Sunday, October 15, 2017

Shabbat Service 10-14-2017

Welcome to Moed Ministries International and our Shabbat Service for 10-14-2017. This week's Torah Portion is B'resheit. Join us live each week at 10:00 am Pacific Time. See our website at MoedMinistries.com for details.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

In the House of the Firstfruits

There are two books of the Bible that begin with the phrase, “In the beginning.” The first book of the Bible, Genesis, and the Gospel of John. What do these two books have in common? Did the apostle John deliberately open his gospel account with the words “In the beginning” to lead the reader or hearer back to Genesis? How does that change the way we read the gospel of John? What deeper implications does this have?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Shabbat Service for 10-7-2017

Welcome to Moed Ministries International and our Shabbat Service for 10-7-2017. This week's Torah Portion is Vezot ha'Bracha. Join us live each week at 10:00 am Pacific Time. See our website at MoedMinistries.com for details

Thursday, October 5, 2017

He Comes With His Saints

As Moses winds up his discourse to the Children of Israel on the Plains of Moab as they are poised to enter the Promised Land, he spoke one last blessing on the Children of Israel. He began his blessing by speaking of their triumphant entry into the Promised Land as a holy, set apart army in covenant with their God. All of the events of the book of Deuteronomy took place on the plains of Moab across the Jordan River from Jericho, nearly due east of Jerusalem 25 miles away above the Jordan River. Moses’ words following on the prophetic words of the Song of Moses in Deuteronomy 32 are, also, prophetic, both of their upcoming entry into the Land and their future coming led by Messiah Yeshua.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Shabbat Service 9-30-2017

Welcome to Moed Ministries International and our Shabbat Service for 9-23-2017. This week is Yome Kippur 5778.  Join us live each week at 10:00 am Pacific Time. See our website at MoedMinistries.com for detail.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Yeshua and the Day of Atonement

This year, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins on Friday evening September 29th, 2017. This is the single day of the year that the high priest could enter into the Holy of Holies, into the presence of God as He was seated on the mercy seat. The high priest was to come into the presence of God and make Atonement for the children of Israel. He was to do this year after year, every year in perpetuity. Why is the Day of Atonement necessary? After all, the children of Israel are already in covenant with God. What does making atonement entail? How does Yeshua provide the perfect atonement and what does that really mean?

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Shabbat Service for 9-23-2017

Welcome to Moed Ministries International and our Shabbat Service for 9-23-2017. This week's Torah Portion is Ha'azinu. Join us live each week at 10:00 am Pacific Time. See our website at MoedMinistries.com for details.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Give Ear, O Heavens, and I Will Speak

As Moses’ begins to wrap up his instructions to the children of Israel before they go into the Promised Land, He spoke the words of a song we now call the Song of Moses. Moses called on the heavens and the earth to hear and witness the words of this song. The heavens and the earth are nearly an eternal witness. They were the first things that God created. They will endure until God recreates the heavens and the earth. What does the Song of Moses contain that is so important it requires the witness of the heavens and the earth? What does it tell us about God’s plan for His people? How does it point to Yeshua?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Shabbat Service 9-16-2017

Welcome to Moed Ministries International and our Shabbat Service for 9-16-2017. This week's Torah Portion is Nitzavim/Vayelech. Join us live each week at 10:00 am Pacific Time. See our website at MoedMinistries.com for details.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Entering the Covenant of the LORD

As we approach the end of this year’s Torah Cycle, we are observing the Children of Israel about to enter the Promised Land. New leadership is being chosen and a new generation of Israel will finally receive the promise that God made to Abraham nearly 500 years prior. As Moses addresses the gathered Israelites and strangers who dwell with them, he presents them with an open invitation to enter the covenant relationship with God. This covenant renewal at the threshold of the Promised land was not for just the Children of Israel, but for the stranger who dwells among them and for those not present, for those of future generations, Jew and Gentile who chose to serve the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We are presented an open invitation to enter God’s covenant.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Shabbat Service 9-9-2017

Welcome to Moed Ministries International and our Shabbat Service for 9-3-2017.  This week's Torah Portion is Ki Tavo.  Join us live each week at 10:00 am Pacific Time. See our website at MoedMinistries.com for detail.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

When You Come Into the Land

Moses spoke to the children of Israel on the plains of Moab across the Jordan from the land that God had promised them through Abraham about what they were to do once they received the land. Each year, they were to bring their firstfruits offerings to the LORD and declare that they had received the inheritance of the land that God had promised to give them. This was actually just the beginning of what they were to declare. What was the purpose of this yearly declaration? What else were they to specifically do when they entered the land? How does it all point to Yeshua? And what does it mean for our lives?

