Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Blindness of Isaac HD

Near the end of Isaac’s life, his plan was to bless his oldest son Esau and pass on to him the blessing and promise that God had made to Abraham. Isaac was getting older, and his eyesight deteriorated to the point where he could barely see. Isaac’s blindness allowed his wife Rebecca and his younger son Jacob to deceive him. We see the deceptive act of Rebecca and Jacob, but what was the real deception? The story is one of deception hidden in deception!

 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Hebron: The City of the Patriarchs

Abraham was a sojourner in the Promised Land. He didn’t have a permanent home, nor did he build cities. However, significant events in Abraham’s life happened in and around the city of Hebron. One of the most significant events is the death of his wife Sarah and her burial in the cave that Abraham purchased for that purpose. Abraham also purchased the land around the burial site. Later, he, his son Isaac with his wife Rebecca, and his grandson Jacob with his wife Leah would all be buried together in the same cave. What is the significance of the city of Hebron? Why is it important that Abraham purchased this land? Who were some of the famous residents of Hebron?

One People, One Heart - Part 8

Part 8 of our Erev Shabbat study.  (final part)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Abraham's Encounter with Yeshua

The LORD revealed Himself to Abraham seven times after Abraham had come into Canaan. At one of these occasions, God is described as appearing in the form of a man. The story begins with the appearance of three men after Abraham and his household were circumcised. As the story progresses, we learn that these men are not as they appear. Two of them are angels of the LORD and one of them is the LORD Himself. What is the purpose of this special visitation? In what way did Abraham encounter Yeshua?

 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Seven-Fold Promise to Abram HD

Genesis chapter 12 begins as God calls Abram to leave his life behind and begin a new one in the land that God would show him. God promises to bless Abram when he leaves his old life behind. The promise has seven elements. The first three are what God will do for Abram. The fourth and middle element is a command to Abram; he is to be a blessing to others. The last three are towards others as they come into contact with Abram. What can we learn about Abram’s relationship with God and others through this promise?

 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

One People, One Heart - Part 7 HD

Ephesians 2:14-16 YLT 14 for he is our peace, who did make both one, and the middle wall of the enclosure did break down, 15 the enmity in his flesh, the law of the commands in ordinances having done away, that the two he might create in himself into one new man, making peace, 16 and might reconcile both in one body to God through the cross, having slain the enmity in it,

We have just learned about the power of God that will be released when the two sticks of Judah and Ephraim are once more joined together. Just like Ephraim and Judah have to come together reunited as one, so do the Jew and the Gentile. Ephraim and Judah need to be reunited under the banner of Israel; Jew and Gentile need to be reunited under the banner of the new man.
     

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Noah Walked with God HD

After God exiled Adam from the Garden of Eden, man’s rebellion continued. The first murder was when Cain killed his brother Abel. From there, mankind’s evil continued to grow until God repented that He had made man. The story of the flood follows, setting up the theme of the sinful nature of man and the judgment that must follow as a result of that sin. But the story is also one of hope and redemption. It is structured in such a way that it begins and ends with hope. At the center of the story, we find the death and resurrection message.