Category Archives: Word Studies

Sanctify YOURSELVES – BE Holy

This was a very difficult article for me.  It began as a Temple-class homework assignment, but ended as a painful self-evaluation.  My study group will tell you that I was in tears as I read this to them, but they asked me to “please, please” publish this article because, as difficult as the message is, everything we’ve found in the Word (OT and NT) bears it out.  Continue reading Sanctify YOURSELVES – BE Holy

Kedusha – the Critical Factor

Since the earthly Temple is an image of the Heavenly Temple in which Yeshua serves as our High Priest, a group of us here in Aqaba wanted to learn more about the earthly Temple, in the expectation that it would teach us more about Y’shua and His ministry.  It did! Continue reading Kedusha – the Critical Factor

Ezer Kenegdo – a helper meet for him (Gen 2:18)

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)

Yeshua is the Door

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!

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the-door-of-the-sheep“Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.John 10:7

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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Was Paul His Real Name? by Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

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Saul/Paul was both Jewish and a Roman citizen. His ministry reflected both cultural connections. Here he freely testifies to Greeks in Athens itself.

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

Hezekiah’s Passover

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.

GRACE in TORAH

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: be-strengthenedChazak, 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.

HezekiahPraying_JS_0015King 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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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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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 …