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Shabbat Service 9-3-2017

Welcome to Moed Ministries International and our Shabbat Service for 9-3-2017. This week's Torah Portion is Ki Tetze. Join us live each week at 10:00 am Pacific Time. See our website at MoedMinistries.com for details.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Disobedient Son

One of the harshest judgments in the Torah is the prescribed sentence for a disobedient son. When a son will not obey his parents, the Torah tells them to bring the son before the elders which will result in the son’s death through stoning. Many parents today might remember times when their sons, usually when they were teenagers, flat out refused to obey. However, the irrevocable punishment of stoning would not occur to us; instead we are horrified at the thought of putting a son to death. When does the behavior of a son cross over this line and be deserving of this harsh punishment? What does this judgment have to do with Israel and Yeshua?

 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Shabbat Service for 8-26-2017

Welcome to Moed Ministries International and our Shabbat Service for 8-26-2017.  This week's Torah Portion is Shoftim.  Join us live each week at 10:00 am Pacific Time. See our website at MoedMinistries.com for details.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Who Shall be King, Priest and Prophet?

This Torah Portion contains references about the selection and affirmation of the king, the priest, and the prophet. Moses tells the children of Israel how to select a king and what principles should govern his behavior in Deuteronomy chapter 17. Moses describes the set apart or sanctified status of the priest and the qualities of a prophet of God in Chapter 18. The offices of king, priest, and prophets are so that the children of Israel will not follow after the ways of the Canaanites who were already in the Promised Land. What can we learn about our own lives through these instructions for the king, the priest, and the prophet? Yeshua, as the divine Son of God, fulfills all the roles of king, priest, and prophet. What do these instructions reveal about Yeshua’s threefold mission?

 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Shabbat Service for 8-19-2017

Welcome to Moed Ministries International and our Shabbat Service for 8-19-2017. This week's Torah Portion is Re'eh. Join us live each week at 10:00 am Pacific Time. See our website at MoedMinistries.com for details

 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Seek the Place the LORD Chooses

Moses’ words to the children of Israel that were recorded in the book of Deuteronomy included instructions that were to be carried out in the Promised Land. One of these instructions was to seek for the place where God would put His name. After the children of Israel took the Land, they set up the Tabernacle of Meeting at Shiloh where it remained for about three hundred years. It was, then, moved to Kirjath Jearim before finally ending up in Jerusalem. Was the place that God would place His name wherever the Tabernacle was set up or was Jerusalem the place God had in mind all along? What were they to do at this place?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Shabbat Service 8-12-2017

Welcome to Moed Ministries International and our Shabbat Service for 8-12-2017.  This week's Torah Portion is Ekev.  Join us live each week at 10:00 am Pacific Time. See our website at MoedMinistries.com for details.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Remember the LORD Your God

As Moses spoke his final instructions to the children of Israel, he recited their history from the time God took them out of Egypt. He wanted them to remember that God is the one who brought them out of Egypt and led them in the wilderness. He reminded them that those forty years were to humble and test the children of Israel. It seems odd to us in this “name it and claim it” era of church doctrine that God wouldn’t just do everything the children of Israel asked Him to do. How did God humble and test His People? What was the purpose of God humbling them and testing them? Does God still humble and test His people?

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Shabbat Service for 8-5-2017

Welcome to Moed Ministries International and our Shabbat Service for 8-5-2017. This week's Torah Portion is Devarim. Join us live each week at 10:00 am Pacific Time. See our website at MoedMinistries.com for details.

 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

These Words Shall be in Your Heart

During Moses’ last instructions to the Children of Israel during his last week before his death, he told them to put the words that he spoke into their hearts.  These words are God’s instructions. How did God communicate them? What exactly are they and how do you put them in your heart?

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Hosea and the Covenant Devotion of God - Part 13

Part 13 of our weekly Shabbat Bible Study, Hosea and the Covenant Devotion of God. Join us live each week for our interactive Bible study at 2:00 pm every Shabbat. See our web site at MoedMinistries.com for details.

