Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Celebrating the Fall Feast Days

This coming weekend, we kick off the Fall Feasts of the LORD with the Feast of Trumpets, also known as Rosh Hashannah, the Jewish New Year. The sound of the shofar on the Feast of Trumpets signals the beginning of three weeks of festivities and the first day of the month of Tishri. Oddly enough, the Jewish New Year begins on the first day of the seventh month, not the first day of the first month. Or perhaps, not so oddly, because it is the beginning of the seventh month, The Jewish New Year and the Feast of Trumpets and the entire fall feast season echo of the seventh day Sabbath of rest. But what do these feasts have to do with the believer in Yeshua the Messiah? Aren’t these feasts Jewish feasts?


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Raising the Tabernacle of David HD

Acts 15 records the meeting of the leading disciples of Yeshua as they discussed the phenomenon of the Gentiles coming to faith in Yeshua and the problems that rose because of it. First and foremost, was determining whether Gentiles must convert to Judaism to be saved. Paul, Barnabas, and Peter testified that the Holy Spirit fell on Gentiles just like it did on the Jews supporting the idea that Gentiles didn’t need to convert to Judaism to be saved! This rocked the theology of the Jews! What was God doing? God had specifically set apart the Hebrew people to be his own special people, and, now, He is granting salvation to the Gentiles! How can this be? How can anyone properly worship God without becoming a Jew?


 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

One People, One Heart - Part 5 HD

In Psalm 133 David compares the unity of brothers to the anointing of Aaron and the dew of Hermon. The poetical form invites a visual imagery of the anointing oil flowing over Aaron which is in turn compared to dew falling on Mount Hermon. Let’s start with the literal act of Aaron’s anointing.

 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

What is the Gospel of Salvation? - Part 3 HD

Acts 15 describes the meeting of the leaders of the followers of Yeshua when they debated how to handle the sudden influx of Gentile believers. They first thought that Gentiles needed to convert to Judaism to receive salvation, but, based on the testimony of Paul, Barnabas, and Peter, they accepted that salvation was for the Gentile as well as the Jew.

   

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

What is the Gospel of Salvation? - Part 2 HD

Does a person have to be a Jew to be saved? What is required to obtain salvation? Finally, what are the requirements of behavior for a Gentile who believes? 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

One People One Heart - Part 4 HD

David is the eighth son in a family that considered him not worthy to be a part of the family. The Jewish sages say that David’s father Jesse didn’t think that David was actually his son. Whether he was or not, there was friction in the family. When Samuel went to anoint a new king over Israel, David was not presented to Samuel as one of Jesse’s sons until Samuel asked if there was another son.



Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What is the Gospel of Salvation? - Part 1 HD

For the first fifteen years after Yeshua’s resurrection, the message that Yeshua was the long awaited Messiah of the Jewish people spread throughout Judea, the Galilee, and to Jewish Communities throughout the Roman world. Some accepted the message with joy; others rejected the message and even attempted to kill those who proclaimed Yeshua as the Messiah. But there were God-fearing Gentiles worshiping in the Synagogues alongside of the Jews. Paul spoke to both Jew and God-fearing Gentiles at the synagogue in Pisidia recorded in Acts 13:16. Acts 13:16 NKJV 16 Then Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, "Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen: What meaning, if any, did Yeshua have for the Gentiles? This is the question that faced the early leaders of the followers of Yeshua and was the subject of the meeting Luke described in Acts 15.

 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Woman Caught in Adultery HD

John 8:2-11 tells the story of Yeshua being confronted by the Pharisees and teachers of the law with a woman caught in adultery. When questioned about what He would do, Yeshua stooped down and wrote in the earth. When they continued to question him, He stood and replied that the one without sin should throw the first stone. He then bent down and resumed writing in the earth. We can figure out what Yeshua probably wrote by looking at the overall context of the incident.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Prepare the Way of the LORD HD

Last Saturday, August 13th, was the 9th of Av on the biblical calendar. It is a national day of mourning for all Israel wherever they are scattered throughout the world. On this day, the Temple of God was destroyed…twice! First by the Babylonians and then by the Romans. It is a day of lamentations and mourning for all that the Jewish people have lost. Jeremiah mourns over the destruction of the temple and city of Jerusalem in Lamentations.

Lamentations 1:1-3 NKJV 1 How lonely sits the city That was full of people! How like a widow is she, Who was great among the nations! The princess among the provinces Has become a slave! 2 She weeps bitterly in the night, Her tears are on her cheeks; Among all her lovers She has none to comfort her. All her friends have dealt treacherously with her; They have become her enemies. 3 Judah has gone into captivity, Under affliction and hard servitude; She dwells among the nations, She finds no rest; All her persecutors overtake her in dire straits.

But now, these days are past, and God is the one who comforts His people.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Yeshua the Prophet like Moses HD

In the days following the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the apostles testified frequently about Yeshua’s identity. After healing the lame man, Peter told the assembled crowd that Yeshua was the prophet like Moses in Acts 3:22-23 NKJV 22

"For Moses truly said to the fathers, 'The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. 23 'And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.' Peter is quoting the words of Moses in Deuteronomy 18.

What does it mean that Yeshua was a prophet like Moses? How was this prophet to be recognized?