenant will be internal rather than imposed from the outside.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Jeremiah 2022"

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  • The Red Heifer9/12/2022 7:29:03 AM

    The law of the red heifer is difficult to understand. It does bear on the events of Messiah's first miracle.

  • A Beautiful Captive9/11/2022 12:53:48 PM

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    In capturing a city, it might be that a warrior finds a beautiful woman among the captives and desires her. Dt 21:10 explains the process of turning such a captive into a wife. This may seem archaic and a bit barbaric today, but it has profound meaning in God's plan of redemption. It also is important to us as we prepare for the High Holy Days.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Sermons"

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  • The Gospel - Good News for Whom?9/9/2022 8:56:05 AM

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    For something to be good news, it must meet some need or expectation of the hearer. The Jews were looking for something very different than were the pagans. As such, Y'shua gave each what he was looking for. Today many Jews do not accept the Gospel because they have come to believe that it simply tacks pagan myth onto the Tanak. This is not true.

  • One Law for All, Galatians and Acts9/8/2022 9:58:05 AM

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    Torah portion Acharei Mot (Lev 16-18) emphasizes that there is only one standard for the native born and for gentiles who join themselves to Israel. So when the Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15 tells gentiles to avoid idols, abstain from sexual immorality, things strangled and blood, they are simply quoting the Torah's requirements that apply to both Jew and gentile. When they say that gentiles need not be circumcised, they are quoting the law of the Passover from Exodus. In their ruling, the council was simply applying Torah correctly to the gentiles. They were not changing the standards.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Galatians 2022"

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  • The Declaration of a Godly People9/7/2022 7:51:52 AM

    The Declaration of Independence is designed on Biblical principles and makes reference to God three times. As such it contains the outline of Constitution which defines the structure of our government.

  • Jeremiah 26-29 The Yoke of Nebuchadnezzar9/6/2022 9:48:05 AM

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    False prophets were saying that the Babylonian captivity was going to end quickly and that everything would be restored to normal. Jeremiah put on a yoke symbolizing the Babylonian occupation. He spoke both locally and by letter to the exiles in Babylon saying that they should settle down and prepare for a seventy year stay. In being good citizens and seeking to benefit Babylon they would find peace and prosperity for themselves.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Jeremiah 2022"

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  • Your Authority from the Messiah9/5/2022 1:53:20 PM

    Your effectiveness in the Kingdom of God depends both on your obedience and your understanding of what you are authorized to do.

  • Final Briefing9/4/2022 12:28:14 PM

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    At the Last Supper Y'shua gave a final briefing to His Disciples telling them what was to come. While they did not fully comprehend, He was preparing them for His Resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit. In this briefing He describes the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Sermons"

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  • Elul - 40 Days of Preparation9/2/2022 10:05:35 AM

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    At the beginning of Elul, we are 40 days out from Yom Kippur. This should be a time of reconciliation, repentance and preparation if we are to get the most out of the fall feasts. Deciding what is possible and how to go about it requires a prayerful plan. Happily, there are tools to help with that.

  • Galatians 5-6, A Little Leaven9/1/2022 8:08:37 AM

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    Echoing Matthew 13 and Revelation 2, Paul explains that mixing in works as a vehicle for justification is like adding a small amount of leaven to dough - it eventually corrupts everything. Doing good works as a response to the grace of God is admirable. Doing them as a way of obligating God is an error.

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  • Injustice by Statute8/31/2022 8:08:23 AM

    Psalm 94 perfectly describes the current relationship between the government and the people. It should be on every believer's lips.

  • Jeremiah 23-25 Good and Bad Figs8/30/2022 12:31:48 PM

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    Among the people who matter in Judah, Jeremiah has been marginalized as a kook. People don't change their ways he gets considerable abuse. In chapter 24 his prophecy from chapter 21 is realized. Those who surrendered to the Babylonians were carried away but they were to live and prosper in exile. Those who listened to the false prophets and remained in Judah died.

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  • Tolerance8/29/2022 8:35:50 AM

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    In Parsha Re'eh Moses says to stone anyone who tries to entice you to worship other gods. He explicitly says that even those closest to are not to be excepted. In Luke 15 Y'shua says the world will hate His followers even to the point of murder. Where then is the 'virtue' of tolerance in all this? Are we not also commanded not to oppress the stranger? Today we are flooded with those who are strange. How should we navigate this?

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  • Having Technical Problems8/28/2022 9:13:50 PM

    Shalom Y'all. The site is having tech problems in that I cannot upload podcast files. Hence this past Shabbat's sermon is only available on Stitcher Podcast

    I'm working with tech support to get things resolved and will resume posting as soon as able.

  • Yom Kippur8/26/2022 9:28:56 AM

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    On Yom Kippur, the emphasis in most people's minds is on atonement, the covering of sins. While that does happen, from a Scriptural perspective, it does not seem to be the central idea. Rather, the day represents a recreation of the events at Sinai when Israel was in the presence of God.

  • Galatians 4, Son of the Slave Woman8/25/2022 8:24:49 AM

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    Paul uses two metaphors to describe the effect of the Torah: that of an heir under a guardian and that of the son of Hagar, Sarah's slave. These examples are often cited as evidence that the Torah is done away with. This is a misunderstanding. Just as the two sets of tablets given to Moses were identical, the conditions of the New Covenant are the same as the Old. The difference is where God's law is written: on tablets of stone or on the human heart. Once the Torah is written on the heart one does its precepts because he wants to, not because he is told to.

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  • Calming the Storm8/24/2022 8:49:51 AM

    It is not possible to use the power of God if you don't realize that you have it.

  • Jeremiah 20-23 Woe to the Shepherds8/23/2022 9:32:02 AM

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    After Jeremiah was let out of the stocks, the king sent to him asking if the Lord would deliver the city from Nebuchadnezzar. God said that He would not and proceeded to lay the blame for the evil that was to befall the city on the dereliction of Israel's shepherds. They had enriched themselves through injustice and had not taught the people to follow the word of the Lord.

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  • Israel is God's Firstborn8/22/2022 12:30:39 PM

    Symbolically, the firstborn represents a link between one generation and the next. In Exodus, that intergenerational link is broken by the tenth plague. Thus the Egyptian system is cut of and God's firstborn carries His Word and ways to the rest of the world.

  • Listen8/21/2022 1:10:55 PM

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    Biblical Hebrew has no precise word meaning 'obey'. Instead God uses variations on the verb 'shema' which is to listen. Moses emphasizes that Israel has not seen God, they have only heard His voice. This has profound implications for understanding the Torah and the rest of Scripture. Briefly, God wants us to listen to Him, internalize His words and then act as if He were speaking with us in every situation.

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  • Prepare for the King, The Fall Feasts8/19/2022 9:59:14 AM

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    The month of Elul is a time of spiritual preparation for the Fall Feasts. It is a time to reflect over the past year, plan for the next and repair broken relationships. The time is short, the King is coming.

  • Galatians 3, The Faith of Abraham8/18/2022 8:13:05 AM

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    In making the case that salvation is by faith and not by works of the law, Paul refers to the call of Abraham. When he believed God it was accounted to him as righteousness. Since the covenant between God and Abraham was prior to the giving of the Torah, it is not possible that the law would change the terms or the conditions for salvation.

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  • Christ: and Old Testament Prophet8/17/2022 10:20:18 AM

    Old Testament prophets had two modes: a call to repentance and speaking obscurely and in parables. This exactly follows the pattern of Y'shua's ministry.

  • Jeremiah 18-20 Valley of Slaughter8/16/2022 1:59:41 PM

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    The corruption of Jerusalem has become so great that even God expressed His surprise. They were burning their children for Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom. Therefore God was going to turn the entire city into a place for burying the bodies of the people of Judah. In doing this He would defile the place entirely.

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  • The Golden Calf - Spiritual Adultery8/15/2022 12:09:29 PM

    Moses' reaction to the sin of the Golden Calf strongly resembles the procedure for dealing with a woman suspected of adultery in Numbers 5.

  • Voice of the Creation8/14/2022 1:45:33 PM

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    In the Genesis 2 creation account, God breathed into the clay and it became a living being. Another translation is that man became a 'speaking spirit.' In this God gave His creation a voice. A voice both for relationship and for command. To make relationship with God and men, command to have dominion over the earth.

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  • Ekev - Hear and Remember8/12/2022 8:50:11 AM

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    Hearing and remembering are dominant themes in Deuteronomy. These two form the basis for faith, obedience and gratitude - all characteristics which will allow Israel to thrive in the Land.

  • Galatians 1,2 Paul's Credentials8/11/2022 9:59:54 AM

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    The letter to the Galatians correlates with the Kingdom Parable of the woman and the leaven and with the Revelation letter to the church at Thyatira. All are concerned with sin coming into the church through strange doctrine. Paul begins the letter by establishing his credentials.