 

Shabbat Service for 7-29-2017

Welcome to Moed Ministries International and our Shabbat Service for 7-29-2017. This week's Torah Portion is Devarim. Join us live each week at 10:00 am Pacific Time. See our website at MoedMinistries.com for details.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Beyond the Jordan

The Book of Deuteronomy opens with Moses’ final words that he will speak to them before his death and before the cross the Jordan to take the Promised Land. Moses and the children of Israel are still at the plain of Moab across from Jericho. It was in this place that Balaam and Balak tried to curse Israel and were unsuccessful. It was in this place where the children of Israel were seduced into worship of Baal Peor and were saved by Phineas’ swift action. What is the spiritual and prophetic significance of this time and place?

 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Hosea and the Covenant Devotion of God - Part 12

Part 12 of our weekly Shabbat Bible Study, Hosea and the Covenant Devotion of God.  Join us live each week for our interactive Bible study at 2:00 pm every Shabbat.  See our web site at MoedMinistries.com for details.

Shabbat Service for 7-22-2017

Welcome to Moed Ministries International and our Shabbat Service for 7-22-2017.  This week's Torah Portion is Mattot/Massei.  Join us live each week at 10:00 am Pacific Time right here at this link.

 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bound by Vows and Oaths

Vows and oaths are part of every community of people. In the marriage vow, husband and wife agree to observe specific behaviors. In a courtroom, the witnesses swear an oath that the words they speak are true. God told the children of Israel that they were bound by their vows and oaths. What does this commandment reveal about both God’s character and His people’s characters? What does Yeshua teach about vows and oaths? How important are vows and oaths?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Hosea and the Covenant Devotion of God - Part 11

Part 11 of our weekly Shabbat Bible Study, Hosea and the Covenant Devotion of God.  Join us live each week for our interactive Bible study at 2:00 pm every Shabbat.  See our web site at MoedMinistries.com for details.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Shabbat Service for 7-15-2017

Welcome to Moed Ministries International Shabbat Service for 7-8-2017. This week's Torah Portion is Pinchas. Join us live every Shabbat at 10:00 am. See our website for details at MoedMinistries.com 



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Set a Man Over the Congregation

The children of Israel were camped in the plains of Moab right across the Jordan River from Jericho. They were ready to go into the land, but who would lead them. Miriam and Aaron had already died and God had told Moses that he would die soon. Moses was concerned for the people and who would be their next leader. Moses asked God to set a man over the congregation of Israel. What are the characteristics of this leader? We know this next leader will be Joshua, how did Joshua meet these characteristics? What was his mission? Where do we see Yeshua in Joshua, the man God set over the children of Israel?

 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Hosea and the Covenant Devotion of God - Part 10

Part 10 of our weekly Shabbat Bible Study, Hosea and the Covenant Devotion of God. Join us live each week for our interactive Bible study at 2:00 pm every Shabbat. See our web site at MoedMinistries.com for details.

 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Shabbat Service for 7-8-2017

Welcome to Moed Ministries International Shabbat Service for 7-8-2017. This week's Torah Portion is Balak. Join us live every Shabbat at 10:00 am. See our website for details at MoedMinistries.com

 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Spiritual Battlefield

After forty years of wandering, the children of Israel were finally at the borders of the Promised Land! They had carefully skirted around the land held by Edom, the descendants of Esau. They had fought and won battles against the Amorites. Now, poised on the edge of the territory of Moab, they turned their focus toward the Promised Land. However, danger was not to come from their enemies in the Promised Land, it was to come from an unexpected source behind them. Trouble was coming from the Moabites! It wasn’t a physical threat, though. This threat would turn out to be a spiritual threat. How did the children of Israel deal with this threat? What does this incident tell us about God’s protection from spiritual forces? How do we deal with spiritual threats?

