Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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
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
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
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
Saturday, September 3, 2016
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.