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  • His Name Shall Be One8/10/2022 10:19:54 AM

    Zechariah writes, 'On that day the Lord will be one and his name one.' What might that mean?

  • Jeremiah 17-18 Deceitful Heart8/9/2022 3:37:51 PM

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    The heart, being preoccupied with the things of the world loses focus on the things of God. This loss of focus cascades until Judah is so deep in sin that she must be sent into exile. Even then, God offers hope that if they just kept Shabbat things might turn around.

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  • Power Over the Gods, Egyptian Magic as Technology8/8/2022 10:04:20 AM

    In Pharaoh's time, magic was advanced technology. The idea that court magicians could manipulate the gods gave them a sense of power and contempt for the common folk. That attitude is prevalent today.

  • Tisha B Av Losing the Plot8/7/2022 1:33:06 PM

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    In Devarim Moses relates the sin of the spies which caused Israel to delay entering the land for 40 years. The spies were faced with the same problem we all deal with. God and His promises are of heaven but the world is in your face. When faced with immediate problems our hearts will try to keep our focus there instead of on the eternal things of God. That is what Jeremiah means when he says the heart is deceitful. Learning to discern between the immediate and the important is one of the great lessons of this life.

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  • How to Determine the Truth8/5/2022 3:07:57 PM

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    The world today is a fairy-land of wishful thinking, illusion and deception. Figuring out what is actually true is difficult. Both Y'shua and Jeremiah give practical, Biblical advice on how to find the truth in the midst of all the lies.

  • Hosea 11-14 Ephraim Feeds on the Wind8/4/2022 9:14:29 AM

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    The lure of idols lies in the human desire for works salvation. We think that the busier we become, the holier we get. False gods pander to that desire.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Hosea 2014"

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  • Bathsheba - Biblical Power Player8/3/2022 2:36:39 PM

    Despite what you may have learned in Sunday school, Bathsheba was not naive and innocent. In fact, she was a power player in the Israelite royal court.

  • Jeremiah 15-16 Weary of Relenting8/2/2022 2:03:03 PM

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    Judah has made one of her formulaic expressions of regret and repentance, but God does not believe their sincerity. He says that He is weary of relenting from exercising the negative side of His covenant. The nation is to be conquered and sent into exile.

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  • Hardening Pharaoh's Heart8/1/2022 8:17:36 AM

    Metaphorically Pharaoh's contest with God is like a man wrestling with a bear. The man has a choice whether to engage in the match but the bear decides when it is over.

  • Politics and the Bible7/31/2022 2:16:13 PM

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    The Bible is an intensely practical political manual. It covers all aspects of how people are to organize and behave so that they will thrive. The American church has been cut out of politics by the tax authorities and so has neglected its heritage of political activism and become irrelevant in many areas of public life. Context is Luke 11:37-52

  • The Good Samaritan7/29/2022 11:54:20 AM

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    The parables in Luke form a structured whole. Each has both an homiletic and an eschatological application. The Good Samaritan is told in the context of eternal life and describes Messiah's care for the wounded as well as his promise to repay kindness upon his return.

  • Hosea 10, Poisonous Weeds7/28/2022 9:40:01 AM

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    Using the metaphor of agriculture, the prophet explains that the more physically fruitful Israel was, the more spiritually barren they became.

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  • When Hospitality Leads to Slavery7/27/2022 1:57:26 PM

    By the end of Genesis, Israel is no longer free to leave Egypt. They aren't yet slaves, but neither are they free. This echoes the experience of Jacob with his uncle Laben.

  • Jeremiah 13-14 False Repentance7/26/2022 8:37:07 AM

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    Faced with calamity on all sides caused by their turning away from the ways of God, Judah cried out for God to remember His covenant and send them relief. God does not believe their sincerity and tells Jeremiah that there will be no relief and that the nation is going into exile.

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  • New Testament is the New Evidence7/25/2022 10:18:47 AM

    The New Testament is the evidence that God has kept the promises and prophecies that He made in the Tanak. Hence, the idea that the New Testament introduces some new theology is unsound.

  • Law and Blessing7/24/2022 1:36:47 PM

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    Some people develop the notion that by being really good and obeying the Torah they will somehow merit God's blessing. Just as the law cannot cancel out mortality and give eternal life, it cannot automatically generate blessings. The law presents God's vision of a good and just society. As such all sorts of benefits flow to a people who walk in it. Obeying the law is enlightened self interest. Blessing, on the other hand, comes from a relationship with God. It is He who is able to save, to grant mercy and to bless. All of these are prerogatives of the Sovereign.

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  • Rejoice We are Winning7/22/2022 9:09:36 AM

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    Seeing all of the cultural chaos around us, it would be easy to despair. Such an attitude is neither Biblical nor is it warranted. That we are actually winning is obvious from the behavior of our enemies.

  • Hosea 8-9 Reap the Whirlwind7/21/2022 9:34:52 AM

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    In their fear, the leadership of Israel cries out to God. God does not listen to their prayers

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  • Joseph Builds a Resume7/20/2022 9:24:03 AM

    When Joseph is called from prison to interpret Pharaoh's dreams he goes beyond his brief and offers advice. The fact that Joseph has been building a resume for years may be what inclined Pharaoh to listen to the young Hebrew's advice.

  • Jeremiah 11-13 The Men of Anathoth7/19/2022 12:28:57 PM

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    The clergymen of Anathoth, a Levite city, are speaking religious bromides which give evil Judah false comfort. Jeremiah, by speaking the truth, has brought embarrassment to the men in his home town. Thus they plot to silence and perhaps kill him.

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  • The Arc of Reality Bends Toward Justice7/18/2022 1:23:02 PM

    In this passage from Ecclesiastes, God's universe favors morality.

  • Sex and Gender7/17/2022 3:29:07 PM

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    Our culture has fallen into several grave errors with respect to sex, gender and class. In addition to the obvious absurdity that one's gender is a matter of choice, we have lost the fundamental definitions of masculine and feminine. This distinction is woven into the creation itself and is not subject to manipulation by mere people. Similarly we have tried to assign virtue and shame based on class and gender rather than on character. Both of these errors are not so much wrong as they are evil.

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  • Omer and the Age of Endarkenment7/15/2022 9:08:33 AM

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    The fifty days from First Fruits to Shavuot represent the spiritual progression from slavery to freedom. Comparing this time with Yovel (Jubilee) yields some very important insights into God's plan for how we should progress as His children. This is a continuation of the sermon on the Age of Endarkenment

  • Hosea 5-7 Princes Who Move the Landmark7/14/2022 8:42:25 AM

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    A continuation of God's indictment of Israel's leadership. The government is preying on the people.

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  • One God7/13/2022 1:15:12 PM

    God is one being who reveals Himself to us in three persons. All three persons appear throughout the Bible, but one seems to dominate in each of the three sections of the Book.

  • Jeremiah 8-10 The Way of the Nations7/12/2022 3:38:40 PM

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    In explaining how Judah has fallen so far, God says that they followed the way of the nations which lead them to fear other gods - which are no gods at all. He mocks the stupidity of those who make idols from wood and stone and then fall down to worship the work of their own hands.

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  • Live Your Life with Joy7/11/2022 6:19:58 AM

    Solomon says that sometimes the righteous suffer while the wicked prosper. In this, he encapsulates the book of Job which gives a glimpse into the workings of Heaven.

  • Mortality7/10/2022 2:58:18 PM

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    In parsha Chukat we get the law of the Red Heifer to deal with the defilement of death. This is one of countless examples of the grace of God. He did not leave us to face our mortality with no hope. Instead He assures us that this part of our lives has importance and that there is much more to come when we are gathered to our people.

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  • The Age of Endarkenment7/8/2022 7:54:33 AM

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    We are living through an age when the dominant ethos is perpetual adolescence. This has roots going back several hundred years but has really accelerated since WWII. The upshot of this is the accelerating destruction of history and tradition. It has gotten to the point where people don't even know what bathroom to use. What is an adult to do during such evil times?

  • Hosea Chapter 3-47/7/2022 10:02:04 AM

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    God's complaint against the leadership of Israel, the priests and the king.

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  • Torah Makes the Music of Life7/6/2022 8:40:16 AM

    A piano in the hands of someone who doesn't know the laws of music will only make noise. It is the rules that allow a player to make music. So too with life.

  • Jeremiah 6-8 Deceptive Words7/5/2022 9:45:22 AM

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    Judah had fallen into idolatry and wickedness but still maintained some of the form of the worship of God. Their prophets and priests were encouraging the people with religious platitudes. Whereas those platitudes had been true when the nation walked with God, the same words were now false and misleading because God was not in them. This trust in what had become false kept the nation from seeing its need to repent.

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  • When the King is a Fool7/4/2022 10:06:20 AM

    A young, inexperienced ruler (or an old and senile one) becomes a problem when the aristocracy takes advantage of his naivety to enrich themselves by looting the land.