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hosea and the Covenant Devotion of God - Part 9

Part 9 of our weekly Shabbat Bible Study, Hosea and the Covenant Devotion of God.  Join us live each week for our interactive Bible study at 2:00 pm every Shabbat.  See our web site at MoedMinistries.com for details.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Shabbat Service for 7-1-2017

Welcome to Moed Ministries International Shabbat Service for 7-1-2017. This week's Torah Portion is Chukat. Join us live every Shabbat at 10:00 am. See our website for details at MoedMinistries.com

 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Water from the Rock

Ever since the second month after the Exodus from Egypt, God provided water for the children of Israel through a rock that followed them throughout their travels. Now, as their forty years in the wilderness is approaching an end, the rock suddenly stops giving water. The children of Israel arrive at the wilderness of Zin, Miriam dies, and there is no water. What happened? Why did God cut off the water supply just as they are getting ready to enter the land? What does this tell us about Yeshua?

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hosea and the Covenant Devotion of God - Part 8

Part 8 of our weekly Shabbat Bible Study, Hosea and the Covenant Devotion of God. Join us live each week for our interactive Bible study at 2:00 pm every Shabbat. See our web site at MoedMinistries.com for details.

 

Shabbat Service for 6-24-2017

Welcome to Moed Ministries International Shabbat Service for 6-24-2017. Join us live every Shabbat at 10:00 am. See our website for details at MoedMinistries.com

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

You Shall Know that the LORD has Sent Me

After God told the children of Israel to turn away from the Promised Land after their refusal to go into the land, dissension rose up in the camp. Korah, a Levite and cousin of Moses and Aaron, accused Moses and Aaron of taking too much authority. As we shall see as we examine this passage, Korah’s motivation was his desire for power and position. He wanted to be both leader and high priest, the positions that Moses and Aaron held. The congregation was ready to follow Korah; after all wasn’t it time for a new leader? Moses and Aaron hadn’t led them into a land flowing with milk and honey as they had promised! But, God was about to demonstrate to the congregation just who belonged to Him and whom He had sent. Yeshua would face these same challenges; how were the people to know that God sent Him?

 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Hosea and the Covenant Devotion of God - Part 7

Session 7 of our weekly Shabbat Bible Study. Visit MoedMinistries.com for details about up coming live events.

 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Shabbat Service 6-17-2017

Welcome to Moed Ministries International Shabbat Service for 6-17-2017. Join us live every Shabbat at 10:00 am. See our website for details at MoedMinistries.com

 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Power of God

As the children of Israel approached the Promised Land they stopped and camped at Kadesh in the Wilderness of Paran. From there, they sent out twelve spies or explorers to discover what they could about the land and people living there. But ten of those sent out brought back a negative report of land and a frightful report about the inhabitants. There at the doorway to the Promised Land, they doubt the power of God to take them in. Yeshua sent out twelve disciples into the Promised Land. What does that tell us about their belief in the power of God? What does that tell us about our belief in the power of God? What happens when we doubt? What does it cost God to forgive us when we doubt?

 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Journey at the Command of God

When the children of Israel came out of Egypt, they arrived at Mt. Sinai and stayed there for nearly a year before continuing their journey to the Promised Land. The children of Israel began their journey from Mt. Sinai to the Promised Land when the cloud of the presence of God lifted off the tabernacle. When this happened, it was the signal to break camp and follow God. As we examine how the children of Israel knew when to camp and when to break camp, as well as where to go, we learn more about God’s guidance in our own lives.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Sanctity of the Camp

As the second year after God delivered the children of Israel from Egypt began, the tabernacle was completed and God’s presence entered; He took up his residence in the middle of the camp of Israel! Because of God’s presence in the camp, the entire camp had to maintain a state of cleanliness. The tabernacle is long gone as is the temple that followed it. What does it mean today to maintain the cleanliness of the camp? Who is the camp?

 

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.

 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Keep the Fire Burning

When God is giving Moses the instructions on how to draw near to Him, which we covered in our last blog, When You Draw Near, God elaborates on the importance of keeping the fire on the altar burning. This verse alone states twice that the fire must always be kept burning. The entire passage states this requirement five times! God doesn’t want us to miss this point!

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

When You Draw Near

God’s desire is to have a relationship with the people He created, both individually and collectively. He chose the Children of Israel specifically to be His people. He told them to build a Tabernacle for Him so He could dwell among them. When the Tabernacle was completed, God’s glory entered the Tabernacle. God was dwelling in the middle of the camp of the Children of Israel. But there was a problem; no one could approach the Tabernacle, not even Moses. Even though the physical Tabernacle of God was right in the center of the camp, no one could actually enter the Tabernacle. How could God have a relationship with man if no one could approach Him? How could man relate to God when they had to keep their distance? How could man know God and be able to trust Him to care for them when they couldn’t draw near?



