Monday, November 20, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The Bible tells us that Yeshua’s family fled to Egypt to escape certain death by order of King Herod. When they returned from Egypt they settled in Galilee instead of Bethlehem because they feared Herod’s son Archelaus, the new ruler of that region. What role did the political situation play in setting up the coming of the Messiah? In particular, did the corruption of the government and religious leadership die with Herod? The land of Israel, Judea, and Samaria were still under the watchful eye and control of Rome. Herod the great left three of his sons portions of his kingdom, but were they any less corrupt than their father?
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
After Yeshua’s birth, His family stayed in Bethlehem for up to two years. A visit from a group of Magi, or wise men, set off a renewed effort from Herod to eliminate any possible threat to his rule over Judea. Once Herod found about Yeshua, they had no choice but to flee from Herod. After the Magi found and visited Yeshua in Bethlehem, Joseph took his family to Egypt. What is the significance of including this event in the Bible? Why did God send Joseph and his family to Egypt?
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Over the course of this study, we will look at the historical and cultural background of the role of the firstborn. We will examine if this instruction was actually a new instruction or an emphasis of a practice that was already in place. The placement of this instruction directly connects it with the Passover and redemption from Egypt. How do these concepts connect? What is the greater significance of this connection? Later, we will read that God took the Levites in place of the firstborn. How did this come about and what is its significance in the concept of the role of the firstborn? Finally, we will look at both Israel and Yeshua as God’s firstborn. So, let’s get started!
Come and join us on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month. This multi-part study will explore the Law of the Firstborn as presented in the Biblical text.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
It is entirely appropriate that this week’s Torah portion is titled “Vayera” which means “And He Appeared.” As we have been following the life and time of our Master Yeshua, we now come to the time of His birth; His appearing! Luke records that Joseph and Mary head off to Bethlehem, the ancestral home of Joseph’s family. Why would they travel to Bethlehem from Nazareth? Why travel so late in Mary’s pregnancy? Given the cultural norms of the day, Mary’s unexpected pregnancy during the time of her betrothal to Joseph would have caused somewhat of a scandal in Nazareth among family and friends. Because of the appearance of the angel Gabriel to both Mary and Joseph, they both knew the true identity and mission of the child Mary carried. Did they fully understand the prophecies concerning the coming of the Messiah? Or was this move to Bethlehem for another purpose?