  • You are Correct, Now Apologize7/3/2022 2:25:07 PM

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    Argument can be either positive or destructive. Argument for the sake of heaven seeks to find the truth about something important by debate. Argument for the sake of power tries to defeat the other in order to gain power or status. Korach, when he instigated rebellion against Moses was arguing for the sake of power. Moses and Aaron had leadership of the nation and the priesthood. Korach and his companions wanted that. So too in our relationships. Simply being correct about something is not sufficient reason to argue.

     

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  • Holy Spirit - God with Us7/1/2022 9:35:19 AM

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    Throughout history, God has always been with His people. In the wilderness, He was in the Tabernacle. During the time of the Gospels, He was here in the person of His Son. Now His Spirit is with us. The Spirit's ministry and mission are laid out clearly in the Book of John.

  • Hosea 1-26/30/2022 9:26:54 AM

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    Hosea prophesying as Israel's northern kingdom was about to go into exile. His message is that Ephraim had broken God's heart by lapsing into idolatry, injustice and violence.

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  • Torah is Given Only After Salvation6/29/2022 10:00:29 AM

    The Bible makes it very clear that the Torah is not a vehicle for salvation. It is a gift from God for people He has already saved.

  • Jeremiah 4-6 Words of Fire6/28/2022 1:43:17 PM

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    God sends Jeremiah to Jerusalem looking for even one who does justice and seeks truth. None is to be found either among the poor or the great. As Y'shua says, the only way to the Father is through Himself who is the Way the Truth and the Life. Since Jerusalem has abandoned the truth and gone after worthless idols, God's words will be to them a consuming fire.

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  • The Tabernacle and the New Jerusalem6/27/2022 9:24:29 AM

    In the New Heaven and the New Earth, it appears that the New Jerusalem will be analogous to the Tabernacle in the wilderness.

  • Spies - Fear of Success6/26/2022 4:23:58 PM

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    When Moses sent the spies into the Land they came back with a bad report that panicked the nation. What might have been their motivation? Perhaps it was fear that the invasion would succeed and they would have to give up the intimate presence of God and exchange it to become just an ordinary nation.

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  • Generosity - Training the Heart6/24/2022 11:58:11 AM

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    In the Sermon on the Plain in Luke 6, Y'shua comforts the poor and excoriates the rich. Wealth is a training and testing vehicle for the poor and the rich alike. God's heart is open and flowing with love and sustenance for us. Since we are creatures in the image of God, it should be our goal to train our hearts to be open and generous. How does one do that?

  • Full Circle6/23/2022 9:14:49 AM

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    This final session in the Elijah-Elisha series comes full circle when Elisha completes a task originally given to Elijah at Mt. Sinai. This indicates that God, in a sense, does not regard the person of the prophet important so much as the word spoken through him.

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  • Hardness of Heart6/22/2022 9:27:09 AM

    Biblically, a hard heart makes it impossible for a person to see God's miracles for what they are.

  • Jeremiah 3,4 Faithless Wife6/21/2022 9:32:53 AM

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    Here God talks of the spiritual adultery of Israel and declares that her sister Judah is worse. At the time of the prophecy Israel had been in exile for over a century and Judah had not yet been exiled to Babylon. Even though God declares all of the reasons for His sorrow, He also promises a return and a reunification of the two houses.

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  • A Sense of Eternity6/20/2022 8:14:55 AM

    Secularists have no good explanation of why we have a sense of the eternal. In Ecclesiastes the phrase, 'under the Sun' refers to the created order. Why did God put a sense of eternity into us?

  • The Humility of Moses6/19/2022 3:40:47 PM

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    In Numbers 12 Moses is described as the most humble man on earth. Since Moses had no problem killing an Egyptian slave master, confronting Pharaoh and arguing with God, humility must involve something other that shy self effacement. In what sense does humility apply to this greatest of all the prophets?

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  • Watch What You Say - the Laws of Proper Speech6/17/2022 12:38:37 PM

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    Speech is our most powerful faculty, either for good or evil, thus it is important that one study the laws of proper speech. This talk discusses evil speech, hurtful speech and courageous speech. Evil speech - lashon hara - is speech that damages a third party. Hurtful Speech - ona'as devarim - is speech that damages the one spoken to. Courageous speech expresses joy and hope in the face of a society that encourages cynicism and negativity.

  • Two Seahs of Barley For a Shekel6/16/2022 1:03:25 PM

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    Being a prophet of God was tough duty. Very often powerful people did not appreciate what you had to say and would have you to be slapped around or worse. The Syrian siege of Samaria.

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  • Justifying Our Own Sins6/15/2022 10:49:56 AM

    Most people, when they do something rotten, can come up with reasons why their circumstances justify their behavior. God seldom agrees.

  • Jeremiah 1,2 What Do You See?6/14/2022 3:15:16 PM

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    The calling of Jeremiah. The first of his visions depicts God being faithful to His own word and the second, a northward facing boiling pot, prefigures the Babylonian invasion that would sweep Judah and Jerusalem away into exile.

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  • Witchcraft6/13/2022 9:26:27 AM

    In Ezekiel, God speaks against witchcraft and witches.

  • God Delights in Humans6/12/2022 1:25:50 PM

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    In a world full of death, despair and ugliness it is easy to lose heart and forget the God delights in people. The beauty that God creates and inspires overwhelms the ugly that Satan makes and inspires. He further assures us in His word that He loves us and enjoys all of the good things that we do. In this He teaches us what Joy is and how to achieve it.

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  • The Church is Culturally Ineffective6/10/2022 8:07:40 AM

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    Christian churches in the United States and Europe have lost their effectiveness in shaping the culture. Why is this so, and what should believers do about it?

  • Elisha, By Faith or by Sight?6/9/2022 9:07:18 AM

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    As a prophet, Elisha wields the power of God with a confidence and accuracy that seems more like sight than faith. He cures Naaman the Syrian of leprosy in so casual a manner that Naaman does not initially have any faith that the cure will work.

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  • The Occult6/8/2022 9:48:51 AM

    The Torah instructs us to stay out of the occult. There's a difference of opinion as to why.

  • 2 Timothy 3-4 Itching Ears6/7/2022 8:47:33 AM

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    Paul warns Timothy that bad times will come and that false teachers will arise. He further warns that people, when faced with a choice of teachers will gravitate toward those who tell them what they want to hear. This is instead of teachers who will lead them to repentance, righteousness and holiness.

    This recording is a part of the series: "Timothy 2022"

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  • Was the Golden Calf a Cherub?6/6/2022 10:22:26 AM

    Ezekiel had two slightly different visions of the throne of God. The difference gives a clue why Israel made a golden calf in the wilderness.

  • Unhappy with Reality6/5/2022 1:50:13 PM

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    In John 9 Y'shua, the Light of the World, opens the eyes of a blind man. What follows is one of the more humorous incidents in Scripture. The Pharisees refuse to believe such a thing is possible. First they inquire diligently whether the man was actually born blind then they berate him for sticking to his testimony. Finally, rather than face reality they 'cancel' him, throwing him out of the synagogue. In a reprise of Isaiah 6, Y'shua finally explains what is going on.

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  • Two Creations6/3/2022 9:33:32 AM

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    God chose to tell us about Himself using the vehicle of a book. If people understood what the book is trying to do and how it should be read, there would be a lot less junk theology. Torah means teaching, not law, so the Bible should be read as a guide book. As an example, this talk covers the two creation stories in Genesis - why there are two and what we are to learn from that.

  • Elisha Son of Shaphat6/2/2022 1:12:52 PM

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    The beginning of Elisha's office as successor to Elijah. This session contains the Moabite rebellion and the raising of the Shunamite woman's son.

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  • Holy Spirit and the New Covenant6/1/2022 9:42:03 AM

    The New Covenant has a number of features that are not yet in place. The Holy Spirit is the believer's guarantee that he is included.

  • 2 Timothy 1-2 Focus on the Gospel5/31/2022 8:51:46 AM

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    This last letter from Paul to his protege is full of encouragement. The main theme of the first half is that Timothy should focus on sound teaching and order within the church. He should not get distracted by frivolous arguments. Rather he should seek out sound men who are able to teach and insure that they have been taught properly so that they can reproduce themselves.

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  • Sacrifice in the Millennium5/30/2022 9:08:05 AM

    There will be animal sacrifice in the Millennial Temple. This prospect will disturb some.

  • Truth and Freedom5/29/2022 3:51:42 PM

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    In John 8, Y'shua says that His disciples will know the truth and they will be free. Instead of asking for the truth the Jews protest that they are not slaves. What is this truth that He promises and how does it make us free? The answer is important in a world awash in lies.

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  • Forgiveness5/27/2022 9:00:13 AM

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    Forgiveness is a genuinely difficult subject. Dr Stephen Marmer has broken forgiveness into three more manageable chunks - exoneration, forbearance and release. Each concept applies to different situations and calls for different actions on your part. This can bring Y'shua's (Jesus') command to forgive much closer to where we live.