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Day of Completion

After the construction of all the articles for the tabernacle and its furnishings, Moses gave an accounting of all the materials used. He verified that it was done according to all the instructions given to him by God! The Tabernacle of God was built from items willingly given for that purpose by the children of Israel. They gave so much that Moses had to stop them from bringing more! Gifted artisans among them, led by men chosen by God, carefully and lovingly constructed the tabernacle and all its furnishings according to the pattern God gave to Moses. This entire account is an incredibly deep and multi-faceted picture of Yeshua and His congregation.



Saturday, March 18, 2017

Hosea and the Covenant Devotion of God - Part 1

Hosea was the son of Beeri (Be’ay-ree’). His name means “Salvation the son of my well.” Hosea was active as a prophet during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah kings of Judah. Hosea began to prophecy when Jeroboam II was king in Israel. He continued to prophecy into the time of Hezekiah which means he was prophesying when Israel was taken captive into Assyria.




Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Scent of Sweet Incense

When we think of the altar of God, we think of the bronze altar outside the tabernacle or temple. All the offerings of the people were brought to this altar. But there was a second altar, a golden altar inside the tabernacle, and, later, the temple. The priests were to burn incense on it twice a day. The desire to bypass the priesthood and offer incense before the LORD led to the downfall of more than a few people in the Bible. Competing to light the lamps of the menorah, which were lit at the same time the incenses was burned, didn’t seem to inspire such desire. Why did the people have such a desire to bring incense before the LORD? Why is God so particular about who brings offers the incense? What do the incense and its altar represent?

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Put on the Holy Garments

The apostle Peter wrote a letter to the sojourners of the diaspora who were among the elect who have received sanctification through the blood of Yeshua. Peter addresses many issues in this letter including the suffering of the believers for the sake of Yeshua. In spite of the suffering and the persecution they were facing, Peter exhorts believers to live holy and righteous lives. He reminds us that we are to be a royal priesthood and a holy nation. The garments of the High Priest reveal how we are to accomplish this.



Monday, March 6, 2017

The Sign of Jonah in Samson - Part 7

Samson, in his arrogance, thinks he can flirt with Delilah with impunity. He is either oblivious or contemptuous of the deceit of Delilah as she entices him again and again to give away the secret of his strength. He totally disregards the violence of the Philistines as they try to overpower him. 



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Bring Me and Offering

After God spoke the ten words to the children of Israel at Mt. Sinai accepting them as His people, Moses went up the mountain to get further instructions directly from God. The first instructions God gave to Moses involved taking an offering. This is a special offering. What is its purpose? Why is it so important that only those with a willing heart contribute? Why did God emphasize that it was His offering by using the phrase “My offering?” How does this instruction apply to us today? What implications does it have for the return of Yeshua?

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Angel of His Presence

When the children of Israel were gathered at Mt. Sinai, God spoke all the words we call the Ten Commandments. Moses drew near to God at the base of the mountain. While he was there, God continued to speak to Moses elaborating on the Ten Commandments. Then God told Moses that His angel would go before them.

Who is this Angel that God promised would lead them, keeping them on the right path and guiding them to the place God had prepared for them? Does this Angel appear elsewhere in scripture? What can we learn about this Angel of God?

 

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Sign of Jonah in Samson - Part 6

Samson’s life can be divided into three sections. The first section is his miraculous birth. How was the announcement of Samson’s birth like Yeshua’s birth? The second section is the period of time when he judges and the Philistines and sends a warning to Israel to repent. How is this time like Yeshua’s time here on Earth? This period culminates his appointment as judge over Israel when he judges Israel for twenty years. The last part of his story is about his fall. He becomes complacent and shows contempt for his own Nazarite status.

 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Children of Moses

When Moses and the children of Israel arrived at Mt. Sinai, Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, brought Moses’ wife and two sons to him. Moses had originally brought his wife and sons with him when God sent him to bring his fellow Hebrews out of Egypt. But, Moses sent them back to Midian to wait while only he and Aaron traveled on to Egypt. They are once again back at Mt. Sinai and Moses is reunited with his family.

