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.