  • Jezebel Steals a Vineyard5/26/2022 8:19:18 AM

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    Jezebel conspires to steal a vineyard by murdering its owner. Idol worship eventually leads to murder and Jezebel is not above murder to obtain what she wants. Elijah passes on his mantle to Elisha.

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  • The Great Dance5/25/2022 10:28:35 AM

    God has always wanted to live among His people. The problem is that we cannot long survive such proximity. The Bible can be read as the story of the process whereby God changes us so that He can achieve His goal.

  • 1 Timothy 5-6 Guard the Church5/24/2022 1:32:34 PM

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    Paul's practical instruction about human relations; how to treat older people, widows and would-be teachers. In all cases it is Timothy's responsibility as the pastor to keep things orderly and protect from malign situations and influences. He is not to allow his relative youth deter him from insisting on sound doctrine and good order.

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  • Hardness of Heart5/23/2022 2:06:47 PM

    A hard heart is unable to understand the miracles of God. This happens both to believers and unbelievers.

  • God's Social Justice5/22/2022 4:59:12 PM

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    So called 'social justice' in today's world is nothing but warmed over collectivism - which always leads to misery and death. In Lev 25 God provides a system of insuring that the clever and ruthless among us do not wind up at the top of the pyramid in perpetuity. The Torah of the sabbatical year and the jubilee serve to do a soft reset and allow for social and economic mobility.

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  • Avoiding the Rebuke of the Ephesians5/20/2022 9:10:57 AM

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    The Parable of the Sower, Paul's letter to the Ephesians and Yeshua's (Jesus') letter to the same church in Revelation 2 all deal with the same subject - handling the Word of God. As time progressed, the church at Ephesus was faithful in preserving and using the Word. However by the end of the first century they had lost their first love. How do we avoid the same situation and still handle God's Word properly?

  • Elijah and the Prophets of Baal5/19/2022 8:56:52 AM

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    Jezebel, having co-opted her husband, the king, imported prophets of her own god, Baal. Elijah set up a confrontation with those prophets at Mount Carmel.

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  • Idol Worship5/18/2022 9:16:05 AM

    In addition to being forbidden, idol worship has some rather practical consequences.

  • 1 Timothy 3-4, Teaching of Demons5/17/2022 3:38:53 PM

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    After listing the qualifications for church leadership Paul warns that some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and their teaching. Given the list of symptoms Paul is probably referring to Gnosticism which appeals to intelligent people who are not able to fully understand the grace of God.

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  • Speak to the Rock - Why Moses did not Enter the Land5/16/2022 10:31:44 AM

    In the wilderness, Moses brought water from the rock on two occasions. The second time, he did not exactly do as he was told which resulted in his being denied entry into the promised land.

  • Justice5/15/2022 2:37:25 PM

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    The Biblical standard, 'an eye for an eye' has been ridiculed by those who should know better. In Judaism and early Christianity it was understood that the metaphor was not to be used literally. Rather that retribution was to be proportional to the damage done. For justice to be satisfactory to the injured party the perpetrator should incur an equivalent punishment or cost. If this does not happen people quickly lose faith in the justice system and begin taking care of things on their own.

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  • What Exactly is the Gospel?5/13/2022 7:56:00 AM

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    After His resurrection, Y'shua commanded His disciples to carry the Gospel to all the creation. What exactly is this Gospel?

  • Elijah the Tishbite5/12/2022 10:12:38 AM

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    Elijah, distressed by the behavior of Israel, turns off the rain. The resulting drought sets up the remainder of his ministry.

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  • Three, Three, Three and One - The Ten Commandments5/11/2022 2:53:13 PM

    Conceptually, there are several ways to divide up the Ten Commandments. Three, three, three and one mirrors the days of creation and the ten plagues of Egypt. Looking at the Commandments in that way gives a different insight.

  • 1 Timothy 1-2, Endless Genealogies5/10/2022 9:42:05 AM

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    Paul instructs Timothy to root out false teachers in the church at Ephesus. One of the subjects he mentions is 'endless genealogies.' To understand what he means it is useful to compare this letter with the letter to Titus and with the letter to the Ephesians.

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  • The Purpose of Exile5/9/2022 8:41:39 AM

    Biblically, Israel periodically fell away from God and lapsed into evil. God uses exile to correct those flaws that lead to such bad behavior.

  • Love Your Neighbor5/8/2022 2:00:38 PM

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    Contrary to popular belief the Leviticus 19 commandment to 'love your neighbor as yourself' does not place unrealistic demands upon us. Rather the passage in context gives a procedure for minimizing the number of enemies one acquires and for keeping the community peaceful. In Matthew 18 Y'shua expands on the Leviticus procedure and gives instructions for those cases where it does not work.

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  • On Being Judgmental5/6/2022 12:23:13 PM

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    The outbreak of literal insanity we are seeing today has its intellectual roots in the Reformation. The Reformation broke free from the authority of the Church and enshrined reason instead. We are seeing the end of the pendulum swing away from external authority toward self authority.

  • Isaiah 65-66, Peace Like a River5/5/2022 10:01:19 AM

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    When this creation has served its purpose, there will be a new Heaven and a new Earth. There peace will flow to Jerusalem like a river.

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  • Why the Laws of Kashrut?5/4/2022 9:36:47 AM

    God has always cared about what we eat. He gave us the dietary laws out of love.

  • Galatians 5-6, A Little Leaven5/3/2022 2:42:45 PM

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    Echoing Matthew 13 and Revelation 2, Paul explains that adding works as a vehicle for justification is like adding a small amount of leaven to dough - it eventually corrupts everything.. Doing good works as a response to the grace of God is admirable. Doing them as a way of obligating God is an error.

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  • Who's Will be Done?5/2/2022 9:07:48 AM

    There are two heart circumcision passages in Deuteronomy. Their differences go to the heart of our problems living in this world.

  • One Law for Everyone5/1/2022 3:20:38 PM

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    Torah portion Acharei Mot (Lev 16-18) emphasizes that there is only one standard for the native born and for gentiles who join themselves to Israel. So when the Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15 tells gentiles to avoid idols, abstain from sexual immorality, things strangled and blood, they are simply quoting the Torah's requirements that apply to both Jew and gentile. When they say that gentiles need not be circumcised, they are quoting the law of the Passover from Exodus. In their ruling, the council was simply applying Torah correctly to the gentiles. They were not changing the standards.

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  • How We Got Here and What to Do Next4/29/2022 10:00:13 AM

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    Isaiah 29 describes the process of exile. God shuts down prophets, seers and closes the book. Isaiah also describes how that process is reversed. It's looking like we're living during such a time. If that is true, we have responsibilities during this time.

  • Isaiah 64-65, The Potter4/28/2022 3:34:19 PM

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    Writing over a century prior to the Babylonian exile, Isaiah writes of Israel's plea from exile. There they will acknowledge that God is the potter and they are clay in His hands. This expression of sincere contrition will be the catalyst that begins the process of restoration.

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  • The Priesthood4/27/2022 3:40:12 PM

    John, in Revelation, says that all believers are priests. How do we reconcile this with God's promises to Aaron that his sons would inherit the priesthood?

  • Galatians 4, The Son of the Slave Woman4/26/2022 12:28:28 PM

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    Paul uses two metaphors to describe the effect of the Torah: that of an heir under a guardian and that of the son of Hagar, Sarah's slave. These examples are often cited as evidence that the Torah is done away with. This is a misunderstanding. Just as the two sets of tablets given to Moses were identical, the conditions of the New Covenant are the same as the Old. The difference is where God's law is written: on tablets of stone or on the human heart. Once the Torah is written on the heart one does its precepts because he wants to, not because he is told to.

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  • God's Laws as Minefield Markers4/25/2022 9:30:07 AM

    Because of the Fall, we no longer have the spiritual discernment we should. God graciously gives us boundaries to keep us out of trouble.

  • Mirror of the Soul4/24/2022 4:13:02 PM

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    Most regard the Torah as (a possibly obsolete) set of "dos" and "dont's". While that can be true, it is more profitable to regard it as a mirror. Looking at yourself reflected in the Torah provides a roadmap for spiritual growth. To use a simple example, the Torah says not to steal. If you are prone to theft, it becomes a restriction that chafes and you are uncomfortable with what you see in yourself. If you are not so tempted, you see the reflection of someone is not a thief.

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  • Counting the Omer4/22/2022 8:17:59 AM

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    During the season from Passover to Shavuot we count the Omer as prescribed in Leviticus 23:15-21. This strange commandment is the key to hidden depth of meaning and ultimately to joy. There are two sequences of 7x7+1 in the Bible, the Omer and Yovel. This talk correlates those two sequences to learn something about the nature of God.

  • Isaiah 63, The Winepress4/21/2022 9:35:32 AM

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    Upon His return, the Messiah will lead His army and will extract vengeance upon His enemies. Throughout Scripture, a winepress is associated with God's judgment upon the wicked. At the end of the chapter, there is a prayer for mercy and the return of the exiles.