 

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Sign of Jonah in Samson - Part 4

As we go back and examine Samson’s actions and the circumstances surrounding those actions from the point of view of a warning to the Israelites who have not repented of their actions, we need to remember that God is married to Israel. When He took them to be His people at Mt. Sinai at the Feast of Weeks, He married them. If we see the Philistine father as rebellious Israel, specifically the leaders of Israel, then it is God’s bride that is given over to another groom. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

War with Amalek

The children of Israel had left Egypt and had almost arrived at their destination of Mt. Sinai. While camped at Rephidim, only a couple days from Mt. Sinai, they faced their first battle. Amalek attacked them at their camp. After this battle, God tells the children of Israel that they will have war with Amalek in every generation. What did God mean by this statement? Why did this battle occur at this place and time? What does war with Amalek signify?

 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Sign of Jonah in Samson - Part 5

Samson’s actions, also, give us a picture of the time of Yeshua. We already saw a foreshadowing of the circumstances leading up to Yeshua’s birth. As we jump forward to the time when Yeshua starts His ministry, we see opposition and lack of understanding from His family similar to what Samson experienced. When Yeshua first goes to Capernaum early in His ministry, His mother and brothers don’t understand His mission and seek to bring Him home. Capernaum was a cosmopolitan city consisting of Jews and Gentiles, synagogues and temples to other gods. Let’s just say Capernaum did not have a healthy moral atmosphere. I can imagine Mary asking Yeshua why He couldn’t find a place in a good Jewish city to center His ministry.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Pharaoh's Heart

During the contest between God and Pharaoh when God was bringing the plagues against Egypt, God hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that He could demonstrate that He is God. Many people think that Pharaoh should not be held accountable for his refusal to let the children of Israel go because it was God who hardened his heart. At least, this is what our English translation lead us to believe. The original Hebrew reveals what is really going on.

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

I Will Take You as My People

God sent Moses to deliver his people from slavery in Egypt and to bring them into the land that He had promised to Abraham. Moses, with Aaron as his spokesman, went into Pharaoh and demanded that Pharaoh allow the children of Israel to go and worship God. I don’t know what Aaron and Moses expected, but Pharaoh not only refused to allow the children of Israel to go worship God, he made the conditions of their slavery even worse! When Moses went to God asking why this happened, God assured Moses that it was all in His plan and everything was now set up for God to deliver His people.

 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The King Did Not Know Joseph

While Joseph lived and ruled under Pharaoh, the Hebrew people lived safely and prosperously in the region of Goshen in Egypt. But after Joseph died, things changed drastically. Joseph’s deeds were forgotten or dismissed. Instead of seeing the Hebrew people as those who brought deliverance in the time of famine, they were seen as threats. God had prospered the children of Israel as He had promised and the Egyptians are both jealous and afraid. This pattern has been repeated throughout history and continues today. It is the pattern of the future and the fulfillment of prophecy.

 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

May God Make You Like Ephraim and Manasseh

At the end of Jacob’s life, he called his son Joseph to bring his grandsons Ephraim and Manasseh to his side so he could bless them before he died. As Jacob blessed them, he prophesied over them with these words.

Genesis 48:20 NKJV 20 So he blessed them that day, saying, "By you Israel will bless, saying, 'May God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!'" And thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh.

Why did Jacob single out Joseph’s two sons? What is the significance of this blessing and prophecy? Why is the younger son, Ephraim, listed first?

 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Sign of Jonah in Samson - Part 3

We pick up the story of Samson as he chooses a bride from the Philistines and his appointment as a judge over Israel. The tribe of Judah betrays him into the hands of the Philistines, but God frees him from certain death and Samson becomes a judge in Israel. In this middle section of Samson’s life, we will see that Samson’s actions against the Philistines contain God’s warning to Israel and foreshadow Yeshua’s actions from the beginning of His ministry until His crucifixion.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Joseph Wept

We are all familiar with the shortest verse in the Bible, John 11:35, “Jesus wept.” Children in Sunday School classes like to memorize this verse to earn their gold star for memorizing a Bible verse. And it is a good verse for children to memorize demonstrating that Jesus experienced the depths of grief at the death of His good friend Lazarus, and compassion for the grief that Mary and Martha experienced at the death of their brother. In this teaching, we look at the five times that the Bible records that Joseph wept.