Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Marching Orders

The Book of Numbers opens with a listing of the tribes of Israel, the number of men available as soldiers and where each tribe is located in the camp. The opening chapters of the book of Numbers makes for some dry reading. We wade through lists of names and families. Why did God include these disconnected names and endless numbers of people in the Bible? What does this reveal about God and His character? How does this point to Yeshua our Messiah?

 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Hosea and the Covenant Devotion of God - Part 4

Part 4 of our current study of Hosea and the Covenant Devotion of God.  This study was previously conducted on our Erev Shabbat meetings and has now been moved to Shabbat afternoons at 2:00 pm Pacific Time.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Land Shall Have Its Sabbaths

The weekly Sabbath was first observed by God on the seventh day of creation. He rested from all His work and set aside the seventh day as holy because of it. When the children of Israel entered the Promised Land God told them not only to observe the weekly Sabbath, but to observe a Sabbath for the land. Does the Sabbath of the Land, also, have its roots in the creation? What does the Sabbath of the Land tell us about God? What is its prophetic significance?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

You Have and Appointment With God!

God set up specific times that He wants His people to gather together, spending time with each other as well as with Him! The usual translation calls these appointed times feasts. What are these appointed times or feasts? Why did God choose these times? How does observing these times help us to draw near to God?

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Hoese and the Covenant Devotion of God - Part 3

In this part we look at the section of Hosea’s prophecy that is focused strictly on the relationship between God and Israel. The metaphor of Hosea and Gomer only appears as the vehicle for the relationship of husband and wife between God and Israel. The result of Israel’s adulteries is that God will strip her bare and make her like the wilderness, dry and barren.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

From the Cloud Above the Mercy Seat

The Day of Atonement, In Hebrew called Yom Kippur, is the one day of the year that the High Priest goes into the Holy of Holies and sprinkles the blood of the sin offerings right on the mercy seat. Why is this day necessary? Sin offerings for the priests, the nation, the rulers, and the individual people are brought continually throughout the year. What is different about bringing the blood into the Holy of Holies and why is it important?

 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Biblical Leprosy, a Sign or a Scourge?

Probably one of the oddest topics in the Bible is that of a person who has leprosy. The Bible spends two full chapters just talking about it. It begins with the diagnosis and ends with what to do if a house has leprosy. Clearly, this is not an ordinary disease! In fact, the instructions on how to treat leprosy would at times almost ensure that the disease would spread. So what is leprosy as described by the Bible? Why is so much time spent on it? And why is it so important?

 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hosea and the Covenant Devotion of God - Part 2

Hosea’s prophecy signals an end to the northern kingdom of Israel consisting of the ten tribes that rebelled against the house of David. They were led by Jerboam son of Nebat. Now, under another king named Jereboam, God pronounces the end of the kingdom of Israel. Within 6 months Jereboam II’s death, chaos reigned in the Israel. There were three kings in less than two years. Within 14 years, Assyria conquered parts of Israel and within 34 years, it was a vassal state of Assyria.

 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Mystery of the Sin Offering

When we think of the ministry of the priesthood, we think of bringing the offerings of the people before the LORD. When the tabernacle was dedicated and Aaron brought the first offerings before the LORD, he did so for himself and his sons as well as the collective children of Israel. The scriptures describe Aaron bringing the offerings for the people in Leviticus 9:15-17. What happens after the required portions of the offering are burnt on the altar? Parts of the offerings are set aside for the priesthood. Are these portions just part of the compensation package for the priesthood, or is there a spiritual significance to these portions?

 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The LORD's Passover Sacrifice

When God spoke to Moses from out of the Tabernacle in the wilderness, He gave Moses instructions on how to draw near to Him through the five different offerings. This occurred after God brought them out of Egypt and after He took them for His people through the covenant mediated by Moses. The system of offerings was designed to allow God’s already chosen and covenant people to draw near to Him. When we accept that Yeshua is our offering that allows us to draw near to God, we need to realize that this happens after we are taken out of slavery in Egypt and after entering into the New Covenant.

 How can this be? If it is not the offerings that shadow salvation through Yeshua, what does? How are we redeemed from slavery to sin? How do we enter into the New Covenant? It all begins back in Egypt with the Passover sacrifice.