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  • What it Means to Love God4/20/2022 2:13:40 PM

    The Shema in Deuteronomy 6 commands us to love God. It also tells us how He loves us.

  • Galatians 3, The Faith of Abraham4/19/2022 2:37:28 PM

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    In making the case that salvation is by faith and not by works of the law, Paul refers to the call of Abraham. When he believed God it was accounted to him as righteousness. Since the covenant between God and Abraham was prior to the giving of the Torah, it is not possible that the law would change the terms or the conditions for salvation.

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  • The Four Living Creatures4/18/2022 2:05:48 PM

    Ezekiel saw a vision of God's throne and described the four living creatures surrounding it. Those four echo throughout the rest of Scripture.

  • Passover Symbols4/17/2022 5:15:19 PM

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    We are commanded to tell our children the story of the first Passover. The elements of the Passover are each symbolic as well as historical. For the Hebrews in Egypt they pointed to events in Genesis. For gentiles today they are symbolic rather than historical. Considering the firstborn, the lamb, the blood and the bread leads to a fifth implied symbol.

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  • Isaiah 61-62, Ministers of Our God4/15/2022 8:23:45 AM

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    Writing of the future restoration of Israel, Isaiah invokes images of the priests and Levites in the Wilderness camp. They were supported by the rest of the nation so that they could devote their time and energy to maintaining and serving in the Tabernacle. When Israel assumes its proper role as a nation of priests, they will be supported by the nations.

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  • Who are the 72 Elders?4/13/2022 1:42:33 PM

    In the wilderness, Moses appoints 72 elders over Israel. That number echoes through the Gospels and Revelation.

  • Galatians 1,2 Paul's Credentials4/12/2022 3:48:14 PM

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    The letter to the Galatians correlates with the Kingdom Parable of the woman and the leaven and with the Revelation letter to the church at Thyatira. All are concerned with sin coming into the church through strange doctrine. Paul begins the letter by establishing his credentials.

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  • End Times - The War on Cash4/11/2022 9:43:36 AM

    Revelation 13 describes a world where only those who have a special mark can buy and sell. Recently banks in Europe and the US have been moving to get rid of cash entirely making bank accounts the only medium of exchange. This is very ominous.

  • Intermediate Objective4/10/2022 3:51:08 PM

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    What did He mean when Y'shua said in John 19:30, "It is finished," as He died? If we look at God's ultimate purpose for the world, "to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth," it becomes clear that the Crucifixion was an intermediate step in a longer campaign; vital to the campaign but not the last objective to be taken. In that sense, "finished" is perhaps a misleading translation.

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  • What's Going on Today?4/8/2022 6:22:08 PM

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    With the current court rulings on homosexual 'marriage' and health care, the government has forfeited the pretense of moral authority. Now words mean whatever the strongest say they mean. Curiously, this presents a great opportunity for believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Being surrounded by hostiles simplifies our problem greatly.

  • Isaiah 59-60, The Spider's Web4/7/2022 9:02:03 AM

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    God rebukes Israel for not using the legal system to promote justice. Rather they are using the courts as simply another venue for social competition. In doing this they have woven a web of laws and regulations designed to ensnare the innocent. The same charge could be leveled against us today.

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  • End Times and this Pope4/6/2022 1:50:44 PM

    Revelation 13 describes the second beast. It has always been great sport speculating who that will be, and popes are a perennial favorite. The current pope, however, is exhibiting some behaviors that elevate him into front runner status.

  • Zechariah 13-14 The Day of the Lord4/5/2022 10:17:00 AM

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    Chapter 13 predicts the Crucifixion and the scattering of Israel. Chapter 14 predicts the Second Coming and the Millennial Reign.

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  • Singing God's Music4/4/2022 10:20:16 AM

    Each of us has an unique voice. So when we sing the music God has written into His Scriptures, each will sound different. Each will approach situations differently.

  • Bread4/3/2022 2:53:59 PM

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    John 6 is a discourse on bread. It begins with feeding the 5000 with five barley loaves and two fish. This is the key to the whole chapter, the high point of which is Y'shua's statement that He is the bread of life. Bread was introduced in Genesis 3 when our diet was switched from the fruit of the trees of the Garden to bread. The metaphor is used consistently up to and through John 6. The goal has always been to move humanity from earthly bread to heavenly bread; from slavery and death to liberty and life.

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  • The Test of Wealth4/1/2022 10:10:57 AM

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    In this world, God gives us wealth to motivate us, to sustain us and to test us. Perhaps the most difficult test in one's life (and the most common) is how he handles the wealth that God gives. There are simple Biblical principles on how to gain wealth and then use it in a way that is pleasing to God.

  • Isaiah 57-58, Whom Did You Dread3/31/2022 10:45:05 AM

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    The prophet rhetorically asks who or what was so intimidating that Israel turned to idols rather than fearing God. Part of the answer is that God seemed remote and uncaring whereas idols offered immediate gratification.

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  • Origins of Community3/30/2022 9:50:57 AM

    Historically the United States has gotten things done via ad hoc groups which come together when there is a need and then disband. This only works for a church going people.

  • Zechariah 11-12 Worthless Shepherds3/29/2022 9:31:07 AM

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    God had set three classes of shepherd over Israel, priests, prophets and kings. These had all failed the sheep in one way or another leading to idolatry and corruption which caused God to send the nation into exile. God pronounces woe to the worthless shepherds.

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  • The Office of a Prophet3/28/2022 11:53:22 AM

    In Scripture, prophets do certain specific things. In this, they prefigure and authenticate Y'shua. The things He did were prefigured in Scripture.

  • Presumptuous Sin3/27/2022 3:18:05 PM

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    Aaron's sons, Nadav and Abihu died when they tried to enter God's presence uninvited. Similarly, Uzzah died when David tried to transport the Ark in the wrong way. In both cases men acted with pure hearts, seeking to approach and honor God. They had the big picture right, but got the details wrong and died. Today's church has the big picture correct. God loves us, He sent His Son to die for our sins. They are, however, wrong on many of the details and so are devoid of the power that God wants us to have on this earth.

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  • God's Arrow3/25/2022 8:05:30 AM

    In Zechariah 9, God refers to Ephraim as His arrow and Judah as His bow. Given that Ephraim had been scattered for some 200 years at the time the prophecy was written, what could this mean? Read More

  • Isaiah 55-56, To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths3/24/2022 8:44:53 AM

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    Here God assures even gentiles and those who have no hope that He has a place for them in His kingdom. For Israelites, foreigners and eunuchs alike, a key is keeping the Sabbath.

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  • Do Not Fear; Only Believe3/23/2022 2:45:12 PM

    Both Elisha and Y'shua raise a child from the dead. In both cases the grieving parent does not speak of the child's death.

  • Zechariah 9-10 A Humble King3/22/2022 2:18:18 PM

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    Amidst prophecies about Alexander the Great, the return of Ephraim and the Maccabean Revolt we find the entry of a humble king riding a donkey into Jerusalem.

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  • A Still Small Voice3/21/2022 3:22:57 PM

    Elijah had just defeated the prophets of Baal when God took him back to Sinai. There God performed the same signs that He had for all Israel but said that He was not in those signs. So where is He?

  • Who is the Son?3/20/2022 3:41:34 PM

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    In John chapter 5 Y'shua makes quite a long statement which is logically in two parts. The first describes who He is and what powers and authority He has. The second explains why the leaders of Israel should accept His credentials. This passage leaves Israel without any excuse for their later behavior.

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  • Joy3/18/2022 2:21:37 PM

    Joy is a major theme in Scripture and in certain cases we are commanded to rejoice. What is joy and how does one summon it on command?

  • Isaiah 54, Like the Days of Noah3/17/2022 10:20:05 AM

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    God's promise for the restoration of Israel and Jerusalem. Just as He made a covenant never again to flood the earth, here He promises never again to be angry with His people.

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  • Making a Place for God3/16/2022 2:44:30 PM

    For us to exist, God had to make a place. We, who are in His image, then make a place for Him.

  • Zechariah 7-8, Jealous for Jerusalem3/15/2022 2:21:38 PM

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    Returning exiles inquired whether they should continue to fast and weep for the destruction done by Babylon. In answering, God assured them that He would once again favor Israel with peace and security.

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  • Three Orders of Priesthood3/14/2022 3:11:10 PM

    There is some confusion in Christian/Messianic circles about the status of the Aaronic priesthood and our status as priests.

  • Sacrifice3/13/2022 3:40:12 PM

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    There is a great deal of misunderstanding about sacrifice. It is clearly a major subject in the Bible, but has not been practiced since the Temple was destroyed in 70AD. As such we have no real understanding of what it means either emotionally or spiritually.

