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

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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.