Recently, within a two-day period, I heard the Hebrew phrase “ezer kenegdo” mentioned on two different occasions. It really caught my attention, and I took that as an indicator that Abba wanted me to understand this term, so I began studying the phrase – and what an eye-opener! Continue reading Ezer Kenegdo – a helper meet for him (Gen 2:18)
This great word study by Peter Ryall of the Missing Pieces blog has some really great nuggets in it that will light up your day. Enjoy!
In Yeshua’s “I am” statement about being the Door of the Sheep, He teaches us that He is “the Door”, not just “a door”. He is saying that He is not only our Shepherd who leads us into the sheepfold of the Kingdom, but He is the only door by which we can enter and be saved and find safe pasture (John 10:9). There are deeper meanings for understanding Yeshua as our door into the Kingdom of God, so come with me now as we dig deeper into the Word to explore these meanings.
It is helpful to understand more about sheep and shepherding in general and specifically during Yeshua’s time. Of all domesticated animals, sheep are the most helpless. Sheep will spend their entire day…
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Here are some interesting tid-bits of information that gave me some new insight into Paul’s history and motivation. Fun stuff! Continue reading Was Paul His Real Name? by Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg
Abba has been speaking to me about a number of issues related to Pesach, and apparently He has been speaking to K. Gallagher about a lot of those same things! K. has written a wonderful and compassionate examination of Hezekiah’s Passover – you’ll be blessed.
The Strength of YHWH
The name Hezekiah comes from the root chazak which means “YHWH strengthens” or “The strength of YHWH”. You are probably familiar with this term if you follow the weekly Torah Portions. At the end of each book of Torah, there is a traditional chant that is recited. It is: “Chazak, chazak v’nitchazek”, which means, “Be strong, be strong, and let us be strengthened”. What I hope to answer in this post is how King Hezekiah demonstrates YHWH’s chazak or strength in the Passover.
King Hezekiah was one of the few righteous kings to reign in the southern kingdom of Judah. You can read about this fascinating man in 2 Kings 18-20, Isaiah 36-39, and 2 Chronicles 29-32. Isaiah, Hosea, and Micah all prophesied during his reign. Hezekiah tore down the high places, destroyed the bronze serpent, rebelled against the king of…
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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)
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
Continue reading Created in the IMAGE of God….
In 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 …
Acts 16 – Timothy
Next is the interesting occurrence of Timothy’s circumcision.
Paul comes into town (probably Lystra) and meets Timothy, the godly son of a Jewish mother and a “Greek” father. It’s valuable to understand that for Paul and Jews of his day, the word “Greek” (“Hellene”) was often (but not exclusively) used to describe Jews who had abandoned or ‘adapted’ their Hebraic tradition in favor of the Hellenistic (Greco-Roman) culture of Rome, the world’s largest empire and the conqueror of Israel. “Hellenistic Judaism was a form of Judaism in the ancient world that combined Jewish religious tradition with elements of Greek culture.” (Wikipedia, Hellenistic Judaism) Continue reading Torah in the Book of the ACTS of the Apostles: Chapter 16
I am reblogging this from THE COMING KINGDOM, which is the blog that my husband and I do together. The article is long because it quotes a LOT of verses, but it isn’t really necessary to read every one – they’re there for study purposes. It is hoped that a review of the passages – even a cursory review – will make it evident that YHVH intends for ALL people to live together under His Way of Righteousness, which we call Torah.
One Law for Jew and Gentile
Generally there are two viewpoints regarding the “Law”:
- The accepted teaching among Jews is that Gentiles are expected only to follow the terms of the Noahic Covenant,  but are not expected (or even encouraged) to observe Torah,  because Torah is considered to be a blessing granted only to the Jews.
- The accepted teaching among Christians is that ‘Jesus fulfilled the Law’ (Torah), thereby ‘freeing’ men from its burden and condemnation.
Talk about different perspectives! One group sees Torah as a blessing to which only their certain group is entitled, while the other sees it as a burden and a curse which has been placed only a certain group (but thankfully not on them)!
We believe Scripture disagrees with both teachings.