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  • Why is Y'shua the Lamb of God?3/11/2022 3:18:47 PM

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    It is not uncommon for Messianics to lose sight of the truths they learned in the Sunday Church when they discover the richness of the Torah. Using only the Exodus story, this talk demonstrates that Y'shua is the Lamb of God and that His death and resurrection atones for the sins of the world.

  • Isaiah 52-53 He Shall Sprinkle Many Nations3/10/2022 10:23:02 AM

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    This part of Isaiah speaks of the ministry of the Messiah. The shedding of His blood will serve to heal the sins of Israel and the nations.

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  • What is His Name3/9/2022 9:31:05 AM

    When God sends Moses to deliver Israel from Egypt, he asks what shall I say your name is? The answer says a lot about what God is about to do.

  • Zechariah 6, Four Chariots3/8/2022 2:48:28 PM

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    In vision, Zechariah sees four chariots with differently colored horses. Chariots and horses are instruments of war. The ones going toward the north will bring God's spirit to rest, indicating that they will recompense Assyria and Babylon for the excessive damage done to Israel while acting as God's instrument of chastisement.

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  • No Sacrifice for Willful Sin3/7/2022 1:53:43 PM

    The sin sacrifices in Leviticus are only designed to handle unintentional sin. Only the sacrifice of Messiah handles intentional sins.

  • Y'shua and the Law3/6/2022 4:15:48 PM

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    During the time before His crucifixion, Y'shua spent considerable effort contending with the Pharisees about their interpretation of God's law as given by Moses. In these encounters, there are several key phrases: "You have heard it said..." and "It is written..." What to these phrases signify and what does that mean to us today?

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  • Why We Need a Savior3/5/2022 8:09:50 PM

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    Some in the Messianic movement come out of the Sunday church and slide right into Judaism losing the Savior in the process. A Savior is central to God's purposes for His Creation and this talk explores some of the reasons for that.

  • Isaiah 50-51 A Cup of Staggering3/3/2022 8:58:32 AM

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    Because of Zion's sins, God will make / has made them drink from the cup of staggering. Once that cup has been drained, His wrath will be complete and Zion will be restored in glory. The exile of Judah was yet future to Isaiah's time. Their complete restoration is yet future to us.

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  • God Expects Sin3/2/2022 4:13:03 PM

    People learn by trial and error - that's not a flaw, it's part of the design. Understanding this, God has provided ways for us to recover from error.

  • Zechariah 4-5, A Woman in a Basket3/1/2022 9:30:12 AM

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    The visions of the lampstand, the flying scroll and the woman in the basket. Zechariah, seeing future things with which he had no experience used contemporary images to describe them. The word translated 'woman' also could be translated 'fire'. In our understanding, evil fire in a 5 gallon container with a lead cover might be a nuclear weapon.

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  • The Tabernacle, A Vehicle for Relationship2/28/2022 2:39:52 PM

    For the first time, the nation Israel became more than passive participants in the events orchestrated by God and Moses. They would provide the materials and the labor to make a way for God to dwell in their midst.

  • You are not the Problem2/27/2022 2:38:27 PM

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    In constructing the Tabernacle, God asked for the finest materials and the best craftsmen to produce a work of beauty. The world around us is being turned into ugly. Our cities have become homeless camps, our architecture has devolved into concrete boxes, our young are mutilating themselves. All of this ugliness is designed to dispirit the people of God and make them easier to manipulate. The message is that your selfishness is all that stands in the way of utopia. This is nothing more than enemy propaganda. Beauty is important and spiritually uplifting. God wants your talent and initiative to follow His example in improving the world.

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  • Companionship along the Way2/25/2022 12:21:06 PM

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    Why do we persist in following God in the face of all of the difficulties this world makes for believers? Y'ashua says that He is the Way. A way or path should be leading toward a goal. In His case, the Way leads to life.

  • Isaiah 49, Messiah Will Restore2/24/2022 10:07:46 AM

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    The Messiah will bring the scattered exiles of Jacob back to the Land. Their numbers will be so great that the current boundaries of Israel will not suffice. In this, Isaiah prefigures the greater Exodus written of in Jeremiah 16.

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  • A Divided Blessing2/23/2022 8:50:26 AM

    Jacob and Rebecca conspired to steal the blessing meant for Esau. In doing this, they delayed for a generation the division of the blessing. That division occurs when Jacob blesses his own sons.

  • Zechariah 1-3 Return to Me2/22/2022 10:26:14 AM

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    In this first series of visions the Lord tells Zechariah that He is displeased with the nations who have chastened Israel. Although their actions were initiated by God, they went beyond their brief. God assures the prophet that He will once again bless Israel because of her repentance. He will remember His covenant and will deal with the nations appropriately.

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  • That I May Dwell in their Midst2/21/2022 3:42:46 PM

    The Mishkan (Tabernacle) is relational. It was built so that God could safely dwell in the camp of Israel.

  • Idolatry - Hard Men, Soft Hearts2/20/2022 3:41:56 PM

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    The impulse to worship idols is still with us today. The form has changed from from biblical times. We no longer fashion calves of gold as in Exodus or offer sacrifices to Baal as in 1 Kings but we still turn away from God to other means of meeting our desires. In both the Exodus and Kings examples the people's hearts were hardened toward God. It took Moses and Elijah, two hard men whose hearts were soft toward God to set matters right again. Today too many soft men with hard hearts are leading religious institutions and many have gone astray.

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  • Cyclical and Linear Time2/18/2022 10:16:30 AM

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    The generation that left Egypt and died in the wilderness is often regarded as a failure. I do not entirely accept that because they lived 40 more years and died in the hope and promise that their journey would be completed by their children. Just so with we who live our lives waiting for Messiah's return. We may not see that event, but we faithfully live our lives in the hope that our children will. Herein lies the difference between cyclical time and the hope embodied in linear time.

  • Isaiah 47-48 Daughter of the Chaldeans2/17/2022 2:03:43 PM

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    Isaiah's prophecy is over a century before the Babylonian exile; yet here he predicts exile, return and the ultimate destruction of the ancient system of rebellion and false worship represented by Babylon. In this he reaches all the way to the end times.

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  • How Each Hears God2/16/2022 2:39:25 PM

    As unique individuals, each of us hears the voice of God differently. That is a good thing because in a community the different parts can get closer to the whole.

  • Psalms 80, 89, 92 Two Messiahs2/15/2022 9:40:21 AM

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    The group of Psalms from Ps 60 to Ps 108 heavily refer to Joseph and the Northern Kingdom of Israel. In these three Psalms we see evidence of two Messiahs, one from Joseph and the other from Judah.

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  • Us and Them - How to Treat the Other2/14/2022 2:32:49 PM

    In parsha Mishpatim, God tells Israel in the strongest terms that they may not mistreat the stranger, the fatherless, the widow or the poor

  • Whom Shall You Fear?2/13/2022 3:39:35 PM

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    The Bible over and over tells believers to 'fear not.' That is true in context but not in general. The choice in life is between fear of the world or fear of God. The choice is binary, there is no other option. If one chooses the fear of God, the fear of the world becomes a non issue.

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  • Love Your Neighbor2/11/2022 2:55:21 PM

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    The Bible exhorts us to 'love your neighbor as yourself,' but what does that mean and how does one actually do it? As might be expected, the Torah gives us practical instruction.

  • Isaiah 45-46, Cyrus the Persian2/10/2022 10:05:11 AM

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    Isaiah, writing almost a century and a half before the event, predicted the rise and career of Cyrus the Persian. He asserted that all of Cyrus' military success was attributable to the hand of God and that Cyrus would send Judah back to their land after the Babylonian exile. This prophecy so impressed the king that he not only released the Jews but financed the rebuilding of the Temple.

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  • Consent of the Governed2/9/2022 3:43:57 PM

    The events leading up to the giving of the Ten Commandments establish the principle of consent of the governed.

  • Psalm 110 A Priestly King2/8/2022 2:03:46 PM

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    Psalm 110 introduces the idea of a priestly king. Heretofore priests have come from Levi and kings from either Judah or Ephraim. This change and the reasons therefore are explained in the Book of Hebrews.

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  • Ten Commandments, A Marriage Covenant2/7/2022 12:38:20 PM

    The Ten Commandments is often regarded as a list of *don'ts* A more healthy way to look at is as a description of the bride and groom in the marriage covenant between God and Israel.

  • Was the Sabbath Changed?2/6/2022 5:57:09 PM

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    I read a comment by a pastor I respect saying that the Sabbath had been 'nailed to the cross' and that he celebrates the 'resurrected Sabbath.' Is this sound doctrine? Is there any scriptural support for such a belief? Does it matter?

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  • Corrupt Institutions2/4/2022 3:11:11 PM

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    Commentary on Matthew 15:1-9 All human institutions become corrupt if they hang around long enough - even those established by God. Once an institution has ceased to serve the purpose for which it was created, it should be abolished, or you should come out of it.

