The Works of Abraham

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Understand, then, that those who have faith [in Messiah] are children of Abraham. [1]  Gal 3:7 NIV

Jesus said, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.” (John 8:39)

What were the ‘works of Abraham’?

“Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws (Gen. 26:5)

Are you a child of Abraham?

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Fox Byte 5775 #19: Terumah (Offerings)

My last post concerned ‘kashrut’, which is one element of the holiness required of the people of God. To be ‘kadosh’ (set apart, holy, consecrated to the sole use of YHVH) is of supreme importance in our relationship with YHVH, and Al McCarn of ‘The Barking Fox” does a masterful job of showing us how YHVH has given us a pattern for holiness in His tabernacle and temple.

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Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lord Ark.  ("‘Iron Man 3’ Star Ty Simpkins’ Five Cool Movies" at Yahoo! Movies.  © Paramount; courtesy Everett Collection.) Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lord Ark. (“‘Iron Man 3’ Star Ty Simpkins’ Five Cool Movies” at Yahoo! Movies. © Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection.)

Raiders of the Lost Ark did not launch the film career of Harrison Ford, but it did bring him his first top billing as an actor.  His role as Indiana Jones, the eccentric archaeologist with a nose for adventure, built on his previous starring role in the Star Wars film series in which he played the swashbuckling interstellar smuggler Han Solo.  A major difference between the two roles, however, is that Solo’s universe existed entirely in the mind of the Star Wars creator George Lucas, while the adventures of Indiana Jones had some basis in historical fact.  Raiders of the Lost Ark, for example, followed Jones in his quest to find the Ark of the Covenant, the physical symbol of…

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YHVH’s Instructions About Kashrut (Kosher)

When John and I are asked if we ‘keep kosher,’ our response is, “Yes, we keep the scriptural kosher instructions.”  By this, we mean that we obey the commands concerning food as given in Torah, but we do not follow the rabbinic (Talmudic) traditions that have become so important to orthodox Jews. Continue reading YHVH’s Instructions About Kashrut (Kosher)

Created in the IMAGE of God….

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Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg, Dean of the Jewish Studies Faculty at  eTeacher (the online biblical Hebrew class that John and I are taking) and Host of the “Jewish Studies for Christians” blog, gave me an interesting insight into Gen 1:26:

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Gen 1:26
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Fox Byte 5775 #18: Mishpatim (Ordinances)

I’ve heard many people jokingly speak of Hell as a place where anyone can do anything they want and not get in trouble for it. In this article, Al McCarn raises the interesting proposal that Hell is actually an organized place, subject to the the laws of its ruler…. Whose law would YOU rather be answerable to? Heaven’s or Hell’s?

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Even hell must abide by the Laws the Creator has established for the seasons.  (It's so cold that now HELL has frozen over:  Michigan town falls victim to record cold temperatures, Daily Mail, January 8, 2014) Even hell must abide by the Laws the Creator has established for the seasons. (“It’s so cold that now HELL has frozen over: Michigan town falls victim to record cold temperatures”, Daily Mail, January 8, 2014)

How would one describe hell?  Dante does a nice job in his Inferno, depicting levels of escalating unpleasantness corresponding to the earthly misdeeds of the unfortunate sufferers.  It is important to note that Dante’s descriptions, however grotesque, are not without a certain order.  In other words, hell is not complete chaos.  There is an organization, a hierarchy, and a supreme authority that keeps it functioning.  If there were no order then hell would splinter into a million pieces and never cause harm to another soul.  And thus Dante reflects something that Yeshua explained about the infernal realm:

And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, “Any kingdom divided against…

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“IT IS MY BROTHERS WHO I AM SEEKING” – The Lost Sheep of the House of Israel are Returning Home

olivetrees_smIn May of this year (2015), John and I will be attending the First Ephraimite/Northern Israel National Congress in Israel.  The Congress will begin to lay the groundwork for the reunification of Judah and Ephraim – a reunification that is a constant theme of Scripture.  To say we are excited about the Congress is a tremendous understatement – it’s basically all we think and talk about!  This Congress is a huge step in the fulfillment of prophecy – it is so incredibly important!  We are in awe that Abba has permitted us to be a part of it.  It will take everything in us to be used of YHVH as He brings this all about.  Praise Him!

Etz B’ney Yosef is one of the sponsors of the Congress.   Pete Rambo (natsab) found this article on Etz B’ney Yosef’s site and reblogged it.  I had to reblog it, too – the passages quoted will knock your socks off!  These are all passages that I had been planning on writing about, but this article will do the trick!!  Read and be blessed!!

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Just a Thought …

civil lawIn Y’shua’s day, Torah was the CIVIL law of the nation of Israel, and it efficiently regulated daily life.  Had Y’shua ‘done away with’ Torah, He would simultaneously have ‘done away with’ the civil law of Israel, making Israel indistinguishable from the pagan nations around her.

Yet scripture tells us repeatedly that YHVH’s intent was for the Hebrews to act as priests to all the nations, living out before them lives devoted to charity, purity and fellowship with YHVH and each other, with Torah as their guide.  That duty and privilege has never been rescinded by Y’shua or YHVH, despite what the modern church might teach.  Continue reading Just a Thought …

The Barking Fox Wrote A Book!

This new book is a wonderful invitation to believers to consider what the practical concerns are as Ephraim and Judah take the first steps toward reunification, as Ezekiel 37 foretells. I’ve ordered my copy!

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Give Me A Place Where I May Dwell is a meticulously researched book that makes a compelling biblical and contemporary case for building a global consciousness among Hebrew Roots believers—and eventually finding a homeland for these Ephraimites in Israel.Give Me A Place Where I May Dwell is a meticulously researched book that makes a compelling biblical and contemporary case for Hebrew Roots believers building a national consciousness as a people within the Commonwealth of Israel.

What was the last question Yeshua’s followers asked Him before He returned to the Father?  According to Acts 1:6, they asked, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”

Why would they ask that?  Because restoration of the kingdom of Israel is the single greatest promise and prophecy in the entire Bible!  From Moses John the Apostle, every prophet and nearly every book contain references to God’s promise to regather and restore all of Israel, the House of Ephraim and the House of Judah, to the Land promised to our fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  That is the national mission Messiah Yeshua Himself proclaimed:

But He answered and said, “I was…

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Sunday School, P. 5 David, Goliath and Yeshua’s 2nd Coming

Pete Rambo has offered a really great (audio) study showing the many incredible ways that David’s encounter with Goliath pictures the Second Coming of Messiah.  At the beginning, Pete reads a poem by Sam Walter Foss – the sound is not great and it’s hard to hear, so you can read the poem at PoemHunter.com.   This is an excellent teaching and well worth the 45 minute investment of your time!  Enjoy!

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This week in Sunday School we took a look at Yeshua in the Tanakh as seen in David at the defeat of Goliath, I Samuel 17.  I began our teaser with a poem I previously posted.  Then, we looked at Psalm 23:3, also previously touched on here.  Here is the ppt for the lesson, containing both poem and notes for the first part of the lesson.  Paths v Cycles

Toward the end, I give a homework assignment and tell them that Torah is GOOD!! handout will help them.  I HIGHLY recommend this one page study sheet.

Here is the 45 minute audio of the lesson that ultimately connects David and Goliath with our Messiah’s Second Coming, also previously discussed on this blog.

Enjoy and please share.  Feedback welcome.

Shalom, shalom!

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