  • Isaiah 44, You are My Witnesses2/3/2022 10:44:05 AM

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    Men are continually tempted to make and worship idols. The prophet mocks that as foolishness and holds Israel up as a witness to the power of God in contradistinction to the futility of idolatry.

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  • Abraham and the Stranger2/2/2022 5:45:00 PM

    Abraham's treatment of Hagar sets up the events of the Exodus.

  • Just What is the Gospel?2/1/2022 2:41:27 PM

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    When I was young in the faith, I had real trouble finding someone who could give me a coherent explanation of the Gospel.

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  • Prophets, Parables and Exile1/31/2022 9:24:30 PM

    God does not always speak plainly. Typically, He sends a prophet to warn His people. If they do not listen, He has the prophet switch to parables which are designed not to be easliy understood.

  • The Light of Men1/30/2022 3:43:01 PM

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    The writings of John use the metaphor of light extensively. Most of the uses are clear and obvious but one is not. What does it mean that 'the life is the light of men?'

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  • Laws Flow From Narrative1/28/2022 3:25:33 PM

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    Laws do not exist in a vacuum. They represent a vision of what an ideal society should look like. That vision, in turn, comes from the stories and history of the people who make those laws. This is true for Israel and for the United States.

  • Isaiah 42-43, My Blind Servant1/27/2022 12:31:35 PM

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    Beginning with 'Sing to the Lord a new song,' this section goes on to explain that the servant of the Lord (Israel in this case) has been scattered because of spiritual blindness. It goes on to promise that God will redeem Israel and cure that blindness.

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  • Ten Statements1/26/2022 3:28:47 PM

    The ten plagues on Egypt were, in a sense, a backing out of the ten statements of creation in Genesis. They are then followed by ten statements of recreation at Sinai.

  • Psalms 22-23-24 A Valley Between Two Mountains1/25/2022 3:52:02 PM

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    Psalms 22, 23 and 24 form a Messianic tryptic. The first describes the crucifixion and the last describes the return of the conquering king. In between is the Valley of the Shadow of death where He descended into the grave and then arose three days later.

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  • Parable of the Sower - Fertilizer1/24/2022 3:30:17 PM

    Y'shua's first parable, the Parable of the Sower, is a wonderful metaphor for lots of things in a person's life. As an example, it can help explain the purpose of troubles.

  • Ten Commandments, Human Government1/23/2022 2:34:04 PM

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    In Parsha Yitro Moses establishes a system of subordinate judges and God gives the Ten Commandments. This forms a basis for human governance within the Kingdom of God. The problem with human governance is that it is composed of humans and so eventually goes astray. God periodically sends his prophets to get things back on track. The last of those prophets was His own son. When a prophet is unable to correct the nation, the next step is exile and foreign dominion.

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  • Isaiah 41-42, Behold My Servant1/21/2022 2:02:32 PM

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    When Isaiah speaks of the servant of the Lord, sometimes he means Israel, sometimes the Messiah. Discerning which can sometimes be difficult. In this passage, it seems to be the Messiah.

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  • Joseph, The Fourth Patriarch1/21/2022 1:56:44 PM

    In many respects Joseph is better placed with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob than he is with his brothers as one of the twelve tribes of Israel.

  • Tribal Temperament in Exile1/19/2022 12:52:48 PM

    The history of Israel has long periods of exile during which there were leaders from different tribes. How each of those leaders performed was predicted by the words spoken by Jacob over his twelve sons before his death.

  • Messianic Psalms, Intro and Psalm 21/18/2022 2:48:08 PM

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    Going back to the blessing of the Sons of Jacob and then the tribes by Moses, it becomes clear that both Joseph and Judah have leadership roles within the nation. Joseph gets the blessing of Abraham and most of the attention in Gen 39 and Dt 33. After this introduction, Psalm 2 describes a three way conversation between the Father, His Son and a narrator.

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  • Holy Spirit and the Torah1/17/2022 9:32:41 PM

    Given on the same day centuries apart, the Torah and Holy Spirit provide guidance on how to live this life. The two work together in harmony and are not at all at odds.

  • Wedding at Cana1/16/2022 3:23:29 PM

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    John's description of Y'shua's first miracle raises lots of questions. Why did his mother take charge of the wine problem? What did she expect Him to do? What is the significance of the stone jars? Why was this the first of His miracles?

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  • Isaiah 40, Comfort My People1/13/2022 3:28:20 PM

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    Change of subject from the Assyrian invasion to a long prophetic section of the book. Here the prophet looks forward to the exile of Judah, the coming of the Messiah and the eventual return of the nation. The futility of idols and God's love for His people will be a recurring theme in the following chapters.

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  • God in the Patriarchs1/12/2022 2:21:58 PM

    Abraham, Isaac and Jacob each represents one aspect of God.

  • Ezekiel 46-48 Water from the Sanctuary1/11/2022 3:03:08 PM

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    The book closes with a description of the Millennium where Christ reigns on earth. Water flows from the Sanctuary and heals the Dead Sea. Trees grow along the bank whose leaves are for healing. This is subtly different from the end of Revelation where the living water supports the Tree of Life.

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  • Blessing the Younger Son1/10/2022 3:26:07 PM

    Many of the stories in the Bible revolve around competition between brothers for a blessing. In all of the major stories, the younger son is favored.

  • No Joy in Plagueville1/9/2022 3:45:13 PM

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    If you have noticed that people are angry, depressed and isolated, it is because they are. The protocols imposed to combat the pandemic, in addition to being ineffective, are destroying our communities and driving people to anger and despair. In short, they are designed to steal your joy. Don't let that happen.

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  • Ten Statements of God1/7/2022 1:33:13 PM

    The ten plagues on Egypt were, in a sense, a backing out of the ten statements of creation in Genesis. They are then followed by ten statements of recreation at Sinai.

  • Isaiah 37-39 The Sundial Backs Up1/6/2022 2:51:49 PM

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    Hezekiah, faced with an illness unto death during the Assyrian invasion, prayed for deliverance. God answered his prayer, granting the king an extra 15 years of life. As a sign of His favor, God backed up the shadow on the sundial by ten steps. The effects of this event are recorded as well in secular history.

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  • Successful Prayer1/5/2022 2:42:40 PM

    Tending a prayer is much like tending a garden. You need only plant the seed once, but then you must defend the crop.

  • Ezekiel 44-45 Execute Justice and Righteousness1/4/2022 3:42:18 PM

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    In describing Israel in the Millennium, God makes special provision for the Prince, which is to say civil government. In this He remembers the behavior of Israel's nobility before they were sent into exile. He sets things up to lessen the temptation to use civil office for personal profit.

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  • Please Identify..Deceiving Jacob1/4/2022 12:05:14 AM

    In a remarkable display of deja vu, Joseph's brothers deceive their father using a goat.

  • Water1/2/2022 3:43:42 PM

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    In Torah portion Va'eira, we see the first of the plagues, the Nile River turned into blood. Here water symbolizes death because the Egyptians had used the river to hide the evidence of their murder of the Hebrew children. Water can also symbolize chaos, life, the Spirit, etc. The symbolic use of water requires an understanding of context and of the consistent patterns in Scripture.

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  • Judah the Humble King12/31/2021 3:24:14 PM

    Of the two royal lines in Israel, Judah and Joseph, both exhibit an humble character.

  • Isaiah 35-36, Invasion12/30/2021 10:10:43 PM

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    In this historical interlude, the Assyrian Rabshakeh taunts the inhabitants of Jerusalem hoping they will surrender without a fight. In this he makes the mistake of asserting that Israel's God cannot save them.

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  • Was Esau's Kiss Sincere?12/29/2021 9:00:23 PM

    At the end of his sojourn in Haran, Jacob returns to the land and meets Esau. The Torah says that Esau kissed him when they met. Was that kiss sincere?

  • Ezekiel 40-44 The Millennial Temple12/28/2021 10:38:44 PM

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    The prophet is taken in vision to Israel and shown the Millennial Temple. This vision is the bookend to the vision in chapter 8 where he sees in a vision, the departure of the Glory before the destruction of that Temple by the Babylonians. Just as Exodus describes the Wilderness Tabernacle in great detail, so also the vision of the new Temple.

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  • Judah as Esau12/27/2021 9:52:38 PM

    Comparing the lives of Judah and Esau, it becomes obvious that they have similar characters. This casts a different light on Jacob's theft of Esau's blessing in the face of Isaac's desire to split the blessing of Abraham.

  • Who's a Judaizer?12/26/2021 6:45:24 PM

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    A popular web site had an article accusing Messianics of being 'Judaizers' and heretics. The article asserted that one did not have to become a Jew to enter the Kingdom of God - which is absolutely true. It also said that the Torah had been abrogated by the Messiah - which is absolutely false. That assertion is based on a misreading of Colossians 2.

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  • Isaiah 33-34, Sword in Heaven12/23/2021 8:51:26 PM

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    The sword of the Lord, having drunk its fill in heaven turns to the earth. This passage describes the march of Y'shua from Bozrah, up through Edom to Zion. That process is His recompense for what Edom and the nations have done to His people.

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  • Ezekiel 38-39, Gog Prince of Magog12/21/2021 10:46:44 PM

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    God Himself engineers the invasion of Israel by Gog and his allies. The invasion will result in the destruction of the invading coalition. The reason for this is to disabuse the nations of the idea that they would have been able to conquer Israel if God had not withdrawn His hand of protection. He withdrew protection because Israel was faithless.

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  • Why He is the Messiah12/19/2021 6:01:49 PM

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    On the Road to Emmaus, Y'shua explained from Moses and the prophets why He is the Messiah and why the Crucifixion had to happen. How might that conversation have gone?

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  • Isaiah 31-32, Complacent Women12/16/2021 6:25:04 PM

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    Before the coming of the Righteous King, there will be a time of desolation when the crops will fail and the land will turn to thorns. In that time, upper class women who have been secure in their positions will go into mourning for the loss of their luxury.

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  • Signs of the Presence of the Holy Spirit12/15/2021 2:46:13 PM

    The entire Bible, Tanak and Apostolic Scriptres, is consistent that when the Holy Spirit lands on someone, those around him know it.

  • Ezekiel 36-37 Dry Bones12/14/2021 10:49:34 PM

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    As in Chapter 11, God promises Israel a new covenant in which their hearts of stone will be replaced by hearts of flesh. He then gives the prophet a vision of a valley full of dried bones representing the current state of Israel. In reversing the death and desiccation God dramatizes how He will restore the nation to live under the new covenant.

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  • Jacob at the Well12/13/2021 10:01:06 PM

    Jacob's life is harsh and marked by bad decisions, yet he is one of the patriarchs. What does that mean for us?

  • Repentance and Forgiveness12/12/2021 6:14:33 PM

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    Joseph's meeting with his brothers in Genesis 44 is the first instance of forgiveness in Scripture and perhaps in all human history. To set the scene up, Judah completely repents of his behavior in selling Joseph into slavery. In doing this he sets up a watershed in human history and provides a wonderful example for us today.

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  • Isaiah 30, Weep No More12/9/2021 5:50:03 PM

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    In response to the Assyrian invasion, Judah desperately tries to form a military alliance with Egypt. The prophet informs them that their safety does not lie with men. Rather resting in the LORD will bring them salvation.

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  • Joel 2: Structure and Meaning12/8/2021 9:26:59 PM

    The Bible is typically fairly terse, not using any more words than needed. To augment the words, the Bible uses structure. Recognizing that structure opens up quite a bit more meaning.

  • Ezekiel 34-36 Corrupt Shepherds12/7/2021 10:44:03 PM

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    As God tells Ezekiel the reasons for Israel's exile, He places the blame squarely at the feet of the Shepherds, Israel's religious establishment. The nation's corruption had begun in the Temple when those who were to care for and teach Israel saw their positions as a source of wealth and privilege. That attitude has also taken root in the modern church. It is unlikely that God's perspective has changed.

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  • A Stolen Blessing12/6/2021 9:40:34 PM

    Isaac had always intended to bless his sons differently. The blessing of Abraham was never going to be given to Esau.

  • The Last Parable12/5/2021 7:11:23 PM

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    At the end of His ministry, Y'shua taught mostly in parables. His final parable on the way to the cross was about the green and dry trees (Lu 23:31). As with most parables, this has both local and eternal implications.

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  • Isaiah 29, The Process of Exile12/2/2021 10:41:18 PM

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    Once God has decided that Israel is to go into exile, he initiates a process that will allow the prophet to continue speaking but in a way that will not cause societal healing. To do this, he has the prophet speak in parables, removes sages and turns Scripture into a closed book.

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  • Loving Kindness12/1/2021 9:28:13 PM

    God shows loving kindness to us despite the miserable things we often do.

  • Ezekiel 33, The Watchman11/30/2021 11:14:10 PM

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    As God's watchman, Ezekiel is obligated to warn Israel of what their behavior will bring upon them. He is also obligated to speak of God's character and warn them against fatalism. Even though the temporal consequences of sin might not be avoidable, the eternal consequences may be voided by repentance.

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  • The Gospel in Genesis11/29/2021 8:29:40 PM

    Hebrew names have meaning. Looking at the names of the first generations in Genesis reveals the Gospel.

  • God's Antidote for Greed11/28/2021 9:23:44 PM

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    The church has inverted Scripture, denouncing things that God calls blessings and elevating things that God calls sinful. This is the case with all of the hyphenated 'justice' movements which are simply covetousness dressed up to appear respectable. Since there is no limit to what one lacks, once covetousness gets loose it consumes everything. God has an antidote.

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  • Isaiah 27-28 Cornerstone in Zion11/26/2021 10:08:34 AM

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    Both Ephraim and Judah have fallen into apostasy and have made 'covenants' with the pagan gods of the underworld. God has laid a cornerstone in Zion which will be the origin of the plumb line of truth. This cornerstone, the Messiah will, sweep away the refuge of lies (pagan gods) that Israel foolishly trusts in.

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  • Lot, A Biblical Case Study11/24/2021 9:28:02 PM

    The Bible often teaches through case studies; telling stories of two men each faced with the same choices. In the case of Lot and Abraham, Lot's choices lead inexorably to his destruction.

  • Posting Interruption11/23/2021 10:41:15 PM

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    I've been out of town for two weeks so we've not had regular Bible study. We resumed this evening with Ezekiel 33 which will be posted next Tuesday.

  • Why Did God Choose Circumcision?11/22/2021 9:23:08 PM

    Religions and other groups have used many ways of marking their own throughout history, Why did God choose circumcision for His people?

  • Chanukah, Passover and Thanksgiving11/21/2021 9:40:49 PM

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    Over time, human government grows beyond what is beneficial and begins to see God as a rival for power and influence over its own people. Passover celebrates God bringing His people out from such a government and bringing them into His kingdom. Chanukah and Thanksgiving celebrate much the same thing.

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  • Isaiah 25-26, He will Swallow up Death11/18/2021 11:17:29 PM

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    The fear of death is a veil spread over the nations. It is also a great help to Satan who uses fear to persuade and control people. Messiah's sacrifice has removed the sting of death for believers and at the LORD of hosts' feast He will swallow it up forever.

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  • Natural vs. Moral Law11/17/2021 9:49:18 PM

    Moral law was introduced by God after the Flood. It differs from natural law in that it is proscriptive rather than descriptive. The moral law is given in two ways, statute and case studies.

  • How We Know He is the Messiah11/14/2021 8:52:51 PM

    Being raised from the dead is not the definitive sign that Y'shua is the Messiah.

  • Isaiah 24, Judgment of the Earth11/11/2021 9:51:24 PM

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    The earth is defiled by its inhabitants who have transgressed the everlasting covenant. That covenant, the one made with Noah, imposes duties and restrictions on gentiles as well as Hebrews. In the end, the consequences of that transgression are world wide.

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  • Three Sorts of Fool11/10/2021 9:38:20 PM

    There are three varieties of fool described in Biblical wisdom literature. Their destinations are very different.

  • Ezekiel 31-32, A Dragon in the Sea11/9/2021 10:43:25 PM

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    Continuing to enumerate His reasons for destroying Egypt, God first compares Egypt unfavorably with Assyria which had been destroyed earlier. He also likens Pharaoh to a dragon in the sea whose thrashing about serves to foul the waters. Once the dragon is removed, the waters will clear.

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  • Brazen Sin11/7/2021 5:56:48 PM

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    In Scripture there are three responses to sin, guilt, shame and brazen defiance. Esau, Adam and Cain respectively are examples. The guilt that Esau feels for despising his birthright and marrying two Caananite women leads him to return to the family, marrying a daughter of Ishmael and forbearing to kill his brother. Sadly, our society is in the brazen defiance stage of sinfulness. Unless we repent, this will not end well.

     

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  • Oracle Against Tyre11/4/2021 3:21:06 PM

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    Tyre, situated on an island in the Eastern Mediterranean, was the premier Phoenician city of its day. Much of its wealth was derived from an alliance with Israel under David and Solomon. Several land based empires attempted to conquer it. Tyre withstood Nebuchadnezzar but finally fell to Alexander. This oracle foretells those events.

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  • Who Created Everything?11/3/2021 8:42:10 PM

    1 Peter says that Messiah was known before the creation. That's because He was there at the creation.

  • Ezekiel 29-30, A Staff of Reed11/2/2021 8:22:34 AM

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    Israel had formed a military alliance with Egypt against Babylon. That alliance would fail; hence Egypt was an unreliable staff. The prophecy describes Pharaoh's arrogance in holding himself out to be a god. Because of this and their faithlessness, God was going to destroy Egypt.

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  • An Eternal Inheritance11/1/2021 9:06:33 PM

    In the resurrection and the New Heaven and New Earth we will have an eternal inheritance.

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